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Inner peace is already inside of you. That’s right! You already have everything you need inside of you. Everything we desire is already inside of us. In our souls, there is love and peace. When we are operating from a true state of love and peace, we are living our authentic truth and listening to our inner guide.
When we are operating from a state of fear, anxiety, and/or guilt, we have detoured to fear and are listening to our ego. The ego will convince us that love and peace are attributes outside of ourselves and that we have to “go out and find them” in something outside of ourselves – whether it is food, exercise, a boyfriend or girlfriend, a friend, shopping, etc. A Course in Miracles refers to this “detour to fear” as separation. When we feel fear, anxiety, and/or guilt, we are making ourselves separate from others, and this translates to the belief that we are “less than” someone or “greater than” someone.
Before we can change our habits and tap into the love that already rests within us, we have to call on our inner guide for help. I love to say, “Inner guide, I know that I’m detouring to fear. Please help me get out of my own way. Show me the truth.” Then, we can go through these four rockin’ steps:
1.) Be grateful for the moment.
That’s right – even the ones that seem like a setback are really a lesson in disguise. We have the power to change our thoughts – and it all starts with gratitude. One of my favorite quotes about gratitude comes from Dr. Wayne Dyer. He said, “The essence of gratitude is understanding that every moment of your life is something to be grateful for…and everything that shows up in your life is something that you will want to be expressing a sense of gratitude about.” In this moment, we are experiencing exactly what we need to experience, and this moment is an opportunity to witness and learn something new. There is nowhere to go – everything you need is already here for you. Be grateful and be open to seeing the situation with loving eyes instead of fearful eyes.
2.) Not all thoughts are created equal…
A Course in Miracles teaches us that our ego speaks loudly while our inner guide is a soft whisper. When we have a fearful and separate thought (i.e. “I’m not good enough,” “I can’t do this,” “She or he does this better than I do”), the reason we believe it is because it speaks louder. We are ignoring our inner guide because it doesn’t speak as loudly. Truth speaks softly because it is certain. Fear speaks loudly because it needs to be loud in order to seem real. The Course says, “Thinking of your thoughts as equals will destroy inner peace.” When you have a separate thought, acknowledge that it is not a loving thought and ask your inner guide to help you see things differently.
3.) …but all of us are created equal.
These separate and fearful thoughts are what makes us separate from and fearful of each other. When we believe these delusional ideas of the ego, we see ourselves as separate from each other. I’ll give you an example: I was disappointed this morning when I saw that 36 comments were left on my last post. I wanted more comments. Why? Because my ego was telling me that having 360 comments makes me a better and more established blogger than having 36 comments. After the thought came, I laughed and said, “Ego, you are one crazy mofo!” I re-read every comment while asking my inner guide to help me see the truth. I was overwhelmed with gratitude for the incredible words in each comment and remembered that we are all one. The bloggers with 360 comments are awesome. And I, with 36 comments, am awesome. BAM.
4.) Be an extension of love.
Once we honor and accept the idea of “oneness,” recognizing and owning the fact that we are all equal, we have to extend the love we have just tapped into – because that’s what life is all about! Being of service is our purpose. Go perform a miracle! Call a friend and say, “Hey, how are you? What can I do for you today?” When you go grocery shopping, let the person behind you go first. Little things like that make a huge difference. That positive energy you give off and that miracle you perform will vibrate to others and create a chain of miracles.
Follow these steps and be patient. We will never get rid of the ego but we can develop tools to quiet its voice and learn to choose love more effectively. I hope this helps all of you and I hope that you have an amazing Sunday!