Spiritual Awakening: A Labor Of Love!!!
As today marks Labor Day and many are celebrating with picnics and barbecues I began to think how great it would be to have every one reading this blog entry would do a labor of love and share their spiritual awakening and how since the awakening their life has changed. I encourage everyone to be an action taker and do a labor of love today. It can be anything from writing a check to The American Cancer Society and sending it to 9141 Sunrise Lakes Boulevard #102, Sunrise, FL 33322 to buying supplies for a local animal shelter to collecting pull tabs and giving them to Ronald McDonald House or simple helping the next person in line buy buying them an iced tea. One of the anthems that I have adopted during my spiritual awakening process is the concept of being of service and value.In committing to be of service and value and doing things in a loving and caring manner I have found that my personal and professional life has improved. In understanding that we are all called to do a labor of love we expand our own circle of love and thus we create a more loving, caring, and kinder world. In doing these labors of love we become the change we want to see in the world. We begin to come alive as we serve our community and interact with the people we come in contact with. In doing these labors of love we detach from the outcome and just let things play out thus becoming more spiritually awakened. It is the spiritual awakening process that we become more in tune with our divinity and thus are able to put positive energy into all of our labors of love and thus not only enhance our personal and professional lives but also to improve the lives of those we come in contact with.
Mary gave us a labor of love when she delivered Jesus into our world. Jesus would commit many labors of love the greatest of which was dying on the cross to take away our sins and redeem us. In redemption Jesus gave us the responsibility of living a life of righteousness by doing labors of love. Read More→
Spiritual Awakening: Finding The Silver Lining!!!
In being an action taker during the spiritual awakening process I have learned to seek the positive message in all I do. Today (8/29/2014) I was stoked to be part of The How To Sell Your Genius Tap Into You Seminar as a presenter. I had prepared and was ready to rock the house. I left my home and headed out to Broward College. As I drove I must have run into 5 school zones. Instead of getting angry I looked to the heavens and thanked GOD for watching over me and giving me more time to prepare and keeping me safe. As I arrived at the parking garage I dropped my banned in a puddle. In the past this would have angered me now due to understanding that everything happens for a reason I picked up the banner wiped it off and walked over to the building where I would be presenting. Upon asking the security guard for the room we were in I asked for a parking pass and was given one. I went to the 12th floor and I found the room where I would be presenting I dropped off my stuff and went to get a glass of water and off to my left there it was a beautiful display of stones and crystals. I took my water and took a breathe and allowed the power of GOD and the energy of the stones and crystals to envelop me and I went to get the rest of thing I needed for my presentation. I arrived at my car and I was sweating and then one of the tab collars on my short broke. I again took a deep breathe retrieved everything I needed and made my way back to the building. I sat quietly in the room and then went and got refreshed. As I was cleaning up my top button broke. I put my hands in the prayer position and asked GOD, “What is The Message?” The answer I received is regardless of what happens you have a positive and informative message to deliver and all the stuff you were shown today is given to you to teach you to appreciate your gift and to use it for the betterment of others. It was at that moment that I realized that the silver lining was that my message would be heard regardless of the broken buttons, a wet banner(that by now was dry), a trying trip, and any other obstacles that came my way. Read More→
Spiritual Awakening: Getting Up Or Going Down?
In our spiritual awakening we often face the question of are we getting up or are we going down. As we continue to evolve and delve further and further into our divinity discovering our purpose we will run into those who see us getting up and they will want to bring us down. What do you you do when you encounter the naysayers or the promulgators of negativity? I generally tell them thank you to bad, so sad, don’t let the door hit you where GOD split you. In taking action and deciding to move forward in a positive direction toward our goals and dreams we begin to find it easier and easier to detach from people, places, and things that no longer serve us. The anthem of staying positive allows me to continue to move up and at times when I feel like I am going down I say GOD if I get knocked down please allow me to land on my back for if I can look up I can get up. I have learned through out the spiritual awakening process that life will knock you down at times however I have been able to get up by remembering that of GOD brought me to it GOD will bring me through it. As GOD brings you through things and leads you with the plans he has made for you one understands that the hall of fame is waiting for us.
In the spiritual awakening process one will begin to see that they are getting up and in getting up will become inducted into their own hall of fame. In my home I have my personal wall of fame where I am the first picture and then I have photos of those people who I draw inspiration from like Irene Cara, who I had the privilege of meeting and interviewing.
This photo is the one that hangs on my wall of fame reminding me that if you are getting up you are moving forward in the positive direction of your dreams. I have come to understand that one must answer the question are you getting up or going down? In the spiritual journey I have encountered many people who are award winners and who have come alive thus inspiring others to shine their light and illuminate the world. We all have the opportunity to achieve FAME in our own right. This fame may come in the form of accolades for being of service and value to the community, recognition from our peers fro outstanding work, awards from organizations and leaders who we have contributed to the betterment of their personal and professional lives. It may come from the opportunity of simply being out in the community and sharing your message with others.
As one awakens and gets in tune with their divinity and finding their purpose they do things that are positive and memorable that add value to those they come in contact with. The gifts you have to share are inside of you and need to be let out. In deciding to get up instead of going down you put in motion the mechanics necessary to make a mind, body, soul connection and to excel in your personal and professional life.
Spiritual Awakening: Tools To Help You Get U!!!
I recently had the opportunity to interview Serena Dyer on my radio show, Get Motivated With Jonathan JDOGG Lederman, which airs on Monday at 6:00 PM EDT on www.blogtalkradio.com/hrafnstongradio and I found her insight to be very helpful for those seeking to grow personally, professionally, or spiritually. Her book will serve as a great tool to help you get up.
I have found that reading books and applying what you have read serve as great tools to help you get up when you feel like you are going down.
Creating a sacred space with positive quotes, candles, incense, stones and crystals, and soft relaxing music will serve as a great tool to get up.
Spiritual Awakening: Gifts To Help You Get Up!!!
Music and meditation are my gifts to you today to help you get it up and to avoid going down. It is my hope that you will rise above your personal expectations and continue to go up in all you do to make a difference in your personal and professional life.
Spiritual Awakening: JDOGG’S Ways To Get Up!!!
Sometimes I find myself just playing The Philippines National Anthem just to shift my mood as the memories of my U.S. Peace Corps Service helps me to get up.
The Rocky Theme has become a staple in y music library as a way to raise my vibrational level and get up.
Sometimes you just have to dance and let your inner child take over.
The best way to get up is to Stay Positive!!!
Spiritual Awakening: Fine Tuning Your Authentic Self!!!
This is a tuning fork used to help musicians find the perfect pitch. As I was updating my YouTube Channel, www.youtube.com/jdogglederman, I thought how we all could use a tuning fork to fine tune our authentic self. I began to ask and explore the question at how many times are we attempting to be something we are not because we are worried about what others might think? I began to reflect and realized that when I was fearful of what others might think I held myself back and didn’t move forward. As a result I may have stymied my personal and professional growth. Then one day I realized that I had to be true to myself and GOD and along my path and throughout the spiritual awakening process I would have to become an action taker and use that tuning fork to find my perfect pitch.
As we use the tuning fork to find that perfect pitch and to become more in tune with our divinity we must clean out the baggage that we are now tuned into so to make room for the better things GOD has planned for us. It is imperative to de-clutter ourselves and remover that which no longer serves us. Wouldn’t it be great if we a check soul light that would mimic the check engine light in our car and thus we would be able to take action and do a spiritual tune up so as to fine tune our authentic self. What would our spiritual tuning fork and spiritual check soul light tell us? Maybe it would say:
Book Reiki Healing Session or attend a Reiki Circle.
Schedule a Stone Massage
Get your Chakras checked and balanced. Read More→
Spiritual Awakening: How is Your Oil?
In the spiritual awakening process one of the necessary things to do to become an action taker is to check your oil. After you check your oil and you see that the viscosity is low you need to change the oil and refuel. Just like a car needing to change oil every 3,000 miles you as a spiritual being may need to change your oil by putting in better fuel as you make the mind, body, soul connection. In the spiritual awakening process you begin to see the warning signs more clearly as to when your oil is getting gunked up and blocking you from moving forward on your path. Sometimes I wish that my body had a warning light like the one in my car that would help to identify the problems before they occur so that I could take proactive action to make the changes necessary to unclog my body and mind from that which is interfering with my ability to move forward in the positive direction of my dreams. Well I no longer have to wish for a warning light as I have created my own spiritual guidance system as I am in tune with the emotions that gunk up the works. In recognizing those emotions I am able to counteract then simple by making a decision to change the oil. In making a decision to change the oil in the car our car runs better; it is the same thing with our life when we understand our calling and we make a change in our thoughts we come alive and our oil flows better.
Spiritual Awakening: Disposing Of The Oil?
If our oil is really bad we must set it a blaze and release the bad oil to make room for the good oil to flow. When the bad oil fire is put out let it cool and then release the ashes not to enter your body again. After you dispose of the bad oil make a commitment to put good oil into your body and focus on the good and replenishing the good oil. In putting good oil into your body you will be able to easily dispose of the bad oil and thus clear blockages that may have been holding you back from manifesting the goodness that you deserve into your personal and professional life. In disposing of the bad oil you open up the channels needed for the good oil to flow and thus enabling yourself to detach from situations or things that no longer serve you. Read More→
Spiritual Awakening: Doing The Deed!!!
As school started today in South Florida I began to reflect on all the dirty deeds that I did while in high school and the lessons that these deeds contained. From 1979-1983 I was a bit of a rebel and my rebellious actions often landed me in Internal Suspension. This rebellious side also led to many good deeds being done as I was able to reflect and turn the rebellious side into a positive side. It was when I decided to take action and confront my rebellious side that I had an awakening of sorts that kept telling me there must be a better way. As I matured I began to understand that the dirty deeds needed to stop and the good deeds had to take over. By committing then to do good deeds and to be of service and value I began to see a more positive shift in my life. As I began to walk a spiritual path and do what was right in my heart I began to grow and great things started to happen. I was beginning to feel fulfilled as I was helping others and as a result I was helping myself. I began to get recognized for my good deeds. It was when I decided to change that my life began to change. In 1983 I was accepted to 4 colleges, University Of Maryland, American University, Stetson University, and Hofstra University. I chose Hofstra and in The Fall of 1983 I began a journey that would change my life. In 4.5 years I would learn so much about myself and I would see that I was evolving asa spiritual being. My ways of doing things were a bit different and yet highly effective. As I look back on the deeds done in college I can tell you that most of them were good and changed some lives. In 1989 I joined The Jaycees.Junior Chamber of Commerce and learned a lesson that I use as a mantra today That Service To Humanity Is The Best Work Of Life. One of the things that I learned through out the spiritual awakening process was that we weren’t born to follow.
As I began to embrace the fact that we were not born to follow that we were born for a purpose and to lead I realized that the best leaders are the ones who allow others to aspire to leadership roles. Some will say that we all ca not be leaders and the truth is that yes we can as we can lead our lives as leaders in our lives that we can do what we believe in our heart and follow our heart. The only two people we have to follow is GOD and yourself. If we tap into our genius and step into our power we will lead the life that GOD has prepared for us and no one else’s life. So many time we are told what we should do or what we have to do by people that don’t understand that we were not born to follow we were born to stand out. To these people I say I will do what I believe will honor GOD and myself and all will work out in the end as it is divinely planned. In many cases we must detach ourselves from those who want us to follow and we must take the path that GOD has provided for us. It is when we learn to hold on to our dreams that we are able to understand the plan that GOD has for us and to better follow his plan by doing the deeds he has set out for us. Read More→
Spiritual Awakening: BOOM! BOOM!! On Come The Lights!
Today I was inspired by the scene in Gremlins where Gizmo is exposed to bright light and he reacts by saying bright light, bright light. This had we thinking about how many times people have been shone the light during the spiritual awakening process only to shield their eyes and close off the light and the message. How many times have you been shone the light and decided not to allow them to illuminate your life and then you look back in reflection and realize that the bright lights were being shone to you so you could be in the center of the attention to shine your light. Sometimes the message is so clear but we are blinded by the lights and all the noise that we do not heed the message. Many times people will make excuses or choose to turn off the light and as a result they create darkness in their lives and are left wondering why this darkness is occurring. To combat the darkness one must let the lights come on and embrace the messages that are being sent. In embracing the light and taking action one can brighten up their world and thus brighten the lives of others.
On most Friday Afternoons I am found at The Starbucks on University Drive North of Oakland Park Boulevard in Sunrise, FL turning on people’s heart lights by giving out FREE HUGS!!! I have found that by hanging this sign and interacting with the patrons that I am able to help people shift into a more positive frame of mind. It has become like a community outreach center where people come to get a hug and talk for a minute and as a result possibly find the answers that they are seeking. The power of turning on your light is amazing as it also gives people permission to turn on their light and before you know it the world becomes a brighter and better place. In turning on your light your light you may encounter those who want to keep you in darkness. Remember that if you are walking in The Light Of GOD no evil shall come upon you.
When you understand that the light inside of you is more powerful than you know you will begin to turn on your light more and more and GOD will protect you as you become enlightened in your faith walk. The walk is a daily practice and when you see the light you begin to experience the greatness that GOD has in store for you. So many times we succumb to the fear of what others may think and we don’t turn on our light thus missing great opportunities and the chance to shine bright for others to see. There are two people in this world to please GOD and yourself. When you turn on your light and honor GOD you do not have to worry what others say about you for you are protected and watched over. Read More→
Spiritual Awakening: The Big Break Up!!!
We all have been there with the big break up. One of the biggest parts of the spiritual awakening process is detaching and releasing that which no longer serves you. Determining the people, places, and things to remove from our lives as part of taking action to make our mind, body, and soul connection and create a oneness consciousness is the most difficult task that we will face in our spiritual awakening. Sometimes we may think or perceive someone has our best interests in mind when in reality all they are doing is passing judgement on us and spreading falsehoods. When this occurs it is time for the big break up. How many times have you encountered someone who is going to tell you how to live your life when their life is not what it appears to be. Sometimes the best thing you can do is just walk away and never look back.
How many people have you encountered that thrive on pointing out your flaws or telling you that this one said this and that one said that about you. Then they begin to tell you how you should live your life and what you need to do when you didn’t ask? These negative people are life suckers and need to be dropped from your life. The key is for you to be of service and value to yourself so that you can positively impact the lives of others. It comes down to going to places and interacting with people who appreciate you and don’t just tolerate you. Recently through my own spiritual awakening I have found that those meant to be in life will be in my life and those that are meant to work with me and help me advance in the positive direction of my dreams will be directed to me. I have come to the realization that we are not going to resonate with everyone and that there are people who will not let go of situations and each time you see them bring it up because they thrive on drama. In the cases where I encounter those people I simply say thank you have a nice day. If they persist I simply say again that you have a great and prosperous day and I walk away. Most of the places I go and most of the people I interact act with are glad to see me and those that are not well as the saying goes to bad, so sad, don’t let the door hit you where GOD split you, bye bye.
If a person place or thing no longer serves you then severe ties and don’t look back. The key is to keep moving in the positive direction of your dreams while understanding that everything you encounter or experience has a purpose. Sometimes it is in realizing that detaching and never looking back is the best thing you could do. In detaching from that which no longer serves you positively you begin to grow personally and professionally. I learned through out the spiritual awakening process that there will always be people that for whatever reason like to stir up things or bring up negatives. The key again is to remove these people and find people who are lifters. One way to move on is to make the big break up and not look back.
What happened in the past should not control what happens in the future. You have the power to decide who you want to be associated with. Don’t look back and wonder what if; move forward and be who you are, a divine child of GOD with greatness inside of you. Don’t look back and make excuses move forward with the knowledge that we are all works in progress and that each day is a new day and a day to improve. Learn from the past, plan for the future but live in the present. I have learned that when making the big break up to just do it and don’t look back. Sometimes it is difficult because you might have really enjoyed doing the work you were doing but for what ever reason it was time to move on. Every day is a new opportunity to focus on your purpose and to make the big break up.
There comes a time when we realize that some people, places, and things are not meant to be part of our journey and must be removed from our life. If people are not accepting of you, judge you or talk about you remove yourself from those people and move on. Stay Positive!!!