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The “As-If” Approach to Authentic Manifesting

Podcast #98: Law of Attraction: Is Fear of Criticism Messing with Your Manifesting? - Life Made to OrderAnyone in the Spiritual Community has most likely heard the term, “ascension” a time or two. It is apparently the universal (no pun intended) term for the overall process that humanity is undergoing via this massive wave or shift in consciousness. But what never felt quite right to me with this was the feeling that I think so many of us can relate to; not feeling good enough right now, right here.

And ascension literally encourages a climb, a rise. And while it reflects the raising of one’s frequency that occurs naturally the more wisdom that one acquires and thus also amplitude one can hold when you are attempting to already reach for a goal, it seems to only add to the pressure, and I honestly think that subconsciously holds so many of us back before we even get started.

I like to think of personal growth as more of a linear progression. A space that already exists that you simply step into. This is quite similar to how I approach manifesting in that I use the visualization techniques of living “as-if” you already have that which you desire. In this case, it’s the same thing, but rather instead of this being a calling on the Universe, this is could be considered an answer to a calling from the Universe.

You can do this in a number of ways such as paying attention to all of those synchronicities appearing in your life as symbols and omens and little signs pointing the way to some pretty awesome stuff trying to make it’s way to you.

So often we curse the Universe, Source, God…(whichever label is most comfortable for you) for not delivering our wishes, answering our prayers…etc. but if we really step back and think about it, we are always given exactly what we BELEIVE. We can put out that we want this or that, but if we have a limited belief on what this or that looks like or are very limited on how we will allow it to come to us, then we are literally closing off ways for the Universe to deliver it to us. 👄How to Discover your Authentic Voice... - Manifestation Magic

It would be like placing an order and then calling UPS and being like, “Yeah I know I ordered it, but I’ll only accept it from a man named Brad and he’s gotta bring it on a Tuesday at 3:47 pm wrapped in an orange bow or else forget it.” It makes it nearly impossible to meet your demands. So, manifesting can ONLY work when we put it out there, let it go lovingly and excitedly, and trust it will come back on the best way, at the best time, and in the best form for our highest good.

So, rather than having all of the lag, pressure, and oh-so-lovely self-loathing, guilt, etc. that often accompanies those times you either don’t meet your milestones, catch yourself procrastinating, encounter anxiety or depression, or manifest another pain/illness that distracts you from your purpose path, etc. we can get out of feeling like it’s always an uphill climb and so much work and begin to just realize that there’s nothing to do per se, but there’s simply so much to remember and realize.

And this is stepping into what I call your authentic integrity. Two more hot words in this community that have very key meanings and when coined together, I feel that it bring a new facet to what it means to be true to yourself. When most of us think of integrity, we usually consider what it is that people do for others that would determine them virtuous or not. But this also includes that which we do for ourselves because one of the most precious lessons I’ve ever learned is that if you never learn to show up for yourself, love yourself, and take care of yourself, you simply cannot be fully present in that way for anyone else. At least not authentically. 🙂

 

Tamara Rant is a Co-Editor/Writer for CLN as well as a Licensed Reiki Master, a heart-centered Graphic Designer, and a progressive voice in social media activism & awareness. She is an avid lover of all things Quantum Physics and Spirituality. Connect with Tamara by visiting Prana Paws/Healing Hearts Reiki or go to RantDesignMedia.com

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How To Expand Your Sensual Pleasure & Come Into the Present Moment

By Charu Morgan | Embody Tantra

Pleasure is something we all long for and beyond just feeling good it is a gateway to something that all meditation practitioners, self-help junkies (you know who you are) 😉 and enlightenment seekers are searching for… the present moment.

The problem is that because of our life experiences many of us have numbed out to protect ourselves. Even if we can touch some kind of peace in our quiet meditations, we may notice that we are not experiencing what we truly long for in our lovemaking and intimate relationships.

This can show up as: not wanting to make love as often as our partner does, feeling like we take too long to orgasm, feeling like we won’t satisfy our partner, not experiencing orgasm at all, feeling like we are not on the same page as our lover… or maybe even just plain feeling like pleasure is something we don’t have time for and we don’t know how to get to–whether we are in partnership or not.

In this video I will share with you a simple practice that anyone can do by taking just 10-15 minutes before bed. It’s sensual, it’s fun and it can completely change your relationship with pleasure.

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How to Unplug Yourself from the Matrix

If you find yourself being offended by this article then I have succeeded in one of my goals. You might like to think of this as the creative act of a troll who is foolish enough to put his real name to his post. And like any effective troll, nothing pleases me more than stirring people up. Of course, it’s all for a good purpose, as you are about to find out. So allow me to get started.

In the late 90s movie The Matrix, we find out that human beings are trapped in a collective delusion, one foisted upon them by the machines, who are in reality harvesting their energy for their own despicable purposes. Most people, we discover, actually prefer the Matrix to the awful “world of “the real” (and with everyone wearing skin-tight leather, who could blame them?) Indeed, one of the villains of the movie asks the machines to plug him back into the dream world, even though he has been awakened from it.

Lots of people have used The Matrix as an analogy to explicate particular problems in modern society. So why should I be any different?

Fast forward to the year 2015, and something very noticeable has shifted since Neo did his “superman thing” on the big screen. Sadly, it isn’t that people are embracing the physical world. It’s that more and more people are preferring the world of the machine. At first, up till around the turn of the century, it was just clunky PCs that people became obsessed with. But now the advent of mobile technology means that people can plug themselves into the machine pretty much anywhere, anytime.

You might protest that there are plenty of good things about computers and mobile technology. And you would be right. I’m writing on an iPad right now. And we have access to location technology; spell checkers correct my typos (missing only the most embarrassing ones); and we get to connect to friends and loved ones no matter where we are. And that’s just the beginning of the great stuff.

But the downside is becoming ever more apparent.

Recently, having moved back to China, I have started going out to socialise a little more often than I did in Australia (Yes, communists socialise too). And I have noticed how bad things have really gotten with the machines. For instance, I was at a live music venue recently, and could not help but notice the general behaviour of those present. It was an old-fashioned Irish pub, frequented by both Chinese and expat folks. I saw people standing around in groups. But they were not paying attention to the guys playing musical instruments and singing at the front of the room. And it wasn’t just because they were playing old Eagles songs and desecrating the memory of Chuck Berry with their rendition of “Johnny Be Good.” No. Few were even talking to others. Almost everyone had their eyes glued to their mobile phones. I couldn’t help but thinking: why would anyone bother to go out to listen to live music and spend the whole night texting and flicking through Facebook (or Baido, the Chinese equivalent)?

The following day I sat down to eat lunch at a noodle shop. Beside me there was a group of four adults and one boy of about four years of age. The little boy was jumping around and playing, as you would expect any kid of his age to be doing. But what surprised me was that the adults were not interacting with him at all. All four of them were glued to their mobiles, silently processing whatever life-changing data that was being presented to them. In their defence, pictures of other people’s lunches can be profound, of course.

No doubt you have witnessed such scenes many times in your own life in recent times. Most of us are aware of the problem. Yet what amazes me is that there is very little being done about it. I am not personally aware of any social education or media programmes. One has to wonder why.

It is true that we tend to judge in others what we do not like to acknowledge in ourselves. When I see others wasting their lives away doing the “two-second thumb flick”, skimming page after page of mindless social media posts, I am really seeing all the time I have wasted online.

Yet for a time I did not change my own behaviour. I found myself reaching for my phone or iPad at times when there was no good reason to do so. Eventually though, guilt got the better of me. I got to thinking about how I might feel at the end of my life. What if those near-death experience stories are true, and we have a review of our lives just as we cast off this mortal coil? There you will be, your spirit guide’s muscular arms tightly folded, brow furrowed, as he or she (yes, women can be muscular too, so I’m not being sexist) reviews the movie of your life – and you see years and years of images of yourself thumbing through Facebook posts and “liking” sandwiches.

Although I was more self-disciplined than some, I realised that I too had an addiction. I was checking mail and texts far more often than necessary. I had to think of a way to get around the problem. In the end I decided on one simple solution, and it has made a huge impact on my life.

I simply decided that I had to spend the majority of my time away from screens and machines.

By “majority”, that meant at least half of every day. In practice, this involved one simple action. I made a commitment not to activate any wi-fi or mobile device for the first eight hours of my day. So if I get up at six, that means no mindless marauding of the net till at least 2 pm.

The effect was immediate and significant. I de-conditioned myself almost instantly. Within two days I no longer felt the need to pull out a machine when I had free time, to check emails and messages. The reason this habit died so fast was that it became instantly apparent – when I turned on my phone or iPad late in the day – that there was almost nothing of value that had been missed. There were emails, but none that really required responses. Nor had the world ended because I hadn’t checked BBC news. And nobody had stopped being outraged by those news stories with headlines that begin “Outrage as…”

“But wait!” I hear you saying. “What if something really important does happen during those eight hours, Marcus? What if your wife, girlfriend, son or other loved one has an accident and dies because you couldn’t be contacted? What then!?”

That’s a good question, and I’m glad you asked it. I suppose the only answer is that they will die the same way everyone died before we had computers and iPhones: alone, sad, desperate – but with the added distinction being that they will be cursing me. Or they will wait till 2pm to ring me and abuse me before dropping dead, just to rub it in.

Of course, I will remind them of how much more present I have been (with them) since D-day (disconnection day). And herein lies the greatest benefit of putting that damn machine down. You get to be with people. I mean, really be with them.

But hey, it’s a personal choice. And the good news is there is a middle ground that can be taken. Connect your phone but put it somewhere out of the way – and tell your loved ones to only contact you in an emergency. Problem solved.

I find the first eight hours of the day to the best time to disconnect. This really does break the habit of reaching for the machine. It kills dead the impulse for the next cute kitten fix on FB, or to discover who next needs to be outraged against.

You can specify other periods in the day, if my timetable doesn’t suit you. Perhaps you might like to disconnect during work. After work. Or for a certain number of hours before bed time. If you can’t manage eight hours, try for six – or at least four. You might consider one or more days a week “screen-free”, as some others have suggested.

So there you have it. The Matrix Unplugged. And it isn’t very difficult at all. Very freeing, actually. Morpheus would be proud of me. I now find myself free of the compulsion to grab my phone or check emails all day. Those eight hours a day away from the machine have de-conditioned me. I am more deeply present to life, others and even to myself. I can now honestly say that I spend most of my life off the grid. And it feels great.

 

Marcus T Anthony (PhD) is a futurist of the human mind, writer and spiritual adviser. He is the author of Discover Your Soul Template and many other books.

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10 Priceless (And Free) Gifts For Parents To Give Their Child

| Inspire Me Today

Many are saying this generation has bred some of the rudest, crudest and most insincere children there are. Every older generation has probably said that about the younger ones. Let’s face it, folks, the generations are what we create. We are, after all, the ones molding them. Though it is not necessarily true (Generation: R for Rude), it is the collective perception.

With iPads, iPhones, iThis and iThat out there, perhaps there is a disconnect at home. More time is being spent virtually, with technology rather than with people. Amidst all of the technological advances (distractions), the seeming chaos and turmoil on the news, and the decline in good ole’ fashion fun (traditions, rituals, quality time spent together and with nature), parents have all the more pressure on them to focus on what is really important and instill that in their children.

Here is a list of 10 priceless gifts that also happen to be free, that every parent may bless their child with. These gifts last a lifetime, not a New York minute until the next fad.

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Time

There’s a book called, “To a Child, Love Is Spelled T-I-M-E” by Mac Anderson and Lance Wubbels.  They say that sometimes we all need a reminder that, “the most important things in life aren’t things.” A child may have every toy and new device known to man, but without quality time with his parents, he may as well have nothing.  Love certainly is shown by spending time together.

Many parents get caught up working to “make a living” and “provide” for their child(ren). But, the choice to give up that valuable and precious time cannot be rewound or reconsidered, the time cannot be recovered. Your child is only a child once, and you can never redo those years to witness the many milestones your little one will reach, or to be there for them in times of need. At the end of our lives, do you think we will say that we wish we spent more time with or away from our children? No-brainer here. With! There is no more priceless – and important – gift you can give to your child than your time. It’s the biggest and best gift of all. You are giving them yourself. And that says a lot. It also happens to be the best gift you can give yourself, too.

Stay Present

Piggybacking on the gift of time, staying present is imperative to quality time together.  Being physically present is not the same as being fully present with the little ones. If you are emotionally absent, it’s like you’re not even there  Staying present and connected during your time spent together will make a huge impact on your relationship with your child(ren)  Thich Nhat Hanh said, “Life is available only in the present moment. If you abandon the present moment you cannot live the moments of your daily life deeply.”

Living deeply, connected to your child, means being in the here and Now with them. Paying attention, experiencing the moment. Thinking about that growing to-do list, or an argument you had, or what to make for dinner will only distract you away from spending time with your child.  If you catch your mind wandering, no big deal! Bring it back to the moment and fully engage your child. Maintain eye contact and touch. Diving in with body, mind and soul will help to keep you from becoming distracted and will enhance the enjoyment of the experience for both you and your child.

Related Article: 15 Small Things Parents Should Do Every Day to Make Their Children Feel Loved

Play and Create

On a similar note to spending time and remaining present, allowing play and creativity is vital to a child’s well-being. Many times, we – as parents – want our kids to do the things we want to do. We feel that dragging them out to the stores we have to go to, or running errands that need to get done, or participating in activities or hobbies that we like is considered good quality time together.  kids are only kids once.  Let them do what they want to do! You only get a good five solid years before school starts, and they just get busier from then on.

Encourage your child to choose activities that make her happy and foster creativity. It’s only a matter of time before the world gets a hold on our children and they begin to lose that wonder and enthusiasm; the space where anything is possible if they can think it or dream it! Keep that world alive as long as you possibly can for them. Play is a form of imagination and creation. Teach your child to manifest that which she desires by holding firm to a vision and feeling it.  It’ll do her more good than you realize in later years. And let’s be real, it couldn’t hurt you to take a mini-vacation into the magical world of your child.

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Live for the Moment and not the Static that Surrounds you…

John C. Bader | all things healing

As modern, social creatures, we tend to surround ourselves with familiar objects, pictures, and furniture to make up our personal environments and feel at home. We feel comfortable at home, even if our living space is cluttered. Just as we become accustomed to the environments in which we live, we also become accustomed to people, social events, problems, and even impossible situations. Our struggles and challenges become so familiar that they become permanent fixtures in our lives. Social conditioning and the opinions of others tend to define our being all of which drives our happiness and emotional baseline, many times unknowingly!

There is another way…

Behind all the mental chatter; behind all the opinions of others; behind the static of the past and future is this surreal moment in time: The present moment…. Author, Eckhart Tolle has focused much of his energy and writing on the “Power of Now”. Tolle states, “Realize deeply that the present moment is all you ever have. Make the Now the primary focus of your life.” You might be thinking – “yeah, easier said than done”.

What if living in the present moment is easier than you think?

So what exactly is the present moment? It is that fleeting moment of NOW sandwiched between miles of thoughts of the past and future. It is that split second of thought and intent that is not muddled with fear and fantasy of the future or replayed images and thoughts of the past. It is the blink of an eye and yet it is the most powerful moment in your life; an endless precession of opportunities spanning to infinity. So why is the present moment so important? Because the past is gone; there is nothing more you can do or change. The future has yet to come so why build up anxiety about something that has yet to materialize? This is important: All you should try to grasp on to is the present moment: Shafts of sunshine streaming through the trees outside. The chirp of a bird; a lawn mower in the distance; wind rustling through trees; a creak in the floor; a tingle in your foot; a positive task completed at work; a hug or compliment; stillness in your mind; a smile for no reason…

It can be that simple.

We tend to unknowingly live for the challenges that inundate our lives. We tend to care what other people think. We bring our work home. We dream about our fears and fantasy. We worry about the past which is gone. We fret over the future that has yet to evolve. What a waste of time! When we think and live this way we live for the static that surrounds us. The result is mediocrity in every facet. One can never truly self-evolve and find happiness when we live this way. Look around and revel in the irony that most of the world operates this way. There lies an important step in self-discovery: When we realize there is another way; when we stop what we are doing and silence the mind by focusing on what is happening right now, something amazing happens. Your thoughts slow; your worries drop away, fear and anxiety disappear because they do not live in the present. Such ego facilities live in the past and future: Just memories and thoughts that have no bearing on the present. Notice how you have no control over the past and future and yet that is where most of our daily thoughts reside. Understand that the present moment is the only split second of conscious thought and action you can really control. Living in the moment is pure, unfettered and authentic. When you stop and silence the static of life you allow wellness and inner wisdom to arise from within.

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How We Can All Use Our Breath To Awaken To Who We Really Are

Michael Jeffreys | Collective Evolution

“More than ever, awakening to ‘who we really are’ is important not just for ourselves but for society and the world. It is quite clear that we cannot solve the problems we face today with the very same unconscious, manipulative mind that created them in the first place.” –Dennis Lewis

I heard Dennis Lewis, the author of Breathe into Being, say during an interview on YouTube something quite profound, but rarely noticed by most human beings: our very first act upon entering the world is to take a breath and our final act upon death is to exhale breath. The fact that this singular act of breathing bookends our life makes it worthy of getting to know it better, does it not?

Indeed, this movement of drawing in and exhaling life-giving breath is something we experience non-stop throughout our entire existence. Yet, just how mindful are we of something that happens to our body 17,280 times per day (12 breaths per minute x 60 minutes per hour x 24 hours in a day), every single day of our lives!? For most of us, the answer is, not very. Why? Because breathing takes no conscious effort on our part; it simply happens, thankfully, automatically. Says Dennis:

“You can check in on your breathing any time at all, since you are always being breathed now, and ponder for a moment this essential miracle of yourself, the miracle of being itself breathing.”

Notice the last three words of the sentence: “being itself breathing.” Most of us never stop to consider what actually POWERS the mechanical act of breathing—it is simply taken for granted. By becoming silent, and tuning into our body, we can notice that our body is indeed being breathed. To further explain this, here’s an excerpt from the book:

Looking toward the No-Thing that You Are

“The awareness of the ‘breath of life’ as it moves through us draws us immediately (if we pay attention) toward something far greater than the paltry little mental, emotional, or physical ‘I’ that we habitually call ourselves. By spending several minutes each day directing your attention inward toward the underlying energies of the ‘breath of life’—including the physical movements of inhalation, exhalation, and the brief but natural resting place before the next inhalation—you will become quieter inside and more present to yourself as you are. This will enable you to look even deeper inside toward the ‘no-thing’ that you are in your very essence. It will enable you to look toward what you experience when you are zero distance from yourself, toward the silent, spacious receptivity, the pure, impartial awareness, that lies at the heart of being—the simple, undefined, unqualified, I AM. Can you experience this right now as you follow your exhalations and inhalations for at least five minutes?”

The above quote by Dennis points out that there is something much deeper at work here. That this mysterious invisible force that “breathes us” is in fact responsible for animating the entire universe and every single movement within it! It is easy to forget this as we go about our day-to-day activities. And yet, without this Life force, Life would not exist. Without the formless, there could be no form, for we live in a world of duality. And yet, most everyone is so focused on form, that the formless, the Source, goes virtually unnoticed.

And yet, in my own experience, the desire to try to explain the mystery drops away by itself the more one abides in it. It’s as if you see all questions are from the mind, and thus can only lead you to more questions; it’s endless. Mind can never know it’s source, just like a wave can never “know” the ocean. Instead, when the mind is relaxed, a higher power, call it intuition, is discovered.

One discovers that this intuitive knowing is ALWAYS in harmony with Life’s natural flow, and so we begin to awaken and to trust it. As this happens, the limitations and falseness of the beliefs we used to hold to explain events and people becomes more obvious to us, and they begin to fall away. As this happens, our true Self begins to shine through, revealing a peace and happiness that is causeless because it is not dependent on outside circumstances.

“Instead of seeing and welcoming the world as it is, we generally either reject what is in favor of what we believe should be; or we entangle it so deeply in our self-serving stories that what actually is remains hidden from us at the deepest levels.” –Dennis Lewis

Another observation by Dennis in the book is that before we are able to take a new, fresh breath, we first must completely empty ourselves of our “old” breath. Out with the old, in with the new. This process is not confined to our breathing, but our thoughts, beliefs, and attitudes as well. To take on a new, more empowering belief, we must first let go of our old ones that no longer serve us.

Eckhart Tolle, on several occasions, has talked about the breath being a portal into the now. Why? Because breathing always takes place in the only place it can: now! So, by tuning into our breath, we automatically leave the noisy mind (which is always focused on the past or future) and become present. Through repetition and self-awareness, like any skill, we can become better at learning to be more present. And our breath is always available to help us do this.

“It is not a matter of knowing something deeper about ourselves but rather of experiencing the mystery of ourselves as completely unknown—the miracle of awakeness itself.” –Dennis Lewis

 

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