Old Dog, New Tricks – Day 339 of 365 Days to a Better You

You’ve heard the old saying, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” What if you’re the old dog? As slip into the back end of my 50s, I’ll admit it. Despite my reasonably cheery outlook on life and youthful impulses, I sometimes feel like that old dog.

We live in a world moving faster, so far as we know, than any other period of human history. Whereas 20 years used to constitute old, today 20 hours often does. Technology is changing by the moment. We drink information through a firehose without the ability to critically analyze it. In short, there’s always a new trick for us old dogs.

How do we cope?

We must commit ourselves to becoming one with the change. We must commit ourselves to learning new lessons, drawing new conclusions, and releasing cherished paradigms that simply don’t work anymore. All things we old dogs are loathe to do.

I’m not suggesting you relinquish timeless principles. In fact, we need to add a few more of those back into the mix. There’s been some throwing the baby out with the bathwater there.

I am suggesting that you need to adjust to doing old things in new ways. You need to be willing test new ideas, seek new approaches, and always be growing and getting better.

It would nice, for us old dogs, to think that the world is going to slow down and go back to how it used to be when we were young, comfortable, and uniquely confident. The truth is, barring an asteroid, this is the new reality, old dog. If you want to stay in the game, you’ve got to be willing to learn new tricks.

Just in case no one else has reminded you today, you ARE amazing!

Ray

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Let Idealism Be Your Realism – Day 325 of 365 Days to a Better You

Did you used to be young and idealistic? Are you right now? If you’re part of the first group, when and where did you lose it? If you’re part of the second group, please, please never lose it.

“Realism” is too often used as an excuse for dashing hope, giving new things a try, or seeing a better world or a better you is even possible.

“That’s just not realistic,” says your inner voice, the naysayers, the media , and current structure of the world. Sometimes it appears in the form of a command, “Be realistic!” Sometimes in the form of an excuse to yourself, “I’m just being realistic.”

Have you ever noticed that being realistic is never aimed in positive direction? No one ever says they’re being realistic by expecting good things to happen or the world to become a better place.

No, realism, in it’s most common use, is a wet blanket, a limiter, a euphemism for closet negativity.

If being realistic was the standard, what great thing ever would have been tried much less achieved?

So, I don’t buy it. When I hear someone pull out the realism card, I just hear someone ceding to the status quo, giving up without trying, and hoping they can convince others to remain hopeless and mediocre along with them.

I say to you. Let idealism be your realism. Never become such an “adult” that you stop seeing and striving for big possibilities. The truth is the realistic status quo we live in just isn’t good enough. It just doesn’t ensure the freedom, security, and basic needs of enough people on this planet. It doesn’t point us to the stars or to higher spiritual achievement.

Let’s choose to become totally unrealistic. Let’s bust the ceilings, break the barriers, and open the doors to a new day for human beings and all living creatures on our planet. Sure, there’ll be naysayers. So what? So what?

Just in case no one else has reminded you today, you’re awesome!

Ray

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10 Ideas to Empower Your You Right Now Day 41 of 365 Days to a Better You

10 Empowering Ideas 

The mind is like the body. When you feed it nourishing, nutritious ideas, it is a juggernaut. When you don’t, it falls into disrepair. Here are 10 Thoughts that you can keep in front of you today to nourish your mind. I have written them in the first person so that you can use them as affirmations/mantras. These thoughts will keep you rocking through your day.

1) I am not a tool for money! Money is a tool for me!
2) Kindness pays in a hundred ways.
3) I use today to create my future, not rehash my past.
4) The hero I am waiting for is waiting for me in the mirror!
5) I am a miracle in motion!
6) To receive more love, I become more love.
7) My power to choose IS my power to change!
8) My best IS good enough!
9) My life/world is what I make of it.
10) My dreams are waiting for me to come true. Today their wait is over!

Follow your bliss. Experience your bliss. Become your bliss.

Ray 

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Hatred is a Poison

Child watching the fireHatred is a poison.

It eventually destroys both the person who feels it as well as the target of his hatred. The evidence for this in human history as whole, and your particular dispute, is so apparent and obvious that this very simple truth has been lost in your anger.

You cannot kill enough of “them” or fuel your actions with enough hatred and anger to solve your problems. Love and peace is the only path to solution…this, as the Buddha, pointed out, is a universal truth. Never, anywhere, has hatred and violence resolved human
differences. Look at the headlines. Look at your own experiences.

Has all the killing caused any among you to be less determined to kill more of “them”? Has all the killing created the peace and security you both crave? Or, has it just raised the bar of how willing you are to keep killing “them”?

It matters not how many people in the human species still believe that killing and hatred will create the world we want; ALL people who think this are WRONG!

Whether president or pauper, Jew, Muslim, Christian, rich, poor, male, or female believes it; the belief and all its premises are FALSE. As long as your desire is to kill “them”, their desire to kill you will remain strong. The way out is simple, but takes more work and courage than picking up another stone or firing another tank shell.

I wonder if any among you have that kind of courage?

Ray

Do you have a playlist you use to get fired up? Try adding affirmations to it. Your thoughts become your life. Think empowered thoughts.

Impossible? Impossible! I’m Possible!

Today’s Thought:

“Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible'”
~Audrey Hepburn

What is possible? What is impossible? We use the words all the time, but do we truly consider their meaning, their implications? To believe that something is possible places it in the realm of your potential experience. To call something impossible, limits it and bars it from your experience.

There are many things that people deem impossible. Yet, as history clearly proves, what is impossible in one time and place clearly becomes possible in another. It’s more accurate to say we don’t know how something is possible than it is to clearly state it is impossible.

Today I am sharing affirmations and original quotes about possibility and impossibility. I created many of these as tweets. Some I’m sharing for the first time. There is enough here to use for many days, as you build the power of possibility in your life.

I hope these will open your mind to consider things new options, new horizons for yourself and for humanity. Why live chained by limits, when we broaden our opportunities, simply by broadening our thinking?

Affirmations:

  1. I am a find-a-way, make-a-way kind of person! Everything is possible for me!
  2.  I am a magnificent possibility headed for certain greatness!
  3. Today I ignite the power of possibility in my life!
  4. As my belief in what is possible expands, so does what is possible for me!
  5. Today I am opening my heart and my mind to possibilities I had never before considered.
  6. I am the birthplace of possibility! Everything is possible for me!
  7. Today I am eliminating the word impossible from my vocabulary
  8. My life is absolutely filled with dazzling possibilities. Today I say yes to them!
  9. I am one heart exploring every love. I am one mind exploring every possibility.
  10. My possibilities are ever-green! My commitment to exploring them always strong!
  11. The power of possibility is alive and well in my life!
  12. Today I am laying it all on the line for the possibility of something more.
  13. As I push through my limits, a world of possibility opens for me.
  14. Each and every day, life presents me with a bouquet of possibilities.
  15. As I open myself to more possibilities, the opportunities multiply in my life!
  16. Today I am inspired and energized by the power of my possibility!
  17. With an open heart and an open mind, I defy impossibility!
  18. Today I breathe possibility! Today I speak possibility! Today I dwell in possibility!
  19. Today I push my limits and impossible becomes possible for me.
  20. Today my possibilities multiply, my successes magnify, and my potential is realized!
  21. My faith reminds me to believe that impossibility is the birthplace of every possibility!
  22. Every time the world turns new possibility is created. The world is always turning. My possibility is right here!
  23. Today I harness the power of possibility to write this new chapter in my life!
  24.  L-O-V-E is the code that unlocks every possibility in my life!
  25. Breathing in, I see my highest possibility. Breathing out, I achieve it!
  26. For too long, I have lived in the shadow of my doubts. Today I choose to live in the sunshine of my possibility.
  27. My life is abuzz with the electricity of possibility. Today my possibilities become realities!
  28. A mighty river of possibility runs through my life. Every day, I dip my cup into it and drink.
  29. An amazing possibility lives within me! Today I bring that possibility to fruition!
  30. Today I release my either/or thinking and open my mind to new possibilities!
  31.  I am a creative genius! I constantly pushes the possibility envelope!
  32. My future is paved with promise, potential, and possibility!
  33. I refuse to allow a moment of doubt to block a lifetime of possibility!
  34. Today I step past my doubts and into my possibility!
  35. My possibilities are absolutely endless!

Thoughts:

  1. True leaders create possibility for others.
  2. Be a student of how impossibility crosses into possibility and ignite that dynamic in your life.
  3. What was impossible has become possible. What is impossible shall become possible too.
  4. Impossibility is just a belief. Why not make possible your belief?
  5. The status quo is a powerful drug, but every day is a rehab of new possibilities.
  6. Wisdom is not knowing every answer. Wisdom is accepting every possibility.
  7. Freedom is the sweet smell of possibility in the morning and the impulse to pursue it.
  8. It’s quite possible that nothing is impossible.
  9. Impossible is always yesterday’s limited vision about today and today’s limited vision about tomorrow.
  10. Never saying never, keeps everything possible.
  11. Nothing is more impossible than impossible.
  12. Extraordinary thinkers power up on a future full of possibility. Ordinary thinkers power down on a past full of mistakes
  13. When you look to the stars at night do you see points of light or points of possibility?
  14. The sky is full of possibility. The wind blows with change. You are not stuck where you are without choosing it.
  15. Our minds are the bridge between impossible and possible.
  16. Today’s impossibility becomes tomorrow’s inevitability.
  17. Habitual eyes see impossibility. New eyes see possibility.
  18. Only by risking the loss of certainty, can we live in the power of possibility.
  19. Either/or thinking impedes progress and limits possibility. Expand your thinking and expand your possibilities.
  20. Yesterday’s impossibilities are shattered by today’s new ideas.
  21. What if for one just one day you thought anything was possible for you? Yes, what then?
  22. We are exiting a era marked by fear and disempowerment and entering an era of awakening and possibility.
  23. Every single one of us lives on the banks of the river of possibility.
  24. All that stands between impossible and possible is time and determination.
  25. Impossible is not a stop sign. Impossible is a work zone.
  26. Rain drops are just possibilities until they quench someone’s thirst. So are good intentions.
  27. All possibles begin their lives as impossibles.
  28. Possible and impossible are beliefs, not facts.
  29. Optimism is planting trees of hope and possibility in your life. Pessimism is burning them down.
  30. Believe in miracles. Erase impossible from your dictionary.
  31. The need for certainty is a possibility killer.
  32. Each day has a full spectrum of possibility. We can neither write any day off nor take any day for granted.
  33. Every breath is hope. Every blink of an eye is possibility.
  34. Potential comes from nothingness. Possibility from impossibility. Success from failure. All is born from its opposite.
  35. Every moment is a miracle – a one in a trillion trillion possibility – that has come to life just for you.
  36. Every moment is an elixir of possibility.
  37. Today’s limits are tomorrow’s starting point.
  38. Habitual eyes are blind to new possibilities. Let us wipe our eyes and see anew.
  39. Everything enters the realm of possibility when you release the power of the status quo. Break its chains! Escape its gravity!
  40. I am human – full of doubts and flaws, potential and possibility and equipped with a mind capable of choosing which to focus on.
  41. Never doubt that the world is full of possibility and potential. Shift happens!
  42. Always feed the fire of possibility, rather than stirring the embers of doubt.
  43. How cool that we live in a world where neither triumph nor defeat is permanent; only possibility is.
  44. I see your impossibility and I raise you my determination.
  45. You are not limited by what is possible, only by what you believe is possible.
  46. Let us open our minds to see beyond the problems of this moment and envision possibilities inherent in our vast Universe.
  47. Never chain yourself to an impossibility.
  48. We live beneath a sky of a trillion possibilities. Why limit your thinking?
  49. If you are unable to believe in anything else where you are right now, at least believe in possibility.
  50. Impossibility is embedded in stone, but possibility always travels on the wind.
  51. Scarcity is the mantra of impossibility. Abundance is the calling card of possibility.
  52. All growth takes place in the realms of opportunity, possibility, and potential. The status quo is a teacher not a change agent.
  53. Our possibilities expand and contract to match our thinking.
  54. Let us stop living in our worries and start living in our possibilities.
  55. Life is a series of possibilities. The only thing cast in stone is that you will decide what to make of them.
  56. Become an expert on possibility, rather than impossibility.
  57. The visionary thrives on possibility, while the masses stew in their doubts.
  58. Birth and death are the only two givens. Everything else is a possibility.
  59. Certainty is safe and familiar, but uncertainty is the doorway to all possibility.
  60. Impossibility is a comfort zone for inaction. Possibility is a battle cry for action.
  61. Life is devoid of guarantees, but filled with possibilities.
  62. What we know can limit us. Knowing closes the door to many possibilities. Be open to not knowing sometimes.
  63. To grow your possibilities, you must release some of your impossibilities.

Follow your bliss. Experience your bliss. Become your bliss.

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.

Your Truth, Their Truth

Today’s Affirmation:

I am transforming judgment into understanding. I am the source of change in my life, in my group, and in this world.

intolerance_collageHow you see the world is really a matter of perspective. Your absolute conviction in the truth as you see it, can be absolutely rejected by the next person with the same absolute conviction. When these views collide conflict often ensues. That is, when we insist upon our way or no way.

The fact is that we are beings living in a world that none of us completely understands. We can hide that fact beneath layers of belief in some ideology, religion, or even scientific certainty. The fact remains; we never have all the facts to pass the judgment we are often too ready to pass upon others.

In a world being shrunk by technology and proliferating civilization ending weapons, we might be wise to take stock. Given our permanent state of uncertainty, maybe, just maybe, we should think about giving the other guy a break.

This can be as simple as, “live and let live.” You don’t have to agree with the other person. You don’t have to endorse their behavior. You simply have to understand that you can never completely understand his or her perspective and he or she can never completely understand yours.

Narrow-mindedness and tribal group-think were luxuries humanity has lived with, despite the brutal consequences, throughout its history. We have reached the point now where it is about to the break budget for our survival on this planet.

Saddest of all, there are forces on this planet who have powerful control over information outlets and government who thrive and profit by stirring the conflict that generates wars and foments hatred. They have played the masses like a fiddle to keep us divided and powerless. For our world to take the next steps, the people must see the manipulators for who they are and negate their ability to lead us around by our collective noses.

The alternative, should we persist in our unwillingness to take this approach in world affairs, is the destruction of us all. Who will be right then?

Albert Einstein is famously quoted as saying, “The world’s problems will not be solved by the level of thinking that created them.” We are a world in desperate need of a new level of thinking. We need a level of thinking that is not so sure of our group’s perfection and the other group’s evil. We need a level of thinking that sees people as the human beings they are and not subhumans summed up by the term “them”.

We have the power to change our perspective and mend our ways. We can and we must! We have it within us to say, “enough”. It all begins with “live and let live”. Until we are willing to do it, we walk on dangerous precipices.

Back in 2003, I wrote the following simple dialogue between a student and his teacher to illustrate this point to a friend during a discussion. I used a non-human thing to take the emotion out of it and help focus on the concept.

Student: Master, why do people not seek truth?

Master: People do seek truth, but they confuse personal truth with universal truth.

Student: Master, what is the difference?

Master: Do you see the rock over there?

Student: Yes, Master, I see the rock.

Master: How are you different from the rock?

Student: Master, I have intelligence and wisdom. I can change and grow. I offer more value to the world than the rock.

Master: So you are more important than the rock?

Student: Yes, Master, I believe I am.

Master: What do you think the rock thinks of you? Do you think the rock sees its place in the universe as more important than yours?

Student: Perhaps, Master, but that is the rock’s point of view.

Master: Ahh, your truth puts you at the center of the universe. The rock’s truth puts it at the center of the universe. WHOSE TRUTH IS CORRECT?

Student: Master, I know not.

Master: When you have attained universal truth you will no longer be concerned with my question. You and the rock will live in harmony rather than conflict; he with his truth and you with yours.

Stay inspired! Live your truth and allow others to live theirs.

Ray

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

anunnaki_cover_full_colorHe 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.

Are We Conscious Enough to Change?

Thought for Today:

We unconsciously become the experience of previous generations, unless we consciously become the change.

sun in handsMost people in our modern world are aware that their DNA – the building blocks of our bodies – are passed on to us by our parents.

Attitudes and thought patterns are passed along in much the same way. Early on, our parents have the strongest influence and later our peer groups. Then, of course, we are all impacted by societal mental soup in which we swim. Few would argue that our own personality is in there somewhere impacting the person we become. However, we unconsciously accept and create models of the world based on how those around us see it.

The end product is often a human being holding strongly to beliefs he or she had almost no role in creating. Yet, our connection to those beliefs – that model of the world – are so strong many are willing to kill and die for them.

The question is sometimes asked, “If humans were capable of changing wouldn’t we have already changed?” The assumption in that question is that we cannot change because we have not changed.

Ethnic and religious wars spring up in our world over the simple right of the other to exist. Humans have and continue to enslave humans. Military, political, and economic empires are built on the sweat and tears of people we never see.

Can we change? Well, my answer is yes and no. If our plan is to unconsciously continue inheriting, then no we cannot and we will not change. On the other hand, if we choose become consciously aware of this habitual “mental DNA”, we most certainly can see an end to the unconsciousness.

Without artificial interference, there is little we can do with the physical genes we get other than make the most of them. Fortunately, our mental genes can easily be changed by us whenever we choose.

Empower your thinking!

Ray Davis is the founder of The Affirmation Spot. He’s spent more than 25 years studying personal development and especially writing, recording, and using affirmations to achieve his goals. His eBook – The Power to Be You – offers 416 life-changing and original quotes, ideas, and affirmations to take you to new levels of achievement and reflection.

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White House Correspondent Maria Love is on to the story of her life and with the help of an Anunnaki leader seeks to unravel and reveal history’s biggest conspiracy. The Awakening has begun!