PONDER on THIS for Tuesday, April 21st, 2015 by Tony Burroughs in THE LAW OF AGREEMENT

“When you really stop to think about it, one of the humanity’s strangest predilections is that we look for confirmation for our ailments. We look to see what happened to everybody else who has experienced similar symptoms to ours, and in doing so, we put ourselves in harm’s way. What many people don’t realize is that just because somebody else developed a chronic condition after showing similar symptoms to ours doesn’t mean the same will happen to us.

We are dealing with toxic thoughts, substances, and experiences in our world that may or may not present us with short-term aches, pains, bumps, zits, and so forth. It’s a part of life nowadays. What we oftentimes forget, however, is that a great many of the things we think are “wrong” with us are only temporary. They’ll go away by themselves in a short time if we leave them alone. Sure, sometimes we’ll need to adjust our diet or our work habits for awhile, and that is natural. But it’s unnatural for us to look too deeply for confirmation or validation for the causes of our ailments. In fact, we run certain risks when we delve too deeply, parading every disease imaginable before us in a quest to find out the cause of an ache or pain.”

Tony Burroughs, in “The Law of Agreement”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Monday, April 20th, by Stuart Wilde in INFINITE SELF

“Release owning or not owning. If you own some great piece of real estate, well, fair enough. But you don’t want the real estate to control you. You don’t want the thing to become a burden to you. If you buy a really fancy car, it sounds great. But, in reality, you’ve got to polish it, insure it, worry about it. How much energy are you putting into the car? It might be better that you have an old clunker you can leave anywhere with a little note on it saying, “Please steal me. I need the insurance money.”…When you don’t hold on, you’re free. The more tight-ass you are about “mine” the more money-grabbing you are and the less you have in the end. What’s the point of millions in the bank if you live a miserable life and die the world’s greatest tight-ass?”

Stuart Wilde, in “Infinite Self”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Friday, April 17th, 2015 by Neale Donald Walsch in THE NEW REVELATIONS

“Listen to no human who declares himself or herself to be more special than anyone else. If a man or a woman seeks to set himself or herself separate and apart from the rest of humanity, or claims to be higher or better or holier than the rest of humanity, by declaring themselves to be “more than” or “greater than” others, or to be the messiah, or the savior, or the only true parents of humanity, or the only true prophet, or any other such exalted thing, run from them as fast as you can.

Yet if men and women declare themselves to me messengers of God even as you ALL are messengers of God, and saviors even as you ALL are saviors, and holy even as you ALL are holy, then listen to them carefully, for they will not tell you to follow “them,” but to follow the God who lives within you.”

God, as spoken to Neale Donald Walsch, in “The New Revelations”

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PONDER on THIS for Thursday, April 16th, 2015 by Shakti Gawain in LIVING IN THE LIGHT

“The spirit always tends toward expansiveness, depth, greater energy, and aliveness. The form (ego/personality) always tends toward what it perceives to be safety, security, and the status quo, which is usually a deadening experience.

If you are able to observe yourself without rationalization or judgment you will begin to notice that when you trust yourself and follow your energy fully, you feel better. Conversely, when you follow you old patterns of fear and holding back, you feel worse. After awhile, your form gets the message clearly and begins to spontaneously follow the energy instead of the old pattern because it knows it will feel better. Eventually you have a form that automatically goes for the light in every situation, without having to think about it and control it.”

Shakti Gawain, in “Living in the Light”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Wednesday, April 15th, 2015 by Eckhart Tolle in THE POWER OF NOW

“Identification with your mind creates an opaque screen of concepts, labels, images, words, judgments, and definitions that blocks all true relationship. It comes between you and yourself, between you and your fellow man and woman, between you and nature, between you and God. It is the screen of thought that creates the illusion of separateness, the illusion that there is you AND a totally separate “other.”

Thinking has become a disease. Disease happens when things get out of balance. For example, there is nothing wrong with cells dividing and multiplying in the body, but when this process continues in disregard of the total organism, cells proliferate and we have disease.

Note: The mind is a superb instrument if used rightly. Used wrongly, however, it becomes very destructive. To put it more accurately, it is not so much that you use your mind wrongly – you usually don’t use it at all. It uses YOU. This is the disease. You believe that you “are” your mind, this is the delusion. The instrument has taken you over.”

Eckhart Tolle, in “The Power of Now”

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PONDER on THIS for Tuesday, April 14th, 2015 by Donald Altman in THE MINDFULNESS CODE

“When we lost our connection to the body, we lose one of our most important capacities for mindfulness. Right now, raise both of your arms out to your side. Close your eyes, and bring your arms slowly together until your palms touch. How were you able to know where your body was in space with your eyes closed? We possess a natural sense knows as proprioception, which is the ability to inwardly perceive the body’s spatial orientation in movement, moment by moment. Although you may largely live in your head, you can always return home to the body, the vital sense of being with which you took your first breath.”

Donald Altman, in “The Mindfulness Code”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Monday, April 13th, 2015 by Eric Butterworth in DISCOVER THE POWER WITHIN YOU

“We may have a perfect justification for our bitterness and anger. We may be completely righteous in our indignation. But we will have to pay the price of the broken connection of the divine circuits. The power that goes with our divinity is only ours when we act the part. We can have our unforgiveness and bitterness and anger if we so choose, but we will also have our stomach ulcers and nervous tension and heart trouble, and mental and physical breakdowns. Turn on the Light – not so much for the benefit of others, but for YOU. Forgive and you shall be forgiven.”

Eric Butterworth, in “Discover the Power Within You”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Friday, April 10th, 2015 by Sanaya Roman in SPIRITUAL GROWTH

“When people tell you of their problems, stop and decide if you want to tackle their problems with them. Listen to them closely and decide if they are willing to find solutions, or if they simply want to complain about how bad the problem is. Decide how much time you are willing to commit to assisting people, and give them a clear picture of the time, energy, and resources you will commit to their problems.

Before you pour energy into changing or assisting people, let go of your need to have other people grow, appreciate you, or act in any particular way. Sometimes your strong desire to have them change may be the very thing that keeps them from growing. As you detach and stop worrying about them, they will be freer to grow.”

Sanaya Roman, in “Spiritual Growth”

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PONDER on THIS for Thursday, April 9th, 2015 by Marianne Williamson in THE GIFT OF CHANGE

“Being caught in anger, judgment, and blame is disempowering; it throws us out of our center; it puts us at the effect of the lovelessness of someone else. To be there for a while is one thing; to stay there and try to justify it is wrong-minded and will not lead to peace. Spirituality challenges us to detach from the purely personal, emotional aspects of a situation – the ego’s need to be right – in order to uplift ourselves to higher ground. That doesn’t mean we don’t feel our pain, our anger, our despair. But there is a way to hold such feelings in a sacred rather than chaotic way, so they heal us rather than poison us.”

Marianne Williamson, in “The Gift of Change”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Wednesday, April 8th, 2015 by Jack Kornfield in A PATH WITH HEART

“The unawakened mind tends to make war against the way things are. To follow a path with heart, we must understand the whole process of making war, within ourselves and without, how it begins and how it ends. War’s roots are in ignorance. Without understanding, we can easily become frightened by life’s fleeting changes, the inevitable losses, disappointments, the insecurity of our aging and death. Misunderstanding leads us to fight against life, running from pain or grasping at security and pleasures that by their nature can never be truly satisfying.

Our war against life is expressed in every dimension of our experience, inner and outer. Our children see, on average, eighteen thousand murders and violent acts on TV before they finish high school. The leading cause of injury for American women is the beatings by the men they live with. We carry on wars within ourselves, with our families and communities, among races and nations worldwide. The wars between peoples are a reflection of our own inner conflict and fear.”

Jack Kornfield, in “A Path With Heart”

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PONDER on THIS for Tuesday, April 7th, 2015 by Don Miguel Ruiz in THE VOICE OF KNOWLEDGE

“Every time we judge ourselves, find ourselves guilty, and punish ourselves, it’s because the voice in our head is telling us lies. Every time we have a conflict with our father, our mother, our children, or our beloved, it’s because we believe in these lies, and they believe in them too. But it’s not just that. When we believe in lies, we cannot see the truth, so we make thousands of assumptions and we take them as truth.

One of the biggest assumptions we make is that the lies we believe are the truth! For example, we believe that we know what we are. When we get angry we say, “Oh, that’s the way I am.” When we get jealous: “Oh, that’s the way I am.” When we hate: “Oh, that’s the way I am.” But is this true? I’m not sure about that. I used to make the assumption that I was the one who was talking, that I was the one who said all of those things that I didn’t want to say. It was a big surprise when I discovered that it was not me; it was the way I learned to be.”

Don Miguel Ruiz, in “The Voice of Knowledge”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Monday, April 6th, 2015 by Fr. Anthony DeMello in THE WAY TO LOVE

“The final disappearance of insecurity feelings will only come when you have attained that blessed ability of the birds of the air and the flowers of the field to live fully in the present, one moment at a time. The present moment, no matter how painful, is never unbearable. What is unbearable is what you think is going to happen in five hours or five days; and those words you keep saying in your head, words like, “This is terrible, this is unbearable, how long is this going to last,” and so on.

Birds and flowers are blessed above humans in that they have no concept of the future, no words in their heads, and no anxiety about what their fellows think of them. That is why they are such perfect images of the kingdom. So do not be anxious about tomorrow, tomorrow will look after itself.”

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

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Friday, April 3rd, 2015 by Alan Cohen in THE DRAGON DOESN’T LIVE HERE ANYMORE

“We must release the old to make room for the new. A friend of mine was praying and praying for a bigger and better apartment which she needed for herself and her family. But she was not doing anything about it. One day she was evicted by her landlord, and she was forced to find another place. The place that she found was the one that she had been praying for all along! She could not receive it, however, until she gave up the old one.

It is only when we stop trying to hold onto the past that we are able to fully accept the blessings that the present can offer us.”

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

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PONDER on THIS for Thursday, April 2nd, 2015 by Tama Kieves in A YEAR WITHOUT FEAR

“Here’s how to take a risk. Decide it doesn’t have to “work out” immediately. It doesn’t have to lead to a preordained outcome. It doesn’t have to end up making a million dollars. It doesn’t even have to be “worth” a mention in the throwaway newsletter of your neighborhood. Follow the spur to do it. Enter the holy curriculum of listening to and learning about yourself. This commitment will lead, heal, and resurrect you. Allow yourself to be anointed. Remember, you risk more by denying yourself the chance to grow.”

Tama Kieves, in “A Year Without Fear”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Wednesday, April 1st, 2015 by Wayne W. Dyer in Manifest Your Destiny

“To be willing to accept total responsibility for yourself puts you in a position of being worthy of receiving and attracting the object of your desires. If someone else is responsible for your perceived shortcomings, and you are blaming them for these troubles, then you are also saying that in order to manifest your heart’s desire you need to have the permission of those others. This act of abdicating responsibility destroys your ability to empower yourself to higher levels of awareness.

When you know that you are responsible for how you chose to react to every life situation, and that you are essentially alone within yourself at all moments, then you can privately put out into the universe that which you want to bring to yourself. However, blaming others for your life situations shifts the power to those you believe are responsible for creating the circumstances.”

Wayne W. Dyer, in “Manifest Your Destiny”

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