Sunday, 31 August 2014

Made With Love — Words of Power

President Barack Obama jokingly mimics U.S. Olympic gymnast McKayla Maroney's not impressed look while greeting members of the 2012 U.S. Olympic gymnastics team in the Oval Office, 15 November 2012 — Official White House photo by Pete Souza 

Always remember that cheerful thought is what renews your poise. Never brood over disaster. Forget it as rapidly as possible, and begin to make prosperous pictures of your future. Always picture the future, whether tomorrow, next year, or after death, as happy; as full of pleasant possibilities and happy incidents. We thus insure our future against evil happenings.

A shell casing flies out with a trail of smoke as U.S. Army Pfc Michael Freise fires an M-4 rifle during a reflex firing exercise at the Rodriguez Live Fire Complex, Republic of Korea, 23 March 2005 — DoD photo by Staff Sgt Suzanne M. Day, U.S. Air Force

Nothing just happens. Planning your future is not an empty pastime. Dream dreams and build castles. Build the blueprint of your future happiness. Make plans, look forward joyfully to good times and you will then be well on your way to materialise and help construct the thing into visible form.

Smiling Iraqi girl — Christiaan Briggs — CC-by-SA-3.0

Individual achievement is nothing; universal service is the insignia of the Master. 

Tenzin Gyatso, the fourteenth and current Dalai Lama, is the leader of the exiled Tibetan government in India. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989. Photographed during his visit in Cologno Monzese MI, Italy, 8 December 2007 — Luca Galuzzi — — CC-by-SA-2.5

We must give that which we cherish most, ourselves, our ideas, our privacy, our sacred reserves, all with love.

U.S. Air Force firefighter sprays water at the fire of a simulated C-130 Hercules plane crash during operational readiness exercise at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, 23 July 2012 — Staff Sgt Craig Cisek, U.S. Air Force

There is a centre in you, which, if perceived, will be a sure guide to your best development. Like a magnet, it will draw to you all the requisite tools or conditions for the performance of your necessary work. It is the voice of God, and it comes only from within. Listen to that inner voice. It is there, if you only knew, or had faith to believe.

Milk sellers, Brussels, Belgium with dog cart — Detroit Publishing Co. (1890—1900)

A shadow of regret renders worthless; remember that.

This image was taken during the war in 1992 in Sarajevo in the partially destroyed National Library. The cello player is local musician Vedran Smailović, who often came to play for free at different funerals during the siege despite the fact that funerals were often targeted by Serb forces — Mikhail Evstafiev — CC-by-SA-3.0

Teach John first the beauty and value of life. Let him live his message before he lets it speak. Then he will wield the only true power on earth. The whole great secret of Jesus lay in the fact of his clear vision, his love, his honest life. He lived what he believed, and his life is still doing its work. It is again that power of personality.

Letters from Harry and Helen (Spirit)

Sahrawi tribal men performing fantasia at the Tan-Tan (Moussem) Festival in Tan-Tan, Morocco — Максим Массалитин (Maxim Massalitin) — CC-by-SA.2.0

A personal plan or vision of the desired future is a visible, concrete thing here [Spirit World], holding solidly together so long as its creator holds it firmly in his brain. More than this, the vision has the power to build on your plane its counterpart in what you call fact, by a process of magnetic attraction. The law is one of the basic ones, and never fails unless the person is vacillating or weak.

Letters from Harry and Helen (In Spirit)

Fire breathing Jaipur Maharaja Brass Band Chassepierre Belgium
Luc Viatour / — CC-by-SA-3.0

Look into your own hearts and note your wares. Try out each thing you see there. See if it has real value, is made of eternal stuff. Get a line on true values, what in life is of vital importance. The test is always — Can you take the thing with you out of life? A hasty glance seems to show that one can take nothing. Look again. One takes patience, charity, unselfishness, another's gratitude, which is a blessing, too. One may take the result of kindness and help which expanded and lifted another human pilgrim. Sunshine, courage, simple faith, and sweetness. The man or woman who lays aside a business problem to care for the distress or perplexity of a little child has chosen the real and laid by the unimportant thing. Any help to a soul in trouble is a vital service which registers here [Spirit World] and helps determine what class you enter.

Letters from Harry and Helen (In Spirit)

The Kiss by Francesco Hayez, 1859

God is Life. God is the Creator, and He creates constantly, continuously, throughout the universe. That is the secret of life. God is behind and through everything, from a rock to a man, planet, or the sun. All have life. All vibrate. All move. Law is the will of God. It is the fundamental impulse of living, the push from within.

2 Maiko (apprentice Geisha) conversing near the Golden Temple in Kyoto, Japan
Daniel Bachler — CC-by-SA-2.5

We prattle a lot of God, but how many realise for a moment that it is the personal presence of God at the centre of each which enables him to exist?

George Clooney at the 2009 Venice Film Festival
Nicolas Genin — CC-by-SA-2.0

Picture a certain form of disaster and you create it just as certainly as a stone falls through air when dropped from a height. The law is that we create by our own thought our future environment. The swiftness of the actual materialisation depends upon the concentration of our thought, and the distinct quality of our vision; as well as whether we build it while feeling happy. Happy, cheerful states are splendid creators.

Joseph Kittinger's record-breaking skydive from 102,800 feet (31,300 m)
Photograph by Volkmar Wentzel

Live the good your heads know, try to qualify for immortality. Speak less and do more.

Hindu Bride, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India — Yann (CC-by-SA-3.0) 

Forgive your enemy. It is the only way to help him learn his lesson. Serve him. Be patient. Forgive seventy times seven.

Great Sand Dunes — Daniel Schwen — CC-by-SA-3.0

Our progress is neverending, but is, in fact, continuous, toward Godhood.

Photograph of The Great Wall of China from 1907 — Herbert Ponting (1870-1935) 

Love — not hate — conquers.

An elderly Tibetan woman holding a prayer wheel on the Lhasa's pilgrimage circuit of Barkhor. The Barkhor, a quadrangle of streets that surrounds the Jokhang Temple, is both the spiritual heart of the holy city and the main commercial district for Tibetans — Luca Galuzzi - — CC-by-SA-2.5

With confidence comes fair weather, and mind, which includes feeling, governs the planet in all its details. As a man thinketh, so is he. As the world feeleth, so is it. The light of faith, held by a few souls, has more than once illumined the path of escape when world disaster threatened.

From the backwaters of Kerala (near Punnamada Lake)
Hans A. Rosbach — CC-by-SA-3.0

The greatest thing we can conceive is a soul, which has the capacity for achievement, and with it, humility, sympathy, and love. This seems to be the mark of the perfected human soul.

Woman harvesting wheat, Raisen district, Madhya Pradesh, India — Yann — CC-by-SA-3.0

Mind and heart should be kept expectant, ready to see the next lesson God presents.

Emmanuelle Chazal competes in the women's heptathlon long jump final during the French Athletics Championships at Stade Charléty in Paris, 13 July 2013 — © Marie-Lan Nguyen / Wikimedia Commons / CC-by-3.0

What people need is hope and comfort, and the conviction that life is continuous, both before and after death. The more people who believe this, the sooner the age of brotherhood will arrive. One's ambition must be transferred from material success to spiritual insight. Work to get must be altered into effort to become. Happiness follows the one who is on the upward path of becoming.

Women in a tribal (Gond Adivasi) village, Umaria district, India. Picture taken during a meeting organised by Ekta Parishad about land rights, the main grievance of the Adivasi people — Yann — CC-by-SA-3.0

Through all life, all work runs a golden thread of eternal truth; through each task, be it a duty or an art, a mere livelihood, or a love. The things we do are just differently coloured and variously shaped beads on the same string. The Creator cares as much for the bead of clay or glass as the jewel of gold, but each must be strung on the thread of honest desire and unselfish devotion.

Tan Son Nhut, Vietnam. This twelve-year-old ARVN Airborne trooper with M-79 grenade launcher accompanied the Airborne Task Force Unit on a sweep through the devastated area surrounding the French National Cemetery on Plantation Road after a day-long battle there. The young soldier has been adopted by the Airborne Division — U. S. Army Signal Corps

Each soul must be left to work out its own future. Love is about the only thing one is allowed to give without limit. Advice should never be offered until asked, as it is useless until desired.

Kostas Martakis — Universal Music Greece

No one ever wins an easy victory. It takes his utmost effort, and the result rests upon a hair's breadth, so no one can feel superior to his neighbour.

Astronaut Piers Sellers during the third spacewalk of STS-121, a demonstration of orbiter heat shield repair techniques — NASA, Astronaut Michael Edward Fossum

If the integrity of a single atom can affect a universe then imagine what damage a selfish, disordered, gloomy mind can do. We belong to the brotherhood of man. Let us be sure we can qualify for that fraternity.

The ancient desert town of Ghadames, Libya, is designed to fight the dramatic extremities of Saharan climate. Houses are made out of mud, lime, and palm tree trunks with covered alleyways between them to offer good shelter against summer heat — Luca Galuzzi — — CC-by-SA-2.5

Only what is within can hurt us. No danger, no harm comes from without. Everything, good or bad, comes first from within our own natures. This attracts to itself either good or bad. Like seeks like. This is the law.

On the fortress of Lindos in Rhodes — Friedrich Böhringer — CC-by-SA-2.5

Never say a word again in criticism. Keep still and pray for more love. See how much it will improve the situation. It is the only way out. Do, we beg of you, try. Buck up!

Allan Pinkerton, President Abraham Lincoln, and Major General John A. McClernand — Civil War glass negative collection (Library of Congress)

Give each struggling soul the helping hand of kind sympathy. He needs all he can get, and then may fail. Do you care to be the one who helped his failure? Are you in a position to cast the first stone?

Ramallah man spinning wool. Hand-coloured photographic print — American Colony Jerusalem — Library of Congress 

You may save your life by willingly giving it up, but you lose it permanently by saving it, by sacrificing another. You gain by giving, not by grasping. The miser is the greatest pauper of them all.

Granduca Madonna — Raphael (1483–1520)

Each harsh thought we indulge in is a drag on the soul who is battling for his eternal life. How cowardly in anyone to cripple another, either before or during his conscientious struggle to master his inner enemy. How dare we, when we know we shall reap what we sow? How dare we throw that boomerang? No one who knows oppresses in any way the weak — I hate to appeal to your desire for self-preservation, but I can.

Japanese astronaut Soichi Noguchi waves during STS-114 mission, 13 July 2006 —  National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

See to it that you guard carefully your every thought, that you may do your part in the enlightening of the world.

Stained glass — Alfred Handel, d. 1946 — Toby Hudson — CC-by-SA-3.0

Each must use whatever he is, or has, in as many ways, and for the benefit of as many people as possible. I don't mean to say one should crowd one's talents or attentions on outsiders, but that the personal gifts or possessions we enjoy must be cultivated, and divided, or shared with those whose lives touch ours, and whose need seems to require what we can give.

STS-116 Shuttle Mission Imagery — Backdropped by a colourful Earth, astronaut Robert L. Curbeam, Jr (left) and European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Christer Fuglesang, both STS-116 mission specialists, participate in the mission's first of three planned sessions of extravehicular activity (EVA) as construction resumes on the International Space Station

A mastering ambition or desire carries all before it. Apparent obstructions crumble at its confident approach and melt away. Nothing can withstand the determined march of the spirit toward its own. You can never fail because of outside obstacles. The real and only obstacles lie within yourself. Never forget that. Make definite plans and see how easily material things obey the command of the soul.

A man walking in a tunnel with a camera in S. Martinho do Porto, Portugal — Joaquim Alves Gaspar — CC-by-SA-3.0

Hoarding is criminal, as well as stupid. It is a sort of colossal selfishness no one can afford to indulge in. Haven't you intelligence enough to realise the truth of that statement?

NASA astronaut Nicholas Patrick, STS-130 mission specialist, participates in the mission's third and final session of extravehicular activity (EVA) as construction and maintenance continue on the International Space Station. During the five-hour, 48-minute spacewalk, Patrick and astronaut Robert Behnken (out of frame), mission specialist, completed all of their planned tasks, removing insulation blankets and removing launch restraint bolts from each of the Cupola's seven windows

When you have two chairs, and can only occupy one, and there are others with no chair, a very little arithmetic will show that the extra chair in your possession is out of place. To be still more explicit —this house has, at least, three or four beds too many. Three or four guest beds should be enough in any house. Exceed that number, and you are doing someone else, somewhere, a wrong. Those extra beds must be used. Look about you, and see who needs them. It is the same with fifty other things. Get them moving. Pass them on. Don't be stupid, please. Give away more clothes, rags, junk of all sorts. Let most of your keepsakes be in the hearts of other people.

Wilton Diptych — Virgin and Child with Angels

I repeat, don't hoard anything; from furniture to ideas. The real things are free. Love, service, ideas, landscapes, God; all are, or should be, common to all.

U.S. Army soldiers on Bougainville (one of the Solomon Islands) in World War II

Enthusiasm is a life-giver. It means a speeded or lifted vibration, and that means more life current, more power.

Study — Head Of A Little Girl — William-Adolphe Bouguereau (1825–1905)

It is as though we sit in the dark with an electric switch within arm's reach, which, when touched, would send a flood of light about us. The energetic, curious person sitting so would feel about, expecting to find the means of light, while the inert would sit quietly accepting the dark as inevitable, or lamenting loudly about his desolate condition. Expect the best, then hunt for it with vigour.

Statue of Joan of Arc in Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral interior, Paris, taken spring 2001. Copyright © 2001 by Steven G. Johnson (CC-by-SA-3.0)

One must play the game. The child who hugs his ball within his pocket's shelter, fearing he may lose it if he plays the game, we know is silly. Worse! He robs himself of not only the health exercise brings, but the joy of the game, the exhilaration of contest. He is stupid in the extreme who is unwilling to risk his possession by throwing it into the open, letting someone else share the game his treasure has the power to launch.

Let us be simple and enjoy playing life's game, regardless of the possible loss of our ball. The real treasure is what our souls can extract from the play.

Apollo 17 mission on Moon, 11 December 1972 — NASA 

When you see things beginning to drag, do something new. Keep your life current at its best, and good of all sorts will come. 

Old retired man playing chess in Jardin du Luxembourg, Paris © Jorge Royan / CC-by-SA-3.0

See that your charity is always alert, and your eyes keen to see another's need.

Naval Outlying Field Coupeville — Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit Eleven (EODMU-11) members perform a static jump from the ramp of a C-130 Hercules, in groups of three — Chris Otsen, United States Navy

The impulse of growth is desire — life, aspiration, what you will. When the desire is intense enough it will create conditions. Creation comes from within us. Exterior agents assist only casually, as the sun helps to open the bud. The desire to open comes from within, and it can and will open without the sun, but the sun quickens the ultimate result. Fundamentally, the desire, the impulse must be strong at the centre of being.

Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Alonzo Gonzales with Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, walks through an alley looking for signs of sickness or disease during an operation to capture suspected Anti-coalition Forces in the vicinity of Methar Lam, Afghanistan — Cpl James L. Yarboro, U.S. Marine Corps

Success in any work depends upon how much we really love that thing. The more strongly we feel, the surer we are of success or achievement. Impediments are the cross-currents of mental attitudes which will deflect the general direction and retard results. One's eye must be single to any success. Not so selfishly single as worldly success demands, but single as to the sweeping aside of all personal vanity or petty feeling.

82 N. Latitude, panorama shot during the unsuccessful Ziegler polar expedition of 1903-5 — Anthony Fiala — United States Library of Congress

In all my study this one thing stands out as if written in lines of fire. We are our own, and, what is more, our only destruction. God lies within every one of us, waiting until we discover His presence; then, like the small child who discovers his father in hiding, with a glad cry, we clasp our own. We too are God, which means that within every heart that beats there lies the power to do and be all that any man on earth has ever been and done. What man has done man may do.

U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 720th Special Tactics Group out of Hurlburt Field jump out of a C-130J Hercules aircraft during water rescue training above Choctawhatchee Bay over the Destin coastline in Florida 3 October 2007 — Senior Airman Julianne Showalter, U.S. Air Force

One's mind must be as open as a child's to profit by teaching, no matter on what plane of life. An open mind and a hospitable heart are what we must all have to secure more than we have of anything. Follow your own inner light and work on your personal defects, with the idea of getting your whole mental and spiritual system loosened up, just as you would work on a stiff muscle.

2010 Mavericks surfing competition — Shalom Jacobovitz — CC-by-SA-3.0

Let us look deep within and see what we really love most, then go after it. The primal impulse must be strong to push through obstructions. The obstructions are there merely to test its strength. Few of us know what we really desire. When we do we arrive, because desire is the great creator. Desire and love. There isn't a thing on earth as strong as these. All bend before and beneath them.

Staff Sgt Desiree Palacios tests and makes final settings on her camera before taxing out to on sortie in an F-16D Fighting Falcon with the 182d Fighter Squadron, Lackland Air Force Base, TX — Lance Cheung, U.S. Air Force

Unselfishness is the key unlocking every closed door. Unselfishness is only another name for love.

Photograph of 2 men and 2 children in an automobile, Paris in 1910 — Alexandre Louis

Bring all the joy you can into your own life, and let it shine elsewhere. Gloom is deadly. The path is upward, the sky is clear, and the sun shines. Remember, the sun shines for all of us. The clouds which lie between are of our own making. One succeeds or fails because of himself; because he has neither the strong desire, the courage, nor the joy of working in his heart. I wish I could make you see what a joy life is. The beauty of it, the swing of it, the life, the song, the colour. If you could feel it just once! The raising of your vibrations would dispel all your difficulties, as the sun the fog. You cower before a shadow, the shadow of your own doubt. Get more vibrant with life, and you will sweep everything before you. People will be glad to give you all you want, or need. There is nothing so hypnotic as joy. Get and give all you can.

Aircraft Rescue Firefighting Marines aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar begin to combat fires during a simulated fire exercise at the ARFF Training Pit here — Manuel F. Guerrero, U.S. Marine Corps

Limit your possessions to your ability to use them actively. You should not just sit in the midst of things. Live in a place where what is about you is in active service. No ornaments, either pictures or furniture, should be stored away. What can't be enjoyed daily should be passed on.

A smoky day at the Sugar Bowl — Hupa — Edward S. Curtis (1868—1952) — Library of Congress

The same is true about your jewellery and clothes — pass them on. Keep things circulating and they don't die. This is a great truth. Things live and have a character as well as people. They absorb your personality and give off your atmosphere and feeling. That is why you can feel immediately whether the people who live in a place are fine and hospitable, or selfish and cold. Your things talk.

A man sweeping ash from the road during the 2014 eruption of Kelud — Crisco 1492 — CC-by-SA-3.0