PONDER on THIS for Tuesday, September 19th, 2017 by Paul Ferrini in THE SILENCE OF THE HEART

“The door to the Divine Presence opens through your heart. It opens through your kindness to yourself. It opens through your gentle acceptance of yourself in any moment. It opens through your embrace of your experience, through your willingness to be with whatever is happening in this moment.

The door to the Divine Presence opens through your kindness and gentle acceptance of others as they are in this moment. It opens through your willingness to be with them whatever they are thinking and feeling without judging them or trying to fix them. It opens through the attention and the blessings you freely and heartfully extend toward others.

The door to the Divine Presence opens through your simple remembrance of God in any moment.”

Paul Ferrini, in “The Silence of the Heart”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Monday, September 18th, 2007 by Debbie Ford in THE DARK SIDE OF THE LIGHT CHASERS

“Your outer shell is the you that faces the world. It hides the characteristics that make up your shadow. Our shadows are so well disguised that we often show the world one face when, in fact, the exact opposite is really within us.

Some people wear a layer of toughness that hides their sensitivity, or a mask of humor to cover up their sadness. People who know it all are usually covering up feelings of stupidity, while those who act arrogantly have yet to reveal their insecurity. The cool people are hiding the geek within, and the smiling face, an angry one.

We have to look beyond our social masks in order to discover our authentic selves. We are masters of disguise, fooling others but also fooling ourselves. It’s the lies we tell ourselves that we need to decipher. When we’re not completely satisfied, happy, healthy, or fulfilling our dreams we know these lies are in our way. This is how we recognize our shadow at work.”

Debbie Ford, in “The Dark Side of the Light Chasers”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Friday, September 15th, 2017 by David Simon in THE TEN COMMITMENTS

“Accepting life as it unfolds does not imply that we relinquish our desires for things to be different. We would not do or accomplish anything if we relinquished our needs, goals, and intentions. Spirituality does not imply inaction. Spiritually oriented people are very action oriented. Think of Buddha, Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., or Mother Teresa. Established in their deep connection to the sacred, they worked relentlessly to improve the world.

Acceptance means focusing on the present while assessing the choices available to you in this moment. If there are many possibilities, make the choice that is likely to bring the most evolutionary results. If there is only one choice, take it. If there are no obvious choices, relax and accept the fact that for now, you cannot do anything.”

David Simon, in “The Ten Commitments”

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PONDER on THIS for Thursday, September 14th, 2017 by Barbara Marciniak in BRINGERS OF THE DAWN

“All over the world, billions of humans are emitting emotional juices into the atmosphere based upon what they are watching on the tube. They don’t have to have too many wars anymore to get you riled up – they can simply make movies.

People who need to watch television are not tapping into the wealth of information within their minds and immediately accessible all around them. As a matter of fact, if you really want to evolve, don’t read your newspapers, do not listen to the radio, and do not watch television. If you are able to be media free for periods of time, and you disengage yourself from the frequency of chaos and anxiety and stress and hustle-bustle and temptations of all kinds that you don’t need, you begin to get clear. You begin to listen to what is going on inside of yourself and to live in the world and not necessarily be lost in it. You become clear. We cannot emphasize this enough!”

Barbara Marciniak, in “Bringers of the Dawn”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Wednesday, September 13th, 2017 by Stuart Wilde in INFINITE SELF

“All struggle is ego. It is the pain and anguish that the ego creates—yearning and demanding and fighting to sustain itself. Pull back and get yourself into a position that you can control. If, let’s say, your problem is money, start working on yourself. Most people think the way to get out of money problems is to earn more money. How to handle money is to get back in control of the money you do have. So if you only have $500 a month to live on, you have to think of a way to live in circumstances that don’t cost $800 a month. There is no point in you making five grand a month if your ego is in control and you’re spending seven, because you’re still going to be in financial trouble.

If you have a money imbalance, just pull back inside and quiet the ego. Tell it, “Hey, we don’t need all these things. We don’t need a fancy apartment, we don’t need a fancy car. We just need to establish control first.” That way we don’t have to push and shove to get what we want in life. We can be balanced, take our time, and think about what we’re doing; we can develop discipline and move powerfully into situations.”

Stuart Wilde, in “Infinite Self”

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PONDER on THIS for Tuesday, September 12th, 2017 by Don Miguel Ruiz in THE VOICE OF KNOWLEDGE

“The main character of your story is you, but the role that you are playing is not you. You have practiced that role for so long that you have mastered the performance. You have become the best actor in the entire world, but I can assure you that you are not what you believe you are. Thank God, because you are much better than what you believe you are.

I remember when my Grandfather told me, “Miguel, you will know that you are free when you no longer have to be you.” At that moment, I didn’t understand him, but later I knew exactly what he meant. I don’t have to be the way everybody wants me to be. I don’t have to be what I believe. I should be according to my own lies.

Your story is your creation. You are the artist with the force of life flowing through you. If you don’t like your art, you have the power to change it. That’s the good news. You don’t have to be you anymore, and that’s the maximum freedom. You don’t have to be what you believe you are. You don’t have to be that anger or that jealousy or that hate. You can recover the sense of what you really are, return to paradise, and live again in heaven on earth.”

Don Miguel Ruiz, in “The Voice of Knowledge”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Monday, September 11th, 2017 by Don Miguel Ruiz in THE FOUR AGREEMENTS COMPANION BOOK

“As children, we never chose what to believe or not to believe. We didn’t choose our religion or moral values, or any concept at all. But we agreed with these beliefs, and once we agreed, it was stored in our memory. The outside dream hooked our attention and put knowledge inside us via other humans—via our parents, our teachers, our church, our society. This knowledge sets us up to be slaves of the dream of the planet.

Knowledge itself isn’t good or bad or right or wrong; knowledge is just a program. It is nothing but concepts, But the Parasite that goes with knowledge is evil—it is alive. The Parasite that grows in your mind and takes control of the mind. Once that Parasite takes control of your mind, the real you is dead. You are not alive; there is something else that is living your life. It is not you because the real you is not evil; the real you is not self-destructive.

We eat knowledge, ingest the Parasite, and get sick from what we eat. This is what happened to all of us.”

Don Miguel Ruiz, in “The Four Agreements Companion Book”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Friday, September 8th, 2017 by Sanaya Roman in Living with Joy

“There is a fine line between egotistical and humble. Walking that line brings the expression of power into balance. Do you brag about yourself? Do you go around wanting to tell people when you did something great? Or do you listen to people with an open ear, putting your own accomplishments aside? The tendency to overstate or exaggerate accomplishments can create problems.

Do you find yourself rehearsing what you are going to say to someone about something wonderful you accomplished? There is a difference between coming from confidence and coming from egoism.

If you feel you have done or are doing something great or unusual, you are sending a message to your subconscious telling it that this is not a normal achievement. If you want to bring more great accomplishments into your life, then take them in stride when they happen. (Congratulate yourself, but let it seem as if it is something you do every day.)”

Sanaya Roman, in “Living with Joy”

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PONDER on THIS for Thursday, September 7th, 2017 by Polly Campbell in HOW TO LIVE AN AWESOME LIFE

“Bad habits aren’t going to be the only thing slowing down your forward progress. Temptation, fatigue, uncertainty, beliefs, and external factors are a few of the other things that you are probably going to rise up and slam the door to possibility in your face. This is all part of the deal, so you don’t need to worry about adversity; just prepare to move through it. I’m not saying you’ll love the setbacks. You won’t be able to neatly work through everything with a glass of wine and a good laugh – yet those coping strategies are powerful in their own right.

The path through adversity is not always clear. Often it is infuriating, doubt-producing, exhausting, and frustrating – been there, done that. But there is nothing like the satisfaction and joy that come from knowing you kept at it, did your best, and in the end, created something better than before.”

Polly Campbell, in “How to Live an Awesome Life”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Wednesday, September 6th, 2017 by Alan Cohen in DARE TO BE YOURSELF

“People who laugh a lot live longer, but more important they live better. What is the use of living if you can’t enjoy yourself while you are here? Laughter is a gift from God. I know that God has a great sense of humor. I’ll be He laughs at most of the renditions of his son as a painfully serious teacher. One who knows God knows laughter. Some people criticize humor as irreverent. Humor is very reverent; it is, in fact, a very high form of prayer. If there were more laughter in churches, there would be more people in churches. I know several ministers who are very humorous teachers, and their congregations are among the largest.

People do not want to be taught that life is a downer. Many of us have been taught that lesson for most of our life, and the ensuing burden has worked against our enlightenment. Perhaps we are ready now for a new lesson. Perhaps we are ready to learn that gaiety is an intrinsic ingredient of health and success. Perhaps we are ready to let go of the heaviness with which we have associated the spiritual path, and see it through new eyes.

Wouldn’t it be a riot if we got to Heaven and there we found God laughing?”

Alan Cohen, in “Dare to Be Yourself”

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PONDER on THIS for Tuesday, September 5th, 2017 by Neale Donald Walsch in CONVERSATIONS WITH GOD, BOOK 1

“You have been taught to live in fear. You have been told about the survival of the fittest and the victory of the strongest and the success of the cleverest. Precious little is said about the glory of the most loving. And so you strive to be the fittest, the strongest, the cleverest – in one way or another – and if you see yourself as something less than this in any situation, you fear loss, for you have been told that to be less is to lose.

And so of course you choose the action fear sponsors, for that is what you have been taught. Yet I teach you this: when you choose the action love sponsors, then you will do more than survive, you will do more than win, then you will do more than succeed. Then will you experience the full glory of Who You Really Are, and who you can be.”

Neale Donald Walsch, in “Conversations with God, Book 1”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Monday, September 4th, 2017 by Deepak Chopra in THE SEVEN SPIRITUAL LAWS OF SUCCESS

“If you observe nature at work, you will see that least effort is expended. Grass doesn’t try to grow, it just grows. Fish don’t try to swim, they just swim. Flowers don’t try to bloom, they bloom. Birds don’t try to fly, they fly. This is their intrinsic nature. The earth doesn’t try to spin on its own axis; it is the nature of the earth to spin with dizzying speed and to hurtle through space. It is the nature of babies to be in bliss. It is the nature of the sun to shine. It is the nature of the stars to glitter and sparkle. And it is human nature to make our dreams manifest into physical form, easily and effortlessly.”

Deepak Chopra, in “The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Friday, September 1st, 2017 by Richard Carlson PH.D., in DON’T SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF

“Think of someone who truly irritates you, who makes you feel angry. Now, close your eyes and try to imagine this person as a tiny infant. See their tiny little features and their innocent little eyes. Know that babies can’t help but make mistakes and each of us was, at one time, a little infant. Now, roll forward the clock one hundred years. See the same person as a very old person who is about to die. Look at their worn-out eyes and their soft smile, which suggests a bit of wisdom and the admission of mistakes made. Know that each of us will be one hundred years old, alive or dead, before too many decades go by.

You can play with this technique and alter it in many ways. It almost always provides the user with some needed perspective and compassion. If our goal is to become more peaceful and loving, we certainly don’t want to harbor negativity toward others.”

Richard Carlson, PH.D., in “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff”

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PONDER on THIS for Thursday, August 31st, 2017 by Alan Cohen in RELAX INTO WEALTH

“When your actions or happiness depend on external factors, you will bob up and down like a cork on the surface of a turbulent ocean. Your days and career will be an emotional roller coaster. You will feel stressed and frazzled, and your journey may be compounded with relationship conflicts and health problems. When you give your power away to people and circumstances, which are fickle and transitory, your life will be out of control.

If, on the other hand, you source your experience from your inner spirit, you call forth your power to generate dynamic results and enjoy the process. Then you are the master of your career, destiny, and life. Your energy proceeds from your choices, not the marketplace.

Resolve now to set your own tone, no matter what appearances may indicate. Be bigger than your circumstances, and your circumstances will reform themselves to reflect your intentions.”

Alan Cohen, in “Relax into Wealth”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Wednesday, August 30th, 2017 by Sanaya Roman in PERSONAL POWER THROUGH AWARENESS

“At a certain level, everyone knows the truth about each other. You may try not to see the truth, but you do indeed know it at some level. There is no hiding from each other, and there is no need to do so. You are a magnificent, beautiful, alive human being, doing the very best you know how.

All of you are deeply aware of each other, and when you match your words and actions precisely to that awareness, you evolve. You may think it is not kind to speak your mind, to speak up, if you hold an image that it is not understanding and sympathetic. You may think you are doing someone a favor by covering up your feelings, but you may be setting up a drama where the only way out is through the truth.”

Sanaya Roman, in “Personal Power through Awareness”

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