We all have a unique and wonderful power within us which holds the key to our ultimate happiness and fulfillment. It originates from the way we think, and what we imagine, say and do.
This inner power is non-physical. When we are attuned to it and allow it to guide and support us we are enriched in every way. We are happy, prosperous and at peace. We have the courage to follow our dreams.
There’s a Native American parable about an Indian brave who found an eagle’s egg when out hunting. He took it back to his village and placed it among some eggs being hatched by a hen. In due course, the eaglet was hatched along with the baby chicks. As it grew, it scratched the earth with its claws and pecked at worms on the ground. It learned how to flap its wings like the other baby chicks. It even clucked like a chicken.
Then one day when he was old, he looked up and saw a magnificent bird gliding across the clear blue sky. He was in awe. ‘What’s that?’ he asked the chicken next to him. ‘That’s the Golden Eagle, the king of the birds,’ came the reply, ‘but don’t you try that. We can’t fly. We are chickens.’ The old eagle never gave it another thought and died, as he had lived, thinking he was a chicken.
You are an ‘eagle’. But do you think, feel and act like one? Or do you think and behave more like a chicken?
Oprah Winfrey once said: ‘People do what they know how to do, and when they know better they do better.’ In other words, we all have the means to raise our consciousness, improve our lives, be happier and play our part in making the world a kinder, more loving place.
Some find this a rather frightening prospect. At the start of a recent seminar, I promised participants that they would feel happier, more fulfilled, less stressed and more at peace with themselves if they took on board the ideas presented that day. Immediately a smartly dressed lady rose from her seat and left. ‘I’m sorry,’ she said, ‘I’ve made a mistake. This isn’t for me.’
Down the years I have acquired a vast number of insights and shared them with thousands through my teaching, speaking and coaching. They have worked for everyone who applied them. But don’t take my word for it – find out for yourself. You will soon find out how powerful they are.
What Do You Really Want?
When it comes to deciding what we want out of life, most of us set our horizons low. Generally people want to be happy, healthy, prosperous and secure; to feel good about themselves, have a circle of friends, good family relationships, peace of mind, and work which is personally fulfilling and makes full use of their talents; a variety of social and leisure pursuits, happiness and fun. They also want to be respected by others, to love and be loved, and be free.
Does this ring true for you?
- Do you love what you do?
- When you feel frustrated, do you still maintain a deep feeling that what you’re doing is right for you?
- Is there anything you’d rather be doing?
- Do you cope easily with the stress in your life?
- Do you have a positive attitude most days?
- Are you prosperous?
- Do you enjoy rewarding relationships with most of the people you meet?
- Do you feel enthusiastic about life generally?
In the past, a sign of success was having time that wasn’t committed to earning a living. Do you find a deep sense of satisfaction and fulfillment from your, or do you work mainly for the money? If you work only to earn money, you will always feel poor! There are many unhappy millionaires, and many relatively poor people who enjoy contentment and peace of mind.
Imagine the kind of life you would like to lead. Think about this carefully. Be aware that one of the main reasons why people don’t get what they want out of life is that they’re not clear on what they want.
Which of these are these important to you?
- Being able to live as you choose and do what you want, making your own choices, not beholden to others.
- Being able to use your time as you wish.
- Knowing that life has some meaning for you and that you feel good about what you do.
- Health – being free from illness and having sufficient energy to carry you through each day.
- Enjoying the people you live with, including your partner, your children and wider family.
- The pleasure that comes from an active, varied and fulfilling social life.
- Interests and pastimes that provide enjoyment and take your mind off the pressures of life.
- The satisfaction of knowing that you have made a contribution to society. You don’t have to make a global impact – helping those around you is just as important.
- Enjoying life and trusting that things work out for the best.
- Feeling good about yourself and growing as an individual.
- Being comfortable with yourself as a spiritual being.
- Have I missed any?
Many people have never given these questions much thought; but without clarity our inner power is stifled, like the eagle that thinks it’s a chicken!
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