There are so many heartbreaking things happening in the world right now. I was thinking about something I could say here that could help. I reread my blog on focus and decided that it truly says what I need to say. Today I want to dedicate this blog to the Folks affected by storms, violence, abuse and invisibility.
These days on Social Media things seem pretty dark and frightening. So much focus on negativity brings only more negativity. Even when you are against hate or war or terrorism, being against it creates negativity. It seems like a hopeless mess but it’s not. It just takes time to wrap your head around a new way of thinking.
This is a Hawaiian based practice of forgiveness. The steps are pretty easy
- Think of an issue that bothers you or causes problems
- Say I’m Sorry
- Please Forgive Me
- Thank You
- I love You
Pretty simple all right but not really easy to understand. There are many books written about Ho’oponopono but the best for me is a little book by Ulrich E Dupree.
What makes this book stand out for me is that he explains why the reader would be asking for forgiveness in the first place.
For example if you are disturbed by racism and violence. You haven’t physically done anything racist or violent and yet you are apologizing. What?
Actually you are apologizing for any negative thoughts about anything. For any negative actions by you or your ancestors. You are apologizing for any negativity that belongs to you that adds to the general pool of negativity. This issue tapped into that pool to get the negativity which caused this issue. It can be something as simple as road rage or even justifiable anger.
Sounds kind of flakey right? In my experience with clients I have seen people get rid of issues that have plagued them for years using this technique.
That’s great but what else is there?
Intention and Focus
Recently I decided to pull myself out of the negative energy. I went back and watched You Can Heal Your Life. This is a video based on the book that helped me change my life. The basic idea is that by changing your thinking you can begin to create the life you want.
This book has changed the lives of thousands of people. I am one of them. When My life was at a very low point my boss gave me her copy of the book and told me to read it. I didn’t believe any of it. I resisted and resisted. Finally I was so miserable that I decided to do the work anyhow because it couldn’t hurt. I won’t lie and say I did it once and voila! It took me months of doing affirmations and acknowledging every little thing that happened that was good.
The next thing I knew I had moved, changed jobs, had my social circle back and was pretty darn happy.
If you just can’t seem to find your way I would highly recommend this book.
Focus is the most underrated ability that people have. Science is proving that we can influence outcomes by focus. Artists writers musicians all use it daily. Most people use it subconsciously on a daily basis. If we actually were to use this focus we could change the world.
One of my friends on Facebook was talking about having a hard time with all the negativity. I shared with her what I will share with you.
A few days ago I had had enough. Enough anxiety, enough cruelty, anger, insanity. I was thinking about what I could do to change all that. My decision was to change my focus. I still acknowledge what is going on but choose to place my focus on positive.
I started appreciating people and groups that are making a difference. Esther The Wonder Pig is one of my favorites. The tag line is “Changing the world one heart at a time.” It is so true. You can actually feel the love when you look at the Facebook site or follow Esther’s Army. Not only did these guys change their lives for this glorious creature, they also save other animals. They speak out for an “Esther Approved Lifestyle” rather than using the term vegan.
Esther the Wonder Pig: Changing the World One Heart at a Time is a wonderful book funny and heartwarming. Use the link to check it out on Amazon.ca.
Some others I focus on are The Gentle Barn Rescuing animals and at risk children. Saints rescue that takes on the job of rescuing animals too sick or old or unwanted to be adopted. They give a home and love till the animals pass. I also follow Medecins Sans Frontieres aka Doctors Without Borders These folks put their lives on the line going into hot spots around the world to provide doctors surgery and medicine to people that have been devastated by wars, disasters and other horrifying events.
These are just a few of the folks I follow and support. The list should include all the kids inventing amazing things to save the planet and humanity. Every single person that just does one random acts of kindness. Most particularly, at the moment, it should include all the brave firefighters battling the horrific blazes in British Columbia and elsewhere. Thank You all.
I find that putting my gratitude and focus on the good people doing good things helps me to be more positive and bring more positive energy to the world. Wondering how to improve focus? Check out my meditation blog.