I did that group meditation webinar thing today, and it really got me feeling good, so my first thing I’m passionate about, that I want to talk about, is self help and the power of positive thinking. If you read my last post you might have been wondering why I put emphasis on positive thinking/meditation in my list of goals. Here’s a few quotes that I think can help describe it 🙂
Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful. ALBERT SCHWEITZER
The richness I achieve comes from Nature, the source of my inspiration. CLAUDE MONET
The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet.JAMES OPPENHEIM
Happiness cannot come from without. It must come from within. It is not what we see and touch or that which others do for us which makes us happy; it is that which we think and feel and do, first for the other fellow and then for ourselves.HELEN KELLER
I really believe in the power of thoughts, energies, and beliefs, in effecting the quality of our lives. This might sound a little out there, and I don’t mean in any way that hard work isn’t necessary or important in life, but I really believe in the phenomenon described in the book The Secret. It basically says that if you don’t expect good things to happen to you, if you expect the worst and you operate on a low frequency (fear, doubt, guilt, wanting, regret) then bad things are going to happen to you, but if you expect good things from the universe and operate on a higher frequency (love, joy, gratitude, forgiveness, trust) then good things that match your thoughts and your frequency will be drawn into your life. I’d experienced this phenomenon in a very large way just before I heard about the book, so I was quite open minded about it when I bought/read the book, back in High School.
Just after reading The Secret, I thought “Hey! I think I’ll give this a try :)”, so I looked at what it said about summoning wealth into your life, and asking the universe for something tangible but small at first, something you think is doable. So I tried to “summon” a free cup of coffee to see if it would work. So, I do what the book says about visualizing the goal as if I already have it. I imagine the coffee in my hands, the smell, the taste, and how excited I am that I got a free cup of coffee, and I say thank you for it. I go about my life saying thank you for every new day, practicing gratitude and keeping my frequency up, and nothing was happening for about a week. Then I re-read one part of the book that says that you can’t think about ways the thing could come to you, because that’s showing the universe that you doubt it can bring the thing to you. I realized I’d been thinking a lot about how my coffee was going to get to me “OMG What’s going to happen? Is my teacher going to decide he doesn’t want his and give it away? How is this even going to happen?” so I stopped that and just put it out of my mind, and kept doing the gratitude thing :). Then, I think 3-7 days after I did that, this woman comes into my work with a bunch of kids, and she’s just come from the Mac’s across the street. So I serve her, and then I’m cleaning up the front of the store a bit when my co-worker turns to me and says “Hey she forgot her coffee.” and I just gasped. I think the girl I was working with must have thought I was crazy haha. I said “Omg you don’t understand! I summoned that!” haha The coffee was unopened XL filled to the brim with my favorite French Vanilla from Mac’s. No one had ever left a coffee in that bakery in the year I’d been working there, and no one ever did again, in the other year and a half that I worked there. I was dumbfounded. She never came back for the coffee. I didn’t drink it but the experience gave me more faith in the stuff, so I figured I’d try to see if something bigger would work, because the belief in it is supposed to make summoning easier.
So my next goal was going to be 2000$. Now, the secret has a few pointers on summoning money, so I read them, then went ahead and took a bank receipt that I had. My balance was 300 and some dollars at the time, and I stuck a two in front of it on the receipt. I looked at it and I convinced myself it was real. I let myself feel the emotions of surprise and joy and gratitude, like the book says too, as if you already have the money. The important part is to really feel the emotion of having the thing so I really got into it. I think I almost cried with joy haha. Then I put the new receipt in my purse where I could see it, and went through my life still practicing gratitude every day. A few weeks later I find out that the government owed me money and that it had been backing up. 200$ a month for about a year at the time. So before I got the check in the mail my bank account was down to about 100$…and then after cashing it…it was almost EXACTLY the amount on my pretend receipt (2300 and some)
After THAT I freaked out and never used the Secret for anything specific again haha. I was still really greatfull for the money but I just felt weird about the whole magic of it. I mean you need to earn what you get in life right? I think though, that sometimes in life you need to allow yourself to accept blessings, and that can, ironically, be very hard. It’s hard for people to accept love sometimes, or gifts, or help from a friend who wants to invest time in them. I think the fact that I’m Greek means I have a little bit of guilt in my blood. It’s taken me a while to realize that guilt can be destructive and useless. Being humble that’s fine, and feeling remorse if you’ve wronged someone, and respecting your elders, and the people you work for and your teachers, practicing hard work, and respecting those who work hard, those are all good values, but if you make a mistake, it doesn’t help anyone to be hard on yourself about it, or dragging that out. Forgiving yourself is important for moving on to generate more positive things in the world, and you can’t forgive others completely unless you can completely forgive yourself, and It doesn’t help anyone anywhere to think you don’t deserve the best life you can have. So I think that I need to start building up my expectations of the universe again.
To make things clear my plan is NOT to wish myself a good job, and I really have LOVED the minimum wage jobs I’ve done. I’m well aware of the work I need to be doing if I’m going to find a job, and I know that if I had wanted something like a government job, I should have starting hunting for one in December. I never put off job hunting thinking I could just snap my fingers and one would come. I meant to start much earlier, but now that I haven’t, I’m realizing in my job hunting that it’s important I still make sure that I get some experience that’s actually related to my career before I finish my degree, and maybe cut myself some more slack and not work myself to the bone, 7 days a week, like my last summer. I’d take a min wage job on the side if I started working for a startup for free and I couldn’t find a waitressing job. There’s nothing wrong with doing min wage work. I just want to see if practicing more positive thinking can HELP me attract more wealth into my life.
In the end what I took away from my “The Secret” experience was that what frequency of energy you’re on can greatly effect your life and that gratitude is the highest and most wonderful frequency to be on, and being on that frequency brings more of what you want and what you need into your life 🙂 and not just money or stuff you ask for, it atracts better friends and better relationships with family members, and better health and wealth in general into your life 🙂 All things I think some people have trouble realizing they deserve sometimes.
As important as it is to love yourself and accept blessings in life it is just as important though to stay grounded, which is why I think I stepped back from that Secret stuff when I did, so here are some quotes about happiness that are a little different from the first ones to put them in perspective. 🙂
I don’t know what your destiny will be, but one thing I do know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve. ALBERT SCHWEITZER
( About the above quote: Taking simple pleasure in hard work helps bring you on to a higher frequency so it still fits in with the philosophy that the book talks about 🙂 it’s not all about just asking for free stuff and I think the book doesn’t work for people who look at it like that )
Action may not always bring happiness, but there is no happiness without action. BENJAMIN DISRAELI
Hope you guys enjoyed this blog and don’t think I’m crazy for believing this stuff haha. Just talking about my personal experiences, and what I took away from them. You can not believe I summoned any of that stuff, that’s fine. I respect the beliefs of anyone who disagrees with me. Just plz don’t judge me for mine. How weak minded of me to look for mystery and something to be in awe of in my life 😛 lol
OMG Why can’t I NOT write a giant essay when I do this blogging thing! It’s 2:47 and I gotta get up at 6:30 :S No hour of reading for me tonight 😦 Too long for yall? what’d you think?
Picture comes from Pink Sherbert Photography http://www.flickr.com/photos/pinksherbet/296413352/in/set-72157601583318576/ this is another cool similar picture with different translations for happiness 🙂
Good night and shalom 😀 All the blessings in the world to you and yours 🙂