Thursday, May 25, 2017

Daily Inspiration 5-25-17

"I exist as I am, that is enough.
If no other in the world be aware
I sit content,
And if each and all be aware
I sit content.

One world is aware,
and by far the largest to me,
and that is myself.
And whether I come to my own today
or in ten thousand or ten million years,
I can cheerfully take it now,
or with equal cheerfulness,
I can wait."

-- Walt Whitman,
from Leaves of Grass

It's been a long time since I've read the Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman, and I was reminded of the passage above from the book by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer, Your Sacred Self.

I was looking for some great points about loving myself from Wayne Dyer because he taught me how to love unconditionally. He did that by giving me his definition of unconditional love for others in this that I have quoted with joy so many times:

"Love is the ability and willingness to allow those that you care for to be what they choose for themselves without any insistence that they satisfy you."

And yet, as many times as I have stated this quote, I have to make a change to it so that it is more unconditional. I need to remove the conditional word phrase, 'those that you care for,' and replace them with two others, 'all others,' or better yet, 'all people,' or simply, 'all.' With the changes:

"Love is the ability and willingness to allow all to be what they choose for themselves without any insistence that they satisfy me."

We all have the ability. That cannot be denied; however, we don't all have the willingness, but it is in the willingness, the act of trust that I can love others and the choices they make, honoring those choices without my having to approve of them, or even like them at all.

So, since Wayne Dyer taught me so much about love (along with a few other awesome people!), I was thinking, is loving myself different or harder than loving others? Can I love others unconditionally and not be loving myself unconditionally? I don't think that is possible.

I met up with a friend and reader recently and we were talking about the changes in him. Then, he told me, "you taught me how to love myself." I cannot even imagine a higher compliment than this, and yet I can only be doing that as a matter of practice, for I don't yet see myself as fully there.

But, you know, that word, practice, is one of my favorites because that is one of the best ideas I've ever come across. To practice is to act, to do, to state, to do again, to continue to improve, to expand, to unfold, and I see learning to love unconditionally as the highest practice I can ever entertain and participate in. Indeed, I see practice as required as is breathing in and out is required for life in this body. It's not a place we get to and then we are there, it is continually unfolding.

In the Bible, it is stated several times to love your neighbor as you love yourself--even as God has loved us. I don't see any way, nor any meaning in separating those loves. They are the exact same as we allow that to be. We all have the ability. We may not have the willingness yet. However, we will all know it, whether now or soon, or after we make our transition in death at which point I believe we are welcomed home to unconditional love. Finding it now makes for a far more delightful journey.

Ability? Done! Willingness? Done. Practicing? Absolutely! 

Spread Some Joy Today--by closing your eyes from time to time and allow yourself to feel the depth of God's love for you and feel the joy within that encourages you to share that joy today and every day.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Daily Inspiration 5-24-17

"All the world's a stage." 

-- William Shakespeare 

I was rereading some more of Bashar this morning, and finally allowing it to make more sense to me. This glared at me: "This is why many of you create the seeming contradictions in your lives. You say you wish to change the primary focus, but when you look around, you are continually seeing the same background--in a sense, seeing the idea of your primary focus against the same background, rather than allowing the entire background to be a part of the primary focus, and changing along with it." 

The paragraph before that explains the idea more fully: "Therefore, when you seek to create changes in your own primary belief system focus, often you will only continuously weigh that primary focus or change against a background that you will not allow yourselves to see has changed. But if you are willing to recognize that everything changes when you change anything, then you will not still see the primary background in the same light. You will begin to realize that something is different--somewhere, somehow." 

I was thinking of the primary focus as being the stage of our lives, and that we will only allow ourselves to believe that which is most true about ourselves and our surroundings, or the stage that we stand upon.

As I decide that I want something different, that I want to be something different than I am now or have been, it is easy to make that decision. It is even easy to begin acting upon it. We are, after all, action-oriented beings, so acting on things is easy for us, even without much in the way of thought. So I begin to act the part of that which I have decided that I want to be, to have that which I've decided I want to have, and so on.

But, I forget to change the scene. I'm playing the new part against the old stage set. I'm playing Superman in front of the stage set for Gone With the Wind. Then I wonder why I'm not manifesting what I want. But, once I change the primary belief, or the part I have decided to play, the audience which is only my feedback mechanism is telling me that their laughter at what is being displayed is somehow messed up.

So, I look at the stage set and I start yelling at the stage crew for their inept handling of their duties, all the while realizing that I am the stage crew and I'm yelling at myself, criticizing myself, feeling like such a fool.

Then I realize what went wrong. I must allow my primary belief, my new choice to give instruction to the stage crew so that the background and the foreground match. Then, as I am acting the part in my own play, the audience will see the brilliance of my acting skill and believe it to be true. And with that feedback, I believe it to be true.

Don't Forget To Set The Stage. 

Spread Some Joy Today--by allowing yourself to belief what is most true for you. Feel the joy that is your audience.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Daily Inspiration 5-23-17

"When you are doing what truly represents 
the vibration of your reality, 
all the details take care of themselves. 

The things that don't get done, 
if you are truly being 
 who you know you need to be, 
don't need to be done 
to allow you to be that person." 

-- Bashar 

This morning I was reading some passages that I highlighted when I first read the book, Bashar: Bluepring For Change. Two of those passages are above and I wanted to elaborate on this idea of thinking that there is so much to do and we will never get it done and how that can cause all manner of anxiety.

The paragraph that contains the second statement above, which was not highlighted by me then, focused on a idea that I had not given any real thought to. Bashar said this:

"You see, the difficulty you are having is in thinking that your life is a series of separated ideas, rather than one homogenous event in which everything that needs to be done to allow you to be the person you need to be will be taken care of automatically." 

I thought, wow! That whole idea of our lives being pieced together rather than having it be whole as a living organism resonates.

I like how Abraham, Esther Hicks says often that we never get it done. My interpretation of that is to learn to allow more, to not focus on the parts, or the ills, or the lessons, but to live the dynamic that is life as this constantly moving and morphing event, by enjoying the moments of its movement, feeling the feelings that are guiding us without diving into them, and to focus as much as we are willing on what we want now and remaining in joy as we dare allow ourselves to experience, while all the while allowing all others and things to be what they are in respect of their choices.

A couple of days ago, I went for a 4-mile walk. As another would come toward me, I did something different. I put my hands together in front my my heart and I bowed in reverence to each person. Inside I said, Namaste. It's funny the reactions that I noticed, but I loved the practice of honoring the other as I honor myself.

What gets done, gets done, and what doesn't is not necessary. There are not pieces, it is never done, and nothing is left undone. What there is remains what is important, and that is our choices, our vibration of what reality is for us, and our allowing of each in their own, honoring the light in all of us.


Spread Some Joy Today--by injoying yourself as if your life depended on it.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Daily Inspiration 5-22-17

"Failure is the foundation of success, 
and the means by which it is achieved." 

-- Lao Tzu 

[Classic post from 9-24-14]

This is one of the best definitions of success I've ever seen. For the moment, let's assume that it is a true statement. This being the case, everyone is either already a success or on their way. If they are on their way, it is a given that they will eventually succeed. This would mean essentially that it is impossible to not succeed, thereby this makes everyone a success. Based on that, why wait to celebrate? Do it now while you're on the way. There's nothing like enjoying your travels.

Since You're Already A Success, Congratulations! 

Spread Some Joy Today--by choosing one single goal today to simply enjoy yourself.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Daily Inspiration 5-21-17

"How often I found where I should be going
only by setting out for somewhere else."

--R Buckminster Fuller

[Classic post from 6-19-12]

There are three important things that this wonderful quote speaks to me. One, movement is important. To get somewhere we must begin the journey. Let, or rather allow your thinking to inspire you, and then take some kind of action. It matters less what the action is at the beginning, but action is important.

Two, mistakes happen, but don't focus on them as mistakes. Consider it feedback instead of mistakes. Some of the world's most popular products were not what was set out to make, such as, Post-It Notes. Activity breeds results, and those results are an indication, or an indicator of where to go next.

Three, don't get hung up on the objective because the objective may change so much that you wouldn't recognize it. Be flexible, and let, or rather, allow things to unfold. You may find that a far grander realization comes out of allowing a relaxed and flexible focus.

Ready, Set, Chill. Make A Decision, Act On Your Inspirations, Don't Get Hung Up On The Outcome.

Spread Some Joy Today--It might be time for the Teaberry Shuffle. . .

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Daily Inspiration 5-20-17

"Eventually life comes back to simplicity." 

-- Alan Cohen 

This morning I received this quote above from Alan Cohen, and also this quote from Abraham, Esther Hicks from a seminar in 1999:

"There will be someone who comes from a background of poverty who is influenced to strong wanting. And the rockets of desire will shoot, and then they will find a way to find vibrational harmony with their desire. They will get into this flow in which material things flow into their life at outrageous abundance. And they will feel brief moments of success as it comes, until they are eventually buried by the cumbersomeness of it, and then the next rocket of desire that is born is: "I'm wanting a simpler life." 

I printed them out and set them aside. Then, a few hours later, I realized that this is exactly what has occurred in my own life.

I realized that I have been living a simpler life for some time now. As I stood in that realization, I was pleasantly amazed and delighted. How appropriate it is that I received both of these messages today.

I Am Happy With Where I Am And In Whom I Have Become. 

Spread Some Joy Today--As you are happy with who you are now, joy finds you.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Daily Inspiration 5-19-17

"Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. 
And, so it everything else." 

-- Albert K. Strong 

Our perspective is built on beliefs and our beliefs are created with repetitive thoughts, and so what we see is seen through each of our own perspectives.

One can see opportunity, and another sees nothing but a lack of opportunity. One sees abundance, and another is starved in lack. And there are millions of points in between these opposites that I will call shades of gray.

I was reminded of the fact that our vision is tainted by our perspective this morning and that if what we see is not what we desire, then we must first begin the process of changing the beliefs and that is done by changing the thoughts.

What is is not real. What is filtered through our consciousness is what is real. If we want to change what is real to us, then we need to change the filter.

However the change may unfold, it is a thought that gets it moving by making a decision to think it and to act on it. Often we may think that we cannot do something, achieve something, and this is only a filtering problem. Once we change the filter, magically, we are able to do and achieve.

Maybe that change is only a step in the direction we intend, but it is motion. I have found that via that motion put in gear by the decision and the desire for change built from the new thoughts, it is amazing how we can see a way to a solution when just a short time ago there was little or no hope of a solution.

The struggle is valuable. If there is a struggle, this is an indication of a desire to not struggle, and this will require a filter change. As it is changed, doors are opened, avenues are clearer. There may be many struggles to continue to move in the direction we want to go. So what? If the struggle is creating the desire for change, then celebrate the struggle.

I was just this morning talking with my main business partner about some things we have changed for the better simply by deciding to do so and then magically, it all worked out. I didn't yet believe, but I thought we would try and so that began the thinking filter change and the decision caused action. Now I have a new belief. It can be done. It will be done. We can do it. We are doing it. It is done.

There's No Such Thing As Problems With No Solutions Except That Thinking Makes It So. 

Spread Some Joy Today--by thinking your way into joy.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Daily Inspiration 5-18-17

"We may 
succumb to circumstances, 
or, via our powers of choice, 
choose otherwise." 

-- Albert K. Strong 

It's amazing how much joy I have received from my Ask and It Is Given Perpetual Calendar from Abraham, Esther Hicks. I think I've had it for about seven years and it is inspiring me every day and I never seem to get tired of its assistance in that task. Rather, I delight in it.

So, I had to share the message from May 17th, which struck me as this: Well, duh! And then I thought how profound it was as a message of reminder to me. Here is what is written:

"It is not possible to stand still, or be stuck, because Energy, and therefore, life, is always in motion. Things are always changing. But the reason it may feel to you as if you are stuck is because while you are continuing to think the same thoughts, things are changing--but they are changing to the same thing, over and over. If you want things to change to different things, you must think different thoughts. And that simply requires finding unfamiliar ways of approaching familiar subjects." 

The one sentence that leapt off that page at me (a figure of speech, of course because words don't leap. . . or do they?) is this (it's still leaping!):

"If you want things to change to different things, you must think different thoughts." 

Then it leapt again:

"If you want things to change to different things, you must think different thoughts."

I think another way to say that is, "If you want things to be different, you have to change." 

This is even better: "If you want things to be different, you have to change." 

Way better: "If I want things to be different, I have to change!" 

I have to change my thoughts. I have to change my demeanor. I have to change my choices. I have to change my actions. I have to stay focused on the "different" that I want because the "same old" is so solidly planted in my memory and my psyche via habitual patterns of thought.

Do I Want To Keep Getting The Same Difference? 

Spread Some Joy Today--by choosing something different and moving in the direction of it.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Daily Inspiration 5-17-17

"If we knew what it was we were doing, 
it would not be called research, would it?" 

-- Albert Einstein 

I finally figured out what it is about people who think they know what they are doing. It's not that they know what they are doing, but they seem to know how to imply via their actions that they do.

Truth is, they are all only doing research just like you and me. We're all doing research, trying to figure it all out, or at least a part of it. We're experimenting. They're experimenting. We're all doing research into what constitutes a good and fulfilling life within these organic suits.

This whole scene is experiential. Is one experience superior to another? One choice more appropriate than another? One decision that is the most correct of all? One life more worthy than the next? Absolutely not. That is the basis for the experimentation. Billions of experiments are in process in this moment, with billions more coming and going.

The only prize yielded is the experience. The only value is how it feels to you. And me. And they.

We Are Experiential Beings. 

Spread Some Joy Today--by allowing and expecting joy as you move about the cabin.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Daily Inspiration 5-16-17

"Journalists do a better job of 
covering revolution than evolution." 

-- James Reston 

Of course! So don't we all. Revolution is now! It's active. It's excitement. It's moving as we speak. Evolution is sleepy. It's long and slow and boring (at least in this moment).

Another way to look at revolution is that it is reality. It is real. It is happening. People are talking about it. People are acting in it and engaged. It demands attention. And, so we think it is real; that it is reality. There's nothing more real than this that is happening right before our eyes we say.

However, if revolution is reality, so is evolution. In our time and space system we can easily see revolution as here and now while evolution is not begging for attention, and yet it is in process. We may see it as if it is in some other dimension and not in our presence. But it is as much in our presence as anything else.

Revolution demands immediate or near-term response and evolution is only seen with patience and perspective.

And so it is in our thoughts. Our constant inner dialog which is habitual thinking patterns of our ever-helpful ego, few of which are positive and uplifting (if any!) is revolution. Our Inner Being, our Immanuel, our God Within, our Soul, our Inner Knowing is patient and kind and is only interested in our benefit and the benefit of others in our presence. That part of us is above and can see a far greater perspective. It sees beyond the momentary demands of the revolution because It is focused on evolution, evolving, becoming, unfolding, flowing. It is peace and love. It is Divine and divine.

Here's Where A Deep Breath Is So Empowering. 

Spread Some Joy Today--by expanding your perspective to find the real in reality: LOVE.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Daily Inspiration 5-15-17

"Laughter is carbonated holiness." 

-- Anne Lamott 

These days I crave laughter. Probably what I most love about my main business partner is that he never fails to bring me laughter. We'll be chatting about business and maybe even something that seems semi-serious, and then we'll start laughing at it all. Taking things seriously is so overrated!

I just realized today that I feel as if I have come to a place in my life where hardly anything bothers me, and if it does, it is short-lived. Very little surprises me in the world, and yet I am fascinated with it all. I'm interested but I just don't attach myself to it. This allows me to read the newspaper with joy. In fact, I find a lot of what goes on in the world as described in the newspaper or online brings me laughter, especially in how seriously they are trying to be about it.

I find smiles and laughter on facebook regardless of what is being posted, and I love funny movies. One that just came out a few weeks ago is Why Him? It's floating in the f-word and all its forms, some parts are a little gross, but it is fricken hilarious! I just rented it for the second time last night and howled all the way through, again. It's a surprisingly good movie too and I think that its because of the choices of actors and that it has heartfelt moments too.

Whatever brings laughter to me brings me joy. It causes me to feel light, free, happy, optimistic. It makes my world smaller and my God or my Source so much more expansive. It even causes me to feel fear-less, problem-less, stress-less, and without any negativity at all.

What other than laughter can do all of that?

Laughter Is The Ultimate Letting Go! 

Spread Some Joy Today--by finding more and more ways to smile all over your body and let it wiggle with laughing out loud laughter.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Daily Inspiration 5-14-17

I love you more today
more today than yesterday,
But I love you less today,
less than I will tomorrow."

-- First verse of the song Ku-u-i-po from the movie Blue Hawaii
written by Luigi Creatore, Hugo Peretti, and George David Weiss

[Classic post from 10-21-13]

I was a bit stuck on memory lane yesterday afternoon and evening and watched a couple of movies off the Internet connection. As I was surfing for something that I wanted to watch, I saw Elvis Presley's Blue Hawaii. So, I watched it. It certainly isn't the cream of the crop as movies go, but entertaining enough. Yet, it was way more to me.

I told the story of how I met my late wife, Nancy, in Hawaii, so that was a connection certainly. I think I also told the story of our wedding with the Hawaiian theme and flowers flown in from Hawaii that day, and that a dear friend brought a musician who played my own guitar and sang the Hawaiian Love Song to us. Here's a photo of that moment.

It was a sucker bet that I would have tears flowing while the Hawaiian Wedding Song was playing on the movie, but the song that I woke up with in my head this morning was the one quoted above. It's such a beautiful song, and the lyrics are equally so. I'll probably have it going in my head all day long. Does that ever happen to you? You just hear a song or remember a song and then it is on constant replay all day long. In this case, that is a good thing.

But, this movie was somewhat more than memories of Nancy. It was memories of my late mother too. My mother was a HUGE Elvis Presley fan. In the fifties, she saw Elvis at the Pan-Pacific Auditorium in Los Angeles. I was too young to go, but I heard plenty about it with that dreamy look on her face. My mother found a way to buy every album that Elvis came out with, which ended up being quite a collection! She played them over and over and over again. I loved them too.

I was about 12-years old when Blue Hawaii came out in 1961, my mother took me to see it with her. The theater was very crowded, and we arrived late, so I ended up sitting behind her and watched her swoon through the whole film. We have both seen every Elvis movie and many of the filmed concerts. I'm almost done, I promise. . .

Then when I was about 25, and I think it was 1974, I wanted to give my mother a special gift by getting tickets and taking her on Mother's Day to Del Webb's Sahara Tahoe in Lake Tahoe NV to see Elvis in concert. It was the second time for mom, but my first to see him in person and it was spectacular. I will never forget that moving experience, and it was the best Mother's Day present.

As I skipped lovingly down memory lane, I enjoyed every moment.

Ku-u-i-po, I Love You More Today, More Today Than Yesterday. . .

Happy Mother's Day!

Spread Some Joy Today--That was some of my joy. Now go spread yours!

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Daily Inspiration 5-13-17

"If wishes were fishes, 
we'd all cast nets." 

-- Frank Herbert 

I remembered a phrase from my childhood this morning: Wishes are for fishes! It was in the same realm of other edicts I heard such as money doesn't grow on trees, there's only so much to go around, the rich get richer and the poor get poorer, and other powerlessness statements. Oh, woe is me! I think I'll eat some worms.

These are the kinds of statements that it is best not to remember, and certainly not helpful to believe!

Then, as one thought so often leads into another and then another, I thought about decisiveness. I thought of this: I wish. I want. I will. I am. Which of those gets results? I am, of course. I wish is such a waste of time. I want is okay, but lacking decision. I will indicates a decision, but because it is put off into the future, it is also powerless. The only one that works is I am. I am is abundance. 

If to say, I am is to be, how can I be before the result? We are always before the result. It is the being that creates the result. Empowered people are decisive. They pick and choose because they know that they have to be in alignment or resonate with that which they want. Once they find that place, they are already there.

Unlike so many of us who are waiting for an opportunity to present itself, or to find our calling, or the fish with the coins, powerful people are awash in opportunities because that is how they view life and their job is to have built-up their skills in discernment to know which ones to choose, and their abundance mindset gives them the patience to take their time. They also know that things change and that mistakes can be made, and yet they also know that mistakes hold value--maybe even as much value as succeeding.

I think that when we let go of the idea of thinking that external situations and circumstances are what drives our lives, we will see our lives in such a different light. That light I would call the realization that this is an abundant world, and that there is more than enough to not only go around but to reward all who are willing to move into that light.

Next time you may be thinking about lack, whether a lack of opportunity, material resources, skills, knowledge, love, or in any form whatsoever, remember that wishes are for fishes.

I Wish. I Want. I Will. I AM. 

Spread Some Joy Today--by seeing the light of abundance that is all around you and also within.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Daily Inspiration 5-12-17

"Excuse me, 
but I don't think I noticed 
"happy dance" on your "to-do" list. 

You do plan to happy dance today, don't you? 

Get down" 

-- The Universe, 
a.k.a., Mike Dooley 

I've been receiving Notes From the Universe by Mike Dooley for many years, and this one made me laugh and feel good, and many minutes later, I am still smiling all over my body. 

It instantly reminded me of The Teaberry Shuffle commercials I saw when I was a young teen in the 60's. The music, popularized by Herb Alpert, and written by Sol Lake, is The Mexican Shuffle. I loved these commercials and they had many different ones. 

Isn't it interesting how something like this still sticks in my head and I have thought of the Teaberry Shuffle so many times over the years? Effective advertising? Absolutely. I haven't seen the gum in many years, but I understand it is still available. 

But, the main message is that it is this easy and fun to begin to feel good. The Universe sends me an idea to include the Happy Dance in my day, and that takes me to the Teaberry Shuffle. Now, I have decided to have a bunch of fun today dancing around and feeling good all day long.

What A Worthy Goal! 

Spread Some Joy Today--There's nothing like being injoy!