Category: Love

Expressing Love

“I am love through all that I see before me.”

— Paul Selig

My journey in love continues to expand and grow as I continue to choose love, express love, be love. It is not a destination. It is a journey, and a truly magical and joyful journey as well.

Recently, I have taken this to a new level and practice. Every single person I see regardless of where I see them, I say to them in my mental voice, I love you! People out for a walk, in the grocery store, standing in line, at the stoplight, you name it. Wherever people are, I am telling them that I love them.

This is not a silly game. I am sincere when I say it. I’ve never met most of those I see and most likely will never meet them, and each and every one of them is, as I am, an aspect of the Divine, an aspect of God. We are individualized aspects of the same source. As I honor their presence and their divinity, I honor my own.

As you are willing to try this, you will find that you are completely amazed, delighted, joyful. You will feel loved. You will be sharing your own well of love with all that you see. Try it and you will see that I am telling it like it is.

Enjoy all those that are in your sight today! It keeps us from criticizing each other, judging, complaining, and much more. The blessings come back tenfold. Prepare for magic!

Rising Beyond Self-Imposed Limitations

“We cannot rise higher
than our thought of ourselves.”

— Orison Swett Marden

[Classic post from 5-4-12]

What an interesting man was Orison Swett Marden, founder of Success Magazine in 1897, author of over 18 books, and a positive thinker at the turn of the last century when they called that the New Thought Movement. He helped thousands back then and continues with his timeless words today. If you have a Kindle, you can get most of his books for free on Amazon.

The brilliance of the thought expressed above is priceless. We cannot rise higher than our thought of ourselves. So true. He elaborates: “The size of your accomplishments, the quality of your achievement, will depend very largely on how big a man you see in yourself, what sort of image you get of your possible self, yourself at your best.”

When I think on this idea, I can see so clearly into the past of how my own image of myself has always been the culprit to keep me at a lower level than I claimed to have wanted. I just couldn’t seem to picture myself there.

I can also see that much if not most of that came from people teaching me and accepting their doctrine. I don’t blame them. They did what they thought was best, but this is the whole idea of study on my own to find a better way. I have always had that drive inside me to know and to feel better about myself and accept the person I could be. There is not much that is as powerful to help a person as a strong sense of self through confidence.

This is why I practice getting better. This is why I teach what I learn, so I can go from learning to knowing, all the while sharing valuable knowledge and ideas.

Another thing on this subject that I’ve recently learned that has helped me a good deal is this: celebrate other people’s successes. Celebrate them getting what they want, winning the prize, moving up the so-called ladder. It is one of the ways to open the venue of abundance, which helps everyone the same. By celebrating others, we can also believe even more in ourselves.

“You Are The One Who Can Stretch Your Own Horizon…” — Edgar F. Magnin

Spread Some Joy Today–As you look around today or travel today and see others doing well, driving fine cars, living in vast homes, celebrate their success. Sing their praises along with them.

Dissolving In The Infinite

I have opened all the windows in my house.
Eagles fly in and out, as do any words that
are spoken about me.

Anything my ears might detect, firsthand or
second…I might give that news a moment’s
attention

and then just let it be the tiny evaporating
whiff of smoke it is, dissolving in the Infinite.

— Hafiz

It Happens All The Time In Heaven

It happens all the time in heaven, and someday
it will begin to happen again on earth–

that men and women who are married, and
men and men who are lovers,

and women and women who give each other
light,

often will get down on their knees, and while
so tenderly holding their lover’s hand, with

tear-filled eyes, will sincerely say, “My dear,
how can I be more loving to you; my darling,

how can I be more kind?”

— Hafiz

Changing Lemons Into Lemonade

“The best way to destroy an enemy
is to make him a friend.”

— Abraham Lincoln

[Classic post from 9-17-12]

Wouldn’t you love to have a friend around with the wisdom and common sense of Abraham Lincoln? I think it would be so interesting hearing his famous quips in real life.

I am grateful for them now because most that I read are so timeless. Wisdom has a way of being that way.

This quote above is one of my personal favorites, and I’ve taken it to heart in my life more and more as I’ve grown. I don’t see any sense whatsoever in having enemies of any kind. Struggle and fighting do not achieve long term objectives. The best use of our skills would be to turn the tables on a potential enemy and make them a friend. What a difference that makes for all concerned.

There Is No Need For Enemies. One Enemy Is Too Many, And You Can Never Have Too Many Friends.

Spread Some Joy Today–If you have any so-called enemies, today is the best day to change them to friends. Start now.

The Choice

Two roads were before me.
Neon lights gleamed
in the distance of the one;
a solitary figure
stood silently on the other…

The sounds of carnival
beckoned from the one;
the silence of the other
frightened me.
The sign of the one
said, “City of Delights” ahead;
the other read
“The Road to Life.”

In confusion,
I looked at both;
in decision
I took the hand of the solitary One
and never looked back.

The sun began to rise.

— Donna F. Fletcher
Reflection 80
Reflections of the Heart

Learning To Express Rather Than To Impress

“Learn to express,
not impress.”

— Jim Rohn

[Classic post from 8-11-12]

Having been an avid fan of Mr. James Rohn, business philosopher, I've used and love so many of his quotes. I have a whole book of them. Tonight I was about to look through the pages of this book for an idea and boom!–this quote above jumped off the page in my face.

At first, I thought, well. . . what does he mean by that? How might have this quote been used in one of his teachings? Truth is I don't know. He did thousands of teachings, but as I reread it, the quote spoke to me, so I thought I would share that with you.

When I was young, I always wanted to impress. I wanted to impress my mom and dad, my grandma, teachers, even other kids so I could be in their group. As I grew up and went into the business world, I wanted to impress my coworkers, my boss, my wife, and so on.

At some point, I found that to be less than fruitful, sort of like chasing a rainbow. So, I began to learn how to express more and try to impress less. I must admit to having some deep-seated insecurities or something because this transition has taken a long time. But, I do believe that I have made the transition to focusing on expression rather than impression.

We can express or impress with our speech, our deeds, our activities, even the career choices we make. We can express or impress with our finances, or lack of them, our accomplishments or lack of them, our friends or lack of them, and so on. In fact, in anything we do or say, we can be focused on expressing or impressing.

The Difference Can Easily Be Seen In What We Do, What We Produce, And How We Behave.

Spread Some Joy Today–Stop by your favorite coffee shop and bring your coworkers a nice coffee treat. Or, at least one. . . or maybe a dozen premium donuts. . . Fun!

Powerful Vitamins

“Always remember to take your vitamins:

Vitamin A for Action,
Vitamin B for Belief,
Vitamin C for Confidence,
Vitamin D for Discipline,
and Vitamin E for Enthusiasm!”

— Pablo

Maybe we could add vitamin K for Kindness, vitamin L for Loving, vitamin P for Persistence, vitamin S for Serving, and vitamin U for Understanding. . . or not. It was so well said already, wasn’t it?

Have You Taken Your Vitamins Today?

Spread Some Joy Today–by thinking loving thoughts!

The Voice Of Guidance

“When I was nineteen, I was stricken with polio that left me with one paralyzed leg and the inability to walk. A close doctor friend refused to let the hospital fit me with braces. Instead she administered, for several months, Sister Kenny’s treatment of hot packs and massages. During that time, I spent many hours speaking to my paralyzed leg. My leg did not hear or receive the message from my brain. Yet one miraculous day, after several months, there was the slightest tremor in my toe. Gradually, my leg began to hear the message and awaken in response. As the connection between brain and leg strengthened, my leg began to recover, and in time I began to walk. In this same way, we don’t, in the beginning, hear the gentle voice of guidance within that would awaken us to holy life. But through devotion and practice, the connection becomes stronger, and we are enlivened by the inflow of Divine Love.”

— Donna F. Fletcher
Excerpt from Reflection 92

Reflections of the Heart

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