Saturday, December 28, 2013

Don't Believe the Hype! Am I a Hot Mess or Am I Perfect?

We can get can get conflicting messages from our spiritual leaders and teachers. There are some who focus on how much of a wretched person we are. Nobodies trying tell somebody, a hot mess, broken and lowly. Which keeps us in a low self- esteem, low self- worth mentality. We are never enough, so we give up and shirk personal responsibility for our lives. We become the victim who is constantly being taken advantage of, which creates bitterness, laziness, manipulation, self pity, and depression. And on the other spectrum some spiritual leaders and teachers focus on how perfect we are, all is well, We are right in what we do, our first mind is always right, and listen to our heart, it's always right. Which can lead to arrogance, superiority, delusion, self-righteousness, being judgmental of others, and the mind-set that everyone is hating on us, is jealous, and is the problem in our lives. This can make us create lives of paranoia, self-neglect, perfectionism, addictive behaviors, loneliness, and burnout. I believe we can be both depending on where we are spiritually, emotionally, psychologically, and relationally.

God sees us as his perfect creation. But, our belief systems, thoughts, heart, and actions may not be. These are the things within us which need healing. Life can influence all of these things and make us move away from who God created us to be. Both teachings can lead us to a place of fantasy and not living in authenticity and truth. We become not enough or too much. How can an all loving God have us in either state? God is about wholeness and balance. So, we must begin the process of the "Great Shift". Shifting our minds to see ourselves as we are in Christ. We are God's perfect creation needing to awaken to all we are in God. We have power, authority, and wisdom. But all of this can only be tapped into as we tap into The Source. In Him we move and have our being. This means we move in the flow of God. In the God flow is where perfection, peace, joy, love, forgiveness, trust, and wholeness resides. When we're flowing with God we wake up and live in the present moment where all are needs are met and the answers to every situation is a thought and encounter away.

So, don't believe the hype, you are wonderfully and beautifully made. And you can have a life that's a hot mess. But, when you acknowledge God in all your ways, surrender to God's plan for your life, and realize the Spirit of God is within you leading you to all truth. Then you will proclaim and live out the truth of "I am God 's perfect creation who needs healing in areas of my life."

As we bring 2013 to a close I hope you embrace this truth and begin to shift your being to live your best life.

Happy New Year!

Peace and Blessings- U. L. Muhammad

Monday, December 23, 2013

Tis' The Season

As 2013 is coming to an end, we enter into a special season, the season of reflection. What worked and didn't work for you this year. In this time of reflection try something new. Go inward and look at things only from your perspective on what worked and didn't work for you this year. Allow the focus to shift off of what part others played in your situations and only see what you contributed. I will give you some tips to make this season of reflection rich and life-changing for you:

1. Start with some inspirational or instrumental music playing in the background. Something soothing and/or music with words that will uplift and inspire you. Praise and Worship music is great also.

2. Pray before you begin your introspection. Let the Spirit guide you in this time. Use this prayer time for intercession, meditation and setting your intentions for what you want to get out of the process. Example- I want to see myself more clearly and learn from the hits and misses and how to make my life better. I want to improve my relationships by seeing what I have contributed to them.

3. Have the Word of God with you during this process. You may feel led to search the Holy Scriptures during this time. Certain scriptures may be illuminated to you for a particular situation. The scriptures will give great insight, revelation and confirmation.

4. Have a journal to write down insights and words of wisdom that may be given to you during this time.

5. Be honest and expect change. Don't allow defensiveness, unforgiveness, anger, shame and guilt keep you from dealing with your core issues.
Allow the healing to reach you for true transformation.

6. End in gratitude. Give thanks for this special time and everything that has transpired this year. The great and the challenging. Let his thankfulness be your praise to God.

Remember, it's not how you start, but how you finish. Finish 2013 stronger, wiser, and with more peace and love. Merry Christmas!

Peace and Blessings- U. L. Muhammad