Where do we get the idea that we aren’t all inherently creative? I think it’s because we’ve been taught from an early age, generation after generation, that creativity is the province of special people, and on top of that limitation, we are only talking about something visible of a high nature such as brilliant art, soaring architecture, uplifting music or breathtaking feats in the performing arts and sports.
The truth is, we create nonstop all day every day, every waking moment. We create and shape and form the substance of our lives, and we do this with our thoughts. We think about bad things happening to other people, and fear that type of thing will happen to us and our loved ones, and later on, when bad things do happen in our lives, we don’t see the connection. It’s as if we stumble through life, sleep-walking and unaware of our true power.
But all that is changing, and we have quantum physics to thank for our growing understanding that we live in an inside-out universe, meaning the thought, the imaging, comes first from within, and then manifests on the outside.
During these years of transition, as we grasp the new way of utilizing the power of our mind to create results more to our liking instead of a random mishmash that’s the result of misdirected or un-directed thoughts, it’s helpful to learn techniques and ideas for shifting our habitual thought patterns. It takes making a commitment to change, and it takes a willingness to embrace concepts that might seem strange at first.
Perhaps the hardest part for most of us it that we are simply so accustomed to going through the day reacting to what’s around us and allowing a steady stream of unmonitored thoughts to rule our power center. Here’s a chapter from Your Invisible Power by Genevieve Behrend, which I think will help in the process of understanding your true nature, and the gift of creative power that has been yours since birth.
How to Increase Your Faith
But you ask, “How can I speak the word of Faith when I have little or no faith?”
Every living thing has faith in something or somebody. Faith is that quality of Power which gives the Creative Energy a corresponding vitality, and the vitality in the word of Faith you use causes it to take corresponding physical form. Even intense fear is alive with faith. You fear smallpox because you believe it possible for you to contract it. You fear poverty and loneliness because you believe them possible for you. It is the Faith which understands that every creation had its birth in the womb of thought-words, that gives you dominion over all things, your lesser self included, and this feeling of faith is increased and intensified through observing what it does.
Your constant observation should be of your state of consciousness when you did; not when you hoped you might, but feared it was too good to be true. How did you feel that time when you simply had to bring yourself into a better frame of mind and did, or you had to have a certain thing and got it? Live these experiences over again and again—mentally—until you really feel in touch with the self which knows and does, and then the best there is, is yours.
Have you ever been in a situation where someone asked you to do something, and you automatically refused, not because you didn’t want what the request would bring you, but because you were resisting the person doing the asking?
This is called “demand resistance” and, not surprisingly, the behavior is closely tied with self-sabotage. Sometimes the term used is “demand sensitivity” and it is a common element in codependent relationships.
To discover whether this is a habit in your life that is getting in your way, take a look at your history of dealing with opportunities. If someone you feel is trying to control you suggests that you do something, do you metaphorically speaking “dig in your heels” and spurn the offer? It might be something you really want, and you feel a sense of conflict inside over saying no, but it’s as if some deeper need is forcing you to stand up for yourself and turn down what is being suggested.
Now look at the regrets and the feelings of being cheated out of a trip or an event, a party or an outing, that you secretly wanted to agree to do or attend. And yet that stubborn voice inside was saying: Don’t you dare say yes! You always say yes! You’ve got to start saying no for a change!
The problem with that voice is that it doesn’t have your best interests in mind. It’s speaking from your paradigm, or mindset about what actions will keep you safe from potential harm or distress in an already rocky relationship. It’s coming to you from a frightened place within that can only look at the future and predict more of the same outcomes as the past dished out.
When we learn more about standing up for ourselves and our best interests, the urge to say “no” when you really do want to say “yes” and the seemingly paradoxical pattern of frequently saying “yes” when you want very much to say “no” will start to straighten out. You’ll find more balance. You’ll find that you can be your own best friend. You don’t have to label yourself as a bad person for reacting in this way. It is probably something you learned in childhood as a way to try to control confusing situations in your home life and at school.
Once we see demand sensitivity as being a behavioral tool that no longer serves us (if it ever did), then we can begin the process of releasing it. Don’t try to push it away or scold yourself when you realize you are being overly resistant to a “demand” or request from someone. Simply take a deep breath, remind yourself that you choose to be the one making right decisions for yourself, take some time to consider your options, and then reply. A great trick is to tell the other person, “Let me think about that and get back to you.” That helps avoid the hasty response that turns to regrets later.
As we grow and learn more about being authentic and healthy, these issues start falling away because the lesson the other person’s request offered has now been mastered.
This time of year, we are especially prone to a lot of hurry and rush, and indecision and worry often tag along with that mode.
It can be easy to feel that it must be normal to question yourself, to fret about whether you’ve got the right goals, or maybe you should change direction midstream in your career or relationship.
Henry David Thoroeau presents us with the timeless gift of being confident and self-assured: after spending over 2 years at Walden Pond, he suggests that if we would only advance confidently in the direction of our dreams, then the Universe responds by drawing toward us all that we need.
So, this season, make a commitment to yourself that you will shrug off your stress and worries, and instead breathe in deeply and slowly… understand that the power that creates worlds flows through you (Thank you, Abraham, for that insight) and then… ADVANCE CONFIDENTLY knowing that what you think about and envision will come to pass.
to your happiness and success,
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Feeling stressed out? Burdened by worries after watching the news? Wondering if your life could possibly get any better, or if you’re on a downward trend that won’t end? Well, hey – you better snap out of that kind of negative thinking because it’s aging you fast. This video will help you perk up, and in the meantime, think about what you really want to be doing in life. Really consider your dreams as the special signals or messages from your Inner Self. Too often, while growing up, well-meaning parents and teachers stomp out the dreams we all have and tell us to be more practical. But you don’t have to stick to that agenda, even if it has been a life-long one!
I feel that each person on this planet owes it to himself or herself to be authentic! If you don’t live YOUR life fully, then who will? Go ahead and answer the question, and enjoy the music. Take a chance on YOU this weekend and do something you truly enjoy that makes you feel good inside. Okay, so what are you going to do that involves taking some kind of risk (not necessarily a foolhardy physical risk, but perhaps risking being laughed at or told you are “too old” to do that)?