T. L. Montgomery

Are You Happy?

What does it mean to be happy?  We strive for happiness.  We envy those who are happy.  We spend hours reading books, watching programs, and listening to experts tell us what we need to do to be happy.  Still, it often times eludes us. What if being happy was as simple as accepting yourself and others?  What if for one week you decided that you are exactly who you should be and that feeling happy is already something within you?  I wonder how this might change how you move through the world.  You may have guessed that today’s topic is about happiness.  Spirit has this to say about being happy…

Happiness always comes from a belief that you are happy. When you live your life in judgment of self, or in judgment of another, you are not opening to the possibility that you are just how you were intended, and that others are the same. Seeing yourself as someone who is here to serve the whole, meaning the energy of the universe, is really the only way to understand yourself and others.

Look at the world and all of its inhabitants. There are so many reasons for being. This is what brings balance to the earth. With your existence comes the experience of emotions. Without one emotion, you cannot have the other. There would not be a recognition of good versus bad, or pain and sorrow versus happiness and joy. These are all of the things that make up the world.

Understand that loving yourself is what brings the world into balance and that loving others for who they are, brings balance to you. When we give love freely without judgment, we are saying that we believe all are innately good, and that the destruction of self is from the mind, not the heart, not the spirit, and not the pure essence of your soul. Think about this. How are you affecting the world? How are you affecting your very being? Use the power of your thoughts to convert a negative view into a positive one.

Find what is right in the world. Accept yourself and all that you are. This is how the world will be brought back into balance. This is how the world will change. This is how you will find true happiness.

It really can be that simple.  Start today.  Give it a week, a month, or a year. See how happiness shows up for you.

Always Be You, Trisha   

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Are You Fully Present?

Happy spring! We often associate spring with cleaning our homes and preparing our gardens so that we can enjoy our surroundings.  What if enjoying our surroundings involved more than just using our five senses?  I have been thinking about what it really means to be fully present in my life. When I think of being fully present, I think of looking at the flowers, listening to the birds, and being fully in the moment. I tell my mind to stop all the chatter. I wonder why it is so hard to just be?  Spirit has a lot to say about this very topic…

There is this thought that being fully present means to use your five senses to notice all that surrounds a person.  This can be true to some extent, but we have a different view.  Being fully present is to see yourself as whole. To see yourself as just what your soul intended, without the thoughts of “I am not fully what I want to be.” 

When you believe that you have been born to be just as you are inside, you begin to see the world as a way for you to express your true self.  You see that you have something to contribute because of who you are, not because of what you have become.  This is a very important distinction.  The acceptance of who you are is what will propel you down the road of being fully present.

When you live your life knowing that what is inside is much more important than what you think others will see, being fully present becomes something that does not require thought.  It does not require training.  It only requires being.  Life becomes full of joy.  The joy comes from not working so hard to attain a certain state of being.  Life just becomes being fully present.  You are able to notice without effort.You experience all that your life has to offer. 

This is not to say that when you understand and experience being fully present that there will not be challenges, for life will always have challenges.  It is to say that the challenge to be fully present and to exist as you believe others want you to exist, no longer becomes important.  You are free to live your life as intended.  For this is truly what will bring you to peace within.

As spring unfolds and you prepare your surroundings, think of how you can be fully present in your own life.  Think about how you can fully accept yourself.  Doesn’t that seem like a much more desirable way to enjoy spring?

Always be you, Trisha

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Our World

Today I want to talk about the state of our world.  It seems like every day there is conflict somewhere.  Watching the news can be very upsetting!  I lay awake at night worrying about the state of our nation.  I wonder why we can’t just live peaceful lives.  I wonder why the world has so much turmoil.  Spirit has a different view of this…

We do not look at this as turmoil.  We look at this as growth. Growth of a nation, growth of a soul, growth of the world, and its awareness of suffering. Without this, you would not have an understanding of your own life and how it should be. For there to be peace, there needs to be an understanding of what you are striving for. The suffering comes to those who believe that only their best interests matters.

If you were to look at the world as a whole, you would see that each and every one of you is made up of the same. Where you become different is in your reactions to your circumstance. This is why there is turmoil.  This is why there is pain.  This is why there is contentment and happiness too.

Each of us, within or own life, has the wisdom within us to influence our circumstance, to bring goodness to all, and to react in a way that is best for our soul. Spend time thinking about this. What is best for your soul ultimately influences those around you in a positive way. This is how turmoil dissipates, this is how you begin to see that there can be more than suffering. This is when enlightenment comes.

Thinking about this has made me re-evaluate how I take in negativity.  Instead of looking at turmoil as something that is hopeless, this makes me feel hopeful.  I believe there are more people in the world who truly want peace, than those that do not. I believe there are more people in the world that are good, than those who are not.  Most of all, I know we all have the ability to look at the world in a positive light and bring forward our own best self to influence all.

Until next time–always be you, Trisha

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Life’s Journey

Happy 2019!  With the start of the new year, we all have a chance to look at our lives in a new way.  We can evaluate where we have been and think about where we are going.  Let’s talk about what we can do individually to not only do what is best for ourselves, but give others a chance to do the same.  Sometimes it is so easy to see what other people may need to do to end their discontent. We may think we know what is best for them, but in reality only they can know what is best for them.  Here is what Spirit has to say about this very subject…

When we allow ourselves and others the space they need to learn and enlighten, we are saying that this is an integral part of being human.  It is important to the well-being of not only you, but others as well. This is truly why we are here.  There is a unique set of circumstances that exist for each person. Their lives unfold in ways that are for their own advancement. We are here to support one another in our journey through this life–for it is never without challenges. When you spend the time you need to process what you have experienced in your life and you allow others to do the same, you are raising the energy of all involved.  You are contributing to the enlightenment of all concerned.  This can only bring positive energy to the universe as a whole.

There is this thought that others should be like us, others should fulfill us in every capacity.  We are saying these are what you have imposed on them.  Learning to see your life as your own and letting go of the need to control or to get approval is really the key here.  Treat others as they should be treated; with compassion, kindness, and forgiveness.  For this is truly what we need from one another.  As you let go of the control of others, as you bring in the compassion and forgiveness, your life unfolds in ways you would never have imagined for yourself.  See that your life is for your own learning.  See that other’s lives are for the same.  This is how we all advance as one.

In our quest to help another, we often tell ourselves that we know what is best for them.  We tell others what they should think or do.  It is hard to watch someone struggle. It is hard to disagree. We all want to feel heard and seen as an individual. I certainly have been guilty of offering advice when none is needed. Sometimes it just takes someone who will listen.  Maybe that is all a person needs.  The more I understand that we are each on our own journey, the more I understand that being a true friend is to listen without judgement.

Until next time–always be you, Trisha


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Consciousness and You

As the year comes to an end, it’s important to reflect on how far we have come.  We have talked about getting in touch with your inner self, forgiveness, how energy works, and our thoughts, etc… What I want to talk about today is consciousness and how it affects the universe as a whole.  For some of you, this will not be new information.  For others it will help put the pieces together.  It is a concept that is not always easy to understand, but it is the foundation for all teachings.  In its simplest form, it is to teach us why it is so important to be positive in thought and action.

What is universal consciousness?  Why do we need to be conscious?  How does it affect our lives?  These are all very good questions.  Consider the answer from Spirit’s point of view…

As people wake up to the possibility that they have complete control over their own thoughts and their own consciousness, there is a realization that the thoughts they think are a reflection of how they live their life.  It is so important to recognize the impact each person has on not only their own life, but those around them too. 

Universal consciousness is made up of all of the thoughts, energy, and enlightenment that exists.  If you were to imagine all of the thoughts of your loved ones, friends, neighbors, and every person in the world and combine them with all of the energy of our world, you would understand that this is the power of the universe.  We each emit a vibration of energy. When your thoughts are of love, compassion, and a deep connection to your own soul, this raises the energy in the universe. The thoughts that are negative, full of resentment, and anger lower the energy of the universe. 

The goal is to convert the negative to a positive by understanding that your thoughts influence all.  Your actions influence all.  Your very being influences all. This collective thought and collective energy, has a far-reaching effect on the universe.  Together we call this the universal consciousness of all. So you see that we are all connected to one another.  Our very being is dependent on one another.  Our future is based on each life and the positive charge it brings to all.   

Being in this world is to enlighten. It is to create a positive charge.  Each individual has the ability to effect the consciousness of the universe. If you were to see the connection, it would propel you forward in a positive way. You would never want to leave your energy depleted.  You would only have thoughts of goodness.  You would understand that we are all connected forever, and you have the power to change a life for the better.  Most of all, you have the power to make your own life full of a grander consciousness.

My hope is that you will take some time to read and reflect on each paragraph.  Let these concepts be something you contemplate and strive to understand. Let your thoughts and actions be positive in nature, and remember that you are affecting the energy of the universe as a whole.

Hopefully, you can look at 2018 as a year in which you learned a little bit more about yourself. Maybe you learned a little bit more about the unseen world of spirit too.  As we head towards 2019, think of all of the possibilities that lie ahead.  Personally, I am going to try just a bit harder to be kind to myself, to treat others with more compassion, and to be grateful for a chance to start again.

Happy Holidays and I look forward to exploring more teachings with you in the coming year.

Always be you, Trisha

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Who Are You?

 

Let’s talk about the exploration of self.  As an intuitive life coach, my sessions usually begin by asking the client why they came to see me and what it is they hope to learn?  Invariably, the answer comes in some form of “I want to understand why I am here.”  I believe that most people, including myself, have had trouble knowing where to begin this process.  I find that starting with understanding yourself and your actions is the best way. It can be hard to look honestly at yourself.  It requires a willingness to look deeply into what makes you tick. I really like the way spirit addresses this topic…

To explore one’s self is to let go of any attachment to what you think you should be. It is to look deeply into why you are here and your reactions to the world. We have talked about fear, anger, and feelings of unrest. Let’s talk about how to get to the true you, and how to bring that forward in a way that helps you understand your actions.

To explore or to look deeply means to identify what it is that keeps you reacting and feeling in a way that brings discontent to your life. What are the emotions behind the reactions? What are the emotions behind the feelings of discontent? Explore the possibility that how you are feeling is just a reaction to a thought about yourself.  If you were to look at this thought as something you have learned and can unlearn, you would see that the exploration can bring you to peace within. 

Understanding your thoughts and why you have them is really the key to letting go of them. We are saying that exploration and reflection are an integral part of the learning in this life. As you reflect, as you look to your motivations, as you understand yourself, life begins to bring you joy. The joy comes from knowing yourself. The joy comes from accepting yourself. The joy comes from finally being you. Believe your life has a purpose. Understand that learning is what you came to do. Be open to any possibility, because truly, you exist to evolve into a greater version of yourself. The sooner you explore, the sooner the joy arrives. 

When we allow ourselves an honest assessment of who we are and strive to better our place in the world, we open doors to the answers we seek.  As each door opens, another answer is waiting.  I chose this picture because it reminds me of what we can achieve. Each branch represents a growth opportunity as we explore our reason for being. This can ultimately help us to answer the question “Why am I here?” for ourselves.

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Always Be You, Trisha

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What is Enlightenment?

 

Today’s topic is enlightenment.  A question that often comes up is “how do I become enlightened?”  People will often refer to this as something that happens to a person spontaneously–as if by magic. It certainly can be true that a major life event, such as the loss of a loved one or an illness, can propel you forward into a new way of thinking. For me, enlightenment is something that has happened more slowly, over time.  The more I am aware of my existence and that there is something beyond this world, the better I understand what enlightenment is. So, what does it mean to be enlightened?  What is the difference between enlightenment and awareness?  Here is the explanation from the spirit world…

Awareness comes from the thoughts of what is currently happening in your life.  You are aware that you exist, that you are a thinking being, and that in your life you have choices.  Enlightenment is when you understand that there is more than just this life.  You believe that you are divinely guided and that you already have everything you need to have a peaceful life. 

You cannot have enlightenment without first having an awareness.  You must have the awareness that there is a self, there is a physical body, and that you have thoughts.  You understand how those thoughts affect your life.  Once awareness has been brought forward, you can then begin the process of enlightenment.  It is learning about yourself and what you want for this life.  It is to trust that you are heading in the right direction.  It is to see that there is a connection in all things.  It is a deeper knowing of all that exists—seen and unseen.  It is the letting go of an expectation.  It is the bringing in of faith in all that is.  It is to move through the world with the ultimate goal of contributing in a positive way.  It is to listen to your inner voice, your soul, and the energy within to see what it wants and why you are here.  

Enlightenment can only come from letting go of your thinking and trusting that your soul already knows where you are going.  It is to trust that there is something more than your present state of awareness.  Enlightenment is truly made up of joy, acceptance, and a willingness to move in any direction, knowing that you will have a positive impact on the energy of the universe as a whole.  

Start with an awareness.  Expand to a knowing.  Let your life be all it was meant to be with the faith that you are loved and guided throughout. 

The picture I choose was taken on a lovely fall hike along a river.  The sun was setting and I couldn’t help but notice that it was the perfect moment to capture what enlightenment might feel like.  Of course it is more than that, but it creates a good visual!

I hope you will take some time to think about these concepts and see how you can move towards a more enlightened life–free from suffering and tuned in to your spiritual self.

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Can We Change Our Thoughts?

This is the last of the three part series on how your negative thoughts can bring discontent to your life, whereas positive thoughts can bring harmony. Last time we talked about how we all have a physical, mental, and spiritual side to our being.  Now let’s talk about what we can do to balance those three essential elements. How do you get unstuck from a way of thinking that is not good for your well-being? Here is what spirit has to say about bringing balance to your being by changing your thoughts…

You start with one thought at a time.  You begin the search for meaning. You look at what your thoughts are doing to help you.  The thoughts you think determine how you will respond in any given situation.  If you were to look at these thoughts as a way to change your thinking about yourself, you would use it as a way to believe in yourself.  You would change a negative thought into a positive.  You would only generate thoughts that would help you for what lies ahead.  Look ahead to how you want to live and begin to change your thinking. You would trust that what you are experiencing now, will help you in the days to come.  This belief alone leaves you with no desire to have negative thoughts. This belief alone leaves you with a sense of peace in all that is.

Sounds so easy, doesn’t it?  Of course this takes effort.  We have to be aware of these thoughts in order to change them.  Another way to look at balancing is to have the belief that all is well.  Here is what spirit has to say about the belief in our ability to heal our bodies too…

Of course positive thought is a start, but a belief that all is well is really the way to change the pattern of thought.  When you believe that you have the power within for all of life’s teachings (we call them teachings because nothing is ever negative when looked at as a way to learn), this can help your body to heal.  When discontent has arrived, begin the process of balance.  Start with one thought at a time.  Convert the negative into a positive.  Believe this can be done.  Balance the energy within by giving your body what is needs through rest, forgiveness, being in nature, or anything that brings you joy.  Make this a practice every day, even if it is only one thing.  Over time, the energy within will shift. It will calm.  It will start to bring balance to all.

Thinking of the physical, mental, and spiritual as a way to balance really is about bringing awareness to your thoughts and believing that you have the power to change the energy within.  When I get out of balance, I always begin by being kind to my body, which in turn calms my mind, which in turn helps me feel connected to the my spiritual self.  What would help you to be in balance?  Start with your thoughts and see where that takes you.

I picked this picture not only for its beauty, but for the feeling I get when I hike in such a serene place.  This is how I find balance.  What do you do? I would love to hear from you!  Feel free to comment below or send me a quick email.  Let’s open the dialog about what brings you back into balance.

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What Does it Mean to be Balanced?

 

Last time we talked about our thoughts and how they can bring discontent to the body. I had quite the awakening about this.  I fell and hurt my knee and immediately thought the worst.  I was in pain and very frustrated with myself. Let’s just say, I was a bit angry at the situation!  It was not until I realized that my thoughts had the power to make this experience miserable or something I could learn from. So, how do we change our negative thoughts?  How can we bring balance despite our circumstance?  Here is what spirit has to say about what balance of self means…

Bringing yourself back into balance does not have to mean a radical change.  It can mean learning to understand yourself.  It can mean learning to understand why you suffer from your thoughts.  Balance comes from taking the time to analyze, understand, and look at all aspects of your being.  It is to understand that you have all the tools you need to bring the physical body back into alignment, the mental body back into a peaceful state, and the spiritual body back into pure energy and consciousness.  If you were to look at yourself as these three essential elements—the elements that bring you to living a balanced life, you would spend time thinking about what it means for you.  To be balanced is what leads to peacefulness within self.  We all have the capacity to do this.  It is all about the attention given to self and what it means to be balanced.  Use the spiritual, physical, and mental as a way to see yourself as one being.  This will always lead you to where you need to go.  This will always be what brings you to peace.  This will always be a way to understand your true nature and the nature of others.

I love this visual:  Think of a triangle with you in the center.  “Spiritual” above your head, “Mental” on the right side of your feet, and “Physical” on the left side of your feet.  If you think about each of these aspects, you will notice that when one is out of balance, so too are the others. When I am in pain, my thoughts are of suffering.  When my thoughts are of suffering, I do not feel connected to my spiritual self.  When I am not connected to my spiritual self and think of myself as only as a physical being, I tend to hurt more. And on and on it goes.

So what specifically can we do to stop this cycle of suffering?  This will be what we will explore in my next blog.  In the meantime, I hope you will think about what these three essential elements of self mean to you.

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Are We Our Thoughts?

 

Let’s talk about “thoughts.”  We all have them.  We all have an internal dialog going on all of the time.  We might think about how we look, how we feel, what we have to do, what others have said, and on and on.  What you probably don’t think about is how many of those thoughts are negative.  Here is what spirit has to say about our thoughts…

Your thoughts alone are what can bring you to peace or discontent.  When negative thoughts become something you always use, they can then bring themselves to the body.  The cells begin to react to the thoughts.  Your body then begins to live those thoughts.  After all, they are only responding to the directions given by your thoughts.  Negative thoughts produce energy within the body, just as positive thoughts do.  The difference is the way your cells respond.  When thoughts are positive, your cells are instructed to be in balance.  When your thoughts are negative, your cells are instructed to produce energy that turns against the body.  Over time, this is what can cause discontent in the body and the mind.

I definitely have experienced this in my own life.  It can be very difficult to see the connection between our thoughts and our physical body.  Most of the time, we are not even aware of how many of our thoughts are negative or how it is affecting our lives.  Here is another way to help you understand.

What you hold on to, whether it be a negative belief, a mistrust in yourself, or whether it is tied to a negative thought about another, can only cause discontent in the body and the mind.  Understand that this will only limit your life.  Understand that this kind of thinking can affect those around you.  What is not forgiven, stays within the physical body.  What is not released stays within the mind.  What is not let go completely, stays within the energy around you.  This can only bring suffering.  Think about this.  Understand how thoughts can drive all within self.

This sure makes me wonder about my own way of thinking. All I can do is have an awareness of those thoughts and try to replace a negative thought with a positive one. Sounds a lot easier than it is!  The question is: how do you bring your body and mind back into balance?  Spirit definitely has some things to say about that too.  This will be the topic of my next blog, so stay tuned!

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Always Be You, Trisha

 

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