Month: December 2017

Daily Inspiration 12-31-17

“Your task is not to seek for love, 
but merely to seek and find 
all the barriers within yourself 
that you have built against it.” 

— Rumi 

[Classic post from 12-27-16. Note: Of all the things that I write about, this one subject is the most powerful for me, the best lesson, and the best practice that guides my life now. Thank you for being a reader of these Daily Inspirations! I appreciate the commradery. Enjoy this beautiful day wherever it finds you.]

So many of us begin building barriers to love at a very young age. We may be doing it as a way of survival, protecting ourselves, and a long list of other great reasons, and so there they are, protecting us, shielding us, from some perceived ill.

Barriers are just resistance, and so understanding this makes it easier to see the real issue. Resistance always intends to protect, and yet at the same time does not allow the things and feelings that we truly want, like love.

Abraham, Esther Hicks says that resistance is the only real issue we have in a joyous life. They say that our natural state is one of well-being, and that resistance, which comes in so many forms, is simply a cover-up to that natural state. All the love we could ever desire is there, and yet it is buried under the debris of our resistance.

We talk about stuffing feelings, and when I think about it that way it is easy to see how layer upon layer of resistance covers our wellness in many different ways, including physical and mental states.

These layers of resistance cause hardship. We fight to get loose and as we fight, we only add to it. It is like trying to find peace by having war. But, the way out is not struggle. It is ease.

From Abraham, Esther Hicks: “Most rarely align with their true power, because it seems illogical to them that there is power in relaxation, in letting go, or in love or joy or bliss. Most people do not understand that their true power lies in releasing resistance–which is the only obstacle to their true power.” 

And they add, “There are so many things that you have been taught to believe that are counter to the powerful Laws of the Universe that it is difficult for you to think your way out.” 

Trying to think our way out is the same thing as trying to figure out how we can get what we want, wondering why this is happening to me, lamenting about all the roadblocks that seem to be in the path, and these are all loaded with resistance, which, as Abraham stated, is the only obstacle to our true power.

The only answer remains. Ease. Release. Letting go of the rope. Relaxing into our always connected, though perhaps not recognized Spirit within. The best love we could ever imagine is inside each and every one of us all the time. We only need to let go of all of the barriers we have built for self-preservation, releasing all of that resistance we have built layer upon layer over the years, and there is the love beyond all expectation, right there where it has always been.

Forget Original Sin. It Is Original Love. And, It Is And Has Always Been There. Ready. 

Spread Some Joy Today–by following your bliss wherever it leads.

Daily Inspiration 12-30-17

“Receive and ye shall give.” 

[Classic post from 11-28-16]

Check this out from Abraham, Esther Hicks:

“As you set a financial goal, it is not only about the expansion for yourself; it’s about the expansion of all of those who are involved in that which you are about. In other words, it creates this nucleus, this machine, that allows so many to begin to thrive along with you. It’s much bigger than finances.” 

This will make the next level so much more fun!

What Comes Around, Goes Around. 

Spread Some Joy Today–by becoming more joyful. It’s an automatic win-win.

Daily Inspiration 12-29-17

“Life is a death sentence 
in which each of us is given 
a unique period of life.” 

— Albert K. Strong 

[Classic post from 10-18-16]

What I love about spiritual teachings that I have experienced is not that they prepare me for death or to be unafraid of that inevitable point of the life journey. No. What I love about them is the way they prepare me to practice living a more awakened life–to be more aware of the fullness of life within me and all around me. To be here now. To appreciate more. To love more. To be upset far less, and to convert from being upset to being happy very quickly.

The idea of death used to scare me. I know it can come unexpectedly, and it can also come with a time of knowing it is coming soon. I’ve experienced the deaths of family members and others in both ways. Sometimes the coming soon part can last quite a while, even years. But, in the end, it isn’t the death that matters, it is the living.

No matter what or who, there are always those who are ‘left behind’ so to speak–who are left here to live for some time longer, and that time is unknown generally. Some hold on to someone’s death as if it devastates their life. They mourn for long periods, even years. They have paused their living of life to pay attention to an event that has nothing to do with them. Truly, they are feeling sorry for themselves as they hang on. That act is not focused on the death but what the living person feels they are now lacking. In other words, it is focused on themselves. But we each choose how we will feel about someone else’s death.

Instead of mourning, there could be a joyful celebration. This requires getting out of ourselves and into celebrating that life of the one who died. It helps also to realize that death is not the cessation of life, but a transition to another form of life–a non-physical form. As I realize this, there is no loss, for they are not gone, they have merely and delightfully transformed, and they are still here, though my eyes are not designed to ‘see’ them.

It is said that life is for the living, and the living part can be re-energized, or refocused by the death of someone we know, as well as the thoughts of our own potential transition. It could then be said that death is to enhance the living. Or, certainly, it could be.

As I learn to let go of the seemingly important stuff all around me, along with all my cares and woes, I can experience more of what it is to be alive and to learn to appreciate this life and this living and to live it more fully.

It begins by being open to the spirit within me. We all have that, yet we may not yet be aware of it. As I align myself with that spirit within me, the God within me, if you will, I am in a place of joy, love, appreciation, knowledge I didn’t know I was capable of, and a freedom that requires no defense. I get to choose it all, or not. I get to choose to mourn or not. I get to choose to celebrate the lives of others and that of my own, or not. I get to choose to love or not–to appreciate or not.

Is death really a reminder to live and to enjoy life? I think, yes.

I Choose To Focus On Delight. 

Spread Some Joy Today–by laying down that tired old rope you’ve been holding on to. Feel the joy of that act of choosing to live!

Daily Inspiration 12-28-17

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

— Abraham, Esther Hicks 

[Classic post from 9-30-16]

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. Our 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 12-27-17

“It’s a beautiful day everyday, 
because beauty is incredibly flexible.” 

— Albert K. Strong 

[Classic post from 9-19-16]

It is if you say it is. It isn’t if you say it isn’t. I suppose that means you have total control over how you see and interpret what you see.

You’ve Got The Power! Let The Force Be With You All Day. 

Spread Some Joy Today–by making this a very beautiful and happy Monday! It’s another great day to be alive!

Daily Inspiration 12-26-17

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 

[Classic post from 9-23-16]

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 12-25-17

“Whatever Christmas is for you,
I hope that it has exceeded
all you could have hoped for. “
— Terry Minion  

[New post]

Christmas should be __________. Christmas should be about ________. Christmas is for ___________. Merry Christmas! The holidays are tough. Many people are depressed during the holidays. Christmas is too commercial.

There are as many different ways that Christmas can be, can mean, can be manifested as there are humans to choose. After all, we chose it all. We just made it up. Then we collectively agreed on certain things about that. So, whatever it is to you, that is perfect. Since we all get to choose, we all get to choose how it will be, what it will mean, how it will play out.

Look at all that power we have! We can make it what we will. And, we do!

I sort of like the idea of choosing joy, but it wasn’t always that way for me. Yet, it was always my choice of what I would think about it, how I would choose to feel, and what actions I may or may not take.

So, from my new home on wheels to yours wherever you find yourself, I wish you to choose what suits you best.

I Am Choosing Joy Today. I Am Choosing Joy No Matter Where I Am. 

Spread Some Joy Today–If you’ve got a mind to do so. If you have the joy to spread, it is easy enough to do so. Simply be.

Daily Inspiration 12-24-17

“Today, I will experience some magic. 
I will be alert to all that goes on around me, 
and I will be delighted and amazed. “
— Terry Minion  

[New post]

Most likely, today will be a busy day.

Don’t forget to take your peace and love with you. The busier we get, the more we need to remember that everything we feel we create within us.

Make it a special day full of delight and wonder.

When Love Is Your Guide, You Are Always At Peace. 

Spread Some Joy Today–by creating some joy out of thin air. That’s another way of saying to choose it by choosing thoughts of joy.

Daily Inspiration 12-23-17

“We’re asking you to trust in the Well-being. “
— Abraham, Esther Hicks 

[New post]

I read this and just had to share it because it is so empowering. And, it seems so appropriate to consider in the hurried and hectic living of our lives.

“We’re asking you to trust in the Well-being. In optimism there is magic. In pessimism there is nothing. In positive expectation, there is thrill and success. In pessimism or awareness of what is not wanted, there is nothing. What you’re wanting to do is redefine your relationship with the Stream. We do not ask you to look at something that is black and call it white. We do not ask you to see something that is not as you want it to be and pretend that it is. What we ask you to do is practice moving your gaze. Practice changing your perspective. Practice talking to different people. Practice going to new places. Practice sifting through the data for the things that feel like you want to feel and using those things to cause you to feel a familiar place. In other words, we want you to feel familiar in your joy. Familiar in your positive expectation, familiar in your knowing that all is well because this Universe will knock itself out giving you evidence of that Well-being once you find that place.” 

What Costs Nothing And Is The Most Valuable Thing In The World? Love! 

Spread Some Joy Today–by feeling move love, sharing more love, resting in more love, and experiencing more love all around you today.

Daily Inspiration 12-22-17

“I’m as mad as hell, 
and I’m not going to take this anymore!”  

— From the movie, Network
written by Paddy Chayefsky 

[Classic post from 7-30-16]

What is the value of anger? Does anger have value? Is anger good? Excellent questions, all.

The clip from the movie, Network, is a great example of some of the value of anger. It entices movement, it sprouts decision, it releases the anchor of powerlessness and depression, unworthiness, despair, and more. It is an improved feeling. Yes, it has value–plenty of value. The main value is a movement from a feeling of despair and resignation to a feeling of power and ability. A decision to do something by being mad as hell is a powerful change from powerlessness.

Although in this case, anger is a positive movement from what was, it is still considered a negative emotion, and staying in anger would not be much different than staying depressed. The ultimate value of the anger is the movement from a worse feeling place to a better feeling place. From the improved view from the plateau of anger, we can move into more improved feelings such as blame, and disappointment. From there, we can improve toward overwhelment, frustration, and into pessimism. From this clarity, we can reach hopefulness, and once we reach hopefulness, the entire array of positive emotions are within our grasp.

The value of movement cannot be underrated. Anger has value, but being an angry person has little value. Pessimism has value, but being a pessimistic person has little value. Being frustrated and irritated has value, but being a frustrated and irritating person has little value. It isn’t the place as much as it is the movement to an improved feeling.

Once we cross the border of hopefulness, optimism is just over there. We can reach out and touch it, feel it, experience it, and see the more pleasing view from that vista that is optimism. Optimism has value, and being an optimistic person begins to attract a different set of circumstances and people into our lives.

From optimism, we don’t need binoculars to see enthusiasm. It’s right there within reach. Enthusiasm has value, and being an enthusiastic person shares value with others. Next door to enthusiasm is happiness. What a great place to get to. Happiness has all kinds of value, and being a happy person spreads a wealth of value wherever one may roam.

We are now on the cusp of love, appreciation, joy, and peace. What are the values of these? I don’t have enough room to count the ways. Being a loving person, an appreciative person, a joyful person, and a peaceful person spreads value to all of the world right from where one is. Just being here is enough. And the really good news is that there is layer up layers of levels of improved feelings of love, appreciation, joy, and peace.

Wherever we are on the emotional scale from the very bottom to the very top, it is not the place that has value, it is the movement to an improved feeling. We all get to choose what we will experience, and how we will flow energy. We are creators. We have the power and the expertise to create despair, powerlessness, or love, appreciation, and joy. As we get to a place where we desire a change, that movement is powerful. What we do from there is the creativity of our flowing of energy.

Where Are You Now, And Where Would You Rather Be? 

Spread Some Joy Today–by moving into joy.

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