Inspiration

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Inspiration category graphicThe word inspiration means to take in oxygen, consequently to take in life. So when we are inspired by something or someone, we are receiving life.

What an interesting concept! Inspirational speakers and authors consequently are giving us life. And of course in return, since we may be their inspiration to write and/or give lectures, we also give them life.

Sharing Inspiration with Others

When I hear or read something that inspires me, I want to share it with others... either directly, or through the change in my behavior and attitudes. The ispiration that I receive from others then flows from me, just as the breaths I have taken. Just as air is recycled (breath in, breath out), so is inspiration.

Articles That Bring Inspiration and Light

The articles in this section bring inspiration in one form or another. They cover various topics: ending conflict, fear and judgment, the changes within and without, and so much more.

When we are struggling with challenges in life, inspiration from various sources is what can help us come out of the darkness of depression and struggle and take a deep breath, and "see the light". We can find inspiration in every aspect of our lives. We simply need to stay open to the messages in every situation and every encounter.

Deep Abiding Truth: Everything I Call "Mine" is Fleeting

Deep Abiding Truth: Anything We Call "Mine" is Fleeting

by Sarah Varcas. This truth is of an order beyond all that appears so solid and real in our world. It throws everything into sharp relief as it reflects back to us the fleeting nature of anything which we dare to call ‘mine’. For there is no possession, no ownership, in this place of truth...

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The Raging War Within: Lower Self vs. Higher Self

The Raging War Within: Lower Self vs. Higher Self

by Michael Jones. The battle between the Lower Self and the Higher Self is an internal battle, fought every day in the minds and hearts of all men and women. The challenges that these internal battles create in our lives exist regardless of our beliefs, religion, culture, or race...

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Self-Realization: A Total and Absolute Level of Fearlessness & Integrity

Self-Realization: A Total and Absolute Level of Fearlessness & Integrity

by Rashmi Khilnani. I observe that most of humanity is feeling a vast amount of fear, stress, and worry in this ending of the Kali Yuga, which involves tremendous change. You cannot cross the bridge of fire and water and endure the storms of accelerated transformation without inculcating deep fearlessness...

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Be True To Yourself and You Will Never Fall

Be True To Yourself and You Will Never Fall

by Chris Grosso. This isn’t a new spirituality, but rather all spirituality. It is not exclusive to any person, sect, religion, race, sexual identity, or creed. It simply is. It is right here, right now, and it’s all good, even when it’s not. The importance of being able to “detach from our ideas of how we think it should be and continue to return to the center”...

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To Hope and To Wait: Preparing Ourselves for New Possibilities

To Hope and To Wait: Preparing Ourselves for New Possibilities

by Karen Hering. The verb hope means “to want something to happen,” while the noun hope refers to “a feeling of expectation and desire” and, in its oldest sense, trust. When we really expect that something we’ve hoped for will come to pass, it’s enough to lighten both our hearts and our steps...

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The Ten Commitments: A Path to Making the World a Better Place

The Ten Commitments: A Path to Making the World a Better Place

by Lester R. Sauvage, M.D. We can all make the world a better place for everyone by developing our own unique talents to the fullest, becoming the best people we can be, and sharing ourselves – and what we have to offer – with other people, out of love...

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Finding Sanctuary & Transcending the Trials of Transformation

Finding Sanctuary & Transcending the Trials of Transformation

by Rasha. No sooner had I made the decision to spend several months in the mountains of northern New Mexico, than my inner knowingness guided me to the timeless, secluded village of Chimayo. Little did I suspect that this idyllic setting would host a gut-wrenching transformation that was slated to take place within me...

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Opening Your Throat Chakra: Standing in the Truth of Your Being

Opening Your Throat Chakra: Standing in the Truth of Your Beingby Ajayan Borys. Clearing and opening the throat chakra releases issues relating to an inability to find and speak one’s truth; this results in authentic and eloquent self-expression. You naturally stand in your highest Self, and your speech expresses the coherence of your whole being. It has the...

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Absolute Trust in Self vs. Distractions on the Spiritual Journey

Absolute Trust in Self vs. Distractions on the Spiritual Journeyby Geoffrey Hoppe, Linda Hoppe, and Adamus Saint-Germain. Imagine for a moment what it's like to have absolute uncondi­tional trust in yourself. That includes trusting your body. Yes, even if it gets sick or if it has pain, can you trust it? No matter what happens...

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Monitoring Those Voices in Your Head... And Making Choices

Monitoring Those Voices in Your Head... And Making Choicesby Karen Casey. I house two voices in my mind. Of course you have them, too. Our access to either voice is always just a decision away. My introduction to the existence of these two voices, the one that is soft and kind and loving and helpful and the one that is abusive and controlling and angry...

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How to Experience Spiritual Renewal in Your Day to Day Life

How to Experience Spiritual Renewal in Our Day to Day Lifeby Renée Peterson Trudeau. True seekers, my parents were constantly questioning how and where they could feel closer to God. As dysfunctional as my family was, my parents understood that spiritual nourishment was as essential to their individual and family’s well-being and health as good nutrition and exercise. In fact, sometimes their focus...

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Selfing & Unselfing: The Dance between Awareness and Unawareness

Selfing & Unselfing: The Dance between Awareness and Unawarenessby Anam Thubten. Selfing, is a very accurate description of how we are creating and maintaining the shell-like falsehood of who we are. If we look into a mirror, what do we say? “Oh, I don’t like my hair.” This is selfing. Then we talk to someone: “Oh, I don’t like this person.” We are engaging in this mental compulsion, this constant selfing.

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Illuminating the Illusions: Practicing Attention & Intention

Illuminating the Illusions: Practicing Attention & Intentionby Roy Holman. While it is important to accept and learn from our pain and suffering, what can we do to stop creating so darned much of it!? Webster’s defines illuminate as “to give light to; to light up; to make clear.” The very next entry down the page, we find the word illusion...

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What Is Your Spiritual Purpose? A Secret Truly Worth Discovering

What Is Your Spiritual Purpose? A Secret Truly Worth Discovering by Dr. Lisa Loveby Dr. Lisa Love. If there is one secret truly worth discovering, it is not the secret of the law of attraction. It is the secret of Spirit. True, the law of attraction can bring you whatever you want in life, but it won't necessarily bring you what is good for you. Only Spirit understands what you really need and why you are here.

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Turning Venom into Diamonds: How to Move from Vengeance to Empathy

How to Turn Venom into Diamonds by Mark Nepoby Mark Nepo. It is one of the most difficult passages: not to turn away from injustice and not to be dehumanized by the righteousness that injustice invokes. The question becomes: is it justice or healing that we need? The myth that the angel of justice needs to be blind and cold of heart in order to do her work...

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Enlightenment: Opening Your Heart to Others

Enlightenment: Opening Your Heart to Others

by Khenchen Palden Sherab & Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal Rinpoche. It is important to realize that enlightenment is totally dependent upon your own effort. It is not something that a teacher can give you or that you can find outside yourself. Your mind has an enlightened nature which can...

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Practicing the Good Heart: Choosing Between Resentment and Fear or Love and Compassion

Practicing the Good Heart: Choosing Between Resentment and Fear or Love and Compassionby Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo. "I really learned compassion. Before, compassion was a word debated in philosophical schools. But when you’re faced with someone who only wants to harm you, then there is this question of whether you fall into resentment and fear, or...”

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What Is a Miracle? The Future and Our Potential

What Is a Miracle? The Future and Our Potentialby Neale Donald Walsch. We carry with us into our future an extraordinary and enormous potential. We have all the equipment that we need to face our breathtaking tomorrows. We have the technology, and the ingenuity to create even greater...

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Learning to Read the Signs

Learning to Read the Signs, article by Pamela Jo McQuade

by Pamela Jo McQuade. There are signs everywhere to point you in the right direction, guiding you as to whether you are to go or stay put. There are also many that give you the encouragement you may need to keep moving forward. Think of a time that you had a bad gut feeling and...

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Acts of God: Good or Bad?

rainbow graphic for article: Acts of God - Good or Bad? by Alan Cohenby Alan Cohen.

If you read the small print on contracts, no one is liable for "Acts of God" -- disasters beyond human control, like storms, floods, lightning, and (some would argue) protracted visits from uninvited relatives. I find it fascinating that in such contracts God takes the rap for everything that goes wrong, and rarely receives credit for the...

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Preparing for the Coming Changed Times

Cassendre Xavier, author of this articleby Cassendre Xavier.

In the times we are now living, there are many cataclysmic changes in the earth and our atmosphere. There is a general consensus that the world is deeply troubled, and among some select “believers” that the end is near. Being calm, loving, peaceful, and positive can help us and even reverse some of the...

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Defining the Personal Sacred Text

Create Your Personal Sacred Text by Bobbi Parish.

If there were no limitations, such as time or money, where would you choose to travel? While our chosen destinations and itineraries may be as variable as our personalities, I think there would be some fairly common themes in what we want to achieve on our dream vacation. I believe we would all seek to be revitalized and renewed...

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Signs When You Need Them

Alan CohenWhile driving home one day, I noticed that someone had posted some cardboard signs along the roadside, leading guests to a party on my street. At every important choice point, there was a sign. It occurred to me that this is how Spirit gives us guidance -- we get signs when we need them...

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Cultivating Wise Elders

Cultivating Wise Elders by John Welshonsby John Welshons. Once when I was at a lecture, a woman approached me during the break and said, "One of our problems is we don't cultivate wise elders in this culture.  People are surrounded all their lives by the belief that old age is a time of misery, defeat, irrelevance and meaninglessness..."

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Light and Darkness: Two Separate Forces or One?

Light and Darkness: Two Separate Forces or One?

by Gregg Braden. Without a doubt, we do live in a world of opposites. In theology, these opposites take on names and appearances that translate into the forces of light and dark, good and evil. While I'm not denying their existence, I am describing how it's possible to change what they mean in our lives and redefine...

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Holidays and Forgiveness

Holidays and Forgivenessby Neale Donald Walsch. Holidays and holy days are always difficult times if things aren't going well.  Yet, these can be times of healing. For the heart can be opened more easily at any time that a people's traditions...

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Can Natural Disasters Be Avoided

Can Natural Disasters Be Avoidedby John Payne. The time has come for you to realize that you are always in safety. The reason why you fear such things is that you do not yet believe that you are the creator of your own experience. As we have said many, many times before, that which you turn your attention to is that which you draw unto yourself...

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God's Will Is Love

Karen Anne Bentley

by Karen Anne Bentley.

We may think that doing God's Will is contrary to our individual will. We might think He wants us to do something that we don't really want to do or wouldn't like doing. Maybe He wills us to change everything in our life as we know it and become selfless like a Mother Teresa. Or even worse, we could be afraid of God's Will.

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Desire to Change

Carolyn E. Cobelo

by Carolyn E. Cobelo, MSW.

Change is ongoing. So, you are finding yourselves energized, mobilized to move beyond the present motion in your lives, beyond the present attachments, beyond the present alienations. The alienation, aloneness, frustrations, resentments, angers, doubts, and fears -- all of this you can leave behind in one swoop...

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Creating a Universe

by David Simon, M.D. "The world is moving too fast," lamented the successful middle-aged stock broker. He was having trouble sleeping and getting a migraine headache almost daily. From the Ayurvedic point-of-view this poor man's life was being ruled by movement without rhythm. He needed to remember what he was really made of and return to his true nature.

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The Great Fixer

Martin Lowenthal, Ph.D.

In the Kabbalah of the Jewish tradition, the soul is not something that needs curing from some affliction so much as needing to be repaired, tikkun. It is said that if one person truly knew how to fix the soul by celebrating the Divine Presence in life, then that person would repair the whole world. This version is an adaptation of a story told by Rabbi Shlomo Carlbach and included in the book Shlomo's Stories.

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Am I Being Inspired?

Dan Joseph

by Dan Joseph.

Many times we'll feel that we have 'received' something -- a prompting, a nudge, an idea. However, we're not sure if it's inspired by God's wisdom, or if it's coming from our own personal thoughts. How do we tell the difference? From the discussions I've had with people, there seem to be a vast number of discernment techniques. Some people, for example, feel a "happy glow" around one choice, and...

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An Allegory: The Lessons of Life and Love

A story about the "Shining One" who explains the reason behind human cruelties and struggle: I leaned from the low-hung crescent moon and grasping the west pointing horn of it, looked down. Against the other horn reclined, motionless, a Shining One and looked at me, but I was unafraid. Below me the hills and valleys were thick with humans, and the moon swung low that I might see what they did.

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The Counselor Within

higher self within"I am here for you. Remember, I love you always." Jackie awoke from her dream with a start. However, she could only manage to recall the last few sentences of his long message to her, but how powerful that voice felt! She wrote down as much as she could recall...

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Evolve Yourself

Rich Rahn A lot of what we've been taught by well-meaning parents, teachers, and clergy, is not conducive to self-realization. We've been taught how to fit in, get by and do what we're told. That's fine for children. But there comes a time in everyone's life when you have to start thinking for yourself.

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Four Steps to Spiritual Growth

For spiritual growth to take place in your life, you must change. You must let go of some areas in your life and personality -- especially the areas that are not working well or are out of balance -- and allow them to heal. This process of change and transformation is not always easy and often takes courage -- but the rewards are more than worth the effort.

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God Is In The City

Many people have this fear of the city. It's understandable. Each night, on the evening news, the major emphasis seems to be on the latest stabbings, shootings, rapes, and suicides. The good news is often not heard. But fear of personal danger isn't the only problem people have with the city, and out-of-towners are not the only ones guilty of misconceptions.

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Is Your God Real and Useful

Deepak ChopraGod has managed the amazing feat of being worshiped and invisible at the same time. Millions of people would describe him as a white-bearded father figure sitting on a throne in the sky, but none could claim to be an eyewitness...

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Love Thy Neighbor as Thyself

Sylvia Browneby Sylvia Browne. The hardest thing that we ever have to learn, even though Jesus said it 2,000 years ago, is to love your neighbor as yourself. Most of us don't have a problem loving other people; the problem we have is loving ourselves. We equate that with selfishness.

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Thoughts From The I AM

The instant we release self-judgment we are incapable of judging anyone else. We can only judge ourselves if we have not accepted ourselves unconditionally. The cause of judgment is lack of self-love and to surrender judgment, you must release fear. Every experience is an equally valid expression of life and as such we cannot judge it. True, justice is the allowance of all that is.

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You Are The Living Christ

Scriptures common to Christian, Muslim, and Jew specify that both the male and female are created in the image of God (Gen. 1:27). We have not really absorbed that truth until we become able to name the Holy One in ways that can also appropriately name ourselves: God-She, Mother, Great Woman, as well as God-He, Father, and Lord.

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