Best of PONDER on THIS for Friday, September 19th, 2014 by Louise Hay in YOU CAN HEAL YOUR LIFE

“Relationships are mirrors of ourselves. What we attract always mirrors either qualities we have or beliefs we have about relationships. This is true whether it is a boss, a coworker, an employee, a friend, a lover, a spouse or a child. The things you don’t like about these people are either what you yourself do or would like to do, or what you believe. You could not attract them or have them in your life if the way they are didn’t somehow complement your own life.

If you have a boss who is critical or impossible to please, look within. Either you do that on some level or you have a belief that “Bosses are always critical and impossible to please.” If you have an employee who won’t obey or doesn’t follow through, look to see where you do that and clean it up. Firing someone is too easy; it doesn’t clear your pattern.

This is the ONLY way to change others – change ourselves first. Change your patterns and you will find “they” are different too. Blame is useless. Blaming only gives away our power. Keep your power. Without power, we cannot make changes. The helpless victim cannot see a way out.”

Louise Hay, in “You Can Heal Your Life”

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PONDER on THIS for Thursday, September 18th, 2014 by Terry Cole-Whittaker in LIVE YOUR BLISS

“There are people who emanate a continual stream of angry and resentful emotions as a way to manipulate others, but these negative emotions block their own good fortune. Because of this, of course, the movie screen of their lives reflects their state of mind back to them, which increases their negative emotions and fear.

What I’ve noticed is that, unless we are alert to how attitude is transferable and, therefore, trouble is transferable, we will give up our friendly and enthusiastic attitude when we are around them and will lower our vibration to match theirs. It doesn’t matter if they don’t like us. What matters is our attitude and that we feel love and wish them well. Let them take on your affectionate and cheerful attitude, but if they don’t, remember to continue to be yourself, your godly self, and spread your enthusiasm seeds wherever you go.”

Terry Cole-Whittaker, in “Live Your Bliss”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 by Fr. Anthony DeMello in AWARENESS

“There is yet another illusion, that it is important to be respectable, to be loved and appreciated, to be important. Many say we have a natural urge to be loved and appreciated, to belong. That’s false. Drop this illusion and you will find happiness.

We have a natural urge to be FREE, a natural urge to love, but not to BE LOVED. Sometimes in my psycho-therapy sessions I encounter a very common problem: Nobody loves me, how then, can I be happy? I explain to him or her: “You mean you never have any moments when you forget you’re not loved and you let go and are happy?” Of course they have.”

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

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PONDER on THIS for Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 by Jonathan Parker in THE SOUL SOLUTION

“Grace operates outside of the typical human ways of doing things. People want to believe they’re in control. In fact, people feel like they need to be in control in order not to feel out of control. As a result of this natural ego component, people assume they can do specific things to ensure they are rewarded. Since it seems to the ego as though most things in life are earned through hard work and effort, people expect that work is also required to “rise to the top” spiritually.

People expect the “gifts of God” to be given out according to some recognizable plan that entails rules, conditions, prerequisites, and effort. To some degree, we certainly do have a role to play: We need to show up, be available, participate, surrender, and let go of whatever we’ve been holding on to. But ultimately grace is freely given, not earned in any way.”

       Jonathan Parker, in “The Soul Solution”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Monday, September 15th, 2014 by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer in YOU’LL SEE IT WHEN YOU BELIEVE IT

“Why do people spend their lives doing things that they do not love? Because they believe in scarcity rather than abundance. They will tell you, “I don’t have enough to do whatever I want, so have to do the things I do.” Or “I can’t afford to do what I love.” Or, “I have no other choice – I’ve got to pay my bills.” Or “I don’t know anything else.”

Look at these reasons very carefully. They all imply that there is a scarcity of what is needed to survive. The person feels forced, by virtue of this scarcity, to continue in whatever work he/she is doing to fulfill his/her outer needs. However, if you understand that what you focus on expands, then you begin to see the folly in ever trying to fill in the gaps by doing what you loathe. The loathsomeness is what continues to expand, because that is where all of the energy is centered.”

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

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Best of PONDER on THIS for Friday, September 12th, 2014 by Eckhart Tolle in THE POWER OF NOW

“Somebody says something to you that is rude or designed to hurt. Instead of going into unconscious reaction and negativity, such as attack, defense, or withdrawal, you let it pass right through you. Offer no resistance. It is as if there is nobody there to get hurt anymore. THAT is forgiveness. In this way, you become invulnerable.

You can still tell a person that his or her behavior is unacceptable, if that is what you choose to do. But that person no longer has the power to control your INNER state. You are then in YOUR power – not in someone else’s, nor are you run by your mind. Whether it is a car alarm, a rude person, a flood, an earthquake, or the loss of all your possessions, the resistance mechanism is the same.”

         Eckhart Tolle, in “The Power of Now”

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PONDER on THIS for Thursday, September 11th, 2014 by Tony Burroughs in THE LAW OF AGREEMENT

“One of the most pervasive of all the same old tricks being shoved at us is contagion. Also known as playing catch, it suggests that we can catch sickness from other people. While this is true, it’s only under one condition:we have to believe that we can.

It no different than when we were kids and someone said, “Hey, let’s play catch!” and they threw the ball at us. In most cases, we couldn’t resist reaching out and catching it. In real life, however, it’s not wise for us to reach out and catch every ball that comes our way. We serve ourselves and all those around us better if we simply let the ball go by and go on about our day.

Playing catch describes the entire foundation upon which contagiousness, or the germ theory of disease, is built. It depends 100 percent on our gullibility, on our openness to reach out and believe in ideas that don’t serve us but which engender huge profits for those who have a vested interest in them. Germ theory is just a theory – it’s not a fact at all…For germ theory to work we have to forget that our thoughts and not a bunch of little bugs, are creating our experiences.”

      Tony Burroughs, in “The Law of Agreement”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Wednesday, September 10th, 2014 by Dan Millman in LIVING ON PURPOSE

“Nowhere is it written that decisions are supposed to be easy. Every choice requires a combination of intellect, intuition, and gut instinct. And the more important the decision, the harder it seems. Why? Because perceived importance increases our fear of making the wrong choice and what that might mean.

When choosing between two brands of cereal, I doubt you agonize, because you know the wrong cereal won’t bring the sky crashing down. But will selecting the wrong college, or sweetheart, or job mean catastrophe? How can you know this? Faith reminds us that every decision we make can serve our highest good and learning – that EVERY choice leads to wisdom.”

     Dan Millman, in “Living on Purpose”

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PONDER on THIS for Tuesday, September 9th, 2014 by Marianne Williamson in EVERYDAY GRACE

“It’s best that we not place our hope in a worldly satisfaction because, at the most fundamental level, there isn’t any. Worldly satisfaction can bring temporary pleasure, which is certainly good. But nothing in the material world is deep enough to satisfy the true yearning of our souls. Our greatest hope is for the experience of joy, and often we are not as smart as we think we are when it comes to predicting what would bring us that joy. The mystic hopes not for a particular outcome, then, but for the best outcome for all concerned. And what that is can only be determined by God.

Hope that is attached to a particular outcome is looking for pleasure but fishing for pain, because attachment itself is a source of pain. It is best to hope for an experience of life in all its fullness – a life that can embrace both joy and sorrow and still be at peace, because joy and sorrow are sure to come in this life. Our triumph over sorrow is not that we can avoid it but that we can endure it. And therein lies our hope: that in spirit we might become bigger than the problems we face.”

Marianne Williamson in “Everyday Grace”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Monday, September 8th, 2014 by Shakti Gawain in THE PATH OF TRANSFORMATION

“How DO we create real change in our personal lives and in the world? The simple answer to this question is this: We change the world most effectively by changing our own consciousness. There is a quote attributed to Mohandas Gandhi that says this well, “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”

As each of us becomes more aware on an individual level, we change reflected in our personal lives. Old problems and patterns gradually melt away and we meet new difficulties and new challenges with a widening perspective and increasing wisdom. Our lives become more balanced, more fulfilling and more in alignment with our soul’s purpose. Since each one of us is an integral part of the collective consciousness, we each have a subtle but powerful effect on that mass consciousness (and vice versa).

Like the proverbial pebble dropped into a still pond, the shifts of consciousness we make in our personal lives send out tiny but important waves that ripple over the surface of the whole.”

         Shakti Gawain, in “The Path of Transformation”

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