I was sitting next to my wonderful husband in the car thinking that in a few weeks I would have been celebrating forty years of marriage If I had still been with my first husband. Am I sad? No, not at all. I ahve been married to my prince for the past twenty-one years.
Everything we experience in life is a lesson - how we view the experiences and what we learn from them are what is important.
We can make mountains out of molehills, or we can use these eperiences as stepping stones, not stumbling blocks.
It took me many years to learn some universal principles that have helped me cope with difficult challenges. More importantly, I've led a charmed life despite early childhood sexual and emotional abuse that left me reeling with self-doubt and self-esteem issues.
What I've learned, first and foremost, is that we are all divine. We come from a place that is so loving, kind and compassionate, that if we could see how it really is, we would love ourselves unconditionally, as we are loved.
We all suffer from self-esteem issues, whether now or in the past. Allthough it is difficult and challenging to get past these negative emotions, we can. I learned through studying the work of the famous psychic, Edgar Cayce, the sleeping prophet, that thoughts are things. Our negative attitudes have power over us and influence our lives more than we can imagine, especially where health is concerned. The good news is that if we change those negative thoughts to positive ones, we can change our lives for the better in dramatic ways.
Cayce was a prophet who lived in the early 1900s. While in a trance state, he was able to tell people he didn't know about their medical conditions. He diagnosed illnesses and suggested remedies that worked. Later on, he also gave advice on spiritual growth. Cayce needed only the name and address of the person requesting help. These documents are called "readings." In 1931, Cayce and others formed study groups to help people grow spiritually as individuals within a group context. There are 14,000 "readings" documented at the Association for Research and Enlightenment in Virgina Beach, Virginia, also known as the Edgar Cayce Foundation.
Through Cayce study groups I joined during the years, I learned to do weekly disciplines. One is:
"Let us replace our negative thoughts with positive ones, thinking not unkindly of anyone, but rather speaking and thinking kindly of everyone."
I made a conscious effort to remove negative thoughts from my thinking. When practiced often, this has a very positive affect on our daily lives. The first step is the awareness that thoughts are things and that they affect us, either positively, or negatively.
As I learned in the Cayce groups over the course of many years, we need to work on ourselves, but at the same time, have patience, compassion, and love during the process.
I learned to listen to my dreams, to study symbolism connected with dream work, and to interpret dreams to help myself change and eliminate negative emotions and attitudes. Dream work is lots of fun. I kept a pad and pen near the night table and recorded my dreams. The most important thing to do when you first wake up in the forming is to grab that pen and journal without moving around too much. Write down whatever words, images, or feelings you remember. Once you are fully awake, write down more details. You will be surprised to see that you remember more than you thought you would.
Be aware of synchronistic events in your life. They are like road signs, there to help guide you toward wisdom. A simple example of a synchronistic event is thinking of someone whom you haven't seen for a very long time and suddenly that person calls. What is that event trying to tell you?
Try to quiet your mind each day to get the rid of the chaos. It's important to take a few minutes to look at the ocean or commune with nature.
Most importantly, have love, patience, compassion, and kindness for yourself on this trip called life!
Life is a journey - learn to enjoy the trip! Happy Landing!