What's Love Got To Do With It?

Here are some inspirational words from my mentor, Marilyn Jenett...

Universal Love (Loving Mankind)

I am going to share with you a fact about the mind that most people don’t know. Do you know that the subconscious mind only knows YOU? Your mind cannot tell the difference between you and someone else. It only knows you. You are only “you” in consciousness.

It is more commonly known that the subconscious records everything that you have ever thought, said, heard, felt and experienced. It has a perfect memory of everything that has happened and ever will happen to you.

Now, what I am getting to here is that when you think of someone else in a critical, negative, disparaging way, guess what? Your subconscious thinks you are talking about yourself. And the subconscious mind does not reason or analyze…it just accepts your words and ideas as an order to be carried out.

So you have just called someone a jerk…or something more expressive. Your mind hears this and records it and as far as your subconscious mind goes, you are now a jerk. I’ll bet you’ll be thinking about that one for a while.

This gives a whole new insight to that old _expression: “If you can’t say something nice about someone, don’t say anything at all”. (Interesting bit of trivia: Did you know that Brer Rabbit said that in the 1941 animated classic, Bambi?)

Copyright © 2005 Marilyn Jenett, Feel Free to Prosper
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What we focus on, we create. What we repeatedly focus on, we create even faster. So if we are constantly criticizing our fellow man – finding fault, complaining, concentrating on flaws – then…we are helping to create and perpetuate the very thing we are critical about – and it doesn’t matter if your target is a family member, a neighbor, a boss, a president, a terrorist. And who is really the target of these negative thoughts and words? That’s right. Ourselves. We poison our own systems with these negative ideas that we think we are projecting elsewhere. And what we are concentrating on, we will attract more of, and then we will have more to complain about and the cycle goes on – whether on an individual level or as a nation.

So the way to contribute to the beauty, goodness, positivity and healing of this world is to keep our minds and energy focused on the goodness and positive qualities in our fellow man and in this world. Then we will not only attract people of quality into our lives but we will be participating in the manifestation of more goodness and quality in mankind. When enough people on this planet realize this, then and only then can our world be truly healed.
Dr. Joseph Murphy said, “What we wish for our brother, we wish for ourselves.”

Self Love
I’m sure you all have a best friend. I want you to imagine for a moment that your best friend has come to you and is very down. For the sake of convenience, let’s say it’s a she. Perhaps she is not living up to her financial expectations, maybe even lost a job or can’t seem to get her business going. Or has failed at relationships or has family problems. Or can’t lose weight. Or maybe she has hurt people unintentionally. This friend is really down on herself. I would like to ask you – what would you do?

If your best friend was down, you would console him or her and offer unconditional love and support, wouldn’t you? Why would you not do the same for yourself? You are your own best friend, you know - for life. Now I want you to give yourself a great big Valentine hug." Come on, do it.

We must learn to love ourselves unconditionally with all of our perceived flaws. Realize that you are perfect in Spirit and you have the right to love yourself just as you have the right to breathe the air and to breathe in the abundance that is circulating in the Universe.

There seem to be many paths, but the quickest, most complete, most permanent path to self-esteem and self-love is recognition of the Divinity within you. You are a spark of the Divine. Know it.

Think of the vast ocean of the Universe. You are not the whole ocean but you are a drop in the ocean and all of the characteristics, abilities, potential and creative power of the ocean are in you. You cannot be separated from the ocean. You are always connected to your source.
But somewhere along your path you may have come to believe that there is a separation, that you are not connected to your source of good. This is an illusion that was created from the negative beliefs instilled in your mind by others, even from a very young age.

This was not your fault. This does not mean that you are undeserving, that you are doing something wrong (consciously) or that you are not a good person. You just acquired false beliefs and took on the beliefs of others who were unaware and made them your own.

So...let’s discuss self-love and its effect on our lives. These are the thoughts that came to mind:
When you love yourself…
(1) You are saluting the Divinity in you - that part of you, your true Self that
is whole, complete and perfect and awaits your recognition.
(2) You are releasing powerful hormones that enhance your immune system to produce physical health and well-being and mental clarity and joy.
(3) You are aligning yourself with the natural rhythm of life - nature always progresses onward and lifeward, ever seeking toward growth, healing, improvement and betterment.
(4) You become a magnet to attract the loving gifts of the Universe in every form – including loving relationships, money and success.
(5) You become "filled" and "full" and thus are able to give of your fullness to others. You add to the energy of others and nurture them. You lift them up to a place of love. What greater gift can you give? Without self love you are depleted. What can you give? If you don’t love yourself…if you are not filled with love…what will you have to give away?
(6) You don't "need" others to love you because "One with God is a majority". You will naturally attract all of the love you could possibly want. Your cup will be full. You won't need others to "complete" you.
(7) You will be giving your children a wonderful legacy and starting them
on the path to fulfilled lives.
(8) Whether you have a dollar in your pocket or a million, life will be grand and filled with promise and hope.
(9) And finally, you can buy yourself a present on Valentine's Day. The greater the self-love, the bigger the present J
So why even consider the alternative?

Loving Money
First, I want to share a few excerpts from Charles Fillmore – the founder of Unity. This is from his work entitled “Prosperity”. This is part of a lesson I send to my students.

“The spiritual substance from which comes all visible wealth is never depleted. It is right with you all the time and responds to your faith in it and your demands on it. It is not affected by our ignorant talk of hard times, though WE are affected because our thoughts and words govern our demonstration. The unfailing resource is always ready to give. It has no choice in the matter; it must give, for that is its nature. Pour your living words of faith into the omnipresent substance, and you will be prospered though all the banks in the world close their doors. Turn the great energy of your thinking toward "plenty" ideas, and you will have plenty regardless of what men about you are saying or doing.

The spiritual substance is steadfast and immovable, enduring. It does not fluctuate with market reports. It does not decrease in "hard times" nor increase in "good times." It cannot be hoarded away to cause a deficiency in supply and a higher price. It cannot be exhausted in doles to meet the needs of privation. It is ever the same, constant, abundant, freely circulating and available.
This Spirit substance stands back of and gives support to man's every thought and word. It is ready to provide food for all living creatures everywhere.

If we are to go forward spiritually, we must not waste our thought stuff in idle thoughts, in thinking thoughts of poverty, discontent, jealousy. We should positively weed out of consciousness all thoughts of poverty and failure, and in thinking or speaking of our affairs we should use the very highest and best language at our command.” (End of excerpt)

Now doesn’t this description of spiritual substance suggest a Divine form of love – the love of the creator for its creations. “Ready to provide for all living creatures everywhere”. I can think of no higher form of love than the Love that Spirit holds for us. And all we need to do is open our minds and hearts to the Divine gifts. And included in those gifts is money.

Yes, you can love money - pure spiritual substance in the form of money. First, let’s talk about what happens if you don’t love money. If you criticize money, you will repel it. If you buy into some antiquated belief that it is the root of evil or filthy, you will repel it. If you envy someone else’s money, you will repel it. If are afraid to go to your checkbook or bank account to see the balance, you will repel it. If you are in a constant state of worry or fear about money, you will repel it.

Why is this so?

Remember that what we focus on we attract. If you focus on not having enough money, you will continue to not have enough money. If you envy someone else’s money, you are really telling your subconscious that you don’t have any. Your mind gets the same message if you live in a state of fear about money. Remember, spiritual substance responds to our words and thoughts.
How many of you are gardeners? How many of you believe that when you love your plants, you nurture them and they are happier and healthier plants? How about your children? What happens when you love them and nurture them? Is there anything you can think of in your life that does not grow and prosper when showered with love and blessing and praise? If you love your body, it will respond with health and vitality. Jennifer covered that on our call. If you love your work or your business, it will grow and prosper. Well, you can also love money right into your life.

Dr. Murphy said that if we criticize money, it will fly from us. We must learn to love money. That means to love your checkbook, your bank accounts, your online statements – everything associated with money. Love money and you will attract it. Anything that you love, praise and bless will grow and prosper – be it human, animate or inanimate. Spiritual substance responds to our blessings and love.

I had one student who feared looking in her checkbook. I had her think of her checkbook with human characteristics and feelings. A feeling object that didn’t want to be rejected and feared. It wanted warm and fuzzies – love and appreciation. We had lots of laughs picturing her checkbook wanting hugs. She released her fear of looking in her checkbook. And she was well on her way to attracting money so that there would be even more to love.

Another student had checks jumping and running with glee into his pockets.
Do these methods feel silly? Sure. I say feel silly all the way to the bank J.
Think of the larger picture. Aren’t you learning to “embrace” your prosperity? And doesn’t the subconscious take things literally?

Loving Chocolate
No discussion on love could be complete without mentioning “the love food”.
So…what’s the real scoop on chocolate?
That depends.
First, the bad news: your favorite chocolate bar is 55% fat, depending on the amount of cocoa butter it contains. Besides a small amount of caffeine, chocolate contains theobromine, which is also a stimulant. (This is why hot chocolate before bed isn't a good idea.) Also, chocolate must contain a considerable amount of sugar in order to be edible.

Columbus found this out when he returned to Spain and presented Queen Isabella with a cup of pure hot chocolate, Aztec-Indian style. Her reaction was, "Yuk." It wasn't until 20 years later that the king of Spain thought to add sugar and vanilla.

Now the good news. Although a daily dose of chocolate could turn you into a "chocoholic," it can be helpful on occasion. According to the book Mood Foods by William Vayda, one of chocolate's amino acids, phenylethylamine (PEA), called the “love chemical”, acts as a painkiller and antidepressant, which makes chocolate the "feel good food."

Consumption of chocolate and this amino acid helps trigger the release of endorphins, the body’s natural opiates, which provide a sense of well-being. Enhanced endorphin-release reduces the chocolate-eater’s sensitivity to pain. As if the Valentine's Day chocolate tradition needed an even greater boost, it is speculated that phenylethylamine is the chemical that the brain releases when people fall in love.

It is also said that the carbohydrates in chocolate help the brain release serotonin, a neurotransmitter that plays a central role in simply feeling peaceful and well. Concerning the fat issue, even though cocoa butter is a saturated fat, recent research shows that stearic acid, unlike other saturated fats, doesn't raise cholesterol levels. (The exception would be milk chocolate, which contains milk solids). No wonder folks fall in love with chocolate.

Throughout history, chocolate has been considered a natural aphrodisiac—an elixir for love. Casanova, the original ladies' man, ate chocolate to inspire romantic feelings. Montezuma, emperor of the ancient Aztecs, consumed chocolate to increase his virility.

In the 1800s, doctors routinely advised their lovelorn patients to eat chocolate to ease their pining over an unrequited love. This cure is no longer medically advised, but is still widely practiced—often with the help of two men named Ben and Jerry.

In 1860, an English Quaker named John Cadbury joined with his brother Benjamin to create a chocolate business called the Cadbury Brothers of Birmingham. John touted his belief that imbibing chocolate was much healthier than drinking alcohol. A year later, his son Richard Cadbury introduced the first heart-shaped candy box for Valentine's Day. The tradition of buying chocolate for your sweetheart has blossomed ever since. Today, Americans spend more than a billion dollars on chocolates for Valentine's Day each year.
That’s a lot of love.
The above information about chocolate was found on Mother Earth News.com and FoodFit.com.

Love and The Other Stuff
Love gives naught but itself and takes naught but from itself. Love possesses not nor would it be possessed; For love is sufficient unto love.
- Kahlil Gibran

But now faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the greatest of these is love.
- 1 Corinthians 13:13

Love is that first feeling you feel before all the bad stuff gets in the way.
- Quote From a Kid

The above is the transcript of Marilyn Jenett’s segment on What’s Love Got To Do With It? Valentine Love Call, the live telephone conference call on February 7, 2005.
Marilyn Jenett, an accomplished business owner in the corporate arena, founded the Feel Free to Prosper program to mentor and teach others to become aligned with Universal laws and accept their right to prosper. Her students, from around the globe and from all walks of life, are enjoying remarkable success using her lessons and participating in her telephone group sessions. For more information, check out her website at http://www.feelfreetoprosper.com/.

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