Your Lens on the World

arztsamui2Imagine you live in a world where everyone must wear eye glasses in order to experience life.  The optometrist does not prescribe the lenses, each person does………through their thoughts.  In this world each thought can instantaneously change the lens to whatever the thought dictates.  The wearer has complete control over which lenses will be used. Each lens provides the means for the thought to come to light.

This is a magical world!  Anything can be created and experienced through this system:  Beauty, unlimited creativity, inventions, adventure, perseverance, passion, joy, love, intimacy, happiness, hope,winnond freedom, oneness as well as despair, hopelessness, confusion, blockages of love, separation, lack, self- hatred, fear.  Anything is possible.  And because it works through the ease of the thought/lens interplay, it can and is changed instantaneously, hundreds of times each day.

In this world, each person has complete control over which lens they will view through.  This control is attained by simply (yet powerfully) becoming aware of where they are focusing their thoughts.  This is a huge piece of information because the lens is the portal and the means for how life will be experienced.  This is why each person’s experience is unique (even if the activity or event is experienced simultaneously with another).

Suat EmanThere was a long period of time when the people of this world thought the lenses were supplied by the optometrist.  They even believed that the lenses were supplied by the boss, the spouse, the lover, the neighbor, the economy and even by bad or good luck.  It never arztsamui3occurred to them that they were given the glasses and lenses as a gift of the Creator to be used as tools to play, grow, create and co-create with others AND to re-discover the wonder of who they really are.

One by one, the people began to awaken to this gift of the lens.  They began practicing and playing with the lenses.  They tried them on, experimenting with each one, then deliberately choosing which lenses they preferred.  Viewing through lenses of choice is now making a monumental difference in the quality of their life and the quality of their world.  They are expanding and growing and ‘living’ in ways that were once beyond their wildest dreams!

dan4This world is our world!  These glasses are our glasses.  These lenses are our gift.  Are you ready to play and experiment with some new ones?  Try ‘em on, use them consistently and see what happens!

 

Today’s ‘leaping’ exercise: Notice!  Become aware of the lenses that you currently use throughout zirconicussoyour day.  Spend several days noticing and discovering which lenses you use most.  Then, from the list below (or make your own), write the top 10 lenses you intend to use.  Place this list in several locations so you see them often.   Purchase a pair of glasses (any kind will do) and remove the lenses.  Place the frames in a prominent spot (kitchen, auto, work, etc.) as a reminder that you decide which lenses in which to view and experience your world!  Have fun and play!

Partial list of lenses:

Fear, Grief, Depression, Despair, Powerlessness, Insecurity, Guilt, Unworthiness, Jealousy, Hatred, Rage, Revenge, Anger, Discouragement, Blame, Worry, Doubt, Disappointment, Overwhelment, Frustration, Irritation, Impatience, Pessimism, Boredom, Contentment, Hopefulness, Optimism, Positive Expectation, Belief, Enthusiasm, Eagerness, Happiness, Passion, Joy, Appreciation, Empowered, Freedom, Love

Lookin’ good in your rose colored glasses! - Joan Kappes

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Joy-Full You! (yes, You!)

Evgeni Dinev,2Imagine you released all limiting beliefs, regrets or thoughts which caused you to decide that ‘this is just the way it is’.  Imagine you released all sense of lack, fear, worry, doubt, shame, smallness and distrust of yourself.  Imagine you let go of the need to control or the need to hold-on to whatever you believe you must have to be safe or happy.  Imagine you let go of the ‘shoulds’, stress and the need to handle it all by yourself.  Imagine you let go of sadness, fear, disappointment, frustration and insecurity.

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What would be left?

You.

The real You.

What is the real essence of You?Dan 4

“You are joy, looking for a way to express.  It’s not just that your purpose is joy, it is that you are joy.  You are love and joy and freedom and clarity expressing.  Energy – frolicking and eager – that’s who you are. You are pure positive energy that translates into the human emotion of joy.”– Abraham

 

Stop.  Notice.   What thoughts are running through your mind right now?  What feelings are you feeling right now?  What do those thoughts tell you about the belief you have regarding how it ‘is’ about who you are?  What are your feelings telling you – “I feel fabulous as I am resonating with the above that proclaims, ‘you are joy, looking for a way to express’” or, ‘I feel sad because I want to believe it, but do not’”, or any other feeling you may be experiencing.

njajNo matter what we thought or felt in the above exercise, the Good News is….because we are made of joy, joy is always with us! Think of it like having your very own path of joy and you walk on it every day.  It is your path and you always walk upon it.

So what happened?

    • Over time, this golden joy path became covered with layers of limiting beliefs and all sorts of resulting negative experiences.  Perhaps in many areas of our lives, there are now so many layers of this heaviness that we’ve lost sight of the golden joy path and we’ve forgotten its wonderful feeling that we once knew so well.
    • Our life’s journey is about unraveling what has gotten in the way and then getting down to the fun of living our life in joy.
    • We always have the free will choice to walk upon the heavy, dusty layers or to explore and uncover the shining path once again!
    • Each of us is given a daily invitation from Life to become aware of our path, to choose it and let go of what holds us back and then to experience the joy of playing on our joy-filled path, living as our true wonder-full selves!

The question is, how to uncover, then release those layers that keep you from experiencing the joyful You?Tina Phillips

  •  Become aware!  This is one of the most important steps living as the real, joy-full You.  Create a new habit of noticing what you think and feel!  Do not judge, just notice.  It is very helpful to keep a journal, recording your observations.  Why?  Because you will discover that most of what you think is a habit of thought.  And habits can be changed!
  • Choose a better feeling thought.  You are not your thoughts and you have a choice.  You are magnificent and you get to choose all of your thoughts.  Choose thoughts that are in alignment with joy (you’ll know this because these thoughts feel better).  Does it take effort?  Yes, AND know that with every deliberate thought that causes you to feel better, you are uncovering your joy path!
  • Let go of thoughts and behaviors that no longer serve you.  If you are feeling unsure, ask yourself:  “What would a joy-full Me think or do?”  Trust your answer, then go with it.
  • ALLOW yourself to laugh more, to giggle and play.  Lighten up and don’t take yourself or everything so seriously.  This takes practice and soon you’ll discover that this kind of practice is fun!
  • Practice living from your heart instead of your head.  How to do this?  Be present in the moment.  Focus on ‘now’.  Example:  Pay attention to the food you are eating.  Experience each bite and notice the feeling it gives you.

This is your journey, your adventure to the real You!  Relax.  You have time.  You do not need to ‘find’ your joy-filled self because you were never lost.  A little uncovering and…….there you are!!!

Dan 5YOU……are fabulous! - Joan Kappes

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How to be Happy – Now

 

 

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No matter where

No matter when

No matter why

No matter how

There is always a focal point for happiness

  Give yourself permission to experience it

You are worth it

Allowing yourself to experience happiness is worth the ‘leap’ - Joan Kappes

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Claim it! Claim it all!

Upon accepting Life’s daily invitation to ‘Come to the Edge Today!’ I continue to discover the beauty and depth of the ‘real’ me.  Recently, a new height for my exploration has been revealed – another level of living that is even better than my current one!

dan1,This new level is found in two simple words: ‘Claim it’.  Yes, ‘Claim it’.   Claim who I am, claim what I want, claim what I am capable of, claim my joy, claim my confidence, claim my talents, claim my ability to love and be loved, claim my passions, claim my heart’s desires, claim my abundance, claim my healing, claim my freedom, claim my interests, claim my magnificence, claim my everything!

To claim something is extremely powerful.  When I lay claim to an aspect of the ‘real’ me, there is feeling of ownership and a ‘clicking in’ with my heart and soul that says, ‘Yes!  This is You!  You go, girl!’.  There is a connection to God/Source who already knows this about me and is revealing these aspects to me and is rooting for me and supporting me.  This connection feels great!

And, when you lay claim to any or all aspects of the ‘real’ you, the same happens for you too.

Claiming something means taking ownership of it.  Imagine you are claiming a monetary Kane Gledhillgrand prize! It is yours – a free gift specifically for you.  Imagine the feeling of winning.  Instantly, you imagine a million ways to use the money.  You are off-the-charts with excitement and anticipation!  It is yours to use in any way you choose.  You drive to the prize headquarters, burst through the doors and proudly declare, “I am ___________ and I am here to claim my prize!”

This gift of ‘claiming’ is the gift Life gives each of us to use in any way we choose.  We can use it every day and every hour for every subject and every aspect of who we are, claiming them all with the same energy we had when winning the grand prize!  What to claim? Claim who you are, claim what you want, claim what you are capable of, claim your joy, claim your confidence, claim your talents, claim your ability to love and be loved, claim your passions, claim your heart’s desires, claim your abundance, claim your healing, claim your freedom, claim your interests, claim the beauty and love and joy that is you, claim your magnificence, claim your everything!

siraphatWhy does this matter?  When you freely proclaim and lay claim to all the amazing aspects of you (including your desires), you open the channel for God/Source via law of attraction to co-create with you in ways that until now may have seemed illusive or perhaps just out of reach.  Life at ‘the edge’ is intentional and bold and new and co-creative; when you let go and leap into who you really are by claiming and taking ownership of you, then the co-creative dance of life really becomes fun!  (And besides, it feels really, really good!)

Today’s ‘leaping’ exercise:  Imagine the above scenario of winning a monetary grand prize.  Fill in the details – the amount, scenario, location, etc.  Imagine what you will do with all the money.  Feel the feelings as you burst through the doors stating boldly, ‘I am __________and I am here to claim my prize!’.  Next, write at least 10 claims about aspects of you and about what you want for your life.  In BOLD, CAPITAL LETTERS, proclaim on paper (and aloud), ‘I am ____________and I am here to claim_______________(list the 10)!  Feel the feelings of ownership and the clicking in with your heart/soul.  Feel God/Source supporting and rooting for you!  This next step is optional, but Very fun…. Go outside, put your hands in the air and boldly proclaim to the world, ‘I DID IT’ I claimed ME!’).

Create the habit of ‘claiming’ every day and delightfully experience what happens!

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Staking a claim on my life at ‘The Edge’! (The view and experiences up here are great!) – Joan Kappes

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A Special Easter Message For You

flowers123My Loved Ones,

Yes, ‘I came that you may have Life and have it to the full’ – John 10:10

I also came to be with you … ‘Father, they are your gift to me.  I wish that where I am they also may be with me, that they may see my glory that you gave me, because you loved me before the foundation of the world’  - John 17: 24

I came to Love you…. ’and I will make it known, that the love with which You loved me may be in them and I in them’ – John 17:26 / ‘As the Father loves me, so I also love you.  Remain in my love’ – John 15: 9

I came to show you a new, more aligned way to live… ‘Teacher, which commandment in theflower15 law is the greatest?”  He said to him, “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.  This is the greatest and the first commandment.  The second is like it:  You shall love your neighbor as yourself.  The whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments’ –   Matthew 22: 36-40

I came to help you re-member and empower who you are… ‘A woman suffering hemorrhages for twelve years came up behind him and touched the tassel on his cloak.  She said to herself, “If only I can touch his cloak, I shall be cured.”  Jesus turned around and saw her, and said, “Courage, daughter!  Your faith has saved you.”  And from that hour the woman was cured.’  Matthew 9:20-22

flower12I came to remind you that you are ‘more’… ‘And as Jesus passed on from there, two blind men followed him, crying out, “Son of David, have pity on us!”  When he entered the house, the blind men approached him and Jesus said to them, “Do you believe that I can do this?”  “Yes, Lord,” they said to him.  Then he touched their eyes and said, “Let it be done for you according to your faith.”  And their eyes were opened” – Matthew 9:27-30

I came to show you how/where to focus… ‘For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?  Look at the birds in the sky; they do not sow or reap, they gather nothing into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them.  Are not you more important than they?  Can any of you by worrying add a single moment to your life-span?…..If God so clothes the grass of the field, which grows today and is thrown into the oven tomorrow, will he not much more provide for you?…….Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given you besides’  – Matthew 6:25,26,30,33

I came to remind you that you have free will and freedom to co-create… ‘…flower22Amen, amen, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in my name he will give you.  Until now you have not asked anything in my name; ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be complete.’  – John 16: 23, 24

I came to help you receive your joy… ‘I have told you this so that my joy might be in you and your joy may be complete’ – John 15:11

I came for all of you… ’I pray not only for them, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, so that they may all be one, as you, Father are in me and I in you, that they also may be in  us…’ –  John 17: 20

I came to help you see that Life is not about ‘shoulds’ or obligations.  Life is about Love and Oneness… ’And I have given them the glory you gave me, so that they may be one, as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may be brought to perfection as one, that the world may know that you loved them even as you loved me’  John 17: 22

Focus upon these truths and you will experience Life in all its fullness.flower20

 I Love all of You,

-Jesus

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Happy Easter! - Joan Kappes

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Living In The Moment!!!

Some songs are perfect.

VladoThe artist hears Life’s joyful tone and beautifully translates its vibration into perfect melody.  The lyricist hears Life’s truth and transcribes it into flowing lyrics.  The videographer senses Life’s symbols and simply, powerfully projects its meaning onto the video for all to see and absorb.

The artist creates the space for my heart and soul to dance their magical dance!

This is a perfect song.  Listen.  Learn.  Enjoy.  Dance.  Soar.

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Click the video and experience this song!  Lyrics are provided below

YouTube link to video

Living in the Moment

If this life is one act
Why do we lay all these traps
We put them right in our path
When we just wanna be free

I will not waste my days
Making up all kinds of ways
To worry ’bout all the things
That will not happen to me

So I just let go
Of what I know I don’t know
And I know I only do this by

Living in the moment
Living my life
Easy and breezy
With peace in my mind
With peace in my heart
With peace in my soul
Wherever I’m going,
I’m already home
Living in the moment

I’m letting myself off the hook
For things I’ve done
I let my past go past
And now I’m having more fun
I’m letting go of the thoughts
That do not make me strong
And I believe this way
Can feel the same for everyone

And if I fall asleep
I know you’ll be the one
Who’ll always remind me

To live in the moment
Living my life
Easy and breezy
With peace in my mind
With peace in my heart
With peace in my soul
Wherever I’m going,
I’m already home

I can’t walk through life facing backwards
I have tried,
Tried more than once to just make sure
And I was denied
The future I’d been searching for
I spun around and hurt no more

By living in the moment
Living my life
Easy and breezy
With peace in my mind
With peace in my heart
With peace in my soul
Wherever I’m going,
I’m already home

Living in the moment

**Songwriters
Rick Nowels/Jason Mraz

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Today’s “leaping” exercise:  Listen to this song at least 4 times in a row.  Give yourself permission to ‘get into it’!  Dance!  Hum!  Sing!  Repeat daily (really – everyday!).  Notice the difference in your awareness of living in the moment (where all the good stuff lives!)

Please support Jason.  He is a gift to all of us!  Visit his website http://jasonmraz.com/ and purchase the song, ‘Living in the Moment’ from the album ‘Love is a Four Letter Word’

Grateful for this moment - Joan Kappes

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**Jason Mraz lyrics are property and copyright of their owners.  Lyrics and video provided for educational purposes only.

 

The Power of Your ‘I Am’

I am 3We all use the expression ‘I am’… many times throughout the day. How are you using yours?  What if you knew how to use it’s life-changing, life-giving power?

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I had the privilege of being interviewed by Danielle Baker Dailey, creator of ‘Moving Forward’ Radio and Dailey Life Coaching. We shared this VERY powerful use of this VERY powerful tool. I shared my story of how I came to effectively use the ‘I am’s in my life as well as providing three life-enhancing, easy to use tips for how to use your ‘I am’s!   (See below for complete audio)

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Postlude: Soon after posting the audio online, THE MAGIC HAPPENED:  Danielle received the following from a wonderful woman and her son regarding their experience of the audio reflection.  Following is their story (used with permission):

“My son (13 and living with autism) has been going through some hard times lately. Most recently he has been suspended from school. I had him listen to the latest recording “I AM…” and this is what he handed me when I walked in the door after work. He wants to listen to it again! Thanks for all your blessing you give to the world.”

I Am 4

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Today’s ‘leaping’ exercise: Relax, get your favorite beverage and listen to the audio (60 minutes of reflection, laughter, insights and inspiration!).  Immediately after the program while it’s still fresh in your heart and mind, write your ‘I AM’ list.  Feel it.  Reflect upon it.  Post it where you can see it often throughout the day.  Revel in the you that you are!

 

Life is full of magic and often we are honored with the gift of holding the wand….and even more, sometimes we are doubly honored by seeing the ripples of the waves that were created – - Joan Kappes
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