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16 January 2022

What will form a new starting point for future growth?

What will form a new starting point for future growth?

Spiritual ideal, or a worldly object, whichever it is, steadily focus your thought upon the ideal or object which you have set before you. Now, having conceived of a legitimate purpose in your heart, set out to accomplish it. Make your purpose the centralising point of your thoughts. Make your purpose your supreme duty and devote yourself to its attainment. This is the royal road to self-control and true concentration of thought. Even if you fail again and again to accomplish your purpose, the strength of character gained will be the measure of your true success, and this will form a new starting point for future power and triumph.

Alexander Bassano (1829 – 1913)

What always leads to failure?

What always leads to failure?

Thoughts of doubt and fear never accomplish anything, and never can. They always lead to failure. Purpose, energy, power to do, and all strong thoughts cease when doubt and fear creep in.

Alexander Bassano (1829 – 1913)

The will to do springs from the knowledge that we can do.

The will to do springs from the knowledge that we can do. 


Alexander Bassano (1829 – 1913)

What are the great enemies of knowledge?

What are the great enemies of knowledge?

Doubt and fear are the great enemies of knowledge.

Alexander Bassano (1829 – 1913)

What is the direct result of your own thoughts?

What is the direct result of your own thoughts?

All that you achieve, and all that you fail to achieve, is the direct result of your own thoughts.

Alexander Bassano (1829 – 1913)

Our suffering and happiness evolve from within.

Our suffering and our happiness are evolved from within. 


Alexander Bassano (1829 – 1913)

As he thinks, so he is; as he continues to think, so he remains.

 As he thinks, so he is; as he continues to think, so he remains.

Alexander Bassano (1829 – 1913)

Rise and achieve by lifting up your thoughts.

You can only rise, conquer, and achieve by lifting up your thoughts. 

Alexander Bassano (1829 – 1913)

Lift up your thoughts.

You can only remain weak, abject, and miserable by refusing to lift up your thoughts.


Alexander Bassano (1829 – 1913)

You are limited only by the thoughts which you choose.

You are limited only by the thoughts which you choose.


Alexander Bassano (1829 – 1913)

Cherish your visions.

Cherish your visions; cherish your ideals; cherish the music that stirs in your heart, the beauty that forms in your mind, the loveliness that drapes your purest thoughts, for out of them will grow all delightful conditions, all heavenly environment; of these, if you but remain true to them, your world will, at last, be built.

James Allen, As a Man Thinketh, Thomas Y. Crowell Company, Visions and Ideals, 40


Alexander Bassano (1829 – 1913)

You receive that which you earn; no more, no less.

You receive that which you earn; no more, no less. 


Alexander Bassano (1829 – 1913)

Chance is not.

There are efforts, and there are results, and the strength of the effort is the measure of the result. Chance is not. 


Alexander Bassano (1829 – 1913)

12 January 2022

You are the complete sum of all your thoughts.

As a man thinketh in his heart so is he has a factual meaning. You are literally what you think you are. You are the complete sum of all your thoughts. You are what your thoughts have wrought and built.


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Truly, as a man thinks in his heart, so he is.

Truly, as a man thinks in his heart, so he is.

Utopia | Makis E. Warlamis | User Daskunstmusuem from Wikimedia Commons | Waldviertel Art Museum | Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

Mind is the Master power that moulds and makes,

And Man is Mind, and evermore he takes 

The tool of Thought, and, shaping what he wills,

Brings forth a thousand joys, a thousand ills—

He thinks in secret, and it comes to pass

Environment is but his looking-glass.

—James Allen, As a Man Thinketh

You yourself are the maker of yourself.

By virtue of the thoughts, which you choose and encourage, James Allen, author of As a Man Thinketh, contends that the mind is the master weaver, both of the inner garment of character and the outer garment of circumstance.

Allen, James, As a Man Thinketh, Thomas Y. Crowell, New York, Foreword, 5


Swing Time (1936) | RKO / The Kobal Collection | Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International

The Secret and the Beauty of the Law of Attraction

The beauty of the Law of Attraction is thatas soon as you stop thinking the thoughts that are attracting unfavourable conditions or circumstances, the unfavourable conditions or circumstances will stop being created. It does not matter how many times you have thought a thought or for how long you have held a thought, the moment you start thinking other thoughts, new and favourable circumstances or conditions will be drawn to you.


Partial map of the Internet | The Opte Project | Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 Generic

11 January 2022

How do you draw near God?

In Letters from a Living Dead Man, Letter XX, The Man Who Found God, invisible author, X,  writes to his visible medium, Elsa Barker, that there seemed to be no way in which he could better teach the reader of these letters about life on the other side than by telling his experiences and conversations with men and women there.

X tells Elsa about a man who seemed to be a genuine saint. Yes, there are little saints and great saints, as there are little sinners and great sinners.

One day, while walking on a mountaintop, “walking,” for it seemed about the same, though it took little energy to walk here.

On the mountaintop, X saw a man standing alone. The man was looking out and far away but X could not see what he was looking at. The man was abstracted and communing with himself or with some presence of which X was unaware.

X waited for some time. At last, drawing a long breath, for spirit-souls breathe here, the man turned his eyes to X, and said, with a kind smile

Can I do anything for you, brother?”

X was embarrassed for a moment, feeling that he might have intruded upon some sweet communion.

If I am not too bold in asking,” he said, “would you tell me what you were thinking as you stood there looking into space?”

X was conscious of his presumption, but being so determined to learn what could be known if sometimes he was too bold in making inquiries, he felt that his very earnestness might win for him the forgiveness of those he questioned.

This man had a beautiful beardless face and young-looking eyes, but his garments were the ordinary garments of one who thinks little or nothing of his appearance. That very unconsciousness of the outer form may sometimes give it a peculiar majesty.

The man looked at X in silence for a moment; then he said

I was trying to draw near God.”

And what is God?” X asked. “And where is God?”

The man smiled. X had never seen a smile like his, as he answered

God is everywhere. God is.”

What is he?” X persisted, and again the man repeated, but with a different emphasis

God is.”

What do you mean?” X asked.

God is, God is,” he said.

X did not know how his meaning was conveyed to him, perhaps by sympathy, but it suddenly flashed into his mind that when he said, “God is,” he expressed the completest realisation of God, which is possible to the spirit, and when he said, “God is,” he meant X to understand that there was no being, nothing that is, except God.

There must have been in X's face a reflection of what he felt, for the saint then said to him

Do you not also know that He is and that all that is, is He?”

I am beginning to feel what you mean,” X answered, “though I doubtless feel but a little of it.”

He smiled and made no reply but X's mind was full of questions.

When you were on earth,” X said, “did you think much about God?”

Always. I thought of little else. I sought Him everywhere but seemed only at times to get flashes of consciousness as to what He really was. Sometimes, when praying, for I prayed much, there would come to me suddenly the question, “To what are you praying?” And I would answer aloud, “To God, to God!” But though I prayed to Him every day for years, only occasionally did I get a flash of that true consciousness of God. Finally, one day when I was alone in the woods, there came the great revelation. It came not in any form of words, but rather in a wordless and formless wonder, too vast for the limitation of thought. I fell upon the ground and must have lost consciousness, for, after a while, I awoke and got up and looked about me. Then, gradually, I remembered the experience, which had been too big for me while I was feeling it.

I could put, into the form of words, the realisation, which had been too much for my mortality to bear, and the words I used to myself were, ‘All that is, is God.’ It seemed very simple, yet it was far from simple. ‘All that is, is God.’ That must include me and all my fellow beings, human and animal; even the trees and the birds and the rivers must be a part of God if God were all that is.

From that moment, life assumed a new meaning for me. I could not see a human face without remembering the revelationthat the human being I saw was a part of God. When my dog looked at me, I said to him aloud, ‘You are a part of God.’ When I stood beside a river and listened to the sound of its waters, I said to myself, ‘I am listening to the voice of God.’ When a fellow being was angry with me, I asked myself, ‘In what way have I offended God?’ When one spoke lovingly to me, I said, ‘God is loving me now,' and the realisation nearly took my breath away. Life became unbelievably beautiful.

Theretofore, I had been so absorbed in God, in trying to find God, that I had not given much thought to my fellow beings and had even neglected those nearest me. But from that day, I began to mingle with my human brethren. I found that as more and more I sought God in them, more and more God responded to me through them. And life became still more wonderful.

Sometimes, I tried to tell others what I felt, but they did not always understand me. It was thus I began to realise that God has purposely, for some reason of His own, covered Himself in veils. Was it that He might have pleasure in tearing them away? If so, I would help Him all I could. So I tried to make other men grasp the knowledge of God, which I myself had attained. For years, I taught men. At first, I wanted to teach everybody, but soon I came to see that that was impossible, and so I selected a few who called themselves my disciples. They did not always tell the world that they were my disciples because I asked them not to do so. But I urged each of them to give to someone as much as possible of the knowledge that I had given to him. And so I think that many have come to feel a little of the wonder, which was revealed to me that day alone in the woods, when I awoke to the knowledge that God is, God is.

Elsa Barker, Letters from a Living Dead Man, 1914, Mitchell Kennerley, New York, Letter XX, The Man Who Found God, 78-83


The emblematic chameleon of the late General Mathieu Kerekou in Pendjari National Park | Michozounou Franck Wilfried | Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International | Wiki Loves Earth 2020

08 January 2022

Live from your heart.

Live from your heart and keep your light shining brilliantly.


Aurora at Clearwater Lake in Wells Gray Provincial Park, Canada | Hengyu Jonathan Chi | Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International | Wiki Loves Earth 2020

Take time for solitude.

If you feel off-balance, dispirited, aggravated or fatigued, remember to breathe deeply and rhythmically, drink a great deal of pure water, eat lightly, get sufficient sleep, take time for solitude, and be with Nature as often you can.



Chestnut-tailed starling (Sturnia malabarica) on Indian coral tree (Erythrina variegata), Satchari National Park Bangladesh | Touhid Biplob | Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International | Wiki Loves Earth 2020

Why does judgment take you away from God?

Why does judgment take you away from God?

Judging takes you away from your divinity. Believing that you are a victim, powerless, or that the power of God is not with you or within you denies who you are. As an enlightened being, you must know that you are always safe, for you know that you are the source of all that you experience moment by moment.


Palykavickaja, Mahiliow, Belarus | Mikhail Kapychka | Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International | Wiki Loves Earth 2020

Disapproval always indicates lack!

Disapproval always indicates lack!


Palykavickaja, Mahiliow, Belarus | Mikhail Kapychka | Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International | Wiki Loves Earth 2020

What governs your inner world?

What governs your inner world?

All your perceptions of what is external to you are governed by your inner world. 


Fishbone-like reflection of the rock in the Krka river, Croatia | Mladen Bozickovic | Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International Wiki Loves Earth 2020

What determines your relationship to all other things?

What determines your relationship to all other things?

What you deem to be true about yourself and your relationship to the Universe determines your relationship to all other things. Love yourself and accept yourself and you will automatically love all beings, without question, without doubt, and without a second thought!


Chamaeleo senegalensis | Farid Amadou Bahleman | Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International Wiki Loves Earth 2020

Love yourself and accept yourself.

Love yourself and accept yourself and you will automatically love all beings, without question, without doubt, and without a second thought!


Axios Delta National Park, Greece | Diamantis Matthelis | Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International Wiki Loves Earth 2020

What determines your spiritual growth?

What determines your spiritual growth? 

It is your ability to put love into practice that determines your spiritual growth—nothing else!


Banaue Rice Terraces, Philippines | Billy Palatino | Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International Wiki Loves Earth 2020

What are beliefs?

What are beliefs? 

Have you ever considered that beliefs are simply thoughts that have been thought over and over until they have become firmly rooted in the consciousness of the individual? 

Remember, beliefs are only thoughts that have been thought repetitively, so repetitively, that they give you the illusion of being permanent and immovable.

It is the belief you hold true now that is important.


Kinburn Spit, a regional landscape park, Nikolaev, Ochakov, Kinburn peninsula, Ukraine | Viktoriia Rogovenko | Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International | Wiki Loves Earth 2020

You may do, become, or have whatever you want.

You may do, become, or have whatever you want. Remember that.


The rocks surrounding the fort were used for long jump exercises by soldiers under Sir Samuel Baker's army at Baker's fort (1872), Uganda | Jim Joel | Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International | Wiki Loves Earth 2020

Love is our natural state of being.

Love is our natural state of being, for each one is loved, and each one is love. It is as simple as that!


Baby-tufted grey langur (Semnopithecus priam) nestled, Yala National Park, Sri Lanka | Author Senthiaathavan from Wikimedia Commons | Wiki Loves Earth 2020 | | Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International | Wiki Loves Earth 2020

Love is what has created you!

Love is within each individual; 

Each is a part of all. 

Love is what has created you!

User Dsdugan from Wikimedia Commons

03 January 2022

Happiness is born of pure spirit.

Happiness is born of pure spirit.


Martha Graham at the Library of Congress

The best method is probably the simplest.

The best method is probably the simplest. Remember that.


Martha Graham at the Library of Congress

Open your eyes to the importance of your soul.

Open your eyes to the importance of your soul.


Martha Graham at the Library of Congress

It is what is inside you that counts the most.

It is what is inside you that counts the most. Remember that.


Martha Graham at the Library of Congress

02 January 2022

Let your heart decide.

Trust your inner feelings. Let your heart decide.


The Soul of the Rose | John William Waterhouse (1849–1917)

Love governs your entire existence.

You are truly loved. You were created in love and love governs your entire existence.


Good Neighbours | John William Waterhouse (1849–1917)

What would love do?

If you are concerned that you may be getting things wrong, concerned about what truth is, what to believe, what not to believe, ask yourself, What would love do?


Gather Ye Rosebuds While Ye May | John William Waterhouse (1849–1917)

Follow your deep inner feelings.

Follow your deep inner feelings; trust what feels good, for what feels good is the measurement of your success.


Lamia | John William Waterhouse (1849–1917)

Enjoy the journey!

There are no rights or wrongs, but only meanderings along the path of experience towards that which fulfils, inspires and energises you. Enjoy life! Celebrate life! All is well with you and your world. Truly, it is.


The Bouquet | John William Waterhouse (1849–1917) | Falmouth Art Gallery | Art UK

What then is truth?

What then is truth? 

If something feels good, if it elevates your vision of yourself and of humanity, then that is truth.


Gather Ye Rosebuds While Ye May | John William Waterhouse (1849–1917)

Faith has great power and magnitude.

Christ recognised faith as a great attribute of the human soul, and being aware of its power and magnitude, He said—

If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto the mountain, Remove hence to yonder place, and it shall remove and nothing shall be impossible to you.

—Matt. 17:20

Thurman Fleet, Revised Edition, Copyright, 1950, by Thurman Fleet, Rays of the Dawn—Laws of the Body—Mind—Soul, Part Three—The Laws of the Soul, XVII, Faith, 109




Jenny Bergensten | Hallwyl Museum | National Historical Museums of Sweden

The Supreme Prayer for Humanitas' Peoples

O Pure Spirit, Thou Love Divine, my spirit-soul thanks and blesses Thee for this perfect day in Thy Infinite Reality. 

As this day is perfect, so, too, is my spirit-soul perfect, for it is of Thee. 



Evening prayer—Hallowed be Thy name | Currier & Ives | United States Library of Congress' Prints and Photographs division

And as Thou didst foresee this day from the beginning, and hath prepared for all its needs, I acknowledge this glorious preparation and allow all things with joy and gratitude. Therefore, throughout all this perfect dayalways, for all eternity, forever. More—



TopA man praying at a Japanese Shintō shrine | BottomFree Hugs Campaign | Kalandrakas (カランドラカス) from Kanagawa, Japan | Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic


May Thy thoughts be my thoughts.


An Aymara woman praying in Bolivia | LOC Country Study on Bolivia | Inter-American Foundation


May Thy words be my words.



The Saviour's Transfiguration | Tretyakov Gallery


I thank Thee, Beloved One,

That even before I have asked, 

It has been done unto me.


Young monks in Litang | Tibet Motorbike Trip Album | Matt Ming, Beijing, China | Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic


May the intention and doing of my whole being be the expression of Thy Pure Spirit working in me, through me, by me, and for me—


The Virgin in Prayer by Sassoferrato (1640-1650) | National Gallery, London

At all times, in all places, under all circumstances, and before all Humanitas' peoples; 



A young girl prays before eating her school lunch of soup, sandwich, milk and an apple | U.S. Works' Progress Administration Surplus Commodities—School Lunch Programmes during the Great Depression, 1936 | Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum


Not my will, O Creator, but Thine Perfect Will be done, concerning me, and the divine design of my life, which Thou didst conceive for me when Thou didst conceive me with Thyself in glory before the world ever was. 

It is. 

 


The Good Shepherd | Bernhard Plockhorst (1825–1907)