Month: April 2019

Daily Inspiration 4-30-19

“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

[Classic post from 4-30-17]

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.

[Update: It is now 4-30-19 and it has now been 32 years to the day since we first met on 4-30-87 and I find myself living in Hawaii. Who knew? I know who. . .]

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 4-29-19

“I am never upset 
for the reason I think.” 

— A Course in Miracles 

[Classic post from 5-1-17]

A friend and reader of these Daily Inspirations sent me a note this morning about yesterday’s post. He mentioned that he had just finished a book that I always recommend to anyone and every one by Gerald G. Jampolsky, Love Is Letting Go of Fear. I mentioned that I have read it at least ten times and of course, I’ve stated here that I have given a few hundred copies away over the years.

So, with that book in my thoughts as a result of this email, I picked it up again and opened at random to the chapter with the title, I Am Never Upset For The Reason I Think. What a perfect place to land. So, I thought I would share a few insights from that very short chapter.

It begins with this profound statement: “Most of us have a belief system based on experiences from the past and on perceptions from the physical senses. Have you considered that what we believe is what we see?” 

Of course, we think that we have to “see it is to believe it,” but that is backward. Some say, “I’ll believe it when I see it.” And yet, “I’ll see it when I believe it,” is the real truth.

Gerald adds, “We all have the power to direct our minds to replace the feelings of being upset, depressed, and fearful with the feeling of inner peace. . . When I recognize that I always have the choice between being fearful or experiencing Love by extending Love to others, I need no longer be upset for any reason.” 

This delightful thought came to me after re-reading this chapter: Put Your Love Glasses On! Yeah! Love that idea! Now, these are special glasses indeed. They only let love come through to the eyes and into the brain, positively infecting our beliefs so that we then see more love, deeper love, unconditional love wherever we may turn our gaze. With our Love Glasses on, we believe what we see and we see what we believe.

Don’t Forget Your Love Glasses Today! 

Spread Some Joy Today–on your journey of knowing that you ultimately have the power to see that which you want to see, and to experience that which you want to experience, and to feel the love that you are.

Daily Inspiration 4-28-19

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

— Abraham, Esther Hicks 

[Classic post from 4-29-17]

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 4-27-19

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

— Christian Almayrac 

[Classic post from 4-28-17]

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

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 4-26-19

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

— Albert K. Strong 

[Classic post from 4-27-17]

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 4-25-19

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

— Abraham Lincoln

[Classic post from 4-26-17]

I’ve heard it said to my face that positive thinking is bullshit. But to me, that just sounds like 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 recently read an article stating this about positive thinking just for fun and it made me laugh. 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 often 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 in 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 4-24-19

“Although the world

is full of suffering,

it is full also of

the overcoming of it.”

— Helen Keller

[Classic post from 4-25-17]

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 4-23-19

“If you find a path with no obstacles, 
it probably doesn’t lead anywhere.” 
— Frank Howard Clark 

“As your faith is strengthened, 
you will find that there is no longer 
the need to have a sense of control, 
that things will flow as they will 
and that you will flow with them 
to your great delight and benefit.” 
— Emmanuel Teney 

[Classic post from 5-4-17]

Fight. Fight. Fight. Make it happen. The struggle is just part of the game. You must work hard. Action is not everything, the right action is. It’s all about winning. You either win or you lose. Winning is the only thing. Blah. Blah. Blah.

I watched a very interesting and powerful documentary on Netflix last night titled, The Mask You Live In. It was focused on men and what being a man is all about to so many, how that is constantly influenced by the media, handed down from parents and culture, and how all of those influences create many serious problems in the world, especially when it comes to boys and men relating to girls and women.

I found myself in tears in several places because I could so relate to much of what the large cast of boys and men said about how they were taught and how they grew up and the masks they wore to hide what they really felt. It was enlightening and expansive to me.

Then this morning, I thought I would look at some images where I buy the photos and other images I share here and that we use in our business. Three images caused me to consider the obstacles that we think are in our way and have to be overcome, and that learning to flow rather than struggle is one of the most valuable things I’ve ever learned.

Sometimes obstacles are all by themselves and even though we are on our way somewhere, they are pretty easy to go around. In this case, I had so much time seeing it out there that I thought I would have some fun with it and flow around it very closely. Something in our way or even a little out of the way that we think is some kind of barrier can simply be an opportunity to find some enjoyment on our travels to wherever we are heading.

Other times an obstacle may seem large and wide and as if it is doing what it can in its size and shape to foil our attempts at flow. Yet, that is really an illusion and just like a bend in the river can be caused by an object, it doesn’t stop the river from flowing as it will. It simply seeks to flow. The river doesn’t even need to work at it because it is constantly flowing until it runs out of water, or out of life energy.

Then there are times when the obstacles are many. So many, in fact, that they look like powerful roadblocks to our freedom in travel. But, again, these and all obstacles are simply an illusion in their power. As we trust in our ability to flow, we have no need of control over obstacles, or as Emmanuel Teney said, “As your faith is strengthened, you will find that there is no longer the need to have a sense of control, that things will flow as they will and that you will flow with them to your great delight and benefit.” 

The more I learn about life, being a man, or whatever may be going on with my journey, I see no need for struggle, fighting, rowing upstream, fitting into other people’s ideas of how I should live or think. Instead, I’ve learned that letting go, learning to flow, trusting in life; in love; in God; in my ability to become one with all of that is what brings me joy and peace and harmony.

One other key I’ve learned is to allow the obstacles to be as they choose, and to allow all others to struggle as they choose or whatever they may choose. I can only flow myself in my own choosing, and we are all in that choosing as we see fit. I don’t need to change the world to have peace and love and harmony. I simply need to become them.

It’s Not About Overcoming. It’s About Learning To Flow. 

Spread Some Joy Today–by letting go of the struggle and peace is the natural result. Peace is the antithesis of struggle.

Daily Inspiration 4-22-19

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

— Eckhart Tolle

[Classic post from 4-21-17]

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!

Daily Inspiration 4-21-19

“Everybody is unique.
Do not compare yourself
with anybody else
lest you spoil God’s curriculum.”

— Baal Shem Tov

[Classic post from 4-19-17]

When I first saw this quote this morning, I loved it, and I was struck with the idea of how beautiful that whole idea of uniqueness is, especially when considering the sheer volume of over 8 billion of us on the planet today. Think about it: 8 billion unique and individual human beings with constant and never-ending changes to each of our preferences, prejudices, and interactions whether in physical proximity or in thought.

Then I thought that we all want. We may not always be clear of those wants, but we want. We’re moving. We may not be clear where we are going consciously, but we are going.

The one thing that stood out for me was that there are no two alike no matter how similar they may seem. No duplicates.

And the strange thing is that for most of my life, there seems to have been an internal demand that there should be duplicates, think-alike’s, clones. The in-crowd, and the outcasts. History demonstrates this and there have been all manner of conflicts toward that end by way of the righteous and the unrighteous, the good and the evil, the light, and the dark, the rich and the poor, and all wanting parity and separation at the same time.

That history has been in force since the dawn of time and it hasn’t worked out yet in the way so many think it should.

I think the reason for that is in not only not accepting each of our uniqueness’s but not fully celebrating it, understanding it, delighting in it.

So I was thinking about relationships and how so often we expect the other to read our minds about what we want, or how we may attempt to manipulate the other in word or deed toward more similarity and sameness. You should want what I want and stuff like that. You’re either with me or against me is not far away.

But as we can seek out the uniqueness of each other and see what we can do to give the other what they might like or want as a gift–to honor that unique desire rather than push against it, we open up a whole new world of interaction.

This would be more like love than the thing we call love a good deal of the time. I don’t mean selflessly giving up what I want for what the other wants, but to recognize and celebrate the uniqueness that is their desires and see the joy of celebration expand as we open to how we might help them celebrate their own uniqueness. This means more a willingness to let go and let the other go their way in their desires as we honor their choices and the uniqueness of where those choices come from. At the same time, we want to recognize and celebrate our own with the full confidence of the gift of God that it is.

You Really Like To Eat Snails? How Fascinating! Tell Me More!

Spread Some Joy Today–by seeing that joy that is in every single person regardless of what they seem to show.

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