Choosing Internal States

In the fertile soil of these first few days of 2006, I would like to
support you in laying the internal foundation for a deeply satisfying
and rewarding year ahead. As many wise sages have said, the greatest
predictor of the future is the past. It is my belief that once we learn
the lessons of the past - and are willing to really "get" those lessons
- we don't have to repeat them. Our souls are always trying to get us to
evolve. And just how do we evolve? Through learning the lessons of our
past - recognizing them, owning them and incorporating what we know into
our lives. So let's walk together through a simple exercise that will
reap huge rewards for you in the months to come.

Look Through the Eyes of the Universe

Take a deep, centering breath, and say to the universe: "I know you have
a very important lesson for me - my soul's lesson. There is something
very important that you've been trying to teach me through the
experiences, circumstances and people you've put in front of me. I
acknowledge that this lesson is imperative for me to learn in order to
have 2006 truly be a new new year and not a year of disappointing
repetition. What is that one lesson?"

Your New Internal State

Imagine that your soul is hungry. It's starving for a state of being -
an internal environment for you to live in each day. What are the
feelings that you most desire to have in 2006? With a deep breath and
big exhale, ask yourself: "What is the internal environment that I'm
longing to live inside of?" Is it an environment of love, peace, quiet,
safety, freedom, happiness, joy, aliveness? For example, one of my staff
members saw that she wanted to live in an environment of inner peace,
and in that space there would be a feeling of certainty for her. As you
listen for answers, continue to ask your soul to reveal what it hungers
for. And in the days and weeks ahead, it can be helpful to look inside
several times a day and gently ask yourself: "Am I cultivating that
feeling - that internal state?"

An Internal Shift

What two thoughts or beliefs would you have to let go of in order to
create that environment? Could it be letting go of what other people
think of you? Or the belief that you're not good enough, not worthy, not
safe, or not loved?

An External Shift

What would have to shift in your external world to support that new
internal environment? What two habits or behaviors would you have to let
go of in order to create your desired internal environment?
People-pleasing, pleasure-seeking, procrastination, disorganization,
staying in an unhealthy relationship, overworking?

Integrity Anchors

What two action steps are you willing to take this week to create this
internal environment? Choose two simple actions that will serve as
anchors to your nourishing inner state. Perhaps it's creating a new
morning ritual, taking a brisk daily walk, attending Weight Watchers,
playing a special piece of music for yourself, ten minutes of nightly
meditation, or scheduling the time to get radically organized so you can
handle your busy life with ease.

Miraculous New Beginnings

What, you may ask, will be available to you by learning the lessons,
letting go and leaving the past where it belongs? I believe that God is
always inviting us to re-create our lives anew. By embracing the
significant lessons of 2005, you're saying yes to miraculous new
beginnings. So really use this time to clean up your past, embrace your
dark and welcome your light. Our souls are always guiding us so that we
can evolve to that next level of consciousness. It can be oddly
reassuring to know that there are bumps in the road to every new level
of consciousness. And there are always new insights to be discovered and
new actions to be taken as we evolve our internal states. There's some
work to do, but the payoffs will be profound. I look forward to hearing
about your new beginnings as we travel into 2006 together.




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