When we prepare ourselves for the deeper inward journey of our soul, we should first examine our attitudes and priorities. We all want to feel better, and have different things that make us feel so. We may believe that if we had a million dollars we would feel better. We may think if we were married we would feel better, if we had new clothes, or a new home. The secret is to obtain the same mental state without the external things, and we can do this through meditation, a positive attitude, and soul rejuvenation practices.
There are people who appear to have everything, but live mean and miserable lives. Others seem to have very little and yet are filled with abundance and joy. This, of course, is proof that our attitude is not created by what we have, but by what we are. Our mental state does not own us; we have the power to change it if we wish, but to change a mental state, we first desire to do so. Once we desire a more positive mental state, we can then seek ways to create this.
One way is through developing positive attitudes such as gratitude, appreciation and thankfulness. Studies performed at the Institute of Heart Math with 28 vials of DNA, proved that these attitudes have a beneficial effect on DNA, lengthening and relaxing the strands. Conversely, when we are anxious and fearful, our DNA tightens and many of the DNA codes actually shut down! Showing appreciation and gratitude is not only good for others it is also good for us.
By being appreciative we are acknowledging that we are fortunate recipients of life and its abundance, not victims of that mysterious thing called “circumstance.” These qualities can be cultivated within us through inward reflection.They come as a result of wisdom, of experience, of realizing the precious gift of life, and the reality of our higher selves. Once we learn to look deeper within ourselves, we will see abundance, tolerance and love – aspects of the Divine within – instead of scarcity and judgment.
Many of the so-called “primitive” cultures would not dream of going through a day without giving thanks to the Earth for her abundant fruits, to the Sun for the warmth and life it brings, as well as for the food they eat and the stars that cloak the skies at night. In our modern civilization, it is strange that few people even think of offering thanks to Mother Earth, who nevertheless supplies us with everything we need to live, love and gain experience.
We bask in the warm life-giving rays of the sun and yet do not give it a second thought. It is a strange quirk of human nature that when there is a total solar eclipse, people will travel thousands of miles to see this miracle of nature.
They will watch it in hushed reverence and be awed when the birds suddenly stop singing and a hush descends to herald in this majestic event. At these times of loss, we become suddenly aware of the power of the Sun and its life-giving rays. However, on every other day we take this great gift for granted and are even considered odd if we give thanks for this source of life in our solar system. It is a strange quirk of mankind that we appreciate things when we lose them!
My new series of classes, “Meditation and Soul Rejuvenation” which begin on Thursday, March 10, will be fun and interactive, based on years of practice and teaching of spiritual disciplines. They are designed to help us calm our minds and emotions, and find a place of stillness and peace. In this place, we will then find the inner joy and peace that is our birthright. (please see The Aetherius Society’s ad for further details).
Chrissie Blaze is an international speaker and author of eleven books, including Power Prayer, Soul Fitness, Deeper Into Love and Healing Prayers. She is an ordained priest in The Aetherius Society and was a close student of the Society’s founder, renowned Spiritual Master, Dr. George King, for 25 years until his passing in 1997. Websites: www.chrissieblaze.com and www.astrologycity.com