The Sage Who Sees – Day 260 of 365 Days to a Better You

Thank you so much for taking a few minutes to read today’s post.

Do you ever feel different; like you don’t quite fit in with the ways of this world? I do. It’s not something I came to as an adult. It’s who I’ve been my entire life. It’s like what’s intuitive to me is counterintuitive to our civilization. My polarities are reversed.

My own mother once asked, “Why can’t you just fit in?” Do you vibe with that?

There’s a great quote in the Bhagavad Gita that explains why you and I might feel this way.

“In the dark night of all beings awakes to Light the tranquil man. But what is day to other beings is night for the sage who sees.”

    • The world lusts for war. You seek only peace.
    • The world strives for bottom lines. You believe people are the bottom line.
    • The world adulates at the alter of fear. You have always known love is the answer.
    • The world wants to be cool. You’d rather be wise.
    • The world looks without. You have always gone within.
    • The world sees the dark clouds. You see the bright sun behind the dark clouds.
    • The world clamors for instant gratification. You opt for sustainable gratitude.

    I’ve long suspected something. While you and I see ourselves a unique, I’m not so sure we’re that unique. Maybe what comes natural to us is the secret yearning of most people. In fact, I’m certain of it. They simply can’t bring themselves to believe it’s possible. They retreat into the herd safety of the mass consciousness.

    As the sage who sees, I believe our mission is to light the path to this greater realization the same as our teachers and mentors have lighted it for us.

    Your poles are not reversed because there’s something wrong with you, Don’t give into the gravity of that thinking. Your poles are reversed because you’re here to be a beacon to the world that can be if only a critical mass of people would believe. And today, today, we’re one step nearer than ever before.

    You’re absolutely awesome just as you are! Keep following your bliss!

    Ray

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    About Affirmations: You Already Think in Affirmations All Day Long

    Today’s Thought:

    Positive thinking may not work 100% of the time, but negative thinking does.

    When I talk to people about using positive affirmations I often encounter comments like, “Well, affirmations are OK, but they just won’t work for me,” or “I could never do that.”

    I always think, “Did I just hear you right?” You just used a (negative) affirmation and proved your own point incorrect by demonstrating how successful that affirmation is for you. You believe you can’t do affirmations or that they would never work for you and your affirmation has come true!

    Consider this. You think in affirmations all day long. You are constantly molding your experience of the world through a series of can/can’t am/aren’t statements in your mind (a.k.a. positive affirmations or negative affirmations). An affirmation, after all, is only a statement that you can/can’t accomplish something or that you are/aren’t capable.

    I love reading articles by folks who say affirmations are a fraud, useless, or self-delusional (more affirmations). The kinds of affirmations you think have a pretty high correlation to the outcomes in your life. When you think in positive affirmations about something, your attitude and your actions fall into line and you generally succeed. When you harbor and express negative affirmations about something failure is almost sure to follow.

    Positive affirmations are not magic pills. They don’t change certain laws of physics. They cannot always impact the quantitative, but they can almost always improve the qualitative. For instance, a sixty year-old woman cannot affirm that she is twenty and wake up one morning 20 years old. However, the sixty year-old who affirms that she feels twenty is going to remain happy and active longer than someone who affirms all day how old they are becoming.

    So, the questions really are these:

    • If affirmations are just a fancy name for the kinds of thoughts we think all day, do you choose to think in positive affirmation or negative affirmations?
    • Do you choose to believe you can or conclude you cannot?

    Affirmations are inevitable travelers through your consciousness. They are an autonomic function of your mind that’s been dubbed “self-talk.”

    You can’t stop them from appearing and you can’t necessarily change the ones that appear in your mind. However, you CAN control  which thoughts you choose to focus on. Remember, “where focus goes, energy flows.”

    Whichever you choose, you will experience. Which kind of affirmation do you choose today?

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

    Ray

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    20 Wise Nuggets to Shift Your Paradigm – Day 259 of 365 Days to a Better You

    I hope you had a great weekend! Sorry I missed posting yesterday. April and I were busy becoming grandparents for the third time. We spent the night in the hospital last night and we were rewarded this morning with s new granddaughter.

    In the pursuit of your best self, it’s expected that a premium is placed on action. After all, action is what ultimately carries you to your destination. Yet, as we’ve discussed before, your thoughts are the fuel. Better thoughts are better fuel. Deep thinking and insight can lead to better thoughts.

    Here are 20 insights from my eBook The Power to Be You. May they help you upgrade your fuel for the coming journey.

    1. Sometimes you have to forget “the facts” and follow your heart.
    2. Your greatness is revealed not by the lights that shine upon you, but by the light that shines within you.
    3. Your mind is an information vacuum. Either you fill it with thoughts of your choosing or someone else will.
    4. You are here to bring the formless into form, make the invisible visible, and manifest the unmanifest. How cool is that?
    5. Nobody else’s happiness is your responsibility. Everyone else’s happiness is your concern.
    6. Following all the rules brings a completed checklist. Following your heart brings a completed you!
    7. Life’s first great revelation is you’re not perfect. Life’s second great revelation is you’re amazing any way.
    8. You are a one in a trillion miracle and so is everyone and everything around you. Together, we are one massive miracle in motion.
    9. When you act boldly and with belief, the Universe doubles down on you.
    10. THIS moment is a profound blank canvas that recurs all day long each and every day for you.
    11. Look up into the wide-open sky. Behold the distant horizon. Know your potential is as limitless as they are.
    12. Ask yourself this question daily. “If I was multiplied by 6.5 billion, would the world be a better place?” Adjust accordingly.
    13. Be flexible today. Remember your plan is a road map not a straight jacket. Don’t lose the dream by getting stuck in the steps.
    14. Happiness is a limitless resource not a zero-sum game. There is plenty to go around. Have yours and support others in having theirs too.
    15. The word “Yes” is the birthplace of infinite possibilities. Let “Yes” resonate through your life today.
    16. What is outside you can make a happy day. Only what is inside you can make a happy life.
    17. You are an amazing being full of light, if only you’d see it. You came here to be a game-changing miracle, if only you’d be it.
    18. Tomorrow’s world is born in your mind today. A better world lives just on the other side of your willingness to believe in it.
    19. Sometimes being happy means forgiving what you can, forgetting what you must, and seeing beauty in all.
    20. Doubt is a momentary forgetting of who you are and why you’re here. Confidence is simply remembering it.

    Stay inspired, my friends. Let’s create an amazing week on its way to an amazing world together.

    Ray

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    6 Tips to Keep the Fire Burning – Day 258 of 365 Days to a Better You

    Not one of us is on our game every single day. Let’s be honest. There are days , or longer sometimes, when you’re just not feeling it. The spark is flickering and you’d rather just pull the covers back over your head or binge watch some TV than chase down your dreams.

    OK. You need a breather sometimes and it’s wise to recognize it. However, when the breather becomes stagnation, procrastination, and a general lack of concern for goals that had you on fire; it’s time to intervene.

    Here are a few tips to re-light your pilot light and get back on your path.

    1. Revisit your goals and dreams. In the heat of pursuing your dreams, it’s possible to lose touch with your WHY. Your WHY is the emotional fire that got you started. Use it to reignite the engines.
    1. Change your goals and dreams. Listen closely when you try to reconnect with your existing goals and dreams. Things change. You change. Sometimes you simply lose interest in your those goals, those dreams, and that why behind them. It’s perfectly fine to acknowledge that, change course, or begin again. In for a penny, does not mean you have to stay in against your will all the way to the pound.
    2. Take the pressure off. Maybe you still want those goals and those dreams, but you’re feeling unsure how to proceed and that’s manifesting as engaging in distraction and delay. You might be feeling like you’re facing a blank page you have to fill every day to keep this path going. You’re not alone. Ask for help. Ask for advice from people further along your path. Go within. Part of the reason you have those specific dreams, goals, and why is because it’s part and parcel to who you are and who you’re meant to be. Get quiet and listen. The answers are there. You don’t have to consciously make this sh*t up as you go. God, the Universe, however you want to term that, has your back.
    3. Affirm. If you’ve determined you’re still in the right path or made the necessary adjustments and you’ve listened for the answers, get your heart and mind re-engaged by affirming that YOU CAN DO THIS AND YOU ARE DOING IT!
    4. Act. The break’s over. You’ve changed the oil and rotated the tires. Time to get back on the road. You don’t have to start HUGE. Just start. Remember: thoughts and emotion are the fuel for your dream, but action is its hands and feet.
    5. Finally, DO NOT beat yourself up. You have goals to achieve and dreams to realize. There’s no time for a pity party. The world needs what you have to offer. S, get to it!

    Have an amazing and inspired day, my friends!

    Ray

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    Tug of War for Your Dreams – Day 257 of 365 Days to a Better You

    Do you remember when you were a kid picking teams for a game in gym class? Imagine the game is tug of war. You’ve been selected as one of the captains. It’s 10 kids to a team, but you have 30 kids in your class. The other captain and you each pick your team of 10 and 10 kids are left out.

    You line, grab the rope, and begin pulling. After a few seconds, the gym teacher tells two of the kids sitting out to join the other team. With the added help, they begin to pull your team toward defeat, but your team is tough and you manage to regain your footing and hold your ground.

    The gym teacher tells two more kids to join the other team. Now, the other team is pulling you more rapidly toward defeat. Finally, the gym teacher has the rest of the kids join the other team. Your team collapses immediately and is dragged helplessly to defeat.

    You jump up and scream, “That wasn’t fair!” You would, right? I mean 20 versus 10 is going to end only one way. If you’re the 10, it’s not good for you.

    Now I want you to think about your life and your dreams. You are the captain of two tug of war teams – Team Dream and Team Doubt. These teams aren’t made of people. They’re comprised of your thoughts and feelings. They’re locked in an eternal struggle for the outcome of your dreams.

    You begin the match with belief, confidence, action, determination, and vision on Team Dream. You start pulling and you’re starting to win, but it’s not happening as fast as you imagined. You start to feel the doubt creeping in and add a couple of new members to Team Doubt – “What if I’m not good enough?” “This is how things always go for me.”

    You start to lose ground and you add a couple more members to Team Doubt. “Why can’t I win just this once?” “This isn’t fair.”

    This process continues until your doubts drag your dream mercilessly through the mud. You’d like to jump up and scream, “That wasn’t fair,” but you did it to yourself.

    This metaphor is a process the teacher Abraham Hicks calls Contrast. You have your thoughts, feelings, and actions aligned for success, but they’re met by an equal or superior force of countering thoughts, feelings, and actions pulling the other way. You wind up failing or at best in a stalemate.

    Powerhack: Logic tells you there’s two ways to change the situation. You either have to provide more force behind your positive thoughts and feelings…which is not very efficient considering you probably were already pushing as much as you could. It’s more effective to clear the doubts and negative thoughts and feelings.

    Some of the biggest doubts are what I’d term the journalist questions – who, what, where, when, and why, and how. It’s normal to wonder these things, but because you don’t have ready answers they all produce doubt.

    You know you want to be a rock star, but you don’t have an answer to all the journalist questions. How do you proceed? STAY GENERAL and AVOID SPECIFICS. I know this sounds counterintuitive to your western-trained mind. Specifics become blockers and doubts. You get caught up in who, what, where, when, why, and how and you lose sight of and energy toward the goal.

    Instead, simply hold the vision of the goal, line up the empowering thoughts, feelings, and actions and let God or the Universe handle the details. As you move along with this positive force toward your goal, the people, places, and situations you need will appear. Trust and allow. You don’t have to release every last bit of doubt. That wouldn’t be human. You simply need to give your positive energy the advantage in the tug of war.

    As you release the energy of doubt and resistance, it’s like dropping weights from a hot air balloon, you’ll begin to rise. The more resistance you drop, the faster you’ll ascend.

    When it comes to the tug of war for your dreams, simply stop putting members on Team Doubt.

    Thank you all for reading and for the amazing support you’ve shown this blog this year. I’m grateful that you spend valuable time from your day here.

    Ray

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    Stop Skipping Self-Care – Day 256 of 365 Days to a Better You

    You’re busy. You’re tough. You’ll just make it through the day on grit. You’ll put your family’s needs, your friends needs, your company’s needs before yours.

    All of these are noble and needed sometimes. Sacrifice of your selfish ends for the greater good makes you the special person you are.

    Here’s the rub. When you do that day after day, month after month, year after year; you lose perspective on the unequivocal fact that you’re only as good to others as you are to you.

    You’ve got to stop skipping self-care and you’ve got to do it for yourself and for all those other people who rely on you. Some of these, honestly, I need to get better at too.

    Here are some things you should take the time or make the time to do every morning to ready yourself for the day, for the service you render to others, for your goals and dreams.

    1. Gratitude– Wake up and say, “Thank you. Thank you for another day and another chance.” The late great Wayne Dyer commented many times on how he made this his first order of business each day. Begin in gratitude.
    2. Conscious showers – have e er taken a shower and gotten out only to realize you didn’t feel the drops because your mind had skipped ahead to your to-do list, your worries, or reliving the past? Your shower is one of your most personal and sacred times each day to be there for you or as Ram Das said, “Be here now.” Be conscious, feel each drop, relish in the experience. Be thankful that you have warm running water. Make it a few moments of your day you look forward to.
    3. Ready the body – take a walk, do some light exercise, stretch and prepare your body for the day.
    4. Ready the mind – pray, meditate, or say your affirmations. Set the mental tone for your day before your day sets it for you. You choose how you begin.
    5. Concretize it – journal your goals for the day or your goals for your life, blog, or make a video. Get your thoughts out of your head and put into the world. It’s the first step in realizing them.
    6. Feed the body – have a good breakfast. Take your vitamins. Take your meds. Give the body the fuel and nutrition it needs to get started and (yes, this means you, Ray) don’t skip meds, if you require them.
    7. Personal care – even if you’re not meeting the world right away, do your personal care routine just for you.
    8. Feed the mind– Listen to music or radio that inspires or fires you up. Watch a video. Read a blog or a book. Learn something. Take in some new information. Keep your mind expanding.
    9. Set the mood – whether you drive for a living, drive to an office or a worksite, or you work at home, do all you can to set a comfortable and inspiring environment for yourself. Place things that inspire you where you can see them.

    It might seem like all of this will take too much time. By making the time for you a priority, you actually create a You with more to give than ever before.

    Do you! Everyone else, as Oscar Wilde said, is taken.

    Ray

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    RayQuotes #9 – Consciousness Quotes

    Here are some quotes I’ve coined and tweeted over the years about living consciously. May you find a gem or two for you Amor g them.

    • We are the unconscious product of our environment, until we choose to be the conscious product of our choices.
    • My life is a single and unique instance in time and space of a vast and eternal consciousness.
    • Our thoughts are tremors for the earthquake of reality. Our collective consciousness creates our collective experience.
    • One heart lifted raises the whole world’s consciousness.
    • Be conscious of the vibration you are sending out into the Universe. Remember it’s coming back to you.
    • Too much TV causes us to become vicarious observers rather than conscious actors and creators.
    • Beware of those constantly trying to plant a “sky is falling” mindset in your consciousness.
    • When we are unconscious and without focus, we are left wondering how we got where we are. Get conscious, get focused.
    • 99% of the anger, hatred, prejudice you have in your mind was planted there by others. It’s time for conscious replanting.
    • The sun is rising; the clouds have passed away. And in the minds of at least a few, a greater consciousness has arisen. RT
    • We need to get this crystal clear in our heads. The world is not something out there that happens to us. The future is not beyond our control. We are creating both right now with every thought, feeling, word, and action. They key is to get conscious about those.
    • We clearly understand that there is a conscious effort to condition us to fear each other and remain divided. We must stop allowing it.
    • Our culture is obsessed by being against evil rather than for good. Subtle difference of consciousness, massive in effect!
    • It’s not enough to just think positive. Positive thinking comes to life through action and conscious choosing.
    • We are unconscious slaves to the past, until we become conscious choosers of the future.
    • When our consciousness is focused on finding the worst in “them”, we generally expose the worst in us.
    • Fame is a fickle friend, but greatness is a daily and conscious choice.
    • Neither change for change’s sake nor same for tradition’s sake is the way forward. Let us make conscious choices.
    • There is nothing useful in conscious poverty or unconscious wealth, but conscious wealth creation helps you and helps you help others.
    • Your mind is being conditioned by someone every day. Be as conscious of the ideas you ingest as you are of the food.
    • Whatever you believe tends to come your way. Be conscious of what you’re believing.
    • Law of Attraction works for nations as it works for people. Nations constantly attracting conflict into consciousness, soon have it.
    • Conscious choices or unconscious choices; which are you building your life from today?
    • Positive thinking is a beginning, but empowered, conscious thinking is the goal.
    • We are the conscious eyes of the Universe.
    • The words you use to describe your life now predict your life in the future. Be conscious of your words.
    • Happiness is not a destination, it is a conscious decision made daily; it is a choice to be happy and it IS MY choice!
    • Empowerment goes beyond even positive thinking. It’s about being a totally conscious, sovereign human being.
    • The breakthrough is to understand we aren’t many minds seeking to be one consciousness, but one consciousness alive in many minds.

    Ray

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