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From: Susan Michelle Noland 11/3/2013 4:34:36 PM

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On Giving And Receiving

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A bronze Widow’s Mite or Lepton, minted by Alexander Jannaeus, King of Judaea, 103 – 76 B.C. obverse: anchor upside-down in circle, reverse: star of eight rays. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There are times when we let a misguided sense of pride or faith cause us to make mistakes, and this often happens in the area of finances. If you are in a situation where you are seeking more money, keep these thoughts in mind.

On Receiving

Do not avoid lawful opportunities because you feel you should wait for something else or because you think you are taking a step of faith. The only opportunities you should avoid are unlawful ones, or ones that would obviously be detrimental to someone else.

If you are unemployed, do not be ashamed to apply for unemployment compensation or other assistance, and do not avoid applying because you think of not applying as a step of faith. Each day you have worked you have paid into the system, and now you are only reaping the seeds you have sown in the past. There is nothing wrong with this. When others offer you help, do not avoid it out of a sense of pride. Accept it graciously and be thankful for it.

Such opportunities are given to you so that you may find peace and gratitude in them, and use them as a step toward reaching your greater goals. Be grateful that the money is there, even though it isn’t as much as you were making before. This is an opportunity for you to grow, and by growing, you can come to the place where the things you have been wanting have been waiting on you, and things will be even better than before.

The only opportunities to be shunned are unlawful ones, or ones that will hurt another. Do not accept opportunities that offend your moral code or break the law, because they will land you in trouble in one way or another. Either you will be punished by the law, or you will punish yourself through guilt.

On Giving

It is good to give, but do not give out of a sense of obligation, and do not give as a step of faith. Often the story of the “Widow’s Mite” is pointed to as an example of giving the last you have in faith that more will come. But read the story again. The widow is not commended for giving the last she had. All that is stated is that she gave more than the rich, because they were giving out of their abundance and she was giving all she had.

The only time giving the last you have is of benefit to you is if you have been holding onto it as a lifeline and have put your faith in it rather than something greater than yourself. In that case, your hands are already full and unable to receive any more, and letting go of it releases you from the bondage of holding onto it and frees you to accept something larger. If you do this, however, do not do so reluctantly or fearfully. Do so boldly and in true faith.

We should receive gratefully and give freely, without shame, guilt or coercion. Do not let pride block you from blessings that should be yours, and do not let a misguided sense of faith cause you to make times harder than they have to be.

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More Thoughts on Thoughts – or – How to get out of your own way

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Should you be working right now? (Photo credit: °Florian)

Habits are the results of thoughts that are so ingrained that we are not even consciously aware of them anymore. It is possible to form positive habits, but if we haven’t taken time to honestly evaluate what these “silent thoughts” have us doing, the majority of them are probably negative.

If you feel like no matter what you do, circumstances keep knocking you down, there are some questions you need to ask yourself. The asking may be uncomfortable, and the answers may be painful, but that is a good thing. Rooting these thoughts out, dragging them into the light and replacing them with more productive and positive ones, will allow you to move forward. Surgery involves some pain at the time but the result is greater health afterward.

If you never seem to get ahead at your job, ask yourself these questions and answer them honestly: do you make excuses for slacking off, do you find reasons to take a longer lunch break or come in late, do you spend extra time at the water cooler, coffee pot, or on the Internet?

If you seem to often find yourself being blamed for things, ask yourself how often you point the finger or get into arguments with others.

If failure seems to haunt you or you find yourself depending on others, ask yourself if you are fearful, doubtful, or indecisive.

Our thoughts really do determine the circumstances around us. Sitting around visualizing success gains nothing if we shirk our actual work or spend more time making excuses than we do actually getting things done. Pay attention to your actions and the decisions you make, and reflect on how those may be sabotaging your progress. To change our lives we must change ourselves, and that change must be more than skin deep.


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Give Some Thought To Thoughts

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Sometimes when we want to change our circumstances, we hide from ourselves the true reasons that we are where we are. Sometimes we need to take a good long look in the mirror and face up to things that we haven’t faced up to previously, things we’ve excused to ourselves or ignored.

I’ve said before that our thoughts determine the climate of our lives, the overall direction our lives are taking. Sometimes those thoughts are so old, so ingrained, that we do not even notice them as being “thoughts.”

Stick with me through this, because it may be a little confusing the first time you read it through. When we are dealing with others, we may speak aloud to them to communicate what we would like them to do. However, if we know them well we may be able to simply nod our heads a certain way and they know what we want done. Or if we have worked with them for a long time there may be no overt communication needed, they just know what needs to be done next.

We communicate internally in a similar way. We often have thoughts that are formed as words in our minds, such as, “What do I want for lunch?” or “I wish these slow people would get out of my way!” We also have thoughts that are simply unformed notions where thought is taking place but not to the degree of forming into words. These are the sorts of thoughts we have when grocery shopping in a familiar store. There isn’t a conscious decision to go to Aisle 9 for bread, we simply know that the bread is down this way and so that is where we go.

We may also have thoughts that are totally silent in our minds, thoughts that have been around so long they are not even noticed anymore. Thoughts that generate actions on an automatic level. These are called habits.

We spend so much time watching our obvious thoughts that the habits we have that may be shortchanging our success slip by unnoticed. Through the course of your day today, pay attention to the things you are doing. Notice your habits and give some thought to how they may be affecting your progress. Tomorrow we’ll go into this subject a little more deeply.


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Desire vs Lust

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How badly do you want it? (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We are told numerous times in the Bible that there are ways in which our desires may be granted. And yet there are also warnings about the dangers of our lusts. Apparently there is a difference between desire and lust, but what is it?

The words desire and lust both tend to carry overtones of sexuality. However neither are limited to that one dimension. Desires and lusts can apply to anything we want, from deeper understanding to a shiny new car. In fact, the difference between the two lies not so much in the nature of the thing we want as it does in the nature of the wanting itself.

When we desire something we want it, perhaps even long for it, but we understand that the time for us to have it may not be right now. We understand that there is an intelligence greater than ourselves and we yield to It’s superior judgment. We want the thing, and ask for it, and seek it, but we understand that things happen at the perfect time and we are content to wait patiently.

When we lust for something, it becomes an overriding passion that takes place in front of everything else. It becomes our top priority, and everything else takes a back seat to it. We begin to sacrifice everything, including principles, to obtain it. We lose all sense of proportion. It begins to take over our lives. If we do not obtain it we may fall into depression and turn away from everything that previously had meaning in our lives.

What we want isn’t the issue, it is the nature of the wanting. It is sometimes very easy to let a desire slowly turn into a lust if we do not periodically stop and take stock of our actions, thoughts and emotions about the things we are seeking. We must ask ourselves, “What am I willing to give up to obtain it, and how will I feel if I do not get it?” The answer to those two questions will tell you whether it is a desire or a lust.

In closing let me say that this is my understanding of the difference between desire and lust. I cannot point to specific scriptures that point out the differences. I’m sure there are scholars that can analyze nuances in the original languages and give more specific reasons than I have presented here, and if I find those in my studies I will be sure to pass them along. As it is, treat this like anything else I or anyone else say. It is my opinion, my understanding from my own searching. Don’t take what I say here as definitive proof of anything. Do your own research, prayer and meditation on it and see what rings true to your heart.


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Find Your Balance

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There is a point of balance between the physical life and the spiritual. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Science vs Theology. Left vs Right. Man vs Woman. East vs West. All around us are conflicts, one side versus the other. Some are external, and some we fight inside ourselves. One common conflict, and one that creates trouble for many, is, “does seeking wealth make me materialistic (or a bad person, or evil, etc.)” I think of it as “wealth vs righteousness,” but put any label on it that you like. What it boils down to is, “If I am seeking things on the material side of life, does that mean I am sacrificing the spiritual?”

In essence we are dual beings. We are both matter and energy. We have temporary physical bodies in the physical world though which our eternal spiritual selves experience this life. Our purpose here is to experience, and from experiencing to learn, and from learning to grow.

If we only see things from a physical viewpoint, we blind ourselves to the spiritual side. We bounce around blindly, letting the currents of life take us where they will. We only truly live a tiny portion of what we are meant to, and we learn nothing of real value. Our eternal spiritual selves have no chance to grow.

However, if we seek to live a solely spiritual existence and totally divorce ourselves from the world around us, we cut ourselves off from the reason we are here. If we do not experience we do not learn, and if we do not learn we do not grow.

I don’t see this physical life as being simply a test, one big temptation, which we should ignore and shun. Nor do I see it as a hedonistic playground in which we should indulge every whim. I see it as a school. Children are sent to school to learn information, but they are also sent to learn how to interact with others. They learn reading, writing and ‘rithmatic, but they also learn sharing, friendship, and life skills.

If a child spends all his time on the playground he may have fun at the time but it will result in ignorance in his adult life. However if he spends all of his time in the classroom, he may gain great knowledge but it will be of little comfort when he has no one to share it with.

There must be a balance. If more money would allow you to experience more of the beauty of life, if it would be a tool to help you grow and learn, then it is not a bad thing. But if the only reason for seeking it is to indulge the physical side, to wallow in things and ignore your spiritual existence, to lord your material gain over others and make them jealous, then it is a problem.

Find your balance. Understand that money is a means to an end, not an end itself. Money is little comfort to a cold soul.


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Reaping What You Sow

English: Her thoughts began to work in her mind

To what are you giving the majority of your thoughts? (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Where are you putting your energy and attention? What takes up the majority of your thoughts? Are they thoughts of gratitude, joy and excitement for your dreams in the process of coming true, or are they doubts and worries?

“As long as we allow things to seem real to us, we are putting our energy into it. We are nurturing it; we are feeding it; we are keeping it alive; we are putting our faith into that thing, whether we like it or not, and it must naturally grow, for the law of growth is ever working to produce whatever seed we plant.” – Raymond Holliwell

We are not granted power to create or destroy. However, we do reorder our reality through our thoughts, and that is sometimes called the “creative process.” Your mind is constantly in this creative mode, whether you realize it or not. You are already manifesting, it isn’t something you decide to start doing. The question isn’t whether or not you are manifesting, but what you are manifesting.

The answer is up to you. The decision is entirely in your hands. You can focus on need,lack, loneliness and want and simply bring more of those things into your experience. Or you can choose to focus on supply, plenty, abundance, love and happiness.

There is a certain point where this becomes a “leading a horse to water” situation. What needs to be done can be explained a thousand different ways, but only you can make yourself do it. Each person must find his own HOW of it. The methods that allow one person to shift his attention to the positive and keep it there may not work for another person. You must find your own path.

Find your way to redirect your focus off of what you don’t want and onto what you do want. Direct your energy and faith toward the positive and don’t feed the negative. Be sure you are sowing something you’ll be happy to reap.


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Go Be Happy!

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Happiness is the key to itself. (Photo credit: Rigor Mortisque)

There are hundreds and even thousands of books and websites out there telling you how you can have it all, how you can manifest your dreams and live the life you’ve always wanted. There are programs, systems and guides. They range from free to thousands of dollars. There are religious systems, secular systems, energy systems, mental systems and just about anything else you can imagine. But there is one thing they all have in common, and that is an emphasis on the importance of a positive state of mind. Or as the song says, don’t worry, be happy.

I come from the Christian tradition, so that is the mindset I approach things from and the “system” that I use, if you want to call it that. The same thing goes there, however.

“Let not your hearts be troubled.” (John 14:1)

“So don’t be afraid…” (Matthew 10:31)

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life…” (Matthew 6:25)

“Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?” (Matthew 6:27)

“Do not worry about tomorrow…” (Matthew 6:34)

“Delight yourself in the Lord…” (Psalm 37:4)

“Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” (John 14:27)

There are many, many other examples, but those make the point. To experience life to the fullest, we must maintain a positive mindset. Being grateful for the blessings in our lives, enjoying the life we are given, not worrying about tomorrow but just taking each day on its own; these are the secrets to happiness. And happiness is the key to itself. Happiness brings more happiness.

Go play fetch with the dog, or drive the cat nuts with a laser pointer. Go have an ice cream cone. Go fly a kite or skip stones. Go ride a roller coaster or jump out of a plane. Whatever makes you feel alive, whatever gives you joy, as long as it is no harm to others, get to it! This doesn’t mean that you should avoid your obligations and just bum around. Do the work you are given, but whistle while you do it. Enjoy it. Know that it means you are alive and that every moment is an opportunity. Go be happy!


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Don’t let your weather affect your climate

Sometimes when reading about things like the Law of Attraction we can get the impression that we bring about every single incident that happens in our lives because of our thoughts. While it is true that the general tone of our lives is determined by our own outlook and mindset, when particularly unfortunate or even terrible things happen, this can lead to unintended feelings of guilt. “Oh no, you mean I brought this on myself?” The truth is that sometimes the actions of others overlap into our lives. At those times faith and trust in something bigger than ourselves should be a source of comfort and hope, not a reason for guilt and pain.

Rain camera

You determine the climate of your life, but sometimes it’s gonna rain (Photo credit: @Doug88888)

Let me put it like this. When you are in school, you learn the difference between climate and weather. The climate of a region is the general trend of the environment measured over long periods. Weather is specific incidents of atmospheric activity that can differ greatly from the usual climate. In other words, climate is the big picture, while weather is the specific details.

Our thoughts and feelings determine the climate for our lives. They determine the overall, big picture view of what our lives are like. Just like how places with a reputation as being sunny and dry (Southern California, the desert, etc) can occasionally have incidents of terrific rainfall, even lives that are generally positive and happy can sometimes experience negative events and circumstances.

Then life rains on you, don’t lose hope. Don’t think you are doing something wrong. Don’t let the rain cause your mind to shift into a negative mode. The rain will end and the sun will come back out. Remember that, be thankful for the good things you have, and stay positive.

Does this mean that our minds are unable to affect our “weather”? Not at all. Prayer and proper thinking can bring about change in specific situations. Just remember that sometimes, it just rains.


My first Daily Keys Min-E-Book is now available! Gratitude: Parent Of All The Virtues is a concise look at gratitude, from how it has been viewed in the past to modern medical revelations of its benefits and how it can help you enjoy greater health, wealth and improved relationships.

It is available for only $.99! That’s less than a double-frappa-half-caf-mochachino, or even a gallon of gas most places. And it’ll take you a lot farther than either!

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