Month: July 2015

Daily Inspiration 7-31-15

“You don’t have to justify 
the good that flows to you; 
it is a given. 
You are of more value 
in the joy of your cross-stitching 
than in the struggle 
of your ironing.” 
— Abraham, Esther Hicks 

We don’t really need to justify anything. And, we certainly don’t need to justify the good that flows to us. That is natural when we allow it, yet often we may not, thinking that we should show that we’ve done something to deserve it. Rest assured. We deserve it. As I said, it is natural. As Abraham said, it is a given. 

I love the second sentence in this quote: “You are of more value in the joy of your cross-stitching than in the struggle of your ironing.” You are of more value in your joy! Of course. You are of more value in your creativity. You are of more value in the joy of expressing your creativity. You are of more value in the joy of your own uniqueness.

Your value is you. It is the allowing of the inner you to come out and play. It is allowing yourself to be the unique person that you are. You have a unique set of skills and attributes. You are of immense value. It is in your joy that you are releasing this and in your joy that your good flows to you.

The struggle of your ironing. I love that line. We’re so busy pushing hard on that iron, pressing it down, hitting the steam button, getting out the spray starch and we’re gonna make this thing perfectly flat and creased in just the right places, and. . . Jeez, I can feel the tension as I write it, let alone think of it, or express it. And yet, so often, this is what we are focused on. We are making it happen! We are doing it. We are taking charge. We are making it do what we want it to do. We are changing it. We are making those stupid wrinkles go away. We are on guard. We are in control.

Not.

Your value is not in the ironing, no matter how good at it you think you might be, or how anal you are about the creases being just right. Your value is not there. That is pure resistance and you know it because it is easy enough to feel that tension. The feeling of that is an indication–no, it is direct and certain guidance that though you think you can control that stuff, it cannot be controlled. It only multiplies. The Law of Attraction insists on it.

Your value is you. Your value is exposed by allowing the inner you, the joy within to come out and play. Your value is always in your joy. Joy is another word for love. Joy is another word for freedom. Joy is another word for peace. You are joy. You are love. You are freedom. You are peace. Your good is a given. As Abraham says, “Ask and It Is Given.” This is part one and two of the three-part manifestation process. Part three is allowing. We allow our good. We allow our joy. We turn off the iron and allow our joy. And, when we are focused here, it only multiplies. The Law of Attraction insists on it.

When Was The Last Time You Skipped Rather Than Walked? Do You Still Remember How? 

Spread Some Joy Today–What else is there worth spreading?

Daily Inspiration 7-30-15

“Peace requires us to surrender 
our illusions of control.” 
— Jack Kornfield 

I used this same quote yesterday. It is very rare that I use a quote twice. I have tens of thousands of quotes all on paper in many files and I notate when and how I have used them to attempt to use them only once; however, this quote is really special to me because it says so much about what peace really is.

Sure it is a letting go of; a release. But, what is special to me about this quote is the phrase, “surrender our illusions of control.” It doesn’t say our control. It says of control. This quote by Jack Kornfield is now easily in my top ten quotes of all time: “Peace requires us to surrender our illusions of control.” 

Yesterday and the day before, I’ve spoken of peace. It is interesting that one of my favorite books, of which I have bought and given away over a hundred copies, is Love Is Letting Go Of Fear by Gerald Jampolsky. In this book, he suggests having one single goal of peace. It makes perfect sense. Inner peace is love. Inner peace is joy. Inner peace is freedom. In fact, I think that is the best way to describe freedom.

But, I have a slightly different point to make today. I was thinking yesterday about this quote and the piece written yesterday, and I felt that I left one very important part out. The part that I left out is our illusion of other people’s control of us.

Surrendering our illusions of control of others is one thing, and a very valuable idea, yet more important I think is surrendering our illusions that others have control over us. When we surrender this illusion, our own inner peace is assured.

I like how Abraham, Esther Hicks said this at a workshop in 1997: “No one can deny you anything. Only you deny it through your vibrational contradiction.” So it is with peace. No one can deny you peace. Only you can deny your peace through your vibrational contradiction. In other words by not surrendering the illusions of their control.

I will end with this quote from Abraham, Esther Hicks from a workshop in 2005: “You are the creator of your own reality, and so you are not in jeopardy. You do not need to control the behavior of others in order for you to thrive. Your attention to things that you think they do that keeps you from your thriving is, in fact, what keeps you from your thriving. . . It is not what they do to you; it’s what you do to you in fear of what you think that they will do to you.”

Surrendering My Illusions Of Control–Other’s And My Own. 

Spread Some Joy Today–by relaxing, remembering to breathe deeply, and pick the better feeling thoughts.

Daily Inspiration 7-29-15

“Peace requires us to surrender 
our illusions of control.” 
— Jack Kornfield 

This flows with yesterday’s post, and I love this quote by Jack Kornfield. Here’s the whole quote: “Peace requires us to surrender our illusions of control. We can love and care for others but we cannot possess our children, lovers, family, or friends. We can assist them, pray for them, and wish them well, yet in the end, their happiness and suffering depend on their thoughts and actions, not on our wishes.” 

There is so much in this one quote. First, peace and surrender. To me peace is surrender. It is letting go. It is allowing. That is a better way to see it: allowing. Allowing others to be as they will, do as they choose to do, think as they choose to think. When we are allowers, we are empowering ourselves with peace, love, and freedom. We are free from all.

Next, the illusion of control. There is a wide range of beliefs that we can control so many things including people. We think we can control how others think, what they do, how they do it. We think we can control our children, our employees, and more. We have the ultimate model of control in prisons, of which we lead the world in quantity. Once we realize that we really don’t have the control we think we do, then control is meaningless. It is an illusion. Letting go of that illusion is required to have peace, don’t you think?

Then, we can be of assistance. We can pray, wish others well. We can see them succeeding, being healthy, thriving. We certainly can be of assistance and that assistance can make a difference. Our attitude or rather our positive uplifting feelings for others in whatever their situation can be of definite help, and it is loving to do so. If we cannot come with this attitude, we are better and they are better that we leave it all alone.

And last, whatever we think, and whatever we may do is of little consequence in the end as to the other person’s situation. Whether they continue to suffer or have happiness is not dependent on anything that we do in the end. It is 100% their choice of what they choose to think, how they choose to feel, what they choose to do or not do. If we are to be truly loving, we will absolutely respect this last bit. People will think what they choose, feel how they choose to feel, do or not do what they choose regardless of what we choose to think, choose to feel, or choose to do or not do. There is great power in this knowing.

Peace Is Allowing And Yet Surrender, As Is Unconditional Love, As Is True Freedom, As Is Pure Joy. 

Spread Some Joy Today–by becoming a better allower.

Daily Inspiration 7-28-15

“Intelligent people 
are those who agree with you.” 
— Alan Cohen 

Having someone disagree with me used to set off a flood of defensive thoughts and scenarios in my head. Criticism of any kind isn’t all that wonderful to listen to. I prefer people who agree with me and like what I do and how I do it. I prefer people who compliment me and build me up. And yet, there are not nearly enough of those kinds of people around when you need them sometimes.

I had a meeting today. I anticipated that there may be some kind of confrontation. No need for details, as they are not the least bit important. What is important is that I was feeling apprehension the past couple of days when I thought about the meeting. Of course, I wanted the meeting to be positive, upbeat and work out perfectly, but my defenses were on alert because my ego was trying to be in charge.

After my morning regular 15-minute meditation, an hour or so later, I decided to sit and meditate specifically on the good outcome of this meeting. After I closed my eyes and focused on my breathing, this thought came to me clear as a bell: I am at peace with disagreement. I was surprised and amazed. I thought, wow! That is interesting and profound. I kept repeating, I am at peace with disagreement.

Then, other similar thoughts began tagging along: I am at peace with disappointment. I am at peace with other people’s anger. I am at peace with problems. I am at peace with what I do and how I do it. I am at peace with my skills, my uniqueness, my work, my values. I am at peace with what I do and I am at peace with who I am. I am peace. I am love. I am joy.

I have never met the person who would be in the meeting, but I envisioned everything going well and me being at peace. During the meeting after getting some feedback and feeling a tinge of defensiveness, I opened my briefcase and wrote on a piece of paper: I am at peace with disagreement. I am at peace with who I am. I am at peace.

The meeting went very well. I was pleased, and I owe it to the energy balancing an hour before the meeting. We have such a tendency to just act, to think that everything is about action, and I have learned that the state of mind is more important. I don’t do this often enough, but I am renewed in my desire to match my energy with my intentions before I act whenever I can. As I do so, the outcome will be so much more to my liking. I’m certain of it.

Try it yourself. Next time you are meeting with someone and you have any defensiveness going on, or apprehension about the meeting for whatever reason, do a short meditation on how you want that meeting to end. See it already successfully accomplished. See how you are feeling after the meeting. Feel the feeling. Then rest in your inner confidence and watch what happens.

I Am At Peace With All. 

Spread Some Joy Today–Or spread some peace or love today. They are very nearly the same thing.

Daily Inspiration 7-27-15

“You get what you feel 
about
what you think about.” 
— Abraham, Esther Hicks 

“Some are beginning to acknowledge: You get what you think about. But we would like to clarify that statement further by saying: You get what you feel about what you think about.

To explain that statement briefly about the subject of money, for example, they continue: “So where are you on the sliding scale of possible vibrations relative to the subject of money? You may often say that you want more money, but if you consistently feel disappointment, or even fear, about not having enough money, then your vibrational offering regarding money does not match your statement of desire.”

It doesn’t matter what the subject is, whether it is about being overweight, having a bad relationship, children that are not doing what you want them to do, a job that is causing issues, it’s all the same. It’s about our focus.

They say that we cannot have a happy ending in an unhappy journey. And, for me, that statement really helps put it into perspective. Being unhappy and wanting to be happy are two completely different and opposing feelings.

Those who go to the gym and maintain slim, healthy bodies, are successful at that because they don’t go because they want to lose weight, but because they enjoy health. They enjoy the exercise, the movement, the feeling during and afterward. They feel good. If they went with the feeling that they hated doing it, their program would fail very quickly.

We need to find a way to feel good about what we want while giving little or no attention to where we are now if we are not where we want to be. And, we will know where we are by how we feel. We could be saying what we want, thinking of what we want, but if our feelings don’t match what we want, it isn’t going to be what we say we want. Our feelings tell us whether we are in alignment with our desire or not.

So, a better way is to get happy first! Then move. Know what we want and feel that excitement and enthusiasm about what we want, then act. Focus on where we are going and not on where we are now.

Creating An Enjoyable Journey For Every Destination. 

Spread Some Joy Today–by borrowing someone else’s joy if you’re a little short.

Daily Inspiration 7-26-15

“We all have a little larceny in us. 
Some make use of it,
others leave it be. 
Of those that use it,
some just play with it, 
while others make it a career.” 
— Albert K. Strong 

I’ve learned a funny thing about seeing people do things that I think are wrong. I guess you could say it might be less wrong than I used to think. My thoughts about that have softened significantly. And, today, I realized part of why that is. It is because I can speak about what others are doing wrong from experience. The pot calling the kettle black, and all that speck in the eye or log in the eye stuff. I’m no goody-two-shoes, but I’ve been known to act innocent as I criticize others for so-called “bad behavior.”

There’s nothing like a slap in the face with your own stuff to wise a soul up. And some people like me have needed it more often than others. I’m better for wising up and that’s for certain.

I wonder how many times I’ve tried to kink the system? Not blatantly, of course. It’s not like I want to get caught, you know, but I’ve been known to look out for number one from time to time. I’ve been known to manipulate and pretend I wasn’t home at the time.

One of the sure signs of larceny is in the desire to punish those who have been caught in their larceny. JUSTICE! We want justice! And, all the time, we’ve got our secret closet locked and the key is in our underwear. That’s where we hide all that stuff we’ve schemed about over the years, broadcast to unsuspecting accomplices, created plenty of fouls and called it fair, and much more.

Even after getting on the wagon, I’ve been known to fall off in the most interesting places. Then, one more time, I’m awakened from my sleepwalking and brought back to the reality that I’m human. Oh so human. And, I know that is just an excuse, but there you go. It’s all I have.

The Answer The Lasts Is More Love, More Love, More Love, More Love . . . More Unconditional Love. 

Spread Some Joy Today–It’s the right thing to do.

Daily Inspiration 7-25-15

“Long questions deserve short answers.” 
— Alan Cohen 

So, here’s a long question: What is the purpose of life? Here’s the deserving short answer: JOY.

I’ve studied life in earnest since I was a youngster, and joy is the only answer that makes any sense. The more I learn, the more I see that is the desired result. Why do we like sex? For the joy it brings. Why do we buy shiny new things? The joy it brings. Why do we work at excelling at what we do to achieve mighty objectives? The joy it brings to have done it and to bask in that joy for as long as we can feel it. Whatever we do, we are hoping, wanting, expecting (or not, because it certainly is a choice!), desiring to feel good, to have more well-being, to be happy, to have and experience more joy.

To me, joy is like being super happy, yet at the same time not flailing about. Yesterday was Friday and I went to the bank to make a deposit. The bank is 2.5 miles from my home office. There are 10 stoplights between here and there. Having made this trip hundreds of times, it is very rare that all the lights are red when I get there. It is equally rare to find them all green.

At stoplight number two, I’m petting Charlie while waiting, and I have been in joy for most of the day already, and am still. A flashy custom, loud motorcycle goes in between our two lanes to the front of the intersection. It’s a beautiful bike with deep red metallic paint. He’s five cars ahead and he’s revving his engine many times with increasing impatience. Then the light turns green. He’s off. First gear, second gear, third gear, fourth. He’s way down there.

I’m cruising on down and we come to the next red light and there he is revving his motor. The light turns green and he’s off like a rocket! I’m cruising casually at the 35 mph speed limit (or close enough), and here’s another red light. And, there he is at the front of the intersection.

Now the odds of this are pretty dang high, but he raced from one stoplight to the other and he won the First One At The Stoplight prize for sure, and I met him at nine of the ten stoplights on red. I think that was fricken amazing. I was laughing and enjoying the whole scene so much, that when I parked and went into the bank, my joy was spilling out of me all over the place. I announced boldly when I walked in at 5:30pm, “Thank God It’s FUN!” (My version of T.G.I.F.) I found nothing but things to compliment, nothing but smiles and joy in return. You give joy and joy is returned!

This feeling of joy is a feeling of connectedness with all of life. That’s why it is deeper than simply being happy. Joy is equal to love. I am so enjoying myself and those around me and if there were something that I would not be liking, it is not even on my radar. Even silly things like the motorcycle guy racing to the next 9 stoplights fill me with joy. And, the best thing is that this is the way I am most of the time now.

This paragraph from Abraham, Esther Hicks speaks to how I have arrived at this place and how we all can do the same: “You will never reach the place where you will not need to be diligent about your choice of thought. Because you live in a world that is determined to show you every pocket of despair. So you must diligently choose. But it gets easier and easier and easier to do so. Right now, it may feel to you like those moments of Connection are the rare ones. There will be a time when those moments of Connection will feel so normal that it will shock you when you get into a place of disconnection.” 

Choosing Is Always Our Choice. I Choose Joy! 

Spread Some Joy Today–and watch it come back at you.

Daily Inspiration 7-24-15

“We often confuse our value 
with our circumstance.” 
— Dr. Steve Maraboli 

People may say things to others, but more likely to themselves, such as, “I’m too fat!” Or if not that blatant, “I’m overweight,” or things like, “I’m poor or I’m broke, or I can’t afford that,” or “my job sucks,” “I hate this or that.” But, none of those things are us. We are not our circumstances or our condition. When we think we are our circumstance, we are often powerless to change because we feel like a victim, that this thing has landed on me and I don’t know what to do.

I think the first step is to realize and celebrate once we realize, that we are not our circumstances. We are independent of it. It may have a current effect on things in our lives, but it is not us. We are the powerful ones, not our circumstances.

In fact, circumstances can be downright inspirational once we realize that we are independent of them. It can help us to get moving and make changes so that our circumstances will be as we want them to be. Broke is a temporary condition, and feeling or being poor is a mindset. Overweight is a temporary condition, fat is a mindset. We always get to choose and we always have power over all of our circumstances. Even if we can’t immediately change the actual circumstance, we absolutely can change how we see it and what we think about it.

That’s All The Power We Need. 

Spread Some Joy Today–by realizing your own inner power to change.

Daily Inspiration 7-23-15

“We don’t serve the world by shrinking, 
but by shining.” 
— Dr. John F. Demartini 

How many of you have ever been talking with someone, researching them on Google, LinkedIn, or in other ways see information about them that makes you think they are superior to you? That they know more than you? That they are vastly more skilled than you? That they have far more formal education and degrees than you?

Maybe you’ve been doing something for 20 years and then you meet someone who has gone further and faster in far less time than you have. Maybe they also make a lot more money than you. Maybe you think they have it all or at least a corner on a bunch of it.

Here’s the best thing to remember any time you might feel that way about yourself. They are also people. In more ways than you might imagine, they have similar experiences and they also have thoughts and feelings about themselves that may not always be self-uplifting. Maybe they too may put themselves below others they see or meet or find online.

Everyone has value. They have value. You have value. When we realize and accept that each of us has value, that each of us is loved equally by our Creator (which is true!), we can allow ourselves to give others praise as we would love to receive praise. We can uplift them and compliment them on their choices, as we would love that someone else makes those same observations about ourselves. We can celebrate their success without diminishing our own.

I have found that when I celebrate others and their accomplishments, the achieving of their goals, living their lives on their terms, I unconsciously celebrate myself. When I look for fault in others and find myself to seem inferior to them, I unconsciously become less in my own mind. Once I saw this happening, I began to do more celebrating of others.

We all make choices. We cannot help but make choices. This is a world of contrast, causing us to know more about what we like and want, which causes us to choose. Some chose long college times getting multiple degrees, others went straight to work and began families earlier. There are hundreds, thousands, or even millions of other choices and each is worthy of celebration from the one making the choices and those watching the events.

The more we celebrate others, the more we open ourselves to the celebration of ourselves. Whatever the choices are, no one is better than another. They each have different results, for sure, but none are better than another.

Which brings me to celebrating ourselves brightly without any thought of we being better than anyone else as a result of that. We delight in our own celebration of our decisions and the outcome, whatever it may be. All choices should be celebrated.

There’s Always A Reason To Celebrate Others, And To Remember To Also Celebrate Ourselves. 

Spread Some Joy Today–It’s a celebration of joy!

Daily Inspiration 7-22-15

“Reach out and touch someone.” 
— AT&T commercial message 

Today, I had several people on my mind and I acted on that message. I gave them each a call. And, guess what? It was perfect timing for all included. That is quite interesting and telling.

There are days where I have those urges and do not act on them. It would have been perfect then too, but I wasn’t at home. I was somewhere else.

The more I get into all of this stuff about knowing myself, the more I see that I just need to follow the guidance in front of me. It seems to always work out. The only roadblock is me.

Thank God My Guidance Is Tenacious. 

Spread Some Joy Today–What else would you like to spread? I think joy is a great choice.

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