Questions Empowered People Ask Their Leaders – The Affirmation Spot for Friday November 19, 2010

Thoughts of the Day:

“The most important decision we make is whether we believe we live in a friendly or a hostile universe.”
~ Albert Einstein

“Be the change you want to see in the world.”
~ Mahatma Gandhi

Will our world be love-centered or fear-centered?

In the United States, we just completed our mid-term election cycle. That is the election that occurs half-way through a President’s term and includes Congressional races for all house seats, one-third of senate seats, and many state and local elections.

Since the election I’ve been thinking that we ask our politicians – our perspective leaders – the wrong questions. This extends beyond the United States and to everywhere elections are held.

We ask questions like:

  • Which party are you?
  • Are you conservative or liberal?
  • Are you left or right?
  • Are you for big government or small government?
  • What are you going to give me, if I vote for you?

These have become the default questions associated with elections around the world. Stop and think for a moment. Are those really the most important questions to you, your life, your children’s lives? Do those really answer the fundamental questions of life, the future, or creating a better world?

I have created a list, by no means exhaustive, of questions that empowered thinkers should be asking their politicians and leaders. What do you think?

  • Love and fear – We live in a world that will either be created by loving mindsets or fearful mindsets. Do you support and promote a love-centered world or a fear-centered world? How would you act, as a leader, to transition our public discussion from fear-centered to love-centered?
  • Abundance – Do you believe we live in an abundant world capable of meeting everyone’s needs or do you believe in a world of limits where have and have-not are a permanent characteristic of human society?
  • Future – There are many entrenched interests trying to slow the future because they control the present. Do you support a society that pursues its best ideas now rather than waiting until certain interests have milked every last dime from the status quo? How would you act now to make sure our best ideas are leading us into the future?
  • War – Do you believe war remains a legitimate avenue of state power or do you believe it is a childish and outdated means of settling human disputes? How would you act to make sure war is always an absolute last resort? Further, how would you work to promote more peaceful relations with friends and foes alike?
  • Human dignity – Do you believe that every human being is entitled to pursue his or her goals and dreams fully? How would you act to demonstrate your support for that principle?
  • Freedom – Do you believe in a world where economic, spiritual, and cultural ideals are not vilified? A world where we do not fear certain words and, instead, work for the best ideas that benefit the people? Do you believe in a world where the rights of all people to practice their spirituality freely and in peace is neither enforced nor discouraged?
  • Financial – Do you believe the people of this planet, through elected leaders responsible to the people, should control their own currencies and financial existence? Or, do you believe the financial existence of 6.5 billion people should continue to be dictated to them by unelected, unresponsive entities (central banks) that have demonstrably created financial crises, squeezed credit markets, demanded bailouts, and now are in the process of crashing national economies to gain greater control? What would you do immediately to restore national control of currencies to the control of entities responsible to the people?
  • “But They…” – Finally, do you believe in a world where powerful political, corporate, and spiritual leaders are not permitted to use the five-year-old refrain, “But they….” as an excuse for continuing the status quo?

These are just a few of the questions I believe empowered thinkers across the political, cultural, and spiritual spectra should be asking their leaders today. You probably have some of your own and I’d love to read them in the comments section.

One final question. If we were able to persuade our leaders to pursue a world like the one envisioned by these questions, would you be prepared to live in that world? It’s a serious question for all of us to consider.

One day we will live in a world where the main adjective we use to describe ourselves is human. That world cannot be forced upon us. We must grow enough to wear the clothes of that world. I believe we have it within us to be free, tolerant, and sharing human beings. That is the very essence of a love-centered world.

The powers that be and the purveyors of the status quo do not believe that. They believe the fear-centered, corrupt world is all we are capable of achieving. They believe this is “the best possible system”. Do you? Do the leaders you just elected….be they left, right, democrat, republican?

We can have a love-centered world where people are free, nations are prosperous, and we work together on issues of global concern. Or, we can continue down the path of centralized financial control, child-like squabbles over religion, economic systems, and natural resources; wasting generations of people as we go.

The choice, as it always has been, is ours. Which will we choose?

Stay inspired and be empowered!

Ray

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Coming Out of the Dark – The Affirmation Spot for Monday November 15, 2010

Thought for today:

“We can easily forgive a child for being afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.”
~ Plato

Coming out of the dark….what a powerful, powerful metaphor!

It’s been 19 years since Gloria Estefan released “Coming Out of the Dark” – a powerful anthem with an even more powerful metaphor of walking from darkness to light. Many of you probably remember that Gloria was critically injured in a March 1990 bus accident, while on tour. Her 1991 album “Into the Light” and this single represented her return after a 10-month long recovery that included the placement of two titanium plates to support her spinal column and extensive physical therapy.

In January 1991, she debuted this song at The American Music Awards where she received a standing ovation both for the song and for her courageous comeback.

Ironically, 1990 was also the moment of truth in my life. Beginning in March of that year I spent two stints in the hospital totalling almost 11 weeks. I was admitted unable to eat, drink, or stand, and down to 96 pounds. I was writhing in pain and ready to leave this world. Eventually, I was diagnosed with Addison’s Disease and was finally released from the hospital in late May. My life was in a shambles financially, emotionally, and physically.

I remember hearing this song for the first time and thinking it was speaking directly to what I was going through and, I assume, was Gloria was going through in her life. This song played a key role in my own comeback. It inspired and provided a methaphor for the new life I was creating.

I hope this amazing song brings inspiration and courage to you this Monday, as it has for me and millions of others for nearly two decades. Wherever you are today in your life there is a light can transform everything and you need only look within to find it.

Stay inspired!

Ray

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Gratitude Affirmation Video – The Affirmation Spot for Friday November 12, 2010

With Thanksgiving coming soon in The United States, I posted a new video on YouTube featuring gratitude affirmations. Please leave a comment here or on You Tube to let me know what you think. Enjoy.

Stay inspired!

Ray

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58 Things to Be Grateful For

Today’s Affirmation:

My life is filled with one positive experience after another. I make use of every experience in my growth.

Here are 58 things to be thankful for. Some may seem counter-intuitive. However, even the negative sometimes is worthy of our thankfulness. I’ve probably left some off my list. Leave a comment today and let me know what you are thankful for.

  1. Sun – without it’s warmth and light we could not exist.
  2. Earth – the beautiful planet that sustains us.
  3. Water – the sauce of life.
  4. Life – each and every morning we wake up is a new chance to be the person we want to be.
  5. Shelter – something to shield us from the elements.
  6. Children – the happy nature and innocence of children remind us how we are meant to be.
  7. Food – an absolute blessing for those who struggle for it and something to be more appreciative of for those of us who never worry about our next meal.
  8. Faith – our faith in ourselves and in something greater than ourselves.
  9. Minds – the power to think, to reason, to grow, and to adapt.
  10. Lines – for making us slow down and enjoy where we are.
  11. Compassion – for getting over ourselves to consider and understand someone else.
  12. Hope – reminds us there is a potential upside to every situation.
  13. Giving – when we give we remember that nothing truly belongs to us and it frees us from our attachments.
  14. Receiving – the opportunity to have our needs met while allowing others to give.
  15. Fear – for teaching us love, strength, and humility.
  16. Work – whether a career, a hobby, or community work; the sense that we have something to do when we get up in the morning is something to be thankful for.
  17. Sleep – for providing a way to rest the body.
  18. Friendship – those people who choose to spend key parts of their lives with us.
  19. Family – those people we wound up with by fate, but stay with out of love.
  20. Anger – for teaching us the benefits of peace.
  21. Peace – peace within and as much peace without as we can muster.
  22. Sight – the ability to see the beautiful world we inhabit.
  23. Love – the glue that holds us together.
  24. Difficulty – for making us strong and giving us something to compare with the heights.
  25. Stars – the wonder and glory of the night sky.
  26. Hatred – for reminding us to love (may we need ever-less reminding)
  27. Surprises – the wonderful things in life that we didn’t expect.
  28. Visionaries – people who see the world not as it is, but as it could be.
  29. Change – the ever-present possibility of improving ourselves and the world.
  30. Purpose – the plan to achieve something in this life and the firm belief that you can.
  31. Wind – a source of comfort, energy, and a metaphor for change.
  32. Music – the soundtrack of our lives.
  33. Possibility – the memory that something more and different is out there.
  34. Today – an opportunity to make the most of what we have.
  35. Tomorrow – the hoped for opportunity to continue our dreams.
  36. Sorrow – for making joy possible.
  37. Joy – the deep and intense happiness about being alive.
  38. Freedom – the ability to think, act, and be who you are.
  39. Acceptance – the ability be at peace with how things are for the moment.
  40. Learning – the opportunity to enhance our potential.
  41. Success – the opportunity to enjoy the fruits of our work.
  42. Adversity – for reminding us how strong we can be.
  43. Grass – for carpeting our planet and being a nice place to lie and look at the sky.
  44. Soil – a medium to grow food and plants.
  45. Moon – the most beautiful object in the night sky and the timepiece marking our lives through its phases.
  46. Innovation – for improving our experience of life.
  47. Dreams – the fuel that drives us through tough times and gives a reason to aim high.
  48. Options – the ability to choose.
  49. Sharing – the opportunity to pool our talents and resources.
  50. Flowers – they add beautiful sights and smells to our world.
  51. Clouds – for bringing the rain that cleanses and for helping me appreciate the sunshine.
  52. Mountains – they provide beauty, challenge, and the ability to see a long way.
  53. Oceans – beauty, unimaginable power, source of life and transportation.
  54. Competition – the opportunity to test ourselves and to improve.
  55. History – for teaching us the lessons we need to learn over and over until we get them.
  56. Future – for giving us the opportunity to try again.
  57. Death – for reminding us of life’s value.
  58. Meaning – the search for which makes our lives the journey that they are.

Stay inspired!

Ray

Ray Davis is the Founder of The Affirmation Spot and focuses on empowering minds to think positively, achieve goals, and live dreams.

He is the author of the Anunnaki Awakening series (2015). Book 1 – Revelation – is now available in paperback and on Kindle. This trilogy takes Ancient Aliens out of the past and into the present. An interstellar, interdimensional journey ensues with humanity’s future hanging in the balance.