BEST of PONDER on THIS for Wednesday, July 29th, 2015 by Alan Cohen in THE DRAGON DOESN’T LIVE HERE ANYMORE

“If I could boil down what I believe is the key to healing in relationships, it would be FORGIVENESS. As I see more and more how forgiveness works, it is clear to me that the power of forgiveness is far greater than any tool or weapon known to man. Forgiveness is letting go of ideas of sin, guilt, and evil.

When we forgive another, we free not only them, but ourselves as well. Anger, bitterness, and resentment take their toll on he or she who would hold on to such negation. When we let go of judgments and bitterness, we remove from our shoulders and hearts a heavy load of pain.”

Alan Cohen in, “The Dragon Doesn’t Live Here Anymore”

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PONDER on THIS for Tuesday, July 28th, 2015 by Sara Chetkin in THE HEALING CURVE

“We all have subconscious dynamics playing within us, and the fears and misconceptions that arise from these dynamics deeply affect our conscious state of mind. These thoughts and feelings are there for us to uncover, but it takes tremendous work to bring them to the surface for healing. That is, it takes tremendous work unless your mind is quiet enough, still enough, to recognize a sign when it is receiving one. Your subconscious is always sending you messages, clues to help you unravel the mystery of who you are; but we rarely recognize these signs through the cluttered distractions and compulsive behavior of modern society.

An important step in achieving a more intimate relationship with the self is allowing for more quiet time in your life. In other words, less TV/movies, fewer trips to the mail, fewer trips to the bar or club, more meditation, or at least, more time simply sitting quietly. For many of us, trying to pay attention to the communications coming from within is like trying to hear a whisper in the middle of a rock concert – not working! Do anything you can think of to help quiet your environment.”

Sara Chetkin, in “The Healing Curve”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Monday, July 27th, 2015 by Dr. Stephen Russell in BAREFOOT DOCTOR’S GUIDE TO THE TAO

“When you look at your life in terms of success and failure, you must remember that these terms are relative and not absolute. The criteria you judge by are spurious, subjective, and based on limited perspective. If you judge success in terms of longevity, then death becomes the ultimate failure. This is a most pessimistic view of your journey down the Great Thoroughfare; it means you are born to fail.

If, on the other hand, you judge success in terms of monetary wealth or status, you too are destined for ultimate failure, as you will lose both money and status at the final crossing. If, however, you judge success in terms of the quality of time spent in full conscious awareness in present-moment reality (the eternal moment), which can also include material wealth and longevity as by-products, you lose nothing at the moment of death and achieve the ultimate success of achieving an unbroken, silken thread of consciousness as you make the grand crossing.”

Stephen Russell, in “Barefoot Doctor’s Guide to the TAO”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Friday, July 24th, 2015 by Sanaya Roman in LIVING WITH JOY

“Being open to accept new things, ideas, and people into your life creates an ever expanding capacity for joy. There is a mass thoughtform that the future might be worse than the present. This creates the need to hang on to what you have, freeze things s they are, and keep them from changing. It leads to much pain.

Opening to new things means trusting and having faith in yourself and others. It means believing that the future holds joy and promise. It means believing in your growth and direction. The heart is the center of faith, trust, and belief. Opening to the new means opening your heart. Be willing to step outside of your normal limits and viewpoints and see the world in different ways. Trust that the world is safe and know that you are the director and the producer of what occurs in your life.”

Sanaya Roman, in “Living with Joy”

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PONDER on THIS for Thursday, July 23rd, 2015 by Jonathan Parker in THE SOUL SOLUTION

“People set themselves up for difficulties through their memories of pain. For instance, in the past, you or someone you know may have lost money, a job, a house, or a relationship. These issues, rife with fear and other negative emotions, establish a deep pattern in memory and the subconscious. Then, when you hear something on the news or when someone you know tells you a similar story, the pattern triggers the memory, reminding you of the past pain and struggles. At such times, inner voices are activated, saying things like, “Remember when you suffered something similar? Well, watch out. It could happen again! It could be coming your way right now, so be very careful!”

In this way, people tend to use their own history to validate an imagined threat even when a real threat doesn’t exist. Ironically, by imagining the possibility of a threatening situation, people set themselves up to manifest it, since the nature of the mirror universe reflects back whatever we hold in consciousness.”

Jonathan Parker, in “The Soul Solution”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015 by Florence Scovel Shinn in THE POWER OF THE SPOKEN WORD

“Be strong! Fear not; Fear is man’s only adversary. You face defeat whenever you are fearful! Fear of lack! Fear of failure! Fear of loss! Fear of criticism! Fear robs you of all power, for you have lost your contact with the Universal Power House. “Why are ye fearful, Oh ye of little faith?” Fear is inverted faith. It is faith turned upside down. When you are fearful you begin to attract the thing you fear: YOU are magnetizing it.”

Florence Scovel Shinn, in “Power of the Spoken Word”‘

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PONDER on THIS for Tuesday, July 21st, by Eugenia Oganova in AWAKENING THE HARMONY WITHIN

“Vigilance about our habitual thinking is also an essential component of self-care. Remember that everything we are feeling is always based on a particular thought process which comes out of a particular belief. If one is unhappy, it is one’s responsibility to disengage from the external trigger for that unhappiness and search for the thoughts/beliefs which created it. I often hear people, overwhelmed with emotional reaction, say “but I am not thinking anything!” – that is just not true. The only reason one does not notice one’s thoughts in that moment is because these thoughts are so habitual that one sees them as an “unquestionable reality.”

Eugenia Oganova, in “Awakening the Harmony Within”

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PONDER on THIS for Monday, July 20th, 2015 by Stuart Wilde in THE TRICK TO MONEY IS HAVING SOME

“We are constantly trying to win people’s approval because we are not taught to grant ourselves our OWN approval. In doing so we usually spend a lot of cash frantically buying things and giving money away hoping that somehow these actions will makes us OK.

Either people accept you or they don’t. You did not come here to be manipulated just to keep people happy. What you are is what you are. You CAN change that. But first you have to accept it, for it is the truth. In accepting yourself you don’t have to get into a huge ego trip, but you do have to come to the point of being satisfied with what you are.

None of us is perfect, otherwise we would not be here.”

Stuart Wilde, in “The Trick to Money is Having Some”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Friday, July 17, 2015 by Richard & Mary Alice Jafolla in THE QUEST

“You are a spiritual seedling. (Compared to our limitless potential, we all are.) Because you are, your spiritual quest must be nurtured as one would nurture any tiny plant. Like a seedling, your growth may need sheltering from the winds of pessimism blown toward you by well-meaning (and not so well-meaning) ‘friends’ and from the droughts and discouragement within yourself.

It is crucial that you surround yourself as much as possible with supporters, with people who are not only happy, but eager to help you find the God within you. Although the inner journey is a solo one, through encouragement, motivation, inspiration, and prayer, the support of caring friends can make it easier for you to achieve your transformation.

Be especially careful not to squander your energy on negative people, people who don’t believe in what you are doing or people who disapprove of your quest. Interacting with them can drain and dissipate your energy. Instead, seek those who support you, for they will return increased energy to you.”

Richard and Mary-Alice Jafolla, in “The Quest”

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PONDER on THIS for Thursday, July 16th, 2015 by Paul Ferrini in THE SILENCE OF THE HEART

“Do not place salvation in the future or it will never come. Ask for it now. Accept it now. God’s kingdom manifests in this moment only. In this place only. It does not require a special time. Every time is special. It does not require a special place. Every place is special. When does Heaven come? When this moment is enough. When this place is enough. When these events and circumstances are acceptable. When you no longer crave something other than what stands before you in this moment.”

Paul Ferrini, in “The Silence of the Heart”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Wednesday, July 15th, 2015 by Debbie Ford in THE DARK SIDE OF THE LIGHT CHASERS

“Unfortunately, most of us don’t commit to what we really desire. We lie in bed at night and pray for a better life, a better body, a better job, but nothing changes. This is because we are lying to ourselves. What we pray for and what we have committed to are often totally different things. We pray for a healthy lifestyle but we are committed to being sedentary. We pray for a rewarding relationship but we are committed to sitting at home. We are most comfortable with the status quo. But when we realize that no one is coming to save us, or do it for us, and that our old wounds are there whether we love them or hate them, then we realize that we’re the ones who have to fulfill our potential. It’s easier to to blame others than to take responsibility.”

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

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PONDER on THIS for Tuesday, July 14th, 2015 by Richard Carlson in DON’T SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF

“Sadly, many of us continually postpone our happiness – indefinitely. It’s not that we consciously set out to do so, but that we keep convincing ourselves, “Someday I’ll be happy.” We tell ourselves we’ll be happy when our bills are paid, when we get out of school, get our first job, a promotion. We convince ourselves that life will be better after we get married, have a baby, and then another. Then we are frustrated that the kids aren’t old enough – we’ll be more content when they are. After that, we’re frustrated that we have teenagers to deal with. We will certainly be happy when they are out of that stage. We tell ourselves that our life will be complete when our spouse gets his or her act together, when we get a nicer car, are able to go on a nice vacation when we retire. And on and on and on!

Meanwhile, life keeps moving forward. The truth is, there’s no better time to be happy than right now. If not now, when? Your life will always be filled with challenges. It’s best to admit this to yourself and decide to be happy anyway.”

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

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Monday, July 13th, 2015 by Dr. Stephen Russell in BAREFOOT DOCTOR’S GUIDE TO THE TAO

“Nobody knows when the world will end. It may end tomorrow, next week, or never. Everything is in a state of flux. This is nothing new, it has always been so.

Instead of worrying and lamenting, rejoice. Rejoice in supreme gratitude for the magnificent thrill of every moment, however strenuous or weird that moment may be. This does not mean you should walk around in ignorance of the dangers facing you on this planet at this present time, but simply that you don’t let that prevent you from being fully alert and able to respond effectively, appropriately, and cheerfully to whatever’s happening in the present moment at this time.

At times, fear of the danger, sadness at the needless destruction and despair at the suffering will inevitably overwhelm you. At these times apply yourself with redoubled vigor to doing everything you can to preserve an nurture life, and as you do that, rejoice, i.e., literally feel joy again. It’s the only thing for a (spiritual) warrior to do.”

Stephen Russell, in “Barefoot Doctor’s Guide to the TAO”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Friday, July 10th, 2015 by Fr. Anthony DeMello in THE WAY TO LOVE

“If people want happiness so badly, why don’t they attempt to understand their false beliefs? First, because it never occurs to them to see them as false or even as beliefs. They see them as facts and reality, so deeply have they been programmed. Second, because they are scared to lose the only world they know: the world of desires, attachments, fears, social pressures, tensions, ambitions, worries, guilt, with flashes of the pleasure and relief and excitement which these things bring. Think of someone who is afraid to let go of a nightmare because, after all, that is the only world he knows. There you have the picture of yourself and of other people.”

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

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PONDER on THIS for Thursday, July 9th, 2015 by Sanaya Roman in PERSONAL POWER THROUGH AWARENESS

“You would not be able to handle it if every thought you had was created instantly. Your life would change too quickly. Your home would be different from day to day. Your world would not function if everything changed with the rapidity of your thoughts. So you have created a veil that stands between you and manifesting your thoughts.

You will be able to manifest your thoughts more quickly in the areas where they are loving and high. If you have not mastered the unloving thoughts in an area, it would be too destructive to manifest your thoughts in that area instantly. If you are trying to get something and it is not coming, look at all of the thoughts you are having about that area of your life, and substitute thoughts of a higher quality for any negative thoughts you discover.”

Sanaya Roman, in “Personal Power through Awareness”

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