Living Powerfully in the Present Moment
The time we spend on earth is very short when you consider the scope of the universe. Often, we donít see the big picture and get lost in the details. What is our purpose in the few years we have? It is to become a living embodiment of spirit while we are here.
We must learn to express spirit through our actions, emotions, relationships, and in the work we do, which can be anything from loving our children to being a bank teller. Weíre supposed to nurture each other, love the planet that provides us sustenance, evolve our soul in the process, then go home, perhaps to try another version at some later date.
Thereís no singular instruction manual for this type of big picture thinking Ė to a large degree, we make it up as we go along. Remember, being born is like standing at the end of a big river and jumping into an already moving stream of people and events, all colored by the past Ė the past others have left behind, but mostly the past we create during our stay.
The past is important because we learn from it. It helps us navigate through our current choices in order to evolve our soul. Weíre in soul school the minute we hit the ground until we cross over, coursework made possible by the enriching, and sometime challenging conditions we have chosen. We chart a learning program well before we get here, a structure that includes our parents, our gender, and circumstances that will provide us with the greatest opportunity for personal and spiritual growth, resulting in true-self-empowerment.
Where we get into trouble is giving up our freedom to make new choices within that structure based upon the present, especially when we replay old, outdated messages given to us by others that solidify our belief system about who we are. Negative programming results, or the way we automatically approach present day circumstances, with a ďcanít doĒ attitude. Negative programs limit our vision, preventing us from feeling empowered about what we can accomplish in life. Such negative thought patterns from the past deplete our energy reserves Ė diminishing our ability to make a difference in the lives of others today.
Have any of these ideas become part of your present experiences?
You canít do that, girls just donít do that
You have to make me happy, I sacrificed everything for you
This family comes first, not you
You donít deserve to be loved
Iím poor but good
The world is a terrible place
Youíll fail/get hurt/be taken advantage of so donít try
I donít have to apologize because Iím the parent
You make enough mistakes and youíll learn how hard life is
I believe we set a mental agenda everyday, and what we see in our world, and our personal lives, is a result of what we think. If you arenít getting what you want out of life, then you must create a mental discipline that replaces a negative belief system with one of hope, appreciation of the past, and a decisive statement of what you see happening in the present. The present is what matters.
Changing a mental outlook takes discipline. In our culture we are taught to plan for disaster, be prepared, and anticipate what might be coming around the bend. It involves releasing outdated ideas and replacing them with ideas of what you want in the present moment, and accept it as already happening.
How many of you have heard ďlife is hard, a daily struggle, life is tough.Ē How about ďif you donít have your health, you donít have anything?Ē I am of the opinion that if you donít have excellent health, yes, things might be fairly bleak, but there still is an awful lot of life to be had. Life, in terms of our exchange with others, has many meanings but often weíve got the definition backwards. Life isnít all about taking it in. Itís mostly about what you give out.
Write a daily affirmation that encourages you to look inward and unseat old messages. Ask yourself, ďWhat blocks my ability to overcome and mend? Am I fearful of life? Do I always put my needs last because I feel unworthy?Ē Change your mental outlook into a new assumption for today by saying:
Each day is an opportunity to give more to humanity
This unlimited universe gives me room to grown in unlimited ways
By being who I am, I give to the world with excitement and love
I become stronger because of the challenges I have faced
I am worthy because I am my Divine Self
I no longer need to hold myself back from success and prosperity
My life is a unique expression of creation
I love the journey Iím on. I construct my puzzle at my own pace
Remember, everyday is new, no matter how you slice it. The sun comes up in spite of our mistakes or the despair we must face. We are meant to continually move forward! Getting stuck in the past holds us behind, a prisoner within an incredible universe of opportunity. True empowerment stems from living now, not as a reaction to now from the past, or living with worry about what might happen tomorrow, next month, or next year. Everyday, no matter what has happened to you in the past, is a new opportunity to begin painting your life on a fresh, new canvas. Paint with powerful, present moment strokes. A mental outlook centered in ďnowĒ allows you to realize more self-power and confidence youíll need to ride the bumps in life. You can do it!
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Charlene M. Proctor, Ph.D., author of Let Your Goddess Grow! 7 Spiritual Lessons on Female Power and Positive Thinking and The Womenís Book of Empowerment: 323 Affirmations that Change Everyday Problems into Moments of Potential (2005) provides guidance through everyday complexity with female imagery and positive thinking. Please visit www.thegoddessnetwork.net and register for her many self-help and inspirational programs, which include The Divine Woman, a free monthly newsletter!