Evening Reflections – War, Peace, and Mindsets

We saw again this weekend, with the attack on Saudi Arabia and the reaction, the results that we get in the world with the mindsets that currently prevail in our collective consciousness.

Beware of those always selling war. Suspect world events that steer nations away from peace in the nick of time to preserve perpetual war. Being a force for light, postivity, and empowerment means seeing the with world clear eyes and discernment.

Positive thinking and changing mindsets must not be solely an exercise in self-realization and self-actualization. The same principles, techniques, and mindsets that can transform your life can transform the world.

Our world has many of the characteristics of an individual with low self-esteem, anger and ego issues, and a fear-based mindset.

Just as with an individual, these mindsets result in failure and destruction in the body of the species and the planet.

Beyond finding a raft to cross the stream of consciousness for ourselves, let us be beacons and advocates for the very different mindsets, power structures, and ideologies it will take to move humanity and each of us to the next level.

Keep on believing in better!

Ray

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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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Where Peace Begins – The Affirmation Spot for Tuesday October 13, 2009

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Peace Affirmation: “Peace comes to my world one person at a time beginning with me!”

It is my firm belief that 99% of the people who live on this planet get up every morning and have a desire to live in a peaceful world. They are not interested in struggle, strife, or violence. They want to live their lives, raise their children, and enjoy the richness of community.

The problem that humanity faces is knowing how to get there. Where does this peaceful world emerge? How does it overcome centuries of hatred, constant advertiser pandering to selfishness, and greedy hearts? How do the great faiths and philosophies learn to share this planet together?

S.N. Goenka is one of the great teachers of the Buddhist tradition of Vipassana – “Insight meditation”. His message of non-sectarianism and universality is a beginning to the goals we all seek. Following is a brief excerpt from a speech he gave at a U.N. conference back in 2000. He speaks eloquently of the birthplace of peace in our world.

“Conversion,” Goenka says, “should be from the impurity of the mind to purity of the mind.”

Stay inspired!

Ray

2009 Affirmation

“This year I am absolutely committed to being the person I came here to be!”

Co-Exist – The Affirmation Spot for Thursday July 2, 2009

Ray’s Daily Affirmation:

“Right this moment, I am choosing an open heart over a narrow mind.”
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Our world CAN live in unity. We have it within our power to live in peace with each other on this planet. And yet, too often, we choose conflict, anger, and violence. Humanity’s destiny is not written in stone or in a book somewhere. It is written in our hearts, our words, and our choices every day.

It is written in the way we think about each other, talk (or don’t talk) to each other, and act towards each other. Fearful perceptions are reinforced or loving awareness replaces the fear. The world remains stuck where it is or progresses towards a place we all aspire to.

One of the biggest stressers in human relations is our differing ways of worship. For millenia we have fought and killed in the name of God. This was never a particularly wise or productive use of our human, intellectual, spiritual, and material treasure.

Today more than ever we face an increasingly clear choice to learn to get along and share this planet or to destroy ourselves. It really is that simple. One simple mantra serves us well here….”Live and let live.” Is our need to be right so powerful and so insistent that we risk destroying ourselves over it?

Or, can we reach a higher place where I live fully and freely according to my beliefs and allow you to do the same?

Today’s video shows the commonality of our spiritual aspirations. If only we could practice the love, compassion, and empathy that all of our spiritual traditions teach; how much better off we’d be.

Stay inspired!

Ray

2009 Affirmation

“This year I am absolutely committed to being the person I came here to be!”

Collective Mental Empowerment Part II – The Affirmation Spot for Thursday June 25, 2009

Today’s affirmation is:

“Moment by moment, brick by brick, we are building a world full of things more important than our fears.”
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woman_eyes_closed_sun_rsOur world is an amazing place full of beauty and potential. Each of us is a miracle waiting to bloom into magnificence. The fear liberally spread in our lives reduces our enjoyment, causes us unhappiness and pain, and creates scenarios where we lash out at each other.

Collective Mental Empowerment Part I focused on the problem of disempowerment and fear-based messaging in our society. We discussed the disempowerment that occurs when we buy into that messaging from a place of fear rather than evaluating it from a reason-centered or love-centered focus.

Today’s article provides some practical ideas about how to reverse this trend in our individual and collective lives. Again, books could be written on this topic. I hope these tips will help you begin to re-empower yourself and help the people around you do the same.


What Can We Do?

raised_arms_horizonSo the question always is, “Great, you’ve identified the problem, but what can we do to change it?” There are really several very practical things that each of us can do to counter the negative messages around us, empower ourselves and each other, and limit the effectiveness of fear-centered messaging. If we do the following things, we will find the mental/spiritual mood on this planet lightening immediately and we will re-empower ourselves to live the lives we came here to live.

  • Become Aware of Disempowerment Techniques and Messages – look before you leap to support. Demand that leaders provide legitimate reasons for action and reject solutions based in fear. Every single time someone is trying to get you to think something or do something based on fear and in a hurry; question it carefully. Consciously deactivate your fear center and shift to a reasoning or love-centered evaluation of the situation. It makes sense to run the other way, if you encounter a black mamba. It doesn’t make sense to refuse to ever visit Africa because you might encounter one. Watch for solutions that throw the baby of freedom out in the bathwater of fear.
  • Examine Your Own Beliefs – examine your beliefs. Are they yours or second-hand? What are your ideological, spiritual, and political blind spots? How can they or how have they been used to get you to buy into things you know go against your conscience or better judgment? Do your religious convictions really demand you judge all others? Do your political convictions really go along with limiting the freedom and potential of those around you towards some end? A lot of this is unconscious and has been whipped into your through constant repetition and social reinforcement (they call that brainwashing in some circles). Expect resistance! You have believed many of these things for a long time and you may have a lot of “skin in the game”. Accept that this is going to happen and get through it.
  • Release Your “Yeah But…” – there is a tendency when awakening begins in this process to encounter some mental “yeah buts”. “Yeah but” the world is sometimes a dangerous place. “Yeah but” everyone is going along. “Yeah but” if I let my guard down. Your “yeah buts” stand as guards keeping you cycling in fear. What comes after your “yeah but” is an area for you to work on shifting your thinking.
  • Help Others Examine Their Beliefs – just as you may have been existing in a mental/spiritual fog on these topics, others are too. Once you are clearer on how mass manipulation works and on your own values (the ones that come from within you), you can help others do the same. Once you are alert to these fear-based parlor tricks, they will become easy to spot. Others may struggle to see them at first just like you did. Be ready for some resistance.
  • Become an Empowered Thinker – Once you realize that you have been living in a kind of mental Matrix where your beliefs and actions are orchestrated, you will want to begin replacing those thoughts with your true beliefs – the ones that flow from your legitimate religious convictions, political perspectives, and humanity. Affirmations, visualizations, focused prayer, meditation, and other techniques can help you strengthen your beliefs and reinforce them. I call this your own personal ad campaign. You are now in charge again of your own thoughts and beliefs. You regain the freedom to CHOOSE. You do it from a place of spiritual and mental freedom.
  • Surround Yourself with Empowered People and Messages – counter and replace the disempowering messages in your life by being around empowered people and bringing empowering messages into your life. Practice techniques like affirmations, visualization, meditation, and prayer that give you quiet time to think, evaluate, and recharge.
  • Recognize Your Destiny – you – and everyone around you – are here on this planet in this time and in this place for a reason. It is not to think other people’s thoughts and manifest other peoples’ visions of reality. It is to think your own thoughts and manifest your vision of reality in an environment of freedom and respect. Think about it. When was the last time the peoples of two countries, two religions, two anything really got up one morning and thought to themselves we need to go to war against “them”? I’d propose never. Some “leader” came along and activated the peoples’ fear-centers and “created” the need for war. War is a CHOICE not to have peace. Poverty is a CHOICE not to share the resources of the planet. Fear is a CHOICE that we have been convinced is more “realistic” than love.

Messages from Great Teachers and Thinkers

We can make other choices, but only from a place of empowerment where we operate from a higher awareness and dismiss those who constantly want us cowering in fear. There have been great teachers and people who have been teaching us from a love-centered perspective for centuries. Humanity reveres these teachers, but ignore them when the rubber meets the road. Listen again. They are talking about empowered people living from their center of love rather than fear, anger, or hatred.

Jesus said:

“Love your neighbor as you love yourself.” He went even further. “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.”

Peter (at another time) got some clarification.

“Then came Peter to him, and said, ‘Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times?’ Jesus said to him, ‘I say not until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.'”

There was no fine print, legal disclaimers, or ‘yeah but’ scenarios. There is no “Well, the President or the Prime Minister have to have all the options on the table.” There is no room for some supreme council to order us to hate our neighbor and war with them because they don’t agree with us. Jesus is clearly saying that we must love even our enemies and be a well of continuous forgiveness.

Buddha said:

“What we are is the result of what we have thought.”

“He abused me, he beat me, he defeated me, he robbed me,”–in those who harbor such thoughts hatred will never cease.

“He abused me, he beat me, he defeated me, he robbed me,”–in those who do not harbor such thoughts hatred will cease. For hatred does not cease by hatred at any time: hatred ceases by love, this is an old rule. The world does not know that we must all come to an end here;–but those who know it, their quarrels cease at once.”

What is Buddha telling us here? He is saying that all the reasons we’re given (or come up with ourselves) to justify our fear, our anger, our hatred are just excuses. As long as we are focused on how we have been wronged, we will never take the steps necessary to make it right in our world.

He continues by pointing out that only by shifting to a love-centered approach can we know peace – personal and global. He’s also talking about growth. He recognizes that the first paragraph describes much of humanity. He is calling on human beings to aspire to the second paragraph.

Mahatma Gandhi said:

“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.”

We are happy, Gandhi posits when our thoughts, words, and actions are in harmony. Can they be in harmony when we are encased in a constant state of fear and crisis? I would argue that our happiness depends on us harmonizing our thoughts, words, and actions from a place of love rather than fear.

“Fear,” Gandhi said, “Is not a disease of the body. Fear kills the soul.” He encouraged us when he said, “We must be the change we want to see in the world.”

Gandhi admitted the path is not easy when he said:

“I have only three enemies. My favorite enemy, the one most easily influenced for the better, is the British Empire. My second enemy, the Indian people, is far more difficult. But my most formidable opponent is a man named Mohandas K. Gandhi. With him, I seem to have very little influence.”

Gandhi points out that we are our own biggest obstacle – us. We know we want a different, better world (or life), but change is so hard. Our willpower fades in and out. We must stick with it and not give up. We must transform our thinking to a new level.

Albert Einstein said:

Einstein is known to history as the genius scientist, but he was quite the visionary and rebel against the status quo. He encouraged creative, “out of the box” thinking and abhorred those who simply “go along”.

“He who joyfully marches in rank and file has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would suffice.”

He encourage curiosity and questioning:

“The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its ow reason for existing. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little mystery every day. Never lose a holy curiosity.

” I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution.”

Finally, Einstein tells us that we must transform the way we think to have the better world we all seek.

“The problems that exist in the world today cannot be solved by the level of thinking that created them.”

In his 1933 inauguration speech, Franklin D. Roosevelt famously said:

“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”

Today we have leaders and a media that seem bent on spreading the fear thoroughly and constantly. Whether they do it on purpose or whether they are just caught up in the same misguided ideas about who we are what we are doing here; I can’t say for sure.

What I do know is that when we live from a place of fear our horizons are sharply limited. Sadly, many do not even realize they are caught in this fear-based matrix that constantly pushes them to make decisions without engaging reason and love – the two most powerful centers of our being.

For our world to change, we must change. For us to change, we must empower ourselves and our thinking. We must never grant government, leaders, the media, or other institutions the power to short circuit our innate wisdom and intelligence. We must demand the freedom to express ourselves, to grow and change, and decide our own destinies.

Certainly, we cannot do this in a vacuum without taking into consideration the other people and creatures that share this planet and this destiny with us. However, we will get to a place where the human majority naturally takes that approach to life more quickly if we have an informed, empowered, and free populace rather than one that lives in constant fear of other people and the world around them.

I absolutely invite your comments and participation on this blog. I’d like to know how you think we can achieve these goals.

Stay inspired!

Ray