Hope is Always Available

Day 2 – Hope Is Always Available

“Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.” – Desmond Tutu

In today’s meditation, we learn that hope is an intrinsic part of who you are, like the love and compassion in your heart. But to make this hope a real and powerful force in life, we need to activate it with self-awareness. Once genuine hope is ignited, it transforms your reality and eradicates fear and uncertainty.

OPRAH:

Welcome to Day 2, “Hope is Always Available.”  Anything can be a miracle, a blessing, an opportunity, if you choose to see it that way.  When you see life through a lens of hope, everything can change.  This can be a challenging concept of practice when you’re in the center of a storm.  I know this is true.  I’ve had a few storms myself.  But what looks like a dark patch or a setback can actually be a beautiful turning point.  Hard to see it when you’re in it.  Maya always used to say, “There’s always a rainbow in the clouds”.

As Michael Bernard Beckwith said on Super Soul Sunday, “I can choose to feel love even when there’s conflict.  What happens I activate my choice muscle, expand my awareness, my life changes.”  Choice muscle…that’s a good concept.

 

When we’re faced with a difficult situation we always have the choice of two reactions…hope or despair.  When you choose hope you open your mind and heart and very naturally you begin to imagine other possibilities.  Are you facing significant life change like getting out of a bad relationship or starting a new job or trying to lose the burden of weight?  Well often we feel chaos or resistance in those moments.  What I do know for sure is that resistance will try to take you down.  So we often put off life-decisions because we don’t take the leap.  Deepak says, “Go for it now.  Hope lives in this moment and every moment.  Don’t waste another second.”

DEEPAK:

We’ve started the journey to make hope real and lasting in our lives.  The first thing to know is that hope is a quality that exists in consciousness, like love or joy.  When a situation looks hopeless we are not seeing clearly.  On its own consciousness is always life-supporting.  Every cell in the body nourishes and supports itself through the wisdom that evolved in our DNA.  Your awareness is just as life-supporting.  But if we make choices that are self-defeating or that deny reality, the mind can lose hope.  The way to heal any situation is to activate hope.  This happens here and now because hope is always a part of our present awareness.  Otherwise hope is mere wishing, which is a dream of the past or future.  Stop and think about the things you hope for at work, in relationships or from yourself.  You will find there is a spectrum of hope that runs from a casual “I hope so” to “My hope is my rock.”  A conviction born of trust and belief in yourself.

Where does such a solid foundation come from?  Your core self.  When you connect with your true-self as we do in meditation, hope develops more strength.  Then “I hope” begins to change your personal reality.  It eradicates fear of uncertainty.  As an example, consider your approach to love.  You may be waiting for the one to magically appear.  An ideal beloved who will make everything right.  You may be in a relationship where love is taken for granted or where the most loving part was at the beginning.  You may feel not enough love.

These are mild forms of hopelessness.  On the other hand a hopeful relationship to love is active and self-directed.  Instead of waiting for the one to magically appear, YOU become the one.  Instead of seeking love, you live and give the love you want by what you say and do.  In both the hopeless and hopeful relationships to love a person hopes to be loved.  Yet only in the second case is this hope active, strong and life-supporting.  At its strongest hope creates the outcome you want in any situation.  It carries the full power of intention.

CENTERING THOUGHT

The power of hope is here every day.

SANSKRIT MANTRA

Samprati Hum

My true self is wide awake.

DEE:

Today hope is a strong part of who I am.  And that comes from faith in having a power greater than myself in my life, a god of my own understanding.  And that hope comes from self-awareness.  I didn’t have hope, faith, a god, nor self-awareness until I reached my bottom in my disease of alcoholism.  I just existed on the planet with no purpose, no direction and a huge void in my life.

I don’t believe it was a coincidence when I finally had the desperation to ask for help.  I couldn’t go a day, no matter how much, how long and how hard I tried, to get through a day without drinking.  And that is when my life changed and I became a sponge soaking up this new way of living.

For me a 28-day treatment program and Alcoholics Anonymous has shown me the way to Dee, to understand Dee, to accept and embrace Dee, to love Dee.  And the new Dee has hope because my god is here with and for me to guide and protect me on my journey through life.  And my purpose is to share that with you in your periods of self-doubt and self-loathing, or just in a state of confusion.  We all go there.  We all get over-whelmed.

I just want to share with you that everything is perfect at this very moment.  Stay here.  In the moment.  Love yourself for YOUR gifts.  You have many!  Don’t compare yourself to anyone.  They don’t have YOUR gifts.  And remember that you are perfect just the way you are, right here, right now, on your journey through life.  Keep going.  Enjoy the ride.  Love yourself.  And never forget that you are not on this ride alone.  There are many of us who want to share your journey, to give you hope and compassion.  Don’t deprive us of that.  Please.

Aloha, Dee

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From Deepak Chopra and Oprah Winfrey’s 21-Day Meditation on HOPE.

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Faith Connects Us Heart-to-Heart

FAITH CONNECTS US HEART-TO-HEART

(from Oprah and Deepak – Become What You Believe)

OPRAH:

I believe our greatest power is our ability to love.  That’s where all power is…to show love, to receive it, to BE love.  There are a lot of ways to describe love.  It’s grace and kindness; it’s understanding; it’s forgiveness; it’s respect; it’s cooperation; it’s harmony and reverence for light.  You have the entire power of all that is at your disposal.

Love is trusting and having faith in something larger than yourself.  Every opportunity you get move in the direction of love.  That’s where your greatest power lies.  It’s the power to connect us all in peace…heart-to-heart.

As my friend, Marianne Williamson said, “Love is what we’re born with, in our hearts.  Fear is what we learn.”  The spiritual journey is the unlearning of fear and prejudices and the acceptance of love back in our hearts.  Love is the essential reality and our purpose being here on earth.  To be consciously aware of it, to experience love in ourselves and others, is the meaning of life.

Marianne goes on to articulate so beautifully the power of love when she says, “When our minds move in harmony with love, through forgiveness or prayer or the simplest tint of thought, then mountains move and the Universe shifts.”  When we believe in the power of love to move mountains to shift the Universe, miracles will no doubt occur.

DEEPAK:

The strongest imagined bond in the world is the bond of love.  A total transformation occurs when enemies are turned into loved ones.  In the World’s Wisdom Traditions love is deeply connected with spirit.  As the great Bengali poet Rabindranath Tagore wrote, “Love is the only reality and it is not a mere sentiment.  It is the ultimate truth that lies at the heart of creation.”

To find the heart of creation, you must explore your own heart.  Inside it are stores many experiences of love and non-love.  These two side are in conflict which is why many people find it difficult to place their faith in love.  They have had too many experiences of non-love.  Whether they were experiences of betrayal, rejection, fear or abandonment, trusting in love is hard when painful memories still linger.  That is why we restrict our search for love, in order to not be too exposed or vulnerable or put ourselves in harms way.  Matters of faith must be proven in real life.  This is certainly true of love when we go beyond the personal, expanding love to include more and more people.

The first step is to aspire and live as a loving person.  The second step is to look for situations where love can help.  The third step is to reach out and perform an act of love.

The ego is afraid to be exposed and vulnerable.  But this is a misperception.  An act of love doesn’t mean putting yourself on the line or saying “I love you” out loud.  It means performing an action that helps another person the way you would like to be helped.

Help can come even through a loving thought.  It can come through an act of generosity, an understanding word, or by simply asking, “Are you okay?”.  Your heart already knows what to do.  In fact when we extend ourselves, it is almost always from the fullness of the heart.  When you act out of love you expect nothing in return from the other person.  Love makes no one a victim or a martyr.  Love connects people from heart-to-heart with mutual benefit for both.

A mother finds it easy and natural to turn her love into action.  There is a connection of the heart that bonds mother and child.  Feeling vulnerable or exposed doesn’t come into the picture.  The bond of feeling is unbroken.  This is the idea to keep in mind in extending your love beyond your family and close friends.  Find a sympathy of the heart that feels right.  In this way you avoid stress and strain in the name of love.  A world based on the sympathy of one heart to another would be a perfect world.

CENTERING THOUGHT:  My faith calls me to love.

DEE:

When Oprah says, “Love is trusting and having faith in something larger than yourself”, my heart gets so grateful and full that today I have faith in something larger than myself.  This has changed my whole life, my outlook on life and, more importantly, this has changed ME.

I wasn’t given this life-changing gift until I reached my bottom in the disease of alcoholism, miraculously asked for help, and slowly scraped my way out of the depths of hell.  Prior to this surrender I knew my life was void of something but I couldn’t figure it out.  I had everything that every middle class American woman would want…a family, a home, two cars, a dog and a cat, a job, a loving family and friends.  What was missing?

A Power Greater Than Myself, a God of My Own Understanding, was awarded me by Alcoholics Anonymous.  Not only have I learned to turn my life over, I have learned to stop thinking and to live from my heart.  I have learned to let my god do the driving while I ride along in the passenger seat of our pink convertible Cadillac and enjoy the ride of life (the pink cloud).

When Marianne Williamson says, “Fear is what we learn”,  I thank my AA sponsor for walking me through the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous to teach me how fear-based I have been my entire life and how to let that go.  Being able to finally get comfortable in my own skin and to love myself for who and what I am is so empowering.  And to learn that my purpose is to share my experience, strength and hope with those who enter my bubble gives me a reason to excitedly arise every morning!

When Deepak says, “Matters of faith must be proven in real life.  This is certainly true of love when we go beyond the personal, expanding love to include more and more people,” I am honored to practice AA’s 12th Step, “Having had a spiritual awakening as a result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to others, and practice these principles in all our affairs,” in my everyday “real” life.  When I continue to stay active in my recovery, then Step 12 is a no-brainer for me and I can actively accomplish Deepak’s three steps above.

I know for a fact that as I got and stayed sober “One Day at a Time”, I got “unsober’ that way as well.  When I ceased attending meetings, working with my sponsor, picking up the phone, connecting with the fellowship, that void came back into my life.  And, oh yeah, I picked up a drink after over 13 years of sobriety.  The disease immediately reared its ugly head and once again took over my life.  All I could think about once again was the next drink.  Cunning.  Baffling.  Powerful.  The disease of alcoholism.

So don’t go there.  Take it from me.  Learn from my experience, strength and hope.  Stay mindful.  Stay connected.

With much aloha, Dee

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Your Deepest Desire

Energy of Attraction

Welcome to the 21-Day Meditation Experience, Energy of Attraction. We are honored you’re joining us as we seek our true nature and discover our path to health and happiness. You will discover your soul’s purpose and create a life in which all things are within reach.

Day 7

Your Deepest Desire

“In the desire of the One to know Himself, we exist.”― Rumi

Congratulations! Today we complete the first week of our journey together. This week we have learned about the power of our desires and how to use Nature to fulfill them. We have learned that happiness and fulfillment are our birthright, and that the most effective way to manifest our dreams is also the easiest way.

Today we discover that our deepest desire is for spiritual awakening, which is the state of fulfillment and completeness. All other desires are variations on this basic desire for actualization. Every desire is a fragment of our being that seeks awakening, completion, and wholeness.

 

CENTERING THOUGHT

My deepest desire is for completeness.

SANSKRIT MANTRA

Ananda Hum
I am pure bliss.

OPRAH:
Welcome to Day 7 – Your Deepest Desire. Well, we’re already completing our first week of connecting with our dreams and how to fulfill them. I’m hoping you’re feeling the energy of attraction within you in a new way. Can you see it showing up?

We’ve begun to align with the deepest part of ourselves where we find the connective tissue between our desires and the power that’s waiting to help manifest them. We’ve seen how desiring from the level of your truest self and trusting the universe to respond to that truth, that’s how you get what you want.

It’s the most powerful path to fulfillment. Focusing, getting clear, embracing positive emotions, surrendering and moving with the current of your true-self. These are the cornerstones of manifesting the life you want.

Today Deepak brings us back to the place where our most whole, powerful intentions reside…within…that is the source of joy, the source of freedom, the source of wholeness. It’s the core from which the energy of attraction gets lit up. There we’ll take the next steps toward making our real dreams, the true ones, come into being.

DEE:
My energy of attraction is totally different today than when I was active in my disease of alcoholism. As a matter of fact, I felt anything but whole. While I sat in Group in a 28- day alcohol treatment program, the group was asked to repeat every morning an affirmation we came up for ourselves. Mine was “I am a good person. I am a whole person,” but in my mind I was neither good nor whole and I hated myself for getting into a place where I couldn’t go a day without drinking.

On my new journey in recovery and with the help of the treatment program, Alcoholics Anonymous, and learning self-care through meditation experiences such as this, I am finally in touch with my true-self. And a weight has been lifted off my shoulders and I am finally feeling the joy, freedom and wholeness the Universe, Nature, God, my Higher Power has intended for me!

DEEPAK:

Congratulations for completing the first week of our meditation experience. You’ve acquired the foundation for turning intentions into reality. I’m sure there have been surprises along the way because this vision of effortlessly achieving what you want isn’t like the conventional advice given by society.

DEE:
In my sobriety I have been painstakingly trying to unlearn the conventional advice given me by society. It definitely didn’t nurture my highest good. With the help of AA’s 12 Steps and working with a trusted sponsor, I have learned how fear-based I have behaved most of my life. Because of society!

So I am unlearning that “more is better”, more money, more power, more stuff. I am unlearning to gain your approval because your approval doesn’t serve me. I am unlearning to put these superficial goals first and to take care of me, to nurture me, to love me for who and what I am. I am finally free to be myself!

DEEPAK:
You’ve learned that the world in here is connected to the world out there which means that your intentions can flow from your true self to find fulfillment in every area of life. People may spend a lot of time and energy making their desires very, very specific. But what really gives any desire its power is how strongly it’s connected to the ground of being…the true-self.

Behind every desire, however small, is the energy of attraction, which brings the outcome of desire. The energy of attraction is most powerful near the source, just as electricity is most powerful when it comes out of the generator. Therefore, your deepest desires are actually the easiest to fulfill.

No doubt this comes as a surprise since conventional wisdom holds just the opposite. Your deepest desires can come true naturally and without struggle because your deepest desires are signals from your true-self. The force of evolution in the universe supports whatever is true and promotes harmonious growth.

The desires people spend the most time chasing after, such as more money, a better job, and a bigger home, also employ the energy of attraction. But the path that follows is weaker and more indirect. Why? Because the focus is on the external goal not on consciousness.

This isn’t to judge against getting a nicer life, but when you pursue love, beauty, creativity, innovation, meaning and a higher vision of life, the energy of attraction becomes much stronger. Its strength comes from wholeness. The more whole you are, the more powerful your intentions.

It’s the same as seeing a whole picture of Niagara Falls or the Grand Canyon instead of the scattered pieces of a jigsaw puzzle. The picture is there in the scattered pieces, but it’s not whole enough to recognize.

A secret of the World’s Wisdom Traditions is that every single desire, no matter how small, is working toward one goal…to make you more complete. Only through feeling whole will you feel fulfilled. Through meditation you get in touch with the primal desire for wholeness, happiness and freedom. Let this be your personal vision. We should also embrace every smaller, more specific desire along the way.

DEE:

Getting sober has allowed me to put the pieces of “my” puzzle together and start to make sense of this journey called my life. It’s been magical. It’s been meaningful. And it’s been necessary to bring me to the place today, which is right where I am supposed to be…and it is perfect!

Today I feel complete, whole, fulfilled and content. Just like The Promises state in the AA Big Book, “You will find a new happiness and a new freedom”. I have, indeed, found these gifts, along with immense gratitude. And today I have been given a purpose and excitement to give back what was so freely given me in my despair. I “get to” share my Experience, Hope and Strength with everyone who enters my “Dee Bubble”, offering respect, mindfulness, compassion and love.

Thank you for being here for me. Know that I am here for you so please contact me anytime. Together we can get through anything and make our world a better place!

With warmest aloha, Dee Harris

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DEEPAK:
As we prepare to meditate together let’s take a moment to consider our centering thought, “My deepest desire is for completeness. My deepest desire is for completeness.” Now let’s prepare for our meditation.

Make yourself comfortable and close your eyes. Begin to become aware of your breath and just breathe, slowly and deeply. With each breath allow yourself to become more deeply relaxed.

Now gently introduce the mantra, “Ananda Hum.” This mantra awakens the state of fulfillment that is your true self. As you repeat the mantra feel the sense of completeness, the joy and sense of wholeness of your inner being. Repeat it silently to yourself, “Ananda Hum.” With each repetition feel your body, mind and spirit open and receive just a little more.

Whenever you find yourself distracted by thoughts, noises or physical sensations, simply return your attention to silently repeating the mantra, “Ananda Hum. Ananda Hum. Ananda Hum.”

Please continue with your meditation. I’ll mind the time and when it’s time to end you’ll hear me ring a soft bell. “Ananda Hum. Ananda Hum. Ananda Hum.” Just mentally, “Ananda Hum. Ananda Hum. Ananda Hum.”

From The Chopra Center.

The Power of Attention

Energy of Attraction

Welcome to the 21-Day Meditation Experience, Energy of Attraction. We are honored you’re joining us as we seek our true nature and discover our path to health and happiness. You will discover your soul’s purpose and create a life in which all things are within reach.

 

Day 6

The Power of Attention

CENTERING THOUGHT

My attention activates my desires.

SANSKRIT MANTRA
Hum Sa
Unboundedness is my true nature.

OPRAH:

Welcome. It’s Day 6 already – The Power of Attention is what we’re talking about today. Hah, the power of attention. It’s such a perfect name for today’s meditation because attention really is your power source. Nothing in your life happens willy-nilly. You’re creating your own reality by what you choose your attention to and what you give your attention to, what you focus on, expands.

DEE:

My focus is to stay in the present moment, to be mindful of what is right in front of my nose. It’s not easy while the hamster wheel is spinning around in my head. But if I can have the hamster take just a short time-out, I can remind myself to get mindful, respectful, compassionate and caring. Then I start to get OK. From there I remember to get grateful and humble and remember I’m just along for the ride while my Higher Power takes me to where I need to go in my life.

OPRAH:

How often have you heard others say or you even thought to yourself, “I’m just trying to make it through this day.” It’s no surprise that if that is your attitude the energy that you bring to the day, that’s exactly what happens. You barely just make it through the day, rather than fully flourish.

What we dwell on and focus on is what we receive. So if you want more in your life, more connection, more meaning, more fulfillment, you have to learn to shift your attention, your power source to something deeper and truer. And from that pure and sacred place you can attract more abundance and goodness into your life. It’s bigger than any dream that you’ve ever imagined for yourself.

DEE:

This is so true, and I’m not too keen on believing in what isn’t tangible. But it works. I’ve tried it. So if I turn my will and my life over to the care of a god of my own understanding, and that includes my to-do list, I listen to my gut and then I do the footwork of what feel right at that moment.

I tend to not be so stressed out because I’m not in control. But what needs to get done, gets done! And when I’m able to just go with the flow, my life flows more fluidly without the rapids. Go figure. Can’t explain it, except for this newfound freedom must be attracting more of the same.

OPRAH:

So let’s focus our attention on Deepak’s wisdom in today’s meditation and watch and see what shows up.

DEEPAK:

If you want a dream to come true, it takes more than dreaming. The mind needs to focus in a special way, using the power of intention. Electric current in a house can be strong or weak and the same holds true for our intentions. Whenever there’s a problem with your electricity, it can exist anywhere along the line, beginning at the power station. In the case of having an intention that comes true, the power source is attention.

 

DEE:

When I feel my mind, body or spirit is having a problem with my “electric current” I immediately see if I’m in H.A.L.T. (hungry, angry, lonely or tired). Usually I am and I tend to it quickly. Self-care is key for me that has never been my priority before getting sober. Today I am grateful to not have to pick up a drink and to have learned how to not only care for myself, but to love myself. I never did or had this when I was active in my disease.

DEEPAK:

What you pay attention to will grow. And if your attention is focused from the level of the true-self, it can attract anything and everything to you. In a word, attention activates the energy of attraction. Every wish or desire is like a tiny seed which contains the blueprint for the tree that manifests from the seed.

The seed of desire, which is also the seed of every intention, needs nourishment to grow. If you want a desire to manifest, here are some important ways to put the right attention on it.
•Have a clear intention. Don’t muddy it with compromises and excuses for why it won’t come true.

•Have positive emotions around your desire. Feel how good it will be to fulfill it. Believe that what you want is beneficial for you, without any negative consequences to those around you.
•Be prepared for any response the universe brings and be flexible about how you go from there. Feel confident that hidden forces will come to your aid once your desire is released to the universe.

DEE:
Having the faith that my Higher Power, God, the Universe, or whatever you want to call it, makes all the difference in the world. If I have an intention and my Higher Power believes that I am ready for it to come to fruition, then it does. If it doesn’t, I don’t pout or cop a resentment because I know that I am not ready for it at this time in my life.

There are no coincidences. Everything in my life has happened and is happening for a reason…and that reason is for my highest good. If the student isn’t ready, then the Master doesn’t appear. Period. Move on, Dee.

And if I choose to live an optimistic and positive life with that kind of attitude, that is what I reap. More of the same. My glass is always half-full, no matter how tragic the circumstances around me. Again, I am not in control of people, places or things. I have to learn to go with the flow…which is life…and know I’m doing my best.

DEEPAK:

Being able to use your attention in this way depends most of all on your state of consciousness. Desires that originate in the true-self easily reach fulfillment. Desires that arise in an agitated, worried, confused mind will struggle to be fulfilled.

In meditation you expand and deepen your awareness. The more this happens the less effort is required to have successful intentions. When we allow our intentions to flow from the silence that is the basis of the mind, the energy of attraction automatically obeys what the mind desires.

DEE:

Such a great gift…sobriety! Again, no coincidences my journey from living in the depths of hell in my disease to the place I am today. Not only was I able to learn about the disease of alcoholism in rehab, I got to learn who and what I am by working the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous.

Wow! It all makes so much sense now. It’s so much easier now, just surrendering everything and being the real me having learned who I am by working the Steps. I no longer have to live in fear of your thoughts of me. I can be comfortable in my own skin. I can love myself. And I can share my Experience, Strength and Hope with all who enter my Dee Bubble. How magical is that? because I know if I don’t give it away, I can’t keep it (I tried and found myself in that deep, dark place once again).

Thank you for allowing me to share my passion, my optimism and hope. And please leave a feedback if you wish. I love sharing our stories!

With warmest aloha, Dee Harris

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DEEPAK:

As we prepare to meditate together let’s take a moment to consider our centering thought, “My attention activates my desires. My attention activates my desires.” Now let’s prepare for our meditation. Make yourself comfortable and close your eyes.

Begin to be aware of your breath and just breathe, slowly and deeply. With each breath allow yourself to become more deeply relaxed.

Now gently introduce the mantra, “Hum Sa.” This mantra activates the transformative attention of pure awareness. As you repeat the mantra feel the awakening of your powerful attention. Repeat it silently to yourself, “Hum Sa.” With each repetition feel your body, mind and spirit open and receive just a little more.

Whenever you find yourself distracted by thoughts, noises, or physical sensations, simply return your attention to silently repeating the mantra, “Hum Sa. Hum Sa. Hum Sa.” Please continue with your meditation. I’ll mind the time and when it’s time to end you’ll hear me ring a soft bell. “Hum Sa. Hum Sa. Hum Sa.” Just mentally, “Hum Sa. Hum Sa. Hum Sa.”

The Chopra Center

The Fulfillment of Desire

Energy of Attraction

Welcome to the 21-Day Meditation Experience, Energy of Attraction. We are honored you’re joining us as we seek our true nature and discover our path to health and happiness. You will discover your soul’s purpose and create a life in which all things are within reach.

Day 5

The Fulfillment of Desire

“Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties.”― Erich Fromm

Today’s meditation addresses our sense of self-worth and its impact on fulfilling our desires. Your true self – your core consciousness, is divine. You are pure light, love, joy, and fulfillment. You deserve happiness and the fulfillment of your desires, because happiness and fulfillment are your essential nature.

In today’s meditation, we will experience our inner selves and know our true worth. As our experience of our real self becomes stronger, so does our awareness that we are deserving of all that is good. You don’t have to do anything to be deserving – you already are deserving.

CENTERING THOUGHT

I deserve complete fulfillment.

SANSKRIT MANTRA

Shreem Kleem Namah
I attract abundance from my true self.

OPRAH:

Welcome to Day 5 – The Fulfillment of Desire.  Worthiness is your birthright.  That’s what I’m here to tell you.  I’m here to let you know, for sure, that you are enough.  You are whole and complete simply because you were born.

When it comes to manifesting the lives we now most desire we attract the strongest support from the universe, when we start from a place of filling fulfilled and abundant, not from a place of lack.  Think for a moment about how the energy of attraction works.  Like attracts like.  That is the law.  So the energy of deficiency brings you more deficiency.

As you embrace and connect with your wholeness, your true self, you align with the most powerful energy in the universe, that which is the source of all things.  I’m calling it source energy which is ready and waiting to flow with you, to help you, support you, in all that you desire.

As Deepak leads us into our meditation today, open your heart to the truth that you are complete.  You are one-hundred percent complete just as you are.  In that knowingness you can attract all that you are complete true-self desires.  Deepak is going to show us how fulfillment is the exquisite basis of our very existence and then we’ll meditate.

DEE:

You know, before I got sober I felt so empty, void of anything that gave me happiness or purpose, and, for sure, I had no self-worth.  As a matter of fact I would look at myself in the mirror at place at “L” over my forehead and call myself “looser”.  I was in a pretty pathetic place.

I know now that that was the journey I was meant to take to bring me to where I am today.  I would so not appreciate my life today, nor myself, had I not trudged that road.  And I know now that it was by the Grace of God (my Higher Power of My Own Understanding that was introduced to me in an alcohol treatment program and later in the rooms of Alcoholics Anonymous) that I was chosen to carry a message of Experience, Strength and Hope with whoever enters my Dee Bubble.

DEEPAK:

We have a desire because we feel a lack.  Just as hunger makes you eat when your stomach is empty.  There is a sense of need behind every desire.  Need is double-edged.  If it’s part of growing, expanding, and evolving, need is good.  Everyone benefits from the need to explore who they are, to find more love, to reach for the highest.

But the other side of need is feeling that you yourself are not enough.  You need more things, more money, more food, more distractions, because otherwise you feel empty.  The energy of attraction will be weak if this is your motivation.  After all, how could a person with a bad self-image harness power?

At the level of your true-self you already feel complete.  You are whole.  The only thing the true-self wants is to see you whole, also, which involves growth, expansion and evolution.  Just being yourself you direct the energy of attraction where it needs to go.  There’s no need for massive will-power.  Because fulfillment is our true nature, our birthright, the energy of attraction is working for us in a positive direction.  That is it’s natural tendency.

DEE:

As I started to work the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous with a trusted sponsor, I came to realize how fear-based I had lived most of my life.  In looking back over the decades I can see how living in a society that promotes more power, money, good looks, and things doesn’t do any of us any service.  It just makes us all feel less than

So I never felt good enough which led me to becoming an over-achiever.  I had to have your approval because I didn’t feel good about myself.  I put your thoughts over myself and over the needs of my family.  I was so insecure.  Thus, with such a bad self-image I kept reaping what I sowed…more negativity in the depths of my alcoholism.

When I completed working the 12 Steps with my sponsor I was so excited about the changes that were happening in my life…and in me!  It all started to make sense as I learned what made me tick.  A weight has been lifted from my shoulders all due to being sober and learning to live a spiritual life.

Today I live from my heart and not my head.  I no longer have to react.  I no longer have to be in control as I have a Higher Power that protects and guides me.  He teaches me what I need to learn and introduces me to who I need to meet.  There are no coincidences.  This is His journey for me to grow and become a better human being.

I can be mindful and respectful of you and your opinions.  We are all equal here on this earth; no one is any better or worse than the next.  I have not walked in your shoes, nor you in mine, so I can offer you compassion and genuine caring.

I have been gifted the ability to live in the moment and to have faith that everything is perfect at this moment.  And with that I can remain grateful and humble as I have not done this on my own.  My Higher Power is in control and has awarded me a wealth of like-minded people who walk the same path as me.  We support each other; we nurture each other.

DEEPAK:

But we make the decisions.  Our personal choices defines what gets attracted to us.  If you feel unworthy or guilty about desiring good things for ourselves, it means we do not know our true-self.

Once set in motion a desire brings more than one isolated result.  All desires are woven together in our lives.  A new car, a new love interest, a new faith each speaks to how we see ourselves.  The self we identify with.  And that is always changing.  When we desire with conscious awareness we are connecting to what the true-self wants for us.  In a word, the next thing you want is the best thing for you.

DEE:

So today I feel comfortable in my own skin.  I love myself for who and what I am.  I strive to give what was so freely given me when I needed it most.  I am thankful when I go to bed that I did the best I could and that’s good enough.  I am excited when I wake up to new experiences and new growth.

Living with the viewpoint that the glass is half-full has given me such a contentment and fulfillment that I never knew I lacked.  The relationships in my life grow stronger everyday because I can just be myself and I can be rigorously honest without the fear of what anyone thinks of me.  I have done my best.

We are all deserving, worthy and whole.  Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.  Do your best to unlearn what society has pounded into our souls since birth.  Be true to yourself and let your inner child out and run free!  And know you are never alone on your journey.  Don’t deprive us of helping you out and don’t deprive us of the gift that you are!

Thank you for being here.  I encourage feedback.  No judgements, just the respect you deserve.  With warmest aloha, Dee Harris

For those interested in Art with a Message of Self-Worth and Self-Love, please visit my website at www.DeesignsByHarris.com.  Mahalo and enjoy!

DEEPAK:

As we prepare to meditate together let’s take a moment to consider our centering thought, “I deserve complete fulfillment.  I deserve complete fulfillment.”  Now let’s prepare for our meditation.  Make yourself comfortable and close your eyes.  Begin to be aware of your breath and just breathe, slowly and deeply.  With each breath allow yourself to become more deeply relaxed.

Now gently introduce the mantra, “Shreem Kleem Namah.”  This mantra affirms that you deserve the fulfillment of all your deepest desires.  As you repeat the mantra feel that you’re drawing divine abundance into your life by being deserving, worthy, and whole.  Repeat it silently to yourself, “Shreem Kleem Namah.”  With each repetition feel your body, mind and spirit open and receive just a little more.

Whenever you find yourself distracted by thoughts, noises or physical sensations, simply return your attention to silently repeating the mantra, “Shreem Kleem Namah.  Shreem Kleem Namah.  Shreem Kleem Namah.”  Please continue with your meditation.

I’ll mind the time and when it’s time to end, you’ll here me ring a soft bell.  “Shreem Kleem Namah.  Shreem Kleem Namah.  Shreem Kleem Namah.”  Just mentally, “Shreem Kleem Namah.  Shreem Kleem Namah.  Shreem Kleem Namah.”

From the Chopra Center.

Effortless Creation

Energy of Attraction

Welcome to the 21-Day Meditation Experience, Energy of Attraction. We are honored you’re joining us as we seek our true nature and discover our path to health and happiness. You will discover your soul’s purpose and create a life in which all things are within reach.

Day 4

Effortless Creation

“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” ― Maya Angelou

Usually, when we want to manifest a cherished wish or desire in our lives, our first instinct is to act on that impulse. Action of course is necessary, but today we will learn to start with a different approach. To harness Nature’s infinite creative power, we need to release desire into the stillness of our Being. In today’s meditation we will learn to let go of our intention, where it then settles into the field of pure potentiality where all the laws of creation are ready to help manifest it.

This is the most effective way to manifest desires, and the simplest and easiest way to bring your hopes and dreams to life. That doesn’t mean action and persistence aren’t also essential. They are, but they too come in after letting the seed of intention rest into the silence of your true self. This ensures that your actions and focus will be supported and aligned with Nature’s intelligence, not separate from it.

DEE:

OK.  I’m such a novice at this meditation thing.  Harnessing Nature’s infinite creative power.  Still of our Being.  Intentions.  Pure Potentiality.  Way above my head…  So how I’m going to try to fake it ’til I make it, to allow this all to unfold, is to put this all in my God Box.

I have turned my will and my life over to the care of God, as I understand God.  This is my Higher Power of my own understanding who is in control and allows me to come along for the ride, learning, growing, prospering, and experiencing what He sees fit.

My God has also taught me to stop thinking so much, to go with the flow and live from my heart.  As an intellect for most of my life, this was a bit difficult.  But once I tried it, I found it worked and I felt a weight lifted from my shoulders.

So when I “feel” in my gut what my God urges me to do, I do.  I have to do the footwork.  That is why I am writing this blog right this minute.  I “felt” a calling.  For this intellect I can’t explain why this is all working for me today, but it does.  Therefore, I’m a believer to just go with the flow and reap the rewards for doing so.

CENTERING THOUGHT

My desires are fulfilled from my true self.

SANSKRIT MANTRA

Ahrah Kahrah
My desires have the power to manifest.

OPRAH:

Welcome to Day 4 – Effortless Creation.  Ah, I think you’re gonna love this one.  ‘Cause we all know that wonderful feeling when we’re in sync with the energy of the universe.  That joyful, energizing space where things just seem to come to you effortlessly, flowing, in complete alignment with everything that is.

Now, it’s so easy to slip out of sync with that energy of the universe.  And when we do life becomes a struggle.  You feel more depleted than invigorated.  And you can lose your way.

DEE:

When I am out of sync I am back in the “Dee has taken over control” mode.  I quickly realize that I need to get back right-sized, get grateful, and get humble.  I have not gotten to where I am in this peace and contentment because I willed it.  So I immediately get back in the present moment which brings me back to my Higher Power.  I breathe.  I pay attention.  I am back in sync.

OPRAH:

When we express our deepest desires, set our intentions, do our best and then let it go…surrender…you immediately can get closer to fulfilling your dreams.  We become magnets for goodness to come to us.  We create openness for our deepest desires to manifest, and find ourselves once again.

DEE:

Surrendering and allowing my God to drive me around on His magic carpet ride of life has shown me dreams beyond my wildest expectations.  I am grateful and that emanates from me.  That attracts more goodness.  What we reap is what we sow.

OPRAH:

In today’s meditation Deepak is going to guide us on how to tap into the truth of ourselves, allowing effortless creation to unfold.  Together let us hold the intention of what we most desire, then detach or surrender the outcome, allowing the energy of attraction to flow freely through us with grace and ease.  And from that place we’ll meditate.

DEEPAK:

Struggling to get what you want isn’t what nature intends.  When you let good things be attracted to you, manifestation is easy and enjoyable.  The secret lies in having a desire and letting go.  This is the state of detachment.

Unfortunately, most people try to get what they want by being the opposite of detached.  They have cravings, addictions, obsessions and fixations.  They dwell on what they want over and over again.  This brings up what seems like a contradiction.  

DEE:

OK.  This was me.  As an alcoholic in recovery, the above paragraph describes me to a T.  I want it and I want it now.  Instant gratification.  All about me.  I’m in control.  Don’t care who I step on to get it.  I’ll lie.  I’ll cheat.  I’ll stab you in the back.  My cravings, addictions, obsessions and fixations were who I was and why I lived.  I was exhausted, lost and living in a dark place.

Today I am so blessed, so grateful, that I was chosen to be sober and not dead.  I have purpose today that I get to carry my message of Experience, Strength and Hope.  I am alive and excited!

DEEPAK:

You do need passion to achieve your aspirations.  You need action and often hard work to arrive at the goal.  But if you desire from the level of the true self, these things bring you a kind of effortless joy.  You can stand aside and watch the whole process unfold.

Detachment isn’t the same as indifference.  When you let go you aren’t saying, “I don’t care what happens.”  You say, “I’m open to whatever happens and when it comes I will know the next step to take”.

DEE:

Detachment for me is getting out of the way and allowing what is supposed to happen unfold.  There are no coincidences.  Everything happens for a reason.  I have to embrace that, allow it to happen, learn and grow…and not react.

DEEPAK:

The art of desire can be found in the single verse of the Bhagwad Gita, “Perform action without regard for the fruits of action”.  This is detachment and joy in one.  Because whatever happens you will always be centered in your true self.

DEE:

Go with the flow and know that everything is happening perfectly!

DEEPAK:

Having your desire at the level of the true self and then releasing it is the key.  Being centered in your true self you experience a quiet, relaxed state of confidence.  The ability to manifest what you desire allows you to let go so that your intention can enter the field of pure potentiality. From there the energy of attraction naturally flows with ease and harmony.

Manifestation isn’t the same as wishful thinking.  Action is still required to manifest the life we want but we don’t need to lose our silent center in the process.  The silent center guides us into the things we need to do, weeding out the unnecessary busy work and struggle.

As we prepare to meditate together let’s take a moment to consider our centering thought, “My desires are fulfilled from my true self.  My desires are fulfilled from my true self.”  Now let’s prepare for our meditation.  

DEE:

It’s so awesome to finally experience my true self.  Everything unfolded just the way it was meant to unfold.  I’m an addict/alcoholic.  I lived a dark, selfish and meaningless life.  I bottomed out.  I surrendered.  

I got to learn about my disease and, more importantly, about me from Alcoholics Anonymous and working their 12 Steps.  AA has given me a toolbox for living that is so right on with spirituality and meditation.  I love watching myself and my life unfold…if I just stay out of the way.

Thank you for being here.  I encourage feedback.  We are never alone and have gifts to share with the world.  Let’s do it and make the world a better place.

With warmest aloha, Dee Harris

For those interested in my Artwork with a Message of Spirituality, please visit my website at www.DeesignsByHarris.com.  Mahalo and enjoy!

 

DEEPAK:

Make yourself comfortable and close your eyes.  Begin to be aware of your breath and just breathe slowly and deeply.  With each breath allow yourself to become more deeply relaxed.

Now gently introduce the mantra, “Ahrah Kahrah.”  This mantra awakens the energy of creativity, transformation and materialization.  As you repeat the mantra feel the activation of the forces of creation and manifestation inside you.  Repeat it silently to yourself, “Ahrah Kahrah”.  With each repetition feel your mind, body and spirit open and receive just a little more.

Whenever you find yourself distracted by thoughts, noises or physical sensations simply return your attention to silently repeating the mantra, “Ahrah Kahrah.  Ahrah Kahrah.  Ahrah Kahrah.”  Please continue with your meditation.  I’ll mind the time.  And when it’s time to end you’ll hear me ring a soft bell.  “Ahrah Kahrah.  Ahrah Kahrah.  Ahrah Kahrah.”   Just mentally, “Ahrah Kahrah.  Ahrah Kahrah.” 

From The Chopra Center

The Source and Goal of Desire

Energy of Attraction

Welcome to the 21-Day Meditation Experience, Energy of Attraction. We are honored you’re joining us as we seek our true nature and discover our path to health and happiness. You will discover your soul’s purpose and create a life in which all things are within reach.

Day 3

The Source and Goal of Desire

“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” ― George Bernard Shaw

Your true self is not only the beginning of desire, it is also the end, or fulfillment, of desire. This infinite potential, energy, and intelligence of unbounded consciousness is the real energy of attraction. Today we will discover that we don’t need to do anything, or go anywhere to access the energy of attraction. It is our own true self.

In today’s meditation, we will awaken this energy of attraction within, and harness its power to bring our desires to fulfillment. This activation of desire at its source sets the direction for our thoughts and actions to lead it toward its actualization. Attaining the goal of our desires brings an inner fulfillment and contentment that returns us again to our silent source of awareness.

CENTERING THOUGHT

My true self contains every possibility.

SANSKRIT MANTRA

Ananta Swa Bhava
My Being is without beginning or end.

Oprah:

Welcome to Day 3 – The Source and Goal of Desire.  The energy of attraction comes from your authentic self, that part of you that longs for more than just possessions or temporary pleasures.  How can you tell whether what you really, really want, what your craving, is flowing from your true self?  Well, you’ll know you’ve hit your sweet spot when your desires are more about being than doing or getting.  When you allow your soul, your inner purpose, to be your guide, you put your life on a new trajectory.

One of the most powerful ideas I’ve ever heard came from Gary Zukoff, In the Seat of the Soul.  He says, “When the personality comes to serve the energy of the soul, that is authentic power.”  That definition of power changed everything for me.  What it really means is finding a way to use your personality to serve what your soul actually came here to do.

DEE:

It wasn’t until I was 43 years old was I gifted the opportunity to find myself…to find my purpose.  It wasn’t until then that my journey and all the events during the first four decades of my life started to piece together like the pieces of a puzzle…and started to make sense.

When I was 43 years old I found myself in a very dark place.  I was in the worst of my alcoholic disease.  I was hitting my bottom and, although, taking my own life hardly ever crossed my mind, I was doing that on a daily basis.  You see, I was a daily drinker.  I was a functioning closet-drinker and black-out drinker.  I was a drinker who tried numerous times and in so many ways to go a day without having to take a drink.

My will power, my intellect, my college degree, my 4.0 GPA could not help me with this one.  I was baffled.  How could this happen?  How could I get so out of control?  I had the family (husband, two kids and a dog), our own home, two cars and a job.  Would I not stop drinking for them and these gifts?  No!  They were all getting in the way of my drinking.  Life was getting in my way of my drinking.  That’s all that mattered to me at that time.  That’s all I could think about!

So on that “special” day in a black-out, passed out, not coming to when the kids came home from school like so many, many times before, I didn’t come to.  I didn’t get off the couch and ready myself for my swing shift.  The red light on the answering machine was blinking.  Messages of worry and concern were left on the phone machine for being a “no call/no show” at work.

Had I talked to my work in my black-out?  I had to fish for answers.  I hated fishing.  I hated myself.  I hated the way I felt and what I had become.  I got no answers from my family so I had to call my boss the next day and FINALLY ask for help, FINALLY get rigorously honest.  FINALLY!  Thank you, God.

And thus began a whole new life for me.  In the 28-day alcohol treatment program I learned about the disease of alcoholism.  It made so much sense now why I could not stop drinking via self-control and self-will.  I absorbed all this exciting new information like a sponge.  And I was so relieved to know I wasn’t alone and I could finally have some hope.  And then I found I had a purpose and was finally able to use my personality to serve what my should actually came here to do.

Oprah:

If you want to live with the greatest purpose, passion and contentment, your desires have to line up with who your true self really is…your soul self.  When you are connected to that energy that is when you are unstoppable.  It is the energy that works together with you to co-create the life you want.

You already have everything you need to begin manifesting the life you want.  It all begins and ends with you lining up with the source of all things.  So join Deepak now in connecting and reconnecting with that sense of awareness.

Deepak:

The energy of attraction is part of who you are.  But which part?  The answer lies deep in your awareness where your true self lies.  Your true self is more powerful than any aspect of who you are because it links a desire with the ability to manifest the desire.

We’ve all experienced the difference between a shallow and a deep desire.  Wanting to catch the latest hit movie isn’t the same as wanting to be a good person.  Wanting a better car isn’t the same as wanting to find lasting happiness.

The secret of the true self is that the deeper your desire the easier it is to manifest it.  This is because the entire circle of desire is inside you.  The dream begins in the same place where the dream comes true.  When your desire is frustrated, the circle is broken.  This can happen for many reasons from bad timing and wishful thinking to hardships and obstacles in your current circumstances.

DEE:

When I left rehab I did what was suggested…go to AA meetings.  In the AA meetings I did what was suggested.  Keep going to meetings, get a sponsor, work the steps, and be of service.  And thus began a whole new spiritual life for me!

I am so grateful for Alcoholics Anonymous (please note that I do not represent AA but am a true believer that it works…for me).  Having no religious background AA showed me the way to a Power Greater Than Myself, of my own understanding.  AA also showed me that I don’t have to do this alone; that there are many like-minded people in the program who are ready and willing to help me succeed in getting and staying sober and ask nothing in return.

But working the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous is where the miracles really started to happen.  This is where I got to know me and learn what makes me tick.  This is where I finally get to be comfortable in my own skin and learn to love myself for the gift that I am.  This is where I get to pay it forward.

And now with the aid of meetings, self-care, yoga and meditation my journey becomes more enriched.  And I “get to” be on this journey without substance, obstacles, nor hardships, with a feeling of self-love and self-worth.

Deepak:

By meditating you draw closer to your true self.  And when you fully identify with it you will fully experience the circle of desire.  It will eliminate obstacles effortlessly.  Yet even taking the first steps toward your true self will increase the energy of attraction in your life.

Every other means of fulfilling desire is more difficult because you find yourself running out into the world, struggling to make things happen, as you chase after the goal because it is separate from you.  At the level of the true self no outcome is separate from you.  You are the source and the goal in one.

DEE:

Today I don’t have to run out in the real world for anything.  There are no struggles nor goals to chase.  Today I know that everything is perfect at this very moment if I just get out of the way.  I have no control over people, places, nor things.  But I have a Higher Power who does.

And if I turn my will and my life over to the care of God, as I understand Him, then I have protection and guidance to learn and experience just what I need (not what I think I want).  I do my best with mindfulness and respect.  I am not perfect but can feel good about the person I’m becoming.  

Deepak:

Realize that the energy of attraction is intelligent.  It’s different from other kinds of energy, like electricity or magnetism.  The energy of attraction organizes the whole path from desire to fulfillment.  Just as nature fills a seed with everything it needs to grow, your true self fills your desires with what they need to manifest.

In the Bhagwad Gita Lord Krishna says, “Curving back onto my own nature, I create again and again.”  This is an expression of how desire remains in the self even when outer realities involved in bringing you what you want.

DEE:

I love how more and more of the onion skin continues to shed each day making me more aware of who my true self really is.  Thank you for being here and for sharing this journey with me.  I urge you to leave feedback, if you wish.

With warmest aloha,

   Dee Harris

For those interested in Art with a Message of Inspiration and Enlightenment, please visit my shop at www.DeesignsByHarris.com.  Mahalo and enjoy!

Deepak:

As we prepare to meditate together let’s take a moment to consider our centering thought, “My true self contains every possibility.  My true self contains every possibility.”

Now let’s prepare for our meditation.  Make yourself comfortable and close your eyes.  Begin to be aware of your breath and just breathe, slowly and deeply.  With each breath allow yourself to become more deeply relaxed.

Now gently introduce the mantra, “Ananta Swa Bhava”.  This mantra awakens your truth to the infinite potentiality of your higher self.  As you repeat the mantra know and feel the unbounded possibilities you hold within your own consciousness.  Repeat it silently to yourself.   “Ananta Swa Bhava”.  With each repetition feel your body, mind and spirit receive just a little more.

Whenever you find yourself distracted by thoughts, noises or physical sensations, simply return yourself to silently repeating the mantra, “Ananta Swa Bhava.  Ananta Swa Bhava.  Ananta Swa Bhava”.

Please continue with your meditation.  I’ll mind the time and when it’s time to end you’ll hear me ring a soft bell.  “Ananta Swa Bhava.  Ananta Swa Bhava.  Ananta Swa Bhava.”  Just mentally, “Ananta Swa Bhava.  Ananta Swa Bhava.  Ananta Swa Bhava.”

From Chopra Center Meditation.

The Spirit of Desire

Energy of Attraction

Welcome to the 21-Day Meditation Experience, Energy of Attraction. We are honored you’re joining us as we seek our true nature and discover our path to health and happiness. You will discover your soul’s purpose and create a life in which all things are within reach.

Day 2 – The Spirit of Desire

“It is an awesome thing to comprehend that what a human being dreams and imagines can be realized.” ― Vanna Bonta

CENTERING THOUGHT

My desires make me feel alive.

SANSKRIT MANTRA

Rasa Hum
I am the essence of life.

Today we will look at desire as the primal creative energy within us, and at the heart of creation. Desire is the feeling force of life itself. As we tap into this powerful life force, we want to make sure that what we manifest is not only positive and life-supporting in our lives, but for everyone else as well. To do that, we need to create from the level of intelligence of Nature that already upholds and harmoniously integrates all the diversity of the cosmos.

This isn’t just the easiest way to manifest desires that are beneficial for everyone – it’s really the only way to create in a way that that is in accord with all the other forces of evolution. Our silent awareness is aligned with the infinite intelligence of Nature, and our small ego mind isn’t. Today in meditation we will contact that source of desire – the source of thought, deep within awareness. Then as desire sprouts from that silence, it will attract all the nourishment and guidance it needs to manifest.

Oprah:

Welcome to Day 2 – The Spirit of Desire.  You were born to fulfill your destiny, your purpose, and your purpose is fueled by your desires.  From the moment you get out of bed you’re moving toward something you want, even if it’s as simple as your first sip of tea or coffee.  Having hopes, desires and ambitions is what makes you human.  It isn’t vain or self-centered; it’s part of life’s natural rhythm.

Dee:

For the first decades of my life I felt I had no purpose.  I especially felt this way when I was reaching my bottom in my disease of alcoholism.  I so could not figure out why I had to drink everyday.  I still had a home and family.  I still had a job.  I had family and friends who loved me.  So why in the hell could I not go a day without drinking?  Why did my life revolve around alcohol?  That’s all I could think about.

Well I know now that was my journey.  I know that now because my journey brought me to a treatment facility for alcoholism.  I learned about my disease and I learned about AA which has given me a toolbox for living a sober life…a life beyond my wildest dreams.

And in my toolbox is a Power Greater Than Myself, a Higher Power of my own understanding.  And that is where the magic happens!  Today I know my purpose.  Today I “get to” share my experience, strength and hope with all who enter my Dee Bubble.  I “get to” give back what was so freely given to me when I needed it most.

Oprah:

As Deepak shall show us there are laws that rule the universe.  The laws of the universe are neutral.  You can attract negative or positive forces in your life.  Your challenge is to nurture the truest and most authentic desires that are within you.  Those are the desires that fulfill you, expand you, and flow outwards to impact others for the good.  They are desires fueled by the energy of love, and love has many names.  Grace is love.  So is kindness, forgiveness, understanding, respect, cooperation, collaboration, harmony, a reverence for life, is love.

Deepak is going to take us to a deeper understanding of the creative, life-supporting nature of desire.  And then we’re going to meditate.

Deepak:

In order to master the art of desire the first step is to be judgement-free.  Many people feel guilty about their desires or think they want more than they deserve.  But in reality desire is natural and necessary to life.

Dee:

In order to keep my sobriety I must stay judgement-free.  I must just take care of my side of the street.  I am no better than you, nor you than me.  We are all equal and we are all on our own journeys.  I have not walked in your shoes, nor you in mine.  So how could we possibly judge each other?

Deepak:

We all want to attract more of the good things in life.  The energy of attraction is neutral.  You can attract positive or negative results.  Our goal is to make every desire positive, life-supporting and powerful.

Dee:

I reap what I sow.  If I am sowing negativity, that is what I shall receive.  So I choose to live as positively as I can.  I choose to find positivity in everything, no matter how horrific or hideous.  It is there if you look at the broad picture.

Deepak:

The highest desire you can have is to grow and evolve.  Nature is constantly expanding.  An ancient Indian scripture says, “I am one.  May I become many?  May I go forth?”  The desires, wishes and intentions you have everyday are what turn the present into the future, creating new things along the way.  So desire is a creative act.

Dee:

I wake up every morning now excited for what this new day will bring.  I know that I will be presented with new lessons, new relationships and new growth.  I was never excited before getting sober when I “came to” in the morning.  I had nothing to look forward to except my battle with alcohol, and my battle with myself.

My Higher Power gifts me each day with this new excitement.  Today I don’t have to pick up a drink.  I can if I want but why would I?  I know that first drink will wake up the Devil in me, my disease, and shout out for more.  I know that because I’ve tried it, after 13-1/2 years of being sober.  Yes, the disease is there doing push-ups, waiting for that pinhole of weakness, and then it is off and running worse than before.

So I turn my will and my life over to the care of God, as I understand God.  I know my god will protect and guide me today.  I know that my god has a plan for me today and I will do my best to listen to my heart, and learn and grow the way I believe is meant to be.

Deepak:

In Sanskrit the word for desire is karma and from the ancient times it was considered neither bad nor unspiritual.  The fulfillment of desire is one of the main goals of life, in fact, taught to every child in the traditional Indian household.  

Once you stop judging your desires you will realize that you’re designed to fulfill your intentions.  You begin to ask for what you want.  You do what it takes to get what you want.  You plan your whole life around desire.  Therefore, becoming skilled in manifesting your intentions is a worthy goal.  It doesn’t make you a selfish or greedy person.

When negativity is attached to desire intentions can run into trouble.  They become misguided or harmful, obsessive or desperate, frustrated and unfulfilled.  These problems don’t arise when the desire is life-supporting.  Without desire our existence would be flat, inert and uninteresting.

Dee:

I have got to keep myself in the moment.  When I do, I am centered; I am grateful; I am humble.  I can remember where I came from and where I am today.  Night and day.  I remember that I am not in control.  I remember that everything is perfect at this moment…that I am perfect at this moment.

And when I can remain in the moment I can remain positive.  I can remain good and whole.  Because when I was in rehab my affirmation was, “I am a good person.  I am a whole person.”  And I felt anything but.  I was a loser.  I was a waste of space on the planet.  I had no purpose.  I hated myself.

Deepak:

So the second step in harnessing the energy of attraction is to celebrate the fact that you have wishes, hopes, dreams and aspirations.  Inside your awareness lies the means to make any possibility come true.

As we prepare to meditate together let’s take a moment to consider our centering thought, “My desires make me feel alive.  My desires make me feel alive.”  Now let’s prepare for our meditation.  Make yourself comfortable and close your eyes.  Begin to be aware of your breath and just breathe, slowly and deeply.  With each breath allow yourself to become more deeply relaxed.

Now gently introduce the mantra, “Rasa Hum.”  Rasa is the essential quality or emotional flavor of life.  This mantra connects you with the vital energy or feeling of life itself.  As you repeat the mantra, feel the flavor.  Feel the aliveness of your spirit.  Repeat it silently to yourself.  “Rasa Hum.”  With each repetition feel your body, mind and spirit open and receive just a little more.

Whenever you find yourself distracted by thoughts, noises, or physical sensations, simply return your attention to silently repeating the mantra, “Rasa Hum.  Rasa Hum.  Rasa Hum.”

Please continue with your mediation.  I’ll mind the time.  And when it’s time to end you’ll hear me ring a soft bell.  “Rasa Hum.  Rasa Hum.  Rasa Hum.”  Just mentally, “Rasa Hum.  Rasa Hum.  Rasa Hum.”

Dee:

Getting sober and practicing the 12 Steps I learned in Alcoholics Anonymous opened up for me not only a sober life, but a spiritual life.  I am so drawn to meditation and yoga and this new way of life today.  I am so glad I am an alcoholic.  I may never have found this new way of life!

Thank you being here today.  I encourage any and all feedback as we are not meant to be on our journeys alone.  Namaste.

With warmest aloha, Dee Harris

For those interested in Art with a Message of Spirituality, please visit my website at www.DeesignsByHarris.com.  Mahalo and enjoy!

From Chopra Center Meditation

The Nature of Desire

Energy of Attraction

Welcome to the 21-Day Meditation Experience, Energy of Attraction. We are honored you’re joining us as we seek our true nature and discover our path to health and happiness. You will discover your soul’s purpose and create a life in which all things are within reach.

Day 1 – The Nature of Desire

“You are what your deep, driving desire is. As your desire is, so is your will. As your will is, so is your deed.”― Brihadaranyaka Upanishad

Mindful Moment

Welcome to our 21-Day Meditation Experience, Energy of Attraction – Manifesting Your Best Life. We are delighted to have you with us. Together we will explore and experience the forces of attraction to create a balanced life – physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.

Human desire is the essential energy of attraction. Our hopes, dreams, wishes, and intentions are the forces that impel our growth and forward motion in life. We will learn that desire is not only basic to everyday life, it is essential to our spiritual evolution as well. It is through desire that we create more love, joy, and vitality. In our meditations together we will experience the source of desire – our true inner self – and begin to desire from that silent awareness. This is the key to manifesting the life you want.

CENTERING THOUGHT

My life moves forward through desire.

SANSKRIT MANTRA

Eecha Shakti Namah
I honor the universal power of desire.

OPRAH:

Welcome friends to the Energy of Attraction.  The next 21 days is going to open up so many possibilities.  I’m literally tingling about them.  Deepak and I are grateful to have you join us on this journey.

As Deepak will show us the Energy of Attraction is about much more than getting the things you want.  It’s about aligning in order to get the things you want.  Aligning your deepest desires, the innate desires, that give your life meaning at the truest level with the source of all energy that keeps the planets aligned, the earth rotating and the sun rising…everyday.  Alignment is the key.  There is unlimited power in alignment.  Embrace it and you will discover a whole new way of being in the world.

What I know for sure is that we are all energy.  “We come from star stuff,” as Carl Sagan says.  We’re connected to the powerful, constant, universal force that is creation.  And every moment of every day, whether or not we’re conscious of it, we are sending out vibrations…vibrations like love, vibrations like fear, like anger which is also fear, and joy which is also love.

The energy we put out is always, no matter what, returned to us.  You don’t have to believe it.  It’s Universal Law.  And that law guides how we fulfill our lives and our dreams.  Just as it guides the planets.  I’ve seen it at work over and over again.  Like attracts like.  You don’t draw in what you want, you attract who you are.  Change your energy and you can change your entire experience in the world.  Change your intention and you change your path.

How do we tap into that powerful source of guidance?  How do we begin to understand how our deepest desires, our intentions create our thoughts, our words, our actions, and, ultimately, our experiences?  Well, the next 21 days is going to take us there.  So let’s start now.  So exciting as Deepak sheds new light on the nature of desire, and then we’re going to meditate.

DEEPAK:

Right this minute what do you want?  It seems like a simple question.  You might answer, “I don’t really want anything right this minute.”  But every cell in your body wants to survive and thrive, seeking the nourishment it requires.  Your heart wants to beat, your lungs to breathe, your blood to flow through your veins.  The circle of life is about desire.

In nature’s scheme there is enough abundance for every cell to survive and thrive.  And this is true on the personal level too.  Like your body you as an individual inherently strive to be nourished.  In order to thrive you naturally desire more of the good things that create fulfillment…security, vitality, success, love, joy and inner peace.

In this 21-Day Mediation Experience you will learn to connect with nature’s deepest source of nourishment and abundance.  On this journey you will practice the art of making desires come true by using your awareness to produce the results you want.

The circle of desire begins inside whenever you have a wish, dream, hope or intention.  There is an inner intention.  From this seed you want to bring something desirable to you.  Will it happen or will you fail to get the outcome you want?

The secret lies in knowing how to close the circle of desire so that your inner intention leads to an outer result.  In here and out there look like separate worlds.  But there’s a traditional wisdom in every culture that says inner and outer are connected.  A thought, if it is powerful enough, can create a change in outer circumstances.  Something you don’t want can go away.  Something you do want can come to you.

What closes the circle of desire, connecting inner and outer reality, is the energy of attraction.  This will be the focus of our meditations together.  Like every cell that attracts nourishment to itself, you’re always attracting nature’s abundance.  But if your awareness is constricted, if you have conflicting desires that cancel each other out, if your past conditioning keeps attracting negativity, you need to use the energy of attraction in a new and better way.

The energy of attraction is channeled through every and any intention.  The process isn’t mystical.  But there are layers of desire and attraction.  If you ask a waiter in a restaurant to bring you a glass of water, your inner intention becomes manifest.  This is something we all do everyday.

And you’ve probably experiences a deeper level of attraction as when you think of someone and, unexpectedly, they call on the phone.  The energy of attraction is built into your desires and at the deepest level where you create your most personal cherished desires you can achieve incredible results.

We will go deeper than wanting material things because our deepest desires are the most life supporting.  They give our lives meaning and, at the same time, they harness more of the energy of attraction.  This meditation experience provides the tools and understanding to benefit you physically, mentally and spiritually. 

 I hope you feel inspired.  Now let’s begin.  As we prepare to meditate together let’s take a moment to consider our centering thought, “My life moves forward through desire.  My life moves forward through desire.”  Now take a moment to make yourself comfortable and close your eyes.  Begin to be aware of your breath and just breathe, slowly and deeply.  With each breath allow yourself to become more deeply relaxed.  

Now gently introduce the sound, “Eecha Shakti Namah.”  This mantra helps you connect with nature’s primal impulse of creative desire.  As you repeat the mantra feel yourself connecting to the universe’s power to create through desire.  Repeat the mantra silently to yourself, “Eecha Shakti Namah.”

With each repetition feel your body, mind and spirit open and receive just a little more.  Whenever you find yourself distracted by thoughts, noises, or physical sensations, simply turn your attention to silently repeating the mantra, “Eecha Shakti Namah.  Eecha Shakti Namah.  Eecha Shakti Namah.”

Please continue with your meditation.  I’ll mind the time and when it’s time to end you’ll hear me ring a soft bell. “Eecha Shakti Namah.  Eecha Shakti Namah.  Eecha Shakti Namah.”  Just mentally now, “Eecha Shakti Namah.  Eecha Shakti Namah.  Eecha Shakti Namah.  Eecha Shakti Namah.”

DEE:

Alignment.  My alignment has changed dramatically due to my journey with alcoholism.  It was that struggle that helped me to finally get aligned.  Before getting clean and sober I was lost; I had no purpose.  I felt I was just existing…a waste of space on the planet.

I couldn’t go a day without drinking, no matter how hard I tried and what method of the day I would enforce.  One glass of water with every glass of alcohol.  Wait until 4 PM before having my first drink.  Just drink at home.  Don’t drink at home.  Etcetera.  Etcetera.  Life was totally getting in the way of my drinking.  Drinking was all I could think about.

When I finally hit my bottom and reached out for help I was afforded the opportunity to learn about the disease of alcoholism.  OK.  Now it all makes sense.  Being the intellectual person I couldn’t, for the life of me, figure out why I couldn’t stop drinking.  Oh, I’m an alcoholic with the disease of alcoholism.

When my 28-days were over in rehab I headed to the rooms of AA where I learned how to live a life without alcohol.  I also learned what makes Dee tick and I learned I wasn’t on this journey alone.  I have been gifted so many like-minded people who have gone through what I have and are willing to help me on this new journey of recovery, asking nothing in return.

Today I get to do that too.  Today that is my purpose…to share my experience, strength and hope with those who enter my Dee Bubble.  Everything is perfect today.  I am in alignment.

I know now that my life and its journeys are not coincidental.  Whether it’s Universal Energy, a Higher Power, or God, my life is unfolding exactly the way it’s supposed to.  For me this new way of looking at life is so amazing and so much better than being that intellectual self…Dee being in control and “thinking” that whatever I wanted, if I wanted it badly enough, I could get it, “will” it.  Bullshit.  I couldn’t will away my alcoholism.

Today I turn my will and my life over to a god of my own understanding, a higher power that has my back, that I can trust to guide and protect me and teach me what I need to learn today.  Interactions with people and daily experiences I now look at with excitement and anticipation for the enlightenment they will bring me.

And I’m finding today that what I reap is what I sow.  If I choose to look at the glass half-full and remain positive, I receive positivity in my life.  If I can practice rigorous honesty with those who enter my Dee Bubble, I receive rigorous honesty.  If I give, I get way more and way better than I could have ever imagined.

So what do I want right now?  I simply want to be the best me that I can be and be OK with that and be OK with me.  I want to be mindful and respectful with, not just myself, but with everyone with whom I interact.  I want to remain grateful and humble for this life in recovery knowing, feeling, that I could not have done this on my own.  Only with the love of a Higher Power did I get to where I am today.  And with this mindset I receive all the security, vitality, success, love, joy and inner peace that I need.

Thank you for reading and wishing you all the best.  

With much aloha, Dee Harris

For those interested in Art with a Message of Inspiration, please visit my website at www.DeesignsByHarris.com.  Mahalo and enjoy!

From Chopra Center Meditation