There are three major influences on our brains: adversity, meditation, and the mind.
In our brains, all information gathers in the hippocampus. New skills and learning generate here. Old ideas come into competition with the new ideas being formed.
In the magic of meditation, the brain starts to be able to focus more.
Further, the mind is the brain's master. We direct the brain with our own minds. The conscious mind can direct and plant seeds in the subconscious mind. The journey is heading in one direction---and that's home.
In an atypical talk about "recovery", special guest Ester Nicholson speaks about recovering that "real something" about us that may have gotten buried deep beneath the dust and grit of a challenging life journey. That something which is infinite, which is whole, which is complete, which is amazing. Recovery is about rediscovering our core essence, remembering that we are one with God, and then walking this world with a sexy swagger.
Begin with the affirmation: "I don't know crap!" Then we must decide to turn our life over to God.
We are experts at wrong. The internal feeling of being right is not foolproof. Often, when we're feeling sure of ourselves, we're actually wrong. So the feeling of being wrong is what it feels like when we're feeling right.
Wrong is central to lifelong learning. Being wrong doesn't make us wrong---New technology, new ideas, and new insights come from being wrong. Wrong is bad when you think you're wrong. It's only bad if you think it's bad.
To accept our own fallibility is to entertain the possibility of another having a better idea that we can use.
Why do we assume that life is going to be difficult?
Expect things to be easy. If we choose magic, we will approach every goal with the belief that its accomplishment will be effortless.
There is magic to be found in every situation. There is a blessing in everything. Our soul is creating the very situation that we are resisting in order that some greater freedom and joy can evolve from it.
We are all in relationship with the Infinite. But when we enter into relationship with the Infinite consciously, we are then not as in charge of our own lives anymore. The three days that Jonah spends in the belly of the whale represents the darkness and the mystery that our own lives plunge into sometimes. This tension between spirit and self exists, and it can grow so great as to cause us to abandon the spiritual path.
Happiness expert Elizabeth Manuel talks on the awesome nature of God.
Why talk about happiness?
We all have a happiness set point. It starts at birth and is evident in infancy. Fifty percent of how we feel can be lifted through our prayer and practices. This is the rewiring of our brains.
Nature is another key to happiness. We feel nurtured and safe in Nature. The ocean is healing. The sky is inspiring. The mountains are grounding, as are the trees.
It is not only moving that creates new starting points---Sometimes all it takes is a subtle shift in perspective. -- Kristin Armstrong
Our perspectives are like a prism through which we filter the relationships and experiences of our lives.
Be grateful for everything that comes your way. Know that things don't happen to us, they just happen.
Wait to worry. Live your truth. Laugh often. Embrace change and be prepared for discomfort.
Happiness is a choice we make ahead of time. Touch your dreams. It's already there. Take time to smell the roses.
Between 600 and 500 B.C., the prophet Isaiah wrote, "The wolf and the lamb shall lie down together..."
The lion and the lamb... We all have an inner lion and inner lamb. We cannot operate from one or the other all the time. True spiritual living is making a place for both the lion and the lamb to reside. The lamb is vulnerability, kindness, nurturing, but too much can put us into victimhood. The lion is the driven, hard-working side.
The lamb reminds us that it is okay to ask for affection, to ask for love. But we need the lion to get things done.
There is an integrity to your soul, such as you will find nowhere else in the universe. -- Ernest Holmes
There are two ways to tell our story: we can tell our story with anxiety and fear, or we can tell our story in the recognition that every decision we make takes us here to where we are now.
We must face the challenge. What matters most is how we see ourselves. "Freedom is acting from the truth of our nature." -- Rudolf Steiner
The world is beginning to realize that it has learned all it can through suffering and pain. -- Ernest Holmes
Today's talk revolves around the series of Norman Rockwell paintings known as "The Four Freedoms", which was inspired by the State of the Union address made by Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1941. The four freedoms are: