BEST of PONDER on THIS for Wednesday, January 8th, 2020 by Pete Koerner in THE BELIEF FORMULA

“We have all heard of the idea of writing things down in order to have them come to pass. Grocery lists, to-do lists, memos, wish lists, gift registries, letters to Santa, and other reminders make sure we follow through with our desires, or that our desires are communicated to others – sort of “written prayers.” Plans, blueprints, recipes, and driving directions, likewise, offer guidance to others as an unseen idea is transformed from thought to thing. Besides the obvious fact that just any old ingredients, combined in just any old way, won’t necessarily produce the results you seek; writing down your desires allows others to participate in ways that, ideally, will complement, or speed the manifestation of, your desire. Writing a thing down turns an invisible, non-physical thing into a physical thing others can see and act on.”

Pete Koerner, in “The Belief Formula”

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Jeff MJeff Maziarek, author of Spirituality Simplified and Codi’s Journey, launched Pondercentral.com in April 2007 as a Web-based forum for “PONDER on THIS,” a series of weekday inspirational email messages he began sending to subscribers in March 1999. A FREE service since its inception, “PONDER on THIS” provides subscribers with meaningful content to assist them on their individual paths of spiritual growth. In addition, it benefits subscribers, authors, and publishers by including links to Amazon.com where subscribers can learn more about the book being quoted, and also purchase it.

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Tuesday, January 7th, 2020 by Rachel Naomi Remen, M.D in KITCHEN TABLE WISDOM

“The life in us is diminished by judgment far more frequently than by disease. Our own self-judgment or the judgment of other people can stifle our life force, its spontaneity and natural expression. Unfortunately, judgment is commonplace. It is as rare to find someone who loves us as we are as it is to find someone who loves themselves whole.

Judgment does not only take the form of criticism. Approval is also a form of judgment. When we approve of people, we sit in judgment of them as surely as when we criticize them. Positive judgment hurts less acutely than criticism, but it is judgment all the same and we are harmed by it in far more subtle ways. To seek approval is to have no resting place, no sanctuary.

Like all judgment, approval encourages a constant striving. It makes us uncertain of who we are and of our true value. This is as true of the approval we give ourselves as it is of the approval we offer others. Approval can’t be trusted. It can be withdrawn at any time no matter what our track record has been. It is as nourishing of real growth as cotton candy.”

Rachel Naomi Remen, M.D., in “Kitchen Table Wisdom”

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Jeff MJeff Maziarek, author of Spirituality Simplified and Codi’s Journey, launched Pondercentral.com in April 2007 as a Web-based forum for “PONDER on THIS,” a series of weekday inspirational email messages he began sending to subscribers in March 1999. A FREE service since its inception, “PONDER on THIS” provides subscribers with meaningful content to assist them on their individual paths of spiritual growth. In addition, it benefits subscribers, authors, and publishers by including links to Amazon.com where subscribers can learn more about the book being quoted, and also purchase it.

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Monday, January 6th, 2020 by Alan Cohen in DARE TO BE YOURSELF

“To put ourselves through continued suffering because we believe we must atone for past “evil” deeds is self-created suffering. At that point, the lesson we must learn is not related to the original error, but one of releasing ourself from the masochism of unworthiness. We do not need to go out of our way to find ways to pay off our “‘bad karma.” God is clever enough to find ways for us to pay our debts. He will send us enough lessons and challenges, compassionately well-timed, to offset our karmic obligations. We do not need to add to them; He knows His business. I once heard, “Never trouble trouble ’til trouble troubles you.” As I see it, if life is offering us no troubles, we might as well take advantage of the time and enjoy ourselves.”

Alan Cohen, in “Dare to Be Yourself

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Jeff MJeff Maziarek, author of Spirituality Simplified and Codi’s Journey, launched Pondercentral.com in April 2007 as a Web-based forum for “PONDER on THIS,” a series of weekday inspirational email messages he began sending to subscribers in March 1999. A FREE service since its inception, “PONDER on THIS” provides subscribers with meaningful content to assist them on their individual paths of spiritual growth. In addition, it benefits subscribers, authors, and publishers by including links to Amazon.com where subscribers can learn more about the book being quoted, and also purchase it.

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Friday, January 3rd, 2020 by Neale Donald Walsch in FRIENDSHIP WITH GOD

“You can’t really know Me if you think about Me too much. That’s because your thoughts contain nothing more than your previous ideas about God. Yet the reality of Me will not be found in your previous ideas, but in your present moment experience.

Think of it this way: your mind holds the past, your body holds the present, you soul holds the future. Put another way, the mind analyzes and remembers, the body experiences and feels, the soul observes and knows.

If you want to access what you remember about God, look to your mind. If you want to access what you feel about God, look to your body. If you want to access what you know about God, look to your soul.”

God, as spoken to Neale Donald Walsch, “Friendship with God”

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Jeff MJeff Maziarek, author of Spirituality Simplified and Codi’s Journey, launched Pondercentral.com in April 2007 as a Web-based forum for “PONDER on THIS,” a series of weekday inspirational email messages he began sending to subscribers in March 1999. A FREE service since its inception, “PONDER on THIS” provides subscribers with meaningful content to assist them on their individual paths of spiritual growth. In addition, it benefits subscribers, authors, and publishers by including links to Amazon.com where subscribers can learn more about the book being quoted, and also purchase it.

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Thursday, January 2nd, 2020 by Paul Ferrini in THE SILENCE OF THE HEART

“Do not withhold your gift from others. Do not make the mistake of thinking that you have no gift to give. Everyone has a gift. But don’t compare your gift to the gifts of others, or you may not value it sufficiently.

Your gift brings joy to yourself and joy to others. If there is no joy in your life, it is because you are withholding your gift. You are not trusting it. You are not actively bringing the gift forward into manifestation in your life. All gifts are creative expressions of self. They reveal the self. They break down the barriers of separation and allow others to know who you are.

To create is to bring an inner awareness into form. That awareness does not exist in the world the way you would express it. Your expression of it is unique, authentic. It is fresh, honest, manifested out of your own experience.”

Paul Ferrini, in “The Silence of the Heart”

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Jeff MJeff Maziarek, author of Spirituality Simplified and Codi’s Journey, launched Pondercentral.com in April 2007 as a Web-based forum for “PONDER on THIS,” a series of weekday inspirational email messages he began sending to subscribers in March 1999. A FREE service since its inception, “PONDER on THIS” provides subscribers with meaningful content to assist them on their individual paths of spiritual growth. In addition, it benefits subscribers, authors, and publishers by including links to Amazon.com where subscribers can learn more about the book being quoted, and also purchase it.

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Wednesday, January 1st, 2020 by Ping Li in AWAKENING

Compiler’s Note: Best wishes to you for a very Happy New Year 2020! Please note that “Ponder on This” messages will continue to be posted through all of 2020. Note that the content used for 2020 messages was originally posted 10 years ago.

“One popular notion is that we must earn what we want with force and hard work. But life is not about working harder and stronger. It is simply a natural process of uncovering who we really are within. Forcing or controlling will only interrupt the perfection of this process of awakening and enlightening. We attract things to ourselves from moment to moment, according to the state of our being. If we are in a state of perfection with our true selves, we will attract perfection in every area of our lives.

If we let go and release all of our imperfect thoughts, beliefs, visions and feelings,life can be like a beautiful bud that effortlessly and precisely blossoms into a beautiful flower of our true essence. Your journey of higher consciousness and enlightenment will begin when you stop searching outside yourself for answers to true happiness in your life, slow down, let go and become quiet within. Then, everything you seek will come to you effortlessly and precisely. This is the power of your infinite being. Honor yourself for being wherever you are in your journey right now.”

Ping Li, in “Awakening”

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Jeff MJeff Maziarek, author of Spirituality Simplified and Codi’s Journey, launched Pondercentral.com in April 2007 as a Web-based forum for “PONDER on THIS,” a series of weekday inspirational email messages he began sending to subscribers in March 1999. A FREE service since its inception, “PONDER on THIS” provides subscribers with meaningful content to assist them on their individual paths of spiritual growth. In addition, it benefits subscribers, authors, and publishers by including links to Amazon.com where subscribers can learn more about the book being quoted, and also purchase it.

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Tuesday, December 31st, 2019 by Gary Zukav in SEAT OF THE SOUL

“When you ask for guidance or assistance, simply assume that it is immediately pouring forward. You may need to work a while to relax your mind into receptivity, or you may need to have lunch, or drive into town or do whatever it is you need to do in order to relax your mind to hear or to feel, but live in the total assumption that the moment you ask for guidance it is pouring in.

Try looking at life as a beautifully well-organized dynamic. Trust the Universe. Trusting means that the circumstance you are in are working toward your best and most appropriate end. There is no when to that. There is no if to that. It is. Release your specifications and say to the Universe: “Find me where you know I need to be.” Let them go and trust that the Universe will provide, and so it shall. Let your higher self complete its task.”

Gary Zukav, in “Seat of the Soul”

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Jeff MJeff Maziarek, author of Spirituality Simplified and Codi’s Journey, launched Pondercentral.com in April 2007 as a Web-based forum for “PONDER on THIS,” a series of weekday inspirational email messages he began sending to subscribers in March 1999. A FREE service since its inception, “PONDER on THIS” provides subscribers with meaningful content to assist them on their individual paths of spiritual growth. In addition, it benefits subscribers, authors, and publishers by including links to Amazon.com where subscribers can learn more about the book being quoted, and also purchase it.

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PONDER on THIS for Monday, December 30th, 2019 by John St. Augustine in PHENOMENA

“Events that impact our lives, both good and bad, positive and negative, do not have a time limit on them. For me the lesson out of this experience is the opportunity for spiritual growth that exists when we have a deep loss, which often gets lost in the emotion of grief. The reminder that tomorrow is promised to no one (and neither is today) and the moment at hand is really all we have. It may not seem like it, but grief is a wake-up call of the highest order. The never-ending cycle of life that takes us over the same roads again and again to learn from different experiences, at varying levels of consciousness, is to make sure we stay awake, and that we need to pay attention to what is being offered, even if it is disguised as unbearable pain.

We become more aware of the gift of life, every time we are confronted by death, which is a concept that the ego has a hard time with, until it happens to someone close to us. Then, we are laid bare, and at our most vulnerable, but also more alive as grief reveals our hearts when they are most needed-and all that is unnecessary is washed away.”

John St. Augustine, in “Phenomena”

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Compiler’s Note: I just finished reading this book the other night and thought it was excellent. I’ve used numerous passages from this author’s first book because I felt there was a lot of wisdom in it, and, I really appreciated his authenticity. That same genuineness is on display in this book as well. I highly recommend this book for anyone on a spiritual path who also is interested in paranormal/other-worldly tales.

Jeff MJeff Maziarek, author of Spirituality Simplified and Codi’s Journey, launched Pondercentral.com in April 2007 as a Web-based forum for “PONDER on THIS,” a series of weekday inspirational email messages he began sending to subscribers in March 1999. A FREE service since its inception, “PONDER on THIS” provides subscribers with meaningful content to assist them on their individual paths of spiritual growth. In addition, it benefits subscribers, authors, and publishers by including links to Amazon.com where subscribers can learn more about the book being quoted, and also purchase it.

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Friday, December 27th, 2019 by Marianne Williamson in ILLUMINATA

“Imagine life to be like a camera. The amount of light in the picture is determined by the size of the aperture at the time the picture is taken. For most of us most of the time, our experience of life and its potential for joy is severely limited by the constriction of our own hearts. It’s as though an aperture has been shut, at least partially, that could be completely open. The joy we seek lies less in something new happening and more in our opening our hearts more fully to the love in our lives already. Only love can make us happy, and only we ourselves can determine its presence or absence inside our hearts. To acknowledge love is to increase its capacity to heal us; to ignore love is to let it slip away.

Look around you while you are in public somewhere or gathered with loved ones. Look into the faces of the people you see, and silently say: “The light of God in me salutes the light of God in you.” Do it for five minutes, minimum. I defy you to do this each day for at least five minutes and not be happy.”

Marianne Williamson, in “Illuminata”

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Jeff MJeff Maziarek, author of Spirituality Simplified and Codi’s Journey, launched Pondercentral.com in April 2007 as a Web-based forum for “PONDER on THIS,” a series of weekday inspirational email messages he began sending to subscribers in March 1999. A FREE service since its inception, “PONDER on THIS” provides subscribers with meaningful content to assist them on their individual paths of spiritual growth. In addition, it benefits subscribers, authors, and publishers by including links to Amazon.com where subscribers can learn more about the book being quoted, and also purchase it.

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Thursday, December 26th, 2019 by John St. Augustine in LIVING AN UNCOMMON LIFE

“The only person you are in competition with is yourself. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to first realize that even if you win the rat race…you’re still a rat! Even if you think you have it all, someone will always have more than you. Does that make you less of a person and that someone more of a person? Slowly begin stripping – not your clothes, but your connections to the devices and things that keep you on virtual life support. Take a real dare and don’t answer your email for at least 15 seconds after it arrives…Bottom line is, in order to go from surviving to thriving, you have to remove yourself from the stimuli that cause the mind to be in survival mode – like riding a metal bullet every day for years on end to the corner office on the 104th floor.”

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

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Jeff MJeff Maziarek, author of Spirituality Simplified and Codi’s Journey, launched Pondercentral.com in April 2007 as a Web-based forum for “PONDER on THIS,” a series of weekday inspirational email messages he began sending to subscribers in March 1999. A FREE service since its inception, “PONDER on THIS” provides subscribers with meaningful content to assist them on their individual paths of spiritual growth. In addition, it benefits subscribers, authors, and publishers by including links to Amazon.com where subscribers can learn more about the book being quoted, and also purchase it.

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Wednesday, December 25th, 2019 by Stuart Wilde in INFINITE SELF

“You have to understand the God Force – this incredible, supreme wonderfulness that flows through all things – doesn’t infringe. It doesn’t mess with people. It just allows you to be. You can be as silly as you want for as long as you want. God doesn’t come up to you and say, “Listen you little twirp, get your act together here.” When you’re ready, the energy is there.

It’s the same with the Infinite Self within you. It’s ready. You’ve just got to embrace it. The way you do so is by letting it become a part of you, and you join and become a part of it. So believing is vital – believing in the miraculous, believing in the righteousness and sacred nature of your journey. Try to see goodness everywhere. Notice the abundance. Notice the beauty. Move constantly to where there is serenity, where the God Force dwells, and away from discord and ugliness…Allow the cosmic nature of the God Force to flow.”

Stuart Wilde, in “Infinite Self”

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Jeff MJeff Maziarek, author of Spirituality Simplified and Codi’s Journey, launched Pondercentral.com in April 2007 as a Web-based forum for “PONDER on THIS,” a series of weekday inspirational email messages he began sending to subscribers in March 1999. A FREE service since its inception, “PONDER on THIS” provides subscribers with meaningful content to assist them on their individual paths of spiritual growth. In addition, it benefits subscribers, authors, and publishers by including links to Amazon.com where subscribers can learn more about the book being quoted, and also purchase it.

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Tuesday, December 24th, 2019 by Sanaya Roman in PERSONAL POWER THROUGH AWARENESS

“You may be setting up a crisis right now, a challenge or a dilemma, to prepare for the birth of a new self. You are always going for the light. You may have interpreted what you did as not being the best you could do, so it is important to go back and change your vision, release and forgive yourself, and see what you learned. Look at what qualities the situation is developing or developed in you.

It may be leading you to a deeper truth or helping you to learn about what you want by experiencing what you don’t want. You may be learning to see your own light and to become more powerful, assertive, and clearly focused. Whatever you think you are not, you are working on becoming. Whatever any of you are asking for right now, you will have, but it may not come in the way you expect it.”

Sanaya Roman, in “Personal Power Through Awareness”

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Jeff MJeff Maziarek, author of Spirituality Simplified and Codi’s Journey, launched Pondercentral.com in April 2007 as a Web-based forum for “PONDER on THIS,” a series of weekday inspirational email messages he began sending to subscribers in March 1999. A FREE service since its inception, “PONDER on THIS” provides subscribers with meaningful content to assist them on their individual paths of spiritual growth. In addition, it benefits subscribers, authors, and publishers by including links to Amazon.com where subscribers can learn more about the book being quoted, and also purchase it.

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Monday, December 23rd, 2019 by Pete Koerner in THE BELIEF FORMULA

“When most people think of the word trinity, they think of religious descriptions of “the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.” Sadly, it is through translations, misunderstanding, misrepresentation, and perhaps fraud and deception on a monumental scale, that most of our current religious practices have been derived. When I say, “sadly,” I am referring to the obviously unfortunate state of religion in general, as well as that of many religious people.

Face it; if you are doing everything your religion has told you to do (regardless of what religion that might be), yet you still suffer or experience lack, you are simply using a system that doesn’t work. It is not a case of you not being good enough, or not being smart enough to use religion effectively; the problem lies within the system itself.”

Pete Koerner, in “The Belief Formula”

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Jeff MJeff Maziarek, author of Spirituality Simplified and Codi’s Journey, launched Pondercentral.com in April 2007 as a Web-based forum for “PONDER on THIS,” a series of weekday inspirational email messages he began sending to subscribers in March 1999. A FREE service since its inception, “PONDER on THIS” provides subscribers with meaningful content to assist them on their individual paths of spiritual growth. In addition, it benefits subscribers, authors, and publishers by including links to Amazon.com where subscribers can learn more about the book being quoted, and also purchase it.

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Friday, December 20th, 2019 by John Randolph Price in LIVING A LIFE OF JOY

“I like what Benjamin Franklin said: “Do not anticipate trouble, or worry about what may never happen. Keep in the sunlight.” And a couple of thousand years earlier, the Great Example told us not to be anxious about our lives because anxiety wasn’t a power to accomplish anything.

What happens to us when we stop fretting, and, regardless of appearances, turn our minds to the positive side of life? We loosen up, get lighter, the ego is weakened, and the power from within that reveals the all good begins to flow. We may even take time to play a little and let the responsibility for the “serious” part of our lives be handled by a higher wisdom and intelligence. That’s when miracles seem to be multiplied daily.”

John Randolph Price, in “Living a Life of Joy”

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BEST of “Bonus” PONDER on THIS

“To know what you prefer instead of humbly saying Amen to what the world tells that you ought to prefer, is to have kept your soul alive.”

Robert Louis Stevenson

Jeff MJeff Maziarek, author of Spirituality Simplified and Codi’s Journey, launched Pondercentral.com in April 2007 as a Web-based forum for “PONDER on THIS,” a series of weekday inspirational email messages he began sending to subscribers in March 1999. A FREE service since its inception, “PONDER on THIS” provides subscribers with meaningful content to assist them on their individual paths of spiritual growth. In addition, it benefits subscribers, authors, and publishers by including links to Amazon.com where subscribers can learn more about the book being quoted, and also purchase it.

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Thursday, December 19th, 2019 by Rosanna Ienco in AWAKENING THE DIVINE SOUL

“Allow your imagination to set you free…like a child playing unrestrained, with no worries. You have been on your voyage for a long time…you are on the right track. The gateway to your soul – your pure heart…will always lead you. Sometimes we forget to smile…do not take life too seriously. People get lost in the bush, but if you really know who you are…you will always find your way. There are many tomorrows in your world, but we must live for today. Fulfill your life in the moment…without looking to the future…Once you understand your truth…you can never go down the wrong road.”

Rosanna Ienco, in “Awakening the Divine Soul”

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Jeff MJeff Maziarek, author of Spirituality Simplified and Codi’s Journey, launched Pondercentral.com in April 2007 as a Web-based forum for “PONDER on THIS,” a series of weekday inspirational email messages he began sending to subscribers in March 1999. A FREE service since its inception, “PONDER on THIS” provides subscribers with meaningful content to assist them on their individual paths of spiritual growth. In addition, it benefits subscribers, authors, and publishers by including links to Amazon.com where subscribers can learn more about the book being quoted, and also purchase it.

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