May 31,2014
Trust, Hope, Faith and Action

From time to time, we may pass through a period of trouble that causes us stress, and we wonder when will it all end? We may experience family issues, work crises, health problems, financial struggles, or all of the above. These times are trying and there may not be much that we can do to change our current situations.

At these times, we must dig deep to find our hope and strength and practice faith in something greater than ourselves, such as God, angels, miracles, magic, nature or positive energy. We must do what we can to take care of our situation and then have faith, trust and hope in a power greater than we are to take care of the outcome.

This does not mean that we throw up our hands in despair and wait for a power outside ourselves to take care of things that we can do for ourselves. So, for example, if one has lost his/her job, s/he can pray for guidance and have faith and hope that just the right new job will come along, but in the meantime, one must also be updating his/her resume, networking, and looking for and applying for appropriate positions that suit his/her skill set. Similarly, if one has a financial crisis, one must be looking for ways to budget, reduce expenses and increase cash flows, and seek professional assistance when necessary, while also trusting that the Universe will guide and provide. Prayer and meditation are tools that we have when we need help (and even when we don't realize that we need help).

We can also be grateful for all of the things that are right … good health, a safe comfortable home, loving and supportive family and friends …whatever those things are.

With a combination of appropriate action, gratitude, faith, hope, trust, prayer, meditation, and positive energy, situations resolve themselves. Seeking help and support from professionals, family and friends also guides us, as our higher powers speak to us through others.

It is a good time to practice using the Serenity Prayer, written by Reinhold Niebuhr…

Serenity Prayer

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
The courage to change the things I can,
And wisdom to know the difference.

Reference:

Niebuhr, R. (1942). Serenity Prayer

© Carla Weaver 2014


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May 07,2014
Taking Back Our Power

How many times do we give away our power to others because we doubt ourselves? We ask someone for advice and their opinion differs from ours, so we assume that their opinion is better and follow it. Or, someone else imposes their view on us because they are arrogant or overly confident and we back down and allow them to prevail. Where is our intuition in these situations? That should be our true gauge of a good or bad decision. Our intuition is our connection to our Source and it leads us in the direction that is best for us.

Sometimes, it's hard for us to get in touch with that intuition, but rather than second guessing it or asking others for their advice, it is better to work on renewing our connection to Source. How do we do that? Through prayer, meditation, walking in nature, painting, listening to or creating music, writing and journaling, or talking to the angels. All of these exercises can bring us closer to our Source and help us to be still enough to hear that soft gentle inner voice that is our intuition, our guidance from God that leads us back to owning our own power.

© Carla Weaver 2014


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May 06,2014
Discouraged

Yesterday, I signed into my BLOG. I haven't been here in a while – two months. The last time I wrote was March 5. When I started the BLOG more than 2 years ago, I decided that I wanted it to be positive, uplifting, encouraging, motivating, inspirational … I haven't been able to offer that in the last few weeks, but I hope that I can move in that direction now. Sometimes, the pitcher of life just throws us curve balls faster than we can swing the bat. When you're busy swinging at curve balls and striking out … well, it's just not inspirational. It's downright discouraging.

I am pretty discouraged right now and that happens in life – whether we are trying to sell our paintings, trying to find someone to publish our book, hearing criticism about our work, trying to finish a never-ending project, or dealing with negative people, we can lose our sense of hope and enthusiasm. That's where I've been for the last few weeks. Too many discouraging things and people.

But, I believe that there is always hope, so I've turned over those things about which I feel most hopeless to the Universe with faith that the situations will be better handled through the Universe than through my worry. In fact, in complete and utter frustration about my own inability and powerlessness to solve one situation, I gave it up to the Universe, and miraculously, the Universe nudged a negative person to move on, and then things began to resolve. So, one thing at a time, one moment at a time, I have faith that the Universe will resolve my concerns.

"We can rest assured, our higher power is caring for us. Each breath we take is Spirit-filled, and the plan for our lives is an accumulation of necessary experiences that are helping us to grow and develop our special talents. What we often forget is that the difficult periods of our lives stretch us, enlighten us, ready us to be the women we desire within to be ."

"This moment is sacred. All moments are sacred. They will not come again. What is offered this moment for us to grow on will not be offered in exactly this way again. Our higher power knows our needs and is caring for them. We can trust the goodness of today."

Whatever situation I encounter today, I will believe in its goodness. It is right for me. It may stretch my patience rather than elicit laughter, but it is right for me at this time " (Hazelden, 1991, p. July 16).

Reference:

Hazelden. (1991). Each Day a New Beginning: Daily Meditations for Women, Hazelden Educational Materials, Center City, MN.

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