Family Man, A Christmas Carol, It’s a Wonderful Life, Ground Hog Day, Leap Year, The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, Miracle On 32nd Street, What do these movies have in common? They all center around holidays. They all seem to focus on growth and spiritual experiences of the principal characters involved. Not only do they focus on growth but they show the main characters moving into a whole new way of being or new level of living. Me personally that is what I truly think that holidays are all about. A ritual and story designed to bring about growth and transformation of character. Will the ground-hog see his shadow? Will we see our shadow? Will I be focused on my ego based concerns? If so 6 more weeks of winter. Can I get past myself and be more spiritual and giving? If so there is an early spring. The Christ was born in Bethlehem. Are we going to see The Christ reborn in us? Will our Godly Heavenly side come through? Will we be giving and cheerful? Do you believe in the magic of christmas? If you believe in magic you will experience it in your world. A whole new year is comming. Happy new year. Are you going to be happy? Do you wish happiness to others in this new year, this new start? Do we have new years resolutions? How are we changing for the better? Will there be a new me, a new you? Then comes Valentines day are you sharing your love?
My point is that if we are not careful we will get so caught up in life that we will miss the hints along the way that come every year to bring us to our possible transformation. If we are not careful even the holiday that was designed to enhance our world will become a source of stress in our world as we worry about that perfect Christmas or Valentines day gift. Slow down and reflect. Ask God to show you who you can be and where your next adventure is. Use the holiday for your spiritual growth and transformation. This is the best gift you can give yourself and anyone else in your world.
Recently I had a conversation with some friends and one of them brought up a subject that had been brought up before. I have not been able to stop thinking about it ever since. He mentioned how not too long ago he had moved to a new level in his spirituality. He had gotten to a place where he was able to dialogue with God and the Universe. This is something I have been talking about doing ever since I wrote my first book “What If My Soul Is Eternal And Heaven Is Everywhere?” My friend did not like this idea at first but in more recent times tried it and it worked well for him. The idea is to put a question out to God and your Higher Self and wait for the answer to come. Expect the answer within 24 hours and then be sure to meditate, repeat your mantra throughout the day and do anything you can to keep your mind in a higher place throughout the day. This may include listening to or watching material that reminds you of the magic and miracles of God and The Universe. Then be open and know the answer can come from anywhere or anyone.
As I said, he tried it and it worked well for him for a while and he was very pleasantly surprised, but here lately he felt stuck, like he was not getting any answers and even worse like maybe God could be ignoring him. I have been exactly where he is and have found there was always something going on, particularly on my end, that was holding up my answers and being in God’s favor so to speak, during such times. So I have prepared some questions to ask for such a situation.
When asking for help and answers ask, Am I really being open or am I limiting how the help can come and what the true answer to my situation may be? (be open)
During the challenging situation, am I embracing the challenge and knowing it is leading me to a better place or am I upset by it feeling like this should not be happening? (remember God knows what he or she is doing and try to embrace what is happening knowing when the answer or lesson comes you will be better off.)
Am I remembering that this is about me getting a lesson and asking what is the lesson? Am I asking what do you want me to do, how do you want me to be?, knowing this will lead me to my happiness or am I just asking for relief? (the idea is to focus on the lesson more than the relief, and ask what is my lesson, how do I need to change my thinking or way of being?)
Finally ask, Am I willing to do God’s will (what ever it is) and remember that this is what the problem at hand is all about moving to where The Universe wants me be? Am I really ready to do that? (Tell God I am willing to do whatever you want)
If you can do all these things when stuck and looking for help and answers, you will find yourself back in touch with God and The Universe in no time and see God has been talking to you all the time, and now you can actually hear what The Universe has been trying to tell you. The results will be surprising.
I was watching General Hospital yesterday and something caught my eye. Two brothers Ethan and Lucky were talking. Ethan was telling Lucky that he knew he wanted something more besides all that he was blessed with. Lucky has kids and a woman who loves him, Elizabeth the love of his life. She also happens to be his ex-wife and mother of his boys. She wants him back with her and the boys. Ethan was telling Lucky he can have it all and it is ok to want more. The “more” that he was referring to was some sort of adventure to be wrapped up in.
I agree we all need something that makes us alive and anxious to get up in the morning. I woke up thinking about the exchange between the two brothers and all I could think about was being in your proper place. When we are in the place the Universe wants us to be and truly expressing ourselves according to our nature, there is no time for being bored or feeling like something is missing. When we are doing this the whole world including our family and loved ones benefit from who we are on account of our being true, and on account of the example that we have set. Trust me we all need examples of people who are truly alive, and excited about life. One of the best gifts we can give to the world is to be one of these rare people.
This morning by coincidence I happened to open up to The Parable of The Trees, a story told to me by my teacher Mr. Thomas Ambrister. I wrote about it in my book Wise Words. It goes like this. God Made everything. The birds, the bees the flowers, and the trees. Each tree bears its own fruit, and the birds flock accordingly. He never elaborated on it, and he did not need to. I knew what he meant. Be who you are. Find your place under the sun being true to your nature. If you can do this, you won’t have to worry about anything else. It will all come on its own. Sometimes needing something more is needing to be more who you are and adding that to your life. Do this and the birds will flock accordingly.