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Blue Christmas

It is that time of year again where everyone starts thinking about the holidays. For many it is a time of holiday depression.  Who am I going to spend the holidays with?  Should I travel and visit my family?  What parties am I going to give or go to?  What gift should I purchase for friends and family?

blue-christmasAs a psychic I receive more calls at this time of the year from people who are depressed and lonely, then any other time of the year. Holiday depression is very real. They have nowhere to go and no one wants to spend time with them. Sometimes I’m the only person they have to talk to. So many feel suicidal because they feel their life has no meaning.  I feel such compassion for these people because I know what it feels like not to have family. My family has all passed away and my friends are scattered all over the world. I’m thankful to be a psychic and able to help people during this critical time.

This year is going to be different than most because there is not as much money to go around as there has been in the past.  Many people will not travel to visit relatives.  Instead of giving gifts to people who really are not important, people are going to focus more on giving to those closest to them.  For years people have been pressured to give gifts to those they hardly know because that is what you have to do at this time of the year.  This year many people cannot afford to give any gifts because of being out of work.  No one wants to see their child not have a happy time at Christmas, so many will sacrifice to see their child have joy at Christmas.

Just because the economy has gone down does not mean we need to lose the true meaning of Christmas.  What is the meaning?  Giving to others without expecting anything in return.  Wow, what a concept.  Do you have it in you to give of yourself without expecting anything back?

What I’m talking about is simplifying your life and doing things with those you love that don’t cost much money such as an old fashion Christmas tree decorating party.  Not everybody has to buy a Christmas tree; it could be in a church, homeless shelter, a convalescent home or hospital. Everyone can bring some food and think of the great joy you would be creating.  Make a party where ever you are.

Buy board games, such as Monopoly or the physically fun game Twister, instead of expensive video games and spend time with friends and family connecting through these tried and true games.  You’ll find communication opening up and there will be more giving of your self then just giving a present.

There is such a great need for people to volunteer at hospitals, homeless shelters, veteran’s hospitals, and children’s hospitals.  Why not take your family and instead of investing in gifts go out and give to those who have nothing.  What about an elderly neighbor who has no family living, why not share a meal with them and spend some time talking.  Realize most people feel enormous loss at this time of year because of losing so many they have loved and being alone.

Think of the joy you can bring to people by just talking with them.  Even if you are volunteering passing out meals, at a homeless shelter, you can take a few minutes after your shift and talk with the different people.  Realize they have lost everything and kindness from a stranger can go a long ways.

Christmas is most significant for children, so many wait all year for Santa Claus to bring them what they want most.  Some children just want to feel healthy again.  Your time visiting these children will lift their spirits and yours as well.  If you feel inclined purchase inexpensive little trinkets to pass out to the children, not only in hospitals but at homeless shelters, and missions.

We have become a society that only thinks about ourselves.  We have gotten away from the old fashioned values that made our society great.  Instead of our modern instant everything world, see if you can’t go back to a time when caring about others was important.

Turn this Christmas mood from blue to glad by showing your kindness to your fellow humans who are passing through this world just like you.  Remember the more you give-the more you get.

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– About the Author:

Cherokee Billie offers help through the lens of clairvoyance, self-help, wisdom, philosophy, and spirituality. Cherokee Billie is the Author of “Heavenly Seduction” an Amazon.com best seller.  In addition, Cherokee Billie is a Naturopathic Doctor (twenty years experience) Life Strategist, a Radio Personality, and an Ordained Minister leading people to a pathway to spiritual enlightenment. http://www.cherokeebillie.com

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And so the New Year is finally here….

It’s arrived January 1st 2011… the dawn of a New Year

But what will we really do with the countless opportunities that lay before us, some make New year’s resolutions with the very best of intent, promises to themselves of all they are going to do, others say they don’t make them or can’t be bothered (probably admitting they will fail anyway so what’s the point) which is really just a way out of committing themselves to something or other.

Seriously though what will we do with this New Year? It is recognised as an opportunity for a “fresh start” but in reality every morning we wake up we have that same opportunity so why wait for the beginning of a New Year when all the things that we could have done have then piled up into a monstrous list in some cases of the things we now list as resolutions, that we could have faced and dealt with at some stage throughout the year.

Hey now there is a thought… what if we did face and sort those things that come to challenge us as they arrive before us? That would mean there would be no need to make resolutions at New Year! Already done! Already sorted!

For me personally there are no resolutions to make this year, and no I’m not in the can’t be bothered group, it’s because this year I see what would be resolutions more as tasks/goals that I need and want to complete. This year more than ever I have taken a little “time out” to look where my failures have been over this past year, things that I could have done, but didn’t for one reason or another, looked at where I could have made better choices/decisions and how they have affected my life and the life of those around me. (We have to remember that all of our actions and thoughts have an effect on others to some degree, whether we want to admit it or not). I have also however taken time to look at my achievements, because we also need to be kind to ourselves, not become totally negative and try to find a balance, we mustn’t just look at the failures, because at some stage throughout the year we will have done something positive however small. I know that I have helped and supported some people in my life who are very important to me this past year, so there is a positive and helping people is very important and satisfying to me, so there is another positive, another achievement, so now I have two! And the list could go on. Don’t berate and drag yourself down by only looking at the negatives.

Failing at something, making a mistake, things not turning out the way we wanted need not be a negative, because there is always something to learn from it, and as long as we learn and understand the lesson (just as important), as long as we know we have done our very best, then it really is a positive because we have learned something, we have gained experience and knowledge. The important point here is not to use failure and the lessons from it as an excuse not to do our very best in all we endeavour to do! It could quite easily turn into a bad habit of half-hearted gestures and commitment to our personal responsibilities.

A good idea is to look at the things you want to achieve throughout the year, write them down as a list in two categories a “things I must do” and “things I would like to do” that way you are not putting too much pressure on yourself and if you are realistic in your listings and have things in the correct categories, then if there are a few let downs or failures their impact won’t be so severe.

As I said at the outset I don’t really have resolutions this year they are more tasks/goals things I want to achieve, some that I need to… If I do have a resolution it would be the one I aim for every year…. To be the best I possibly can be in all that I do.

Okay so….. What will you do with this New Year?

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Set Spiritual Goals for the New Year

When we set spiritual goals for the New Year we create a foundation for material goals to blossom. If we focus solely on the external – the exercise program, the weight loss, the financial plans, the career success – we end up feeling empty, even if we do achieve them. When we place our attention on the essence of these objectives, the true reason we want to achieve them, we feel whole and balanced. From this place it becomes much easer to manifest our heart’s desires.

Below is a process I use when setting goals for the New Year. As you set your spiritual goals, remember the wise words of Abraham Lincoln: “And in the end it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.”

Review Last Year

Before we move onto something new, we need to let go of the old. Everything that took place last year is gone. What remains are the lessons, gifts and growth. Review your past year before you set goals for the New Year. Here are some questions to get you started:

~ What were the challenging parts of last year? What did you learn from them?

~ What were the uplifting parts? What developed and blossomed as a result?

~ What surprises took place? How did you handle them?

~ What softened, what strengthened, what opened within you?

When you have reviewed all the ups, downs and in-betweens of last year, bid them a fond farewell and move onto the present and future.

Set Spiritual Goals for the New Year

It’s often easier to think of external, material goals, but within these are the seeds of spiritual growth. For example, I want to earn a certain amount of money next year. When I explore why, I see it’s because I want to feel free and abundant.

If I make the spiritual goals of freedom and abundance a priority, the money will naturally follow (as within, so without the saying goes). Examine all of the things you’d like to achieve next year through the following questions:

~ What will achieving each goal give you? Why do you really want it? How will you feel when you have it?

~ With each goal, what wants to emerge in you, what’s waiting to blossom?

~ What qualities do you value most – i.e. love, amusement, creativity, adventure? How can you turn these into goals?

~ What spiritual qualities would you like to develop, strengthen or deepen – i.e. unconditional love, forgiveness, patience, trust, truth? How can you embrace these in your life on a daily basis?

Spiritual goals are not necessarily measurable in the same way material goals are. There isn’t a measuring stick or end result to love, forgiveness and patience. They blossom and materialize in a variety of ways. Yet, with the simple power of intention, you can set them in motion without any specific plans in place. As Michael Beckwith reminds us, “The power within you is greater than the power that’s in the world.”

Written by Gini Grey

 

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