Renew - Change the Mental Landscape
Teacher: Teacher Ophelius
Today, my dear friends, we would like to talk about changing the mental landscape and doing something that will renew or begin a new chapter in your life. Far too many of you have “settled” into a life of routines and habits that are unproductive and that bring little joy, excitement, or healthy change. Instead, you have settled for comfort and complacency—entertainments in place of social interaction, creative outlets, or healthy lifestyles. Others, because of social pressures and lack of opportunity, have felt “left out,” trapped, and have given up on the pursuit of happiness. Life can be difficult in your world and in the place you find yourself, but do not give up, my friends, because you have the power to change all that, and it begins by making a decision to change the mental landscape—the way you see yourself and the world around you.
The first step to making any change is to acknowledge the current condition of your life. What are your routines and habits? Are you healthy? Do you feel good about yourself? How do others see you? Have you set any goals or taken any steps to move toward something that interests you and that promotes growth and maturity of the mind? Take an honest life review and see what the “state of the self” is. Some of you may need help in this area and we encourage you to seek help sorting out the issues that keep you stuck. Once you identify the self-imposed limitations, you can do something about it and move beyond it. Excuses are only rationalizations of the ego that give you permission to stay complacent and “safe.” Recognize these critical voices and move in the opposite direction—do something for yourself that is completely out of your comfort zone that will bring a new experience to your life.
One of the biggest “game changers” for many is getting healthy. When you physically feel good, you have a healthier outlook on life and a greater will to try new things and experiences. Your self-esteem is elevated because the energy you put out into the world gets reflected back by those around you—they see the change and are motivated by it. Everything begins to change with a healthy attitude and a positive outlook—it is infectious.
Healthy mind means feeding it with healthy thoughts. Move away from entertainments and news media that promote or instill fear, violence, destruction, or social dysfunction. Replace it with music and books that are positive, beautiful, and uplifting. Make time for meditation and connection with the Indwelling Spirit. Your powers of concentration will improve once you remove the chatter of unhealthy media and replace it with peace, love, and understanding. You are a co-creator with God and so you have the power to create. Do something creative and get involved with other kindred spirits that enjoy similar interests.
This is how you begin to change the mental landscape. Evaluate, acknowledge, and make peace with the past—move forward by changing your routine, your lifestyle, and your attitude. Your future will change and unfold in ways you never thought possible. Call on Spirit for help, and we will assist you by creating the opportunities for you to succeed. When you change, the world around you changes and this is how we transform a planet.
God speed to you,
The Circle of Seven