By John J. Murphy

Have you ever had one of those experiences where you feel like you’re in exactly the right place at exactly the right time with exactly the right people? Almost seems miraculous, doesn’t it?

Well, guess what? You’re having that experience right now. Right where you are. Reading this article. With me. And this is no bizarre coincidence or synchronicity. It is meant to be.

How do I know this? Because it’s happening. It’s happening now and it’s happening all the time, every minute of every day. We are always right where we are supposed to be – in the eternal now, the only time that ever matters. This is the first step toward true empowerment and ultimately, enlightenment: Knowing where you are, and knowing you are here for a reason. In other words, being   present.

If this sounds a bit heavy or “out there,” relax and take a deep breath. It gets deeper.

According to many great spiritual teachers, past and present, we are always reaping what we are sowing. Judgement Day is not a future phenomenon. It’s on-going. Better known today as the “law of attraction,” like energy attracts like energy. We get what we give. What goes around comes around. And yes, misery loves company. Joy does too.

So, imagine this. You are about to give a keynote speech at a big event or take an important exam in school. How do you feel? What “vibe” are you putting out? Are you anxious and afraid? Or are you poised and calm, like an experienced quarterback under great pressure? What signal are you sending the universe – including the people around you?

Here’s the key. If you’re stressing out, it’s because you aren’t present. Your mind is thinking about all the things that might go wrong. What if I screw up? What if I say something stupid? What if I flunk? What if I embarrass myself? What if people laugh at me, or ridicule me? What if I lose? It’s happened before. I’ve made mistakes. It could happen again. Whoa boy!

Projections of the mind (typically based on the past) trigger reactions in the body (e.g. the release of stress hormones) and the body emits – through the heart center – an energetic frequency. This frequency can “light up the room” or suck the life out of it. It’s all about energy. Think of this like radio signals. You have the power to change channels. You can tune into dark, depressing, attack thoughts or you can dial into positive, healthy, healing thoughts. You hold the dial. And the thoughts you think influence the vibration you send from the heart.

The HeartMath Institute calls this vibration   heart coherence. They even offer a software with a sensing device that “reads” your heart coherence, which changes depending on what you are thinking and how you are breathing. Change your thoughts and control your breathing and you change your energetic signal. This is very similar to the mood shift people often experience when they listen to soothing music. Again, it’s about energy and vibration.

You can change your heart coherence using meditation and deep breathing techniques – coupled with positive thinking. One technique, developed by the HeartMath Institute, is called the   Quick Coherence Technique. This meditation practice involves deep, heart-focused breathing coupled with thoughts of gratitude and appreciation. It is very simple and something you can do anywhere. I use it throughout the day.   

Now imagine that instead of giving a big speech or shooting a game-winning free-throw, your alarm clock goes off in the morning. It’s a new day. The day is uncertain, just like the speech or free-throw, but you know you get to choose how you feel. You govern your heart coherence. What will It be? Will it be one of faith or fear? Enthusiasm or anxiety? Eagerness or stress?

Now you might ask, what difference does this really make? How can someone’s heart coherence influence anything else in the world? Is there any evidence of this?

The answer is yes. There are some very interesting and compelling scientific experiments on this topic, including studies from the HeartMath Institute. Gregg Braden, a world-renowned author and scientist, references several experiments that show how our thinking and emotions influence our DNA, and our DNA influences light particles (i.e. the “stuff” the universe is made of). Put simply, we affect the world around us by how we feel. We are all putting out signals that attract similar frequencies back to us. We are reaping what we are sowing – energetically.

So, miracle-minded empowerment begins with awareness. We pay attention to how we feel – in the now. We mind our minds. We pay attention to what we pay attention to. We choose positive things to think about and we let go of any emotional baggage weighing us down. We experience world peace through inner peace and forgiveness. We recognize that we are always right where we are supposed to be, here and now, with the people we are supposed to be with. No regrets. No grievances. No shame. No guilt. No grief. No fear. Everything is in perfect harmony and balance. We let go and we let flow! 


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