A Final Look at New Ways of Seeing We All Live Our Own Alternate Reality

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YTZ#02:

(START FROM DAY 1 OF 30 DAY CHALLENGES)

Welcome back, young titans.

Please read below for a short ode to the end of my 30 Day Blog Challenge and the beginning of the future of my blog.

Enjoy and feel free to comment with thoughts or questions.

The End of an Era

Yes, 30 days ago I began a new endeavor in my life with some intensity.

It was the 30 Day Blog Challenge from 30dayblogchallenge.com.

But it wasn’t only that. I didn’t know what to expect from the challenge, so set myself on my own self-made challenge from the get-go: to write a blog post every single day for 30 days straight.

I knew I could do it and that by doing so I would pave the way for my energy to start writing and to keep on writing.

And here it is, day 30. It’s done! Hooray!

And the writing continues. As it should. Rather, as I intended.

To be honest I feel great. I feel as though the writing has taken its own steps in growth towards what it is needing to become.

And it is still becoming that. Whatever it is…

Whatever it is that comes by inspiration shall be transcribed.

No matter what the content or how it sounds at the time.

Just kidding. It will be guided by the divine sieve of truth.

The Abraham Within Me

Ok, the other part of my 30 day challenge was inspired by Abraham Hicks. It was to self-soothe myself through negative emotion. To treat myself as I would a toddler learning to walk.

And so I did that for 30 days. And I am going to do it for another 30 days. Because it seems to be working so great. Why would I stop?

Every day I feel lighter and easier. I feel better and more balanced in my movements through life. Why would I stop an activity that is feeling so beneficial to me?

In fact, I am doubling it. And I am adding to the rules of the game. Abraham, in another talk, indicated a process of lifting your vibration for another suggested 30 day period.

The idea is to go to bed every night with thoughts of appreciation. Appreciating the blessings in your life, all the good that is already there, all the abundance already manifested.

Then you wake up and do the same. Wake up, before your household and any distractions, wake up with thoughts of appreciation for your life and how wonderful it is. Just feel it and believe it. Focus only on appreciation. And get up and scrub your face or brush your teeth, whatever you need.

Then the key is to sit and meditate for 15 minutes. Just fifteen minutes. Focus only on connecting with the source of all that is, whatever you wish to call it. You may only feel it for two or three minutes but that is enough. You will center and connect to all that is and this will help guide your day.

Continue to go back to thoughts of appreciation as you wake your household. Begin your day.

So I will do that. I see your offer, Abraham, and I double it. And I will see you on the other side of the challenge.

Now let’s rant for appreciation.

My Appreciation Rant

I love my life!

I love my body!

I love my mind!

I love my heart!

I love that I am worthy!

I love that I am living my life!

I love that I have a warm place to sleep.

And I love that I always have food.

I love that I have plenty of air to breathe.

And I love that I have an abundance of love in my life.

I love all the love in my life!

I love that I am always provided for.

I love that I can connect to God.

And I love the lessons I learned from when I didn’t connect to God so well.

I love that I did this blog challenge for thirty days.

I love that I started writing.

And I love that I continue to write.

I love that ideas come so easily to me.

I love that I just have to tune in.

I love that the words are whispered as echos.

And I love that it’s my job only to pick up on the ones I want.

I love that the ones I want sound loudest when they resonate with truth.

And I love knowing that these are the ones that will come through.

I love knowing that all the words that come are spoken from a place of deep knowing.

I love knowing that I am guided by inner knowing and by all that is that sees so much more than I do.

I love knowing that there is more to the universe than meets my own eye.

I love knowing that there is much more to see than what I can see now.

And I love knowing that there is still so much to see.

I love my expression of life.

And I love my experience of life.

I love the feeling of living in my physical body.

And I love knowing that there is more to it than that.

I love knowing that there is energy behind it all.

And I love knowing that I can tap into that energy at any time that I want.

I love feeling the flow of this energy moving through my system.

And I love transmitting it in the best ways that I know how.

I love knowing that I can transmit this energy in all the ways that I am living my life

I love knowing that if I choose to live every moment of my life at my very best, than I will always tune into this energy that creates worlds, this energy that is ever present and all around and comes from all that is.

And when I do that, when I tap into this energy that creates worlds, I will feel the power of the universe moving through me and shaping my reality.

My reality.

My Reality is Different From Yours

Yes, you heard right.

Do you agree?

Do you think we see the same chair? Perhaps. Perhaps we see it differently.

The same color blue? Likely. But not guaranteed.

The same God? Well, anything is possible.

Then how can you be so sure that you are right?

And why do you shout so loud if you’re not sure?

About whatever you believe or think or know.

If you can’t even be sure that you see the same thing as I?

Let me tell you this.

We all see it our own way.

It cannot not be so.

Every second of every minute of every hour, of every day of every week of every month, of every year of every decade of every time of your life is your own and uniquely your very own.

That is right.

You are the only one who lived all those seconds of your life.

Seeing from your experience of life.

Seeing from your eyes.

Seeing through your goggles.

Seeing through your frame of reference.

Seeing from your beliefs.

Seeing from your emotions.

Seeing from your interactions with others.

Seeing from your own responses to theirs.

Seeing from only your point of attraction that is you and only you.

It cannot not be so.

Tell me if this does not sound true.

Your reality is different from mine.

But we share a co-created reality that we do owe our part to

That means owning your own reality and being accountable for it and to it.

Because your part in the whole of all that is is a major contribution to the wellness of all that is. You help co-create the place we all inhabit.

So be well, so that others may be well also. Be the light you shine in the dark places, if you find yourself in them. Then others in the dark may see your light, too.

Always know that the light is present, even if it is hard to see. The light is always there. The very existence of the shadows proves this.

May the light of God guide your way always. And may your light help guide others.

 

Thank you for reading and sharing.

 

Blessings to you all. And many more to come.

Matthew

A Poem in Three Parts About My 30 Day Challenges

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The Beginning

Four weeks ago

I started a blog

To soothe my ego

For that I thank God

The Middle

The growth that I found

While stumbling along

Has found solid ground

And resounds in song

And the End

I know where I’ve been

I know where I’m going

I know I will win

It soon will be showing

 

Thank you kindly for reading.

 

Blessings to you.

Matthew

DAY 30

 

 

P.S.

Day 29 of My 30 Day Challenges

Word Art My 30 Day Blog Challenge and Self-Soothe Challenge over paper backgroundThe blog series in which I am completing my challenge from 30dayblogchallenge.com!

As well as a self-made challenge inspired by Abraham Hicks in which I self-soothe myself through negative emotion.

At the end of this 30 day journey I intend to be more fully on my life’s path, “all systems go.”

Last update before the finale, tomorrow

My 30 days is almost up. The blog challenge continues to discuss email marketing and more and more about social media networking and presence. The suggestion is to form relationships with Facebook groups, for instance, in order to begin having conversations that add value to the group. They comment that it won’t sound as salesy if you become an intrinsic member in the group discussions, and provide quality content.

My self-soothe challenge is feeling more and more successful. The freedom I am feeling from what had become such typical emotions like fear or guilt or shame or worry has been such a blessing. Such a blessing to leave all of that behind. I will not say it is a complete process. But it is a major stepping stone. I live my life in more ease and calm every day. And I plan to continue this progress.

Thank you for reading. Blessings.

So Let’s Meditate and Not Lose Any More Time Creating

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Three, Two, One, Let’s Go

Breathe in.

Breathe out.

Breathe in.

And out.

Take three more deeps breaths.

Continue to breathe as you read.

This will be nice and easy.

Please follow along.

Breathing is calming

It centers the body.

It calms the mind.

It allows healing.

Breathe in.

Breathe out.

Take your time in breathing.

Slow, deep inhales through the nose.

Long, full exhales through the mouth.

Feel the belly rise and fall like a balloon.

Feel the breath come into the nose.

And feel the belly fill until it cannot fill more.

Then stay as long as you are comfortable.

And slowly let the breath go out.

Don’t force it. Be easy.

The breath rises out of the belly.

It leaves the lungs.

And releases out of the mouth or nose.

Hold the lungs empty for as long as you are comfortable.

When the breath must come in it will.

Allow the breath to enter easily through the nose.

The breath goes into the lungs.

It descends into the belly and diaphragm.

Then it reaches the pelvic floor.

You are full of breath from base to brow.

Even the top of your forehead tingles with breath.

You feel the whole system full of rich air.

You are rich in air.

You have an abundant bounty of breath.

And as you no longer need it.

You let it go without worry.

For you know the next breath will come.

There is always more air. There is always another breath.

Whenever the breath is needed it comes.

The breath comes easily.

Allow the breath in.

And let the breath out.

Be easy about it.

Breathe in.

Breathe out.

Feel your body in ease.

Feel your mind at rest.

The top of your head is calm and relaxed.

Your forehead, brow and eyes are calm and relaxed.

Your nose and cheeks are calm and relaxed.

Your mouth and chin are calm and relaxed.

Your throat and neck are calm and relaxed.

Your collar and chest are calm and relaxed.

Your shoulders and back are calm and relaxed.

Your arms and hands are calm and relaxed.

Your lungs and belly are calm and relaxed.

Your waist and hips are calm and relaxed.

Your legs and feet are calm and relaxed.

The tips of your fingers and toes are calm and relaxed.

The breath fills all of these spaces.

The breath extends from the crown of your head to the base of your feet.

Breathe in.

Breathe out.

Breathe in.

Breathe out.

Breathe in.

Breathe out.

Be at ease.

 

Blessings to you all.

Matthew

DAY 29

 

 

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Day 28 of 30 Day Challenges

Word Art My 30 Day Blog Challenge and Self-Soothe Challenge over paper backgroundThe blog series in which I am completing my challenge from 30dayblogchallenge.com!

As well as a self-made challenge inspired by Abraham Hicks in which I self-soothe myself through negative emotion.

At the end of this 30 day journey I intend to be more fully on my life’s path, “all systems go.”

Hold On…

Blog challenge today is to start preparing my newsletter. I’m not quite there but it’s on my mind. Did inspire me to design my first lead magnet for getting email sign-ups, which will be put to good use.

My self-soothe challenge pitted me today against worry and doubt and annoyance. Worry about money in the near future. Doubt about my choices in life currently. Annoyance at feeling stuck with seemingly no movement.

Ah, self-soothe. It’s ok. I am where I am.

This was the perfect day for a little calming meditation like the one seen above.

Thank you, enjoy. Blessings.

90% of Sixty is 54 Minutes of My Life Reclaimed Every Day

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FPD#01:

90% of Sixty

Sixty minutes in an hour. Yea?

Ninety percent of sixty is fifty-four. Fifty-four minutes. Of my life. Back.

Roughly.

I am estimating. But it’s likely to be about as accurate as that ratio.

That is the time I have reclaimed on each day of my life.

How so?

I gave something up.

Mostly.

Ok, the iPhone game has not completely ceased.

But my daily obligations to it have.

I pulled out of the guild activity.

Sure, I plug in here and there for a minute of check in fun.

Tiny bit of attachment I suppose. Soon to end.

But still not like the time I used to spend on it daily.

Woo. It feels like a relief. Not to have to be tied.

It is nice to have more freedom, and to do the things I really desire.

Like writing.

And meditating.

Ok, the Meditating Could Use Some Work

True, I have not been doing what I had intended: to formally sit down every day and meditate for thirty minutes to an hour. Here and there, but not much.

But I do find time, in my own ways, to allow source energy to flow through me. I mean I still find time to meditate in my own ways.

In fact I claim the Word often and daily and have reminders on my phone every hour to affirm that energy. That tunes me into source.

And I claim God in gratitude for my meals, for my income, for good luck, for fortunes and for all the abundant blessings that I have in my life.

I find time to stop my thoughts, or attempt to as it most often goes.

I listen to the sounds around me instead. And if more comes through, if guidance comes through then I listen. And sometimes I listen and then I write.

And I write. Writing feels to me like a meditation.

And walking can be meditation. I take many walking meditations in outdoor places that I like.

Sometimes I run and meditate.

Sometimes I do Qi Gong or yoga and meditate through the movements.

Sometimes I wash dishes in meditative calm.

I call upon angels and masters to guide and heal my.

I claim a pillar of light and the vibration of love and the violet fire and all manner of aid from God to maintain and balance my connection to source.

And to maintain and balance myself more and more as my practice evolves.

For when the self is balanced with source energy, the self is Love incarnate and acts as thus.

Please understand. Meditation is your channel for higher alignment. It is how you set your receiver dial to the divine creative source. To all that is.

We are all part of all that is.

Everything has been created in energy first, then form. Everything comes from the creative source.

Meditate on that, if you wish.

Fifty-Four Minutes

So by tuning out of my game I can tune more into divine.

I can meditate more.

I can write more.

I can take more walks.

I can create more.

There is no sense in having connection to divine creative source energy, which all do, without then creating something with it.

We all create something with our energy.

You all create something with your energy.

Everybody creates stuff with their energy.

It cannot not be so.

Look around you. What is there before you? Things you have created.

You have created a place to spend your day and your night. You have created the items you fill your space with. You have brought them to you because you wished to have them there.

You create the path you take in your life. You create your dreams and your fears. You create desire and dischord. You create love and war. You have the choice to create any of these. You choose by your attention to them.

You create what you focus on.

You bring to you whatever you focus on.

Whatever it is.

If you focus upon it, you will bring it to you.

You will. It is the way creation works.

I can create. You can create. We all can create.

Go and create the best stuff you can.

And please remember to comment and share.

 

Thank you and blessings to you all,

Matthew

DAY 28

 

 

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Day 27 of 30 Day Challenges

Word Art My 30 Day Blog Challenge and Self-Soothe Challenge over paper backgroundThe blog series in which I am completing my challenge from 30dayblogchallenge.com!

As well as a self-made challenge inspired by Abraham Hicks in which I self-soothe myself through negative emotion.

At the end of this 30 day journey I intend to be more fully on my life’s path, “all systems go.”

Check, Check

Blog challenge talked more about sharing the blog with communities, particularly in social media. Much of the discussion was in sharing on Facebook and how to approach introducing your blog topics without being salesy or awkward.

Awkward…

Anyways, not too worried about it.

About the self-soothe challenge. Goes well. Only thing I can think to self-soothe right now is my desire to crash. I am tired tonight. And while 27 days of blogging has been a fun lift-off for this endeavor, I could use a day off. Ah, what sweet relief is time off when you put time in.

Thank you for reading. Blessings.

Don’t Break an Egg, Things Aren’t Always What They Seem

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Things Aren’t Always What They Seem

Things aren’t always what they seem.

That was the message that stood out to me today.

And it was told to me by a stranger.

A man I’ve never met before and will likely not see again.

A random encounter in a random parking lot.

I backed up into an empty slot next to where he was parked. I was not expecting to stay, only to have a view of the ATM I was trying to get to. I was driving quickly but efficiently and in my knowing that I was going to make the turn.

The man in his car was not so sure.

He honked at me.

You know, in the past, that may have startled me. It may have made me feel anxious about the driver’s possible feelings being expressed through the car horn. Was it anger, contempt, road rage? Would it escalate? Should I acknowledge?

No to all of it, I said to myself. I will not even be phased. I was not. I was not even phased in the least about the horn sound directed at me. Whatever the intention may have been on the man’s part. I didn’t even acknowledge the horn sound at all.

In fact I forgot it so fast I was surprised by what happened next.

What happened next?

The man rolled down his window and said in a calm, easy voice, “Things aren’t always what they seem.”

The comment befuddled me. In fact looking back I might have answered, “Duh.”

I didn’t say anything so he repeated himself, “Things aren’t always what they seem.”

So I had to ask, “What?”

He replied, “Just that I thought you were this close to hitting me. Things aren’t always what they seem, I guess. It was an optical illusion or something.”

I said, “Yea, no worries. I did back in kind of fast.”

I had known that I was not going to hit him. And he had a right to worry if it looked like I might. Yet I had remained in my calm, in my peace, in my knowing that all was well in the situation.

And like magic it soothed the whole thing.

It could have escalated. I could have flicked him off in anger for honking at me. Then he might have rolled down his window to curse me out. A shouting match could easily have broken out right then and there in that random parking lot.

But it didn’t. No shouting, no anger, no fingers or birds flying around. Just calm. And understanding. And ease. And peace.

What a great validation that my 30 day self-soothe practice is working, that it is leading me to experience my life differently. More soothed-like. Like everything just works out fine, even great.

In fact it also seems to be infectious. As I self-soothed so did another I encountered. The random stranger in his car also responded in a soothed manner. He was calm and easy rather than confrontational. So funny. So easy.

Don’t Break an Egg

The first and obvious title I began with was the main theme: “Things aren’t always what they seem.”

But when I asked my inner guidance to help title the post, some odd words came to mind.

“Don’t Break an Egg, Things Aren’t Always What They Seem”

At first I questioned the additional words since they were just so odd. So unexpected.

Still, I thought maybe there was something more to it and was convinced to write the title out just for fun, just to see what might happen. The words sounded interesting anyways. They were mysterious and open to interpretation. I like those features.

A moment later, I understood it. I began to know what the words indicated.

So here goes.

The impression I was given goes like this: If you have an egg, you know that it is fragile. You know that you do not want to crack it and break it and spill it. You know that the contents of the egg can be messy and challenging to clean up. And smelly. Eggs are handled with care, for they are precarious.

Situations that come up in life can be like that, can be like eggs. They can be precarious, for one false move and the delicate balance can be shattered. And there is often a mess inside the egg, the situation, and the only thing holding the mess in is liable to crack at any moment.

That’s if it is approached wrongly.

Instead of clumsily cracking the egg situation, it is possible to be more delicate and keep the mess from spilling out.

Like this occurrence today in the random parking lot. The egg was the perceived near-hit of a man’s car and the fear or anger he expressed at me with his horn.

Now, if I had responded in a certain way, too clumsy in my own feelings to see past and let it go, I could have cracked it right open and started a scene. I could have responded back at him in anger or fear and let the whole mess out of its shell.

Instead, I treated the situation like a delicate egg whose contents were not meant to spill out. I held it calmly and didn’t react hastily or clumsily. I simply let it be.

And the egg held steady. And instead of the mess spilling out, a new life was born. A life in which the stranger and I were at ease and did not have to have an altercation.

This was an egg worth hatching, not breaking.

Get it?

So don’t break the egg next time. And remember that things aren’t always what they seem.

Be easy.

 

Please remember to comment and share. Do you break eggs in your life that don’t need to be broken? How can you hold them more delicately?

Blessings to you all,

Matthew

DAY 27

 

 

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Day 26 of 30 Day Challenges

Word Art My 30 Day Blog Challenge and Self-Soothe Challenge over paper backgroundThe blog series in which I am completing my challenge from 30dayblogchallenge.com!

As well as a self-made challenge inspired by Abraham Hicks in which I self-soothe myself through negative emotion.

At the end of this 30 day journey I intend to be more fully on my life’s path, “all systems go.”

Challenge Progress Report

For 30 Day Blog Challenge, today’s lesson was about finding my tribe. Yes, I would love to do that. Find the community of readers and contributors, movers and shakers that I wish to be a part of. That is actually an essential part of writing this blog in the first place. Besides getting me writing and producing content, I want to attract and connect with the right community or tribe. So come on, I’m here. Find me.

As for the 30 Day Self-Soothe Challenge, I have had some great evidence of its effectiveness in the last day. Like this morning when I decided to get out of the left turn lane because I wanted to go straight. Well the cop that pulled me over didn’t seem to agree. But I was calm, not worried about any ticket or fine or trouble. I was not going to hassle the cop. And lo and behold, he let me off the ticket because he was in a spare car. I suppose didn’t have his ticket writing stuff. LMAO moment.

The above post was another example of my self-soothing journey leading me to more ease and less altercations in life. So satisfying to see.

Thank you for reading this far, again. Blessings to you.

Epic Adventures: The Mountain in the Clouds, Part 2

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EA#01:

Read Part One First

The Mountain in the Clouds, Part Two


I stood there, mouth gaping, pondering my decision.

The woman before me was very patient. All of the winged people were patient with me.

Me, hanging frozen in time, incapable of making a decision or forming words.

Shake it off. Maybe this is good for me. Maybe it’s just what I’ve been hoping for. What I’ve been seeking all of my life. Maybe this is meant to happen.

But what will it mean? What will I have to do? What will I become? What will happen to the life I knew?

I had no idea. I could not convince my own mind that all of the reasons I had for doing it were the right ones, and I could not clear the doubts and fears that told me to run for my life.

So I remembered something my friend used to tell me. He had described a way in which he found resolution to challenges or questions he faced. He would leave his mind behind, try to not think it through. Thinking wouldn’t get him anywhere but all wound up in circles of logic, of reasons for and reasons against. And he’d still end up feeling like he was finally making a decision without really being clear on whether it was best for him or not.

Instead, my friend would tune into his heart. He would feel his way. He would feel between a choice that felt good and one that felt bad. It was not a matter of ascribing opinions or perceptions of good or bad in the way we do… Not so much doing the right thing versus doing the wrong thing. It was more of just feeling. Just feeling what it feels like to choose. Does this choice feel good, or does it not? Does this choice feel bad? If so, why choose it?

My friend said that always when he followed the good choice or the better feeling choice, things would work out better for him. In fact things tended to work out great for him. He explained that he’d been doing it for so long that he no longer remembered the last time he followed a bad feeling choice. And his life, according to him, had always gotten better.

So I tried it out. I tried his technique as I stood there, dumbfounded before these winged people in this unbelievable place in the middle of a city that shouldn’t exist on the top of the tallest mountain I’ve ever seen… I tuned into my heart.

And the answer I got, quite quickly, was “All in. Go for it. This is the thing to do. This is the next step for me. This is right. This will feel good. Do not be afraid.”

It felt so clear, it almost seemed like another voice speaking directly into my heart, into my mind. Even though it sounded much like my own inner voice. The one I’ve always heard in my thoughts.

“Ok, I’m in,” said I to the ones before me.

“We know.” They answered.

The woman with the headdress stepped forward with this powerful gait and great poise in every movement. Her hands swooped in front of her and more energy and runes flitted through the air. There seemed to be a swelling of magic around her and in the diminishing space between her and me. My arms began to tingle, then my toes and feet and ankles. By the time she came to a stop but a foot in front of me, my entire body was filled with warmth and energy. It felt to me that my body could lift off the ground just then and hang in midair.

“You are ready for the first trial,” she said.

Then the vision I saw before me vanished into a swirling mass of light and color. It no longer felt as though I could fly. Rather I felt sure that I was falling. But I did not feel fear in this fall. I did, however, become overwhelmed with wonder. I could not imagine what was happening in that moment.

When the feeling of falling ended and my vision stopped swirling, I found myself in a new place.

The woman who had guided me to this place was there beside me, facing three other individuals. There were two men and a woman, none of whom I knew. We seemed to be on the outskirts of some town, which I was also not familiar with. But it seemed very terrestrial. Not like that magical city in the mountains, high above the clouds.

The thing that drew most of my attention was behind the three individuals. It was a massive wall made of a giant row of hedges. It grew taller than any I had ever seen, maybe a hundred meters high. Here and there a tall column seemed to help hold the structure in place. There were two columns in particular straight ahead of me where an opening cut a tall hole in the wall. Little could be seen through the gateway, except that it led into a corridor of more tall hedges.

The woman began to explain what I saw before me.

“You are in a trial of discernment. Before you there are three individuals, and behind them is a labyrinth. You must find your way to the center of the labyrinth and return with what you find there. In order to do so, you may consult with these three individuals who claim to know the way, or who may offer some help or guidance to overcome the obstacles within.”

She looked slowly towards the three ahead of us, then glanced back at me.

“What you should know is that only one of these individuals will tell you the truth. The other two will lie about the way through the labyrinth. It is up to you to use your powers of discernment in order to understand the path you must take. Each will first give you their advice. Then you may ask each a single question.”

I paused, wondering if there may be more to it. The winged woman with the headdress remained quiet. She did offer a faint smile and a nod as if to say it is ok to proceed. So I did.

I approached the three people before me. They seemed dry and lifeless. Like they were not really living, breathing souls, but rather some fabrication of this test. I told myself this feeling was accurate, but that I had to play the game as it was given to me.

As I walked forward they said nothing and gave no response to me. Then, when I reached an invisible threshold and stopped, they began:

First the man on the right. “Yea, welcome to Labyr. You’re not the first to come here and try his hand at the maze. I don’t know if you’re brave or stupid. Me, I’ve never tried to get through it. Not worth my time. Whatever treasure in there isn’t worth dying over, or worse going mad. But I will say this. I know something about how to succeed. See my father went in many years ago, dumb as it was, but made it out alive. Don’t ask me how he did it. Nobody comes out alive. Granted, he was maimed for life, never walked the same again. But in his attempt he did learn something. He saw the center of the maze! Yea, the very heart of it! Damn, so close and yet he couldn’t complete the journey. The trap he sprung almost killed him, and he had to retreat the way he’d come, never to try again. But he told me this: there is a secret path that he glimpsed. Just past a small, square-shaped pool. If someone could just make it to that pool and and locate the opening hidden there… well, there is a tunnel that leads safely the rest of the way to the heart of the maze. That’s the key to your success. Find the pool and find the secret tunnel.”

Then the second one began, the woman in the center. “Hi. So, I hear a lot of people’s ideas on how to survive this hedge maze. But they are all wrong. Don’t believe a word of it. I know the way through. Though I’ve never wanted to do it. It’s not my quest. I’ve got no interest in what the treasure holds. It’s not for me. But I do know the secret, so let me share it. The secret is, there is no maze. Yea, I know, nobody ever believes me. I mean, come on, why would they? Everyone sees the maze standing there, people go in all the time trying and failing and dying. So how can I say it’s not there? Well, you be the judge. Just remember my words. There is no maze.”

And finally the third, the man on the left. “Fools. Always fools. You’re not a fool, are you? I don’t take you for a fool. Don’t buy the line that there is some secret here or that the maze is not real. It is real. I have been through it. I found the center and got back unscathed. Everyone has an agenda. But not me. I will tell you the truth. This whole thing is a scam. Sure that place is dangerous. But if you keep your wits about you, you will be fine. But I’ll tell you this. Don’t even bother. There’s nothing there. It’s a waste of time. Someone must have succeeded just like me, long ago. They must have taken the treasure. All the preparation I did and all the tips and advice I sought were for nothing. I went all the way in there and found an empty box. You can go in, if you’d like. But you’ll risk your life for nothing. There’s nothing left to get in there. Hear my words and turn back now. Don’t waste your time, or your life.”

I knew what I had to do. Well, not really. But of course I knew I must pause and reflect. The three individuals had all given me a lot to think about. Was there a secret passage? Was it all an illusion? Was it a waste of effort? I had to reflect. And I had to formulate a question for each. The right question could guide me to the truth. Or a wrong question could lead me into more confusion.

So I reflected. And I sat. I sat in the grass there and reflected on what each had said. And I tried to feel the truth or falseness in their words. I did not know any one of them and did not know their character. How could I discern if what they said were true or not? How could I ask what I needed in order to be sure? How do I proceed?

The first man seemed angry over his father’s attempt. That I could tell. He also had a believable story. There could potentially be a pool and a secret passage. How was I to know? I haven’t even seen within the maze. But even if he had a clue to find the center of the maze, it still sounded as though I would have to face the challenges on the way to finding the pool. So what if I find the center or find the pool? I still had to find something I didn’t know how to find.

The woman in the middle…I felt like she meant well. But to tell me the maze was not there when I could see it? I mean, what was I brought here for if not to complete the challenge and pass through this maze? And in any case, if what she told me were true, what would it matter? I can shout all day at the maze that it isn’t there and that doesn’t make it go away. Belief and action are different things. How would her advice help me to succeed? I don’t think I can just walk through the hedges as if they are thin air.

The last man’s version also struck me as possible. Again, I know nothing of these three people and nothing of this maze or its supposed treasure. Say this man had seen the center and found it empty? Perhaps treasure hunters of old had already succeeded in raiding it. That’s not such a far cry. Treasure makes people jump to action and it seems plausible that someone already solved the puzzle and took the reward. So why would I risk my life for something that no longer exists?

What could I tell by looking at these people? What features struck me? Did they fidget? Did they seem nervous? Did they hold my eye contact? Were they trying to push some agenda of their own on me?

Ah, this might take some time. Now I must decide what questions I will ask of them.

May the gods help me.

READ PART THREE

 

…to find out what the protagonist discovers about his challenge and what he learns of the three individuals he met.

Thank you for reading and please comment and share.

Blessings to you all,

Matthew

DAY 26

 

 

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Day 25 of 30 Day Challenges

Word Art My 30 Day Blog Challenge and Self-Soothe Challenge over paper backgroundThe blog series in which I am completing my challenge from 30dayblogchallenge.com!

As well as a self-made challenge inspired by Abraham Hicks in which I self-soothe myself through negative emotion.

At the end of this 30 day journey I intend to be more fully on my life’s path, “all systems go.”

Check

The update for 30 Day Blog Challenge is more of yesterday. Lead magnets again. Now it’s suggested to create an image and a number of blog posts to lead to my lead magnet. But I have to make a lead magnet first. I’m not there yet but when the inspiration comes I’ll be ready for it.

It was my self-soothe day 25 and I had a blessed day free from fear and shame and guilt and any of that. In fact all I felt was ease and love and calm and peace. It’s great feeling great.

The story above was inspired to me and writing it has empowered me. In some ways it was a breakthrough moment for me. I had doubts that I could even write the piece I’d had in mind, but my inner guidance just let it happen as it was needed.

I also remembered that my past was full of beginnings that lacked middles and ends. It felt good to take on the challenge of getting my hands dirty with part of the story that had intimidated me. I took the challenge head on, moved the story forward and like the results of my efforts.

Now I’ve got this sense that I can move past that block in my creativity, and begin to see the energy transform in a big way around my writing from here on out. There is no going back now.

Thank you kindly for reading. Blessings.

Midweek Musing: One, Two, Three

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One

I decided to try this new thing. One, two, three. Just to see.

Ok.

Let’s go.

I am musing again. It’s Wednesday. I have dealt with some things today. But I feel easy about it. The musing I have been enjoying mostly today is the writing. I get more and more excited to sit down with the words every day, usually at day’s end in the comfort of my home.

The words are magic. They can do what I tell them. They can leap and bound across the page. But I do not feel that I force them. The words I find are ones I have tuned into just as I need to. They are vibrations in energy that are passing through my energy receiver system and funneling out through my hands onto the screen.

This is resonance. This is alignment. This is the creative energy of the universe. This is the connection to the divine. This is inspiration. This is what it’s all about.

Two

Second verse, same as the first.

Reminds me of a song I heard when I was young. Only the song was much older than that. A vinyl record at my grandmother’s house. It was Herman’s Hermits, who sang in this classic 60’s British rock style and heavy Cockney accents: “I’m Henry the 8th I am. Henry the 8th I am, I am.”

My siblings and I played the tune on the record machine. Yea, one of the old ones. From back in the day. Not the brand new one you might have picked up recently if you got back into vinyl.

Anyway, we cracked up hysterically at the song the entire time. We must have played it the rest of the afternoon, laughing all the while. Tremendous energy from something so simple. It was good, it was fun, it was music and it was humor. Just joy.

And the band said, “Second verse, same as the first,” and repeated exactly the same verse again as promised.

Sometimes it’s nice to promise something and deliver on it. And to have fun all the while helps.

Three

Woo.

That’s going well. Simple. Write for writing’s sake, right? Speak and be spoken through.

Well, it is a matter of perspective, isn’t it? Are the words we speak and write our words, or God’s? Where do they come from?

Oh, yea, our mind, right? What is the mind? Is that something God created, too?

Oh, now you don’t know? Or maybe you do. Natural selection made the mind over millions of years? Yea, and so did God, right?

I mean, why should God act like God isn’t? If it takes millions or billions of years for vibrations and creations to change and evolve, why would God need to rush it?

Ok, I don’t know if you’re following me, here. I hope you are. I don’t mean to step on anybody’s beliefs here. I wanted to say toes, but I wouldn’t want to step on your toes either. I go for no blows whenever I can. Weave and bob is more my style.

For real.

I just want to express the ideas as they come. Maybe they are helpful. Maybe they give perspective.

I don’t know. I’m not the expert, am I?

You tell me what you think. Are the words we use our own, or are they God’s? Which words?

Please comment below and share this so more can be involved in the conversation.

Thanks to you all and thank you, God.

Blessings to you,

Matthew

DAY 25

 

 

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Day 24 of 30 Day Challenges

Word Art My 30 Day Blog Challenge and Self-Soothe Challenge over paper backgroundThe blog series in which I am completing my challenge from 30dayblogchallenge.com!

As well as a self-made challenge inspired by Abraham Hicks in which I self-soothe myself through negative emotion.

At the end of this 30 day journey I intend to be more fully on my life’s path, “all systems go.”

Check-In

Nothing of too much note in my 30 day challenges.

For the blog it was about lead magnets. This is a method of enticing readers to want to sign-up for my newsletter by offering something free up front. This sounds like a great idea and I definitely intend to put it into place. Whenever I can come up with a good lead magnet that will work for me and my content. Stay tuned.

As for my self-soothing work, I continue to feel more at ease like I did yesterday. Even having my children all day which can test me. Even having to be in semi-contact with some toxic people and places. I just focus on ease, and not letting anyone’s thoughts or feelings towards me, or their need to control me, have anything to do with what I am doing from my own place of knowing and truth. Whew. Good. Feeling good.

Thank you. Blessings.

Words are Powerful Creators of Worlds

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Welcome Back, Young Titans

Let’s begin again.

 

Words.

 

Words are like magic.

Words have meaning.

Words have impact.

Words are energy.

Words get things done.

Words are actions

 

Many people use many words, and you must understand them. Do you always understand the words?

Sure, the words have meanings. The dictionary can prove that.

But do you really get the meaning?

 

Get my meaning?

I mean words can be placed together to make an idea come to life.

But if the idea is not understood by the one who hears the words, the message was not communicated clearly.

Clearly it’s a good idea to try new words

 

Or more words. Whatever words it takes.

Until the message is clear.

Are you clear?

No?

 

Well… more words…

 

A word has energy and life behind it. When you call this thing bad and that thing good, they take on those impressions.

When you use harsh words they have harsh impacts.

When you use kind words they have kind impacts.

Get it now!?

 

Ahem.

Where were we.

Words.

What words will you choose in your conversations with others?

What words will you choose when you write?

What will be the impact of your words?

What the effect be on the world around you?

WORDS CREATE

 

Words create stories.

Words bring life to a page.

Words can create entire worlds.

Words are powerful creators.

Choose your words wisely

 

And wisely create your world.

 

That is all for now, young titans. Be well.

And as always please remember to comment and share.

Blessings to you,

Matthew

DAY 24

 

 

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Day 23 of 30 Day Challenges

Word Art My 30 Day Blog Challenge and Self-Soothe Challenge over paper backgroundThe blog series in which I am completing my challenge from 30dayblogchallenge.com!

As well as a self-made challenge inspired by Abraham Hicks in which I self-soothe myself through negative emotion.

At the end of this 30 day journey I intend to be more fully on my life’s path, “all systems go.”

Quick Check

The 30 Day Blog Challenge: get known, build an email list and get out there. Get a community going around the email newsletter. Ok. I have the signup form setup and operating on the site. Use it, if you will.

The lesson I got today is that it’s time to design the email, too. Have that ready to go for some day. But it feels like no rush. Just a back burner item.

As to my self-soothe challenge, good progress. I felt today as if I could just be easy and not stress over every little thing or, really, any little thing. Or even some bigger things. Just easier. More trusting.

Like, who cares what so-and-so says and thinks and does or once said and thought and did. I can’t control so-and-so.

I am giving up the need to control anyone, even if they are trying to control me. I am giving up my need to control another’s need to have control of my need to control. I am giving up control.

Thank you for reading. Blessings.

A New Day, a Poem to Wake Up To

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A poem for any who begin new things…

A New Day

Hello young minds
Hello young hearts
It’s a new day
It’s a new start

Open your eyes
Show us your smile
May you wonder
All the while

Life is magic
Life is blessed
Start your morning
Now get dressed

Have a wondrous day

 

Thank you!

 

If you enjoyed today’s post, please remember to comment and share.

Blessings to you all,

Matthew

DAY 23

 

 

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Day 22 of 30 Day Challenges

Word Art My 30 Day Blog Challenge and Self-Soothe Challenge over paper backgroundThe blog series in which I am completing my challenge from 30dayblogchallenge.com!

As well as a self-made challenge inspired by Abraham Hicks in which I self-soothe myself through negative emotion.

At the end of this 30 day journey I intend to be more fully on my life’s path, “all systems go.”

All Systems Getting There…

The challenges continue and my progress is, well, progressing. Need to peptalk myself back up here…

First for the 30 Day Blog Challenge. Technically I am on their Day 14… uh, never mind, it’s a long story… which you can feel free to read about in my first dozen posts…

In any case the day’s challenge was to share my blog with friends and family. Wow, another long story, but my network has, um, shifted a bit in the last year or so. I am not pressed to share in that way at the moment.

Yet I am trusting that a new community will build around the writings in this blog. And that is what I am allowing myself to accept. That God will bring the readership here as needed. I have no doubt the interest this page will draw.

Don’t get me wrong, when it’s time to go haywire public with this thing, I will. We will all know when the time is right for that and there will be no stopping me or this blog. It will be known.

…and Getting There…

As to the twenty-second day of my 30 Day Self-Soothe Challenge, and as many days consecutively writing this blog, uh…

It has its up days and its down days, this challenge thing. I suppose the sentiment today was this: my emotions were getting low thinking about my money situation, or the lack I currently feel. That was making me doubt my ability to follow my passion, which is the writing. The two are intertwined.

It’s like I do and I don’t want to count on writing as a potential source of income. I do because that’d be awesome. I don’t because it can be scary to rest all my laurels on some unknown source of income through a means that most people would try to talk me out of.

So I have to keep talking myself back in.

See the thing is this, two things are possible here. The writing may very well make money, even be quite lucrative. Or I may keep writing and never see any money for it. Either of these scenarios could happen at this stage in the game. It’s all so new.

So self-soothe… ok…

keep on picking myself up… it’s ok… all in progress… brush off the dust… things will be alright… first, the work… keep on writing…

Now as I just wrote this I worked something out: my very fear about my writing providing a life for me could be a clue that it will.

I mean, it feels like the opposite end of the hope that writing truly can provide for my life. How could I feel so intensely about it if it were not important?

Maybe my life of knowing that I am a writer is for a reason: that I am meant to write. If I am meant to write, then God had better provide a way for me to do so. And that takes money. So I can keep writing and do what I am here to do. Money, God.

Thank you, God, for that clarity.

Ok, I hope you followed that one. A money and abundance self-soothe from low vibrations to higher ones. Got to get there one step at a time. Just like the toddler learning to walk.

Thank you for reading. Blessings to you.

Calm Your Heart, All You Want is Peace of Mind

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So, Some Soul Here?

Soul. Well, what do you think it is?

My thoughts tend to go for grand topics, like what is your soul. Comment below if you know.

Maybe today I can be more easy and calm. I once wrote a song, or was guided to write a song, about just that and I am recalling it now:

“Calm your heart and let go, see all of your troubles in an empty bowl.”

In other words, if the bowl is empty, there is no place to catch your troubles. They simply fall through the bottom of the bowl and go away. Calm your heart and let it go.

Breathe in.

Breathe out.

“All you want is peace of mind. All your want is some peace of mind.”

Breathe in.

Breathe out.

“Calm your heart and let go. Pour all of your troubles in an empty bowl.”

Breathe in.

Breathe out.

How do you feel?

This song is a release in many ways. A release of baggage and burdens. These can be crosses we choose to bear. These can be simple remembrances of feelings we have felt. They can be anything that hold us back. Any troubles or challenges we choose to cling to.

We choose whether we drag the past along with us, only to inject it again and again into our present moments.

Or we choose to leave the past behind, and dream of the possibility of a new way of being.

A new way of being

The vision you see before you in your mind’s eye can be of new wonder and new possibility. It is your focus upon this that creates all you see before you. Where attention goes, energy flows.

So even when you send energy to day dreams of the future, your attention goes to that possible reality as well. Then your life unfolds in that direction. As long as you maintain your focus upon it.

This may sound simple and yet be hard to execute. I am no master of it. Can you be?

What have you come to this life to do? What new possibility will you present to your fellows?

There is always a new way of being that may be engaged with in any situation. It is always your choice to go with the new or the old. The old may feel safe. The new may create growth. It is your choice.

It is always your choice

 

Be easy.

Calm your heart.

Pour your troubles into oblivion.

And let go.

Thank you, God.

Please leave comments and share!

Blessings to you all.

Matthew

DAY 22

 

 

P.S.

Day 21 of 30 Day Challenges

Word Art My 30 Day Blog Challenge and Self-Soothe Challenge over paper backgroundThe blog series in which I am completing my challenge from 30dayblogchallenge.com!

As well as a self-made challenge inspired by Abraham Hicks in which I self-soothe myself through negative emotion.

At the end of this 30 day journey I intend to be more fully on my life’s path, “all systems go.”

New Challenge

30 Day Blog Challenge wanted me to practice graphics for my blog. Good, I have been working on header graphics all week. Still refining. May get to body images as needed, but am enjoying playing with type for headers and refining my skill with visuals for my posts.

30 Day Self-Soothe Challenge and nothing too outstanding. Good. I feel more comfortable being at ease about my life and everything going on around me. Even the things that might have ruffled my feathers in the past.

Thank you for reading. Blessings.