As 2015 draws nearer to a close, it’s important to take a step back and enjoy the view of this last year. My guess is that since this past January, there are some things that happened in your life that you didn’t imagine would have happened.
That’s because you are an evolutionary, spiritual being, and we live in an ever evolving and expanding world. You are continually growing and expanding the edges of your own being.
Taking time to witness how you’ve grown is a spiritual practice of celebrating your stepping into the greater possibilities of who you are.
To help you take a look back, here are 6 questions that act as a helpful guide to notice the ways that you’ve grown and transformed. I’ve also made a PDF that you can download as a worksheet if you’d like to answer these questions.
For your coaching assignment for this week, spend some time answering these questions. If you want to make it extra fun, have a friend do it with you and share what you came up with. Feel free to download the worksheet if it’ll make it easier for you.
Whether 2015 was the best year of your life, the worst, or somewhere in between, I encourage you to bring an awareness of openness and non-judgment to your answers. These experiences do not define who you were or who you are going to be.
What doesn’t change in the midst of all this is the truth of who you are. You are simply divine.
As you begin to close the chapter called 2015 and open the new one called 2016, may the light and love of who you are shine more brightly with each passing moment.
I’d love to hear what you are honoring and celebrating from 2015. Please feel free to share in the comments below.
I’m putting together an online class called “Vision Your Best 2016.” If you’re interested in getting notified when this program is available, fill out the form here. You’ll also get notified of the early bird special.
As a child, I learned about the scientific principle of cause and effect.
In simple terms, an effect is an event or experience that happens because of a cause.
If you follow this logic, whenever you want to experience a different effect, you change the cause.
The law of cause and effect is also a spiritual principle, especially when you apply it to how you want to live your life.
For example, say you’ve spent the whole day on the couch watching Netflix and now feel sluggish. If you don’t want to feel sluggish, then change the cause and do something else.
Recently, I was having a coaching session with a client who was stressed with her finances. She sighed in exasperation and said, “I’m horrible with money.”
I share with many of my clients and students that whenever you use the words “I am,” be mindful of the words that follow.
“I AM” sets up a statement of what you are declaring into the Universal Law. An “I am” statement is a seed you are planting in the garden of your life.
When my client stated, “I’m horrible with money,” she planted that particular thought-seed into the Universal soil.
Let me be clear that I’m not denying that she was experiencing financial struggle. What I’m pointing out is that her “I AM horrible with money” is a thought-seed that, if nurtured and fed regularly, inevitably leads to more experiences of financial struggle.
The thought-seed of “I AM horrible with money” is the cause, and financial struggle is the effect.
If she wants to change the effect of feeling financial struggle, then what needs to change is the cause. Un-plant the thought-seed.
Here is where gratitude comes in.
When people think about being grateful, people usually consider the emotion to be an effect or a reaction to something or someone.
What many don’t realize is that gratitude doesn’t only have to be a reactionary emotion.
Eric Butterworth, in his book Spiritual Economics, calls the practice of giving thanks a “causative energy.”
When you think about how you express energy in life, is your energy causative, or is it reactive?
With my client who was experiencing financial struggle, I felt her energy as reactive. I gently and lovingly nudged her.
“Let’s take a step back,” I said. “Let’s talk about what you’re grateful for. What are you grateful for in your life?”
She sat in silence for a few moments, and then she began to share. She was grateful for her home, her family, her friends, her animal companions, her health, and the list went on for a couple minutes.
I then asked her to share what she was grateful for when it came to money. At first, she said, “I don’t know if there’s anything grateful there.” But after a few moments, she shared that she was grateful that she did have money to pay for her home and for food to eat. She felt grateful that she had paying work. She was grateful that she had some retirement money stashed away.
After spending a few moments in this place of gratitude, she shared that she felt much better, about herself and about her money situation.
She said, “I’m getting some ideas about what I need to change. I need to take charge of what I do with my money.”
In that moment, her energy shifted from reactive to causative.
You see, gratitude is a causative energy because it reminds you of what you already have in life. There’s no need to look for anything outside of you to make you happy. Whatever you are looking for is already right there with you and in you!
Gratitude is a causative energy that affirms you are in the driver’s seat of your life. Right where you are, you are already provided for.
Sometimes it’s not easy to see, and that’s where it’s helpful to have a friend or someone close to you (including me as your coach) provide a set of eyes to help you see the blessings in your life.
When you begin to see your life as full of blessings, your heart opens even wider, to the point where you want to share your joy and love with others.
Gratitude doesn’t ask, “What can I get?” Rather, gratitude asks, “From this place of fullness, what can I give?”
In the spirit of gratitude, here’s your coaching assignment for this week:
When you share your gratitude with others, you set a new cause into motion. You add to the energy of love and goodness into this planet. And know that whatever you give from your heart comes back multiplied in form.
Have a happy thanksgiving. Know that I am grateful for you.
I’d love to hear what you are grateful for. Share in the comments below. Let’s spread the love of gratitude as a causative energy this day!
The idea of gratitude as a "causative energy" is one of my core spiritual lessons in creating a life that you love. On that note, I’m putting together an online class called “Vision Your Best 2016.” If you’re interested in getting notified when this program is available, fill out the form here. You’ll also get notified of the early bird special.
Most people are familiar with the idea of spring cleaning. But did you know that many cultures have a tradition of clearing clutter in preparation for the new year?
As a spiritual life coach, I love the practice of de-cluttering.
“If you don’t love it or use it, then toss it,” is a helpful decisive tool to decide what to get rid of.
Physical clutter is anything tangible that you keep around that doesn’t serve you anymore.
Do you have any clothes in your closet that you haven’t touched in months, maybe years, and it doesn’t bring you any sense of joy or love when you look at it? If so, those clothes are an example of physical clutter.
However, clutter isn’t only limited to the physical clutter you may have. (Yes, this includes that one drawer or closet that’s the black hole that draws in anything and everything!)
I’m also interested in you clearing out any life clutter.
Life clutter expands beyond the physical and looks at the non-physical things that don’t serve you or that take up negative space.
Here are some examples of life clutter:
If you answered yes to any of these items, you are living with life clutter.
Life clutter includes any thoughts, behaviors and actions that don’t serve you. It involves the behaviors of people who don’t support you. Life clutter contains any unfinished business dangling in your life.
A sign that something is life clutter is when you don’t have that feeling of excitement, joy or love.
In my last blog post “Are you settling for less than who you are?”, I brought up the idea of settling in life as Divine Discontent. Divine Discontent is also a sign that you may have life clutter that needs de-cluttering.
As we near the end of 2015, I invite you to participate in a de-cluttering process.
Are you willing to start looking in the closets of your clothes and the closets in your mind for things, thoughts and behaviors that no longer serve you?
De-cluttering helps you embrace wondrous possibilities. On that note, I’m putting together an online class called “Vision Your Best 2016.” If you’re interested in getting notified when this program is available, fill out the form here. You’ll also get notified of the early bird special.
For your coaching assignment for this week, I invite you to take on a simple task.
Clearing as part of an end of the year ritual is a wonderful spiritual practice.
I call it spiritual because your commitment to clearing clutter in your life is your taking a stand for yourself. Immersing yourself in thoughts, behaviors and things that serve your highest and best is recognizing that you, your environment and your consciousness are sacred.
As you clear what no longer serves you, keep in mind that this is a tremendous gift for you. Know that you matter, and you are worth it. Namaste.
I’d love to hear if you’re taking on this assignment of de-cluttering as we near the end of 2015. Leave a comment below. I’d love to hear from you.
Joselito Laudencia helps people bridge the spiritual and practical path to career and financial freedom. He is the creator of "Re-Write Your Money Story" and "Finding Your Right Work." He is a spiritual life coach and Centers for Spiritual Living Practitioner. If you're feeling unfulfilled and stuck in the areas of career or money, you don't have to figure it out by yourself. You can schedule a 30-minute Free Clarity Session with Prayer and get clear on what's stopping you from living the life that you love. Click here to schedule your 30-minute Free Clarity Session with Prayer.
Joselito is a spiritual life coach helping people create a purposeful, spiritual path to career and financial freedom.
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