14 Motivational Marianne Williamson Quotes

Before she became a presidential candidate earlier this year, Marianne Williamson had a long career as a spiritual author, speaker, and activist. In short, she’s spent her adult life taking action to make the world, as she affects it, and the people around her better.

I first became aware of her work in the early 1990s, after seeing an amazing appearance on the Oprah Winfrey Show. She has been a voice of moral conscience and consoler in moments of national tragedy from 9/11 to school shootings.

Whatever happens in her run for the White House, whether she secures the nomination or not, I hope the next president will make use Marianne’s unique voice and gifts to help our nation find its way forward.

Here are 10 of her most powerful quotes to call out the best in you today.

  1. A miracle is a shift in perception from fear to love.
  2. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be?
  3. Anytime you try to be a loving person, you’re doing your part to save the world.
  4. Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our Light, not our Darkness, that most frightens us.
  5. Love is what we were born with. Fear is what we learned here.
  6. The practice of forgiveness is our most important contribution to the healing of the world.
  7. It takes courage…to endure the sharp pains of self discovery rather than choose to take the dull pain of unconsciousness that would last the rest of our lives.
  8. And no one will listen to us until we listen to ourselves.
  9. Joy is what happens to us when we allow ourselves to recognize how good things really are. 
  10. Nothing binds you except your thoughts. Noting limits you except your fears. And nothing controls you except your beliefs.
  11. You must learn a new way to think before you can master a new way to be.
  12. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
  13. Success means going to sleep at night knowing that our talents and abilities were used in a way that serves others.
  14. Ego says, “Once everything falls into place, I’ll feel peace.” Spirit says, “Fund your peace and everything will fall into place.”

Stay inspired, my friends. See your greatness and help those around you see theirs too.

Ray

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Wayne Dyer Motivational Quotes

Dr. Wayne Dyer was one of my mentors from afar for many years. His personal story and his evolution from simply psychology to an all-encompassing spiritual view of the human condition mirrored my own.

Here are 10 of my favorite Dyer quotes. You can find the complete list of his quotes on the TAS website.

  1. Iff you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.
  2. You’ll see it when you believe it.
  3. How people treat you is their karma; how you react is yours.
  4. Go for it now. The future is promised to no one.
  5. The highest form of ignorance is when you reject something you don’t know anything about.
  6. You cannot be lonely if you like the person you’re alone with.
  7. Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it’s always your choice.
  8. When you dance, your purpose is not to get to a certain place on the floor. It’s to enjoy each step along the way.
  9. Everything is either an opportunity to grow or an obstacle to keep you from growing. You get to choose.
  10. When you judge another, you do not define them, you define yourself.

Stay inspired, my friends!

Ray

20 Wise Nuggets to Shift Your Paradigm – Day 259 of 365 Days to a Better You

I hope you had a great weekend! Sorry I missed posting yesterday. April and I were busy becoming grandparents for the third time. We spent the night in the hospital last night and we were rewarded this morning with s new granddaughter.

In the pursuit of your best self, it’s expected that a premium is placed on action. After all, action is what ultimately carries you to your destination. Yet, as we’ve discussed before, your thoughts are the fuel. Better thoughts are better fuel. Deep thinking and insight can lead to better thoughts.

Here are 20 insights from my eBook The Power to Be You. May they help you upgrade your fuel for the coming journey.

  1. Sometimes you have to forget “the facts” and follow your heart.
  2. Your greatness is revealed not by the lights that shine upon you, but by the light that shines within you.
  3. Your mind is an information vacuum. Either you fill it with thoughts of your choosing or someone else will.
  4. You are here to bring the formless into form, make the invisible visible, and manifest the unmanifest. How cool is that?
  5. Nobody else’s happiness is your responsibility. Everyone else’s happiness is your concern.
  6. Following all the rules brings a completed checklist. Following your heart brings a completed you!
  7. Life’s first great revelation is you’re not perfect. Life’s second great revelation is you’re amazing any way.
  8. You are a one in a trillion miracle and so is everyone and everything around you. Together, we are one massive miracle in motion.
  9. When you act boldly and with belief, the Universe doubles down on you.
  10. THIS moment is a profound blank canvas that recurs all day long each and every day for you.
  11. Look up into the wide-open sky. Behold the distant horizon. Know your potential is as limitless as they are.
  12. Ask yourself this question daily. “If I was multiplied by 6.5 billion, would the world be a better place?” Adjust accordingly.
  13. Be flexible today. Remember your plan is a road map not a straight jacket. Don’t lose the dream by getting stuck in the steps.
  14. Happiness is a limitless resource not a zero-sum game. There is plenty to go around. Have yours and support others in having theirs too.
  15. The word “Yes” is the birthplace of infinite possibilities. Let “Yes” resonate through your life today.
  16. What is outside you can make a happy day. Only what is inside you can make a happy life.
  17. You are an amazing being full of light, if only you’d see it. You came here to be a game-changing miracle, if only you’d be it.
  18. Tomorrow’s world is born in your mind today. A better world lives just on the other side of your willingness to believe in it.
  19. Sometimes being happy means forgiving what you can, forgetting what you must, and seeing beauty in all.
  20. Doubt is a momentary forgetting of who you are and why you’re here. Confidence is simply remembering it.

Stay inspired, my friends. Let’s create an amazing week on its way to an amazing world together.

Ray

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Are You an Open-Minded Person? – Day 250 of 365 Days to a Better You

I did a recent poll on my Twitter and Facebook account asking if people consider themselves an open-minded person. Not surprisingly, the results came back with 78 percent of people claiming the open-minded mantle.

Being open-minded or seen to be open-minded is generally considered a positive trait in our society and one most people readily claim. You always get the person, when you ask a question like this, that quotes the old phrase, “Don’t be so open-minded that your brains fall out.” That aside, most want to be seen this way.

Here’s my question for you (and me) today. Are you truly open-minded?

The phrase is defined by Dictionary.com as “being open to new ideas, unprejudiced.” Merriam-Webster defines it as, “receptive to arguments or ideas.”

We human beings have a tendency to hold onto our cherished beliefs about the world against all facts. Are you truly open to ideas that might question your religious faith? Are you receptive to ideas that might change your political ideology? Do you really judge every idea on its merits and put aside previous biases?

The fact is no one does or probably can remain open-minded 100 percent of the time. We’d be shifting our paradigms by the moment as more information arrived and we’d find it hard to live our lives.

That said, it is useful to sincerely gauge your level of openness to new ideas. Do you really listen to new ideas or ideas that question your paradigms or do you immediately dismiss, attack, and become argumentative in defense of your cherished ideas? Do you really measure your beliefs against the bar of your current knowledge or do you hold onto them because “that’s what we’ve always believed?”

This leaves many of us with a kind of cognitive dissonance between how open we believe we are and how open we actually are?

Here’s my challenge to you against the backdrop of a culture deeply divided by paradigms with wide gulfs and little understanding. Can you push yourself a little bit more? Can you hear the other person out before you automatically decide you disagree? Can you facts-test your beliefs once in a while? Can you give a little ground on the idea that your side has the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth?

If you can do that and I can do that and enough people in our culture can do that, healing and more dialogue are possible. Change that serves everyone can be achieved.

No pressure, but this is one of those things that really starts with you. If you’re waiting for your proverbial “them” to be more open first, you may wait a long time. Someone has to show the glimmer of enlightenment. Let it be you and me!

Thank you SO MUCH for stopping by. I hope today’s post spoke to you. If so, please consider sharing it with a friend or two.

Have a great Friday!

Ray

Ray Davis is the founder of The Affirmation Spot. He’s been studying and practicing personal development for 30 years. He’s also studied many of the world’s spiritual traditions and mythologies.

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Your Spinach and Your Kryptonite – Day 93 of 365 Days to a Better You

What’s your spinach and what’s your Kryptonite?

Perhaps the oldest and most prolific aphorism in human experience is, “Know Thyself.” Yesterday we talked about the narratives in your life. These narratives are deeply embedded. Changing them is not a flip-of-the-switch proposition. Navigating that path to change is filled with hazards. You have to know what your “spinach” is and what your “Kryptonite” is.

Back in the day, Popeye the Sailor Man was constantly getting himself in tough spots. Just when it seemed all was lost, he’d down a can of spinach and instantly be super-charged to take on any challenge. Conversely, Superman is almost always winning until someone pulls out the one thing that can stop him – Kryptonite.

Every one of us has our proverbial spinach and Kryptonite. You must know yourself well enough to know what yours are. What feeds you and gives you practical super powers and what beats you down and defeats you every time? There’s no shame in admitting the latter…NONE. We all have our weaknesses. It just means you’re part of the human race.

Whether you’re trying to tackle a huge demon like an addiction or fine tune your plan for career success, changing your narratives is about leaning on your spinach and avoiding the triggers that spawn your Kryptonite.

Trust me, you can and many people have spent their lifetimes in therapy focusing on how to stop their Kryptonite from being their Kryptonite. They are better served and results come much faster when they focus on how eat their spinach every single day and pull on their strengths.

That’s not to say that your Kryptonite won’t bite you from time-to-time or that you should swallow feelings that need to come out. It is saying, as Rumi so eloquently asked and advised,

“When you go to a garden, do you look at thorns or flowers? Spend more time with the roses and jasmine.”

Your Kryptonite can only defeat you if you constantly take it out of the proverbial box and focus on it. If you do, you’ll continue to propagate narratives of sadness and defeat. But, if you have the persistence and the courage eat your spinach regularly, narratives can be transformed and so can your life trajectory.

Power hack: Your mission is to figure out what your spinach is.

  • Time alone?
  • Time with your kids?
  • Time at the gym?
  • Time in nature?
  • Your favorite music playlist?
  • Your affirmations?
  • Your vision board?

I’d love you to leave a comment below and let me know what your spinach is!

Just in case no one else tells you today, YOU’RE AWESOME!

Ray

 

Lead with Your “Best Pitch” – Day 67 of 365 Days to a Better You

Lead with your “best pitch.”

You don’t need a GPS to find your strengths. They live at the intersection of passion and talent.
~Ray Davis

It defies logic, but we human beings often become focused on our weaknesses and lack rather than our strengths and capabilities.

There’s a great quote from the 1987 series premiere of Star Trek the Next Generation. The Enterprise crew is on trial at the hands of the omnipotent advanced being Q. He accuses humanity of being “a savage child race.” He threatens to force humanity back to Earth and confine us there. Q has established a test for Captain Picard and a timeline for its achievement or else.

As Q badgers Picard, the stalwart captain finally tells his second-in-command, “If we’re going to be damned, let’s be damned for who we really are.”

I’ve always loved that quote. It’s similar to a baseball saying, “If you’re going to be beat me, you’re going to have to beat me on my best pitch.”

There’s a defiance in both quotes and a determination not to shy away from your best because it might not work. To extend the baseball metaphor, if you’re fastball’s your best pitch, why go through life throwing curve balls? Put your best foot forward. Lean on those things you’re best at and ride them all the way to victory. Even on those occasions when you lose, at least you did all you could.

Power hack: To make this tip work for you, do the following.

  1. Identify your strengths: If you don’t know your strengths, figure out what they are. They have a relatively easy address. Where your passion meets your talents, that’s where your strengths are. You may be passionate about something, but have no talent. That’s not a current strength. Conversely, you may be great at something but have no passion. That’s not a current strength.
  2. Give yourself credit: Stop doubting your strengths. Believe in them and where they can take you. You’re good at these things, damn good. Admit that and use them to your advantage.
  3. Throw your best pitch: If your fastball is your best pitch, throw fastballs. If your curve ball is your best pitch, throw curve balls. This gives you your best chance to succeed in life.
  4. Learn and regroup: Even going with your strengths, you won’t always win. A well-studied loss is worth a dozen mindless victories. Don’t move away from your strengths because you failed. Evaluate, recharge, and come back stronger. I’m on a sports theme today. Have you ever noticed how a young team rarely goes all the way to a championship right away? Often they have to go to the brink once or twice before they win the big prize. It’s not because they lack the talent the first time. It’s that they lack the experience. The moment became too big and talent wasn’t enough to overcome it.

When you lead with your passionate talents and combine it with experience, you can become an unstoppable force. If you spend your life throwing your second-best pitch, you’ll never know.

Stay inspired, my friends!

Ray

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Walk the Walk – Day 60 of 365 Days to a Better You

Walk the walk.

Three years out of four, day 60 is the beginning of the third month of the year. In ancient Sumeria, this would have been one-fifth of the way through the common year. The Sumerian year was 360 days long (it came from the recognition that a circle is 360 degrees). The five extra days each year were holy days to complete the year.

Ironically, that calendar configuration reminds us of something interesting. Most days along our path are ordinary. That’s not to say they don’t count or they don’t add it up toward the result. They absolutely do. I simply mean there’s no fireworks, no big news, no major achievement. They’re just ordinary days.

You often hear the phrase, “Walk the walk,” in the context of, “Don’t just talk the talk…” Today I want to use it differently.  If the proverbial journey of a thousand miles begins with one step, then it’s also completed one step at a time. A lot of days are simply about walking that walk without fanfare or accolades.

This causes a lot of people to detour or stop the push toward their goals because “nothing is happening.” The truth is nothing is happening on the surface most of the time, but the power and consistency of the action (the steps) is building a momentum behind the scenes that will eventually manifest your dreams.

So, today keep on walking the walk even if nothing seems to be happening. Keep on doing the small, ordinary things that will one day equal the big, extraordinary dream. Let others be bored with a lack of immediate gratification for your dreams are bigger than that.

You are all the BEST!

Ray

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