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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Monday, April 22nd, 2024 by Fr. Anthony DeMello in AWARENESS

“The great mystics and masters in the East will say, “Who are YOU?” Many think the most important question in the world is: “Who is Jesus Christ?” Wrong! Many think it is: “Does God exist?” Wrong! Many think it is: “Is there a life after death?” Wrong!

Nobody seems to be grappling with the problem of: Is there a life BEFORE death? Yet my experience is that it’s precisely the ones who don’t what to do with THIS life who are all hot and bothered about what they are going to do with ANOTHER life. One sign that you’re awakened is that you don’t give a damn about what’s going to happen in the next life. You’re not bothered about it; you don’t care. You are not interested, period.”

Fr. Anthony DeMello, S.J., in “Awareness”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Friday, April 19th, 2024 by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer in YOUR SACRED SELF

“Simplify, simplify, simplify. I can’t repeat it enough. Examine carefully how much of your life energy is used in pursuit of what you don’t want or need. Practice one day at a time, the idea of saying no to more. A very emphatic, “No, I will not pursue that item.” In place of pursuing more-is-better, spend time playing with your son or granddaughter…Go for a long walk along the riverfront rather than spend time trying to get ahead.

As you release the energy you previously applied to pursuing more, you free yourself up inside to experience the joy of being rather than the drudgery of always doing. This is freedom, the ability to choose to be rather than to accumulate. You will discover, as you practice simplifying, that many items that you previously chased after, including money, will begin to show up in your life without pursuing them. This is one of the great ironies of life. Less is more!”

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

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Thursday, April 18th, 2024 by M. Scott Peck, M.D. in THE ROAD LESS TRAVELED and BEYOND

“Nothing will ever remove all mystery. But I believe at least part of the answer to these questions can be found in the Latin derivation of the very word “conscious,” con-scire, which literally means to “to know with.” What a strange derivation! To know with? To know with what? I suggest that the answer is to know with God. I have said that psychological disorders primarily have their root in consciousness rather than in our unconscious, that “nasty” material is contained in our unconscious only because our conscious mind refuses to deal with it.

If we can deal with this unpleasant stuff, then our unconscious mind offers an absolute garden of delights through we which we are connected to God. In other words, I believe that God reveals Herself to us through our unconscious if we are willing to be open to it, and become conscious of its wisdom.”

M. Scott Peck, M.D., in “The Road Less Traveled and Beyond”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Wednesday, April 17th, 2024 by Richard & Mary Alice Jafolla in THE QUEST

“When faced with situations that seem threatening or even tragic, our human tendency is to allow the flow of appearances to get us involved in a negative way.  But the solution to a problem is never to be found on the level of the problem. The only way out is up. Up…Up in consciousness, in thought and feeling, to the level where Spirit dwells, to the level of Divine Order.”

Richard and Mary Alice Jafolla, in “The Quest”

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“Everything in this world has a hidden meaning. People, animals, trees, stars, are all hieroglyphics. We think they are really only people, animals, trees, stars. It is only years later that some of us understand.”

Nikos Kazantakis

Jeff MJeff Maziarek, author of Spirituality Simplified and Codi’s Journey, launched Pondercentral.com in April 2007 as a Web-based forum for “PONDER on THIS,” a series of weekday inspirational email messages he began sending to subscribers in March 1999. A FREE service since its inception, “PONDER on THIS” provides subscribers with meaningful content to assist them on their individual paths of spiritual growth. In addition, it benefits subscribers, authors, and publishers by including links to Amazon.com where subscribers can learn more about the book being quoted, and also purchase it.

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Tuesday, April 16th, 2024 by Eckhart Tolle in A NEW EARTH

“Here are some ways in which people unconsciously try to emphasize their form-identity. If you are alert enough, you may be able to detect some unconscious patterns within yourself: demanding recognition for something you did and getting angry or upset if you don’t get it; trying to get attention by taking about your problems, the story of your illnesses, or making a scene; giving your opinion when nobody has asked for it and it makes no difference to the situation; being more concerned with how the other person sees you than with the other person, which is to say, using other people for egoic reflection or as ego enhancers; trying to make an impression on others through possessions, knowledge, good looks, status, physical strength, and so on; bringing about temporary ego inflation through angry reaction against something or someone; taking things personally, feeling offended; making yourself right and others wrong through futile mental or verbal complaining; wanting to be seen, or to appear important.

Once you have detected such a pattern within yourself, I suggest you conduct an experiment. Find out what it feels like and what happens if you let go of that pattern. Just drop it and see what happens. De-emphasizing who you are on the level of form is another way of generating consciousness. Discover the enormous power that flows through you into the world when you stop emphasizing your form identity.”

Eckhart Tolle, in “A New Earth”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Monday, April 15th, 2024 by Oriah Mountain Dreamer in THE INVITATION

“When we cannot live with failure, we limit the intimacy in our lives. People do not tell stories of failure to those who have room in their hearts for only perfection. Tell me a story of failure in your life, a time when you made a mistake. Tell it with compassion for the child or man or woman you were. Tell it with ruthless honesty and gentle acceptance. We do not avoid shame by hiding mistakes. The shame just becomes buried within us.

Shame releases its paralyzing grip on us when we take responsibility for our mistakes and the sometimes serious consequences those mistakes can have for ourselves and others. In this way shame can be our ally, pointing to things we have not accepted about ourselves, guiding us to mistakes we have not acknowledged. Accepting our failings means accepting where we have hurt others, or ourselves, and making retribution for these injuries where it is possible.”

Oriah Mountain Dreamer, in “The Invitation”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Friday, April 12th, 2024 by Richard A. Singer in YOUR DAILY WALK WITH THE GREAT MINDS

“Humor is one of the most effective coping skills you can take advantage in your life. To be able to laugh at life and yourself is a gift that can make your journey much more satisfying and allow you to experience life in a relaxed and less grim manner. It is often said that it takes many more muscles in your face to frown than it does to smile. Lighten up and remember that you are an infinite being, therefore, you have eternity to do whatever it is you believe is such a crisis or emergency in your life. Begin to laugh at yourself and the challenges that the Universe places before you. Life really isn’t that serious, so stop making it appear that way and have a little fun.”

Richard A. Singer, in “Your Daily Walk With the Great Minds”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Thursday, April 11th, 2024 by Richard & Mary Alice Jafolla in THE QUEST

“There is a wonderful story about a wise teacher of truth who was walking through the woods with his students when they came upon the partially decomposed carcass of a dead deer. The students, in an attempt to protect their teacher from seeing such a repulsive sight, tried to steer him around it. But the teacher would not alter his direction. When he came upon the deer, he looked it over carefully and said, “My, what beautiful antlers.”

He chose to look past the obvious and express the beautiful. He didn’t dwell on the decomposed flesh but rather on the noble antlers, so his words were not of repulsion but of loveliness. We can do the same with our lives. Certainly we can find enough ugliness around us if we care to look for it, but there is also an abundance of beauty. Which do you want in your world?”

Richard and Mary Alice Jafolla, in “The Quest”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Wednesday, April 10th, 2024 by Neale Donald Walsch in CONVERSATIONS WITH GOD BOOK

“The word “renunciate” holds such wrongful meaning. In truth, you cannot renounce anything – because what you resist persists. The true renunciate does not renounce, but simply chooses differently. This is an act of moving toward something, not away from something.

You cannot move away from something, because it will chase you all over hell and back. Therefore resist not temptation – but simply turn from it. Turn toward Me and from anything unlike Me. Yet know this: there is no such thing as an incorrect path – for on this journey you cannot “not get” where you are going.

It is simply a matter of speed – merely a question of when you will get there – yet even that is an illusion, for there is no “when,” neither is there a “before” or “after.” There is only NOW; an eternal moment of always in which you are experiencing yourself.”

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

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Tuesday, April 9th, 2024 by Wayne W. Dyer in THERE’S A SPIRITUAL SOLUTION TO EVERY PROBLEM

“One of the great teachers in my life, Nisargadatta Maharaj, once said, “As long as you identify yourself with the body-mind, you are vulnerable to sorrow and suffering.” My conclusion from this is that we must learn to be a witness to our body-mind and to all its demands.

When I stand back and notice myself I am no longer identifying myself with the material world. Thus I am not vulnerable to the sorrow, suffering, and despair that exist in the physical world. In this way I bring a sense of hope and optimism to the illusion of despair. I observe my body-mind and silently say something like this, “Just look at Wayne now, he is actually believing that his despair is real. He acts as if this is really him going through this, when in fact I am really him watching this entire plot emerge. If he would only stop and reconnect to spirit, he would awaken from his despair immediately.” As the witness you are not vulnerable because you see yourself from a different place.”

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

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Monday, April 8th, 2024 by Dan Millman in THE LAWS OF SPIRIT

“Whenever you have a problem, it involves something past or future. You keep problems alive in your present mind by giving them your attention and energy, letting them live rent free in your head.

Embrace this moment, put one foot in front of the other, and handle what’s in front of you. Because no matter where your mind may roam, your body always remains here and now. When in haste, rest in the present. Take a deep breath, and come back to here and now.”

Dan Millman, in “The Laws of Spirit”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Friday, April 5th, 2024 by Donald Altman in THE MINDFULNESS CODE

“It is important to identify the weeds in our life, those persons, situations, emotions, events, and moments that cause us to feel discouraged, unappreciated, helpless, or worthless. A purpose transforms these weeds into a beautiful blossom of rebirth and renewal. If your purpose, for example, is to care for your family, then what might be experienced as an unsatisfying job becomes a gift because it allows you to fulfill your purpose.

Most jobs involve giving something to another, which can be viewed as a higher purpose. Waitresses “serve,” or give energy, on behalf of customers. Truck drivers move products to those who benefit from them. With such a perspective, the work you do on a daily basis becomes an act of giving, which can be your purpose. This means not that you would never want to find another job, one that may hold greater meaning or satisfaction for you, but rather that it’s possible to find purpose in what you are already doing.”

Donald Altman, in “The Mindfulness Code”

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Jeff MJeff Maziarek, author of Spirituality Simplified and Codi’s Journey, launched Pondercentral.com in April 2007 as a Web-based forum for “PONDER on THIS,” a series of weekday inspirational email messages he began sending to subscribers in March 1999. A FREE service since its inception, “PONDER on THIS” provides subscribers with meaningful content to assist them on their individual paths of spiritual growth. In addition, it benefits subscribers, authors, and publishers by including links to Amazon.com where subscribers can learn more about the book being quoted, and also purchase it.

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Thursday, April 4th, 2024 by Dr Wayne W. Dyer in REAL MAGIC

“In the area of your work, you may have been spending a great deal of time and energy doing things that you dislike, but telling yourself that it was absolutely necessary because you had bills to pay or a family to care for, or you simply had no other choice. Think about it this way, using numbers as a metaphor: If you are 99 percent invisible (thought and spirit), and only 1 percent form (the physical body that houses your soul), and you are doing something that you loathe, then you are essentially an inauthentic person. Your body is going through the motions, while you continue to think about how much you dislike the circumstances of your life.

One percent is going through the motions, and 99 percent loathes the activities of your life. So if what you think about is what expands into action, the action or physical part of your life is loathsome and awful. You cannot experience fulfillment or the opportunity for prosperity miracles while you are living a life of loathsomeness. There must be bliss and harmony within in order for you to know miracles. Thus you must shift from suffering and outcome to purpose.

Getting to purpose in the work that you do, or the daily activities of your life, means knowing that purpose is about giving without concern for the results. When you are able to shift your inner awareness to how you can serve others, and when you make this the central focus of your life, you will then be in a position to know true miracles in your progress toward prosperity.”

Dr. Wayne W. Dyer, in “Real Magic”

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Jeff MJeff Maziarek, author of Spirituality Simplified and Codi’s Journey, launched Pondercentral.com in April 2007 as a Web-based forum for “PONDER on THIS,” a series of weekday inspirational email messages he began sending to subscribers in March 1999. A FREE service since its inception, “PONDER on THIS” provides subscribers with meaningful content to assist them on their individual paths of spiritual growth. In addition, it benefits subscribers, authors, and publishers by including links to Amazon.com where subscribers can learn more about the book being quoted, and also purchase it.

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Wednesday, April 3rd, 2024 by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer in PULLING YOUR OWN STRINGS

“Willingness to confront fear is called courage. You will find it very hard to overcome your fears unless you are willing to muster up some valor, even though you will find that you already possess it if you are willing to realize it.

Courage means flying in the face of criticism, relying on yourself, being willing to accept and learn from the consequences of all your choices. It means believing enough in yourself and in living your life as you choose, so that you cut the strings whose ends other people hold and use to pull you in many directions.

You can make your mental leaps toward courage by repeatedly asking yourself, “What is the worst thing that could happen to me if…?” When you consider the possibilities realistically, you will almost always find that nothing damaging or painful “can” happen when you take the necessary steps away from being a knee-jerk victim. Usually you will find that, like a child afraid of the dark, you are afraid of nothing, because nothing is the worst thing that could happen to you.”

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

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Tuesday, April 2nd, 2024 from the BHAGAVAD GITA

“For that which is born, death is certain, and for that which is dead, birth is certain. You should not grieve over the unavoidable. The Supreme Self which dwells in all bodies can never be slain. Weapons cut it not; fire burns it not; water wets it not; the wind does not wither it. Eternal, universal, unchanging, immovable, the Self is the same forever. Dwelling in all bodies, the Self can never be slain. Therefore, you should not grieve for any creature.”

The Bhagavad Gita, transalated by Eknath Easwaran

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