10 Questions For You To Ponder

I thought it might be interesting today to do something completely different with my writing. Instead of me sharing about something spiritual going on in my life, I decided to pose 10 questions that I hope you will ask yourself and ponder. Each is truly meant to help guide you into taking a deeper look at your own spiritual journey. While I do hope you may share some of your answers to them with me, I sincerely pray that you find more enlightenment on your own spiritual journey in whatever they end up being.

1.  Who or what are you giving the most attention to in your life these days?

2.  When is the last time you told someone you really loved them unconditionally and expected nothing in return?

3.  Is there anyone, alive or deceased, that you just can’t seem to truly forgive?

4.  Name one selfless action you’ve done lately, where there was no hidden agenda?

5.  What does your daily spiritual routine consist of?

6.  When was the last time you lost your temper and what caused that to happen?

7.  What does spirituality mean to you in no more than a sentence or two?

8.  Do you pray, and if so, what do you normally pray for?

9.  What is your conception of a Higher Power?

10. What do you think your spiritual calling is in this life?

And here’s one bonus question I decided to add at the last minute for good measure:

11.  Besides when you sleep, how much time do you spend each day in silence?

Peace, love, light, and joy,

Andrew Arthur Dawson

Mantra For The Day – To Eliminate Hypochondria

Hypochondria is defined as having an abnormal anxiety about one’s health, especially with an unwanted fear that one has a serious disease. Sadly, this mental affliction has run in my family for generations. In fact, my father’s mother worried so much about her own health that she actually ended up causing a serious health condition to occur. She developed such a severe ulcer, that half of her stomach eventually had to be removed.

I myself have struggled for years with phantom pains and various ailments that doctors have rarely been able to see or diagnose. Many years ago, I finally stopped going to those doctors regularly because one of them finally told me what I think I always knew, that I was a severe hypochondriac.

While seeing psychologists and social workers over the years helped me to face this disorder, rarely did it ever put a dent into removing any of this unwanted mental condition. But through homeopathic healing, acupuncture, and polarity, I was able to start making some headway into making that happen. One thing though made a much greater impact into eliminating my hypochondria and that’s been through the use of a mantra.

For the past two years I’ve been utilizing one to combat this mental illness that has often plagued me so bad I’d worry I was falling apart. It really has helped me immensely so I sincerely hope if you too suffer from this condition, that you may start using the following mantra to eliminate your own hypochondria.

“I am free of all fears and worries about my health and healing from every area of my life and am completely healthy and well.”

Peace, love, light, and joy,

Andrew Arthur Dawson

HBO’s The Leftovers – What If I Were Left Behind?

I’ve been watching a new series on HBO lately that’s titled The Leftovers. Its premise is based solely around a single event where two percent of the world’s population suddenly disappears. The question of whether this event was a Biblical rapture or not is not necessarily the focus of this series though. Instead, it’s centered on a town that’s lost many of its own and how those left behind try to move on. The interesting question I’ve been asking myself as I watch it each week is how would I move on if I were one of those left behind?

The main thing I believe is important to mention before I answer that question is to explain what “The Rapture” means. I must admit I first learned about this “event” in my Christian upbringing. What I was originally told indicated that God will one day unexpectedly take some unspecified number of souls and bring them straight to Heaven before the end of times arrives. It was also inferred that those who were the most righteous will be the ones taken and those who were left behind will wrestle for their salvation. What’s ironic about all of this is that I discovered through some research that the word “rapture” never once appears in the Bible. I also learned there’s an incredible amount of conflicting translation in the Bible that doesn’t clearly state such an event is even written about. That alone made me wonder how the story I was once told about this “rapture” got started. But that’s a completely separate topic altogether I guess.

Regardless of it’s scriptural truth or not, I return now to the question I posed already. How would I handle things if 140 million people suddenly disappeared around me and I wasn’t one of them? While I’m sure I could go into a long discourse about it like The Leftovers is doing week to week, my answer is actually pretty simple. I would accept that my work is not done here on Earth, both with myself, and with bringing more love and light to others. With that being said, I truly believe I’d just do my best to continuing what I’m doing each day to become the spiritual person I believe my Higher Power is grooming me to become.

So whether “The Rapture” will ever happen in this lifetime or any lifetime here on Earth definitely remains to be seen. In the meantime, I think I’m just going to continue my enjoyment of watching the fictionalized version of it on HBO’s The Leftovers, and doing what I can everyday to raise my spiritual vibration and spread unconditional love.

Peace, love, light, and joy,

Andrew Arthur Dawson