During my journey of transformation at Agape International Spiritual Center, I became aware of 8 degrees of desire I had lived my life from. The 1st degree was a ‘no’ to life when I was young and had experienced trauma and tragedy. The 2nd degree was a small ‘yes’ to life when I almost lost my life. The 3rd degree was a ‘yes’ for living life for my children. The 4th degree was a ‘yes’ to surviving, based on my perceptions of being a African American woman in American culture, competition, and educational constructs, called ‘survival mode’. The 5th degree was living for aspirations and goals for my children to reach higher. The 6th degree was trying not to be a basket case to my family, because I was a jack of all trades, master of none. The 7th degree was living life because a therapist recommended it. Lastly, the 8th degree is realizing who I am in my natural inherent state and going with the flow given to me in the beginning from a Divine Creator.
The story is in my book: 8 Degrees of Yes!: My Experiences with Truth, Transformation and Healing 5th Edition (2019)
Ancient Practices and Spiritual Principles
Our stories are needed for others to gain knowledge and wisdom from our experiences. Telling our story helps us let go of the past, forgive, and live for today. Through storytelling, I believe the entire world can be transformed. I believe ancient practices assist in transformation and support leading the world into the New Golden Era of peace and equity. It is time to evolve, share our stories, and give the gifts of our soul.
Meditation and prayer are necessary for transformation to take place through raising our awareness to ourselves, understanding, then knowing the truth about our journey. I am grateful for the teachings of Affirmative Prayer Treatment (APT) taught to me at Agape International Spiritual Center, founded on New Thought and Ancient Wisdom. I am eternally grateful to the founder, Reverend Michael Beckwith and Dr. Ricki Byers-Beckwith for shining their light and paving the way for others. From this teaching, I learned to shift life structures according to Truth principles and ancient wisdom. The affirmative speech spoken specifically to life structures which transforms the life structures, I call TLT and can be found in my book, The Rock and Flow: 40 Transformational Life Treatments According to the 8 Life Structures for a Full Life, co-authored by Yasmin Harounian (2017).
The fundamental elements of transformation are perception, experiences, and manifestation. Our view of life shapes our desire to live our life to the fullest. Perception shapes our degree of saying yes to life. Reflection allows us to recognize, forgive, and let go to shift our present view of life to a higher vibration. The higher vibration creates a higher degree of desire to live and let life unfold. Life events are lessons or blessings that shape our journey. Storytelling is adding the sequence and details to our experiences to understand. Sharing those stories with others builds collective hope to change unjust conditions, or become a better person. Transformation is seen in the the manifestation of our life structures. We see shifts in our financial, egoic, livelihood, health, spiritual beliefs, world views, community, and relationships. We grow stronger in who we are and become beneficial to the community by giving the gift that our soul came to give. We say YES to life at a higher level and create more happiness/fulfillment in our lives. This is transformation and this is the 8 Degrees of Yes!
Life Area (Manifestation and fulfillment)+Event (Sequence and Details/Lesson or Blessing)+Degree of Yes (perception, view/intention, desire)=Transformation/Shift
Gratitude is vital to living life fully. I am grateful for all the people close to me on this journey, all the prayers, and my children for being so understanding during this time of my life. Thank you to all the giants, ancestors, teachers, and practitioners, whose shoulders we are standing, in Truth, on.
Peace and Love,
Life Structures, Perceptions, and Reflections
Perceptions based on illusions and false programming can shape a world around us that is not based on truth. Illusions are constructs the mind puts together as thought forms of reality based on past experiences. These past experiences can come from a negative place, such as, broken relationships, grief, trauma, or based on survival situations. They come from our childhood lessons from actions of loved ones around us, culture, society, television, peers, and schooling. This is called false programming, defined as, constructs the mind has been given from people who taught us right and wrong from birth to 8 or 9 years old based on their thoughts, fears, perceptions, or ideas. Our worldview is shaped by these external forces that shape how we walk through the world, how we view ourselves in the world, and how we view others in the world. This makes up the physical world, but this is not the only world that we live in. There is also an invisible spiritual world that responds to our desires, actions, and intentions. The universe supports the choices we make based on these invisible forces from within ourselves.