Christmas time is a great opportunity to think about giving gifts. This week I'm introducing the thought that we can all exchange at least one gift for a charitable donation that provides food, education or health care to those most in need - the elderly.You can send a card or an ecard to friends and relatives which tells them about the gift that has been bought in their name. I'd much rather know the huge difference a small amount of money has made, rather than receive something I don't need.
I don't want to sound like a miserable old Scrooge, and I know those of you with small children will always want to make it special for them, but after my grandmother died we found a drawer full of gift sets we'd given her that she'd never even opened. I also remember getting to know a family one Christmas, and I learned that the grandmother liked a certain brand of dark chocolates. When she opened them in front of her family, they all chimed in and said, "But Fererro Rocher are your favourites!" This gave her the opportunity to admit that they weren't!
You can save your own grandparents from receiving presents they can't use in their lifetime, or things they don't even like, by having a chat and listening to what they really need. I'm sure you'll find they'll be happy with a big hug, and knowing they can help others less fortunate.
There are around 100 million older people in developing countries surviving on less than 60 pence a day. You can help them to support themselves and their families.Age International
is a wonderful site that offers practical solutions for older people living in poverty throughout the world. You can choose to buy a chicken to supply eggs for only £5, or you can choose 10 chicks for £10.
A fruit tree can also be a source of food and income for £5, while a mosquito net for the same amount can save the loss of lives from malaria.
Many grandparents are responsible for raising their grandchildren, who have lost their parents through war or disease, and £10 can provide books for their education. This is the best way to give a child hope for the future.
Think about the hundreds of pounds and dollars that will be spent on presents, and I know you can find adults who will appreciate a small portion being given to those who will appreciate the life changing gifts charities can supply.“It's not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.” ~ Mother Teresa
“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” ~ Winston Churchill
The ZPoint Process is all about helping you to feel the best you possibly can. When you make yourself the number one priority - then you can create the life you want.
This goes against the way we're brought up, when we're told as children not to be selfish, and to share our toys.
When you ignore your inner needs, and feel dissatisfied with what you feel, with what you have, and with what you do - then you're not sharing the best of you, and you won't want to willingly share your toys. You have to feel good about yourself first before you can make others feel good.
When you're at peace with yourself, then
you're content with life, and it changes how you view everyone else. You stop reacting from fear, which is the root source of all negative emotions, and start to connect to the pure energy of love, which is the root source of all positive emotions.
When you stop judging and criticizing others, which only happens when you're not happy with yourself, then you don't see faults, which allows you to look for what is right instead. This goes back to constantly
searching for proof that there is good in the world, and feeling grateful when you find it.
This time of year, when Thanksgiving is celebrated in America, gives you the opportunity to pause, and feel thankful for everything you already are - right now. Relaxing with ZPoint allows you to let go of the things you think you need, because it communicates with your subconscious, and by-passes your thinking mind.
When you can release the thoughts that are filling you up with clutter, you can stop struggling and striving - because you will experience the place of stillness and peace, where things don't matter - only feeling good does. This allows you to know the importance of caring for yourself, because when you're free from stress you can make better decisions from a place of calm and clarity.
You will recognize how choosing to feel grateful for what you have, and what you already are, improves everything in your life.
Gratitude empowers you to make good choices for yourself first, so you can help others second. It's only when you know, without doubt, that there's no lack in your life, that you can give freely.
I want you to feel good about yourself - because I want you to give to others unconditionally.
Kiva have free $25 loans
waiting for you to choose who will receive them. There are so many deserving people living in poverty who are working hard so their children can receive education, and go on to find good jobs which improves their whole community.
By giving away $25 you prove there is abundance freely available - and you learn how good it feels to give to others from a place of feeling good about yourself - not because you have to, or because you feel guilty, or because you have any expectations. Enjoy the difference!
"You have to count on living every single day in a way you believe will make you feel good about your life - so that if it were over tomorrow, you'd be content with yourself." ~ Jane Seymour
"Each morning when I open my eyes I say to myself: I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I’m going to be happy in it." ~ Groucho Marx
The more often you experience the ZPoint Process, the more you're able to open up to possibilities. When you let go of stress which constricts your mind and your body, you free yourself to grow into everything that is waiting for you.
When you clear away the fog of doubt and worry, you can find proof which reinforces that anything truly is possible. This video is a perfect example of people who've endured many traumas and a great deal of sadness and frustration, but they've overcome every setback to achieve success.
They weren't born with an easy, direct route. They didn't have all the answers handed to them on a plate. They encountered challenges that each one of us faces. But they didn't let anything stop them from trying again. They faced up to each of their limiting beliefs, and found their inner strength to continue.
There's no such thing as failure - life is simply a series of experiments that you play with until you find the right solution for each puzzle.
Life is never a smooth journey for anyone, but we're extremely fortunate to have the enormous benefit of the internet to search for proof that others have fought the same battles - and won. As soon as you know one person has beaten your particular challenge, you can't close the door on the possibility that you can beat it too.
Feeling upset when things don't work out can prevent many from trying again, and sometimes life feels like an endless series of failures, but ZPoint allows you to release all of these emotions, and enables you to start again. When you restore peace from chaotic thoughts you will find the missing piece of your puzzle much sooner.
"A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new." ~ Albert Einstein
“I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work.” ~ Thomas A. Edison
"To know the road ahead, ask those coming back." ~ Chinese Proverb
The more often you relax deeply with ZPoint, the more peaceful your life will feel. When you let go of each limiting belief that causes you stress, and you replace the fear that caused them with love - your heart will expand.
This is the time of year when you start buying presents to give to those you love. You might think you're being generous, but if you take time to consider how you really feel, you might have underlying resentments around the amount of time it takes to find everything for everyone, and how exhausting the whole process is - making lists, struggling to find enough money, shopping, and wrapping each parcel up.
Even when you love giving and spoiling others, you could be feeling under pressure because you want to give the perfect present . . . and you feel anxious waiting to see the reaction from the recipient. Only when you see absolute delight can you be satisfied.
When buying gifts is a chore, and you feel stressed about suiting everyone exactly - the whole meaning of generosity is lost.
It isn't about the wrapping paper, it isn't about the ribbons and bows, it's not even about the content - feeling generous is about giving with pure love. That means not expecting the recipient to thank you profusely for the hours you spent battling through the crowds in endless shops, until you found the right thing for them. It's never going to happen, and you will be left feeling a little bit hurt, instead of completely happy just from the joy of giving.
The person on the receiving end is also under pressure, because they have to find a suitably grateful expression, and the right words to say thanks, because they don't want to offend your feelings.
Altogether, giving to those you know and love isn't free of expectations and attachments. The ZPoint Process allows you to release all your feelings and emotions around giving, until you reach this place of realization, and you will learn to simplify your life and see what is really important.
The best way to connect with your generous spirit is to give to a complete stranger. You aren't there to see their reaction, or receive anything in return, so you give freely and unconditionally. I don't watch the news, and make myself upset watching scenes of devastation after the disasters that happen around the world. That's because draining my energy doesn't help anyone. When you dwell in the shocking misery that results from the recent typhoon in the Philippines, you can feel overwhelmed with hopelessness.
Instead, I make donations through Global Giving (see below) who are in the position to provide exactly what is necessary to alleviate the situation. I learned taking action took me out of the fear, and feeling completely hopeless. This is a terrible place to be, even for a short time, and knowing I can let these emotions go with ZPoint has been extremely supportive. When you feel hopeless you can't see solutions, but ZPoint lifts the clouds for you to find them.
Some say, "What's the point? I can't make any difference." My small country donated £23 million within 48 hours to aid those affected by Typhoon Haiyan, on top of the £20 million from the UK government. This confirms the difference each individual can make when they join together.
This amazing generosity didn't affect our yearly BBC Children in Need Appeal, which raised the highest amount yet - £31 million.
These figures restore hope for everyone. They prove the abundance that always exists, despite any 'recession', and when you're part of such massive generosity - you're part of so much more.
I'm not saying you should spend less on presents, and give more to deserving causes - I never say 'should'. This is just to make you think about the true essence of giving. I know when you feel generous, your heart expands with love . . . leaving no room for the fear of not having enough - so you do receive too. Love will always be the most valuable gift of all.
Take a look at the couple of choices I use to give through - I know they've improved my life, as well as that of others.
For donations to help those in urgent need I like to use Global Giving to ensure they receive the practical help they need.
To give on a regular basis I recommend Kiva loans - this link gives you $25 absolutely free to choose who you want to support. There is no obligation to give any more, but I hope you will appreciate the idea of setting up a circle of giving and receiving, as the loan is gradually repaid.
"Isn't it the moment of most profound doubt that gives birth to new certainties? Perhaps hopelessness is the very soil that nourishes human hope; perhaps one could never find sense in life without first experiencing its absurdity." ~ Vaclav Havel
"What I would say to the young men and women who are beset by hopelessness and doubt is that they should go and see what is being done on the ground to fight poverty, not like going to the zoo but to take action, to open their hearts and their consciences." ~ Abbe Pierre
"The more generous we are, the more joyous we become. The more cooperative we are, the more valuable we become. The more enthusiastic we are, the more productive we become. The more serving we are, the more prosperous we become." ~ William Arthur Ward
"We must give more in order to get more. It is the generous giving of ourselves that produces the generous harvest." ~ Orison Swett Marden
Don't wait for Thanksgiving to give thanks! When you say thanks for lots of things throughout your day, from the moment you wake up - you will change the way you look at life.
Instead of seeing things which annoy you, you'll be able to overlook them and find something else to be grateful for.
Get into the habit of listing a few things to give thanks for as you lie in bed, before you get up every morning. No matter what you're going through, if you have a bed and a roof over your head - you have at least 2 things to be thankful for.
The more you focus on every little thing that gives you pleasure, the more you remove yourself from stress. You will find that you can improve your mood, and when you lift your energy you will notice more things come into your life that will raise you up even more.
At the end of each day make a list in a notebook of at least 3 things you found to be grateful for, and when you feel stuck you can look back and see how much you have in your life. Everything counts - a friend sending a link to a positive video, a money off voucher, a smile from a stranger.
When you keep the notebook with you, you can make a quick note as soon as you notice something that makes you feel good, and this will reinforce your new habit of gratitude.
You don't need money to start to feel grateful, and the more you collect each day - the richer you will feel. By focusing on how much you already have in your life, and saying (and feeling) thanks, your eyes will be open to every new opportunity that comes your way.
When you feel negative, you actually don't see all the good things around you, because you limit your experiences by thinking constantly about everything you're not happy about. You can choose to fill your life with things that make you happy, or with things that keep you unhappy.
The ZPoint Process allows you to let go of everything that you don't want, to make room for what you do want. I'm sure you want more good things in your life, so create the right mood to attract them by saying thanks - right here and now.
This is the latest in the Quotes of Love
Series of Amazon Kindle eBooks - it's a compilation of quotes and poems for thanks, complemented by original photographs of flowers.
It's free on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday - take the opportunity to send thanks to everyone you know, to show how much you appreciate them. This is the easy way to give thanks - no matter where they live.
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"This is a beautiful book which will make you stop and think. It's profound, thought provoking and inspiring. The sort of book that you can lose your self in for a few minutes. In fact, enough minutes to move you into a space of loving life. I loved it." ~ AnneMarie Callan"Sometimes our light goes out but is blown into flame by another human being. Each of us owes deepest thanks to those who have rekindled this light." ~ Albert Schweitzer
“Thankfulness is the beginning of gratitude. Gratitude is the completion of thankfulness. Thankfulness may consist merely of words. Gratitude is shown in acts.” ~ David O. McKay
When you were a baby you didn't know the meaning of resistance. You depended entirely on others to feed you, and take care of your every need.
The natural state of being is to accept love, and to return it freely.
It's only through the lessons picked up through life that you develop the habits of resistance.
Your life could be as simple as a baby's if you let go of everything you're resisting.
It would be a lot easier, because it takes an enormous amount of energy to hold on to the limiting beliefs which hold you back.
Every time you think of trying to move forward, your unconscious fills your mind with reasons and excuses to make you stop. Instead of believing these old limitations, and allowing them to keep you stuck permanently, take advantage of stopping.
Take this time to breathe slowly and deeply, and become still. At this very moment there is no past, and no future. Enjoy the pure and simple pleasure of breathing peacefully - like a baby.
Regular use of ZPoint connects you to your inner source of peace, where you're able to let go of resistance, because you know it doesn't feel good, and it isn't helping you have the life you really want.
When you constantly resist something, it confirms the lack, and reinforces the fact that you don't have it. This builds up unhealthy emotions of frustration and anger, which further compounds the resistance because you're holding on to it with your emotions.
When you accept these feelings, and take them through the ZPoint Process, they will be released effortlessly. I always recommend that you use the word 'love' as your cue word, because once you replace negative emotions with love - they dissolve, because you're restored to your natural state.
Let ZPoint bring you to feeling the joy of love that is the real you. When you replace the collected burdens of limiting beliefs with the lightness of love that you were born with - you'll discover how simple life can be.
"Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don't resist them - that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like." ~ Lao Tzu
"Until you can say 'I can let my energy flow under any and all conditions' you will not really be free." ~ Abraham-Hicks
When you make the ZPoint Process part of your daily life, you will find that you become more relaxed, and able to cope with whatever life throws at you.
You will learn that because you can release everything you don't want in minutes, you no longer hold on to stress, so you are free to flow towards what you do want.
You block your flow by battling and struggling against what you don't want - because all that stress keeps you attached to it.
When you let go of the stress surrounding any issue, your mind clears from the chaos of all the upsetting thoughts and emotions.
You can only see the right direction ahead when you're calm and at peace.
When your head is full of conflict you can only see endless closed doors.
Set yourself free with ZPoint, and you will smooth the path of your life, as you flow easily over all the rocks, and know you're heading towards a happy future. You will understand the difference between living in the flow, and drifting along with no direction.
When you follow the previous weeks' posts on how to plan to receive abundance with ZPoint, you will know the steps you need to take action on. Being in the flow is not lying back and doing nothing. When your path ahead is clear, you're able to focus on where you want to go, and this leads on to the next step . . . and the next.
Feel yourself being in the flow, and you will know how life is meant to be - and it's never struggling uphill, against the flow. Stop often, close your eyes to picture a gently flowing stream, or look at a photo - or even better - sit beside a river, and breathe slowly as you get into the rhythm of the water flowing endlessly.
You can create this experience with the ZPoint Process, and you can watch as you place each stressful issue into the Clearing Circle, which can become a gentle stream carrying your concerns effortlessly away. You don't have to force anything - you simply allow the Process to work - and it will.
Enjoy the journey - and you will, when you go with the flow.
"As your faith is strengthened you will find that there is no longer the need to have a sense of control, that things will flow as they will, and that you will flow with them, to your great delight and benefit." ~ Emmanuel Teney
“Relaxation means releasing all concern and tension and letting the natural order of life flow through one's being” ~ Donald Curtis
The last few weeks have been connecting you to your own intuition
, through experiencing how the deep relaxation of ZPoint allows you to communicate with your true inner self.The more often you stop to appreciate all you are, and all you have - now, the more you will build trust and faith that you can create the life you want.
Your confidence in yourself grows and strengthens as you observe every new thing that comes into your life that brings you pleasure.Following on from starting to prepare to receive abundance,
you have to take this stage seriously because only by being very clear about what
you want, and why
you want it, will you create a future that will bring you happiness.There's a wise old Chinese proverb: "Be careful what you wish for, you may get it." That's why you have to know the difference between a vague wish, and a planned desire to make your dream come true.When you take your dream through the ZPoint Process, you will know you're creating a match because you feel how your future makes you feel - now. I used to think I didn't want to be rich with a huge house, because I couldn't cope with the burden of organizing all the maintenance tasks. That limiting belief
stopped me thinking I could ever be happy and
wealthy. Now I've pictured the home I want, and I know I will have all the help and support I need to maintain it . . . not only because I can afford to pay for it, but because I'm now comfortable around asking for help. These boring essentials need to be addressed, because they are part of how you will live your dream.
Getting the huge mansion could be the start of your problems - not the end of them - who's going to clean the windows, hoover the floor, dust all the furniture, clean the swimming pool, keep up the repairs . . .
Because you haven't experienced wealth before, you'll have a rosy view of it, and only have the glossy surface images in your mind, as portrayed in the movies. All the housekeeping and maintenance issues are hidden away. Nobody who is wealthy lives alone - they have a lot of staff.
If you're a private person, you have to consider how you will feel about sharing your home with others . . . and if you haven't employed anyone before, you have to consider what it will feel like giving instructions to others.
This is what preparing yourself in advance is all about - getting real, and facing up to each of the practicalities necessary to maintain the lifestyle you've dreamed of. If you haven't received the mansion of your dreams it could be because your subconscious knows you would hate to have to organize an army of staff.
By working through this, step by step, you will be able to see clearly what you don't
want, so you can make an accurate plan of what you know
you really do
You might want to adjust the size of your next home, so you can manage it with help that visits once or twice a week, and become comfortable with that. When you've lived in that home a couple of years then you might want to upgrade - or you might find this was the house of your dreams, after all.
It's simply about taking your dreams from a cloudy fantasy, and turning them into the reality that truly
makes you happy. Wish to Reality List Make your wish list with everything you think you want on the left. Then next to each wish, add every "Yes, but" that comes up.
Don't try to find answers, just write every objection or block down. Be honest, and express all your feelings and instincts.
Leave the list for a week, and come back to it with fresh eyes. Go through each wish, and think about
the reasons that would make it difficult for you to enjoy it. Some might no longer feel like a block, while some might have increased in size for you to decide that particular wish isn't worth following up.This is not giving up! Making a decision clears your mind to focus on what is possible for you to aim for, right now - which means you will take action. Once you've progressed, you might
come back to that same wish, and feel ready to face the blocks . . . or you might find your new direction suits you better.
For every wish you still want to pursue - take each objection, one at a time, through the ZPoint Process, and see if you can overcome them, or find a solution, or realize they're not really important, or know for certain they would prevent you from being happy.
Planning your ideal future takes time, and you have to take it in stages to release each limiting belief that comes up as your vision becomes clearer. Only when you know you feel completely comfortable with your future life, with no reservations, will you attract it to you. Get the simple introduction to ZPoint "How To Reduce Stress The Stress-Free Way", and listen to the free ZPoint Session every night to clear away your limiting beliefs, learn to trust your intuition, and feel excited about the future you've planned for."The important thing is this: to be able at any moment to sacrifice that which we are for what we could become." ~ Charles Du Bos
"The future lies before you, like paths of pure white snow. Be careful how you tread it, for every step will show." ~ Anonymous
There is a reason why the majority who win the lottery lose it all very quickly - it's because they weren't prepared.You might say it's impossible to be prepared for something as rare as winning the lottery - but that's not true.Firstly, you shouldn't expect an abundance of money to come only from the lottery,
you should always be open to money flowing to you in unlimited amounts from unlimited sources. Because the odds against winning the lottery are known to be very high
, your subconscious doesn't believe you will win. That's why, even if you've dreamed of winning, your whole system is shocked when you do. You'll have had fun conversations sharing what you'll buy when you win - a new house, a new car . . . but that isn't enough.There is more to dreaming than occasionally wishing for something. Wishing and hoping are not the same as believing you will receive abundance. Once you've released your limiting beliefs around money with ZPoint, so that you know abundance is coming to you, then you can prepare to receive it.As I said last week, "don't think of your dream as being distant, and in the future. If you do that - that is where it will stay."
You have to create a picture of your new life, and include every detail that will happen when you spend a day already being rich.Because that's a huge stretch for your imagination when you're struggling now, and you can't see past the pile of bills, that's where being led through the ZPoint Process makes the difference. While you're in a relaxed state, you can experience everything as though it is real now, and create the same feelings of excitement and pleasure that you will feel when your new life become reality.Start by creating the house where you will live. Go through each room, and fill them with the colors and designs you will choose.
See yourself sitting in the soft, comfortable sofa looking out at the beautiful sunrise out of your window. Take in every small detail, the mist rising from the river, the trees turning from black to green, small animals running through the grass, birds singing in the sky, and smile as the sun warms you . . . See, feel, and hear everything you will see as though you're already living your dream.This is likely to be a long way from living in a small
apartment in a crowded city, where you have to drag yourself out of bed in the morning, which is why ZPoint acts as a bridge to bring your dream close to you - now.
If you want your dream to come true -1) You have to believe you're already abundant, now.
2) You have to create the feelings and emotions today, as though your dream is already here.3) You have to constantly tune in to those emotions, and repeat them often.Your dream won't come to you if you think about what your new home will be like, then you forget about it, and fill your mind with the worries you have in the present. It's only through your belief that you will bring it to you, and it's only by immersing yourself in your new life that it will feel comfortable and right for you when it arrives - so that you are prepared, and know you will love everything you see.If you win money suddenly, and you're in shock, you will buy things you think you want that turn into a disappointment, because you didn't take the time to plan what a day in your new life will really feel like. If it doesn't suit you, and it doesn't feel right for you - then you won't keep it.When you already know
where and how you will live - you are ready and prepared to step into your new life of abundance. Get in touch to experience ZPoint, and feel your dream come true - now."If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with success unexpected in common hours." ~ Henry David Thoreau
"To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe." ~ Anatole France
If you don't believe that abundance is available for you, then you choose a life of struggle.
It's not your fault - your limiting beliefs in your unconscious keep you stuck. But when you know that you don't have to accept these limitations, why do you continue to make the same choices?
If you complain about everything that happens to you, then you make your situation worse. You can stop fighting, and accept whatever you're going through is sending you a lesson. If you choose to fill your mind with struggle, you don't leave room to fill it with everything that is good in your life - and there is always something to be grateful for.
You have not been picked out and labelled as poor, or unsuccessful. You are no different to someone who came from nothing and built hugely profitable businesses.
The struggle and chasing after what you think will bring riches, is exactly what is preventing you from receiving abundance. By living purely in this physical world, and not making time to connect with your true self - that is inside, waiting for you to listen - you are missing out on the solutions to every issue you will ever have.
I've discussed the importance of letting go - the old ways haven't brought you what you want - so why would you choose to repeat them?
You always have a choice - no matter what your present circumstances.
If you have the mindset that believes you only get what you want through willpower - then you are missing out on the secret of millionaires.They know they will receive whatever they want because they first visualize it, and feel it as real - here and now. It's because they don't think
they have to wait to hold their desire in their hand first to believe it's real - that they will receive it.
The ZPoint Process gives you the opportunity to access, and communicate with, your unconscious - effortlessly. After you have released all your limiting beliefs, you will know that you are free to receive whatever you want. And because you've connected to your true, inner self - you will know that what you want is meant for you.
You can make a conscious choice to instal the new belief into your subconscious that you are abundant - now. By choosing to experience what it feels like to have your dream life, and create all the emotions you will have, as you live it - you are creating your future - today.Don't wait, and don't think of your dream as being distant, and in the future. If you do that - that is where it will stay. Instead, your dream can be here, right now with ZPoint.Get in touch to choose the life that is waiting for you. "The world we see that seems so insane is the result of a belief system that is not working. To perceive the world differently, we must be willing to change our belief system, let the past slip away, expand our sense of now, and dissolve the fear in our minds." ~ William James
"One person with a belief is equal to ninety-nine who have only interests." ~ John Stuart Mill