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Books, Covers, Judgement, and Treasure Boxes

By Liberty Forrest

Come on, let’s be honest. We’ve all got some insecurities. Some of us have more than others. Some of us work at healing them so they don’t bite us in the backside too badly. But we’ve all got ’em, whether we want to admit it or not. They’re part of the human condition.
It’s also very normal for us to want to be accepted, to want approval, to want to fit in, and to belong to a group. It’s innate; we need it for our survival. Even the most spiritually evolved or emotionally healthy people need it.

Taken to the extreme, in order to make my point, they might say they do not in any way, shape or form require the acceptance of another. But they would struggle if there were absolutely no people at all in their lives, if they had to live a life of complete isolation, or if there was not one other person on the planet who liked them, accepted them, or would speak to them.
Those people might be able to lift themselves out of their fearful, anxious or insecure moments a lot quicker than some other people, but they’ve all got them – because they are human, which means they can never be perfect.

Part of being an imperfect human means that we can tend to judge. Sometimes we do it without even noticing, and this is because to some extent, we have to judge in order to survive. Is this situation safe? Will this person cause me harm? Is that situation good for me?

So there is a natural judging that goes on in ours heads without us even noticing. I like this person. I hate that colour. I don’t like her dress. He is so irritating. That’s a stupid TV show. This movie sucks. That person is boring. This book is exciting. I would never do that! What a flake! I love how he plays the piano. And on and on and on.

Sometimes Life throws situations and events at us that are really awful, or that cause us embarrassment. Sometimes we do it to ourselves because of the choices we’ve made – and we didn’t think them through or they didn’t go as planned, but the bottom line is, we end up in some kind of mess that we think makes us look bad.

In part, it’s because we know we can make judgements about others – even when we try not to do it – and we know, or expect, or fear that others are making judgements about us, too.

Maybe we’ve done things that are “outside the box,” unconventional, that go against the grain, that will raise eyebrows, that will shock, that will offend, or that will make us look like fools. The list goes on and on.

And boy, do I ever know that stuff well… There’s so much about my life that just begs people to judge me in a very negative way, or to think I’m a complete flake. They can look at situations in which I found myself, or events that have happened to me and decide that I’m crazy.

They can look at what I’ve done in my life. They can look at how many times I’ve been married, how many times I’ve moved, changed jobs, changed religions or continents and immediately they think I’m a scatterbrain, I’m flighty, or I’m just a big mess.
But they don’t know far more than they do know about me. And if they want to judge, I don’t give a rat’s @$$. Besides, just because most people do things a certain way, why does that have to be the only way? Why is it seen as the “right” way? Why does it automatically mean that another way is wrong, bad, faulty, flawed, or just plain nuts?

On paper, I look really unstable. I look like someone you wouldn’t want to touch with a ten-foot-pole. In reality, there is an awful lot more to the picture. I am an extremely complicated woman, not that I try to be, but I just am. Perhaps complex is a better word. At least it sounds nicer than “complicated.”

But whatever we call it, there’s a lot more to me than meets the eye or than appears on paper.
Some people are uncomplicated. What you see is what you get. Like a good book with a clear and unambiguous title. Open it up and the pages give you just exactly what you expected.

But sometimes, that book isn’t really a book. Sometimes, you take it off the shelf, lift the cover and discover that it’s one of those pretend books that’s really a secret hiding place for all kinds of treasures or trinkets, a collection of weird stuff, little odds and ends, and you had no idea what would be inside.

What’s happened or happening on the outside, the situations in which you have found yourself do not define who you are. Only you can do that by the thoughts you think, the beliefs you hold, the intentions you have and what’s important to you. All of those are of your own choosing.

Never mind what has happened to you, what situations life has thrown at you. Whether you chose them or not is irrelevant. What anyone else thinks about them – or about you because of them – is irrelevant because those situations are not YOU and they do not define you. ▪

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Manifesting Bookends or Money – Is it the Same?

BY CINDY DEJAGER

To answer this question I first have to tell you a little story about how I manifested the perfect bookends in only 3 days.

As I organized my book shelf one day, I was admiring the bookend that I inherited from my mother after she passed away a few years ago. I love that bookend and it evokes a strong emotional feeling of gratitude in me. I think of my mom and her book that she wrote, and her love of science and philosophy. It is the only bookend that I have and I thought that maybe I should look for a couple more to add to my science/metaphysics section of the shelf. I had only the ‘feeling’ of the type of bookends that I was looking for — all I really knew was that they had to have the same ‘feel’ as my current bookend from my mom. 

I looked online at Amazon and Walmart and I kept my eyes open in every store that I walked into — but nothing resonated with me. But most importantly, I did not ‘worry’ that I would not find them, and I wasn’t anxious. Instead, I had only decided that I wanted 2 bookends that would be perfect for my bookshelf — and I let the thought go. 

A couple of days later when I took my garbage out to the garbage shed here at my condo complex, I saw a box beside the garbage. It was gently placed there in hopes that someone would take these lovingly donated items, and that they not end up in the garbage. On top of the contents in the box were 2 wood owl bookends. 

I smiled and thanked the Universe as I lifted them out of the box. They could not be more PERFECT! They were owls — my mom loved owls! 

The key here is that I didn’t worry whether I was going to find what I needed, and I was not doubting it either — I just let it be and the Universe orchestrated their arrival and timing just for me. ♥

I have since decided what I want my financial picture to look like and I am just letting it go to the Universe now. 

Using the same method that I used for the Owl Bookends, I am making a place and a purpose for the money in my life. I know that it will be there just as I have asked for it.

My only task is take Inspired Action so that I can line up with its arrival.

So, let’s chat about the Law of Attraction. Go ahead and share your experiences in the comments below. I look forward to your thoughts ♥

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