Your thoughts create your reality. If you think thoughts of lack, self-doubt, poverty, ill-health etc then this is what you will experience in your life.
If you are not sure what your thoughts are, then simply ask yourself ‘How do I feel?- If you feel yukky, this is your indicator that your thoughts are not aligned with creating an extraordinary life.
If you notice too many negative thoughts, and don’t know how to change them, to get you started write down as many things that you are grateful for as possible. Each day reflect on this list with genuine gratitude.
Appreciation is the antidote of fear. Appreciate each and every day, and everyone that is in it.
Take responsibility for changing your thoughts. I found this very difficult in the beginning, because I was so used to the negative thoughts. i was kinda hooked on them, because I layed the victim! When I chose to take responsibility for them, no exceptions, my thoughts started to change.
Write down your goals very clearly. Use the SMART model if it helps.
a. S – Simple, specific
b. M – Measurable
c. A – Attractive, stated ‘as if’ you already have it
d. R – Realistic
e. T – Timed – when will it be in your life?
For example, “It is Christmas 2007 and I am standing on the balcony of my beach house with my family, having enjoyed an exciting, fun and rewarding year. I have banked $__________, invested $__________, and feel wonderful.”
Think about your goals daily, and with feelings of appreciation for them being in your life – your mind does not know the difference between the reality outside of you and the reality in your mind.
Never, ever, ever give up on the dream. Get more determined, every day, to experience your goals in your life.
Read everything you can on how others have achieved their goals, and if it suits you, do what they did.
Act. Nothing can replace action. One step, each day, towards the achievement of your goals will bring them into your life. Don’t have ‘spurts’ of action then nothing for days or weeks. Do something, every day, no exceptions, even if it’s just to think about how good you feel having this goal in your life.
About a million years BC everything in life was absolutely free.
Together humanity sang the song of the Universe and through that song using also the Law of the Universe – The Law of Gratitude – humanity could create its needs.
However we lost our way and forgot the song and we replaced our creating abilities with the monetary system. Money is not bad, it is just a second hand currency. We lost our spiritual currency which was the song called the Word and Gratitude.
Everyone is talking about the Law Of Attraction but this Law cannot work of its own. It is not the Ultimate Law of the Universe. It is the outcome of the law of Gratitude.
There is only one main LAW and that is the Law Of Gratitude. All other laws are from this Law.
The Law of Gratitude is the Law Of Cause And Effect what do I mean here.
It’s simple, when you are grateful then you attract ( the law of attraction works through gratitude) every good thing that life can give you.
Living in Gratitude is working in harmony with the Law of the Universe – The Law Of Gratitude. In order to get results from this LAW you have to work with it. But if you become ungrateful you will draw more into your life, things to be ungrateful about. Therefore attracting into your life undesirable outcomes. It is that simple.
Gratitude is the Spiritual Currency
But we forgot the song of Gratitude our spiritual creational currency and our Word to work with it. When you use your personal mantra you are singing the song but you must have Gratitude in your heart. For it is gratitude that opens the way – it is the LAW. For instance say you want to manifest a house. Use your mantra the song and keep thanking the Universe or your God for your house every day. It is on its way to you but be open as to how. You don’t have to have belief just be very thankful. Gratitude is the Master key.
So what ever you want to manifest say your mantra with your request in your heart but with GRATITUDE this way you are working with the law of the Universe – The Law Of Gratitude.
And keep thanking God. And it will manifest.
Gratitude is Manifestation
Just as it is so with the Law Of Gravity. When you jump up you will come down. The Law is impersonal and so it is with the Law Of Gratitude. The Universe – God – The Light does not have an ego problem. It doesn’t grant us things because IT needs to be thanked. No. The Law Of the Universe – is The Law Of Gratitude and through gratitude is Attraction. And the Attraction – The Law of Attraction simply works through The Law Of Gratitude in BEING. In being either ungrateful or grateful.
It is the grateful heart that is the magnet. The entire process of mental, spiritual and material riches can be summed up in six words – being in a state of gratitude. A thankful person will draw more blessings to him/her. From the book – Infinite Power To Be Rich, by Joseph Murphy – born in poverty Lucien after paying his rent was left with only fifty cents a day for meals. He would hold the money in his hands everyday and say ‘God multiplies this and I give thanks I am receiving more and more money everyday. Lucien began to attract though the Law of Gratitude business oportunities and he continued to show gratitude by saying thank you Father. He eventually ended up with a five million dollar business and more.
In the Old Testament when the people complained against God and Moses when they left Egypt, they never entered the promised land. Was this Gods punishment? No. Complaining is the opposite of being thankful. When they complained they attracted with an ungrateful heart more to complain about. Joshua and Caleb were the only two out of thousands who didn’t complained but entered the promised land with a grateful heart.
Let us then enter our promised land with a grateful heart knowing that the Universe – through the working with the Law of the Universe – the Law of Gratitude – will give us our hearts desire. Because our hearts desire with gratitude is the MAGNET.
In the Arab world, Turkish baths (hammams) are visited weekly by much of the population. Although poorer people depend upon public baths for basic bathing, hammams are valued by all social classes for deep skin cleansing and exfoliation.
Health Benefits of Saunas, Turkish Baths and Steam Showers
Sitting in a hot, dry sauna or hot, humid steam room offers a number of health benefits. These include:
an elevated body temperature, which works as a fever would to boost immunity by increasing white blood cell production
heavy sweating, which helps eliminate toxins, chemicals and other impurities from the skin
increased heart rate, blood circulation and metabolic rate
looser, relaxed muscles after exercise
relief for stress, tension and high blood pressure
sense of mental well-being and rejuvenation.
Steam rooms, steam baths and steam showers offer the added benefit of steam inhalation, which helps alleviate congestion, inflammation, and coughing brought on by allergies and other respiratory conditions. Steam inhalation loosens mucous and other secretions, and helps reduce spasmodic breathing.
Saunas and Steam Baths Promote Healthy Skin
The combined high temperature and steam in a wet sauna, steam bath or steam shower are good for the skin. They help to:
open skin pores and release trapped oils and dirt
increase blood circulation to the skin
relax tense facial muscles
loosen dead, dry skin which makes exfoliation easier
promote a clear complexion.
Scrubbing with a loofah or exfoliating gloves immediately after steaming will remove any dead, dry skin which has accumulated, leaving skin glowing, smooth, and soft.
Use of Saunas in Holistic and Natural Medicine
Natural, holistic and alternative medicine practitioners have long recommended saunas and steam rooms as detoxification treatments and to promote mental well-being. They are also used to treat pain and inflammation, as well as a variety of medical conditions such as skin problems, asthma, bronchitis, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, high blood pressure, and muscle and soft tissue injuries.
Health Risks of Saunas, Turkish Baths and Steam Showers
Although a 30-minute session in a sauna or steam room is safe for most people, prolonged exposure to high temperatures and steam may cause faintness, dehydration, overheating and even rare sudden death in some people. Pregnant women, very young children, and those with cardiac problems, low blood pressure, diabetes, and other health conditions should use saunas only under the advice of a physician. The use of alcohol, drugs and some medications may also increase risk to some people.
The hamam, or Turkish bath stands for far more than getting a leisurely bath or cleansing. It is a rite and a ritual in which the elements are harnessed for the cleansing and purification of the body. Since it’s creation, the Turkish bath has been much more than just a place to cleanse the skin. It was intimately bound to everyday life, a place where people of every rank and class, young and old, rich and poor, townsmen or villagers, could go in freely. Women as well as men frequented the “hamam”, as the bath is known in Turkish, although of course, at separate hours.
There were reportedly four thousand five hundred and thirty six private and three hundred public baths in Istanbul in the 16th century. The hamam once provided the only avenue for socialising, especially to women, who were otherwise restricted to the home. In fact it played such a crucial role in the lives of Ottoman women, that it is rumoured that women who did not receive their biweekly allowance from their husbands to go to the hamam were entitled to a divorce! Stories about young Tellaks (male masseurs) turning the head of their customers and providing them with many side benefits are based on real life events.
A range of equipment was part and parcel of the hamam visit in the old days. Even until recently at least fifteen to twenty bath articles are included in the bundle carried by a woman on her hamam visit.
The “Pestemal” a large towel fringed at both ends and wrapped around the torso, from below the armpits to about mid-thigh, used when the bather made her way to the “Kurna” or marble basin. The Pestemal is either striped or checked, a coloured mixture of silk and cotton, pure cotton, or pure silk for the well-to-do ladies.
A pair of wooden clogs, in Turkish “Nalin“, of which there were many varied types. Carved exquisitely, these “Nalins” kept the bather’s feet clear of the wet floor. They were embellished in a number of ways, most often with mother-of-pearl, or sheathed in silver. Some of them had jingles, or were appliquéd with felt or brass.
The “Tas” is the name given to the bowl used for pouring water over the body. The “Tas” was always made of metal with grooved and inlaid ornamentation. Silver, tinned copper or brass were used in the making of the “Tas”
A soap case of metal, usually copper, with a handle on top like a handbag, and perforated at the bottom to allow water to run out was also part of the hamam paraphernalia. The case not only carried the soap, but also contained a coarse mitt for exfoliating the skin, a weave of date palm for lathering the soap, and a collection of fine and broad-toothed combs made of horn or ivory.
The “kese” that rough cloth mitt was carried in the soap case. Not only did the “Kese” scrape the dirt out of the pores, but it also delivered an invigorating massage. The soaping web, on the other hand, was especially woven out of hair or plant fibre.
A small jewellery box was often included for the bather to store her jewellery while in the hamam. Depending on the region, the box was made of silver, copper or wood. It was sometimes covered with wicker, felt, velvet or silver.
Three different towels were used for drying. One to wrap the hair with like a turban, one to wrap around the shoulders, and one around the waist.
The personal hamam carpet would be laid on the floor, then another cloth spread over it for the bather to sit on to undress. After each trip to the hamam the spread would be washed and dried, then folded away in the bundle until the next time.
The mirror was an indispensable item in the bath bundle. Its frame and handle were often made of wood. Silver or brass were sometimes used for those who could afford them.
Occasionally some bathers filled a bowl with henna upon arriving at the hamam to use on their hair. Besides the warm colour it lends, henna was used to strengthen the hair and make it glisten.
The “Rastik” was a tiny container, made of tinned copper, which was used to grind an eyebrow darkener, especially popular with the fair and auburn haired ladies.
No other perfume besides rose essence was considered proper for the newly washed woman’s body. A “Attar” of rose is a bottle kept in a wooden case and used to sprinkle the rose essence on the body and hair after the bath. It was inevitably found in the hamam bundle.
The outer bundle or bag, carrying the hamam equipment was heavily embroidered. Velvet was sometimes used as well as wool or silk weaves. It was always flashy and suitable to use on feast days and other special occasions.
The luscious Turkish hamam experience makes our daily bath or shower seem like such a trivial and insignificant affair in comparison!
In my experience as a physician, over several decades, I have come to realize that a person’s internal state of well-being really influences the outcome of illness. If you are feeling safe, loved, and the people around you are supportive, then your body is more likely to self-regulate. Self-regulation is an important part of the healing process. We all have a healing response built into our biology. This healing response is the restoration of homeostasis.
Homeostasis is a state of dynamic, non-change in the midst of change. This means that in a healthier person, thousands of biological parameters remain within a certain range no matter what is happening in the environment. These biological parameters include everything from blood sugar levels to hormone levels to body temperature regulation to regulation of the immune system. It is now known that stress disrupts homeostasis and the experience of centered awareness and the giving and receiving of love restore homeostasis.
As I have indicated, disruption of homeostasis is the beginning of disease and the restoration of homeostasis is the healing response. Therefore, no matter what illness you are facing, the most important thing you can do is to move from a place of fear to a place of love and safety. In breast cancer in particular there is research to show that women in support groups have a much healthier outcome then women who feel lonely and afraid. Today, the precise biological pathways through which love heals are even being mapped out by scientists. In particular, an internal state of euphoria induced by the experience of love causes the secretion of neurochemicals such as dopamine, serotonin, opiates, oxytocin, and vasopressin. These chemicals are not only antidepressants; they also modulate the activity of the immune system and are referred to as immuno-regulators.
Therefore, have confidence in your own healing power, awaken the healer within you, and surround yourself with loving and caring people and have a one-pointed intention that you will heal yourself. The mechanism through which intention orchestrates biological response is a mysterious phenomenon. But there is no doubt that intention influences our biology. Through meditation, for example, one can learn to lower heart rate and blood pressure and eliminate the stress response. When intention is introduced before meditation it works in a precise manner by evoking very specific biological phenomena. According to wisdom traditions, intention has infinite organizing power.
This means that intention can orchestrate an infinity of space-time events in order to fulfill the intended outcome. In fact, a frequently-used term in the field of biology is teleology. Teleology was an old-fashioned term which is now being used frequently to explain certain mechanisms in evolution. Many scientists feel that intended outcomes influence their own biological mechanisms even in evolution (in other words, evolution is purpose-driven.) In any case, do not underestimate the power of intention. Think of it as electricity or electromagnetism and learn to harness it.