PONDER on THIS for Friday, February 27th, 2015 by Don Miguel Ruiz in THE FOUR AGREEMENTS

“Write this agreement on paper, and put it on your refrigerator to remind you all the time: DON’T TAKE ANYTHING PERSONALLY.

As you make the habit of not taking anything personally, you won’t need to place your trust in what others do or say. You will only need to trust yourself to make responsible choices. You are never responsible for the actions of others; you are only responsible for you. When you truly understand this, and refuse to take things personally, you can hardly be hurt by the careless comments or actions of others.”

Don Miguel Ruiz, in “The Four Agreements”

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PONDER on THIS for Thursday, February 26th, 2015 by Wayne W. Dyer in MANIFEST YOUR DESTINY

“Contemplate the energy that is your life force. Forget about your body and your thoughts, and focus attention on the invisible life force that sustains your very being, which is also known as chi or prana. See if you can sense it objectively and also try to do the same thing with the energy of someone close to you. Watch that person and forget about his or her body. Center your attention on the idea that you share the same energy, and so you are the same person at that energy level.

Becoming an observer of your energy and the energy of those around you is a way of putting you in contact with the spiritual essence of everyone and everything. Awareness of this connection will help you being to use this energy to attract the objects of your desire, since the life force in also present in all that you wish to manifest in your life.”

Wayne W. Dyer, in “Manifest Your Destiny”

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Best of PONDER on THIS for Wednesday, February 25, 2015 by Richard & Mary Alice Jafolla in THE QUEST

“On the surface, we may seem very different from one another. After all, we are different races, have different politics, different religions, different philosophies, different beliefs, different nationalities, different opinions, different values. One of us may be a scraggly beggar while the other is an educated writer. But are we really that dissimilar? Too frequently we may notice our superficial differences while overlooking our incredible oneness.”

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

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PONDER on THIS for Tuesday, February 24th, 2015 by Susan Shumsky in INSTANT HEALING

“Have you ever considered that what you believe to be truth is not really truth? Your perception of reality might be skewed by false beliefs, habits, conditions, and patterns. Voices of parents, teachers, family, friends, peers, coworkers, pastors, rabbis, priests, gurus, psychics, doctors, psychologies, counselors, society, the media, and the collective human consciousness have all brainwashed you to believe as you do.

Therefore, how you perceive yourself is colored by the window through which you gaze. That window might be clear, pristine, and colorless, or any color in the rainbow. Who you think you are is not who you really are. For you are bound by illusions and false perceptions. Even the great on the mountaintop has a body, and anyone dwelling in physical form is, by definition, in avidya (ignorance), or at the very least lesh avidya (faint remains of ignorance).”

Susan Shumsky, in “Instant Healing”

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Best of PONDER on THIS for Monday, February 23rd, 2015 by Sanaya Roman in LIVING WITH JOY

“If you believe in what you see, then you are believing in the creations of the past. Everything you have right now in your life, you created from the past. Everything you have from here on out can be created at this moment, and it can be created differently. You do not need to know specifically what you will do tomorrow or the next day. You can start by BELIEVING that you do have a purpose, a concrete purpose, and you can begin by asking it to unfold for you. If you begin believing in and acting as if you know what to do with your life, you WILL.”

Sanaya Roman, in “Living with Joy”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Friday, February 20, 2015 by Michael Tamura in YOU ARE THE ANSWER

“One of the greatest thieves of your natural humor and laughter are secrets. We pretend we’re able to hide things, to keep things to ourselves and no one will ever know. How silly. We’re all on “Cosmic Camera” 24/7. If you don’t realize that now, you’ll get quite a surprise after you die. You’ll get to experience your life from the view of that all-seeing, all-knowing “camera.” Not a thought or feeling is missed. Whoops! There goes a nasty thought you just had.

Trying to hide things takes an enormous amount of energy. Sure, we could hide many things from many people, but not from everyone, and NEVER from the “Cosmic Camera.” We have a choice; we can build walls and more walls to keep others from finding out, or realize that everything is already known, that there’s nothing to hide, and just be amused at the cosmic joke.”

Michael J. Tamura, in “You Are the Answer”

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PONDER on THIS for Thursday, February 19th, 2015 by Mark Nepo in THE BOOK OF AWAKENING

“It seems impossible, but every humbled life has cried it is so: The sweetness of living comes to us when the very humanness we regret and try to hide, our seeming flaws and shameful secrets, are worked by time and nature into a honey all their own. Ultimately, it is where we are not perfect – where we are broken and cracked, where the wind whistles through – that is the stuff of transformation.

Like other people, many of the things I’ve wanted to be have crumbled over time into cinders that have sparked the very next dream. And the hurtful things I’ve never meant to say have thickened my tongue over time into a kindness I didn’t think possible. And each time I’ve failed at being what someone else needed or wanted or hoped for – each failure at love has solidified into unexpected learnings. The painful shavings of one love have become the spices of joy in the next.”

Mark Nepo, in “The Book of Awakening”

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Best of PONDER on THIS for Wednesday, February, 18th, 2015 by Eckhart Tolle in THE POWER OF NOW

“When someone goes to the doctor and says, “I hear a voice in my head,” he or she will most likely be sent to a psychiatrist. The fact is that, in a very similar way, virtually everyone hears a voice, or several voices, in their head all the time: the involuntary thought processes that you don’t realize you have the power to stop. Continuous monologues or dialogues.

You have probably come across “mad” people in the street incessantly talking or muttering to themselves. Well, that’s not much different from what you and all other “normal” people do, except that you don’t do it out loud. The voice comments, speculates, judges, compares, likes, dislikes, and so on. The voice isn’t necessarily relevant to the situation you find yourself in at the time; it may be reviving the recent or distant past or rehearsing or imaging possible future situations.

Even if the voice is relevant to the situation at hand, it will interpret it in terms of the past. This is because the voice belongs to your conditioned mind, which is the result of all your past history, as well as of the collective cultural mind-set you inherited. So you see and judge the present through the eyes of the past and get a totally distorted view of it.”

Eckhart Tolle, in “The Power of Now”

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PONDER on THIS for Tuesday, February 17th, 2015 by Sara Chetkin in THE HEALING CURVE

“Acceptance is the joyful result of your awareness that God is in all things. I came to this awareness through many experiences; and in these moments, I knew that the world was wholly divine and in perfect order. Think about it: if there is nothing outside of God, including yourself, then there is nothing for you to improve. You can allow everything to be as it is. As soon as you give up your throne, you can participate in the infinite joy, love, and perfection that exist in the world. Is there something more perfect or sacred than life itself? Is there something more beautiful than the trees or the sky or you? How easily we forget the sheer magnitude of life. How it is for us to see the good when we focus so intently on the bad. Life is grand, and it is ours to enjoy. So, acceptance of life isn’t a task or a sacrifice. It is a gift.

Consider what would happen if you acknowledged that something more intelligent than you created this world: you would begin to interact with it in a very different way. How your perspective would change if you knew that the people in in your life and everything that is happening to you, everything that you observe around you, is a manifestation of the divine order of this universe. Wouldn’t the quality of your interactions change drastically? The world looks a lot different to someone who is humble and loving than it does to someone who feels disempowered and angry.”

Sara Chetkin, in “The Healing Curve”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Monday, February 16th, 2015 by Debbie Ford in THE DARK SIDE OF THE LIGHT CHASERS

“Every human being is born with a healthy emotional system. We love and accept ourselves when we are born. We don’t make judgments about which parts of ourselves are good and which parts are bad. We dwell in the fullness of our being, living in the moment, and expressing ourselves freely.

As we grow older, we begin to learn from the people around us. They tell us how to act, when to eat, when to sleep, and we begin to make distinctions. We learn which behaviors bring us acceptance and which bring us rejection. We learn if we get a prompt response or if our cries go unanswered. We learn to trust the people around us or to fear the people around us. We learn consistency or inconsistency. We learn which qualities are acceptable in our environment and which are not. All of this distracts us from living in the moment and keeps us from expressing ourselves freely.

We need to revisit the experience of our innocence that allows us to accept all of who we are at every moment. This is where we need to be in order to have a healthy, happy, complete human existence.”

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

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Friday, February 13th, 2015 by Stuart Wilde in INFINITE SELF

“Be careful that you don’t get stuck in dogmatic perceptions of spirituality. Become the crooked tree. Stand at the back. Be silent. Don’t talk unless people ask you to. If you have perception, you can look at a person on the street and see their life story right there; don’t say anything. If you know the answer, keep quiet; don’t show it to people. If they ask you, give them a little bit, just enough to take them to the next step. But don’t dump ten tons of your wisdom upon them because it isn’t necessary, is it? A little bit here, and a little bit there, is all you have to do.

Be humble. People get a little bit of spirituality and then make a huge fuss over it. There’s nothing more off-putting than a person who doesn’t really know anything, trotting around like he or she is the sage on the mount.”

Stuart Wilde, in “Infinite Self”

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PONDER on THIS for Thursday, February 12th, 2015 by Paul Ferrini in THE SILENCE OF THE HEART

“When the mind is closed, the heart shuts down, and vice versa. It doesn’t really matter which one closes first, the other one isn’t far behind. Don’t expect the mind to stay open. It won’t. An open mind is a mind free of judgments. How long is it before a judgment arises in your mind? Be honest. Is it every two hours, every two minutes, or every two seconds? In between those judgments, the mind is open. When judgments come up, the mind closes and stays closed for as long as the judgment is held.

Don’t try to stop yourself from having judgments. That is a futile exercise. Instead, be aware of the judgments that come up in your mind, look at them, and let them go. If you do this, you will discover that there will be more space between your judgments, more time in which your mind is quiet, relaxed, open.”

Paul Ferrini, in “The Silence of the Heart”

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Best of PONDER on THIS for Wednesday, February 11th, 2015 by Rich Work in GOD THIS IS A GOOD BOOK!

“Science acknowledges that you can neither create nor destroy energy, you can only change its form. As we create something, we never create MORE energy, but rather take energy that already exists and change it into that form which we desire.

Mankind has yet to discover the true power of the mind, because most of mankind has been focused on the power of limitation, focusing their minds on all the things they cannot do. It is time to let go of old thought patterns and rediscover that all things are possible and that the mind is a powerfully creative tool.”

Rich Work, in “God This is a Good Book”

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PONDER on THIS for Tuesday, February 10th, 2015 by Alan Cohen in RELAX INTO WEALTH

“While many people fear that following their joy is a sign of selfishness or egotism, they do not realize that they have a long way to go before they would become self-indulgent. More people suffer from a sense of unworthiness than from arrogance. The remedy for unworthiness is practicing self-love. Consider every invitation that comes your way and every act you undertake an opportunity to feed your spirit. The items you purchase (or don’t); the job you go to (or don’t); the relationships you enter into (or don’t), and the vacations you take (or don’t) all demonstrate how much you value yourself and your heart’s desires.

Consider the money you spend as an investment in yourself: you are buying stock in a company you believe in, you recognize your vast potential, and you want to get in on the ground floor of your achievements. I heard a woman report, “I love my husband so much that I would do just about anything if I knew it would make him happy.” Wouldn’t it be wonderful if you fell in love with yourself so deeply that you would do just about anything if you knew it would make you happy? This is precisely how much life loves you and wants you to nurture yourself. The deeper you love yourself, the more the universe will affirm your worth. Then you can enjoy a lifelong love affair that brings you the richest fulfillment from the inside out.”

Alan Cohen, in “Relax into Wealth”

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PONDER on THIS for Monday, February 9th, 2015 by Mada Eliza Dalian in HEALING THE BODY & AWAKENING CONSCIOUSNESS WITH THE DALIAN METHOD

“True health is beyond your thoughts, emotions, and physical body. Even if your body is challenged with illness and has reached the end of its lifespan, your being can never get old, sick, die, or disappear from existence. Your being stays forever young, healthy, and whole. True health and happiness, therefore, can only be found within the silent presence of your being.

You live in your being twenty-fours a day, even when you are asleep. In fact, you can never be outside of it. When you lose awareness of your being and identify with fluctuating thoughts, emotions, desires, and attachments to people and things, you forget to see that life is simply a playground to help you become conscious of who you truly are.”

Mada Eliza Dalian, in “Healing the Body & Awakening Consciousness With The Dalian Method”

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Compiler’s Note: I just started reading this book last Thursday night and it’s fascinating. What IF the underlying cause of all illness is indeed “what has been left unsaid”? What IF the body is just an energy vessel, and unexpressed thoughts and emotions build up to the point where the energy has to be used in some way, so that energy becomes illness, disease, and pain? Makes a lot of sense to me.

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