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The Bridge

Towards the end of my trail run is a beautiful bridge that crosses over a little river running out of the mountains. It is one of my favorite places, because 1. it marks the final ascent on my run and 2. it has taught me many lessons about myself. thebridge

The bridge sits high up above the water. It is a very sturdy bridge made of solid wood and steel. There are no movements from the bridge as it is crossed, be it running or walking. Did I mention it is very high up?

Ever since I can remember, I have had a paralyzing fear of heights. There is no rush of happy adrenaline for me when I am high up, it is pure flight adrenaline. Some days I wish I knew what caused this intense fear, so I could overcome. For now, I will continue to live with it and learn from it.

The first time I crossed the bridge, I walked straight down the middle, my eyes focused on the other side. I counted my steps so that I knew I was making progress and would shortly be off the bridge. My fear of heights truly blinded me to the beauty that one sees and hears in that place. I could not look up to see the green trees nor see the river that was happily passing below. I simply survived that part of the hike, going and coming.

As I have thought back on that particular hike, I realized that fear truly blinds us to the amazing truths and opportunities that God has placed before us. Not trusting in the security of His love and our Savior denies us the ability to fully live up to our potential and see our incredible world.

Another lesson I learned came as I ran across the bridge the first time I conquered the trail running. On the other side of the bridge, I realized that I felt no fear. This moment was very powerful to me at this time of my life.

There have been many days that have felt heavy and very overwhelming. Uncertainty has cast a huge shadow over our lives and some days are downright scary. This fear is so acute when I feel like I do not have the ability to move, fix the situation or create what is needed to move forward. I lose sense of who I am and Whose I am.

Running across the bridge that day taught me that as long I am moving, trusting in the solid foundation of my Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ, fear cannot overtake me. The storms of uncertainty may rage and the sanctifying fires may burn, however I know I can overcome if I keep moving along the path They have given me.

changing treesA few times I have stopped my run and carefully walked across the bridge, taking the time to see, listen and feel everything around me. I have swallowed my fear, pushing it down to a place where it has little power over me. The sounds of the birds singing and the water gurgling fill my soul with pure happiness. Watching the trees change color and prepare themselves for winter is breathtaking. Feeling the warmth of the sun and the coolness of the canyon all at once is very renewing.

I learned that I have power over my fear. I learned that the creations of God are truly gifts to our souls, enabling us to become so much more. I learned that looking, hearing and feeling are imperative to recognizing how He works in my life. In all of our lives. I learned that He knows me, understands my fear and strengthens me as He teaches me.

This bridge has become a sacred place to me. It is a natural temple wherein I see His hand, feel His love and hear His voice.

 

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Abundance

A couple of weeks ago my husband and I were talking about life as it is, has been and where we want it to be. As we reviewed our past few years of specified growth, our eyes were opened as we saw things, that once allowed us to survive, that now hold us back from moving forward.abundance

I believe it is human nature to survive, however it is human choice to thrive. There are times in our lives for both actions, however to thrive we need to have open hearts and minds to the abundance that is in the world.

We have lived on faith, miracles and the greatest of generosity of those who love us for the past 3-4 years. It has been a path of scarcity, creativity and, at times, painful growth from the inside out. There have been more days than not that required fighting to keep my head and heart above water, hoping that at some point Heavenly Father would deliver us from it all.

And yet, I would not change a moment.

I love how Heavenly Father teaches me. He quietly unfolds the mysteries and answers the questions that are in my mind. I have watched so many people who thrive in their lives, they live and are so open to what the world has to offer them. I have wondered if that is something that I actually could attain, or if who I am meant to be was not that person. I ask a lot of questions to be taught as I am traveling on a dark, rough path. I truly want to understand so that I can have peace knowing it is His will.

As Kevin and I talked about our mindset it became obvious to us that we have lived for so long in scarcity mode that our minds have embraced it as how life is going to be. Truthfully, there was no peace with this realization. I looked at how I have talked, thought and acted as if there would not be enough and we needed to ‘pull in’ ‘hunker down’ and ‘not live’. While these actions are appropriate for very short periods of time to get our footing in rough spots, they are not meant to be long-term.

We were not created in a world of abundance to simply survive.

At some point in our conversation the word abundance was brought up. My mind caught hold of that word and it was as if an explosion took place. Where my mind and spirit was bound down before in scarcity, those walls were literally obliterated. I felt a freedom that I had not felt in so long I had forgotten about. I felt an openness in my mind and spirit….creativity returned, the need to reach out began to peek through, and the ability to receive inspiration opened up.

Each day I have found that when my mind is focused on abundance those things that would weigh me down have no effect on me. It is as though heaven opened up and I am able to understand why things happen at a new level. I see how the hand of God is working in our lives. Things that once caused so much fear and gut wrenching anxiety are now opportunities for ideas, creativity and blessings to be given.

I have found that within abundance we have the power to reach out, the ability to let go and the strength to move forward with faith…even when the road isn’t built yet.

God created this world with abundance everywhere. It is time for us to go get it.

Winds of Change

fall-leavesToday I sat on a bar stool in my kitchen, looking out of the window at the beautiful mountains just east of our home. They are on fire with the beautiful colors of fall. I took a few moments to simply clear my mind of everything that has been crowding it lately and I quietly sat.

As if by a magic that only nature possesses, a gentle breeze came through the yard. As it made its way through, it picked up some of the leaves on the trees and set them free. The effect was beautiful. As the leaves swirled around, my heart-felt a deep peace that it hasn’t felt in months. It was a moment I captured there, because a camera would never do it justice.

I am not really sure how it happens, but the winds of change blow in our lives too. Sometimes they are the strength of a hurricane leaving a path of change and abrupt growth. Other times they are as gentle as this breeze bringing hope and life. I have experienced both and would not change what either brings.

The beauty of hurricane winds in our lives is that we are changed into new creatures. The sheer force and constant beatings strip away that which we do not need. This process of aggressive erosion is painful to a spirit and mind that wants to keep these aspects of who we are. I know I have a Heavenly Father who loves me beyond comprehension. I know He knows who I am meant to be and so He sends these winds to create the growth I need to become. I also know He knows I am strong enough to come through this storm, even when I can’t see this strength in myself.

As the hurricane passes, we come across these beautiful, quiet breezes. They are a gift. The only way we truly appreciate their gentleness is surviving the storm that has shaped us. The peace and hope they bring penetrate our souls and allow us to heal from the inside. The only way we get to experience these moments is when we are quiet in our hearts and minds. It is then that the power of the breeze is manifested.

I see His hand through all of this. I see how He has shaped my heart into new and beautiful forms. I see how my Savior has held my hand and carried me when I couldn’t stand against the winds that were pulling me down. I see how the Rock I have stood on gave me the strength to stand. I see Their love.

Change is inevitable….it is wonderful.

Healing My Limitations

healingAt one point in my life I was a runner. I loved the freedom I felt as I found a steady rhythm that match my music and soul. Not only did I find strength in my body, but I found strength in my mind as I would let go.

One day I experienced a pain like no other pain I had felt. It seemed like there was a knife cutting through the side of my knee. No matter how much I worked at it, I could not run through this pain. 

I spent many years trying different types of shoes, thinking there was a magical pair that would heal my knee. I worked at stretching, interval running, strengthening and so forth. There never was a long term solution, so I simply ‘accepted’ the fact that I was not to run anymore.

My heart has wanted to run so many times, especially now that we live in an area where it is safe to run. Not only is it safe, it is incredibly beautiful.

I have been pondering this knee pain and the limitation I felt it had put in my life. I decided last week that I would return to running, one way or another, I would run again.

It is amazing how Heavenly Father orchestrates our lives. When we have a desire in our hearts, it seems as though life aligns to realize it.

I am now one belt away from earning my black belt in karate. This is has been a journey in and of itself. One of the requirements is running. When I heard this my heart dropped and my body went into ‘you can’t because of your knee’ mode. I felt it so profoundly in every part of me. I felt the power the limitation had over me.

With a background in Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine, I ran through all of the scenarios in my mind of this chronic knee pain. I couldn’t find a solution that would work for me. I hate that more than anything, because I feel so trapped.

Today I decided I would get on the treadmill, no matter what. I am not going to let this win. My husband started to challenge my thoughts of being limited by ‘knee pain’. He wouldn’t let me make any excuses or allow anything that resembled limited thinking. He knows just the right buttons to push to get me thinking and moving forward (I will say that as I stepped on the treadmill I had a growl in my head).

As I began to run, I focused my thoughts on healing and strength. I found a gait that was so comfortable, a pace that was perfect and a rhythm that spoke to my soul. I could feel fearful knee pain thoughts creeping in. I decided not to allow them access to my mind, body and soul. As I fought them off, I felt myself relax and enjoy the little journey I was on.

That short little run was one of the most healing experiences I have had. My self-imposed limitations had affected my body to such a degree that I was not able to do something that I truly love. Healing that limitation and turning it into a freedom was so powerful to my mind, body and soul.

Our minds are a gift from Heavenly Father. There is so much power that lies within them…power to become incredible or nothing at all. It is all in how we choose to exercise this power. Today I chose to let it heal me.

I Can Take A Hit

SparringOne of the most incredible journeys I have ever embarked on started 3 years ago right before Mother’s Day. My family had been doing karate and I decided it was time I needed to join them. Stepping on the mat for the very first time was nothing short of intimidating. It was one of the most scary steps I have ever taken…and it was one of the best steps I have ever taken.

One of the disciplines we study in karate is sparring. I will be honest, it has not been my most favorite aspect. Yet, I have learned so much from this. A couple of weeks ago it was sparring training night. After suiting up in the foot pads, hand pads and headgear (definitely one of my finer looks I may say), I was ready to go.

I made a decision that night that I would just go for it. I let go of the dislike and trepidation that I feel when I am all padded up. As the night would have it I sparred against some younglings and finally against my 6’6″ husband and our instructor, who both are pretty incredible at sparring. Regardless to say, I took some pretty good hits (I would like to say I dealt some pretty good hits too).

Now, we don’t spar to kill each other. It is a discipline of control, speed, power and strategy. I did come away with some pretty trophies, but not the kind you put on a shelf. These trophies were black and blue… honestly my favorite kind.

The best trophy I received, however, came as a quiet thought that entered into my heart and mind.

KarateI can take a hit.

This knowledge is powerful. It tells me that I am strong, that I am capable, that I don’t quit. It tells me that when I make a decision to fight, I will have the strength and power to overcome whatever blow is dealt.

It is so true in my life off of the mat too. We have been in a perpetual ‘sparring match’ for quite sometime. There have been days when I feel like I have been hit in the face, kicked in the head, blitzed, knocked down and pulled up for more. I haven’t quit. I have simply adjusted my padding and assumed the sparring stance.

It is through little decisions, made on a daily basis, that has given me the power and strength I need to take a hit. Little decisions of prayer, communing with Heavenly Father, spending time with my family, searching His words and seeing the blessings…every little and last one of them.

Life is not easy. There will never be a time in my life when there is not something out there ready to strike. The best thing I can do is pad up and be ready.

More For Moms

fieldFor over a year my husband and I have been working to find a ‘niche’ to help as many people as we could. With the journey we have been on, we have wanted to use the talents and gifts we have received from Heavenly Father, life and education. We have researched many possibilities, and yet, the answer was so close to home.

My husband is a talented hypnotherapist, teacher and coach. He is so gifted at giving people the opportunity to grow within themselves by overcoming things that have been holding them back. His ability to teach is truly a gift from Heaven, because it comes so naturally to him. He is such a great blessing to me and our children. (more…)

Belief

This is an incredible blog post about belief and the power it has in our lives. I love how he describes both sides of belief. It is a power for good. On the other hand it is a power that can hold us back from everything we want to achieve and become.  It is reblogged from: http://www.hypnotherapyfreemind.com/power-of-belief/

4 Principles of The Power of Belief

The power of belief is a force that is all encompassing in your life. In fact, it is the power behind EVERYTHING in your life. Your level of happiness and satisfaction is directly proportional to your belief. Believe it or not, it is also the power that is behind the things that frustrate you and keep you discouraged. Yes, belief is the driving power fueling just about everything in your life.

Have you ever said that you didn’t believe in something? Maybe someone told you news that seemed impossible? Or that you were not prepared to hear?

I want to share with you a message about belief…

Even when you think you don’t believe, you still do. Let’s peel back the covers on belief a little more and show you how this works. With that realization, you can use this powerful gift in your life to accomplish whatever you choose.

1. Belief Is The Source Of All Power For Good

Belief has two definitions. They are: (1) an acceptance that a statement is true or that something exists and (2) trust, faith, or confidence in someone or something.

You probably have a positive association of the word belief. When I think of belief, I think of things like faith, miracles, and optimism…all of which are positive things. When you are successful in life, it is because you lead with your belief. You believe that the new venture will be successful. You believe that you are going to succeed with your children. You believe that the new opportunity at work will be a good opportunity. You believe that the relationship will work out and be for the greatest good.

As you believe that it will be successful, that is what happens. If you didn’t have the belief that it was going to turn out for your good, you wouldn’t have done it to begin with. Instead of moving forward, you would have done nothing.

Which brings us to the next point…

2. Belief Is The Source Of All Negative Power

While that may seem like a strange statement, it is absolutely true.

You may believe that you are not good enough. You may believe that you are not smart enough, or that events of your past were your fault. You may believe that your worst fears will come true, or that if something bad is going to happen, it will happen to you. You place all of your belief in these negative things and that is exactly what happens.

Your belief ends up being the ultimate self-fulfilling prophecy.

You have heard the expression that says whether you think you can or you think you can’t…you are right. I would suggest that you rephrase the statement like this…

Whether you believe that you can or believe that you can’t…you are right.

3. Your Lack Of Belief Is Holding You Back More Than Anything

As my clients come to me for help in changing their behaviors, they find that their lack of belief is holding them back.

The person that is suffering with grief believes that they cannot heal and overcome. The person that needs to lose weight believes that this next diet will end up like the last one…it won’t work. Or, the person that doesn’t allow hypnotherapy to teach them to heal their mind because they believe that hypnosis doesn’t work.

In all of these cases, the lack of belief is keeping you from everything you want.

Think about the people who have achieved great things in life:

  • Christ accomplished miracles through his belief that they would happen
  • Edison believed he could find a way to make the light bulb work in spite of his many previous failed attempts
  • Columbus believed that the world was round in spite of the persecution of everyone else
  • Michael Jordan believed he had more talent than the coach that cut him from the high school team

I could go on for quite some time with more examples and you have examples that mean a lot to you personally. The whole point is that their belief drove them to the success they desired. Their belief allowed them to achieve and succeed in spite of those around them that didn’t want them to succeed.

Belief is the power principle behind success.

4. How Do You Believe When You Feel Like You Can’t?

How do you find belief when everything around you is causing you to doubt? How can you push forward when forces push you back? The key to believing is found in children….

They simply just believe

They don’t allow what they don’t know to shroud what they believe. They believe in Santa, Tooth Fairy, Easter Bunny, Boogeyman, and all kinds of things. In fact, if you tell a young child that there are green aliens outside the door, they will believe you.

Their belief powers their actions. It creates a sparkle in their eye. It keeps them moving forward and searching for answers. Their greatest strength is their belief

And that is the irony. There are those that think that belief is weakness. They believe that it is to foolishness to accept and believe in something that cannot be seen. They assume that because it isn’t seen…”it doesn’t exist.”

As a result, those people stay stuck in their life. They don’t think they can overcome their self-limiting thoughts because it doesn’t make sense. They simply believe that believing doesn’t work. What they don’t recognize is that…

Their “unbelief” is still belief

They just believe in a negative outcome. It is the exact same power that people use to believe and achieve great things.

What About You?

With these 4 principles about the power of belief, the question is how are you going to use this? Will you believe to accomplish the great things that you are destined to do? Will you believe that there is healing? Will you believe that there are ways to overcome?

If you find that believing is not possible, then I would recommend hypnotherapy. It will help you eliminate those self-limiting thoughts so that you can believe again.

The power of belief is always active in your life. The true question you have to ask yourself is “What do I believe in?”

I believe in you. I watch people use this power to overcome fear, become “good enough”, control pain, lose weight, stop smoking, and completely transform their lives. Belief is the power that will set you free. It will help you accomplish your life purpose…your highest good.

These 4 principles of belief will determine your end result.

Great things have never been accomplished by believing less. The solution is to believe more.

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