I’ve been reading The Breakthrough Experience by Dr John F. Demartini (non-fiction). He tells his story about how he made it from being told by his grade 1 teacher that he would never be able to read, write or communicate and that he would never amount to anything…. to becoming a world renowned writer and communicator, having written 40 books so far and talking in most countries around the world for most of the year motivating, inspiring and changing people’s lives.
There’s so much to write about what he says but one of the stories that struck me this past week is about affirmations. John dropped out of school and left home when he was 14 and when he was 17 he met a 93 year old man who helped him to see his vision for his life which was related to being an orator and speaking to millions of people about universal laws and spiritual healing. He asked the man (Mr Bragg) how he would be able to actualise his vision if he was practically illiterate. The man advised him to keep saying to himself (with conviction) every day of his life, for the rest of his life “I am a genius and I apply my wisdom”. He said that once this affirmation becomes part of every cell in his body, the people around him would start to believe it too and would react accordingly. He decided then to go back home and learn to read and finish school. With the help of tutors he received his matric equivalent and wrote University entrance exams. Two years later he was studying for his calculus exam in the library and one of his classmates asked him if he could study with him. He said sure and before he knew it there were a whole lot of guys from his class sitting around the table studying with him and asking him questions. He heard one guy whisper to another guy “That guy John, he’s a genius. He’s a friggin’ genius”. After hearing this John suddenly realised with a tear in his eye that his impossible dream was starting to become a reality.
You can also have an affirmation for yourself that you say with meaning and intention. An affirmation that is particularly suited to you. Say it every day, many times a day until it becomes part of you and then keep saying it.
Your affirmation must resonate with you and fit you. You can choose your own or I can help you and we can work together to find the one that works best for you related to your specific circumstances.
Wishing you a week of building yourself (and others) up.
“They” say – Love is in the eyes of the beholder. To me this means it doesn’t matter what you are like because if somebody loves you they will not notice your flaws or at the very least they will ignore them because they love you so much it won’t matter.
What about you? Can you look at yourself and see someone beautiful? Someone kind, loving, loveable, capable, strong, courageous?
It’s easier to love someone else and ignore their flaws than your own.
When you live each day like the one before and don’t grow yourself you will most likely notice that you are unhappy or uneasy. Those uncomfortable feelings are a sign to you that it’s time to do some inner work.
How to start
Look at yourself and what you say and do with loving eyes – the way you would do if you were looking at someone else that you love. If you are able to do this, you will start to be less hard on yourself, be more forgiving towards yourself, get up after you fall down, not worry about others’ opinions, be more free.
May you have a week where you remember how amazing you really are.
Yesterday I was sitting eating a bowl of fruit for breakfast.
The first bite of the pear was lovely. I tasted that real pear flavour and felt the grainy pear texture. After that bite I was staring into space thinking about everything that I could think of, things that I had to be doing, things that I had to say to people and it was filling my mind.
Before I knew it, the pear was finished and I hadn’t even noticed eating it which was quite disappointing because it was really a beautiful pear!
I sliced into my cling peach next. I noticed the colour – at least two different shades of orange. At that moment I decided to eat the peach consciously.
So I stopped thinking about everything that has to be done and I ate my peach with concentration. It was sweet and juicy, delicious, the colours so bright. I was suddenly struck by the miracle of it. This peach is amazing! It has been plucked off a tree!
I marveled at how the world and everything in it has been created with such beauty and functionality. Wow.
All that for a peach that I took the time to notice. I encourage you to try this sometimes and don’t stop at fruit, take notice of people too.
You can spend all your time wishing for something but unless you actually put a step into motion nothing will happen.
It all starts with imagination which is the beginning of something possible happening. After the idea you will need to have the intention of making it happen.
Intention though is not enough on it’s own because an intention without action is just a daydream.
Whatever your goals are, let them be realistic. It’s better to set a goal to exercise once a week than in your excitement saying you will exercise every day because small movements forward are much more likely to be followed through.
Know yourself when you set your goals.
In the Power of Purpose course (starting next Tuesday in Johannesburg) we go into depth with goals, dreams, intentions, action, what’s stopping us and how to change that. We also look at deeper intentions and purpose for our lives. I highly recommend it.