BEST of PONDER on THIS for Tuesday, August 21st, 2018 by Cherie Carter-Scott, Ph.D. in IF LIFE IS A GAME, THESE ARE THE RULES

“Spending time in nature can be a wonderful source of inspiration. The natural world has an energy to it that can put you int touch with the deepest parts of yourself. Thoreau spent two years alone in the woods so he could commune with nature and access the wisdom inside him. It was there that he wrote some of his most inspiring work – much of which contains timeless wisdom that is every bit as valid and true a century later. He discovered that all his answers lay inside him, just as yours lie inside you. Swim in the ocean, climb a tree, hike a mountain, or simply take a long walk in the woods. Do whatever activity calls to you that will draw you into the rhythm of nature and draw out your natural instincts.”

Cherie Carter-Scott, in “If Life Is A Game, These Are The Rules”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Monday, August 20th, 2018 by Asara Lovejoy in THE ONE COMMAND

“Fear, lack, and insecurity are the emotions of your small self. Your small self believes that the fearful experiences from your childhood are true, and that you are powerless to change what you fear. As an adult, you may find yourself attracted to fearful ideas, which are prevalent almost everywhere…You go into agreement with those fears and ideas because, as a child, you were trained to agree with the outside authority of your parents, right or wrong. It’s natural to simply go along. It is natural from your tribal, instinctual brain to want to be part of the tribe and to agree with the rest of the pack as well.

We repeat the patterns of our earliest trauma because that is what the subconscious has learned. Now you can learn another way. In the simple process of going to that greater capacity within you, your Source Mind, you learn to think, feel, and react in another part of your consciousness. You are in your Source Mind when you lower your brain wave to theta. When you are connected to Source, you can instantly change any and all early traumatic patterns, activate your DNA for wealth, and add knowledge of new experiences you have never had before.”

Asara Lovejoy, in “The One Command”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Friday, August 17th, 2018 by Pete Koerner in THE BELIEF FORMULA

“Right living is the result of right thinking. You project right thoughts out ahead of you on the road of life, and then you experience the reality of living in those right thoughts when you have arrived at them – or more specifically, when time has delivered them to you. If you are experiencing turmoil, you are experiencing the result of at least one stray negative thought, or maybe an intentionally placed negative thought. The thought, which you may have long since forgotten, has come to fruition as an obstacle in your path. By redressing the original thought, or by creating a new thought to replace the negative one, we project better realities into our path and then we live the right thought.

The right thought leads to the living of that right thought – right thinking leads to right living. Any obstacle is but a moment of your life, unless you prolong the experience by dwelling there in your thoughts, instead of allowing that moment to fall into the past. Allow your mind to let go of the negative so it will be able to take hold of your next experience – hopefully one created with peace and joy in mind. Fill your life with pleasing thoughts of the reality you desire. Do not dwell on the negative. It takes right thinking to project positive experiences for ourselves, so get in the driver’s seat and get in the right lane to right living. It’s not that difficult, and your life will surely be a better place to live.”

Pete Koerner in “The Belief Formula”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Thursday, August 16th, 2018 by John. St.Augustine in LIVING AN UNCOMMON LIFE

“Contrary to what the Rolling Stones would tell you, time is not on your side. It’s moving forward every second, separating you from the past and thrusting you into the future. How you move into whatever time you have left is your choice. What you do is a direct result of who you believe yourself to be. Your voice matters in things great and small. If you allow yourself to get out of the way, the way will be shown. If you live the truth as best as you know it, the consequences will be of your choosing and not someone else’s. Being responsible for your actions is a sure way to reclaim your power. Letting go of the things you thought defined you for the opportunity to be defined by something much greater than you brings with it a sense of purpose that no material thing can match.

About 2,600 years ago, Socrates sealed his fate by telling people that “the unexamined life is not worth living.”‘ After a few mock trials and a cup of hemlock, early Greece’s version of Dr. Phil was toast because he spoke the truth, as he knew it. We all know it, but few of us actually stop long enough to take an objective view of our existence and make some sense out of the senseless moments in which we have participated. While the unexamined life is not worth living, the uncommon life is worth everything.”

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

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Wednesday, August 15th, 2018 by Marianne Williamson in THE GIFT OF CHANGE

“Often I’ve heard people complain about a plan that failed. “But it was a good idea! I don’t know why it didn’t succeed!” But though we might have thought something was a good idea, the mortal mind has a limited perspective on ‘good ideas.’ By what criteria can we discern a truly good idea, given our inability to know what will happen in the future, what lessons need to be learned by whom, and how our actions fit into God’s larger plan?

A blessed idea does not come from the mortal mind, which has no idea how our talents and abilities would work best within a larger unfolding good. And from a spiritual perspective, there is a larger plan of unfolding good, a will-to-healing that is built into the workings of the universe.”

Marianne Williamson, in “The Gift of Change”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Tuesday, August 14th, 2018 by Wayne W. Dyer in MANIFEST YOUR DESTINY

“The inclination to bond to our wounds rather than move past them traps us in a constant state of feeling unworthy. A person who has experienced traumatic events in life, such as sexual abuse, the death of loved ones, traumatic illnesses, accidents, family disruption, drug addictions and the like can become bonded with the past painful events and replay them for attention and pity. These wounds of our lives can seem to give us an enormous amount of power of others.

The more we tell others about our wounds and our suffering, the more we create an atmosphere of pity for ourselves. Our creative spirit remains so connected to our memories of woundedness that it cannot be about the business of transforming and manifesting. A feeling of being unworthy of receiving all that one desires is the result.”

Wayne W. Dyer, in “Manifest Your Destiny”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Monday, August 13th, 2018 by Carolyn J. Gable in EVERYTHING I KNOW AS A CEO I LEARNED AS A WAITRESS

“There are two ways of looking at the matter of honesty. An old saying puts it this way: “If you are going to be a liar, you had better have a great memory.” This suggests that honesty is the best policy simply because your chances of getting caught are high. It is not worth the risk. Another old saying looks at it differently, and is far less complicated: “Do the right thing.” Unlike the first saying, this one suggests that honesty is the best policy because it is the honorable thing to do. This saying puts personal integrity at the head of the line, and it is hard to go wrong with that sort of thinking.

The problem with lying is that it chips away at the legacy you are trying to build for yourself as a person. Every time you take a chip out of that legacy and sacrifice a piece of your integrity, it is almost impossible to build it back up again…Trust is about predictability and consistency, and it does not take much to put those two traits in doubt. A single demonstration of dishonesty is often all it takes.

Interestingly, we’re often driven to lie because we do not think people can handle the truth. That is absolutely 100 percent false. Take my word for it. People can handle the truth, no matter how bad the news is.”

Carolyn J. Gable in, “Everything I Know as a CEO I Learned as a Waitress”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Friday, August 10th, 2018 by Asara Lovejoy in THE ONE COMMAND

“You have the ability within your mind to be in a different portion of your brain, the portion of your brain that isn’t programmed yet. It doesn’t have a pattern yet. You can program that portion of your brain to be the master that you desire to be, because that portion of your brain is not programmed with the collective unconscious or negative thinking. It is that greater capacity of unlimited thinking, or thinking in unlimited ways.

The path to bring your good to you is by expanding your consciousness into a cauldron of receptivity for your greater prosperity. You have the ability to receive the good that comes to you, energetically and emotionally.

As you expand and increase your capacity for that emotional good, your financial good follows.”

Asara Lovejoy, in “The One Command”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Thursday, August 9th, 2018 by Pete Koerner in THE BELIEF FORMULA

“If you gathered together a hundred people, who suffered from an assortment of chronic medical problems, and asked them who among them prayed several times a day for relief, how many do you think would raise their hands? The fact is most people are chronically ill because they either believe they deserve to be ill or punished for something, or they do not believe they deserve to be healed – or that healing is even possible. Chronic illness begins deep within, long before any physical symptoms manifest. If you want to heal, you must decide that it is possible to heal, you deserve to be better, and that you are ready to heal. This is truly all there is to it.”

Pete Koerner, in “The Belief Formula”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Wednesday, August 8th, 2018 by Fr. Anthony DeMello, S.J. in THE WAY TO LOVE

“Now is the time to see that absolutely nothing outside of you can bring you lasting joy. But the moment you do that you will notice that a fear arises in your heart. That fear that if you allow the discontent to be, it will turn into a raging passion that will grip you and cause you to revolt against everything that your culture and your religion hold dear; against a whole way of thinking and feeling and perceiving the world that they have brainwashed you into accepting.

This devouring flame will cause you not just to rock the boat but to burn the boat to ashes. Suddenly you will find yourself living in an altogether different world, infinitely removed from the world of the people around you, for everything that others hold dear, everything they are crying their hearts out for, honor, power, acceptance, approval, security, wealth, is seen for the stinking garbage that it is. It disgusts and nauseates. And everything others are forever running away from holds no terrors for you anymore. You have become serene and fearless and free, for you have stepped out of your illusory world and into the kingdom.”

Fr. Anthony DeMello, S.J., in “The Way to Love”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Tuesday, August 7th, 2018 by Karol K. Truman in HEALING FEELINGS FROM YOUR HEART

“Somewhere along life’s journey, most of us were conditioned or felt the need to exhibit a brave front – to play the game of life. We followed what we thought were the rules, even if they were unspoken. We learned to keep quiet instead of speaking our truth – instead of rocking the boat, taking a stand. Consequently, we’ve tip-toed around each other sensitivities, fearful of saying anything that would hurt someone’s feelings or cause discomfort. Yes, we’ve slowly put on a mask so that in our innocent self-doubt and need to say the proper thing (often something we don’t truly feel), we can be acceptable in everyone’s eyes. We didn’t understand that it wasn’t our sole responsibility to make those around us happy or comfortable.”

Karol K. Truman, in “Healing Feelings From Your Heart”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Monday, August 6th, 2018 by Diane K. Osbon in REFLECTIONS ON THE ART OF LIVING: A JOSEPH CAMPBELL COMPANION

“Heaven and hell are psychological definitions. The Catholic definition of mortal sin should relieve you of the thought that you have committed one. As a Catholic, you learn that for a sin to be mortal, the kind that condemns you to hell, it has to be a grievous matter, over which there has been sufficient reflection, done with full consent of the will. So, a mortal sin is a deliberate exclusion of the gift of grace, and is what the devil symbolizes. You cannot open to supernatural grace, to the voice of God.

Deliberately breaking the ritual law can be a mortal sin. But here’s the bizarre thing about such a religion of ritual laws: kill your mother in a passion, and that is not a mortal sin. That’s a venial sin, and you will have your two-thousand years in purgatory on that one. But one little mortal sin, and you’re bound for hell. Let’s all go in a big chariot. When the church said that eating meat on Friday was no longer a mortal sin, there was a crisis in the entire Catholic community. In New York City, where there are a lot of Catholics, there was a great crisis, part of which had to do with the fish merchants.”

Joseph Campbell, in Diane K. Osbon’s “Reflections on the Art of Living: A Joseph Campbell Companion”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Friday, August 3rd, 2018 by Sanaya Roman in LIVING WITH JOY

“Every person is free. You may have created an arena of work, and based your life upon certain accomplishments and forms. The path of joy is learning not to be caught by the details of these forms. It is learning not to be trapped by your own creations, but to be uplifted by them.

If you have created a job, a relationship, or anything else that is not bringing you joy, look inward and ask why you feel you must be in a relationship with anything or anyone that does not bring you joy. Often it is because you do not believe you deserve to have what you want. There is no such thing as “deserving” on our plane. You all have been given active imaginations; they are your doorways out of where you are. Yours can be a doorway into worry, if that is how you use it, or it can be a doorway into joy.”

Sanaya Roman, in “Living with Joy”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Thursday, August 2nd, 2018 by Asara Lovejoy in THE ONE COMMAND

“Recognize the power of who you are in your thinking. Your emotional thoughts have either brought your financial good to you or kept it from you. You stay attached to poor thinking, or reject rich thinking because that is the only way of thinking that you know. Did you grow up believing that you had to be secretive about money, or that it wasn’t spiritual? Then until you change those notions of reality, you will find it almost impossible to tell yourself the truth about money, or to believe that you could be spiritual and rich.”

Asara Lovejoy, in “The One Command”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Wednesday, August 1st, 2018 by Pete Koerner in THE BELIEF FORMULA

“We can’t truly control any single aspect of God or creation, yet we continue to make our own attempts to control God by limiting God to a human’s descriptive terminology. In other words, we have decided amongst ourselves that it is our place, or within our power, to decide who or what God is. Once you have agreed that God is all things, the discussion is over and so are any arguments or judgments about who is right or wrong about the real God. This type of imagery is primitive and was handed down to us from people living in an age of ignorance and superstition. If you assign God an identity, as such, you have created, for God, one singular thing that He is, while simultaneously creating an infinite list of things which He is not.”

Pete Koerner in “The Belief Formula”

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