I saw a great movie by Wayne Dyer called “The Shift”. This movie is about moving away from a life of ambition and toward a life of meaning. It’s about shifting your life’s perception and purpose. It’s about getting in touch with your source. It’s worth watching.
Dr. Dyer talks about the EGO. He says that EGO stands for “Edging God Out”. Don’t you love that? How are you “Edging God Out”?
I’ll go first…I EGO when I try to control every little thing. I EGO when I am blind to the beauty of creation. I EGO when I waste resources. I EGO when I see faults in other people. I EGO when I demand my way when I know it may not be God’s way. I EGO when I have too many things. I EGO when I hurt others with words (this applies even when the others can’t hear me). I EGO when I don’t forgive.
Now, because I believe we need to be kind and forgiving to ourselves, I want to (need to?) list ways I Let God In. I LGI when I appreciate the beauty around me. I LGI when I am grateful. I LGI when I open my heart to others. I LGI when I am supportive. I LGI when I stand up for what is right. I LGI when I pray. I LGI when I read God’s word. I LGI when I listen. I LGI when I practice acceptance (of myself and others). I LGI when I forgive.
See, that’s the beauty of people. We have good days and bad days. We have strengths and weaknesses. We are not “one trick ponies”. We are multi-dimensional, complicated, flawed people but we clean up well.
When we become aware of when we are Edging God Out, we can change our behavior and begin to Let God In. How great is that? Every day, actually every moment, is another chance to Let God In.
Can you picture God where you are now? Not some formal interpretation of a scary, punishing God but more like a friend? A really good friend who understands, laughs, and doesn’t care if your kitchen is a mess. He’s just hanging around, being present, ready to listen, and glad to be invited. He doesn’t even care if it’s a last minute invitation, He’ll come anytime you ask. He’s been waiting and hoping you’d call.
America is another name for opportunity. Our whole history appears like a last effort of divine providence on behalf of the human race.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
I’m so grateful that I am an American. I’m grateful to live in a country where I am free.
I can worship how I want to, I can wear what I want to, I can vote. I can speak my mind. I can read what I want to. I can write a blog. Sometimes I take these freedoms for granted. Often, it takes a newspaper article or a book about another culture to realize how different it is for us here, what a difference liberty makes.
In America, there is opportunity. There is possibility. Dreams come true. There are no limits. Hope is alive.
This weekend, we celebrate America. We celebrate our beginning and our history and our successes. We celebrate our strength and our compassion. We celebrate our inventiveness and our intelligence. We celebrate our growth and our tenacity.
Here’s something I know for sure…I would never want to live anywhere but America. I am proud and I am free and sometimes I’m brave. But when I hear those words sung at a baseball game, I’m all tears.
This weekend, when you hear those words, stand up, take your hat off, put your hand on your heart and listen. When the song is over, take a minute to thank God you are an American. We are blessed!
Let’s talk about that quote. Do you fear your light? Think about it.
Are you in a pattern of feeling small, powerless, invisible, afraid?
What would happen if you changed your mind?
What if you decided that you have POWER? What if you decided that you could change your circumstances by changing your mind?
Practice this prayer today:
Lord, thank you for my life. Thank you for my troubles, they make me stronger. Thank you for my triumphs, they bring me joy. Thank you for dreaming me up and creating me with all of my unique gifts and talents. Thank you for being patient with me. I’m ready now. I’m ready to let go of my limited beliefs and accept your divine plan for my life. I’m ready to PARTICIPATE in making my dreams come true. Thank you for another day. I will not waste it. I am ready.
How does that feel?
If you do not believe it, say it again. Say it out loud. How about saying it every day when you wake up?
Gratitude is the first step to knowing peace and joy. I love the quote by Helen Keller that says,
“So much has been given to me; I have no time to ponder over that which has been denied.”
Isn’t that amazing? If she was grateful with all of her challenges and she saw her life as full and abundant, what are we complaining about?
We have the power to change our minds. Start today.
Isn’t it cool you have someone you can thank and ask for help? Isn’t it great you are not alone? Isn’t it wonderful to be alive? Be ready. Your adventure awaits…