A Reason to Smile

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How to make use of the Autumnal Equinox

posted by B. Dave Walters
Make the most of it!

Make the most of it!

September 23, 2014 marks the Autumnal Equinox, the second day of the year when day and night are exactly equal.

The Fall (Autumnal) Equinox is important, since it signifies the transition into the ‘dark cycle’ of the year:
“When the sun passes through the autumnal equinox, the evil forces of darkness are said to be ruling. On the three darkest days of the year, the sun is dead from December 21 to 24. His resurrection restarts on December 25, when the sun starts to ascend again.”

There’s a particularly interesting connection between the rising of the sun on December 25, and the story of Jesus Christ, which you can learn about here. For our purposes, this is in no way an ‘evil’ time, just like the Earth seems to go to sleep during this time in order to bring forth new life in the spring, it signifies the time for us to turn and look inwards in order to prepare ourselves for new growth.

What this means for you, is this is a especially powerful time to dedicate, or rededicate yourself to your spiritual practice.
Be it resolving to pray more often, meditate regularly, read the Bible from cover to cover in the next year, anything.

Now is the time, today is the day!

This window will stay open for roughly three days or so but the most powerful opportunities are today.
Remember, today is yesterday’s tomorrow; so whatever you’ve been putting off now is the time to get after it! Now is the time, and here is your chance!

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3 Simple rules for a happy life

posted by B. Dave Walters
You are worth it!

You are worth it!

“You always own the option of having no opinion.
There is never any need to get worked up or to trouble your soul about things you can’t control. These things are not asking to be judged by you. Leave them alone.”
— Marcus Aurelius (Meditations)

On a recent episode of Rise UP with B. Dave Walters we talked about “Finding Your Power”, along with: How to stay calm and peaceful, how to pick yourself up when you fall, timeless secrets for happiness and power, and much, much, more.

One of the things we talked about were the three phrases carved on the front of the Temple of Delphi, and how these simple reminders can improve your life.

Number 1: Know thyself.  This simple statement is one of the most common, and yet most misunderstood sayings around.  Here is another way of looking at it:
“At 30 a person should know themselves like the palm of their hand, know the exact number of their defects and qualities, know how far they can go, foretell their failures – be what they are. And, above all, accept these things.”

We waste an astonishing amount of time trying to live up to other people’s expectations and defining ourselves based on other people’s opinions.  And they of course are operating out of their own unresolved baggage, issues, and trauma from the past, which sets up a vicious cycle of everyone doing what they thought would make them happy, and yet ending up feeling unfulfilled and non-specifically disappointed and unhappy.

So how do we break this pattern?  First and foremost, by looking at yourself, TRULY looking at yourself, rose petals, thorns and all. It is only once you accept who and what you are inside, that you can start living out of that, and into the specific purpose you’ve been sent into the world to do.  But you’ll never find your purpose while you’re still shackled by someone else’s definition of you!

Number 2: Nothing in Excess.  Aristotle said “Anybody can become angry – that is easy, but to be angry with the right person and to the right degree and at the right time and for the right purpose, and in the right way – that is not within everybody’s power and is not easy.” Notice, it says nothing in excess; not food, drink, anger, working, playing, nothing.  How many times have you heard someone (or yourself!) say “I know I shouldn’t ________ so much __________, but…” and then proceed to do the thing anyway?  Notice how much pain in life could be avoided if we just skipped the things we knew we shouldn’t do, and actually DID the things we know we should!

Notice how rule one and two fit together so seamlessly: Once you have a firm grasp on who and what you are, what you should do flows out of it seamlessly.  If you find yourself facing a lot of confusion about what you want, the issue is that you aren’t completely clear on who you are.

Number 3: Make a pledge and mischief is nigh.  This can also be translated as “don’t make promises/commitments you aren’t prepared to keep”.  Yes, this rule does relate to keeping your word to others, but there’s a much deeper meaning.  When we talked before about finding true love we said the foundation of a healthy relationship is trust and respect, since only then can real love grow.  The same is true with loving yourself; you need a proper foundation of trust and respect for yourself.  And that, comes from integrity, since integrity means keeping the promises you make to yourself.

Once again, we come back to living a life in proper alignment.  Since a key component of self-knowledge is being honest with yourself.  This is not easy, since we humans have an infinite capacity for self-deception.  Think about your closest friends, and the things you know that are true that they aren’t admitting to themselves.  Of course, if I ask them, they’ll have a list of things that you aren’t admitting to yourself, either!

However, you can resolve today to start turning this all around.  Take a moment to look in the mirror (I mean it, actually look in the mirror) and ask yourself what you see.  Look into that person’s eyes, and ask yourself who you see there.  And take the time to answer. By the way, never, ever, EVER, accept the answer ‘I don’t know’, after all, if you don’t know you then who does?

The bad news is, this process is not easy, but nothing worth having in life ever is.  Only the weak get hung up on ‘easy’, and you are not weak; you are as strong as they come!  The good news is, you’ll get the joy of feeling peaceful, happy, powerful, comfortable in your own skin and at home in your own life.  And if that’s not worth putting in a little effort to give yourself a checkup from the neck-up, I don’t know what is!

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Suicide, and making sense of the senseless.

posted by B. Dave Walters
It's not worth it.

It’s not worth it.

“But in the end one needs more courage to live than to kill himself.”
― Albert Camus

Anyone who’s lost a loved one to suicide knows how uniquely painful and confusing it can be.  The death of Robin Williams opened the conversation again about how someone seems to ‘have it all’ can still choose to take their own lives.

On a recent episode of Rise UP with B. Dave Walters we talked extensively about: Suicide, hitting bottom, and making sense of the senseless. What to do when you hit rock bottom, and how to get back up again; how to face problems without giving up; why people choose to take their own lives, and much, much, more.

So for us here today, the first thing that has to be addressed is why anyone chooses to take their own life.  And the answer is simple, but not necessarily easy to accept.  People choose to end their lives for one reason, and one reason only:  Because they are in so much pain, and as they look ahead into the future they see no hope of things getting better, and probably getting worse.  And so faced with that, death seems preferable.

While I would not label suicide as ‘selfish’, the truth is it is supremely short sighted  It is a permanent solution to temporary problems.  As you look back over your life, think about how many things that seemed like catastrophes at the time, can be laughed about now.  Even major, seemingly ‘incurable’ illnesses may have new treatments or cures right around the corner.  Sometimes the hope of a better tomorrow is all we need to keep going; but hope cannot be given, it can only be chosen.

The most important thing to remember is, if you have someone who’s talked about suicide: Listen to them.  It really may be they are only talking this way ‘for attention’, or as a plea for help, but understand that it only takes about 30 seconds to make a very permanent mistake.  Many bridge jumpers and other suicide survivors have said they regretted it the moment that they jumped, but more often than not, it’s too late by then.

However, it’s not up to you to ‘save’ them.  Yes, you want to remind them of how important they are to you, and how much of a difference they make in your life; but if you are sure they are considering hurting themselves, you’ve GOT to get them professional help. Tell a teacher, priest, or someone you trust that can make a difference.   And don’t be worried about possibly breaching their trust by telling someone; I can tell you from firsthand experience that having them be mad at you, but *alive* is much, much, better than the alternative.

And one final thing:  If you are considering ending your life, I would only say this: Please don’t.  The simple act of you being alive is influencing people around you ways you can never imagine, and no one will feel better off if you are gone.  The very things that seem like catastrophes now may be the seeds of your destiny.

And if you aren’t sure how to make yourself feel better, look for people who are worse off than you (I guarantee you won’t have to look far), and work to ease their suffering.  It’s impossible to make other people feel better without feeling better yourself.

That’s the thing about life: It has to be lived forward, but tends to only make sense in retrospect!

And by the way, if you need help: In the U.S., call 1-800-273-8255 for the
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, I promise you they can help.

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How to use the August Super Moon

posted by B. Dave Walters

Starting August 10, we’ll be experiencing one of the three ‘super moons’ of the summer, where the Moon is physically closer to the

Beautiful, isn't it?

Beautiful, isn’t it?

Earth, making it appear bigger and brighter in the sky.  This also means it will have greater influence on us than usual; there are going to be some BIG challenges to be aware of, but once you see them coming you can use to them to your advantage!

The full moon will be in the sign of Aquarius, which means this weekend and the early days of next week are excellent time for creative projects, and making changes.  The sign of Aquarius is generally associated with creativity, imagination, leadership, and change, so this energy can help you come up with new ideas, or start projects you’ve been putting off.  It also may cause some painful changes that are long overdue to finally happen as well, so keep your eyes open!

As for the other planets, the Moon and Mercury will be opposite each other, so there may be conflicts between your mind and your emotions, or at least being able to clearly say how you feel.  If you find friends or significant others are moody or acting strangely, this is why.  You might also notice children go a bit extra crazy, breaking rules left and right that they normally understand.  Just remember it’s the planets messing with them, and keep a cool head!

The Moon will be square to Saturn, which is a push to grow up and put on our big girl or boy undies!  But combined with the high emotional energy, it’s easy to get caught up between putting on a brave face and feeling very sad or vulnerable inside.  Combined with the difficulties making logical sense of our emotions, this can result in some needless arguments if we aren’t careful.  Just realize you don’t have to put on a brave face if you don’t want to, and you don’t have to bury your emotions.  Also realize if you KNOW someone is hiding something or not being open…let them hold on to it.  They’ll open up soon enough.

The Sun will be Conjunct with Mercury, which could cause us to feel ignored, and act out in childish ways to get attention.  Are you sensing a theme here?  Drama, drama, drama!  If someone is brooding and explodes in a temper tantrum, this is why.  Again, realize everyone’s emotions are out of whack (including yours!) and don’t take anything anyone says or does personally.

This might seem like it’s all bad news, but really it’s nothing of the sort.  The lesson of this full Moon is a call to look inward.  You can make some substantial inner progress if you are properly directing your focus.  Pay attention to what is bubbling up inside of you, and just allow it; even if it doesn’t make sense at the time.  ESPECIALLY if it doesn’t make sense, since it probably won’t!  Don’t lash out or allow yourself to be provoked, or to get overly emotional because of anyone else’s behavior.

Take some time to pamper yourself; read, write, and reflect.  Start something new; a hobby, a project, or even a book or television series you’ve been meaning to pick up.  This will be one of the best times of the year to do some soul tending, so be sure to make the most of it!

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Q&A: I STILL don’t know what to do with my life…HELP!

posted by B. Dave Walters
You have all the power!

You have all the power!

Question submitted via Formspring:
“Hi, I’ve been reading some of your posts, really interesting and encouraging, I kinda feel better and not that lost but I can’t stop thinking about what I can do. The thing is that I’m one more person that doesn’t know what to do with her life. I’ve just finished university but the career I studied, I don’t precisely love it, I’m just okay with it. Anyway I’ve become interest in music, learn how to sing and play the guitar, start a band and try my luck but am I allow to dream that high? I mean I don’t think I have special talents to sing, I also have to see reality right? what if what I want to do is out of my physical possibilities? what should I do? what if i was just not born with the talent some others have? This is my life, I’m always wanting things that I can’t achieve cause I’m just talentless or I’m thinking the wrong way? I don’t know how should I’ve being thinking about this, about wanting to do things in which I’m not good at, even if I try and try and try…. Thanks!”

Of all the articles I’ve ever written, “I don’t know what to do with my life…HELP” has always been my most popular; and not a week goes by that I don’t have someone ask me this very thing.  We even talked about it at length on this week’s episode of Rise UP with B. Dave Walters.

The key to creating anything to you want is to ask yourself a few simple questions:
First, what do you not want?  What in your life would you most like to change, and what about your potential career seems the most unpleasant?    Maybe you don’t want to work in an office all day, or maybe you don’t want to do any sales work.  Maybe you don’t want to have to work for minimum wage, who knows.  Take a piece of paper and write it all down.

And I do mean write it down.  Understand that if you feel resistance towards doing this one small thing, and you let it stop you, then your chances of creating anything are almost zero.  Decide right now that you are done flaking and letting yourself down; today is a new day.

Once you have figured out what you don’t want, then look at what you do want.  To answer your specific question, what do you want to accomplish by becoming a musician?  If you are old enough to have finished University, but don’t know how to sing or play an instrument, chances are music is not your bliss, and it’s just a way to escape the seemingly boring corporate life that lay ahead of you.  So what is it that appeals to you about being in a band?  Is it expressing yourself?  Being in front of a crowd?  Or just being ‘free’?  As you make your list of things you do want, focus more on how you want to feel, rather than specific things.

There are several reasons why this is.  First and foremost, focusing on feelings is the foundation of using the Law of Attraction.  And even more important reason is you shouldn’t cling too tightly to any particular vision of the future. You may intend to be a famous musician, but God/The Universe may intend for you to be a famous song writer, actor, teacher, or anything else.  Like Buddha said, attachment is the root of all suffering.  You can miss out on blessings by focusing exclusively on how you believe things should be.  While you need to have a vision for your life, your job is to focus on how you want to feel and WHY you want to feel that way.   That way you can create what you are trying to be, do, or have, while leaving room to be surprised by what life has in store.

And finally:  Make a plan and do it.  Again, to answer your specific question, no you aren’t dreaming too big; it is impossible to dream too big.  However, be clear on the fact that things take time.  Consistency is the key.  Do something, SOMETHING, every single day towards creating what you are trying to be, do, or have. You have the same 168 hours a week everyone else has, and with proper planning there really is time for everything.  It may be doing online research, emailing experts, writing a single sentence, or practicing your skills for 5 minutes.   If music is interesting, start practicing singing and playing every day right now.  Whether or not you go pro, it will enjoy it, and feel better for it.  Talent is important, but talent without hard work is meaningless; and someone who works hard consistently will beat someone who’s talented but lazy ten out of ten times!

I want to give you a challenge, and I tell you in advance it’s something most people will not take the time to do…but it’s also the exact reason most people fail to get results in their life!  Take the time to write down your goals for the next few years: You need at least one 6 month goal, 1 year, 3 year, 5 year, 10 year, and 25 year goal.  It might seem strange to be planning something so far out, but I can tell you for absolutely certain that if you are blessed to live that long the time will feel like it passed in an instant.

And the time will pass whether or not you make the most of it, so resolve now that you are drawing the line, and going to both live out of your intention and live into the life you are trying to create.  Since you have a choice, the most important choice any person can make: At what point are you going to decide this is it?  At what point are you going to decide you are going to be in control of your life, and make it your work create what you want to be, do, or have?  You have to resolve to put 100% of your efforts into becoming who you want to be, or accept that you’re going to live your life on other people’s terms.

And if not now, when?  And I leave you with one last thought:

“No beating yourself up. That’s not allowed. Be patient with yourself. It took you years to form the bad habits of thought that you no longer want.  It will take a little time to form new and better ones. But I promise you this: Even a slight move in this direction will bring you some peace. The more effort you apply to it, the faster you’ll find your bliss, but you’ll experience rewards immediately.”
― Holly Mosier

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The Spiritual Lessons of Superheroes

posted by B. Dave Walters
Earth's Mightiest Heroes

Earth’s Mightiest Heroes

As of the time of this writing, San Diego Comic Con is starting up.  I’ll be appearing on a panel on Spiritual Themes in Comics on Saturday at 6 PM in room 4…stop by and see me if you’re in town!

For now, I’d like to explain why super hero comic books and movies are worth experiencing, and more importantly why the mythology that made films like the Avengers possible is worth paying attention to.

The reason why this film is so compelling, and why super hero movies are so popular in general, is because they speak to a basic human need.  Since the dawn of time, people have been telling stories about heroes.  Think about it, across time, we could have been telling stories about anything; and yet a few basic ideas keep coming up again and again.

Why?

One of the biggest discoveries of the 20th century was Joseph Campbell’s discovery of The Heroic Journey.
In a nutshell, the Heroic Journey is a story where “a hero ventures forth from the world of common day into a region of supernatural wonder: fabulous forces are there encountered and a decisive victory is won: the hero comes back from this mysterious adventure with the power to bestow boons on his fellow man.”

Have you ever noticed that Star Wars, The Matrix, Lord of the Rings, Avatar, and now the Avengers are all basically the same movie?

What the Heroic Journey teaches is that certain stories keep getting told again and again across time because they apply to all of us, and the stages we all have to go through in our own quest for spiritual growth.  It’s outside the scope of this article to explain all 17 steps of the journey here, but it would serve you well to read them and see how it applies to what you’ve gone through up until now, and will probably face in the future. Wikipedia gives an excellent overview of the stages, and how they apply to famous stories and even bible passages.

For our purposes here, let us talk about mythology, and how it still applies to our day to day lives.
You may be wondering, what does mythology have to do with the Avengers?  The short answer is: everything!

Thor and Loki come directly from Norse mythology; Captain America is basically Perseus, slayer of Medusa.  Hawkeye is the Greek god Apollo, and the Black Widow would be Artemis, or possibly Athena.  The Hulk would be Gilgamesh’s wild friend Enkidu, and Iron Man would either be Hephaestus or possibly Icarus.

But more importantly mythology was never meant to be a collection of ‘boring old stories’, but the living breathing history of the human race. It’s a combination of actual events and fundamental lessons that should never be forgotten.

The Avengers (loosely) combines to major aspects of Greek Mythology; in the previous movies we’ve seen each of the characters go through their own small Heroic Journey, which lead them from their humble beginnings to becoming the heroes we know and love.   Now this film shows the journey as the team transforming from a group of individuals, into Earth’s Mightiest Heroes!

Again, rather than give any details about this movie, let us look at how our ancestors used mythology to teach us about who we are and where we come from.

For instance, in Greek Mythology  Cronus, God of time, overthrew his own father Uranus who was the God of the Sky.
Then Cronus married Rhea (Goddess of motherhood and female fertility), and had his own children: Zeus (God of sky and weather, law, order and fate), Poseidon (God of the sea, rivers, flood and drought, earthquakes, and horses) and Hades (the King of the Underworld, the God of death and the dead). In time, Cronus’ children overthrew him like he’d overthrown his own father, a cycle that played out again in the hero Theseus’ life, and his prophesied salvation of humanity.  Theseus’ story was told very recently in the extremely popular movie Immortals.

But here is why this story is important:
Beyond just an interesting story about war, deception, intrigue, and sex (as if that wasn’t enough!), these stories give an insight into the very foundation of reality and all of creation.  Notice, Cronus (Time) is the offspring of Uranus (the Sky) and Gaia (the Earth). Without an earth and sky to observe, how would we even know time was passing? Once the limitations of a 24 hour period was established, it was possible for the Earth’s own creative ability (Through Gaia’s daughter Rhea) to combine with time (Cronus) to give rise to weather and seasons (Zeus), oceans, tides, and droughts (Poseidon) and even death and an underworld (Hades).

Add to that the continuing evolution from huge general concepts like Uranus as the entire sky, and the entire Earth (Gaia) down into a more concrete time (Cronus) and femininity (Rhea) into the even more distinct forms of their children Zeus, Poseidon, and Hades. And their children are even more specific.

For instance, Aphrodite (Goddess of Love) has an affair with Ares (God of War) to give birth to: Deimos (fear, dread, terror), Phobos (panic), Harmonia (harmony), and Eros (love). Passion and aggression can unite to create both beautiful and terrible things.

Thousands of pages have been written about mythology across thousands of years, so there is far more that could be said then I have space to write.
If you want to find some easy introductions to mythology, see Immortals, or Clash Of The Titans (new or old)! Or NBC did a great version of the Odyssey a few years back and there is also Troy, which was like the Illiad without the Gods, but still tells a good story.

Or even go to the book store or library and check out a children’s book on mythology; don’t feel embarrassed, it is easier to get started when it’s written in plain English! Every nation on Earth has their own mythology, if Greek isn’t your thing, maybe Chinese, African, Native American, or some other nation or culture’s is! No matter what, I hope you start a love affair with the same stories that have captivated the minds of people for thousands of years.

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Expectations and the Law of Attraction

posted by B. Dave Walters

“There were two ways to be happy: improve your reality, or lower your expectations”
― Jodi Picoult

The truth.

The truth.― Jodi Picoult

Question submitted via Formspring:
“How can I use the Law of Attraction to remove negativity?  I believe with all my heart I’ll achieve my goals, but people around me are always telling me it will never happen.  Now I am over thinking it and afraid I’m making it harder for things to manifest.  What should I do?”

We talked recently about how to avoid disappointment and feel at peace, and a big part of that was managing your expectations.  We aren’t upset about how things are, but that things aren’t how we want them to be.

One of the hardest things to grasp about mastering the Law of Attraction

is being committed to what you want, without being attached to when or how it manifests.  You have to trust that the Universe knows what you need even better than you do.  Your job is to be clear on what you want, and take action towards creating it every single day.  Everything else is up to the Universe.

Opinions vary as to whether or not you should talk about what you are manifesting with other people or not, since the truth is most people won’t be able to see past your current state, and your goals will sound silly.  So, if you are the type of person that having people doubt you is a positive motivator to work harder to prove yourself, then by all means, tell the world.  However, if you are the type of person that having people doubt you will make you start doubting yourself, then don’t share it with anyone.  In the end, it’s not up to them anyway; it’s between you and the Universe.

So if you are having trouble with people in your life not believing your goals are going to manifest, the solution is simple: Stop talking to them about it!  Remember, it’s always easier for them to pull you down and laugh than to take responsibility for changing their own lives!

If you stay focused, and most importantly take action *every day*, your goals will manifest, it is inevitable.  And when they do, you won’t have to explain anything to anyone, they’ll see it for themselves!

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How to Avoid Disappointment and Feel at Peace

posted by B. Dave Walters
Be careful!

Be careful!

“The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but thought about it. Be aware of the thoughts you are thinking. Separate them from the situation, which is always neutral. It is as it is.”
-Eckhart Tolle

On a recent episode of Rise UP with B. Dave Walters  we talked about how to avoid being disappointed, and how to feel at peace, along with how to release the pain of the past, let go of past hurts, how to access the true power of your mind, and much, much, more!

So today, I’d like to give you the simplest and most powerful tool possible to avoid disappointment, but first I’ll give you some clues as to what it is:

“Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed.”
―Alexander Pope

“If you expect nothing from anybody, you’re never disappointed.”
― Sylvia Plath

“I find my life is a lot easier the lower I keep my expectations.”
― Bill Watterson

“Look. I have a strategy. Why expect anything? If you don’t expect anything, you don’t get disappointed.”
― Patricia McCormick

“Know that everything is in perfect order whether you understand it or not.”
― Valery Satterwhite

“The two hardest tests on the spiritual road are the patience to wait for the right moment and the courage not to be disappointed with what we encounter.”
― Paulo Coelho

“If someone is able to show me that what I think or do is not right, I will happily change, for  I seek the truth, by which no one was ever truly harmed. It is the person who continues in his self-deception and ignorance who is harmed.”
― Marcus Aurelius

“Life is pain, this is the first Noble Truth.  The root of all pain is attachment, this is the Second Noble Truth.”
-Buddha

Yes, the secret is this: If you do not expect anything, then you will not be disappointed by what life brings to you.  On the surface, this might seem at best pessimistic, and at worst impossible, but I promise you that it can be done!

Think about the last thing that you were upset about; a minor annoyance, or even something bigger.  Now ask yourself: Was what actually happened *bad*, or simply not what you thought was going to happen?  Boiled down to their essence, very few things are ‘good’ or ‘bad’ in and of themselves, they just are how they are, and we make them mean what we make them mean.  But more often than not, the meanings we attach to things are only causing us harm. There’s a story of a man with two daughters, one owns and umbrella shop and asks her father to pray for rain.  The other makes pottery for a living, and asks the father to pray for sunshine…which is the ‘right’ answer?

If there is a person that you’ve had a disagreement with, ask yourself: Were your expectations reasonable?  Did you clearly express to the person what it is you need, and why?

Here is a test: If your best friend was in the exact same situation, what would you say to them?  As you know, human beings have an INFINITE capacity for self-deception, and looking at a situation like it’s happening to someone else can often make it easier to see.

So, the next time you feel disturbed by something, stop yourself and ask: What’s really happening here? Is this situation actually ‘bad’ or am I hung up on something? And is that something I can release right now and go with the flow?  And if not…what can I do to change it?

Since, as Plato said “there are two things we should never be upset over: What we can change, and what we cannot.”

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A Message from Your Future Self

posted by B. Dave Walters

“The biggest human temptation is to settle for too little.”
-Thomas Merton

You have all the power.

You have all the power.

Beloved,

Once again, it has been ages since we last talked.  Too long. Of course, I have been here watching, and I see your confusion.  You’re wondering what to do next; how to cross the seemingly infinite gap that lay between you and the life you dream about.

I have sent this message to tell you many important things, but the most important is this: The past is not a prison, and the future is a choice.  Your choice. It may seem hard right now, but there is bad news, and there is good news.  The bad news is, you will only get from this life what you create for yourself; no one is going to do it for you.  The good news, however, is you will get from this life what you create for yourself!

When it looks like your dream is never going to happen, that there is no possible way for you to make it happen…remember something important:

“Because your own strength is unequal to the task, do not assume that it is beyond the powers of anyone else; but if anything is within the powers and abilities of man, believe that it is within your own power also. “
-Marcus Aurelius

What this means is: Emulate success.  There is no need to reinvent the wheel.  Anything you want, anything you hope to accomplish has been done before, many times; probably by people who had much harder lives than you do.  So, find out how they did it, and you do it, too.

If you want to start a business, find other men or women who started businesses around your age, or doing something similar.  Don’t be afraid to contact them directly and ask them questions, especially if you won’t be a direct competitor. Same if you want to move to somewhere new; find people from your country who’ve moved where you want to be and ask them how they did it. Human beings are innately good, and you’ll be amazed at the wellspring of knowledge and help that is available if you will only ask.

However.

While it’s good to get ideas about how to make your goals manifest, it’s not what’s really important.  What you really need to know is why you want it.  Knowing what is easy; knowing why is power.  This is also the secret of the Law of Attraction.  True co-creation with the Universe can only happen when you spend every day focused on your goal, why you want it, and how you will feel when you attain it.  Do all that you can, and trust the Universe to handle the rest; release it, without fear or anxiety.

As long as you are taking action, every single day, victory is assured.  The reason why you want to focus on your ‘why’ rather than ‘what’ you want is the Universe may have different plans for you; your ultimate destiny maybe so much brighter that you can’t even imagine it now.  Be patient with everyone, especially yourself, since things take as long as they take to manifest.  If you plant a seed and dig it up daily to check on it, it will never bloom.  You have to water and watch over it, but trust the sun and soil to do their parts, too. Remember that forces are at work to send you whatever you need, whenever you need it; look back over your life and you will see this is the truth.

One more thing:

“Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one’s definition of your life; define yourself.”
-Harvey Fierstein

This is the greatest time in history to be alive.  Life can still be hard, but it has never been any easier than it is right now.  Life can still seem disappointing, but it has never been more fair than it is right now.  You can choose everything for yourself.  Your beliefs, who and how you choose to love, your politics, your career, everything.  In the end, there is and will always be only one person you have to please, and that is yourself.  Inevitably you will be called upon to compromise and make sacrifices for the ones you love, but you know in your heart and soul what it is you’ve been sent to this world to do, and don’t let anyone or anything get in the way of your God given mission.

Always remember that you can do anything, but you can’t do EVERYTHING.  We all have the same 168 hours in a week, the most precious capital we have.  The days are passing, never to return, and how you choose to spend them will define how your life manifests.

If you love someone, tell them.  If you are upset, say it.  If you need help, ask for it.  If you are afraid, face it. If you feel overwhelmed, admit it.  If you feel tired, rest.   Everyone and everything that comes to you will either be a blessing or a lesson, and as long as you learn something how can anything that happens ever truly be ‘bad’?

You are beautiful, you are powerful, you are infinite.  As Rumi said, do not feel lonely, because the entire universe is inside of you. You are never alone, for I am with you; I love you, and I am so very proud.

And finally, I leave you with this to meditate on:

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”—-from A Return to Love, by Marianne Williamson.

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Q&A: I love him, but I’m afraid all he wants is sex

posted by B. Dave Walters
Don't create the problem....

Don’t create the problem….

Question submitted via Formspring:

“Mr. Walters, I’ve been seeing this guy for about two and half months now. We spend lots of time together, sometimes he’ll call me just to chat and to see how I’m doing, he’ll even bring me lunch sometimes when he knows I’m alone at home. Unfortunately, we spend most of our time in bed. I feel myself getting really attached to him, sometimes he’ll even come over just to watch a movie, but when I asked him if he wanted commitment a few weeks ago (I really felt myself wanting that from him), he said that his heart was still broken from his last relationship and that he wasn’t ready.

There was the odd time where I found things a little mysterious, and I asked him if he had another woman in his life, especially since for a while we were just sleeping together, and his answer was, ‘’What, you don’t trust me? I told you everything it is you need to know.’’ I really think he’s just not ready, but the problem is that I AM and I actually feel myself falling in love with him. I’m worried that the more time goes on, the more I’ll get hurt if he never wants to commit. I’m already obsessing about when he’ll call me next, etc. Is this healthy ? What should I do ? I don’t know if I’m ready to let go just yet in case I let an opportunity for love with this guy pass me by, but I’m torn between my needs and his. His last words to me were, ‘’let’s stay like this for now and all the rest we’ll see. Let’s take it one day at a time sweetie’’ . Is this guy playing me just for sex, or does he actually see himself spending more time with me ? Is there even hope for a relationship ? Hope you can help me out with this one, it’s really tearing at my heart…”

As always, let us first break this down into pieces:
“I’ve been seeing this guy for about two and half months now. “ That’s not a lot of time!

“We spend lots of time together, sometimes he’ll call me just to chat and to see how I’m doing, he’ll even bring me lunch sometimes when he knows I’m alone at home. “ So he’s attentive and affectionate, that’s good.

“Unfortunately, we spend most of our time in bed.” A guy who’s taking all the sex he can get? Also sounds pretty normal!

“I feel myself getting really attached to him, sometimes he’ll even come over just to watch a movie, but when I asked him if he wanted commitment a few weeks ago (I really felt myself wanting that from him), he said that his heart was still broken from his last relationship and that he wasn’t ready. “Not wanting to commit after such a short period of time is normal, and pending how long he was with his ex and how long ago the break up was, he may not be ready to any time soon.

“There was the odd time where I found things a little mysterious, and I asked him if he had another woman in his life, especially since for a while we were just sleeping together, and his answer was, ‘’What, you don’t trust me? I told you everything it is you need to know.’’ ‘For a while you were just sleeping together’…so that means you’re doing more than that now?  You asked him about committing even earlier in the relationship and although he hesitated, he still took the time to reassure you.

“I really think he’s just not ready, but the problem is that I AM and I actually feel myself falling in love with him. I’m worried that the more time goes on, the more I’ll get hurt if he never wants to commit. I’m already obsessing about when he’ll call me next, etc. Is this healthy ? What should I do ? I don’t know if I’m ready to let go just yet in case I let an opportunity for love with this guy pass me by, but I’m torn between my needs and his. “ Yes, but besides a label on your relationship, what exactly is it that you need that he’s not giving? And while wondering when you’ll next hear from someone you love is totally normal, *obsessing* over it is not healthy, no.

“His last words to me were, ‘’let’s stay like this for now and all the rest we’ll see. Let’s take it one day at a time sweetie’’ . Is this guy playing me just for sex, or does he actually see himself spending more time with me ? Is there even hope for a relationship ? Hope you can help me out with this one, it’s really tearing at my heart…”

So, to be clear: After less than 90 days you have a guy who seems to be interested in you, who’s affectionate, thoughtful, open and caring…and that’s bad because he doesn’t want to put a label on your relationship?

It seems the issue is that your relationship got off on the wrong foot: You started with a foundation of sex that you are trying to turn into a foundation of love, and that’s a tough shift to make.  Ultimately, there are only two things you need to do now.

First: Be patient.  Everything you are describing is a healthy pace for a new relationship, especially one that got physical quickly AND has someone coming off a bad breakup.  Stressing because it’s not moving as fast as you want it to is just going to create a problem out of nowhere and complicate what you’ve got.

Second: Be very clear with him on what you need.  The issue isn’t a title, or a commitment; the issue is that you are looking for reassurance.  You want to know that he wants you for more than your body, which is understandable.  So if you want to go out and do more things together, say so.  If you want to have dates that you have to get dressed up for, let him know.  Understand that you’ve already allowed sex to become a major component of your relationship, and if you try to remove, or even reduce that now, he will withdraw from you.

It seems like you have a good man who cares about you, and that’s a good thing.  It seems he’s trying not to let his unresolved baggage, issues, and trauma from the past sabotage this one, and you need to do the same.  Notice, that you allowed him to form an early expectation of being able to come over to spend all your time together in bed…probably because you wanted him to love you.  And even now, your number one fear is that he doesn’t really love you now.

Look back at your past relationships and see how many times this pattern has played out; if I had to wager a guess it’s happened multiple times.  The only way to free yourself from this pattern is forgiveness.  Forgiving yourself for what you’ve done (and not done) and forgiving everyone who’s hurt you in the past. That’s the only way you can create the space to let this relationship grow into something healthy and lasting.

But in the meantime, relax and enjoy him.  Don’t spoil what you have obsessing over how you want it to be.

What do you think? Feel free to comment down below!

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B. Dave Walters Writer, Life Coach, and Talk Radio Host

Find out more about me: http://about.me/BDaveWalters

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