Thursday, April 30, 2009

If You Can Help Yourself, You Can't Help Others

Make Sure You're in the Right State of Mind before You Start to Help Other People, maybe you should watch this video, it could change your life by changing your thinking.

Greg Vanden Berge is a published author, internet marketing expert, motivational inspiration to millions of people all over the world and is sharing some of his wisdom with experts in the fields of writing,marketing and personal development.

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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Is Today Your Day?

Did you know that you have the capability to decide what your day is going to be like each & every day? The way you can do this is by setting your intention. You do this by simply saying out loud each morning what it is you want. For example, sometimes I will say "Today I set the intention that I will have a magical day". From there I simply believe it (there is something powerful that happens when you say things out loud and it shifts your thinking), and then I release it. By releasing it, I mean I let that thought go and just trust that is the type of day I will have. It's fun to see what shows up in my day from there. Sometimes it's something exciting in my business, like a really cool idea. Other times, it's having a great conversation with someone that is really motivating or inspiring. It's fun to see what you will attract into your day.

You can also use this for absolutely everything you are working on in your life. I wrote a couple of weeks ago about surrendering & letting go of control, so that the universe can bring you what you are desiring. My daily intention over the last little while has been "Today I set the intention that I have complete trust & faith in the universe that _______ will happen". Doing this type of exercise really just sets the tone of your attitude for the day. It takes the worry out of life, and allows you to be in a state to receive all of the magical gifts the universe has waiting for you.

So what kind of day are you going to have today?

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Believe And Achieve

Finding the Perfect Mentor with Jack Canfield

Creating super habits are easier than you could ever imagine. Most people have something they would like to change in their lives. If you ask anyone, they are usually able to answer this question, "If you could change anything about yourself, what would you change." All the self help and personal development programs and Books available today are full of useful information that nobody seems to take advantage of. You've seen the TV commercials and listen to other people tell their stories, about how they lost weight.

Greg Vanden Berge is a published author, internet marketing expert, motivational inspiration to millions of people all over the world and is sharing some of his wisdom with experts in the fields of writing,marketing, and personal development.

Greg is currently working on a self help video library filled with great movies on a wide array of topics, like religion, self help and spiritual changes in the world. His views on religious freedom are slowly changing the way people think about institutional religion.

Stop Feeling Guilty Part 2

Spiritual Sensitivities

"Today children being born in the world are ushering in the New Age of God Consciousness. They are born aware of their intuitional and spiritual nature...

"Many a person with lack of understanding will say, 'Stop your imagination!" or 'Don't lie!" and as a result, the child turns within and hides his or her true nature. And perhaps the spiritual side of the child never opens again or because of this early scar, opens after they have suffered in the world unnecessarily, due to the hard shell of protection they created for themselves."

I pulled this quote from "The New Sun" by my teacher of many years ago, Hilda Charlton.

This book was written in 1989, and the children she is talking about are moving into young adulthood. So, if you are in your late teens or early twenties, this statement is directly for you. And it is meant to soothe your spirit and inspire you to not only trust, but embrace your intuitive nature and your role in the evolution of human consciousness.

And if those born about 20 years ago with a deeper and broader intuition are crashing into the hardened belief systems of mass consciousness, what about those of us who smilingly remember young adulthood as we watch our hair turn gray? What about the sensitive souls who have struggled, maybe all our lives in a world that seemed strange and unsympathetic to our sensitivities?

How did you deal with your spiritual perceptions when you were a child growing up in whatever decade you found yourself here? Did you have mentors? Did you feel isolated?

The sensitivities of the children can humble us as adults. These young fresh beings have access to something that we may have lost touch with long ago.

Let's love and welcome it in our children. Let's revive and nourish it in ourselves.

I invite you to be the sensitive, beautiful, spiritual harbinger of the New Age that you most certainly are if you have read this far.

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Can You Read Your Bible and Enjoy It?

In a world awash with so many forms of entertainment vying for our attention, there seems to be less and less time to read the Bible, the Word of God. Although it remains the bestselling book of all times, its importance in our lives is gradually slipping down the list of our priorities. Can we get back the passion for Bible reading?

I believe that Bible reading can be as enjoyable as anything we do under the sun. It should anyway because after all, it is the Bread of Life for our soul. But it takes a little extra effort, and perhaps investments, to grab the attention of say, the children, and make them see the importance of the Bible.

The Bible of course is not just any ordinary book. It is a rich resource of spiritual insights and wisdom that can only be understood with the help of th Holy Spirit. Paul argued this effectively when he said:

For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. (1 Corinthians 2.11)

Even then, the Bible should not be misunderstood as a puzzling book that only smart men can decipher. Indeed, God has revealed His plans, not to the wise, but to babes in heart. (Matthew 11.25) The Bible is simple enough for even the least educated to understand.

Here are my simple ideas that can help anyone get back their passion for Bible reading.

Decide to read the Bible for your own spiritual benefits. What do eating, working, playing, and watching TV have in common? They are actions that we decide to do every day. Why not reading the Bible? Why not read the Bible when you can learn so many things from God from its very ages? I'm convinced that unless we make a decision to step into a spiritual journey with the Book. (If you want to know what the Bible means to you and your faith, read this article.)

Set a time and a place for you to read your Bible. There is a saying that goes, "a place for everything, and everything in its place." In a world that's getting more crowded and noisy, God's Word requires that we set aside a place and time if we want to gain the wisdom It offers freely. Find your self a corner where you can focus on your reading. It can be any place in your house, in a park, or a coffee shop. In my younger days I used to bring my reading materials outdoors, usually under the shade of a tree, where I read for hours with nothing to disturb me (except the chicken in our back yard). When I moved to the city, my favorite reading hangout was any coffee shop that is cozy and quiet. (Starbucks!)

Now, one reason we cannot stand reading the Bible is because we usually reserve the time when we are most tired, stressed and totally spent. Why not give the most active time of your day to Bible reading? The early morning is also a good time to spend with your Bible.

Bring your tools with you. Consider Bible reading as a task as well as an adventure. Why? Because when you go on an adventure trip, you will want to bring tools with you to help you along the way. That's why. Read your Bible with a pen and a notebook and probably a dictionary and other reference materials that can help you discover and understand the meaning of words and things. You will also want to write down your questions, the ideas you discovered, the wisdom you learned, and things to do later. Now that's an adventure!

Decide which we to take the trip. There are a number of ways you can begin your Bible journey. Basically, the Bible as a book consists of biographies, historical accounts of places and records of ideas and cultures of the ancient days. The Bible is also a book of wise sayings, love stories, doctrinal expositions and prophetic utterances. Whichever way you start the path will surely lead you great adventures with God and His people, and will unravel spiritual riches that are definitely out of this world.

Write as you read. As I've mentioned earlier, write all your discoveries because it is one of the surest way of not losing them. Don't trust your mind.

Don't end your reading session without giving yourself an assignment. Having an assignment that you will work on helps you look forward to your next Bible reading session. You can take not of things that you might do to supplement your Bible reading. Is there anything you will need to ask to your Pastor or parents? You can use your friends, the library or the Internet to supplement and expand your learning.

Treat yourself afterwards. Better yet, bring your things to your favorite coffee shop so you can read and enjoy your favorite blend.

Also, you can try reading with a group of friends. This is very interesting when you have friends who want to read and share at the same time. This is exciting, I tell you.

Jonathan Togonon is a pastor of a small flock in Antipolo Philippines and enjoys sharing the word of God and leading people to the feet of Jesus Christ. You can read more of his articles at and

Angels And Demons Are They Real

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Video Book Review - The Magic of Beleiving, by Claude Bristol

I don't need to write anything, watch the video

Greg Vanden Berge is a published author, internet marketing expert, motivational inspiration to millions of people all over the world and is sharing some of his wisdom with experts in the fields of writing,marketing, and personal development. Check out one of his recommended books, More on Claude Bristol

Greg is currently working on a personal development library filled with great subjects on a wide array of topics, like religion, self help and spiritual changes in the world. His views on religious freedom are slowly changing the way people think about institutional religion.

Sometimes Your The Problem

Growing into Fifty

Baby Boomers. We started appearing in 1945 and the last of us was born in 1964. That puts me, born in 1955, right smack in the middle of the pack. I am one of millions of men and women who turn 50 this yearin my case, last week. So Im not alone.
But waitI am alone. Its a very personal thing to turn 50. So many questions have come up.

  • When did that happen?

  • Where did all the years go?

  • What is left in my life?

  • Who am I and what does that mean?

  • Am I the woman I thought I would be at 50? Who do I want to become?

  • Whats next?

  • Is there another membership card other than the AARP?

Im the oldest child in my family. My mother jokingly says shes not old enough to have a daughter who is half a century old. My brother sends me a card telling me its all downhill from here. At least my son thinks its kind of neat. The only people who really tell me that the best years are here are other women who are already 50 or older.

But what does this all mean to me? I never knew if I would reach 50. Not because of health problems or dangerous living, but because of genetics. My father died at age 47 and two of my sister before age 40. I was unable to feel my way here. Yet, here I am.

Ive been trying to sort out what it feels like to have turned 50. I find that even speaking about it out loud is a bit difficultpartially because Im still exploring what it means. It wasnt too long ago that a woman over 29 never told her age.
While I will admit to feeling a moments hesitation, for the most part, that has passed. On a recent trip, I was asked if I wanted the AARP discount. Huh? How did they know?

So, just what is it like to turn 50? I figure I have the entire year to find out and to grow into being 50. For now, I feel as if I have arrived. I feel more authentic. I have more autonomy and confidence than ever. While I get to be an adult now, the child in me gets to hand out and playall with no excuses. And although there is some wisdom to be found, Im confident Ill discover lots more in the coming years.

In the meantimeI will celebrate and give thanks for my life, work on my list of things to do and accomplish before I leave this divine life, and continue to define and refine the woman I have become and am becoming.

2005, Barbara C. Phillips, Nurse Practitioner and founder of OlderWiserWomen(tm) inspires women to embrace the freedom, magic and wisdom of Successful Aging. Visit for your copy of "Celebrating You: 50 Tips for Vibrant Living".

Monday, April 27, 2009

Yoga Styles and Differences

When you visit a yoga studio for the first time you may be overwhelmed by the number of yoga styles. There are more than 20 different types of practices.

The best way for you to narrow down what class to take is to discuss your goals with the director of the program or an instructor. Usually it is more important to make sure the class matches your level (e.g. beginner, intermediate, advanced) than to try and pick a particular method of practice.

In the United States many teachers have studied more than one style. You will find that the poses offered in one class overlap the poses taught in a class based in a different style. So go ahead and just dive in.

Still, it may be helpful for the more curious to know a little background about yoga styles before entering the studio. Here we discuss Bikram and Iyengar styles to give an idea of the how the many different practices may vary.

Bikram is a modern form that was developed in Los Angeles. It is practiced in a heated room with the temperature at approximately 105F and the humidity set to 40%. Classes include approximately 25 postures and one to two breathing exercises. They run between an hour and an hour and a half.

Iyengar is a form of Hatha yoga, and focuses on alignments of the body. Iyengar uses props like blocks and belts for performing postures which are called asses. Practitioners strongly believe that encouraging the building of strength, flexibility, balance and stamina through meditation will unite the body, mind and spirit to promote overall well-being and health.

For those looking to escape the rush and stress of modern life Iyengar can be a welcome distraction. People with back pain or other chronic physical ailments often try this style of yoga to relieve stress. Since the practice is calming and postures can be adapted with props, it is also popular with pregnant women.

Beginning practitioners should note that these are brief overviews of just two styles. Articles, Internet sites, philosophies, doctrines, and books have been written regarding these. Imagine if you had to do all that research just to pick one! Now consider again that there are 20 plus styles.

Studios recommend you not be overwhelmed with the amount of information about different ways to practice . Instead, simply drop in on a class that fits your level. Studios typically feature dropping payment plans that allow you to pay for each class that you take as you go. That way you are not committed to any one style and won't get stuck working in a practice that you will not enjoy.

Beginners should try to go with a friend who can prep them on what to expect. Even if your friend has not tried that particular class you can both calm each others' nerves and have a casual debriefing on what you liked and didn't like about the style and then decide what to do next together.

Anne Clarke writes numerous articles for Web sites on gardening, parenting, fashion, and home decor. Her background also includes teaching, yoga, and heath and fitness. For more of her useful articles on yoga, visit Breathe Yoga

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Do You Need to Divorce a Friend?

During the course of our lives we meet thousands of people. Some just pass by, some stay for a little while and some stay for a long time. No encounter lacks meaning. In any case, everyone comes to teach us something or to learn something. We can call them friends.

Friends are a lot of fun. We learn to have a grand time and treat them with intimacy. We share experiences and we grow from the relationship. They touch our souls.

Though many friends come and go throughout our lives, some of them remain close to us for a long time. From those, we find one or two that are truly our soul mates, even though we remain basically different in our core.

Friends are accepting; they make us feel comfortable. Friends are sincere: they will tell us when we are getting out of line. Friends are our angels in physical from: they see the big picture and give us objective advice. Friends care for us, root for us, support us, and share our history.

Friends are our lovers in the true sense of the word. Love is deep, touching, trusting, and all forgiving. Because there is true love and no sex is involved in the relationship, friendships are free from negative emotions. You probably have noticed that sex is a major disruptor in many a relationship.

Friendships are very freeing. And fun!

Sometimes, though, you realize that your friend is subtly and slowly but surely distancing from you. You realize there is a change. What used to be a reciprocal relationship has become a one way street. You feel like each time you throw a boomerang it doesnt come back. It gets lost somewhere. You feel you are giving but not receiving.

Sometimes people go through stages and yes, if a friend becomes estranged you must give them space. You give space and maintain your communication channels open. Eventually, they come back. However, sometimes the space becomes a vacuum and sooner or later you realized that the void cannot be filled.

It is time to get a divorce.

Divorcing friends, like divorcing mates can be truly traumatic and devastating. However, in this case, the love never dies. A true friend will never betray will and consequently, there will never be a need to transform the person into an enemy, as it so often happens with couples.

How do you divorce your friend who has been a great part of your history for so long? Here are my suggestions:

1. Make a list of the things you truly appreciate about the person.

2. Make a list of all that you have noticed that has been happening between the two of you.

3. Write down a list of reasons for the separation.

4. Speak with your friend and present your list.

5. Announce your decision to get a "divorce."

6. Tell them how much their friendship has meant to you.

7. Apologize for anything that you have done that may have insulted or hurt them.

8. Give them the chance to apologize, if needed.

9. Part your ways and never burn bridges.

10. Remember to experience the loss of a great relationship.

11. Mourn.

12. Live your life as best as you can. You will be all right.

13. When a time comes and an occasion demands, get in touch again.

14. Be interested, listen to the person, and then let them go.

15. Again, and again, and again.

You will feel liberated.

Maria Moratto 2006
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Why Do We Need Religion

The Coup de Grace for Sustainable Long-Term Success

Goals. We've all set them. We all know the sting of defeat when we don't reach them. So why do we sometimes fail to reach our most cherished goals? Are we missing something here?

Yes, we are. The number one reason goals fail is because we start out by identifying our goals. You heard me. Determining what our goals are is actually the second step we should take. The second, not the first step. There is an all-important "step number one" that we often leave out. Because of this, our goals start off on shaky ground with no foundation for success upon which to build.

What is this all-important first step?

Five Steps to Align Yourself with Success

1. Know who you are and what your purpose is.

Who hasn't wondered who they really are and why they are here? Behind every story of sustained long-term success is someone who knows the answers to these two questions:

* Who are you?

* What is your purpose?

Success is generated from the inner place of knowing that what you want will manifest. For that to happen, you must know who you are and what your purpose is. If you don't, then you may reach your goal and not be able to sustain it.

2. Determine your goal.

This step is the first one in most manuals about how to set goals. That's been the problem: the cart has been placed before the horse. Set your goals only after you know the answers to step one, and you will be in a much better place to determine what goals you want. Not what other people want for you. What you want.

* Struggle = Setting goals without knowing who you are and what your purpose is.

3. Affirm it as a done deal.

Affirmations keep you mentally aligned with what you want and who you are. Say your affirmations in the present tense, and say them as if you know they will come to pass. This is the key to saying affirmations correctly.

* Delusion = Affirmation without aligned action.

4. Take aligned action.

Actions keep you moving forward. In order for you to be successful, you will need to take actions that are directly aligned with your goal. If you don't, you will experience frustration; the number one reason people throw in the towel and give up.

* Frustration = Action without alignment.

5. Expect and allow it to come to you.

If step one is the step most often bypassed, then step five is the step most often ignored. However, don't ignore this step! It is not an active action step; it is a state of being. Expecting and allowing something to occur is the opposite of going out and getting it. Being in a state of expectancy and allowing means you actually know your goal will manifest.

* Stuck = Not taking aligned action because you don't believe it's possible.

Coup de Grce

How many times have you said to yourself, "I'm setting this as my goal, but I have no idea how I'll ever reach it"? Most of us have. The problem is that inherent in this statement is the belief that you can't manifest your goal, and that, even if you do, you won't be able to sustain it. With this kind of belief system in place, you will fail. This is why it's nice to know you have a coup de grce in your back pocket that you can wield at a moment's notice.

"Coup de grce" is an expression that means: a deathblow intended to end suffering. Sound rather extreme for the topic of success? Not if you've repeatedly failed at reaching and sustaining your goals. In order for successful goal manifestation to occur, you will need to deliver a firm and decisive deathblow to the dreaded "but... how" statements you're telling yourself. Whenever you hear yourself say or think a "but... how" statement, do these two things:

* Immediately stop what you are saying.

* Counter by taking an aligned action toward your goal.

We've all struggled with how to manifest and sustain long-term success. Well, struggle no more. Know who you are and what your purpose is. Only then will you be able to move past the fear and desperation that thwarts long-term success and into a place of inner strength and confidence that sustains it. And by diligently applying the coup de grce, you will be able to manifest your goals successfully, each and every time.

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The Advantages of Building Green

If you are considering building a new house, consider the savings that you'll gain from building a green house. Once you've purchased the Baton Rouge real estate on which you've chose to build your home, ask your builder about what he or she can do to make your home more energy efficient and green. Not only does it help the environment, it will help your pocket book as well!

Insulation is your number one easiest change that has the largest impact in reducing the energy your home takes to run it. A well insulated home will pay for itself over and over again through the hot summer and cold winter months. You'll see a huge reduction in your energy bills.

The size of your house makes a difference as well. Consider your plans for a home carefully, and decide how much space you really need. Obviously, the larger the home, the more energy it will take to keep it running. You can reduce your costs by building a slightly smaller home.

Windows let plenty of energy escape the home. When it comes to choosing windows for your new home, choose energy efficient windows that not only keep the elements out, but actually work to keep your home protected as well. Low-emission glass actually reflects heat and cold away from the house respectively, which means lower energy costs for you.

A green home is a great way to save money. You won't just be doing your part for the earth, but you'll be saving money every month.

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Understanding Faithful Religious

How to Be Happy in Spite Or Your Circumstances

It is so easy, almost natural, to get caught up in self-pity and despair when things are going wrong in your life, but you can be happy in spite of your circumstances. The choice is yours to be more powerful than any circumstances in your life.

It can simply be a matter of perspective. You can choose to live each moment to its fullest. If you knew you didn't have a tomorrow, would today's problems really be as bad as they seem now? If this was your last day, wouldn't you want to spend it feeling happy and fulfilled?

You can always find the blessing in any situation if you look for it. Every situation in life, regardless of how tragic it may seem, is an opportunity to learn and grow. If you look for these opportunities you will become a better person because of your struggles.

Sometimes, you just have to let things go. If you are completely miserable at your job, it is time to find a new one. This applies to the people in your life as well. If you have a miserable person in your life, get rid of them. If it is a family member, at least limit the amount of time you spend with them. Life is just too short to be stuck hanging around with miserable people in a miserable environment.

Don't let others decide how you are going to be. If you get into a traffic accident and the other driver is yelling and cursing at you, you have a choice. You can either stoop to his level by engaging in similar negative behavior, or you can be polite and maintain the positive attitude you had before the accident. Someone else's attitude does not have to become your own and ruin your entire day. You and only you have complete control over your emotions.

Life is full of precious moments; you get to choose how you are going to feel in every moment. You can concentrate on what is wrong, or your can be grateful for all of the blessings around you. You have clothes on your back, food on your table and air in your lungs, and there are many people in this world who don't. Make the choice to be happy and celebrate the absolute abundance that flows in your life.

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Saturday, April 25, 2009

The Happiness Gene

Does this sound familiar? If it does you're most likely recalling another idea proposed by a British Anthropologist. But where I've always thought of that "gene story" as more of a religious work, the happiness gene is just a, hopefully eye catching title, for a very observable phenomena. People often wonder what motivates others to do this or that. It is not a great mystery. Every person has one innate motive. It is to be happy. It is "universally observable" in all new humans. It is our instinct, our nature. It is the prime motive of all people. No person is without it. No person operates by any other motivational law. It is absolute. It is absolutely observable and unarguable. That part of the question is answered. Now we can move on to the variables. All variables are introduced via data.

When I say data, I mean every single piece of information that gets inside the brain. The brain is a library that we visit or that seems to visit us. This combination of motive and data is the single force behind all human action, the myriad of behavioral nuance. All choices, decisions, societal roles and so on stem from this store of collected information. We start out with the unconscious desire to be happy. Make any baby unhappy and you will understand perfectly. As new humans we continue to grow. We observe things and our brain categorizing them and starts the process of building it's vast reference library. It is through this natural process that all personalities are formed. You may still be a bit confused as to how a Ghengis Khan and a Mother Theresa could emerge from this two plus two equation. The how is contained in the data. At some point we will receive teachings. This is where all things start to become possible. This begins our journey into the "Land of Enchantment".

There is one other aspect that we need to include. Let's call it brain chemistry. This slight to severe difference in brain chemistry starts, at least, as early as the single fertilized egg during pregnancy. Any deficiency or toxins will effect the, eventually fully formed, brain. Most of these effects are, if not unnoticeable at least, unidentifiable. For instance we can't say, "I see from your scan that your mom ate to much mercury...". But still, the effect of diet and the introduction of toxins is there. It exists in us all. So we are all a little different, as far as our brains go. This doesn't change the happiness motive or data factors. So here we are with our brains, our built in motive and the world around us. At some stage we will start to ask the "who am I and what am I doing here" questions. This is a product of the prime motive. Not having a clearly defined objective interferes with the happiness of the healthy human brain. This is unacceptable and so we ask...This is where most of our individual and collective trouble begins.

For whatever reason we do not stay happy because we have satisfied our basic survival needs. We can be full and warm and lay awake after sex wondering - what it all means. So we see that the very questions are motivated by the "Happiness Gene". The searching for answers begins and we start to take in data. Any and all data that the wildest, kindest, most degenerate, selfish, loving, seriously malformed imaginations can come up with. It's all there. We usually slow down when one of these stories brings us a feeling of something resembling happiness. If it satisfies the brain, we file it as a truth. This has nothing whatsoever with it being true - or real. It just has to sit well with us. I don't know what the stories were that clicked with Genghis Khan. But it is by this process that he decided on a plan. It is by this same process that Mother Theresa spent her life doing what she did. It is by this process that we all go to work, get married, vote, preach, hate, like or dislike, care or don't care and otherwise come up with our latest identity. Everybody want's to be happy. There is no other motive. This would be the end of my story...But...I wouldn't be happy if I stopped now. Because of my desire to be happy I have formulated a goal.

That being to convince the world of people that the only way to ever be happy is to work in a way the brings happiness to everyone. You see there is something else here under the surface of this happiness motive idea. Do you see that it is our basic commonality? Our connection or observable oneness aspect? For as long as wise men have been saying wise things they have been saying, what amounts to, we are all brothers. We are one. Be kind to those who hate, and so on, "because" it is best for you. Well, the problem is that there are people that we feel no commonality to whatsoever. We see them as a destructive quantity. We feel, at least to some degree, that it would be better for everyone if they died. Or maybe were just gone. Locked up, out of the way...When we can clearly see a commonality. A shared nature. We begin to see that what makes them act the way they do is what makes us act the way we do. The main difference, other than chemical brain development, is in the data they received. The stories they were told. All in response to a desire to be happy - just like us. In this way we are one.

So the first thing we need to do is stop killing each other over our imagined differences. Start treating each other better, so "we" can be happy. We will "now" want everyone to be happy. Because we will see this as our own happiness. This not killing each other - be nice to each other - idea has some far reaching consequences. If we want all people to be happy, will we participate in programs or policies that cause unhappiness? Will we buy from companies that don't line up with our ethics? Support any plan that brings harm or inequality to anyone? I can't list all the things that will come up if we start to look at people and the world in this new way. It just goes on and on. But it starts here and takes off to who knows where. As soon as enough people turn this one corner in consciousness it will just flip the world on it's head. It will all of a sudden...change. All the horror will end. All the nonsense that has been spread like a virus through stories will dissipate. They were never real anyway. Any story about the meaning of life, how life started, origins, evolution, creation type and all the rest that doesn't create universal happiness can be discarded. We have a litmus test for them. The brain loves anything that's completely understandable. It is happy when the pieces fit together easily. A real story, one that contains only facts, does not require imagination, faith or any type of mental adjusting. When we want universal happiness we won't participate in confusing people. Nor will we try to force happiness from a state of confusion. If it ends in killing, misery, separation, subjugation or any other unhappy state, for anyone, we will have to discard it. It's time to get our stories straight.

Well I've reached my word limit. I would like to hear from you. I have a site that is built to help people get passed addictions. If you want to help in this the forum is there. Start a "stuff to help for people" topic. Hey, I'd be "happy" to hear from you.

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A Happy Life - 3 Ways to Wreck Your Chances

To be happier - that's what we all want. The problem is you can be your own worst enemy.

Negative attitudes can wreck your chances of being happy. You want to be happy, but you're unlikely to achieve real happiness if you fall foul of these 3 states of mind:

1. Anticipated Dismay

Why look for trouble? It's bad enough when life throws a spanner in the works without you anticpating trouble ahead. Why spend your time worrying about what might happen? Things often turn out better than you anticipated, so expect the best. And if the worst does happen you can cross that proverbial bridge and deal with it then.

What can you do?

If you have a tendency to believe things won't work out well, keep a record of your prediction. Check your Anticipated versus Actual outcome and see how often you were wrong.

One thought to hold on to is that things have a way of turning out for the best. It may not seem like it when you're in the middle of a situation, but once the dust has settled very often you can look back and realise it worked out better than anticipated and could even have been a "blessing in disguise".

2. Relative Depression

This is the gap between what you want and what you have. Worrying about the difference between these two states can result in a feeling of underachievement.

Why stress yourself by worrying about what you haven't got? Focus on the good things you already have.

What can you do?

Get a plan of action to get what you want. Stay positive and focused. Work steadily towards your goal and you'll stand a good chance of getting it.

Remember that anything is possible so don't limit your dreams, but worrying about what you haven't got right now, isn't going to bet it for you - only positive action towards your goal will.

3. Negative Comparisons

Comparing your life with others - why do it? They are not you. You are not them.

Just because some people live a certain way or have certain things doesn't mean you have to. What's the point of feeling bad because someone has a bigger house, your neighbor's car is newer than yours and your friend earns more money than you? At least you have a roof over your head, your car goes and you have a job.

And what does all this comparing get you anyway? It just leaves you feeling a failure - which is never a good way to feel about yourself.

Remember, there is no rule written in stone that we all have to live the same way or have the same things.

What can you do?

Forget trying to "keep up with the Joneses". Don't follow the herd - be individual. Be yourself. Follow your own path and set your own goals.

By avoiding these 3 negative attitudes you'll stand a much better chance of achieving a happy life.

Real happiness - it can be yours.

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Thursday, April 23, 2009

Women Business Owners - Build Your Self-Esteem and Deepen Your Confidence

After reading thousands of hands in the hand analysis (non-predictive palmistry) business, I would say the "Life Lesson" of humanity is self-esteem issues. If you doubt yourself, how are you going to trust something as subtle, fast and laser sharp as your intuition for making business decisions?

Having good self-esteem is vital to harnessin2234g the power of your intuition in business. And here's the catch: If women business owners ask for help from their intuition and don't listen, their intuitive awareness may go into hibernation. If you ask and listen, but don't ACT, then you create stagnation, procrastination and all sorts of challenges.

Here are three quick tips, learned over years of palm reading, for women business owners to build their self-esteem and deepen their confidence in their inner guidance:

Spirituality and Business Tip #1: Delete all non-essential email for one week.

Answer only those emails that are personal or business related. You don't have to unsubscribe from everything or do anything drastic. Just cut out the noise for one week.

Notice your discomfort in deleting your non-essential email. (I receive hundreds of emails per day. Only 50 are business emails that need responses and by responding to those emails, I actually ADD efficiency to my life.) Notice if you feel anxious that you are going to miss something. Notice if you can't do it this week and want to put it off to next week. Who REALLY has the answers to your life? You or a message in an electronic box?

Spirituality and Business Tip #2: Don't do anything - and I do mean anything - that you don't want to do.

This is different from not doing something because it's uncomfortable or because you are scared. There is a fine distinction here. If you don't want to do something, you know it in every cell of your body. BUT you may be tempted to do it anyway in order to: avoid someone's wrath or criticism, be pleasing, get your way, manipulate someone or get revenge. Just to name some of the many methods of self-betrayal that I see in my palmistry practice.

Spirituality and Business Tip #3: Make commitments to your self that you can keep.

As a palmistry expert, I recommend that instead of saying, "I'm going to start working out five days a week, start writing for two hours every day and start organizing all my paperwork every week," why not commit to: "I'm going to move my body twice a week in a way that is pleasurable to me. I will write five minutes on Friday and build upon that. I will hire someone to organize my paperwork." Many women business owners in my palm reading business have learned from this tip. By making commitments you can keep, you build your self-esteem, and hence, your faith in yourself and in your intuition in making business decisions.

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Goal Setting Worksheets - A Vital Step in Achieving Your Goals

If you're serious about success, you need to start setting goals. And, in today's economy, if you're not serious about success, you'd better get serious fast, or plan on being unemployed soon. According to most hiring experts, it's going to be a dog eat dog world out there for the next several years when it comes to promotions and raises. Those who are productive will be able to write their own checks and never have to worry about being out of a job. Those who aren't, well...not so much. That's why it is so important for you to start incorporating goal setting into your career planning, and goal setting worksheets can help.

Goal setting is a great weapon to add to your career arsenal, because not only is it extremely effective, it's also extremely inexpensive to start using. You don't need to go to any fancy motivational seminars and learn to walk on fire and "shift paradigms" at a couple thousand dollars a weekend. You can learn everything you need to know from a good book and other resources which you can get online. And these may just cost a few dollars. You will need goal setting worksheets, too, but you don't need to buy them - you can print them out yourself, or even write them out by hand.

Goal setting worksheets are where your goal starts to take solid form. Brian Tracy, a huge goal setting guru you should have heard of by now, claims that less than 5 percent of all people write their goals down. Of that 5 percent, only 3 percent view their goals on a regular basis. That 3 percent are extremely successful people. Goal setting worksheets can help you to also become successful in all realms of life.

You will use your worksheets to list your goals in clear and specific detail. Then you will list a specific date as your target for accomplishing your goal. In addition, you'll list several steps you'll be taking in order to accomplish the goal. There are other things you can add to your goal setting worksheets to personalize them even more, but the above items are the irreducible core. Every goal you have should have a worksheet with the above information on it. Don't underestimate or scoff at the necessity of setting and writing down goals. In today's tough business environment, it's more important than it has ever been.

April Ladrey has written many articles on the art and skill of goal setting. Are you frustrated with just spinning your wheels in life? Visit April Ladrey's site on goals setting to find out how to put your life into gear and begin to set and achieve any goal you put your mind to. Take the first step to success now

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

50 Reasons Why You Should Achieve Your Goals

Figuring out what our dreams and goals are isn't always the difficult part. Often times, it's maintaining our motivation as we pursue those dreams and goals that's the challenge.

One of the ways we can help ourselves stay motivated is to remind ourselves of what's in it for us. I have a personal list of 105 reasons why I pursue my goals and find that it helps me tremendously to keep my perspective and momentum.

Below I've compiled a list of 50 reasons why you should achieve your dreams. Whenever you feel your motivation mojo waning read through this list and you'll immediately refuel yourself to keep going forward:

1. to help my dreams be born
2. to be a change agent
3. to use my skills
4. to make discoveries
5. to create order
6. to do things in a different way
7. to get into alignment with my purpose
8. to play
9. to laugh
10. to use my intuition
11. to experience 'knowing'
12. to work with others
13. to work independently
14. to show something to the world
15. to be creative
16. to share myself
17. to be diligent
18. to be resourceful
19. to be my best self
20. to create jobs
21. to challenge myself
22. to use my strengths
23. to implement things
24. to try and try again
25. to learn from my mistakes
26. to get the juices flowing
27. to be at the heart of things
28. to catch a good vibe
29. to produce more positive energy
30. to lead to victory
31. to see my handiwork
32. to make a difference
33. to earn money
34. to make more value
35. to be a contributor
36. to enjoy life
37. to build a legacy
38. to connect to the universe
39. to move from uninspired to inspired
40. to inspire others
41. to experience joy
42. to see courage blossom
43. to have a hand in destiny
44. to witness manifestation
45. to feel proud
46. to gain friendship
47. to spread more love
48. to be creative
49. to show a new way
50. to follow the right path

51. to make people smile

As you chart your action plan for achieving your dreams and living your life's purpose, remember to remind yourself often of what's in it for you. I challenge you to take this list all the way to 100 reasons why you should achieve your goals. Once you finish your list, post it near your workstation and you'll surely benefit from 100 reminders that will increase the flow of your motivation mojo.

Denise is the creator of the "Dream BIG Motivated Mindset System" and for the past 10 years has been teaching the system that helps women discover success strategies to improve the bottom line in all areas of their lives. She also offers free weekly teleseminars, as well as online courses with a workshop environment.

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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

The Beginning of Religions

It seems like everywhere we look in the world, we are always focused on something in the middle. Often we are spending most of our time thinking about the end and never thinking about how it all began. In the holy Bible, it states in the beginning but doesn't talk about the beginning of the beginning. Where did God come from, that is the actual beginning.

I don't know how many stories I've read in the Bible about other people's triumphs and defeats, but keep in mind that some of these stories cannot be proven, factually. Some people believe in Krishna, others Jesus, Buddha, God, and the vast and numerous creators of the world and the entire universe. I don't know which one or if all of them are the true God's and by that I would refer to God as the creator of the universe.

It seems to be extremely difficult to prove scientifically and without any doubt, that the earth was created by a creator, according to popular religious text and would be very difficult to prove with in the leading religions of the world.

Let's get back to the question of where did God come from? There obviously had to be someone before the creation of the universe, if you choose to believe in a creator. Is God a man, woman or some sort of spiritual entity, like a ghost or maybe some smoke that can form into anything at any time and if so, did his secrets come from another creator or superior being. Was God involved in self-help and learned all these secrets on his own, through trial and error.

I often wonder, how long the creator of the universe was alive before our creation and what other worlds has this all mighty and powerful being built before or after ours. Do we have sister universes and if so, will we ever be able to see them or visit them, during our lifetimes.

Most people dismiss the creation of the creator, but wouldn't this be one of the most important parts of any religion? There's obviously something to think about here and I wish that most people practicing religions, which involve a deity or superior being, could take a little more interest in finding out where their God actually came from.

Oh yeah, one more thing. If you do find the answers, I would love to hear from you and by the way, you would be solving one of the universes most perplexing and complicated secrets. You could be a gazillionaire and make the cover of Time magazine, something to think about.

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Christianity As the World Changes

Most people seem to go through life doing what others do and never seem to question much about whether the people around them are actually right or wrong. How many of us do exactly what our parents, grandparents and great grandparents do? I was raised a Christian by Christians and they were raised Christians by other Christians and so on. I don't know when or who in my family tree actually decided to become part of the Christian faith. I don't think it really matters today.

Someone had to of made the decision and I will probably never know. I do know this, I have followed Christianity as far as I possibly could and the next step in my life is going to be based somehow on a more spiritually universal world. I can't seem to follow something, that doesn't make sense to me, anymore. Christianity is more or less a religion that people throughout history have made adjustments to, whenever they felt necessary.

This is often like changing a tire on a car as it starts to wear or goes flat. In order for the car to operate and run smoothly we will need to pay a little attention to it, this will require maintenance over time as the car begins to have problems. We have to solve these problems or our car will become useless and will need to be sent to the junkyard.

Religions throughout history have done the same, as the people become more intelligent and less dependent, they need to create new things and make adjustments. If they don't make these adjustments over time, the religion will no longer be necessary and be sent to the junk heap of time. This is what happened to the Greek and Roman gods, what makes you think, that your God or gods will stand the test of time.

Do you think there's going to be any more adjustments to Christianity in the future? It seems like the last adjustments were Scientology and the Mormons or The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. These religions don't exactly follow what Paul started in the Roman Catholic Church. What will the next adjustment be and why will it be necessary?

If you choose to follow Christianity, how do you know which church is right, I mean their core beliefs are right, aren't they. To love your neighbor and be compassionate. To show kindness towards others and help the needy. Do you think that we're going to have to adjust this one day and start treating certain religious followers, whose skin color is deference or speaks a different language with cruelty. I wonder what the next adjustment in Christianity is going to be.

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Spreading the Good Word of God Gently

The other day I was walking through the park when I saw a man, an extremely large man reading the Bible. I was minding my own business like I normally do in full observation mode, just simply enjoying life. When what I thought was a tree reading the Bible, moved and scared the crap out of me. This man was about 6'9" and look like he played professional football but when he spoke it was nonthreatening and very gentle.

Have you read the Bible he said. I thought to myself, you have got to be kidding me. Couldn't this person have been smaller and what's he going to do when I tell him that I have but no longer follow Christianity. I liked my face and the rest of my body, should I lie to this man to save my own life or would he be understanding about my beliefs.

I threw the dice out on the table and told him that I have read the Bible and do not believe it is the word of God, the Creator of the universe. I explained to him that, there is a lot of useful information and some wonderful stories in the Bible but that it could not completely be proven as factual information. I continued to explain to him that there was a lot of information in the Bible that contradicted itself and some that simply wasn't true.

He sat back down on the park bench and asked me to join him. I couldn't resist as I always have enjoyed talking about religion and ready to learn something about this man and why he is a Christian. He started to tell me about some recent events that have happened in his life, some bad, some worse and of course some that he didn't want to talk about. However, he did mention a trip to church a few Sundays ago that changed his life.

I was happy for him that he had found peace but explained to him that he is extremely vulnerable to anything right now that can make a little sense out of his life. Be careful I told him, because you could get caught up in something that feels and sounds good, only to find out later in life, that you have questions about Christianity that can't be answered.

I had a very pleasant conversation with this person and I believe he appreciated a few of the points I made. When people are down and out and their lives seem to be really messed up, they're extremely vulnerable to others religious beliefs, whether they're right or wrong.

Don't force your religious beliefs onto others, be kind and courteous to those who are on the edge and having difficulties in life. Explaining to them about your religion and how it has benefited you is wonderful but it might not be as beneficial to someone else. The next time you plan on converting someone who is down in the dumps, make sure that you understand your own religion before you pass false beliefs onto others.

It's like a cancer spreading through the body, most of the cancer cells don't know what they are doing or how much damage is going to be done until it's too late.

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Sunday, April 19, 2009

Chosing Misery Over Happiness

I am not one to feel sorry for most people. They seem to have a unique ability to cause themselves the most damage during certain parts of their lives. I have met some pretty self destructive people in my life. Being raised by a mother that lived in misery and love.

My mother had a difficult childhood. It seemed as if every corner she turned there was a obstacle either right in front of here or waiting just around the corner. Her father died when she was 12 year old. He was a farm laborer and didn't make much money. In other words they were poor...... She got sent to live with a few foster families and according to her she was molested by one of the fathers she lived with.

Soon her older sister invited her to live with her. My aunt was married to the owner of a pottery business and had 2 children about 10 years younger than my mother. My aunt soon realized she had a live in baby sitter that allowed her to stay out drinking most of the day.

My Uncle was what you would call a drunk back then, now we call these people alcoholics. Well any way I think you are starting to get a picture of my mothers life up to this point. It is probably safe to assume that this isn't the ideal life for a young woman.

The next event to happen in my moms life was for my uncle to fall in the shower one night after tying one on that night. He died soon after but my aunt seemed to make a another good choice and ended up marring the owner of the bar that they spent most of their time in.
The Grand essentials of happiness are: something to do, something to love, and something to hope for. Allan K. Chalmers

By this time my mom was in High School and met my future father. It wasn't exactly a marriage made in heaven. My dad was always an easy going man. He seemed to let most stuff go in one ear and out the other.

As you guessed it they had a few children. Nice one Dad and Mom. According to the books I have read on Angelic beings. People that believe in the after life and angels. They tell me I had a choice and was able to choose my parents....... What was I thinking...... I should have choose someone with some money and a couple of parents that were deeply in love .

How did I end up here in this situation.

I ended up loving my parents like most of us. They seemed to be doing the best that they could possibly do raising me, my bother and my sister. My mom and dad ended up getting a divorce and I went to live with my father.

My Father is remarried to a wonderful woman that seems to bring him a lot of happiness.
I haven't seen my mother for a while now. She lives with a life of excuses and misery. Her childhood was not the greatest but that doesn't give her the right to bring misery into other peoples lives. She has made a conscious choice to live what seems to be a painful life. Maybe her choices in life have made me choose happiness over misery.

I have always wondered what it is that motivates someone to live a life of true unhappiness when it takes the same amount of energy to live a life of joy. Life is meant to be full of joy and happiness so start today by making the right choices to live a fulfilling life of happiness.

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Saturday, April 18, 2009

Personal Goal Setting and Management - Planning for the Year Ahead

The start of a New Year is a great time to plan for what you want to achieve. What better time than to invest in yourself and set a course for the future. As you reach your goals you will need to set new ones.
How do you do this in a powerful and focused way?

Here are 10 Essential Questions to ask now to make the most of the next year.

1. What is your 5-year plan?

What do you want to be doing professionally and personally in five years time? How do you want to be feeling? For example what will you be doing, how much income will you be earning, where will you be living, how much time will you be spending with your family?
Keeping in mind your five year vision will help set goals for the next 12 months.

2. What is your vision for the next year?

How do you see the year unfolding? Visualise yourself in 12-months time, reflecting back on the year. What does it look like? What does success look like in a years time?

Use this vision to add to your goals. If your planning on a holiday imagine yourself on the beach for example. This will inspire your goals and then make feasible plans to make the vision a reality.

3. What is your mission for the next year?

Who will you help? What problems will you provide solutions for? What new skills will you learn? This is the doing rather then dreaming. How will you go about achieving your goals and vision.

4. Set five key goals to be achieved.

Keep to no more than five specific goals. Write them down. Goals set the big picture achievements for the year. Have both personal and business or career goals. It might be something small like painting a room or something larger like moving house. Write it down.

5. What are the specific strategies or tasks that will help you achieve these goals?

These are the "how to's". Make them specific and achievable. Use the OAT formula - Outcome - Action - Timeline.

6. How often will you review your goals?

Write in your diary now a reminder to review them at least every 3 months. Some people like to review them on a monthly, weekly or even daily basis!

7. Conduct a personal SWOT Analysis.

In the past year, what were your Strengths and what were your Weaknesses? What are the Opportunities for the next year? What are the Threats stopping you achieving your new goals?

8. Reality Check.

How will you measure whether you have achieved your goals? What are the milestones or performance criteria that set the benchmark for measuring your success?

9. How will you balance work with personal interests?

What will be the mix of fun & learning, health & fitness, career & finance, love & belonging?

10. How will you reward yourself for achieving your goals in 2003?

How will you celebrate?

Having all this mapped out is as important as effective business management. Managing your goals, prioritising and evaluating ensures your next 12 months will be as successful personally as professionally.

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Time Management Strategies - Revitalize Enthusiasm and Productivity Using the 3 Gratitude Exercises

Time management tips that inspire you to renew and deepen your gratitude also energize you, every single time you open your heart. If you really want to experience new zest, learn how to genuinely appreciate and care for your life, starting right now.

Cultivating the gift of gratitude is a powerful way to ground yourself and prepare yourself for any challenge. Gratitude enhances healthy humility that is based in self-respect. It also helps you assess your strengths and redirect your energy. The following reflections provide a fresh window of understanding to your inner powerhouse.

Finding Time for Gratitude - 5 Central Insights.

Gratitude's 3 Gifts to You.

Gratitude immediately enriches your life in 3 ways:

- How you look at your world,
- How you move through your days, and
- How you experience your moments.

It is a fundamental value, and the ultimate way to make full use of your time. In "Character Strengths and Virtues" by Christopher Peterson and Martin E. P. Seligman, gratitude is defined as "an enduring thankfulness that is sustained across situations and over time."

There are two types of gratitude, personal and transpersonal.

Personal gratitude is about thankfulness towards an individual, whereas transpersonal gratitude is a constant and fundamental appreciation of the world.

Gratitude is a very special gift to children.

According to studies, gratitude develops between 7 and 10 years of age. However, I believe that if a child is raised in an environment of appreciation, both specific and general, and if it is spoken about often and consistently, gratitude will begin to develop at an earlier age. At the very least, the child will be surrounded by positive energy.

Experience and express appreciation to others specifically and frequently.

How many times a day do you actively thank someone? And how often do you feel the energy of awe and wonder? Don't deprive yourself or others of this wonderful, free gift that strengthens relationships!

As an informative exercise, jot down each time you feel grateful for anything.

After 3 or 4 weeks, go over your documentation and identify patterns in your gratitude. Are there days when you are so absorbed in the activities of daily living that you "forget" life's gifts? What does this tell you? What happens to your energy? Do you habitually see the glass as "half empty" or "half full"?

There is a simple and wonderful exercise I've practiced for many years. It was reinforced in the Vanguard Authentic Happiness Coaching Course I participated in several years ago.

Enjoy the "3 Gratitudes" Exercise!

Each night, right before sleep, list at least 3 gratitudes you are aware of for that day. These blessings can be anything you notice and appreciate.

Recently, I asked a client if she was continuing her nightly gratitudes. She vigorously nodded. "It keeps me positive," she responded.

And it does. It helps you maintain enthusiasm, even in challenging times. Soon it becomes automatic to appreciate your moments.

Now ask yourself: How can you generate still more gratitude today by finding more time?

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Friday, April 17, 2009

The Way, The Truth and The Life - pt.1

I have seen, Flood, and I have seen Drought. I have seen, the Naked and and the Poor, the Wealthy and the Famous. I have seen, Death and Resurrection, Tidal Waves and Volcanoes. I have felt, Heat and Great Despair. I have experienced, Loneness and Disappointment. I have been in, Days of no end. I have noted, the Earth Quaking and the Tears of Grief.

I know of Pain, as a Hundred Needles Piercing my Heart. I have Preached, to the Jews and the Gentiles, and have been, Rejected for Telling the Truth, And because I told you the truth, you believed me not.
I am a man, of all Countries and Nations, but can not find a Home on Earth. I know of, Wars and Rumors of Wars, wars that men know nothing of. I have been, a Light in a Dark World. I know the Past, the Present, and the Future. I have been, Beaten, Cursed and Hung between Heaven and earth. I have been, Buried, Guarded, Preached to the Dead and Returned as Lord and Christ. I have no Boundaries nor Limitations, I Am that I Am. I have come to, Strengthen the weak hands, and confirm the feeble knees.
I am, The Way, The Truth and The Life. John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

I am the way. To access God directly, we must first believe in His Son. Many religions keep God in a bottle, or a box, refusing anyone except a select few to access the wonder that is God. These men, are men of little understanding of God and Scripture. John 14:9 Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father?

Jesus is the way, the way to God and the Way to Salvation. We cannot be held back nor denied access to God by any man nor religion. We have access to God thru Jesus, the Door and the Key, to the Almighty. Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, have you not been with Christ enough to know who He is? Isa 1:11-15; To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices unto me? saith the LORD: I am full of the burnt offerings of rams, and the fat of fed beasts; and I delight not in the blood of bullocks, or of lambs, or of he goats.(The Sacrifice of the physical will not render you an opening to my Glory.)

When ye come to appear before me, who hath required this at your hand, to tread my courts? (What People, Religion or Priest has told you to come to me in this manner.)
Bring no more vain oblations(Any thing offered or presented in worship or sacred service; an offering; a sacrifice.); incense is an abomination unto me; the new moons and sabbaths, the calling of assemblies, I cannot away with; it is iniquity, even the solemn meeting.
Your new moons and your appointed feasts my soul hateth: they are a trouble unto me; I am weary to bear them.(I will no longer abide with your religious days, holidays nor meetings. The way of the past is shut, the door is closed and the way is changed. You have made a shambles of your dedication to Me and I will no longer hear you.)

And when ye spread forth your hands, I will hide mine eyes from you: yea, when ye make many prayers, I will not hear: your hands are full of blood. (The Blood of the Prophets of God. The rejection of the New and obedience to the Old. Being guilty of one part of the Law has made you guilty of all the Law.)

Isa 35:8 And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but it shall be for those: the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein. and a way I am is the Way, Jesus is the way of holiness. His name is Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. He is the only way to God, for God has declared it, a solemn vow, His word becoming flesh. Psa 2:7-8 ; I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee. Begotten, to bring forth, beget; denotes the physical relation of either parent to a child, Gen_3:16; Gen_4:18): Used metaphorically of God's relation to Israel (Deu_32:18) and to the Messianic king (Psa_2:7).

Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession.
This physical relationship between God and Jesus is a relationship between Father and Son, parent to child, and everlasting covenant between God and Man.

Mat 11:3-6; And said unto him, Art thou he that should come, or do we look for another?
Jesus answered and said unto them, Go and shew John again those things which ye do hear and see:
The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them.
And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me. I Am the Way. end pt 1. ars

Joh 14:6 - I am: Joh_10:9; Isa_35:8, Isa_35:9; Mat_11:27; Act_4:12; Rom_5:2; Eph_2:18; Heb_7:25; Heb_9:8, Heb_10:19-22; 1Pe_1:21
the truth: Joh_1:14, Joh_1:17, Joh_8:32, Joh_15:1, Joh_18:37; Rom_15:8, Rom_15:9; 2Co_1:19, 2Co_1:20; Col_2:9, Col_2:17; 1Jo_1:8, 1Jo_5:6, 1Jo_5:20; Rev_1:5, Rev_3:7, Rev_3:14, Rev_19:11
the life: Joh_14:19, Joh_1:4,

Joh_5:21, Joh_5:25-29, Joh_6:33, Joh_6:51, Joh_6:57, Joh_6:68, Joh_8:51, Joh_10:28, Joh_11:25, Joh_11:26, Joh_17:2, Joh_17:3; Act_3:15; Rom_5:21; 1Co_15:45; Col_3:4; 1Jo_1:1, 1Jo_1:2, 1Jo_5:11, 1Jo_5:12; Rev_22:1, Rev_22:17
no: Joh_10:7, Joh_10:9; Act_4:12; Rom_15:16; 1Pe_2:4, 1Pe_3:18; 1Jo_2:23; 2Jo_1:9; Rev_5:8, Rev_5:9; Rev_7:9-17, Rev_13:7, Rev_13:8, Rev_20:15

Temple of Spirit & Truth Ministries A.R.Smith Ministries

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Looking at Life Through the Rear View Mirror

Many of us spend a significant amount of time looking through the rear view mirrors of our lives. Some people spend all their time there - some spend no time there - but most have a nice balance between looking at what's behind and what's ahead.

Sometimes the "mirror" can be really helpful, and sometimes it can cough up those really embarrassing, stupid, negative memories that are best forgotten, but that the mirror wants to keep front and center.

Have you ever had the experience of suddenly being confronted, in your mind, with something you did in the past that you wish you hadn't, or that you regretted, and that "something" flashes up on your brain screen and sends a chill down your spine, or a flop to your stomach, or a tear to your eye - or a song to your heart?

Funny - very few of my rear view mirror flashes send a song to my heart. I don't know about you, but my mirrors tend to be critical of my behavior - the coulda', woulda', shoulda's that make me feel less good about myself. My rear view mirror wants to keep the negative stuff more available than the "bring a smile " stuff.

I'm talking about those little drops of negative emotional water that hit your brain, again and again, and in so doing create a groove or funnel for continued negative flashes.

What these flashes do is create habits of thought that affect our beliefs about our personal worth, ability and value. And those negative mirror flashes feed those two little worms - the "I am not worthy" one, and the "I am not able" one. And they grow. And we do it to ourselves.

The most powerful messages we receive about our ability and value are the ones we send ourselves. And we're often not aware that we're even doing it. That's the thing about habits - both good and bad. They become so ingrained that we just do them. The good news is habits can be changed. Not stopped, but replaced with other habits.

If your rear view mirror keeps sending you negative messages about your past, here are suggestions on ways to change that destructive habit of thought.

1 - Be aware that it is happening. That sounds so obvious, but habits are sneaky. They get so ingrained that they seem unconscious. The first step is to challenge your thoughts. Are they helpful? Are they destructive? Do they help or hinder?

2- Prepare a list of the top 100 things that make you smile, make you feel thankful, make you proud, make you feel worthy and able. Write them down. This can be tough - especially if your messages have been negative for a long time. But it is the key step to replacing those negative thoughts.

3 - Review them every day and add to them as you think of more positive messages.

4 - When a negative thought message comes through, catch yourself and tell yourself to stop! And then replace it with one of your 100 or more "guaranteed to make you feel good about yourself" messages you have written down.

5 - Persist. Habits take time and dedication to change. Keep reminding yourself of the value of thinking positively about yourself. And of how much better it makes you feel.

6 - Think of your rear view mirror as having two modes - one that lets in all the bright lights that can blind you, and the other mode that filters so you can see more clearly.

Let's face it, life has and will continue to throw all kinds of challenges at us. Using your rear view mirror to prepare for the challenges to be faced is a powerful habit of thought. Take a look in yours right now, and become aware of what a positive tool it can be.

Andy Cox is President of Cox Consulting Group LLC. The focus of his work is on helping organizations and their people increase their success in the hiring, developing and enhancing the performance of leaders and emerging leaders. Cox Consulting Group LLC was started in 1995, and has worked with a wide range of organizations, managers and leaders - helping them define success, achieve success and make the ability to change a competitive advantage. He can be reached at

Spending My Childhood Around Christians

I was born in the 1960s and raised in Southern California, United States of America. During that period of time, and in the area I was raised, there was basically one religion that dominated every aspect of mine and my friends lives. That religion was Christianity. When I was in elementary school, I knew one Jewish boy and he looked different than the Christians and even talk different. He was very smart and spent a lot of his time reading, instead of playing at recess.

There were no Muslims or Hindus and it was a predominantly white environment. The first black students I seen was when I entered the eighth grade and by the time I finished high school, I could count all of the black students I had met on both of my hands. So now you have a pretty good idea of my life, living in a white neighborhood that was 90% Christian.

As you can guessed it, I was raised a Christian, but not a regular Christian, I was a Methodist and proud of it, until my parents got tired of the church elders asking for money or if my father could help build the new church. My father explained to them, that he needed to work to support his family and could only contribute, what ever he could to the church and no more. They were very unhappy and made it uncomfortable for us to go to the church anymore.

Hard to imagine, isn't it. Christians asking for money and then when they don't receive it, getting mad at one of their brethren.

Well it was time to switch churches and we are now going to the Crystal Cathedral Church in Garden Grove California. These people had everything and it was a large church. This was before they built the massive glass structure that is presently the church sanctuary. I enjoy going to this church, because we didn't have to go to Sunday school and got to sit with the adults to worship.

By the time I was 15, neither one of my parents were going to church anymore and my life didn't seem to change that much, even though I prayed every night with my brother. Maybe that was it, I didn't have to go to church as long as I prayed every night... By the time I was 18 years old, I was more confused about organized religion than ever before and this included Christianity.

How can someone kill in the name of God? The Muslims were doing it, the Christians were doing it, the Muslims were fighting the Hindus in India and it all seemed normal. It didn't seem normal to me, when I was supposed to love my neighbor and live a life like Christ who never seemed to start fights or even get mad. Maybe a couple of times, over some money, in the Temple.

I have chosen not to be a part of organized religion. I'd figured out that most of our religious beliefs came from our upbringing. This seems to have brainwashed us into believing we are better because were right and know for a fact, that we have chosen to belong to the right religion. What if were not right?

I want to ask you a question, do you think that other religions are wrong and yours is right? If you really spend some time and think about this, you will see, that your religion is not that different than someone else's and neither was their upbringing. Most religious followers, belonged to the religion of their childhood.

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Is Your Religion an Illusion? Who is God?

Most people that I run into on a regular basis while out and about on my journey through life, seem to believe in something. Most of them when asked, fear death and are often looking forward to going to a better place, like heaven when they die. Some of them will start talking about all the good things they've done in their lifetime, while others live in a very humble world.

If you're a strong believer and are told not to read or listen to anything outside of your religious text. This probably comes from fear and will keep you living in your religious illusion of faithfulness. Jesus once said, Matthew 7:7 "Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you."

I'm sure that religious scholars can interpret this in a hundred ways and some of them will even make sense to people like me but the words are simple and straightforward. Seek and you will find is pretty simple to understand. If I'm looking for the answers while seeking the truth, I should be able to find it.

Here's where the problem comes in, why don't more people seek the truth. If you believe that seeking the truth is reading your religious text on a daily basis, read them with an open mind and soon you will find text that some of it is outdated, doesn't make sense, and some of it even contradicts itself. There is some wonderful information in these texts also. I've read some of the Holy Bible and love Proverbs and the Story of Job.

Just because I liked the stories and other parts of the Holy Bible, does it make me a believer in Jesus or the God of the Holy Bible. I can no longer agree with my past beliefs, how I was raised or have the same beliefs as the majority of people in my community. I am still seeking the truth but no longer falling into the trap and believe most religions create an illusion of a better life, but can't seem to deliver the goods, especially here on earth. The promise of something better entices some people to live a godly life but at what expense, sometimes.

There are plenty of religious followers who will tell you that they're happy and they love following their religion. Some of these people are liars, others are honest but most of them aren't very educated about their own religions or others throughout the world. Don't get caught up in the religious trap, that your religion is right and others are wrong. This could become more frustrating once you truly start to seek the truth.

Fooling Christians Today

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Are You Caught Up In A Life Of Guilt

Guilt is one of the largest causes of stress in your life. Stop reading this article for a second and think about the people in your lives that often make you feel guilty.

Now did you really stop reading the article and think about the people in your life who make you feel guilty? Okay well if you did this get back to the guilty feelings so many of us have. Guilt goes all the way back to your childhood, your parents, teachers, friends and relatives have gotten to be pretty good at it over the years, often learning from the same group of people when they were children.

Guilt is definitely a big part of our society and can be found almost everywhere you turn. Have you ever turned the television on to notice a commercial about weight loss. A large majority of Americans are overweight and are targets for a guilt creating society.

I was reading a book on writing magazine articles, when they mentioned a fact that I never thought of, most women's magazines run articles on dieting in every issue. Guilt sells magazines.

Do you think weight loss, dieting or nutritional eating habits, sell magazines? If your answer is no, you should check the financial statements of these companies. They know what sells magazines and guilt or fear is one of their best friends. If you answered yes to the question, you won't have to suffer from the guilt of not knowing the answer.

Guilt seems to work on our subconscious mind in negative ways, often producing harmful thoughts that create stressful feelings in our lives. The longer these negative thoughts are held as truths, the harder it's going to be on our self esteem.

If you find yourself around people that make you feel guilty for something you do or don't do on a regular basis, I would suggest finding new people to hang around with. Gathering negative information from people you consider your friends can only create more damage to your conscience.

If you truly and sincerely do not like something about yourself, tell your friends in a nice way, that you would rather talk about your problems in a negative way. If they have constructive and helpful comments, you would love to hear them. Guilt causes stress and stress can lead to death. If you don't believe that, do some research on stress related illnesses.

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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Key Steps to Get and Stay Motivated

One of the biggest obstacles to success is the time factor. Everybody desires a change for better in any given area of their lives: health, finances, self esteem or personal relationships. But not all of us have what it takes to stick to a plan and walk it out.

The truth is that great ideas will not change our lives overnight. On the contrary, the changes we choose of our own will always happen gradually. And their outcome depends on how motivated we are and how motivated we will stay throughout the process.

Let's face it. Being enthusiastic about a new idea for a few days, or even a week, is easy. Anybody can do that. It is when the going gets tough and when it turns out to be harder than we imagined that we lose momentum and eventually give up on our new project.

If you are a giver-upper, here is good news for you: You can change that bad habit-because that is what quitting is all about-and learn how to achieve your goals successfully.

Acquire a Vision

Long term projects cannot succeed if they are chosen randomly as a whim of the moment. You might have very good ideas, but you need to take them one step further if you want to implement them successfully.

First ask yourself who you are and who you want to become.

You might not be aware of it, but God has already laid out a wonderful plan for your life. You were not placed furtively on this planet to survive as good as you possibly can. The Bible states you are His masterpiece created to walk in a life He has already prepared beforehand (Ephesians 2:10).

So all you have to do is connect with God and flow with His program!

Fix Your Thought Life

Most of us make the mistake of focusing on externals when we implement changes in our lives. We neglect working on our mindset, the very place where wrong thought patterns will cause our endeavor to fail.

If those wrong thoughts are not dealt with, they will lead you to quit just as they did in your previous projects. Because the thoughts you have today will determine your life tomorrow.

The most powerful way to change wrong thought patterns is by studying the Word of God-the Bible-and finding out what God has to say about your situation. And that leads to key number 3:

Have Faith

Somebody once said, "Faith can move mountains." And it does. Faith is the most important factor when it comes to achieving success in life.

You might say, "But I don't have a strong faith!"

That's easy to solve: Faith comes by hearing the Word of God. It is when you diligently seek God and His way of operating that you will come to see yourself as the one He created you to be: A victorious overcomer.

You can find out what God's plan is for your life and change the course of your life forever. Learn how to flow with God's plan for your life, and how to successfully develop the talents He has given you with my free e-course "7 Steps to Consistently Change Your Life" and e-book "The Power of Self-Directed Learning" at

From Bettina Langerfeldt, who teaches people how to pursue their God-given gifts and talents by designing their own education with self-directed learning.

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