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April 2023

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Your Stairway to Heaven- How Forgiveness Allows you to Lead a Peaceful Life

Forgive and be free, a peaceful way,

Let go of grudges, let go of dismay.

A heart that forgives, finds solace in grace,

A soul that’s unburdened, finds a peaceful place.

In a world filled with challenges, conflicts, and disappointments, forgiveness holds the key to unlocking the serenity and tranquility that reside within us. It’s a profound concept that goes beyond mere tolerance or acceptance, but rather encompasses a powerful process of releasing resentments, grudges, and hurts, and choosing a path of compassion, understanding, and letting go.

Forgiveness is not about denying or forgetting the pain of the past, but rather about acknowledging it, processing it, and ultimately releasing it. It’s a conscious choice to rise above the wounds and injuries inflicted upon us, and to cultivate a mindset of empathy, forgiveness, and peace. When we forgive, we break the chains that bind us to the past, and open ourselves up to a life of freedom, joy, and harmony.

Forgiveness enables you to approach life’s challenges with a clear and composed mind, make wiser choices, and maintain emotional balance. It also nurtures your emotional well-being and opens up a world of possibilities for a brighter future. By practicing forgiveness, you can create a peaceful and harmonious life where you let go of past hurts and embrace the present moment with hope and optimism. Letting go of grudges and anger towards someone can be challenging, but it’s crucial for personal growth. Forgiveness is a process that may take time to learn, but it’s worth considering for these five reasons. 

To Begin healing: 

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When you hold onto grudges and anger towards loved ones who have hurt you, it’s like keeping the wounds fresh and preventing them from healing. Forgiveness acts as a soothing balm that allows you to let go of the pain and resentment, and begin the process of healing. It’s about acknowledging the hurt, accepting it, and releasing it, so that you can move forward with a sense of closure and emotional healing.

To become calm

Grudges and anger create inner turmoil, causing emotional distress and unrest. But forgiveness brings about a sense of calm and tranquility to your soul. It helps you let go of the negative emotions that keep you in a state of agitation, and allows you to experience a sense of peace within yourself. This calmness enables you to approach life’s challenges with a clear and composed mind, making better decisions and maintaining emotional balance.

Helps you to become more compassionate: 

Forgiving others requires empathy and compassion. It’s about understanding that everyone makes mistakes, including the ones who hurt you. When you forgive, you extend a warm embrace of compassion towards yourself as well as towards the person who hurt you. It’s an act of self-care that nurtures your emotional well-being and allows you to let go of the resentment and bitterness that can weigh you down.

Forgiveness acts as guiding light in times of dismay:

Forgiveness is a pathway to wisdom. It’s about gaining perspective and insight from the experience of being hurt. When you forgive, you can look beyond the surface-level emotions and see the situation from a broader perspective. This allows you to learn from the experience, understand the dynamics at play, and make wiser choices in the future. It’s like a guiding light that illuminates your path towards personal growth and development.

You begin feeling more hopeful: 

Holding onto grudges and anger keeps you anchored in the past, preventing you from moving forward. But forgiveness opens up a world of possibilities and brings hope for a brighter future. It’s about letting go of the past hurts and embracing the present moment with hope and optimism. Forgiveness allows you to create a fresh start, unencumbered by the weight of past grievances, and move towards a future filled with possibilities and opportunities.

Forgiveness is a transformative journey that brings healing, calm, compassion, wisdom, and hope into your life. It’s a powerful tool for your own well-being, allowing you to let go of the pain and resentment, and move forward towards a brighter and more fulfilling future.

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Why is Forgiveness Important in Healing

Forgiveness and healing are intertwined, like two sides of the same coin. Forgiveness is the act of consciously releasing negative emotions and letting go of grudges, hurts, and resentments towards those who have wronged us. It’s a profound choice that allows us to free ourselves from the burdens of the past and open the door to healing. 

Healing, on the other hand, is a process of restoring our emotional, mental, and even physical well-being after experiencing pain or trauma. Together, forgiveness and healing work hand in hand, offering us the opportunity to release the past, find closure, and embrace inner peace and wholeness. It’s a journey that requires courage, self-compassion, and effort, but the rewards of forgiveness and healing are immeasurable, bringing about transformation and growth.

Forgiveness is thus a profound ability to consciously release all the shackles of anger, resentment, and negative thoughts towards those who have wronged us. It’s a challenging journey, with varying steps for each individual, filled with good days when we feel on top of the world, and bad days when painful memories are triggered.

Yet, reaching the end of this journey is worth every effort. While the memory may always linger, forgiveness loosens its grip on us, allowing us to experience a sense of freedom within ourselves as we let go. As the saying goes, “Forgiveness is not about forgetting, it’s letting go of the hurt.” It’s not about pretending it never happened or making excuses for it. It’s about healing ourselves, freeing our hearts from grudges, hurts, and bitterness.

To start this healing journey, here are various ways in which forgiveness helps in healing: 

It helps you acknowledge the hurt: 

As author Vironika Tugaleva said, “Emotions need motion.”

Forgiveness is not about denying or dismissing the hurt, but rather, it’s about acknowledging it in a healthy and constructive way. It’s about recognizing the pain and allowing ourselves to feel the emotions associated with it, without getting stuck in a cycle of resentment, anger, or bitterness. Through forgiveness, we can confront the hurt head-on, without suppressing or avoiding it, which is a vital step towards healing.

Forgiveness also promotes healing by helping us let go of the emotional baggage that comes with holding onto grudges or resentments. When we forgive, we release ourselves from the burden of carrying negative emotions that can hinder our healing process. It frees up our emotional energy and allows us to focus on self-care, self-compassion, and nurturing our own well-being.

It helps you reconcile with yourself: 

We all make mistakes and have regrets. Forgiving ourselves is crucial in the journey of forgiveness. It’s about making peace with our past choices and accepting ourselves with compassion and understanding. Reconciling with ourselves through forgiveness involves letting go of the need for perfection and embracing our imperfections. It means acknowledging our flaws, mistakes, and failures, and learning from them without dwelling in self-blame or shame. It’s about nurturing a positive and loving relationship with ourselves, one that is built on forgiveness, kindness, and acceptance.

Forgiving ourselves also enables us to move forward with a sense of freedom and empowerment. It liberates us from the self-imposed chains of guilt and regret, and allows us to live in the present moment with a renewed sense of self-worth and self-esteem. As Lewis B. Smedes said, “To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you.” Forgiveness sets us free from the internal conflict and turmoil, and opens the door to self-reconciliation and healing.

It allows you to seek help when required:

A lot of times, when we are hurt, we think that we do not require anyone’s help and that we shall do it on our own.This is where Forgiveness comes into picture. It allows you to seek a support system that can provide a safe space to express our emotions, receive empathy, and gain encouragement to make conscious decisions to forgive. As the African proverb goes, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go with others.”

Support can also provide perspective, helping you gain insight and understanding as you work through your feelings and process the pain associated with the situation. Having someone to talk to, share your experiences with, and seek advice from can provide comfort, encouragement, and a sense of companionship during the healing process. It’s important to remember that forgiveness is a personal journey, and finding the right support can play a pivotal role in helping you navigate the challenges and ultimately find healing and peace.

It allows you to choose kindness over being right: 

Dalai Lama XIV said, “Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.

When we approach a situation with kindness, we open ourselves up to understanding the other person’s perspective and experiences. It allows us to step into their shoes and see the situation from their point of view. This empathetic approach can help us better understand the underlying reasons behind their actions, including their pain, struggles, or insecurities. It promotes a deeper level of understanding and compassion, which can foster healing and resolution.

Moreover, choosing kindness over being right can also positively impact our own well-being. It allows us to release the burden of being right or seeking revenge, and instead, focus on forgiveness, understanding, and moving forward in a positive direction.

In essence, choosing kindness over being right not only promotes empathy and understanding towards others but also aids in our own healing journey. It enables us to cultivate a compassionate mindset, foster healthy relationships, and create a positive environment that nurtures healing and growth. It’s a powerful reminder that choosing kindness can be a significant step towards healing and promoting emotional well-being.

Forgiveness is a powerful tool in the process of healing. It allows us to acknowledge hurt, reconcile with ourselves, choose kindness over being right, and find support. It empowers us to let go of grudges, cultivate empathy, and embrace self-compassion. 

As we release the burden of resentment and anger, forgiveness opens the door to healing, growth, and ultimate liberation. So, let us embrace the transformative power of forgiveness on our journey towards healing and wholeness.

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The Benefits of Forgiveness- (Health, Spiritually, Emotionally)

Forgiveness, a voluntary internal process of letting go of negative emotions such as resentment, bitterness, anger, and the desire for vengeance or retribution towards others or ourselves, is an inherent part of human nature that has evolved through the process of natural selection. In fact, according to evolutionary science, forgiveness and revenge developed in similar ways as social instincts that helped our ancestral humans solve problems. While forgiveness and revenge are fixed aspects of human nature, the good news is that they can be modified, offering hope for a more forgiving and less vengeful world

Embracing forgiveness as a deliberate and intentional practice has been shown to have profound effects on an individual’s mental, physical, and emotional well-being. From reducing stress and enhancing cardiovascular health to improving cognitive function and lowering the risk of psychological disorders, the act of forgiveness can bring about positive changes that ripple through every aspect of a person’s life. 

Forgiveness can contribute to improved mental, physical, and emotional health, and it is an essential tool for holistic healing and well-being.

Here are a few benefits of Forgiveness: 

 

Improves Mental Health: 

Forgiveness is not the only strategy available for coping with adversity, but it is one of the more effective responses for reducing stress perceptions and enhancing health. Conversely, stress, particularly the stress hormone cortisol, has negative effects on various systems throughout the body. Chronically elevated cortisol levels can lead to the shrinking of brain areas such as the hippocampus, which is responsible for converting experiences into memories. 

This stress-cortisol link suggests that holding onto unforgiveness and stress could potentially impact memory. In a study published in the journal Neurology, researchers found that high cortisol levels over time were associated with poorer memory and cognitive function, as well as reduced gray matter in certain areas of the brain, especially in women.

Another significant benefit of forgiveness is its impact on rumination, or repetitive, intrusive thoughts. Not forgiving someone is often associated with rumination, which can contribute to psychological disorders such as anger disorders, OCD, PTSD, anxiety, depression, and psychosomatic disorders. Research has shown that forgiveness can help reduce rumination and its toxic effects, allowing individuals to let go of bitterness and anger, and promoting psychological well-being.

Enhanced Physical health: 

Cortisol can wreak havoc on other systems in the body, such as the immune, sexual, reproductive, and gastrointestinal systems, affecting overall health and well-being. However, forgiveness has positive effects on the parasympathetic nervous system, which is responsible for regulating bodily functions such as heart rate, digestion, and breathing. Forgiveness activates the parasympathetic nervous system, often referred to as the “rest and digest” response, and helps to bring the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems into balance, which can benefit cardiovascular function.

Forgiveness is thus a powerful tool in healing and has numerous benefits for both physical and mental health. Studies show that forgiveness can reduce stress perceptions, activate the parasympathetic nervous system, improve cardiovascular function, and lower the risk of psychological disorders by reducing rumination. 

Forgiving others may not be easy, but it can lead to improved well-being and overall health. Letting go of anger and bitterness through forgiveness can be a transformative process that promotes healing and enhances overall quality of life.

Acts as a shield and allows you to protect your energy:

Forgiveness acts as a shield, protecting you from bitterness and grudges in a world where people may pretend to be your friend but criticize you behind your back. In your interactions with others, you may encounter situations where you are intentionally or unintentionally offended. However, with a heart of forgiveness, you won’t hold onto bitterness and grudges. Forgiveness is like a bulletproof vest that guards you against the toxic effects of harboring resentment and malice towards others as you navigate through life or work with different people.

Better Emotional Health: 

Forgiveness has a profound impact on emotional health. When we choose to forgive, we release ourselves from the burden of carrying grudges, resentments, and unresolved anger. Holding onto these negative emotions can take a toll on our mental and emotional well-being, leading to increased stress, anxiety, and even depression.

Forgiveness allows us to let go of the negative emotions associated with a hurtful experience, freeing us from the emotional weight and baggage that comes with holding onto grudges. It enables us to process and release our emotions in a healthy way, rather than bottling them up inside.

Moreover, forgiveness promotes empathy, compassion, and understanding towards others, which can enhance our emotional intelligence and interpersonal relationships. It helps us develop a deeper sense of self-awareness and self-compassion, allowing us to practice self-care and nurture a positive relationship with ourselves.

Additionally, forgiveness can promote a positive mindset and attitude towards life. It allows us to shift our focus from dwelling on past hurts to embracing the present moment and looking towards the future with hope and optimism. This can lead to increased resilience and a greater ability to cope with life’s challenges and setbacks.

Overall, forgiveness is a powerful tool for improving emotional health. It promotes emotional healing, fosters positive relationships, enhances self-awareness and self-compassion, and nurtures a positive mindset. By choosing to forgive, we can experience greater emotional well-being and live a more fulfilling life.

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Speak Your Wish Aloud

Nature has revealed a well-hidden secret – the secret of speaking aloud. We are now enlightened on the things we can speak aloud. They are your dreams, wishes, and manifestations. While some people would prefer them to be a well-guarded secret, nature advises otherwise.

Reasons for speaking aloud.

  1.  To release the tension building within you.

The difficulties of life tend to be like climbing a steep hill. It is tiresome and we hardly see any progress until we reach the top. It is especially challenging if you have nobody to confide in. Not once or twice, you may have found yourself speaking aloud your wishes or dreams. Someone has to hear you out, right? The best part is that it is not in vain because someone hears what you have to say. When you speak aloud your wishes, you release the tension building inside you for some time. Your mind is decluttered and you have more space to handle other issues. That is an outright win.

  1.  To roll the red carpet.

Do you know the preparations that precede a visit from the president or a high-ranking official? The place he/she is scheduled to visit is first cleaned before the dais is set. Then the red carpet is rolled in his/her honor. Speaking aloud is like rolling the red carpet. It is in preparation for the real manifestation of the wish you have spoken aloud. The air you breathe is aware of your wish. Speaking your wish aloud is intentional so that you can claim your space. You can be certain that the president is coming when the red carpet is spread. Similarly, your wish will eventually come to pass when you speak it aloud.

  1.  To attract a solution.

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It could be that your wish has been unfulfilled for a very long time because nobody heard about it. Speak it aloud and you never know if the man/woman next to you is an Angel sent from above. They could be having the solution or connecting you to someone else with the solution. Do not allow the fear of other people harming you to suffocate you. The universe always reassures you that you are in a free world. Speak your wish aloud and attract a solution from the universe.

The formula of speech.

There is a formula to use to speak your wish aloud. This is the ordained way of doing things. It will lead you to speak life to your wishes; not for the sake of it but to make a point – nature is the answer to all your dreams and wishes.  

  1.  Know whom you are speaking to.

As you speak your wishes aloud, who is the intended recipient? Even if other people will hear what your wish is, the wish is originally intended for the ears of nature. I remember fondly the memories I had when it rained. I would quickly run to my parents (whoever was with me) and tell them my wish. I strongly believed that wishes made when it was raining would eventually come to pass. I would wish for biscuits and Daddy will buy me some the following day when he returns from work. I believed my wish has been fulfilled because I pronounced it when it was raining. I knew I was speaking to the universe, not my parent, even if they heard my wish. Today as an adult, I still know whom I am speaking to when I speak my wish aloud. Do you?

  1.     Believe that your wish shall be fulfilled.

You need to develop the absolute belief of a child. Nothing can convince a child that his/her wish will not be fulfilled. They are positive about it even if they have nothing to show. Your relationship with the universe should be like that of a parent and child. In the eyes of their children, the father is Superman. He can fly and carry planes. This is the attitude you should have when you speak your wish aloud – that Superman (the universe) shall fulfill it.

  1.  Do not micromanage the outcome.

It is prudent not to have an already made-up mind when you speak your wish aloud. There is no specific formula that the universe should use to fulfill your wish. The ultimate goal is that your wish is fulfilled. Leave everything to the universe after you have made spoken your wish aloud. The joy of a fulfilled wish overshadows the path nature took to fulfill it. This is a call to have an open mind. It will open many doors of opportunity.

The shape and form of your answer.

How do you expect the universe shall grant your wish? There are several ways that you can keep your head up in anticipation of the universe’s nod. Your wish can be fulfilled in the following ways:

  1.  A popping idea from the blues.

Sometimes an idea strikes your mind out of “nowhere.” This new idea has come from somewhere – the universe. It is an answer to the wish you made. If you were wishing to be wealthy and a business idea came to your mind, then this is a communication from above. Implementing it will fulfill your wish.

  1.     Casual suggestion from a friend.

If in one of your meet-ups with your friend, he/she suggests something compatible with your wish even though you have not told them anything yet, consider this an answer from above. Your friend is just a medium used without his knowledge to bring you an answer to your wish.

  1.     An observation from your environment.

Sometimes the answer to your wish is hidden in your environment. Keenly observe what is happening around and you can draw your conclusions from there. It is a starting point to lead you to find an answer to your wish.

Speaking your wish aloud works. The universe’s ear is never dull. As you take this bold step, be conscious of communication from the spirit and watch all your wishes come true. 

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The Universe’s Blank Cheque is on your Doorstep

A cheque is simply a financial instruction to execute payment to the payee. Not a single day goes without its mention in almost all the major economic sectors. To think that banks could have probably borrowed the idea of cheques from the universe is not further from the truth. It is a genius idea that eliminates the risk of carrying money everywhere. You only need to take a correctly-filled cheque to your bank.

Here is a quick one – several parts of a cheque make it valid. Any sign of tampering automatically makes it null and void.

These are various sections of a cheque and their significance:

  1.       The payee on the cheque is the person or organization who will cash out the cheque. You cannot bank it to an account with a different account name except what is on the cheque.

  2.       The drawer is the person issuing the cheque. Money moves from his account to that of the payee when he authorizes it. He issues the cheque based on his bank account balance. He does not give more than what he has.

  3.       The amount of money to be transacted has its place on the cheque. It is written not once but twice! The amount is first written in figures and also in words. They should match and mean the same thing. The bank will not complete the transaction if this condition is not met.

  4.       The cheque number and bank code are indicated at the bottom of the cheque. The cheque number is unique to every cheque and makes the transaction traceable. You can always go back to follow up on payment made through a specific cheque.

  5.       The bank name and bank branch are also clearly indicated on the cheque. This shows who is facilitating this transaction. It is at the center of the whole transaction. The drawer holds an account with this bank at branch X.

  6.       The most important part of the cheque is the place of signing. A cheque that is not properly signed by the account holder is null and void.

What is a blank cheque?

It is a cheque that has only been signed by the account holder but has no name of the payee or amount of money to be transacted. Anyone with the cheque can write his name and put any amount of money they wish. The transaction will be completed!

There is only one problem – if the account of the drawer has insufficient balance. You will be happy if you knew the drawer’s account has thousands of dollars.

Picture this – the richest man on earth giving you a blank cheque! This is exactly what happens when the universe decides to gift you a blank cheque. His account balance should not worry you he owns everything in the world.

A blank cheque from the universe.

This is what it means when the universe gifts you a blank cheque:

  1.       You are the payee. The universe has written your name on it that is why he has given it to you in the first place. Of all the people in the world, he has chosen to give you a blank cheque because you have obtained divine favor from above. This favor shall open doors of new opportunities and prepare a table to dine with Kings and Queens.

  2.       The universe is the drawer. The amount of money on the cheque (which is currently blank) will move from his account to yours when he authorizes it. The universe is wealthy and has the answer to everything that you could ever wish for.

  3.       The amount of money is not yet written on the cheque. This is a blank cheque from a rich drawer that gives you the freedom to write any amount you want. You can write your desire for good health, true happiness, successful businesses, or a good social life on the blank cheque. Remember that what you write on the cheque is exactly what you will find in your bank account when the cheque clears.

  4.       The cheque number and bank code which are identifiers of a specific cheque is there to keep the “paper trail” of the blank cheques that the universe has given you. This is the more reason you should keep a record of what you fill on the blank cheques. You can easily follow up if the cheque has cleared from your bank. If your wish was good health, has the universe already granted it to you? You can petition the drawer (Universe) for a follow-up.

  5.       Nature represents the bank name and branch. It is the Universe’s chief bank and holds all of its wealth. Nature facilitates all the transactions that involve its chief client – the universe. Without it, no cheque will clear into your account. You have a role to facilitate the quick clearance of cheques – maintaining a good rapport with nature. Clients with a good reputation are often prioritized before others. The bank understands that they are loyal and it will do anything not to lose them.

Here is something else you can do – open an account with the Universe’s bank (nature). You can do this by being mindful of the environment and playing an active role in preserving it. Acts of service like not littering everywhere and planting trees count a lot in building a good rapport with nature. In return, blank cheques from the universe now filled correctly shall be processed quickly and you shall manifest all your desires.

  1.       A signature of approval from the universe on your cheque is your reputation. What do other people in your life say about you? Are they proud of you or do they wish you never appeared in their lives? The signature of your reputation on your cheque will guarantee whether or not the Bank of the Universe shall clear your cheque.

Always continuously strive to leave a permanent impression in the lives of other people. May your life be a testimony of your great personality.

The Universe has put a blank cheque on your doorstep. Fill it in and let your reputation sign it. There is no limit to what you will write on the cheque. The universe has it all.

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The Universe’s Free Gift of 365 Free Chances

The value of a gift has been at an all-time high. We love it when people gift us. Gifting is an awesome moment. It feels like nothing can ever go wrong at the moment. It is never about the price of the gift but the value attached to it. It could be a rose flower, a new dress, good shoes, jewelry, a car, a house, or a fully paid vacation. Whatever it could be, cost aside, has great value from the one gifting you. They did take the initiative to express their love through gifting and they hope to touch your heart through it.

The culture of gifting has never died and is not about to because it was initiated by the universe itself. It is a firmly grounded culture that has been passed all along from one generation to another. You should never reject gifts because apart from coming across as impolite, it could also close the gates of future gifts. Furthermore, do not limit gifting to only family and friends but extend it to strangers and your neighbors. You never know whom you could be gifting – it could be an Angel on earth and that could mark the turning point of your life.

The love language of gifting.

Gifting is one of the five love languages. Others are acts of service, words of affirmation, spending quality time, and physical touch. Gifting not only happens at weddings, birthdays, engagements, and anniversaries but also in low-key encounters.

For the same reason we gift, so does the universe gift us free 365 chances. Each day is a gift from above that we should not take for granted. There is no ordinary gift. It costs a lot of time and effort before it landed in our space. Nature is very generous to us – even in gifting. It has reserved the best for you because you are his favorite child. These are the gifts from above:

  1.  The gift of life.

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The gift of life is very sacred. It is the highest form of gift that anyone could gift you. Whether it is someone laying down their life for your sake or gifting you a new life to start over on a clean page, the gift of life is a big treasure. Waking up each day healthy and alive should not be taken for granted. It is not automatic that you should be blessed to see the dawn of a new day. It remains the prerogative of the universe to give you this gift. For the past X years of your life (read as your current age), the universe has gifted you 365 chances to be alive.

It does not matter how unqualified or undeserving of it you are but the universe still chose to give it to you. The universe loves you and you remain in its thoughts all day and night. This is the reason you woke up today even if you were unsure about it last night. By grace, you shall also see the light of day tomorrow and the days after. Embrace the gift of life and count it as your first blessing.

  1.  The gift of family.

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You can choose your friends but you can never choose your family. Nature chose to use them as the path through which you should come to the world. This is your second gift from the universe. For 365 days a year, your family will always be there for you. You are a son/daughter, brother/sister, or father/mother in your family. This is a position you do not choose. It will remain a tag in your life and a crown that shall forever remain on your head. No family is perfect. Regardless of the existing flaws, embrace your family for who they are. You learn to love and reciprocate love in the family unit before extending it to your friends and associates.

The universe gifts everyone a family from the beginning but sometimes life deals us a blow and we, unfortunately, separate (through death). Were it up to the bereaved to choose whether or not to remain with their family forever, they will of course choose to live with them forever. Do not take the blessing of a family lightly. It comes once in a lifetime.

  1.  The gift of sanity.

Sanity is the ability to think rationally and make independent decisions. Nature gifted you with a sane mind to be an independent thinker. Over time, your mind matures and your quality of thoughts improves. Formal education which is an invention of man is a measure of the growth of your mind. You are trained to interpret problems and come up with viable solutions that will improve the quality of life. All this would not be possible were it not for the universe’s gift of sanity to you.

Many people would pay any price for them or their loved ones to have your place. You are not well-schooled and civilized by accident. It is all part of the universe’s grand plan for humanity – that you may have a role to play in improving the lives of other people. Accept the universe’s gift of sanity with uttermost humility and think differently 365 days.

  1.  The gift of talent.

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A talent is a special ability to do something useful. You could be talented in sports, arts, music, science, mathematics, or multiple fields. It is not in your ability, effort, or genius mind that you can what you do best. It is the universe’s talent that has made it possible. Nature understands the competition for survival in the world. Your talent is the grease that will make life easier. Talents are different from one person to another – what you do best is not necessarily what I do best.

We can all be successful without throwing shade on others. Our diversity in abilities makes us stronger families and communities. There is wisdom in developing talents. Consider the gift of talent as a tool of trade. Whoever gifts you such wants to see you succeed. Here is a challenge – have you discovered your talent?

There are infinite gifts from the universe. Embrace and leverage all of them. 365 free chances are up for grabs all year round!

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Luck or Hardwork? – The Mystery of Abundance

There is a thin line between luck and hard work. Hard work is a purely human effort but luck is determined by nature. The window to be both hard-working and lucky is always open. Still, some people are hardworking but not lucky, and vice versa. Although they look similar, both hard work and luck have their unique blessings. The universe is the custodian of these blessings and we have to unlock them. The blessing of abundance is a card the universe holds closer to its chest. It only reveals to those who find favor before him. This is how you seek divine favor from the universe – complete devotion in body and spirit to its divine will.

The secret card of mystery.

Spirituality often does not work as we would expect in the physical realm. For example, the rule of merit where the most qualified are rewarded does not always apply in spirituality. Even the less qualified one has a chance to redeem himself. The universe gives all of us an equal chance to fill our stores. Nature goes further to conspire for your success. As the loving Father Who He is, He positions you ready to receive the blessings of abundance.

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The mystery of abundance is that at the right time, even the clock will tick without batteries. The heavens and earth will work tirelessly to fill your stores to the brim. Your hard work will stand on one side of the equation and the universe will stand on the other side to balance it. Growing spiritually opens your eyes to new levels of growth. It is like climbing up a ladder. You can only see some things below when you are at the top.

The dynamics of growth.

Come to think of it, doesn’t the ocean ever get empty? Again, who plants the forests in the Amazon? Drought, no matter how severe, has never dried the Pacific. Neither has anyone gone to the tropical rainforests of the Amazon to plant trees and take care of them to maturity. There is a superpower that makes everything run as it should. This is the power at work in your life when you submit to nature. I kid you not, abundance will be your second name.

When abundance knocks at your door, people will be torn between calling you lucky or a hard worker. Trees that you never planted will give you cool shade away from the burning sun. Wells that you never drilled will quench your thirst. When you seek abundance through prayers and devotion to your work, the universe will open doors of abundance for you.

Unlocking the doors of abundance.

  1.     Be fruitful.

It does not come as a surprise that everyone wants to be associated with success. Success attracts more success. It calls out to her neighbors and friends to come to join her because it has found a home in you. Devote yourself to your humble beginnings and make it work. The fruits of your work will speak for you and people will want to know the person behind it. It is like seeds that fall on fertile ground. These seeds come from fruits which is the success of your small beginnings.

  1.     Be patient.

When a seed falls on fertile ground, it is first buried in the soil. During this time, it looks like nothing is happening. When the seed dies after it is buried, it loses its form as a seed. You can barely recognize the beautiful seed it once was. Some people may look down on you because they do not know that something beautiful is buried but it will sprout better than they can ever imagine. Once you pass this test of patience, you have successfully made the first step ahead in unlocking the doors of abundance.

  1.     Be prayerful.

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Prayer is a powerful link between the present and the future. It is some sort of time travel that you use to go to the future and see what lies ahead. The seed buried in the ground is at risk of being eaten by birds and other insects. It’s game over when it is eaten before its time. You protect it through prayer and hasten its germination by watering it. It is like rain that falls on a tilled farm. It gives the buried seed the go-ahead to germinate and come out of the ground.

  1.     Be ready to be in the limelight.

You are about to be in the limelight for having unlocked the doors of abundance. You cannot hide a new seedling after it has germinated and come above the ground. Other people will notice your success, acknowledge your efforts and call you lucky. Little do they know how it took you three full stages before your seeds of hard work could germinate. You should not stop there. Your efforts are still tender and need to be nurtured to maturity. The doors of abundance are yet to be fully opened.

  1.     Live in an enabling environment.

heart of the Universe

Every plant flourishes in specific weather. Some need a lot of rainfall and do well in a cool and wet climate. On the other hand, others do well in hot weather. Likewise, your new seedling needs favorable weather for it to grow. An enabling environment is where you will be surrounded by the right friends and a loving family. They will encourage you when you are in low spirits and warn you of any lurking danger. An enabling environment opens the doors of abundance wider. This is your moment of glory. Do not hold back from meeting new people. The universe sometimes sends Angels into our lives in the form of friends. They will introduce you to businesses you never knew about. You will sit in board rooms and meet with captains of industry on their recommendation. They are the gateway to your blessings.

Whether by luck, hard work, or both, the doors of abundance will open to you if you gain favor from the universe. The mystery of abundance is solved!

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Baking the Cake of Abundance

I mean, who doesn’t like cake? (except for medical reasons). A cake is the most common snack taken on almost every occasion – birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, team-building events, and corporate events. This has led to the rapid growth of the baking and pastry industry. Cake flavors include chocolate cake, cheesecake, red velvet cake, ice cream cake, sponge cake, vanilla cake, black forest, and many others.

The universe introduces abundance in our lives as a cake. Abundance equally comes in different flavors and tastes. It tastes different for everyone but it is satisfying to the partaker. The cake of abundance leaves a sweet taste in your mouth even after wiping your mouth clean. You will always look forward to when you will have your cake again. The cake-cutting moment is a uniting time. People clap and cheer for you as the ‘person of the event’ gracefully feeds you. Flashes of camera lights fill the room because it is your turn, just as it happens when it is time for everyone else.

The recipe for the cake of abundance.

 

  1.     The wheat of goodwill.

wheat of abundance

Wheat is a very important ingredient when baking a cake. Nothing goes on without it. Other ingredients are equally important in baking, but wheat flour is the most obvious one. You still need the water, flavor of choice, sugar, and baking powder. When baking your cake of abundance, goodwill is a major ingredient. Your goodwill counts a lot in the bakery of the universe. This is how you manifest your goodwill – accepting the role of spirituality in your life. It opens doors to the gifts of abundance and makes you a candidate to receive them. Abundant goodwill will make you rise in the face of obstacles. This is how you become unstoppable.

  1.     The flavor of good deeds.

The people in your life should have a good testimony of you. Nothing beats a good reputation in the spiritual realm. Your reputation goes before you and fights your battles. A cake flavor gives the cake its taste and attracts a particular group of customers. Some will prefer chocolate, others vanilla flavor or strawberry. Your good deeds give your cake of abundance a good flavor. Do not get tired of doing good to everyone. Consider it as if you are running your cake house. You will not stop baking tasty cakes because of hostile customers. Your good work will vindicate you each time.

  1.     The eggs of fertility.

Eggs are commonly used in baking cakes. The number of eggs used depends on the decision of the baker on duty. The role of the eggs is to bind the dough well and make it ready for baking. Fertile hen eggs are incubated and hatch to chicks. A fertile spirit yields good produce. You can plant your plans in the spirit and they will eventually manifest. A fertile spirit makes the blessings of abundance stay longer in your life. Your basket will never be empty because your tap never runs dry. You can improve the fertility of your spirit by listening to messages of productivity. Nothing is impossible with nature.

Baking the cake of abundance requires your total commitment to doing the right thing in the right way. Abundance is a blessing that nobody should miss. Its benefits are like rain in your life. Perfect bliss!

The benefits of abundance.

  1.     The gift of love and favor.

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People will love you because you have it all. The abundance of your stores will attract many people to your side because they will also benefit from it. There is love in abundance because of little or no competition for survival. Everybody is sure that they will have their cake. Abundance is also the answer to divine favor. People often reject parasitic friendships but embrace mutual ones. Divine favor drawn from abundance will give you an equal platform with rulers, policymakers, and celebrities. Your dream of meeting your icon is achievable with the license of abundance. It will make you an equal. Are you facing great resistance from people in your circle? The universe has a solution for you – pursue divine abundance and you shall have a lifetime of peace.  

  1.     The gift of life insurance.

Insurance companies are flooding life insurance policies in the market. They use it as bait to win the undecided market and increase their business portfolio. (There is nothing wrong with it). The universe is offering you a similar package of life insurance through the cake of abundance. Your mind gets settled because your risks are insured for life. You begin to live a more mindful lifestyle while concentrating on other more important things. The universe wants you to have this productive lifestyle. Consider the insurance of motor vehicles. In case of an accident, the insurance steps in to compensate those insured. The financial burden is already taken away from the car owner. Are you constantly worried or anxious about the uncertainties of the future? The universe has a solution for you – subscribe to the premium policy of the universe.

  1.     The gift of independence.

An independent man/woman is attractive. Abundance gives you both social and economic independence. You take ownership of your decisions and accept a hundred percent liability for them. The universe wants you to be responsible for your life even if he is there to tie your loose ends. The independence of a child excites parents and they support him/her unreservedly. There are blessings that the universe will allow into your life only if you are independent. You can unlock them by choosing to bake your cake. You are responsible for your oven, electricity bill, and ingredients. Are you craving independence? The universe has a solution for you – bake your cake of abundance.

The icing on the cake.

Abundance is the only blessing that you can inherit unconditionally from the universe. Abundant wealth, great health, limitless joy, and successful businesses are your portion. You can manifest all of them if you are intentional about it. The cake of abundance is tasty and lip-smacking.

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Learning Abundance – the Language of Angels

There are many languages on Earth. People from all walks of life communicate in different languages in their communities and tribes. As a child, you are most likely to speak the first language you hear the people around you speak. It could be your parents, guardians, relatives, or caretakers. You will grow up speaking that language and adopting the culture of your environment until your adulthood. It is then that you will realize that there are other languages and cultures besides your native one.

You can learn other languages and adopt different cultures out of choice or circumstances can push you to it. Regardless of whatever it is, you will eventually learn to accommodate both languages and practice both cultures, each at a time. Monolinguals (those who speak only one language) are envious of bilinguals (those who speak two languages) and bilinguals are envious of polyglots (those who speak many languages). Everyone wants to be like the one who is ahead of them and the cycle is endless.

The art of learning a new language is at the center of survival. This is true even in the spiritual realm. It is not enough to know only the language of men. You must also learn the language of Angels. This is the language of abundance. The language of men is as different as day and night, and as far from each other as the heavens and the earth. When one speaks an impossibility in one language, another speaks of possibility in another language.

The world of Angels is beautiful and this is the reason why you should speak their language – the language of abundance!

This is a guide to learning the language of Angels:

  1.     Enter the Angelic world.

The best place to learn a language is in its native place. A native English village is the best place to learn the English language. The locals do not know any other language apart from English and they will use it to communicate with you. This will push you to the edge to learn each word and communicate with them in their native language. Enter the Angelic world to learn the language of abundance effectively.

How do you enter the Angelic world? Embrace your spirituality and pay attention to communication in the spiritual realm because your spirit completes you as a person. The spirit is abundant even when there is scarcity in the physical realm at the same time. Refuse to focus on what your eyes can see at the moment – hunger, disease, poverty, unemployment, and conflict. The Angelic world has none of these. There is a bountiful harvest, divine health, wealth, and everlasting peace in the Angelic world.

The universe is granting you unconditional entry into the spiritual world. This is the best place to learn the language of abundance.

  1.     Embrace apprenticeship learning.

Apprenticeship is the art of learning as you watch. You can learn a lot in practice from the best in the field of interest. Books and journals do not have it all. There is equally a time for practice. There are people brought by the universe into your life who speak the language of Angels fluently. Meeting them was not a coincidence but a divine plan that you get to meet other people who were once in your position.

Learn from them about their journey in learning the new language of abundance. How did they start and how are they here? This will encourage you that it is possible to cross over to the other side of abundance. You are not the first learner of the language of abundance; your persistence is what will earn you the spot among a few who speak it fluently. Sometimes success is contagious and you only have to meet a few successful people for you to join their ranks.

Do you know what they say about iron? Iron sharpens iron. It takes a native of abundance to induct you into the community. Fly out of your cage. The universe is waiting for you.

  1.     Practice speaking the language of abundance.

Upon entering the Angelic world, there is a possible language barrier between yourself and the natives there. We see it each time someone visits a new place, wherever it could be. Unless there is a common language understood by both the natives and the foreigners, the language barrier will show its ugly face and break down communication. It is almost impossible to learn a new language within a day (Rome was not built in one day either) but there is something that you can do about it – practice! It makes perfect.

Even in the middle of the chaos, speak the language of abundance. You are enough. The right person for the job you have is you. Your family and friends are blessed to have you. You are a few meters away from your breakthrough. Develop a habit of acting like you have it all. Not in arrogance or pride but through humility because of the favor that you have before the universe to learn the language of Angels. Let your presence fill the rooms and halls you walk into – that you do not complain about your needs but live in an abundance of contentment day and night.

Furthermore, leave a permanent impression on the lives of the people you meet. This level of practice and effort will eventually make you perfect in the language of abundance. You are a step closer to speaking it fluently.

Back to the analogy of a child. We do not judge a two-year-old if they do not know how to speak. On the contrary, they excite us that they are seriously trying to communicate no matter how broken their language is. We clap and lift them in the air for managing to construct one sensible sentence. Goodness! This is the same case as you learn the language of abundance. The universe is the adult and we are His children. He will congratulate you on your progress even when you speak only one sentence fluently. Do not be afraid to speak with the Angels in their language. Let your life be filled with abundance. 

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How to Win the Wealth Competition

The world is full of competition – in school, at the workplace, in business, in lifestyle, and everywhere you go. Even the rich compete on who is wealthier than the other. People even go further to compete on issues like who is smarter or taller than the other. We can control some variables in any competition and influence the results in our favor while at the same time, there is nothing we can do about other variables. They remain constant. Victory is valuable and competitors will do anything possible to be victorious. This makes competition a matter of life and death even when there is no need for it.

There is a mad rush in the wealth competition. Everyone wants to be the richer one – with more money, many cars, good houses, and successful businesses. The rich and successful are not backing out of the competition. It is not true that just because they are driving the latest car model, then they will not buy a new one. No, they sure will.

The wealth competition begins in the spirit and gradually manifests in the physical realm. It begins with the desire in your spirit to be successful and fulfill your dreams. With this, you are already on the track waiting for the gun to go off and sprint towards the finish line. This spiritual scene translates in the physical realm with your efforts to make ends meet. Your spirit is not discouraged and you defy all odds to make things happen. This is how you can win the wealth competition:

  1.  Embrace the advantage of an equal platform.

The universe has given all of us an equal platform in wealth competition. We all have 24 hours a day to do everything in our schedule. Nobody has an extra hour or minute regardless of social status. What you do with your time counts a lot. An hour can make a big difference in your life. You can seal that business deal within the hour or make extra sales in your overtime hour. Time is the only resource that we cannot recover once wasted.

The universe has played its part in granting us equal time; our usage makes the whole difference. Competitors use their time practicing for the competition as it draws nearer. Likewise, you should also be accountable for your time. Your small wins will cumulatively put you in the lead in the wealth race. Embrace the equal platform of time and victory shall be yours.

  1.  Motivate yourself.

This is your takeaway package today – as a man thinks so is he. You are largely as successful or failed as your thoughts. It is important to constantly motivate yourself in the face of challenges ahead. There is no room for discouragement, especially in wealth competition. Do not allow negative remarks to strike your spirit. Look at how great sportsmen and women speak during interviews before the competition. They speak highly of themselves and exude confidence in their victory.

The universe wants you to take this mindset of a victor. It is a constant reminder that you are in a competition and you cannot afford to be discouraged. Exude the confidence of a victor and the universe shall push victory closer to your door.

  1.  Surround yourself with good friends.

Every good sportsman needs supportive friends who will hold their hand before, during, and after the competition. They will fully understand your quest to win the wealth competition and cheer you to victory. They will also contribute heavily to your win. You are the average of the people you spend the most time with. Please choose them wisely if you want to win the wealth competition in the first round.

Sometimes the universe uses your friends to point out areas you can improve in business and your personal life because they are closer to you. Use this chance to give the universe tools to guide you to victory – good friends.

  1.  Invest all your effort.

This is the golden rule of the universe – there is no shortcut to wealth. Nature wants you to be ready to work hard for what you want. Wealth shall not come on a silver platter on your table. You will have to make certain sacrifices to get what you want. Forfeit short-term pleasures to build future success. The early mornings and late nights are worth it. Your eyes are fixed on the victory in the wealth competition.

Consider the example of the football world cup. Football teams from the whole world compete for one trophy of pure gold – the world cup. They put all their effort into winning the group stages through to the quarter-finals then to the semi-finals and finally to the finals. The competing teams take nothing to chance. The goal is to win and take the trophy home. This is how your commitment will see you through to victory. The wealth competition has many competitors and you are worthy of victory. Stay committed!

  1.  Clap for others until your time comes.

The law of nature is that you shall reap what you sow. The spirit of competition is to embrace turn-taking. This is the spirit of all healthy competitors. Congratulate other people before you who have been in the race to wealth for some time now. Their experience is valuable to prepare your mind for what lies ahead. The universe will reward your cheerful spirit with grace to win the wealth competition.

A winning spirit embraces reigning champions and associates with them because their current position is your dream come true. You wouldn’t want upcoming champions to hold a grudge against you if you were in their shoes. Clap for others until your turn comes and when it eventually does, you will have the grace to win the wealth competition because you sowed a good seed right from the beginning.

The universe has a lot of goodwill for you to win the wealth competition. Take hints and guidance from nature on how you can be victorious. You can never be wrong. 

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