Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Spiritual Harvest: Bless Yourself, Part 2

Good afternoon, everyone!  Is it raining where you are?  It really feels like fall here today; grey skies and cool weather.  Good sleeping weather, if nothing else!
  Today I am posting about spiritual harvest again.  This is not only a time when we should count our blessings but start making plans for new accomplishments.  As we reap our spiritual and worldly crops, we must put some thought into what new things we wish to grow in our "garden".  It may not be time to sow again, but it is time to consider what seeds we wish to nourish in our lives. 
   Yesterday I asked you if this had been a fruitful year for you, or a disappointing one.  If it has been a sterile year, with little reward for your work, it may be time to consider going in new directions.  This applies whether you are seeking spiritual growth or expansion in the real world.  As an example,  let's say you are trying to build a more solid financial base for you and your family.  You have put in extra hours on the job, spent little money on recreation, and still been unable to add much to your savings account.  A  desired promotion at work has fallen through, and as a result, you feeling that you are getting no where. 
  You may need to re-evaluate your position, clearly and thoroughly.  First, look at what you have accomplished.  You have made it through the year, your family is doing well, and you have managed to save some money.  It may only be a small amount of money, but your bank account is on the plus side!  These truly are blessings, even if they have been difficult to achieve.
Give yourself a pat on the back for what you have done, please.
  Now, let's look at what seeds you need to plant for the next "growing season" in your life.  Examine your job and try to determine if there will be any real growth with this company in the future.  Is there any chance of promotion, accompanied by a raise, or are you at the end of your opportunities there?  Be realistic;  sometimes a healthy mature plant is better than a seed that is struggling to grow.  In other words, if you have a reliable, steady job, it might be better in today's economy to continue there, rather than take a chance somewhere else.  Should you plant a new seed or should you just continue to nurture your existing garden?  It is your choice, so consider well.
  I have the first part of a two part visualization exercise for you today.  First,  please find a small basket, bowl, or container.  You will also need a pen and paper.  If you do not have these things now, or would prefer, you can do this exercise entirely as a visualization.  Just do it in your mind!
  Place your basket or container, along with the pen and paper on a table near you. Now, make yourself comfortable.  Light a candle and/or incense if they help you relax.  Take a few deep breaths and relax.  Hold your basket in your hands and look into it.  It is empty, but it is time to fill it with your accomplishments.  Think about this year, and what you have done with your life.  Close your eyes briefly and envision the months that have gone by.  See a calendar in your mind and remember what you have accomplished, large and small.  These are your blessings, even if you had to work for them.  Now, take your paper, and write down every wonderful thing you have accomplished this year.  You can tear the paper into strips and write your blessings on individual strips if you like.  Feel the joy of these blessings as your write, and know that each one is a miracle in your life.  If you were blessed in other ways this year, by other people, by luck, by the heavens themselves, do write these things down also.  Take the time to acknowledge your real blessings this year, then put whatever you've written into the bowl.
  Is your bowl filled with blessings or are there only a few things you have written? As I said yesterday, some years are lean years, and we must look forward to planting better crops later.  If you can not see blessings in your life, then you may need to spend some more time with this exercise. It is a very poor life indeed that has no blessings.  A negative attitude might not be allowing you to see the wonderful things you have accomplished.  Do not be harsh with yourself.  Please stop and visualize what good things you have done, rather than judging yourself for what you could not do.
  When you are finished, keep your basket handy to remind yourself of your wonderful accomplishments this year.  If you only visualized your basket, that is okay, too.  Any time you need some encouragement, go back to your visualization and remember your accomplishments.
  My next post will be about part two of the visualization.  Until then, blessings from Psykiksister.

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