Groovy blast from the past

Some good Beatles tunes, with a nifty message. Will make you laugh, tap your toes, and perhaps even provoke some deep thinking.

The Real Secret

The word spirit comes from the Latin word spiritus, meaning “breath”. Spirit is the breath of life. The word intelligent is from the Latin, intelligentia, meaning “choosing between”. Spiritual Intelligence is our ability to choose between spirit and ego. We consciously practice spiritual intelligence when we intentionally choose spirit over ego, love over fear, and the highest good for all over selfish interest..

The Voice of Spirit is the voice of our Higher Self. My Higher Self is that which has never left its creator. All Higher Selves are connected as One. I connect to my Higher Self through my soul. My soul is my dream self — that part of me that has wandered through countless life experiences trying to find its way back home to the Higher Self. My soul desires to wake up and remember who it is..

I develop my spiritual intelligence when I join with my soul and choose to identify with my Higher Self, my Spirit. In this state of identification I realize that I am not my body. I am not my gender or my profession. I am not my ethnicity nor am I my religion. I am not my life situation, my illnesses, my financial position, or my status in society. I am not my problems and I am not my past. Spiritual identification has me detaching from all forms and experiences and seeing myself as a spiritual being in this human experience..

Many people in spiritual circles like to call on angels, Jesus, or other beings of light. This is good. Many others make use of rituals, tools, methodologies, and programs to learn and grow. This can be good, too. As we develop spiritually we come to realize that we are the light. You and I are the light that we seek. There is nothing we can seek that we don’t already have within us. There is no person, program, or methodology that can do it for us. Nothing, of itself, will bring you the light or awaken you. It is your intention and willingness that that leads you to the power that lies within you..

This is the real “secret”. There is nothing out there you need. Love, peace, prosperity, and wholeness are already within you. When you trust in this completely, you have all that you need in the physical. When we are hung up on the form–the car, the house, the bank account, the great body, the great relationship– we make the form our source. The source, God, is within us, and is always available. We are not separate from God, and that is the secret..

We are born into this world not knowing the secret. If we knew it, we wouldn’t need to be here. Yet, we are here, so there is something to be learned. Both our tendencies to live from spirit and our tendencies live from ego are manifested in the physical world by way of the Law of Attraction..

The film and the book, The Secret, is an inspiring piece of work about the Law of Attraction. Certainly you can use the Law of Attraction to build the life you desire. It should be noted however, that both Hitler and Stalin successfully used the Law of Attraction. The movie indicates that wealthy power brokers have always used the Law of Attraction. This is where spiritual intelligence comes in. When you create, are you creating from spirit or from ego? ..

Another point The Secret makes is: “Anyone can do this.” Do what? Create a $4 million home? Own several luxury cars? Live a wealthy lifestyle? If this is true, then are we to conclude that those of us who are not enjoying these riches have something wrong with our thinking? On this basis we would have to make Donald Trump one of our primary spiritual teachers, and Bill Gates would be the world guru..

Each of us has an individual purpose to be played out in this life. For some, having great wealth is part of their purpose. For others, it may not be. Some people will practice changing their thoughts and emotions and find quick success. Others may practice for twenty or thirty years and find no change in what they have manifested. Neither scenario conclusively tells us where someone is in consciousness. The relationship between cause and effect is not linear. It is unlikely that you will think a negative thought today and the next day something bad will happen to you. Consciousness is made up of your awareness, understanding, and knowledge (or lack of). The physical manifestations in your life are not predictable to the ego mind..

For example, you may have a deep issue with unforgiveness. At the same time you are healthy, wealthy, and have good relationships. In spite of your wealth and health, you feel badly. In another instance, your unforgiveness may play out as indebtedness, poor health, or hurtful relationships, or all three. In truth, you don’t know what you signed up for when you came to this life. Cancer may manifest from deep anger, or maybe you signed up for the cancer experience to learn something else. Our life experiences are not rewards or punishments. They are opportunities for growth that we have agreed to on another level of consciousness..

I have heard people say, “I would rather be unhappy and rich than unhappy and poor.” Unhappy is unhappy. If you are very unhappy, wealth can provide plenty of distractions that keep you right where you are. Whereas, if you have a load of debt to contend with, you may be motivated to do the work. It is possible to be deeply indebted and ecstatically happy. If you can maintain that happiness the debt will probably dissolve in time. Whether it does or not is not the point. The important thing is that you have found inner wealth, peace and joy within, and that you have stopped identifying yourself with your manifestations. No one is luckier than you. The danger of finding wealth in the physical before you have inner wealth is that you will think the physical wealth makes you special..

Great wealth, excellent health, and beautiful relationships are wonderful to experience, but they are forms. Forms are effects. It is the cause that you focus on as a spiritually intelligent being. At some point in the spiritual development process, having nice things seems important. Further on your path, you just don’t care about stuff anymore..

Being anti-materialist, promoting the image that you are just not into stuff, is no different than the rich person who identifies himself with his wealth. The attention is still on the form. Being “non-materialistic” doesn’t make you special. Whether you have a lot of stuff or not is irrelevant. What counts is your ability to detach from it and to recognize that you really don’t own anything. You are not your stuff (or lack of stuff). You are a spiritual being on the road home to your Higher Self..

The secret to your inner joy and wealth is your spiritual intelligence, your ability to choose between spirit and ego. There is a beautiful three step process based on a book called The Song of Prayer from A Course in Miracles. In the first step, you give all of your goals, your problems, and your concerns to God as a gift. Once you have emptied yourself, you join in song with God. That is, you identify with your Higher Self and immerse yourself in its love. In this state you know that you are blessed and loved unconditionally. The third step is called the Echo. That is, miracles show up to remedy problems or that help you achieve your goals. The real miracle is your ability to let go and identify with spirit. This creates inner wealth, inner health, and inner love..

We are 100 % responsible for our lives. This means that opportunities abound for us to respond by shifting our attention to our spiritual identity. Responsibility is not blame. Responsibility is power and opportunity. It comes down to this: in this very moment, who is running your life? Is it spirit or is it ego? Is it love or is it fear? If you are feeling anything less than peace, your ego is having its influence. Remind yourself that you are not your body, not your situation. You are a spiritual being. In this lies your strength. In this thought you know that low self esteem, self condemnation, and blaming others are illusions. They are just stories you have told yourself..

Be the real you. If you knew that you were a powerful spiritual being, how would you stand? How would you carry yourself? What would be the expression on your face? What kinds of thoughts would you allow into your mind? If you knew that you were unconditionally loved, how would you act? What words would you use? What would be your tone of voice? This is one way you practice spiritual intelligence. You become aware, and then you become who you really are..

This awareness, understanding, and knowledge allows you to approach life with confidence. The essence of the successful use of the Law of Attraction is confidence. When you approach life with utmost confidence, your world responds. Confidence based solely on externals, or even based on knowledge of psychology, is fragile. Confidence based on spiritual strength is power..

This is the secret the world has kept from you–that you are God expressing as you. Each moment that you choose to live from your spirit is a powerful and expansive moment. Each moment you make this choice you influence others. You are a light. You are a blessing to the world..

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From the Desk of GraceWatcher of Sakinel
Teaching Ancient Wisdom For Today
http://www.gracewatcher.org
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Bringing Love and Light to Everyone

Local CT Events

You don’t want to miss these hoppin local happenings!

You can find me and my fellow CT Etsy Team members at the following events strutting our handmade goodies:
~Every Tuesday Sandy Hook Organic Farmer’s Market 2 – 6 pm
~July 12-13 Sailfest in New London
~July 13 The Space in Hamden for the Project Puppy Indie Craft Show – A wonderful event to help support abused street dogs (satos) in the streets of puerto rico.All proceeds are going to the search and rescue efforts of the Amigos de los animales.  http://www.freewebs.com/projectpuppy
~July 13 “Pickle Palooza” at the Coventry Farmers’ Market 11 am to 2 pm
~July 14 Hartford Billings Forge Farmer’s Market 11am-2pm
~July 14th (and every other Monday after that through October) Trout Brook Farmer’s Market which is held at the Whole Foods Market on Raymond Road in West Hartford
~July 19 Celebrate East Lyme Day 
~July 26-27  Old Saybrook Chamber of Commerce Art Festival  10-5 on Main Street by the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center
on the grounds of the Nathan Hale Homestead, 2299 South Street, Coventry, CT
http://www.coventryfarmersmarket.com/
~July 26 Poetry is Music-A Celebration of Life 7pm-? Come see Muti-NAMMY Award-winning Native American Flutist Joseph FireCrow,the Steve Dunn Band, the mesmerizing Belly Dancer Lydia, the enchanting Tahitian Hula Dancer Tiare, and the Award-winning Poet Ameen-Storm Abo-Hamzy, among many others. All under a sky of fireworks and for free!!!! Event Detail

Bellydancing Workshop with Sabrina and Hafla this Saturday in CT!!!

If your in CT stop by for some fun this Sunday (6-22) at The Mango Tree in Watertown. Come be inspired by all the beautiful dancing and learn a few new moves to awe onlookers. Hope’s Travel Treasures has TONS of amazing veils, jewelry, and beautiful dancing accessories so you’ll be able to shop, dance, and have dinner all in one spot, save on some gas and come have a great evening! ~Kat

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Hello Everyone!
Register now for the Turkish Belly Dance Technique Workshop taught by Sabrina!  Space is limited and all levels are welcome.  The price is $35 before June 22st and $40 at the door.  In this workshop, Sabrina will teach you basic, intermediate, and advanced Turkish Belly Dance techniques to the Chiftelli and Karsilama rhythms.  It is suggested that you bring a 1/2 circle skirt and your zills although it is not required.  

 

To learn more about Sabrina, please visit her website:

www.bellydancersabrina.com
The hafla will resume promptly after the workshop.  See Sabrina dance live!  Lydia, her students and other local professional belly dancers and thier students will also perform.  If you are a amature or professional belly dancer and would like to perform, please contact Lydia at 860-417-6160.  Admission is $5 for workshop attendees, $10 for general public.  The admission fee includes dinner. 
Bring your credit cards: Hope’s Travel Treasures will be vending at this event!
I look forward to see you this weekend!

Love and Light,
Lydia
http://www.mangotreefitness.com
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

Jill Bolte Taylor: My stroke of insight

A wonderful explaination of the human body, brain and energy system from a neuroanatomist experiencing a stroke.

 http://www.ted.com/talks/view/id/229

Choosing An Identity Aligned with Your Highest Vision

It is possible to hold a vision for your life year after year without
seeing it manifest in your physical reality. Many people hold themselves in a place of judgment, feeling there must be something “wrong” when their dreams seem to elude them. There is nothing “wrong,” though you may need to adjust your perspective to manifest your vision. We will offer here some insights into how you can transform this circumstance.

One of the most common reasons people fail to manifest their dreams is that their current “identity self” is not aligned with their highest
vision. If the vision your higher self brings you is that you are an
energy healer but your present identity is that you are a clerk at a
fast food restaurant, you have some changes to make in your identity.

As long as the self with which you are strongly identified is vastly
different from the self that is experiencing your highest vision, you
will go through your days with a feeling of being “outside looking in,”
with your deepest desires perpetually beyond your reach.

This does not have to be the case. By making a simple adjustment in
perspective, you can begin living your highest vision within your
present moment. In this way, by identifying with anything you choose to bring into your reality, you make it “real” in your world.

We offer here a process for adopting a new identity self aligned with
your highest vision.

One) Enter a quiet, meditative state. Allow the highest vision for your
life to come into your mind. Hold this vision in a steady focus, seeing
it in as much detail as possible. Feel what it is like to be
experiencing this reality.

What does it look like?

How are you interacting with the people around you?

What activities do you participate in?

Two) Ask your self, who is the self experiencing this reality?

How is this self different from your present-moment self? What would you have to believe to be this self who is experiencing your highest vision?

How do these beliefs differ from your present-moment beliefs?

Three) Observe the differences between this self and your present-moment self.

 Move back and forth between the self experiencing your highest
vision and your present-moment self. Step fully into the feeling state
of each self, observing each in detail.

Continue to work with the process of moving back and forth between the two until you have a clear understanding of their differences, their similarities, and can move easily between the two.

Four) Set your intention to adopt the self who is experiencing your
highest vision as your identity self. Allow this identity to become your
focus self.

Five) As you move through your days, allow this new identity self to
inform your actions. Observe your thoughts. Observe how you relate to the world from the perspective of this new identity.

This is a process you can use over and over again as your highest vision continues to grow and evolve in your journey of becoming.

Superiority Questions

Belly Dance with Oreet in CT

SharQui workshop with OreetMarch 2, 2008

 

At The Mango Tree Fitness Center1278 Main St

Watertown, CT

860-417-6160

http://www.mangotreefitness.com

 

SharQui for Fitness: 2pm-3pm 

SharQui for Belly Dancers: 3:30pm-4:30pm 

Price: $25 for each workshop 

 

 

What is SharQui? SharQui™ is for the person who wants a new and exciting way to get fit. It is a total body workout that will get your heart pumping while you celebrate femininity and feed your soul. If you are an experienced dancer, you will be able to perfect your form, balance, gain strength, and dance better than ever. 

 

About Oreet: Oreet is the inventor of the SharQui Workout and is one of NYC’s finest Belly Dancers.  She is the reigning Middle Eastern Dance Champion of North America (MEDINA), was the Belly Dancer of the Year in 2007, won both Jewel of the Nile and Entertainer of the Year in 2006 and was Belly Dance Diva in 2005. 

 

See www.sharqui.com for more information.

The Law of Attraction

Benefits of Holding Good Thoughts

“Scientists are finally realizing what the Elders have taught for
thousands of years-every- thing is connected. Because everything is
interconnected, whatever you do to any one thing, you do to
everything.

If you poison any part of the earth, the poison eventually affects
everything else. If you poison the plants, the birds will eat the
plants, which poisons the birds. The birds are eaten by humans which
poisons the humans. The humans will have babies who could be deformed
because the plants were poisoned.

We must learn to live in harmony with the earth.
We must learn to think good things. Every good thought is felt by
everything, which causes everything to be happy.

Creator, let my thoughts only be good thoughts.”

“Every thing or living being that exists in this world, be it trees,
flowers, birds, grasses, rocks, soil of the earth, or human beings,
has its unique manner of existence –its essence, its spirit that
makes it what it is. That is what is meant by connectedness.”
by Larry P. Aitken, CHIPPEWA

http://www.whitbison.org