BEST of PONDER on THIS for Friday, July 27th, 2018 by Catherine Ponder in OPEN YOUR MIND TO PROSPERITY

“Are you hostile and envious of people around you who succeed? Do you criticize them? Have you made unkind remarks about them? How do you feel, and how do you react, when someone near you has a prayer answered or has some good thing happen? Can you take it?

Sometimes we are tested. Sometimes the good we desire in life seems to come to people around us first. If we can praise and give thanks for another’s blessings, rather than be envious and jealous and critical, then we can be assured that those same blessings (or even greater ones) will come to us. But, if we make unkind remarks about, are hostile toward, or are envious of other people’s blessings, we have failed the test. We stop similar blessings from getting through to us.”

Catherine Ponder, in “Open Your Mind to Prosperity”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Thursday, July 26th, 2018 by Asara Lovejoy in THE ONE COMMAND

“If you are thinking, feeling, and knowing from your emotional body and your emotional brain, then you are thinking, and feeling from your limitations. You are creating your life through the thinking and feelings that are identified with your ego.

You are already masters, creating every moment in your life. When you are shifting into a conscious awareness of an awakened awareness of your alignment with that greater capacity within you, you say, “Look at the delight of what is available, of the excitement, of the curiosity, of the imagination, of anything that I can create, and maybe something that I haven’t even thought of that I can create, something beyond my capacity to imagine at this moment. I can create that as well.”

It is consciousness. It is consciousness brought into a discrete particle of information that you have chosen to be your reality. Your have chosen to say at this moment, “This is my reality; this is my consciousness; this is my thought.”

You are not only going to shift your beliefs around the addictive patterns of your old thinking, you are awakening and learning to operate in new portions of your brain that have been designed for you to use. Why else are they there? Declare, “I want it!” And the more awakened you are, the greater use of your brain you have, the greater use of your mind you have, the greater use of your intelligence you have, the more prosperous and rich a life you can lead…easily and naturally.”

Asara Lovejoy, in “The One Command”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Wednesday, July 25th, 2018 , 2008 by Jeff Maziarek in SPIRITUALITY SIMPLIFIED

“The very questioning of the origin of the Bible is often considered sacrilegious by many a devout Christian, but is it unreasonable to want to know who wrote such an important literary work? Of course not. It is not solid reasoning, in my view, to simply accept the entire Bible as the “Word of God,” solely because a religion or religions say that it is. Why not? Because it has a number of inconsistencies and contradictions. For example, the Old Testament contains a fair share of violence with turmoil, and includes memorable passages such as the oft-quoted “an eye for an eye,” while the teachings of Jesus in the New Testament include admonitions such as “love ye one another” and “turn the other cheek.”

Which of these clearly conflicting messages, then, is the actual Word of God? Or, are we to assume that God has different rules for different periods of time?”

Jeff Maziarek, in “Spirituality Simplified”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Tuesday, July 24th, 2018 by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer in YOU’LL SEE IT WHEN YOU BELIEVE IT

“Detachment in human relationships does NOT mean an absence of caring. It means caring so much that you suspend your own value judgments about others and relate to them from a position of love rather than attempting to control or judge them. The person who is detached in this sense is one who will avoid all the unnecessary suffering that most people experience in their relationships. You send love, decline a victim role, and exhibit an infinite supply of caring for yourself and your loved ones. And you are detached metaphysically. Your detachment allows you to have the “un” in unconditional love.”

Dr. Wayne W. Dyer, in “You’ll See It When You Believe It”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Monday, July 23rd, 2018 by Pete Koerner in THE BELIEF FORMULA

“Life is as easy as you allow it to be, or as difficult as you make it. Notice that we must make (create, or force them to be) things difficult. We must put extra energy into things in order to get resistance and stress in return. To simply relax and allow life to unfold for you is indeed the easiest, most natural thing to do. As this process runs its course, you can choose to get in the driver’s seat and steer your own creation for a change. Just use your imagination; that is all prayer is, anyway – heartfelt imagination. See your life, in your mind’s eye, the way you want it to be and feel this in your heart. Know in your heart that it is so; you deserve it, you want it, you believe it is possible, you know that it is so, and it is.

Imagination becomes reality through belief. You can refuse to believe this if you wish, but therein lies the answer to why you cannot see the answers to all of your prayers. If there is struggle in your life, you created it, or you allowed it into your existence. Somehow, some way, you needed to have that particular experience. It doesn’t have to be a bad thing; it is intended to be a learning experience, and those are good things. Take advantage of the opportunities to be thankful for such things – as ridiculous as this might sound.”

Pete Koerner in “The Belief Formula”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Friday, July 20th, 2018 by Fr. Anthony DeMello in WALKING ON WATER

“What causes suffering? Mental activity, constructing our thoughts. Sometimes the mind is in repose, and all is well. But sometimes it begins to act, elaborating what Buddha calls the construction of thoughts. It begins to make judgments, evaluations, different and varied thoughts. The mind moves along in a way that means evaluating things and judging persons and events. Suffering is the result of evaluations, judgments, and mental constructs.

If the mind doesn’t judge, there’s no suffering, nor is there any emotion. Sheer joy is all there is. All of us at particular moments in our lives have already experienced this joy. Call it grace, coincidence, luck, or whatever you want. Suddenly we are filled with peace, the mind is no longer agitated, and we experience joy and pleasure.”

Fr. Anthony DeMello, S.J., in “Walking on Water”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Thursday, Julyl 19th, 2018 by Carolyn J. Gable in EVERYTHING I KNOW AS A CEO I LEARNED AS A WAITRESS

“Every morning when I wake up, I have a conversation with God. I say, “Today, let me be everything you want me to be. How can I serve you today?” Before going to bed at night, we talk again. I say, “Thanks you for the day and all its blessings. Thank you for this beautiful, wonderful life you have given me.” These are prayers I adopted as a young woman, long before the waitress became a CEO. Success was not about money back then (even when I was counting tips down to the last nickel) and it is not about money today. It is about service.

This thread of spirituality is particularly strong in the workplace. Don’t be surprised. Spirituality touches anyone who calls herself or himself an entrepreneur. Why? Because the entrepreneur values enthusiasm and intuition above intelligence in driving them toward whatever quest they are pursuing. Enthusiasm is derived from the Greed word Enthous, which translates as “God within” or “Possessed by godliness.” Intuition is our ability to perceive the truth, even if the facts don’t support it, or if everyone around you thinks you are just a little bit crazy…Trusting your intuition and letting your enthusiasm run wild is what drives the entrepreneurial spirit.

Spirituality is a belief in oneself and in God. It makes the questionable seem possible, and the fanciful seem real.”

Carolyn J. Gable in, “Everything I Know as a CEO I Learned as a Waitress”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Wednesday, July 18, 2018 by Asara Lovejoy in THE ONE COMMAND

“No effort is required to change any outside circumstance of our life when you change your inside understanding of the truth of who you are. When you think and feel in a state of love and gratitude with conviction and certainty, those in your immediate circle of influence, as well as those around the globe, feel that effect.

You are already masters of the life that you are creating, attracting to you the experiences that you unconsciously believe, and repelling from you any experiences that may rock the boat of those beliefs. When your subconscious mind believes in a certain way, it makes that a reality. This is how and why you are creating the life you have right now.”

Asara Lovejoy, in “The One Command”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Tuesday, July 17th, 2018 by Eckhart Tolle in A NEW EARTH

“A powerful spiritual practice is consciously to allow the diminishment of ego when it happens without attempting to restore it. I recommend that you experiment with this from time to time. For example, when someone criticizes you, blames you, or calls you names, instead of immediately retaliating or defending yourself — do nothing. Allow the self-image to remain diminished and become alert to what that feels like deep inside you.

For a few seconds, it may feel uncomfortable, as if you had shrunk in size. Then you may sense an inner spaciousness that feels intensely alive. You haven’t been diminished at all. In fact, you have expanded. You may then come to an amazing realization: When you are seemingly diminished in some way and remain in absolute nonreaction, not just externally but also internally, you realize that nothing real has been diminished, that through becoming “less,” you become more.”

Eckhart Tolle, in “A New Earth”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Monday, July 16th, 2018 by Jack Kornfield in A PATH WITH HEART

“What happens when we do fulfill wanting? It often brings on more wanting. The whole process can become very tiring and empty. “What am I going to do next? We’ll, I’ll just get some more.” George Bernard Shaw said, “There are two great disappointments in life. Not getting what you want and getting it.” The process of such unskillful desire is endless, because peace comes not from fulfilling our wants but from the moment that dissatisfaction ends. When wanting is fulfilled, there comes a moment of satisfaction, not from the pleasure, but from stopping of the grasping.”

Jack Kornfield, in “A Path with Heart”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Friday, July 13th, 2018 by Sanaya Roman in PERSONAL POWER THROUGH AWARENESS

“When people get angry at you, stand back. Realize that they do not know a better way to let go of their pain than to speak of it. If they are saying that you did something wrong, that you are bad, that you hurt them or caused them grief, do not attach yourself to their words. Realize that blaming others is the only way they know how to deal with the pain they feel. Do not think that you are responsible. They are responsible for their own upset or anger. You may have acted as a catalyst, but the pain had to be within them first. So, as they express their anger, do not start arguing or defending yourself; simply remain silent, hold open your heart and focus your love on them.

As they speak and get it all out, there may be a great temptation to jump in and tell them they are wrong, that you have not acted in such a manner as they are describing. Hold your tongue, for in the end, you will be grateful. Let them express their energy without putting anger out yourself. Once they have said it all you will still be in a loving and balanced space, feeling good about yourself. You will have mastered one of the most difficult of lessons — staying balanced around anger and pain.”

Sanaya Roman, in “Personal Power Through Awareness”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Thursday, July 12th, 2018 by Joan Borysenko in THE WAYS OF THE MYSTIC

“Forgiveness is one of the least understood of all spiritual practices. It has nothing to do with conditioning poor behavior in ourselves and others. Rather, it calls us to responsibility. In forgiving ourselves, we make the journey from guilt for what we have done (or not done) to celebration of what we have become.

This transformation of heart comes about through reflecting on the results of our mistakes, understanding how ignorance or woundedness created those actions, and doing the necessary healing so that we will do better next time. Error calls us to repentance, which literally means to think again. It is the crucible in which the soul is forged and the psyche healed. Mistakes, in fact, are sacred because of the powerful potential for growth they contain.”

Joan Borysenko, Ph.D., in “The Ways of the Mystic”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Wednesday, July 11th, 2018 by John St. Augustine in LIVING AN UNCOMMON LIFE

“When learning to create more balance in your life, you need to come to grips with the fact that you don’t start doing triple leaps the first day out. You didn’t learn to walk in a week or ride a bike in an hour. It took repetition to learn balance. Most of us take walking or bike riding for granted, but there is a very important lesson there. Once you have mastered something, you don’t have to re-create it — just repeat it in whatever area of life you wish to bring more balance, and remember that it’s going to take some time.

Don’t get discouraged. Stay with it until it becomes second nature, whether it’s getting to work on time or losing 20 pounds. There is a flame inside all of us. Those who cultivate that fire — feed it, nurture it, and spread it — set the world on fire. It’s easy to let that flame get smaller and smaller as the years go by, especially if you have forgotten your particular passion. But the flame is always there. It’s your job — and yours alone – to reignite it and see how bright it can become.”

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

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Tuesday, July 10, 2018 by Pete Koerner in THE BELIEF FORMULA

“Believing in a thing is affirming it – it makes it firm, or physical. As you think about a thing which has sparked your interest or curiosity, or which has become desirable to you, your thoughts will naturally want to return there. As you think of a new thing, you will begin to notice that new thing in your world where you haven’t noticed it before. You will also begin to look in new places, read new books and magazines, and perhaps begin doing research or study in this new area of thought. As you give more attention and thought-energy to these ideas, you will develop mental imagery and additional ideas.

The imagery and new ideas you experience, while giving thought to your new desire, will make you feel a certain way. If the feelings are positive, your desire will grow; if your feelings are negative the desire may also grow, but it will likely grow into that which you are afraid of. If your thoughts are positive, and they excite you, you will probably begin speaking about them, as we think and talk about those things which most interest us. These thoughts and words will then stimulate actions and behaviors. Affirmative thoughts inspire affirmative action. Inspired action seems to be effortless and always creates positive change and new realities.”

Pete Koerner in “The Belief Formula”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Monday, July 9th, 2018 by Dr. Norman Vincent Peale in THE POWER OF POSITIVE THINKING

“The importance of freeing your mind of fear cannot be overemphasized. Fear something over a long period of time and there is a real possibility that by fearing you may actually help bring it to pass. The Bible contains a line which is one of the most terrible statements ever made — terrible in its truth: “For the thing I feared has come upon me.” (Job 3:25) Of course it will, for if you fear something continuously you tend to create conditions in your mind propitious to the development of that which you fear. An atmosphere is encouraged in which it can root and grow. You tend to draw it to yourself.”

Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, in “The Power of Positive Thinking”

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