Month: June 2019

Daily Inspiration 6-30-19

“Beautiful are those
whose brokenness gives birth
to transformation and wisdom.”

— John Mark Green

[Classic post from 8-3-17]

Love this quote. It doesn’t mean that those beautiful ones are special as in better than any other, it simply points to the flexibility and the willingness to change, to grow, to become, to expand.

I don’t imagine that butterflies struggle to become butterflies, which is something so much different than what they were. I think that they simply are that, it is fully accepted, and look what comes of that. We need not struggle either; albeit, we often have done so.

This morning I was looking at some of the daily lessons in A Course in Miracles, and on Day 8, the title of that lesson is this: My Mind Is Preoccupied With Past Thoughts. Then Day 9 is this: I See Nothing As It Is Now.

I’ve learned a new, broader perspective of just how pervasive the past is in all of us. It rules us more often than not. A good way to see this is to consider it as a historical perspective, and more appropriately, historical agreements. We have accepted training from our parents, peers, school, media, and all that is technically outside of us, and we bring it inside of us in that acceptance of “what is.”

To move beyond this historical acceptance, we may need to become broken. That doesn’t mean that we need to struggle. Being broken can be such a wonderful thing because in so doing we break through those barriers of historical agreements like a chick breaking out of its egg to see life from a different, and most often enlightened perspective.

Without the brokenness, we remain in the egg so to speak. As we are willing to change, we are invited to break some of those false barriers that we have accepted and expand our world accordingly.

It reminds me of holding on to a tetherball and as it goes round and round, tighter and closer to the pole, and then away again, we are never any further away from that pole than the length of the rope attached to it and the ball we hold on to.

What If We Simply Let Go? 

Spread Some Joy Today–by enjoying your journey wherever it may lead you.

Daily Inspiration 6-29-19

“Infinite patience
yields immediate results.”
— Marianne Williamson

[Classic post from 8-2-17]

This quote really touched me. There are so many words for God, and now I see another: Infinite Patience.

Consider that phrase. Infinite patience is equal to, or the same as Love.

We get so uptight and nervous when things aren’t happening when we think they should. We could be said to be fraught with impatience. Whether it isn’t happening yet or isn’t unfolding as fast as we would like, our impatience for the result is clear.

Just imagine if God was like that. Very scary thought! Fortunately, it is clear to me that God has infinite patience, infinite love, infinite caring, and infinite support. It is we who reject those things for the very short term attempted gain of whatever it is that we think we want or need.

What if we, in our new awareness of this infinite patience, adopted the idea of playing with it, practicing it, allowing it? Better world? More enjoyable life? Easier goals? Peace of mind? Calm, cool and collected?

I’ve been a staunch advocate of practicing patience and enjoying each and every opportunity to do so. Those opportunities come to me when I find temporary blockages, others expressing infinite impatience, and more. In other words, problems. As I feel the resistance in my mind and body in these situations, I remember that it is one more opportunity to practice my patience. This practice has changed much of my life as Jim Rohn has said, “from frustration to fascination.”

Now I Want My Practice To Go Deeper Into Infinite Patience. 

Spread Some Joy Today–in your willingness to practice. It’s the sure way to get better at it.

Daily Inspiration 6-28-19

“Dignity does not consist in possessing honors,

but in 
deserving them.”
— Aristotle

[Classic post from 7-28-17]

This has got to be one of the most delightful and empowering quotes I’ve ever read. It’s magical.

For the last few weeks, I’ve written many posts on the subject of honoring ourselves, and this quote caps that off nicely. How do you honor yourself? I think the best answer is an awareness that you deserve the honor.

You don’t have to do anything. You don’t have to not do anything. In fact, it is simply and exquisitely given to all of us by virtue of our existence. And, as we acknowledge this fact, and this privilege, we have the power–all the power needed–to honor ourselves in our reality. As we honor ourselves, we are changed. As we are changed, we cannot help but change all of those that we see as being not us.

There is no need to compete for love or honor or peace. It comes from the most natural place within us without any effort whatsoever. As we become aware of all that is within us–as we honor that, honor our Source, and honor ourselves, we honor all of life. In this awareness, as we see those that seem to be separate from ourselves, we instead see us. We are everywhere at the same time.

This Place IS Love.

Spread Some Joy Today–Happy Friday! Thank God! Everyday. Constantly.

Daily Inspiration 6-27-19

“Compassion
is the keen awareness
of the interdependence
of all things.”
— Thomas Merton

[Classic post from 7-27-17]

This Tuesday, a movie was just released on DVD titled, Absolutely Anything, and I watched it last evening. It continually amazes me the things that I see in movies that are inspiring. And funny.

What’s also interesting is that the movie was released in 2015 and according to what I’ve seen to very poor reviews. People said it wasn’t funny. I laughed quite a lot through it and laughed wildly in some parts, and so the only reason I can think of that it wasn’t funny to them is that they were taking it seriously. It is not even close to a serious movie; however, it has beautiful and helpful inspirations and observations. In my opinion, of course.

It’s a silly story of so-called superior beings who enjoy destroying things. Now, that’s not really a new idea, is it? The head leader is played by John Cleese and delightfully so. They determine to destroy Earth after finding a satellite that has exited our solar system depicting the human form in a drawing. But, these destroyers have rules. Hmm. . . it’s getting more familiar with life on Earth already. . .

They randomly choose one person and give that person the power to change absolutely anything, hence the name. They want to see what this person does with that ultimate power and depending on how it is used, they will decide to destroy Earth or let it be.

The character played by Simon Pegg is chosen, who is a so-called typical human. Kate Beckinsale plays the woman Simon is drawn to that lives a floor below him. Simon lives with his dog Dennis, who is given a voice by Simon when he recognizes the powers he has been given, and that voice is none other than Robin Williams.

I very much enjoyed this silly flick, and yet here are some things that I culled from its lowly-rated dialog and concepts:

Superior Beings. An interesting concept played out throughout human history, one over the other with all manner of purported distinctions chosen by those seeing themselves as superior. At the same time, those who see themselves as less than get what they see too. There’s something for everyone there.

Power. We have far more power than we give ourselves credit for. We have so much fear that we fail to see our power and fail to make good use of it, and more often than not, we are giving that power to others over us for all manner of reasons, yet the power remains; albeit, in the closet.

Communication between humans. We make assumptions about what others may or may not be thinking or feeling about us, who we are or what we do or represent. Assumptions create so many problems that kill communication when if lifted, we would find that we can live in harmony and in joy. As we assume, and as we imagine, we cover real communication in gooey, sticky, sludge. He likes her but never says anything and instead tries all sorts of trickery. Same plan, different people, and circumstances.

What we want. Often we are not very specific about what we want. Simon wanted to be inside the bus but he landed in the engine compartment, then he rephrased and ended up on the roof, and finally, he was specific enough to get inside the bus. Silly example, but so true about our own desires. What we say we want is often not what we really want–at least not specifically. And, even then, it all works best when what we are being specific about brings us pleasure, or feels good, and when it is not, we can back off to how we want to feel and let the Universe direct the rest.

Interdependence. We are interdependent. It is said that one drop in the ocean changes the ocean. As we want so much, that is not a problem until what we want damages or negatively affects others. There is always more to be concerned about than simply ourselves, and yet as we are aligned with our inner being, our truth within, we can be self-serving and serving all others at the same time. Broad strokes often are not very considerate on minute details of unrecognized importance. Everything is important in some way because every single thing is part of the whole, and all has an effect and a role to play.

Laughing at ourselves and other things. It is said that laughter is the best medicine. Taking things too seriously is a path devoid of joy and lightheartedness. We need to see the humor in ourselves and our circumstances. We need to be like a child when it comes to laughter. It is so empowering to be able to laugh at ourselves and to enjoy our individual journeys.

These are just a few things that I gleaned from this funny movie. It brought me some lighthearted joy and some wonderful lessons as a bonus.

Great Teachers And Enjoyable Teaching Is Absolutely Everywhere. 

Spread Some Joy Today–by laughing at yourself a bit today, taking light the loads that you try to carry in your seriousness. Let it flow.

Daily Inspiration 6-26-19

“True giving happens not from a 
space of sacrifice, or self-righteousness, 
or an idea of spirituality,
but for the pure pleasure of it–because it is fun.
It can only come from a full, loving space.”
— Shakti Gawain

[Classic post from 7-21-17]

I love this quote. Giving is not usually stated as a way to give ourselves pleasure, but more of a beneficent duty.

Taken from her wonderful book, Creative Visualization, Shakti goes on to describe how we all have an unending supply of love and happiness within us though we are often accustomed to believing that our happiness and love come from others or from outside of us.

But, she says that the opposite is what is true. It is when we connect with and expand our inner knowing of the abundant love and happiness within, we are then able to allow that to flow outward toward others. As we do this, it feels good.

She says that in doing this, we open up space for more love and happiness to fill that which we gave away, constantly replenishing our store. The more we give, the more pleasure we may gain from the giving because loving feels good, happiness feels good, joy feels good, touching others feels good.

She offers this advice to consider as we expand our storehouse and practice our giving: “but remember always that you can’t continue to give unless you are equally open to receiving. . . and that “giving” also means giving to yourself. . . “

She adds that “when it comes to outflowing, practice makes perfect. You must consciously practice it in order to get the experience of how good it feels.”

We honor ourselves in our willingness to release and share the love within us as we honor those in which we bestow those benefits. And, we honor ourselves by being open to receiving which completes the circle, and as we honor ourselves in this way, we are honoring the other and the gifts that they give us.

Giving And Receiving Need To Be Equally Honored. 

Spread Some Joy Today–by letting your love flow out, while you are allowing the inflow as well.

Daily Inspiration 6-25-19

“In the realm of abundance,
there is no such thing as a fair share.
Heck, there’s no such thing as share.
All there is, is all there is.
There is no need for more,
and no such thing as less.
In fact, there is no need.”
— Albert K. Strong

[Classic post from 7-20-17]

I was thinking this morning about how many of us tend to discount abundance, limit abundance, create rules about abundance in our minds. Abundance simply is. . . well, abundant.

Jim Rohn, one of my early mentors when I was in my thirties, says it this way: “Asking is the beginning of receiving. Make sure you don’t go to the ocean with a teaspoon. At least take a bucket so the kids won’t laugh at you!” Abundance is bigger than that ocean, but for our small eyes, the ocean seems pretty big.

The other day I saw a post on Facebook about how much money Joel Osteen makes and how expensive his home is and all this intimating that he is not a Christian and not a good person, and blah, blah, blah. We have so many ways of putting other people down and money is one of the easiest targets to use.

I used to put people down for that all the time. I would see some young person in a new fancy car and say that they must be a drug dealer. Of course, that may have been true, but that isn’t the issue. The issue was my own sense of lack and seeing some abundance in another, my ego needed to justify my position versus theirs. Just as in the case with the Facebook post on Joel.

Here’s an important quote from Abraham, Esther Hicks that speaks to this:

“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.”

People cannot have any manner of abundance and not share it. Hoarding kills it. So, here’s a more expansive way to look at this have and have not scenario: Look at that last two sentences in the Abraham quote again. “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.”

It pays us well to expand our view. Let’s take some obvious examples from recent history. Steve Jobs. He was a billionaire, right? How many multi-millionaires did he create along his path? Let’s take my earlier example of Joel Osteen. How many has he benefited financially and otherwise in his travels? Millions. Literally millions of people. I am one. I read one of his books. My early mentor, Jim Rohn. Benefited millions and is still benefiting millions long after his death in 2009. I have reaped so much from his teaching.

We could look at people who we judge as bad and find so much good if we chose to look for it. But, it is so easy for us to judge others and we always judge unfairly because we never ever will know all there is to know about them. This is the entire problem with the whole concept of judging others. Jesus had it right about the plank in our own eye focusing on the speck in the eye of the other.

Try this: Next time you see someone who is wealthy, has what we will call abundance, celebrate them. As Abraham said, they cannot be that without taking quite a number of others along with them, if not directly, certainly indirectly. Celebrate their success! Celebrate them going to the ocean with a big bucket even though we are so conservative with our teaspoon.

The whole idea of abundance is abundance. There is no end to it. There is no such thing as a fair share or any kind of share. It is not good or bad. It is not holy or unholy. It is not have and have not. It is abundance. When we are dealing with abundance, there is no such thing as lack, need, or even want. There is only acceptance of it or rejection of it. That is purely our own choice to make.

Accept Your Abundance By Honoring Yourself. Accept The Abundance Of Others By Honoring Them. 

Spread Some Joy Today–by dipping into the abundance the Universe has supplied while celebrating the whole idea of abundance.

Daily Inspiration 6-24-19

“What is a weed? 
A plant whose virtues 
have not yet been discovered.” 
— Ralph Waldo Emerson 

[Classic post from 8-9-17]

And, so it is with everything we look at, including other human beings. Mr. Emerson takes it so far as to say, “Even in the mud and scum of things, something always, always sings.”

In our negative judgment of a thing, situation, or person, our judgment is truly on ourselves for our ignorance, whether lack of knowledge or lack of compassion. With sufficient knowledge and/or compassion, we would have no need for judgment.

Ian Maclaren said it well: “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a great battle.” As I consider that statement, and the people that I do know, I know that is often true, and so as we meet people that we don’t know very well, it would be most beneficial to consider they may be going through things that have an effect on their demeanor as they move through their lives. Our kindness in consideration of such a possibility, whether it exists in reality or not, will go far in offering a compassionate point of view.

“There Is More In Every Person’s Soul Than We Think.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson 

Spread Some Joy Today–in your consideration of others.

Daily Inspiration 6-23-19

“When your heart
and your mind
are aligned,
the choices are easy.”
— Albert K. Strong

[Classic post from 7-18-17]

I had no idea that this theme of honoring ourselves would be so expansive, and yet I delight in all the ways that I see how this is so helpful to consider in my life.

Something has changed in me in the last few weeks or months that has me seeing my life differently, feeling more connected with my inner knowing, and so much more. It would take pages to describe it, but day by day I’m exposing bits of it here in what I will have to say is probably my Daily Inspiration messages to myself, shared with all who care to see them. It is surprisingly helpful in this way for me too. Learning how to express changes in our lives is expansive in itself.

One thing has become clear to me in sharing these posts about honoring ourselves, and that is that we so often don’t. We often go along. We accept. We comply. We conform. To truly honor ourselves, we need to feel free to expand, to be our best selves and in so doing, we cannot avoid honoring others.

I was getting my car repaired and picked up an ‘O’ magazine where Oprah Winfrey was interviewing ten women (March 2017 issue). I read the whole interview and all the diverse comments you might expect from ten individuals. One thing that Oprah said was that she felt that we were more divided in our country than any time she could think of except perhaps the Civil War period. I agree that it might seem that way, but it is truly just a perception that we in turn use to guide our thoughts and our lives.

I made a note the other day: The gap between us and them. This perceived gap is what so often rules our thoughts, decisions, and actions, whether personally, or in the government, or the entire worldview.

Whenever I am on Facebook, which is less than many would think, I try to be a participant. I like posts, often leave positive comments, and very rarely if something strikes me as off base, do I make any comment at all. Yesterday, I made a comment of one short sentence to offer another point of view on a post that obviously had an agenda to put someone down.

I ended up deleting my post because I didn’t want to ‘swim upstream’ with anyone on the subject. We can each hold on to our point of view and they can be completely different views. Great. My point here this morning is the gap we have between us and how we might consider closing that gap.

Right and wrong, good and bad, holy and evil, and all manner of other comparisons are the tools of the judgment that creates and widens the gap between us. We may try to get someone to come over to our point of view, share our thoughts, and often the other is doing the same, thereby widening the gap as we speak.

This is not something that is solved in this way. There are far too many ways to have gaps between us, and often if we were to fill one gap, another is quickly noticed and expanded.

The way and the only way that I can think of that actually works is to learn to honor ourselves, and in so doing, we can only honor the other. We rarely if ever have all the facts about the other. We cannot see through their eyes. We cannot understand so much what their life has been like, and yet we so easily judge them. In movies, we see all the life on one side and all the threatening of our lives on the other. It is an unfair comparison for sure.

However, as we honor ourselves, we can close any gap by honoring the other regardless of the rhetoric. We must honor ourselves first because until we know who we are, there will always be a gap between us. Once we realize who we really are and that we all come from the same exact Source, share many more similarities than not, we can see ourselves in others, we can honor them.

We don’t have to agree with them. But, we need to honor them, allow them their own God-given lives to be lived as they choose. This is what closes the gaps between us.

What has changed in me as I began this piece is that I have become so much more aware of my alignment or lack of it with my heart and mind, or my inner knowing to the point that I now see how this has directed my thoughts and my choices. I now choose differently, with more insight, and all that is a result of honoring myself.

Don’t Mind The Gap. By Minding The Alignment, The Gap Is Filled With Love. 

Spread Some Joy Today–by trying to see the love that is in another that you disagree with. See them as the same as you with different thoughts. See them as whole and complete. Love them.

Daily Inspiration 6-22-19

“To thine own self, be true.”
— William Shakespeare

[Classic post from 7-12-17]

What does that mean? To me, it means to honor yourself, respect yourself, enjoy yourself. I think that in this way the common Bible phrase to love others as you love yourself comes alive with new meaning.

More on the interview with Dr. John D. Demartini. He said that we are more often than not judging versus honoring. This applies equally to ourselves and to others, which makes that Bible phrase develop even more life. Not to judge others as we judge ourselves because that is a given. We all have that inner voice that isn’t always kind and uplifting, but we all need not pay it the homage that it seems to demand. No, not judging but honoring–honor others as we honor ourselves. That is pure love, isn’t it? Not only loving others but also loving ourselves. Honoring and loving are within the same vibrational relativity.

This brings me to more notes that I recorded from that interview: comparing versus serving. That’s one of those phrases that just leaps off the page for me. Comparing is something we all do every single day many times throughout the day. We’re so used to it that we don’t even give it any thought.

We compare ourselves to others, as in, she is better than me, prettier than, smarter than me, or he is thinner than me, healthier than me, more successful than me, or they make more money than me, have nicer homes than me. And, of course, we compare our better than points of view to their less than us in what we think is the reality. They are all lies. Every one of them.

We can compare ourselves to death, and I mean that literally too. Where does it ever stop? It cannot. As we continue to compare this with that and that with this, we find more to compare. A very small amount of this comparison game is even worth paying attention to, but most of it is harmful to our health and keeps us small no matter the stature we imagine we have.

This comparison game encourages us to hide within our comfort zone. Why would we want to step out and find out how bad we would be in comparison to the others already out there? It’s safer to stay indoors, whether in our buildings or in our own little mental world. Then, when brave enough to get out there, we are bombarding ourselves with information on comparisons of this and that and the other. Whether performance, or design, or creativity, it just doesn’t matter as there is an infinite number of things we can compare within ourselves about ourselves, and without ourselves about other people and about our relations with other people.

If we will consider the word serve instead of compare, serving instead of comparing, this can open a whole new perspective for us and how we can actually live up to that Bible verse and William Shakespeare’s famous quote.

As we allow ourselves to serve there is no need to compare. What does it really matter what percentage of something one does versus another? Even someone who contributes one-tenth of one percent if serving is doing all that needs to be done. We serve ourselves and we serve others in allowing our uniqueness, our true self to be exposed. We serve with our message, our knowledge, skill set, expertise, touch, emotion, caring, comfort, our presence. There are infinite ways that we can serve.

Honor Your Life In The Service Of Love. 

Spread Some Joy Today–by feeling your way around today. Follow your bliss!

Daily Inspiration 6-21-19

“You are never given a wish
without also being given
the power to make it come true.
You may have to work for it, however.”
— Richard Bach

[Classic post from 7-15-17]

Continuing again on the subject of honoring ourselves. Yesterday, I wrote about how doing what we love for a living is not really work at all, and it is one of the great ways in which we honor and love ourselves.

Several posts back, I referred to John D. Demartini’s book, The Values Factor, and had a link to answer 13 questions to help us find what our highest values are. In so doing, we can then have a great deal of insight into what we do and how that works out for us. As we are aligned with our highest values–you could say, our uniqueness here–we thrive in all ways, and as we discount them, follow other criteria, we often may not thrive.

In his book, Dr. Demartini mentions a woman in one of his weekend seminars that demonstrate a lot of what I wrote about yesterday. The story he shared was about a woman who was on the heavy side and stated that her highest value was dancing and that she couldn’t figure out how to make a living doing that, especially with her physical shape where most professional dancers are thin. She said that she loved dancing so much and that she was particularly skilled at flamenco dancing.

He asked what her second highest value was. She said it was traveling, which is also one of Dr. Demartini’s top four values for his life. He suggested that she combine her two highest values by going to a dance training center and giving notice of a special travel event that combines dance instruction in another country learning international dances in the country they were made popular, and have a wonderful adventure at the same time. She got excited and created a teaching trip to Spain and had several people sign up and go to Spain and learn flamenco and other dances of that country. She was now making a living doing what she most loved to do and fulfilling her highest values at the same time.

In the business I created out of thin air back in January of 2008, I am doing what I love and fulfilling my highest values as well. My highest value is learning, and the second highest is teaching. Though I own an Internet marketing company, in truth, I am paid to learn, and I am paid to teach. What’s interesting about that to me is that I had never thought of it that way until recently.

As we are open to learning what our highest values are, we honor ourselves. As we align what we do in our lives to our highest values, we honor ourselves. As we are aligned with our highest values, we serve others and honor them. We serve them not so much in doing good deeds, or even doing things for them, but simply by being our truest selves.

We are all made (as is everything else) of energy. As we can feel that we are aligning with our truest selves within, everything we do, including nothing at all has a different effect on ourselves and all the other people (energy) and things (energy). We can sense this alignment in each other and feel the peace of it, and the joy of it. At the same time, we can all sense when it is out of alignment in us and in someone within our space.

I’ll leave today’s post on this subject with this quote that spells out the work involved in being in alignment, assuming that work, as stated in the quote at the top, is really something we need call work. I think it is more a matter of a willingness to risk choosing a more fulfilling life.

“And The Day Came When The Risk To Remain Tight In A Bug Was More Painful Than The Risk It Took To Blossom.” — Anaïs Nin 

Spread Some Joy Today–in considering another quote by Anaïs Nin: “We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.”

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