As each of us stands upon the beginning of the new year we have a choice to continue the same ole' same ole' or to take our lives to a new and empowered level. We either stand upon a 'brink' or on a "verge'. What will this new year be for you? If you're reading this most likely you're standing on the verge of a new way of being and abundant success.
It's been almost 20 years since the turn of the millennium and our world is not the same place it once was, are you?
Every fresh start is a journey into the unknown. As we stand upon the threshold of this new year, we anticipate the twelve months that are about to unfold. The unknown of the future holds the potential of our greatest fears and deepest desires.
Many people in our world approach the future as a powerless waiting game, not knowing what the outcome of their future will be. Holding their breath with fingers crossed and hoping for the best. However, we are not powerless.
Our future It is always a direct reflection of the way we function in our daily lives. Nothing changes until you do. This is the key to understanding your power and ability to create the future rather than waiting to see what happens.
Many traditional religions have long predicted that the future of our planet earth is destined for destruction by God's wrath. I recently received a poster on my way to work at the Montgomery BART station about God's plan for destruction! The good news is you can be saved (Is there still enough time?) simply by attending this local church. After seeing this poster, I felt a wave of compassion for those still being seduced by the Ego's game of fear and manipulation. I am convinced that in 1899 they were desperately trying to convince everyone that the end was near, and most definitely will happen by the year 1900. Have we survived the New Millenium and 2012 unscathed? Yeah, I think so... the real fear is that the future will be there and you are going to be responsible for how it turns out in your life.
It's always tempting to want to pretend we are powerless and some outside force is governing our lives, but the truth is we each create our own reality and the future is going to come and it will be a direct reflection of the way we live our lives. Fear-based or Freedom-Empowerment based. It's always our choice to decide.
We have each learned or at least heard that our greatest gift is free will. Our ability to choose. As we continue to evolve, we are faced with the responsibility of making more choices than ever before. Not choosing is a choice; it's a choice to let others decide for you or to continue what you've already set in motion. Not consciously choosing which always leads to disempowerment.
Every major issue in the world from abortion, politics, corporate structure, finance, etc., is experiencing a crisis of chaos. Because all change produces chaos and these structures are in the midst of massive change, thus our world is extremely chaotic.
Many view chaos as only destructive. However, there is positive chaos as well. All change produces chaos, small changes (cleaning out your closet) to major changes (getting married or divorced) produce chaos. Positive and desired changes bring about Joy and enthusiasm both are a chaotic expression of happiness.
Empowerment begins by awakening to the idea that choice is your real power and is the key to creating your future.
The world has defined power as money. The person, organization or country with the most significant wealth is considered most powerful. Let's look beyond the form of money to find its function. What does money give you? The answer is choice. That is why so many equate it with power.
For example, if you have $5 in your pocket, you have a limited number of restaurants you can go to for dinner tonight, however, if you have $500 you can choose to eat wherever you desire. You have expanded choices and greater opportunities. Many people give away their power of choice to the green paper called money. "If only I had more money, I would...(fill in the blank)." Money is never the issue, choice always is! If you struggling with money are you choosing to function from the attitude and belief that you are somehow 'Broke'? As long as you're able and willing to make new choices in your mind, you can set yourself free from any dire situation.
All new beginnings offer us the choice to redefine ourselves by the way we function in our lives. In the living of life, you may not always be able to choose what you do, but you can always choose the way you go about doing it. The way you live your life is the function of your being. Being open, honest and loving is never dependent upon outside circumstances and is always your choice to make.
Freedom is our Divine right to either evolve and elevate our lives or to stagnate and diminish our lives. Am I choosing to be empowered or disempowered? Responsible or irresponsible? Am I choosing to believe the world is out to get me or a friendly resource?
Your being determines the way you function in life and is made up of four components. The first component is your motivation. Why are you doing what you do? Are you motivated from your past or your future? Who you've been or who you can become? Evaluating your motivation is vital to change your state of being.
The second and third components that comprise your being are your self-image and your feelings. Do you see (imagine) yourself as a mature, responsible adult or an immature powerless victim? How you view yourself is the second component of your state of being. As you change your self-image, you will change your experience of life.
The third component is your state of emotional maturity. The way you feel about yourself and your life in general. Grateful or entitled? Angry-anxious or peaceful-happy? Your overall emotional composure will determine the way you function and the realities you attract and create in the future.
Your emotional nature is essential to feeling alive and connected to life. It is the foundation of genuine communication. It's important to let yourself feel, express and release your emotions responsibly. Our emotions not only fuel all of our actions, but they also energize our aura and attract the experiences and events of our lives.
Fourth, your state of being is defined by your relationship with the Divine. Shirley MacLaine said in one of her books, "Whatever your concept of God is, you will become." That is such a powerful statement. If your concept of God is about fear and judgment, then you will become judgmental and afraid. Likewise, if your idea of God is acceptance and love, then that will become your state of being and the way you live your life. As above, so below. Those are the four secrets that can allow you to stand upon the verge of magnificent success vs. tinkering on the brink of disaster.
The power of choice is based upon a simple truth, "No matter what you do, you can always make the choice of who you are going to be." Am I going to be a martyr and function with struggle? Or, will I choose to empower myself and function with freedom and joy? These kinds of choices never rely upon physical circumstances or how much money you have. The more you consciously choose your state of being, the more powerful you will become and the faster your life will elevate you to the pinnacle of inner peace and outer success.
Ask yourself, "How have I functioned in the past?" Think about it and make a decision about the way you will function during this new year. Review your motivation, self-image, emotional well-being and your relationship with the Divine.
When you change at that level of your being, everything else changes with greater ease and elegance. If you begin a new year's resolution with a goal to exercise three times a week, and you function as a martyr, you will create a struggle around that new goal. Because that is what martyrs do, they operate from struggle to try and get pity from others. Guess how successful your exercise program will be? It will wear you down, and you will end up quitting or injuring yourself so you have a legitimate excuse to quit.
As any new year begins, I challenge you to change the way you function your state of being and see how powerful you really are. Then prepare yourself to leap into the modern age by deciding the way you are going to function in your future, right now. That can be the key to open the door to a positive future you desire. You can then create heaven on earth and inspire others to change the way they live their lives and ultimately change the course of your future. It is only a choice away!