Gina Charles

About Gina Charles

Gina Charles writes about spiritual awakening and authentic living with wit and practicality. She is the author and illustrator of, Shift Happens, A Layperson's Guide To Awakening, and FUEL Your Life, A 4-Point Practice To Spiritual Awakening. Gina is also the founder of the New World Living dot com.

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The Promise Of Your Problems

Problems are like the little paddles in a pin ball machine, that influence and guide the ball one way or the other. If the paddle hits the ball just right, it can propel the ball in an advantageous direction. You’re the little ball, and your problems are the paddles that guide you one way or the other.

 

What determines your direction is your state of being.

 

If you are submersed in unexamined thought, you mistake the “problem” as threatening, or as an obstacle. This creates resistance and a feel-bad experience. 

 

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Let’s look through the eyes of opportunity. A problem may be an opportunity to take a stand, or to choose what feels right, over what is expected or easy. A problem is a sign post. A problem is an opportunity to choose what is self-kind. Identifying and honoring your truth is the best place to begin. Honoring your truth always propels you in the most powerful direction.

 

 

Ask questions

 

Ask questions, then wait in silence for the answer to emerge independently from within. The mind must wait for the gut to answer. The questions are to be weighed in the body, not the mind.

 

  • What is this “problem” trying to tell you?

  • Is it moving you toward a new course?

  • Is it trying to get you to acknowledge what is true for you, and to move toward honoring that?

  • What else is true about the situation that you are omitting, overlooking or denying?

  • What role are you playing in it?

  • What can you learn? 

 

When you realize, not reason, the answers to some of these questions, the problem transforms itself. Once you get its message, you no longer need the problem.

 

Problems are escorts to new levels of Consciousness.

 

EMPOWERMENT: Don’t shoot the messenger, everything serves. 

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Authentic Change

Authentic change and conscious expansion with Gina CharlesWe desperately want change in our lives. We’re out there making one effort after the next, only to find that we are running in place.

 

We all know the meaning of insanity, doing the same things and expecting different results. So we switch things up, and try new things. How is it that we push, and nothing seems to move?

 

Somehow, some way, we are having the same thoughts and emotions, supported by the same unnoticed, underlying beliefs. The same programming, the same outcomes. The Universe likes to keep it simple.

 

While we’re running unawares in the same patterns and programs, the subsequent emotions are emitting vibes. Those vibes are telling the Universe that you want more life experiences that match that vibe.

 

What we think is how we feel, and what we feel is what we get.

 

The kicker is that we are so focused on having thought that we don’t notice it.

 

You can never fix a leak if you don’t know where it is. You’ll just spend your life cleaning up after it. 

 

When you practice being the eyewitness to thought, you notice the programming. You are then free to create authentic change, by moving your focus out of the chatty mind, and into lucidity.

 

When you are present, and perceive life with no mental evaluation, you are lucid.

 

When you jump out of the confines of thought, into lucidity, you connect with your Guidance, higher Intelligence, Intuition, Self, Consciousness, God. You step into that field of boundless possibility.

 

Authentic change, from the book FUEL Your LIfe by Gina Charles 

From the book, FUEL Your Life by Gina Charles 

EMPOWERMENT: Today I will be the eyewitness to thought, so that I may step into lucidity and experience authentic change.

 

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Thought: Are You In The Box?

Thought, spiritual growth and awakening with Gina CharlesThought is the limitation within which I have this human experience. At first, that may be a slippery concept to grasp. Beyond the understanding that I can think, and fall immersed into thought, is the concept that I can step out of thought.

 

As long as I’m experiencing life from inside the box of thoughts, stories, beliefs, and mental conjecture, my happiness will be a temporary candy coating. Jumping out of the box is equivalent to gaining lucidity, or waking up to being present in the moment, outside of unneeded thought.

 

Lucidity is to be awake, or present within the silence of the mind. Jumping out of the box, gives my higher Self a direct connection to this playground we call life. This is the space from which authentic change and elation manifests.

 

EMPOWERMENT: Today I will be the eyewitness, so that I may jump out of the box of thought and connect with Guidance, higher Intelligence, and boundless possibility.

 

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Finding Your Heart’s Desire

Surrender

I read a true story once about a guy who suddenly became inexplicably interested in photography. He surrendered to this strong desire, and indulged himself. One day he came across a flyer advertising a free local photography meeting, and decided to attend. When he got there, he was a bit disappointed to find a group of mostly seniors, sharing stories about their photographs.

 

He decided to duck out early. As he walked down the stairs at the front of the building, he heard the door open behind him. A young woman, who was in the same meeting, decided to leave early as well. He stopped to talk to her. Turns out, they hit it off and began dating. They ended up falling in love and getting married.

 

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Nonsensical Serendipity

Finding the right woman and marrying was something this man had deeply desired. The interesting thing is, right after he met this woman, his ardent desire to learn about photography had disappeared. Had he not allowed himself to follow his new desire, his life may have gone very differently. He let himself enjoy his inexplicable, nonsensical interest in photography, and in addition, it led him to something even greater.

 

Learning how to gift ourselves with the things that make us happy in the moment, is extremely advantageous. 

 

If you feel drawn to something, let yourself get a closer look. Try it. It’s about how much you’re enjoying it, not how well you do at it.

 

Your heart’s desires, outside of reason, are the crumbs that lead to the life of your dreams.

 

Don’t worry if the mind can’t figure out what you will do with your new-found ability to build bird houses out of old chop sticks. Figuring things out is not required. The only thing that is required is allowing yourself to partake in the enjoyment. 

 

Authentic living and spiritual awakening with Gina Charles - finding your heart's desire.

 

Stay Awake, and follow the scent of your own feel-good. ;)

 

EMPOWERMENT: Today I will gift myself with the things that make my insides smile.

 

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From the book, FUEL Your Life, by Gina Charles.

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Positive Thinking: The Valley Of Faux Mercy

Authentic living and spiritual growth and awakening with Gina CharlesI value the power of positive thinking. Until I can step outside of, or turn thought off completely, I can choose positive thought. If I’m going to live in a story, I’ll at least try to make it a good one.

 

That said, be leery not to wander too far into The Valley of Faux Mercy. The thinking mind likes this place, as it perpetuates thinking. Whether I am submersed in negative thought, or I am submersed in positive thought, I am still submersed in thought. 

 

It’s all still thought. 

 

Negative thought hurts right away, and positive thought has the potential to bring temporary relief. The ebb and flow between the two allows me to rest just long enough to endure another struggle. Around, and around I go.

 

Using the power of positive thinking helps to turn my ship around. Happy is better than sad any day. 

 

But there’s something more, something even better. 

 

storiesUse positive thought to get you closer to the gate of lucidity. That mentally silent state of Awareness where you perceive without the mind constantly chiming in. That state of clarity, that feels sort of like falling in love. You know, that other way to have this human adventure. 

 

It’s easier for the mind to go from happy thought, to no thought, than it is for the mind to go from feel-bad thought, to no thought. So if you find yourself in the Valley of Faux Mercy, don’t stop there, keep going. There’s something more, there’s something better. 

 

When you perceive without the mind’s opinions, you are lucid. You are free. Welcome home. 

 

EMPOWERMENT: The less judgement I have, the more I see.

 

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Turn Down The Static, Turn Up The Guidance

Turning down the unnecessary, unfounded, negative static of the thinking mind, allows us to better hear and feel our own Guidance. 

 

The first step is to notice thought.

 

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Catch thought in action, while it’s chattering in unnoticed, unexamined banter. Now quiet the mind and move its focus to the body. Put your mentally quiet focus on your breathing for a moment. Then move your wordless focus to how you feel in your skin, or notice an aroma, or breeze or other stimuli of the present moment. Ground your wordless focus in the present moment. Listen quietly, wordlessly. 

 

Perceive without mental evaluation. 

 

This is the place from which we can hear the whispers of inner Guidance.

Guidance, that is always pointed in the direction of our highest good.

Guidance, that is always patiently waiting for us to wake up out of the unnoticed, negative mental banter.

 

EMPOWERMENT: Today I will turn down the mental static, and connect with inner Guidance.

 

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Awareness Rising

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We see and experience our lives through the filters of our fear, history, beliefs, and learned behaviors.

 

We live this way because we were not taught there is an alternative. Living life unawares is painful. Living in Awareness, changes everything.

 

We don’t see the world as it is, we see it as we are. -Anais Nin

 

 

 

When we recognize thought as something

separate from Self, we are Awake.

We can then step outside of the limitations of thought,

into our own Awareness and boundless possibility.

 

 

It is here that we bloom

into our own Greatness.

Stay Awake with me.

 

 

EMPOWERMENT: Today I will be the eyewitness to thought.

I intend to wake up in the middle of my mind’s thinkity-think. I will witness thought, as if someone else had just said it. I will examine it, and discard those thoughts that do not serve my highest good. I have found my tools, and know how to use them.

 

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Clearing The Projector Of The Thinking Mind

How’s The Ride?

As I begin this week, I remind the thinking mind that any one of my endeavors will turn out only as good as the quality of the experience I had completing it.

 

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 Everything is being evaluated through the filters of the thinking mind.

We experience the tasks at hand through rote thought and learned behaviors. Eventually the mind drifts into negative thinking, and we wonder why we feel bad and our endeavors turn sour.

 

When you lose touch with inner stillness, you lose touch with yourself. -Eckhart Tolle

 

I will begin this week as the Eyewitness to thought. I will connect with inner Stillness, higher Intelligence, Self. I will step into the space of boundless possibility.

Now that feels good.  :)

 

EMPOWERMENT:  As the Eyewitness to thought, I complete my tasks easily, effortlessly and most importantly, enjoyably.

 

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Pulling The Plug On Anxiety

Healing anxiety, Authentic living and spiritual growth with Gina CharlesWhen my insides started ringing like the bells of a five-alarm fire, I didn’t know what was happening. That strong, engulfing feeling of anxiety rose up like a life-threatening wave, sweeping me away from the inside. The first time I experienced this, it took my breath away, literally.

The experience of anxiety comes in different forms and degrees, from pangs of uneasiness, to outright, full-blown panic attacks. For some, anxiety travels with us over the years. It is always uncomfortable, and sometimes experienced as extreme and unannounced. This causes us to live in fear, and avoidance.

Eventually the thinking mind says things like, This is just the way it is for me…This is just how I am… Just the way life is… I’m cursed… inflicted …. broken. This is the mind’s way of saying that it doesn’t know why it experiences anxiety, it only knows that it does.

 

The Constant

If living with occasional anxiety has become a way of life, even intermittently, there must be a constant. Some thing that allows, makes, beckons, invites, or creates the experience of anxiety, to any degree and frequency.

 

There must be a cause for the effect of anxiety.

 

When I stick my hand into an open flame, I have the experience of being burned. So, no matter how many ways fire can enhance my life, when I don’t recognize the truth of the moment, I can have a feel-bad experience. While fire is good, holding my hand in an open flame is not.

 

While thought is good, falling submersed in it is not. So, no matter how many ways thinking can enhance my life, when I don’t recognize the truth of the moment, I can have a feel-bad experience. 

 

Living in unnoticed, unfounded, unexamined thinking is the prerequisite for the experience of anxiety.

 

Therein lies the constant: thinking, believing and rerunning triggered programs and reactions, over and over again, over the years. Different places, different faces, and underneath it all, the same constant of being submersed in unnecessary, feel-bad thought. This is why every so often this unrecognized speeding train stops at the same old station, Anxiety Alley.

 

“We can not solve our problems with the same level of thinking that created them” -Albert Einstein

 

Autopilot Disengaged

 

There are 2 states of being. You are lucid, present in a mentally quiet moment, outside of the perpetual, unnoticed, unfounded, unexamined mental commentary. Or, you are sleepwalking, unconscious, or simultaneously having and believing unassessed thought. 

 

You are either submersed in thought unawares, or you are witnessing it.

 

Is it difficult to stop doing what you have been doing on autopilot for so long? Sure, but no more difficult than the many other new things you’ve learned. Is it possible? You bet your life it is.

 

The mind is the ultimate computer. It is not only able to recognize its own programming, it is also capable of reprograming itself. When we wake up to this dynamic, AKA metacognitive thought, or the experience of the program recognizing itself, it puts us in a new position. A position of power. A position of authentic change.

 

Who said reprogramming is such a grueling task? The mind did. The mind jumps ahead and slaps down a decision without ever even knowing if what it’s saying is true. Can positive change be difficult? As the eyewitness to thought, I recognize the importance and specificity of questions. The question, “Can positive change be difficult?”, is a segue into unconsciousness.

 

The question is, how can positive, authentic change be easy, effortless, and dare I say, enjoyable? 

 

Using Your Superpower

 

How can we bridge the gap between feeding anxiety and healing anxiety? How can we wake ourselves up when we are sleepwalking, submerged in unfounded, unnecessary thought? There is a practice that can bridge this gap. Being the eyewitness to thought.

 

Noticing thought is your superpower.

 

When we slow down the crazy train, we can bring it to a stop and arrive at authentic change, healing and peace. It all starts with this one concept, this one practice, this one intention. Intend and allow yourself to become the eyewitness to the mind’s thoughts. 

 

Witness thought as if someone else had said it, and discard thoughts that are unkind to self, and those that do not serve. Refocus in lucidity, or redirect your attention to positive thought.

 

While the truth is always simple, it isn’t always easy. I’d rather make these small efforts than experience the tap on the shoulder called anxiety. Suffering is only inevitable in unconsciousness. Suffering is the byproduct of the mind’s unnoticed, unexamined, unfounded fear-based thinking.

 

Suffering is optional.

 

It’s only unnerving to fly without a net when you don’t know how to go with the flow. Start now. Start slow. Start small. Start. Intend to be the eyewitness to thought and its old programming of churning and burning. The question is not, Can you? The question is, Will you? 

 

Intend to be the eyewitness to thought. Intend to let go of unnecessary thinking and step into the peace of a quiet mind. Intend to let self-kindness lead the way.

 

EMPOWERMENT: Anxiety is the internal roar of unconsciousness. I witness, accept, flow and awaken

 

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The Duality of Magic Wands

What is the duality of our Awareness?

human-experThe duality of this human experience is Consciousness and unconsciousness. When I am awake and aware, noticing, witnessing the stream of mental talkity-talk, I am lucid, I am Conscious, I am Awake, I am on.

When I am no longer witnessing the stream of mental commentary and become submerged in it, I am sleepwalking, unconscious, I’m off. I forget that I am not my mind-made identity, that I am Something much greater. I forget that I’m in a benevolent construct, a lucid dream that’s waiting at the ready for me to awaken to my best life. When I’m off, unconscious, I forget who I am, where I am, and how this place works.

 

Well That Explains A lot

So our attention, or what we put our focus on in the “off” state, in unconsciousness, while we are submersed in unnoticed, unexamined thought, is what we get more of in our lives. Huh. That’s like running with scissors and one shoe lace untied. But don’t despair, because…. 

 

Our Attention, in Consciousness, is a magic wand in a field of infinite possibility. 

 

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It is an enchanted paintbrush, manifesting a human adventure that surpasses the mind’s limited imaginings. 

Recognizing the duality of your magic wand will change your life experience.

 

Use the power of your Lucid Attention. 

 

You’re Awakened state is the magic and the mind’s focus is the wand.

Wield your powers for good. ;)

 

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