PONDER on THIS for Monday, April 20th, 2020 by Anthony McGrath in CONVERSATIONS WITH A THERAPIST

“The interconnectedness of all things”: Buddhists have always known it, and the physicists now confirm it. Nothing that happens is an isolated event. The more we label something, the more we isolate. The wholeness of life becomes fragmented through our ‘thinking’. Very unconscious people experience their own ego through its reflection in others. When you realize that what you react to in others is also in you (and sometimes only in you), you begin to become aware of your own ego. Be aware of the space that allows everything to be. Listen to the sounds; don’t judge them. Listen to the silence underneath the sounds. Touch something—anything—and feel and acknowledge its Being.”

Anthony McGrath, in “Conversations with a Therapist”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Friday, April 17th, 2020 by Rachel Naomi Remen, M.D. in KITCHEN TABLE WISDOM

“What we believe about ourselves can hold us hostage. Over the years I have come to respect the power of people’s beliefs. The thing that has amazed me is that a belief is more than just an idea – it seems to shift the way in which we actually experience ourselves and our lives. According to Talmudic teaching, “We do not see things as they are. We see them as we are.”

A belief is like a pair of sunglasses. When we wear a belief and look at life through it, it is difficult to convince ourselves that what we see is not what is real. With our sunglasses on, life looks green to us. Knowing what is real requires that we remember that we are wearing glasses, and take them off. One of the great moments in life is the moment we recognize we have them on in the first place. Freedom is very close to us then. It is a moment of great power. Sometimes because of our beliefs we may have never seen ourselves or life whole before. No matter. We can recognize life anyway. Our life force may not require us to strengthen it. We often just need to free it where it has gotten trapped in beliefs, attitudes, judgment, and shame.”

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

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Thursday, April 16th, 2020 by William L. Murtha in DYING FOR A CHANGE

Will Murtha: I believe much of what you are saying. Truth depends on where we are standing in the equation at any given time.

Voice of Higher Presence: Good, but let me add this: Do not believe it. Feel it. Feelings will always lead you to your absolute truth in any given life situation. And if you cannot feel it, go deep inside yourself and listen to the voice of your conscience. Shut out all outside influences and run it through your filter. Then gauge, from your own feelings, how another’s truth feels. Does it feel life-sustaining, light, loving and right? Does it have a ring of truth to it? Or does someone else’s truth feel heavy, dark and manipulative?

Always apply this principle to everything. Remember, respect your internal space. All ways. Do not let anyone infect your energy. Honor your energy and space by filtering everything that comes into your life. Become conscious of what truths you are making your own. Be the conscious gate-keeper. Be alert, and let nothing past without first scrutinizing it.Practice this often and, before long, you will become intuitive to what truths to let into your space. You will learn to trust your own inner guidance. You will become a master of discernment.”

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

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Wednesday, April 15th, 2020 by Paul Radamacher in A SPIRITUAL HITCHHIKER’S GUIDE TO THE UNIVERSE

“But for most Christians, faith is no laughing matter. It’s a deadly serious game, like the TV show Survivor. Heaven hangs in the balance, and the consequences of getting kicked off that island last forever, and then some. So if you go to most contemporary churches, you’ll find that they’re concerned with eternity, rather than infinity.

Countless Bible tracts left in public restrooms ask, “Where will you spend eternity?” Take your pick: heaven or hell. It’s a proposition rooted in fear — fear of an Almighty who seems to be most interested in making people holy enough, so that God can stand to be around them. Our main task is to live good, wholesome, moral lives. We’ve heard it so often, it seems to be self-evident. And so the vast scope of human potential is concentrated on the narrow target of achieving time off for good behavior.

I’m convinced that we’re meant for so much more. The “more” comes into play when we let go of our obsession with eternity and begin to entertain the possibility of infinity. This infinity is not at all what you might think. Popular conceptions of the afterlife have colored our thinking so completely that we can scarcely look beyond threadbare visions of angels strumming harps, while perched on white billowing clouds. That stereotype is so sterile that it’s little wonder we attempt to avoid death at every turn.”

Paul Radamacher, in “A Spiritual Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Universe”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Tuesday, April 14th, 2020 by Eckhart Tolle in A NEW EARTH

“Most people’s lives are cluttered up with things: material things, things to do, things to think about. Their lives are like the history of humanity, which Winston Churchill defined as “one damn thing after another.” Their minds are filled up with the clutter of thoughts, one thought after another. This is the dimension of object consciousness that is many people’s predominant reality, and that is why their lives are so out of balance. Object consciousness needs to be balanced by space consciousness for sanity to return to our planet and for humanity to fulfill its destiny. The arising of space consciousness is the next stage in the evolution of humanity.

Space consciousness means that in addition to being conscious of things – which always comes down to sense perceptions, thoughts, and emotions – there is an undercurrent of awareness. Awareness implies that you are not only conscious of things (objects), but you are also conscious of being conscious. If you can sense an alert inner stillness in the background while things happen in the foreground – that’s it! This dimension is there in everyone, but most people are completely unaware of it. Sometimes I point to it by saying, “Can you feel your own Presence?”

Eckhart Tolle, in “A New Earth”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Monday, April 13th, 2020 by Pete Koerner in THE BELIEF FORMULA

“Every prayer is a thought and every thought is a prayer. The point is, we have thoughts traveling through our heads all the time; those we dwell on – those that receive extra attention and, therefore, extra energy – become manifest more quickly than those we ignore. If you pray, this is the mechanism you are counting on working for you. This is why you highlight these particular thoughts in the form of a prayer. You may have the imagery of God actually listening to you, waiting for you to need something bad enough to go to the trouble of asking Him for it, so He can swoop in and save you at just the right time.

In that case, you would at least have to believe that in those sequences of events, which just happened to end up with you going through the motions of a prayer action of some sort, you did one particular thing to attract God’s attention, at least on most of those occasions, and a certain percentage of the time things worked out your way. He either didn’t answer, or He did and you either realized it when it happened, or you didn’t. Either way, why not ask for what you want? If this mechanism works at all, it works because it is supposed to.”

Pete Koerner, in “The Belief Formula”

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PONDER on THIS for Friday, April 10th, 2020 by Anthony McGrath in CONVERSATIONS WITH A THERAPIST

“Visualization and imagination are closely related to the unconscious mind. In fact, imagery has been described as the language of the unconscious. The key to successful use of imagery is to be as creative as imaginative as you can. Use your own memories and experiences and fill your images with colors, sounds, aromas, textures, and tastes to be as real and as absorbing as they can be. Keep your visualizations positive and personally appealing to be a powerful tool in self-management.”

Anthony McGrath, in “Conversations with a Therapist”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Thursday, April 9th, 2020 by William L. Murtha in DYING FOR A CHANGE

Will Murtha: If I constantly questioned everything that was ever said to me, I would go mad. I need to have some trust in the world.

Voice of Higher Presence: You misunderstand my point. I’m not saying that you should not trust another. Trust is the bedrock of a compassionate, sane and civil society. I’m asking you to contemplate this: Whenever a statement or truth is given to you by another, do not swallow it whole. Digest it first. Look at it. Analyze it. And then, if it feels right, make it part of your own truth. Embrace it into your own heart.

Will Murtha: I like that. Never swallow it whole. That is a very good point. You are so right…But it is easy being drawn in by someone you love, trust and respect.

Voice of Higher Presence: It is because as human beings we need to trust certain elements that make up our world. We need to believe that certain truths are sacred. That certain wisdom is universal. Trust and love are the pillars that bond us together and instill hope. But here is a fundamental truth that belongs to everyone: Believing and trusting the inherited beliefs of others without first running those beliefs past your own “filter” is a blasphemy of the highest order. It is a blasphemy that robs and suffocates your own power and your own intentions.

Blind faith does not mean giving away your power and integrity. It doesn’t entail handing over your truth to anyone, no matter how much you love, trust and respect him or her. Therefore, always go inward first. No matter how reliable a source appears, first listen to your own inner voice.”

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

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Wednesday, April 8th, 2020 by John St. Augustine in LIVING AN UNCOMMON LIFE

“The average American will go through seven career changes in a lifetime. The days of working 40 years at the same plant are pretty much gone. Transformation means change, and if there is one certainty it’s that we will live a life of change – and a lot of “small lives.” We are always going through a cycle of some kind – beginnings, middles, and endings with jobs, children, spouses, homes, you name it. Recognizing that the life cycle is not something you live outside of – but rather inside of – takes the edge off things. The fear factor is lessened. It’s been said you can be either a victim of change or a participant, but not both, and certainly not at the same time. What cycle are you in today?”

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

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Tuesday, April 7th, 2020 by Deborah Denicola in THE FUTURE THAT BROUGHT HER HERE

“Rumi says, “Why use bitter soup for healing when sweet water is everywhere?” We have created bitter soup by thinking that the machinations of the world are beyond our control. We can make sweet water in our own lives by faith alone, by accepting our “bitter water” in peace and then imagining sweeter outcomes. By visualizing and asserting them as already manifested, these outcomes can come into being. Poppycock! the minions cry. Nonetheless, we must undo our neural pathways and create new ones by sticking with a risky faith and giving all our heart to it in order to see it is true; it will only become true as we recreate our beliefs.”

Deborah Denicola, in “The Future That Brought Her Here”

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“It costs so much to be a full human being…One has to abandon altogether the search for security, reach out to the risk of living with both arms…one has to court doubt and darkness as the cost of knowing.”

Morris West, in “The Shoes of the Fisherman”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Monday, April 6th, 2020 by Debbie Ford in THE DARK SIDE OF THE LIGHT CHASERS

“Keeping your word is essential to your plan for change. What you say to yourself and others does count. If you tell yourself that you are going to eat healthier foods and don’t do it you are broadcasting to yourself and the universe that you can’t be trusted. If you say you’re going to get a new job next year and don’t do it, you’re sending a message that you can’t be counted on. Even if it’s a small task, like balancing your checkbook, if you don’t do it, you’re saying to yourself and the universe that you don’t keep you word. These broken promises wear down our self-esteem.”

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

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Friday, April 3rd, 2020 by William L. Murtha in DYING FOR A CHANGE

“Will Murtha: I detest relying on others to make choices for me. It boxes me in and takes away my decision-making. I like to be in control.

Voice of Higher Presence: I know you do. What if I shocked you and said that you have not always been in full control of your life up to now? What would you say if I told you that many other factors are influencing your life? Substitute orders in a restaurant and replace them with thoughts in your head, and this is exactly how you have been ordering up your life intentions. You’ve been oscillating between full consciousness and unconsciousness. Awareness and no awareness.

You have occasionally been present enough to order what you wanted and have gotten the results—your intentions. The majority of the time, source energy has dealt you up what other people have ordered. You have had to digest the thoughts and intentions of others. And why? Because you were not fully present when others were placing their intentions. That’s how the majority of your life has been lived so far. It is not that you have always been making the wrong choices. The mistake, if you could term it that, is that you have sometimes not made any conscious choices at all.”

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

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Thursday, April 2nd, 2020 by Danielle Rama Hoffman in THE TEMPLES OF LIGHT

“…The deeper concept of abundance consciousness is trust. It is an absolute return to the undeniable fact that the universe is here to support you and that you are, by your very nature, more than enough. It removes all layers of the illusion of low self-worth, of feeling that you are not good enough or that you are somehow made worthy only by your actions and your productivity. The side benefit of moving from surviving to thriving is that you are more free to focus on your soul’s longings, gifts, and talents. You are elevated once again to the level of your divinity, for the Divine is unlimited abundance. Remembering your birthright puts you in resonance with your divine, abundant nature.”

Danielle Rama Hoffman, in “The Temples of Light”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Wednesday, April 1st, 2020 by Dean Shrock in WHY LOVE HEALS

“What does it mean to know that you are the vibration of God? For one, if God has no limits, then we have no limits. We say that God can heal. In fact what can God not do? We also say that God is love, which means that this is what we are too if we are one with God.

Is it surprising at all, then, that love heals? Or that we can heal ourselves by aligning ourselves with our true essence? This is a major premise of spiritual traditions.”

Dean Shrock, in “Why Love Heals”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Tuesday, March 31st, 2020 by Pete Koerner in THE BELIEF FORMULA

“The point of Jesus’ ministry wasn’t, Hey! Look what YOU can do! All of you – you were all born with this power.” He wasn’t trying to impress people with parlor tricks; he was educating them to the Way it is really supposed to be – the Way nature really works. If it can be done, it can be done; you either believe that or you don’t. You can change any situation by changing your mind. Spend your days thinking about the good things in life – the things that make you happy – and you will know joy. Spend your days doing those things you love and prosperity will follow. You will see the things in your life you wish to see. This is the recipe for right living.”

Pete Koerner, in “The Belief Formula”

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