How to Solve Problems with Ease

"Our brightest blazes of gladness are commonly kindled by unexpected
sparks."

-- Samuel Johnson



Have you ever wondered why you get some of your best ideas in the shower?
Or, why you become more and more insightful as each day of your vacation
passes by? Well, I've been lucky enough to discover the secret and I want
to share it with you. It all has to do with how you think :).

There are two basic modes of operation for the human brain. There is the
analytical, thinking mode -- the mode we use when we want to memorize
something, review financial reports, or learn a new skill. And, there is
the relaxed, insightful mode -- the one that allows us to rest our
thoughts, be present in the moment, and access wisdom. This is the mode
we shift to when taking a shower or while relaxing on vacation. Both
modes are important and each can be more useful when used in the right
way.

Because our culture is so over-focused on information, most of us live
from the neck up. Our brains stay stuck in the analytical mode of
thinking, and this makes it difficult to relax and enjoy the richness that
life has to offer. When we rely on the analytical, computing mode to
handle situations of a less definitive nature (like writing, presenting or
relating to others), we end up struggling to "figure things out" rather
than allowing the answer to surface effortlessly. Let me give you an
example of what I mean.

When I was writing my book, I learned to use my relaxed brain to make the
process more joyful. As I was about to begin a new chapter (usually the
most difficult part for me), I would ask my brain to begin working on an
outline, and to have it ready by 3 pm. Then, I'd go to the beach with a
good book and spend the early afternoon sitting in the sun. Each time my
mind started thinking about the chapter I needed to write (analytical
mode), I simply told myself "it's being handled." Then, I'd go back to
relaxing (insightful mode). Sure enough, when I'd return to my computer
at 3 pm, the chapter would start to pour out. Actually, in the beginning,
it dripped out. But, as I grew to trust the process of letting go and
allowing my insightful mind take over, the writing flowed more easily.
That's what happens when you give your brain a vacation -- you access
wisdom in a much easier way.

If you want to enjoy life more fully, the trick is to teach yourself to
live in the insightful mode more often. That way, you'll have more of the
analytical brain available for other stuff -- like putting the gas grill
together this summer.


~*~ Take Action Challenge ~*~

This week, try an experiment. Pick a problem or challenge, and instead of
ruminating over and over in your mind about what should be done, ask your
relaxed brain to solve the problem while you do something else. Set a
specific time for the answer to surface and let it go. Create your own
mantra to use when your analytical brain tries to take over, and when
ready, arrive at the intended result time and see what shows up.

Practicing this simple exercise on a regular basis will not only teach you
to access your inner wisdom, but it will train your brain to use this mode
more often. Have fun!

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I BELIEVE IN YOU


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"Argue for your limitations, and sure enough, they're yours."

-Richard Bach

My friend and mentor Bill Cumming has lived what I consider to
be an extraordinary life. After over fifteen years campaigning
in the civil rights movement and creating a number of programs
for individual and team empowerment (including the pilot for
the program now known as 'Upward Bound'), his life changed
forever when his nine year old daughter Joy was raped just a few
hundred yards from his Ohio home.

In that moment, Bill realized he was fully capable of the kind
of violence he had spent so many years campaigning against, and
his work turned in a new direction - what are the true causes
of violence in our society and how can they be changed?

During the course of his research, he visited a prison in
Somers, Connecticut and spent time with a group of murderers,
rapists and other violent offenders who had been working with a
man named Dr. Nick Groth for over a year. To Bill's surprise,
rather than blaming what they had done on their often horrific
upbringings filled with abuse, violence and criminal neglect,
each of these men took full responsibility for their lives.
Towards the end of their time together, one man who had
committed three rape/murders and held no possibility of parole
took Bill to one side and expressed his heartfelt compassion and
sorrow for what had happened to Joy.

In that moment, Bill realized that if he was capable of murder
and a murderer was capable of that degree of compassion, the
capacity for all things must live inside all of us. As he wrote
in the course manual for 'What One Person Can Do' (see the
'Want to Learn More?' section at the end of the tip to learn
more):

"What I learned in this unusual laboratory is that it is
possible, given two critical factors, for even the most violent
people to develop meaningful, productive, contributory lives,
even within the confines of a maximum security prison. The fact
that this is so speaks volumes in terms of what we can do...

The critical factor...was getting these individuals to know that
they are loved (i.e. cared about, valued) and that they are
able to make choices...IF IT IS POSSIBLE IN THIS ENVIRONMENT,
WITH THESE MEN, IT IS POSSIBLE AT EVERY MOMENT IN EVERY
ENVIRONMENT WITH ANYONE."

In private conversation, Bill has told me on numerous occasions
that in nearly every instance he has seen where a person has
turned their life around, there was the presence of at least one
individual who loved (cared for, valued) them unconditionally
and believed in them and in their capacity to choose - to make
different choices and fundamentally change the direction,
quality and character of their lives.

At first, I felt that Bill's work was very important but not
terribly relevant to my own life. After all, nothing that
horrific has ever happened to me or the people I care about
most. But I soon came to realize that the same critical factors
were present any time I overcame a crisis in my own life.

My parents believed in my mental strength and capacity at a time
where I was so messed up I thought they were the ones who were
nuts for believing in me. Charlie Helfert and Dale Moffit,
professors at Southern Methodist University believed in me
enough to not only bring me in to their professional actor
training program but to refuse to let me be pushed out even when
some of their perhaps more 'sensible' colleagues were lobbying
for my expulsion.

Their belief in me forced me to question my own sense of
worthlessness. If they thought there was something inside me
worth spending time on and salvaging, maybe there really was. In
short, they believed in me long enough and consistently enough
that I began to search inside myself for the strength they
seemed to see so effortlessly inside me.

And since I found that strength and began to use it to create my
own wonderful life, I have felt equally committed to believing
in others - to making the choice to treat the people I come
into contact with as though they too have the power within them
to choose and to change. And miraculously, consistently, they
prove me right - again and again and again.

So I'd like to conclude today's tip not with an experiment, but
with an invitation - the invitation to become 'a believer'. A
believer is someone who chooses to believe in the capacity
inside each one of us to be more than we thought we were capable
of - to fly higher and travel harder and arrive triumphantly,
creating lives that make us (and often everyone around us) go
'Wow!'.

There's no movement to join, no manifesto to sign - just a
gentle reminder and open invitation to be the difference maker
in someone else's life and to be open to having that difference
made in your own. Tell someone you believe in them. Mean it.
Demonstrate it in the way you treat them. Then stand back and
watch their life begin to blossom and bloom.

I began today's tip with a quote from Richard Bach's wonderful
book 'Illusions' - "Argue for your limitations, and sure enough,
they're yours."

I'll put it somewhat less poetically, but hopefully with equal
strength:

"Argue for your possibilities, and sure enough, you will find so
much more capacity and ability inside you than you have ever
dreamed is possible."

With love,
michael

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Key
Life opens the door, but it is up to us to walk
through it!

Maya


Sonnet # LVII.



Being your slave, what should I do but tend
Upon the hours and times of your desire?
I have no precious time at all to spend,
Nor services to do, till you require.
Nor dare I chide the world-without-end hour
Whilst I, my sovereign, watch the clock for you,
Nor think the bitterness of absence sour
When you have bid your servant once adieu;
Nor dare I question with my jealous thought
Where you may be, or your affairs suppose,
But, like a sad slave, stay and think of nought
Save, where you are how happy you make those.
So true a fool is love that in your will,
Though you do any thing, he thinks no ill.

What is your body telling you?



“There are times when we may fool ourselves. There are times when we can fool others. But we can never fool our body. It is the most sensitive barometer of our inner world.”

-- Sherrill Sellman

“Instead of frittering away your vibrancy with worry or distraction, realize your mind and body are inextricably united. What calms and tones up one, soothes and improves the other.”

-- Marsha Sinetar

"When you are saying that you are happy and you are not, there will be a disturbance in your breathing. Your breathing cannot be natural. It is impossible."

-- Osho

"Your body is the ground and metaphor of your life, the expression of your existence. It is your Bible, your encyclopedia, your life story. Everything that happens to you is stored and reflected in your body. In the marriage of flesh and spirit divorce is impossible."

-- Gabrielle Roth

"If you don't take care of your body, where will you live?"

-- Unknown source


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The 3 Step Recommitment Ritual


So how are you doing with manifesting the life you desire? Are you
having fun? Perhaps you have embarked on your Manifesting Journey and
somewhere a long the way you have gotten side tracked. Maybe you got
distracted by something more appealing, an offer you couldn't refuse,
or just sat down by the side of the road to rest, and now years later
you're still waiting for someone to pick you up and take you to your
dream life.

If you feel that you have strayed from the self-empowering
manifesting path, it's time to do a recommitment ritual to help you
get back on track. Just taking a few minutes to get refocused will
restart your manifesting engines to create a life you truly desire.
This 3-Step Recommitment Ritual is powerful and for anyone who feels
that they have strayed from manifesting their dream life. Soon you
will start to manifest amazing NEW things into your life again! So be
proactive with this exercise and integrate it into your life at every
possible level...enjoy!

Your recommitment ritual consists of these three steps:

1. Express Gratitude for Yourself
Take a moment to appreciate how far you have already come on your
Manifesting journey. Acknowledge that you are doing an amazing job
and that everything that is and has happened is perfect. Honor who
you are in this moment, and know that you are already perfect. It's
important to be aware of any tendencies to want to beat yourself up,
and let them go! That's just an old ego pattern. If you find that you
are being hard on yourself, get curious as to how this attitude could
be helping you manifest a higher vibration. Then, immediately refocus
back on the divine being that you are and the perfection of the
Universe all around you.

2. Proclaim your Recommitment to the Universe
Look deep inside and determine what you want to recommit to
manifesting, doing, or experiencing. Then state out loud your
commitment to the Universe. Say something like, "I am committed to
manifesting an amazing relationship or I am committed to eating
healthy alive foods every day." Speak these words from the depth of
your soul with passion and sincerity. This will send out a powerful
message to the Universe which will in turn support you in making your
commitment a reality.

3. Visualize yourself Fulfilling your Recommitment
After you state your recommitment, close your eyes and imagine what
your life is going to feel like and be like once you this
recommitment has been fulfilled. Allow yourself to visualize every
single detail no matter how small. Notice all the amazing shifts that
have happened, and how you are different. Really allow yourself to
fully step into this new world where your recommitment has become a
reality.

The last two chapters of our Manifesting Manual, "How to Raise Your
Manifesting Vibration" are filled with powerful proven techniques
that will help you overcome any blocks or challenges you may
encounter on your Manifesting Path. Explore everything that's in this
revolutionary life changing e-book at:
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Many Blessings to You!
Margot and Jafree
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EVERY WINNER HAS SCARS




Life is a classroom in which you're being tested, tried and passed

You can't predict what will happen to you.
But, you can decide what happens inside you,
how you take it, and what you do with it.

The real test of living is how you take each experience
and make it a thing of worth and beauty.
Everything you go through has some value.

The highest qualities of success and character must be earned.

THE DAILY GURU


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Perspectives



One day a father and his rich family took his young son on a trip to the
country with the firm purpose to show him how poor people can be. They
spent a day and a night in the farm of a very poor family. When they got
back from their trip the father asked his son, "How was the trip?"

Very good, Dad!"

"Did you see how poor people can be?" the father asked.

"Yeah!" "And what did you learn?"

The son answered, "I saw that we have a dog at home, and they have four.
We have a pool that reaches to the middle of the garden, they have a
creek that has no end. We have imported lamps in the garden, they have
the stars. Our patio reaches to the front yard, they have a whole
horizon.

When the little boy was finishing, his father was speechless.

His son added, "Thanks, Dad, for showing me how poor we are!" Isn't it
true that it all depends on the way you look at things? If you have love,
friends, family, health, good humor and a positive attitude toward life,
you've got everything!

You can't buy any of these things. You can have all the material
possessions you can imagine, provisions for the future, etc., but if you
are poor of spirit, you have nothing!

Author Unknown


Make this a transformative day!



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Today is an opportunity for transformation.

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ABOUT TODAY'S AFFIRMATION
Of course, every day is an opportunity for transformation.
This last day of July is specifically dedicated to the
opportunity of transformation, to life made extraordinary
because everything is in a state of continuous change. Some
folks say they are afraid of change; some folks say they are
afraid of not changing. Turn your attention away from fear
and move through your life finding opportunities to grow and
learn.

ABOUT YOUR PROCESS
As you take a deep, refreshing and reflective breath,
consider what this month has meant to you with respect to
change and transformation. Please re-visit your over-
arching intention, review your written comments or journal
or diary, remember affirmations that stood out for you, etc.
Such reflections are a natural way to embody your
exploration and learning about transformation. If you have
not yet come to peace with the idea of everything being in
constant change, stay with us for another month!

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ABOUT OUR NEXT THEME
Tomorrow is August, the month of peace on this DailyAffirm
Process. Please develop an over-arching intention about
peace. That is, formulate a statement that captures the
consciousness in which you wish to live in peace. Consider
what you desire to be able to say at the end of August in
response to these three questions: What did you learn about
peace? What do you desire to keep? What do you desire to
release?

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Elvira

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Love I Can't Defend


I'm closing in, I'm feeling fine You've lit the candles, poured the wine I've dreamed up great scenarios, won't come down With my face pressed up to the glass Your house inviting; night time; jass And I arrive in this masterpiece, this pumpkin But despite this romantic range of violins Detoxication tends to be unkind And if these laws of love do not appeal to you I'll try and convince myself these rules are just applied

And this is love I can't defend This is primitive love, the dangerous kind And this is love that will bring me to my knees This is the love that I have for you

My birthday comes, I am reduced Your moods leave me a bit confused I'm rearranging all my expectations How you define consistency, well it's clearly not up to me To breake into your rhythm or its absence But despite this romantic rang of violins Detoxication tends to be unkind And if these laws of love do not appeal to you I'll try and convince myself these rules are just applied

And this is love I can't defend This is primitive love, the dangerous kind And this is love that will bring me to my knees This is the love that I have for you

Elvira Nikolaisen
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How to Stop Striving and Start Thriving!


smiling sun
Do you find yourself struggling to survive your day instead of
enjoying and relishing each moment you are alive? Are you living a
life where you are passionately doing what you MOST love to do
everyday? If not, look at the compromise you have made with yourself,
and the limiting beliefs you have bought into that say you "need to"
or "have to" do this to survive. You can choose to do what you love
to do and can even make more money at it than what you are currently
doing. We are not meant to do something we don't love doing. There
are thousands of other possible experiences than just this ONE thing
you think you should do for your entire life. The more experience you
have, the more rich, mature and wise you become. Say YES to new
experiences! This is what thriving in life is all about!

Striving is an energy we were taught at a very early age that says
that if we work hard and continue to persist, we will eventually
arrive at some amazing destination. The dictionary's definition of
the word for striving is "to exert much effort or energy". Anytime
you exhert effort, you are blocking your ability to receive what you
want. The truth is that you have already arrived. You are already
whole and complete and do not need to strive to become somebody else.
Sure you will grow in life, just like an oak tree grows to 150 feet
tall from a 6 inch sapling on its own. It doesn't struggle to be the
biggest tree in the field. It simply lets nature take its course.
Growing happens naturally on its own when you are relaxed, open, and
present to each moment and experience in life.

There are many people who continue striving to get somewhere in their
life or to become "somebody". If you have been trying for years to
arrive at being this "great somebody" the next question is to ask,
"when are you going to arrive?" What are you trying to become that
you believe will create more happiness than what is available right
now? The truth is when you truly give up trying to become someone and
relax, you instantly arrive! All this trying to become someone new is
just saying you are now O.K. with who or what you are now. There's a
hidden judgment about yourself that says you're just not "good
enough". By trying to become someone new you will only create the
habit of trying to become someone new forever. This is the life of
perpetual struggle and suffering. Don't do it. Let go of trying to
become ANYBODY special and start realizing the amazing divine being
you already are right now.

Right now, let go of your need to become better, richer, healthier,
more pure, powerful, loving, organized, loved, or more spiritual.
Relax into who and what you are right now. The Divine is always here
now. Striving only makes you think it's in the future The mind plays
such serious games, and will make you think your efforts are for
something "good" and positive, yet the basic energy of striving
contains the foundation of struggle, lack, and no self-love or
self-acceptance at its core. Start BEING the perfect God-being you
already are and relax! Enjoy the life you are living today! All
striving and efforting just stirs up more mental dust and covers up
the divine perfect consciousness inside. Striving to become someone
or something other than who you are is just another unfulfilling
program from your past that you will have to unlearn someday.
Transcend your conditioning by letting go of all efforting to become
"someone" this week, and let the effortless flow of your divine
energy and what you are truly passionate about live its life through
you!

You already have what it takes to truly enjoy your life right now.
You don't need xyz so that you can smile, laugh, and be in love.
Thriving is already inside of you. All it takes is shifting your
focus inward instead of outward. When you refocus inward through
meditation, you can connect with your Divine essence and realize that
there is an infinite source of energy and creativity available inside
you RIGHT NOW! The more you accept where and who you are, the more
you can tap into your inherent manifesting energy and start to truly
thrive in the world.

Learn techniques and exercises to drop struggle, survival
consciousness, and striving from your life forever in The 90 Day
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Hospital Windows



Two men, both seriously ill, occupied the same hospital room. One man
was allowed to sit up in his bed for an hour each afternoon to help drain
the fluid from his lungs. His bed was next to the room's only window.

The other man had to spend all his time flat on his back. The men talked
for hours on end. They spoke of their wives and families, their homes,
their jobs, their involvement in the military service, where they had
been on vacation.

And every afternoon when the man in the bed by the window could sit up,
he would pass the time by describing to his roommate all the things he
could see outside the window. The man in the other bed began to live for
those one-hour periods where his world would be broadened and enlivened
by all the activity and color of the world outside.

The window overlooked a park with a lovely lake. Ducks and swans played
on the water while children sailed their model boats. Young lovers walked
arm in arm amidst flowers of every color of the rainbow. Grand old trees
graced the landscape, and a fine view of the city skyline could be seen
in the distance.

As the man by the window described all this in exquisite detail, the man
on the other side of the room would close his eyes and imagine the
picturesque scene.

One warm afternoon the man by the window described a parade passing by.
Although the other man couldn't hear the band - he could see it in his
mind's eye as the gentleman by the window portrayed it with descriptive
words. Days and weeks passed.

One morning, the day nurse arrived to bring water for their baths only to
find the lifeless body of the man by the window, who had died peacefully
in his sleep. She was saddened and called the hospital attendants to take
the body away. As soon as it seemed appropriate, the other man asked if
he could be moved next to the window. The nurse was happy to make the
switch, and after making sure he was comfortable, she left him alone.

Slowly, painfully, he propped himself up on one elbow to take his first
look at the world outside. Finally, he would have the joy of seeing it
for
himself.

He strained to slowly turn to look out the window beside the bed. It
faced a blank wall. The man asked the nurse what could have compelled his
deceased roommate who had described such wonderful things outside this
window. The nurse responded that the man was blind and could not even see
the wall.

She said, "Perhaps he just wanted to encourage you."

Author Unknown

YOU CAN GO ANYWHERE WITH A GOAL




A life without purpose is like a ship without a rudder.
Goals are dreams that are written down.
The purpose of a goal is to focus your attention.
Your mind will reach toward achievement only when it has a goal.
There is no achievement without goals.

Establish a goal worth working for.
Your goal will keep you going in tough times.

Always have something ahead of you.
Continuously visualize your next step.
Keep moving after you achieve your goal and set another.
Momentum is maintained by always having something to look forward to.
Constantly give yourself something to work for.

Do what you can do well,
and do well whatever you can do
and you'll achieve any goal that you set for yourself.

You can plant your dream with a goal.

THE DAILY GURU


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Make this a life-giving day!



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I breathe transformation into every aspect of my life.

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ABOUT TODAY'S AFFIRMATION
Your breath is always with you. You breathe when you talk,
when you meditate, when you work, when you cry, when you
play. Y ou can empower your breath to draw clarity and peace
to you. Breathing in and breathing out, you become more
vibrant and balanced. You breathe in life and vitality, you
breathe out dead cells and waste. Life contains all forms
of transformation, including death. The more you can accept
death as a natural part of life -- as transformative -- the
more likely you are to be accepting of all faces and facets
of life.

ABOUT YOUR PROCESS
Today, let your breath assist you in integrating
transformation and its many faces into your life. What do
you want to breathe in; what do you want to breathe out?
What do you want to receive; what do you want to release?
As you come more fully into the realization of your
wholeness, old paradigms die away. What is decaying today?
What needs to die today? When you know what must die,
consider your relationship to the dying thing and to the
process of dying. Will you grieve the death? Rejoice for
the thing that is dying? Applaud the life that has
transformed? Ignore the whole situation? Or respond in
some other way? You have many options. Choose. And choose
again.

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There's light in the darkness


"Each difficult moment has the potential to open my eyes and open my heart."

-- Myla Kabat-Zinn

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

-- Barbara Rose

“No matter what difficulty you are facing, it is coming from Divine Light to bring you to a higher place within. Write down every conceivable reason that this situation can contribute towards your growth. Write down every way this experience can possibly set the stage for serving to uplift others. When you are complete, and have come to the other side of this experience, you will then know 'why' it happened.”

-- Barbara Rose

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

-- Dalai Lama

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EXPECT TO SUCCEED AND YOU'LL SUCCEED




The dreams you choose to believe in come to be.
When you feel in your innermost being
that you will achieve what you set out to do,
you open the way for miracles.

Choose to believe something good can happen.
Expecting it to happen energizes your goal
and actually gives it momentum.
What you expect to happen, happens.

Life responds to your outlook.



THE DAILY GURU


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Make this an affirmative day!


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Yes to Transformation! Yes, yes, yes.

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ABOUT TODAY'S AFFIRMATION
"Yes!" is such an affirmative word! Yes to life! Yes to
love! Yes to transformation! You say "yes" with words,
facial expressions, gestures, energy, and actions. You say
"yes" with your clothes, your business cards, your food
choices, and your homes. You say "yes" when you answer the
telephone, greet people on the street, and meet new friends
for the first time. You say "yes" to everything to which
you give your attention. You say "yes" even when you use
the word "no."

ABOUT YOUR PROCESS
So, to what do you desire to say "yes"? The best way to say
"no" to something you do not want is to say "yes" to what
you do want. As you repeatedly acknowledge your preference
for what you want, you will find that more and more of what
you want comes to you for further refinement of choices.
You still get to choose, but the Universe has the capacity
to give you enormous variety. As you are learning to make
choices, you will be aware of many things you do not want;
as your consciousness lifts you become less aware of the
unwanted things and choose from among the enormous variety
of wanted things. Yes!

ABOUT RELATED ARTICLES
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"Focus of Our Attention"
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OPPORTUNITY IS ALL AROUND YOU




The people that really succeed in the world
are the people who look for the circumstances they want, and,
if they can't find them, they make them.

The lure of the distant and the difficult is deceptive.
The great opportunity in your life is where you are right now.
Properly perceived, every situation becomes an opportunity for you.

Your destiny is not a matter of chance,
it's a matter of the choices you make.
Being successful is not something you wait for,
but rather something you achieve with effort.
Things won't turn up in this world until you turn them up.

You develop your opportunities
by applying persistence to your possibilities.

THE DAILY GURU


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And A Meadow Lark Sang



"The child whispered, 'God, speak to me'
And a meadow lark sang.
The child did not hear.

So the child yelled, 'God, speak to me!'
And the thunder rolled across the sky
But the child did not listen.

The child looked around and said,
'God let me see you' and a star shone brightly
But the child did not notice.

And the child shouted,
'God show me a miracle!'
And a life was born but the child did not know.

So the child cried out in despair,
'Touch me God, and let me know you are here!'
Whereupon God reached down
And touched the child.

But the child brushed the butterfly away
And walked away unknowingly."

Ravindra Kumar Karnani


Why do you want money?



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

-- Henry David Thoreau


Money is nothing more than a medium of exchange. While we may want more money to get out of debt or to have more cash to play with, we want to set goals that represent more than just making money. And so we might ask, “What do I want money to do for me?”

Look to the values beneath money. What is happiness to you? What things, qualities, service, purpose do you value in life?

"If all the gold in the world were melted down into a solid cube, it would be about the size of an eight room house. If a man got possession of all that gold -- billions of dollars worth -- he could not buy a friend, character, peace of mind, clear conscience or a sense of eternity."

-- Charles F. Bunning


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Sonnet # LVI.



Sweet love, renew thy force; be it not said
Thy edge should blunter be than appetite,
Which but to-day by feeding is allay'd,
To-morrow sharpen'd in his former might:
So, love, be thou; although to-day thou fill
Thy hungry eyes even till they wink with fullness,
To-morrow see again, and do not kill
The spirit of love with a perpetual dullness.
Let this sad interim like the ocean be
Which parts the shore, where two contracted new
Come daily to the banks, that, when they see
Return of love, more blest may be the view;
Else call it winter, which being full of care
Makes summer's welcome thrice more wish'd, more rare.

Make this a purposeful day!



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I act with purposeful awareness of transformation.

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ABOUT TODAY'S AFFIRMATION
To welcome purposeful awareness into your life, you access
the intention of your actions knowingly . This intention is
a "place" in consciousness filled with the substance of love
and light which is the wellspring of creation. It is this
consciousness into which you dip when you create with high
intention. You can use this substance of creation
accidentally or naturally or purposefully. You get to
choose. You get to choose with each act. A conscious,
constant high intention feeds your every act, resulting in
personal fulfillment and Divine realization.

ABOUT YOUR PROCESS
Today, consider the extent to which you choose to be
purposefully aware. Or identify a specific situation or
habit or issue about which you choose to be purposefully
aware. Watch yourself watching. Know and know that you
know. It is time to fully claim transformation as a power
in your life. Today, re-visit your over-arching intention
for transformation as you bring to a close this week of
working with acting/claiming affirmations.

ABOUT THE NEXT TYPE OF AFFIRMATIONS
This is the last of the Acting/Claiming Affirmations this
month. For the next three days, we focus on integrating and
embodying transformation. If you have been taking notes
throughout the month while exploring transformation, you may
want to review your notes during the next three days. Eject
anything that does not fit; more fully integrate anything
that you wish to keep. Experience transformation.
Experience transformation transform.

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Growing ourselves


“The great thing in the world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving.”

-- Oliver Wendell Holmes


We are all on a life-long journey. It is a search for who we are and why we are here. It is a journey that expands our consciousness.

There is an urge within each of us to move forward in life. It is an urge to become more whole, to find more meaning, and eventually to help others. It is human nature to strive for a sense of well-being.

We all go through the same growth cycles, though our experiences may appear entirely different. By understanding the process of personal and spiritual growth, we can work more effectively with the process, instead of fighting and resisting it.

“We can learn to be the catalysts for our own change.”

-- Sarah Ban Breathnach



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How to Experience Abundance Vision

What kind of glasses are you wearing as you go through life? Are you
wearing poverty consciousness glasses that only reflect back to you
thoughts of lack, deprivation and financial challenge? Or are you
wearing your Abundance Vision spectacles and experiencing an attitude
of gratitude that truly recognizes the divine wealth throughout your
day?

We invite you to get really curious about HOW you are usually seeing
the world around you. If you are wearing scarcity glasses, you are
unknowingly focusing on what isn't working and worrying about what is
missing or lacking in your life. As you see only what’s
missing, your bodymind and emotions are permeated with the
neuro-chemicals that create the experience of more fear, doubt, worry
and scarcity. When you have a low vibration you can only manifest
experiences that reflect back that frequency of difficulty, poverty
and lack.

The great news is that you can choose to take off those old glasses
and exchange them in for NEW Abundance Vision! These super clear
abundance consciousness glasses have powerful lenses that allow you
to perceive what is working, what you are thankful for, where you are
successful in life, and to truly FEEL the awesome divine energy that
surrounds you and permeates your very being. You no longer have to
settle for a hard-working tough unloving life where you are just
getting by. It is truly miraculous when someone decides to start
seeing their world is full of joy and abundance today.

It doesn't really matter what has happened to you in the past or is
still happening in your world. It doesn't matter if you have lots of
money or if you are still dirt poor. You can still step into
abundance consciousness now and begin to FEEL your life is rich and
full of amazing opportunities. This FEELING will attract all the
money and goodies you desire. It is O.K. to receive these things, you
have worked hard and you truly deserve to take an abundant vacation
yes? What matters most is that you DO NOT postpone another moment of
your life and put on your abundance vision glasses today! (And
don’t take them off!)

Make this positive transformation right now by choosing to say
“NO” to poverty thinking and see where the abundance in
your life is right now. It may surprise you to find that it is
already here, flowing in several areas of your life. Remember that
abundance comes in many forms. You can experience an abundance of
love, support, creativity, laughter, friends, imagination, space,
peacefulness, playfulness, energy, health, positive thinking, money,
and the list goes on and on and on... Here is an exercise for you.
Practice using your Abundance Vision by getting out a piece of paper
and writing down all the different types of abundance that are in
your life right now.

The more you recognize and give gratitude for the abundance that is
already a part of your life, the more abundance you will see, feel
and attract to you. In our 1st manifesting law of attraction, like
attracts like. Focus on how good it feels to have this abundance on
your inner world and you’ll simply manifest more of it in your
outer world. Allow yourself to feel expansive inside within each form
of abundance you find. You will be amazed at how quickly you start to
manifest even more abundance to you in the form of financial freedom,
amazing relationships, incredible health, or tons of enthusiastic
energy.

To start manifesting abundance now, instantly download our 3 Guided
Money Meditations and immediately experience true Abundance
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The Starfish



An old man was walking along the beach, when he came upon a part of the
sand where thousands of starfish had washed ashore. A little further down
the beach he saw a young woman, who was picking up the starfish one at a
time and tossing them back into the ocean. "Oh you silly girl," he
exclaimed. "You can't possibly save all of these starfish. There's too
many." The woman smiled and said, "I know. But I can save this one, " and
she tossed another into the ocean, "and this one", toss, "and this
one..."

Randy Poole

Make this a present day!



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I let every act be an act of transformation. I show up one
hundred percent.

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ABOUT TODAY'S AFFIRMATION
Whoa! 100%! What a commitment! Think of what it would be
like if you and everyone else in the world showed up 100%.
The world would be transformed in an instant! To show up
100% requires living right now in the moment -- not in the
past, not in the future. No regrets about what has or has
not been. No expectations or fears of what might or might
not be. Living right now! Every act is an act of
transformation. When you affirm this is so, you keep in the
flow of life.

ABOUT YOUR PROCESS
Consider if there is something from the past that holds your
attention or keeps you from totally claiming your power.
Perhaps an old pattern of behavior? An unresolved
relationship? A disappointment? You cannot show up 100% if
you give your attention to those old things. Consider if
there is something about the future that keeps you from
claiming your power now. Perhaps a goal that you think will
bring you happiness when it is accomplished? A fear or
doubt or longing? You cannot show up 100% in the present
while you are giving your attention to concerns about the
future. Quickly identify if you have responses to these
questions, and then give your attention to what you want to
experience now. All your experiences happen in the now, the
ever-changing, ever-present now! Show up in its presence 100%!

ABOUT RELATED ARTICLES
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"Moving Through Puddles"
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PERSONAL GROWTH IS INEVITABLE




What happens to you is not as important
as how you react to what happens.
Everything you'll experience "good or bad" has value.

You experience personal growth on the road to success.
All growth means change and change involves risk.
You grow because you struggle, learn and overcome your obstacles.

Difficulties in life are the things that show you what you are.
Trouble is the common denominator of living.
It's the great equalizer of life.

Only when you are no longer afraid will you begin to live.

THE DAILY GURU


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Sonnet # LV.



Not marble, nor the gilded monuments
Of princes, shall outlive this powerful rhyme;
But you shall shine more bright in these contents
Than unswept stone besmear'd with sluttish time.
When wasteful war shall statues overturn,
And broils root out the work of masonry,
Nor Mars his sword nor war's quick fire shall burn
The living record of your memory.
'Gainst death and all-oblivious enmity
Shall you pace forth; your praise shall still find room
Even in the eyes of all posterity
That wear this world out to the ending doom.
So, till the judgment that yourself arise,
You live in this, and dwell in lover's eyes.

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

Make this a creative day!


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I draw a circle of transformation to establish my world of
focus.

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ABOUT TODAY'S AFFIRMATION
A circle provides a container which helps you to define what
you want to invite into your world; it also helps you to
define your world. A circle of light composed of the energy
of transformation can create a circle which is far more
effective than a steel or brick wall. The substance you
hold in your energy field is the material you use to create
your experiences. If you are filled with anger, the circle
will be composed of anger; if you are filled with joy, the
circle will be composed of joy. Fear resonates with more
fear; love resonates with more love; joy resonates with more
joy. Your intention can evoke higher consciousness to
create the perfect circle.

ABOUT YOUR PROCESS
Are the circles you have drawn to focus your world
attracting those things that you desire in your life? In
considering this question, you may see clearly the methods
you use that attract or oppose your life's desires. You may
find that you have established circles that keep out what
you want rather than letting it in. For example, you want
a loving relationship yet have an iron fence around you to
keep you from getting intimate. If so, just change the iron
fence to a circle of love. If you were in a consciousness
other than love when creating a previous circle, this
non-love circle can transform into a circle of the desired
substance. Then you can attract and live your heart's
desires.

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GREAT EXPECTATIONS PRECEDE GREAT SUCCESS




High expectation always precedes high achievement.
You're as small as your controlling desires,
or as great as your dominant aspirations.

Once your mind stretches to a new idea
it never goes back to its original dimensions.
Think little goals and you can expect little achievement.
Think big goals and you'll win big success.

The first ingredient of your success is to dream a great dream.
You must dream big and think big to be big.



THE DAILY GURU


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Direct your subconscious mind


"The power to move the world is in the subconscious mind."

-- William James

Our subconscious mind creates our lives perfectly according to how it has been programmed. It works 24 hours of every day, 365 days per year. It accepts instructions from the conscious mind, checks on old inner programming and executes.

The subconscious mind acts on old beliefs stored over a lifetime. Many of those beliefs you may have accepted without thinking. Or you may have absorbed them when you were too young to exercise choice. Many of the beliefs that govern your life may no longer match what you now hold to be true.

Nonetheless, the subconscious mind is the director till you rewrite the scripts. Put some effort into getting it working on your positive, conscious intentions instead of your old limiting, unconscious beliefs and your life will change.

"If a man devotes himself to the instructions of his own unconscious, it can bestow this gift [of renewal], so that suddenly life, which has been stale and dull, turns into a rich unending inner adventure, full of creative possibilities."

-- Marie-Louise von Franz

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Strengths and weaknesses

 

“The burden is equal to the horse’s strength.”

-- The Talmud

What are your strengths? What are your weaknesses?

If you make a list of the two and study them, you may discover they match.

Life needs us to bring our strengths to the world. To encourage us to do so, we have weaknesses that give rise to problems that require us to call on our strengths to solve them. Ingenious, don’t you think?

“Our weaknesses are divine gifts that when embraced will enable us to make our purposeful contribution to the whole, which is why we incarnated in the first place.”

-- Andrew Schneider

“We acquire the strength we have overcome.”

-- Ralph Waldo Emerson


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Angels

The word angel means “messenger of God.”

Angels love everyone unconditionally. They focus on our Divinity and potential. They want to help you, me, and everyone live in peace. Angels stationed permanently by our side are called guardian angels. Archangels are managers overseeing our guardian angels. The angelic realm also includes “choirs” of angels called principalities, powers, virtues, dominions, thrones, cherubim and seraphim.

Guidance and instruction from angels comes in one of four ways: physical or emotional feeling—such as a hunch or gut feeling; visions and dreams—an image that appears in your minds eye; knowingness—a revelation or “download” of information; words and sounds—such as hearing a song in your head.

Angels leave signs of their presence all the time! Feathers in unusual places, hearing the same recommendation from several sources, a sweet fragrance, sparkles of light, and more. The more you take note of these signs, the more confidence you’ll have in angels.

Angels are tasked with protecting us. Ask the angels to watch over you and your loved ones. They will listen! Angels can help you find lost objects, the right job, a great home, good health, wonderful friends and so much more.

An angel may come into our lives in human form for a brief relationship, to provide us with protection, to steer us through a major life intersection, or to give us extra support and guidance.

More than anything, your angels wish you to enjoy utter peace and happiness. They’re available around-the-clock to help you with this endeavor. All you need to do is ask.

Excerpts from Angels 101 by Doreen Virtue.

Find Your Passion & Discover YOU!


Passion is a misunderstood word. It is about so much
more than being outgoing, a fantastic artist, or a
great lover. Passion is simply
the thing that lights you up and makes life feel
abundantly rich. It
doesn’t attach itself to what the world thinks is
right or wrong. It simply is. Fighting
it or
ignoring it is what makes life feel confusing or
even empty—as though
something is missing or just not quite right.
Pretending that passion isn't important or trying
to convince ourselves that life can feel incredible
without it, is one of the greatest lies we can feed
to ourselves. Nothing will ever fill the void
except finding and embracing what is.
Passion is the oil to our lamp. Without it a part of us
dies.

So what is
your passion? What lights your fire? What makes life
feel abundantly rich to you?

Discovering your passion can be tough,
especially if you are always so busy being busy
that
you never take the time to recognize the things that
really inspire you. The signs, however, are always
there if you are willing to slow down long enough to
notice, while most importantly, to not judge what
you see. (All too often we are so attached to our
idea of what, who, how, or where we should be that
we ignore all the nudges along the way.)

You may ask, “How do I discover my passion?” To
begin with, I’d suggest becoming more “body aware”. Your
body is a brilliant machine—a messenger—and it gives
you tons of clues as to what is working, or not
working, in your life, as well as to "what" or
"who"
lights you up or drains your energy. Abide by
your
body. Abide by your heart! Listen to the signs. And
when you hear that
little voice inside you that says “I love this”
create the space for your destiny to manifest. Trust
that your heart knows best!


The secret for Bringing Peace on Earth is ...

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to surround yourself, wherever you go, with an aura of peacefulness. Walk
consciously in that light of peace.

Keys To Living With Greater Awareness


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Make a habit of holding your body erect, whether standing or sitting. An
erect spine induces positive mental attitudes. A bent spine, on the other
hand, is the natural companion of negativity and discouragement. While
standing erect, think of yourself as almost weightless. Stand more often
on the balls of your feet than heavily back on the heels. Keep your chest
raised. Look naturally upward, too, as if what interested you lay more
often above the horizon than down on the ground. When speaking to people,
again, gaze frankly into their eyes instead of timidly at their knees.

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Sonnet # LIV.



O, how much more doth beauty beauteous seem
By that sweet ornament which truth doth give!
The rose looks fair, but fairer we it deem
For that sweet odour which doth in it live.
The canker-blooms have full as deep a dye
As the perfumed tincture of the roses,
Hang on such thorns and play as wantonly
When summer's breath their masked buds discloses:
But, for their virtue only is their show,
They live unwoo'd and unrespected fade,
Die to themselves. Sweet roses do not so;
Of their sweet deaths are sweetest odours made:
And so of you, beauteous and lovely youth,
When that shall fade, my verse distills your truth.

The Angels Amongst Us



Bare foot and dirty, the girl just sat and watched the people go by.

She never tried to speak, she never said a word. Many people passed, but
never did one person stop.

It just so happens the next day I decided to go back to the park, curious
if the little girl would still be there.

Right in the very spot as she was yesterday she sat perched on high, with
the saddest look in her eyes.

Today I was to make my own move and walk over to the little girl. As we
all know a park full of strange people is not a place for young children
to play alone.

As I began walking towards her I could see the back of the little girl's
dress indicated a deformity. I figured that was the reason the people
just passed by and made no effort to help.

As I got closer, the little girl slightly lowered her eyes to avoid my
intent stare. I could see the shape of her back more clearly. It was
grotesquely shaped in a humped over form. I smiled to let her know it was
ok, I was there to help, to talk.

I sat down beside her and opened with a simple Hello. The little girl
acted shocked and stammered a hi after a long stare into my eyes. I
smiled and she shyly smiled back. We talked 'til darkness fell and the
park was completely empty. Everyone was gone and we at once were alone.

I asked the girl why she was so sad. The little girl looked at me and
with a sad face and said "Because I'm different." I immediately said
"that you are!" and smiled.

The little girl acted even sadder, she said, "I know."

"Little girl," I said, "you remind me of an angel, sweet and innocent."
She looked at me and smiled, slowly she stood to her feet, and said,
"Really?" "Yes, ma'am, you're like a little guardian angel sent to watch
over all those people walking by."

She nodded her head yes and smiled, and with that she spread her wings
and said, "I am. I'm your guardian angel," with a twinkle in her eye.

I was speechless, sure I was seeing things.

She said, "For once you thought of someone other than yourself, my job
here is done."

Immediately I stood to my feet and said, "Wait, so why did no one stop to
help an angel?" She looked at me and smiled, "You're the only one who
could see me, and you believe it in your heart." And She was gone.

And with that my life was changed dramatically. So, when you think you're
all you have, remember, your angel is always watching over you.

Unknown author



Awareness through love and fear


“There is nothing holier in this life of ours than the first consciousness of love -- the first fluttering of its silken wings -- the first rising sound and breath of that wind which is so soon to sweep through the soul, to purify or to destroy.”

-- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


Our inner journey takes us through the following stages relative to love and fear:

1. UNCONSCIOUS LOVE: When we are born, we exist as pure love but we are not conscious of our love.

2. UNCONSCIOUS FEAR: Our souls have set the stage for our evolution. As we grow, unconscious fears arise in our personalities that draw experiences to us that wound us.

3. CONSCIOUS FEAR: Our wounds bring pain and suffering that enable us to become conscious of our fears.

4. CONSCIOUS LOVE: When we've suffered enough pain, we are motivated to move through our fears to consciously experience the love that supports all.

“Love is but the discovery of ourselves in others, and the delight in the recognition.”

-- Alexander Smith


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THE DAILY PRIVATE VICTORY


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"You know, Hitler wanted to be an artist. At eighteen he took
his inheritance, seven hundred kronen, and moved to Vienna to
live and study. He applied to the Academy of Fine Arts and
later to the School of Architecture. Ever see one of his
paintings? Neither have I. Resistance beat him. Call it
overstatement, but I'll say it anyway:
It was easier for Hitler to start World War II than it was for
him to face a blank square of canvas."

-Steven Pressfield


I recently came to realize that between books, CD's, magazine
articles, e-courses and tips, I have written over a million
words in the past six years. So it may or may not come as a
surprise to regular readers of these missives that at times, I
struggle to write them. While whole months can go by where the
process seems effortless, at other times I get so fed up trying
to find something which feels worthwhile to share that the
voices in my head have a field day, shouting at me to give up,
or take a week off, or at least to begin charging for the damn
things so as to justify the struggle.

And there are times where the voices have a point - where taking
a day or even a week off from writing is an act of kindness to
myself. In these moments, not writing is a true act of what I
like to call 'spiritual self-care', because I wind up feeling
cared for in my self and nurtured in my spirit.

Yet more often than not, the voices in my head telling me 'it's
too hard' or 'haven't you done enough?' or even 'you deserve
more!' aren't helpful at all, but rather serve to sap my
strength and drain my creative energy. It is at these times
that I take great comfort in the practice of what Stephen R.
Covey calls 'the daily private victory'.

The concept of the daily private victory is simple enough to
understand. It is the practice of taking time every single day
to do those things which nurture our mind, body and spirit.
What can be more difficult is to understand who or what we are
battling (and hopefully emerging victorious) against.

Some people believe we are engaged in a war against our selves,
spending our lives in a seemingly heroic fight to the death
between the dark and the light. In fact, in many traditions
(Kabbalah, some forms of Christianity and Toltec shamanism among
them), the voices of doubt in our head are thought not to come
from our own unconscious or even the collective unconscious but
from a force for evil known variously as 'the opponent', 'the
voice of knowledge', and even 'Satan'.

Other, more psychologically oriented traditions suggest that
what we are battling against is our own resistance, which comes
about as a result of our deep-seated feelings of unworthiness
and destructive impulses implanted in our psyches at an early
age as compensation for our inability to maintain our parents
love and approval.

While both these models have their appeal, for me, the 'enemy' I
battle with from time to time is far less complex (if not
always easier to defeat) - it is simple inertia, defined as 'the
tendency for an object at rest to stay at rest'.

In other words, what makes it difficult at times for me to
nurture my body, mind and spirit and express my creativity is
the fact that each day, I am beginning from a standing start.

Once I get into action, the simple joy of self-care and creative
expression kick in, inertia becomes momentum, and it becomes
easier to create than to tear down; easier to take care than to
neglect; easier to love than to fear.
Until that time, staring at a blank page can be as daunting as
facing down the devil himself.

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

1. Make a list of those activities which for you would
constitute 'spiritual self-care' - the care and feeding of your
self and spirit.

Examples:
*Prayer
*Meditation
*Physical exercise
*Time alone in nature
*Time spent in communion with others
*Being of service
*A warm or cool bath
*Inspirational reading
*etc.


2. Now add to your list those activities which help 'sharpen the
saw' - making you capable of greater degrees of productivity.

Examples:
*Practicing your craft
*Keeping up to date with the latest developments in your field
*Further training
*Mentoring (and being mentored by others)


3. Next, jot down any activities which if practiced daily would
make the success of your longer term projects and goals almost
inevitable.

*If you are an artist, musician or writer, spending at least
______ hours working on your art, music or writing each day

*If you are a salesman, making at least ______ sales calls each
day

*If you are looking for a relationship, meeting at least ______
new people each day


4. Finally, choose up to a dozen items which will constitute
your daily private victory - that is, those things which each
day that you do them make it easier to do them the next, and
whose daily accomplishment would be sufficient, even if you did
nothing else, to move you forward in the direction of a life
that makes you go 'Wow!'

Here are two good rules of thumb in choosing your list:

a. Your daily private victory should take no less than 45
minutes and no more than 3 hours to achieve each day

b. Choose only those things which, no matter how difficult, will
leave you feeling significantly better in yourself and about
your life having done them than you would if you hadn't done
them. (In other words, choose things that really support you in
feeling loved, nurtured and effective, not things which you
think would make you a 'good' or 'worthy' person.)

Have fun, learn heaps, and live well!

With love,
michael

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


PS - Join me in London for September's NLP practitioner training
in London with Dr. Richard Bandler and Paul McKenna. For more
information, please visit <http://www.paulmckenna.com>;.

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WANT TO LEARN MORE?
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Here are some of my favorite resources for winning the daily
private victory:

Books

*The Artist's Way at Work by Mark Bryan, Julia Cameron and
Catherine Allen
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0688166350/geniuscatalys-20

*Change Your Life in Seven Days by Paul McKenna
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1400082870/geniuscatalys-20

*The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey
<http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0671708635/geniuscatalys-20>;

*The War of Art by Steven Pressfield
<http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0446691437/geniuscatalys-20>;

*You Can Have What You Want by Michael Neill (UK edition)
http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/1401910785/geniuscatalys-21



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I claim my transformed state of consciousness. I claim my
power.

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ABOUT TODAY'S AFFIRMATION
I find again and again that when folks CLAIM that their
state of consciousness has lifted, it lifts still further.
Claiming a state of higher consciousness is a powerful act.
Such a claim must be a conscious choice to walk with Spirit,
with enhanced awareness of Spiritual values such as love and
wisdom and freedom (to name only a few Spiritual values),
and NOT as a claim made by an arrogant ego. Arrogance is
not attractive nor uplifting. You must individually step
into the awareness of your magnificence; you are also part
of a collective, stepping into the awareness of the
magnificence of the whole. As you lift, others lift; as
others lift, you lift.

ABOUT YOUR PROCESS
Today, look at your own style of claiming your power: Do
you TAKE it? Poke at it? Accept it grudgingly? Breathe it
in effortlessly? Experience it and then brush it off as if
it is not real? See it outside yourself? See it inside
yourself? Perhaps your style is not mentioned in this list.
If not, write your own description. The many situations in
which you find yourself may call for different styles, so
think about several situations as you work with this
exercise. However, do not disempower yourself by believing
THE SITUATION determines your style; instead, YOU determine
your style allowing variables from inside and outside
yourself to give you information. Then...... claim your
transformed state of consciousness. Claim your power.

ABOUT RELATED ARTICLES
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"Decisions, Decisions, Decisions for Enhanced Empowerment"
http://www.mhmail.com/articles/decision-making.html

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YOU ARE YOUR ENVIRONMENT




The first step toward getting somewhere
is to decide that you're not going to stay where you are.
You're a product of your environment.
So choose an environment that will best develop you
toward your objective.

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

You're not a captive of your environment.
If you don't like where you are, change it.
You're not planted in the ground like a tree.
Don't say, 'You would, if you could,'
say, 'You will, if you can.'

When you become a part of anything,
it becomes a part of you.



THE DAILY GURU


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The eyes of the soul



Today, we want to share a passage from Martia Nelson’s book, ‘Coming Home’:

My greatest teacher was the experience of living in split realities: personality and true self. Personality is our daily companion, our conscious self that sees the world through the eyes of limitation and dutifully keeps us informed about what we can and cannot do. True self, on the other hand, patiently stands by, offering the unwavering knowledge that a state of vibrant well-being and unlimited possibility is our true nature, a birthright that can be lived if we choose to do so. … True self simply refers to the aspect of our being that is completely aware of its expanded nature no matter what we may be experiencing at the time.

Whenever we feel constrained, fearful, unworthy, inadequate or anything we deem to be negative, we have identified with our personality. We can always choose to view the same situation from the perspective of our soul.

"As a Witness, you begin to discover that you are not that which you have been observing; you are not those things that you have been noticing about your body. Instead, you are the noticer.”

-- Wayne Dyer


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The Invitation


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Unknown author


SUCCESS IS ATTAINED ONE STEP AT A TIME




There is no sudden leap to greatness.
Your success lies in doing, day by day.
Your upward reach comes from working well and carefully.

Good work done little by little becomes great work.
Your house of success will be built brick by brick.

Adopt the pace of nature.
The secret is patience.
A bottle fills drop by drop.

THE DAILY GURU


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Make this a lively day!



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As I act, I know that I am transforming in every cell of my
existence.

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ABOUT TODAY'S AFFIRMATION
On the surface, this affirmation may seem rather benign,
especially for an "acting/claiming" affirmation. However,
the realization that you are constantly changing helps you
to not get so stuck in patterns or believe that you are
unchangeable. When you feel that you are not making progress,
this affirmation assists you in realizing that you are not
really stuck, even when you appear to be. Everything is
always changing, including every cell in every part of your
life, in all life. This affirmation awakens your
consciousness as you act; it helps you to be more conscious
that you are conscious.

ABOUT YOUR PROCESS
Take a look at a part of your life that appears NOT to be
changing -- something that feels stagnant or blocked.
Perhaps this is something about which you feel hopeless or
frustrated or just mildly irritated. As you identify this
subject, relax and open without any pressure to DO anything
right now. Notice. Feel the energy, feel the feelings.
Describe as clearly as possible the attributes of this
situation. Now, shift your attention to something that you
believe is moving freely and effortlessly. This may be a
healthy relationship or a rewarding job or a little piece
of your life or a memory of a past event. As you identify
this second subject, relax and open without any expectation
to DO anything right now. Notice. Feel the energy, feel the
feelings. Describe as clearly as possible the attributes of
this second subject. Now, transfer the energy and the
feelings of the second subject to the first one. Say
today's affirmation again.

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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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Transformation energizes my actions, propelling me on my
path.

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ABOUT TODAY'S AFFIRMATION
Gasoline/petrol energizes automobiles and other vehicles;
Spirit moving into form (trans-form-action) energizes your
actions. When you take care of your cars, you find and use
the products and services and practices that are most
appropriate so that you can have dependable transportation.
So, too, it is important to seek out the purity of Spirit
and other substances to propel your life. The culture
supports using toxins to move people (caffeine, drugs,
etc.), when all you truly need is Spirit to guide you to
proper nutrients and practices. Clients who have used
recreational drugs in the past often tell me that the
meditations I lead activate a grander "high" than they ever
experienced with drugs -- and, of course, without the
negative aftereffects. It is empowering to be propelled by
the purity of Spirit.

ABOUT YOUR PROCESS
If you are not currently practicing meditation on a daily
basis, I suggest that you start. Start where you are now.
If you currently meditate once a week, increase to three
times a week. If you currently meditate three times a week,
increase to every day, etc. Meditation allows you to
realize your oneness with the divine, to accept the purity
of Spirit. Hundreds of techniques work -- you only need one
that works for you long enough to know that you do not need
any technique at all. Select strategies that do not hurt
your vehicle -- not just the one with four wheels, but your
own physical body.

ABOUT RELATED ARTICLES
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"Moving Through Puddles"
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Make this a magical week-plus!


Greetings on the 4th week of July with the theme of
Transformation. 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
magical week-plus!

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ABOUT ACTING/CLAIMING AFFIRMATIONS and TRANSFORMATION
This week's "acting and claiming" affirmations support you
in taking action and claiming your growth opportunities. It
is not always necessary that you take action in order to
transform -- indeed, you are transforming all the time! It
is very popular in the fields of Organization Development
and Personal Growth to say that "they/you/we will change
when they/you/we are ready." To which, I say a quick and
decisive, "Nonsense, they/you/we are changing all the time
and they/you/we do not always feel ready!" So the emphasis
of the week's affirmations is that transformation is movement.
The greater your willingness and readiness for acting and
claiming, the more you are able to catch the opportunity.
Now is the time to move from just talking about your dreams
and desires as unrealized phenomena, to walking with your
dreams and desires as an integral part of you.

ABOUT YOUR PROCESS
Ask your inner self for clarity about the action you desire
to take this week in an area in which you are changing or
will be changing. Just giving your attention to a specific
area of transformation provides light and illumination for
that area. Out of your deeply-held high intention, take
action. Claim your power. Do it. Right now. And if your
action is to retreat or to be still -- do that decisively,
as well.

ABOUT THE AFFIRMATIONS
If I were to select the definitive affirmation for the week
to represent acting and claiming for transformation it would
be the affirmation for July 27: "I let every act be an act
of transformation. I show up one hundred percent."
Affirming that you show up 100% is potent. So, maybe you
show up only 80% or 60%, even that can be powerful. Remember
that many people only show up 2%, maybe 17%. Sometimes you
do not show up at all! When you intend to show up 100%, you
are in your power in a way that enhances your life and the
lives of others.

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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July 22:
Transformation energizes my actions, propelling me on my
path.

July 23:
As I act, I know that I am transforming in every cell of
my existence.

July 24:
I claim my transformed state of consciousness. I claim my
power.

July 25:
I manifest all things in association with divine
transformation acting through me.

July 26:
I draw a circle of transformation to establish my world of
focus.

July 27:
I let every act be an act of transformation. I show up one
hundred percent.

July 28:
I act with purposeful awareness of transformation.

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ABOUT INTEGRATING/EMBODYING AFFIRMATIONS and TRANSFORMATION
The affirmations in the final days of the month help you to
deepen your experience of empowered transformation by
integrating and embodying the chosen aspects of the theme.
Of course, the idea of integrating transformation is a bit
of a paradox, for as soon as you integrate one change, both
you and the change change! Take these three days to
integrate and embody the month's exploration of
transformation. Look at what you learned, savor what you
desire to keep, and let go of what you desire to release.
These are all aspects of the process of integration and
embodiment.

ABOUT YOUR PROCESS
So, what did you experience this month? What do you desire
to keep? What do you desire to release? Work with any or
all the affirmations for these three days. Review the whole
month's daily affirmations as you feel guided. Say yes to
your enthusiasm for life.

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July 29:
Yes to Transformation! Yes, yes, yes!

July 30:
I breathe transformation into every aspect of my life.

July 31:
Today is an opportunity for transformation.

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"Say Goodbye to Struggle"
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"Energetics of Integrity"
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YOUR TRIALS AND SORROWS DEVELOP YOU




Whatever good or bad fortune comes your way,
give it meaning and transform it into something of value.
Trouble is the common denominator of living.
It's the great equalizer of life.

Personal growth is the process of responding positively to change.
All growth means change and change always involves risks,
stepping from the known to the unknown.
All of your growth depends on your activity.
It only comes through continuous effort and struggle.
You'll have no development without effort.

Life chips and pounds you to bring out your possibilities.
She will strip you of wealth, humble your pride,
humiliate your ambition, let you down from the ladder of fame,
and discipline you in a thousand different ways,
if she can develop a little character.
Everything gives way to that.

Wealth is nothing, position is nothing, fame is nothing.
Who you become inside is everything.

What happens to you is not as important
as how you react to what happens.

THE DAILY GURU


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Sonnet # LIII.



What is your substance, whereof are you made,
That millions of strange shadows on you tend?
Since every one hath, every one, one shade,
And you, but one, can every shadow lend.
Describe Adonis, and the counterfeit
Is poorly imitated after you;
On Helen's cheek all art of beauty set,
And you in Grecian tires are painted new:
Speak of the spring and foison of the year;
The one doth shadow of your beauty show,
The other as your bounty doth appear;
And you in every blessed shape we know.
In all external grace you have some part,
But you like none, none you, for constant heart.

The Little Soul and the Sun - Part 1



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

†From the book Conversations with God


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Transformation enhances all my thoughts and feelings.

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ABOUT TODAY'S AFFIRMATION
On this last day of the third week of July, take a deep,
collective breath to allow the energy of transformation to
permeate all your thoughts and feelings. This is an example
of a high intention about transformation. Today's
affirmation assists you in keeping your attention on
transformation in a positive way, which, of course, provides
unique experiences for you and each other individual
participating in this process.

ABOUT YOUR PROCESS
If you are one who sees energy, see the energy of
transformation weave its colors into each thought and
feeling that passes through or comes from you today. If you
are one who senses energy, sense the energy of
transformation as it flows into each thought and feeling
that passes through or comes from you today. If you are one
who imagines energy, imagine the energy of transformation
touching and blending with each thought and feeling that
passes through or comes from you today. If you have another
way of relating to energy, honor your way with an intention
or a thought or a feeling about the energy of transformation.

ABOUT RELATED ARTICLES
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"Strategies for the Highest Good"
http://www.mhmail.com/articles/personal-growth-strategies.html
"Energetics of Integrity"
http://www.mhmail.com/articles/sensing-integrity.html
"One Thought at a Time"
http://www.mhmail.com/articles/finding-empowering-thoughts.html

ABOUT THE NEXT TYPE OF AFFIRMATIONS
Tomorrow the Acting/Claiming Affirmations begin. Before
then, consider anything else that is relevant to you about
your relationship to transformation. Draw to you as much
clarity as possible about this theme before you affirm
actions and make claims, because to affirm change/
transformation can be very powerful.

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FEAR IS OVERCOME WITH ACTION




One of the greatest surprises you'll experience,
is when you discover that you can do
what you were afraid you couldn't do.

Your obstacles will melt away,
if instead of cowering before them,
you make up your mind to walk boldly through them.

Do the thing you fear and fear disappears.
Confront your fears, list them, get to know them
and only then will you be able to put them aside and move ahead.

When you face the things that scare you,
you open the door to freedom.

The only thing you have to fear, is fear itself.

THE DAILY GURU


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On the Road to Santiago, 1986

 

     “This cloud has to come to an end”, I thought while struggling to discover the yellow marks on the stones and trees along the Road. For nearly half an hour the visibility had been close to zero, and I went on singing to chase away the fear while waiting for something extraordinary to happen. Shrouded in the fog, all alone in that unreal atmosphere, once again I began to see the Road to Santiago as if it were a film, right at the moment when you see the hero doing what nobody would do, while in the audience you think that these things only happen in the cinema. But there I was, living this situation in real life. The forest was growing quieter and quieter and the fog was beginning to clear up. Maybe it was coming to an end, but that light confused my eyes and painted everything around me in mysterious and terrifying colors.
      All of a sudden, like in a magic trick, the fog lifted completely. And there in front of me, driven into the top of the mountain, was the Cross.
      I looked around, saw the sea of clouds from which I had emerged, and another sea of clouds way above my head. Between these two oceans, the peaks of the highest mountains and Cebreiro peak with the Cross. I felt a great urge to pray.
     Despite the desire, I did not manage to say anything. A hundred meters beneath me, a village with fifteen houses and a small church began to turn on its lights. At least I had somewhere to spend the night. A stray lamb climbed the hill and placed itself between me and the cross. It looked at me, somewhat afraid. For a long time I stared at the nearly black sky, the cross and the white lamb at the foot of the cross.
     “Lord”, I finally said. “I am not nailed to that cross, nor do I see You there. This cross is empty and so it shall remain for ever, because the time of Death has passed. This cross was the symbol of the infinite power that we all have, nailed and killed by man. Now this Power is born again to life, because I have walked the path of common people and in them I have found Your own secret. You too walked the path of common people. You came to teach all that we were capable of, and we did not want to accept this. You showed us that Power and Glory were in everyone’s reach, and this sudden vision of our capacity was too much for us. We crucified You not because we are ungrateful to the son of God but because we were very afraid to accept our own capacity. With time and tradition, You again became just a distant divinity, and we returned to our destiny as men.
     “There is no sin in being happy. Half a dozen exercises and an attentive ear are enough to make a man realize his most impossible dreams”.
      The lamb rose and I followed it. I already knew where it was leading me, and despite the clouds the world had grown transparent for me. Even though I was not seeing the Milky Way in the sky, I was certain that it existed and showed everyone the Road to Santiago. I followed the lamb, which was heading in the direction of the small village – also called Cebreiro, like the mountain. A miracle had taken place there once – the miracle of changing what you do into what you believe. The secret of my sword and the strange Road to Santiago.
      As I climbed down the mountain I recalled the story. A peasant from a nearby village came up to hear Mass in Cebreiro one day amid a heavy storm. That Mass was celebrated by a monk of little faith who within himself disdained the peasant’s sacrifice. But at the moment of the Consecration, the host transformed into the body of Christ and the wine became his blood. The relics are still there, kept in that small chapel, a greater treasure than all the wealth of the Vatican.
      I went to the small chapel built by the peasant and the monk who had begun to believe in what he did. No-one knew who they were. Two nameless headstones in the cemetery nearby mark the place where their bones are buried. But it is impossible to know which is the monk’s grave and which is the peasant’s. Because, in order to for there to be a miracle, the two forces had to fight the Good Fight.
      Since then, whenever I am faced with an important challenge, I remember the story of the miracle of Cebreiro. Faith sometimes has to be provoked before it can manifest itself.
     And this year I am celebrating the twentieth anniversary of my pilgrimage - which changed my life.  Next week, on the 25th of July, we commemorate Santiago de Compostela Day.  If you can, offer up a prayer in homage to the saint.

 
 
www.warriorofthelight.comCopyright @ 2006 by Paulo Coelho  

Rabindranath Tagore

Here is a beautiful story about a famous poet named Rabindranath
Tagore.

Rabindranath Tagore has been searching for God for millions of lives.
He has seen God sometimes, far away, near a star, and he started
moving that way but by the time he reached that star, God had moved
to some other place. But he went on searching and searching--he was
determined to find God's home--and the greatest surprise was that one
day he actually reached a house where on the door was written: "God's
Home."

You can understand his ecstasy, you can understand his joy. He runs
up the steps, and just as he is going to knock on the door, suddenly
his hand freezes. An idea arises in God: "If by chance this is really
the home of God, then I am finished, my seeking is finished. I have
become identified with my seeking, with my search. I don't know
anything else. If the door opens and I face God, I am finished--the
search is over. Then what?"

He starts trembling with fear, takes his shoes off his feet, and
descends back down the beautiful marble steps. His fear is that God
may open the door, although he has not knocked. And then he runs as
fast as he has never run before. He used to think that he had been
running after God as fast as he could, but today he runs as he has
never run, not looking back.

To this day Mr. Tagore is still searching for God. He knows God's
home, so he avoids it and searches everywhere else. The excitement is
great, the challenge is great, and in his search his ego continues to
exist. He is not afraid of God, because he knows where God lives. So,
leaving his home aside, he goes on searching for God all around the
universe. And deep down he knows his search is not for God; but in
the search to nourish his ego."

By reaching God you discover Bliss. Blissfulness does not allow "you"
to exist; you (the ego) have to disappear. That's why you don't see
many blissful egos in the world. Misery nourishes your ego--that's
why there are many miserable people in the world. The basic, central
point is the ego. For the realization of ultimate truth, you have to
pay the price--and the price is nothing but dropping the ego. So when
such a moment comes, don't hesitate. Dancingly, disappear... with a
great laughter, disappear; with songs on your lips, disappear. ~Osho

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SELF SUGGESTION MAKES YOU MASTER OF YOURSELF




Whatever thoughts you plant in your subconscious mind
and nourish every day with conviction and emotion
will one day become a reality.

Constant repetition carries conviction.
Repeat something often enough
and it will start to become you.

A change in what you tell yourself
will result in a change in your behavior.

What you impress upon your mind,
you'll inevitably become.
You are what you think.


THE DAILY GURU


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The Triple Filter Test



In ancient Greece, scholar and intellectual, Dr. Socrates was reputed to
hold knowledge in high esteem. One day an acquaintance met the great
philosopher and said,

"Do you know what I just heard about one of your friend?"

"Hold on a minute," Dr. Socrates replied. "Before telling me anything I'd
like you to pass a little test. It's called the Triple Filter Test."

"Triple filter?" asked the man.

"That's right," Dr. Socrates continued.

"Before you talk to me about my friend, it might be a good idea to take a
moment and filter what you're going to say. That's why I call it the
triple filter test. The first filter is Truth. Have you made absolutely
sure that what you are about to tell me is true?"

"No," the man said, "actually I just heard about it and wanted to tell it
to you"

"All right," said Socrates. " So you don't really know if it's true or
not. Now let's try the second filter, the filter of goodness. Is what you
are about to tell me about my friend something good?"

"No, on the contrary, it is bad "

"So," Socrates continued, "you want to tell me something bad about him,
but you're not certain it's true. You may still pass the test though,
Because there's one filter left: the filter of usefulness. Is what you
want to tell me about my friend going to be useful to me?"

"No, not really." Replied the man.

"Well," concluded Dr. Socrates, if what you want to tell me is neither
true, nor good, and nor even useful to me, why tell it to me at all ."

Unknown author


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I understand the meaning of transformation. Transformation
happens in small increments and in quantum leaps.

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ABOUT TODAY'S AFFIRMATION
Likely, you understand first with your intellect or your
mental capacities. However, meaning which is understood
deeply is also physical, emotional, and spiritual. Other
words for aspects of life are: kinesthetic, psychological,
physiological, energetic, philosophical, etc. All of these,
for me, are somehow contained in the designations physical,
emotional, mental, and spiritual. The second sentence of
today's affirmation is a simple description of transformation
that helps you to honor its diversity. While you might agree
with me on a definition of "transformation," you are likely
to have many diverse stories about how it operates in your
life, since it operates in every part of life at all times.

ABOUT YOUR PROCESS
What is your DEEP meaning of "transformation"? Or, identify
the deep meaning of "change" if you prefer. You may find
that you want to replace the second sentence with another
that is closer to the meaning you identify or are in the
process of embodying. You may even find that the second
sentence is superfluous for you; if so, lop it off. If you
breathe in your intention for transformation, you may hear
its meaning whispered in your ear or feel its energy brush
across your face. Air opens understanding, as thoughts and
ideas and words and sound require air in order to be
transmitted. As you breathe in air, allow the meaning of
transformation to deepen.

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.

"Finding Wholistic, Empowering Practitioners"
http://www.mhmail.com/articles/finding-wholistic-practitioners.html
"Guided Meditation for Empowered Consciousness"
http://www.jmvoice.com/articles/guided-meditation.html
"To Dance with Jim His Last Dance"
http://www.mhmail.com/articles/words-of-encouragement.html
"Preferred Methods of Dying"
http://www.mhmail.com/articles/preferred-methods-of-dying.html
"Transgenerational Healing: Clearing the Past for the Present"
http://www.mhmail.com/articles/transgenerational-healing.html

ABOUT OUR AUTHOR AND SPONSORS
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Santa Monica, CA 90403-5400 (310) 392-1987
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Going for guilt-free play


"There is no pleasure in having nothing to do. The fun is in having lots to do and not doing it."

-- Mary Little

When you're tempted with a promise of pleasure, does guilt promptly spoil it for you?

For many of us, the work ethic still rules supreme. It keeps our life out of balance and our health at risk. There will always be lots of work to do. We can't wait for it to go away to enjoy ourselves.

Today, we invite you to become aware of your attitude towards rest, relaxation, pleasure and fun. When you give yourself a break, do you carry guilt through it? Deep down, do you believe that you don't deserve to have a good time, that you haven't earned a holiday? If you do discover these thoughts, send them packing.

"Guilt is the source of sorrows, the avenging fiend that follows us behind with whips and stings."

-- Nicholas Rowe


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Sonnet # LII.



So am I as the rich, whose blessed key
Can bring him to his sweet up-locked treasure,
The which he will not every hour survey,
For blunting the fine point of seldom pleasure.
Therefore are feasts so solemn and so rare,
Since, seldom coming, in the long year set,
Like stones of worth they thinly placed are,
Or captain jewels in the carcanet.
So is the time that keeps you as my chest,
Or as the wardrobe which the robe doth hide,
To make some special instant special blest,
By new unfolding his imprison'd pride.
Blessed are you, whose worthiness gives scope,
Being had, to triumph, being lack'd, to hope.

The Rose



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

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

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

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

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

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

Unknown author †

The Rules for Being Human


When you were born, you didn't come with an owner's manual; these
guidelines make life work better.

1. You will receive a body. You may like it or hate it, but it's the only
thing you are sure to keep for the rest of your life.

2. You will learn lessons. You are enrolled in a full-time informal
school called "Life on Planet Earth". Every person or incident is the
Universal Teacher.

3. There are no mistakes, only lessons. Growth is a process of
experimentation. "Failures" are as much a part of the process as
"success."

4. A lesson is repeated until learned. It is presented to you in various
forms until you learn it: then you can go on to the next lesson.

5. If you don't learn easy lessons, they get harder. External problems
are a precise reflection of your internal state. When you clear inner
obstructions, your outside world changes. Pain is how the universe gets
your attention.
6. You will know you've learned a lesson when your actions change. Wisdom
is practice. A little of something is better than a lot of nothing.

7. "There" is no better than "here". When your "there" becomes a "here"
you will simply obtain another "there" that again looks better than
"here."

8. Others are only mirrors of you. You cannot love or hate something
about another unless it reflects something you love or hate in yourself.

9. Your life is up to you. Life provides the canvas; you do the painting.
Take charge of your life, or someone else will.

10. You always get what you want. Your subconscious rightfully determines
what energies, experiences, and people you attract; therefore, the only
foolproof way to know what you want is to see what you have. There are no
victims, only students.

11. There is no right or wrong, but there are consequences. Moralizing
doesn't help. Judgments only hold the patterns in place. Just do your
best.

12. Your answers lie inside you. Children need guidance from others; as
we mature, we trust our hearts, where the Laws of Spirit are written. You
know more than you have heard or read or been told. All you need to do is
to look, listen, and trust.

13. You will forget all this.

14. You can remember any time you wish.

Unknown author

Feeling trapped? Slow down!



“If you're having difficulty coming up with new ideas, then slow down. For me, slowing down has been a tremendous source of creativity. It has allowed me to open up -- to know that there's life under the earth and that I have to let it come through me in a new way. Creativity exists in the present moment. You can't find it anywhere else.”

-- Natalie Goldberg

Feeling trapped in some way? Give yourself space. Space to do nothing but breathe. To intentionally relax those tight muscles. To just for a few precious minutes, let it all go.

The world will keep turning if you tune out for a short while. And your world will begin to recover its balance.

“It's important to be heroic, ambitious, productive, efficient, creative, and progressive, but these qualities don't necessarily nurture soul. The soul has different concerns, of equal value: downtime for reflection, conversation, and reverie; beauty that is captivating and pleasuring; relatedness to the environs and to people; and any animal’s rhythm of rest and activity.”

-- Thomas Moore


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I remember to transform. I remember who I Am. I Am
Transformation.

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ABOUT TODAY'S AFFIRMATION
DailyAffirm continues with yesterday's thread of waking up
and remembering. The three sentences of today's affirmation
are different, yet provide a panorama of remembering and
transformation. The words capitalized are not mistakes, but
are carefully chosen to enrich the meanings of the sentences.
The "I Am" Presence is consciously evoked when you recognize
the deep meaning of these words, which often is buried in
the casual contraction, "I'm" or the simplified "I" or the
quickly said "I am." However, all these variations on "I AM"
evoke the power of creation, which intensifies and puts into
manifestation the idea that follows. Example: "I don't have
any money" is an act of creation; however, it creates having
no money and/or sends mixed messages to the Universe.

ABOUT YOUR PROCESS
QUESTIONS ABOUT I AM: What do you say after you say "I
am...."? Is this what you most want to manifest? When you
know the answer to this second question, say or write a
sentence starting with "I..." or "I am..." that reflects
your desired manifestation.

QUESTIONS ABOUT REMEMBERING: What do you most want to
remember? Your grandmother's smile? Facts for a test? A
significant other's birthday? That you are a Child of God?
The Truth of your presence on the planet? The touch of the
Presence? The divine whisper in your ear? Words to a song?
Each of these requires a different kind of remembering.

QUESTIONS ABOUT TRANSFORMATION: What is your intention
about transformation? What do you most want to transform?
What do you want to remember about transformation? Who are
you with respect to transformation?

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
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Marshall House, 1223 Wilshire Boulevard, #300
Santa Monica, CA 90403-5400 (310) 392-1987
Marshall House Web Site, http://www.mhmail.com

EVERYTHING HAS A PRICE




No one has a corner on success.
Pay the price for it and it's yours.
No matter what you want from life
you've got to give up something to get it.

Nothing worthwhile will come easily to you.
Hard work will accomplish results that last.
There is no easy road to success.
You've got to work a great deal harder than most people to get it.

There is no success at bargain basement prices.
The highway to success is a toll road.



THE DAILY GURU


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My mission is to embrace transformation in the world. I
honor my own unique path to transformation as well as
everyone else's.

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ABOUT TODAY'S AFFIRMATION
Even after you grasp the meaning of today's affirmation
intellectually, you still must work to embody its meaning
fully. You are constantly in a state of transformation
(moving through form). As a human, you transformed from
Spirit into matter, from Spirit into the physical plane,
usually losing the memory of this process. If you lose
this memory, you can regain it. You can wake up. You can
remember, remember Spirit, re-member with Spirit.
Remember you are Spirit.

You are experiencing your journey of awakening in your own
unique ways. You cloud the wonder and joy of this journey
when you judge, compare, blame, criticize, covet, and/or
when you feel victimized, unworthy, jealous, angry, resentful.
Your pathway to transformation (the subtitle of the book on
which these affirmations are based) is a unique agreement
between you and the Divine (God, Spirit, Higher
Consciousness, the Universe, Infinite Intelligence, the
Source).

ABOUT YOUR PROCESS
So, what is YOUR unique path to transformation? First, feel
the mission of embracing transformation in the world. Next,
let go of the world -- everyone, everything outside yourself.
Then, let go of any additional resistance and turn inward to
honor your own unique path to transformation. What is this
path? What does it look like? What does it feel like? What
are the words that the Divine whispered in your ear that are
uniquely for/about you? When you hear the whisper, return
to be in the world in a more empowered way. More lovingly
accept your own unique path while you also more lovingly
accept others' unique paths.

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YOU DETERMINE YOUR ATTITUDE



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

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

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

Things turn out best for the people
who make the best of the way things turn out.

It's not your position but your disposition that counts.



THE DAILY GURU


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Changing consciousness



Why should we care about raising our consciousness? When we set an intention to change and grow, we begin a journey in which we move from coping, to learning and finally, to the enjoyment of living.

Here are some of the shifts we move through:

From dependence on the clock, to charting a direction, to moment-to-moment guidance from intuition.

From doing things right, to doing the right things, to being your true self.

From lack of self discipline to having personal willpower to serving divine will.

From being out of control, to being in control, to trusting and letting go of the need to control.

With each step, we experience greater freedom, fulfillment and joy. Worth going for, don’t you think?

“Every human has four endowments - self awareness, conscience, independent will and creative imagination. These give us the ultimate human freedom... The power to choose, to respond, to change.”

-- Stephen R. Covey


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Sonnet # LI.



Thus can my love excuse the slow offence
Of my dull bearer when from thee I speed:
From where thou art why should I haste me thence?
Till I return, of posting is no need.
O, what excuse will my poor beast then find,
When swift extremity can seem but slow?
Then should I spur, though mounted on the wind;
In winged speed no motion shall I know:
Then can no horse with my desire keep pace;
Therefore desire of perfect'st love being made,
Shall neigh--no dull flesh--in his fiery race;
But love, for love, thus shall excuse my jade;
Since from thee going he went wilful-slow,
Towards thee I'll run, and give him leave to go.

ON RESPECT


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"Never look down on anybody unless you're helping them up."

-Jesse Jackson

I have long been fascinated with the life and work of Martin
Luther King Jr., a man as instrumental in the success of the
civil rights movement in the US as Mahatma Ghandi was in gaining
the independence of India from the British Empire.

In studying the lives of these two men, there are two things
which stand out for me as worthy of contemplation. The first is
that both were decidedly human, imperfect, and fallible,
(something which I personally find deeply comforting as it
suggests perfection may not be a prerequisite for making a
positive difference in the world :-). The second is that both
demonstrated in their words and actions a deep and abiding
respect for all people, regardless of color, creed, religion, or
standing in life.

Now, "respect" is not a word I have given particular thought to
over the years. In fact, if you asked me what associations I
had with the word before studying the lives of these
inspirational men, I would have said (in this order):

1. A song by Aretha Franklin

2. Something you're supposed to give to people older than you
(like your parents) and get from people younger than you (like
your children) but often don't!

Yet when I began to look into it, I discovered that there are
essentially two schools of thought in our society when it comes
to respect:


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1. Respect is a Commodity to be Earned
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In this 'school', any time you "do the right thing", honor your
word, and fulfill your promises, you earn respect; any time you
do the "wrong" thing, break your word, or fail to follow
through on your promises, you lose respect.

Despite the pervasiveness of this idea in our culture, we can
easily feel its shortcomings when we consider how difficult it
is to live up to its challenge. Have you ever failed to follow
through on a promise? Ever told a lie? Ever done the "wrong"
thing (even if it was unintentional)?

For many of us, trying to live up to the ideal of earned respect
has the opposite of its intended effect. Rather than raising us
up to the heights of virtue, self-love, and self-esteem, it
often drives us to give up on self-improvement altogether and
put our attention on simpler matters, like choosing what to wear
and what to watch on TV this week.


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2. Respect is a Basic Human Right
---------------------------------

In the Jennifer Lopez movie "Maid in Manhattan", she plays a
maid who leads a double life as a society beauty. The very same
people she serves as a maid fail to recognize her in her other
guise because they've never really looked at her when she
serves them.

But serving them is what she does, not who she is - as Bob
Hoskins' butler points out, "being of service is not the same as
being subservient" - i.e. seeing yourself as less than the
people you serve in any way, shape, or form.

In fact, seeing other people as 'just like us' acknowledges an
inner knowing that we all share but rarely speak of - that black
or white, rich or poor, positive or negative, we're all going
to die one day and there's nothing any of us can do about it!

Therefore in this 'school', you are worthy of my respect because
you too are alive and doing the best you can to make it through
- no more and no less.

The dictionary definition of respect is as follows:

Main Entry: [1]re·spect
Pronunciation: ri-'spekt
Function: noun
1 : an act of giving particular attention
2 a : high or special regard b : the quality or state of being
esteemed

So to respect someone it to pay 'particular' attention to them,
and/or to hold them in high or special regard. And if someone
is worthy of my respect, it means they are worthy of both my
attention and of my esteem.

This does not mean I have to like them (phew!), nor does it mean
I have to want in any way to emulate them (double phew!). What
it does mean is that I need to stop deleting them from my
universe.

I can demonstrate my respect for you by noticing you - by
acknowledging your existence. By learning your name. By looking
you in the eye (or by knowing if in your culture that is deemed
inappropriate). By taking the time (where possible) to get to
know you, to learn about you - your history, your family, your
loves, your pain.

What I've come to realize since I began studying it is that
respect is actually a form of love. What makes it a particularly
potent one is that it causes the love to be made tangible.

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Today's Experiment:
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1. Today, as you encounter both strangers and friends, silently
repeat to yourself the phrase "You are worthy of my respect."

2. Notice what you notice. The following questions may serve as
a useful guide:

Did any people suddenly "appear" in your life who were
previously invisible, either because they were in subservient
roles or because you had grown so used to their being around
they had become 'part of the furniture'?Did you find yourself
relating to people differently?What did you notice about the way
people related to you?3. Choose an action that will assist you
in real-izing (making real!) your respect for the people in
your life. You can practice a different thing each day, or stick
with just one for a week or month or lifetime!

Examples:
-Learning and using everyone's name
-Remembering birthday's
-Taking the time to ask how someone's doing and actually
listening to their answer
-Showing up on time for a meeting
-Not multi-tasking in the midst of a conversation
-Noticing at least one thing you appreciate about each person in
your life and telling them about it
-Cutting people (including yourself!) extra slack for being
human

Have fun, learn heaps, and consider this:

Are you worthy of your own respect?

With love,
michael

Make this a magnificent day!


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High intention operates in the midst of change. Change
operates in the midst of high intention.

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ABOUT TODAY'S AFFIRMATION
Today's affirmation has a circular, wavy motion: two
vibrations working together to create something different
from either distinct vibration. This affirmation provides a
container to assist in drawing to you transformation that is
for the highest good for all. High intention is, by
definition, the highest good for all. Holding such an
intention about change directs energy to create change that
reflects and serves all. You must, however, let go of the
belief that you have figured out the details of the highest
good from your human perspective. Your high intention opens
a space for Spirit to operate life's miracles.

ABOUT YOUR PROCESS
Identify a project or situation that is in the midst of
change. (Of course, EVERYTHING is changing.) Choose
something that particularly has your attention at this time,
something that is in transition or something you desire to
change. Set a high intention; that is, make a statement
that represents the highest possible ideals about the
situation. It is NOT a statement about the results you want
to accomplish, although goals and objectives and deadlines
grow from the statement of intention. Goals are helpful to
set, of course, but IN ADDITION TO, not as a replacement
for a high intention. Here is an example to help you
distinguish between a goal and a high intention. A goal or
outcome or expectation of a meeting might be: "To reach a
decision about work schedules for the XYZ project." A high
intention for that same meeting might be: "For open and
honest communication for the highest good of all."

Do you have your statement of intention for your chosen
situation? Good. WRITE IT DOWN! Writing the statement
anchors the energy and gives you a reference point.

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Growing through awareness of money


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

-- Jacob Needleman

How do you relate to money?

Money is a powerful tool for growth. Pay sharp attention to your thoughts, emotions, reactions and actions where money is involved. Don’t judge what you find; just be aware of what’s going on. Your growing awareness will automatically support changes in your behaviour.

“What we're after in Prospering is nothing less than a major shift in consciousness—in the attitudes, beliefs, and ideas you have about yourself and your relationship to money.”

-- Jerrold Mundis


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The Riple Effect



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

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

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

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

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

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

"What?"

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

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

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

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

"I see ripples."

"Where did the ripples come from?"

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

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

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

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

"No, of course not."

"Could you have stopped the ripples, then?"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

"But what are the right questions, Master?"

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

Unknown author


LIFE IN ABUNDANCE COMES ONLY THROUGH GREAT LOVE




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

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

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

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

Love is the most important ingredient to your success.

THE DAILY GURU


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The Three Little Trees



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Unknown author

Make this an elegant day!



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I deepen my awareness of the consciousness of transformation
from which my elegant actions spring.

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ABOUT TODAY'S AFFIRMATION
The consciousness of transformation is powerful, it is
creation itself. Consciousness is the non-tangible substance
that creates the tangible, visible, physical world. When you
resonate with the consciousness of anything, you act in
accordance with that consciousness. When you dip into the
consciousness of violence, you act violently or you fight
against violence. When you dip into the consciousness of
mathematics, you access a body of knowledge that directs
your actions. When you dip into the consciousness of
transformation, you acquire awareness about change that
colors your actions. The use of the word "elegant" is, umm,
well, elegant. It depends greatly on your own consciousness
as to our interpretation of the word. The more deeply you
are focused on Spirit, the more aware you are that Everything
is elegant. E-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g.

ABOUT YOUR PROCESS
Today, be gentle with yourself as you consider these
questions: What do you see that is elegant as you move your
eyes or thoughts from this message to something else in your
room? What do you see or feel in yourself that is elegant?
What do you know today about elegance? What elegance do you
desire to manifest with the consciousness of transformation?
Today, FEEL elegant. Today, BE elegant. Be elegance.

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OPPORTUNITY LIES IN THE MIDST OF DIFFICULTY




Successful people don't achieve their distinction
by having some new talent or opportunity presented to them.
They developed an opportunity that was at hand.

You'll find that every situation, properly perceived,
offers you an opportunity.
As fast as each opportunity presents itself, use it.
No matter how tiny an opportunity may be, use it.

Every problem has hidden in it an opportunity so powerful
that it literally dwarfs the problem.
The greatest success stories were created by people
who recognized a problem and turned it into an opportunity.

You'll find new directions
when you have an open mind and a willing hand.
You must make your own opportunity if you want to be successful.

THE DAILY GURU


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How to Discover Your Divine Magnificence



What if...you are absolutely and utterly amazing? From the smallest
cell in your body to the most elaborate computer in the world (your
brain) just your body is truly a magnificent piece of work. Yet it
doesn't stop with the physical body, your mind is even more amazing!!
It can project ANY idea it wants to and create it in the outer world!
Just by simply focusing and imagining it, you can invent anything!
The truth is that you have always been and will always be a divinely
magnificent being because the Divine energy that permeates everything
in this world is also within you. By definition, you are the Divine
itself, even with all of your seeming "imperfections".

Just because your mind does not always agree to see yourself as
magnificent does not mean that it does not exist. At the core of your
being you are like a brilliant Sun that can illuminate the entire
cosmos. You can shed light onto everyone you encounter. Perhaps at
some point in your life's journey you decided you weren't bright and
full of light, and turned away from looking at this powerful
magnificent spiritual essence inside. That's the whole point with
choosing limiting thoughts, you can close the shudders and completely
block out the light. Yet no matter how many blinders you pull down,
you cannot turn off the Sun and your true radiance. Perhaps it's time
that you open up the shades and throw away your curtains? Look within
and reconnect with that brilliance that is always radiating at the
center of your being.

To unveil your magnificence for once and all means to stop listening
to the trashy thoughts that your mind regurgitates. Your mind may be
deeply programmed with negative thoughts from the past. It only knows
how to send you those worried, panicky, and fear based ideas. It's
like having your TV tuned ONLY to horror movies 24 hours a day. If
your mind is sending you thoughts based on an old T.V station that
you selected years ago while you were unconscious and sleep walking
through life, its time to change the channel. You have already begun
to awaken and perceive the bigger truth of reality. You can change
the channel today, or better yet turn off the T.V.!! This will unveil
the beauty of your Divine Magnificence inside.

Just take 5 minutes a day to relax and focus on the brilliant sun
shining within you. Relax into the warmth of your heart and being.
Make the commitment to stop paying attention to the garbage of the
mind and refocus instead onto your true infinite nature. It is a much
better use of your time. You will be amazed at what you discover! So
right now gently focus your awareness onto your heart. The Sun may be
too powerful to visualize in there at first, so let's start with
imagining that your heart is a small burning flame of light. It only
takes a candle to light up a dark room. So let the light from the
candle in your heart radiate throughout your body and reach every
place of darkness inside. Illuminate every crack and crevice in your
body; surround yourself with an aura of light all day long! Don't let
this light burn out for at least 4 days! It will grow the longer you
can do this exercise...

As you focus on the flame in your heart and relax into its light and
perfection, breathe! If your thoughts stray to the old ego channel,
gentle acknowledge this and refocus back on your light in your heart.
This little flame will remind you that YOU are Divine and a brilliant
being of light at the very core. Discover this and turn off you worry
channel, doubt channel, and fear channel! Feel this little light
inside you! You can feel absolutely light and free just with the
smallest of flame inside. We invite you to also choose to focus on
how incredible it is to be alive at this time on the planet. It is a
time when many many people are realizing their divine nature.

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Attachment



“The soul that is attached to anything, however much good there may be in it, will not arrive at the liberty of divine union. For whether it be a strong wire rope or a slender and delicate thread that holds the bird, it matters not, if it really holds it fast; for until the cord be broken, the bird cannot fly.”

-- Saint John of the Cross

“Attachment to spiritual things is… just as much an attachment as inordinate love of anything else.”

-- Thomas Merton

“The tighter you squeeze, the less you have.”

-- Zen Saying


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The Water Bearer



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

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

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

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

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

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

Unknown author



Make this a spiritful 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 know that spiritual transformation leads to the highest
good for all.

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ABOUT TODAY'S AFFIRMATION
You must decide the meaning of "spiritual" transformation for
you. If you define Spirit as divine and good, then you are
likely to agree that spiritual transformation is what you
desire. The "highest good for all" is a generic high
intention. Always perfect. And very helpful to keep at the
forefront of your consciousness to replace opinion or
attachment or judgment or resentment. This affirmation
acknowledges that Spirit knows the highest good for all.

ABOUT YOUR PROCESS
Identify a situation you face today or this week, one which
challenges you or demands that you transcend the solutions
you have tried before with this situation. With the
situation clearly in your mind, state or write a high
intention. If the situation is your relationship with
another person, a high intention might be: "To communicate
honestly." If the situation is job-related, a high
intention might be: "To deepen my fulfillment at work." If
the situation is about any aspect of health, a high
intention might be: "To realize and rejoice in my excellent
health." After you are satisfied with your high intention,
add "for the highest good of all" or an equivalent phrase.

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

ABOUT OUR AUTHOR AND SPONSORS
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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 purposeful week!

Greetings on the 3rd week of July with the theme of
Transformation, with the focus on Being/Intending
Affirmations. Make this a purposeful week!

Remind yourself of your over-arching intention for
transformation.

ABOUT BEING/INTENDING AFFIRMATIONS and TRANSFORMATION
This week's affirmations, classified as "being and intending,"
escort you in your next step along the path. After clearing
out fears and other stuff during the first week of July and
opening to the idea of transformation in this previous week,
you now go deeper into the idea of intention and mission and
purpose and being. As you proceed through this week, the
initial over-arching intention may change (hmm, that is
appropriate) or you may change (even more appropriate) with
respect to the over-arching intention.

Explore your own higher purpose this week as you also more
fully embrace the purpose of transformation. Incidentally, I
like the idea of qualifying transformation with the adjective
"spiritual" although I recognize that not everyone is
comfortable with this qualifier.

ABOUT YOUR PROCESS
So here is a worthy question to direct your attention this
week: "Who am I?" If you prefer to work with a question
that someone asks you rather than one you ask yourself, the
question is: "Who are you?" Either question works,
although the former is a more powerful spiritual question.
Feel yourself opening to be in each moment as a being of
love and light. Just be.

ABOUT THE AFFIRMATIONS
If I were to select the definitive affirmation for the week
to represent being and intending for Transformation it would
be the one for July 19: "I remember to transform. I
remember who I Am. I Am Transformation." To remember who I
Am is a deep realization of personal power. Just FEEL this
affirmation and all the others this week. Next week you get
to affirm stepping into your power.

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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July 15:
I know that spiritual transformation leads to the highest
good for all.

July 16:
I deepen my awareness of the consciousness of transformation,
from which my elegant actions spring.

July 17:
High intention operates in the midst of change. Change
operates in the midst of high intention.

July 18:
My mission is to embrace transformation in the world. I
honor my own unique path to transformation as well as
everyone else's.

July 19:
I remember to transform. I remember who I Am. I Am
Transformation.

July 20:
I understand the meaning of transformation. Transformation
happens in small increments and in quantum leaps.

July 21:
Transformation 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
"Strategies for the Highest Good"
http://www.mhmail.com/articles/personal-growth-strategies.html

ABOUT OUR AUTHOR AND SPONSORS
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and publisher of "Affirmations: A Pathway to Transformation."
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Santa Monica, CA 90403-5400 (310) 392-1987
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YOU ARE MORE IMPORTANT THAN YOUR PROBLEMS




Courage is the power to face your difficulties.
It comes from the reserves of your mind
that are more powerful than your outside circumstances.
When you recognize that you're bigger than your problems,
you'll gain the courage necessary to overcome anything.

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

Courage is the capacity to confront what can be imagined.
It gives you the ability to rise above your present reality.

Reality is something you can rise above.



THE DAILY GURU


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The World - A Different Perspective



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

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

There would be:

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

51 would be female; 49 would be male.

70 would be non-whites, 30 white.

70 would be non-Christians; 30 Christian.

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

80 would live in substandard housing.

70 would be unable to read.

50 would suffer from malnutrition.

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

Only 1 would have a college education.

No one would own a computer.

Unknown author


Sonnet # L.



How heavy do I journey on the way,
When what I seek, my weary travel's end,
Doth teach that ease and that repose to say
'Thus far the miles are measured from thy friend!'
The beast that bears me, tired with my woe,
Plods dully on, to bear that weight in me,
As if by some instinct the wretch did know
His rider loved not speed, being made from thee:
The bloody spur cannot provoke him on
That sometimes anger thrusts into his hide;
Which heavily he answers with a groan,
More sharp to me than spurring to his side;
For that same groan doth put this in my mind;
My grief lies onward and my joy behind.


Make this a now day!



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I am ready right now to live in empowered transformation.

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ABOUT TODAY'S AFFIRMATION
You are ready, right? I often hear people say that they
are ready to live the good life, yet are not willing to be
what they seek. They want happiness, yet are not willing to
BE HAPPY right now! They expect happiness to come from
outside them -- puff! The knight in shining armor. The
beautiful princess. The perfect job. The money from the
lottery. Everything to MAKE them happy or empowered or
satisfied. Many people use affirmations and other
techniques to try to manipulate the Universe. However,
the world does not work that way. You must be right now
what ypu desire, because life takes place in the NOW, in the
present. To quote Mahatma Gandhi, "We must be the change
we wish to see in the world."

ABOUT YOUR PROCESS
Here is an exercise in the form of a series of questions.
When I have an interactive dialogue with a client, I can
usually get to the significant point in 2-3 questions. When
writing this exercise for so many people, I list more
questions than I ordinarily ask an individual.

(1) What do you most desire in life that you do not now have
or experience?
(2) Take a deep breath and go deeper within and again answer
question #1. (Your answer may be the same or different with
a second asking.)
(3) How do you expect you will feel when you have received
or experienced what you most desire? In other words, what
is the feeling that you associate with the fulfillment of
this desire?
(4) Is this feeling satisfying to you?
(5) If your answer to #4 is "yes," proceed to #6. If your
answer to #4 is "no," return to question #1 and repeat the
process until you have uncovered the real feelings that are
satisfying.
(6) Now that you have identified satisfying feelings, there
is nothing stopping you from feeling RIGHT NOW what you say
is satisfying to feel. You do not need to wait for an event
or condition to feel a feeling.
(7) Be/Feel what you desire. It is the feeling that draws
to you what you desire.

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

ABOUT THE NEXT TYPE OF AFFIRMATIONS
This is the last of the Receiving/Accepting Affirmations
this month. Tomorrow begins the Being/Intending affirmations
for Transformation. Before working with those affirmations,
I suggest that you re-visit the over-arching intention that
you set for this. This is an opportunity to dip into the
consciousness of your reason for being -- your life mission.

ABOUT OUR AUTHOR AND SPONSORS
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Marshall House, 1223 Wilshire Boulevard, #300
Santa Monica, CA 90403-5400 (310) 392-1987
Marshall House Web Site, http://www.mhmail.com

Making life our own


“Life is not lost by dying; life is lost minute by minute, day by dragging day, in all the thousand small uncaring ways.”

-- Stephen Vincent Benet

What’s needed for a new relationship with time and life?

Intention -- Get really clear about what you want.

Desire -- How much do you want something new for yourself? Know your motivation. Desire brings the energy for change.

Belief and/or willingness to trust you can have what you want. If belief is lacking, can you believe in the possibility that you can find a new way of living?

Perseverance, discipline -- It takes time and effort to change attitudes and habits. We can’t expect a new life overnight.

Acceptance, both of what’s happening now and of who we are. Until we honestly and openly accept our present situation, we cannot change it.

A willingness to try something new.

“It is so easy to waste our lives: our days, our hours, our minutes. ... It is so easy to exist instead of live. Unless you know there is a clock ticking. So many of us changed our lives when we heard a biological clock and decided to have kids. But that sound is a murmur compared to the tolling of mortality.”

-- Anna Quindlen


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ALWAYS TRY TO DO YOUR BEST AT EVERYTHING




Make it your life rule of living to always do your best.
It's your constant effort to be first-class in everything you attempt
that will help you conquer the heights of excellence.
Let superiority become your trademark.

Do a little more each day than you think you possibly can.
There is always a best way of doing everything. Find it.

Do a little more than average
and from that point on your progress multiplies itself
out of all proportion to the effort you put out.

Do more than you're supposed to do
and you can have or be or do anything you want.

If you want to enjoy enduring success,
try traveling a little in advance of the rest of the world.
Your greatness will come from being great in the little things.

THE DAILY GURU


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Here is a famous quote to remind you of how truly amazing you are!!



"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 are all meant to shine, as children do.
We are born to make 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."

By Marianne Willamson
Often mistakenly attributed to Nelson Mandela


Many blessings to you,
Jafree & Margot
http://www.EnlightenedBeings.com


Things Aren't Always As They Seem



Two traveling angels stopped to spend the night in the home of a wealthy
family.

The family was rude and refused to let the angels stay in the mansion's
guest room. Instead the angels were given a small space in the cold
basement.

As they made their bed on the hard floor, the older angel saw a hole in
the wall and repaired it.

When the younger angel asked why, the older angel replied, "Things aren't
always what they seem."

The next night the pair came to rest at the house of a very poor, but
very hospitable farmer and his wife. After sharing what little food they
had the couple let the angels sleep in their bed where they could have a
good night's rest.

When the sun came up the next morning the angels found the farmer and his
wife in tears. Their only cow, whose milk had been their sole income, lay
dead in the field.

The younger angel was infuriated and asked the older angel how could you
have l et this happen? The first man had everything, yet you helped him,
she accused. The second family had little but was willing to share
everything, and you let the cow die.

"Things aren't always what they seem," the older angel replied.

"When we stayed in the basement of the mansion, I noticed there was gold
stored in that hole in the wall. Since the owner was so obsessed with
greed and unwilling to share his good fortune, I sealed the wall so he
wouldn't find it."

"Then last night as we slept in the farmers bed, the angel of death came
for his wife. I gave him the cow instead. Things aren't always what they
seem."

Sometimes that is exactly what happens when things don't turn out the way
they should. If you have faith, you just need to trust that every outcome
is always to your advantage. You might not know it until some time
later...

Unknown author

Make this a loving day!



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I accept change, expansion, peace, and love in all aspects
of my life.

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ABOUT TODAY'S AFFIRMATION
The gentleness of today's affirmation does not make it less
powerful than the assertive and action-oriented affirmations.
In order to live in harmony (or whatever you choose), you
must accept harmony (or whatever you choose) into your life.
Sometimes you might push away the very thing or things you
desire the most, for a myriad of reasons, logical and
illogical. Sometimes you do not recognize when the desired
manifestation has shown up in your life because you have a
fixed idea of the form it should take. So, today, breathe
out the shoulds. Accept change and expansion and peace and
love and all that you desire and need in your life.

ABOUT YOUR PROCESS
What do YOU most desire to accept in your life? Open to a
clear vision. If you can not see this vision in your mind's
eye, ask for a sign that you can understand or a word that
you can hear or a feeling that you can feel. You may find
that putting your hand on your chest near your heart reminds
you to be connected with your heart's desire. What do you
most desire to accept in your life? Ask, and allow the
Universe to respond to your request.

ABOUT RELATED ARTICLES
Among our articles, we particularly recommend:
"Decisions, Decisions, Decisions for Enhanced Empowerment"
http://www.mhmail.com/articles/decision-making.html
"Fire Free Bird"
http://www.mhmail.com/articles/surrender-to-trust.html

ABOUT OUR AUTHOR AND SPONSORS
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and publisher of "Affirmations: A Pathway to Transformation."
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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




In order to succeed, you must first believe you can.
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.

The only true limit to your realization of tomorrow
will be your doubts of today.
The moment you carry the conviction of belief,
in that moment your dream will become reality.

You can, if you think you can.



THE DAILY GURU


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Sonnet # XLIX.

Rose

Against that time, if ever that time come,
When I shall see thee frown on my defects,
When as thy love hath cast his utmost sum,
Call'd to that audit by advised respects;
Against that time when thou shalt strangely pass
And scarcely greet me with that sun thine eye,
When love, converted from the thing it was,
Shall reasons find of settled gravity,--
Against that time do I ensconce me here
Within the knowledge of mine own desert,
And this my hand against myself uprear,
To guard the lawful reasons on thy part:
To leave poor me thou hast the strength of laws,
Since why to love I can allege no cause.

Time



Imagine there is a bank that credits your account each morning with
$86,400.

It carries over no balance from day to day. Every evening the bank
deletes whatever part of the balance you failed to use during the day.

What would you do? Draw out every cent, of course!

Each of us has such a bank. Its name is TIME.

Every morning, it credits you with 86,400 seconds. Every night it writes
off, as lost, whatever of this you have failed to invest to good purpose.

It carries over no balance. It allows no overdraft. Each day it opens a
new account for you. Each night it burns the remains of the day. If you
fail to use the day's deposits, the loss is yours. There is no going
back. There is no drawing against the "tomorrow."

You must live in the present on today's deposits. Invest it so as to get
from it the utmost in health, happiness, and success! The clock is
running. Make the most of today.

To realize the value of ONE YEAR, ask a student who failed a grade.

To realize the value of ONE MONTH, ask a mother who gave birth to a
premature baby.

To realize the value of ONE WEEK, ask the editor of a weekly newspaper.

To realize the value of ONE HOUR, ask the lovers who are waiting to meet.

To realize the value of ONE MINUTE, ask a person who missed the train.

To realize the value of ONE-SECOND, ask a person who just avoided an
accident.

Treasure every moment that you have! And treasure it more because you
shared it with someone special, special enough to spend your time.

Remember that time waits for no one. Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is
mystery. Today is a gift. That's why it's called the present!

Unknown author


Make this a friendly day!



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Transformation, you are my ever-changing friend. I am
ready to be with you as a partner.

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ABOUT TODAY'S AFFIRMATION
Transformation truly is your friend. Sometimes this does not
seem to be so, especially when the transformation appears as
turmoil. But what would life be like without change!?! Wow,
that is a truly troublesome concept! No change means no
movement, no creativity, no life. Occasionally (such as
during a very stressful time) you may yearn for stillness;
however, you usually soon yearn for movement from the
stillness! Whenever you join with someone or something,
you are in a partnership. Envision a joyous partnership
with transformation, your friend in creativity and love and
relationships and dance and learning, and, well, everything.

ABOUT YOUR PROCESS
As transformation comes to greet you today, say, "Hi,
friend!" Join with the transformation you feel and see and
hear. Join also with the transformation that is invisible.
When you are in an open partnership with transformation,
change will not sabotage you or do strange things to get
your attention. In the silence, let transformation speak
to you. In every movement, honor and respect your friend,
Transformation.

ABOUT JEANIE'S ONLINE MEDITATIONS
Two recorded meditations are available for online listening.
You can download a free copy of the RealAudio player
following our instructions and links. We offer you a 27-
minute meditation called "Your Source of Abundance" and a
12-minute meditation called "A Meditation for Centering."
Enjoy! http://www.mhmail.com/AudioMeditations.html

ABOUT OUR AUTHOR AND SPONSORS
Sent in the consciousness of Transformation by Marshall House
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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

IT'S ALWAYS YOUR NEXT MOVE



Key
The keys to your universe lie with the choices you make.
You don't have to buy from anyone or work at any particular job.
You don't have to participate in any given relationship.
You can choose.

The choice is always yours.
You hold the tiller.
You steer the course you choose
in the direction of where you want to be today,
tomorrow, or in a distant time to come.

You can at any time decide to alter the course of your life.
No one can ever take that away from you.



THE DAILY GURU


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Make this a divine day!



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

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ABOUT TODAY'S AFFIRMATION
Sometimes you just do not get it. You may try and try to
understand, but do not. You may even try so much that life
is trying. When life is intensely frustrating or confusing,
you may fall to your knees in despair or pain, crying or
screaming for understanding. Understanding is more likely
to come to you with a moment of surrender than with long and
meticulous research. I have said all this to say: Remember
to fall to your knees in appreciation for life and
acknowledge the divine regularly, not just when you feel
desperate. You can enrich your life and enhance your
relationship with the divine when you make the divine your
first stop, not your last.

ABOUT YOUR PROCESS
In yesterday's affirmation, I suggested that you focus on
your definition of transformation. A definition is just ONE
aspect of understanding -- understanding through the mental
processes. Consider how to involve the divine in your quest
for knowing so that you enlarge your understanding of
transformation as a spiritual journey. Today, reflect on
what, specifically, you wish to understand or know about
transformation or about your own process of transformation
or about your relationship with the divine.

ABOUT RELATED ARTICLES
Among our articles, we particularly recommend:
"Asking Empowering Questions"
http://www.mhmail.com/articles/ask-empowering-questions.html
"Fire Free Bird"
http://www.mhmail.com/articles/surrender-to-trust.html

ABOUT OUR AUTHOR AND SPONSORS
Sent in the consciousness of Transformation 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 MASTER NATURE WITH UNDERSTANDING



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Some people are successful in mastering life,
while others permit life to master them.

The split in you is very clear.
There is a part of you that knows what it could do,
and a part of you that knows what it should do.
If passion drives you, let reason hold the reins.

Once you understand these opposing forces warring within you,
you come to a knowledge of the truth, and you no longer remain a slave.
A clear understanding of this will make you the master of your life.

Are you controlled by your thoughts
or are you controlling your thoughts?
If you do not conquer self, you will be conquered by self.

If you are ruled by your mind you are a king,
if by your body, a slave.



THE DAILY GURU


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Sonnet # XLVIII.



How careful was I, when I took my way,
Each trifle under truest bars to thrust,
That to my use it might unused stay
From hands of falsehood, in sure wards of trust!
But thou, to whom my jewels trifles are,
Most worthy of comfort, now my greatest grief,
Thou, best of dearest and mine only care,
Art left the prey of every vulgar thief.
Thee have I not lock'd up in any chest,
Save where thou art not, though I feel thou art,
Within the gentle closure of my breast,
From whence at pleasure thou mayst come and part;
And even thence thou wilt be stol'n, I fear,
For truth proves thievish for a prize so dear.


TAKE YOUR TIME


"Be quick, but don't hurry."

-John Wooden

Last year, I had child psychologist and author Alfie Kohn as
a guest on my radio show. At one point, I asked him if he
had any tips for how to be a more caring and effective
parent when you were in a hurry. His answer, tongue only
slightly in cheek, was 'don't be in a hurry.'

While I laughed at the time, the more I thought about it the
more I realized what excellent advice that is, not only for
parenting but for pretty much any area of our lives.

When we are in a hurry, we tend to get sloppy and things go
undone or worse still, half-done. Our best intentions
often go out the window and our values shift, expediency and
'getting stuff done' leapfrogging their way up the list
above such old-fashioned priorities as treating people with
respect, doing things right the first time and even
enjoying the process.

Stress is a hurrier's constant companion, as there's never
enough time and there's always too much to do with it. As
time gets short, tempers get shorter, and a frayed nerve
often snaps in the face of a loved one.

Here are six ways to slow down without getting further and
further behind...

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1. Just say "no"
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With so much that it feels like we have to do (not to
mention all the things we actually want to do), how can we
get everything done without hurrying through the majority of
it?

One answer is 'we can't', and in that sense the most
powerful time management tool in the world is the word 'no',
as in "No, I won't take on that commitment of time and
energy (but thanks so much for asking! :-)"


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2. Find a time management system that works for you and
actually use it
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There are any number of time management systems on offer
today, and most of them will be effective to the degree that
you actually use them. If you're self-employed or left to
your own devices at work, I highly recommend the work of
Mark Forster (see the 'Want to Learn More?' section at the
end of this tip to learn more).


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3. Become less efficient
-------------------------

While Parkinson's law ("Work expands so as to fill the time
available for its completion") has never been repealed,
sometimes allowing our work to expand is just what the
doctor ordered. Giving yourself more time than you need to
complete a task can be great fun if you consciously use
that time to engage more deeply with the task


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4. Get help!
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In his research into sustained personal success, management
consultant Marcus Buckingham isolated one key factor that
all the subjects in his study had in common - they had
figured out what they didn't like doing and by and large,
stopped doing it. The easiest way to do this, of course, is
to delegate it to someone else.

I've only recently gotten up the nerve to hire an assistant,
and already I wouldn't be without her. It's like being the
cobbler in the story of the Elves and the Shoemaker - each
night I put out a list of what I want done and the next
time I walk into the office, it is!


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5. Single-task
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For those of you who are reading this tip while drinking a
coffee, watching the news, filing your nails, and/or
speaking on the phone with a client, one of the most
valuable experiments you will ever do is to spend a day
doing only one thing at a time and notice the difference.
When you are reading, just read. When you are eating, just
eat. When you are with someone, just be with them.


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6. Do what you love (and love what you do)
-------------------------------------------

When you're doing what you love (and loving what you do),
you will tend to naturally engage in each of the other five
strategies mentioned above...

*You'll say no to most things because you're already doing
what you love.

*You'll tend to use time management systems because you'll
need to - otherwise you'd work 24 hours a day

*You'll gladly sacrifice efficiency for the joy of getting
to indulge in your passion

*You'll get help with the stuff you don't love so you can
spend more time with what you do

*You'll do one thing at a time because it's so wonderful for
you to do them

====================
Today's Experiment:
====================

1. What can you say 'no' to this week? This can be anything
from an invitation from a colleague to a TV program to the
voice in your head telling you all the things you 'should'
be doing instead of reading this tip!

2. Buy a copy of Mark Forster's amazing new book, 'Do It
Tomorrow and Other Secrets of Time Management'.
It's only
available from the UK at the moment - you can get it via
this link:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/9780340909126/geniuscatalys-21

3. When you're estimating the time it will take you to get
things done this week, multiply by 1.5
(i.e. give yourself
90 minutes for each hour's worth of work). Feel free to
play with that ratio (either longer or shorter) - you will
find there's an optimal amount of time expansion that allows
you to eliminate the hurry without turning it into
procrastination.

4. Find at least one thing you don't like doing you can
outsource this week.
Don't let yourself be limited by money
- feel free to beg, borrow or barter!

5. Experiment with single-tasking. Remember, just because
you *can* do three things at once doesn't mean you're going
to enjoy doing them.

6. If you're not already doing what you love, choose a
mundane task (washing dishes, watering plants, etc.) and
practice loving doing it.
Just as an experiment, do it with
energy, enthusiasm, and like it matters - as if it's the
most wonderful and important thing in the world.

Have fun, learn heaps, and take your time - after all, it is
yours to take!

With love,
michael

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


Make this a graceful day!



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

I allow empowering change to flow through me, expanding my
consciousness.


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

ABOUT TODAY'S AFFIRMATION
When you think of change as a river, you are likely to image
it as something that can flow through you or something you
can flow upon. When you think of change as a contest or an
impossibility or an enemy, you are more likely to consider
the change as something to "get through" than something to
"flow through." A contest alerts you to accepting winners
and losers. An impossibility suggests you face a useless
venture or must struggle to overcome. An enemy prompts you
to clench your fists for fight or to use your feet for
flight. You have your own style, of course, with the
ability to choose from many options -- certainly more than
the options suggested. As you open, you allow for miracles.

ABOUT YOUR PROCESS
This is about 1/3 of the way through the month of July and
the theme of Transformation. Please spend a few minutes
considering your definition of transformation. You may want
to re-visit your over-arching intention to let a definition
flow from that. You may find that breaking the word
"transformation" into parts (trans-form-ation) gives you
further insights into the definition. As I said earlier in
the month (partly in jest), my definition for transformation
is a big word for big change. What more does it mean to
you? Are you open to miracles?

ABOUT RELATED ARTICLES
Among our articles, we particularly recommend:
"Moving Through Puddles"
http://www.mhmail.com/articles/personal-development.html
"Say Goodbye to Struggle"
http://www.mhmail.com/articles/ending-struggle.html

ABOUT A DEDICATION
I am dedicating today's affirmation to all those who have
contributed financially to the DailyAffirm List.
Contributions are voluntary/optional. So I know those who
contribute are allowing empowered change to flow through
them. Many thanks for taking the time to contribute
financially, for writing your check or authorizing a
bankcard transaction or using Paypal, and for your many
wonderful notes that accompany the forms of payment. You
are truly blessed.

ABOUT OUR AUTHOR AND SPONSORS
Sent in the consciousness of Transformation 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 Reach The Top Starting From Anywhere



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

'Twenty years ago, when I went blind, it was tough to even
find the bathroom. Now that I've climbed Mount Everest,
well, I guess I've come a long way.'
-Erik Weihenmayer

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

What limitations have I been clinging to that I should and
will throw right out the window, never to look back at
again?

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

Erik Weihenmayer went completely blind when he was 13....

Since then he's climbed the world's tallest mountains, run
marathons and jumped out of planes, among his many pursuits.

Erik's story is about having the 'vision' to dream big;
the courage to reach for near impossible goals; and the
grit, determination, and ingenuity to transform his life
into 'something miraculous.'

If you want to learn more about Erik, his book, 'Touch the
Top of the World' can be found just about anywhere.

OK. So if a blind guy can climb the world's tallest
mountain...

How do those excuses sound that you keep coming up with
about why you can't do that paltry little project that's
been sticking its tongue out at you for months now.

People like Erik only have one thing that separates them
from most everyone else; the attitude that life is to be
lived; that accomplishments require some risk, and that the
risks themselves can make life juicy and fun.

Now, it's probably not required that you risk life and
limb to achieve most of your goals, is it?

You want some juice, don't you? Accomplishment? Real
excitement?

Then set a big goal. A REALLY big goal. But whatever it
is, it's got to stretch you. It's got to be something that
you really want... something that would really change your
life.

Write down all the steps it will take. Who do you have to
call? Where do you have to go? Does it require special
training? Do you need tools or supplies?

What sacrifices do you have to make?

Sitting on the couch for another 10 minutes might be
pretty 'comfortable.' Taking one more unimportant phone
call might be more 'fun' in the moment.

But at the end of the day when you look in the mirror...
the only way THAT'S going to be fun is if you cut short the
unimportant phone calls, got off the comfortable couch,
stopped hiding out and took some major steps toward a big
goal... every day. If you do that consistently, you'll
start to really be proud of who you're becoming.

Those 'sacrifices,' if you'll look at them aren't
sacrifices at all.

Happiness comes from what you become, not what you get.
If you become more, you'll get more automatically. It's one
of those cosmic universal laws.

Erik Weihenmayer, in achieving his goals, has become more.
Now he gets paid huge sums to talk to thousands of people
every year about the thrill of working to reach your
wildest dreams. He gets to write about it.

90% of the people who attempt to climb to the peak of
Mount Everest fail. Many die. Erik 'looked' past the risk
and 'focused' instead on the reward, and went after it
passionately.

So even though he's blind, he wouldn't trade his life for
anyone else's. His life is his life, so he's enjoying every
bit of it.

When Erik was about 15 minutes from the top of the world's
tallest mountain, so close to his goal, he started to
cry... but his tears were freezing, making it difficult to
breath in his mask.

So he had to put off crying with his blind eyes for
another 15 minutes...

...until he actually reached the top of the world.

=======================================
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 am working hard to reach my biggest goal now
-- I learn something valuable every day in pursuing my goal
-- I am becoming more today than I was yesterday
-- I love reaching for and achieving challenging goals
-- I can do it... I know I can



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Work with tension



“You never will be the person you can be if pressure, tension and discipline are taken out of your life.”

-- James G. Bilkey

We need tension in our lives. It’s the force of personal evolution -- it sparks creativity and higher consciousness. If we’re not comfortable with a situation, we try to improve it, right?

Tension arises through our experience of opposites. These opposites fight each other as each one struggles for dominance. Tension is transformed when two opposite dimensions of reality are brought together in balance and in wholeness.

Know that tension is an integral part of growth. Instead of avoiding or resisting tension when it arises, identify the opposing forces at play. Make space for each of them to be there together and the tension will transform.

We encounter tensions between positives and negatives, mind and body, self and environment, self and others, and personality and soul – the dualities in our lives.

"Life begins at the end of your comfort zone."

-- Neale Donald Walsch


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Water

"Inward calm cannot be maintained unless physical strength is constantly
and intelligently replenished."

-- Gautama Buddha



~*~ Topic of the Week ~*~

Now that summer is here (in the states), and most of us spend more time
outdoors, I thought it might be a good idea to remind you about a basic
(and critical) act of self-care -- drinking enough water.

Your body weight is made up of 50 - 75% water depending on your size. In
order for your body to function at optimum levels, it needs to be well
hydrated at all times. There are enormous health benefits to drinking
water. For example, water transports nutrients and oxygen throughout the
body keeping your immune system strong. It carries toxins out of the body
helping to prevent illness. And, for those of you interested in losing
weight, studies have shown that water even helps the body to metabolize
stored fat.

There's a good chance that you may be dehydrated if you experience one or
more of the following issues:

~*~ low blood pressure
~*~ fogginess or fatigue
~*~ constipation
~*~ dry skin or eyes
~*~ low mental performance
~*~ dizziness
~*~ sore joints
~*~ constant colds or flu
~*~ swollen feet, legs or hands

We usually think about drinking water when we feel thirsty, but by that
time it means that our body is already dehydrated. The truth is that most
of us know we need to drink more water, we just forget. So, this week
it's time to drink up by using helpful reminders. For example, you might:

1. Purchase a large water bottle and make a point to finish at least 3 a
day.

2. Keep a bottle of water in your car, on your desk at work, or in your
briefcase.

3. Drink a large glass of water with every meal.

4. Write the word "water" somewhere in your daily calendar for the next 30
days until it becomes a habit.

5. Install a water cooler in your home or office.


There are certain situations that will require you to drink more than the
recommended 8 glasses of water a day. For example, if you exercise
regularly you'll need to drink more. And, if you drink alcohol or
caffeine, you'll need an extra glass for every drink you have (both cause
dehydration). You'll know you're headed in the right direction when you
find yourself visiting the bathroom more often throughout the day :).
Remember, if you're dehydrated, you're not taking care of an important
basic need. Ultimately, drinking enough water is a fundamental act of self
care!


~*~ Take Action Challenge ~*~

Stop and check in with your body right now. Are you thirsty? Does your
skin or eyes feel dry? Is your thinking clear or foggy?

The goal this week is to increase your intake of water every day. Fill a
large bottle or glass with clean, pure water right now (I'll wait :).
Then, keep this bottle or glass with you at all times. You'll know you've
created a new healthy habit when you find yourself naturally reaching for
more water throughout the day.

http://www.cherylrichardson.com/


Make this a focused day!



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

I receive goodness from the Universe. I accept constant
change of appearances and the loving constancy of Spirit.

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

ABOUT TODAY'S AFFIRMATION
The second sentence of this affirmation may be one of the
most important (yet potentially confusing) concepts about
change and transformation. "Appearances" exist in the human
world, a world in which manifestations are temporary.
Appearances have sensory qualities -- visual, auditory,
emotional, kinesthetic, olfactory, etc. The human world is
a dense world compared to Spirit, yet is also COMPOSED of
Spirit. Spirit is the constancy of love and light --
energies which are constantly creating more manifestations.
The Love of Spirit is unconditional love rather than the
emotional gushy love of infatuation or the lusty love of sex
or the scoring love of tennis. The Light of Spirit is the
Infinite Intelligence, which is always expanding. .

ABOUT YOUR PROCESS
Today is an appropriate day to play with the analogy of
positives and negatives in photography. If you have
recently developed a roll of film into photographs, you
might choose to see and touch them so that you have an
experiential learning. Using your imagination will, of
course, be adequate. Look at a photo to see that it is a
representation of the original -- flat, yes, but
recognizable, even if the photographer set the lens
improperly or stood too far away. Now, look at the negative
of this photo -- careful, just touch the edges. See how the
background becomes foreground, the foreground becomes
background. Whether you are looking at black and white or
color photography, this dynamic occurs. Your life comes
more into focus when you allow Spirit to be the foreground.

ABOUT RELATED ARTICLES
Among our articles, we particularly recommend:
"Focus of Our Attention"
http://www.mhmail.com/articles/focus-attention.html
"Moving Through Puddles"
http://www.mhmail.com/articles/personal-development.html

ABOUT OUR AUTHOR AND SPONSORS
Sent in the consciousness of Transformation 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

Repeat After Me: "I'm Awesome!"



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

"I began to understand that self-esteem isn't everything;
it's just that there's nothing without it."
-Gloria Steinem

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

"What are five things that are good about me?"

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

A number of years ago, an eastern university conducted a
study on self-image and some of the ways it can affect a
person's actions.

The women in a large neighborhood were targeted for a
direct mailing. Letters were addressed to them. The
letters were kind of a celebration. They were just a
generic "thank you for being so wonderful in all you do"-
type letter. Thanks for being so generous where you're
needed, for being a good Mom, neighbor, wife, employee in a
world where they're being pulled in lots of directions.
"We salute you!"

Hundreds of letters went out...

...to half the women in the neighborhood. The other half
got nothing.

Then, a week later, a national charity (not related or
affiliated with the university that did the study) sent
volunteers into the neighborhood to solicit donations for
their cause.

Can you guess?

The women who received mailings saluting them for their
generosity and other qualities gave over 60% more often,
and when they did give, they donated over 50% more money
than the women who received no mailing.

The conclusion the researchers came to was that the image
they now had of themselves which they had to live up to was
one of being generous with their time, skills and financial
resources.

Think about it. Only one letter. And a week later, they
were still glowing in their new self-image.

It must have been one heck of a letter!!

We all WANT to feel good about ourselves. But not many
people, including ourselves, are coming up and telling us
how wonderful we are.

It makes me think of the Budweiser slogan, "For all you
do, this Bud's for you!" Do you think they came up with
that by accident? Heck no. They want us all to feel we
"deserve" to have a Bud, that we're good enough. Keep your
eyes on commercials and how they try to make you feel smart
and then tie that feeling into their products.

So how can you use this interesting study to your benefit?
Glad you asked.

What you need to do is become your own letter writer.

The minority who become the most, enjoy life the most and
who produce the most and get rewarded the most, don't sit
around waiting for other people to tell them how smart,
handsome, polite or what a hard worker they are.

They tell themselves this stuff.

Just before I created my first 3x5 cards and my first
tapes, I was almost dead in every sense of the word. And
within days, I started to feel the feelings and take the
actions that would spin me around and send me in the
direction I'm still moving in today.

Go back and look at previous day's sessions. Check out
those affirming beliefs at the end of each letter.

Make them who you are by reading them at least three times
per day. Choose only 10-15 at a time and stick with the
ones you are reading until they have changed your attitudes
and actions. I promise you they will. If you have gotten
through this whole book, read it consistently, not all in
one day, and still you have not overcome some major
hurdles, I'm going to tell you why.

It's because you've treated this just like all those other
self-help books you have in boxes or sold in your last
garage sale. I'm asking you for 5-10 minutes a day.
That's all it will take.

The only way for you to stop stuffing your mouth full of
junk food, to start that exercise program, to stop any and
all of your bad habits and to program your body's
intelligence to start fighting whatever diseases are
fighting you, is to change the image you have of yourself.
You've got to.

Start today.

You ARE awesome.

Tell that to yourself every single day and it will grow to
be truer every single 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.

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

-- My self-image is that of a winner
-- I am what I need to be when I need to be it
-- I play an important role in the lives of many
-- My energy is growing every day



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Live life fully



“Time is life. It is irreversible and irreplaceable. To waste your time is to waste your life, but to master your time is to master your life and make the most of it.”

-- Alan Lakein


Refuse to feel USED by life! Make full use of it instead.

To do this, we initially need to take control of the time of our lives. Time management is life management, from the inside out. It’s an INSIDE job. You already have everything you need. You have the power to create a life of meaning, fulfillment and joy.

Your challenge is to find what works for you! Review the literature but make your own decisions. To do this, you’ll need to:


Get to know yourself -- your desires and passions, rhythms, styles, challenges, needs and habits.

Be aware that you always have choice. Claim your independence and power to choose what is right for your life, moment by moment.

“Until you value yourself, you will not value your time. Until you value your time, you will not do anything with it.”

-- M. Scott Peck

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Click Here For More Information:-

http://www.thedailyguru.com/higherawareness.htm

How to Be Free of Mr. & Mrs. Fix-It


Mr. & Mrs. Fix-It are those parts of our minds that tend to focus on
what needs to be changed, improved, controlled, or micro-managed in
some way. The birth of Mr. & Mrs. Fix-It comes from the mind's
addiction to finding perfection. The mind is constantly thinking
about what is not "right" in someone, or yourself, and wants to help
"fix" it. Mr. and Mrs. Fix-It actually have good intentions about
helping yourself, partner, friend, co-worker, or family member become
a better person, yet this person only hears the message as a
complaint or criticism against them. Trying to fix others only makes
them feel more imperfect, incomplete, and inadequate. Nobody likes to
hear the message that there is something inherently wrong with them.
The more "fix-it" energy is there, the more problems start
manifesting within the relationship.

Mr. and Mrs. Fix-It create the MOST amount of havoc in intimate
relationships. Have you ever noticed how easily you can feel
alienated when someone is trying to fix you? The more we tend to
focus on what NEEDS fixing within our partner and ourselves, the more
unhappy we feel about our life as it is. This incorigiable "Let's
Fix-Them" energy will only lower your intimacy, feelings of
connection, and love that you have with others. The more you want to
fix someone, the more they respond with the tendency to defend their
turf and try to prove that they are right and do not need fixing! In
the end, you often create emotional tug-a-wars by trying to fix
someone who really hasn't asked to be fixed.

Here are 3 easy steps to liberate yourself from Mr. or Mrs. Fix-It:

1. Get curious about why you want to fix whatever you want to fix.

How is it going to impact you to fix this "supposed" problem? The
important thing is to really get curious about your motivation and
notice if you have an emotional attachment to a specific outcome. Do
you need them (or yourself) to be a certain way for you to feel OK
inside? If you do have an attachment, use one of the letting go of
attachment exercises taught in The 90 Manifesting Program
<http://www.manifestingvibration.com/>; to let it go. Offering support
without attachment can be very empowering for both parties whereas
offering help with an attachment can feel extremely non-supportive
and will often back-fire.

2. Determine if your assistance is truly wanted.
Once you let go of having to help, you can then ask if the person
would like support. If they want support and it feels empowering to
assist them, you are free to offer your assistance. However, if you
feel that they are only saying "yes" to please you (and really do not
want your help), it is best to let go of the whole idea of "fixing"
them. To paraphrase Stuart Wilde, if you see someone lying down in
the gutter in need of help, and they do not reach up to grab a hold
of your hand when you offer it to them, then they do not want support
at that moment. Remember that it is O.K. for them to not want to be
helped because the person's soul is on its own path, and needs to
learn a personal life lesson from the "unwanted" situation that he or
she is experiencing.

3. Refocus your mind on what you love about the person that want to
fix.

If you find yourself wanting to fix a person, take a moment to list
at least 5 things you love, respect, or appreciate about the person.
Keep your mind focused on why this person is really an amazing human
being and what they can teach you. Every time you want to fix them,
just focus on the divine beauty that is already a part of them. You
may be surprised at the changes that occur when you change your
focus.

Letting go of Mr. or Mrs. Fix-It will create an immense change in
your vibration. You will be amazed to discover the joy and powerful
creative energy that is hidden behind this identity. As you let go of
the Fix-It habit, your ability to empower others will skyrocket, and
you will attract the relationships you want with effortless ease.
Enjoy the ride!!

Learn how to manifest the relationships you desire with The 90 Day
Manifesting Program at: http://www.ManifestingVibration.com

Many Blessings
Jafree & Margot
http://www.EnlightenedBeings.com



BIG THINKING PRECEDES BIG ACHIEVEMENT




If you don't have a dream,
how are you going to make it come true?

High achievement always takes place
in the framework of high expectation.
You'll always hit what you aim for in the long run.
So why not aim high?

Have the courage to follow your dreams.
It's the first step towards attaining your destiny.

If you can dream it, you can do it.
The empire of your future resides in your mind.

THE DAILY GURU


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©2006 by Max Steingart
Reproduce freely but maintain © notice
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Make this a receptive day!



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

I open to allow change to operate in my life.

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

ABOUT TODAY'S AFFIRMATION
Of course, change is always operating in your life, whether
you are open to it or not! The affirmations this week
support you to allow rather than push -- for, forward, or
against. The expression "what you resist, persists" is so
true because what you give our attention to -- especially
vehemently -- expands. If an opportunity presents itself
that you choose not to accept, the best approach is to turn
your attention to an opportunity that you choose to accept.
If you say "no" vehemently to something you do not want,
you are in a state of resistance. You have a right to say
"no," and sometimes it is polite to acknowledge someone with
that little word, but the more gently you do it, the better.
You do not want to say "no" with such excitement that the
Universe interprets your fire to mean that you are adding
fuel to the idea. Remember, energy is energy. And,
attention is energy.

ABOUT YOUR PROCESS
I suggest that this week you be attentive to the change you
desire to receive and the change you need to receive. These
may be one and the same, but not necessarily. If you keep
yourself focused on these two categories of change, you will
experience these changes, with less room in your life for
those changes you do NOT desire or need. Today, select one
area in your life you desire and/or need to change.
Tomorrow, also make a selection -- the same or another part
of your life. Then open. Just open. Do not try to MAKE
SOMETHING HAPPEN. Just allow the change to come into your
experience. Continue this through the seven days of working
with the receiving/accepting affirmations.

ABOUT RELATED ARTICLES
Among our articles, we particularly recommend:
"Decisions, Decisions, Decisions for Enhanced Empowerment"
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 Transformation 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 opening week!

Greetings on the 2nd week of July with the theme of
Transformation. During this second week we focus on
Receiving/Accepting Affirmations. Make this an opening
week!

Remind yourself of your over-arching intention for
transformation.

ABOUT RECEIVING/ACCEPTING AFFIRMATIONS and TRANSFORMATION
Opening to receive and accept transformation requires that
you allow the unknown to happen. My empowerment consulting
work focuses on planned change; it also focuses on unplanned
change! Even planned change involves a considerable amount
of unplanned change. As resistance, blockages, and fears --
the stuff you focused on releasing last week -- dissolve or
at least lessen, you can more easily open. But even if you
still have some resistance, blockages, and fears, you can
open to receive what you want. You cannot wait to be
resistance-free to receive gifts from the Universe!
Everything works together.

ABOUT YOUR PROCESS
As you work with the affirmations this week, consider the
extent to which you are open to change, and how you are open.
I do not suggest that you become overly preoccupied with
analyzing your openness to change, just more aware than you
ordinarily are. If you are sensitive to energy, you may
want to do this energetically; that is, consider the extent
to which you notice how energy flows through you as you
face or consider a certain issue.

Here are three examples using incoming telephone calls as a
vehicle for identifying sensory, emotional, and energetic
data. (1) The caller is someone with whom you have a highly
toxic relationship. Your throat tightens and you feel hot
in the solar plexus. Your energy feels blocked. (2) The
caller is someone you have been trying to reach for three
days but you keep missing each other. You are really
pleased to have connected and a smile crosses your face.
Your energy feels smooth and tingling. (3) The caller
tells you grand news. You are excited, almost speechless.
Your energy is smooth and electric.

Of course, you will have your own reactions and descriptions.
The more often you practice describing your responses in
ways like these, the more precise and useful will be your
descriptions. Such an exercise fine-tunes your awareness so
that you can use energetic information to tell you when to
be open and when to be cautious. Being too open in a highly
toxic situation is as detrimental as being too closed in a
safe and loving situation.

ABOUT THE AFFIRMATIONS
If I were to select the definitive affirmation for the week
to represent receiving and accepting for Transformation it
would be the affirmation for July 11: "Dear God, allow me
to see transformation in a way that I can understand." It
is really a prayer asking the Universe (God, the Divine,
Infinite Source, All That Is) to show us transformation in a
way that is understandable to us.

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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July 8:
I open to allow change to operate in my life.

July 9:
I receive goodness from the Universe. I accept constant
change of appearances and the loving constancy of Spirit.

July 10:
I allow empowering change to flow through me, expanding my
consciousness.

July 11:
Dear God, allow me to see transformation in a way that I can
understand.

July 12:
Transformation, you are my ever-changing friend. I am ready
to be with you as a partner.

July 13:
I accept change, expansion, peace, and love in all aspects
of my life.

July 14:
I am ready right now to live in empowered transformation.

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ABOUT RELATED ARTICLES
Among our articles, we particularly recommend:
"Energetics of Integrity"
http://www.mhmail.com/articles/sensing-integrity.html
"Focus of Our Attention"
http://www.mhmail.com/articles/focus-attention.html

ABOUT OUR AUTHOR AND SPONSORS
Sent in the consciousness of Transformation 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 key to creativity



"Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world."

-- Albert Einstein

Do you know the key to creativity?

It rhymes with weed. It produces the oak tree. We often eat it or grind it up for flour. It can mean cause or origination. You guessed it. It is SEED.

Our minds love to associate one thing to another. But as we get stuck in very fixed patterns of thinking, we think of fewer and fewer connections. We are ruled by habits, associations and automatic responses. So we must stimulate our thinking with lots of different seeds to chart new paths in our brains.

“Just as our eyes need light in order to see, our minds need ideas in order to conceive.”

-- Napoleon Hill

“Anyone can look for fashion in a boutique or history in a museum. The creative explorer looks for history in a hardware store and fashion in an airport.”

-- Robert Wieder



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Lemons + Right Attitude = Lemonade



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

"Adversity introduces a man to himself."
-Unknown

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

"Who can help? What can I do? Can a tool help? What's
the worst that could happen? Can I live with that? Is it
possible to put a smile on?"

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

Lots of empowering questions today, huh?

Well, in many situations you've got to keep firing these
kinds of questions at yourself and keep your possibility
hat on so real answers can come to you.

The first step in getting through any trying situation is
to first realize that you can... if you don't break down.

If you don't have the core belief that you can get through
this next thing, then it won't be possible for you to ask
these types of questions...

...Just as if the ability itself to even think of asking
these questions is locked in a vault. Tell yourself that
you believe.

That's why so many millions (billions) of people lock up
and never come up with answers when they need them. They
don't ask the right questions. Why? They don't believe
there is an answer, and if there is, they don't think they
can come up with it.

I happen to live in Syracuse, NY...the snowiest major city
in the US. In March of 1993, a storm roared up the east
coast. Rain, snow, high winds. Not good. In Syracuse,
43" of snow fell in just under 48 hours. Add bone-chilling
winds and you've got a real "party"...

...which is just what we were preparing for that day.

About 40 people (business associates and friends) were
supposed to come over. We had the food. The drinks. My
wife loves to entertain, so she spent the previous 24 hours
buying the stuff and cooking and making phone calls. It
was going to be a party to end all parties.

Well, I'm coming from business in Albany, two hours away,
flying down the NYS Thruway listening to the weather
reports. People are all over the road. Off to the right.
Off to the left. The DJ's saying that any minute they
could close the roads...

...I'm flying. I got a party to go to. And a driveway to
clean!

They closed the Thruway within 5 minutes of my exiting.

My wife was getting really bummed out. It didn't look
good. In fact, if you watched the news, it was a absolute
horror show.

What to do?

I got on the phone. Calling everyone. "Hey! Party's
still on! Bring your sleeping bags and pajamas! Lots of
food. Plenty to drink..."

...nothing. No one can make it. The plows have stopped
plowing. A state of emergency is declared by the governor.

What to do? We're not eating all this food!

Call the neighbors! They can walk. Well, they can
trudge! Yeah! There's the answer I've been looking for!

Soon, we had a bunch of people over eating and laughing
and having a ball! And that was the idea in the first
place.

I have a question for you...

How many times, when you have a situation where things
don't look good at all, do you stop asking the barrage of
questions that bring you the positive answers that will
solve it. Do you ask any?

Or do you ask questions like, "How am I going to explain
this to..." or "Who or what can I blame?"

During that storm, aside from when I was shoveling snow, I
kept a smile on because there are few things in life that
are worth getting worked up about.

Now go forth today and make yourself proud!

Ask yourself to come up with answers. And keep asking
until you get them. Find the lesson that is hiding -
wanting to be found- inside each adversity.

Rarely do champions in any sport end their seasons
undefeated. But they still get crowned Kings and Queens
because they learn from their mistakes and defeats. They
ask, "What should I do next time?"

The ones that don't, go home... confused?

By the way, after Syracuse was pounded with more snow than
any other US city during that unbelievable east coast
massacre, the Sunday newspaper (that arrived on Monday) had
this headline:

WE'RE SNOW KING!

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super successful? Mike Brescia has developed the ultimate
mental conditioning programs that can help anyone wipe out
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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.

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-- I see problems as learning opportunities
-- I focus on solutions and I find them
-- I take responsibility for my moods
-- My attitude is in great hands with me
-- I always find the lesson in each adversity



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COURTESY OPENS ALL DOORS




There is no investment you'll ever make that will pay you so well
as the effort to scatter sunshine and good cheer wherever you are.

The deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated.
If you treat an individual as if they were what they ought to be and could be,
they will become what they ought to be and could be.

Everyone thrives on being appreciated, loved and needed.
There is no stimulus like that which comes
from the consciousness of knowing that others believe in you.

Applaud others when they run.
Console them when they fail.
And cheer them when they recover.

As water is to a flower,
so is praise to the heart of another.



THE DAILY GURU


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Reproduce freely but maintain © notice

How to Open your Love Valve



Your heart is a powerful manifesting vehicle. The more love your
heart radiates, the faster you will attract your soul mate and/or
recognize him or her in your life. Now imagine that your heart has a
"love valve" on it. This valve measures how much love you are giving
and receiving. It ranges from 1% to 100%. Check and see how open is
it right now? How open is it on your average day at work? If you find
your heart is ANYWHERE less than 100%, you are missing out on the
purpose of your life...to effortlessly receive and give LOVE!

This may surprise you, yet as long as your love valve is open, you
cannot get hurt in any relationship. With an open love valve your
partner, friend or family member can be in the worst mood and
say/think whatever they want, and as long as your heart is open your
relationship will remain positive. It's only when you close off your
heart and shut it down trying to protect yourself from pain that
causes a negative relationship to develop.

Here is a powerful technique for keeping your heart open to love:

For the next 30 days, focus on sending love to everyone you meet.
When you see or think about someone, imagine that you are sending
them a ball of warm gentle energy from your heart. Shower them with
love!! Allow yourself to feel what it is like to send people this
loving energy. Practice doing this with the driver of the car in
front of you, your spouse, your colleagues at work, the person in
front of you at the grocery store, etc....You will be amazed at how
you feel after just 24 hours of consciously doing this exercise...

If you find it challenging to find or manifest your soul mate, it's
because your heart (love valve) is partially closed. In fact, you may
already be very close to knowing your soul mate, yet because of past
wounding around relationships you may not even notice them. You can
do an inner journey to heal past relationship wounds inside your
heart and manifest your soul mate at the same time! Click here to
find out more information: http://www.Manifest-Soul-Mate.com

Much Love to you!
Margot & Jafree
http://www.EnlightenedBeings.com


Conscious communication



“If we want to be compassionate we must be conscious of the words we use. We must both speak and listen from the heart.”

-- Marshall B. Rosenberg

Conscious communication requires us to be truly present to what is occurring. When we are unconscious, we both speak to and react to others out of habit. And in the face of what we perceive as someone’s judgment and criticism, we automatically (and unconsciously) defend, withdraw or attack.

To communicate consciously requires attention to two areas:

I need to speak from awareness of what I am perceiving, feeling and needing, and

Through watching and listening, I need to be aware of those same needs in others.

“When we focus on clarifying what is being observed, felt, and needed rather than on diagnosing and judging, we discover the depth of our own compassion.”

-- Marshall B. Rosenberg

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Sonnet # XLVII.



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


Precious Gift



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

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

She did so without hesitation.

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

"I've been thinking," he said.

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

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

Unknown author

When You Look For The Fun, You'll Find It



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

"Experience shows that success is due less to ability than
to zeal. The winner is he who gives himself to his work,
body and soul."
-Charles Buxton

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

"What do I really love about what I'm doing right now?
What could I love about it?"

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

For years, I chased money. I thought if I could just earn
a lot of money, I'd be happy.

Boy, was I wrong!

All I did was work harder and harder and never truly got
paid enough for what I was putting in. So not only did I
not have the amount of money that I really wanted, but I
was miserable to boot!

Sure, I put on the happy face and used all the mental
techniques to get top performance out of myself. But when
the day's over, you've got to be happy doing what you're
doing.

If you're a student, you've got little choice. Go to
class and study!

But look to do something after graduation that you'll
love! If you do what you love, you'll find a way to make
your mark.

Recently, I saw Larry King interview Steve Irwin, better
known as "The Crocodile Hunter." I think he's a little bit
"crazy," but one thing stands out about this guy...

He LOVES what he does!

His mother and father were both into animal conservation,
so he had little choice about his surroundings as a kid.
But he loved it and got really good at it.

None of his friends where he moved to believed that he
hunted crocodiles. So he bought one of the first video
cameras on the market, and filmed himself wrestling with
these crocs. It's AMAZING to watch him do it.

A producer got a hold of one of these tapes and
immediately thought, "This guy's crazy! People will love
it!" He was right, and since then, Steve's life has never
been the same. His show now plays in over 60 countries.

Steve blew me away. And it's not just animals that flip
his switch. No matter what the subject, he is interested,
inquisitive, excited and gets all he can out of every
experience of life.

Do you know what the difference between Steve Irwin and
most every other person alive?

Two things...

One, he loves what he does.

If he were just chasing money, we probably never would've
heard of him... because he wouldn't have stayed in animal
conservancy. His fame and wealth grew out of his passion
for his career.

Two, no matter what he's doing, he's asking better
questions than most people ask all day.

He's always asking, 'What's interesting about this?' 'How
do they do that?' 'How can I make this more fun?' 'How can
we do it better or more efficiently?' 'What can we do now
that will make this job less boring?'

You see, he has to do a lot of boring work... sitting
around observing, writing technical papers, etc. So it's
not all fun and games. But he habitually asks questions
that most other people don't ask...

Every single minute of the day.

How can you make today more fun? How can you make your
work easier today, while actually maintaining high quality
and/or speed? How can you remember the information more
completely?

Keep asking those questions and more like it, and no
matter what you do for a living, you'll be happy and
successful.

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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.

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

-- I'm doing what I love and I love what I do
-- I make my job interesting and fun
-- I ask myself empowering questions all day, every day
-- I look for the fun in everything and I find it
-- Laughing is high on my list of priorities



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Make this a pure day!



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

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

I let Spirit (My Higher Self, God, My Spirit Guides, The One,
The Force, Infinite Source) purify any remaining thoughts
and feelings of despair or ignorance.

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

ABOUT TODAY'S AFFIRMATION
Call forth Infinite Intelligence to handle what you may have
missed during this week of cleaning and clearing. You may
have hidden pockets of resistance; give up the resistance to
Spirit. Spirit can find and clear darkness hidden from you
and can transmute it for you so that you do not have to
carry it any longer. Trust the process as you allow the
purification to be complete in the most appropriate way for
you.

ABOUT YOUR PROCESS
Select your preferred name for higher consciousness for
today's affirmation. After you have invited Spirit to
purify you, you may find that a brief meditation lifts you
higher. So many methods for meditation are possible --
there is not just one approach, though there may be one way
that works best for you. Meditation is the realization of
the divine.

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
"Trust: New Bottom Line"
http://www.mhmail.com/articles/personal-growth-trust.html

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
http://www.jmvoice.com/free-guided-meditations.html
Others are available for sale at
http://www.jmvoice.com/guided-meditations.html

ABOUT THE NEXT TYPE OF AFFIRMATIONS
Tomorrow we begin the second week of the affirmations on
Transformation. Today is an appropriate day to cleanse your
home or office, to empty trash at all levels: physical,
emotional, mental, and spiritual. After emptying out, there
is more room to receive. You may also want to re-visit your
over-arching intention for transformation. Tomorrow we
begin our focus on receiving and accepting transformation.

ABOUT OUR AUTHOR AND SPONSORS
Sent in the consciousness of Transformation 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

Signals



The only survivor of a shipwreck was washed up on a small, uninhabited
island.

He prayed feverishly for God to rescue him, and every day he scanned the
horizon for help, but none seemed forthcoming. Exhausted, he eventually
managed to build a little hut out of driftwood to protect him from the
elements, and to store his few possessions.

But then one day, after scavenging for food, he arrived home to find his
little hut in flames, the smoke rolling up to the sky.

The worst had happened; everything was lost. He was stunned with grief
and anger.

"God, how could you do this to me!" he cried.

Early the next day, however, he was awakened by the sound of a ship that
was approaching the island. It had come to rescue him.

"How did you know I was here?" asked the weary man of his rescuers.

"We saw your smoke signal," they replied.

It is easy to get discouraged when t hings are going bad. But we
shouldn't lose heart, because God is at work in our lives, even in the
midst of pain and suffering.

Remember, next time your little hut is burning to the ground, it just may
be a smoke signal that summons the grace of God.

Unknown author



SUCCESS IS A DOOR YOU WALK THROUGH




You must move toward success,
it doesn't come to you.
The golden opportunity you're seeking lies within you.
It's not in your surroundings.
It's not in luck or chance, or the help of others.
It's in you alone.

Opportunities are all around you.
You can develop them if you apply persistence to your possibilities.
If the door of opportunity appears closed,
just keep knocking on it, and keep knocking on it until it opens.

Be an opener of doors.



THE DAILY GURU


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Reproduce freely but maintain © notice

Make this a positive day!



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

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

I turn my attention from thoughts that suggest there is no
hope for positive change. I turn my attention to something
that pleases me.

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ABOUT TODAY'S AFFIRMATION
Many thoughts and images and ideas existing in society
suggest or even preach hopelessness. Some people just dare
not hope. Hopelessness is flashed across television and
movie screens, displayed in the news, and expressed in casual
conversations. Joyous, vivacious, positive persons give
gifts to the world just by showing up! Joy itself dissolves
fear and hopelessness. You cannot convince a hopeless
person to have hope. You can, however, live in a positive
state of consciousness, demonstrating love which inspires
hope for those who have believed there is no hope for
positive change. Hopelessness -- no matter where it exists
-- signals where to put your light. (Incidentally,
DailyAffirm explores the theme of Hope in January.)

ABOUT YOUR PROCESS
You personally may not be giving your attention to thoughts
and beliefs that there is no hope for positive change. If
you do not, let today's assignment be that you stay
attentive to those thoughts that suggest there is hope for
positive change. It is a matter of choice where you place
your attention. Since life is a series of ever-changing
motion, you choose the focus of attention again and again
and again.

ABOUT RELATED ARTICLES
Among our articles, we particularly recommend:
"Focus of Our Attention"
http://www.mhmail.com/articles/focus-attention.html
"Fire Free Bird"
http://www.mhmail.com/articles/surrender-to-trust.html
"Moving Through Puddles"
http://www.mhmail.com/articles/personal-development.html

ABOUT OUR AUTHOR AND SPONSORS
Sent in the consciousness of Transformation 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 CAN LIVE YOUR DREAMS




The beginning of your success lies in your imagination.
Visualize all the things you want in your life.
Then make your mental blue print and begin to build.

You can make your dreams work and produce for you.
You can make every thought, every fact,
that comes into your mind pay you a dividend.

Your imagination will show you
how to turn your possibilities into reality.
The will to succeed springs from the knowledge that you can succeed.

Think of things not as they are, but as they might be.
Don't merely dream, create.
You owe it to yourself to live your dreams.



THE DAILY GURU


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©2006 by Max Steingart

Don't think away your feelings



“When emotions are managed by the heart, they heighten your awareness of the world around you and add sparkle to life. The result is new intelligence and a new view of life.”

-- Doc Childre and Howard Martin

How do you intellectualize your emotions?

Many of us live so much in our heads that we intellectualize our emotions. We analyze, rationalize and explain them away so quickly that we don’t actually experience them.

Learn to honour your emotions at all times by being willing to feel them. Of course, you may need to exercise some judgment over how and when you express them.

"Learning to be aware of feelings, how they arise and how to use them creatively so they guide us to happiness, is an essential lifetime skill."

-- Joan Borysenko


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Human nature

 

     Every day, bombarded by acts of cruelty, we ask ourselves: how can men be capable of so much evil? The example stretches from Riode Janeiro, where a journalist friend (Tim Lopes) was barbarously tortured to death, all the way to the Abu Graib prison in Iraq where young American men and women who always behaved in exemplary fashion in their own small provincial communities back home end up behaving like monsters.
      In 1971, professors from Stanford University in the United States created a sort of simulated prison in the basement of the Psychology Department. Using no special criterion, they chose 12 students as guards and another 12 as prisoners, all from the same social background, middle class, strict upbringing, dignified moral values. For two weeks the “prison guards” would be given total power over the “prisoners”.
      The experience had to be interrupted after a week: after a few days the “guards” began to reveal a form of behavior that became increasingly sadistic and abnormal, committing barbarities never before suspected. Today, over 30 years later, the two groups still need psychological counseling.
      The idealizer of the Stanford experience, Philip Zimbardo, told the Herald Tribune: “I was not surprised at the photos of the Abu Graib prison in Iraq. This is not a group of rotten apples placed in a basket of fresh fruit, but exactly the opposite: when faced with the possibility of absolute power, people of good sentiments lose all notion of limits and let the most primitive instincts be released.
      Another interesting study was carried out by Stanley Milgram for Yale University. A group of students was chosen to study “punishment techniques”. They stayed on one side of a glass with a machine for electrical shocks, while on the other side of the glass a student had to give the right answers to certain questions. Every time he made a mistake, the students were to apply a shock, progressively increasing the voltage, even knowing that after a certain point they could kill their fellow student.
      The machine for shocks was false and the “student” was an actor, but the students in the experience did not know that. To everyone’s surprise, 65% of the “interrogators” reached what would have been the mortal dose.
      In short, when we are faced with situations that allow us total and absolute control over someone else, none of us can be certain that we will not overstep the limits. But only those who have undergone this type of experience (and, unfortunately, I remember certain attitudes during my youth that would include me in this group) know that at a certain moment we completely lose control and move beyond reason.
      If this is human nature, what are we to do? An old story that takes place in the Pyrenees – possibly a legend – tells how a certain monk called Savin, who came to collect donations in gold for the chapel he wanted to build, passed by the house of one of the most feared bandits in the region. Since he had nowhere to spend the night, he asked if he could stay there.
      The bandit, surprised at the monk’s courage, decided to test him, and asked:
     “You have come here to provoke me. You want me to kill you and steal your money and make you a martyr. If the most beautiful prostitute in town came through that door right now, would you be able to think she wasn’t beautiful and seductive?”
     “No. But I would be able to control myself.”
     “And if a monk came in with gold to build a chapel, would you be able to look at that gold as if it were stones?”
     “No. But I would be able to control myself.”
     Savin and the assassin had the same instincts — good and evil fought for them, just as they fight for every soul on the face of the Earth. When the evildoer saw that the monk was just like him, he also understood that he was just like Savin, and became converted.
      We have good and evil before us, and it is all a matter of control.
      Nothing more than that.

 
 
www.warriorofthelight.comCopyright @ 2006 by Paulo Coelho  

Slowdown Therapy



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

22. Divide big jobs into little jobs.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Unknown author


Sonnet # XLVI.




Mine eye and heart are at a mortal war
How to divide the conquest of thy sight;
Mine eye my heart thy picture's sight would bar,
My heart mine eye the freedom of that right.
My heart doth plead that thou in him dost lie--
A closet never pierced with crystal eyes--
But the defendant doth that plea deny
And says in him thy fair appearance lies.
To 'cide this title is impanneled
A quest of thoughts, all tenants to the heart,
And by their verdict is determined
The clear eye's moiety and the dear heart's part:
As thus; mine eye's due is thy outward part,
And my heart's right thy inward love of heart.

Make this a liberating day!


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I cut negative bonds of attachment to the past. I untie the
fears of the future.

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ABOUT TODAY'S AFFIRMATION
Today, DailyAffirm focuses again on releasing fears. Notice
that there are two parts of that focus: (1) releasing and
(2) fears. You will find it more empowering this week to
give more attention to the releasing process than to the
specifics of what you are releasing. Find a way to make
this playful. Bonds of negative attachment can be like
threads, strings, ropes, rods, or wires. The condition of
the negative bonds is variable: fibrous, rusty, twisted,
frayed, fragile, tough, heavy, tight, thin, loose, rigid,
etc. In your mindís eye, you can cut the negative bonds in
an instant. Positive bonds remain intact.

ABOUT YOUR PROCESS
To what are you negatively attached? a person? a habit?
food? activity? inactivity? a substance? an idea? a
misconception? a fear? nothing? Dare to look, but do not
stay there long. During this week you have a considerable
amount of energy available to release negative attachments.
Ask the angels to provide you with the appropriate cutting
instrument. Or ask them to perform the energetic surgery
while you work or sleep. And, of course, if you wish to
remain negatively attached to something or someone, you have
the choice. I encourage you to make the choice consciously.

ABOUT RELATED ARTICLES
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"Pluck it for the Bucket"
http://www.mhmail.com/articles/energetic-techniques.html

ABOUT OUR AUTHOR AND SPONSORS
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Fall Down - Get Up, Fall Down - Get Up



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Today's Empowering Quote
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"Perseverance is failing 19 times and succeeding the 20th."
-J. Andrews

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Today's Empowering Question
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"Isn't there something else I can try to get the job done?"

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Today's Fast Session

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Awesome message today!!!!

It seems like at every turn, we get confirmation that some
thing that we're working on or something that we want to
happen isn't going to go quite like we planned. I mean,
doesn't it seem like no matter what you're doing- homework,
yard work, packing for a trip, fixing a broken 'something-
or-other,' that it takes longer than you planned or might
not work at all?

And doesn't it get you really upset to invest a whole lot
of time into something and watch it all go 'Poof!' before
your eyes?

Many of us have been conditioned to believe that easy is
best. We're surrounded by examples of this everywhere:

- Why buy the walk-behind mower when you can get a
riding one?
- Stand up to change channels? Just use the remote!
- Why chop, slice and cook fresh food when ready-to-
cook and frozen is available?
- Exercise to lose fat? I'll just get liposuction
someday.
- Adopt healthy eating habits? No way-I'll just pop
this diet pill or magic herb to lose weight.
- Go to counseling or take other self-help measures to
feel upbeat? It's easier just to pop an anti-
depressant everyday.

Now don't get me wrong, there may be instances where these
"conveniences" could be necessary. Someone may need to use
a riding mower if they have leg problems and cannot walk to
mow the lawn. Someone may be helped by an anti-depressant
in conjunction with therapy following the death of a loved
one.

But for the most part, the conveniences that surround our
lives are the result of, and help perpetuate, the "easy is
best" mindset. If it's tough, requires hard work or takes
a long time, many people run and hide!

It doesn't help at all, does it, that the images we see on
television show problems getting solved in 30 seconds, or
at worst 60 minutes? So when our own problems take days,
weeks and years to solve, it's too tempting to give up.
Call it quits...

...long before we should.

It's sad, but many of us, (and I was a part of this group
until my mid twenties), "learn" that things don't go our
way, usually. We believe that nothing is easy. And since
"easy is best," why bother?

In short, we settle.

Eating right, for example, would require discipline.
Can't have that. It's not easy or fun. So we "settle" for
being not that fat and indulge in fast food.

Concentrating and studying would earn A's and B's, but it
means ignoring all the fun things we could be doing right
now. So, we "settle" for just passing grades instead.

Having a vice like a drink or smoke comforts us when we do
try something and fail...like we knew we would.

But it doesn't matter what age you are--you can start now
to begin learning how rewarding and exhilarating it can be
to shoot for something big.

Here's how.

Give yourself guideposts along the way. If your goal has
20 steps, write down what each of them are. When you reach
each one, it's time for a little celebration.

How likely would you be to give up and quit after you
reached a guidepost and it's time to celebrate? Not very,
huh?

Let's say you wanted to run 3 miles per day, 5 days per
week. Look at the existing patterns-can't even walk 50
feet without being out of breath. OK.
One guidepost could be to go for a 20-minute stroll
without getting out of breath. After doing this for a
week, you notice you're no longer getting winded. It's
time to celebrate!

Smile. Write down how you feel right now. Ask yourself
how you did it. Write down the answer. And smile some
more. Laugh if you want!

So you go a little longer now-30 minutes. Once you have
that down, you maybe pick up the pace from a stroll to a
brisk stride. Then you extend your time to 40 minutes.
And so on. One guidepost after another...

And let's say that you've done well for two whole months,
and then you try to jog instead of walk and get all out of
breath, sore and tired. Did you fail?

Listen: Making mistakes ISN'T failure. Failure is
quitting. So did you fail? No. With a qualifier. You
can't fail if you continue trying, and if you attempt to
learn something from your setback. In this case, you just
tried to do too much too soon.

When I started climbing out of the hole I'd dug for myself
in life, it seemed like I "failed" even more than before.
I fell down a lot. After all, I was used to failing...
really failing.

And it hurt. Really bad sometimes.

But the big difference was that I quit quitting. I
started learning what I was doing wrong and corrected it.
And failing some more. And learning. And succeeding. And
failing and learning and succeeding again.

And I'm telling you that the procedure that I just shared
with you is an often used formula of success in all areas
of life. Millions of people have done this. Millions are
doing it today to change their lives right now.

You can, too.

Pick a goal. Doesn't matter what it is. Apply the
formula. And when you're tempted to quit, look back at the
guideposts that you've passed. Smile. Cry. And get
excited...

...Because you're on the right path.

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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 get back up and keep trying after a setback
-- I learn from every non-success
-- When I succeed, I ask how I did it and learn from it
-- At every setback, I ask why it happened and learn from it
-- All my goals give me the chance to succeed many times at
many stages



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Make this a memorable day!




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I release memories that allowed fear of change. These
memories are transmuted as I walk on the path with the Angel
of Transformation.

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ABOUT TODAY'S AFFIRMATION
Memories are experiences from the past that stay in your
energy field at some level of consciousness. Sometimes these
memories teach you to fear -- to fear change, to fear not
changing, to fear fear, to fear.... The growth opportunity
is to let go of the fear. Sometimes you may get distracted
by the dilemma of "to change or not to change." But, that
is not the question. (Apologies to Shakespeare.) The
question today is: How do you let go of the fear (which you
may define either as the object of fear or the fear as an
emotion)? While there are many empowering answers to this
question, here is my favorite: shift your attention from the
fear to something that feels better. Feel the change in you.

ABOUT YOUR PROCESS
Your assignment today (if you choose to accept it) is to
give your fear of changing or fear of not changing to the
Angel of Transformation. Remember that you can not hurt
this powerful being with this fear. Imagine what your life
would be like if you were without fear of changing or fear
of not changing. The useful aspect of fear is to get your
attention so that you act. Physiological changes take place
in your body to gear you up for "fight or flight." If,
however, you have held onto fear instead of releasing it
through physical movement, you store it. Unstore it! Give
it to the Angel of Transformation. That release will
empower you to develop a creative relationship with
transformation.

ABOUT RELATED ARTICLES
Among our articles, we particularly recommend:
"Asking Empowering Questions"
http://www.mhmail.com/articles/ask-empowering-questions.html
"Fire Free Bird"
http://www.mhmail.com/articles/surrender-to-trust.html

ABOUT OUR AUTHOR AND SPONSORS
Sent in the consciousness of Transformation 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 WIN, WHEN YOU AREN'T AFRAID TO LOSE




The difference between great and average is how often you take risks.
Accept risk as a normal part of living.
View risk as a part of the process of exploring your world.
Make note of the lessons you learn
with each chance you take and move on.

Forget about the consequences of taking chances.
Risk opens you to only a temporary change in direction
that can set you straight for your next success.

If you're brave enough to risk,
to temporarily live outside of your comfort zone
for a short period of time, you're big enough to win.



THE DAILY GURU


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©2006 by Max Steingart

"What you say no to defines your life."



--Niki Vettel


~*~ Topic of the Week ~*~

Last week I received an e-mail from a woman who said she felt overwhelmed
by all there is to do during her day. She had the best of intentions to
get certain things done, but at the end of the day, surprises kept popping
up and making other demands. For example, she'd promise herself that she'd
go to bed early, but then notice the dishes in the sink, remember an email
that needed to be sent, or find a video that had to be returned before
midnight. Inevitably she'd end up taking care of these tasks
instead of honoring her priority of getting more rest. She said she felt
"run over by life" and wanted advice on how to handle these surprises more
effectively.

When we feel as though life is running us, it's usually a good indication
that we've forgotten who's in charge. We start reacting to life,
frantically trying to get everything done, becoming the proverbial fireman
(or woman). In this state, we usually look for a way to get more organized
or to handle the craziness more efficiently. But I prefer to take a
different approach -- I like to eliminate the craziness altogether.

In the last several decades life has become much more complicated.
Technology has grown at a rapid pace while our "human technology" -- our
ability to stay focused, set limits, and manage our time in a way that
honors our self-care, has not. For example, years ago when we wanted to
reach someone, we made a call, and, if they weren't in, we had to call
them back. Now, because of voicemail or email, we're left with the burden
of responding to others. If we're not skilled at saying no, setting
boundaries, or sitting with the anxiety that comes from choosing our needs
over others, we end up trying to do it all -- a recipe for feeling
obligated and resentful.

The key to reclaiming control over your time and your life has to do with
learning to manage yourself better. Start by letting go of little things.
For example, when you notice the dishes in the sink or the email that
needs to be sent, make a life-affirming choice. Decide that your self-care
and rest is more of a priority than handling these two items. Or, when
you're tired and you suddenly remember the video that needs to be
returned, just go to bed knowing that good sleep is worth more than the
late fee you'll pay the next day.

Too often I've heard clients say things like "I'll let myself relax once I
return these phone calls or get my office organized," but if we waited for
all of our to-do items to be completed before we allowed ourselves to
enjoy life, we'd wait a very long time. Always remember: The in-box of
life never empties. After a while, as you train yourself to let go of the
little things, you'll realize that these simple changes in your
decision-making process are the first step in reclaiming control over your
life.

Finally, when faced with a stressful situation, put things into
perspective. As soon as you start feeling frustrated or burdened, stop and
ask yourself the following question: "What's really at stake here?" Unless
someone will die because of your inability to complete something, simply
walk away, get some fresh air, and reconsider your priorities. After all,
the quality of your life is all about the priorities *you* set.


~*~ Take Action Challenge ~*~

This week's challenge has to do with letting go. When you start to feel
stressed or overwhelmed, look for one thing to let go of immediately.
Instead of going through email before you leave the office to have dinner
with your family, let it go and enjoy the company of those who really
matter. Or, rather than picking up all the kids' toys before going out,
leave them be and get out of the house peacefully. Remember this: You
cannot make everything a priority and enjoy a fulfilling life. Pick and
choose carefully!

Cheryl Richardson 

http://www.cherylrichardson.com




Sonnet # XLV.



The other two, slight air and purging fire,
Are both with thee, wherever I abide;
The first my thought, the other my desire,
These present-absent with swift motion slide.
For when these quicker elements are gone
In tender embassy of love to thee,
My life, being made of four, with two alone
Sinks down to death, oppress'd with melancholy;
Until life's composition be recured
By those swift messengers return'd from thee,
Who even but now come back again, assured
Of thy fair health, recounting it to me:
This told, I joy; but then no longer glad,
I send them back again and straight grow sad.


You are what you think you are...

"You are what you think you are. If you think of yourself as an
infinite being with unlimited potentiality who is the master of your
universe... then you are! If you think of yourself as a powerless
limited being then you are a powerless limited being. What you think
about yourself is who you are. To change who you are, change what you
think about yourself."

~Jody Sachse


Many blessings,
Jafree & Margot
http://www.EnlightenedBeings.com


THE ART OF THE LONG VIEW


'The maximum time span a person can work with - that
person's maximum achieved time span - measures and defines
that person's level of cognitive power.'

-Elliot Jaques

In 1858, or so the story goes, the caretaker at New College,
Oxford noticed that the beams in the ceiling of the College
Hall had begun to decay due to a combination of age and
insect damage. This was a cause for some concern, not only
because of the safety issues involved but also because in
order to replace the beams a substantial number of oak trees
at least 150 years old would need to be found and
harvested.

The solution came when the situation was explained to the
college forester, who reportedly said, "Well, sir, we was
wondering when you'd be asking about that..."

Apparently, when the College Hall was first built in 1386, a
stand of oak trees was planted on college land for the
express purpose of being available to replace the beams when
they eventually succumbed to the ravages of time. Nearly
five hundred years later, that little bit of forward
planning finally paid off and the trees were felled.

So how far ahead have you been planning? What are some of
the inevitabilities in your life that might be worth
planning for now?

Today's experiment will provide you with a good starting
point...

1. Take a piece of paper and hold it sideways so the top and
bottom are longer than the sides.

2. Divide the paper into a grid of 30 boxes - five across
and six down.

3. At the top of the very first box, write in the year
'2006' and your current age. Mark the next box across
'2007' and the age you will be next year. Continue on until
all thirty boxes are labeled.

4. Now comes the fun bit - fill in the boxes with your own
'best guess' at what you think you might be doing in each of
the next thirty years. Be sure to include both your plans
and your inevitabilities - those things you would like to
happen and those things that you can fairly safely predict
will happen.

5. As you look at the various scenarios you have created,
think about what acorns could you plant today that will have
turned into mighty oaks by the time you need them.

For example, are you liable to want to send your kids to
university at some point in the next thirty years? Then you
may want to plant some acorns in a tax-deferred college
savings account.

Will you be looking to retire? Again, a few acorns planted
in fertile soil now will grow into a lot of quality oak
trees in thirty years.

Are you liable to be dead? (I know, I know, not the
cheeriest thought but apparently it does happen eventually!
:-)

Then some acorns planted in a 20 or 30 year term
life-insurance policy will make sure there's plenty of shade
for those you leave behind...

Have fun, learn heaps and begin planting those acorns today
- you never know when a good solid oak tree might come in
handy!

With love,
michael

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Make this an incomparable day!



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I let go of everything that impedes transformation. I no
longer compare my progress or process with anyone else's.


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ABOUT TODAY'S AFFIRMATION
To let go of everything that impedes your transformation does
not require that you know precisely what you are releasing.
Trying to figure everything out is one of the most effective
ways I know to impede your transformation! Your life's
journey is a private contract between you and yourself. It
is sometimes hard to remember this Truth when you are taught
to compare and measure and evaluate and criticize and
compete. No matter what I might say here on DailyAffirm as
a Spiritual Truth, the reality of practical life may demand
that you compare and measure and evaluate and criticize and
compete. I encourage you to let go of these practices in
your spiritual life. When a critical mass within your
circle of friends embodies this idea, you will more easily
apply this principle to everyday life.

ABOUT YOUR PROCESS
What is your spiritual/divine contract? Great question,
right? Having even an inkling of this is helpful in further
letting go of anything that impedes your progress. As you
ask yourself this question, try not to get frustrated by not
having a slick or finite answer. This single question is a
powerful one you can ask many times each day; many answers
may be appropriate over time in different situations. If
you find yourself in a conflict with another person, ask
yourself what the spiritual/divine contract is between the
two of you. As you begin a new project, ask yourself what
the spiritual/divine contract is in relation to the project.
What is your spiritual/divine contract for today?

ABOUT RELATED ARTICLES
Among our articles, we particularly recommend:
"Asking Empowering Questions"
http://www.mhmail.com/articles/ask-empowering-questions.html
"Decisions, Decisions, Decisions for Enhanced Empowerment"
http://www.mhmail.com/articles/decision-making.html

ABOUT OUR AUTHOR AND SPONSORS
Sent in the consciousness of Transformation 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

Always Do Your Part--You'll Never Regret It

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Today's Empowering Quote
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"I've never known a man worth his salt who in the long run,
deep down in his heart, didn't appreciate the grind, the
discipline... I firmly believe that any man's finest hour--
this
greatest fulfillment to all he holds dear-- is that moment
when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies
exhausted on the field of battle victorious."
--Vince Lombardi

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Today's Empowering Question
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"Why should I try hard today?"

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Today's Fast Session
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Well I can't hope to say it any better than that master
motivator above, but I'll just add a few feelings about
what he said.

Raising children allows us to see the feelings that most
adults have when asked to do something difficult, but who,
with years of practice as adults, hide the fact that we're
bummed out about having to do it. Boy, you can see the
physiology of a child change immediately, can't you? They
can't believe their rotten misfortune at having to do this
task. We adults hide it better...sometimes.

And I'll bet you grumble sometimes too. I know I do.
Yes, yes. Don't be shocked. We ALL do it to varying
degrees, don't we?

But as is one of the major themes throughout your daily
messages, life's not about just playing and doing selfish
things that makes it valuable; it's the giving and the
sacrifice that puts your mark on this world. Soon you'll
be gone. There won't be any more "You" to worry about.

Those of you who still drive while you're wasted won't
like this story.

A few years ago, my wife and I were coming home from
seeing a movie, and we got behind a person who was
completely bombed out of their mind. Stopping in the
middle of a busy 3-lane highway, swerving all over, barely
missing dozens of cars... who all just drove by, getting
where they were going.

It was about 12:00 on a Saturday night, by the way. It
happened to be Prom night for a lot of local high schools.

I couldn't bear the thought of seeing the next day's
headlines about a group of teenagers killed by a drunk
driver.

I followed this person for about four miles and saw 35-40
very close calls with other cars. The 911 operator was on
the cell phone with me the whole time until the cops showed
up. The person didn't even pull over until he/she drove
another quarter mile, driving about 5 miles per hour with
the police car right behind them, lights a blazing!

Now, I had other things I wanted to do at that time (like
getting some sleep!), but someone probably would've gotten
killed without me following back a ways with my flashers
on, warning other motorists to be careful as they
approached this lunatic at 65-70 MPH, with him/her doing 0-
40.

I never got a thank you from anyone, but I saw it as my
duty, even if it wasn't in the plans.

My wife was scared as heck throughout the whole thing. I
sounded like a basketball play-by-play announcer while on
the phone with the 911 operator. "Oh, just missed them!
But he'll have another chance in a second. Ooooh!"

Quite a show.

I guess the message today is, do your part. Sacrifice.
Help someone else that needs it. Put your shoulder down
and work. It's good practice for the times when you'll
REALLY need all the determination you can muster. Try as
hard as you can at every moment.

Soon enough you'll be where you dream of being. You won't
get home any sooner just because you're thinking about it
constantly.

Thanks, Vince. You were right...

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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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-- Today I'm putting my best effort in everything I do
-- I enjoy my work, no matter what I'm doing
-- I see my obligations as life's cost of admission - and
I'm happy to pay it
-- I enjoy the thrill of victory after a job well done



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The Extra Mile



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Today's Empowering Quote
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"There is no joy in getting by on your job - doing as
little as you can. There is a LOT of pleasure in doing
more than you have to. 'And whosoever shall compel you to
go a mile, go with him twain,' says the Bible, wisely."
-Norman Carlisle

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Today's Empowering Question
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"How will I be changed by doing my best at this task?
What will I think of myself?"

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Today's Fast Session
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When we were doing the research for our audio program,
Financial Abundance Now!, I was stunned by a few bits of
information researchers Thomas Stanley and William Danko
had published in their 2 million copy best seller, 'The
Millionaire Next Door'.

Among their many remarkable insights gained by
interviewing first generation millionaires (not inherited)
for 20 years was that even though Russian households in
America account for only 1.1% of all households, 5.8% of
all households in America with a net worth of one million
dollars or more were of Russian ancestry.

So Russians in America are 5 times more likely to become
wealthy in America than the average American household.

It's a prosperity mindset. And that translates into
action and wise financial decisions.

Interestingly, in America, 80% of all wealthy households
are first generation rich. Only 20% are second generation
or beyond.

What does this mean?

Well, one thing it means, according to Stanley and Danko,
is that by the 2nd and 3rd generations most of the wealth
is usually gone. Pfffft! Spent.

See, if the kids are born here, the society orients them
not to the value of hard work, or of sacrificing for the
good of their family, not with teaching values of thrift.
We're conditioned here to be good consumers... to spend it.

All of it.

Hey, man. When the economy is in the doldrums and you're
in serious danger of losing your job, SPEND! Don't get
another job. Help the economy and spend all your spare
time spending all your money! Put other people to work
serving you... 'Cause you deserve a break today!

That's no joke.

Honestly, this session wasn't supposed to be about
finances. The actual topic revolves around the Empowering
Quote and Question. The subject is interchangeable. It
can be about money, relationships, career, health or
spirituality... you plug in your own topic.

Finances just provide an interesting backdrop to how the
typical person in America views tasks - any task besides
leisure pursuits.

Not to say we don't put in long hours. Studies show we
"work" longer than ever before. But our performance as it
compares to what we're capable of doing is, well... it
sucks.

The average person hates doing things that could actually
give them a better life - things that could give them true
freedom of choice.

Listen... the floor you've got to refinish, the walls that
you're painting, the book you have to read and the test on
those chapters are the greatest gift you could ever be
given.

I remember how I used to avoid labor of any kind.

My habitual inner thoughts were,

'How come I have to do this?'
'Gosh, they're picky. It's good enough.'
'Why can't someone else do this? He hates me.'
'I'm too good for this.'
'Oh, I can't wait until this is over.'
'I can't do that. It's too hard.'
'I'll never get this done.'
'What can I spend this money on?'
'The boss is gone. Let's take a break.'
'I'll do it tomorrow when it's cooler outside.'

And I woke up each day dumber than the day before.

Man, your tasks are a part of life. If you shirk your
responsibilities, other people may get hurt, but think of
it this way. You might "get out of" doing something, but
you are hurting yourself more than anyone else.

I was the laziest person alive. Many people told me that.
I was forced to live in a van because of it. I was drugged
out, drunk and stupid for years, yet with some neat
technology, turned it all around and now have choices than
99.999% of all living people don't have.

Why?

Because I began to believe that responsibilities were a
blessing instead of a curse.

Dirty floor? Wow! Cleaning it will be more practice at
being like people I admire... 'do it now' people.

Build a garage? Cool. Think of the space we'll have
after it's done. I'll have acquired some great skills, too.

Tearing down, moving and re-installing thirteen office
cubicles? Ooh, lots of work. But we'll be so much more
productive when it's done. Tons of benefits. Awesome!

What will I think of myself if I do the best job I'm
capable of? What will I think of myself if I put in a
halfway effort?

You see, when you do less than your best on a regular
basis, you see who you are. You can't hide from yourself.
Deep inside we all know what top performance looks like -
what it feels like inside.

And I'm telling you that your tasks aren't punishment from
the gods. They're valuable practice for when it really
matters. Every thing you do, no matter how small, creates
your character. Your self-image is built from how well or
how poorly you do the jobs in your life.
Your gorgeous blond hair doesn't improve your self-image.
Your actions do.

When you leave the kitchen table a mess every day, you're
creating a destiny. If you start lots of stuff, but finish
little, you're watching. You may be ignoring it
consciously, but your subconscious mind knows and one more
grain of sand is put on the "Loser" side of the scale in
your mind.

Get angry a lot? Ever wonder why? It's not because of
what others have done to you. It's often from watching
people in your same station in life gaining characteristics
and opportunities you wish you had but never made work.

It's impossible to act like a loser, to perform poorly at
even unimportant tasks and feel like a winner.

The truth is, there are no unimportant tasks. None.
Every one is practice for the next one, training to help
prepare you for more challenging, more rewarding
opportunities. Practice bad habits day in and day out, and
you cannot perform well or make correct decisions when you
need to.

Every little short cut you take - Every time you lie to
someone to cover up a mistake - Every time you take
something that isn't yours, YOU are watching. No, you may
not get "caught" by someone else. But you caught you.

And that is a whole lot worse.

Ever start to achieve success in some arena of life only
to sabotage it? Try to quit a habit but always go back to
it? Does this happen over and over?

It's probably because you've caught yourself failing so
often, that when you do start to succeed, since you now
don't see yourself as a success, your mind literally forces
the failure oriented behaviors.

I know today's session was a bit of a pummeling. But the
best coaches and leaders who ever lived don't pull punches.
You must assess yourself honestly and understand the
implications of every action you take, or you will
consistently be in spots you can't get out of. Success in
life comes from knowing how to duplicate success from one
area of life in another area. Master success in one area
and you've created the ability to do it in many other
parts. You just need to know the core formulas.

We talked about some critical areas just now. Pay
attention to them. It's vital to your life. Success and
happiness are not mysterious.

It can be predictable. Ask any Russian American.

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super successful? Mike Brescia has developed the ultimate
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intense fears and enjoy huge successes in all areas of
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=======================================


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'm doing what is best for me and those important to me
today
-- I see myself as a winner and do the things winners do
-- I love solving difficult challenges
-- I am disciplined... that is why I'm successful
-- My willpower is growing every day
-- My tasks in life are my most valuable blessings



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Make this a present day!




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I rescind obsolete and limiting beliefs about struggle,
sacrifice, poverty, and unworthiness.

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ABOUT TODAY'S AFFIRMATION
Obsolete limiting beliefs are commitments from the past
which are now outdated and non-current. Statements relevant
to the past which are outmoded in the present can hold you
in limitation now and in the future. Declarations made by
your ancestors are not relevant to your current life unless
you commit to them. Religious, marital, cultural, and casual
statements are often made "forever," which is a very long
time. Here are some examples: RELIGIOUS: Beliefs of
poverty and celibacy. MARITAL: "until death do us part."
CULTURAL/FAMILY: "We will always remain silent about _____."
CASUAL: "I'll never do/say ____ again." Outdated beliefs
can be neutralized -- one method is to rescind them using
today's affirmation. Over the years, I have given this
affirmation or some variation of it to MANY clients in one-
on-one sessions and to participants in workshops. It has
brought tears to many eyes with the realization that certain
vows have held people in limitation, even though the
statements are no longer relevant.

ABOUT YOUR PROCESS
Are you limited by a thought from the past? If you have
done a lot of personal growth work and still feel stuck or
confused, perhaps an outmoded thought needs to be
neutralized. If you have an unrealistic fear that seems not
to have an explanation in the events of this lifetime,
perhaps an obsolete thought needs to be rescinded. You need
not know precisely the thought or past circumstances or
source of your current limitation to benefit from this
affirmation. Feel free to edit the affirmation if other
concepts of limitation or distortion need to be rescinded.
Do not overdo this concept -- if this resonates with you,
work with the appropriate obsolete thought quickly and move
on with your life. If you feel old thoughts of limitation
are not operating in your life, celebrate!

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
"Say Goodbye to Struggle"
http://www.mhmail.com/articles/ending-struggle.html
"Freedom from Bondage"
http://www.mhmail.com/articles/freedom-from-bondage.html
"Rescinding Obsolete Thoughts and Limiting Beliefs"
http://www.mhmail.com/articles/shifting-negative-affirmations.html

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SUCCESS IS A DETERMINED ACTION AWAY




Foolish people with all their other thoughts, have this one too:
They are always getting ready to live, but never living.

Your success will start when you begin to pursue it.
To reach your goal or to attain success,
you don't need to know all of the answers in advance.
You just need to have a clear idea of what your goal is.

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

Develop tendencies toward taking action.
You can make something happen right now.
Divide your big plan into small steps and take the first step right away.

Everyone who ever got where they are had to begin where they were.
Your big opportunity is where you are right now.

A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. Take it.



THE DAILY GURU


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©2006 by Max Steingart

Open to trust


“When I grip the wheel too tight, I find I lose control.”

-- Steve Rapson

WE SEEK TO CONTROL OUR LIVES WHEN WE DO NOT TRUST, WHEN WE DO NOT LOVE. Our ego, perceiving itself to be vulnerable and insecure, uses control in an effort to protect itself.

At the root of our need to control, we find FEAR. It may be fear of the unknown. Fear of not coping. Fear of loss. Or possibly even fear of looking stupid. And as our efforts to control other people and events invariably fail, our fear increases.

Trust, on the other hand, is a quality of the soul. While control is a tool of the mind, TRUST AND FAITH ARE ASPECTS OF THE HEART. Trust comes with the deep knowing that we are spiritual beings in physical bodies. When we trust enough in life to give up our need to control, we can relax and open to the flow of energy in our lives. This brings peace of mind.

"The only real security in life lies in relishing life's insecurity."

-- M. Scott Peck

"Do not abandon trust when your ego thinks things should be different than they are."

-- Wayne Dyer


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Struggle



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sometimes struggles are exactly what we need in our life.

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

Give every opportunity a chance.

Unknown author

Let the celebrations begin!

We all want to be liked, valued, and appreciated,
don't we? And
when we aren’t we usually feel pretty awful. All too
often, however, it's because we care too
much what other people think about us. We live
our lives in
pleasing mode, trying to impress our in-laws, amaze
our boss, have the perfect house, and do our
children’s school projects. We worry more about what
others believe about us than what we know to be
true. We snub the ones who snub us and we embrace
those who like us. We are mirror reflections instead
of independent thinkers.

Now of course, we need to be politically correct at
times, gracious at others, and occasionally
grin-and-bear-it diplomatically when our
mother-in-law corrects our parenting, but we
certainly do not have to be quite so fragile and
sensitive. The fact remains that we will never
please everyone.

This need for approval starts when we are children,
looking to our parents for validation. It reminds me
of a little while
back when I went to visit my in-laws and I spent
some time with
my 10 month-old nephew. Every time he did something
funny or brave we would cheer and clap. He would
laugh and try harder to impress us. I was intrigued
by this natural phenomenon. Searching for approval
is part of our natural make-up. We long to be
loved and admired. And, I'm sure had we suddenly
began to
berate or frown upon my little nephew he, too, would
have felt
devastated, just like the rest of us often do.

The problem lies when this need for approval still
dictates our choices as adults: Does it upset you
when someone you care about doesn’t agree with you?
Does it bother you if someone doesn’t like you? Do
you feel your
trigger being hit and does your body begin sending
you warning signs? Do you get defensive or reactive?
Would you do just about anything to convince them of
your point of view?

But, what if you
can't convince them? What do you do when someone
doesn't like you, approve
of you, or even worse, they don't want you?

Well, for many of us nothing comforts
better than
comfort food when we are feeling down and out.
Others find temporary solace in shopping, gambling,
or new relationships. Some numb their pain with
alcohol, drugs, meaningless sex, or escaping into
their work. Often these escapes become
bad habits. When we feel hurt, upset, or defensive
we harbor resentment and most often we don’t know
how to move
beyond that pain--we don't know how to process
it--and so we end
up self-sabotaging. The pain ends up getting stuck
inside of us and it eventually manifests as some
kind of dysfunction; be it an illness, an eating
disorder, a syndrome, or an addiction.

The first step to moving forward--to freeing your own
body of this pain--and to living your own
authentic life is accepting that you are not
responsible for someone else’s hurtful or neglectful
behavior but you are accountable for your reaction
to it and how you allow it to affect your life. Even
though it's hard to accept, we must
remember
that no one
can make us feel unworthy or unloved. No one can
make us feel anything. Our feelings are "our
own" and they always come from within us. People may
be mean or thoughtless but when we feel good about
ourselves--when we honour our own spirit and have
the courage to speak our truth--we are able to rise
above cruelty and not make it mean anything about
us.


If you find that you are constantly feeling offended
or hurt by others than I urge you to look at what it
is that they are
saying that is triggering you so badly and do the
work of releasing yourself from the fear that
what
they might be saying may, in fact, be true! If we were
honest, it is only statements that somehow resonate
with us as possible truths that
cause us the most despair. Make peace with your
"supposed" flaws. Find the lesson and strength in
them. For once you make peace with you, others will
trigger you less and less!

Accepting other people for who they are doesn’t mean
we should allow anyone to continually hurt us or let
us down. If someone persistently mistreats you, you
need to set stronger boundaries. Ask yourself:
Why are you choosing to surround yourself with an
abusive, unhappy person? Are they like this with
everyone or just you? Are they simply responding
from their own sense of fear? Have you been
neglectful or inconsiderate to them and now they are
safe-guarding themselves? Is this your issue or
theirs?

If you know this isn’t your issue, and they really
matter to you, perhaps you can dig deep and search
for forgiveness and understanding. This takes
courage. It takes realizing that it
is their own fear and feelings of inadequacy that
compels them to lash out at you, not your
supposed flaws.
Remember that a person who is in deep pain either
lashes out at the world or internalizes it and
self-sabotages.

In a gentle and loving way you can tell them how
much you love them but that you cannot allow them to
treat you this way any longer. If they continually
attack you then this is someone you may need to have
real courage with, which means using some
"tough love" and limiting
contact with them until they decide to get help for
their own anger. You don't need to be anybody's
punching bag!

The more you begin to take each negative situation
or distraught relationship to this level of empathy
and understanding, the more empowered you will feel
in your own life. Rather than living in a state of
instinctive reaction and fear, you will live
proactively with courage, joy, and authenticity.
Success will
come easily and eating or drinking for comfort or
plunging into an unhealthy relationship will lose
their appeal. A glass of wine and a great meal will
be a celebration. Making love will become a surreal
union. Shopping will be guilt-free and relationships
will be fulfilling. You will live with passion and
purpose and see the world as an incredible place.
You will be excited about getting up each morning!
And that is the way to live!

Warmly,
Crystal Andrus


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It's SUPER MANifestor!!


By Margot Zaher and Jafree Ozwald
http://www.EnlightenedBeings.com


It's a bird, it's a plane, it's SUPER MANifestor! Able to leap tall
buildings in a single bound, able to manifest any desire faster than
a speeding bullet! SUPER MANifestor is here! Have you ever wanted to
become super human like superman? If we could wave a magic wand over
you and instantly give you super manifesting powers for one day, what
would you do? What would you create, how would you think, and what
would be the first thing you'd experience if you were a Superman or
Superwoman? If you could make anything manifest into your life in a
FLASH what would it be?

Well, guess what? You are already a SUPER MANifestor! You have the
hidden powers buried inside you to easily and effortlessly manifest
anything you desire. Actually you are more powerful than Superman
since kryptonite won't even faze you! Perhaps you may have gotten
super-amnesia and have forgotten that you truly do have super
manifesting powers inside. That is why you are reading this now...to
wake you up into realizing the SUPER MANifesting being that you
already are! Discovering and implementing the unlimited potential
energy inside yourself is not hard to do, it just takes a willingness
to let go of all your preconceived ideas about who you are and being
open to the possibility that you can manifest anything you want. The
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DOING IT daily so that you resonate with this Superman-like
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Start boosting your vibration today by relaxing into the knowingness
that you can manifest anything at will. Get super clear on what you
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dream, the faster it will show up. Lastly, let go of your attachment
to any perceived idea of how something should manifest and trust that
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Talking - From the 'Prophet'



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Unknown author


Make this an effortless day!

Greetings on the 1st day of July with the theme of
Transformation. This is a Releasing/Cleansing Affirmatiwon
in the first week of the month. Make this an effortless day!

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

ABOUT THE OVER-ARCHING INTENTION
If you have not already done so, please identify your over-
arching intention for Transformation. That is, develop a
statement that guides you in the exploration and embodiment
of transformation. 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 31 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
Transformation: *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.

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I give myself permission to release ignorance and jealousy
from every layer of the energy field. The release is
effortless and joyful.

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ABOUT TODAY'S AFFIRMATION
I developed this affirmation over a period of several years,
with input from clients and workshop participants. Here are
the principles:
(1) You give yourself permission to clear (very important!);
(2) You release whatever gets in the way of what you desire;
(3) You clear every layer and level so that the "stuff" does
not just release from your weakest spot causing dis-ease;
(4) You do all the above effortlessly.

And since you have just spent a whole month exploring joy,
today claim that your process be joyful.

ABOUT YOUR PROCESS
I have just given you the formula for today's affirmation.
Now comes more permission: tinker with the affirmation to
make it work for you. If "ignorance" and "jealousy" are not
what you need to release, put in the proper ideas, for
example: fear... anger... resentment. If "energy field"
has little meaning for you, use another phrase, for example:
"every aspect of my being" or "every part of me." Make this
powerful affirmation work for you.

I recommend that you write today and tomorrow'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." This
article is posted at my Web Site, http://www.mhmail.com and
then click on Articles by Jeanie.

ABOUT RELATED ARTICLES
Among our articles, we particularly recommend:
"Writing Affirmations for Empowerment"
http://www.mhmail.com/articles/writing-affirmations.html
"Pluck it for the Bucket"
http://www.mhmail.com/articles/energetic-techniques.html

ABOUT OUR AUTHOR AND SPONSORS
Sent in the consciousness of Transformation 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 transformative week

Greetings on the 1st week of July with the theme of
Transformation. During this first week we focus on
Releasing/Cleansing Affirmations. Make this a
transformative week!

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

If you have not already done so, please identify your over-
arching intention for Transformation. That is, develop a
statement that guides you in the exploration and embodiment
of transformation. 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 31 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
Transformation: *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 RELEASING/CLEANSING AFFIRMATIONS and TRANSFORMATION
This is a week for cleansing and clearing anything that
interferes with transformation or change. As a longtime
consultant for managing change in many settings, I have
observed an incredibly creative variety of methods people
employ to resist change. Some methods are obvious to all,
others are not so obvious. To be authentic to your values,
you must sometimes resist certain change ó an act that
helps you become clearer about your own true values or
desires. However, to resist change just because it is
change thwarts the creative process. And to resist changing
yourself when you want your circumstances to improve is
absurd. Everything on the earth plane changes, everything.

ABOUT YOUR PROCESS
I encourage you to recognize your own style for resisting
change. Do you get sick? Do you procrastinate? Do you
distract yourself? Do you become creative in other areas?
Do you sleep? Do you toss and turn instead of sleeping? Do
you get grumpy? Please be kind to yourself as you ask these
questions. These questions are designed to open you to
possibilities and to a greater awareness of your natural
processes rather than to fix blame or imply you are wrong.
Be in the flow, as you transform your thinking about
transformation.

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.

ABOUT THE AFFIRMATIONS
If I were to write the definitive affirmation for the week
to represent releasing and cleansing for Transformation it
would be "I release the fear of change." It is the fear
about change (or the fear about NOT changing) that is
debilitating, rather than the change itself. I also want to
point out the affirmation for July 2, which I call the "vows
of limitation" affirmation. Obsolete (ancestral, cultural,
religious, marital) vows can keep us stuck in outdated
patterns, in great resistance to change.

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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July 1:
I give myself permission to release ignorance and jealousy
from every layer of the energy field. The release is
effortless and joyful.

July 2:
I rescind obsolete vows of struggle, sacrifice, poverty, and
unworthiness.

July 3:
I let go of everything that impedes transformation. I no
longer compare my progress or process with anyone else's.

July 4:
I release memories that allowed fear of change. The
memories are transmuted as I walk on the path with the Angel
of Transformation.

July 5:
I cut negative bonds of attachment to the past. I untie the
fears of the future.

July 6:
I turn my attention from thoughts that suggest there is no
hope for positive change. I turn my attention to something
that pleases me.

July 7:
I let Spirit (My Higher Self, God, My Spirit Guides, The One,
The Force, Infinite Source) purify any remaining thoughts
and feelings of despair or ignorance.

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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
"Writing Affirmations for Empowerment"
http://www.mhmail.com/articles/writing-affirmations.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 Transformation 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

Judgment creates

“Judge not by appearances, but judge righteous judgment.”

-- Jesus

We know the power of thoughts to create. Consider, then, the impact of our judgments. When we judge someone critically, those judgments have the power to affect the one being judged, if they are open to our perceptions. This is the case even when we don’t say what we’re thinking.

For example, if I judge someone to be fat, and that individual perceives him or herself to be fat and is sensitive to the opinions of others, my thoughts will reinforce their ‘fat’ experience.

Being aware of the impact of our judgments helps us let go of our tendency to judge.

“There are three kinds of violence: one, through our deeds; two, through our words; and three, through our thoughts. …The root of all violence is in the world of thoughts, and that is why training the mind is so important.”

-- Eknath Easwaran

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HAPPINESS IS A BYPRODUCT OF ACTIVITY




Happiness lies in the joy of achievement,
in the thrill of creative effort.
The human spirit needs to accomplish,
to achieve, to triumph to be happy.

Happiness does not come from doing easy work,
but from the afterglow of satisfaction
that comes after the achievement
of a difficult task that demands your best.

Your personal growth itself contains the seed of happiness.
You cannot pursue happiness by itself.
There is no happiness except in the realization
that you have accomplished something.

Happiness thrives in activity.
It's a running river, not a stagnant pond.



THE DAILY GURU


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©2006 by Max Steingart

Live Your Passion



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Today's Empowering Quote
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"I would be banging pillows, thinking I needed eight hours
of sleep. It bothered me for a long time until I found a
doctor who told me to find something I liked to do and consider
it a blessing. I like football."
-Jon Gruden (Head Coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers)

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Today's Empowering Question
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"What do I love doing that is beneficial to me and other
people?"

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Today's Fast Session
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Before I start, I want to make it clear that Coach
Gruden's quote is NOT used today to tell people who have
trouble sleeping, and whose quality of life is compromised
by it, that they should consider it a blessing.

What it DOES mean is that with all the spare time that
most of us have available, the choices that are too often
made are very unproductive and kill any chances of success
and happiness.

Many people don't have the luxury of a spare minute. But
when it comes to true spare time, do you spend it playing
video games, watching TV or sitting in a bar somewhere
hiding out from life?

If so, we've uncovered one MAJOR cause of feelings of
failure. True, wasting time can also be a symptom as well
as a cause, but nevertheless, different choices can and
should be made.

Jon Gruden chose to take his extra 3-4 hours per day and
turn himself into one of the greatest offensive minds in
the game of football. At 34 years old, he became the coach
of a professional team. Many of his players were older
than he was. A few years ago at 36, he was asked for I.D.
just to buy a beer at an Oakland A's game.

Top players all over the league would take pay cuts just
to play for this "kid"... because he's a winner. He pushes
his players to play with desire and passion.
We all like to be associated with winners.

So what's it take to be a winner?

A great place to start is looking at the lives of
successful people. Go to the library and skim the stories
about the lives of the famous. You'll find that they
didn't become known because they sit around. They're not
just lucky. They're not famous because of their glimmering
smile.

This is true even of 'super' models. There are tens of
thousands of women as beautiful as they are. But in
addition to their looks, the ones you see on all the
magazine covers are there because they've worked hard for
it.

After you've become thoroughly convinced that success has
little to do with luck, the second thing you need to do is
look at the thing you love to do the most. I don't care if
you're hooked up to oxygen tanks all day; you have
something you like to do.

So get on the net, join a club and get involved.

You don't have to be as unbalanced as Jon Gruden. Keep
your life together.

But above all else, get involved in the thing that lights
your fire. Without a passion in life, there is no spark.

Every day, I get emails from around the world thanking me
for my work. They come in because I have a blazing fire of
passion for what I do. I love it. I feel like one of the
luckiest people on the face of the earth.

But I work extremely hard at it.

Success in one area of life doesn't mean that everything
is perfect. When you are in the midst of chaos all the
time, you've got to keep up. You've got to strike a
balance.

But as things are changing all around you at warp speeds,
keep one eye on the part of it that you love. THAT part,
despite whatever isn't perfect, will keep your hopes alive,
your moods right and give you faith and energy to work on
the things that aren't yet how you'd like them.

And it all starts with a passion.

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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 watch successful people & learn all I can from them
-- I make the best of every situation in my life
-- I naturally look on the bright side of things
-- I see all weaknesses as challenges that I CAN overcome



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