February 27,2014
Anything is Possible

When we believe that anything is possible, anything is possible. When we believe that things are impossible, they are.

Deepak Chopra writes about a Universe of pure potentiality. Wayne Dyer writes about intention. Our attitudes shape our world. Thoughts are things. Believe in the possible, and it will occur.

When we introduce fear, doubt or become distracted from our wishes, intentions or desires, we interfere with their fruition.

I am reminded of my favorite quote by Henry David Thoreau…

"I have learned that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours."

- Henry David Thoreau

References:

Brainy Quote, Henry David Thoreau Quotes, retrieved on February 3, 2014 from http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/h/henry_david_thoreau_3.html

© Carla Weaver 2014


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February 21,2014
Open Our Hearts Every Day

On Valentine's Day last week, I reflected on its purpose. It is a day about which I have mixed feelings. I get a bit angry because I see it as a day that Hallmark created ... not to pick on Hallmark alone, but you know what I mean ... commercialism. The card, the chocolates, the rose and jewellery sellers push it with their advertising. Those who are in a relationship feel obligated to participate with gifts for their significant others and those without a significant other feel left out.

But, the message of Valentine's Day is one we should not save for February 14th alone. We should keep our hearts open and express love everyday. We should treat our loved ones kindly and generously every day. And, chocolate, cards and flowers are always nice.

If we focus on the message of Valentine's Day rather than the commercialism of it, it brings love into our hearts and we can share that with others.

Remember to be kind and loving every day.

© Carla Weaver 2014


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February 21,2014
Stay Connected to Love

Detaching, separating and isolating are different things. We may decide that we need to distance ourselves from people who are not good for us. How do we do that? We DETACH from them with love and compassion. We can recognize that we no longer choose to spend time with someone, but we must detach compassionately by blessing them and freeing them to follow their paths, which are different from ours. We do not condemn their path. It is just different. We release them from our focus and let them go on their journeys. We detach with love and compassion. Love is the key. This can be a very challenging process.

When we SEPARATE ourselves from others, we fail to recognize our connectedness to the Universe and to our fellow humans and animals. Being separate is a choice to swim upstream, to flow against the current. The Universe is a vast connected grid of energy – a system of which we must be a part to survive. A bee who leaves the hive does not survive. Separating is the first step toward isolation.

ISOLATION means no contact – we put prisoners in isolation to break them. We cannot survive alone. Those who become completely separate and isolated often go off the rails completely. We have read of loners who have committed horrific crimes against humanity. They have lost their place in the Universe. Although the Universe abandons no one, some choose to separate and isolate from it. This is not healthy and is different from a healthy detachment from a toxic person or two. The difference is the absence of love. When we separate from the grid of love energy, we lose our way. We must remain connected to the Universe to stay connected to love. We must always remember to take our place in the Universe as the loving souls that we are.

© Carla Weaver 2014


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February 11,2014
God-given Gifts

Fifty years ago, four average young men from working class families in England changed our culture when they appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show on February 9, 1962. Yes, I'm talking about The Beatles, four average guys with God-given talents, which we all have, who changed the world with their inspiration and creativity.

Look what can happen when we put our energy into using our talents and collaborating with other like-minded souls. They poured their hearts and souls into song and something divine was created.

I was so inspired on Sunday night by the CBS celebration of The Beatles and the 50th Anniversary tribute to their appearance on Ed Sullivan. It was history being reviewed and made again when Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr were once again on stage together.

We may not all have the success or impact experienced by The Beatles but we can all focus on our talents and on collaborating with others who complement and support our talents and see what can happen.

Linda Coons writes about recognizing our gifts from God, being grateful for them and taking action to do the footwork to succeed:

Recognizing Gifts From God

"Some artists believe that there is an art form in learning to recognize gits from God. Because they don't arrive in our lives neatly wrapped in a gift box with a pretty bow and a tag which says, "To ____ from God," we often do not recognize them as gifts. We may lack the faith to believe that they come from a source greater than ourselves, or perhaps doubt that we deserve the goodness some creative gifts and talents might bring to our lives.

Most often gifts require willingness and hard work on our part. We can consider them spiritual gifts just the same. Usually they require that we recognize and accept them, including the footwork involved in the process.

Sometimes gifts from God arrive when and how we least expect them. That a Higher Power is a mysterious force for good, many of us learn through experience. We can consider opportunities as gifts. Sometimes the opportunity to say "no" or "I choose not to be a victim" is a gift. The opportunity to say "yes" to something we do want is also a gift.

We can learn in our prayers and meditations to thank our Higher Power for all our gifts, no matter how small or large. Some of us happily discover that our gratitude seems to create a pathway for even more gifts to appear in our lives and our art…even if they're not wrapped in a gift box (Coons, 2000, p. 6)."

References:

Coons, Linda (2000) The Artist's Soul: Daily Nourishment to Support Creative Growth," Jeremy P. Tarcher/Putnam, New York, p. 53.

© Carla Weaver 2014


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February 08,2014
An Artist's Prayer

I have written that each morning I have a spiritual practice of preparing myself for my day or of creating my day. This practice involves some combination of reading, journaling, meditating, praying and consulting angel cards. I spend about an hour.

One of my favorite daily reading books is "The Artist's Soul" by Linda Coons, a book of daily readings for artists. Today's reading in this book is called "One Artist's Prayer," and I share it with you today…

One Artist's Prayer

"O Great Creator,

I am here by your gift of life that I may serve you and your highest purpose for my life. I ask for your guidance on my journey; for your inspiration in my creativity; for you to open my mind to greater ideas each day. I ask you to help me to accept myself as an artist.

I am grateful for each gift and talent you give to me, no matter how small or large it may seem. Thank you. Teach me to use each one to its best purpose.

I believe that you are always within me to guide me, and that I can trust following your lead as you unfold my life according to your plan of goodness for me and my art.

Help me to strive for health by eating healthful foods, by exercising, by getting proper rest, by expressing my feelings and my gifts, and by thinking positive and loving thoughts about myself, my art, and others.

I ask you also to help me to strive for balance without being too submissive or too demanding; for balance between expecting too much and expecting too little from myself, my art, and others; for that sensitive balance between spontaneity and discipline in my creative endeavors. Above all, help me to feel gratitude to you. Thanks for caring (Coons, 2000, p 53)."

Reference:

Coons, Linda (2000) The Artist's Soul: Daily Nourishment to Support Creative Growth," Jeremy P. Tarcher/Putnam, New York, p. 53.

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February 06,2014
Intentions and Desires

Lately, I have been studying and discussing with a group Wayne Dyer's book, "The Power of Intention." This has caused me to ask myself a few questions and consider how I spend my time.

First, I have asked myself, what are my true intentions and desires? What do I really want and intend for my life? And, I have asked myself whether I am moving in the direction of attaining these intentions and desires? Am I taking action, or am I just coasting hoping that my desires will be realized? Am I working with or against the Universe?

It's easy to get up every day and do whatever we do because that's what we did yesterday and the day before and the day before that. But is that daily routine aligned with my intentions and desires? Do I make random plans that distract me from what I intend? Do I spend time with the people with whom I want to spend time? Do I make alert and aware choices about how to spend my time and energy so that I continue to move in my chosen direction?

For example, one of my intentions and desires is to spend time painting. However, I have very little time to paint. Clearly, I am not making choices or taking the action that aligns with my desire to paint.

I have the intention to be healthy and fit. I have been making daily time to walk and exercise, so I am working toward that intention and desire.

I find that this takes some vigilance. It is so easy to get distracted. Others suggest going to watch a sporting event or getting together for a coffee and it's easy to just go along with something that may not be what I wanted in my heart. Maybe I could have spent that time painting instead of making a random choice that didn't match my intentions and desires.

Each morning for the last several years, I have taken time to "create my day." In the beginning, I was following Julia Cameron's "Artist's Way," and writing "morning pages," three pages of stream of consciousness writing. At some point, I decided to alter that writing to creating my day, and I would start the writing with, "Today, I create a day filled with love and joy…" and then I would continue to write about what I intended for the day. I continue after almost 20 years to spend the first hour of my day creating the day. While to some, it might seem like a luxury to spend an hour in thought, prayer, meditation and planning, I have found that it keeps me focused on my intentions and desires, and it keeps me grounded. When I don't take the time to create my day, I find myself going through the day unfocused and disorganized.

I repeat here, Henry David Thoreau's quote from another blog this week because I am keeping this in mind…

"I have learned that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours."

- Henry David Thoreau

References:

Brainy Quote, Henry David Thoreau Quotes, retrieved on February 3, 2014 from http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/h/henry_david_thoreau_3.html

Dyer, Wayne. (2004). The Power of Intention: Learning to Co-create Your World Your Way, Hay House, Inc., Carlsbad, CA.

Carla Weaver © 2014


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February 06,2014
Be Receptive

Creativity can be challenging … it is about resolving a troubling situation, or solving a complex problem, or learning to do something new, or humbling ourselves to be teachable, or letting go of ideas or egos to receive new information or ideas.

I often think of creativity in the sense of being Divinely inspired to paint a beautiful painting or write something thought provoking or create a delicious meal. It is that too. But, to be truly creative, we must be receptive. We must be ready to receive Divine Guidance in all ways – from new messengers, via different channels. This is how we grow as artists, as writers, as students of life.

So, if something is challenging your progress or troubling you or you seem to be meeting new obstacles, look for the opportunity to grow in this situation. Listen for guidance from unexpected sources. Be open minded, receptive and teachable. Stay calm and know that there is a solution in Spirit and the guidance will be provided. Pray, meditate, listen and observe.

© Carla Weaver 2014


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February 03,2014
Mixed Messages

Nothing is more confusing than being around someone who gives mixed messages….. I love you/I hate you….I like you /I don't … You're good/you're not. This behavior is toxic and to be avoided, and that can present challenges when the toxicity comes from a family member or friend.

We need to know within ourselves that we are good and lovable and worthy children of God. Then we know that we don't need the constant confusion and disruption of the mixed messages, and we can set boundaries so that our self-esteem is not eroded by the negative messages.

Detaching with kindness and respect form the toxic messages lets us move on and not be affected by them. Perhaps the person giving the mixed messages will realize what he/she is doing and change. Or, perhaps the person will never change this behavior.

We cannot change another. They will change or not through their own spiritual growth, which has nothing to do with us. All we can do is change ourselves, detach from those who interfere with our own well-being or serenity, and offer a prayer and some compassion for others on their journeys.

Sometimes we wait too long before detaching or setting boundaries and then instead of detaching with kindness and compassion, we are detaching with anger. Breathe deeply and with the exhales let the anger go. Go on your path and try not to be troubled or resentful about the mixed messages. You can be free of them through detachment and setting boundaries, so there is no longer any need to carry the anger.

© Carla Weaver 2014


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February 03,2014
Making BIG Dreams Real

How do we bring the BIG dreams into reality? Daring to dream BIG is one thing, but once we have dreamed BIG, how do we actually realize the dream? It may seem completely overwhelming. We may experience self-doubt or feel unworthy of realizing it, or it may seem impossible to achieve. How will I accomplish this on my own?

First, recognize that you will not realize it alone. You may lead the effort, but you will need help and guidance.

And, you cannot achieve it without knowing that you will need and receive Divine guidance. When we separate ourselves from this Divine energy, we are operating with our egos and heading toward failure. Connecting to our spirits and following Divine guidance is the route to achieving BIG Dreams. Divine guidance may arrive through intuition, new ideas that occur to you, other people you already know, or new ones that you meet. You may happen upon a book, a TV program, or a website that provides needed information to help fulfill your BIG Dream vision.

By holding the intention of achieving the Big Dream and following your guidance one step at a time and one day at a time, you will be amazed at how it will come to fruition. You must take some action. Do research, make a plan, follow the plan. And, remain open to new ideas along the way. I am reminded of a favorite quote from Henry David Thoreau…

"I have learned that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours."
- Henry David Thoreau

References:

Brainy Quote, Henry David Thoreau Quotes, retrieved on February 3, 2014 from http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/h/henry_david_thoreau_3.html

Carla Weaver © 2014


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