The first sentence in Lesson 312 in A Course in Miracles is, “Perception follows judgment.” Whether you realize it or not, you are making judgments in each moment of each day … good, bad, or indifferent. What you hold as a judgment is then what you see and experience in your relationships, your finances, your work, your life.
I have been following the 30 Day Whole Body Detox and tomorrow will be the last day. This is my second time following this detox and I have to say that I have noticed a difference in the experience this time around.
Last Spring the effects of the detox were felt on both the physical and emotional levels. There was weight loss, release of anger, and profound moments of clarity. This Spring I have noticed the effects run deeper. This Spring detox has been about noticing and releasing judgment so that I may align with and live in true gratitude.
Before I began the 30 Day Whole Body Detox, I had set the intention to experience gratitude. For some reason and for quite some time, I couldn’t really feel gratitude. It’s hard to explain but, all I knew was that there was something more for me to experience there. I had a feeling that once I truly began to feel gratitude, my sense of self along with my world would begin to change on all levels – physically, emotionally, spiritually, and … financially. And I was right … changes have occurred … and on every level!
I have been writing nearly each day in my journal of my observations of the effects of my thoughts and actions as I move through the detox day by day. Each entry also includes gratitude statements based on my observations.
In a short period of time I have learned that,
- I judge more than I realize! When I say judge, what I mean is that I have been attaching how I feel to some thing or some one outside of me. I have been allowing circumstances and people to dictate whether I am happy (or not), whether I am valued (or not), whether I am at peace (or not). Even though I am a Coach, I am a work in progress … we all are, regardless of our occupation or position in life.
- I still care way too much about what other people think of me! A self-judgment that robs me of my true worth … and not just in dollars but, in happiness. What someone else says or thinks of you should never make or break you. Your worthiness is guaranteed by the one and only relationship that matters, the one and only relationship that is Real. (Can you guess what relationship I’m talking about?)
- So long as I continue to judge, I will never truly feel thankful. Gratitude will forever escape me when there is judgement. Gratitude and judgement cannot occupy the same room, the same space. It is one or the other. And it’s my choice.
Choosing gratitude and loosing judgment takes work … inner-work. It takes constant attention to what you are thinking and doing from one moment to the next. Sound tedious? Sound like a recipe for a headache? It is tedious. And I have had headaches. But the more I practice being in the moment and fully aware of what I am thinking, feeling, and doing, the easier it is to feel gratitude. And I mean really feel gratitude. And the headaches have disappeared … and not just because I detoxed myself from caffeine but, because I have been detoxing myself of judgement.
If you are interested in learning more about the 30 Day Whole Body Detox program and/or you would like to know more about what else can change in your relationship with money when you release judgement and embrace gratitude, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I would be happy to share more of my story!
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