Tuesday, October 25, 2016

What's Really Going On?

By Stephanie E. Wilson-Coleman
Author of Be Sure You Dance:  Life’s lessons to make every moment count,
Embracing Life’s Lessons and Is Anybody Listening?
www.champagneconnection.com  •  www.asipofinspiration.com

     At times, life’s lessons seem to be too numerous and so overwhelming we throw our arms in the air convinced that we are powerless, unable to manage our lives, unable to control our destiny. These feelings are most prevalent during the red sea experiences of our journey. At this point, we are extremely vulnerable to the negative forces that continuously strive to trap us in a chain of events certain to cinch our destruction if we lose sight of the truth about ourselves. The voices of any weaknesses that are a natural part of our human fiber become amplified and we are often blinded, causing us to focus only on the negative.
 When we allow ourselves to become shortsighted, we are sometimes drawn to explore negative activities, i.e., abuse of mind altering substances and other thrill seeking actions. We then risk the danger of becoming trapped in this netting and the belief of any overcoming dwindles with each passing day. We tend to repeat this cycle, only to find ourselves in the middle of the wilderness with no clear path of return to our rightful place.
  The only way to stop this chain of events is to realize who we really are. The highs of thrill seeking activities are only short-lived antidotes. They tend to temporarily anesthetize our pain. But this wears off. We then find ourselves deeper in the depth of despair. Now is the time to remember—all things come to pass—and the universe cannot fail us or forsake us. Its sole purpose is to support us.
 If you will, recall an event from your past you thought you would never survive, then bask in the realization that you did survive and, in fact, you possess all the qualities, ideas and strengths to overcome again.
  During this life-cycle, we will have many rebirths and numerous over-comings. By looking back on the growth areas of our lives, we are reminded that the intent of the Divine is to give us our heart's desires. We then become reacquainted with our inner self and discover the voice of eternal guidance has never deserted us.  Allow yourself to marvel at how creative you have become. Discover with a little faith, creativity and meditation, you will again overcome, rise to the top and return to your rightful place. Because we do not always follow the divine plan for our lives, coming face to face with seeming failure is imminent. But when we are patient and refuse to label our adventures as good or bad, we are able to experience a resurrection and all unpleasant situations will simply fade away, leaving only its bittersweet nectar of success. Our testament to the magnificence of the universe is the lesson we teach.  Everyone we come in contact with will learn by how we live our life. The love we possess and the glimpses of God's goodness that are apparent in our life is what we ultimately teach others.

Stephanie, a Success Mindset  Mentor, has the uncanny ability to help others transform their emotional and mental obstacles into stepping stone to living their dreams.  She has an insatiable appetite for helping others achieve the impossible.  She lives her inspiration as the founder of The Champagne Connection, Inc., the author of 3 books and the Host of the television show "A Sip of Inspiration”, http://www.asipofinspiration.com and http://www.champagneconnection.com.  She is also a regular contributor to The MetaMonthly Magazine, Champagne and Beyond Magazine, www.champagneandbeyond1.com, and Ezine Articles.  Her super power:  Transforming Lives

Eat the Dessert First

By Stephanie E. Wilson-Coleman
Author of Be Sure You Dance:  Life’s lessons to make every moment count,
Embracing Life’s Lessons and Is Anybody Listening?
www.champagneconnection.com •  www.asipofinspiration.com

     It is written . . .
It is the Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom; Trust in the Lord with all your heart and not rely on your own insight. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths; Lift your eyes now and look from the place where you are northward, southward, eastward and westward, all that you see, I will give to you. What do you see?
Do your problems seem as tall as trees? Do you see bills due and not enough money? Do you see signs of aging and poor health? 

 What do you see?  Or better yet, where do you put your faith?

Irrespective of denomination there are scores of prosperity promises throughout the Bible. We are continually bombarded with endless prosperity techniques and testimonies, but people still believe the problem is with the supply, refusing to understand that the problem is with the demand. We must look into our hearts and begin to truly put our faith in Spirit. It is only when we leap that the net will appear. Start now to move by faith and not by sight.

How often have we asked for something, acted upon the request as if it were already done and then allowed depression, fear and doubt to set in and short circuit our vision, creating a wilderness experience? Focusing on lack and living out of our past and not our imagination evokes the powerful law of cause and effect. What you see is what you get. It is our own limited consciousness that is getting in our way. Start dreaming a dream so big that the palms of your hand begin to sweat. It has been said on numerous occasions that when you follow your dreams, you will be faced with God-ordained opportunities, brilliantly disguised as problems and challenges. It may be insane to live with a dream, but it is madness to live without one.  Living your dreams takes not only courage but an internal belief that you will be successful.  Spirit has promised to never fail us nor forsake us.  Joshua was successful in conquering Jericho with this promise. Time to get busy fulfilling our destiny.  Time to eat the dessert.

After you have dreamed your dream, you must begin to plan. Infinite Kindness is always guiding us. Set aside regularly scheduled time periods to listen to Spirit. Follow the instructions exactly as Spirit reveals them. Do not try to rush Spirit or improve upon the instructions. Commit yourself to doing one thing every day toward making your dreams a reality.

Because life was not meant to be without God ordained opportunities, you will have to be diligent in searching for the good. You are a perfect idea in the mind of the Divine. Every place you find yourself is hallowed ground and while on the hallowed ground, negative thoughts and words are not welcome. Always be mindful of your thoughts and words, especially if you are living a wilderness existence.  Thoreau said, “when we move confidently in the direction of our dreams and endeavor to live the life we have imagined, we will meet success unexpected in common hours.”

Imagine the life you want to live. It is not necessary to know each step to be taken, it is only important that we begin to walk in the direction Spirit is pointing us toward. If we need to be redirected, as long as we are in motion, Spirit will gently nudge us and guide us to the right path.  Whether we are moving toward our dream or living out our days in despair, we are always creating our next experience. Vow today to be proactive with your life and not reactive. Decide your future, believe you can achieve your heart's desire, stop looking back to the “old” you for guidance, trust in Spirit unconditionally and imagine a millionaire's victory. Get ready! Here comes the dessert tray!

Remember life is too short to drink cheap champagne.  Dream Big and Life the life you have imagined.  

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Heal Your Addictions
Heal Your Addictions

By Stephanie E. Wilson-Coleman
Author of Be Sure You Dance:  Life’s lessons to make every moment count,
Embracing Life’s Lessons and Is Anybody Listening?
www.champagneconnection.com • www.asipofinspiration.com
Email:  nspire@champagneconnection.com

I love stories and here is one that always touches my heart. 
Some time ago, a 17 year old teenager found himself at a crossroad.  The questions that plagued him were “what am I to do and what will I become?  Not able to find the answers within himself, he left his house early one morning to walk along the ocean. During his walk, he noticed a bottle had been washed ashore.  Because he was curious, he decided to pick it up and open it.  Inside he found a note that said, “If you have a vision, inspiration and a sense of service to humanity, you will change the world.”  The teenager wondered what changing the world had to do with success.
    Because of the many teeth rattling challenges I have overcome, I am frequently asked what inside of me chose success instead of failure, financial independence instead of poverty, and love instead of hate?  What principles do I live by?  What are my core beliefs?
     When I review my experiences, I asked myself, what has become clear to me?  These are some of the truths I discovered.

Heal your addiction to gossip; Watch your mouth; guard your words .
     When we think of addictions, we often think of addictions to substances, such as drugs, alcohol and perhaps gambling.  But I’m talking about more common addictions.  Things that are so natural to us that we sanction them by saying “that’s just normal human behavior.” 
     We have the same amount of time as Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, and Oprah.  168 hours a week, or 525,600 minutes in a year; however, we often waste these precious minutes on things and people that will not lead us closer to success. 
     The 23rd number of Psalms gives us an important safety tip.  While in the valley of death, we are cautioned to walk through the valley of the shadow of death.  It does not say stop, collect $200, take pictures, gossip, and judge others. 
     While in the valley experiences of our life, we seem to enjoy pointing out the mistakes of others.  For some reason we choose to spend our precious minutes actively studying what someone else should be doing or saying, or backstabbing and repeating information we do not know is true.   
    Engaging in gossip, participating in conversations that affirm the poor state of the economy, talking about too much month at the end of our money, and offering unwanted advice and opinions about what other folks our doing are ways to keep you from experiencing a cup that overflows. 
With all the power we possess, we are still unable to change others.  Our power begins and ends with the person we see in the mirror.  
     If you kept a diary, you would find that we spend approximately 20 hours a week, not working toward our goals, but being actively involved in social conversations talking about other people. 
     The addition to gossip is a key behavior that helps us avoid coming face to face with our own feelings of inadequacy and unworthiness.   It is always easier to see the faults in others, but we are cautioned in Matthew 7:5 to first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye. 
      Because every interaction is an exchange of energy, eliminating gossip from your life will 1) improve your own self esteem by improving your integrity; talking about others without their knowledge is a signal of weaknesses and inferiority; 2) free up time for you to make bold moves in your own life toward your goals; 3) become more compassionate by realizing that no one is perfect, we all make mistakes.  We often find that miracles are revealed in making mistakes.  If you are not making mistakes, you are not learning. 
    Make sure you spend your 525,600 minutes talking about love, joy.  All of your conversations should be healing, inspiring and uplifting.
    Remember, life is too short to drink cheap champagne.