Ask Yourself

Align – Anchor – Act

“When I run after what I think I want, my days are a furnace of distress and anxiety; If I sit in my own place of patience, what I need flows to me, and without any pain. From this I understand that what I want also wants me, is looking for me and attracting me. There is a great secret in this for anyone who can grasp it.”

Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī

How did you come to “believe?”

  • Do you understand what you believe from a reference within your “Self” as opposed to the reference of others, like parents, pastor, reverend, spiritual guide, politician, or other authority figure?
  • Do you rely on others as the “knower” or do you frame your beliefs on original sources you research yourself?
  • Do you sometimes feel like an imposter when you shape and share your “views” with people you consider like-minded? Do you feel empowered, but experience a lack of substance in the context of your conversations?
  • Do your words and actions reflect efforts to gain the approval of others, while not satisfying yourself?
  • Do your beliefs limit your responses and choices as you “think” before you act?

How do our personal values shape what we believe?

  • Are your values or the values of your community based on unifying principles that enhance the clarity of issues with wisdom and bring people together?
  • Have you identified what principles you consider unifying that underscore your values?
  • Have you identified your values? We shape our values when we, from an early age, unconsciously accept them into our belief systems when we engage with members of our family, friends, and within the institutions which make up our social environment, like schools, churches, temples, government, and the media.
  • When sources of knowledge challenge your values, do you reexamine them from the perspective of what unifying principles support you and others?
  • Are you willing to change your values to be aligned with unifying principles like wisdom, clarity, justice, harmony, unity, peace, creativity, wholeness, & love?

Aligning with unifying principles leads to daily action that empowers and promotes your healing and success.

The practice of alignment centers your frame of reference from outside/in to inside/out where your self-worth is empowered without the acknowledgement or approval of others. It is a process where you learn to listen from within and consciously align your thoughts with unifying principles, like wisdom, clarity, harmony, unity, peace, creativity, wholeness, & love.

The conscious practice of recognizing your highest intentions, not based on expectations or comparison with others. You consciously choose empowering thoughts by anchoring in principle. You challenge learned values that no longer serve you or your community and create empowering values that serve everyone. It is a process that tunes your body, mind, and emotional state into a balanced rhythm of thinking in the present moment, where the past does not determine your worth and the future never arrives. You are motivated by principle, not wealth, power, or pleasure.

Acting on principle focuses your choices in the direction of your highest intentions as well as the good of others. It directs your attention on principle as opposed to the values of others. It is a process that keeps your actions grounded in unifying principles, like wisdom, clarity, harmony, unity, peace, and love. It is this action through which you leave a legacy. In this space you are not censored by others as these principles are self-evident. All recognize them in your action.

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