This is a compilation of thoughts and quotes that I have found or written recently, as well as many that I've collected throughout the years. Most thoughts are posted randomly, as I feel inspired. A listing of quotes can be found alphabetically (check the 2008 and 2009 archives listing), or by source.

Feel free to suggest additions!

“For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he.” – Proverbs 23:7

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Wayne W. Dyer: "You'll See It When You Believe It"

This will be a series of postings regarding quotes from, and my thoughts on, the great book titled "You'll See It When You Believe It" by Wayne W. Dyer. Unless followed by another name, the quotes are from Wayne.

I love how Wayne begins this book, making reference to water, how you must experience it - drink it, get wet, etc. - and not just read the word in order to understand its full meaning.  The same goes for the ideas that can lead to personal transformation.

"Man's mind, stretched to a new idea, never goes back to its original dimension." - Oliver Wendell Holmes

"...transformation comes with knowing deep within you that each and every human being is far more than a physical body, and that the essence of being human includes the ability to think and feel, to posess a high consciousness, and to know that there is an intelligence suffusing all form in the universe.  You are able to tap into that invisible part of you, to use your mind in any way that you choose, and to recognize that this is your essential humanity."

" are a soul with a body, rather than a body with a are not a human being having a spiritual experience, but rather a spiritual being having a human experience."

"...get very comfortable with opposites like the following...You are both shy and aggressive within the same body.  You are lazy and hardworking. You get the most when you care the least about it.  The tighter you squeeze water, the less you have.  The things that upset us in others are the lessons we have to learn ourselves...The dualism is always there."

"The most exquisite soon as you give it all up, you can have it all...As long as you want power, you can't have it.  The minute you don't want power, you'll have more than you ever dreamed possible." - Ram Dass, "Be Here Now"

So, I guess I'm ready to explore Mr. Dyer's thoughts on personal transformation, since I do recognize that I have room for improvements.  Understanding my dualities, as referenced above, and that I am a spiritual being sounds like a good place to start.

See also:
You'll See It If You Believe It: Transformation
Quotes by Wayne W. Dyer
I Can See Clearly Now by Wayne Dyer - Excerpts, Part 1

Friday, June 15, 2012

Twelve Symptoms of a Spiritual Awakening

1. An increased tendency to let things happen rather than make them happen.

2. Frequent attacks of smiling.

3. Feelings of being connected with others and nature.

4. Frequent overwhelming episodes of appreciation.

5. A tendency to think and act spontaneously rather than from fears based on past experience.

6. An unmistakable ability to enjoy each moment.

7. A loss of ability to worry.

8. A loss of interest in conflict.

9. A loss of interest in interpreting the actions of others.

10. A loss of interest in judging others.

11. A loss of interest in judging self.

12. Gaining the ability to love without expecting anything in return.


Thursday, June 14, 2012

Bill Cosby: Quotes from a Wise and Funny Man.

Bill Cosby - comedian, actor, author, television producer, educator, musician and activist. A veteran stand-up performer, he  is well known for television roles in I Spy, Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids and The Bill Cosby Show. Cosby has also acted in a number of films.

For many years, Bill Cosby has both entertained and educated the world with his wit and wisdom on the topics of life, laughter and raising children.

Here are some great quotes:

A word to the wise ain't necessary - it's the stupid ones that need the advice.

Decide that you want it more than you are afraid of it.

I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.

In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure.

Every closed eye is not sleeping, and every open eye is not seeing.

I am proud to be an American. Because an American can eat anything on the face of this earth as long as he has two pieces of bread.

People can be more forgiving than you can imagine. But you have to forgive yourself. Let go of what's bitter and move on.

That married couples can live together day after day is a miracle that the Vatican has overlooked.

The heart of marriage is memories; and if the two of you happen to have the same ones and can savor your reruns, then your marriage is a gift from the gods.

Let us now set forth one of the fundamental truths about marriage: the wife is in charge.

The main goal of the future is to stop violence. The world is addicted to it.

The past is a ghost, the future a dream, and all we ever have is now.

There is hope for the future because God has a sense of humor and we are funny to God.

There is no labor a person does that is undignified; if they do it right.

Gray hair is God's graffiti.

When you become senile, you won't know it.

Old is always fifteen years from now.

Through humor, you can soften some of the worst blows that life delivers. And once you find laughter, no matter how painful your situation might be, you can survive it.

You can turn painful situations around through laughter. If you can find humor in anything, even poverty, you can survive it.

On Raising Children
You know the only people who are always sure about the proper way to raise children? Those who've never had any.

Even though your kids will consistently do the exact opposite of what you're telling them to do, you have to keep loving them just as much.

Fatherhood is pretending the present you love most is soap-on-a-rope.

Having a child is surely the most beautifully irrational act that two people in love can commit.

I guess the real reason that my wife and I had children is the same reason that Napoleon had for invading Russia: it seemed like a good idea at the time.

The truth is that parents are not really interested in justice. They just want quiet.

Poets have said that the reason to have children is to give yourself immortality. Immortality? Now that I have five children, my only hope is that they are all out of the house before I die.

Raising children is an incredibly hard and risky business in which no cumulative wisdom is gained: each generation repeats the mistakes the previous one made.

My childhood should have taught me lessons for my own fatherhood, but it didn't because parenting can only be learned by people who have no children.

No matter how calmly you try to referee, parenting will eventually produce bizarre behavior, and I'm not talking about the kids. Their behavior is always normal.

Nothing I've ever done has given me more joys and rewards than being a father to my children.

Human beings are the only creatures on earth that allow their children to come back home.

If the new American father feels bewildered and even defeated, let him take comfort from the fact that whatever he does in any fathering situation has a fifty percent chance of being right.

Always end the name of your child with a vowel, so that when you yell the name will carry.

Digging for Gold

There once was a man named Giuseppe (Joe) and his wife who moved to a new farm with their three sons. They were settling into the new community when a nearby farmer told Joe that there was gold in the dirt of his new property. Joe took that statement as that there was actual gold in the land. He thought to himself, 'I have three healthy sons, I’ll tell them about it'. Indeed he told his sons that there was gold to be found in their new property. Needless to say his sons actually took charge of their personal enterprise right on their own land. They had visions of what they would do when they found gold. Each son had a different vision. For as young as they were, they set up quite a professional approach in the digging for gold.

They began in one corner with a certain width and kept going until they got to the end. Once they got to the property line they would start another swath and go back the other direction. They began to realize that digging for gold was fun! This procedure went on for about six months and they still weren’t through going through the whole property.

Meanwhile Joe thought he would plant some crops in the area where the dirt had been turned thoroughly. He planted corn, tomatoes, potatoes and onions. His sons continued to dig through the soil, determined to find gold. As more dirt was available, Joe planted more crops. An interesting point here is that Joe had never farmed before but it had always been a dream of his to do so.

As each different crop became ready to be harvested Joe started to realize that there was more than he and his family could ever eat. One of Joe’s neighbours suggested that he set up a vegetable stand. Joe and his wife did that very thing. They called it Joe and Family Vegetables. Joe even had to leave some crops on the ground because he had more than enough to meet the demands at the vegetable stand.

What were Joe’s sons doing in the meantime? They were still working the land even after they had finished the entire parcel. They started once again in the original corner, working in the leftover plant material while they were still on their quest to find gold.

This process went on for years and Joe and his wife became quite wealthy from their little vegetable stand. They were even able to send their sons off to college simply because they wanted to find gold.

Remember at the beginning of the story when Joe was told by his new neighbour that there was gold in the land? Well, the truth is, Joe’s understanding of the English language was less than perfect. His new neighbour friend actually told him that his land had rich soil. So you can see where the concept of gold came in.

Did Joe’s sons become slaves to the digging? No, they were inspired because they had visions of what money could do for them and did not focus on the money itself.

Is there a way we can take this story to a higher level? Yes, the Universe provides us opportunity and sometimes dangles the carrot to inspire us. In essence, Joe’s sons were inspired with the possibility of finding gold in the soil. Some of you I’m sure will draw your own meaning, but here is one to consider. Go out and pretend that there is gold in all your challenges and setbacks so that you can be inspired to motivate yourself to allow the Universe to provide all that you need and then some.

The Universe will never give up on you, if you never give up on yourself.

- by Tony Masiello

Some Natural Highs

As you read this list take just a few moments to think about each one, before going on to the next one.
  • Laughing so hard that your face hurts.
  • No lines at the supermarket, bank or post office.
  • Taking a drive on a pretty road.
  • Hearing your favourite song on the radio.
  • Lying in bed listening to the rain outside.
  • Hot towels fresh out of the dryer.
  • A good conversation.
  • Lying on a warm, sunny beach.
  • Finding a 20 dollar bill in your coat from last winter.
  • Sharing a sunset with someone special.
  • Running through sprinklers.
  • Laughing for absolutely no reason at all.
  • Good friends.
  • Overhearing someone say something nice about you.
  • Waking up and realizing you still have a few hours left to sleep.
  • Playing with a new puppy.
  • Having someone brush your hair.
  • Swinging on swings.
  • Making and then eating chocolate chip cookies.
  • Holding hands with someone you care about.
  • Knowing you've done the right thing, no matter what other people think.
- Author Unknown

Now, add some of your own to this list!