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!


Surviving Life’s Storms

Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo! I used to sing this and dance to it when I was four years old. My father had given me the most wondrous magic wand made from cardboard and wrapped in aluminum foil. It sparkled like a star! I believed in magic – my wand and my paintbrush transported me to the Invisible World. I lived then, and still live now, with wonder and excitement. Life for me has been a magical journey. I have learned in my life that with every step we take, every thought we have, we are nourishing the shadows – or nourishing the Light…. Read more.

19 Lessons for Leaving a Notable Legacy

What I have learned in my life and career as a Registered Nurse Entrepreneur is that life is fragile and can change in an instant….. 1. Enjoy life, this is not a dress rehearsal. 2. Create your own positive events to nourish your mind. Even the strong require sustenance to survive, especially when they aid the weak. 3. Do not expect miracles, rely on them. We have all seen turnarounds from positive life steps and direction. 4. Things are not always what they appear to be on the surface. Investigate. Evaluate your perceptions. 5. Fight back against injustice to yourself… Read more.

The Power of Self

Self is inward. It is private. Self is your deepest dreams and greatest aspirations. It is your assets, vulnerabilities, body, mind and spirit. It’s your truth; what you want, who you are and who you want to be. I don’t think I ever thought about self as its own entity. I’ve thought about self-confidence, the times in my life when I’ve had it and times when I’ve needed it. I’ve thought about words like selfish and selfless, but never about self as separate. Then I began my journey of self-discovery. A difficult divorce forced me to acknowledge that while I… Read more.

Ways You can Choose to be Inspirational

You are not a result of your circumstances, you are a result of your choices. It is not the experiences you are presented with in life that define you, but instead how you deal with them. It is how you grow from them. It not the fact that you have faced difficulties in your life, but instead it is who you become while facing them. You are not a result of your circumstances, you are a result of your choices. In every moment you get the choice to be inspirational. Or not. In every moment you get the choice to… Read more.

People Matter – Including YOU!

People matter. Within the circle of your existence, you have been given a “tribe” consisting of your family, your friends, your irritating neighbor whose dog barks 24/7, and the co-worker who borrows your “Best Person Alive!” coffee cup and leaves saliva marks on the lip. Because of your unique relationship with each of these people, only you can reach them in the way you were designed to do so, and while yes, there are other neighbors who can smile stiffly at yours, there is no one who can take your place in the family setting, or within your friends’ hearts…. Read more.

Live Your Life as if Your Body Were Perfect

Over the years, I have both loathed and loved my body. I have found that loving my body is much, much better. So I made a decision to love my body, not in spite of imagined flaws or ways that it deviates from the media ideal of what a body should look like, but rather because it is mine and it is perfect. I spent decades putting my life on hold—waiting to achieve an acceptably, socially, skinny body. I didn’t lose any weight (at least not permanently). All I lost was a few decades. So one day I made a… Read more.

22 Steps Toward a Soulful Life

There are many things to learn. As we get older, we see how these lessons impact us, the lives of those around us, and the world we inhabit. Here are a few things I have learned in my life: 1. All forms of life are equal. This is not an optimistic hope or an idealistic dream, but the knowingness uncovered from experiencing consciousness beyond the individual mind. 2. The secret to a fulfilling life is to seek and live out your karma, aligning your personality with the inherent wisdom of the soul. Strange as it might seem – you already know…. Read more.

How to Uniquely Create Your Impact

Honesty, worth and love towards yourself and those within your life is what will connect you to your passion, values and unique abilities, which you deserve to share with the world. The world is screaming out for YOU to be YOU and for you to Inspire yourself, your family and millions of people around the world. Fear, shame, guilt and judgement towards yourself and those within your life will disconnect you from your passion, values and unique abilities. Pull back the layers which have been thrown upon you by friends, family, media, society and unleash the true greatness you have… Read more.

The One Absolute Certainty in Life

The two past consecutive weekends, I had to travel down to my village for the funerals of two of my very dear cousins. This experience had a profound impact on me and brought me down to earth, literally, as I further realized the futility of this life. It was a wakeup call and a reminder about what mattered most as we go through this journey called life. I have come to appreciate these long road trips to funerals as they allow me a time for deep meditation and assessment of my life and help me to think more about this… Read more.

The Key to Contentment: Thankfulness

I have every reason to be content. I live in one of the most affluent and privileged cultures in the history of civilization. I enjoy the freedom to learn, speak, and even sing whatever my heart desires. I have daily access to clean water, wholesome food, and shelter from the elements. I am employed – and I even have the option to change careers at any time I wish. Friends, I am living the dream. I really have every reason to feel happy, expectant, and fulfilled; yet, I sometimes feel a disquieting emptiness and a deeper longing for significance. You… Read more.

How You Can Change the World

Happiness, health, prosperity and peace, a better world for our children – all of us want these same things in life. I believe that our wish for a harmonious world begins and ends with doing good. This holds the power to positively transform us from the inside and then ripple out in ever expanding circles, impacting the world at large. You can find your place in life by choosing to think good, speak good and do good. Good starts with each one of us as an individual. It’s a personal journey filled with opportunities on which you can choose to… Read more.

How to be Part of a Better World

As a child, I was struck by how different I felt from everyone. With acute awareness, I felt alien. To be adult is to realise that we have more similarities than differences. We have the same needs, wants, desires, no matter where we happen to be born on this globe. It is through our heart perspective that we link through a smile: a soul connection. We have a choice in every moment… to continue to uphold a ‘them’ and ‘us’ approach to life, focusing on our differences, or to speak through our heart connection, in the language of trust. “A… Read more.

The Journey to a Meaningful Life

I am grateful to offer my perspective on the pathway to a meaningful life. I hope that these insights assist you on your journey. I have found these to be the basic principles of a well lived life: Know we are life itself Express life with passionate loving intent Experience the privilege of forgiving others and accept forgiveness graciously Celebrate daily Live life a moment at a time When we understand that we are life itself, it frees us from the unconscious terror of feeling alone. We become aware that we are the very breath that sustains the bodies we inhabit…. Read more.

Make Time for What Matters Now, Not ‘Someday’

“Someday is not on the calendar.” Since 1988, that has become my motto. It was on a cold November night that year when my beautiful 23-year-old sister died four inches from my side in the passenger seat of my car. We were hit head-on by a drunk driver. Death of a loved one, or our own near-death, always offers new perspective on what truly matters… and what is simply irrelevant or insignificant. It is an acute reminder of both life’s fragility and unpredictability and, for me, a “note to self” that while our dreams have no expiry date, our physical… Read more.

How You Can Make the Infinite Your Reality

Never underestimate the power of your heart. Be bold. Be daring. Be courageous—shatter the mold. Be your Self. The world needs you. You are Infinite. You know this… yes? You feel it in your bones. Now, make it your reality. Let your Highest Self dance in every mundane and sacred situation. How? By opening yourself to Wholeness, unashamed and unafraid. Your divinity moving into the moment transforms creation, simply through Being. Act like a seal, belly up in the ocean, allowing the nourishing beams of divine light to seep into your skin—it feels amazing! Give your Highest Self permission to… Read more.

Your Inner Guidance System & The Puzzle of Life

When I was homeless and struggling with everything from self-esteem to survival, I ignored my intuition and the inspiration it offered. I couldn’t believe that some part of me was connected to a wiser source and was trying to guide me. Because I have free will, I could ignore the internal signals. And as long as I did, I suffered. What I learned is that everyone has an internal guidance system. We can get quiet, tune in, and feel our way through life. The more we listen and obey the inner callings, the better life is for each of us…. Read more.

You Are The Journey

What if we have had it all wrong? What if you are not on a journey and have never been? What if there is no end destination? What if one tiny shift in perception and attitude could lead to full radiance, illumination and brilliance? Here it is… You are not on a journey… YOU ARE THE JOURNEY. Have you bought into an idea that you are here to reach something, set goals, live out an agenda and attain status? Do you create intentions and repeat affirmations? Are you running forward, trying to escape the things that are behind you, aspiring… Read more.

7 Life Lessons To Light Your Path

The things I know for sure at this point are deceptively simple in mere words, but they are as follows: As you evolve, your world evolves – it all starts with your own development. Grow with every challenge to give you the opportunity for transformative healing. Align with what feels right; your spirit knows more than your conscious mind. Trust and let it grow you to match the infinite consciousness of your being. You are creating your reality; own what you’ve created so far to give yourself the permission and the power to create your new future. Be conscious in… Read more.

Seeing the World Through Loving Eyes

The peace that you wish to experience in your life begins with you. Make a conscious effort to see through the eyes of others. Instead of judging them, try to fully understand what they are going through and why they do certain things. While it may seem that the main purpose of seeing through the eyes of others is to please everyone else, it really is to obtain peace within yourself. Remember to tell your loved ones how much they mean to you, and how your life is better because of them. They may not know how you feel, and… Read more.

Principles for Making Your Life a Creative Process

Living can be difficult sometimes, but being alive is wonderful, exciting and full of possibility. The dissonance between these aspects of “life” can be confusing and seem unresolvable. Why is that? How is it that quality of experience can diminish quality of life? Why do some people feel they are not worthy – they make no difference, no contribution, create no benefit? Sadly, some believe they should not be alive at all, a tragedy that besets far too many. Recently a good friend who is an architect asked, “How do I get people excited about what I do?” What a question to… Read more.

Become your True Self – the Divine Spark

How can we live a full life if we don’t allow the ups and downs in our daily experience to be softened by the love that is resident deep in our heart? This fullness is possible upon discovering our real nature, a deep inner beingness that exists beyond time and space. Our true self is the divine spark within that connects to everyone and everything. It is the most beautiful aspect of humanity and we should seek it within ourselves and in others. We bring our true self forward when we are gentle and kind – even when we say… Read more.

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