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Let Your Heart Guide You Through Uncertainty

“Faith means living with uncertainty – feeling your way through life, letting your heart guide you like a lantern in the dark.”

-Dan Millman


So often in life, when we are sinking in uncertainty, it is not really caused by the fact that we don’t know what to do or what we really feel or believe – because the truth is we usually do know.

The uncertainty comes from a fear of change – or a lack of commitment to the path we’ve chosen that stems from a fear of change – either way – the uncertainty comes from hiding from what we know in our hearts we’re meant to do.

If you’re facing something that fills you with uncertainty right now – look deeper inside yourself – you might not WANT to admit it to yourself or anyone else – but deep down you know what you need to do.

The place where the quote about faith meaning uncertainty comes into this is – if you’re feeling uncertain about something – but you know deep down what you need to do – then you need to have the faith to do that hard thing – if you want the uncertain feeling to go away.

Otherwise, the uncertain feeling will stay inside of you – and THAT doesn’t do anyone any good.

Set the Wheels in Motion

Not happy with where you are? Feeling stuck? Almost everyone gets bogged down at one time or another. So, what can you DO about it?

  • Take some time to reflect – how long is up to you – on what your main goal is.
  • If you have a lot of things you want to change, it can feel overwhelming, thinking of changing your life, so just pick one thing to make your goal.
  • Once you get that goal set in your mind, write it down, or if it’s to get a material object, better yet – get a picture and place it where you will see it at least twice a day.
  • Let yourself experience the emotions you will feel when you attain the goal – let your mind make it real. This is called emotionalizing something – and it is a very effective, powerful psychological tool used by many wildly successful people throughout history.
  • Take a breath before you go on – then pick one thing you can do each day to work toward your goal. It doesn’t have to be big, in fact, sometimes it’s best if you slip in easy to test the water instead of just going for it big time.
  • Take time every day to re-emotionalize your goal – twice a day is best – once when you first get up, and once at bedtime – but – if you miss it – just do it when you can.
  • Don’t expect perfection as you begin this change process, perfection is a nice goal, but being human, it isn’t easy to attain.
  • Add doing something positive each day to your goal emotionalizing and beginning tasks. This can be something artistic or creative that you enjoy, or sharing the techniques for goal setting and setting the wheels in motion to rewrite a life story.

Putting something positive out there in the world is such a  great way to energize yourself and others! Don’t look at it as a burden because it doesn’t drop money, or whatever your goal is, in your lap. It’s about positivity for positivity’s sake.

This blog is my attempt at sharing positivity with the world – though I do not always remember to post daily – or on any kind of schedule – I guess I need to follow my own advice more closely – and make it a habit to share more positive things here.

A final note: you’ll end up profiting from your positivity in economic ways, sometimes you won’t, but always you will benefit from the experience of sharing goodness and light with others.

Thanks for reading, and if you would like to share your goals or the positive things you do each day, you are, as always, welcome to share in the comments section below.

The Apple and the Seed

What if you look at it another way – as a symbol of – well – life.

Have you ever really looked at an apple and considered its role in the grand scheme of life?

It’s just a piece of fruit, right?


The Apple

The flesh of the apple is beautiful, delicious (if you like apples), and somewhat perishable – just like the bodies we live in – full of energy and things that make each of beautiful and special (no matter what the empty-headed Barbie-bully-twits who don’t have the capacity to look past the apple think).

The Seed

But just like people, you’ve got to look deeper to find the true magic of an apple. The magic lies in the seed. It doesn’t seem like it right off – I mean – you can’t really eat it. Some folks say it’s actually poison. It isn’t pretty. And even the bit of protective layer around the seed, in the apple’s flesh, is pretty nasty if you bite into it with its unpleasant texture.

The Magic

But still, the seed is where the magic is. Let it dry and drop it in the dirt, somewhere it won’t get trampled or mowed, and in a few years, it starts to produce more apples, each beautiful and delicious as the first apple that provided the donor seed, and each with the potential to create thousands – millions – more apples.

Imperfections? No!

Will each apple be perfect and beautiful – no – insects get some – bad weather sucks the perfection out of some – some just get denied of the light they need. It’s the same with people, we were each born to be beautiful and amazing, but life can kick the sh!t out of you, and leave you messed up.

Our bodies are just the apple – our spirits and potential – those are our seeds.

Choose what kind of seeds you want to plant, let them bear healthy fruit, and try to look at yourself  and others with loving eyes that recognize the true beauty of each spirit and each person you encounter.

Trust Yourself and Your Dreams

One of the hardest things to do can be believing in yourself and that you are on the right path even if things seem harder than you think they should.

“Self-trust is the first secret of success, the belief that if you are here, the authorities of the universe put you here, and for cause, or with some task strictly appointed you in your constitution, and so long as you work at that you are well and successful. It by no means consists in rushing prematurely to a showy feat that shall catch the eye and satisfy spectators. It is enough if you work in the right direction.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson, We Are the Builders of Our Fortunes

If you have found your goal, and are working to make it happen, to make your dreams into reality, then have faith in what your heart and your intuition tell you.

If you have found your path yet, and you just feel like where you are is… wrong… know that each step you take on the path you are currently on, is part of your learning process, a place you need to be in order to end up where you are destined to go. Nothing is wasted or lost unless you let an attitude of waste and loss take over.

Thanks for reading, 

Laure

Mind Over Matter

 

Mind is the Master power that moulds and makes,

  And Man is Mind, and evermore he takes
The tool of Thought, and, shaping what he wills,
Brings forth a thousand joys, a thousand ills:—
He thinks in secret, and it comes to pass:
Environment is but his looking-glass.”

-author: James Allen: As a Man Thinketh


Overlook the “olde” English, as you read today’s quote, a poem by author James Allen about the power of your mind on your body and your life.

It might sound like a new age concept, thinking yourself well or ill, based on the type of thoughts you allow to dwell in your mind, but the poem was first published in 1902.

If you have time to enjoy a charming read, crafted in “olde” English, you should read the full text of Mr. Allen’s wonderful summary of using mind over matter in one’s life. 

Hello world!

“The starting point of all achievement, is desire.”

-Napoleon Hill: Think and Grow Rich

I love Napoleon Hill’s writings, so I wanted to lead with a quote from his work for the first real post on intrinsic Vicissitude.

The book the quote came from, is about financial prosperity, but the philosophy in the book can be applied to any part of life and anything you want to be, do, or have.

If you’re not happy with where your life is right now, and you want to rewrite your life story, then you have the first thing you need in your possession – desire.

I’m going to keep this post short, as most of my posts here will probably be – dropping one concept or quote for you to process quickly, because life is busy.

If you have time to read on, then browse through some of the other posts here on the site, leave a comment if you wish, check out the motivational books I mention, or suggest one of your favorites.

I would love to hear your thoughts on the site or anything.

Yours in intrinsic vicissitude,

Laure

Rewrite your life story

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