What you focus on grows. What are your views on self esteem, personality perception, body image, mental stability? Do you have any repeating issues with relationships, handling money, or religion or spirituality conflicts? Before we can change in any area, we need to become aware of our patterns, and what makes us tick. Some of us do not want to change. We get used to our dysfunction, in a comfortable but negative way. There is no judgment here. That is what some people like. But, if we are willing to take a closer look, and find we want to move in a more positive direction, the following statements can help to shine a light on our thinking process. It starts with our thoughts. We wear a path through the mind whether we think of ourselves as a success or a failure. If we find we want to change any of our behaviors, pay attention to your thoughts when you read these statements. How do you feel when you read them? Only then can you adjust how you think. That’s where the healing begins.
I am perfect as I am.
I am not perfect as I am.
I am happy with myself.
I am not happy with myself.
I am a perfectionist.
I am not a perfectionist.
I lie to myself and others.
I do not lie to myself and others.
I am beautiful.
I am ugly.
I am fat.
I am thin.
My, hair, face, eyes, nose, mouth, teen, any body part is perfect.
My every body feature is not perfect.
My body image is all that there is.
I am more than my perception of myself.
I think clearly.
I do not think clearly.
I think thoughts, then move on.
I think thoughts that endlessly circle in my mind.
I can let go of things that no longer serve me.
I cannot let go of things that no longer serve me.
I allow myself to make mistakes without berating myself.
I do not allow myself to make mistakes without berating myself.
I do not have an addictive quality to my likes and dislikes.
I do have an addictive quality to my likes and dislikes.
I need help with mental issues.
I do not need help with mental issues.
I think getting the help I need with mental issues shows my inner strength.
I think getting the help I need with mental issues shows my inner weakness.
I am honest with myself.
I am not honest with myself.
My relationships are healthy.
My relationships are not healthy.
I attract wholesome people to me.
I attract unwholesome people to me.
I attract strong personalities to me.
I attract needy personalities to me.
I stand up for my self in a healthy and affirming way.
I do not stand up for myself in a healthy and affirming way.
I do not stand up for myself at all.
I do not stand up for anything at all.
I stand up to bullies.
I do not stand up to bullies.
My relationships online are healthy.
My relationship online are unhealthy.
I am honest with myself and others.
I am not always honest with myself and others.
I am seldom honest with myself and others.
I am never honest with myself and others.
I have good control over my money.
I do not have good control over my money.
I control money.
Money controls me.
I have enough money.
I do not have enough money.
I always borrow money from people around me.
I do not always borrow money from people around me.
If I borrow money from people around me, I always pay it back.
If I borrow money from people around me, I seldom pay it back.
If I borrow money from people around me, I never pay it back.
I believe in God.
I do not believe in God.
If I do believe in God, I give myself permission to study more about God and can change my mind.
If I do believe in God, I do not give myself permission to study more about God and change my mind.
I am in the same religion as my parents.
I am not in the same religion as my parents.
I have read the Bible.
I have not read the Bible
I give myself permission to read about other faiths.
I do not give myself permission to read about other faiths.
I believe what Jesus said, that the Kingdom of God is inside me.
I do not believe the Kingdom of God is inside me.
If I believe that the Kingdom of God is inside me, I act as if this is true.
If I believe that the Kingdom of God is inside me, I do not act as if this is true.
My spirituality is strong.
My spirituality is weak.
I study Jesus words in the Nag Hammadi Scriptures.
I do not study Jesus words in the Nag Hammadi Scriptures.
Jesus words matter.
Jesus words do not matter.
No matter how we want to improve in any area, if we want to improve on anything at all, it first starts with our thoughts. It does not start with our actions. Actions follow thoughts 100 percent of the time. The following is a guideline for self improvement, if it is desired.
- Observe how you think about a certain topic.
- Decide how you want to change your thinking to the next positive thought about it.
- Try on this new way of thinking of this situation. It will feel odd at first because a negative pathway has already been hardwired into your thinking process. Go easy.
- Recognize that your first thought at the beginning will be a little voice that tells you “this is stupid and it won’t work.” This is a lie. It will work.
- Give yourself permission to be able to make mistakes. You are human. You are going to make a lot more mistakes before you are though.
- Begin again. No one gets life changes right the first, second or even the third time.
- Keep trying. Life is a journey. Enjoy all the moments along the way.
- Smile. You only get one life to live, that you know of, in the here and now.
If you are in a situation you do not like, you can change it. You can begin to make positive changes to your life, no matter what situation you find yourself. Even if you are incarcerated somewhere (I hope you are not, but even if you are) you can start to take positive changes to the way you perceive the things, people and situations around you. Be the change you want to see. Find a more hopeful attitude. It is possible. There is always a way.
This map was created by Alberto Lucas for the South China Morning Post. This simple infographic is the photo story of Cathy Brown, published on August 13, 2016.
Anyone who feels called can be a legally ordained minister.
Have you ever felt that you are called to be a valid ordained minister, either online, or with a physical church building?
Ordination is not just for a privileged few.
Have you ever been church hopping, or feel left out in your own church?
Is your current church, or spiritual routine not feeding your soul?
Have you aligned yourself to a religious institution of any kind, only to find you do not honestly believe all the tenants of that particular faith?
Are you accepted in the religious or spiritual congregation full of love and non-judgment?
I am trained in an Inter-Faith appreciation for everyone’s personal free will in matters of their own belief system. While I have studied all religions extensively, I chose to be a Christian minister, because I believe, and have a great appreciation for Mother/Father God, the Son Jesus Christ and God’s Holy Spirit.
My Christian ministry uses all the scriptures, not just the ones men wanted you to know and read. The books that were tossed out at the Council of Constantinople in 381 AD, are just as big as the current traditional Bible. Jesus says more, teaches more than the present Bible lets you know. I think it is of major importance for intelligent humans to know this. Book banning and censorship usurps our God-given free will. That is my impetus. It is different for everyone.
But anyone becoming a Universal Life Church minister can be true to who they are and what they believe, regardless of race, gender, belief system, or anything else that separates humankind.
My advise is to bring this to prayer. God is closer to you than your next breath, in my book.
Become ordained quickly and easily, and begin your own ministry! As a legally ordained minister, you will
be able to perform weddings, funerals, baptisms and other functions of the clergy.
In existence since 1959, the Universal Life Church is headquartered in Modesto, California, and has congregations around the world. The sun never sets on the Universal Life Church. ULC ministers come from all walks of life and spiritual traditions. Our common thread is our adherence to the universal doctrine of religious freedom:
“Do only that which is right”
Every person has the natural right (and the responsibility) to peacefully determine what is right. We are advocates of religious freedom.
The Universal Life Church wants you to pursue your spiritual beliefs without interference from any outside agency, including government or church authority.
You may become a legally ordained minister for life, without cost, and without question of faith.
Paying for sex, bartering sex for payment, and human trafficking on a larger scale is beneath the human dignity that God created us for. In every culture, in every country, regardless of race, color, creed, and gender; reducing men, women and children to a means of making other people money, or paying debts, or payment for food or material goods, or even as means of payment for sex for human pleasure, is a misunderstanding of the full potential and dharma of every human being. There is a reason every person is born on this earth. It is not for other people’s financial gain, or the misuse of sex.
Each and every person has the God-given right to the privacy of their own body, and to live their own life, without threat, harm, manipulation, bribery, or any other means of usurping their own personal power.
Some cultures practice various forms of caste systems, in order to keep certain people down, while elevating others. However, this practice goes against the God-given human dignity of all people, in every country, in every situation and circumstance. We even see financial forms of caste systems in all countries. How does your country take care of its poor?
Sometimes people like to say one thing, but do another. In some shady practices, someone might say they want to go and get a massage. Therapeutic massage is extremely beneficial for healing stress, and for the recovery of sore muscles. But in less than reputable parlors, “happy endings,” those sexual favors that do come with a price, take place worldwide. What is the problem?
Human dignity that each and every human being is born with, which comes directly from God, and no other human being, cannot honorably be taken away by any other human being, without being in direct violation of the Creator himself. Some may attempt to justify their actions by erroneously thinking that it is a “win-win” for all involved, someone gets paid for a service, and someone gets that service. However, people are not things to be used, nor to be bought and sold. The conscience knows.
Please join me in praying for people caught in these less than human roles, that they might be helped and regain their dignity as God intended for them to have.
Is your to-do-list longer than the distance from here to the moon?
Will you turn into a purple pumpkin if you do not get it all done?
How is your blood pressure?
Having any physical side effects to stress yet?
Are you balding?
Is your hair thinking, falling out or breaking?
Are your food allergies getting worse?
Is your speech coming out faster than a sonic jet?
Texting, eating, drinking, on the cell phone while driving, see the problem?
Are you addicted to activity?
Where’s the balance?
You are in control of you, not your schedule.
You are in control of you, not other people.
You are in control of you, not the situation.
If the merry-go-round of life is going too fast for you, stop and simplify. Find your balance point. It is literally a matter of life and death. The fastest way to age is to live a life of prolonged, severe stress. Stress brings on major, serious illness and death.
Everyone can push extra hard in life, for a short while, to help someone out, to rise to the occasion, or if the job demands a short but strenuous burst of energy from you. But your employer does not own the rights to your life. You do.
But no one can sustain stress. The body breaks down. Your emotional self breaks down. It is not what nature intended for you on the day you were born. At first you may not associate various ailments and symptoms as stress related. Stress is not a natural state for us. Stress is not good for us, no matter how used to it we are.
How do we break out of this extremely addictive, self-destructive habit of racing through life, like a chicken with its head cut off? Like changing any other habit, it is going to take 21 days to try on new habits of relaxation techniques, slow breathing exercises, body stretching like yoga, and even aerobic activity, like walking, jogging, bike riding or swimming. You know what works for you. Give yourself breaks, that is life saving.
Take a moment to watch how nature works. Roses do not rush to bloom. They take their time. They open and unfold slowly, all in good time. Savor each moment in this life. You are here for a reason. If you fly through your life too fast, you will miss so much. We all have 24 hours in a day. How you spend it really is up to you.
It is a mistake to give everything on your agenda the same emergency intensity, as if completing each task is equivalent to putting out a fire. You are a human being, not a machine. We all know this. It is good to be reminded from time to time, not to take ourself so seriously. When you’re stressed, the first thing to go is your sense of humor. That’s a clue.
Lao Tzu once said, “Nature Does Not Hurry, Yet Everything Is Accomplished.” We are part of nature.
“We are the temple of the living God; as God said, “I will live in them and move among them, and I will be
their God, and they shall be my people.” 2 Corinthians 6:16
This means the living God is within, and without us. This living God animates everything, and is in everything, even us.
Jesus taught this and so did the most prolific write of the New Testament, Paul. There are many writings in the Nag Hammadi Scriptures, which were removed from today’s Bible, that also expound even more on this fact. Nag Hammadi Scriptures were also considered inspired writings, until 300 years after they were written, and were removed at the Council of Constantinople in 381 AD. Then these Scriptures, and others like them describing more details about how Creation really came to be, what really happened to us, how more angels are involved, and who these angels really are, got cut out of today’s Bible.
This is unfortunate, as if information and education is a bad thing, as if we need to be spoon fed slanted bites of information, as if we cannot handle the truth.
No matter we believe about God or Creation, we deserve to know the truth, not just what a particular group with an agenda wants us to know. The words of Jesus and God have been maligned for thousands of years. Censorship is not a good thing when deciding what to believe. Censorship makes us puppets in someone else’s game.
It matters to us individually, and it matters to the world. We would not be in the condition we are in if all of Jesus words were “allowed” to be read. Now is the time to find the Nag Hammadi Scriptures, if you have not already done so, and read them. They are compiled in a book as big as the Bible. That is how many writings have been omitted.
But we need to be ready to read and understand more than what we know now, more than what religious leaders in 381 AD wanted us to know. We need to ask for Holy Spirit to guide us as we read these revealing words. They are different. More beings are involved, some with impure motives. We have a right to know this.
There are also more, many more words Jesus told everyone in his day. Why wouldn’t we want to read them? The people who say not to read the Nag Hammadi Scriptures have an unholy agenda I encourage everyone not to fall for. Each of us is in charge of our own eternal destiny. Yes, we are destined for more, in union with God. No person or group of people is in charge of our eternal soul and spirit.
There is more to Creation, not less.