What To Believe In ~ Repost

 

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That is a question I have heard a great many people sounding out lately. Everywhere, in all corners of our lovely Mother Earth…”stuff” is happening. Unsettling things, events we never imagined, people and governments doing wild and erratic things…and it feels like the energy is only ramping up…and we wonder how to deal with it all, how we will continue to forge our own paths. In the midst of our confusion lies an impossible conundrum…

What To Believe In…Anymore.

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I read a headline this week that said we have lost hope and have nothing more to Believe in. And I want to challenge that headline here. Because we absolutely DO have something left to Believe in. Even in the face of such things we appear to have no control over…we still have something solid, steady, and powerful to Believe in. And that is…Ourselves!

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We may feel we are at a low point, and when we look out into the world, there is precious little to stake our hope and belief in the future on. And So…if we cannot find Belief out there…the most profound and sacred choice would be to…Believe in Ourselves.

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Believe that we can still retain our Inner Light, our Inner Peace, and our Inner True Soul and Self…because nothing and no one can ever take those from us. And with those, we can still forge our lives in the best way we can to follow our paths…which we still can…and must…do.

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By Believing in ourselves even in the face of all this confusion, it keeps the concept, the energy of Believe alive and real and resonates in the air and energy around us.

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We cannot allow Belief and Hope to die. We must keep it alive, within ourselves, so that…no matter what…we still have US, our lives, and the Love and Light that we shine. It can and will make a difference. We must not stop Believing in that.

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NO MATTER WHAT WE THINK IS OR ISN’T OUT THERE TO BELIEVE IN ANYMORE…THE MOST IMPORTANT AND LIFE AFFIRMING BELIEF…IS IN OURSELVES. THAT IS WHO AND WHAT WE BELIEVE IN…AND THAT CAN CHANGE ANYTHING!

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Blessings!

All images are from Google Images or Pinterest and credited where possible.

Unanswered Questions

 

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I am ?? yrs old and I have so many unanswered questions!!!!

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I still haven’t found out who let the Dogs Out…where’s the beef…how to get to Sesame Street… why Dora doesn’t just use Google Maps.

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Why do all flavors of fruit loops taste exactly the same, or how many licks does it take to get to the center of a tootsie pop……why eggs are packaged in a flimsy paper carton, but batteries are secured in plastic that’s tough as nails, yet light bulbs too are in a flimsy carton. Ever buy scissors? You need scissors to cut into the packaging of scissors.

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I still don’t understand why there is Braille on drive up ATM’s or why “abbreviated” is such a long word; or why is there a D in ‘fridge’ but not in refrigerator…why lemon juice is made with artificial flavor yet dish-washing liquid is made with real lemons… why they sterilize the needle for lethal injections.

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And, why do you have to “put your two cents in” but it’s only a “penny for your thoughts”…where’s that extra penny going? Why do The Alphabet Song and Twinkle Twinkle Little Star have the same tune… why did you just try to sing those two previous songs.

And just what is Victoria’s secret? ….and what would you do for a Klondike bar and you know as soon as you bite into it it falls apart.

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Why do we drive on Parkways and park on Driveways?

Do you really think I am this witty?? … I actually got this from a friend, who stole it from her brother’s girlfriend’s, uncle’s cousin’s, baby momma’s doctor who lived next door to an old class mate’s mail man…Now it is your turn to take it from me…Peace!!

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BLESSINGS!

All images courtesy of Google Images and credited where possible.

Stay Steady And……

 

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Tomorrow is a big day and no matter where you land on the political scope…it is going to be intense and unsettling. So I want to remind us all that…though we may not be able to control what is happening…we CAN still have control of our own worlds, thoughts, actions, and feelings.

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We can’t allow all the hype to penetrate so deep that we forget it is our response to it all that makes us miserable or ok.

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Even though we may feel we are being sucked into the negative wave…remember…

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We can panic and become worried and uncertain when things do not “look” like we think they should and it unsettles our peace of mind…

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But we can’t wait for everything to be perfect in order to be at Peace…So…

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The one thing we can all have command of is our thoughts, actions, and response to what is happening…so let us make a good choice for ourselves and…

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Let us make a conscious choice to “view out there” while we stay Steady, Strong, Positive, and Peaceful within ourselves and our lives and worlds. Remember that things are changing rapidly moment to moment…and that means anything can happen. Let’s make that a Positive thing!

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BLESSINGS!

All images are from Google Images with credit to quoters where possible.

For Your Monday

 

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YOU ALL HAVE AN INNER LIGHT…WHETHER YOU FEEL IT, KNOW IT, OR USE IT…IT IS STILL THERE AND TAKES A SPECIAL PLACE IN THIS WORLD. WE NEED YOUR SPECIAL LIGHT…YOUR UNIQUE SELF…SHINE IT BRIGHT.

My wish is for you to start today knowing and feeling this and take it into your week to make it a great one. Blessings and Love To All!

Do You Believe In Magic? ~ Repost

 

I have wanted to repost this post for awhile now, as I have seen in my stats that so many people are searching it out and reading it daily. It is a tough world out there…especially now…and we cannot let go of or forget that there is still Magic to be had…mystical things that light up life and guide us…things beyond what we see right before our eyes. It must be, for the alternative is bleak. So, keep that Magic alive within you and in your world. And let it spread to light your life and the lives of others. Blessings!

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“I do believe in an everyday sort of magic — the inexplicable connectedness we sometimes experience with places, people, works of art and the like; the eerie appropriateness of moments of synchronicity; the whispered voice, the hidden presence, when we think we’re alone.”  ~ Charles de Lint

“And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places.”  ~ Ronald Dahl

“The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.”  ~ W.B. Yeats

“Hope can be a powerful force. Maybe there’s no actual magic in it, but when you know what you hope for most and hold it like a light within you, you can make things happen, almost like magic.”  ~ Laini Taylor

“Magic exists. Who can doubt it, when there are rainbows and wildflowers, the music of the wind and the silence of the stars? Anyone who has loved has been touched by magic. It is such a simple and such an extraordinary part of the lives we live.”  ~ Nora Roberts

“Magic is believing in yourself, if you can do that, you can make anything happen.” ~ Goethe

“That’s the thing about magic; you’ve got to know it’s still here, all around us, or it just stays invisible for you.”  ~ Charles de Lint

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from the Desk of MarDrag:

Do you believe in Magic? Do you believe there is energy around us, pulsing and moving and creating? Do you believe in the Magic of Belief? Or the Magic of Love…or the Magic of the Heart and the Mind?

I think, that in this chaotic and distressing world, we can lose sight of the Magic that exists, that Magic we believed in and saw in the world around us, as a child. That Magic that we created our dreams with. A child sees with unclouded eyes, with innocence that what it sees is undoubtedly true and real, even in their imagination. That is how dreams are born and manifest.  As we grow and experience more of the world, and its harshness, we lose so much of that innocence and ability to believe that there IS Magic all around us and that we can have it in our lives. If we just recognize it, as we look at the Magic of Nature. Or listen to the Magic of Music. Or feel the Magic of falling in love.

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But, there is also the Magic of Will, of Belief, of the Heart and of the Glowing Light within us that helps us create the life that we so desire. Or Will a solution to a problem to manifest. Or have the conviction that something we desire will come to us. Or even just the Magic of a Smile, to lighten someone’s day.

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Today, if even just for a moment, look around you and see if you can spot a bit of Magic and focus on that, draw it to you, feel the tingle of that something that is outside all practical thought. Just for a bit, open that part of yourself that dares to see past the severity of life to the enchantment and charm of possibilities when you tap into the Magic of Life. It is there. That glittering sense that there is so much more to what we see than what we see.

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Magic is everywhere…don’t forget to look. And when you look…Believe in what you see. And when you Believe…amazing things will happen.

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Blessings!

EGBOK ~ Really! ~ Repost

 

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Did reading that make you giggle just a little bit and say whaaa…? It has a good sound, like something you want to repeat a couple of times because it rolls off your tongue in a cheeky kind of way. (See what I did there?) Anyway, I learned this at a self-help seminar many years ago, when they were all the rage, but it stuck with me and I have used it many times over the years. I do not know if there is an “author” or inventor of this little gem to give credit to, I do not know the origin of it, but if there is, consider yourself credited and thanked for this little quip that may sound funny but carries a potent message. It seemed a good thing to say today.

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EGBOK

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Repeat this affirmation as many times as you need to today…and pass it on. It is easy to say when you can’t get all the words out yourself. And, it can make a difference.

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BREATHE…

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And Believe in the

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of Hope, Love, Unity, Kindness, and Patience.

Blessings and Love to You All!!

Worth and Failure ~ Who Decides

 

I am inspired to write this blog by a dear online friend I had not “seen” for a while who has been having some life difficulties and wrote about it. She has a lovely blog, and I will add her link to the end of this post so you can visit. The topic she wrote about was failure, or perceived failure, and how it had touched her life and made her feel. She was very brave writing about her deepest feelings…and it touched my heart. What also touched my heart were the responses of love and support she received. And the threads of a blog took hold…

I have written about self-worth and failure before…but this is different. Because I think it is time we set aside our self-flogging weapons and face the fact that we are…Amazing Beings…just as we are.

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Here we are…getting up each day to face a horrific world scenario to navigate through, while trying to carve out some life and peace while we are here…very important tasks to be sure! And what do we spend most of our precious thoughts, energy, and efforts on?

In a day, how many times do we berate ourselves, chastise, and mentally beat ourselves up for what we perceive as our failures or inabilities to conquer life, problems, worry, and stress. How much of our inner dialogue is scolding ourselves for not being “more” or criticizing who we are and how we do things? And how much of this inner dialogue is inspired by “what we perceive others are thinking about us”? Or for that matter, telling us in some instances. How many minutes, hours in a day do we spend negatively talking to ourselves?

And…where is it written that we have to believe any of it?

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Our old friend, the trickster Fear, is driving that negative bus…and we need to take his license away.

We Fear not being good enough, not doing enough, not being enough or the right way or what everyone else thinks we should be. We Fear that if we do not conform or keep moving and rushing and “doing” that we will not be seen as intelligent or successful or worse…lovable. We Fear if we are not “perfect”, we will not be accepted and loved. Fear gets under our skin…so most of the time we pretend we know what we are doing with ourselves…but underneath, we mourn our true self and life. And we flog ourselves even more for not only failing everyone else, but ourselves as well.

IT’S EXHAUSTING!! When you look at it that way.

And you know the other funny thing? When someone shares with us their feelings of failure…we rush to support them, lift them up, encourage them, and inspire them to see that they are not failures and are worthy lovable individuals, as we should. We would never let someone we love dearly go on feeling bad about themselves without doing something to help them past it.

So…why are we not doing this with ourselves?

Why do we allow ourselves to do the very thing to ourselves that we reassure and urge others not to do and believe? And why do we so readily believe the negative feedback we get, when we tell others to ignore it? Where is that positive cheerleader…for ourselves?

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It is time, my Lovely Friends…to put this to rest. There is so much going on that needs our attention, and our positive thoughts, deeds, and light energy. We can’t possibly have enough time or stamina for that attention if we are spending it all on shaming ourselves and fear. We must not give in to the negative energy flow, we must turn it away…it only distracts us from what is really important. Which is being and living our authentic lives…and helping others and this world out of its mess. Put the self-flogging weapons down…it is only then that we will be able to see how wonderful we really are. (Read on for tricks on how to do this).

Here’s the thing ~ We do not need to be stuck on needing to have any “special” gifts…

Because we ARE the special gift…just as we are…our authentic and true self.

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So, let’s change our inner dialogue to reflect that belief. Change the negative feedback to positive input. How do we do that? By actively taking steps to retrain our minds to listen to the good rather than the bad.

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Try this: write post it notes with positive affirmations and put them up on your bathroom mirror so you read them every morning. (My daughter did this and wow, what a powerful tool!) Leave “dear self” love notes for yourself all over the house. For every negative thought you have, follow it with a positive one. Over ride it with messages of encouragement, to yourself. Tell yourself everything you would tell someone else to lift them up, cheer and inspire them. Give yourself the love you give to others. Put a reminder in your phone or ipad that comes up at various times in the day reminding you that you are amazing and wonderful just as you are. If you hear negativity in the day…wouldn’t it be great to see a different message follow? Make recordings of your voice telling you what is wonderful about you. Actively change how you talk to yourself, your patterns…even if you don’t “believe” it in the beginning, keep at it, because the mind absorbs what we tell it. Soon, you will find your thought patterns will shift…and so will your life.

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Decide you are not a failure. It is your decision alone. Just make that decision right now. You are who you are, so how could you possibly be a failure if you are being you.  It is not up to anyone else who we are or whether we are worthy. It is entirely up to us…and what we believe about ourselves will tell others what to believe too.

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Make You your best friend. And give yourself the gift of compassion and worthiness…just as you give to others. Tell yourself this, often…you deserve it!

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Blessings!

Those Voices In My Head

 

“It’s not who you are that holds you back, it’s who you think you’re not. “  ~ Author Unknown

“If you hear a voice within you saying, ‘You are not a painter,’ then by all means paint
and that voice will be silenced.”
~ Vincent Van Gogh

“If you want to reach a state of bliss, then go beyond your ego and the internal dialogue. Make a decision to relinquish the need to control, the need to be approved, and the need to judge. Those are the three things the ego is doing all the time. It’s very important to be aware of them every time they come up.” ~ Deepak Chopra

“Every waking moment we talk to ourselves about the things we experience. Our self-talk, the thoughts we communicate to ourselves, in turn control the way we feel and act.” ~ John Lembo

“If you celebrate your differentness, the world will, too. It believes exactly what you tell it—through the words you use to describe yourself, the actions you take to care for yourself, and the choices you make to express yourself. Tell the world you are a one-of-a-kind creation who came here to experience wonder and spread joy. Expect to be accommodated.” ~ Victoria Moran

“Your self-talk is the channel of behavior change.”  ~ Gino Norris

from the Desk of MarDrag:

Self-Acceptance is so very influenced by all those voices in our heads, as well as the voices from family, friends, co-workers, or just about anyone we come in contact with on a daily basis. It all affects us.

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We are all aware that we have internal dialogue that goes on all day, every day. It is a fact of life. We are multi-faceted beings, with many components and “selves” that make up our whole self. We have an inner parent, an inner child, an inner angry person, an inner peace-maker, an inner genius, an inner ego, an inner wisdom keeper…etc. And these inner selves are all connected to the threads that make up our glorious tapestries, our glorious self. That is a lot of selves to manage in a day. And they all have a voice. Clamoring to be heard. It can get pretty noisy and confusing listening to these voices and trying to decide who to listen to and what to believe about ourselves.

But, the loudest voice of them all, is the voice of the Ego. Now, Ego has some wonderful qualities and values, but I won’t mention those now, for the purpose of this post I mention only the loud, obnoxious, negative, self-serving, know-it-all side of the Ego voice. You know when you meet someone who is egotistical and you say…”well that person really thinks they know it all” or “did you hear the way they spoke?” That is what “this side” of the Ego does when it speaks to us. The Ego absolutely thinks it has to be right all the time, that it knows everything and that there is no voice greater than its own, and it will shout the loudest and longest until all the other voices give up and retreat to the shadows in exhaustion because they “think” they can’t be heard and are tired with trying.

In the quote from Deepak Chopra above, he tells us to go beyond the ego and internal dialogue. Which is so important, and not always easy. But, it is so necessary, so that we can create a space for the other voices to be heard who impart wisdom, compassion and positive energy and the truth about who we really are. Because, you see, the Ego believes everything it is told including all the lies we tell it too. And it will repeat them back to us, as long as we will listen.

How many times a day do we hear ourselves say “I am just not good enough” or “If I could only_______, then I would be happy”. These statements keep us in a constant state of non-acceptance of ourselves, and take on the hamster wheel affect, they keep going round and round, but never get anywhere, and never leave. We have these conversations with ourselves, sometimes battles of back and forth, “I’m good, I’m bad” that leaves us half the time not knowing what we are at all.

So, because we need our Ego…it does have its purpose…we can’t get rid of it, but we can manage its dialogue…when we remember that its voice is under our control, it is our voice, we made it…and we can unmake it or change it. It is in our head, and who has command over what is in our head? Fortunately…we do!

The first step in any change in behavior or thought is to become aware of the issue. Once we are aware, we can’t go back. We know something new now. When I studied all of this, I learned that, for me, a trick that worked in silencing that Ego voice when it was spewing negative (and sometimes vile and ridiculous stuff) was simple:

When I hear my Ego voice say disparaging or negative things, I talk back…and tell it, “Thank you for sharing that, but I don’t think or feel that way, so I am going to choose to listen to ___________ who has something good to say to me.” I say to that voice “I am NOT going to listen to you”. Out loud if I have to. And I look to one of my other voices to comfort and support me.

Much like we do in real life. If we hear our children or loved ones say disparaging things about themselves, are we not ready with compassion and protestations of a positive nature to counter what they are saying? Our heart goes out to them and we want to make them feel and think better of themselves. Especially when we know they ARE better than what they are saying.

So…we need to do that exact same thing for ourselves. Dare to think enough of ourselves that we talk back to that voice and shut it down. After all…we created that voice, so we can uncreate it…or change what it is saying, or listen to another voice any time we want to. It is our absolute choice. It has to be a conscious thing at first, for it takes practice to change habits. But it is a far better way to spend our “thinking” energy in finding positive dialogue than fighting with (or succumbing to) the negative dialogue. Change the tune and the tone. Consciously choose to stop listening to the overrated side of the Ego, and listen to your Inner Parent telling you how great you are, or your Inner Wisdom Keeper who has nuggets and pearls to share, or your Inner Guide so they can give you direction. You can even write positive reminders and tack them to your mirror or computer to remind you throughout the day.

The idea is…that it is ok, even necessary, to actively take back control of our thoughts, of our minds, and remind all those selves that we are in command here, and we will choose what is right for us.

What we think ALWAYS shows itself in how we feel and ultimately how we act and by what manifests.

We have the Power, at any given moment, to say…this is not how this story is worded.

And, to do a rewrite!

Blessings!