Sunday, November 11, 2012
We begin the week with contrary Elk, who warns that our habit of burning the candle at both ends will only result in our getting burned. He says, "Working yourself into the ground may look good to your boss, but it isn't really doing you any favors. What good is it to push yourself to the breaking point to reach a goal only to arrive at the finish line so exhausted you can't even enjoy your accomplishment?" Elk also warns that if we have been indulging in lack-based thinking, fear and worrying that we desperately need to stop this behavior. He says, "Challenge yourself to go on a 'Complaining Diet.' Take just one day to try not complaining - about ANYTHING." Elk continues, explaining, "The Universe does not distinguish between positive affirmations and negative affirmations. Whatever you spend your time, energy, emotions and thoughts on will be attracted to you. So, if you spend all of your time complaining about who won the election, the lack of money in your bank account, the lack of time, energy, opportunities or whatever else you feel you don't have enough of, it sends a clear signal to the Universe to continue sending you these unpleasant life situations. After all, that's what you're spending all of your time and energy on!" The good news is that you can change this energy in an instant. It's as easy as changing your mind. Stop complaining and make a commitment to focus on being grateful for what you DO have in your life and on those things you would like to have MORE OF in your life. Instead of saying, "I'm so tired of being broke all the time!" say "I am SO GRATEFUL that I have enough money to pay my rent / buy groceries / pay my bills / etc."
Elk's message about changing our focus and perspective continues into the middle of the week as we are joined by contrary Humminghird. When Hummingbird is out of balance, it is a warning that our heart centers have been closed. This may be because we have been hurt by another and are afraid to open ourselves up to being hurt again. It is a sign that we are feeling especially vulnerable and may be reacting to this feeling by lashing out at other people. Hummingbird says, "Your value does not depend on other people loving you. Your are a Divine child of God and are worthy of love, kindness and compassion. If someone has hurt you, that is their Karma to deal with. Let them go so that you can heal and move forward." Hummingbird continues saying, "Take time to love and care for your Self. Take a long bath, buy yourself a present, indulge in activities that bring you joy. This will allow you to begin the healing process."
We end the week with Horse, who tells me, "The situations you have been dealing with this week are all connected to Personal Power. Any time you give your Personal Power away to another, you create unbalance in your life. This leads you to making poor decisions. To right the situation, you MUST take back your Power. Do not let others make decisions for you or dictate how you should feel about anything. Do not let your friends, family, or job manipulate you into making unhealthy decisions about yourself and your life. Take a step back and take a long, hard look at your life. Find all of the places where others have made decisions for you and decide if this situation is what you REALLY want. Do you REALLY want to work 60 hours a week? Do you REALLY want your mother-in-law to come to your home for Thanksgiving dinner? Do you REALLY want to help your best friend move - again? Whatever your current situation, you are always in control. You can make the choice to change at any time. Make that time NOW!"