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How does it get any better than this?

Today I had a phenomenal time sharing tools of Access Consciousness with members of Alternative Health Care Providers in Long Beach. During our conversation we talked about using questions in order to create different possibilities. Allow me to share some our discussion with you.

What questions can we ask? There are so many. We can begin with: What else is possible? Or How does it get any better than this? or even “What question can I ask here?”

So next time something awesome happens in your life, would you be willing to ask: How does it get any better than this? Similarly, if you are dealing with a difficult issue, or something comes at you unexpectedly, use the same question again. The idea behind it is to get out of the conclusion and decision and invite something new into your life.

How would that look like practically, you ask. Let’s take traffic, for example. You are driving along and all of a sudden the traffic on the freeway just stops. We now have several options: “Not again!” is one of them. “I can’t believe this!!!!!”. “I will be late!” “This is crazy!” or “I hate traffic”. Does that sound familiar? I know I have said something similar a few times in my life. However, now I offer you a different choice. “What else is possible here?” “How does it get any better than this?” “What would it take to make it to my appointment on time?”

So next time you are faced with a choice, I invite you to pause for just a minute and choose from joy. What would you like to create in your life? What else is possible?

Thanks for visiting,
Marina

Conscious eating

Have you ever stopped for just a moment and asked yourself if you were hungry right before you ate?

For example, you are out with friends who are ordering food and you find yourself ordering a meal, even though you ate just before coming out? Or when you are at work and lunch time comes around, do you automatically go to eat lunch because everyone around you does?

What if in that moment, right before you are about to go on autopilot, you could ask yourself: Do I really require any food right now? Body, are you hungry? And if your body tells you that it is hungry, ask your body is it likes the feeling of hunger. What is the worst that could happen? You can always go eat.

This is something I have been playing with lately and I find that I am not eating nearly as much as I used to. I go into the kitchen thinking that I should eat something, ask my body and leave without consuming anything or just drink water. What if we could honor our body by not making it eat when it was not hungry? How would that change your life and living?

Till next time and thanks for playing.
What contribution can I be to you today?

Marina

A point of view

In both Course in Miracles and Access, I have been learning that nothing happens to me and that I create everything I see around me. Gary Douglas says it this way:”Your point of view creates your reality, your reality does not create your point of view.” In the Course we learn that there is no power outside of us.

So what exactly does that mean for you and me? Well, if your life has not been great up to this day, you are the one creating it. This is actually great news because now you have the power to change it. So ask yourself: What is not working in my life anymore? What would it take for _______ to change? It also mean that if you everything is working for and in your life, you have also been creating that. So how does it get event better?

Case and point: I was at the friend’s house recently and she has an older cat who is the boss of the house. Then I had other friends come in with 2 young puppies who were very energetic and a little nervous in the new environment (at least according to the owners). When the cat and the dogs met it was a little tense and the dogs started to run after the cat and the cat ran away. Cat’s mom became nervous and unhappy about the situation and asked that the dogs be kept outside in their crate. Well, as the day went on and she stepped away, the dogs seemed to relax and chill out and the cat came out and started hanging out with our group. We were running bars that day and the cat lay on top of the person on one table and the dogs were atop a person on the other table. All of the people and animals were totally blissed out.

So what is the point of the story, you ask. The point is that cat’s owner had a point of view about a cat being intimidated by the dogs and the cat was (in the beginning). The dog owner had a point of view about how the puppies will behave and they did exactly what was expected of them. I chose to have a point of view that the dogs and the cat would be just fine together and I got to experience what I chose. We always get to experience what we believe in.

So next time you are about to go into a conclusion or a judgment about something before it even happens, just remember: It is your point of view that creates your reality, not the other way around.

For instance: What is your point of view about traffic on the 405 at 5 pm? And how is that working out for you?
Would you like to make a different choice?

You are always at choice. Choose what works for you.

And if you forgot how to choose for you, call me and I’ll help you remember 🙂
Love, Marina

Light and Heavy

One of the first tools that Access ConsciousnessTM teaches is called “Light and Heavy”. The way we use it is this: we ask a question or read an energy of a situation and ask: “Does that feel light or heavy to you?” Sounds pretty uncomplicated, right? Yet, I have heard several people tell me that they do not know if something feels light of heavy to them. They are just not sure.

So I would like to share this awareness with you, and hope that this will help to clarify the “Light and Heavy” tool for you. Think of a time when you were really happy and everything was just “right” for you. Tap into that energy and feeling now. What does that feel like to you? Where do you feel it in your body? What words would you use to describe it? Some people call it bright, effervescent, “right”, knowing, feeling of lightness in their whole body, ease of being, or people totally at peace.

Now, please think of a time when someone judged you for the choices you make, or lied to you and you knew it was a lie, or another situation that was so not who you Be. Tap into that feeling (don’t worry we don’t have to stay there long). What does that feel like to you? Is it heavy, dark, sticky, feels like a knot in the stomach or solar plexus area, uneasy, week, viscous, and dense? What words would you use to describe it?

So now you know what your terms for “Light and Heavy” are. Remember, there is no right or wrong here. Next time when you feel that feeling in your body in response to a statement or an idea, you will have an awareness of whether what is being said is true for you or not. Having an awareness, you can than choose again what works for you.

Thank you for joining me on the playground of Consciousness on our Journey Beyond Words.
Love you all, Marina

I place the future in the hands of God-reflections on Lesson 194

I love this lesson. Often when I read it I say: I place my future in the hands of God.

Can you believe that we are actually in the year 2012? I remember the whole Y2K expectation that the world will end or something cataclysmic would happen. I also remember that nothing happened. It seemed like it was just yesterday. Now we are in the year 2012-the year when the Mayan calendar ends, and people are expecting something “big” to happen. I heard a lot of programs where experts, and psychics, and religious leaders made dire predictions for 2012. I have to admit, there is a part of my mind that really loves the thought of death and disaster. So I wonder, who does that belong to? As an infinite being, the Son of God, would I choose death? What if I was just tapping into the energy of the world of illusions?

Let me ask you: What are you expecting from this year? Have you bought into the idea that we are doomed? Or are you willing to make another choice?
In the lesson 194, it say: “Accept todays idea (the future is in the Hands of God/Source/Universe/Sprit), and you have passed all anxiety, all pits of hell, all blackness of depression, thoughts of sin, and devastation brought about by guilt. You are saved, and your salvation thus becomes the gift you give the world, because you have received”. What does that feel like to you when you read this? Does it feel light or heavy? Is there a place in your life you are not willing to receive salvation because you would have to let go of guilt? Everything that is times a godzillion, will you please destroy and uncreate? Right/wrong, good/bad, POD, POC, all 9, boys, shorts and beyonds.

“God (Source/Universe/Spirit) hold you future as he holds your past and present” says paragraph 4. “You are but asked to let the future go, and place it in God’s Hands. And you will see by your experience that you have laid the past and present in His Hands as well, because the past will punish you no more, and future dread will now be meaningless.” That sounds light and peaceful to me. I am willing to have that instead of pain and worry. The future and the past are not real and only this moment exists. Blink and it is gone. What if I choose what was light, peaceful and compelling every 10 seconds and did that again and again. Does the future matter if you live in the present? I often watch children at play and I realize that for them there is only now. I think that’s why when you tell a young child “No” they cry-they don’t have a concept of time or what it means to delay something. So what would it be like if we could be totally present? Does that go against everything we were taught being an adult and growing means? Whose realities would living in the now and our total choice and total trust in our Source invalidate?

Going back to the lesson, in paragraph 7 we read:” What worry can beset the one who gives his future to the loving Hands of God? What can he suffer? What can cause him pain, or bring experience of loss to him? What can he fear? What can he regard except with love? For he who has escaped all fear of future pain has found his way to present peace, and certainty of care the world can never threaten. He is free to choose again when he has been deceived; to change his mind when he has make mistakes.”

Then we read:” Place, then, your future in the Hands of God. Now are we saved indeed. For in God’s Hands we rest untroubled, sure that only good can come to us.” What a beautiful promise God gives us. I say Yes to that.

As we step into the year 2012, will you join me in choosing peace and placing the future as well as the past and present in the Hands of God? How different would this world be if more people made the choice of peace? What will your life look like if you place the future in the Hands of God? Thank you for joining me on this journey.

In love and gratitude,