PONDER on THIS for Tuesday, February 20th, 2018 by Cherie Carter-Scott, Ph.D. in IF LIFE IS A GAME, THESE ARE THE RULES

“To take responsibility means you admit accountability and acknowledge your influence and role in the circumstances in which you find yourself. It means you are answerable for your behavior and you fully accept any consequences created by your actions.

Responsibility is not blame, however, and understanding the difference between the two is crucial to learning this lesson. Blame is associated with fault, whereas responsibility denotes authorship. Blame carries guilt and negative feelings; responsibility brings the relief of not having to dodge the full truth anymore and releases that guilt. Blame implies fault; responsibility implies ownership. Blame is stagnant; responsibility propels you forward and onward to your greater good.”

Cherie Carter-Scott, Ph.D., in “IF LIFE is a GAME, THESE are the RULES”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Monday, February 19th, 2018 by Neale Donald Walsch in FRIENDSHIP WITH GOD

“Each of you experiences your conversation with God in your own way—and in different ways at different times. It will always be a two-way conversation. It could be a conversation “in your head,” or “on paper,” or with My responses taking just a little more time, and reaching you in the form of the next song you hear, or the next movie you see, or the next lecture you attend, or the next magazine article you read, or in the chance utterance of a friend you “just happen” to run into on the street.

Once you have become clear that we are always in conversation, then we can move into friendship.”

God, as spoken to Neale Donald Walsch, in “Friendship with God”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Friday, February 16th, 2018 by Rhonda Byrne in THE SECRET

“The only reason any person does not have enough money is because they are blocking money from coming to them with their thoughts. Every negative thought, feeling, or emotion is blocking your good from coming to you, and that includes money. It is not that the money is being kept from you by the Universe, because all the money you require exists right now in the invisible. If you do not have enough, it is because you are stopping the flow of money coming to you, and you are doing this with your thoughts. You must tip the balance of your thoughts from lack-of-money to more-than-enough-money. Think more thoughts of abundance than of lack, and you have tipped the balance.”

Rhonda Byrne, in “The Secret”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Thursday, February 15th, 2018 by John Randolph Price in THE ANGELS WITHIN US

“Regardless of what the traditional religious teaching has said about the ups and downs of life, I agree with the mystics and sages of the past who taught that the only place we can go is up, that the spiral of life is always in the ascendancy. Yes there are cycles and cyclic forces and rhythmic processes, but they are divinely designed to propel us forward.

What this means is that even when our lives seem to be restricted, there is no reason to be concerned—and in particular we must not let the fearful horror movies of “what might happen” play in our mind. We are to remember the spiral and know that the Power is gathering force for a mighty leap into a new activity of increased good.”

John Randolph Price in, “The Angels Within Us”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Wednesday, February 14th, 2018 by Stephen Russell in BAREFOOT DOCTOR’S GUIDE TO THE TAO

“Worrying is nothing more than a conditioned, knee-jerk, reflex action on your part to the life choices that present themselves during the passage of your personal stroll along the Great Thoroughfare. Being a worrier is merely a habitual stance you adopt. You are free to exchange it for the stance of the trusty, trusting warrior any time you choose.

Putting this choice into effect, however, requires constant vigilance, as the system often tends to default to “worry” automatically. The process of attaining zero worry takes between approximately two nanoseconds and forty-six years to complete, depending on how many times you forget.”

Stephen Russell, in “Barefoot Doctor’s Guide to the Tao”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Tuesday, February 13th, 2018 by Marianne Williamson in THE GIFT OF CHANGE

“It always feels like we’re protecting ourselves when we’re wrapped in the ego’s energies. Yet in fact, the ego is our weakness and not our strength. When we act defensive or arrogant or willful, no one will think us strong; quite the opposite. It can feel like we’re exposed and vulnerable when we stand defenseless and empty before God, yet when we do is when we appear centered and in our power. Our ability to be transparent, to become an empty space through which God’s love can flow, is our spiritual strength. When the ego disappears, we are hardly invisible; we’re illumined. People can’t take their eyes off a person who has removed his or her mask. Childlike serenity replaces childish posturing. We are gentle yet strong. The light within shines through.”

Marianne Williamson, in “The Gift of Change”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Monday, February 12th, 2018 by Stuart Wilde in INFINITE SELF

“The way to expand your wealth and get on top of things is to cut out the non-vital ego expenses and to discipline yourself to stay inside whatever money you do have. The main secret to abundance comes from the emotional balance and stability you project when you are in control. If you are harassed or worried about money, the insecurity you emit goes out to others as an insecure subliminal signal. It destroys your ability to earn more.

The secret to having enormous amounts of wealth is not to NEED it. Then it comes to you naturally. When you are desperate and trying to force things to happen, money hops up the road in front of you, tantalizingly just out of reach most of the time. So the trick is to spend less than you earn. Then you can make more money and get as rich as you like, and you’ll never have problems.”

Stuart Wilde, in “Infinite Self”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Friday, February 9th, 2018 by Joseph Murphy in THE AMAZING LAWS OF COSMIC MIND POWER

“When you are perplexed, confused, and fearful, and wonder what decision to make, remember that you have an inner guide that will lead and direct you in all your ways, revealing to you the perfect plan, and showing you the way you should go. The secret of guidance or right action is to mentally devote yourself to the right answer until you find its response within you.

The infinite intelligence deep in your subconscious mind is responsive to your request. This response you will recognize as an inner feeling, an awareness, an overpowering hunch leading you to the right place at the right time, putting the right words into your mouth, and causing you to do the right thing in the right way.”

Joseph Murphy, in “The Amazing Laws of Cosmic Mind Power”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Thursday, February 8th, 2018 by Catherine Ponder in OPEN YOUR MIND TO PROSPERITY

“The world of nature knows about Divine timing. I recently saw a science film which described the life of certain plants that bloom in the desert. The film explained that these plants blossomed in that desert climate only when conditions were just right. The plants would often wait for years for the right conditions before they blossomed. Like the plant in the desert, awaiting the right conditions in which to blossom, we sometimes have to await just the right time in our soul growth to enjoy our expanded good. Meanwhile, by meeting our present circumstances non-resistantly, we may be developing certain soul qualities and talents which will prepare us for that time.

During such periods, no matter how much we persist in dwelling on increased health, wealth or happiness, our good may not appear, because we are not yet ready to receive it and maintain it. If we receive it during such a period, it would be premature, forced growth, and would not last. Under such circumstances, we may find our good coming more slowly under Divine timing. But later we will realize that it came at just the right time for our long-range benefit.”

Catherine Ponder, in “Open Your Mind to Prosperity”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Wednesday, February 7th, 2018 by Wayne W. Dyer in WISDOM OF THE AGES

“The moment you begin to tell others about what you desire and how you are going to create the kind of life you know is your personal destiny, you invite ego. As you begin explaining your radical ideas you will be asked to defend yourself. Then you will feel the need to argue about how this fits or fails to fit into the perception of those you are talking to. And most debilitating of all, you will be expected to listen to the logic of those you choose to share your dreams with as they tell you to ‘get real’ and look around at the circumstances of your life. Once the ego becomes involved, you literally lose the ability to create what your heart tells you is your destiny.”

Wayne W. Dyer, in “Wisdom of the Ages”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Tuesday, February 6th, 2018 by Alan Cohen in RELAX INTO WEALTH

“Money is just one form of compensation for service. There are many ways the universe will thank and take care of you in appreciation for the gifts you share. Do not evaluate your compensation by dollars alone. You may be getting paid in ways far more precious than money.

Many people make vast amounts of money but suffer terrible psychological and emotional ills because they are disconnected from their spirit. If all you are receiving for your work is money, you are being grossly underpaid. Others make little or no money, but sleep well at night, with a heart fulfilled. While money and satisfaction are certainly not mutually exclusive, true reward goes far beyond money.”

Alan Cohen, in “Relax Into Wealth”

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PONDER on THIS for Monday, February 5th, 2018 by Michelle Paisley Reed in KEEP UP YOUR SPIRITS

“Your religions are a way to simply the Love and Light you already have inside you, a way to contain and control you into believing their thoughts and viewpoints. Your political systems cause the same illusion of derision. All these “systems” are different ways to keep you small, to continue the conflict and drama, to engage in and prolong suffering.

How do you escape? By opting out. By remembering the true beacon of Light and unconditional Love from which you came, and to which you will return. By reminding each other of who you really are underneath the roles you play in this current lifetime and lifetimes past.”

Michelle Paisley Reed, in “Keep Your Spirits Up”

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Compiler’s Note: I’ve just about finished this book and I have to say it’s WONDERFUL. I highly recommend it for anyone who’s been on the path of spiritual growth for a spell.

Jeff MJeff Maziarek, author of Spirituality Simplified and Codi’s Journey, launched Pondercentral.com in April 2007 as a Web-based forum for “PONDER on THIS,” a series of weekday inspirational email messages he began sending to subscribers in March 1999. A FREE service since its inception, “PONDER on THIS” provides subscribers with meaningful content to assist them on their individual paths of spiritual growth. In addition, it benefits subscribers, authors, and publishers by including links to Amazon.com where subscribers can learn more about the book being quoted, and also purchase it.

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Friday, February 2nd, 2018 by Sharon Salzberg in THE FORCE OF KINDNESS

“The world may tell us to grab as much as we want, and we might think that the audacity of rebelliousness is to grab even more with impunity, but how about being really radical and questioning how much we need? Conventional wisdom may be that retribution displays strength and can summarily bring an end to conflicts, but how about taking a leap and challenging ourselves to a whole new meaning of resolution based on mutuality and caring?

The easy way may be to turn away and distract ourselves from the distress and suffering of others, but how about being daring enough to pay attention? Our conditioning may tell us we don’t need anybody, but about taking a real look at life and noticing that we are all entwined in a fabric of interdependence, then being willing to risk acting accordingly?”

Sharon Salzberg, in “The Force of Kindness”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Thursday, February 1st, 2018 by Fr. Anthony DeMello S.J. in AWARENESS

“The most difficult thing is the world is to listen, to see. We don’t want to see. Do you think a rich person wants to look at a poor person? We don’t want to look, because if we do, we may change. If you look, you lose control of the life that you are so precariously holding together.

And so in order to wake up, the one thing you need most is not energy, or strength, or youthfulness, or even great intelligence. The one thing you need most of all is the readiness to learn something new. The chances that you will wake up are in direct proportion to the amount of truth you can take without running away. How much are you ready to take? How much of everything you’ve held dear are you ready to have shattered without running away? How ready are you to think of something unfamiliar?”

Fr. Anthony DeMello, S.J., in “Awareness”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Wednesday, January 31st, 2018 by Sanaya Roman in PERSONAL POWER THROUGH AWARENESS

“When your feel hurt and separated from another person, thinking he or she caused you pain or unhappiness, it may be time to examine what lessons you have chosen to learn by creating the situation. When you love people, there are times you feel pain and distance from them. If this happens, do not look for intellectual reasons. Do not try to discover who has hurt whom and who is to blame and who is in the right. It rarely does any good to argue back and forth, figuring out who is the good guy and who is the bad guy. This puts you into a power struggle with each other and takes you out of your heart connection.”

Sanaya Roman, in “Personal Power through Awareness”

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