Best of PONDER on THIS for Friday, December 19th, 2014 by Caroline Myss in ANATOMY OF THE SPIRIT

“We all struggle in a seemingly never-ending cycle of disappointment in which we attempt to control our lives. We search endlessly for the one grand choice that will put everything in our lives into permanent order, halting the motion of change long enough to establish final control over everyone and everything. Is that choice the right career? The right marriage partner? The right geographic location?

In seeking this one right choice constantly, we give form to our fear of the changing rhythm that is life itself. In looking for this single external person or thing that will forever bring us peace, stability, love, and health, we dismiss the more authentic power that lies “behind our eyes and not in front of them.” The truth contained within the paradoxical nature of dualism is this: It is not WHAT we choose that matters; our power to influence an outcome lies in our REASONS for making a certain choice.”

Caroline Myss, in “Anatomy of the Spirit”

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PONDER on THIS for Thursday, December 18th, 2014 by Eugenia Oganova in MISSION ALPHA

“The emotional desire for the acquisition of something cannot be based on need. If you want something because of not-enoughness of it, it will not manifest. Emotional desire has to be based on excitement about what you want and curiosity about how you are going to get it, not neediness. Just like with any manifestation or materialization, the desire for acquisition has to be constant over a certain period of time. You cannot wobble your desire and expect alchemy to occur! We often wobble when what we want does not happen right away—we start doubting our ability to make it happen. This doubt is what breaks the alchemy of acquisition into pieces, mutating the process in such a way that instead of the desired ‘stuff’, we acquire self-punishment and self-judgment.”

Eugenia Oganova, in “Mission Alpha”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Wednesday, December 17th, 2014 by Sanaya Roman in SPIRITUAL GROWTH

“There is no “right” way to grow. There are many paths to enlightenment and God. See what is beautiful in every person’s path, in every religion, and in every belief system. Honor other peoples’ paths even if they are different than yours. Be inclusive and loving, and look beyond the form of people’s beliefs to the essence. There is no right way; there is only the way that is right for you. There is something unique, perfect, and beautiful in every culture, in every system of belief. Look for what you have in common with others and accept and love those who are on different paths.

If you have been around people who wanted you to change a habit or do something differently, you know their trying to get you to change made it harder to do. To create a desire to grow in others, share you enthusiasm about your life. Listen to people, draw them out, and find ways to assist them in loving themselves more. Grow yourself, and become an example.”

Sanaya Roman, in “Spiritual Growth”

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PONDER on THIS for Tuesday, December 16th, 2014 by Polly Campbell in IMPERFECT SPIRITUALITY

“Faith is so personal, yet universal, that it’s hard to find a word that describes it just right. Everyone has their own definition of what faith is, but it’s easiest to understand by watching how faith works.

Faith is falling in love. It’s raising a child. It’s trying again to run the race, get the job, make the marriage work, or learn the language, when you failed the first time and the third time and the sixth time. It’s understanding that all this pain and crap and mess is not without meaning. It’s believing that things will be okay even when nothing feels okay. It’s about being awed by the sunset though you’ve seen it a hundred times before and hope to see it a hundred times more. It’s knowing that there is something bigger than what you can see and feel and touch and it’s behaving better because of all that.”

Polly Campbell, in “Imperfect Spirituality”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Monday, December 15th, 2014 by Fr. Anthony DeMello in AWARENESS

“A guru was once attempting to explain to a crowd how human beings react to words, feed on words, live on words, rather than on reality. One of the men stood up and protested; he said, “I don’t agree that words have all that much affect on us.” The guru said, “Sit down, you son of a bitch.” The man went livid with rage and said, “You call yourself an enlightened person, a guru, a master, but you ought to be ashamed of yourself.”

The guru then said, “Pardon me sir, I was carried away. I really beg your pardon; that was a lapse; I’m sorry.” The man finally calmed down. Then the guru said, “It took just a few words to get a whole tempest going within you; and it took just a few words to calm you down, didn’t it?” Words, words, words, words, how imprisoning they are if they’re not used properly.”

Fr. Anthony DeMello, S.J., in “Awareness”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Friday, December 12th, 2014 by Stuart Wilde in SIXTH SENSE

“We derive security from logic. We plan and think, and hope we have covered all the bases. But the insecurity of logic and left-brain thinking disempowers us. Logic operates in a linear way; it can’t see around corners. At best, it can only make an educated guess. So it worries all the time. As soon as you fix one worry, along comes another in your mind. Logic allows you to fall prey to the forces of control – using your insecurity to keep you scared and weak. These forces mold you in the direction they want to go selling you stuff as you dutifully trot along.

The only REAL security is in energy and the use of your subtle feelings. It’s a logic that isn’t logical, a part of the natural etheric power within you. It comes to you as impressions, extrasensory perceptions, and subtle feelings. It is the only way you will ever be certain. You know everything is well because your FEELINGS tell you it is so. Once your feelings are well-honed, they are almost never wrong.”

Stuart Wilde, in “The Sixth Sense”

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PONDER on THIS for Thursday, December 11th, 2014 by Sara Chetkin in THE HEALING CURVE

“In the name of being happy, we have become a society of doers. We have even turned the state of “being” into a process by endlessly creating and recreating our self-image. Who are you? You can communicate that to everyone through fashion, music, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and probably some other I haven’t heard of yet. Even the quest for relaxation is a form of doing. People play golf or get a massage or watch TV or read a book. All of this doing leads to very little being.

Our minds never receive the training required to bring peace to our lives so that we can simply be. So, when we are not distracted with our daily occupations, our minds are left fumbling, not knowing what to do. Anyway, I know mine is. The point is that if we don’t train ourselves to enjoy stillness, we begin creating situations just to avoid the quiet, to distract ourselves from the quiet. Maybe we’re workaholics or shopaholics or alcoholics or runners or cyclists or drama queens…It really doesn’t matter what the distraction is. The point is that precious few of us have frequent moments of total stillness. And this is a shame, because stillness is essential not only to a pleasant existence; it is essential to healing.”

Sara Chetkin, in “The Healing Curve”

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PONDER on THIS for Wednesday, December 10, 2014 by Danielle Rama Hoffman in THE COUNCIL OF LIGHT

Everyone that you come in contact with is there on purpose. It is no accident who is bagging your groceries, who you are married to, who your child is, who you are walking down the street with, or who is in the car next to you. If you approach your life as if there were no accidents, then everything has a synchronicity, is in divine order and divine flow, which simplifies many of your relationships.

Be present with the person who is bagging your groceries to the same degree as you would be present with your lover, present with the person who brings your mail, and present with yourself. Allow each person to play the role that they have. Someone brings your mail, someone is your mom, and someone is your grocery bagger. These are job titles, yet in reality if you were to think about each person playing their role perfectly it would simplify things so much.”

Danielle Rama Hoffman, in “The Council of Light”

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PONDER on THIS for Tuesday, December 9th, 2014 by Bonnie Glass-Coffin and don Oscar Miro-Quesada in LESSONS IN COURAGE

“The consciousness that we cultivate as we deeply connect to the beauty all around us is open to everything that comes through. We do not silence or reject any emotion, fear, or lower impulse. We simply observe it. This is consciousness that requires a letting go of all attachments to everything that we thought we were – the abandoned child,the fearful protégé, the insecure professional, the angry victim.

All insecurities, self-loathing, judgment, attachment, aversion, and need recede from view when we align ourselves with the beauty of the present moment and simply allow. This illumined-mind consciousness is that which is willing to dive deep into the liquid universe and just let go, flowing and moving gracefully with the challenging cycles and rhythms and seasons and pulses of creation.”

Bonnie Glass-Coffin and don Oscar Miro-Quesada, in “Lessons in Courage”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Monday, December 8th, 2014 by Lynn Grabhorn in EXCUSE ME, YOUR LIFE IS WAITING

“When you stop to think that we’ve spent decades questioning what’s wrong with everything, therefore focusing on all the things in our world we didn’t like, didn’t want, or wanted to change, it’s little wonder we’ve attracted such a barrelful of trials. No human being can be so continually disconnected from their Source energy and get to wherever it is they want to go.

So here’s the flash: Continuing to live life as a victim of circumstance, forever focusing on what’s wrong with everything and everybody, will never, ever, bring the life desired. It will only bring one thing: more of whatever it is we’re wanting so desperately to change.”

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

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Best of PONDER on THIS for Friday, December 5th, 2014 by Dan Millman in EVERYDAY ENLIGHTENMENT

“If we never suffered pain or loss – if death did not await us – we might never need to seek a higher understanding, might never wonder about the soul, the hereafter, or the ultimate meaning of life. But life is brief – a flash of lightning, a snap of eternity’s fingers. So we question and wonder. While striving for a successful place in the material world, our path eventually leads to the arena of spiritual growth and discovery.

We sometimes seek Spirit in churches, temples or revival tents, but we don’t always encounter it there. Some of us look for Spirit in a bottle or a pill, leading either to an early death or unconscious life. Others seek inspiration in sports or sexual relationships. Yet all the time, Spirit has been waiting for us, calling for us, right here, right now in everyday life.

Everyday life is our spiritual school. As you see your reflection more clearly in the mirror of daily life, you will come to know and accept yourself as never before. As you learn from the natural consequences of your actions, you’ll find the wisdom necessary to progress on the path of personal and spiritual growth.”

Dan Millman, in “Everyday Enlightenment”

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PONDER on THIS for Thursday, December 4th, 2014 by David R. Hawkins in POWER VS. FORCE

“Enlightened beings have always described the general populace as being “trapped in a dream”; the majority of people are driven by unseen forces, and for a great deal of our lives, most of us are in despair over this fact. We pray to God to relieve us of the burden of our sins, and we look for relief through confession. Remorse seems woven into the fabric of life. How can salvation be possible, then, for those who have unwittingly become ensnared by such destructive influence?

Even from a merely scientific viewpoint, salvation is indeed possible; in truth, it’s guaranteed by the simple fact that the energy of a loving thought is enormously more powerful than that of a negative one. Therefore, the traditional solutions of love and prayer have a sound scientific basis; man has within his own essence the power of his own salvation.”

David R. Hawkins, in “Power vs. Force”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014 by Debbie Ford in THE DARK SIDE OF THE LIGHT CHASERS

“The decision to alter your life is serious. After years of working with people, I’ve discovered that many people like to talk about change but are unwilling to let go of behaviors that keep them stuck in negative patterns. Ask yourself if your search for peace, happiness, and wholeness is an ongoing drama, or if you’re ready to take control and be the one that shapes your experiences. No one OUT THERE can fix YOU. But you can fix yourself. You are the one with the power, the answers, and the ability to change your life. And YOU are the ONLY one.”

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

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PONDER on THIS for Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014 by Terry Cole-Whittaker in LIVE YOUR BLISS

“Guilt comes along as the administrator of self-punishment. Guilt is our refusal to accept a positive outcome because, deep down, we feel we don’t deserve it. But guilt stops the flow. This form of self-sabotage prevents us from using our talents, pursuing our dreams, and prospering, and it exists only in the mind. Stop punishing yourself, and go forth cheerfully and prosper.

Stay away from people who like to blame you and make you feel bad. Most of us have something to be ashamed of. Once we realize the error of our ways, guilt and shame become counterproductive; they have a negative effect, not a positive one. God loves each of us regardless of what we did or did not do. Life goes on, we go on, for we are eternity. Since
God is not punishing us, whey should we?”

Terry Cole-Whittaker, in “Live Your Bliss”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Monday, December 1st, 2014 by Shakti Gawain in LIVING IN THE LIGHT

“What does it mean to trust your intuition? How do you do it? It means tuning in to your “gut” feelings about things – that deepest inner sense of personal truth – in  any given situation, and acting upon them, moment by moment. Sometimes these “gut messages” may tell you to do something unexpected or inconsistent with your previous plans; they may require that you trust a hunch that seems illogical; you may feel more emotionally vulnerable than you are used to; you may express thoughts, feelings, or opinions foreign to your usual beliefs; perhaps follow a dream or fantasy; or take some degree of financial risk to do something that feels important to you.

Learning to trust your intuition is an art form, and like all other art forms, it takes practice to perfect. You don’t learn to do it overnight. You have to be willing to make “mistakes;” to try something and fail, and then try something different the next time; sometimes even to embarrass yourself of feel foolish. Your intuition is always one-hundred percent correct, but it takes time to learn to HEAR it correctly. If you are willing to risk acting on what you believe to be true, and risk making mistakes, you will learn very fast by paying attention to what works and what doesn’t work. If you hold back out of fear or being wrong, learning to trust your intuition could take a lifetime.”

Shakti Gawain, in “Living in the Light”

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