16 August 2016
Words are plentiful,
but deeds are precious.
is desolate as long as there is a human being
for whom it
can feel trust and reverence.
value has compassion that does not
take its object in its arms?
win half the battle when we
make up our minds to take the world
as we find it, including the thorns.
Joseph Marshall III
Our people were still living free on the
prairies. But there was turmoil because of
the growing presence of the newcomers.
Many of our people had given in to the authority
of the newcomers. One band, however, was
still wild and free and living in the region
east of the Shining Mountains; the Big Horn
During those times of difficulty, one man rose
among the people and became a good leader.
He was a courageous warrior on the battlefield,
and in his village he counseled with his elders
and made good decisions on behalf of the
people. So, of course, the people came to
him because they trusted his judgment, and over
the years his village grew.
One day a young man came to the village of this
wise leader. The young man's village had
been attacked by the newcomers, and many had
been killed or captured. All the young man
had were the clothes he wore, his weapons, and
his horse. He asked the wise leader if he
could join him.
The wise leader looked at the destitute young
man and said, "We are happy to have you
live among us. But first you must do one
"Yes," replied the young man.
"Tell me what to do."
the poorest family in the village," the wise leader
instructed. "Give your horse to them."
The young man was devastated. He had already lost
his friends and relatives, and now he was being asked to
give away his most prized possession.
"Uncle," said the young man, "I
cannot. Except for the clothes I wear and the
weapons I carry, my horse is all I have." Sad
and confused, the young man went away.
"Why did you ask that young man to give away his
horse?" asked one of the men in the village council.
"Because I wanted him to learn that he could have
become part of something larger than his own
troubles," replied the wise leader. "We
have many horses in our village and I would have given him
one from my own herd. But first I wanted to see if
he could surrender some of his pain, and make the
sacrifice I asked of him. In these times we all must
make sacrifices for the good of everyone. Perhaps,
after he has thought of it awhile, he will return."
"So," said Jeremy, "that young man's
weakness was selfishness."
"Yes," replied Old Hawk. "And if he
could have overcome it, he would have received much more
than the value of the horse. Not only would he have
been given another horse, but the entire village would
have embraced him."
"So how do we overcome our weaknesses?" Jeremy
asked. "They're as much a part of us as our
"Sometimes we cannot," said Old Hawk.
"Remember, to our people, balance is essential and it
should be important to everyone. It is a reality in
the natural world. Night and day, life and death,
hot and cold, wet and dry, up and down, male and female,
and left and right, for example.
"Weaknesses and strengths are necessary for
balance. No one or no thing is only weak or only
strong. But some of us overlook our weaknesses, and
even deny that we have them. That can be dangerous,
because denying there is a weakness is in itself a
weakness. Likewise, accepting that we have
weaknesses becomes a strength. And by the same
token, overestimating strength is a weakness. You
should not be blinded by your strengths. The feeling
of strength is not the same as having strength.
"Neither should you ignore your weaknesses.
Know them well, too.
"When all is said and done, accept who you are in the
moment you are living. In the end, wisdom is born of
weakness as well as strength."
best-selling Native American writer Joseph M.
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Experiencing Your Choices
Bruce L. Doyle III
When I was young and things got difficult at
home--usually between my mother and me--I would run
off to my grandmother's house. It wasn't much of
an investment in courage because it was only two
blocks away. It did, however, provide me with
immediate refuge from whatever situation I was
escaping. Mom-Mom, as I called my grandmother,
was careful never to take sides and always had
chocolate-chip cookies in the owl-shaped cookie jar on
the kitchen stove. She also let me sit in her
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Mom-Mom always had a lot of food in the house, and it
was readily available. She always said,
"You can take as much as you want, but you must
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wasting anything, especially food. That rule
seemed fine with me and helped me remain guilt free as
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One evening at dinner, I put much more food on my
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plate was clean. It took several hours, and I
was very ill. It was an experience I will never
forget. That was the last time I made a pig of
myself at Mom-Mom's house.
Little did I realize that that incident was a prime
example of how we live our lives. It was about
making choices we have to live with.
The real choices we make in life are the thoughts that
we think and the beliefs that we hold as truth.
Our thoughts and beliefs exist as minute waves of
energy that operate in the universe to create the
situations, circumstances, and relationships we
experience as our life. And the universe is just
like Mom-Mom--it gives you no slack. If you put
thought energy into the universe, you must experience
it. "As ye sow, so shall ye reap,"
says the Bible. And, as you know, at times it
can be very uncomfortable experiencing your own
The good news is that once you recognize that you are
the source of your own experiences, you gain control
over your life. Being the source, or cause,
means that you can change situations that are giving
you difficulty rather than blaming someone else or
some other power.
It's a very simple concept once you understand
it. But it is startling news for many, because
it clearly says that we are all responsible for our
own life situations. At first, many of us are
not ready for such responsibility. When I was
first introduced to the concept that "beliefs
determine experience," I certainly didn't believe
that I was responsible for all the seeming disasters
that happened in my life. But there is nothing
like good old experience to get one knowing the truth.
Most of us can see the results of the conscious
choices that we make in our lives and, with a little
contemplation, can recognize the link between our
choices and the resulting experience. What's
unknown to most of us is that every moment of our
lives, we are also making choices from beliefs that we
are not consciously aware of. These subconscious
beliefs, in many cases, adversely impact what we are
Here, as a reminder, is the simple technique that will
help you shed some light on the subconscious beliefs
that may be getting in your way. Ask yourself,
"What would I have to believe to have that
experience?" Continue asking and answering
this question for yourself until you reach an answer
that feels like an "aha." When you
have a sudden realization--it will probably have
emotion associated with it--you've reached the
deep-seated, root-cause belief that is generating your
undesirable experience. As you take
responsibility for both your subconscious and
conscious choices, you'll feel more confident and
motivated to ferret out your limiting beliefs.
You deserve to experience all of your desires.
Continue removing those restrictive limits, and let
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years from now you will be more disappointed by the things
do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the
away from the
safe harbor. Catch the trade wind
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Explore. Dream. Discover.
Gift of Change
Life as we knew it is passing away, and something new
is emerging to take its place.
All of us are playing a part in a larger
transformative process, as each of us is being forced to
confront whatever it is we do, or even think, that keeps
love at bay. For as we block love's power to change our
own lives, we block its power to change the world.
Humanity is moving forward now, though in some ways
we are doing so kicking and screaming. Nature seems to
be saying to all of us, "Okay, it's time. No more
playing around. Become the person you were meant to
We would like to, but it's hard. The problems of the
world today seem larger than they have ever been before,
making it easy to succumb to cynicism, fear,
hopelessness, and despair. Until, that is, we remember
who we are.
For who we really are is a power bigger than all our
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fear-based thoughts we've been taught to think by a
frightened and frightening world, we see God's truth
revealed: that who we are at our core is love itself.
And miracles occur naturally as expressions of love.
It is said in Alcoholics Anonymous that every problem
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by our current challenges is the opportunity to make a
large leap forward in the actualization of our own
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Until we enter that zone, we are blocked, for God
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forth those solutions. The most important factor in
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the sake of the entire world, is to do so.
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whether we like what we see there or not.
And until we make that breakthrough in ourselves,
there will be no fundamental breakthrough in the world.
The world we see reflects the people we've become, and
if we do not like what we see in the world, we must face
what we don't like within ourselves. Having done so, we
will move through our personal darkness to the light
that lies beyond. We will embrace the light and extend
And as we change, the world will change with us.
We spend so much time on unimportant things -- things
with no ultimate meaning -- yet for reasons no one seems
to fully understand, such nonessentials stand at the
center of our worldly existence. They have no connection
to our souls whatsoever, yet they have attached
themselves to our material functioning. Like spiritual
parasites, they eat away our life force and deny us our
joy. The only way to rid ourselves of their pernicious
effects is to walk away ... not from things that need to
get done, but from thoughts that need to die.
Crossing the bridge to a better world begins with
crossing a bridge inside our minds, from the addictive
mental patterns of fear and separation, to enlightened
perceptions of unity and love. We're in the habit of
thinking fearfully, and it takes spiritual discipline to
turn that around in a world where love is more suspect
To achieve a miraculous experience of life, we must
embrace a more spiritual perspective. Otherwise, we will
die one day without ever having known the real joy of
living. That joy emerges from the experience of our true
being -- when we detach from other people's projections
onto us, when we allow ourselves permission to dream our
greatest dreams, when we're willing to forgive ourselves
and others, when we're willing to remember that we were
born with one purpose: to love and be loved.
Anyone who looks at the state of the world today is
aware that something radically new is called for -- in
who we are as a species and in our relationship to each
other and our relationship to the earth itself. Yet the
psychological fundamentals that hold this dysfunctional
world in place are like sacred cows: we are afraid to
touch them, for fear something bad will happen to us if
we do. In fact, something bad will happen to us if we do
not. It is time to change. It is time to do what we know
in our hearts we were born to do.
We are here to participate in a glorious subversion
of the world's dominant, fear-based thought forms.
There are only two core emotions: love and fear. And
love is to fear as light is to darkness: in the presence
of one, the other disappears. . . .
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is so full of unpredictable beauty and strange surprises. Sometimes
that beauty is too much for me to handle. Do you know that feeling?
When something is just too beautiful? When someone says something or
writes something or plays something that moves you to the point of
tears, maybe even changes you.
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is the mysterious quality that shouts loudly,
"Ah, this experience is right for me
now!" It is an abstract term that is
difficult to define because it has a slightly
different meaning for each of us. But I think
we will agree that when we accept or experience
beauty, we intuitively know that life contains much
more than we can comprehend. Beauty always
suggests something beyond--something greater than
The search for beauty is a journey into the meaning
of the universe. The experience of something
beautiful is a reward for our perseverance.
Beauty goes beyond the hardships of life and can
make it all worthwhile. When beauty finally
suffuses our souls, nothing else will take
precedence, because we will have discovered the
essence of God.
Charles D. Lelly
The Beautiful Way of Life
On the path
it is necessary to become aware
of your unconscious beliefs.
It is not a difficult task.
Just become watchful.
If you are alert and watchful,
without any judgment,
your day to day life will reveal
those unconscious beliefs to you.
Be a watcher of your self.
Be an impartial observer
of who you are at the level of mind
which is programmed
with your unconscious beliefs.
It helps to have a sense of humor.
you have an unconscious belief
that you will be abused or put down,
you will attract into your life
those who will abuse you
or be critical of you.
Your mind seeks to
be validated in this way.
"See," it will say to itself,
"I knew I was a victim.
I was right all along."
If deep down you feel unlovable,
you will attract into your life
those who are incapable
of loving you.
And even those who happen along
who are very loving,
will suddenly find themselves
being unloving towards you.
you have a belief that the
people who love you will leave you,
then sure enough, it will happen.
Over and over again.
So you had better become
aware of your unconscious beliefs.
They are creating
your experience of life.
They are based on your past
experiences, and mostly they are
formed in your early childhood.
As long as these beliefs
there is no way to be
released from them.
We have a hunch that it is possible to live
a better, more balanced, and less
stressful life, but many of us
firmly believe that we don’t have the time or energy
the necessary changes, even though perhaps just one small change
significantly reduce our stress levels.
Instead of striving for attainable incremental
we sometimes complain as if our lives are completely out of our
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