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The act of creation

  • Posted on October 4, 2014 at 2:19 pm

I love being creative.  I love the feeling of creating something that wouldn’t have existed if it weren’t for my thoughts and energy to bring it into being.

I also love giving to others.  I love the feeling of brightening another person’s day through my actions.

And so I’m feeling great just now!

I have just finished creating a birthday present for a dear family member, which I believe will be well received.  In fact I think it will bring a little squeal of delight when it is opened.  And if that sort of reaction is received, I think my cup of happiness might overflow!!!

 

Create - because it feels good!

Create – because it feels good!

So I am feeling very blessed right now.  Infinite Love and Gratitude!!!

I am feeling blessed for the skills that I have accumulated in my life to allow me to create this gift.

I am feeling grateful to the service providers who will complete the final step of the creation process, and turn my ideas, that are still in digital form, into a physical gift to be given.

I am feeling incredibly thankful for the opportunity to enjoy a ‘catch up’ week, where I took time in lieu away from my work, which has allowed me to do a big spring clean.  With the freeing up of my time I have been able to sort, organise and spruce up my physical space, which has allowed my mind to relax and get into this creative mode.  It feels gooooood.     🙂

 

I am reminded of one my favourite quotes:

“The point of life is not to get anywhere—it is to notice that you are, and have always been, already there. You are always and forever in the moment of pure creation. The point of life therefore is to create—who and what you are, and then to experience that.”  ~  Neale Donald Walsch

And so in this moment I am choosing to create…  these words, this blog, as an expression and reminder of the love that I experience running through my body when I am using my time, skills and energy with the intent of creating something that will bring joy to another.

So my question to you is, what will you create today?

 

The Present

  • Posted on August 5, 2014 at 10:13 am

Last weekend I played soccer, and after the game our opposition hosted us for drinks and nibblies. It was a beautiful day for outdoor sport, cool air but no wind, the sun popping in and out of the clouds, and a nice green grass pitch that was neither too hard nor too muddy. It was perfect. A gift. A present.

And yet, I wondered, did all my team allow themselves to receive that gift? Or did they allow their focus on the outcome diminish the gift of the experience?
Sure, we lost 3-1 despite having played really well. This can be one of the frustrations of soccer that the scoreboard doesn’t always reflect the domination of play.

Over pizza and cake, I got chatting with some of the girls from our opposition and one of the topics we got onto was the realisation of how fortunate we are to be able to play this sport. When I sit back to think about the multitude of things that need to be in alignment to allow events like this to occur, there is no other way to feel than truly blessed.

My gratitude thoughts went something like this:
– I am physically healthy and capable of running around and playing this game
– My family are physically healthy and supportive which allows me the time to enjoy recreation endeavours
– There are enough other girls happy to also play to make both a team and an opposition
– As a girl I am free in this country to make choices, one of which is to enjoy sport
– I have the means to physically transport myself to the ground where the game is played
– The city I live in provides wonderful outdoor spaces for us to enjoy for recreation
– What an awesome day to be outside, to be alive!

And then my thoughts returned to a book gifted to my husband by a friend, which I would like to share with you:

This book reminded me to stop looking to the future for the gift of life, and remember to notice all the wonders that are in my life right now.

The best part about having the physical book, is the reminder of its message simply by seeing the book on the shelf, or on my desk. Once read, the story stays with you and the message can be received just by a glance at the books cover.

Because that is all we really need. Just a prompt. A reminder to be present. To return to gratefulness in this very moment.

The mere fact that you are reading this article implies that you have access to elecricity, and a computer. I will assume you are probably inside a building in a comfortable temperature-controlled environment. There is probably food in your belly, clothes on your back, and you have learnt how to read.

All of these things are gifts. They are presents in the present moment. You are abundantly blessed, and so am I. Infinite Love & Gratitude.

Just what is, a Lightworker?

  • Posted on June 14, 2011 at 9:29 pm

Introducing myself to a new martial arts student, I mentioned that I am a lightworker. This is a common term amongst many of my friends, but I was reminded that it is not yet a universal term when I was asked “What is a Lightworker?”.

So I thought it would be interesting to note down what my thoughts are, in terms of a definition…

Firstly, let me share what Google returned through an online search:

  • Lightworker – The New Age (also referred to as the New Age movement, New Age spirituality, and Cosmic Humanism) is a decentralized Western social and spiritual movement that seeks “Universal Truth” and the attainment of the highest individual human potential. … en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lightworker
  • Lightworker – A person driven and motivated to do work which makes the world a better place, improves peoples’ lives, and/or elevates people to a higher level of consciousness en.wiktionary.org/wiki/lightworker
  • Lightworkers – are those who seek the truth on their spiritual journey toward Enlightenment. They feel the urge to heal others and a deep need to resolve the world’s problems . They very often feel compelled to write, teach, or counsel others; and know without a doubt that they are here for a higher purpose. … www.amorillum.com/page3.htm

And now to my thoughts:
I see a lightworker as someone who consciously chooses to bring greater love, peace and happiness to people’s lives.

A lightworker is someone who develops themselves deliberately, knowing that any improvement they make in their own life will most often times help others.

A lightworker is compassionate and non-judgemental, leads by example, and realises that all people are doing the best they know how, with the knowledge they have, at any point in time.

Many lightworkers have studied ways of helping and healing others, and it is their great joy to share their knowledge in assisting others to better their lives.

These are the ideals I do my best to live up to.
I, too, am still learning, and don’t always achieve it. But I am very clear about they type of person that I choose to be, and use this framework to assess options and make choices in alignment with these ideals whenever I can.

Are you a lightworker too? Many, many people do a number of these things naturally, and add huge amounts of light and love to our world. We are blessed to have these people in our lives, and give thanks for their presence and uplifting natures. If this is your nature, I invite you to also make it a conscious decision, set an intention for your life and join the many of us who are empowering ourselves and others in making our world a better place.

I would love to hear what you think, or if you have any extra ideas on the characteristics that define a lightworker. Please leave me a comment!
With infinite love & gratitude,
Amanda

Experiencing life through duality

  • Posted on June 9, 2011 at 5:20 am

Our heater is broken.

It has been out of action for a few weeks. And it is planned to be a number more weeks before the technician can take a look to fix it.

We have a small portable heater that we are using to heat our bedroom, which has become our sanctuary. The temperature in our bedroom is almost double that of the rest of the house. Our house is COLD!

But you know what? As much as it is great to always have everything working, this experience of temperature difference has really made us appreciate the impact that temperature can have. It has made us appreciate the technology that goes into a heater. And with us all huddling together for warmth in the one room, it has made us appreciate just how little space we really need to live in.

In fact it has been quite fun to use our ingenuity and find different ways to keep warm. We are quite adaptable, we have discovered! We have also enjoyed being together in close quarters; really being a part of each others lives. It has been somewhat of a bonding experience!

And this is the point that I am wishing to make. That what sometimes may appear to be a difficult experience, a trial, something that we wouldn’t consciously choose, can actually be a good thing. It can be an opportunity to grow. It can be an opportunity to appreciate things from a new perspective. A perspective that we would never have experienced had the unanticipated situation not occurred. In fact, the situation that we may have initially labelled as ‘bad’, we might end up being incredibly grateful for.

Without the experience of duality, the opposite of that which we yearn for, we could never truly appreciate that which we receive. It is only be knowing the opposite, that we are able to put things into context. Without cold there could be no appreciation of hot. Without ‘down’ times, there would be no ‘up’ times; it would be ‘same-old, same-old’…

So as much as I am looking forward to getting our heater fixed and returning to a comfortable temperature within our house, I am feeling very grateful for our current experience. And besides, it is getting us ready for the coming ski season. 😉

I Choose Love

  • Posted on June 7, 2011 at 5:19 am

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What we focus upon expands… I choose love –> what are you choosing?

Seeing critical feedback as a sign of love

  • Posted on June 6, 2011 at 5:17 am

OK, so here is an interesting topic to ponder: Do your feelings get hurt when another person gives you feedback that is contradictory to what you had thought/created?

Over the past couple of days, I have had this situation presented to me twice.

In the first instance, I was the person giving the feedback, and in the second I was consoling my daughter who received guiding feedback from her teacher.  Let me discuss each separately.

A couple of days ago a dear friend of mine sent me a copy of brochure for an upcoming workshop she is planning.  She solicited my thoughts, though I am not sure she anticipated the amount of feedback that I provided.  Having attended a seminar recently that was specifically focused on marketing, I felt that I had some additional insights to share with her, so I passed them on.  From my viewpoint, the more ideas and suggestions that I made, the more love I was imparting to her and her new venture.   However, I was also quite aware of the potential that my comments could be received as criticism, and deflate someone whom I was intending to lift up!  In giving the feedback I was very clear in setting my intent that all comments were aimed at increasing her success, and I am fortunate that my friend is very wise and knows that I have her best interests at heart.

The experience did get me thinking though.  I realised that I would not have gone to such detail in giving feedback to someone I did not care about.  In fact, it would be easier to simply say “Yeah, its great”.  So, is providing more feedback a sign of love?  Well I guess it may depend on how it is delivered, and the intent behind the person making the comments.

In my daughters case, she is also making brochures for an upcoming “travel expo” at her school.  Each girl is allocated a different town to represent, and is then expected to become a practising travel agent for that town for the day.  In making her brochures, her teacher suggested that the photos she had included might look better with a red border around them.  My daughter disagreed, but more than that, her feelings were hurt because the teacher had, in her eyes, criticised her work.  Through some tears we enjoyed a lovely discussion at home, and I was thankful to be able to give my daughter a different perspective on her teachers motives.  I was able to show her that it was actually her teacher’s intent to help her, and to make her brochure more ‘successful’.  It was, essentially, an act of love.

So the trick, is in realising this when we are on the receiving end…  All too easily our ego jumps in, eager to defend the work we have done, or the stance that we are taking.  In doing so, we may just miss the opportunity to grow, to learn, to be nourished by this other soul who has actually taken the time to give us feedback.  It may in fact have been easier for them to pass on by, to let things lie, rather than to make the effort to add their advice and perspective.  They may even be risking their new idea being rejected by us, but feel that the potential benefit is worth the risk.  Sometimes this is the reason that critical comments are made with such force.  It says more about the concern of the person delivering them, and their fear that they won’t be sufficiently heard and taken seriously, than it does of the true need for changes to be made.

I invite you, when next someone offers you some advice, especially when it seems critical or contradictory to your current thoughts, to say thankyou.  They have taken the time to present their ideas, the least you can do is take the time to receive them.  Discard the thoughts, if that then feels right, after having allowed the love to be received and the intent to be analysed.

Do you have examples of times when criticism you received actually turned out to be the best piece of advice you received?  I would love for you to share your story by leaving me a comment…

Be like a lighthouse – a Beacon of Love

  • Posted on June 3, 2011 at 5:12 am

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Here is a video poem I wrote a few years ago, which reminds us of the importance of sending out the beams of love and light to all around.
Darkness cannot dispel darkness, only light can do that; Hate cannot dispel hate, only love can do that.

With infinite love & gratitude to all,
Amanda

Seeing past the behaviour

  • Posted on May 26, 2011 at 7:28 am

Do, or do not, press charges, that is the question…

A friend of mine has an interesting dilemma. His single-mother neighbour recently broke into his home, stealing his TV and a number of other items while he was away. This was not the first time. And to add to the scenario, she was goaded on by her own gambling-addicted mother.

My friend, who always likes to see the best in people, is eager to forgive her. The advice that all of his friends and advisers have given, is to press charges. My friend is concerned about the long-term nature of their relationship, and would like to drop the charges, but feels uncomfortable doing so.

This got me thinking. Is pressing charges an act of love? Or should he simply forgive and forget?

I believe, in this scenario, that the most loving act is to press charges. I know that underneath this lady’s behaviour is a heart yearning for acceptance. It was her desire to receive her mother’s love that prevented her from being able to make a different choice. Being brought to justice will hopefully raise her awareness to her actions, and encourage her to make new choices. And maybe even teach her own mother and daughter that there is a different way to live.

Ultimately I hope that this single mother receives the benefit of some counselling, and learns to teach her daughter a different way, a better way, a more responsible way. I hope that she becomes the point of change in her family line. I see her poor behaviour as a cry for help, and I pray that the help she needs, she receives.

If I had the chance to meet her, my number one piece of advice would be to “treat others as you wish to be treated”.

I would love to hear your perspective too. Please leave me a comment, and broaden my thinking.

With infinite love & gratitude,

Amanda