Finding Your Way

Finding Your Way

by Marianne S. Johansen

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ISBN-13: 9781982201258
Publisher: Balboa Press
Publication date: 04/07/2018
Pages: 306
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.64(d)

About the Author

Marianne Johansen is a metaphysical energy specialist and spiritual mentor, whose desire it is to balance and uplift others. She blends her intuitive knowledge and keen observation skills with her empathic understanding of human psychology and cosmic consciousness into an inspiring hub for personal development.

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CHAPTER 1

Creating Awareness

1. Thought Equals Creation

Different people in many ways and at many times have said we are what we think. But what does that mean?

Many more of us are just starting to realize how much truth that phrase holds because only now with increased awareness can we notice the manifestation of our thoughts more quickly than ever. We used to have to wait days or even months until something we thought about would actually manifest, but now, that may take only hours or minutes.

We get proof much sooner, and so it is easier for us to notice the effects of our thoughts since we can remember our most recent thoughts or actions. We can witness the power of our minds and how our thoughts create change.

Globally, it will take longer to change things because all our lives are interwoven and not everybody is on the same page. But with a concerted effort, whatever enough people want and think about will eventually manifest. We can choose to live balanced and harmonious lives by choosing our thoughts and being aware of them continuously. But it all depends on our interest and trust in the matter.

2. Think of a Positive Life

• Would you prefer a positive, happy, fulfilling life or a sad, miserable one?

• Would you rather live in peace or in turmoil?

• Would you prefer a beautiful view from your home or an unsightly one?

• Would you prefer to have time to do things that make you feel full, rich, and alive or only to have time to do what others tell you?

• Would you rather be with kind people who care about you or with people who abuse you and trigger your feelings of low self-esteem?

• Would you prefer to be in an understanding and compassionate relationship or one in which you argue and bicker all the time?

• Would you rather feel self-confident or have no confidence?

• Would you rather have respect and voluntary cooperation from your employees or their fear and eventually defiance?

• Would you prefer to enjoy love and respect from your children or sadness and fear?

When we line things up in this way, I think it is safe to say that we all would rather choose the options that invoke positive rather than negative feelings in us. So why do so many of us live with the negative options?

Many may say, "These are just the cards I have been dealt," or "I've landed involuntarily in this situation," or "This is where life (or circumstance) has taken me so far."

Yes, what happened in the past put you where you are now, but every moment of your life is influenced by every choice you make. From where you are now, you can make a conscious choice to start changing things to the way you like.

We human beings are blessed with free will, consciousness, and memories so we can learn from our experiences and learn to steer our thoughts and actions and thus our lives in positive directions.

Our lives may not change overnight (though that can happen); it all depends on our continuous awareness of the thoughts we focus on. Once we start making even small changes, once we start doing things just a little differently, it is as if an unseen force starts to make new and different things happen around us. Call it the law of attraction or the universe responding to what we are sending out, or call it something else or nothing at all. The fact is that things will start to unfold and change around us to challenge us, make us rethink old habits, and help us understand ourselves and others better.

New doors will open, situations will suddenly present themselves, and we will suddenly have new choices to make and have to decide which road we want to take next.

Something new will happen — but we will have to take the first step. As we become more aware of the contents of our lives, we will notice them.

That first step depends on your situation and what you want to change — but if you do something consciously, new opportunities and choices will present themselves. Choose where you want to go and you will see that new doors open and new choices appear.

Think about what you want to do next, and feel what feels right to do next. Allow your heart and mind to agree on what your next steps should be. Then follows the responsibility of choice, which I will touch on later.

Depending on your situation and what you would like to change, your next step could for example be to

• make that call to someone who has been on your mind for a long time,

• finish that book you started reading,

• offer your help to someone who needs it,

• finish the work you have been postponing,

• apply for that job you think sounds great,

• declutter your home or room,

• clear up a misunderstanding between you and a friend, and

• accomplish other things that keep moving to the front of your mind.

Follow your inner voice, that quiet voice in your mind that tells you what you need to do.

As long as you constantly try to make decent, positive, and constructive choices according to your heart and keep faith in the positive, your life will take a turn for the better.

You will still come across challenges — they are as much a part of life as are the blissful moments — but how you react to the challenges in your life will make all the difference.

Things that can make us sad, angry, frustrated, or heartbroken will still happen to us because we are human beings with feelings and egos and lessons to learn. However, the more we let our egos be inspired by our hearts, our souls, the more we will ensure that our thoughts are positive and centered on the greater good. And the more we see that every challenge we meet is something to learn from, the more we will be able to draw something positive out of any challenging situation.

If you nurture your mind, body, and spirit, your time will expand. You will gain a new perspective that will allow you to accomplish much more.

— Brian Koslow

CHAPTER 2

You Are Not Alone

Sometimes and in certain situations, you may think you must be the only one in the world who has this or that thought or feeling. But after confiding in a friend, relative, counselor, or stranger or even reading something, you usually find that at least one other person (and usually more than one) can relate to your internal turmoil.

Since we all have different living circumstances, backgrounds, and challenges, we find it easy to think we are different inside. But no matter what our circumstances, backgrounds, and challenges are, we are still very much alike on the inside. The expression of life around us is different depending on our mind-sets, actions, beliefs, purposes, and lessons.

We all experience the same concerns, considerations, challenges, letdowns, and successes. We all at some stage and on some level feel fear, worry, jealousy, competitiveness, greed, motivation, joy, relief, grief, and bliss. We all are really just longing for love, understanding, and support.

Dealing with our negative thoughts, feelings, and emotions can be a challenge. Some of us face them head-on, deal with them, and move through them, while others of us run away from them. Still others pretend they are just not there.

But we can rest assured that our negative feelings, emotions, and thoughts do not go away on their own. Once they are there, we must face them, accept them, and let them go. If we do not, they will only grow into fears and fester and even be brought to our attention in our dreams or manifest in physical imbalances until we deal with them.

Another major concept that unites us is our quest for improvement, our desire to make things better for ourselves and in many cases for others. No matter on what grounds we base our existence, we are here to grow toward positivity, which is sustainable energy. It benefits our natural environment and us the most if we look at it over the long term. Deep down, we all know that.

Most of us are interested in changing our lives and often others' lives too into something more positive. No matter what level we are on materially, spiritually, or socially, we are all looking for ways to sweeten and improve life one way or another.

We could be looking for freedom to choose our clothes or food, a decent employer, or a way to do what we love to do. We could be looking for ways to better educate our children. We could be looking for ways to advance spiritually. We might also be looking for more free time, a second car, or a vacation home.

Yet the general desire for improvement — rather, for a return to our natural, blissful, loving state — is deep in us all.

Conscious beings are like fractals evolving to ever greater scales of magnitude.

— R. C. L., www.fractalwisdom.com, "Meaning of the Universe"

CHAPTER 3

Life as We Know It

So what is life really? Why are we here? What are we supposed to do here? And where do we go from here?

Hundreds of millions of people throughout history have asked these questions. Many theories have been put out there, and now there are maybe more than ever. Here are some.

• Life and reality on earth are parts of a big, universal, biogenetic experiment to study emotions and the laws of physics.

• The reality of our world is described in the movie The Matrix.

• Our world is a hologram.

• There is another side, and reincarnation is a fact.

• There is another side, but we all live only once on this earthly plane.

• We are eternal souls who are to bring heaven to earth ("As above, so below").

• Each of our cells carries all universal knowledge and experiences.

• We are eternal spirits having a human experience to learn about higher virtues such as love and service to others for the greater good of the universe, the source or organism we are all part of.

• Angels surround us; the spiritual world is part of our reality but in another dimension behind the veil of our limited consciousness and awareness. There are many levels of higher vibration beyond our heavy and murky vibrations here on earth.

• We have only one life, and our experience here is the only reality.

• We are energy. All around us is energy. We have the power to influence and attract the energies in and around us.

• Aliens and UFOs are among us and have been throughout the ages.

• There is an elite with a hidden agenda.

• We live in several dimensions at the same time.

• Time is an illusion and can be bent at will.

• Since the vibrations of earth are heavy and slow compared to vibrations in the spiritual realms, things manifest slower here on earth, and that teaches us about perseverance, trust, and patience.

Besides these theories of our existence, we find the established religions, which millions of people firmly believe in and live by. These religions state that a God or in some cases gods, goddesses, or other deities created everything and everyone. In the religions are rules and teachings the followers should live by.

Before established religions emerged, most belief systems were based on the natural world and people's intuitive abilities (paganism, shamanism, medicine men, etc.).

Nowadays, many people are also starting to believe in global mass consciousness; they believe that the sum of all our thoughts plays a part in creating our future. This ties in with the concept of self-fulfilling prophecies, which I will talk about later.

If we think we can change our lives by changing the ways we think and act, could we be jointly able to influence our planet and the way we live? Even if we do not believe in a global mass consciousness, why not combat our fears and other negative thoughts, emotions, and feelings and turn them into trust, tolerance, and kindness? So much more is produced when people are fulfilled, respected, balanced, able to be creative, and able to be individuals who are part of something positive. Why not initiate a positive ripple effect by starting to make positive changes in ourselves?

Are the alternative theories, established religions, and hundreds of other cults, churches, and spiritual belief systems around the globe simply different ways of seeing the same thing?

Beliefs and actions that harm nobody and nothing are tolerated by all.

CHAPTER 4

Our World

Become Peace, for that is the Attractor of Peace to the World.

— The Essenes (200 BC — AD 100)

Earth, the blue planet, is our temporary home. It is our womb, our shelter from cold, dark outer space. It is our school where we take lessons in realigning ourselves with love.

On this planet, we have everything we need to sustain ourselves. Luckily, we do not rely on imported goods or raw materials from other planets.

We are our ecosystem, and everything and everybody on the planet is part of it. Every living cell and atom all over the globe, including us human beings, plays a part in this fragile, self-adjusting, and ever-changing ecosystem.

At any one time in history, numerous concurrent conditions have played themselves out and set the stage for the people living during that particular time whether those conditions have been natural such as meteorological or geological conditions or manufactured, man-made conditions.

Depending on where we stand, we paint different pictures of today's world. Some people may applaud the way things are going, while others would welcome a major cleansing and reshuffling. Some people struggle to find a way and a reason to go on living another day. Some rush along the paths carved out for them while others carve out their own paths.

1. Our Needs vs. Business

We all have to share our planet. Our survival depends on what resources are on earth and on how we administer them.

We need to eat and drink, and we need to rest in safe, peaceful places. To ensure our survival as a species, we have an innate desire to have children, and we want them to have their basic needs met in safe surroundings.

When our and our loved ones' basic needs have been met, we find ourselves with the urge to communicate at a higher level and to be stimulated mentally, emotionally, physically, aesthetically, and spiritually.

Over time, this concept of fulfilling all our needs starting with the basic ones has evolved into big business. Materialism and consumerism are filling our lives more than ever. We buy food, drink, and places to rest. We buy physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual stimulation and comfort in the form of books, education, TV, computers, furniture, movies, clothes, cars, phones, sports, seminars, and so on.

We often forget to think about what needs our purchases are actually fulfilling, and when we are not aware of that, it can lead to overindulgence, greed, and a satisfaction of our egos only. That does not mean that we need to forsake all material things to be spiritual. Positive stimulation and fulfillment through material comforts and joys can help spark imagination, creativity, and compassion.

Excessive buying on the other hand feeds only the ego, personal greed, and a wish to top others; it grants only temporary and superficial joy.

2. Are We Living in a Sim World?

Anyone familiar with the game Sim City would maybe find it interesting to compare it to how our world actually is. In Sim City, you have to construct and set up different conditions for people and see how they cope and what happens.

I am not sure if there is a country in the real world that has beautiful scenery, abundant food, a comfortable climate, and a rich lifestyle in which people live in harmony. People face some sort of hardship in every country. In some countries, just staying alive is a struggle due to lack of food, water, and hygienic facilities.

In other countries, those things are not an issue, but the people have to endure extreme weather conditions that can threaten to destroy their homes and livelihoods.

People in other countries seem to be luckier at least in terms of food quality, health facilities, and education, but maybe the unemployment rate is high and many people wander around wondering what their life purpose is. In some of these countries, taxes may be very high making it difficult for people to be financially secure. In yet other countries, people suffer from lack of food, hygiene, clean water, unemployment, proper education and have to live with potential natural disasters as well.

(Continues…)


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Table of Contents

Preface, xiii,
Acknowledgments, xv,
Part 1: Mind,
Chapter 1 Creating Awareness, 1,
Chapter 2 You Are Not Alone, 5,
Chapter 3 Life as We Know It, 8,
Chapter 4 Our World, 10,
Chapter 5 Some Challenges in Life, 17,
Chapter 6 Preparing for Change, 33,
Chapter 7 Perspective — How You See the World, 40,
Chapter 8 Our Children, 44,
Chapter 9 Education, 61,
Chapter 10 Your Thoughts and Feelings, 66,
Chapter 11 Thoughts and Feelings after Experiencing Loss, 93,
Chapter 12 Nurturing Dreams and Aspirations, 116,
Chapter 13 Choice, Responsibility, and Accountability, 119,
Chapter 14 Coincidence? Synchronicity?, 125,
Chapter 15 Common Sense and No Sense, 127,
Chapter 16 Power of the Mind, 135,
Chapter 17 Your Relationship with Others, 138,
Chapter 18 History — A Perspective and an Influence, 162,
Part 2: Spirit,
Chapter 1 A Spiritual Life, 177,
Chapter 2 About Us, 191,
Chapter 3 Types of Guidance, 195,
Chapter 4 Be Grateful, 199,
Chapter 5 Get Connected-Meditate, 200,
Chapter 6 Laughter and Joy, 201,
Chapter 7 Balance Your Energies, 202,
Chapter 8 When It Feels Like Our Spirituality Is Being Tested, 204,
Chapter 9 Is Exuding Love and Light Our Real Purpose?, 206,
Chapter 10 Mockeries and Myths about Spiritual Experiences, 209,
Chapter 11 Music, 212,
Chapter 12 Nature, 217,
Chapter 13 Cycles in Nature and in Our Lives, 223,
Part 3: Body,
Chapter 1 Creating Balance, 227,
Chapter 2 Natural Healing Therapies, 230,
Chapter 3 The Senses of Our Bodies, 249,
Chapter 4 Looks, Looks, Looks, 250,
Chapter 5 Stages of Well-Being, 252,
Chapter 6 Learn to Use Nature's Resources, 262,
Part 4: Quick Tips,
Quick Tips, 269,
References, 283,
Inspirational Reading, 285,

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