Monthly Archives: June 2016

Are You On The Path That Takes You To Where You Want To Be?

“What do you live with? That which is helpful, or that which is destructive? You live with either that you have built. Don’t feel sorry for yourself if you have chosen the wrong road–turn around!” ~ Edgar Cayce, Reading 462-10 …

Our lives are exactly what we build them up to be–helpful, or destructive. As Edgar point out, however, the blessed news is that we can choose to change our paths in life at any given time simply by turning around and going back to find the right path. If we find ourselves constantly going down destructive paths, we can alter them. If the majority of what we are adding to this world is negative and hurtful, we can change it to be positive and helpful. Even if we discover ourselves stuck in certain jobs, places, or situations that we do not find agreeable, through making a strong decision to turn around and find the right path, or simply to start out on a new one that aligns with what we desire, we can change them. Continue reading

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Be Receptive

“The wizard’s answer is that love needs to be uncovered, stripped of layers of anger, fear, and selfishness that obscure it like old shellac. To achieve a totally loving life, purify the life you have. There is no right or wrong approach to love. “A person desperately searching for love,” Merlin said, “reminds me of a fish desperately searching for water.” Life can seem extremely unloving, but it is really the eye of the perceiver, not the world “out there,” that deprives anyone of love.” ~ Deepak Chopra, The Way of the Wizard …

It is a bit comical to imagine myself a fish flopping around on the ground, desperately searching for water. Yet I can remember a period in my life when my search for love was just that: like a fish frantically searching around for the one thing I desired deep within my heart. But the thing about love is that it is not something one can simply find without becoming prepared for it; one must uncover the love within–“strip away the layers of anger, fear, and selfishness” so that they are welcoming towards love. Therein lies the catch: because we fail to be receptive to love, many of us are the reason we fail to find the love we seek and desire.
Just like water, love is all around us. Even during those times in my life when I felt alone–completely unloved and unappreciated–love was there. Yet because I was so involved in my feelings and my perceived lack, I failed–or refused–to see all the love that was there. In addition, I was confusing romantic love with the love I felt I needed. I wanted the special relationship, the physical bonds, the emotional attraction, the butterflies in the stomach, and that someone who would feel the same way about me. Of course, I knew I already had love in my life–family members who would do anything for me, close friends, and of course God. However, I was not being receptive to that love–I was not allowing myself to feel the love that others where showing me and pouring forth into my life. I denied its existence simply because it was not in the form in which I wanted it to be or it did not meet my expectations.

In retrospect, I was a bit foolish to be searching and hoping for that something that was already a huge part of my life. Yet that is how we learn. Life is a journey that must be lived and experienced–mistakes and all. And during the course of my journey I discovered the truth that Deepak writes of–that love surrounds us. It was there forty some years ago when I was a child, it is here at this very moment, and it will be there tomorrow as I experience the day. But I have to allow my heart and mind to be receptive to the love–I need to recognize it and accept it.

Be receptive to the love that surrounds you.

Questions to consider:

Have you ever felt unwanted or unloved? If so, why did you feel this way? What love was available to you during this period of your life?

Why might we spend so much time searching for something that is already all around us?

What would a fish searching for water find? How would it find it?

For further thought:

“The supreme happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved; loved for ourselves–say rather, loved in spite of ourselves.” ~ Victor Hugo, Les Miserables

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Rise Above The Fear Of Ridicule

“But learn from the earliest days to inure your principles against the perils of ridicule: you can no more exercise your reason, if you live in constant dread of laughter, than you can enjoy your life, if you are in the constant terror of death.” ~ Sydney Smith, Wit and Wisdom of the Rev. Sydney Smith …

Sydney brings up a very good point: if I am not comfortable living in constant fear of death, then why should I be ok with living my life in fear of how others perceive me. In both instances, we lose the ability to be in control of our lives–to exercise reason and sound judgment to live our lives in an authentic and purposeful way. If we are sensitive to what others think of what we say or do, we have made a conscious choice to be so. This leads us to neglect our duties of building up a resistance to the ridicule and laughter of others and it subjects us to their whims. This can–and will–prevent us from acting in ways that we know or believe we should, and even keep us from acting in ways that align with who we truly are. Continue reading

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Take Delight In What Brings You Joy

“My grandmother knew what a painful life had taught her: success or failure, the truth of a life really has little to do with its quality. The quality of life is in proportion, always, to the capacity for delight. The capacity for delight is the gift of paying attention.” ~ Julia Cameron, The Artist’s Way…..

Imagine a child going to an amusement park and not having any fun because he or she was worried about how they would feel when the fun was over and they had to leave. Our delight in life is often times much the same: we fail to experience it even though it is all around us, simply because we are not aware of it. Continue reading

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Affirm Your Will-To-Live

“Don’t forget that you’re young–blessedly young; be glad of it, on the contrary, and live up to it. Live all you can; it’s a mistake not to. It doesn’t so much matter what you do in particular, so long as you live while you’re doing it.” ~ Henry James, The Ambassadors…

This is not something that comes naturally to most of us. The hustle and bustle of life usually tends to overwhelm us and keep us from living all that we can and taking in every blessed moment. Yet life is meant to be lived. And unless we are doing so purposefully and earnestly, we are letting the sands of time and opportunity slip right through our fingers. Continue reading

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The Ultimate Source Of Lasting Happiness

“Happiness is the realization of God in the heart. Happiness is the result of praise and thanksgiving, of faith, of acceptance; a quiet tranquil realization of the love of God.”  ~ White Eagle, The Quiet Mind….

White Eagle’s description of happiness is the realization of the divine presence of God within our heart. To me, this happiness invokes a sense of peace and tranquility that cannot be disturbed by the world outside of us without our permission. This happiness awakens within me the desire–or perhaps duty–to show my appreciation, my faith, and my acceptance of all that divine Providence bestows upon me. Continue reading

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How Much Do You Know About Yourself?

“It is the individual who knows how little they know about themselves who stands the most reasonable chance of finding out something about themselves before they die.” ~ Samuel Ichiye “S. I.” Hayakawa …..

I think it is fair to say that the majority of people would confidently claim to know themselves quite well–or at least well enough not to have to put forth any special effort to understand themselves better. This means that these individuals will never try to discover anything new about themselves simply because they feel that there is nothing groundbreaking to learn, or that the possibility to discover anything meaningful does not exist. But as Samuel points out: if we ever hope to have an opportunity to truly “discover” ourselves before we die, then we must become painfully aware of how little we actually know about ourselves. Continue reading

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