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Chrissie Blaze

Workout for the Soul
January 2003

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by Chrissie Blaze

We are very pleased to welcome Chrissie Blaze to SoulfulLiving.com as our newest monthly columnist!  Each month, Chrissie will share one of her Eight Steps to Inner Fitness from her book,
"Workout for the Soul."

Step 6 - Building a Bridge to Your Soul

We will now examine the importance of faith in our lives. Some people find it difficult to have faith in themselves, in external things or even in a higher power. These people may pride themselves on being realists. While realism is a good thing, this word may be used to hide a fear of reaching beyond what can be seen and touched. Some so-called realists experience more obstacles and anxieties than those who have boundless faith and optimism, because they have a limited view of reality that can only offer further limitation.

When people say they have no faith in God, or a higher power, it is because they cling to transient things and these form their reality. By its very nature, confusion and limitation must result. It seems logical that when one looks upwards at the planets and the stars; outwards at the beauty of Nature and inwards at the rich resources of our soul, that there is a creator and higher power behind it all, very much greater than we are. Faith is not an empty thing; it is born from humility, awe and wonder at the perfection of creation; it is a stage after belief and an essential stage before wisdom and enlightenment.

Faith requires us to listen to our intuition or to the wisdom of those whom we trust, such as a proven teacher. This demands discrimination and study, as well as open-mindedness on our part. It requires that we first take the "leap of faith" to which scientists refer and then, if all the ingredients are there, glimpses of a higher reality will be shown to you. One of the aims of this Workout for the Soul is to strengthen your faith and make you more aware of a higher reality. The more it is practiced, the more these glimpses will become a reality and greater faith will be born.

The benefits of faith are enormous. Unlike doubt, which erodes and is destructive, faith regenerates. It is constructive in nature and through faith you can draw upon your inner strength and power in a balanced way. By having faith in the divine source within all life, you can help build strength in others.

For the next 24 hours, practice having faith in the divinity within. Say only positive things about yourself as well as about everything and everyone you meet. Continue this for three days. Watch everything you say and if you fall into bad habits, note down what you said and its effects. At the end of the three days, return to your former ways and watch the results. After several days of only saying positive things, you may find the approach you had before now seems negative and destructive. Try it for yourself! Treat this as an exercise of discipline for a few days and you may be surprised at how your perception of "reality" changes. You may also be surprised when you become more self-conscious of how much your words affect yourself and others.

You are all aware of the power and creativity of positive thinking. You have all heard stories about people beating unbelievable odds through the sheer power of their will and positive thinking. This is something we can all do through the technique of affirmation.

When you affirm negative things you are programming the subconscious mind in the wrong way. The subconscious mind governs all bodily functions and if you constantly tell it that you are getting older and sicker, then it will obediently carry out your instructions by making you older and sicker. The sub-conscious mind does not reason; it just obeys. It is extremely brilliant but it is not creative in that it just obeys what we tell it to do.

If you are an anxious type of person it is difficult to stop worrying. It is extremely difficult to change your negative thought pattern just by a sheer act of will, more difficult than stopping an ingrained habit such as smoking. The best thing is not to try and stop, but to slowly introduce affirmations into your daily routine. These will have a ripple effect on your thought patterns and you will gradually find that the motion of the affirmation will literally knock your thoughts and words into better shape.

Many people teach affirmations and you may already be repeating some. However, remember you should never lie to yourself and the reason for this is simple. If you tell yourself a lie, your obedient servant - the subconscious mind - will try and program the lie; this will cause confusion and eventually your circuits will break down! If you are sick, don’t tell yourself you are healthy. Instead, repeat an affirmation like this famous one by Emile Coue:

Every day in every way I am getting better and better and better.

Although very simple, this is a brilliant affirmation that can be used safely and successfully by every person. Why? Because by repeating this you will never lie to yourself. You are not saying "I am completely well", instead you are informing your subconscious mind of your positive intentions to become better and are programming it to carry out this instruction. You are assisting your body in its natural healing process. Also, you are working to improve every part of you– your mental and spiritual aspects as well as your physical health. Finally, this affirmation has a dynamic and powerful rhythm that will help to drive it into your subconscious mind.

Also, you have to work along with your affirmations. I know people who think that if they are affirming something then that is the only course of action they need to take. It would not make sense to affirm that your financial situation is getting better if you stopped working and instead went on endless shopping sprees! Affirmations will work for you; they will become a part of you, and then it is up to you to prove that you really mean them, by acting upon what you are affirming. In other words, we should not be hypocrites.

It is always better to affirm positive changes within yourself rather than requesting that positive things happen to you involving others. The main thing in life is not that we have this relationship or another; it is not that we have this job or that college education. The main thing for each of us is that we unfold our own unique destiny in the way that is right for us. When we achieve this all the right experiences, all the good things and people that are meant to come into our life will come in the way they are meant to come in order to give us the experiences we need.

If you want to select only one affirmation to use in your life, then I would suggest the following. It is totally true and totally spiritual. It is the most positive thing you could possibly affirm and will bring you growth, advancement and expansion.

"I am the Divine Presence which is creating perfection throughout my whole life."

This really is the ultimate affirmation and one of the best times to use it, apart from during your Workout for the Soul, is when you are lying in bed at night at that point just before you drop off to sleep. Although your conscious mind rests while you sleep, your subconscious mind never rests. This wonderful aspect of mind continues to perform its magic.

The benefits of positive thinking are widely known. Like faith, this brings hope, optimism, confidence, joy, enthusiasm and all those positive, constructive qualities that are indications of inner fitness and spiritual growth. Why is this so?

It is because thought has tremendous power. While light travels at 186,000 miles per second, thought travels instantaneously. Thought is very fine in nature but is extremely powerful. It can transform us or bring us down. Every time we think, our thought impulses are conveyed to the cells of our body and every time we suffer doubt, confusion or negativity our cells become weaker. This is why in eastern philosophy it is said that our physical body is an outer manifestation of our thoughts.

Once we understand how deeply our own thought patterns affect us, the next step is to learn to control them. As we have learned in this series, we can clarify and focus them through concentration; give them direction through use of our will; purify them through affirmation; uplift them through samyama, noble thinking and the study of truth. Then our thoughts become clear and forceful and our greatest friends; slowly but surely the soul, or higher mind, will gain control of our thoughts and our lives. Then, we will no longer be blown like feathers in the winds of change; we will no longer be distracted by the whims of others; by our own doubts and confusion. Then we will be reborn and the butterfly will emerge from the chrysalis of our former self.

It is at the point where our thoughts are noble, born from the higher mind, that character is built. All the people throughout our past and present history, who have moved and inspired us, had character. It shone through their personality as strength, conviction, honor and integrity. Character is the determining factor in victory. Once character is born then we can add to our noble thoughts, noble acts of kindness, courtesy and consideration to others. Then charm is added to character and this magical combination will attract to itself all the tools it needs on the journey to our destiny.

Read Chrissie's Introductory Article, "Workout for the Soul."

Read the Introduction, "The Eternal Quest."

Read Step 1 - "Preparing Your Temple."

Read Step 2 - "Refreshing the Soul."

Read Step 3 - "Harmonizing with the Breath of Life."

Read Step 4 - "Awakening Your Creative Powers."

Read Step 5 - "The Mystic Practices of the Ancients"

© Copyright Chrissie Blaze.  Excerpted from "Workout for the Soul: 8 Steps to Inner Fitness," published by AsLan Publishing, Inc., November 2001.

Mercury Retrograde by Chrissie Blaze

"It is not necessary for man to fear man, or country to fear country.  If there were one single country upon this Earth today which strictly adhered to the teachings of Jesus, Buddha, Sri Krishna, or to any other true Cosmic teachings which have been given to Earth, that country would not only stand alone, would not only outshine every country in the world, but could be completely fearless in its dealings with every other country throughout the Earth." – Dr. George King

© 2002 The Aetherius Society. Excerpted from The Nine Freedoms by Dr. George King, published by The Aetherius Press, Los Angeles. All rights reserved. No publication in whole or part can be done without written permission from The Aetherius Society.For further information, contact The Aetherius Society, www.aetherius.org or telephone (323) 465 9652. For a brief biography of Dr. George King visit www.chrissieblaze.com.

Chrissie Blaze
Chrissie Blaze, a teacher, author, astrologer, media personality and senior Aetherius Church minister was a close student of Dr. George King (Yoga Master and founder of The Aetherius Society) for 25 years. Chrissie Blaze has written books including Workout for the Soul: Eight Steps to Inner Fitness, AsLan Publishing, Inc., November, 2001, Mercury Retrograde: Your Survival Guide to Astrology’s Most Precarious Times of the Year, Warner Books, Inc., April, 2002, and The Baby’s Astrologer: Your Guide to Good Parenting Is In the Stars, Warner Books, Inc., 2003 publication. For further information and details of classes and workshops in the Los Angeles area, please visit www.chrissieblaze.com. Tel: (323) 252 6391 (voicemail) or (323) 465 9652.




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