Let Your Light Shine

Nelson Mandela - Former President of South Africa

Nelson Mandela – Former President of South Africa

“And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.

As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

Nelson Mandela

From his 1994 inaugural speech

(written by Author Marianne Williamson)

President Mandela’s speech captivated the world.

As a man who spent 26 years in prison for speaking out against the racist regime of apartheid in South Africa, he did not speak of revenge for the injustice – he simply promoted peace and harmony.

He encouraged people to overcome their fears and be the best they could be.

So the question is ‘ Are you allowing your light to shine or are you letting your fears get in the way?’

Food for thought!

Here is the full speech:

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.

Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.

It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us.

We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous?

Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God.

Your playing small doesn’t serve the world.

There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.

We are all meant to shine, as children do.

We are born to make manifest the glory of God that is written within us.

It’s not just in some of us, it’s in everyone.

And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.

As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

 

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (Xhosa pronunciation: [xoˈliːɬaɬa manˈdeːla]; born 18 July 1918) is a South African anti-apartheid activist, revolutionary and politician who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999, the first to be elected in a fully representative, multiracial election. His administration focused on dismantling apartheid’s legacy, and cutting racism, poverty and inequality. Politically a democratic socialist, he served as president of the African National Congress (ANC) political party from 1991 to 1997.

Image and background information courtesy of Wikipedia

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nelson_Mandela

Good or Evil? Which One will Win?

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The two wolves are constantly fighting

There is an old Cherokee tale of a grandfather teaching life principles to his grandson.

The wise old Cherokee said, “Son, on the inside of every person the battle is raging between two wolves. One wolf is evil. It’s angry, jealous, unforgiving, proud, and lazy. The other wolf is good. It is filled with love, kindness, humility, and encouragement. These two wolves are constantly fighting.”

The little boy thought about it and said, “Grandfather, which wolf is going to win?”

The grandfather smiled and said, “Which ever one you feed.”

*****

Which wolf are you feeding in your mind?

Remember that even when you can’t always choose what happens to you in your life, only you can choose how you will react.

 

I just love the wisdom of esoteric tribal teachings. You should listen to what Grandpa’s have to say…

I know, because I’m now a Grandpa!

Have a great week :-P

The Two Most Important Days

Mark Twain on finding your why

Mark Twain on finding your why

You may never have heard of Samuel Langhorne Clemens (November 30, 1835 – April 21, 1910) but he is better known by his pen name Mark Twain.

He was an American author and humorist. He is most noted for his novels, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876), and its sequel, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885),the latter often called “the Great American Novel.”

He is also held in high regard for his many profound quotes and observations on life.

Twain was born during a visit by Halley’s Comet, and he predicted that he would “go out with it” as well. He died the day following the comet’s subsequent return.

Tony at Abu Simbel, Egypt

Tony at Abu Simbel, Egypt

I find it interesting to reference this attached quote to an Egyptian tomb that I visited at Abu Symbel.

The twin temples were originally carved out of the mountainside during the reign of Pharaoh Ramesses II in the 13th century BC, as a lasting monument to himself and his queen Nefertari, to commemorate his alleged victory at the Battle of Kadesh, and to intimidate his Nubian neighbors. However, the complex was relocated in its entirety in 1968, on an artificial hill made from a domed structure, high above the Aswan High Dam reservoir.

The relocation of the temples was necessary to avoid their being submerged during the creation of Lake Nasser, the massive artificial water reservoir formed after the building of the Aswan High Dam on the Nile River. Abu Simbel remains one of Egypt’s top tourist attractions.

What is particularly amazing is that they constructed this tomb with hand tools, yet they angled the floor upwards and the ceiling downwards towards the back of the temple. On the back wall of the inner chamber they drew the four Gods, plus the Pharoah himself, the God on Earth.

They aligned it all so that twice each year a beam of sunlight goes through the front door, through the public chamber, through the High Priests’ chamber and into the Pharoah’s sanctum, illuminating the face of the Pharoah – once on the anniversary of his birth and once on the anniversary of his coronation.

Were those guys amazingly clever or what?

Perhaps those were the days when the Pharoah was born and the day he found out why?

Have you found your ‘why’ yet?

Empower Yourself or Be Overpowered

Dr John Demartini with Tony Inman

“Any area of your life you don’t empower, someone else will overpower you”. – Dr John Demartini

Dr Demartini is considered one of the world’s leading authorities on human behavior and personal development. He is the founder of the Demartini Institute, a private research and education organization with a curriculum of over 72 different courses covering multiple aspects of human development.

His trademarked methodologies, the Demartini Method and the Demartini Value Determination, are the culmination of 39 years of cross-disciplinary research and study. His work has been  incorporated into  human development industries across the world.

Dr Demartini travels 360 days a year to countries all over the globe,  sharing his research and findings in all markets and sectors. He is the author of 40 books published in 28 different languages. He has produced over 50 CDs and DVDs covering subjects such as development in relationships, wealth, education and business. Each program is designed to assist people to activate leadership and empower themselves in all seven areas of their lives: Financial, physical, mental, vocational, spiritual, family and social.

‘I caught up with him at the recent event in Perth, entitled ‘Business Breakthrough’. He thanked me for coming and complimented me on my tie! In just a few seconds he gave you the feeling that you were the most important person he had met that day. Now that is a gift to which we should all aspire. I told him that it was an honour to meet him.

If you ever get chance to attend one of his seminars, I highly recommend it.’

Tony Inman – ‘The Reinvention Specialist’

Check out Tony’s business site at www.clubred.com.au

Looking for Different & Improved Results?

Loral-Langemeier

Loral Langemeier

“If you want something new, you must do something different today.”

Loral Langemeier

From her book – ‘The Millionaire Maker’

 

I was fortunate enough to attend one of Loral’s seminars in September and WOW, is this lady powerful!

Loral pulls no punches in telling you that it is your responsibility to change your thinking and your behaviours if you want to achieve a better outcome in your world, especially your financial world!

The good thing though, is that she follows it up with some great advice on exactly how to do that.

If she is ever in your town, do yourself a favour – go and see her.

A Chinese Proverb That Is On The Money

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Happiness Can Be Found In Helping Hands

 

‘If you want happiness for an hour, take a nap.

If you want happiness for a day, go fishing.

If you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune.

If you want happiness for a lifetime, help somebody.’

Chinese Proverb

The Key to Well-being

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David G Myers - Social Psychologist

To experience deep well-being is to be self-confident, yet unself-conscious, self-giving, yet self-respecting, realistic, yet hope-filled.’

David G Myers (From The Pursuit of Happiness’)

Is Your Mission Impossible?


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Napoleon crowned himself


Imagine that you had a dream of something that was really important to you – something you could classify as a ‘burning desire to accomplish’.

If you actually began to believe that this dream could come true, that you could make it happen, how would that change your attitude towards it.

Well I’m sure that if an 8 year old Corsican boy told you in his school playground that he would one day rule France, one of the greatest Countries in the known world at that time, you would enjoy a good chuckle.

Yet young Napoleone Buonaparte is credited with having such a vision. Leaving his home at around the tender age of eight, he headed for France to finish his education. Enrolled in military school at fifteen and despite only coming 55th in his class, he began a military career.

He seized his military opportunities with great enthusiasm, becoming an artillery Captain and later famously quelled a rioting crowd with a ‘whiff of grapeshot’.

The fact that he hailed from a French colony rather than the mainland itself did not hinder him. The fact that he suffered from epilepsy did not deter him. The fact that he almost died from malnutrition because of an inadeqaute diet at the age of 19 did not stop him. By the age of 24 he was a Brigadier-General. At 25 he was imprisoned on suspicion of treason following the fall of Robespierre and narrowly escaped being guillotined.

At 26 he became a Divisional General and in October 1795 became Commander of the Army of the Interior.


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Napoleon in Egypt


Following famous campaigns that made military history in Italy and a campaign in Egypt, which though unsuccessful in military terms, led to the dicovery of the Rosetta Stone. This enabled scholars to unlock the secrets of the Pharoahs and is probably where General Napoleon Bonaparte, as he was now called really began to focus on that vision from the playground.

In 1804 he did the unthinkable. Preceding monarchs were crowned by his Holiness, the Pope. Napoleon broke tradition, seeking only a Papal blessing, and placed the Crown on his own head, becoming the person he had always aspired to be – the Emperor of France, and subsequently of a vast Empire, including most of Europe.

Napoleon had immense personal charisma. His British adversary, the Duke of Wellington, once said that the French general’s presence at a fight “made the difference of 40,000 men.”

Although his ambition and his wars led to many thousands of deaths and injuries across the world, he was a tireless driving force of a man. Surviving on fours sleep per day, he dictated to numerous secretaries at once, what we would call ‘multi-tasking to the max!”. He reorganised the French Education System, the French Local Government Systems, the French Legal System. His maxims live on today in the ‘Code Napoleon’.


Napoleon 1st 1769-1821

Napoleon 1st 1769-1821



“Impossible is a word to be found only in the dictionary of fools.”

Napoleon Bonaparte

Emperor of France



So if a diminutive, sickly, foreign child can make himself Emperor of a Super Power, through burning desire to fulfill his destiny, what goals could you achieve for yourself and your family this year?…or in your lifetime?


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Tony in Egypt



Tony’s Viewpoint : “The most exciting part is that the journey towards the destination is what helps you grow as a person. It is in overcoming the setbacks and smashing through the obstacles that we find ourselves.

Sometimes the original destination is replaced by a better one as a result of the experiences we gain along the way.

Hopefully this website may give you some ideas or insights into changes you might make or goals you may set that may enrich your life and the lives of those around you, whether it’s a new activity, like scuba diving or learning to fly, or it’s a holiday to a favourite destination, like the Pyramids, the Great Wall of China or the Eiffel Tower. It’s a big world out there!

Make it happen and seize the day!”


For holiday ideas and experiences, check out www.bucketlistholidays.com or contact me for information about income-producing opportunities to help afford those holidays.

Whatever happens…

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I can handle it!

I was glancing back through another great book I read a while ago by Susan Jeffers, called “Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway”.

Susan reminded me again that we are all faced with hurdles that sometimes seem insurmountable, whether it’s a job loss, relationship break up, bereavement of a friend or family member, an illness or simply a failure to achieve something that is important to us.

It’s important to remember that is the way we deal with these ‘problems’ that defines us.

Our true character is revealed when we bounce back from adversity and draw on our inner courage.


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Susan Jeffers



“Whatever happens to me, given any situation, I can handle it!”

Dr Susan Jeffers




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Tony in Paris


Tony’s Viewpoint: I have learned and experienced many times in my life that things which can seem at the time to be a disaster, or a major problem, were in fact a challenge that would help me to grow or the seed of an even greater opportunity.

With hindsight we can look back and say “If that seemingly bad thing hadn’t happened, then this good thing might not have happened instead”.

That can be a very comforting thing of which to remind yourself when you are having what may seem like a bad day.


Until we next meet, make the most of every day!

A goal is more than a dream; it’s a dream being acted upon.

goal-settingNow that the turkey’s been gobbled, the mince pies dispensed and the Christmas decorations packed away for another year, I wonder how we’re all going with those New Year Resolutions?

If you’re finding yourself struggling already with ‘that thing’ and we’ve only just started the New Year, don’t despair, there’s good news – “Today is the First Day of the Rest of Your Life!”

There’s no point worrying about what you intended to do yesterday, but didn’t do, for whatever reason. Yesterday is gone. The present is here right now.



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Go on - a little bit won't hurt you!





Life doesn’t always go as planned – sometimes a road block means you have to drive down a detour to end up where you wanted to be.


Isn’t it always the case that when you start a diet, someone insists you eat a piece of chocolate cake and you don’t want to offend them?

Never mind – start again! This time – write it down and make it ‘real’.

Don’t let a small slip throw you off the path to success!

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David J Scwartz



“A goal is an objective, a purpose. A goal is more than a dream; it’s a dream being acted upon. A goal is more than a hazy “Oh I wish I could.” A goal is a clear “This is what I’m working toward.”


David J. Schwartz from “The Magic of Thinking Big”

Professor Schwartz was considered a leading American authority on the topics of motivation and leadership.

He was a big dreamer, a big thinker and a big doer. His books have influenced thousands of people to be successful at whatever is their chosen path.

Start with small steps – “A journey of a thousand miles starts with one step” and keep going.

Have a clear picture of where you are heading and you’ll undoubtedly find the obstacles easier to overcome.

Know what it is that you don’t want, eg maybe you don’t want to smoke anymore, but keep clearly in your mind’s eye what you do want, eg the healthier body you will have because you no longer smoke.

The positive thing toward which you are progressing is always the more important because the sub-conscious mind can’t tell the difference between negative and positive.

In the ‘giving up smoking’ example, it’s more important to think about the healthy body you will gain and plan what other rewards you can have with the money you will have saved by not smoking, than it is to focus on the negative of ‘giving up’ something you have previously found enjoyable.

That positive focus is what can carry you through the ‘weak moments’ when the cravings for the old, unwanted habit occur.

So write down those goals, look at them daily and take action now!


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Don't cut off your nose...


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Have a great day!