BEST of PONDER on THIS for Thursday, February 4th, 2021 by Alan Cohen in WHY YOUR LIFE SUCKS AND WHAT YOU CAN DO ABOUT IT

“A mind that adopts guilt becomes vulnerable, disempowered, and easily led. People who believe they owe a debt to a power stronger than themselves will do just about anything to placate that power and keep it at bay. Since the first guilt trip was laid and accepted, innumerable parents, husbands, wives, children, bosses, governments, cults, and middle school teachers have learned how to make others feel guilty so they can control them. But this has nothing to do with Original Sin, and everything to do with Original Dysfunction.

Some religions have mastered guilt to a finely-tuned science. Guilty people will pay lots of money to have their sins removed, stay in the grace of God, and avoid hell. What they don’t realize as they are writing checks to buy off Big Brother is that there is no hell worse than believing that an external force has power over you and can take away your good.”

Alan Cohen, in “Why Your Life Sucks…And What You Can Do About It”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Wednesday, February 3rd, 2021 by Misa Hopkins in THE ROOT OF ALL HEALING

“Being completely honest with yourself is a must. You can’t fake yourself out when it comes to healing. I have seen people make statements about their healing that they want to believe is true, but isn’t true yet, and limit their healing potential. This is tricky, because while you want to affirm the healing reality you are creating for yourself, if any part of you is saying in the back of your mind, “Yah, right!” you have a set up for self-sabotage. The simplest way to recognize when you are doing this is when you are saying, “Everything is fine,” and everything is really not fine.

Think of it this way — you just lied to yourself. Now, how can you trust yourself, when you lied to yourself? You can’t. At least not all of your conscious and subconscious mind can trust you. At least one part of you, the part that feels lousy has evidence that you just say things to try to make you feel better — but really, you feel terrible. So the overwhelming evidence that you have now reinforced is that you feel bad. Trying to convince yourself that you feel better than you do is probably not going to get you the results you want.”

Misa Hopkins, in “The Root of All Healing”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Tuesday, February 2nd, 2020 by Amit Goswami in GOD IS NOT DEAD

“Spiritual traditions of the East understand the individual movements of consciousness very well, and that is what they emphasize. Living in the world produces an individual identity (ego) superimposed upon the cosmic God-consciousness. This is the ignorance that obscures the wisdom of oneness.

Easterners believe that through many incarnations, the ego identity gives way to God-consciousness, and knowing that one is God,one is liberated from the cycle of birth, death, and rebirth. Hence the adage from this point of view: you cannot change the world, you can only change yourself. Whatever change the world undergoes will come through these individual changes.

But in the West, the belief in only one life has undermined the drive for self-realization and transformation. Instead, the emphasis has been on ethics: following certain rules of behavior to bring oneself in alignment with God. Even under the aegis of materialism, the West has developed a social consciousness in which there clearly is some imperative for social ethics:

There is only one life and it is too short
Let’s work together and improve our lot.

So today we also have activists who try to change the world, but often have no spiritual notion of changing themselves. Can we see the necessity of both trends and integrate them?”

Amit Goswami, in “God is Not Dead”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Monday, February 1st, 2021 by William L. Murtha in DYING FOR A CHANGE

Will Murtha: Right, I get it. We are all creating, even if we don’t think we are creating.

Voice of Higher Presence: There, see, now you have it. You don’t realize that you are creating something because it’s not at the front of your mind. Most forms of creating are achieved in this way. Most of what we create in the world is actually done unconsciously, without us even being aware of what the consequences will be. If somebody shuts a door in your face without thinking, do you judge that person to be rude and obnoxious, or do you reach a more enlightened conclusion? Do you see that he or she is really unconscious and therefore unaware of the actions? Or do you criticize and condemn the person for the behavior?

Will Murtha: I get your point. People aren’t always necessarily rude on purpose. It may just be that they have something else on their minds.

Voice of Higher Presence: Very few people are rude and ignorant on purpose. I know this is hard to accept, especially if you are on the receiving end of a person’s ignorance. But look at the larger picture, and you will see that it is deep unconsciousness that creates what you may judge to be rude behavior. Many people have so many pressing issues and anxiety on their mind that they are often unconscious of what’s happening around them. You could also say that most accidents are created in the same way. They happen because a person’s mind is someplace else while the person’s body is in the here and now. And because the person is not fully concentrating on what he or she is doing, an accident occurs.”

William L. Murtha, in “Dying for a Change”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Friday, January 29th, 2021 by Eckhart Tolle in A NEW EARTH

“Unconscious people – and many remain unconscious, trapped in their egos throughout their lives – will quickly tell you who they are: their name, their occupation, their personal history, the shape or state of their body, and whatever else they identify with. Others may appear to be more evolved because they think of themselves as an immortal soul or divine spirit. But do they really know themselves, or have they just added some spiritual-sounding concepts to the content of their mind?

Knowing yourself goes far deeper than the adoption of a set of ideas or beliefs. Spiritual ideas or beliefs may at best be helpful pointers, but in themselves they rarely have the power to dislodge the more firmly established core concepts of who you think you are, which are part of the conditioning of the human mind. Knowing yourself deeply has nothing to do with whatever ideas are floating around in your mind. Knowing yourself is to be rooted in Being, instead of lost in your mind.”

Eckhart Tolle, in “A New Earth”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Thursday, January 28th, 2021 by Fr. Anthony DeMello in AWARENESS

“It is not from lack of religion in the ordinary sense of the word that the world is suffering, it is from lack of love, lack of awareness. And love is generated through awareness and through no other way, no other way. Understand the obstructions you are putting in the way of love, freedom, and happiness and they will drop.

Turn on the light of awareness and the darkness will disappear. Happiness is not something you acquire; love is not something you produce; love is not something that you have; love is something that has you.

You do not have the wind, the stars, and the rain. You don’t possess these things; you surrender to them. And surrender occurs when you are aware”

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

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BONUS “BEST of” PONDER on THIS

“There’s a light in the depths of your darkness.
There’s a calm at the eye of every storm.
There’s a light in the depths of your darkness,
Let it shine,
Oh, let it shine.”

Dan Fogelberg, in the song “There’s a Place in the World for a Gambler” (1972)

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Wednesday, January 27th, 2021 by Terry Cole-Whittaker in LIVE YOUR BLISS

“If you knew that God would appear to you and give you anything you asked for at the moment of your passing, what would you ask for? Consider the following fable: An old woman carrying a heavy load dropped it by the side of the road. Sitting down, she felt overwhelmed by despair and fatigue, so she prayed to God to help her.

God appeared and asked her to tell him what she wanted him to do. “Lift the load back up on my head so that I may go home.” The Lord did as she asked and then left. The old woman, who could have asked for anything, wasted her request, her vote, on something so ordinary and mundane that anyone could have done it.

Be prepared to ask God for what you really want when you get the opportunity. You can do this now, for the presence of God is with you now and always. Thinking and asking big is a sign of greatness.”

Terry Cole-Whittaker, in “Live Your Bliss”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Tuesday, January 26th, 2021 by Paul Ferrini in THE ECSTATIC MOMENT

“It is a lonely journey learning to give yourself the love that you seek from others. But once you know how to do it, that love can never be taken away from you. It’s a gift that will be constantly given and received. Once you have learned to love yourself in all your unruliness and complexity, with all your contradictions, your ambivalence, your self-deceptions, once you have learned to love the dark side, the hidden lunar surface of your consciousness – the anger and sadness, the self judgment and feelings of powerlessness – you have mastered the hardest part of the curriculum. The rest of your lessons here will be easy ones. Practicing what you know. Passing the gift on to others. Loving them when they attack you. Telling them “you can do it” when they are trembling in fear and lack of self-confidence. Reminding them that whatever happens is acceptable. It can be worked with.

In other words, you begin your angel apprenticeship. Right here on earth, in this body. Isn’t that a trip? Now when people ask for divine intervention, YOU get to appear in their lives. No, not Jimmy Stewart’s celestial friend. You. The angel in training.”

Paul Ferrini, in “The Ecstatic Moment”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Monday, January 25th, 2021 by Donald Altman in THE MINDFULNESS CODE

“Here is something to contemplate: Only living food that grows on our planet is suitable for our bodies to transform into the energy and sustenance we need. How could our bodies possibly achieve this miracle if we were not made up of the same basic stuff as such food? Every meal can help us grasp this concept a little more. As life sciences writer Lyall Watson points out in Gifts of Unknown Things: “We did not come into this world. We came out of it, like buds out of branches and butterflies out of cocoons. We are a natural product of this earth, and if we turn out to be intelligent beings, then it can only be because we are fruits of an intelligent earth.”

This perspective informs a more compassionate understanding of food. When we ingest foods that are unnatural – including artificial ingredients, genetically modified foods with new molecules unknown to the human body, and inert substances and preservatives – we sever our natural connection to the earth and deny its sanctity in the greater scheme. We dishonor nature, including the nature or our own body, mind, and soul.”

Donald Altman, in “The Mindfulness Code”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Friday, January 22nd, 2021 by Betsy Otter Thompson in WALKING THROUGH ILLUSION

“I believe that God is a power within – not a power that is only met upon death. If that’s true, it simplifies things, don’t you think? No more dialogues about whose God is valid and whose God is not since every soul is equally valid. No more wars in the name of God since God is you, me, and everyone. No more posturing that God told me to do this and God told me to say that since God isn’t separate from the speaker. No more worries about taking the name of God in vain since you might as well be cursing yourself. No more religions claiming that they have the one true path, since every path that offers a person love is the path of true redemption. No more guilt for breaking God’s rules since the rules we have are the ones we’ve given ourselves.”

Betsy Otter Thompson, in “Walking Through Illusion”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Thursday, January 21st, 2021 by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer in YOUR SACRED SELF

“There is an old saying (the origins of which I am ignorant), “Fear knocked at the door, and faith answered, and no one was there.” Fear stems from doubts we have about our divinity. The antidote to fear is faith.

I know within that I am not alone, ever. I know that I have divine guidance available to me at all times. This inner knowing makes fear impossible. You too are not alone, and you also have omnipresent guidance accessible at will.

When you truly know that the loving presence is always with you, the possibility of living with both doubt and fear evaporates. It has to have the quality of being a knowing. Then the notion of fear vanishes.”

Dr. Wayne W. Dyer, in “Your Sacred Self”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Wednesday, January 20th, 2021 by David Simon in THE TEN COMMITTMENTS

“The law of gravity tells us that objects of mass exert attractive forces over each other. As a baseball falls to earth, the planet rises ever so slightly to meet it. In a similar way, anything that you possess exerts ownership over you. The house, automobile or business you call your own requires you to serve it. Knowing how things that you own have the tendency to own you, choose your material possessions consciously.

Make the commitment to keep abundance flowing regularly by clearing unnecessary clutter from your personal space. Clean your car, especially the trunk and glove box. Go through your closets, drawers attic, basement and garage, gathering up anything that you have not used for a while and are unlikely to use in the foreseeable future. Donate things that are not serving you to a local charity where they may add value to another’s life. Give your extra stuff away to open the channels of circulation for abundance to flow.”

David Simon, in “The Ten Commitments”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Tuesday, January 19th, 2021 by Karol K. Truman in HEALING FEELINGS FROM YOUR HEART

“Forgiveness of Self is imperative. We usually have a difficult time forgiving ourselves because of feeling unworthy, imperfect, not enough, or not good enough (there is a difference). Consider forgiving your Self first for not being perfect, worthy, enough or good enough. Then forgive your Self for any shame and guilt you might feel for something you did or didn’t do; for the things you feel you’ve done wrong or are holding against your Self. (These feelings about our Self are some of humankind’s greatest blocks.) If you are unable to forgive your Self, it’s impossible to genuinely forgive another.”

Karol K. Truman, in “Healing Feelings From Your Heart”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Monday, January 18th, 2021 by Nan Akasha in ALREADY RICH

“Don’t measure your success, wealth, life by what you are currently experiencing physically around you. Measure it by what is going on within you! Your inner world is always ahead of your outer world. Manifestation is a process, it can be fast or slow, yet it always IS…meaning it is always happening. Energy is always moving, creation is always happening, and just because you do not see it with your physical eyes does not mean it is not there!…Trust yourself. You know the answers, you have the help and you are supported by all.

There is well-being within and without. It is cheering you on, ready and waiting to create what it is you show you want. Don’t be fooled that just because the money you desire is not in your bank account at this very moment, it is not ready for you. Because it is, at this very moment, in existence, clearing a path for you to claim it. Your faith and trust that these systems work all the time, without fail and want the best for you is the power to your magnetic vibration.”

Nan Akasha, in “Already Rich”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Friday, January 15th, 2021 by Shakti Gawain in THE PATH OF TRANSFORMATION

“Try not to get caught up in needing to have an immediate answer. Life is an ongoing, unfolding process, and you may not be ready yet for a decision or a definite direction. You may be “in process.” Inner guidance seldom gives us long-term information; it usually just lets us know what we need in the moment. Sometimes inner guidance may be saying, “Just wait, don’t do anything, allow yourself to be in confusion.” When clarity is meant to come, it will. That is the nature of inner guidance.”

Shakti Gawain, in “The Path of Transformation”

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