We CAN Beat the Virus AND Avoid Recession…It’s Between the Ears.

Benjamin Franklin in a mask on a 100 dollar bill isolated on white background. Concept of prevention of money from crisis.Bloomberg posted and article today with an expert concluding that a recession is an absolute certainty post-virus.

There’s something we ALL need to remember when we emerge from this. They are going to sell you recession and depression. Most people think these are economic events. THEY ARE NOT. They are psychological events. Recessions and depressions happen when people believe they’re going to happen (often after they’ve been told they’re happening) and everyone starts acting it out. Business and people pull back. The pandemic is bad enough. We don’t need to double our pleasure by believing in a massive economic downturn after it.

For better or worse, the federal government is flooding business with money. Hopefully, this next round will actually get to the people who need it. There’s likely more direct aid on the way for individuals.

  1. Take a breath.
  2. Businesses taking money, do the ethical thing and keep your employees employed.
  3. Make people whole. No one should lose their house, their apartment, or their vehicle during this situation or because of it.
  4. When we are able to safely restart the economy, choose not to act like there’s a recession or a depression.

Together, we can beat the virus and stave off the naysayers who predict economic doom after this.

Here are some #Rayquotes and affirmations for preparing your mindset to avoid recession.

Just a reminder in case no one has told you today, you are awesome!


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Are You Choosing Your Paradigms – Day 230 of 365 Days to a Better You

Do you create your own paradigms or are you a tenant farmer for someone eles’s paradigms? What do I mean?

I’ve noted that there are three kinds of people when it comes to paradigms.

  1. Buyers – There are people who buy completely into their inherited cultural paradigms. Their country is the best. Their inherited religion is the best. Their inherited political party is the best, etc. They’ve never considered another point of view for a second or questioned their own assumptions.
  2. Rejectors – There are people who have thought a little more about it. Their solution is to completely reject every inherited paradigm and believe something as totally opposite as they can find.
  3. Seekers – There is a third group that has thought more deeply than either of the other two. It doesn’t mean they’re more correct than the other two. It simply means they’ve put their inherited paradigms to the test rather merely accepting them at face value. They’ve avoided or transcended the impulse to simply reject them. They’ve taken what works through testing and applied that to their life. They’ve staked out their own ground, their own paradigm.

I’m not judging any of the groups. Each can find their way in this world. Experience tells me these groups break down about 75 percent, 20 percent, five percent respectively.

The easiest road is to be the buyer. You get plenty of emotional support and reinforcement in your circle for making that choice and staying true to it. You are, though, what I called above a tenant farmer living on ideas decided upon by others for you.

It’s harder to break free from the gravity of the buyer impulse and become a rejector. You set yourself up for social ostracism and lack of understanding from family and friends in the buyer category. You feel like a rebel, but you still haven’t chosen anything. You’ve only wholesale rejected the buyers in your culture. Thus, your paradigm is still decided by theirs because you’re going to reject it whatever it is.

Seekers are people who saw through the provincialism of the buyer mindset. No one group has all the good ideas. They probably passed through a rejector stage where they used rejection to break free. Eventually, though, they evolved to a thought-space of their own choosing. It was born from experience, trial and error, and insight.

Seekers may not be enlightened beings yet, but they have taken the two critical steps on that road.

So, I ask you again. Do you create your own paradigms or are you a tenant farmer for someone eles’s paradigms?

I deeply appreciate you stopping by and spending part of your day on this blog. You’re awesome!

Find your bliss. Experience your bliss. Become your bliss.


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Are YOU the Change YOU Want to See in the World?

Today’s Affirmation:
Today I choose an open heart over a narrow mind.

As you know, I try to keep things on the positive side in this blog. Sometimes, though, certain things need to be said. Hang with me. I promise I bring this back to the positive in the end.

Mark Twain once wrote, “There are times when one would like to hang the whole human race, and finish the farce.”

I admit to feeling a bit like this in recent days, as I watch the global uproar over the film Innocence of Muslims and, frankly, just the pettiness going on among nations, religions, and people right now. I’m having a a Twain moment this morning and so I decided to write it out and share it with you.

I have a plan for world peace. It involves the kind people of Australia evacuating their fine continent for six months – I figure that’s about what it will take. A free plane to ticket there for every hyper-nationalist, radical (well, you name the religion), political “leader” who loves playing generalissimo, media personality who loves to glorify, excuse, and fan the flames.

The plan is to send all these groups to Australia – all expenses paid. They are allowed to have whatever weapons they want minus chemical, biological, and nuclear.

We let them have their Armageddon Nirvana to their heart’s content – have it out once and for all about who knows the mind of God, who has the only right political or economic ideology.

After six months, we all pitch in and pay to rebuild the beautiful country of Australia and the other 90% of the people on this planet get on about the business of building positive future for humanity.

Admittedly, that plan is probably too expensive and a little mean-spirited – though it gives the angry, violent, and doctrinaire among us precisely what they say they want. A far simpler plan could be to make four simple words our mantra: Live and let live.

I know, I know. It’s crazy difficult not to make films that blatantly disregard other people’s faith. It’s lunatic fringe not to take to the streets and kill innocent people in response. It’s dreamland that two great nations like China and Japan could agree to share islands that lie halfway between them and develop their resources together. It’s out of the question for the leaders of Iran and Israel to show a little humility, humanity, and respect for each other rather than constant threats. It’s silly to think that world’s greatest superpower wouldn’t be involved in covert and not so covert actions to destabilize regions and overthrow governments.

I mean, this is the world we have right now. It’s torn right out of the headlines. Is this the world that you want or I want? Is this the world we want to pass along to our children and grandchildren? Are these the mindsets we want to percolate in our brains bringing us ever new nightmares?

I already know your question. I’m one person. What can I do? You can refuse to participate. Refuse to participate myopic group-think. Refuse to participate in religious, ethnic, or nationalistic acrimony. Refuse to participate in violence that harms other human beings, no matter how they have offended you. Even in your individual life, you can demonstrate respect for those who disagree with you and teach your children to do the same. Hatred is a fire and the first person consumed in that fire is the hater.

There’s a story of a conquering king who went to see a Buddhist monk to see what the most important teaching is. The monk replied, “Do no evil, do only good. Purify your heart.” The king retorted, “Every child of 5 knows that.” “Yes,” replied the monk, “but few men of 80 can live it.”

Let us all work today to be part of the few who do. Let us allow these events to propel us to something better – who we are truly capable of being as people and as a species. Let us cease playing our role in mindless and repeating nighmares that bring suffering to us all.

Every child of five knows this. Are you one of those who will get it before you turn 80?

Peace and prosperity to each and everyone of you!


Obama Nomination Fulfills American Dream – But Will He Live Up to Promised Change? – The Affirmation Spot for Wednesday June 4, 2008


This morning all Americans can take pride in the fact that we have taken a step forward. The promise of the American political system has been, for the moment, realized.

With the apparent nomination of Democratic Senator Barack Obama for President of the United States, America has finally moved beyond a past filled with hypocrisy on such issues.

Change is a wonderful, positive thing. Promised, but unrealized, change can be very demoralizing. The American people (and the world) are eager for an American President to bring the former right now, but are understandably wary of more unfulfilled promises and false hopes. 

So which kind of president would Barack Obama be?

He says the right things.

“Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.”

BARACK OBAMA, speech, Feb. 5, 2008


We are at an historic moment. For better or worse, Barack Obama stands at the center of that moment. What Barack Obama decides to do with his historic opportunity remains to be seen.

He swept through the primary season calling for change, change, and more change. Given the status quo on many topics, it’s not hard to see why people are clamoring for change.

Obama’s challenge is to demonstrate that his brand of change goes beyond WHO he is and translates to what he will DO. While his milestone victory is exciting, what he will do for this country is of much more lasting concern. Does he truly recognize the issues of the day and is he willing to transcend political orthodoxy to address them?

Among the questions Mr. Obama will have to answer:

  • Does he understand that Americans want energy options that empower them to make smarter energy choices for the environment? They do not want an environmental nanny state that monitors and taxes every out breath.
  • Does he understand that Americans want to work with our neighbors while maintaining the integrity of our borders?
  • Does  he understand that Americans are willing participants in a global economy, but that the benefits must flow both ways?
  • Does he truly understand the folly that has been U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East and elsewhere or does he think he can just implement in a “smarter” way ala John Kerry in 2004?
  • Will he hold to his promise to use meaningful dialogue to resolve world issues or will he bullied by his advisors into “acting presidential” and continuing the easy use of the marines to solve all problems?
  • Does he plan to abruptly reverse The USA Patriot Act and other unconstitutional directions that the nation has been going or will he remain silent and allow them to continue?
  • Does he have a strategy for bringing monetary policy back into the control of the American people, our representatives, and The Constitution?
  • Will he give the American people a say in multinational agreements now in process that impact our lives? Will he implement a transparent process for these discussions?
  • Is there really any difference in electing him over John McCain? Is there really any difference between the two major parties or have they merged into a kind of two-headed establishment party?
  • In two years, will we be able to tell the difference between his policies and George W. Bush’s? Will they be making a positive difference in our lives?

These are REAL questions and the jury is clearly out on these and many more issues important to the American people.

The American people want a real change in direction and not just a change in the messenger. We want action not lip service on those changes. We want specifics not broad generalities.

The voters’ challenge, especially those who have helped create the Obama tsunami, is to test the level of change he truly represents. It is the American voters’ responsibility to demand substance and commitment to that change. “Better than McCain” is not an acceptable measure for our next leader. We have gone down that road before and we have found only disappointment. 

Congratulations, Mr. Obama! Today you can take pride in your accomplishment and we in ours. Tomorrow the proving begins. Are you an agent for change or just the appearance of it? We are all looking forward to finding out.

Stay inspired!


What Does God Look Like? – The Affirmation Spot for Saturday March 8, 2008

ray_launchpad.jpgWhat Ray’s reading right now:

April and I are reading A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose. This is the latest Oprah’s Book Club selection. Oprah and the author Eckhart Tolle are hosting a 10-week online course covering this book. The next session is Monday March 10 at 9:00 eastern, 8:00 central time in the U.S. This week’s session covers chapter 2. You can register for free at Oprah.com

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woman_relax_eyesclose.jpgMost Saturdays I pose a question to The Affirmation Spot readers. My goal is to give you all chance to share your ideas. Communication is two ways, not one.  I hope to keep the questions interesting and provacative.

Our whole business therefore in this life is to restore to health the eye of the heart whereby God may be seen.”

~ St. Augustine 

Today’s question is:

When you close your eyes and visualize God, what does God look like in your mind?

Click here to leave a comment describing what God looks like to you.

Be peaceful Be prosperous!