10 Wise Things Jesus Said…Without Fine Print

Whether you view Jesus of Nazareth as your personal savior, a great teacher, or an interesting historical figure; there’s little doubt he left behind powerful words that provide a template for the better world we’re all seeking in this moment.

Here are 10 things Jesus said, without qualification or fine print, that we can all use as a basis creating better selves and a better world.

  1. Love your neighbor as you love yourself.
  2. Let he among you who is without sin cast the first stone. (Social media would go silent. LOL)
  3. So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
  4. But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.
  5. Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. (Matthew) (Alternatively from Mark – Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.
  6. So, in everything, do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
  7. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
  8. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
  9. Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
  10. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.

We see in these sayings words about peace, affirmation, bettering ourselves, and caring about each other.

Jesus spoke many other important and, for many, sacred words. Yet if we took these 10 items alone and built our character upon them and the world’s character upon them; how much better would that world be?

Just sayin’.

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

Ray

Finding the Truth According to Alan Cohen – Day 313 of 365 Days to a Better You

Through the ages, poets and philosophers have sought to define truth. It’s unlikely that anyone will ever come up with a definition that will satisfy everyone. Words can only eat around the edges of the topic.

Today’s post is an extended excerpt from Alan Cohen‘s book, The Dragon Doesn’t Live Here Anymore.

The real organ of truth is not the brain, but the heart. …. Hafiz, the Persian poet, said, ‘ O you who would learn the marvels of Love from the copybook of reason, I am afraid that you will never really see the point!’

We feel or sense Truth more than we think it. We know it more than we understand it. We can see it more than we can explain it. When we attempt to analyze Truth, we lose ourselves in the dead-end labyrinth of the thinking mind. When we love Truth, however, the storehouse of universal wisdom is opened to us. Our respect for Truth is our investment in its understanding, and our suffering the price of its denial.

The Truth, we discover, cannot be found in a book. We may find words and descriptions of the Truth in a book, but not the Whole Truth, for the Whole Truth is fathomless, ever free of containment, confinement, and conformity….

Truth re-creates itself by its own beauty. There is nothing secret about Truth it will find us where ever we are….

It is said ‘The Truth hurts.” The Truth has never hurt anything; only illusion hurts. The Truth knows only how to heal. Those who resist Truth resist healing, and those in need of healing can find it by embracing Truth.

The Truth brings with it a peace and satisfaction that falsehood cannot imitate. The lover of Truth lives only for the vision of his ideal and he is nourished only by his awareness of it. ….

The Truth is simple … When we return to simple things the Truth reawakens in our heart like a long-exiled lover. If you want to know what the Truth is, put aside your textbooks for awhile and walk along the seashore at sunset. Take a child to the park. Gaze at the stars. Observe the gentle rhythm of your breath. Listen to the sound of the bamboo flute.

Cohen is talking about the timeless, changeless, yet uniquely individual Truth that flows through each of us at every moment. He suggests that by aligning ourselves with it, we will find peace and contentment. By living it we can become truly who we really are without pretense.

Are you living your truth or are you living according rules written by someone else? As long as you live by someone else’s rules, you will never be the person you are here to be. That would be a real shame.

Ray

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14 Beliefs That Keep You Broke and Helpless – Day 253 of 365 Days to a Better You

Your thinking is a huge factor in how healthy, wealthy, and happy you are in life. There are several belief systems or mindsets that I encounter regularly that will keep you broke and helpless. The significance of this was brought to my attention again recently when a friend of mine said, “I don’t have any dreams. I’ve just never been that kind of person.”

Often these self-destructive mindsets are passed from generation to generation. Parents consciously or unconsciously pass them to children who pass them to their children. Soon, there is a whole momentum for failure, defeat, and a loss of hope.

When these thoughts become the persistent and dominant lens through which you see your world, then they become self-defeating. You received these mindsets from someone influential in your life who was conditioned into these thought patterns and passed them along to you as part of your “mental DNA”.

Stop thinking these thoughts and replace them with something more positive and productive that moves you forward, empowers you, and enriches your life physically, financially, and spiritually.

  1. Believing in myself, my greatness, or my potential is conceited, selfish, or unholy.
  2. There is something wrong with receiving compensation for my talents outside the confines of a job.
  3. God will do it for me. (Believe in God or the Universe but don’t expect him do it for you.)
  4. Government will do it for me.
  5. Successful people are just lucky.
  6. Things never go my way. I’m just meant to fail. I don’t have what it takes to succeed.
  7. That’s just the way things are. They always have been and they always will be.
  8. I don’t need to change, adapt, or improve. I will keep doing things the way I have always done them.
  9. Let me just watch my TV shows one more week and then I will spend time on my dreams.
  10. My circumstances are someone else’s fault. My life is built on chances not choices.
  11. Playing the victim in any way, shape, or form. Every time you play the victim you victimize yourself again.
  12. Waiting for the “perfect” moment to take action.
  13. Expecting storybook endings that magically occur.
  14. The belief that you must have everything right now, even if it means becoming a high-interest debt slave.

Reduce or eliminate these mindsets and you are well on the road to being less helpless and more financially successfully.

I love you all and wish you only the best this week. Let’s maintain better mindsets and change our lives!

Ray

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Truths About Truths – Day 223 of 365 Days to a Better You

If we’re being honest, no two people have exactly the same concept of truth. There may be overlap with other people and overlaps may be significant enough to coalesce into a religion, a political party, or some other social institution.

Still, the gap between people on truth leaves us like the blind men and the elephant in the famous story. We are left describing aspects of truth without being able to fully define it for ourselves, much less sync with someone else. Discovering our truth is the work of a lifetime.

Our passion for our version of the truth is well-documented. Humans are willing to blast each other on social media or “bomb others back to the Stone Age” over our incomplete versions of truth.

Philosophers, poets, and sages, including yours truly, have tried to describe its ephemeral nature using the inexact tool of language. Here are some truths about truths. May they aid you in triangulating your truth.

    1. Beauty is truth, truth beauty,’ – that is all ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.

~John Keats

    1. Truth can be stated in a thousand different ways, yet each one can be true.

~Swami Vivekananda

    1. The truth will set you free.

~Jesus

    1. The truth is out there, but the path to it is inside you.

~Ray Davis

    1. Truth never damages a cause that is just.

~Mahatma Gandhi

    1. What I know for sure is that speaking your truth is the most powerful tool we have.

~Oprah Winfrey

    1. Truth without love is brutality, and love without truth is hypocrisy.

~Warren Wiersbe

    1. But I suppose the most revolutionary act one can engage in is… to tell the truth.

~Howard Zinn

    1. Today I bent the truth to be kind, and I have no regret, for I am far surer of what is kind than I am of what is true.

~Robert Brault

    1. Once you reject fear, you will become the perfect candidate to receive and reflect Truth.

~Suzy Kassem

    1. Those who know the truth are not equal to those who love it.

~Confucius

    1. Truth is like the sun. You can shut it out for a time, but it ain’t goin’ away.

~Elvis Presley

    1. First and last, what is demanded of genius is love of truth.

~Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

    1. The truth is effortless.

~Rashida Costa

    1. Truth is the property of no individual but is the treasure of all men. ~

Ralph Waldo Emerson

    1. In a time of deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.

~George Orwell

    1. Once you go inside and weed through the muck, you will find the real beauty, the truth about yourself.

~Lindsay Wagner

    1. Truth isn’t always beauty, but the hunger for it is.

~Nadine Gordiner

    1. Humility is truth.

~Mother Teresa

    1. Three things cannot long be hidden – the sun, the moon, and the truth.

~Buddha

May your pursuit of truth today lead you to greater insight into yourself and the world.

Ray

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Myths to Be Dispelled in 2011 – I: The Affirmation Spot for Thursday December 30, 2010

Today’s Affirmation:

As I uncover the big lies in my life and in my world, my big truths set me free!

If we are to transform ourselves or transform our world, we must be willing to let go of some myths. We must be willing, not only, to release the myths but also speak the truth. Over the first few weeks of 2011, I’m going to be sharing some myths that I believe we must address. Love to hear your comments and thoughts.

Myth: Our leaders consistently tell us we have a security deficit. Their prescription is perpetual war, the end of privacy, and mistrust of each other.

Truth: We have a humanity deficit. We must wage radical peace, support freedom over repression, and trust each other more than ever.

Many will read this and the first words out of their mouths will be…..”But they…”. “But they…” has become an excuse for not working on ourselves – an excuse we can no longer afford. There are those, perhaps in the Pentagon and in caves in Pakistan, who are saying right now, “You can’t reason with these people. They only understand one thing.”

As I said, a humanity deficit. When we don’t address humanity deficits they become security deficits. The answer? We must start calling the problem what it really is. Then, and only then, can we hope to solve it. Our humanity, not scanners, walls, and wars, is the solution.

Stay inspired!

Ray