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The Power of Appreciation

Do you want to be lucky? Do you want to be happy? Do you want to be helpful? Are you willing to spend time thinking about how good you are, how much you do, and how well you do it? Are you willing to appreciate the magic and wonder of All That Is, including yourself? Without the support of All That Is in the form of our thoughts, our bodies, and inner and outer realities, we wouldn’t exist and experience the things we do. We wouldn’t be the person we are. We wouldn’t have the power to create the person we’d love to be. Without challenges, what would inspire us to learn and grow, to change and evolve?

An alternate title for this article might be: To change what you create, change what you think.

Conaciousness (Aware Energy) is the Source and Substance of All That Is

As We Think, We Create

I have no Ph.D nor do I have any history of success as measured by society’s normal standards. I’m just me being who I love to be and doing what I love to do. Exploring the nature of consciousness and being and sharing my discoveries with others is my greatest passion. If you decide you want to read about my thoughts and experiences, welcome. Read on!

It’s my experience and belief that we create our own reality from what we choose to believe about ourselves and the world around us. Entertain thoughts of fear, and we find things to fear. Entertain thoughts of love, and we find things to love.

I’m not telling you anything you don’t already know because we’re all connected to the energy of All That Is and have equal access to every idea. However, from the time we’re born, we’re fed a diet of ideas that are unique to life in human form. Most of our attention needs to be on physical reality for us to survive. That Great Forgetting often cuts us off from our deepest knowing and it takes time to bring it back. Thankfully, we still know it when we see it, feel it or hear it. If we want to be lucky, doesn’t it make sense that we must spend time thinking about how lucky we are, that we must accept that we are lucky?

  1. Step one: Decide you want to be lucky. Every one of us, by searching our past, can find experiences that made us feel lucky or thankful. Thankfulness can also be viewed as a form of luck.
  2. Step two: Examine your thoughts for personal and cultural beliefs, attitudes, values and expectations that conflict or limit your ability to experience “luckiness”. It may be fear of what you might do if you win lots of money in the lottery. Will you use it in a way that benefits you and others or harms yourself and others? Learning how to shape energy into a pleasing reality is one of the greatest challenges we all face in life because everything is energy. Embrace your energy and map out a plan for using it in a way that gives you a sense of satisfaction, a feeling of a job well done. Trust your inner feelings. Clear the path of other obstacles that stand in the way of your luckiness or value fulfillment using the same strategy. Pay attention and trust what works and makes you happy. Be a conscious creator of your reality. “Plow the road!” – Quote from movie, Independence Day
  3. Step Three: Believe in your luckiness and you will be lucky!  As Gandhi says: “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”

Do you want to be happy, loved, loving, helpful, fun, creative, caring, truthful, joyful, powerful, confident, trusting, understanding, appreciative, more spiritually aware, grounded, healthy, strong and/or wise? Spend time thinking about what you do want and let go of what you don’t want. Learn what works and makes you happy. Explore, experiment, be playful. There’s a universe of possibilities waiting for you, waiting for us!

If we’re the energy of the universe, the energy of All That Is, what’s to be ashamed of? Don’t we do the best we can with what we know; and when we understand more, don’t we do better? What more can we ask of ourselves given the challenges we all create in our lives? In our desire to learn, we don’t give ourselves anything more than we think we can handle. We’re awesome! Why shouldn’t we remember and appreciate that? Why shouldn’t we love and appreciate ourselves?

For moral reference in working with our beliefs, attitudes, values and expectations, imagine that, as Consciousness or Aware Energy, we’re both one and separate. As the Source and Substance of All That Is, we’re not only products of creation, we’re creation itself. Remembering this can save us much unnecessary pain and grief.

The value of an idea is in the reality it creates.

We Create Our Own Reality

During the course of everyday events, we often forget the role of thoughts in the forging of our material reality. We get lost in the visible symbols, the material by-products of our imaginations, forgetting the invisible blueprints from which they, and we, emerge.

Pure energy like money, its material equivalent, is shaped into matter and experience by thought. It can be used to lift up or smash down, to build character or destroy character, to express love or express hate, to beautify or make ugly.

The purpose, or challenge, of life is to learn how to use the power of thought and imagination to shape energy into a pleasing reality. The prize is a sense of satisfaction, a feeling of a job well done. And, like learning to walk or talk, it is a personal, subjective endeavor that requires creative aggression. It is a great balancing act, where one must accept falling down in the course of learning how to stand up.


Thoughts are “things” with a reality of their own, and you, an artist. With thoughts in the forms of belief, attitude, value and expectation, you paint the landscape of your life. Create a great day!

© Copyright 1991, LifeSong

Pete – http://realtalkworld.com

“How you define yourself, and the world around you, forms your intent, which, in turn, forms your reality.” – Seth

In other words, we create our own reality from what we choose to believe about ourselves, and the world around us, whether by intention or inattention.

If we don’t CONSCIOUSLY choose our beliefs, attitudes, values and expectations, we UNCONSCIOUSLY absorb them from our surroundings.

If beliefs, attitudes, values and expectations create our reality, can we afford not to question them?

The more we love, understand and appreciate ourselves, the better we treat ourselves, and the world.

Be the god within you and bless us all with the energy of love, truth and joy!

The secrets of the universe lie hidden in the shadows of our experience. Look for them!

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  • Janet Glatz December 18, 2013, 5:11 PM

    Loved this post, Rog! So well said and beautiful. We all need to “lighten up” and stop dwelling on the stuff we’re hearing in the media–being thrown at us day and night like so much garbage.
    I for one have never won anything, or had anything really good happen, on a day when I’ve been in a negative space. Like attracts like–when you feel lousy, do something for somebody else, lift your spirits by being the good vibration that you want to feel. Expect that good things are happening NOW.

  • Pete December 19, 2013, 9:48 AM

    When our granddaughter, Justina, was in elementary school, Sandy and I went to a potluck dinner with her. After everyone finished eating school officials announced a raffle. As I recall, there at least 10 or 12 prizes to be raffled. For some reason, I leaned in front of Sandy and said to Justina that she ought to participate in the raffle because Sandy and I are really lucky.

    I don’t know why I said that. All I know is that when I heard they were going to have a raffle, I started thinking to all the times Sandy and I had won raffle prizes. The first time I won a prize was at the Strand Theater in Lewiston, Maine. I was four or five years old and had just switched seats with my brother Dicky because he didn’t like the one he was sitting in. As soon as we were settled in our new seats, a theater employee got up on stage and announced that a prize was going to be awarded to the person sitting in the lucky seat. That Saturday, I won a large round box of bubble gum and a green Boy Scout flashlight with a bent neck.

    I also recalled winning a raffle for half of the stadium receipts at my grandson Jordan’s football game in Healdsburg, CA a year of so earlier. Joe Montana was hiding away from kids who wanted his autograph in the announcers booth behind us because he had two sons playing in games that day. His wife, Jennifer and their daughters were sitting a short distance away from us. Besides these two instances, and Sandy and I winning a painting and a wreath at a city function here is Santa Rosa, there was nothing else to base my statement on.

    Moved by my mysterious confidence, Justina shook her head up and down in excited anticipation. There were 80 to 100 parents and children in the room that night as she kept being called back to the stage to collect her prize. As I recall, she won almost 50% of the raffle prizes. After the first couple of times, everyone in the room watched her in disbelief as she walked to the stage and back to her seat time after time. If it wasn’t for the magic involved, we would have felt guilty about her winning all those prizes.

    As Sandy and I reviewed our winning history after reading your post, we both remembered how spiritual the process was. It was as if an inner voice or impulse urged us to trust ourselves in that moment, if for nothing else, just for the fun of it! Can we do the same thing with Mega Millions in the California Lottery? We’ll see.

    Why can’t we apply this same process of believing to other things we value? Why not believe that we’re naturally loving, truthful and joyful, just because we can? To change what we create, we must change what we think. Thanks for your input, Janet! Happy Holidays.

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