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"If you wish to know the mind of a man, listen to his words."

-- Chinese Proverb

What passes over your lips each day?

Are your words typically negative, critical, gossiping, deceptive, illusory, justifying, blaming, manipulative and argumentative? Are they more uplifting, inspirational, positive, questioning, beautiful, loving, universal, truthful, accepting and supportive?

The throat is our center of expression. Who we are sneaks out in our attitudes and in what we say.

"Handle them carefully, for words have more power than atom bombs."

-- Pearl Strachan Hurd

"The wise weigh their words on a scale with gold."

-- Bible

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17 Powerful Questions

 
Here are 17 powerful and empowering questions to think about and
answer this week. Give yourself a good 3-5 days to really summon your
most true and authentic answer. Enjoy!!

1. What are your goals in life for the next 5-10 years?
2. What are the most amazing things you are committed to experiencing
this week?
3. What do you feel is really stopping you from manifesting what you
want?
4. How long do you think it'll take before you are ready to let
go of this block/issue?
5. What will life be like when you’ve achieved your greatest
dream?
6. On a scale of 1-100 how confident are you that you'll
achieve your goals this week? 7. What can you do today to make you
more confident tomorrow?
8. How many minutes a day would you say you spend time feeling
connected to a empowering peaceful inner world?
9. What would you manifest if you knew you could not fail?
10. What kind of thinking do you need to reach your dreams?
11. What are you 100% committed to in your life?
12. What would it feel like to attain your dreams?
13. What is the first step you could take towards manifesting your
dreams?
14. What limiting belief is holding you back from living your true
potential?
15. What would motivate or inspire you to take action?
16. What one inspired action could you take today?
17. What do you currently do that drains your energy and lowers your
manifesting vibration?

Affirmation

Make this a presentable day!

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I act with purposeful awareness of love.

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ABOUT TODAY'S AFFIRMATION
The purpose of awareness is to know and to experience life
fully. In today's statement, we affirm that we know love
through our actions and, further, that we act with love.
Awareness is a gift we can have before an action (future),
during it (present), and after it (past). We start where
we are -- where it is most familiar -- and expand our
awareness in the present AS we act. The past and the future
are available to us as a context for the present. However,
love is an energy that exists only in the present. It is
the Presence.

ABOUT YOUR PROCESS
As you read this message, consider some specific actions you
will take today or tomorrow and the extent to which you
desire to be aware of the love in the actions. After the
actions, reflect on your level of awareness during the
action. This allows you to set an intention and review the
manifestations of your intention. As you continue with this
approach, you become more and more aware of love and other
dynamics DURING your actions, no longer needing to wait
until later to review the impact. You know in the now.

ABOUT FEBRUARY 29
This year, there is no February 29. However, I have written
an affirmation and message for Integrating/Embodying Love.
Enjoy!

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Today is an opportunity for love. Every day is an
opportunity for love.


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ABOUT THIS INTEGRATING/EMBODYING AFFIRMATION
First of all, this is an unusual day -- it is on the
calendar once in four years. I had an uncle who attributed
his long life to being born on this day -- I remember his
excitement at his 21st birthday party with his great grand
children! Today, we open ourselves SO WIDE that love can
express itself through us. Love desires to be expressed,
and who better than through each one of us? We look around
each corner to find the opportunity for love. We sip love
with our morning coffee or tea or warm lemon water. We read
love into our reports and daily tasks.

ABOUT YOUR PROCESS
These are the last love affirmations -- but not the last day
for love. You may want to flash back to the over-arching
intention you set at the beginning of the month or when you
began this process. Ask yourself if you are clearer about
what love means to you. Feel love flow through your veins.
Let it integrate into each breath you breathe. Experience
love shower you with its healing vibration.

ABOUT OUR NEXT THEME
Tomorrow is a new month, with a new theme. The theme is
balance. Before you receive the first affirmation, I
suggest that you take a few moments to determine an over-
arching intention about balance. Consider also what balance
means to you.

Sent in the consciousness of Love by Marshall House
and publisher of "Affirmations: A Pathway to Transformation."
By Jeanie Marshall, Copyright 1994-2006 Marshall House
Marshall House, 1223 Wilshire Boulevard, #300
Santa Monica, CA 90403-5400 (310) 392-1987
Marshall House Web Site,
http://www.mhmail.com

"Take Time To Be Still"



"Work is not always required ... there is such a thing as sacred idleness, the cultivation of which is now fearfully neglected."

-- George MacDonald

When was the last time you did absolutely nothing?

Our world is so addicted to productivity that we feel guilty if we’re not doing something. But taking time daily to be still and inactive opens us to the spacious present. It nurtures and restores balance. Give yourself a regular gift of inactivity.

"Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass on a summer day listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is hardly a waste of time."

-- Sir J. Lubbock

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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.


THE DAILY GURU


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©2006 by Max Steingart

Affirmation

Make this a day of loving feelings and actions!

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I let every act be an act of unconditional love.

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ABOUT TODAY'S AFFIRMATION
Every act requires energy. Every act is energy. Every act
has an energy field. Sometimes we might think that we can
cover up our feelings by making an act "look" good. But if
an act comes from the consciousness of unconditional love,
it will look however it looks and still carry the energy of
unconditional love. Bungling through a conversation while
radiating unconditional love usually yields understanding.
Expressing eloquence while being unloving usually yields
misunderstanding or other distortion. Words and actions
represent (re-present) the energy of the deeper
consciousness.

ABOUT YOUR PROCESS
The Internet is an ideal place to practice this idea of
acting from a consciousness of unconditional love. Before
opening a message from someone, ask yourself if it feels as
though the message is resonating with unconditional love.
As you read the message, ask yourself this question again.
Observe, with a nonjudgmental eye. Discernment without
judgment or disdain is a gift to assist you in lifting
consciousness. Here is another way to practice, focusing on
yourself: Breathe in unconditional love prior to writing a
message. Just sit quietly at your computer with still
fingers, breathing love in and out. Then write. Dip in
again to the pool of unconditional love before pushing the
"send" button. Love yourself for doing this.

Sent in the consciousness of Love by Marshall House
and publisher of "Affirmations: A Pathway to Transformation."
By Jeanie Marshall, Copyright 1994-2006 Marshall House
Marshall House, 1223 Wilshire Boulevard, #300
Santa Monica, CA 90403-5400 (310) 392-1987
Marshall House Web Site,
http://www.mhmail.com

Sonnet # XLVII.

Betwixt mine eye and heart a league is took, And each doth good turns now unto the other: When that mine eye is famish'd for a look, Or heart in love with sighs himself doth smother, With my love's picture then my eye doth feast And to the painted banquet bids my heart; Another time mine eye is my heart's guest And in his thoughts of love doth share a part: So, either by thy picture or my love, Thyself away art resent still with me; For thou not farther than my thoughts canst move, And I am still with them and they with thee; Or, if they sleep, thy picture in my sight Awakes my heart to heart's and eye's delight.
 

Affirmation

Make this a complete day!

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I draw a circle of love and encase myself in it.

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ABOUT TODAY'S AFFIRMATION
The circle is both powerful and simple. Living in a circle
of love is our greatest protection from anything that is not
love-based. I often giggle at humanity's ingenuity at
constructing barriers against things we do not want. All
we really need is love. Love, love, love. Love is all we
need. (Thanks to the Beatles for the lyrics.)

ABOUT YOUR PROCESS
Those of you who have worked with me in workshops or
personal sessions perhaps know about the Circle of
Abundance, which is energized by the Infinite Source. As
the circle is established inside you, it replicates itself
and encases you in a sphere. This sphere is magnetized to
attract abundance into your life, moving you into a natural
cycle of giving and receiving. This same image is a
valuable one for the circle of love described in today's
affirmation. Let the circle multiply and attract more love,
which you can give freely since it is constantly replaced
from the infinite source.

Sent in the consciousness of Love by Marshall House
and publisher of "Affirmations: A Pathway to Transformation."
By Jeanie Marshall, Copyright 1994-2006 Marshall House
Marshall House, 1223 Wilshire Boulevard, #300
Santa Monica, CA 90403-5400 (310) 392-1987
Marshall House Web Site,
http://www.mhmail.com

Flowdreaming...



Flowdreaming with Summer McStravick


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Acting/Claiming Affirmation

Make this a self-loving day!

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I manifest from and with unconditional love of myself and
others.

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ABOUT TODAY'S AFFIRMATION
As I have mentioned in past daily messages, "unconditional
love" is the term that, for me, best describes what I mean
by this month's theme of "love." The term, of course, means
to love without limitations, without expectations, without
conditions. While the words of this definition for
"unconditional love" are negative, or more precisely double
negatives, they leave us with an overall understanding of a
positive dynamic. When we manifest (or create or act) from
a consciousness of unconditional love, we are powerful
beyond words. In that consciousness, we do not need to
resort to negating negatives to explain; we ARE love with
every aspect of our being speaking wordless love. We love
ourselves and we love others; we lift up ourselves and
others in this loving energy.

ABOUT YOUR PROCESS
What is your unique process for manifesting from and with
unconditional love? Do you sense that unconditional love is
a partner? a driver? a follower? a powerful force? a
gentle companion? When you are acting or claiming love,
what are you specifically aware of from inside yourself?
With your intention, transcend the barriers and claim love.
Use any technique that is useful to help you to act in love.

Sent in the consciousness of Love by Marshall House
and publisher of "Affirmations: A Pathway to Transformation."
By Jeanie Marshall, Copyright 1994-2006 Marshall House
Marshall House, 1223 Wilshire Boulevard, #300
Santa Monica, CA 90403-5400 (310) 392-1987
Marshall House Web Site,
http://www.mhmail.com

Free....!


You are out of jail, out of the cage; you can open your wings and the
whole sky is yours. All the stars and the moon and the sun belong to
you. You can disappear into the blueness of the beyond....Just drop
clinging to this cage, move out of the cage and the whole sky is
yours. Open your wings and fly across the sun like an eagle. ~Osho

Many Blessings to you,
Jafree

Affirmation of Love

I claim love. I claim my power throughout life.

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ABOUT TODAY'S AFFIRMATION
To claim love and power means to embrace it, not capture it
or grab it. Love and power need space to grow and prosper.
As we live in the expectancy of love, we feel its power so
that our world is enriched. Many of us are making
powerful claims these days: to live in the consciousness of
love, to embody our own power, to embrace our life mission,
to live life to its fullest. We claim love.

ABOUT YOUR PROCESS
This acting/claiming phase of the process we work with is
beautifully presented below quoting from Marianne
Williamson's "A Return to Love," pages 190-91 of the 1992
edition. (This is often attributed to Nelson Mandela who
quoted this piece in his 1994 Inaugural Speech.)

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves,
"Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous?"
Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God.
Your playing small doesn't serve the world.
There's nothing enlightening about shrinking so that
Other people won't feel insecure around you.
We were born to manifest the glory of God that is within us.
It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone.
And as we let our light shine, we unconsciously
Give other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear,
Our presence automatically liberates others.

Sent in the consciousness of Love by Marshall House
and publisher of "Affirmations: A Pathway to Transformation."
By Jeanie Marshall, Copyright 1994-2006 Marshall House
Marshall House, 1223 Wilshire Boulevard, #300
Santa Monica, CA 90403-5400 (310) 392-1987
Marshall House Web Site, http://www.mhmail.com


"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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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.

THE DAILY GURU


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©2006 by Max Steingart

Positive Affirmation for Love


 I act with love in my heart. I speak with love on my lips. I walk with love in my feet.

"Appreciation"



"You can never get to peace and inner security without first acknowledging all of the good things in your life. If you're forever wanting and longing for more without first appreciating things the way they are, you'll stay in discord."

-- Doc Childre and Howard Martin

Develop an attitude of gratitude. We discover a sense of wholeness as we appreciate both the small and big things in our lives. And it really helps to remember to appreciate ourselves. Appreciation is more than just acceptance -- it's respect and admiration. Let go of criticism and self-abuse.

"Generally, appreciation means some blend of thankfulness, admiration, approval, and gratitude. In the financial world, something that ‘appreciates’ grows in value. With the power tool of appreciation, you get the benefit of both perspectives: as you learn to be consistently thankful and approving, your life will grow in value."

-- Doc Childre and Howard Martin

Let Go of Fear and Become Unstoppable


How many times have you been stopped dead in your tracks because of
fear? Where would you be today if you were fearless and unstoppable?
What dreams would you have manifested? Eliminating fear can open up
the doors to success because you begin to act on your dreams, and do
what you truly desire.

So really...what is fear? Fear is an emotional response that happens
when we imagine or believe that something in our environment is going
to hurt us. Fear provides the valuable service of keeping us safe
from physical dangers such as tigers, and jumping out in front of
mammoth trucks. It activates our adrenaline glands so that we can
fight or take flight. However, fear can become harmful when we begin
to overreact to situations and experiences that hold no real danger.
For instance, many people fear public speaking or trying new things,
when neither one of these things are going to kill them. In fact,
both of these are safe activities that can turn out to be enjoyable
and easy if they let go of their fear.

A great acronym for F.E.A.R is "False Evidence Appearing Real". In
many cases, fear is an illusion that is based on an imagined
scenario. For instance, have you ever been home alone at night, and
imagined that there was somebody walking around in your home? Didn't
you start feeling scared and begin to strain your ears for strange
noises? Your imagination caused you to experience fear. If you then
confronted your fear by going downstairs and turning on the light,
your fear would magically disappear. You would see the reality of the
situation and realize that you had nothing to fear. So fear only has
power over you if you do not face it, and uncover the reality behind
your imagination. In this scenario, confronting your fear was the
magical way of overcoming it.

Only the other hand, if you do not go downstairs and face your fear,
your imagination grows more powerful with each passing moment.
Haven't you experienced the dreadful feeling of mounting fear because
you won't get up and check downstairs? If you stay put, this fear may
gain more power until you are completely at its mercy. And this is
what many people do in their lives. They stay put and dwell on the
fear until the fear has engulfed them. They are trapped in the
feeling, and have no perception of reality. Again, breaking this
chain of events is simple. All it takes is looking at your fear
square in the face, and figuring out how you can effectively handle
the worst possible outcome that you can imagine.

Four steps for letting go of fear:

1. Make a list of your fears, and select a small fear that you would
like to work on. It is best to experience success with a little fear
before moving on to bigger ones. Some of the most common fears are
fear of public speaking, fear of saying no to a loved one, fear of
cold calling, fear of making a mistake, etc...

2. Determine how much pain this fear is causing you in your life.
Please write down the answers to the following questions. What am I
missing out on because of this fear? What will my life look like if I
continue to operate out of a place of fear? What negative
consequences could occur in the future if I continue to let fear
control me?

3. Establish the benefit of overcoming the fear.
Write down the answers to these questions. What could I create if I
overcome this fear? How would my life be better if this fear no
longer existed? What would I do, accomplish, or experience if this
fear was absent?

4. Embrace your fear fully.
The key to moving through fear is to face the fear and see the truth
that lies beneath it. This technique alone has created huge shifts in
many of my clients. I suggest that you do this exercise in a quiet
place where you will not be disturbed. Sit back in a chair and close
your eyes. Then picture your fear in your mind. Imagine the worst
thing that could happen. Imagine what it would feel like to be in
that situation. Imagine how you would react, and what you would say.
Allow yourself to fully feel all of the feelings associated with the
situation. You may want to get some support around this process and
do it with a trained professional or good friend if your fear is very
strong. Once you fully allow yourself to feel the fear, you will
start seeing beyond the fear. You will naturally experience a
release, and realize the strength and power of your true divine
nature.

As Ambrose Redmoon said, "Courage is not the absence of fear, but
rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear."

Learn other valuable techniques for letting go of fear with the 90
Day Manifesting Program at http://www.ManifestingVibration.com

Have fun being unstoppable!

Many blessings to you!
Margot Zaher
http://www.ManifestingVibration.com


Faith and Wisdom


Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle,
and the life of the candle will not be shortened.
Happiness never decreases by being shared.” – The Buddha




“You, no less than all beings have Buddha Nature within. Your essential Mind is pure. Therefore, when defilements cause you to stumble and fall, let not remose nor dark foreboding cast you down. Be of good cheer and with this understanding, summon strength and walk on. Faith is like a lamp and wisdom makes the flame burn bright. Carry this lamp always and in good time the darkness will yield and you will abide in the Light.”
– Dhammavadaka

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 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.

THE DAILY GURU

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"If each of us sweeps in front of our own steps, the whole world would be clean."

-- Goethe

"The Power Of Acceptance"



"It is permissible to take life's blessings with both hands provided thou dost know thyself prepared in the opposite event to take them just as gladly. This applies to food and friends and kindred, to anything God gives and takes away... As long as God is satisfied do thou rest content. If he is pleased to want something else of thee, still rest content."

-- Meister Eckhart

Our life begins to change in magical ways when we open to the experience of life AS IT IS. With acceptance, we stop fighting what is happening. And this creates space, an opening for new relationships to unfold.

Explore unconditionally saying yes to the facts of life. Accept your past and where you are now. Unconditional acceptance is unconditional love and this is healing.

"Sometimes what seems like surrender isn't surrender at all. It's about what's going on in our hearts. About seeing clearly the way life is and accepting it and being true to it, whatever the pain, because the pain of not being true to it is far, far greater."

-- Nicholas Evans

SIMPLE STEPS TO INNER AND OUTER PEACE

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“Please don't give me anything or do anything for me unless you can do so with
the kind of joy a little child has when it feeds a hungry duck."

-Marshall B. Rosenberg

I have long been a fan of Marshall Rosenberg’s model of ‘non-violent
communication’, a simple system of empathic speaking and listening that
encourages a rich understanding of the emotional and psychological underpinnings
of most of the conflicts we experience in our lives.

Until recently, however, I’d never really done much with the techniques. ‘They
might work in Rwanda or the Middle East’, I told myself, ‘but they’d never work
in my house!’

Fortunately I’ve learned not to take the ramblings of that voice inside my head
too seriously, and more recently I’ve begun to use this simple model to diffuse
tension and promote peace with my family, friends, and most surprisingly of all,
within myself.

Here’s the model in a nutshell:

1. Focus on what is ‘alive’ in this moment in both you and the person you are
communicating with

There are essentially two different categories of things which can be alive in us
in any given moment:

a. Feelings

Take a few moments to think about a recent upset you have experienced with
someone close to you. What feelings are alive in you as you think about that now?

If you came up with things like ‘disrespected’, ‘betrayed’, ‘misunderstood’ or
‘hard done by’, you are actually describing the judgements which lie underneath
your feelings.

On the other hand, if you came up with things like ‘happy’, ‘sad’, ‘angry’,
‘fearful’ or ‘loving’, you are indeed speaking in the language of feelings.

To put it another way, we feel feelings in our body, but hold judgements in our
heads.

b. Needs

While I would describe what Rosenberg calls ‘needs’ in terms of ‘strongly held
desires’ or ‘values’, the essential model is the same – we feel how we feel and
do what we do, for better and for worse, in an attempt to get our needs met. And
when we find a better way to meet those needs, we take it.

An analogy I often use with my clients is to imagine the route you take to work
each day is crowded, unpleasant, and takes an hour. I show you an alternative
route which is nearly empty, beautiful, and takes less than ten minutes. How
many times will I need to show you the new route before you begin taking it?

In the same way, the moment we recognize our needs and find a better way to meet
them, we increase our peace and life changes for the better


2. Focus on what we can do to make life more wonderful (for ourselves and others)

In the NVC (non-violent communication) model, we make life more wonderful for
ourselves and others by taking and requesting that others take concrete actions
in support of meeting our respective needs.

A concrete action is one that we could both agree had happened or not happened if
we were watching a video-tape of the event. In this sense, ‘I forgave him’ is
NOT a concrete action; ‘I told him that I forgave him while looking deep into his
eyes’ is one.

The key distinction around requests is that between a request and a demand. For
me, the key to this distinction is how someone reacts to the request being
denied.

If we respond to ‘no’ with kindness and understanding, it was a genuine request;
if we respond with anger and judgment, it was a ‘disguised demand’.

So let’s put it all together. Here’s the sequence Rosenberg lays out:

Observation => Feelings => Need => Request

Here’s how it played out recently in a conversation with my son:

‘When you play on your computer instead of feeding the dogs (observation), I feel
angry and then sad (feelings), because I really want to feel like I’m doing a
good job raising a responsible son (need). Would you be willing to feed the dogs
each morning before you get on your computer?’ (request)

Because I had taken the time to work out what unmet need (or unfulfilled
desire/value) in me was ‘causing’ my uncomfortable feelings, I was able to
approach my son without blaming him for my feelings.

Because I wasn’t blaming him for my feelings, he was more likely to be able to
hear the request – and like most people, when you’re not feeling threatened or
emotionally blackmailed into doing it, helping make life more wonderful for
someone else is a really fun thing to do.

Of course, when he said ‘no’ , I used the same formula in an effort to
find out what is alive for him and how I might be able to contribute to making
his life more wonderful.

‘I’m sensing that when you hear me say that (observation), you’re feeling angry
and a little bit scared (feeling). I’m wondering whether you’re wanting me to
treat you more like a grown-up and less like a little kid (need). Would you like
us to sit down together and re-negotiate who does what around the house?’
(request)

Although he looked at me a little strangely, he said he was actually fine with
the current distribution of labor and went off to feed the dogs, something he has
done without prompting every day since.

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Bonus Tip:
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In reading back through this tip, I realize that if I’d read it a few years back,
I would have immediately dismissed it as a ‘Barney’ idea – one that belonged in
the mouth of a singing purple dinosaur along side the phrase ‘and if we all just
loved each other a little bit more…’

I have learned that for me, that reaction is my way of meeting my need to see
myself as ‘grounded’ and ‘practical’ – something my actor friends and I used to
call ‘fear masquerading as good taste’!

If any of this resonates with you, may I suggest you try out the experiment
below, which is to do with understanding your own feelings and behavior. Whether
or not you actually take the next step in communicating in this way is in many
ways irrelevant once you have recognized how your own unmet needs have been
running the show…

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Today’s Experiment:
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(These experiments are adapted from Marshall B. Rosenberg’s new book ‘Speak Peace
in a World of Conflict’ – see the ‘Want to Learn More?’ section below to learn
more!)

1. Think of something you’ve done in the past 24 hours to contribute to making
life more wonderful for somebody? How do you feel when you think about that?

Examples:
*I made a really nice dinner for my family
*I helped my daughter with her homework
*I joked with a sales clerk and she really brightened up


2. Now, think about something you did that you’re not proud of – something you
said or a way you acted that you now regret.

Examples:
*Yelling at my spouse, children or co-workers
*Lying at work or at home


3. What do you say to yourself about how you acted? How do you feel when you say
it?

Examples:
‘I can’t believe I did that – I’m such a terrible person.’ (Sad, Angry)
‘It was their own damn fault – they had it coming after what they did to me!’
(Angry, Scared)


4. What need or value of yours wasn’t met by your behavior?

Examples:
*My desire to be a loving family member
*My value for honesty and walking my talk


5. How do you feel now?


6. What needs, values or desires were you trying to fulfill when you did the
thing you have been regretting? In other words, what were the ‘very good
reasons’ for your behavior?

Examples:
*I wanted to be heard
*My need to feel safe


7. Now that you recognize those needs, what could you do differently the next
time you are in that situation or those needs and desires are ‘alive’ in you?

Examples:
*I could take a time out until I was able to express myself in terms of my
feelings, needs and requests

*I could remind myself that authenticity is the safest way to travel

Have fun, learn heaps, feel what is alive in you and make your life more
wonderful!

With love,
michael

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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.
Expectation energizes your goals and gives them momentum.

Your life will always respond to your outlook, so 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.

THE DAILY GURU


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©2006 by Max Steingart

F A M I L Y



I ran into a stranger as he passed by,
"Oh excuse me please" was my reply.


He said, "Please excuse me too;
I wasn't watching for you."


We were very polite, this stranger and I.
We went on our way and we said goodbye.


But at home a different story is told,
How we treat our loved ones, young and old.


Later that day, cooking the evening meal, My son stood beside me very
still.


When I turned, I nearly knocked him down.
"Move out of the way," I said with a frown.


He walked away, his little heart broken.
I didn't realize how harshly I'd spoken.


While I lay awake in bed,
God's still small voice came to me and said,


"While dealing with a stranger,
common courtesy you use,
but the family you love, you seem to abuse.


Go and look on the kitchen floor,
You'll find some flowers there by the door.


Those are the flowers he brought for you.
He picked them himself: pink, yellow and blue.


He stood very quietly not to spoil the surprise, you never saw the tears
that filled his little eyes."


By this time, I felt very small,
And now my tears began to fall.


I quietly went and knelt by his bed;
"Wake up, little one, wake up," I said.


"Are these the flowers you picked for me?"
He smiled, "I found 'em, out by the tree.


I picked 'em because they're pretty like you.
I knew you'd like 'em, especially the blue."


I said, "Son, I'm very sorry for the way I acted today; I shouldn't have
yelled at you that way." He said, "Oh, Mom, that's okay. I love you
anyway."


I said, "Son, I love you too,
and I do like the flowers, especially the blue."


FAMILY
Are you aware that if we died tomorrow, the company that we are working
for could easily replace us in a matter of days. But the family we left
behind will feel the loss for the rest of their lives.


And come to think of it, we pour ourselves more into work than into our
own family, an unwise investment indeed, don't you think? So what is
behind the story?


Do you know what the word FAMILY means?
FAMILY = (F)ATHER (A)ND (M)OTHER (I) (L)OVE (Y)OU

Reality...

as vezes a vida fica so num sonho a minha ideia e transformar este sonho em uma grande vida e poder um dia dizer realizei... there comes a time when everyone has to lift the horse's tail and face the reality.

"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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To be like a river flowing

     “A river never passes the same place twice,” says a philosopher. “Life is like a river,” says another philosopher, and we draw the conclusion that this is the metaphor that comes closest to the meaning of life. Consequently, it is always good to remember during all the year to come:
     A] We are always doing things for the first time. While we move between our source (birth) to our destination (death), the landscape will always be new. We should face these novelties with joy, not with fear – because it is useless to fear what cannot be avoided. A river never stops running.
     B] In a valley we walk slower. When everything around us becomes easier, the waters grow calm, we become more open, fuller and more generous.
     C] Our banks are always fertile. Vegetation only grows where there is water. Whoever comes into contact with us needs to understand that we are there to give the thirsty something to drink.
     D] Stones should be avoided. It is obvious that water is stronger than granite, but it takes time for this to happen. It is no good letting yourself be overcome by stronger obstacles, or trying to fight against them - that is a useless waste of energy. It is best to understand where the way out is, and then move forward.
     E] Hollows call for patience. All of a sudden the river enters a sort of hole and stops running as joyfully as before. At such moments the only way out is to count on the help of time. When the right moment comes the hollow fills up and the water can flow ahead. In the place of the ugly, lifeless hole there now stands a lake that others can contemplate with joy.
     F] We are one. We were born in a place that was meant for us, which will always keep us supplied with enough water so that when confronted with obstacles or depression we have the necessary patience or strength to move forward. We begin our course in a soft and fragile manner, where even a simple leaf can stop us. Nevertheless, as we respect the mystery of the source that gave us life, and trust in His eternal wisdom, little by little we gain all that we need to pursue our path.
     G] Although we are one, soon we shall be many. As we travel on, the waters of other springs come closer, because that is the best path to follow. Then we are no longer just one, but many – and there comes a moment when we feel lost. However, as the Bible says, “all rivers flow to the sea.” It is impossible to remain in our solitude, no matter how romantic that may seem. When we accept the inevitable encounter with other springs, we eventually understand that this makes us much stronger, we get around obstacles or fill in the hollows in far less time and with greater ease.
     H] We are a means of transportation. Of leaves, boats, ideas. May our waters always be generous, may be always be able to carry ahead everything or everyone that needs our help.
     I] We are a source of inspiration. And so, let us leave the final words to the Brazilian poet, Manuel Bandeira:
      “To be like a river that flows
     silent through the night,
     not fearing the darkness and
     reflecting any stars high in the sky.

     And if the sky is filled with clouds,
     the clouds are water like the river, so
     without remorse reflect them too
     in the calm deep.”

 
Paulo Coelho

With kind permission from the author
"Warrior of the Light, a www.paulocoelho.com.br publication."

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 will come from working well and carefully.

Good work done little by little becomes great work.
The house of success is 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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©2006 by Max Steingart

Recipes

Recipes
are just a footprint
- only when you
cook the dish
do you travel the journey.


LOOK AT THINGS AS THEY CAN BE




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.

THE DAILY GURU


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©2006 by Max Steingart

"How Can I Serve Today?"



"God has no other hands than ours."

-- Dorothee Solle

"One act of beneficence, one act of real usefulness, is worth all the abstract sentiment in the world."

-- Ann Radcliffe

"Past the seeker as he prayed came the crippled and the beggar and the beaten. And seeing them... he cried, ‘Great God, how is it that a loving creator can see such things and yet do nothing about them?’... God said, ‘I did do something. I made you.’"

-- Sufi Teaching

"To learn to get along without, to realize that what the world is going to demand of us may be a good deal more important than what we are entitled to demand of it -- this is a hard lesson."

-- Bruce Catton


Sleep On It


When your emotions get stirred up and work overtime it blocks access to your higher awareness. At times like this do not struggle with your quandaries or situations anymore. Instead step away from the problem completely and literally put your worries to bed. Sleep on your present problems and challenges and while you sleep turn your concerns over to your Higher Self, your angels and guides to resolve for you. Distance from the problem while you slumber and let them work on your challenges from a higher dimension and perspective during the night. Expect your psychic support system on the other side to find solutions for you and place them directly into your subconscious mind to be accessed the minute you wake up or shortly thereafter. Fully surrendering your problems over to higher forces in the Universe while you sleep is practical six sensory living. Your guides love to work on your behalf and will offer better solutions than you could ever dream of without their assistance. And you will dream of them. Conrad Hilton, the famous hotelier, as well as Walt Disney regularly put their troubles to bed, and slept for psychic guidance. Some of their greatest inventions and ideas came to them in their sleep. As you sleep instructs your higher self to open up to your angels and guides and work to find solutions and answers to your troubles. Direct your guides to place answers and solutions into your subconscious mind for conscious access in the morning while you give your emotions a well needed break. Then relax and grab a pillow. Sweet dreams.

ALWAYS THINK POSITIVE THOUGHTS




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

The reality in your life may result from many outside factors,
none of which you can control.
Your attitude, however,
reflects the ways in which you deal with what is happening to you.

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 control your own thoughts.
There is nothing neither good nor bad,
only your thinking makes it so.




"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

-- Gandhi


Stop The Rain?


This river is a mighty one
I have to trust its flow
But if you asked me where it's taking us
I wouldn't say I know
But I will go there willingly --
She's never led me astray
And I've only been bruised
When I've refused to get out of my way
So, I wouldn't stop the rain...


Do you hear the music...


Your Beloved calls you here today
to ask you for this dance; what will you say?
Are you going to throw the chance away?
And do you hear the music?

I know you've got a lot of things to do,
but I think the world could turn a time or two
without all your precious plans
and you could stop to hear the music
in your heart, in your heart

Maybe you should give your mind a rest
and put its main assumption to the test;
just let go and see who leads the best,
surrender to the music

Maybe you don't need to understand
Maybe these are steps that can't be planned
Funny how your feet know where to land
when you listen to the music
in your heart, in your heart

Your Beloved calls you here today
to ask you for this dance; what will you say?
Are you going to throw the chance away? --
or listen to the music, listen to the music
in your heart....

Kirtana, "A Deeper surrender"

Valentine...



I do believe that God above, created you for me to love,
He picked you out from all the rest, because he knew I would love you best.


THOUGHTLESS EXCELLENCE


=======================

"A man is what he thinks about all day long."
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

There is a popular theory in personal development circles that we think about
60,000 thoughts per day - slightly more than one per second in a 24 hour day.
However, research by Dr. Eric Klinger at the University of Minnesota indicates
that our thoughts actually last from a few seconds up to more than a minute,
leaving the average person with time for only 2000 - 3000 thoughts in a typical
16 hour day.

Common sense would suggest that the difference between a champion and an ordinary
performer might be found in the content of those thoughts, but the truth is
surprisingly different. The difference that makes the difference between
excellence and the norm may well be the *number* of thoughts, not just their
content. In fact, world champions average between 1100 - 1300 thoughts a day -
that's half as many as the average person!

In the words of performance coach Jim Fannin (see the 'Want to Learn More?'
section at the end of this tip to learn more):

"True champions think less but hold a thought for a longer period of time. The
first fundamental of becoming a true champion is learning how to think less, not
more. That is the real challenge. True champions turn the old adage "Less is
more" into "Fewer thoughts produce more results.'"

So how do we think less and promote more excellence in our life and work?

Here are three of my favorite strategies...

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A. Set a clear intention
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In Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi's extensive study of optimal experience, one factor
that came out as absolutely critical to the experience of "flow" is having a
clear goal, purpose, or intention. The goal, purpose, or intention acts as a sort
of an organizing principle for our attention, filtering our experience down from
a world of infinite possibilities to a selective collection of experiences which
allow us to focus, feel in control, "make sense" of what is happening to us, and
respond deliberately.

Therefore the simplest way to transform any task into a potential flow experience
is to set ourselves and intention, purpose, or goal in relation to that task.

In cases where the task is mundane, repetetive, or simply not interesting to us,
our intention need not be directly related to the actual task. For instance,
living the intention of 'being fully present' can make a 'boring' drive into a
zen meditation; living the intention of performing with energy, enthusiasm, and
as if it's the most important thing in the world can make washing the dishes into
the high point of your day!

Mini-Experiment:
1. Choose a relatively mundane activity for which you would like to create an
intention or purpose.

Example: going to the shops

2. Now choose an intention, context, or purpose to focus on while participating
in that activity.

Examples:
To stay present
To send love to everyone I see
To notice beauty

3. When it comes time to do the activity, remind yourself of your intention. You
can do this by repeating it silently to yourself, by writing yourself little
notes, or even by asking a friend to come with you and help you stay on track.

(Note: Dr. Steve Levinson, author of the book Following Through, has invented a
fun little device called 'The MotivAider' which is designed to remind you of your
intention throughout the day. You can order one with free shipping anywhere in
the world
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B. Take the World for a Walk
-----------------------------

My mind is always racing. My library of self-help books told me this was a bad
thing and I should stop it immediately, ideally through twenty years of
disciplined meditation. Impatient soul that I am, I decided to probe my own
experience a bit further. What I realised is that my mind only races when it
thinks I have to get somewhere. When I have nowhere to get, my mind is quite
content to sit back and enjoy the moment. Problem is, I do have places I want to
get.

Here's a mini-experiment I call 'taking the world for a walk. Before beginning,
choose a problem or goal to focus on mentally as you walk. You will be amazed at
how many wonderful insights you get once your thoughts slow down and your
perception shifts!

1. Plan a time and a place to go for a walk. This can get a bit disorienting, so
make sure you're somewhere safe and as far away from traffic as possible!

2. As you walk, keep your focus in the middle distance, and allow your eyes to
defocus slightly, as if looking for the hidden 3-D image in a "Magic Eye"
picture.

3. Notice the point at which your perception shifts, and instead of you walking
through the world, it appears as if you are still and the world is moving towards
you.

4. See how long you can maintain this altered perceptual state (and how much fun
you can have doing it!)


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C. Quiet the Mind
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Until I came across Neuro-Linguistic Programming, nobody had ever told me you
could turn down the volume on the voices in your head. As soon as I found the
control knob (mine is in my forehead, slightly to the left, but yours might be
positioned somewhere else), I was able to turn the volume right up loud and then
all the way down until I experienced true quiet for the first time. As a
mini-Experiment, play around with turning the volume up and down on the voices
inside your head. If you don’t have any voices inside your head (and honestly,
isn’t there a voice inside your head telling you that? :-), notice what happens
when you simply turn down the sound.

Of course, it’s all well and good being able to be quiet in nature or in a
secluded spot, but be sure to extend your practice into the louder realities of
every day life. When you can be quiet on the inside when it’s noisy on the
outside, you will come to understand my favorite Chinese proverb:

“There is chaos under the heavens and the situation is excellent.”

Have fun, learn heaps, think less and succeed more easily than you may ever have
needed to think possible!

With love,
michael

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How Are You Sabotaging Yourself?



"If you play it safe in life you've decided that you don't want to grow any more."

-- Shirley Hufstedler

How are you sabotaging your potential for change?

We unconsciously use defence mechanisms to shield us from situations we perceive to be scary or painful. A part of you may want to grow and change, but another part may be resisting because change always moves you into new territory in your thinking and emotions.

If you find you are getting anxious, fearful, angry, frustrated, dismissive or unmotivated, then defence mechanisms are at work. Watch for them and know them to be signs of fear that wants to hold you back. Then courageously move through them.

"I have never been contained except I made the prison."

-- Mary Evans

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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"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

"No Judgment"



Everything in life holds both a blessing and a curse. We deny this when we label the events of our lives as either good or bad. The following old Zen story illustrates this lesson most effectively.

A farmer had a horse but one day, the horse ran away and so the farmer and his son had to plow their fields themselves. Their neighbors said, "Oh, what bad luck that your horse ran away!" But the farmer replied, "Bad luck, good luck, who knows?"

The next week, the horse returned to the farm, bringing a herd of wild horses with him. "What wonderful luck!" cried the neighbors, but the farmer responded, "Good luck, bad luck, who knows?"

Then, the farmer's son was thrown as he tried to ride one of the wild horses, and he broke his leg. "Ah, such bad luck," sympathized the neighbors. Once again, the farmer responded, "Bad luck, good luck, who knows?"

A short time later, the ruler of the country recruited all young men to join his army for battle. The son, with his broken leg, was left at home. "What good luck that your son was not forced into battle!" celebrated the neighbors. And the farmer remarked, "Good luck, bad luck, who knows?"

"Do not judge, and you will never be mistaken."

-- Jean Jacques Rousseau

YOU MUST MAKE YOUR OWN OPPORTUNITIES




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.

Open your own door to opportunity.

THE DAILY GURU


Follow Through...

Gavin Degraw

Follow Through



Oh, this is the start of something good
Don't you agree?
I haven't felt like this in so many moons
You know what I mena?
And we can build through this destruction
As we are standing on our feet
So, since you want to be with me
You'll have to follow through
With every word you say
And I, all I really want is you
You to stick around
I'll see you everyday
But you have to follow through
You have to follow through
These reeling emotions they just keep me alive
They keep me in tune
Oh, look what I'm holding here in my fire
This is for you
Am I too obvious to preach it?
You're so hypnotic on my heart
So, since you want to be with me
You'll have to follow through
With every word you say
And I, all I really want is you
You to stick around
I'll see you everyday
But you have to follow through
You have to follow through
The words you say to me are unlike anything
That's ever been said
And what you do to me is unlike anything
That's ever been
Am I too obvious to preach it?
You're so hypnotic on my heart
So, since you want to be with me
You'll have to follow through
With every word you say
And I, all I really want is you
(For) you to stick around
I'll see you everyday
But you'll have to follow through
With every word you say
An I, all I really want is you (For) you to stick around
I'll see everyday
But you have to follow through
You have to follow through
You're gonna have to follow
Oh, this is the start of something good
Don't you agree?


LOVE

Love does not need to possess, control, degrade, withhold, prove anything, distrust, or conquer. Love simply loves. It flows. It is uninhibited, uncontrived, natural, innocent, and spontaneous. And while discernment is needed in the selection of a partner, it need not prohibit you from loving everyone. Did you know that humans are terrified of feeling the totality of unconditional love? You have been taught to restrain yourselves lest you make a fool of yourselves. You have been taught that it is impossible to love fully without hurting if the other person does not return your love and promise to stay forever. Without 100 percent guarantee that you will not "lose," you hold back a little or a lot. It does not really matter how much. The point is that the flow has been dammed and therefore controlled.

The object of love is not to win someone over, break through their barriers, make them need or desire you, or make sure you don't lose. The object of love is to love, to cherish, to honor, to adore, to respect, to never harm, to appreciate and never depreciate another. You can even love without objectification. This is the nature of your true being, your soul, your spirit. To experience love for no apparent reason and for no ulterior motive is a great sign that you are nearing completion of your trials and karmic pain. It is the way home to your true self. In the meantime, allowing yourself to objectify love is a step in the right direction.

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"Guilt"



"When guilt rears its ugly head confront it, discuss it and let it go. The past is over. It is time to ask what can we do right, not what did we do wrong. Forgive yourself and move on."

--Bernie S. Siegel

"I have made it a rule of my life never to regret and never to look back. Regret is an appalling waste of energy . . . you can’t build on it; it’s only good for wallowing in."

-- Katherine Mansfield

"If we don't forgive ourselves for our mistakes, and others for the wounds they have inflicted upon us, we end up crippled with guilt. And the soul cannot grow under a blanket of guilt, because guilt is isolating, while growth is a gradual process of reconnection to ourselves, to other people, and to a larger whole."

-- Joan Borysenko

"Light burdens borne far become heavy."

-- French proverb

Much Love Will Happen...

First meditate, be blissful, then much love will happen of its own
accord. The buddha nature is not something far away - your very
consciousness is buddha nature. Then being with others is beautiful
and being alone is also beautiful. Then it is simple, too. You don't
depend on others and you don't make others dependent on you. Then it
is always a friendship, a friendliness. And if you see that the
moment has come to depart because your paths separate at this
crossroad, you say good-bye with great gratitude for all that the
other has been to you, for all the joys and all the pleasures and all
the beautiful moments that you have shared with the other. With no
misery, with no pain, you simply separate. ~Osho

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One day in January 2006

     It is raining hard today and the temperature is close to 3ºC. I decided to go for a walk – I feel that if I don’t walk every day I won’t be able to work – but the wind is very strong too, so I came back to the car after ten minutes. I took the newspaper from the mailbox, nothing important in it, except the things that journalists have decided we should know, follow up and take a position on.
      I go to the computer to read my e-mails.
      Nothing new, just some decisions without any importance that I can see to later.
      I try a little archery, but the wind is still blowing so strong that it’s impossible. I have already written my bi-annual book, which this time is called “The Zahir”, and there is still weeks before it comes out. I have already written the columns I publish on the Internet. I have already written the newsletter for my page on the Web. I have had a check-up on my stomach which fortunately detected nothing abnormal (they really scared me with all that business of sticking a tube down my throat, but there is nothing so terrible about it). I have been to the dentist. The tickets for my next trip by plane, which were taking a while to arrive, have finally got here by express mail. There are some things I have to do tomorrow, and some things I finished doing yesterday, but today ...
      Today I have absolutely nothing to concentrate my attention on.
     That scares me: shouldn’t I be doing something? Well, if you want to invent work, you don’t need to make much effort – there are always projects to be developed, bulbs that need changing, dry leaves that need sweeping, books to be tidied up, computer files to be organized, and so on. But how about just facing a total void.
      I put on a cap, thermal clothes and a rainproof jacket, and go out to the garden – like this I’ll be able to stand the cold for the next four or five hours. I sit down on the wet grass and begin to make a mental list of what passes through my head:
      A] I am useless. At this moment everybody is busy, working hard.
      Answer: I work hard too, sometimes twelve hours a day. Today, by chance, I have nothing to do.
      B] I have no friends. Here I am alone, one of the world’s best-known writers, and the telephone does not ring.
      Answer: of course I have friends. But they know how to respect my need for isolation when I’m in the old mill at St. Martin in France.
      C] I have to go and buy some glue.
      Yes, I have just remembered that I ran out of glue yesterday, why not get into the car and drive to the nearest town? And that thought brings me to a halt. Why is it so difficult just to stay as I am right now, without doing anything?
      A series of thoughts goes through my head: friends who worry about things that have not happened yet, acquaintances who know how to fill each minute of their lives with tasks that seem absurd to me, senseless conversations, long phone calls to say nothing of importance. Office bosses who invent work to justify their jobs, employees who are afraid because today they were given nothing important to do and that could mean that they are no longer any useful, mothers who torture themselves because the children have gone out, students who torture themselves over studies, tests, examinations.
      I wage a long, difficult fight with myself not to get up and go to the stationary to buy the glue that is missing. The anguish is immense, but I’m determined to stay here without doing anything at least for a couple of hours. Little by little the anxiety gives way to contemplation and I begin to listen to my soul. It was dying to talk to me, but I’m always so busy.
      The wind is still blowing very hard, I know that it’s cold and that tomorrow maybe I’ll need to buy some glue. I’m not doing anything, and I’m doing the most important thing in a man’s life: I’m listening to what I needed to hear from myself.


Paulo Coelho

With kind permission from the author
"Warrior of the Light, a www.paulocoelho.com.br publication."

"Direct Your Evolution"



"Consciousness is the basis of all life and the field of all possibilities. Its nature is to expand and unfold its full potential. The impulse to evolve is thus inherent in the very nature of life."

-- Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

Unlike other species, human beings can monitor our own evolutionary process. Better yet, we have the awareness and power to design our evolutionary path.

As creators, we are not limited to evolving through tiny, incremental steps. With our potent imaginations, we can design and manifest dramatic, profound change. How remarkable! What an awesome responsibility. What fun!

Our challenge is to break free of our present concept of reality to create brand new dreams that will bring the ideal to life.

"There is only one thing more powerful than all the armies of the world, that is an idea whose time has come."

-- Victor Hugo

"We lie in the lap of immense intelligence."

-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The Next Step...

'Change starts when someone sees the next step.'
WILLIAM DRAYTON


"Listen To The Quiet Voice Inside"



"To know how to choose a path with heart is to learn how to follow intuitive feeling."

-- Jean Shinoda Bolen

What ideas are teasing you these days?

Are you aware of any little gems floating around your consciousness these days? Charged little thoughts that beckon you to pay attention to them? Inspiration and intuition often bring powerful new ideas to us very subtly, very quietly. When you become aware of being teased by an idea, follow it!

"Get your ideas on paper and study them. Do not let them go to waste!"

-- Les Brown


Replace Worry with Wonder



By Margot Zaher
http://www.EnlightenedBeings.com

So it's now February and you are one month into the New Year. How are
you doing on manifesting your New Year's resolutions? Are you on
track? Are you lagging behind? What could be stopping you from
manifesting your dreams? Spending your time worrying about the future
could be one of the reasons you are not manifesting as quickly as you
would like.

Worry stems from not trusting your personal connection to the
Universe. It is created from being attached to the idea that a future
situation will not happen the way you think it should. When you are
worried, you have stopped appreciating what is, and are focusing on
the negative aspects of what might or could occur. Worrying is living
in a “what if” state of mind that is visualizing on what
you DON’T want to experience, instead of what you DO!

How often do you worry about your future? The act of worrying is a
HUGE drain on your manifesting vibration. Just like the TV, the
worried mindset will pull you in and entertain you for hours, days,
years, and yes even lifetimes! Worrying is exactly how you manifest
what you don’t want. If you are always hoping and praying for
what you DON’T want to happen, how much energy is left to
meditate on what you DO want? Worry is from a lack of mental
discipline and focus. The reigns on the mind are too loose, and those
wild horses just trample all over you! If you have been practicing
the fine art of worrying for years, you may have become a
worry-zombie, and are completely numb to passion and great pleasure!
Step out of the zombie-zone by pulling back on your reins! Steer
those crazy horses back to your pleasure pastures by staying focused
on the positive outcome you really want!

If you want to step out of your worry mode today, the first step is
take an honest look at what your personal worry issues are often
around. Why are you so attached to THESE issues and not the other
issues? Get curious about the subtleties of this attachment and
simply notice how it feels to be attached. The next step is SAYING NO
to worry! When you say no, always replace worry with wonder. To feel
a sense of wonder inside, focus your mind on being curious. Get
curious about what will happen next! Each time you worry, it will
automatically be replaced with wonder. Implement this simple switch
the instant you begin worrying, and your life will become absolutely
wonder-full!

Our Manifesting Program is full of many more techniques that will
help you eliminate the habit of worrying and raise your manifesting
vibration. Click here to find out more.
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Many Blessings to you,
Jafree and Margot
http://www.EnlightenedBeings.com

Play...

'We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.'
GEORGE BERNARD SHAW


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.


Boredom

'Life is no brief candle to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got a hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it onto future generations.'
GEORGE BERNARD SHAW


SUCCESSFUL ACTION IS CUMULATIVE IN RESULTS




Success is the sum of small efforts,
that you repeat day in and day out.
Many people take the first step and then stop.
Yet, with every additional step you take,
you enhance immensely the value of your first step.

All masters of success are chiefly distinguished
by their power of adding a second, a third,
and perhaps a fourth step in a continuous line.

There is no royal road to anything.
One thing at a time, all things in succession is the rule of life.
That which grows fast, withers as rapidly.
That which grows slowly, endures.

Do not despise the bottom rungs in your ascent to greatness.


"Let Go Of Blame"


"My days of whining and complaining about others have come to an end. Nothing is easier than fault finding."

-- Og Mandino

We often expect other people to meet our needs. When they don’t give us what we want, we may feel anger, resentment and even revengeful. Rather than blaming others, we could choose to get in touch with our needs and then fill them ourselves.

"Take your life in your own hands and what happens? A terrible thing: no one to blame."

-- Erica Jong

"Life appears to me too short to be spent in nursing animosity or registering wrong."

-- Charlotte Bronte


Prayer...

Dear God, Spirit, Divine Mother,

On this day I ask you to grant this request -

May I know who I am and what I am, every moment of every day.

May I be a catalyst for light and love
and bring inspiration to those whose eyes I meet.

May I have the strength to stand tall in the face of conflict
and the courage to speak my voice, even when I'm scared.

May I have the humility to follow my heart. And the passion to live my
Soul's desires.

May I seek to know the highest truth and dismiss the gravitational pull
of my lower self.

May I embrace and love the totality of myself - my darkness as well as
my light.

And may I be brave enough to hear my heart -
to let it soften so that I may gracefully choose faith over fear.

Today is my day to surrender anything that stands between
the sacredness of my humanity and my divinity.

May I be drenched in my holiness.
And engulfed by God.

May all else melt away.

And so it is.


Blessings
Maya

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 towards 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 takes time.