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You aren’t lucky – you’re blessed! OWN your blessings!

mk_treesIt’s a dream come true.

Jenna and I – this very moment – are on a plane from Los Angeles to Bali.

It’s literally on the other side of the world!  And through the magic of the Internet and having an amazing team, I can publish this blog while totally disconnected from the Internet and flying across the world. So you can read this blog even though I’m out of reach for the next 24 hours.

Crazy, right?

There are a lot of crazy awesome things that the Internet allows us to do now, and it keeps changing. It keeps getting cooler.

And what’s interesting is that as life keeps getting cooler and cooler, blocks are coming up for me.

I wrote last week about the upper limit problem.

And what’s interesting now is that there’s this part of me that is thinking, “Well, I know the other shoe is going to drop and something will go wrong, because life isn’t supposed to be good.”

And what is so strange is that all my life I’ve yearned to be happy. And for the last decade I’ve really studied the art of happiness and making things happen. I’ve set my intention to make awesome stuff happen.

But, for right now, there’s a big part of me that doesn’t trust that life will be awesome on an ongoing basis. It’s almost as if it’s too good to be true.

A few months ago I was having dinner with Louise Hay and talking about this fear of mine that things are going to crash and burn, and life will take a massive turn for the worse, and specifically that I will never have enough financial well-being to survive, let alone, thrive.

Louise looked me in the eyes and said, “Mastin, you and I both know that will never happen.”

Her words have been so comforting during this time of expansion. It’s not that I’m scared of my Light. It’s not that I am sabotaging myself. It’s not that I’m afraid of responsibility.

My fear is one of abandonment. If I express myself, if I allow myself to be happy, I will be abandoned. Life isn’t supposed to be this good is what part of me believes.

And so as I fly to Bali today, I’m wrestling with the guilt that I don’t deserve this and the belief that even though this is happening now, it won’t keep happening.

And in each moment I inhale my stress and exhale surrender.

It’s really funny how much I keep happiness out because I’m afraid of being hurt and yet happiness is all I want – and by keeping it out, I don’t allow myself to feel the happiness I know I really desire to feel.

And it’s all a perfect lesson and certainly a quality problem to have.

Please do not take this blog as me complaining. I am not complaining. I feel that I would be doing you a disservice if all I wrote about were my gratitude and good side, without revealing my fears and insecurities as well.

So these are my steps for overcoming this fear:

1 – I’m going to accept that I have it.

2 – I’m going to look for evidence contrary to my fear.

3 – Who would I be without the story of abandonment? I would be free.

4 – I continue to remember that life is not about me and what I want, per se, but truly service and helping others. When I focus on helping others, my problems lessen and I feel a sense of contribution and connection.

How can you step into your greatness and own your blessings today?

As always, the action happens in the comments below, leave a comment and join the conversation! The TDL Community thrives in the comments and it’s a GREAT place to get support!

Love from Bali,

Mastin

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  • t.e.c

    Have fun in Bali Mastin and Jenna! A few more hours away and you can hit Australia mate! Next time. Bali is beautiful, but is a bit of an Aussie anthem as we are so close to Indonesia. May as well be the 7th state of Australia!

    I start a new job this week and I am a tad nervous. I will break it down as you have and remember to focus on being of service to others.

    Have a great time in Bali, & next time stop over in Australia too. Virgin has cheap flights from Denpasar Airport to Sydney, and other cities here too x x x x

  • http://dyannebrown.com/ dyannebrown

    Hi Mastin: 
       Bali! Wow, how blessed are you? So, I think what you are struggling with makes perfect sense. I have a fear of abandonment and it’s whispering in my ear right now too. In the past, I would’ve believed it, but I’m growing stronger in my resolve that good things are supposed to happen to me. One way, I have conquered this fear is that I tell myself that I served my time in unhappiness. I gave it 30+ years, so I owe the next 30+ to happiness. When the doom and gloom starts to whisper in my ear, I just tell it that it has the wrong house. I’m no longer accepting problems at this address. 

    The second thing that I started to realize is what I am receiving all the things I’ve asked for. I can see it playing out in front of me. At first, it freaked me out too and I didn’t fully trust it. But, then I had to ask myself who could confirm it for me if I don’t confirm it myself. I, literally, asked myself who could assure me that everything was going to be ok. The first answer that popped into my head is God would have to come down from the heaven and tell me. We all know that is not going to happen. So, trust is my only answer. I have to affirm it for myself. Now, how do I do that? For me, it took thinking of my blessings like I ordered up a sandwich. The sandwich came exactly how I asked it. Am I going to send it back to God and ask Him to keep making me another one or am I going to enjoy it? It would nourish me to enjoy it. And to remember that He will never let me starve. 

    I’m a visual person, so these metaphors work for me. But, another thing that works is to get tired of worrying about what could happen and instead just enjoy what is happening. The other shoe may drop, but you’ve proven that it won’t break you. So, what are you worried about. Starting over is not the scariest thing in the world. Never starting is. 

    Bless you and enjoy your trip. 

  • http://telluselleliving.blogspot.com/ Alexandra Telluselle

    Look at what your fears govern you to say and do. Look at how you define happiness: is it based upon outer conditions and people or is it based on how you feel? My first trial at becoming happy was after doing the gratitude journal thing for some months in 2000 and deciding one morning that I was going to be happy ANYWAY, regardless of what others say or do etc. Happiness to me is a combination of contentment, peace and positive outlook which I feel when I have my essential needs met without worry or guilt (food, shelter, safety, sunlight) with a sprinkle of beauty, for example a vase of cut flowers. Than from this still foundation I know everything is possible, both good and bad (and I do get hurt when I perceive to be mistreated or suspected of things I didn’t do). Do I also find myself being loving or in love it is cemented. How about assuming that your natural state is happiness ? That you don’t have to achieve anything but just focus on releasing and letting go of what stops you. I never thought I would loose everything but I also realized I didn’t need it to make me happy.
    Have a good vacacation!
    /Alexandra

  • http://beyouliveyourdream.blogspot.com/ Sarah Noel

    “When I focus on helping others, my problems lessen and I feel a sense of contribution and connection.”
    That’s so true.  I’ve noticed it with myself as well.  When I’m serving others, doing something nice for someone else just because I can, volunteering, etc, my problems disappear and I feel more connected than I had before doing that act.  So why don’t I do acts of service more often?  Why do I continue to slip back into the “me first” mentality?  My ego, that’s why.  I get it… yet it doesn’t make it any easier to stop from happening.  It’s like, before I start an act of service, I’m already thinking of it being completed.  Today, for example, is my weekly volunteer day at the humane society in my city.  I look forward to going.  But I also anticipate my time being done, so I can “get back to me.”  How selfish is that?  I suppose the first step is being aware.  Ok, I’m aware… now what?  Work on being MORE in a space of love and less in my ego. 
    Ok, I’ll work on that. 

    When I read what Louise Hay said, “You and I both know that will never happen,” I pretended she was looking at me and talking to me.  And it helped!  :) Lol… seems silly, but it did.  I think having the BELIEF that we WILL be ok, no matter what, is the first step to success (that and being aware) ;)  

    As I continue to write and blog, I continue to believe I will be provided for.  Even though I took on a part-time job at a florist… partly b/c I was interested in the job itself and like working there, and partly b/c it’s nice to have a more stable income, even if it’s not much… I know as long as I follow my heart and live in love, the Universe will take care of me.  One way or another. 

    Sarah
    http://beyouliveyourdream.blogspot.com/2013/03/its-never-too-late-to-live-happily-ever.html

  • Paulag104

    It’s refreshing to hear your honesty and truth about your fears as well as your gratitude for it all! I believe it makes us all feel not so bad about having our own same fears and thoughts. I attended the Seminar in New York recently and was so uplifted by all the speakers. What I loved most was that they all shared their “imperfections” and that truth is what I connected with and admired most! it’s not easy to admit to yourself the darker side,but to do it in front of lots of people takes courage. Thank you for having the courage to share everyday with TDL!

  • mdunk

    I remember moving into our new home that we built and showing people around.  I kept feeling guilty, that I didn’t deserve “this,” that the shoe would indeed drop.  My husband pointed out that as I showed people our new home, I would make excuses for our building instead of buying a home off the market.  I almost acted like I didn’t like the house.  By doing this, I was hurting him, the one who worked so hard to be able to give it to me.  AND I was taking away my own enjoyment of the moment.  Years later, I continue to struggle. I know I am blessed, but in the way back of my mind, I feel that I still don’t deserve to be happy.  I don’t deserve all of my blessings even though I have worked very hard for some of them.  Traumatic events will hit very soon because I see it in others lives; therfore, it must happen to me, too. 

    Thank you so much for sharing.  I can now address my own fear.  I didn’t realize so many others felt the same way as me!  Enjoy your well deserved blessings, going to Bali and spending time with your wife! I’m going to go take a minute to give thanks for my blessings.

  • KHedrickCRNA

    Mastin!  WOW!  OWNING IT…both the fear and the faith!  LOVED your intuition and insightfulness and your surrender to the process.  Thank you for sharing so courageously the one thing that we ALL can so relate to in so many facets of living our life.  I tweeted KUDOS to you and provided a link to TDL on my Twitter Page and FB!  EVERYONE is connected universally to your message…if only we are brave enough to admit it …. and only through admitting to it can we begin to OWN “it” ….  and as we all know… prior to that …. it “OWNED” us!   Enjoy Bali and thank you for your connectedness to us ALL!   BLESSINGS.  Kathy Hedrick

  • http://walkingwithjustice.com/ drmolliemarti

    Thank you for your transparency – you’ve served and blessed many today!

    All of your steps are powerful ones. I
    especially like how you consciously exhale surrender. You are training yourself to activate your parasympathetic
    nervous system in the face of anxiety. Your slower breathing calms your body and
    clears your mind. You may want to experiment with adding an intentional component of
    softening to your breathing. Drop your shoulders. Feel yourself being fully supported.
    In this moment, you are completely safe. Soften into this truth.

    A couple other possibilities that
    come to mind…

    1) Detach. Remind yourself: “this
    anxiety is simply passing through”. Thoughts and feelings are temporary. When
    we don’t attach to them, they move through us like clouds across the sky. It is
    our choice to attach (and attach again!) that causes anxiety and angst.

    2) Ask, “what is this choice
    costing me?” When you focus on impending doom, it eats up time, energy, health,
    and love. It makes you less. It might help to take a
    step back and objectively tally all the costs. This can prompt you to make a
    decision that you’re going to find a better way starting now.

    Your fear is a common one for
    people experience growth. Kudos for building your capacity to BE WITH uncomfortable
    thoughts and feelings – and for being a shining example of resiliency to others!

    ~Too blessed to be stressed ;-)
    ENJOY Bali!

    • http://www.nourishmeantforyou.com/ Dina Delicce

      Dr. Mollie, this is beautifully said and extremely helpful to me! Thanks for sharing your knowledge and wisdom with us.

      • http://walkingwithjustice.com/ drmolliemarti

        My pleasure. Thank YOU for letting me know this was helpful!

    • Kathy-parker

      Thank you Mastin & Dr.Mollie,

      I copied your suggestions Dr. Mollie & sent them to my daughter in hope that this will help her too. I love your ideas. My daughter suffers with depression & addiction each day.

      Blessings

      • http://walkingwithjustice.com/ drmolliemarti

        Hi Kathy,

        Grateful for Mastin’s writing today — and how it drew me in to be of service to you. Blessings to your daughter – and to you, dear mom.

        Mollie

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000392107784 Anita Richards

    This is brilliant!  I especially like point #2 ~ something that I haven’t been doing.
    As always, sincere thanks for the inspiration ~ brightest blessings! :D

  • Chantal

    Thank you Mastin, BE ON SERVICE to other save me every day. I just can’t do it otherwise, It had become my purpose while I am here on this earth. Pray a little more for everyone, smile to stranger , Give a little more of your time…Thank you, It was what I was looking for, The Bible say the same by the way, Thank you to make it happens!

  • Meg

    I have had a very very difficult time in life and am now living a blessed life.  Everything I’ve ever wanted is manifesting.  I understand your feeling, there are times that I have been so scared that it will all be gone, that somehow life will treat it like a cruel joke and just yank the rug out from under me.   I have really worked on keeping my eye on the things that I love in life.  I live a life of complete gratitude.  The BIG shift for me came when I realized that when times get rough, and they very well might…….it may get REALLY rough, I have the faith in the myself and the Uni-verse that there is a strength that can be pulled up through me to enable me to dust myself off and either keep going or begin again. Guess I’m saying I have found the key to be gratitude for the here and now and faith in my strength to know I can and will handle the difficult.

  • Mary

    Mastin,
    Thank you SO much for sharing this fear. You have just articulated exactly what has been holding me back for years. I want happiness and abundance and strive for it daily, but then feel guilty or fearful when it shows up. Please share any further insight you have on this topic in the future. It is a huge issue for many of us and one I personally want to conquer once and for all. Thanks again!

  • Mo

    Mastin,  thank you for sharing your fears. I have been thinking about this upper limit problem and based on what I have seen in my own life, I think this: good things happen in life and bad things happen. But you can always have happiness if you choose to be happy. With that attitude, I’m less fearful of the good and the bad. I know they exist. Sometimes I get a good thing then a bad thing right after. Sometimes a good things has turned out to be a bad thing. Other times there are stretches between them that seem like they should go on forever. But, I have learned to hold my happiness no matter what. So, even if that shoe does fall, it will be ok. Love to you and Jenna.

  • Chelsea

    Mastin,
    Thank you so much for sharing this!! You are blessed, you are worth everything you have achieved!! I have always loved what I do, and it has recently become very clear to me that it is my God path. To any outsider what I do (I am in special education) is not always seen as being a job that would make someone so happy, and especially to some of my colleagues focus on the negative ans can’t see what an amazing opportunity it is to work with children with special needs. I used to let myself be a martyr at work because I too thought I couldn’t possibly be happy doing what I do, but there was always a whisper in my other ear that said you LOVE these kids and you LOVE serving them!! This was so true!! I decided to stop being a martyr at work and affirm myself that I deserve to be happy at work and to have positive experiences at work. I see a shift in myself since I have decided I deserve happiness and an abundance of love being returned back to me. There is now just a big difference in how my days at work go! I’m still working on things and co-workers around me that can’t see that, but I know all I can be is an example.

  • Amanda

    Hi Mastin! I’ve been reading your blogs for a while now and really love them, and this one in particular just impelled me to write! There are two lines from Scripture that I’ve found really helpful in getting fear OUT of my thinking, which opens up room for trust and peace – the influence of the divine Mind, you could say. From the book 1 John: “There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear.” Just meditating with this idea can be so helpful.

    Now, try pairing this idea with the following, also from 1 John: “And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him”. 

    When I spend quiet time in meditation and prayer, striving to be at one and commune with this divine Love, I can often feel the presence and power of this Love all around me! I’ve found that filling my consciousness so completely with this very present Love eradicates any room for fear to exist! Like light obliterating darkness. Then you have time to focus on and see ALL the blessings of Life. Thanks so much for your thoughts and honesty…it’s sooo much appreciated. Have fun in Bali :)

  • N Sharil

    Wow Bali! Are you and Jenna planning to stay for the annual Balispirit festival? Would love to meet you both in person! :)

  • http://www.are-you-there-kathleen-its-me-god.blogspot.com/ Kathleen Reynolds Chelquist

    A few days ago, I commented on my spiritual path being like “Tuesdays With Morrie” on Steroids. I have been so blessed to have, Cinnamon Lofton, as my mentor. I am in intensive teacher-training with given Sadhanas to tame my EGO. (A training that very few take on or continue.) One could think, “GURU” and Cinnamon would never call herself that. She is a humble servant of the Holy Spirit Of Love. Because I know she is the REAL DEAL and chooses Enlightenment EVERY moment, I know it is a possibility. I also know that everyone’s life contract is different. Often, I doubt my inner power and think, “I will NEVER be like her: articulate, knowing what to say to ANYONE who asks her ANYTHING without choosing Fear, Seeing EVERYONE with eyes of love, Serving God FIRST…before her family, schedules, trips, etc (if her heart tells her to do something other than she would normally do). CAN I REALLY BE THAT BIG? My Ego says, “NO WAY…NEVER! Come on Kathleen, who do you know like her? Even her own daughter doubts that anyone will be that disciplined to choose love every moment.”  My heart replies…”there is only one Cinnamon. There is only one Kathleen. Don’t worry beloved, you are right on schedule. Trust your timing and path. You are love. Relax.” So, today I am going to OWN my GREATEST BLESSING: I have created my life to be one of SERVICE. To The Uni-verse. To me. To you. 
    The Daily Commenter,
    Kathleen
    are-you-there-kathleen-its-me-god.blogspot.com/

  • http://www.facebook.com/nycole.curry Nycole Curry

    Thanks for sharing! Bali is AWESOME! Have a great time. You give so much to us who read your blog daily. You deserve every second of this blessing.

  • pb

    You are so blessed! Life is/should be this good for you. LH is a wonderful person to have said that to(another blessing) Life takes care of you & me. You are loved.

  • kellyetaylorsmith

    And what’s interesting now is that there’s this part of me that is thinking, “Well, I know the other shoe is going to drop and something will go wrong, because life isn’t supposed to be good.”

    YES!!!! This is exactly what I fight on the daily! Thank you so much for putting it into words!

  • Ava Stone

    Wow oh wow! This blog really hit home with me – I have been dealing with the same fear and it has really come into focus the more I come into my authentic self and my purpose – it’s this feeling inside of me that says no matter how long things are good for me and how awesome they’re getting,  before I know it, it’ll all come crashing down, like my life can’t just stay flippin awesome!  Just last night asked the Universe for a way to overcome it and there was the answer this morning in my email!

    Thank you so much, Mastin, for all you do!

    And oh my goodness, enjoy your time in Bali! 

  • 1st Time Responder!

    I completely get this “upper limit” issue, and it seems as if it can manifest in every day life, successes or not. Simple things like being able to truly relax and enjoy a bubble bath, a drive, a weekend getaway without feeling guilty, or like I don’t deserve it, can be complicated. I’ve noticed that in these moments, I am simply not present. In these moments, rather than breathing in each moment, and being fully present in that moment, whether I am cooking dinner or on vacation, my mind is elsewhere, or there is an underlying feeling that something may go wrong, that everything may not right. Learning to be present has greatly increased my peace and allowed more gratitude for the successes, the peaceful times, the every-day-moment times.

    If a fear keeps coming up for me, sometimes it helps me to go deeper into that fear and explore what would happen if my fears DID come true. The truth is, that the money and the job may NOT be there tomorrow. Something may very well take you away from the job and life that you are currently living. Even then, we are loved and grace will be there for us. We are not the things around us. What are we without the perfect job and all the money? Couldn’t we be OKAY without it? When light shines into the dark places, sometimes they are not so scary. I will sometimes just try to go INTO those fears and explore/experience the feelings that surround them.  

    I also love helping others and can tend to thrive off of that. In Eckhart Tolle’s book, A New Earth, he said something that really affected me. The idea was something along the lines of: “if our value depends on helping others, then we will always be dependent on others being less well off than us.” I thought I had always been so noble for just wanting to help others with my life and not feeling ok unless I was helping. But the truth is, that even if “helping” is our true calling, it can become another facet of our Ego. If I am not okay unless someone else is less well off than I am, then my values are not in the right place, my Ego is at work, and I am not fully present.

    Thank you for giving us a forum to sort these thoughts out and discuss…Love.

  • Shellyt

    So clearly described….thank you for expressing this common fear. Like you, I”ll be remembering to focus on noticing & accepting, surrender, service, expressing joy. Ah, what a crazy, beautiful ride we’re all on.

  • Toogies24

    I have always felt the same. I want happiness and contentment more than anything. I want to live in the moment and not fear the future. I recently had an offer that was too good to be true, my dream in my dream city, but deep down it felt too good to be true and within 4 days it was all over. I am now left with the thought that I was right. Things good don’t happen to me. I am not trying to sound like I am looking for sympathy cause I am not. I just wish for once things would work out. Yet, I am a firm believer things happen for a reason. I feel like in my past lives, I was an awful person and paying for it in this life. lol. I honestly wish I could find solace in this current situation. I have learned that I do have some amazing friends in my life who have shown and outstanding show of support. 

  • Tiffany

    Thanks for sharing your journey…by showing gratitude I can appreciate and welcome more blessings.

  • http://thejourneytolearnacceptance.blogspot.com/ Nina

    Mastin, Mastin, Mastin! Are you inside my head? I just wrote a blog about this type of guilt yesterday!

    http://thejourneytolearnacceptance.blogspot.com/2013/03/guilt.html

    You
    are SO right, as always. We have to conquer this feeling of
    unworthiness. It affects us in so many ways. From where I’m sitting, it
    holds me back from realizing my dreams. From where you are sitting, it
    keeps you from fully appreciating your current greatness because you are
    so worried it will end. We HAVE to remember that we are powerful and
    competent and can make it through anything. We just get comfortable with
    where we are at, and we have a fear of change – whether it is for
    better or worse – because we always worry about not being able to handle
    it and that we don’t deserve it.

    I’m trying my best to remember
    that I deserve it all, and with that new confidence I’m trying to bust
    through whatever obstacles come my way, whether internal or external!

    Much love,
    Nina

  • Mike

    Thank you for sharing not only your gratitudes but where you struggle as well.  That makes all the difference for me.  You are amazing.  Thank you for being so authentic.  TDL is awesome!  :)

  • Evelyncarayannis

    Great that you shared that Mastin!  In the midst of trying to get through some timely work/expansion, I noticed a lot of anxiety and an inability to follow through.  The words behind the anxiety were abandoning – very painful to watch this but important to Watch and accept that this lives in us.  My discovery was that in meeting this abandoner, I couldn’t just cut it off or even ask it nicely to leave.  I had to look at the wounding of that part of me and accept it with compassion and love.  It is a part of me for this moment.  The softness created allowed me to have my real feelings and that is that I deserve to finish my project and in fact I have done so well up until now and because I get anxious and self critical does not make me bad.  It is just a temporary moment in time.    Enjoy Bali!  I hear that you can get great massages.

  • http://lionoflove.com/ Ellie

    ahhhhhhhh sooooooo inspiring!!!

  • http://twitter.com/missalissab Miss Alissa

    Mastin…and all other posters…thank you so much for your words!  Dr Mollie is right, you have served and blessed many by sharing this today. I am facing this exact problem and it’s frankly driving me a little crazy…the world is opening up in big ways for me, I’m happier and more grateful than I’ve ever been…and I’m just pure terrified. Terrified of waiting for the world to come crashing down, because surely I don’t deserve to be this happy. 

    I suffered from severe anxiety for a large part of my earlier life and have been on a long journey to overcome it, but never really expected this kind of thinking to show up when I started to get really happy and on the right path. Maddening! 

    But thank you so much for sharing, you’re a wonder. Have an incredible time in Bali, I think it’s going to be pretty magical. 

  • http://twitter.com/LivingUrBliss LivingUrBliss

    This is so awesome because healing begins with the awareness of the need to heal. Looking at all of you and loving every part of you, even those parts that are uncomfortable.

  • Perfectmedaily Chanel Brown

    Great Blog Matin!  I step into my greatness and own my blessings by listening to my inner voice telling me to stay focused.  I get really scared at times, thinking that I’ve waited too long to get started or that I’m simply not useful in my what I’m doing.  But that sweet inner voice keeps pulling me down off the ledge and whispering in my ear…stay focused, keep going.  I am reminded that I may not always be privy to exactly how or to whom I am being useful, my job is to keep going and trust that because I’m doing what’s on my heart to do with the intention of being useful, it is happening.   The rest gets worked out in the wash. :)

  • Starla

    So I’ve been thinking about your post and the comments off and on for most of the day.  You’ve got a good community here offering good support and lots of wisdom.  I just want to add one thought.  What if the worst happened?  What if you lost it all?  Would it really matter?

    Remember what it was like in the 8′ x 8′ pool house?  It was small, but it was your teacher.  It was where you needed to be then and it brought you to where you are now.  All that you had prior to the pool house moved through your life like water, like sand through your fingers.  And that’s really how it always is.  We don’t really own anything.  It comes and it goes.  When it comes, it blesses us.  When it goes, it blesses us. You remain the same.  Your potential remains the same.

    Failure is an illusion.  Instead of just looking for evidence to the contrary, embrace for a moment that even at the what seems like the worst, it will all be for good.  There really is nothing to lose.  All your magnificence is within, and nothing can touch it or take it away. 

    Here’s an image from a little slide show I created this week.  You can see the rest at http://grayowlpublishing.com/featured.html. 

    Your sharing today was a powerful voice that reminds me to stay open and trust.  Thank you.

  • Rochelle H Flynn

    I’ve often had that “other shoe” mentality too.  However I remind myself that even if the other shoe drops, I’m still standing on my own two feet. Your strength, your security, your very essence comes from within and that will always sustain you.

  • Pgalicia3

    Hi Mastin, I read somewhere that in life there are beginnings and ends to everything. I agree with
    The person who posted ” what if the worse were to happen? Well, you have the
    Strength, courage, and faith that you could start again and reach
    Blessings once more. Life is a combination of good and bad. The tough parts
    Make us stronger and the good times teach us to savor the moments and not take anything
    For granted. You have grown, continue to grow, and help others
    Grow in the process. All wonderful things.
    Be not afraid…. God bless!

  • Thomassk9851

    It’s so hard to hear of all your successes and happiness Mastin, when I’m drowning in debt, unemployed, and generally not feeling happy.  Yes, I have a lot to be grateful for – my kids are happy and healthy, and my health is holding out without medical insurance.  Thank you for reminding me about happiness being in the service of others.  That has always been where I am happiest – helping others.

    I know your story has meaning and a teaching lesson in it for me, yet it’s hard to apply to my life now when I’m living day to day, moment to moment.  I am generally an optimistic, positive person, but this prolonged period of unemployment is certainly making me weary.  Joel Osteen had a great uplifting sermon last week regarding this and how not to let ourselves become weary, but stay the course, keep moving ahead, one foot in front of the other.  Please speak to this soon, Mastin.  I need all the positive energy I can get these days.  Thanks for being the bright light.

  • Jerry

    Good Afternoon Mastin,

    This is the second time this week that I have felt “called”
    to respond to your blog.  I am writing
    today in reference to your post earlier today, March 5th 2013
    entitled YOU AREN’T LUCKY – YOU’RE
    BLESSED! OWN YOUR BLESSINGS!

    I have been following you for a few years now and have
    recently feel called to re-evaluate my commitment to share your words with
    others.  You are undoubtedly a talented
    writer and appear to be a positive person who desires to promote growth in
    others.

    Recently I feel you may be “losing sight,” of things which
    are truly important.  Today you said that
    you have been experiencing guilt.  You
    indicated that you felt this guilty feeling was influenced by a feeling that
    you “don’t deserve this” and you will “crash and burn.”

    I commend you for introspection and honesty with your
    readers, but I am concerned that your most recent successes have caused you to
    lose sight of your original goal.  Is it
    possible that this guilt you are experiencing is because you are searching for
    more prosperity and notoriety in your chosen field and the Universe is trying
    to speak to you?

    If you are Truly Being of Service and walking down a positive
    path by Helping Others and listening to the guidance of the Universe, I think
    your guilt would be lessened.  I know you
    are not perfect and no one is, but guilt should not be constantly on your
    mind.  I suggest taking a hard look at
    where you have come from and where you are going now, to see if you discover
    the True Reason for the nagging guilt.

    A quick reference for me is anytime that my thoughts include
    “I” over 40 times in a single blog would make me look at myself and say EGO?
    (Edging Guidance Out) Hmm?

    I don’t know you personally, but what you share daily shows
    people who you are.  I think that one
    reason for the guilt you are experiencing is that you are following your ego
    and not listening to the guidance of the Universe.  Everyone experiences guilt, it’s human after
    all, but “nagging guilt” is a sign that something is wrong.

    Your fourth step for overcoming fear was, “I continue to
    remember that life is not about me and what I want, per se, but truly service
    and helping others. When I focus on helping others, my problems lessen and I
    feel a sense of contribution and connection.” 
    If you really believe in your heart, your mind, and your soul that life
    is not all about you then you should focus less on finances, success, or
    building your brand and just “Serve The Universe”….The Universe will provide
    for and reward you for your surrendered human nature.

    With Love, Joy & Happiness    Jerry
    Brady, Brandy Brady, Susan Nicaise

    The Elevate Institute
    Staff

     “Find You True Power By
    Operating From Love Not Fear!

    What Dog Wins The Good Dog or The Bad Dog”? The One “YOU” Feed

  • Suzlv59

    Testing 123

  • http://www.facebook.com/jerry.brady.94 Jerry Brady

    Good Afternoon Mastin,

    This is the second time this week that I have felt “called”
    to respond to your blog.  I am writing
    today in reference to your post earlier today, March 5th 2013
    entitled YOU AREN’T LUCKY – YOU’RE
    BLESSED! OWN YOUR BLESSINGS!

    I have been following you for a few years now and have
    recently feel called to re-evaluate my commitment to share your words with
    others.  You are undoubtedly a talented
    writer and appear to be a positive person who desires to promote growth in
    others.

    Recently I feel you may be “losing sight,” of things which
    are truly important.  Today you said that
    you have been experiencing guilt.  You
    indicated that you felt this guilty feeling was influenced by a feeling that
    you “don’t deserve this” and you will “crash and burn.”

    I commend you for introspection and honesty with your
    readers, but I am concerned that your most recent successes have caused you to
    lose sight of your original goal.  Is it
    possible that this guilt you are experiencing is because you are searching for
    more prosperity and notoriety in your chosen field and the Universe is trying
    to speak to you?

    If you are Truly Being of Service and walking down a positive
    path by Helping Others and listening to the guidance of the Universe, I think
    your guilt would be lessened.  I know you
    are not perfect and no one is, but guilt should not be constantly on your
    mind.  I suggest taking a hard look at
    where you have come from and where you are going now, to see if you discover
    the True Reason for the nagging guilt.

    A quick reference for me is anytime that my thoughts include
    “I” over 40 times in a single blog would make me look at myself and say EGO?
    (Edging Guidance Out) Hmm?

    I don’t know you personally, but what you share daily shows
    people who you are.  I think that one
    reason for the guilt you are experiencing is that you are following your ego
    and not listening to the guidance of the Universe.  Everyone experiences guilt, it’s human after
    all, but “nagging guilt” is a sign that something is wrong.

    Your fourth step for overcoming fear was, “I continue to
    remember that life is not about me and what I want, per se, but truly service
    and helping others. When I focus on helping others, my problems lessen and I
    feel a sense of contribution and connection.” 
    If you really believe in your heart, your mind, and your soul that life
    is not all about you then you should focus less on finances, success, or
    building your brand and just “Serve The Universe”….The Universe will provide
    for and reward you for your surrendered human nature.

    With Love, Joy & Happiness    Jerry
    Brady, Brandy Brady, Susan Nicaise

    The Elevate Institute
    Staff

     “Find You True Power By
    Operating From Love Not Fear!

    What Dog Wins The Good Dog or The Bad Dog”? The One “YOU” Feed

  • Suzlv59

    Just remember, when you are feeling uncomfortable, it usually means you are about to experience growth! Are you truly listening to the Universe? Or are you listening to the world? Think about it!

  • http://www.facebook.com/jerry.brady.94 Jerry Brady

    Thank You For another Great Blog!

  • Clarke

    Wow.  I’m somewhat speechless because of how deeply this hit me & I want to really process/meditate on the feelings that are coming up. The clarity & honesty in your admissions of those fears is beautiful in itself – and the fact that those fears, & circumstances surrounding them, seem to resonate with me so profoundly is truly a call to step up & confront them in my own life. THANK YOU, MASTIN! I am beyond grateful for You & all that you’re Inspiring in the world.  Hoping you & Jena are Blissed out in Bali. xC

    • Clarke

      sorry for the typo ~  correction, sp “Jenna” :]

  • bodhibeth

    WOW! I am really in appreciation for this Uni-versal Timing.
    Mastin, you and Dr. M have given me some wonderful food for thought.
    I keep forgetting to just breathe and surrender…
    deepest gratitude

  • Elizabeth

    Mastin, your blog really resonated with me today, as our “stories” are similar. When seeking answers for my self destruction (with drug addiction and bulimia) I learned it is a control technique we use to self sabotage before the other shoe drops (as was the pattern from our past/childhood). I also didn’t know my true identity (God dressed up as ME) or worth. Therefor, how you treat yourself is how you treat God. (Iyanla Van Zandt) OF COURSE you (GOD) deserve happiness and blessings because that is WHO YOU ARE. You are NOT your story. Re-membering the truth (We are all ONE/a piece of God) and letting go of the lies/past/illusion/story is my journey as well as yours. God Bless YOU indeed! Elizabeth 

  • Marta Roberts

    What a honest and lovely post!

  • Guest

    fortunate, not blessed.