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Working for God

It’s occurred to me over the years that working for God doesn’t mean you have to be a religious leader.  I believe that when you are living life with love in your heart, you are working for God.

It doesn’t matter if you are a Writer, Artist, Reiki Master, Custodian, Pilot, Firefighter, Librarian, Teacher, Secretary, Clerk, Cashier, President, Spouse, Parent, Bus Driver, Truck Driver, Factory Worker, Designer, Student, Photographer, Actor, Computer Guru, Manager, Nurse, Doctor, Engineer, etc. as long as you have love in your heart for God, us humans and all beings; then you are working for God.

How do you know if you are truly working for God?  Do you feel a sense of peace from head to toe and deep down to your soul? When you are on the way to work are you thinking how happy you are and how much you are looking forward to being of service today?

If you are not feeling IT, and you are thinking on the way to work how much you are dreading today. Do not worry not all is lost.  You do not have to change jobs. You can if you must, but it isn’t necessary; just change your attitude.  The same job you are tolerating and just doing to get a paycheck can become working for God.  It all starts with your own personal feelings.

Find something you like about your job.  First on the list could be that you receive money for just showing up and being there.  A paycheck, that’s something to be grateful for. Then look at your coworkers, find something about each one of them that you like. Even the co-worker you just cannot stand has something about them that is good.  Perhaps at this point the only good you can see, is that they are stubborn no make that determined.

I know this works, because I have used it in my own life.   If you have other tips we can use, I would love to know.  Please share your wisdom and leave a comment.

Life is good!  God is great!  All is right in my world!

Blessings,

Genie

Forgiveness

I have work diligently for over a decade to forgive those who have hurt me in the past whether it was real or an imagined hurt.  Every time I think “I have forgiven X,” I find later on that I truly have not.

I believe this is a huge flaw in me and I wish whole hearty to forgive.  My mind knows that Buddha was right when he said “Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.”

I truly know that I am hurting myself by not truly forgiving everyone.  There is something inside of me that will not let go completely.   I know that I am holding myself back from experiencing that best me I can be.   I do believe what Paul Boese said “Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future.”

So what do I need to do to let go of that final piece of imagined hurt?  I’ve been pondering that for years, then today on Facebook someone posted this quote by Orpah, “True forgiveness is when you can say, “Thank you for that experience.”  Wow, that is an eye opener.

So how come I’m not rushing to say “Thank you” to X?  ­­­At this point I can say the words, but I don’t truly do not feel thankful.  I just had a thought; I should do what­­­ I’ve been doing since I started on my spiritual journey: pretend until it becomes reality.  Or in other words: visualize the possibility, because I know everything created began with a thought.

Life is good!  God is great!  All is right in my world!

Blessings,

Genie­­­­

I Am Here

In the past I would fret and worry about what I should or should not do.  I was afraid of taking the wrong path and not doing what I really should be doing or being where I should be.  Luckily, I have not only grown older; I have grown wiser.  I have learned that no matter where I am; I am where I am supposed to be.

God’s cool like that.  God puts us where we need to be.  We all are where we are supposed to be at this moment in time.  It’s up to us to live in the moment; not to dwell in the past or to worry about the future.  Live for today, enjoy the people in your life.  Enjoy life.

Life is good! God is great!  All is right in my world!

Blessings,

Genie

Quotes from the Masters: Picasso

Robin Jean Marie issued a challenge on June 2, 2012 in one of her blog posts called Quotes From the Masters: Picasso and I have accepted the challenge.  Here’s the quote for this particular challenge: Everything you can imagine is real” by Pablo Picasso.

This quote speaks to my philosophical nature.  I just love to think about “what if?”  What if, everything out there and right here was a shared illusion?  What if, we could change our lives by not limiting ourselves to what is the norm?  What if, we could imagine ourselves into a much better world?

There is a theory out there that this universe, world we live in, is a hologram. Our true selves have dreamed up this world so we could learn and grow stronger spiritually.   I recently was introduced to this theory when a friend cleaned out his bookcase and let me take what I wanted of his rejects.  I have only read the first few pages so I really don’t know what the author’s theory truly is, but I just had to put down the book and start thinking “what if?”  I’ll get back to the book shortly, but in the meantime I am having loads of fun stretching and wrapping my brain around the concept.

Here is my take on this theory – remember this is rough draft material here, because I haven’t actually read the book.   This theory is a twist on the movie Matrix. We aren’t fighting or struggling against an outer enemy like the characters in the movie; instead we are fighting and struggling with inner enemy – our self.

We are spiritual beings temporarily housed inside a human body.   I accept this truth.  I know each one of us is a powerful being, who can bring what is needed to this shared illusion to create the experience needed for our highest good.  Using our imaginations is a good place to start.

I imagined in the past, thus creating the future I’m living today.  I imagined that would own a house for years then came the day when I did.  I imagined that I would have a college degree; I applied myself and eventually became a college graduate.  I am in the midst of imagining my future and I know that this too will be real.

How I know that I can be happy no matter what happens to me or around me makes more sense.  The shared illusion can be that life is rough and you have to struggle to just get ahead doesn’t have to be my truth.  I can be happy, no matter what situation I find myself in.  I imagine me being happy and so it is.  That’s so cool.  I imagine me being joyous and so it is.  This is totally awesome.

Life is good!  God is great!  All is right in my world.

Blessings,

Genie

Perspectives – what’s really going on?

Awhile ago I played with a photo of one my day lilies; each time I used a different filter on Photoshop I thought of how reality is really the beholder’s perception that is filtered through emotions, experiences, and degree of self awareness. I have had various experiences in my life where I have let my situation dedicate my perception of reality.

For instance I would be looking too close so that I could not see the whole picture or be so far away I could not see clearly enough.

Both perspectives may be good in the short run, but a lifetime of not being able to see all the facts or seeing too many facts can have me feeling overwhelmed.  All because I didn’t allow myself see a perceptive where I could see the situation close enough to enjoy it without it being the only thing I could see.  Or I would look so far into the future I could not see what was going on here and now.

Or my thoughts would be so tangled up that everything is all jumbled up.

I could see all the pieces, but I just could not put them together in the right order. This is a truly frustrating place to be.

Or my perception of reality would be so twisted up that nothing was recognizable and it seemed that nothing will be right again.  How depressing.

But then it could get so bad that my perception is so distorted that nothing was what is truly was it was just a mess that led to feeling hopeless.

Sometimes, I felt separated from everyone as though there is was piece of frosted glass between me and the world.

I was feeling as though everyone knew the rules of life, but they wouldn’t share with me.  A lonely place to be.

There have been times when I hurt so bad that I felt outside my own body; not able to feel as though my spirit and body were not truly intertwined.

When I let myself do this, I am disconnecting from God.  Not a fun place to be.

Then there were the times my perception distorted reality just enough that I tricked myself into believe this is the real world.

Life was just mean enough to bend me out of shape a bit, but not enough to let me forget my basic essence.  Of course I know life isn’t mean, it just seemed that way for awhile.

I like my perception I have today.

I see clearly enough to know who I am and why I’m on this earth.  I see clearly enough to see my next step on my path, but not enough to see what all is coming next. I would be tempted to jump too far ahead if I truly knew what was coming next.

Life is good!  God is great!  All is right in my world!

Blessings,

Genie

Thoughts

It all starts with a thought. Everything!  Isn’t it amazing that all that is created started with a thought?  Nothing happens until someone thinks some version of “That can be done” then gets up and does it.  I find that amazing.  It doesn’t matter if we are creating a piece of artwork, a blog post, a chair, a house, a garden, a hug, etc.  It all starts with a thought.

What are you creating?

Life is good!  God is great!  All is right in my world!

Blessings,

Genie

Labyrinths are a wonderful place to clear your mind of worldly thoughts so you can refresh and create

Highest Good

As a kid, I used to pray for wants and needs for myself and others, but I’ve grown, both physically and spiritually, since then and I now pray for my or another’s highest good.  I can’t remember when I started praying this way, but this feels right to me.  Since God knows what is best for each and every one of us, it just seems bossy to tell God that I am praying for “x” to happen to “z.”

I also feel that we should not only pray for the highest good of our loved ones, but we should pray for the highest good for those folks, who just are hard to get along with.  I know it is easier to pray for our friends and family, but those other folks probably need our prayers the most.  Something in their lives may be giving them so much grief that they are showing up as aggravating people.

Who knows when you pray for their highest good, it may be you that changes rather than them.  Your attitude about their behavior may shift so that person doesn’t seem annoying anymore.  Whatever the outcome it seems wiser to let God choose what happens.

Life is good!  God is great!  All is right in my world!

Blessings,

Genie

How My Mind Works

I’ve been asked how I find the good in negative events.  Well, sometimes it’s easy and sometimes it’s a huge challenge, but eventually I get there.  I thought I would write my thought process on a minor negative event in my life – hey, I’m not going out there to look for a major one to write about.

The temperature is in the mid-90s where I live and summer is nearly a month away.  I do not want to think about the coming summer’s temperature.  Wait I’m already off topic.

I found out the other day that my car’s air conditioner isn’t up to the job of even pretending it’s going to keep me cool.  It was mid-afternoon, the temperature is 94 degrees and it probably will get higher before the day is over.  I needed to go somewhere that is a 15 minute drive away.  Okay, I’m the queen of finding the good in everything.  What’s the good in this?

Hmmm.  I have a nice pink glow happening here and I really look good in pink.  Okay, I’m laughing at myself now; I’m on the right track.  What else?  I’m sweating off at least a pound or two as I drive from here to there and back again.  Sweat releases toxins from the body so I’m going to be really healthy by the end of the day.

That’s not quite enough what else can I think of?  I have a working car that’s beautiful – red.  My car works, so I don’t have to walk or bum a ride.  It’s okay I don’t have the money to fix the air conditioner, because all the Saturn dealerships are closed so there is nowhere to take my car to get it fixed. I’m counting that as a plus.

Let’s see what else?  The humidity is high enough to cause me to have breathing issues, but I have a car to take me to the medical clinic when I need to go.  The folks at the medical clinic are wonderful and seem to be happy to see me.  Then there is the bonus they know what they are doing and they care.

What bonuses can I find about the weather?  There is a possibility that I will be able to grow my own tropical fruit trees if the climate stays this warm each year.  I’m thinking mango trees to grow with peach trees to make my favorite blended juice.  I had to stop and find out if mangoes grow on trees.  I’m thankful for the internet – I got an instant answer “Yes, mangoes grow on trees.”

By the time I got to the medical clinic I was hyperventilating, so before my butt got comfortable in the waiting room chair, I was called back.  See, they care about me here.  I scared the receptionist and she got the medical staff busy.

I should tell you that this is the place where I was given a prescription for a wheelchair nearly two years ago.  Everyone there is excited to see me walking.    Let me stop and tell you that I was having trouble breathing, because of allergies – so nothing really serious going on.  A couple of prescriptions and I was good to go.  I got to talking to update them on my life, basically bragging about myself.  I showed the nurse my new Reiki business card.  She said she would keep it so she could recommend me to her patients.  So I dug out of my purse all the business cards I had and gave them to her.  Do I really need to explain the great positive there?

So that’s how I think. This is how I get from being in a negative moment to being a living breathing positive force for good.  I think it would work for anyone.  Do you?

Life is good!  God is great!  All is right in my world!

Blessings,

Genie

I already know will have to grow enough fruit trees to share

Compassion

Today’s post is a little different.  Using a menu template from Microsoft I have created a menu on “How to be Compassionate.”  Please let me know what you think about it.

Life is good! God is great! All is right in my world!

Blessings,

Genie

A Smile

It doesn’t take much effort, nor does it have to cost money to give someone the kindness of a smile.  You just don’t know what a difference, your smile may make in changing someone’s perception for the better.  They may no longer feel alone in the world because you took a nanosecond to smile.  GinaV’s post Just a Smile   illustrates this point, she  by a stranger’s smile.  That smile didn’t take much time or effort on the part of the stranger, but it made a huge impact.  You can do the same.

I live in the United States in the South where we Southerners have the tradition of greeting each person we meet with a smile.   When I was a little girl it was commonplace, but in the last couple of decades we have so many people from other areas moving here, who do not have this tradition.  So the smile and greeting isn’t as commonplace as it once was, but it happens enough.   If people understood the impact a smile can have on another, I believe there would be even more folks out there smiling.  Personally, I’m going to continue to smile and greet each person.  Even if I never know the positive impact, my smile makes for someone else, it makes me happy and that’s enough.

Life is good!  God is great!  All is right in my world!

Blessings,

Genie

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