Your ability to make a shift to view a stressful or painful situation from a healthier perspective is the ultimate empowerment. And whether you know it or not, the reason you gain this empowerment is because you have made a connection, either consciously or unconsciously, to a higher part of yourself.

Yes, there is more to our existence than our human and physical selves. There is a higher force involved in our lives and if we adhere to this then life becomes easier, both at home and at work.

My intention here is not to shove my own spiritual beliefs down your throat, but to make you aware that I know without a doubt that there is a higher force involved in my life. When I’m connected to this force my life works. When I’m not my life doesn’t. It’s as simple as that.

It really doesn’t matter what you call this higher part of yourself. You can call it your Higher Self, God, the Light, Buddhahood, the Force (especially if you’re a Jedi), Love, the Power, the Almighty One, or “Bob.” The name you give it does not diminish its power in your life. I know that my responsibility to myself is to stay connected to my Higher Self and to keep myself calm on the inside regardless of the chaos that may be raging all around me. I know how crucial it is to keep my thoughts positive when my life seems to be falling apart. Yes, this is a large order to fill. Then again, we’re talking about a large principal here: the divinity within. It’s within all of us. It is the spiritual aspect of who we are.

When I get caught up in life, so busy paying bills, catching planes, making decisions, writing books about being busy, achieving goals, and trying to balance my life that I don’t live in compliance with my spiritual responsibilities there is usually hell to pay. We create our own hell when, for whatever reason, we don’t make the shift to view our challenges from a higher part of ourselves. Every time we think, feel or choose to act in a negative way, we run the risk of separating ourselves from our natural state of joy and inner peace. The price we pay for this is the burning inner conflict that leads to physical duress and a host of mental and emotional disorders.

Did you know that every destructive thought you have kills a part of you in some way. When you allow yourself to go on emotional binges of anger, guilt, hatred, jealousy, and fear, you are punishing yourself by inducing pain, sickness and failure in your life. Yes you might feel you have every right to complain and to rant and rave about how unfair your life is. It may seem justified not to forgive someone who deliberately put you in harms way. Just remember that you also have a right to the headaches, stomachs disorders, high blood pressure and miserable existence that inevitably follows.

Throughout all of my experiences and all that I have learned (most of which I learned the hard way), I can say when I am in touch with this higher force within me, my life flows. I am more at peace with myself regardless of what is occurring around me. I am filled with joy and laughter because I fully appreciate who I am. And no matter where I am, I know that is where I am supposed to be. When I shift my focus and allow my Higher Self to take over, I know that there is that in me that can meet any challenge head-on and be blessed by it. It is this rock-solid attitude that opens up my spiritual reservoir and fosters my soul to grow.

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