“We cannot count on the great men of our time to change from one day to the next. A tiger does not become a lamb overnight. Everything takes time. But with enough patience and strength of conviction even the heart of an evil spirit, as well as a tiger, can be changed.” Swami Rama, who learned the secrets of being buried alive at a yoga school. For nine days he was buried under the ground without food and water. From the book Glimpses of the Beyond, by Jean-Baptiste Delacour
“We would be role models for [others]. They would learn the power and importance of being kind. They would learn that the actual number of people reached by their simple acts of kindness does not matter. The importance is in the doing.” Brian Weiss, M.D., in Messages From the Masters
“There is no time schedule for changing the world. The only important thing is to begin.” Brian Weiss, M.D., in Messages From the Masters
The change we speak of occurs through your feelings, often through creating a crisis where you must use your will, heart, and mind to redesign your life. Crisis shatters your impenetrable field, which is like the casing around a young seed. You must learn to trust that, when the casing opens, you will have a sprout to shoot up. Barbara Marciniak, in Family of Light
The sprout gives up its protective shell. What have you been using to protect yourself? Usually protection takes on a form of isolation which keeps you separate. Barbara Marciniak, in Family of Light
Seeds [us] know they are in the ground and look forward to the time when they must burst through the dark soil and attract the rays of the sun. Barbara Marciniak, in Family of Light
As the sounds of nature call forth seeds in the ground to sprout, so can they call us. DE
As Family of Light says: As moderns, you listen to artificial sound created from instruments you have constructed, yet you would get much more mileage out of listening to the sounds of Nature..."
If you can grasp the idea that you live in a significant world, and that you affect it by how you feel and what you think, then you can begin to change your experience in a most miraculous way. Barbara Marciniak, in Family of Light
There is no such thing as a problem without a gift for you in its hands. Richard Bach
Be the change that you wish to see. And "We must become the change we wish to see in the world." Mahatma Gandhi
The minute we resolve to 'be the change we wish to see in the world', real transformation takes place. John E. Welshons, author of When Prayers Aren't Answered
As long as we are caught in an endless expectant wait for others to change, we are stuck. As long as we believe that some external condition has to change or someone's behaviour has to change so that we can be happy, we will be spinning our wheels in the mud of frustration and dissatisfaction. John E. Welshons, author of When Prayers Aren't Answered
Hold all things lightly to be ready to move quickly when change comes. (probably from a Course in Miracles)
The page lies fresh and white before you even as does the new day. Old things shall rule you no more. Eva Bell Werber, Quiet Talks with the Master
Ahead of us are days to fill with activities inspired by our commitment to grow into the spiritual beings we are meant to be. Diane Harmony, Jan 08 Science of Mind
Today we are asked to consider the power we have to write the story of the lives we want to experience. With the new dawn, finding ourselves unbounded by yesterday's ideas, rules, habits and conditions, we find a fresh sheet upon which to record the intentions and desires of our souls...What served us in the past may need to be released for our future journey. We might be required to give up attachment to a certain outcome that keeps us tied to a narrow view of possibilities. For some, the new story today may involve taking power back from someone or something that we have allowed to dictate our choices. Others of us may need to flush out old, limiting ideas that keep us playing small. Some may have to give up self-talk that would have us convinced that we're not good enough to live the lives of our dreams. Diane Harmony, Jan 08 Science of Mind
The greatest shortcoming of the human race is our inability to understand the exponential function. Dr. Albert Bartlett
Treat a man as he appears to be, and you make him worse. But treat a man as if he already were what he potentially could be, and you make him what he should be. Goethe
"You never change things by fighting the existing reality.To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete." Richard Buckminster Fuller
The most important thing to remember is this: To be ready at any moment to give up what you are for what you might become. W.E.B. DuBois
[I]f you make people feel bad they’re less likely to change. Dr Stephen Rollnick
It is difficult for a man to understand something when his salary depends upon him not understanding it. Upton Sinclair
“Ultimately, you did not give up on yourself. And that’s the only thing that’s going to allow you to transform and rise above like the phoenix from the ashes. Not from crumpled or slightly burnt but from the ashes rises the phoenix. Be the phoenix.” Prem Rawat, speaking to prison inmates in Texas
“Caterpillars become butterflies when thety surrender to the inevitability of change.” Drs. Anna Maria and Brian Clement
New surroundings are very important to progression. Reminders of the past inhibit looking to the future.
Dolores Cannon. Keepers of the Garden
Community means strength that joins our strength to do the work that needs to be done. Arms to hold us when we falter. A circle of healing. A circle of friends. Someplace where we can be free. Starhawk
[I]dentifying community in this new sense means recognizing the extent to which we are interconnected and defining community as being those people whom I impact and who impact me. Dominic Barter
“Thank god,” we say to ourselves “I need not be limited to my own experience but may share in yours.” Dr. Jean Houston
My idea of village swaraj is that it is a complete republic, independent of its neighbors for its own vital wants, and inter-dependent for many others in which dependence is a necessity. Thus, every village’s first concern will be to grow its own food crops and cotton for its clothes…My economic creed is a complete taboo in respect to all foreign commodities, whose importation is likely to prove harmful to our indigenous interests. This means that we may not in any circumstances import a commodity that can be adequately supplied from our country. M. K. Gandhi, in The Village Reconstruction
This land of ours was once, we are told, the abode of the Gods. It is not possible to conceive Gods inhabiting a land which is made hideous by the smoke and the din of mill chimneys and factories, and whose roadways are traversed by rushing engines, dragging numerous cars crowded with men who know not for the most part what they are after, who are often absent-minded and whose tempers do not improve by being uncomfortably packed like sardines in boxes and finding themselves in the midst of utter strangers who would oust them if they could and whom they would, in their turn, oust similarly. I refer to these things because they are held to be symbolic of material progress. But they add not an atom to our happiness. M. K. Gandhi, My Socialism
Where is the boundary of …community? From the perspective of some tribal peoples, Sangha does not stop at the threshold of our species and next of kin. Community for many native peoples is regarded as including other species, plant and animal, as well as environmental features and unseen ancestors and spirits. Community is lived and experienced as a whole system of interrelated types and species. Most importantly, this community is alive, all of it. Joan Halifax, quoted in the book Nonviolence to Animals, Earth, and Self in Asian Traditions, by Christopher Kay Chapple, 1993
Attempts at recovery will fail. Anyone who recognizes this should spend whatever money they have engaging with their neighbors and the land. Douthwaite, Richard; Fallon, Gillian; Heinberg, Richard. Fleeing Vesuvius: Overcoming the Risks of Economic and Environmental Collapse .
‘Whenever I arrive in a village, people’s first reaction is to complain about their problems. I tell them: ‘Hold on, it’s impossible that all you have is problems. Tell me about the assets and good qualities that are particular to your village and to each one of you. We get together, sometimes in the evening around a campfire. Minds and tongues grow loose and, with a whole new kind of enthusiasm, the villagers make a list of their talents, abilities, and resources. Immediately afterward, I ask them to imagine how they might, all together, put those qualities to work for them. As soon as they’ve come up with a plan, I ask the final question: Who here is prepared, here and now, to take responsibility for such and such aspect of the program? Hands shoot up, promises are made, and the work is launched within days. Malcolm McODell
The cooperation and compromises we need to “change Washington” will not happen until “we the people” demonstrate that it can be done in our local communities. Wherever we live, we must model it before we demand it of others. Paul Von Ward in 2012, Creating Your Own Shift
Decide to forgive, for resentment is negative, resentment is poisonous, resentment diminishes, and devours the self. Be the first to forgive, to smile and take the first step, and you will see happiness bloom on the face of your human brother or sister. Be always the first. Do not wait for others to apologize. For by forgiving you become the master of fate, the fashioner of life, the doer of miracles. To forgive is the highest most beautiful form of love. In return you will receive untold peace and happiness.
“Forgiving does not mean forgetting. It means understanding.” Brian Weiss, M.D., in Messages From the Masters
“People have to understand that we are all equal, all the same, all striving for a little peacefulness, happiness, and security in our everyday lives.” Brian Weiss, M.D., in Messages From the Masters
Ideally , all of the work you do today will allow you in 2012 to feel free, unencumbered., and in the vibration of love and forgiveness . You will embrace forgiveness not because you are generous and kind, overlooking the transgressions of others, but because ultimately your forgiveness will truly be backed by wisdom , an understanding that when anger and blame are in your field , they are the vibrations you continue to receive. You must learn to end the wars in your world by ending them in your mind.Barbara Marciniak, in Family of Light
Think of people or situations and people that still cause an angry reaction...then acknowledge wherever you happen to find this feeling . Now take a deep breath and using your conscious intent fill your whole body with the vibration of peace and love. Set free those you still hold as prisoners of anger in your etheric field. As you release them feel the result of clearing in your field .Those who remain offer an unseen lesson and are the ones you truly need to set free in order to purge vibrations of anxiety , fear, resentment or blame from your being . Those beings, as energies , must realize their freedom as well, so tell them, "Yes, it is time to go, you are out of my field, fly free. I no longer hold you to blame, I realize there are lessons to be learned . And, as I set you free, send back to me what you are learning so I, too, may continue to grow." .Barbara Marciniak, in Family of Light
Forgive the past. It is over. Dean Ormish, MD, in Love and Survival: the Basis for the Healing Power of Intimacy
Whenever men and women in anger and bitterness have sought to retaliate and harm those who have sought to bring harm, there has come the challenge to bless instead. God's grace is never simply for victims, but also for oppressors. Mercy is available for those who are harmed and those who perpetrate evil. To forgive our enemies is not a sign of weakness and self-negation. It is the affirmation of life for the victims and for the those who have brought harm. Charles Ringma, in the book Cry Freedom
We pardon to the extent that we love. Francois, Duc de la Rochefoucauld
When apologizing, use these 3 steps; 1. I'm sorry 2. It was my fault. 3. How can I make it right?
Whenever we are offended there is a sense that they owe us something. Whenever there is hurt, a reimbursement is expected. That anger and bitterness remains until we feel that the debt has been paid. Forgiveness is about cancelling the debt. "I am no longer going to expect anything from that person." Expose these angry, bitter feelings to the light of God's love. Jason Strand, Eagle Brook Church, Minnesota, July 08
Confession was never intended to be between us and God. It was to be between us, God, and the person we have harmed. If you have ever gone face to face with someone and said I cheated, I lied, I stole from you, you will never do it again. It has the power to break the power of sin in your life. It is the unconfessed sin in your life that gets repeated. When we confess to God, we're forgiven. When we confess to others, we are healed. Jason Strand, Eagle Brook Church, Minnesota, July 08
Your friend broke his promises? Your boss didn’t keep her word? I’m sorry, but before you take action, answer this question: How did God react when you broke your promises to him? You’ve been lied to? It hurts to be deceived. But before you double your fists, think: How did God respond when you lied to him? You’ve been neglected? Forgotten? Left behind? Rejection hurts. But before you get even, get honest with yourself. Have you ever neglected God? Have you always been attentive to his will? None of us have. How did he react when you neglected him?
The key to forgiving others is to quit focusing on what they did to you and start focusing on what God did for you. Max Lucado, In the Grip of Grace
Forgiveness begins by rising above the war, looking beyond the uniform, and choosing to see the other, not as a foe or even as a friend, but simply as a fellow fighter longing to make it home safely. Max Lucado, In the Grip of Grace
"The robbed that smiles, steals something from the thief." ~William Shakespeare, Othello
This unfolding of change and getting to know yourself will accelerate your energy fields, which will begin to connect you to the fields of others. You put out your own radio waves, just like the sun. Barbara Marciniak, in Family of Light
When you begin to rebuild and fortify your field, especially if it has been shattered, it is essential to use this technique; Breathe a field of energy around yourself that is shaped like an egg or a sphere. Fill the shape with the intent of what you want to experience and of who you are. Learn to create using the vibration of love, for this is your true work. Your health and your work are one and the same. Barbara Marciniak, in Family of Light
Cleverly disguised messages are hidden in every aspect of living. A healer can sense the messages in your field and suggest the necessary changes before the energy turns to ailments in the physical body. The discomforts and dis-ease that may move through your physical body are there because you did not deal with them in the mental or emotional body, or in the ethers. Barbara Marciniak, in Family of Light
As you awaken to who you are, many will want the same vibration. You must walk carefully; do not think it is your job to save everyone. There are low energy people, vampires, who would steal your energy, draining you as if they were vacuum cleaners, and leaving you wilted and withered. Be alert to this practice. Your job is to expand your frequency, to recirculate and recycle the energy that is all around you. Barbara Marciniak , in Family of Light
It is important for you to emphasize what you want. "I want to be well, I want to be creative...I want to travel and explore the opportunities that exist in the world." These statements set the direction for your arrows of intent, allowing the unfolding of multidimensional consciousness to be attracted to you according to the vibration in your field . Barbara Marciniak , in Family of Light
Further consideration of how you have developed as a society and a culture may show that a great dismantling is necessary. We remind you to do the dismantling in your mind, allowing the old structures and belief systems, which are the core of modern -day political and educational thinking, to dissolve on their own. Without blame or anger, realize that you are in the midst of a perceptual shift....The more you grow in consciousness and maintain the frequency of love, the more you will be able to transmute the incompatible frequencies into harmless energies . Barbara Marciniak , in Family of Light
A higher vibration or frequency is created by the way in which you integrate and establish peace throughout your spiritual, emotional, mental and physical bodies. Once this occurs, your frequency of self-assured, self-producing love and centeredness negates any harmful outside frequencies. Barbara Marciniak, in Family of Light
When you walk into a room with a person who is a vital spiritual presence, you can feel the higher vibration. Just hold that higher vibration. Pat Ewing
We also must learn not to just go to those people whose vibrations are the same as ours. It is normal to feel drawn to somebody who is on the same level that you are. But this is wrong. You must also go to those people whose vibrations are wrong....with yours. This is the importance....in helping these people. Many Lives, Many Masters, by Brian Weiss
You can renew through light. You must be very relaxed so you no longer are expending energy, but you are renewing yours. When you sleep you get renewed. A client in Brian Weiss's book
There are many levels of consciousness, many vibrational states. It is not important that you know all of these levels. The first level of the seven is that which is important for you. It is important to experience in the first plane rather than to abstract and intellectualize about the higher planes....To reach out with love, to reach out with compassion, to help others - this is what you must do on this plane. A Master in Brian Weiss's book 'Only Love Is Real'
The universe at its core is some type of relational energy, that we can't control, and it holds everything together, and has a mind of its own. It is unpredictable. Rob Bell, in the DVD Everything is Spiritual
When you look into the eyes of another, any other, and you see your own soul looking back at you, then you will know that you have reached another level of consciousness. A Master in Brian Weiss's book 'Only Love Is Real'
When I practiced walking blindfolded in the woods, I would feel the trees long before I could touch them with my hands. I realized that the trees were larger than they appeared to the visible eye. Trees have life energy fields around them, and I was sensing those fields. Barbara Ann Brennan, in the book Hands of Light
Like everything else, we are also composed of energy fields. We too, ebb and flow like the sea. We, too, are constantly changing. We have become vibrating, radiating bioplasma itself! Barbara Ann Brennan, Hands of Light
Becoming a healer means to move toward this universal creative power which we experience as love by reidentifying self with and becoming universal; becoming one with God. One stepping stone to this wholeness is to let go of our limited self definitions based on our Newtonian past of separated parts and to identify ourselves with being energy fields. Barbara Ann Brennan, Hands of Light
Soviet scientists from the Bioinformation Institute of A.S. Popow announced the discovery that living organisms emit energy vibrations at a frequency between 300 and 2000 nanometers. They called this energy the biofield, or bioplasma. Barbara Ann Brennan, Hands of Light
Just watching the negative news on TV feeds it. Wayne Morgan
On the Law of Attraction:
“Every thought vibrates, every thought radiates a signal, and every thought attracts a matching signal back. We call that process the Law of Attraction. The Law of Attraction says: That which is like unto itself is drawn. And so, you might see the powerful Law of Attraction as a sort of Universal Manager that sees to it that all thoughts that match one another line up.” Esther and Jerry Hickst
Happiness blooms naturally in the hearts of those who are inwardly free. It flows spontaneously, like a mountain spring after April showers, in minds that are contented with simple living and that willingly renounce the clutter of unnecessary, so-called "necessities" - the dream castles of a restless mind. Paramhansa Yogananda's interpretation of Stanza 11, the Rubaiyat of Omar Kayyam
“can less be more, can more be less?
well, yes and no and no and yes
well, more or less…
more bikes, fewer cars
less haze, more stars
less haste, more time
less reason, more rhyme
more time, less stress
fewer mles, more fresh (vegetables)”
By Matt Harvey in Where Earwigs Dare
Voluntary poverty is a hell of a lot easier than involuntary poverty. Dmitry Orlov
"If you are free, I recommend a hiking trip on a wilderness footpath. How inspiring it is to walk all day in the sunshine and sleep all night under the stars. What a wonderful experience in simple, natural living. Since you carry your food, sleeping equipment, etc., on your back, you learn quickly that unnecessary possessions are unnecessary burdens. You soon realize what the essentials of life are--such as warmth when you are cold, a dry spot on a rainy day, the simplest food when you are hungry, pure cool water when you are thirsty. You soon put material things in their proper place, realizing that they are there for use, but relinquishing them when they are not useful. You soon experience and learn to appreciate the great freedom of simplicity." Peace Pilgrim (Peace Pilgrim: Her Life and Works in Her Own Words - Pg.54)
By attacking the source of human misery through uprooting attachment itself, a true type of peace that automatically extends to others can be fostered. Christopher Kay Chapple, in Nonviolence to Animals, Earth, and Self in Asian Traditions
[T]he example set by the renouncers of India who advocate mimimal consumption continues to offer a solution for myriad problems. By attacking the source of human misery through uprooting attachment itself, a true type of peace that automatically extends to others can be fostered. Christopher Kay Chapple, in Nonviolence to Animals, Earth, and Self in Asian Traditions
The ideal life is being self unemployed and independently poor. Marshall Rosenberg, May 2008
You are secure when you have no enemies. So how do you go about converting enemies into friends? George Ellis, Professor of Applied Mathematics, University of South Africa
“Arrogance is just another face of fear. Without fear, there would be no need for arrogance.” Brian Weiss, M.D., in Messages From the Masters
“One of our greatest faults is our overwhelming concern about outcomes. We are preoccupied with results, and this preoccupation creates unnecessary anxiety, fear, and unhappiness. Instead of worrying about specific outcomes and results, just do the right thing. Reach out unselfishly. Hope for the best. Hope is fine. Expectation is not, because when expectation is present, disappointment is always lurking nearby.” Brian Weiss, M.D., in Messages From the Masters
“You yearn for the illusion of security instead of the security of wisdom and love”. The Masters, in the book Brian Weiss, M.D., in Messages From the Masters
“Money is neutral, neither good nor bad. What we do with money is the important part. With money we can buy food and clothing for the poor, or we can choose to use it selfishly, squandering the opportunity. The choice is ours. Money and security are not the same thing. Security can only come from within. It is a spiritual trait, not an earthly one. Security derives from inner peace and a knowledge of our true essence, which is spirit. We can never really be harmed, because we are immortal and eternal, because we are spiritual beings, not physical bodies. Because we are always loved and protected.. Because we are never alone. Because God and an army of loving spirits always protect us. Because we are all of the same essence. And so there is no need to fear. Indeed, this truth is the secret of our security and our joy.” The Masters, in Brian Weiss, M.D., in Messages From the Masters
“Love one another with all of your hearts and do not fear, do not hold back. For the more you give, the more returns to you.” The Masters, in Brian Weiss, M.D., in Messages From the Masters
“Just as love brings profound healing to our relationships, understanding brings a lessening of fear.” Brian Weiss, M.D., in Messages From the Masters
“As we gain in understanding, we let go of fears. As we let go of our fears, the obstacles to love disappear and love flows freely within and between and among us.” Brian Weiss, M.D., in Messages From the Masters
“Never lose the courage to take risks. You are immortal. You can never be hurt.” The Masters, in Brian Weiss, M.D., in Messages From the Masters
People feel nourished by the kind gestures of others. Fearful attitudes and defensive insecurities begin to melt away in the warmth of kindness. Paraphrased from Brian Weiss, M.D., in Messages From the Masters
“Strangers must approach other strangers with these benevolent actions.” Brian Weiss, M.D., in Messages From the Masters
Your power ends where your fear begins. You must learn to manage your own fear and to manage your own moments by being in them. Barbara Marciniak , Family of Light
Why are people now so drawn to you? Attracted to you? 'Because I've been freed from so many fears, and I 'm able to help them. They feel some psychic pull to me.' Brian Weiss talking to a client
You must eradicate the fears from their minds. It is a waste of energy when fear is present. It stifles them from fulfilling what they were sent here to fulfill. It's only on the surface that the troubles lie. .....You must get rid of the fear. That will be the greatest weapon you have. ....if people knew that we never really die, then this fear would dissolve. One of the Gods to Brian Weiss, guidance to him. Brian thought it was to eliminate the fear of death.
There is a purpose in this explanation of lifetimes - to bring us the disappearance of fear. Brian Weiss
People who struggle with guilt feelings are usually critical of others and tend to harbor resentment. The extent to which we judge ourselves out of fear and shame, we will also judge others. John White
We do not need to fearfully hoard or hide what we have been given. It is important that we not let fear trap us in this way. Pastor Laurie Riley, Anamosa united Methodist Church
Begin to live today as the immortal being you are, and all thought of death, all fear of change will slip from you. Ernest Holmes
Do not be terrified. Do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go...Joshua 1:9
Out of the night that covers me
Black as the pit from pole to pole
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.
In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud
Under the bludgeoning of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.
Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds and shall find me unafraid.
It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishment the scroll.
I am the captain of my fate
I am the master of my soul.
If the world didn't give it to you, the world can't take it away. Pastor Mark Olson, Mount Olivet Assy of God church, Apple Valley (referring to God's love, grace, life, and joy)
Desperate people take desperate measures. Wendell, Sheri's friend who retired from Honeywell.
Take a chance, because you never know how perfect something can turn out to be. Sierra Burnell, Anamosa, 1991-2008
If there is a remedy, there is no need to worry. If there is no remedy, there is no need to worry.
Matthiew Ricard, paraphrasing Buddha
The wealthy will throw coins over a wall to the poor but will not pay to have the wall taken down. Noah benShea in Jacob the Baker
“Do the thing you fear to do
and keep on doing it…that
is the quickest and surest
way ever yet discovered to
~ Dale Carnegie
“There was never any fear
for me, no fear of failure. If I
miss a shot, so what?”
~ Michael Jordan
Emerson tells us: “God will not have his work made manifest by cowards.” And pleads with us to “Always, always, always, always, always do what you are afraid to do.” And assures us: “Do the thing you fear and the death of fear is certain.”
Hafez: “Fear is the cheapest room in the house. I would like to see you living in better
Paulo Coelho (from The Alchemist): “There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.”
Abraham Maslow (from his study of self-actualizing individuals): “It seems that the necessary thing to do is not to fear mistakes, to plunge in, to do the best that one can, hoping to learn enough from blunders to correct them eventually.”
The Roosevelts (ﬁrst Eleanor then Franklin): “You gain strength, courage and conﬁdence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face.” And “The only thing to fear is fear itself.”
Frank Herbert (from Dune): “Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past, I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.”
Wallace Wattles (the author of The Science of Getting Rich from his great little book The
Science of Being Great): “You can never become a great man or woman until you have overcome anxiety, worry, and fear. It is impossible for an anxious person, a worried one, or a fearful one to perceive truth; all things are distorted and thrown out of their proper relations by such mental states, and those who are in them cannot read the thoughts of God.”
“Do the thing you fear and the death of fear is certain.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
Courage is not the absence of fear but the judgment that something else is more important. The brave may not live forever but the cautious do not live at all. Anon.
“Once there was a young warrior. Her teacher told her that she had to do battle with fear. She didn’t want to do that. It seemed too aggressive; it was scary; it seemed unfriendly. But the teacher said she had to do it and gave her the instructions for the battle. The day arrived. The student warrior stood on one side, and fear stood on the other. The warrior was feeling very small, and fear was looking big and wrathful. They both had their weapons. The young warrior roused herself and went toward fear, prostrated three times, and asked, “May I have permission to go into battle with you?” Fear said, “Thank you for showing me so much respect that you ask permission.” Then the young warrior said, “How can I defeat you?” Fear replied, “My weapons are that I talk fast, and I get very close to your face. Then you get completely unnerved, and you do whatever I say. If you don’t do what I tell you, I have no power. You can listen to me, and you can have respect for me. You can even be convinced by me. But if you don’t do what I say, I have no power.” In that way, the student warrior learned how to defeat fear.” Pema Chodron, Buddhist nun
“Never, never be afraid to do what’s right, especially where the welfare of a person or animal is at stake. Society’s punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict upon our soul when we look the other way.” ~ Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Police departments, like the military, are produced by the perception of power as external. Badge, boots, rank, radio, uniform, weapons, and armor are symbols of fear. Those who wear them are fearful. They fear to engage the world without defenses. Gary Zukav, The Seat of the Soul.
I thought I should ask of thee – but I dared not – the rose wreath thou hadst on thy neck. Thus I waited for the morning, when thou didst depart, to find a few fragments on the bed. And like a beggar I searched in the dawn only for a stray petal or two.
Ah me, what is it I find? What token left of thy love?
It is no flower, no spices, no vase of perfumed water. It is thy mighty sword, flashing as a flame, heavy as a bolt of thunder.
The young light of morning comes through the window and spreads itself upon thy bed. The morning bird twitters and asks, “Woman, what hast thou got?”
No, it is no flower, nor spices, nor vase of perfumed water – it is thy dreadful sword. I sit and muse in wonder, what gift is this of thine.
I can find no place where to hide it.
I am ashamed to wear it, frail as I am, and it hurts me when I press it to my bosom.
Yet shall I bear in my heart this honour of the burden of pain, this gift of thine.
From now there shall be no fear left for me in this world, and thou shalt be victorious in all my strife.
Thou hast left death for my companion and I shall crown him with my life.
Thy sword is with me to cut asunder my bonds, and there shall be no fear left for me in the world.
From now I leave off all petty decorations.
Lord of my heart, no more shall there be for me waiting and weeping in corners, no more shy and soft of demeanour. Thou hast given me thy sword for adornment.
No more doll’s decorations for me!
Rabindranath Tagore, in Gitanjali
I will not die an unlived life,
I will not live in fear of falling or catching fire.
I choose to inhabit my days,
to allow my living to open me,
to make me less afraid,
to loosen my heart until it becomes a wing,
a torch, a promise.
I choose to risk my significance,
to live so that which came to me as seed
goes to the next as blossom,
and that which came to me as blossom,
goes on as fruit.
~ Dawna Markova
Courage is being scared to death and saddling up anyway. John Wayne
Luther Standing Bear wrote circa 1900:"when a man fears the forest, he will want to control the forest, and what he can’t control, he will want to destroy."
Fear is not real. Fear is an illusion. Fear is for entertainment purposes only. Dolores Cannon
He told me to walk in love and follow the path of the light, and to struggle against fear. There should be no fear, for fear creates the darkness in man. The only truth is the love and light.
Cannon, Dolores. They Walked With Jesus
A: No. I have been there before. I feel that if you do not live in fear then you will keep yourself healthy in mind, body and soul. Fear creates all diseases and ailments, whether one is aware of this or not. D: That's an interesting idea. Is this what he taught you, that fear creates diseases? A: Yes. There were many times in my younger years in my father's village when I would sneak out to attend the closed meetings. And I gained this knowledge. This is of his teaching. D: Of course, we always think that some diseases can't be avoided. He doesn't believe this way? A: No. I say, though, that one must be a believer in the Source within one's being. That is one's God-center, that is one's heart center. If one lives without fear, one has placed a great healing protection throughout one's physical being and other layers of protection around the human person. If you let fear or darkness enter your being, you open up a space that will allow ailments to grow. One can control any disease of the mind or body.
Cannon, Dolores. They Walked With Jesus
To Know the Heart of the Pilot
Three passengers share a row of seats in an airplane. As the plane is taxiing for takeoff, their conversation turns to the topic of the airplane pilot.
Stunningly, passenger “A” doesn’t believe one exists. “No one flies the plane. We are guided by a computer system in the terminal. This plane is an occupied drone. Why should I believe otherwise? The cockpit door is closed. Who can know? There is no pilot.”
Passenger “B” disagrees. “Oh, there is a pilot. Someone sits at the controls of the plane. But, once we take off, he takes a nap. He gets the plane in the air and then goes to sleep.”
The third passenger is shocked by what she hears. “You don’t know what you are talking about. First, there is a pilot. Second, the pilot is alert, competent and kind. I know; he is my husband. He is seasoned and sensitive and has every intention of a successful flight. We are in good hands.”
Three passengers. Three opinions. A plane with no pilot. A plane with a disengaged pilot. A plane with a seasoned and concerned pilot. Fast forward a few minutes. Turbulence shakes the plane like popcorn in a paper bag. Will the three passengers experience the flight in the same way? Of the three travelers, which is most prone to stay calm?
Nothing is more important than the right view of God. Nothing. I’ve seen the wealthy and highly educated crumple like cowards at the face of death. I’ve seen the simple and humble take their final breath with a smile and a song. The difference? They knew the Pilot. Max Lucado