I’m so excited I just had to post again and let you know what is on tap for the Expectations workshop this Thursday!.
$25 and three hours of your time invested and you will learn:
1. How expectations are really subtle attempts to control others.
2. That fear is what causes us to want to control
3. How to replace fear with faith or love, and expectancy
4. How to communicate your expectations clearly.
5. How to use disappointment as a propellant, not a retardant
This workshop is online, via Zoom platform, which is a very easy video conference system. Thursday, January 18 from 6-9 PM., cost is $25. You can register in one of three ways:
1. Use my online store: http://karenlinsley.com/?page_id=1174#!/Its-not-about-THEM-Its-about-ME/p/94899803/category=0
2. Use Pay Pal
3. Call me and register over the phone.
Once I recieve your registration I will email you the link to attend.
I've been thinking a lot lately about the equinox coming up, probably because I'll be traveling to Lake Havasu City at the end of this week to do a talk there on this very topic at the Lake Havasu Center for Spiritual Living.
We get an equinox, or solstice, twice a year. Once in the spring around March 20 and once in the fall around September 21. These signify the day when the daylight hours and the night time hours are equal. For the spring solstice, the day light hours then grow at a rate of a few minutes a day, till the fall equinox, when the day light hours then begin to shrink at the same rate.
Traditionally, fall equinox celebrations centered around harvest time, and this makes me think of what I am harvesting. And what I am harvesting today depends on what I have planted yesterday.
Ernest Holmes (founder of Centers for Spiritual Living) tells us that today's outpicturing is the result of yesterday's consciousness. This means that the thoughts and beliefs I held yesterday are what is manifesting in my life today. Is this to be taken literally? Not necessarily. More accurately, it means that the tendency of my thoughts will influence my life in that direction.
So if I have planted good thoughts, thoughts of gratitude and optimism and love, then that is what my life will look like.
Does this mean that shit won't happen? Nope. It does indeed happen, it is part of life. But if my thoughts have been ones of love and acceptance, then I am better able to handle it when it hits the fan. I am not talking about spiritual bypassing either. I'm talking about focusing on what is good while taking responsibility. A good example of this would be the cancer patient who chooses to create humorous situations, all the while going through the medically indicated treatment.
So this is a time to consider what is going on in your life, and consider the seeds you have planted in your consciousness. Do you live in the past, basing your current decisions on what happened when you were a kid? This might be a good time to revisit that and see if a change is indicated. Do you limit your actions based on fear? This might be a good time see what it is you are afraid of, and what is behind the fear. It may no longer be valid.
The equinox means the days will be getting shorter and the flurry of activity that most of us engaged in during the summer will begin to slow down. Fall is a time to regroup, and see if perhaps we want to plant some different seeds.
I'd love to hear about your seeds! What have you planted that is growing in your life right now? What do you want to plant from this point on?
I have a sticky note on my desk that reads, "A lot of spiritual work is dealing with the idea that we are separate from God."
In my experience, it is this idea of separation that causes feelings of loneliness, stress, overwhelm, burden, anger, isolation, distrust, doubt, guilt and any myriad other host of negative feelings.
I have never believed in a God separate from me, but I never voiced that, because of a perception that most people believe in the separate "God in the sky" version of Spirit. Even many so called alternative religions believe in a Force separate from us humans. Every day I hear folks say things like, "The Universe will provide." It's still a separate God, even if they are calling it something different. I could never make sense of a separate God. And when I returned to my childhood roots at a Center for Spiritual Living and began to take classes, I soon learned why: One of the first things we are taught in our classes is that God and I, we are One!
In fact, that concept is the first of ten of what we call the Core Concepts of Science of Mind. It is also the first statement in a list of "We Believe" statements that have been adopted as a way of explaining to newcomers who we are and what we believe.
Ironically, around these parts we don't tell anyone what to believe. But we do have ten statements telling everyone exactly what we do believe. Here is the first of those ten:
"We Believe in God, the Living Spirit Almighty; one, indestructible, absolute and self-existent Cause. This One manifests Itself in and through all creation, but is not absorbed by Its creation. The manifest universe is the body of God; it is the logical and necessary outcome of the infinite self-knowingness of God."
The part that says we are each free to believe what we wish is the part where I interpret that rather wordy sentence in my own way. I choose to interpret it thusly: I believe in God, it manifested itself in and through me by knowing me. Yet God is much more than that, it isn't just me.
The ramifications of such a belief, or lack of one, are far reaching, and the subject of another blog post, but for now, I will leave you with this:
God and I, we are one!
How do you feel about the concept of being one with God?