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.

  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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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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Tired of Negative Campaigns? Look for the Good – The Affirmation Spot for Thursday October 30, 2008

Regardless of your political views, it’s hard not to turn sour in the face of the negative campaign onslaught as this election cycle draws to a close.

This year is turning particularly ugly with loaded words and innuendo running amuck. Your biggest fear becomes that they all might be right about each other.

Words fly like “unstable”, “risky”, and “socialist”.

Some day, perhaps, we will have politicians (and their surrogates) who are able to articulate their messages like adults to audiences who behave like adults. Someday maybe we will reward candidates who speak to our highest hopes not our worst fears.

One day we may have an electorate that demands better behavior by punishing this kind of negativity at the ballot box rather than revelling in it. We will banish politicians whose only case for office is a negative case against their opponents.

To the extent we are divided by our elected officials, it is because we have accepted it and not demanded more.

One day these things may come to pass, but we do not yet seem to live in that world in 2008. So what can you do to counter all the negativity?

One group is taking positive steps to counter that negativity and encourage others to do the same.

LookForTheGood.org is encouraging people to stay positive this election season and offers tips on how to do your civic duty to pay attention to the campaigns without giving in to the negativity. Their mantra?

“This election season, make a positive difference…and remember to look for the good.” 

Check out their website for more information.

Stay inspired!

Ray

5 Positive Things You Won’t See at the Democratic Convention

Quote from George Washington’s Farewell Address, 1796

“The alternate domination of one faction over another, sharpened by the spirit of revenge, natural to party dissension, which in different ages and countries has perpetrated the most horrid enormities, is itself a frightful despotism. But this leads at length to a more formal and permanent despotism. The disorders and miseries which result gradually incline the minds of men to seek security and repose in the absolute power of an individual; and sooner or later the chief of some prevailing faction, more able or more fortunate than his competitors, turns this disposition to the purposes of his own elevation, on the ruins of public liberty.”


Freedom demands empowered and informed thinking. Following is a list of five positive things you could, but will not see at this week’s Democratic National Convention. While the balloons are falling for Barack Obama and Joe Biden, much more is really going on.

I’m not picking on the Democrats. We will the same missed opportunity for positive change at the Republican National Convention in Minneapolis in a couple of weeks.

  1. Democracy – there has been a lot of talk of a last-minute Hillary coup at the convention. I’m not saying that would be a good or a bad thing. I’m just saying it’s not going to happen.
  2. Pro-Peace Speeches – wasn’t one of Mr. Obama’s original appeals his opposition to the war? Now he seems to be doing a bait and switch on the war. Afghanistan is a good war and Iraq is a bad war. There will be no questioning of whether or not the U.S. should cease pursuing war around the world.
  3. A Call to Undo Domestic Spying – Mr. Obama could pledge to undo the abusive expansion of the internal spy apparatus, but he will not. He put crazy talk like that to rest with his vote on FISA reauthorization.
  4. Freedom of Speech – the practice of setting up free speech zones far from cameras and politicians continues. The premise here is you can have your First Amendment as long as it is where no one can hear you. It seems vaguely reminiscent of what the Chinese did at the Olympics for protestors.
  5. Lower Taxes – you’re not going to see calls to lower taxes on ordinary Americans dealing with high fuel prices, high food prices, and high healthcare costs.

I bring up these things not to be negative, but to point out that we have a lot of room for positive change in the American political system. We have slowly drifted from our core values of freedom and there is no place like the political party conventions to be reminded of it.

In a couple of months, we will see the power of the two major parties again. They will deny third, fourth, and fifth parties (parties that may receive hundreds of thousands to millions of votes in November) from standing on the same stage and engaging Mr. Obama and Mr. McCain in open debate. Open debate and discussion, isn’t that what freedom is all about? Why are they so against it?

Maybe this year more people will want an answer to that question.

Ultimately, I’m optimistic. I believe the American people are becoming aware of what they have lost and are going to demand it back soon.

As this empowered thinking and tide of wisdom grows, I can only wonder if the Democrat and Republican parties will adapt to a more open system or become historical relics.

Stay inspired!
Ray

Giving Barack Obama His Due – The Affirmation Spot for Tuesday February 26, 2008


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obama.gifBarack Obama. His name seems to be on everyone’s lips these days. He has definitely been successful in (ugly marketing phrase coming) “creating buzz”.

Four years ago when he gave the keynote address at the Democratic National Convention there was talk that he might one day be a strong presidential candidate. No one anticipated it coming in this election cycle.

Afterall, Hillary Clinton was to be the next Democratic nominee and nothing in heaven or earth was going to stop her, if you listened to all the experts.

The experts did not anticipate Barack Obama. Mr. Obama is an outstanding orator. He is one of those rare speakers who can take a crowd and lift their spirits and raise their hopes. As he sweeps across the country like a Spring twister, he is doing just that to audience after audience.

What now seems inevitable is that Hillary Clinton has run into a buzzsaw of hope and optimism. The people are demanding something new and Senator Clinton only has more of the old to offer. Obama has taken 11 primaries and caucuses in a row and seems poised to leap Hillary Clinton’s Ohio-Texas firewall on his way to an historic nomination.

In previous posts, I have made clear my support for Ron Paul in this election cycle. His no nonsense and truthful description of the problems facing the United States are, in my mind, the best way forward. The Democratic big-government prescription proposed by both Obama and Clinton (as well as the big empire prescription proposed by McCain and mainline Republicans) seems to defy the Federal Reserves’ ability to print the money fast enough.

Still, I’ve listened and watched Mr. Obama with growing interest. He really does have some highly admirable characteristics as a speaker and a motivator. Many of us working in the field of human motivation and inspiration could take master lessons from him.

As Obama is now famous for saying, “Words really do matter.” People do need more voices out there offering the promise of a better tomorrow. Obama is filling a need for our nation right now. We have been desperate in recent years for a voice of hope and he is delivering. We’ve been existing on a steady diet of fear and more fear. That is toxic for a person and toxic for a nation.

Obama’s latest transgression, that has the establishment in both parties grimacing, is that he might actually talk to people on our “no talk” list. On this count, I am cheering. You cannot have peace or prosperity in the world when there are people you refuse to converse with. It is a ridiculous old line stance and Obama is rightly promising a new approach.

Barack Obama’s success, I believe, can be attributed to the fact that he is spreading rays of hope across the countryside. Even many Republicans now regard the Bush administration as years spent in the proverbial wilderness. Bringing hope in this envrionment is no small feat and deserves tremendous thanks. People are responding to Obama – the man – like flowers to the coming of Spring.

It is unfortunate that Barack believes government is the source of that hope. But for that one flaw, he might be the real deal. If we had a cabinet level position for motivation or inspiration, I think Barack Obama should be confirmed 100-0 by the Senate. There’s an idea – Secretary of Inspiration.

I wish Barack Obama only well. There is an increasing possibility that he could be the next President of the United States. From a domestic policy standpoint, that worries me. He seems a little nebulous on his position to undue the Constitutional damage created in the last few years. His spending proposals simply are not realistic given our monetary situation.

He does offer hope of a new direction in foreign policy. That is a positive that brings hope to millions. I hope he will follow through on those commitments.

However, I want to give him his due. He has added a positive perspective to this year’s election. For that, I salute him and offer my gratitude.

Be peaceful Be positive!

Ray

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