Sonnet # XLIV.



If the dull substance of my flesh were thought,
Injurious distance should not stop my way;
For then despite of space I would be brought,
From limits far remote where thou dost stay.
No matter then although my foot did stand
Upon the farthest earth removed from thee;
For nimble thought can jump both sea and land
As soon as think the place where he would be.
But ah! thought kills me that I am not thought,
To leap large lengths of miles when thou art gone,
But that so much of earth and water wrought
I must attend time's leisure with my moan,
Receiving nought by elements so slow
But heavy tears, badges of either's woe.

Missing Pa



One day, my four-year-old son, Sam, told me that he had seen his
baby-sitter crying because she had broken up with her boyfriend.

"She was sad," Sam explained to me.

Then he sat back in his car seat and sighed. "I've never been sad," he
said, dreamily, "Not ever." It was true. Sam's life was happy in no small
part because of his special relationship with my father.

Last spring my father died, and everything changed for us. Pa Hood was
more than just a grandfather to Sam. As Sam eagerly told everyone, they
were best buddies. Long before my father became ill, Sam and I watched
the movie Anne of Green Gables. In the scene when Anne wished aloud for a
bosom friend, Sam sat straight up. "That's me and Pa," he declared.
"Bosom friends forever and ever." My father described their relationship
the same way.

When I went out of town to teach one night a week, it was Pa in his red
picku p truck who met Sam at school and brought him back to his house,
where they played pirates and knights and Robin Hood. They even dressed
alike: pocket T-shirts, baseball caps, and jeans. Sam had over nights
with Pa, where they'd cuddle until late at night and giggle when my
mother ordered them to be quiet and go to sleep. The next morning they'd
indulge in sugary cereals and cartoons, treats forbidden at home. They
had special restaurants they frequented, playgrounds where they were
regulars, and toy stores where Pa allowed Sam to race up and down the
aisles on motorized cars.

When I'd arrive to take Sam home, he always cried. "Pa, I love you. I
miss you already!" He memorized my father's phone number when he was 2
and called him every morning and every night. "Pa," Sam would ask,
clutching the phone, "can I call you ten hundred more times?" Pa always
said yes, and then answered the phone each time with equal delight.

In the months that my father was in the hospital with lung cancer, I
worried about how Sam would react to Pa's condition the bruises, from
needles, the oxygen tubes, his weakened body. When I explained to Sam
that seeing Pa so sick might scare him, Sam was surprised. "He's my Pa,"
he said. "He could never scare me." And he never did. Sam would walk into
the hospital room and climb right into bed with my father, undaunted by
the changes in Pa's appearance or in the increasing amount of medical
apparatus he acquired every day. I watched adults approach the bedside
with great trepidation, unsure of what to say or do. But Sam seemed to
know exactly what was right: hugs and jokes, just as always. "Are you
coming home soon?" he'd ask. "I'm trying," Pa would tell him.

Since my father's death, I have kept my overwhelming sadness at bay. When
well-meaning people approach me to ask how I'm doing, their brows
furrowed in sympathy, I give them a short answer and swiftly change the
subject. I'd rather not confront the questions and the feelings that my
dad's death has raised. But Sam is different. He thinks that wondering
aloud and sorting out together is the best way to understand.

"So," he says, settling into his car seat, "Pa's in space, right?" Or
loudly in church, where he points upward to the stained-glass window: Is
one of those angels Pa?" Right after my father died, I told Sam he was in
heaven. "Where's heaven?" Sam asked. "No one knows exactly," I said, "but
lots of people think it's in the sky." Sam thought about that and then
shook his head. "No," he said, "it's very far away. Near Cambodia." "When
you die," he said on another afternoon, "you disappear, right? And when
you faint, you only disappear a little. Right?"

Each time he offers one of these possibilities he waits for me to confirm
i t as true. He is sorting out the things he's certain of and the things
he's trying to understand. I think his questions are good. The part I
have trouble dealing with is what he always does after he asks: He looks
me right in the eye with more hope than I can stand and waits for my
approval or correction or wisdom. But in this matter, my own fear and
ignorance are so large that I grow dumb in the face of his innocence. The
truth is, I have no answer to the question we struggle hardest with: How
can we find a way to be with my father when we don't know where or even
if he is?

Remembering Sam's approach to my father's illness, I began to watch his
approach to grief. At night, he would press his face against his bedroom
window and cry, calling out into the darkness, "Pa, Pa, I love you! Sweet
dreams!" Then, after his crying stopped, he would climb into bed, drained
but satisfied somehow, and sleep. I, on the other hand, would wander the
house all night, not knowing how to mourn. One day, in the supermarket
parking lot, I caught sight of a red truck like my father's; for an
instant I forgot he had died. My heart leaped as I thought, Dad's here
shopping too! Then I remembered, and I succumbed to an onslaught of
tears. Sam climbed into the front seat, jamming himself onto my lap
between me and the steering wheel. "I know," he soothed, wiping my wet
cheeks. "You miss Pa, don't you?" I managed to nod. "Me too," he said.
"But you have to believe he's with us, Mommy. Watching and loving us. You
have to believe that, or what will we ever do?" Too young to attach to a
particular ideology, Sam had simply decided that the only way to deal
with grief and loss was to believe that death does not really separate us
from those we love. I couldn't show him heaven on a map or explain the
course a soul might travel. But he found his own way to cope. I can't
honestly say that I've fully accepted my father's death, even all these
months later. But my son has taught me a lot about how to grieve.

Recently, while I was cooking dinner, Sam sat by himself at the kitchen
table and quietly colored in his Spiderman coloring book.

"I love you too," he said.

I laughed and turned to face him.

"No," I told him. "You say, 'I love you too only after someone says, 'I
love you first."

"I know that," Sam said. "Pa just said 'I love you, Sam' and I said 'I
love you too. "

As he spoke, he kept coloring and smiling. "Pa just talked to you?" I
asked.

"Oh, Mommy," Sam said, "he tells me he loves me every day. He tells you
too. You're just not listening." Again, I have begun to take Sam's lead.
I have begun to listen.

Unknown author †

Make this a joyful day!




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Today is an opportunity for joy.

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ABOUT TODAY'S AFFIRMATION
Truly, every day is an opportunity for joy. DailyAffirm
names this last day of June as a special opportunity for joy.
When you declare an opportunity, you open a space for joy to
show up. Here is a quotation to end this theme: "Where
there is joy there is creation. Where there is no joy there
is no creation: know the nature of joy." -- Upanishads
[c. B.C. 800]

ABOUT YOUR PROCESS
I encourage you to take some time today to review your
month's exploration of joy, which has, of course, included
some non-joy. Make notes (mentally or in your computer or
on paper) about your progress. Identify what you need to do
to bring closure to the theme of joy for you. Remind
yourself what it feels like to live in the consciousness of joy.

ABOUT OUR NEXT THEME
Tomorrow is a new day. A new month. A new theme. The
theme is "Transformation." This is a big word for big
change. What does it mean to you? Identify your over-
arching intention. That is, what intention do you wish to
hold with respect to transformation? Here are a few
examples intended to inspire, not limit you: "To be in the
flow of life." "To drop the old for the new gracefully."
"To change/transform from the inside out." "To transform my
human consciousness to my higher self consciousness."

ABOUT OUR AUTHOR AND SPONSORS
Sent in the consciousness of Joy by Marshall House
and publisher of "Affirmations: A Pathway to Transformation."
By Jeanie Marshall, Copyright 1994-2006 Marshall House
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Do Unto Others...


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Today's Empowering Quote
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"Kindness it is that brings forth kindness always."
-Sophocles (447 B.C.)

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Today's Empowering Question
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"Could I gain greater cooperation right now by showing
genuine
kindness and respect than by demanding it?"

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Today's Fast Session
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A couple days ago, I was watching 'Santa Claus is Coming
To Town' with my three year old son, and I noticed an
important principle of life playing out.

In the story, the village dictator (the Burgermeister) had
outlawed toys because he had fallen on a toy and broken his
leg. No child was to play with any toys or they would be
locked up.

Well, Kris Kringle (a.k.a. Santa Claus) was delivering
toys to all the kids, so he was branded an outlaw. Public
Enemy #1.

When Kris confessed to giving the town's children a bunch
of toys, he was to be arrested. In a flash of quick
thinking, he presented the Burgermeister with a toy--a yo-
yo.

For a moment, the Burgermeister began playing with the yo-
yo, reminiscing about his youth, until he was reminded that
he was breaking his own law. This gave Kris an opening to
escape...

...into the forest, which was the home of The Winter
Warlock, who captured Kris.

Again, Kris gave him a toy--a choo-choo train. This kind
act melted the heart of the warlock, who let Kris go.

Isn't this how it usually happens in your life?

If you aren't the type, yet, who can inspire the
cooperation of others because your kindness makes people
want to help you and be around you, then it's time to try
it out...

...And even get good at it.

But before you do, think back. And look around.

Who gets the admiration and support of others? Who do
people work harder for? Is it the one who brings in the
doughnuts for co-workers occasionally, the one who asks
respectfully or the one who rants and raves that nothing
gets done?

Who would you work harder for?

To make this easier to see, imagine how you would like to
be asked (not told) to do something.

Isn't it easier to take when you're asked to drop what
you're doing, if the person says something like this?:

"I know you're busy and this looks important, however I
need to ask you a big favor. Could you...?" Or,

"I wonder if I could ask you to take a few minutes to help
me with this...?" Or,

"I know you've got a lot to do, and I don't want you to
get behind on account of me, but I have to ask you to..."

Man, wouldn't you like to hear that?

What do you hear from the people who make your blood boil?
Things like:

"Get in here, I need your help!"
"You're working OT today, so cancel any plans you have."
"Get doing your homework now!"
"I need a ride and I have to be there in 15 minutes."

Boy, that makes me want to blow a gasket. How about you?

Also, this can be extended to times when we make mistakes.
Let's say someone made a big boo-boo. Of course, they get
called on it. The boss, co-worker, spouse, whoever it may
be loses their temper. They don't care why the mistake was
made.

What do most people do? They deny responsibility, of
course!

Aaarrrgh!

Mistakes are not death sentences. They're truly chances
to see where your weaknesses are... golden opportunities to
identify what you need to work on to make your health, your
business, your relationships and your finances better.

But what do most of us do?

"It wasn't me!! The copier was broken. They didn't
return my call. I was stuck in traffic." Etc.

Try this. When you make a big blunder, whether you're
alone or if someone else catches it, immediately admit it...

...Immediately. Gracefully.

This takes the wind out of the sails of the person who
wants to pounce you. If you admit a mistake before it's
even noticed by others, they'll likely react in a way
that's only about 10-20% as strong as they would if you
deny it or blame your circumstances for the error.

And...

Try not to repeat it. And smile. Because you can do this.

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Today's Empowering Beliefs To
Help Control Your Thoughts

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If you want to change your life fast, even though it might
seem like it's slow, then take the statements below, put
them on index cards and read them 3 times/day. Morning,
noon and just before you close your eyes at night.

They'll seep into your consciousness. And since you'll be
saying them so often, you'll soon begin to believe them.
That's how most beliefs start. Spaced repetition of thought.
Your attitudes will then positively change your emotions,
and you'll be compelled to do more... And you'll love it.

If you own Think Right Now for Windows, just paste them
into the appropriate file or make a new one -AND read them
three times per day. Think Right Now For Windows will help
put this re-scripting in overdrive.

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-- When I want to feel good, I make someone else feel good
-- I treat others how they want to be treated
-- My relationships are getting better today
-- I like people and they like me back
-- I learn from mistakes and avoid them in the future.



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YOUR MIND SETS YOUR LIMITS




Everything is possible when you believe it's possible.
What you envision you can do, you can do.
What your mind can conceive and believe,
your mind can achieve.

Success is actually a state of mind.
Start thinking of yourself as a success.
Know in your heart that you can do the job you've set out to do.

Believe in yourself.
If you think you can, you can.



THE DAILY GURU


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©2006 by Max Steingart

Communicating without words

 

“The gesture is the thing truly expressive of the individual – as we think so will we act.”

-- Martha Graham

Every movement and non-movement we make is a form of communication.

How do you communicate fear, withdrawal, avoidance, shutting down, disagreeing, and an uncaring attitude?

If you aren’t sure, others can probably tell you. Begin to pay attention to what your eyes and arms and facial expressions communicate. Our body language speaks louder than our words.

“An avoidance of true communication is tantamount to a relinquishment of my self-being; if I withdraw from it I am betraying not only the other but myself.”

-- Karl Jaspers


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Moving rocks



A little boy was spending his Saturday morning playing in his sandbox. He
had with him his box of cars and trucks, his plastic pail, and a shiny,
red plastic shovel. In the process of creating roads and tunnels in the
soft sand, he discovered a large rock in the middle of the sandbox.

The boy dug around the rock, managing to dislodge it from the dirt. With
a little bit of struggle, he pushed and nudged the rock across the
sandbox by using his feet. (He was a very small boy, and the rock was
very large.) When the boy got the rock to the edge of the sandbox
however, he found that he couldn't roll it up and over the little wall.

Determined, the little boy shoved, pushed, and pried, but every time he
thought he had made some progress, the rock tipped and then fell back
into the sandbox. The little boy grunted, struggled, pushed, & shoved;
but his only reward was to have the rock roll back, smashing his chubby
fingers.

Finally he burst into tears of frustration. All this time the boy's
father watched from his living room window as the drama unfolded. At the
moment the tears fell, a large shadow fell across the boy and the
sandbox. It was the boy's father. Gently but firmly he said,

"Son, why didn't you use all the strength that you had available?"

Defeated, the boy sobbed back,

"But I did, Daddy, I did! I used all the strength that I had!"

"No, son," corrected the father kindly.

"You didn't use all the strength you had. You didn't ask me."

With that the father reached down, picked up the rock and removed it from
the sandbox.

Do you have "rocks" in your life that need to be removed? Are you
discovering that you don't have what it takes to lift them? There is One
who is always available to us and willing to give us the strength we
need. Isn't it funny how we try so hard to do things oursel ves.

Unknown author †



Experiencing the Divine Perfection in Everything



The world has a natural order and perfection that is easy to
experience if we just focus our awareness in that direction. As you
know, what you put your energy on grows stronger. The more you take
time to look for the beauty and the perfection around you, the more
you'll see, feel, and experience the awesome Divine energy that is
within all beings and things on the planet. It's only your mind that
stops you from percieving and seeing the Divine in every experience,
person, and thing. The mind tends to complain about things that it
perceives as bad or wrong because it is not in alignment with its
plans or expectations. While the mind mind may grumble and get upset
about these experiences, in hindsight we can always see the perfect
and gift in every perceived "negative" event if we look deep enough
with quiet introspection.

If life were a big beautiful puzzle, the mind can only perceive one
piece of the puzzle that you are currently holding and not the entire
assembled puzzle. Your mind has this misconception that the world is
not perfect because things sometimes do not go according to its plan.
Yet, the mind believes it is the one that is responsible for managing
your world. The truth is the mind is not the only Supreme ruler of
the entire Universe so your mind has no idea how the whole puzzle is
going to look once it is assembled, or how all of the pieces of the
puzzle of life are going to fit together. Yet, you can trust that the
Universe does have a grand design and that all of the pieces are
perfect even in their perceived imperfections.

Take the one day Divine perfection challenge. For one day, I
challenge you to spend your time seeing and feeling how the world is
utterly perfect exactly as it is. Wake up in the morning and notice
the perfection of the weather whether its super hot, freezing, or
raining. Next look at yourself in the bathroom mirror and see the
perfection of your face looking back at you. At work, play with how
absolutely divinely your work is unfolding and how amazingly perfect
your colleagues are. Over dinner, notice the divine perfection in
your children, partner, or housemate. Even while you are driving,
focus on how perfect it is for someone to cut you off in traffic or
for there to be a traffic jam four miles long. At the end of the day,
notice how different you feel after spending the day bathing in the
deep knowingness that all is Divine. Just spend 5 minutes exploring
the difference you feel in your bodymind and heart.

You will see that this new perspective on life does something magical
to your entire being. It allows the mindbody to let go and come to a
deeper sense of peace and trust. When you trust the Universe, your
ability to manifest your desires dramatically increases. You start
naturally sending out a higher vibration of energy that attracts to
you what you desire. So let go and start enjoying the perfection that
is in you and in all things from the smallest flower to the tallest
skyscraper.

If you'd like to discover and experience the Divine Perfection within
yourself, instantly download the Guided Meditation to Experiencing
Samadhi at: http://www.EnlightenedBeings.com/samadhi-meditation.html

Many blessings to you,
Jafree & Margot
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Make this an integrative day!



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I integrate joy into my life with every breath I breathe.

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ABOUT TODAY'S AFFIRMATION
Your breath is always with you. And you take many breaths
each day. One in, paired with one out. Followed by another
breath in and out. Some breaths may be shallow; others, deep.
Some breaths may be relaxed; others, strained. When you
embrace the idea of this wonderful affirmation, you use your
breath to integrate and embody joy. In my guided meditations
I often say, "breathe in light and breathe out anything
unlike the light." And I say many other variations, for
example, "breathe in joy, breathe out non-joy." Breathe in
what you desire to feel, breathe out what you do not need or
desire. Every breath gives you an opportunity to embody joy.

ABOUT YOUR PROCESS
Do you have two minutes? Just two. Good. Take a long,
deep breath that clears you with the out-breath and opens
you with the in-breath. Very good. Now relax. Slow down.
Identify one issue or project or relationship -- something
that you have been focusing on this month. Close your eyes
for a few seconds if that helps you to identify a relevant
subject. Continue to breathe deeply. Breathe light into this
subject; breathe out heaviness. Breathe in joy; breathe out
non-joy. Continue to relax and integrate joy and embody
light. When your two minutes have passed, congratulate
yourself for receiving this gift of joyful relaxation.

ABOUT RELATED ARTICLES
Among our articles, we particularly recommend:
"Centering: Purpose and Phrases for a Group"
http://www.mhmail.com/articles/center-attention.html

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please include a message of your own to the recipient. You
may also want to eliminate the "easy unsubscribe"
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information email addresses.

ABOUT OUR AUTHOR AND SPONSORS
Sent in the consciousness of Joy 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

SUCCESSFUL ACTION IS CUMULATIVE IN RESULTS




Success is the sum of small efforts,
repeated 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.

THE DAILY GURU


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©2006 by Max Steingart

What inspires you?



“It is never about how good your voice is; it is only about feeling the urge to sing, and then having the courage to do it with the voice you are given.”

-- Katie in ‘True to Form’ by Elizabeth Berg

How often have you allowed fear and your inner critic to stop you from doing something you were inspired to do?

Helen Keller said, "Life is either a grand adventure or nothing.” When we allow fear and criticism to stop us in our tracks, we give up that grand adventure. What a waste!

“Be an all-out, not a hold-out.”

-- Norman Vincent Peale

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Sonnet # XLIII.



When most I wink, then do mine eyes best see,
For all the day they view things unrespected;
But when I sleep, in dreams they look on thee,
And darkly bright are bright in dark directed.
Then thou, whose shadow shadows doth make bright,
How would thy shadow's form form happy show
To the clear day with thy much clearer light,
When to unseeing eyes thy shade shines so!
How would, I say, mine eyes be blessed made
By looking on thee in the living day,
When in dead night thy fair imperfect shade
Through heavy sleep on sightless eyes doth stay!
All days are nights to see till I see thee,
And nights bright days when dreams do show thee me.


Native American Code of Ethics



1. Rise with the sun to pray. Pray alone. Pray often. The Great Spirit
will listen, if you only speak.

2. Be tolerant of those who are lost on their path. Ignorance, conceit,
anger, jealousy and greed stem from a lost soul. Pray that they will find
guidance.

3. Search for yourself, by yourself. Do not allow others to make your
path for you. It is your road, and yours alone. Others may walk it with
you, but no one can walk it for you.

4. Treat the guests in your home with much consideration. Serve them the
best food, give them the best bed and treat them with respect and honor.

5. Do not take what is not yours whether from a person, a community, the
wilderness or from a culture. It was not earned nor given. It is not
yours.

6. Respect all things that are placed upon this earth - whether it be
people or plant.

7. Honor other people's thoughts, wishes and words. Never interrupt
another or mock or rudely mimic them . Allow each person the right to
personal expression.

8. Never speak of others in a bad way. The negative energy that you put
out into the universe will multiply when it returns to you.

9. All persons make mistakes. And all mistakes can be forgiven.

10. Bad thoughts cause illness of the mind, body and spirit. Practice
optimism.

11. Nature is not for us, it is a part of us. They are part of your
worldly family.

12. Children are the seeds of our future. Plant love in their hearts and
water them with wisdom and life's lessons. When they are grown, give them
space to grow.

13. Avoid hurting the hearts of others. The poison of your pain will
return to you.

14. Be truthful at all times. Honesty is the test of ones will within
this universe.

15. Keep yourself balanced. Your Mental self, Spiritual self, Emotional
self, and Physical self, all need to be strong, pure and healthy. Work
out the body to strengthen the mind. Grow rich in spirit to cure
emotional ails.

16. Make conscious decisions as to who you will be and how you will
react. Be responsible for your own actions.

17. Respect the privacy and personal space of others. Do not touch the
personal property of others, especially sacred and religious objects.
This is forbidden.

18. Be true to yourself first. You cannot nurture and help others if you
cannot nurture and help yourself first.

19. Respect others religious beliefs. Do not force your belief on others.

20. Share your good fortune with others. Participate in charity.

Unknown author


Make this a purposeful day!



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I act with purposeful awareness of joy.

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ABOUT TODAY'S AFFIRMATION
All this month, you have been building up to be able to say
and believe today's affirmation. To be purposefully aware
of joy, you must sometimes put aside hardship and give your
attention to joy. Of course, there are times when you must
give your attention to managing hardship. When you are in a
mature state of consciousness, you know when to do what. It
is important that you not use either hardship or managing
hardship as an excuse to push aside joy. Today, act with
joy while you are aware of both your actions and your joy.

ABOUT YOUR PROCESS
To what are you giving your attention today? What are the
actions? What is the consciousness from which you act?
Decide. If you make an intentional and purposeful decision,
you are more likely to be aware of that which you truly
desire to be aware. What more do you need or want to
accomplish with respect to joy? Tomorrow and the next day,
the affirmations help you to embody and integrate joy.
Enjoy in joy.

ABOUT THE NEXT TYPE OF AFFIRMATIONS
Tomorrow the Integrating/Embodying affirmations begin.
Today is a good day to check for a final action you might
want to take to demonstrate joy. Of course, each day
forward you might want to claim and demonstrate joy. A
re-visit of your over-arching intention for this month also
allows you to integrate more fully all that you are experiencing.

ABOUT RELATED ARTICLES
Among our articles, we particularly recommend:
"Decisions, Decisions, Decisions"
http://www.mhmail.com/articles/decision-making.html
"Focus of Our Attention"
http://www.mhmail.com/articles/focus-attention.html

ABOUT OUR AUTHOR AND SPONSORS
Sent in the consciousness of Joy 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

YOUR SUCCESS DEPENDS ON THE SUPPORT OF OTHERS




You do not exist for yourself.
The only hurdle between you and what you want to be,
is the support of others.

Put yourself in another's place,
and you'll know why they think and do certain things.
You can succeed fastest by helping others to succeed.

Always think in terms of what the other person wants.
You'll get everything in life that you want
if you'll help enough other people get what they want.
Doing things for others always pays dividends.

You're not an isolated island.
You're a piece of the planet, a piece of the universe.
Personal relationships are the fertile soil from which all advancement,
all success, all achievement in real life grows.

Help someone's boat across a river and you'll find
your own boat has reached the shore too.



THE DAILY GURU


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Believe you are a creator


"Every moment of your life is infinitely creative and the universe is endlessly bountiful. Just put forth a clear enough request, and everything your heart desires must come to you."

-- Shakti Gawain

We hold the power to create whatever we desire. Our ability to manifest the changes we desire depends on the depth and passion of our beliefs and on the focus of our attention.

With this understanding, we, as individuals and as society, can design a whole new future for ourselves. Our challenge is to break free of society’s world view, to truly empower our imaginations to create brand new realities. It brings a whole new meaning to ‘vision.’

What do you passionately desire for your own life? For the planet?

"By believing passionately in something that still does not exist, we create it. The non-existent is whatever we have not sufficiently desired."

-- Nikos Kazantzakis


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Remove the filters



“You got to look at things with the eye in your heart, not with the eye in your head.”

-- Lame Deer, Medicine Man of the Oglala people

Whenever we’re thinking, our experience is being filtered through our minds. For example, when I say to myself, “What a beautiful sunset!” I am not fully experiencing the sunset because I am involved with the words in my mind.

Explore letting go of the thoughts, the words, and connecting directly with your experiences. Tune in to the silence and the sensations in your body. Be aware of the spaciousness this brings because this is truly living in the present moment.

Being present doesn’t mean that we have to abandon thinking entirely. That’s not feasible, of course. But we can experiment with what it’s like to stop thinking once in a while!

“Only in quiet waters things mirror themselves undistorted. Only in a quiet mind is adequate perception of the world.”

-- Hans Margolius

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Make this a truthful day!



Read DailyAfirm on the Internet, with links to resources.
You can also make comments at http://www.dailyaffirm.com

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I let every act be an act of joy. I show up to tell my
joyous truth.

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ABOUT TODAY'S AFFIRMATION
You can label any event or action whatever you desire to
label it. You can call an act "difficult" or "wonderful" or
"long" or "simple" or any number of other possibilities. A
name or label is a powerful means for orienting you to a
thing or a person. So, with this in mind, today name every
act an act of joy. The second sentence of this affirmation
is also powerful. When you show up to tell the truth, you
are in your power. Sometimes the truth seems joyous,
sometimes not. But from the highest perspective, the Truth
is always joyous.

ABOUT YOUR PROCESS
Take a moment before you finish reading today's message to
consider the various acts you will perform today. Can you
call them joyous? If you say an enthusiastic "yes" -- bravo.
If you say a hesitant "maybe" -- what would stretch you into
the enthusiastic yes? If you say a resounding "no" to the
original question, what work do you need to do on yourself
to move your answer to the hesitant maybe or an enthusiastic
yes? Remember all needs for change in your life are
indications of needs for change in YOUR consciousness. Just
show up and tell your joyous truth.

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EVERYTHING IS POSSIBLE TO A WILLING HEART



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You can do anything in this world you want to do,
but you must want to do it badly enough.
You really can have everything you want, if you go after it.
You have to want it.

The first ingredient of success is desire.
Do you know what you want?
Your desire is the planting of your seed.

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

You can be whatever you make up your mind to be.
What's in your mind and heart is all that counts.



THE DAILY GURU


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It's Official: Nothing Is Impossible



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Today's Empowering Quote
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"A lot of people didn't believe in us, but our players
believed in themselves and that's all that matters."
-Bill Belichick, head coach, New England Patriots

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Today's Empowering Question
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"Have others been counting me out? Have I?
Why have we all been wrong?"

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Today's Fast Session
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It's now official.

Nothing is impossible.

The second largest underdog in Super Bowl history has won.

David slew Goliath.

All the doubters were wrong... including me.

All week long, every time I got into a conversation about
the upcoming game, I expressed how I felt that the Rams
were just too good, spouting off facts and statistics,
marveling at all those high-powered weapons they
possessed...

...forgetting all about desire.

The burning kind.

That is one thing most everyone, including yours truly
forgot about.

Look at yourself for a second...

It's easy to count yourself out, isn't it, when no one
believes in you?

Isn't it hard to go on when all you see is insurmountable
problems?

The Patriots refused to look at how impossible their task
seemed.

Instead they looked at their strengths. They focused on
what they had, not what they didn't. They had that burning
desire.

Adam Vinatieri, the Patriot kicker who ended any final
doubt with a 48-yard field goal as time expired, said his
sleep the night before the game was filled with dreams
about that exact moment, should it occur.

He said after the game, "I must have seen that kick 200
times the night before in my sleep. It always ended good."

If you're not a football fan, that's OK. This isn't about
football.

But if you've got a big challenge ahead of you and you
have lots of doubts about the outcome, do this...

...Read this past Sunday's newspaper. The same one where
all the experts said that there was no way the Rams would
lose.

This is important, because you must understand how futile
the task seemed, how invincible the Rams seemed, how the
Patriots didn't deserve to be there. One journalist even
predicted that the Rams would score over 100 points.

It supposedly was that hopeless.

So I ask you to read this because you must know that when
things look bleak for you and for people on your team, you
must not give up...

...No matter how seemingly impossible the task.

To flip your switch from lose to win, you must be a
possibility thinker. And the only way to do that is to
constantly be reminded in as many ways as possible that
nothing is impossible.

Ignite that burning desire.

Moods and shifts and cycles and tides and momentum
threaten us every single day. They can take away our
beliefs and our convictions.

Try this habit out. In your local paper's sports section,
save the stories of underdogs beating heavily favored
opposition.

Re-read them regularly.

And set your goals.

Whenever you make a mistake, a wrong decision, or when
someone counts you out, pull the stories out and reaffirm a
new belief...

Nothing is impossible!

Even for you.

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I love you all!!!

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Today's Empowering Beliefs To
Help Control Your Thoughts

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If you want to change your life fast, even though it might
seem like it's slow, then take the statements below, put
them on index cards and read them 3 times/day. Morning,
noon and just before you close your eyes at night.

They'll seep into your consciousness. And since you'll be
saying them so often, you'll soon begin to believe them.
That's how most beliefs start. Spaced repetition of thought.
Your attitudes will then positively change your emotions,
and you'll be compelled to do more... And you'll love it.

If you own Think Right Now for Windows, just paste them
into the appropriate file or make a new one -AND read them
three times per day. Think Right Now For Windows will help
put this re-scripting in overdrive.

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-- Anything is possible for my team and me
-- My faith in myself is strong
-- I trust in my ability to get up from any and all defeats
-- I am all I've got and I am enough



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The world is your mirror.

rosepetals

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

DO THE NEXT THING

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 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. Try to 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 one medium: 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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The key to the future

"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 We’ve been taught to look forward to our future. Somehow, we believe, things will be better then. But the future is not available to be lived – we can only live NOW. So what are we doing to live best right now? What are we doing now that will bear fruit when we reach some future now? "Let him who would enjoy a good future waste none of his present.”

-- Roger Babson

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HONESTY IS THE BEST POLICY

You always experience the consequences of your own actions. If your actions are right, you'll get good consequences. If not, you'll suffer for it. There are always two choices, two paths to take. One is easy. And your only reward is that it's easy. You cannot do wrong without suffering wrong. Morality may consist solely of the courage of making a choice. Wickedness is always easier than virtue, for it takes a short cut to everything. But over time you learn, you can't make wrong work. Work joyfully and peacefully, knowing that right thoughts and right efforts will inevitably bring about right results. You can never lose anything that really belongs to you, and you can't keep that which belongs to someone else. Sooner or later, everyone sits down to a banquet of consequences.

THE DAILY GURU
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Sonnet # XLII.

That thou hast her, it is not all my grief, And yet it may be said I loved her dearly; That she hath thee, is of my wailing chief, A loss in love that touches me more nearly. Loving offenders, thus I will excuse ye: Thou dost love her, because thou knowst I love her; And for my sake even so doth she abuse me, Suffering my friend for my sake to approve her. If I lose thee, my loss is my love's gain, And losing her, my friend hath found that loss; Both find each other, and I lose both twain, And both for my sake lay on me this cross: But here's the joy; my friend and I are one; Sweet flattery! then she loves but me alone.

THE STICKING POINT

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"The more constraints one imposes, the more one frees one's self of the chains that shackle the spirit."
-Igor Stravinsky

As I've often written about in these tips, I live and coach by a simple yet powerful rule of thumb: The most important choice you make is what you choose to make important. This is true in any area of your life - the results you produce will be a direct and reliable result of your priorities. Prioritize doing what you love at work and watch your career begin to thrive; prioritize kindness, courage and communication at home and your relationships will soar. So what's the most important thing to prioritize (i.e. 'make important') if you want to move forward more quickly on a project or a goal? Well, one of my favorite theories in the field of productivity management is Eliyahu Goldratt's 'Theory of Constraints' (see the 'Want to Learn More?' section at the end of the tip to learn more). The theory is that when you prioritize identifying and relaxing the constraints that limit an organization's ability to reach a higher level of goal attainment, you will make that organization more productive. An example Goldratt uses in his book 'The Goal' is that of a Boy Scout troop going for a hike in the woods. All the boys hike at different speeds, and one boy in particular (named 'Herbie' in the book) tends to be the slowest of them all. If you want to get them all in to camp in the fastest time possible, what order do you need to put them in? In particular, where do you need to put Herbie? Take a few moments to think about this now - where would you put the slowest kid in order to get the whole troop to camp in the fastest time? Would you put him at the beginning? The middle? The end? Or would you just allow the boys to create their own order based on whatever speed they happen to be going that day? Let's think this through together... Because the troop can't arrive any faster than Herbie arrives anyway, it doesn't help to let the faster boys go at their own pace. They'll only wind up sitting around waiting for him. If Herbie is placed in the middle of the line, you'll wind up with two groups arriving at camp at different times - the kids who are ahead of Herbie and the ones who are stuck in line behind him. So the somewhat surprising answer is that the fastest way to get *everyone* to camp is to put Herbie at the very front of the line and do whatever you can to help him walk faster (i.e. encourage him, split the contents of his pack between the stronger boys, etc.). What does this have to do with you? Well, if you want to make the fastest possible progress on a project or goal, you need to first identify and then exploit the key constraints - that is the main 'sticking point' which is slowing down your progress. By identifying and 'unsticking' that point, you will keep your project flowing ahead as quickly as possible. Here is an example from a recent client session: Tim is a screenwriter who wasn't writing and was thinking about giving up. His first answer to the question 'what's the key sticking point?' was that he was tired all the time because of his new baby. While that was certainly possible, I knew lots of writers (myself included!) who manage to write even when they're getting little or no sleep, so I asked him 'what else could it be?' 'I'm lazy.' 'What else?' 'I don't have the discipline to succeed in this business?' We went back and forth like that until Tim went absolutely blank - he said he was feeling 'a bit spacey' and really tired, both of which in my experience are excellent signs that you're getting close to the truth. So I asked the question a bit differently this time: 'What's the one thing which if you did that, everything else would follow?' After only a few moments, he said 'well, I suppose if I got my laptop fixed that might get things going again.' I was a bit stunned that he had overlooked that bit of information up until this point in the conversation, but I decided to keep probing anyway. 'What stops you from getting your laptop fixed?' And finally, we got down to the real sticking point - he didn't know his warranty number. I asked him to make finding that warranty number his top priority for the week. Two days later he called me to say that his computer was up and running; by our next session together he had written twenty pages of a new screenplay, the first pages he had written in nearly three months. When I thought about Tim a bit more, it struck me that if he hadn't kept looking for the key constraint on his productivity, he might have actually given up on a career he loved, blaming himself or his family when all the while all that was slowing him down was a warranty number. It reminded me of the old poem:
For want of a nail the shoe was lost. For want of a shoe the horse was lost. For want of a horse the rider was lost. For want of a rider the battle was lost. For want of a battle the kingdom was lost. And all for the want of a nail.

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Today's Experiment:
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1. Choose a goal or project which you are feeling stuck with
(or would like to accelerate the speed of your progress with).

2. Ask yourself any or all of the following questions until you identify the key constraint - the one thing which is slowing everything else down:
*What is the one thing which if I did that, everything else would follow? *What stops me from moving forward faster? *What's the key sticking point?

3. When you have identified the key constraint or 'sticking point', make resolving, enhancing or moving past it your top priority.

4. Repeat any time it feels like you are losing momentum on your project or goal. Like sticks floating down a river, just because you've unstuck things once or even a dozen times doesn't mean they won't get stuck again.

Have fun, learn heaps, and don't give up the kingdom for the want of a nail! With love, michael Comments? Feedback? Please post your thoughts on the discussion forums at: http://www.geniuscatalyst.com/forums/index.php

You Show Real Class When You Do This...

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Today's Empowering Quote 
 
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"I will utter what I believe today, if it should contradict all I said yesterday."
 -Wendell Phillips
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Today's Empowering Question
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"What would I think of (Joe) if he came in right now and told me he was wrong about the thing he fought so hard for earlier?"  
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Today's Fast Session
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I don't know about you, but today's question just blows me away. Let's say that your employee or co-worker failed to do something very important. And for whatever reason, let's also say that you happened not to be in the most resourceful state of mind. In fact you were in a downright rotten mood. Now, when you're feeling like this, you don't always act the way you want to act, right? Little things can get you going. Possibility? You're not as forgiving when you feel like this. You're simply not in the mood for failure or excuses. Instead, you want to assert your authority, tell 'em what you think. You're ready for a fight. If you hear any crap, you can't be held liable for what you do or say. Bring em on! You call the perpetrator into the room to read them the riot act. You ask why such and such wasn't done. You tell 'em how important it was. Your voice starts to get shaky. "Please just argue with me," you think. And what do they do? They agree with you. Yup. They start in. "You're absolutely right. I should've done that. There is absolutely no excuse, so I won't give you one. I could've done it, but I didn't. It's my fault totally." So what do you say? "Well, it's not all that bad..." Can you believe it? They took all the joy out of it for you. You couldn't possibly rip them the new one you had planned. You must be seen as benevolent now. Merciful. Certainly not the three-headed monster that you'd be if you kept thrashing at them. I probably shouldn't admit this, but when I was in direct sales in the late 80's and early 90's, I spent a lot of time driving between appointments... and I did my share of speeding. I scheduled myself tight and was in a hurry everywhere I went. In a space of about 3 years, I got pulled over for speeding 12 times. And I swear to you, I talked my way out of every one of those situations. Of course #13 was unlucky for me, but still... 12 times in a row! I did it by doing what we're talking about here. I admitted my error... told them that I wasn't in any kind of a hurry and that I wasn't paying attention. I was in the wrong. I deserved a ticket. So they let me go! It just wasn't any fun for them. We usually ended up laughing together. One of those times I was going 35 miles per hour over the speed limit. Imagine that! And yes, I've changed my ways and don't do that any more. Now obviously, you don't want to be making the same mistake over and over. However, there are often situations where mistakes and setbacks are built into the job by nature. If you constantly argue and debate and deny and point the finger somewhere else... well, who likes to hear that? Do you? When you pull this, you can almost guarantee a fight. When people do it to you, YOU don't like it. So don't you do it... Because when you do, you look just as dumb as the people who do it to you. And you will get no mercy. If you mess up, admit it sincerely... and try not to repeat it. But if you do it again, admit it again. And learn again. And you CANNOT say things like "ALLRIGHT, I MADE A MISTAKE!" in an angry, sarcastic tone said obviously just to shut the other person up. You know what it means when others are doing that and so do they. Mean it. This is a small change, but it has GIGANTIC implications in your life. Because you're probably making little mistakes and inaccuracies all day long. It's called being human. Admit yours (but don't ever call yourself stupid) and do your best not to repeat them and you'll gain the respect and admiration of all the people in your life... ...Including yourself.
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======================================= I love you all!!! Mike  

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Today's Empowering Beliefs To Help Control Your Thoughts
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If you want to change your life fast, even though it might seem like it's slow, then take the statements below, put them on index cards and read them 3 times/day. Morning, noon and just before you close your eyes at night. They'll seep into your consciousness. And since you'll be saying them so often, you'll soon begin to believe them. That's how most beliefs start. Spaced repetition of thought. Your attitudes will then positively change your emotions, and you'll be compelled to do more... And you'll love it. If you own Think Right Now for Windows, just paste them into the appropriate file or make a new one -AND read them three times per day. Think Right Now For Windows will help put this re-scripting in overdrive.

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- I respect myself enough to admit my mistakes
-- I'm taking responsibility for my actions
-- I'm helping others become more responsible today
-- I'm able to handle all my duties effectively now
-- I'm honest and sincere with myself and others  
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Make this a meaningful day!

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 I draw a circle of joy to establish who I am.
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ABOUT TODAY'S AFFIRMATION A circle has no beginning and no end. When you give your attention to the energy of joy, you create a space that helps you to focus more clearly on what you want. Your circle establishes how near or far you are willing for something or someone to come to you. Clear boundaries are essential for your self-awareness and development. However, if they are too rigid, they can keep out what you want, so fill your circle with joy.

ABOUT YOUR PROCESS Today, look at your circle of joy. Is it round or irregular? Is it solid or wobbly? Is it permeable or impermeable? Is it flexible or rigid? Is it simple or complex? The more you can describe your circle of joy, the more you can access it if you find yourself in a distressful situation, appearing to have lost the awareness of oneness or contact with joy. When you are in a joyous and enlightened consciousness, it is important to notice the qualities or components of this consciousness. Noticing characteristics can help you to more easily find your way back, like sprinkling bread crumbs (although, personally, I'd rather leave less edible markers because my bird friends are likely to think I have left the bread for them).

ABOUT RELATED ARTICLES Among our articles, we particularly recommend: "How Big is Your World?" http://www.mhmail.com/articles/big-world.html "Moving Through Puddles" http://www.mhmail.com/articles/personal-development.html

ABOUT OUR AUTHOR AND SPONSORS Sent in the consciousness of Joy 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

Make this a creative day!

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I manifest all things in association with joy.
 
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ABOUT TODAY'S AFFIRMATION To "manifest" means to show or reveal or demonstrate plainly. It also means to be evidence of or to prove. You manifest physical reality from non-physical reality (Spirit). Joy is a powerful energy available to you to propel your desires into manifestation. Often there is a fear associated with a desire, especially an unrealized desire. Fear is also a powerful energy which propels manifestation, but manifestation of those things you most fear, unless you move through the fear to discover its positive opposite.

ABOUT YOUR PROCESS What do you most desire? What do you most fear? Let these be companion questions today (and try not to fear either the question or the answers that may surface). As you identify a desire, ask yourself if a fear operates amidst the desire. If there is no fear, so be it and bravo -- you will soon manifest what you desire. If there is a fear, become acquainted with the fear as an emotion. Ask the fear what it needs to tell you, as succinctly and quickly as possible. Let the fear be your friend, with whom you can communicate openly and honestly.

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ABOUT RELATED ARTICLES Among our articles, we particularly recommend: "One Thought at a Time" http://www.mhmail.com/articles/finding-empowering-thoughts.html "Resonating with the Light with Jeanie Marshall" http://www.mhmail.com/articles/resonating-with-light.html ABOUT OUR AUTHOR AND SPONSORS Sent in the consciousness of Joy 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

Make this an empowering day!

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I claim my joy. I claim my power in all I do.
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ABOUT TODAY'S AFFIRMATION I use the word "claim" to suggest action, not to suggest grabbing. When you are grabbing or taking, you are not in your true power. You may look powerful to yourself or to others when you grab. You may even feel powerful, at least temporarily, when you grab. This kind of "power" is short- lived, however. It is force. When you claim joy from inside yourself, you are empowered. When you are truly empowered, you do not grab or hit or blame or ridicule or complain. These are the actions of powerlessness. The power that is True Power equals empowerment.

ABOUT YOUR PROCESS Here are two situations to recall:

(1) Remember a time when you felt powerful because you took or grabbed something from someone else. This may be a physical thing, air time in a conversation, a job, or an idea. Now, remember just before the grabbing (be honest), how did you feel? You felt dis- empowered, didn't you? Or perhaps not quite disempowered, but certainly not truly empowered.
(2) Remember a time when you felt powerful from the inside. Nothing that anyone said or did could change that feeling. Perhaps eventually you lost this, but right now, remember that time of TRUE unshakable empowerment. Of these memories, (1) or (2) which do you prefer to claim? Which do you prefer to live? It is your choice.

ABOUT RELATED ARTICLES Among our articles, we particularly recommend: "Decisions, Decisions, Decisions" http://www.mhmail.com/articles/decision-making.html "Focus of Our Attention" http://www.mhmail.com/articles/focus-attention.html

ABOUT OUR AUTHOR AND SPONSORS Sent in the consciousness of Joy 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

Our Greatest Fear

"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 enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We were born to make and 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 own 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." Author - Marianne Williamson

LOVE WHAT YOU DO, OR DO SOMETHING ELSE

When your vocation becomes your vacation, you'll never work another day in your life. No one can succeed in any endeavor that they don't like. If you don't love what you're doing, then don't do it. Your chances of success are directly proportional to the degree of pleasure you derive from what you do. Do something that you have a deep personal interest in. Do something you'd enjoy spending twelve to fifteen hours a day working at, and the rest of the time thinking about. Don't set compensation as your goal. Find work you like and the compensation will follow. Work is not your punishment. It's your reward, your strength and your pleasure. Real success is achieved when you like what you do. Work is love made visible. THE DAILY GURU ************************************************************************* ©2006 by Max Steingart

Stop Whining and Start Shining

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Today's Empowering Quote
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"You can overcome anything if you don't bellyache."
-Bernard M. Baruch
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Today's Empowering Question
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"Don't I see my solutions easier and faster when I'm calm and relaxed?"
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Today's Fast Session
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One of my subscribers sent me a story that deserves re- telling. So here goes. 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 very old and the well needed to be covered up anyway. And since it just wasn't worth it to retrieve the donkey, he invited all his neighbors to come over and help him. They all grabbed shovels 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 quieted 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 neighbors 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 he edge of the well and trotted off! Hmmm. Let me ask you a question... Today are you likely to get some dirt thrown on you? How about tomorrow? And the next day? Well, that realization will either get you depressed, or you'll feel like you just got the everlasting key to happiness. Gosh, I hope you choose the second reaction. Because I'll let you in on a little secret... There is a solution to every problem. And as each one is on the way to getting fixed, it may be painful. As soon as that donkey stopped bellyaching, he realized what his answer was. There is no way, when we are upset, that we can think clearly enough to come up with the answers to the challenges we are faced with. And why do people get upset when they have oh-so- predictable challenges? Because most folks refuse to believe the basic tenet of life, which is... EVERYBODY HAS PROBLEMS, EVERYDAY!!! "That can't be!! John is always in a good mood!! He doesn't have the kind of problems like I do!!! He couldn't possibly!!!" Look, in a few minutes someone just might burst through your door and tell you of some huuuuge "problem" that just happened. So instead of crying, do this... Get the facts. Write down all the options. Weigh the consequences with the potential results of each option. And make a decision!!! Just do that. Wait 'til later to cry. Because your tears later will have a greater likelihood of being tears of joy over a successful effort that fixed that rotten "problem" than it would be if the tears came earlier. And remember, life isn't out to get you.
Just keep cool. And shake it off.
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Today's Empowering Beliefs To Help Control Your Thoughts

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If you want to change your life fast, even though it might seem like it's slow, then take the statements below, put them on index cards and read them 3 times/day. Morning, noon and just before you close your eyes at night. They'll seep into your consciousness. And since you'll be saying them so often, you'll soon begin to believe them. That's how most beliefs start. Spaced repetition of thought. Your attitudes will then positively change your emotions, and you'll be compelled to do more... And you'll love it. If you own Think Right Now for Windows, just paste them into the appropriate file or make a new one -AND read them three times per day. Think Right Now For Windows will help put this re-scripting in overdrive.
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-- I learn something new from every challenge I face
-- I am becoming more optimistic every day now
-- I love being alive
-- I'm good at finding the silver lining in every obstacle -- Life is good
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Dream... And Make It Come True

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Today's Empowering Quote
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"Far away in the sunshine are my highest inspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see the beauty, believe in them and try to follow where they lead."
-Louisa May Alcott

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Today's Empowering Question
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"What can I fantasize about achieving in my life beyond the ordinary?"
 
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Today's Fast Session
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It was back in '84 or '85, I think. The new cars had just come out, and one of the new safety features was a change in the rear taillights. Now, instead of just two backlights, there was an additional one in the rear window. This is so that drivers can tell that the automobile in front of them is stopping even if they can't see the lower lights, for any reason. To me, it was an indicator of wealth. You see, I was broke, broke, broke. The way I saw it was, if you could afford a new car--the kind with the new headlight in the rear window-you had made it. I'd project myself years into the future... as I was surely buying my next old junker. If it had one of those lights, I'd have reached the highest level of success that I could hope for. I couldn't even imagine anything more than that. My images of the future were of struggle and hardship. I would hear imaginary conversations all going wrong. Nothing ever worked out in my mind. So I never even considered taking any kind of actions that would transport me to a better life. I never tried hard at anything. It wasn't until I started using affirmations that things began to change. After I made my first audio, my life really started to morph into something completely different. Now, I know that many people have trouble with affirmations. "I can't do affirmations," is a common belief. That's wrong, because you naturally affirm all day long with every thought you have. The problem is that you just don't do it CORRECTLY. I couldn't imagine being successful in a sales career. So naturally my first attempt was with sales and career affirmations. Soon my sales skills (and income) grew by leaps and bounds. I can't stress enough that to succeed at anything, whether it be career, health, relationships, finances or education, you've got to see what you want. You absolutely must be able to imagine yourself having your goal... You must AFFIRM that you already have it, that you're worthy of it, that you can have it. See the enjoyment of it. Feel it. Imagine yourself holding hands with someone. Imagine looking in your bank account and seeing all the zeroes... after another number, of course. See yourself getting the A's and enjoying the process of the studying... of the learning. Notice how it feels. See the mistakes that are bound to happen as falling off you like rain. Mistakes will still happen. And you have to see them as temporary... as fixable. Most people visualize and imagine success, but when things don't go right, they quit... and exclaim that it doesn't work for them. Wrong! It does work. But if there are 7 steps to success at something and you take the first six, suffer a setback and give up, then you don't get the success. That's not a horrible thing if you will just wake up, splash some cold water on your face and admit that whatever temporary setback you had was your fault on some level. Then start your visualizing again. And if you blame others for your failures, you're doomed. Done. Finished... ...until you wake up. I believe it's never too late to wake up. But the longer you're asleep to the fact that, no matter how many areas of life you may have under control, the part of your life that just doesn't work is a reflection of decisions you make, the longer you will fail in that one area. Sure, there may be other factors that ARE out of your hands. But you can't blame them. Or you'll continue to fail. Accept responsibility. Keep your vision alive. And sooner or later, you'll reach it.
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======================================= I love you all!!! Mike

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Today's Empowering Beliefs To Help Control Your Thoughts
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If you want to change your life fast, even though it might seem like it's slow, then take the statements below, put them on index cards and read them 3 times/day. Morning, noon and just before you close your eyes at night. They'll seep into your consciousness. And since you'll be saying them so often, you'll soon begin to believe them. That's how most beliefs start. Spaced repetition of thought. Your attitudes will then positively change your emotions, and you'll be compelled to do more... And you'll love it. If you own Think Right Now for Windows, just paste them into the appropriate file or make a new one -AND read them three times per day. Think Right Now For Windows will help put this re-scripting in overdrive.
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-- I imagine how my successes will make me feel
-- I enjoy imagining a bright future for myself
-- My images of success are getting clearer now
-- I hold the images of success in my mind for long periods
-- I enjoy taking the steps to make my images come true
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Define 'rich'

"It ain't so much trouble to get rich as it is to tell when we have got rich." -- Josh Billings How do you define ‘rich’? If you want greater wealth, what does that mean for you? A large annual income? If so, how large? A beautiful home? Health? Security? Happiness? To be in service? Get really specific about what would bring you a rich life. There are no right and wrong answers here. Don’t judge your desires. Just dig deep to discover what it is that you really want. If you want things, explore what qualities of life those things represent to you. "No one can tell whether they are richer or poor by turning to their ledger. It is the heart that makes a person rich. One is rich according to what one is, not according to what one has." -- Henry Ward Beecher "If we command our wealth, we shall be rich and free. If our wealth commands us, we are poor indeed." -- Edmund Burke ************************************************************************* These quotes are supplied courtesy of Higher Awareness. They offer inspiring, thought-provoking self development programs to help you clearly understand how life and natural laws work, whilst enhancing intuition and creating the future you desire. Click Here For More Information:- http://www.thedailyguru.com/higherawareness.htm

Update

Update coming soon!
I've spent all weekend at a football tournament with my son!!!
Great fun!
Love
Maya


Sonnet #XLI.

Those petty wrongs that liberty commits, When I am sometime absent from thy heart, Thy beauty and thy years full well befits, For still temptation follows where thou art. Gentle thou art and therefore to be won, Beauteous thou art, therefore to be assailed; And when a woman woos, what woman's son Will sourly leave her till she have prevailed? Ay me! but yet thou mightest my seat forbear, And chide try beauty and thy straying youth, Who lead thee in their riot even there Where thou art forced to break a twofold truth, Hers by thy beauty tempting her to thee, Thine, by thy beauty being false to me.

If You Get A Second Chance



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Today's Empowering Quote

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"If you ever get a second chance at life, you've got to go
all the way."
- Lance Armstrong (5 time winner of the Tour de France)

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Today's Empowering Question
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"What must I do to increase my determination and improve?"

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Today's Fast Session
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It's now official.

Lance Armstrong has won the Tour de France for a record
tying fifth time.

The most difficult, grueling sporting event in the world.

He survived 2,100 miles over two mountain ranges in 20
days, the stomach flu, dehydration, crashes & near crashes
as well as the weather to do the unthinkable. Three weeks
and over 83 hours of pushing himself past exhaustion. I
can't even imagine what that must take physically and
mentally to run that race.

To most people, it's just two words, "bike race," that
don't mean too much.

But in life you've got to grab inspiration wherever you can.

To me, his record setting performance is just one more
push to make this lifetime a masterpiece. One more
confirmation that with determination, anything can be
achieved. Absolutely anything.

Here's a guy who in 1996 was diagnosed with an advanced
form of testicular cancer that had spread to his abdomen,
lungs and brain.

Because of its spread, he was given only a 50-50 chance of
survival.

But he had aggressive surgery and chemo treatments that
alone would've killed the average person, and was
pronounced cancer free in 1997. Then began the arduous
road back to health.

A few months ago, I was watching a 1997 video of him
training after his surgery. He had no hair and you could
see the U-shaped scar on top of his head where they went in
to remove part of the cancer. He said training was
difficult... he would get wiped out after only an hour and
a half on the bike.

An hour and a half, and he got wiped out!

Most people are ready to quit after 2 minutes.

After the treatment and surgery, he was no different than
anyone else... actually much worse off physically than
practically anyone alive.

But he had Lance Armstrong's mind...

...the mind that made him the best cyclist in the world.

You see, that is what separates the winners from the
losers in life.

Everyone who knows of Lance knows of him as a winner, but
in his first Tours he didn't do so well.

Here's how he did in his previous Tour races:

'93 - Did not finish
'94 - Did not finish
'95 - 36th
'96 - Did not finish
'97 - Did not enter
'98 - Did not enter
'99 - 1st
'00 - 1st
'01 - 1st
'02 - 1st
'03 - 1st

He didn't even finish 3 times. See? We're talking about
a grueling race!

But success in life is about how many times you pick
yourself up, not how many times you fail.

Since I was "this" close to using another quote today,
I'll include it. Here it is: "A winner must first know
what losing's like." Billionaire publisher Malcolm Forbes
said that. So he knew something about winning, I'd say.

You see, so many people I work with are just so scared of
losing that they just won't get involved in life and risk
falling down... of looking foolish... of losing what little
they have.

But you must.

The good stuff is on the other side of failure. You just
can't get there without it.

It hurts, sure it does.

Those months I spent in the van hurt worse than I can go
into right now. And lots of risk went into getting out and
creating an actual life. And without failure there is no
success.

None.

I've been reading the press coverage of this year's Tour
extensively, and I read a quote of one of Lance's fans
saying that this is the most excited she's ever been in her
life.

And I thought about how sad that is.

Someone else's achievement, someone they've never met -
and it's the most thrilling event in their life.

Look, I don't care if it's the World Cup, the Super Bowl
or little green men landing on Earth, the most thrilling
moment in your life should be from something YOU achieve.

And there is inspiration all around every day. You just
have to open your eyes. It's constant and never ending.

Tell yourself that you are prepared to look stupid a dozen
times today. And when you accomplish the first one, find
out what you can learn from it. After your twelfth stupid
action, you should have learned twelve new lessons that
hopefully made you smarter and better prepared for tomorrow.

Are you getting this?

That's how you use failure... to learn.

Lance did.

He failed and failed and failed.

But because he used his failure to learn...

...he got smarter and smarter and smarter.

Without the failure, he wouldn't be so dominant today.

Without the cancer, he may not have gotten so mentally
strong so as to be so unbeatable.

Unless this is an unconscious habit of yours already, do
this:

Every single time you mess something up, miss a deadline,
miss a sale, lose a race or a game, get angry when you
shouldn't or any other kind of screw up, write it down and
ask yourself today's empowering question.

You will have answers.

Act on those answers, and you'll grow so fast, learn so
much and improve your life skill so completely that you'll
look back on your life a year from now and shake your head
in amazement.

And don't mourn all the years you didn't do this.

Just get excited. Let go of the failures. Use them to
learn and let them go.

OK? OK!

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What if you had the same minute-by-minute thoughts as the
super successful? Mike Brescia has developed the ultimate
mental conditioning programs that can help anyone wipe out
intense fears and enjoy huge successes in all areas of
life. FR~EE details==> http://www.thinkrightnow.com
FR~EE email course ==> mailto:successcourse@aweber.com
=======================================


I love you all!!!

Mike


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Today's Empowering Beliefs To
Help Control Your Thoughts
************************************************
If you want to change your life fast, even though it might
seem like it's slow, then take the statements below, put
them on index cards and read them 3 times/day. Morning,
noon and just before you close your eyes at night.

They'll seep into your consciousness. And since you'll be
saying them so often, you'll soon begin to believe them.
That's how most beliefs start. Spaced repetition of thought.
Your attitudes will then positively change your emotions,
and you'll be compelled to do more... And you'll love it.

If you own Think Right Now for Windows, just paste them
into the appropriate file or make a new one -AND read them
three times per day. Think Right Now For Windows will help
put this re-scripting in overdrive.

------------------------------------------------

-- I use failure to inspire me to improve
-- I am determined to win in life beginning with today
-- I am a champion in all I do
-- I see myself as a winner and I do the things winners do
-- Failure is simply a part of my education process
-- I'm going to win today. I know it



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Make this an authentic day!

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I act with joy in my heart. I speak with joy on my lips. I walk with joy in my feet. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ABOUT TODAY'S AFFIRMATION So many persons can talk about the idea of joy or some other concept like honesty or integrity or freedom, yet they find that truly living the idea is a challenge. To speak platitudes about joy is not enough. To repeatedly say you believe in joy is not enough. You must be the joy you talk about. You do not need to wait for anything. You are joy now! You are here to live in joy. To claim joy, place your heart and lips and feet all in alignment with joy. ABOUT YOUR PROCESS This is a "walk your talk" affirmation. If you have difficulty experiencing joy, consider some of the following questions. What do joyous people say? What do joyous people look like? How do joyous people walk? How do joyous people touch others? What do joyous people think about? What do joyous people laugh about? To what do joyous people say "yes"? Are YOU one of the joyous ones? If you are, hurray! If you are not, no need to wait -- start today. Walk this talk. ABOUT RELATED ARTICLES Among our articles, we particularly recommend: "Asking Empowering Questions" http://www.mhmail.com/articles/ask-empowering-questions.html "Moving Through Puddles" http://www.mhmail.com/articles/personal-development.html ABOUT OUR AUTHOR AND SPONSORS Sent in the consciousness of Joy 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

A new look at old attitudes

“I can change. I can live out my imagination instead of my memory. I can tie myself to my limitless potential instead of my limiting past.” -- Stephen Covey I was eating lunch with a friend who shared that she disliked one of the vegetables on my plate and hadn’t eaten any since childhood. I suggested that sometimes our tastes change and maybe she could give it another try. She did, and to her surprise, she enjoyed it. Her world became a little richer as she opened to new possibilities. Is there something in your life you might be willing to give another try? “Change. It has the power to uplift, to heal, to stimulate, surprise, open new doors, bring fresh experience and create excitement in life. Certainly it is worth the risk.” -- Leo Buscaglia ************************************************************************* These quotes are supplied courtesy of Higher Awareness. They offer inspiring, thought-provoking self development programs to help you clearly understand how life and natural laws work, whilst enhancing intuition and creating the future you desire. Click Here For More Information:- http://www.thedailyguru.com/higherawareness.htm

Make this an energizing day!



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Joy energizes my actions. I re-negotiate my contract with
the Universe to advance along my path joyously.

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ABOUT TODAY'S AFFIRMATION
"Energize" is such a zingy word. It makes my shoulders lift
up and my feet tingle to its vibration. Joy is energy. You
are advancing along your path even though sometimes you may
feel that you are stuck or blocked. It is an incredibly
empowering concept to recognize that you create your own
experiences. This is scary for some people, especially
those who find themselves in circumstances they do not like!
Please note that it is not an accusation, but rather an
encouragement that if you do not like where/how/what you
are, you can change it. I think that is one of the most
empowering concepts you can embrace.

ABOUT YOUR PROCESS
You already know the suggestion I am going to make: (re)view
or (re)negotiate your contract with the Universe. Contracts
are usually most effective in writing, but can be verbal or
in one's head and heart. Gather your helpers in Spirit:
Spirit guides, angels, other beings of light. Honor your
own belief systems as you clearly state your desires to your
spiritual committee. For example, if you are uncomfortable
in a relationship, clarify what assists you in living more
joyously. If you feel overwhelmed in your job, describe the
changes that would help you feel more aligned with your
inner joy. You get the idea. Warning: Do not get trapped
into believing that something outside yourself will bring
you joy. The purpose of your contract is to make adjustments
(or affirm you like your circumstances) so that you feel a
greater alignment with the joy from inside yourself.

ABOUT RELATED ARTICLES
Among our articles, we particularly recommend:
"JoyPhrase Entries"
http://www.mhmail.com/articles/create-empowering-expressions.html
"Let's Replace this Expression: 'No Pain, No Gain'
http://www.mhmail.com/articles/new-belief-system.html

ABOUT OUR AUTHOR AND SPONSORS
Sent in the consciousness of Joy 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

Make this a powerful

Greetings on the 4th week of June with the theme of Joy.
During this fourth week we focus on Acting/Claiming
Affirmations, and the last days of the month we focus on
Integrating/Embodying Affirmations. Make this a powerful
week-plus!

ABOUT ACTING/CLAIMING AFFIRMATIONS and JOY
This week's affirmations help you to step out in joy and
with joy. You have been clearing yourself and readying
yourself for these outward expressions and manifestations.
If you are not quite ready to ACT from the consciousness of
joy, then the better choice is to retreat or stand still.
Acting from non-joy is detrimental. Focusing on these
affirmations keeps your attention on joy and can make you
more ready to claim joy later if you are not quite ready now.

ABOUT YOUR PROCESS
Here is a suggestion for working with this week's affirma-
tions. Each time you act, ask yourself, "Am I in the
consciousness of joy?" Of course, you "act" hundreds of
times a day. It may seem unreasonable to you to consider
asking yourself "Am I in the consciousness of joy?" hundreds
of times a day. Yet, think about it.... you ARE asking
yourself SOMETHING, so you might as well enhance your
awareness with questions such as, "Am I in the conscious-
ness of joy?" Or, "How can I act in the consciousness of
joy?" Some of the questions you ordinarily ask yourself may
be disempowering, for example, "What have I done wrong this
time?" Or neutral, for example, "I wonder who that is (on
the phone or at the door)?" Or empowering, "Is this worthy
of my attention?" Let the questions you ask yourself this
week be about manifesting with joy.

ABOUT THE AFFIRMATIONS
Usually I find it easy to select the definitive affirmation
for the week -- or I make up a new one! This week
challenges me because I love how most seem to embody so many
of the aspects of the ideas of acting and claiming joy. So
I select the one which represents an idea that I have
experienced many folks are working on right now: "I draw a
circle of joy to establish who I am." -- the affirmation for
June 26.

Following are all seven affirmations. Select one to focus
on for the week or use a different affirmation each day or
some combination. You will receive each of these
affirmations on the appropriate days with additional
information and suggestions. Make your process work for
you.

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June 22:
Joy energizes my actions. I re-negotiate my contract with
the Universe to advance along my path joyously.

June 23:
I act with joy in my heart. I speak with joy on my lips. I
walk with joy in my feet.

June 24:
I claim my joy. I claim my power in all I do.

June 25:
I manifest all things in association with joy.

June 26:
I draw a circle of joy to establish who I am.

June 27:
I let every act be an act of joy. I show up to tell my
joyous truth.

June 28:
I act with purposeful awareness of joy.

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ABOUT INTEGRATING/EMBODYING AFFIRMATIONS and JOY
I love the idea of integrating learnings and experiences.
I jokingly say that I developed this fifth category of
affirmations because I had to do something with those
remaining days of the month, but the truth is that this
concept of integration is essential and not an afterthought.
It is often missed. It is important to honor the in-breath
as much as the out-breath. One aspect of the process of
integration is to let go of anything you do not need during
or after an experience while you keep, use, and experience
what you desire.

ABOUT YOUR PROCESS
As you say "yes to joy" and open to let every situation be
an opportunity for joy to express, give yourself permission
to release any ideas that do not resonate for you. Be as
specific as you can. At the same time you sort through the
thoughts and feelings to release, allow your consciousness
to embody all those thoughts and feelings you wish to keep.
If you have been journaling about the affirmations or if you
have completed other exercises, review those. Clean up your
email files, etc.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

June 29:
I integrate joy into my life with every breath I breathe.

June 30:
Today is an opportunity for joy.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

ABOUT RELATED ARTICLES
Among our articles, we particularly recommend:
"Asking Empowering Questions"
http://www.mhmail.com/articles/AskEmpQues.html
"Say Goodbye to Struggle"
http://www.mhmail.com/articles/SayingGood.html

ABOUT OUR AUTHOR AND SPONSORS
Sent in the consciousness of Joy 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

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 misunde rstood 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

Small stories

 

In the tavern
     Rabbi Wolf entered a bar by chance. Some people were drinking, others were playing cards, and the atmosphere seemed heavy. The rabbi left without saying a word.
      A young man followed him out: “I know that you didn’t like what you saw in there,” he said. “That’s a place for sinners.”
     “No, I liked what I saw,” Wolf answered. “Those are men learning to lose everything. When they have lived the experience of losing, all that will remain is for them is to return to God. And from that moment on, what excellent servants they will make!”

Ten percent
     
“To be like me is very simple,” said the richest man in Babylonia. “All you have to understand is that a tenth of what you earn is yours.”
     “That makes no sense,” answered the young man. “All that I earn is mine.”
     “Don’t you pay the tailor? Don’t you pay the baker every day? You can’t live even for a day without spending. You pay everybody except yourself. From now on, pay yourself a tenth of your salary. Don’t forget that the paths of wealth are magical and strange; if you take good care of that tenth, one day it will reward all your efforts.”

Beyond the port
     A hermit from the monastery of Sceta came up to Abbot Theodore:
     “I know exactly what the objective of life is. I know what God asks of man, and I know the best way to serve Him. And even so, I am unable to do all that I should be doing to serve the Lord.”
     “You know that there exists a city on the other side of the ocean,” replied Theodore. “But you haven’t found the ship yet, you still haven't packed your bags on board, and you haven’t crossed the sea. Why keep talking about what it is like and how we should walk down the streets? Put into practice what you’re saying and the path will reveal itself to you.”

At heaven’s door
     
When Don Enrique died he went straight to heaven. He knocked hard on the door and a voice asked: “Who’s there?”
     “It’s Don Enrique Fernandez of Valdivieso.”
     “Well go away, there’s no room here for two,” said the voice. And so Don Enrique was sent to Purgatory. Some time later, he very timidly returned to heaven.
     “Who is it?” asked the voice. “It’s me,” answered Don Enrique.
     “There’s no room here for two,” repeated the voice.
     Don Enrique went back to Purgatory. One day he went back to knock on heaven’s door.
     “Who is it?” asked the voice. “A small part of God,” he answered.
      And heaven’s door opened to him.

Rigor and compassion
     In the heart of winter the samurai presented himself to the Zen master.
     “I am dying of cold and hunger and I have no way of supporting myself.”
      Filled with pity, the master went to the statue of Yakushi-Buda, removed the gold chain that adorned the neck and handed it to the samurai.
     The other pupils complained: "sacrilege!"
     "Why sacrilege?" asked the master. "You have heard tell of David, who ate the bread from the tabernacle when he was hungry. Christ cured on the Sabbath whenever that was necessary. All I did was put the spirit of Buddha into action: now love and compassion can do their work."

Wrong questions
     What is wisdom
      A Sufi story tells us of a man who lived in Turkey who heard of a great master who lived in Persia who held the secret of wisdom.
      Without hesitating, he sold his things, took leave of his family and went off in search of this secret. After years of traveling he managed to arrive at a cabin where the great master lived. Filled with awe, he drew closer and waited for the wise man to return from his morning stroll.
     “I come from Turkey,” he said as soon as the wise man turned up. “I have made this long journey just to ask one question.”
     “That’s fine. You can ask just one question.”
     “I have to be clear in what I am going to ask; may I ask you in Turkish?”
     “You may, “ said the wise man. “And I have already asked your only question. Anything else you want to know, you ask your heart. You don’t have to travel so far to discover that it is the best counselor of all.”
      And he shut the door.

Why God did not help us
     
Master and disciple are walking through the deserts of Arabia. The Master uses each moment of the journey to teach his disciple about faith.
     “Entrust your things to God,” he said. “Because He never abandons His children.”
     When they camped down at night, the Master asked the disciple to tie the horses to a nearby rock. The disciple went over to the rock, but then remembered what he had learned that afternoon. “The Master must be testing me. The truth is that I should entrust the horses to God." And he left the horses loose.
      In the morning he discovered that the animals had run off. Indignant, he sought out the Master.
     “You know nothing about God! Yesterday I learned that I should trust blindly in Providence, so I gave the horses to Him to guard, and the animals have disappeared!”
     “God wanted to look after the horses,” answered the Master. “But at that moment he needed your hands to tie them up and you did not lend them to Him.”

It’s raining and can I go out?
     An old Buddhist story goes like this: a man is passing through a village under a heavy storm when all of a sudden he sees a house catching fire. Drawing closer, he sees another man – (the fable uses the beautiful image "with fire to the eyelashes ") – crying in his direction: “Is it raining?”
     The traveler is surprised.
     “Your house is catching fire!” he says.
     “I need to know if it’s raining or not. My mother told me that the rain can give us pneumonia.”
     Zao Chi comments on the fable: "wise is the man who manages to change the situation when he is forced to do so. Foolish is the man who does not trust the hand of God, only the answers of his fellow humans."

What is the first step?
     
A man decided to visit a hermit who lived near the monastery of Sceta.
     “What is the first step of one who aims to follow the spiritual path?” he asked.
      The hermit took him to a well and asked him to look at his reflection in the water. The man obeyed, but the hermit began to throw small stones, making ripples on the surface.
     “I won’t be able to see my face right if you keep throwing stones.”
     “Just as it is impossible to see your face in troubled waters, so it is impossible to seek God if your mind is anxious about the search,” said the monk. “Don’t ask questions, just move forward with faith. This will always be the first and most important step of all.

 
 
www.warriorofthelight.comCopyright @ 2006 by Paulo Coelho  

Go for passion!


"There is no end. There is no beginning. There is only the infinite passion of life."

-- Frederico Fellini

How do you ration your passion?

In what situations have you experienced your life to the fullest? Do you live your passion as fully as you can? How do you limit your experience of passion?

Passion emerges when your essence expresses itself. How do you stop yourself from fully expressing who you are?

"Without passion man is a mere latent force and possibility, like the flint which awaits the shock of the iron before it can give forth its spark."

-- Henri Frederic Amiel

"We could hardly wait to get up in the morning."

-- Wilbur Wright

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Sonnet # XL.

 Take all my loves, my love, yea, take them all; What hast thou then more than thou hadst before? No love, my love, that thou mayst true love call; All mine was thine before thou hadst this more. Then if for my love thou my love receivest, I cannot blame thee for my love thou usest; But yet be blamed, if thou thyself deceivest By wilful taste of what thyself refusest. I do forgive thy robbery, gentle thief, Although thou steal thee all my poverty; And yet, love knows, it is a greater grief To bear love's wrong than hate's known injury. Lascivious grace, in whom all ill well shows, Kill me with spites; yet we must not be foes.

Make this a thoughtful day!



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Joy enhances all my thoughts and feelings.

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ABOUT TODAY'S AFFIRMATION
The essence of this week's process is embodied in this last
of the Being/Intending affirmations. Joy that permeates your
thoughts and feelings comes from within you. While you are
learning to be joyful, you might remember joy as an
afterthought or an add-on. However, true joy is an energy
in which you live and move and have your being. When your
thoughts and feelings are bathed in joy, they are
transformed. And so are you.

ABOUT YOUR PROCESS
I encourage you to re-visit your over-arching intention
today, since it is likely to have deepened as a result of
working with Being/Intending affirmations all week. Change
it or embody it more deeply or define it more clearly or
just leave it alone. If you do this with the expectancy of
joy, you will find the process enlightening.

ABOUT OTHER ARTICLES
Often I mention articles posted at my Web Site that are
related to the daily affirmations. Today, I want to list
titles that I do NOT mention regularly.

"Guided Meditation for Empowered Consciousness"
http://www.jmvoice.com/articles/guided-meditation.html
"Laughter, Play, Fun, Joy, Happiness"
http://www.mhmail.com/articles/path-to-joy.html
"Transgenerational Healing: Clearing the Past for the Present"
http://www.mhmail.com/articles/transgenerational-healing.html

In addition, three interviews are available:
"Innerview: New Paradigm Digest Interview"
http://www.mhmail.com/articles/empowerment-consulting.html
"Interview: Joel Metzger Interviews Jeanie Marshall"
http://www.mhmail.com/articles/interview-empowerment-consulting.html
"Interview: Robin Davidman Interviews Jeanie Marshall"
http://www.mhmail.com/articles/purchasing-my-macintosh.html

ABOUT THE NEXT TYPE OF AFFIRMATIONS
Tomorrow the Acting/Claiming affirmations begin, so you will
want to be certain that you are clear about your over-arching
intention for joy and about your relationship with joy before
you work with these powerful power affirmations.

ABOUT OUR AUTHOR AND SPONSORS
Sent in the consciousness of Joy 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

The Obstacle in our Path.



In ancient times, a King had a boulder placed on a roadway. Then he hid
himself and watched to see if anyone would remove the huge rock.

Some of the kirig's wealthiest merchants and courtiers came by and simply
walked around it. Many loudly blamed the king for not keeping the roads
clear, but none did anything about getting the stone out of the way.

Then a peasant came along carrying a load of vegetables. Upon approaching
the boulder, the peasant laid down his burden and tried to move the stone
to the side of the road. After much pushing and straining, he finally
succeeded. After the peasant picked up his load of vegetables, he noticed
a purse lying in the road where the boulder had been.

The purse contained many gold coins and a note from the king indicating
that the gold was for the person who removed the boulder from the
roadway.

The peasant learned what many of us never understand. Every obstacle
presents an opportunity to improve our condition.

Author unknown



Wonder-full!



“...we can't survive without enchantment... the loss of it is killing us.”

-- Thomas Moore

“There is one thing that all true spirituality has in common, whether that spirituality is derived from faith, from science, from nature or from the arts – a sense of wonder.”

-- Andrew Schneider

"There are only two ways to live your life: One is as though nothing is a miracle, The other is as though everything is a miracle. I believe in the latter."

-- Albert Einstein

“We live in a world of theophanies. Holiness comes wrapped in the ordinary. There are burning bushes all around you. Every tree is full of angels. Hidden beauty is waiting in every crumb. Life wants to lead you from crumbs to angels, but this can happen only if you are willing to unwrap the ordinary by staying with it long enough to harvest its treasure.”

-- Macrina Wiederkehr


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Making Your Off-the-Charts Plans



Summer arrives this week, along with its promise of light, warmth,
nourishment and growth. As summer's brightest light beams down on us for
the next several days, I encourage you to turn up the flame on your
passion and stretch beyond the limits of your daily routine. It's time
to step outside the status quo of your life, kick up your heels and plan
something off-the-charts for yourself! At the heart of my last book, The
Best Year of Your Life, is the idea that planning is an essential step
to creating a life that lights you up and turns you on. And I know that
there is nothing better to boost your self-esteem than doing something
that you've been talking about for years.



What is it that you've been talking about doing? Or what have you been
secretly wishing you could do? What could you plan for yourself that
would be enlivening, invigorating, eye-opening and heart-expanding for
you? Maybe it's planning a romantic weekend away with your partner,
registering for a yoga retreat or turning a corner of your house into an
art studio (even if you've never done more than paint by numbers). Or
perhaps you could schedule tennis lessons or go salsa dancing with a
group of friends. Parks and museums always have terrific summer
workshops, and if you live near a beach, this could be your summer for
those kayaking or surfing lessons that you've fantasized about.



One of our fabulous coaches, Carrie, has been encouraging me to take
ballroom dancing lessons, and I finally did it! I've taken three classes
recently, and I noticed something significant that has occurred each
time: I have a smile on my face from the moment I arrive until I walk
out the door at the end! I have so much fun gliding across the floor,
led by an able dance partner and uplifting music, that the smile arises
naturally and without a thought. While I'm dancing, I'm entirely
present...blissfully in the moment. As I drive away from the dance
studio, any challenges I face seem entirely manageable. It's amazing how
doing something so thoroughly enjoyable puts all things in perspective.



What will put a smile on your face?



As you're receiving this week's newsletter, I'm leading a workshop
aboard a cruise ship in the Mediterranean (more about this next week).
For many of the nearly 100 people joining me for a week of
transformation and high adventure, planning this trip was an
off-the-charts choice. It's a choice than will very likely alter how
they feel about themselves, what they see as possible for their lives
and the quality of choices they make in the future. In your deepest
heart, what is it that will have your internal flame burning brighter
this summer than you thought possible?





Take Action Now!



Plan it! Make the phone calls, google it, schedule it, put your deposit
down and give it to yourself - whatever it may be. Allow yourself more
fun and pleasure than you think you can stand!

Debbie Ford

Imagine That!



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Today's Empowering Quote
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"Something almost magical happens when people break
through the obstacles that hold them back and discover what
is truly inside them."
-Brian Biro (from Beyond Success)

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Today's Empowering Question
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"What can I achieve today if I make just a little shift
in my belief about what is possible?"

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Today's Fast Session
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Brian Biro, the former coach of a national swim team, was
about to coach his last meet.

One of his young swimmers was a girl named Allison, who
despite good natural speed, always "died" at the end of
races. Finally, after years of just missing the Junior
Olympics before she moved up in age brackets, she made the
final spot (by one hundredth of a second) on the team for
her only event, the 100 meter butterfly... seeded last out
of 64 other girls.

She was just happy to be there and felt absolutely no
pressure. So in warm-ups with no undue expectations, she
turned in her best 25-meter time ever.

Brian got an idea...

When he told her what her time was, she was bubbling over
with enthusiasm. He asked her to remember how she felt as
she was swimming... to remember how high on the water she
felt. This got her in an incredible state of excitement.
She couldn't wait for her race.

They had it all set up. She was to get into the same
excited mental state she was in at the beginning of her
recent sprint. Then, to give her the strength at the end
of the race so she would finish strong, at the 75-meter
mark, Brian was going to be waiting. He would yell, "NOW!"
When she heard it, she was to pretend that she had just
dived into the water in her most recent personal record-
breaking sprint.

In her race, Allison exploded off the gates.
By the 25-meter mark, this last seeded swimmer, had opened
up a one-length lead on her competitors. Approaching the
75-meter mark the lead was two lengths.

By now, all her teammates had joined the coach beside the
pool, screaming wildly, cheering her on. When she reached
75 meters, Brian dropped his hand and 100 voices screamed
in unison, "NOW!!!!!"

She poured it on.

When she finally touched the wall, she looked around.
There were no other swimmers nearby. She thought she had
finished last and that everyone had gotten out of the pool!!

Actually, she had won the race by a giant margin, dropping
10 full seconds off her personal best. 10 seconds in a 100-
meter race!

With tears in his eyes, Allison's father asked Brian,
"What did you do to her?" Brian said, "SHE did it."

That day, he had changed his coaching with Allison. In
his frustration with her habit of sputtering at the end of
races, he had started his own habit of saying, "One of
these days, you're not going to die."

That day he changed, by helping her focus on what she
wanted instead of what she didn't want.

When we fail to get what we want in most situations, it's
often because we're focusing on not failing.

Sports psychologists have been training athletes for
decades now in imagining the perfect performance. Mental
rehearsal. And world records have continued to fall in
every category of human physical performance.

Focus on what you want...

See it over and over. Get in the right state and you can
achieve almost anything. The words will just come to you.
You'll magically feel wonderful... precisely when you have
to. The right actions will come easily. They'll be fun.
You'll achieve your personal best.

And you'll get what you want when you want it more
predictably... After all, when you do this a few times and
you start winning more consistently, you'll want to
continue this mental habit forever, right?

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I love you all!!!

Mike


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Today's Empowering Beliefs To
Help Control Your Thoughts

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If you want to change your life fast, even though it might
seem like it's slow, then take the statements below, put
them on index cards and read them 3 times/day. Morning,
noon and just before you close your eyes at night.

They'll seep into your consciousness. And since you'll be
saying them so often, you'll soon begin to believe them.
That's how most beliefs start. Spaced repetition of thought.
Your attitudes will then positively change your emotions,
and you'll be compelled to do more... And you'll love it.

If you own Think Right Now for Windows, just paste them
into the appropriate file or make a new one -AND read them
three times per day. Think Right Now For Windows will help
put this re-scripting in overdrive.

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-- I easily imagine myself doing my best
-- My mental success rehearsal is so real I can feel it
-- I pay attention to my thoughts and keep the positive
-- I quickly turn pictures of failure into success
-- I am setting new records of personal achievement now



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Make this a meaningful day!



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I understand the meaning of joy. I know that joy is a deep
freedom.

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ABOUT TODAY'S AFFIRMATION
I have been reflecting on the meaning of "deep freedom" and
how that might compare with just "freedom." Freedom is
often thought of as "freedom from," for example, freedom
from an unhappy relationship or dissatisfying job or slavery
or oppression. The joy of such "freedom from" is often
short-lived, likely followed by recreating bondage in either
similar or different forms. By "deep freedom" I am
attempting to convey the DEPTH of freedom that is possible
when you live in joy, a joy that comes from deep within you
regardless of the outer circumstances or life dramas or
relationships with others. (Incidentally, DailyAffirm
explores the theme of freedom in October.)

ABOUT YOUR PROCESS
What is the true meaning of joy for YOU? And if you define
joy as a freedom, is it "freedom from" or "freedom to"?
Through what experiences have you gained your understanding
of the meaning of joy? I suggest you take a few minutes to
write -- preferably stream of consciousness writing -- about
the meaning of joy. Let the energy of joy bubble up to
teach you its deep meaning. Nothing I nor anyone else can
say can teach you as much as you can learn from clear
listening deep within you.

ABOUT RELATED ARTICLES
Among our articles, we particularly recommend:
"Asking Empowering Questions"
http://www.mhmail.com/articles/ask-empowering-questions.html
"Freedom from Bondage"
http://www.mhmail.com/articles/freedom-from-bondage.html
"Resonating with the Light with Jeanie Marshall"
http://www.mhmail.com/articles/resonating-with-light.html

ABOUT OUR AUTHOR AND SPONSORS
Sent in the consciousness of Joy 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

Be aware of your motives


"Ordinarily, everything we do is in our self-interest. Everything."

-- Anthony de Mello


"Remember, most of the things you think you need are ego trips designed to bolster your image and your perception of security.... You'll waste a lot of energy satisfying your ego only to find that, as soon as it's got what it wants, it ignores all your efforts and promptly nails another list of demands to your forehead. The ego will always try to force you to slave for its vision. I wouldn't stand for that BS if I were you."

-- Stuart Wilde

"We have no need to teach pure motives to the mind. All that is necessary to make the mind pure is to undo the negative conditioning to which it has been subjected; then we will be left with pure, unconditioned awareness."

-- Eknath Easwaran

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ON FATHER'S DAY


"Making the decision to have a child is momentous. It is to
decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside
your body."

-Elizabeth Stone


As many regular readers of these tips will know, I was an
extremely reluctant father. In fact, the first call I made
on being informed by my wife that she was pregnant was not
to my parents or even my friends but to the Samaritans
hotline. (Love the organization, but they weren't much help
- you'd think the fact I was phoning them would have tipped
them off to the fact that "congratulations!" wasn't what I
really needed to hear... :-)

Yet in the ensuing eleven and a half years, I've learned to
love being a dad - so much so that we've added two more
children to the mix and only a combination of exhaustion and
the occasional bout of common sense has kept us from
continuing to expand the family tribe.

What changed?

One answer is that I did, but a more accurate answer is that
my expectations and fears about what it meant to be a
parent changed. Here are three of the things that I thought
of as 'common knowledge' that have turned out in my own
life to be wonderfully untrue:

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1. Once you have children, you have to put your own dreams
away

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In the town I grew up in, people married young, had kids
young, and talked about "making a better life for their
children". And I decided at a very early age that I was
going to be the one of the children that had a better life.
The only thing that could stop me, or so I believed, was
having children before I was successful.

So after Nina told me she was pregnant and I was rebuffed in
my quest for comfort by the Samaritans, I began to resign
myself to giving up on my hopes and dreams as an actor and
writer and instead to begin training as a plumber. (When I
was growing up our next door neighbor was a plumber who
had 14 children, so no doubt that fact had seeped into my
childhood consciousness.)

I was doing my first West End play at the time, and I
decided not to tell any of the other cast members about my
predicament and newly minted career change. So it was a
wonderful coincidence when I overheard one of the actors (a
recent father himself) sharing two bits of wisdom that had
made a real difference to him.

The first was that 'every baby brings its own loaf of
bread'. And while I can't easily account to why that's
true, I have certainly found that my own outer success has
grown with the birth of each new child.

The second was something which has become for me a guiding
principle:

***The best gift you can give a child is a happy parent.***


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2. Children are great - as long as you can give them back
when you're done with them!
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I think of this as the 'grandparent theory' - that if you
really want to enjoy having children, skip the kids and move
straight to the grandkids so you can play with them when
they're happy and give 'em back when they start fussing.

But with my own children, I've found that quantity beats
quality every time. My favorite moments are often the 'in
between' bits - walking through a parking lot when a little
hand finds its way into mine, or in the midst of an
argument about bedtime when one of my daughters will say
something so innocent and trusting that I forget to be angry
and remember how lucky I am to have her to argue with.

(Case in point - as I was writing the previous paragraph, my
4 year old walked into my office and asked me 'when are we
going to Eddie's house? I want to go swimming.' A bit of
parental sleuthing revealed that when we told her we were
going on holiday to a house in Italy with a pool, she
translated that to 'we're going to Eddie's house to go
swimming'.)


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3. Your children will break your heart again and again.
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This one turns out to be true, but not in the way that I
imagined. In order to have your heart broken in a bad way,
you need to have it set on something tenuous (like your
child becoming a doctor or marrying rich or winning the
football game or getting into Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard or
Yale).

But to have it broken in a good way, all you have to do is
keep it open to being touched by loving hands. Mine broke
again this morning when my children marched upstairs to
present me with my father's day cards and gifts. Maisy
presented me with 'the keys to her heart' and permission to
hang them anywhere I wanted - my bedroom, the garage, or
even in the driveway. Clara gave me a beautifully crafted
card and a homemade tile sculpture with the words 'I (heart)
U DAD' on it.

After the girls had their hugs, my eleven year old son
Oliver (the one I'd phoned Samaritans about) somewhat
embarrassedly handed me a single sheet of white paper folded
in half with the words 'To Daddy' written in pencil on it.
In my mind, I began telling myself stories about how he
was getting older and I shouldn't really expect him to put
in the effort anymore.

Here is what it said inside the card:

Dear Daddy,

Happy Father's Day. I'm writing this letter to you as a
sign of appreciation for always being there for me. You've
never let me down. Whenever I was hurt in any way, you'd
always be there by my side.

You've made my day a happier one countless amounts of times.
You've made me laugh every day for as long as I can
remember.

You've helped me with schoolwork whenever I've needed it,
and always given me great advice. You inspired me to always
finish what I started, especially with baseball. You're my
idol.

I love you dad,
Oliver

The thing that people forget about broken hearts is that
like broken bones, if you give them time and space to mend
they can grow back stronger than before. And a stronger
heart means an increased capacity to love and be loved.

No experiment this week - but if you've got any kids in your
life, today would be as good a time as any to let them know
that you are grateful for their presence in your life and
that they are well and truly loved.

Until next time,
michael

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Sonnet # XXXIX.

 O, how thy worth with manners may I sing, When thou art all the better part of me? What can mine own praise to mine own self bring? And what is 't but mine own when I praise thee? Even for this let us divided live, And our dear love lose name of single one, That by this separation I may give That due to thee which thou deservest alone. O absence, what a torment wouldst thou prove, Were it not thy sour leisure gave sweet leave To entertain the time with thoughts of love, Which time and thoughts so sweetly doth deceive, And that thou teachest how to make one twain, By praising him here who doth hence remain!

Resolutions



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Today's Empowering Quote
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"When nothing seems to help, I look at a stonecutter
hammering away at his rock, perhaps 100 times without as
much as a crack showing in it. Yet, at the 101st blow it
will split in two, and I know it was not that last blow
that did it, but all that had gone before."
-Jacob A. Riis

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Today's Empowering Question
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"Can't I keep going for just one more day, one more hour,
one more minute?"

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Today's Fast Session
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Resolutions...

That's what new years are for, aren't they? New beginnings.

"This is the year that I'm going to get in shape, quit the
bad habit, start my new business, get better grades..."

And by January 14th, what usually has occurred?

Complete withdrawal of the New Year's Day resolution.
Back to the old ways.

Let's see what does resolution, or resolve really mean?

Webster's defines it as this:

Resolve - To form a purpose; to make a decision;
especially, to determine after reflection; as, to resolve
on a better course of life.

Hmmm.

I notice that it doesn't say, "To try something out for a
while."

No. To resolve is to form a purpose. To achieve
something as part of a bigger plan.
So it would seem to me that to achieve anything
worthwhile, even crucial, you would need to keep in mind
the 'Big Picture.'

You must continually ask yourself why you're doing this
thing. You need to know why you're giving up all that
luscious chocolate, or the television, or the gambling.

It must go back to the word "Purpose." Isn't that true?

No purpose means no resolve. A BIG purpose makes it
easier to stay the course.

I mean if there are no big, emotion-stirring benefits at
the end AND along the way, why would you put forth any
effort?

You wouldn't...

And that's why so many New Year's Day resolutions are
quickly forgotten.

Let's make a switch. What do you say?

In fact, not just now, but when we want anything big,
whether it be some material thing, health goals,
relationship goals, let's focus on some new stuff.

Namely, what's truly in it for you?

If you have no reasons, ones that you can really get
behind and defend when that little voice tells you that
it's OK to slip, you'll give in every time.

You must keep your eye on the benefits. They need to be
good.

What are the emotional benefits? Write them down. How
will you feel when you reach your goal? If it's a long-
term goal, how will you feel as you're progressing?
Imagine it often.

This could be crucial in keeping your resolve.

How will your relationships be affected if you reach your
goal? Imagine it.

Would anyone else like to see you succeed? How would it
benefit them? Would you like that?
Any career benefits? Would it mean more money? How much?
Prestige? New office? How does this feel?

Any physical benefits? Less pain? Smaller dress size?
How would it make you feel?

Write down ALL the benefits, even if it takes you days or
weeks to think of them all. Carry this list with you and
read it often.

Think back now: Have you made any big resolutions to stop
some long-term bad habit or to start a new long-term good
habit?

Have you ever stuck with them?

So don't just read this and forget about it. This is a
formula for life success that you're being given. And more
than an idea that can only affect a small inconsequential
part of your life, this is HUGE!

This kind of habit, skill and "resolve" generating
activity can affect every single part of your life...
forever.

And it will help develop your character.

The dictionary calls character "A description of a
person's attributes, traits, or abilities."

What are yours right now?

Well, I'll tell you, if you can stick to even one
important resolution or goal, right to the end, because of
constantly keeping your focus on the benefits, then your
personal attributes, traits and abilities will all grow in
direct proportion to your commitment to keep those benefits
firmly in front of you in vivid, living color.

You CAN do it. I know you can.


Happy New Year!

Let's make this year your best year ever!

=======================================
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super successful? Mike Brescia has developed the ultimate
mental conditioning programs that can help anyone wipe out
intense fears and enjoy huge successes in all areas of
life. FR~EE details==> http://www.thinkrightnow.com
FR~EE email course ==> mailto:successcourse@aweber.com
=======================================


I love you all!!!

Mike


************************************************
Today's Empowering Beliefs To
Help Control Your Thoughts

************************************************
If you want to change your life fast, even though it might
seem like it's slow, then take the statements below, put
them on index cards and read them 3 times/day. Morning,
noon and just before you close your eyes at night.

They'll seep into your consciousness. And since you'll be
saying them so often, you'll soon begin to believe them.
That's how most beliefs start. Spaced repetition of thought.
Your attitudes will then positively change your emotions,
and you'll be compelled to do more... And you'll love it.

If you own Think Right Now for Windows, just paste them
into the appropriate file or make a new one -AND read them
three times per day. Think Right Now For Windows will help
put this re-scripting in overdrive.

------------------------------------------------

-- I am a goal achiever, through and through
-- When I commit to something I stick with it
-- I keep focused on the benefits of reaching my goals
-- Benefits are what compel me and drive me toward my goals



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Make this a memorable day!



~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

I remember joy. I remember who I Am. I am alive with the
expectancy of joy.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

ABOUT TODAY'S AFFIRMATION
Each sentence in this affirmation presents a different
nuance about remembering joy and being joyful. I like the
rhythm of all three. I also like the rhythm and meaning of
each one, worthy of exploration for many days, gosh, many
years! This remembrance that you affirm today is more than
remembering historical events, it activates memory at the
core of your soul. I Am that I Am.

ABOUT YOUR PROCESS
Consider what it means to remember joy. Re-member means to
reconnect, to be associated with a body. When you consider
what it means to re-member joy as a consciousness, you
reconnect with a body of consciousness. As you say today's
affirmation, FEEL the buoyant resonance of the word
"expectancy." Compare this resonance with the vibration
(feelings, senses, sounds) of the word "expectation," which
is often heavy pavement on the road to disappointment. Let
expectancy lift you up to the possibilities; let expectancy
help you to feel the aliveness of joy.

ABOUT RELATED ARTICLES
Among our articles, we particularly recommend:
"JoyPhrase Entries"
http://www.mhmail.com/articles/create-empowering-expressions.html
"Let's Replace this Expression: 'No Pain, No Gain'"
http://www.mhmail.com/articles/new-belief-system.html

ABOUT OUR AUTHOR AND SPONSORS
Sent in the consciousness of Joy 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

Empower Others: Give up the lead role

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Life Makeover For The Year 2006 (sm)
June 19, 2006
Week Twenty-Five -=- Empower Others
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-=- Brought to you by Cheryl Richardson -=-





~*~*~*~*~

"No doubt another may also think for me; but it is not therefore
desirable that he should do so to the exclusion of my thinking for
myself."

--Henry David Thoreau


~*~ Topic of the Week ~*~

This week I had a chance to spend time with my best friend Max, someone
who is near and dear to my heart. Max has been going through a tough time
dealing with an all-too-common and very painful situation -- a mom who has
dementia.

As I'm sure many of you can imagine (or know from personal experience), a
diagnosis of dementia or Alzheimers throws one's life into turmoil. There
is an enormous amount of energy that goes into dealing with the diagnosis
-- researching treatment options, finding the right caregivers, or
locating an appropriate place for a parent to live. And then, of course,
there's the challenge of dealing with the illness itself, managing the
financial resources, and facing the reality that you have now reversed
roles -- you've become the parent in the relationship.

While we discussed the situation, Max said something very interesting: "I
now realize why it's so important to let go of control and allow others to
take on some of the responsibility when it comes to managing our lives.
Since my dad died many years ago, my older sister had always managed my
mother's care, and now that she's gone (Max lost her only sibling to
cancer two years ago), I'm left to start from scratch. Had my sister
shared the burden with me earlier, I would have gained valuable knowledge
and experience that would make this current situation easier to handle."

Later in the day, after our conversation, I thought about my own life.
Where was I hanging onto control to the detriment of others? For example,
since I manage the finances for our family, I needed to think about
sharing some of that responsibility with my husband so he'd be able to
easily take over should something happen to me.

When we let go of control and allow someone else to take the reigns, we
empower others. We teach them to trust themselves, to become resourceful,
and to take greater responsibility for the quality of their lives. It's a
great argument for giving up the habit of overdoing. For those of us who
are used to being in charge, shifting this behavior can start in little
ways:

~*~ Letting your child choose his or her own clothes for school.
~*~ Letting a friend navigate directions to a new location without
interfering.
~*~ Sharing household responsibilities with the kids (laundry, cooking,
etc.).
~*~ Allowing your teenager to manage the maintenance of his or her own
car.
~*~ Letting your spouse find his or her own parking space :).

Once you've had a chance to practice, you'll then be ready for bigger
challenges:

~*~ Turning over the handling of the finances to your spouse or partner
for a while.
~*~ Sharing the caregiving of an elderly parent with another sibling (even
if he or she lives further away).
~*~ Allowing a friend to research vacation options.
~*~ Sitting back during a meeting and allowing a co-worker to take a lead
role.

Letting go of control means surrendering to the reality that there will be
mistakes made. But that's how people learn, and rarely do mistakes cause
dire consequences. Instead, they provide others with an opportunity for
growth. After all, think about how you came to handle what you do so
well. As you let others take the lead, the real challenge will be to wait
and keep breathing when you're tempted to take back control when the
situation is not going according to your plans.

As I think more about my conversation with Max, I realize it's an
important issue. One that makes me ask myself: What would others struggle
with if I wasn't around to handle it? You might want to consider asking
yourself that question, too.


~*~ Take Action Challenge ~*~

This week, look for ways that you tend to be in control and relax it a
little. Let someone else in the family cook dinner, invite a colleague to
take charge of a project, or put someone else in the family in charge of
the house responsibilities for a while. Empower others and allow them to
shine

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Law of Attraction

...Your day, every day, is comprised of stimulating, interesting, thought-provoking moments that cause you, whether you  know you are doing it or not, to emit vibrational signals that are projected into the future, and they are responsible for everything that happens to you...

...Every circumstance, every event, and every meeting of every person - everything that you live - is because of what you have been thinking about, wondering about, pondering, remembering, observing, considering, and imagining...You are literally thinking your life into being...

...When you accept that you are, right now, in the process of creating things that will manifest into your experience, and you are deliberately guiding your thoughts to good-feeling ideas... your future manifested experience will be filled with things that will delight you as they unfold into your experience...

...Now, when you feel frustration mounting, or impatience or anger surfacing, you can stop in a moment of true realization and ponder: Just what am I projecting into my vibrational escrow? Should I take a moment now and redirect my thoughts and change the course of my probable manifestation, or should I just let my thoughts run away with me - supported by Law of Attraction - and just live the consequences of my unmanaged, undirected thoughts?...

...Yes, of course, the manifestation will come. It certainly will come, good or bad. Wanted or unwanted, it is coming. But your life is now, your emotions are now, and the way you feel is now. Direct your thoughts to improve your now moment - and the manifestations will take care of themselves...

From "The Amazing Power of Deliberate Intent" - Ester and Jerry Hicks (The Teachings of Abraham)

The 10 Global Secrets to Being Enlightened

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1. Release all concern for what others think of you (especially
family, friends, and people you don't even know yet).

2. Send Love towards everything and everyone that comes into your
field of vision. Do this by opening your heart, relaxing your mind
and imagine you are sending love. Get to know the greatest love of
all is inside you!

3. Whenever in doubt, fear or worry replace it immediately with
wonder and curiousity.

4. Always be radically honest with yourself and others.

5. Take at least 20 minutes a day to connect with the Universe by
being still and quieting the mind. Pay attention to the silence that
is found in your simple sweet divine presence.

6. Be totally relaxed, conscious and present to THIS experience
happening to you... right now.

7. Follow through with everything you say you are going to do.
Respect your word as law.

8. Surround yourself with a group of like-minded souls who truly
support your dreams and desires.

9. Know that anything is possible in this infinite Universe. Be free
to think, say and experience anything you desire.

10. Profoundly accept yourself, your life and this Universe exactly
as it is right now.

Enlighten your life by learning the techniques and exercises that
will put these 10 secrets into action with The 90 Day Manifesting
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Much love,
Jafree Ozwald
http://www.EnlightenedBeings.com

Celebrate Your Little Victories Too



------------------------------
Today's Empowering Quote
------------------------------

"One great difference between a wise man and a fool is, the
former only wishes for what he may possibly obtain; the
latter desires impossibilities."
--Democritus

------------------------------
Today's Empowering Question
------------------------------

"What can I do today that will get me closer to my larger
ambition?"

------------------------------
Today's Fast Session
------------------------------

It is your right as a living human being to set a goal, be
able to work for it and achieve it.

One reason most people don't reach their ambitions is that
they fail to set small milestone goals; weekly, daily,
hourly.

To use the baseball analogy, you can score a lot of runs
by doing nothing except hitting singles. A home run gets
the biggest applause, but you can't reach your outcomes by
only swinging for the fence.

I was able to rise up from years of failure by giving
myself daily and hourly goals.

Sexy? Hardly.

Always fun? Not really.

But they were effective. Partly because every day I could
look back and see that I had accomplished the tasks I had
set forth for the day... which, by the way, tied in to my
bigger goals.

Now that's sexy.

You simply can't reach a big goal without lots of little
tasks that take you down the road to reaching it.

If you just internalize this one thing, you'll be able to
conquer bad habits that heretofore have beaten you bloody.

If you want to stop smoking or overeating, for example,
quit for an hour. If you accomplish that, you have
something for your Victory Log. Then do another hour.

Of course, it CAN be more complicated than that.

Maybe you don't feel particularly worthy to join the ranks
of the non-smokers and thin people of the world. That's a
self-image issue. But if you want to get to it the fastest
way, set a goal each hour.

If you do that, you can achieve 16 goals per day in your
waking hours and get on a tremendous roll. If you've never
gotten that kind of momentum going, it's a high I can't
fully describe. You've got to experience it yourself. I
smoked for nearly 20 years, nearly 10 of those at about a
pack and a half a day. And it's a minute by minute fight
until you win, not a daily fight.

Set some small, more easily achievable goals and see how
easy it is compared to looking at some big unimaginable
mountain you want to climb.

Remember, break things down in bite-sized chunks and you
can do anything you want...

Anything.

=======================================
What if you had the same minute-by-minute thoughts as the
super successful? Mike Brescia has developed the ultimate
mental conditioning programs that can help anyone wipe out
intense fears and enjoy huge successes in all areas of
life. FR~EE details==> http://www.thinkrightnow.com
FR~EE email course ==> mailto:successcourse@aweber.com
=======================================


I love you all!!!

Mike


************************************************
Today's Empowering Beliefs To
Help Control Your Thoughts

************************************************
If you want to change your life fast, even though it might
seem like it's slow, then take the statements below, put
them on index cards and read them 3 times/day. Morning,
noon and just before you close your eyes at night.

They'll seep into your consciousness. And since you'll be
saying them so often, you'll soon begin to believe them.
That's how most beliefs start. Spaced repetition of thought.
Your attitudes will then positively change your emotions,
and you'll be compelled to do more... And you'll love it.

If you own Think Right Now for Windows, just paste them
into the appropriate file or make a new one -AND read them
three times per day. Think Right Now For Windows will help
put this re-scripting in overdrive.

------------------------------------------------

-- I see my issues around my desires completely now
-- I set attainable goals and I achieve them
-- My ambition is growing daily
-- I set daily goals and I achieve them



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Make this a powerful day!



~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

My mission is to bring joy to my world. I give my attention
to joy so that it expands.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

ABOUT TODAY'S AFFIRMATION
What a beautiful mission! What you give your attention to
expands. If you give your attention to lack, lack expands.
If you give your attention to joy, joy expands. If you give
your attention to fighting disease, you expand fighting
disease as well as both fighting and disease. If you give
our attention to abundance, abundance expands. This is a
Universal Law. The Universe interprets your giving your
attention to something as your interest in experiencing more
subjects similar to that one. After all, you surely would
not give your attention (which is your energy) to anything
that you do not want to experience, would you? Think about
it.

ABOUT YOUR PROCESS
So, what has YOUR attention today? Is it joy? agony?
satisfaction? pain? What? After determining what has your
attention, consider...... Is that where you desire your
attention to be? Is that thing worthy of your attention?
If your answer is no, change the focus of your attention.
If you accomplish nothing else today but to shift your
attention from what you DO NOT want (e.g., pain,
discomfort, regret, loss) to what you DO want, this
promises to be a powerful day.

ABOUT RELATED ARTICLES
Among our articles, we particularly recommend:
"Asking Empowering Questions"
http://www.mhmail.com/articles/ask-empowering-questions.html
"Ending Poverty Consciousness"
http://www.mhmail.com/articles/end-poverty-consciousness.html
"Focus of Our Attention"
http://www.mhmail.com/articles/focus-attention.html
"Freedom from Bondage"
http://www.mhmail.com/articles/freedom-from-bondage.html

ABOUT OUR AUTHOR AND SPONSORS
Sent in the consciousness of Joy 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

School Is Never Out



------------------------------
Today's Empowering Quote
------------------------------

"Phil Jackson knows how to coach me. He gets me angry.
When I get angry, I dominate. It's perfect."
-Shaquille O'Neal

------------------------------
Today's Empowering Question
------------------------------

"Who else can I learn important skills and lessons from
now?"

------------------------------
Today's Fast Session
------------------------------

In today's quote, Shaquille O'Neal, the All-Star center
with the Los Angeles Lakers, underscores an incredibly
important point. And that is this...

No matter what your individual accomplishments are, no
matter how good you think you are at something, you can
still get better. Sometimes a LOT better.

Shaq was already named as one of the 50 greatest players
of all time.

When he wants a basket or a rebound, he won't be denied.

But the problem is that while he has always had the
physical skills to be great, his decisions haven't always
been the greatest.

One problem was, his mind was often somewhere else besides
the game. When that happens, he might get his points but
his team would lose... even though he may have scored 40 or
50.

Another one is, for years he was basically a one-man show.
His teammates were not made better because Shaq was
playing. Result? Seven years... no championships.

What the addition of Phil Jackson as coach has meant,
besides back-to-back championships, is Shaq now plays a
more team oriented game... the kind that makes everyone
better. He now has his head in the game more. He's less
selfish. He's a better listener... more teachable.

Because no matter how good you are at some task or
profession, you can't possibly push yourself or motivate
yourself as well as a coach or teacher can do it for you.

It's interesting that Shaq made this statement, because
recently he was extremely angry at Phil for pushing him too
hard.

But he's to be admired, because he again realized that
championships are the goal.

It's often hard to take orders from people, especially
when you don't agree with them.

But keep in mind that it's almost unheard of to self-teach
your way to excellence through high school, college or a
business career. Guidance is the most valuable thing about
institutions of learning and business. Deadlines are
usually better enforced by someone other than ourselves.

Willpower, quite often, is anything but powerful.

This is why self-help info products and gadgets don't
usually produce the change in people that they want. An
exercise bike can't force you to get on it. You have to do
that by yourself.

When I talk about seeing each day as a day to learn, much
of that learning must come from simple observation.

Watch people.

Listen to those who get a lot done. Listen to their
words. Ask about what motivates them. Ask them about how
they get over their problems and how they 'use' them to
carry on.

Yes. I said USE their problems.

Most people have challenges and they are seen as problems,
excuses, valid reasons to fail.

Effective people see them as motivation.

How?

By realizing that EVERYONE has challenges.

Just because you have some tragedy doesn't mean you're
cursed. It means you have to get over it. It means that
when you do get over it, you will go on with valuable
experience that will help you in the future.

You have been given another mental tool.

If you see challenges and tragedies as legitimate excuses
to hide, to quit, to fail...

...then you don't get the valuable experience. You will
be less, not more, in the future.

You'll be less able to handle it again, when life hands
you another big challenge... and another.

And life will. You can count on it.

So don't beg for life to be different than this. Because
it won't change.

And that's good.

See this as one of the great mysteries unveiled for you
and you'll be richer and happier by multiples.

See it as unwelcome news and you'll continue to hide, to
quit, to fail.

=======================================
What if you had the same minute-by-minute thoughts as the
super successful? Mike Brescia has developed the ultimate
mental conditioning programs that can help anyone wipe out
intense fears and enjoy huge successes in all areas of
life. FR~EE details==> http://www.thinkrightnow.com
FR~EE email course ==> mailto:successcourse@aweber.com
=======================================


I love you all!!!

Mike


************************************************
Today's Empowering Beliefs To
Help Control Your Thoughts

************************************************
If you want to change your life fast, even though it might
seem like it's slow, then take the statements below, put
them on index cards and read them 3 times/day. Morning,
noon and just before you close your eyes at night.

They'll seep into your consciousness. And since you'll be
saying them so often, you'll soon begin to believe them.
That's how most beliefs start. Spaced repetition of thought.
Your attitudes will then positively change your emotions,
and you'll be compelled to do more... And you'll love it.

If you own Think Right Now for Windows, just paste them
into the appropriate file or make a new one -AND read them
three times per day. Think Right Now For Windows will help
put this re-scripting in overdrive.

------------------------------------------------

-- I see each day's new challenges as the way toward high
achievement
-- I overcome all challenges that come my way
-- I learn something valuable from everyone I meet
-- I'm now achieving my potential
-- I am getting better at everything I do
-- I believe I can learn anything



==============================================
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http://www.todayisyourdaytowin.com

Make this an extraordinary day!



~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

High intention operates in the midst of joy. Joy operates
in the midst of high intention.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

ABOUT TODAY'S AFFIRMATION
This affirmation is effective when using either or both
sentences. Joy is an energy that makes the environment more
fertile for high intention. High intention is a consciousness
which fosters joy. This DailyAffirm process works regularly
with intention because it is a powerful concept, frequently
overlooked as the source for all actions. Perhaps you are
often unconscious of your intention, especially when
performing ordinary or regular tasks. By asking "What is
my/your/our/the intention?" you bring to the surface the
intention you desire to live from and with. You convert
ordinary activities to extraordinary activities by raising
your intention as high as you can.

ABOUT YOUR PROCESS
Select a project or task that has your attention today. It
matters not if it is big or little, just one that has your
attention. Got it? (Pause and reflect, if needed.) Now,
state an intention with respect to that project or task.
Maybe it is simply "to get it done." Now ask yourself, is
this a high Intention? A high intention might be to use
the task "to open communication between my boss and me."
If your original intention does not seem high enough for
you, change it. Now ask yourself, is this high intention
joyful? A joyful high intention might be, "to appreciate
every moment with my boss as we deepen our relationship."
Adjust your intention however you need so that you have a
joyful high intention for this task. As tasks present
themselves to you throughout this day, you will find it
easier to move directly to realizing a joyful high
intention.

ABOUT RELATED ARTICLES
Among our articles, we particularly recommend:
"Focus of Our Attention"
http://www.mhmail.com/articles/focus-attention.html
"Strategies for the Highest Good"
http://www.mhmail.com/articles/personal-growth-strategies.html

ABOUT OUR AUTHOR AND SPONSORS
Sent in the consciousness of Joy 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

DON'T MAKE YOUR THOUGHTS YOUR PRISONS



You're more important than any of your problems.
What you have outside you counts less than what you have inside you.

Courage gives you the power to face your difficulties.
It comes from the reserves of your mind
that are more powerful than your outside circumstances.

Your obstacles will look large or small to you
according to whether you are large or small.

Courage gives you the capacity to confront what can be imagined.
It gives you the ability to rise above your present reality.
Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear,
not absence of fear.

When you recognize that you're bigger than your problems,
you'll gain the courage necessary to overcome anything.



THE DAILY GURU


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©2006 by Max Steingart

Sonnet # XXXVIII.

 How can my Muse want subject to invent, While thou dost breathe, that pour'st into my verse Thine own sweet argument, too excellent For every vulgar paper to rehearse? O, give thyself the thanks, if aught in me Worthy perusal stand against thy sight; For who's so dumb that cannot write to thee, When thou thyself dost give invention light? Be thou the tenth Muse, ten times more in worth Than those old nine which rhymers invocate; And he that calls on thee, let him bring forth Eternal numbers to outlive long date. If my slight Muse do please these curious days, The pain be mine, but thine shall be the praise.

Don't Be A Slave To Guilt


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Today's Empowering Quote
------------------------------

"We cling to our bad feelings and beat ourselves with the
past when what we should do is let go of it, like Peter
did. Once you let go of guilt, then you go out and change
the world."
-James Carroll

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Today's Empowering Question
------------------------------

"What do I feel guilty about? Why? Isn't it about time I
let it go?"

------------------------------
Today's Fast Session
------------------------------

Whew! There are a lot of things to feel guilty about
aren't there?

We could feel bad about our thoughts, our mistakes, our
failures. We didn't try hard enough. We didn't make a
decision soon enough and lost out on something we wanted.
We invested too heavily in one company, and its stock
bombed.

Something we said or did deeply hurt another person. We
told an off-color joke. We were responsible to hundreds or
even thousands of others and somehow, we let them down.
It's endless.

And we die a thousand deaths over it.

It's true that our thoughts, words and actions can have
negative consequences.

Fortunately, it's these consequences, thought out
beforehand, that keep us from doing many things that WOULD
hurt others as well as ourselves.

But we can't foresee EVERY bad result coming down the
pike. To err is human, as they say.

Knowing that, though, doesn't always (and for some people,
it never does) make it feel any better when we make a
blunder. Soooo, we get the guilt... which can be very
useful.

But it's when we get overrun with guilt that we just get
paralyzed, unable to forgive ourselves for this "heinous"
act we performed.

As James Carroll said, St. Peter was able to forgive
himself for denying Jesus and move on to take actions that
changed the course of the world in a positive way. If he
had forever thought himself horrible and unable to make
amends, our world could be very different today.

We're all exactly the same as Peter.

So many people make a mistake or say something in a fit of
rage, and forever after define themselves by it.

We say that we ARE stupid, or we ARE a bad person, a lazy
person, a selfish person. Guilt literally can put us
behind bars in the sense that it takes away our freedom to
choose our future actions.

We too often don't want to risk these mistakes again, so
we stay quiet. We don't voice our ideas, in case they
wouldn't work out... Because if they didn't work, not only
would we feel stupid, but we would feel overly responsible
for the consequences.

Yes, guilt and shame can be a vicious circle that can
literally shackle our potential.

But because it's invisible, we usually don't see it. We
just think we're being wise... that we're protecting
ourselves.

Have you ever wondered how people who are in the spotlight
or who have been successful in business deal with their
impactful decisions that turn out badly?

Well, the trouble with being well known is that your
mistakes and blunders are also well known.

So how do these people treat their gaffs?

They put them in a perspective that minimizes them. And
as long as this perspective allows them to learn to not
repeat the same mistakes over and over, they can go on and
continue to be a top performer in their field... which can
benefit themselves and others.

What would happen if a popular actress had a movie flop
and decided she was the cause? She may never want to risk
that kind of failure again. She may start making
incredibly bad career decisions... decisions that could
potentially affect the flow of hundreds of millions of
dollars.

If you are responsible for someone else's tremendous pain
or bad situation, how do you go on and achieve a high
degree of success, happiness or wealth without feeling
guilty?

You don't. Feel the guilt. And learn from it.

But when you've learned what you need, give the guilt a
shape, pop it in a jar, seal it up and throw it away.

Forgive yourself.

All our products are filled with statements about letting
go of guilt and past hurts because unless you do, there is
no risking, no effort, no accomplishment...

...And in the event that you do accomplish much, without
self-forgiveness there is little joy in what you've done.
You just feel guilty about it.

There are too many good books on the subject for me to
steer you toward any one in particular, but do some study
on it. Learn about how guilt is affecting you...

...Because you can be certain of one thing. Guilt is
negatively affecting your daily decisions to some degree.

And the extent to which you can lessen it is the exact
measure of additional accomplishment and joy you will have
in your life.

Many people will NEVER forgive you for your actions.
That's why YOU have to.

Right now, think of something great that you experienced
in the last ten years that you had absolutely no concept of
before you experienced it. Remember what it was like
during the experience? Stunning. Exhilarating. You were
awe struck.

Well, when you can let go of the things you've done and
move on with a clean slate, you will feel something that is
possibly ten times greater than what you experienced back
then.

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Mike


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Today's Empowering Beliefs To
Help Control Your Thoughts
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If you want to change your life fast, even though it might
seem like it's slow, then take the statements below, put
them on index cards and read them 3 times/day. Morning,
noon and just before you close your eyes at night.

They'll seep into your consciousness. And since you'll be
saying them so often, you'll soon begin to believe them.
That's how most beliefs start. Spaced repetition of thought.
Your attitudes will then positively change your emotions,
and you'll be compelled to do more... And you'll love it.

If you own Think Right Now for Windows, just paste them
into the appropriate file or make a new one -AND read them
three times per day. Think Right Now For Windows will help
put this re-scripting in overdrive.

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-- I am a good person
-- I deserve happiness
-- I feel forgiven



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Make this a springy day!



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I deepen my awareness of the consciousness of joy, from
which my gracious actions spring.

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ABOUT TODAY'S AFFIRMATION
I often envision consciousness as a sphere or a pool. This
is the consciousness in which you move and live and have
your being when you work at the depth of these affirmations.
Although I have used the word "gracious" to qualify the
actions, be assured, you need not be gracious at all in the
traditional sense of that word. Sloppy or awkward or clumsy
will do just as well. The more you dip into the
consciousness of joy, the more gracious are your actions,
regardless of how they may be perceived.

ABOUT YOUR PROCESS
Pay close attention to the differences you feel when you are
in the consciousness of joy and when you are not in the
consciousness of joy. Which do you prefer? Intellectually,
you probably opt for the most frequent and obvious response,
usually emphatically, "IN JOY!" However, you may have
become accustomed to being annoyed or angry or resentful or
grumpy or depressed. If you quickly and authentically
express such negative feelings as these, you may be amazed
how easily you can move yourself to joy. The key is to find
places to put your attention that prompt you to feel even
just a little better than the negative emotion you
frequently feel. Today, give yourself permission to be.
Give yourself permission to be human -- not as an excuse to
screw up, but as a gesture of self-love and grace.

ABOUT RELATED ARTICLES
Among our articles, we particularly recommend:
"Focus of Our Attention"
http://www.mhmail.com/articles/focus-attention.html
"Strategies for the Highest Good"
http://www.mhmail.com/articles/personal-growth-strategies.html

ABOUT OUR AUTHOR AND SPONSORS
Sent in the consciousness of Joy 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

How to Reprogram Yourself for Success


The words you say in your mind to yourself and to others are the most powerful manifesting vehicles.  Each message that you think and think again, carries a certain vibrational energy that programs your mind and the cells in your body.  The thoughts you have create chemicals in your brain that bring you experiences of relaxation and peace or struggle.

Try this simple experiment.  Say the word, "YES" out loud.  How do you feel when you say that word?  Now, say the word, "NO" out loud. What do you notice after saying this word?  Most people find that the word "YES" gives them an expansive energy boost, and makes them feel more positive, while the word "NO" creates a mini wall of tension in their body.  Each word you think carries a vibrational quality behind it that impacts your “manifesting vibration”.  This vibration determines how easily and quickly you manifest your hearts desires into your life.
 
Your body’s manifesting vibrational energy acts like a blueprint, which the Universe uses to generate circumstances in your life.  Every time you use positive words in your mind (or out loud) you are really sending out a “request” or “command” to the Universe about what you are going to manifest.  You’ll find that thinking only positive thoughts will yield positive circumstances, while negative thoughts can only manifest negative circumstances.  The more a thought is repeated, the more it tends to influence your mind and life circumstance.  Since whatever you hold your attention upon is what grows and manifests, you certainly want to be conscious of the thoughts you allow your mind and body to experience.

This is where the power of affirmations comes in.  If you examine the word “affirmation” you can see the word “firm” is contained within it.  The repetitive positive message is being made energetically FIRM inside your body and mind.  It is strengthening each time it is summoned and its energy grows each time it is emotionally felt.  By FEELING these positive affirmation statements every day, you will find that you can let go of anything that may be stopping you from truly relaxing and enjoying your life.  As each affirmation is repeated daily, it deepens and softens into your body and mind.  This softening will cause it to simultaneously transform your reality and manifest it into your physical world.  As this alchemical process unfolds itself, you will find yourself moving from being the victim of life’s circumstances, to being the gentle master over every situation in your life. 

Affirmations are the most powerful, effective, and efficient way to reprogram your internal software and hardware from past negative thinking/feeling patterns into positive patterns that generate success.  This reprogramming allows you to maintain a more positive ego/identity which simply makes your life more relaxing, and successful.  Rather than continuing to tolerate and be defined by negative voices that are constantly being regurgitated inside your head, thoughts and feelings of abundance, joy, and freedom will automatically bubble up inside your mind throughout each day.  The more often you consciously repeat and affirm who you want to be sincerely from your heart, the more frequently those same thoughts tend to resurface naturally on their own, resulting in the creation of the abundant and successful life you desire.
 
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"What You Get Is What You See"



SOME BOYS GOT THE LOOK OF THE GREEK ADONIS
SOME BOYS TRY TALK YOU OFF YOUR FEET
SOME BOYS THINK THEY`RE GODS GIFT TO WOMEN
SOME BOYS THINK THEY`RE SWEET ENOUGH TO EAT

TRY TO CHANGE THE HABIT OF A LIFETIME
DON`T EVEN TRY
`COS WHEN YOU CUT DOWN DEEPER THAN THE ICING
YOU REALISE


WHAT YOU GET IS WHAT YOU SEE
AIN`T NOTHING MORE TO IT
AND IF YOU WANNA LOVE A WOMAN LIKE ME
IT TAKES A MAN TO DO IT
IF WHAT YOU GET IS WHAT YOU SEE
WHEN I DON`T WANT YOUR KIND OF LOVE

SOME GUYS GOT LIPS THAT YOU CAN`T HELP KISSING
SOME GUYS GOTTA SMILE THAT YOU CAN`T RESIST
SOME GUYS GOTTA BUILD A REPUTATION
THEY JUST WANNA ADD YOU TO THE LIST

YOU GOTTA LOT OF PHYSICAL ATTRACTION
I CAN`T DENY
BUT CAN YOU GUARANTEE ME SATISFACTION
WELL I`M STILL WAITING, WAITING, WAITING, WAITING, WAITING


SO LET ME SEE YOUR CARDS ON THE TABLE
BEFORE I BUY
I ALWAYS READ THE WRITING ON THE LABEL
SO GIVE ME REASON TO BELIVE THERE`S MORE TO YOU
THAN MEETS THE EYE



THERE`S NOTHING MORE TO IT
IT TAKES A MAN, TAKES A MAN
I DON`T WANT YOUR KIND OF LOVE
THERE`S NOTHING MORE TO IT

Make this a magnificent day!


joy
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I know that joy leads to the highest good for all.

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ABOUT TODAY'S AFFIRMATION
Joy is both a path and an energy that propels you on a path.
When you live in the consciousness of joy, you can more
easily accept the concept of the highest good for all. It
is obvious when you are in the consciousness of joy that
the highest good for all does exist, but only if you let go
of the belief that you have figured out what the specific
good is for each. It is tempting sometimes to try to take
control and to have judgments and express opinions. You can
experience a power beyond words when you hold a space for
the manifestation of the highest good for all, letting go of
control, judgments, and opinions. You can affirm the h
ighest good for all as a consciousness without knowing the
specific outcomes.

ABOUT YOUR PROCESS
With your over-arching intention for joy in the forefront of
your mind, consider what "highest good" means to you. You
may find it helpful to identify a real situation in your
life, although beware the trap of thinking you know what is
best in a situation that is too close or emotionally charged.
You may find it MORE helpful to focus on a real situation in
someone else's life or one in your own life that is of minor
importance. Envision joy operating in the situation you
have chosen; let this joy be the energy that creates the
highest good. Just joy, now, no opinions. If you are a
helping professional, you will find this approach enhances
your work greatly without giving up anything you are already
doing (unless, of course, you hold onto control and
judgments and opinions).

ABOUT RELATED ARTICLES
Among our articles, we particularly recommend:
"Focus of Our Attention"
http://www.mhmail.com/articles/focus-attention.html
"Strategies for the Highest Good"
http://www.mhmail.com/articles/personal-growth-strategies.html

ABOUT OUR AUTHOR AND SPONSORS
Sent in the consciousness of Joy 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

Make this an intentional week!

Greetings on the 3rd week of June with the theme of Joy.
During this week we focus on Being/Intending Affirmations.
Make this an intentional week!

Remind yourself of your over-arching intention for joy.
Your statement serves as an umbrella over the whole month's
exploration of joy. It is especially helpful to re-visit
your over-arching intention as you work and play with this
week's Being and Intending Affirmations.

ABOUT BEING/INTENDING AFFIRMATIONS and JOY
"To be" and "To intend" are companion ideas, associated also
with mission and purpose. It is from your being and your
intending that you create and act. Next week, DailyAffirm
focuses on doing, acting, claiming, and manifesting. This
week, though, stay focused on the consciousness from which
you act. Many people choose to go on spiritual retreats or
vision quests or to engage in dream journaling or other
kinds of inward exploration in order to understand more
fully who they are or who they want to become. I advocate
that you choose to (under)stand right where are.

ABOUT YOUR PROCESS
So, here's the big question of the week: what is your life
mission? If your immediate response is your job or career
or role, my next question is: what is your life mission?
Or I might vary the question and ask: What is your purpose
for being on the planet? Or, who are you here to be? You
are here in the context of a larger whole. You are here to
do, certainly. But, who ARE you? Who are YOU? What is your
higher purpose? If you are uncertain, let yourself accept
the uncertainty. And return to the questions, who are you?
What is your life mission? (Please note: answers to such
questions need not be the same each time. As you keep
asking yourself these questions, you will become more and
more comfortable with a grand variety and richness of
answers.) So, who are you? What is your life mission?

ABOUT THE AFFIRMATIONS
If I were to select the definitive affirmation for the week
to represent being and intending for Joy it would be "I give
my attention to joy so that it expands." Our Universe is
ever-expanding and this expansion is based on the focus of
our attention.

Following are all seven affirmations. Select one to focus
on for the week or use a different affirmation each day or
some combination. You will receive each of these
affirmations on the appropriate days with additional
information and suggestions. Make your process work for
you.

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June 15:
I know that joy leads to the highest good for all.

June 16:
I deepen my awareness of the consciousness of joy, from
which my gracious actions spring.

June 17:
High intention operates in the midst of joy. Joy operates
in the midst of high intention.

June 18:
My mission is to bring joy to my world. I give my attention
to joy so that it expands.

June 19:
I remember joy. I remember who I Am. I am alive with the
expectancy of joy.

June 20:
I understand the meaning of joy. I know that joy is a deep
freedom.

June 21:
Joy enhances all my thoughts and feelings.

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ABOUT RELATED ARTICLES
Among our articles, we particularly recommend:
"Asking Empowering Questions"
http://www.mhmail.com/articles/ask-empowering-questions.html
"Focus of Our Attention"
http://www.mhmail.com/articles/focus-attention.html

ABOUT OUR AUTHOR AND SPONSORS
Sent in the consciousness of Joy 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

Information Please



When I was quite young, my father had one of the first telephones in our
neighborhood. I remember well the polished old case fastened to the wall.
The shiny receiver hung on the side of the box. I was too little to reach
the telephone, but used to listen with fascination when my mother used to
talk to it.

Then I discovered that somewhere inside the wonderful device lived an
amazing person - her name was "Information Please" and there was nothing
she did not know.

"Information Please" could supply anybody's number and the correct time.
My first personal experience with this genie-in-the-bottle came one day
while my mother was visiting a neighbor. Amusing myself at the tool bench
in the basement, I whacked my finger with a hammer. The pain was
terrible, but there didn't seem to be any reason in crying because there
was no one home to give sympathy. I walked around the house sucking my
throbbing finger, finally arriving at the stairway.

The telephone! Quickly, I ran for the footstool in the parlor and dragged
it to the landing. Climbing up, I unhooked the receiver in the parlor and
held it to my ear.

"Information Please," I said into the mouthpiece just above my head.

A click or two and a small clear voice spoke into my ear. "Information."
"I hurt my finger. . ." I wailed into the phone. The tears came readily
enough now that I had an audience.

"Isn't your mother home?" came the question.

"Nobody's home but me." I blubbered.

"Are you bleeding?" "No," I replied. "I hit my finger with the hammer and
it hurts."

"Can you open your icebox?" she asked. I said I could.

"Then chip off a little piece of ice and hold it to your finger," said
the voice.

After that, I called "Information Please" for everything. I asked her for
help with my geography and she told me where Philadelphia was. She helped
me with my math. She told me my pet chipmunk that I had caught in the
park just the day before would eat fruits and nuts.

Then, there was the time Petey, our pet canary died. I called
"Information Please" and told her the sad story. She listened, then said
the usual things grown-ups say to soothe a child. But I was un-consoled.
I asked her, "Why is it that birds should sing so beautifully and bring
joy to all families, only to end up as a heap of feathers on the bottom
of a cage?" She must have sensed my deep concern, for she said quietly,

"Paul, always remember that there are other worlds to sing in."

Somehow I felt better. Another day I was on the telephone. "Information
Please." "Information," said the now familiar voice. "How do you spell
fix?" I asked.

All this took place in a small t own in the Pacific Northwest. When I was
9 years old, we moved across the country to Boston. I missed my friend
very much. "Information Please" belonged in that old wooden box back
home, and I somehow never thought of trying the tall, shiny new phone
that sat on the table in the hall. As I grew into my teens, the memories
of those childhood conversations never really left me. Often, in moments
of doubt and perplexity I would recall the serene sense of security I had
then.

I appreciated now how patient, understanding, and kind she was to have
spent her time on a little boy. A few years later, on my way west to
college, my plane put down in Seattle. I had about half an hour or so
between planes. I spent 15 minutes or so on the phone with my sister, who
lived there now.

Then without thinking what I was doing, I dialed my hometown operator and
said, "Information, Please".

Miraculously, I heard the small, clear voice I knew so wel l,
"Information."

I hadn't planned this but I heard myself saying, "Could you please tell
me how to spell fix?"

There was a long pause.

Then came the soft spoken answer, "I guess your finger must have healed
by now."

I laughed. "So it's really still you,' I said.

"I wonder if you have any idea how much you meant to me during that
time."

"I wonder", she said, "if you know how much your calls meant to me. I
never had any children, and I used to look forward to your calls."

I told her how often I had thought of her over the years and I asked if I
could call her again when I came back to visit my sister. "Please do, she
said. "Just ask for Sally."

Three months later I was back in Seattle. A different voice answered
"Information." I asked for Sally.

"Are you a friend?" She said. "Yes, a v ery old friend," I answered.

"I'm sorry to have to tell you this, she said. Sally had been working
part-time the last few years because she was sick. She died five weeks
ago."

Before I could hang up she said, "Wait a minute. Did you say your name
was Paul?" "Yes." "Well, Sally left a message for you. She wrote it down
in case you called. Let me read it to you."

The note said, "Tell him I still say there are other worlds to sing in.
He'll know what I mean."

I thanked her and hung up. I knew what Sally meant.

Never underestimate the impression you may make on others.

Author unknown



Ego's tricks



"One of the great dangers of transformational work is that the ego attempts to sidestep deep psychological work by leaping into the transcendent too soon. This is because the ego always fancies itself much more ‘advanced’ than it actually is."

-- Don Richard Riso and Russ Hudson

The Tibetan teacher, Chogyam Trungpa, warned of the trap of spiritual materialism. He says we must be ever diligent to spot the ego’s use of the spiritual journey to further its own ends.

We may think it’s spiritual to yearn for divine connection. And yet, if the longing is to fill an emptiness inside, just how does this differ from the one who yearns for money or possessions to fill the inner void? Do we look to our spiritual practices as proof of our evolved consciousness or as protection against fears?

Any time we use spiritual disciplines to maintain our identity and security, we are not yet on the path of genuine spiritual development.

"Enlightenment is ego’s ultimate disappointment."

-- Chögyam Trungpa


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ATTITUDE IS EVERYTHING




You determine your attitude.

You can respond positively or negatively to any situation.
Your attitude is not determined by circumstances,
but by how you respond to your circumstances.

Any challenge facing you is not as important
as your attitude towards it,
for that will determine your success or failure.

It's how you react to events, not the events themselves,
that determines your attitude.



THE DAILY GURU


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©2006 by Max Steingart

Sonnet # XXXVII.

As a decrepit father takes delight To see his active child do deeds of youth, So I, made lame by fortune's dearest spite, Take all my comfort of thy worth and truth. For whether beauty, birth, or wealth, or wit, Or any of these all, or all, or more, Entitled in thy parts do crowned sit, I make my love engrafted to this store: So then I am not lame, poor, nor despised, Whilst that this shadow doth such substance give That I in thy abundance am sufficed And by a part of all thy glory live. Look, what is best, that best I wish in thee: This wish I have; then ten times happy me!

THERE IS A GOOD SIDE TO EVERY SITUATION



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

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

In all of your adversities lie 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.



THE DAILY GURU


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©2006 by Max Steingart

Make this a ready day!



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I am ready right now to live in joy.

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ABOUT TODAY'S AFFIRMATION
Many beautiful affirmations are popular these days. The
reason that some of these beautiful affirmations "don't work"
is that the people saying them are not ready to believe them
because of opposing beliefs that are stronger. If you do
not believe the phrase "I am joyful," saying it repeatedly
will not make you believe it. This is especially true if
you limit yourself to repeatedly saying "I am joyful" for
twenty minutes in the morning and then forget to be joyful
and proceed to give your attention to non-joy. DailyAffirm
is a process with different parts and cycles to open you to
live in joy, rather than a steady stream of power statements
for you to repeat. Honor that you have a full range of
human experiences, some of which need to be released,
completed, and forgotten.

ABOUT YOUR PROCESS
The flavor and rhythm of the DailyAffirm List process shifts
tomorrow to Being/Intending Affirmations. As you approach
the half-way point of the month, this is a perfect time to
re-visit the over-arching intention you set for Joy. "The
highest good for all" is my favorite, all purpose, generic
high intention. Examples of statements for over-arching
intention for Joy are:

* To live in joy, to enjoy life.
* I intend to know joy.
* By the end of the month, to feel joy in a deeper way.
* To live in the consciousness of joy, not changed by
outer circumstances.
* To shift my attention from non-joy to joy.
* To trust that the highest good is always operating.
* To live my life joyfully, from the inside out.

ABOUT RELATED ARTICLES
Among our articles, we particularly recommend:
"Fire Free Bird"
http://www.mhmail.com/articles/surrender-to-trust.html
"Resonating with the Light with Jeanie Marshall"
http://www.mhmail.com/articles/resonating-with-light.html

ABOUT THE NEXT TYPE OF AFFIRMATIONS
Tomorrow the Being/Intending affirmations begin. Today is a
good day to reflect on all that you have received so that
you can explore more deeply who you are. Please also
re-visit your over-arching intention for Joy because you will
use that as a foundation for exploration.

ABOUT OUR AUTHOR AND SPONSORS
Sent in the consciousness of Joy 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

Thinking of poverty or wealth?


"Being poor is a frame of mind."

-- Mike Todd

What do you think of money?

Our beliefs create our reality. If you have struggled with money most of your adult life, chances are that something happened when you were young to create limiting beliefs around money and prosperity. Look back to your early years. What beliefs did your parents and other influential adults have about money? Chances are you’re also carrying those beliefs. Are they serving you?

“The law of abundance is that everything replicates after its own kind. Like is attracted to like. If you want more wealth, concentrate of wealth; think thoughts of abundance and wealth.”

-- Delfin Knowledge System


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I WOULD LIKE TO GIVE YOU ...

....THE FIVE MOST POWERFUL TOOLS YOU NEED IN LIFE FOR ESSENTIAL LIFE WISDOM.


Everyone wants to be able to change their lives in some way: to heal something, to move forward on a project, to initiate a discipline like an exercise program, to change a personal habit, to find a romantic partner, to get divorced and begin a new life, to lose weight, to get to their 'highest potential', to finish unfinished business, to develop their intuition, to understand their Sacred Contract.


Every one has a next step, and everyone ' absolutely everyone ' has trouble accomplishing these goals. I've worked with people for over twenty years and I am very familiar with all the reasons and excuses we give ourselves for not moving forward.

Not moving forward is extremely painful for everyone and not just because you're frustrated with yourself. The desire you have to change a habit or begin a new life comes from the soul, not just from a reservoir of frustration that accumulates over months or years of coping with the same dysfunctional patterns of self-sabotage.


In response to this very real challenge that faces so many people, I've created this workshop as a 'wisdom resource' that will be of great help to every one who takes this workshop for the rest of their lives.

I have always developed my material to emphasize practical instruction combined with inspiration because for me, that is the combination that generates the most effective and empowering life alchemy.

With that in mind, the following topics will be explored in depth, all of which combined equal a tool box of essential life wisdom:


1: Humbleness versus the fear of being Humiliated
: Most people are controlled their entire lives by the fear of being humiliated and that fear alone holds them back from moving forward in their lives. At the same time, few understand the liberation that accompanies what it means to be humble in this world. How do you get over the paralyzing fear of being humiliating and always worrying about 'what others are going to say?'That's up for discussion in this workshop.

2. Theory, Fact or Fiction? Which category fits your life and your dreams? A discussion of the qualities of people who have managed to make their life plans happen versus those who continue to live in fiction, fantasy and theory. Plus I'll give a check list of items to help you identify which category fits your habits and profile the most: Are you living a life of 'theory': 'I intend to do this or that AS SOON AS...'.Or a life of 'fiction': 'Someday I would really like to....'but IN FACT what you are really doing and probably know you will never really change is ---This segment of the workshop is a real eye-opener, to say the least.

3. Understanding the four stages of conscious growth and where you are stuck: Revolution-Involution-Narcissism-Evolution. It's been my observation that the pattern of significant change, whether cosmic or personal, follows those four stages, which I will go into in great detail. You can't avoid experiencing these stages even when you are going through shifts in relationships, much less major life changes, or even entering into the spiritual crisis of the dark night of the soul. These four stages represent an archetypal journey. Most people get stuck in the one of these stages. I'll go into a description of each pattern with strategies of how to move forward.

4. Are you suffering from 'Guidance Overload'? Guidance Overload is a very real psychic condition that comes from asking for help from too many people but never acting on any of the information that you have poured into your psychic field. This segment of the workshop involves a discussion of the symptoms and remedies for having too much guidance working on your psychic field.


5. The call to Mystical Service 'the new archetype at work in the world
: I will close with this most important segment that delves into the 'mystical renaissance' going on in our world today. Many people are being 'called' into 'mystical service' in this world, but because they are unfamiliar with the nature of mysticism and dialoging with their soul, they are unable to de-code the guidance that is stirring in their interior.

This segment will include defining mysticism, discussing the classics mystics such as Francis of Assisi, Teresa of Avila, and John of the Cross (among others), in order to understand the characteristics of what makes someone a mystic.

In brief, a mystic is a person called by God to change the world through the power of their souls, working in intimate union with the Divine. This classic archetype of the mystic is being revisited or revised for our contemporary spiritual community because the world is now the monastery and many are being called into 'mystical service'.

These individuals need to; 1) recognize that they are being 'called', 2) learn to build a soul with stamina, a soul able to channel grace and heal through prayer, individually and at a distance and 3) to change the world in silence, invisibly through the power of their souls.

This special workshop will close with a healing session in which the group will channel grace to those in need of healing, to our planet, and finally, to our personal needs.

I do hope you will join me for this intensive, and it will be intensive, workshop. Each of these segments has been scripted to be a life transforming skill unto itself.

My deep belief is that we have spent enough time on our healing. We need to become active channels of grace in this world because that is what this age of spiritual transformation was intended to initiate.

It's time to consider that you may well be a 'mystic without a monastery' being called into mystical service in a world in need of channels for grace and healing, which is the highest potential of a soul with genuine stamina.

Do join me as I share the 5 Most Powerful Tools for Essential Life Wisdom,

Caroline Myss

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Nobody Can Tell Me What to Do!



..not even myself.



We say to ourselves, "I'm going to start saving money, lose weight,
spend more time with the kids, take yoga classes, work less, start that
project," etc. However, 90% of the time we don't do these things. Why
don't we do them? Why do we fail ourselves?



At a very early age - usually between 4 to 12 years old - most of us
adopted a righteous position that we were not going to do what others'
told us to do. And although that willful decision to direct our own
lives is a healthy one when we're growing up - helping us to become
independent and to individuate from our parents - as adults, "Nobody's
going to tell me what to do!" becomes an underlying commitment that
undermines our ability to fulfill our dreams. Rather than taking
important steps forward, we obey that long-held commitment instead. But
the important thing to understand is that our psyches don't distinguish
between what others tell us to do and what we tell ourselves to do.
There's no distinguishing between "you" and "me". In addition to
rebelling against the guidance of someone else, we also rebel against
ourselves.



I see various expressions of this dynamic in the workshops that I lead.
Inevitably, there are always a few people who come to the Shadow Process
determined - even though we ask them to trust in the structures and
ground rules that are set-up to support their ultimate success and
transformation - to do it their way. Even with the Self-Esteem Game that
began last week, several people have already told me, "I'm not doing it
like this, but I'm doing it like that". For example, many people I've
talked to have more than one buddy. That's okay, but will that guarantee
them results? If they will take my coaching and use the guidelines for
getting the utmost out of the game, I guarantee them results.



This is the week to find out where in your own life you give instruction
to yourself but don't take it. You can look to see where you say you're
going to do something and then you can't or you don't. When you look to
see how this underlying commitment may be showing up, you'll likely find
that it doesn't tend to affect every part of your life. It usually comes
out in one or two areas. Look to see the cost of doing it your way. What
are the results you're not getting? What are the important goals that
you're not achieving? And what coaching or support from others are you
unable to benefit from?



To permanently dislodge this underlying commitment, I recommend
forgiving your parents for having bossed you around. That's what they
were supposed to do. And give yourself permission now, when appropriate,
to take instruction from somebody else. For extra clarity you can always
ask yourself this Right Question: Will this choice [or action] propel me
toward an inspiring future, or will it keep me stuck in the past?



I know that you will find worlds opening up for you when you allow
yourself to try something new...new ways of seeing things, new ways of
doing things. I thank God for having allowed myself to be coached and
guided by others at certain key moments in my life. Some of the most
life-changing growth of my life has occurred when I set aside the way I
wanted to do something and heeded the wise counsel of someone else.


Take Action Now!

Debbie Ford


Make this an ACCEPTional day!



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I accept peace, joy, health, and love in all aspects of my
life.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

ABOUT TODAY'S AFFIRMATION
Today's affirmation captures the essence of this whole week
of affirmations about receiving and accepting joy. Its
simplicity is profound. Peace and harmony and health and
freedom and love and kindness can be considered companions
of joy. Sometimes tension or discomfort makes you more
ready to accept joy and its companions. Sometimes newness
or enthusiasm accelerates your readiness. Whether it is by
surprise or planning, bless the events or conditions that
help you to accept joy and its companions.

ABOUT YOUR PROCESS
Today, you may want to look at those parts of your life that
are open to accept peace and joy and health and love. And
then BREATHE these energies into those parts. If you
believe you still have non-joy to release, you may want to
affirm with your breathing: "I breathe in joy, I breathe
out non-joy." When you believe you have cleared enough
non-joy so that it does not block you, use your breath to
breathe joy and peace and health and love into those parts
of your life that are ready to accept these energies.

ABOUT RELATED ARTICLES
Among our articles, we particularly recommend:
"Say Goodbye to Struggle"
http://www.mhmail.com/articles/ending-struggle.html
"Resonating with the Light with Jeanie Marshall"
http://www.mhmail.com/articles/resonating-with-light.html

ABOUT THIS FREE SERVICE
My thanks to so many of you who have made a voluntary/
optional contribution to the administration of DailyAffirm
services. If you feel guided to make a contribution, you
can use PayPal. Note: These services are free to the
Internet Community. Your choice to donate must be made
freely. Please read the letter I've written to you at the
Marshall House web site, http://www.mhmail.com/dearsub.html

ABOUT OUR AUTHOR AND SPONSORS
Sent in the consciousness of Joy 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

Yes You Can!



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Today's Empowering Quote
------------------------------

"I've said many times, to myself, 'This is going to be no
problem. I've done this before.'"
--Tiger Woods

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Today's Empowering Question
------------------------------

"What memory can I use in this situation that will give me a
reference point for the right attitude towards a successful
outcome?"

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Today's Fast Session
------------------------------

Man, what a great day this is going to be, huh?

Ready?

Say yes...

It's very well known that Tiger Woods uses a very specific
kind of self talk. He talks himself into staying calm at
times when others are literally trembling inside (outside,
too!). He's not a wizard. He simply talks to himself in a
way that encourages him. He says, "I can" and that type of
talk opens up the door marked "memory of past success."

And you know what?

When you talk to yourself, you listen. No matter what you
say, you're listening... and recording it in your memory.

And when you put thoughts into your mind, they CAN be
rejected. However, if you do it often enough and they're
the right thoughts, your mind - your subconscious mind -
will ultimately bring you around to believing whatever you
tell it.

How many times have you heard a thing-it could be anything-
-and your first reaction was one of complete disbelief:

You can earn your degree-"I don't have the time"

You can be a size 6 again-"Yeah, right. I've had two kids
and just can't lose that weight."

You can be in really great shape-"Who, me? I get out of
breath climbing one flight of stairs."

You can advance at work-"I'm just a pee-on. No one
notices me."

Some things are just hard to believe at first...

...Until you've been exposed to those same thoughts over
and over and over again. Advertisers know this--that's why
the same commercials are run constantly.

Soon, after some repetition, you open up a little to the
possibility.

"Could be..."

Then, perhaps your belief gets a little boost.

"Hmmmn, well, maybe I do have time to take one course at
the community college at night."

"You know, I've just cut back on soda and I've lost 3
pounds!"

"Walking around the block with my neighbor is kind of fun,
and I don't get as winded as I used to."

"I've been trying harder at my job and guess what-the boss
paid me a very nice compliment on my work!"

At this point, a wonderful cycle has begun. As your
belief gets stronger, you'll do a little more, then your
belief gets stronger, then you'll do a little more, etc.

Positive, encouraging and optimistic self-talk is
literally the software program that can flip your switch
from lose to win in any area of life. It may not be "true"
today. But with the right words and the right emotion -
and with repetition - you simply must change. It's
unavoidable. Your brain won't let you lie to yourself for
too long before it says, "Ya know, I DO like getting up at
5:30 to exercise." Bingo!

This is a very important topic, so we'll have to pick it
up later... very soon, in fact.

In the meantime, use some or all of these statements below
to actually help to re-script your old worn out beliefs
about yourself and help make you LIKE the process of
changing your unsupportive, false and disempowering beliefs.

=======================================
What if you had the same minute-by-minute thoughts as the
super successful? Mike Brescia has developed the ultimate
mental conditioning programs that can help anyone wipe out
intense fears and enjoy huge successes in all areas of
life. FR~EE details==> http://www.thinkrightnow.com
FR~EE email course ==> mailto:successcourse@aweber.com
=======================================


I love you all!!!

Mike


************************************************
Today's Empowering Beliefs To
Help Control Your Thoughts

************************************************
If you want to change your life fast, even though it might
seem like it's slow, then take the statements below, put
them on index cards and read them 3 times/day. Morning,
noon and just before you close your eyes at night.

They'll seep into your consciousness. And since you'll be
saying them so often, you'll soon begin to believe them.
That's how most beliefs start. Spaced repetition of thought.
Your attitudes will then positively change your emotions,
and you'll be compelled to do more... And you'll love it.

If you own Think Right Now for Windows, just paste them
into the appropriate file or make a new one -AND read them
three times per day. Think Right Now For Windows will help
put this re-scripting in overdrive.

------------------------------------------------

-- I look forward to making my life even better
-- My subconscious mind remembers my successes and helps
me repeat them
-- Daily success is good for me and I embrace it
-- I replay my successes in my mind regularly
-- I hold the memory of my successes close so I can access
the feelings when I need them



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http://www.todayisyourdaytowin.com
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Make this a life-giving day!


~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Dear God, allow me to see joy in a way that I can understand.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

ABOUT TODAY'S AFFIRMATION
You may look for joy in certain things. You may look for
another person to bring joy into your life. You may expect
your career successes to bring you joy. But joy comes from
the inside. It is your job to bring joy into situations
rather than to expect get joy from situations. It is
disempowering to believe that your joy is dependent on
something outside yourself or that your joy is dependent on
a "thing" at all. Joy is an energy, a life-giving force.
Today's affirmation asks for assistance in perceiving joy as
you can accept it now, wherever you are in consciousness.
Perhaps three years ago you saw and understood it one way;
perhaps tomorrow you will see and understand it yet another
way. Today, see it as you can accept it now.

ABOUT YOUR PROCESS
It has been a while since I have verbalized an encouragement
to you to edit or otherwise rearrange the words in the daily
affirmations. My intention is to write these affirmations
so that a broad number of folks with different philosophies
can relate to them. You know when the process is working
for you. And when it is not, you can change the process or
the affirmation or both. So, today you might think of all
the different ways to express the essence of this affirmation.

ABOUT RELATED ARTICLES
Among our articles, we particularly recommend:
"Energetics of Integrity"
http://www.mhmail.com/articles/sensing-integrity.html
"Resonating with the Light with Jeanie Marshall"
http://www.mhmail.com/articles/resonating-with-light.html

ABOUT OUR AUTHOR AND SPONSORS
Sent in the consciousness of Joy 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 # XXXVI.

Let me confess that we two must be twain, Although our undivided loves are one: So shall those blots that do with me remain Without thy help by me be borne alone. In our two loves there is but one respect, Though in our lives a separable spite, Which though it alter not love's sole effect, Yet doth it steal sweet hours from love's delight. I may not evermore acknowledge thee, Lest my bewailed guilt should do thee shame, Nor thou with public kindness honour me, Unless thou take that honour from thy name: But do not so; I love thee in such sort As, thou being mine, mine is thy good report.

QUESTIONS THAT CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE


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

"The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing."
-Albert Einstein

Let me ask you a question - if you knew that there is at least one thing in today's tip that will absolutely change your life for the better, how attentively would you choose to read it?

If you experienced any shift in your state in response to that question, you've just experienced the potential power of questions to change your life.

Here's how it works:

Imagine that your conscious attention is like a flashlight and the untapped power of your mind is like a darkened room. Each new question encourages us to shine our flashlight in a new direction so that we can find information and resources that may always have been available to us but were 'hidden' in the dusty recesses of our mental attic.

For example, 'What would you attempt if you knew you could not fail?' shines the light of your attention into a corner of your mind where as a child you piled all the hopes and dreams you had been taught were 'unrealistic' and 'childish'.

Asking yourself 'What would you want if you knew you didn't have to be unhappy about not getting it?' shines the light into the part of your mind where you keep the 'scary goals' - things you really want but fear the disappointment of trying and failing to achieve.

Here are some great questions from Michael Masterson's 'Early to Rise' newsletter (http://www.earlytorise.com):

1. Imagine you are at your own funeral. What do people say about you - not from the pulpit but in whispered voices at the back of the room? What would you like them to say?

2. What would you do with your money if you had all you could ever need?

3. How would you live your life if you knew you were going to die feeling perfectly healthy in five years?

4. What would you feel you've missed if you found out that you had 24 hours to live?

Again, taking the time to ask and answer these questions can make a tremendous difference to the way you live your life. One similar question which completely changed my approach to my business was this:

Imagine you are on your deathbed and you have had a wonderful life. What are the four or five things you are most glad that you did?

When I realized that one of the things on my list was 'I was there while my kids were growing up', I decided that a life on the road as an actor and speaker was not the life for me. While I still travel for work from time to time, (I am writing this from a hotel room in San Francisco), I was home last week to attend my eight year old daughter's mime show, to see my eleven year old son's presentation on an imaginary culture who worship a frog god named 'Bruce', and to play Dora the Explorer with my 4 year old.

I can't honestly say whether or not that's made a huge difference in their lives - but it really has made a huge positive difference in mine!

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Today's Experiment:
--------------------

1. Ask yourself any or all of the questions in today's tip. Here they are again below:

*What would you attempt if you knew you could not fail?

*What would you want if you knew you didn't have to be unhappy about not getting it?

*Imagine you are at your own funeral. What do people say about you - not from the pulpit but in whispered voices at the back of the room? What would you like them to say?

*What would you do with your money if you had all you could ever need?

*How would you live your life if you knew you were going to die feeling perfectly healthy in five years?

*What would you feel you've missed if you found out that you had 24 hours to live?

*Imagine you are on your deathbed and you have had a wonderful life. What are the four or five things you are most glad that you did?


2. If you have a question that has changed your life in a positive way, please post it to the MNCT forum at:
http://www.geniuscatalyst.com/forums/viewforum.php?f=3

(You can also post some of your answers if you like...)

Have fun, learn heaps, and live the questions!

With love,
michael

Comments? Feedback?
Please post your thoughts on the discussion forums at:
http://www.geniuscatalyst.com/forums/index.php

Who Are Your Role Models?


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Today's Empowering Quote


------------------------------

"If each of us can be helped by science to live a hundred
years, what will it profit us if our hates and fears, our
loneliness and our remorse will not permit us to enjoy
them?"
-David Neiswanger

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Today's Empowering Question
------------------------------

"What tiny step can I take today that will get me another
degree closer to overcoming the fear that stops me?"

------------------------------
Today's Fast Session
------------------------------

The strange thing about education is that you never know
where you'll get it and what shape it will take.

I know that a lot of people have the mistaken belief that
who your parents are and what happens to you during your
first few years dictates what you can and can't become in
life. I hope by now that, even if you haven't reached your
potential, you've grabbed onto the belief that you CAN
change anything about yourself you wish with the right
attitudes and actions.

I know far too many people now who continue to teach me
every day that growth can and should continue right up 'til
the day we die.

I recently came across a study by psychologist Robert
O'Connor on socially withdrawn pre-school children. He
wanted to see if he could reverse the pattern of social
isolation in children so that it wouldn't create persistent
difficulties in social comfort and adjustment through
adulthood.

He created a 23-minute video with 11 different scenes.
Each one began by focusing on a solitary child who watched
the other children participate in an activity. In each
scene, the child joined the group to the enjoyment of all.

O'Connor then went to a number of pre-schools and selected
the most severely withdrawn children and showed them his
film.

The results were dramatic...
In each case, these children immediately began to interact
to the same degree of sociability as the normal children in
the group. And what was even more astonishing was that a
follow-up 6 weeks later showed each of these children, who
had viewed this single video only once, were now leading
their schools in levels of social activity.

On the other side...

...the control group, the socially isolated children who
didn't see the video, were as withdrawn as ever.

What this study and others like it strongly suggest is
that when we have fears and barriers to achievements, it's
important that we see other people similar to ourselves
succeeding in spite of their difficulties. This teaches
our brains that if they can do it, so can we.

Marketers have known this for years. But what I want for
you is to be able to control your own thoughts, beliefs and
actions as well as the commercials do.

I know this probably sounds like a broken record by now,
but here I go again... Read the biographies of successful
people. Read about the people who were born in the back
rooms of shanties, people who couldn't afford shoes, yet
rose up to levels of success that they alone believed they
could achieve.

When you meet people who obviously have achieved some
degree of accomplishment, ask them how they did it. Find
out their beliefs. Tell them what you want to do. Almost
without exception, you'll hear from these people that,
while the effort was rarely easy, you've just got to
believe that it's in you to achieve great things.

One thing I found out from all my mentors (even if they
were only my mentors for 5 minutes) is that they like to be
asked about their struggle to climb the mountain.

Ask people about their success and you'll likely have
their attention for a good long time. Once you do,
possibly your only challenge then is keeping the
conversations from stretching into the night.

My point is this... Just like those children, who probably
thought, 'Those kids could do it and so can I,' you can do
whatever you want to achieve, too. And there's hardly
anything as motivating as seeing a person who crawled from
desperation and poverty to become a happy-to-be-alive
success story.

Use the power of role modeling. It will never let you down.

=======================================
What if you had the same minute-by-minute thoughts as the
super successful? Mike Brescia has developed the ultimate
mental conditioning programs that can help anyone wipe out
intense fears and enjoy huge successes in all areas of
life. FR~EE details==> http://www.thinkrightnow.com
FR~EE email course ==> mailto:successcourse@aweber.com
=======================================


I love you all!!!

Mike


************************************************
Today's Empowering Beliefs To
Help Control Your Thoughts

************************************************
If you want to change your life fast, even though it might
seem like it's slow, then take the statements below, put
them on index cards and read them 3 times/day. Morning,
noon and just before you close your eyes at night.

They'll seep into your consciousness. And since you'll be
saying them so often, you'll soon begin to believe them.
That's how most beliefs start. Spaced repetition of thought.
Your attitudes will then positively change your emotions,
and you'll be compelled to do more... And you'll love it.

If you own Think Right Now for Windows, just paste them
into the appropriate file or make a new one -AND read them
three times per day. Think Right Now For Windows will help
put this re-scripting in overdrive.

------------------------------------------------

-- I learn by the mistakes and successes of others as well
as my own
-- I enjoy stories about people who beat the odds
-- If others can overcome my same challenges, I can too
-- Every day teaches me more about my limitless potential
-- I seek to learn something from everyone I meet or read
about



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http://www.todayisyourdaytowin.com


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Make this a friendly day!



~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Joy, you are my friend. Let's play together!

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

ABOUT TODAY'S AFFIRMATION
This is such a playful affirmation. I chuckled when I
received a request to cancel a DailyAffirm List
subscription which said: "Please cancel my subscription to
your Daily Affirmations. At this time I am still working
on 'You are my friend,' believe it or not!" I do believe
it and I emailed him a message saying that. I consider
"you are my friend" to be a life-changing concept. I expect
that in much of your upbringing, your associations with
siblings and playmates often led to beliefs of "not enough"
or that one person was "better/lesser than" another. When
you compete in school, these ideas are reinforced in another
way. And, in the business world competition is intensified
in yet another way. How transformational to accept that
everyone is your friend!

ABOUT YOUR PROCESS
Here is a suggestion for working with this affirmation today:
consider everyONE and everyTHING to be your friend. As you
take your car keys in your hand, say (out loud if no one is
around or silently to yourself), "you are my friend." As
you pick up a ringing phone to say hello, think to yourself,
"you are my friend." As you look at yourself in a mirror or
shiny surface, think, "you are my friend." If you desire,
you can add words or ideas about "joy" and "play." Just
accepting everyone and everything as your friend will put
you in the consciousness of joy and fun. How can you look
at a piece of lettuce balanced on a fork while saying "you
are my friend" without laughing or giggling or smiling?

ABOUT RELATED ARTICLES
Among our articles, we particularly recommend:
"New Meeting Paradigm"
http://www.mhmail.com/articles/new-paradigm.html
"Trust: New Bottom Line"
http://www.mhmail.com/articles/personal-growth-trust.html

ABOUT OUR AUTHOR AND SPONSORS
Sent in the consciousness of Joy 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

YOU ARE WHAT YOU THINK

What you impress upon your mind, you'll inevitably become.
It's a psychological law that whatever you desire to accomplish
you must first impress upon your subconscious mind.

Your inner thoughts can cause you to be rich or poor,
loved or unloved, happy or unhappy,
attractive or unattractive, powerful or weak.

Relentless, repetitive self talk will change your self image.
You'll affect your subconscious mind with verbal repetition.
Constant repetition carries conviction.

When you change your values you'll change your behavior.
Start thinking of yourself as becoming the person you want to be.
Self suggestion will make you the master of yourself.

You can become whatever you want to be.
If you believe you can, you can.



THE DAILY GURU


*************************************************************************
©2006 by Max Steingart

Don't You Dare Quit!



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Today's Empowering Quote
------------------------------

"When I was first diagnosed as HIV positive, I was really
scared. I didn't know what it really was. But once I
understood what I had to do, I wasn't afraid any more."
-Earvin "Magic" Johnson

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Today's Empowering Question
------------------------------

"What information do I need in order to proceed ahead
confidently without fear?"

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Today's Fast Session
------------------------------

Today's message is about hope.

When Magic Johnson was diagnosed with HIV, like many
people in similar situations, he thought it was a death
sentence...and that it wouldn't be long.

Many situations like that can cause a feeling of
hopelessness. I know. We all know.

But when things look down, that's the time to start
looking for answers. You simply must. When it appears
like you have no way out, what do you have to lose by
sucking it up and putting everything you have left into
beating the odds? What?

Never count yourself out. It's almost ALWAYS too soon to
count yourself out.

In doing the research for our program I Am Healed Now!, I
was amazed to read study after study showing what the mind
has done to heal the bodies of people who were left for
dead. Doctors are often left scratching their heads when
someone who isn't "supposed" to recover comes out of it.
The word 'miracle' is often used.

Surely they are miracles, but these miracles often leave
clues. Success at ANYTHING leaves tracks. God helps those
who help themselves, right?

The body and mind are one. What the mind imagines
(visualizes), the body carries out. And not just in
healing itself.

Success in any venture is no different.

This is something you do all the time. You visualize
thousands of times per day. You're so USED to visualizing
everyday events so often that you may not realize that
you're doing it, but you are. It could be something as
simple as going to the kitchen to get an apple. You
picture it and then you carry out what you pictured.

The key to ultra success is to visualize like you do all
day long, but for the things that you want in life. Your
goals. Your aims. Your dreams. This is where faith comes
in too. This is where your already great visualization
skills will help you succeed where you'd be tempted to
think that you can't.

But most importantly, (and this is the most difficult
part), when some verification comes that what you've
visualized hasn't quite happened yet the way you want, you
MUST NOT quit. You must keep going, and make your vision
stronger than ever.

Winners don't quit. That's why they win.

If you've been a quitter until now, admit it and get off
your backside. Stop feeling sorry for yourself and start
up.

You're going to fall down dozens or even hundreds of
times. That's life. But DON'T you quit... even if at
first it appears hopeless.

When successful people in all areas of life are talked
about, they are often called people of vision. They see
what they want or they imagine the conversations before
they succeed. They keep the vision and the discussions in
their mind. That is what keeps them going in the face of
defeat after defeat.

I get letters daily from people who say they lost hope. I
say they lost hope LONG before they recognized it. Listen
to your inner voice right from the beginning of tasks and
journeys. Are you telling yourself it won't work? Do you
tell yourself that you can't? Listen to yourself all day.
Every minute.

This isn't only about health. It's not just about
business. It's about your every moment.

If we were never to have another minute together, ever,
and you were only to take this one last bit of info with
you and you used it religiously, then you would have a
skill that could carry you to heights that you can't even
dream about right now.

This skill of awareness of your thoughts and pictures
would not only give you success today, but prepare you for
even greater successes tomorrow as well.

Join me. See what you want clearly. Keep the visions
there. Visit them often, preferably when you're very
relaxed with your eyes closed...

... And miracles will happen; every day

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What if you had the same minute-by-minute thoughts as the
super successful? Mike Brescia has developed the ultimate
mental conditioning programs that can help anyone wipe out
intense fears and enjoy huge successes in all areas of
life. FR~EE details==> http://www.thinkrightnow.com
FR~EE email course ==> mailto:successcourse@aweber.com
=======================================


I love you all!!!

Mike


************************************************
Today's Empowering Beliefs To
Help Control Your Thoughts

************************************************
If you want to change your life fast, even though it might
seem like it's slow, then take the statements below, put
them on index cards and read them 3 times/day. Morning,
noon and just before you close your eyes at night.

They'll seep into your consciousness. And since you'll be
saying them so often, you'll soon begin to believe them.
That's how most beliefs start. Spaced repetition of thought.
Your attitudes will then positively change your emotions,
and you'll be compelled to do more... And you'll love it.

If you own Think Right Now for Windows, just paste them
into the appropriate file or make a new one -AND read them
three times per day. Think Right Now For Windows will help
put this re-scripting in overdrive.

------------------------------------------------

-- Regardless of the situation, I keep my optimism
-- I learn what I need to know to get what I want
-- I keep my outcomes in sight and look at them often
-- When other people say 'impossible,' I look for solutions
-- I make miracles happen in my life every day



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Integrity



It's not what we eat but what we digest that makes us strong;

not what we gain but what we save that makes us rich;

not what we read but what we remember that makes us learned;

and not what we profess but what we practice that gives us integrity.

Author unknown

Getting down to essentials



"Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is the noble art of leaving things undone. The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials."

-- Lin Yutang

Do you feel a desire to simplify your life?

If you say ‘yes,’ then set an intention to reduce the demands, stimuli, interruptions and busyness in your life. We each have the power to do this – we simply have to begin to say ‘no’ to those activities that don’t directly serve what we want for our lives.

Everyone of this planet deserves to have some free time to think, relax and have fun. If you long for this, begin now to clear your plate and allow a new level of experience to happen in your life. Take charge. Eliminate time wasters. Make some decisions about what matters to you.

"The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak."

-- Hans Hofmann


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Spiritual pathways


"In any way that men love me in that same way they find my love: for many are the paths of men, but they all in the end come to me."

-- Song of God, Bhagavad Gita

Spirit - the life force - exists in everything. It follows, then, that ANY path, any encounter is spiritual if we have the awareness to see it as such. Going deeper, going higher, emptying, connecting, believing or disbelieving, bouncing off the bottom, experiencing the heights, in pain, in ecstasy ....

Too often, we search afar for our own purpose when it is in our lives all the time, waiting for us to express it more openly. Bring greater awareness to each encounter and situation in life. Tune in to what you are inspired to do, who you are inspired to be. Your answers are waiting for you to pay attention - every moment!

"...focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it."

-- Greg Anderson


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Mind

“The greatest

discovery of my

generation is that

human beings can

alter their lives by

altering their

attitudes of mind.”

— WILLIAM JAMES


Love One Another



------------------------------
Today's Empowering Quote
------------------------------

"The tragedy of man is what dies inside himself while he
still lives."
-Albert Schweitzer

------------------------------
Today's Empowering Question
------------------------------

"How can I see, or what can I do about, this situation
so that it can be a true healing and a strengthening
instead of a weakening or a tearing down?"

------------------------------
Today's Fast Session
------------------------------

September 14, 2001

It is with a heavy heart that I write today's letter. No
words or encouragement can erase the circumstances and
sadness of the last few days (9/11/01).

This evil wants us all to hate one another, to mistrust
and hurt each other more. I have faith in us all to not
let that happen.

A colleague mentioned to me how tough it must be to be a
motivational writer right now. I could only agree that I
felt somewhat helpless in being able to make much of a
difference to anyone today.

But it later occurred to me that given the tens of
thousands of subscribers to Your Day to Win, I could help.

If you're reading this and you believe in the power of
prayer, then please pray that the events occurring around
the U.S. and other countries in retaliation against
innocent people of Arab descent stop right now. That's
exactly what those evil cowards want. They will only be
happy if we start to unravel and end up at war with our
neighbors. So please pray for that to end. I'm convinced
that prayer is the strongest force there is. So please
join with me to end the hostilities. We can't let them win.

You must know this about yourself... that you can still
look at your neighbors and see friends, no matter the color
of their skin, their faith, or their clothing. They didn't
do this.

It's already time to trust again and to believe in the
goodness of our planet's citizens. We are all hurting now.
But we all must strengthen our resolve to continue and to
find the good in life and in others.

And most importantly, please believe in your ability to
carry on. No one thing is bigger than your ability to
handle it. Know that. Believe it. It's true. The
people who lost their lives NEED us to come out of this
stronger, thus weakening the forces of evil that took them
away and still threaten us from without and within.

The powerful beliefs below are for you to use to
strengthen your ability and determination now to fight
through and win over every adversity and struggle you're
faced with.

Remember, you ARE what you believe. I believe that you
and all of us CAN come together to give a positive meaning
to Tuesday's tragic events... as hard as that may be to
believe right now.

We all must believe.

=======================================
What if you had the same minute-by-minute thoughts as the
super successful? Mike Brescia has developed the ultimate
mental conditioning programs that can help anyone wipe out
intense fears and enjoy huge successes in all areas of
life. FR~EE details==> http://www.thinkrightnow.com
FR~EE email course ==> mailto:successcourse@aweber.com
=======================================


I love you all!!!

Mike


************************************************
Today's Empowering Beliefs To
Help Control Your Thoughts

************************************************
If you want to change your life fast, even though it might
seem like it's slow, then take the statements below, put
them on index cards and read them 3 times/day. Morning,
noon and just before you close your eyes at night.

They'll seep into your consciousness. And since you'll be
saying them so often, you'll soon begin to believe them.
That's how most beliefs start. Spaced repetition of thought.
Your attitudes will then positively change your emotions,
and you'll be compelled to do more... And you'll love it.

If you own Think Right Now for Windows, just paste them
into the appropriate file or make a new one -AND read them
three times per day. Think Right Now For Windows will help
put this re-scripting in overdrive.

------------------------------------------------

-- I have unlimited power to make a difference in the world
-- I see the world as a safe and wonderful place
-- I love my neighbors and they love me
-- I support and feel supported by all the world's people
-- I am sending and receiving unconditional love



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Got Forgiveness?

By Sheri Rosenthal

The key to forgiveness is to forgive from the heart not from the
mind. Knowing in your rational mind that your parents did the best
they could to raise you is not enough to constitute forgiveness. If
you have any type of negative emotional reaction in the presence of
someone, you have not truly forgiven that person. What would happen
if you took 5 minutes to walk in the other person's shoes? Could you
find compassion for them to understand why things happened the way
they did?

Forgiveness doesn't mean you have to agree with what they did or how
they did it. Not at all. Your values and beliefs may be very
different from theirs. It simply means that you can see the whole
truth of what happened and that the Truth encompasses all points of
view, not just your own. True compassion of the human experience is
that place from which all forgiveness begins. Compassion is an act of
unconditional love that is free of any attachment.

Forgiveness is about seeing life with clarity so that you stop
judging the activities of others and, instead, take responsibility
for your interpretation of those activities. When you judge something
that happens in life as good or bad, right or wrong you aren't able
to have gratitude for the challenges and experiences life sends your
way. No matter how enlightened a person you may be, challenging
situations will always happen. However, if you have gratitude for
life's challenges you will always find your joy in life and never
feel victimized by your circumstances.

Once you have seen the truth you simply make the decision to let go
of the pain, anger, and resentment you have been holding on to. If
you are addicted to your pain, resentment, self-righteousness, this
might be a challenging step for you. There is comfort in what we find
familiar, even if we are suffering. However, once you let go, the
weight of the world will be released from your shoulders.

In the forgiveness process, it is important to forgive not only the
other people in our lives, but also ourselves. For most people,
forgiving ourselves is more difficult then forgiving others. Here are
a few things to check in with yourself to see if you could use some
forgiveness on.

- Forgive yourself for using people in your life to hurt yourself.
- Forgive yourself for not having clarity, for blaming others, and
for not taking responsibility for your actions.
- Forgive yourself for wounding others and for the anger, jealousy,
and hate you've directed toward others.
- Forgive yourself for participating in situations that went against
your integrity.
- Forgive yourself for not respecting yourself.
- Forgive yourself for not trusting yourself and having faith in your
abilities.
- Forgive yourself for trying to control the people you love.
- And, of course, forgive yourself for not loving yourself 100% just
the way you are!

If you forgive you will be truly happy, and your life will reflect
the change back to you in every way. After all, what we think in our
minds is what manifests in our lives! The bottom line is that we
forgive not because the other person necessarily deserves it, but
because we do not want to carry that load around until we die. Anger,
hate, and jealousy will make you old, resentful and ugly, inside and
out. The question is, how much do you love and respect yourself? Is
it enough to give yourself the gift of forgiveness? I hope so. With
All my love & blessings! Sheri Rosenthal

Sheri Rosenthal DPM is a master Toltec teacher and author of The
Complete Idiot's Guide to Toltec Wisdom. Having trained with don
Miguel Ruiz, author of The Four Agreements, she currently takes
students on spiritual journeys, works with personal apprentices and
enjoys being extremely happy. You can reach her at
info@sherirosenthal.com <mailto:info@sherirosenthal.com>; or
http://www.sherirosenthal.com & http://www.journeysofthespirit.com

Enjoy the journey!


Make this a wonderful day!

smiling sun

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

I bless all I have learned through painful experiences in
the past. I now accept my learning in joy.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

ABOUT TODAY'S AFFIRMATION
This affirmation opens you to accept experiences and
learning with joy rather than struggle, without remorse
about the past. Associating pain with learning is an
outdated orientation. Last week on this DailyAffirm
Process, you released what you do not need or desire in
order to make room for establishing joy as the norm for
life's activities. Continue to let go of the popular,
disempowering phrase "No pain, no gain" and open to more
empowering phrases to replace this one.

ABOUT YOUR PROCESS
Today, you may choose to look at HOW you accept learning in
joy. How do you use laughter to advance yourself? How do
you play in the midst of transition or turmoil? How do you
invite joy and pleasure into your life? If you see joy as
just an accident or luck, then you have not accepted that
you are the creator of your own experiences. Accept the
Creator in you.

ABOUT RELATED ARTICLES
Among our articles, we particularly recommend:
"Let's Replace this Expression: 'No Pain, No Gain'"
http://www.mhmail.com/articles/new-belief-system.html
"JoyPhrase Entries"
http://www.mhmail.com/articles/create-empowering-expressions.html
"Asking Empowering Questions"
http://www.mhmail.com/articles/ask-empowering-questions.html

ABOUT OUR AUTHOR AND SPONSORS
Sent in the consciousness of Joy 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

BELIEF MAKES EVERYTHING POSSIBLE




The only thing that stands between you and what you want from life,
is the will to try it and the faith to believe that it's possible.
In order to succeed, you must first believe you can.

The moment you carry the conviction of belief,
in that moment your dream will become reality.
The only true limit to your realization of tomorrow
will be your doubts of today.

There are no real barriers to your success.
You must simply overcome any doubts you have about your ability.

You can, if you think you can.



THE DAILY GURU


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©2006 by Max Steingart

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?"

Kah lil Gibran



"Feeling Safe"



“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.…”

-- Elizabeth Barrett Browning

We cherish our best friends and our special communities because we feel safe to be vulnerable when we’re in their embrace. And yet I have discovered that as long as I identify with my self-image, with my ego, there’s no safety possible anywhere. When the ego is on watch, even a dear friend’s truth may trigger reactions like anxiety, self-criticism and fear.

The only true safety exists in living the truth of our soul, our essence.

“Open your body and your mind to the subtler levels of experience, letting go of your attempt to control, to be right, not worrying about appearances, not trying to be safe.”

-- Stephen Levine


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"Imprisoned By Your Thoughts?"



“Problems exist only in the human mind.”

-- Anthony de Mello

For most of us, there’s always a long ‘to do’ list. That’s a fact.

And it’s easy to feel victimized. ‘Poor me!’ That’s not a fact – that’s a choice.

Experiment with your life to explore how much your mind is your jailer. Simply let go of the ‘oh woe’ kinds of thoughts. Silence your mind. Be right here, right now. Decide what you will do now and do it, without buying in to the mind’s sob story. When one task is done, you can then choose another.

Allowing the mind to agonize about the size of the ‘to do’ list just makes us tired before we even get started. It doesn’t have to be this way.

“Don't water your weeds.”

-- Harvey Mackay


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Sonnet # XXXV.

 No more be grieved at that which thou hast done: Roses have thorns, and silver fountains mud; Clouds and eclipses stain both moon and sun, And loathsome canker lives in sweetest bud. All men make faults, and even I in this, Authorizing thy trespass with compare, Myself corrupting, salving thy amiss, Excusing thy sins more than thy sins are; For to thy sensual fault I bring in sense-- Thy adverse party is thy advocate-- And 'gainst myself a lawful plea commence: Such civil war is in my love and hate That I an accessary needs must be To that sweet thief which sourly robs from me.

Make this a present day!


~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

I receive joy from the Universe. I resonate with the energy
of joy. I allow joy to flow through me.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

ABOUT TODAY'S AFFIRMATION
And so today's affirmation continues with and expands the
idea of receiving from the Universe. "Receiving" can simply
amount to accepting a wrapped present and leaving it on the
kitchen table, unopened. However, you want to open the
presents/presence of joy and touch the energy of joy.
Acceptance and receptivity are not passive and indifferent
concepts. Make a choice to receive the gifts, to open them,
to use them. Indeed, let the presents/presence use you!
These gifts (the presents) are from spirit (the presence)
right now (the present)!

ABOUT YOUR PROCESS
Consider today what it REALLY means to you to "resonate"
with the energy of joy. Joy has a specific resonance, a
discernible frequency. Perhaps you sometimes describe joy
as "bubbly" when you try to put your perceptions into words.
This effervescence is on the surface; it gets your attention.
However, joy itself is unseen by the physical eye. You can
see MANIFESTATIONS of joy, but joy itself, is not a physical
phenomenon. Joy is from Spirit. Joy is of Spirit. Joy is
Spirit.

ABOUT JEANIE'S ONLINE GUIDED MEDITATIONS
For many years, we have had two guided meditations available
online at Marshall House Web using RealAudio. They're still
available at http://www.mhmail.com/guided-meditations.html.
Even better! We now have guided meditations on CD albums and
as MP3 downloads. Two brief ones are available free at
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ABOUT RELATED ARTICLES
Among our articles, we particularly recommend:
"Resonating with the Light with Jeanie Marshall"
http://www.mhmail.com/articles/resonating-with-light.html

ABOUT OUR AUTHOR AND SPONSORS
Sent in the consciousness of Joy 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

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

YOU'LL SUCCEED IF YOU EXPECT TO SUCCEED




When you feel in your innermost being
that you will achieve what you set out to do,
you open the way for miracles.
The dreams you choose to believe in come to be.

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.
If you want to succeed beyond your wildest expectations,
begin with some wild expectations.

THE DAILY GURU


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©2006 by Max Steingart

Chin Up! Keep Going!



------------------------------
Today's Empowering Quote
------------------------------

"Press on. Nothing in the world can take the place of
persistence."
--Ray Kroc

------------------------------
Today's Empowering Question
------------------------------

"Am I even a little closer today to my goal than
yesterday?"

------------------------------
Today's Fast Session
------------------------------

For those of you who don't know Ray Kroc, he's the guy who
took McDonald's from a little hamburger stand to the most
successful restaurant chain in the world. He's long passed
away and the systems that he set up still thrive and
dominate today.

He developed and improved on systems of training, making
the food, presentation, franchising, and advertising that
made a moderately successful joint into a global phenomenon.

Systems and persistence.

Many people thought he was a crazed lunatic, concerning
his fanaticism about consistency. But Ray understood that
once a system, good or bad, is in place, it's nearly
impossible to change it.

And that's how we all are as individuals, too. Once we
get a habit, it becomes very hard to break...

Giving up too soon is the saddest thing in the world.

My wife told me a story the other day about a co-worker
who has never hit the 'Help' button in any software program
she's ever used...and she's used computers every day for
years. She thinks it will take too long to find the
answer, so she just doesn't even bother.

Don't laugh--you probably have a few of these yourself.
Find them and snuff them out.

Do you look at potential goals and get overwhelmed by all
the stuff you'd have to do to achieve it and thus never
start anything? The right way is to write down all the
benefits that you'll get--spiritually, physically,
emotionally, socially... any benefit.

Look far into the future. Write 'em down.

This simple exercise will help you stay motivated to see
it through.

If it takes months or even years to get what you want,
keeping your eye on the ball will keep you going. If you
don't even know why you're doing something, how can you
possibly stay passionate about it?

You can't.

Have you given up on a goal recently, where if you
attained it, your life would be dramatically improved?

Were you passionate about the goal?

Of course you weren't.

Passionate desire helps create persistence.

Persistence alone will often get you where you want to go.
Without it, it doesn't matter how much you know, who you
know, who you are, what you've done before, what you look
like or how much money you have to throw at a problem.

Persistence, sheer persistence usually will win.
Determination will overcome even superior talent.

Even if you never reach the goal that you've worked so
hard for, there is a pretty decent ancillary benefit...

Character.

Tomorrow's another day. Your day.

=======================================
What if you had the same minute-by-minute thoughts as the
super successful? Mike Brescia has developed the ultimate
mental conditioning programs that can help anyone wipe out
intense fears and enjoy huge successes in all areas of
life. FR~EE details==> http://www.thinkrightnow.com
FR~EE email course ==> mailto:successcourse@aweber.com
=======================================


I love you all!!!

Mike


************************************************
Today's Empowering Beliefs To
Help Control Your Thoughts

************************************************
If you want to change your life fast, even though it might
seem like it's slow, then take the statements below, put
them on index cards and read them 3 times/day. Morning,
noon and just before you close your eyes at night.

They'll seep into your consciousness. And since you'll be
saying them so often, you'll soon begin to believe them.
That's how most beliefs start. Spaced repetition of thought.
Your attitudes will then positively change your emotions,
and you'll be compelled to do more... And you'll love it.

If you own Think Right Now for Windows, just paste them
into the appropriate file or make a new one -AND read them
three times per day. Think Right Now For Windows will help
put this re-scripting in overdrive.

------------------------------------------------

-- I learn with each misstep and persist with commitment
-- I create systems in every thing I do and I save a lot
of time
-- I become more with every job I put behind me
-- I always look for the benefit to me in a task



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A Tree...

"A tree without roots is only a piece of wood. You should never forget your place. I read that once and it's true."
Jean-Christophe Novelli


Did you find joy?


"The future, higher evolution will belong to those who live in joy, who share joy, and who spread joy."

-- Torkom Saraydarian

Joy, as the energy of love, is the highest vibration on this planet. Everything in the universe is energy; it can be measured and reduced to vibrational frequencies. It’s a universal law that as we think and feel we vibrate, and as we vibrate we attract. When we are in the high joy vibration, we attract what is for our greater good.

The Ancient Egyptians saw Joy as a sacred responsibility. They believed that upon their death, the God Osiris would ask them two questions: "Did you bring Joy?" and "Did you find Joy?" Those who answered ‘yes’ could continue their journey into the afterlife.

For at least the next week or two, ask yourself these two questions each and every day: Did I bring joy? Did I find joy?

"Man loves because he is Love. He seeks Joy, for he is Joy. He thirsts for God for he is composed of God and he cannot exist without Him."

-- Sathya Sai Baba


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Make this an expansive day!



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I open to allow joy to operate in all life. Angel of Joy,
I am ready to be taught through you.

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ABOUT TODAY'S AFFIRMATION
Acknowledge and receive Joy and the Angel of Joy into your
life. Open yourself to be a vehicle of joy. Become joy.
Let your energy field open, stretching outward, upward,
downward, inward. This expansion allows more room for joy
to be expressed through you and as you.

ABOUT YOUR PROCESS
Consider today an idea or a thought you most desire to tell
an angel or another being of light who has no human judgment.
Perhaps this thought is a deep secret, one which you have
not told a human being or have rarely told anyone. Perhaps
it is a dream you have dared not reveal. Perhaps it is rage.
Or shame. Tell the Angel of Joy. This powerful angel can
assist you in realizing your truth, freed from any part of
your past that has appeared as a limitation.

ABOUT RELATED ARTICLES
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"Trust: New Bottom Line"
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"Resonating with the Light with Jeanie Marshall"
http://www.mhmail.com/articles/resonating-with-light.html
"Pluck it for the Bucket"
http://www.mhmail.com/articles/energetic-techniques.html

ABOUT OUR AUTHOR AND SPONSORS
Sent in the consciousness of Joy 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

Make this a receptive week!

Greetings on the 2nd week of June with the theme of Joy.
During this second week we focus on Receiving/Accepting
Affirmations. Make this a receptive week!

ABOUT RECEIVING/ACCEPTING AFFIRMATIONS and JOY
As I sit down to write this week's message, I am aware of
the relief to finish releasing non-joy. It is also a JOY to
release non-joy. There is a readiness for so many of the
persons with whom I work to LIVE in joy. To enjoy life.
Acknowledge that joy is all around you and in you. Open to
joy. Open and receive.

ABOUT YOUR PROCESS
Do you remember when you were a little child? (We all are
still children, of course, but that is another story.) Here
is a scenario: It's a rainy day in the country, a park, or
the street. The rain is either warm and gentle or it is cool
during a hot spell. You are six years old. With your mouth
in a broad grin, you turn your face upward, eyes closed,
tongue out. It tastes sooo good. It feels sooo good. You
trust the rain. You are open.

I encourage you this week to identify an image that
represents receiving goodness from the Universe. The image
I have described in the above paragraph may resonate with
you or not. Remember or create one that does. The more
childlike, the better. Throughout the week if you notice
that you are turning away from joy or that you have closed
laughter or fun from your life, remember your image. Be a
joyous child.

ABOUT THE AFFIRMATIONS
If I were to select the definitive affirmation for the week
to represent receiving and accepting for Joy, it would be "I
accept (or receive) joy in all aspects of my life." Another
affirmation also leaps out at me this week. It is the one
for June 12: "Joy, you are my friend. Let's play
together!" Perhaps that is just because I am in a playful
mood.

Following are all seven affirmations. Select one to focus
on for the week or use a different affirmation each day or
some combination. You will receive each of these
affirmations on the appropriate days with additional
information and suggestions. Make your process work for
you.

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June 8:
I open to allow joy to operate in all life. Angel of Joy,
I am ready to be taught through you.

June 9:
I receive joy from the Universe. I resonate with the energy
of joy. I allow joy to flow through me.

June 10:
I bless all I have learned through painful experiences in
the past. I now accept my learning in joy.

June 11:
Dear God, allow me to see joy in a way that I can understand.

June 12:
Joy, you are my friend. Let's play together!

June 13:
I accept peace, joy, health, and love in all aspects of my
life.

June 14:
I am ready right now to live in joy.

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ABOUT RELATED ARTICLES
Among our articles, we particularly recommend:
"Let Us Replace this Expression: 'No Pain, No Gain'"
http://www.mhmail.com/articles/LetsReplace.html
"JoyPhrase Entries"
http://www.mhmail.com/articles/JoyPhrase.html

ABOUT OUR AUTHOR AND SPONSORS
Sent in the consciousness of Joy by Marshall House
and publisher of "Affirmations: A Pathway to Transformation."
Copyright Jeanie Marshall, Empowerment Consultant
Marshall House, 1223 Wilshire Boulevard, #300
Santa Monica, CA 90403-5400 (310) 392-1987
Marshall House Web Site, http://www.mhmail.com

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.


SUCCESS STARTS WITH A BEGINNING




To reach your goal or to attain success,
you don't need to know all of the answers in advance.
But you do need to have a clear idea of your goal.

Everyone who got where they are
had to begin where they were.
You are surrounded by opportunities.

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

Develop tendencies toward action.
Break your big plan into small steps
and take the first step right away.
You can make something happen, right now.

A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.
You can begin your journey to success today.



THE DAILY GURU


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©2006 by Max Steingart

The man who followed his dreams

 

     I was born in the Saint Joseph maternity in Rio de Janeiro. As it was a quite complicated childbirth, my mother consecrated me to the saint, praying to him to help me live. José became a reference in my life, and every year since 1987 - the year following my pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela - I throw a party in his honor on March 19. I invite friends and hard-working, honest people, and before dinner we pray for all those who try to maintain their dignity in their actions. We also pray for those who are jobless and have no prospects for the future.
      In the short introduction I give before the prayer, I usually recall that four of the five times that the word “dream” appears in the New Testament refer to Joseph the carpenter. In all the cases, an angel is always trying to convince him to do exactly the opposite of what he was planning to do.
      The angel asks him not to abandon his wife, although she is pregnant. He could say things like “what are the neighbors to think?” But he returns home and believes in the revealed word.
      The angel sends him to Egypt. And his answer could have been: “but I’m already established here as a carpenter, I have my clientele, I can’t just leave everything now.” Nevertheless he packs his things and sets out for the unknown.
      The angel asks him to return from Egypt. And again Joseph could have thought: “now that I have managed to establish a new life for myself and have a family to support?”
     Contrary to what common sense dictates, Joseph follows his dreams. He knows that he has a destiny to fulfill, the destiny of almost all men on this planet: to protect and support his family. Like millions of anonymous Josephs, he tries to see to the task, even having to do things that are far beyond his comprehension.
      Later on, both his wife and one of his sons become the great references of Christianity. The third pillar of the family, the workman, is only remembered in the Nativity scenes at the end of the year, or by those who have a special devotion for him, as is my case, and as is the case of Leonardo Boff, whose book on the carpenter contains an introduction I wrote.
      Here I reproduce part of a text by the writer Carlos Heitor Cony (I hope it really is his, because I discovered it on the Internet!): “Now and again people find it strange that a confirmed agnostic like me, who does not accept the idea of a philosophical, moral or religious God, should be a devotee of some saints in our traditional calendar. God is too distant a concept or entity for my resources and even for my needs. As for the saints, because they were earthly beings with the same clay foundations that I was made of, they deserve more than my admiration. They really deserve my devotion.
      “Saint Joseph is one of them. The Gospels do not register a single word of his, only gestures, and just one explicit reference: "vir justus" – a just man. Since he was a carpenter and not a judge, it can be deduced that Joseph was above all a good man. A good carpenter, a good husband, a good father to a boy who would divide the history of the world.”
     Beautiful words by Cony. And often I read aberrations such as: “Jesus went to India to learn from the masters of the Himalayas.” For me, every man can change the task he is given by life into something sacred, and Jesus learned while the just man Joseph taught him to make tables, chairs and beds.
      In my imagination I like to think that the table where Christ consecrated the bread and wine was made by Joseph – because there was the hand of an anonymous carpenter who earned his living with the sweat of his brow, and precisely because of that allowed miracles to take place.

 
 
www.warriorofthelight.comCopyright @ 2006 by Paulo Coelho

Sonnet # XXXIV.

Why didst thou promise such a beauteous day, And make me travel forth without my cloak, To let base clouds o'ertake me in my way, Hiding thy bravery in their rotten smoke? 'Tis not enough that through the cloud thou break, To dry the rain on my storm-beaten face, For no man well of such a salve can speak That heals the wound and cures not the disgrace: Nor can thy shame give physic to my grief; Though thou repent, yet I have still the loss: The offender's sorrow lends but weak relief To him that bears the strong offence's cross. Ah! but those tears are pearl which thy love sheds, And they are rich and ransom all ill deeds.

Make this a pure day!



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I let Spirit (My Higher Self, God, My Spirit Guides, The One,
The Force, Infinite Source) purify any remaining thoughts and
feelings of struggle.

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ABOUT TODAY'S AFFIRMATION
Today, trust Spirit to handle what you may have missed. Let
hidden beliefs and memories of struggle or victim
consciousness effortlessly come to the surface to be released.
When you work with Spirit in this deep and powerful way, you
are blessed with joy in your manifestations. All that you
manifest on the physical plane is temporary, ever-changing.
Spirit is eternal, everlasting, joyous, beyond human
understanding, ever-expanding. A joy of being human is to
anchor joy on the planet.

ABOUT YOUR PROCESS
I want to express my deep appreciation to those of you on
this DailyAffirm List who show up to be present, to "do the
work." You have chosen the Light. This choice requires
moving THROUGH darkness with your Light. Discomforts and
inconveniences are NOT the Truth of who you are, but old
patterns that can change naturally by choosing to live in
the Light. Keep finding ways to deepen in your
consciousness about joy.

ABOUT RELATED ARTICLES
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"Pluck it for the Bucket"
http://www.mhmail.com/articles/energetic-techniques.html

ABOUT THE NEXT TYPE OF AFFIRMATIONS
As you come to the end of this first week, you may want to
re-visit your over-arching intention about joy to ready
yourself for the Receiving/Accepting Affirmations that begin
tomorrow. If you still have more non-joy to release, you
can continue to release it, even as you accept and receive
joy. Today is a wonderful opportunity to cleanse your home
or office, to empty physical trash as well as emotional or
mental trash.

ABOUT OUR AUTHOR AND SPONSORS
Sent in the consciousness of Joy 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

Are you afraid to be different?



On the path of evolution, we move from being a willing and obedient member of the group to wanting to take control over our own lives. This is a necessary but difficult transition.

Andrew Schneider says, "At this point we are afraid of being ourselves. We are afraid of being unique and different. We are afraid of being individually powerful, and even successful. For all of these things stand against the old ways that told us that conformity was right and individualism was wrong."

"For as long as we possibly can, we make a compromise. We try to live both lives - the dependent tribal life and the independent personal life - as contradictory and opposite as they are."

"We want approval from others. We want to be accepted and popular. We seek this comfort to overcome our fear and feel more secure. ...So, at times when we conform, we don’t feel the fear of living. But we might lose the new sense of adventure, discovery, daring and enthusiasm for life that the questioning and questing have brought us."

"Nature never repeats herself, and the possibilities of one human soul will never be found in another."

-- Elizabeth Cady Stanton

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ACT ON YOUR DREAMS




Your destiny is not a matter of chance,
it's a matter of the choices you're going to 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're at this moment, standing right in the middle of opportunity.
You must make your own opportunities.
Start where you are.

You can live your dreams if you act on your opportunities.



THE DAILY GURU


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©2006 by Max Steingart

Relax Into The Divinity Within You



Stop everything you are doing, all the hussle, bussle, and fussle,
and simply relax. Relax into the Divine essence at the core of your
being. How to do this? Sit with your back straight, as if a stack of
golden coins has replaced your vertebrae. Perfectly balanced yet not
efforting in any way. Sit for as long as it takes to stop everything
and just relax inwards. Quiet the relentless mind chattering and
release all efforting. Start with relaxing your physical body first.
It is the basic foundation of where transformation occurs. Imagine a
healing energy is relaxing your face, jaw, and eyes...and then it
moves into relaxing your head, neck, shoulders and back. Send
relaxing healing thoughts into your heart, stomach, and all your
organs inside. Love them! Relax your legs, and let the energy move
all the way down to your toes. Wherever awareness goes, relaxation
flows. Imagine your arms are loose like noodles and your back is
totally at ease.

Then notice how your body breathes for you. Watch how the air
automatically moves through you. Allow the movement of air through
your lungs effortlessly. Then move your awareness into your emotional
body. Relax into each feeling that you're having. Notice, what are
you feeling? Allow for each feeling to be perfect exactly as it is.
Breathe into and through each emotion that is there. Then begin to
relax your mind. Allow it to let go of all the struggling to achieve
this, create this, or change that. Let your mind rest. As if it were
a tired child needing to lay down for a while. Find the stillness
that is beneath your mind. Then move your awareness deeper into the
stillness. Do all this not through efforting, but through relaxing.

This is your day to detach from being the general manager in control
of your Universe. Stop micromanaging your responses and expeiences.
Let life be as still and sweet as a dew drop balancing on a lotus
flower's petal. Let go of your grip on yourself, no matter how strong
or subtle it is. Let go! Relax into the core of who you are. The
moment you do, you will experience the Divine Essence that exists at
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How Could You Be Anything But A Success?


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Today's Empowering Quote

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"To men pressed by their wants, all change is ever welcome."
-Ben Jonson

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Today's Empowering Question
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"Concerning my thoughts and actions now, am I using my
past and present as an excuse for failure or as my
motivation for success?"

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Today's Fast Session
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A number of years ago I heard a powerful story about
motivation. I don't remember where I heard it or even if
it was true story or not, but it perfectly exemplifies the
human ability to transcend circumstances.

My memory of it is fuzzy, so here's my version... with a
twist.

A reporter decided to follow up on an incredible human
interest story after hearing of two brothers, one a
vicious, dangerous criminal to be locked up for the next
ten years for his latest crime, and the other a highly
respected university professor.

After the arrest of brother number one, he told the police
about his brother, his closest living relative.

After the police discovered who brother number two was, a
reporter was given the tip that this could be an
interesting story.

Upon interviewing both men at length, the reporter learned
that their father was a brutal man. He was a hard drinker.
And his brand of teaching his boys "right from wrong"
involved terrible verbal abuse no matter where they
happened to be. When they "got out of line," he hit them
with belts, his fists, sticks - whatever was handy.

They both told almost identical stories of extreme
cruelty. Neither one was exempt from the old man's anger
and drunken rage.

While the boys were 19 and 20 respectively, their father
died of a massive heart attack. Shortly afterwards, the
brothers had a falling out and never saw each other again -
brother number one moved out of state and sort of fell off
the face of the earth... living his life between jail terms.

Brother number two graduated from college and followed a
designed path to living a rewarding life of service to his
community, his church and his family.

The thing that practically knocked the reporter over was
both brothers' identical answer to the same question.

After getting the background on both individuals, the
question was, "How did you get here to this point in your
life?"

The two answered the question with this same response...

"With a father like mine, how could I be any different?"

One used his father as an excuse, while the other used him
as motivation - as training on what not to do.

You see, it's not what happens to you in life that
dictates where you'll go and who you'll be. It's what you
do with it.

I'll bet that, right now, you could sit down and list at
least a dozen people who have risen up from hellish
childhoods, or who are completely different than anyone
else in their families in some significant way. You'll
discover that, concerning the differences, there are
completely different belief systems, different ways of
"looking at" the situations, different motivations and
reward systems.

So I'm being honest when I tell you there is no reason on
the face of the earth why you can't achieve your next big
goal. None. I don't care how many times you may have
fallen on your face.

Do you want to reach some health milestone after repeated
failures? Then decide to.

And stop with the excuses. You've been lying to yourself
too long.

Do you need to learn something, to pass some test, to get
a degree or license? Then get off your backside, shut off
the TV and do it.

Do you see a failure when you look in the mirror? Do you
know what to do, but just always decide not to do it? Then
turn the volume of the criticism in your head down. Shut
off the excuses. Write down on 3x5 cards statements like
these:

-Good job, I really tried hard.
-I really have quite a talent there.
-I'm quite a handsome man/beautiful woman
-Boy, when I have a job to do I just tear right in and get
it done.

...And read them often.

Write down empowering questions like these:

What is good about me? What could be?
What are the many benefits I will get by doing this or
believing that?
Why do I want to achieve (some outcome)?
What is my best character trait?
How can I get (someone) to really truly admire and respect
me?

There are thousands more.

And they all make you feel better and more capable.

With this reading as a habit, you will change how you see
yourself.

What you're being exposed to now is what I discovered to
be the inner differences between the winners and doers in
life and the losers and watchers.

And if you think this doesn't work, you couldn't be more
wrong.

Think about the two brothers and all the billions, dead
and alive, who have risen above their circumstances and
their old programming to be, do and have more than it
appeared they ever would. You've experienced this. Now
it's time to turn it up a notch. Grab yourself a huge goal.

Our Think Right Now! audios are based, in part, on this
whole technology.

Go to our site and check out some of the changes people
have made using them. It's downright scary.

When you change what goes in, you will change what comes
out... IF it goes in regularly and in the right way.

Come on, make today something special.

Make today your day.

No more excuses.

Take your circumstances and all of your past failures and
use them as motivation... as the reason for your imminent
success.

Be like the professor.

With circumstances like yours, how could you be anything
but a raging success?

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Mike


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Today's Empowering Beliefs To
Help Control Your Thoughts

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If you want to change your life fast, even though it might
seem like it's slow, then take the statements below, put
them on index cards and read them 3 times/day. Morning,
noon and just before you close your eyes at night.

They'll seep into your consciousness. And since you'll be
saying them so often, you'll soon begin to believe them.
That's how most beliefs start. Spaced repetition of thought.
Your attitudes will then positively change your emotions,
and you'll be compelled to do more... And you'll love it.

If you own Think Right Now for Windows, just paste them
into the appropriate file or make a new one -AND read them
three times per day. Think Right Now For Windows will help
put this re-scripting in overdrive.

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-- My success is guaranteed
-- I am motivated by my circumstances
-- I'm lucky to have had my past... it drives me
-- I am what I believe and I believe in me



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IF YOU HAVE THE DESIRE, YOU HAVE THE POWER


Your dreams will come true,
if you have the desire to pursue them.
You must believe in yourself.
Know in your heart,
that you can do the job you've set out to do.

You're never given a wish
without also being given the power to make it come true.
The achievement of your goal is assured
the moment you commit yourself to it.

Everything is possible,
if you believe it's possible.
It's your mind that sets your limits.
What you envision you can do,
you can do.

Start thinking of yourself as a success
and success will follow.
Success is a state of mind.
You can, because you think you can.

THE DAILY GURU


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©2006 by Max Steingart

Make this a clear day!



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I dissolve thoughts that suggest there is no joy.

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ABOUT TODAY'S AFFIRMATION
Many different thoughts suggest there is no joy. Such
suggestions are broadcast on television with graphic
representations of hardship, displayed on the silver screen
with glorification of explosive destruction, written in
newspapers with reports of crime, spoken in households and
neighborhoods in miscommunications. You can replace the
distortions in an instant with enlightened thoughts. Joy
replaces non-joy. Love replaces non-love. Peace replaces
non-peace. This is a simple formula. The more you focus on
the consciousness of love and joy and peace, the less you
can focus on despair and other forms of non-joy. I find it
is important to be able to recognize what you do not want so
that you do not sabotage yourself by dwelling on unwanted
stuff, and more easily learn to quickly shift your attention
elsewhere.

ABOUT YOUR PROCESS
Take a brief look at the non-joy suggestions in your own
life. Perhaps you have even expressed some already today.
What suggests to you there is no joy? Perhaps an old habit?
a friend? your job? a billboard? your car? a casual
conversation? a television commercial? How many non-joy
thought forms are you willing to commit yourself to replace
with joyful thoughts today? Now, spend more time looking at
the joy suggestions in your life.

As you become aware of specific beliefs that are limiting
thoughts, you may wish to return to working with the
affirmations of June 1 and June 2. You can adjust either or
both affirmations to incorporate the limiting beliefs that
you discover, if you choose. You will find that writing
these affirmations according to the process we have
developed will be particularly effective.

ABOUT RELATED ARTICLES
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"Focus of Our Attention"
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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



"Opportunity"



“We are continually faced with great opportunities which are brilliantly disguised as unsolvable problems.”

-- Margaret Mead

“A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.”

-- Francis Bacon

"What is opportunity, and when does it knock? It never knocks. You can wait a whole lifetime, listening, hoping, and you will hear no knocking. None at all. You are opportunity, and you must knock on the door leading to your destiny. You prepare yourself to recognize opportunity, to pursue and seize opportunity as you develop the strength of your personality, and build a self-image with which you are able to live -- with your self-respect alive and growing."

-- Maxwell Maltz


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DON'T JUDGE THE JUDGE!

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"If you judge people, you have no time to love them."

-Mother Theresa


I was talking with a potential client recently who told me that one of her most important goals was 'to become less judgmental'. When I asked her why she wanted that, she said (without a trace of irony) 'because making judgments is wrong.'

The fact is, no matter how much many of us think we 'shouldn't' judge, we are so conditioned to do so that without increasing our self-awareness, we will not only judge one another but we will continually judge ourselves and even our judgments!

In order to begin gently upping our awareness, it is useful to make a clear distinction about what constitutes a judgment (as opposed to an assessment or distinction, both of which are essential in the process of making decisions and moving towards goals).

Here's the distinction that I use, based on the work of Barry Neil Kaufman (see the 'Want to Learn More?' section at the end of the tip to learn more):

*A judgement is any evaluation of something as being good, bad, right or wrong

When we judge (describe something in terms of external moral values), we are essentially setting ourselves up as moral arbiters, claiming we know best what God wants or the world is supposed to be like. Not only is this a trifle presumptuous, it creates an environment where conflict and violence are both natural and ongoing. (If that doesn't make sense to you yet, simply imagine someone you don't really know repeatedly and forcefully telling you that you need to change because they're right and you're wrong. Notice if you feel more personally inclined towards conflict or violence!)

One remedy for this is understanding a language pattern called 'lost performatives'. A lost performative occurs in our language any time we make a judgment but leave out the identity of the person making the judgment. That is, we literally 'lose the 'performer' of the judgment. And for most of us in most situations, that performer (i.e. the one doing the judging) is us!

Here are some examples of how people use 'lost performatives' to disguise their own opinions and preferences:

'That dog is ugly.' instead of 'I don't like the way that dog looks.'
'The government is wrong.' instead of 'I don't agree with governmental policy.'
'She is a great singer.' instead of 'I really enjoy her singing.'

The minute we 'reclaim the judge within' and take ownership of our own opinions and preferences, we simplify our communication (and our lives) tremendously and reduce the opportunity for creating conflict and violence. When we hear someone else communicating in this way, we can begin to listen for and appreciate their unique point of view instead of getting caught up in disagreeing with and even fighting against their overly generalized judgment.

Ultimately, each time we let go of a judgment (without necessary letting go of our own preference and/or opinion), we experience greater freedom in our lives.

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Today's Experiment:
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1. Think about something or someone you are judging to be good, bad, right or wrong. What is the opinion or preference you are basing your judgment around?

2. Listen out for other people's judgments of you or the world. Notice how quickly you can 'translate' their judgments into statements of their own personal opinions or preferences.

3. Let go of at least one judgment today. You can do this by converting it to the opinion or preference behind it, or even by letting go of defending it. If you like how it feels, let go of more. Even letting go of just one judgment a day can lead to a tangible increase in your sense of happiness and well being.

Have fun, learn heaps, and if you don't for goodness sake don't judge yourself as bad or wrong!

With love,
michael

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Sonnet # XXXIII.

Full many a glorious morning have I seen Flatter the mountain-tops with sovereign eye, Kissing with golden face the meadows green, Gilding pale streams with heavenly alchemy; Anon permit the basest clouds to ride With ugly rack on his celestial face, And from the forlorn world his visage hide, Stealing unseen to west with this disgrace: Even so my sun one early morn did shine With all triumphant splendor on my brow; But out, alack! he was but one hour mine; The region cloud hath mask'd him from me now. Yet him for this my love no whit disdaineth; Suns of the world may stain when heaven's sun staineth.

Make this a winning day!



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I cut negative bonds of attachment to despair, depression,
and desperation. I untie the knots and the nots.

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ABOUT TODAY'S AFFIRMATION
Attachments come in all shapes and sizes. Some talk to you;
others are silent. Some are joyful (like happy marriages);
some are painful (like unhappy divorces). "Cannots" and
restraints and doubts often look like knots in the energy
field. These knots can be untied. Negative bonds can be
cut. Working with imagery in the energy field is powerful,
and usually more effective than pondering the thing to which
you are attached and the circumstances of the attachments.
You can also untie the bonds to depressing history or
disempowering current events.

ABOUT YOUR PROCESS
This affirmation is particularly appropriate for using the
power of imagery or visualization. Ask yourself, "What
attachment limits my experience of joy?" Close your eyes (to
minimize distraction of physical input) and ask for an image
from your inner guidance. This image can come to you in any
number of ways: through your vision or hearing or sensations
in your physical body or intuition. If you receive
information about knots and ties, work with THEM -- untie the
knots, cut the ties. This will be MUCH more empowering than
trying to tackle the THING to which you have appeared to be
negatively attached (you probably already know this is true,
because you have been working on this for years!) Finish it!
It is time to step into joy.

ABOUT RELATED ARTICLES
Among our articles, we particularly recommend:
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"Pluck it for the Bucket"
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Will Your Changes Last This Time?



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Today's Empowering Quote
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"He that never changes his opinions, never corrects his
mistakes, will never be wiser on the morrow than he is
today."
--Tryon Edwards

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Today's Empowering Question
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"What are some changes that I should make? How can I make
them last?"

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Today's Fast Session
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A few months ago, one of our cats, Rebecca, got out of the
house for only the second time in eight years. Since she
often spends time sleeping in hidden closet spaces, no one
had seen her for a few hours and didn't think much of it.

But after hearing horrible noises outside late that night,
my stepdaughter came and enlisted me to find out if Rebecca
was outside.

Since she's white, I saw her instantly against the dark
background of trees in the back yard. As I got closer, she
looked like she had stuck her paw in an electrical socket.
Her hair was standing straight up. After a few very
nervous moments, I was allowed to get close enough to touch
her and then, gently, bring her in the house.

The next day, the Vet shaved a couple spots to reveal some
nasty bites from another cat. She was hurting really bad,
but pretty soon, she was back to normal...

Well, almost.

Ever since, she has been the most lovey-dovey cat you have
ever seen. Every time she's around, which is just about
always now, she's rubbing up against us, purring, playing,
and wanting to be petted... kind of like a dog except for
the purring.

This is a cat that, while never mean, would never even let
you pick her up for more than a few seconds. The only time
she ever came really close was to meow for treats.
I think this new behavior is her way of saying, "Hey, all
these years I never truly knew what you guys meant to me.
I know now. And I'm not forgetting it."

She's literally like a different kitty. And she's NOT
reverting back to her old ways.

When studying the behavior of people, we see that most
sudden changes usually don't last because they haven't been
"cemented in" through time and repetition. Typically,
after a short period, old behaviors come right back strong
as ever. Our OLD patterns, our MOST dominant programs...
our true beliefs, come back to run our never-ending string
of emotions and thus our moment-by-moment actions.

Rebecca's situation, though, was unique in that it was a
HIGHLY emotional event. And those kinds of events tend to
re-wire us without the requisite time and repetition before
our new patterns can take over.

Since most of us have changes we want to make, and don't
want to wait around for a high-intensity emotional event to
occur, THAT is why it's so important, in the process of
changing habits of thought and action, to repeat the ideas
and visualize what you want constantly. Without it, change
rarely comes or stays around for very long. Today, you
never see athletes in any sport who don't do this daily.

That's why these newsletters are structured the way they
are. Without making the continual effort to install action-
producing, winning beliefs, there is no foundation for new
behavior that will last beyond a few days or weeks.

It's vitally important to continuously implant the seeds
of greatness on a daily basis...

Or nothing on the outside will change.

And it's SO easy to do.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm going to go play with my
cat. She wants some attention.

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I love you all!!!

Mike


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Today's Empowering Beliefs To
Help Control Your Thoughts
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If you want to change your life fast, even though it might
seem like it's slow, then take the statements below, put
them on index cards and read them 3 times/day. Morning,
noon and just before you close your eyes at night.

They'll seep into your consciousness. And since you'll be
saying them so often, you'll soon begin to believe them.
That's how most beliefs start. Spaced repetition of thought.
Your attitudes will then positively change your emotions,
and you'll be compelled to do more... And you'll love it.

If you own Think Right Now for Windows, just paste them
into the appropriate file or make a new one -AND read them
three times per day. Think Right Now For Windows will help
put this re-scripting in overdrive.

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-- I enjoy repeating my most desired beliefs
-- Seeing myself reaching my goals is easy & automatic for
me
-- I'm building upon my successes today
-- I feel myself changing and improving by the day
-- Adding new behaviors is so simple and easy for me



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FREEDOM MEANS RESPONSIBILITY


If you wish to be free yourself from enslavement,
you must choose freedom and the responsibility it entails.
There's a price for every freedom,
something to be given up for every liberty.

It's up to you to weigh the price you must pay
for each of your freedoms.
Everything you want has a price.
There's a price you'll pay for changing things
and a price you'll pay for leaving things as they are.

Freedom is the opportunity to make decisions.
It's the capacity to take a hand in your own development.
Freedom is the right to choose.
It's the right to create for yourself the alternatives of choice.

No one is free who is not master of himself.
You are free to do whatever you like.
You need only face the consequences of your actions.

THE DAILY GURU


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©2006 by Max Steingart

Attitude



Jerry is the kind of guy you love to hate. He is always in a good mood
and always has something positive to say. When someone would ask him how
he was doing, he would reply, "If I were any better, I would be twins!"

He was a unique manager because he had several waiters who had followed
him around from restaurant to restaurant. The reason the waiters followed
Jerry was because of his attitude. He was a natural motivator. If an
employee was having a bad day, Jerry was there telling the employee how
to look on the positive side of the situation.

Seeing this style really made me curious, so one day I went up to Jerry
and asked him, I don't get it! You can't be a positive person all of the
time. How do you do it?" Jerry replied, "Each morning I wake up and say
to myself, Jerry, you have two choices today. You can choose to be in a
good mood or you can choose to be in a bad mood. I choose to be in a good
mood. Each time something bad happens, I can choose to be a victim or I
can choose to learn from it. I choose to learn from it. Every time
someone comes to me complaining, I can choose to accept their complaining
or I can point out the positive side of life. I choose the positive side
of life.

"Yeah, right, it's not that easy," I protested. "Yes it is," Jerry said.
"Life is all about choices. When you cut away all the junk, every
situation is a choice. You choose how you react to situations. You choose
how people will affect your mood. You choose to be in a good mood or bad
mood. The bottom line: It's your choice how you live life."

I reflected on what Jerry said. Soon thereafter, I left the restaurant
industry to start my own business. We lost touch, but I often thought
about him when I made a choice about life instead of reacting to it.
Several years later, I heard that Jerry did something you are never
supposed to do in the restaurant business...h e left the back door open
one morning and was held up at gun point by three armed robbers. While
trying to open the safe, his hand, shaking from nervousness, slipped off
the combination. The robbers panicked and shot him. Luckily, Jerry was
found relatively quickly and rushed to the local trauma center. After 18
hours of surgery and weeks of intensive care, Jerry was released from the
hospital with fragments of the bullets still in his body.

I saw Jerry about six months after the accident. When I asked him how he
was, he replied, "If I were any better, I'd be twins. Wanna see my
scars?" I declined to see his wounds, but did ask him what had gone
through his mind as the robbery took place. "The first thing that went
through my mind was that I should have locked the back door," Jerry
replied. "Then, as I lay on the floor, I remembered that I had two
choices: I could choose to live or I could choose to die. I chose to
live."

&qu ot;Weren't you scared? Did you lose consciousness?" I asked. Jerry
continued, "...the paramedics were great. They kept telling me I was
going to be fine. But when they wheeled me into the ER and I saw the
expressions on the faces of the doctors and nurses, I got really scared.
In their eyes, I read 'he's a dead man.' I knew I needed to take action."
"What did you do?" I asked. "Well, there was a big burly nurse shouting
questions at me," said Jerry. "She asked if I was allergic to anything.
'Yes' I replied. The doctors and nurses stopped working as they waited
for my reply. I took a deep breath and yelled, 'BULLETS!'

Over their laughter, I told them, 'I am choosing to live. Operate on me
as if I am alive, not dead'." Jerry lived thanks to the skill of his
doctors, but also because of his amazing attitude. I learned from him
that every day we have the choice to live fully.

Attitude, after all, is everything.

Author unknown

What's important?



"Where you are headed is more important than how fast you are going. Rather than always focusing on what's urgent, learn to focus on what is really important."

-- Stephen Covey

Time management is all about making decisions. At each step of the way, we want to choose activities that best support what we want to do with our lives. To do this, we need to be clear about our short and long-term goals.

Here’s a general question to ask yourself often: "Is this the best use of my time in terms of meeting my goals?" Sometimes, of course, we don't have any choice. But ask yourself honestly, "Could I take more control if I really wanted to?" Often, we play the victim because we don't want to make the effort to change our behaviour.

"Time is a created thing. To say 'I don't have time,' is like saying, 'I don't want to.'"

-- Lao-Tzu

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The Project: Six ways to overcome procrastination

~*~*~*~*~


"First, have a definite, clear practical idea; a goal, an
objective. Second, have the necessary means to achieve your ends; wisdom,
money, materials, and methods. Third, adjust all your means to that end."

--Aristotle


~*~ Topic of the Week ~*~

Life is full of projects. There are home related projects -- the garden
that needs to be started, or the basement that needs to be cleaned out;
work related ones -- completing employee reviews, or creating a brochure
for your new business; and there are more personal projects like estate
planning, helping your teenager apply for college, or writing the book
you've been dreaming about for years. One of the most common questions I'm
asked is about overcoming procrastination and completing the things we
know we need to (or want to) do. So, this week I thought I'd share six
steps that will help you get the job done. To succeed in the completion of
any project, you need to:

1. Set a deadline. Deadlines are your ticket to freedom. Contrary to what
most people think, a deadline can decrease stress by motivating you to
act. Our anxiety about completing a project is usually related to inaction
and this anxiety uses an enormous amount of our energy. Once you have a
deadline in place, it releases this energy and allows you to put it to
good use. Set a deadline and let it inspire you to get started now.

2. Put "supportive accountability" in place. Left to our own devices many
of us will push back a deadline, especially when it relates to those
projects that cause us discomfort. Just look at how many people
procrastinate about getting their taxes done. By asking someone to hold
you accountable in a supportive way you put positive pressure on yourself
to make your project a priority. Be sure to choose someone who has your
best interest at heart and ask him or her to gently check in with you to
be sure that you're on track. Also, make plans to celebrate together once
you reach the finish line.

3. Set a start date. Once you have a project, a deadline, and someone to
hold you accountable, you're ready to set a formal start date. Setting a
time to begin a project gives you a chance to prepare. For example, if you
have a deadline to complete your taxes by April 1st with a start date of
March 1st, you'll have a chance to clear your schedule, get forms and
resources in place, and line up the help you might need before you get
into trouble. Too often we plunge into a project without a plan and end up
getting stuck or frustrated. Give yourself time to prepare so you can
start with confidence.

4. Set boundaries. Think of this step as casting a wide net around you and
your project so you're protected while you work. For example, if you need
to complete a report for your job, you'll want to schedule uninterrupted
time in your office. This might require a "do not disturb" sign on the
door, a conversation with co-workers about needing space, and a
willingness to shut the ringer off on the phone or avoid email until
you're done. Ask yourself: "What boundaries do I need to put in place in
order to have the emotional and physical space I need to get this project
finished?"

5. Take frequent breaks. In the past when I've coached clients to complete
a tough project, they often start with a "push through to the end"
mentality. For example, they're willing to work ridiculous hours at the
expense of their lives. While this might get the current project finished,
it forms a negative relationship to project completion which only fuels
procrastination in the future. You'll want to create a positive
relationship by taking frequent breaks. For example, when I'm writing, I
stop every hour to do something unrelated to the book. This gives my body
and mind a chance to rest and allows me to return with a fresh set of
eyes. When you give yourself a break, you set yourself up to enjoy the
process.

6. Know your payoff. When the project is done how will your life be
improved? What's the benefit of completion? For example, I know from my
experience as a tax consultant that people feel a tremendous sense of
relief when their taxes are done. There are many benefits to completing a
project: the satisfaction of a job well done, the peace of mind that comes
from no longer beating ourselves up for not acting, or the actual benefits
like a tax refund, an organized room to enjoy, or reduced debt. Identify
three benefits you'll receive from completing your project, put them in
writing, and keep them in view.

Much of life is about the process of completing projects in some form or
another, so why not learn to make peace with the process. What project has
been hanging over your head? This week, follow the recap in our "Take
Action Challenge" below, and free yourself from the bonds of incompletion
so you can enjoy more of your precious life.

~*~ Take Action Challenge ~*~

Choose a project that needs to get done and apply these steps:

1. Set a deadline
2. Choose someone to hold you accountable
3. Set a start date
4. Put boundaries in place
5. Plan for frequent breaks
6. Identify the benefits and keep them in view

Get into action and get the job done!

Cheryl

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our homepage here: http://www.cherylrichardson.com.



Make this an empowering day!

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I release memories that allowed belief in pain and struggle.
The energy of these memories is now used in more empowering
ways.


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ABOUT TODAY'S AFFIRMATION
"Memories" can be the obvious memories you remember in your
conscious awareness. In addition, you hold "memories" at
other levels of consciousness. Every experience leaves a
mark in the energy field. Your parents and lovers and
friends and associates also hold memories that you sometimes
step into -- sometimes as easily as you might step into cow
flop on a stroll in a pasture. It is as easy to slip out of
a belief in pain and struggle as to slip into a belief in
pain and struggle. The way in is the way out. If you find
it easy to believe in pain and struggle, guess what? It is
just as easy (and a lot more fun) to believe in non-pain and
non-struggle: joy and trust and peace and harmony.

ABOUT YOUR PROCESS
It is not necessary to sift through and recall all the
memories of pain and struggle that you are releasing this
week. Figuring out "why" and "who did what" can be quite
debilitating and can slow your process at the very time that
you want to accelerate it. Just let it go. Take it to the
trash. Or drop it in the pasture. As that stuff in the
pasture turns from foul excrement to nurturing fertilizer,
so, too, the sticky stuff of pain is transformed into an
energy that is revitalizing. Let it go from your energy
field.

ABOUT RELATED ARTICLES
Among our articles, we particularly recommend:
"Say Goodbye to Struggle"
http://www.mhmail.com/articles/ending-struggle.html
"Moving Through Puddles"
http://www.mhmail.com/articles/personal-development.html
"Pluck it for the Bucket"
http://www.mhmail.com/articles/energetic-techniques.html

ABOUT OUR AUTHOR AND SPONSORS
Sent in the consciousness of Joy 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

Make Today Great



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Today's Empowering Quote
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"It used to seem to me that my life went on too fast. So
I had to take it slowly just to make the good parts last."
-Steve Winwood

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Today's Empowering Question
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"What is really great or could be great about today?"

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Today's Fast Session
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Happiness in life, or even for a day, doesn't mean that
you run around like a chicken every day talking about how
great you feel. And it doesn't just mean that you closed
the big deal or your dinner reservation was accepted. Too
many of us look at outside validation to prove to ourselves
that things are good.

Trust me, when I was over $100,000 in debt with no earthly
idea how it would be paid, if I had looked outside myself
to try to feel good, guys in white coats would've been
called in to take me away.

Immersing myself in subconscious mind re-patterning was
essential. How do you go from being a person who always
wished they were somewhere, anywhere else; someone who
couldn't remember what they read for more than a few
minutes, having to re-read stuff two and three times to get
it; someone who just didn't care about anyone but
themselves; who moved papers all over and said they worked
a full, exhausting day?

So how can you get on the road to happiness?

-By completely accepting the fact that there are many
things you must learn and that you can learn to be as
effective and as happy as you dream of being

-By viewing criticism as a chance to learn... (at least in
private)

-By trying to find something, anything, to be happy
about... every single day
Even if you do nothing more than plant a big grin on your
face all day, doctors have proven that chemicals are
released by the brain that mimic those happy pills
prescribed by the billions for depression. Actually, it's
the pills that mimic the brain's natural function of
producing euphoria.

Here's what I want you to do...

Write down today's question. And underneath it, write at
least five things that you can think of that are, or could
be, great about today.

Topics can include:
- Your health or someone else's
- The way you feel emotionally
- A bad habit that you've controlled recently
- Someone who has been noticing you- that you like, too
- Positive comments on your work
- Your new suit
- Big appointment coming up and you feel prepared! Or,
- You don't feel prepared but you have time to get ready
- Getting together with friends that you haven't seen in a
while
- A new day to learn about yourself and what motivates you

You see, you can go on and on... and you'd better. It
will only take a couple minutes, but will pay gigantic
benefits to you.

There are literally hundreds of things that you can pay
attention to that can make you feel good... at any moment
in time. At EVERY moment!!

Don't confuse this type of mental focus as being
Pollyanna. I'm not talking about putting rose-colored
glasses on. I'm talking about a way to keep from worrying
about things you can't control that probably won't happen
anyway, about focusing on what's good instead of being
depressed about things that are over and done.

Steve's quote about taking it slowly doesn't mean slowing
down. It means being in the moment. Enjoying the good
stuff as it's happening... Paying attention to the good
things and being able to appreciate them, instead of only
the "problems."

Depressed people DON'T focus on what's good or even what
could be good... only on what's not right. I used to be
one of the best "problem focused" people you will ever meet.
And as you will see very shortly, after you finish writing
down all you can in response to today's question, you can
immediately start enjoying each and every day at levels
that seemed unattainable to you before.

Don't just read this and forget about it. Your happiness
today and for the rest of your life depends on your ability
to appreciate the fleeting moments that can give you some
of the most wonderful memories you'll ever have...

I promise.


Now write down at least 5, and preferably 10-20 answers to
today's question...and start smiling.

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Mike


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Today's Empowering Beliefs To
Help Control Your Thoughts
************************************************
If you want to change your life fast, even though it might
seem like it's slow, then take the statements below, put
them on index cards and read them 3 times/day. Morning,
noon and just before you close your eyes at night.

They'll seep into your consciousness. And since you'll be
saying them so often, you'll soon begin to believe them.
That's how most beliefs start. Spaced repetition of thought.
Your attitudes will then positively change your emotions,
and you'll be compelled to do more... And you'll love it.

If you own Think Right Now for Windows, just paste them
into the appropriate file or make a new one -AND read them
three times per day. Think Right Now For Windows will help
put this re-scripting in overdrive.

------------------------------------------------

-- All around me are things that make me smile
-- I appreciate the little things that people do for me
-- I enjoy the process of finding the good in other people
-- I respect the needs of others
-- I appreciate the differences in people
-- Life is good
-- I enjoy myself no matter what speed I'm moving



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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


"Step By Step"



"The shortest way to do many things is to do only one thing at a time."

-- Sydney Smiles

When I get overwhelmed by the number of tasks on my to-do list, I remind myself that the only way to get anywhere is step by step. And I cover the most distance in the journey of my life when I take a moment to decide which step will bring the greatest rewards.

"Often he who does too much does too little."

-- Italian Proverb

"If you chase two rabbits, both will escape."

-- Source Unknown


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Solve Your Problems By Throwing Them Away

------------------------------
Today's Empowering Quote
------------------------------

"I don't know who my grandfather was. I'm more concerned
to know who his grandson will be."
-Abraham Lincoln

------------------------------
Today's Empowering Question
------------------------------

"Am I looking at yesterday as an excuse to fail or a
reason to succeed?"

------------------------------
Today's Fast Session
------------------------------

I don't know where I first heard this little mental
technique, but it was just after I moved back from
California to New York in 1987. Just one of the many
little grains of sand thrown on the pile that I used to
help me climb out of my hole. It has served me well over
the years. When you get stuck and feel that there's no way
out of a situation, try this.

Write down a "problem" you're embroiled in. Write how you
feel about it. Write down all the reasons you can't
succeed, why you feel powerless, why it's no use to even
try...

Then take that paper, wad it up in a ball and throw it
away. Upon my many arcing baskets I could usually be heard
saying something like, "That is the biggest pile of horse
crap I've ever seen!!"

After you do this, forget about it. Yup. Put it out of
your mind completely. Start some other task right away.
If you do this, something magical will happen. Your
subconscious mind will go to work on it. You see, when you
tell yourself out loud that your pity party is hooey, that
your false excuses are just that, that you're not going to
listen to the lies you've told yourself for so long, your
mind, the one that God gave you to use for good and noble
deeds, says, "All right!! Time to do what I was created to
do!"

What you'll experience is, most times, nothing short of a
miracle. Often, within a day or two, you'll be driving
down the road, eating a snack or raking the leaves and
suddenly you'll get a huge "A-ha!!" And the answer comes.

Life being life, we all get lots of opportunities to solve
problems that seem insurmountable... sometimes daily. But
by programming your subconscious mind in this way, you're
teaching yourself to come up with answers quickly. Soon,
all "problems" become nothing more than an easy decision or
two from complete resolution.

Like any good habit, though, you need to be consistent.
Don't do it once, solve a big problem, never to come back
to your excellent technique. How many times have you
watched a sporting event and your team's strength seems to
be completely underutilized by the coaching staff calling
the plays. Doesn't it shock you that these guys could be
so stupid not to use their best chance to win? Don't be
like that!

Grab a pen and a piece of paper... C'mon.

Soon you'll be making baskets from across the room with
your little balls of paper... "Three seconds, two, one...
the shot. It's good!!"

Problem solved.

=======================================
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super successful? Mike Brescia has developed the ultimate
mental conditioning programs that can help anyone wipe out
intense fears and enjoy huge successes in all areas of
life. FR~E details==> http://www.thinkrightnow.com
FR~E email course ==> mailto:successcourse@aweber.com
=======================================


I love you all!!!

Mike


************************************************
Today's Empowering Beliefs To
Help Control Your Thoughts

************************************************
If you want to change your life fast, even though it might
seem like it's slow, then take the statements below, put
them on index cards and read them 3 times/day. Morning,
noon and just before you close your eyes at night.

They'll seep into your consciousness. And since you'll be
saying them so often, you'll soon begin to believe them.
That's how most beliefs start. Spaced repetition of thought.
Your attitudes will then positively change your emotions,
and you'll be compelled to do more... And you'll love it.

If you own Think Right Now for Windows, just paste them
into the appropriate file or make a new one -AND read them
three times per day. Think Right Now For Windows will help
put this re-scripting in overdrive.

------------------------------------------------

-- I find what works and I stick with it
-- Great answers come to me constantly from every direction

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Two Wolves -A Story To Change Your Life

An old Cherokee chief is teaching his grandson about life:

"A fight is going on inside me," he said to the boy.
"It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves.

One is evil - he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, greed,  arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, self-doubt, and ego.

The other is good - he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compasssion, and faith.

This same fight is going on inside you - and inside every other person, too."

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather:
"Which wolf will win?"

The old shief simply replied:
"The one you feed."

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


Make this a rewarding day!



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I let go of everything that appears to prevent or block joy.
I cancel the picture created by the expression, "no pain, no
gain."

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

ABOUT TODAY'S AFFIRMATION
In 1991 I wrote an article that was published in the LOS
ANGELES WHOLE LIFE TIMES called, "Let's Wipe out this
Expression, 'No Pain, No Gain.'" A variation of this article
appeared in the July 1991 Issue of the Marshall House JOURNAL.
My intention was to stir up some interest in eradicating this
debilitating expression. My thinking of today is that
REPLACEMENT is a much more effective approach than
eradication, which is not really possible anyway. Working
together, we can find one or more replacements.

ABOUT YOUR PROCESS
I encourage you to search your own repertoire of expressions
that may keep you stuck in pain or struggle or other
experiences of non-joy. You can cancel the negative effects
of disempowering thoughts, but identifying them first is
usually essential. When words are combined with strong
feelings and images, the impact is greatly enhanced. Use
today's affirmation, or a variation, to cancel negativity of
expressions that tend to create non-joyful experiences. It
is even more important to identify empowering statements, so
do not spend too long on this assignment.

ABOUT RELATED ARTICLES
Among our articles, we particularly recommend:
"Watch Your Language"
http://www.mhmail.com/articles/shifting-negative-affirmations.html
"Let's Replace this Expression: 'No Pain, No Gain'"
http://www.mhmail.com/articles/new-belief-system.html

ABOUT OUR AUTHOR AND SPONSORS
Sent in the consciousness of Joy 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

Slow down and enjoy



"Adopt the pace of nature, her secret is patience."

-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Racing through life is very stressful. If we stay in high gear too long, we lose our ability to shift down. And when we're stressed, we can't access happiness, appreciation, fun, compassion, generosity, awareness of beauty and other wonderful qualities. High stress also triggers negative emotions like frustration, impatience, anger and fear.

Life has so much to offer if we will slow down and truly experience it. We must always remember that we are the ones in control of the accelerator. We CAN choose to brake.

"Slow down and enjoy life. It's not only the scenery you miss by going too fast -- you also miss the sense of where you are going and why."

-- Eddie Cantor

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THE QUALITY OF YOUR LIFE BEGINS IN YOUR MIND




It's not what you have, but what you enjoy
that constitutes your abundance.
Your real riches are riches in your head and heart.

Wealth without enjoyment is little consolation.
True satisfaction comes from appreciating what you have.

There are two ways of being happy:
you must either diminish your wants or augment your means.
It's always better to appreciate things you cannot have
than to have the things you cannot appreciate.

Your riches will always lie within you,
not in your material possessions.

THE DAILY GURU


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Do you have any idea how fantastic you are?

 There's nobody in this
world quite like you, and I can't tell you how happy I am to be your
friend. I adore you. I cherish you. And I know that today will be one
of the best days of your life.





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"I Turn To You"

forgiveness

When the world is darker than I can understand.
When nothing turns out the way I planned.
When the sky turns grey and there's no end in sight.
When I can't sleep through the lonely night.

I turn to you. Like a flower leaning toward the sun.
I turn to you. 'Cos you're the only one.
Who can turn me around when I'm upside down.
I turn to you.

When my insides are wracked with anxiety.
You have the touch that will quiet me.
You lift my spirit. You melt the ice.
When I need inspiration, when I need advice.

I turn to you. Like a flower leaning toward the sun.
I turn to you. 'Cos you're the only one.
Who can turn me around when I'm upside down.
I turn to you.

Where would I be? What would I do?
If you'd never helped me through.
I hope someday if you've lost your way.
You could turn to me like I turn to you.

I turn to you. Like a flower leaning toward the sun.
I turn to you. 'Cos you're the only one.
Who can turn me around when I'm upside down.
I turn to you.

I turn to you. When fear tells me to turn around.
I turn to you. 'Cos you're the only one.
Who can turn me around when I'm upside down.
I turn to you. I turn to you. I turn to you.

The Biggest Truth about Judgment


By Jafree Ozwald & Margot Zaher
http://www.EnlightenedBeings.com

Let's take a moment to get really curious about judgment. What is it?
What exactly are we doing when we judge someone or something? We are
narrowing our mind, tightening our emotions, and becoming contracted
in our body when we form a judgment. We stop feeling and experiencing
the vastness of this Universe when we focus only on a TINY negative
unacceptable thought about someone.

There's the old Indian saying that we all know, "Never judge a man
until you have walked a mile in his moccasins." You can never really
know someone until you have lived their life. You barely know
yourself, how can you truly "know" the other? The truth is that we
have forgotten that behind this "undesired" behavior is a human being
with a divine soul and essence. Whatever it was that they said or did
may not seem so terrible if you knew their whole life story. One
action cannot truly reflect the entire dimension of someone's being.
Their behavior does not define who someone is or truly encompass the
vastness of their multidimensional soul.

Now here is the biggest truth. Whatever it is that you cannot accept
about them is EXACTLY what you are challenged in accepting about
yourself. It may be in a totally different context, yet the
reflection is there. When you accept everything about yourself, you
will never judge another person again in your life. Whenever you
judge someone, it does not say much about them, yet it says A LOT
about you.

Next time your inclination to judge flairs up...STOP. Breathe and
look inside. What are you not O.K. with inside you that is showing up
in them? Remind yourself that you are judging the action or behavior
and not the person. Make the distinction. Your enlightenment depends
on it! Then, look for the divine in this person. Remember that
everyone is divine and then gently send them compassion and even a
blessing. You will be amazed at what happens to your life energy when
you practice this conscious judgment dissolving exercise. Every time
you acknowledge the Divine in others, you automatically can see and
feel the Divine within YOU much much easier.

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"Travel With Awareness"



“...focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it.”

-- Greg Anderson

Travelling brings me wonderful opportunities to build awareness. When I get into the car, for example, I set an intention to drive well and stay alert to what other drivers and pedestrians are doing. When I realize that my mind has drifted and I’ve slipped into autopilot, I gently bring my focus back to the present.

It’s also a time when I can pay attention to my reactions. Does irritation arise when someone drives too quickly or slowly, or when I get stopped by a yellow light? Being aware of the irritation gives me the opportunity to acknowledge and then release it. If I choose to, I can be at peace anywhere – even on the road!

“Slow down and enjoy life. It's not only the scenery you miss by going to fast -- you also miss the sense of where you are going and why.”

-- Eddie Cantor


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Make this an enLIGHTening day!



~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

I rescind obsolete vows of struggle, sacrifice, and
unworthiness. Angels lift this heaviness.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

ABOUT TODAY'S AFFIRMATION
This is one of the variations of the "vows of limitation"
affirmation. As you recognize what gets in the way of joy
for you, you may find that you have created a rule or vow or
limiting belief about that very thing. You can not harm
angels by giving them the heaviness of outdated beliefs and
vows and struggle and pain, but you can lighten your own
load. Angels are here for all humanity. Someone in the
human body must ask for their help because they do not
interfere in human lives. They watch, fascinated and amused
by acts of limitation, but they do not act without invitation.
Our beckoning invites them to act in accordance with the
divine.

ABOUT YOUR PROCESS
I suggest you search your life for the limiting vows or ideas
that you believe, that you hold to be true. For example, do
you believe there is not enough money? This is a false
belief. The APPEARANCE of "not enough money" presents itself
as an experience because it is a manifestation of the belief
itself. The experience or "proof" shows up because of the
power of the beliefs. Experiences of "not enough money" are
created to demonstrate thoughts of lack. I pick the belief
in "not enough money" because it is so prevalent. Perhaps
you are rescinding a different vow or false belief today or
this week. P.S. If you start to argue that there TRULY is
"not enough money" you are arguing for limitations. You
have a right to do this, I simply wish to mention this just
in case you are inclined to step into that trap.

(Incidentally, DailyAffirm explores the theme of Abundance
in September.)

ABOUT RESCINDING LIMITING BELIEFS
I have posted an article at my Web Site explaining the
process of rescinding limiting beliefs This extensive
article is available in several sections. Click on the
link below to read the article.

ABOUT RELATED ARTICLES
Among our articles, we particularly recommend:
"Ending Poverty Consciousness"
http://www.mhmail.com/articles/end-poverty-consciousness.html
"Freedom from Bondage"
http://www.mhmail.com/articles/freedom-from-bondage.html
"Money, Prosperity, Abundance"
http://www.mhmail.com/articles/money-prosperity-abundance.html
"Rescinding Obsolete Thoughts and Limiting Beliefs"
http://www.mhmail.com/articles/shifting-negative-affirmations.html

ABOUT OUR AUTHOR AND SPONSORS
Sent in the consciousness of Joy 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

Appreciate The People Around You



------------------------------
Today's Empowering Quote
------------------------------

"Hay is more acceptable to an a.s.s. than gold."
-Latin Proverb

------------------------------
Today's Empowering Question
------------------------------

"What is the most appropriate form of appreciation and/or
service I can provide to each person?"

------------------------------
Today's Fast Session
------------------------------

Aren't you just amazed sometimes about how obvious it is
that you or someone around you fails to get recognized for
accomplishments? It's easy to see in others isn't it?

When it's someone else who should show the gratitude, it
ridiculously obvious, isn't it?

But when it's US that should hand out some thanks and show
that we feel lucky to have the support and help we DO get,
we quite often are just as guilty of "forgetting" to do
this as those we despise. Isn't that right?

I have watched some of the most incredible performers in
the work arena get literally forgotten when it comes to
pats on the back. More responsibility and longer hours are
what they usually get. And less thanks.

Is it any wonder that it's tough to keep good employees?
There's an unfortunate tendency to believe that most people
just know they're good, or have done well, so we don't
bother to tell them.

In the last few years, psychologists recently did a study
about what employees want in their jobs. And pay ranked
something like number seven in importance. That doesn't
mean it wasn't important. Just that on a day-to-day basis,
that's not what we dwell on when it comes to job
satisfaction.

Feeling appreciated and a feeling of being in on things
ranked at the top of most lists.

If some of a company's computers worth several thousand
dollars came up missing, they'd call the police and a full
investigation would ensue. The company would want them
back and would like to see the crooks behind bars.

But if a key employee were to leave suddenly, that
person's bosses and the company owners would likely never
get down to the root of why they just lost an asset worth
possibly hundreds of thousands (or even millions) of
dollars!

But I know why.

Most people don't want to take the time (or accept the
possible guilt). Most of us simply don't understand the
implications of not showing how much other people mean to
us.

With great regret, I can say without hesitation that I
have been very guilty of this. But the awareness of it is
the first step towards having the power of appreciation
help rather than hurt you.

If you say "I guess I should do more of that (yeah,
right!)" then you are killing your chances of true and
lasting success and happiness in business, career and
personal matters.

None of us likes to be taken for granted. Many people
have gone nearly insane because they don't feel
appreciated. Think about times when you or someone you
know got upset and/or acted in irrational ways. Aren't
many of those times also times when you felt unappreciated,
not necessary or that your opinion doesn't matter?

You see? It colors all your relationships--professional
AND personal.

Cruising through your days just expecting that John is
going to do what you need him to do because that's what
he's always done in the past is crazy. Pretty soon John's
going to be gone...

...and you won't even know why.

But now, at least, you'll have that seed of an idea why.

When you'd like a word of encouragement or a compliment of
a job well done, even a little acknowledgement, and it
doesn't come, notice how it feels. I hope it doesn't wreck
your day, but just notice it. Feel it. Well, that's what
others feel, too, when their deeds are ignored.

You could quickly become the most popular person in
school, work, or just about anywhere else. Just start
noticing small things. Pick them out and give a quick
thanks to the person who was responsible.

Do this for a couple days or weeks and you'll see people
instantly responding to you.

Try it out and watch everything change!!!

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Today's Empowering Beliefs To
Help Control Your Thoughts
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If you want to change your life fast, even though it might
seem like it's slow, then take the statements below, put
them on index cards and read them 3 times/day. Morning,
noon and just before you close your eyes at night.

They'll seep into your consciousness. And since you'll be
saying them so often, you'll soon begin to believe them.
That's how most beliefs start. Spaced repetition of thought.
Your attitudes will then positively change your emotions,
and you'll be compelled to do more... And you'll love it.

If you own Think Right Now for Windows, just paste them
into the appropriate file or make a new one -AND read them
three times per day. Think Right Now For Windows will help
put this re-scripting in overdrive.

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-- I notice the little things that people do for me & others
-- I'm quick to say thank you for a job well done
-- I appreciate all the things people do for me
-- Other people like to be around me now
-- People like doing things for me now
-- I'm well liked by others
-- My opinion is important to others



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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


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ABOUT YOUR INTENTION
If you have not already done so, please identify your over-
arching intention for Joy. That is, develop a statement that
guides you in the exploration and embodiment of Joy.
Intention is the energy or consciousness from which actions
emerge. If you are uncertain how to write this intention,
just make an attempt. Keep it simple. You have 30 days to
work with the intention and the theme, so let your statement
change and deepen. Here are a few suggestions for statements
of intention about the theme of Joy: *To know joy. *To
resonate with the energy of joy. *To feel joy in each moment.
*To stay in the consciousness of joy, regardless of the
circumstances. *To be a place for joy to live.

ABOUT RELEASING/CLEANSING AFFIRMATIONS and JOY
The key idea this week is: what gets in the way of joy?
Pain, for example, tends to block joy or distract you from
joy. Fears and old, stuck emotions are the opposite of joy.
Resistance makes joy inaccessible. As you clear non-joy
from your energy field, you become more focused on the idea
and the manifestation of joy. If you desire to have a
beautiful garden, you remove the weeds and clutter. It is
that simple. This week, prune non-joy. Fertilize the soil
and the soul with the clippings. Life is a process. And in
the next cycle, the process repeats.

ABOUT YOUR PROCESS
I recommend that you write this week's affirmations. I
have developed a process which is described in the book,
"Affirmations: A Pathway to Transformation" and in an article
entitled, "Writing Affirmations for Empowerment." As those
who have been participating know, this article is posted at
my Web site along with about 40 others, http://www.mhmail.com
and then click on Articles by Jeanie. See information below
to request any or all articles or the List of Articles by
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ABOUT THE AFFIRMATIONS
If I were to select the definitive affirmation for the week
to represent releasing and cleansing for Joy it would be the
affirmation: "I rescind obsolete vows of struggle, sacrifice,
and unworthiness. Angels lift this heaviness." I find that
the baggage of ancient vows and beliefs tends to hold many
individuals in a consciousness of bondage. The June 2
affirmation helps to dissolve the limitations.

Following are all seven affirmations. Select one to focus
on for the week or use a different affirmation each day or
some combination. You will receive each of these
affirmations on the appropriate days with additional
information and suggestions. Make your process work for
you.

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June 1:
I give myself permission to release rage and pain easily and
joyously from every level of the energy field.

June 2:
I rescind obsolete vows of struggle, sacrifice, and
unworthiness. Angels lift this heaviness.

June 3:
I let go of everything that appears to prevent or block joy.
I cancel the picture created by the expression, "no pain, no
gain."

June 4:
I release memories that allowed belief in pain and struggle.
The energy of these memories is now used in more empowering
ways.

June 5:
I cut negative bonds of attachment to despair, depression,
and desperation. I untie the knots and the nots.

June 6:
I dissolve thoughts that suggest there is no joy.

June 7:
I let Spirit (My Higher Self, God, My Spirit Guides, The One,
The Force, Infinite Source) purify any remaining thoughts
and feelings. of struggle.

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"Resonating with the Light with Jeanie Marshall"
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"Let's Replace this Expression: 'No Pain, No Gain'"
http://www.mhmail.com/articles/new-belief-system.html
"Watch Your Language"
http://www.mhmail.com/articles/shifting-negative-affirmations.html

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Follow your own path



"Life is complex. Each one of us must make his own path through life. There are no self-help manuals, no formulas, no easy answers. The right road for one is the wrong road for another ... The journey of life is not paved in blacktop; it is not brightly lit, and it has no road signs. It is a rocky path through the wilderness."

-- M. Scott Peck

We each have our own pathways to develop both personally and spiritually. They are based on our character and past experiences. No one else can identify our paths for us. Tune in to your inner guidance system and follow its direction.

"What every man needs, regardless of his job or the kind of work he is doing, is a vision of what his place is and may be. He needs an objective and a purpose. He needs a feeling and a belief that he has some worthwhile thing to do. What this is no one can tell him. It must be his own creation."

-- Joseph M. Dodge


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A Baker's Dozen of Inspirational Thoughts

from Dr. Wayne Dyer

Share these pearls of wisdom with your Grad, your Dad, or anyone who may benefit from this practical advice for living a successful, positive life—everyday!

Excerpted from Everyday Wisdom for Success.
Chasing success is like trying to squeeze a handful of water. The tighter you squeeze, the less water you get. When you chase it, your life becomes the chase, and you become a victim of always wanting more.
If you refuse to change your job (if you don’t like it), the only sensible thing you can do is practice loving it every day.
Enjoy everything that happens in your life, but never make your happiness or success dependent on an attachment to any person, place, or thing.
The more you see yourself as what you’d like to become, and act as if what you want is already there, the more you’ll activate those dormant forces that will collaborate to transform your dream into your reality.
Most people are searching for happiness outside of themselves. That’s a fundamental mistake. Happiness is something you are, and it comes from the way you think.
You are in a partnership with all other human beings, not a contest to be judged better than some and worse than others.
Life is never boring, but some people choose to be bored . . . boredom is a choice.
 
Treat yourself and others with kindness when you eat, exercise, play, work, love, and everything else.
Money—like health, love, happiness, and all forms of success that you want to create for yourself—is the result of living purposefully. It is not a goal unto itself.
The opposite of courage is not so much fear as it is conformity.
Try viewing everyone who comes into your life as a teacher.
Forgiveness is the most powerful thing you can do for yourself. If you can’t learn to forgive, you can forget about achieving true success in your life.
There are limits to material growth, but there are no limits to inner enlightenment.
You can find these and more than 200 similar gems in Dr. Dyer's Everyday Wisdom for Success—available everywhere books are sold. You can also order online from Hay House.
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