BEST of PONDER on THIS for Wednesday, September 26th, 2018 by Asara Lovejoy in THE ONE COMMAND

“When you reconnect to the deepest part of who you are through your Source Mind, you learn to trust your choices and to trust your own authority once again. You grant yourself permission to live a different, happier, richer life than your tribe of origin, and by example lead your tribe forward with you. When you do, magic happens. Your family and society become richer, more harmonious, and more peaceful because of you.

You change whom and what you attract into your life only when you change your subconscious beliefs…Perhaps you have wondered why there are successful people from all economic and emotional conditions who have overcome adversity and the odds to succeed. They have succeeded because they discovered another way to think and feel.

Those who succeed accept ideas and thoughts from the outside world as a choice to believe or not without judgment. They create and manifest from the power within.”

Asara Lovejoy, in “The One Command”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Tuesday, September 25th, 2018 by Pete Koerner in THE BELIEF FORMULA

“It is said that “In God, all things are possible.” So, when you base your existence on a book that says, “…all things are possible,” and “Judge not…,” it pretty much shuts down any petty human differences; anything can happen, everything is possible, and you are only human and have no knowledge, experience, or authority with which to judge the works of God (other humans, for instance). That part is pretty simple; I just can’t seem to find the part about boycotting people and businesses because they refuse to judge others. Are we saying that we should follow the Bible’s teachings, except for where the Bible got it wrong and there is clearly a need for someone to step in and render some judgment? Or, have we simply decided to use the “love thy neighbor” policy when we are in a good mood and the “hellfire and brimstone” approach when we have had a bad day, or week – or life, or marriage, etc.”

Pete Koerner in “The Belief Formula”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Monday, September 24th, 2018 by Gary Zukav in SEAT OF THE SOUL

“Forgiveness means that you do not hold others responsible for your experiences. When you hold someone responsible for what you experience, you lose power. Therefore, when you depend on another person for the experiences that you think are necessary to your well-being, you live continually in the fear that they will not deliver. The perception that someone else is responsible for what you experience underlies the idea that forgiveness is something that one person does for another. How can you forgive another person for the fact that YOU have CHOSEN to step out of your power?”

Gary Zukav, in “Seat of the Soul”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Friday, September 21st, 2018 by David Simon in THE TEN COMMITMENTS

“People invest considerable emotional energy in the defense of beliefs they hold to be true. Although this may seem obvious in regards to religious, political, economic and moral beliefs, I frequently see people fervently invest their emotional energy in dietary preferences (low fat versus low carb, vegetable versus meat-based) and health care approaches (allopathic versus naturopathic).

The commitment to truth requires you to continually review your beliefs about the world and your place in it, expanding your capacity to embrace multiple perspectives. As you become less rigid in your perceptions of truth, you become capable of respecting and empathizing with people of diverse beliefs. Maintaining your truth while remaining open to others’ points of view has a healing and transformational effect on all relationships: personal, work, cultural, and international.”

David Simon, in “The Ten Commitments”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Thursday, September 20th, 2018 by Jack Kornfield in A PATH WITH HEART

“Americans spend fifty billion dollars a year on security systems and guards. We get caught and lost in fear so often in our life, but rarely have we examined and dealt with the demon of the fearful mind itself. Of course, as we work with the fearful mind, we will initially become afraid. We will encounter this demon over and over again. However, at some point, if we open our eyes and our heart to the fearful mind and gently name it, “fear, fear, fear,” experiencing its energy as it moves through us, the whole sense of fear will shift, and later will simply come the recognition, “Oh, fear, here you are again. How interesting.”

Jack Kornfield, in “A Path With Heart”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Wednesday, September 19th, 2018 by Jeff Maziarek in SPIRITUALITY SIMPLIFIED

“Self-forgiveness is not always a simple task, especially in the case of acts that caused significant pain or distress to other people. Nevertheless, if you aren’t willing to release all of the resentment you feel toward yourself, how can you expect to be forgiven by whomever it is that you harmed? Moreover, without self-forgiveness, you simply cannot move forward in your spiritual growth, nor can you hope to succeed in your personal healing efforts. To assist you in this process of forgiving yourself, I highly recommend the use of the following prayer, which I came across a few years ago in a book called The Angels Within Us by John Randolph Price. It is one that has always been of great value to me in my own efforts to release myself from past mistakes:

“Spirit of the living God within, my precious holy Self, I totally and completely forgive myself for every thought, feeling, word, deed of the past. I release everything to you, all of my self-condemnation, all of my guilt, and all of my fear, and I close the door on all that was yesterday. As I forgive myself I know that I am forgiving all, for I am everyone, and everyone is me, and through the cleansing action of forgiveness we are all wonderfully free.”

By saying this prayer each day with sincerity, I assure you that it will become increasingly easy for you to accept and approve of yourself, regardless of your past errors. So give it a try, my friend; what have you got to lose but some negative energy that can only harm you as you move forward in your life?”

Jeff Maziarek, in “Spirituality Simplified”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Tuesday, September 18th, 2018 by Pete Koerner in THE BELIEF FORMULA

“Skepticism is so prevalent in our society that few prayers, it seems, have much chance of being answered. In fact, the Bible makes reference to God not having patience with those who challenge Him. It would appear as if people have always been skeptical of the nature of prayer. But God isn’t some petty deity just waiting for us to violate protocol so He can punish us. That is an aspect of our own personality that we assign to God.

The simple fact is that by challenging God to prove His existence by showing you some arbitrary miracle, you have created a double-bind of sorts, and most likely have neutralized your prayer action. That is, of course, if you made one in the first place. Most people that pose such challenges to their creator never actually ask for anything. A vague challenge to simply, “Show me a miracle…” has already been met. Ask God to show you a miracle and then simply open your eyes; miracles abound everywhere you look.

It’s as if God is laughing at you, returning the challenge by asking you to show Him a place where there are no miracles. The fact is, no human is sophisticated enough to come up with a request which cannot be met by God. Our lack of sophistication may limit our ability to understand the answer when we see it, but rest assured; in God, all things are possible.”

Pete Koerner, in “The Belief Formula”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Monday, September 17, 2018 by E.J. Michael in QUEEN OF THE SUN

“The purpose of experience is to gain knowledge, insight, and wisdom. Otherwise our experience has little meaning, becoming merely “sound, fury, signifying nothing.” External events, no matter how dramatic, form the mere skeleton of our reality. We give events their value by overcoming limitations. Life is our teacher, but only if we grow through the lessons life offers us. The knowledge, wisdom, and love we gain by living are what expand our souls.”

E.J. Michael, in “Queen of the Sun”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Friday, September 14th, 2018 by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer in REAL MAGIC

“To learn new ways of relating to others, examine your behavior toward those people in your life whom you feel a need to dominate or control. Be it a spouse, children, co-workers, employees, clerks, service people, whoever, take some time to relate to them differently by seeing beyond their physical form to the fullness of God in them. This is a great exercise for shifting to a spiritual consciousness, because you will not be coming from the need to control, judge, or dominate. Instead you will will be attempting to empower those whom you may have previously viewed as subservient to you. Once you begin to see past the physical bodies of those around you, you will begin to relate to the very same invisible force that flows through you and them.”

Dr. Wayne W. Dyer in, “Real Magic”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Thursday, September 13th, 2018 by Anne Wilson Schaef in WHEN SOCIETY BECOMES AN ADDICT

“The best-adjusted person in our society is the person who is not dead and not alive, just numb, a zombie. When you are dead you’re not able to do the work of the society. When you are fully alive, you are constantly saying, “No” to many of the processes of society, the racism, the polluted environment, the nuclear threat, the arms race, drinking unsafe water and eating carcinogenic foods. Thus it is in the interests of our society to promote those things that take the edge off, keep us busy with our fixes, and keep us slightly numbed out and zombie-like. In this way our modern consumer society itself functions as an addict.”

Anne Wilson Schaef, in “When Society Becomes an Addict”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Wednesday, September 12th, 2018 by Marianne Williamson in EVERYDAY GRACE

“While we instinctively understand the power of prayer when there is a problem, we tend to underestimate its power when there is not. We don’t usually stop to say a prayer before the meeting, or before the date, or before the relationship gets going. We think, “Why should I say a prayer now? There’s no problem!” But the sly and insidious ego is always on the alert for ways to separate the children of God, just as God is always on the alert for ways to reconnect our hearts. Prayer has a way of rendering the ego powerless, reminding the mind of our eternal innocence. And therein lies our salvation.

Relationships are where the ego seeks to do battle with the will of God. In reality there is no battle, for those whom God had joined together – cannot be put asunder. It is only our thinking that we are separate from others that dooms us to conflict and struggle and pain.”

Marianne Williamson, in “Everyday Grace”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Tuesday, September 11th, 2018 by Pete Koerner in THE BELIEF FORMULA

“You are unique; you are the only one who has walked your path, and experienced your life. There have been others along the way, but you came here alone, and will leave here alone. You are the only one who has walked your path and, as such, are uniquely qualified to live your life. No one else knows what a person who was born to your parents on your birthday, who lived your life and has your knowledge and experience, and is in your current situation, will do next. There is only one of each of these types of creatures; and each one will always do what that exact one of those would always do in that exact situation. How could any of us presume to judge another?”

Pete Koerner, in “The Belief Formula”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Monday, September 10th, 2018 by Deepak Chopra in HOW TO KNOW GOD

“The cheapest way to feel good about yourself is by feeling superior to others. From this dark seed grows every manner of judgment. Getting out of judgment is vital, and to plant that seed, you have to stop dividing others into categories of good and bad. Everyone lives in the same light. A simple formula may help here. When you are tempted to judge another person, no matter how obviously they deserve it, remind yourself that everyone is doing the best he/she can from his/her own level of consciousness.”

Deepak Chopra, in “How To Know God”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Friday, September 7th, 2018 by John St. Augustine in LIVING AN UNCOMMON LIFE

“It’s been my experience that people who love being alive differ from those who think that somehow life is a burden because of one main ingredient – purpose. People who know why they are here like being here. People who have no idea what the heck is going on feel like they are in prison. You get-out-of-jail free card is to stop running on the treadmill and get quiet. Most of humanity’s problems come from our unwillingness to sit alone in a room for more than five minutes and listen for the “still, small voice.” For me it took walking to Chicago and back to Michigan to “get it.” For you, it might just be sitting in your car in the parking lot – without the radio blasting – and simply being quiet.

And consider that you might already be living your purpose and not even know it. We are always presented with choices in life. If we choose with love and respect for ourselves and those around us, the sun shines a bit brighter. If we choose from a place of lack, fear, or pain, it gets pretty dark. The world seems to be a place in need of a few more floodlights, and if you are not too busy, you might consider shining your inner light just a little brighter. You never know how far it will go or who will need it. On behalf of the rest of humanity, we would really appreciate it.”

John St. Augustine, in “Living an Uncommon Life”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Thursday, September 6th, 2018 by Leo Buscaglia in LOVING EACH OTHER

“Keep in mind that there is nothing wrong with us if forgiveness comes hard. We are simply human, vulnerable and far from perfect. The wrong the people do us is difficult to deal with, especially when we are innocent and can find no explanation for another’s behavior. Whey should we forgive and forget? We forgive, for the price we pay for not forgiving is too great.

To bear grudges, to harbor hate, to seek revenge, are all self-defeating and lead us nowhere. They neither satisfy nor heal. They keep us from moving forward and starting again. They bury positive energies in negative actions which serve only to exhaust and deplete us. They keep us suspicious and hesitant to trust again. They destroy our creativity, and retard our growth.”

Leo Buscaglia, in “Loving Each Other”

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