Do you wake up in the morning feeling like something the cat dragged in?
Have you ever considered there might be another possibility?
What might happen if you started your day with a question? Notice, “How much do I have to do today?” might not be your best choice.
First of all, does that dragged-through-the-mud feeling actually belong to you? There’s an easy way to find out. You could ask, “Who does this belong to?” If you feel lighter in your body or in the space around your body when you ask that question, you’re acting like the neighborhood garbage collector and taking on garbage that isn’t even yours, but acting like it is. What if you were to ask all of those feelings to return to sender?
Now that your head is a bit clearer, you could ask an even more creative question, such as, “Who am I and what grand and glorious adventures can I have?” Wouldn’t that make your life more fun than your usual contemplation of the to-do list that’s a never-ending story? Who knows, it could even turn your life into an adventure! How much fun could that be?
You can invite that adventure to keep improving by asking another question for everything that happens: “How does it get even better than this?” This is a multi-purpose question. Of course, if something you don’t like shows up, you would love to transform it into something better, right? But if something you DO like shows up, do you want it to stop, or would you like it to show up with an ever-improving array of friends? What would happen if you applied this to the money you received during the day?
When the cool stuff shows up, there are several other questions you can ask. “How did I get so lucky?” invites you to look at how YOU created that cool stuff.
There’s another question you can use for those less desirable events. “That question is, ‘What’s right about this I’m not getting?’ Instead of wondering what’s wrong with you that the garbage is showing up, you could turn things 180 degrees and ask, “What’s right about this I’m not getting?”
In case you’re tempted to go somewhere else, like to “What’s wrong with me?” you could recognize that is NOT your best question! In fact, “What’s wrong with me?” is not even a question—it’s a statement and a judgment (there’s something wrong with me) with a question mark attached to the end. Questions that are truly questions, that don’t have judgments, decisions, or conclusions underneath them, actually work much better than statements masquerading as questions.
Another question that can turn around undesirable situations as well as make the good ones even greater is this: “What else is possible?”
And just for grins, whether things are going well or not, you could remind yourself that you’re not wrong by asking, “What’s right about me that I’m not getting?”
If you find yourself creating more of those unwanted events than you’d like to admit, you may be functioning as an “OCCC,” or what Access Consciousness® founder and best-selling author Gary Douglas calls an “obsessive-compulsive creator of crap.” The most creative people in the world—which most likely includes you if you’re still reading this article—HAVE to create. If they (you!) don’t have enough going on, you will tend to create trauma and drama and problems to solve. Another choice that’s not your best.
What’s the alternative? You could ask, “What can I add to my life today that will make me lots of money now and in the future?”
Are you tired of questions yet? There is one great Access Consciousness® tool that is not a question. It’s the mantra: “All of life comes to me with ease and joy and glory® .” Saying this 10 times in the morning and 10 times at night will change your life, even if you don’t change anything else. It will not guarantee that only “good” things will happen to you—no one or no thing can do that. How would you like the less than good things to show up—with ease and joy and glory, or would you prefer pain, suffering and gory?
“All of life comes to me with ease and joy and glory® ” is not an affirmation, either. Do affirmations work? Have you noticed that they tend to have judgment in them? Did you know that very judgment guarantees that exactly the opposite of what you’re asking for has to show up? That’s the difference with the Access mantra—it invites everything to show up with ease and without judgment.
How does it get even better than that?