Saturday Morning Inspiration

ralph-waldo-emerson-448Ralph Waldo Emerson is not only one of the great wordsmiths of all time and one of America’s greatest voices, his words are filled with practical, applicable wisdom.

Here are five of my favorite to start your Saturday.

 

  1. You become what you think about all day long.
  2. Most of the shadows in this life are caused by standing in one’s own sunshine.
  3. The only person you are destined to be is the person you decide to be.
  4. Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.
  5. Write it on your heart that every day is the best day of your life.

You can find a more exhaustive list of Emerson’s wisdom here.

Stay inspired, my friends!

Ray

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As We Thinketh

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

Positive Thought of the Day

The Power is NOT out there. The Power is IN you.

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Ray

15 Wallace Wattles Quotes

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Wallace D. Wattles (1860-1911) was an American author, social commentator, and New Thought practitioner. He’s best known for his 1910 book The Science of Getting Rich. He was plagued his entire life by extreme physical frailty. His daughter, in a letter written about his life after his death, described his death as untimely.

His many articles and books produced numerous positive quotes that are still cited in the 21st century. Here are dozen of his best quotes.

  1. We must remember that this is not a bad world but a good world in the process of becoming.
  2. There is a genius in every man and woman, waiting to be brought forth.
  3. The very best thing you can do for the whole world is to make the most of yourself.
  4. Do not wait for an opportunity to be all that you want to be.
  5. Because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.
  6. There are three motives for which we live; we live for the body, we live for the mind, we live for the soul. No one of these is better or holier than the other; all are alike desirable, and no one of the three—body, mind, or soul—can live fully if either of the others is cut short of full life and expression.
  7. There is no reason for worry about financial affairs. Every person who wills to do so may rise above his want, have all he needs, and become rich.
  8. There is never any hurry on the creative plane; and there is no lack of opportunity.
  9. The distinguishing characteristic of all really great men and women is an unwavering faith.
  10. You can never become a great man or woman until you have overcome anxiety, worry, and fear.
  11. Poverty can be done away with, not by increasing the number of well to do people who think about poverty, but by increasing the number of poor people who purpose with faith to get rich.
  12. Knowledge of truth is not often reached by the processes of reason. It was due to a spiritual insight.
  13. Every man has the natural and inherent power to think what he wants to think, but it requires far more effort to do so than it does to think the thoughts which are suggested by appearances.
  14. What I want for myself, I want for everybody.
  15. You must get rid of the thought of competition. You are to create, not to compete for what is already created.

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All my best to you and yours!

Ray

My 15 Favorite Albert Einstein Quotes

Today’s Affirmation:

When I am open to bigger possibilities, I am open to bigger outcomes!

Many think of Albert Einstein as that wild-haired mathematician, physicist, smartest guy of all-time, or the E=MC2 guy. Today many have forgotten that he was also a great thinker, philosopher, statesmen, and advocate for humanity in his time.

His ideas led to massive advances in many fields, including warfare and weaponry – the atomic bomb. He was keenly aware of the responsibility humanity had to use his genius – our genius – wisely.

He had is flaws and his personal problems like the rest of us. To me, that only makes him more human and his genius more approachable.

Today I am sharing my 15 favorite Albert Einstein quotes. Some of them will not be new to you. I hope a few of them will provide new insights into the man and into yourself.

  1. “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”
  2. “Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.”
  3. “Logic will get you from A to Z; imagination will get you everywhere.”
  4. “Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.”
  5. “I speak to everyone the same way, whether he is the garbage man or the president of a university.”
  6. “Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.”
  7. “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”
  8. “Science without religion is lame. Religion without science is blind.”
  9. “I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.”
  10. “Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is to not stop questioning.”
  11. “The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.”
  12. “I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.”
  13. “In the middle of difficulty, lies opportunity.”
  14. “Everything must be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.”

Finally, Einstein wrote:

“A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”
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.

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17 Quotes About the Future

 

Today’s Affirmation:
The past is the past! My direction is forward, not back!

The astronautWe humans often have such pessimism about the future and about ourselves. That pessimism chains us to old nightmares that keep repeating. We mourn at sunsets and feel helpless to change the momentum of our individual and collective existence.

But, what if we chose to see sunset as beginnings rather than endings? What if we chose to walk away from certainty that chains us to the past and trade it for the uncertainty where possibility and potential live?

Today I am posting 17 quotes focused on helping you to positively focus on the future. While you cannot underestimate the importance of living fully in the now, I believe it is important to create a positive expectation for the future. See new horizons for yourself and for humanity. Too often, our popular media portrays a dark and dangerous future. This probably mirrors the human mental default setting.

It takes work to overcome that and see a bright and positive future. However, we must if we are to live in that future. The future is always a mystery, but never an accident. I hope these quotes will help you prepare for and paint a colorful and empowering future. I am certain you will find at least one quote, if not several, that fire your visions for peaceful, positive, and productive future.

  1. “I’m choosing happiness over suffering, I know I am. I’m making space for the unknown future to fill up my life with yet-to-come surprises.”~ Elizabeth Gilbert
  2. “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”~ Eleanor Roosevelt
  3. “The best way to predict the future is to event it.”~ Alan Kay
  4. “The minute you alter your perception of yourself and your future, both you and your future begin to change.”~ Marilee Zdenek
  5. “And when the future hinges on the next words that are said, don’t let logic interfere. Believe in your heart instead.”~ Philip Robison
  6. “You keep unconsciously becoming your past, until you consciously choose to become your new future.”~ Ray Davis
  7. “He who controls the present, controls the past. He who controls the past, controls the future.”~ George Orwell
  8. “The future belongs to the risk-takers, not the comfort-seekers.”~ Brian Tracy
  9. “We can become inspired to shape a higher, more ideal future, and when we do, miracles happen.”~ James Redfield
  10. “The future starts today, not tomorrow.”~ Pope John Paul II
  11. “The visions we offer our children shape the future. It matters what those visions are. Often they become self-fulfilling prophecies. Dreams are maps.”~ Carl Sagan
  12. “Take comfort in the future. We worry about what will become of us. Our lives are chaotic like a wave rushing to shore. But every single drop of water in that wave winds up precisely where it belongs, and so do we.”~ Ray Davis
  13. “The past is always tense, the future perfect.”~ Zadie Smith
  14. “You can build the future out of anything. A scrap, a flicker. The desire to go forward, slowly, one foot at a time.”~ Lauren Oliver
  15. “The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today. Let us move forward with strong and active faith.”~ Franklin D. Roosevelt
  16. “Let go of the past and go for the future. Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you imagined.”~ Henry David Thoreau
  17. “Your future is only as bright as your mind is open.”~ Rich Wilkins

We are capable of amazing futures, even as we tend to the present. Those futures are born in individual minds and the collective mind, and must be, if we are see them manifest in our world.

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

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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Bhutto Assassination Proof of Work to Be Done – The Affirmation Spot for Thursday December 27, 2007

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‘He offended me, he hurt me, he owes me, he took what was mine.’ Those who dwell on such thoughts will never be free from hate or find peace within.

‘He offended me, he hurt me, he owes me, he took what was mine.’ Those who dwell not on such thoughts shall be free from hate and find peace within.

For hate only feeds on itself; but love overcomes hate. This is an Eternal Law.

Few know that our purpose in this world is to live in harmony. Those who become aware of this cease their quarrels immediately.

~ Buddha (Dhammpada Chapter 1, verses 3-6)


benazir_bhutto.jpg‘The Buddha’s words are extremely timely today.

The news from Pakistan this morning is dire. Former Prime Minister and opposition leader Benazir Bhutto was assassinated after a campaign rally in Rawalpindi, Pakistan. This nuclear-armed nation is about to be thrown into chaos and turmoil. Many on both sides will likely call for armed conflict.

Unfornately, 2500 years after these words were uttered too many human beings still don’t “get it”. Our leaders don’t “get it”. Our media certainly does not “get it”. Our arms dealers don’t “get it”.  We clamor for war. We clamor for revenge. We support leaders as “strong” who feed our desire for revenge and war.

The “it” is that violence is the birth of hatred and chaos, not the solution to it.

Even in the western nations, we extoll the virtues of our military prowess and take pride in the fact that we are better able than others to wreak havoc on our enemies. We honor the warrior above the peacemaker and so we get more of what we reward.

Most of all, we promise with a straight face that we will stop killing “them” right after they stop killing “us”. It’s circular logic because there are two sides to the “we” and “them” equation and both sides promise to stop the killing as soon as the other side does. And thus, the killing never ends.

In these few simple verses (and others like them in many sacred texts), rests the solution to the problem. But, we must be willing to take the medicine, if we are to be healed. 

We are reminded incessantly by the purveyors of war and vengeance that this is “unrealistic”.  “Neville Chamberlain, Neville Chamberlain,” they shout. “Peacefulness is weakness.” “We must be strong or our enemies will destroy us.”

The “kill them before they kill us” method has enjoyed a 10,000 year trial run in human civilization. It has utterly failed to solve our problems, but it does line pockets and create jobs. No other product or idea has failed so miserably and yet lasted so long. It survives because it plays on our lowest instincts such as fear and selfishness.

Pakistan is a perfect look into our own future, if we fail to take the medicine. If we fail to understand, as the Buddha says, “that our purpose in this world is to live in harmony.” If we fail to grasp that the vengeance mindset that counts every offense against us and ignores our own faults, is a mindset dooming us to destruction; then we are sealing our fate.

The expiration date on that mindset is fast approaching. The weapons of mass destruction genie is out of the bottle and we are, in a very few decades, going to be faced with a stark choice. Adversaries the world over are going to stand nose-to-nose with nuclear, chemical, and biological weaponry.

The question is will we choose to change or race down the fast track to destruction? The force of habit is hard to stop. We are a world addicted to violence. Sometimes an addict cannot stop himself even at the cost of self-destruction.

Here is the challenge for those of us who “get it” in 2008. We must increase our efforts bring positive change in the world. We must first convince our fellow human beings that a better world is possible. Shockingly, many don’t believe that it is.

  • We must “be the change we want to see in the world.” We must work on our own thoughts and actions to stay positive and focused on a better future. 
  • We must make intelligent, self-interested arguments that counter fear-based and selfishness-based arguments by capitalizing on positive core human instincts.
  • We must be patient with our fellow human beings. They have been conditioned to accept this nonsense for a long time and it is going to take time for them to change. 
  • We must recognize that help is not coming any time soon from our leaders and media who thrive and profit on the conflict. These institutions will probably be the last to change. We will have to force the change by changing hearts and minds.
  • We must see through arguments, even highly emotional ones, that rest on logical fallacies.
  • We must call attention to those logical fallacies and challenge their validity at every turn.
  • We must create a clear vision of what the world will look like without the conflict.

There is hope. There is possibility. There is opportunity. The world need not suffer constant chaos and violence.  For that to come about, though, enough people must believe.

Think about it today. Do you believe a better world is possible or have you bought into the assumption that nothing more is possible and so you accept what is?

I hear people say things like, “I don’t like war, but there has always been war.” “I know our leaders are corrupt, but leaders have always been corrupt.” We need not accept these as immutable truths.

John F. Kennedy quoted George Bernard Shaw in his inaugural address in 1961, “Some men see things as they are and ask why. Others dream things that never were and ask why not?”

Today as the chaos heats up in Pakistan and elsewhere around our tiny marble of a world. I’m asking you to think about a better world and ask, “Why not?”

Be peaceful Be prosperous

Ray 

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