New Year's Message
| Next | Contents
to a new year of possibilities. We live in a special time. It
is a time of great opportunity and challenges. It is a time when
technology has made it possible to speak to the world and for
the world to speak to us. A time when humanity has the power to
transform the world. It is a time of endings and new beginnings.
new year symbolizes to many a time of transition, a time of rebirth.
To nature based traditions, this rebirth is reflected in the winter
solstice and the rebirth of the sun. To Christians this sense
of transition is represented through the birth of Christ. Most
traditions celebrate the arrival of a new year pregnant with possibilities.
some people, it is an exciting time while to others, the times
we live in are frightening. A few years ago there was a great
deal of fear associated with our transition into the new millennium.
For those whose fear was grounded in religious understanding,
it marked the beginning of the end times. For those whose fear
was grounded in technology, it was the fear of world-wide computer
failure and chaos. Why is it that challenging times frighten some
yet propel others forward? What is the key to unlocking the possibilities
for the future?
of the things that fill people with fear is uncertainty, the unknown.
We fear what we do not understand or what we do not know. Intolerance,
prejudice and narrow-mindedness all have their foundation in this
type of fear and in our own insecurity in dealing with what we
do not know. Have you ever wondered why the color black has been
equated with negativity? Think about it for a moment. What is
it that we fear that lurks in the dark? It is the unknown. The
color black is not evil or negative - It is the unknown - unrealized
thing that causes us fear when we are faced with the unknown is
imaginings. We can be overwhelmed by what could happen. We fear
not what is, but what could be. We can become consumed with fear
over things which are imagined possibilities. Visualization can
be just as powerful when used for negative as it is when used
for positive outcomes.
fear and worry and insecurity. Those who embrace the future and
embrace the unknown with confidence in their ability to deal with
it, have the power of optimism on their side. Make no mistake
about it, being optimistic will fill you with energy. It can transform
your imaginings into potential.
a spiritual perspective, it is important to understand the power
of thoughts. Negative thoughts rob you of your vitality, of your
potential. Positive thoughts empower you.
one of the things that separates those who fear change from those
who do not, is how we approach the unknown. Ask yourself, how
do I face the unknown? Am I comfortable with it or do I fear and
resist it? Do I embrace it with optimism or pessimism? Do I have
faith and confidence in my abilities to handle change?
we are in the new millennium. As I mentioned earlier, there are
many who fear this transition. There are those who expect that
the world will end. There are people anticipating and preparing
for great earth changes in answer to prophecy. They have built
mountain retreats or isolated themselves from society. They do
not understand the power of thought. They do not understand that
a thought is a prayer. Those who are preparing for the end of
the world are also inadvertently praying for the end of the world.
It is ironic that they empower that which they fear. But this
is always true of fear.
addition, it should be noted that being prepared for the end reinforces
the desire for it to happen. What a waste of time and energy if
they are wrong and the world does not end! They have all this
food and water and may never get to use it. Why not put that precious
time and energy expended on preparing into healing and restoring
society - the earth? I should also like to mention that what you
believe you live.
can choose to transform and heal or destroy the world with our
thoughts and our prayers. In Spirit, thoughts are instantly manifested.
In the physical, the process is not instantaneous but thought
forms are manifested and eventually become reality. The proof
is the chair that you are sitting in. It was once a thought form
and now is manifest.
stand in a threshold. Your thoughts are the future. Do not allow
prophecy to shape the world. Know that prophecy is a gift to help
us choose the future. It is our thoughts that create our reality.
the year 2,000 just another year. Did the new millennium begin
on January 1999, or in the year 2,000. It doesn't matter. What
matters is that it is you who is changing the world - choosing
the future. What matters is that affirmations for the future can
heal and affirm. What matters is that you are Spirit and cannot
you begin a new year, embrace the positive and allow Spirit to
work in your life. Embrace a world of possibilities, and know
that you are reborn each day, and that life is beautiful. Know
that you have nothing to fear and that you are Spirit. Rejoice
in the knowledge that you have challenges and that your life is
New Year to you all!
| Next | Contents