Saturday, April 30, 2016

Worry? What is the use?

Ra Divakar's photo.

Words have energy and power...

WORDS HAVE ENERGY AND POWER. SPEAK TRUTH, LOVE, KINDNESS, COMPASSION AND ENCOURAGEMENT.....MAY YOUR WORDS FILL THE UNIVERSE WITH POSITIVE LIGHT, BLESSINGS AND HEALING FOR ALL....VALERIE thanks Valerie Stiehl
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Choose your words carefully.

The Creative Power of my Word - I am getting it! CREATIVE or "critical" MIND?
What if suddenly, Ron, in a flash of fire and light, you got "it"! And among other things, you suddenly understood, without a doubt, the creative power of your word. Do you think you'd ever again utter, "it's hard," "it's not working," "something's wrong with me," or "I don't know"? You got "it"!
The Universe

The Intelligent Heart
Do not ponder others’ business.
Being sloppy with our speech is not only harmful in its own right. It also perpetuates our harmful habits of mind. Careless speech leads to careless mind. But it goes both ways. Careless mind also leads to careless speech. This slogan is the mirror image of the previous one. It focuses on cleaning up the kind of “filth” in our mind than can easily come out in damaging words and actions.

Our minds naturally get attracted to thinking about what others may have as faults. This can become an addiction, especially for those who have a lot of pride. And when we discover these faults, we’re naturally interested in pondering them. Being nosy about others’ business can be exciting or even contagious. But this habit causes a lot of suffering in our mind. When we look at others with critical eyes, we create a birthplace for being unkind. Critical thoughts naturally lead to feelings of resentment. And when our criticism is directed toward people close to us, we begin to push them away, to extricate ourselves from them, to isolate ourselves.
This slogan, however, is not suggesting that we reject our critical intelligence altogether. We depend on our critical intelligence to understand others and our relationship to them. But when we use this intelligence simply to be critical, merely out of the habit of scratching an itch, we endanger both our lojong practice and our relationships with others. So when our pondering habit rears its head, we need to apply some discernment in order to work productively with our minds.
It’s important to note that we’re not trying to be forceful with our mind and suppress our negative thoughts. We are simply noticing that we have an addiction and trying not to indulge in it. When a negative thought about someone arises in your mind, let it come out and show its face. Let yourself feel the pain of it for a moment. Remember where critical thoughts can lead you, where they’ve led you so many times in the past: to harmful words and actions, to rejection and isolation. Then apply an antidote.
We can first reflect on how all our perceptions are subjective. No two people see things in the same way. Even the Buddha was seen as a person filled with faults by his jealous cousin Devadatta. There are infinite ways of looking at someone. Because of our bias, we may not want to believe this. We may deny that what we see so negatively is not inherently negative, that there is always a positive side we can focus on. But when we contemplate the results of thinking critically of others, we can give ourselves the incentive to at least balance our negative thoughts with positive thoughts.
So try to think about the person from someone else’s point of view. This person you are so critical of has relationships with many other people than yourself. Some see this person in a negative light, some in a positive light. Try to have more respect for the positive point of view. Try not to think that your own perception is the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. And if you focus on someone’s good qualities but still can’t come up with a single one, you can at least reflect that all sentient beings are identical at the core. All of us have the potential to overcome our self-importance and become a tremendous benefit to other sentient beings. This potential may be deeply hidden, but it exists in every one of us. We all have the potential to attain complete enlightenment. So even if you can’t think of anything good about someone, you can at least give them credit for that. Changing your focus to the person’s positive qualities is a bit like distracting a child who’s throwing a temper tantrum. You say, “Oh, look here, look at this!” and the child forgets what he or she was so upset about.

From The Intelligent Heart by Dzigar Kongrul, © 2016 by Dzigar Kongtrul. Reprinted by arrangement with Shambhala Publications, Inc., Boulder, CO

The radiant beautiful Center of True Religion

To know that what is impenetrable to us really exists, manifesting itself as the highest wisdom and the most radiant beauty, which our dull faculties can comprehend only in their primitive forms - this knowledge, this feeling, is at the center of true religion.
Albert Einstein(gratefulness.org)
 


Friday, April 29, 2016

Just love each other a little bit...


Walk on?

Traveler, there is no path. Paths are made by walking.
Antonio Machado

The Creative Power of my Word - I am getting it! CREATIVE or "critical" MIND?

What if suddenly, Ron, in a flash of fire and light, you got "it"! And among other things, you suddenly understood, without a doubt, the creative power of your word. Do you think you'd ever again utter, "it's hard," "it's not working," "something's wrong with me," or "I don't know"? You got "it"!
    The Universe


The Intelligent Heart


Do not ponder others’ business.
Being sloppy with our speech is not only harmful in its own right. It also perpetuates our harmful habits of mind. Careless speech leads to careless mind. But it goes both ways. Careless mind also leads to careless speech. This slogan is the mirror image of the previous one. It focuses on cleaning up the kind of “filth” in our mind than can easily come out in damaging words and actions.
Our minds naturally get attracted to thinking about what others may have as faults. This can become an addiction, especially for those who have a lot of pride. And when we discover these faults, we’re naturally interested in pondering them. Being nosy about others’ business can be exciting or even contagious. But this habit causes a lot of suffering in our mind. When we look at others with critical eyes, we create a birthplace for being unkind. Critical thoughts naturally lead to feelings of resentment. And when our criticism is directed toward people close to us, we begin to push them away, to extricate ourselves from them, to isolate ourselves.
This slogan, however, is not suggesting that we reject our critical intelligence altogether. We depend on our critical intelligence to understand others and our relationship to them. But when we use this intelligence simply to be critical, merely out of the habit of scratching an itch, we endanger both our lojong practice and our relationships with others. So when our pondering habit rears its head, we need to apply some discernment in order to work productively with our minds.
It’s important to note that we’re not trying to be forceful with our mind and suppress our negative thoughts. We are simply noticing that we have an addiction and trying not to indulge in it. When a negative thought about someone arises in your mind, let it come out and show its face. Let yourself feel the pain of it for a moment. Remember where critical thoughts can lead you, where they’ve led you so many times in the past: to harmful words and actions, to rejection and isolation. Then apply an antidote.
We can first reflect on how all our perceptions are subjective. No two people see things in the same way. Even the Buddha was seen as a person filled with faults by his jealous cousin Devadatta. There are infinite ways of looking at someone. Because of our bias, we may not want to believe this. We may deny that what we see so negatively is not inherently negative, that there is always a positive side we can focus on. But when we contemplate the results of thinking critically of others, we can give ourselves the incentive to at least balance our negative thoughts with positive thoughts.
So try to think about the person from someone else’s point of view. This person you are so critical of has relationships with many other people than yourself. Some see this person in a negative light, some in a positive light. Try to have more respect for the positive point of view. Try not to think that your own perception is the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. And if you focus on someone’s good qualities but still can’t come up with a single one, you can at least reflect that all sentient beings are identical at the core. All of us have the potential to overcome our self-importance and become a tremendous benefit to other sentient beings. This potential may be deeply hidden, but it exists in every one of us. We all have the potential to attain complete enlightenment. So even if you can’t think of anything good about someone, you can at least give them credit for that. Changing your focus to the person’s positive qualities is a bit like distracting a child who’s throwing a temper tantrum. You say, “Oh, look here, look at this!” and the child forgets what he or she was so upset about.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

WE in God and God in us, AS us, as Love!

Yes! THIS! WE in God and God in us, AS us, as Love! Diana
GOD CHOOSES US AS BELOVED
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Let's All Love Each Other!

Thanks Valerie Stiehl: WE ALL CAN AND SHOULD LOVE ONE ANOTHER. MATTERS NOT OUR SOCIO ECONOMIC BACKGROUND, OUR RACE, RELIGIOUS BELIEFS OR LACK OT THEM, WHERE WE LIVE, LANGUAGE, GAY OR STRAIGHT. WE ALL SHARE HUMANITY ....JUDGE NOT BE NOT JUDGED. BLESSINGS, LOVE, VALERIE

"You can learn new things at any time in your life if you're willing to be a beginner. If you actually learn to like being a beginner, the whole world opens up to you."

"You can learn new things at any time in your life if you're willing to be a beginner. If you actually learn to like being a beginner, the whole world opens up to you." - Barbara Sher
 


Recognize, accept and celebrate differences

It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept and celebrate those differences.
AUDRE LORDE(gratefuilness.org)



Nothing is left to chance...


Nothing is left to chance, Ron. The choreography of players and circumstances in your world are plotted with mind-numbing precision. Gigantic forces of attraction are activated and engaged. The odds for your inevitable success begin skyrocketing. And every second of every day is calibrated and recalibrated... whenever you remember to visualize. 
Who loves you, baby? 
    The Universe


Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Very touching memorial to Facebook friend from England, never met Pete except his loving messages were always appreciated.

Viki's wonderful tribute: This is Pete's youngest daughter Viki Shaw on my Dad's facebook (he left me the account, what a gift to give!) I will start as my Dad always did.. My dear ones/fb friends, As you already know my Dad recently went into hospital & after a very short but aggressive battle with cancer, our loving father passed away at 6.45am this morning aged a young 69 years. He went peacefully & in love. All 5 of his children were there to see & speak to him before or ...in his final hours, which I know he would have appreciated immensely. As we all know he spoke about each of his loved ones very often. And he love us all so much. We love him & will miss him more than words could ever say. As youre aware, he was a great lover of music, so we played some for him.. One of his favourites 'Sg Pepper Album by The Beatles' He seemed to enjoy it! I was right by his side throughout comforting & loving him. Also, I told him id tell you all just how truly brave he was, he did so well guys. And now he can finally see the top of 'that mountain' he's been talking about for quite some time. I'm sure he's enjoying the amazing view up there already. Sending much love to all those whose lives our beautiful Dad has touched. Thank you for all your comments & support I know Dad would have appreciated it, as do we too. At some point we will be turning his page to a 'remembering one' I will be checking his page & hope that I can look after it for him without changing anything. Please continue to use & enjoy my Dad's many posts. Share them & enjoy as that's why he did this. I will leave you with one of his favourites, one more time now.. 'Be the candle that lights up a dark room' As a reflection on what you all meant to him. Please enjoy this song as a parting gesture from us, on his behalf. Thank you from Viki & the Shaw Family
 
 
The Beatles - With a Little Help from My Friends Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - 1967 Lyrics: What would you do if I sang out of tune, Would you stan...
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Good Morning Spirit!

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One Step at a Time

People say, "What is the sense of our small effort?" They cannot see that we must lay one brick at a time, take one step at a time.
DOROTHY DAY(gratefulness.org)

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Misunderstood?



ZINGER ALERT:

When life hurts, Ron. When it baffles and confuses. When it doesn't quite seem to work. These are just signs from Me, as if I were tapping on your shoulder or whispering in your ear, trying to point out that something important, something really, really important, is being misunderstood.

This Note is just in case, one day, something doesn't make sense. You know, for a friend.

Warm hugs,
    The Universe

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Gratefulness for care during last week of flu bug....

Evening Walk to the Healing trees, big FIREFLIES(first of year), giant Orb, Orion setting in the west, fragrant blossoming Magnolia trees (do you know that their waxy slick leaves repels insects?) Result of power juice - carrots, ginger, apples, kale, coconut water, aloe juice YUM! Can say officially over the flu after fairly tough week. Neighbors and friends responded well with lemon, honey, vicks, chicken soup, Ricola (natural cough drops), ice cream, mints, strawberries, tangerines, bananas, more chicken soup, THANK YOU ALL and for good advice from facebook.
 
 
 

 
 
 

The privilege of a lifetime...

"The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are."—Joseph Campbell

Know Who You Are?


You are the Light

Sometimes our light goes out, but is blown again into instant flame by an encounter with another human being. Each of us owes the deepest thanks to those who have rekindled this inner light.
Dr. Albert Schweitzer(gratefulness.org)
 

You are Perfect (Perfectly Imperfect)

Ron, isn't it curious how people pick others to be in their lives, at work, at home, and at play, not because they're perfect, but to have fun, learn, and grow? But then, shortly after they've done their picking, they're often unhappy because those they picked aren't perfect?
What am I missing?     The Universe



True Meaning of Happiness

True Meaning of Happiness
Spirit knows only harmony, and a similar harmony now exists in my world.
If there is a conflict in the human will, I turn to Divine W...isdom. Here I find the answer that awaits me. It becomes clear to me now I may further the goods of others and be free to accept my own good. I give up all impatience. I am, in accord, with Divine Activity and experience a perfect state of progress that cannot interfere with anyone else. I lay aside selfishness and fear. I know that the loving and bestowing Spirit gives of Itself to me and to all others.
There is no scarcity of good. My blessings are abundant, and by sharing them I add to myself. With serenity, joy and love, I now understand the true meaning of happiness. I see that no pain or sacrifice is entailed. There is only Divine Wisdom bringing peace to all. I am happy and my world is made glad.
paraphrased from Ernest Holmes (365 - Science of Mind
 

Monday, April 25, 2016

Arc bends toward justice thankfully

The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.(gratefulness.org)
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. AND tHICH  nHAT hAN
 


What problem?

Ron, many are waiting for their life to take off.
Who's going to tell them that this could be their problem?

Tallyho, go, go -
    The Universe


Sunday, April 24, 2016

Silence Out Loud

The trees, the flowers, the plants grow in silence. The stars, the sun, the moon move in silence. Silence gives us a new perspective.
Blessed Mother Teresa(gratefulness.org)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Heart's Intuitive Intelligence

Hearts have more brain substance than brains themselves..
 
 
 
Collective Evolution added a new video: Your Heart's Intuitive Intelligence.
Science has explored our heart's intuitive intelligence and the results are fascinating. Connect with your heart! Check out the HeartMath Institute for more of their great research.
Ron Alexander: Glad to see this, as I have seen alot about "gut intelligence"- that is called instinct as opposed to heart's intuitiveness

When I am silent,

Rumi's photo.
Rumi 
When I am silent,
I fall into that place where everything is music.

Happy Earth Day - wherever you are!


Mind gives birth to infinite worlds...

I have been through a 7.8 earthquake with this wise lady, and I believe what she is saying here. Ron Alexander (It was a very localized quake in the middle of the Mojave Desert, thankfully! I was with the campers and actually enjoyed the initial shaking in my sleeping bag - felt like a massage bed. However, then my co-counselor woke me up and suggested we get all the campers on the concrete picnic area, as "the earth may open up". It didn't thankfully, and Katie's students who chose to stay in the Holiday Inn were shaken up worse than we were. A train was knocked off it's tracks locally, but otherwise no other damage that I heard of. However, a quake of this magnitude would have wrecked immense havoc in a populated area. The San Francisco quake was 6.8 for example.
Ramana Hridayam's photo.
‘Empty yet inexhaustible, it gives birth to infinite worlds.’
Mind gives birth to infinite worlds—of this and that, loss and sorrow, good and evil. It's complete from the beginning, and yet it's inexhaustible in the production of what isn't. Believing what you think, you're carried off into the endless dramas of the self.
Until there's peace within you, there is no peace in the world, because you are the world, you are the earth. The story of earth is all there is of earth and beyond. When you're in dreamless sleep at night, is there a world? Not until you wake up and say, "I." When the I arises, welcome to the movie of who you think you are. But if you question it, there's no attachment, it's just a great movie. Get the popcorn: here it comes!
I live in completeness. All of us do, though we may not realize it. I don't know anything; I don't have to figure anything out. I gave up forty-three years of thinking that went nowhere, and now I exist as a don't-know mind. This leaves nothing but peace and joy in my life. It's the absolute fulfillment of watching everything unfold in front of me as me.
- Byron Katie, ‘A Thousand Names for Joy’

Least and most of hope.

The very least you can do in your life is to figure out what to hope for. And the most you can do is live inside that hope.
Barbara Kingsolver(gratefulness.org)

 
 

Friday, April 22, 2016

Worthy of receiving all there is...

 
 
 
                                        
We are worthy of receiving all that is good in life because we come from God, and God is all there is.                        don Miguel Ruiz@donMiguelRuiz  

Give thanks for unknown blessings already on their way

Give thanks for unknown blessings already on their way.
Native American prayer (Gratefulness.org)