The Power Of Belief

“Ask, and it shall be given you.” 
— Matthew 7:7, The Bible 

[Classic post from 7-20-16]

Is it hard to have trust and confidence in this Bible promise? Is it hard to believe it is true? Is it hard to have faith in its fulfillment? Are we there yet? Why is it not here yet? When is it going to come? I’m tired of waiting. I have no patience for this. I’ll do it myself! What do you trust in to have the accomplishments that you want?

Decision is one of the most powerful of vibrational acts. Equal to it, and in full partnership, is visualization. The two combine to rule the world. They say that “seeing is believing”, but that isn’t as true as “believing is seeing”.

Abraham, Esther Hicks has some clarity to add in a couple of statements:

“Law of Attraction says, “That which is like unto itself is drawn.” Vibrations are always matched. So, as you experience the contrast which inspires the new desire, this new desire, whether it is a strong one or a soft one, is summoning unto itself proportionately. And as it summons, it is always answered. It is the basis of our Universe: When it is asked, it is always given. Humans think they are asking with their words, or even with their action – and sometimes you are – but the Universe is not responding to your words or your action. The Universe is responding to your vibrational calling.” 

And the other:

“There are two surefire ways to understand what your vibrational offering is: Notice what is happening in your experience (for what you are focused upon and what is manifesting are always a vibrational match), and notice how you feel (because your emotions are giving you constant feedback about your vibrational offering and your point of attraction).” 

Based on all of this, we have two jobs in life. One, to ask. Whatever we want. We ask. Our other job is to line up with our desire. To become that which we want. To vibrate as if it were already done. We can have confidence, trust, and faith because the other part in between our two parts is that it is given. We ask, which is our part. It is given, which is not our part. And, we receive, accept, become a vibrational match to the asking, which is our part.

The Bible clarified that in this way from Matthew 21:22: “And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.” There it is. Step one, ask (our job). Step two is a given (God’s job). Step three, receive by lining up with it, by believing it is done as it was said. It requires our participation only in steps one and three. The rest, as it is said, is done.

I guess that’s why wishes really are for fishes. . .

Trust. Belief. Confidence. Vibrational Match. Sweet! 

Spread Some Joy Today–by trusting in your true self that lives in constant joy.

Making A Difference Week. Day 7 of 7

Making A Difference Week
“Act as if what you do makes a difference.
It does.”
— William James
[Classic post from 12-10-11]
The final installment on the Making A Difference Week thoughts. This one comes full circle to this: We all make a difference! We can’t help but make a difference.
Think of it as the smallest pebble or droplet that falls into a smooth and calm body of water. It matters not if it is a bowl two inches deep and a few inches wide or whether it is the Pacific Ocean. When that drop touches the surface there is a ripple effect that expands outward for even a great distance.
Probably the real difference is twofold. One, we may not realize that we make a difference. William James makes that clear with the quote above. Two, we may not realize that we have the power to purposely make a difference. In his quote above, he says to “act as if.” This is to purposely choose to recognize the power that we can make a difference to others, and the way to get started is to act as if what we do, say, and think matters. It does.
It comes down to the question of what. What kind of difference am I making? What kind of difference do I want to make? A good answer is another question: What makes me feel good? When I find thoughts to think, things to do that cause me to feel good, I am on the right track of making a difference actively. Doing things, thinking the way other people want me to be or think won’t do that. It must be driven by what makes me feel good.
So, whether we choose on purpose, or choose by not choosing, we all make a difference in this world. Viva la difference!
“Your Thoughts, Words And Deeds Are Painting The World Around You.” — Jewel Diamond Taylor
Spread Some Joy Today–Enjoy making a difference because you do!

Making A Difference Week. Day 6 of 7

Making A Difference Week
“I choose to believe I can and will change
the world with my words and thoughts.”
— Rod Williams
[Classic post from 12-9-11]
Making a difference can be as strong or stronger in thoughts, words, and music. The quote above came from Rod Williams, a musician, and songwriter in his song Beautiful Again.
I know that words, thoughts, and music has changed my life in several ways. One, I became a songwriter, and musician sharing many of my own thoughts through music and word. I was greatly influenced by the music and words of others. At the very top of that list is Paul McCartney along with the McCartney/Lennon combination. Under that, I have a long list of artists, songs, music that has touched me and moved me throughout my life and continues today with new artists.
The song is a unique thing in that this combination of music and lyric has much more power together than apart. It has the power to move us to action, the emotion, to joy, to sadness.
Of course, writers have the power to make a difference in the written word. I can produce a very long list of written works that have made a dramatic difference in my life including The Bible, Dale Carnegie, Mark Twain, John D Martini, Stephen R Covey, Andrew Carnegie, John Grisham, Jerry & Esther Hicks, James Allen, and hundreds more. Each has contributed to who I am and I call that making a difference! They and others continue to this day to make a difference in me, who I am, and what I do, all of which help me make a difference in others.
“Thousands Of Candles Can Be Lighted From A Single Candle, And The Life Of The Candle Will Not Be Shortened. Happiness Never Decreases By Being Shared.” — Buddha
Spread Some Joy Today–How about sending Christmas cards in July? That sounds like fun!

Making A Difference Week. Day 5 of 7

Making A Difference Week
“Two roads diverged in a wood and I–
I took the one less traveled by,
and that has made all the difference.”
— Robert Frost
[Classic post from 12-8-11]
I’ve been writing this week about making a difference and how many people can do that for their lives and in the effect on others. Robert Frost’s excerpt above made me think about how making a difference is achieved by our decisions. Whether we travel the road more traveled or less traveled is simply a choice, but the choice will always have far-reaching aspects that have an accumulated effect on us and others.
Here’s another way to look at the aspect of decision by a quote from Heidi Wills, “we can choose to be affected by the world or we can choose to affect the world.” This speaks to me of making a difference by choosing to do so on purpose through decision.
“There’s A Difference Between A Philosophy And A Bumper Sticker.” — Charles M Schulz
Spread Some Joy Today–Get excited about your power of decision. Choose.

Making A Difference Week. Day 4 of 7

Making A Difference Week
“It’s easy to make a buck.
It’s a lot tougher to make a difference.”
— Tom Brokaw
[Classic post from 12-7-11]
Some of us may be focused so much on the making a buck aspect of life; i.e., maintaining what we have, expanding what we have, servicing what we have, like a juggler keeping several balls in the air without dropping them, that there is little time or energy left for making a difference in other ways.
Of course, making money and providing a level of functionality is important and valuable. It is one way to make a difference. Yet, I know from experience that sometimes it becomes a burden instead of making a difference by putting a shadow over more important aspects of life, including family.
Sometimes we may get confused about the value of money in the scheme of things. Yet this I know for sure: money doesn’t buy or create happiness. If anything, it would be the other way around. Still, sometimes we think we will be happier or happy when, and so on, but it only becomes extended to the next thing or things or level.
To me, making a difference is so much about being whole and sharing that whole-ness, and the good news about that is that money has no bearing on it at all. Sure I can give more money if I have more money, and that can be good, but that is the least of the requirements to make a difference anywhere.
It’s really the little things that we can share that make very big differences. I know of a cute little card that one of my bosses at a job I had was and is one of the most valuable “things” in my life, also a plaque with a poem and all my sales staff’s names engraved on it that I love. It might be that little note inside the cover of a book that I was given.
It’s not just things either. It’s sometimes just a knowing. Like seeing someone you love and giving them a hug because you love them and you just feel connected even when they aren’t there or you don’t talk for a long time. Or some things that you might hear that someone else said about you that felt so good to hear reinforcing your hard work or vision. It might be just thinking about someone that is special to you and giving them a mental hug without them knowing a thing about it.
All of these “little things” make a difference and they don’t cost a dime, require a big house, late model car, good credit. In fact, they are free.
“How Wonderful It Is That Nobody Need Wait A Single Moment Before Starting To Improve The World.” –Anne Frank
Spread Some Joy Today–Send some loving thoughts, give some virtual hugs, buy a card and send a lovely note, thank someone. Appreciate often.

Making A Difference Week. Day 3 of 7

Making A Difference Week
“The world is moved along,
not only by the 
mighty shoves of its heroes,
but also by the aggregate of tiny pushes
of each honest worker.”
— Helen Keller
[Classic post from 12-6-11]
Volunteers are the salt of the earth I think. There is so much in this world that would not be done if it were not for the unpaid efforts of millions of volunteers.
I have been a volunteer in many cases. In one case my volunteer efforts consumed approximately 30 hours per week for 9 years, while I worked a full-time job besides. That’s about 14,000 hours. Zero dollars, but amply rewarded.
Some might say, how can I get experience? and I will say that one way is to find a way to volunteer your services and get the practice that causes experience. If we always look to be paid for what we can do, we are somewhat limited.
There are so many places and ways to volunteer. You won’t have to look far to find them and if you just engage with people, I think they will find you soon enough. I recommend being very choosy. Do what you love, for in so doing you will be more of a help to others and have a good time doing it.
Today, I continue to do volunteer work in many ways and hours in different ways, and I highly recommend it. Part of it is helping others and that is great, but I think that the majority of it is helping ourselves, and I think that is grand. There is nothing better than to be selfish in this way because we are serving ourselves in a fulfilling way and at the same time serving others in a helpful way.
“In Giving You Are Throwing A Bridge Across The Chasm Of Your Solitude.” — Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Spread Some Joy Today–People know you care, but still like to hear it now and then. One good way I learned is to say this: “Have I told you that I love you lately?”

Making A Difference Week. Day 2 of 7

Making A Difference Week
“You give but little when you give of your possessions.
It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.”
— Kahlil Gibran
[Classic post from 12-5-11]
I believe that we all want to make a difference and that desire is a driving force. Often we may not know how or when we will make a difference, but I now believe that if we are being our truest self and relaxing in this, that we cannot help but make a difference.
Many years ago, a salesman that worked at a dealership I worked at called me out of the blue to tell me what a difference I had made in his life and how his life had changed for the better as a result. I didn’t work directly with this man, and according to him, it was a few sentences of encouraging words I gave him at the perfect time.
With some people–probably people you are in direct contact with on a regular basis, it is easy to make a difference just by loving them, caring about them, and encouraging them. What was so interesting to me about this incident is how it opened my eyes to how we can be an encouraging spirit in ways we didn’t realize, or that what we do and say can have far-reaching effects more than we might have imagined. Included in this is the fact that people may not ever call you up and say anything to you about what a difference you may have made, yet the deed is done anyway.
I don’t mean to open this up to having a feeling of responsibility here. We can’t really change people, only they can do that for themselves. I love how Benjamin Disraeli said this by saying, “the greatest good you can do for another is not just to share your riches but to reveal to him his own.” I think we all have the answers all the time within us, yet sometimes it takes something from an encounter with someone else to help them be revealed.
Now with the publication of these Daily Inspirations, I hear from total strangers how something has made a difference. I rejoice in that, and in the fact that I helped reveal it to themselves, as I rejoice in those who also have done and continue to do so for me. I am inspired and encouraged by so many, and even many who have long been dead, yet their words linger on to continue to inspire and encourage. How I am blessed that they chose to make a difference to others.
“My Life Is My Message.” — Mahatma Gandhi
Spread Some Joy Today–Encouragement is love. Help someone else see their true self.

Making A Difference Week. Day 1 of 7

Making A Difference Week

“I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life
with a catcher’s mitt on both hands.
You need to be able to throw something back.”

— Maya Angelou
[Classic post from 12-4-11]
Giving is such a complicated thing sometimes. This is the Christmas season and it is traditionally a time of giving gifts to family and friends. Then, this time of year the Salvation Army red kettles are out in force, along with lots of sign-holding people in the major driveways. There’s the big organizations, the churches, homeless shelters. There is no shortage of the needy. In fact, there never has been.
Each of those are the tangible aspects of giving and usually involves money, and it seems that they are all competing for the dollar during this spending time. I think giving in these ways is a good thing.
I think of how we can give back, or rather share ourselves, our abundance, throughout the year, week in and week out as a habitual part of our lives. We can volunteer. There will always be plenty of openings for volunteers. We can share our resources, or our abundance with others regularly. As good as all these are, they are things.
Here’s another way we can give regularly that is more than meaningful–it is life itself. Mother Teresa said it well: “There are many in the world who are dying for a piece of bread, but there are more dying for a little love.”
Thinking about giving back from the life that was given by our Creator, however, we perceive this, I can think of only one single way that fits into every religion and is also the one way that makes any sense. What can we give to the Lord (World, Universe, Buddha, God, etc.) today or any day? We can give the Lord (World, Universe, Buddha, God, etc.) away. And the way we do that so that it is meaningful is by giving love.
The best that we can do as Christians is to love one another. The best we can do as Buddhists is to love one another. The best we can do as Muslims is to love one another. The best we can do for God is to love one another. The best we can do for ourselves is to love one another.
Just Imagine This Kind Of World Where Everyone Loves Each Other. It Must Start With Me.
Spread Some Joy Today–Want joy? Become a lover of people and all that is happening in your life. Wanting more is great from a place of loving where you are, what you are doing, and who you are.

What Problems? I Don’t See Any Problems From Here.

“As we move without,
or advance deep within,
what we see now as an issue
becomes infinitely thin.” 

— Albert K. Strong 

When a problem or an issue has our attention. It can be a real treat to let go of it if even for a few minutes, to see that problem, or problems, or issues from a different perspective. When we come back to them, as we will inevitably do, they may be so much easier to deal with than before. Mentally move out into space for a few moments and see the Earth as beautiful. See the harmony of the Universe in action.

The Power Of Imagination

“Reality can be beaten 
with enough imagination.” 
— Mark Twain 

[Classic post from 7-13-16]

It made me laugh when I saw this perfectly delightful quote because I could relate to it on many levels, and the main level that it resonated with me on was the knowledge that my imagination can always use more time and more inspiration.

It's not that reality and imagination are opposing ideas, although in some ways that might seem true. It is that imagination has infinitely more power, and yet I, for one, love that idea and yet focus less there than would be beneficial in my life.

I also love this quote from the master, Mark Twain: “You can't depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.” 

The power of imagination is right up there with the power of love. We are creators. We create our lives. And though we may do much of our creating with what we see around us, our better power of creation is that that is invisible, or in the ether.

The best thing about imagination, I think, is that it is always an option for us. I would even go so far as to say it is a miracle because I believe this is where miracles actually come from.

When we imagine what we want, how we want to feel, to be, to become, we generate power that when exercised in increasing clarity, comes to pass. We've all done it unknowingly. It's a power that is universal; that is, it is in every single person. It is also Universal, in that all the power that is in the Universe is at our disposal as we see fit. It is also the focusing of that power where the creator best creates.

If there is anything such as work involved, it is focus and clarity which are essentially the same thing. But, there is one thing that greases the wheel so to speak, and it is the joy of the imagining. Imagining what we want and feeling good at the same time is loaded with power. At the same time, and from the same authority, imagining what we don't want and feeling fearful, angry, or generally bad is also loaded with all the power needed to create that which is imagined.

We Cannot Not Choose. We Always Get To Choose. Choice Is A Given Or A Taken.

Spread Some Joy Today–by remembering to imagine joy in your life today.

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