Visualization vs. Reality

Good Morning Beautiful Souls! I hope this finds all of you wonderfully blessed in your lives. 
How many of you are truly happy with your lives? Do you wake up in the morning excited with a new day ahead of you and new adventures to explore? Or do you groan as you shut off the alarm, roll out of bed with a sigh and trudge off to deal with the day?
I am going to give you a little glimpse into my day as I see it.


The first alarm goes off, snooze button is pushed and I roll over into my hubby’s waiting arms and we snuggle until next alarm goes off. As he gets ready for work I go into the kitchen and prepare our coffee. Then we go out to the balcony and sit, watching the sunrise as we drink our morning coffee, discuss our plans for the day and enjoy the splendor of the view of the lake behind our home. Then when the time comes, I give him a “be blessed” kiss and send him off to work. I venture off to my favorite waterfall for my morning cleansing and meditation time. Next, it is off to school for my morning classes. When my classes are finished, then it is to my office to check and deal with my email, checking in with my colleagues, posting or schedule posts, return messages and phone calls. My gentle alarm goes off letting me know it is time for my lunch date with my hubby. We meet at a quaint little cafe between his place of work and my office and have lunch together, discussing how our morning went. Our time is so short it seems but we talk about how to change that. My afternoons are spent with my daughter studying criminal psychology while I am working on art projects to supplement our income. I take a break to walk in nature and converse with the wildlife on my way to the mailbox. I get excited! It is the first of the month, time for commission checks and royalty checks to come in. I briefly sit on the front porch opening the mail, mentally adding the amounts and text my hubby telling him to put in his two weeks notice because we finally have the financial freedom for him to retire. He comes home early and we sit on our porch having a celebratory drink watching the woodland creatures play at the edge of the lake and woods. Then it is off to the studio to work on our music and work with whichever band is here practicing for the night. At the end of the night, we climb into bed truly grateful for all the blessings in our life. As I drift off to sleep I am whispering “I Am” statements to the heavens knowing that as I affirm positivity into my life, the Universe will make it happen.
I have an awesome life, right?

That my, dear ones, is how I visualize my day every day. Part of it is reality, but the rest is what I am speaking and imagining into being. Thoughts become reality. The reality is we sit in our shed out back in the morning under the fan because it is already sweltering at 7 am in Florida. The quaint little cafe is our living room. My daughter and my criminal psychology studies are binge-watching CSI while I work on my crafts to sell. My trip to the mailbox is 30 ft away, but I do commune with the squirrels, birds and lizards. Instead of money in my mailbox, it is usually bills or unwanted junk mail. We do sit on the porch, but our view is a school across the street, 3 businesses beside us and the wildlife we watch are the idiots speeding around the corner and down our street. The work in the studio is a reality and the way I end my night. 
Remember pretending when you were a child? Visualization is adult pretending. The amazing thing is that some of the things we have ” pretended” have become reality in our lives. We have learned to focus on the positive, believe in our dreams and the Universe is delivering them to us. Try “pretending” a little and see what you can manifest in your life.
Many Blessings!

Words and Music

My life is a symphony that has been played by the wrong instruments. I have allowed the wrong musicians and composers to write the words and music. I have allowed their words and music to drowned out my own, blocking the remembering of my purpose in coming to this earth at this space in time to the point of causing utter confusion and turmoil in my life. I have been searching for clarity and it has been an elusive creature. My search has ended. Like a bolt from the God of Thunder, clarity has struck me and it is time for me to rise and shine and bring back the glory of the Universe. To write my own words and music for my soul’s purpose. To repaint the canvas of my life. To replace the threads pulled from my tapestry. To pick up my sword and strike down and bury completely the yesterdays of my life and to allow the Divine to flow through me and shine into the lives of others. To bring peace and love to those who suffer physically, emotionally and spiritually.

What is Your Choice?

The one constant thing in life is change. If you are not changing you are not growing. And as always in growing, there are growing pains. We have been going through a lot of changes in our life in the past few months and some of it has been quite painful as we finally had to come to grips with the fact that the things we experience in our lives are of our own choosing. What? Wait? I chose this trial, challenge or hardship in my life? Yep, that’s right you did! By words and deeds, we tell the Universe what to send into our lives to learn the lessons we are supposed to master. The Universe wants us to live happy, abundant lives. If we are constantly complaining about what is happening, what we don’t have, how sucky life is, that is what the Universe will send for us to learn to be thankful for what we do have. I recently heard this example from a mentor, Jenn Scalia. Her laptop was acting up. She continued to complain about it and use the excuse that she couldn’t afford a new one. Then one day it crashed and then she was forced into the choice of buying a new one. (I interject here that this was not a laptop used for social media or play but used for her online business and a vital tool for her.) My point is our words and deeds, and even our thoughts, force us into a situation that may not be favorable or comfortable for us. Isn’t it better to make the choice yourself? Isn’t it better to take the initiative to take positive action on your own, instead of being forced to take action?

Why Me Syndrome

I have noticed ( and I am guilty of doing it myself because I am not perfect) that people are continually complaining about the wrong things happening in their lives. I have to continually remind myself that the more I complain about it, the more wrong things happen in my life. So, I have implemented a little exercise in my life that might help others also. When things happen that are out of my expectations and out of my control, I take back my control by immediately replacing those complaints (verbally, I might add) with 3 things that are going right or 3 things I am grateful for. Life is only as hard as we make it. You have a choice whether to wallow in self pity and complain about everything that is going wrong OR start being grateful for the things that are good in your life. The more we are grateful for even the smallest of things and voice that gratitude, the more the Universe ( God, Divine, whatever form of faith you ascribe to) will send more good into your life. Imagine for a moment: you are a parent, spouse, partner and you surprise the person you love with a red rose. They immediately say. “Red, why are you giving me a red rose. You know my favorite color is purple?” or “why did you bring me a rose, you know I don’t like cut flowers, only live plants.” Think about how you would feel. That is exactly how the Divine feels when it sends challenges our way and all we do is complain about them. The Divine wants us to grow, prosper, and ascend to a higher level of vibration. It wants us to learn to overcome, even the smallest of challenges and continue to become the person we are meant to be here on this earth in this appointed time. I challenge you, next time you are faced with something that is uncomfortable, makes you upset or angry, instead of asking “WHY ME?”, ask what is the lesson you are trying to teach me? What part of me do I have to change to continue growing on my journey.

Many Blessings

Ceri

What Do You Believe?

Greetings Beautiful Souls!  Today I want to speak to you about what you believe.
Belief- 1.) Acceptance that a statement is true or that something exists
             2.) Trust, faith or confidence in someone or something.
 
Alexander Hamilton said, “If you don’t stand for something you will fall for anything.” Malcolm X took this one step further in saying, “A man who stands for nothing will fall for everything.”
 
Today, I see too many people being swayed like blades of grass in the wind every time a new idea comes along. Long forgotten are the days when people were steadfast in their beliefs and stood up for them, whether it made them popular or not. The things that were morally wrong have become morally right and visa versa, and heavens forbid if you stand on your morals, virtues, and integrity in today’s world because then you are politically incorrect. Recently my integrity was brought into question. Not my lack of, mind you, but the fact that I stand on my integrity.
 
People sit back and bitch about the current state of our government, economy, etc. I boil it all down to the shifting sands of belief. It used to be a man’s word meant something and a handshake was a done deal. Now you have to have a 100 page ( I know I am exaggerating) contract written up just to cover your ass and make the other party uphold their end of a deal. It used to be if someone was caught in a crime they were hung for it. Now we have self-confessed murderers sitting on death row for YEARS, while we the taxpayers pay for their creature comforts of food, water, shelter, while homeless people are literally starving and dying on the streets of our nation, many of whom are veterans who served this country with years of their lives. Many had no choice because they were drafted into wars, like our Korean and Vietnam Vets who have been treated poorly by the people and our government since returning home. We have groups giving aid to refugees, when there are children starving to death right here in our own country and if you speak out about it you are labeled a nonhumanitarian.
 
“Where is all this leading?” you ask. My question to you is, “What do you believe”? Do you have a strong sense of beliefs or do you sway with every political and/or religious trend? Do you believe everything you hear or see on tv, the internet, etc., or do you search out the truth for yourself? Those who know me know , I am NOT a religious or political person. I do have a strong set standard of beliefs I adhere to called the 9 Noble Virtues, like the 10 Commandments that tell me what I Shall Do, not what I shall not do. I weigh everything in my life against these Virtues and grow each day in body, mind, and spirit, knowing that I can not and will not be swayed from my beliefs.
 
I challenge you to start by searching your heart, look at the man/woman in the mirror and ask yourself, ” is what I believe? Are these my own beliefs or is what I believe what I have been told to believe by parents, grandparents, siblings, ministers, or peers?