Breaking our spell of delusion

A human being is part of the whole, called by us the Universe, a part limited in time and space. We experience ourselves , our thoughts and feelings, as something separate from the rest — a kind of optical delusion of our consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.

Albert Einstein — excerpt from a letter published in the New York Post (1972)

I don’t know about you, but I could use a dose of compassion. For myself, from myself — for others, from others. Looking around, I know I’m not the only one.

The “optical delusion” is that we are separate. We’re not. We are drops in the ocean, yet we act like we’re drops in the bucket.

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How to get annoying people to stop bugging you:

To evoke the best from others, you must find a vibration that is a match to the best in others.

Esther Hicks and Abraham — Excerpted from Boca Raton, FL, on 1/12/1997

And there it is — my personal responsibility to bring it, first.

I no longer get to blame the trying teenager, the Negative Nelly weekly meeting participant, the crabby close-ish companion.

Yes, all those people may actually be all those things (aren’t we all, at different times?). But our experience of it is because we are right there with them in some way.

Oh, snap.

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What are you focusing on?

If you intend to be of assistance, your eye is not upon the trouble but upon the assistance, and that is quite different. When you are looking for a solution, you are feeling positive emotion — but when you are looking at a problem, you are feeling negative emotion.

Excerpted from The Law of Attraction: The Basics of the Teachings of Abraham, on 7/1/2006 (Esther and Jerry Hicks, and Abraham)

So much strife upheaval challenge transition happening at this time. “The only thing constant is change,” and boy does it seem like we are constantly feeling it. Politics, pandemics, and personal processes aside, the world has been changing anyway.

As my Dad has always wisely noted, “Things don’t stay the same, faster.” For many, it feels as if it’s all coming to a choke point, now. All we can see is that things seem to be going further and further from where we came. As humanity, we have long professed that an upgrade is needed. (From the patriarchy, in the education system, and with healthcare — let alone personal learning to say a healthy No, letting go of “shoulds,” and giving donations only to those that can provide us with a receipt, for examples.) Now that we are actually in this global shift we are terrified to let go of our death grip. Because all we can see is what we are losing. And we don’t recognize its other face.

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Honor and release; welcome and receive

As we come to the end of one calendar year and the beginning of another, it’s a good time for a fresh start. Maybe you just can’t wait to kick 2020 in the to the curb and are praying that 2021 is oh-so-over-it. Or perhaps you had at least some good things happen this past year and are hopeful for even more of that this new year.

Either way, we can tip the scales in our favor. How? By moving through this transition with intention. Try this: a personal ceremony of honoring and releasing the old year, and welcoming and receiving the new one.

BTW, other words for “ceremony” are mindfulness… meditation… journaling… prayer… Just saying.

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Oh, THERE’S the joy this season!

So here we come to yet another pandemic holiday season this year that may, in fact, look very different than our usual gatherings. This is getting old, right?!? How can we possibly find the joy this year? Is there any? Or is perhaps a case of mild happiness the best we can hope for?

Outrageous joy is all around us, at all times. Here’s how to find it:

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