The greatest resource you have is time—you either spend time or you waste it. Spending time means using it constructively, profitably, and ideally in a way that is fulfilling to you. Spending time might be working toward your success, a dinner with good friends, or sitting and doing nothing. Wasted time is any time spent with people you don’t enjoy. Time spent doing busywork without benefit is also wasted.
Time is the most precious thing you have. When you allow people to waste your time you let them steal your life. We all have the same 1440 minutes per day, but this time is lost forever unless you invest it in your future—by acquiring knowledge, learning skills, making business contacts or enhancing your personal life.
You don’t have to respond to the demands of others. Only your value judgements keep you spending your time the way you want. How you decide to spend time has everything to do with the quality of your life and the level of success you can expect to attain. Meditate upon any changes in the way you spend your time that would serve you.
Peace and Light,
Your current situation can be affected only by focusing upon and gradually working toward your goal. Do not attempt to force or pressure your way to a situation. It simply won’t work and could create a complication or total reversal of circumstances.
You need to clarify your intent and apply gradual effort over a long period of time. Emulate the water that wears away a rock in the stream. If you must influence others, perceive the spirit of that group and align yourself with their concerns; hopes and dreams. Although it will take time, you will make a profound impression. The same is now true of your personal relationships. Be patient and think in terms of lengthy commitments.
Make decisions and then stick to them. Great accomplishments will result from an enduring effort focused upon a clearly defined goal. Remember that thoughts are things and they create, so always remain optimistic about the successful fulfillment of your desires.
You search so hard for happiness, but how can you find it by searching for it? Happiness comes from within, the natural result of what you do in life. The more you spread joy to others, the more it will come back to you. If what you’ve been doing has not generated the joy and happiness you desire, it is time to change your approach. Stop searching. Stop desiring. Just give. Practice kindness. Share yourself. Give without expectations and it will be returned a hundred times over. Everything in life comes back to you.
Beneath your fears and insecurities, your true nature is pure joy. It isn’t something outside that you can achieve, it is something inside you’ve forgotten—your essence—what you are and what you were meant to be.
When you compare your level of happiness to what you perceive to be someone else’s level of happiness, you become dissatisfied, but the comparison arises from your ego and is always futile. You can’t know how others relate to their lives. Everyone is unique. The person who appears to have it all may not be able to enjoy anything as much as you enjoy looking at a spring flower. When you stop comparing, you will experience your joyful essence.
Peace and Light,
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Use your powers of perception to give yourself an advantage in any situation. As in the martial art of aikido, consider yielding to others in order to receive their power and to learn their direction. Then you can lead a corresponding effort to use their power to your benefit.
To yield you must open, give up all judgement and go beyond objectivity. Become an observer by using your perceptive abilities to walk in the other person’s shoes. With this awareness you can act accordingly, keeping in mind that when you act with intent you incur karma.
This is an ideal time to establish a rapport with others. By maintaining a viewpoint of unconditional love, your perceptions will remain clear and accurate. You can use this awareness to attain peace, balance, harmony and justice.
The more you use your perceptive abilities in positive ways, the more you round out and refine your own character. This gives you the ability to influence and lead others with vision, or to live a rich life with little interference from others.
Peace and Light,
If you seek to understand Divine Order, study the natural balance of nature, for it works the same way. Everything is as it should be, although mankind is far from experiencing its potential for complete harmony. There are no accidents. Your energy, translated into thoughts, words, emotions and deeds, causes all your experiences. This assures that you always have the learning opportunities you need in order to resolve your karma. Also, the collective thoughts, words, emotions and deeds of mankind create the environment for us all.
If enough souls focus their energy upon peace, we will have peace. If the majority of souls are filled with anger, we all my have to experience war. We are all one, and like the many subpersonalities within each of us, the dominant traits of mankind will emerge to resolve our group karma.
This holiday season try meditating upon how you can use this understanding of the Divine Order to act correctly and obtain what you desire. Consider, too, your collective thoughts, words, emotions and deeds. How do they add up? Peaceful and loving? Neutral? Angry and negative? What does that tell you?
Roberta and I send all of you the warmest holiday wishes.
Peace and light,
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The greatest gift you can give to another human being is to be all of who you are. Although you may not realize it, you’re wearing masks to hide who you really are. Whenever you don’t say what you want to say, or smile when you don’t want to smile, or pretend to be someone you aren’t, you’re wearing a mask. The reason you wear it is fear. It’s important to find out what you’re afraid of, and to examine the price you pay. Often the masks aren’t necessary. You’re just wearing them out of habit.
There are hundreds of common masks: The workaholic mask usually helps you avoid something—maybe unwanted social contact or intimate interaction at home. The “poor little me” mask gives you something to talk about and gets you attention. The funny, gregarious mask helps you avoid things—real contact or intimacy—and it covers your insecurity. Exceedingly nice people feel uncomfortable if others aren’t comfortable, or they wear this mask to pump their own egos.
When you are honest and direct there is no mask, no repression. Something to think about as you gather with friends and/or family this holiday season.
Peace and light,
In your heart you know the right thing to do at each moment in time, but your mind wants to feel good right now. You go on a diet yet you want something sweet, so you eat a fancy dessert. Momentarily it feels good but the long-term result is fat. You get turned on sexually and have an affair that generates excitement in your life, but it might destroy your marriage.
Your mind will always choose immediate gratification at the expense of long-term satisfaction. Only the result immediately following the act matters as far as your mind is concerned. The second consequence doesn't matter. Your behavior is programmed by the initial reinforcement (either positive or negative) and it will increase that behavior. Each time you give in to what your mind wants, the more likely you will give in again.
When you let your mind's desire for instant gratification control you, the mechanics of your life don't work. The only way to take control of your mind is to understand how it works against you. Then make agreements with yourself and have the integrity to keep them. You either get results in life or you create excuses to explain why your life doesn't work.
Peace and light,
Do you want to be a Master in your field? Mastery, a Master of going beyond your limits, first requires clarity of intent about what you want to do. You must make sure your belief system isn’t blocking you. What do you think and feel about existing masters in the field you desire to conquer? If you feel any resentment, you cannot become a master because you cannot become what you resent. Next, make a commitment to desire to excel. This of course is easier said that done—to develop mastery in anything requires great expenditures of time, energy, effort and often, sacrifices.
Be unwilling to accept mediocrity. To a master, average is unacceptable. Examine your life to find the people and things that take away your power and promote your being average. Consider how you can remove the people and activities that foster growth and surround yourself with happy, successful people who support you in being all you are capable of being. You have the power and ability to rise above being ordinary by focusing upon your desires and continually correcting yourself as you advance toward your mastery.
Peace and Light,
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You will never succeed beyond the scope of your vision because goals and vision are different things. Vision represents the final outcome. While your goal might be to establish a successful restaurant, your vision is to own a nationwide chain of restaurants.
Examine your visions as they relate to all areas of your life--your relationships, your career, your level of success and your creativity among others. Be aware that you need an emotional purpose for a large vision. An emotional purpose will keep you driving forward. The desire to send all your kids to Harvard is an emotional purpose. To prove your worth to all the people who used to laugh at you is an emotional purpose. To rebuild your grandfather's lost fortune is an emotional purpose. To enjoy the satisfaction of mastery is an emotional purpose. But to succeed so you can pay off your mortgage without a struggle is a practical purpose. To earn enough to buy a fancier care is a material purpose. When people focus on practical and material goals, they tend to run out of enthusiasm when the going gets rough and so reduce their desires instead of striving to fulfill them.
Consider the motivation behind your desires. Is there a way to create an emotional purpose to support your important visions?
Peace and Light,
Love is the most powerful force in the universe. Neither time, birth, death, nor rebirth can ever separate those who have formed a deep mental, spiritual or physical bond. Once the soul’s affinity has been established, those who now true love will always be “one.”
Physical separation and parting for more than a short period of time, as we know it, is impossible. Mental separation is unknown on a subconscious level. Communication will always continue, although it may not be consciously perceived.
Lovers from the past will reincarnate within the same time frame again and again. Although they will not remember their past lives when they meet in their next life, they will be strongly attracted to each other and their love will be renewed. In each new incarnation the love will deepen; hopefully, it will grow more unselfish, until, after many lives, love is perfected.
People with whom you have a deep bond in this life have been close to you in a previous lifetime. You may have been lovers, friends or relatives in another time and another place.
Last week my wife, Roberta, lost her beloved dog, Homer, who was 17 years old. Although we are both metaphysically-minded, the separation from a loved-one is hard to go through. Six months ago we brought a new puppy into our lives we named Jackson. Neither one of us could explain why we acquired another puppy until Homer passed along. In her grief Roberta reached out to her guide for comfort and was told that Homer had been sick for several years, yet didn’t pass because of the special tie he had with Roberta. Homer had helped to bring Jackson in to our lives to make his transition easier.
Love is the most powerful force in the universe.
Peace and Light,