A Jedi’s strength flows from the Force. – Master Yoda
from the force
It all proceeds from ‘The Force’. The Force is the center and origin of all creation. We come from it, as do the starry realms, our personality, insight, our attributes, you name it, it all comes from it. What does this mean to us today, now?
If we proceed from the Source itself, then we are connected to an unassailable power. A source that strengthens, guides, and lights us. There must be a plan. There must be a purpose. There must be a better way of doing just about anything. Our quest is to discover our purpose, the larger purpose, the better way of doing things, of making everything and everyone (including us) around us, better….
Daily Affirmation: Today I seek my purpose.
Recommendation: Getting in the Gap: Making Conscious Contact with God Through Meditation by Wayne W. Dyer
Even when the air currents are ascending, no bird can soar except by outstretched wings. – The Urantia Papers
connect to the currents
Physical and spiritual currents are astir within the Universe. By discovering these currents we can be carried by them. The connection is made via intention and effort. We must ask questions and universal intelligence responds by answering through a variety of channels. Listening comes next, as we listen and act, the connection becomes stronger and we rise higher…
We are like birds, we must learn to fly first and then hop on to these universal currents. As we gain new experiences and skills the Universe provides just the right grist for ongoing development. Intelligent effort is required, there are no free rides.
Daily Affirmation: Today I ascend via intelligent effort.
Recommendation: The Urantia Papers
This lifetime will never come again; it is precious and irreplaceable. – Daisaku Ikeda
This lifetime is all we have. All we have is now. How can we best live, today?
We make our life precious. It’s what we think, what we assume, what we intend, what we envision and what we do that matters. What we keep thinking and doing determines our life’s outcome. We choose our thoughts, we choose the life we live. What will we choose today?
Daily Affirmation: Today I AM responsible for my own life.
Recommendation: True Purpose by Tim Kelley
3.31 Those who ever follow my doctrine and who have faith, and have a good will, find through pure work their freedom. – The Bhagavad Gita (Chapter 3)
There’s a better way to do almost anything in life. That better way can be found in divining God’s will for us. The methodology is imperfect but as long as we desire to, God’s way finds its expression in us.
freedom through work
Pure work is selfless work, done largely for the benefit of others. It is also work where the ‘doer’ leaves the outcome of his work to providence. Through such pure work is freedom to be found.
Daily Affirmation: Today I work for God.
Recommendation: The Bhagavad Gita (Penguin Classics) by Juan Mascaro
You must have control of the authorship of your own destiny. The pen that writes your life story must be held in your own hand. – Irene Kassorla
We can’t allow fashion or popular culture to influence us unduly. We should take what works for us and reject that which we think will impress others. How can we be aware of that which we borrow for effect?
originality = destiny
How can we create our destiny without originality? I posit that it becomes easier and effortless if we’re original and truly dancing to the music inside us. The more we look to others or compare our lot with everyone around us, even Tom, Dick and Harry, the more effort is required to become ‘successful’.
Daily Affirmation: Today I author myself.
Recommendation: Be Yourself, Everyone Else is Already Taken…
by Mike Robbins
Mercy is denied to the successful, for they are incapable of knowing the very beauty of life which is love. – J Krishnamurti
what does this mean!?
At first this quote is perplexing, it was to me, then as I reread the paragraph from Krishnamurti’s writings, reproduced further below, here’s my take…
Krishnamurti talks about the encumbrances that come from ‘success’ and its trappings. We want to be successful and that according to him ‘prevents humility’. Unless we can be free of such artificial constructs that weigh us down, our mind cannot experience life as it is. When free of such thought patterns we can experience life as it is, in the current moment. We can then also experience true love (and beauty) which is only present in the here and now. This is the essential Krishnamurti teaching as I understand it…
rest of the quote
Any achievement, whether of the individual or of the collective, becomes a means to power. Success in this world, and the power that self-control and self-denial bring, are to be avoided; for both distort understanding. It is the desire for success that prevents humility; and without humility how can there be understanding? The man of success is hardened, self-enclosed; he is burdened with his own importance, with his responsibilities, achievements and memories. There must be freedom from self-assumed responsibilities and from the burden of achievement; for that which is weighed down cannot be swift, and to understand requires a swift and pliable mind…Mercy is denied to the successful, for they are incapable of knowing the very beauty of life which is love.- Commentaries on Living Series I Chapter 33, Power
Daily Affirmation: Today I just AM and therefore successful.
Recommendation: The awakening of Intelligence by Jiddu Krishnamurti
All things are filled of signs, and it is a wise man who can learn about one thing from another. – Plotinus. – Plotinus
there if we notice
If we believe that life isn’t random and that there might be a design as well as a designer then life and things have meaning. Meanings that we must discover, patterns that we must uncover, and connections that hide undercover.
But assuming that there is pre-existing meaning might be a mistake. Here’s why: It could be quite possible that God (the designer) is delighted when we give things and events our own meaning, brand new meaning, something not put together ever before!! In other words creation rejoices when we create. What do you think?
Daily Affirmation: Today I AM watchful for signs.
Recommendation: The Power of Small by Linda Kaplan Thaler