Unique, Worthy Person Affirmation – The Affirmation Spot for Wednesday July 27, 2011

Today’s affirmation:

I am a unique and worthy person. I require no more justification than that to be who I am.

Being Who You Are

Everyone has an opinion on who you should be. Your mother, your co-workers, your spouse, the church, the government, your friends; they all are constantly trying to mold you into their vision of who they think you should be. Obviously, there are times when it is wise to listen to sound advice.

By and large, however, defining who you are is your right and your responsibility. Giving up that right to other people’s expectations is disempowering and leads to unhappiness.

Starting today take back your right to be who you are. You are fully capable and fully prepared to create your own vision of you. It is your “divine right” as a human being to make those decisions for yourself.

The opinions will still come – fast and furious – but you’ll be too busy enjoying the real you to care.

Follow your bliss! Achieve your bliss! Become your bliss!

Ray

Ray is the Founder of The Affirmation Spot and focuses on empowering minds to think positively, achieve goals, and live dreams. He is author of the ebook The Power to Be You: Game-Changing Posidigms for Daily Life. and the forthcoming The Power to Be You 2.

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Gratitude Affirmation Video – The Affirmation Spot for Friday November 12, 2010

With Thanksgiving coming soon in The United States, I posted a new video on YouTube featuring gratitude affirmations. Please leave a comment here or on You Tube to let me know what you think. Enjoy.

Stay inspired!

Ray

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The Trust/Fear Cycle – The Affirmation Spot for Wednesday October 27, 2010

My Thought for Today:

“Fear consumes us unless and until we give in completely to trust.”

Let me ask you a question. What makes it hard for you to trust other people? Take a moment and think about the reasons you have a hard time trusting people? Come up with a few reasons before you continue reading.

I’m guessing that if you examine your reasons, they center around past hurts and the fear of feeling that way again. Maybe you feel others will take advantage of you or you have even experienced others taking advantage of you in the past. Maybe you fear looking foolish by “putting yourself out there” only to have someone betray you. These are all valid reasons to fear trusting.

Let me ask you this. What steps – mental or even physical – do you take in your life to avoid having to trust others for fear of being hurt or being taken advantage of? Think about how you feel when you are asked to trust. Think about how you respond when asked to trust. Now ask yourself why you feel that way?

Do you put up walls or even aggressively push people away? Do you believe you are doing this “protect yourself”?

Now step outside of yourself and focus on the other person who is considering the possibility of having to trust you. Is it possible he or she has also had past hurts? Has also learned defense mechanisms to avoid or limit exposure in a trusting relationship?

Perhaps you have both been hurt in the past and would have no intention of hurting the other. However, your past conditioning prevents you from finding out because you have shields up. Instead of experiencing and growing trust, you both do things that continue to reinforce your belief that trusting others in dangerous. You wind up hurting each other simply due to a failure to see this situation as unique and to be authentically you.

Now expand this scenario to every relationship in your life. In fact, extend it to all the relationships on this planet – individual, ethnic, national, political, religious. Too often, we are operating with our trust shields up for fear of being hurt.

How much pain, bloodshed, and unhappiness do you suppose this mindset creates on our planet – not to mention your life – every day?

“But, I have been hurt,” you argue. You’re right. You have. That person you want relationship with has as well. So has that other ethnic group, religion, or political party. Can you not see their pain through your own?

We have all been hurt, not because we trust too much, but because we trust too little. We are aggressive and defensive in an attempt to protect ourselves when simply seeing each situaion as fresh and unique could lead to a different outcome. When being our authentic selves instead of our on-guard selves could create new connections and possbilities. When remembering our common humanity and acknowledging our common fears could breakdown desperate paradigms and transform this world.

So, what is the answer? How do we change it? Well, none of us can do the work of changing this situation for others. We can only be cognizant of the ways we contribute to it in our own lives and strive to do better.

Maybe, just maybe, we will find that when we drop our shields and trust more others will be willing to do the same.

Stay inspired!

Ray

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The Parable of Fear and Success

My Thought of the Day:

“The fear of failure is the shortest route to it. The fear of success is a close second.”

Here is a brief little parable about fear, failure, and success that dropped into my mind out of the ether today. Thought I would share

Once I feared failure, but failure came and I survived.
Then I feared success, but success came and I thrived.
Then I feared losing my success, but my success ebbed and flowed and my life kept moving forward.
Finally, I chose not to fear, but simply to do my best and make the most of each moment; allowing the results to take care of themselves.

Stay inspired!

Ray

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The Power to Be You Introduction

power2beyoucoverThis morning I am sharing the complete introduction to my new ebook The Power to Be You: Game-Changing Posidigms for Daily Life.

The introduction says a great deal about why I do what I am doing. Enjoy it. Please feel free to comment! There is a special offer at the bottom for readers of this blog.

The Power to Be You
Introduction

Power to Be You is unlike any motivation book you’ve ever read. The book is comprised of over 400 daily thoughts that you can ponder, pray, or meditate upon. Some are calls to action and some are calls to deeper thought and insight into the nature of our reality.

The book is written to purposely speak in a frank and direct tone designed to shake you loose from unproductive and unhealthy paradigms. The ultimate goal is help you become confident and empowered enough to embrace and become the person you came to the planet to be and support and help everyone around you in doing the same.

For thousands of years, thinkers, sages, and saints have recognized the power of thoughts, words, and ideas to transform the human being and his or her surroundings. For nearly as long, societies have sought to limit the right and quench the desire of individuals to do just that.

The reasons for this are many and worthy of study in their own right. That, however, is not within the scope of this book. Suffice it to say that history is the tale of a running battle between the individual’s right to explore the meaning and purpose of his or her existence and the state’s desire to limit or even forbid it.

You need only look at the famous examples of Socrates, Jesus, and even Galileo to see how societies deal with those who rock the boat – especially in the realm of expanding human knowledge or empowering individuals

Societies have sought to mold and control their citizens through political, social, economic, and religious institutions that serve the society not its members. These entities employ many methods of control, but most center on fear-based tactics. In the political realm, the methods are usually internal division and external threat as a means of keeping citizens divided, confused, and afraid. In the social sphere, it is the fear of being an outcast or “uncool” that keeps people in line. Economically, financial panic can ensue from a trusted authority uttering the word “recession”.

People and businesses are conditioned how to respond to that word and the behavior causes the mental seed to become a physical reality. From a religious standpoint, it is the fear of death and the afterlife that keep people under control. Sadly, modern “free democracies” have not been the solution to these problems that many envisioned. The fact is they have had to become far more sophisticated than their totalitarian counterparts. This is because they must persuade the people to vote for and support the
means of control imposed upon them.

In the age of mass communication, advertisers have perfected messages that bypass reason and directly access emotional centers in your brain. This is rather harmless when someone is simply selling you deodorant, but becomes another story when war or social reforms are the products being pitched. Selling these kinds of “high ticket” items requires the fear to be amped up to ever higher levels.

is a very effective drug, but like most drugs, people become accustomed to one level and require more and more fear to elicit a response. That means that each time leaders go to the fear well they have to provide ever heavier doses of fear to keep the population in line and on board.

Please keep in mind that fear equals individual disempowerment for the unaware. When you are afraid you don’t think rationally. You agree to things you would never consent to in a normal frame of mind. You tend exhibit higher mistrust of others. You are less likely to question the decisions of leaders. You want to be made safe. Certainly, you are not on the path to higher awakening, self-understanding, or an exploration of the meaning of your existence when fear is your frame of reference.

The thoughts in this book help you to reverse the trend of fear in your thinking and counter it with a daily dose of thought-provoking posidigms (positive + paradigms). These posidigms focus on motivating and empowering you to transform your thinking about what is possible for you, possible for those around you, and possible for this world.

In some instances, the thoughts take direct aim at the disempowering messages and agendas themselves in an attempt to create a moment of awakening that encourages you and take a fresh look at their value to you and to our society.

Many of the ideas in The Power to Be You will resonate with you immediately. They tackle common motivational topics such as wealth, abundance, confidence, success, and health. However, this book does not shy away from tough issues. It challenges your humanity and your desire to improve and grow.

Many of the ideas end with a question to challenge you to consider the topic further or to act. All focus on delivering on the title by providing you with insight and opportunity to throw off the conditioning and
become more fully you.

As a daily guide or a one-time read, it is my sincere intention that The Power to Be You have a profound impact on the way you approach life and on your ability to live your life on your terms.

Whether you have purchased the book as an iPad application or in another format, the book is essentially a PDF document. This means that you can do key word searches when you want access to your favorite thoughts. Try printing your favorites and posting them. Where you can see them during the day.

The book is formatted as a series of 366 thoughts (one for leap year) formatted as a daily calendar. The dates are not year specific so that you can use the book year after year. Then there are 50 bonus thoughts to bring the total to 416 (407 iPad version)

This book is about breaking through paradigms, shaking the status quo, and moving to higher levels of success, happiness, and fulfillment.

Be Empowered!
Ray

Ray Davis is the Founder of The Affirmation Spot and focuses on empowering minds to think positively, achieve goals, and live dreams.

He is the author of the Anunnaki Awakening series (2015). Book 1 – Revelation – is now available in paperback and on Kindle. This trilogy takes Ancient Aliens out of the past and into the present. An interstellar, interdimensional journey ensues with humanity’s future hanging in the balance.

The Power to Be You Released as PDF

Good morning, my friends.

I am very excited to make two big announcements this morning.

First my ebook, The Power to Be You: Game-changing Posidigms for Daily Life, is now available as a PDF download. The book has been available as an iPad app for a couple of months. With the release of the PDF version, more people will be able to enjoy this power-packed book with over 400 paradigm-shifting daily thoughts. The book was written to challenge, motivate, and help you transform your life one day at a time.

The second announcement is the launch of my second website, EBooks 4 Growth. This website will be home of the Power to Be You and the other ebooks I have on the way. The next ebook is titled 1001 Affirmations for Daily Life and will be on the site in the next couple of weeks.

I want to take this opportunity to thank all of you – my Facebook friends, my Twitter followers, my LinkedIn connections, and regular readers of this blog. Without your encouragement, support, and feedback that what I am writing is helping you, this would not be nearly as exciting or rewarding as it is.

Please check out the new site. There is a bio of me that might tell you a few thing about me that you didn’t know.

Blessings to you and yours!

Ray

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George Gurdjieff on Freedom and Self Development

Here is a quote from George Gurdjieff talking about the importance, significance, and urgency with which must address our self-development. The final line is very reminiscent of the Buddha’s aphorism that, “The problem is that you think you have time.”

He also astutely reminds us that freedom is the the best environment to pursue our goals of self-awareness. How true.

“We must strive for freedom if we strive for self-knowledge. The task of self-knowledge and of further self-development is of such importance and seriousness, it demands such intensity of effort, that to attempt it any old way and amongst other things is impossible. The person who undertakes this task must put it first in his life, which is not so long that he can afford to squander it on trifles.”

~ George Gurdjieff

Stay inspired!

Ray

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