Thursday, July 31, 2008

Humility puts a hand out to nothing extra, but simply takes what's there. Whether that be food or clothing or understanding. Sometimes there is a lot available and sometimes only little. It doesn't matter. Even when you understand nothing, there is no worry, for in humility there is the trust that if a person feels themselves to be a child of God, everything will come anyway, at the right time.

- from Copyright © 2006 Thought for Today -

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

See beyond immediate circumstances. Clear the decks of old grievances, become free from outdated thinking. Learn from past experiences and move on by tapping inner sources of self-worth and humility. Valuing honesty and commitment, softly let go and enable others to change. There are new horizons, new growth, a new lease of life.

- from Copyright © 2006 Thought for Today -

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Peace consists of pure thoughts, pure feelings and pure wishes. When the energy of thought, word and action is balanced and stable, the individual is at peace with the self, in relationships and the world. To excerise the power of peace look inward in order to look outward with courage, purpose and meaning.

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Monday, July 28, 2008

Sweetness looks for the good in things, for at its heart is the conviction that good is somewhere there in everything.

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Sunday, July 27, 2008

The Arts of Life
The greatest art is to be silent. Not just unspeaking with the lips, but unspeaking with the mind. When the mind is quiet, its whole angle of vision changes. From pouncing on the problems, it begins to perceive the chances, the good things in life: and, in that discrimination which comes from silence, lie all other arts. The arts that make life a pleasure and a challenge; like how to talk to each other, entertain each other, accept each other - in short, how to be happy not just together, but alone.

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Saturday, July 26, 2008

When Times Seem Tough

By Jonathan Parker, Ph.D.

What can you do when you have done all the good and right things you know to do, and your life still does not seem to have changed for the better? Sometimes life seems to have insurmountable or unending difficulties. You do your best and it doesn't seem to be enough. You follow all the rules, go to classes, have counseling sessions, attend workshops, listen to self-help tapes, read books, and yet there are still difficulties.

Is this beginning to have a ring of familiarity? The reason it does, is because we all signed up for the same school; So, we're reading the same books, and learning the same lessons. Oh, some of the details and timing may be different for each of us, but we all face similar trials and events in life that challenge us in similar ways.

Sometimes you see others whose lives seem to be charmed and blessed, and wonder why you aren't like them. But the fact is that if you do know someone whose life IS like that, it is because they have already gone through the classes on those subjects, and paid the dues sometime, somewhere. But more often than not, what may appear to be a charmed life in one respect, has limitations in others. It is a rare soul who has completed all the coursework, done the homework, and is waiting to graduate. Of course they exist. We call them awakened ones, enlightened ones, or masters. They call themselves our brothers and sisters, or perhaps our elders.

There are Answers

But what about the rest of the "good people?" Those who are trying so hard, and yet still seem to have one challenge hit them after another. Take some comfort because first of all, you are not alone, and secondly there is a way out. Yes, there are things you can do that will drastically alter the way you think, and will make a difference in your life--if you have the courage and commitment to do them. I'm talking about something broader and deeper than self-help books, subliminal tapes, going to workshops, or anything else in the New Age or human potential movement, but first let's look at the source of the problem.

Virtually everyone has asked themselves, "Why is this happening to me?" Sometimes a person can feel quite frustrated and depressed over situations, especially when they have gone on for prolonged periods. You ask, "Why me?" "Why the financial problems?" "Why the relationship problems?" "Why the health problems?" First of all, it is important to know that the universe does operate according laws, and there are no mistakes in life, only learning experiences. So when a physical, mental or emotional pain comes into your life, the approach should not be inward or outward blame, but rather a turning inward to discover how you can take the experience and move it from being empty suffering to meaningful stepping stones to new or better ways.

The way out is not through coping skills It is through transformations of consciousness that not only change the way you react to life, but also the nature and quality of your life itself.

The Spirals of Life

Even though your life sometimes may seem to be going in circles, it actually isn't. What you are experiencing is a slow upward spiral in which you are gradually gaining in knowledge, wisdom and understanding. Just because you have addressed particular issues doesn't mean that issue will go away. It may change form and present itself a number of times; each time teaching you a different aspect about the thoughts and energies you have unconsciously put out to create it.

You see, as you rise on the spiral of your life, each time you come around the spiral, you are directly above a spot where you were on your spiral at a previous time. This means that the same issues that have been giving you difficulties in the past (or present) will present themselves to you again, unless or until you have learned sufficiently to be completely above their influence. Life presents you with the same situation over and over, not only so you can learn all there is to learn from it, but also to confirm to you that you have indeed dealt with it in the most beneficial way. Once you have completely moved in consciousness above a certain type of situation, you will not experience that situation again.

Our Life Mission

But why are you or those you love in troublesome situations now? Your life is composed of the energy patterns that you have given your attention to in the past. Today is borne out of the thoughts of yesterday, and tomorrow arises from the thoughts of today. You may have established very strong karmic patterns for yourself in past lives that are now being balanced through adversity and challenge. While you might think you would prefer to choose a life of perfect harmony, it may not be the overriding goal of your soul for this moment in your life. Your own soul is working out a balancing and refining process, that will lead to greater harmony, but the script you are following may take you through strong challenges to get you to that place. In fact, sometimes the souls who are very advanced and nearing the end of their cycles of reincarnation into this dimension, preprogram their lives with great challenges, handicaps, and difficulties so they can clear out the final issues in the quickest possible way. It is important not to judge yourself or others because you see suffering or difficulties sometimes severe. Know that each soul chooses its path to work out what is important for them to learn, and balance.

If you see life as a continuum spanning many incarnations, you will realize that your life is following an extended path of balancing energies and evolving to higher states of being to return to the highest spirit worlds from which you came. Your evolution is based on your reactions and intent. How you react to your circumstances is far more vitally important to your continuing growth, than the specific circumstance you find yourself in. For instance, if you find that your current situation is disadvantaged, or you have been abused, abandoned or otherwise taken advantage of, and you respond by holding anger, resentment, hatred, and thoughts of revenge, you are not only missing the lessons those circumstances have for you, but you have reinforced the very factors that created the experience. For you to hold those negative feelings and emotions only means the lessons have not yet been learned, and the very strong negative nature of those feelings will only hurt you, and perpetuate repeating similar patterns or circumstances in your future.

Every Action has a Reaction

You should do what is necessary physically to protect yourself, release any negative attachments to those who have hurt you, and express thanks for having the insight to learn from the circumstance. The lesson is to learn to release them with love and forgiveness, even if life has been very cruel to you. It takes a high level of perception to feel and express this attitude from the heart, but it is the place you must come to be, if you are going to attain the life of balance, abundance, and harmony you want.

Most people miss many opportunities every day to further themselves because they cannot let go. Yet, they wonder why their lives continue repeating the same patterns perhaps with different people playing similar roles in their lives. They will stay trapped in these self-created loops until they figure out they need to refine their own soul qualities, rise above the mass consciousness, and keep focused on the vision of what lies beyond their circumstances. Forgive, release, let go, surrender, be free of negative thoughts or attachments to another, and you will move higher, and out of those limiting circumstances you don't like. If your reading fast, slow down and read that last sentence again.

Your Life as a Movie Star

If you see your specific life circumstances in the context of a long movie in which you are playing many roles, and changing costumes from one lifetime to another, you will realize that how you respond to the situations in each life, sets the stage for the next. You made certain soul contracts with individuals before you were born for them to play the villains in your life in order to help you learn the valuable lessons you need. You agreed before your birth that each major challenge that you would face in your life is what you know you need to take you to your next level of growth and your next level of growth is determined by how completely you have surrendered the problem. You are not judged by your actions, as much as your reactions primarily your feelings.

In some lives a soul will choose a life of being a very successful leader in a very prosperous society having much of what a person could imagine wanting. The next life probably won't be an exact repeat, and probably won't be so wonderful unless the individual is truly approaching mastery. The greater likelihood is they will choose to be born in lesser circumstances, have certain handicaps, or have certain scheduled disappointments in that life. All aspects of one's life must be balanced and a soul will do whatever is necessary to create that balance.

One life is not better than another, although an individual might think so. Each experience helps the soul develop and refine itself as it moves on in its expression returning to full God realization. Eventually, all the bad will drop away, and the soul will express itself only with the very highest qualities. You can accelerate this process by becoming aware of the nature of existence, and taking all the steps necessary to respond to life with the purest motivations and love.

So if you have been struggling with difficulties, wondering why your efforts have not seemed to produce the results you want, it may not be the fault of anyone or anything, but simply the path you have chosen in this particular life. This does not mean that it must continue. You must look at each condition in your life, and analyze your attitude toward it and your reaction toward it. If it is anything less than love and acceptance in the deepest and purest way, then you have not learned all there is to learn from that particular type of situation.

Any outward searching or using tools at your disposal in the form of counseling, workshops, books, tapes or psychic readings, can help you focus on where you are, but they cannot make the transformations for you. They are only the tools that must lead to the inner work. Yes, sometimes it seems so very difficult, maybe even impossible, but it isn't. The circumstances are there to motivate you to look deeply within and surrender yourself, your difficulties, and your entire life to your God Presence. You have to reach deep into your own soul for the strength that resides there from your connection with God, and your Higher Self, and renew and resolve to KEEP YOUR FOCUS ON YOUR GOD PRESENCE, NOT OUTWARD CONDITIONS. I have been up and I have been down, and I've learned the way out is the way in looking into yourself to see yourself clearly, to analyze your attitudes and reactions to each situation, and to purify your motives and responses.

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Thinking can be your hell, but it is also the means of making Heaven.

- from Copyright © 2006 Thought for Today -

Friday, July 25, 2008

With habits, never give in or we lose our dignity. With the self, never give up or we lose our destiny. With others never give your worst or you will never develop your best. The saying, "What we give us what we receive". The lesson: Just to give.

- from Copyright © 2006 Thought for Today -

Thursday, July 24, 2008

The loving acts of a generous heart always bring about happy outcomes.

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Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Real Gentleness
Real gentleness in a person is a great power. The power that sees, understands, but never interferes. Like the branch of the tree, just touching the earth but never taking root in it. Never to take root in someone else’s mind but to help, that’s gentleness.

- from Copyright © 2006 Thought for Today -

Monday, July 21, 2008

Resolve Conflict
There has probably never been a time where there has been so much fear and conflict across the world, not just across oceans and borders but across the breakfast table. In fact many now prefer conflict to peace, as they become addicted to the actions of anger and aggression, and the adrenaline rush which results. They don't really want conflict to end, in fact, they will say that some conflict is good to get things done and stimulate change. They are not aware that they are killing themselves. All conflict is simply a symptom of attachment to a position. And as we know, this generates fear, and fear, if allowed to stay, eventually kills it's host. All solutions are based on detachment or letting go. But that will be difficult until we can see that all possession is an illusion, that we have nothing to lose and that there are no victories in winning.

- from Copyright © 2006 Thought for Today -

Sunday, July 20, 2008

True to the Best
Real honesty means being true to the best that is within you. This is more honest than simply speaking your mind.

- from Copyright © 2006 Thought for Today -

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Flowers of Happiness and Peace
The whole world is thirsty for a drop of love. Shower love on those who are thirsty in their hearts with the flowers of happiness and peace. May the forest of honey of the mind be fragrant, and may the birds of peace chirp in the garden of your mind. For everyone have these good wishes day and night.

- from Copyright © 2006 Thought for Today -

Friday, July 18, 2008

A Solution Will Present Itself
Problems are simply challenges waiting for solutions to meet them. The two are partners. Think with resolve that a solution will present itself and it will.

- from Copyright © 2006 Thought for Today -

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Save the Sinking Boat
Do good and forget about it. Do not have grudges in your mind for anyone. Save the sinking boat with the anchor of your pure thoughts. The greatest art is to bring your mind onto this auspicious path. Think good .... Do good.

- from Copyright © 2006 Thought for Today -

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Higher Than the Sky
Keep wearing virtues as your ornaments. Keep loving others. Keep giving regard. You have to go beyond the stars. Keep thoughts higher than the sky, and abundance of patience like the earth. Keep spiritual love in your eyes.

- from Copyright © 2006 Thought for Today -

Monday, July 14, 2008

When I learn to respect myself, other people will respect me. How can I develop respect for myself? By keeping my mind positive and encouraging myself to grow and change for the better. Demanding respect because of my position or background is simply arrogance. On the other hand, listening with humility and valuing other people's advise naturally earns me respect. I get back exactly what I give out.

- from Copyright © 2006 Thought for Today -

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Offer Up
Free yourself from forcing, expecting or wanting someone to receive what you think they should take - it could be your idea, opinion, or an opportunity you think they should accept - you can't make anyone take anything - your own experience probably confirms this. Offer humbly. Offer gently. Offer as if you are a master, and then let go, and retire like a shy child. When you can dance the dance between being master and child, you'll be surprised how much more others will accept what you have to say, and how much more they appreciate your offerings.

- from Copyright © 2006 Thought for Today -

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Clean and Tidy
The most important places to keep clean and tidy are my mind and heart. If I allow thoughts to flourish that I wouldn't want to see the light of day, I can never have any real self-respect. By starting each day in quiet reflection and pouring positive, loving thoughts into my mind, I gradually clean out cynicism and unkindness.

- from Copyright © 2006 Thought for Today -

Friday, July 11, 2008

Be quick to forgive any form of insult, and slow to forget the importance of a big heart.

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Thursday, July 10, 2008

Consider time to be a great treasure. Never waste a second.

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Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Peaceful Soul
Always maintain the awareness - I am a peaceful soul, and allow peace to influence your thinking and judgment.

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Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Glasses of Seeing Only Specialities
Nowadays it is a fashion and also a compulsion to wear glasses. So wear the glasses of seeing only specialities. Nothing else should be visible. For instance, when you wear red glasses, even something green will appear to be red. So when coming into connection with everyone, adopt the vision of seeing only their specialities and you will become special.

- from Copyright © 2006 Thought for Today -

Monday, July 07, 2008

Perfect and Pure
There is a part of you that is perfect and pure. It is untouched by the less-than-perfect characteristics you have acquired by living in a less than perfect world. This part of you is a still and eternal star. Make time to reach it and this will bring you untold benefit.

- from Copyright © 2006 Thought for Today -

Sunday, July 06, 2008

Loneliness comes when I forget God is my Supreme companion.

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Saturday, July 05, 2008

Rest Comes With Waking
Rest does not come with sleeping, it comes with waking. When we are enlightened we realise that real rest is possible only when we become free of illusion and we no longer struggle against life. Illusion is the idea that people should be, and do, what we want them to. The truth is, all is as it should be, despite appearances or our perceptions of others to the contrary.

- from Copyright © 2006 Thought for Today -

Friday, July 04, 2008

Forget mistakes. Forget failures. Forget everything except what you're going to do now and do it. Today is your lucky day.

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Thursday, July 03, 2008

A racing mind that reacts sensitively to little things indicates thinking that has lost its spiritual strength. Meditation restores that power.

- from Copyright © 2006 Thought for Today -

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Opportunities are never lost - someone will take the ones you miss!

-Author Unknown-