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Daily Inspiration 9-30-16

“Your work 
is not to fix them; 
they are not broken.” 

— Abraham, Esther Hicks 

I was watching a video from Starbucks about a rural Christian church in Cordova, outside of Memphis, TN. In the video a Muslim group bought property directly across the road to build the Memphis Islamic Center. The pastor was initially upset and began to pray about it and read the Gospels again. He felt they should welcome them, so he put up a big sign saying just that. One of the members of the church told the pastor that he was very upset about this and that he might have to leave the church. The pastor suggested he reread the Gospels. After doing so, the member said that, “it wasn’t them, it was me.” He was not demonstrating the love that is so apparent in the Gospels. He knew it in his heart and so he changed his mind.

War is crass. I wrote that a long time ago. We pretend to seek a world without war. Beauty pageants are known for the women saying they want world peace. We have no power to put that upon the world. In this scenario, it would never be. There are too many variables, and all of those variables begin with us.

If we say we want no war; that we want peace, then the first place to look for it is in our own mind. Are we at peace in our mental and physical life? Is there no war within us or waged around our bodies? We cannot project on to the world anything more than we are ourselves. That would be the height of arrogance and ignorance to attempt to do so. Yet we do, don’t we?

It has been said that there is no way to peace, but that peace is the way. That would be exactly right. It has to begin within. We will know it is when we are in alignment with our Source within. Whatever name we may give that, it has no boundaries and it has no differences. Source is one in many voices. And, we know it when it is in alignment because of how we feel. In alignment, we feel good, we feel that peace that we proclaim, we feel the unconditional love of our Source, we feel good.

When we are at war within, leaving peace far from us, we can be said to be out of alignment with our Source because our Source is love. We know where we are by how we feel. We will be feeling fearful, angry, upset, full of rage, violent in our bodies. We lash out. We inflict pain verbally and physically. We are living in fear.

Whether it is an argument with our spouse, our children, our neighbors, or co-workers, or whether we are encouraged into more fear with other people’s facebook posts about politicians, or this is wrong and that is wrong, we know where we are if we will pay attention to how we feel. If we are feeling bad, angry, upset, disappointed, powerless, we are living in fear. Our Source is not there. We are out of alignment. This is exactly why there will never be world peace. If we cannot have it within and at home, how could it ever come globally? It cannot.

Whatever we want, we must line up with that, and we will know where our alignment is relative to our Source by how we feel.

Let me finish this post with the entire quote by Abraham, Esther Hicks from which I found the quote at the beginning:

“You’re not ever going to teach them how to vibrate, nor would you want to change them all to a place of vibrating just like you. Your work is not to fix them; they are not broken. Your work is to choose from among all of that which feels best to you, and fixate on it as long as it gives you pleasure and joy. And in doing so, you will align with the Energy of your Source, and you will live a magnificent experience. You just have to not let your joy depend upon what anybody else is living, cause that’ll get you every time.” 

World Peace Begins Within Each Of Us. We Each Control The World We Choose To See. 

Spread Some Joy Today–by laying down that rope of resistance and fear. In so doing, joy is automatically released.

Daily Inspiration 9-29-16

“The effect you have on others 
is the most valuable currency there is, 
because everything you gain in life 
will rot and fall apart, 
and all that is left of you 
is what was in your heart.” 

— Jim Carrey 

At the beginning of my commercial truck adventure 
in 1989 at Bidduph Chevrolet in Santa Rosa, CA 

Not very experienced at selfies, 
but here’s the somewhat older gentleman 
that writes these Daily Inspirations today, 
In my uniform of Tommy Bahama shirt, shorts, and flip-flops. 

Today is another milestone for me. This Daily Inspiration is number 2,557, and it is the completion of 7 full years of daily inspirational messages that I’ve publicly posted in multiple venues, via email and on the Internet. The first was published on September 29th, 2009. Yesterday would have been the full completion but I skipped August 10th, 2013, the day my wife passed away. That phrase passed away is such an interesting way to say died, but I like rose above better yet. I firmly believe that she left pain behind for nonstop joy and unconditional love.

Milestones are interesting things. They are simply markers, and really don’t mean anything more than we choose them to mean. Sometimes they can help us move forward, sort of prodding us, daring us, exciting us, challenging us. They can also cause us to reevaluate, reconsider, restructure, abandon, or begin again anew.

If I added up the hours that I have spent doing these daily messages, it adds up to around 250 24-hour days. Wow.

Sometimes I ask myself, “what the heck am I doing?” “Why am I doing this?” “What is the value of doing this, or continuing this?” Sometimes I think I am just putting out dribble, and other times, I felt divinely inspired. My goal has always been to be in touch with that divine inspiration, as it comes through me rather than from me. But, who knows? Maybe none of it has, maybe some, maybe all in some sort of mysterious way.

Then I get a note from a reader saying how much this particular message was just for them, just for now, perfectly received, divinely stated. Sometimes I get several, and in each I am amazed, and reengaged and inspired anew. I think that if even one was touched in that way that it is worth any and all of the time, energy, commitment, and production that I have within me. If I can have just a little dinky bit of a positive, uplifting–indeed, inspiring effect on another, it will be worth it many times over. I love how Jim Carrey began this post with, “the effect you have on others is the most valuable currency there is.”

What amazes me more about some of the notes I get is which messages were valuable to them. Sometimes I feel like I hit the mark with a message, that it was divinely coming through me and might even be a little profound. Then, I write one that I felt missed the mark, was not divinely inspired, and even though it was the best I could do at the moment, I wasn’t particularly pleased with it. Often, it is on one of those kind of posts where I felt I missed the mark that I get more responses. It’s then that I know that regardless of how I feel, sometimes God comes through anyway, and I’m blown away.

It is not completely altruistic. It probably helps me more than it helps others because it is a way of me expressing my thoughts, feelings, ideas, inspirations. It allows me to think out loud so to speak. To gather my thoughts and find a way to put them together so that they make more sense. And if in so doing, others benefit, all the better.

I am so grateful for the few who read these, and I especially love those who bother to take the time to send me notes now and then reinforcing the idea that I might be providing some sort of value to them. They are milestones that encourage me to keep going.

I have learned so much along this path of sharing. I dare say that I am the greatest beneficiary.

Thank You For Your Part In This Co-Creative Experience. 

Spread Some Joy Today–by letting your light shine!

Daily Inspiration 9-28-16

“Honesty is vulnerability. 
Sadly, not everyone 
can handle someone’s honesty. 
However, lying allows people 
to be comfortable.” 

— Shannon L. Alder 

I stated yesterday that I would continue with the topic of holding back. As I looked at the quote above, I thought how that spells out holding back and probably the biggest reason for it at the same time: vulnerability.

Feeling vulnerable is to feel naked on a Friday at noon in Times Square. It is purely fear-based thoughts about holding back, not being enough, missing the mark, recalling past so-called failures, embarrassment, and more. That feeling of being vulnerable can keep us “tight in the bud,” as Anais Nin stated so poetically. But, to quote her more fully, she said, “the day came when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” That is the essence of letting go of the rope; of letting go of holding on; of letting go of holding back.

I stumbled across a wonderful video on YouTube of the actor and comedian (and artist!) doing a commencement address to the 2014 graduating class of Maharishi University of Management (MUM). It’s only 26 minutes which is short for most commencement addresses I’ve watched, and it was pure joy because Jim Carrey is not only funny, he is full of life. To me, he is the embodiment of a cup that runneth over. Yet, the bits of wisdom that this address contained was surprising and enlightening.

Toward the end of the subject at hand, holding back, he said, “You can join the game, fight the wars, play with the form all you want, but to find real peace, you have to let the armor go. Your need for acceptance can make you invisible to this world. Don’t let anything stand in the way of the light that shines through this form. Risk being seen in all your glory.” 

Some will never let the armor go, as the risk of the exposure, their vulnerability, and their need for acceptance keeps them tied to the dock in a ship meant to sail the oceans. We all get to choose for ourselves.

In my case, I’ve learned to release a lot of holding back, but I have often felt more of the time as if I’ve tied myself to the dock, afraid to let go, in the attempt at personal security and false peace.

Years ago when I was studying personal development in the 1970’s, there was the concept of the comfort zone. I even wrote and recorded a song about that. Supposedly, we most often voluntarily keep ourselves within a zone of comfortableness, where we know what we know. It feels good there much of the time, and it can also become boring and tedious. To venture out of the zone of comfortableness is to feel the pain of the unknown. The teachers would chide us into venturing out, taking a risk, and as we chance to move out, the zone is automatically expanded, and we blossom a little. It refreshes us. It can be invigorating.

These are similar ideas and all associated with the potential pain (because it is often a mirage) of risking growth, risking so-called failure, risking being vulnerable, allowing our light to shine even if only a little. And besides, does anyone ever really ever not hold anything back?

Since vulnerability is clearly fear in one form or another, and the opposite of fear is love, then the best we can do at any time is to live in and project love. Not only to those outside of us, but in loving ourselves enough to risk in confidence that love will catch us if we fall.

Whenever we are comparing ourselves to another, or even to our ego-driven ideas of what we should be, we are living in and projecting fear. If that’s where we want to live, fine. If not, choose love more often. We have unlimited opportunities to do just that. We always have the ability to choose.

Are We Willing To Risk Love? 

Spread Some Joy Today–by practicing risking to experience joy, even when others choose fear. Leading by example is always good form.

Daily Inspiration 9-27-16

“You never lose by loving. 
You always lose by holding back.” 

— Barbara De Angelis 

Wow! I have had so many thoughts flowing through me this morning that it was hard to choose one for today’s Daily Inspiration. But, I was prodded by a daily inspirational message from The Universe, a.k.a., Mike Dooley, which struck a full chord in resonance with me: “Just wanted to formally announce, Terry, that the world is indeed ready for ALL of you. Go on. Astonish yourself. Love, The Universe.” 

Here’s a question: What’s the difference between half-assed and incomplete? The answer: The degree of the part that was held back.

Let’s take a peak experience like great sex. You can probably remember when you let it all go, unhooked the chain that held you close to the dock, and floated away in ecstasy. Whether you noticed that in yourself, or noticed it in your partner, or felt it in unison, my recollection is that it is indeed a peak experience. Yet, perhaps, much of the time, it is less than this, and we seek it to be that peak experience, but it misses the mark. The more times it misses the mark, the more frustrated we could get. Then we put all these unspoken expectations on the other.

What’s the difference between anticipation and expectation? The ego.

It seems to be a challenge so often to get out of our own way. We have all this chatter going on in our heads; the cares of the day, the projections of the future, the lack of energy after a long, arduous day. There’s a lot going on inside even when it may seem not so much outside. Our inner world is always very active, to the point that it is a real challenge to lay it aside for even something as glorious as sexual sharing.

We might think, “I wish she or he would let go of the cares of the day and be here now, relax, and enjoy, and perhaps even enjoy a little abandon.” But, no matter how hard we try with our thoughts or our attempts to please, we cannot control what another person chooses to think or do. However, we can do that in and for ourselves. So the first thought would be to choose what we want for ourselves. If the other follows, wonderful, and if they don’t, unconditional love goes all the way every time. 

Abraham, Esther Hicks adds something important here: “The only thing that holds you back from getting what you want is paying attention to what you don’t want.” Taking that to heart will go a long way toward harmony.

Of course, loving without any conditions probably leads to better relations regardless of the time, location, or agenda. Frankly, I think that unconditional love is the ultimate abandon, the ultimate ecstasy.

More tomorrow on this subject of holding back.

Dare To Allow Yourself To Be Free. 

Spread Some Joy Today–by opening that bag of warm fuzzies, and giving them away with abandon. The bag will always be full.

Daily Inspiration 9-26-16

“The privilege of a lifetime 
is being who you are.” 

— Joseph Campbell 

If you were to bother to look up quotes about purpose, and specifically, life purpose, they would be as clear as mud. It’s been said by many that our only purpose on this earth, in this life–our single goal is to figure out why we’re here. Michael Hyatt said, “Your life matters. You are here for a reason. Your job is to determine why.” Right. Like that’s easy or something.

Then, the wise and prolific, Ralph Waldo Emerson, said, “The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.” Hmmm. The purpose of life is not to be happy. . . so I guess we should cross happiness off our goal list, and adopt duty instead. Not for me, thanks.

In attempting to clear the muddy water, I’m clear that this quote from Robert Bryne isn’t much of a filter: “The purpose of life is a life of purpose.” Well, there ya go! The purpose of purpose is purpose!

I love it when famous people say, “everyone has a divine purpose on this earth, and your only job is to figure out what that is and then go do it.” Well, say, don’t you say! Our only job. Hmmm. I guess that I haven’t been doing my job through all these years. And, how would I know my divine purpose when it was shown to me? And, why the heck wasn’t that made more clear at the beginning. I could have just followed the bread crumbs! I woulda had a map. The journey would have been clear. I woulda made all the right choices. I woulda lived a life worth living, a life of purpose, even divine purpose because it was given me at the beginning.

Dribble. It reminds me of the Mission Impossible TV show. Good morning, Mr. Minion. Your purpose, should you decide to accept it, is to find your one purpose. . . LOL. Like rad, man! Bitchin’ I’m digging it. Far out! Well, don’t say, you say.

Some are so confused by all this that they may wander their entire lives trying to find that needle-in-a-haystack purpose that was meant only for them, perhaps disappointed at every little turn. Our only purpose is to figure out our purpose. . . . I’m not one of the lucky ones! I’m a failure. I can’t figure it out. My life is wasted and meaningless. . .

So, I’ll help here. There is no purpose that is not known by you. If you’re here and you’re currently alive and breathing, your purpose is already fulfilled. Cross that one off your list. You’re done. You’re worthy. You’re loved. You’re valued. You’re appreciated. You are enough. 

Let me add a few things that I have learned. They may or may not benefit you. You are you. I am me. Yet, we are all at the same time, part of the One, part of All.

I love Ralph Waldo Emerson, but I have to disagree with him. My purpose is to be happy, and happiness is not something I need to find. It is always there whenever I choose to allow myself to feel it. I always choose. Next, choosing love instead of fear has always worked best for me. Fear is always near, but as Jim Carrey so wisely said, “fear is going to be a player in your life, but you get to decide how much.” I choose very little. Love feels way better. Way better.

I also love how Joseph Campbell said that to “follow your bliss,” is as good as it gets in purpose. Indeed. Bliss is love. Love is bliss.

So, truly, it really is about me feeling good. It’s not about sacrificially serving others, although to do so can be love, as in the life of Mother Teresa, who didn’t sacrifice, because she gave out of her joy. She followed her good feelings–her bliss. As I choose to pay attention to how thoughts and things feel to me, and as I choose to focus on the ones that feel good, I am being more the real me that I sometimes have chosen to hide behind the fear. The more often I “let the armor go,” as Jim Carrey wisely said, the more free I become to enjoy my life journey.

I like how Wayne Dyer said that, “to feel good is to feel God.” 

Your Purpose Is Assured. You’re Here. You’re Alive! The Rest Is Just Smoke And Mirrors. 

Spread Some Joy Today–by letting the armor go and letting your life force shine through your form.

Daily Inspiration 9-25-16

“The pleasure we feel in criticizing 
robs us from being moved 
by very beautiful things.” 

— Jean de la Bruyere 

It’s natural to have preferences. It is not natural to criticize others or something others have done. We need only recognize that we are feeling that this is not for us, turn and move toward what is.

I just love movies, and I’ve seen videos and articles in newspapers from movie critics. Predominantly, they seem to be seeking what is wrong with the film, or what they missed, left out, failed to achieve, and much more. Critical is the correct word. Rarely do I read or see a truly positive and inspiring review.

So, I was thinking today as I was doing some errands that because I love movies so much and I watch them pretty much every single day, I could be a movie reviewer. Except, I would never again want to be a critic. I would be a movie praiser. That’s right. A Movie Praiser. Terry the Movie Praiser. When I would review a new film, I would only write a review if I could praise it. If it was so unappealing to me that I couldn’t sing its praises, I would have to pass on doing a review.

If that were tied to a star rating, that would still be okay, because even if I rated it a 2-star or 3-star out of 5, I would only write what I honestly could praise about it. No negative comments about it. Just praise, or nothing.

Of course, I’ve been playing with this in my life for some time with people, things, events, news, and my own thoughts. I have found so much value in seeking what is good, working, positive as opposed to trying to point out all the faults. I love finding appreciation. And, it always seems to be there as I look for it.

It Just Seems To Flow Better Because It Feels Better. 

Spread Some Joy Today–by speaking joy. My grandmother used to say, “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.”

Daily Inspiration 9-24-16

“Do what you can, 
with what you have, 
where you are.” 

— Theodore Roosevelt 

Easily the simplest advice for achievement, and from a wise perspective. The only thing I would add to this is to . . .

Do Whatever You Can To Enjoy The Journey. Live Long And Prosper! 

Spread Some Joy Today–Life is meant to be enjoyed!

Daily Inspiration 9-23-16

The most valuable lessons 
I have ever learned in my life! 

“The fastest way 
to get what you want, 
is to want what you have.” 

— Albert K. Strong 

I have come to believe as Abraham, Esther Hicks has taught, that desire, or wanting is what draws life force through us, and that without it, there would be no life, or reason for it. So, in that analogy, we are beings in want of something more.

At the same time they teach that by recognizing the contrast that is all around us, we learn what we do not want, or do not like, and that fuels the desire for something that we do want and would like better. And, as long as we don’t push against this that we do not want or do not like–as long as we recognize the value of it to guide us to something better rather than fight what we are seeing or feeling, our desires draw more life energy through us.

I suppose you could say that it is all about something new, some new idea, new direction, new thing, and that may well be true. It can also be true that to appreciate what we already have, we go forth toward something else with a sense of well-being, and that I believe is the best journey we could be on–knowing that we want something, appreciating what we have already got, loving life and the process of growth.

Then I thought that many times, perhaps even often, we might lament what we are not, or not yet, when it seems so much more beneficial to celebrate what we are, what we have become. From this foundation of well-being, we can celebrate what we will come to next, what we will become in the process.

My early mentor, Jim Rohn, expressed some of this idea of becoming this way: “We can have more than we’ve got because we can become more than we are.” He made it even stronger with this: “The most important question to ask on the job is not “What am I getting?” The most important question to ask on the job is “What am I becoming?”

And, one of my Rohn favorites: “After you become a millionaire, you can give all of your money away because what’s important is not the million dollars; what’s important is the person you have become in the process of becoming a millionaire.”

This attitude toward what we think we want as expressed so nicely by Jim Rohn, is the place of well-being. It is in his way, I think, celebrating ourselves and what we already have, what we have already learned, and accumulated–respecting and appreciating this that he seems to indicate is the real journey, or the main reason for the journey at all.

In other words, in wanting this more, will I become more, because becoming more is my well-being, it is my alignment with the Source within me, it is celebrating this gift of life. In fact, the way Jim has expressed it many times that we must become more, because in becoming more, we open a much larger portal to whatever our desires can expand into.

Just as Jim Rohn expresses the idea in becoming more, I like the idea of celebrating where we have been, what we have done or accomplished, how much we have grown, and yes, become. Celebrating is another way to say appreciating, and appreciating what we already have, including all that we have become, is the fastest and best way to venture into our current new desires.

From The Place Of Joy, We Find More Joy, Seeking More. 

Spread Some Joy Today–by celebrating all the joy you already have!

Daily Inspiration 9-22-16

“God does not play dice
with the universe.”

— Albert Einstein

I read about the story when Albert Einstein was approached by a reporter during an interview and asked, “Dr. Einstein, you are recognized around the world as one of the most bona fide geniuses of our century, maybe of human history. Your scope of thinking has covered the workings of the universe from the tiny atom to the cosmos. You have seen your discoveries both evolve and enrich, and also mutilate and destroy the human life you so highly value. What, in your opinion is the most important question facing humanity today?”

Characteristically, Einstein stared off into space for a moment, and then looked down at the ground in front of him. Finally he looked back at the reporter and replied, “I think the most important question facing humanity is, ‘Is the universe a friendly place?’ This is the first and most basic question all people must answer for themselves.”

“For if we decide that the universe is an unfriendly place, then we will use our technology, our scientific discoveries and our natural resources to achieve safety and power by creating bigger walls to keep out the unfriendliness and bigger weapons to destroy all that which is unfriendly—and I believe that we are getting to a place where technology is powerful enough that we may either completely isolate or destroy ourselves as well in this process.”

“If we decide that the universe is neither friendly nor unfriendly and that God is essentially ‘playing dice with the universe’, then we are simply victims to the random toss of the dice and our lives have no real purpose or meaning.

“But if we decide that the universe is a friendly place, then we will use our technology, our scientific discoveries and our natural resources to create tools and models for understanding that universe. Because power and safety will come through understanding its workings and its motives.”

The Decision Is Always Ours To Make.

Spread some joy today–by choosing what feels good to you today. Let the rest choose as they will.

Daily Inspiration 9-21-16

“Every morning 
we are born again. 

What we do today 
is what matters most.” 

— Gautama Buddha 

It doesn’t matter how many times we’ve tried and failed to achieve an objective. It just doesn’t matter. All that matters is right now, this moment, this minute, this hour, this day, today. We could have tried and failed thousands of times as I did when I was ‘shoulding’ my self to quit smoking, and then the next day after all those failures, I focused on that next moment, made a firm commitment and let go of cigarettes. It will be 15 years in April. Thank goodness for the new day and the new opportunity that it always affords.

What do you want to do today? What new thoughts do you want to adopt today? What do you want to let go of today? What new loves would you like to feel and explore? What new joys would you like to add? What act of kindness would you like to act on today? What’s new for you today? What would you like to be new for you today?

Here’s the perfect place to begin: Find something, anything to be thankful for. Buddha said it nicely this way: “Let us rise up and be thankful, for it we didn’t learn a lot at least we learned a little, and if we didn’t learn a little, at least we didn’t get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn’t die, so, let us all be thankful.” 

Being thankful begins every day with the best frame of mind. It opens up new opportunities we didn’t see before. It uncovers the bountiful love that we often cover with cares and worries. It lights the way toward that which we want leaving in the darkness that which we may have been holding on to seeking a security that didn’t really exist.

Celebrate your brand new day today. Celebrate the weather. Celebrate all that you are and all that you have done, so-called failures and all. There really is no such thing as failure, you know. It’s all one step in front of another, even if sometimes we run and hide. Today is a brand new day. Let’s make it a joyous one! Let’s do the happy dance!

Being Thankful Is The Best Beginning Of Every New Beginning! 

Spread Some Joy Today–in your fresh new day!

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