Working With YourselfBy SHEPHERD HOODWIN
Finding yourself is a gradual process. There is no substitute for the full living of each day. As you uncover the falsities that cover you from the view of the world and yourself, you will be more and more evident. It is likely that you are already more present than you realize. Others can probably see your beauty better than you can. That is because the "squeaky wheels" of your unresolved inner conflicts are getting the grease of your attention. The parts of you that are already in order do not seem to warrant concern. One way to cultivate a more balanced view is to make a list of all the beautiful qualities you already possess and read it daily.
You are merely suffering from a lack of focus. We suggest that you make a detailed list for each situation that has been difficult, with two headings: one, everything you know that is true about it; and two, everything concerning it about which you still feel unresolved. This will help you get some of the swirl out of your mind. It is difficult to assimilate everything at once; if you "divide," you can "conquer." Also, your thoughts will be safely down on paper. Therefore, you will not feel compelled to think about the situations constantly in order to avoid forgetting them.
You can write the first list as statements, and the second as questions. Make the questions as clear and penetrating as possible. It is not important to come up with answers at this point. "Ask, and it shall be given to you." When you are clear on what you want resolved, your inner reality can set upon the task of generating answers. Your inner reality is wise and resourceful. Trust that after whatever time is required, answers will be there. There is no need to keep asking, although you can revise your lists as often as you like. The more clarity you bring to them, the more clarity will come as a result.
Each day, review your lists and record any answers you have received, checking off the questions that you now feel you have clarity on. If an answer is only partial, rephrase the question to cover the parts still unanswered.
Be a "hog"-you can have as much clarity as you wish. You can ask as many questions of reality as you like, and reality will not mind a bit. Other people may not have patience with a "nit-picking" list of questions, but your own reality is willing to take them all on.
This process will remove much of the confused stress from your body. You will be able to relax because all that raw material for research will now be safely organized in a form that your internal computer can digest, and the solving of your problems will be set in motion. When problems are pressing on you strongly, you want resolution immediately, but when you know that you are handling them, it is easier to be patient and have the necessary detachment to deal with them. Your inherent ability to love will flourish when the burden of trying to deal with everything at once is removed.
Changing Your Life
To help you find clarity, we recommend that you make three lists. Be as specific as possible, but you can also include general attributes.
First: list the things you feel good about in your life. Remember to include supportive relationships, material possessions, knowledge, memories, and so on; anything that is positive for you.
Next: list the things that you would like to be different. Be specific.
Finally: list the things that you want to create in your life of a positive nature. Affirm that you can have those things, and that you are willing to do what is required to create them. Let it be fun for you, like a child filling out his list for Santa Claus, but do not worry about when Christmas will come for you. Just remember that the clearer you are about what you want to create in your life, the more likely it is that you will create it. If you create something that almost fits the bill but is missing something, add what is missing to the list.
Keep refining your lists, making them more specific and changing them as you become clearer about your life and what you want.
To Someone Seventy-Five Years Old
Those who have matured physically are often more spiritually full. Hence, a greater breadth of spiritual intercourse may occur through the increased activation of your essence. These may truly be golden years. All the earlier lessons and experience of life can be integrated. As you further nurture your connection with your essence, you will find that all you do is thereby enriched.
Much is internalized through external action for you. While working, lessons on which you have been meditating can root. It is, therefore, valuable for you to begin your days in contemplation, even if only for a few minutes. You might, for instance, decide upon a quality that you wish to increase in the day ahead of you, such as peace, or relaxation. Put this in the back of your mind. Then throughout the day be aware of it coming through. At the end of the day, take a few moments and see how your experience has grown in that day. This requires no effort or struggle. It is merely a matter of gently opening to what is already there. The story of the tortoise and the hare is applicable. One who grows a little each day has real and lasting benefits.
- From Shepherd's Upcoming Book Growing Through Joy
About Shepherd Hoodwin
Shepherd has been channeling since 1986. He also does intuitive readings, mediumship, past-life regression, healing, counseling, and channeling coaching, where he teaches others to channel. He has conducted workshops on the Michael teachings throughout the United States. His other books include Enlightenment for Nitwits, Loving from Your Soul: Creating Powerful Relationships, Meditations for Self-Discovery, Opening to Healing, Growing Through Joy, Being in the World, and more to come.
Visit his website at ShepherdHoodwin.com
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