Thursday, November 29, 2007

Victims of Circumstances

Stedman Graham, Speaker, Author and Educator once said, "People who consider themselves victims of their circumstances will always remain victims unless they develop a greater vision for their lives."

And, that requires thinking!

I read somewhere recently that less than one percent of the population actually think, about three percent think they think, and the rest ... don't!

George Bernard Shaw said that behind everything humourous is a hidden truth. Dr. Wayne Dyer insists that there is a hidden beauty in everything you see. Most people let what they think they see, or hear, govern their reactions instead of searching for the "truth". Those who really think do not let circumstances dictate their reactions. They seek out the truth and respond accordingly. They will never become victims of circumstances.

Think about it!

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Thursday, October 25, 2007

Timeless Wisdom

Christiane Northrup, Medical Doctor and Author of “Mother-Daughter Wisdom” once said, "Feeling grateful or appreciative of someone or something in your life actually attracts more of the things that you appreciate and value into your life."

Isn’t that so true! If you are a student of the laws which govern the universe and which affect every aspect of your life, you are well aware of the power of the Law of Attraction, so ably presented in the movie The Secret. And according to Wallace Wattles, in his book, The Science Of Getting Rich, gratitude is one of the key essentials in remaining connected to the Source from which all things come.

My personal experience has proven Christiane’s statement to be true. I think it should be self-evident, even to those not familiar with the Law of Attraction.

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Tuesday, October 23, 2007

I Have A New Life!

I have a new life! And I owe it to quite a few people.

It all started a few years ago when I read a book my partner of almost fifty years had left lying around. Its title, "The Power of Intention" roused my curiosity. "Hmm, I thought, just another self-improvement book." But as I read the cover description I had the distinct impression that it was more than that. My curiosity got the better of me and, although I had many other things that needed doing, I plunked myself down in my favourite chair and started reading it. By the time I had reached the end of Chapter Six I had "learned" so much that I felt I needed to know more. Through the Internet I discovered a series of "You Can Do It" conferences, sponsored by Hay House Publishing. One was to be held in Toronto, so I eagerly signed up. That’s where I met the author, Dr. Wayne W. Dyer. He was the start of it all!

Through that conference I discovered the book, "Ask And It Is Given" by Esther and Jerry Hicks. Again, by the time I had finished the first section I had re-discovered a lot of what I had already known, according to Abraham, and wanted, no needed, to know more.

It was about that same time a friend loaned me her copy of Dr. Amit Goswami’s book, "The Self-Aware Universe", sub-titled "How Consciousness Creates The Material World". What an eye-opener it was, leading me further into exploration of particle physics and the world of quantum physics. That led to John Maddox’s book, "What Remains To Be Discovered". Now I knew that there was much more to this earthly life than I could ever have imagined. I was on a roll.

One day, shortly thereafter, while wandering through the video store, looking for a light-hearted movie I found "What The [Bleep] Do We Know?". The title tickled my fancy, so I rented it for the evening’s entertainment. It turned out not to be light-hearted at all! It was profound. And I was quite surprised to see none other than Dr. Amit Goswami in it, along with a great many other quantum physicists, scientists, psychologists, psychiatrists and philosophers!

All this occurred over a period of two years, and by this time my ideas about life in general, about my religion and my beliefs, had been turned on end. I was seeing things with an entirely new perspective. I knew I was on the right path, but I also knew that there was a lot more to learn. I knew I had barely scratched the surface.

Then it all started to happen in quick time. On a recommendation from a friend we purchased a copy of the DVD movie "The Secret", produced in part by Rhonda Byrne. It literally blew my mind! I watched it twice! The second time I saw things I hadn’t noticed with the first viewing. Since then I watch it about once a month, and I am still seeing something new each time. That prompted me to buy a second copy, which I eagerly lend to friends who have not seen it. Almost every one of them has since purchased their own copy!

It’s funny how, sometimes, fate seems to play its hand at just the right time. In a philosophical mood one evening I entered the word "life" into the Google search bar on my computer to see what it would bring up. The search turned up 1,020,000,000 entries in less that half a second! I narrowed my search by adding "abundant" but by accident I forgot to leave a space between the two words! To my surprise, that reduced the list to six, one of which was "The Life Abundant - The Secret Science of Getting Rich". Now that was just too interesting to ignore. The Secret Science of Getting Rich??? Really! Well, that I just had to see. So, I clicked on it.

That took me to the web site,, owned by Elizabeth Perrin. And that was where I met Bob Proctor, Dr. Michael Beckwith and Jack Canfield for the second time. They were described as "Teachers from ‘The Secret’". So I signed up for the seven free lessons offered there. After all, what did I have to lose? They were free, right? And they were eye-opening!

I knew I just couldn’t leave it there. I knew that the message of "The Secret", namely that the "Law Of Attraction" is constantly at work throughout the universe, was just the tip of the iceberg. I learned that although "The Secret" had made me aware of that "law", it didn’t begin to touch on how to use it! The seven free lessons was a start. That led to "The Briefcase", a complete seminar package, produced by Bob Proctor and his LifeSuccess company, and based on Wallace D. Wattles’ book, "The Science of Getting Rich", which was published over one hundred years ago.

Through Elizabeth Perrin’s web site, "The Life Abundant", I got the package. I have been studying it daily ever since. And, I am beginning to incorporate its lessons within my daily life. The difference is absolutely amazing!

Yes, I have a new life, and I owe it all to these people: Dr. Wayne W. Dyer, Esther and Jerry Hicks, Dr. Amit Goswami, John Maddox, Rhonda Byrne, Bob Proctor, and Elizabeth Perrin. I will never be able to thank them enough.


Friday, October 19, 2007

What do I really want?

Orison Swett Marden, Author and the Founder of Success Magazine, once said, "We lift ourselves by our thought. If you want to enlarge your life, you must first enlarge your thought of it and of yourself. Hold the ideal of yourself as you long to be, always everywhere."

Wallace Wattles, in his book, The Science of Getting Rich, suggests that one needs to have a clear and precise mental picture of what it is you want, and to keep it constantly in your mind. Once you know exactly what it is you want, by keeping it in the forefront of your mind you are able to focus clearly on it, sending the right message to the universe through the power of the Law of Attraction.

For me, and I think that for most people, defining so clearly what it is I want is a very difficult thing. It requires a great deal of concentrated thought. Then another problem arises. As I try to concentrate on what it is I really want, the thought that it really isn’t possible suddenly flashes, even if ever so briefly, thorough my consciousness. And I am sure that that negative thought goes out to the universe just as surely as does the thought that gave birth to it! I understand that conflicting messages to the universe result in nothing happening. The Law of Attraction demands clarity in order to work. I guess that this is where faith comes in, faith in knowing that what you really want is already being moved towards you.

So I think I am going to follow Napoleon Hill’s advice, (Think And Grow Rich), and write down what it is I want, and read it aloud twice every day, once in the morning and once in the evening. I know that in order to grow in all areas of my life I need to become larger than my present place. And, I know that doesn’t mean I need to eat more.

There is a seminar series based on Wallace Wattles’ book. Seven free lessons from it are available through The Life Abundant. I tried them. Wonderful!

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Living as Opposed to Existing

Author Michael E. Gerber, (The E-Myth Revisited), once said, "The difference between great people and everyone else is that great people create their lives actively, while everyone else is created by their lives, passively waiting to see where life takes them next. The difference between the two is the difference between living fully and just existing."

It seems to me that almost everyone tends to live their life reacting to their environment; to what they think they see and hear. They go along with the crowd. They really don’t think. And their life seems quite hum drum to me.

Now I shouldn’t criticise, for that is exactly the way I went through the greatest portion of my life. It wasn’t until just recently that I "wised up". It was through reading such books as "The Self-Aware Universe" by Amit Goswami and "The Power of Intention" by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer, that I discovered situations and things are not necessarily what they seem. They just "are". It’s what I make of them that counts. And I have learned that the way I look at things changes the way things look. Documentaries such as "What The [Bleep] Do We Know" and "The Secret" were real blessings for me.

Now I do my best to create my life as I want it to be. I no longer worry about "what the neighbours might think", (according to Bob Proctor they don't!), or how good or bad something might appear to be. By daily study and by exercising my thinking mind I am becoming more and more aware of the universal laws which govern everything. And I am so happy and grateful that, at the age of 72, I am growing intellectually and spiritually. I am finding the world a marvellous and exciting place, and I am rejoicing in my life.

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Monday, October 15, 2007

Live Largely!

TV Personality, Producer and Author, Oprah Winfrey, once said, "The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate."

I just love Oprah! Although I don't catch all of her programs, I do watch a lot. The topics she picks are so insightful and so educational. It's amazing what one can learn from them; from the people she features.

When you praise and celebrate your life you are sending good vibrations to the Universe, and according to the universal Law of Attraction, the Universe responds in like kind. Life expands, and you expand. You become "larger than your space" and you grow. You move upwards in all areas of your life.

So, dear reader, do take Oprah's advice. Live largely and celebrate with praise and thanks for what you have. More will come your way. It is "the law".

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Wednesday, October 10, 2007


Rosalynn Carter, Former American First Lady of the United States, once said, “ If you doubt you can accomplish something, then you can't accomplish it. You have to have confidence in your ability, and then be tough enough to follow through."

One thing for which I have to thank my Mother is that, from my earliest memories, she led me to believe I could do anything I set my mind to. To this day, at 72, I still feel that way. Many times I have been faced with a situation which required action, the likes of which I had never encountered before. Still, I tackled it, knowing that if anyone else could do it, so could I. I never met failure! Yes, I sometimes had to re-work things, and sometimes it took many attempts before I got it right. But in the end I always succeeded!

Thanks, Mom, wherever you are, for giving me that self-confidence to succeed.

Your loving daughter.


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Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Persistence Pays Off

George E. Allen, Publisher and Author, once said, "People of mediocre ability sometimes achieve outstanding success because they don't know when to quit. Most men succeed because they are determined to."

In my opinion, that goes for women as well!

Napoleon Hill, in his book, Think And Grow Rich, suggests the reader put up a sign where it is the last thing you see before going to bed at night, and the first thing you see in the morning. It should say, in one inch high letters, "Quitters never win, and winners never quit."

Wallace D. Wattles, in his book, The Science of Getting Rich, says, time and again, that ability is not what makes one rich.

So, regardless of what you think you possess in the way of ability, you can succeed in any endeavour to which you put your mind. But... it is wise to bear in mind that if your first attempt fails, try a different approach the second time, and again the third time, ad infinitum until you find the plan that does succeed. Only an idiot expects to get different results repeating the same thing over and over.

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Saturday, September 15, 2007

Caution or indecision?

This morning I received what was supposed to be an inspirational message. The quote, from Luc De Clapiers, 1715-1747, Essayist, was "Action makes more fortune than caution."

My first reaction to that was a big, fat, "Duh!" I find it difficult to imagine how one can make a fortune by doing nothing. Then I re-read it. The second time I saw 'the truth' in the statement. It was 'action' versus 'caution.' The expression which immediately comes to mind is, "Fools rush in where angels fear to tread." But how does this relate to making a fortune?

Again, I can't imagine anyone making a fortune through inaction, save in 'holding' a plummeting stock which suddenly rises beyond expectation. But isn't even that an 'action'? I think that the word 'indecision' should have been used rather than caution. Then the sentence would read, "Action makes more fortune than indecision." To me that makes a lot more sense. The way I see it, indecision is what keeps most people from attaining their goals, not caution.

Indecision stems from a lack of knowledge. Without adquate knowledge it is difficult to make what one would deem the proper decision, leading to the proper action. And yet, that is what leaders are asked to do, time and again. Adequate knowledge is not always available at the 'moment of truth.' It is at times like those that leaders rise. It is at times like those that one needs to rely on 'gut feel.' And, I have come to believe that the feeling one gets in those circumstances is God-given. It is at such times that caution needs to be 'thrown to the winds' and action needs to be taken.

So, in the final analysis, I have to agree. Action makes more fortune than caution.

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Saturday, September 8, 2007

Don't Worry. Be Happy!

Marcus Aurelius, Roman Emperor over the period 121 A.D. to 180 A.D., is reputed to have said, "Happiness depends upon the quality of your thoughts. Entertain no notions unsuitable to virtue and reasonable nature."

I have to admit that I am very happy most of the time. However, in accordance with the universal Law Of Rhythm, no one can be that way all the time. There is an ebb and flow to all of life. If it were not so, we wouldn't know what happiness is! So, as much as I would like to be very happy all the time, I understand that this just cannot be. For every up there is a down, but as Marcus Aurelius said, if you keep your thoughts in tune with the Universe, the downs will be quite shallow and very short lived.

As goes the song; "Don't worry. Be happy!"

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Monday, September 3, 2007

Read a Good Book

This morning I received an email in which Earl Nightingale, of the Nightingale, Conant Corporation, was quoted as saying, “In one of the Monthly Letters from the Royal Bank of Canada it was pointed out that reading good books is not something to be indulged in as a luxury. It is a necessity for anyone who intends to give his life and work a touch of quality. The most real wealth is not what we put into our piggy banks but what we develop in our heads. Books instruct us without anger, threats and harsh discipline. They do not sneer at our ignorance or grumble at our mistakes. They ask only that we spend some time in the company of greatness so that we may absorb some of its attributes.

You do not read a book for the book's sake, but for your own.”

I must admit a leaning towards non-fiction, although I do occasionally read a novel, or science fiction work for enjoyment. Although fiction provides a brief respite from our daily world of reality, most of it, and especially that genre referred to as pulp fiction, does little to broaden the mind. I believe that we learn more from reading good books over a lifetime than any school or university can give us in the few short years we spend there.

I find the worlds of spirituality and quantum physics fascinating. And the more I read about them the more they seem to merge into sameness. Books by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer, and Esther and Jerry Hicks are quite fascinating and thought provoking. Napoleon Hill’s book, Think and Grow Rich, makes one take a completely different approach to life, and Wallace D. Wattles’ book, The Science of Getting Rich, deals more with ethics and spirituality than the title would lead the reader to believe. Presently I am reading John Maddox’s book, What Remains to be Discovered, and I am fast coming to the conclusion that the answer is, “almost everything.”

So, do yourself a favour. Read a good book. Start now.


Thursday, August 30, 2007

Fantasy and Reality

Barbara Grizzuti Harrison, author and publicist, once said, "Fantasies are more than substitutes for unpleasant reality; they are also dress rehearsals, plans. All acts performed in the world begin in the imagination."

If you have seen the movie "The Secret" you know that thoughts become things. It's all in the Law of Attraction. However, that having been said, Barbara hits the nail on the head when she refers to "acts." For, without action, ideas stay nothing more than dreams. And you also know that in changing the way you look at things does, indeed, change the way things look. So, by changing your thoughts you can change an unpleasant reality, (her words), into something good.

Find out more about 'The Secret' at
The Life Abundant.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Temporary Detours and Delays

Denis Waitley, speaker and author, once said, "Failure should be our teacher, not our undertaker. Failure is delay, not defeat. It is a temporary detour, not a dead end. Failure is something we can avoid only by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing."

Last night I spent some time with two sales professionals, old acquaintances of mine, in an attempt to get them to have a look at something which has so excited me that I wanted to share it. Neither was in the least receptive.

Well, chalk up another one in what should be classed as "failure". And for a part of the evening it felt that way. However, as our conversation turned to other things, I soon overcame my negative thoughts and feelings. We caught up on "old times", discussed and compared some of our favourite things, and generally had a great time together.

Delay? Absolutely!
Temporary detour? Sure seems that way.
Failure... NOT!


Thursday, August 23, 2007

Controlling God

One incident which sticks out in my mind from my time away this past week is a conversation I had with a woman of Christian fundamentalist persuasion. During our conversation she said that she believes there is a place in each of us that God wants to occupy, if we will only let Him. I find that quite interesting. I asked her to elaborate a little. She really wasn't able to, but she did ask me if I didn't believe the same, bearing in mind that I claim to be a Christian as well.

She was quite shocked when I said, "No!" And she was visibly upset when I asked her if she believed that she had the power to decide where God could, or could not, go. She said that I obviously did not understand, but that she respected my view. Therefore, why could I not respect hers?

Of course, she was correct. I did not understand. I guess I never will. Sigh...


Thursday, August 16, 2007

Growing or Dying, Take Your Pick.

Channing Pollock, Actor, Writer and Composer, once said, "No matter how small and unimportant what we are doing may seem, if we do it well, it may soon become the step that will lead us to better things."

Wallace D. Wattles, in his book, "The Science of Getting Rich" said basically the same thing.

This surely is the first step to all advancement. It is a mindset one needs to cultivate in order to grow and expand. We are either growing or dying. Take your pick!

Growth is inevitable at

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

There is more than just "light" at the end of the tunnel!

Famed novelist Harriet Beecher Stowe, 1811-1896, said "When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hold on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn."

Just how true that is you will never know until you have been in that place. There was a time in my life when I considered that it was not worth going on. It is only by accident that I am here today, and I thank God that I am. As a result of that experience I have vowed to never again give up in that "moment of truth". I am determined to hold on at all costs. I wonder if I would have heeded Stowe's advice had I heard it in advance of that moment. I really wonder...


Tuesday, August 14, 2007

You really were born rich!

Former British Prime Minister, Benjamin Disraeli, 1804-1881, once said, "The greatest good you can do for another is not just to share your riches, but to reveal to him his own."

I believe that everyone is "born rich." I believe that it is through our conditioning that we have ended where we are today. Whether that conditioning came from our parents, our siblings, or society at large, I believe that we are truly products of that. Of course, once that is recognized and as one takes responsibility for one's life that can all be changed.

I do believe that riches are here for us, and that one needs only to receive them. Of course the trick is to know how to receive them. As Esther Hicks, (
Ask And It Is Given), says, there are three steps involved. Step one is to ask. Step two is that the Universe answers, every time, no exceptions. But the big step is step three, the receiving. If you haven't read her book, do so. It is an eye opener!

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Friday, August 10, 2007

Your Right to Wealth

In his book, The Science of Getting Rich, Wallace D. Wattles says, "A person's right to life means his right to have the free and unrestricted use of all the things which may be necessary to his fullest mental, spiritual, and physical unfoldment; or, in other words, his right to be rich."

Upon reflection it seems to me that this statement describes nothing less than the biblical Garden Of Eden which humankind seems to have rejected! To think that it is possible to return to that Garden is an exciting proposition indeed! If we all have the right to be rich, where have we gone astray? Why are we not all rich? And, if I have that right, how can I get there? I think that these are questions each of us, in our own way, has to answer.

Samantha points the way to that Garden!

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

There Is Good All Around You!

Jesse Owens, 1913-1980, Gold Medal Olympic Track Athlete, once said, "Find the good. It's all around you. Find it, showcase it and you'll start believing in it."

Again I am reminded of Wayne Dyer's statement, "The way you look at things changes the way things look." There are times when I find it difficult to look at some of the things I see on television, or read in the newspapers, and see anything but the ugly. But there is truth in the age-old addage, "For every cloud there is a silver lining." Although it sometimes seems impossible to see, I do honestly believe there is, indeed, a good side to everything. It's all in the way one looks at it.

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Tuesday, August 7, 2007

The Promise of a Better Life

U.S. Andersen, Author and Speaker, once said, "When you paint success pictures in your mind, you initiate an inner process whereby your attitudes, hopes, aspirations, and enthusiasm are elevated in response to an image of a more promising future. Every person who aspires must first sell themselves hope, the promise of a better life."

I think that there is always a better life ahead. Just look at how far we have progressed in the past one hundred years! The promise of a better life is a fact, we only need to believe it, and to work towards its accomplishment.


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Monday, August 6, 2007

The Way You Look At Things

This morning I received an email which stated in part:

"Crowd out all inferior thoughts by superior thoughts, evil thoughts by good thoughts, ugly thoughts by beautiful thoughts, distressing thoughts by pleasant thoughts, and you will begin to overcome the growth of all negative and confused states of wrong and discord. In other words, learn to think constructively of all persons, all things, all events, and all circumstances. Appraise them from the ideal point of view. As you do this you will gradually transform your whole existence for the better. These are the means whereby you may steadily promote your welfare and advancement.

As you train yourself to mentally look for the good, you will move towards the good; and, as you form higher and larger conceptions of the good, these elements will begin to find expression in your words, acts, character, person, talents, powers, attainments, and achievements; that is, all things in your life will commence to improve as the direct result of your improved thinking."

Raymond Holliwell

I try to do this all the time, but I find myself so often sliding back into the thought patterns imbedded in my mind by the many years of living on this planet. I know that the more I concentrate my thinking to a new pattern the easier it will become, but there are times...

I think Dr. Wayne W. Dyer said it so well. "The way you look at things changes the way things look."

I try. I really do.

I have discovered "The Secret"!
It has changed my life!
It is at: