BEST of PONDER on THIS for Monday, August 13th, 2018 by Carolyn J. Gable in EVERYTHING I KNOW AS A CEO I LEARNED AS A WAITRESS

“There are two ways of looking at the matter of honesty. An old saying puts it this way: “If you are going to be a liar, you had better have a great memory.” This suggests that honesty is the best policy simply because your chances of getting caught are high. It is not worth the risk. Another old saying looks at it differently, and is far less complicated: “Do the right thing.” Unlike the first saying, this one suggests that honesty is the best policy because it is the honorable thing to do. This saying puts personal integrity at the head of the line, and it is hard to go wrong with that sort of thinking.

The problem with lying is that it chips away at the legacy you are trying to build for yourself as a person. Every time you take a chip out of that legacy and sacrifice a piece of your integrity, it is almost impossible to build it back up again…Trust is about predictability and consistency, and it does not take much to put those two traits in doubt. A single demonstration of dishonesty is often all it takes.

Interestingly, we’re often driven to lie because we do not think people can handle the truth. That is absolutely 100 percent false. Take my word for it. People can handle the truth, no matter how bad the news is.”

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 Friday, August 10th, 2018 by Asara Lovejoy in THE ONE COMMAND

“You have the ability within your mind to be in a different portion of your brain, the portion of your brain that isn’t programmed yet. It doesn’t have a pattern yet. You can program that portion of your brain to be the master that you desire to be, because that portion of your brain is not programmed with the collective unconscious or negative thinking. It is that greater capacity of unlimited thinking, or thinking in unlimited ways.

The path to bring your good to you is by expanding your consciousness into a cauldron of receptivity for your greater prosperity. You have the ability to receive the good that comes to you, energetically and emotionally.

As you expand and increase your capacity for that emotional good, your financial good follows.”

Asara Lovejoy, in “The One Command”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Thursday, August 9th, 2018 by Pete Koerner in THE BELIEF FORMULA

“If you gathered together a hundred people, who suffered from an assortment of chronic medical problems, and asked them who among them prayed several times a day for relief, how many do you think would raise their hands? The fact is most people are chronically ill because they either believe they deserve to be ill or punished for something, or they do not believe they deserve to be healed – or that healing is even possible. Chronic illness begins deep within, long before any physical symptoms manifest. If you want to heal, you must decide that it is possible to heal, you deserve to be better, and that you are ready to heal. This is truly all there is to it.”

Pete Koerner, in “The Belief Formula”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Wednesday, August 8th, 2018 by Fr. Anthony DeMello, S.J. in THE WAY TO LOVE

“Now is the time to see that absolutely nothing outside of you can bring you lasting joy. But the moment you do that you will notice that a fear arises in your heart. That fear that if you allow the discontent to be, it will turn into a raging passion that will grip you and cause you to revolt against everything that your culture and your religion hold dear; against a whole way of thinking and feeling and perceiving the world that they have brainwashed you into accepting.

This devouring flame will cause you not just to rock the boat but to burn the boat to ashes. Suddenly you will find yourself living in an altogether different world, infinitely removed from the world of the people around you, for everything that others hold dear, everything they are crying their hearts out for, honor, power, acceptance, approval, security, wealth, is seen for the stinking garbage that it is. It disgusts and nauseates. And everything others are forever running away from holds no terrors for you anymore. You have become serene and fearless and free, for you have stepped out of your illusory world and into the kingdom.”

Fr. Anthony DeMello, S.J., in “The Way to Love”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Tuesday, August 7th, 2018 by Karol K. Truman in HEALING FEELINGS FROM YOUR HEART

“Somewhere along life’s journey, most of us were conditioned or felt the need to exhibit a brave front – to play the game of life. We followed what we thought were the rules, even if they were unspoken. We learned to keep quiet instead of speaking our truth – instead of rocking the boat, taking a stand. Consequently, we’ve tip-toed around each other sensitivities, fearful of saying anything that would hurt someone’s feelings or cause discomfort. Yes, we’ve slowly put on a mask so that in our innocent self-doubt and need to say the proper thing (often something we don’t truly feel), we can be acceptable in everyone’s eyes. We didn’t understand that it wasn’t our sole responsibility to make those around us happy or comfortable.”

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

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Monday, August 6th, 2018 by Diane K. Osbon in REFLECTIONS ON THE ART OF LIVING: A JOSEPH CAMPBELL COMPANION

“Heaven and hell are psychological definitions. The Catholic definition of mortal sin should relieve you of the thought that you have committed one. As a Catholic, you learn that for a sin to be mortal, the kind that condemns you to hell, it has to be a grievous matter, over which there has been sufficient reflection, done with full consent of the will. So, a mortal sin is a deliberate exclusion of the gift of grace, and is what the devil symbolizes. You cannot open to supernatural grace, to the voice of God.

Deliberately breaking the ritual law can be a mortal sin. But here’s the bizarre thing about such a religion of ritual laws: kill your mother in a passion, and that is not a mortal sin. That’s a venial sin, and you will have your two-thousand years in purgatory on that one. But one little mortal sin, and you’re bound for hell. Let’s all go in a big chariot. When the church said that eating meat on Friday was no longer a mortal sin, there was a crisis in the entire Catholic community. In New York City, where there are a lot of Catholics, there was a great crisis, part of which had to do with the fish merchants.”

Joseph Campbell, in Diane K. Osbon’s “Reflections on the Art of Living: A Joseph Campbell Companion”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Friday, August 3rd, 2018 by Sanaya Roman in LIVING WITH JOY

“Every person is free. You may have created an arena of work, and based your life upon certain accomplishments and forms. The path of joy is learning not to be caught by the details of these forms. It is learning not to be trapped by your own creations, but to be uplifted by them.

If you have created a job, a relationship, or anything else that is not bringing you joy, look inward and ask why you feel you must be in a relationship with anything or anyone that does not bring you joy. Often it is because you do not believe you deserve to have what you want. There is no such thing as “deserving” on our plane. You all have been given active imaginations; they are your doorways out of where you are. Yours can be a doorway into worry, if that is how you use it, or it can be a doorway into joy.”

Sanaya Roman, in “Living with Joy”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Thursday, August 2nd, 2018 by Asara Lovejoy in THE ONE COMMAND

“Recognize the power of who you are in your thinking. Your emotional thoughts have either brought your financial good to you or kept it from you. You stay attached to poor thinking, or reject rich thinking because that is the only way of thinking that you know. Did you grow up believing that you had to be secretive about money, or that it wasn’t spiritual? Then until you change those notions of reality, you will find it almost impossible to tell yourself the truth about money, or to believe that you could be spiritual and rich.”

Asara Lovejoy, in “The One Command”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Wednesday, August 1st, 2018 by Pete Koerner in THE BELIEF FORMULA

“We can’t truly control any single aspect of God or creation, yet we continue to make our own attempts to control God by limiting God to a human’s descriptive terminology. In other words, we have decided amongst ourselves that it is our place, or within our power, to decide who or what God is. Once you have agreed that God is all things, the discussion is over and so are any arguments or judgments about who is right or wrong about the real God. This type of imagery is primitive and was handed down to us from people living in an age of ignorance and superstition. If you assign God an identity, as such, you have created, for God, one singular thing that He is, while simultaneously creating an infinite list of things which He is not.”

Pete Koerner in “The Belief Formula”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Tuesday, July 31st, 2018 by Richard & Mary-Alice Jafolla in THE QUEST

“Harboring unforgiveness and resentment in our hearts does not hurt others. It hurts us. It eats away at the soul, filling it with bitterness and blocking the free flow of God’s love, which is the essence of our true nature.

Holding on to grudges and hanging on to anger and hatred are SELF-destructive. Of that, there is no doubt. No matter how educated we are in spiritual principles, unless there is complete forgiveness in our lives, we wither and die spiritually, emotionally, and sometimes even physically because we are working in such opposition to our basic nature, which is to love.”

Richard & Mary-Alice Jafolla, in “The Quest”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Monday, July 30th, 2018 by Paul Ferrini in THE SILENCE OF THE HEART

“If you think you are the “doer,” you will feel justified in making endless plans. Now, I do not suggest that you try to stop making plans. I ask you instead to watch carefully what happens to your plans. See how they inevitably change, reverse themselves, or even dissolve into thin air as you begin to live out your experience. No matter how hard you try to pin your life down, there are inevitable surprises. And you should be grateful for them. Without these surprises, your existence would be one-dimensional, routine, and boring.

Your ego is terrified of the unknown. No matter how terrible the known past is, the ego prefers it to the unknown present. All of its energy goes into trying to make the present into the past. It thinks that this creates safety, but in truth it creates continued terror, a constant aggravation of the wound until the pain is so intense that it must be dealt with. You see, everything, even your ego, conspires toward your awakening!

So living the past over and over again creates the ultimate terror. Outwardly, life seems safe and predictable. Inwardly, the dynamite has been lit.”

Paul Ferrini in, “The Silence of the Heart”

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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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