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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Tuesday, December 11th, 2018 by Alan Cohen in DARE TO BE YOURSELF

“Many people in this world are somewhat paranoid, afraid that the world is out to get them. Actually, the world is out to get us, but not in the way we believe. There is a conspiracy (conspiracy means to “breathe together”) working behind the scenes of our life. But this conspiracy is not to hurt us; it is one of great love. God is out to do everything She can to make us happy. This conspiracy is always working, even in spite of our insane efforts to deny love’s presence.

Amazing as it might sound, we have unknowingly been involved in a counter-conspiracy to love. Many of us have been actively engaged in doing everything we can to avoid peace, shield healing from our hearts, and convince ourselves that hell is heaven. We are expert at finding fault with our gifts, sabotaging our success, and seeing the empty tenth of the glass instead of the nine parts that are full. But there is hope. The outcome is guaranteed: the conspiracy to love will succeed, basically because God is playing on that team (and He wrote the plot). Although the timing of our surrender to love is up to us, the final scene is certain: we will realize that the universe is a manifestation of love, and we are in God’s graceful keeping.”

Alan Cohen, in “Dare to Be Yourself”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Monday, December 10th, 2018 by Pete Koerner in THE BELIEF FORMULA

“God works in mysterious ways; you will begin to see truth in clichés like this and in reminders of the simplicity of things. Where do you think the thoughts for catchy slogans and clichés come from, anyway? Where do you think recipes, or systems, for using the mind or building effective prayers, come from? How many things do you think happen outside of a God who is all things? People think, pray, and ask for answers to problems, like; “How can I convince someone to buy this thing I am selling?” Then they receive an inspiration: Oh! I know! I can say that 4-out-of-5 experts recommend this product and people will accept the recommendation from our implied authorities because they are programmed to.” Where do you think all of these thoughts come from?”

Pete Koerner, in “The Belief Formula”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Friday, December 7th, 2018 by Don Miguel Ruiz in THE FOUR AGREEMENTS

“Personal importance, or taking things personally, is the maximum expression of selfishness because we make the assumption that everything is about ‘me.’ During the period of our education, or our domestication, we learn to take everything personally. We think we are responsible for everything. Me, me, me, always me!

Nothing other people do is because of you. It is because of themselves. All people live in their own dream, in their own mind; they are in a completely different world from the one we live in. When we take something personally, we make the assumption that they know what is in our world, and we try to impose our world on their world.

Even when a situation seems so personal, even if others insult you directly, it has nothing to do with you. What they say, what they do, and the opinions they give are according to the agreements they have in their own minds. Their point of view comes from all the programming they received during domestication.”

Don Miguel Ruiz, in “The Four Agreements”

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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 Thursday, December 6th, 2018 by Marianne Williamson in EVERYDAY GRACE

“There is something to learn from every encounter. If someone is kind to us, the lesson is to be grateful, not to take kindness for granted, and, most important, to graciously return their kindness. If someone is not kind, the lesson is to rise above that, because reacting to them is like throwing gasoline on a fire. Anger does nothing more than deplete our personal power. As Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis once said to a friend, “Only amateurs stay mad.”

Someone who behaves in a non-loving way has simply forgotten who they are, and the role of the miracle worker is to remind them of the truth by remaining in touch with it ourselves. Our job is to remain awake to the eternal innocence at the heart of everyone, that in our presence other people might wake up to it as well. The light in our own mind will help dissolve the darkness in someone else’s, but only if we refuse to judge or blame them for what we view as their errors. Our perception of someone essential innocence as a child of God is the light, in a metaphysical sense, while our focus on someone’s guilt is the darkness. To cast “light” on something simply means to understand it more deeply.”

Marianne Williamson, in “Everyday Grace”

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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 Wednesday, December 5th, 2018 by Caroline Myss in WHY PEOPLE DON’T HEAL AND HOW THEY CAN

“Life is full of mystery. In fact, life is only a mystery – a journey beset by fogs we didn’t see coming and detours into magical gardens that we had no idea were being cultivated for us. Asking why the painful and wonderful events of our lives occur when and as they do is a useless waste of energy. We can never know all that was involved in creating these moments in our lives. In psychological – and Divine –parlance, these events are “over-determined”: So many factors, incidents, forces and energies are involved in them that you can never determine any single cause.

Illness remains one of the leading mysteries in life. Why does it happen? Why me? Did I do something to deserve it? Will I live through it? You may wonder if this disease is tied to your traumatic marriage or your childhood or toxins in the environment. Get past the questions. Focus on your healing in the present time.”

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

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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 Tuesday, December 4th, 2018 by Lynn Grabhorn in EXCUSE ME, YOUR LIFE IS WAITING

“The greatest obstacle to living our potential comes from the toddler days when we were trained to look for what’s wrong – with everything! With our jobs, our cars, our relationships, our clothes, our shapes, our health, our freeways, our planet, our faith, our entertainment, our children, our government, even our friends. Yet most of the world can’t even agree about what right or wrong is, so we war, and strike, and demonstrate, and makes laws, and go to psychiatrists.

“That’s life,” you say. “We have to take the good with the bad, the ups with the downs. We have to be on guard, work hard, do things right, be watchful and hope for a break. Yes, that’s the way life is.”

No, no, and NO! That is simply not the way real Life is, and it’s time we faced up to how we actually do create what we have in our world, or empty or full bank accounts, our grand or boring jobs, our good fortune or bad, and everything else in this arena we so nonchalantly call reality.

How do we do it? Don’t laugh; it all comes from…how we’re vibrating.”

Lynn Grabhorn, in “Excuse Me, Your Life is Waiting”

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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 Monday, December 3rd, 2018 by Pete Koerner in THE BELIEF FORMULA

“The monster in your closet is really in your head, as is every fear you hold onto. The closet the monster is hiding in is the same closet Jesus told you to go in and pray. It’s no wonder people don’t spend time praying; they’ve got monsters keeping them busy! Fear is a thought of “What if…” but it is still only a thought. What does the answer to a prayer look like? It looks like your thoughts, filtered through the screens of your belief systems, amplified by the amount of faith or love you put into that particular desire, and built out of the things you allow into your life – and in the context of the environment that you have created for yourself.

These are not limitations to the ways prayers can happen; these simply seem to be among the obvious influences which color the answers you receive. Your thoughts are prayers – all of them. Your prayers are answered – all of them.”

Pete Koerner, in “The Belief Formula”

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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, November 30th, 2018 by Louise Hay in YOU CAN HEAL YOUR LIFE

“Blame is one of the surest ways to stay IN a problem. In blaming another, we give away our power. Understanding enables us to rise above the issue and take control of our future. The past cannot be changed. The future is shaped by our current thinking. It is imperative for our freedom to understand that our parents were doing the best they could with the understanding, awareness, and knowledge they had. Whenever we blame someone else, we are not taking responsibility for ourselves.

Those people who did all those terrible things to us were just as frightened and scared as you are. They felt just the same helplessness as you do. The only things they could possibly teach you are what they had been thought. How much do you know about your parents’ childhoods, especially before the age of ten? If it’s still possible for you to find out, ask them. If you’re able to find out about your parents’ childhoods, you will more easily understand why they did what they did. Understanding will bring you compassion. If you don’t know and can’t find out, try to imagine what it must have been like for them. What kind of childhood would create an adult like that?”

Louise Hay, in “You Can Heal Your Life”

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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 Thursday, November 29th, 2018 by Stuart Wilde in AFFIRMATIONS

“Everything is out there waiting for you. All you have to do is walk up and declare yourself in. No need for permission. You just need the courage to say, “Include me.” Providing you have the energy to pull it off, you can do what you like. And the Universal Law, being impartial, will be only too delighted to deliver.

As you work with your power, you will be amazed at the way doors will open for you. People will feel your heightened energy, and they will want to be with you – they will actually seek you out. You will find yourself included more and more. As things open up for you, paths you never knew existed will appear before you. You will be able to affirm, “I am power,”‘ from a position of strength. You will say, “Opportunity finds me,” and your mind will believe it, because it will experience these magically spontaneous happenings. It will not be make believe anymore.”

Stuart Wilde in “Affirmations”

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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 Wednesday, November 28th, 2018 by John Randolph Price in SUPERBEINGS

“You are not embarking on a spiritual program of abundance just to “get” money, homes or cars. You are seeking, through a prosperity consciousness, the freedom to be Yourself without any concern or anxiety over financial matters. You want to be free to do, to go, to be according to your highest vision. And when you help yourself, you become a prospering influence for everyone.”

John Randolph Price, in “Superbeings”

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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 Tuesday, November 27th, 2018 by Don Miguel Ruiz in THE VOICE OF KNOWLEDGE

“The first step toward improving your relationship with yourself is to accept yourself just the way you are. You don’t need to learn how to love yourself. You need to unlearn all of the reasons you reject yourself, and by nature you love yourself. You love not the image you project or the way you are, but you love yourself because of what you are. Then you start to enjoy yourself until you love yourself so much that you give yourself everything you need. You don’t leave yourself until last anymore. The more you enjoy the presence of yourself, the more you enjoy your life, and the more you enjoy the presence of everyone around you.”

Don Miguel Ruiz, in “The Voice of Knowledge”

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Compiler’s Note: There was a cut & paste error in yesterday’s message unfortunately. Sorry about that of course. The final paragraph of yesterday’s “Ponder” message from The Belief Formula by Pete Koerner should have been this:

“The simple truth is that a little belief goes a long way toward seeing what you would like to see. Effective prayer depends on belief. When Jesus spoke of belief, He was referring to a belief in the process He was teaching, not of belief in any particular dogma or doctrine. This process Jesus was speaking of is the natural process of God, or the Universe; and the principal component in its operation is belief.”

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 Monday, November 26th, 2018 by Pete Koerner in THE BELIEF FORMULA

“It can not be stressed enough how important belief, trust, and faith are in making prayer an effective mechanism versus a hollow ritual. The way a person lives their life is often indicative of the degree of faith and trust they possess. A person’s actions also betray the truth of their beliefs – not the religious affiliations they proclaim, but what they truly believe in the deepest part of themselves.

The simple truth is that a little belief goes a long way toward seeing what you would like to see. Effective prayer depends on belief. When Jesus spoke of belief, He was referring to a belief in the process He was teaching, not of belief in any particular dogma or doctrine. This process Jesus was speaking of is the natural process of God, or the Universe; and the principal component in its operation is belief.”

Pete Koerner, in “The Belief Formula”

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“BONUS” PONDER on THIS

“Don’t grieve for what doesn’t come.
Some things that don’t happen
keep disasters from happening.”

– Rumi

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, November 23rd, 2018 by Neale Donald Walsch in COMMUNION WITH GOD

“Judgment hurts deeply when those who judge you are wrong — yet it hurts more deeply when they are right. This is when the judgment of others cuts to the quick, tearing at the fabric of the soul. You have only to experience this once to know that judgment is never a product of love.

In creating your illusory world, you have produced societies in which judgment is not only accepted but expected. You have even created an “guilty” or “innocent.”

I tell you this: No one is ever guilty, and everyone is forever innocent, in the eyes of God. That is because My eyes see more than yours. My eyes see why you think things, why you say things, and why you do things. My heart knows that you have merely misunderstood.”

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

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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 Thursday, November 22nd, 2018 by Jeff Maziarek in SPIRITUALITY SIMPLIFIED

“Faith means that you have such confidence in the certainty of something occurring, that you truly have not one ounce of doubt about it. Or, as I once heard Dr. Wayne Dyer say during a live presentation, “faith is not a belief that you will have that which you desire, but rather a confident, inner knowing that you will.” The difference is simple: A belief is a theoretical concept, one that can be easily affected by doubt. Knowing, on the other hand, is something that comes from direct experience of your own life, and thus exists within you, unencumbered by doubt. For example, you could have a belief that you can swim, but you will only know that it is possible when you actually get into a pool or the ocean and experience it…

This same principle applies to everything you want to manifest in your life, as you need to have a knowing – not simply a belief – that what you desire will come to pass. But is it really possible to have an undying faith that your most heartfelt desires will be fulfilled? In a word, YES! If you doubt this is true, ask yourself the following questions: Do you believe that the most recent meal you consumed will be automatically and efficiently digested, or do you know it? Do you believe that your heart will instantly adjust its beat rate to accommodate for increased physical activity, or do you know it?

The answers are obvious, of course; you absolutely know that all critical life processes will be taken care of automatically, so you never give them a second thought. Why then is it that the majority of human beings are unable to apply that same mentality to the other elements of their lives?…There is one very basic answer to these and all similar questions: at some point we were each taught at some level to be afraid, and our fear then transformed into a lack of trust in the God-Force for anything other than life itself”

Jeff Maziarek, in “Spirituality Simplified”

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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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