10 Reasons for Optimism Today – Day 207 of 365 Days to a Better You

Good Tuesday, my friends. When you think about it, there’s always reasons close by for optimism.

  1. You woke up this morning. You can’t start better than that.
  2. You have freedom of choice. Your life is built of your choices. You are free to change yours, if you want a change in your life.
  3. People facing your exact challenges or worse have succeeded and thrived anyway.
  4. You’re a day wiser than you were yesterday.
  5. When you really stop and look, there are tiny miracles going on everywhere around you. Make it a point to notice.
  6. There is inspiration for the life you want everywhere. Drink it in.
  7. Love. Despite all the ugliness in the world, love still wins.
  8. You’re you and that’s damn sure more than enough.
  9. Forgiving and receiving forgiveness are still options.
  10. You have a big dream. You have all you need within you to achieve it. You have help from the universe coming from all directions.

Don’t allow the negatives and naysayers to steal your optimism. Don’t allow setbacks to steal your dreams. Don’t allow the end of one dream to be the end of dreaming. You’re made for BIG things. Keep your focus on the good and the good will multiply.

You’re one in a trillion. I’m glad to know you!

Ray

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Do You Respect Freedom? – Day 189 of 365 Days to a Better You

Freedom. It’s a fascinating concept with a checkered past in human history. Presumedly, before we had city-states and division of labor, people were free from laws other than their obligations within their small groups.

Eventually, the powerful centralizing force of civilization, with few exceptions, placed the power to decide in fewer and fewer hands. Over the past 500 years or so, there has been a massive push toward granting the individual more autonomy over his or her life. It’s been a bloody struggle filled with periods of two steps forward and one step back.

By the dawn of the 20th century at least politically if not economically, people in the “western democracies” achieved a level of freedom unparalleled in human history. It wasn’t and isn’t perfect. We still have fallen short of gender and racial fairness, but the leaps forward, compared with most of human history, are amazing.

However, our success in carving out space for the individual and the relative prosperity that has accompanied it, have spawned mindsets that threaten the very principles upon which that freedom is based.

Every one is very familiar with his or her rights and we have expanded that conception so much that, for some, it now means the freedom not to encounter any idea not compatible with one’s own conception of the world. A span of concepts from political and religious exceptionalism to hair-trigger offense mechanism have breached the basic contract upon which individual freedom is written. That is that you can have as much freedom as you’ll allow for others.

In this freest time in human history, many are now willing to use the heavy hand of the state to silence, censor, and curtail the freedom of people for the mere sin of disagreeing with them.

This has brought us to a crossroads. Do we truly believe in the freedom to disagree and will individual freedom be a feature of human society in the future or will our selfishness and need to have a world white-washed of all opposing views and lifestyles plunge us back into the darkness of a tyranny where those choices are made for all by a few societal arbiters?

This question will be answered by all of us and each of us. It comes down to the ways in which you interact with your world every day. Do you support freedom even for those you oppose or despise or do you reach for the easy button of shutting them down? is the principle of freedom alive enough in you to see that the only way any of us can have it is to allow all of us to have it?

A better you is often hamstrung by the culture you live in and we are creating that culture every single day with every single interaction. What kind of culture are you choosing?

I LOVE ALL of you and I support your right to be you. Thanks for stopping by and for challenging your paradigms!

Have a GREAT Tuesday!

Ray

Declare Your Independence – Day 179 of 365 Days to a Better You

Two-hundred forty three years ago today 56 men signed a document that declared something never attempted in world history. Free citizens declared their independence from their government.

The Declaration of Independence outlined the grievances and reasons the Continental Congress chose to break with the British Crown. Boiled down, the signers believed their ability to pursue their natural rights as human beings were being suppressed by staying under King George’s thumb.

At the signing, there was little hope of success. Yet, they risked their “lives and sacred honors” for the hope of freedom.

This day is a great day to reflect on the people, things, and circumstances you need to declare your independence from. What’s limiting you and holding you back? What’s stealing your freedom as a human being to pursue your highest self?

It’s worth thinking about and acting upon. Just as those brave men did all those years ago. Your freedom to be you is the foundation of all the success and happiness you seek. Never sacrifice it to convention or the status quo. Sometimes you can adjust within your current relationships and circumstances. The key is knowing when declaring your independence is the only way forward.

Stay inspired, my friends!

Ray

Freedom Vs. Control

Electrons revolve around the brain. Concept of idea.Every time you give your power to decide your path or to be who you are away, you are disempowered.

Freedom struggles in the face of controlling paradigms because many lack a strong enough impulse to be autonomous.

It is as though much or our species lives in a traumatized state that seeks someone to fill in the blanks for us. Religion, government and other institutions have successfully stepped into the void for thousands of years to fill for us.

In our time modern times, mass media has ushered in an era of control through “cool”. People have learned that they are empowered by being like someone else, rather than finding the unique qualities and purposes that make them who they are.

It is not a cult of the like-minded and conditioned by centralized authority that leads to the Nirvana we seek. Some see this centralized control – often through government – as the only means for solving a nation’s or the planet’s problems. But I believe, it is a planet filled with autonomous, self-empowered individuals that choose to work together for the common good.

The former is our weak-minded, easy-way-out attempt to reach the same end. The latter must be our goal.

That is not to say we can operate in a selfish bubble. Nothing we do is without links and impacts on everything and everyone around us. A free empowered individual is one who creates bonds of choice and mutual benefit rather than being forced.

I think it is an innate mistrust in humanity driven by constant examples of reasons to doubt the motivations of those around us and our secret feelings of inadequacy and uncertainty that drive us to concede our potential to some outside authority that “knows better”.

The challenges are many in going from where we are now this state of empowered autonomy linked to a commitment to the common interest. There is probably not even agreement on what that human being looks like and some will deny it’s even possible. Some would surely use their increased empowerment for destructive ends, like a teenager experiencing the first taste of freedom. We shall not have that answer until we set its attainment as our priority. None of these can be a reason not begin down this enlightened road.

The how is uncertain and this is what frightens the powers that be on the planet. Because they have interests to protect. They have come to value order over any other virtue.

How can you begin? You can begin each and every day by being aware of who and how you give your power away. You can strive to use the power you do have judiciously, positively towards your interests, but not selfishly or abusively against others. You can mentor those in your sphere of influence to do the same.

You can begin to see that institutions are there to serve our needs and not the other way around. Understand that their authority and relevancy comes from the people they serve. You can pull yourself in the direction of freedom and autonomy one decision at at time, until any other approach seems foreign to you.

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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Freedom Affirmations and Original Quotes

Today’s Thought:

“Everything can be taken from a man or a woman but one thing: the last of human freedoms to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”

~Viktor E. Frankl

Freedom is such an important concept and has many connotations. In our modern world, we often think of freedom in terms of political freedom or religious freedom. There are still far too many examples in our world where these freedoms are deficient or non-existent.

Yet, there is an even more profound freedom. That is the freedom to think, to be free from mental and emotional conditioning, and the fully express the person you came here to be. These kinds of freedoms are the province of the mind, not the purview of the state or the church.

These affirmations and original quotes focus on all kinds of freedom.

Affirmations

  1. Today I am the person I came to the planet to be!
  2. My freedom to choose is my freedom to change.
  3. I cherish my freedom! My freedom is the fertile soil where I plant, nourish, and harvest my dreams.
  4. Freedom powers my success in life! I always nourish freedom in my environment!
  5.  I am a free human being empowered to reject tyranny and oppression in all its guises.
  6. I am a free human being empowered to share this Earth peacefully with all life forms that live here with me!
  7.  I am a free human being empowered to speak mind and follow a path of my choosing!
  8.  I am a free human being empowered to explore the meaning of my existence for me.
  9. I practice freedom of speech.  I grant myself the freedom to be speak and act authentically in every situation.
  10. I hold these truths to be self-evident that all people are created equal and endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
  11. My freedom flows not from government, religion, or other people. My freedom flows from the moment of my birth.
  12. My life and my thoughts are my responsibility. I refuse to cede them to any institution!
  13. I cherish my freedom! Freedom is the soil where I plant hopes and dreams. Today is planting day!
  14. Today I unchain my mind and walk consciously into the light of freedom.
  15. The only cage I live in is the one I choose for myself. Today I set myself free!
  16. Today I assert my freedom of speech and that every human being on this planet!
  17. Today I assert my freedom of thought and that every human being on this planet!
  18. Today I assert my freedom of non-harmful action and that every human being on this planet!
  19. I refuse to infringe the rights of others and I expect the same in return.
  20. Today I release my self-imposed chains and walk consciously into the light of freedom.
  21. Wherever tyranny chains hearts, I am the loudest voice for freedom!
  22. Today I choose an open heart over a narrow mind.
  23.  I believe in a protected Earth and a free Humanity. I refuse to sacrifice either! My life is a catalyst for both!

Original Quotes by Ray Davis

  1. Freedom and conformity cannot live in the same heart. Freedom and conformity cannot dwell in the same mind.
  2. Freedom is purely and simply oxygen to anyone seeking self-development, self-improvement, a sense of achievement, success, or enlightenment.
  3. Free societies are built on disagreement, compromise, and tolerance. If anyone of these is denied, the society ceases to be free.
  4. Free speech only for those who agree with you is no free speech at all.
  5. The individual, not the state, is the source of creativity, inspiration, and vision.
  6. Free hearts and open minds the world over are saying, “Enough” to top-down tyranny.
  7. We have spent hundreds of years battling political tyranny and ignoring monetary tyranny. They are inextricably linked.
  8. The world needs bottom-up genius, not top-down tyranny.
  9. Freedom and conformity cannot live in the same heart Freedom and conformity cannot dwell in the same mind.
  10. Freedom and justice for those who agree with us is no substitute for freedom and justice for all.
  11. Freedom and tolerance go hand in hand. You can have neither so long as you reserve them only for yourself.
  12. Freedom is a dish always served with a side of uncertainty. To have the one, you must accept the other.
  13. Freedom is a tsunami ready to permanently drown the nightmares of tyranny and dogma.
  14. Freedom is a process of eroding top-down control in favor of bottom-up empowerment.
  15. Refuse to be who others have conditioned you to be. Reset your factory settings.
  16. Freedom is an historical process of eroding top-down control in favor of bottom-up empowerment.
  17. Tyranny is always waiting in the wings, ready to restore order to freedom’s messiness.
  18. Tyranny is like an addictive drug. You always need a little more.
  19. Freedom is like a sharp blade. The wise use it to cut themselves loose. The unwise use it to injure themselves.
  20. Freedom is not a gift granted by government. Freedom is a truth declared by nature.
  21. Freedom is not conceived in a bomb, nor preserved by a bullet. Freedom is a choice in the heart.
  22. Freedom is the gentle rain and the warm sunshine that allows my dreams to grow and flourish.
  23. Freedom is the simple, but evolved, principle of live and let live.
  24. Freedom is the soil where dreams go to grow.
  25. Freedom is the sweet smell of possibility in the morning and the impulse to pursue it.
  26. Freedom of speech doesn’t protect popular speech. Its popularity does that Free speech protects unpopular speech.
  27. Freedom of speech is risky, denying it exponentially more risky.
  28. Freedom of thought is the foundation of all other freedoms. Practice it regularly.
  29. Freedom persists only where populations are informed. Us and Them are tyranny’s two favorite constituencies.
  30. Freedom with insecurity is a quantum leap beyond security with no freedom.
  31. We cannot be conditioned, helpless, and dependent upon government and expect to be free.
  32. Us vs. Them always conditions away half your thought process and half your options, leaving your mind divided and conquered.
  33. A conditioned mind is a conquered mind.
  34. A people polarized is not a free people. It forces you to tie half your brain behind your back.

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

Ray

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Thomas Jefferson, Freedom, and Slavery

Today’s Thought: I accept good ideas whatever their source. I reject bad ideas whatever their source.
 

I am writing just a quick blog today to address an important issue that came up relative to a tweet I posted on the 4th of July. The tweet was a quote of Thomas Jefferson from the American Declaration of Independence.

“All men are created equal and are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

This single sentence is one of the most memorable and powerful in the entire history of the struggle for human freedom. Several of my tweeps quickly pointed out that Jefferson was a slave owner when he wrote those words. That is an historical fact. He was a slave owner for many years after that. He did free his slaves upon his death; a fact that does not excuse the fact that he ever owned slaves. He was quite progressive for his time and place in that respect, but that is a very low bar.

The point I want to make is that perfect (or near perfect) ideas often come from imperfect human beings. I will certainly agree that being a slave owner was pretty darn big flaw. Still, which of us is without flaws? If someone were to judge us based on our worst, how would we stand up? What hatreds, hypocrisies, and blind spots do we hold in our hearts?

Perhaps in 200 years (we can hope), our progeny will find it equally outrageous that we allowed financial institutions to crash economies with highly risky derivatives and then take people’s homes and life savings hostage to cover their bets. Yet, we have all stood by and accepted that virus has it has circled the planet for the past three years. I’m not comparing the two. I’m simply saying that (hopefully) as human society continues to advance, every age’s flaws will seem backward and deplorable. If they don’t, we haven’t grown.

Taken on the whole, Thomas Jefferson was a very intelligent, accomplished person who contributed and, frankly, continues to contribute to the American experience and to the global struggle for a free humanity. If he deserves demerit for being slaveholder, he deserves credit for that fact.

It is a great irony, even hypocrisy, that a man could write those words and hold other human beings in bondage simultaneously. I’d even call it an outrage. Yet, would I rather he had not written them? No. It’s important to remember that in 1776 slaves in America, while the most egregious example, were far from the only human beings not free on this planet or in this country. If you were white and didn’t own land, you were not a whole lot freer than the slaves and many whites came to this country as indentured servants to the wealthy. Further, those words, Jefferson’s words, have been the rallying cry in numerous freedom movements the world over since.

We cannot and we must not forget to see people like Thomas Jefferson as the whole, imperfect human being he was. Just as we would all expect others to see us.

I wish someone who didn’t own slaves had written those words. Because those words have led to freedom for a great many people. Ironically, that very hypocrisy between the new nation’s principles and its reality were precisely what led to the formation of abolition movements that came to fruition about 80 years hence.

Adolph Hitler was an evil man, but if he had come up with a cure for cancer, would we have rejected it because he came up with it? I would accept the cancer cure from Hitler and I accept the freedom-inspiring words from Jefferson. If I cannot excuse his slave holding, I can at least see the power of the words he wrote and the impetus they have had in creating freer people the world over.

Conversely, if Martin Luther King or Gandhi or my grandmother came up with a terrible idea, I must be free to reject it despite my respect for them. We will lock ourselves out of wonderful ideas or into terrible ones, if we evaluate them based on who wrote them or proposed them.

In my book, Jefferson should be remembered as a slaveholder and the man who penned some pretty powerful words that led to freedom for many. Irony? Sure. But as Jesus said, “Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.”

Stay inspired!

Ray

We Still Have a Dream – The Affirmation Spot for Monday January 18, 2010

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.”

Today I am recognizing the celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’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.

While Dr. King’s speech was aimed at the specific circumstances in The United States in the early 1960s, its message is timeless and transcendent. The speech’s contemporary appeal is attributable to universal message of hope for a better world and a better us. It dares each of to look into our hearts and measure ourselves according to a clear and powerful vision of what can be – what must become – on this planet.

I think its message is worthwhile to periodically watch, absorb, and share with those too young to remember those times and too young to yet understand our times.

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, Beijing, and at the UN in New York.

Nothing is more certain than that the people of this planet long and deserve to be free. They long to be free to pursue their goals, their dreams in their way.

In too many places, man’s inhumanity to man remains 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 we learn live in peaceful disagreement and a spirit of sharing rather than in mutual disrespect, anger, and conflict . 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.”


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Stay inspired!

Ray

2010 Affirmation

“2010 is my year! This is the year I break free. This is the year I break through! This is the year I break out!”