BEST of PONDER on THIS for Monday, August 31st, 2015 by Neale Donald Walsch in THE NEW REVELATIONS

Neale Donald Walsch: If religion can make people ecstatic, why can’t it heal the world?

God: Because organized religion as you currently create it is largely an exclusive experience. It is exclusive to the individual or the group experiencing it. You have not found a way to include everyone in the same experience – that is, society as a whole – because you have not found a way for everyone to agree on how the experience should be experienced. Indeed, you disagree on this question so dramatically that it has caused you to interrupt your own ecstasy to express your disapproval of another for not experiencing their ecstasy in the same way. You have argued with each other, battled with each other; and killed each other in your anger over this ecstasy.

Neale Donald Walsch: Why? Why have we done this? And why can’t religions heal this?

God: Organized religions by their nature exclude as many as they include. This would be non-problematic if religions were tolerant of those they exclude, yet far too often this is not the case.  Religions, which you count on to teach tolerance, have not learned how to practice it, and so, teach just the opposite.”

God, as spoken to Neale Donald Walsch, in “The New Revelations”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Friday, August 28th, 2015 by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer in YOU’LL SEE IT WHEN YOU BELIEVE IT

“Know that you are not stuck where you are unless you decide to be. Know that if you use your mental energy to see yourself spending your days doing what you truly love, and if you keep that thought uppermost in your mind, that is what will expand for you. It has to.

You were very likely taught that you choose your career in the early part of your life, and then you live out your life doing what you were trained to do. But is it sensible to continue doing something that someone eighteen or twenty years old chose years ago? Would you go to an eighteen-year-old today for vocational counseling?

Continuing to do regularly what you dislike is going to expand scarcity in your life. You will never escape from the trap unless you are willing to shift the internal focus of your thoughts to what you love doing. Put that thought in your mind and make it the central feature of your thoughts, even if you refuse to make the move today. Stay with the thought. The more you focus on it, the more it will expand”

Dr. Wayne Dyer, in “You’ll See it When you Believe It”

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PONDER on THIS for Thursday, August 27th, 2015 by Shakti Gawain in THE PATH OF TRANSFORMATION

“Pay attention to whatever feedback you get from the way things unfold in your external experience. See how things work out when you follow your own inner guidance. If things don’t seem to be working out, it may be because you are not yet fully attuned with your inner guidance. You may be following other feelings instead. The best indication that you are in tune with your inner truth is that you feel more alive as a result. Also, things generally work more easily. Doors open. There’s a sense of following a certain flow of energy.”

Shakti Gawain, in “The Path of Transformation”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Wednesday, August 26th, 2015 by Sanaya Roman in SPIRITUAL GROWTH

“You do not become strong by seeking those situations that keep you sheltered and protected; you become strong by learning to navigate all the different kinds of weather, finding your strength and direction from within. If you have felt any resentment because you had a difficult childhood, let go of it, and appreciate all the strength you gained from the situation you grew up with.

At various times in your life you may have been around people whom you had trouble loving. Look at the circumstances you have in your life right now. If you are around people or energies you aren’t comfortable with, see them as offering you opportunities for spiritual growth by teaching you more about becoming transparent. The thoughts and feelings of people you have the most trouble harmonizing with are the very ones that will give you the most growth when you do learn to be transparent to them. That is why you have attracted these people into your life.”

Sanaya Roman, in “Spiritual Growth”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Tuesday, August 25th, 2015 by Stuart Wilde in AFFIRMATIONS

“Life was never meant to be a struggle. Yet everything is designed to control us and to limit us. The light (which is truth) is not visible to us, so we make rules and regulations, partly in an effort to process fear, and partly in the hope that we will somehow charm the light into our life. In doing so, we restrict ourselves terribly, for the light does not come out of do’s and don’ts – its currency is absolute forgiveness, unbounded compassion, endless patience, and love. It expresses this love for us by honoring us in leaving us alone, to be as silly as we want for as long as we want.”

Stuart Wilde, in “Affirmations”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Monday, August 24th, 2015 by Stuart Wilde in LIFE WAS NEVER MEANT TO BE A STRUGGLE

“Do you remember being told as a child that if you wanted to make it in life you would have to work hard? That life involves pain and struggle; that you’d have to earn love and acceptance; and that, if you wanted to come out on top, you’d have to put in an incredible effort? I certainly remember my mother saying to me, “Struggle ennobles the soul.”

But there is a big difference between struggle and effort. Our physical condition as humans involves effort, but struggle is effort laced with emotion and desperation. Now, if over a period of years, you’ve laid down several hundred thousand thoughts in your subconscious that say “Life is a struggle,” naturally you would project that from your inner feelings. Even if you weren’t consciously aware of that aspect of your inner self, the thought would still lie deep within you and show up constantly in your life.”

Stuart Wilde, in “Life Was Never Meant to be a Struggle”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Friday, August 21, 2015 by Neale Donald Walsch in CONVERSATIONS WITH GOD BOOK 3

“You must understand that humans have many fear-based religions whose teachings surround a doctrine of a God who is to be worshipped and feared. It was through fear that your entire Earth society reformed itself from the matriarchy into the patriarchy. It was through fear that the early priests got people to ‘mend their wicked ways’ and ‘heed the word of the Lord’. It was through fear that churches gained, and controlled, their membership.

One church even insisted that God would punish you if you did not go to church every Sunday. Not going to church was declared a sin. And not just any church. One had to attend one particular church. If you went to a church of a different denomination, that, too, was a sin. This was an attempt at CONTROL, pure and simple, using fear. The amazing thing is, it worked. Hell, it still works.”

Neale Donald Walsch, in “Conversations with God Book 3”

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PONDER on THIS for Thursday, August 20th, 2015 by Alan Cohen in WHY YOUR LIFE SUCKS AND WHAT YOU CAN DO ABOUT IT

“Hollywood A-List actress Renee Zellweger had no idea how she was going to pay next month’s rent when she received the telephone call informing her that she had been chosen to play Tom Cruise’s love interest in the mega-hit Jerry Maguire. Harrison Ford showed up at his audition for Star Wars wearing his carpentry belt, on a break from his day job. Both of these actors rocketed to stardom overnight and never starved again. After rejections from 17 publishers, Richard Bach landed a contract with Macmillan, submitted his manuscript for Jonathan Livingston Seagull, and went traveling. When he came home he found a million dollars in his bank account. That’s how quickly night can turn into day when you remain true to your inspiration and let the universe handle the details.”

Alan Cohen, in “Why Your Life Sucks…And What You Can Do About It”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Wednesday, August 19th, 2015 by Louise Hay in YOU CAN HEAL YOUR LIFE

“How perfect you were when you were a tiny baby. Babies do not have to do anything to become perfect, they already are perfect, and they act as if they know it. They know they are the center of the Universe. They are not afraid to ask for what they want. They freely express their emotions. You know when a baby is angry, in fact, the whole neighborhood knows. You also know when they are happy, for their smiles light up a room. They are full of love.

Tiny babies will die if they do not get love. Once we are older, we learn to live without love, but babies will not stand for it. Babies also love every part of their bodies, even their own feces. They have incredible courage. YOU WERE LIKE THAT. We were all like that. Then we began to listen to adults around us who had learned to be fearful, and we began to deny our own magnificence.”

Louise Hay, in “You Can Heal Your Life”

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PONDER on THIS for Tuesday, August 18th, 2015 by Sanaya Roman in LIVING WITH JOY

“Being open to accept new things, ideas, and people into your life creates an ever expanding capacity for joy. There is a mass thoughtform that the future might be worse than the present. This creates the need to hang on to what you have, freeze things s they are, and keep them from changing. It leads to much pain.

Opening to new things means trusting and having faith in yourself and others. It means believing that the future holds joy and promise. It means believing in your growth and direction. The heart is the center of faith, trust, and belief. Opening to the new means opening your heart. Be willing to step outside of your normal limits and viewpoints and see the world in different ways. Trust that the world is safe and know that you are the director and the producer of what occurs in your life.”

Sanaya Roman, in “Living with Joy”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Monday, August 17th, 2015 by Caroline Myss in WHY PEOPLE DON’T HEAL AND HOW THEY CAN

“Our thoughts powerfully influence the health of our minds and bodies, and delving into our inner selves is essential to the healing process. Yet negative patterns are not always at the root of illness, and a failure to heal should not always be blamed on negative past experiences or on negative beliefs buried deep in the unconscious mind. Too many people have told me that they have searched long and hard in their background for that missing negative experience, only to come up empty. Why and how, they wonder, can they unearth that missing piece of their psyche?

Healing from illness would be better served if we investigated our past for positive patterns as well as negative ones. Even as we seek out all that contribute to our weaknesses, we need to bring into focus the strong and enduring parts of our personalities. When people focus only on their negative patterns, all that is good about them and their lives can be eclipsed.”

Caroline Myss, in “Why People Don’t Heal And How They Can”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Friday, August, 14th, 2015 by Dr. Stephen Russell in BAREFOOT DOCTOR’S GUIDE TO THE TAO

“Making pronouncements is like casting spells, as in spelling out your thought in word form. You always have the choice between seeing a situation, yours or someone else’s, in a positive or negative light. If a friend tells you her story, and you choose to see it in a negative light and make a negative pronouncement based on that view, this is tantamount to cursing her. Medical doctors often do this inadvertently by mistakenly pronouncing someone incurable, i.e., cursing them, thereby sabotaging the patient’s recuperative power.

If, on the other hand, you choose to see that situation in a positive light and make your pronouncement accordingly, this is tantamount to blessing them. So if someone comes to you complaining of her knee pain, telling her she’ll never walk again is a curse, whereas telling her you see her hiking up a mountain in six months time is a blessing.

When people inadvertently curse you in this way, on account of their own negative bent, be sure to counter it with an affirmation of your own. For example, your friend says, “You’ll never achieve that,” and rather than letting that negativity be the final command to the universe, you counter, “I can achieve anything I choose to.”

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

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PONDER on THIS for Thursday, August 13th, 2015 by JB Lewis in THE SOUL & THE BRAIN

“Have you ever been in a room so dark that even your hand in front of your face is blacked out? And the only way to get through the room without hurting yourself is to feel your way along the backs of the chairs or along the wall? In that case, all one can do is trust that they will eventually make it through to the light beyond the door on the other side of the room. The same is true of life…You must trust that you will make it through; and when you finally reach the light, the light will be that much sweeter to the eyes. Even the air will be different. You will feel peace and relax that the darkness is over.”

JB Lewis, in “The Soul & The Brain”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Wednesday, August 12th, 2015 by Eckhart Tolle in THE POWER OF NOW

“As there are no problems in the NOW, there is no illness either. The belief in a label that someone attaches to your condition keeps the condition in place, empowers it, and makes it a seemingly solid reality out of a temporary imbalance. It gives it not only reality and solidity but also a continuity in time that it did not have before.

By focusing on this instant and refraining from labeling it mentally, illness is reduced to one of several of these factors: physical pain, weakness, discomfort, or disability. THAT is what you surrender to – now. You do not surrender to the idea of “illness.” Allow the suffering to force you into the present moment, into a state of intense conscious presence. Use it for enlightenment.”

Eckhart Tolle,  in “The Power of Now”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Tuesday, August 11th, 2015 by Fr. Anthony DeMello in AWARENESS

“The harder you try to change, the worse it can get. Does this mean that a certain degree of passivity is all right? Yes, the more you resist something, the greater power you give to it. That’s the meaning, I think of, of Jesus’ words: “When someone strikes you on the right cheek, offer him your left as well.” You always empower the demons you fight. That’s very Oriental. But if you flow with the enemy, you overcome the enemy. How does one cope with evil? Not buy fighting it but by understanding it. In understanding, it disappears. How does one cope with darkness? Not with one’s fist. You don’t chase darkness out of the room with a broom, you turn on a light. The more you fight darkness, the more real it becomes to you, and the more you exhaust yourself. But when you turn on the light of awareness, it melts.”

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

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