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What’s YOUR Perception?

Perception. Everything in your life, good or bad, and whether you think it is good or bad, is based upon your perception. Do you see the glass half-empty or half-full? If you ask for blue and get yellow, are you angry or upset that you did not get blue? Or do you think, “I can work with yellow”? Or maybe you imagine what all the wonderful possibilities of yellow are? Even better, do you say “Actually, yellow is perfect for me, thank you Universe!”

What you perceive creates your reality. “Change your mind, change your life.” It sounds easy, doesn’t it? If only that were so!

I have spent a large portion of my life asking “Why is this happening to me?” or “Why am I always sick?” or “What did I do to deserve this?” You get the idea. Then one day, when I was at a very low point, the realization struck me that, “I am sick because I keep telling myself I am sick. Things don’t get better because I won’t allow things to be better.  Stop being a victim and do something different. You are what is in your way, and it is not anyone else’s fault or responsibility.”

My first step was to start walking while listening to meditative cds. I started feeling better when I started allowing myself to just be. I started paying attention to my intuition and what it was telling me about my health (and my life). I spent a lot of time worrying whether my intuitive gifts were “right,” and if they were “good enough” for me to pay attention to. Through books, various classes, and healing modalities, I ended up at a Trinity Practitioner class taught by Jennifer Cunnings. This was very awkward for me, as I kept thinking “I don’t belong here, I have no idea what I am doing, and my intuitive gifts are inferior to everyone else’s.” And so on. The negative mind chatter was in full force! However, through that class, I met some lovely people and made at least one lifelong friend, a true soul sister who talked me into going to Mount Shasta. (Thank you, Kris!) I think everyone would agree that the experience in Mount Shasta was not just beautiful, but also life-changing for all who attended… and I met more lifelong friends!

Perception and manifesting go hand-in-hand. Just look at what is showing up for you in your life and that will tell you what the state of your mind is. Personally, I think we are all great manifestors. I know that I am. I have manifested some pretty crappy things into existence in my life, but I have also manifested really beautiful and life-affirming things as well. There is a power to words, especially in what you tell yourself. What you believe/perceive about yourself becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.  If you say “I can’t,” then that becomes your reality. Growing up, I was told what I could not do and what I was doing wrong. Nothing I did was ever good enough; I just needed “to toughen up and quit being so sensitive.” Therefore, I have spent most of my life beating myself up for (a) not being perfect and (b) being too sensitive, even actively trying to be a tougher, harder personality. No wonder I became so ill! Now I realize that my sensitivity is my greatest gift, and of course I am not perfect. That is why I am here on Earth in the first place. I am a work in progress.

In the Winnie the Pooh universe, Christopher Robin tells Pooh “You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” When Pooh tries to relay this bit of wisdom to his friends, he gets all mixed up and says “You’re braver than a bee, and taller than a beam, and you are smarter when you’re pink”! Even though the message according to Pooh seems nonsensical, it was exactly what his friends needed to hear, and thus, perfect.  (Better, in my opinion!)

In conclusion, if there is something in your life causing you unhappiness or discord, try changing your perception. Remember: You ARE enough!  And your gifts, whatever they may be, are perfect.

And we are all smarter when we’re pink!









Joy Leffingwell
Trinity Energy Progression Facilitator/Practitioner