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 November 27, 2006 3:23 PM

Making Life Yours
Perception

There is no secret recipe for happiness and contentment. The individuals who move through life joyously have not necessarily been blessed with lives of abundance, love, success, and prosperity. Such people have, however, been blessed with the ability to take the circumstances they've been handed and make them into something great. Our individual realities are colored by perception-delight and despair come from within rather than without. Situations we regard as fortuitous please us while situations we judge inauspicious cause us no end of grief. Yet if we can look at all we have accomplished without dwelling on our perceived misfortune and make each new circumstance our own, the world as a whole becomes a brighter place. A simple shift in attitude can help us recognize and unearth the hidden potential for personal and outer world fulfillment in every event, every relationship, every duty, and every setback.

The universe is often an unpredictable and chaotic place, and the human tendency is to focus on the negative and assume the positive will care for itself. But life can be no more or no less than what you make of it. If you are working in a job you dislike, you can concentrate on the positive aspects of the position and approach your work with gusto. What can you do with this job that can turn it around so you do love it. When faced with the prospect of undertaking a task you fear, you can view it as an opportunity to discover what you are truly capable of doing. Similarly, unexpected events, when viewed as surprises, can add flavor to your existence. By choosing to love life no matter what crosses your path, you can create an atmosphere of jubilance that is wonderfully infectious. A change in perspective is all it takes to change your world, but you must be willing to adopt an optimistic, hopeful mind-set.

To make a conscious decision to be happy is not enough. You must learn to observe life's complexities through the eyes of a child seeing everything for the first time. You must furthermore divest yourself of preconceived notions of what is good and what is bad so that you can appreciate the rich insights concealed in each stage of your life's journey. And you must strive to discover the dual joys of wanting what you have. As you gradually shift your perspective, your existence will be imbued with happiness and contentment that will remain with you forever.

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 October 16, 2006 2:07 AM

Inspiration of the Day:
In Ghana, West Africa, babies born with disabilities are routinely poisoned or left to die alone; those who survive face a lifetime of begging on the streets. Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah, however, had a different plan: born with a malformed right leg, he shined shoes for $2 a day and refused to accept his country's superstitious shunning of the disabled. On a bicycle supplied by the California-based Challenged Athletes Foundation, using only his left leg, Emmanuel rode almost 380 miles across Ghana and discovered his mission: to improve the lives of the roughly two million disabled Ghanaians. Now able to stand on two feet (thanks to an operation and a high-tech prosthetic, Emmanuel works vigorously to ensure that opportunities are available to all physically challenged Ghanaians. [ more ]

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 October 03, 2006 1:22 PM

Passion as a Creative Force


How passionate is your life? Do you feel passionate about your work, your relationships, or your hobbies? Or has your life become an exercise in boredom and obligation?

We usually envision a steamy romance when we think of passion, but passion can be present in any type of situation. Passion is that great feeling of excitement, joy, and intensity you get when you truly love what you're doing.  Whether you just started an exciting new job, or met someone special, or discovered a fun new hobby, you feel alive and happy and fully engaged with life.

However, you may not have considered the biggest benefit of passion, and that is its potential as a creative force.  We already know that our thoughts can influence our experiences, but emotion (passion especially!) has the potential to take this concept to a new level.  Why is that? Read the full article

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GOD IS IN THE DETAILS October 02, 2006 2:59 PM

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 September 12, 2006 3:50 AM

Elder's Meditation of the Day - September 12 "If you get troubled, go and sit by the river. The flowing water will take your troubles away." --Joe Coyhis, STOCKBRIDGE-MUNSEE Sometimes we get mixed up and we don't know what to do. Go to the river or creek. Take your sage and tobacco; sit and be still. Talk to the water, offer tobacco and the healing water will take your problems downstream. Give thanks.

Great Spirit, heal my mind today, let me see love.

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 August 06, 2006 2:35 PM

Your own magic There are no magic pills that can instantly solve your problems. Life is yours to be lived through, not to be skipped over.

The difficulties add just as much richness to your experience as the delights. The sadness serves to make the joy that much more magnificent.

The challenges are what give the accomplishments real value. The setbacks are what make the rewards so sweet.

The tedium and the excitement, the problems and the pleasures, the satisfaction and the disappointment all merge together into the vibrant and fulfilling symphony that is life. You would not want to miss a single minute of it all.

There is indeed a miracle here, but it's not in a magic pill. It's in the fact that you're alive and aware and able to successfully move through life's ups and downs.

The difficulties do not continue forever, yet the value of making it through them will always be yours. Instead of wishing for a magic pill, dive into the experience of creating your own special magic by the way you live your life.

-- Ralph Marston

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 July 29, 2006 5:15 AM

Small Gestures
Common Courtesy

We often feel that we don't have the time or energy to extend ourselves to others with the small gestures that compose what we call common courtesy. It sometimes seems that this kind of social awareness belongs to the past, to smaller towns and slower times. Yet, when someone extends this kind of courtesy to us, we always feel touched. Someone who lends a helping hand when we are struggling with our groceries makes an impression because many people just walk right by. Even someone who simply makes the effort to look us in the eye, smile, and greet us properly when entering a room stands out of the crowd. It seems these people carry with them the elegance and grace of another time, and we are always thankful for our contact with them. Common courtesy is a small gesture that makes a big difference.

An essential component of common courtesy is awareness and common sense-looking outside yourself to see when someone needs help or acknowledgment. As a courteous person, you are aware that you are walking into a room full of people or that your waiter has arrived to take your order. Then, awareness leads to action. It is usually quite clear what needs to be done-open the door for the woman holding the baby, move your car up two feet so another person can park behind you, acknowledge your sister's shy boyfriend with a smile and some conversation, apologize if you bump into someone. A third component is to give courtesy freely, without expecting anything in return. People may not even take notice, much less return the kindness, but you can take heart in the fact that you are creating the kind of world you want to live in with your actions.

When you are out in the world, remember to be aware of others, lend your hand when one is needed, and give this help without an ulterior motive. Through these small actions, you make this world a better place in which to live.

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 July 08, 2006 1:53 AM

Your Innate Value
Worth

Though much of who and what we are changes as we journey through life, our inherent worth remains constant. While the term self-worth is often used interchangeably with self-esteem, the two qualities are inherently different. Self-esteem is the measure of how you feel about yourself at a given moment in time. Your worth, however, is not a product of your intelligence, your talent, your looks, your good works, or how much you have accomplished. Rather it is immeasurable and unchanging manifestation of your eternal and infinite oneness with the universe. It represents the cornerstone of the dual foundations of optimism and self-belief. Your worth cannot be taken from you or damaged by life's rigors, yet it can easily be forgotten or even actively ignored. By regularly acknowledging your self-worth, you can ensure that you never forget what an important, beloved, and special part of the universe you are.

You are born worthy-your worth is intertwined with your very being. Your concept of your own self-worth is thus reinforced by your actions. Each time you endeavor to appreciate yourself, treat yourself kindly, define your personal boundaries, be proactive in seeing that your needs are met, and broaden your horizons, you express your recognition of your innate value. During those periods when you have lost sight of your worth, you will likely feel mired in depression, insecurity, and a lack of confidence. You'll pursue a counterfeit worth based on judgment rather than the beauty that resides within. When you feel worthy, however, you will accept yourself without hesitation. It is your worth as an individual who is simultaneously interconnected with all living beings that allows you to be happy, confident, and motivated. Because your conception of your worth is not based on the fulfillment of expectations, you'll see your mistakes and failures as just another part of life's jo! urney.

Human beings are very much like drops of water in an endless ocean. Our worth comes from our role as distinct individuals as well as our role as an integral part of something larger than ourselves. Simply awakening to this concept can help you rediscover the copious and awe-inspiring worth within each and every one of us.

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 July 01, 2006 6:14 AM

Life in Your Hands

In the midst of a busy day, it may not always be easy to connect with the present moment or even to simply connect with our own physical body. Instead of acting with our whole being, we may be fragmented and stuck in our minds or negative emotions. A powerful way to connect with the "here and now" is to bring awareness to the subtle life energy that flows through the body.

Try spending a moment being fully "in" your body. Turn your focus inward and see if you can tune into this life energy. Begin with your hands and see if you can sense a warmth.... a tingling.... a vibration. Hold this awareness for a moment. Now, move your focus to other parts of the body. Keep scanning the body, moving up and down in waves. Then, remain still, and as you sense the body as a whole.... you will become very present.

Connecting with the life force that animates you will provide a reminder that there is more to being human than the mundane activity of the mind. Focusing on the life force in your hands, for example, can help you to stay in touch with the life that is happening all around you.




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 June 19, 2006 6:53 AM

Our abilities in life are directly proportional to our beliefs. This is a lesson I've been learning first hand over the past week. So many of us don't realize that our own concept of limitations is what holds us back 99% of the time.

As I wrote in an email to a friend recently, "For most of my life, I've felt like a kid standing next to a bicycle, saying, 'Boy, I wish I could ride one of those.' Actually climbing ON and trying never occurred to me." I had the thought set in my mind that I couldn't do certain things, so I didn't even try. Once I decided to give it a go, I discovered that not only could I do these things, they came fairly easy to me. What a lesson.

Ah, but it gets even better. Once you have an experience like this, you automatically begin to ponder what else you're capable of. Suddenly there seem to be no limitations. Your very perception of reality is altered. As the character Morpheus said to Neo in the movie, "The Matrix" -- "What is real? Only that which you can smell, touch or taste?" [paraphrased]

Thoughts are intangible, but we know they are real. Dreams are intangible but also real. So it follows that your Dreams (hopes, deepest heart's desires) are also real. Which means you can create them in this lifetime, right here, right now. The two questions facing you are:

1) Do I WANT to create them?

2) Do I believe I CAN create them?

If your answer to either of those questions is "no" - guess what? You will not create them. Your own mind is saying that it's not possible, so it will not be possible. If your answer to these questions is "yes", what now? How do you create what you want?


Take the logical steps - If you want to be a pilot, you obviously wouldn't just hop into a plane and try flying it. There is a learning curve invovled. You would take classes, observe your instructor flying, and then in little bits you would operate the plane yourself. Manifesting our heart's desires is not like waving a magic wand and having it magically appear. It happens in stages. Even if you were able to magically create what you want, you probably wouldn't be mentally prepared to accept it - or know what to do with it when it arrived.

Take the Leap - After your classroom instruction and practice flights with your instructor, there will come a moment when you alone will be flying that plane. Here is where you "take the leap" and trust in your own abilities. By this time, you know you can fly that plane. You've learned all about the mechanical and navigational aspects of the plane. You've watched your instructor fly many times, and you have flown yourself, with your instructor present. But now it's all on you. Sure, there is probably a little fear in your heart. Self-doubt comes creeping in: "What if I forget all my training? What if the plane malfunctions? Am I crazy for trying this?" But as the moments pass and you realize you're doing it - exhilaration takes over. There is no greater feeling in the world. Suddenly anything seems possible.

I want that for you. I want you to smash your self-limitations to bits. I believe that you are capable of so much more than you're doing right now. The question is, do you?

About the Author: Wendy Betterini is a freelance writer who strives to motivate, uplift, and inspire you to make your dreams a reality. Visit her website, http://www.WingsForTheHeart.com for more positive thoughts to help you on your journey.

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 June 12, 2006 4:47 AM

A place to live If there are things that are missing in your life, ask yourself this question. Have you given those things a place to live?

The person who has many friends is the person who has made a place for friendship in her life. The person who is amazingly knowledgeable is the person who has made a place for learning in his life.

In order to receive a delivery at your home, you must tell the delivery service where to take it. In the same way, for the best things in life to be yours, you must provide a space within your life where they can arrive.

Make a place in your life for love, and love will certainly fill it. Make a place within your life for joy, and joy will soon be there.

Create the time, the space, the energy, the interest, the passion and the commitment in your life for whatever it is you seek. And the things you seek will begin to inhabit the places you have made for them.

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 June 05, 2006 4:40 PM

Translate Take your deepest desires, values and purposes, and translate them into thoughts. Then take those thoughts, and put them into words.

Next, put the words into action. And then, grow the actions into commitments.

Translate those commitments so that they resonate in the world and in the lives around you. And you will end up with valuable, meaningful achievements that flow from your deepest values.

Start with knowing and understanding the authentic person you are. Then work to express yourself within the context of the world in which you live. Translate your inner values outward into all of life. And life will grow more beautiful.

Translate the unique person you are into terms that the world can understand, value, appreciate, benefit from, and enjoy. And you will experience rich, meaningful success.

-- Ralph Marston


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 June 02, 2006 4:27 AM

Remembering Who We Are
Brave Spirits

Most of us are familiar with the idea that we are not human beings having spiritual experiences; instead, we are spiritual beings having human experiences. We hear this and even though we may experience a resounding yes in our bodies, we may not take the time to really acknowledge the truth of these statements. Integrating this idea into how we view ourselves can broaden our sense of who we are and help us appreciate ourselves as brave spirits on an important mission to learn and grow here on earth.

As spiritual beings, we are visitors in this physical realm. The fact that we came here and lost all memory of what happened to us before we were born is one of the many reasons that it takes so much courage for a soul to incarnate on earth. This is why spiritual inquiry so often feels like a remembering-because it is. Remembering that we are spiritual beings is part of the work that we are here on earth to do. When we operate from a place of remembering, we tap into the wisdom that our spirit accumulated even before we stepped into this lifetime. Remembering who we are can give us the patience to persevere when we become overwhelmed or frustrated. It can give us the courage to work through the most daunting challenges and help us trust the ancient wisdom we carry that is offered to us by our intuition.

We have chosen to be on earth because there is something we want to learn that can only happen by inhabiting a body. Some of us are here to repay a debt, learn about love, or teach forgiveness. Most of us are here for a combination of reasons, we carry this information in our souls, all we have to do is remember. As you go through your journey, try not to forget how brave you are, being here now. Honor yourself.

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 May 31, 2006 4:10 PM

The little opportunities Each day is filled with opportunities to make a difference. Many of those opportunities may seem small and insignificant, yet you have no way of knowing where they can lead.

Life's big opportunities rarely come to you as such. The vast majority of the big opportunities start out very small and must be lovingly nurtured.

Be willing to take care of the little things, and your effectiveness at doing so will put you in a position to influence the big things. Figure out how to make just a little, ordinary, positive contribution and you'll be well on your way to big, extraordinary achievements.

There is never any need to beg anyone for the chance to prove yourself. Life gives you ample opportunities for doing so in every moment.

Let go of the assumption that your time is too valuable for you to be bothered with the little things. Remember that the little things can make the difference between success and failure.

Hold on to the biggest, most ambitious vision you can imagine. And be willing to get your hands dirty doing the little things that will make that it happen.

-- Ralph Marston

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 May 27, 2006 2:39 PM

Impossible becomes real Impossible is nothing more than a concept that exists in the mind. Impossible is really just someone's opinion.

Many things that once were considered impossible are now commonplace. Think of all the things you use in your daily life that could not have even been imagined a couple of centuries ago.

What does it really mean when something is thought to be impossible? It usually means that, so far, no one has figured out how to do it.

Given sufficient time, commitment, effort, discipline and purpose, the impossible becomes real. What was once unreachable for anyone can become available to everyone.

Are there things you don't even dare to dream because you assume they are impossible? Rise above your limited perspective, go beyond your limiting assumptions and realize that the impossible regularly becomes real on a daily basis.

Choose to follow your highest vision, in each moment, in each decision, in each thought and action. And leave the concept of impossible far, far behind you.

-- Ralph Marston

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 May 17, 2006 12:03 PM

Seasons of Beauty
Aging Gracefully

We tend to associate youth with beauty, but the truth is that beauty transcends every age. Just as a deciduous tree is stunning in all its stages-from its full leafy green in the summer to its naked skeleton during winter and everything in between-human beings are beautiful throughout their life spans.

The early years of our lives tend to be about learning and experiencing as much as we possibly can. We move through the world like sponges, absorbing the ideas of other people and the world. Like a tree in spring, we are waking up to the world. In this youthful phase of life, our physical strength, youth, and beauty help open doors and attract attention. Gradually, we begin to use the information we have gathered to form ideas and opinions of our own. As we cultivate our philosophy about life, our beauty becomes as much about what we are saying, doing, and creating as it is about our appearance. Like a tree in summer, we become full, expressive, beautiful, and productive.

When the time comes for us to let go of the creations of our middle lives, we are like a tree in autumn dropping leaves, as we release our past attachments and preparing for a new phase of growth. The children move on, and careers shift or end. The lines on our faces, the stretch marks, and the grey hairs are beautiful testaments to the fullness of our experience. In the winter of our lives, we become stripped down to our essence like a tree. We may become more radiant than ever at this stage, because our inner light shines brighter through our eyes as time passes. Beauty at this age comes from the very core of our being-our essence. This essence is a reminder that there is nothing to fear in growing older and that there is a kind of beauty that comes only after one has spent many years on earth.

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FROM THE DAILY OM May 05, 2006 1:46 PM

Fluid Like A River
Living Like Water

The journey of water as it flows upon the earth can be a mirror of our own paths through life. Water begins its residence on earth as it falls from the sky or melts from ice and streams down a mountain into a tributary or stream. In the same way, we come into the world and begin our lives on earth. Like a river that flows within the confines of its banks, we are born with certain defining characteristics that govern our identity. We are born in a specific time and place, within a specific family, and with certain gifts and challenges. Within these parameters, we move through life, encountering many twists, turns, and obstacles along the way just as a river flows.

Water is a great teacher that shows us how to move through the world with grace, ease, determination, and humility. When a river breaks at a waterfall, it gains energy and moves on, as we encounter our own waterfalls, we may fall hard but we always keep moving on. Water can inspire us to not become rigid with fear or cling to what's familiar. Water is brave and does not waste time clinging to its past, but flows onward without looking back. At the same time, when there is a hole to be filled, water does not run away from it in fear of the dark; instead, water humbly and bravely fills the empty space. In the same way, we can face the dark moments of our life rather than run away from them.

Eventually, a river will empty into the sea. Water does not hold back from joining with a larger body, nor does it fear a loss of identity or control. It gracefully and humbly tumbles into the vastness by contributing its energy and merging without resistance. Each time we move beyond our individual egos to become part of something bigger, we can try our best to follow the lead of the river.

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FROM MY FRIEND ELIZABETH F April 25, 2006 11:21 PM

The Sculptor's Attitude
-- Author Unknown


I woke up early today, excited over all I get to do before the clock strikes midnight. I have responsibilities to fulfill today. I am important. My job is to choose what kind of day I am going to have.

Today I can complain because the weather is rainy or I can be thankful that the grass is getting watered for free.

Today I can feel sad that I don't have more money or I can be glad that my finances encourage me to plan my purchases wisely and guide me away from waste.

Today I can grumble about my health or I can rejoice that I am alive.

Today I can lament over all that my parents didn't give me when I was growing up or I can feel grateful that they allowed me to be born.

Today I can cry because roses have thorns or I can celebrate that thorns have roses.

Today I can mourn my lack of friends or I can excitedly embark upon a quest to discover new relationships.

Today I can whine because I have to go to work or I can shout for joy because I have a job to do.

Today I can complain because I have to go to school or eagerly open my mind and fill it with rich new tidbits of knowledge.

Today I can murmur dejectedly because I have to do housework or I can feel honored because the Lord has provided shelter for my mind, body and soul.

Today stretches ahead of me, waiting to be shaped. And here I am, the sculptor who gets to do the shaping.

What today will be like is up to me. I get to choose what kind of day I will have!

What will you choose to do with Today?

Have a Great Day... unless you have other plans.




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 April 24, 2006 10:11 PM

Finding The Gift
Bad Days

We all have days from time to time when it feels like the world is against us or that the chaos we are experiencing will never end. One negative circumstance seems to lead to another. You may wonder, on a bad day, whether anything in your life will ever go right again. But a bad day, like any other day, can be a gift. Having a bad day can show you that it is time to slow down, change course, or lighten up. A bad day can help you glean wisdom you might otherwise have overlooked or discounted. Bad days can certainly cause you to experience uncomfortable feelings you would prefer to avoid, yet a bad day may also give you a potent means to learn about yourself.

You may consider a bad day to be one where you've missing an important meeting because your car stalled, the dryer broke, and you received a piece of very bad news earlier in the morning. Multiple misfortunes that take place one after the other can leave us feeling vulnerable and intensely cognizant of our fragility. But bad days can only have a long-term negative effect on us if we let them. It is better to ask yourself what you can learn from these kinds of days. The state of your bad day may be an indicator that you need to stay in and hibernate or let go of your growing negativity.

Bad days contribute to the people we become. Though we may feel discouraged and distressed on our bad days, a bad day can teach us patience and perseverance. It is important to remember that your attitude drives your destiny and that one negative experience does not have to be the beginning of an ongoing stroke of bad luck. A bad day is memorable because it is one day among many good days - otherwise, we wouldn't even bother to acknowledge it as a bad day. Know too, that everybody has bad days, you are not alone, the world is not against you. Tomorrow is guaranteed to be a brighter day.

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 April 19, 2006 2:51 AM

Sharing our feelings can create a deeper sense of intimacy and connection in our relationships. Interacting with people in meaningful ways provides an opening for us to share our feelings. Whether we express our emotions verbally or through loving actions, our loved ones will appreciate our desire to create a more fulfilling connection. Most often, they will be willing to reciprocate by opening up to us as well and making a connection. This open communication lends powerful energy to our relationships and encourages them to grow. Making an effort to spend time with others and letting them know how much you care today can open the door to more fulfilling, meaningful relationships.
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 April 13, 2006 7:18 AM

Having a strong belief in our own level of personal power can give us the confidence to be more purposeful and productive in our interactions. When we feel that others are trying to assert their power over us, our first instinct might be to fight back and resist. Though this might seem like the best reaction in order to hold our own, much of the time we can benefit by taking a softer approach. If we can instead choose to tap into our own inner power, we won’t feel the need to prove ourselves to others or worry that they will overwhelm us with their will. We can then work cooperatively with others without worrying about being persuaded into something we disagree with. By embracing your inner strength and allowing it to infuse your interactions with others today, you will be able to release your anxiety and come to agreeable solutions with minimal conflict.
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 April 11, 2006 2:24 PM

Collective Good
The Greater Cause

With all that takes place in our lives, it can sometimes be easy to overlook the fact that we're part of something greater than ourselves-a collective consciousness, the Universe, a greater cause. Because of our tendency to forget this, we might make decisions in our lives that don't reflect that responsibility that comes with this belonging. All too often, we focus just on the short-term, tangible gain to ourselves without worrying about its consequences. Other times, we may discard the greater cause because it seems like "hard work." The challenge is to expand our minds so that we transcend the distinction between self and others, so we are aware of how our choices and actions can impact a greater cause.

Contributing to the greater cause doesn't have to be all about self-sacrifice. For example, if you plant a tree in a community space, its shelter will cool and protect you as well as your neighbors. Or, your reward might be in the form of the beauty that you now see in that space or the sincere smiles of appreciation from neighbors. When you serve the greater cause you also serve your greater good. There is nothing that you cannot do for your highest good that will not benefit the good of all. For example, saying no to a relationship that isn't right for you not only benefits you but serves the greater good of the other person that you are honoring with your honesty. Saying yes to your dream job not only fulfills you but also serves the people that will benefit from your enthusiasm and productivity.

When you know you are serving a greater cause, there is little room for fear and doubt. You know that what you do will benefit others, so there is no way the universe is not going to support your efforts - even if sometimes it may not look that way. Serving the greater cause allows you to live from the space of your greatness. When you know that what you do can serve a greater cause, you are aware of your power and ability to influence and create change in this world.

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 April 08, 2006 3:51 PM

Using the power of our imaginations to create opportunities can help us achieve our goals more quickly and efficiently. Rather than using the power of our imaginations in aimless ways, we can learn to consciously harness the power of our creative thoughts and channel them toward the pursuit of our goals and dreams. As we learn how to use our imaginations to create new opportunities and alternate paths to our goals, we expand our possibilities. Doors will open for us, and we can take advantage of the many opportunities that come our way. Combining your imagination with conscious intent to attract more opportunities today could help you take a great leap forward in the achievement of your goals.  [ send green star]
 
 April 03, 2006 3:28 PM


Thoreau affirmed, "I went to the woods because I wanted to live
deliberately. I wanted to love deep and suck out all the marrow of life."

Sadly, very few people on this planet live deliberately. Instead of sucking
all the marrow out of life, the unchosen lives they reluctantly lead are
sucking all the marrow out of their souls. Perhaps it's time for a little
more madness in your life.........not destructive madness, but the kind of
outrageousness that demonstrates that you cannot be predicted. ~ Alan Cohen

To finish this very SHORT but MEANINGFUL article, just click on the
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http://www.intouchmag.com/live-now.html

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 March 28, 2006 7:19 PM

InnerSelf.com - Daily Inspiration:


When you open your heart to Divine Intelligence, miracles happen in your
life. Miracles are nothing but natural laws put into action by beings who
understand their application.


When you're poised and centered, you have power. You become like a Jedi
knight and The Force is with you.


Not because you want to gain control, but because you honor yourself and
your life enough to embrace it all, the highs and lows are in perfect balance.


EXCERPTED FROM the InnerSelf.com article:

All In Divine Order

by Dr. John F. Demartini.


TO READ MORE of this excerpt, go to


http://www.innerself.com/Creating_Realities/demartini07243.htm
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 March 23, 2006 3:28 AM

23 March 2006

“Love is the only sane and satisfactory answer to the problem of human existence.”

Erich Fromm, born this day in 1900 Germany, was jolted into adulthood by WW I, and escaped the Nazis for America in 1938. Raised a Jew, he evolved into an ‘atheistic mystic’. Fromm resisted mightily the despair and cynicism that was woven into the philosophy of his day, and found within himself the roots of a new psychology, built upon hope and heart, rather than a catalog of human ills.

“Our whole culture is based on the appetite for buying, on the idea of a mutually favorable exchange. Modern man’s happiness consists in the thrill of looking at the shop windows, and in buying all that he can afford to buy... He (or she) looks for [a love partner] in a similar way...”

The capacity to love is primary, and yet “almost everything else is considered to be more important: success, prestige, money, power...” the acquisition of all the accoutrements that make us an attractive love object. The result: “There is hardly any activity, any enterprise, which is started with such tremendous hopes and expectations, and yet, which fails so regularly, as love...” And to resolve this dilemma, 

“The first step to take is to become aware that love is an art, just as living is an art; if we want to learn how to love we must proceed in the same way we have to proceed if we want to learn any other art, say music, painting, carpentry, or the art of medicine or engineering.” ...and of course, we must culture our souls.

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 March 22, 2006 10:03 AM


Wolfman has received 7 new, 94 total stars from Care2 membersWolfman has been awarded 43 butterflies for taking action at Care2 Wolfman R.
 

InnerSelf.com - Daily Inspiration:


Everything in our lives -- including all the crappy things -- is a choice
that we have made for ourselves.


That is a difficult fact to face for most of us, since it's much easier to
blame random circumstances in our lives than to accept responsibility for our
own actions.


The first step toward inner and outer peace is accepting responsibility
for our lives.


EXCERPTED FROM the InnerSelf.com article:

Dark Night of the Soul

by Jason Augustus Newcomb.


TO READ MORE of this excerpt, go to


http://www.innerself.com/Creating_Realities/newcomb_jason_02014.htm
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 March 17, 2006 8:50 AM

InnerSelf.com - Daily Inspiration:


Take time out during the day for quiet time to listen to your inner voice.
I call this inner voice the voice of God.


You may want to use your quiet time to meditate or pray. However you use
this time, the key is to shut out all of the noise around you by focusing deep
within yourself. Breathing deeply during quiet time will also help you focus.


I know it's hard to find quiet time during a particularly busy day, but
it's so important - even if it's just 10 minutes a day and you have to sneak
away to get it. Quiet time can really make a difference in your life.


EXCERPTED FROM the InnerSelf.com article:

Does Perfect Love Exist?

by Cynthia Legette Davis.


TO READ MORE of this excerpt, go to


http://www.innerself.com/Relationships/does_perfect_love_exist.htm
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 March 15, 2006 3:37 AM

When we do good things for people we strengthen our connection to mankind. Being of service to those in need puts us in touch with our own humanity. The desire to show care and concern for one another’s success and happiness is as naturally ingrained as our desire to be good to ourselves. We often find that the return is greater when we use our resources for the good of those around us. We feel connected and indispensable and are immediately struck by how incredibly blessed we are to be in the position to be helpful to those who are less fortunate. Offer yourself in the service of others today, and you will reap a bounty of benefits from the experience.
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 March 08, 2006 9:02 PM

When we receive praise from others, the confidence it instills within can aid us in making strides toward more growth and achievement. Being commended for the work we do gives us a sense of self-appreciation and reminds us that our efforts are important and noted by those around us. We are motivated by their positive feedback to continue on our course and are often inspired to take new risks. Because we undertake these endeavors while feeling confident, we increase the chance of success. Put yourself in line to receive acknowledgment and validation for your work today, and you will have a wellspring of confidence to draw from when you begin new endeavors.
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 March 06, 2006 9:48 AM

Every time we do something beyond the parameters of our normal daily routine, we experience an awakening of the mind and senses. We become alert, fully present, and motivated by our curiosity to discover, experiment, and experience every aspect of what’s unfamiliar. Luckily, there is a treasure trove of unknown pleasures and adventures available to us at any moment. A conscious decision to seek these things is all that is needed to make a start toward a life of constant motion, learning, and exploration. Travel, see local sights, or experience new activities today, and your life will become one big adventure.
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 February 25, 2006 3:42 AM

When we are
enthusiastic about learning, we can reap the full benefits of any attempts to
expand our knowledge. When are open to new ideas, we come to learning with a
beginner’s mind. We know there is a lot we don’t know, so we come to our
endeavors with a space of emptiness that we are eager to fill. Making mistakes
and “not knowing” become part of the process rather than perceived liabilities.
Our desire to learn keeps us wanting to find out more information and learn more
skills. Like sponges, we absorb knowledge. Allow your excitement and hope to
manifest as the willingness to learn and improve today, and watch your skills
and knowledge grow.
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 February 22, 2006 11:13 AM

Becoming comfortable with our own power enables us to take action. There is a strength and authority within each of us. By recognizing and identifying with this power, we successfully harness it. We are aware of the influence we have over others and realize that it is up to us to put this power to the best possible use. The confidence this feeling provides—especially when we are clear about our intentions—can help us communicate with passion and poise. Our friends and colleagues acknowledge our self-assurance, appreciate the suggestions and ideas we express, and are likely to follow our lead. Touch base with your personal power and your ability to influence others today, and you will be inspired to take action.
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 February 19, 2006 10:02 PM

When we approach the world with a positive attitude, the manifestation of blessings is a natural result. Sometimes it is simply because our joyful point of view enables us to see opportunities we might have otherwise missed. Usually, it is because our positive energy is like a beam that radiates outward, magnetizing abundance and success and love to us. Blessings flow in from every direction and continue to come as long as we can maintain our optimism. When you maintain an optimistic mind-set, it becomes difficult for anything that isn’t for your highest good to exist within the framework of your personal reality. Keep a positive and confident attitude as you go about your worldly dealings today, and you will generate a cache of blessings.  [ send green star]
 
 February 17, 2006 10:20 AM

Do you mean we have to start seeing ourselves the way we want to be, our highest vision of who we are and could become. And when we actually hold that in our mind then we grow towards becoming that?

Neale Donald Walsch: Indeed! And of course the trick, when we are looking at who we are, is to not focus on outward realities.

To Learn More, click on the following link:
http://www.intouchmag.com/neale2.html
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 February 08, 2006 10:36 PM

Wouldn't it be blissful to step out of the rat race, to actually stop time and just 'be'? Imagine the peace and freedom of timelessness. An impossible dream? I think not. ~ Annett Tate

To Learn More, click on the following link:
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 February 06, 2006 5:10 AM

Question: What is the single most important and easiest way to get what you want?
Answer: choose one (a) Imagination (b) Imagination (c) Imagination.

If
you chose imagination, you are "correct". A quote from Richard Bach's
"Illusions", "Just your imagination ? Of Course it's your imagination
!. Where your "thinking" is, is where your experience is. As you think,
so you ARE. To bring anything into your life, Imagine it is already
there". ~ Susan James


To Learn More, click on the following link:
http://www.intouchmag.com/Getting-What-You-Want.html
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 February 05, 2006 2:02 AM

Today, a very short piece on rising above criticism. I used to take almost everything people said about me or to me to heart. If a hundred people said something wonderful to me and one person criticized me, I would focus on that one person's words and forget about the other hundred. Well, I have long gotten over that and while I always look to see if there is an element of truth or wisdom in what someone has to say, I no longer let any negative comments destroy me.

 It takes courage to go for your dreams. So today I hope you will enjoy the following short piece centered around this theme entitled "Rise Above"

Just click on the following link:
http://www.intouchmag.com/Rise-Above-And-Soar.html
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 February 03, 2006 2:34 PM

Today... 5 Everyday Tools for Using Law of Attraction by Michael Losier
Things you can do to stop focusing on what you don't want and start focusing on what you do want.

To Enjoy More, click on the following link:
http://www.intouchmag.com/Using-Law-Of-Attraction.html

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 February 02, 2006 1:36 AM

Being in the company of friends can help us release our stores of mental and
physical energy. Being around those we're close to stimulates and motivates us.
We are inspired to take action and do things we may not have done on our own.
And our friends' presence can make us feel enthusiastic because we multiply our
enjoyment when we have people to share life with. Everything we do with our
friends becomes infused with more pleasure. Do something with your friends
today-anything from having a conversation to playing a challenging sport-and you
will have found a terrific outlet for your physical and mental restlessness.
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 February 01, 2006 12:18 PM

"Each day, everyone of us, has a new opportunity to make a huge difference in this world."  As we get ready to enter a new month- what kind of difference will YOU make in February 2006?

To Enjoy More of this short article, click on the following link: Please forward the link below to anyone else you think may enjoy it.   Have a beautiful day and take care.

http://www.intouchmag.com/another-day-to-love.html

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 January 30, 2006 8:50 PM

Today, a short and sweet piece about True Prosperity.

"When people speak of prosperity, they generally mean success, and measure it in terms of financial abundance. There are books, seminars, and training sessions designed to help individuals to be prosperous. Clearly, many are seeking the path to prosperity. Ironically, when one is seeking prosperity, the message they give to themselves and the universe is that they do not have enough. This is a scarcity mentality, and tends only to manifest more scarcity." Gwen Randall Young

To LEARN more, just click on the following link. Enjoy and please forward this email along to a friend or family member who is wanting to improve their life and their finances.
http://www.intouchmag.com/true-prosperity.html
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 January 25, 2006 11:39 AM

I am sure you will enjoy the following entitled :
What d'You Know? by Win Dinn

After
you finish reading it and relating to a lot of it I am sure, take some
time and ask yourself what it is that YOU have come to really KNOW over
the course of your lifetime. It will probably amaze and delight you.
Here is today's inspiration.


"I know that the smallest people in the world can teach the largest lessons
I know that there are angels on this planet disguised as people
I know that being present to another person is a great offering
I know that reading is a solace, an education, and a blessing
I know that the biggest challenges contain the biggest gifts
I know that love is the most powerful emotion in the world
I know that what I do is far less important than what I am"

To Enjoy More, click on the following link:
http://www.intouchmag.com/win.html
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 January 13, 2006 2:18 AM

Today is about Angels and hearing their messages to us:

From the Angels:

"We aren't that difficult to hear, if you will listen for us with an open heart.
Most of the time, we are closer to you than you can imagine. A whisper, a thought, is the only signal we need from you to get a conversation started. We have enormous respect for what you're going through here on planet Earth at this time. We never seek to interfere with your lives, only to bring you blessings of insights and new ways of looking at yourselves." ~ Doreen Virtue

To learn more, click on the following link. Enjoy and please foreward this email onto anyone you know who loves Angles and is looking to improve their life this new year.
http://www.intouchmag.com/Doreen-Virtue.html
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anonymous  January 12, 2006 8:39 AM

Life is a series of experiences, each one of which makes us bigger, even though it is hard to realize this. For the world was built to develop character, and we must learn that the setbacks and grief which we endure help us in our marching onward.

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The Bible and the Coal Wicker Basket Story January 11, 2006 6:06 AM

The Bible and the Old Wicker Coal Basket

The story is told of an old man who lived on a farm in the mountains of eastern Kentucky with his young grandson. Each morning, Grandpa was up early sitting at the kitchen table reading from his old worn-out Bible. His grandson who wanted to be just like him tried to imitate him in any way he could.

One day the grandson asked, "Papa, I try to read the Bible just like you but I don't understand it, and what I do understand I forget as soon as I close the book. What good does reading the Bible do?" The Grandfather quietly turned from putting coal in the stove and said, "Take this old wicker coal basket down to the river and bring back a basket of water."

The boy did as he was told, even though all the water leaked out before he could get back to the house. The grandfather laughed and said, "You will have to move a little faster next time," and sent him back to the river with the basket to try again. This time the boy ran faster, but again the old wicker basket was empty before he returned home. Out of breath, he told his grandfather that it was "impossible to carry water in a basket," and he went to get a bucket instead. The old man said, "I don't want a bucket of water; I want a basket of water. You can do this. You're just not tryinghard enough," and he went out the door to watch the boy try again.

At this point, the boy knew it was impossible, but he wanted to show his grandfather that even if he ran as fast as he could, the water would leak out before he got far at all. The boy scooped the water and ran hard, but when he reached his grandfather the basket was again empty. Out of breath, he said, "See Papa, it's useless!"

"So you think it is useless?" The old man said, "Look at the basket."

The boy looked at the basket and for the first time he realized that the basket looked different. Instead of a dirty old wicker
coal basket, it was clean.

"Son, that's what happens when you read the Bible. You might not understand or remember everything, but when you read it, it will
change you from the inside out." That is the work of God in our lives - to change us from the inside out and to slowly transform us into the image of His son.

Moral of the wicker basket story: Take time to read a portion of
God's word each day; it will affect you for good even if you don't
retain a word.
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 January 11, 2006 3:05 AM

"But the single most thing that has been with me day in, day out,
in sickness and in health, in sorrow and joy, in quiet moments and in
celebration, in the depths of despair and the heights of the
awesomeness of life, is my journal.


My journal is my friend, my
confidante. I have always been able to see things more clearly when I
am writing them down. It calms me, and helps me to feel all the things
that I'm trying not to feel. I don't seem to be able to fool myself
when I write. It helps me see myself differently. My journal is my
reflection, a mirror to the inner part of me." ~ Shena Meadowcroft


Just
click on the following link to read more:  Please foreward this email
onto anyone you know who is looking to improve their life this new
year.  Enjoy!

http://www.intouchmag.com/journaling.html
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 January 07, 2006 8:37 AM

"Do your little bit of good where you are; it's those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world."
Author:Archbishop Desmond Tutu

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 January 07, 2006 8:22 AM

"Do your little bit of good where you are; it's those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world."
Author:Archbishop Desmond Tutu


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 January 03, 2006 3:59 AM

Messengers Of Light
Rainbows

The ancient Greeks believed that the goddess Iris used rainbows
to travel from the heavens to earth, gliding down the colorful slide to deliver
messages from the gods to humans. Looking at a rainbow, it is easy to see how it
came to be seen as a mode for divine communication. When one appears, we stop
what we're doing and stare in amazement. Something magical has penetrated our
everyday world and blessed us with it's beauty.

Every culture has
witnessed the rainbow and attempted to make sense of it in its own way. In
recent years, it has been interpreted as a message of racial unity-a symbol
representing the potential for the harmonious coming together of all the various
tribes of the earth. In Tibetan Buddhism, when a great yogi or yogini passes on,
rainbows appear at the time of passing. This is referred to as the attainment of
the rainbow body. What it means is that the soul in question purified itself so
completely as to be free of darkness at the time of death.

These
philosophies challenge the perception that the universe is necessarily
dualistic, that war and peace, darkness and light, are two sides of one coin.
According to these interpretations, harmony and pure light are ultimately
capable of absorbing and healing conflict and negativity, the rainbow acting as
a symbol of a higher realm of consciousness in which these aspects cease to
exist.

This transformation is achieved, not through repressing
negativity, but through bathing it in the light and allowing the power of the
light to absorb it. In this way, the rainbow is indeed a cosmic messenger
reminding us of the power of our individual and collective higher consciousness,
through which we have the power to heal our world and ourselves.

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 January 01, 2006 12:51 PM

The Wisdom of Cocooning
Inspired by The Legacy of Luna, by Julia Butterfly Hill (Harper SanFrancisco, 2000).

Simple Solution
Through life’s trials and hardships we arise beautiful and free.
--Julia Butterfly Hill

Throughout her life, butterflies have appeared to Julia Butterfly Hill in times of need, sometimes in reality and sometimes in dreams and visions. For Julia--as for so many of us--the butterfly has became a symbol of transformation.

We can all internalize the process of the butterfly, which is really about understanding--and then letting go of--our attachments. What does the cocoon have to do with it? Why are times of cocooning so important, even though our culture urges us to produce endlessly without respite?

Find out what lessons the butterfly holds for us, as explained by this great compassionate activist, here:

"True transformation occurs only when we can look at ourselves squarely and face our attachments and inner demons, free from the buzz of commercial distraction and false social realities. We have to retreat into our own cocoons and come face-to-face with who we are. We have to turn toward our own inner darkness. For only by abandoning its attachments and facing the darkness does the caterpillar’s body begin to spread out and its light, beautiful wings begin to form.

"Even then, the caterpillar must shed one last attachment--to the dark cramped space it has gotten used to--and begin breaking through the barrier of self in which it has wrapped itself. It doesn’t have a clue what lies beyond, but it responds to this higher calling anyway.

"Similarly, only once we let go of all we know, including all our self-centered concerns, and break free of the cocoons we spin around ourselves to shut out the word can we become the truly beautiful beings we are meant to be."Helpful Hints
Learn how living for two years in a giant redwood tree helped Julia to overcome her demons and transform herself into an emblem of compassionate activism in her book, The Legacy of Luna.
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 December 30, 2005 2:48 PM

...Nature and life is endless
Has been since the beginning of time
It can teach us so much
If we but open our hearts and minds
So today be aware of all that surrounds you
Be open, You never know what you may learn..
love is all...jaz
.What brings understanding is love.
When your heart is full, then you will listen to the teacher, to the
beggar,
to the laughter of children, to the rainbow, and to the sorrow of man.
Under every stone and leaf, that which is eternal exists.
J. Krishnamurti
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anonymous  December 26, 2005 7:07 AM

The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other's life. Rarely do members of one family grow up under the same roof.

Richard Bach

 

 

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 December 25, 2005 11:31 AM

Elder's Meditation of the Day -
December 25


"When you see a new trail, or a footprint that you do not
know, follow it to the point of knowing."


--Grandmother of Charles Eastman, SANTEE SIOUX


We never gain new knowledge or new experience unless we are
willing to take risks. It's good to be curious. Also, it pays to be cautious.
Walk in balance. The path of the Warrior is filled with opportunities to seek
new knowledge. As we travel down the Red Road, we will run into trails of
opportunity. Down each of these trails are experiences from which we will learn.
Experience plus action is the beginning of knowledge."


Great Spirit, help me to make good choices in choosing only
the trails You would have me take.
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 December 20, 2005 12:54 PM

Have you ever taken action knowing it was not the right time or place to do so? How about feeling tired and worn out wondering how you were ever going to continue? Have you ever felt like a piece of you was missing? I have known exactly how you feel. ~ Amanda Butler

To Read More click on the following link:
http://www.intouchmag.com/dolphins.html
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 December 20, 2005 12:54 PM

Have you ever taken action knowing it was not the right time or place to do so?  How about feeling tired and worn out wondering how you were ever going to continue?  Have you ever felt like a piece of you was missing?  I have known exactly how you feel. ~ Amanda Butler

To Read More click on the following link:
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 December 17, 2005 12:23 PM

Something neat to read!

An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life. "A fight is going on inside me"; he said to the boy.

"It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil -he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego. The other is good -he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity,
humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. This same fight is going on inside you - and inside every other person, too."

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, "Which wolf will win?"

The old Cherokee simply replied, "The one you feed."

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From Daily Om December 14, 2005 11:30 AM

Knowing Too Much
Ignorance Can Be Bliss

These days, we can know too much. And while sometimes it can be a great benefit to us to know the tiniest details of events, both bitter and sweet, there are also times when knowing less about the future, our situations, and the world, in general, can be beneficial. Being blissfully ignorant does not mean ignoring vital information or shutting out the world's tragedies. Rather, it is a way to step away from knowledge that may only needlessly have a negative impact on your life experience. It's not always necessary to expose yourself to information that will only overwhelm you, hold you back, or cause you pain. Sometimes, ignorance can be truly blissful.

While having all the information you need can help you make an informed decision, sometimes knowing all the information can be unnecessary excess. Especially when you are trying to pursue a goal, the knowledge of all the ways in which you could fail can keep you from even trying. Blissful ignorance can sometimes propel you forward because you never even knew that the possibility of failure existed. Ignorance can also be bliss when you are facing hardships. If circumstances force you to take on a job you dislike, you may enter your new situation with unpleasant and preconceived notions that can likely create the very circumstances you are dreading. Experiencing a situation with no expectations and no advanced notions can allow you to experience it as new, because your blissful ignorance prevented you from having any preset ideas.

There is nothing wrong with avoiding "too much information," particularly when the knowledge isn't going to serve you. When information is emotionally draining, impedes your progress, causes distress, and isn't necessary to your experience, consider letting it pass you by. Remember the bliss of ignorance can sometimes be a gift.

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anonymous  December 12, 2005 5:53 AM

Be Thankful*

Be thankful that you don't already have everything you desire,
If you did, what would there be to look forward to?

Be thankful when you don't know something
For it gives you the opportunity to learn.

Be thankful for the difficult times.
During those times you grow.

Be thankful for your limitations
Because they give you opportunities for improvement.

Be thankful for each new challenge
Because it will build your strength and character.

Be thankful for your mistakes
They will teach you valuable lessons.

Be thankful when you're tired and weary
Because it means you've made a difference.

It is easy to be thankful for the good things.
A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who are
also thankful for the setbacks.

GRATITUDE can turn a negative into a positive.
Find a way to be thankful for your troubles
and they can become your blessings.

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 December 12, 2005 2:33 AM

" Doodling allows the unconscious to render in symbolic expression. Symbols have universal as well as personal meaning. When you are stuck for an answer to a problem or looking for creative innovation, the technique of doodling will unleash the hidden symbolic powers of the unconscious mind.

... Some people are prolific doodlers when they are talking on the telephone, sitting at a meeting, attending a lecture or sitting in any passive environment. This doodling can reveal important and profound information about how the person was feeling at the time, or, according to Jung, latent emotional conflicts or unexpressed feelings. In truth, no one can interpret our doodling except ourselves. Though certain symbols appear to have universal applications in the deep collective unconscious, how we experience these symbolic expressions in our own life is unique to each of us.

Your subconscious mind is attempting to contact you all the time. It is usually blocked by habitual conscious thought patterns or emotions. It can also be drowned out by the mundane mental trivia that we repeatedly hash over. Learn to allow its conscious expression, preferably every day. "

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 December 08, 2005 11:48 AM

SOUL'S THOUGHT OF THE DAY
By Ms. A.J. Mahari (aka soul)

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Stress is necessary for life. Stress is often given a negative
connotation. We don't experience stress as being positive
until we learn to see its power and purpose in our lives.

Stress is a motivator for change. Stress gets our attention.
Stress is never easy to endure or to calm, yet its value
should not be underestimated.

If we didn't know stress, how would we know the joy and
calm and peace that is possible to experience in life when
we have managed our stress effectively?

Do you panic when you are stressed? Can you accept that
the stress you feel is important for you to acknowledge and
work with?

Let the stress of your daily life be a motivating force for
change in your life.

We will always have some degree of stress in our lives. The
question isn't whether or not we will ever feel stressed, but rather,
how will we choose to handle and manage our stress that matters
most.

Pay attention to what stresses you. Look for the lessons of that
stress. Choose to learn from your stress. Give your stress a
meaningful role in your life. Stress cannot be entirely eliminated.
Accept it and you will learn to handle it much more effectively.

The need for stress is very real. The experience of stress is often
difficult and not pleasant. We can, however, manage our stress much
more effectively when we accept it and when we work with it rather
than against it.


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 December 07, 2005 10:42 PM

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 December 04, 2005 1:43 AM

Soul Boosters

I'm the spirit's janitor. All I do is wipe the windows a little bit so you can see out for yourself.
— Godfrey Chips, Lakota Medicine Man, quoted in Walking on the Wind by Michael Garrett

To Practice This Thought: Be one of those people who does windows.

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 December 03, 2005 2:29 AM

See the beauty


Do you see the beauty in this day? Look around with love and
gratitude in your heart, and the beauty of life will look
back at you from every direction.



Do you see the beauty in the person next to you? Fill your
mind with thoughts of understanding and acceptance, and that
beauty will become abundantly clear.



Do you see the beauty within yourself? Connect to your
highest, most treasured vision of how life can be, and that
beauty will come springing forth.



Do you see the beauty that can be? Open yourself to the most
positive possibilities, and that beauty will pull you
forward into its delightful realm.



Beauty is more than what is on the surface. Beauty is more
than what is obvious.



The most powerful and valuable beauty is the beauty that you
bring to life. See the beauty, and you will make it be.




-- Ralph Marston

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 November 30, 2005 11:56 PM

Plunging Into The Deep
Life Can Be Scary

Life can take us on a roller coaster ride full of highs and lows and twists and turns. Even for those of us who enjoy unexpected thrills, it's frightening to suddenly find ourselves heading for a deep plunge. Yet, it happens to all of us. At these moments, it is important to remember that you are not alone in your experiences. No matter how brave, strong, or levelheaded we are, sometimes, we all get scared.

Our fears may revolve around our physical safety, particularly if we are not feeling well, living under difficult circumstances, or doing work that exposes us to hazardous conditions. Or, we may be experiencing financial woes that are causing us to be fearful about making ends meet. We may also fear the loss of a loved one who is sick, or we may be scared of never finding someone special to spend our life with. We may be scared to start at a new school, begin a different job, move to a new town, or meet new people. Whatever our fears are, they are valid, and we do not need to feel ashamed or embarrassed that we are, at times, afraid.

It may be comforting to know that everyone gets scared, and it is perfectly OK. Sometimes just acknowledging our fears is enough to make us feel better. And while it sometimes takes a lot more to ease our mind, we can console ourselves with the knowledge that life can be scary at times. Giving ourselves permission to be scared lets us move through our fears so we can let it go. It also makes it alright to share our fears with others. Sharing our apprehensions with other people can make our fears less overwhelming because we are not letting them grow inside of us as pent up emotions. Sharing our fears also can lighten our burden because we are not carrying our worries all by ourselves. Remember that you are not alone.

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 November 27, 2005 8:18 PM

The positive side


With every ending comes also a new beginning. With every
disappointment comes a new opportunity for success.



With every mistake comes a new and valuable lesson to be
learned. With every setback comes a new position from which
to move forward.



With every frustration comes the energy to move to a higher
level of achievement. With every challenge comes a new
strategy for taking action.



With every time of darkness comes the chance to make a real
difference by shining your own special light. With every
sadness comes a deeper appreciation for the joys that life
can hold.



With every difficulty comes a new level of strength to be
gained. With every loss comes an increased determination to
win.



Though life has many pitfalls and problems, there is a
positive side to every one of them. Choose to see and live
that positive reality, and no problem will be a problem for
long.




-- Ralph Marston

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 November 25, 2005 5:34 PM

Patience and understanding Here's something to keep in mind as you go through this hectic day. The person who benefits most from your patience is you.

Yes, you'll come across many people who are rude, annoying and self-centered. But does it really serve any positive purpose for you to sink to their depths of negativity?

Instead, take the opportunity to rise to a higher level of peacefulness and understanding. Take the opportunity to practice and strengthen your patience.

Patience and understanding will take you to places where anger, frustration, confusion and anxiety can never reach. Patience and understanding put you in a position of real power and effectiveness.

Practice patience, and you will build real strength. Live with patience and understanding, and a whole new world of valuable opportunities will open up to you.

There's nothing to be gained by reacting to rudeness and anxiety with more rudeness and anxiety of your own making. Respond instead with patience and understanding, and you'll make your world a much better place.

-- Ralph Marston

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 November 24, 2005 2:55 AM

"Things would go well for us if we would think positively about everything." --Mary Hayes, CLAOQUOT Each of our thoughts are like individual seeds. These thoughts will plant our life garden. Whatever our thoughts, they grow in our gardens. Each day we will process about 50,000 thoughts or thought seeds. Positive thoughts will produce positive results. Have you ever been aware of what you are thinking about during the day? Of the possible 50,000 thoughts in one day-if the positive thoughts were flowers and the negative thoughts were weeds-how would your garden look at the end of the day?

Great Spirit, let me plant positive seeds.

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 November 21, 2005 12:55 PM

Personal Tales
Writing Your Story

Everyone, at one time or another, has wanted to express his or her story. Writing a memoir to read privately, share with family or friends, or publish is an emotionally satisfying way to gain perspective on your experiences while sharing your unique voice. We've all experienced feelings and events in our lives that we are longing to write down. Giving in to that urge can give you an outlet for purging any frustration, anxiety, or long-dormant feelings. No one else has to read it. You may even want to write your story without reading it right away. Satisfying the need to tell your story is not predicated upon your writing ability. It does, however take effort to write down the truth in detail. Your memories, captured on paper as descriptive scenes, sights, sounds, and scents, may at first seem disconnected or incomplete. But rest assured that you possess the ability to shape your recollections into stories.

Everyone wants to be heard. Reading your story to others can meet that need. Writing your story can also help you understand your life experiences. And when you finish writing, you may be surprised at what you have accomplished. Your story can encompass as much or as little of your life as you prefer. You may surprise yourself with new insights, or you may find yourself exploring your roots, your identity, and your future through your words. Allow your writing to guide you and write as truthfully as possible. Don't worry about what others will think of your personal journey, your style of writing, or your words.

Research has shown that writing a personal narrative filled with feelings and perceptions can create long-term health benefits. As you write, remember to have compassion for yourself, particularly when writing about traumatic events. If you are a young person, you can add to your life story as you grow older. Your writing may help family members know you better, or they may understand themselves more through reading about your experiences. More importantly, you are expressing yourself in a permanent way, giving a gift to yourself, and letting your voice be heard.

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FROM MY FRIEND ELIZABETH F November 19, 2005 12:16 PM

The Art of Learning and Teaching

From: The Arts of Life by Anthea Church Copyright Brahma Kumaris Australia. Published 1988 by Eternity Ink, Sydney.

Learning and teaching are two players in the same game. When one stops, the other may keep hitting the ball, but the game is dry. There is no fun.

Learning is the ability to absorb something new into your heart. However intrusive or puzzling it may seem, let the lesson be thrown into the air, all that you had fixed already. Know that nothing has been destroyed. For there is no such thing as learning from scratch. There is always something that has to move aside and if it will not shift, it means a philosophy has already formed and so it is too late to learn.  If you want to grow fast, you have to move and stay awake, leave a bit on your plate, walk instead of being driven, say no to things that make you close the door and sit tight. Only when there is a clean mind, can you start to build fixed principles for the future. Cleaning means moving.

Learning doesn't have to hurt, for where there is suppleness, an open mind, you fall softly. It used to hurt, because there was dogma. Now you have no dogma, but you have peace and peace is so accommodating.

Learning is the reward for respecting life. However trivial, recognising in it what is least obvious and yet important, like the fact that a light heart comes from thinking very deeply.  And to respect and recognise, you have to slow down, look carefully and appreciate, but not stop, for lessons are in the doing, in the talking. Silence often reveals them, but carrying them into situations makes them into habits.

Learning is alone, but as in music, gains beauty when it is shared. If ten people in a room hit their next note, the atmosphere becomes electric and in the intensity profundities rikashay. It takes practice and a lot of pure love for each other to learn like that, for if even one is dozing, the tune drags and the sharpness is lost. But when everyone realises with equal joy that the leaps to be made inside are just as important as the business to be done with words, then nothing is ever boring and even the most menial tasks are filled with subtlety.

It is easy to learn on your own, to scrabble through irrelevance and get to the heart of things, for personal rubbish arouses no repulsion. It is just life. Harder and more strengthening is to be together again and not mind the padding that protects the jewel. To sit together and see collectively the moment of sudden importance, even if it is not your own (which does not matter anyway because we are one in learning). To sit together and wait is a sign of love. 

And love is the beginning of teaching too.  For in love, there is so much patience and anonymity. There is no need to introduce yourself, for when love is in the atmosphere, but not confined to a single relationship, then everyone reaches their potential. When love is just between two people, the one who is learning can learn as much as the teacher knows and no more.

When love is very strong, personalities don't need to stun, for love itself is stunning and it illuminates the important things naturally.  Where there is no love, there is ego and ego makes things important that are of interest only to some.

Love is  power that makes anyone able to do anything and forget who suggested it in the first place. And you cannot arrange love. It is just there, which is one of the things that divides the present from the future. As time goes on, teaching will just be a part of friendship. Here, now, it is separate. There are places built for learning, which is as odd as building a place for being happy in. Motivation will change too. Learning and teaching will not be because there has been a mistake or because you need to be equipped. You won't learn about children in advance of having them or about kingdoms in advance of ruling them.  Learning will just be the next step forward. It will be inherent. Ideas are only isolated from things when life has broken, but trees and beauty, sky and freedom will be inseparable, so there will be no philosophy.

It takes a lot of innocence to learn about the future. And a big heart. For where there are these, there is always an exchange going on. And when this is viewed not just in terms of one birth, but of many, it all becomes the game it was meant to be. For whilst today I am your teacher, tomorrow I am your child. And the game is never boring for whilst you are learning about ponds, I am on the same track further on; I am learning too, but about the sea. And when I am the child, you are in the sea and I am playing in the puddles. And we are brought together, not so much because we love each other, but because we both love water.

The water now is God

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 November 18, 2005 11:39 PM

Stepping Into Consciousness
Being Aware

Life is a journey comprised of many steps on our personal path that takes us down a winding road of constant evolution. And each day, we are provided with a myriad of opportunities that can allow us to transform into our next best selves. One moment we are presented with an opportunity to react differently when yet another someone in our life rubs us the wrong way; on another day we may find ourselves wanting to walk away from a particular circumstance but are not sure if we can. Eventually, we may find ourselves stuck in a rut that we can never seem to get out of. We may even make the same choices over and over again because we don't know how to choose otherwise. Rather than moving us forward, our personal paths may take us in a seemingly never-ending circle where our actions and choices lead us nowhere but to where we've already been. It is during these moments that awareness can be the first step to change.

Awareness is when we are able to realize what we are doing. We observe ourselves, noticing our reactions, actions, and choices as if we were a detached viewer. Awareness is the first step to change because we can't make a change unless we are aware that one needs to be made in the first place. We can then begin understanding why we are doing what we are doing. Afterward, it becomes difficult not to change because we are no longer asleep to the truth behind our behaviors. We also begin to realize that, just as much as we are the root source behind the causes for our behaviors, we are also the originator for any changes that we want to happen.

There is a freedom that comes with awareness. Rather than thinking that we are stuck in a repetitive cycle where there is no escape, we begin to see that we very much play a hand in creating our lives. Whether we are aware of them or not, our behaviors and choices are always ours to make. Our past and our present no longer have to dictate our future when we choose to be aware. We are then free to move beyond our old limits, make new choices, and take new actions. With awareness, our paths can't help but wind us forward in our lives while paving the way for new experiences and new ways of being. It is through awareness that we can continue to consciously evolve.

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 November 18, 2005 11:07 AM

Winged Formation
Birds Fly In A V

As they swoop, drift, and glide, inscribing magnificent patterns across the sky, birds are serene displays of grace and beauty. Long a source of inspiration, birds can be messengers from the spirit realm, or a symbol of the human soul, as they cast off their earthly mooring and soar heavenward. An upturned wing, a graceful flutter, all so effortless and free... More magnificent still is the inspiring sight of birds migrating, progressing steadily across the horizon in a solid V formation that is a singular pattern too unique to be mere chance.

Pushing steadily forward, this aerodynamic V reduces air resistance for the whole flock. With wings moving in harmony, the feathered group continues its course across the sky, covering more ground together in community than as individuals. When the bird at the front gets tired, she will move to the rear of the formation where the wind drag is lowest, and a more rested bird can take her place.

By learning from the example of our winged guides, all of us can feel empowered to take on daring challenges as we chart adventurous courses. Feel the strength of others moving alongside you, as their presence lends power to your wings during this journey across the sky of life. When buffeted by unexpected gusts, we can choose to find refuge in the loving shelter of friends and family. We may even marvel as an otherwise difficult day passes by like a swift wind, as a kindred spirit charts a way for us through the clouds and rain ahead. If your wings begin to ache on your journey, look around for somebody else to fly at the front for a while. All of us move faster when we move together. Let your ego drop earthwards as we all soar ever higher.


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FROM MY FRIEND ELIZABETH F November 17, 2005 2:49 PM

The Art of Reforming

From: The Arts of Life by Anthea Church Copyright Brahma Kumaris Australia. Published 1988 by Eternity Ink, Sydney.

Reforming sounds harsh, enforced. Re-forming sounds like an art.  The art of bringing back into form tendencies long since separated from expression. Unearthing old things, bringing them back to the surface.  Inside you are capacities and powers that can move mountains. The art of reforming is bringing those back so that something new can be manifested.

It is not that you have to sit down and think of mountains or creating great civilisations, not actually calling back old structures and forms.  Reforming is just bringing back into play the qualities and powers of mind that shaped visible greatness.

Force is the least conducive means of doing this.  Forcing change is pushing something to the surface before it is ready. And so when it is expressed, it is only half formed. Up until now, this has been the way: to have dreams and force their realisation by making new laws, policies, pacts, but usually out of force of circumstance. Things have changed when forced but then in periods of less pressure, it's all been gently dropped.

The art of reforming is natural. It is like when the tide turns. With a great and decisive movement, it pulls in the other direction, but naturally. Not pushed. It is the right movement. Reforming is letting yourself be turned upside down, letting things which have motivated behaviour recede, take a back seat and letting peace in; letting in things which are at the heart of  you.

Reforming takes time. It is a delicate business as all art is.  It has to be understood. Understanding is the energy behind force. Something major can be shifted from the "stage" when there is understanding. It can be moved aside, leave space for a new scene. Understanding is a power and powers can either create or destroy. In this case, it is the means of dematerialising difficulty.

This is why it is useful to be quiet, because understanding is born in silence.  And once silent, the mind can turn in on itself, unhampered by the noise of superficial life, turn in and bring up something ancient and invaluable. That is as necessary and normal as breathing. It is finding inside things that need not even fit with the present, but which are the foundation of the future.

It is a custom to think that the future is born out of the past and that they are inseparable, but if there were so, the future of your dreams would be shadowed before it even began. Silence comes in between, because silence is empty of time. Silence is silence and within a second of it, the results of thousands of years of endeavour can be held. There is nothing else that can hold the process of reformation, nothing else that is neutral and as hollow as silence is.

Still, before all reforming, there seems to be upheaval. The ground of the mind has to break, not to be destroyed, just to move. Nothing is ever destroyed. Even when continents are ripped up, thrown into the air by war, they are not destroyed, they are moving. When the mind breaks, through pressure of circumstance, there is so much sorrow.  It is like a sudden last straw, a snap after a period of dullness. It is the sorrow of seeing your territory in pieces. When the mind is broken by God, there is in contrast, great joy, for with every shift, a new land is forming; for every inch of the way, for every apparent landslide, there is a plan.

It begins with disentanglement. Sorrow comes when everything impacted is suddenly blown apart, like houses torn out of the ground. God works more gently, unravelling one by one, the lines of weakness in the mind, until they each stand separate, straight, seen. Then on one end, he anchors their effect, so that painlessly and with no exhileration of understanding, you can grasp the fallacies, the mistakes, see them. Then in the lightness that this brings, like a doctor joking and injecting, he anchors the other end, their cause. Often the cause of problems is way back, seeded in the past. But always the present carries some visible equivalent, the same ingredients in a different form. With both ends "fixed" he pulls. In the depth of silence, He brings on the storm and in one last movement, after years of intricate effort, the lines of weakness are wrenched out. Afterwards,  stillness, a different stillness. Utter quiet, as the mind senses its own change.

Re-forming takes the courage of remaining awake during an operation. And yet it is easy, just lie still.....

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 November 15, 2005 11:35 PM

In the moment


You have the chance to smile today. Smile and be in joy in
the moment.



Can you grasp what a powerful thing it is to be able to see,
to know, to act and to make a difference? Make the choice to
make positive use of the awareness and the influence you
have right now.



You have today a perspective that is unique in time and in
place. Choose to live fully the value of what is, from your
own special point of view.



There are options available to you right now that have never
existed before. Discover, understand, and live the real
value that is here and now and yours.



In the moment that is now you have as much power as you dare
to imagine. Imagine and travel a positive path for that
power that fulfills your highest vision.



Focus all that you are in living as fully as you can in the
moment that is yours right now. In this moment is when you
truly and completely can be.




-- Ralph Marston

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 November 14, 2005 2:45 AM

The Law of Least Effort..."Today, accept people, situations, circumstances, and events as they occur. Take responsibility for your situation and for all those events seen as problems. Relinquish the need to defend your point of view. Remain open to all points of view and not be rigidly attached to any one of them."
Excerpt from the Seven Spiritual Laws of Success 
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DO DIFFERENTLY November 09, 2005 6:11 PM

Think back over the last twenty-four hours, and consider the things you did. If you had the chance, what would you do differently?

Fortunately, you do have the chance, and it is now. As you move forward through this day, you can apply all the lessons you have learned from all the places you have been.

If you recall some negative thinking or behavior in your past, now is your chance to move away from it. In the same way, there were also things that worked out well, and now is your opportunity to give more of your time and energy to them.

There is never any need to burden yourself with regrets. For you can always turn your negative past experiences into positive present insights and actions.

This moment right now is your opportunity to benefit from what you have learned in all the moments leading up to it. This moment right now is your opportunity to be the best you can be, because you are now more experienced than you have ever been.

Choose to transform that experience into wisdom, always looking for positive ways to do differently. And as each day goes by, your life will grow in richness, joy and fulfillment.

-- Ralph Marston

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 November 06, 2005 11:28 PM

Joy of the journey Are you so focused on results that you miss the joy of the journey? In your quest to get there quickly, are you bypassing much of the value along the way?

Certainly it is important to focus on the results you intend to reach. It is also critical to focus on and appreciate the real value that goes into making those results, and that value is to be found and to be lived along the way.

Achievement is not some future object. It is a present state of being.

Yes, achievement does indeed have a future objective. Yet the place where achievement happens is always here and now.

Because of that, the more you enjoy building the achievement, the more valuable that achievement will always be. The more you savor the journey, the more magnificent and fulfilling the destination will be.

Success is not merely something that you will someday attain. Success is yours the moment you begin to truly appreciate, value and enjoy the journey.

-- Ralph Marston

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 November 05, 2005 2:06 PM

Grow into the challenges When a new challenge arises, you might think that you need to first acquire some new skill or knowledge or resource in order to deal with that challenge. Yet in every case, you can begin with something you already have, and then steadily grow into the challenge.

Along the way you will most certainly acquire new skills, develop new knowledge, gain access to new resources. That is a big part of the value of challenge.

Yet the best starting point is where you are. The sooner you begin, the sooner you will grow strong enough to move successfully through whatever challenge you face.

There is a path that leads directly to the most positive outcome you can imagine. And the first step on that path is right in front of you.

No matter how imposing the challenge, no matter how ambitious the goal, you have what is necessary to take the first step. And once you're on your way, you'll find and develop what you need to continue.

Move confidently forward in the direction you know you must go. Start with what you have, and you'll grow into whatever you need.

-- Ralph Marston

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 November 05, 2005 2:50 AM

Oh Great Spirit,
Whose voice I hear in the winds,
And whose breath gives life to all the world, hear me!
I am small and weak,
I need your strength and wisdom.

Let me walk in beauty, and make my eyes ever behold the red and purple sunset.
Make my hands respect the things you have made and my ears sharp to hear your voice.

Make me wise so that I may understand the things you have taught my people.
Let me learn the lessons you have hidden in every leaf and rock.
I seek strength, not to be greater than my brother,
but to fight my greatest enemy - myself.
Make me always ready to come to you with clean hands and straight eyes.
So when life fades, as the fading sunset
my spirit may come to you without shame.
--Chief Yellow Lark, Lakota Tribe
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 November 03, 2005 10:44 PM

Be understanding to your perceived enemies.
· Be loyal to your friends.
* Be strong enough to face the world each day.
* Be weak enough to know you cannot do everything alone.
* Be generous to those who need your help.

* Be frugal with that you need yourself.
* Be wise enough to know that you do not know everything.
* Be foolish enough to believe in miracles.
* Be willing to share your joys.
* Be willing to share the sorrows of others.
* Be a leader when you see a path others have missed.
* Be a follower when you are shrouded by the mists of uncertainty.
* Be first to congratulate an opponent who succeeds.
* Be last to criticize a colleague who fails.
* Be sure where your next step will fall, so that you will not tumble.

* Be sure of your final destination, in case you are going the wrong way.
* Be loving to those who love you..
* Be loving to those who do not love you; they may change.
* Above all, be yourself.



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 November 02, 2005 4:10 AM

Some Words On Success...by David Hawkins, Power vs. Force.

To be a success it is necessary to embrace and operate from the principles that produce success, not just imitate the actions of successful people. To really do what they do it is necessary to be like they are.

The truly successful identify with the ABC (true cause on the invisible plane.) They realize they are a channel acted through to create success in the outer world. Inasmuch as they identify with the source of success, they have no fear of losing it. But a person who views his success in the realm of A - B - C will always be insecure because its source is "out there." Solid confidence comes from the knowledge that the source of success is *in here.* By believing that the source of power lies outside oneself, one becomes powerless and vulnerable and, therefore, defensive and possessive. True success originates within, independent of external circumstances.

The ladder of success seems to have three main steps. Initially, it is what we *have* that counts; status depends upon visible signs of material wealth. As one progresses, status is afforded by what one *does,* rather than has. At this level on the ladder, one's position and activities bring significant social status. But the attraction of social roles loses its glamour as one achieves mastery and matures; it is what one has accomplished that is important. Finally, one is concerned only with what one has become as a result of life's experiences. Such people have a charismatic *presence* that is the outer manifestation of the grace of their inner power. In their company we feel the effect of the powerful attractor energy patterns with which they are aligned and which they reflect. Success comes as the automatic consequence of aligning one's life with high power energy patterns.

Why is true success so relatively effortless? It might be likened to the magnetic field created by an electric current running through a wire. The higher the power of the current, the greater the magnetic field that it generates. And the magnetic field itself then influences everything in its presence.

Have a wonderful weekend and take care.

May there be a miracle in YOUR life today and may you have the EYES to see it.

From my heart to yours Love and blessings, Veronica veronicahay@telus.net

Veronica Hay is the author of *In a Dream, You Can Do Anything, A Collection
of Words* and publisher of *A Magazine of People & Possibilities*
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Her work inspires others to be more of who they really are.
Telephone: 403-245-6815  Email: veronicahay@telus.net
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 October 31, 2005 1:06 PM


"The purpose of learning is growth, and our minds, unlike our
bodies, can continue growing as we continue to live."

Morris Adler (1870-1937)
Austrian psychiatrist
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 October 24, 2005 4:39 AM

Elder's Meditation of the Day - October 24 "We create that bad among ourselves. We create it; then we try to call it devil, Satan, or evil. But man creates it. There is no devil. Man creates the devil." --Wallace Black Elk, LAKOTA Inside every human being are the laws and codes by which we should live. These laws and codes are communicated to us through a little voice. When we are still, this voice guides us. If we choose to live out of harmony, our lives become filled with anger, hate, selfishness, dishonesty, etc. When these things appear in our lives, we give up accountability and blame it on something or someone else. If we want to live in harmony, we need to pray our way back to living the principles the Creator gave us.

Grandfather, today let me walk with the principles.

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 October 24, 2005 4:37 AM

Native American Code of Ethics

Rise with the sun to pray. Pray alone. Pray often. The Great Spirit will listen, if you only speak.

Be
tolerant of those who are lost on their path. Ignorance, conceit,
anger, jealousy and greed stem from a lost soul. Pray that they will
find guidance.

Search for yourself, by
yourself. Do not allow others to make your path for you. It is your
road, and yours alone. Others may walk it with you, but no one can walk
it for you.

Treat the guests in your home
with much consideration. Serve them the best food, give them the best
bed and treat them with respect and honor.

Do
not take what is not yours whether from a person, a community, the
wilderness or from a culture. It was not earned nor given. It is not
yours.

Respect all things that are placed
upon this earth, whether it be people or plant. Honor other people's
thoughts, wishes and words. Never interrupt another or mock or rudely
mimic them. Allow each person the right to personal statement. Never
speak of others in a bad way. The negative energy that you put out into
the universe will multiply when it returns to you. All persons make
mistakes. And all mistakes can be forgiven. Bad thoughts cause illness
of the mind, body and spirit.

Practice optimism.

Nature
is not FOR us, it is a PART of us. They are part of your worldly
family. Children are the seeds of our future. Plant love in their
hearts and water them with wisdom and life's lessons. When they are
grown, give them space to grow.

Avoid hurting the hearts of others. The poison of your pain will return to you.

Be truthful at all times. Honesty is the test of ones will within this universe.

Keep
yourself balanced. Your Mental self, Spiritual self, Emotional self,
and Physical self -- all need to be strong, pure and healthy. Work out
the body to strengthen the mind. Grow rich in spirit to cure emotional
ails.

Make conscious decisions as to who you will be and how you will react. Be responsible for your own actions.

Respect
the privacy and personal space of others. Do not touch the personal
property of others -- especially sacred and religious objects. This is
forbidden.

Be true to yourself first. You cannot nurture and help others if you cannot nurture and help yourself first.

Respect others religious beliefs. Do not force your belief on others.

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 October 22, 2005 4:57 AM

The greatest achievement is selflessness.
The greatest worth is self-mastery.
The greatest quality is seeking to serve others.
The greatest precept is continual awareness.
The greatest medicine is the emptiness of everything.
The greatest action is not conforming with the worlds ways.
The greatest magic is transmuting the passions.
The greatest generosity is non-attachment.
The greatest goodness is a peaceful mind.
The greatest patience is humility.
The greatest effort is not concerned with results.
The greatest meditation is a mind that lets go.
The greatest wisdom is seeing through appearances.
Atisha
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 October 20, 2005 9:14 AM

Miracles come from your love. If you are willing to open your heart, to love yourself and others, life will always be a miracle. The degree to which you are open and loving is the degree to which miracles will come your way. Sometimes your mind stands in the way of miracles. The mind is good for planning, setting goals, and visualizing. To speed up the process and create miracles after you have magnetized something, open your heart. Trust and believe in yourself, love others, and demonstrate that love with action every day. Miracles are unexpected occurrences that bring you far more than you expect. They are synchronistic events that usually occur when you let go of attachment and trust your inner guidance. Miracles are the result of reaching inward to your soul. ~Sanaya Roman  [ send green star]
 
 October 19, 2005 5:04 PM

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THE DAILY MOTIVATOR
Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Experience it
+++++++++++++++++++

Instead of being concerned with fitting every new experience
into a preconceived category, put your energy into living
the experience itself. Instead of using your thoughts to
place a judgment on each thing that comes your way, put your
energy into being more fully aware of it all.

How many things do you miss completely because you think you
already know what you're looking at? How many new concepts
do you fail to grasp because you're trying to fit them into
concepts you already have?

If your life seems to be stuck in one place, the most likely
reason is that your thoughts are preventing anything new
from coming into your awareness. Relax your need to judge
and to analyze, and you'll glimpse the abundant richness
that is always available to you.

Let go of the need to know it all, and you'll begin to
experience more and more. Move beyond the desire to always
prove that you're right, and your eyes will open to profound
truths.

What has it ever gained anyone to be cynical and closed
minded? Choose instead to open your mind, to open your eyes
to the astounding, ever-increasing richness of what is.

Let yourself out of the prison that your ego keeps trying to
build. There's a big, beautiful universe right here and now
that's filled with value for you to live.

Ralph Marston
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 October 17, 2005 5:09 AM

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Monday, October 17, 2005

Interruption
+++++++++++++++++++

When you find yourself beginning to feel overwhelmed by
negativity, you can always choose to break the pattern. Stop
whatever you are doing, and for three of four minutes focus
your mind on thoughts of gratitude, acceptance and
peacefulness.

Breathe deeply, and relax the muscles throughout your body.
Reflect on how very fortunate you are to be alive and aware
in this universe that's overflowing with positive
possibilities.

Give yourself a peaceful break. Give your spirit the
opportunity of resetting to a more positive perspective, and
it will.

In a few short moments, you can easily and naturally break
free of any negative pattern in which you may have been
caught. You'll be vastly better positioned to effectively
respond to whatever life sends your way.

Instead of acting out of anger or frustration, fear or
anxiety, you'll be able to choose your actions based on your
own positive purpose. Instead of being caught up in the grip
of negativity, you'll be calmly and firmly in control.

When the negativity starts to get overwhelming, choose to
interrupt it with a positive, peaceful break. You'll find it
can make a profound and positive difference.

Ralph Marston
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 October 17, 2005 2:22 AM

"Peace... comes within the souls of men when they realize their relationship, their oneness, with the universe and all its powers, and when they realize that at the center of the Universe dwells Wakan-Tanka, and that this center is really everywhere, it is within each of us." --Black Elk (Hehaka Sapa) OGLALA SIOUX If we are to know peace we must look within ourselves. In order to do this, we must learn to be still. We must quiet the mind. We must learn to meditate. Meditation helps us locate and find the center that is within ourselves. The center is where the Great One resides. When we start to look for peace, we need to realize where it is within ourselves. When we experience conflict we need to pause for a moment and ask the Power within ourselves, "How do you want me to handle this? What would you suggest I do in this situation?" By asking the Higher Power for help we find peace.

Creator, help me to find peace.

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 October 15, 2005 1:21 PM

"All of us begin to rethink what is good about ourselves - put the past where it belongs - and get on with the possibilities of the present!" --Howard Rainer, TAOS PUEBLO-CREEK There is a saying, you move toward and become that which you think about. So the question for today is, what are you thinking about? Are you thinking bad things about yourself or are you thinking good things about yourself? Are you thinking about a worldly life? Are you thinking good things about people or are you gossiping about people? Are you focusing on past things or are you living in the future? We need to bring our thoughts into the NOW, right here.

Great Spirit, let me experience living in the present moment.

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 October 14, 2005 5:22 AM

"Each soul must meet the morning sun, the new sweet earth
and the Great Silence alone!"


--Ohiyesa (Dr. Charles A. Eastman), SANTEE SIOUX

The most important thing we can do during the course of the day
is pray in the morning. There is a special time in the morning that has great
power. This is the exact time the sun is rising. During the rising of the sun,
everything on the Earth is waking up. Animals, plants, birds and humans will be
blessed at the rising of the sun. This is a special time to help us prepare for
the day. During this time we ask the Creator to bless our day. We ask Him to
guide us, to protect us and to give us courage to overcome the day's obstacles.
Doing this everyday will give us knowledge of God's will for us.

Grandfather, Grandmother, guide my path. Let my thinking be
guided by You.
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 October 14, 2005 4:59 AM


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THE DAILY MOTIVATOR
Friday, October 14, 2005

Look up
+++++++++++++++++++

Look up from what you're doing and look around for a minute.
See what a beautiful world you're in.

Take your mind off the problems for a moment, and focus on
the positive possibilities. Consider how very much you are
able to do.

Turn your attention for a while away from the worries and
anxieties. Remind yourself of all your many blessings.

The direction of your focus is the direction your life will
move. Let yourself move toward what is good, valuable,
strong and true.

The things that fill your awareness are the things that will
fill your life and your world. So expand your awareness
beyond your own concerns and toward the best of what can be.

Look up and look confidently toward the highest vision you
can imagine. The moment you do, you're on your way there.

Ralph Marston
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 October 13, 2005 2:47 AM

"The obstacle to the internal nature is the mind. If it relies on logic such as the white man's mind, the domain of the inner nature is inaccessible. The simple fact is a man does not challenge the wisdom of the Holy Mystery. --Turtleheart, TETON SIOUX Why is it we need to analyze and understand everything? The Great Mystery has designed certain areas of creation to be a mystery because humans usually miss-use it. We use the Great Mystery and see It unfold only under the direction of the Great Spirit. The Creator is in charge. Great Spirit, let me realize You are in charge. I'm to do what You want.
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 October 12, 2005 5:45 AM

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THE DAILY MOTIVATOR
Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Set a good example
+++++++++++++++++++

Show life how you want it to go. Start the day by taking
intentional, determined steps in a positive direction and
your world will follow along.

Set the tone for each day by beginning the day with focused,
purposeful effort. Be the one to establish the day's
momentum, and that momentum will move in the direction you
desire.

You know how important it is to set a good example for those
who look to you for guidance. Be sure to also set a good
example for yourself.

Start each day the way you want to live it. Get a jump on
the distractions and interruptions, and get your positive,
productive momentum going early.

The thoughts you hold and the actions you take in the first
moments of the day will have a powerful influence on how the
rest of the day goes. Take care to make that influence a
positive one.

Start off right by setting a good example for yourself.
Create a positive momentum, and give your world something
valuable on which to build.

Ralph Marston
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THE DAILY MOTIVATOR
Monday, October 10, 2005

Beauty is
+++++++++++++++++++

Beauty is. There's no need to force it, or strive for it,
take it, possess it or consume it.

Beauty is here when you open yourself to it. Beauty is here
when you see it, appreciate it, live and love and express
it.

In the grand experiences and in the small moments, beauty
is. Beauty touches something within you that words can never
adequately describe and the mind can never fully explain.

Remember often to allow life's beauty to touch you, to fill
you. And you will become more creative, effective, peaceful
and purposeful.

Beauty is, here and now and anytime you choose to live it.
Though there is often much trouble and sorrow in life, there
is always more beauty to be lived.

Beauty is, and the more you live it the more abundant beauty
becomes. Let life's beauty shine brightly through you.

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 October 09, 2005 1:38 PM


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Thursday, October 6, 2005

Seeds of thought
+++++++++++++++++++

Thoughts of anger attract more anger. Thoughts of goodness
attract more goodness.

Thoughts of accomplishment enable you to see that
accomplishment in every detail. And whatever you can see,
you can find a way to be.

Thoughts of peace truly make you more peaceful. And that can
lead those around you to carry peaceful thoughts as well.

Thoughts begin on the inside and quickly flow outward. The
thoughts you hold in this moment will soon spread far beyond
you.

The thoughts you send forth will eventually find their way
back to you, yet by that time they will be much more than
just thoughts. Those thoughts will return as circumstances,
objects, challenges, opportunities and achievements.

Your thoughts attract more of whatever you think, because
life has a dependable way of multiplying and manifesting
them. So choose to always hold the most positive, enriching
thoughts, and from those seeds a beautiful garden will grow.

Ralph Marston
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 October 09, 2005 1:33 PM

The Law of Least Effort..."Today, accept people, situations, circumstances, and events as they occur. Take responsibility for your situation and for all those events seen as problems. Relinquish the need to defend your point of view."

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THE DAILY MOTIVATOR
Friday, October 7, 2005

Changing the past
+++++++++++++++++++

Do you ever wish that you could change the past? If you could
change the past, you would be able to correct every mistake,
avoid every accident, and never experience the pain of
regret.

In fact, you can very easily change the past. You simply
must do it before the past becomes the past.

This moment where you are right now will soon be in the
past. So now is your golden opportunity to assure that it
will be a past you'll be pleased to have.

With care and focus, with love, discipline and positive
intention, you can do just that. You can change what will
soon be the past into the best that it can be.

Imagine not having to wonder what would have happened if
only you had been a little more careful, thoughtful or
diligent. Imagine living your life with no regrets.

Imagine it, and know that right now is your chance to make
it so. Use this moment to give yourself a past that won't
need any changes at all.

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Wednesday, October 5, 2005

Real abundance
+++++++++++++++++++

Any real value that comes to you must come through you. To
experience any kind of abundance, is a matter of becoming
the lens through which that abundance is focused.

Every moment is bursting with all sorts of possibilities.
Yet relatively few of those possibilities ever become
reality.

The possibilities that do become reality, do so as the
result of being infused with meaning and purpose. That is
precisely what you have the opportunity to do.

From a world of possibilities, you are able to choose those
that are the best. And because they have real meaning for
you, with your focus and effort you can bring them to life.

Real abundance is not limited to just a lucky few. It is
available to anyone who makes the choice to gather up that
raw abundance and fashion it into something meaningful.

Discover and experience how you can express, in your own
unique way, the ever-present value of life. And as you do,
that value will hold more and more meaning for you.

Ralph Marston
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 October 03, 2005 2:49 PM

This is the beginning of a new day.

This day has been given to me to use as I will.
I can waste it or use it for good.

What I do today is important because I'm
exchanging a day of my life for it.

When tomorrow comes -- today will be gone forever,
leaving in it's place that which I have traded.

I want it to be gain not loss, good not evil,
success not failure, in order that I shall not
regret the price I paid for it--

because the future is just a whole string of nows." ~Author Unknown
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FROM XENIA October 03, 2005 1:23 AM

Give yourself permission
to be late sometimes.
Life is for living, not scheduling.
Listen to the song of a bird;
the complete song.
Music and nature are gifts,
but only if you are willing to receive them.
Take time just to think.
Action is good and necessary,
but it's fruitful only if we
muse, ponder, and mull.
Make time for play -
the things you like to do.
Whatever your age, your inner child
needs re-creation.
Watch and listen to the night sky.
It speaks.
Listen to the words you speak,
especially in prayer.
Learn to stand back and let others
take their turn as leaders.
There will always be new opportunities
for you to step out in front again.
Divide big jobs into little jobs.
If God took six days to create the universe,
can you hope to do any better?
When you find yourself rushing
& anxious, stop. Ask yourself "WHY?"
you are rushing and anxious.
The reasons may improve
your self-understanding.
Take time to read.
Thoughtful reading
is enriching reading.
Direct your life with purposeful choices,
not with speed and efficiency.
The best musician is one who
plays with expression and meaning,
not the one who finishes first.
Take a day off alone; make a
retreat.
You can learn from monks and hermits
without becoming one.
Pet a furry friend.
You will give and get the gift of now.
Work with your hands.
It frees the mind.
Take time to wonder.
Without wonder,
life is merely existence.
Sit in the dark.
It will teach you to see
and hear, taste and smell.
Once in a while, turn down the lights,
the volume, the throttle, the invitations.
Less really can be more.
Let go. Nothing is usually the
hardest
thing to do - but often it is the best.
Take a walk-but don't go anywhere.
If you walk just to get somewhere,
you sacrifice the walking.
Count your friends.
If you have one, you are lucky.
If you have more, you are blessed.
Bless them in return.
Count your blessings -
one at a time and slowly

~Author Unknown

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 October 02, 2005 4:45 AM

Elder's Meditation of the Day - October 2 "Laughter - that is something very sacred especially for us Indians." --John (Fire) Lame Deer, ROSEBUD LAKOTA Laughter is mental, laughter is emotional, laughter is physical and laughter is spiritual. Laughter helps us find balance. If we get too angry, laughter will turn that emotion in a balanced direction. If we have a mental picture of someone who is too strong, laughter will help ease the tension. If the body is stressed, laughter will release natural relaxants into our muscles and our nervous system. Laughter often changes our attitude. We need to lighten up and laugh more.

Great Spirit, teach me to laugh.

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Saturday, October 1, 2005

Richest treasures
+++++++++++++++++++

In this day there is real and lasting treasure. Somewhere in
the circumstances, the people, the moments, the experiences
of today there is a unique and valuable gem that can bring
much richness to your life.

If you set out with the goal of just getting through today,
you'll likely pass that treasure by without even seeing it.
If you spend your energy on anger, envy, worry or
gloominess, your eyes will be blinded to the goodness and
value that could otherwise be yours.

For today is a day when you can make positive, creative and
beautiful things happen, if you will. Today is a day when
you can add much meaning and substance to your world, if you
choose.

Like precious diamonds that are hidden beneath the ground,
the most valuable treasures of this day are not immediately
evident. Yet the more love, creativity and effort you put
into life on this day, the more real value you will uncover.

The most valuable treasures won't be found in those things
from which you attempt to take. The real treasures will be
in those things to which you give the best of who you are.

Choose now to do more than simply get through this day.
Choose to discover and to live its richest treasures.

Ralph Marston
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 September 30, 2005 5:43 AM

Elder's Meditation of the Day - September 30 "Don't be afraid to cry. It will free your mind of sorrowful thoughts." --Don Talayesva, HOPI Human beings function from choice. We can choose to stuff things, or we can choose to let go of things. If we choose to stuff things, then we will feel a heaviness, or sorrow, self pity or fear. Sometimes we feel the need to cry. Sometimes we are taught it is not okay to cry. The creator designed the human being to cry. Crying is a release. This release allows us to let go of thoughts that are not helping us so we can open to new thoughts that will help. Crying is natural for women and men.

Grandfather, if I need to cry, let me realize it's a natural process and help me to let go

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 September 29, 2005 2:33 AM

Elder's Meditation of the Day - September 29 "So I prayed, but I had to pray from my heart. All of my concentration and thoughts went from my head to my heart. All of my senses - hearing, smell, taste, and feeling - were connected to my heart." --Wallace Black Elk, LAKOTA The heart is the gateway to the Unseen World, to the Spirit World. It takes real concentration to do this. To connect to our own heart is also a mental state. It starts in the head and transitions to the heart. This mental state is our inner stillness. Be still and know. This place of the heart is very joyous and peaceful. It is this place that we become one with God, our Creator.

Great Spirit, teach me to be a heart warrior

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 September 29, 2005 12:42 AM

Elder's Meditation of the Day - September 28 "Love is something that you can leave behind you when you die. It's that powerful." --John (Fire) Lame Deer, ROSEBUD LAKOTA The Old Ones say, love is all anyone needs. Love doesn't go away nor can love be divided. Once you commit an act of love, you'll find it continues. Love is like setting up dominos one behind the other. Once you hit the first domino, it will touch the second one which will touch the third one and so on. Every love act or love thought has an affect on each person as well as touching the whole world. If you live a life filled with love, the results will affect your friends, relatives and other people, even after you go to the other side. So... Love.

My Creator, let me love. Let me put into action the love dominos.

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 September 28, 2005 4:25 AM

Elder's Meditation of the Day - September 27 "I got my education from my culture. My teachers were my grandmothers, and I am really thankful for that." --Mary One Spot, SARCEE Our often unrecognized, but most powerful teachers are our women. In order for men to learn a balanced way, we need to learn from our men Elders and our women Elders. Learning from the women Elders will teach us a whole different set of values and insights to life. When we have life problems, we need to go to the grandmothers to get their advice.

Grandmothers, teach me the values of the Great Mystery.

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DAILY INSIGHTS AND INSPIRATIONS September 27, 2005 11:26 AM

Everything that has ever been lived, everything that has ever been written down or documented, has been vibration first. Everything has been conjured in vibration first before it manifests. So if something has manifested and you continue to give it your attention, the fact that it is true should really hold no weight with you. The question that we would ask is not, is it true, or is it undeniable? The question that we would ask is, how does it make me feel when I focus upon it? And if the answer to the question is, it doesn't make me feel very good when I focus upon it, then we would say, true or not, it does not serve you. And if you will activate a different part of your vibration--the "truth" will shift. ~ Abraham-Hicks  [ send green star]
 
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