BEST of PONDER on THIS for Friday, March 9th, 2018 by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer in PULLING YOUR OWN STRINGS

“You teach others how to treat you on the basis of what you will tolerate. If you simply “take it,” and you have been for a long time, then you have sent out the message you will not resist abuse.

This is not a very complicated theory. If you send out the message that you simply won’t tolerate abuse, and back it up with effective behavior, your abusers will not receive the payoff they are looking for, which is to see you immobilized so they can manipulate you. But if you just take their string-pulling, or register mild objections and then go right on being controlled, you are teaching them to continue using you as a dumping ground.”

Dr. Wayne W. Dyer, in “Pulling Your Own Strings”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Thursday, March 8th, 2018 by Diane K. Osbon in REFLECTIONS ON THE ART OF LIVING: A JOSEPH CAMPBELL COMPANION

“The hero’s journey always begins with the call. One way or another, a guide must come to say, “Look, you’re in Sleepy Land. Wake. Come on a trip. There is a whole aspect of your consciousness, your being, that’s been touched. So you’re at home here? Well, there’s not enough of you there.” And so it starts.

The call is to leave a certain social situation, move into your own loneliness and find the jewel, the center that’s impossible to find when you’re socially engaged. You are thrown off-center, and when you feel off-center, it’s time to go. This is the departure when the hero feels something has been lost and goes to find it. You are to cross the threshold into new life. It’s a dangerous adventure, because you are moving out of the sphere of the knowledge of you and your community.

When one thinks of some reason for not going, or has fear and remains in society because it’s safe, the results are radically different from what happens when one follows the call. If you refuse to go, then you are someone else’s servant. When this refusal of the call happens, there is a kind of drying up, a sense of life lost. Everything in you knows that a required adventure has been refused. Anxieties build up. What you have refused to experience in a positive way, you will experience in a negative way.”

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 Wednesday, March 7th, 2018 by John Randolph Price in LIVING A LIFE OF JOY

“I have found it helpful to begin and end each day with forgiveness—giving up resentment toward anyone and everything that stirred my emotions in a negative way. And that would include politicians religious zealots, columnists, talks show hosts on radio, the author of a particular book, a family member, my computer, a careless driver on the freeway, the planetary energies, the weather, the whole crazy world for not being what I want it to be—and above all myself. And I frequently remind myself of times past when things seemed to be “out of kilter” and were remedied through the simple act of forgiveness…When we give up annoyance, aggravation, and irritation it is dissolved and the powerful process of the natural order of things immediately swings into action to reveal harmony.”

John Randolph Price, in “Living a Life of Joy”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Tuesday, March 6th, 2018 by Jeff Maziarek in SPIRITUALITY SIMPLIFIED

“To cultivate this awareness of the wonder that you really are, begin right now to acknowledge the miracle that your body is, and the extraordinary activities it performs on a daily basis. For example, make best efforts each day to take a couple of minutes out of your busy schedule to silently thank your body for digesting your food and for removing toxins and waste. In addition, at the end of each day, take some time to express gratitude to your heart for keeping you alive another day, and likewise to all of your other organs, tissues, muscles, bones and joints for their collective efforts on your part.

As you continue with this practice, what you will likely experience is that no matter what the status of your health, you will notice a definite improvement in the way you feel on a physical level.”

Jeff Maziarek in “Spirituality Simplified”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Monday, March 5th, 2018 by Stuart Wilde in LIFE WAS NEVER MEANT TO BE A STRUGGLE

“Do you remember being told as a child that if you wanted to make it in life you would have to work hard? That life involves pain and struggle; that you’d have to earn love and acceptance; and that, if you wanted to come out on top, you’d have to put in an incredible effort? I certainly remember my mother saying to me, “Struggle enobles the soul.”

But there is a big difference between struggle and effort. Our physical condition as humans involves effort, but struggle is effort laced with emotion and desperation. Now, if over a period of years, you’ve laid down several hundred thousand thoughts in your subconscious that say “Life is a struggle,” naturally you would project that from your inner feelings. Even if you weren’t consciously aware of that aspect of your inner self, the thought would still lie deep within you and show up constantly in your life.”

Stuart Wilde, in “Life Was Never Meant to Be a Struggle”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Friday, March 2nd, 2018 by Neale Donald Walsch in FRIENDSHIP WITH GOD

“Freedom is the basic concept and construct of life everywhere, because freedom is the basic nature of God. All systems which reduce, restrict, impinge upon, or eliminate freedom in any way are systems which work against life itself.

Freedom is not the goal of the human soul, but its very nature. By nature the soul is free. Lack of freedom is, therefore, a violation of the very nature of the soul. In truly enlightened societies, freedom is not recognized as a right, but as a fact. It is something that is, rather than something that is given.

Freedom is not granted, but rather, taken for granted.”

God, as spoken to Neale Donald Walsch, in “Friendship with God”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Thursday, March 1st 2018 by Lee Coit in GRATITUDE, A WAY OF LIFE BY LOUISE HAY AND FRIENDS

“What gifts does gratitude offer use when we use it? A very old spiritual teaching says that “giving and receiving are the same.” If that is so, what does being grateful do for us? First of all, gratitude has great restorative powers. Long ago, I found that being grateful for what I had helped me to get over feeling sorry for myself. My appreciation of others always raised my own level of happiness. Whenever I felt unappreciated, I’d count up all the wonderful things that had happened to me recently, and my joy would return.

Being grateful for what I have is also an effective way of releasing a sense of loss. When I am aware of all the love I am receiving, I can quickly forget my problems. Gratitude is an excellent way of removing my concentration from negative situations and placing my attention on what is right. It doesn’t matter whether I am grateful to my Divine Source or to my friends; the simple act of being aware of what I am receiving, and expressing my gratitude in action, brings the desired state of joy.”

Lee Coit, from an essay entitled “The Gifts That Gratitude Offers Us”, in the book “Gratitude, A Way of Life” by Louise Hay and Friends

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Wednesday, February 28th, 2018 by Richard and Mary-Alice Jafolla in THE QUEST, A JOURNEY OF SPIRITUAL REDISCOVERY

“Right where you are is as green as the grass will ever get. Within you is a potential for happiness that does not diminish nor ripen over time. Happiness doesn’t need time to ripen, it only has to be called forth. It is ever available, ever waiting. Your present circumstances may look discouraging and may lead you to play the “if onlys…If only I were richer, If only I weren’t sick, If only someone loved me, If only I were happier”.

Actually, you will never have more potential for prosperity and wholeness than you have now. There will never be more of an opportunity for peace and love than exists for you right now. You will never be closer to complete happiness than you are right now.”

Richard and Mary-Alice Jafolla, in “The Quest, A Journey of Spiritual Rediscovery”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Tuesday, February 27th, 2018 by Wayne W. Dyer in THERE’S A SPIRITUAL SOLUTION TO EVERY PROBLEM

“When it seems impossible to stop in the midst of turmoil and suffering and search for blessings, remember that all the times that seemed so traumatic in the past now seem, in retrospect, to have been valuable growth experiences. The former alcoholic almost always blesses his drunkenness. The wealthy person praises his earlier poverty. The recovered heart attack patient values the experience of illness. The happy couple extols the pain of their separation. Every despairing time has served to bring you to a higher, happier place in your life. Therefore, I urge you to stop considering any life experience in terms of despair.

Imagine yourself looking back at this particular moment and use the hope of growing beneficially from the experience, to stop self-pity. Let despair dissolve into gratitude for the opportunity it truly represents.”

Wayne W. Dyer, in “There’s a Spiritual Solution to Every Problem”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Monday, February 26th, 2018 by Stuart Wilde in THE QUICKENING

“If you want to reach your true power you are forced, first, to accept things as they are, second, to live in the truth of what you are, and third, to control your mind and emotions so that they do not carry you away into a fantasy which would eventually become an affirmation of your lack.

If you say, “One day, someday, I will be rich,” what you are affirming is that you will never make it for you believe that you are not rich now. The Universal Law does not deal in future or past. It is. You have to be centered in the instant. For you to be rich you have to feel rich right now. You have to see that what you have right now is wealth, a gift from the Universe. You have to have patience and you have to know and trust that you have all the goodness and power you will ever need, that opportunities will come to help you become more wealthy.”

Stuart Wilde, in “The Quickening”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Friday, February 23rd, 2018 by Karol K. Truman in HEALING FEELINGS FROM YOUR HEART

“Some may disagree that we have an epidemic of people who feel worthless. Instead, they may feel too many people love themselves more than enough. I invite you to look closely at those people. Do they really love themselves, or does ego (which is there to insure survival) do a good job of projecting that image? When a person’s image is running the show, a more appropriate designation than ‘self-love’ may be “self-absorbed” or “self-important.” Is it indeed possible they act the way they do to mask feelings of inadequacy?

When someone truly loves themselves, they aren’t enmeshed in their ego, or controlled by it. Neither do they find it necessary to constantly monitor their value through other’s eyes. A balanced ego doesn’t need regular feeding to maintain status or a place in society. They already have a stable relationship with the Self and with others. Those who love and possess a true sense of Self allow others their individuality without criticizing or trying to change them.”

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

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Thursday, February 22nd, 2018 by Louise Hay in YOU CAN HEAL YOUR LIFE

“The past is over and done. We cannot change that now. Yet we can change our thoughts about the past. How foolish for us to PUNISH OURSELVES in the present moment because someone hurt us in the long ago past.

I often say to people who have deep resentment patterns, ‘Please begin to dissolve this resentment now, when it is relatively easy. Don’t wait until you are under the threat of the surgeon’s knife or on your death bed, when you may have to deal with panic too.’ When we are in a state of panic, it is very difficult for us to focus our minds on the healing work. We have to take time out to dissolve the fears first.

If we choose to believe we are helpless victims and that it’s all hopeless, then the Universe will support us in that belief. It is vital that we release these foolish, outmoded, negative ideas and beliefs that do not support us and nourish us. Even our concept of God needs to be one that is FOR us, not against us.”

Louise Hay, in “You Can Heal Your Life”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Wednesday, February 21st, 2018 by Don Miguel Ruiz in THE VOICE OF KNOWLEDGE

“The universe is simple: it’s about cause and effect, action and reaction. If you don’t like the way you are living your life, this is a reaction to the program that is ruling your life. The liar, the program, is not even part of you, but at the same time, it is part of you because it’s the way you identify yourself. The program creates the story, then it tries to make sense of the story by explaining and justifying everything to the main character of the story. What a setup. What a creation. Humans create an entire culture, a whole philosophy of humanity. We create history, science, art, Olympic games, Miss Universe, you name it. It’s our creation, and it’s beautiful and wonderful, but it’s just a story!

Don Miguel Ruiz, in “The Voice of Knowledge”

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PONDER on THIS for Tuesday, February 20th, 2018 by Cherie Carter-Scott, Ph.D. in IF LIFE IS A GAME, THESE ARE THE RULES

“To take responsibility means you admit accountability and acknowledge your influence and role in the circumstances in which you find yourself. It means you are answerable for your behavior and you fully accept any consequences created by your actions.

Responsibility is not blame, however, and understanding the difference between the two is crucial to learning this lesson. Blame is associated with fault, whereas responsibility denotes authorship. Blame carries guilt and negative feelings; responsibility brings the relief of not having to dodge the full truth anymore and releases that guilt. Blame implies fault; responsibility implies ownership. Blame is stagnant; responsibility propels you forward and onward to your greater good.”

Cherie Carter-Scott, Ph.D., in “IF LIFE is a GAME, THESE are the RULES”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Monday, February 19th, 2018 by Neale Donald Walsch in FRIENDSHIP WITH GOD

“Each of you experiences your conversation with God in your own way—and in different ways at different times. It will always be a two-way conversation. It could be a conversation “in your head,” or “on paper,” or with My responses taking just a little more time, and reaching you in the form of the next song you hear, or the next movie you see, or the next lecture you attend, or the next magazine article you read, or in the chance utterance of a friend you “just happen” to run into on the street.

Once you have become clear that we are always in conversation, then we can move into friendship.”

God, as spoken to Neale Donald Walsch, in “Friendship with God”

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