It's that time of the year again, the festive season. The time to be jolly, with jingle bells and mistletoes, Christmas trees and celebration. A time for laughter, family, love, friends and giving thanks. But more importantly, I believe it's a time to reflect on the year leading up to this season. What we've been through and what we've achieved. Our trials and tribulations. Our failures and our victories. Those we met, those we loved, and those we lost. A time to take a step back and learn the lessons we were supposed to learn in 2011, whether good or bad.
For me personally, 2011 was a tough year which I knocked out cold. A year in which I truly changed every aspect of my life for the better, and it all came down to one thing, spirituality. I was introduced to spirituality within the first few weeks of this year by a friend to whom I will be forever grateful. She took my hand and showed me the way to happiness. She gave me the gift of life, and I would like to take you on my journey in the hope of giving someone else this incredibly special gift.
I grew up in a conservative Christian home, where the Bible mostly dictates to you what you may or may not say, what you're allowed to do and what is unacceptable, and even the things you may or may not think. The problem with this was that I never seemed to feel good about myself. I considered myself to be a sinner forever in debt, captive within the boundaries set by my religion. I even surppressed my own sexuality due to the fact that it was considered by many to be an abomination in the eyes of the Lord. It was only after my exposure to spirituality this year that my eyes were opened. Only now I have the ability to see the world through a 3rd eye. Nothing is real. Everything is what we make it to be. We are the creators of our own lives. We have the ability to create through prayer and thought. That which we think off, that is our reality.
After so many years of resenting myself for whom I am, and what I cannot be, I now found the God within me. I realized that all I needed in life was in me already.
My friend introduced me to a spiritual healer because of the bad space that I was in after 2010, one of the worst years of my life. She wanted me to have someone that could take me under her wing, open my eyes, and show me the light. My friend knew how desperately I needed a guide that could teach me everything there is to know about spirituality, about myself, and about my reason for being here. My purpose on, what I considered to be, a god-forsaken earth.
One of the first things she asked me to do, was to buy a book by Doreen Virtue, Healing with the angels. This book was probably the best read I've ever experienced, as it taught me the very basics there is to know about spirituality, God, guardian angels, and prayers. This book was the doorway to a new life, and by reading it, I took the crucial first step. I allowed a higher power into my life, God.
It was with this new belief system that I saw for the first time that heaven really is a place on earth. I couldn't see it then, but I now knew that it was a very real possibility that I could experience it in my own life. Looking back I can barely comprehend how much I grew within that first few weeks, even though it felt back then as if nothing would ever be able to get me out of the mess that I was in.
Step 2 - Keeping up the good work.
As with anything, becoming more spiritual takes hard work and vast amounts of input to start reaping the rewards. The prayers and affirmations that I was constantly repeating were not becoming a reality. Love, health, wealth and happiness, were (and still are) the four words that I repeated over and over again. These words consumed my thoughts, and, when I was alone, I would say them out loud. There were times that I even shouted them out of pure desperation for them to become my reality, and there were times that I cried them out of absolute pain, but I never gave up.
Every night before I went to bed, I repeated the prayers in Healing with the angels that I found to be relevant to my life. I held on to the dream of everything I needed and prayed for it to become true, even when there were no indication of it ever happening. Even in times when I lost my belief in this whole process, I never stopped. I was adamant.
It literally took months before I started seeing small things happen, things that I needed, and even though it wasn't exactly the things that I prayed for, I started seeing a change within myself. I noticed that even without the main things I prayed for, I was enabling myself to cope with all aspects and situations in my life. Without me noticing, my life suddenly got a lot less complicated and dramatic. By repeating the affirmation: "My life is harmonious and peaceful", I attracted less drama to my life. I was able to focus on the things that were important to me. I could work even harder at reaching my goals and creating a life of complete abundance. I was starting to create my own reality.
Step 3 - The power of the word.
I never realized how much power a single word has. Words have the ability to start or end wars, create love, change or ruin a life, hurt or uplift. Every time you gossip about someone, you send that person negative energy which can harm them. Every time you say or think something negative about yourself, you harm your own spirit and well-being. We all need protection from the power of the spoken or unspoken word, and my spiritual healer gave me a prayer which I found to be one of the most important prayers to repeat every single day.
I would like to share this prayer with you.
WORDS OF BLESSINGS
I now pronounce over my life words of blessing
I declare that I am blessed
I declare that I am free
I pronounce that I am joyful, healed, and over-comer and strong.
I declare that my mind is the mind of spirit
I decree now, that every deep planted root, that's been the result of a word curse, a negative declaration that people may have spoken over me, every negative word that I may have spoken over myself, and every idea that the ego may have put into my mind, be uprooted now.
I am a warrior
I am victorious
I am more than a conqueror
I break off everything that’s hindered and limited me
I raise my hands up in victory, strength I going to be appropriated in my life, now.
Step 4 - Let me tell you a secret.
I am not by any means or ways, at the peak of my spiritual growth and journey, but I'm sharing with you my progress up to date. It's been quite a year, and my last bit of advice is where I'm currently at.
My spiritual guide told me to buy the audio book by Rhonda Byrne, The Power. This book is based on The Secret, and I found it to be one of the most helpful guides to love, health, relationships, and wealth. There is no doubt in my mind that, if you decide to take this journey of improving your life, this book will teach you how to go about doing just that.
In her book, Rhonda Byrne explains how everything in life, is created by either a force of love, or a lack of love. Everything in life revolves around love. God is love. By giving love to others, you're giving God to others. By allowing love into your life, you're allowing God into your life. You have the power within you to change every aspect of your life, by giving love to that situation.
You can change your mood almost instantaneously, by giving gratitude for things in your life. By expressing love for things you see around you, you show gratitude, and by truly feeling gratitude, you come to the realization that whatever problem you might be experiencing, seems less intense. You have to take a step back and look for things around you that you love, and say it out loud. Manifest your gratitude.
This is what the festive season is all about. It's about expressing love for the things and people in your life. About being grateful for all the good that surrounds you.
LIVE LIFE, LOVE.........
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