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!


Recognizing The Person Behind The Mask

Most of us wear a kind of mask, a persona that hides our deepest thoughts and feelings, and presents a polished, controlled face to the world. Much of the time, we interact mask-to-mask with other people. There’s a place for that. But remember times when someone saw through your mask to the real you, the person back behind your eyes. If you’re like me, those times were both unnerving and wonderful. Even though it’s scary, everyone longs to be seen, to be known. Besides the ways that seeing the person behind the eyes benefits others, it’s good for you. And… Read more.

You are Perfect and Whole Just as You Are – Right Here, Right Now

If today were to become my very last day to walk this Earth – if, in the next moment, I took my very last breath – I would want to instill into you a sense of peace and an urgency to love. Imagine what it would feel like to wrap yourself in a warm blanket of sparkling gold light.  As the light engulfs you, you become lighter.  You feel so warm, safe and free as you spin around and dance effortlessly.  The gold light is pure and radiant love.  It becomes you, and you become it.  Intertwined, you are one… Read more.

Life Begins When You Do

That each decade of my life I learned my lessons from my obstacles and my joys. I collected them in writing. In my twenties I wrote my longings: these were foundational to my life manifestations. Create. Write. Inspire. Serve. These days that’s called the law of attraction. The ancients said and I saw it as true – our lives become what we think about. Or, “what you feed, grows.” In my thirties I gathered my intentions: Live with intention. Walk to the edge. Listen hard. Laugh. Play with abandon. Practice wellness. Continue to learn. Choose with no regret. Appreciate your… Read more.

How to Attain Genius IQ

Innovating your intelligence adds successful opportunities, one brain cell at a time, regardless of what happened or failed to happen at school. Trying to figure out how people get smarter led me to ask, “What do geniuses do differently?” Traditional questions about IQ, I found, often lead to misconceptions that you are not smart. Geniuses may get kicked out of school, as Einstein did, but they rarely trip over false notions of fixed intelligence. Fact is, intelligent people rewire daily for updated mental tools and so can you. To act like a genius is to develop mental tools that master… Read more.

Clutter, Peace, and a Lighter Spirit

     My spirit felt heavy. I couldn’t seem to write and no reading material held my interest. I felt bogged down by life.      My intuition told me to clean.      I had items the kids had left, thinking they would want them some day. To my surprise, I found out they didn’t. I started looking around my home, realizing that I had stuff that meant nothing anymore. Suddenly, I felt energized to get rid of stuff. Heaviness became my decider. Does this item weigh me down, or does it make me smile and feel lighter?  … Read more.

Love, Trust and Forgiveness

Whether our last day on Earth or the day of our birth, love, trust and forgiveness are the essentials of life. I know that I need these three nurturing ingredients, and I know you need them too. I have found that living within a family is a magnificent gift and a loving commitment. To make the family work, each member offers the gift of being physically, emotionally and spiritually available to the other family members. As insurance, we grow a connection between us so deep and strong that love, trust and forgiveness reach across time and distance to mutually nurture… Read more.

The Best Lessons I Have Learned In My Life

I have learned that life is truly a gift I have learned how important it is to be specific about what you wanted because if you are not, something else may be ordered up and it may not be what you wanted I have learned to listen to my heart and not every person that comes along with an opinion of how they think I should do things I have learned to be REAL and AUTHENTIC all the time I have learned that taking care of your body, mind and spirit will help you accomplish your dreams even faster than… Read more.

The 5-Fold Path to Bliss: Go Beyond Stress to Renewal

Ancient Taoists discovered how to make bliss happen. And modern science validated the landing sites for chemicals that create bliss. Stress blocks bliss. Like many, I’ve had significant stress. Growing up in an alcoholic family, I was sad most of my life … Then I had my dream life as a dancer and choreographer! But at 24 years old, it was ripped away from me when I crashed through a windshield smashing my spine. When I woke up, I was paralyzed from the waist down. With long years of effort, I’ve overcome those obstacles to enjoy glimmers of bliss. You… Read more.

Is Your Attitude Holding You Back?

Most of what I have learned in my few years here on this beautiful planet is to always keeps a positive attitude. Remember that when you are dealing with others. Sometimes you might feel you are a recipient of a bad attitude, but what you have to remember is that while you may be really jovial, they may be facing some kind of problems in their life that is reflecting in their attitude. Remember that this has nothing to do with you. You are not the only one with problems and you should take into consideration other people and their… Read more.

The Best Way to Predict a Future of Happiness

The choices we make every single day are crafting our future; one we either want to live in or avoid. This may sound like we humans have a tremendous responsibility to choose wisely. We do. Yet, there is a tool for building a desirable tomorrow that can be implemented right here, right now, today.  It is to Heed Your Call. As individuals, entrepreneurs, business owners, spouses, parents, friends, and lovers, it is our birthright to fulfill our unique journeys, yet we can only achieve this if we are willing to leave our known worlds. We need to peel ourselves away… Read more.

Commit To Get

We are more powerful than we can imagine. This message has come to us from many sources, but most of us don’t believe this to be true. The difficulty has to do with the simplicity of the plan. For many lifetimes we have bought into a belief in struggle. Even today, fitness gurus teach “no pain/no gain”. Everything is energy. That’s all. You are energy. The reason you incarnate on Planet Earth is to remember that and to learn how to manage what you are. In plainer words – to learn how to manipulate energy in order to create matter…. Read more.

6 Straightforward Tips for a Better Life

There will be many people you meet in this life that do not like you; don’t be one of them. Place your concern on the opinion of the person you see most – YOU. You owe it to yourself and the Universe to make peace with whatever is causing you pain. Be kind, forgiving, and patient. Know that you deserve — and are worthy — of your own love and respect. When you believe this with every ounce of your being, everything else will fall into place. There is a lot of negativity in this world; don’t let it bring… Read more.

7 Keys for Achieving Success

I believe that every person on the face of the earth has been gifted with a unique set of skills, talents, abilities and personality that make each person unlike anyone else that has ever lived before. When we discover what we are passionate about and make the pursuit of that passion our primary goal, we discover what we were made to do. You are the only person who can fulfill your destiny! While the road may be difficult and obstacles spring up in our way, we must keep our eye on the goal of living out our life’s purpose. Rather… Read more.

En-courage Courage!

If there is one piece of advice I would offer you, it’s this: never – and I despise using absolute words like “never” – never stop encouraging yourself and others in the pursuit of worthy goals. This advice is inspired by the definition of the word encouragement, which is “to give hope and confidence to.” Can you imagine what this world would look like if we were constantly infusing others with hope and confidence? What would this world look like if EVERYONE was walking around with hope and confidence – despite the challenges they face in life? With successful strategies, always… Read more.

Radical Generosity

“My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.” – The Dalai Lama I’ve always thought of myself as a kind person. But in my fourth decade of life, I learned what true kindness is. A brain surgeon had just asked me if I would give my daughter’s vital organs to strangers. Maya, 19, had been declared brain dead and doctors had signed her death certificate. They were preparing to remove the machines keeping her heart pumping and her lungs breathing. I was frozen with grief, paralyzed by anguish I thought I would never outlive. But I heard myself say… Read more.

No Strangers in the Heart

I have been writing for forty-five years—poems, stories, journals, dreams, essays—and all of it can be reduced to this phrase: no strangers in the heart. This has led to a belief in our original nature, our endless compassion, our need to listen, and our need to stay awake. It is only through great love and great suffering that we are exhausted of our differences until our hearts are opened to realize that we are at heart the same. This is the constant renewal of compassion that reseeds the world. To live in a truthful way requires that we listen to… Read more.

The #1 Way to Succeed: Choose to Create!

Create! When given a choice – and we always are – opt for creating. I love that we have free choice in this world AND choosing out of the realm of creating, to me, is the only place to choose from. Imagine a world where everyone is saying, in essence, “I can’t wait to see what I will create next.” That is the world I want to create and inspire others to live in with me. In a collective sense, that is the world I know is possible to be in and I deeply feel that we are moving full… Read more.

5 Ideas To Change How You See The World

1. All that really exists is the word YES. The universe is set up on a YES system, so whatever you choose to surround yourself with, you will continue to get more of. The universe just tracks all of your personal expressions and choices in life. There are no throw-away moments. Choose your words, actions and thoughts consciously. Choose your friends, partners and media influences wisely, because everything coming from us, and everything coming at us, profoundly affects our ability to be as intelligent and balanced as we want to be. 2. Change doesn’t happen with the snap of your… Read more.

Struggling Financially? Start with Love

In my first Inspire Me Today post, I talked about love. When I was deciding what to write this time, I thought: What follows love as a top concern? The answer is money. Interestingly, the two are entwined. The key to financial abundance, just like everything else in life, is love. We must love ourselves in order to 1) feel worthy, 2) receive abundance, 3) maintain wealth, and 4) grow our financial resources. If there are parts of ourselves we don’t love, our subconscious mind will find all sorts of ways to create the financial difficulties we think we deserve. Thankfully, there are… Read more.

Say Yes To Know!

As an adult I am learning to assume and model a healthy way to be there for someone in need. It is not to say that psychologists and counselors have all the answers, but most do have the skills of identifying behaviors and issues that are inherent in a rough patch in my or a close one’s life. Yes, there are consequences to being in a relationship with one who does not want to hear what you have to say or demean your feelings; however, we have to push as hard as we can to diminish the claim of being… Read more.

The Beauty of Waking Up

I have already spent half of my years in life. Through this journey, I have been happy and sad. I am sad because I learnt the truths about life a little too late. I wish I had known what I know now a little earlier but on the other hand I also know that humans are full of regrets, what we don’t have always seem to be our greatest desire. Marie Corelli succinctly puts it this way, that “No one is contented in this world, I believe. There is always something left to desire, and the last thing longed for… Read more.

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