our-affirmations

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‘Greetings from Mars’ by Julien Mauve

I have always wondered what it would be like to discover a totally different world, lifeless, full of wild landscapes and to photograph it for the first time… But it’s also about our behavior in front of landscapes and how we create pictures that will share our personal story with the world… It’s interesting to observe the way we act in front of the camera, how we include ourselves in the landscapes, how those landscapes trigger the desire to affirm our presence. And how the way we take pictures exposes the vanity involved in our endless pursuit of self-definition.

what you might expect to find in a gay-affirming church:

  • rainbows. rainbows everywhere
  • a congregation that consists of no one but LGBT+ individuals/couples
  • every sermon discusses nothing but LGBT+ issues
  • the preacher is Gay with a capital G
  • Genesis 9 is a part of the readings every single week, just to get the verse about the rainbow in
  • glitter cascades out of the hymnbooks every time you open them, probably

what you’ll actually find in a gay-affirming church:

  • well, okay, the rainbow thing was actually pretty accurate
  • my church currently has rainbow-colored lights strung from the rafters and last week we had a rainbow tablecloth on the altar
  • queer and straight folks alike, all mixed together
  • two mommies trying to get their kid to sit still
  • a mom and a dad trying to get their kid to sit still
  • a preacher who may be gay or straight or anything at all
  • celebrations when advances in LGBT+ rights take place
  • celebrations when advances in any sort of social justice issues at all – women’s rights, racial rights, rights for the poor, etc. – take place
  • sermons that don’t so much as mention LGBT+ people
  • sermons that do focus on LGBT+ people
  • rainbow cakes at church lunches
  • a great big rainbow banner hanging from the doorway
  • …so, yeah, the rainbow thing is totally accurate…but there is so much more to a gay-affirming church than that
  • when members use the phrase “all are welcome,” they truly mean it
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Autistic Pride Day 2015: A Message to the Autistic Community | Autistic Self Advocacy Network
Autistic Pride Day 2015: A Message to the Autistic Community
By Autistic Self Advocacy Network

Today is Autistic Pride Day. For ten years, our community has come together on June 18th to celebrate who we are and affirm our right to build a culture and community of our own. When Autistic Pride Day first began, it was the first in what would become a series of Autistic holidays, each of which brings its own unique set of emotions. From the somberness of the annual Disability Day of Mourning in March to the defiance of Autistics Speaking Day in November, our communal gatherings help define who we are as a people.

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anonymous asked:

You're pro-voice, so here's mine. It's a paradox to say that anyone cares more about a fetus than a living person, given that a fetus already is a living person. Would you prescribe a choice between the health and safety of two living people as the only option, or would you do everything in your power to ensure the health and safety of both? Abortion does no one good. It hurts everyone.

So, you may want to read up on what “pro-voice” actually means bud.

“Coined in 2005, the term “pro-voice” was developed by Exhale to represent our approach to creating a social climate where each person’s unique experience with abortion is supported, respected, and free from stigma. Designed to pay homage to the historical struggles for voice and affirmation that our founders had learned from—civil rights, queer acceptance, and the anti-domestic violence movement, among others—pro-voice points towards a whole new way forward on abortion conflicts by giving new focus to an element typically exploited or ignored: personal experience.“ [x]

Being pro-voice to support and amplify the most important part of the abortion conversation; people’s personal abortion experiences, no matter if their experience is positive, negative, a mixture, or both. Stigma has no place in the pro-voice community and your entire message encompasses exactly what isn’t tolerated.

P.S. Abortion isn’t right for every one, that much is true, but my abortion was good for me. To make a blanket statement that abortion does no one good is ignorant and is a complete lie. Take your emotionally manipulative garbage elsewhere.

Our ideas, our values, our affirmations and denials, our if’s and whether’s grow out of us from the same necessity which makes a tree bear its fruit—totally related and interlinked amongst each other, witnesses of one will, one health, one soil, one sun.
—  Friedrich Nietzsche, On the Genealogy of Morals
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This year’s pride had a lot of meaning, why? Because we have the same rights to marry as any other human being in the country. The would will change and start to understand the LGBT community in a whole new way. Things will lighten up for us, and it’s getting way better. Pride was made for us to promote our self-affirmation, dignity, equality rights etc.. Point of it is, be happy for who you are, you’re not alone and you have the right to be treated like a human being. Just because we live a different life style, doesn’t mean that we aren’t human. Doesn’t mean we don’t deserve the right to marry who we want to marry. Love doesn’t know about gender or sexuality, all it knows is, that’s who I want to be with, that’s who I want to spend the rest of my life with. 6/26 will forever be a historic point in all our lives, we still have a fight and a lot more to come. But for now, #LoveWins and I’m proud of how far we’ve all come. Happy Pride ❤️💛💚💙💜

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[Throwback Thursday #10] ‘Someone’s Universe’ which opened in 2008 was a survey of work by leading Brisbane contemporary artist Eugene Carchesio. Known for his repeated use of particular images and patterns, his work has a sense of rhythm and composition that echoes his keen interest in music. He works with the little impermanent materials of our lives, such as paper, cardboard and matchboxes. In his quest to explore the big questions of life, these simple materials convey both the insignificance and affirmation of our place within it.

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“The murals shouldn’t be celebrations of victories. They should be representations and affirmations of our struggle. Murals shouldn’t make people sit back and smile and clap. They should motivate community towards action and transformation. No one will be the same after this: the queers will grow stronger and the patriarchy and homophobia, unknowingly were the things they burnt down last night” Carlos Jackson, UC Davis Chicana/o Studies Chair

#art4 #artivist #artivism #art4change #mural #LGBTQ #undocumented #undocuqueer #mariconcollective

On safety, vulnerability, and community

6.25.15

The events of the past few weeks

Nope. Let’s try that again…

Is there a more dynamic, duplicitous, controversial experience than Blackness?

I have many thoughts and feelings about social media and the 24 hour news cycle (that’s a whole other series of posts), but I think an idea that is consistently underscored for me is the tremendous necessity for spaces where it is safe to be vulnerable, and where our humanity is affirmed.

We live, work, and move through spaces where others are often oblivious to the way that social conditions affect our day to day well being. So much of being Black is being perceived as both invisible and hypervisible creating a consistently threatening experience of the world.

Last week, after the Charleston shooting, I went for a walk, hoping that moving around would help release some of the angst and frustration I was feeling. It actually only made it worse. As I passed people on the street, I wanted to ask them,

‘Do you know what has happened? Do you feel anything?’

I wanted them to be aware of and feel what I was feeling – this immense sense of loss and fear. Of anger and futility. The terrible grief of reading about grandmothers and fathers dying, and a baby having to play dead in the face of a terrorist. I’m not religious, but I respect the church as a place that has traditionally meant sanctuary for many people. To be faced so horribly with the reality that no place is in fact sacred – it’s overwhelming.

After talking with various friends, holding space with them, listening to them cry, and reassuring each other, I am reminded of how important it is for those of us who experience systemic violence to affirm each other. To create and sustain spaces and relationships where it’s okay to be vulnerable, to feel sad, to feel disheartened. I’ve seen a lot of think pieces about ‘what do we do now?’, and I think that’s hugely important (although I don’t think removing the Confederate Flag is anything more than symbolic), but we also need to pay attention to allowing ourselves to grieve and move through the hurt, rather than ignoring it.

So what can that look like? Well, it can be whatever we need it to be – moving, creating, resting, sharing space, eating, snuggling (with consent of course). Last weekend, I had brunch with friends, and we chatted but also moved around the kitchen in quiet, enjoying each others’ company.

It’s so important that we take care of each other. That in looking at the big picture, we don’t forget that our personal is political and that we have to practice our ideals at home with the people we love if we are ever going to be able to do it fluently with the larger community.

I hope everyone is taking care of themselves. Being kind to ourselves and others is a kind of revolution, too.

The Annotated ‘Pale Horses’ - D-Minor

D-Minor

A borrowed fern with a cigarette burn [1]

And a [$15] pawn shop ring in her hand

[n.b. [2] actually bought after leaving the courthouse]

At the Idaho courts to affirm our divorce

Before the marriage began

In a celery boat [3] singing triangle notes [4]

To [an automatic] [5] a horn from the military band

The spectreworks care of Pepper & Dircks’

Bargain Ghost and Haunted Man. [6]

We awkwardly shielded the curious eyes

Of innocent pines from the [Cape Henlopen State Park] [7] forest floor [8]

From the frying pan of a celibate man

To the fires of the premature [9] - dear lord!

Who could ask for nothing more? [10] -please, nothing more!

We’re an unshrunk patch on a tear of the edge [11]

We’re a campaign badge, the short-lived match [12]

Of an unshrunk patch and the bellow’s edge [13]

On the iron lungs [14] of our language.

[By now an] A by-now acquired a fern with a cigarette burn

In a basket with a (rectangle) note on the bedroom floor:

They repaired my fence, those bastards [15]

I can’t go back home no more [16]

Save by a roundabout way, unto each day

Is sufficient misfortune thereof [17]

With which to spend in proportion to your modest pay

While shopping around for a word like ‘love.’

–With obedient trust as a babe in the womb

And impeccably chaste [18] as a priest in the tomb

With a Deadwood map [19] and a dynamite hat

I’ll come back to Idaho soon

Harmless as a Danish cartoon [20].

This is not the first time…

This is not the first time God has died [21].

This is not the first time (capitalized three lettered sound) [22] has died

This is not the first time

Won’t you help me get by?

Will you help me get by?

Won’t you help me get by?

Will you help me get by?

Won’t you help me get by?

Will you help me get by? [23]


D-Minor

[note: This song is a “sequel” to the track “C-Minor” on the album Brother, Sister. That song also follows a relationship, in that case one that was in the process of ending, and the emotional and spiritual fallout that followed.  Here we find a relationship beginning, and the fallout of that situation as it relates to Aaron Weiss’ current mindset.]

[1] The fern here is probably a corsage, or maybe a bouquet or other wedding accoutrement.  It being “borrowed” might be a play on the popular tradition of including “something borrowed” on a bride’s wedding outfit.  That it has a cigarette burn in it indicates its level of shabbiness.

[2] The n.b. stands for “nota bene”, an Italian and Latin phrase meaning “note well”.

[3] A celery boat is an hors d’oeuvre; celery stalks are filled with some other food, usually peanut butter.  Another element adding to the relatively inexpensive ceremony.

[4] Shape notes are a music notation designed to facilitate congregational and community singing. The notation, introduced in 1801, became a popular teaching device in American singing schools. Shapes were added to the note heads in written music to help singers find pitches within major and minor scales without the use of more complex information found in key signatures on the staff. Shape notes of various kinds have been used for over two centuries in a variety of music traditions, mostly sacred but also secular, originating in New England, practiced primarily in the Southern region of the United States for many years, and now experiencing a renaissance in other locations as well. The syllables and notes of a shape note system are relative rather than absolute; they depend on the key of the piece. The first note of a major key always has the triangular Fa note, followed (ascending) by Sol, La, etc. The first note of a minor key is always La, followed by Mi, Fa, etc. (from Wikipedia)

[5] That the horn music is automatic suggests a certain level of artificiality.  Perhaps it was a pre-recorded song.

[6] Henry Dircks was an English engineer who is considered to have been the main designer of the projection technique known as Pepper’s ghost. It is named after John Henry Pepper who implemented a working version of the device in 1862. Pepper’s ghost is an illusion technique used in theatre, haunted houses, dark rides, and magic tricks. It has a long history, dating into the 16th century, and remains widely performed today. Pepper realized that the method could be modified to make it easy to incorporate into existing theatres. Pepper first showed the effect during a scene of Charles Dickens’s The Haunted Man and the Ghost’s Bargain, to great success. Pepper’s implementation of the effect tied his name to it permanently. Though he tried many times to give credit to Dircks, the title "Pepper’s ghost” endured. (adapted from various Wikipedia articles)

Interestingly, this is not the first time Pepper’s ghost has been used as a mewithoutYou lyric.  In “Fox’s Dream of the Log Flume”, a disastrous memory of a past failed relationship haunts the character of Bear “like a fiberglass ghost”.  The use is similarly applicable here, as the ghost of past relationships, regrets, and mistakes hang over the ceremony as the “spectreworks” provided by the company called Pepper and Dircks’ Bargain Ghost and Haunted Man, in a pun on the Dickens play.

[7] Cape Henlopen State Park is a Delaware state park on 5,193 acres on Cape Henlopen in Sussex County, Delaware.  This will not be the last time Delaware is mentioned on the album, as it plays heavily into the track “Blue Hen”.  

[8] The line itself is, in my opinion, pretty clearly about the consummation of the marriage; an act performed - apparently - awkwardly and in the woods.

[9] “Jumping from the frying pan into the fire” is an idiom with the general meaning of escaping a bad situation for a worse situation. It was made the subject of a 15th-century fable that eventually entered the Aesopic canon.  Here we have the frying pan being associated with Aaron Weiss’ celibacy.  This is probably a partial callback to “C-Minor” on which Aaron Weiss sings:

I’m still (technically) a virgin

After 27 years

Which never bothered me before

What’s maybe 50 more?

Obviously, going from being a man three decades celibate to having your first sexual encounter with your wife taking place on a forest floor must be quite an affecting experience.  The fires being “premature” indicates that Aaron was not properly prepared for this level of intimacy.  There has been some discussion that this is a reference to premature ejaculation, and it may well be, but it works better in the general emotional sense, and I feel like this is the most likely case here.

[10] This is a desperate plea that no more marital responsibilities be bestowed upon the singer, it would seem.  There is a slight chance that this is a play on the song “I Got Rhythm”, but as the phrase, “Who could ask for anything more?” is very common, I strongly suspect that it is just a coincidence.

[11] The “unshrunk patch” is a biblical reference, from Matthew:

But no one puts a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment; for the patch pulls away from the garment, and a worse tear results. - Matthew 9:16

Essentially, we have here described the inherent dangers of the new marriage.  If one person isn’t properly prepared to be invested in such a serious and taxing relationship, this “unshrunk patch” of a pairing can make matters worse.

[12] This is a line quite disparaging of the possible longevity of the relationship.  “Campaign badge” probably refers to promotional badges for political election campaigns, which are fairly fleeting.  Matches are obviously short-lived, as they burn out in a matter of seconds.  The language here seems to be saying that this marriage has a strong likelihood of ending long before it began, especially if there is not honesty and fidelity in the relationship.  This will be explored in more depth below.

[13] A bellows or pair of bellows is a device constructed to furnish a strong blast of air. The simplest type consists of a flexible bag comprising a pair of rigid boards with handles joined by flexible leather sides enclosing an approximately airtight cavity which can be expanded and contracted by operating the handles, and fitted with a valve allowing air to fill the cavity when expanded, and with a tube through which the air is forced out in a stream when the cavity is compressed. It has many applications, in particular blowing on a fire to supply it with air. (from Wikipedia)

[14] A negative pressure ventilator, often referred to colloquially as an iron lung, is a form of medical ventilator that enables a person to breathe when normal muscle control has been lost or the work of breathing exceeds the person’s ability. (from Wikipedia)

That the iron lung of “our language” is deflated due to this marriage’s position as an ill-prepared disaster waiting to happen may have something to do with pinning down the exact nature and definition of any one word, causing a lack of confidence in Aaron Weiss’ ability to say anything meaningful or helpful.

[15] The “rectangle" note is probably a callback to the earlier triangle note in shape note singing.  Here it is a note left by the singer for his wife to find. This line brings to mind a sharp contrast to lyrics from “C-minor”:

Open wide my door, my door, my Lord

(open wide my door)

To whatever makes me love You more

(open wide my door)

While there’s still light to run towards

Where there we see an open door - something of an opportunity - here we see just the opposite.  The marriage has fixed something that was broken - the “fence” - and left the singer trapped inside a situation he was not prepared for.  

[16] Officially, the band has stated that this song is about “Aaron once again [exploring] how his sexuality and beliefs are intertwined, this time trying to reconcile his monastic ideals and disillusioned romanticism with his new marriage.”  Thus far, this theme has been pretty clear.  Aaron, the narrator, has gotten into a situation that all his idealistic fantasies, be they about romance or sex, could not prepare him for.  Now he finds himself unable to flee back to his former tendency to become a proto-monastic hermit.

[17] This line is a reworking of a text from Matthew, most closely resembling the King James Version:

Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof. - Matthew 6:34

Essentially, “take it one day at a time”.  The line continues with a pun, based on the change from the word “evil” to “misfortune”.  The “misfortune” being the “fortune” that can be spent while seeking a resilient love in the relationship.  It being a “word like love” bears some mention, as the end of the song indicates that “God” is simply a “word like G-d”.  This concept will be discussed at length below.

[18] Being “impeccably chaste as a priest” refers to the vow of celibacy that Catholic priests must take upon entering the priesthood.  The line is hyperbolic, because the only person who will probably have less sex than a priest is a long-dead priest.  The narrator reassures a mutual trust: while away, he will remain faithful and trust that his wife will as well.  This honesty and fidelity is the only way the marriage will be able to succeed.  As Aaron Weiss is a traveller by necessity, this assurance to his wife is especially poignant.

[19] While a Deadwood map probably refers to area of the Boise Natural Forest in Idaho, or the city in South Dakota, I can’t help but wonder if the definition of “deadwood” as a useless person has any bearing on the usage here.

[20] The Jyllands-Posten Muhammad cartoons controversy (or Muhammad cartoons crisis) began after the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten published 12 editorial cartoons on 30 September 2005, most of which depicted Muhammad. The newspaper announced that this was an attempt to contribute to the debate about criticism of Islam and self-censorship. Muslim groups in Denmark complained, and the issue eventually led to protests around the world, including violent demonstrations and riots in some Muslim countries. (from Wikipedia)

One notable cartoon depicted Muhammad wearing a bomb in his turban, thus the “dynamite hat”.  That Aaron Weiss intends to return to his wife as “harmless” as this cartoon is up to interpretation.  Once again, perception comes into play.  From certain perspectives this cartoon was indeed harmless.  Obviously, to devout Muslims, this was not the case. So that begs the question: does he return harmless as he claims, or not?

[21] The repeated refrain here brings to mind the famous quote “God is Dead”.

“God is dead”, (also known as the death of God) is a widely quoted statement by German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche. It first appears in Nietzsche’s 1882 collection The Gay Science, in sections 108 (New Struggles), 125 (The Madman), and for a third time in section 343 (The Meaning of our Cheerfulness). It is also found in Nietzsche’s classic work Thus Spoke Zarathustra (German: Also sprach Zarathustra), which is most responsible for popularizing the phrase. The idea is stated in "The Madman” as follows:

God is dead. God remains dead. And we have killed him. How shall we comfort ourselves, the murderers of all murderers? What was holiest and mightiest of all that the world has yet owned has bled to death under our knives: who will wipe this blood off us? What water is there for us to clean ourselves? What festivals of atonement, what sacred games shall we have to invent? Is not the greatness of this deed too great for us? Must we ourselves not become gods simply to appear worthy of it? - Nietzsche, The Gay Science, Section 125, tr. Walter Kaufmann

Although the statement and its meaning is attributed to Nietzsche it is important to note that this was not a unique position as Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel pondered the death of God, first in his Phenomenology of Spirit where he considers the death of God to 'not [be] seen as anything but an easily recognized part of the usual Christian cycle of redemption’.[1] Later on Hegel writes about the great pain of knowing that God is dead 'The pure concept, however, or infinity, as the abyss of nothingness in which all being sinks, must characterize the infinite pain, which previously was only in culture historically and as the feeling on which rests modern religion, the feeling that God Himself is dead, (the feeling which was uttered by Pascal, though only empirically, in his saying: Nature is such that it marks everywhere, both in and outside of man, a lost God), purely as a phase, but also as no more than just a phase, of the highest idea.’[2] Of course the spirit in which it is intended is a verily Nietzsche manifestation, however it is important to consider the material that gave rise to this idea. (from Wikipedia)

To my mind, these lines convey a certain tongue in cheek nod to Nietzche, while maintaining a serious take on the mindset of the narrator.  To have so completely diverted his course from a single-minded pursuit of eremitic faith and replaced it, so to speak, with this marriage could very well instigate something of a “death of God” in his perspective.  It should be mentioned that Aaron uses “God” here rather than “G-d”.  G-d is what he has always used on mewithoutYou albums when referring to the actual deity, and he will do so later on Pale Horses.  To me, this signifies that this is more representative of a crisis of faith than of a genuine “death of God”.  Anyone can say that God has died, but that rarely changes the reality of God.  Saying “God is dead” is like turning your back on the ocean while standing on the beach and proclaiming that there is no such thing as an ocean.  It doesn’t change the fact that the ocean is there, but if you aren’t going to face it or ever look in it’s direction, it may as well be gone from your perspective.  This is not the first time that someone has made the claim that God is dead, and it certainly won’t be the last.  I tend to doubt that this effects the reality of God all that much.

[22] Referring to God as nothing more than a “capitalized three lettered sound” reinforces the idea that it is not G-d who is dying, but only a certain perception of Him.  Once again we also find the idea that language is insufficient to describe G-d.  “God” is just a word, and slave to the subjective perception of each individual.  G-d is everlasting.

[23] To whom exactly the narrator is pleading is unclear, but the most likely candidates are either God (G-d) or his wife.

Monkey Hugs

You and I are living in such exciting times, even though the world would like to make you think otherwise.

WHY, do you ask, is my perspective so different to what is propagated today?

The humble answer is quite simply:  

I AM NO LONGER BLIND OR DEAF. I SEE AND HEAR THE TRUTH.

John 8:12 “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

Being blind or deaf is quite a problem. We cannot hear or see our Creator affirming His love for us. We cannot comprehend the width and the depth of his plans for us. We cannot see the gifts He bestows on us every second of every day. And we most definitely cannot understand who we are and how He sees us! So our blindness leads us astray and we no longer know who we are. We don’t love ourselves and therefore by extension we do not love others. Our broken hearts and mind-sets create havoc in this world. We destroy ourselves, others and the planet. And we are so lost that we cannot see the way back.

I have good news!! All is not lost. God has left breadcrumbs on this walkway of life to lead us back to Him. You just need to start looking for them.

So today I would like to share one of these breadcrumbs with you.

I had the privilege of hearing Dr. Caroline Leaf speak at Hillsong Church South Africa last week! Wow, what an impartation of knowledge! My mind was blown!

Dr. Caroline Leaf is a cognitive neuroscientist with a PhD in Communication Pathology specializing in Neuropsychology. Since the early 1980‘s she has studied and researched the Mind-Brain connection.  She developed tools and processes that help people develop and change their thinking and subsequent behaviour.  She believes God is the Creator of the Universe and is the Author of Science.  Since God is the Author of the Bible, the Bible is therefore the ultimate authority in any scientific matter. The study of Science is therefore the study of God’s handiwork and is a way of admiring His Creation. God, the Creator, is the One to be worshipped, not the Creation. The Creation, however, reflects the Glory of God and points to His Divine attributes

Proverbs 23:7 “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he.”

Jesus said what we are just finding out in research. The mind can change the Brain

God created us with a gift and everyone’s gift is so unique, it’s like a fingerprint. That’s how special you are!!

You are the only one in the world of 6.7 billion people that filters information the way you do. As you are thinking, your gift of thinking filters the information and then builds a thought. Thinking then produces very real physical structures inside your brain that occupy mental real estate.

There are 7 distinct areas in the brain and in each of those areas there are groups of nerve cells and each of those nerve cells are responsible for a specific type of thought. She calls them the:‘The 7 Pillars of Thought’.

Proverbs 9:1 “Wisdom has built her house; she has set up its seven pillars.

1.Intrapersonal- Deep thinking , introspection, decision making, going inward, analyse internally to interpret the information, building temporary memory

2.Interpersonal- Ask questions, get into people’s heads, get information by a lot of communication

3.Linguistic- The spoken and written word.

4.Logical/ Mathematical

5.Kinesthetic- Movement 

6.Musical

7.Visual / Spatial

As you process thought it goes through 7 stages, cycling through the different parts uniquely. Every one to two seconds you will cycle through all 7. The time spent on each pillar is also unique to every person. Your first pillar opens up the ’door’ to receiving information. Second part helps to build temporary memory. Third consolidates information, getting that memory fixed, getting it in its place, connecting it with other memories. All day long, every 1 to 2 seconds, 2000-3000 times an hour, up to 60 000 times a day as you are thinking you’re going to shift between your pillars.

Isn’t that just amazing!!

We don’t have weaknesses built in us, we are built for strength. God said in Jeremiah 1:5 “I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb.”. He also says in Ecclesiastes 3:11 “He has planted eternity in the human heart.” And a divine sense of purpose.

You are wired for giftedness, you are wired for strengths, so therefore when we made bad choices we build networks in our minds that block our gift and weaknesses will actually manifest.

If you block your gift (unique way of thinking), physiologically what happens is:

It throws our body into stress and we don’t think clearly. It’s like a road block in the process of thinking through the 7 pillars.

Where there is a road block in your thinking the thought process gets stuck there and causes inflammation, the whole electrical and chemical balance is then upset. We have to go through all 7. If you skip one of them or jump over one of them or partially go through one of those areas, something happens in the process of digesting that thought, which means you won’t be thinking clearly, you’ll get the feeling of fogginess in your mind. It can lead to anxiety, worry, depression and it becomes a vicious cycle, and that’s not a healthy state of being. That will manifest in the body in all different kind of ways.

Things that can block our gift of thinking can vary from negative thoughts to negative relationships. We need to renew the mind by bringing these negative thoughts etc. into consciousness and dealing with them so that they can melt down.

One of the easier ways of dealing with these gift blockers is by giving people ‘monkey hugs’. Research has found that as we touch we release endorphins in our body, endorphins are like pain killers, they make you feel calm, and make you feel peaceful, and they make you feel good. This will send a good message through to the brain - I am calm, I am blissful and you will find yourself thinking clearly. So just by going up to someone and smiling at them and saying hay you look great today, well done, that was great and pat them om the shoulder, giving them a hug, that kind of touch reflect that you are showing love to them = love chemicals. This will help to break down any gift blockers they might have and most probably any you might have too.

SOWING LOVE THAT LOVE COMES BACK

Galatians 6:7 "for whatever one sows, that will he also reap”

Imagine if you could just re-align your mind again with God’s divine plan for your life, what amazing things are still in store for you!

1 Corinthians 2:9 “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.”

I challenge you today to start looking for the breadcrumbs on your journey of life. Start looking at things differently. Look for the beauty and goodness in every opportunity. Train your mind to think more positively.

And stand back and see the goodness and mercy that will follow you all the days of your life.

“If you teach a person to think deeply, they can do anything” Dr Caroline Leaf

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Every participant in #ModelingBeyondBeauty receives a framed copy of our #affirmation which is a variation of the same one I started reciting daily with my nieces YEARS ago! Graphic design by @theprissytomboy for @8twenty3!

I Am Beautiful
I Am Smart
I Am Important
I Am Healed
I Am Wonderfully Made
I Am at Peace
I Can Do All Things Through Christ Who Strengthens Me
I Am Strong
I Am Awesome
I Am an A+ Student
I Am Success
I Am Life
I Am Light
I AM LOVE

#WeBeTheLight #LightBegetsLight #BeInspired #Youth #Peace #Love #Light

remember, it is valid to have expectations for other individuals. however, we can’t force or demand they live up to those expectations; instead, we simply make the choice to keep them in our lives and work on boundaries - or not.

who brings you #exultation and #expansion? who empowers or inspires you? who propels you forward?

#morningmotivation #affirmation (at our porch garden)