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  • Playing: The waiting game
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Just follow the link below and complete the quiz, then paste your results here (The quiz is quite big, just so you know)…

Once you are done, read below to find out more about what your aura colours mean.
(If you score high in Indigo or Crystal, have a look through the checklists at the bottom)

Here are my results.

1. Indigo (11)

2. Crystal, Blue and Lavender (10)

3. Sensitive Tan and Magenta (6)


Reds are physical and sexual. They love expressing themselves through their sensuality and their physical bodies. They live their lives in the here-and-now with zest, strength, courage and self-confidence.

Reds love to live in physical reality, to manipulate their environment. Reality must be tangible to them. They must be able to see, touch, hear, taste and smell it. Reds are not abstract thinkers. A wall is a wall and there is no need for further discussion or speculation. Reality is literal, not ethereal or complicated.

Reds require proof that something exists. It must have a concrete and tangible substance. Reds remind us that we have bodies, that we are matter flesh and blood. These robust personalities enjoy the physical aspect of life. They don't try to see life as an illusion or try to escape from it into a fantasy world.

Oranges are the thrill-seekers and daredevils of the aura spectrum. They love the challenge and excitement of physical danger. They love to challenge their environment and go beyond any accepted physical limits.

Oranges put their lives on the line just to feel alive; the stakes must actually be life and death for Oranges to feel a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction. They love the adrenaline rush of excitement in the face of danger.

For Oranges , thrills, cunning skill, and excitement are the essentials in life. Everything else is just passive existence. Evil Knievel and actor/stuntman Jackie Chan are well-known examples of Orange auras.

Magentas are rare and not commonly found on the planet these days. Magentas are the nonconformists in the aura spectrum. They are usually seen as bizarre loners. They see life from a different and unusual perspective. They don't choose to abide by society's mores, expectations or standards. They follow the beat of their own drummers.

Magentas love to shock people, to shake them from their ordinary, humdrum existence. For example, Magentas will walk down the street donning wild clothes and purple Mohawk hair cuts. Other people don't usually have the nerve or the desire to live the lifestyle of the Magentas .

Because of their outrageous behavior, Magentas prefer to live in large, crowded cities where they don't stand out as much and aren't pressured to conform. These free spirits aren't usually concerned about what others think, but in large cities they are more apt to have the freedom to express themselves.

(Many Yellow/Violet aura combinations think that they are Magentas because they have so many similar qualities and experiences. Read about the life purposes of Yellows , Violets, and Magentas to discover which are your real Life Colors. Magentas tend to focus on and enjoy the strangeness of the physical world. They are not concerned about spirituality, humanitarian or environmental causes the way Yellow/Violets are. Magentas prefer to live in busy cities. Yellows prefer to live in more natural environments.)

Yellows are the most fun-loving, free-spirited, energetic, and childlike personalities in the aura spectrum. Yellows are wonderful, sensitive, optimistic beings, whose life purpose is to bring joy to people, to have fun, and to help heal the planet.

Yellows can either be very shy and sensitive, or they can be the life of the party. These playful characters have a great sense of humor. They love to laugh and to make others laugh. Yellows believe life is to be enjoyed. They like to live life freely and spontaneously. With a perpetual smile on their face, they remind people to not take themselves or their problems too seriously.

Yellows would prefer not to work at all, unless their work was fun, playful, or creative. They love nature, and often have concerns for the survival of wildlife and the environment. Dogs are very drawn to Yellows and often become their best friends.

The bright and curious Abstract Tans are unique characters in the mental family. They are the most childlike of all the Tans. Abstract Tans are open, friendly and outgoing. They have incredibly optimistic personalities. Though they frequently have high energy, it is also usually scattered. They tend to go in many directions at once.

All the other Tan personalities process information in a very logical and sequential manner. They process every step in a linear fashion, from one to ten. While Abstract Tans see all the details and steps which need to be handled, they do not proceed in an orderly fashion.

Abstract Tans have random thought processes. Rather than proceeding step by step, they attempt to work on all of the steps simultaneously. They do not sense that any one step is a priority the first step is just another piece in the project, as is the last one. These sensitive individuals often appear to be scatterbrained to others.

Abstract Tans are consistently misplacing or losing their possessions and they usually can't remember where they put things last. Their lives seem to be in a constant state of confusion and disorder. Abstract Tans energy is so unfocused that people around them can become agitated trying to pin them down.

Abstract Tans have energy similar to that of fireflies or hummingbirds. Their rapidly vibrating wings move a hundred times a second as they constantly change course in mid-air.

The Environmental Tan Life Color is a deep tan-colored band layered with a forest-green-colored band. The Environmental Tan is the bridge between the physical family and the mental family.

Environmental Tans experience their reality by physically touching their environment and then mentally analyzing it. (Occasionally, Yellow/Tan Combinations who have suppressed their free-spirited Yellow aspect believe themselves to be Environmental Tans. It is important that Yellow/Tans find a way to reconnect with their Yellow aspect rather than live believing they are Environmental Tan.)

Like their Logical Tan and Sensitive Tan counterparts, Environmental Tans desire security, stability, and logic. They operate best in a world of rules, boundaries, standards, and logical outcomes that follow basic laws of cause and effect.

Environmental Tans prefer structure and discipline. They process life in an orderly and sequential manner just as Logical Tans do, but they have the added ability to judge or measure their environment from an inner perception.

These amazing personalities can intuitively analyze spatial situations. They can sense the exact distance from one side of a room to the other just by looking at it. Environmental Tans relate kinesthetically and mentally to their environment.

The Logical Tan has a light tan-colored band that encircles the body and is usually kept tightly drawn to it. This reflects the Logical Tans' tendency to keep their feelings and thoughts to themselves.

Logical Tans are very logical and analytical. They choose to process every step, from one through ten. Logical Tans do not like to skip or miss anything. Their method of processing cannot be rushed. They need to analyze and comprehend the logic in each step before proceeding to the next.

Logical Tans like to establish a firm foundation, and then slowly build brick by brick, step by step. Otherwise, they are afraid the entire project will collapse on them.

Not being risk-takers, these methodical thinkers need to see all the data and all the facts before making any moves. Everything for Logical Tans is done in an orderly and sequential manner. Every detail is meticulously processed.

Logical Tans typically form very habitual patterns. They are more comfortable repeating the same duties day after day. They don't like their routines to be altered. Even rearranging the furniture in their homes can throw them off and cause them to feel awkward until they are able to readjust to the new situation.

Logical Tans are the least flexible and adaptable personalities of the aura spectrum. Their sense of security is attached to sameness, reliability and predictability.

The Sensitive Tan is the bridge between the mental colors and the emotional colors. Their auras are a combination of a light tan color with a light blue band next to it that encircles the body. Their personalities are a subtle combination of the mental Tan qualities and the emotional Blue qualities.

Sensitive Tans incorporate the characteristics of mental, analytical logic with loving and intuitive compassion. These gentle personalities are quiet, sensitive and supportive. They prefer, like Logical Tans, to maintain a rational, intellectual foundation while they analytically process data.

Sensitive Tans are more emotional and intuitive than Logical Tans, but they tend to keep their feelings to themselves. When a problem arises, Sensitive Tans will retreat inside to figure out the most practical solution.

Greens are some of the most powerful and intelligent people in the aura spectrum. Greens are extremely bright. They process information and ideas quickly; jumping from steps one to ten. They do not like dealing with all the steps and details in between.

A project that is too detailed is tedious and boring for Greens . They prefer to develop an idea, organize a plan, and then delegate someone else to take care of the details.

Greens are very drawn to money, power, and business. These quick-thinkers are very organized and efficient. They write lists and efficiently check off the items on the list as they are completed. Greens recognize patterns and discover solutions very quickly.

When Greens are in their power, they can accomplish anything. They love to set goals and are determined to achieve them. Greens are "movers and shakers" when it comes to taking action. They are also typically the workaholics on the planet.

Greens are highly competitive and enjoy challenges. They thrive on taking risks. Gambling is common for Greens , especially if there is a potential for large winnings.

Being strong-willed, these powerful personalities are determined to have their own way, which they usually feel is the right way. A person is rarely able to win an argument with Greens.

Crystal is a rare Life Color. Crystals have clear auras and are known as the "aura chameleons." Like chameleons, their auras will change colors to match those of the people they are connecting with at the time. They then take on the characteristics, behavior patterns, emotions and thoughts of that color.

Consequently, in power Crystals can get along quite well with almost anyone. Yellows , for example, feels they can relate to Crystals who, when they are with them, act and think like Yellows . Later, when the same Crystals spend time with Sensitive Tans, the Tans can feel as if they have found kindred spirits.

However, the Crystals' inconsistencies can also confuse people. One minute Crystals think and behave like Greens . A short while later, they can act like Blues . The more they connect and bond with others, the more their personalities change.

Because Crystals tend to absorb the colors of other people's auras, people can, at times, feel an energy drain when they are in the presence of Crystals. In power, Crystals can be a clear conduit or channel for healing energy. Being natural healers, the Crystals' gift is to help their clients clear blockages, thereby enabling the clients' own natural healing processes to take place.

While healing, balanced Crystals are able to keep their thoughts and emotions out of the way, making the healing more pure. Crystals do not always understand their healing abilities. It can often frighten and confuse them or cause them to feel overwhelmed. These rare souls are often physically fragile and delicate.

Because of their unusual sensitivity, they can only heal one person at a time. They then need to go to a peaceful place to cleanse their aura. Working with too many people can short-circuit their system.

Blues are some of the most loving, nurturing and supportive personalities of the Life Colors. They live from their heart and emotions. Their purpose for being on the planet is to give love, to teach love and to learn that they are loved. Their priorities are love, relationships, and spirituality.

Blues are traditionally teachers, counselors, and nurses---basically the loving, nurturers and caretakers on the planet. Blues are constantly helping others. They want to make sure that everyone feels loved and accepted. People are always turning to Blues for comfort and counsel because Blues will always be there for them. They consistently provide a shoulder for others to cry on.

Blues are the most emotional personalities in the aura spectrum. They can cry at the drop of a hat. Blues cry when they are happy, hurt, angry, sad, or for no apparent reason at all. Even watching a sentimental commercial on television can bring on tears.

Violets are the inspirational visionaries, leaders and teachers who are here to help save the planet. Most Violets feel drawn to educate the masses, to inspire higher ideals, to improve the quality of life on the planet, or to help save people, animals and the environment.

All Violets have an inner sense that they are here to do something important, that their destiny is greater than that of the average person. Most Violets have felt this way since childhood. As children, many Violets imagined becoming famous, or traveling the planet, possibly joining humanitarian causes such the Peace Corp. Many of these charismatic personalities take on roles as leaders and teachers, while other Violets prefer to reach people through music, film or other art form.

Because this era is currently the "Violet Age," any Violets who are not accomplishing what they came here to do are experiencing an inner "push" even an inner "earthquake." Inner forces seem to be shaking them up and pushing them to move into action, to fulfill their life purpose. Violets know they are here to do something significant. However, they aren't always sure what that something is or how to accomplish it.

Many Violets were taught as children that their dreams and aspirations were unrealistic, so they have lost touch with their original visions. It's important for Violets to reconnect with their life purpose and vision, and to take action. Otherwise they will always feel unfulfilled. They will always sense something is missing from their lives. Violets need to learn to slow down long enough to listen to their inner voice and to connect with their higher vision.

Fantasy, enchantment, dreams, myths, spiritual beings, angels, fairies are all concepts which fill the Lavenders' mind. Lavenders tend to live in a fantasy world. They prefer to spend their time out of their bodies, where life is pretty and enchanting. It is challenging for these airy beings to live in three-dimensional reality.

Lavenders prefer imaginary pictures of the world, seeing butterflies, flowers and wood nymphs rather than dirt, concrete and large cities. Physical reality seems cold and harsh to them. These sensitive creatures are fragile and frail, and their physical appearance is often weak and pale.

Lavenders' skin is often alabaster white because they don't like being outdoors, unless it is to be gently surrounded by beautiful flowers and gardens. These child-like personalities are sensitive and simple. Lavenders would rather spend time watching clouds float by or daydreaming. They prefer to escape this reality with all of its demands and responsibilities.

The Lavenders behavior tends to frustrate others who may expect them to be dependable and responsible. Lavenders have no understanding of what it means to hold a responsible job or to earn money. They are more familiar with other dimensions and imagined realities.

Lavenders even have a difficult time relating to or connecting with the concepts of time, space and physical matter. They tend to experience events in their imaginations, but they are not usually grounded enough in physical reality to actually accomplish anything tangible.

Indigo is the most recent aura color to arrive on the planet. Indigos are ushering in a new energy, a new consciousness, and a new age of peace and harmony. Whereas Violets feel driven to help save the planet, to educate the masses, and to improve life here, Indigos are here to live as examples of a new higher awareness.

At this writing, most of the Indigos are children, although there are a few Indigos who came as forerunners years ago. The words used to describe Indigos include honest, aware, highly intuitive, psychic, independent, fearless, strong-willed, and sensitive.

Indigos are old souls who know who they are and where they've come from. Some consider Indigos to be bizarre. These assertive individuals are born with their spiritual memories intact. Many parents report that their Indigo children regale them with vivid details of past lives or recent encounters with spiritual beings. Parents also report that these children can read their minds and seem to have amazing psychic abilities. Parents are often at a loss as to how to raise these amazing little beings.

An unusual characteristic of Indigos is that they frequently appear androgynous. It is often difficult to tell if Indigos are male or female, homosexual, heterosexual, bisexual, or asexual. It's as if Indigos have both the yin and yang, male and female qualities within them. Their sexuality is not their primary concern however; it is their spirituality.

People are not born with a Red Overlay. A Red Overlay is usually added to the outer bands of the aura early on in life because the person felt a need for protection. While a Red Overlay can offer protection, it also can become a terrible burden to bear.

The two most common indications that a person is carrying a Red Overlay are either feelings of intense anger and rage, or continuous struggle and self-sabotage. If these people don't eventually remove the Red Overlay from their aura, their protective shield will eventually become their prison.

People usually add a Red Overlay to their aura for one or more of the following reasons:

They have had a life-threatening situation at birth or at a young age, which caused them to perceive that they may die, or that the world was not a safe place. Examples of life-threatening situations can include birth complications, severe illness, choking, drowning or suffocating. Many people do not remember these incidents, and so the source of their anger or struggle remains a mystery to them. They frequently have feelings of dread or of impending disaster for reasons unknown to them.

People may also add a Red Overlay if they have been physically, emotionally or mentally abandoned or rejected. Red Overlays frequently appear in people who were unwanted children, adopted or separated from a parent at a young age. This can also apply to children who felt emotionally abandoned by a parent, even when the parent appeared to be physically present in the home.

The most obvious and traceable causes for Red in the aura are those cases in which people have been physically, emotionally or mentally abused. Children who have been sexually abused, physically beaten, or raised by alcoholic or verbally abusive parents usually feel that the world is an unsafe and undependable place and that protection is necessary for survival.

Red Overlays can even appear around children who felt emotionally or physically smothered or suppressed. They feel betrayed by the adults, who were supposed to love, nurture and protect them as children. Not everyone who felt abandoned by a parent has a Red Overlay, however. The experience had to be intense enough or serious enough to have threatened the emotional or physical survival instincts of the child.



Highly Empathic
Feeling I need to make a meaningful difference in the world
Strong willed
Independent thinker (not led by others)
Often thinks outside the box
naturally drawn to matters concerning metaphysics, spirituality, the paranormal, the occult, and mysteries
considered spiritually gifted, due in part to their depth of wisdom and/or level of awareness that is said to be "beyond their years"
Diagnosed as having ADHD/ADD/Autism/Asperger Syndrome and Dyslexia
feel misunderstood, and have a tendency to become unsociable or introverted when they are not around like-minded people.
prone to depression
Persistent nightmares/night terrors (had these all the time when I was little)
possess defining characteristics in learning; they tend to be more visual, kinesthetic learners and so they remember best what they can picture in their minds and create with their hands
Movement is required to keep them better focused


Extremely sensitive to everything in their environment, physical and energetic.
Possess large eyes with an intense stare that penetrates your very soul.
Have magnetic personalities (loving, forgiving personalities).
Are highly affectionate and nurturing (love cuddling, kissing, and hugging).
There is an innocence, guilelessness and a purity due to an absence of ego.
Start talking late in childhood.
Are very musically oriented and may sing before talking.
May be diagnosed with autism, or Asperger syndrome.
Have strong symbolic visual skills.
Are even tempered, sweet and loving.
Are highly sensitive and empathic, making them deeply vulnerable.
Are quite interested in crystals and rocks.
Often discuss angels, spirit guides, and past life memories.
They may experience some spiritual wounding.
Their entire beings are soft and gentle.
They exude an incredible sweetness.
Have a strong desire to help others, especially other children in need.
They seem untouched by the harshness of the world.
They are incapable of taking in anything that is not the pure Love vibration.
Have a strong fantasy and creative play
Be able to see other worlds and dimensions
Love nature, water and animals
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Seto and kisara by korvapuusti

There are sacrifices involved. While you don’t have to sacrifice all of everything, you will have to sacrifice a lot. Never forget that. Never pretend that it comes easy. Never envy or hate those who have done it or proclaim that it was so much easier for them if you are struggling. It’s difficult. It’s grueling. Sometimes, it seems like the most difficult endeavor you have ever begun. But you are not alone and it can be done. Failure isn't falling down. It's remaining where you've fallen.
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Libertad by VeTeRiLu Lucy Had a Dream by VeTeRiLu
Yo: My other side by VeTeRiLu Espacio sin razon by VeTeRiLu
Beloved place by VeTeRiLu El Beso de la libertad by VeTeRiLu
Mi Mexico by VeTeRiLu Nevado de Toluca by VeTeRiLu
Faldas de Nieve by VeTeRiLu Solo en la Neblina by VeTeRiLu
Sobre la Nieve by VeTeRiLu Asomate al cielo by VeTeRiLu
Wind by VeTeRiLu Little Christmas by VeTeRiLu

A little something for :iconveterilu:

If anyone else would like a feature journal, let me know.
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Yami n' Yugi 001 by FanGirl-Yaoi-X3

I believe that you're great, that there's something magnificent about you. Regardless of what has happened to you in your life, regardless of how young or how old you think you might be, the moment you begin to think properly, there's something that is within you, there's power within you, that's greater than the world. It will begin to emerge. It will take over your life. It will feed you. It will clothe you. It will guide you, protect you, direct you, sustain your very existence, if you let it. Now, that is what I know for sure. In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.
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(Not by me)


   Some say they never were,
   And were birthed from imagination.
   The same say that fantasy
   Is the realm of children and the insane.
   To believe in the magical, the mythical,
   And the fantastic
   Is to be as a child or a madman.
   I am neither and I believe in dragons.

   The majestic Lords of skie
   Born of fire.
   In an averie of flames
   The eggs lie
   Warmed by mothers breath.

   Emerging weak and hungry,
   Parchment wings
   Unfurl for the first time.
   Infant sings
   For mothers attention.

   Noble, proud and powerful
   Lords of the skie
   Reach the very stars with
   A thermal sigh
   And one thunderous wingbeat.

   Upon the winds they soar
   Swooping, diving
   Breaking free from earths hold.
   Higher, faster, beyond the limits.

   All nations praise them
   Emblems adorned
   And they do not exist?
   Fools, they are about you!

   Dragon, Wyvern, firedrake
   Black, white, blue, red
   The old bronze
   The nobel silver
   The regal gold
   The death dragon
   The luck dragon

   Dragons! Live breath fire and flame
   Mighty in body, glory in name.
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Do you believe everything that a horoscope tells you?
Do you not bother because you don't believe a word of it?
Do you read it but not take it seriously unless something serious happens?

Dara O'Briain - View On Astrology:…
David Tennant & Catherine Tate - Astrology Debate:…
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(not by me)

We all have thoughts, feelings, behaviors and
habits that we would like to change!

You might look at the title to this article, note its
length, and doubt that so few words could really give
you the keys to overcoming your bad habits.

It's likely that you've tried various techniques with
varying levels of success and concluded that stopping
yourself from doing something that strongly pulls at
you is a hard thing to do.  How could the secrets to
doing that be summarized so briefly?

While it's true that stopping bad habits can feel
like a complex and overwhelming challenge, the steps to
doing it are not complex--they are fairly simple.  The
consistent repetition of three simple steps can give
you freedom from what you don't want and engagement
in what you do want instead.

Let's see how this can work.

The first step to quitting anything is recognizing
exactly what you are doing.  Shine your attention on
what you are doing in precise detail.  It's easy to
keep doing something that has negative consequences if
you either avoid looking at what you're doing or get
lost in it.  So, this first step is to witness yourself
in the act.

See if it's possible to step back and watch yourself
as if you're an outside observer.  See if you can
note "the facts" of the situation, the details of
what you doing.  For example, I am placing my hand on
the refrigerator door, pulling it open, and visually
scanning for that chocolate cake.

Then, make note of what you're thinking as you're
doing this.  For example, you might be thinking "I
want to reward myself for working so hard today," or
"I'm tired and depressed and this will make me feel
better," or "That chocolate cake is going to taste
so good."

Make note of how you feel inside your body in terms of
emotions and physical sensations.  For example, you
might feel anxious, guilty, or expectant and you might
have sensations of energy rising up into your head, or
rumbling in your stomach, or waves of excitement.

See if it's possible to make note of whatever you are
thinking, feeling, and doing and accept it. See if
it's possible to witness what is happening without
judging your thoughts, feelings, or actions as
"good" or "bad?"  Can you become acutely aware,
in detail, of what you are thinking, feeling, and
doing, as if you are a scientist making objective

As the final part of this recognition step, pause what
you are doing, take a deep breath, and imagine the
consequences of doing this--in the short-term and the
long-term.  If you follow-through and take this action,
what will it mean for you later--today, tomorrow, and
beyond?  Based on your past experiences with taking
this action, how did it make you feel immediately and
what did it mean for your life in the short and

This completes step one--recognizing what you are
doing and the consequences of it.

Step two is to consider alternative actions you could
take at this moment and the consequences of those--in
the short and long term.  For example, you could close
the refrigerator door, put on your sneakers, and go for
a walk outside.  Based on your past experience, how did
doing that make you feel and what were the consequences
of that?  Brainstorm some other possibilities and their

Step three is to decide what you will do based on what
is more important to you.  Based on the different
possible actions before you, imagining how they will
make you feel and what they will mean for you later,
what do you choose?

Make a conscious choice and take that action knowing
why you are choosing it.  Whatever choice you make,
stay present during that action, notice the details of that
experience, and make note of its consequences.  This
will further increase your mindfulness in what you are
doing which will lead to even better choices in the future.

Now, it's certainly easy to lay out these three steps
and say "This is all you need to do."  It takes a bit of time
and repetition to get good at this process--to make it
your own and master it.  However, I think you'll find that,
if you start with a sincere attempt at step one, it will give
you some mental space within your actions and some
momentum that will carry you through the next two steps.

Simply pausing, taking a deep breath, and becoming
more conscious about what you are doing and what
it will mean for you later, can create space for something

Enjoy your practice!
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That's right our very first contest! Here are the ONLY rules:

:bulletred: You must be a member of this group (Beginner-Anime-Art)
:bulletorange: You must submit you art entry into the folder named "Our First Contest"
:bulletyellow: The artwork must be related to anime in any way
:bulletgreen: PLEASE, only one entry per account!
:bulletblue: BE CREATIVE!

All of the points that are in my points pool will go to the winner! (Current point balance - 239)

:bulletred: kristinaelyse: llama's to the winners and the points that she has donated for the contest
:bulletorange: Poppuk: Points that he has donated for the contest
:bulletyellow: MadGenius908: Points that he has donated for the contest
:bulletgreen: TheGreatJumbah: A llama to all of the winners

Good luck everyone! :D

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(not by me)

We often hear that the secret to success is to think
positively or feel appreciation and gratitude.

While these are definitely powerful practices, they
can turn us against parts of ourselves that aren't
thinking and feeling that way.

As a result, we may become resistant to having
negative thoughts and feelings or try to avoid anything
that isn't sweet and rosy.

However, these resistant or avoident strategies fail to
acknowledge the reason why these thoughts and feelings
arise.  Instead of alleviating negativity, if anything,
they perpetuate it.  Today I'd like to give you different
strategy that both honors and releases us from the
negative effects of negativity.

So, it's likely that you've heard the headlines
that positive thinking and feeling boost your energy
and immune function and propel you toward all the good
things in life.  When you hear that news, it's natural to
want to only have positive thoughts and feelings.

It's natural to get a negative edge toward negativity.
It's natural to see negativity as the enemy of your
dreams and higher aspirations.  It's natural to fear it
and want to avoid it at all costs.

However, it also seems to be true that what we resist
or avoid persists.  When we resist something, we keep
it alive as something we are pushing against.  When we
avoid negativity the cause of that negativity goes
unnoticed.  It gets stored in our subconscious and
continues to wreak silent havoc there.

So if resistance and avoidance don't work, what other
strategy is possible?  Is there another way to relate
to negativity that honors its purpose and creates
deeper release and integration at the same time?

Is there a way to relate to negativity that actually uses
its energy and information in a positive way?  Is there
another way to view positive thinking and feeling that
includes negativity as a healthy and beneficial aspect
of your life?

The problem with the "headline" view of positive
thinking and feeling is that it leads you to believe
that you are supposed to try to always have only
positive thoughts and feelings.

Here's a news flash:

That's not going to happen.

You are a human being who is involved in complex
systems of relationships, events, and circumstances
that create many different appropriate states of thought
and feeling.  Things happen that have appropriate
emotional responses of anger, sadness, and fear.

When things don't go well, it's appropriate to have
"negative" thoughts about what is happening.

So called "negative" thoughts and feelings arise as
responses to what is actually happening inside and
around us.  Now, certainly, sometimes we
over-dramatize these thoughts and feelings, blow them
out of proportion, and allow them to carry us away in
actions that are damaging to ourselves and others.

However, if we shift our relationship to these
"negative" experiences, we can learn from them and
use their energy and information appropriately.

Let's redefine positive thinking and feeling as a
"positive attitude to whatever happens."  It is about
how we relate to "positive" or "negative" experiences,
events, and circumstances.  We can teach ourselves to
view each moment, thought, feeling, and experience as

Negative thoughts and feelings can be our greatest
teachers, when we view them in a positive way.

For example, if you have a negative thought such as
"I can't do that.  I'm a loser.  I have no skills
here," instead of resisting those thoughts and trying
to have a positive one instead, see if you can turn and
face those thoughts head-on.

Ask yourself, "What is the message in this thought?"
See if you can turn the light of your awareness directly
on that "negative" thought and see what you can learn
from it.

When you turn and face your thought, rather than
resisting or avoiding it, you gain a different relationship
to it.  If you welcome and accept your thought and seek
"the gift" in it, you now have a new positive relationship
with it.  The thought loses its negative force and
becomes a portal of information.

For example, the negative thoughts above could be
pointing out that, in this situation, it would be good
to learn and practice a specific skill.  If you look at
what you are not doing well head-on, without shrinking
from it, you can learn how to do things better.

The same idea can be applied to emotions.  For example,
anger can alert you that something or someone needs
protection.  Sadness can alert you that it's time to
let go of something or someone.  Fear can alert you to
possible action that you need to take.

Any uncomfortable experience arises with information
about yourself and others and energy to do something
with that information.  Negative thoughts and feelings
alert you that something needs to be acknowledged,
learned, and/or shifted.

When you turn toward, welcome, accept, and appreciate
every thought, feeling, and sensation as a moment of
information, you gain access to that information so
you can use it effectively.  You've now gained a
positive viewpoint within a "negative" thought,
feeling, or sensation.

This is a deeper and more productive meaning of
positive thinking and feeling.  It is an empowering
attitude toward life.

Enjoy your practice!
  • Listening to: The computer buzzing
  • Reading: What is written in front of me
  • Watching: The computer screen
  • Drinking: A Cup of Tea.
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