The Power of Will

Have you ever noticed how you can have amazing willpower in one area of your life but in another, it can be really weak?  We all have the God-given faculty of will, and when we combine it with the faculty of power, we can do amazing things.

Why is that?  Why doesn’t God do it for us?  One of the things that separate humans from other animals is free will.  By having free will, we get to use our decision-making power (will) as the governing force of manifestation through choices we make every day, minute by minute.

With this choice of how we will use our will, we can accomplish many positive things in our lives – whether it is overcoming addiction, accomplishing a difficult physical task, or reaching for a dream of ours.

This combination of power and will, mixed with love, cannot only overcome challenges but can allow us to use our free will to align with God’s will for us. When we do this, we are truly living in the flow.

Quote of the Week

Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”          
Victor Frankl

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The Power of Understanding

Does Understanding mean the same thing as knowledge?   We often get understanding and knowledge confused.  Knowledge comes from learning things, but understanding is about comprehending something at a deeper level.

The dictionary defines it as: comprehension; personal interpretation; a superior power of discernment; enlightened intelligence.

So understanding is essentially about comprehension, it has to do with perspective. Our understanding is always dependent on our individual perspective and it has to do with compassion.

It seems to me that in our world today with all its challenges, we all need to be more understanding and to be more compassionate.  Understanding also means to “have a disposition of empathy and consideration for others.”   

Certainly, we need to become more aware of other people’s perspectives and feelings.  When we come from a place deep within, our God center, we can understand that we are all part of the same family – the human family. 

Understanding allows us to be tolerant and without judgment because we are coming from a higher consciousness.  If we all took the time to come from that space rather than our egos, we could change the injustices of this world.

Quote of the Week

 Understanding is a spiritual birth, a revelation of God within the heart of man.” H. Emilie Cady

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The Power of Words

When you hear the word Power what do you think of immediately?  Often people visual physical power like superheroes like Superman or Spiderman or having the ability to do something.  There is however another kind of power, the kind that we look at when we study the Twelve Powers and that is the Power of the spoken word.

Anyone who has ever been called names as a child or an adult can attest to the fact that words can hurt as much as physical force.  Words have the ability for good and bad.  They can stir up people to do great things as well as horrific things.

How much attention do you to give the words you speak?  Every word we speak – not just to others – but also the ones we tell ourselves, can help to keep us down or to allow us to soar.

Here are three questions to ask yourself before you speak that are attributed to Socrates.

Is it true?

Is it necessary?

Is it kind?

Ask yourself these simple questions, not just about what you say to others, but also the words we say to ourselves.

Quote of the Week

“Words have energy and power with the ability to help, to heal, to hinder, to hurt, to harm, to humiliate, and to humble.” 

Yehuda Berg

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The Power of Imagination

Imagination – as young children we are filled with imagination.  I once watched my granddaughter at about age 4, keep herself occupied with just a pencil and piece of paper.  With two simple things she created a world that kept her interest for quite some time.

As we grow, our imagination often takes a back seat to “reality” which is unfortunate because everything is first created in the imagination and then becomes “real”.  Imagination is behind every house, car, clothing, business, etc.  Think about Amazon which came from something someone imagined in his garage.

We can use our imagination for creativity, for good, for positive change, and for seeing the possible in the impossible.  However, when used incorrectly, it can also create the horrors of the Nazi death camps.

What are you using your imagination for?  Do you imagine always the worse to happen and then are upset when it does or do you use it to imagine the good that is available to us when we use the power of imagination to think of all the possibilities for good that are within us?

The choice is ours to make.  We can create a life of heaven or hell – it all depends on what we imagine.

Quote of the Week

“The cause of all of our suffering is our thinking.”  Buddha

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The Power of Love

In the world today it may sometimes seem as though, “What the world needs now is Love”.  However, there is always Love because God is Love and that Love is present everywhere.

While there is Love, people are not always loving.  Can you imagine what the world would be like if we were all more loving?  We would have a world where there was no war, no famine, no violence, where people truly followed Jesus’ first commandment to “Love God and to love our neighbors as we love ourselves.”  

Therefore, maybe the problem is not a lack of Love but the fact that many people do not love themselves.  They judge themselves as being unlovable, not worthy of love, and in some cases, actually dislike, or even hate themselves.  So instead of loving their neighbor as themselves, they dislike their neighbor as themselves.

Jesus was not just telling us to love our neighbor, but to, also, love ourselves.  If we want to change the world, we must begin by changing how we see ourselves.  When we understand that God is Love and God is within each of us, then we would begin to love ourselves more.  The more love we feel within, the more loving we become.  The more loving we become, the more we can be the change we want to see in the world – and we will cease fighting anyone or anything.

Quote of the Week

“ Once you overcome the hatred within your mind, you will discover that in the world outside, there is no longer any such thing as even a single enemy.”                Rinpoche

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