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About John Morton

Through his insightful, practical and gentle approach, John Morton has a unique ability to help others see the blessings in themselves and everything that occurs in their lives. John is the Spiritual Director of the Church of the Movement of Spiritual Inner Awareness (MSIA) at www.MSIA.org, an ecumenical, non-denominational organization founded by John-Roger, D.S.S., with communities worldwide. Since 1979, John has presented and created seminars, classes and workshops around the world for the general public as well as graduate students on topics including loving, peace, wealth, relationships, and practical spirituality. Many of his public classes can be viewed on-line via free interactive webcasts at www.msia.org/live. As the President of John Morton Ministries, a non-profit organization dedicated to the study and development of spiritual awareness, peace and service, John coaches and consults with individuals, groups and organizations to help promote harmony, learning and growth. John’s clients range from individuals coping with personal, intimate family matters to executives of corporations managing economic and employee challenges. By focusing on the goodness inherent in each moment and each experience, John helps awaken others to their spiritual nature and opportunities for greater success, peace and well-being. John is the author of The Blessings Already Are and You Are the Blessings: Meditations and Reflections on Life, God and Us. Both books are inspirational guides for finding the blessings in ourselves and everyday life, regardless of our challenges. John has written numerous articles on practical spirituality for MSIA’s worldwide newspaper, the New Day Herald, where he often responds directly to questions from readers. His articles can also be found on HuffingtonPost. John received his Doctoral degree in Spiritual Science (D.S.S.) from Peace Theological Seminary & College of Philosophy, the educational arm of MSIA. He volunteers on the Boards of the University of Santa Monica and Insight University. John has two children and enjoys sports, most especially golf. His life partner is fellow minister and Emmy Award winning actress, Leigh Taylor-Young, and when not traveling they reside in Pacific Palisades, California.

If You Want To Be Happy, Do Happy Things

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Happiness is our choice because we each have the power to bring our mind to happy thoughts. That’s the primary power in happiness. It’s a state of mind. It’s the way we choose to look at things and how we relate to things.  So we can set our minds free in our ongoing pursuit of happiness.

John-Roger, the founder of the Movement of Spiritual Inner Awareness (MSIA), once said, “If you want to be happy, do happy things. ” Although that may sound simple or you might think you don’t know how to do happy things, you can experience happi­ness   in your mind by having happy thoughts.  So regardless of what we’re doing or what’s happened, we can choose to be happy.  By opening up to the happiness within, we each have a greater opportunity to bless the world with our happiness. In truth, we are so blessed that we can feel happy no matter what.

Through our trust and faith in God, we can know the blessings of happiness.  Through that trust, we can realize that everything that ever takes place, in all of Creation, is never against anyone.  God sustains good, all the time, every time.  When we are consciously in accordance with that knowing, we have trust in God.   We can trust that what is being done, what has been done, and what will be done is ultimately useful for greater good. There’s no point in fighting with it. There’s no point in judging it. There’s no point in being unhappy with what is.

Real, lasting happiness doesn’t come at the detriment of others or through againstness or denial of reality.  When we’re attached and trapped by demanding against the world in some way, we can assign ourselves to misery like a ball and chain. We can become imprisoned by our disturbances, frustrations, irritations, or dissatisfactions. The more you can learn how to accept and get along with whatever you’re involved in, the more peace and happiness you can know in whatever you’re doing. When we have doubts or fears or when we judge ourselves or others, we can always let go and choose into the blessings of happiness because those blessings already are. So choose to be happy rather than in conflict with others or situations, regardless of what’s going on.

Others may not agree with your happiness. They may think you’re responding inappropriately. Clearly, there’s so much pain, suffering, and misery in the world, that there’s no need for us to add to it.  If your choice for happiness is misunderstood or judged by others, you can turn to peace, understand­ing, and compassion by choosing to be happy regardless. You can feel happy simply because you experi­ence happiness as your true nature.

When we choose happiness, we’re spontaneous and open to participate. We allow our creativity, that happy energy, to move out into the world and touch others.  If you find yourself being serious or worrying, allow your true nature to lift you so you’re more aware of your joy and the happiness in others and situ­ations.  If you keep finding it difficult to be happy with what you’re doing, then consider you need to change whatever it is that you are doing.  Even if you choose to be happy, what you’re doing may not be working.  So sometimes a shift in attitude isn’t enough.  At those times, let your happiness be your guide, and ask yourself, “What would make me happy here?”

Take a moment to let your true happiness show you what’s best. It might be as simple as asking for what you want and then being open to receiving it. Perhaps that takes courage. If it does, then choose to be courageous, especially when your happiness is on the line.

Remember that the source of your happiness is within you, not out in the world in what happens or what others do. God is happy.  So choose to be happy because you can — because happiness is your nature and the truth of who you are. Then you can share the blessings of the true happiness that you know inside.

Baruch Bashan (the blessings already are)

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John Morton, D.S.S. is the author of the inspiring books The Blessings Already Are and You Are the Blessings: Meditations and Reflections on Life, God and Us.  Learn more about John’s works at www.johnmortonministries.org.  Contact John at goto@johnmortonministries.org

Originally published in 2010

Money: A Reflection of Our Relationship with God

As money is a medium of exchange in our world today, I see it as a manifestation of what God is doing with each of us.  Our relationship to money is then a reflection of our relationship to God.  Right now, we can choose to be open to allowing ourselves to have a greater relationship with money just as we can choose in each moment to have an ever-greater relationship with God.

My source of wealth is God, and that’s an invisible source. When I go to the bank, cash a check, or receive any form of value as an increase in my wealth, I look to God as my source.  However, when I look, I often don’t see the tracks. I don’t see how the exchange of money was done as a direct outcome of what God is doing in this world.

Through my faith and trust in God, I know God is the source of my wealth. “In God We Trust” is printed on the American primary monetary system.  When we have that trust in God, the infinite power of good, there is great peace, calm and a sense of blessing in our life.  We all have the destiny to be unshakable in our confidence that we are blessed.

Knowing we are blessed is not about what somebody says or what happens in the world. It’s not about how much money is in the bank, where the decimal is on the financial report, or if it’s in “the red” or “the black.” All of that information is really arbitrary.

What matters most is our attitude towards money.  If we have an attitude that the money we have is limited, meaning we don’t perceive that there’s a source of supply for additional money, then we can look at money as something that we have to hang onto and watch very carefully.   We can create a sense of desperation such that people do desperate things to get it, such as lie, cheat, steal, or even kill in order to have it. Those types of actions are based on a deep sense of lack or a threat that our survival is based on that medium of exchange.

Practically speaking, money of itself as paper and coins has very little value for our survival in this world. It’s more important to look at what is behind the money as a representation of our energy.  Money is a valuable commodity for learning how to take care of ourselves and identifying our priorities. It is a great commodity for identifying our needs and our values. Money then helps us focus on what is really important in our lives.

We can learn how to more effectively use money as a medium of exchange, even when it appears to be in limited supply.  Even though there is a limited amount of money in the world, there is more than enough to exchange what is truly valuable.  There are more than enough resources here in the world to abundantly take care of everyone and everything as God is the provider of it all.

Look within to the true source of your wealth.  Look for things in your life that represent abundance, health and happiness, all the blessings already present.  That’s the natural exchange, and it comes out of your worship and faith.  With trust in God, all things are possible. Eventually, we all learn that we have more than enough.

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The Difference Between Intuition and Fear

With intuition, or natural knowing, something goes on inside of us that’s transformational. You may experience it as a realization or a revelation. If you enjoy it and you appreciate it, then that’s an intuitive kind of an experience.

John Morton, D.S.S.

My experience of who we are spiritually is it’s constantly uplifting, clarifying, and illuminating. So as we spiritualize ourselves, something brighter, clearer, and more truthful comes to our awareness. The greater presence of who we are has intuition or natural knowing. So we can come upon that awareness that can’t be fully explained by our personal experience but we know intuitively.

Sometimes I’ll be asked, “How do you know that? Did you witness that?”

I’ll respond, “Well, no, not really. I just know it.”

“Well, how do you know the Spirit’s speaking to you?”

“Because I get happy. And things that seem burdensome, they leave. They vanish. And I’m in a good mood again!”

Although I don’t worship moods, they are an effect of what’s going on when we’re touching into ourselves spiritually. As we tune in to our inner knower, we can be flooded in the emotions and in the mind with awareness. We can also be affected by things of a lesser or lower nature that come out of fear, illusion or negativity. That’s where choice comes in. Where do you want to apply yourself? Where do you want to focus? What’s your intent?

With intuition and fear, one is like a premonition and the other is just a fantasy. With fear or fantasy, you’re making it up. However, you can use fear to your advantage by turning it into determination. You can turn fear into a reference point that’s useful and uplifting. Even if you’re afraid, you can still make correct decisions so you don’t allow the fear to restrict and block your life.

I use fear as inspiration, to move me along at perhaps a higher rate than how I would have moved myself if I didn’t have the fear. And that higher rate is good for you in case you were restricting yourself or slowing yourself down unnecessarily instead of keeping up with what your life is bringing to you. To discern if something is coming from fear or your intuition you can ask yourself, “Why am I letting something slow me down unnecessarily from what’s good for me, from what I know inside, especially if it’s not even real?”

Consider that you don’t have to give into the fear. Fear is not a healthy leader. It’s not a guiding force to use in your life. Use something on the order of determination or courage. Courage is the perfect antidote to fear. Courage is that energy of the heart, the knowing in the heart that will go ahead no matter what.

What if you move forward and you’re shaking and quaking and sweating profusely? Ask yourself, “Do I have to do this?” And if the answer from your inner knowing is “Yes,” then you can’t let the fear stop you. Actually, you can, but it’s not the wisest choice to allow whatever is bothering you to stop you. Instead, move forward from your inner knowing as if you didn’t have the fear because who you are is far greater than any fear.

John-Roger stated:

“Experiment with your intuitive knowing, and check its accuracy. It may involve a process of watching and of trial and error. As you feel better about yourself and are less concerned about what other people think about you, you can become more aware of your own sense of self. You can then tune in to that self anytime you want. The true self is the knower you are looking for. Just relax and gain confidence in yourself.”

(from Fulfilling Your Spiritual Promise, page 991).
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John Morton, D.S.S., is the author of the The Blessings Already Are and You Are the Blessings: Meditations and Reflections on Life, God and Us.  Learn more about John’s works at www.JohnMortonMinistries.org.  Contact John at goto@johnmortonministries.org.

A Blessing of Embracing God’s Will

Lord God, again we ask that You come into our consciousness so that we are open to receive You in full. And we know that means we must give up our limitations and be willing to increase our capacity.

John Morton, D.S.S.

We also acknowledge You are the one. You are in all things, all situations. And when we are being true to our consciousness and our awareness, and experiencing the truth in our experience, we find love, unconditional love in every way. And we find that time becomes eternity and forever. There are no bounds.

And whatever the conditions there are, they represent a temporary state in which You teach us, in which You bring about the experience that we need so that You are always about this divine process that keeps us learning and growing and brings us into the realization that You and I, that we are one.

We celebrate this oneness, that we are a family. So we live together. We work together. We strive together to bring about what is better. We have the wit to ask for Your will being done and to realize it is already done. It is for us to embrace.

We also recognize we are co-creators, and that You are raising us up into our full strength, our full ability, our full knowledge, so that we can be eye to eye with You no matter how we see that or perceive it in the levels of Your creation.

We give thanks. We allow for the healing which is the redemption, the restoration and the renewal. We claim what is the transcendent, the one who overcomes, who triumphs who uses all for upliftment, to come into the state in which the beloved reigns as You.

Baruch Bashan
The Blessings Already Are

View John offering this blessing at www.msia.org/live/archives.php and scroll to the “Letting Go, Letting God” webcast from August 2006.

Learn more about John Morton at www.JohnMortonMinistries.org.  Contact John at goto@johnmortonministries.org.

The Blessing in Fear

The blessing in fear is that fear teaches us what we need to learn how to overcome. It teaches us where our strength and courage are which is within. Fear will also teach us where our fear is. So fear is going to show us things that, perhaps in our wisdom and practical nature, we might realize we would rather not do.

John Morton, D.S.S.

At times, that involves taking risks and getting involved in things we don’t know much about. Perhaps there may be things to be concerned about. So be watchful and aware. At those times, fear then provides you wise limitations while teaching you about your strength and courage.

For example, I don’t want to step barefoot on a metal tack and then have to get a tetanus shot and interrupt my day. You might say, “Well, then don’t go barefoot. Don’t step on a tack.” How could I do that? Should I give in to my fear and never go out walking barefoot? Never enjoy the ground beneath my feet? That would be an extreme and unnecessary response.

My point of view is that there will always be something we’re going to be concerned about. So we might as well go ahead and explore. Be an adventurer in your life. You’ll find the blessing in fear as it is your friend who brings you greater strength and courage in your life’s adventure.

The source of your strength, your Spirit or Divine Self, is larger than any fear. If you don’t have that experience with yourself, it’s an opportunity to delve deeper within to find the strength that overcomes whatever the fear would be. It’s not that you will never experience fear again. You may still be aware of the fear. But by tuning in to your divine nature, your relationship to fear will change so you are one who functions in the strength and courage that is of the Spirit.

I see the Divine Self as one who doesn’t have worry or fear. In the Divine Self, things are taken care of. Your needs are met. You can experience that everything is on purpose and happening in a way that’s for your upliftment, learning, and growth. In truth, nothing is happening against you ever. You don’t have to fight or struggle. So take a moment in your day to tune within and get a hold of that divine consciousness that doesn’t have worry or fear. Then choose to move forward with the strength, courage and joy that is of the Spirit.

Baruch Bashan (the Blessings Already Are)

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John Morton, D.D.S. is the author of the inspiring books,The Blessings Already Are and You Are the Blessings.  Learn more about John at www.JohnMortonMinistries.org  Contact John at goto@johnmortonministries.org.

The Blessings of the Gulf Oil Spill

To best serve the Gulf of Mexico, ourselves, and our world, I encourage focusing and having faith in the power of divine love.  By focusing on bringing greater good  into manifestation, there can be a returning to the natural order that thrives and creates bounty. 
 
Dr. Masaru Emoto, a scientist from Japan who has done considerable research about the characteristics of water, recently issued a prayer for the Gulf of Mexico.  He suggested sending “the energy of love and gratitude to the waters and all living creatures in the Gulf of Mexico and its surroundings.”  Dr. Emoto proposes that by our holding the intention of peace towards water ― “by thinking, speaking and acting with the intention of peace toward water ― water can and will bring peace to our bodies and to the world.” 
 
We are creators, and we have the ability to be fully endowed and functioning as co-creators with God.  As co-creators, we can look for and claim the blessings for the situation in the Gulf.  I see the value in a simple and direct prayer that spontaneously comes from each person’s intention and willingness to ask for assistance through the consciousness that serves all regardless of the conditions and how they have been created.  Rather than focus on blame, we need to focus on what can be done to improve the situation even at the smallest seemingly insignificant level like a spoonful at a time.  There is an increase from the divine that rewards correct thoughts and actions so they can be inexplicably multiplied.  If a billion people removed a spoonful every second for an hour, that just might turn the tide.  Having the intention and the willingness to do something to help, a spoonful at a time, just might bring the ability to do it a million barrels an hour and then a million barrels a minute.                                                                                                                                                                                                            
Some people have mentioned to me that perhaps our prayers may not be answered because what’s being requested isn’t for the highest good of all concerned. They have suggested that we simply choose to accept what’s happening in the Gulf.  While acceptance is a necessary first step, and the first law of Spirit, the situation calls for cooperation with what serves to keep the oil from going into the water, collect the oil already in the water, and clean the oil from whatever has been contaminated. 
 
Rather than choosing only to accept the conditions, let’s strive to contribute greater to the natural order that thrives. When our children are not well, we don’t leave them or the situation just at acceptance.  We strive to do whatever we can so they may be healthy and happy, which is their natural way of being once disturbance and disease are resolved. 
 
In any situation, we can choose to move past acceptance into fully cooperating with the conditions that are present and do our best to make them better.  This leads to greater understanding and reveals resolution and long-term solutions.  Not so long ago there were lakes and rivers choked by pollution so the wildlife could not survive.  Those same lakes and rivers have been cleaned and restored so the wildlife is again thriving.
 
There is no limit to the blessings that can become manifest other than what we can handle and more importantly what we choose to behold.  So let us consider that this is yet another time of testing, especially for all involved and affected by the conditions in the Gulf of Mexico.  How each person responds, regardless of the conditions, is what determines what will follow as an experience and the results that transform the disturbance to greater good.  Through our cooperation, we can choose and actively contribute to restoration and renewal of pristine conditions that make for thriving.    
 
When the earth has been upturned through upheaval and severe change, there is an opportunity to plant what is to be harvested. In this and every situation, find the seeds of what you want to become — within you, within others, and with God.  Envision what you want the situation to become.  To do so, remember to connect to the divine source first, through prayer and inner communion with each breath, with each thought, and with each action.  Let us trust that within the divine order is all that is needed not just to survive but to thrive.  What is needed is to be open to realizing what can replenish and resolve followed by doing what is needed to create what is needed for the blessings to become manifest.
 
Trust that this, too, shall pass and that a new day is at hand bringing new life thriving in beauty and grace.  Let what must pass go in peace so we may now look to that new day.  Let us choose to behold all the good that can come from the oil spilling into the Gulf and resolve to help with the blessings.
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John Morton, D.S.S., is the author of the inspiring books, The Blessings Already Are and You Are the Blessings: Meditations and Reflections on Life, God and Us.  Learn more about John at www.johnmortonministries.org.  Contact John at goto@johnmortonministries.org.

Have a Happy Day

John Morton, D.S.S.

We always have the opportunity, no matter what kind of day we’re having, to choose to be happy.  So ask yourself, “Are you willing to make the choice to be happy?  To have a happy day?”
 
The next question to ask yourself is, “Am I willing to let go?” I know when we’re miserable, we’re often hanging on to something.  Maybe we’re still hurting over something. So part of the misery may be about that hurt or upset. I’m not talking only about physical occurrences where we might have been hit or injured. I’m also referring to what some may consider the more powerful injury which takes place in our emotions and the way we think about things. Often, that’s the source of the hurt that endures and hangs on.  So are you willing to let go of that misery and hurt too?  
 
What if part of letting go involves sacrifice? Sometimes, if you really want to let go of the misery, there may be something to let go of that’s valuable to you or at least you perceive it as valuable.  For example, let’s say you’re hungry and you’re eating an apple.  But then you’re sick to your stomach.  You may say, “I can’t give up that apple. It’s food, and I’m hungry.”  Well, what if that’s a rotten apple?  And it happens to be what’s making you sick?  Can you let go of what’s making you miserable, even if you think it’s valuable to you?
 
Consider that when you’re miserable, that misery or upset is something you’re allowing, promoting, or creating.  You have the responsibility and the opportunity to allow, promote or create a miserable day or a happy one.  It’s up to you.  If you’re willing to have a happy day, you can.  You can have a break from your misery, today or any day.  How do you do that?  You choose to move your attitude away from the misery and upset. You choose to let it go.
 
Even people in prisons get to go out into the yard, have some exercise, and do things that people who aren’t in prison get to do. They don’t get to do everything, but  they usually get to do enough happy things that are away from the misery or upset in their prison life.  So regardless of the source of the misery, there’s always an opportunity to do something happy, to choose to have a happy day regardless of the situation.
 
Do you have ideas of what would make you happy?  Start thinking of those things.  You have the power to bring your mind to those happy thoughts.  That’s the primary power in happiness — it’s a state of mind. It’s the way we look at things and how we relate to things.  So think happy thoughts.  Remember, your mind is free.  You can do happy things in your mind.  
 
When you think happy thoughts, those happy thoughts have power.  Your natural creativity allows that happy energy to manifest and be shared.  It’s easy to smile, especially when somebody is smiling at you.  What about smiling at someone who may need your smile?  That’s the time to look past someone’s misery and smile at them.  You can transmit to them your happiness and help them make their day a happy one.  
 
Happiness is contagious.  Are you willing to catch it?  Are you willing to pass it along?  Happy people do.  Have you ever noticed that about happy people?  They’re spontaneous and open to participate.  Maybe they’re considered nuts, but they’re happy nuts!  
 
Be careful that you don’t let somebody take you off your happiness to join their misery.  Stay up in your happiness, and do those things that keep you up.  If you’re feeling down, then do something to take care and attend to those feelings.  At those times, it works best to tune within.  That can mean just being in your heart, having some quiet time, or doing something to take care of yourself.  
 
Your soul, your true nature, is always happy regardless of how you’re feeling, what you’re thinking, or what’s going on around you.  So go inside to where you’re always happy.  That’s a great way to get back in tune with your happy thoughts.  
 
Remember, if you want to have a happy day, do happy things.  Think happy thoughts. Choose to make each day a happy day.  Why?  Because you can.
 
To learn more about choosing happiness every day, download the MP3 1000 Ways to Happiness and Healing by clicking here.
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John Morton is the author of the books, The Blessings Already Are and You Are the Blessings: Meditations and Reflections on Life, God and Us.  Learn more about John at www.johnmortonministries.org.  Contact John at goto@johnmortonministries.org.

Successful Completions

John Morton, D.S.S.

I see success as choosing to be satisfied with what’s already complete. In other words, you can choose to be happy that what you’ve done is done and complete. Then you can move on to greater success, unhindered by negative concerns and judgments about what’s already done.  
 
What if there is something that you want that’s not yet done?  You can focus on your next steps in the process of getting things done.  Most importantly, identify your next step even if it appears that a number of choices could work.  As something else occurs that’s part of getting what you want, you can experience the success for that completion and for the next one and so on and so on.
 
Do successful completions have to be complex and difficult to experience?  Do we need to set goals that are extremely rare or challenging in order to be successful?  Of course not.  Some goals may be achieved through a long and trying process. But the more we make completion a process that is simple and immediate, the easier it is for us to realize our success and move onto even greater success.
 
I distinguish between goals and intentions.  A goal is a specific and fixed result. It’s quantifiable and can be measured for completion.  Intention is a series of choices that become a complete experience. Intentions are directional and show what’s called upon next in order to experience another level of completion. Success then becomes a process of ever greater and progressive completions.  
 
With a goal, success is not complete until a specified result has occurred.  With an intention, success is determined as each choice is considered satisfactory and, therefore, complete.  When we measure success based on our intentions, the experience of completion is self-determined, more reliable and enduring.  When completion is determined by external factors or goals which we do not control, then we are at the mercy of whether those factors and goals go the way we want or expect. When completion is self-determined based upon our own experience and choices coming from our own directives, then the means of success are available for us regardless of external factors.
 
Look to see if you’re the one that’s blocking or restricting yourself from your success.  If so, don’t try to get around yourself.  Instead, get “into” yourself. That’s what we do in a very direct way in the
Movement of Spiritual Inner Awareness(MSIA). In MSIA, we practice knowing our true selves and our divine nature. It’s ironic that we would have fears, hesitations or patterns of avoidance toward our self, as if there is something to be afraid of by looking at ourselves. Who we truly are is happy and successful always.
 
For learning more about getting things done, I like
David Allen’s work.  In particular, his book,
Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity.  David is considered an expert on completing things and how to master your choices so that the things you’re doing are things that are on purpose. And if they’re not on purpose, David’s work shows you how you can move them on or clear them away from your life.
 
Remember, when we’re happy with ourselves, it doesn’t matter if we’re getting things done or not.  Even if you’re hungry, you can still be happy and at peace with yourself. But if you’re disconnected from your divine nature, there’s nothing you can be fed that will ever satisfy you.  So go for the happiness.  Go for your well-being. And look for the successful completions in each and every moment as you breathe into and with your divine nature.

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John Morton, D.S.S., is the author of the inspiring books, The Blessings Already Are and You Are the Blessings: Meditations and Reflections on Life, God and Us.  Learn more about John and his works at www.johnmortonministries.org.  Contact John at goto@johnmortonministries.org.

Anxiety-Free in Spirit

John Morton, D.S.S.

Who you are as a soul is free from anxiety.  In the Spirit, there is no fear or worry. Although anxiety or negativity may be around you, anxiety is not who you truly are.  Who you are in truth is loving, clear, and calm always.
 
One of the great truths of the Spirit and the nature of our soul is that negativity can’t affect it. However, when we attempt to do things that we’re not capable of doing or for which we’re not prepared, we may experience anxiety or negativity.  We may feel anxious and impatient when we try to do more than we can handle. Our true nature, the nature of the Spirit, is according to our individual pace, according to what we each can handle.
 
If you judge yourself that you’re not good enough or you’re not worthy, that’s a precursor to fear and anxiety.  So I encourage you to let go of those judgments and accept yourself as you are.  Otherwise, you may attract to yourself more of the anxiety or doubt that you’ve been experiencing or holding onto.  When you let go of judgments and say to yourself, “I know inside in my heart of hearts that I will overcome,” that’s remembering your true self and the eternal nature of your soul.
 
Our minds may not be able to fathom who we really are.  In fact,
who we are spiritually is so great that any words serve to limit it. The source of your strength, your Spirit or divine nature, is larger than any fear or anxiety. In any given situation, if you don’t have that experience with yourself, that’s an opportunity to delve deeper within to find the strength that overcomes whatever the anxiety would be. It’s not that you’ll never experience anxiety again.  You may feel anxious at times as that is part of our human nature.  But by tuning in to your divine nature, your relationship to anxiety and fear can change so you are one who functions in the strength and courage that is of the Spirit.

To invoke who you are spiritually and tune in to your divine nature, you can begin by being more conscious as you breathe in and breathe out. Touch in to your Spirit, consciously in every way you know how, and allow the Spirit to lift and guide you. Let go of anxiety as the Spirit brings you to a glorious state within where you know you are one with God.  While you are aware of your body, which is subject to negativity and anxiety, you can give up any judgments and move into acceptance of your life expression.  
 
Through faith and trust in your soul, allow yourself to touch in to that place within you that dispels any illusions against yourself.  Claim that you are loved and protected fully and completely by God.  God adores you always.  There’s never a situation where you are forsaken, forgotten, or abandoned by God.  So if you have anxiety and worry, you’re looking at your life and who you are in a very limited way.  

As you accept your divine nature, you can experience that everything is ultimately serving a good purpose.  Everything happens in a way that you can use for your upliftment, learning, and growth.  In truth, nothing is happening against your true self ever. You don’t have to fight or struggle.  You don’t have to feel anxious.  So take a moment each day to invoke who you are spiritually and get a hold of your divine nature in which there is no anxiety. Then choose to move forward with the strength, courage and joy that is of the Spirit and who you truly are.
 
To learn more about how to tune into your divine nature, you may enjoy the guided meditation, “The Sacred Sanctuary,” available as a free downloadable MP3.  To learn more, click here.
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John Morton, D.S.S., is the author of the inspiring books, The Blessings Already Are and You Are the Blessings: Meditations and Reflections on Life, God and Us.  To learn more about John and his works, visit www.johnmortonministries.org.


Staying on Course with Our Intentions

John Morton, D.S.S.

When a boat needs to sail to a certain place and the wind is blowing from that place, meaning the boat is sailing into the wind, sailors use a strategy called “tacking.”  Tacking means that in order for the sails to catch the wind, sailors sail the boat in a zigzag course to the left and right of the destination.  They stay focused on the direction of their destination, but they don’t sail straight towards it.  By tacking, they  keep making progress towards where they want to go, but in this zigzag manner.

When we’re on the water and there’s no wind, we call that the doldrums.  When sailors come upon the doldrums, they utilize their oars and row for a while in order to move at all.  When you don’t have much enthusiasm, you are in the doldrums — a condition that lacks energy even when the destination is clearly known, mapped out and planned.

Over the years, ship captains and navigators have tracked in their ships’ logs the seas, winds, weather, seasons and so forth.   Knowing the prevailing conditions can help sailors plan how to keep the ship moving — when to tack, when to use the oars and row.  Being aware of the prevailing conditions in your life can help you keep your intention so you move out of the doldrums and into more enthusiasm.

What are your conditions?  Are you feeling scattered and confused or are you clear?  Knowing what the conditions are, you can take advantage of your situation.  So when you’re lacking enthusiasm, the conditions may require that you “get out and row.”  And that can be as simple as saying, “I’m going to have a good day,” and so you have a good day.

In The Blessings Already Are, I wrote that I’m not here to get into comparison or evaluation of the conditions. I’m here to love the conditions, pure and simple.   The fun becomes, how do I love them?  How do I respond with my love?  Let me count the ways, and let me find a new and better way to love each condition.

Once upon a time in my life, I had something referred to as “weekends.”  But since I’m working all the time, I don’t necessarily have what some folks might call weekends.  I don’t have what I consider “time off.”  So I’ve worked it out for myself so I also play all the time.  And that attitude of “always” works for me.

You may think that’s just something I’m telling myself, that it’s not the reality.  But it’s my reality and it works very well for me.  It’s how I construct my life.  So I’m working all the time and playing all the time.  I don’t have “weekends.”  I don’t need them.  Every day is a day off, a vacation.  I don’t look for relief with  “Thank God it’s Friday.”  And I don’t feel down or in the doldrums when Monday comes.  I love it all.

Look at what works for you in terms of your own temperament.  Consider your choices carefully, rather than try to adopt what somebody else does that works for them.   We’re all constructed differently.  We all have our strengths and weaknesses.  Those differences are on purpose and by design.  So naturally it would be good for us to pay attention to where we are weak and look for how to strengthen ourselves in those areas.

Whether we came into this life with a tendency for a weakness or we acquired it after our birth, we can still look to find ways to deal with our weaknesses so we can overcome or clear them.  The way to clear our weaknesses is to love them.  And with loving comes a responsibility to care about what we love.  We’re the ones involved in whatever is our weakness.  We’re watching over it.  We’re looking to see if we can make it better.   So love it all because loving naturally makes things better.  Loving can increase all people and things.

One of the best ways to know if something is loving is to look at the highest good of all concerned.   If you say, “This person bothers me.  This couldn’t possibly be love,” maybe you need to be bothered in that way.  Perhaps you’re stuck in a position and holding to your weakness.  Maybe you’re denying and betraying your strength and this person is providing you with an opportunity to gain that strength through your loving.

To me, this is one of the basic decisions to make in your life — What is your life about?  What is its purpose?  What is your truth?  What are you serving?  Do you answer those questions positively or do you answer them negatively?  I see it as a free choice and I want to answer those questions positively — because that’s my clear preference.

You may say, “I don’t know what the truth is.  I just know what my preference is.  I’d like my life to be happy, healthy,  wealthy and thriving.”  Then  my question is, “What are you doing towards that intention?”

Part of  the answer  would be to not let anything in the world take that intention away from you.  To do that, you’ll find out what kind of strength, dedication and loyalty you have for your intentions.  Every day is a new opportunity to find out where your dedication is.  Where’s your intention today?  Where’s your willingness today? Where’s your loving today?

One thing about negativity is that it has a finite existence.  Negative passes.  In the Spirit the negativity is gone, just like the past is gone.  What if you remember it?  Perhaps you keep looking at it.  So let it go and forgive yourself for judging yourself or anyone else.  Forgiveness is present all the time.  When you forgive and let go of the judgment, the Soul can register  into your consciousness more fully and completely.  The Soul has this energy of the Light and the love.  So you’re brighter and clearer.

You could have a revelation and realize, “I don’t want to do this anymore.  This is no longer my intention.”  Sometimes that’s all it takes to shift yourself so you’re back on course. If you feel like you’re overextending or pushing yourself, you might ask yourself who you are doing it for and why you are doing it.  Maybe you like doing it.  Or perhaps you hear someone else’s voice telling you to do it.  In that case, you need to ask yourself , “Is this what I really want to do?  Is this my clear intention?”  Take a careful look at your choices.

A major key in the process of staying on course is moving to the true self, and that calls for caring for our self and caring for others.  In the true self, we stop judging.  We stop hurting our self or others.  Then we can source our true self for influence and direction.  That bright and clear direction becomes intentions, that then become better choices with better results.

The god of opinion often masquerades as an authority with the message that says, “You’re not good enough.”   If you hear that message inside, ask yourself if it’s coming from your “true self”  or the “false self.”  The god of opinion or the negative power can influence and test us in our weaknesses, especially when we’re not standing up in our true nature.

Whatever you’ve been doing instead of staying on course with your intention is the very thing you need to stop doing.  Look at whether you’re caught up in the minutia and small stuff that would keep you from looking from the altitude, your true self, that sees how things are working best.  That means taking care of yourself and helping take care of  others.

Keep your eyes and ears open, watching and listening, being aware and choosing what is best in each and every moment.   Change is constant.   Be open and flexible.  Be open to “tacking” in order to stay on course.  Be open to getting out your oars and rowing for awhile.  John-Roger once said, “Steady as the North Star, flexible as the wind.”  So be willing to be the change to stay on course with your intention and whatever is serving for the highest good.

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John Morton, D.S.S. is the author of the inspiring books The Blessings Already Are and You Are the Blessings: Meditations and Reflections on Life, God and Us.  Learn more about John’s works at www.johnmortonministries.org.  Contact John at goto@johnmortonministries.org.

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