Photo: Sunrise in May by J. Wilder Bill
Find Your Safe Place in the World.
Hold the Moment Through the Storm.
Photo: Sunrise in May by J. Wilder Bill
Find Your Safe Place in the World.
Hold the Moment Through the Storm.
Photo: The Big Island, Hawaii by J. Wilder Bill
Significant experiences in our lives prompt us to reach outside ourselves for strength and comfort. Sometimes, despite our best efforts to maintain a positive outlook, to focus on what we would like to have come about instead of on the worst outcome. Our prayers might seem unanswered, unless empowered by momentum.
A critical day in my life was when my mother decided it was time to remove the training wheels from my white Schwinn. She was surprisingly agile with the tools she carried out to the driveway. Despite my protests, she had me teetering on my bicycle at the top of our hill on top of a hill, with her arthritic hand holding the back of my seat covered in pink roses. She ran alongside me a few feet, and the momentum of my free falling down the hills held the power for me to keep my balance.
On first attempt, my feeble mother let go and I glided into the cove independently. When my father got home from work, I showed him how well I could circle the manhole cover in the center of the cove. He suggested I go around the edge of the cove where it was easier to keep my momentum constant without having to cut the wheel. I gained speed until a stick got caught in the spokes. I hit the curb and the handlebar left a colorful bruise at my third eye.
They key in my achievement was the momentum. Despite my reluctance to reach the goal of riding without training wheels, the momentum ensured I would succeed. Only when the acceleration or forward movement was blocked did I crash. Once I learned to ride a bike, I was able to explore distant pastures and abandoned cottages. It broadened my awareness of what was around me.
This building up of energy is how we elevate our skills and how we create change in our lives. You have the ability to change your situation by applying a greater amount of energy toward the outcome you prefer to have materialize.
Attracting a desirable experience begins with your words. The words first appear inside your head. A repeated thought digs a rivulet in your subconscious, which paves how you respond. A critical aspect of taking control of your destiny is to discipline your thoughts. Notice what the narrative in your mind is sharing with you. When you allow the words inside your head to influence your perceptions. Until you notice where your inner dialogue originates, you have the potential of being manipulated as if your thoughts were someone else.
The narrative in our minds doesn’t always say what we think, or even what is best for us to hear. Our minds tend to repeat what has been spoken nearby regardless of whether it is in our best interest. The thoughts could have originated from a violent movie, from an overheard conversation between strangers, or from others who don’t understand everything about our circumstances. When left unchecked, the lectures we give ourselves can merely repeat the ideas from those whose opinions we don’t trust.
A proven method for creating momentum is through prayer. Receiving an answer to a prayer relies heavily on the level of intensity. The more concentration and focus you put on any task, the more precise you are.
There are many tasks each of us performs on a regular basis. When you multitask, you are more likely to make mistakes. The outcome of your efforts is less likely to be the way you visualized.
Each of our thoughts forms a barrier around our physical bodies. You program the space around you and those programs bring about your experiences. Despite the intensity of your wishes, it is possible for your prayers and efforts to bring about your preferred life circumstance seems to fall on deaf ears.
A blessing of living in this time is in our ability to achieve what we want quickly. Prosperity exists in many forms and, where it doesn’t exist, we have the resources due to man’s creativity and intelligence to thrive with what we have. When we have a block in our thoughts or we hold back on applying our devoted attention to manifesting our desires, we tend to blame the higher sources, or perhaps kick ourselves for being unworthy.
Never devalue yourself and your likelihood to achieve your best interests. As a descendant of the Supreme Being, you have a value. Each of us was born on Earth as a result of our placing a value on being here. There was a time where you managed to concentrate your efforts into bringing about your existence in this life. Know that this is a very special time for living, and the fact you are here, sharing with the rest of us, is your badge of recognition. With the infinite possibilities of what you can accomplish during your life, you get to choose enjoying the good, or romanticizing the bad. Keep in mind that many of us get a boost in spirit from a bout of bad luck. You might relish those moments you can indulge in pampering yourself until the veil of self pity lifts.
Meanwhile, once you are ready to release the depth of your emotions, you have the natural talent to put deliberate concentration into manifesting the most desirable outcome you can visualize. The images take shape in the space around you and remain connected to your vision until developing enough momentum to draw into your path identical outcomes. This is where your thoughts attract certain situations and people into your life. When you are unaware of the power you have but you are perceptive enough to see similarities between conversations you have and experiences that follow, you might refer to the synchronicities as coincidences.
The coincidence is in opening your heart to realize the link between what is on your mind, and what appears in your path. This awareness of how connected you are to the events that come about is a monumental step in developing the ability to take control of your life.
Your job is to identify the source of where the thoughts behind the words you speak began. Notice how often you are repeating what someone else’s opinion, and evaluate whether it fits with your authentic feelings. Resist the habit of hearing unreliable voices in your head. Select the advice you give to yourself. Once you have a sense of safety, you should replay those thoughts. The power behind your words builds each time you apply concentration to the meanings, and it builds the momentum for you to create change.
Photo: Springtime Awakening by J. Wilder Bill
The simple beauty resonates.
With every Friday I find the grace of God in the form of true love.
Archangel Anael ignites romance with the serenity of a white dove.
His affection inspires virtue with harmony for an abundant life,
As the angel most often invoked he gives inner peace to deter strife.
Archangel Anael overcomes shyness, granting confidence to those redeemed,
Within a fiery chariot he carries me and all others highly esteemed.
My long-term career acquires status as through him I’m recognized,
For my creativity improving the world beyond what I ever realized.
The prophet Enoch reached heaven upon Archangel Anael’s upward heave,
And if I practice patience, the glorious gift of passion I also will receive.
When he visits, artists and musicians find solace for their inspiration,
Because the beauty from the grace of God spreads everywhere in creation.
Wednesdays are the special day for chatting with a chummy friend.
Shining Archangel Raphael loves fun and travel to any distant land.
He responds to wounded humans, healing illness and disease.
In the image of a serpent, he removes pain with simple ease.
The golden Archangel Raphael is named God has healed,
He presenting a text to Noah related to the medical field.
His visit to Abraham bestowed great virtues to his name,
Guiding those repented up from the underworld gave him fame.
Archangel Raphael sends God’s blessings when heartfelt I pray.
His presence in conversations changes sorrow into a joyful day.
He shares knowledge of the sciences and aids pilgrims heading west,
As he watches over my doings, I know my safety is at its best.
Photo: Lorraine Hotel, Memphis by J. Wilder Bill
It takes one voice to bring Heaven to the globe we share. As much as we carve out territories and erect picket fences, containing space is impossible. One voice carries truth in every direction and to all walks of life.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. woke from his last dream in Memphis, Tennessee, the Delta where my dreams began. As I sit a thousand miles away, there is little notice of this national holiday but at the place of his assassination on the anniversary of his death, folks from all across the country make a sojourn to the Lorraine Hotel.
It’s a royal affair with the pilgrims wearing their finest feathered hats, elaborate dresses, and fur coats. Every walk of life drives with their headlights on. Folks who don’t typically have a reason to talk wave and honk to each other as they pass. For decades, a woman lived in a cardboard box outside the hotel, making a statement.
Dr. King’s early death symbolizes a dream cut short from ripening into completion. While his poetry gives African Americans the confidence to be accepted by their peers, his message does not deliver them beyond a limited concept of equality.
Glancing through the United States Census Bureau reports, I see the steady 23% climb from the 1960s to the present in the number of African Americans who earn a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college. Yet, according to the Bureau, African Americans earn the lowest annual income. I get it, their people are suppressed because they don’t have the privileges others enjoy. But what exactly does that mean?
A large majority of millionaires, according to Statista, are of Caucasian descent. Oftentimes, first generation immigrants of non Western European ancestry consider themselves to be white.
Forbes lists more than 10% of millionaires in the U.S. as first generation immigrates. As a matter of fact, it’s not just African Americans who miss out. Immigrants become entrepreneurs at double the rate of residents born in the U.S. The Bureau reports 8% of the millionaire population are African Americans, born and raised in on their turf.
The successes or failures a person experiences is a reflection of his mindset – the image he has about himself. Self image creates road blocks that can be eliminated by his perceiving himself as capable of reaching certain goals and filling a chosen image.
If someone doesn’t find a value in opportunities, his self perceived image will override his ability to take that next step toward his goal. The New York Post provides that minorities accepted into colleges under an affirmative action program are less likely to graduate. California eradicated its affirmative action plan in 1996, and the percentage of minorities who stayed in college and earned their degrees doubled.
An article by the Technology Innovation Management Review stresses the significance in how a person perceives the value of what he receives. An individual might desire the value of attending college, or even the more basic needs of receiving food and shelter. His perceived value is his expectation of what the product, service or education will provide to him – how it will change his life. A critical element of the value is the “emotional payoff and achievement of a goal or desire.”
Receiving something for free or without having to provide anything in return causes the recipient to asses the product, service or shelter, as having a lower value. Having a thing that has no value leaves the recipient feeling unfulfilled, and essentially lowers his self confidence.
Not only the results of receiving the item or service provide a value. The recipient needs the fulfillment of providing something in exchange for the product, service or education in order to determine what its value is, in order to gain a sense of achievement in meeting that goal of earning the item or service. The value is determined before and after receiving.
How many gifts have you discarded? How often have you loaned something to a relative or friend, only to have it returned damaged or never returned, at all?
The next step in achieving Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s dream is for our education system to incorporate self esteem courses beginning in elementary school. While Dr. King is an inspiration to today’s leaders in continuing his social progress, today’s speakers are spreading the same message he shared over forty years ago. The social climate has changed, and the cause to generate progress is not at the same road block. With a different issue at hand, the solution has changed, as well.
Dr. King’s spoken dreams are realized. We have this day to recognize the good in where our society is in the present moment. Still, this holiday signifies our time for a new approach. If Dr. King had lived to a ripe age, his message would have shifted to meet our current level of humanitarian growth in our global goal to assimilate Heaven on Earth.
It is right for minorities to apply the thoughts and visualizations with an intention to view themselves as achieving their goals independently. They have the capacity and strengths and talents to accomplish their dreams. They deserve the confidence gained through the fulfillment of an achievement. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. lived the life of a man with the confidence to share his image, and to believe in African Americans receiving the benefit of his confidence.
Photo: Kraft Azalea Garden by J. Wilder Bill