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To Celebrate your Life is to Expand your Life

Why celebrate?

If you fulfill an intention, if you achieve something, and then you celebrate what you have accomplished, you are acknowledging to your center and to the universe what you have done. This tends to anchor it as real.

Too often, when we achieve something, we forget, or neglect out of false modesty to celebrate and anchor what we have done. Instead, with no change in pace, we just whimper, “Next!” We are left with the feeling we haven’t got anything done.

The second reason for celebrating life is to show gratitude, thankfulness and appreciation. There is a great deal of evidence gratitude is a very high-vibration emotion. It is good for mental heath. It is good for societal health. It is essential for spiritual health. This in essence makes celebration a prayer of thanks. More on this later.

The third reason for celebration is very close to the second. It makes you feel good. You feel happy. And your happiness level is the single best indicator of your vibrational level. It’s your feedback on how you are doing in life. Then in some kind of circular magic, feeling good itself becomes a reason to celebrate.

What happens when you don’t celebrate?

Those who don’t celebrate life tend to become victims of life. We have all seen examples. George earns a very high score on an examination, and then he dismisses it with “It was a fluke; I just got lucky.” Karen consistently does the work of three, but privately deflects credit with the thought, “They won’t give me credit when they find out how stupid I am.” George and Karen are victims of life, even when they accomplish something.

Victims tend to be unhappy, because life is something that happens to them, not something they continuously create. Being a victim is a recipe for addiction or mental illnesses such as anxiety and depression. It produces a low-vibration life. Being a victim could drive one to drink.

Celebration is the fertilizer for personal growth

When someone makes a breakthrough in my office, we celebrate with “Yes!” “Halleluiah!” or “Thank you God!” When they make any sort of progress, we celebrate. We are not asking for perfection; we ask for progress. As when a child takes her first step, we celebrate.

There are many steps to becoming a Reiki master. Do you think the Reiki master decided to wait until he was a master before he celebrated? Impossible! If he had started his training with that attitude, he would never have become a master. Likewise for the singer, the minister, the meditater, the guru…or you.

Celebration along the path of growth is an essential part of growth in any skill or wisdom. To celebrate the little movements and bits of life is truly to celebrate life. Celebrating the bits is the route to creating a bigger life, a more whole life, an expanded life, a fulfilling life.

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Dr. Neill Neill retired his psychology practice at the end of 2013. He maintains an active coaching practice via telephone or Skype with select clients dealing with alcoholic husbands or ex-husbands. Check out his book, Living with a Functioning Alcoholic: A Woman's Survival Guide.

3 comments to To Celebrate your Life is to Expand your Life

  • Dana Mackey

    I like your perspective on celebrating our accomplishments. I agree with this and use this same kind of anology when helping people learn how to make change. If we do not celebrate the accomplishment and small steps along the way, I think we dont continue on the long road to make big change. If we do not celebrate them, we do not acknowledge to ourselves that we have value and are contributing to ourselves and our world. Its in that awareness that we grow. I think change is difficult and we dont make 180 degree turns – we make small incremental shifts in our thoughts and behaviors, so Horray for the accomplishments that we complete along the way!!

  • Liz E

    This is so true. I feel that a lot of people involved with alcoholics end up taking control of so much in their lives, and multi-task, and perform amazing feats, sometimes doing the work of two at least (their own responsibilities added with the responsibility of their alcoholic partner). We are actually accomplishing amazing things every day, yet become so used to it how extraordinary we are, we forget to celebrate!

  • inspiring I really like what you have to say it all just sounds right! I learned about the power of prayer through a membership my aunt gave me. this turned my life around

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