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Reflections in the Light
Daily Thoughts and Affirmations
By Shakti Gawain
New World LibraryCopyright © 2003 Shakti Gawain
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Creating a new way of life
We are living in a very exciting and powerful time. On the deepest level of consciousness, a radical spiritual transformation is taking place. On a worldwide level, we are being challenged to let go of our present way of life and create an entirely new one. We are, in fact, in the process of releasing our old world and building a new world in its place.
The change begins with each individual, but as more and more individuals are being transformed, the mass consciousness is increasingly affected, and the results will be manifested in the world around us.
Each day I am creating my life anew.
As the new emerges, the old gives way
For many people, this time may be distressing because the world situation and/or our personal lives may seem to be going from bad to worse. It's as if many things that used to work are not working anymore.
Painful though it may be at times, these changes are part of a "healing crisis" taking place in our world. The simple truth is that the old way of life never brought us the deep fulfillment, satisfaction, and joy that we have always sought. We must let go of the old forms which limit us or don't fit anymore in order to make way for the new.
I release the old and make way for the new.
The old world was based on external focus. We had come to believe that the material world was the only reality. Thus, feeling essentially lost, empty, and alone, we have continually attempted to find happiness through addiction to external things such as money, material possessions, relationships, work, fame, food, and drugs.
Today, as we begin to remember our fundamental spiritual connection, we can look within for the source of our satisfaction, joy, and fulfillment.
I find my spiritual connection within.
Return to kindergarten
Our first task in building the new world is to admit that our "life education" has not necessarily taught us a satisfying way to live. We suffer from a vague sense that there must be something more, some deeper meaning. We must "return to kindergarten" and start to learn a way of life that is contrary to the way we approached things before — a way of life based on trust of our own inner truth.
I am learning a new way of life.
The creative power within
The new world is being built as we open to the higher power of the universe and consciously allow that creative energy to move through us. As each of us connects with our spiritual awareness, we learn that the creative power of the universe is within us. We also learn that we can create our own reality and take responsibility for doing so.
The creative power of the universe is now flowing through me.
Create your life the way you want it
Many of us have had the attitude that life is something that happens to us and that all we can do is make the best of it. It is basically a victim's position, giving power to people and things outside of ourselves. We are beginning to realize that the power rests in us, that we can choose to create our life the way we want it to be.
I am now creating my life the way I want it to be.
A prosperous world
There is more than enough to go around for every being on earth if we are willing to open our minds to that possibility and change our ways of using the world's resources.
We can all be naturally prosperous, in a way that is balanced and harmonious with one another and with the earth that nourishes us.
I am creating balanced, harmonious prosperity in my life.
Open your eyes to goodness, beauty, and abundance
Imagine yourself as a successful, satisfied, prosperous, fulfilled person. Really open your eyes to the goodness, beauty, and abundance that are all around you. Imagine this world transformed into a healthy and prosperous environment in which everyone can flourish.
Today I am fulfilled, successful, and prosperous.
Emptiness is filled from the inside
When we are most unhappy, we have a starved feeling in some way. We feel that life in general and other people in particular are not giving us what we need. We try desperately to grasp the love and satisfaction that we crave from the outside. Yet we are actually choking off the supply.
The new world is based on trust of the universe within us. We recognize that the creative intelligence and energy of the universe is the fundamental source of everything. Once we connect with this and surrender to it, everything is ours. Emptiness is filled from the inside.
I am being filled from the source within me.
Our guiding force
Once we acknowledge the higher power of the universe, the obvious question arises — "How can we contact this power, or gain access to it?" The knowingness that resides in each of us can be accessed through what we call our intuition. By learning to contact, listen to, and act on our intuition, we can directly connect to the higher power of the universe and allow it to become our guiding force.
The higher power of the universe is guiding my life through my intuition.
The intuitive mind
The intuitive mind has access to an infinite supply of information. It is able to tap into a deep storehouse of knowledge and wisdom — the universal mind. It is also able to sort out this information and supply us with exactly what we need, when we need it. Our role is to listen to our intuition, trust its guidance, and learn to act on it step-by-step in our lives.
I trust my intuitive guidance.
A wise being lives inside of you
There is a wise being living inside of you. It is your intuitive self. Focus your awareness into a deep place in your body, a place where your "gut feelings" reside. You can communicate with it by silently talking to it, making requests, or asking questions. Then relax, don't think too hard with your mind, and be open to receiving answers. These messages are usually very simple, relate to the present moment, not to the past or future, and they feel right.
I trust the wisdom inside of me.
Step-by-step, we are shown the way
Though the message of the intuitive self may come through a bit at a time, if we learn to follow the supply of information piece by piece, the necessary course of action will unfold. As we learn to rely on this guidance, life takes on a flowing, effortless quality. Our life, feelings, and actions interweave harmoniously with those of others around us.
Moment by moment, I'm learning to trust the flow of my life.
Trust your feelings and act on them
Trust the deepest feelings that you get and act on them. If they are truly from your intuition, you will find that they lead to a feeling of greater aliveness and power and more opportunities begin to open up. If you don't feel more alive and empowered, you may not have been truly acting from your intuition, but from some other voice in you. With practice, you will discover that your intuitive sense has an energy that is different from your other thoughts and feelings, and you will learn to recognize it.
As I trust my intuitive feelings and act on them, I feel powerful and alive.
Freedom from struggle
We strive so hard to make our lives the way we want them to be. As you begin this day, imagine that you can give up struggling for a whole day. Relax for a while, and trust that your needs will be met by the natural flow of life.
The philosophy of being here now and letting go of attachment is a very freeing experience. When you do this, you discover that you're really perfectly okay; in fact you feel quite wonderful. You can just let yourself be, let the world be, and give up to the struggle of trying to change things.
I relax and let myself be.
Change happens not by trying to make yourself change, but by being conscious of what's not working. You can then ask your higher self for help in releasing the old and bringing in the new pattern. Remember, the darkest hour is just before the dawn — change often occurs just when you've given up, or when you least expect it.
I am open and willing to change.
Follow your creative energy
To whatever degree you listen to and follow your intuition, you will become a creative channel for the higher power of the universe. When you willingly follow where your creative energy leads, the higher power can come through you to manifest its creative work. When this happens, you will find yourself flowing with the energy, doing what you really want to do, and feeling the power of the universe moving through you.
As I follow my intuition, creative energy flows through me.
You are a channel for creativity
In using the word "channel," I am not referring to the psychic process of trance channeling. By channeling I mean being in touch with and bringing through the wisdom and creativity of your own deepest source. To be a channel is to be fully and freely yourself, consciously aware that you are a vehicle for the creativity of the universe.
I am a channel for the creative power of the universe.
We each have a significant contribution to make in this lifetime. I call this contribution our higher purpose. It always involves being yourself totally, completely, and naturally, and doing something or many things that you genuinely love to do, that come easily to you. As you learn to follow your feelings, dreams, and visions, to explore doing things you love, you begin to discover your higher purpose.
Every moment is a moment of creation and each moment of creation contains infinite possibilities.
By being myself and doing what I love, I make a significant contribution to life.
Fulfillment is found in daily life
Fulfillment comes from what you are doing at this very moment. It is not a matter of doing things now for gratification later. (I will work now so I can get a better job later. I will work hard now, so that I can retire and enjoy life. I will work hard now to have enough money for a vacation.) It is the fulfillment of what you are doing now that counts. Even the simplest things are significant.
I find fulfillment in everything I do.
Being, doing, and having
We can think of life having three dimensions: being, doing, and having. Often we attempt to live our lives backwards. We try to have more money in order to feel we can do more of what we want, so we can be happier. The way it actually works is the reverse. We must first be who we really are, then do what we feel guided to do, in order to have what we want.
I allow myself to be; I do what feels right; I have everything I truly want.
Let us imagine that life is a river. Most people are clinging to the bank, afraid to let go, and risk being carried along by the current of the river. When the pain of hanging on becomes greater than the fear of letting go, we let go and the river begins to carry us along safely. Once we are used to being in the flow of the river, we can begin to look ahead and guide our course. We choose which of the many branches of the river we prefer to follow, all the while still going with the flow. We can enjoy being here now, flowing with what is and at the same time, guide ourselves consciously toward our goals by taking full responsibility for creating our own lives.
As I relax and let go, I flow toward my greatest good.
The search for fulfillment
At this time, many human beings (and other species as well) on the earth are still struggling for physical survival. Yet there are an increasing number of us who no longer have to be preoccupied primarily with sheer survival. We have the opportunity, and thus the responsibility, to begin looking for deeper fulfillment on spiritual, mental, and emotional levels. We are searching for greater meaning and purpose in our lives, and for ways to live more responsibly and harmoniously on our planet.
I am finding meaning, purpose, and fulfillment in my life.
Spirit and form
Spirit is the essence of consciousness, the energy of the universe that creates all things. Each one of us is a part of that spirit — a divine entity. So the spirit is the higher self, the eternal being that lives within us.
Form is the physical world: body, mind, personality. We as spiritual beings created the physical world as a place to learn. We're here to learn how to master the process of creation — to learn how to consciously channel the creative energy of spirit into physical form.
I am learning to create form from spirit.
What is creative visualization?
Creative visualization is the technique of using your imagination to create what you want in your life. You are already using it every day, every minute in fact. It is your natural power of imagination, the basic creative energy of the universe which you use constantly whether or not you are aware of it. All you have to do is relax deeply and picture a desired goal in your mind exactly the way you want it to be.
I am now visualizing my life exactly the way I want it.
Contacting the source
One of the most important steps in making creative visualization work is to have the experience of connecting with your inner creative source. I like to think of contacting the source as connecting with your higher self, the godlike being who dwells within you. Being in contact with your higher self is characterized by a deep sense of knowingness. You know that you are creating your own world and that you have infinite power to create it as you desire.
I am in contact with my source and am creating my life as I desire it to be.
Our divine potential
There is no separation between God and us. We are expressions of the creative principle on this level of existence. We contain the potential for everything within us. Manifestation through creative visualization is the process of realizing and making visible on the physical plane our divine potential.
I am expressing more and more of my potential.
Have fun with it
Get comfortable. Relax your body. Breathe deeply and slowly. Start to imagine something you want, exactly as you would like it. Have fun with it. Pretend you are a child daydreaming about what you want for your birthday. Really let yourself imagine how good it would feel to have what you want. End your visualization with a statement to yourself. "This or something better now manifests for me in totally satisfying and harmonious ways for the highest good of all concerned."
I have fun visualizing what I want.
A source deep within
As we explore the process of creating our own reality, we begin to realize that the creative power we are feeling is coming from some source other than our personality. It seems to come from some place deep within ourselves. We become interested in discovering what this creative force is and how it works. We realize the "it" (our higher self) knows more than "I" (our personality self). We find out what the inner guidance is telling us and follow it.
I feel creative power coming from deep within me.
Excerpted from Reflections in the Light by Shakti Gawain. Copyright © 2003 Shakti Gawain. Excerpted by permission of New World Library.
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