[:en]We live in a world of change. Cambridge Dictionary defines change as “something unusual or new that is better or more pleasant than what existed before.” Changes that we encounter in life can be positive or negative, but all of them have an element of uncertainty or novelty, which we need to adapt to. Even though we learn the most when we are out of the comfort zone, it is something we have to remind ourselves of. Ability to adapt to changing circumstances in an essential skill for success in business and personal life.[:]
[:en]This week, I started reading the Complete and Annotated Edition of A Course in Miracles that was recently published by the Circle of Atonement. This edition is published based on the original notes of Helen Schucman. It includes important additional material that was not included in the official edition of the Course.
The first essay at the back of the book called “This Is Not A Selfish Gift” deeply touched my heart. It contains the notes that Helen recorded immediately before she started receiving the Course. First, Helen’s fine-tuned ability to establish communication with her Inner Voice seemed so remarkable to me. Obviously, it didn’t just start happening to her when she heard, “This is a Course in Miracles. Please, take notes.” It seems that she has been in communication with the Voice that she called Christ for a very long time. She could even distinguish changes in the tone of the answers. Even before she started recording the Course, she was receiving very specific guidance on what to do and how to see various situations in her life.
I knew that Helen had visions throughout her life, which is indicative of her psychic abilities, but it was very revealing to me that she communicated with the same Voice before the Course. For example, she writes in her notes, “I was really quite depressed this AM, which is now very unusual, but He says “Be of good cheer – I have overcome the world” [John 16:33]. Helen’s ability to maintain an effortless dialogue with the Voice suggests that she was far from the beginner at that point. In this lifetime or in the one before, it looks like she has developed her skills of being a clear channel.
Share Your Gifts with Others[:]
[:en]“To give and to receive are one in truth.” ~Lesson 108, A Course in Miracles
Have you ever felt exhausted or drained after helping someone? Do you feel chronically overworked and tired? Do you feel resentment after being asked for something? At one point or another, everyone had these feelings. The ability to create a balance of giving and receiving is the key to maintain healthy long-term relationships.
4-Step Process of Restoring the Balance of Giving and Receiving
The process below will help you to determine if you are giving too much, and if yes, to learn how to restore the balance of energy. There are 4 questions we can ask ourselves to begin re-balancing our relationships and money issues.
How Do I Know If I’m Over-Giving?
My definition of giving “too much” is when a person feels depleted or hurts himself in the process of helping someone. Resentment, anger, frustration, or despair are signals that tell me that I’m not paying attention to my own needs and over-giving.
In this article, the author Elizabeth Gilbert clearly explains the difference between over-giving and generosity by saying, “…over-giving is not quite the same thing as generosity. Generosity is neither entangling nor aggressive, because the generous person doesn’t expect anything in return. The over-giver doesn’t expect anything in return either—except to be petted and feted and praised and loved unconditionally for the rest of time…”[:]
[:en]Yoga is an ancient practice of physical exercises that promotes overall well-being. There are many definitions of yoga. The word “yoga” comes from a Sanskrit root which means “to join.” Indeed, continuous practice of yoga promotes integration of movement and breath, increases strength and flexibility, and improves the quality of focus and attention, among other documented benefits. Long-time yoga practitioners tend experience increased sense of peace, well-being, mental clarity, and overall harmony with the environment. [:]
[:en]The nature of Life is infinite abundance, ultimate fulfillment, and constant state of expanding and joy. We are a part of Life, so we share the same inherent qualities. But do we really know that about ourselves? When we try to play small, we are denying who we are and redefining our God-given nature. Of course, this cannot feel good. Given that our mind is extremely powerful, lack and limitation becomes our reality through belief. Even though we can never change who we are in truth, we can convince ourselves that we are limited, small, or inadequate.
A Course in Miracles contains profound teachings on how to shift our mindset from believing in lack to believing in abundance. It teaches that “only belief in separation gives us the experience of lack.”[:]
[:en]Essential oils are great for balancing our vital energy, supporting it at times of peace, and restoring it at times of acute stress, such as cold or flu. In this blog post, I have collected a list of resources for fighting clod and flu symptoms using essential oils that could be helpful to all of you.[:]
[:en]A clear goal invites spontaneous action that is directed towards a specific area of focus. It saves our time and energy, and allows us to stay in our power. In this post, I reviewed the best goal-setting practices according to science. Do you use them for yourself?[:]
[:en]We all know that the holiday season can get very busy and stressful with all the parties, Christmas shopping, and traveling. We have long lists of to-do items, shopping lists, lists for mailing all those presents or postcards, and so on. In addition, we reflect on the last year and set goals for 2017. It is important to remember to take care of yourself in the middle of all this activity.
I hope the ideas I’m sharing below will serve as an inspiration for you to find your own unique way to relax and recharge your batteries. Here is what helped me to shift into my attitude from worrying about getting things done to enjoying each moment while still doing what has to be done.
[:en]For many people, the end of the year can be a very busy and stressful part of the year. With all the cooking, shopping, family fun, and travel of the holiday season, self-care is essential. I promised myself to make a commitment introduce playfulness into my self-care routine to maintain balance. Making essential oils aromatherapy products is one of my favorite forms of creative expression.
Last week, I made Sweet Orange Room Spray and Sweet Orange Moisturizer using a variation on the recipes in the recent Aromahead Newsletter. I love citrus scents, especially in winter. Sweet Orange essential oil has a refreshing and energizing scent that always makes me smile. It also has antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and antidepressant qualities.[:]
[:en]Wouldn’t it be nice to be in the state of full acceptance and peace inside, regardless of what happens outside? Is it even possible? This is the state of zero, the state of presence that is full of potential for transformation. In numerology, zero represents the highest degree of acceptance that opens the door to power, fullness, and strength. The strength and power comes from the awareness that you are who you are, regardless of what other people think, say, or do. When we are in this state, we are open to receive insights from our inner wisdom. This state of calm presence transforms our environment, our life, and our world.[:]