Law of Giving

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I have been reading the book “The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success” by Deepok Chopra. I just finished reading Chapter 2 and WOW!!! I am so inspired by what I just read, that I had to write about it!

The Law of Giving:
The universe operates through dynamic exchange . . . giving and receiving are different aspects of the flow of energy in the universe. And in our willingness to give that which we seek, we keep the abundance of the universe circulating in our lives.

In the chapter, it states that every relationship is one of give and take. The more you give, the more you will receive because you will keep the abundance of the universe circulating in your life. And what really struck a chord with me is that the intention behind your giving and receiving is the most important thing. Sounds like such a simple concept, yet reading the words, makes it all make sense to me.

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5 Steps To An Extraordinary Life

 

When I utilize these 5 Steps in my everyday personal life, I consistently have extraordinary results:
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  1. Write down all ideas, wants and desires.
  2. Create • Create • Create!!!  This is a Strategic Action Plan–a PURPOSE DRIVEN, FOCUSED PLAN.
  3. COMMIT to that plan.
  4. Schedule specific blocks of time to do the work. Surrender to your commitment.
  5. Create a half-time check-in for yourself to see if you are on track. If you are, GREAT!  If you are not, GREAT! And, now you know what you get to add. Re-commit to have the results you want.

– Kris Delgado

Forgiveness As a Distinction

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Forgiveness is a cornerstone of the Gratitude Training, alongside Love and Gratitude. The distinction of forgiveness within the Gratitude context is what, according to Jo, sets it apart from other centers. Creating forgiveness is what ultimately creates the space for Love and Gratitude to be.

Forgiveness is defined within the training three ways:

  • To love and give as before. This is a reconnection to the authentic self where the context is innocence and where a human being is love. When people live as their whole, perfect and complete selves, life in paradigm giver and being love happens.
  • To give up all hope that the past could have been any other way than it was.
    Hoping for the past to be more, better or difference is detrimental to transformation since it keeps a  person stuck in maintenance. Additionally, this person will remain at effect of his/her life instead of at cause. When a person chooses to be present in the moment, accountable for results to this point, and willing to look, it creates freedom where he/she can create and choose what is next and take vision-driven action.
  • Grace is unmerited divine assistance; a virtue coming from God. Again, if every person is of god, whole, perfect and complete, this is a return to innocence. This is an acknowledgment that all we acquire and experience is a gift of and from divinity as a birth right. Forgiveness creates the space where grace can be let in.

By Holly Berube

 

Gratitude as a Distinction.

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According to Merriam-Webster, the definition of Gratitude is a state of being grateful: a feeling of appreciation or thanks.

We, at Gratitude Training, love the quote by Cicero that reads: “Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.”

We assert that Gratitude is a choice or perspective we choose that brings value to anything. One of the Principles of Leadership we live by is “I am grateful for everything.” We believe that leaders choose Gratitude as it opens up possibilities in all relationships including, romantic, family, friendship, and business.  These possibilities may not be there otherwise.

Gratitude is not only a feeling of appreciation or thanks, it is a context in which we choose to play. I believe I always notice when I am accessing Gratitude, as opposed to ambivalence or judgment, simply by the energy I generate and create.

I say that it is impossible to be frustrated, envious or resentful AND to be grateful at the same time.

– Kris Delgado

 

‘BEING’ Open

 

 

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Open, as defined, is allowing access, passage, or a view through an empty space; it is not closed or blocked up.  We use “open” as a transformational distinction and define it in a very similar way.

For example, being open to doing the training, or to staffing, means the possibility that you will get more out of
the training or staffing. By extension, it is likely you will create more value for yourself. 
Being open is a choice we consciously choose.

When we are open and completely available, this allows for a different listening.  An example: If I am talking to a friend and that person is standing, arms crossed, looking away or looking at their phone, and they say that they are listening to me, my experience is that I would not really have their attention.

Another example: If I am explaining something and you don’t agree with what I am saying, if I ask you to let me explain my point of view, and then you agree to hear me out, that would allow a space in your listening to hear something that you may not have thought of before. After hearing me out, you may still disagree with me, but you were open to hearing something different.

We ask everyone to be open, even if you have circumstances that you can’t see from where you are standing right now. Being open doesn’t necessarily change that, but it changes the context you are.

This sets an importance context for the training and that is why we request it of people.

 

Judgement and Acceptance

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Judgment was made to be a weapon used against the truth. It separates what it is being used against, and sets it off as if it were a thing apart. And then it makes of it what you would have it be. It judges what it cannot understand, because it cannot see totality and therefore judges falsely. Let us not use it today, but make a gift of it to Him Who has a different use for it. He will relieve us of the agony of all the judgments we have made against ourselves, and re-establish peace of mind by giving us God’s Judgment of His Son. ACIM Lesson 311

The other day, I found myself skipping forward in my ACIM reading, and i stopped at Lesson 311. Having read this lesson for a few days in a row now, I have been consciously aware of when I am in judgment…when I see or hear other people in judgment… and when I am judging other people for their judgments! It’s insane!

I’ve been thinking about the reasons why we judge people so often, and I believe we judge others when we are envious of them in some way because they have something that we don’t. It can be a position or status at work, the car we want, the girl we want, or the praise from our boss. The list goes on and on… We also judge when our expectations or wants aren’t met. We have thoughts like, “How could they do that?” or “Why is he getting special treatment.” It becomes a habit to complain and find fault in other people.

I believe that our ego is the root cause of judging. First, our ego compares the self with others, often putting others down to boost ourselves up.
Then it starts to compete, trying to prove that it is better. “I would have never done it that way”, etc. Then, it isn’t long until the harsh criticism shows up, “He is so awful…”

Once we’ve gotten to this point, we ultimately leave no room for peace in our mind or love in our heart. There is no space for forgiveness or happiness.

When my mind is spinning with judgment of what someone else has said or done, I don’t like how it feels. I don’t like that someone else is occupying my thoughts and that it brings negative feelings to my day. When this happens, I know I am not in a place where I want to be.

So then, what’s the solution to being judgmental?
I say it’s acceptance.

When we shift our thoughts from judging to accepting, with both ourselves and others, we can then get committed to creating what we say we want.

I came across a quote the other day by George Orwell (while watching Criminal Minds). It states that “happiness can exist only in acceptance.”

In order to move through the judgement when I catch myself slipping
into it, I focus on accepting the person or the situation for what it is.
(Now, this doesn’t mean that I have to agree with them or it – I just have
to accept what is!)

It also supports me to remember that given what is happening in the moment, that person is giving they’re 100 percent in that moment, and it couldn’t happen any other way.

To judge someone for one moment in time, without regard for the “bigger picture” I believe, lacks compassion.

If you ask anyone, no one will say that they like to be judged. Everyone wants to feel free from being judged, but very few people are free from judging. We want to be accepted unconditionally, but we rarely accept others unconditionally.

So the bigger question here is, why?

I am going to assert that we let our limiting conversations and thoughts run us to the point where we don’t fully accept ourselves. Our constant judgment of ourselves leads the way to do the same to others. I believe it’s yet one more way our ego distracts us to from doing the work we need to do to have our visions, goals, and dreams become reality.

– Kris Delgado

I keep saying YES

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Article written by Charlotte Bahm.

Almost every time, the Part 2 Trainer is teeing up Masterful Living, I think about what this training has meant for me. There was a time when I thought that I would grow old alone. That, now, could be farther from the truth. Not only do I have the Gratitude community for which I am forever grateful, but I also have a loving, kind, and nurturing family with three amazing girls and a wonderful wife.

How did this happen? I opened up to commitment, love, passion, and YES. I keep saying YES. When I say yes, a new door, a new adventure, a new beginning comes my way. I step into abundance every time I say YES.

Being a mom has created a new way of looking at saying yes. For toddlers, there can be a whole world of no. I get to create a world of yes for them, my family, and the world.