Brilliance Archives

Each day, we ask our Luminary to answer, “If you only had 500 words to share, what wisdom would you want to pass on to humanity? What have you learned that matters, and what doesn’t?” We’ve featured wisdom from Sir Richard Branson, Guy Laliberte, Seth Godin, Marci Shimoff, Debbie Ford, Neale Donald Walsh, Mariel Hemingway, Jack Canfield, Janet Attwood and hundreds of additional Luminaries…. and it’s all available to you for FREE in the archives below!


Losing Weight and Gaining Faith

I believe in miracles. I used to think that miracles look like angels coming down from on high in flashes of glory and light and maybe that’s still true, but those are neither the kinds I’ve witnessed nor the kinds that changed my life. The miracles I see every single day are the ones that are the result of small actions moved upon with the same kind of faith that helped the builders of the pyramids: by stacking small blocks on top of small blocks many times over, we can create something that would be considered a wonder of the… Read more.

You Are Brave, Bold, Loving, Kind and Confident

Your job, your absolute duty is to embrace every feeling that increases long-term happiness. Nothing else is more important. Once you live by this guideline, every single day will be happier than the day before you read this email. Just by reading this sentence, you have already sparked long-term positive change that will only increase as you read on and make my suggestions your own. From now on, in every situation, you will be brave, bold, loving, kind and confident. Take a second to reflect on each of those words and what they mean for you. Tell yourself everyday that… Read more.

5 Lessons for Happiness

Here are a few of the best lessons I can happily share: 1. Life is tough Agreed, life is filled with trials and tribulations. To say one is happy all the time is a lie. To know happiness is available at any time is a truth. Happiness will not wait for us. Happiness will not invite us to the party. We must invite ourselves to say, “yes”, diving deeply and happily into life… all of it… the ups, downs, twists and turns of our miraculous journey. Happiness exists in tandem with adversity. Happiness waits in all the nooks and crannies… Read more.

Embracing the Mystery

The mystery of life is not random or capricious, and our understanding can grow and grow. Nonetheless, it is an unending mystery, and there is always more to know. Even enlightened beings are still learning, still following their path. No doubt they follow a very elevated path, but a path it still is. What does this mean, in terms of our daily life? It means ALLOW the mystery. Yes, keep on knowing, planning and doing, yet also remember that there is meaning in the cracks in between all the knowing, planning and doing. It means get comfortable with not-knowing, with… Read more.

Unleash Your Champion Within

When you wake up in the morning, express gratitude for another day. You came into this world with unlimited potential; don’t waste it on pursuits that fail to fill your mind, satisfy your heart and increase your character. Don’t base your value upon the flawed perspective of others. Your worth is divine, it is pure and you do not need approval to throw off the shackles of expectation and fly free from fear, insecurity and doubt. Listen to your heart; our noisy, busy society is far too loud and if we are not careful we can lose our ability to… Read more.

Dare to Dream Big!

Do it. Dare to dream. Dream big. Dream the details. Imagine the day when your dream comes true. Surround yourself with people who support your dream. In turn, support them in their dreams. In this way, you will succeed. Be willing to sacrifice, and be willing to walk away from those who criticize or distract. Be generous and loving in your pursuits. Lift others up because you know that your biggest assets in this journey are the love and support of those around you. Let go of anyone who tries to hold you back. Do not judge, and do not… Read more.

Loving ‘What Is’

The awareness that has shifted my life the most, is my ability to feel present in what I am doing in each moment. I have had a lot of experience, like all of us, yet knowing that I am here right now, this second, is the key to my finding joy and a sense of peace. It is not always the easiest road and I remind myself daily that being present is a state of fluidity and motion… there is no stasis. In this way I remember that a state of peace is always alive inside of me. I breathe… Read more.

Go Make Something Happen!

I had the privilege of interviewing Seth at his offices in New York and share this post with you again, as the information is still so relevant. “Today’s Brilliance” below is what I took from that interview as well as from Seth’s book, Linchpin. ~ Gail Go! Make Something Happen! The introduction to Linchpin says it all, “The world has changed and the stakes are higher than ever. Now we’re facing a full-fledged revolution- a hypercompetitive world involving art and gifts and fear and the ability for you or anyone to make an indispensable contribution to something you care about. If you’re not… Read more.

Embrace Your Intuition

We are all extremely intuitive and when one understands the true function of the ego, is when one is able to deepen one’s connection with their intuition. We receive a minimum of 500 intuitive messages a day, we have just forgotten how to see, hear, feel or know that intuitive message because we have numbed our senses over the years. We are constantly distracted by outside influences and because of that we ignore the messages coming from within and/or we allow our unbalanced ego to discount our intuitive messages. I have learned that if we embrace the ego and start… Read more.

How To Create Inner Peace

World peace begins with inner peace. Your greatest impact on others and the world will only come when you have looked deeply inside and made peace with what you find there. But what if what you find makes you squirm? What if you hate what you find? The answer is love; it is always love. The person you need to love most–who most needs your love–is YOU. Loving and caring for yourself first isn’t selfish, it’s self-full. This means caring for your Self with gentleness and compassion. If you need to forgive yourself or others, do it and the energy of… Read more.

Synchronicity – Are You Where You Are Supposed to Be?

The door opens. The path is lit. A missing piece falls into your lap. The phone rings and the caller is someone you thought of just moments ago. The ever-famous “magic” parking spot opens up. I love it when I seem to just bump into someone I really want or need to see. What are the odds? There are 1,440 minutes in a day. What if I had walked a different route, took an extra minute to read my mail, veered left instead of right? There are 1,439 odds against me bumping into that person…if one goes simply by mathematical… Read more.

Today’s Brilliance from Les Brown

I think we can all agree, life is getting tough. It seems as if everything around us is collapsing, and crumbling before our very eyes. Many people are uncertain about the future, money, relationships, health, and careers. In fact, we are beginning to question the very nature of life itself. In these uneasy times, even as a world-renown motivator, my advice is simply: When things go wrong, don’t go with them. Have you watched the news lately? It’s quite depressing isn’t it? With all of this mess going on around us, you have to monitor your mind and mouth. I’m… Read more.

Live As If It Were Impossible to Fail

Here’s what I’ve learned in 27 years… Family is everything. It is so important that no matter what you do or where you go, keep family at the forefront. In your dealings with all, strive to be the greatest provider of Value – shun the quick profit and maintain integrity. This will bring you much honour, respect and lasting prosperity. There are so many ways in which we are often expected to govern our lives – some of these ways work and make sense; others do not work and do not make sense. The trick is to find the way… Read more.

Reach Out and You Won’t Miss A Thing

We face so many challenges as individuals. It seems that the more personal the challenge, the deeper within ourselves we must seek to overcome it. We are told to do it this way. Encouragements like, “Look Within Yourself” “Find Yourself,” and “Be True to Yourself,” are everywhere. Everywhere is this indispensable advice. Just ask yourself and you’ll find the answer. It is meaningful to practice self-reflection and we feel very rich when we are able to solve our own problems. But it’s not that simple. Individualism, resolve and self-empowerment do not address a deeper challenge, a pervasive fear that I… Read more.

The Power of Truth

For a few minutes let’s discuss the POWER OF TRUTH and how you can harness it to Manifest Your Greatness. Lying to yourself is not the way to increase the power in your life. Lying drains energy at the mental, emotional, spiritual and molecular level. Here’s the problem — you lie to yourself all the time. You just don’t know it. You don’t believe me? See if these lies sound familiar: “There is no way I can ________” “I’m not good enough to_______” “I don’t have what it takes to _______” “If I don’t get _____ I will never be… Read more.

3 Steps to Becoming Present

Take your time; there is no other time. Even when everything seems to accelerate beyond control – especially then – take your time. Time does not exist as an objective thing; it depends completely on your perception and your connection with yourself. If you are present, in touch with how you experience reality and open to what you are experiencing, then you are the master of time, not its slave. How do we do that? The method is simple: it has a few basic steps that require no particular skills, talents or techniques. It is called “practicing presence”. I imagine… Read more.

Six Key Elements to a Good Life

For a long time, I thought the formula for a good life was setting and meeting goals, achieving, being good, being nice, being perfect, hiding vulnerability and weakness, and not making mistakes. What I’ve learned from my life experience and from my research with people who live great lives is that a good life is just the opposite-and these six key elements are key: YEARN–Life isn’t about getting what you want or meeting your goals; it’s about following your deeper yearning. I was good at meeting goals–being a good student, succeeding at my career, losing weight–but meeting goals didn’t make… Read more.

Acceptance and Respect – The Keys to Life

It took me a long time to realize that to accept and respect — yourself and others — is the key to a happy life. In going around the country speaking about bullying, it dawned on me that the answer to bullying and many of society’s other ills really come down those two simple things. Having been bullied myself, I didn’t have enough self-respect to counter the taunts of the bullies at my school by walking away feeling good about myself in spite of their insults. And I didn’t accept myself to be okay enough with who I was to… Read more.

Your Beliefs Can Save Your Life!

When I was 26 years old, a man pointed a gun at my head and shot me four times. I responded with love and compassion, and so today I am alive and well. Had I reacted differently, I would have died that night. What happened? My search for answers has led me to great heights and great depths. I have explored one marvelous topic my whole life: Consciousness. It has kept me fascinated and entertained for decades. When you use awareness to examine awareness, things get slippery. It’s like standing between opposing mirrors and seeing an infinite array of selves… Read more.

Defining your TrueSelf

When we are born, we are wise, loving, beautiful, amazing and for the most part whole. We are our TrueSelves, but as soon as we start on this ride called life, we start stepping out of that self.

In Truth We Find Peace

Live your truth and you will be free. Because in truth you know exactly who you are, the lines of your personality, the depths and valleys of your soul, what it is that you lack and where you overflow. In truth, you don’t apologize for who you are. You live divinely in your own skin, without the heaviness of another persona lying on your back. In truth, you know what you want, in all of its complexities and nuances, difficulties and joy. You are not bound by others’ expectations of who you must be, of what is common or normal… Read more.

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