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When One Door Closes Another Door Opens

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One of my favorite affirmations is “When one door closes, another door opens.” I love this affirmation so much, thatI used it as the title for my first meditation in the book Words That Heal. Here is the meditation in it’s entirety, along with the healing affirmations that accompany it.

Douglas Bloch, http://affirmationsheal.com

When One Door Closes, Another Door Opens

When one door closes, another door opens. Patience, perseverance and persistence.

There comes a time along the spiritual journey when something we cherish must come to an end. Perhaps a meaningful relationship is terminated. Perhaps some opportunity we sought suddenly becomes unavailable. Whatever the circumstances, we feel shut out from a good that we desired.

When this occurs, do not despair, for the Infinite has not forgotten you. You have experienced loss for one reason and one reason only—so that you may receive an even greater good.

Nature abhors a vacuum. What is true in the physical world has its parallel in the spiritual world. You can’t release something without gaining something in return. The universe longs to fill your void, replacing sadness with joy, loss with gain, death with rebirth.

What then is your task when a door is closed before you? First, release your attachment to the way it was, or the way you wished it to be. Your Higher self has prepared a far greater gift for you. Then affirm to yourself, “When one door closes another door opens. I expectantly look forward to the good that awaits me.”

Be patient, for it will come in the twinkling of an eye.

Affirmations

1. I release the past and eagerly look toward the good that awaits me.

2. I release my prior expectations and eagerly look toward the good that awaits me.

3. I have faith that I will be guided to my next step.

4. Although I grieve for what I lost, I have faith that a greater good lies before me.

5. A new door in my life stands open before me.

6. Your own

Words To Consider

They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.

Psalm 126.5

Best Affirmations for Guidance

In this post, I want to talk about affirmations for guidance. The times they are a changing. During this period of uncertainty, many of us are seeking reliable ways to receive guidance and direction in our lives. But with our familiar signposts in chaos and turmoil, there is only one certain way to obtain the guidance we seek—go within.

 In seeking guidance, you are really asking the universe to “show you the way.” A lovely way to request this direction is to affirm , “I want to do what God wants me to do” This statement will cause your higher wisdom to communicate its intention to you. Then, your task is simple—listen to and follow its instructions.

 Sometimes what you receive will not always be what you (your ego) wanted to hear. Don’t let this bother you; your intuition, not your ego, knows what’s best for you. Many times, your instructions will not “make sense” at the time. Again, don’t be concerned; your intuition doesn’t function through logic, but through what “feels” right.

 When you receive guidance, you will probably be told to take a single step. Rather than being shown the final out-come, you will be guided each step along the way. This is where you must exercise your faith. Trust that you are being lead in the right direction and that everything will work out. The universe wants you to succeed. The universe wants the best for you.

 As you follow this procedure, your guidance will become clearer and more defined. While the outer world continues to rock to and fro, you will retain that inner calm and security that comes from following that Higher Power within you.

Affirmations 

1. I want to do what the Universe wants me to do.

2. I want to do what my Higher Self wants me to do. 

3. The Divine Presence fills my body, mind, heart and soul. From this place of higher knowing, I see all things clearly.

4. God’s wisdom illumines me, casting light on my path. 

5. All things are working together for good in my life.

6. Your own 

Words To Consider

“Instead of asking Him to give  the things for which we pray,
All that we need to ask from God is this:
Show us the way.”

James Bowman

 

The Lord is nigh to all who call upon him, to all who call upon him in truth.

Psalm 145:18

 

Best Affirmations for Following Your Heart

Consider the following story of misplaced priorities. While hiking in the wilderness, I met a man whose T-shirt carried the following message: “He who dies with the most toys, wins.”

As I pondered those words, I was sure that the author meant the opposite of what he said. No one on his death bed ever stated, “I wish I had spent more time at the office.” We were put on this earth not to accumulate “toys,” but to reap the gifts of the spirit.  These gifts come to us when we dedicate our lives to something greater than ourselves-a path of service in the world, the raising of a loving family, the creation of beauty through art, or any passion that inspires one. 

Having lived in this manner, you can look back over your  life with a real sense of fulfillment. By following the path of peace, love and joy, you will discover your true treasure-one that transcends death itself. 

 He who dies, having followed his heart, wins.

Affirmations for Following Your Heart

1. Joy is my compass. 

2. As I follow the path of my heart, I discover  my true treasure.

3. I release my unnecessary attachments to people, things, or situations in the world.

4. My spiritual growth is  my top priority.

5. When I am being true to the highest and best in me, the rest of my life falls into place.

6. Create our own 

Words To Consider

“Lay not up for yourselves treasures on earth
where moth and dust doth corrupt,
where thieves break through and steal; 
but lay up treasures in heaven …
 for where your treasure is,
there will be your heart also.”

Matthew 6:19-21

Affirmations Helped an Olympic Skater to Land Her Jumps

Gracie GoldAs the Olympics have just concluded, I wanted to share a story on how affirmations helped an Olympic skater to land her jumps. As reported in the New York Times, it was the short program and Gracie Gold, the American national skating champion was warming up. She could feel her legs start to tingle before she skated, a hint that they might betray her. Then the nervousness began.

On Gracie’s opening jump, a triple-triple combination, she landed her first jump with difficulty. Then a thought rushed into her head. “Is this my Olympic moment?” she recalled saying to herself. “I’m going to be on my butt?” She quickly told herself no. She fought for and landed her second triple.

Then, during her double axel, her body was off balance as it flew through the air. Her negative self-talk  piped up again and tried to discourage her. But Gracie countered with a perfect affirmation. “I’ve come too far not to land this stupid double axel,” she told herself. “I’m going to land it with a smile.” And that was what she did.

Gold finished fourth on the short program and fourth overall. Not bad for her first Olympics.

Keeping a positive mental attitude was a key in the victories of other Olympic athletes. Elite athletes athletes know that their mental preparation and mental toughness are as important, if not more important, than their physical conditioning. Affirmations are a wonderful way to keep their “eyes on the prize” and keep those negative voices at bay. 

 

Best Affirmations for Practicing Gratitude

People often ask me what are the best affirmations for practicing gratitude. I answer by saying that thankfulness is one of the key ingredients for our progress along the path. So often we lose sight of what we have to be grateful for—our health, friends, material comfort, and most importantly, the gift of life itself. Practicing gratitude can be enhanced by affirmations.

Every situation in life, even the apparent tragedy, has a “silver lining.” Praising and giving thanks invokes this good and helps to bring it into being. Even painful experiences become bittersweet when we know that the universe is working out its perfect plan through them. Take a look at your life. Are you giving thanks for all your experiences? If you are reacting negatively to a specific situation, try a different approach.

Give thanks for the condition being just the way it is. Then observe what happens. As your attitude about the condition changes, the circumstances surrounding it will be transformed. Such is the miraculous power of giving thanks in all things. 

Affirmations

 1. I give thanks for every experience that I have.

 2. I say yes to the universe.

 3. It’s all unfolding perfectly.

 4. Every experience in my life brings me closer to God.

 5. In every aspect of my life, I am truly blessed.

 Words to Consider

When you learn to love hell, you will be in heaven.” -Proverb

Lazy Man’s Guide to Enlightenment

Positive Self-Talk Helps Olympians

Recently, Oregon Public Broadcasting highlighted Olympic athletes’ use of mental skills training, including positive self-talk, to help “boost performance.” Mental skills coach and and professor of exercise science and sports psychology at Pacific Lutheran University Colleen Hacker works with the US men and women’s hockey teams on mental toughness, positive self-talk, concentration training, pre-performance routines and imagining success using all senses.

The good news is, these techniques are appropriate for everyone. She gives this example of positive self-talk: “Let’s say a soccer player shot and missed the goal. Positive self talk would be, ‘Keep shooting. Keep putting pressure on the keeper. I’ll eventually get it.’” When practiced, this is a tool that can improve outcomes for anything any of us would like to accomplish.

For more information, read the full article here, see my book Positive Self-Talk for Children or visit my website www.healingfromdepression.com.

Best Affirmations for Overcoming Despair

People often ask me, “What are the best affirmations for overcoming despair?” In this post, I will be sharing two affirmations that I have found to be helpful. As you may know, the journey to higher awareness is not a direct flight. Challenges, struggles and tests confront the traveler along the way. And eventually, no matter who you are or how far you have come along the path, you must eventually experience your “dark night of the soul.” 

If you are facing such a period , let this affirmation console you: 

What Goes Down Must Come Up  

There can be no death without rebirth.

Every ending is followed by a beginning.

The experience of hell is a precursor to the glory of heaven.

The ancient Phoenix bird was consumed in its own ashes only to rise again. Christ was crucified only to be resurrected. The process of death and rebirth is universal. Your case is no exception. 

Here is a second affirmation you can use to respond to  feelings of despair 

THIS, TOO SHALL PASS.

This affirmation is potent, because it taps into a universal truth–nothing lasts forever. The only constant is change. Or, as the Buddhists put it, we live in a world of impermanence. Thus, if your feelings of despair are be so great that you feel you can no longer continue, the prescription is simple; hang in there! Be patient. Soon you will find a way to rise out of your ashes and spread your wings like a soaring eagle. The joy that awaits you is far greater than the pain you are experiencing. 

Don’t give up five minutes before the miracle!