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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Friday, September 30th, 2022 by Karen Monteverdi in LIVING CONSCIOUSLY IN AN EGO DRIVEN SOCIETY

“…Emotions can be a barometer of how one experiences life. Signs of being in ego include feelings and language of blame, shame, judgment, domination, guilt, and a disproportionate need to compete. The list goes on and on. When we recognize that we are caught up in one of these experiences, we can actually begin to retrain the biochemistry of our mind if we immediately stop and say “Oh that’s ego. What is true for me is____________” and allow a statement of truth to come to the forefront of our mind. This happens when we take 100% responsibility for our experience and begin to notice where we are in error and where we are failing to accept the reality of the situation.

When we allow for others (even in acts of violence towards one another), to have their own experiences, we begin to see life differently. This does not mean we must stand by and do nothing about the physical reality of victimizations. The opposite actually occurs when we take 100% responsibility for our experience. Because we are now responsible for our own experience and are no longer being victimized ourselves, we are able to respond quickly with ease and decisiveness, and create empowerment for all.”

Karen Monteverdi, in “Living Consciously in an Ego Driven Society”

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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, September 29th, 2022 by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer in YOU’LL SEE IT WHEN YOU BELIEVE IT

“The first thing to remember about judgments is that they do not alter anything or anyone in the Universe. Just because you dislike someone or react negatively toward some behavior does not change the person or behavior you are judging. I remind you again to keep in mind that when you judge another, you do not define that person, you define YOURSELF. Your judgments only say something about you. They describe your likes and dislikes. They do not define the person being judged. That person is defined by his or her own thoughts and actions. Once you recognize this, you begin replacing your inclination to judge with acceptance, and this is forgiveness in action.”

Dr. Wayne W. Dyer, in “You’ll See It When You Believe It”

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“We rise to great heights by winding a staircase.”

Francis Bacon

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, September 28th, 2022 by Jeff Maziarek in SPIRITUALITY SIMPLIFIED

“From all that I’ve read and experienced, I have come to believe that the God-Force is not some autocratic monarch in the sky, but is actually a pure loving energy that supports us in our growth in a detached manner. We are therefore not the subjects of some “Cosmic King” with no power of our own, but are instead individual pieces of God-consciousness with the ability to co-create with God that which we desire.

Now clearly this concept of co-creation carries with it enormous responsibility, for it means that in the end it is you who are fully responsible for everything that you experience in you life. However, it is also incredibly empowering, for as along as you maintain the notion that something or someone else is out there doing things to you, you effectively render yourself powerless to do anything about it.”

Jeff Maziarek, in “Spirituality Simplified”

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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 Tuesday, September 27th, 2022 by David Simon in THE TEN COMMITMENTS

“Abundance is a state of mind in which you believe you are intrinsically creative. You are inherently confident that your basic needs will be met. Your inner value is independent of your outer possessions. You recognize that the universe is abundant, and that you are an expression of the universe.

Commit to abundance consciousness. On a daily basis, before going to sleep, take an inventory of your life and allow your heart to fill with gratitude for the things, experiences and people in your life. Even during those times when your life is not unfolding the way you would like it to, bring abundance into your awareness, and you will notice a shift in your perspective. With this inner shift, you will observe a spontaneous decongestion in the external circumstances creating turbulence for you.”

David Simon, in “The Ten Commitments”

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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 Monday, September 26th, 2022 by Joseph Campbell in REFLECTIONS ON THE ART OF LIVING BY DIANE K. OSBON

“Every moment is utterly unique and will not be continued in eternity. This fact gives life its poignancy and should concentrate your attention on what you are experiencing now. I think that’s washed out a bit by the notion that everyone will be happy in heaven. You had better be happy here, now. You’d better experience the eternal here and now.  Being “happy with Him/Her forever in heaven” means that while you are here on earth you should be happy: that is to say, your life should be identified with the Divine power, the eternal power in all life.

If you concretize the symbol of heaven, the whole situation disintegrates. You think, for example, that eternity is there, and your life is here. You believe that God, the source of energy, is there, and you are here, and He/She may come into your life or She/He may not. No, no – that source of eternal energy is here, in you, NOW.”

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

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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 Friday, September 23rd, 2022 by Debbie Ford in THE DARK SIDE OF THE LIGHT CHASERS

“Close your eyes and focus on a place deep inside where you feel safe and comfortable. Ask yourself what you’d like to be doing right now in your life. Ask why you’re not pursuing that dream. What are you afraid of? Ask yourself the question I just posed you: what you would do if you only had one year to live? What would you change? Holding the answers in the stillness of your heart, make the commitment to alter your life so that you may manifest your dreams. Make the commitment to always listen and hear your own truth. Make the commitment to let the universe guide you toward your heart’s desire. Just making these commitments will change your life. By doing so you are telling yourself and the universe, “I am worthy of having what I desire and I am going to do what it takes to fulfill my desire.”

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

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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, September 22nd, 2022 by Fr. Anthony DeMello in AWARENESS

“I’m going to write a book someday and the title will be, “I’m an Ass, You”re an Ass.” That’s the most liberating, wonderful thing in the world, when you openly admit you’re an ass. It’s wonderful. When people tell me, “You’re wrong,” I say, “What can you expect of an ass?”

Disarmed, everybody has to be disarmed. In the final liberation, I’m an ass, you’re an ass. Normally the way it goes, I press a button and you’re up; I press another button and you’re down. How many people do you know who are unaffected by praise or blame? That isn’t human we say. Human means that you have to be a little monkey, so everybody can twist your tail, and you do whatever you OUGHT to be doing. But is that really human?”

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

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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, September 21st, 2022 by Arnold Patent in YOU CAN HAVE IT ALL

“One of the ways we interfere with the free flow of energy is holding on to what we already have. We hold on to money or other things of material value. We hold on to people that we have a relationship with. Holding on to anything – people or material goods – blocks the free flow of energy around our experience with the person or object (car, house, clothing or bank account) and reduces the pleasure we experience. It also inhibits the free movement of new things and new people into our lives.

There is a difference between having something and holding on to it. You can own a house, enjoy it and feel no attachment to it. Or you can own a house and feel that it belongs to you, and that if you give it up you are losing something. The latter is attachment. It is a blocking of the free flow of energy into your life.”

Arnold Patent, in “You Can Have It All”

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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 Tuesday, September 20th, 2022 by Marianne Williamson in EVERYDAY GRACE

“When we want a miracle, we simply need to ask for one. In asking for a miracle, we are asking for a divine intercession, inviting the spirit of God to enter us and alter our perspective. It is useless to say, “Dear God, I want You to work a miracle, but I don’t want to have to change my mind about anything.” The Law of Cause and Effect is an immutable law of the universe. What we think is what we get, and God will not intervene between our thoughts and their effects.”

  Marianne Williamson in “Everyday Grace”

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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 Monday, September 19th, 2022 by Neale Donald Walsch in FRIENDSHIP WITH GOD

“This is the New Gospel: There is no master race. There is no greatest nation. There is no one true religion. There is no inherently perfect philosophy. There is no always right political party, morally supreme economic system, or one and only way to heaven.

Erase these ideas from your memory. Eliminate them from your experience. Eradicate them from your culture. For these are thoughts of division and separation, and you have killed each other over these thoughts. Only the truth I give you here will save you: WE ARE ONE.

Carry this message far and wide, across oceans and over continents, around the corner and around the world.”

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

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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 Friday, September 16th, 2022 by Edwin Harkness Spina in MYSTIC SECRETS REVEALED

“Recognize that the future is not fixed. All possible futures exist simultaneously and the one that we experience is the one with the greatest collective energy associated with it. Visualize the scenario that you desire and ignore any negative or limiting opinions of others. Any individual or institution that tells you differently is either ignorant or deliberately attempting to limit your future options. As you practice, you will increase your effectiveness. You will attract others of like mind, and influence those who surround you, who will help your desires to manifest. The best way to predict the future is to create it.”

Edwin Harkness Spina, in “Mystic Secrets Revealed”

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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, September 15th, 2022 by Oriah Mountain Dreamer in THE INVITATION

“Seeing beauty is not about narrowing our vision, designating only some of its manifestations as worthy. It means expanding our definition of beauty, suspending our judgments, and appreciating the quiet joy of riding a bicycle along the lake and the raunchy glee of driving a cherry-red sports car that hugs the open highway. It means accepting the truth of being a middle-aged woman as it is reflected in both the lines and sagging muscles of my face and belly and the shine of my eyes.

Seeing beauty is about broadening our ability to recognize the interconnectedness of all manifestations of life and delighting in how the smells and sounds and tastes and sights that surround us conspire to draw us toward living fully.”

Oriah Mountain Dreamer, in “The Invitation”

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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, September 14th, 2022 by Stuart Wilde

“For many, life is a constant search for an elusive quality we call security—we seek in our relationships, lumbering our partners and our children with our silent disquiet. Projecting our desire for security upon them—making them the custodian of our hopes and dreams. We attempt to achieve it by accumulating assets and money. We imagine that if we jog around like demented idiots with handfuls of vitamins and a strange concoction splashing away in our stomachs we’ll live forever.

Most die still trying desperately to achieve security—clutching their insurance policies, pensions, endowments, nest eggs, annuities and whatever other devices they may have accumulated and overpaid for as they went along.

We are all in the arms of the Second Law of Thermodynamics that requires atoms to entropy and die. Once you really understand that you can finally move toward safety. It’s our karma. There is no point in resisting.

In the end there is only one way you can ever become secure and that is to agree to let go and stop trying desperately to hold on. Instead, embrace life and live it and allow yourself to become vulnerable. Simultaneously, put your trust and love in the God Force. There is no other way. Get it quick and your life becomes a celebration of the gift of life and you will feel happy and secure in your vulnerability and you will be a lot less stressed out and a lot more loving to others. You will live longer than you might trying for security the other way.”

Stuart Wilde, in his February 2000 “Wilde Wizdom” Newsletter

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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 Tuesday, September 13th, 2022 by Don Miguel and Don Jose Ruiz in THE FIFTH AGREEMENT

“You don’t need to compete with anybody; you don’t need to compare yourself with anybody. You just need to be what you are, to be love, but real love, not the kind of love that possessed you and makes you believe in love. Not the love that makes you become jealous and possessive of others, and puts you directly in hell with all the tortures and punishments of hell. Not the love that makes you sacrifice in the name of love, or make you hurt yourself and others in the name of love. The symbol of love has become so distorted. Real love is what you were born with. Real love is what you are.”

Don Miguel Ruiz and Don Jose Ruiz, in “The Fifth Agreement”

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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 Monday, September 12th, 2022 by Fr. Anthony DeMello in THE WAY TO LOVE

“Do you want a way to measure the degree of your rigidity and your deadness? Observe the amount of pain you experience when you lose a cherished idea or person or thing. The pain and the grief betray your clinging, do they not? Why is it you grieve so much at the loved one or the loss of a friend? You never took the time to seriously consider that all things change and pass away.

So death and loss and separation take you by surprise. You choose to live in a little attic of your illusion pretending that things will never change, that things will always be the same. That is why when life bursts into shatter your illusion you experience so much pain. In order to live you must look reality in the face, and then you will shed your fear of losing people and develop a taste for newness and change and uncertainty. You will shed your fear of losing the known and expectantly wait and welcome the unfamiliar and the unknown.”

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

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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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