Do You Respect Freedom? – Day 189 of 365 Days to a Better You

Freedom. It’s a fascinating concept with a checkered past in human history. Presumedly, before we had city-states and division of labor, people were free from laws other than their obligations within their small groups.

Eventually, the powerful centralizing force of civilization, with few exceptions, placed the power to decide in fewer and fewer hands. Over the past 500 years or so, there has been a massive push toward granting the individual more autonomy over his or her life. It’s been a bloody struggle filled with periods of two steps forward and one step back.

By the dawn of the 20th century at least politically if not economically, people in the “western democracies” achieved a level of freedom unparalleled in human history. It wasn’t and isn’t perfect. We still have fallen short of gender and racial fairness, but the leaps forward, compared with most of human history, are amazing.

However, our success in carving out space for the individual and the relative prosperity that has accompanied it, have spawned mindsets that threaten the very principles upon which that freedom is based.

Every one is very familiar with his or her rights and we have expanded that conception so much that, for some, it now means the freedom not to encounter any idea not compatible with one’s own conception of the world. A span of concepts from political and religious exceptionalism to hair-trigger offense mechanism have breached the basic contract upon which individual freedom is written. That is that you can have as much freedom as you’ll allow for others.

In this freest time in human history, many are now willing to use the heavy hand of the state to silence, censor, and curtail the freedom of people for the mere sin of disagreeing with them.

This has brought us to a crossroads. Do we truly believe in the freedom to disagree and will individual freedom be a feature of human society in the future or will our selfishness and need to have a world white-washed of all opposing views and lifestyles plunge us back into the darkness of a tyranny where those choices are made for all by a few societal arbiters?

This question will be answered by all of us and each of us. It comes down to the ways in which you interact with your world every day. Do you support freedom even for those you oppose or despise or do you reach for the easy button of shutting them down? is the principle of freedom alive enough in you to see that the only way any of us can have it is to allow all of us to have it?

A better you is often hamstrung by the culture you live in and we are creating that culture every single day with every single interaction. What kind of culture are you choosing?

I LOVE ALL of you and I support your right to be you. Thanks for stopping by and for challenging your paradigms!

Have a GREAT Tuesday!

Ray

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10 Things We Should All Be Learning from Friendly Dogs – Day 188 of 365 Days to a Better You

Few creatures in the world are as worthy of emulation as a happy, friendly dog. Here are 10 things we can all learn from them.

  1. Love (and lick) now. Ask questions later.
  2. Stop and smell every flower, if necessary.
  3. Wag your tail or something analogous a little more.
  4. Always be ready to play.
  5. When someone gives you something always bring it back.
  6. Sad eyes get people to do things.
  7. Always be trying to remove your leash. Who needs them?
  8. Don’t stand on too much ceremony when it comes to food.
  9. Loyalty is not a question.
  10. Forget yesterday. It’s a new day. There are new squirrels to chase.

Have a great Monday, my friends. Share this one with your favorite dog owner.

Ray

Listening to and Guiding Your Dreams – Day 187 of 365 Days to a Better You

Whether you recall them or not, you dream virtually every night. Many explanations for the purpose of dreams have been proposed. Many psychologists believe dreams are a way of clearing or working out unresolved issues from your waking life. For centuries, healers have probed and interpreted dreams for their symbolic and psychological meaning.

In the book Seth Speaks, the channeled being Seth suggested dreams are a means of communication employed by the soul to keep us connected with parallel and reincarnated selves.

Here’s what indisputable. Our brains are using a great deal of energy as we sleep for some purpose. It behooves is to take advantage of our dreams to aid us in our daily lives.

There are three important ways I’ve studied over the years to help dreams help you.

  1. Dream recall – the first step is to recall your dreams. It’s hard to do much with dreams you can’t remember. A couple of techniques that help. Focus, almost like saying affirmations, before you go to sleep on the idea that you will recall your dreams. When you wake up from a dream, lay perfectly still and ask yourself where was I just now? What was I doing? Questions like these help you remember. Record your dream as soon as you wake up. Dream recall often fades as the day wears on.
  2. Dream interpretation – there are many resources out there to help with interpreting the symbolic language of your dreams. They are very useful, but the first question to ask and explore is what did the dream mean to me?
  3. Lucid dreaming – with practice, it’s possible to teach yourself to “wake up” in your dreams and experience them more directly. You may even become adept enough to control and manifest your dreams to use them for even deeper purposes.

Something is going on in your mind all night every night. It only makes sense that you get more involved with it and turn it to your advantage.

Thanks for stopping by. You are absolutely amazing just in case no one else has reminded you today.

Ray

About Affirmations Video #1 – What Is An Affirmation?

In the first of a video series about using affirmations, I talk about what affirmations are and why most people can benefit from them.

Ray

Title image: Raheel930 Pixabay

As We Thinketh, So Shall We Be – Day 186 of 365 Days to a Better You

That statement holds a ton of power and also a lot of responsibility. Many people will argue against it, citing all the reasons we’re just powerless leaves floating down the rushing river of existence. I wonder.

We’ve been told that our minds make our world from time immemorial. It’s time for us to start understanding the power we possess.

“Man is made by his belief. As he believes, so he is.” -Bhagavad Gita

“All that we are is the result of what we have thought: we are formed and molded by our thoughts.” -Dhammapada

“As a man thinketh in his heart, so shall he be.” -Proverbs 23:7

“You are today where your thoughts have brought you; you will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you.” -James Allen

“We become what we think about most of the time.” -Earl Nightingale

“What you think about, you bring about.” -Bob Proctor

“If you think you can, you can. If you think you can’t, you’re right.” -Mary Kay Ash

You can choose to believe all these sources are wrong or you can get used to the idea that what you need to succeed does and always has resided within you.

Stay inspired!

Ray