What’s in your Closet? a.k.a. Beliefs Around Money, Habits, and Dreams

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I have been loving the activity on my last post about Contemplative Writing! Funny thing is… I got distracted this morning as I was about to write my 750 Words i.e. my brain dump for the day. I reached over to grab a book to raise my laptop a little higher and I began reading it instead. It was a book my Mom gave me some time ago called Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey. I love “dropping into it” and re-reading some of the simple and logical ways that he explains things about money, debt, savings and living. He really makes things clear and stirs the excitement about the topic of money. Another book about money that I have enjoyed reading this past year is called The Money Keys by Karen Russo. She uses spiritual principles and tools that unlock some of the mysteries around money, beliefs and freedom. One of the things she teaches is that we need to be aware of the old beliefs that may be holding us back from obtaining our goals, even if that goal is to get out of debt and have a savings account. I took her workshop and would advise anyone to at least visit her website at www.themoneykeys.com. She offers a Money Keys Starter Kit. Both Karen’s and Dave’s books contain essential, sound instructions for financial healing and wholeness.

My distraction was not really a distraction, but the leading of my higher Self to write and share about this topic. Money doesn’t get talked about enough in this light. Our thinking around it, our beliefs about it, and the swirling feelings that get stirred need to be looked at, explored, and taken out of the closet to allow healing to occur. Anything is possible once we start taking steps towards our goals and everything is possible when we take action. Sometimes, I take a look back to where I was 12 years ago and I pause to give thanks for the many, many things that happened. I was in a lot of debt, working two jobs, a relationship was ending and I chose to claim bankruptcy. I was pretty down on myself during that period of my life. I realized that was the time to start making some changes. These changes took place in all areas of my life, not just one or two. I began with buying only what I could pay for at the time I bought it. I created a budget and consulted it often. I began reading books that helped me with my beliefs about life, about myself and provided inspiration to take new actions. I began going to the Center for Spiritual Living, Santa Rosa where I was able to surround myself with loving people who accepted me just the way I was and just the way I wasn’t. I heard the message that I can change my life by simply choosing to change my mind. I started taking workshops and classes at the Center and through them I met people who became friends and part of my support system. Then, 7 years later, I became a Licensed Prayer Practitioner! How cool is that?

It is never too late to start a new path. It is never too late to reset one’s goals and dreams! Life is full and the journey is a fabulous one! The Universe conspires on our behalf every day to do what we believe can happen. I am so grateful that I learned that I could stay out of debt, change my habits, and live a more fulfilled and abundant life. I love sharing this story and I am available to talk with anyone who would like support in manifesting desired dreams.

The Closet is Open,

Sue

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Doggy Door Wisdom

Stormy: February 2012

We can learn a lot about life from our pets. Just last week, I purchased and installed a doggy door for the sliding glass patio door. I wanted my dog, Stormy, to be able to go in and out as she needed while we were away on a family day trip to the zoo. Stormy is 10 and I have had her in my life since she was 6 weeks old. I never needed to have a doggie door for her before as she is with me 95% of the time. So, we began training and she caught on quickly that she could push the flap open and come to me, especially since I was holding treats to reward her. Then I went outside without the treat and called her to me and she came. Again and again, she knew that she had the power to move in and out; that nothing was stopping her when I called to her.

Later on, it was time to test her without me telling her to go out. I wanted her to exercise her new found freedom. And to my surprise, she stood at the door and pawed it like she has since she was potty trained. I said “go on, go through the door” and with that she pushed the flap open and went through the door. I left the room and watched her from a distance. When she came back to the door she waited, just as she has done so many times before, for me to let her back in. I told her to come in a few times before she pushed in the flap. This went on throughout the evening and the next morning.

I was grateful that, at the last minute, a neighbor was going to be home and could check in on Stormy. Upon our return home that night, she excitedly greeted us per normal and then stood at the back door. “Oh my” I thought… even when she was alone, knowing that she had the freedom to go outside, she waited.

This experience allowed me to contemplate how we, even though we have freedom, remain stuck by our own choices or old beliefs. We have the power to move forward yet… we stand and wait for someone to open the door for us.

We may not understand the freedom that is ours and therefore stay bound by what we perceive as the truth of our life. It is during these times we need someone to remind us of our Truth; that we are more than the perceived circumstances we see. The door flap may look like a locked iron gate and hence we don’t trust it until someone else tells us it is OK. And like Stormy, we may need to be reminded.

It now has been a week and Stormy is starting to get it. She has begun to choose to go out without asking. We are still working on it, but we are moving forward and she gets praised for the choices she makes to exercise the new freedom that is hers.

What are the freedoms you have which you are not walking in? Push the flap open.

Open to Life,

Sue