Reflection: “It is a terrible thing to see and have no vision.”
Helen Keller

Smorgasboard…
One of the main objectives of Silver Threads is to awaken the reader to the other side of the coin, to introduce thinking along new lines. In the words of the Author of “Thoughts Become Things,“ Mike Dooley, ”Life is not what you see, but what you've projected. It's not what you've felt, but what you've decided. It's not what you've experienced, but how you've remembered it. It's not what you've forged, but what you've allowed. And it's not who's appeared, but who you've summoned…” This issue of Silver Threads will take the time to examine each of the above statements which is quite a buffet list, are you ready to taste a little of everything?

What you see is what you get – or not…

The first line in the message ”Life is not what you see, but what you've projected” addresses your energies and vibrations. Spoken about in Silver Threads many times, life is like a mirror, what you are vibrating energetically is what you will attract. This is also known as the Law of Attraction. Keeping in mind that your vision is an interpretation of your life experiences, what you ‘think’ may simply be a manifestation of your version of the story. What story are you telling yourself; what are you putting forth; what are you projecting? If the path upon which you tread daily seems dark even as you look ahead, it is time to stop and examine your expectations, desires and plans. The guiding light you need to move forward is within you, secreted in the wisdom of your core. With an open heart and mind, radiance will emanate and serve you in all that you choose to feel and do. The positive will attract the positive, the robust will catch the attention of the hearty and joy will draw happiness to you like the nectar of a flower calls to a honey bee. It is up to you to choose.

To touch, to feel…
Speaking of choosing, “It's not what you've felt, but what you've decided” comes next. Feelings are a reaction to the happenings of life. If you created a list of happenings on a page that was marked ‘positive’ on one side and ‘negative’ on the other, which column would be longer? More often than not, people will react to something before they have taken the time to think about it. A ‘button’ has been pushed It is a pre-programmed response due to an event that may have taken place so many years earlier that the details cannot be remembered. Yet there is a shadow, a memory known as a ‘dogmatic position.’ From this aspect of thinking, any event that resembles the original will cause you to unconsciously choose the very same reaction time and time again. What would happen to your choices if rather than automatically diving into a trunk filled to the brim with the past, you exercised your ability to remain ‘in the moment?’ Something to think about!

‘Thanks for the memories’…
Have you ever heard two or three people describe the same office situation, car accident, or movie? Each description will be told just a bit differently. Every individual sees life based on their own story. “It's not what you've experienced, but how you've remembered it” addresses these differences. Some will see the glass as ‘half full’ while others will look at the same glass as ‘half empty.’ How have you warehoused the many stories of your life? Keeping in mind that these stories affect every choice you make today, have you ever thought about doing an inventory on your ‘life library’? Whatever the event, whatever the outcome, there was a lesson contained therein. Have you discovered just what that gift was yet? Perhaps, in review, you may wish to do some re-writes, using new eyes to look at the way you remember an experience, thereby allowing a fresh story and another reaction to evolve. Author, CEO and Co-founder of the Human Performance Institute, Dr. Jim Loehr talks about our narratives, “Stories make sense of chaos; they organize our many divergent experiences into a coherent thread; they shape our entire reality. And far too many of our stories are dysfunctional, in need of serious editing.” You have the power to create engaging, entertaining, positive tales about you – are you ready?

What do you have…
Fourth on the list is, “It's not what you've forged, but what you've allowed.” This refers to the fact that you have the power to teach people they way in which you want to be treated. By permitting others to behave in such a way that you are not being or honoring your Self, you are allowing life to take you in whatever direction others deem plausible. To receive respect from those around you, show that you honor yourself first and foremost. When that which you are sharing with others emanates from deep within yourself, shining genuine and pure, that is what shall come back to you. As you re-write your stories, you will begin to see that you have had countless reasons throughout your life to be profoundly grateful. Look at what you do have, rather than what you think is missing. Think about the many relationships in your life, what are you allowing? In what way can you look at what is already there and see it in a new light? This too is a part of your story.

Knock, knock…
Next to last, “it's not who's appeared, but who you've summoned.” This deals with coincidence. There is a theory that there is no such thing as coincidence. All that happens is planned, every phenomenon a part of your destiny. Should this be true, each person in your life, however great or small the role they play, has been attracted to you by you.

Imagine that! No accidents, no mistakes, you have placed each person with whom you interact on your path. If there is a soul that has the job of driving you absolutely crazy; a person who seems to make your life miserable, they are there for a big reason. Look past your initial emotions; glance beyond the surface behaviors and reactions and you will discover the reason, the lesson they carry for you. Once you determine the reason for their traveling on your path, you may choose whether they get to remain for a season or a lifetime. Remember, it is not about ‘them’ it is your lesson, it is about you! If you leave a relationship before you have garnered the lesson, another individual with similar, perhaps shoddier behavior patterns will knock on your door. Each time a lesson is missed and a new presenter comes into your life, the challenge becomes bigger, heavier, darker. Make time to understand the lessons as they come so as not to repeat them. Keep in mind, lessons like diamonds are often multi-faceted.

Time for dessert…
These many pieces of your life pie, served buffet style, arranged here and there on your path, act as lessons, guides, even alarm clocks. The end of the quote not recorded in the opening paragraph, “…until you find what you already have” refers to the fact that all the wisdom you will ever need was with you at the moment of your birth. It is up to you to tap into it. This can be accomplished one step at a time, one message at a time.

Begin by awakening your own love, honor and grace. Dwell in a place of respect and dignity; choose your actions and reactions from a place of kindness – in short order you will know what you have, have always had, and life will be transformed. How will you know you have reached a place of Self respect and grace? Whatever it is that you are doing; whomever you are involved with, the feelings will be peaceful, even blissful, and when you take that deep, cleansing breath that I so often mention, on the exhale – you will know.

Life is a mirror, there are always two sides to a coin, at least two aspects to a story; two (or more) opinions in a conversation – Is your vision open and unclouded by yesterday, yesteryear? Do you truly see what is in the moment before you? Have you gone over, released or re-written what was behind you and do you look with joyful anticipation to what lies ahead?

Give yourself the gift of vision!

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