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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 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

Best Affirmations for Practicing Simplicity

People sometimes ask me, “What are the best affirmations for practicing simplicity?” Although we try to make it complex, the essence of life is simplicity. Being a good parent to your children, having a loving relationship with your partner, feeling needed by others—it is these fundamental requirements for love and appreciation that nurture the human spirit.

The theme of simplicity is repeated over and over in the great spiritual teachings. Jesus tells us that “unless you become as little children, you cannot enter the kingdom of God.” To receive the truth, we must make ourselves like a child—open, accepting and trusting. Too often, however, we get lost in the hectic pace of modern life and lose touch with our real priorities.

Look at your own life. Has it become overly complex? Have you found yourself burdened by too many possessions or responsibilities? Take a deep breath and ask yourself, “What steps can I take to reduce the clutter so that I may live simply and joyously?”

Think how little it takes to lift up your spirits—a smile from your child, an unexpected day of sunny weather, a cold drink on a hot afternoon. As you learn to simplify your life, you will experience a freedom of the soul and lightness of heart. These priceless gifts are yours when you learn to focus on what is truly essential.

 Affirmations

 1. It’s a gift to be simple; it’s a gift to be free.

 2. I follow my heart wherever it takes me.

 3. I release all extra baggage from my life.

 4. I feel light and joyous

 5. I take delight in the simplest of things; even the ordinary gives me pleasure.

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Words to Consider

 Our life is fritted away by detail … Simplify, simplify.” -Thoreau

For more affirmations and meditations for daily life, read Words That Heal, available in paperback or now as an ebook. 

An Affirmation for Getting a Good Night’s Sleep

One of the simplest and most natural things that you can do to feel better–physically and emotionally–is to get a good night’s sleep. In this YouTube video, I discuss the importance of sleep in maintaining mental health and well as share a variety of solutions for keeping healthy sleep habits.

Sleep isn’t just “time out” from daily life. Sleep is an active state that is necessary for regenerating our body and promoting mental and physical health. If you suffer from depression or anxiety, it is quite possible that your sleep is adversely impacted. Sleep irregularities can bring about depression and they are among the early warning signs that either mania or depression is occurring. Symptoms include: trouble falling asleep, trouble staying asleep, early morning awakenings (followed by ruminations), and sleeping too much. Sleep medication and tranquilizers can be useful in trying to break a pattern of sleeplessness, but they are only designed for short-term use. In my ebook, Healing From Depression Naturally, I discuss multiple strategies for getting a good night’s sleep,  such as those listed in the book No More Sleepless Nights by Peter Hauri.  Some of the strategies are:

  • Try to develop a sleep schedule–a regular time of going to sleep and arising–and stick to it.
  • Reduce caffeine and alcohol; eliminating cigarettes.
  • Use the bed only for sleep and sex, not for other activities such as reading.
  • Practice bedtime relaxation techniques.
  • Get regular exercise during the day.

In addition, you may wish to be evaluated at a sleep clinic to rule out the possibility of physical problems such as sleep apnea. (Sleep apnea is a temporary suspension of breathing that occurs repeatedly during sleep. It often affects overweight people or those who have an obstruction in their breathing tract.)

For those who have experienced crippling insomnia, establishing regular and restorative sleep patterns makes all the difference in the world. Practicing good sleep hygiene AND treating your depression and anxiety can help you to return to a good night’s sleep. In this regard, here is an affirmation/mantra that was given to me by a client who repeated it to himself as he drifted off to sleep in order to stop his obsessive thoughts. It was written by a 13th century English monk and reads as follows:

All shall be well,
and all shall be well, 
and all manner of things shall be well. 

 

Using Affirmations as a Form of Prayer

Many years ago I came across the idea of using affirmations as a form of prayer developed by the practitioners of Religious Science called affirmative prayer. Affirmative prayer combines the power of affirmations with the practice of prayer. When you pray using affirmative prayer, you are not asking something outside of yourself to give you something. Instead, you are claiming your good as if it has already come to you. Hence, affirmative prayer, like affirmations, is always stated in the present tense.

Here are the five steps of affirmative prayer, as described on the Science of Mind website:

Affirmative Prayer

Science of Mind uses a five-step affirmative prayer called spiritual mind treatment. The five steps are:

1. Recognition—know that God is all there is.

2. Unification—know that you are one with God.

3. Declaration—state your word for the circumstance you want to manifest.

4. Thanksgiving—give thanks for your word being acted upon by the Law of Mind.

5. Release—“And so it is!”

There is no beseeching to or urge to compel an outside entity in spiritual mind treatment.  As Ernest Holmes states in The Science of Mind:

Effective mental treatment is propelled by a consciousness of love and a realization that the Creative spirit is always at work….A treatment should be given in a calm, expectant manner and with a deep inner conviction of its reality, without any fear or any sense that the human mind must make it effective. The work is effective because the Law is always in operation.

People who practice affirmative prayer on a daily basis have reported profound changes in their lives. For example, when I was in the depths of a life-threatening depressive episode, I composed an affirmative prayer that I shared with the twelve members of my support team and asked them to say it with me for thirty days. Here is the affirmative prayer I shared with them.

With help from God, I am reborn to a new life. I have learned the lessons that the anxiety and depression came to teach and thus have fully and freely released these symptoms from my body/mind. They are replaced by inner peace, emotional stability, vitality, wholeness, wellness and joy. My brain chemistry is stabilized and in perfect balance. I am healed and made whole. Thank you spirit for healing.

This prayer may have saved my life, because seventy-two hours after the group and I started reciting it, my symptoms began to lift. Within ninety days I experienced a full healing. Try affirmative prayer for yourself, and let me know your results.

 

 

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!