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Create a Mind Map For 2011
By Bettye Johnson
Last edited: Thursday, December 30, 2010
Posted: Thursday, December 30, 2010

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Instead of New Years Resolutions, why not create a Mind Map and allow the changes you want in your life to emerge?

As I write this, we are coming to the close of the year 2010 and it is ending with unsettled weather patterns all over the world. Europe became almost paralyzed by snow as well has the Eastern part of the U.S. There have been numerous weather disasters all over the world and we have at last had an opportunity of seeing transparency from our government due to the Wikileaks revelations, which has been needed for many years. Most U.S. corporations are outsourcing to other countries and thus depriving the people living here of jobs.

The outlook for 2011 does not appear - as it is seen in the moment - to be any better and our personal outlook is the most important of all. As someone once said, "If it is to be, it is up to me."

In contemplating the coming year, I know that still water becomes stagnant until something moves and this pool of water is pushed out of its 'comfort' zone. This is similar to what many experience in their lives – being pushed out of one's comfort zone.  There are choices. One can either stay in the stagnant part of their brain playing 'woe is me,' or we can begin to look for something new and creative. From my experience, the something new may not happen all at once – however, when we open our minds to new potentials and possibilities it happens.

The laws of physics, science, mathematics or music also include the tenets of prosperity. James Allen wrote a very small book titled, As a Man (Woman) Thinketh. James Allen lived from 1864 to 1912 and wrote 19 books.  In this book he writes, We become spiritually rich when we discover the adventure within; when we are conscious of the oneness of all life; when we know the power of meditation; and when we experience kinship with nature." Allen also writes of two essential truths, "Today we are where our thoughts have taken us, and we are the architects - for better or worse of our futures.

New Year's Resolutions are rarely followed in most cases and I can say that from past experience this was true for me. What I have learned is to create a Mind Map of what I want for the incoming year.  A Mind Map is different from a resolution. What is a Mind Map? It is the way we use our thoughts and our words. We are constantly creating Mind Maps by the way we believe and our attitudes. There is a special Mind Map, which James Allen wrote about as well as others. This is the right use of thoughts and what we desire.

In 1979 I was divorced and I knew I wanted a relationship with another male who share with me intimacy, similar beliefs, and being open and receptive to my desires and dreams. I made a Mind Map listing the qualities I wanted from the relationship. One year later I met the man who had these qualities and we married. I refer to him as Mr. Magic as I received the fulfillment I had been seeking all my adult life. He passed in 2000.

There are four stages to a Mind Map. Stage 1 is to sit and be quiet while contemplating  what one wants to have or occur. I first began learning about this in 1979 and began evolving this when I began studying under the Teacher Ramtha in 1987. I make a list and sometimes I create a picture or cut one out from a magazine of what I desire or draw it. I mentally picture it from all sides. It is similar to planting a seed in the ground. The soil of the mind is fertilized with knowing it will be, and I add a daily dose of love, gratitude and giving.

Stage 2 is a period of time for the desires on the Mind Map to incubate. This is called the stage of Patience. It is liken to a gardener who plants a seed. The gardener doesn't dig it up to see if it is growing. No, the seed is allowed to germinate. Sometimes the seeds of our desires come quickly and at other times it is longer. Some may even take years, but when we believe and allow it to unfold in its own good time – it happens. Impatience pushes the dream, or the desires away. Impatience can be similar to giving a seed or a plant a dose of toxic fertilizer and it withers away. Some might call it overkill. Patience is also a time of testing. It is not a time to give up.

Stage three is the before, present and afterglow. Even while the Mind Map is working its way to manifestation, one can enhance it with an attitude of love and gratitude to every person, place and thing along with our beautiful planet Earth. Love and gratitude creates harmony and health within the individual. This is not a time to be selfish with our finances. It 'pays' to be a giver. I am not talking about tithing to a church or a charity. I am talking about finding someone or an organization to give a dollar, ten or more with no strings attached. This is to be done sincerely. What we release in giving freely with gratitude and love returns to us ten-fold or more.

Stage four is the moment of manifestation. There comes a rush of joy. Instead of shouting it to the rooftops, I have learned to quietly keep it sacred and secret while I savor the moment. In fact, I keep my personal Mind Map sacred and secret because I do not want others to put their energy on it. I have observed that those who have great manifestations rarely shout it from the rooftops. They quietly enjoy the fruits of their mindful thoughts. Many people are envious and will either dash away hope or put negative energy on one's Mind Map.

If you choose to make a Mind Map, be daring and outrageous. You can have it all. Yes, it is possible.  For each of you reading this, I bless you with love, gratitude and the desire to have your lives fulfilled with your own personal dreams – or Mind Map. Happy New 2011 Year.


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