According to Michael Bernard Beckwith – absolutely not.  We are reading his latest book “Spiritual Liberation” in one of my weekly study groups and when he introduced his concept of self-discipline in Chapter 4 – well – it was a real eye opener for me.

I was raised in a pretty rigid household with quite an authoritarian/dictator/ lawyer-to-the-max father.  That never really suited my personality apparently from the git-go because my earliest memories are of being told “NO” and “Go to your room!”  I was more free-spirited and strong-willed than I believe either of my parents would have preferred and so I was constantly being told to be more disciplined (read that – “do what I was told”).

There was another aspect of my 17 years living under my parents’ roof that was even more tyrannical.  I was overweight apparently from birth so the story goes.  I won’t go into the gory details but let’s just say it was common place in our house for refrigerators and cupboards to be locked, for things that had been promised to me, to be taken away or not given as punishment, and in my teens, to be grounded if I hadn’t lost the requisite 2 lbs per week my father had instigated as a weekly rule.  In fact, I didn’t learn how to drive until I was married and in my early 20s because that was another “consequence” of my not losing weight my father wanted me to lose.

All that is to say that discipline, in ANY form, much less of self, was THE FURTHEST thing from my mind!  I was (and still am truth be known) quite the rebel and somewhat understandably so and it’s been a very interesting ride untangling the web of convoluted beliefs, decisions and actions of those early years.  Self-discipline to me was a rather dirty word indeed.  It meant I “had to” do something and even if that something was/is for my own good AND of my own choosing – well – I admit that rebellious kid and teenager still have a pretty strong footing upstairs in my brain!

But Rev. Michael’s words really stuck with me this time for some reason.  He wrote:

“The gift of self-discpline is that it has the power to take you beyond the reasoning of temporary emotion to freedom” . . . The combination of the love for something with the willingness to do what it takes to practice it – discipline – results in freedom.”

Well FREEDOM is something I’ve always craved and not just in this lifetime I think!

I left my parents’ home at 17 and actually got married in order to be “free” of my parents’ restrictions.  It didn’t take long though before I realized that “restrictions” are just apart of life.  They are the boundaries that maintain some semblance of order in our society, as well as within our own psyches.  Without some sort of borders and guidelines and rules we would all be running amuck which would make for a VERY interesting physical existence!

So, back to today.   Here I am – exercising self-discipline – writing this blog post at the end of a longer-than-usual-for-me day.  It is an exercise in self-discipline for me – an act towards freedom for me – because I made a commitment to myself to  21 days of specific, outlined, physical actions in my business.  I wanted to develop some new habits and I set my intention not only to develop the new habits but also to receive clarity and inspiration regarding my business.  And today is Day 14 of my 21 Day Plan.

It’s after 5pm as I write this.  Five in the afternoon has NEVER been a good time of day for me to be productive.  I’m a morning girl.  At 5 AM I could write my little heart out, but by 5PM, my body, mind and spirit are ready to turn-off and cozy up to my Tivo!  And I didn’t procrastinate about writing today either.  I was out of the house at 6am, went to the gym for my workout- swim, went to the grocery store and put gas in the car all before 8am. Then put away the groceries, etc., then the phone rang and it was urgent, then my daughter rang and it too was urgent and next thing I know it’s time to leave for my Monday Study Group.  Then it was off to the vet for the Lovely Lola’s annual check up, home and another urgent discussion with my daughter.  Oh – and I hadn’t even eaten all day!!!  So then I ate!  And next thing I know it’s 4:45pm !!!

Was I tempted to say “F _ _ _ It!  I’m just not writing today?

HELL YES!!!! “Temporary emotion” as Rev. Michael says, would make it VERY EASY for me to pass on Day 14 of my 21 Day  Plan and make excuses to myself for failing to keep my commitment to myself.

And you know what?

A couple of weeks ago I would have done just that.

But Rev. Michael’s words just kept ringing in my ears:  “The gift of self-discipline is that it has the power to take you beyond the reasoning of temporary emotion to freedom.”

And I chose freedom today.  Yes I DID!

“The combination of the love for something with the willingness to do what it takes to practice it – discipline – results in freedom.” I have a love for myself to show myself that I am WILLING to do what it takes to keep my 21 day commitment to myself. And by practicing self-discipline, this time, in this way  . . . I get to be FREE.

I chose FREEDOM!


Happy Dance Time!

Now where’s my Tivo remote? : )

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November 7, 2010 by  
Filed under Divine Messages, Practical Spirituality

angel cooks helperDear One

This new moon energy is quite a mixed bag of feelings and sensations for you.  We feel your excitement and happy anticipation of new blessings as they expand in the ethers on their way to your physical manifestation.  Yet we also feel the energy of past wounds and longing for change.

And we want you to know that it is ALL good Dear One.  Every bit of it!  What we clap our hands in glee about watching you, is your willingness to HAVE the experiences!  Especially of late we notice how you are purposefully stepping out into new venues, new activities and all for the most part with hopeful anticipation of discovering something wonderful.

This is a lovely path to be on Dearest because it holds the vibration of the future while still acknowledging the gifts of the present.  It says “I am here right now and this is an OK place to be AND I am also ready to receive new, exciting and interesting gifts and treasures.”  You can feel the energy of that bubbling and simmering in a big pot with orgasmic aromas emanating from the pot – just like when you are cooking some magnificent creation on your stove.  You know that it takes time for all the flavors to meld together and create a dish that is greater than the sum of its individual ingredients . . . that you stir in love, and joy and excitement about how delicious it will be not just to taste yourself, but to share with others that you love.

That my dear earth angel is what your vortex looks and feels and smells like from our perspective right now.  It is soo full of goodness and yumminess and sweetness and light.  It’s simmering and carmelizing and infusing with love and light, just waiting for that EXACT moment when it is PERFECT and everything is divinely aligned, ready to be served up to you!  We assure you that it is very close to that moment right now.

And we suggest to you Dear One that you continue to stir the pot ever so gently from time to time.  Take the lid off and breathe in the heady aromas of your heart’s desires about to manifest, know with every fibre of your being how much you will enjoy the perfect outcome – the great joy, the great gratitude, the great pleasure in the sharing of your bounty.

It is SOOO perfect Dear One.  And All is SOOO very well!

We are so excited for you!

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LETTING GO – Relationships

November 6, 2010 by  
Filed under Practical Spirituality, Relationships

So what do YOU do when you get news that’s a bit hard to take on the first swallow?

I recently read a (very nice and thoughtfully composed) email from my ex, informing me that he is getting married soon to the woman he began seeing just as we separated in July 2009. Our divorce was final the beginning of this year (2010) and as of this writing, we have not been living together for a bit over a  year or so now.

And still . . . I had to force myself to breathe.  And remind myself to breathe again . . . and again . . .

And I sent an email or 2 to a couple of friends.

And then I left to meet my next appointment.

Because my life is good!

My life is GREAT.

My life just keeps getting better and better.  And that’s not bulls_ _t.

My life keeps getting better and better because I CONSCIOUSLY CHOOSE to make it so.

I consciously choose the thoughts I think.  I consciously decide whether to spend my energy wondering about what was or could have been or whether to put my energy into where I want to GO and to the lovely places I’m visiting along the way.

I consciously choose to create a life of joy, peace and comfort.  And I do that by avoiding thoughts, words and actions that are contrary and contradictory to that.

My ex-husband is an excellent example of how easy it is to manifest when you stay focused.  He has created a lovely life for himself and I am NOT being facetious (well, ok,  half of a half of one percent maybe facetious!).  Truly and honestly once we decided to split up, (and probably even before) he spent a great deal of time focusing on exactly what he wanted in his next relationship and virtually no time on what he was leaving behind.

And he met his new wife-to-be almost instantly. BOOM! Instant manifestation.

Yes – that was a little hard to take.  But if I raise my perspective a wee bit – I can see the wisdom in that.  It’s his path and I honestly and truly 10,000% wish him and his wife-to-be well.

And me?

Well just a few days ago (and BEFORE I heard his news) . . . I created my  Feng Shui Vision Board™ for the ROMANCE sections of my home.  That’s the picture here.

So I’ve already set my intentions.

And all is well . . . .

And getting weller . . .

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Yogi & Pizza

November 5, 2010 by  
Filed under Friday Funnies

Q.   What did the Yogi say when he walked into the Zen Pizza Parlor?

A.   “Make me one with everything.”

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November 1, 2010 by  
Filed under Divine Messages, Practical Spirituality

Dear One –

You and many others – including many of your friends – are experiencing a big shift energetically. This shift is bringing things up into your conscious awareness that will be of great benefit to the individual and in turn to humanity as it is shared thru the healing and teaches of you and your colleagues.

The light vibration of your circle – and others – is very high and much needed. We encourage each of you individually and collectively to continue to engage in activities and inventions that bring you much joy. The vibration of joy carries with it bio particles of Light that are like tiny powerful explosions – infusions of love, peace, joy and hope – that will shower out upon all of those that each of you come in contact with and ripple out further as those people then connect with their families, friends and loved ones. This collective energy is very powerful. Each of you carry a component that when gathered together, synergistically expands exponentially.

As an individual – continue to focus on the expansion of your intentions – noticing where your actions are out of alignment with specific intentions and setting the intention to bring all of your actions into alignment with manifesting your highest love, light, prosperity and joy.

This is, indeed, a unique and special time for all of you who are open to its wisdom and willing to implement the actions that will spring forth from your inspirations. Do not miss this boat Dear Ones!


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