We are coming to the close of another year in our lives. Every year, at this time I begin to reflect on how I’ve lived my life and whether I’ve manifested any of my dreams and aspirations. Did I indeed work towards and accomplish what I set out to do? No matter how young or how old, time should be of the essence, nothing should be taken for granted! I would not want to look back over my life to see that I was a slacker. Therefore, I have made it my tradition to reflect on what of my list of aspirations, did I accomplish at the end of each year. And in doing so, I found that I accomplished about 90% of my goals for the year 2011, putting me closer to manifestation of my dreams. How did I do it? Here is a list of my suggestions to manifesting your dreams.
“The art of powerful living is to be able to connect our unconsciouus power centers with conscious choices, commitments and actions.”
– Paul O’Brian
“The things you need in life are those that will help to fulfill your dominant purpose. Things you may want but not need may lead you aside from that purpose. It is only by making everything serve your main objective that success is attained.” – Paramahansa Yogananda
Have you ever been in awe of events and situations that seem to be perfectly orchestrated, yet coincidentally, “Unplanned Happenstance”? You were just thinking of someone that you haven’t spoken to in a long while and they call you? Have you ever been so in tuned to someone or have someone so in tuned to you that they are able to plug right into your thoughts and emotions? They are able to clarify a thought of yours or satisfy you without discussion?
These incidences of unplanned, perfectness feel so much like right, like God! It is like plugging into an electrical socket. Things happen! It is just the right fit, the right decision, a lining up with destiny! How else could you describe it? It feels good! It is good! It is perfect and exactly what you need! Continue reading “The Art of Synchro-Destiny”
Staying focused on manifesting your purpose can be difficult with all the distractions floating around like viruses. Sound borne distractions whose mode of travel is by “words” are like viruses. They are vicious and highly contagious. These words may be packaged as friendly and caring, but yet they are negative and distracting. They eat away at your sense of purpose and focus. They are a distraction meant to level you out again, to connect you to the masses of others that live without purpose and focus.
I think this is what I have experienced this week. I let viruses in, knowing that they were viruses, thinking that they could not infect me. I was wrong. I was infected. I knew the exact time and moment of infection, although they had been working on my resistance for some time. I felt a bit defeated, not by them, but by self. As I always tell my daughter, “When you know better, do better”. I knew better. I cracked the window a little too much.
As a result, for a moment, I let disappointment overpower me. Why? Because I had certain expectations of an entity outside of myself and God and when I did not get the level of results that I expected, I was disappointed. My first plan of action was a reaction to the emotion, retaliation. Retaliation is to return injury for injury to gain some sense of satisfaction in having someone feel the pain that we’ve felt as a result of their actions. Although retaliation’s purpose may be to defend one’s self; its effect is harm and punishment.
When you are in this frame of mind, you are distracted from purpose. In this case my retaliation was to seek other employment. When I began seeking online for opportunity, nothing fit my dream job. Nothing fit the description in any way, shape or form! Why? BECAUSE, I’M LIVING BY DIVINE DESIGN!!! A CUSTOMIZED POSITION IS REQUIRED. It is extremely difficult for me to move out of sync with what I perceive to be my purpose. I say perceive because it is still being realized. I’m not done. God is not done with me. I am still in the classroom. I am still learning, gathering and assimilating information about this spiritual way of living, about the Divine Design. In doing so, nothing is cookie cutter. It’s all customized.
Therefore, searching for another position is not the answer for me. Working according to plan and divine inspiration is. So, in my brief moment of disappointment, I was distracted. And you’d better believe the viruses were awaiting their opportunity. The good thing is that I’ve become good at bouncing back quickly!
This week I have been pondering and defining what the term “Branding” means to me, from a spiritual standpoint. I was inspired to write this post as a result of a conversation with an acquaintance where I mentioned the importance of protecting one’s image, Brand. We talked about the power of words and their potential to damage others and self. Specifically, I stated that what we say and the energy that we project can be damaging to our “Brand” or image. And I think that I used the word Brand because I wanted the person to think outside of the situation, into self and into public image to see how negative words, although a self expression, can send a message that we don’t want to send . Further, I wanted the person to reflect on the spiritual impact of directing negative words and energy towards others. But, I may have given the wrong impression that Branding is simply a matter of image and that it is ok to be one way behind closed doors and outwardly present another person. I felt like I left the subject open and undone. And I like completion, closure and clarity, so here’s my way of closing in on what I really meant.
First I’d like to reflect upon the business concept of Branding which is not too far removed for my spiritual concept of Branding.
According to Blue Focus Marketing, “A brand is the sum total of the entire customer experience, a collection of perceptions in the mind of the consumer.” “A Brand represents the sum total of many components”.
Ok, this is customer service, marketing related material and although it relates to the perceived image that a customer has of a company or a business acquaintance, it points out the experience that a person has with a business and its importance in defining the relationship. Experience yields an emotional connection.
These are the components of a Brand:
Image – How you are perceived; representation of
Experience – an event that produces affect
Relationship – connection, association or involvement
Emotion – any strong agitation of feelings
In comparison, a spiritual concept of Branding is directed at Self Image.
How do you perceive yourself and how do others perceive you?
What is the basis of your relationships and connections? Truth or Pretence?
How do others experience you? What affect/effect do you cause? Healing or Harm?
Spiritual Branding is about the man/woman, not a corporation. It consists of the same components of a business Brand with the exception of the focus on the individual and the spiritual impact a person has on himself and the world around him. Success depends upon how well you are realized as a person, your adherence to the spiritual principles of success and whether others/the world benefit from your success. Although Spiritual Branding is focused on the individual, the product being sold (God manifested in you) is for the benefit of the whole.
Realization of self is what naturally creates your Spiritual Brand, your light, you gifts and talents, your product. The product that you are selling is you. What do you have to offer? What is the world receiving from you? The world wants your goodness. I don’t believe that anyone seeks the worst for themselves. And people are drawn to and attracted to goodness. We are all in the pursuit of happiness.
What I really wanted to convey is that our goal in this life is to manifest the Creator in ourselves. Everything we do is an opportunity to create or destroy; heal or harm. What you manifest becomes your Self image, your Spiritual Brand.
Living By Divine Design