Month: February 2020

Daily Inspiration 2-29-20

“Skill is nice, 
but it’s not really about skill. 
It’s about desire. 
That is a force to be reckoned with.” 
— Albert K. Strong 

New: Audio version

[Classic post from 10-17-15]

There was that thing that you intended to do and it didn’t happen. Something got in the way. Maybe there were several intentions that were defeated by default without manifestation.

Oh well. . .

Is it too late?

Head ‘Em Up, Move ‘Em Out! Happy Trails. 

Spread Some Joy Today–Ain’t it a great day for it? Mighty fine day for spreading a little joy.

Daily Inspiration 2-28-20

“Your imagination is the template, the blueprint.” 
— Bashar 

New: Audio version

[Classic post from 10-16-15]

Continuing from yesterday’s post on a way to use the imagination that I found fascinating and different from much of what I’ve learned over the years.

What stood out for me is in this paragraph from Bashar:

“Your imagination is the template, the blueprint. If you conjure up in your imagination an image–a vision of how you prefer to be–then take whatever situation is going on in your life, hand it to the you you have conjured up and watch how the you in your imagination handles the situation you have given to it. Then copy it. Then you will be that person, and you will have that lifestyle automatically.”

What stood out for me is the line I underlined. I never thought about using my imagination quite that way. I know that Napoleon Hill in Think and Grow Rich used what he called, The Power of the Master Mind, where he mentally assembled people from history that meant something to him as his group of advisers where he felt powerful advice helping him, but that is not quite the same kind of thing.

Consider playing with the idea that it is possible, to imagine to be in the place that you would prefer to be in time and space, and then, to stand outside as an observer, and take problems and issues being experienced today and assign them to that you, that you imagine you want to be. What might that new you do with that issue? How might that be different than how you might be handling it now. How differently that you might even think about it. Interesting.

And, here’s another plus to this: As we would do this, we are in fact living that life as we are imagining how we would deal with those issues from that place that we want to be. Because we are experiencing it at the moment, it is in our experience, we are experiencing it. This means that it isn’t really fake. It is just as real as the other reality.

This gives us a way to get more in tune with what it is that we would prefer and instead of thinking of it as some kind of fantasy, by assigning it tasks it brings it all into the moment and into our now experience.

That may sound weird. If it does, just let it float around a while and it might make more sense.

Regardless, it is our imagination that drives change. Here may be a way to make better use of the imagination toward our preferences.

Activate Your Imagination As A Child Does. Go With It. Experience It. Play With It.

Spread Some Joy Today–and imagine how that joy spreads from one to another.

Daily Inspiration 2-27-20

“The idea is to face your world
with a child-like fascination. 

Then you will begin to discover 
that a lot more things you take 
for granted as being mundane 
are actually quite a bit more exciting 
than you thought, and you will be able 
to act on them–because you now see 
them for the excitement they are.” 
— Bashar 

New: Audio version

[Classic post from 10-15-15]

I may have read on a subject, or even taught on a subject for a time, and then I read just one more tidbit, and find a leap of understanding simply because the idea or subject was expressed in a unique way that caused me to open up and expand from it.

I was telling my business partner yesterday, that I learn something new every day after he taught me some tricks on my iPhone. I also learned more about computer files which astonished me and more. 

Early this morning, I woke up and decided to get up and was looking for something to write about in this Daily Inspiration. I ran across an idea about using our imagination to picture what we want. I’ve read things like this probably several hundred times in various ways, imagining the way I want to be, creating affirmations, and more. Then, this morning, I read it in a uniquely different way which created a completely new understanding of the idea of using my imagination.

First, I’ve always read, been taught, and agreed with the idea that I decide what I want, then visualize it, hold the picture for a time, and then to do that regularly every day for a short time. Adding affirmations that support that picture is also appropriate. The problem I’ve always had with this is twofold: One, sometimes it is very hard or seems very hard to picture what I think I want, seeing myself in that place of wealth when I’m broke as an example. Two, even after I have successfully visualized that place and done it for a while, it is also very difficult or seems very difficult to be patient in its arrival in reality.

I guess there’s one more problem I’ve had with it. It seems forced. It isn’t real. It’s fake and it feels fake. But, all it takes is a little twist sometimes to have us understand in a better way. Here’s a way that not only makes perfect sense to me but makes it easier and I’m sure more fruitful as a result. This is from Bashar:

“The idea is to act upon your imagination. Here is a very simple mechanism: all of you–this will work for anything and everything. Very simple. Your imagination is the template, the blueprint. If you conjure up in your imagination an image–a vision of how you prefer to be–then take whatever situation is going on in your life, hand it to the you you have conjured up who is representative of the excited person you would prefer to be, and watch how the you in your imagination handles the situation you have given to it. 

Then copy it. You will get the effect that it gets in its excited state of handling all things in that excited way. That’s what your imagination is for: to copy. It gives you the picture, the blueprint, the path, the methodology, the ritual, whatever will work best for you. Create an image and mimic that image. Then you will be that person, and you will have that lifestyle automatically.

That’s what a child does. It sees and it becomes; it sees and it becomes. It does not question whether what it sees is valid. A child knows it is within integrity, so it doesn’t have to stop to question it. It sees and it becomes; it expands and it grows. You can do that; you can play. It is up to you.”

In an effort to keep this shorter, I will continue with this idea tomorrow and let Bashar’s words (all bold, italic, and underline are mine), settle into your consciousness.

The Power Of An Idea Expressed Changes It From Information To Knowledge–A World Of Difference. 

Spread Some Joy Today–by spreading love, empowerment, knowledge, freedom, and appreciation. They are all synonymous with joy.

Daily Inspiration 2-26-20

“Emotion is the afterglow of thought.” 
— Albert K. Strong 

New: Audio version

[Classic post from 10-14-15]

Michael Jordan said, “If you accept the expectations of others, especially negative ones, then you never will change the outcome.” I know that in recent years, I’ve not accepted the negative expectations of others much at all. I turn away if I am confronted with such, and run like hell. For me, it never was really the negative expectations of others that ever bothered me. Instead, it was my imagination of the negative expectations of others. That form of self-torture is insidious. I would run like hell from it too, but where do you run when it is coming from inside? Everywhere I might run, there it would be. 

In years past, I used to have negative feelings about my imagined expectations of other people a lot. It didn’t stop me from doing, but it wasn’t any fun living with, that’s for sure. Nowadays, I feel that so rarely because my main focus is on joy, but every once in a while, I’m feeling those kinds of feelings that my imagination has been tickling. Last night was one of those times.

One thing to do is to choose a little better feeling thought, then another and another until I move away completely. Sometimes that feels like a lot of hard work. Well, it’s not really hard to think anything, but those negative thoughts seem to hold control. I have found that escaping from them is easier and works well instead of facing them and trying to work through it.

My escape choices are meditation, happy music, a funny YouTube video, go to bed, and more. They all work and depending on the time of day make more sense than other choices. So last night, I just turned off my computer and went to bed. It’s rare that I’m not asleep in a couple minutes, so that is a fast way to let go of my consciousness for a while and allow myself to reboot. When I wake up, as I did this morning, I may remember it happening, but it has no power or acceptance. It worked perfectly.

It’s pretty dang hard to escape from yourself. It’s so easy to move away from others in comparison. So, if this ever happens to you, where you’re sabotaging yourself with imagined scenarios that are self-destructive, my recommendation is to have a number of escape routes ready to move into quickly. You need a number because sometimes one is not working as well as it did last time, or the time of day dictates only certain options. And, of course, there is always the option of standing up to it and choosing better feeling thoughts. It really doesn’t matter the choice, only that the choice is being made before the self-destructing thoughts and emotions get very strong. Action, of some sort, is required for health reasons.

Fighting It Is Not The Answer. What You Resist Grows. The Answer Is Always Letting Go Of The Rope. 

Spread Some Joy Today–by getting excited about how much charge you have in your own life and circumstance.

Daily Inspiration 2-25-20

“In this moment in time and space, 
you are precisely where 
you intended to be, 
and the Source within you 
is pleased.” 
— Abraham, Esther Hicks 

New: Audio version

[Classic post from 10-13-15]

What if that statement is true? What if we are exactly where we intended to be in this moment, at this time in our lives? What if everything has worked out perfectly to get us where we are right now? 

What if that resistance that we have experienced so many times was just the right amount of resistance to create the right amount of heat that caused us to want something and make a new choice. What if some of those (or all of those) choices, even though they may not have felt exactly right at the time, actually were not only right for us but perfect?

What if we chose to experience these things prior to being born into this body? Not as fate as in everything scripted ahead of time, but with the full allowing of any choices and turns and twists in any direction, yet a deep-down desire to experience a certain path that is more general than exactly specific? What if we could see that path as not only experiential choices but fulfilling our original desires at the same time?

What if we choose co-creators who come in and out of our experience, bringing both problems and solutions, were chosen with great skill to help us to stay on our chosen path? What if those co-creative experiences benefited everyone involved equally?

From Abraham, Esther Hicks: “When your life presents a situation where a clear new question forms within you, you are moving into new expansion. And even when the answer to your question seems nonexistent, you are still well along the way to personal growth. 

When you stand in the middle of a problem, or even what you may regard as a crisis, you are also moving into new expansion. And even though the solution to your problem feels out of reach to you, that is never the case. 

Whenever any question or problem is coming into focus in your life–an equivalent answer or solution is coming into focus as well. 

As your life continually poses new questions, it also poses new answers–which cause expansion. As your life presents new problems, it also presents new solutions–which cause expansion. 

Because the Source within you is so aware of this process (understanding the certainty of the answers and solutions), every part of your physical exploration is joyously appreciated.” 

What If YOU’RE Totally The Author Of Your Life? 

Spread Some Joy Today–by remembering to write in some joy along the way.

Daily Inspiration 2-24-20

“One of the nice things about being busy is 
it makes you focus on what’s important 
to you and how you use your time.” 
— Lorne Michaels 

New: Audio version

[Classic post from 10-12-15]

Well. . . that’s the theory anyway. . . Others? It just makes them seem like lunatics.

Feeling Like A Pinball? Playing Tug-O-War? A Little Less Busyness Goes A Long Way Toward Sanity. 

Spread Some Joy Today–by enjoying your busy and your un-busy self. That’s right, the key is being in joy in whatever you find to do.

Daily Inspiration 2-23-20

“Life gives all to all, 
but we receive 
what we are willing 
to let in.” 
— Alan Cohen 

New: Audio version

[Classic post from 10-11-15]

Yesterday, I wrote about practicing sending thoughts to others, especially strangers. After I wrote and sent it out, it occurred to me that what I am doing is an affirmation.

Affirmation is an interesting thing. I’ve heard several people make fun of them, thinking they are silly and delusional. But here’s the best thing I could say about an affirmation: a belief is simply a thought we continue to think and so to help change a belief, which is a strong thing, we need to chip away at it with a new thought that is repeated over and over until that thought becomes our new belief.

It is our own resistance that blocks anything that we want. As Alan Cohen said, “Life gives all to all, but we receive what we are willing to let in.” In this light, affirmations can be so powerful in our lives. To affirm is to “state or assert positively; maintain as true.” Want a new truth? Affirm it until you believe it.

Most often, affirmations are thought of as something we only use on ourselves to help us change our thinking or beliefs. Why not then, as in yesterday’s post, would we not want the same thing for others, and thereby offer affirmations to them.

I think that we may be more used to seeing others and finding fault. I don’t necessarily mean that we do that on purpose as in being mean or conceited, but it seems that finding fault is so easy because our own ego is so good at it. By taking charge and wanting to change that, finding the positive things in others is a wonderful way to start and as I said yesterday, the better benefit may be how it causes us to feel about ourselves.

Want to change something in your life about you? Choose some affirming thoughts and write them down and repeat them throughout your day. It seems silly at first because we are so used to opening our eyes and seeing what we see and the affirmation is probably saying something that is not currently seen. In other words, it is in the face of reality. But, give yourself a break. Allow it to soften that resistance day by day, the way water carves its way through a canyon.

Want to change how you see others and the world? Choose some affirming thoughts and uplifting thoughts about others and speak them silently to everyone you come in contact with or come close enough to see. Finding the positives in others is a great way to expand your view of others and finding the positives in your environment is a great way to expand your view of the world around you.

Instead of saying, “seeing is believing,” consider, “believe it and you will see it.” Beliefs are so powerful in our lives and those that we have could be holding us where we are when we desire to be somewhere else. Changing the belief is a process of creating a new belief, and since a belief is just a thought we keep thinking, we can make some serious inroads with the use of affirmation and affirming our new desired belief.

Time To Get Some Silliness Going? It Will Pass Soon Enough. Here’s A Toast To Your New Beliefs: Congratulations! 

Spread Some Joy Today–by affirming your joy and releasing it to others. You have an unending supply.

Daily Inspiration 2-22-20

“There’s nothing more true
about reality than non-reality. 

Isn’t it all in your mind?” 
— Albert K. Strong 

New: Audio version

[Classic post from 10-10-15]

When I was growing up and I’m guessing that I have a lot of company, I was not taught that thoughts had power. What a wonderful thing to teach youngsters, but I cannot remember anything worthy of note here, especially in comparison with what I’ve learned late in life.

I was scribbling down some notes some time back about thoughts, and it went like this:

“Do thoughts that I think have any benefit to others without my making them physical or to take form? [That question could also be asked from a negative point of view as in doing any harm to others…] 

Perhaps what I think touches other thoughts and enhances the whole of thoughtdom. . . 

Perhaps my thought may help someone with a similar thought morph their thought into thought-form and into a physical form. . . 

Thoughts are fun in the absence of fear. . . 

According to my understanding of the Law of Attraction, as I think a thought, I attract similar thoughts, and if I continue along this path even more come and ideas develop, inspiration to act in some way comes. In other words, if I stay focused and in the enjoyment of these thoughts, they will be the foundation of my creation becoming a so-called reality.” 

The reason I write this is because I think it is a fascinating idea that as we think about someone that we can have an effect on them, and I relate this idea especially to strangers. I think that there is a whole other world going on and that we do affect one another by simply thinking thoughts about them. I think we can even feel it, but I think that also most of the time, we are not tuned in and aware, so even though it may have an effect, it may not be recognized as real and coming from another. I think we’re all connected; albeit, not always paying attention.

For the last many months I’ve been playing with this idea, and many times, I think I am seeing a response. The majority of the time, I am not seeing a response, but I do believe that it got through to give the benefit intended.

I love to go to the grocery store, always have. It’s one of my favorite places to play with my thoughts toward strangers. As I see someone, I immediately find things to compliment them about; such as, how beautiful they are, what a great smile they have, what great shape they are in, what a wonderful choice of clothing they made, how healthy they look. Every woman I see, I think how beautiful she is. In these thoughts, I am speaking to them directly, as in “you are beautiful; what an excellent choice you made in your clothing; I love the highlights in your hair; etc. My only rule is that it must be positive and complimentary. If any kind of negative thought might try to come through, I just let it go by and pivot to a positive thought.

One last thing. I always look them in the eye with a smile at least for a second.

What do you think is happening here? I think I am being of benefit to others. I am finding that my idea of beauty has an almost infinite range, whereas before, it might have been kind of narrow. But, this might be even more interesting: I find that I am the greater beneficiary. Sending positive, uplifting thoughts to others mentally has become such a habit for me in the last year or so and I think it is because I feel so good in the doing.

Do Our Thoughts Have An Effect On Others Unspoken? There Is No Question About It. It Is Absolutely True. 

Spread Some Joy Today–by sending your joyous thoughts to everyone you see today. You don’t even have to speak a word. They will see it in your eyes and your face.

Daily Inspiration 2-21-20

“When a tree falls in a forest 
and no one is around, 
does it make a sound?” 
— Common philosophical question 

New: Audio version

[Classic post from 10-9-15]

Yesterday, I was preparing and packing up to go to an event. As I opened up the little door on my extended cab pickup, underneath some grocery store cloth bags I found an unopened, unread newspaper. It was a thick one, so it must have been from a Wednesday or Sunday. So, I thought. . . what did I miss that day? Should I bother to find out? Do I think that in general what was inside this unopened paper would be any different than all the ones I have opened? Hmm.

Could what I had missed have changed my life had I seen it? I haven’t got a clue. But, here’s a great follow up question: Is that even important? If life essentially experiences and I do believe that it is, then if I didn’t experience it, does it even matter?

I was talking briefly yesterday with a friend who is a Daily Inspiration reader. Someone else was walking by and I said that they are a DI reader and have been for a very long time. She said that she is so busy that she misses looking at a number of them. I said many people have told me that they don’t read them all, but the ones that they do read seem to be speaking directly to them. She agreed with that.

This brings me to my Abraham, Esther Hicks Ask and It Is Given perpetual calendar that I love. For October 7th, here is the short message:

“We want to encourage you to give more of your attention to what makes you feel good–not something so radical that you must control every thought–just make a decision that you will look for what you want to see. It is not a difficult decision to make, but it can make a big difference in what you bring into your experience.” 

What an interesting idea: decide to look for what you want to see. I think we often may want to see what we would like to see, but don’t think we have the power to have that happen on purpose, but we do. It is as easy as a simple decision to do so. Or, to not decide and let things happen as they will.

So where am I going with all this? Does what you miss matter? You’ll have to decide that one for yourself. How will it feel to you if what you did miss mattered? How will you know you missed it? I guess you could get all kinds of upset about what goes on when you’re not around. All that stuff on the other side of the world, or the other side of town, or in the other room.

Personally, I think it doesn’t matter one dinky little bit. Regarding the tree in the forest question, if the tree hitting the ground does make a sound, if you couldn’t hear it, would it even matter to you? Does it matter if it made a sound or not? Does what I perceive that I missed, indicate that I am lacking in something I should have had?

How about this: Look for what you want to see. Hear what you would like to hear. Enjoy what you would like to enjoy. Love who you would like to love. Be who you would like to be. Allow yourself the experience that you experience or that you choose to experience, and the rest is up to all those others that we share this wonderful planet with to do whatever they choose for themselves.


Spread Some Joy Today–Say it with me: TODAY, I choose to feel and share joy.

Daily Inspiration 2-20-20

“Ask yourself two questions: 
One, how do I feel now? 
Two, how will I feel when? 

When there’s no difference, 
you are there!” 
— Albert K. Strong 

New: Audio version

[Classic post from 10-7-15]

It has been said by Abraham, Esther Hicks that everything that we want, we want only because, in the having, we think we will feel better. Of course, they suggest that the shortcut to that is simply to choose to feel better now. Feel it now. Feel how it feels now. Experience it now. Do it now. Be there now.

It’s been said that our subconscious mind cannot tell the difference between a vividly imagined thing and the thing itself. In fact, that has been proven time and again.

One of my early favorite mentors was Frank Bettger, who made this phrase famous: “To become enthusiastic, act enthusiastically.” He didn’t just make that up but learned it by actually doing it. It has also been said by many that to become this or that, act as if. That’s a perfect phrase right there: Act as if.

It takes no physical effort but is a mental change. How do you measure effort mentally? Is it really hard to think of a different thought? Does it actually make us break a sweat? Nah. It’s effortless. It is not directionless, but it is effortless. We’re thinking nonstop anyway, so all we need do is mentally step in and change the direction of those thoughts, or at least some of them.

Not feeling loved? Begin feeling loved. You’ve felt it before. Re-member it. Re-think it. Feel it. Experience it in your mind. That’s where you always felt it in the past when you felt loved. It was in your head then, and it is in your head now. Choose it. I feel loved. I am surrounded by loving people who love me, and I, them.

Feeling broke? Begin to feel like there is plenty of money. When you had plenty of money at some point in the past, it wasn’t the money, but the feeling that you had plenty of money and how having plenty of money caused you to feel. So, imagine that feeling again. Stay with it. Roll around in it. Feel the feeling of it. It was in your head then, and it is still in your head. Re-member it. Choose it. I feel well off. I feel like I have all the money I need. I so enjoy feeling that feeling of everything being okay about money.

Don’t have a loving relationship? You’ve had them before. At least one. How did that feel? Feel it again. Choose it. Re-member it. It was in your head then (or in romantic terms, substitute the heart for the head if you like), and it is still there. Feel it again. Roll around in it. Pour it over you. Bathe in it. Snuggle up to it and with it. Gaze on it with starry eyes and melting heart. Allow yourself the pleasure of it and relish the feeling of it right now, this minute, this moment.

Stuck in the wrong job? At some point, you had a job that did feel good. The difference is in your head. Instead of thinking about how much you hate this now and that you feel that you have to keep doing it because of the financial aspects, choose to feel how it feels to be doing your favorite thing, fully enjoying every moment of the experience and how lucky you are to get paid for doing such. You know the feeling. You’ve felt it before somewhere so you can re-member it. Or, if you’ve never had a job that felt good, you can think up a new one and imagine it.

Either way, the feeling is the real thing. It is the feeling that you have that is bringing you down, or it is the feeling that you are feeling that will bring you up. If you’re feeling down, push the ‘up’ button and choose a different thought, which will create a different feeling.

And, here’s the really interesting part. When we feel like we’re stuck in an unhappy marriage, terrible job, being broke, not being loved, or whatever situation that is not feeling so good, we will remain there indefinitely when we continue to choose those thoughts and have those feelings. It isn’t the thing. It is the feeling. Keep on means keeping what you’ve got.

However–and this is even more interesting: By thinking the thoughts that cause you to feel good, whether remembering things from the past or imagining things never before experienced, the things and situations around you will begin to change before your eyes. In fact, it is pretty much the only way things will change. When you change your thoughts, your feelings respond accordingly and cause the change of the things, people and situations in your life.

This brings even more power to this phrase by Abraham, Esther Hicks: “There is nothing more important than feeling good.”

As I Feel, So It Is. 

Spread Some Joy Today–by feeling for your joy. It’s in there. Re-member it.

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