We wish you . . . Happy Holidays!

24th Dec 2008



Hello lovely people

This is the time of the year that normally gets me thinking.  I receive Christmas cards from people that assume I share their sentiments about Christmas.  This is my dilemma:  how to I reciprocate?

My first inclination is to simply say thank you, and not to reciprocate with a similar card, because giving a similar card would be dishonest for me.  You see, I do not believe that a person called Jesus that might or might not have lived 2 000 years ago will some day come and rescue me when I do things that are against my true nature of Love.

I recently read about an atheist who got quite fed up with all the religious Christmas cards that he received, and who did not want to reciprocate with the bland alternative of “happy holidays”.

He designed his own card with this wording on the cover: ‘On December 25th, a Savior was born. He revealed eternal Truth, bringing Joy to millions. He astonished the world with His command over Nature. He changed history forever.’

You open up the card it says: ‘Happy Birthday, Sir Isaac Newton. December 25, 1642 – March 20, 1726.’

I had a chuckle when I read that, and I thought “good for you”.  Am I an atheist?  No.  My belief in a God of Love is far too strong for that, and I see proof of God every day.

Of course there is the other extreme, namely a complete and destructive addiction to fantasy.  I am referring to the English teacher that lost her job recently because she told a group of seven-year-olds that Santa Claus was not real.  This caused such outrage among parents that they insisted on her dismissal.  Would those parents have preferred that the teacher rather lie to their children at all costs?  Or did the behaviour of the parents reflect an incredible fear of facing anything other than the indoctrination of their religions?

As you are aware by now, my series on interfaith religious holidays is all about digging for the truth.  When I did the research on Christmas, I discovered some fascinating roots for the whole tradition of Christmas and other similar religious festivals that take place around this time of the year.

My conclusion is that people just love to celebrate the Love that they believe in.  It does not matter that our beliefs differ.  This need to celebrate something is reflected in both the well-known and the more obscure religious holidays.

It is interesting that most seasonally bound religious holidays have a different meaning in the different hemispheres, but there is a similar theme that is celebrated on or around 25th December, no matter where you are in the world.  Whether you celebrate the heathen Saturnalia, or the Christian Christmas, or the Hindu Pancha Ganapati, or the Jewish Hanukkah, or the Wicca Yule, the theme is a dawning of a new light and renewal.  In the Northern hemisphere the days become longer and that brings new life and hope for the future.  In the Southern hemisphere it is probably a more spiritual new dawning.  Either way, the old and discarded makes way for the new, and hope rises in the hearts of all people.

For me, “happy holidays” is not a bland wish.  I like the energy that rises during this time of the year, whether it is spiritual or commercial.  We all feel different and we are all affected by the rising energy.  Our choice is to be affected with joy or with irritation.  I choose joy and Love.  After all, what you say, becomes.  So, when I say “happy holidays”, I truly wish you a series of happy holidays, with the emphasis on happy.  My intention is to have a whole long month of happy holidays with lots of Love and sunshine and blessings.

And may this new, strong energy that comes into our awareness bring you the fulfilment of all your dreams – even the wildest ones.  Have fun!

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Love and Light
Elsabe


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Abundance in the time of the credit crunch 2

18th Dec 2008



Hello lovely people

When you become aware of the wave that you ride, things change.  Suddenly you can distance yourself from riding the wave while doing it – like driving a car on a busy road while having a conversation with a child about bullies at school.  If someone subsequently asks you why you slowed down at a particular point and changed lanes, you will probably not remember that you had to slow down to wait for oncoming traffic and then change lanes to get past another slow vehicle.  But you will recall everything about the conversation with the child, even when driving a car requires much more attention and skill than talking to a child.

When you become aware that the wave is there, you stop riding the wave blindly.  You start to ride the wave with intention.

You start to notice the waves that go up, and you know that they will turn down at some point, and you prepare for the downturns with anticipation rather than fear.  You start to notice the waves that go down, and you know that they will at some stage turn, and that is a good place to tap into the energy of the rising wave.

At the moment we are at the bottom of one of these Elliott waves – the stock market, the banks and the economic downturn confirms this.

People react to this in two ways.  The majority of people live in fear and trepidation and are preparing to lose money, jobs, homes, self-esteem, hope, and so on.  Whatever happens next will confirm their expectations.  They will walk away with nothing and not even notice when the wave turns up again, because they will still be clinging to the wave in fear.  Nothing will change their views.

Then there is a minority of people that have become aware of the waves, and that are aware that we are at the bottom of a wave now.  They are preparing to focus on the energy of the upturn and they are putting everything in their lives in place so that they can focus 100% when the upturn starts.  For these people it does not matter if the upturn is a small wave, because they will understand a small wave is part of a much bigger wave.  Their mindset rather than the size of the wave will determine their fortunes.  They are the “lucky” ones – the ones that open a business or win the lottery during a recession and seem to turn everything they touch into gold.  I have decided long ago to be part of this group, and I am now reaping the benefits, with loads of opportunities coming my way.

As for everyone around me, my question is: what will I do during a recession?  The difference is that I need to list the opportunities that suddenly abound, and prioritise them.  Then I need to focus on one after the other, and live my destiny.  These opportunities have come for me at the end of a cycle, which is also the beginning of a much larger cycle, and I love it.

Do I take opportunities away from others?

A man called Foster Hibbard tells the tale of the two men that went down to the ocean, one with a teaspoon, the other with a bucket.  Each of them took away the amount of water he chose to take away. The ocean doesn’t care how much water they take away, because there is plenty wanter.  I chose to go down to the ocean with a tanker truck – or maybe a fleet, to get my share.  Will there be some water left for you in the ocean?  Of course.  That is called abundance, and it is infinite.  The limits that exist, are in our minds because we do not understand what infinity means.

How will you benefit from the credit crunch?

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Abundance in the time of the credit crunch 1

15th Dec 2008



Hello lovely people

We are experiencing a credit crunch.  Or at least, many people are buying into that reality.  But I don’t.  Am I rich?  My family love to think so, and because they do, they help me to create abundance by thinking of my abundance all the time.  And I am not going to stop them.  There will come a day, soon, when all their thoughts about my abundance and my own creation of abundance will result in physical abundance.  I will thank them for their share in the process, but I will not stop their thoughts at the moment – let them work with me.

So how does the credit crunch affect me?

I look at it with awe and wonder.  I see the perfection of the Universe that we live in and I get a greater understanding of how things fit together.

I recently learned about Elliott waves.  I can only describe these Elliott waves as the pulse of the Universe.   Imagine a wave zig-zagging its way upwards.  It moves up ten paces, then recedes seven paces, then moves up ten paces, then recede six paces, and so on.  When you are riding the wave without realising it, you feel the exhilaration of moving up, and the fear of moving down.

Most of the time when you move up, the exhilaration is dampened by the expectation of moving down again.  When you move down, your expectations are confirmed, and you desperately hope that there will be another move upwards.  When the upward move comes again, your major emotion is a relief that the fear can now go, rather than gratitude and awe at moving up again.

Riding the wave is in many ways worse than riding a rollercoaster, because at least with a rollercoaster you know that it will end at some stage, and you will feel solid earth under your feet again.  You know that when you go down upside down, you will not fall on your face, because you are strapped in safely.  And at some point you will go down and stay down and leave the rollercoaster with wobbly legs.  You know (fingers crossed) that the rollercoaster is safe, otherwise the owner would not have sold the tickets.  And you know that you get onto the rollercoaster because you chose to do so and you know that the risk is minimal.

However, riding the wave of the Universe is not nearly so “safe”.  You do not buy a ticket, because by the time you realise that you are part of the wave, it is too late and you are born into this existence.

When you focus entirely on riding the wave, you love the bits where you go up, because it feels good to know that you can do that.  The waves that take you down are really scary.  When you go down, you get that sinking feeling in your stomach and you have nothing to hold onto.  You do not know where the wave will stop, and therefore you cannot prepare for the stop.
Will you fall flat on your face?   No, never.  The reason for this is that the wave always turns and moves up again.  You can continue to ride the wave and simply stay in until you hit the next wave up, which is what most people do.  They talk about the credit crunch with apprehension in their voices.  They prepare for the fall and meanwhile cling to the wave as if it is the only real thing in the world.  And because they prepare for the fall, that is what they get – that is how the Law of Attraction works.

To be continued.
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The fear of God, health and safety 3

11th Dec 2008



Hello lovely people

There was the case where the Metropolitan police was charged with breaching safety laws.  The reason for this was that in two separate incidents officers fell through roofs while chasing criminals.  Talk about shooting yourself in the foot!

And then there was the council that banned backstroke during busy times in the local swimming pool to avoid collisions.

Visitors to Britain in the summer are always impressed by the beautiful hanging baskets that brighten up lampposts in city centres with lovely flowers.  This is no longer the case in Suffolk, where these baskets were banned on the grounds that they may fall on pedestrians.  There has not been one such accident in the more than two thousand years of history of Britain, and the first one will not be in Suffolk, that’s for sure.

And a final example:
A County Council wanted to install thirty electronic speed indicators.  These are electronic signboards that show the speed of oncoming drivers.  The intention is for drivers to realise that they are exceeding the speed limit, so that they can slow down.  The tricky bit is that the electronic speed indicators can only be installed by somebody going up a ladder.  Now, before you can go up a ladder, you must comply with the Health and Safety Executive’s Working at Height Regulations 2005 (amended 2007) which are based on the EU’s Working at height Directive (2001).  Huh?

Council workers are not allowed to put up the electronic speed indicators because none of the council staff have received ladder training.  Allowing a person without ladder training to use a ladder will result in a £5000 fine (and 14 people had died after falling off ladders over a period of a year).  This is far more important than the £60 fine for speeding (which resulted in 350 road deaths over the same period).

So, what is plan B?  Get the local police to put the signs up – they have had ladder training.  The police put up three of the cameras, and then went on to find the roofs that crooks normally run on to escape, so that the roofs can be fixed.

On to plan C – the fire brigade.  However, the fire fighters are either playing hard to get, or they are too busy saving cats from trees.  As a result the remaining 27 electronic speed indicators have not been installed yet.  I wonder where one gets ladder training.  I don’t think that a lamppost is too high for me?

Do you see how we allow people to shape our view of the world?  And we simply buy into it rather than question their judgement and motives.  And who should we blame – the people that create our realities?  No.  We need to take responsibility for our own actions and views, and we should have the courage to question other people’s actions rather than just shake our heads and accept whatever they say because we think that is the only option available to us.

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The fear of God, health and safety 2

5th Dec 2008



Hello lovely people

There is an English hospital where a box with wool and knitting needles was made available to both patients and visitors to while the time away.  They would knit small squares and hand them to the nurses.  The squares were sewn together by charity workers, and turned into blankets that were distributed by local charities.

Wonderful idea.  Until the health and safety person came to hear about it and banned the knitting needles on the basis that the needles are too sharp to use safely.  I have been using knitting needles since I can remember, and so have my ancestors.  I have not been able to find a single instance of where a knitter was injured by a sharp knitting needle, or, heaven help us, death by knitting.

Has this official even seen a knitting needle before banning them?  And what did the hospital staff, visitors and patients do?  They expressed their dismay with the situation and accepted it – because of the belief that you do not challenge authority, even when the figure of authority has clearly lost their marbles.  The same people that criticised and then accepted this decision are probably surprised that good people in Zimbabwe have been accepting a malicious dictatorship for a whole generation.  Guess where such a dictatorship starts?

Then there were the dustmen who wanted to liven up a not so pleasant job by putting cuddly toys in their vehicles.  We have all seen these toys hanging from the rear-view mirrors of vehicles or seated on the dashboard.  The managers of one waste management company did not like the cuddly toys.  They wanted a more “professional” image for their company and banned the cuddly toys on the grounds of health and safety.

Why?  You will love this.

Because young children may be out and about, and notice these small toys high up in a big vehicle, and be tempted to run out into the street and confront the vehicle until the vehicle hands over the toys to them.  This is of course assuming that your children are unable to understand that it would not be safe to run into the road in front of a big vehicle.  That is how cuddly toys became a serious health and safety risk.

Can you imagine how this kind of publicity improved the public image of the company involved?

By the way, if you think I am making these examples up as I go along, search the web and you will find them yourself.

To be continued

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The fear of God, health and safety 1

1st Dec 2008



Hello lovely people

Do you know how easy it is to create a society and an environment that is fear-based?  And do you know how easily people buy into this fear?

In the UK, health and safety regulations are a favourite tool for raising fear. The intention behind these regulations is supposedly to create a safer and healthier environment for people to work and live in.

This kind of legislation works very well in areas where employers still exploit employees and it has been used to create smoke-free buildings.  We are still not protected from the odour of heavy smokers that commute, but at least their habits have been regulated and we can have “clean” meals and workplaces.

But there have been instances where these regulations were used to create situations that are beyond belief.  And the scary part is that those people on the receiving end expressed their dissatisfaction about the applications of the regulations, but they did nothing to take the perpetrators of the decisions to task.

The underlying belief is that when anyone in a position of perceived authority tells you to do or not do something, you are powerless and you have to do it, whether it is complete nonsense or not.  That amounts to giving away your personal power to another person and buying into the illusion of fear that is created.

For example, there was the pensioner who travelled to town by bus to buy a tin of paint so that he could decorate a wall at his house.  When he returned, the bus driver would not let him onto the bus.  Why?  Because this brand new, tightly sealed tin of paint just might, as if by magic, fly open the moment the pensioner sets foot on the bus, and the paint may be splattered all over the slow-moving bus, and that might pose a threat to other passengers in terms of health and safety regulations.  This was reported in a newspaper, but was the bus driver told that he misjudged the situation completely and made a travesty of the regulations?  Did the pensioner get an apology?

I once attended a birthday party where the boisterous six-year-old birthday boy jumped onto a table and down to the floor again, and his mother warned him not to do it, “because of health and safety” – she actually said that.

To be continued

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