Month: March 2017

Daily Inspiration 3-31-17

“The only way you can be happy 
is to decide to be happy.”
— Abraham, Esther Hicks 

[Classic post from 10-3-15]

Today, I’d like to share three paragraphs surrounding this idea of being happy and particularly as it comes to relationships from Abraham, Esther Hicks. To have learned this valuable information when I was much younger would have made such a difference in my own relationships.

“When you attempt to guide your behavior by paying attention to how someone else feels about your behavior, you are powerless because you cannot control his or her perspective, and therefore you cannot achieve any consistent improvement in your own vibration or point of attraction or how you feel.”

Wow! The bold is mine because that part of the paragraph just jumped out at me. Of course. I cannot control how someone sees things, because I am not them. The only way I could control their perspective is by being them. They are in control.

“Really, there is nothing that you can do to prevent others from feeling bad, because they do not feel bad because of your behavior. There is no greater entrapment in relationships or in life than to attempt to keep others happy by observing their emotions and then trying to compensate with your actions.”

Again, just a little phrase jumped off the page at me. They do not feel ANYTHING because of my behavior or any one else’s behavior. Whatever they are feeling is a result of their thought either being in alignment with their inner being or inner knowing and would show up as feeling good, or being out of alignment indicating feeling bad. It isn’t me. It is them. At best, it is a personal interpretation of what they think of my behavior. By this thinking and respondent emotion, they are in charge of how they feel about anything.

“The only way you can be happy is to decide to be happy. When you take upon yourself the responsibility of another’s happiness, you are attempting the impossible and you are setting yourself up for a great deal of personal discord.” 

As we learn how this works, we own our own feelings, and as a result of that knowledge, we are in our best position by allowing all others to own theirs. My emotions are a result of my thinking relative to my inner being, and everyone else is in that same position. This would never mean to stop communication, because I think it is now on much more solid ground that it would have been before. That’s a place from which to build.

Now We Can Get To The Heart Of The Matter. 

Spread Some Joy Today–by owning how you feel, and deciding to experience joy.

Daily Inspiration 3-30-17

“People often move 
 from job to job, 
profession to profession, 
employer to employer, 
only to find the next place 
no better than the last– 
and the reason for that is, 
they take themselves 
everywhere they go.” 
— Abraham, Esther Hicks 

[Classic post from 2-12-15]

Abraham & Esther Hicks continues, “When you go to a new place and you continue to complain about what was wrong with your last position in order to explain why you came to the new position, the same vibrational mix of resistance goes with you and continues to prevent the thing you want from coming to you.

The best way to accomplish an improved work environment is to focus upon the best things about where you currently are until you flood your own vibrational patterns of thought with appreciation, and in that changed vibration, you can then allow the new-and-improved conditions and circumstances to come into your experience.

Some worry that if they follow our encouragement to look for good things about where they are, it will only hold them longer in the unwanted place, but the opposite is really true: In your state of appreciation, you lift all self-imposed limitations (and all limitations are self-imposed) and you free yourself for the receiving of wonderful things.”

Today I was talking with a salesman who was complaining to me about what the dealership is not doing that he thinks will make a dramatic difference and he is amazed that they have not done it. He was new to this dealership and I asked if I could give him a bit of advice. I told him to “stop complaining, especially since you’re new and to focus only on the positive things about the dealership, what they are doing well, and to focus on what you can do with what you have to work with.” He said, “I’m not complaining, it’s just that. . .” I stopped him abruptly and said that he was indeed complaining and it won’t help in the least.

It’s interesting how people complain and yet deny they are complaining. Somehow they think they are pointing out the facts and that should be accepted that way, but it has nothing to do with facts because they are slippery things. It was complaining.

The best thing to do here is to begin appreciating, create a book of positive aspects and write the many appreciations down on paper and keep adding to it regularly. That is the solution to the issue. Focus on what is right and good and ignore the rest.

In the mid-1970s, I hired an experienced salesman, then within a few days, I overheard him complaining about the dealership to several of the other sales people. I called him into my office and fired him on the spot. He was a cancer in the organization, and I wanted him to take himself and all that he brought with him somewhere else.

Whatever we complain about, we create more of. Whatever we appreciate, we create more of. Whatever we focus on, we create more of.

“The Secret To All Success Is Keeping Yourself Happy.” — Abraham, Esther Hicks 

Spread Some Joy Today–by appreciating anything and everything that you can.

Daily Inspiration 3-29-17

“People are attracted to you 
by what they see in you; 
they remain attracted to you 
by what you see in yourself.” 
— Mark Amend 

[Classic post from 5-25-15]

The above quote is a fascinating one to consider. What does it mean “by what you see in yourself?” Consider this quote from Abraham, Esther Hicks: “The only thing that makes the difference in the way you feel right now is the thought that you are thinking right now. It doesn’t mater how much money you’ve got; there are joyful people with no money, and there are unhappy people with lots of money. How you feel is about how you are allowing the Source that is You to flow. So when we talk about the Art of Allowing, we’re talking about the art of living; about the art of thriving; about the art of clarity. We’re talking about the art of being who you really are.”

How we see ourselves has everything to do with what we think, and what we think has everything to do with how we feel. How we feel and how we think has everything to do with what we hear and see and read and experience and our interpretation of that. It has to do with the story we tell, or rather, the story we tell has to do with how things are turning out; that is, how we are thinking and consequently, how we are feeling. All of that has everything to do with how we are attracting.

Consider these stories supplied by Abraham, Esther Hicks, many of which are so familiar to me because I used to tell them, live them, and experience them repeatedly:

. . . things that have gone wrong.
. . . things that aren’t the way I want them to be or think they should be.
. . . others who have let me down.
. . . others who have not been truthful with me.
. . . not enough money.
. . . not enough time.
. . . how things usually are.
. . . how things have been all my life.
. . . how things have been lately.
. . . injustices that I see in the world.
. . . others who just don’t understand.
. . . others who don’t make an effort.
. . . others who are capable but who don’t apply themselves.
. . . dissatisfaction with my appearance.
. . . worry about my body’s health.
. . . people who take advantage of others.
. . . people who want to control me.

Sound familiar? Some? All? Consider a new story, a new reality, a new way of life:

. . . the positive aspects of my current subject of attention.
. . . the way I really want things to be.
. . . how well things are going.
. . . how the Law of Attraction is the true manager of all things.
. . . abundance that flows abundantly.
. . . how time is perceptual and endless.
. . . the best things I see.
. . . my favorite memories.
. . . the obvious expansion of my life.
. . . the amazing or interesting or wonderful aspects of my world.
. . . the incredible variety that surrounds me.
. . . the willingness and effectiveness of so many.
. . . the power of my own thoughts.
. . . the positive aspects of my own body.
. . . the stable basis of my physical body.
. . . how we all create our own reality.
. . . my absolute freedom and my joyous awareness of it.

“Each and every component that makes up your life experience is drawn to you by the powerful Law of Attraction’s response to the thoughts you think and the story you tell about your life. . . If you will let your dominant intention be to revise and improve the content of the story you tell every day of your life, it is our absolute promise to you that your life will become that ever-improving story.”

I know this is true for me for I have experienced it and the resultant change within and without. My new stories; my own expansion; my learning of and practicing of the Art of Allowing, all have contributed to a completely different view. Now what I see in myself is far more attractive.

How Do Your Stories Cause You To Feel? 

Spread Some Joy Today–because freedom, love and joy are what you really are.

Daily Inspiration 3-28-17

“It’s not love if it hurts.” 
— Chuck Spezzano 

I grew up in the 60’s, and the popular music of the time that surrounded the idea of love was often a sad affair. The one that stands out and was recorded first by the Everly Brothers and many others long after that was a song called, Love Hurts, written by Felice and Boudleaux Bryant, a famous husband and wife songwriting team.

Some of those lyrics are: “Love hurts. Love scars. Love wounds and marks. Any heart not tough or strong enough to take a lot of pain, Love is like a cloud, it holds a lot of rain. Love hurts. . . Some fools think of happiness, blissfulness, togetherness. Some fools fool themselves, I guess. They’re not foolin’ me. I know it isn’t true. Love is just a lie made to make you blue. Love hurts.” 

Of course, I didn’t know any better back then based on all those kind of thoughts about love, but I have found the eternal truth about love. Love doesn’t hurt. If it hurts, it isn’t love.

There is only Love with a capital ‘L,’ meaning the Love of God, that Love has no agenda, has no demands, has no requirements. That Love is pure joy, pure acceptance, pure empowerment, pure delight. It has no conditions. It simply is. It simply does, and it requires no one to accept it or not accept it. It simply is. We certainly may accept it, and as we do, we are connected with All-That-Is, which is Love. There is no pain here because there are no expectations. It gives freely and requires nothing in return.

All those other loves with the little ‘l,’ are imaginations and thoughts tied to the ego. They have plenty of expectations. They have plenty of demands, and the biggest is that that love must satisfy them. They expect conformity, passion turned on and off at will, my way or the highway, and thousands more. It feels good sometimes, and much of the time it does not feel good, and in either case, it is not Love. Instead, when it feels good, it can be likened to performance–the occasional matching of desires and expectations, subject to change in a moment without notice.

As we see someone or even think of someone that we say we love and feel pain, we do not love them. As we are feeling a loss, feeling sorry for ourselves, we are in charge of those feelings, and they are not love. Love doesn’t feel a loss because Love is never gone. Love is empowering, not disempowering. Love is eternal.

Love does not reject. Love does not harm–ever. Love is freedom, appreciation, and joy. I especially like the word freedom in thinking about Love. It has no agenda that it wants me to follow. I choose as I will, but when it doesn’t feel good, it is not Love. When I am in total freedom, I am in Love. As I am in appreciation, I am in Love. As I am in joy, I am in Love.

Think About The Love Of God. If It Doesn’t Feel Good And Require Nothing, It Is Not Love, And It Is Not God. 

Spread Some Joy Today–by focusing on the pure Love of God, and as you do, Love like that all those in the world near and far. Feel how it feels to Love without any conditions.

Daily Inspiration 3-27-17

“Happiness is the art 
of learning how to get 
joy from your substance.”
— Jim Rohn 

Jim adds that “Happiness is not an accident. Nor is it something you wish for. Happiness is something you design.” It’s purely a choice of how to view whatever it is that we are looking at.

Gratitude is a way to joy. It is joy. Being thankful is the same as being in joy. Rabbi Harold Kushner suggests that this may help us get there:

“Can you see the holiness in those things that you take for granted–a paved road or a washing machine? If you concentrate on finding what is good in every situation, you will discover that your life will suddenly be filled with gratitude, a feeling that nurtures the soul.” 

With just a little bit of intention and practice, finding the magic all around us all the time in things we don’t even see anymore will create a habit of happiness, a habit of being in joy.

Injoy Your Day! Happy Monday! 

Spread Some Joy Today–Remember the clothes that you didn’t have to sew together, the toilet paper on the roll, the refrigerator with food in it, the heat and air conditioning at your fingertips, the smile on the face of the person in front of you. Those few things should bring enough joy to spread!

Daily Inspiration 3-26-17

“As we dabble in our life experience, 
even perhaps creating magnificent things, 
I think that the vast majority of us 
hasn’t a clue how powerful we really are.” 
— Albert K. Strong 

As I was eating some delicious buttered toast and enjoying some Jimmy Dean sausage links, I had this thought: How can all these health experts, all these theories about what causes weight gain or loss, health or lack of it, and more be correct? One says, “don’t eat wheat,” and another says, “don’t eat carbs,” and another says, “eat carbs, more carbs,” and yet another says, “sugar will kill you,” and another says, “avoid fats,” or “avoid calories,” or “avoid protein, or avoid certain kinds of meat, or all meat,” and having only barely touched the surface here, it is enough to drive a person crazy as we try to know which is correct.

Then, it came to me. It was clear as a bright sunny day to me. It’s the Quantum Theory. They are all correct. They all speak the truth. I used to wonder, how can that be? But now I see it.

Quantum Theory in its simplest form is this: Whatever we bring to whatever we are looking at changes the thing we are looking at. Equally, whatever we bring to whatever we are experiencing, the thing we are experiencing is changed as a result of what we bring. 

This reminds me of one of Wayne Dyer’s famous quotes: “Change the way you look at things and the things you look at change.” I have accepted and understood that in a philosophical way for many years now, but after this morning, I understand it in a more practical way.

Look how powerful we are! We can and do change matter! And we do it with our thoughts! Beliefs are the most powerful thoughts, but really they are simply thoughts that we keep thinking and attracting more thoughts like it to reinforce and strengthen our own thoughts creating belief. 

It is so true that as we change the way we see, we change the things we see. So from a more global view, as we look at a thing, a subject, a person, a reality, we bring to it what we have accumulated in knowledge, and more importantly, beliefs and prejudices. This accumulation directs how we are choosing to see all of that.

It’s easy enough to find facts to corroborate our point of view. We do it all the time. Real facts, alternative facts, it just doesn’t matter. We see what we want to see, choose to see. And, they are all fine. They are all points of view, stories, conclusions.

So all of that nutritional information is not true or false, it is true and false depending on your personal view from your accumulated learning.

The only problem we ever really have in enjoying a delightful life is when we stop attracting what we want by focusing on what we don’t want and then pushing against that with the idea that I am right and you are wrong. We are not right or wrong, we would be right and wrong as we choose our viewpoint.

It Is What They Say It Is For Them. I Will Make My Own Decision For Me. 

Spread Some Joy Today–by realizing that it is not joy or fear, but joy and fear. The only real question is where am I on that continuum.

Daily Inspiration 3-25-17

“Everyone has their ego. 
Everyone has their contribution. 
Which do you choose to focus on?” 
— Alan Cohen 

I rarely write or talk about politics. No matter what, it can be a touchy subject with many. People carry a lot of emotional beliefs about politics and it matters not whether they are speaking the truth or even as people believe right is right and wrong is wrong, in truth–and I mean eternal truth–there is no such thing as right and wrong. There only is what is at the moment and my perspective of myself and others in those moments.

I’ve been alive through 12 Presidents of the United States, beginning with Harry Truman, through to Donald Trump. And, I have found a love of history (when well presented) throughout my life, and it seems to be unceasing. In that love, and focusing on United States History, I have studied many presidents at length. This has been quite enlightening to me, and especially when it is expanded in the study of many others who were not presidents.

I am registered as a Republican. I did that because I admired with the greatest esteem, Abraham Lincoln. However, I have rarely voted Republican, nor do I even like the idea of having to choose sides in that way. Originally, I only wanted to vote in the primaries.

In addition, as I was eligible to vote beginning in the 1972 election, missing the 1968 election by a few days of age, and in all the presidential elections, I have voted many times for the one who lost the election. However, I have never let that stop me from supporting the one who did win. The country coming together behind whoever won can be a good thing.

All of these presidents and all of their “men” who all intended to put the country back together again had their own unique ego and disposition. If I were to focus on that aspect of them, I would not be able to see their contributions, which in each and every case was very many. And, many of them were grand, providing much value far into the future long after they have gone.

Of all the presidents in my lifetime to date, the only one I used to have problems with was Nixon, and over time allowing myself to see beyond the ego, I have been able to respect his many contributions as well. Even every president from this century and the last two, of those I have studied, I see the contributions through the facade of the ego and the storms that many were surrounded by.

All of this has taught me the most valuable lesson. That lesson is to look beyond that which I see, hear, read, and to contemplate that there is more below that noise. And, there is a lot of noise that surrounds those in the focus of the public eye.

Consider this quote by Dr. Albert Schweitzer: “If there is anything I have learned about men and women, it is that there is a deeper spirit of altruism than is ever evident. Just as the rivers we see are minor compared to the underground streams, so, too, the idealism that is visible is minor compared to that people carry in their hearts unreleased or scarcely released.”

Each and every single one of us around the globe has an ego. Sometimes that ego is highlighted and debated into a cacophony of noise. At the same time, each and every single one of us around this globe is born of the Creator of All-That-Is, and in their essence–the ‘stuff’ that they were created with–is love.

Sometimes we might have to put on noise-cancelling headphones, close our eyes and ears because of the volume of noise and sporadic activity. But, in so doing, we open ourselves to the wonder of that which we can recognize as ourselves, seeing the more that is in the other person and recognize, the more that is within us, realizing that we are all the same in spite of our many differences.

There Is So Much More To See In Each Other AND Ourselves! 

Spread Some Joy Today–by loving yourself and those that are in this world with you. We are all on a journey to joy in recognizing that we are in essence all created in and by Love.

Daily Inspiration 3-24-17

“If you want 
to be somebody else, 
change your mind.”
— Sister Hazel 

Sounds pretty easy, and I can see that changing one’s mind is the only way to become someone else, and yet something tells me this is one of the hardest things we could attempt.

I think it would be far easier to uncover the real me than to escape into that other person as me. Unless, of course, I had a strong desire to become a skilled and versatile character actor. Besides, finding the real me is the holy grail, after a lifetime of covering it up, smoothing it over, playing many minor roles that life seems to demand of us.

With all this, who has time and energy left to try to be someone we’re not?

But then, if we haven’t already figured out who the real us is, how do we go about that? I know that’s an excellent question because I’ve asked it a thousand times at least. I’ve taken quite a number of tests, went through Strengthsfinder, and ten or fifteen others that are designed to draw out the real me. They weren’t all that helpful.

Yet there is one that was helpful for me and it came from Dr. John Demartini and his book, The Values Factor, and then on his website at www.drdemartini.com, he has a 13-question process to determine my values. He has taught about how our values are what determine what we choose, not the other way around. Of the questions below, many are quite enlightening if answered in private.

The 13 questions that reveal your values are:

1. How do you fill your space?
2. How do you spend your time?
3. How do you spend your energy?
4. How do you spend your money?
5. Where are you most organized?
6. Where are you most reliable?
7. What dominates your thoughts?
8. What do you visualize most?
9. What do you most often talk to yourself about?
10. What do you most often talk to others about?
11. What inspires you?
12. What goals stand out in your life and have stood the test of time?
13. What do you love to learn or read about most?

What is most helpful in this process is that once we figure out who we are by figuring out what our values are, we uncover reams of insight into our life travels and results. As we choose to focus on our core values, we smooth out any rough spots in our travel too. And, in the end, if we still want to be someone else, this is the place to begin to change our mind by changing our values.

I So Value The Magnificent Teachers Who Help Me Along My Path–Even Those Whom I’ve Never Met Except Through Their Legacy In Ink. 

Spread Some Joy Today–by realizing that one of your core values is joy!

Daily Inspiration 3-23-17

“What is wonder?  

Wonder is a belief in what can be possible. 
Wonder is an imagining and a seeing, 
 and a process of expression of the senses 
when one is benefited from an image, 
a miracle, a thought that is so wonder-full 
that all one can do is express wonder in the face of it.” 
— Paul Selig 

When was the last time that you were awash in wonder? Few and far between? Rarely, if ever? Every day?

What I love about the quote above is how it expresses how and what wonder is and how we experience it, and more importantly, how we can experience it as we desire.

We all know that wonder is an amazing feeling. It may be brief, and yet it has a lasting effect on how we feel for as much time as we allow it.

“Wonder is a belief. . . in what can be possible.” Dreams are wonder! A belief is a feeling of certainty. Wonder gives us the power to dream and mean it, to decide and do it, to live it.

“Wonder is an imagining and a seeing. . . “ Does imagination just arrive willy-nilly or do we have the power to create imagination? As we imagine, we can see. I think of imagination as a visual thought.

“. . . a process of expression of the senses. . .” All of our senses come alive in the expression, or it could be that all of our expression comes alive via our senses.

“. . . when one is benefited from an image, a thought that is so wonder-full that all one can do is express wonder in the face of it.” An image. Imagining. Seeing an existing reality, or imagining one. A thought. A whole train of thoughts, visual and non-visual. We can think ourselves into wonder. We can pay attention to the present moment, the present view, and we can choose to see it as we desire to see it, feel it, experience it.

The miracle. If we can believe that it is miraculous that we are even here, breathing, moving, experiencing millions, maybe billions of influences on our physical external self and our internal magical self in every moment. Once we accept the idea that just being alive is a miracle, virtually everything around us becomes miraculous too. If miracles are said to be only of the divine, then we are also of the divine.

I believe that each and every one of us has wonder constantly in our lives. It is not that wonder is or wonder is not, it is are we awake and paying attention or are we not.

Delight In All Your Wonder Today. It Is Exactly Like Walking On Air. 

Spread Some Joy Today–as you experience the wonder in your life. Joy is the recognition of the wonder in your life, don’t you think?

Daily Inspiration 3-22-17

“The universe 
always supports you 100% 
in whatever idea 
you believe yourself most to be.” 
— Bashar, Darryl Anka 

Continuing today on the subject surrounding belief and how we view that and how it controls our reality, Bashar introduces the idea that the universe is always bringing us what we focus on. So regarding the quote above, the phrase, “whatever idea you believe yourself most to be,” this is the interpretation of focus.

I think our focus is based so closely with our beliefs that we cannot discern a difference. 

Bashar makes it clear by saying, “as you believe, that’s what you experience in physical reality,” and adds, “All you need do is be willing to recognize that 100% trust in the direction you prefer will create the reality you desire to experience.”

What fascinated me about this was the idea of 100% in both directions. I can just imagine the arguments against this idea that we are trusting 100% and receiving something that we don’t want, but letting go of that rope will make it clear that it is true. The universe supplied the results after we supplied the stimulus. We were the cause, and the universe is in charge of the effects, which means of course that we are in charge of it all.

Bashar talks of the 100% trust: “You have all always trusted 100% in something. What your society calls doubt is not a lack of trust. It is an absolute unshakable, unswerving 100% total conviction in a negative reality. You always use trust 100%. It’s just a matter of whether you trust in something you don’t prefer or trust in something you do prefer. Now, which do you prefer to trust in–what you prefer, or what you don’t prefer?” 

Then he adds this very important message: “As soon as you decide, however, that what you really prefer you will do 100%, there is absolutely no reason, as far as the universe is concerned, to withhold any less than 100% results from you. You will get 100% of it when you act in that direction 100%. 

100% trust will always–I guarantee it; I promise–give you 100% absolute reflection of that reality. Absolute. You are always getting a 100% reflection of the reality that you define as the most likely reality you are capable of handling. Always.” 

100% Trust. Fascinating! 

Spread Some Joy Today–I trust 100% that I will experience a whole lot of joy today from many sources of encouragement.

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