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Spiritual Shift: Changing Faith

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Faith is changing.

A new poll shows that 44% of Americans have chosen either to change their religious affiliation or abandoned going to church altogether.

The U.S. Religious Landscape Survey interviewed 35,000 people to snapshot a revealing photo of American religious habits. This insightful report demonstrates that churches today are going to have to pay attention to these changing patterns.

The poll shows the major Christian denominations are losing numbers fast. Non-denominational churches are the only ones that showed growth. The expansion of Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism are directly connected to immigration, conversion, workplaces and school. Two in three people who grew up Jehovah’s Witnesses are also leaving their faith.

Not shown in the report is the percentage of people who pray or believe in God. Perhaps today’s religious outlook will be more like a self-study program with people creating their own spiritual learning format.

One has only to look at the recent popularity of the Web site class Oprah is teaching on Eckert Tolle’s book, A New Earth Awakening To Your Life’s Purpose, to know that people are eager to embrace a spiritual path that is outside of the traditional format.

Prayer is an important part of Western culture that is not restricted to particular denomination. We dance with God when we reflect our innermost needs and desires regardless of our religious denomination.

For many people the most powerful belief is belief in God. For the last 40 years, Gallup Poll results have shown that 95% of people believe in God. Spiritual strength is sought by many to overcome life’s circumstances.

There is enormous research which demonstrates the power of the human belief system. The Intention Experiment by Lynne McTaggert reveals startling scientific data which shows the impact of intention on everything from the growth of a plant to reducing cancer cells in controlled environments.

Self-study spirituality is the wave of the future. Churches that understand and embrace this concept will expand. Those who don’t will reflect the diminishing pulpit size that this report reveals. People are no longer willing to accept a paint-by-number plan that most religions have taught.

Do you or someone you know need guidance?
Contact Sheree Franklin for a one-on-one coaching session. http://www.shereefranklin.com

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Unblocking Inner Wisdom

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There are many things that we clutter our minds with that diminish our ability to connect with our intuition. One of the biggest challenges in unblocking our inner wisdom is when we practice sympathy, and not empathy, when it comes to other people’s problems.

The difference between empathy and sympathy has a big impact on everything from our wellness to our ability to manifest our desires.

Oftentimes, we get into sympathy with people that we love and before you know it, you become intricately involved in their problems to the extent where you end up worrying about their issues.

When we are empathetic, it is possible to step back and see the life journey another person is facing without getting so involved. You can pray for others, offer your insights and suggestions, but it is critically important that each of us knows how to separate ourselves from another’s life experience.

This lesson was revealed to me in a big way when a female client came in to see me about a year after her mother had been diagnosed with breast cancer. As with all people who allow me to participate in their life journey, I had prayed for her along the way. Even though we had not seen each other since our initial visit, it took me only a couple of minutes to sense that the life force of the mother had passed and that while expressing my condolences I was taken by surprise to sense that the young 40-year-old woman seated in front of me was now ill.

When I questioned her on this she told me without hesitation that “she now had breast cancer.” Before even processing the information deeply I asked her simply, “What had you been thinking when your mother was ill?” She told me she, “Kept wishing it was her.”

We must be careful on this life journey to allow others to experience their challenges without allowing ourselves to take in another person’s burdens. Each of us is meant to walk this life’s journey and grow and evolve in our own life challenges. Taking on another’s life experience does not allow us to expand our consciousness.

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Reinvent Your Life

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Few people have awakened to what life really holds for them. Each of us has the ability to express from our own life center directed purpose to change our lives. Learning the technique for reinvention will allow you to set the course for whatever you want to achieve.

First, you must become aware of the possibilities that life has to offer. Start by making time for prayer and meditation on a consistent basis. Even as few as 10 minutes per day, twice daily will have an effect on your ability to quiet the chaos in your mind. Allowing time to connect with your spiritual essence will create ideas that will gestate and grow in your mind.

Connecting with your inner presence will set the foundation for asking yourself critical questions such as: What is my life purpose? What can I change now to achieve my true potential? Keep a
pen and pad handy to jot down whatever insights are revealed. Even if the information does not come through immediately, dedicated intent will make all the difference in allowing your spiritual
essence to reveal your life plan.

The Intention Experiment by Lynne McTaggert provides the revolutionary scientific data to support the power of intention and the impact it has on our lives. Set the intention that you want
to change and fully commit your will to the process.

Mind, body, connection is so strong that your conception of the changes you desire need to become visible in your mind’s eye. Create a vision board that reflects your future life. Divide it into specific categories such as: health, wealth, family and spirit. Gaze upon this board at least three times per day.

The ability to expand your mind is most effective when we work with programming the subconscious mind. Make a recording of the things that you want to manifest in your life. Affirm these things in the most positive language possible. Listen to this recording, especially at night right before you fall asleep.

Identify three specific area that you want to set your intent and focus for the next 30 days. Write them with clear and concise language and begin each line with: I Have, I Create and I Am.

Focused intention on the three specific areas will give you concrete evidence of the power of your intention.

Be true to your vision. There cannot be hesitation, worry or fear that your changes you desire will manifest. Every idea, word and thought must be true to your vision.

Concentration of will is the strongest power we have available to our ability to expand our consciousness. The will to serve turns the life flow current on to a heightened awareness of accessing inner knowing. The dedicated commitment to serve gives purpose to your vision and accelerates the universal flow in connecting to your need.

As things start to assume the true position in your life, be grateful.

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Forgiving Yourself

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Do you know who the most important person many of us need to forgive? It’s YOU. All too often we play the blame game and continuously bombard our minds and spirit with the regrets, mistakes, and disappointments in our lives.

Our thoughts, feelings, and emotions are too important to ignore and must be carefully monitored in order to help navigate and direct our path to wellness, success, and happiness. Never was this lesson explained to me more clearly than from a teenager.

The student and I connected when she interviewed as part of my responsibility chairing the Chicago Minority Business Development Council Scholarship Committee.

She was a 17-year-old Asian immigrant who was one of the highest ranking students in a large inner-city school in Chicago. Kim, (not her name) had come to the United States around the age of six or seven and spoke only Chinese. As an only child, her parents emphasized the importance of achieving an American education and she spent many hours studying.

The hard work and dedication paid off and she was named Valedictorian her senior year. At the same time, the student’s family learned that her maternal grandfather was dying in China. They made the commitment to travel home for two weeks to see him in his final days.

When Kim informed the school’s principal of her upcoming absence, she learned that due to the small point difference between herself and the other top ranked students, it would be next to impossible for her to maintain the coveted Number One spot. Looking at the young girl across the table from me, I could still sense the deep hurt of this experience.

She told of having spoken with Grandfather about this injustice and he asked her a critical question, “If you were given a choice between a large stick of gold and a vessel that contained time, which would you choose? Kim said, “Of course, I would take the gold.” He told her the vessel of time is much important because that you can never replace.”

After the funeral service, Kim returned to school and hid the deep hurt inside over losing the top spot, by overeating in her home alone each day. After gaining almost 30 pounds in a few months Kim’s self-esteem plummeted even more. Her parents spent long hours working in low wage jobs and didn’t notice their daughter’s despair.

Later, taking a college-level Psychology class, Kim continued her practice of reading the entire textbook in the first week. She then met with the teacher and told her of her own diagnosis of having an eating disorder. Kim said, “My parents cannot afford to put me in therapy. I must work to change myself.” The two devised a strategy in which Kim would get a job after school doing something that she really loved: working in the library. And she was to commit to asking one person to do something with her each week.

When I asked her what she learned from this experience, Kim explained, “I had to make up with myself and stop being angry about everything I thought I had done wrong.” My eyes filled with tears as I listened to this life lesson coming from this young teenage girl seated across from me.

How many of us don’t understand the vital significance of practicing self-forgiveness? We often talk to ourselves much worse than we would allow anyone else to. Only through truly listening to our inner dialogue can we become aware of what we are saying to ourselves.

Kim was on route to graduating in the top ten of her class. When she left the room, everyone agreed we found our scholarship award winner.

©2008 Sheree Franklin. Sheree is a life coach and entrepreneur who specializes in intuitive coaching. Sign up for Sheree’s bi-monthly tips on intuition and relationships at

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Have You Forgotten to Pay One of Your Bills?

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Everywhere we turn someone is talking about debt. There are all kinds of bills we need to concern ourselves with in order to ensure the quality of our lives.

Of course, you must focus on paying your mortgage or rent first to ensure having a roof over your head. And during the winter months, especially, all of us are concerned with keeping warm.

Then there are the creature comfort bills that we find impossible to live without, such as getting our hair done, or our cell phone and cable bills.

But, there is another kind of debt that most of us don’t think about, but it is accruing a much higher interest rate in our lives. That is the emotional debt that many of us are carrying around from our past hurts, resentments and anger. This very subtle debt, which won’t appear on your financial statement, but clearing it up will make a difference in helping you reach your true potential.

When a client comes to see me and starts talking about all the bills they have to pay, my mind immediately clicks into the awareness that they haven’t told me there is “more to the story.”

To me, financial debts in life are easier to pay because they have a beginning and an end. It is the emotional debts that we don’t know when they will occur or how long it will take us to internally clear up whatever we are facing.

Developing a daily and consistent spiritual practice is the best way to prepare yourself to pay for whatever challenges occur in your life. Even a small commitment– such as 10 minutes a day–can make a big difference in your having the internal resources to cover whatever comes up in life.

By taking the time to create your own custom meditation you will allow yourself to identify whatever problem areas have been stored in your heart and soul. Whatever spiritual practice you choose, be consistent. We train our brains when we do the same thing at the same time each day.

The reason why meditation is a vital part of any effective plan to heal emotional pain is that it allows you to exist in a cosmic consciousness with God. You can present any and all of your needs and be assured that the call you are placing won’t be dropped and it will have clear reception.

Seeking alternative treatment is also a very effective way to remove emotional pain from the body. Acupuncture has found to be a way to treat depression. And you can it make more budget friendly by seeking treatment at a school. Most people associate acupuncture in dealing with physical pain but in the privacy of your treatment course you can tell your practitioner what deep hurts need to be cleaned out and they can needle the appropriate spots to speed up the process.

That’s the real secret in life: to heal your emotional debt in less time and with less stress so we can go out and live the life we want.

I’ve created a free meditation video just for you. Go to http://www.ShereeFranklin.com and click video to listen and expand your consciousness.

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