We Are All Unforgetting The Past – Day 308 of 365 Days to a Better You

We are in the process of unforgetting our past and THAT will change our future!

Every human being drawing a breath on this planet readily acknowledges he or she has a stake in the future. What many never consider is that they have just as big a stake in the past – in its transparency, its accuracy, and its meaning.

Most people you know probably hate history and find things that happened – even yesterday – meaningless. There’s a certain wisdom in not holding on to things, in releasing them. That’s different than thinking the past doesn’t matter.

Who we are, everything we think and believe, what our DNA says, how our solar system formed, and who brought us into being are all aspects of our reality that create an assumed, almost unnoticed, foundation for our reality. They make a HUGE difference.

We live in a time awash in information, yet still thirsty for knowledge. We live in a time of “truth movements” that only seem to further confuse the truth, not mention angering us and knocking us off our true game.

There are most assuredly answers out there, but the biggest answers lie within. We’re not really learning things as we look back in time, we’re remembering them. For, though we’ve crossed the River Styx and forgotten, we played a part in that past.

Maybe we’re here in this pivotal moment to remind ourselves and to remember. By remembering the past, we will forever change it. When we change the past, we change the present. Changing the present means we chart a new course for humanity into a brave new future.

Stay thirsty for the knowledge and keep remembering!

Ray

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Change Your Mind – Day 303 of 365 Days to a Better You

Today’s Thought

We must break our habitual thinking and learn to see life with fresh eyes each day.

If you get up every day and think the same thoughts you thought yesterday and the day before that, what’s the point? If you’re not changing your mind once in a while, you’re not growing, you’re not learning, you’re just stuck.

Now you might be thinking, “Hey, wait a minute. There are timeless beliefs and ideals that I don’t want to change.”

Fair enough. I will guarantee you (and me), though that there are thoughts you’ve thought for decades that harm you or harm others, that limit you or limit others, that include some people and exclude others.

Who are your thoughts harming? Who are they limiting? Who are they excluding? What have you deemed impossible because that’s what you’ve always thought? What are you missing because you’ve closed yourself off to different possibilities because you’re afraid of the cognitive dissonance carnage that might result from challenging your old ideas?

Some of these thoughts you’ve wanted to jettison for a long time, but they’re comfort food for the mind. They feel safe and sure and consistent.

I’m calling on you and me to change our minds. Let’s change what we believe about our potential as a species. Let’s change the zero sum game of, “We’re 100 percent right and you’re 100 percent wrong.” Let’s be open to the fact that the world can change for the better, people can change for the better, and we can change for the better.

You’re going to wake up tomorrow morning and every fiber of your being is going to want to slice into seeing the world you’ve always seen. What if…what if tomorrow you change your mind and see it with new eyes?

In case no one else has reminded you today, you ARE awesome!

Ray

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Stop Conforming – Day 302 of 365 Days to a Better You

Too often you revere paradigms that enslave your thinking and limit your possibilities. Stop it! You’re not here to live by their expectations. You’re not here follow the rule book to a T. You’re here to live out a unique experience in all the universe – your life in this place at this moment.

So, laugh out loud. Use your outdoor voice inside. Color outside the lines. Do it not because you disrespect your society, but because you know it can be better, saner, and more fun. Status quos are for breaking. Like everything else in this universe, paradigms must perish to make room for their next incarnation.

There are no extra points at the end of the game for exceptional conformity. There is a simply a life well-lived or a life well-worried.

So, dance heartily and joyfully in the the rainstorm of change that showers down upon you each and every day.

In case no one else reminded you today, you are awesome!

Ray

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Be The Conscious Opposition – Day 300 of 365 Days to a Better You

Today’s Affirmation

Even in the face of a world run on negativity, I am a conscious light for the change that can be,

Fear, division, anger, blame, tribalism. Observe traditional media, social media, or pop culture for 15 minutes and you’ll find it teeming with these mindsets. You couldn’t, if you tried, create a list of characteristics more destructive to the human hearts and human aspirations than these. Yet, this is mental bath we’re all bathing in daily, if we’re not conscious.

These values will win the day and win in your life unless you raise the vibration of your thinking and boost your immunity to them. What our world desperately needs is a conscious opposition, a conscious counterculture.

Where fear rules, sow love. Where division and tribalism are winning, practice unity. When the world preaches anger and vengeance, be the lone voice, if necessary, for peace and understanding. In a culture of blame, stand for accountability and personal responsibility.

The way to change the prevailing culture is not to match anger with anger or to checkout to your personal Nirvana. Be the embodiment of higher vibration through active engagement with this world.

How? Here are some practical ways to be part of the conscious opposition in your daily life.

  1. Challenge the status quo and conventional wisdom. The reason these negative values win is because they pander to the easiest and lowest vibrations in us. They win through the inertia of habit. “That’s how it’s always been and how it will always be,” say the systems defenders. Show others there is a conscious alternative to these habits.
  2. Be engaged. Don’t remain silent when you see these negative mindsets winning. It’s scary to speak out. You may fear what your friends or family will think. You may believe it’s safer to avoid controversial topics. The negative status quo relies on forward thinkers to remain silent. Make your conscious voice count.
  3. Practice what you preach. It’s easy to see these negative mindsets winning and become angry yourself. It’s easy to think your righteous anger is better than the status quo anger. Don’t fall into this trap. The only way to raise the vibration in your world is to raise the vibration. Your anger is as destructive as what is. If you say you’re for conscious change, then be it.
  4. Maintain the health of your consciousness. The negative mainstream of consciousness has the advantage of the 24/7 news cycle feed8 g the masses all the division and negativity they can swallow. The prevalence of these mindsets in the world can even wear you down and weigh you down, if you’re not careful. Know what feeds your positive vibration and keep it strong so you can be light in the darkness.
  5. Believe positivity can win. The negative mindsets in the world often win on the power of their supposed practicality and invincibility. After all, if someone mistreats you, it makes perfect sense to get them back, right? “it’s just human nature,” so e argue, “there’s no changing it.” Nonsense. Our thinking and our unconscious agreement created the status quo. Our thinking and our conscious choice to change it can reset the game completely. You must believe positivity can win. If not you, who?

We are not stuck on an unalterable path. The world can change, if you and I are willing to be the example of the world that can be,

In case no one else reminded you today, YOU are awesome!

Ray

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The World We Seek – Day 296 of 365 Days to a Better You

The world we are seeking is not a world of bare minimums for everyone, though that’s a start. It’s a world of universal abundance of mind, body, and spirit that lives in harmony with nature rather than in conflict with it.

To achieve that, requires us to ask questions we’ve never before asked, consider possibilities we’ve never before considered, and release old paradigms that no longer serve us.

The road to that world will not be easy. Many are simply unwilling to ask those questions, consider new options, or release old thinking that comforts them. For many, attachment to outmoded labels and, frankly, just the inertia of habit make the world that can be seemingly impossible.

For those of us who do see that world and its necessity, we must be willing to stand courageously against the tyranny of the status quo. We must be wiling to lay out the vision of what’s possible, even against naysaying we will encounter. We must hold firm to the principle that what is is, but that doesn’t mean it’s what has to be.

Why not a world where every human being has basic needs for shelter, sustenance, health, and education met simply for being born into the human family? Why not a world where every human being, their basic needs met, strives to become the best version of himself or herself and make the contribution to the world he or she was born to make?

Utopia? No. It’s simply an enlightened civilization where every human being is valued and his or her contribution welcomed. Too much to ask? Only for as long as we believe it is.

Star Trek has been talking about such a world for decades. Though it appears we need not wait for the 24th century technology to make it so. We’re on the precipice of technology that could make all this possible right now.

Science historian James Burke laid out this vision thirty years in the last few minutes ofthe final eposode of the seminal series The Day The Universe Changed.

Let us proceed with our hearts and minds set on a world like that. To those who say it’s impossible, just watch us!

Just in case no one else has reminded you today, YOU are awesome!

Ray

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Time to Throw Away to Rule Book – Day 275 of 365 Days to a Better You

Today’s Quote

Following a rule book, leads to a completed checklist. Following your heart, leads to a completed you.
~Ray Davis

If you live in one of the so-called “western democracies” or nations that have been built on those principles since World War II, your nation likely has a day to celebrate your “independence” or your “freedom.”

For those of us in The United States, that’s July 4 each year. That’s the day the Continental Congress ratified The Declaration of Independence. Largely penned by Thomas Jefferson, the document is a masterful expression of a free, rational human mind seeking political freedom in a world where that did not exist. Despite our modern critiques of Jefferson and others who signed that document for the massive hypocrisy of creating such a document while owning slaves, the document stands as a testament to the innate human desire to be free of despotic control in our lives.

The world has changed and many countries, if still incompletely and inconsistently, have adopted its principles in their political systems. However, that does not mean all despotic thinking has been eliminated. Most of us come into this world with a long list of “Cant’s” before we ever have the chance to try our “Cans.”

For many young parents, good parenting starts with the word no. True enough, there are many perils for the young child. Still, no is not always balanced with yes. Children grow up with a whole list of things they can’t do and little idea what they can do.

Moving onto school, a child is exposed to social norms. Classmates and teachers again have a whole host of “Don’ts” that are enforced by punishment or peer pressure. We’re taught to “fit in” rather than challenge the status quo.

In the adult world, we have work rules and government rules and rules, rules, rules. There are three main coping strategies. There are people who ignore all the rules – even the legitimate ones. There are people who follow all the rules. The situation is easy for these people. They either adhere to everything or reject everything. The rest of us are stuck in the middle.

Unless you were lucky enough to have an enlightened parent, teacher, or mentor somewhere along the way who opened your eyes or life experience woke you up, you likely reach your mid 20s with a massive book of “Can’ts” and “Don’ts” and no playbook for for “Cans.”

This is not generally viewed as a problem by political, religious, or economic establishment. Employees who are compliant, but creative enough to think outside the box once in a while are sought. In the religious and political spheres, compliance to “the party line” is generally seen as a positive.

So, what’s the problem? The problem is you weren’t born here to live by someone else’s rule book. You were born to be a unique person contributing your unique perspective to the forward movement of this civilization. Mindless compliance, while good for the business of the world, is not good for you.

You’re not the anarchist saying, “Burn it all down.” You’re also not the person asking the teacher if she can repeat her last sentence so you can get it down in your notes exactly as she said it.

You are YOU. You are here to break some normals and do amazing things. You can’t do that by following the rule book. Following that rule book leaves many, many people uninspired and plodding along to the next weekend or vacation. It leaves them watching mindless hours of conformity-driven entertainment instead of creating their own path through the world.

Power hack: If you agree this is you to some extent, what can you do to stop the rule book from ruling your life?

  1. Wake up – I know, I know. Everyone says that. What I mean is wake up to the fact that there IS a rule book. You’ve been thoroughly conditioned to follow it your entire life. The first step to freedom is to see the chains.
  2. Stop following the herd – You’ve probably heard the saying, “There’s safety in numbers.” That doesn’t apply to the herd of humans moving along in general compliance to the rule book. They don’t know where they’re going philosophically, spiritually, or financially. If you follow them, you won’t either.
  3. Challenge the status quo – The first two are passive steps. This is the first one that forces you to openly step out and step up and declare you’re seeking a different world that the one the rule book lead to. Don’t just challenge everything. That’s another kind of conformity. Get conscious about how HOW challenge the system and WHY you challenge the system.
  4. Find like-minded people – It may feel as though you’re the “only one” doing this. You look around and see many people in the rule book’s trance. I assure you there are others like you. Find them and work together to create a world and life beyond the rule book.
  5. Guiding principles – Be sure to support your search with an ethical/moral framework. I’m not suggesting replacing one rule book with another. I am suggesting that there are sensible universal principles such as do no harm or give everyone else the same freedom you seek, that provide a compass for your actions and prevent them from becoming merely self-serving.
  6. Lead – The best kind of learning and enlightenment is the kind that is passed along. Help others wake up and start the process. Help push the world in ways that free everyone from the rule book and create a “next-level” society that everyone can enjoy – one where every single human being on this planet is allowed and encouraged to pursue his or her greatness and contribute to the advancement of our civilization to the next level.

These bullet points don’t begin to explain the depth of the journey. Some of you are reading this and realizing you’re already on it. Some of you have known this was true for a long time, but the gravity of the system is strong.

Just as you learned to ride a bike with training wheels, the rule book provides some minimalist, collective grounding to build a civilization upon. However, we are ready to lose those training wheels. You are ready to lose those training wheels!

I think each and every one of you is amazing! What you see in the media every day – the conflict and chaos – is a view backwards into the world the rule book has created. A different future awaits. You thought you were waiting on your dreams. It turns out your dreams are waiting on you.

Ray
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Are You an Open-Minded Person? – Day 250 of 365 Days to a Better You

I did a recent poll on my Twitter and Facebook account asking if people consider themselves an open-minded person. Not surprisingly, the results came back with 78 percent of people claiming the open-minded mantle.

Being open-minded or seen to be open-minded is generally considered a positive trait in our society and one most people readily claim. You always get the person, when you ask a question like this, that quotes the old phrase, “Don’t be so open-minded that your brains fall out.” That aside, most want to be seen this way.

Here’s my question for you (and me) today. Are you truly open-minded?

The phrase is defined by Dictionary.com as “being open to new ideas, unprejudiced.” Merriam-Webster defines it as, “receptive to arguments or ideas.”

We human beings have a tendency to hold onto our cherished beliefs about the world against all facts. Are you truly open to ideas that might question your religious faith? Are you receptive to ideas that might change your political ideology? Do you really judge every idea on its merits and put aside previous biases?

The fact is no one does or probably can remain open-minded 100 percent of the time. We’d be shifting our paradigms by the moment as more information arrived and we’d find it hard to live our lives.

That said, it is useful to sincerely gauge your level of openness to new ideas. Do you really listen to new ideas or ideas that question your paradigms or do you immediately dismiss, attack, and become argumentative in defense of your cherished ideas? Do you really measure your beliefs against the bar of your current knowledge or do you hold onto them because “that’s what we’ve always believed?”

This leaves many of us with a kind of cognitive dissonance between how open we believe we are and how open we actually are?

Here’s my challenge to you against the backdrop of a culture deeply divided by paradigms with wide gulfs and little understanding. Can you push yourself a little bit more? Can you hear the other person out before you automatically decide you disagree? Can you facts-test your beliefs once in a while? Can you give a little ground on the idea that your side has the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth?

If you can do that and I can do that and enough people in our culture can do that, healing and more dialogue are possible. Change that serves everyone can be achieved.

No pressure, but this is one of those things that really starts with you. If you’re waiting for your proverbial “them” to be more open first, you may wait a long time. Someone has to show the glimmer of enlightenment. Let it be you and me!

Thank you SO MUCH for stopping by. I hope today’s post spoke to you. If so, please consider sharing it with a friend or two.

Have a great Friday!

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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