Beware of the IDES...

Yes, today is March 15th, Shakespeare said it best. The Ides of March.
On this day in history, Julius Caesar was warned by soothsayers to "beware of the Ides of March". Julius didn't heed the warnings and he was stabbed by Marcus Brutus on the Ides of March in 44 BC. Amazingly, it's ominous and foreboding portent has sustained itself over the centuries. Which only stands to support the new thought concept of race consciousness being the pervading atmosphere; Biblical reference to resisting and persisting; and FDR with "what we have to fear, is fear itself."

Is it fear or superstition? From today's column on superstition, written by Lisa Anderson in the Chicago Tribune she cites the following: "It is estimated that as many as 9 percent of Americans are paraskevidekatriaphobics (pronounced pair-uh-skev-vee-day-cat-tree-uh-foe-bicks), that is, fearful of Friday the 13th. That is not to be confused with triskaidekaphobia, fear of the number 13."
(I hope those words pop up on now as I will be ready!)

Okay, but today is more than a superstition, it is actually the Ides of March (the Romans often noted the middle of a month as "the Ides"). On the Roman calendar, today is also the first day of the New Year and the first day of Spring. That doesn't sound ominous to me. I rather like it. I am all in favor of new years, new starts, new life...

What stands in the way of all that newness?
Only our thought, belief and feelings.

Maybe for you, it doesn't feel very new today. You are dealing with the same 'ol, same 'ol. And I can pretty much bet that the folks around you are not popping champagne corks, tossing confetti and making a whole new list of resolutions.
Been there -- done that.

My view on the deadly Ides of March has a different spin.
The "I'd's" of March...
"Here it is March, three months into the new year and I haven't accomplished what I wanted as yet and I'd better get a movin'. I'd better start my taxes. I'd tithe if I made more money. I 'd better sign up for that gym membership or start exercising. I'd better put up some new affirmations on my mirror. I'd be happier if I could get the right job, meet the right partner, own the right home. If only I'd have done things differently..." Does that "Ides of March" sound more like your personal theme song these days?

The I'd's bump up tap into the awful "shoulda woulda coulda" syndrome and we find ourselves on the negative hamster wheel of life. Stop the world, I wanna get off! (Nods to Bricusse and Newley on that one).

IDES could be a new thought acronym for I Do Everything Spiritually
( or... Sweetly, Successfully).

I'd better practice what I preach (and teach) and get off the I'd bandwagon and plunge into the ocean of I AM. The infinite I AM, that I am is boundless is where I am putting my attention and intention. Two of the most powerful words we have available to use is I AM, because whatever words (and feelings) follow, is the clearest affirmation you can make to the Universe. I AM soooo tired vs. I am so joyous (feel the energy difference?) You get to choose what you claim as the Infinite I Am.

I'd better wrap this up and get back to spiritually, successfully and sweetly starting my spring cleaning. Happy New Year!


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