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Energetically Speaking - Shifting Attitudes


Recent meditations have encouraged me to speak about the importance of the subtle yet profound differences in energetic vibration attached to our thoughts, words, and actions. For example, "have to" versus "get to". Suppose dirty laundry is piled up. Thinking, “I have to do laundry”, makes it seem like a chore. Thinking, “I get to do laundry”, reminds one to be grateful for the blessings of clothes, water, and detergent. The clothes get cleaned either way, but one approach generates the negative energy of dread, and the other generates the positive energy of gratitude. Try exchanging have to with get to, and you will be surprised at how much better you feel as each task is approached.

The terms want and need also generate different frequencies and as a result different emotions. At first glance, want and need seem similar, but the vibration attached to each of them is quite different. It is the difference between desire and fear. The vibration of desire is higher than that of fear, and as result, it yields higher results.

Some may think this view is simplistic. "We need air, water, food, and shelter to live." From a physiological standpoint, yes all of these things are required. From a psychological standpoint, it is the desire to want to live that makes us seek these things out. Right now, many people are looking for a job. The attitude they adopt will affect their whole outlook and mood while they search.

A can chose to think, “I need to work. I’m afraid I won’t be able to pay my bills.”

B can chose to think, “I want to work. There are things I’d like to do with the money.”

The aim expressed is the same, but those two sentences feel very different. The results they yield will be different as well.

"The meaning of things lies not in the things themselves, but in our attitude towards them."
- Antoine de Saint-Exupery

I recently spoke with someone who manages a small team. Three of the team members like their jobs. They think outside of the box and initiate projects. The other team member has often and openly expressed her disdain for the company, despite having been employed by them for several years. It is obvious that this person only took the job because they thought they needed it and is afraid of what might happen without it. Despite earning as much, and in some cases more, as the other team members, this person is neither fulfilled nor satisfied. They aren’t able to come up with creative ideas and solutions and are unable to muster any initiative.

That’s the thing about operating from need and fear. It takes so much from a person and yields very little in return. A pawn shop will never give anyone the full value of anything because they sense the need from the person who is pawning. Operating from a place of need is akin to telling the Universe, “I don’t have much worth or value, so just give me anything so I can have something.” Then they are dissatisfied with what they have been given no matter what it is.

A person operating from a place of need can be given a loaf of bread and complain about how much they have lost in crumbs. A person operating from a place of want can be given crumbs and say it’s a perfect topping for their casserole. At the end of the day, which one is happier and more satisfied? Which one is more likely to take a creative approach? As a result of all these things, which one is more likely to have new doors opened to them?

My Guides say, “Remember, you don’t have to do anything. You get to. You don’t need to. You want to. Don’t be afraid of what will happen if you don’t do something. Be excited that you desire to do something. If everyone made this one small shift, the whole world would shift in amazing ways as well. People really do forget how much power they have in creating their reality.”

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