Do you give to get?

"I have sensed a growing discontent amongst many who are on their spiritual path. A common theme appears to be -- ?I have been serving God for so long and have given up so much and it has been such a struggle -- when am I going to get my reward??"

-- Wendy Munroe

It?s interesting to become aware of how we participate in the dynamic exchange of giving and receiving. When we give, do we do so whole-heartedly? Or do we do so with the ulterior motive of wanting something in return?

It?s not wise to be always looking for a deal. The universe never short-changes us. We can afford to be generous. The Koran spells out a value-for-value principle. When something of value is given, something of value must be returned.

"It?s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving."

-- Mother Teresa

"Sing Your Own Song"



"Since you are like no other being ever created since the beginning of time, you are incomparable."

-- Brenda Ueland

Great forces are directing you to conform to the patterns of your society. You have DNA that has been handed down from generation to generation, coding repeated behaviour patterns into your being. You have archetypal energies setting the standards for how you behave as a man or a woman, as husband or wife, as father or mother .... You are immersed in consensual reality, whereby the world around you reflects societal understanding of how life has been and is to be.

At the same time, you have an even greater force within you inspiring you to wake up and recognize the reality of who you are. This force, the creative power underlying the entire universe, is urging you to create brand new standards of reality.

The status quo is blind to our creative power. Create a brand new world for yourself, one that meets your deepest needs, and you will help raise the quality of consciousness of the entire world.

"You must be the change you wish to see in the world."

-- Gandhi

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suffering

“—suffering occurs when we want other people to love us in the way we imagine we want to be loved, and not in the way love should manifest itself - free and untrammelled, guiding us with its force and riving us on.” -


Your Ideal Day

"I find it fascinating that most people plan their vacations with better care than they plan their lives.  Perhaps it is because escape is easier than change."  ~Jim Rohn
 
One of the most powerful things you can do to manifest a life that you love, is to imagine how your ideal day will look and feel like.  Visualizing your greatest fantasy day coming true gives your life direction and purpose.  It also enables you to know exactly when your dream life has arrived.  Start with writing down EVERY detail you can imagine on your computer.  Imagine the BEST day of your life as if it happened yesterday!  Describe every detail with pizzazz and vigor in the past tense because it's already happened.  This allows you to relax about "making it happen" tomorrow, and lets you receive it energetically now!   You have our full permission to go for it and invent some really amazing and exotic experiences! 
 
Start with what happened early in the morning.   Describe where you went for lunch, what you did that afternoon, and all the amazing moments of your evening.    You can stay up ALL night if you wish, just write down every small possible detail you experienced throughout the day.  The most important thing is to dive into your inner Fantasy Land and DO NOT hold back!   Make sure to use your 5 senses when you describe what you ultimate Fantasy day.  Write about what you saw, heard, felt, tasted, and smelled. Include the wildest crazy pleasurable details that you can imagine.

The more you can see, feel, taste and experience the sensations of your ideal fantasy day, the easier the Universe can deliver it to you.  When you are vibrating at that peak feeling, you are attracting it to you faster than ANYTHING you could be doing in the physical world.  Go into massive detail about your experience.  Play with it and let your heart be your guide.  Know that the more joy you can let in your body today, the more open your "joy valve" will be tomorrow to let even MORE joy in!  Don't wait another moment, open that joy valve now!

See if you can truly think outside of your normal box of what is pleasurable to you.  Perhaps you were near the ocean, in the mountains, or on the green grassy plains?  Perhaps you bought a million dollar house, what was that like?  How much money did you make that day?  What amazing thing did you do to earn that cash flow?   How were your energy, mental, and emotional states throughout the day?  What did you really do for FUN that day?  What was the weather like?  Who did you spend your day with?  How did other people treat you?  How did you interact and respond with these people?  If this is the most PERFECT day of your life in every imaginable way, how are you going to feel at the end of it?  And when you're done, email it to us at jafree-margot@enlightenedbeings.com  we’d LOVE to read it!!
 
"The energy born of love is creative - it makes everything it touches new.  To see how passionate you are, look around at what you have created."  ~Deepak Chopra

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The secret of friendship is ...

accepting your friends as they are, and not trying to re-create them in your own image, or according to your own desires.


YOUR LIFE WILL BE WHAT YOU MAKE OF IT

The golden opportunity you are seeking lies within you.
It's not in your environment.
It's not in luck or chance,
or in the help of others.
It's all in you.

There are opportunities all around you.
If the door of opportunity appears closed,
you must knock on it and keep knocking on it until it opens.

You must become an opener of doors.
You can develop your opportunities
by applying persistence and tenacity to your possibilities.

Success doesn't come to you.
You must go to success.


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THE COURAGE TO BEGIN SEPARATES DREAMERS FROM ACHIEVERS

Your difficulty and the difficulty of every individual
who ever desired to achieve anything worthwhile,
comes in the movement.

Don't always be intending to live a new life,
but never find the time to begin living it.
Most people fail because they never get started.
They don't go. They don't overcome inertia.
They don't begin.

Begin to free yourself at once
by doing all that is possible with the means you have.
As you proceed in this spirit the way will open for you to do more.

The worst thing you can do is not to try.


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Trying too hard?

"Thinking about interior peace destroys interior peace. The patient who constantly feels his pulse is not getting any better."

-- Hubert van Zeller

Are you trying too hard to be good, to be perfect, to be spiritual?

‘Trying too hard’ is an expression of fear. If you can replace the fear with faith that everything always serves our highest good, your confidence and peace of mind will serve your aspirations.

"So many people work so hard, to achieve, attain, accumulate and cherish their fortunes. How many of us blissfully fill our days and nights being the Divine expression we are? This is the meaning of life. It is to be. As a result, all of your creations are a natural outflow from the Divine within your being. This is the joy of life."

-- Barbara Rose


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Time to change direction?

"Employ the power of positive quitting. Most of us view quitting as something negative, but it’s not. ‘Winners never quit,’ we’re told, when, in reality, winners quit all the time: choosing to stop doing things that aren’t creating the results they desire. When you quit all the things that aren’t working for you, when you quit tolerating all the negative things that hold you back, you’ll create a positive ‘charge’ in your life as well as create the space in your life for more positive experiences."

-- Jim Allen

"I like thinking of possibilities. At any time, an entirely new possibility is liable to come along and spin you off in an entirely new direction. The trick, I've learned, is to be awake to the moment."

-- Doug Hall

"Persons and societies do not submit passively to surroundings and events. They make choices as to the places where they live and the activities in which they engage -- choices based on what they want to be, to do and to become. Furthermore, persons and societies often change their goals and ways; they can even retrace their steps and start in a new direction if they believe they are on a wrong course. Thus, whereas animal life is prisoner of biological evolution which is essentially irreversible, human life has the wonderful freedom of social evolution which is rapidly reversible and creative. Wherever human beings are concerned, trend is not destiny."

-- Rene Dubos


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You are never a victim

"When we blame, we give away our power."

-- Greg Anderson

ALL of our personal physical, psychological, and social problems arise from a lack of alignment between the body, emotions, mind and the soul. As a result, we are never victims of outside forces.

The soul challenges us to grow with problems, illnesses and/or injuries. These painful events trigger our subconscious blocks. This gives us the opportunity to SEE the blocks and release them.

"People who consider themselves victims of their circumstances will always remain victims unless they develop a greater vision for their lives."

-- Stedman Graham

"No matter how frustrated you may feel, there is Always a way out. In every situation that arises, we choose to be powerful or powerless. It may not always feel like it, but it is a choice. And there are consequences for these choices in terms of the results we get, and the subsequent increase or decrease in our power and influence. If we choose powerlessness, it is often because we doubt there is any other option."

-- Blaine Lee


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Inspiration

"The future is not some place we are going, but one we are creating. The paths are not to be found, but made. And the activity of making them changes both the maker and their destination." -- John Schaar, Professor, University of California Santa Cruz

Inspiration

Life is measured not by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.

A GOOD SYSTEM SHORTENS THE ROAD TO A GOAL

Having an intelligent plan is your first step to success.
With a plan, you know where you're going.
You'll know what progress you're making.
And you'll have a pretty good idea of when you can expect to arrive.
Meticulous planning will enable everything you do
to appear spontaneous to other people.

Your goals can only be reached through the vehicle of a plan.
One in which you fervently believe,
and upon which you will vigorously act.
There is no other route to success.

What do you want to achieve or avoid?
The answers to these questions are your objectives.
How do you go about achieving your desired results?
The answer to this will be your strategy.

A good plan permits you to frame your life
so that at some time in the future
fact and your dreams will meet.

Success or failure is often determined on the drawing board.



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Reawaken your curiosity

"What a distressing contrast there is between the radiant intelligence of the child and the feeble mentality of the average adult."

-- Sigmund Freud

Why is this so?

Young children possess what Zen calls ‘beginner’s mind.’ They are awed and fascinated with the wonder of the world, open to discovering and experiencing new things. Anything is possible. Life is a great adventure.

For almost all of us, the systems that ‘educate’ us to be adults stifle our natural joy and curiosity. We lose touch with our innate appreciation of life. We forget how to dream.

The blessing is that with attention, patience and love, we can reawaken our sense of wonder. We can again dance with life.

"The mind WILL be free, or it will be dead."

-- Grace Llewellyn


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What if... ?

"The universe is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper."

-- Eden Phillpotts

What if you were to pretend that you were healthy, wealthy and wise? What if you were to decide to be happy, no matter what else was happening?

Take the power of ‘what if...’ seriously, and you will grasp the power to create a world of your own design. Everything, EVERYTHING begins in the imagination. Put it to work constructively for you.

"The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitudes."

-- William James

"Sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast."

-- Lewis Carroll


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Need help?



"Asking for help doesn’t mean that we are weak or incompetent. It usually indicates an advanced level of honesty and intelligence."

-- Anne Wilson Schaef

The path of healing begins with awareness that things can be different. We must be willing to open to the potential, the possibility for change.

We also need to acknowledge that we are not in this experience alone, without support. The divine power of love is here for us, if we are willing to open to receive it. Sincerely ask for help and loving support will manifest in both mundane and magical ways.

"The healthy, the strong individual, is the one who asks for help when he needs it. Whether he has an abscess on his knee or in his soul."

-- Rona Barrett


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THERE IS NO SUCCESS WITHOUT HARDSHIP

The world is so constructed that if you wish to enjoy its pleasures,
you must also endure its pains.
Like it or not, you cannot have one without the other.

Success is not measured by what you accomplish.
It's measured by the opposition you encounter,
and the courage with which you maintain your struggle against the odds.

You'll find all things are difficult before they are easy.
The greater your obstacles, the more glory in overcoming them.
So, make up your mind before you start
that sacrifice is part of the package.

No pain, no gain;
No thorns, no throne;
No cross, no crown.

You have to go through the negative before you get to the positive.
The highway to success is a toll road.



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LIFE IN ABUNDANCE COMES ONLY THROUGH GREAT LOVE

There is no force more potent than love.
Take away love and your world is a tomb.
Your life echoes emptiness without love.
With it, your life will vibrate with warmth and meaning.
Even during hardship, love will shine through.

As you look back upon the events in your life
you will find that the moments that stand out,
the moments when you have really lived,
are the moments when you have done things in a spirit of love.

If you have it, you don't need to have anything else,
and if you don't have it,
it doesn't matter what else you have.

Therefore, search for love.
Once you have learned to love, you will have learned to live.

Love is the most important ingredient to your success.

Happy Valentine's Day!



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Reflect on your life



"Reflection is one of the most underused yet powerful tools for success."

-- Richard Carlson


Regularly, take time to reflect on what has been happening in your life. Step back to work ON your life instead of IN it. See yourself as the C.E.O. of your own personal company, or as the captain of your own ship. Are you navigating the waves as well as you might?

Stepping back helps us see a bigger, more inclusive picture. Small events make more sense in the bigger scheme of things.

"Follow effective action with quiet reflection. From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action."

-- James Levin



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FOCUS ON YOUR FUTURE NOT YOUR PAST

Your future is a big adventure.
Prepare for your future, don't live in the past.
Savor your good memories,
use any bad ones as lessons in life.

Carve out a niche for yourself in your imagined future.
Think, feel and see yourself as successful.
To achieve any goal in life, you need to project your end result.
Think of the elation, the satisfaction, the joy you'll feel.
Carry these ecstatic feelings with you every day
and they'll bring your desired goals into view.

Sooner or later, you can win if you think you can.
The cards you are dealt in life
are less important than the way you play them.
Every day you're offered a new deal and new cards.

Success is in your future if you're willing to work for it.



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SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE MAKE DECISIONS

You're in control of your life to the degree that you make decisions.
It's your life. You decide what you're going to do with it.
If you don't run your own life, someone else will.

To control the outcome of anything,
you control the action at the point of decision making.
If you let others make decisions for you, you give up control.
When you control the decisions, you control the actions.

Take charge of your life,
so there is no longer a need to ask permission of others.
When you ask permission,
you are giving someone veto power over your life.

Only you are responsible for your life.
Make your own decisions.



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Reflections on effort



The anxious student asked the Zen master how long to enlightenment. The Zen Master answered a long time, at least 10 years. The student said, "Well I will work twice as hard." The Zen master said, "Then it will take 20 years." "No!" said the committed student, "I will work three times as hard." "Well then," said the Zen master, "it will take 30 years."

Do you need to work at being spiritual? No. You already are spiritual. Do you need to work at being human? No. That’s just who you are.

The spiritual path doesn’t require us to get anything. It’s a process of opening to new dimensions of who we already are. It’s a process of awakening to our own truth. It’s a process of allowing ourselves to be authentic.

"It is not by your actions that you will be saved, but by your being."

-- Meister Eckhart


"People ask what must they become to be loving. The answer is ‘nothing.’ It is a process of letting go of what you thought you had become and allowing your true nature to float to the surface naturally."

-- Stephen Levine



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Levels of consciousness


"The greatest discovery of my generation is that man can alter his life simply by altering his attitude of mind."

-- William James

Here is one perspective on levels of consciousness and some descriptive words to help us identify the differences:

Not conscious - instinctual, follower
Subconscious - habitual, robotic, reactive
Conscious - aware, intelligent, conceptual, reflective
Superconscious - intuitive, guiding, truthful, loving, universal



Reflect on how you typically move through your day. As we use our minds more consciously, we open up to the superconsciousness.

"Utilizing your conscious mind to direct the subconscious mind to enter into communication and harmony with the universal mind is the secret of personal power."

-- Delfin Knowledge System


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STARTING IS THE KEY TO SUCCESS

Key

If you want to be successful you can start any time.
Your only true failure lies in the failure to start.
The reason why so little is ever done,
is generally because so little is attempted.

The great thing is the start.
To see an opportunity and to pursue it.
Even though in the beginning,
you're not totally sure of all the answers to your questions.

Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most.
Don't wait to overcome all your possible objections before you start,
or nothing will ever be attempted.

If you can get up the courage to begin,
you have the courage to succeed.



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Give to yourself first



"First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do."

-- Epictetus

Do you want more in your life? More love? More happiness? More money? More satisfaction? Then explore how you can BE more.

In the Delfin Knowledge System, Leslie Fieger advises, "You can have more when you are willing to give more. You must begin this process by giving more to yourself. Give yourself more time; give yourself more attention; give yourself more love; give yourself more of what you want. Then decide how to offer the more that you are (and have) to the world and you will receive even more back in return."

"Let the waters settle
you will see stars and moon
mirrored in your Being."

-- Rumi


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Feelings

"Feeling is the language that speaks
to the Divine Matrix (the Universe).
Feel as though your goal is accomplished
and your prayer is already answered"
~Gregg Braden (from his new book The Divine Matrix) 

DON'T SERVE TIME, MAKE TIME SERVE YOU

If you want to be successful you can start any time.
Your only true failure lies in the failure to start.
The reason why so little is ever done,
is generally because so little is attempted.

The great thing is the start.
To see an opportunity and to pursue it.
Even though in the beginning,
you're not totally sure of all the answers to your questions.

Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most.
Don't wait to overcome all your possible objections before you start,
or nothing will ever be attempted.

If you can get up the courage to begin,
you have the courage to succeed.



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YOU CLIMB A MOUNTAIN ONE STEP AT A TIME



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Everyone who got where they are had to begin where they were.
Your opportunity for success is right in front of you.

To attain success or to reach your goal,
don't worry about having all the answers in advance.
You just need to have a clear idea of your goal and move toward it.

Don't procrastinate when faced with a difficult problem.
Break your problems into parts and handle one part at a time.

Develop a tendency toward action.
You can make something happen today.
Break your big plan for success into small steps
and take the first step right away.

Success starts with a first step.



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YOU ALWAYS HAVE A CHANCE

You have the power to do things you never dreamed possible.
This power becomes available to you
as soon as you change your beliefs.
If you did all the things you're capable of doing,
you would literally amaze yourself.

You know what you are today,
but not what you may become tomorrow.
Look at things as you want them to be,
and then make those things happen.
You don't know what you can do until you try.

You can do anything you wish to do,
have anything you wish to have,
be anything you wish to be.

Never say never.



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Consciousness

"Consciousness is discovered in a state of no-thinking. Being so
utterly silent that not even a single thought moves as a disturbance.
In that silence you discover your very being. It is as vast as the
sky! And to know it is really to know something worthwhile; otherwise
all your knowledge is garbage. Your knowledge may be useful,
utilitarian, but it is not going to help you transform your being. It
cannot bring you fulfillment, to contentment, to enlightenment, to
the point where you can say, "I have come home."
 
~Osho

We can...

...make a wonderful world to pass on to our descendants—maybe not all at once with a snap of our fingers, but we really can do it. Our efforts need not be perfect to be sufficient. All our actions together, all our hopes and dreams surging into a mighty river of consciousness, can create a better world.
—Denise Linn


THE SECRET TO CONFIDENCE IS PREPARATION

There can be no great courage
when there is no confidence or assurance.
Half the battle is in the conviction
that you can accomplish what you undertake.

Confidence doesn't come out of nowhere.
It's the result of constant work and dedication.

With practice you'll come to a point of competence.
You'll find yourself accomplishing your goals gracefully and confidently.

It's then that you'll do things
that you never dreamed you could do.
You'll discover powers you never knew existed.
When you're prepared, you're able to feel confident.



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NO AUTHORITY IS HIGHER THAN REALITY

Truth isn't a matter of your personal viewpoint.
Learn to see things as they really are,
not as you imagine they are.

Wrong is wrong, no matter who does it or who says it.
No matter what you believe, it never changes the facts.
If they are there, the facts always speak for themselves.

The truth does not change because it is, or is not,
believed by a majority of people.
If sixty million people say a foolish thing,
it's still a foolish thing.

The sky is no less blue because the blind man does not see it.



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What blocks connection?



"People are lonely because they build walls instead of bridges."

-- Joseph F. Newton

We experience soul when we really connect with life -- when we stop and consciously experience what is happening.

We lose soul with:

- resistance - to anyone or anything
- superficiality - we avoid depth of experience
- control - we try to control the relationship
- selfishness - we remain self-centered.

Each of these attitudes fosters separation rather than connection. Once again, soul lives in relating.

Take time to become aware of, and perhaps journal on how you relate to other people and things in your life.

"We have to decide for ourselves what’s nourishing to our souls, and do those things over others."

-- Thomas Moore


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LIVE YOUR DREAMS

First, think about what you want out of life.
The beginning always takes place in your imagination.
Then organize your thoughts into definitive plans.
Next, it's time to transform your thoughts into reality
by taking some positive action.

Your mind is your mental workshop.
You can build anything you want in it.

Visualize what you want in your mind.
See it. Feel it. Taste it. Believe in it.
Make your mental blueprint and then begin to build.

Visualize then actualize your success.



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Valuing the moment



"... the only time you ever have in which to learn anything or see anything or feel anything, or express any feeling or emotion, or respond to an event, or grow, or heal, is this moment, because this is the only moment any of us ever gets. You’re only here now; you’re only alive in this moment."

-- Jon Kabat-Zinn

Many people regularly squander their time. They live under the assumption that they'll live forever. As a result, they don't value the present as a precious opportunity that will never come again.

Others continually race against time, trying to cram too many activities into each hour, and suffering stress in the process.

In our view, we are more effective and most happy when we balance being and doing. We continually ask ourselves what’s most important to get done. And we’re learning to BE -- fully present -- when we do. We also regularly give ourselves permission to relax.

Make today really matter. It's all you'll ever have.

"Very few of us know how much we can put into life if we use it properly, wisely, and economically. Let us economize our time -- lifetimes ebb away before we wake up, and that is why we do not realize the value of the immortal time God has given us."

-- Paramahansa Yogananda


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Pay attention to your emotions



"Emotions are the next frontier to be understood and conquered. To manage our emotions is not to drug them or suppress them, but to understand them so that we can intelligently direct our emotional energies and intentions.... It's time for human beings to grow up emotionally, to mature into emotionally managed and responsible citizens. No magic pill will do it."

-- Doc Childre

Many of us believe that we need to keep a tight lid on our emotions. We fear that if we ever allow these emotions to be expressed, they will do serious damage.

But if we summon up the courage to truly feel our emotions, we discover that they don't last. The monster in the closet turns out to be a pussycat. In fact, if we are willing to experience our emotions completely, without resistance of any kind, they burn themselves out in only a few minutes.

The only thing that keeps emotions alive within you over long periods is your unwillingness to acknowledge them.

"By starving emotions we become humorless, rigid and stereotyped; by repressing them we become literal, reformatory and holier-than-thou; encouraged, they perfume life; discouraged, they poison it."

-- Joseph Collins


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Being alone



"I wish Pooh were here. It’s so much more friendly with two."

-- Piglet (A.A. Milne)

Are you willing to be alone?

Ingrid Bacci says, "If you are afraid of being alone, you are dependent on others for your sense of self, and if you are dependent on others, you block your receptivity to inner guidance. Being willing to be alone involves being willing to be different, to have commitments and values that don’t blend with any crowd."

"Man’s loneliness is but his fear of life."

-- Eugene O'Neill

"I celebrate myself, and sing myself."

-- Walt Whitman


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YOU ONLY GET TO KEEP WHAT YOU GIVE AWAY



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It's a universal law: You have to give before you get.
You must plant your seeds before you reap the harvest.
The more you sow, the more you will reap.
In giving to others, you will find yourself blessed.

The law works to give you back more then you have sown.
The giver's harvest is always full.
Those that obtain have little.
Those who scatter have much.

Nature does not give to those who will not spend.



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LOOK AT THINGS AS THEY CAN BE



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Your range of available choices right now has no limits.
The only limits you have are in your mind.
You've got it in you to succeed.
Just make up your mind and stick with it.

You weren't born with any limits on your powers
or any set limits to your capacity.
At any moment, you have more possibilities than you can act upon.

Imagine your possibilities and your vision expands.
Capture your dreams in your mind and your life becomes full.
Reach out and touch the limits of your being in your mind.

If you think you can, you can.



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Now

There is no better time than right now to be happy.

Happiness is the journey, not the destination.

So work like you don't need money.

Love like you've never been hurt and... truly dance like nobody is
watching.

"Don't be afraid that your life will end, be afraid that it will
never begin."


~Anonymous

Be, do and have

"Often people attempt to live their lives backwards: they try to have more things, or more money, in order to do more of what they want so they will be happier. The way it actually works is the reverse. You must first be who you really are, then do what you love to do, in order to have what you want."

-- Margaret Young

The formula for success is Be, Do, Have. If we seek abundance, we must be abundant in spirit. We can begin to cultivate spiritual wealth by opening our hearts in gratitude.

Start a gratitude journal today. Each evening, write down at least 5 things for which you are grateful. This simple tool will help you open your eyes to the abundance of your world right now.

"Who does not thank for little will not thank for much."

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People are different


"...conflict is the primary engine of creativity and innovation. People don't learn by staring into a mirror; people learn by encountering difference."

-- Ronald Heifetz

In his book, ‘Men, Women and Relationships,’ John Gray says, "People are different. Recognizing this fundamental truth is essential for creating positive and loving relationships. In practice, however, ... we demand that the people in our lives feel, think, and behave as we would. And when they react differently we make them wrong or invalidate them; we try to fix them when they really need understanding and nurturing; we try to improve them when instead they need acceptance, appreciation and trust."

We each bring different gifts to this world. We each have different work to do. Our lives are enriched when we can celebrate these differences rather than resent, resist and reject them. As we get more secure in who we are, we get more compassionate toward others.

"Homogeneity makes for healthy milk but anemic friendships. We need relationships that cross culturally imposed lines to enlarge our hearts and expand our vistas."

-- Dan Schmidt


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Relate to yourself through your journal

"To write spiritually is to engage in a search for authentic language. You’ll find your truth by writing your way to it."

-- Patrice Vecchione

Who would allow you to totally ignore, abuse, laugh with, swear at, shed tears on, get angry at and be totally honest with him/her? Your journal does.

Your journal is an unconditional friend. It does not reject, manipulate, judge, laugh at or ridicule you. It’s always there for you. So be honest with your best friend and it will help you discover who you are.

"The positive thing about writing is that you connect with yourself in the deepest way, and that's heaven. You get a chance to know who you are, to know what you think. You begin to have a relationship with your mind."

-- Natalie Goldberg


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Support others with your presence

"The purpose of therapy is not to remove suffering but TO MOVE THROUGH IT to an enlarged consciousness that can sustain the polarity of painful opposites."

-- James Hollis

How do we support others who are suffering?

When we understand how soul works through us, we begin to see how pain generates the impulse to change. We see that our aim in supporting someone is NOT to get rid of their pain and suffering. Instead, we want to assist them to understand what the pain is trying to teach them -- to find meaning in their distress.

Often, all we need do is be fully present to them. It also helps to be present to our own experience and genuine in our feelings. Living our own truth helps create the space for the other person to live theirs.

"The first duty of love is to listen."

-- Paul Tillich

"With the gift of listening comes the gift of healing."

-- Catherine de Hueck Doherty


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Trust in abundance

"Once, when we were discussing a world peace project with my teacher, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, somebody asked him, ‘Where is all the money going to come from?’ And he replied without hesitation, ‘From wherever it is at the moment.’"

-- Deepak Chopra

How can you open to greater trust that you’ll always have what you need?

Fear, doubt, anxiety and disbelief all serve to repel abundance from us. Faith, love and gratitude for the gifts of our lives keep energy and abundance flowing. The more we trust in our well being, the more it will be realized.

"Manifestation is an act of trust. It is the soul pouring itself out into its world, like a fisherman casting a net to gather in the fish he seeks; with each cast properly made, we will bring what we need to us, but first we must hurl ourselves into the depths without knowing just what lies beneath us."

-- David Spangler


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Feel your emotions

"The key is to not resist or rebel against emotions or to try to get around them by devising all sorts of tricks; but to accept them directly, as they are."

-- Takahisa Kora

Emotions are energy in motion. They bring us information if we are willing to experience them. Unfortunately, many of us are afraid of the energy of emotions and so we automatically resist them. And when we refuse to experience our emotions, we block them up. They become trapped and that entrapment drains our energy and brings continuing discomfort.

Don't let emotions push you into action or reaction. Just STOP and PAY ATTENTION. Allow them to be and to speak to you. Once they are acknowledged, their energy is released.

"Instead of resisting any emotion, the best way to dispel it is to enter it fully, embrace it and see through your resistance."

-- Deepak Chopra

"We have to become more conscious of our feeling-world. By learning to identify the ‘emotional baggage’ and manage our feeling-world reactions, we can view life based on current information instead of being held captive by our past."

-- Doc Childre

"Our feelings are our most genuine paths to knowledge."

-- Audre Lorde

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More meditation...

Swami Kriyananda once said "Physical actions are performed by engaging the
life force on a material level of reality. Spiritual actions are performed
by withdrawing the life force from the physical body."
Since our
consciousness follows the direction of our life force, when our energy flows
outward we identify with material realities. While spiritual practices like
meditation interiorize our life force so we can commune inwardly with
Spirit.

If our awareness is focused too outwardly during the day, we will find
meditating challenging. This is why it is important to keep our energy
centered during our daily duties.

Meditation, as defined by Paramhansa Yogananda, means one-pointed
concentration on God or one of His attributes. During the day, constant use
of techniques like practicing the presence of God, devotion, silence, and
detachment, keeps our consciousness interiorized and makes our whole day a
meditation. Then when it comes time for the formal practice of meditation,
we will find ourselves meditating with greater depth.

What is your destiny?

"The significant business of your life is alive and well, awaiting discovery, within your very soul. You and I were born to come into ourselves as complete and distinctive persons. Accepting this, we build a valuable life."

-- Marsha Sinetar

What is the significant business of your life? What is your purpose? Andrew Schneider says that purpose "is more than just having a direction. It is about one’s place in the universe. It is the journey of finding that place and being there and living fully whatever that place is. It is your own unique place that nobody else has, had, or will have."

How would you describe your place in the universe?

"We become powerful in the face of our fears when we have a sense that we make a difference in this world. Affirmations of purpose communicate the truth that we are all meaningful participants in this Universe and that we are worthy of giving and receiving love. Some affirmations of purpose are:
- I know that I count and I act as though I do.
- I spread warmth and love everywhere I go.
- I am a healing force in the Universe."

-- Susan Jeffers

"The grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for."

-- Joseph Addison


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Just One More Quote to Inspire You

"Here is how you will know if you are living your life
purpose: just ask yourself one simple
question: 'Would you do what you are doing now for
FREE for the rest of your life, if money was not an
issue?' When your answer is YES, then you are living
the life you came into this life to live"

-- Barbara Rose, Ph.D.

A Quote to Inspire You

"Even the most daring and accomplished people have
undergone tremendous difficulty. In fact, the more
successful they became, the more they attributed
their success to the lessons learned during their most
difficult times. Adversity is our teacher. When we
view adversity as a guide towards grater inner
growth, we will then learn to accept the wisdom our
soul came into this life to learn."

-- Barbara Rose, Ph.D.

IT TAKES PERSISTENCE TO REACH YOUR GOAL

"Keep trying" is the rule that must be followed
if you want to be successful at anything.

Your success will always be connected with your actions.
Just keep moving toward your goal.
You'll make mistakes along the way but don't ever quit.
You may even have to hang on after others have let go.

Persistence means taking pains to overcome every obstacle,
to do all that's necessary to reach your goal.

In the end, the only people who fail are those that do not try.
All great achievements take time.



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DON'T BELIEVE IN MIRACLES, DEPEND ON THEM

You don't need an explanation for everything.
There are such things as miracles,
events for which there are no ready explanations.

Future knowledge may explain these events quite simply.
Any form of sufficiently advanced technology
can be quite indistinguishable from magic
when it's introduced for the first time.

Seeing, hearing, feeling are all miracles
as well as each part of you.
Seeing is not always believing.
You know much more than you understand.

Have the vision to see invisible things.



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The source of anger

"Anger is that powerful internal force that blows out the light of reason."

-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

How does anger typically surface in your life?

We usually get angry at someone, don’t we? We judge that someone has done something wrong and we want them to be punished.

In truth, the actions of others are never to blame. It’s our thinking - our blaming and judgment - that causes the anger. And we blame and judge because we have a need that has not been met.

In his book 'Nonviolent Communication,' Marshall B. Rosenberg advises that rather than blame others, we are better served by directing our energy towards meeting our own needs.

He offers a simple tool for change. Instead of saying, ‘I am angry because they ...’ we can say, ‘I am angry because I am needing ....’

"At the core of all anger is a need that is not being fulfilled."

-- Marshall B. Rosenberg

"How much more grievous are the consequences of anger than the causes of it."

-- Marcus Aurelius


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NOTHING EXTERNAL TO YOU HAS POWER OVER YOU

Great things are accomplished when you believe
that what's inside of you is superior to your circumstances.
What you have outside you counts less than what you have inside you.

You're more important than any of your problems.
You're bigger than anything that can happen to you.

Courage is a special kind of knowledge.
It's the knowledge of how to fear what ought to be feared
and how not to fear what ought not to be feared.

True courage is a result of reasoning.
A brave mind is always impregnable.

Reality is something you rise above.



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THERE IS ALWAYS A GOOD SIDE

Everything depends on the way you look at things.
View every problem you encounter as an opportunity.
There is always a good side to every situation.

The optimist sees an opportunity in every misfortune.
The pessimist sees misfortune in every opportunity.
The optimist sees the doughnut,
the pessimist sees the hole.

You can develop success from every failure.
Discouragement and failure are two stepping stones to success.
No other elements can do so much for you
if you're willing to study them and make them work for you.

When it is dark enough, you can see the stars.



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LIVE AND ACT IN A SPIRIT OF LOVE

The place to begin to improve the world
is in your own heart, head and hands.
To get along with others,
love them without forcing your love upon them.

Imposing your beliefs on people will not bring you peace.
Have concern for others, respect their rights and freedoms,
and let them be themselves.
Do this and you will enjoy peace.

Having consideration for others is the basis of a good life.
Most people are not against you,
they are merely for themselves.
Let differing ideas clash, but not those of the heart.

Peace comes to you when you live and act in a spirit of love.



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A focus on you or me?

"Our deepest need is for the joy that comes with loving and being loved, with knowing we are of genuine use to others."

-- Eknath Easwaran

Are you more self-conscious or other-conscious?

Watch your motives for the day. Are they generally about you (your own desires and needs) or are they about others and their needs? There are no right and wrong answers here.

We must guard, though, that we aren’t using service to others as a means to get our own ego needs met. If we are, we would be wise to meet our own needs first so our interactions with others are not primarily self-serving.

"We are able to be of service to those who suffer only to the extent that we have been able to transform fear in our own lives."

-- Robert Sardello


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Freedom

"Don't think in terms of comfort; think in terms of freedom. Don't
think in terms of safety, think in terms of being more alive. And the
only way to be more alive is to live dangerously, is to risk, is to
go on an adventure. And the greatest adventure is not going to the
moon - the greatest adventure is going to your own innermost core."
~Osho

Review and recommit



"Few people have any next, they live from hand to mouth without a plan, and are always at the end of their line."

-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Just think: When we are driving, we know where we want to go and we plot out our route. When we plan and prepare a meal, we follow a recipe and monitor the food as it cooks.

How much attention do we give to planning the direction of our lives?

Taking the time to review our quality of life gives us a chance to re-evaluate what we are doing and where we want to go. It lets us fine-tune our direction, to ensure we are on track for what we most want.

Stop and think about your last 6 months. What did you learn? What would you like to do differently? Where do you want to recommit?

"Organizing is what you do before you do something, so that when you do it, it is not all mixed up."

-- A. A. Milne

"Always have a plan, and believe in it. Nothing happens by accident."

-- Chuck Knox


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Explore your fears



"Fear is a question: What are you afraid of, and why? Just as the seed of health is in illness, because illness contains information, our fears are a treasure house of self-knowledge if we explore them."

-- Marilyn Ferguson


In our world of duality, fear and love sit at opposite ends of the continuum. Fear belongs only to the personality because it believes in separation and impermanence. The soul never knows fear because it understands the unity of all.

When fear arises, we can invite our soul to sit with our frightened personality. What soul energies are waiting to be acknowledged? When we bring higher energies into the presence of lower energies, the lower energies are transformed.

"What is needed, rather than running away or controlling or suppressing or any other resistance, is understanding fear; that means, watch it, learn about it, come directly into contact with it. We are to learn about fear, not how to escape from it."

-- Jiddu Krishnamurti



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We project our strengths



"Any situation that you find yourself in, is an outward reflection of your inner state of beingness."

-- El Morya

We have discussed that OUR WORLD MIRRORS WHO WE ARE BACK TO US. When we get upset by something outside of us, our reaction shows us that we have an inner wound to be healed.

Just as we can be unconscious of our wounds, we can also be unconscious of our strengths. If you are really drawn to the positive qualities in another person, you are being invited to own those same qualities in yourself.

"The people we are in relationship with are always a mirror, reflecting our own beliefs, and simultaneously we are mirrors reflecting their beliefs. So relationship is one of the most powerful tools for growth... if we look honestly at our relationships we can see so much about how we have created them."

-- Shakti Gawain

"Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures."

-- Henry Ward Beecher


YOU ALWAYS HAVE A CHANCE

Use your imagination and look at things as they can be.
You know what you are today
but not what you may be tomorrow.

You can do anything you wish to do,
have anything you wish to have,
and be anything you wish to be.
You don't know what you can really do until you try.
All you have to do is to act on your dreams.

You have the power within you to do things
you never dreamed possible.
You would amaze yourself if you did
all the things you're capable of doing.
This power becomes available to you
as soon as you change some of your beliefs.

Success begins in your mind.



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You are worthy!



"A person's worth is contingent upon who he is, not upon what he does, or how much he has. The worth of a person, or a thing, or an idea, is in being, not in doing, not in having."

-- Alice Mary Hilton

As a human being, as spirit manifested in form, you are innately worthy. Your worthiness does not have to be strengthened or improved. However, you may not PERCEIVE yourself to be worthy.

If you doubt your self-worth, consciously or unconsciously, you will limit the good things you will allow into your life.

Do you consider yourself worthy? It may help to answer these questions:

- Do you find it easier to give than to receive?
- Do you have as much money as you would like?
- Do you feel driven to improve yourself?
- Do you value other people's time more highly than your own?
- How would you feel if someone offered to pay you a salary of $1 million/year?

If you find you lack self-worth, don't despair. Just being aware of your self-worth issues will help you let them go.

"Every achiever that I have ever met says, ‘My life turned around when I began to believe in me.’"

-- Dr. Robert H. Schuller

"We cannot achieve more in life than what we believe in our heart of hearts we deserve to have."

-- James R. Ball



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LOVE IS ETERNAL

Once you have learned to love;
who you are, what you do, and those around you,
you will have truly learned to live.

Search for love, for it is the most important ingredient of life.
Without it, you life will echo emptiness.
With it, your life will vibrate with warmth and meaning.
Even during any hardship, love will shine through.

To love abundantly is to live abundantly.
To love forever is to live forever.
Be thankful for what you have now,
and the opportunities for love and success that are before you.



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ACTION IS REQUIRED IF YOU WANT TO BE SUCCESSFUL

The only way to start to improve your life is to start.
Once you're sure you're on the right road
there is no need to plan your journey too far ahead.
Don't burden yourself with doubts and fears
as to the obstacles that may bar your progress.
You can only take one step at a time.

You don't need to know all the answers in advance.
Just maintain a clear idea of the goal you want to reach
and the answers will come in their own time.

If you can get up the courage to begin,
you'll have the courage to succeed.

It's the job you never start that takes the longest to finish.
Go after what you want and you'll get it.
Eighty percent of success is showing up.



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Tune into the inner critic



"A critic is a legless man who teaches running."

-- Channing Pollock


Are you aware of your inner critic? We all have this voice that tells us we are bad, stupid, clumsy, cowardly.... Although its intent is to help us succeed, the harsh self talk of our critic just serves to drain our energy and lower our morale and immune system.

To defuse the inner critic, we need to recognize when the critic is speaking. We need to know that this voice does not necessarily speak for who we really are. This is an old pattern that may no longer be serving us. We want to open to the possibility that the words are not likely true. We can ask ourselves, "Are these words helpful?"

"No one can make you feel inferior without your consent."

-- Eleanor Roosevelt

"Abilities wither under faultfinding, blossom with encouragement."

-- Donald A. Laird

"Never react emotionally to criticism. Analyze yourself to determine whether it is justified. If it is, correct yourself. Otherwise, go on about your business."

-- Norman Vincent Peale


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Power



"There are two kinds of men who never amount to much: those who cannot do what they are told, and those who can do nothing else."

-- Cyrus H. Curtis

How do you relate to people in authority? Depending on your character and upbringing, you may react defensively or meekly to those you perceive to hold more power than you do.

Hierarchical power dissolves in the presence of authentic power. Your true personal power has nothing to do with status. It is determined by how attuned you are to all aspects of yourself and to the needs of others.

In any exchange with a person ‘in power,’ focus your attention on meeting your mutual needs and the relationship will be both equitable and fruitful.

"Compassion, caring, teaching, loving, and sharing your gifts, talents, and abilities are the gateways to power."

-- Jamie Sams


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YOU ALWAYS HAVE A CHANCE

Use your imagination and look at things as they can be.
You know what you are today
but not what you may be tomorrow.

You can do anything you wish to do,
have anything you wish to have,
and be anything you wish to be.
You don't know what you can really do until you try.
All you have to do is to act on your dreams.

You have the power within you to do things
you never dreamed possible.
You would amaze yourself if you did
all the things you're capable of doing.
This power becomes available to you
as soon as you change some of your beliefs.

Success begins in your mind.

How To Be Independent Of Others Opinions

"A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable but more useful than a life spent in doing nothing." ~George Bernard Shaw
 
Do you ever find yourself wondering what other people think about you? Perhaps you may notice that your mind may tend to be a bit obsessive and compulsive about certain thoughts, beliefs, and opinions that others may have about you.  This can occur when you meet someone you look up to and you want to create a good impression.  You want them to like you, think highly of you, or perhaps not think negatively of you because of one small and simple reason.  You believe that if they like, love, or approve of you, then you will be safe, loved, free or O.K.
 
“If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”  ~Wayne Dyer
 
Do you really need other people's approval, acceptance, or appreciation first before you can give it to yourself?  Absolutely not!  Who you are is the energy and consciousness of love itself, and once you consistently realize this and openly shower this love upon yourself and others, you'll be free from everyone's opinions forever.  Your ego was "programmed" by society to need approval, acceptance, and appreciation from the outer world.  It hasn't realized that there is an infinite source of love beneath it at your core, and that you can have access to it at anytime.  The ego is a very ironic creation.  It's about as real as your own shadow, and yet we build our entire relationships around its illusionary reality.  As soon as you commit to the lightness and openness of your own being, the ego is no where to be found.  What's the worst thing that could happen if you decided to let go of other people's opinions about you and choose to love yourself JUST AS YOU ARE 24-7?
 
One of the greatest secrets to transcending this game is that other people's opinions of you are only a reflection of what they see (or don't want to see) about themselves.  Everyone is a mirror for each other.  Their beliefs about you are a deep unconscious projection of themselves onto you, just to avoid looking inside themselves.  So help out your fellow human and give them their projections and opinions back to them!  For 2007 don't take on ANYBODY'S projections or opinions about you!  Stop the relentless ego from scheming to get others to like you, and instead just practice loving yourself as you are.  Be unguarded from their opinions.  Let their opinions form freely, and honor that their beliefs are truly limiting thoughts about themselves in the end.
 
"As I grow older I pay less attention to what men say. I just watch what they do."  ~Andrew Carnegie
 
Another secret to dissolving this old unconscious ego pattern is to deeply look within and truly ask you, "Why do I really care what others think of me?"  Is it because if you don't care, they may not love, respect or want you anymore?  If that's true, then their love is not unconditional love from their heart.  If you care too much and become afraid of making others angry or upset with you in some way, you have signed up for prison and have taken a vow to not freely speak your truth.  Notice if you are hiding behind any walls of fear, and start being radically honest with others today!  If you feel stuck with taking this leap of faith, imagine what your face will look like after 20 years of hiding.  Then, imagine seeing your face after 20 years of expressing your divine brilliant light that has melted through your ego. 
 
By caring "too much" about what others may think about you, you are wasting precious time which could be spent loving and accepting you just as you are.  The next time you find yourself psychically reaching out to see what someone thinks about you, simply ask yourself, "What opinion do I really want to have about me?"  Then, become like a hollow flute and let their beliefs (positive or negative) flow right through you.  Doing this action repetitively will allow you to truly step into your power and become the radiant divine being that you are, naturally being a guide on the path for others to follow.
 
"All know the way; few actually walk it."  ~Bodhidharma
 
 
Many blessings to you,
Jafree & Margot
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Break out of routine



"One must still have chaos in oneself to be able to give birth to a dancing star."

-- Nietzsche

Where do you need to do some ‘out of the box’ thinking and living?

We are creatures of habit, of patterns. While initially the habits may have served us, they may now be limiting our ability to experience more of life.

What aspect of your life has become routine? How might you bring new life to it? Do some outrageous dreaming! Then do something completely different today.

"When you do the common things in life in an uncommon way, you will command the attention of the world." -- George Washington Carver


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Gratitude as a Way of Being

 
"If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, "thank you," that would suffice."  ~Meister Eckhart
 
Gratitude is one of the most powerful and transformational energies on the planet.  Every time you are spontaneously grateful for how the Universe has blessed you, you send out a high vibrational energy that starts magnetizing even more abundance into your life!  Whenever you are bathing in the energy of gratitude, you have a deep knowingness that you are abundant, and lack nothing at all.  Yes, gratitude is a powerful vehicle that allows you to tap into your own abundance and infinite creative energy.  You can not feel fear, scarcity, or doubt when you are full of gratitude.  When you embrace gratitude as a way of being you naturally know the truth of your soul's path and mission, and that you are already blessed with everything you need.  From this place, you then become a massive magnet for attracting even more success, love, abundance and divine beings into your life.  Take a few moments to simply imagine what your life would look like if you were constantly living from a place of gratitude.
 
Embracing gratitude is like opening the door to a brilliant new world, one where the sun is always shining and you feel totally and amazingly alive all the time!  When you live in a world of gratitude, you naturally feel the divine love and abundance that is always present inside you and all around you.  Your heart is naturally brimming with gratitude for existence when your mind is not cluttered with ideas, opinions, and desires.  The heart is always thankful and never controlled by the ego and all of its contracted thought patterns.  Gratitude is our most natural highway to higher consciousness and not some strange thing that needs to be learned like juggling cantelopes.  Take the time to become quiet and get in touch with the core of your heart.  If you can dig beneath the shields, resistance, and wounding from the past, you will naturally feel a deep gratitude for everything pouring through you into the world.
 
"God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today.  Have you used one to say "thank you?" ~William A. Ward
 
Gratitude is one of the most empowering experiences we can access in life when directed toward yourself, others, and the world.  If you have trouble staying in touch with your natural grateful connection, you have simply let your inner judge squash this flame of love.  The fire is not dead by any means, it just needs a little stirring.  Start by shedding that protective armor around your heart and opening your heart to this divine feeling of appreciating everything!  Anytime that you are not feeling gratitude, you are simply focusing on what you don't want or like about a situation.  It's that simple.  Gratitude is always within your reach, it is just a question of your focus and of reigning in your mind.
 
Any moment that your mind goes down the track of frustration or complaining, tell it to STOP immediately and switch it back to gratitude.  It can be as easy as asking yourself, "What's one thing that I am grateful for right now?" The good news is that there is always at least one thing that you can be grateful for no matter what is happening in your life.  Perhaps it's that you have the power to imagine a new you, or your health, a good friend, or just that you are still breathing!  Whenever you cannot see the silver lining around the dark clouds in your life, simply open your heart, breathe deeply, and then think about as many things as you can to be grateful for.  In each moment, there are so many many incredible things that you can be grateful for, large and small.   Just open your heart, relax, look at the bigger picture, and soon you will realize how truly blessed you already are.
 
"Appreciation can make a day, even change a life. Your willingness to put it into words is all that is necessary."  ~Margaret Cousins
 
You always have the choice to be grateful for what is, or not grateful for what is.  You have the power to choose what  kinds of thoughts and feelings you focus on and eventually manifest into your life.  You can choose to adopt an unending attitude of gratitude or remain strapped to the judgmental merry-go-round of the mind.  Choosing gratitude is choosing freedom, and will make your life easier than you ever imagined.  It will bring you such a vast experience of love that you will freely feel and experience your own soul.   One powerful technique for creating a gratitude habit is starting a gratitude circle.  Invite some of your friends, colleagues, and family members to join you in an evening of appreciation and gratitude.  Each person gets to be in the middle of the circle, and everyone takes turns looking directly into their eyes, and telling them why they are so grateful that this person is a part of their life.  Then, switch so that everybody has a turn to be the person in the middle of the circle to receive gratitude.  Each time we do a gratitude circle, truly miraculous experiences start to occur in our lives.  This is one technique of many that will raise your vibration and allow you to manifest the life you desire.
 
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Thank you for being a part of our world!
 
Many Blessings to you!
Margot and Jafree
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People are like....

....stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.
~ Elizabeth Kübler-Ross

The Invitation



It doesn't interest me what you do for a living. I want to know what you
ache for and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart's longing.

It doesn't interest me how old you are. I want to know if you will risk
looking like a fool for love for your dream for the adventure of being
alive.

It doesn't interest me what planets are squaring your moon... I want to
know if you have touched the centre of your own sorrow if you have been
opened by life's betrayals or have become shrivelled and closed from fear
of further pain.

I want to know if you can sit with pain mine or your own without moving
to hide it or fade it or fix it.

I want to know if you can be with joy mine or your own if you can dance
with wildness and let the ecstasy fill you to the tips of your fingers
and toes without cautioning us to be careful be realistic remember the
limitations of being human.

It doesn't interest me if the story you are telling me is t rue. I want
to know if you can disappoint another to be true to yourself. If you can
bear the accusation of betrayal and not betray your own soul. If you can
be faithless and therefore trustworthy.

I want to know if you can see Beauty even when it is not pretty every
day. And if you can source your own life from its presence. I want to
know if you can live with failure yours and mine and still stand at the
edge of the lake and shout to the silver of the full moon, "Yes."

It doesn't interest me to know where you live or how much money you have.
I want to know if you can get up after the night of grief and despair
weary and bruised to the bone and do what needs to be done to feed the
children.

It doesn't interest me who you know or how you came to be here. I want to
know if you will stand in the centre of the fire with me and not shrink
back.

It doesn't interest me where or what or with whom you have studied. I
want to know what sustains you from the inside when all else falls away.
I want to know if you can be alone with yourself and if you truly like
the company you keep in the empty moments.

Unknown author

The Little Soul and the Sun - Part 1

smiling sun
There once was a soul who knew itself to be the light. This was a new
soul and so, anxious for experience.

"I am the light" it said. "I am the light"

Yet all the knowing of it and all the saying of it, could not substitute
for the experience of it. And in the realm from which this soul emerged,
there was nothing but the light. Every soul was grand and every soul was
magnificent and every soul shone with the brilliance of God's awesome
light. So the little soul was as a candle in the sun. In the midst of the
grandest light, of which it was part, it could not see itself, nor
experience itself as Who and What it really is.

Now it came to pass that this soul yearned and yearned to know itself. So
great was it's yearning that God one day said, "Do you know little one,
what you must do to satisfy this yearning of yours?"

"Oh, what, God? What? I'll do anything!" the little soul said.

& quot;You must separate yourself from the rest of us" God answered, "and
then you must call upon yourself the darkness"

"What is the darkness, o Holy One?" the little soul asked.

"That which you are not" God replied and the soul understood.

And so this the soul did, removing itself from the ' All ' going even
unto another realm. And in this realm the soul had the power to call into
it's experience all sorts of darkness. And this it did.

Yet in the midst of all the darkness did it cry out, "Father, Father, why
hast thou forsaken me?"

God replied: "Even has have you, in your blackest times. Yet I have never
forsaken you, but stand by you always, ready to remind you of Who You
Really Are; ready always ready, to call you home.

Therefore be a light unto the darkness and curse it not. And forget not
who you are in the moment of your encirclement by that which you are not.
But do praise to the creation even as you seek to change it.

And know that what you do in the time of your greatest trial can be your
greatest triumph.

For the experience you create is a statement of Who You Are - and Who You
Want to Be.

From the book Conversations with God

The Little Soul and the Sun - Part 2



God said to the little soul, "You may choose to be any Part of God you
wish to be. You are absolute divinity experiencing itself. What aspect of
divinity do you now wish to experience as You?"

"You mean I have a choice", asked the little soul.

God answered, "Yes. You may choose to experience any aspect of divinity
in, as and through you."

"Okay," said the little soul, "then I choose forgivness. I want to
experience myself as that aspect of God called complete forgivness."

Well this created a little challenge, as you can imagine. There was no
one to forgive. All God had created was perfection and love.

"No one to forgive?" asked the little soul, somewhat incredulously.

"No one," God repeated. "Look around you. Do you see any souls less than
perfect, less wonderful than you?"

At this the little soul twirled around and was sur prised to see himself
surrounded by all the souls in heaven. They had come from far and wide
throughout the kingdom, because they heard that the little soul was
having an extraordinary conversation with God.

"I see none less perfect than I!" the little soul exclaimed. "Who, then,
shall I have to forgive?"

Just then another soul stepped forward from the crowd.

"You may forgive me" said this friendly soul

"For what?" the little soul asked.

" I will come into your next physical lifetime and do something for you
to forgive," replied the friendly soul.

"But what? What could you, a being of such perfect light do to make me
wnat to forgive you?" the little soul wanted to know.

"Oh," smiled the friendly soul, "I'm sure we can think of something."

"But why would you want to do this?" The little soul could not figure out
wh y a being of such perfection would want to slow down it's vibration so
much that it could do something 'bad'.

"Simple," the friendly soul explained, "I would do it because I love you.
You want to experience yourself as forgiving, don't you? Besides you've
done the same for me."

"I have?" asked the little soul.

"Of course, don't you remember? We've been All Of it, you and I. We've
been the Up and the Down of it, and the Left and the Right of it. We've
been the Here and the There of it, and the Now and the Then of it. We've
been the Big and the Small of it, the Male and the Female of it and the
Good and the Bad of it. We've been the All of it."

"And we've done it by agreement, so that each of us might experience
ourselves as the grandest part of God. For we have understood that...

'In the absence of that which You Are Not, that which you Are, is Not'.

'In the absence of cold you cannot be warm, in the absence of sad you
cannot be happy. Without a thing called evil, the experience you call
good cannot exist'.

'If you choose to be a thing, something or someone opposite to that has
to show up somewhere in your universe to make that possible.' "

The friendly soul then explained that those people are God's Special
Angels and these conditions God's Gifts.

"I ask only one thing in return," the friendly soul declared.

"Anything, Anything," the little soul cried. He was excited now to know
that he could experience every divine aspect of God. He understood now,
The Plan.

"In the moment that I strike you and smite you," said the friendly soul,
"in the moment that I do the worst to you that you could ever imagine -
in that self same moment...remember Who I Really Am."

"Oh, I wont forget!" promised the little soul. "I will see you in the
perfection w ith which I hold you now, and I will remember Who You Are,
always."

From the book Conversations with God

Create consciously



"No man has a chance to enjoy permanent success until he begins to look in a mirror for the real cause of all his mistakes."

-- Napoleon Hill

The law of karma is the law of cause and effect. It works unavoidably when there is no consciousness -- when we are not present in the moment. When there is no consciousness, the past creates the future.

The law of Love supersedes the law of karma. It intervenes in the process by focusing in the present. In fact, one could say that Love is being fully present. When anything is initiated in Love in the present, the future of that reality will be purposeful, meaningful, loving and powerful.

"He who is false to present duty breaks a thread in the loom, and will find the flaw when he may have forgotten its cause."

--Henry Ward Beecher

"In my beginning is my end."

-- T.S. Eliot


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Dance through your day



"Mix a little foolishness with your serious plans: it’s lovely to be silly at the right moment."

-- Horace

Today, we invite you to do the Take-Your-Time Tango. In his book ‘Games for the Soul,’ Drew Leder challenges us to dance through our days with the graceful, slow elegance of a tango dancer.

Slow down a notch," Leder counsels. "Do whatever you do in a calm and leisurely fashion. ... As much as possible, don’t be driven by inner fear, external deadlines, or rushed companions to stumble through a speeded-up dance. Act as if you have all the time in the world. Come to think of it, you do: No one else has any more hours."

So stand (or sit) tall. Raise your chin as you gather your full concentration, dignity and self confidence to glide smoothly and beautifully through the day.

"We look at the dance to impart the sensation of living in an affirmation of life, to energize the spectator into keener awareness of the vigor, the mystery, the humor, the variety, and the wonder of life."

-- Martha Graham


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YOU MUST MAKE YOUR OWN OPPORTUNITIES

Your destiny isn't a matter of chance,
it's a matter of the choices you make.
It's not something you wait for,
but rather something you pursue.

Don't wait for extraordinary opportunities.
Seize common occasions and make them great.
Opportunities sometimes come disguised in the form of misfortune,
or temporary defeat.

You can start where you are.
You're at this moment standing in the middle of opportunity.

If you act on your dreams you can live them.



THE DAILY GURU


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Balance material and spiritual



"What is [the role of money] in the search for meaning? Is our relationship to it one of the chief factors that keeps us in our prison, or could it also be a tool for breaking out, for awakening to a life filled with intensity of purpose?"

-- Jacob Needleman

Our personality has a need for security. As a human in a material world, we need money to survive. If we don’t have enough for basics, our lives cannot function. At the same time, with too much emphasis on the material, we lose the spiritual awareness that brings meaning and fulfillment. The key lies in the balance.

What draws most of your attention, time and energy: spiritual growth or money? Reflect on (or better yet, journal on) the balance or lack of balance of these two in your life.

"Money is not required to buy one necessity of the soul."

-- Henry David Thoreau

"View money and things not as something you create to fill a lack, but as tools to help you more fully express yourself and realize your potential."

-- Sanaya Roman and Duane Packer


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The Rose



John Blanchard stood up from the bench, straightened his Army uniform, and studied the crowd of people making their way through Grand Central Station. He looked for the girl whose heart he knew, but whose face he didn't, the girl with the rose.

His interest in her had begun thirteen months before in a Florida library. Taking a book off the shelf he found himself intrigued, not with the words of the book, but with the notes penciled in the margin. The soft handwriting reflected a thoughtful soul and insightful mind. In the front of the book, he discovered the previous owner's name, Miss Hollis Maynell. With time and effort he located her address.

She lived in New York City. He wrote her a letter introducing himself and inviting her to correspond. The next day he was shipped overseas for service in World War II. During the next year and one month the two grew to know each other through the mail. Each letter was a seed falling on a fertile heart. A romance was budding. Blanchard requested a photograph, but she refused. She felt that if he really cared, it wouldn't matter what she looked like. When the day finally came for him to return from Europe, they scheduled their first meeting - 7:00 PM at the Grand Central Station in New York. "You'll recognize me," she wrote, "by the red rose I'll be wearing on my lapel." So at 7:00 he was in the station looking for a girl whose heart he loved, but whose face he'd never seen. I'll let Mr. Blanchard tell you what happened:

A young woman was coming toward me, her figure long and slim. Her blonde hair lay back in curls from her delicate ears; her eyes were blue as flowers. Her lips and chin had a gentle firmness, and in her pale green suit she was like springtime come alive. I started toward her, entirely forgetting to notice that she was not wearing a rose. As I moved, a small, provocative smile curved her lips. "Going my way, sailor?" sh e murmured. Almost uncontrollably I made one step closer to her, and then I saw Hollis Maynell. She was standing almost directly behind the girl. A woman well past 40, she had graying hair tucked under a worn hat. She was more than plump, her thick-ankled feet thrust into low-heeled shoes. The girl in the green suit was walking quickly away. I felt as though I was split in two, so keen was my desire to follow her, and yet so deep was my longing for the woman whose spirit had truly companioned me and upheld my own. And there she stood. Her pale, plump face was gentle and sensible, her gray eyes had a warm and kindly twinkle.

I did not hesitate. My fingers gripped the small worn blue leather copy of the book that was to identify me to her. This would not be love, but it would be something precious, something perhaps even better than love, a friendship for which I had been and must ever be grateful. I squared my shoulders and saluted and held out the book to the woman , even though while I spoke I felt choked by the bitterness of my disappointment. "I'm Lieutenant John Blanchard, and you must be Miss Maynell. I am so glad you could meet me; may I take you to dinner?" The woman's face broadened into a tolerant smile. "I don't know what this is about, son," she answered, "but the young lady in the green suit who just went by, she begged me to
wear this rose on my coat. And she said if you were to ask me out to dinner, I should go and tell you that she is waiting for you in the big restaurant across the street. She said it was some kind of test!"

It's not difficult to understand and admire Miss Maynell's wisdom. The true nature of a heart is seen in its response to the unattractive.

Unknown author

Question About Addiction



Question:

I have been working with the non-resistant approach to a troubling habit. As I work, it seems that every time temptation attacks, it lasts for shorter durations of time and doesn't attack as often. Will the temptation eventually cease attacking altogether?

Answer:

All things move through life, and through us, in a kind of special bell curve with predictable durations. Temptations will have times of being easy to disavow, and then turn around and be, seemingly surprisingly, almost impossible to handle. All this is to say that yes, the "attacking" forces will diminish if not fed, but stay awake and don't fall prey to the idea that you are now "stronger" than the habit.

The only real way to be free of any problem is to outgrow the self that finds some value in it. While the following ideas aren't the whole answer, within them is some higher help you may use to win this inner war: Bad habits have the hold they do, in part, because when we challenge their right to wreck our lives, their "response" is suddenly to seem more powerful. The key here is that this habit has not grown stronger in these moments, only that we have become more conscious of its dictatorship.

This new awareness is the seed of our gaining the strength we need to overthrow this tyrant. For when we are tired enough of living beneath its dark domination, we will drop both this habit and the defeat it engenders.

For more answers to life's questions, like the ones above, which will help you start realizing everything your heart has ever longed for, please visit the link below.

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The Riple Effect

The Master was walking through the fields one day when a young man, a
troubled look upon his face, approached him.

"On such a beautiful day, it must be difficult to stay so serious," the
Master said.

"Is it? I hadn't noticed," the young man said, turning to look around and
notice his surroundings. His eyes scanned the landscape, but nothing
seemed to register; his mind elsewhere. Watching intently, the Master
continued to walk.

"Join me if you like." The Master walked to the edge of a still pond,
framed by sycamore trees, their leaves golden orange and about to fall.

"Please sit down," the Master invited, patting the ground next to him.
Looking carefully before sitting, the young man brushed the ground to
clear a space for himself.

"Now, find a small stone, please," the Master instructed.

"What?"

"A stone. Please find a small stone and throw it in the pond."

Searching around him, the young man grabbed a pebble and threw it as far
as he could.

"Tell me what you see," the Master instructed.

Straining his eyes to not miss a single detail, the man looked at the
water's surface.

"I see ripples."

"Where did the ripples come from?"

"From the pebble I threw in the pond, Master."

"Please reach your hand into the water and stop the ripples," the Master
asked.

Not understanding, the young man stuck his hand in the water as a ripple
neared, only to cause more ripples. The young man was now completely
baffled. Where was this going? Had he made a mistake in seeking out the
Master? After all he was not a student, perhaps he could not be helped?
Puzzled, the young man waited.

"Were you able to stop the ripples with your hands?" the Master asked.

"No, of course not."

"Could you have stopped the ripples, then?"

"No, Master. I told you I only caused more ripples."

"What if you had stopped the pebble from entering the water to begin
with?" The Master smiled such a beautiful smile; the young man could not
be upset.

"Next time you are unhappy with your life, catch the stone before it hits
the water. Do not spend time trying to undo what you have done. Rather,
change what you are going to do before you do it." The Master looked
kindly upon the young man.

"But Master, how will I know what I am going to do before I do it?"

"Take the responsibility for living your own life. If you're working with
a doctor to treat an illness, then ask the doctor to help you understand
what caused the illness. Do not just treat the ripples. Keep asking
questions." The young man stopped, his mind reeling.

"But I came to you to ask you for answers. Are you saying that I know the
answers?"

"You may not know the answers right now, but if you ask the right
questions, then you shall discover the answers."

"But what are the right questions, Master?"

"There are no wrong questions, only unasked ones. We must ask, for
without asking, we cannot receive answers. But it is your responsibility
to ask. No one else can do that for you."

Unknown author

THE HIGHWAY TO SUCCESS IS A TOLL ROAD

You must give up something to get whatever you want in life.
The greater the value, the greater the sacrifice that will be required.
Everything has a price.

Nothing worthwhile will come easily to you.
Work, continuous work and hard work,
is the only way to accomplish the results that last.

You pay a price if you want to make things better,
and you pay a price for just leaving things as they are.

You'll find no success at bargain basement prices.



THE DAILY GURU


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Tap into the Power of Inspired Actions

"All know the way; few actually walk it."  ~Bodhidharma


Every action you take sends out an energetic vibration into the world.  Action shifts the molecules all around you on a physical level, and is directly linked to the types of things you manifest.  Your actions sculpt your world just like a sculptor molds clay to create a beautiful piece of art.  Each time you do something in the world, you mold the energetic and physcial reality around you.  You are always manifesting results.  Yes, the Laws of Attraction apply to your physical actions as well as to your emotional and mental energies.  You have the choice to either use your body-mind to actively support your dreams or hinder them.  Every time you take actions with an inspired expanded heart, you inadvertantly magnetize more of what you truly want, need, and desire into your life.  On the other hand, when you take action steps with hesitation, heaviness, resentment, or a general lack of excitement, you inadvertently send out a negative vibration which boomerangs back to you in the form of unwanted experiences.

Actions are an extremely powerful vehicle that when combined with the fuel of inspiration can make anything you want manifest quickly into your life.  Think of just ONE action step you could take towards manifesting your dreams... even the smallest step will do.  Practice getting in touch with your heart and find out what excites or inspires you in some way.  Take that one inspired step as soon as you can, and then add a new inspired action the next day.  Just doing ONE inspired action per day towards your dream life will help you manifest it faster and with more joy.

"Action may not always bring happiness,
but there is no happiness without action."  ~Benjamin Disraeli

 An interesting fact is that the word "inspired"  was derived from the Latin word inspirare which means to breathe into.  You are literally breathing life into your dreams every time you use inspiration to guide your actions.   Just like breathing is natural and happens of its on accord, so does inspiration naturally arise inside of you.  Being inspired is your true state.  You are naturally inspired when you are listening to your heart and what it feels compelled to do.  Just notice how children are naturally inspired to go and do things when left to their own devices, and how much exuberance for life they carry in their hearts.   They don't think about doing something, they just get into action and go have fun.   Every time you take action from an inspired place, you're tapping into the boundless energy of your infinite soul, feel rejuvenated, and even more alive.  Taking inspired action gives you energy, while doing things out of a sense of obligation drains your energy.

"Contemplation often makes life miserable.

We should act more, think less, 

and stop watching ourselves live.  ~Nicolas de Chamfort

Perhaps you are wondering how you can begin to feel inspired to take actions instead of sitting around on your couch all day. First of all, let's observe the kind of messages you are sending out to the Universe.  Are you waiting for something to manifest for you or taking massive action steps towards it?  If you are sending out the lazy message of waiting to the Unvierse, then you are most probably going to magnetize back to you the experience of waiting a long time to manifest what you want.  Here are 5 secrets to tap into the power of inspired actions: 



1.  Get quiet inside.  You can easily start moving into inspiration by quieting the incessant chattering of the mind.  Your mind is either trying too hard to manifest your desires, or paralyzed in fear, doubt, and resistance.  Just notice when you have doubting thoughts like "What will happen if I do that?"  or "Is there something better that I should be doing? ". Your mind is just use to trying to figure everything out instead of relying on your inner knowing.  If you feel paralyzed or confused about what action steps to take, learn to quiet your mind through meditation.    Beneath the chatter of the mind, there is a quiet voice that is urging you to take certain inspired actions.   Once you become the observer, you will be able to hear these words of inspiration and discover the amazing power of living from this place. 

  

2.  Prime your Inspiration Pump.  When the inspiration well is dry, you just press on the inspiration pump a few times to get the flow going.  Some ways is get your pump flowing include;  meditating on inspiring people who you admire in your life, writing down a list of your life's greatest inspired actions, or doing one inspired action immeditately.  Ask yourself, "What is one inspired action that would bring me closer to making my dreams a reality?"  Then, before your mind starts to question your answer, prime your inspiration pump by simply taking the first action step that comes into your mind without thinking about it.  You will be completely amazed at how this will awaken a flow of inspirational energy, and attract what you want into your life!

 

3. Consciously Create Time for Inspiration.  If you have been sitting around unconsciouly waiting for life to reward you with goodies, you may have a rusty inspiration engine.  Half the difficulty in feeling inspired is creating the space, surroundings, time, and consciousness to make it happen.  If you schedule 20 minutes a few times a day into your life to stop everything and ONLY do inspired actions, you'll feed the inspiration fire.  Inspired action fuels more inspiration.  Many new and exciting ideas can easily come to you once your energy expands outwards and you feel your heart re-open.  For many people, this occurs when they get into action without hesitating, pondering, or asking themselves one hundred questions. They just decide to take action on an exciting idea that comes into their mind.

 

4. Committ to being an Inspiration-a-holic.  Trust this energy and let yourself get addicted to it at least for a few weeks.  Then you'll naturally start to trust this way of being and living life.  Every idea can potentially become an inspired one (in some way) even if they do not fully excited you at first.  With deep resolution and committment to being addicted to inspired actions, you will never be bored with life.  Once you move into action with the intention of welcoming as much inspiration as you can handle, your energy expands and attracts inspired people, opportunities, abundance, and joy into your daily life.  You naturally become in touch with that which eternally radiates inspiration from your core.


5. Breathe In-spirit   If your body is emotionally blocked from feeling inspiration, you can physically access it through your breath.  Consciously inhale the most exciting thoughts you can handle for 30 seconds in a row and see what happens.  Then, focus on connecting with the power of your infinite inner being.  Imagine breathing in the quality behind words like exhilarating, stimulating, thrilling, invigorating, spine-tingling exciting, energizing, arousing...etc  Feel the vastness of the infinite Universe you live in and let any inspiring thoughts arise.  Let your breath be your guide.  When you direct your mind towards your infinite spirit, you naturally align yourself with your boundless inner being.  Listen to what it says and follow the quiet words of inspiration that arise from inside of you.



 "Genius is one percent inspiration and 

ninety-nine percent perspiration.”  ~Thomas  Edison

 

Our 90 Day Manifesting Program is like an "inspiration toolbox" that supports you in moving from a world of doubt and drudgery to embracing fun, easy, and inspired actions.  You'll learn concrete action steps to take to start making your dreams a reality.  It also gives you proven techniques to quiet the chatter of the mind, and meditations to re-connect with your most inspired self so that you can tap into the energy of inspiration that is at your core.  Find out more about how this program can support you at www.ManifestingVibration.com 



May Inspiration Always Be Your Guide! 

Margot Zaher & Jafree Ozwald

www.EnlightenedBeings.com


Joy

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Ancient Egyptians believed that upon death they would be asked two
questions and their answers would determine whether they could
continue their journey in the afterlife.
The first question was,
"Did you bring joy?"
The second was,
"Did you find joy?"

~Leo Buscaglia

The Three Little Trees


Once upon a mountain top, three little trees stood and dreamed of what they wanted to become when they grew up.

The first little tree looked up at the stars and said: "I want to hold treasure. I want to be covered with gold and filled with precious stones. I'll be the most beautiful treasure chest in the world!"

The second little tree looked out at the small stream trickling by on it's way to the ocean. "I want to be traveling mighty waters and carrying powerful kings. I'll be the strongest ship in the world!"

The third little tree looked down into the valley below where busy men and women worked in a busy town. "I don't want to leave the mountain top at all. I want to grow so tall that when people stop to look at me, they'll raise their eyes to heaven and think of God. I will be the tallest tree in the world."

Years passed. The rain came, the sun shone, and the little trees grew tall. One day t hree woodcutters climbed the mountain.

The first woodcutter looked at the first tree and said, "This tree is beautiful. It is perfect for me." With a swoop of his shining axe, the first tree fell. "Now I shall be made into a beautiful chest, I shall hold wonderful treasure!" The first tree said.

The second woodcutter looked at the second tree and said, "This tree is strong. It is perfect for me." With a swoop of his shining axe, the second tree fell. "Now I shall sail mighty waters!" thought the second tree. "I shall be a strong ship for mighty kings!"

The third tree felt her heart sink when the last woodcutter looked her way. She stood straight and tall and pointed bravely to heaven. But the woodcutter never even looked up. "Any kind of tree will do for me. "He muttered. With a swoop of his shining axe, the third tree fell.

The first tree rejoiced when the woodcutter brought her to a carpenter's shop. But the carpenter fashioned the tree into a feedbox for animals. The once beautiful tree was not covered with gold, nor with treasure. She was coated with sawdust and filled with hay for hungry farm animals.

The second tree smiled when the woodcutter took her to a shipyard, but no mighty sailing ship was made that day. Instead the once strong tree was hammered and sawed into a simple fishing boat. She was too small and too weak to sail to an ocean, or even a river; instead she was taken to a little lake.

The third tree was confused when the woodcutter cut her into strong beams and left her in a lumberyard. "What happened?" The once tall tree wondered. "All I ever wanted was to stay on the mountain top and point to God."

Many many days and night passed. The three trees nearly forgot their dreams. But one night, golden starlight poured over the first tree as a young woman placed her newborn baby in th e feedbox. "I wish I could make a cradle for him," her husband whispered. The mother squeezed his hand and smiled as the starlight shone on the smooth and the sturdy wood." This manger is beautiful," she said. And suddenly the first tree knew he was holding the greatest treasure in the world.

One evening a tired traveler and his friends crowded into the old fishing boat. The traveler fell asleep as the second tree quietly sailed out into the lake. Soon a thundering and thrashing storm arose. The little tree shuddered. She knew she did not have the strength to carry so many passengers safely through with the wind and the rain. The tired man
awakened. He stood up, stretched out his hand, and said, "Peace." The storm stopped as quickly as it had begun. Suddenly the second tree knew he was carrying the king of heaven and earth.

One Friday morning, the third tree was startled when her beams were yanked from the forgotten woodpile. She flinched as she was carried through an angry jeering crowd. She shuddered when soldiers nailed a man's hands to her. She felt ugly and harsh and cruel. But on Sunday morning, when the sun rose and the earth tremble with joy beneath her, the third tree knew that God's love had changed everything. It had made the third tree strong. And every time people thought of the third tree, they would think of God. That was better than being the tallest tree in the world.

So next time you feel down because you didn't get what you want, just sit tight and be happy because God is thinking of something better to give you.

Unknown author

Value the process



"If the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear ... as it is, infinite."

-- William Blake


When we stop and pay attention to ourselves, we begin to see clearly the habits and patterns that have kept us asleep and confused and misled for so long. With awareness, we can choose to shift from the selfish and narrow outlook of our personality to the all-embracing generosity of our soul, simply by changing our perspective.

Change your mind and you’ll change your world.

"You watch your mind to see who you are not. I watch my mind to gain a sense of its content, which has always been my pain. As I watch it, I get a sense of its impermanence. Thoughts come and go as part of a process. I see how content dissolves into process and begin to see the patterns in the process. Realizing it isn’t MY suffering, MY pain, it becomes THE pain. I’ve gone from the tiny, the small, and the individual to the universal. I feel OUR pain. When we do, we go from fear to compassion. Fear is MY pain, compassion is THE pain."

-- Stephen Levine

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On self-honesty



"No man, for any considerable period, can wear one face to himself, and another to the multitude, without finally getting bewildered as to which may be true."

-- Nathaniel Hawthorne

"You cannot fake a relationship and feel right with yourself or anyone else. Changing yourself to fit what you think other people want doesn’t work. Pretending to be someone other than yourself only broadens the distance between the person you are and the one with whom you’re trying to establish closeness."

-- Mary Manin Morrissey

"Just as surely as distress must follow self-deceit, healing must follow self-honesty."

-- Vernon Howard

"Don't compromise yourself. You are all you've got."

-- Janis Joplin

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Are you happy?



"It is not easy to find happiness in ourselves, and it is not possible to find it elsewhere."

-- Agnes Repplier


Are you happy?

Don’t answer too quickly. Sit with this question for a long time and you’ll be introduced to brand new dimensions of who you are and of what matters in your life.

"Happiness comes only when we push our brains and hearts to the farthest reaches of which we are capable."

-- Leo C. Rosten



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The World - A Different Perspective



If we could shrink the Earth's population to a village of precisely 100
people.

With all existing human ratios remaining the same, it would look like
this:

There would be:

57 Asians, 21 Europeans, 14 from the Western Hemisphere (North and South)
8 Africans.

51 would be female; 49 would be male.

70 would be non-whites, 30 white.

70 would be non-Christians; 30 Christian.

50% of the entire world's wealth would be in the hands of only 6 people
(and all 6 would be citizens of the U.S.)

80 would live in substandard housing.

70 would be unable to read.

50 would suffer from malnutrition.

1 would be near death; 1 would be near birth.

Only 1 would have a college education.

No one would own a computer.

Unknown author

The first step to forgiveness



"To get to forgiveness, we first have to work through the painful experiences that require it."

-- Christiane Northrup


To forgive, we do not have to say that whatever happened was okay. In fact, before we can forgive, we need to allow ourselves to really feel the pain of the experience. If we don’t fully acknowledge our hurts, we will continue to carry them subconsciously and they will drain our energy.

To forgive, we need to decide that we won’t allow the memories of the event to poison us any longer. We’re ready to heal this wound from the past and open to a fresh new beginning.

The blessing is that when we’re really ready to experience our pain and we open to it, it usually fades away. By honouring our pain, we release it.

"We must let ourselves feel all the painful destruction we want to forgive rather than swallow it in denial. If we do not face it, we cannot choose to forgive it."

-- Kenneth McNoll


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The Water Bearer



A water bearer had two large pots, one hung on each end of a pole which
he carried across his neck. One of the pots had a crack in it, and while
the other pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water.

At the end of the long walk from the stream to the master's house, the
cracked pot always arrived only half full. For two years this went on
daily, with the bearer delivering only one and a half pots full of water
to his master's house. Of course, the perfect pot was proud of its
accomplishments, fulfilled in the design for which it was made. But the
poor cracked pot was ashamed of its own imperfection, and miserable that
it was unable to accomplish what it had been made to do.

After two years of enduring this bitter shame, the pot spoke to the water
bearer one day by the stream. "I am ashamed of myself and I apologize to
you." "Why?" asked the bearer. "What are you ashamed of?" "I have been
able, f or these past two years, to deliver only half my load because
this crack in my side causes water to leak out all the way back to your
master's house. Because of my flaws, you have to do all of this work, and
you don't get full value from your efforts," the pot said.

The water bearer felt sorry for the old cracked pot, and in his
compassion he said, "As we return to the master's house, I want you to
notice the beautiful flowers along the path." Indeed, as they went up the
hill, the old cracked pot took notice of the sun warming the beautiful
wild flowers on the side of the path, and was cheered somewhat. But at
the end of the trail, it still felt the old shame because it had leaked
out half its load, and so again the pot apologized to the bearer for its
failure.

The bearer said to the pot, "Did you not notice that there were flowers
only on your side of the path, and not on the other pot's side? That's
because I have always known about your flaw, and I took advantage of it.
I planted flower seeds on your side of the path, and every day while
we've walked back from the stream, you've watered them. For two years I
have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to decorate my master's
table. Without you being just the way you are, he would not have this
beauty to grace his house."

Each of us has flaws. We're all cracked pots. But if we will allow Him,
the Lord will use our flaws to grace His Father's table. In God's great
economy, nothing goes to waste. Don't be afraid of your flaws.
Acknowledge them, and you, too, can bring something beautiful to the
Father.

Unknown author


YOU CAN MAKE YOUR DREAMS A REALITY



You have the power and the opportunity to change your life.
You can make anything you want of it.
It's not difficult, it just takes some effort.

See things as you would have them be instead of as they are.
Develop a personal plan that focuses on what you want,
not on what you have.

Your imagination will show you how to turn your possibilities into reality.
Visualize your goals and your subconscious will begin to work
toward making those mental pictures come true.
If you picture yourself vividly as winning,
that alone will contribute immeasurably to your success.

Knowing your destination is all you need to get there.



THE DAILY GURU


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Make time to play



"If we fail to nourish our souls, they wither, and without soul, life ceases to have meaning.... The creative process shrivels in the absence of continual dialogue with the soul. And creativity is what makes life worth living."

-- Marion Woodman

Stress, fear, negativity, too much to do and doing things for others at the expense of our own needs -- these all stifle our innate creativity. Relaxation, fun, meditation, and going after our dreams all get the creative juices flowing. Soul is always creative, always fresh and new.

How can you create more space in your life to allow the soul’s energy out to play?

"I learned... that inspiration does not come like a bolt, nor is it kinetic, energetic, striving, but it comes to us slowly and quietly and all the time, though we must regularly and every day give it a little chance to start flowing, prime it with a little solitude and idleness."

-- Brenda Ueland

"I lived in solitude in the country and noticed how the monotony of quiet life stimulates the creative mind."

-- Albert Einstein


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What message did you most need to hear?



"One word frees us from the weight and pain of life; that word is love." --Sophocles

In exploring the enneagram, Riso and Hudson have identified ‘lost messages’ that we needed to hear as children but didn’t. The absence of these words may be at the heart of our most basic fear. And unconsciously we may still be seeking to hear these words from others.

Review the following messages and note if any one touches you more strongly than the others:

1. "You are good."
2. "You are wanted."
3. "You are loved for yourself."
4. "You are seen for who you are."
5. "Your needs are not a problem."
6. "You are safe."
7. "You will be taken care of."
8. "You will not be betrayed."
9. "Your presence matters."

"Oh the comfort, the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person, having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but pouring them all right out, just as they are -- chaff and grain together -- certain that a faithful hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping, and with the breath of kindness blow the rest away."

-- Dinah Mulock


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The Enlightened Festive Mindset



"You cannot be happy with a serious mind. With a festive mind, you
can be happy. Take this whole life as a myth, as a story. It is one,
but once you take it this way you will not be unhappy." ~ Osho

Are you having fun yet? Whether you are enjoying your life today or not depends on one thing...your attitude. If you wish to enjoy this moment immensely, start welcoming the "Festive Mindset". This means you are choosing to see EVERY situation as opportunity to reveal more Love, Joy, Inner Peace, or FUN! This is another golden key to becoming a manifesting magnet! When you take your life too seriously it's as if you are gripping too tightly to the steering wheel. Your mind and body become more contracted, your vision gets blurred, and you become entangled in tension and essentially cut off the flow of life force. If you want to keep manifesting unhappiness, then become even more serious about everything happening in this world. If you want to make this planet a more enlightened playground, become more joyful, lighthearted, and devour those serious gremlins. Just letting go of the seriousness about everything allows you the space inside to make a clear choice to have fun with the time you have left. Let go of that serious attitude and play!

"You can't shake hands with a clenched fist." ~Gandhi

The more often you give yourself permission to play and achieve nothing, your every breath becomes a pathway to experiencing more freedom and inner peace. The playful festive mindset also opens you up emotionally so that you can start LOVING life and eventually turn into a love-a-holic. Of course life situations will manifest the way they need to, yet your power exists in HOW you respond to life. Prioritize lightness over seriousness, making it your first reactionary response. Soon the sense of fun and freedom will be following you everywhere!! Imagine what your face will look like once you decide to smile at and laugh with everything that happens to you in the next 24 hours. Is this someone who you would enjoy being? The festive mindset is a choice you get to make in each moment. The serious gumpster inside you doesn't want you to believe it is a choice. It wants you to believe that you are trapped and stuck in some unhappy pattern you cannot change. You see, seriousness is a gremlin that thrives on fear. It is always constricting and repeling people and opportunities away from you. How do you feel when you are around someone who is super serious about life? Do you really want to be around them?

The good news is that it is super easy to release and free any serious gremlins inside you. It simply starts with your heart's committment to having more fun! In time the festive mindset will get rooted inside you. Then you'll experience the greatest Truth of all; that life is just one crazy and wild exotic game. Yes, it's a massive game on a spiritual playground where you can explore your soul, enjoy yourself, and evolve. You have already been chosen to be one of life's greatest players, so it is time to start playing! It's really not important who "wins" in this game. It doesn't even matter who defeats whom in the end. The most important thing is that you are truly enjoying the game now. Games were created to have fun, right? Take this moment and look at where you can start having more FUN in your life. If you were a fun-loving playful child again, how would you approach the situations in your world? If this life is a game, how do you really want to play it?

"Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain one once you
grow up." ~Pablo Picasso


It's surprising what can happen in your life when you start to consciously choose the festive mindset over living in serious gremlin-ville. I (Margot) had an experience seven years ago that clearly demonstrated the power of the festive mindset. One autumn evening, I decided to radically shift my approach to networking, and attend a community business event with an entirely different mindset. Up until that evening, I had always been very serious about making a good impression at these networking events. I had worked hard to perfect my introductions, have great sales conversations, and generally make people what to do business with me. The problem was that I was feeling a bit of pressure around attending these events, and was no longer really enjoying them. So on that evening, I decided to embrace the festive mindset. I imagined that this event had been held in my honor and that it was just one big party for me where everybody was excited to see me! Since I love parties, it was easy for me to imagine that this event was the best party ever and I started to really have a good time. I forgot about selling my coaching services and just had a lot of fun meeting new people. In fact, people kept walking up to me and telling me that I looked like I was having fun. The amazing thing about that evening is the kind of success I manifested. I created three long-term clients that night, and made a life-long friend who introduced me to an entire new group of like-minded people who many are now my best friends. The power of imagination is truly amazing.

"Imagination is more important than knowledge." ~Albert Einstein

So it's time to say good-bye to the old serious attitude of approaching life like it's something challenging to conquer, and embrace the festive mindset that views all experiences as part of the bigger game of life. Start adopting this fun-loving light-hearted attitude right now about what concerns you most about your life. Even if you don't normally think of an experience as "positive" or "good", imagine how an enlightened light-hearted being would approach it. Practice on the small perceived nuisances like traffic jams and missed appointments, and soon you will be able to see how life is truly a game to be enjoyed! Once you deeply embrace this new attitude, your manifesting vibration will SKYROCKET and you will manifest a plethora of your desires.

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Festive Minds Unite!
Margot & Jafree

Precious Gift

A wise woman who was traveling in the mountains found a precious stone in
a stream.

The next day she met another traveler who was hungry, and the wise woman
opened her bag to share her food. The hungry traveler saw the precious
stone and asked the woman to give it to him.

She did so without hesitation.

The traveler left rejoicing in his good fortune. He knew the stone was
worth enough to give him security for a lifetime. But, a few days later,
he came back to return the stone to the wise woman.

"I've been thinking," he said.

"I know how valuable this stone is, but I give it back in the hope that
you can give me something even more precious. Give me what you have
within you that enabled you to give me this stone."

Sometimes it's not the wealth you have but what's inside you that others
need.

Unknown author

How do you play your roles?



"What concerns me is not the way things are, but rather the way people think things are."

-- Epicetus

When we are basically unconscious, we live according to social roles. We perform as sons and daughters, mothers and fathers, husbands and wives, employers and employees, as society expects us to.

As we grow in awareness, we gain the freedom to bring our own unique perspectives to these roles. We can express ourselves authentically and creatively, without letting our roles dictate how we should behave.

"Risk! Risk anything! Care no more for the opinion of others, for those voices. Do the hardest thing on earth for you. Act for yourself. Face the truth."

-- Katherine Mansfield


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DO THE NEXT THING

Keeping a little ahead of conditions is one of the secrets of business.
The time to repair your roof is when the sun is shining.
So, do things before they need to be done.

Let your advance worrying become advance thinking and planning.
Position yourself ahead of time in the best place for you.

You'll gain the advantage in any situation through the medium of time.
When you think ahead of any approaching action
you'll always have the advantage.
You'll be the winner.

When you do what is necessary,
all the odds are in your favor.



THE DAILY GURU


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Be here now

"This moment is the moment of reality, of union, of truth. Nothing needs to be done to it or to you for this to be so. Nothing needs to be avoided, transcended, or found for it to be so."

-- Da Avabhasa

Creativity, connection, soul, inspiration and intuition are available only in the present moment for the present moment.

We choose how actively we take part in the cosmic dance of life. We can become wallflowers, mere spectators to life, if we get trapped in the patterns and habits of the past. Or we can choose to dance by being present and open to the energies, the opportunities and the guidance available to us each moment.

"Each today, well-lived, makes yesterday a dream of happiness and each tomorrow a vision of hope. Look, therefore, to this one day, for it and it alone is life."

-- Sanskrit poem


"You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment."

-- Henry David Thoreau

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SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE MAKE DECISIONS




It's your life. You decide what you're going to do with it.
If you don't run your own life, someone else will.
You're in control of your life to the degree that you make decisions.

To control the outcome of anything,
you control the action at the point of decision making.
If you let others make decisions for you, you give up control.
When you control the decisions, you control the actions.

Take charge of your life,
so there is no longer a need to ask permission of others.
When you ask permission,
you're giving someone "veto" power over your life.

Only you are responsible for your life.
Take control and start making those decisions.



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MAKING CHOICES IS YOUR GREATEST POWER




While your character is formed by your circumstances,
your desires can shape those circumstances.
The one thing over which you have absolute control is your own thoughts.
It is this that puts you in a position to control your own destiny.

Nature is constantly at work around you.
Character and destiny are her handiwork.
She gives you love and hate, jealousy and reverence.
You have the power to choose which impulse you follow.

At any time you can decide to alter the course of your life.
No one can ever take that away from you.
You can do what you want to do and be who you want to be.

Your greatest power is the power to choose.



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Slowdown Therapy



1. Slow down. You are not responsible for doing it all yourself, right
now.

2. Remember a happy, peaceful time in your past. Rest there. Each moment
has richness that takes a lifetime to savor.

3. Set your own pace. When someone is pushing you, it's OK to tell them
they're pushing.

4. Take nothing for granted: watch water flow, the corn grow, the leaves
blow, your neighbor mow.

5. Taste your food. Nature provides it to delight as well as to nourish.

6. Notice the sun and the moon as they rise and set. They are remarkable
for their steady pattern of movement, not their speed.

7. Quit planning how you're going to use what you know, learn, or
possess. Your gifts just are; be grateful and their purpose will be
clear.

8. When you talk with someone, don't think about what you'll say next.
Thoughts will spring up naturally if you let them.

9. Talk and play with children. It will bring out the unhurried little
person inside you.

10. Create a place in your home, at your work, in your heart where you
can go for quiet and recollection. You deserve it.

11. Allow yourself time to be lazy and unproductive. Rest isn't luxury;
it's a necessity.

12. Listen to the wind blow. It carries a message of yesterday and
tomorrow-and now. NOW counts.

13. Rest on your laurels. They bring comfort whatever their size, age, or
condition.

14. Talk slower. Talk less. Don't talk. Communication isn't measured by
words.

15. Give yourself permission to be late sometimes. Life is for living,
not scheduling.

16. Listen to the song of a bird; the complete song. Music and nature are
gifts, but only if you are willing to receive them.

17. Take time just to think. Action is good and necessary, but it's
fruitful only if we muse, ponder, and mull.

18. Make time for play - the things you like to do. Whatever you r age,
your inner child needs re-creation.

19. Watch and listen to the night sky. It speaks.

20. Listen to the words you speak, especially in prayer.

21. Learn to stand back and let others take their turn as leaders. There
will always be new opportunities for you to step out in front again.

22. Divide big jobs into little jobs.

23. When you find yourself rushing and anxious, stop. Ask yourself "WHY?"
you are rushing and anxious. The reasons may improve your
self-understanding.

24. Take time to read. Thoughtful reading is enriching reading.

25. Direct your life with purposeful choices, not with speed and
efficiency. The best musician is one who plays with expression and
meaning, not the one who finishes first.

26. Take a day off alone; make a retreat. You can learn from monks and
hermits without becoming one.

27. Pet a furry friend. You will give and get the gift of now.
< br> 28. Work with your hands. It frees the mind.

29. Take time to wonder. Without wonder, life is merely existence.

30. Sit in the dark. It will teach you to see and hear, taste and smell.

31. Once in a while, turn down the lights, the volume, the throttle, the
invitations. Less really can be more.

32. Let go. Nothing is usually the hardest thing to do - but often it is
the best.

33. Take a walk-but don't go anywhere. If you walk just to get somewhere,
you sacrifice the walking.

34. Count your friends. If you have one, you are lucky. If you have more,
you are blessed. Bless them in return.

35. Count your blessings - one at a time and slowly.

Unknown author


DESIRE IS THE STARTING POINT FOR SUCCESS

The first thing that will contribute to reaching your goal
is that you simply want to reach it badly enough.
You must learn how to desire with sufficient intensity to be successful.

If you have the desire you have the power to attain success.
You can really have anything you want in life if you go after it.
But you have to want it.

As a drowning soul desires air,
as a shipwrecked person craves fresh water,
so must you feel that intense, eager, insistent, demanding,
ravenous desire for your success.

Your desire for success must be so strong within you
that it becomes the very breath of your life.
It must be your first thought when you wake up,
and your last thought when you go to bed at night.

You can have anything you want if you go after it with intensity.



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Heaven

Miracle
"The Earth is beautiful. If you start living its beauty, enjoying its
joys with no guilt in your heart, you are in paradise. If you condemn
everything, every small joy, then the same Earth turns into a hell.
It is a question of your own inner transformation. It is not a change
of place, it is a change of inner space. Live joyously, guiltlessly,
live totally, live intensely. And then heaven is no more a
metaphysical concept, it is your own experience" ~ Osho

Struggle


A man found a cocoon of an emperor moth. He took it home so that he could
watch the moth come out of the cocoon.

On that day a small opening appeared, he sat and watched the moth for
several hours as the moth struggled to force the body through that little
hole. Then it seemed to stop making any progress. It appeared as if it
had gotten as far as it could and it could go no farther. It just seemed
to be stuck.

Then the man, in his kindness, decided to help the moth, so he took a
pair of scissors and snipped off the remaining bit of the cocoon. The
moth then emerged easily. But it had a swollen body and small, shriveled
wings.

The man continued to watch the moth because he expected that, at any
moment, the wings would enlarge and expand to be able to support the
body, which would contract in time. Neither happened!

In fact, the little moth spent the rest of its life crawling around with
a swollen body and shriveled body and s hriveled wings. It never was able
to fly.

What the man in his kindness and haste did not understand was that the
restricting cocoon and the struggle required for the moth to get through
the tiny opening was the way of forcing fluid from the body of the moth
into its wings so that it would be ready for flight once it achieved its
freedom from the cocoon.

Freedom and flight would only come after the struggle. By depriving the
moth of a struggle, he deprived the moth of health.

Sometimes struggles are exactly what we need in our life.

If we were to go through our life without any obstacles, we would be
crippled. We would not be as strong as what we could have been.

Give every opportunity a chance.

Unknown author


YOU ONLY GET TO KEEP WHAT YOU GIVE AWAY



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It's a universal law: You have to give before you get.
You must plant your seeds before you reap the harvest.
The more you sow, the more you will reap.
In giving to others, you will find yourself blessed.

The law works to give you back more than you have sown.
Those that obtain have little.
Those who scatter have much.
The giver's harvest is always full.

Nature does not give to those who will not spend.
This is the time of year to show appreciation to those you love.



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Talking

- From the 'Prophet'

"You talk when you cease to be at peace with your thoughts;

And when you can no longer dwell in the solitude of your heart you live
in your lips, and sound is a diversion and a pastime.

And in much of your talking, thinking is half murdered. For thought is a
bird of space, that in a cage of words many indeed unfold its wings but
cannot fly.

There are those among you who seek the talkative through fear of being
alone. The silence of aloneness reveals to their eyes their naked selves
and they would escape.

And there are those who talk, and without knowledge or forethought reveal
a truth which they themselves do not understand.

And there are those who have the truth within them, but they tell it not
in words. In the bosom of such as these the spirit dwells in rhythmic
silence.

When you meet your friend on the roadside or in the market place, let the
spirit in you move your lips and direct your tongue. L et the voice
within your voice speak to the ear of his ear;

For his soul will keep the truth of your heart as the taste of the wine
is remembered When the colour is forgotten and the vessel is no more."




YOUR ASPIRATIONS ARE YOUR POSSIBILITIES




You have to think big if you want to be big.
Your only limits are those of vision.
The more you can dream, the more you can do.

Big thinking will always come before big achievement.
The greatest achievements always take place
in the framework of great expectations.

If you don't have a dream,
how are you going to make it come true?
Cherish your dreams for they are the blueprints to your ultimate success.

The empire of your future resides inside you.
When you cease to dream, you cease to live.


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Look for the gifts



"In school you get the lesson and then take the test ... In life you take the test and then get the lesson."

-- Unknown Source

"When it is dark enough, you can see the stars."

-- Charles Beard

How is a problem in your life really an opportunity?

Problems invite us to go inside to recognize a bigger picture of ourselves and of life. This bigger picture brings meaning to what is unfolding. When you feel trapped in a problem, see if you can shift your perspective. Ask yourself, “What is my soul inviting me to learn from this situation?” The answer will always revolve around a quality or value, like gratitude, freedom, compassion, love, will, humour or acceptance. The answer will also always promote union rather than separation.

As soon as we find the meaning in our challenge, our resistance to it melts away. Often, awareness of the lesson is all that is needed to resolve the problem. If not, the awareness brings us courage and ways to work through it.

"The period of greatest gain in knowledge and experience is the most difficult period in one’s life."

-- Dalai Lama

"Out of clutter, find Simplicity. From discord, find Harmony. In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity."

-- Albert Einstein

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Find peace inside



"All spiritual disciplines are done with a view to still the mind. The perfectly still mind is universal spirit."

-- Swami Ramdas

Getting into the habit of meditating, praying and/or resting daily helps us pull back from our preoccupation with the material world. In silence and solitude, we have an opportunity to pay attention to what’s happening inside rather than outside.

When we do this consistently, we learn to relax and to quiet and detach from our mental chatter and our turbulent emotions. As we begin to witness ourselves in personality, we also begin to experience our soul.

"Meditation may require a lifetime to master, but it will have been a lifetime well spent. ... If you want to judge your progress, ask yourself these questions: Am I more loving? Is my judgment sounder? Do I have more energy? Can my mind remain calm under provocation? Am I free from the conditioning of anger, fear, and greed? Spiritual awareness reveals itself as eloquently in character development and selfless action as in mystical states."

-- Eknath Easwaran


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Responsibility brings power



"To be tested is good. The challenged life may be the best therapist."

-- Gail Sheehy

What holds you back from being all that you are?

In your journal, list at least 5 things that hold you back.

Now review your answers. Have you blamed people or factors outside of yourself?

It's important to understand that ALL obstructions are rooted in our internal blocks. Even the problems that appear to be outside of us are only reflecting back to us problems we have inside. Once we address our inner issues, the outer problems disappear.

Be personally accountable for everything in your life and watch your perspectives shift. We claim our power when we accept responsibility for our lives.

"Conscious evolution begins as we take responsibility for clearing our own obstructions."

-- Dan Millman


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Inspired to change?



Are you getting the most benefit from these short Inner Journeys? Here are some ways to progressively stimulate more and more growth and change from these messages:

- Read them quickly for momentary inspiration and move on to the next email.
- Print them and keep them visible so you are conscious of the message during the day.
- Take just 30 seconds and write in your journal as little as one word or a few sentences about how you connect with each message.
- Take just 3 to 5 minutes to relax, reflect and contemplate on the messages that touch you. And then write a short note in your journal.
- When a message really hits home, make the effort to explore the program that delves into that topic more deeply.

At a minimum, if a message strikes any nerve at all, take a few seconds to become aware of what nerve was struck and what it means to you.

This process builds awareness, and awareness brings change and growth - automatically!

"Everyone stumbles over the truth from time to time, but most people pick themselves up and hurry off as though nothing ever happened."

-- Sir Winston Churchill



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Discover the treasures inside



"You wander from room to room
Hunting for the diamond necklace
That is already around your neck!"

-- Jalal-Uddin Rumi

Peace, joy, health and well-being can only be found inside us. They exist within us now, waiting to be discovered. Yet we tend to look to the outside world to satisfy our needs and longings.

Our outer life reflects back to us the way we think, feel and behave. The outer world is all effects. Go to the source inside for all of life’s treasures.

How are you searching for peace and contentment outside of yourself?

"Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude."

-- Denis Waitley

"It is not easy to find happiness in ourselves, and it is not possible to find it elsewhere."

-- Agnes Repplier


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Reflection

"Seek not to change the world,
but choose to change your mind about the world.
What you see reflects your thinking.
And your thinking but reflects your choice
of what you want to see."
~A Course In Miracles


EVERYTHING IS POSSIBLE IF YOU BELIEVE

There are no real barriers to your success.
You must simply overcome any doubts you have about your ability.
Your self image prescribes the limits for your accomplishments.
It prescribes the area of what is possible for you.

Don't be afraid of living.
Believe that life is worth living
and you will create that fact around you.
If you see yourself as prosperous, you will be.
If you see yourself as broke, that is exactly what you will be.

You will never succeed
until you believe you can succeed.
You can be who you want to be.



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The world is your mirror.

summer sky
The good you find in others, is in you too.
The faults you find in others, are your faults as well.
After all, to recognize something you must know it.

The possibilities you see in others, are possible for you as well. The
beauty you see around you, is your beauty. The world around you is a
reflection, a mirror showing you the person you are.

To change your world, you must change yourself. To blame and complain
will only make matters worse. Whatever you care about, is your
responsibility. What you see in others, shows you yourself.

See the best in others, and you will be your best. Give to others, and
you give to yourself. Appreciate beauty, and you will be beautiful.
Admire creativity, and you will be creative.

Love, and you will be loved. Seek to understand, and you will be
understood. Listen, and your voice will be heard. Teach, and you will
learn.

Unknown author



"Sing Your Own Song"



"Since you are like no other being ever created since the beginning of time, you are incomparable."

-- Brenda Ueland


Great forces are directing you to conform to the patterns of your society. You have DNA that has been handed down from generation to generation, coding repeated behaviour patterns into your being. You have archetypal energies setting the standards for how you behave as a man or a woman, as husband or wife, as father or mother .... You are immersed in consensual reality, whereby the world around you reflects societal understanding of how life has been and is to be.

At the same time, you have an even greater force within you inspiring you to wake up and recognize the reality of who you are. This force, the creative power underlying the entire universe, is urging you to create brand new standards of reality.

The status quo is blind to our creative power. Create a brand new world for yourself, one that meets your deepest needs, and you will help raise the quality of consciousness of the entire world.

"You must be the change you wish to see in the world."

-- Gandhi


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IT'S ALWAYS A GOOD TIME TO CHANGE



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The first step toward getting somewhere
is to decide that you're not going to stay where you are.

You're a product of your environment.
So choose an environment that will best develop you toward your goals.

Analyze your life in terms of your environment.
Are the things around you helping you toward your success
or are they holding you back?

Your world today is a living expression
of how you are using and have used your mind.
It's something that you can change at any time.

You don't have to remain a captive of your environment.
Don't say "If I could change, I would change,"
say "I can change, and I will change."



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NEVER SAY NEVER



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There is no such thing as no chance.
Don't think about the things you can't do.
Think about the things you can do.

No matter what the level of your ability is,
you have more potential than you can ever develop in a lifetime.

You have powers you never dreamed of.
You can do things you never thought you could do.
There are no limitations to what you can do
except the limitations of your own mind.

Your range of available choices right now is limitless.
Look at things as they can be.



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Giving When it Counts



Many years ago, when I worked as a volunteer at a hospital, I got to know
a little girl named Liz who was suffering from a rare and serious
disease. Her only chance of recovery appeared to be a blood transfusion
from her 5-year old brother, who had miraculously survived the same
disease and had developed the antibodies needed to combat the illness.

The doctor explained the situation to her little brother, and asked the
little boy if he would be willing to give his blood to his sister. I saw
him hesitate for only a moment before taking a deep breath and saying,

"Yes, I'll do it if it will save her."

As the transfusion progressed, he lay in bed next to his sister and
smiled, as we all did, seeing the colour returning to her cheeks. Then
his face grew pale and his smile faded. He looked up at the doctor and
asked with a trembling voice, "Will I start to die right away?"

Being young, the little boy had misunderstood the doctor; he thought he
was going to have to give his sister all of his blood in order to save
her.

You see, after all, understanding and attitude, are everything.

Author unknown

Two views



"... no matter what our difficulties may be, we recognize that there is a deep untroubled stream flowing below all surface troubles and that we are of one substance with that stream. The soul knows no difficulties."

-- James Thornton


Masters teach that we can experience two completely different states of reality at the same time -- from the personality and from the soul.

Author Pema Chödron talks about being hungry, cold and tired but at that same time deeply content. Ram Dass speaks of how the emotional heart can be breaking while we recognize that all is unfolding perfectly.

Allowing our soul to be present with the discomforts of the personality shifts our experience of the discomforts.

"True self simply refers to the aspect of our being that is completely aware of its expanded nature no matter what we may be experiencing in our lives."

-- Martia Nelson


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Use your breath to relax your body

 

"Breath is the link between the inner and outer worlds."

-- Alice Christensen

We live in very demanding times, and our health depends on our being able to relieve our bodies and minds from constant stress. Breathing with awareness can focus and concentrate our attention inside. This slows down our pace and eases the pressure, anxiety, anticipation and excitement that are common stress reactions.

At any time, you can consciously experience your breathing to help you concentrate your mind and relax your body. Compare how you feel after your session with how you felt before. Write about your experience in your journal.

"Controlled deep breathing helps the body to transform the air we breathe into energy. The stream of energized air produced by properly executed and controlled deep breathing produces a current of inner energy which radiates throughout the entire body and can be channeled to the body areas that need it the most, on demand."

-- Nancy Zi


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RICHES LIE WITHIN YOU




Wealth without enjoyment is little consolation.
Your real riches in life are riches of the head and heart.
Satisfaction comes when you appreciate what you have.

While success is getting what you want,
true happiness is wanting what you get.

It's not how much you have,
but how much you enjoy that truly matters.
Riches lie within you,
not in your material possessions.



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Be like a Flower

Rose

"Be like a flower. A flower does not try to be beautiful, it's True
Nature is Beauty. It exudes fragrance, beauty, perfection just by its
very Being. In the same way, when you awaken to your True Nature you
will naturally exude Love, Compassion and Beauty. It is all you! It
is your True Self."

~Robert Adams


YOU MUST MAKE YOUR OWN OPPORTUNITIES

Your destiny isn't a matter of chance,
it's a matter of the choices you make.
Success isn't something you wait for,
it's something you must pursue.

Don't wait for extraordinary opportunities to be successful.
Seize common occasions and turn them into great ones.
Opportunities sometimes come disguised in the form of misfortune,
or temporary defeat.

Start where you are.
You are, at this moment,
standing right in the middle of opportunity.

If you act on your dreams you can live them.



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YOU CAN'T SUCCEED WITHOUT A GOAL




The indispensable first step
to getting the things you want out of life is this:
decide what you want.

You must first establish your objectives
if you're to accomplish anything in a big way.
Goals give you a starting place and a destination.
People with goals succeed because they know where they're going.

Determine what you want.
Decide on your major objectives,
targets, aims, and destination.
If you don't know where you're going,
how can you expect to get there?

Plant your dreams, nourish and begin to live them.
The most important thing about a goal is having one.



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WHAT YOU SEE IS WHAT YOU GET




The realities of life result from many outside factors,
none of which you can control.
Your attitude, however, reflects the way
in which you evaluate what's happening to you.

It is not your situation,
it's your reaction to the situation that's important.
Things always seem to turn out best for those people
who can make the best out of the way things turn out.

Life at any time can become difficult.
Life at any time can become easy.
It all depends upon how you adjust yourself to life.
You cannot always control your circumstances.
But you can always think positive thoughts.

There is nothing either good or bad,
only your thinking makes it so.



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Mirror

"The world is your mirror and your mind is a magnet. What you perceive
in this world is largely a reflection of your own attitudes and
beliefs. Life will give you what you attract with your thoughts
think, act and talk negatively and your world will be negative. Think
and act and talk with enthusiasm and you will attract positive
results." ~ Michael LeBeuf


Embrace the positive and negative


"Only when we can love hell will we find heaven."

-- Unknown source

People often view the spiritual path as a search for the light. In truth, spirituality asks us to bring light and darkness together in wholeness. And in fact, this is the only possible solution. In our world of duality, any effort to focus all attention on the light only serves to increase the power of the darkness. Our aim is not to deny or reject anything but to embrace it all.

"When you are able to contain both the light and dark together, that is a very enlightening state. It means that you no longer have to choose one experience over another. You do not have to choose love OR hate, blame OR forgiveness, sadness OR joy, anger OR openheartedness. You are no longer polarized; no particular feeling boxes you in and keeps you from the light of true self. You then have access to the full range of human experiences you came into this life to embrace."

-- Martia Nelson


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What life is and is not about.



Life isn't about keeping score. It's not about how many friends you have.
Or how accepted you are. Not about if you have plans this weekend or if
you're alone.

It isn't about who you're dating, who you used to date, how many people
you've dated, or if you haven't been with anyone at all. It isn't about
who you have kissed, it's not about sex.

It isn't about who your family is or how much money they have. Or what
kind of car you drive. Or where you are sent to school. It's not about
how beautiful or ugly you are. Or what clothes you wear, what shoes you
have on, Or what kind of music you listen to.

It's not about if your hair is blonde, red, black, or brown. Or if your
skin is too light or too dark. Not about what grades you get, how smart
you are, how smart everybody else thinks you are, or how smart
standardized tests say you are. It's not about what clubs you're in or
how good you are at "your" sport. It's not about repres enting your whole
being on a piece of paper and seeing who will "accept the written you."

LIFE JUST ISN'T.

But, life is about whom you love and whom you hurt.

It's about whom you make happy or unhappy purposefully. It's about
keeping or betraying trust.

It's about friendship, used as a sanctity or a weapon. It's about what
you say and mean, maybe hurtful, maybe heartening. About starting rumors
and contributing to petty gossip.

It's about what judgments you pass and why. And who your judgments are
spread to. It's about whom you've ignored with full control and
intention. It's about jealousy, fear, ignorance, and revenge. It's about
carrying inner hate and love, letting it grow, and spreading it.

But most of all, it's about using your life to touch or poison other
people's hearts in such a way that could have never occurred alone.

Only you choose the way those hearts are affected, and those choice s are
what life's all about.


Author unknown



Forgive the hurts



"Forgiveness will never fail to free you."

-- Jerrold Mundis

How do we forgive when we’re angry and hurt?

As a first step, we can be willing to truly feel our anger and hurt. Honouring our feelings by being fully present with them helps to release the feelings themselves.

And it helps to remember that people only hurt others when they themselves are in pain. When we can recognize the other person’s suffering, our heart can open in compassion. We can also remember that at some time or another, we too have hurt someone through our own unskilful action.

Only love can heal the rifts caused by a hurtful deed. Forgiveness holds immense power because it mends separation. It moves us towards the unity and love that lie at the core of our being. It is a fundamental part of the healing process.

"Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future."

-- Paul Boese

"God has a big eraser."

-- Billy Zeoli


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YOU MUST ACT ON YOUR DREAMS




You have to make your own opportunities.
Your future isn't a matter of chance,
it's a matter of your choice.
It's not something that you wait for,
it's something that you pursue.

Don't wait for extraordinary opportunities.
Seize common occasions and make them great.
Opportunity sometimes comes disguised
in the form of misfortune, or temporary defeat.

Start today, right where you are.
Distant fields will always look greener.
Yet, golden opportunities are all around you.

You can live your dreams if you pursue them.



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SERVICE IS THE ESSENCE OF SUCCESS




All successful people became successful
because they gave some talent or ability in the service of others.
You can contribute in some way to others
no matter how small your talent.
You too, can become successful.

No one achieves success without being of service.
Leadership is action, not position.

The successful don't use others, other people use the successful,
for above all success is of service.

Everyone has to be someone to someone to be anyone.



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Help Yourself



A traveling preacher finds himself in a tremendous rainstorm.

Within a few hours the hotel he is staying in becomes flooded. As the
water rises, the preacher climbs to the roof and starts praying.

"Lord, save me so I can continue on my mission of preaching your gospel."

Just then, a coast guard rescue party floats by in a rowboat. "Let's go
mister. Into the boat."

"I'll stay here," says the preacher, "The Lord will save me."

An hour later a second boat reaches the scene and the water is close to
the roof of the hotel. "Sir, you better get in. the water is still
rising."

"No thanks. The Lord will be my salvation."

Toward evening, the hotel is almost completely under water and the
preacher is clinging to the satellite dish on the roof. A helicopter is
spotted and on a loudspeaker is heard "HSir, grab on to the line and we
will pull y ou up. This is your last chance.

"I'm all right," says the preacher, as he looks heavenward. "I know the
Lord will provide sanctuary."

As the boat departs, the satellite dish is hit by lightning and the
preacher is killed. When he arrived at the Pearly Gates he was furious.

"What happened, " he shouts. "I thought the Lord would provide!"

Moments later a thunderous voice is heard. "Gimmie a break pal. I sent
you 2 boats and a chopper"

Author unknown



FIND THE GOOD SIDE TO EVERY SITUATION

You cannot have the success you seek without some failures too.
Any experience can be transformed into something of value.
Everything depends on the way you look at things.

What appear to be stumbling blocks and defeat before you
can be stepping stones to victory if you remain determined.

In all of your adversities lies the seeds of equivalent advantages.
In every defeat there is a lesson showing you how to win the next time.

View your problems as opportunities.
When it's dark enough you can see the stars.



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The 4 D's of spiritual growth



"Strive to be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind. To be too wise for worry, too tolerant for hate, and too courageous to be fearful. In short, to be happy."

-- Unknown Source

Reflect on this pathway for meaningful growth:

DISCIPLINE - To create change in our lives, we need to consistently focus on what we want.

DETACHMENT - Practice the art of detached observation. Let go of automatic defenses and patterns.

DISCERNMENT - Seek to discern the lower from the higher. What is self-serving and what is soul-inspired? Discernment carries no judgment. There are no goods and bads. Remain as a detached witness.

DHARMA - This is an East Indian word meaning "living your unique purpose." How do you find meaning and fulfillment in ways that are natural to you? How do you best serve and contribute to the world?

"If you wish to travel far and fast, travel light. Take off all your envies, jealousies, unforgiveness, selfishness, and fears."

-- Glenn Clark


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VISION IS THE ART OF SEEING INVISIBLE THINGS

You don't need an explanation for everything.
Recognize that there are such things as miracles,
events for which there are no explanations.
Later, knowledge may explain those events quite easily.

The fact that you can plant a seed and it becomes a flower,
share a bit of knowledge and it becomes another's,
smile at someone and receive a smile in return are common miracles.

Your duty to yourself is to believe
that for which you have sufficient evidence,
and to suspend your judgment when you have not.
Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.

Some things have to be believed to be seen.
Don't believe in miracles, depend on them.



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YOU CANNOT WIN THE RACE UNLESS YOU RUN




You must take the first step to win any race.
The first step will take some effort and maybe some pain.
But after that, everything you have to do is real - life movement.
Once you're moving you must keep moving.

Create a definite plan for carrying out your desires
and begin at once, whether you're ready or not,
to put your plan into action.

If you can get up the courage to begin,
you have the courage to succeed.
You can only fail if you fail to start.

Winning starts with beginning.



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Laws - From the 'Prophet'



"You delight in laying down laws, Yet you delight more in breaking them.

Like children playing by the ocean who build sand-towers with constancy
and then destroy them with laughter. But while you build your sand-towers
the ocean brings more sand to the shore, And when you destroy them, the
ocean laughs with you. Verily the ocean laughs always with the innocent.

But what of those to whom life is not an ocean, and man-made laws are not
sand-towers, But to whom life is a rock, and the law a chisel with which
they would carve it in their own likeness?

What of the cripple who hates dancers?

What of the ox who loves his yoke and deems the elk and deer of the
forest stray and vagrant things?

What of the old serpent who cannot shed his skin, and calls all others
naked and shameless?

And of him who comes early to the wedding-feast, and when over-fed and
tired goes his way saying that all feasts are violation and all feasters
law-breakers?

What shall I say of these save that they too stand in the sunlight, but
with their backs to the sun? They see only their shadows, and their
shadows are their laws. And what is the sun to them but a caster of
shadows? And what is it to acknowledge the laws but to stoop down and
trace their shadows upon the earth?

But you who walk facing the sun, what images drawn on the earth can hold
you? You who travel with the wind, what weathervane shall direct your
course? What man's law shall bind you if you break your yoke but upon no
man's prison door?

What laws shall you fear if you dance but stumble against no man's iron
chains? And who is he that shall bring you to judgment if you tear off
your garment yet leave it in no man's path?

People of Orphalese, you can muffle the drum, and you can loosen the
strings of the lyre, but who shall command the skylark not to sing?"

Aut hor - Kahlil Gibran



YOU CAN OPEN ANY DOOR WITH CONCENTRATION

The first law of success is concentration.
Bend all of your energies to one point,
and go directly to that point,
looking neither to the right nor the left.
Concentration is the magic key
that opens the door to accomplishment.

In time, you can become what you earnestly desire to be,
if you set your face in the direction of the things you want
and bring all your powers to bear towards its attainment.

When your physical and mental resources are focused,
your power to solve problems multiplies tremendously.
To do two things at once is to do neither.
Success is the result of well directed energy.

Nothing can add more power to your life
as much as concentrating all your energies
on a limited set of targets.

The sun's rays do not burn until brought to a focus.



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All is mind


"I want to know the thoughts of God; the rest are details."

-- Albert Einstein

Everything -- absolutely everything -- that happens in our lives has a spiritual cause. Events on all other levels -- mental, emotional and physical -- are only effects.

When we are struggling with any challenge, whether it be ill health, a lack of money, a lost job, relationships, an accident, whatever -- we need to look for the spiritual learning. We can ask ourselves, "What quality does my soul want me to live more fully?"

"If you start to think the problem is ‘out there,’ stop yourself. That thought is the problem."

-- Stephen Covey


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Just Be...



Be strong enough to face the world each day.

Be weak enough to know you cannot do everything.

Be generous to those who need your help.

Be frugal with what you need yourself.

Be wise enough to know that you do not know everything.

Be foolish enough to believe in miracles.

Be willing to share your joys.

Be willing to share the sorrows of others.

Be a leader when you see a path others have missed.

Be a follower when you are shrouded in the midst of uncertainty.

Be the first to congratulate an opponent who succeeds.

Be the last to criticize a colleague who fails.

Be sure where your next step will fall, so that you will not stumble.

Be sure of your final destination, in case you are going the wrong way.

Be loving to those who love you.

Be loving to those who do not love you, and they may change.

Above all, be you rself!

Author unknown


SELECT YOUR ENVIRONMENT WITH CARE

Your own positive energy will compel things
to turn out the way you desire
when you're surrounded by positive people.

Your environment is your mental feeding ground
from which the food that goes into your mind is extracted.
Choose your environment with care, one that is positive,
one that lifts you up and gives you wings to soar.

Create favorable conditions through your association with others.
Avoid people who belittle your ambition.
Small people always do that,
but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.

We shape our buildings, thereafter they shape us.
It's your friends that make your world.



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Entertaining Angels



It was fifty years ago, on a hot summer day, in the deep south. We lived
on a dirt road, on a sand lot. We were, what was known as "dirt poor". I
had been playing outside all morning in the sand.

Suddenly, I heard a sharp clanking sound behind me and looking over my
shoulder, my eyes were drawn to a strange sight! Across the dirt road
were two rows of men, dressed in black and white, striped, baggy
uniforms. Their faces were covered with dust and sweat. They looked so
weary, and they were chained together with huge, black, iron chains.
Hanging from the end of each chained row was a big, black, iron ball.

They were, as polite people said in those days, a "Chain Gang," guarded
by two, heavily armed, white guards. I stared at the prisoners as they
settled uncomfortably down in the dirt, under the shade of some straggly
trees. One of the guards walked towards me. Nodding as he passed, he went
up to our front door and knocked. My mother appeared at the door, and I
heard the guard ask if he could have permission to get water from the
pump, in the backyard, so that "his men" could "have a drink". My mother
agreed, but I saw a look of concern on her face, as she called me inside.

I stared through the window as each prisoner was unchained from the line,
to hobble over to the pump and drink his fill from a small tin cup, while
a guard watched vigilantly. It wasn't long before they were all chained
back up again, with prisoners and guards retreating into the shade, away
from an unrelenting sun. I heard my mother call me into the kitchen, and
I entered, to see her bustling around with tins of tuna fish, mayonnaise,
our last loaf of bread, and two, big, pitchers of lemonade. In what
seemed "a blink of an eye", she had made a tray of sandwiches using all
the tuna we were to have had for that night's supper.

My mother was smiling as she handed me one of the pi tchers of lemonade,
cautioning me to carry it "carefully" and to "not spill a drop." Then,
lifting the tray in one hand and holding a pitcher in her other hand, she
marched me to the door, deftly opening it with her foot, and trotted me
across the street. She approached the guards, flashing them with a
brilliant smile. "We had some leftovers from lunch," she said, "and I was
wondering if we could share with you and your men." She smiled at each of
the men, searching their dark eyes with her own eyes of "robin's egg
blue." Everyone started to their feet. "Oh no!" she said. "Stay where you
are! I'll just serve you!" Calling me to her side, she went from guard to
guard, then from prisoner to prisoner, filling each tin cup with
lemonade, and giving each man a sandwich.

It was very quiet, except for a "thank you, ma'am," and the clanking of
the chains. Very soon we were at the end of the lin e, my mother's eyes
softly scanning each face. The last prisoner was a big man, his dark skin
pouring with sweat, and streaked with dust. Suddenly, his face broke into
a wonderful smile, as he looked up into my mother's eyes, and he said,
"Ma'am, I've wondered all my life if I'd ever see an angel, and now I
have! Thank you!" Again, my mother's smile took in the whole group.
"You're all welcome!" she said. "God bless you." Then we walked across to
the house, with empty tray and pitchers, and back inside.

Soon, the men moved on, and I never saw them again. The only explanation
my mother ever gave me, for that strange and wonderful day, was that I
"remember, always, to entertain strangers, for by doing so, you may
entertain angels, without knowing."

Then, with a mysterious smile, she went about the rest of the day. I
don't remember what we ate for supper, that night. I just know it was
served by an angel.

A Chance to Start Over.



It was a cold December night in West Orange, New Jersey. Thomas Edison's
factory was humming with activity. Work was proceeding on a variety of
fronts as the great inventor was trying to turn more of his dreams into
practical realities. Edison's plant, made of concrete and steel, was
deemed "fireproof". As you may have already guessed, it wasn't!

On that frigid night in 1914, the sky was lit up by a sensational blaze
that had burst through the plant roof. Edison's 24-year-old son, Charles,
made a frenzied search for his famous inventor-father. When he finally
found him, he was watching the fire. His white hair was blowing in the
wind. His face was illuminated by the leaping flames. "My heart ached for
him," said Charles. "Here he was, 67 years old, and everything he had
worked for was going up in flames. When he saw me, he shouted, 'Charles!
Where's your mother?' When I told him I didn't know, he said, 'Find her!
Bring her here! She'll never see anything like this as long as she
lives.'"

Next morning, Mr. Edison looked at the ruins of his factory and said this
of his loss: "There's value in disaster. All our mistakes are burned up.
Thank God, we can start anew."

What a wonderful perspective on things that seem at first to be so
disastrous. A business failure, divorce, personal dream gone sour . . .
whether these things destroy an individual depends largely on the
attitude he or she takes toward them. Sort out why it happened, and learn
something from the blunders. Think of different approaches that can be
taken.

Start over.

Author unknown


VIEW EVERY PROBLEM AS AN OPPORTUNITY

There is always a good side to every situation.
Stay optimistic and try to see an opportunity in your problems,
not pessimistic and see problems in every opportunity.
The optimist sees the doughnut, the pessimist sees the hole.

You can develop success from any failure.
Failure is one of the surest stepping stones to success.
No element can do as much for you as failure can,
if you're willing to study it and make capital out of it.

When it is dark enough you can see the stars.



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Becoming Free - A Reminder of the Principles of Life



1: Life does not work through indecision. Indecision promotes blocks,
confusion and stress. Make a decision and allow life to find movement
through you. Trust yourself.

2: The 3 C's of life are Courage, Capacity and Commitment. It takes
Courage and a commitment to make many of life's decisions, and capacity
to follow them through. The 3 C's of a successful relationship are
Caring, Consideration and Communication. Communication opens the door
between us, consideration allows us to pass through it and our ability to
care for each other unites us.

3: Truth is not truth out of timing- yet it remains truth. We are the
timing to recognize truth.

4: The mind recoils from the unknown, so we seek to make everything
known, and, thus sage. Imagination is the key to the unknown- positive,
uplifting imagination.

5: For as long as we search for Our God Self, we deny that we are it.
Loving your self reveals your truth.

6: Becoming free is not changing yourself into someone you think you
should be. Becoming free is falling in love with who you are- right now.

7: Imagine a room of pitch dark and a room of bright light connected by a
door. When you open the door what happens? Light floods into the dark
room, illuminating it. Live accordingly, think thoughts of light.

8: F.E.A.R- False Evidence Appearing Real

9: Anything of the past that is unresolved is unresolved now. Living NOW
resolves the past.

10: Life flows from the inside out, never the reverse. Understand this
and you cease to be a victim.

11: Love responds- fear reacts. Love connects- fear separates. Love
uplifts- fear deflates. Love creates- fear destroys.

12: There is no such thing as a mistake- only experience. There is no
such thing as failure- only people's condemnation. There is no such thing
as success- only people's approval. Let life live through you.

13: Do not get caught up in modifying your life, allow life to change
YOU. Modification is a superficial exterior veneer, change is an inner
shift in consciousness.

14: Pain is a measure of your resistance to change.

15: Decide whether you want to be an onlooker of life or a participant.
This is the birthplace of choice.

16: You hear with your ears- but you listen with your mind. You look with
your eyes- but you see from the heart.

17: Consciousness is not contained in your body- you are the
consciousness that contains the body. Consciousness draws to itself form
through which to express

18: Your mind cannot exist in the moment. You cannot think your way into
the moment, you can only think your way out of it. This indicates that
your mind/intellect cannot set you free. Only your consciousness is aware
of NOW. True freedom is a state of consciousness.

19: We each live in our own universe, a universe of our making. It is
designed to support our beliefs and our focus. Our thoughts are our
focus, so observe your thoughts, focus on your blessings, and trust. This
is how you become a participant.

20: Practise seeing all life around you as an aspect of yourself. In this
way you shatter the illusion of separation.

21: Your mind does now know the difference between what you do want or
what you don't want, it only knows what you focus on. Many people focus
on what they don't have, what they are incapable of doing and their
sicknesses.

22: If you focus on what you do have, it increases. If you focus on what
you don't have, you will have even less. If you focus on your
capabilities, they grow, if you focus on your health, it improves.

23: Your mind does not know the difference between a powerfully imagined
reality and a physical happening reality. Why? Because there is no
difference.

24: You only have a problem if you believe you have a problem.

25: Live these principles and you will be practising reality. Practise
reality until you overcome the illusion. It is only an illusion that you
are not free, now!

Author unknown



Wholeness

"Just an ordinary needle will do..."

No man is an island, we are all part of a vast continent. There is variety, but that does not make us separate. Variety makes life richer--part of us is in the Himalayas, a part of us is in the stars, a part of us is in the roses. A part of us is in the bird on the wing, a part of us is in the green of the trees. We are spread all over. To experience it as reality will transform your whole approach towards life, will transform your every act, will transform your very being.

It is reported in the life of a great Sufi mystic, Farid, that a king came to see him. He had brought a present for him, a beautiful pair of scissors, golden, studded with diamonds--very valuable, very rare. He touched Farid's feet and gave him the scissors; Farid took them, looked at them, gave them back to the king, and said, "Sir, many thanks for the present that you have brought. It is beautiful, but utterly useless for me. It will be better if you can give me a needle. Scissors I don't need; a needle will do."

The king said, "I don't understand. If you need a needle, you will need scissors too."

Farid said, "I am talking in metaphors. Scissors I don't need because scissors cut things apart. A needle I need because a needle puts things together. I teach love. My whole teaching is based on love--putting things together, teaching people communion. I need a needle so that I can put people together. The scissors are useless; they cut, they disconnect. Next time when you come, just an ordinary needle will be enough."

Logic is like a pair of scissors: it cuts, it makes things divided. Mind is a kind of prism--pass a ray of white light through it and immediately it is divided into seven colors. Pass anything through the mind and it becomes dual. Life and death are not life-and-death, the reality is lifedeath. It should be one word, not two; not even a hyphen in between. Lifedeath is one phenomenon. Lovehate is one phenomenon. Darknesslight is one phenomenon. Negativepositive is one phenomenon. But when you pass this one phenomenon through the mind, the one is divided immediately in two. Lifedeath becomes life and death--not only divided but death becomes antagonistic to life. They are enemies. Now you can go on trying to make these two meet, and they will never meet.

Kipling is right--"East is East and West is West and never the twain shall meet." Logically, it is true. How can the East meet the West? How can the West meet the East? But existentially it is utter nonsense. They are meeting everywhere.

For example, you are sitting in India. Is it East or is it West? If you are comparing it with London, it is East; but if you are comparing it with Tokyo, it is West. What exactly is it, East or West? At each point East and West are meeting, and Kipling says, "Never the twain shall meet."

The twain are meeting everywhere. No single point is such that East and West are not meeting and no single man is such that East and West are not meeting. It cannot be otherwise; they have to meet--it is one reality, one sky.



Maturety

The distinction between the grasses and the blossoms is the same as between you not knowing that you are a buddha, and the moment you know that you are a buddha. In fact, there is no way to be otherwise. Buddha is completely blossomed, fully opened. His lotuses, his petals, have come to a completion.... Certainly, to be full of spring yourself is far more beautiful than the autumn dew falling on the lotus leaves. That is one of the most beautiful things to watch: when autumn dew falls on the lotus leaves and shine in the morning sun like real pearls. But of course it is a momentary experience. As the sun rises, the autumn dew starts evaporating.... This temporary beauty cannot be compared, certainly, with an eternal spring in your being. You look back as far as you can and it has always been there. You look forward as much as you can, and you will be surprised: it is your very being. Wherever you are it will be there, and the flowers will continue to shower on you. This is spiritual spring.

Osho No Mind: The Flowers of Eternity Chapter 5


Believe in your unlimited potential



"You cannot see anything that you do not first contemplate as a reality."

-- Ramtha

How do you typically define yourself? Do you tell yourself and others that you are slow and methodical, that you have two left feet, that you are lazy, or unimaginative or that you can’t hang on to money?

In our unconscious self talk, most of us rarely say positive things about ourselves. List the positive and the negative ways you describe yourself. Then look over your list and contemplate how those definitions limit your ability to be cosmic in your outlook and performance.

"Belief has the word ‘lie’ in it... and that pretty much sums up what the world has us believing about ourselves."

-- Doug Firebaugh

"We are what we believe we are."

-- Benjamin N. Cardozo


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Children - From the 'Prophet'



"Your children are not your children.

They are the sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself.

They come through you but not from you, And though they are with you, yet
they belong not to you.

You may give them your love but not your thoughts. For they have their
own thoughts.

You may house their bodies but not their souls, For their souls dwell in
the house of tomorrow, which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.

You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you. For
life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.

You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent
forth.

The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite, and He bends you
with His might that His arrows may go swift and far. Let your bending in
the archer's hand be for gladness; For even as he loves the arrow that
flies, so He loves also the bow that is stable."

Author - Kahlil Gibran



YOU MUST PAY THE PRICE FOR SUCCESS

Everything you want in life has a price connected to it.
There's a price to pay if you want to make things better;
a price to pay for just leaving things as they are,
a price for everything.

Nature cannot be tricked or cheated.
She will give up to you the object of your struggles
only after you have paid her price.

Success cannot be coaxed or bribed.
Pay the price and it will be yours.
The universe is run with far too tight a rein for luck to interfere.
Fortune sells her wares, she never gives them up freely.
In some form or another, you'll pay for her favors,
or you'll go away empty handed.

Success is the child of drudgery and perseverance.
There is no success at bargain basement prices.
The highway to success is a toll road.



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How do you show you care?



"Love is not only something you feel. It is something you do."

-- David Wilkerson

In her book, ‘No Less Than Greatness,’ Mary Manin Morrissey speaks of a research study that explored how family members communicate with each other. Apparently, the most frequently spoken words between husbands, wives, sisters and brothers were "What’s on?" and "Move."

She goes on to say, "We all desire great relationships but often settle for just getting by. Many of us have stopped questioning the fact that we may know fictitious TV families more intimately than we do our own."

The most powerful force in our lives is our ability to love. Indeed, it’s the most basic essence of who we are. How do you experience and express your love for the people in your life?

"The whole idea of compassion is based on a keen awareness of the other.... The whole purpose of life is to live by love."

-- Thomas Merton


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Desiderata



Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may
be in silence.

As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons.

Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even to the
dull and ignorant; they too have their story.

Avoid loud and aggressive persons; they are vexations to the spirit.

If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or bitter, for
always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.

Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your
own career, however humble, it's a real possession in the changing
fortunes of time.

Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of
trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many
persons strive for high ideals, and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection. Neither be cyn ical about
love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantement, it is as
perrenial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things
of youth.

Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not
distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue
and loneliness.

Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself.

You are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the stars; you
have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt
the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore be at peace with God,
whatever you conceive him to be. And whatever your labors and
aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul.
With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful
world.

Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.


EVERY WINNER HAS SCARS

Life is made up of a series of experiences.
Each one will make you stronger,
even though it may be hard for you to realize it at the time.

Life is your classroom in which you're being tested, tried, and passed.
Always try to stay in the midst of life and activity.
Don't isolate yourself from the action.
Your character develops itself in the stream of life.

The setbacks and hardships you endure
actually help you in your march forward to success.
The world was built to develop your character.

Life expects you to make progress in reasonable time.
That's why those elementary school chairs are so small.

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For the Love of God

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Across the globe, this is a week to acknowledge the divine source of our
lives. From Ramadan to the Jewish High Holy days to the fall equinox, we
pay homage to the profound mystery that runs beneath the surface of our
conscious awareness.



As a student and a lover of the ancient wisdom traditions, I'm nourished
by many kinds of ritual, as long as they lead me to God. For example,
this past weekend I went from observing Rosh Hashanah on Saturday to
praising the Lord on Sunday with an earth-shaking Gospel choir.



But I think the ritual that moves me the most is tashlich, where we
gather with family and friends to "cast away" the sins of the past year
at the water's edge. I love that it's an opportunity to take care of
some of the unfinished business in my heart and make room for a more
integrated me in the year to come.



And although I adore this week of holy ritual, the truth is that every
day can be a holy day. Every day we have the opportunity to open our
eyes, connect with our soul, and experience the gift of life. When we're
connected, we're not run by our fear, worry, and pain. Instead, we're in
the present, certain that everything is as it should be and that we are
where we need to be right now. Divinely connected, we know that new
realities exist and that, ultimately, it is going to get better. When
we're connected, we know that no matter what life hands us, we are
protected and guided.



So it is my intention that the message contained in this newsletter be
kindling for your soul. May it light the fire to have you passionately
go after your faith. May it spark you to look for what's right about
your life - to be hungry for it, and to know it's coming, even if you
can't yet see it.



Think about it. Would you act differently if you knew you were blessed,
if you knew God was watching over you and protecting you? What
boundaries would you feel empowered to set? What requests would you
make? What doors would you allow to open if you knew you were divinely
held? And like the gospel singers who reach to the heavens with their
voices and their hands, what would happen in your life if you were
intentionally reaching up and pulling in that connection with the
divine?



So do that this week! Pull it in! Look for the blessings. Keep your eyes
open to new opportunities. If you know that they're there, you will
surely find them. And give yourself a break this week from questioning,
from not being sure, and from resignation and disappointment. Instead,
make a holy demand on yourself to live your faith rather than your
fear...and just watch what happens.

Take Action Now!

Find your faith.

L'Shana Tova & many blessings,
Debbie

There's hope!



“No matter how painful our early experiences were, our Essence cannot be harmed. Our Essence is waiting for the opportunity to reveal itself. In a very true sense, we are waiting for the opportunity to become ourselves. Our spirit is yearning to break free, to express itself ...

“And yet, ironically, we always fear and resist opening to that which is most real in us. When we trust in the process and give ourselves over to it, however, our true nature comes forth. The result is real integrity, love, authenticity, creativity, understanding, guidance, joy, power, and serenity—all of the qualities we are forever demanding that personality supply.”

-- Don Richard Riso and Russ Hudson


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YOUR GOALS WILL LEAD YOU TO SUCCESS


joy
If you have correct goals,
and you keep pursuing them the best way you know how,
everything else will fall into line.
If you do the right thing right,
you're going to succeed.

You are what and where you are today
because you first imagined it.
Knowing where you want to go is all you need to get there.

Just return over and over to that picture in your mind
of the place you are headed for.

The first essential element of success is to know what you want.



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Why Men Die Before Women

Do you know how tough it is being a man...?

If you put a woman on a pedestal and try to protect her from the rat race, you're a male chauvinist.
If you stay home and do the housework, you're a pansy.

If you work too hard there is never any time for her.
If you don't work enough, you're a good-for-nothing bum.

If she has a boring repetitive job with low pay, this is exploitation.
If you have a boring repetitive job with low pay, you should get off your butt and find something better.

If you get a promotion ahead of her, that is favoritism.
If she gets a job ahead of you, it's equal opportunity.

If you mention how nice she looks, it's sexual harassment.
If you keep quiet, it's male indifference.

If you cry, you're a wimp.
If you don't, you're an insensitive pig.

If you make a decision without consulting her, you're a chauvinist.
If she makes a decision without consulting you, she's a liberated woman.

If you ask her to do something she doesn't enjoy, that's domination. If she asks you, it's a favor.

If you appreciate the female form and frilly lingerie, you're a pervert. If you don't, then you can?straight.

If you like a woman to shave her legs and keep in shape, you're sexist.
If you don't, you're unromantic.

If you try to keep yourself in shape, you're vain.
If you don't, you're a slob.

If you buy her flowers, you're after something. If you don't, you're not thoughtful.

If you're proud of your achievements, you're full of yourself.
If you don't, you're not ambitious enough.

If she has a headache, she's tired.
If you have a headache, you don't love her anymore.

NO WONDER MEN DIE BEFORE WOMEN

Don't reject the ego



“Nourishing the soul is the process of drinking at the life stream, coming back to one’s true self, embracing the whole of one’s experience – good, bad, or ugly; painful or exalted; dull or boring.”

-- Jon Kabat-Zinn

Spiritual teachings sometimes counsel a need to let go of the ego. In our view, though, ego and personality are essential players in our theatre of life. Personality is the vehicle for Spirit to evolve through form. Soul sparks the potential that exists within the personality.

We don’t want the ego to disappear – we want it to open to divine guidance so the two may work together in alignment.

And so the path of personality aims to build a healthy, skilful ego. Ironically, only a strong, mature ego can take responsibility for carrying the consciousness of soul.

“How do we nurture the soul? By revering our own life. By treating it as supremely important. By reaching for the best within ourselves. By learning to love it all, not only the joys and the victories, but also the pain and the struggles.”

-- Nathaniel Branden

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Be a Winner



The Winner - is always part of the answer
The Loser - is always part of the problem

The Winner - always has a program
The Loser - always has an excuse

The Winner - says "Let me do it for you"
The Loser says "That's not my job"

The Winner - sees an answer for every problem
The Loser - sees a problem for every answer

The Winner - sees a green near every sand trap
The Loser - sees two or three sand traps near every green

The Winner - says "It may be difficult but it's possible"
The Loser - says "It may be possible but it's too difficult"

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Supreme Consciousness

"The day on which we come to know the supreme consciousness within
us, then the outside world also will appear to us like the expanse of
the supreme consciousness." ~ Osho*

Peace

“Peace needs to be in everyone’s life. Of all the things we have tried in this world, there is one thing we have never given a chance. That one thing is peace. If we want to hope for something, maybe we could hope in our heart that peace will come in our life. The peace we are looking for is within. It is in the heart, waiting to be felt. It is not the world that needs peace; it is people. When people in the world are at peace within, the world will be at peace.”

Prem Rawat, known also by the honorary title Maharaji


What are you procrastinating?


"The greatest amount of wasted time is the time not getting started."

-- Dawson Trotman

Procrastination seriously drains our energy and our morale. What remains undone nags at us.

What are you avoiding? Make a list of items and then review each one. Does it really need to be done? After you've reviewed your list, prioritize it and start one task today.

Please do not procrastinate taking one minute to write down your answer to this question. Capture it on paper and this will help build awareness, commitment and discipline.

"How soon not now, becomes never."

-- Martin Luther

"Talk does not cook rice."

-- Chinese proverb

"Do you know what happens when you give a procrastinator a good idea? Nothing!"

-- Donald Gardner


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ALL GREAT ACHIEVEMENTS TAKE TIME

Every big accomplishment is a series of little accomplishments.
To achieve maximum success
you must accept that progress is made one step at a time.

A building is built one brick at a time.
Football games are won one play at a time.
A business grows bigger one customer at a time.
You walk over the highest mountain one step at a time.

Success is the sum of small efforts repeated day in and day out.
Nothing great is created suddenly,
any more than a bunch of grapes or an apple miraculously appears.

If you want to grow an apple,
you must give it time.
There must be time for it to blossom,
bear fruit and then ripen.

That which grows fast, withers as rapidly.
That which grows slowly, endures.



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Learning to Ask for Help



The response to last week's newsletter has been a powerful reminder of
what happens when we're willing to be vulnerable with others -- something
that's not very easy for me to do. I can't thank you enough for your
beautiful acorn stories, shared experiences, prayers, poems, and well
wishes for my husband Michael (and me). There's nothing like feeling a
heartfelt connection with others to make the stress of life's challenges
easier to bare.

As many of you know, it's tough being in the role of caregiver. Whether
you care for an ill spouse or partner, an aging parent, or a sick child,
it can feel like an endless struggle to keep your head above water.
That's why it's so important to reach out to others for support. Asking
for help *before* you get overwhelmed is good self care for you and your
loved one. Otherwise, when we wait too long to get the help we need, we
end up feeling resentful and irritable. I know I do. When I neglect to
ask for help, I develop a kind of edginess that makes me tough to be
around.

So how do you know when support is long overdue? Here are a few warning
signals:

You hear yourself chronically complaining about how much you have to do.
You feel like the weight of the world is resting squarely on your back.
You fantasize about packing a bag and leaving for the nearest deserted
island.
You feel like you need a good cry or you find yourself crying at
unexpected times and in unexpected places.
You start yelling at inanimate objects or at drivers in front of you who
are going the speed limit.
You feel so exhausted that the idea of brushing your teeth feels like too
much work.

These behaviors are signs that you need someone to lean on -- now. Sure,
I know that asking for and receiving help is challenging for most women,
myself included. Many of us use the same arguments: "No one can do it
better than me," or "It takes too much time to explain what needs to be
done," and "It's just easier to do it myself." And while I've used these
same excuses, I believe there are even deeper reasons as to why we tend to
wait too long to get the support we so rightly deserve.

Sometimes it's easier to go it alone than to face the reality that you
don't have the kind of people in your life who can provide you with the
support you need. Maybe you've surrounded yourself with people who always
need you. Or, maybe it's been so long since you've had someone take care
of you, that you don't even know what you need anymore. And then there's
the fear of being disappointed. What if you do reach out for help and no
one shows up?

While finding good support can be tricky, there's a good chance you have
at least one person who would be willing to help if you simply asked. If
not, then consider members of your church group, book club, a Life
Makeover Group, or the local elderly center. It's funny, when I talk to
most caregivers, it's surprising to hear that the kinds of support that
truly make a difference are really quite simple to deliver. Things like:

A hug
A thank you
A listening ear
A good cup of tea
An encouraging word
A reminder that the stress will end
An acknowledgement of their hard work

If the idea of receiving one of the above gifts feels like a blessing at
this time in your life, then take a risk and ask for what you need. In
all my years of coaching, I've never had one client die of disappointment
:). And, if you don't get what you need right away, keep trying.
Developing the skill of asking for help is a key ingredient to living a
full and rich life.

Today I'm grateful to be a caregiver -- it's teaching me several important
lessons. For example, I'm learning that I can be loving and compassionate
even when I don't think I have anything left to give; that my ability to
be vulnerable is actually a strength; and most of all, I'm learning that
I'm stronger than I know. You are, too. By embracing the role of
caregiver and asking for help, you're sure to tap into a well of power
that you never knew existed.


~*~ Take Action Challenge ~*~

If you're a caregiver, identify one or two people who can help you and ask
for support -- a trip to the grocery store to pick up a few things, a
pre-cooked meal, or a chance to get together to simply talk. If you have
someone in your life who's providing care for a loved one, offer to help.
Set a phone date and invite the caregiver to vent a bit, offer to take the
kids for an afternoon, or simply share a hug. Anything to make their life
a little easier . . . .

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Why are you doing that?



"What we see depends mainly on what we look for."

-- Sir John Lubbock


Throughout the day, continually ask yourself about your underlying motivation. Why are you doing what you are doing?

Is it for selfish, manipulative or fearful reasons? Is it for honest service with integrity? Maybe you’ll discover you don’t know. Perhaps you will see that much of your activity lacks purpose.

This is a great way to become more conscious. Your intention and motives are fundamental to the results you will receive. Set high intentions and your life will blossom.

"The great thing in the world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving."

-- Oliver Wendell Holmes



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Short Spiritual Stories

Remember the example of an old cow:
She's content to sleep in a barn.
You have to eat, sleep and shit-
That's unavoidable-anything
Beyond that is none of your business.
Do what you have to do

And keep yourself to yourself.

PATRUL RINPOCHE

YOU CAN LIVE YOUR DREAM

You have to make your own opportunities.
Your future is not a matter of chance.
It's a matter of the choices you make.
It's not something you wait for.
It's something you must actively pursue.

Don't wait for extraordinary opportunities.
Seize common occasions and make them great.
Opportunity can come disguised in the form of misfortune,
or temporary defeat.

Start today, right where you are.
Distant fields will always appear greener.
Yet, golden opportunities are all around you.



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Man not Measure Of All Things



Man is no longer to be the measure of all things, the centre of the
universe. He has been measured and found to be an undistinguished bit of
matter, different in no essential way from bacteria, stones and trees.
His goals and purposes, his egocentric notions of past, present and
future; his faith in his power to predict and through prediction to
control his destiny - all these are called into question, considered
irrelevant, or deemed trivial.

Follow the 80/20 rule



“Nothing can add more power to your life than concentrating all your energies on a limited set of targets.”

-- Nido Qubein

The 80/20 rule says that on a list of 10 tasks, only 2 of those tasks will return 80% of the value of the entire list. Look at your ‘to do’ list for today. Which tasks are directly related to what you most want in life? Find the 2 high value items on your list and tackle them first. These tasks are the ones that really move us forward.

Many of us actively avoid the top 2 priorities because they are more challenging than the rest. If they are to lead us to worthy goals, they are undoubtedly asking us to move into new territory in thinking and acting, and this can be scary. But this is also REWARDING!

“Don’t kid yourself: it’s because you’re doing all those C’s (low priorities) and NOT because you haven’t any time, that you don’t get to do your A’s.”

-- Alan Lakein

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BE PREPARED WHEN OPPORTUNITY COMES

Luck is the time when preparation and opportunity meet.
When you're prepared, your chance for success will come.
You can change chance into good fortune if you're ready.

By the law of periodical repetition,
everything which has happened once
must happen again and again and again.

Not capriciously, but at regular periods,
and each thing in it's own period,
and each obeying it's own law.

There is a tide in your affairs,
when taken at the flood,
that will lead you on to fortune.
As events tend to repeat themselves,
the tide of opportunity will come to you.

The only sure thing about luck is that it will change.



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The Four Faults

Why is it that people should find it so difficult even to conceive the
depth and glory of the nature of mind? Why does it seem to many such an
outlandish and improbable idea?

The teachings speak of four faults, which prevent us from realizing the
nature of mind right now

1. The nature of minds is too close to be recognized. Just as we are
unable to see our own face, mind finds it difficult to look into it's own
nature.

2. It is too profound for us to fathom. We have no idea how deep it could
be; if we did, we would have already, ta a certain extent, realized it.

3. It is too easy for us to believe. In reality all, we need do is simply
to rest in the naked, pure awareness of the nature of mind, which is
always present.

4. It is too wonderful for us to accomadate, The sheer immensity of it is
too vast to fit into our narrow way of thinking. We just can't believe
it. Nor can we possibly imagine that enlightenment is the re al nature of
our minds



A GOAL IS ESSENTIAL FOR YOUR SUCCESS

There is no achievement without a goal.
In whatever position you find yourself,
determine your primary objective first.
Until your thoughts are linked to a purpose
there can be no accomplishment.

Only you can determine what you want out of life.
You decide on your major objectives and goals.
A goal gives you a place to start.

If you don't know where you're going,
how can you expect to get there?
The world always makes room for the person
whose words and actions show that they know where they're going.

The first essential ingredient of success is to know what you want.


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Fill up your tank



“How do we keep our inner fire alive? Two things, at minimum, are needed: an ability to appreciate the positives in our life – and a commitment to action. Every day, it’s important to ask and answer these questions: ‘What’s good in my life?’ and ‘What needs to be done?’”

-- Nathaniel Branden

I have found there’s a very different quality to my action when it springs from a sense of abundance as opposed to a feeling of being impoverished.

When I sense I’m not good enough or that I don’t have enough, I feel driven to be better and to have more. Whatever I do takes effort – there’s an element of struggle involved. And this makes sense because there’s no fuel – I’m working on an empty tank.

When I’m feeling abundant, I act out of my own inspiration. I’m rich and full and so the energy flows naturally. This action at times feels almost effortless.

It's important to remember that we don't need money to be abundant. All we need is appreciation of all that we have.

“ ...what I focus on in life is what I get. And if I concentrate on how bad I am or how wrong I am or how inadequate I am, if I concentrate on what I can’t do and how there’s not enough time in which to do it, isn’t that what I get every time? And when I think about how powerful I am, and when I think about what I have left to contribute, and when I think about the difference I can make on this planet, then that’s what I get. You see, I recognize that it’s not what happens to you; it’s what you do about it.”

-- W. Mitchell


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IT'S NEVER OVER UNTIL YOU SAY IT'S OVER

The power to hold on in spite of everything, to endure,
this is the quality of a winner.
Your greatest glory is not in never failing,
but in rising every time you fail.

It's your constant and determined effort
that will eventually break down all resistance
and sweep all the barriers before you.
Persistence means taking pains to overcome every obstacle,
to do all that's necessary to reach your goal.

All great achievements require time.
Endurance is the crowning quality of success.



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Short Spiritual Stories



O sublime, precious bodhicitta,
May it arise in those in whom it has not arisen.
May it never decline where it has arisen,
But go on increasing further and further!

Patrul Rinpoche



Short Spiritual Stories

It is the supreme elixir
That overcomes the sovereignty of death.
It is the inexhaustible treasure
That eliminates poverty in the world.
It is the supreme medicine
That quells the world's disease.
It is the tree that shelters all beings
Wandering and tired on the path of conditioned existence.
It is the universal bridge
That leads to freedom from unhappy states of birth.
It is the dawning moon of the mind
That dispels the torment of disturbing conceptions.
It is the great sun that finally removes
The misty ignorance of the world.

Shantideva

Live in relaxation

"It would be glorious to see mankind at leisure for once. It is nothing but work, work, work."

-- Henry David Thoreau

Is relaxation possible only when we’re not working? No. With awareness and practice, we can be relaxed no matter what we are doing. In fact, when we work in a relaxed state, our productivity increases as our effort decreases.

For true relaxation, we need to connect with our bodies -- to consciously and intentionally become aware of tension and release it.

"Anxiety breaks a man’s backbone."

-- Hebrew proverb

"Don't hurry, don't worry. You're only here for a short visit. So be sure to stop and smell the flowers."

-- Walter Hagen


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Short Spiritual Stories

Profound and tranquil, free from complexity,
Uncompounded luminous clarity,
Beyond the mind of conceptual ideas;
This is the depth of the mind of the buddhas.
In this, there is not a thing to be removed,
Nor anything that needs to be added.
It is merely the immaculate,
Looking naturally at itself.

Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche

ACCEPT CHANGE WITH A SMILE

Sooner or later you'll experience a crisis in your life,
and how you meet it will determine your future happiness and success.
Since the beginning of time,
everyone has been called upon to meet such a crisis.

A closer look will show you that most "crisis situations"
are opportunities to either advance or stay where you are.
In fact, most changes in your life will take place
out of either "inspiration" or "desperation."

Whatever comes your way,
give it meaning and transform it into something of value.
Your personal growth is the process of responding positively to change.

A precious stone cannot be polished without friction,
nor humanity perfected without trials.



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Short Spiritual Stories

"Dzogchen is the primordial state, that state of total awakening that is
the heart-essence of all the buddhas and all spiritual paths, and the
summit of an individual's spiritual evolution. It is the final, ultimate
and heart of the teaching of all the buddhas, and brings precise
experiences of the awakened state."

Sogyal Rinpoche

Hard work


“Work should be in order to live. We don’t live in order to work. That shift in awareness is necessary.”

-- Matthew Fox

What are your beliefs around work? Do you believe it’s necessary to work hard to earn a living? No pain, no gain? Do you believe women’s work is never done? That play is a waste of time?

While there are merits to the work ethic, over-work takes a serious toll on the quality of our lives. Our ability to contribute to life requires us to have a sense of balance, joy, playfulness, time to stop and smell the flowers.

“Learning to let go of the ways we inadvertently and unconsciously contribute to our own pain is the key to finding radiant physical and emotional health.”

-- Ingrid Bacci

“To do great work a man must be very idle as well as very industrious.”

-– Samuel Butler

“The true object of all human life is play.”

-- G.K. Chesterton

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THERE IS ALWAYS ANOTHER CHOICE

You don't have to buy from anyone.
You don't have to work at any particular job.
You don't have to participate in any given relationship.
You can choose.

You alone steer the course you choose
in the direction of where you want to be today,
tomorrow or in any distant time to come.
You hold the tiller.

You can decide to alter the course of your life at any time.
No one can ever take that away from you.
You can decide what you want and go after it.

It's always your next move.



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STAY IN THE GAME IF YOU WANT TO WIN




The more you try, the greater your chance of succeeding.
The law of averages is on your side.

Taking a risk is often your first necessary step toward success.
If you don't take some risks, you won't get the chance to succeed.
While you are trying, you are winning.

Never get discouraged.

Every wrong attempt is another step forward.
People that make no mistakes usually don't make anything.

Make up your mind not merely to overcome a thousand obstacles,
but to win in spite of a thousand defeats.
Your mistakes are stepping stones
to success and your installment payments to victory.

You can't be a winner and be afraid to lose.



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Attachment and loss

A mighty general was holding and admiring one of his antique cups.
Suddenly, the cup slipped from his hands and fell. Although in shock, he
quickly caught the cup before it hit the ground. Somewhat breathless from
this incident, he thought to himself "I have led tens of thousands of
soldiers into battle without fear. Why did a cup cause me to become so
frightened?" He then realized that it was his mind of attachment and loss
that caused him such fright. With this comprehension, he casually threw
the cup to the ground and let it break.

How do you work with anger?



"Character isn’t inherited. One builds it daily by the way one thinks and acts, thought by thought, action by action. If one lets fear or hate or anger take possession of the mind, they become self-forged chains."

-- Helen Douglas

How do you feel about anger, in yourself and in others? How do you deal with it?

Anger is powerful energy. If we are afraid of this energy, we may attempt to deny or hide it. And when we lack control of the energy of anger, we impose it on other people or things.

The ways we react to anger usually reflect how we experienced anger as children and how our own anger when we were young was handled by the adults at the time.

In reality, anger, like any emotion, brings us information. It tells us how we feel about what is being experienced. If we receive anger’s message and learn more about ourselves, the energy will pass.

"Too often we underestimate how quickly our feelings are going to change because we underestimate our ability to change them."

-- David Gilbert


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Too full to learn

A scholar visited the monk Nanyin to ask him about Zen. Nanyin offered
some tea to his guest, but he continued pouring even after the cup was
full. After a short while, the scholar could not stand it any longer and
said "the cup is already full! Stop pouring!". Nanyin replied "You are
just like this cup, full of your views and opinions. If you do not empty
your cup first, how can I tell you about Zen?"

Be open to change



“Balance is a dynamic process; it changes with the days, the seasons, the years.”

-- Sherrill Sellman

How rigid are your routines? Do you exercise for 30 minutes, three times each week no matter how you feel?

Routines and structure can provide a valuable framework to bring discipline to our lives. At the same time, we are always changing and it’s wise to be sensitive to our physical, emotional and mental states so we can ensure that our activities truly meet our needs. We need to be willing to change our patterns when our practices no longer serve us.

“Only in growth, reform, and change, paradoxically enough, is true security to be found.”

-- Anne Morrow Lindbergh

“The smallest change in perspective can transform a life. What tiny attitude adjustment might turn your world around?”

-- Oprah


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A three-year old knows



Baiju asked the monk Niaoke "How should people cultivate in their daily
life to be in accordance with the Way?" Niaoke replied "Do not do any bad
deeds. As for good deeds, pursue all of them and do not turn your back on
any of them." Baiju was puzzled and said "but this is something even a
three year old child already knows". Niaoke replied "A three year old
child knows, but a hundred year old person may not be able to do it".



What is the sea?



A small fish asked a great fish "I often hear others speak of the sea.
But what exactly is it?" The great fish replied "Your environment is the
sea. The sea is inside of you, and it is outside of you. You live in the
sea, and belong to the sea. The sea surrounds you, just like your body."

Build the awareness habit



“It is difficult to see the picture when you are inside of the frame.”

-- Author Unknown

Start building the awareness habit: STOP and PAY ATTENTION. Set an intention to become aware of how you automatically react to different things in your life.

For example, how do you react to the alarm clock, the shower, traffic, work colleagues and situations, your partner or children? How do you react to anger or fear in someone else? How do you react to your own anger or fear? Become a witness to your own life. Pay attention to how you do things.

“What is necessary to change a person is to change his awareness of himself.”

-- Abraham H. Maslow


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Make this an embraceable day!



DailyAffirm began Twelve Years Ago this Month!

Read DailyAfirm on the Internet, with links to resources.
You can also make comments at http://www.dailyaffirm.com

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Dear God, allow me to embrace and experience abundance in
every aspect of my life.


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ABOUT TODAY'S AFFIRMATION
"Every aspect" of your life means just that: every aspect.
Abundance does not exist only in isolated places, although,
of course, you start wherever you have conscious awareness.
Abundance exists in all parts and places and moments and
experiences. Lack of abundance also exists. Decide which
you choose, abundance or lack. Abundance is; you do not
create it. Rather, you create from the consciousness of
abundance. Lack is the absence of abundance, or more
precisely, lack of the awareness of abundance. In today's
simple affirmation-prayer, acknowledge your readiness to
receive experiences that are filled with the awareness of
abundance because you have given in the consciousness of
abundance. Return to the Truth of your own divine nature,
embrace yourself, and open to the Infinite Intelligence.
Abundance is everywhere.

ABOUT YOUR PROCESS
If you feel that abundance exists in only isolated places,
turn your attention now to those places. Feel the energy of
abundance. Ask for a sensation or feeling or word or sound
or taste or smell that tells you without a doubt that THIS
is the energy of abundance. You may know instantly, or you
may choose to open to this information all through the day
and finish this exercise tonight or tomorrow. When you
touch/know the energy of abundance, move your attention to
other areas in your life where abundance does not seem so
apparent or feel so strong, or anywhere you experience lack
or low self-esteem. Remind yourself of the energy of
abundance that you tasted or touched or heard or saw just
seconds earlier. Remind yourself of the abundance vibration
so that you can access it anytime, anywhere, under any
circumstances.

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"Focus of Our Attention"
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"One Thought at a Time"
http://www.mhmail.com/articles/finding-empowering-thoughts.html


BEING SUCCESSFUL IS A CHOICE YOU MAKE




You alone have the responsibility to shape your life.
Once you understand this,
nothing and no one can deny you success.
There's no one to stop you but yourself.

More powerful than all the success slogans ever written
is the realization that everyone has but one boss.
That boss is you.

Your life will always be to a large extent what you make of it.
No one can cheat you out of ultimate success but you.

Success or failure?
It's always your choice.



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Inner critics



“We tell ourselves so many lies and half-truths ... We listen and are duly impressed by these inner voices that turn into unseen judges that nag at us. We give each of these judges a seat of honor in our minds, all the while hating their guts and their never-ending supply of judgements ... We give the judges permission to accompany us on each journey of life, never daring to realize that we can park them, at least momentarily.”

-- Eloise Ristad

“The Inner Critic makes each of us a child. As we become the child in our relationships, we lose our sense of self. We are no longer self-contained, self-respecting adults. We look to others for validation. Our self-worth is based upon their opinion of us. Thus, everyone around us becomes a mother or a father whose support and approval is desperately needed to protect us from the constant criticism of the Inner Critic.”

-- Hal and Sidra Stone


Crossing the river


The monk Tanzan and a younger monk were travelling, when they saw a
beautiful young women unable to cross the river. Tanzan immediately
offered and helped the woman by carrying her across the river. Tanzan and
the young monk continued on their journey, but after some time the young
monk could not stand it anymore. He said "as monks we must abstain from
desires of the flesh, yet you were so physically close to that young
woman. Why did you do that?" Tanzan replied, "I already put her down at
the river. Are you still carrying her?"

SEE THINGS AS YOU WANT THEM TO BE

How can you make your dream come true, if you don't have one?
Visualize your goals and your subconscious will begin to work
toward making your mental pictures come true.

You'll gradually grow into any condition you desire,
provided you adjust your mental attitude to mirror
the person who corresponds to those conditions.

If you advance with confidence in the direction of your dreams,
and begin to live the life you imagine,
you'll meet with success beyond your wildest imagination.

The only way to discover your limits of the possible
is to go beyond them into the impossible.

You're the one who can stretch your horizon.



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Short Spiritual Stories about Limiting Activity

When we practice zazen we limit our activity to the smallest extent. Just
keeping the right posture and being concentrated on sitting is how we
express the universal nature. Then we become Buddha, and we express
Buddha nature. So instead of having some object of worship, we just
concentrate on the activity which we do in each moment.

When you bow, you should just bow; when you sit, you should just sit;
when you eat, you should just eat.If you do this, the universal nature is
there. In Japanese we call it ichigyo-zammai, or "one-act samadhi."
Sammai (or samadhi) is "concentration." Ichigyo is "one practice."

Shunryu Suzuki


PREPARATION IS THE SECRET TO CONFIDENCE

With practice you'll come to a point of competence.
You'll find yourself accomplishing your goals gracefully and confidently.

It's then that you'll do things that you never dreamed you could do.
You'll discover powers you never knew existed.
If you're prepared, you're able to feel confident.

There can be no great courage
when there is no confidence or assurance.
Half the battle is in the conviction
that you can accomplish what you undertake.

Confidence doesn't come out of nowhere.
It's the result of constant work and dedication.

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Awareness



“Relative to the level of awareness that is possible for us, our ordinary state of consciousness is as far from a direct experience of reality as sleep is from waking consciousness.”

-- Don Richard Riso and Russ Hudson

“The thought ‘I exist’ is not the same thing as the awareness of one’s own existence. … Thought is not the same thing as consciousness.”

-- Jacob Needleman

A person asked Buddha:
“Are you a God?”
Buddha’s reply was
“No.”
“Are you an Angel?”
“No.”
“Then what are you?”
“I am Awake.”

-- Unknown Source


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Short Spiritual Stories



With a determination to accomplish
The highest welfare for all sentient beings,
Who surpass even a wish-granting jewel
I will learn to hold them supremely dear.

Whenever I associate with others I will learn,
To think of myself as the lowest among all,
And respectfully hold others to be supreme,
From the very depths of my heart.

In all actions I will learn to search into my mind
And as soon as an afflictive emotion arises
Endangering myself and others,
Will firmly face and avert it.

I will learn to cherish all beings of bad nature
And those oppressed by strong sins and sufferings,
As if I had found a precious
Treasury very difficult to find.

When others out of jealousy treat me badly
With abuse, slander, and so on,
I will learn to take all loss
And offer the victory to them.


When one whom I have benefited with great hope
Unreasonably hurts me very badly ,
I will learn to view that person
As an excellent spiritual guide.


In short, I will learn to offer to everyone without exception,
All help and happiness directly and indirectly,
And respectfully take upon myself,
All harm and suffering of my mothers.


I will learn to keep these practices,
Undefiled by the stains of the eight worldly conceptions,
And by understanding all phenomena as like illusion,
Be released from the bondage of attachment.

Geshe Langri Tangpa Dorjey Sengey

THE HIGHWAY TO SUCCESS IS A TOLL ROAD

Whatever you want in life,
you must give up something to get it.
The greater the value,
the greater the sacrifice required of you.

There's a price to pay if you want to make things better,
and a price you'll pay for just leaving things as they are.

Nothing worthwhile comes easily to anyone.
Work, continuous work and hard work,
is the only way to accomplish results that last.
Don't let the fear of change stop you from pursuing your dreams.

There is no success at bargain basement prices.
You must pay a price for success.



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What's your best routine?



“For all my good intentions, there are days when things go wrong or I fall into old habits. When things are not going well, when I'm grumpy or mad, I'll realize that I've not been paying attention to my soul and I've not been following my best routine.”

-- Robert Fulghum

How do you need to bring more balance to your life?

Robert Fulghum has shared, “The older I get, the more I realize the importance of exercising the various dimensions of my body, soul, mind and heart. Taken together, these aspects give me a sense of wholeness. I want to be a whole human being rather than one who limps on one leg because I don't know how to use all of my parts. Intellectual, emotional, and physical activity are not separate entities. Rather, they are dimensions of the same human being.”

"There is an Indian Belief that everyone is in a house of four rooms: A physical, a mental, an emotional and a spiritual. Most of us tend to live in one room most of the time, but unless we go into every room everyday, even if only to keep it aired, we are not complete."

-- Rumer Godden


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DON'T BELIEVE IN MIRACLES, DEPEND ON THEM

You don't need an explanation for everything.
There are such things as miracles,
events for which there are no ready explanations.

Future knowledge may explain these events quite simply.
Any form of sufficiently advanced technology
can be quite indistinguishable from magic
when it's introduced for the first time.

Seeing, hearing, feeling are all miracles
as well as each part of you.
Seeing is not always believing.
You know much more than you understand.

Have the vision to see invisible things.

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A Chance to Start Over.

It was a cold December night in West Orange, New Jersey. Thomas Edison's
factory was humming with activity. Work was proceeding on a variety of
fronts as the great inventor was trying to turn more of his dreams into
practical realities. Edison's plant, made of concrete and steel, was
deemed "fireproof". As you may have already guessed, it wasn't!

On that frigid night in 1914, the sky was lit up by a sensational blaze
that had burst through the plant roof. Edison's 24-year-old son, Charles,
made a frenzied search for his famous inventor-father. When he finally
found him, he was watching the fire. His white hair was blowing in the
wind. His face was illuminated by the leaping flames. "My heart ached for
him," said Charles. "Here he was, 67 years old, and everything he had
worked for was going up in flames. When he saw me, he shouted, 'Charles!
Where's your mother?' When I told him I didn't know, he said, 'Find her!
Bring her here! She'll never see anything like this as long as she
lives.'"

Next morning, Mr. Edison looked at the ruins of his factory and said this
of his loss: "There's value in disaster. All our mistakes are burned up.
Thank God, we can start anew."

What a wonderful perspective on things that seem at first to be so
disastrous. A business failure, divorce, personal dream gone sour . . .
whether these things destroy an individual depends largely on the
attitude he or she takes toward them. Sort out why it happened, and learn
something from the blunders. Think of different approaches that can be
taken.

Start over.

Author unknown


Who sets the standards you live by?



“If I get to pick what I want to do, then it's play... if someone else tells me that I have to do it, then it's work.”

-- Patricia Nourot

Are you continually struggling to accomplish what is expected of you? If so, stop to think for a moment: who holds those expectations?

Perhaps you’re trying to meet the expectations of a parent or a teacher or other authority figures who may be long gone from your life. But many of us toil under the critical eyes of a vague ‘somebody’ who always judges that we’ve never done enough or done things well enough. Who is this phantom judge? And do we need to care about what they think any longer?

We find both our own power and happiness when we begin to set our own standards around what has heart and meaning for us.

“Doubt yourself and you doubt everything you see. Judge yourself and you see judges everywhere. But if you listen to the sound of your own voice, you can rise above doubt and judgment. And you can see forever.”

-- Nancy Kerrigan


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YOU ARE WHAT YOU THINK

Whatever you plant in your subconscious mind
and nourish every day with conviction and emotion
will one day become a reality.

Constant repetition carries conviction.
Repeat something often enough and it will start to become you.
A change in what you tell yourself
will result in a change in your behavior.

What you impress upon your mind,
you'll inevitably become.
Self suggestion will make you master of yourself.



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Personal Power


“The deep root of failure in our lives is to think, ‘Oh how useless and powerless I am.’ It is essential to think strongly and forcefully, ‘I can do it,’ without boasting or fretting.”

-- Dalai Lama

Angeles Arrien says that whether we are male or female, we need to develop three kinds of power. People who hold these three powers cannot be ignored.

1. Power of presence – Being really present in each moment
2. Power of communication – Speaking my truth
3. Power of position – Being willing to take a stand

“A man’s true state of power and riches is to be in himself.”

-- Henry Ward Beecher

“We are no longer puppets being manipulated by outside powerful forces; we become the powerful force ourselves.”

-- Leo Buscaglia

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Children - From the 'Prophet'



"Your children are not your children.

They are the sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself.

They come through you but not from you, And though they are with you, yet
they belong not to you.

You may give them your love but not your thoughts. For they have their
own thoughts.

You may house their bodies but not their souls, For their souls dwell in
the house of tomorrow, which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.

You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you. For
life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.

You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent
forth.

The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite, and He bends you
with His might that His arrows may go swift and far. Let your bending in
the archer's hand be for gladness; For even as he loves the arrow that
flies, so He loves also the bow that is stable."

Author - Kahlil Gibran

Creation - A Sioux Indian Story



The Creator gathered all of Creation and said,

"I want to hide something from the humans until they are ready for it. It
is the realization that they create their own reality."

The eagle said, "Give it to me, I will take it to the moon."

The Creator said, "No. One day they will go there and find it."

The salmon said, "I will bury it on the bottom of the ocean."

"No. They will go there too."

The buffalo said, "I will bury it on the Great Plains."

The Creator said, "They will cut into the skin of the Earth and find it
even there."

Grandmother Mole, who lives in the breast of Mother Earth, and who has no
physical eyes but sees with spiritual eyes,

said, "Put it inside of them."

And the Creator said, "It is done."

Siox Indian

Living the adventure


“I do not accept any absolute formulas for living. No preconceived code can see ahead to everything that can happen in a man’s life. As we live, we grow and our beliefs change. They must change. So I think we should live with this constant discovery. We should be open to this adventure in heightened awareness of living. We should stake our whole existence on our willingness to explore and experience.”

-- Martin Buber


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IT'S NEVER OVER UNTIL IT'S OVER



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The power to hold on in spite of everything, to endure,
this is the quality of a winner.
Your greatest glory is not in never failing,
but in rising every time you fail.

It's your constant and determined effort
that will eventually break down all resistance
and sweep all the barriers before you.
Persistence means taking pains to overcome every obstacle,
to do all that's necessary to reach your goal.

All great achievements require time.
Endurance is the crowning quality of success.



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Crime and Punishment - From the 'Prophet'



"It is when your spirit goes wandering upon the wind, That you, alone and
unguarded, commit a wrong unto others and therefore unto yourself. And
for that wrong committed must you knock and wait a while unheeded at the
gate of the blessed.

Like the ocean is your god-self; It remains for ever undefiled. And like
the ether it lifts but the winged. Even like the sun is your god-self; It
knows not the ways of the mole nor seeks it the holes of the serpent. But
your god-self does not dwell alone in your being. Much in you is still
man, and much in you is not yet man, But a shapeless pigmy that walks
asleep in the mist searching for its own awakening. And of the man in you
would I now speak.

For it is he and not your god-self nor the pigmy in the mist, that knows
crime and the punishment of crime.

Oftentimes have I heard you speak of one who commits a wrong as though he
were not one of you, but a stranger unto you and an intruder upon y our
world. But I say that even as the holy and the righteous cannot rise
beyond the highest which is in each one of you, So the wicked and the
weak cannot fall lower than the lowest which is in you also.

And as a single leaf turns not yellow but with the silent knowledge of
the whole tree, So the wrong-doer cannot do wrong without the hidden will
of you all.

Like a procession you walk together towards your god-self. You are the
way and the wayfarers. And when one of you falls down he falls for those
behind him, a caution against the stumbling stone. Ay, and he falls for
those ahead of him, who though faster and surer of foot, yet removed not
the stumbling stone.

And this also, though the word lie heavy upon your hearts: The murdered
is not unaccountable for his own murder, And the robbed is not blameless
in being robbed. The righteous is not innocent of the deeds of the
wicked, And the white-handed is not clean in the doings of the felon.
< br> Yea, the guilty is oftentimes the victim of the injured, And still
more often the condemned is the burden-bearer for the guiltless and
unblamed. You cannot separate the just from the unjust and the good from
the wicked; For they stand together before the face of the sun even as
the black thread and the white are woven together. And when the black
thread breaks, the weaver shall look into the whole cloth, and he shall
examine the loom also.

If any of you would bring judgment the unfaithful wife, Let him also
weight the heart of her husband in scales, and measure his soul with
measurements.

And let him who would lash the offender look unto the spirit of the
offended. And if any of you would punish in the name of righteousness and
lay the ax unto the evil tree, let him see to its roots; And verily he
will find the roots of the good and the bad, the fruitful and the
fruitless, all entwined together in the silent heart of the earth.

And you judge s who would be just, What judgment pronounce you upon him
who though honest in the flesh yet is a thief in spirit? What penalty lay
you upon him who slays in the flesh yet is himself slain in the spirit?
And how prosecute you him who in action is a deceiver and an oppressor,
Yet who also is aggrieved and outraged?

And how shall you punish those whose remorse is already greater than
their misdeeds? Is not remorse the justice which is administered by that
very law which you would fain serve? Yet you cannot lay remorse upon the
innocent nor lift it from the heart of the guilty.

Unbidden shall it call in the night, that men may wake and gaze upon
themselves. And you who would understand justice, how shall you unless
you look upon all deeds in the fullness of light?

Only then shall you know that the erect and the fallen are but one man
standing in twilight between the night of his pigmy-self and the day of
his god-self, And that the corner-stone of t he temple is not higher than
the lowest stone in its foundation."

Author - Kahlil Gibran



SUCCESS IS A MATTER OF EXPECTATION

You must first expect to succeed if you want to succeed.
When you expect good things to happen,
strangely enough, they will happen.

Your expectation energizes your goals and gives them momentum.
Since your life will always respond to your outlook, set your goals high.

The dreams you choose to believe in will come to be.
You can't expect to succeed beyond your wildest expectations
unless you begin with some pretty wild expectations.



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Donkey in the well

One day a farmer's donkey fell down into a well. The animal cried
piteously for hours as the farmer tried to figure out what to do. Finally
he decided the animal was old, hat the well needed to be covered anyway
and that it just wasn't worth retrieving the donkey. So he invited all
his neighbours to come over and help him.

They all grabbed a shovel and began to shovel dirt into the well. At
first, the donkey realized what was happening and cried horribly. Then,
to everyone's amazement, he quietened down. A few shovel loads later, the
farmer finally looked down the well and was astonished at what he saw.
With every shovel of dirt that hit his back, the donkey was doing
something amazing. He would shake it off and take a step up. As the
farmer's neighbours continued to shovel dirt on top of the animal, he
would shake it off and take a step up. Pretty soon, everyone was amazed
as the donkey stepped up over the edge of the well and trotted off!
Life is going t o shovel dirt on you, all kinds of dirt. The trick to
getting out of the well is to shake it off and take a step up.

Author unknown

Beware of duty



“Should is an ordinary, everyday word -- except when it is used to indicate an order that may not be refused. Then should becomes a finger waving under the nose. …Should users build prison cells for themselves. They are so focused on what they should do -- that they cannot think about what they can do, what they might do in the future.”

-- Dr. Arthur Freeman and Rose Dewolf


Many of us have been taught to do our duty. What does this imply to you? For me, ‘doing my duty’ means doing something I really don’t want to do. My heart’s not in it, and so the energy for the act isn’t there. I have to force every move. Usually, there’s underlying resentment. When this is the scenario, tasks may get done but there’s no gift to the world.

We do not truly serve the world if we give to others but neglect our own truth and our own needs. It’s only when our own needs are fully met that we can generously and whole-heartedly give of ourselves. It’s not selfish to look after ourselves -- it’s essential!

“To serve is beautiful, but only if it is done with joy and a whole heart.”

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Be a Winner

The Winner - is always part of the answer
The Loser - is always part of the problem

The Winner - always has a program
The Loser - always has an excuse

The Winner - says "Let me do it for you"
The Loser says "That's not my job"

The Winner - sees an answer for every problem
The Loser - sees a problem for every answer

The Winner - sees a green near every sand trap
The Loser - sees two or three sand traps near every green

The Winner - says "It may be difficult but it's possible"
The Loser - says "It may be possible but it's too difficult"

Author unknown †


TO CHOOSE TIME IS TO SAVE TIME

You always have enough time if you will but use it wisely.
Your dilemma goes deeper than having a shortage of time,
it's basically a problem of priorities.
Most people leave undone those things that should be done,
while they do things that they shouldn't be doing.

Set priorities for your goals.
A major part of successful living lies in your ability to put first things first.
Most major goals are not achieved because people put second things first.

Is what you're doing getting you closer to your objectives?
Anything that is wasted effort represents wasted time.

Don't serve time; make time serve you.



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Responsibility brings power



"To be tested is good. The challenged life may be the best therapist."

-- Gail Sheehy

What holds you back from being all that you are?

In your journal, list at least 5 things that hold you back.

Now review your answers. Have you blamed people or factors outside of yourself?

It's important to understand that ALL obstructions are rooted in our internal blocks. Even the problems that appear to be outside of us are only reflecting back to us problems we have inside. Once we address our inner issues, the outer problems disappear.

Be personally accountable for everything in your life and watch your perspectives shift. We claim our power when we accept responsibility for our lives.

"Conscious evolution begins as we take responsibility for clearing our own obstructions."

-- Dan Millman

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YOU ARE WHAT YOU DO

The beginning of a habit is like an invisible thread.
Every time you repeat the act you strengthen the strand.
You add to it another filament with each repetition,
until it becomes a great cable
and binds you irrevocably to each thought and act.

First you make your habits
and then they make you.

Your thoughts lead you to your purpose.
Your purpose always manifests into action.
Your actions form your habits.
Your habits determine your character,
and your character fixes your destiny.

Your habits are either the best of servants or the worst of masters.



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Listen to your heart


samurai
Horror gripped the heart of a World War I soldier, as he saw his lifelong
friend fell in battle. Caught in a trench with continuous gunfire
whizzing over his head, the soldier asked his Lieutenant if he could go
out into the "no man's land" between the trenches to bring his fallen
comrade back.

"You can go," said the Lieutenant, "but I don't think it will be worth
it. Your friend is probably dead and you may throw your life away." The
Lieutenant's words didn't matter, and the soldier went anyway.

Miraculously, he managed to reach his fiend, hoisted him onto his
shoulder and brought him back to their company's trench. As the two of
them tumbled in together to the bottom of the trench, the officer checked
the wounded soldier, and then looked kindly at his friend. "I told you it
wouldn't be worth it," he said. "You friend is dead and you are mortally
wounded.

"It was worth it, Sir," said the soldier.
"What do you mean by worth it ?" responded the Lieutenant. "You friend is
dead."
"Yes Sir," the private answered, "but it was worth it because when I got
to him, he was still alive and I got the chance to her him
say....."JIM........... I KNEW YOU'D COME."

Many times in life, whether a thing is worth doing or not, really depends
on how you look at it. Take up all your courage and do something your
heart tells you to do, so that you may not regret not doing it later in
your life....

"A true friend is one who walks in, when the rest of the world walks out"

Author Unknown


Bring soul into the world



"We live in a culture that is greatly biased against the imagination, because our culture is very materialistic, objective and literal. Our culture lacks soul, and doesn’t know it, although it experiences the consequences. When you don’t know what’s missing, then of course you don’t know what to bring in, even though you feel something is missing."

“We live in a world that needs more soul, more meaning. We, as conscious beings, have, as our primary responsibility, at this time in human history, the task of bringing soul into the world, or releasing soul into the world. We do this, first of all, in ourselves and in our own personal world; then we do it in our groups – including family; then we do it in our society through our work, relationships and presence there.”

-- Andrew Schneider


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OPEN YOUR OWN DOOR TO OPPORTUNITY

Success doesn't come to you. You must go to it.

You don't need more strength or more ability or greater opportunity.
What you need is to use what you have.

The golden opportunity you're seeking is in yourself.
It's not in your environment.
It's not in luck or chance or the help of others.
It's in you.

There will always be a new opportunity
where there is an open mind and a willing hand.

You must make your own opportunities.



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"It is the light ...

...of awareness that makes things precious and
extraordinary. Then small things are no longer small. When a person
with great alertness, sensitivity, love, touches an ordinary pebble
on the seashore, that pebble becomes as precious as a diamond. Your
life will have as much depth and meaning as you have awareness." ~
Osho

Speak kindly to yourself



“What is this self inside us, this silent observer,
Severe and speechless critic, who can terrorize us,
And urge us on to futile activity,
And in the end, judge us still more severely,
For the errors into which his own reproaches drove us?”

-- T. S. Eliot

How do you talk to yourself? Would you talk that way to anyone else?

Our thoughts create our reality. How do you typically think about yourself? Do you berate yourself for being stupid, sloppy, forgetful or insensitive? Do you watch yourself with interest, respect and compassion? Stay alert to your self-talk and let go of judgments that don’t serve you.

"Self-acceptance is my refusal to be in an adversarial relationship to myself."

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KNOWLEDGE IS POWER

As a general rule, the most successful people in life
are the ones with the best information.

People with power are people who know how to get things done.
Knowing how to do something is virtually the same as having done it.
Power is the product of understanding.

Knowledge controls access to opportunity and advancement.
There is no knowledge that is not power.

Educate yourself and you build the power to accomplish your goals.
Power gravitates to the one that knows how to do something.

In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king.

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Limited perspectives

“And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.”

-- Angela Monet

We never have enough information to enable us to fully understand the truth of the reality around us. And there is never only one correct perspective about anything.

Knowing this helps me let go of my tendency to label things as good or bad. I suffer least when I can accept reality just as it is. And I benefit most when I open my heart and mind in appreciation.

“If you are pained by external things, it is not they that disturb you, but your own judgment of them. And it is in your power to wipe out that judgment now.”

-- Marcus Aurelius


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EVERY FAILURE IS A STEP CLOSER TO SUCCESS

People who try to do something and fail
are infinitely better than those who try to do nothing and succeed.
Experiencing failure is inevitable on your journey to be successful.
Every defeat is merely an installment to victory.

You'll find that the number of times you succeed is in direct proportion
to the number of times you fail and keep trying.
You won't be judged by the number of times you fail,
but by the number of times you succeed.

Failure is nothing but education,
nothing but the first step to something better.

You can't be a winner and be afraid to lose.

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YOU ALWAYS HAVE A CHANCE

You know what you are today
but not what you may be tomorrow.
Use your imagination and look at things as they can be.

You can do anything you wish to do,
have anything you wish to have,
and be anything you wish to be.

You don't know what you can really do until you try.
All you have to do is to act on your dreams.

You have the power within you to do things
you never dreamed possible.
You would amaze yourself
if you did all the things you're capable of doing.
This power becomes available to you
as soon as you change some of your beliefs.

Success begins in your mind.



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VISUALIZE THEN ACTUALIZE YOUR SUCCESS

Your mind is your mental workshop.
You can build anything you want in it.

Visualize what you want in your mind.
See it. Feel it. Taste it. Believe in it.
Make your mental blueprint and then begin to build.

First, think about what you want out of life.
The beginning always takes place in your imagination.
Then organize your thoughts into definitive plans.
Next, it's time to transform your thoughts into reality
by taking some positive action.

You can live your dreams.

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THE KEY TO MASTERY IS SIMPLICITY

Life is really simple,
but we insist on making it complicated.

You can increase your understanding of any subject
by progressing from the simple to the complex.
Divide any complex issue into simple parts,
and master each part and no project will be too difficult.

By understanding the simple,
you can understand the complex.
Solutions are all simple after you have arrived at them.
But they are simple only when you know what they are.

Nothing is more simple than greatness:
for to be simple is to be great.



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Important Words

The six most important words in the English language are: "I admit I made
a mistake."

The five most important words in the English language are: "You did a
good job."

The four most important words in the English language are: "What is your
opinion?"

The three most important words in the English language are: "If you
please."

The least important word in the English language is: "I."

The two least important words in the English language are: "I can't!"

The three least important words in the English language are: "You Screwed
Up!"

Author Unknown

BEING SUCCESSFUL IS A CHOICE YOU MAKE



Your success isn't a matter of luck,
it's simply a matter of the choices you make.
Success isn't something you can wait for,
it's something you'll achieve with effort over time.
Things won't turn up in this world until you turn them up.

You can choose to be lazy or ambitious.
Stop and think about your choice again.
You always do your own choosing.

The great opportunity in your life is where you are right now.
Every situation, properly perceived, is an opportunity for you.

First, say to yourself what you would be,
then do what you have to do to make things happen.

Success is right in front of you.



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A Love story

love
Once upon a time there was an island where all the feelings
lived, Happiness, Sadness, Knowledge and all the others, including Love.

One day it was announced to all of the feelings that the island was going
to sink to the bottom of the ocean. So, all the feelings prepared their
boats to leave.

Love was the only one that stayed. She wanted to preserve
the island paradise until the very last possible moment. When the island
was almost totally under water, Love decided it was time to leave. She
began looking for someone to ask for help. Just then Richness was passing
by in a grand boat.

Love asked, "Richness, can I come with you on your
boat?" Richness answered, "I am sorry, but there is a lot of silver and
gold on my boat and there would be no room for you anywhere"

Then Love decided to ask Vanity, who was passing in a beautiful vessel, for help.
Love cried out "Vanity, help me please!", "I can't help you, " Vanity
said, "You are all wet and will damage my beautiful boat."

Next Love saw Sadness passing by. Love said, "Sadness please let me go with you."
Sadness answered, "Love, I'm sorry, but, I just need to be alone now."

Then, Love saw Happiness and cried out, "Happiness, please take me with
you." But Happiness was so overjoyed that he didn't hear Love calling
him.

Love began to cry, then, she heard a voice say, "Come love I will
take you with me". It was an elder. Love felt so blessed and overjoyed
that she forgot to ask the elder his name.

When they arrived on land the elder went on his way. Love realized how much she owed the elder and when she met Knowledge she asked who it was that had helped her.
"It was Time", Knowledge answered. "But why did Time help me when no one else
would?", Love asked.

Knowledge smiled and with deep wisdom and sincerity,
answered,
"Because only Time is capable of understanding how great Love
is."

Author Unknown


The Mountain Story


A son and his father were walking on the mountains.
Suddenly, his son falls, hurts himself and screams: "AAAhhhhhhhhhhh!!!"
To his surprise, he hears the voice repeating, somewhere in the mountain:
"AAAhhhhhhhhhhh!!!"
Curious, he yells: "Who are you?"
He receives the answer: "Who are you?"
Angered at the response, he screams: "Coward!"
He receives the answer: "Coward!"
He looks to his father and asks: "What's going on?"
The father smiles and says: "My son, pay attention."
And then he screams to the mountain: "I admire you!"
The voice answers: "I admire you!"
Again the man screams: "You are a champion!"
The voice answers: "You are a champion!"
The boy is surprised, but does not understand.
Then the father explains: "People call this ECHO, but really this is
LIFE.
It gives you bac k everything you say or do.
Our life is simply a reflection of our actions.
If you want more love in the world, create more love in your heart.
If you want more competence in your team, improve your competence.
This relationship applies to everything, in all aspects of life;
Life will give you back everything you have given to it."
YOUR LIFE IS NOT A COINCIDENCE. IT'S A REFLECTION OF YOU!

Author Unknown

THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS NO CHANCE

Don't think about the things you can't do.
Think about the things you can do.
No matter what the level of your ability is,
you have more potential than you can ever develop in a lifetime.

You have powers you never dreamed of.
You can do things you never thought you could do.
There are no limitations to what you can do
except the limitations of your own mind.

Your range of available choices right now is limitless.
Look at things as they can be.
Never say never.



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When you begin to...

 ...intuitively follow the path that is right for your life, everything else will fall perfectly into place!
Crystal Andrus

The known is a prison....

...It is the unknown which is the field of pure potentiality, the field we need to step into.” Dr Deepak Chopra

THERE IS ALWAYS ANOTHER CHOICE




You don't have to buy from anyone.
You don't have to work at any particular job.
You don't have to participate in any given relationship.
You can choose.

You alone steer the course you choose
in the direction of where you want to be today,
tomorrow or in any distant time to come.
You hold the tiller.

You can decide to alter the course of your life at any time.
No one can ever take that away from you.
You can decide what you want and go after it.
It's always your next move.



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Diving Through the Waves of Life



I'm standing waist deep in the water watching this giant Hawaiian
wave coming right towards me. I feel a small panic inside as my mind
screams, "turn around and run!" The problem is that I know that if I
listen to my terrified mind I won't make it to the shore and will be
crushed by the wave. The only thing I can do is dive into and through
the wave. If I can conquer my fear I will reach the other side! So I
take a deep breath, relax and dive into it! I barely notice the wave
breaking over head. It was easy, smooth and even fun! The wave
crashes behind me on the shore and I am safe again. I think to
myself, "That wasn't so bad." Oh, no! I see another wave coming
towards me. Again, all my mind says is RUN!!

Yes, the truth is that I have had a tremendous fear of these ocean
waves...even relatively small ones. However, my last few experiences
in Hawaii have taught me that the only way to easily survive a wave
is to face the wave and dive right through it. One day as I stood in
the ocean, I realized that life is like a giant ocean. There is an
ebb and a flow to all things. Like the ocean, every day waves come
rolling into and through our lives. Sometimes the waves are big and
crushing, while other times they are so small that they are barely
noticeable.

When a big wave in life comes your way, the best thing to do is to
face it. Even though all of your instincts may say to avoid it and
run away, facing it is safer and more enjoyable. Have you ever been
in the ocean and tried to out swim a 20 foot wave? It is impossible
to do so! If you try to out run it, it simply sucks you in, spins you
upside-down and smashes you into the ocean floor within a few
seconds. However, if you turn directly towards the wave and dive
underneath it (right when it&rsquo;s about to break) you will easily
pass through. Even if it is the biggest wave you've ever seen in your
life, you can emerge on the other side unscathed and even have a
smile on your face.

Life contains many waves of thoughts and feelings that are much like
the ocean waves. If you try to avoid or "outrun" a problem that is
going on inside you by turning your back on it, it will eventually
catch up with you and wreck havoc. In fact, the problem or challenge
can seem soooo big that it may hypnotize you with fear by just
staring into it. As soon as this big wave arrives it is spinning your
life upside-down and drowning you in its energy. However, if you face
the wave that is coming your way, no matter how big it is, you can
handle the challenge much easier by diving into it and through it.

What would a big wave in your life look like? Perhaps it&rsquo;s
waves of thoughts and feelings about money, relationships,
confidence, career, love, sex, or emotional stability? Whatever the
wave is doesn't matter, what matters most is how you approach it.
I've found that to dive through the most challenging waves in my life
are much much easier when you feel connected to your Infinite Nature.
This means that instead of getting all caught up in the perceived
issue or problem, you remain centered at your core and connected to
your divinely confident peaceful Infinite Nature. In this state, you
are able dive right through ANY perceived issue without your ego
becoming trapped it.

Through learning how to connect with your Infinite Nature you uncover
an unstoppable fearless confidence inside. This is exactly what pulls
you through ANY major wave that life presents to you. Once you find
this feeling of fearlessness at your core it is easy and FUN to play
in life's ocean. The key to revealing this fearlessness is to
discover that you are an infinite being that will never die. This
will dramatically increase your consciousness and vibration so that
you can remain centered and peaceful throughout your day. With a
deeper level of inner peace you can remain clear and confident when
those crazy panicky thought waves get out of control. When you
discover this divine fearlessness inside, you will master ANY
perceived problem because you know that your mind is actually
creating these illusionary waves. Knowing how to find your divinely
confident peaceful Infinite Nature, you can truly start enjoying this
big wild wondrous ocean called life.

Discover your divinely confident peaceful Infinite Nature through
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We experience what we believe

"You are free to believe what you choose and what you do attests to what you believe."

-- A Course of Miracles

You most likely believe that your experiences have taught you what is real and what is true – at least for you. However, what you may not know is that your beliefs – conscious and unconscious – have determined what you would experience.

Experiences do not determine what you believe. What you first of all believe is what you will experience. It follows, then, that if you wish to experience life in new ways, you need to examine your belief systems.

Change your consciousness and you’ll change your life.

“Sooner or later, those who win are those who think they can.”

-- Richard Bach

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LIFE RESPONDS TO YOUR OUTLOOK

The dreams you choose to believe in come to be.
When you feel in your innermost being
that you will achieve what you set out to do,
you open the way for miracles.

Choose to believe something good can happen.
Expecting it to happen energizes your goal
and actually gives it momentum.
What you expect to happen, happens.

If you expect to succeed, you'll succeed.

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What wants to change?



"The problem is not that there are problems. The problem is expecting otherwise and thinking that having problems is a problem."

-- Theodore Rubin


Our lives really begin to change when we learn to shift our perspective on ‘problems.’

From the spiritual perspective, problems offer our best path to growth. Like it or not, pain gets our attention. Pain also challenges the ego's perception that it is in complete control of life. This opens the door for soul’s guidance.

If we want to be rid of the pain, we must do the work that leads us to greater consciousness. Paradoxically, we can only get rid of the pain by moving through it.

The next time you feel “poor me,” stop and ask, “What needs to change? What does my soul want me to learn?”

“No one can go back and make a brand new start. Anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.”

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YOU CANNOT FAIL WITH A PLAN



Wanting success isn't sufficient enough to get it.
You have to ask yourself,
"What am I going to do to get the things I want?"

Your problem is how to bridge the gap which exists
between where you are now and the goal you intend to reach.

You cannot fail with a definite step by step plan,
because each step carries you along to the next step, like a track.
All you need is the plan, the road map,
and the courage to press on to your destination.

You cannot get lost on a straight road.

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YOU ONLY GET TO KEEP WHAT YOU GIVE AWAY



It's a universal law: You have to give before you get.
You must plant your seeds before you reap the harvest.
The more you sow, the more you will reap.
In giving to others, you will find yourself blessed.

The law works to give you back more than you have sown.
The giver's harvest is always full.
Those that obtain have little.
Those who scatter have much.

Nature does not give to those who will not spend.

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A MOUNTAIN IS CLIMBED ONE STEP AT A TIME




To attain success or to reach your goal,
don't worry about having all the answers in advance.
You just need to have a clear idea of your goal and move toward it.

Everyone who got where they are had to begin where they were.
Your opportunity for success is right in front of you.
Don't procrastinate when faced with a difficult problem.
Break your problems into parts and handle one part at a time.

Develop a tendency toward action.
You can make something happen today.
Break your big plan for success into small steps
and take the first step right away.

Success starts with beginning.

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Focus on what you want



“A good intention clothes itself with power.”

-- Ralph Waldo Emerson


Our minds are incredibly powerful. We put that power to work for us when we consciously set an intention to be or do something. Get into the practice of consciously setting an intention for every activity in which you are involved.

Your intention might support efficiency – for example, to complete a job or project by a specific time. Your intention might support your personal growth, e.g., to undertake a task that scares you. Or it might support more soul connection, e.g., to see beauty in the chaos of your day.

When we make an effort to set an intention, no matter how trivial it may appear, we are taking the time to choose what we want for ourselves. And clearly, this is essential for our growth – to actively, thoughtfully choose what we want for ourselves.

“By becoming a conscious choice-maker, you begin to generate actions that are evolutionary for you.”

-- Deepak Chopra



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ACCEPT CHANGE WITH A SMILE




Sooner or later you'll experience a crisis in your life,
and how you meet it will determine your future happiness and success.
Since the beginning of time,
everyone has been called upon to meet such a crisis.

A closer look will show you that most 'crisis situations'
are opportunities to either advance or stay where you are.
In fact, most changes in your life will take place
out of either 'inspiration' or 'desperation.'

Whatever comes your way,
give it meaning and transform it into something of value.
Your personal growth is the process of responding positively to change.

A precious stone cannot be polished without friction,
nor humanity perfected without trials.



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Who are you?



“Please… tell me who you are and what you want. And if you think those are simple questions, keep in mind that most people live their entire lives without arriving at an answer.”

-- Gary Zukav

How deeply can you answer this question? Please realize that you are the only one who can answer it. No one else can tell you who you are. You must discover this for yourself. And the challenge of knowing ourselves is no easy task.

We hope this question excites rather than intimidates you. There’s so much more to you than you know at present! Isn’t this intriguing? Perhaps it’s time to go exploring….

“Mysterious and intimidating to contemplate, the human brain is the most complex thing there is and the most difficult task it can undertake is to understand itself.”

-- David Noonan


“I don’t think God cares where we were graduated or what we did for a living. God wants to know who we are. Discovering this is the work of the soul – it is our true life’s work.”

-- Bernie Siegel



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THE KEY TO YOUR SUCCESS IS DESIRE




Reality forms around your commitment to succeed.
Your desires will in time externalize themselves into concrete fact.

If you're willing to pay the price, any of your circumstances will change.
If you want something badly enough, you're sure to get it.

Obstacles don't matter very much.
Pain or other circumstances can be there.
But, if you want something badly enough,
you'll find a way to get it done.

You only have to love a thing greatly to get it.
Desire is the fire of life.

THE DAILY GURU


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Twenty Dollars



A well known speaker started off his seminar by holding up a $20 bill. In
the room of 200, he asked. "Who would like this $20 bill?"

Hands started going up. He said, "I am going to give this $20 to one of
you - but first, let me do this."

He proceeded to crumple the 20 dollar note up. He then asked. "Who still
wants it?" Still the hands were up in the air.

"Well," he replied, "what if I do this?" He dropped it on the
ground and started to grind it into the floor with his shoe. He picked it
up, now crumpled and dirty. "Now, who still wants it?"

Still the hands went into the air.

"My friends, you have all learned a very valuable lesson. No
matter what I did to the money, you still wanted it because it did not
decrease in value. It was still worth $20.

Many times in our lives, we are dropped, crumpled, and ground into the
dirt by the decisio ns we make and the circumstances that come our way.
We feel as though we are worthless; but no matter what happened or what
will happen, you will never lose your value.

Dirty or clean, crumpled or finely creased, you are still
priceless to those who love you. The worth of our lives comes, not in
what we do or who we know, but by ...WHO WE ARE.

You are special - don't ever forget it."

Author Unknown



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"Peace is the inner nature of humankind. If you find it within
yourself, you will then find it everywhere." ~Ramana Maharshi


Can You See God?



A small boy once approached his slightly older sister with a question
about God. "Susie, can anybody ever really see God?" he asked.

Busy with other things, Susie curtly replied: "No, of course
not silly. God is so far up in heaven that nobody can see him."

Time passed, but his question still lingered so he approached his mom:
"Mom, can anybody ever really see God?" "No, not really," she gently
said. "God is a spirit and he dwells in our hearts, but we can never
really see Him."

Somewhat satisfied but still wondering, the youngster went on his way.
Not long afterwards, his saintly old grandfather took the little boy on a
fishing trip.

They were having a great time together. The sun was beginning to set with
unusual splendor and the grandfather stared silently at the exquisite
beauty unfolding before them.

On seeing the face of his grandfather reflecting such deep
peace and contentment, the little boy thought for a moment and finally
spoke hesitatingly:

"Granddad, I--I-- wasn't going to ask anybody else, but I wonder if you
can tell me the answer to something I've been wondering about a long
time. Can anybody--can anybody ever really see God?".

The old man did not even turn his head. A long moment slipped by before
he finally answered. "Son," he quietly said. "It's getting so I can't see
anything else."

Author Unknown


REALITY IS SOMETHING YOU RISE ABOVE




You're more important than any of your problems.
You're bigger than anything that can happen to you.

Great things are accomplished when you believe
that what's inside of you is superior to your circumstances.
What you have outside you counts less
than what you have inside you.

Courage is a special kind of knowledge.
It's the knowledge of how to fear what ought to be feared
and how not to fear what ought not to be feared. True courage is a result of reasoning.
A brave mind is always impregnable.

Nothing external to you has power over you.

THE DAILY GURU


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Higher perspectives



“Bias and impartiality is in the eye of the beholder.”

-- Lord Barnett


According to Andrew Schneider, the radical difference between personality awareness and soul consciousness is a difference in perspectives. Acquiring a soul perspective allows us to see things differently – and we always see a more inclusive, universal picture. This expanded view adds to an understanding, enjoyment and appreciation of life.

If I insist on hanging on to a personality perspective that is contrary to a soul perspective, the two perspectives will clash. This challenges me to find a way through to a deeper truth than I previously knew. This kind of tension between soul and personality positions is typical of the prelude to transformation that is a vital part of the soul journey.

“I shut my eyes and all the world drops dead; I lift my eyes and all is born again.”

-- Sylvia Plath



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WHAT YOU SEE IS WHAT YOU GET

If you believe that you can do something, you can do it.
You must believe in it one hundred percent.
Your mind always sets your limits.
What you believe yourself to be, you are.
What you believe you can be in the future, you can become.

Your self image prescribes the limits for the accomplishment of your goals.
It prescribes the "area of the possible" for you.
Self esteem is the strongest single factor in prosperity consciousness.
Believe you can do it. Believe you deserve it. Believe you will get it.
If you want to be successful,
start thinking of yourself as successful.

The feelings must come first from within you.
It's all in your mind.

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Time for stillness



“We're so engaged in doing things to achieve purposes of outer value that we forget that the inner value, the rapture that is associated with being alive, is what it's all about.”

-- Joseph Campbell

The sages all say that the path to liberation is found in entering the stillness within. To experience that stillness, we need to be willing to regularly stop the activity for a while.

How do we do this in a busy life? We set our priorities. Perhaps it means giving up a TV program or using a coffee break to grab a few moments of solitude. Perhaps we have to ask our partner, relative or neighbour to give us 30 minutes of time away from the kids. If we really want something, we can make it happen.

"Learn to pause... or nothing worthwhile will catch up to you."

-- Doug King


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The Cleaning Lady



During my second month of nursing school, our professor gave us a pop
quiz. I was a conscientious student and had breezed through the
questions, until I read the last one: "What is the first name of the
woman who cleans the school?" Surely this was some kind of joke. I had
seen the cleaning woman several times. She was tall, dark-haired and in
her 50s, but how would I know her name? I handed in my paper, leaving the
last question blank. Before class ended, one student asked if the last
question would count toward our quiz grade. "Absolutely," said the
professor. "In your careers you will meet many people. All are
significant. They deserve your attention and care, even if all you do is
smile and say 'Hello'."

I've never forgotten that lesson. I also learned her name was Dorothy.

Joanne C. Jones


EIGHTY PERCENT OF SUCCESS IS SHOWING UP




The only way to start to improve your life is to start.
Once you're sure you're on the right road
there is no need to plan your journey too far ahead.
Don't burden yourself with doubts and fears
as to the obstacles that may bar your progress.
You can only take one step at a time.

You don't need to know all the answers in advance.
Just maintain a clear idea of the goal you want to reach
and the answers will come in their own time.

If you can get up the courage to begin,
you'll have the courage to succeed.
It's the job you never start that takes the longest to finish.
Go after what you want and you'll get it.

THE DAILY GURU


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It's okay to dream!



“Don’t discard your fantasies as merely wishful thinking. Honor them as messages from the deepest part of your being about what you can do and directions you can choose.”

-- Sanaya Roman and Duane Packer

What are your deepest heart-felt desires, dreams and visions?

Our deepest desires and dreams align with the essence of who we are. The more we align with that essence, the more our life holds meaning, purpose and fulfilment. Do you have a sense of your destiny?

"Dreams are renewable. No matter what our age or condition, there are still untapped possibilities within us and new beauty waiting to be born."

-- Dale E. Turner

“Everybody builds a dream in their lifetime. You’re either going to build your dream, or somebody else's. So build your own!"

-- Christopher LaBrec

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CONCENTRATION OPENS THE DOOR TO SUCCESS



The first law of success is concentration.
Bend all your energies to one point,
and go directly to that point,
looking neither to the right nor the left.

By focusing your efforts to a single point,
you'll always achieve the greatest results.
If you concentrate your efforts on a few major goals,
your efficiency will soar, your projects will be completed,
and you'll be going somewhere.

Focus totally on the business at hand
and command yourself to do exactly what you want to do.

If you focus the full power of all you are
on what you have a burning desire to achieve,
you'll attain success.



THE DAILY GURU


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Questions that aren't helpful



“We accept many notions because they seem to be the logical answers to our questions. But have we asked the right questions?”

-- Harold L. Klawans


Sometimes we ask questions for which we really don’t want the answer! Nonetheless, when we ask a question, our subconscious minds will get to work to answer us.

Here are some examples of questions we want to avoid:

- What’s wrong with me?
- How long could this take?
- What could go wrong?
- How much trouble could it be?
- How hard could it be?


Asking questions can be empowering – as long as they’re smart questions!

"The uncreative mind can spot wrong answers, but it takes a very creative mind to spot wrong questions."

-- Anthony Jay


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What is your body telling you?



“There are times when we may fool ourselves. There are times when we can fool others. But we can never fool our body. It is the most sensitive barometer of our inner world.”

-- Sherrill Sellman

“Instead of frittering away your vibrancy with worry or distraction, realize your mind and body are inextricably united. What calms and tones up one, soothes and improves the other.”

-- Marsha Sinetar

"When you are saying that you are happy and you are not, there will be a disturbance in your breathing. Your breathing cannot be natural. It is impossible."

-- Osho

"Your body is the ground and metaphor of your life, the expression of your existence. It is your Bible, your encyclopedia, your life story. Everything that happens to you is stored and reflected in your body. In the marriage of flesh and spirit divorce is impossible."

-- Gabrielle Roth

"If you don't take care of your body, where will you live?"

-- Unknown source


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The 3 Step Recommitment Ritual


So how are you doing with manifesting the life you desire? Are you
having fun? Perhaps you have embarked on your Manifesting Journey and
somewhere a long the way you have gotten side tracked. Maybe you got
distracted by something more appealing, an offer you couldn't refuse,
or just sat down by the side of the road to rest, and now years later
you're still waiting for someone to pick you up and take you to your
dream life.

If you feel that you have strayed from the self-empowering
manifesting path, it's time to do a recommitment ritual to help you
get back on track. Just taking a few minutes to get refocused will
restart your manifesting engines to create a life you truly desire.
This 3-Step Recommitment Ritual is powerful and for anyone who feels
that they have strayed from manifesting their dream life. Soon you
will start to manifest amazing NEW things into your life again! So be
proactive with this exercise and integrate it into your life at every
possible level...enjoy!

Your recommitment ritual consists of these three steps:

1. Express Gratitude for Yourself
Take a moment to appreciate how far you have already come on your
Manifesting journey. Acknowledge that you are doing an amazing job
and that everything that is and has happened is perfect. Honor who
you are in this moment, and know that you are already perfect. It's
important to be aware of any tendencies to want to beat yourself up,
and let them go! That's just an old ego pattern. If you find that you
are being hard on yourself, get curious as to how this attitude could
be helping you manifest a higher vibration. Then, immediately refocus
back on the divine being that you are and the perfection of the
Universe all around you.

2. Proclaim your Recommitment to the Universe
Look deep inside and determine what you want to recommit to
manifesting, doing, or experiencing. Then state out loud your
commitment to the Universe. Say something like, "I am committed to
manifesting an amazing relationship or I am committed to eating
healthy alive foods every day." Speak these words from the depth of
your soul with passion and sincerity. This will send out a powerful
message to the Universe which will in turn support you in making your
commitment a reality.

3. Visualize yourself Fulfilling your Recommitment
After you state your recommitment, close your eyes and imagine what
your life is going to feel like and be like once you this
recommitment has been fulfilled. Allow yourself to visualize every
single detail no matter how small. Notice all the amazing shifts that
have happened, and how you are different. Really allow yourself to
fully step into this new world where your recommitment has become a
reality.

The last two chapters of our Manifesting Manual, "How to Raise Your
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EVERY WINNER HAS SCARS




Life is a classroom in which you're being tested, tried and passed

You can't predict what will happen to you.
But, you can decide what happens inside you,
how you take it, and what you do with it.

The real test of living is how you take each experience
and make it a thing of worth and beauty.
Everything you go through has some value.

The highest qualities of success and character must be earned.

THE DAILY GURU


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Perspectives



One day a father and his rich family took his young son on a trip to the
country with the firm purpose to show him how poor people can be. They
spent a day and a night in the farm of a very poor family. When they got
back from their trip the father asked his son, "How was the trip?"

Very good, Dad!"

"Did you see how poor people can be?" the father asked.

"Yeah!" "And what did you learn?"

The son answered, "I saw that we have a dog at home, and they have four.
We have a pool that reaches to the middle of the garden, they have a
creek that has no end. We have imported lamps in the garden, they have
the stars. Our patio reaches to the front yard, they have a whole
horizon.

When the little boy was finishing, his father was speechless.

His son added, "Thanks, Dad, for showing me how poor we are!" Isn't it
true that it all depends on the way you look at things? If you have love,
friends, family, health, good humor and a positive attitude toward life,
you've got everything!

You can't buy any of these things. You can have all the material
possessions you can imagine, provisions for the future, etc., but if you
are poor of spirit, you have nothing!

Author Unknown


Hospital Windows



Two men, both seriously ill, occupied the same hospital room. One man
was allowed to sit up in his bed for an hour each afternoon to help drain
the fluid from his lungs. His bed was next to the room's only window.

The other man had to spend all his time flat on his back. The men talked
for hours on end. They spoke of their wives and families, their homes,
their jobs, their involvement in the military service, where they had
been on vacation.

And every afternoon when the man in the bed by the window could sit up,
he would pass the time by describing to his roommate all the things he
could see outside the window. The man in the other bed began to live for
those one-hour periods where his world would be broadened and enlivened
by all the activity and color of the world outside.

The window overlooked a park with a lovely lake. Ducks and swans played
on the water while children sailed their model boats. Young lovers walked
arm in arm amidst flowers of every color of the rainbow. Grand old trees
graced the landscape, and a fine view of the city skyline could be seen
in the distance.

As the man by the window described all this in exquisite detail, the man
on the other side of the room would close his eyes and imagine the
picturesque scene.

One warm afternoon the man by the window described a parade passing by.
Although the other man couldn't hear the band - he could see it in his
mind's eye as the gentleman by the window portrayed it with descriptive
words. Days and weeks passed.

One morning, the day nurse arrived to bring water for their baths only to
find the lifeless body of the man by the window, who had died peacefully
in his sleep. She was saddened and called the hospital attendants to take
the body away. As soon as it seemed appropriate, the other man asked if
he could be moved next to the window. The nurse was happy to make the
switch, and after making sure he was comfortable, she left him alone.

Slowly, painfully, he propped himself up on one elbow to take his first
look at the world outside. Finally, he would have the joy of seeing it
for
himself.

He strained to slowly turn to look out the window beside the bed. It
faced a blank wall. The man asked the nurse what could have compelled his
deceased roommate who had described such wonderful things outside this
window. The nurse responded that the man was blind and could not even see
the wall.

She said, "Perhaps he just wanted to encourage you."

Author Unknown

YOU CAN GO ANYWHERE WITH A GOAL




A life without purpose is like a ship without a rudder.
Goals are dreams that are written down.
The purpose of a goal is to focus your attention.
Your mind will reach toward achievement only when it has a goal.
There is no achievement without goals.

Establish a goal worth working for.
Your goal will keep you going in tough times.

Always have something ahead of you.
Continuously visualize your next step.
Keep moving after you achieve your goal and set another.
Momentum is maintained by always having something to look forward to.
Constantly give yourself something to work for.

Do what you can do well,
and do well whatever you can do
and you'll achieve any goal that you set for yourself.

You can plant your dream with a goal.

THE DAILY GURU


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There's light in the darkness


"Each difficult moment has the potential to open my eyes and open my heart."

-- Myla Kabat-Zinn

“Even the most daring and accomplished people have undergone tremendous difficulty. In fact, the more successful they became, the more they attributed their success to the lessons learned during their most difficult times. Adversity is our teacher. When we view adversity as a guide towards greater inner growth, we will then learn to accept the wisdom our soul came into this life to learn.”

-- Barbara Rose

“No matter what difficulty you are facing, it is coming from Divine Light to bring you to a higher place within. Write down every conceivable reason that this situation can contribute towards your growth. Write down every way this experience can possibly set the stage for serving to uplift others. When you are complete, and have come to the other side of this experience, you will then know 'why' it happened.”

-- Barbara Rose

“The period of greatest gain in knowledge and experience is the most difficult period in one’s life.”

-- Dalai Lama

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EXPECT TO SUCCEED AND YOU'LL SUCCEED




The dreams you choose to believe in come to be.
When you feel in your innermost being
that you will achieve what you set out to do,
you open the way for miracles.

Choose to believe something good can happen.
Expecting it to happen energizes your goal
and actually gives it momentum.
What you expect to happen, happens.

Life responds to your outlook.



THE DAILY GURU


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OPPORTUNITY IS ALL AROUND YOU




The people that really succeed in the world
are the people who look for the circumstances they want, and,
if they can't find them, they make them.

The lure of the distant and the difficult is deceptive.
The great opportunity in your life is where you are right now.
Properly perceived, every situation becomes an opportunity for you.

Your destiny is not a matter of chance,
it's a matter of the choices you make.
Being successful is not something you wait for,
but rather something you achieve with effort.
Things won't turn up in this world until you turn them up.

You develop your opportunities
by applying persistence to your possibilities.

THE DAILY GURU


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And A Meadow Lark Sang



"The child whispered, 'God, speak to me'
And a meadow lark sang.
The child did not hear.

So the child yelled, 'God, speak to me!'
And the thunder rolled across the sky
But the child did not listen.

The child looked around and said,
'God let me see you' and a star shone brightly
But the child did not notice.

And the child shouted,
'God show me a miracle!'
And a life was born but the child did not know.

So the child cried out in despair,
'Touch me God, and let me know you are here!'
Whereupon God reached down
And touched the child.

But the child brushed the butterfly away
And walked away unknowingly."

Ravindra Kumar Karnani


Why do you want money?



“Money is not required to buy one necessity of the soul.”

-- Henry David Thoreau


Money is nothing more than a medium of exchange. While we may want more money to get out of debt or to have more cash to play with, we want to set goals that represent more than just making money. And so we might ask, “What do I want money to do for me?”

Look to the values beneath money. What is happiness to you? What things, qualities, service, purpose do you value in life?

"If all the gold in the world were melted down into a solid cube, it would be about the size of an eight room house. If a man got possession of all that gold -- billions of dollars worth -- he could not buy a friend, character, peace of mind, clear conscience or a sense of eternity."

-- Charles F. Bunning


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Growing ourselves


“The great thing in the world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving.”

-- Oliver Wendell Holmes


We are all on a life-long journey. It is a search for who we are and why we are here. It is a journey that expands our consciousness.

There is an urge within each of us to move forward in life. It is an urge to become more whole, to find more meaning, and eventually to help others. It is human nature to strive for a sense of well-being.

We all go through the same growth cycles, though our experiences may appear entirely different. By understanding the process of personal and spiritual growth, we can work more effectively with the process, instead of fighting and resisting it.

“We can learn to be the catalysts for our own change.”

-- Sarah Ban Breathnach



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The Starfish



An old man was walking along the beach, when he came upon a part of the
sand where thousands of starfish had washed ashore. A little further down
the beach he saw a young woman, who was picking up the starfish one at a
time and tossing them back into the ocean. "Oh you silly girl," he
exclaimed. "You can't possibly save all of these starfish. There's too
many." The woman smiled and said, "I know. But I can save this one, " and
she tossed another into the ocean, "and this one", toss, "and this
one..."

Randy Poole

PERSONAL GROWTH IS INEVITABLE




What happens to you is not as important
as how you react to what happens.
Everything you'll experience "good or bad" has value.

You experience personal growth on the road to success.
All growth means change and change involves risk.
You grow because you struggle, learn and overcome your obstacles.

Difficulties in life are the things that show you what you are.
Trouble is the common denominator of living.
It's the great equalizer of life.

Only when you are no longer afraid will you begin to live.

THE DAILY GURU


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A Blue Ribbon to make a Difference



A teacher in New York decided to honor each of her seniors in high school
by telling them the difference they each made.

She called each student to the front of the class, one at a time. First
she told each of them how they had made a difference to her and the
class. Then she presented each of them with a blue ribbon imprinted with
gold letters which read, "Who I Am Makes a Difference."

Afterwards the teacher decided to do a class project to see what kind of
impact recognition would have on a community. She gave each of the
students three more ribbons and instructed them to go out and spread this
acknowledgment ceremony. Then they were to follow up on the results, see
who honored whom and report back to the class in about a week.

One of the boys in the class went to a junior executive in a nearby
company and honored him for helping him with his career planning. He gave
him a blue ribbon and put it on his shirt. Then he gave him two extra
ribbons and said, "We're doing a class project on recognition, and we'd
like you to go out, find somebody to honor, give them a blue ribbon, then
give them the extra blue ribbon so they can acknowledge a third person to
keep this acknowledgment ceremony going. Then please report back to me
and tell me what happened."

Later that day the junior executive went in to see his boss, who had been
noted, by the way, as being kind of a grouchy fellow. He sat his boss
down and he told him that he deeply admired him for being a creative
genius. The boss seemed very surprised. The junior executive asked him if
he would accept the gift of the blue ribbon and would he give him
permission to put it on him. His surprised boss said, "Well, sure." The
junior executive took the blue ribbon and placed it right on his boss's
jacket above his heart. As he gave him the last extra ribbon, he said,
"Would you do me a favor? Would you take this extra r ibbon and pass it
on by honoring somebody else? The young boy who first gave me the ribbons
is doing a project in school and we want to keep this recognition
ceremony going and find out how it affects people."

That night the boss came home to his 14-year-old son and sat him down. He
said, "The most incredible thing happened to me today. I was in my office
and one of the junior executives came in and told me he admired me and
gave me a blue ribbon for being a creative genius. Imagine. He thinks I'm
a creative genius. Then he put this blue ribbon that says 'Who I Am Makes
A Difference'" on my jacket above my heart. He gave me an extra ribbon
and asked me to find somebody else to honor. As I was driving home
tonight, I started thinking about whom I would honor with this ribbon and
I thought about you. I want to honor you.

My days are really hectic and when I come home I don't pay a lot of
attention to you. Sometimes I scream at you for not get ting good enough
grades in school and for your bedroom being a mess, but somehow tonight,
I just wanted to sit here and, well, just let you know that you do make a
difference to me. Besides your mother, you are the most important person
in my life. You're a great kid and I love you!"

The startled boy started to sob and sob, and he couldn't stop crying. His
whole body shook. He looked up at his father and said through his tears,
"I have been contemplating suicide, Dad, because I didn't think you loved
me. Now I know you care."

The boss went back to work a changed man. He was no longer a grouch but
made sure to let all his employees know that they made a difference. The
junior executive helped several other young people with career planning
and never forgot to let them know that they made a difference in his
life. The young boy and his classmates learned a valuable lesson.

Who you are DOES make a difference.

Author unknown

GREAT EXPECTATIONS PRECEDE GREAT SUCCESS




High expectation always precedes high achievement.
You're as small as your controlling desires,
or as great as your dominant aspirations.

Once your mind stretches to a new idea
it never goes back to its original dimensions.
Think little goals and you can expect little achievement.
Think big goals and you'll win big success.

The first ingredient of your success is to dream a great dream.
You must dream big and think big to be big.



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Direct your subconscious mind


"The power to move the world is in the subconscious mind."

-- William James

Our subconscious mind creates our lives perfectly according to how it has been programmed. It works 24 hours of every day, 365 days per year. It accepts instructions from the conscious mind, checks on old inner programming and executes.

The subconscious mind acts on old beliefs stored over a lifetime. Many of those beliefs you may have accepted without thinking. Or you may have absorbed them when you were too young to exercise choice. Many of the beliefs that govern your life may no longer match what you now hold to be true.

Nonetheless, the subconscious mind is the director till you rewrite the scripts. Put some effort into getting it working on your positive, conscious intentions instead of your old limiting, unconscious beliefs and your life will change.

"If a man devotes himself to the instructions of his own unconscious, it can bestow this gift [of renewal], so that suddenly life, which has been stale and dull, turns into a rich unending inner adventure, full of creative possibilities."

-- Marie-Louise von Franz

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Strengths and weaknesses

 

“The burden is equal to the horse’s strength.”

-- The Talmud

What are your strengths? What are your weaknesses?

If you make a list of the two and study them, you may discover they match.

Life needs us to bring our strengths to the world. To encourage us to do so, we have weaknesses that give rise to problems that require us to call on our strengths to solve them. Ingenious, don’t you think?

“Our weaknesses are divine gifts that when embraced will enable us to make our purposeful contribution to the whole, which is why we incarnated in the first place.”

-- Andrew Schneider

“We acquire the strength we have overcome.”

-- Ralph Waldo Emerson


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Find Your Passion & Discover YOU!


Passion is a misunderstood word. It is about so much
more than being outgoing, a fantastic artist, or a
great lover. Passion is simply
the thing that lights you up and makes life feel
abundantly rich. It
doesn’t attach itself to what the world thinks is
right or wrong. It simply is. Fighting
it or
ignoring it is what makes life feel confusing or
even empty—as though
something is missing or just not quite right.
Pretending that passion isn't important or trying
to convince ourselves that life can feel incredible
without it, is one of the greatest lies we can feed
to ourselves. Nothing will ever fill the void
except finding and embracing what is.
Passion is the oil to our lamp. Without it a part of us
dies.

So what is
your passion? What lights your fire? What makes life
feel abundantly rich to you?

Discovering your passion can be tough,
especially if you are always so busy being busy
that
you never take the time to recognize the things that
really inspire you. The signs, however, are always
there if you are willing to slow down long enough to
notice, while most importantly, to not judge what
you see. (All too often we are so attached to our
idea of what, who, how, or where we should be that
we ignore all the nudges along the way.)

You may ask, “How do I discover my passion?” To
begin with, I’d suggest becoming more “body aware”. Your
body is a brilliant machine—a messenger—and it gives
you tons of clues as to what is working, or not
working, in your life, as well as to "what" or
"who"
lights you up or drains your energy. Abide by
your
body. Abide by your heart! Listen to the signs. And
when you hear that
little voice inside you that says “I love this”
create the space for your destiny to manifest. Trust
that your heart knows best!


The secret for Bringing Peace on Earth is ...

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to surround yourself, wherever you go, with an aura of peacefulness. Walk
consciously in that light of peace.

Keys To Living With Greater Awareness


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Make a habit of holding your body erect, whether standing or sitting. An
erect spine induces positive mental attitudes. A bent spine, on the other
hand, is the natural companion of negativity and discouragement. While
standing erect, think of yourself as almost weightless. Stand more often
on the balls of your feet than heavily back on the heels. Keep your chest
raised. Look naturally upward, too, as if what interested you lay more
often above the horizon than down on the ground. When speaking to people,
again, gaze frankly into their eyes instead of timidly at their knees.

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The Angels Amongst Us



Bare foot and dirty, the girl just sat and watched the people go by.

She never tried to speak, she never said a word. Many people passed, but
never did one person stop.

It just so happens the next day I decided to go back to the park, curious
if the little girl would still be there.

Right in the very spot as she was yesterday she sat perched on high, with
the saddest look in her eyes.

Today I was to make my own move and walk over to the little girl. As we
all know a park full of strange people is not a place for young children
to play alone.

As I began walking towards her I could see the back of the little girl's
dress indicated a deformity. I figured that was the reason the people
just passed by and made no effort to help.

As I got closer, the little girl slightly lowered her eyes to avoid my
intent stare. I could see the shape of her back more clearly. It was
grotesquely shaped in a humped over form. I smiled to let her know it was
ok, I was there to help, to talk.

I sat down beside her and opened with a simple Hello. The little girl
acted shocked and stammered a hi after a long stare into my eyes. I
smiled and she shyly smiled back. We talked 'til darkness fell and the
park was completely empty. Everyone was gone and we at once were alone.

I asked the girl why she was so sad. The little girl looked at me and
with a sad face and said "Because I'm different." I immediately said
"that you are!" and smiled.

The little girl acted even sadder, she said, "I know."

"Little girl," I said, "you remind me of an angel, sweet and innocent."
She looked at me and smiled, slowly she stood to her feet, and said,
"Really?" "Yes, ma'am, you're like a little guardian angel sent to watch
over all those people walking by."

She nodded her head yes and smiled, and with that she spread her wings
and said, "I am. I'm your guardian angel," with a twinkle in her eye.

I was speechless, sure I was seeing things.

She said, "For once you thought of someone other than yourself, my job
here is done."

Immediately I stood to my feet and said, "Wait, so why did no one stop to
help an angel?" She looked at me and smiled, "You're the only one who
could see me, and you believe it in your heart." And She was gone.

And with that my life was changed dramatically. So, when you think you're
all you have, remember, your angel is always watching over you.

Unknown author



Awareness through love and fear


“There is nothing holier in this life of ours than the first consciousness of love -- the first fluttering of its silken wings -- the first rising sound and breath of that wind which is so soon to sweep through the soul, to purify or to destroy.”

-- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


Our inner journey takes us through the following stages relative to love and fear:

1. UNCONSCIOUS LOVE: When we are born, we exist as pure love but we are not conscious of our love.

2. UNCONSCIOUS FEAR: Our souls have set the stage for our evolution. As we grow, unconscious fears arise in our personalities that draw experiences to us that wound us.

3. CONSCIOUS FEAR: Our wounds bring pain and suffering that enable us to become conscious of our fears.

4. CONSCIOUS LOVE: When we've suffered enough pain, we are motivated to move through our fears to consciously experience the love that supports all.

“Love is but the discovery of ourselves in others, and the delight in the recognition.”

-- Alexander Smith


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YOU ARE YOUR ENVIRONMENT




The first step toward getting somewhere
is to decide that you're not going to stay where you are.
You're a product of your environment.
So choose an environment that will best develop you
toward your objective.

Analyze your life in terms of your environment.
Are the things around you helping you toward your success,
or are they holding you back?

You're not a captive of your environment.
If you don't like where you are, change it.
You're not planted in the ground like a tree.
Don't say, 'You would, if you could,'
say, 'You will, if you can.'

When you become a part of anything,
it becomes a part of you.



THE DAILY GURU


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The eyes of the soul



Today, we want to share a passage from Martia Nelson’s book, ‘Coming Home’:

My greatest teacher was the experience of living in split realities: personality and true self. Personality is our daily companion, our conscious self that sees the world through the eyes of limitation and dutifully keeps us informed about what we can and cannot do. True self, on the other hand, patiently stands by, offering the unwavering knowledge that a state of vibrant well-being and unlimited possibility is our true nature, a birthright that can be lived if we choose to do so. … True self simply refers to the aspect of our being that is completely aware of its expanded nature no matter what we may be experiencing at the time.

Whenever we feel constrained, fearful, unworthy, inadequate or anything we deem to be negative, we have identified with our personality. We can always choose to view the same situation from the perspective of our soul.

"As a Witness, you begin to discover that you are not that which you have been observing; you are not those things that you have been noticing about your body. Instead, you are the noticer.”

-- Wayne Dyer


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The Invitation


It doesn’t interest me what you do for a living. I want to know what you
ache for and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart’s longing.

It doesn’t interest me how old you are. I want to know if you will risk
looking like a fool for love for your dream for the adventure of being
alive.

It doesn’t interest me what planets are squaring your moon... I want to
know if you have touched the centre of your own sorrow if you have been
opened by life’s betrayals or have become shrivelled and closed from fear
of further pain.

I want to know if you can sit with pain mine or your own without moving
to hide it or fade it or fix it.

I want to know if you can be with joy mine or your own if you can dance
with wildness and let the ecstasy fill you to the tips of your fingers
and toes without cautioning us to be careful be realistic remember the
limitations of being human.

It doesn’t interest me if the story you are telling me is t rue. I want
to know if you can disappoint another to be true to yourself. If you can
bear the accusation of betrayal and not betray your own soul. If you can
be faithless and therefore trustworthy.

I want to know if you can see Beauty even when it is not pretty every
day. And if you can source your own life from its presence. I want to
know if you can live with failure yours and mine and still stand at the
edge of the lake and shout to the silver of the full moon, “Yes.”

It doesn’t interest me to know where you live or how much money you have.
I want to know if you can get up after the night of grief and despair
weary and bruised to the bone and do what needs to be done to feed the
children.

It doesn’t interest me who you know or how you came to be here. I want to
know if you will stand in the centre of the fire with me and not shrink
back.

It doesn’t interest me where or what or with whom you have studied. I
want to know what sustains y ou from the inside when all else falls away.
I want to know if you can be alone with yourself and if you truly like
the company you keep in the empty moments.

Unknown author


SUCCESS IS ATTAINED ONE STEP AT A TIME




There is no sudden leap to greatness.
Your success lies in doing, day by day.
Your upward reach comes from working well and carefully.

Good work done little by little becomes great work.
Your house of success will be built brick by brick.

Adopt the pace of nature.
The secret is patience.
A bottle fills drop by drop.

THE DAILY GURU


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The Little Soul and the Sun - Part 2


God said to the little soul, "You may choose to be any Part of God you
wish to be. You are absolute divinity experiencing itself. What aspect of
divinity do you now wish to experience as You?"

"You mean I have a choice", asked the little soul.

God answered, "Yes. You may choose to experience any aspect of divinity
in, as and through you."

"Okay," said the little soul, "then I choose forgivness. I want to
experience myself as that aspect of God called complete forgivness."

Well this created a little challenge, as you can imagine. There was no
one to forgive. All God had created was perfection and love.

"No one to forgive?" asked the little soul, somewhat incredulously.

"No one," God repeated. "Look around you. Do you see any souls less than
perfect, less wonderful than you?"

At this the little soul twirled around and was sur prised to see himself
surrounded by all the souls in heaven. They had come from far and wide
throughout the kingdom, because they heard that the little soul was
having an extraordinary conversation with God.

"I see none less perfect than I!" the little soul exclaimed. "Who, then,
shall I have to forgive?"

Just then another soul stepped forward from the crowd.

"You may forgive me" said this friendly soul

"For what?" the little soul asked.

" I will come into your next physical lifetime and do something for you
to forgive," replied the friendly soul.

"But what? What could you, a being of such perfect light do to make me
wnat to forgive you?" the little soul wanted to know.

"Oh," smiled the friendly soul, "I'm sure we can think of something."

"But why would you want to do this?" The little soul could not figure out
wh y a being of such perfection would want to slow down it's vibration so
much that it could do something 'bad'.

"Simple," the friendly soul explained, "I would do it because I love you.
You want to experience yourself as forgiving, don't you? Besides you've
done the same for me."

"I have?" asked the little soul.

"Of course, don't you remember? We've been All Of it, you and I. We've
been the Up and the Down of it, and the Left and the Right of it. We've
been the Here and the There of it, and the Now and the Then of it. We've
been the Big and the Small of it, the Male and the Female of it and the
Good and the Bad of it. We've been the All of it."

"And we've done it by agreement, so that each of us might experience
ourselves as the grandest part of God. For we have understood that...

'In the absence of that which You Are Not, that which you Are, is Not'.

'In the absence of cold you cannot be warm, in the absence of sad you
cannot be happy. Without a thing called evil, the experience you call
good cannot exist'.

'If you choose to be a thing, something or someone opposite to that has
to show up somewhere in your universe to make that possible.' "

The friendly soul then explained that those people are God's Special
Angels and these conditions God's Gifts.

"I ask only one thing in return," the friendly soul declared.

"Anything, Anything," the little soul cried. He was excited now to know
that he could experience every divine aspect of God. He understood now,
The Plan.

"In the moment that I strike you and smite you," said the friendly soul,
"in the moment that I do the worst to you that you could ever imagine -
in that self same moment...remember Who I Really Am."

"Oh, I wont forget!" promised the little soul. "I will see you in the
perfection w ith which I hold you now, and I will remember Who You Are,
always."

†From the book Conversations with God

YOUR TRIALS AND SORROWS DEVELOP YOU




Whatever good or bad fortune comes your way,
give it meaning and transform it into something of value.
Trouble is the common denominator of living.
It's the great equalizer of life.

Personal growth is the process of responding positively to change.
All growth means change and change always involves risks,
stepping from the known to the unknown.
All of your growth depends on your activity.
It only comes through continuous effort and struggle.
You'll have no development without effort.

Life chips and pounds you to bring out your possibilities.
She will strip you of wealth, humble your pride,
humiliate your ambition, let you down from the ladder of fame,
and discipline you in a thousand different ways,
if she can develop a little character.
Everything gives way to that.

Wealth is nothing, position is nothing, fame is nothing.
Who you become inside is everything.

What happens to you is not as important
as how you react to what happens.

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The Little Soul and the Sun - Part 1



There once was a soul who knew itself to be the light. This was a new
soul and so, anxious for experience.

"I am the light" it said. "I am the light"

Yet all the knowing of it and all the saying of it, could not substitute
for the experience of it. And in the realm from which this soul emerged,
there was nothing but the light. Every soul was grand and every soul was
magnificent and every soul shone with the brilliance of God's awesome
light. So the little soul was as a candle in the sun. In the midst of the
grandest light, of which it was part, it could not see itself, nor
experience itself as Who and What it really is.

Now it came to pass that this soul yearned and yearned to know itself. So
great was it's yearning that God one day said, "Do you know little one,
what you must do to satisfy this yearning of yours?"

"Oh, what, God? What? I'll do anything!" the little soul said.

& quot;You must separate yourself from the rest of us" God answered, "and
then you must call upon yourself the darkness"

"What is the darkness, o Holy One?" the little soul asked.

"That which you are not" God replied and the soul understood.

And so this the soul did, removing itself from the ' All ' going even
unto another realm. And in this realm the soul had the power to call into
it's experience all sorts of darkness. And this it did.

Yet in the midst of all the darkness did it cry out, "Father, Father, why
hast thou forsaken me?"

God replied: "Even has have you, in your blackest times. Yet I have never
forsaken you, but stand by you always, ready to remind you of Who You
Really Are; ready always ready, to call you home.

Therefore be a light unto the darkness and curse it not. And forget not
who you are in the moment of your encirclement by that which you are not.
But do praise to the creation even as you seek to change it.

And know that what you do in the time of your greatest trial can be your
greatest triumph.

For the experience you create is a statement of Who You Are - and Who You
Want to Be.

†From the book Conversations with God


FEAR IS OVERCOME WITH ACTION




One of the greatest surprises you'll experience,
is when you discover that you can do
what you were afraid you couldn't do.

Your obstacles will melt away,
if instead of cowering before them,
you make up your mind to walk boldly through them.

Do the thing you fear and fear disappears.
Confront your fears, list them, get to know them
and only then will you be able to put them aside and move ahead.

When you face the things that scare you,
you open the door to freedom.

The only thing you have to fear, is fear itself.

THE DAILY GURU


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SELF SUGGESTION MAKES YOU MASTER OF YOURSELF




Whatever thoughts you plant in your subconscious mind
and nourish every day with conviction and emotion
will one day become a reality.

Constant repetition carries conviction.
Repeat something often enough
and it will start to become you.

A change in what you tell yourself
will result in a change in your behavior.

What you impress upon your mind,
you'll inevitably become.
You are what you think.


THE DAILY GURU


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The Triple Filter Test



In ancient Greece, scholar and intellectual, Dr. Socrates was reputed to
hold knowledge in high esteem. One day an acquaintance met the great
philosopher and said,

"Do you know what I just heard about one of your friend?"

"Hold on a minute," Dr. Socrates replied. "Before telling me anything I'd
like you to pass a little test. It's called the Triple Filter Test."

"Triple filter?" asked the man.

"That's right," Dr. Socrates continued.

"Before you talk to me about my friend, it might be a good idea to take a
moment and filter what you're going to say. That's why I call it the
triple filter test. The first filter is Truth. Have you made absolutely
sure that what you are about to tell me is true?"

"No," the man said, "actually I just heard about it and wanted to tell it
to you"

"All right," said Socrates. " So you don't really know if it's true or
not. Now let's try the second filter, the filter of goodness. Is what you
are about to tell me about my friend something good?"

"No, on the contrary, it is bad "

"So," Socrates continued, "you want to tell me something bad about him,
but you're not certain it's true. You may still pass the test though,
Because there's one filter left: the filter of usefulness. Is what you
want to tell me about my friend going to be useful to me?"

"No, not really." Replied the man.

"Well," concluded Dr. Socrates, if what you want to tell me is neither
true, nor good, and nor even useful to me, why tell it to me at all ."

Unknown author


Going for guilt-free play


"There is no pleasure in having nothing to do. The fun is in having lots to do and not doing it."

-- Mary Little

When you're tempted with a promise of pleasure, does guilt promptly spoil it for you?

For many of us, the work ethic still rules supreme. It keeps our life out of balance and our health at risk. There will always be lots of work to do. We can't wait for it to go away to enjoy ourselves.

Today, we invite you to become aware of your attitude towards rest, relaxation, pleasure and fun. When you give yourself a break, do you carry guilt through it? Deep down, do you believe that you don't deserve to have a good time, that you haven't earned a holiday? If you do discover these thoughts, send them packing.

"Guilt is the source of sorrows, the avenging fiend that follows us behind with whips and stings."

-- Nicholas Rowe


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The Rose



John Blanchard stood up from the bench, straightened his Army uniform,
and studied the crowd of people making their way through Grand Central
Station. He looked for the girl whose heart he knew, but whose face he
didn't, the girl with the rose.

His interest in her had begun thirteen months before in a Florida
library. Taking a book off the shelf he found himself intrigued, not with
the words of the book, but with the notes penciled in the margin. The
soft handwriting reflected a thoughtful soul and insightful mind. In the
front of the book, he discovered the previous owner's name, Miss Hollis
Maynell. With time and effort he located her address.

She lived in New York City. He wrote her a letter introducing himself and
inviting her to correspond. The next day he was shipped overseas for
service in World War II. During the next year and one month the two grew
to know each other through the mail. Each letter was a seed falling on a
fertile heart. A romance was budding. Blanchard requested a photograph,
but she refused. She felt that if he really cared, it wouldn't matter
what she looked like. When the day finally came for him to return from
Europe, they scheduled their first meeting - 7:00 PM at the Grand Central
Station in New York. "You'll recognize me," she wrote, "by the red rose
I'll be wearing on my lapel." So at 7:00 he was in the station looking
for a girl whose heart he loved, but whose face he'd never seen. I'll let
Mr. Blanchard tell you what happened:

A young woman was coming toward me, her figure long and slim. Her blonde
hair lay back in curls from her delicate ears; her eyes were blue as
flowers. Her lips and chin had a gentle firmness, and in her pale green
suit she was like springtime come alive. I started toward her, entirely
forgetting to notice that she was not wearing a rose. As I moved, a
small, provocative smile curved her lips. "Going my way, sailor?" sh e
murmured. Almost uncontrollably I made one step closer to her, and then I
saw Hollis Maynell. She was standing almost directly behind the girl. A
woman well past 40, she had graying hair tucked under a worn hat. She was
more than plump, her thick-ankled feet thrust into low-heeled shoes. The
girl in the green suit was walking quickly away. I felt as though I was
split in two, so keen was my desire to follow her, and yet so deep was my
longing for the woman whose spirit had truly companioned me and upheld my
own. And there she stood. Her pale, plump face was gentle and sensible,
her gray eyes had a warm and kindly twinkle.

I did not hesitate. My fingers gripped the small worn blue leather copy
of the book that was to identify me to her. This would not be love, but
it would be something precious, something perhaps even better than love,
a friendship for which I had been and must ever be grateful. I squared my
shoulders and saluted and held out the book to the woman , even though
while I spoke I felt choked by the bitterness of my disappointment. "I'm
Lieutenant John Blanchard, and you must be Miss Maynell. I am so glad you
could meet me; may I take you to dinner?" The woman's face broadened into
a tolerant smile. "I don't know what this is about, son," she answered,
"but the young lady in the green suit who just went by, she begged me to
wear this rose on my coat. And she said if you were to ask me out to
dinner, I should go and tell you that she is waiting for you in the big
restaurant across the street. She said it was some kind of test!"

It's not difficult to understand and admire Miss Maynell's wisdom. The
true nature of a heart is seen in its response to the unattractive.

Unknown author †

The Rules for Being Human


When you were born, you didn't come with an owner's manual; these
guidelines make life work better.

1. You will receive a body. You may like it or hate it, but it's the only
thing you are sure to keep for the rest of your life.

2. You will learn lessons. You are enrolled in a full-time informal
school called "Life on Planet Earth". Every person or incident is the
Universal Teacher.

3. There are no mistakes, only lessons. Growth is a process of
experimentation. "Failures" are as much a part of the process as
"success."

4. A lesson is repeated until learned. It is presented to you in various
forms until you learn it: then you can go on to the next lesson.

5. If you don't learn easy lessons, they get harder. External problems
are a precise reflection of your internal state. When you clear inner
obstructions, your outside world changes. Pain is how the universe gets
your attention.
6. You will know you've learned a lesson when your actions change. Wisdom
is practice. A little of something is better than a lot of nothing.

7. "There" is no better than "here". When your "there" becomes a "here"
you will simply obtain another "there" that again looks better than
"here."

8. Others are only mirrors of you. You cannot love or hate something
about another unless it reflects something you love or hate in yourself.

9. Your life is up to you. Life provides the canvas; you do the painting.
Take charge of your life, or someone else will.

10. You always get what you want. Your subconscious rightfully determines
what energies, experiences, and people you attract; therefore, the only
foolproof way to know what you want is to see what you have. There are no
victims, only students.

11. There is no right or wrong, but there are consequences. Moralizing
doesn't help. Judgments only hold the patterns in place. Just do your
best.

12. Your answers lie inside you. Children need guidance from others; as
we mature, we trust our hearts, where the Laws of Spirit are written. You
know more than you have heard or read or been told. All you need to do is
to look, listen, and trust.

13. You will forget all this.

14. You can remember any time you wish.

Unknown author