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Lena Townsend is a Registered Metaphysical Practitioner (RMP) with the World Metaphysical Association (WMA). Lena also serves as a Membership Coordinator on the WMA Executive Board of Directors. She is a Certified Tarot Master and has been reading Tarot for over ten years. Lena is a Certified Usui Reiki Master Teacher and an Ordained Minister. You may also find Lena writing as the Topeka Psychic Examiner on Examiner.com or working on various projects relating to her many intrests.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

A lesson in gratitude

People the world of over are talking about the Law of Attraction. Their focus is mainly on the abundance the Law of Attraction can manifest. One of the most important aspects to getting the Law of Attraction to work is certainly having faith, but another is gratitude.

In the month of November many will discuss the things they are thankful for either throughout the month or during their Thanksgiving celebrations, but do they truly understand the importance that being truly grateful plays in their life? Do you truly understand that it is important to appreciate the little things that happen each day?

It is easy to look at the positive things around us and find great joy and thankfulness within them, but it is never easy to appreciate the negatives. Okay, I know it sounds strange for someone to say aloud, “I’m thankful for the lessons I have learned along the way,” but it is those hard lessons, those negatives, that help us truly appreciate the positives.

Each step of our journey in life is one more step on the road toward full enlightenment. There will be times that we will veer off the beaten path. We may find ourselves lost in the darkness of the shadows that will later be lessons learned.

I know that it is hard to see how failure, bankruptcy, lost jobs, or lost love could possibly be something with which we should be thankful. None of us want to go through the hard parts repeatedly so this is why it is so important to recognize the situation for its worth.

As we go forward in our life and we suffer many hard knocks, it may be difficult to recognize those knocks as opportunities for the necessary changes that will lead to our future successes. An example would be the famous chef that burned his first cake, or made lumpy gravy, only later to become one of the finest culinary experts of all time. Through the mishaps, the burns and spills, and through many failed creations, he found his masterpiece, his specialty.

Like the chef, we may have many messes to clean up along the way, we may have to pick up and start over from scratch, but if we can find it within ourselves to look with open eyes and mind, and we could see things in a completely new way. We could recognize the situation before us as a potential learning opportunity; we could see it as building our character or strength of will.

Life does not have to be so complicated. In fact, sometimes the only reason it is complicated is that we are not stepping back and viewing the situation through an open mind. Once we can clearly see a situation and make rational decisions we can usually find a better way to handle even the most difficult of tasks, for that, we must also be grateful.

Once we are grateful for all we have and all we have learned, we are able to let go of the past and move forward. This crucial element of the Law of Attraction allows us to open ourselves up, clear the space that negativity occupied within us, and allow new blessings to come forth.

Now it is time to consider all you have experienced and the hidden positives within those experiences. What have you learned on your journey? How can you continue to grow? For what are you truly thankful?

Monday, November 7, 2011

Pondering Dreams

Many will experience at least one thought in their life that proves to be more than just a passing thought. It may be that this thought will come in the form of a dream or vision that tells them of something they do not yet realize is a picture or image of what is to come.

Some dreams are exactly that, a dream, others are much more than a simple dream. They may carry with them hidden messages through symbolism or hidden meanings of the actions. The dreams may actually reflect what will be done in a situation or what will occur due to a certain situation.

An example of the difference between a bizarre dream and a predictive dream would be something in the dream makes it so real that you cannot forget it. It leaves you sad or happy and you wake in tears or laughing aloud. In fact, it as if we are awake the whole time we are dreaming.

The steps that play out in the dream are so vivid it is as if we are actually taking them, we wake feeling the side of our face being cold as if the wind that blew in the dream had really been blowing and chilled our face.

How do we distinguish between what is reality and what is fantasy in a dream? I feel that we can tell the difference by the feel of the dream, even if the images are quite strange or seem to be very imaginative. It is not logical, in reality, that we may hear them as if they are speaking in our language, yet if they appear to be speaking to us maybe the message is something of reality.

I do not know that dreams can tell us everything we need to know but I do know that they can tell us much of what we need to know. I know that when they speak to us of something that relates somehow to something that is happening in our real life, not our dream life, it is probably a message with which we should pay close attention.

It is often a fact that until the event occurs in our waking life, we may never know that the dream was in fact a premonition or prophetic dream. No matter the dream, it is important that we pay attention to each detail and keep a journal of the dreams that come to us so we can compare what we think and feel with each one.

It is only after we implement a process to learn about how our dreams affect us that we can truly come to understand how our dreams speak to us. Each person will experience and go through this process differently but in the end the result is the same; a better understanding of oneself and ones messages through the world of dreams.

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