Thoughts For The Day ~ Re-Post

 

 

TH 1“Every day, tell at least one person something you like, admire, or appreciate about them.” ~ Richard Carlson

from The Desk of MarDrag:

Especially yourself. It seems these days we have gotten into the habit of focusing on the negative long before we acknowledge any positive. Specifically in people. Just look at social media sites. Well…let’s change that pattern. Like the quote says…every day, say something nice to someone, or acknowledging, or compassionate…just for the sake of saying it, not for any ulterior motive. And we should begin by saying those things to ourselves in the mirror as soon as we wake. What a difference that would make to the day for everyone.

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“If you had a friend who talked to you like you sometimes talk to yourself, would you continue to hang around with that person? “ ~ Rob Bremer

from The Desk of MarDrag:

I found this quote after finding the one above…and it fits in well here. Self-talk is something we go through each day with, barely aware of what it is or what we really say to ourselves. If we paid more attention, something tells me we would be shocked. AND, if we listened as if it were someone else speaking to us…would we allow them to go on? Would we even be around them anymore? Would we be indignant or hurt? Take note of your self-talk. And if it is anything less than perfect love and perfect trust…see the first quote above and carry on!

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“Love is a force more formidable than any other. It is invisible – it cannot be seen or measured, yet it is powerful enough to transform you in a moment, and offer you more joy than any material possession could.” ~ Barbara de Angelis

from The Desk of MarDrag:

Do absolutely everything in the name of Love. Send every thought, feel every emotion, say every word, take every action…with Love. That is All.

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Blessings!

Trust In The Self ~ Re-Post

 

“As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live.” ~ Goethe

“The greatest thing in the world is to know how to belong to oneself.” ~ Michel de Montaigne

“We have all a better guide in ourselves, if we would attend to it, than any other person can be.” ~ Jane Austin

“For it is in your power to retire into yourself whenever you choose.” ~ Marcus Aurelius

“Self-trust is the first secret of success.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Once we believe in ourselves we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight or any experience that reveals the human spirit.” ~ E.E. Cummings

“I mean to live my true life, and I embrace the means by which that will happen.” ~ MarDrag

“When I’m trusting and being myself… everything in my life reflects this by falling into place easily, often miraculously.” ~ Shakti Gawain

“Trust that little voice in your head that says “Wouldn’t it be interesting if..”; And then do it.” ~ Duane Michals

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from the Desk of MarDrag:

To trust oneself, especially amid the pressures, obligations and stresses of today’s world…is often difficult. Reading over the quotes above, it sounds so easy, simple really. Doesn’t it? So, why do we struggle so with self-doubt, questioning ourselves and the voice of wisdom that comes from within. There are so many voices, internal and external, telling us what to do, how to do it, how to think or feel, or judging us for how we think and feel. It all gets so muddled, and our true self gets lost in the middle of it somewhere.

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When we are faced with these daily challenges, the first thing we tend to do is doubt or question ourselves and our abilities, actions or understandings. Sometimes, it seems the difficulties win out, and we succumb to the overbearing negative voice that can boom so loudly telling us we should not trust ourselves to “get it right”.

I love Jane Austin’s quote above that says we have an inner guide that is far better for us than any other person, place or thing that we may seek to guide us. In other words, looking within for guidance is the best choice. We have an innate wisdom, an inner wise voice that speaks to us all the time, if we but listen and “attend” to it. If we can take a moment to be quiet, and let that voice surface above all the other static…and give it attention…we can meet our inner guide and get to know them, become friends with that part of ourselves, take them with us as a companion throughout our day, trusting that they will always guide us in the right direction because we know they have our best interests in their heart. They/we want the best for us.

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The greatest gift we can give ourselves is self-trust. To give ourselves the benefit of the doubt and let go of the fear of error. We will make mistakes and wrong choices, but we will succeed if we learn from them, and therefore, build more self-trust. Believe in the value of your thread in the great tapestry, and the reason it is there. There is a reason (I believe) for everything happening in the way that it does, believe in the benefit of the Divine plan. If you believe in that, then you believe in yourself, because we are all an important and critical thread in the Divine tapestry.

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If things are not going “as planned”, look within for your inner guide and let them come forward to show you the way and trust yourself that you will bring yourself through it and triumph. How often in life do we say, Oh, years ago I went through a tough time, but I came out of it a stronger person. Reach out to the inner guide that brought you through it, they will be there again. When we believe in ourselves, when we trust ourselves…no matter what any circumstances around us look like…we can’t help but do the right thing, and then, everything falls into place naturally. Trust that!

Blessings!

Monday Message ~ Flow of The True Self

 

Good Monday Morning! I hope you all had a lovely weekend. I am up early, seeking our message to begin our week and take with us through it with wisdom. The Runes are speaking this morning, so I pulled “The Book of Runes” by Ralph Blum close, and the Rune that fell into my palm was:

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Laguz: Flow, Water, That Which Conducts

Message (paraphrased): Unseen powers are active here, creative and fertile powers of Nature. The attributes of this Rune are water, fluidity, the ebb and flow of tides and emotions, of careers and relationships. Laguz fulfills our need to immerse ourselves in the experience of living without having to evaluate or understand. It speaks to the desire for comfort and the satisfaction of emotional needs, to the lunar side of our nature. For, while the sun strives for differentiation, the moon draws us toward unity and merging.

This Rune often signals a time for cleansing: for revaluing, reorganizing, realigning. A Rune of deep knowing, Laguz may call you to study spiritual matters in readiness for self-transformation. Success now lies in contacting your intuitive knowing, in attuning to your own rhythms. A Rune of the Self relating rightly to the Self, Laguz signifies what alchemists called the conjunctio, or sacred marriage. In fairy tales, it is the end where the hero and heroine live happily ever after”.

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from The Desk of MarDrag:

I have written a great deal lately about the importance of living our True Life and being our True Self. Now, it is more important than ever, as we see the turbulence in the world ramp up and become disheartening and frightening. Laguz, the Rune of deep knowing, calls on us to do that very thing…to reach deeply into our Spiritual Self and align with our intuition, which leads to our True Self. Now is the time to lay aside the lies we tell ourselves, the pain of the past, and the self-incriminating ideas that we are not enough. Our True Self is always enough because that is where our True Nature lies. And, whenever we live in our truth, positive energy thrives.

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Laguz once again reminds us that unseen powers are at work. Those forces around us that we cannot see, but are present and moving and creating around us. Some of that creation looks hazardous…but we cannot succumb, we must dig deep and find that Spiritual Warrior and make ready for self-transformation…which will aid the world in its transformation. If each of us do this, the Light we create will link, and balance will be restored. Just by being our True Self, and living by our own True Nature, we help the balance of the tides that are ebbing.

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Some of this we can understand…but there are many things we do not or cannot understand at the moment, but that should not stop us from moving forward and doing what we know we need to do. Often…the understanding comes after we have been brave enough to keep moving, even when we are not sure where we are going.

Right now, we may not be sure of “where”…but we can be sure of “how”…by accessing our intuition, tapping into our own individual rhythm, and aligning with our True Self. And going with the Flow that comes from living our True Life.

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We must Flow with the tides, not against them, as we align and link. This is important…if we are to have our fairy tale happy ending. Which…I believe…is still possible.

Blessings!

Weekend Inspiration ~ Flit of Fantasy

 

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As children, we live in fantastic worlds of our imagination. Everything real has a film of fantasy and wonder laid over it, so that everything we experience is new, fresh, and magical. As we grow up, we are told and taught not to live in those fantasy worlds and to adapt to the reality of life, and the harshness of it. As adults, we forget to play in our imaginations and to take a break from that harsh real world. But…we should not forget that there are other worlds, other places to visit, other “realities” to enjoy. And…it is by way of these imaginations that great and healing things come to manifest in this real world.

So, do not forget to carve out a time for Fantasy…to daydream…to inhabit those peripheral worlds that are full of Magic and Wonder…to create fantastic dreams and make believe. For, it is in those places that we find the strength to carry on, rejuvenate, and where our tortured souls break free. And, it is also in those places…if we bring that energy back to the real world…will nurture and heal us and this damaged place we live.

Today…let it be ok to spend it in your Fantasy world. Spend it in the joy of creating and imagining…and give yourself that time to wander down the pathways of another land. Be refreshed…and giggle! Blessings!

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Thoughts For The Day

 

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“For every negative experience that enters our lives, there is an equally positive experience that has or will enter our lives.” ~ MarDrag

“Try to remember this: to live, you need every experience. Some will come in glory and in beauty, and some in pain and what seems like ugliness. Life consists of opposites in balance.” ~ Marion Zimmer Bradley

“If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself but to your own estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment.” ~ Marcus Aurelius

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from The Desk of MarDrag:

When searching for quotes for today, these appeared together and made a pattern I could not ignore. So I am posting them together, as they follow each other so perfectly.

Experiences…and Balance. It is what Life is made of. But, when we are going through difficult experiences, it is often hard to remember that they are just temporary and that we have equally positive experiences that happen as well. It is called the Law of Polarity, and if we can put this law into practice, it creates a greater Balance in our lives. For it is true that, for every negative experience, there is the exact opposite positive experience that has either already manifested, or is going to come to be. So, we can know that we are never stuck by our experiences…and this helps us to manage through the difficult times. And promotes a Balance that makes our lives easier to enjoy through the good times and deal with the bad times.

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So too, the last quote fits here because…those very negative experiences that cause us pain impact us by the energy and attention we give them. If we see it as a crisis, then so it is. If we see it as a mere problem to solve, then so it is, and we can get back to Balance more swiftly. As the quote indicates…it is within our own Power of Reaction to decide whether a problem is insurmountable or the level of impact it will have on us. There is no problem without a solution. It is within our Decision and Reaction that it is determined how long or with what difficulty the solution comes.

We are Deciders. Once our Decision is made, life experiences can be managed and balanced with ease. So we must Decide how we choose to look at and react to Life Experiences. And know there is Balance, even when we do not see it.

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Blessings!

A True Life ~ Re-Post

 

“Let go of expectations and live the life you were destined for. Peace comes only when we are true to our soul’s nature.” ~ Unknown Author

“Do not forget that you are who you decided to be.” ~ Stephanie Cook

“The universe is a stage on which your mind dances with your body, guided by your heart.” ~ Yogi Bhajan

“The state of your life is nothing more than a reflection of your state of mind.” ~ Wayne Dyer

“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” ~ Albert Einstein

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from The Desk of MarDrag:

It is a deep question to ask of ourselves….if we are living our True Life. And more importantly, when we ask that question, we must be completely honest with our answer within our hearts and souls. It does not mean we have to do anything with that answer immediately…just that we allow ourselves to consider the idea.

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I said in previous posts how important I believe it is becoming to strive to be our authentic selves. To add that positive energy to the world to help balance all the lies and negative energy that abounds. Thoughts, words and actions have Power, so by living our true lives and fulfilling our true purpose, no matter what it is, we contribute to that balance. And the world is terribly out of balance and in trouble right now. Consider that, by changing your life, you change the world too.

Contemplate and ponder the totality and accumulation of your life experiences, for they have led you to this moment. What happens to us is part of our destiny and imperative to our understanding that they lead us to where we are meant to be. Without that, we have no direction. We would meander through life not knowing where we are going or why we are not getting there….or even that there is a There.

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We all have a “greater story” than the life story we are living at this moment…unless you are already living your true purpose. Even then, the path grows further. But…with all the difficulties we endure, all the stress we bear, all the negative we tolerate…and even the good things that are a part of our life…..we still have a greater story being woven into that Great Tapestry. And there is a magnificent glow that awaits us when we choose to take up our Torch of Destiny.

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Let go. Don’t resist. Let life come to you. Don’t force life, or a door to open. Stand before it and ask if it is the right door. If it is….it will open for you. If it is not, another door nearby will hear you and open to show you the way. Maybe not your way, but the way that is best for you. Sometimes, “my way” is not what is meant to be, but the way that comes turns out to be the “Best” way.

Is there something that has been on your mind that you have always wanted to do, but never did because “life” got in the way? Is there something you started but never finished? Is there a flame of thought that you think might serve people but never fanned it because you think it/ you are not good enough? Is there something you have always “known” about yourself, but never took the time to explore and cultivate it? What was it as a child that you yearned to grow up and be? What did you think your life passion was then, and now? What is that one thing that you are sure you are so good at, but don’t choose to do?

These are a few questions to help you ponder…this is the stuff of epiphanies and realizations…..and they can lead us to where we are meant to go. To that True Life we are meant to live. And, to the self-happiness and the betterment of the world should we choose to go….There.

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Blessings!

Monday Message ~ Flexibility

 

Good morning…to the start of another week. For our Monday Message that takes us through the week, the Angel Cards by Kathy Taylor reached out to me today and an interesting one comes to my hand:

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Angel Card: Flexibility

from The Desk of MarDrag:

I find this an interesting card to pull this morning, mostly because it is a message that is not always apparent. When dealing with life’s ups and downs, we may often forget about Flexibility as an option. We have our visions, and the pictures in our minds about what we want and how we want it. And we may forget to be Flexible in our thinking, so that if something does not turn out as we imagined, we can still see the benefits of the result.

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I love words, so let’s look at the standard definition of Flexibility:
(from the Oxford American and Merriam Webster Dictionaries)

a: the quality of bending easily without breaking; the ability to be easily modified; willingness to change or compromise.
b: easily changed : able to change or to do different things; willing to change or to try different things
c: Capable of being bent or flexed; pliable; Capable of being bent repeatedly without injury or damage

So the message here today is…Be Flexible, and open to new ideas and ways of doing things and the possibilities of results. There are always more options and variables than the ones we are looking at in the moment. Be willing to try different things to reach our goal. And, while keeping our original vision clear, be open to something better or different to happen.

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And, if something we are doing is not working…be Flexible enough to step out of the box and do something we would not normally do to achieve our purpose. Life requires that we grow. If we stay in the same place for too long, and especially if things are not working for us in that place, than we need to be Flexible and try something new. Or be Flexible in our thoughts and ideas.

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It is the great Tree of Life that bends and sways when a mighty wind comes…and its branches may touch and scrape the ground at times…but when the winds change, it flows back to its original state of upright beauty and continues to grow.

Remember…we are built to bend, sway, change, and grow…but never to break. For we are Spiritual Warriors, mighty and strong, and we have the power within us to be Flexible.

Blessings!

Weekend Inspiration~ Love Life

 

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The message for our weekend is simple. Love Life. I know…Life is hard these days. We are dealing with so many variables and difficulties and aspects we did not anticipate. But…this is Our Life. Troubles, warts and all…this is the only Life we get (maybe!) and we are meant to enjoy it, to savor each moment, and to pour something wonderful and magical into each day. So, no matter what is raging around us…still shine our Light, Live with Love, and Love our Life.

Today…Live that Life with Love and Blessings. Make your day…and someone else’s. Live. Love. Shine!

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