Sunday, June 29, 2008

Lacking Any Desire To Kill

Gandhi for today: The following is an excerpt from "The Words of Gandhi" by Richard Attenborough.

The Sanskrit word ahimsa is at the foundation of satyagraha. It literally means"lacking any desire to kill." This is considered to be the natural state of the human spirit, which can be realized or uncovered by practicing true love toward all living things. To love those who are considered to be your enemies is the natural progression of ahimsa. Unlike the word "nonviolence," with which it is often paired, ahimsa implies a state in which no violence-of thought or action-exists. In such a state, there is only love. To practice ahimsa requires strength; a person must be willing to maintain a condition of ahimsa even in the face of tremendous adversity.
Gandhi invented the word satyagraha. It is built upon the words satya [truth] and agraha [firmness] . Gandhi viewed truth as an expression of love and firmness as an expression of strength. Gandhi recognized the subjective nature of "truth" for mankind: "truth" was often influenced by a persons own self-interests. "Firmness," the denial of self-interest, was Gandhi's solution to this subjectivity.This was not a passive solution. To deny one's material wants as well as any emotions that run counter to a spirit of ahimsa required strength. By following this path, the practitioner of satyagrahi is able to release a force stronger than any weapon. It is a force of intense love borne out of an absence of self-interest. It is an active seeking of the truth, devoid of hostility, anger, and violence, which allows the victim to view himself as one with his attacker.
Gandhi defined satyagraha as "soul-force," which emerges through the uncovering of the true human spirit.

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Friday, June 27, 2008

Gandhi On Religion

Gandhi On Religion:

Religion of Mahatma Gandhi
By Ranjit Chaudhari
THOUGH THE MEANING of religion in the Hindu concept of Dharma is not without complexities, Gandhi tried to make it broad enough to lend it a universal character. His idea of religion was not totally esoteric. He knew that every religion was connected with some belief system supported by rituals. He tried to get rid of the rituals as far as possible. To Gandhi religion was a human institution made by human ingenuity to solve practical affairs as well as spiritual matters.
His oft-quoted passages can be cited. He said "By religion, I do not mean formal religion, or customary religion, but that religion which underlies all religions, which brings us face to face with our Maker. It is the permanent element in human nature which counts no cost too great in order to find full expression and which leaves the soul utterly restless until it has found itself. Again, he observed : "Religion which takes no account of practical affairs and does not help to solve them, is no religion. He did not define religion in exact and definitive language. One of his attempts was to bring religion closer to common man. In that regard his was functional. But most of the times Gandhi felt that religion could not be understood without knowing its relation with God.

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Thursday, June 26, 2008

Oh Ye Of Little Faith

Gandhi Quote of the day: "I look only to the good qualities of men. Not being faultless myself, I won't presume to probe into the faults of others."

I seem to not be able to write today so I'll share with you this prayer from "Around The Year With Emmet Fox".
God knows me, and loves me, and cares for me. I am just as dear to Him as any human bring who has ever lived.
In truth and reality nothing can ever touch me but the direct action of God Himself, and God is Love.
There is no problem bigger than God. No difficulty, however seemingly grave, can come into my life, that God cannot completely wipe out.
God is continually instructing me and inspiring me, and in some good way He will now clearly show me the next important step in my life-and how to take that step.
The Will of God for me is peace of mind, true place, happiness, joyous activity, and unbroken progress-I thank God for this.

This meditation helps me on the days when I'm lacking in the faith department. Hope you have a sunny day. Fine Art and Jewelry.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

The Wonder of Thought

Gandhi Quote of the day: "Always aim at complete harmony of thought and word and deed. Always aim at purifying your thoughts and everything will be well."

Thought for today:"You can change your thoughts and feelings and then the outer things will come to correspond,and indeed there is no other way of working." [ Emmet Fox ]

Thought for today II: All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything . What we think we become. [ Buddha ]

God's View: I Wonder by Ted Godsil
Blameless, clueless,misgiving, order, chaos, shame, thought, I wonder about thought. I wonder about confusion, I wonder about pain, not guilty, ignorant, cruel, right, anxiety, reality, thought, I wonder about thought. I wonder about meaning, I wonder about pain, yesterday,today, tomorrow, the father, the son, the future, thought, I wonder about thought. I wonder about understanding, I wonder about pain, in the name of the, it's always darkest just before the, I wonder, I wonder about thought. The thought, the wonder, the father, the dawn, I wonder about thought, but mostly I wonder about the wonder of thought.

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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Today's Thoughts

Gandhi Quote of the day: "As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world, as in being able to remake ourselves."

Thought for today: "You must not under any pretence allow your mind to dwell on any thought that is not positive, constructive, optimistic, and kind."[ Emmet Fox ]

God's View:An excerpt from "So Easy To Hate" by Ted Godsil

It's so easy to hate
in a world of difference
So hard to love with thoughts
only of oneself.

A whole life moves
through time with gains
Only realized in years
of change.
Never known, never seen
an evolving personality
Chasing the elusive answer
to a youngsters dream.

It's so easy to hate
the struggle within
Stand up, move ahead
give in, do it again and again.

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Saturday, June 21, 2008

The Truth Day II:

We'll continue with Mr. Gandhi's discussion on what is truth.

Truth never damages a cause that is just.
Life is an aspiration. Its mission is to strive after perfection, which is self-realization. The ideal must not be lowered because of our weaknesses or imperfections. I am painfully conscious of both in me. The silent cry daily goes out to Truth to help me to remove these weakness and imperfections of mine.
No Abandonment of Truth
Believe me when I tell you, after 60 years of personal experience, that the only real misfortune is to abandon the path of truth. If you but realize this, your one prayer to God will always be to enable you to put up, without flinching, with any number of trials and hardships that may fall to your lot in the pursuit of truth.
Truth alone will endure, all the rest will be swept away before the tide of time. I must, therefore, continue to bear testimony to Truth even if I am forsaken by all. Mine may today be a voice in the wilderness, but it will be heard when all other voices are silenced, if it is the voice of Truth.
A man of faith will remain steadfast to truth, even-though the whole world might appear to be enveloped in falsehood.
When it is relevant, truth has to be uttered, however unpleasant it may be. Irrelevance is always untruth and should never be uttered.

God's View:"The Truth" by Ted Godsil

With so many opinions on what truth is to any number of individuals, how can we know the truth as far as the whole is concerned?The truth to me may not be understandable to you or vice verse.
There seems to be many layers of truth. There is the everyday,tell the truth,there is truth in the laws of physics and mathematics, and the gorilla in the closet of truth in religion.
I think with so much room for disagreement with"The Truth," we need to interject another formula or law of being to control the consequences of "The Truth."
That law is tolerance. With tolerance all truths become harmonious and with harmony comes peace. Just a thought. So what do you think?

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Friday, June 20, 2008

What is Truth?

For the next few days we'll study the meaning of truth as espoused by Mr. Gandhi in his writing of "The Gospel of Truth."

WHAT…is Truth? A difficult question; but I have solved it for myself by saying that it is what the voice within tells you. How then, you ask, [do] different people think of different and contrary truths? Well, seeing that the human mind works through innumerable media and that the evolution of the human mind is not the same for all, it follows that what may be truth for one may be untruth for another, and hence those who have made these experiments have come to the conclusion that there are certain conditions to be observed in making those experiments…

It is because we have at the present moment everybody claiming the right of conscience without going through any discipline whatsoever, and there is so much untruth being delivered to a bewildered world. All that I can in true humility present to you is that Truth is not to be found by anybody who has not got an abundant sense of humility. If you would swim on the bosom of the ocean of Truth, you must reduce yourself to a zero.


Truth and Love ahimsa is the only thing that counts. Where this is present, everything rights itself in the end. This is a law to which there is no exception.

A Buddhist meditation: "Follow the truth of the way.Reflect on it. Make it your own. live it.
It will always sustain you.Do not turn away what is given you. Nor reach out for which is given to others. Lest you disturb your quietness."

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Thursday, June 19, 2008

The Presence

Gandhi Quote of the day: "An eye for eye only ends up making the whole world blind.

Thought for today: Convictions are more dangerous enemies of truth than lies.[Freidrich Nietzsche]

Around The Year With Emmet Fox has this and many more meditations and prayers.

The Presence
God is the only Presence and the only Power. God is fully present here with me, now. God is the only real Presence - all the rest is but shadow. God is perfect Good, and God is the cause only of perfect Good. God never sends sickness, trouble, accident, temptation, nor death itself; nor does He authorize these things. We bring them upon ourselves by our own wrong thinking. God, Good, can cause only good. The same fountain cannot send forth both sweet and bitter water.
I am Divine Spirit. I am the child of God. In God I live and move and have my being; so I have not fear. I am surrounded by the Peace of God and all is well. I am not afraid of people; I am not afraid of things; I am not afraid of circumstances; I am not afraid of myself; for God is with me. The Peace of God fills my soul, and I have no fear. I dwell in the Presence of God, and no fear can touch me. I am not afraid of the past; I am not afraid of the present; I am not afraid for the future; for God is with me. The Eternal God is my dwelling place and underneath are the ever-lasting arms. Nothing can ever touch me but the direct action of God Himself, and God is Love.
God is Life; I understand that and I express it. God is Truth; I understand that and I express it. God is Divine Love; I understand that and I express it.
I send out thoughts of love and peace and healing to the whole universe: to all trees and plants and growing things, to all beasts and birds and fishes, and to every man, woman and child on earth, without any distinction. If anyone has ever injured me or done me any kind of harm, I fully and freely forgive him now, and the thing is done forever. I loose him and let him go. I am free and he is free. It there is any burden of resentment in me I cast it upon the Christ within, and I go free.
God is Infinite Wisdom, and that Wisdom is mine. That Wisdom leads and guides me; so I shall not make mistakes. Christ in me is a lamp unto my feet. God is Infinite Life, and that Life is my supply; so I shall want for nothing. God created me and He sustains me. Divine Love has foreseen everything, and provided for everything. One Mind, One Power, One Principle. One God, One Law, One Element. Closer is He than breathing, nearer than hands and feet.
I am Divine Spirit, the Child of God, and in the presence of God I dwell forever. I thank God for Perfect Harmony.

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Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Thoughts For Today

Gandhi Quote of the day:"The only tyrant I accept in this world is the still small voice within."

Thought for today: Liberation from the self is living each day without a place to stand or ideas about who we are. That's when we can dance with life. [Genpo Roghi]

Thought for today II: "It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength. We all should know that diversity makes for a rich tapestry, and we must understand that all the threads of the tapestry are equal in value no matter their color."[Maya Angelou]

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Tuesday, June 17, 2008

God's View: Enemy of Love by Ted Godsil

Gandhiquote of the day: "My notion of democracy is that under it the weakest should have the same opportunity as the strongest."

"You are not depressed because trouble has come to you,but trouble has come to you because you are depressed." [Emmet Fox]

"Those who believe absurdities will commit atrocities." [Voltaire]

God's View: "Enemy of Love" by Ted Godsil

A new days sun
brings forth the
hope of a world
of souls now awake.

From all the corners
of the earth come
the daily prayers
of societies rising.

For today is the maker
Tomorrow is the dream
the enemy of love dies
the power of love reigns supreme.

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Sunday, June 15, 2008

Struggle in our Bodies and Minds:

Gandhi Quote of the day: "Religions are different roads converging upon the same point. What does it matter that we take different roads so long as we reach the same point?"

Thought for today: "Criticism is an indirect form of self-boasting." Emmet Fox

Struggle in our Bodies and Minds: by Thich Nhat Hanh.

"We all have the tendency to struggle in our bodies and in our minds. We believe that happiness is possible only in the future. The realization that we have already arrived, that we don't have to travel any further, that we are already here, can give us peace and joy. The conditions for our happiness are already sufficient. We only need to allow ourselves to be in the present moment, and we will be able to touch them. What are we looking for to be happy? Everything is already here. We do not need to put an object in front of us to run after, believing that until we get it, we cannot be happy. That object is always in the future, and we can never catch up to it. We are already in the Pure Land, the Kingdom of God. We are already a Buddha. We only need to wake up and realize we are already here."

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Saturday, June 14, 2008

Stress and Work

Gandhi Quote of the day: It is as clear to me as daylight that life and death are but phases of the same thing,the reverse and obverse of the same coin.

Thought for today by Emmet Fox : "You are not happy because you are well. You are well because you are happy.

Stress and Work by Thich Nhat Hanh :

This is not a personal problem only; this is a problem of the whole civilization. That is why we have to practice not only as individuals; we have to practice as a society. We have to make a revolution in the way we organize our society and our daily life, so we will be able to enjoy the work we do every day.
Meanwhile, we can incorporate a number of things that we have learned in this retreat in order to lessen our stress. When you drive around the city and come to a red light or a stop sign, you can just sit back and make use of these twenty or thirty seconds to relax-to breathe in, breathe out, and enjoy arriving in the present moment. There are many things like that we can do. Years ago I was in Montreal on the way to a retreat, and I noticed that the license plates said Je me souviens-"I remember." I did not know what they wanted to remember, but to me it means that I remember to breathe and to smile (laughter). So I told a friend who was driving the car that I had a gift for the sangha in Montreal: every time you see Je me souviens, you remember to breathe and smile and go back to the present moment. Many of our friends in the Montreal sangha have been practicing that for more than ten years.
I think we can enjoy the red light; we can also enjoy the stop sign. Every time we see it we profit: instead of being angry at the red light, of being burned by impatience, we just practice breathing in, breathing out, smiling. That helps a lot. And when you hear the telephone ringing you can consider it to be the sound of the mindfulness bell. You practice telephone meditation. Every time you hear the telephone ringing you stay exactly where you are (laughter). You breathe in and breathe out and enjoy your breathing. Listen, listen-this wonderful sound brings you back to your true home. Then when you hear the second ring you stand up and you go to the telephone with dignity (laughter). That means in the style of walking meditation (laughter). You know that you can afford to do that, because if the other person has something really important to tell you, she will not hang up before the third ring. That is what we call telephone meditation. We use the sound as the bell of mindfulness.
And waiting at the bus stop you might like to try mindful breathing, and waiting in line to go into a bank, you can always practice mindful breathing. Walking from one building to another building, why don't you use walking meditation, because that improves the quality of our life. That brings more peace and serenity, and the quality of the work we do will be improved just by that kind of practice. So it is possible to integrate the practice into our daily life. We just need a little bit of creative imagination to do so.

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Friday, June 13, 2008

The Benefits of Silence

Gandhi Quote of the day: The only praise I would like and treasure is the promotion of the activities to which my life is dedicated.

Thoughts of Thich Nhat Hanh: The Benefits of Silence

Many of us have realized in the last few days that silence can be enjoyable. We realize that there are many things that we do not have to say, and that then we can reserve the time and energy to do other things that can help us to look more deeply into ourselves and things around us.
If you are pushed by your habit energy to say something, don't say it. Instead, take a notebook and write it down. A day or two later, read what you wrote, and you might find out that it would have been an awful thing to say. So slowly you become master of yourself, and you know what to say and what not to say.
I remember one time I proposed to a sister that she practice silence. She was an elder nun and she had a few negative seeds in her that prevented her from being happy. She was just a little bit too hard on the other sisters. I proposed to her that she was a very talented person, very skillful in many things, and she could make many people happy if only she knew how to be silent and to say only things that needed to be said.
I proposed to her that she use only three sentences for three months. She could repeat these three sentences as many times as she wanted (laughter) and I told her that if she practiced that for a week, she would feel happiness right away. The first sentence was, "Dear sister, is there anything I can do to help you?" (laughter) The second sentence was, "Did you like what I did to help you?" The third was, "Would you have any suggestion that I can do it better?" (laughter) If she could say that, she would make many people happy and the happiness would go back to herself very quickly.
In the family we can practice silence. We can ask the other members of the family to agree that we will practice silence for three days or for a week. It is very beneficial. There will be a transformation after the period of practicing silence.

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Thursday, June 12, 2008

The Miracle of Mindfulness

Gandhi Quote of the day:"Life is aspiration. It's mission is to strive after perfection which is self-realization."

Over the next few days I'll focus on the thoughts of Vietnamese poet and Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh . Hope you enjoy some excerpts from his The Miracle of Mindfulness.

The wondrous voice,the voice of the one
who attends to the cries of the world
The noble voice,the voice of the rising
tide surpassing all the sounds of the
Let our mind be attuned to the voice.

Put aside all doubt and meditate on the
pure and holy nature of the regarder
of the cries of the world
Because that is our reliance in situations
of pain,distress,calamity,death.

Perfect in all merits,beholding all sentient
beings with compassionate eyes,mak-
ing the ocean of blessings limitless,
Before this one,we should incline.

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Tuesday, June 10, 2008

A Prayer For The Living

Gandhi Quote of the day: "I do believe that all God's creatures have the right to live as much as we have.Instead of prescribing the killing of the so-called injurious fellow creatures of ours as a duty, if men of knowledge had devoted their gift to discovering ways of dealing with them otherwise than by killing them, we would be living in a world befitting our status as men--animals endowed with reason and the power of choosing between good and evil, right and wrong, violence and non violence, truth and non truth."[Gandhi]

Thoughts for today : by Ted Godsil
Live in your heart and grow old with peace as ruler of your world.

Thought for today II: An excerpt from The pain is in the living:

Birth is joy
Life is pain
Death is freedom

It's just a prayer for the living
He cried out for more light
It's just a prayer for the dying
He cried out loud one night

For all my Brothers
The pain is in the living
So alone with oneself.

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Monday, June 9, 2008

God's View: The Healer by Ted Godsil

Gandhi Quote of the day: "A life of sacrifice is the pinnacle of art, and is full of true joy."

The title Buddha means Enlightened One or Awakened One. In Bhuddism, the Buddha refers to Siddhattha Gautama. Buddha Quotes .

Men are equal; it is not birth but virtue that makes the difference.[Voltaire]

Thought for today: The Healer by Ted Godsil

Did you ever see the
thought felt so hard
That it broke the will,
zapped the strength,
opened old wounds,
Made you cold with the
sweat of fear.

Bring on the salve,
the aloe, the healer,
Cool sooth medicate
a brain prone to the
Torture of a life
lived after midnight.

Did you ever see the
thought, feel the image,
Touch the smell that
awakens the darkness
Of a life alone with

Bring on the salve
the aloe the healer
Of sores of a life
lived after midnight
Cool soothe medicate
the mistakes.

Sleep sleep the cold
sweat into warmth
of a new beginning
Bring on the salve
the aloe the healer
Sleep sleep the
cold sweat into
The warmth of a new
Bring on the salve.

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Sunday, June 8, 2008

The Seventh Law

Gandhi Quote of the day: "Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will."

Thought for today: Love truth and pardon error.[Voltaire]

The Law of Forgiveness by Emmet Fox
It is an unbreakable mental law that you have to forgive others if you want to demonstrate over your difficulties and to make any real spiritual progress.
The vital importance of forgiveness may not be obvious at first sight, but you may be sure that it is not by mere chance that every spiritual teacher from Jesus Christ downward has insisted so strongly upon it.
You must forgive injuries, not just in words, or as a matter of form; but sincerely, in your heart -- and that is the long and the short of it. You do this, not for the other person's sake, but for your own sake. It will make no difference to him (unless he happens to set a value upon your forgiveness), but it will make a tremendous difference to you. Resentment, condemnation, anger, desire to see someone punished are things that rot your soul, no matter how cleverly you may be disguising them. Such things, because they have a much stronger emotional content than anyone suspects, fasten your troubles to you with rivets. They fetter you to many other problems which actually have nothing whatever to do with the original grievances themselves.
Forgiveness does not mean that you have to like the delinquent or want to meet him; but that you must wish him well. Of course you must not make a "door mat" of yourself. Of course you must not allow yourself to be imposed upon, or ill treated. You must fight your own battles and fight them with prayer, justice, and good will. It does not matter whether you can forget the injury or not, although if you cease to rehearse it you probably will -- but you must forgive.

I hope the seven laws have made your days more peaceful. Have a sunny day.
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Saturday, June 7, 2008

Sixth Law

Gandhi Quote of the day: "Dignity of human nature requires that we must face the storms of life."

Thought for today: When your dreams are larger than your life, don't despair,for an effort in prayer will eventually get you there.

Thought for today II: Peeking out from the darkness
is it safe to emerge.
From my cave's protection
where feelings escape not converge.

What You Think Upon Grows by Emmet Fox
What you think upon grows. This is an Eastern maxim, and it sums up neatly the greatest and most fundamental of all the Laws of Mind. What you think upon grows.
What you think upon grows. Whatever you allow to occupy your mind you magnify in your life. Whether the subject of your thoughts be good or bad, the law works and the condition grows. Any subject that you keep out of your mind tends to diminish in your life, because what you do not use atrophies.
The more you think about your indigestion or your rheumatism, the worse it will become. The more you think of yourself as healthy and well, the better will your body be.
The more you think about lack, bad times, etc., the worse will your business be; and the more you think of prosperity, abundance, and success, the more of these things will you bring into your life.
The more you think about your grievances or the injustices that you have suffered, the more such trials will you continue to receive; and the more you think of the good fortune you have had, the more good fortune will come to you.
This is the basic, fundamental, all-inclusive Law of Mind, and actually all psychological and metaphysical teaching is little more than a commentary upon this.
What you think upon grows (Phillippians 4:8)
From Make Your Life Worthwhile Harper & Row publisher. Copyright 1942, 1943, 1944, 1945, 1946 by Emmet Fox

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Friday, June 6, 2008

The Fifth Law

Gandhi Quote of the day: "Having flung aside the sword, there is nothing except the cup of love which I can offer to those who oppose me."

The blog of the day features the Painting Activist , Ashley Cecil.

The Two Factors by Emmet Fox
Every thought is made up of two factors, knowledge and feeling. A thought consists of a piece of knowledge with a charge of feeling, and it is the feeling alone that gives power to the thought. No matter how important or magnificent the knowledge content may be, if there is no feeling attached to it nothing will happen. On the other hand, no matter how unimportant or insignificant the knowledge content may be, if there is a large charge of feeling something will happen.
This universal law is symbolized in nature by the bird. A bird has two wings, neither more nor less, and they must both be functioning before he can fly.
It makes no difference whether the knowledge content is correct or not as long as you believe it to be correct. Remember that it is what we really believe that matters. A report about something may be quite untrue, but if you believe it, it has the same effect upon you as if it were true; and that effect again will depend upon the quantity of feeling attached to it.
When we understand this Law we see the importance of accepting only the Truth concerning life in every phase of our experience. Indeed, this is why Jesus said, "Know the Truth and the Truth will set you free." Now we realize why negative feelings (fear, criticism, etc.) are so destructive, and a sense of peace and good will is such a power for healing.
From Make Your Life Worthwhile Harper & Row publisher. Copyright 1942, 1943, 1944, 1945, 1946 by Emmet Fox

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Thursday, June 5, 2008


Gandhi Quote of the day: Power based on love is a thousand times more effective and permanent than the one derived from fear of punishment.

Blog of the day highlights English sculpture Robert Mileham .

The Law of Practice by Emmet Fox
Practice makes perfect. This familiar proverb embodies one of the great laws of human nature and -- being a law -- it is never under any circumstance broken.
To become proficient in any field you must practice. There is simply no achievement without practice and the more practice, provided it is done intelligently, the greater will the proficiency be and the sooner will it be attained. This is true in the study of music, in the study of a foreign language, in learning to swim or skate or ski or fly. It is true in every conceivable branch of human endeavor. Practice is the price of proficiency.
In business life and in any kind of management or administration, experience is the form that practice takes, and here again it is practice that makes perfect. That is why, other things being equal, an older person is usually to be selected for responsible positions rather than a younger.
In metaphysics the effects of this law are particularly striking. Thought control is entirely a matter of intelligent practice. And true religion may well be summed up as the Practice of the Presence of God. But note that I said intelligent. Violent forcing is not intelligent practice, nor is monotonous plodding.
Practice is the secret of attainment. We might paraphrase Danton and say practice! ... and more practice!! ... and still more practice!!!
"Be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only" (James 1:22) From Make Your Life Worthwhile Harper & Row publisher. Copyright 1942, 1943, 1944, 1945, 1946 by Emmet Fox

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Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Subconscious Activity

Gandhi Quote of the day:" To put down civil disobedience is to attempt to imprison conscience."

For the blog of the day I'm going to stray away from the art world to feature the funniest blog I've come across in this Wundurful Wurld.

The Law of Subconscious Activity by Emmet Fox.
As soon as the subconscious mind accepts any idea, it immediately begins trying to put it into effect. It uses all its resources (and these are far greater than is commonly supposed) to that end. It uses every bit of knowledge that you have ever collected, and most of which you have totally forgotten, to bring about its purpose. It mobilizes the many mental powers that you possess and most of which you never consciously use. It draws on the unlimited energy of the race mind. It lines up all the laws of nature as they operate both inside and outside of you, to get its way.
Sometimes it succeeds in its purpose immediately. Sometimes it takes a little time; sometimes it takes a long time, depending on the difficulties to be overcome; but if the thing is not utterly impossible, the subconscious will bring it about -- once it accepts the idea.
This law is true for both good and bad ideas. This law, when used negatively, brings sickness, trouble, and failure; and when used positively, brings healing, freedom, and success. The Bible teaching does not say that harmony is inevitable no matter what we do -- that is Pollyanna -- it teaches that harmony is inevitable when our thoughts are positive, constructive, and kindly.
From this it follows that the only thing we have to do is to get the subconscious to accept the idea that we want reproduced, and the laws of nature will do the rest; will bring forth the healthy body, the harmonious circumstances, the successful career. We give the orders -- the subconscious mind does the work
From Make Your Life Worthwhile Harper & Row publisher. Copyright 1942, 1943, 1944, 1945, 1946 by Emmet Fox

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Monday, June 2, 2008

The Seven Laws

The Law of Relaxation byEmmet Fox.
Another of the great mental laws is the Law of Relaxation. In all mental working effort defeats itself. The more effort you make the less will your result be. This of course is just the opposite of what we find on the physical plane, but it will not surprise us because we know that in many cases the laws of mind are the reverse of the laws of matter.
On the physical plane, usually the more effort we make the greater the result. The harder you press a drill the faster it will go through a plank. The harder you hammer a nail the sooner does it go into the wall. The harder you work in digging the ground the sooner do you have a ditch. The exact opposite, however, is the case with thought.
Any attempt at mental pressure is foredoomed to failure because the moment tension begins, the mind stops working creatively, and just runs along on whatever the old habit pattern is. When you try to force things mentally,when you try to hurry mentally, you simply stop your creative power. To enable your mind to become creative again you must un-tense it by consciously relaxing.
In all mental working be relaxed, gentle, and unhurried for effort defeats itself.
"In quietness and in confidence shall be your strength". (Isaiah 30:15). From Make Your Life Worthwhile Harper & Row publisher. Copyright 1942, 1943, 1944, 1945, 1946 by Emmet Fox

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Sunday, June 1, 2008

God's View: Positive Thinking by Ted Godsil

Gandhi Quote of the day: Affection cannot be manufactured or regulated by law.
For the next week or so I'll be posting the seven laws by Emmet Fox . Hope they help you maintain a positive attitude.

by Emmet Fox
1. The Law of Substitution
There are a few great laws that govern all thinking, just as there are a few fundamental laws in
chemistry, in physics, and in mechanics, for example.
We know that thought control is the Key of Destiny, and in order to learn thought control we have to know and understand these laws, just as the chemist has to understand the laws of chemistry, and the electrician has to know the laws of electricity.
One of the great mental laws is the Law of Substitution. This means that the only way to get rid of a certain thought is to substitute another one for it. You cannot dismiss a thought directly. You can do so only by substituting another one for it. On the physical plane this is not the case. You can drop a book or a stone by simply opening your hand and letting it go; but with thought this will not work. If you want to dismiss a negative thought, the only way to do so is to think of something positive and constructive. It is as though in order, let us say, to drop a pencil, it were necessary to put a pen or a book or a stone into your hand, when the pencil would fall away.
If I say to you, "Do not think of the Statue of Liberty", of course, you immediately think of it. If you say, "I'm not going to think of the Statue of Liberty", that is thinking of it. But now, having thought of it, if you become interested in something else, say, by turning on the radio, you forget all about the Statue of Liberty -- and this is a case of substitution.
When negative thoughts come to you, do not fight them, but think of something positive. Preferably think of God; but if that is difficult at the moment, think of any positive or constructive idea, and then the negative thought will fade out.
It sometimes happens that negative thoughts seem to besiege you in such force that you cannot overcome them. That is what is called a fit of depression, or a fit of worry, or perhaps even a fit of anger. In such a case the best thing is to go to a good movie or play, or read an interesting book, say a good novel or biography or travel book, or something of the kind. If you sit down to fight the negative tide you will probably succeed only in amplifying it.
Turn your attention to something quite different, refusing steadfastly to think or rehearse the difficulty, and, later on, after you have completely gotten away from it, you can come back with confidence and handle it by spiritual treatment. "I say unto you that you resist not evil" (Matthew 5:39)

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