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ISSUE DATE: June 2006







Okay, I have to admit I was watching The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. I watched the stories and pictures on television as Zarqawi was killed and one section of Al-Qaeda was put to rest. I was fascinated for a moment as I witnessed the triumph, the sense of victory, that so many expressed. Some people even said that the world felt a little bit safer.

While one part of me was horrified, there was another part that was fascinated with the human conditioning that feels the need to control the external circumstances of our lives as if that will make any long-lasting difference to our inner sense of well-being.

Which brought me to a different perspective.

Forget the terrorists that live outside of you. The real question is: What are you doing about the terrorists that live within???

When we stop looking outside of ourselves for the peace, freedom, safety, or prosperity that we desire, THEN we'll have a real cause for a news conference!

When we finally stop running so hard to get away from fears that have been created by others and turn to change the thoughts and the beliefs that torment us from within, THEN we'll have a real success to celebrate!

You know - that inner dialogue, the self-talk that challenges us with thoughts that I'm not enough, there's not enough, I'll never be happy, I'll never be free, I can't afford it, and all kinds of other nonsense that sometimes may seem like a steady barrage of incoming fire that just drags you down, stops you dead in your tracks, and even sucks the joy out of life and living.

When we finally embrace fully the fact that we are richly-endowed children of the Universe here to know fun, joy, peace, love, freedom and ease, THEN we'll have something really exciting to talk about!

When we set ourselves free from our own self-constructed prisons, THEN that will be a true victory!

When we release all the ideas of lack and limitation that have held us back in the past from embracing the limitless abundance that is just waiting for us to receive it, THEN that will be a cause for celebration!

When we are finally willing to let go of the past, stand up for ourselves and take responsibility for our lives instead of expecting everyone else to do it for us, THEN we can declare our freedom!

When we finally let go of the old ideas of control, manipulation, and competition that are based on poverty consciousness and that tell us there isn't enough for everyone, THEN that will be the mark of a real triumph!

Every aspect of your life is created by your thoughts and what you focus on. It all begins with your thoughts. This is no longer a matter of faith, fantasy, or metaphysics. It's proven scientific fact.

When you have the courage to wake up and take responsibility, to commit, to have the determination to focus your thoughts, to accept only the very best, and to no longer tolerate the negative self-talk and limiting beliefs of others, THEN you will begin to know how truly powerful you are!

YES we have the power to change the world, but it's not going to happen by destroying a single home with a few extremists. YOU have the power to change the world one life at a time, one day at a time, one moment at a time, one second at a time. And it all begins inside of you.

We are living in a time of dynamic change, and it's no longer enough to simply sit back and talk about it.

Stop wasting your time and energy on mean, nasty, or petty people, things that happened in the past, and stuff you don't have any control over. Stop talking about what you coulda, woulda, shoulda do. Stop complaining and stop making excuses. Stop telling yourself and others scary stories.

As we approach the Fourth of July, the Day of Independence in the United States, write your own Declaration of independence from all those things that have held you back in the past, the things that have kept you living small, the beliefs that have held you living a life of fear.

Yes, it may be scary at first and you may feel uncomfortable. That's part of change and pushing beyond your comfort zone.

You may wonder if you can do it, if you're strong enough. Let me tell you right now, you CAN do it, and you ARE enough.

It may not be easy, but it's simple. Begin by telling yourself who you REALLY are each and every day. Then, go out and live it. When you do that your life will shift, and you WILL make a difference in the world that is more powerful, more long-lasting, more life-changing, more wonderful, more spectacular than any fireworks display you could ever imagine.

You will be part of the awakening on this planet that allows us to LIVE the dream that we all came here to be part of.

If you're ready to move forward in life to claim the power that you already have and to take back control of your life, here are some steps you can take:

1. Write your own Declaration of Independence. Write out the reasons why you are declaring your freedom, and what you will no longer tolerate in your life. Then write out what you now choose for your life and the daily actions you are going to take. (As a suggestion, include a regular practice of positive self-talk and celebration.) Sign your Declaration and date it. Mean it, claim it, own it, live it.

2. Every time you look in the mirror or see your reflection, take a moment to stop and say to yourself "I love you."

3. Find a place to be quiet and perhaps light a candle or play some soft, soothing music. Imagine for a moment that you are a small child, and that you are surrounded by Beings that absolutely love and adore you. Beings that see you as only your very best, a gifted and wonderful child of the Universe. Now, allow your mind to have these Beings tell you all the things you wish you had always heard in your life, the words your heart has been longing for. Maybe you'll hear something like this:

You are magnificent. You are gifted. You are brilliant. You are lovable. You are loved. You are talented. You are beautiful. You make me happy. You can be, do, and have anything you choose in this lifetime. You are a blessing. You are blessed. We are here for you absolutely. Everything you desire will be provided. All we want is for you to be happy and to know how much you are loved. You are a special light in this world. You make a difference. We love you. You are safe. We are here for you. We are here to support you. We are here to delight you. We are here to respond to your every desire. We love you. You deserve the very best. You are worthy. You are exceptional. You are good. You are great. You make my heart sing. We love you.

4. When your list is complete, repeat those thoughts many times over in your mind. You may choose to add some more expressions to your list. When you feel that your list is complete for this time, record the list of expressions, those words you've been longing to hear all your life. Play your recording often so that your mind will know you are operating from a new system of beliefs.

CONGRATULATE and CELEBRATE yourself for having the courage to take this brave step forward. Feel the joy, the blessings, the freedom that this brings to you and open your mind, your heart, your spirit and every cell of your being to begin creating the life you love to live every day in every way!

YOU deserve it!

To your wealth and success,

Debbie Friedman, C.Ht.


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- Winston Churchill



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- Julia Cameron in The Artist's Way


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