Month: April 2017

Daily Inspiration 4-30-17

“As life has a way 
of unfolding as it is meant to,
I have learned to trust life.”

— Linda Thompson

Sign on my wall to remind me to trust and in Whom

In the Bible, in Matthew 7 and 8, and again, in Luke 9 and 10, there are two of the most well-known sentences: “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.”

I really wasn’t a church-goer until I was 45, and then for only about 10 years, yet how can one live and not have heard these sentences? But, hearing them or reading them is insignificant to learning to trust them as real; as truth.

Today, April 30th, 2017 is the 30th anniversary of my realization of what happens when I trusted in those words. It is the 30th anniversary of my meeting my late wife, Nancy, in Hawaii for the first time. She was an answer to my prayer; to my asking with trust and abandon in the power of prayer, and in God. I like to use the word phrase, All-That-Is or The Universe because the word God has such baggage.

I had been separated since mid-1984, and then finally divorced in 1986 from a 16-year marriage. That was a time of change, and all of that was perfect in so many ways. I was doing the dating thing and it was not what I wanted. I wanted more. So finally in 1986, I got on my knees at the foot of my bed and prayed this prayer: “Lord, I know that you know everyone on this planet, and I am asking that when you feel the time is right, that you will put the right person for me in my path, and please make sure I am awake to recognize it.”

I did that for 6-months. Seriously. I didn’t know that I only needed to ask once, and even that is optional since, after all, All-That-Is knows All-That-Is. I won a Chevrolet sponsored trip to Hawaii from the dealership I worked at to Turtle Bay on Oahu, Hawaii. Nancy won the same trip from the dealership she worked at 500 miles away from mine. We met at the first event on the first night on April 30th, 1987. My friend Dallan was along with me to make sure I was awake. Everything happens for a reason. A funny aside is that Dallan now lives on that island and has for many years. Go figure.

Well, we became an item immediately and fell in love magically just like in the movies, and a month and a half later, we were together in Fairfield CA and for 26 years until her passing in 2013. I might say that I’ve never loved anyone as unconditionally as she, and though that may be true to an extent, what is more important is that she taught me to love more fully all people without any conditions.

About 1987-8 at Bodega Bay CA

It is amazing when you ask, trusting that it will be given. The tendency we often have is to be impatient. Are we there yet? Hey, it’s not happening yet! I like this shared thought by Sharon Salzberg: “Patience doesn’t mean making a pact with the devil of denial, ignoring our emotions and aspirations. It means being wholeheartedly engaged in the process that’s unfolding, rather than ripping open a budding flower or demanding a caterpillar hurry up and get that chrysalis stage over with.”

I have a wonderful guided meditation that I listen to quite often that is a free download from Mira Kelley on her website. It’s called Trust. It is so powerful. With all that goes on around us, it is harder sometimes to trust in that which we cannot see with our earthly eyes, and to let go and surrender to that unseen power, and yet it is there. I have been convinced enough times beginning with this story to know for sure. This meditation reminds me to trust and to surrender to that power with every listen.

One last thing I want to leave you with if you’ve come this far, and that is that you don’t need to know exactly what you want. The Universe knows. Allow yourself the flexibility to be surprised and amazed and delighted. Trust that what you need and what you don’t even know fully that you want will come to pass in synchronicity that will astound you. Just like the story I just told.

It would have been impossible for me to plan what happened. I simply had to trust and surrender that God was in control and that what I was asking was given. It was given at the moment of my asking, and my surrender was the patience to watch it unfold before my awe-struck eyes.

Surrender Doesn’t Mean Giving Up And Trust Doesn’t Mean Giving In. 

Spread Some Joy Today–by injoying all that life has brought to you so far and with a renewed anticipation of the power of more unfolding in your trust that you get what you ask for.

Daily Inspiration 4-29-17

“Your emotions 
are absolute indicators 
of your vibrational content.” 

— Abraham, Esther Hicks 

Yes, and here’s the power in that statement from Abraham: “Once you understand the clarity that your emotions provide, you will never again not know what you are doing with your current thought. You will always be aware of whether you are, in this moment, moving toward or away from your intended goal or desire.” 

When I truly began to understand the power of the guidance that is within me, it changed my life. I stopped blaming things, people or circumstances. I started understanding that as I felt negative emotion it only meant that I was out of alignment with the Source within me. It became like an audible warning going off when I was moving away from what I wanted much like those grooves on the side of roads that make the tires vibrate and make noise.

If I were blaming something for causing this, I would be the victim and I’ve had plenty of that in my earlier life. The powerlessness of victim-hood is such an ugly feeling. But, when I realize that I am only being guided by my Inner Spirit to become aware of what I am now choosing, I can be awakened to a better feeling choice.

I love the simplicity of this guidance. It is easy to see how it works.

Vibration is spoken as part of this and to many, it may seem that the idea of vibration and how we are vibrating is harder to understand. Yet, everything is vibration at a wide range of different frequencies. This is where the idea of resonance helped me. As I am choosing thoughts that cause me to feel negative emotion, I am vibrating in discordance with my Inner Being. As I am feeling positive emotions, I am in resonance. We can easily feel that difference, which helped me to understand so much better the way all of this knowledge is allowing me to know how I get what I get. And, if I am not liking what I am getting, I know what to do about it.

Personal Power Is Within Us All. 

Spread Some Joy Today–by following your own internal guidance toward that delightful end.

Daily Inspiration 4-28-17

“What is the happiest thought 
you can think at this moment?” 

— Christian Almayrac 

Enjoy that thought! How about another? And another? And another? Until you are walking on air on this beautiful Friday!

Look At All The Power You Have Over Reality! Who Knew? 

Spread Some Joy Today–by carrying on with yo happy thoughtful self.

Daily Inspiration 4-27-17

“That which sticks in our craw 
is what creates our dis-ease.” 

— Albert K. Strong 

Nelson Mandela said, “As I walked out the door toward the gate that would lead to my freedom, I knew if I didn’t leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I’d still be in prison.” That is stating what he is bringing with him or leaving behind. Sometimes it may be a challenge to leave behind something that has ruled our lives for a time, however long it may have been.

But, my favorite quote by Nelson Mandela is how that bitterness or hatred, however, we think it may be directed, or however we think it may be justified is not doing anything but damaging ourselves. He said, “Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies.” That which sticks in our craw creates our dis-ease.

Yet, I have to add one more from Nelson: “No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”

No one is born hating, pushing against, being in resistance. It is all learned. From our parents, teachers, peers, friends, the media in all its forms. With all of this, it is easy to have things stick in our craws. And look at all the diseases we have created even in the last 50 years compared to all of human-time.

It is easy to think that the negative baggage of beliefs that we have are there because they are real and true, but they are no more real and true than anything that we have learned and accepted. We often may even feel as if that baggage has power over us, and that is only true as we accept that premise. The real truth is that we are infinitely more powerful than any belief we choose to hold. Accepting being a victim or accepting being in full control is purely a choice, along with all the levels in between. We choose it all and create our own world as a result of those choices.

Michael A. Singer, in his ground-breaking book, The Untethered Soul, is teaching how to clear the craw by allowing everything to flow through us, accepting it as it is, yet not giving it any other power or meaning, and certainly not holding on to any of it. As it flows through, we are continually cleared and free. The only harm that ever comes is from allowing things to stick causing a blockage and creating stagnation.

Some people say that we have to accept the world as it is, things as they are, and fight, fight, fight for what we want. I like how Alan Cohen puts that into perspective. He says, “If you must accept what is, then accept the presence of love, beauty, abundance, and perfection.” 

Finally, how do we know where we are? By how we feel. I know what love, beauty, abundance, peace, and joy feel like. I also have experienced and so know what hatred, anger, resentment, powerlessness feel like. You could say that if it feels good, it is, and if it doesn’t feel good, it is. If it feels good, it flows, and if it doesn’t feel good, it sticks. That’s how we can know and then choose as we will.

Letting Go Permits The Flow And Creates The Glow. 

Spread Some Joy Today–by rising above and seeing yourself anew.

Daily Inspiration 4-26-17

“We can complain because
rose bushes have thorns,
or rejoice because
thorn bushes have roses.”

— Abraham Lincoln

The phrase in the image above about positive thinking is quite interesting to me. I’ve heard it said to my face, and when it was, it was all about frustration with a whole lot of resistance going on.

Whether thinking that resistance is like holding onto a rope as in the tug-o-war game resisting the pull of some opponent, or pushing against something that we don’t like or don’t want, in either case, and in all cases of resistance, we’re not yet ready to hear how that struggle need not be. Or, maybe it does need to be. We grow in all situations and sometimes we create without awareness to bring challenges that we have to figure out.

So is positive thinking bullshit? It is if you are in resistance to it, and it isn’t if you are not. Simple truth.

I laughed when I first saw this image and saved it for a later time (now!). Then this morning, I Googled it (isn’t it interesting how we now say that phrase so easily) only to find a whole lot of videos on the subject, and plenty of articles, many by experts.

I read one just for fun and it made me laugh all the more. It made it sound like because positive thinking is bullshit that negative thinking rules. Well, there is some truth to that if you look around; however, there is no truth in that if you look around. Just as Abraham Lincoln stated, we can focus on the so-called negative of the rose bush or the so-called positive of the thorn bush. And, yesterday’s lead quote by Helen Keller is worth repeating here: “Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it.”

There seems to be a natural draw or attraction to negative thinking. I know why that is now. It is the ego. The ego is perfect for what it is good at, but it likes to pretend that it is good at everything. But, it is not. It has a very limited scope of usefulness, and yet it is the white noise of the voice in our heads. It pretends to be us, but it is not us. We are much higher up than where the ego lives. It’s good to remember this.

As we take charge as if we are even above our body, which in reality we are, we can see how all this is working within us and surrounding us. This gives us perspective. We then can choose what to focus on. From this perspective would I choose negative thinking? Why? I like roses. And, I can appreciate thorns. That’s not bullshit to me. It’s living a life of joy instead of pain.

I spent more time on Facebook the last couple of days than usual. There are so many positive things there. And, of course, there are negative ones too. One was looking for sympathy in a broken relationship and after reading the story and knowing the person, I put something positive there. Then another post from the same person complaining more, so I posted again something uplifting, or meant to be uplifting. But, I’m certain that this person was thinking, positive thinking is bullshit.

I rarely ‘swim upstream’ with people anymore, but once in a while I indulge myself in attempting to point out the rose within the thorns. We can’t really change people. Only they can change themselves. Sometimes a positive uplifting word or thought might be of benefit, but generally when people are in resistance, there they are until they decide for whatever reason in their own sweet time that they are tired of that and want something better.

Until then, I fully understand that positive thinking is all bullshit.

“Minds Are Like Flowers, They Only Open When The Time Is Right.” — Stephen Richards

Spread Some Joy Today–by accepting yourself as yourself and by learning more about who you are, what you are, and how you serve.

Daily Inspiration 4-25-17

“Although the world

is full of suffering,

it is full also of

the overcoming of it.”

— Helen Keller

There is a popular phrase that says, what you see is what you get. So, we might think that as we see something that everyone will see what we see. There it is for all to see, right? Simple.

But, it is not so simple. It is less what we see and more what we bring to what we see that dictates what we see. One person might see suffering, and another someone on the journey of wholeness, expansion, growth, gaining in strength, adding more wisdom. Those two people each bring something different to the scene that they view.

I like how Abraham, Esther Hicks explains this: “There are as many different worlds as there are perceivers or Beings or individuals. You are not here to create one world where everyone is the same, wanting and getting the same. You are here to be that which you want to be, while you allow all others to be that which they want to be.”

That last line could be stated this way: “You are here to see that which you want to see, while you allow all others to see that which they want to see.”

Seeing Is Believing? I Think It Is More Likely This: Believing Is Seeing.

Spread Some Joy Today–as you enjoy your own unique perspective of what you see today. I hope it is a delightful view.

Daily Inspiration 4-24-17

“I’ve come to a place in my life
where I want what I already have.”

— Terry Minion

Wanting. We can’t stop it. We are always wanting, and more often than not, it is something we don’t have at the moment. It could be tickets to a concert, or a complete change in geography and venue, or virtually billions of things. We do it all day long too. When we see or experience what we realize we don’t want or don’t care for, this automatically causes us to want something better or different. It’s a perfect system of moving through the living of life experience on the big spinning ball called Earth.

I don’t travel much anymore. I used to travel so much that I got really sick of it, wanting not that for a while. It’s now been a while, and so I thought I should take the weekend and just go and do something out of town and get a new perspective. I did. It was a gorgeous drive to and from and while there, and yet there were things on this trip not to my liking as well. Finally, the not liking list overloaded the liking list and I cut short a day early and went home.

Home sweet home. There is nothing quite like coming home for me. And, nowadays, there is nothing like staying home for me. But, that is not new. I’ve always loved staying home, and in days past I used to find all manner of ways to make that happen. Still, it is even better to be home now than it ever has been. It is Shangri-la to me now and there is so much here that interests me that it is a challenge to become bored.

This morning as I was sitting at the table and chairs in my carport gazing into my courtyard watching the birds bathing and eating, and since it is Spring, chasing one another around with passionate motives, I realized that what I want I already have. In fact, I’ve come to a place in my life where I want what I already have.

Before I left on my little trip, a big lake that was 77 miles away, I was intently staring at a Northern California map wondering where I might like to go. I struggled (as much as I struggle anymore, which is not so much) as to a desirable destination. Before finally choosing Clearlake CA, I opened up to a map of the entire United States including Alaska, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico. I asked myself: If money was not an object, where would I like to go. Strange as it may seem, there wasn’t anyplace in the United States that I had a desire to go to right now. Not even flying First Class, via a limousine, helicopter, or any other way. My desire-o-meter was very low. But, when I thought about staying home, my desire-o-meter was very high.

No matter that, I felt that since I don’t go much that I should go somewhere. So I chose and went. It’s funny how we can cajole ourselves into a decision that we don’t really want to make intending to have us feel better. And yet in the end, by realizing that what I want I already have, I not only save time and money but find peace and joy too. Not a bad exchange. And, lastly, the trip was delightful while I was driving through such beautiful areas of nature, and I got a story worth telling as a bonus.

Being Injoy Is Being Where Ever You Really Want To Be Including, And Maybe Especially, Where You Are.

Spread Some Joy Today–by loving where you are, who you are, and what you are doing. 

Daily Inspiration 4-23-17

“You’re a perfect example.”
— Albert K Strong

[Classic post from 4-22-13]

I saw another quote by Catherine Aird that talks about being an example. She said, “If you can’t be a good example, then you’ll just have to be a horrible warning.” That’s a bit harsh perhaps, but the truth is that we are all examples. In fact, we are each a perfect example.

The question begs to be asked though, what are we a perfect example of? Whatever we do, whomever we are, how we behave, how we respond or react, when and how we demonstrate love, forgiveness, joy, anger, all of these add up to make our own unique perfect example.

What Are You A Perfect Example Of?

Spread Some Joy Today–“People see God every day, they just don’t recognize him.” — Pearl Bailey

Daily Inspiration 4-22-17

“A man may fail many times,
but he isn’t a failure until 
he begins to blame somebody else.”
— John Burroughs

[Classic post from 12-14-09]

Blame is justification, isn’t it? Whether we blame a person or a situation or an event is all the same. I’ve been a failure several times in my past, but I have rewritten history now and I am not a failure, though I have failed many times. The difference is who I pin it on.

I used to pin it on the economy, the lack of capital, the conservative lenders, the list goes on and on. Now that history is rewritten, I don’t blame anyone or anything in particular. It is just what happened. The key to that is to learn from what happened to see if there is anything worth learning and benefiting from. The key to that is that there is always something to learn and there is always a benefit.

Once we get to this point in our enlightenment, there are no failures at all. Each event is purely a learning experience. Doesn’t that make sense?

Based on that, there is nothing but success!

How cool is that?

I Am A Success! I Learn Continually.

Spread Some Joy Today–It might be time to rewrite some of your history. You didn’t know you could do it before, but now you know. Write it so it suits you!

Daily Inspiration 4-21-17

“Let me say it again:
The present moment
is all you ever have.”

— Eckhart Tolle

I don’t normally go to funerals, but a couple of days ago, I went to one. It was an overflow crowd and I arrived shortly after the service began and watched it on a big TV monitor.

There were so many stories of love, appreciation, and humorous insights. It was an open casket, and I barely glanced at him as I went to pay my respects to his wife for many years. There he was in his empty human suit looking somehow inappropriate, but that’s just me.

Finally, it was over. There were so many people I did not know at all. The volume there was only the surface of those that this deceased touched, and there were hundreds of more stories of love, appreciation, and humorous insights that went unheard. But, the attention span is short.

And, as I watched others around me, it became really clear, as it has been for me for a long time that if we want to honor a person, speak appreciation, love, and share humorous insights, this place and time was not it.

The time is now. There is only now. We are all on a journey home–to our real home. We may be back in a different human suit, or not, but what matters, and the only thing that matters is now.

I suggest making it a part of your moments to express how you feel about other people that you are on this journey with. Tell them how much you love them. Tell them why. Tell them touching moments that stand out for you. Share your love. Lavish your appreciation on them. Be obsequious. Be bold. Be willing to shout aloud your praises in the moments that we share this living journey. Don’t just think it from time to time. Say it. Express it in all manner of ways. Be that love. Be that appreciation.

And, Don’t Forget YOU! Yes. YOU!

Spread Some Joy Today–by asking someone, ‘have I told you that I love you lately?’ Well, now is the time. I love you!

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