Saturday, December 28, 2013

Don't Believe the Hype! Am I a Hot Mess or Am I Perfect?

We can get can get conflicting messages from our spiritual leaders and teachers. There are some who focus on how much of a wretched person we are. Nobodies trying tell somebody, a hot mess, broken and lowly. Which keeps us in a low self- esteem, low self- worth mentality. We are never enough, so we give up and shirk personal responsibility for our lives. We become the victim who is constantly being taken advantage of, which creates bitterness, laziness, manipulation, self pity, and depression. And on the other spectrum some spiritual leaders and teachers focus on how perfect we are, all is well, We are right in what we do, our first mind is always right, and listen to our heart, it's always right. Which can lead to arrogance, superiority, delusion, self-righteousness, being judgmental of others, and the mind-set that everyone is hating on us, is jealous, and is the problem in our lives. This can make us create lives of paranoia, self-neglect, perfectionism, addictive behaviors, loneliness, and burnout. I believe we can be both depending on where we are spiritually, emotionally, psychologically, and relationally.

God sees us as his perfect creation. But, our belief systems, thoughts, heart, and actions may not be. These are the things within us which need healing. Life can influence all of these things and make us move away from who God created us to be. Both teachings can lead us to a place of fantasy and not living in authenticity and truth. We become not enough or too much. How can an all loving God have us in either state? God is about wholeness and balance. So, we must begin the process of the "Great Shift". Shifting our minds to see ourselves as we are in Christ. We are God's perfect creation needing to awaken to all we are in God. We have power, authority, and wisdom. But all of this can only be tapped into as we tap into The Source. In Him we move and have our being. This means we move in the flow of God. In the God flow is where perfection, peace, joy, love, forgiveness, trust, and wholeness resides. When we're flowing with God we wake up and live in the present moment where all are needs are met and the answers to every situation is a thought and encounter away.

So, don't believe the hype, you are wonderfully and beautifully made. And you can have a life that's a hot mess. But, when you acknowledge God in all your ways, surrender to God's plan for your life, and realize the Spirit of God is within you leading you to all truth. Then you will proclaim and live out the truth of "I am God 's perfect creation who needs healing in areas of my life."

As we bring 2013 to a close I hope you embrace this truth and begin to shift your being to live your best life.

Happy New Year!

Peace and Blessings- U. L. Muhammad

Monday, December 23, 2013

Tis' The Season

As 2013 is coming to an end, we enter into a special season, the season of reflection. What worked and didn't work for you this year. In this time of reflection try something new. Go inward and look at things only from your perspective on what worked and didn't work for you this year. Allow the focus to shift off of what part others played in your situations and only see what you contributed. I will give you some tips to make this season of reflection rich and life-changing for you:

1. Start with some inspirational or instrumental music playing in the background. Something soothing and/or music with words that will uplift and inspire you. Praise and Worship music is great also.

2. Pray before you begin your introspection. Let the Spirit guide you in this time. Use this prayer time for intercession, meditation and setting your intentions for what you want to get out of the process. Example- I want to see myself more clearly and learn from the hits and misses and how to make my life better. I want to improve my relationships by seeing what I have contributed to them.

3. Have the Word of God with you during this process. You may feel led to search the Holy Scriptures during this time. Certain scriptures may be illuminated to you for a particular situation. The scriptures will give great insight, revelation and confirmation.

4. Have a journal to write down insights and words of wisdom that may be given to you during this time.

5. Be honest and expect change. Don't allow defensiveness, unforgiveness, anger, shame and guilt keep you from dealing with your core issues.
Allow the healing to reach you for true transformation.

6. End in gratitude. Give thanks for this special time and everything that has transpired this year. The great and the challenging. Let his thankfulness be your praise to God.

Remember, it's not how you start, but how you finish. Finish 2013 stronger, wiser, and with more peace and love. Merry Christmas!

Peace and Blessings- U. L. Muhammad

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Do I Need You to See Me?

There are times in our lives when we look for validation from others. This can happen in business, relationships, spiritual and social communities. It can be someone seeing how well you executed a project, someone confirming your calling/ purpose, being recognized for the deserved promotion, or a partner, friend, or family member seeing the sacrifices and attempts you've made for them. Whatever the situation, it's usually from those we admire and respect, and we can sometimes be met with rejection, betrayal, jealousy, and hurt. This can lead to feelings of anger, pain, loss of direction, confusion, and bitterness.

The key is to go inward. Why? Because the one we can change must be dealt with first, ourselves. And through the process of dealing with your emotions and getting healing you discover what's the core issue. As you start this process honor that person by not speaking ill of them. Process first, talk later, if necessary. Discretion is always wise.

First, your validation comes from God. People are just the confirmation. Learn to build a positive self image. Meditate on the Word of God allowing the words to bring life to the dry places within you. Pray and ask God to let you see yourself as you really are. In this process you may discover you need healing and may need professional counseling to assist in going deeper. Seek wise/ Godly counsel about the situation to get clarity. And then begin making changes that will lead to the life you desire.

As you go inward and deal with you, the actions and attitudes of others become illuminated by truth. What might be revealed is they are going through a personal issue, they may be intimidated by you, or they really care and support you and you misread them. Whatever you discover, see it through the lens of grace, mercy, and love. Sometimes what you may discover is they were not who you were supposed to be partnered with. Embrace the truth, and realize there's someone out there that will support, confirm, guide, and love you the way you need to be.

But most of all, there will be a day when someone will come to you seeking validation, hope, guidance and love, and you will remember what you experienced and you will allow Spirit to guide you on what your role should be in their lives, if any.

Do you need people to see you? Sometimes, but how do you see yourself? God sees and is leading you to those who will water what was planted through The Holy Spirit. Every relationship has to be filtered through the Spirit of God. It will lead to divine encounters with less stress, drama, and hurt. Go in wisdom and hope...

Peace and Blessings- U. L. Muhammad

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

I Gotta Help Me, Before I Can Help You!

Have you flown in an airplane and listend to the flight attendant tell you in a case of emergency to put the oxygen mask on yourself first and then any children afterwards? I think this concept is true for all areas of our lives. We have to make sure we are stable and taken care of before we try to help someone else. No need in us dying trying to help someone else before we get the help we need. It sounds logical right? But, so many of us are trying to secure everyone around us and are dying in the process. Our faith, health, joy, relationships, finances, and peace of mind are dying off quickly while we are helping everyone else get their house in order. There has to be a shift in our thinking. This doesn't make us selfish or self-centered. It makes us wise. 

Do your work of healing and spiritual practices to make sure you are equipped to extend the hand of help. Allow yourself to see who you really are and make peace with what is illuminated. Be aware of your emotional state and what you feel about situations, before you try to make someone else feel good about them. Make the necessary changes to allow peace and harmony to flow into your life. Live a life of Spirituality with God as the center and the guide. This relationship is attained by your daily spiritual practices- Prayer, Meditation, Reading the Word of God, and Discipleship. Learn what God requires to live a whole and balanced life and incorporate this insight into your life. 

So, the next time you want to be someone's saviour, realize you need help first and your help comes from God and others. Receive it, and then give it. Be love. Let the healing begin...

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Are We There Yet?

Have you felt stuck in that in-between time while you wait on your dreams to manifest? When you want to give up or turn back? Then this vlog will encourage you. When on a trip people often wonder when we will reach our desired destinination. And they usually ask- Are We There Yet?
I share some tools that you can use as you're in the holding pattern. Be encouraged and know it will happen for you, don't quit and keep it moving.
  1. Find a worthwhile project
  2. Surround yourself with positive people socially and creativitly
  3. Keep hope alive
  4. Give thanks for how far you've come

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Independence Day!

Today is your day for a miracle. The day you drop the baggage, excuses, and drama. The day you embrace everything that will make your life great. So, today get still and allow the Holy Spirit to speak the truth of who you are. Not all your faults and shortcomings, but all the things that make you unique and fabulous. Today you aren't going to depend on anyone to make your life work, it's all on you to make the choices to help you realize your dreams. Get excited about it, run, jump, sing because today you are becoming your authentic self in all your glory! No one can stop this revolution within you but you. So, dig deep, inhale love, joy, and acceptance. And exhale anxiety, fear, lack, and doubt. Today you are making your debut to the world. You have been underground getting yourself together now it's time to reveal the results of your Extreme Life Makeover. Don't apologize for it and show people how to deal with the new and improved you. 

Praise and give thanks you made it to today, your Independence Day! Welcome Home!

Peace and Blessings- ULM