In the final days of 2008, many of us are experiencing a bewildering range of emotions. Simultaneous joy along with stress when spending the holiday with loved ones. The celebration of sacred traditions and faith at the same time as religious wars rage around the world, and gratitude for the many blessings of our lives intermingled with feelings of sorrow and loss – whether we’ve lost money, a job, or someone dear to us.
In the midst of economic turbulence, political controversy, and uncertainty, it’s easy to be thrown off balance or become paralyzed with fear. With this issue of mini Namasté, we invite you to take a few minutes to connect with your true source of strength and harmony – your higher Self – and to empower yourself by remembering that, though you may be temporarily disguised as a human being, your essential nature is infinite spirit – unbounded, immortal, and invincible.
The Fire in Your Eyes
Conscious inner dialogue is another powerful tool for connecting to your true Self. Whenever you look in the mirror, even if just for a few seconds, make eye contact with yourself and silently repeat the three principles of self-referral:
Look into your eyes to see these attitudes reflected back at you. Look just in your eyes, not at your facial expression. Look for the shine in your eyes that reflects the fire in your soul. If you do this exercise a few minutes every day, it can create profound shifts in your life.
Experience the Power of Self-Referral
Whenever you feel powerless or fearful, it’s because you are in a state of object-referral. You define yourself through objects, which include people, situations, titles, possessions, accomplishments.
Given our magnificent spiritual nature, why do so many of us feel powerless or afraid?
A major reason for this fear is the hypnosis of social conditioning. From childhood on, most of us learn to see ourselves from the ego’s perspective – as isolated beings struggling to survive in a hostile environment. What the world calls "power" is really fear that leads to manipulation and control of others. Real power comes from the experiential knowledge of our deepest Self, which is the field of all possibilities – unbounded by space or time.
One of the best ways to directly experience your true Self is meditation. When you meditate, you move beyond the emotions, thoughts, and memories that usually preoccupy the mind – into the pure awareness and peace that are your essential nature.
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The Chopra Center Empowerment Resources
Learn how to make 2009 the most amazing year of your life. Read more about the SynchroDestiny workshop led by Deepak Chopra & David Simon.
Enjoy a podcast from davidji here (~30 minutes)
“The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don't have any.”
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Focus Your Intentions for 2009
In every moment we are sowing the seeds of our future through our thoughts and intentions. A powerful way to focus your intentions is to write them down. Although this may seem like an obvious first step, many people ignore it, and their intentions remain vague and unrealized.
Material Abundance: What do you want on the material level? Your own house with a garden? Write that down. Consider your desires for sensory gratification – sound, touch, sight, taste, and smell. What do you want to see, hear, and feel in 2009?