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Finding Lasting Happiness In a Changing World

Today many people find life stressful, as they look for security and lasting happiness in a world that's changing rapidly. So where could you possibly find happiness that lasts? Perhaps in the last place you would think to look. After all, do you know how difficult it is to get happiness from things in the world? OK, let's see how many moving parts have to come together in order to get the happiness that you want. Here's an example. If my new car crashes as I pull out of the dealer's lot, then my happiness will quickly turn into misery.…

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A Different Kind of Forgiveness

I'm honored to practice and teach a different kind of forgiveness, the same kind of forgiveness that Jesus practiced and taught during his last lifetime here on earth, and is also taught today in "A Course in Miracles", which is also the voice of Jesus. Old-fashioned forgiveness is where you forgive even though the other is still judged to be wrong by you, which tells your unconscious that you think you are separate from the other, keeping you stuck in ego mind. True forgiveness recognizes that what you thought the other did to you has not occurred. It does not…

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Today’s Brilliance from Kit Cassingham

There are many ways of getting love in your life. Being likeable and lovable, dependable and constant, as well as considerate and generous are the obvious ways people attract love. But there's another thing to do that's even more satisfying and rewarding, and that's giving love. Giving love to all living things, including the earth, is the key to getting love. What a challenge, especially when you first start the practice! Be mindful of your attitudes and actions. It gets easier with time and practice. There will be times you'll think it's not fair to be doing all the giving, but practice will overcome…

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Share Your Unconditional Love

The secret to creating a life that you love is all in your head. It's your imagination and will power. You can have anything you imagine if you also have the determination and focus to see it into reality. My mother taught me that the world is clay and we are the sculptors that get to shape our destiny. I was fortunate enough to spend a lot of quality time with her before she passed a few months ago. I interviewed her during her last weeks. One of the questions I asked was: What do you regret most about not…

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Embrace The Infinite Power of Love

I believe what the world needs, and what we most need, is love. Love is what brings us closer to an awareness of God and all that is good in the world. Love is what allows us to transform potential into reality. Love is what satisfies the craving within us that can only be fulfilled in this way. If we were to attempt to dissect any perceived problem in the world, it could be solved through love. But, what is love? Do we actually understand it, or have we been taught that attachment and expectation equate to love? And what…

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Remembering We Are The Children of Love

You and Life are One. The living, breathing Source of all Life, that most call God, Allah, Great Spirit, etc., is the same Love from which we are born. We mistake our identities as individuals when we forget who we are and where we come from. That light and life lives in each of us, yet is often covered over by the mind. However, even your mind and your thoughts are that Love, yet packaged in the experience of disconnection. How about you? Are you experiencing disconnection from your true self? If you are, here is one easy way to…

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What the Mystics Can Teach Us

I make a living speaking and writing about silence. Isn't that hilarious? But the mystical path is all about paradox. The emptiness that is plenitude. The fire that is elixir. The longing that is the remedy for longing. Mystics are not interested in logical arguments to prove the existence of divine reality. They want direct experience of divine reality. They do not pay much attention to questions of morality. They want to be consumed with love. The mystic is the person who is inexorably drawn to the Great Mystery. The person who wants to drown in that Mystery, to allow…

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3 Important Lessons For Your Financial Life

Not long after I started my financial planning firm in 1995, I discovered something that was never taught to me in business school. It's the notion that every person has their own unique and personal relationship with money. I consistently saw how my clients' emotions were responsible for how they made money, how they kept it, or conversely, how they accumulated debt. Therefore, I've made it my mission, and have built a successful practice, on delving into the emotion and psychology behind my clients' monetary issues. I've found that by digging deep and really understanding my clients, I am able…

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Find Your Inner Whistle

Okay, okay, I'm going to make a bold statement. I admit it - I'm over 50 now, yes I am. It is a hard pill to swallow. But I'm getting there and am starting to get comfortable with it. I used to hate walking down a street and getting whistles from the men around me. Now, there were never hundreds, but I got my share. BUT... and again I hate to admit it but... when the whistles started disappearing and finally stopped altogether, I missed them. I missed them... I really, really missed them. So I looked in the mirror.…

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Your #1 Principle for Balance, Peace of Mind, and Trust

The ultimate secret to balance, connection, and peace of mind is also the most important key to building trust instantly with everyone you touch. The secret centers around the simple, yet immeasurably profound principle of being fully present. Perhaps the most powerful way to understand this principle of being present is to look clearly at what it is not. Several years ago when I was the vice-president of a large training company, I became painfully aware of what it means to not be present. I had fallen into the habit of reaching the office by 5:00 a.m. and not returning…

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How I Became Aware

One of my first really big insights came when I read Fritz Perls' little gem of a book, Gestalt Therapy Verbatim. He wrote that simple awareness can often be curative. What a brilliant perspective on life: if only I could become more aware, I might be able to solve a whole lot of my "problems." Shortly thereafter, I heard Eric Hoffer say, "You can never get enough of what you don't really need to make you happy." That one got me thinking about all the "things" I had been focused on and how little they actually mattered once I had created…

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It’s Your Choice

"You'll keep getting what you're getting as long as you keep doing what you're doing!" "The insanity principle is doing the same thing but expecting different results!" "If nothing changes, nothing changes!" These statements all pertain to personal power reinventing oneself and change. More importantly, they all pertain to choice. You have to choose to change YOU. Throughout my life, from childhood through college, corporate career to business owner, wedding day to divorce court, I've encountered people who were in situations they loathed but, for whatever reason, chose not to change how they responded to or viewed the situation. In…

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Searching for the Meaning of Success? Love Life

My success continually astonishes me. I feel very blessed in my life. So I ask myself, what does success mean to me? What does it look like, feel like, and especially, how does it feed me and those I influence. To be in love with life itself: that is success to me. I feel successful when I am in the state of thoroughly relishing all that the menu screen of life reveals to me. I feel successful when I can laugh at the crazy dishes that life presents. A key to being in love with life itself is to live…

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10 Pithy Tips for Empowered Living

I would share these ten tips. 1. Being broke is not the same as being broken, losing money is not the same as being lost, and finding your balance is not something you can do on a balance sheet. 2. Don't confuse having less with being less, having more with being more, or what you have with who you are. 3. Slow down. What you're chasing may be trying to catch you. 4. Prayer is a path where there is none. 5. Put your faith and not your fears in charge. 6. God only gave you two arms. If you're…

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Small Steps Today, Big Steps For Your Future

I was always inspired by the hippie saying, "Today is the first day of the rest of your life...." Though I had been trained to believe that I had a limited world and that I'd better adapt to it, I knew deep inside that at all times I (and others) had the ability to change my mind. By the pure grace of God (because believe me, I was not looking for it!), I discovered consciousness-raising programs with amazing exercises and learned that if I change my beliefs, it changes my mindset/attitude, and most importantly, it changes my results. I decided to…

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Cranky Feedback

As a professional writer, counselor, and musician, I’ve received all kinds of feedback about my work. Most of the feedback I get is positive and supportive, and that’s part of the reason I continue to do what I do. But some of the feedback is, let’s just say, “cranky.” Cranky feedback is especially interesting to me, because I usually know where it’s coming from, and can see myself in it. I’ll explain. There was a time when I was quite unhappy, generally angry with life. During that period I felt it was my job to enlighten people about what I…

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Stopping the War Against Yourself

On a daily basis, I pause, put my hand on my chest and whisper, “I will not make war against my own heart.” I have many opportunities to practice, as I make many mistakes. Each time, I want to jump on myself. Each time, I choose: do I judge myself or let it go? This is an act of courage for me, as it goes against ingrained habits of beating myself up. It’s an opening, an embracing of all of life; an embracing of all of me. It is unconditional love. It’s not easy. The mind loves to judge. To…

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Call on Your Imagination and Inspiration for Guidance

What inspires you? Have you thought about that lately? What inspires you? Who inspires you? Where do you go to recharge your batteries? How do you stay centered and grounded during the type of economic upheaval we're living through? Are you able to keep your thoughts positive and your outlook for you and your loved ones optimistic? Do you feel confident about the future or do you feel uneasy and concerned? As a financial planner, being an optimist is pretty much non-negotiable. Fortunately for me, that's easy as I was born with the glass is half full mentality. Yet being…

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It’s Time to Accept Others – and Yourself!

We are all unique individuals with our experiences, culture, perspectives, and beliefs. We need to embrace these differences that define us and own who we are in order to be true to ourselves. So often people feel they need to conform, fade back and shy away from what truly makes them unique and special to all of those around them. We need to be free to show up as ourselves and let our own light shine in all we do. Not only do we need to accept ourselves, but we need to be open to others and their differences. Even…

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Let Your True Self Take Flight!

Imagine that you are a beautiful bird soaring high above the mountain tops looking over the hills and valleys in awe of every color, every blade of grass, every flower and creature. From your view of the world guided by the rush of wind created in your path, appreciate all that connects you to everything you see. In flight, trust the path that is before you and follow your sense of wonder to lead you to your next stop. When you lose your way, remember to keep your eyes open and allow the greatness of what has been given to…

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Dr. Jonathan Ellerby

Understanding ONENESS- We are all Connected

I want humanity to know oneness. It sounds complicated at first, but it is simple and will change your life forever. It did for me. Oneness is more than a concept. It's an experience and a way of living. In every culture throughout time there have been saints, mystics, sages, shamans and prophets who have come to the same conclusion: all things in this world are deeply interconnected and ultimately are only diverse expressions of the one original source energy. This was the essential experience and conviction of most of the worlds' religious founding leaders. They called the Oneness of…

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