Friday, August 26, 2016

Daily Inspiration 8-26-16

"Confidence is the most important 
single factor in this game, 
and no matter how great your talent, 
there is only one way 
to obtain it--work." 

-- Jack Nicklaus 

Hmmmm. Certainly work, or rather, a better word would be practice, is something that can lead one to have increasing confidence. Yet, the word, work, and especially when it is preceded by the word, hard, is only of real and profitable value when doing something we are driven to do, love to do, can't wait to do, as was obviously the case with Jack Nicklaus, and I'm sure all the top golfers then and now. And, then, in my mind, it is no longer associated with that four-letter word, work. It certainly would be more appropriately associated with the word, play.

But, the reason I chose this quote was the idea that confidence comes from work. I know for sure and for certain that it is indeed, the most important single factor in the game, or any game, or any task, of any kind. And maybe it can come from practice, or work, or even hard work. Yet, confidence is not a thing to be received or attained. It is simply a thought, and a feeling, that creates a temporary belief. 

This thought, resultant feeling, and temporary belief can just as easily come from our imagination, and perhaps even more powerfully and fully than through any amount of practice or work. In fact, work is sort of a backward way to the feeling and belief of confidence. It's an action way. The faster, easier, smoother way is through imaginary visualization.

Confidence is a feeling. It is the result of thought. And, from the place of a desire to do a thing, it is a very desirable feeling to feel. There are many routes to every destination.

I Think I Can. I Think I Am. I Know I Am. It Is. I Am. 

Spread Some Joy Today--You'll know it when you feel it, and so will everyone else.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Daily Inspiration 8-25-16

"The most radical act 
anyone can commit 
is to be happy." 

-- Patch Adams 

I know that happiness is not something that is achieved. It is something that is chosen. It is not found, because it isn't lost. It's always there and ready at a moment's notice. I choose happiness. That's the choice. And, the easy way to happiness is choosing how you see things. It's all about thoughts.

Here's a great piece from The Universe, a.k.a., Mike Dooley of

"When in a hurry, step #1 for changing the entire world is falling in love with it as it already is. 

Same for changing yourself. 

And, best of all, with this approach, there is no step #2." 

Loving It The Way. . . It Is . . . They Are. . . I Am. 

Spread Some Joy Today--Let loose on your happiness today. Here's a great question: What do you have to lose? I'm sure you have a good answer for that!

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Daily Inspiration 8-24-16

"The essence of a belief is that we own it, 
regardless of what's happening around us. 
If you can be easily swayed by data, 
then it's not much of a belief." 

-- Seth Godin 

In yesterday's post, I mentioned the movie, The Confirmation and that there were several good discussion points in the movie. Yesterday, I pointed out one that stood out to me from the father and son interactions, and today I'll share another I gleaned from the film.

The son was confused about things. He didn't know what to think. He heard things about his estranged father from others and he didn't know if they were true, or even how he felt about the remarks. His father, showing a beautiful bit of wisdom, said that he needed to listen to what others say, and then make up your own mind. He mentioned that he needed to decide for himself several times.

So what is a belief? It is simply a thought we continue to think, or a something we have made a decision about for whatever reason, and we consider it to be truth. The solidity of that truth is often tested by data from others, and we can continually modify our truths to match that of another, or many others (groups always seem to have more power, but that is simply an illusion), or we can allow that data to pass us by, holding on to our chosen thoughts.

The wise advice to the son to make up his own mind is great, but how does that work? How would he know what to believe and what not to believe? He would know it by how he feels deep inside--not the reaction to the data that will cause a feeling response, but the somewhat deeper response to the information, an inner knowing. An inner knowing is what resonates with our higher self, our inner being, the God within us, our soul, our Spirit, or choose your own words, but I'm sure you know to what I refer.

Resonance is a fascinating thing. It is a thing of beauty. It is Divine Guidance. It is Inspiration. It is a certain truth of truths that only we know within.

Way back in 1980, I owned a musical instrument store in Napa CA. I was a guitar player, and sold a lot of guitars. There is nothing quite like a well-tuned guitar, except maybe a delightfully skilled musician playing it. I saw many of them come into the store. We had a lot of students and they often found tuning to be challenging. We found a guitar tuner that was very inexpensive at only $9.95 and it was called the Match-A-Tone guitar tuner. It had a dial and you would turn it on, choose the string note, and it would generate a tone and all the student needed to do was to match that tone. It was pretty obvious when they matched. A little low or a little high was easy to hear, and when it was in tune, the string resonated with the tuner tone.

That's how we know. It resonates within us. It matches the tone of our inner knowing. It has the same vibration. It is in complete harmony. We don't need to think about it, because we know it by how it feels. You can feel resonance. You can feel the out of tune-ness, or disparity that is the lack of resonance. It feels off. It feels out of tune. If feels like the vibrations don't match.

That would have been so valuable to the son so that the son not only made his own decision, but checked in with. and connected with his inner all knowing wisdom until he found resonance. That is also a great way to periodically test our beliefs to see if we should continue to believe them, or let them go in favor of something that matches our inner knowing.

You Know It When It Resonates, When It Is A Vibrational Match Inside You. 

Spread Some Joy Today--by allowing your joy to flow. The only thing that can stop your joy from flowing is your thoughts. It is also your thoughts that allow your joy to flow. What are you thinking?

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Daily Inspiration 8-23-16

"When you change 
the way you look at things, 
the things you look at change." 

-- Wayne Dyer 

I watched a powerfully good movie last night that just came out on video, The Confirmation, with Clive Owen, and Jaeden Lieberher in the lead as father and son. There were a number of interesting points worth discussing in this flick, and this morning, I'll focus on one very simple, and yet profound thing.

In the movie, Clive is a craftsman--a finishing carpenter. He wanted his son to be more appreciative of things because they are made by people. Somebody made that. Several people worked on that to create this. He asked his son, have you thought about who made your pants? Or your shirt. People made them. Someone sewed them together. When you go across a bridge, think about all the people it took and the skills it took to build that bridge. He was also suggesting that loving what we do and taking some pride in doing it well was a virtue to contemplate.

So today, I will pay more attention. I will pay homage to all those people who made the things that I enjoy. My bookshelves (numerous!), guitars, the computer I'm typing on, people that grew the plants that are in my courtyard, my truck which serves me well, the clothes I'm wearing and those in my closet, the carpet I walk on, the kitchen I cook in, along with all the pots, pans, knives, eating utensils, Tupperware containers, the blinds on the windows, the windows themselves, the roof over my head, the cement in the sidewalk.

There are literally thousands of things to give thanks for within just a few feet of where I stand, and of the things that we appreciate and like, we may do that from time to time, but we probably haven't, as I haven't opened my awareness to all the people involved in making all these thousands of things that aid my life in so many ways.

Appreciating All The People Who Created And Produced All The Stuff Of Life. 

Spread Some Joy Today--by finding joy wherever you go, whatever you do, whomever you're with.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Daily Inspiration 8-22-16

"If you'd like to teach 
a kid to ride a bike, 
training wheels are a bad idea." 

-- Seth Godin 

Seth continues: "You're much better off with a small bike with no pedals. All training wheels do is confuse, distract or stall." And, since Seth Godin is a marketing author and expert, he adds, "the same is true for marketing. You don't need to go to school for four years. You need to do marketing." He also says that, "the same thing is true for leadership. Find something worth doing, find others to join in."

Have you ever tried to ride a bike with training wheels? I tried it once and it felt completely stupid. One of the unique things about a bike is that it has a roll axis, unlike a car with four wheels. In other words, we can lean right or left, and in fact, that ability to lean has a great deal to do with riding a bike, and training wheels stops the roll axis, and you can watch a little kid on a bike with training wheels trying to lean and they can't. It's a silly protectionist thing that a parent would put on a bike because they are afraid the child will come to harm. But it slows the process of learning to a crawl.

I have a pilot's license and it would be like trying to fly a plane with it attached to a pole. A plane has even more freedom than a bike because instead of two axis, roll and yaw, it has three--roll, pitch and yaw. Left or right leaning, up or down, and right or left pointing. Training wheels on a bike limits the rider to one axis: yaw. It takes all the freedom away.

Our freedom is in our ability to decide, to do or to act. As we consider the fear of decision's ramifications, and/or the unknown aspects of doing something we may have never done before, we attach training wheels on our life. It feels crappy, but safer, and yet, it isn't safe at all. We can feel inside that it doesn't feel right. We can feel the resistance and the restraint involved. We have imprisoned ourselves, lost our freedom.

Because we so strongly want freedom, we rebel against the self-created resistance and restraint, and with the ego's complete cooperation, we begin blaming others, external forces, and more. And yet, our freedom is always fully in our control if we will only become aware of that power. Training wheels will not help us learn to use this power, we must simply exercise it, trust it will all be okay, and move.

Freedom is also our willingness and ability to fail, and to learn from those failures. The label fail or failure is made up. Truly there is only results, and we can then make adjustments if the results are not as desired. Pema Chodron wrote a short book about leaning into the unknown. The title is, Fail. Fail Again. Fail Better. 

Take Off The Training Wheels. Freedom Awaits. 

Spread Some Joy Today--by experiencing and spreading joy. Now.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Daily Inspiration 8-21-16

"Our inner picture 
has to be based on 
our intention to feel good, 
which is of course 
synonymous with feeling God." 

-- Wayne Dyer 

In his book, Living An Inspired Life - Our Ultimate Calling, Wayne continues: "If we make this an inner mantra: I intend to feel good, we can picture ourselves experiencing joy regardless of what's going on around us. We can remind ourselves that whatever we desire is on its way, in amounts greater than ever imagined. If we keep this vision uppermost in mind, then before long, the All-Creating Source will conspire to bring our vision into our physical life. Most important, we'll begin to act on our vision and receive Divine guidance." 

Some have said to me, "you just can't go around feeling good all the time. That's just a dream world." They are right, of course. It is just a dream world--my dream world. I assume by what they say that they would prefer me to feel bad instead. Or to focus more on all the suffering in the world. But, that's no longer my world. They want me to take a stand on the issues of the day. They say, "if you don't stand for something, you'll fall for anything." And, of course, they are right, so I am standing for feeling good, for living in my chosen reality, my own dream world.

What is fascinating to me is that this idea of feeling good really works. It works like nothing other that I have seen in my life. I no longer have unhappiness in my life. I've let go of so many things that were causing me to feel crappy. I think the one that took the longest to go was the idea of frustration, which is very much like the definition of insanity by Albert Einstein, as in "doing the same things and expecting a different result," or more accurately, thinking the same things and expecting a different result.

I no longer have frustration that was so common. I live predominantly in joy now--varying degrees of joy, love, peace, and appreciation. I like how Abraham, Esther Hicks, who, by the way, helped to show me the path I'm on, says this about living my moments:

"Mining the moment for something that feels good, something to appreciate, something to savor, something to take in, that's what your moments are about. They're not about justifying your existence. I'ts justified. You exist. It's not about proving your worthiness. It's done. You're worthy. It's not about achieving success. You never get it done. It's about "How much can this moment deliver to me?" And some of you like them fast, some of you like them slow. No one's taking score. You get to choose. The only measurement is between my desire and my allowing. And your emotions tell you everything about that." 

To me, feeling good has become my only real objective, and there are so many ways to feel good. As Abraham says, "mine the moment for something (anything!) that feels good" when you think about it. "Something to appreciate," which is anything! also. "Something to savor," whether it is taste with the tongue, or delightful odors, there is always something to savor if you want to savor. And, "something to take in," like the color of the sky, the leaves in a tree or on the ground, or the breeze wafting over your skin, or that favorite feel-good movie, or looking someone in the eye.

One last delicious point from the Abraham quote, where they say, "The only measurement is between my desire and my allowing." What a dynamic way to put that. Let's call it a gap for the moment. That gap can be as big as the word, "impossible," and as small as the word, "done!" It's not about being worthy, justified, or successful. It isn't even about what we want, only the distance between what we want and our allowing it in. And, we know what we have by how we feel moment by moment.

There are so many ways to feel good, that to feel bad has no value to me anymore. It's sort of surprising to think that I did value it often. Why would anyone choose to feel bad, to be upset about anything, to struggle, to be frustrated, when they could feel good? There is no such thing as one world. We all are living in the world of our choices. We all get to experience our world by how we feel about it. Choose as you will, as it is always your choice. All your choices are good for you because they are your own.

Feeling Good Isn't Something We Find Or Create. We Simply Allow Or Disallow By Our Thoughts On That. 

Spread Some Joy Today--by finding more and more feeling good moments. Ooooh, there's one! There's another. . . here's one. . . OMG, they're all around me now. . .

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Daily Inspiration 8-20-16

"Do not strive to attain perfection. 
Strive to recognize it." 

-- Alan Cohen 

How perfect is that!? There it is. Maybe by recognizing the perfection that already exists, that is all around us, that is fully within us, that is life itself, we can accept perfection.

Perhaps instead of trying to be good, it might be more beneficial to recognize the good that is all around us, within us, that is life itself.

It could also be that instead of seeking joy, it may be already within us, simply awaiting our recognition of that joy that is also all around us, and is, indeed, life itself.

Instead of wanting love, we accept and recognize the truest love within us, that is all around us, that is life itself.

Rather than seeking a portion of abundance to counteract our awareness of lack, we recognize that abundance that is fully within us, all around us, and is unquestionably, life itself.

Un-Strive To Find, And Simply, And Exquisitely Accept That It Is Already, Has Always Been, And Always Will Be. 

Spread Some Joy Today--by accepting and allowing the natural joy within to wash over you.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Daily Inspiration 8-19-16

"Realize deeply 
that the present moment 
is all you will ever have." 

-- Eckhart Tolle 

Time is such an interesting idea. Eckhart Tolle adds: "Time isn't precious at all, because it is an illusion. What you perceive as precious is not time but the one point that is out of time: the Now. That is precious indeed. The more you are focused on time--past and future--the more you miss the Now, the most precious thing there is."

It's interesting how he defines time as past and future, and if I think about that statement in that way, it makes perfect sense. But, what is even more fascinating is that we are always living in the now because that is all there is. We may be having thoughts from the past, or thoughts of something or someone from the past, that which has already been but is not this moment, and in reality, these thoughts are happening right now. We cannot go into the past. We can only access memories. And, memories then become the now. Except as we think of the memories, we may be missing what is happening this moment.

I was driving to meet a friend in Vacaville from Fairfield CA, and I was thinking that just this month been three years since my wife, Nancy, passed. I thought, "wow, three years. . . . It doesn't feel like three years. It feels like 3 nanoseconds ago. Heck, it seems like it was only 5 nanoseconds ago that we were making love on the beach around midnight at the Turtle Bay Hilton in Hawaii where we had only met two nights ago. I was 37 and she was 34 at the time." That memory is just as clear as it could be, and in April of 2017, it will have been 30 years since we met.

I can remember certain scenes from childhood that are as vivid as if it were this morning. Then buying my first car, getting my first real job, driving dump trucks, working on cars and trucks in the Air Force, getting into a career in the auto business, becoming a sales manager, buying our first home, and a few thousand other wonderful memories. They too were just a few nanoseconds ago. 

Then in juxtaposition of that, or maybe completely and delightfully in harmony with that, depending on your point of view, I was sitting outside in the carport yesterday holding Charlie and watching the birds in the courtyard right outside my office. My thought was, this, right here, right now, is sheer perfection. There is peace, love, harmony, atmospheric delight (lovely weather), and here was the most important thought, and it is one that really got my attention. I said silently to myself, "there is absolutely nowhere else I would rather be than right here, right now."

I think the reason that thought made such an impact on me is that for so much of my life, I was always wanting to be somewhere I wasn't. Or, at least it seemed that way. Sure there were tons of moments where I was fully enjoying that moment, but in my mind, I might have rather lived in Hawaii, or live in the country, or travel to this place or that, or have a lot more money, or have made better choices, or fill in the blank. But, yesterday, I was completely and totally focused on the moment and realizing--mildly astonished, actually--that there was not one place on planet Earth I would rather be than right there, just then.

Maybe you've had thoughts like that, but I was sort of blown away by it. I even tried to think of a place, a city or location, or type of home, or anywhere else that I might rather be. My answer was no. I was completely and totally at peace and in love with the moment by moment by moment by moment. I was in perfect harmony and joy--and awake within it.

"Time Is An Illusion" -- Albert Einstein 

Spread Some Joy Today--by allowing yourself to be where you are in joy. Wherever that may be.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Daily Inspiration 8-18-16

"Engage your mind 
before you open your mouth." 

-- A phrase I heard often as a youngster 
from my Step-Dad 

Warning! Warning! Automatic Habitual Pattern Mode is engaged! Well, wouldn't that be nice to hear and get us back on track. We all know that the automatic habitual pattern mode is real, and sadly, often prevalent in our lives. Well, I can't speak for any other than myself, so I'll just say, it has been prevalent in mine.

Yesterday there were at least two warnings that I actually heard. I'm so grateful that I am now hearing them as actual warnings. In the past, I would go on oblivious to the damage being done.

When talking with another person, keeping the subject joyful and upbeat is a good thing, and yet often we may either bring up a negative subject, or join in with our own quips when they do. And, I'm so thankful that in both cases yesterday, I stopped rather quickly, and turned toward better feeling conversation.

One was with a client and I brought up something about a mutual client and whether or not she was paid for her work yet. I found myself getting into more than just that aspect until I heard the warning, and then turned away. I was a little slow on the take, because I'm new to the warnings, but I'm delighted to have them keep me in the light instead of floundering in the darkness.

The other was my business partner discussing veterinarians and how they love tests, and raising the average financial return on each animal they see. Then there was a brief bit about an authority that was being less than cooperative. Since this was not very long after my first warning I just shared, I suggested to him that we find gratitude for all that instead. Let us be thankful, find things to praise and feel good about, that all this about gratitude is real and powerful, and we need to focus there. He agreed. The whole tone changed immediately.

We are habitual creatures, and even habitual creators. Sometimes, we're even totally on autopilot--just like so many times I get in my truck turn the corner, then turn another corner and several blocks later, I realize I really wanted to go the other way, but I'm so used to going this way, I just did it unconsciously. Sometimes I've even gone many miles before I realized what I was doing.

Awareness is key. Wanting to feel good is key. Realizing that we are habitual and that we need to practice waking up sometimes when feeling good has gone awry. When discussing something considered or labeled, wrong or unfair or not to our liking, it never feels good. We may even get into it with some enthusiasm, but it doesn't really feel good. Turning toward what we want, would rather have, toward joy, always feels good. It's that conversation that uplifts, energizes, inspires.

It doesn't matter that it is real, or that it happened. There's all kinds of shit happens scenarios available if we want them, but they all feel like. . . well, not good. Finding something in that subject to feel good about changes everything about the conversation, the result, the day we're having, the life we are choosing to live.

Habitual Pattern Mode Is Disengaged. Awareness And Desire To Feel Good Is Now Fully Engaged. 

Spread Some Joy Today--by going through the day awake and alive.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Daily Inspiration 8-17-16

"Why you want something 
defines the essence of the 
what you want." 

-- Abraham, Esther Hicks 

What is the value of continually learning? To find those one liners that light up my brain! Those that cause a connection, an "ah-ha" moment, an awakening, all of which equals a deeper and wider understanding of something I already knew.

I've studied this stuff for a lot of years now, and it always still amazes me when something just leaps off the page at me, saying, "Hey Minion! This is important! Pay attention!" The quote above, did just that.

It's just that our so-called human nature--or maybe it is our ego--seems to want to naturally focus on how to get what we want once we have decided what it is that we want. And, I know how Mike Dooley always says to "avoid the curs-ed how's!" Yet, it is a challenge to let go of how. We are trained to figure it out, to find a way, right? Letting go of the how part is so fraught with uncertainty, and requires trust and faith, which I know is a challenge from all my past training.

But, I also have learned that even though I may gravitate to wanting to know how automatically, I should be reminded by the sign on my office wall that has been there many years now, "What is my job! How is God's job!" And then, in Esther Hick's book, Ask and It Is Given, from which the above quote came, says it all with only the title. Ask. And. It. Is. Given! Seems to me I've heard or read that from other sources too.

Why did it leap off the page then? Because of this part of the quote: "defines the essence of the what you want." Why defines the what. I thought, of course! That's why the why is so important. I thought, of course! That's why the how is not important. It is because the why is what defines the what. The how doesn't define the what, but the why does. I thought, Wow! Isn't that cool? Isn't that powerful? It's flat amazing!

So, I'll share the whole quote from which I pulled the short quote above:

"Why you want something defines the essence of the what you want, and the Universe always delivers to you the vibrational essence of your desire. . . . So, when you think about why you want something, you usually soften resistance; but when you think about when it will come to you or how it will come or who will help it to come, you often add resistance, especially if you do not already know the answers to those questions." 

Of course, most of the time we haven't got a clue about the answers to the questions about when, how, or who, and that naturally causes concern, which is another word for resistance, and then it may even cause worry, which is much stronger resistance. BUT, when we focus on why we want something, that should release any and all resistance. Decide what we want and then simply focus on why we want it, which will cause us to imagine it being here already and how that will feel. Then the only thing left is to simply let go and let God.

Why Do I Want This That I Want? 

Spread Some Joy Today--by realizing why joy feels so darn good, and then enjoying it some more. Simply appreciate something or someone.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Daily Inspiration 8-16-16

"Whenever I am 
being my mind's bitch, 
I am not living 
in my natural state of joy." 

-- Pam Grout 

How many times have we heard the phrase, "practice makes perfect?" Or, maybe it was, "practice, practice, practice," if you were an athlete or a musician. Some might have said, "if you're gonna be good at it, you're gonna have to practice," or "you've gotta put in the time to get the gold." There's hundreds of them, I'm sure, and I think that unless you're serious about getting there, many are not willing to practice because it is often seen as hard work, no fun, I got better things to do.

I suppose it depends on what we want to practice. But even more than that, it depends on how we feel about practice.

What about gratitude? There's a world of benefit in practicing gratitude. And is it work? Is it hard? Does it sap our energy? Not. It only requires a decision to do so and then simply do it, and the more often we do it, the more gratitude we have and feel, and the more benefits and blessings that come upon on us from all quarters.

In Pam Grout's latest book, Thank and Grow Rich (It's not about money, by the way. It's about real wealth!), she states that it is important to put everything into perspective. She says, "I have been accused of being unrealistic, a crazy idealist, not in touch with the real world. "It's impossible," my detractors insist, "for someone to live in gratitude all the time. Sh*t happens." 

She agreed, and continued, "However, 99.9 percent of life, even during the sh*t storm, still operates in perfect working order, continues to run as efficiently as that annoying Energizer Bunny." 

She says, "Anyone who thinks life is nothing but an ordeal is clearly deluded." Then she lists some examples of the beginning of a "bad day," where what she wanted to wear is wrinkled and in the laundry basket, the freeway is crawling and people aren't paying attention, things are not going well at work, and the list can go on for hours, "And. . . " she adds, "you were created from stars, free liquid falls from the sky--do you know how remarkable that is? You live on a planet with just the right amount of oxygen, and just the right ratio of just the right gases," and that list will go on to infinity.

It all depends on where we choose--and we always and in all ways choose--to put our perspective, or how we choose to view or see a situation. And our perspective has everything to do with how we feel and how we feel has everything to do with where we are, what we have, who we are right now.

Can we give thanks, appreciate, be in gratitude for everything? Even the so-called bad things? The answer to this is absolutely, yes. But, that's not the question that matters. The question that matters is not can we, but will we?

Therein Lies The Dilemma. And The Inevitable Results. 

Spread Some Joy Today--by being willing to practice allowing it. It is not something that is searched for and found, as it is always there, only awaiting our allowing of it to be realized.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Daily Inspiration 8-15-16

"As you cannot do what you want, 
want what you can do." 

-- Leonardo da Vinci 

Another way to say this is, if you cannot have what you want, want what you have.

So, some may be thinking that if I don't want what I have, and I don't have what I want, how can I get what I want? An interesting dilemma. If I want what I don't have, I feel lousy, and if I don't like what I have or what I'm doing now, I feel lousy, so no matter what, I feel lousy, and that sucks!

But, the Law of Attraction doesn't care about what I want or what I don't want. It is completely neutral on all of that. It doesn't respond to my desires, or my lack of desire. It responds to my vibration, and my vibration is vibrating according to how I feel. So, in this case, I'm feeling lousy about not getting what I want, and even more lousy because I am doing or having what I don't want, so the Law of Attraction responds by giving me circumstances, situations, people in my path, and more, to give me more to feel lousy about.

Think of it this way: The angrier a person gets, the more opportunities show up to get angry about, until anger, hate, disappointment, revenge, and all manner of other similar thoughts rule my life. And, since the Law of Attraction is completely neutral on what I want or have, the happier I am, the more opportunities show up to be happy about, to move into appreciation, joy, and love. It responds equally to whatever vibration, or how we are feeling, perfectly, and promptly.

Have you ever been in an area, maybe at work, or a place where there are some friends and/or associates, and one might be expressing anger, disdain, being upset about something in the news--a terrorist thing, or bashing a politician or political candidate, or, "did you hear about the shooting at the ______?," or the latest financial scandal. And then did you ever notice how many others pipe in with this story and that story and what is wrong with this and that and the other? Pretty soon there's a whole pissing party going on. I've seen this phenomenon many times.

Though it is equally possible to have these parties with positive, uplifting news, they are very rare, if ever, in my own experience, and maybe you have had a similar experience. Why is that? I think it is just that negative news dominates all over the world, and so people just go with the dominant theme. Wouldn't it be interesting if that wasn't the case? What kind of world would that be?

Still, the point is that the Law of Attraction is bringing all of us more of what we are feeling. So, when I am feeling lousy about my job or my situation, can't wait to change it because I want something else that I don't currently have, I'm stuck where I am. I'm stuck because I am getting more of what I am feeling.

So, the way out of what I don't want, or not liking, is to find ways to like it, love it, and want more of it. The feeling good feelings will draw more opportunities to feel good, which will draw more opportunities for feeling better, and this is what leads us to what we want. Feeling crappy, I'm stuck, and feeling good, I am freed to move about the cabin.

I Can Have What I Want By Loving What I Have.

Spread Some Joy Today--by turning toward that joy, feeling that feeling, and then without the least bit of effort, the sharing has begun.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Daily Inspiration 8-14-16

"I'm big because 
I'm connected to the universe, 
and the universe 
is connected to me." 

-- Neil DeGrasse Tyson 

I'm in the middle of a great new book that was just published a few days ago. It is by a favorite author, Pam Grout, who wrote the huge best-seller E-Squared. Her next book was E-Cubed, and now this book, Thank and Grow Rich. Obviously, and correctly, it is all about gratitude, being thankful, appreciating ourselves and all that is around us, as we are a part of it all.

I wrote something on a notepad a few months ago: Living a life of significance--10 steps, 14 principles, 7 actions. It was an idea for a inspirational post making a spoof about the idea that there are steps, principles, and actions required to have a life of significance. Indeed, that seems to be much of what we're taught in our young lives, and continues in our careers, and more. But, my thought was that every single person is living a life of significance because every single life is significant. We don't have to do anything, learn anything, be anything other than who we are. Significance is a given, not a getten.

Pam Grout's book says that same thing, in her words, of course, and that the simple, and yet so dynamically profound act of being thankful, grateful, appreciative of every single thing, every combined thing, all that is good and all that is labeled not good leads to infinite happiness. She says, being grateful for all things holds such value for a vastly improved experience, and that we don't really have to do anything at all to be perfect the way we are. That includes not having to be grateful if we don't feel like it. But, of course, we really do feel like it deep down because it is so much a part of our nature; in fact, we can't help it once we let go of the static.

I woke up a tad after 3 a.m. this morning, sitting up, with eyes closed, rocking back and forth, giving praise, being thankful. I focused on one person, a significant person, but not a close person to me. I've known this guy since 1980. He has a local business here in Fairfield CA, and I've bought many thousands of dollars of products from him over the years. It's been ten years since I've bought anything from him, as I'm not in need of his products anymore, but he pops into my head and I am thinking of all the transactions, his demeanor, his expertise, his fairness, and much more.

I was appreciating all of these things for quite some time. Then, at 4:30 a.m., I got up and went to my office and wrote him a 2-page typewritten thank you letter, addressed it, and put a stamp on it. I'll take it to the Post Office later, and he will get it tomorrow or Tuesday at the latest. It begins with Thank you! I Appreciate You! in big bold print, then goes on to give particulars. How do you think he will feel to receive this? I haven't got a clue, but I'm guessing, it will make his day. But, what is more important is how it causes me to feel. I felt great thinking about it, and even better writing it out.

It's nice to think grateful thoughts, loving thoughts, appreciative thoughts of people. A beautiful woman I had a bit of a fling with 30 years ago told me that she thought that whenever she was thinking of me, that I was thinking of her and vise versa. We never really compared notes, but that might be true. I do believe that just having positive, uplifting thoughts about others is of value to them somehow on some level.

But, there's nothing quite so special as saying it to their face, writing them a note, sending them flowers, or whatever other physical act that takes that mental appreciation and manifests it physically. Don't you think you would appreciate such thoughts and acts? Maybe you know someone or several someones to begin with today. How about one a week? One a day? We all have people we're grateful for, and maybe even someone we haven't seen in ten years. . .

Loving Thoughts Have Much Value, And Loving Actions Display Them. 

Spread Some Joy Today--by sharing your joy with someone who would delight in knowing how you feel.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Daily Inspiration 8-13-16

"Giving thanks for abundance 
is sweeter than 
the abundance itself." 

-- Rumi 

Giving thanks is to be in appreciation, and to be in appreciation is to be in love. Something that I posted by Abraham, Esther Hicks a few days ago says this nicely too: "When you concentrate on appreciating, then appreciation comes right back--but you are really not looking for appreciation to come to you; you want the feeling of appreciation flowing through you." 

I'm not sure I totally got that until this morning when I saw the above quote by Rumi. It's worthy of repetition: "Giving thanks for (being in appreciation of) abundance is sweeter than the abundance itself." 

It's kind of like when we want something, even when we want something very strongly, it is that feeling of wanting it and imagining receiving it that is so much more powerful than when we actually manifest it. This happens so often that if other beings were looking at us running around toward things that we want, and then not really wanting them after we've gotten them, they would think we were a bunch of flighty ungrateful misfits. But it is more our nature to want than to have. Having is nice, but wanting is life itself, because wanting is the flowing of energy.

So all of this about abundance, caused me to think about joy and appreciation--two of my favorite subjects--well, they're closer than that even, as they are such similar vibrations, along with love, freedom, and knowledge. As I thought of that, I know that the source of my joy is and has always been appreciation, or being thankful, if you will. As I am focused on appreciation, as Abraham said, appreciation comes back to me. In other words I feel one with it. But where that thing called joy comes from is the feeling of appreciation flowing through me. 

When we concentrate on abundance, abundance comes right back, or rather, we align with it, connect with it, recognize it, realize it, and what really floats our boat is the feeling of abundance flowing through us. That feeling is an acknowledgement of the most powerful connection of all--the connection with our inner being, or all-that-is, God within, or whatever words to describe that that works for you.

When we concentrate on joy, that joy is returned. The connection is opened, and the rush we have in joy is the feeling of joy flowing through us, not achieving joy, but experiencing joy, feeling joy alive within us.

It is all about energy, and flowing energy. We get to choose how we will flow energy. We get to choose our focus, our concentration. As we choose and focus, it is returned to us, which opens the connection to more of it, and it is the feeling of that flowing in us that is what makes us feel alive. 

This flowing of energy works with whatever we choose and focus on. It can be joy, and it can be pain. It can be appreciation, and it can be hate. It can be powerfully negative, or powerfully positive, and we all get to choose. Some people love that feeling of the energy of hate flowing through them. We all get to choose. Personally, I choose not that. I am rather fond of appreciation and joy--and abundance. I love the feeling that comes from that, so that is my choice, focus, and feeling.

Choice. Focus. Feeling. 

Spread Some Joy Today--by choosing it, focusing on it, and feeling that energy of joy flowing through you. The source of joy is appreciation.