One Step at a Time (V1 P12)

612014766The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. Baby steps. Slow and steady wins the race. Dip your toe in the water. All of these are meant to show the importance of just beginning and not being overwhelmed by the sometimes overwhelming enormity of the task at hand or of reaching your goal. Just get started – one step at a time.

I have been discussing with some of my readers their past challenges of becoming locked up because they have looked at the final destination as so far away and potentially so difficult to navigate that they fail to make steady progress. It is vital to remember that the journey is sometimes never ending and that successful spiritual evolution is not reaching the final destination but rather making steady and perpetual progress as a human.

Start slowly and focus on your core beliefs – that which is most important to you. Work slowly outward from this inner circle and act upon your inner thoughts that guide you and walk you from A to B. If it is physical manifestation that makes up part of your life’s journey at this point in time – realize that doing something, anything, no matter how small will take you to a place a bit closer to point B. Any progress in the space between builds upon itself and will make it easier to take the next step(s). Progress will produce results that will be noticed and that will propel your mind, body and spirit into the positive acknowledgement that you are making inroads towards achieving your goals.

Similar to the placebo effect – you, having witnessed progress no matter to what extent, will be feeling positive about the progression from Point A to Point B and will exponentially build upon that progress. Your belief that you will get there will parlay the real results to date into exponentially greater results tomorrow. Faith, belief, positive thought, prayer – all powerful stuff, to be sure.

Always move towards your goal. Be in a state of perpetual improvement. Shoot for the stars and even if unattainable you will have made inroads on a path between yourself and the stars and the space between will be noticeably and forever changed.

KGM

 

Confessions of a Dying Man (V1 P11)

man-praying-27977497From the moment that we exit our mother’s womb and begin our life outside the womb – our physical life here on earth – we are dying. Physical life is finite. Whether you believe that it is a one and only experience or one of multiple reincarnated physical existences, it is a finite experience that comes to an end when we experience our physical death.

What does dying mean to me? It means different things at different stages in my life. In my early years through my twenties – it was something so far off of my daily radar that I doubt if I spent five minutes a week dwelling on it. Now, in my early fifties, it is something that inevitably comes closer each day and yet is not as feared as it was in my thirties/forties. My preparation for the inevitable physical world death experience is to embrace “this” life as much as I can while I still can. And in doing so, to prepare my spirit for the next realm and whatever it may hold for “me”.

My priorities have shifted over the years. My intent now is to evolve my spirit as much as possible in this lifetime and in doing so making a true impact on those that I love. I have worked from within a series of concentric circles – like the rings of a tree – from the inside to the outside. Focusing first on my core circle, my closest group – God/Higher Power, spouse/children, mother/siblings, etc. – and then working outwards to friends/other family/community/co-workers, etc. Through a perpetual series of self-assessment I try to make sure that I am evolving in a positive manner and making an impact on my life, the life of those closest to me, and others through acts of kindness and being genuine and sincere in my thoughts, words and actions.

I truly know that I have a place in this world, that my actions and words can change my life and further the evolution of my spirit, that others will play a role in this evolution – I just have to listen to the signs, that intent will morph into manifestation and my life’s purpose will unfold before me – it has no choice.

As a dying man – I am a seeker, a practitioner, a perpetual learner, a curious student, a willing teacher when applicable, a being of light. I see all others as demonstrating or having the ability to demonstrate these same traits and characteristics. One only has to look within in order to find the way, the truth, and the light.

I am excited for this physical experience, grateful for it, know that I am blessed to experience it – but know in my heart that the enduring and everlasting life of the spirit is the more sacred and blessed experience. For this I cherish the thought of my life’s quest. I look forward to the next state of my spirit life with anticipation while also doing all that I can to make this physical life’s purpose a successful and fruitful one. I get off track, to be sure, as my striving towards perfection is an unattainable peak from which the space between allows for many trials, travails, pitfalls, distractions and “human error”.

My confession includes being human and with fault, being less than perfect, falling short in many areas and during many times in my life, hurting others when I have fallen short, hurting myself when I have fallen short. All part of dying on the vine – withering while trying to evolve. I feel refreshed that I have been able to self-acknowledge many of these “sins” of my physical life and feel as though the furtherance of my spirit at each point of reflection on these faults has brought me to some sort of inflexion point.

Is it strange to embrace the next spiritual existence while in the midst of the current physical existence? My yearning and hopeful continuous evolution feels like a launch pad from one to the other. My daily prayer, reflective thought, mantras, meditation, etc. has brought me to the point at which I now reside.

I confess to not always knowing the way, but I continue to ask God to show me the way. I confess to less than stellar behavior at times in my life, but I continue to break down the walls of my ego and see that it is ok to not be right and to admit to being wrong and ask for forgiveness. I confess to being stubborn and insistent for less than good reasons at times, but I am willing to change and embrace the universe and its continual signs and guidance in order to do so. I open myself up to the infinite and abundant knowledge of the universe and ask that I be allowed to partake in all of its wisdom in order to take me through my life’s journey in the most “productive” manner.

Specific to this life’s journey and to the evolution of our spirits – the eternal quest: If you have words of wisdom, of encouragement – please send them my way. If you need some positive reinforcement and I can assist you in any way – just let me know. Ask and you shall receive.

The end point of this finite physical life is unknown to me and to you. It will come, however. From birth to death and then to the space between – embrace it all.

KGM

 

Seek and You Shall Find (V1 P10)

businessman-against-starry-sky-mixed-media-silhouette-night-85416533 Question: What is it that you are looking for? Define that and begin or continue the quest to find it.

Remember (V1 P1), we look and feel the way that we want to look and feel. If it is a physical health transformation that you seek, you have got to identify the required changers and then execute or implement them. If it is an emotional or spiritual transformation that you seek, you must clear the negative obstacles, live a positive and self-fulfilling lifestyle and make smart choices that will enable you to perpetually improve.

If you truly want to make a change in your life than you will do it. There is no substitute for proper rest, an organic and nutritious diet, moderate exercise, prayer, quiet reflective thought, meditation and for being kind. This recipe will sow the seeds for both physical and emotional/spiritual transformation.

There is no end to this pursuit as one can and should strive to improve, in all ways that matter to them, throughout their existence. To be in a state of perpetual improvement will leave no regrets in your wake. Onward and upward, as they say.

Look out your window and focus on one item that represents, even in some small way, the beauty and power of what has been bestowed upon us. Revel in its true nature. Thank that Higher Power that you relate to in your spiritual existence as the All Powerful. Quiet thought, a prayer of thanks, a feeling of subtle elation that we are all part of something bigger than ourselves – focus, be grateful, and realize that you will find your way and your true purpose.

And, best of all, feel the joy that is inevitable when you admit and truly believe that it is within your power to manifest, seek/find, evolve to that place that you are looking for. God is for all to share.

KGM

 

“I Me Mine” – (Heavy Waltz/Rock Song – Beatles) – Alarm Bell for Today (V1 P9)

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Written by George Harrison, it was the last new track recorded by the band before their split in April 1970. The lyrics have been interpreted by some as a comment from Harrison on the fractious situation within the group at that time. They have been interpreted by others as a comment on the evolving self-centered state of the world, in general, after the end of the 1960’s.

Whatever his true meaning behind the lyrics, as only George will ever really know, it should sound off as an alarm for us now more than ever to take stock of our own ego.

Think about what selfishness, self-centeredness, ego-driven, ego-maniacal, self-absorbed and similar words and states of personality bring to mind when you ponder upon them. What traits and characteristics do you associate with those that you would characterize as great people? What traits do you associate with those whom you would rather avoid and not live your life around? These words conjure up images of the latter, I am sure you will agree.

Much of the world’s crime, evilness, lack of civility, social ignorance and general ill state is partially, if not wholly, rooted in the I Me Mine mindset. Think about it. I want money so I will take it; I want that person’s spouse so I will seduce and have my way with that person; I want that and don’t care who’s it is nor how they acquired it – I will have it for my own, etc. My needs and wants are more important than the thoughts and feelings of others who may be hurt while I fulfill my desires. The I Me Mine mindset.

From a micro sense – sibling fights, school yard fights, local bullying, community sins, local crime, etc. From a macro sense – wars, cyber-crime, hacking to disrupt and cause havoc, cyber bullying, criminal gangs and associations, etc. It all revolves around the horrific self-assessment that one’s needs and desires outweigh everyone and everything else. It revolves around the end justifying the means to that end. It is tearing us apart individually and as a society.

Each person can start small and avoid this path, or if on it can get back to a path of spiritual well-being for themselves and for all who they may encounter. Focus on your core – your need to survive, to be kind to others, and to take care of your basic needs and those of your loved ones. Work for what you want. If you must wait for it, so be it. It will be worth the wait. Pray and meditate asking that your needs be covered and reflecting on what it is that you are passionate about and upon which you can act and get fulfilment in life. Act from within but treat those outside of yourself with the utmost care and kindness.

God/Higher Power first and then others second. You will be taken care of in more ways than you can imagine. What you give you shall receive multi-fold. All that you are blessed with will be more fully appreciated and enjoyed. Push the ego away from the forefront of your daily life choices. The more you push the less the need to push – as with all things, muscle memory/spiritual routine will take over.

Good song, “I Me Mine”, but only for listening pleasure and as a reminder to avoid the themes that it presents. Strive to not to follow them or be caught up in them for your own life’s journey.

KGM

Surround Yourself With Love (V1 P8)

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Think for a moment about what allows for an environment in which one can thrive. Any living creature needs certain things to survive – basic things, the fundamental “stuff” of which life itself requires. But there is another set of factors at play with respect to thriving in an environment.

Plants, animals, humans – all of God’s creatures – will separate themselves from others with respect to how well they succeed and flourish within their ecosystem, their community, their family, etc. What elements allow for this at the greatest levels?

Attention, care, nourishment, a helping hand, and so forth. The main commonality among all of these factors is that they come from a place of love. Love of self and love to and from others.

Surround yourself with love. Allow that emotion and that state to be strong in your life. Diminish the opportunity for it to be counter balanced with hate, envy, deceit, negativity. Force it to be so abundant that the scale is tipped so mightily in its favor that you cannot help but thrive because you are immersed in it.

God is love. God is within you. You are love. Open yourself up to it. Seek it and avoid the opposite. Surround yourself with love and thrive.

Goodbye for now.

KGM

Manifest Your Destiny V1P7

forest-pathway-beautiful-brown-path-rain-89658974 From the Merriam-Webster dictionary: Manifest Destiny – a future event accepted as inevitable; in the mid 19th century expansion to the Pacific was regarded as the manifest destiny of the United States; broadly an ostensibly benevolent or necessary policy of imperialistic expansion;  a future event that is sure to happen; a destiny that can be clearly seen and that cannot be changed.

You have the power, we all have the power, to shape our future into some inevitable outcome for the good. You have the ways and means to walk down a desired path that will unfold into future events that will be sure to happen. Prayer, positive thinking, meditation – all can lead to a destiny that one chooses, one that is clearly seen and that cannot be changed.

It all begins with a recurring thought pattern within which you have a desired outcome and focus on that outcome. You have a desire, you “meditate on it” and do so over and over until it is engrained into your mindset. You have a passion for it and a knowing that it will occur. And then you release the attachment to this desired outcome and let God/Higher Power/Universe take over.

Your daily mantra – whether consistent or changing along your path over time – will play a huge part in your manifestation of your destiny. The desired outcome that you wish to have unfolded for you by that Higher Power can be started and finely tuned through use of one or many mantras that you use in your prayer/meditation/quiet reflective thought.

Consider the power and impact of the following. I have used all of these over the last several years and I am sure that many of your thoughts specific to your desires and wishes for your life and the lives of those that you love may have included some or all of these throughout the years.

  • I release all negative thoughts
  • Open me up to the infinite and abundant health of the universe
  • Show me the way
  • Guide me
  • All is good, all is well
  • Today is the start of my better life
  • Make me open to prosperity and happiness
  • Surround me with the warmth and comfort of your love and protection
  • I place my trust in you, I leave it in your hands
  • Take my hand and show me the way to where you wish that I go, to what you wish that I become
  • Plant the seed in me, nurture me

Daily, recurring positive thoughts and prayers are so powerful and yet so misunderstood by the vast majority of humans who share the stage with you on your journey. Do some research on the power of words and music specific to healing and therapy. Take a moment each day to reflect on your life, on what it is that you want, on how you can be a better person and make a true difference in the lives of others. Take a positive approach to each and every day with a goal of some small step in the direction through which you will need to go in order to get to your desired outcome.

Look for signs in your life that the universe is listening to you. Think of the truth that lies within these timeless statements that most of us take for granted. *The meek shall inherit the earth. *Good things come to those that wait. *Ask and you shall receive.

There are countless other examples. Re-emphasize the power of your daily mantra in your life. Start today if you have not tried this approach in the past. Believe, embark, continue/stay the course, and watch great wonders unfold within your life.

Goodbye for now.

KGM

 

 

 

Be Positive (V1 P6)

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You are what you eat, feel, manifest, project…insert one of many words here and they will be partially, if not wholly, accurate. The most impactful feeling and projection to your physical, mental and spiritual life is this: If you are positive, you will be positive in your projections of outward energy to others as well as in your attractions of energy towards you.

The power of prayer, the power of positive thinking, the power of confidence in oneself, etc. All of these are based on two things – faith and the belief that one can manifest something better by visualizing it and “making it happen”.

When you are positive you will be more clear in your thoughts, you will be more focused on being a caring and generous person, you will project to yourself and to others that you are one to be admired, followed, and listened to. On the contrary, a negative person drags themselves and others down and projects skepticism, avoidance and a dark cloud of energy.

A positive person and outlook provide for a more focused and self less path. A negative person and outlook provide for a less focused and more self-centered or selfish path.

Hope is the offspring of positivity. Without hope, we are indeed hopeless. Live to be positive and you will truly live.

Goodbye for now.

KGM

The Whole World Seems Out of Frequency With You…And That’s OK. V1P5

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To carry forth from the last posting (V1P4) which focused on moving from Point A to Point B and the space between, it is important to emphasize the need to clearly define where you are (Point A) and where you want to be (Point B). In order to manifest that change from point to point; whether it is a physical, mental, spiritual or some other change; there must be a clarity within you about your present state and your desired state.

Clear your mind of distraction in order to achieve this clarity. The bulk of this distraction comes from the world around you, as it is imposed upon you through various medium, and is altering your mindset on what should be important to you in your life. There are signs all around us that impart wisdom to us throughout our lives. Many of this wisdom is lost in the shuffle of the world around us. Focus, meditate, pray, and find quiet moments of reflection as the keys to filtering away the clutter of the world around you and to finding clarity within yourself about Point A and Point B.

The Beatles channel just started last week on satellite radio. The mega success and impact of the four lads from Liverpool was greatly enhanced due to their musical and creative genius. But I believe it was also much more than that – they were messengers at the right place and at the right time with so much love and artistic output to share with the world. A quick synopsis of each of the Beatles, from my vantage point (and based upon my grasp of a certain point in each of their lives that they remain in my memory the strongest), would be as follows: Ringo – funny, happy-go-lucky, steady and joyful; George – quiet, reflective, spiritual; Paul – love; John – rebellious and metaphysical.

Consider this from “Watching the Wheels” (Lennon) in regards to filtering away the clutter of the world around you and finding clarity within yourself.

People say I’m crazy doin’ what I’m doin’
Well they give me all kinds of warnings to save me from ruin
When I say that I’m OK, well they look at me kind of strange
Surely you’re not happy now, you no longer play the game

People say I’m lazy dreamin’ my life away
Well they give me all kinds of advice designed to enlighten me
When I tell them I’m doing fine watching shadows on the wall
Don’t you miss the big time boy you’re no longer on the ball

I’m just sitting here watching the wheels go round and round
I really love to watch them roll
No longer riding on that merry-go-round
I just had to let it go

People asking questions, lost in confusion
Well I tell them there’s no problem, only solutions
Well they shake their heads and they look at me as if I’ve lost my mind
I tell them there’s no hurry
I’m just sitting here doing time

I’m just sitting here watching the wheels go round and round
I really love to watch them roll
No longer riding on that merry-go-round
I just had to let it go
I just had to let it go
I just had to let it go
I just had to let it go

I think these lyrics say a lot specific to this topic. They “speak” to me.

Define the points (A and B), envision a path to navigate through the space between, pray/meditate/quietly focus, and then release the attachment to this desire and let the universe/God/the all-powerful handle the details.

Free will and will power will come into play to be sure in the space between and you will have to make choices that better allow for Point B being the destination at some point in the future. It will most certainly not be a straight line and quick path to navigate but your part in it through how you live your life and what choices and decisions you make will alter the course.

Gain clarity and do your best to get to where you want to be. Doing your best should always include being kind, being respectful (to yourself and others), listening and learning to and from your instincts, the signs around you, others who are strewn about your life’s path while also filtering out that which does not row in the same direction. Clutter, nonsense, evil, disrespect, mean spiritedness, etc. – are all to be filtered out and avoided when possible.

You can and will change your life in an instant – it can happen within a prayer, a moment of stunning clarity within quiet introspection, through an act of kindness to others that furthers you to a life of perpetual kindness, etc.

The next several posts will include paths/rules/suggestions to aid you in your life’s quest – such as manifestation, positivity, being kind to others (specific acts/gestures), etc.

Goodbye for now.

KGM

 

How do I get to where I want to be? V1P4

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Where you are and where you want to be must be crystal clear in your mind. These two points which surround the space between (as referred to in V1P3) must be defined, reviewed and pondered upon in order to bridge the gap between those two points. You must manifest the transition from Point A to Point B.

Hard work must be performed, difficult decisions made, as well as smart choices in order to provide the best chance for you to get from point to point. If you want it enough, you will get there. Do you really want it? How much so? Ask yourself.

There will be joy and pain. There will be pride and disgust. There will be highs and lows along the way. But it is all in within your power to get what you want and to be who you desire to be. Prayer, meditation, quiet positive thought is required. Ask and you shall receive. God is there for all of us to share.

I will be sharing with you, on my next several posts, some suggestions to live by that may work for you in your quest to move from Point A to Point B, to look and feel how you want to look and feel, to evolve spiritually throughout this life. Some of these suggestions may be more universal than others. Some may be of direct benefit and others will succeed through their ancillary effects upon your systems and/or upon others in your life.

Take some or all of these and add them to your life’s recipe for living. Per your own taste, suit to your situation and to your personal tolerance level. In the end, you will know what you need to do to accomplish all that you desire in this life. It will come from within and may be inspired from that which resides outside of you.

Until next time, goodbye for now.

KGM

Notes – May 23rd – Self Help V1P3

Before answering the questions posed in V1P2 (May 22nd), one must know what it is that one wants. It must be know with clarity and conviction. It must be defined for oneself and understood.

To elaborate on this consider the following.

What is your mantra? What do you pray for? What does your inner self show to you in brief glimpses over time? All of these are important parts of defining how we want to look and feel. You may have a good idea right now with no further introspection necessary. You may be clueless You are most likely somewhere in the space between.

The space between. What an enormous thought. What a wide span of territory and how so important to our future it is. One must “see” the space between in some big sky overview kind of way. The details of the points on each side must be crystal clear, however, and they consist of where you are and where you want to be.

Think of a plant that you have. You are charged with caring for it and you have an idea of how to do so. You envision a beautiful, growing, living thing with perhaps aroma and color and energy coming to fruition at some future date. What choices do you have to make to achieve that end? Would you do more or less for yourself?

In order to look and feel a certain way you have got to “earn it”. It will not come from osmosis. Part of this comes from what you tell yourself day in and day out – your mantra. Some of this comes from what you put out into the universe in prayer, mediation, quiet thought. Ask and you shall receive.

More to come on this soon. Until then, goodbye for now

KGM