Monthly Archive: October 2005

100 Ways to be Happy

1. Never put yourself last.
2. When you extend a helping hand to one person, be careful not to kick someone else in the teeth.
3. Always own a pair of old, faded jeans.
4. Count your blessings every day.
5. Acknowledge your successes along with your downfalls.
6. Burn the candle that has been in storage for the last two years.
7. Strive for progress, not perfection.
8. Remember, the voice telling you that you cannot do something is always lying.
9. At least once a day sit and do nothing.
10. Don’t close your heart so tightly against life’s pain that you shut out life’s blessings.
11. Celebrate all your birthdays no matter how old you get.
12. Examine your life for limitations and ask yourself why you put them there.
13. Plant a tree, pull weeds, or get your hands dirty.
14. Diminish your wants instead of increasing your needs.
15. Cry when you feel like it.
16. Rejoice in other people’s triumphs.
17. Don’t wait for someone else to laugh or express joy.
18. Forgive yourself for any mistake you make, no matter how big or small.
19. Keep good company.
20. Never take a pill for a pain you need to feel.
21. Use your enthusiasm to put yourself in forward gear and give yourself a spark to move ahead.
22. Look in the eyes of the ones you love when you are talking to them.
23. Remember that one is a whole number.
24. Walk in a summer rain shower without an umbrella.
25. Do a kind deed for someone else.
26. Keep your eyes and ears open to get the messages you need from people and events in your daily life.
27. Be patient.
28. Eat something green.
29. Change what you can and leave the rest alone.
30. Walk hand and hand with truth.
31. Make laughter an d joy a greater part of your life than anger and grief.
32. Embrace solitude instead of running from it.
33. Be zealous, not jealous.
34. Forgive anyone you’ve been holding a grudge against.
35. Slow down and enjoy the present.
36. Walk in others’ shoes before judging them.
37. Send yourself a kind message.
38. Remind yourself that the company you keep is a reflection of what you think of yourself.
39. Go on a picnic.
40. Accept your fears, no matter how crazy they seem.
41. Don’t let other people’s opinions shape who you are.
42. Say a prayer.
43. Never attribute your accomplishments to luck or chance.
44. Know when to say no.
45. Look at the positive side of negative situation.
46. Remember that you are a spiritual being in a physical body.
47. Avoid seeking out other people for constant approval, because it make th em the master and you the slave.
48. Go fly a kite.
49. Avoid fads and bandwagons.
50. Accept the things you cannot change.
51. Look inside instead of outside yourself for answers to life’s problems.
52. Remember that all feelings are okay.
53. Shield yourself from bad influences.
54. Stand up for what you believe in.
55. Respect the wishes of others when they say no.
56. Seize every moment and live it fully.
57. Give away or sell anything you haven’t used in the past five years.
58. Never downgrade yourself.
59. Take responsibility for what you think, feel, and do.
60. Pamper yourself.
61. Never say or do anything abusive to a child.
62. Let yourself be God powered instead of flying solo.
63. Volunteer to help someone in need.
64. Refrain from overindulging in food, drink, and work
65. Finish unfi nished business.
66. Be spontaneous.
67. Find a constructive outlet for your anger.
68. Think about abundance instead of lack, because whatever you think about expands.
69. Think of yourself as a survivor, not a victim.
70. Cuddle an animal.
71. Be open to life.
72. See success as something you already have, not something you must attain.
73. Experience the splendor and awe of a sunset.
74. When you score a base hit, don’t wish it were a home run.
75. Learn to be in the present moment.
76. Instead of believing in miracles, depend on them.
77. Take a child to the circus.
78. Change your attitude and your whole life will change.
79. Never turn your power over to another person.
80. When your heart is at odds with your head, follow your heart.
81. Always remember that the past is gone forever and the future never comes.
82. Live your life according to what is right for you.
83. Acknowledge your imperfections.
84. Plant a tree and watch it grow.
85. See “friend” instead of “enemy” on the face of strangers.
86. Watch an army of ants build their houses and cities and carry food ten times their weight.
87. Believe in something bigger than yourself.
88. Let the playful child within you come out.
89. Make haste slowly.
90. Work through your problems step by step and one day at a time.
91. Accept compliments from others so you can see the truth about yourself.
92. Sit on the lawn without worrying about grass stains.
93. Don’t condemn yourself for your imperfections.
94. Do a humility check periodically by loving the truth about yourself.
95. Tell someone you appreciate them.
96. Never live your life according to what is right for someone else.
97. Talk less and listen more.
98. Admit your wrongdoing and forgive yourself for it.
99. Thrive on inner peace instead of on crises.
100. Affirm all the good things about yourself.

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Today Kayla and I divorced our cellphones (will take 5-7 business days to complete).  I’ll probably have one more bill to pay on them.  I also divorced myself from any hope that she’s going to help me out; if it happens, now I can be surprised, rather than depending on it and it not happening. 

I also informed Kayla that I may or may not be available for emotional support, considering how little support she has given me since she left in early August.  So I’m really moving on.  I don’t know how I’m going to make it, but I’ve made some changes in my financial situation and am almost to break-even — but that break-even point does not include buying groceries.  Still, I have lots of friends, and they have all been calling and writing expressing their support, including some who are willing to buy me groceries or give me food until I’m back on top.

I’ll get by.  Have to learn to be more self-sufficient.  I don’t know how it will work out, but I believe it will.  My mistake was to treat Kayla as she deserved, as opposed to how she FELT she deserved.  Yeah, I made mistakes.  We all do.  But I’m not going to stop being the loving person I have made myself into and that my friends appreciate so much.

As you’ve read in the past few weeks, I’ve made some really big strides lately.  This appears to be another good one.  I was a bit depressed for an hour or so, but did not dwell on it and got lots of support.

I’m so sorry this all happened.  It could have been fixed, didn’t have to go to this point, but I’ve lived through worse and I’ll get through this.  Wish me luck.

Hugs,
Me

I’d gone through life believing in the strength and competence of others; never in my own. Now, dazzled, I discovered that my capacities were real. It was like finding a fortune in the lining of an old coat.
– Joan Mills

People become really quite remarkable when they start thinking that they can do things. When they believe in themselves they have the first secret of success.
– Norman Vincent Peale

We cannot rise higher than our thought of ourselves.
– Orison Swett Marden

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The Gentle Art
of
Blessing

by Pierre Pradervand

On awakening, bless this day, for it is already full of unseen good which your blessings will call forth; for to bless is to acknowledge the unlimited good that is embedded in the very texture of the universe and awaiting each and all.

On passing people in the street, on the bus, in places of work and play, bless them. The peace of your blessing will accompany them on their way and the aura of its gentle fragrance will be a light to their path.

On meeting and talking to people, bless them in their health, their work, their joy, their relationships to God, themselves, and others. Bless them in their abundance, their finances…bless them in every conceivable way, for such blessings not only sow seeds of healing but one day will spring forth as flowers of joy in the waste places of your own life.

As you walk, bless the city in which you live, its government and teachers, its nurses and streetsweepers, its children and bankers, its priests and prostitutes. The minute anyone expresses the least aggression or unkindness to you, respond with a blessing: bless them totally, sincerely, joyfully, for such blessings are a shield which protects them from the ignorance of their misdeed, and deflects the arrow that was aimed at you.

To bless means to wish, unconditionally, total, unrestricted good for others and events from the deepest wellspring in the innermost chamber of your heart: it means to hallow, to hold in reverence, to behold with utter awe that which is always a gift from the Creator. He who is hallowed by your blessing is set aside, consecrated, holy, whole. To bless is yet to invoke divine care upon, to think or speak gratefully for, to confer happiness upon – although we ourselves are never the bestower, but simply the joyfull witnesses of Life’s abundance.

To bless all without discrimination of any sort is the ultimate form of giving, because those you bless will never kmow from whence came the sudden ray of sun that burst through the clouds of their skies, and you will rarely be a witness to the sunlight in their lives.

When something goes completely askew in your day, some unexpected event knocks down your plans and you too also, burst into blessing: for life is teaching you a lesson, and the very event you believe to be unwanted, you yourself called forth, so as to learn the lesson you might balk against were you not to bless it. Trials are blessings in disguise, and hosts of angels follow in their path.

To bless is to acknowledge the omnipresent, universal beauty hidden to material eyes; it is to activate that law of attraction which, from the furthest reaches of the universe, will bring into your life exactly what you need to experience and enjoy.

When you pass a prison, mentally bless its inmates in their innocence and freedom, their gentleness, pure essence and unconditional forgiveness; for one can only be prisoner of one’s self-image, and a free man can walk unshackled in the courtyard of a jail, just as citizens of countries where freedom reigns can be prisoners when fear lurks in their thoughts.

When you pass a hospital, bless its patients in their present wholeness, for even in their suffering, this wholeness awaits in them to be discovered. When your eyes behold a man in tears, or seemingly broken by life, bless him in his vitality and joy: for the material senses present but the inverted image of the ultimate splendor and perfection which only the inner eye beholds.

It is impossible to bless and to judge at the same time. So hold constantly as a deep, hallowed, intoned thought that desire to bless, for truly then shall you become a peacemaker, and one day you shall, everywhere, behold the very face of God.

Blessings

Well, I didn’t make enough money that I can give back my Disability check but…

I only spent $17 the whole weekend.  That was to buy sodas, which I then sold for $1 each to raise money for Asheville Homeless Network.  End result: I raised $23 (AFTER paying myself back, and including drinking some of the sodas myself), plus two hand-colored prints by Jennie Breeden (http://www.thedevilspanties.com ), which she sells for $5 each but we may be able to get more for (being a donation… you donate $10 and we’ll give you a print, LOL).

In addition, I had a great time.  My concert today was even BETTER than yesterday’s…

…and because of it, I sold 4 lyric books and a tape ($21) and got a ride home from the convention, and might get a referral to Interfilk (which could result in being flown to a large convention of this type in another region of the US).

Talk about win-win-win…

Who says I can’t succeed at what I want to do?  Take that.  Ppppphhhhhhtttt

Hugs,
Moss

When you understand this fundamental truth about sadness, that it is unreal and an illusory product of your mind you will no longer feel such a strong need to defend your right to be sad. You’ll realize that when you argue for your rights to be sad and depressed the only thing you get for your effort is more sadness. Begin to opt for the higher spiritual energy of joy. Ultimately this energy will be your natural state. When you study the lives of sages and saints you discover that they are joyful, free, and feel a profound love for every living creature. Sadness is not a part of their repertoire.
Wayne Dyer, There’s a Spiritual Solution to Every Problem

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In humility is the greatest freedom.

As long as you have to defend the imaginary self that you think is important, you lose your peace of heart. As soon as you compare that shadow with the shadows of other people, you lose all joy, because you have begun to trade in unrealities and there is no joy in things that do not exist.

– Thomas Merton

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This weekend is being held the only local SF & Gaming Convention in the Asheville area, called Revoluticon.  As last year, I am the Filk Guest.  Hey, I’m the only filker within 100 miles of here, LOL.

But I got something done that took me 52 years (or at least 40).  I’ve been a musician (singer and/or instrumentalist) virtually my whole life, and it is the single thing I am best at that I can point to.  I let my parents control me into thinking that I would never be “good enough to make money with it”, and that therefore I should be critical of myself to the point of tears and just give it up.

I suppose if you spend as much time as I do posting spiritual affirmations and advice, eventually it sinks in… which is why I am doing this blog.  I hope the stuff I post here helps you, but I know it is helping me.

Well, I never gave it up.  But I stopped enjoying music… and allowed myself to enjoy performing (different thing… I can be hypercritical of my voice and guitar, and still notice the reactions from the audience and get a high on that).

It was less than two years ago that I allowed myself to notice that I took no joy or fun from the music itself (or did not allow myself to enjoy it).  Someone asked me why I played if I didn’t enjoy it, and my answer was “Because if I stop, my Mom wins.”  …and then noticed that, by not enjoying it, she already had.  (Note: I am fully aware that I’m referring to the “mother in my head” and not the real person who is my mother.)

Well, it has taken me this long to understand what I have to do to win.  I played all day yesterday without judging myself, and just let myself have a good time.  It was not a total success, but still was a HUGE step for me.  And on top of that, I have another day of the convention, including another concert today from 4-6, to get the hang of it.

Let me tell you, having friends stay with me is a huge part of allowing myself the space to do this.  And those of you reading and responding to my blog are a part of that, for which I am very thankful.

Hugs,
Me

Once we have asked to be healed, then our healed places are forced to the surface. A relationship that is used by the Holy Spirit becomes a place where our block to love are not suppressed or denied, but rather brought into our conscious awareness.
Marianne Williamson, A Year of Daily Wisdom

Many of you understand a great deal about fear, but very little about love. You are afraid of God, afraid of me, and afraid of one another. Why are you afraid? Because you believe that you are neither lovable nor capable of loving another. That belief is the only belief that needs to be changed. All negativity in your life will fall away as you undo this simple erroneous belief about yourself.
Paul Ferrini, Love Without Conditions

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Take What You Have and Make What You Want

by Alan Cohen
reprinted with permission

On our way out of the airport parking lot, Mr. Everit and I found ourselves in a slow-moving line to pay the toll. I began to feel impatient. What was the big holdup?

Finally at the tollbooth we found a handsome, olive-skinned Italian man with thick white hair. As he handed us our change, he burst into several rousing verses from La Traviata. At first I thought he was a kook, but as he belted out the chorus, I recognized quite a spark in his eye. He was enjoying himself immensely, and he wasn’t a bad singer, either. When the toll man finished his performance, Mr. Everit and I smiled and applauded.

As we exited onto the state highway, Mr. Everit asked me, “Do you know what most people believe is the most boring job in the world?”

I thought for a minute. “Security guard?”

“Nope. Toll collector. I read it in a magazine.”

He always seemed to have the facts he needed at his fingertips. Did he make them up, too?

“Do you think that toll collector back there was bored?” he asked me.

“Certainly not,” I chuckled. “He was having a grand time.”

“Take what you have and make what you want,” Mr. Everit stated dryly.

“Take what . . .?”

“Take what you have and make what you want,” he repeated matter-of-factly. “It’s the secret of happiness. Only a handful of people realize it. You just saw a living demonstration.”

“That toll collector?” I asked, skeptical.

“That man had supposedly ‘the most boring job in the world’ and he was in heaven! A few hundred yards away, thousands of people with more money and mobility are scurrying, hurrying, and worrying. That man, in his tiny cubicle, refused to be stifled by his conditions. He took a dreary tollbooth in the thick of impatient drivers and exhaust fumes, and turned it into an opera hall. I call that alchemy at its finest.”

I looked back at the tollbooth, now just a dot in the distance. There was still a line of cars waiting for their surprise concert.

My face squeezed into a question mark. “Do you think it’s possible to do that with any job?” I asked. “Can you just take any job and make it work?”

“There are two ways you can change your life,” he answered. “You can change your conditions, or you can change your mind. Your mind is more crucial, because it’s the one thing you always have the power to direct. Clever people find ways to shine right where they are.”

If I smoked, I would have lit a cigarette. Instead, I reached for one of Mr. Everit’s Skittles. “Does that mean we’re supposed to stay in boring jobs or dead-end marriages?”

“Not at all,” he shook his head. “It just means you’re not supposed to settle for less than what you really want.”

“So what do you do if you are stuck in some gnarly situation you can’t get out of?”

“You find ways to take care of yourself. I know a woman in Greece who was married for a long time to a nasty guy. When she asked him for a divorce, he refused. So she decided that if she had to stay, she would give herself the love she had been missing from him. Every day she wrote herself a love letter, like ‘Dear Georgia, You are a beautiful, wise, precious, sensual goddess. I love you with all my heart and cherish you always.’ And on and on like that, for weeks.”

“So where did that get her?” I asked sarcastically.

“One day her husband found one of the letters. Since it was unsigned, he assumed it was from another man. He waved the letter in her face and told her, ‘I can’t compete with this…You can have your divorce!'”

Well, that would sure put a lot of divorce lawyers out of work right there.

“That woman literally loved herself out of a bad marriage,” he added. “When she began to source her own happiness, everything around her followed. Upgrading your life is an inside job. If you make cosmetic changes only, you’re just rearranging chairs on the deck of a sinking ship.”

What I learned from Mr. Everit:

  • I can make anything out of anything.
  • If I can’t change a situation, I can reframe it in my mind so it feels better.
  • No single person or company is the source of my good. My source is infinite, and can find me in ways I haven’t even thought of.

Other stuff he said:

  • When the defining moment comes along, you define the moment or the moment defines you. (From the movie Tin Cup)
  • Struggle to get, struggle to keep.
  • For a web begun, God provides the thread. (Inscribed on the ceiling of the U.S. Library of Congress.)

What I did:

  • Put pictures of my favorite people and scenes on the walls of my office.
  • Wrote a love letter to myself. (At least I have one fan.)
  • Wrote a letter to my real dad, wherever he is in the universe, and hoped he would hear my thoughts.


Alan Cohen is the author of many popular inspirational books, including the best-selling The Dragon Doesn’t Live Here Anymore and the award-winning A Deep Breath of Life. Alan’s newest book, Mr. Everit’s Secret: What I learned from the World’s Richest Man has just been released by Hampton Roads. Alan offers “Living Prosperously”, a home-study course in creating greater abundance, and the life-transforming “Mastery Training” in Maui. For information on these programs and a free catalog of Alan’s books, tapes and seminars, phone 1-800-568-3079, visit www.alancohen.com email info@alancohen.com or write P.O. Box 835, Haiku, HI 96708.

The Lore Of Halloween
by Cate Cavanagh
 
The origins of Halloween is among the most interesting as it finds its origin in the old Celtic belief system adapted into Wicca which was founded in the l950’s.

   Halloween falls on the Wiccan New Year called Samhaim (called Sow-en) which in essence is “New Year’s Eve” and observes the end of harvest and  oncoming winter as integral to life regeneration in the spring. Since the old Celtic religions, like other earth based belief systems, focused on nature and its cycles for survival, Samhaim is both an ending and beginning, similar to death and rebirth(resurrection)as  most Christian religions believe.

   As a celebration of nature’s never ending renewal of the life that feeds and supports people and the earth, Samhaim celebrated impending darkness after the light and harvest of fall after which life would re-emerge again in the spring. With this in mind, Samhaim was a religious time of fasting, reflection, meditation and prayer as well as a time for casting spells to end hardship, pain, illness and hunger. It was believed the worlds of the living and the dead merged on this day and it was in order to maintain peace between the two worlds that most of our Halloween traditions evolved such as trick or treat.

   Fear of the roaming dead brought about many Halloween practices but first note this interesting fact. The early Christian  Church changed All Saints Day, which was in May to October 31(All Hallow’s Eve) in order to appease a still pagan oriented congregation. It is purported that the Halloween customs we follow today is a result of the massive Irish famine immigration.

   Many of our traditions stem from Irish or other Celtic countries. Take the Jack o’ Lantern. In Ireland, it was said “Jack” was a mean drunkard who used to beat his wife. He played too many tricks on the devil to save his soul. Well, when Jack died, he was too bad to get into Heaven and the devil was too annoyed at him to let him into Hell either. The devil gave Jack a burning coal which Jack placed inside a partially eaten turnip, called a bogie. From that day forward, Jack wanders the earth with this lantern looking for a place to rest his soul. Since ancient times, the pumpkin has replaced the turnip.

   Costumes and masks were used for protection against spirits and despite conversion to Christianity, people remained afraid of All Hallows Eve, the one day it was believed spirits were allowed to freely walk the earth. In order to not be recognized by these spirits, people would leave their homes at night incognito in masks and misleading regalia.

   In ancient Ireland the Druid priests of Muck Olla would go to farms begging for food and money for their houses of worship. If farmers did not pay, barns would be burned or animals would disappear. These incidents were believed to have been caused by the god, “Muck” from which the word muck has come to mean trouble and chaos. Acts such as these evolved into the threat of ‘tricks’ (or pranks) if treats were not given. Spain also had its tradition. On All Hallows Eve, people would place cakes and nuts on graves to bribe the devil. In Belgium children begged for money to buy cakes to eat. Each eaten cake was believed to relieve the suffering of a soul. In Ireland, food were specially prepared for the dead. Often a large amount of food was set aside not to be touched by anyone until the ritual period was over. In Wales, the wealthy in a community would put together a communal feast while the poor, representing the community’s dead, would ask for food in the name of dead ancestors.

  Favorite fall foods that begin with October 31 include apples and nuts. In ancient times, apples were considered a symbol of love and fertility. The Norse ate them for youth and what we call bobbing for apples was originally called ‘snapping for apples”. If a man got an apple then it mean the woman he loved, loved him back. In Scotland, nuts were used to determine whether lovers would be happy together. They would take two nuts and name them after each other. They would then toss them into a fire. If the nuts burned to ashes, they would enjoy a happy life. If they popped apart or crackled, their lives would have hardship and quarrel.

   Are you going or throwing a Halloween party? Did you ever think of how far back this celebration goes or why you give treats to avoid a trick, or how wearing masks and costumes got started? Enjoy your party and festivities safely and remember no party should go without a cake magic recipe.

   Make any kind of cake. Put a ring, thimble, a very tiny figurine and a coin inside the cooked cake in different locations. Some people will get one of these items in their slice.

  The ring means they will be married within a year, the thimble means you will never marry. The doll means lots of children and the coin means prosperity.

   While you are at it, you might want to try this popular ‘spell’ for money that is best done around Halloween. You need a gold coin and a pair of old shoes. Holding up the coin in daylight and say “what I see, may it increase, so I may have financial peace.” Place the gold coin in the old left shoe, then put both shoes on. Walk clockwise in a circle three times. Take the shoes off and place them in a T shape where they can’t be disturbed. Do the same thing for three more days. On the third day take out the gold coin from the left shoe and tape the coin in the most worn part of the shoes. Do not spend the coin as it will bring you luck!! ONLY DO THIS SPELL IF MONEY IS NEEDED NOT OUT OF GREED!

If you are single, put a glass of water by your bed. It said the person you dream of on All Hallow’s Eve is the person you will marry. Warning: since the dead roam this night, you might want to consider sleeping with a mask on!

NOTE:  Samhaim, the most solemn day of the year
Whereas the lore of Halloween is interesting and fun, it must be noted that, as a spiritual sabbat, Samhaim is a time for serius reflection and honoring one’s beloved dead or ancestors.  For those of this path, a place is set for visiting loved ones that have passed with pictures and candles to commemorate the life of these beloveds.
 
I spend a week in quiet reflection.  I ponder my own spiritual growth, make my own ‘private confession’ to my deities and consider how I may have contributed to any problems I encountered in order to take responsibility for my part which is essential to both avoiding the same misjudgement and spiritual growth.
 
Regardless of what the year has brought, I spend a lot of time literally counting my blessings and giving thanks.  In order to honor the loved ones no longer with me, I make a list and give time to reflect on how my life was enriched by knowing all of them.  If I have unresolved grief, I allow myself to grieve.  I prepare meals, often they have been very humble, for the spirits as an expression of my gratitude and light candles to Creator and my deities for all of their guidance, strength and protection in the previous year.
 
This year will be difficult, my mother passed away this last September 11.  I will devote this Samhain to her memory.  She was the most courageous person I have ever known or ever will.  She is and forever will be the Queen of my heart, my life and my soul.
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Cate Cavanagh is the Author of “Gifts Of The Spirit”, a poet columnist and witch.  http://cate_cavanagh.tripod.com

Love is misunderstood to be an emotion; actually, it is a state of awareness, a way of being in the world, a way of seeing oneself and others. Love for God or nature or even one’s pet opens the door to spiritual inspiration. The desire to make others happy overrides selfishness. The more we give love, the greater our capacity to do so.
– David R. Hawkins

My friend, there is no man. There is only the boy. Do not let your sight be distorted by the angry, disdainful face of the man. Beneath that hard exterior is overwhelming pain and self judgment. Beneath the mask of mismanaged manhood and vicious anger is the boy who believes he is not lovable. If you cannot embrace the boy in him, how can you embrace the boy or the girl in yourself? For his fear and yours are not so different. Let us first take away your mask of moral superiority. And then let the boy or girl in you look out at the boy in him. That is where love and acceptance begin. That is where forgiveness has its roots.
– Paul Ferrini, Love Without Conditions

You are welcome on this caravan leading your out of the world of illusion which you will love leaving, and into a place of where spiritual solutions await you in every encounter, in every moment of your life.
– Wayne Dyer, There’s a Spiritual Solution to Every Problem

The senses have been conditioned by attraction to the pleasant and aversion to the unpleasant. One should not be ruled by them; they are obstacles in one’s path.
– Bhagavad Gita

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The 15 Laws of Life

1. Love is the Law of Life
All love is expansion, all selfishness is contraction. Love is therefore the only law of life. He who loves lives, he who is selfish is dying. Therefore, love for love’s sake, because it is law of life, just as you breathe to live.

2. It is Your Outlook That Matters
It is our own mental attitude, which makes the world what it is for us. Our thoughts make things beautiful, our thoughts make things ugly. The whole world is in our own minds. Learn to see things in the proper light.

3. Life is Beautiful
First, believe in this world – that there is meaning behind everything. Everything in the world is good, is holy and beautiful. If you see something evil, think that you do not understand it in the right light. Throw the burden on yourselves!

4. It is The Way You Feel
Feel like Christ and you will be a Christ; feel like Buddha and you will be a Buddha. It is feeling that is the life, the strength, the vitality, without which no amount of intellectual activity can reach God.

5. Set Yourself Free
The moment I have realised God sitting in the temple of every human body, the moment I stand in reverence before every human being and see God in him – that moment I am free from bondage, everything that binds vanishes, and I am free.

6. Don’t Play the Blame Game
Condemn none: if you can stretch out a helping hand, do so. If you cannot, fold your hands, bless your brothers, and let them go their own way.

7. Help Others
If money helps a man to do good to others, it is of some value; but if not, it is simply a mass of evil, and the sooner it is got rid of, the better.

8. Uphold Your Ideals
Our duty is to encourage every one in his struggle to live up to his own highest idea, and strive at the same time to make the ideal as near as possible to the Truth.

9. Listen to Your Soul
You have to grow from the inside out. None can teach you, none can make you spiritual. There is no other teacher but your own soul.

10. Be Yourself
The greatest religion is to be true to your own nature. Have faith in yourselves!

11. Nothing Is Impossible
Never think there is anything impossible for the soul. It is the greatest heresy to think so. If there is sin, this is the only sin – to say that you are weak, or others are weak.

12. You Have The Power
All the powers in the universe are already ours. It is we who have put our hands before our eyes and cry that it is dark.

13. Learn Everyday
The goal of mankind is knowledge… now this knowledge is inherent in man. No knowledge comes from outside: it is all inside. What we say a man ‘knows’, should, in strict psychological language, be what he ‘discovers’ or ‘unveils’; what man ‘learns’ is really what he discovers by taking the cover off his own soul, which is a mine of infinite knowledge.

14. Be Truthful
Everything can be sacrificed for truth, but truth cannot be sacrificed for anything.

15. Think Differently
All differences in this world are of degree, and not of kind, because oneness is the secret of everything.

– Swami Vivekananda

PRAY FOR PEACE
by Ellen Bass http://www.ellenbass.com/peace.html

Pray to whoever you kneel down to:
Jesus nailed to his wooden or marble or plastic cross, his suffering
face bent to kiss you, Buddha still under the Bo tree in scorching
heat, Yahweh, Allah, raise your arms to Mary that she may lay her palm
on our brows, to Shekinhah, Queen of Heaven and Earth, to Inanna in her
stripped descent.

Hawk or Wolf, or the Great Whale, Record Keeper of time before, time
now, time ahead, pray. Bow down to terriers and shepherds and Siamese
cats. Fields of artichokes and elegant strawberries.

Pray to the bus driver who takes you to work, pray on the bus, pray for
everyone riding that bus and for everyone riding buses all over the
world. If you haven’t been on a bus in a long time, climb the few
steps, drop some silver, and pray.

Waiting in line for the movies, for the ATM, for your latté and
croissant, offer your plea. Make your eating and drinking a
supplication. Make your slicing of carrots a holy act, each translucent
layer of the onion, a deeper prayer.

Make the brushing of your hair a prayer, every strand its own voice,
singing in the choir on your head. As you wash your face, the water
slipping through your fingers, a prayer: Water, softest thing on earth,
gentleness that wears away rock.

Making love, of course, is already a prayer. Skin and open mouths
worshipping that skin, the fragile case we are poured into, each caress
a season of peace.

If you’re hungry, pray. If you’re tired.  Pray to Gandhi and
Dorothy Day.  Shakespeare. Sappho. Sojourner Truth.  Pray to
the angels and the ghost of your grandfather.

When you walk to your car, to the mailbox, to the video store, let each
step be a prayer that we all keep our legs, that we do not blow off
anyone else’s legs. Or crush their skulls. And if you are riding on a
bicycle or a skateboard, in a wheel chair, each revolution of the
wheels a prayer that as the earth revolves we will do less harm, less
harm, less harm.

And as you work, typing with a new manicure, a tiny palm tree painted
on one pearlescent nail or delivering soda or drawing good blood into
rubber-capped vials, writing on a blackboard with yellow chalk,
twirling pizzas, pray for peace.

With each breath in, take in the faith of those who have believed when
belief seemed foolish, who persevered. With each breath out, cherish.

Pull weeds for peace, turn over in your sleep for peace, feed the birds
for peace, each shiny seed that spills onto the earth, another second
of peace.  Wash your dishes, call your mother, drink wine.

Shovel leaves or snow or trash from your sidewalk. Make a path. Fold a
photo of a dead child around your VISA card. Gnaw your crust of prayer,
scoop your prayer water from the gutter. Mumble along like a crazy
person, stumbling your prayer through the streets.

When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced.Live your life to that when you die, the world cries and you rejoice.
– Native American Proverb

You are never going to get it all; you are it all already.
– Wayne Dyer

Death is a very embarrassing event to the ego.
– Wayne Dyer

You never hate your brother for his sins, but only for your own.
– from A Course In Miracles

Do not forget today that there is no form of suffering that fails to hide an unforgiving thought. Nor can there be a form of pain forgiveness cannot heal.
– from A Course In Miracles

This is no mystery. Only one who is hurting strikes out against others. And I ask you, how many of you are not hurting? How many of you are not striking out in little ways against others? The difference between you and the one who rapes and murders is not as big as you think. I do not say this to make you feel bad. I say this to help you wake up to your responsibility to your brother. If you can forgive yourself for having thoughts of revenge, why can’t you forgive the man or woman who acts with vengeance? This person merely acts out what you have thought about. I am not justifying the act of vengeance. I cannot justify any attack, and I am not suggesting that you do. I am simply asking you why do you cast this brother out of your heart? He is perhaps even more desperate for love and forgiveness than you are. Would you withhold it from him?
– Paul Ferrini, Love Without Conditions

When you understand the nature of your sadness you can acknowledge it, accept it, honor it, and do anything else with it that you choose, including paying homage to it and building a shrine to it. But in the end, when you want to dissolve it, bring in the faster/higher energy of joy and you can give it a big, wet kiss good-bye as it floats out of your life. Sadness simply cannot survive simultaneously with the energy of joy. Why? Because it is unreal, and therefore cannot exist except in your ego-mind’s eye. God’s love is real. Joy is God’s Love. And joy can never be threatened.
Wayne Dyer, There’s a Spiritual Solution to Every Problem

The most beautiful and profound emotion we can experience is the sensation of the mystical.  It is the sower of all true science. He (or she) to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead.
– Albert Einstein

All the haranguing you do to your mate is really your attempt to make them release the pure love you first saw in them and thought you couldn’t live without.
– John-Roger, The Spiritual Family

If you were awake, you would understand that you and the whole universe are pretending: projecting yourself at the point called here and now in the form of a human organism. You would understand this very clearly, not just as an idea, but as a vivid sensation, in the same way you know you are sitting in this room.
– Alan Watts, Zen the supreme Experience: the Newly Discovered Scripts

He who postpones the hour of living rightly is like the rustic who waits for the river to run out before he crosses.
– Horace (65-8 BC)

Cosmic Cookie

To fight or struggle to reach Enlightenment
is like a Flower fighting its Fragrance.
It’s Absurd and Ridiculous.
What you truly are… can never be known by Force.
For you are and always will be… What You Are.
You are living Life as a Human Being
because You Are Enlightened.
You live this Human Life
because you want to know what it is like.
What it is to be Enlightened… you already know.
Remind yourself of this.

WHEN YOU LIVE FOREVER… ALL YOU DO IS PLAY GAMES

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The actions you take have consequences, and some of those consequences can be painful. Yet life would be hopelessly more painful if there were no consequences.

If actions had no consequences, there would be no reliable way to achieve anything. There would be no way for you to direct or control the circumstances of your life.

As it is, you can choose the consequences you experience by choosing the actions that bring about those consequences. You are able, in large part, to avoid the consequences you don’t want and to create the consequences you desire.

By taking responsibility for the consequences in your life, you gain the power to determine what those consequences will be. By accepting and embracing responsibility for the outcomes of your actions, you are able to bring about the outcomes you prefer.

In each moment, with each choice you make, consider what that choice will bring. You have the power to create your own results.

Choose your actions with care and positive intent, and you’ll like the consequences they bring.

– Ralph Marston

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Forgiveness and Your Health

How forgiving are you?

You may know that forgiveness is good for your peace of mind because it involves a letting go of anger and resentment. However, recent psychological research has found that forgiveness may also be good for your physical health.  In a study of people who had experienced betrayal in romantic, family, or work relationships, it was found that the more forgiving individuals tended to have lower blood pressures and also demonstrated less physical tension. Two factors related to improved health.

Holding on to the anger and hurt of betrayal is understandable, but eventually it leads to chronic resentment, which has been described as the poison that you take yourself in the hope that the other person will die. Resentment only poisons you with emotional distress, and frequently it aggravates physical symptoms such as headaches, backaches, and stomach problems. To be healed of resentment’s negative effects, requires the letting-go that is forgiveness.

However, forgiveness is difficult, and its first requirement is clearly understanding that forgiveness is for you. It is not done for the benefit of the person who hurt you, but in order to make your life better.

Second, forgiving is neither forgetting nor approving. It’s a letting go of emotional pain. Furthermore, to forgive does not wipe the painful event from your memory and certainly doesn’t imply condoning what happened.

Third, and most importantly, forgiveness is a choice. It will not simply come with the passage of time or through a fading of emotions.  Forgiveness is an act done with intention, and often it isn’t a once-and-for-all event. The same hurt may resurface in many forms before forgiveness is complete.

Nonetheless, it is only through forgiveness that you will be released from resentment’s grasp and, ultimately, it’s forgiveness that improves not only your mood but, perhaps, your physical health as well.

Daniel H. Johnston