8/16/2017: Daily Dose of Inspiration

“…They deny the need to change by making up all sorts of ideas about why their own [structures] are better than others. This has always been the Sufi critique of religious or cultural institutions: These institutions are human creations, intended to serve human development and happiness. The real religion behind all religions, according to the Qur’an, is that there is only one Reality, and all people and all cultures share it, no matter which sacred names they use or stories they tell.”

~ Neil Douglas-Klotz, The Sufi Book of Life

Whether an individual or an institution, we all must be flexible and willing to change with the times. Nothing can last forever. Even our own beliefs and what we consider truths will evolve as we experience more of life and gain new perspectives.

Don’t get stuck in old patterns of thought, my friend. Take every situation that challenges your belief structure (even the ones that make your hair stand on end) and see if the love deep in your heart takes offense.

Often we have layers of judgments that keep us from the love and acceptance that is the one Reality. Releasing these judgments is liberating!

8/14/2017: Daily Dose of Inspiration

“To attain true inner freedom, you must be able to objectively watch your problems instead of being lost in them. No solution can possibly exist while you’re lost in the energy of a problem. Everyone knows you can’t deal well with a situation if you’re getting anxious, scared, or angry about it. The first problem you have to deal with is your own reaction.”

~ Michael A. Singer

Life is challenging, my friend, let there be no doubt about it. It can be downright scary and infuriating at times. But what you have to realize first is that whenever you are feeling negative emotions like these you are far from your source of power. Rather than directing life you are reacting to life.

We are here as Spirit in the body. Spirit is 100% positive vibration. There is nothing — absolutely zero — negative about it. So when we feel negative emotions it is a very clear indication that we are far from being aligned with who we are as Spirit.

Who represents Spirit to you? Jesus? Buddha? Mohammed? The Dalai Lama? Another of the worlds great prophets and spiritual leaders? All of them have lived (or are living) here in the flesh just as we are but they (have) mastered aligning with the vibration of Spirit (God). Every challenge is a gift from God to help us become masters of aligning with Spirit.

Nothing can go wrong when we are aligned with Spirit. Nor can anything continue to go wrong when we align with Spirit. So adopt the perspective of Spirit, my friend, and talk to yourself. What would Spirit do? What would Spirit say to help you? Coach yourself through your struggles. Be gentle. Remember, Spirit has infinite patience, compassion, understanding, love, forgiveness, and faith in your ability to resolve all of your problems.

Take in a deep breath of Spirit and release the tension with your exhale. Relax. Problems dissipate when we align with Spirit.

8/14/2017: Daily Dose of Inspiration

“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.”

~ Henry David Thoreau

Ever noticed that while we may all be looking at the same thing, we don’t see it the same way. You’ve got your own filters, your attitude and beliefs, through which you experience life just as everyone else has theirs.

So what are your filters directing you to see? Do you see the positives or negatives? Or perhaps you see some mixture of both.

It’s important to note these things, my friend, ’cause what you see is what you get! Change your attitude and beliefs and you’ll change your results.

8/13/2017: Daily Dose of Inspiration

“Judgments prevent us from seeing the good that lies beyond appearances.”

~ Dr. Wayne Dyer

Our judgments are a dime a dozen. We make them about virtually everything and everyone. When there’s no charge — no judgment — on something, whatever it is simply fades into the background.

But it’s the negative judgments that we should be wary of. Do you ever feel good when you hold a negative judgment? Examine carefully, my friend. Self-righteousness and superiority only feel good to the ego which means there’s some self-deception underneath.

Truly feeling good, and seeing the good, comes with aligning with your Higher Self. Your Higher Self doesn’t hold negative judgments. It resides purely in the realm of positive vibrations. And that, right there, my friend, is why it feels so good to be aligned with your Higher Self.

8/12/2017: Daily Dose of Inspiration

“The material world will make you comfortable, but it will not make you happy. Your arrangement of your world is through the power of mind, and this you have.”

~ Raymond Charles Barker, The Power of Decision

Being happy is really a matter of choice, my friend. You can choose to focus on the things that you like or you can choose to focus on the things that you don’t like. You can choose to direct your energy towards living a life you’d love or you can dwell on reasons why you can’t.

When you shift the focus of your mind, my friend, you’ll shift your world.

8/11/2017: Daily Dose of Inspiration

“The best way to predict the future is to invent it.”

~ Alan Kay

You decide, my friend. What do you want your future to be? You’re already creating your life day in and day out by the thoughts that you’re thinking and how you are focusing — or maybe it’s not focusing — your attention.

So be deliberate and put your imagination to work. Visualize the future you want and set your intention to achieve it. Then, by focusing your attention on your intention and releasing any tension you feel about it, you’ll clear the path to its physical manifestation.

Did you get all that, my friend? Decide what you want, believe you can have it, and get to it. Here’s the formula again:

1. Set your intention.
2. Focus your attention.
3. Release all tension.
4. Then take action.

And enjoy the process, one step at a time.

8/10/2017: Daily Dose of Inspiration

“Drag your thoughts away from your troubles… by the ears, by the heels, or any other way you can manage it.”

~ Mark Twain

Oh, my friend, please be careful what you focus your attention on. Your attention is a very valuable commodity. Your energy follows your attention and flows to whatever you focus it upon which means it’ll grow!

It’s so easy for our thoughts to get stuck on everything that’s wrong or bad. And when that happens we just start heading into a downward spiral that can be very difficult to get out of.

Have you ever thought about the saying, “Pay Attention”? Do you wonder why we use the word “pay” in there? Well, think about it, our attention directs our energy. It’s going out for something. What do you expect in return?

Watch your thoughts, my friend, and start “paying your attention” to the things you want in your life.

8/9/2017: Daily Dose of Inspiration

“To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.”

~ Winston Churchill

Perfection is fleeting, my friend. For a moment we may experience perfection, but it’s not long before we want more or see room for improvement.

This is evolution in action. Nothing stays the same forever, nor should it. Spirit will forever call you and everyone and everything else forward to more. To ignore it will only leave you full of longing and discontent.

Heed those messages, my friend. They are Spirit beckoning.

8/8/2017: Daily Dose of Inspiration

“Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood.”

~ Helen Keller

Lessons come in many disguises. They aren’t always disasters, losses, accidents and the like. They can be anything, even pleasant surprises, that gives us new perspectives and deepen our understanding of life, human nature, and our own personal values.

Every experience will teach us something, whether we understand it now or not, and fulfill our spirit’s purpose for being here.

You really can’t go wrong, my friend. All you have to do is live life. But just know you will find life much more rewarding when you listen to and honor your longings and discontent.

8/7/2017: Daily Dose of Inspiration

“Don’t believe what your eyes are telling you. All they show is limitation. Look with your understanding. Find out what you already know and you will see the way to fly.”

~ Richard Bach, Jonathan Livingston Seagull

Your physical senses will only get you so far, my friend, as they can only perceive the physical. But there is a part of you that is of, and fully connected to, the infinite intelligence of the universe. This is the source of your extrasensory perception (ESP) and true freedom.

Every one of us is born with the innate ability to tap into and utilize ESP, but unless we use it we’ll most likely lose it. Now, don’t despair, my friend, it’s not gone forever. Just like you’d build any new relationship, build one with that greater part of you.

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