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Dropping Pettiness From Our Lives


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A wonderful gift to ourselves and those whom we are close to is to make a decision to drop as much pettiness from our lives as we possibly can. A simple decision and promise to ourselves to try to not be petty can, as we implicate this new strategy, cause a radical change in our energy.

Every thought and act of ours carries an energetic vibration, and when we act from authenticity, living up to our highest ideals, we gain real and noticeable benefits from this practice. Our vibration will always shift to match our thoughts, beliefs and actions, and as our vibration shifts so too does our entire relationship with life. This is how energy works in the universe. We are not separate and independent from our life; we are always and continuously interacting with it. Everything we do and think counts. So it is only logical to assume that when we indulge in pettiness with our thoughts, words or actions, it will have an effect on us, which of course it does. From a Mind Power perspective you would expect this.

The vibration of pettiness, not surprisingly, keeps us small, limited and caught in a scarcity consciousness. It shows that we have no generosity for either ourselves or others, that we let the little things trip us up. Let’s drop this nonsense and be magnanimous, loving, giving and positive about ourselves and others. Let’s do it because it looks good on us, makes us feel better, and by doing it we change our vibration. Why not make the decision to just drop pettiness as a flawed thinking habit that doesn’t work for us, never worked for us, and was a mistake right from the beginning?

Where and how do we start? Let’s begin by giving up criticism. By stalking energy (one of our future audio podcasts), we discover that when we are critical of ourselves or others we feel weakened and drained afterwards. Do not think of criticism as good or bad from a moral, social or spiritual point of view, though there are those aspects too; simply notice from an energetic perspective if it weakens or strengthens your energy. Stalking ourselves, it becomes clear that when we indulge in critical thinking we lose energy. This is valuable to know.

There is another aspect of criticism that we must also be aware of. When we are criticizing another person, going over their faults and limitations, the subconscious mind—which cannot tell the difference between what is real and what is imagined—registers this criticism within, and if criticizing people becomes a habit, before long your subconscious begins criticizing you. It will turn back on you.

What other pettiness might we give up? How about self-pity or self-importance? Both of these petty indulgences signify the mind being overly preoccupied with itself, albeit in distinct ways. This too, we discover, weakens us. There is nothing to be overly proud or puffed-up about no matter how powerful, successful, rich or good looking we are, and nothing to be ashamed or discouraged about no matter how meager and miserable our present situation. Everything changes, becomes something else, and it’s all just vibrating energy, no more or less, so let’s drop this pettiness and become authentic and real, rather than be captured by these projected images we have of ourselves.

We can give up other pettiness too. What grudges might we be holding that we can drop? Can we be brave enough, bold enough to heal old wounds with family or friends? Start fresh, so to speak? Can we let go of resentments, missed opportunities, past mistakes; can we drop whatever we are holding against ourselves or others, just let go and face our life in new ways?

Of course we can if we really want to, but what’s in it for us, you might ask? A new more authentic life, and a lot happier one too, is what awaits us. Shift your energy and you shift your life. This is Mind Power 101. Dropping our pettiness one habit at a time makes us a different person, and in direct proportion to our ability to do this, good and positive things happen to us. Try it; you will be surprised at what changes are possible with such little effort. Dropping our pettiness in a wonderful way to start the new year, an incredible gift to oneself and a wonderful way to shift energy. Let’s start dropping our pettiness today.

John Kehoe