TIPS FOR TODAY:
# 1 – Wise words, indeed!
# 2 – This was a quote featured in the weekly newsletter I received from astrologer Rob Brezsny…..
“The Way of Abundance is all too often misconstrued as a shallow sense
of ‘getting what one wants,’ ‘eliminating the negative,’ or ‘being free from pain.’ Even the often-touted ‘manifesting your dreams,’ offers a
psychological disposition that generally remains fixated around
manifestation as ‘the project of me.’
“But the ‘project of me’ can never be enough, for it does not meet ‘the
other,’ and real living involves meeting. The touch and contact with all of life, the full freedom of non-separation, the completeness of full
relationship, and the radiance of compassionate ecstasy is what we are
inherently hungry for.”
- Rick Jarow, Alchemy of Abundance
# 3 – What a smile….the Buddha would be pleased.
“In many statues and pictures, the Buddha is depicted with a slight smile. Research now shows that even a small smile relaxes our reactivity and inclines us toward feelings of ease and well being.” – Tara Brach, “True Refuge”
# 4 – Short, insightful presentation by Eckhart Tolle on surrender and resistance……
# 5 – And the winter solstice and new moon are upon us and, according to astrograph.com, it sounds like we’re in for what could be a powerfully transformative time…..
Sunday’s Winter Solstice is a powerful one and deserves a special mention, not least because this same day also represents the significant turning point of the Capricorn New Moon, taking place just a few hours later. Additionally, the extremely close Uranus-Pluto square and Eris-Jupiter trine are still quite active, as they are for the entire month of December.
But first a few words about the Winter Solstice itself, that ancient festival of the returning of the light that is still celebrated in Western culture with its survival into modern times as the Christian and Jewish holiday season. Just as the New Moon represents the beginning of the monthly lunation cycle, based on the relationship of Sun and Moon, the Winter Solstice represents one important beginning of the yearly cycle of the Earth’s relationship to the Sun, when the daylight reaches its lowest point, and begins to rise again.
Another important timing is of course the Sun’s “Aries ingress,” of the Spring Equinox, also considered a yearly starting point when the length of day is equal to the length of night. The Winter Solstice is also known as the “Capricorn ingress” of the Sun, or entrance into the sign of Capricorn, as he completes and initiates another yearly cycle. Astrologers therefore use the chart for the Winter Solstice, the timing of the shortest daylight period of the entire year as the opportunity for taking a symbolic look at the year ahead…
And an excerpt from an article at mooncircles.com about the new moon and solstice…..
Change-agent Uranus in fiery Aries stations direct at the Solstice/New Moon as well, jumpstarting a burning desire and momentum that’s been held in abeyance for five months. In fact, the three-hour period from 2:45 pm to 5:36 pm PST on Dec. 21st is one of the strongest portals for release and rebirth that I’ve seen in a long while. This is especially true wherever zero degrees of Capricorn (New Moon) and 12 degrees of Aries (Uranus SD) fall in your chart. I’ve been telling all my clients to get out into nature or at least light a candle and do a ritual to celebrate the rebirth of the light within. Whatever intentions we set at this time will be supported by Saturn’s shift into Sagittarius on Dec. 23, which will help us cultivate and sustain hope, and stay on track to manifest our New Year’s goals.
# 6 – And if you’re in the mood for fixing some tasty treats this weekend, here are some recipes to inspire you…..
# 7 – Yes, shouldn’t the holiday season be about presence more than presents?!
(thanks to Dream Living with Karynne Boese for the list)
PICK FOR TODAY:
Oh this is a great one for keeping the true spirit of the holiday season alive, whatever your religious persuasion!
TIPS FOR TODAY:
# 1 – You can never go wrong with gratitude!
Last week we finished the Gratitude Challenge. 8 days of focusing on different aspects of gratitude. It was wonderful to be in a like-minded community of people all focusing their intentions in the same direction and a great lead into Thanksgiving.
One of the powerful exercises we shared was a complaint-free day. I was again reminded of the importance of maintaining a practice and the power of community by something that happened last week.
Jim and I moved recently to a new neighborhood. It’s quiet, beautifully landscaped and filled with open green spaces, bike paths and walkways. We have a wonderful view of grassy marshlands filled with herons, ducks and even an alligator!
Yet I found myself “bellyachin’’ recently to a friend that people keep to themselves and it wasn’t very neighborly. Where were the good old days when you moved into a neighborhood and neighbors welcomed you with a pie or dropped by?
Soon we were going global, lamenting the loss of community in our society, people living in isolation, families being separated by thousands of miles and busy lives, our elderly being relegated to senior homes. New kinds of community living and neighborhoods ought to be created we agreed.
A few days later, I read an article in our local paper that made me sit up. A music student, “Claire” and her friends were having difficulty in finding affordable housing.
Instead of complaining about the lack of student housing, she approached the administrator of a senior home with a novel idea. In return for free accommodation the students would provide weekly concerts at the nursing home. The administrator agreed.
The idea was a huge success. The seniors loved the concerts but most of all they loved having young people around whom they could learn from. Claire said that it was wonderful to suddenly have grandmas and grandpas full of amazing stories who took an interest in them.
Right in my neighborhood, a miracle in inspired living was taking place because a young girl chose to stop complaining and took a bold action instead. Claire’s creative solution prompted me to visit my neighbor next door and introduce myself. I realized that even though I was new in my neighborhood, I could help create the kind of neighborhood” I desired.
This holiday season we are going to hold an open house and invite our neighbors over so that we can meet them and we’ll be the ones providing pie!
We invite you to be our neighbor too… please read on…
Miracles are happening everywhere around us and the opportunity to co-create them is always available to us. When we join a community where we share a common intention, our capacity to create miracles grows exponentially.
Imagine building on Claire’s idea – what if we turned our nursing homes into affordable shared housing not just for seniors but including single Moms, students and working families? That creates a community where people can actually take care of each other!
# 3 – This is a great little video and under 2 minutes!
# 4 – Free stuff! Yea!
The Shift Network is preparing for a special event – a one-hour free video broadcast on Dec. 22nd (Barbara Marx Hubbard’s 85th birthday) in which she will lay out her vision for the future and how we can all help co-create a larger evolutionary shift for humanity! You can learn more about Barbara Marx Hubbard’s 85th Birthday Broadcast: Pioneering the Next Stage of Human Evolution and sign up here.
Best-selling authors Marci Shimoff and Debra Poneman have teamed up and are offering a free presentation titled The 3 Secrets to Living a Life Filled With Miracles. You can find out more and sign up here.
And check out the latest post at Self-help Health for some free alternative health-related resources, plus free cookbook and de-stress meditation download:
# 5 – I think this is great, insightful “advice” from Abraham….
If we had a child, or anyone, and we caught them doing something inappropriate, we would not amplify it with our words. We would identify what it is we do not want, and then out of it would come the rocket of desire of what we do want, and then we would just visualize, visualize, visualize, until we find peace within our vision. When you make someone and their action the heart of a vision that you’ve spent time on — your relationship improves, your experience is better, and they receive the benefit of the experience. But if you catch them, and see them, and worry about it, and put mechanisms in place to prevent it, now you have not only amplified it, you have now made a commitment that is hooking you both into that, until usually it gets big enough that you break apart, and then you attract others to fulfill that role.–Abraham
And some wise words from Corrie ten Boom (interesting name)….
“Worrying is carrying tomorrow’s load with today’s strength – carrying two days at once. It is moving into tomorrow ahead of time. Worrying doesn’t empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength.” – Corrie ten Boom
TIPS FOR TODAY:
# 1 – Yep!
# 2 – Wow, Jimmy Nelson did a great job of recording the beauty and diversity of some of the rare groups of people on the planet….
# 3 – Here’s a short video about a great project called Net-Works that is heart-warming and inspiring, AND is creating a win-win-win situation. More of this kind of thing, please and thank you!
# 4 – OMG! Mother Nature does it AGAIN!
# 5 – From Om Magazine….
# 6 – How about some ideas for healthy gifts to give this season, plus a free download of some healing music, and a recipe for sore throat tea to keep on hand? Or information about auriculotherapy and how to give yourself a de-stressing, health-promoting ear massage? Or learning about the importance of iodine, its health benefits and signs of deficiency?
# 7 – Another free event being offered by The Shift Network…..
Freedom is not found outside of commitments and responsibilities but through profound surrender. Non-resistance to life allows us to realize that there is nothing to get and nowhere to go. Everything we are is already here.
No teacher has illumined these penetrating, profound truths with so much grace as Gangaji. For more than 25 years, habitual seekers have come home to themselves in her presence and words.
And next Wednesday December 17th listeners will learn how to jump more fully into life without resistance on Gangaji’s free online event: Natural Realization: Peacefully Resolving the Tension Between Freedom and Daily Responsibility.
During this call, Gangaji will guide listeners into the deepest possibility for their lives as they walk the razor’s edge of their divinity and humanity, revealing how to:
- Resist nothing and fully open to all that is arising
- Find refuge in the silence, even in the midst of conflict and miscommunication
- Invite your whole being to surrender at a deeper level than the mind
Learn more and sign up here.
# 8 – This seems like a good thing to practice and see what happens. Can’t hurt!
You have the ability to pivot under any and all conditions. But most of you are habitual in nature, and your patterns are so well entrenched that at times the fastest path to the joy you seek is for you to take your pivot as you sleep. By reaching for good-feeling thoughts before you go to sleep and then experiencing the benefit of the quiet mind that occurs while you sleep—and then upon awakening, immediately turning to good-feeling thoughts—you can accomplish the ultimate Pivoting experience.–Abraham
TIPS FOR TODAY:
# 1 – Beautiful image and words..
BEGIN WITH YES….When you look someone in the eyes and quietly say, “thank you” or “I love you” or “I could use some help” or “let me help you,” and really mean it, you are making an incredible, life changing difference in both your lives. And as lives change, the world changes too.
# 2 – Something to keep in mind….
# 3 – Here’s an entertaining post from someone who I think has a great sense of humor, a talent for writing, and the ability to make lemonade from lemons…..
p.s. While you’re there, also read the post “Dark & Stormy Night.” :-)
# 4 – Wow, love this trippy image from the Resonance Project. I have a feeling staring at it could actually change things on a cellular level….
# 5 – Some free events from The Shift Network…..
Her work in the field of “shared consciousness” reveals previously unimagined potentials for human development that can and is moving humanity far beyond the limits of merely personal spiritual growth. You can sign up here.
# 7 – And some stimulation from Emmanuel Dagher and Abraham….
Acceptance doesn’t always mean agreeing with or resonating with a certain person, situation or concept. It does however, allow you to embrace the uniqueness of this incredible world without trying to control or change it.--Emmanuel Dagher
Esther said to us, “Abraham, how come you guys (meaning nonphysical entities) can’t get your stories straight? This one says this. That one says that. If we have been talking to God, why doesn’t God say the same thing to everyone? Why isn’t everybody getting the same message?” And we said, “Everybody isn’t asking the same question. Everybody is not at the same point of understanding. Everybody is not even wanting the same thing.” We are all about eternalness which means we are about difference. It is in our difference that desires of all kinds come forth, and as all of these new desires pop up, every one of them, even in their difference, is important.—Abraham
TIPS FOR TODAY:
# 1 – It was Thanksgiving here in the US just a few days ago, but of course we should give thanks and be grateful EVERY day for a wide variety of reasons, not the least of which is it promotes health and well-being. Read about how having an attitude of gratitude can literally change your DNA….
# 2 – Insight and stimulation from Guy Finley…..
Resisting the States of Others
Key Lesson: The only way to be free of whatever it is that troubles you about someone else is to be free of that trouble within yourself.
Question: You teach that what troubles us about other people is that we have within us that quality we dislike in them, and that being around them stirs that quality in us. So, if this disturbance is around a person who abuses children, are you saying my resistance to that person is because I am like him or her, and that somewhere in me is the potential to be a child molester? Please help me understand this idea!
Answer: The wholeness of whatever is true must be seen; it cannot be comprehended by thought any more than it’s possible to experience the depth, breadth, and majesty of the Grand Canyon in words alone. What troubles us about any person, regardless of his or her psychological make-up, is what that person stirs in us… this can be because a similar quality dwells in the darkness of our own (as yet awakened) character, or the disturbance we feel in their presence can be caused by a negative state in us, born of some instant unconscious judgment of that character in the offending individual. And it’s worth noting that all judgment of others is due to resisting what that person makes us conscious of in ourselves. So, either way, the point is that whatever we feel in ourselves is always some aspect of our own nature, else we couldn’t feel it… and that to blame another for the negative states generated by our system is like hating a neighboring factory for the noise being generated in our own. It’s also worth mentioning that whatever the expressed deviant behavior observed may be, it’s usually the effect of some deeper unseen psychological/spiritual issue, and that many times what we feel and “fight” with (or blame) in someone else is different than what drives the exterior manifestation. For instance, all “bullies” are driven by fear, as is any act of arrogance.
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# 4 – A heart-warming story that will restore your faith in humanity….
# 5 – The real meaning of success?
The achievement of anything that you desire must be considered success, whether it is a trophy or money or relationships or things. But if you will let your standard of success be your achievement of joy—everything else will fall easily into place. For in the finding of joy, you are finding vibrational alignment with the resources of the Universe.—Abraham
TIPS FOR TODAY:
# 1 – I love every quote of “Bucky’s” I’ve ever come across. What a man….what wisdom, what vision….
# 2 – Hey, why stop with a lake??…..Be an ocean!
An aging master grew tired of his apprentice’s complaints. One morning, he sent him to get some salt. When the apprentice returned, the master told him to mix a handful of salt in a glass of water and then drink it.
“How does it taste?” the master asked.
“Bitter,” said the apprentice.
The master chuckled and then asked the young man to take the same handful of salt and put it in the lake. The two walked in silence to the nearby lake and once the apprentice swirled his handful of salt in the water, the old man said, “Now drink from the lake.”
As the water dripped down the young man’s chin, the master asked, “How does it taste?”
“Fresh,” remarked the apprentice.
“Do you taste the salt?” asked the master.
“No,” said the young man. At this the master sat beside this serious young man, and explained softly,
“The pain of life is pure salt; no more, no less. The amount of pain in life remains exactly the same. However, the amount of bitterness we taste depends on the container we put the pain in. So when you are in pain, the only thing you can do is to enlarge your sense of things. Stop being a glass. Become a lake.”
# 3 – With the annual gift-giving season upon us, this seemed like a fitting article to highlight….
Do you attach strings to the gifts you give?
“Oh, how nice – just what I wanted. Thank you so much.” [Oh heck! How awful! What am I going to do with this thing now? It will have to be on display when she comes round or she’ll be hurt and annoyed.]
Have you ever been in this position? It can be very embarrassing, not to mention exasperating. It’s not fun to pretend you like it when really you can’t wait to dump it in the garbage or re-gift it to someone.
Getting the right gift for someone is also a difficult and stressful experience. I never know what to give JoAnn. And she’s no help. “I have all I need,” she says when I ask her what she wants for Christmas. (Last year she got a gift certificate for a spa day. She enjoyed it.)
But what is a gift? When is a gift not really a gift? There are three criteria for it to be a true gift:
1. You really do want to give it.
2. You are pretty sure that the person wants what you have to give.
3. No strings attached!
Read the rest of the post here:
# 4 – And speaking of gifts, check out my What’s New page on the Evolution Made Easier site for a number of great gift ideas, plus discount codes to use for getting up to 53% off some items! There’s also news about a free event titled Origins Deep Dive, extended access to the Origins move, and other good stuff….
# 5 – Now here’s an example of real gift giving. What a great project….
# 6 – Hmmmm, here’s an interesting one from Abe to contemplate when you think that the world is unfair….
If it is true — and it is — that when I — meaning any point of Consciousness — asks, it is given; then can you not feel the perfection of the selfish ego? Every vantage point gets to ask, and every vantage point is answered. And when everyone is individually choosing and Source is answering, then what could be a more balanced world?—Abraham
TIPS FOR TODAY:
# 1 – Grow flowers!
# 2 – A great post about letting go of radical self-reliance and watching what can happen…..
# 3 – Acceptance/allowance keeps you from fighting against/resisting something; resistance usually just perpetuates what you don’t want….
# 4 – This invite from Tama Kieves may be something you can’t refuse….
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And here’s something from Adoley Odunton at The Wellness Revolution, although I much prefer it be called The Gratitude Opportunity rather than Challenge :-)….
As the holiday season begins, people are busy making plans for Thanksgiving, booking flights, arranging car trips and buying gifts for their loved ones. In the midst of all the activity, I invite you to go on an inward journey and join me and the members of our Intention Healing Circle in an 8-Day Gratitude Challenge.
This Challenge will help you maintain an Attitude of Gratitude in the face of everything that life deals you – unfair situations and seemingly unending challenges can be difficult at first but when gratitude is practiced consistently it is an amazing source of healing and transformation in our lives. Gratitude is a practice and a choice that we get to make every day.
For eight days we will consciously practice gratitude and actively embody it in thoughts, words and actions.
# 5 – This is pretty much the “Cliff Notes” version of Abraham’s on-going message….
Each and every component that makes up your life experience is drawn to you by the powerful Law of Attraction’s response to the thoughts you think and the story you tell about your life. Your money and financial assets; your body’s state of wellness, clarity, flexibility, size, and shape; your work environment, how you are treated, work satisfaction, and rewards—indeed, the very happiness of your life experience in general—is all happening because of the story that you tell.—Abraham
# 6 – And don’t forget to check out what’s happening at Self-help Health. The latest posts have to do with what you should know about vaccines and flu shots, and a groundbreaking movie you can watch for free until 11/22.