By Arielle Essex
Perhaps you haven't noticed yet, but today is another day in Paradise! Have you given some thought about how you want to surf into the New Year? The waves of change currently affecting the whole planet could be a wonderful opportunity for growth and development. Now is a great time to reassess, to do some major thinking about your direction, your aspirations, and the outcomes you would like to achieve.
Most people don't view their lives as Paradise. In fact, 80% of people say that they are not happy or fulfilled. They want something more, but many are not even sure what that might be. But consider the fact that every human being on this planet must have a unique purpose. Every person is an integral part of the vast hologram of the universe, an essential piece of the puzzle of the grand design. So it pays to take some time out to think: what exactly is your unique purpose? What do you consider valuable and important? What would you be proud that you had done? Who are you? What kind of person would you like to be?
Like the classic Steve Covey exercise of imagining your own funeral: What do you want people to be saying about you? What do you want to be remembered for?
The famous 16th century poet Rumi wrote: "There is one thing in this world, which you must never forget to do. Human beings come into this world to do particular work. That work is their purpose, and each is specific to the person. If you forget everything else and not this, there's nothing to worry about. If you remember everything else and forget your true work, then you will have done nothing in your life."
To get clarity about your purpose, answer these 7 questions from neuro-linguistic programming (NLP):
1. As you look back over the previous year, what percentage would you score yourself for how happy you have been? Score each area of your life: work, family, relationships, leisure time, health, fitness, growth, learning, spiritual development and contribution.
2. If you had the courage, what would you like to change, improve, increase or do differently this year? What do you want? What are you willing to take action on?
3. Think of something you failed at, but now you are GLAD it turned out that way. What did you learn? How has that helped you to change direction, or refine your understanding and grow?
4. Think of something you thought you had failed at, but didn't. What did you learn? What assisted you and what qualities helped?
5. If you had the courage, what would you risk failing at now? What will you regret not doing, if you never gave yourself the opportunity?
6. What do you need in order to be OK with taking this risk? When you can master that challenge, you will be fearless and able to move towards what is really true for you without any inner conflict.
7. How well are you aligned with your purpose? You could be fulfilling a different purpose in each area of your life. Do you know your deeper Soul Purpose? What would help you to be more in harmony with all these core values? How can you best honour what is truly important to you? What difference would that make in your life?
Whether or not you've ever given much thought to such questions before, you might be surprised at your own answers. NLP can help you get clarity about who you are, what is important and how to make your life more fulfilling. The attitude of gratitude opens the door to making miraculous changes. Take a moment to appreciate all the ways you have already been living your purpose. What if you could enjoy the feeling of fulfilment in everything you do, whether it is astonishingly successful or not? By being more aware of your purpose, you can find new ways to express it, or give it - in every little thing you do. Your purpose can make you unstoppable. It will give your life more meaning. Becoming aligned with your purpose will increase your courage, vitality and energy for everything you want to achieve. All it takes is a change of thought.
Just changing the way you think will have profound effects. Miracle mindedness begins with reassessing the way you view things. When a shift of thinking occurs, whether conscious or unconscious, the process usually involves letting go, acceptance, forgiveness, a change of heart or a new perception that frees the mind and spirit. NLP assists people who are ready to make this kind of change. All miracles begin with a change of thought. New thinking means freedom from being stuck in habitual behaviours, ideas and rigid rules from the past.
Pessimistic people believe that thinking negative thoughts about what could happen is clever. They reason that if anything good happens, they can then feel pleasantly surprised. By imagining the worst possible scenarios they'll be able to take precautions. Unfortunately, as they become so focused on what could go wrong, they unconsciously programme their actions to make that more likely to happen. They send out-waves of thoughts that resonate with the in-waves that match those thoughts. As the old NLP saying goes, 'What you focus on is what you get'. In addition, while they imagine negative problems, they'll also feel negative feelings: fear, worry, anger and dread. These negative feelings activate the stress response throughout the body, causing tension and dis-ease. Plus, with nothing positive to look forward to, they suffer from de-motivation. Although such people will argue that focusing on potential problems allows them to formulate preventative measures, many of those problems may never happen at all. So is it so smart to reduce potential pleasure, clear mindedness and enthusiasm?
If you're ever tempted to think gloom and doom thoughts, why not make a commitment to changing that habit? It's a choice. Start the new year with positive intent, clarity about your purpose and cheerful, dogged determination to persist in moving towards your desired objectives. The immediate benefits will include lower stress levels, relaxation, happiness, higher energy, enthusiasm and vitality. A positive attitude works wonders in being able to handle difficult times.
Just keeping up with the hectic pace of life today-can be tough. People are running faster and pushing harder, but getting nowhere new. The heat is on. The volume of information now available makes life easier, but many more tasks, choices, decisions and troubles come with it. Dr. William Tiller of HeartMath says, "when you apply heat to a container of gas, some molecules will vibrate at the higher rates, but the others will also increase. The average will show increase overall". As the general pace of life speeds up, and communication speeds up, perhaps global consciousness might also be speeding up? A by-product of the information age is that when one person learns how to do something, millions of others can hear about it, learn from it and benefit too. There is more knowledge available than ever before. So if one person manifests a miracle, then miracles can happen for many others too.
When a large group of people collectively agree to think a certain way, the additive effect spreads throughout universal consciousness and there is a subsequent effect on the development of all forms of life on the planet. The HeartMath Institute in California has been measuring how this affects Earth's atmospheric layers. They propose that if enough people can raise their consciousness, maintain coherent heart rhythms and send out positive thoughts, this could help Earth to normalize current changes in its atmosphere. So if you start the new year with the best positive thoughts possible, aligned with your purpose, you may also be contributing towards healing the ozone layer.
Whenever you dream up a new objective, there's a thrill of anticipation. The creative part of your mind starts brainstorming ideas, possibilities and good outcomes. Your mind projects all your idealized virtues and perfect qualities into this wonderful dream. You might even enjoy daydreaming about this positive virtual reality. Perhaps you'll also start thinking the thoughts and doing the behaviours that could make the dream come true. Like a football star visualizing the ball being kicked through the goal posts, just imagine the best outcomes that could happen. Then allow your behaviour to become unconsciously directed towards the positive outcome.
Being flexible about how things unfold is the next important step. Letting go of the positive dreams is essential to manifesting them into reality. Remember to avoid getting too attached to the outcome. It's always best to say "may this or something even better come to be", just in case the universe has bigger plans for you. Avoid attachment by accepting everything that happens as being part of the process. Sometimes the universe takes a zigzag path. Trust that whatever turns up must have a reason or a purpose. Just keep your focus in the desired direction. Thinking positively is better than magic. Simply put forth good intentions. Your thoughts impact everything from the most minute atomic level changes to what arrives in the post. Just align your thoughts to your purpose to manifest better results.
© Arielle Essex
Arielle works as a specialist healer, coach and trainer combining practical psychology, NLP, hypnosis, non-verbal intelligence, emotional intelligence into her own unique 'Practical Miracles' coaching approach. She holds full certification as a NLP master practitioner and trainer, and certification in other modalities including hypnotherapy, time line re-imprinting, coaching, NVI (non-verbal intelligence) therapy, EI (emotional intelligence) therapy, cranial/sacral therapy, allergy therapy, naturopathy, and kinesiology. She is a fully qualified as a NES practitioner.
If you'd like to experience the Practical Miracles approach join us for the three-day workshop, 'Practical Miracles Healing' by contacting us at www.practicalmiracles.com
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