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  • War – Do you believe war remains a legitimate avenue of state power or do you believe it is a childish and outdated means of settling human disputes?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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Political Affirmations and Truisms – The Affirmation Spot for Thursday October 28, 2010

Thought for Today

“In order to become the master, the politician poses as the servant.”

~ Charles De Gaulle

Over the past several days, I have had several people share with me how tired they are of this political season. Few things in American life expose us to more negativism and leave us feeling more slimy than political campaign ads. It seems there is little many of these politicians won’t do or say in their thirst to rule over the rest of us.

Make no mistake, Charles De Gaulle had it right. Politicians speak of themselves as servants, but think of themselves as masters. They believe they know what is best for the rest of us and – right, left, Democrat, Republican – they seek to impose their wills upon the people rather than allowing the peoples’ collective wisdom guide them.

Worse yet, the system has produced generations of either/or thinkers caught in a hopeless ping pong match between two parties whose clever branding keeps people believing that political salvation lies just beyond electing “my party” to power one more time – this is the time. I know it is. It must be.

This self-perpetuating system locks out voices not deemed “mainstream” (i.e. linked to one of the two parties). Disempowers people by convincing them that there are only two choices – vote for “the lesser of two evils” or drop out of the system completely.

Millions torture their minds daily with visions of the horrors that will befall the nation if that other – evil – party is allowed to have power. They are exhorted by talking heads – radio and TV – who pose as bringers of news and information, but are simply party mouthpieces conducting daily revivals for the party faithful. They whip up the fear, whip up the doubt, whip up the division.

My friends, this blog is about empowering you and me and empowering our minds. That is my commitment to you. Many times that comes in the form of affirmations or feel good stories, but there are times when the hard issues must be dealt with and I will not avoid them. Our minds have been enslaved by these two parties to believe there is no other way to the future, but through them.

The time has come to stop giving your power to personalities and political parties and begin again to claim it for yourself and for each other. We have been divided and conquered by this political class and it is high time that we unite take our power back. We must stop waiting on heroes and realize that we are the heroes.

I hope these affirmations will help to re-engage a healthy independence and skepticism of the powers that be. I hope they will help to re-energize your thinking and bring you back to that calm political center where sound decisions and reasonable dialogue can take place. Vote your conscience next week. Vote for yourselves and your families. Don’t vote based on “Tastes Great” vs. “Less filling”.

The time is now to take back our thinking and take back our power. Select the political affirmations and truisms below that resonate with you and keep them near you this political season.

Stay inspired!

Ray

  1. One awakened mind begins a revolution. Many awakened minds begins an evolution.
  2. Until we question our beliefs, we are simply the product of someone else’s programming.
  3. I am a free human being empowered to share this Earth peacefully with all of existence!
  4. I believe in humanity. I believe in our potential. I believe our best days lie ahead!
  5. We are exiting a era marked by fear and disempowerment and entering an era of awakening and possibility.
  6. The status quo is a powerful drug, but every day is a rehab of new possibilities.
  7. I have the right to support the troops and oppose needless wars at the same time!
  8. I have the right to speak my mind as a free human being even when it is against the prevailing trends!
  9. Sometimes status quo can seem permanent. Just remember that every status quo replaced a previous one because of determined people.
  10. Regardless of my party affiliation, I intend to hold elected officials of both parties accountable.
  11. Fear is the greatest weapon of the status quo. An open, empowered mind is your way beyond that fear.
  12. Today I unchain my mind and walk consciously into the light of freedom.
  13. I am not left. I am not right. I am awake!
  14. I don’t believe in blue states or red states. I believe in empowered states of mind.
  15. When institutions fail to serve the people the people should cease serving the institutions.
  16. Where ever tyranny chains hearts, I am the loudest voice for freedom!
  17. I reject war, torture, terrorism, or dogma as solutions to humanity’s disputes. The needed change lives within us!
  18. Society can chain your hands and feet, but only you can unchain your mind.
  19. I demand leaders who take my interests to heart. When they don’t they lose my vote.
  20. I believe in restoring a political environment where WHAT is right supersedes WHO is right!
  21. I refuse to participate in being divided and ruled as “Us” vs. “Them”.
  22. I seek a politics of common ground rather than one of battle ground.
  23. My life and my thoughts are my responsibility. I will never cede them to government, media, or any other institution.
  24. Tolerance only for those who agree with me is no tolerance at all. Today and always I am tolerant.
  25. I believe in empowered people not empowered institutions. Empowering institutions is poor substitute for empowering ourselves.
  26. The time has come for peace on this planet and leaders who cannot lead us there are not fit to lead!
  27. The peoples of this planet want peace, prosperity, and happiness. It’s time now to have leaders who are aligned with that desire.
  28. If being controversial shakes up the status quo, then I will shake, shake away!
  29. I refuse to be divided against my neighbors for the empowerment of the political class.
  30. I select my leaders carefully. I do not respond to fear. A leader seeking power through fear reaches for tyranny next.
  31. Fear – imposed from within or without – is mental tyranny. Beware of leaders who constantly inject you with it to support their agendas.
  32. Group-think is one step away from not thinking at all. You’re an individual. Think for yourself.
  33. Status quos were made to be broken.
  34. Real truth and real love never have to hire fear as their salesperson.
  35. We can live in the sunshine of our hopes or the shadow of our fears. We must select leaders who are sun-bringers.
  36. This world can run on fear and hatred or love and compassion. We must choose the planet/nation we want.
  37. Freedom is purely and simply oxygen to anyone seeking self-development, achievement, success, or enlightenment.
  38. The powerful have always sought to control humanity through fear. Empowered thinkers look beyond fear to truth.
  39. Fear closes minds. Love opens them.
  40. Everything enters the realm of possibility when you release the power of the status quo. Break its chains! Escape its gravity!
  41. I have the freedom to explore my existence and its meaning on my own terms.
  42. I am constantly unbuilding the box they would build around me. Freedom is my destiny!
  43. Today I empower myself to think outside boxes and push my paradigms!
  44. In the political history of humanity, freedom is simply tyranny contained. Those who wish to be free and empowered do well to remember it.
  45. Our thoughts create our world. If six billion people on this planet demanded peace, justice, or freedom we would have it immediately.
  46. I am a free human being empowered to reject tyranny and oppression in all its guises.
  47. Even Stalin allowed people freedom to agree with him. The real test of a nation’s commitment to freedom is how it tolerates dissent.
  48. Freedom persists only where populations are informed. “Us” and “Them” are tyranny’s two favorite constituencies.
  49. The freedom to think, act, express, dream, change, and simply be are are prerequisites for human dignity and happiness. They are non-negotiable.
  50. Giving freedom to others is about looking at the world through enlightened self-interest rather than dogma or fear.
  51. Let us create a world where kindness is seen as strength and violence is seen as failure.
  52. Tyranny always comes bundled in a thousand good reasons, but not one good one.
  53. Modern tyrants are more sophisticated. They don’t put tanks on the streets they place chains on the mind.

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Collective Mental Empowerment Parts I & II

Today’s Quote:

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.

~George Santayana

chemtrailsky1_louisburg_2015Last summer I posted a two-part series on the importance of mental empowerment. The first article discussed all the ways the mental environment is polluted with negativity and fear. That fear is often the result of disinformation, a lack of transparency, and outright corruption and tyranny by the powers that be.

The second article discussed ways to deal with it and overcome it.

They caused quite a response when I posted them originally. Thought I’d post them again.

Collective Mental Empowerment Part I

Collective Mental Empowerment Part II

Empower Your Mind!

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

Ray

Ray Davis is the founder of The Affirmation Spot and an advocate for the potential of the human race.  He’s the author of the breakthrough novel Anunnaki Awakening: Revelation – order your signed copy today at AATrilogy.com

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Eight Years….Has It Changed Us? – The Affirmation Spot for Friday September 11, 2009

Whatever anger rules anger destroys. Wherever love pervades, hope and possibility flourish.

Eight years ago today the world witnessed what happens when hatred and violence shape human actions. September 11, 2001 was the world’s first truly global terrorist event. The scale, the number of people from around the world gone in a moment, and the planetary TV audience brought us all closer together, if only for a moment.

In the days that followed, I wrote the following open letter. It was partly an attempt to come to terms with my own feelings and partly an attempt to sway anyone who might have been reading that we must find better ways to live together on this planet.

Here is the letter in its entirety from September 14, 2001.

This letter is dedicated to the victims, their families, the rescue workers, and everyone who is a voice or a pair of hands for a more peaceful world.

The events of this past week have shocked and saddened all well-meaning people the world over. As an American, my heart breaks for the people tragically victimized by this act. As a human being my heart hemorrhages, that we still live in a world that believes killing each other is a solution to our problems. How regrettable that we human beings still choose to address our grievances with each other in such destructive ways.

It is devastating to witness the results of such hatred, bigotry, and violence in action. No cause, no complaint against the United States can ever justify the actions taken by these fanatics. Their misguided interpretation of their beliefs and their unwillingness to see Americans as fellow human beings, worthy of life, caused them to conclude that any action against America was justified. The outpouring of human emotion and determination this week from around the world should let them know they have crossed a line drawn by all civilized societies and sane human beings.

In our effort to draw that line, we bring ourselves into danger. Not only the physical danger of responding to their actions, but the psychological and spiritual temptations to become like the terrorists to defeat them. If we allow our desire for revenge on groups of people to overcome our need for justice for the individuals responsible, we are in danger of becoming undifferentiated from them. If we succumb to the fear resulting from the terrorist’s actions and curtail the basic liberties we hold dear in our society, then the very thing that sets us apart and is worth defending becomes a victim of these acts. Ben Franklin, the wisest of our founding fathers, said, “Those who give up their liberty for a little temporary security, shall have neither liberty nor security.” Our leaders and our citizens would do well to recall these words as we address what measures should be taken to balance our freedoms with our security.

This week has been a time for grief over the deaths of many of our fellow-citizens as well as a significant number of foreign nationals representing more than 40 countries. By this measure, this was indeed an attack on the entire civilized world. As grief turns to anger and then to action, it is important for us to measure our actions and do what is right not just what would make us feel better. In the aftermath of these events, we might feel justified in doing almost anything. We may believe that retaliating against innocent people or attacking our fellow citizens who might look or share the same religion, in name, as the terrorists is acceptable. Such actions would only make us guilty of sinking to the same level as these criminals. As Americans it is our responsibility in the world to set a different example and show the world different and better ways to solve problems. Simply responding in kind will surely bring a cycle of violence, whose results we cannot predict, and leave us with the same long-term problems experienced elsewhere in this world when violence becomes the only means of communication.

There is plenty of suffering to go around. The victims and their families are suffering, our country is suffering, and the world is suffering as we relive these events on videotape over and over again. In this time of righteous anger, it is also important to contemplate the amount of self-inflicted suffering that must be necessary for any person to carry out this kind of terror. It is a time to reflect on the ways in which we all bring suffering into our lives and the lives of others. It can be a time when, in addition to justice, we seek new ways of relating to each other and working for a world where no one feels either the right or the impulse to inflict such things on others. Suffering was brought by these attacks. Killing more people in response will only increase suffering not bring solutions.

So from tragedy comes opportunity. We have seen this week the heroism of those working directly to help the victims, so there is opportunity to demonstrate our humanity one to another. There is opportunity to reflect on a world that we all create everyday with each thought, word, and action. There is opportunity for all sane and civilized peoples to work together to end the scourge of terrorist violence wherever it occurs. It is justice we must seek, though, not revenge.

Finally, we have the opportunity to start seeing the other people we share this planet with, even those different from ourselves, as human beings just like us. The temptation to divide the world into “us” and “them” is the thinking that created justification in the minds of these terrorists for their acts. To the extent we have all perpetuated this concept of the world, we have all created a fertile field for the conflicts we continue to endure here on planet earth. No religion teaches nor accepts acts like we saw this week. Every religion, however, does teach us to love our fellow human beings. To the extent we fail in the latter, we can all expect more of the former.

Let’s not permit this horrendous tragedy to occur and these deaths to be meaningless. Let us commit, even as we seek justice for these crimes, to create a world where such acts are unthinkable ways of making a statement, even for the most radical among us. An event like this should fill us with hard questions, not easy answers. Let us rally around our flag to seek justice, not as means of supporting a response yet more fierce and destructive in nature. Blood for blood has never brought people anything but more blood. May these events lead us to a greater self-awareness and a more reflective, just world. In that way, we can honor the memory of those lost in New York and Washington D.C, and Pennsylvania.

Some may believe this to be an unattainable goal. One thing is for sure, as long as we believe it to be impossible it will be. Despite our best efforts, crazy people may persist, but as a civilization and as individuals we owe it to ourselves and our children to seek that kind of world. May those who have suffered loss, find solace in their faith and the people around them. May those who are responsible be brought to a civilized justice. May we all find peace in our hearts and greater peace in our world!

I Have A Dream – The Affirmation Spot for Monday January 19, 2009

Today’s Affirmation:

“I believe in the future of humanity. I believe our species’ most prosperous, peaceful, and enlightened times are ahead. I am living my life in a way that turns that belief into reality.”
(Click the affirmation to hear the mp3 version)

Today I am recognizing the celebration of Martin Luther King’s birthday. As has become tradition on this blog, I am doing so by posting the video of Dr. King’s famous “I Have A Dream” speech delivered August 28, 1963.

This week – regardless of your political point of view – an historic step towards Dr. King’s dream becomes a reality with the inauguration of Barack Obama as the 44th President of The United States. It’s unlikely that even Dr. King anticipated such a big step so soon.

While Dr. King’s speech was aimed at the specific circumstances in The United State in the early 1960s, it’s message is timeless and transcendent. It is a message that needs to be heard in Israel and Gaza, Pakistan and India, Iraq and Afghanistan, and, yes, in the halls of power in Washington, London, Moscow, and elsewhere.

In too many places, man’s inhumanity to man is the rule of the day. Let us – all six billion of us – heed Dr. King’s wise words. Let us create a new dream where Israeli and Palestinian children walk arm in arm. Let us create a world where we work together to bring about justice.

Then, we too, can say, “Free at last, free at last. Thank God Almighty. We’re fee at last.”


Runtime is 17:57

Stay inspired!

Ray

2009 Affirmation

“This year I am absolutely committed to being the person I came here to be.”
MP3 version of this affirmation

Five Principles of Gratitude

 


little girl and teddy bearIn The United States, we are entering the Thanksgiving season. It’s a moment to stop and reflect on how much to be thankful for – your spouse, children, grandchildren, your health, your job, or even food on the table. Even if you have none of those things, you have life and the opportunity to grow and to change. That is a the greatest blessing of all and everyone has that.

Here are five simple principles of gratitude that help you achieve it.

  1. Acceptance – we may not always like the way things are. We may want to change them. Acceptance is not acquiesence. However, to feel gratitude, we must learn to accept what is in this moment. It does not mean giving up on the change we hope to create, but rather surrendering to what is at this moment.
  2. Appreciation – we experience more gratitude when we take the time to more fully appreciate the people around us and the many blessings that come into our lives. If you feel a lack of gratitude, things to be thankful for are right there for the remembering. (58 Things to be Thankful For)
  3. Giving Back – we often feel gratitude when we receive. However, the reciprocal nature of giving and receiving promises that the more we give the more we will receive. By giving, we are setting ourselves up for more opportunities for gratitude in our lives.
  4. Honesty – gratitude is definitely one of the most sincere, authentic emotions we can experience. There is nothing phony or contrived about true gratitude. It is a feeling of connection and genuine love for our time here on Earth.
  5. Happiness – Happiness and gratitude are inseparable twins. It’s almost impossible to be happy without a sense of gratitude and certainly gratitude breeds happiness. If you want to feel more gratitude, be more happy. If you want to be happier, try a little more gratitude.

I recently wrote and recorded three gratitude affirmations and posted them to my website.These affirmations are written to help you remember to be thankful for the wonderful things in your life.

Click Gratitude Affirmations to view the text of these affirmations, hear excerpts, or download them in mp3 format.

Stay inspired and be thankful!

Ray

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We All Make A Difference – The Affirmation Spot for Monday November 17, 2008

Today’s Affirmation:

“Blessings fill my life and I am thankful for each and every one.” (click the affirmation to hear it in mp3)

Today’s blog feaures a song I discovered on YouTube over the weekend. The song has a great message and will definitely give you some things to think about this Monday morning. Runtime is 5:59.

The song is titled “We All Make A Difference”