BEST of PONDER on THIS for Thursday, May 31st, 2018 by Pete Koerner in THE BELIEF FORMULA

“What if God told you today,”You can have anything you want, my child; just ask for it…” would you bother to ask for what you want, then? Incidentally, that is exactly how it works. “Ask and ye shall receive.” I know this to be true, I use it, and I truly feel compassion for those who, without even trying something, can be convinced that it won’t work, or that it isn’t valid. Prayer works. And in case you can not hear it, you are indeed being asked to make a wish.

If you were extremely ill, would you spend five minutes, three times each day, saying affirmations simply because you read in a book that thousands of people have created their own cures in this way? Or, would you just go to the doctor and let your health ride on his faith and know-how alone? So many people will allow their skepticism to stand between them and their desires, or the answers to their prayers.

Why not try it now? If you have some chronic pain or illness, or if there is something that you truly want out of life, create an affirmation and start saying it for several minutes when you wake-up, while taking a break in the middle of the day, and before going to sleep at night. You probably wouldn’t be surprised at how many people don’t even have faith enough to “waste” fifteen minutes of their day asking God for what they want.

Don’t just try to do it one day and then give up; that is not faith.”

Pete Koerner in “The Belief Formula”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Wednesday, May 30th, 2018 by John St. Augustine in LIVING AN UNCOMMON LIFE

“Holding on to pain will cost you big time. To err is human…to forgive is absolutely necessary if you want to live an uncommon life. There is a big payoff in being “the victim.” People pay attention to you, but for all the wrong reasons. There is also a big payoff in being “the victor.” Then people not only pay attention to you, but when you forgive what was and move on to what you can be, they gain perspective on their own journey from observing you taking yours…Forgiveness, like everything else, begins and ends with you.

Forgiving yourself takes practice. It has to become a habit. And with all the bad habits humans have garnered over the centuries, it’s a good one you should consider developing to its full potential. Forgiving others in no way condones, validates, or excuses their actions or behaviors, but it does reverse the flow of power from them back to you, where it belongs and you can do the most good. Let POW in your life stand for: power over weakness not prisoner of woe.”

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

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Tuesday, May 29th, 2018 by Alan Cohen in RELAX INTO WEALTH

“The most debilitating belief I encounter is that work requires suffering. The most liberating belief I encounter is that an authentic career is founded in joy. If this sounds alien to you, remember the words of The Wright brothers, who described their process of inventing the airplane thus: “We couldn’t wait to get up in the morning’. Behold the most telling feature of right livelihood. You, too, can enjoy such a blessed career, provided you are true to your unique gifts. Keep it simple: do what you love and let others do the rest. Then you will remember how good it can get and live it.”

Alan Cohen, in “Relax Into Wealth”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Monday, May 28th, 2018 by Gary Zukav in THE SEAT OF THE SOUL

“You are only as powerful as that for which you stand. Do you stand for more money in the bank and a bigger house? Do you stand for an attractive mate? Do you stand for imposing your way of thinking upon others? These are the stands of the personality seeking to satisfy its wants. Do you stand for perfection, for the beauty and compassion of each soul? Do you stand for the power of love and the clarity of wisdom? Do you stand for forgiveness and humbleness? There are the stands of the personality that has aligned itself with its soul. This is the position of a truly powerful personality.”

Gary Zukav, in “Seat of the Soul”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Friday, May 25, 2018 by Pete Koerner in THE BELIEF FORMULA

This journey inward is much more frightening than surrounding yourself with a herd; for this journey is one that is taken alone, “Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.” Whereas religion seems to unify people under a common, man-made belief system, spiritualism empowers individual unmasking. Fear and the subsequent desire for security will keep you with other like-minded people – your own herd, so to speak.

The problem with following the herd is that they must stick to the wide path, and “…wide is the gate, and broad is the way that leadeth to destruction and many there be which go in thereat…” When following the herd, you must be careful not to “step in something;” and you must be ever vigilant for those who make their way in life by preying on herds.”

Pete Koerner in “The Belief Formula”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Thursday, May 24th, 2018 by Catherine Ponder in OPEN YOUR MIND TO PROSPERITY

“You would not be the person you are today, you would not have the love, the understanding, the maturity, the depth, the compassion, the soul-searching desire for more of God’s goodness in your life if you had not had the past experiences you have been condemning. Out of the past you have grown, unfolded, and expanded your understanding and your world. So do not try to run away from the past. Do not condemn it. Just try to put it in its rightful place in your own thinking: Those experiences were for good, because through them you came forth into a “larger place” in your understanding. Release all anxiety or condemnation of yourself or others about your past.”

Catherine Ponder, in “Open Your Mind to Prosperity”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018 by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer in YOUR SACRED SELF

“You have been taught to believe that there are some bad people in the world who are best ignored. I am suggesting the contrary. Everyone who comes into your life in any capacity is valuable. The petty tyrants in your life are just as divine as those who provide you with encouragement and support. Emerson put this important lesson like this: “The whole course of things goes to teach us faith.” The whole course. This means everything that comes your way.”

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

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018 by John St. Augustine in LIVING AN UNCOMMON LIFE

“The next time you feel the need to start blaming someone else for whatever experiences you might be experiencing, give your median fibrous septum (the divider that runs down the center of your tongue) a nice, firm clamp. After you do that a few times, you will actually be programming your brain to stop thinking like a victim. It’s the same thing as repeatedly hitting yourself in the head with a hammer until you realize that it hurts and you stop. No matter how strong the urge to fire up the “blamethrower,” hold your tongue until the urge passes. You will be amazed at how quickly “look what happened to me” leaves your vocabulary.”

John St. Augustine, in “Living an Uncommon Life

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Monday, May 21st, 2018 by Pete Koerner in THE BELIEF FORMULA

“We are not here to judge others; we are here to experience our own experience. If you are making the most out of your experience, how do you find time to judge others in theirs? The best way to save the world is to leave people alone. This is akin to the proverbial, “If you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say anything at all.” Work on yourself. Matthew 7:1 reads, “Judge not, that ye be not judged.” As if this needed clarification, Jesus compounds this statement FIVE times in the next four sentences. There is not one other place in the Bible where a point was more clearly expressed – there can be no clearer expression of hypocrisy than judgment.

You know that you don’t know everything, none of us do; we only know what we know. So stop pretending that you know something about how another person should live their life. You couldn’t know how to be them anymore than that person could know how to be you. Everything has a purpose. Pretending to know things can lead to an unwillingness to learn new things; so learn all you can. If you must pretend, pretend to know nothing. That way, it will seem natural to want to learn new things. You will do yourself a big favor by becoming the best you that you can be. If things in life bother you, make you mad, or push any buttons for you, then you are a victim of your judgments and this is a sign for you to take a moment and work on yourself before you start experiencing physical symptoms because of these emotional triggers. This is basically where all dis-ease is born – in the stress caused when life doesn’t match our beliefs about life. Your salvation lies within your mind.”

Pete Koerner in “The Belief Formula”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Friday, May 18th, 2018 by Jeff Maziarek in SPIRITUALITY SIMPLIFIED

“While traditional religions are capable of providing a stable foundation for spiritual growth, those that represent God as a monarch who punishes his or her subjects for their transgressions are not by any means empowering their followers. To the contrary, by rigidly adhering to such traditional religious beliefs, one is often motivated more out of fear than loyalty or love. For example, “I’d better follow God’s commandments (rules) or I’ll be disliked by the other members of my church, or worse yet, be punished in hell for my sins.”

This fear works to get people mechanically altering their behavior at times, but it does not provide for true long-term shifts in a person’s beliefs and consciousness. In my experience, people simply aren’t inspired to delve into new ways of thinking and behaving when the motivation to do so is based on the threat of punishment. Profound changes usually happen when people see some form of tangible reward for undertaking the effort necessary to make those changes.

In many instances the fear-based motivation characterizing some traditional religious doctrines, can exercise control over an individual for an entire lifetime. For most, it is simply too intimidating to go against the immediate family, the tribe, or the church. So, they choose to accept the status quo and not deal with the conflict that would result from questioning that specific doctrine. While this approach is certainly much easier, ultimately it limits an individual’s spiritual growth potential, because it truly inhibits them from coming to a better understanding of “who they really are.”

Jeff Maziarek in, “Spirituality Simplified”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Thursday, May 17th, 2018 by Neale Donald Walsch in CONVERSATIONS WITH GOD, BOOK 1

“There is no such thing as “getting to heaven.” There is only a knowing that you are already there. There is an accepting, an understanding, not a working for or a striving. You cannot go to where you already are. To do that, you would have to leave where you are, and that would defeat the whole purpose of the journey. The irony is that most people think they have to leave where they are to get to where they want to be. And so they leave heaven in order to get to heaven and go through hell.

Enlightenment is understanding that there is nowhere to go, nothing to do, and nobody you have to be except who you’re being right now. You are on a journey to nowhere. Heaven is nowhere. Let’s just put some space between the w and the h in that word and you’ll see that heaven is now…here.”

God, as spoken to Neale Donald Walsch, in “Conversations with God, Book 1”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Wednesday, May 16th, 2018 by Eckhart Tolle in A NEW EARTH

“The greater part of most people’s thinking is involuntary. automatic, and repetitive. It is no more than a kind of mental static and fulfills no real purpose. Strictly speaking, you don’t think: Thinking happens to you. The statement “I think” implies volition. It implies that you have a say in the matter, that there is choice involved on your part. For most people, this is not yet the case. “I think” is just as false a statement as “I digest” or “I circulate my blood.” Digestion happens, circulation happens, thinking happens.

The voice in the head has a life of its own. Most people are at the mercy of that voice; they are possessed by thought, by the mind. And since the mind is conditioned by the past, you are then forced to reenact the past again and again. The Eastern term for this is karma. When you are identified with that voice, you don’t know this, of course. If you knew it, you would no longer be possessed because you are only truly possessed when you mistake the possessing entity for who you are, that is to say, when you become it.”

Eckhart Tolle, in “A New Earth”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Tuesday, May 15th, 2018 by Paramahansa Yogananda, in THE LAW OF SUCCESS

“Consider whether fulfillment of the goal you have chosen will constitute success. What is success? If you possess health and wealth, but have trouble with everybody (including yourself), yours is not a successful life. Existence becomes futile if you cannot find happiness. When wealth is lost, you have lost a little; when health is lost, you have lost something of more consequence; but when peace of mind is lost, you have lost the highest treasure.”

Paramahansa Yogananda, in “The Law of Success”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Monday, May 14th, 2018 by Pete Koerner in THE BELIEF FORMULA

“Open your eyes and look at the world around you with gratitude; it is all a gift from God. Even those parts of life you’d rather not see hold lessons or blessings for you. The traffic jam that you are stuck in, for instance, is keeping you from an accident that you would have otherwise experienced. The cold that you came down with brings you the day off you have needed, but have neglected to take. The relationship that ended abruptly opened the door for something bigger and better in your life.

Of course, if you see it as the end of your world, it just might be. People wallow in depression over such things and delay the good which awaits them. Mourn your losses, if you wish; it’s only natural. But then get on with your life and your miracle. You have asked for something and God is trying to give it to you. If you don’t like it, ask for something else. You have free will. That means if you want to see the world as a miserable place, you can. If you want to change it, you can – just do it! If you ask for it, it will be given unto you. This is a two way street. If it is given unto you, you asked for it, or it is one of the stepping stones on the path of manifestation.”

Pete Koerner in “The Belief Formula”

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