Sunday, April 30, 2017

FILL YOURSELF WITH “GOD”

For a happy, fulfilled, healthy and long life - FILL YOURSELF WITH GOD!

Even if you don’t believe in “God” - or a power greater than yourself, you can consider “God” everything that is loving, kind, happy and positive. God is love and God is life. We must all learn to embrace LIFE, positivity and faith, and believe in the power we have to create a better life for ourselves (and even for others). We can go deep within and find God inside of us! That power that inspires us to become the best that we can be, that drives us to be good to ourselves and others, to have some form of purpose and meaning in our lives.

No, life is not easy. Recently I created a digital work of art with the text, “Life is like a Zig Zag.” Think about it, life has its ups and downs, of course; we must face many challenges. But it’s imperative that we remain strong and hopeful; and to do this we must find our inner resources, we must read things that inspire us, we must reflect and pray (or affirm that we can do it!) everyday or as much as possible - we have strength within us! Affirmations are very powerful, the Buddhists and many others believe in repeating “affirmations” everyday! When we affirm something over and over, it can become our belief and our reality. So affirmations are like prayers. Instead of putting negative thoughts in our minds, and even calling ourselves names and becoming our own worst enemy - let's affirm and reaffirm often how beautiful, intelligent, strong, resourceful, smart, wise, healthy, happy… we are. Pay more attention to your thoughts, your attitudes, your intentions and your actions. We can create our own reality and this reality can be a miserable one or a happy one, and on our “down” periods, with faith and a hopeful attitude, we will look forward to happy and better times.

It’s also important to seek the advice and encouragement of others. At times, even when we don’t believe we can do something, a friend, a relative, someone, can give us some helpful and positive words to make us believe more in ourselves, to point out our many strengths and qualities and to help us love ourselves more (one of our biggest challenges!).

It’s very easy to discourage ourselves, since there are a lot of negative people out there. People that like to drag and put others down due to their own weaknesses and insecurities. Everywhere you go, you can find some very negative and toxic people, that only think the worse, that make us feel bad. We must remain strong! We must fill ourselves with confidence, and “God” gives us this power!

So, let’s fill ourselves with “God.” Fill yourself with everything that is BEAUTIFUL! You can do it and I can do it too!

With love,

Karol

“The deepness within us is God.”

“Let’s connect with our Spirit.”

“Find love in everyone and everything.”

"He that loves not knows not God; for God is love." (Bible)

"God is love; whoever abides in love abides in God, and God in him." (Bible)

"Beloved, let us love one another, because love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love." (Bible)

Secrets to a long life: Be Loving, Be Kind, Be Compassionate and Have Empathy. ~ Deepak Chopra

"We all have an infinite depth within us that contains more potential for creativity than we can ever imagine." ~ Dr. Wayne Dyer

“We are not our bodies, our possessions, or our careers. Who we are is DIVINE LOVE and that is INFINITE.” ~ Dr. Wayne Dyer

“…we all have a place of depth within us, whether or not we are aware of it at any given time. This place of depth might be thought of as the spiritual dimension within us… it is where they (we) go in themselves (ourselves) to reconnect with God, with meaning, or with a sense of the big picture of their (our) life or for spiritual renewal or for creative inspiration.” 
~ Abby Seixas (“Finding the Deep River Within: A Woman’s Guide to Recovering Balance and Meaning in Everyday Life”)

“We all can tap into our Infinite Source of Power.”

"In the infinity of life where I am, all is perfect, whole, and complete. I believe in a power far greater than I am that flows through me every moment of every day." ~ Louise L. Hay

"Find the time to improve yourself."

“Find a way…”

So, don’t allow sad days to dampen your spirit…
Remember why you are here:
To make a difference,
To be the best that you can be,
To love, to share, to give, to learn,
To walk in gratitude,
To walk in peace…
(My digital art "Life is like a Zig Zag")

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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

God again...

I actually get a kick out of trying to define "God." I guess in a way I'm always searching for answers, and also trying to find the best definitions of that creative awesome force that we call "God."

I'm reading Peace Pilgrim again, the book compiled by some of "her friends" - "Peace Pilgrim: Her Life and Work in Her Own Words." I love this book. Check the site dedicated to her and her work: http://www.peacepilgrim.org/book/index.htm (you can even download an electronic copy of this book there). In one of the chapters you can read something she said about God: "Intellectually I touched God many times as truth and emotionally I touched God as love. I touched God as goodness. I touched God as kindness. It came to me that God is a creative force, a motivating power, an over-all intelligence, an ever-present, all-pervading spirit - which binds everything in the universe together and gives life to everything. That brought God close. I could not be where God is not. You are within God. God is within you."

Another favorite writer, Chuck Gallozzi wrote:

"By being ever mindful of the nearness of God, our hearts are filled with gratitude. Bitterness is replaced with happiness. The greater our awareness of Him, the lesser our attachment to the things of the world. With detachment, insatiable greed and frustration are replaced by serenity.

When we live as though we believe in God by practicing His love, our example inspires others to do the same and spread the happiness everyone yearns for."

Jalal Al-Din Rumi (1207 ~ 1273) wrote, "By practicing God's remembrance your inner being will be illumined little by little and you will achieve some measure of detachment from the world."

Menachem Mendel Schneerson said: “Connecting to God is the only way to truly free yourself from fear. By recognizing that you are an integral part of God’s plan, that your existence is significant and your participation is vital, you can wean yourself of the doubts that feed your fears.”

Joshua Loth Liebman wrote in his book "Peace of Mind:" "
We can master fear through faith - faith in the worthliness of life and the trustworthiness of God; faith in the meaning of our pain and our striving, the confidence that God will not cast us aside but will use each one of us as a piece of priceless mosaic in the design of His universe."

Millions of people have had "near death experiences." These people were pronounced "clinically dead" and when they came back to life, they said what they experienced "in the light" was a "higher intelligence" - they feel they were in the presence of God.

They felt unconditional love, caring and compassion beyond what they had ever known. There was knowledge of everything, their questions were answered instantly. They understood the whole of everything. They were part of the whole and the whole was part of them, everything is connected to everything. The whole was God. He was the "oneness" of all creation.

Susie Shellenberger wrote:
“Think of God as an eternal power outlet. When you take time to plug in to his power, you automatically receive new energy, new life, new power. Trying to run on reserve can only be temporary. A run-down person is unproductive and ineffective. Just as our physical bodies need to be replenished, our souls also need to be revived. "

I firmly believe that too, that God is like an amazing Power Source. We can choose to be connected to that source, by tapping into the energy of God and being “in the light” or to be disconnected and live “in darkness”. It’s really up to us – we have a choice (we always have a choice!).... We can be like a plant or flower who, desperately needs the sun and yet, never gets that needed sunlight because it was placed in a dark area (in darkness) – so it withers and dies; or like the sunflower who follows the light wherever it goes and gets enough sunshine. This plant will be beautiful, strong and happy, and admired by all. What is your choice?

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Let's become warriors of light...

"A warrior of light knows that he has much to be grateful for."
~ Paulo Coelho

Lately I've been thinking about the concept of becoming a "warrior of light." What does this mean? Why am I even thinking about this? I read too much sometimes... Let's think for a moment about the game for the Nintendo DS, The Warriors of Light, also known as Light Warriors. I've never played this game and truthfully, I'm not interested in video games, but when I Googled "Warriors of Light" online, I found out about it and thought that we can even learn something positive from it. In this game four heroes are chosen by the Crystals, by a prophecy, a will, or by fate, to go on the dangerous journey to fight evil, or simply restore balance to the world.

What inspired me was something that I heard while watching Caroline Myss' video on "Being Fearless" (in YouTube). She mentioned something like: "The inability to forgive keeps you avengeful, bitter - a person that lives in a war zone. You are a warrior... You are not a strong one... you are someone that makes war. You are one of the reasons there is a war. You are a participant in war. The 'unforgiving' are the reason there is war..." I deducted -and thought at the time- that in reality "we are all warriors by nature - we like to make war, we like to fight." But we must learn to become warriors of "light" not of "darkness" - warriors of peace.

It's easy for us to be unforgiving and ungrateful - when we must strive to be the opposite (forgiving and grateful). It's also easy for us to believe that we're always right, isn't it? So as usual, I checked online, and realized many others have had this same idea before... the idea that a warrior of light is a kind of "hero," someone who promotes peace and harmony. I just finished reading "The Alchemist" by Paulo Coelho (great book!) and noticed that one of his books is called "Warrior of the Light" (I will have to check it out) - I'm curious now... I'm also reading some of Joseph Campbell's books ("Myths to Live By" and "Hero with a Thousand Faces") - where the idea that we all want to become heroes and warriors, in some capacity, is explored.
We are warriors by nature, by instinct. We want to protect ourselves, protect our loved ones, protect our beliefs (at least we like to think that we want to protect what's important to us). But ultimately we have a choice: we can become peaceful warriors, warriors of light, warriors of peace; or we can become warriors of darkness, evil warriors, without concern for the well-being of others. Can you see the difference? In the game, the warriors of light fight for PEACE, they restore balance and fight evil.

We can also become warriors of light in our lives. We can catch ourselves when our anger, pride, hate, judgments, and warmonger instincts take over and we purposely or inadvertently hurt others (causing physical or emotional pain). We must remember that love, peace, compassion, kindness, understanding, tolerance, patience, etc. are the virtues that we must strive to possess - the virtues of the Light Warriors.

Instead of causing chaos, or contributing to the madness, let's become peacemakers. It is our duty to get along with our fellow men
(our brothers and sisters of this world); to uplift instead of demean, by respecting and valuing others. By listening to what they have to say. We must teach others to be peaceful by being peaceful ourselves; by example. We must be at peace by being peaceful. We must embrace peace and love above all, and practice peace and loving-kindness at all times. Not easy things to do. We know all this deep inside, sometimes we just forget... It is our challenge!

It's so easy to assume that we are always right, even when we are not. Sometimes we are, of course, but we cannot assume the arrogant attitude that we have all the answers all the time. It's so easy to take things personally too. Yes, we are only human, and we have a lot to learn. Socrates once said "I know that I know nothing." We cannot know anything with absolute certainty. We have to give others the benefit of the doubt and learn to be humble. Humility is another important virtue that we must learn, and forgiveness is essential. Without a forgiving heart, we cannot truly get along with others.

Let's put our pride aside, our desire to always be right, our need to say the last word... and let's choose to become loving individuals and live in peace. Let's restore balance in our lives and teach our children, friends, relatives, co-workers, students and those around us how to truly be at peace and live in peace. Not easy challenges... but I dare you! Let's learn from others and just do our best...

"If you want to make peace, you must be peaceful."
~ Peace Pilgrim

Check: The Manual of the Warrior of Light by Paulo Coelho (if the link doesn't work, you can "Google" it). I was able to download a free PDF of the manual.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Love and Fear

"God isn't separate from us, because He's the love inside our minds. Every problem inside and out, is due to separation from love on someone's part." "Love heals all wounds." (Marianne Williamson "A Return to Love")

"There is no fear in love. But perfect love casts out fear..." (I John 4:18)

"Neither a lofty degree of intelligence nor imagination nor both together go to the making of genius. Love, love, love, that is the soul of genius." (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart)

If we are suffering, it may be that we are in a place of fear, not love... David Kessler wrote: "It’s true that there are only two primary emotions, love and fear, but it’s more accurate to say that there is only love or fear, for we cannot feel these two emotions together, at exactly the same time." Oreon and Arianni Masters in "Awaken to Oneness" similarly wrote: "Love and fear are mutually exclusive. You can not experience them at the same moment." They also mentioned "Love offers peace and fear offers suffering... Fear is not the opposite of love because that which is all encompassing has no opposite." It is normal (or I should say common) in my opinion to feel at times deep emotions of love, and at other times deep emotions of fear. When we feel love, we feel good, at peace, excited, happy, confident... "Love is the total absence of fear" (many authors have expressed this in their writings). Fear, on the other hand, is a bad feeling. When you are fearful, you feel bad, stressed, anxious and/or depressed, not at peace, upset, judgmental, critical, not confident. Think about other emotions or feelings that are involved when you live "in love" and when you live "in fear." You may be surprised at your own answers. Pay attention to your actions, reactions, thoughts and intentions. Do you feel that you act and think mostly in a place of love or in a place of fear? It's really our choice to live "in love" or to live "in fear." The goal of course is to learn to live "in love." Fear paralyzes us and if we let it, it will control our life. I hope you wake up every morning with the commitment to live with love and in love!

Love is light, fear is darkness... You can find a lot of information in books and online about this topic. Leo Buscaglia and Gerald Jampolsky are two of my favorite teachers. They both wrote many wonderful books on "love." Also check: http://timelessmiracles.com/LightGuide/love.htm and http://timelessmiracles.com/LightGuide/oh.htm (beautiful sites from Frank Sant'Agata), or just enter "love and fear" in Google. You will be guided to other great sites. This is how I found these ones... I love to do this, just take a chance and find something beautiful online or in a bookstore! I wish you love, I wish you peace...

You attract what you love and you attract what you fear... so love, think and act with love and stay "in love."

"Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres... Love never fails." (I Corinthians 13)

Sunday, August 01, 2010

"We are Drops in an Infinite Sea..."

"God is a source of pure unconditional love and light, and we are here to try to manifest this love in our every thought and action. This is our birthright because God is within each one of us."
~ Michele Livingston

Rabbi and Dr. Joshua Loth Liebman wrote: "Detachment gives us the understanding that we are born into a world that is larger and more important than we; that we are drops in an infinite sea; that we are marvelously distilled globules of Divine rain and dew; that we cannot last forever; that all of our priceless values are at the mercy of time..." (Peace of Mind, 1946). He made this comment in his book after discussing the opinion of a distinguished American philosopher, Charles Morris, when he described the necessity of having "proper detachments and proper attachments" in our lives.

I love reading this book! Dr. Liebman was a very intelligent, wise and prolific person. This book spent more than a year as number one on the New York Times Best Seller List. I was introduced to "Peace of Mind" back in 2002, when I was organizing and packing my Mother-in-Law's (Bebe's) apartment; since we sadly had to move her into an assisted living place, and later on into a nursing home - due to her Alzheimer's disease. Finding this book was a true treasure. Since then I had bought a few extra copies, and read it once in a while (different sections - never all at once). I really appreciate the Rabbi's knowledge and insights. Sadly, this amazing man died at the young age of 41. He also wrote: "Hope for Man" and "Psychiatry and Religion." Mom (Bebe) bought this book before her wedding, April 1948 (in December 1947); so it has a very special meaning to me. I like to believe that she wanted me to read it, to learn to live a better life, and learn to find inner peace.

I love books that make me think and reflect; this is definitely one of those. His messages are even relevant today, 64 years later. I understand why so many people abandon their religious traditions; why they get turned off by the old fashioned and outdated ideas and beliefs of their religious organizations. Rabbi Liebman wrote: "... the time is coming when we have to bring our idea of God into harmony with the new realities of our life." We cannot continue seeing God as a Divine tyrant, and a powerful and scary being. Religions shouldn't be based on the premises of fear, surrender and submission. I agree with Rabbi Liebman when he said that we must have "confidence in life and in the God of life," and also that "we must think of ourselves as responsible co-workers with God." We are co-creators with God. God wants cooperation and partnership not submission!

So who's God? How do you define God? That's the million dollar question. Think about it... Is your idea of God outdated? Is this why you don't trust God or religion? We are drops in the Infinite Sea that is God... The energy of God (Love/Life) is inside each one of us; we have one of the seeds of God within us. "He made man a vessel of His energy, endowed with unlimited powers of good an evil." God is infinite energy... God is life...

We have complete free will and must believe in our individuality; in the value of our independent growth, our independent thinking, and our personal responsibility and freedom. This is why we don't want to believe in a God that decides what's best for us; He/She/It is not a puppet master, and we are not his puppets. We decide what's best for us... and we create our life, with God's help. We have the power (which emanates from the God seed) to create a beautiful life for ourselves. We must learn to believe in that power and learn to love life, no matter what! When we embrace the good qualities of our soul - kindness, compassion, forgiveness, patience, love - we find peace and we find God.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Embracing Open-Mindedness

"Give light, and the darkness will disappear of itself." ~ Desiderius Erasmus

To be open-minded is to be receptive to new and different ideas or to the opinions of others. I personally feel that it's essential to have an open mind, especially in today's world. It would be arrogant to believe that we are always right. No one is... There's so much diversity, so many countries, so many people with their unique customs and beliefs, so many different opinions, so many differences between the human beings that inhabit this Earth... We must learn to be more open-minded, tolerant, understanding, patient, flexible, forgiving.

We must concentrate in the good and beauty of others, their accomplishments, their uniqueness, their specialness and not in their differences. Let's find common ground and embrace our similarities. We're not that different after all. Why is it so hard to try to accept others the way they are? Of course, it is hard to see injustices, abuse, hatred, evil... It's hard to understand how and why some people only embrace negative attitudes and behaviors. Why do they want to harm others? Where is their conscience? Are they in so much pain themselves, or are they so ignorant, that they prefer to ignore the suffering of others and are willing to cause pain to relieve their own? Don't they feel the pain of others? Why can't they get along with the rest? Why can't they find peace? Why do they have to hate so much?

It is hard for me to understand how others at times enjoy causing pain. Why so many people want to seek revenge for what they believe were wrongs that others inflicted on them. We must learn to let go. We must learn to forgive. No one is perfect!

In many ways it is selfishness. They're so concerned about being and feeling like victims, that they become blind to the needs and suffering of others. Life would be so much better and simpler if we all got along. Why do we sometimes have to prove that we, and only us, are always right? That we always know best? No one is all-knowing. Humility must be learned, and patience must be cultivated. Above all, love must be the feeling that moves us, not fear, not hate... ONLY LOVE! And in order to truly love we must be open-minded... and flexible. We must remember that our actions, thoughts and intentions will have positive or negative consequences in our lives. We are responsible for creating a happy or a miserable life!

I think Oprah Winfrey hit the nail on the head when she wrote: "Your relationships with others reflect your relationship with yourself. You can't give love if you don't have it. And you can't receive (or even perceive) it because you won't recognize it when it shows up. You've got to care for yourself in order to be able to care for others." (The Oprah Magazine, April 2010 Edition)

I also love Peace Pilgrim's messages, like when she said: "Judging others will avail you nothing and injure you spirituality. Only if you inspire others to judge themselves will anything worthwhile have been accomplished." Let's learn to be less judgmental. It's easy to believe we know it all... 

I highly recommend the book "The Power of Patience" by M. J. Ryan (author of "Random Acts of Kindness"). We all need to learn to be more patient with ourselves and with one another. Check it out!

Saturday, January 02, 2010

Reminders for the New Year

May you laugh a little louder, fear a whole lot less, dream a bit more often and always do your best...

I recently found some of my notes and quotes (I'm not sure who the authors are, some may be Peace Pilgrim's) about affirming God's presence in our lives and the importance of our thoughts. I want to share them with you:

One of the most powerful concepts, one which is a cure for lack of confidence, is the thought that God is actually with you and helping you. This is one of the simplest teachings in many religions: "God will be your companion, will stand by you, help you, and see you through." No other idea is so powerful in developing self-confidence as this simple belief when practiced. Simply affirm: "God is with me; God is helping me; God is guiding me." (Or you can say "Spirit" or "My Guide" or use another word that suits you). Spend several minutes each day visualizing His presence (the presence of unconditional LOVE). Then practice believing that affirmation. Go about your business on the assumption that what you have affirmed and visualized is true. You are safe, you are with God.

Affirm it, visualize it, believe it, and it will actualize itself. The release of power which this procedure stimulates will astonish you... Affirmations are very important! What we tell ourselves day in and day out matters and is reflected in our lives. I firmly believe that we are responsible for our life and what we create in it. Our thoughts, our words, our actions and our intentions determine our fate and create outcomes in our life - create our life!

Practice the following affirmation (repeating it out loud if possible): "I can do all things through God which strengthens me." That statement is the most powerful antidote on earth to inferiority thoughts.

Put yourself in God's hands. Simply state: "I am in God's hands." Then believe you are NOW receiving all the power you need. "Feel" it flowing into you. Affirm that "the kingdom of God is within you: in the form of adequate power to meet life's demands. Remind yourself that God is with you and nothing can defeat you. Believe that you now RECEIVE power from Him. With God you are STRONG and anything is possible!

In Romans 12:2 Paul states: "Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will."

“You are not what you think you are; what you think, you are.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Renew your mind, pay attention to your thoughts and put positive thoughts there. Practice emptying your mind of fears, hates, insecurities, regrets, and guilt. Fill your mind with creative and healthy thoughts. Then, when old fears, hates, and worries that have haunted you for so long try to edge back in, they will find a sign on the door of your mind reading: "occupied."
~ Norman Vincent Peale ("The Power of Positive Thinking")

"The words we speak have a direct and definite effect upon our thoughts."

"You create your thoughts, and your thoughts create your life. Do you like what you have created? Contemplate yourself each day and you will unravel the mystery of not only what you are but who you are."

"What you find in your mind is what you put there. Put good things there."

"You cannot control the world outside, but you can choose what you will bring into yourself. If you do not see anything of value in your life, begin by finding one thing of beauty every day until it becomes a habit."

"God is the light and love of the world."

"Be at peace with yourself. If you are not at peace with yourself, you are at peace with nothing."

"How often is peace a place within your mind and your world? Learn to maintain a peaceful state of mind at all costs. If you do not, it will cost you in the quality of how you experience life."

"The way of inner peace is through love..."

"If you want to make peace, you must be peaceful..."

"If you want to make friends, you must be friendly..."

"To love forever is to live forever..."

"The ten most powerful two-letter words: If it is to be, it is up to me."