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[Justice] is sometimes served cold at The Karma Café

  The Universe can be likened to  a Karma Café ; there are no menus, you are served what you deserve — no more and no less. The Universe presents you with the experiences that are most helpful for the evolution of your spirit...period. You choose how to respond to them. “Karma comes after everyone eventually. You can't get away with screwing people over your whole life, I don't care who you are. What goes around comes around. That's how it works. Sooner or later the universe will serve you the revenge that you deserve.” ― Jessica Brody, The Karma Club

[Make Change] Count...

  Absolute Zero is the state of zero point energy -- a state of no molecular movement -- no change. Change looks pretty good from that perspective. “The measure of intelligence is the ability to change.” ― Albert Einstein

Adapting to Change is a Necessary Skill for Health and Success

by Michael Corthell If someone says to you, ''Tell me what to do!''  What is the best answer? There are millions of answers, and it is okay to honor their request, especially to help them out of a 'spot', but a better request for them to make is this, ''Please help me train my mind to adapt to any circumstance.'' This is very much like teaching someone to fish, rather than just giving them a fish. Helping other people to find within themselves the tools not only for survival, but to also grow and THRIVE is good. ''Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change.'' —Stephen Hawking While answered questions and planning are necessary, people who accept life on life's terms, the stoics, don't need an answer for every question or a plan for every single contingency. They simple do not worry. Why is that? Because they have confidence in themselves. They believe that they'll be able to adapt to any situation an

[Good Health] Believe it...

The power that formed the body heals the body. Whether or not you believe in a divine source, there's no denying that something exists in a living thing that doesn't exist in something no longer living. From a dead body to a dead branch on the ground, the life force just isn’t there any longer. That force permeates and connects us all; plant, animal and human. That is equality. Holding onto the past we delay all healing, mental and physical. The sooner we heal the abuse(through forgiveness), the sooner we free ourselves from the people who harmed us. By hating them, we only hold onto the hurt. We cannot heal unless we unchain ourselves from the hate. 

Can We Faith Heal Ourselves?

by Michael Corthell This article is about healing, but not in the traditional Western sense. It is not a substitute for licensed medical advice. This article is about having belief and faith—knowing that healing is a partnership between God and the individual. ''Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.'' '' Rise and go; your faith has made you well.'' —Jesus (God incarnate) Jesus also says, 'Your faith has made you well', to the ten lepers and a blind beggar. Other times Jesus links faith and healing without using the exact words, 'Your faith has made you well,'' such as in Matthew 8:13 and 15:28 .   '' Then Jesus said to the centurion, '' Go! Let it be done just as you believed it would.'' And his servant was healed at that moment.'' and, also: Then Jesus said to her, '' Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted.'

[Minimalism] Wants vs Needs

Having all that you need, as well as  recognizing that you have all you need, equals happiness. “I've found that the less stuff I own, the less my stuff owns me.” ― Nathan W. Morris

[Transformation] From Hell to Paradise

A Resource-Based Economy is nothing like any other system. They say “It’s a form of communism.” No, it’s not! Communism has warships, airplanes, bombers, poison gas, nerve gas…and all the things we have [today]. It’s nothing like any other ‘…ism’. It’s different than any culture ever tried before.  ― Jacque Fresco , The Venus Project All of us, deep down inside, have a longing to be reconnected with nature. That connection on a cultural, global scale will fuel our collective creative imagination and restore our world. “Our entire system, in an economic sense, is based on restriction. Scarcity and inefficiency are the movers of money; the more there is of any resource the less you can charge for it. The more problems there are, the more opportunities there are to make money. This reality is a social disease, for people can actually gain off the misery of others and the destruction of the environment. Efficiency, abundance and sustainability are enemies of our economic structure, for the

[All is One] Such as it is...

  We cannot harm one without harming all. The healthy 'inter-are' with the unhealthy and the wealthy 'inter-are' with the poor. We can't escape that connection.  Most human beings have been taught to believe that they are separate from other human and non-human beings and in fact all life. That is simply false. We are each other. We inter-are. The fact that we ‘inter-are’ is the great awakening we must have in order for the Earth to be saved.

[Family] Home base...

“All parents damage their children. It cannot be helped. Youth, like pristine glass, absorbs the prints of its handlers. Some parents smudge, others crack, a few shatter childhoods completely into jagged little pieces, beyond repair.” ― Mitch Albom, The Five People You Meet in Heaven Home isn't a location, it's where you find light when your world grows dark.

The Message: That intractable, long-term pain[you suffer from] is often caused by the pursuit of temporary pleasure.

  “When you are rich, your past disappears. You get everything you want when you want it . . . Everyone wants to know you. Everyone wants to be your friend.” ― Hannah Lillith Assadi, Sonora That intractable, long-term pain is often caused by the pursuit of temporary pleasure.

Instant Gratification Won't Create Lasting Happiness

by Michael Corthell In western societies particularly, there is a major hindrance in acquiring a positive mindset; it is the greed and gluttony of instant gratification. The brain has the ability to change its programming by 'rewiring' itself. This 'rewiring' of course, can be either positive or negative and since the post World War Two 'baby boom' generation we as a global culture have done just that, we have rewired our collective minds to ''want it all and want it right now!'' Many people today grow up without a true sense of how yesterday affects today are unlikely to have a very real sense of how today affects tomorrow. We live in a society that advertises instant everything, giving our brains instant emotional gratification, which works just like the natural feel good chemicals our brain produces. The more immediate gratification we offer our brains, the more we crave it. We have created a consumer addiction, which in turn h

[Owning It] IF I had the courage to see myself as I really am, I would find out what is wrong with me, and change.

“The reason placing blame repeatedly fails to work  is that I repeatedly place it on everyone else instead of where it actually belongs.” ― Craig D. Lounsbrough Excuses are never lost for long(if you're looking for one, you'll always find one!). Plato may have stated it most succinctly when he said, ''The first and best victory is to conquer self; to be conquered by self is, of all things the most shameful and vile.''

[Regret?] Repent...

  “Make it a rule of life never to regret and never to look back. Regret is an appalling waste of energy; you can't build on it; it's only good for wallowing in.” ― Katherine Mansfield The future is inevitable, but the past is fixed.

Why Saw Sawdust?

by Michael Corthell Do you worry about past events or things you should have done(or not done)? Is regret a constant companion? This great read by Mr. Carnegie is fully relevant to life today. People had been worrying and regretting well before 1944 and will likely worry a lot in 2021 and beyond. What would you do if I told you to 'go saw sawdust'? You'd probably laugh and then say, ''Well that's pretty damn stupid.'' and say to me, "What sense would that make, its already sawed, done with, finished.'' I would say, ''Exactly!'' and then I might say, ''It's the same thing as crying over spilled milk, isn't it?'' In the above example the only reason I would say such a seemingly ridiculous thing is that the person I said it to was either regretting a past mistakes and some how trying to fix one by dwelling on it or living comfortably in the past, and neglecting his present. '

[Compensation] Pay day is every day...

“Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's needs, but not every man's greed.” ― Mahatma Gandhi Greed is a little bit more than enough.

[Thinking] is good, finding the answer is better...

“If you can drink from the fountain, why then, should you request for a drink of water from the cup?” ― Michael Bassey Johnson A primary key to success is demanding more than good, never settle for good enough and always doing a more.

'Good' is the Enemy of 'Great'

by Michael Corthell Many of us who have been or who are successful have looked at our lives and noticed, ''How about that! Everything is going pretty well! We're happy; The kids are doing great; We have enough money; A nice home, etc etc. I have a great job, my family is awesome. Things have never been better!'' ''You were designed for accomplishment, engineered for success, and endowed with the seeds of greatness.'' —Zig Ziglar It feels wonderful doesn't it? Being safe, happy and content is terrific. But hold just one second. This happy (and very common place) can also be a very dangerous place. If you get too comfortable, and you start to take things for granted—you have settled. Settled for what? Settled for 'just good' or more rightly 'just good enough'. Life has become common place. So what happens next? Discontentment. You can easily get so comfortable in life's routine that there is a very real dang

[Actualized] by Confident, Energized Actions

“Freedom lies in being bold.” ― Robert Frost Stand tall and know that you are as human as anyone, as good or as bad and perfectly imperfect!  

Living a Bold, Positive Life Without Regrets

by Michael Corthell Living a bold, positive life means overcoming the fear of failure, so you are motivated, and happy to try new things.  The biggest regrets in anyone's life contains these three statements: ''could have'', ''might have'', and ''should have''. ''Fortune befriends the bold.''   —Emily Dickinson All too often, in order to avoid feeling embarrassed, looking silly, being harmed, or facing rejection and possible failure, we play it safe. That is FEAR of unknown consequences. The first thing to realize is that the ''bold'' I'm referring to, is associated with action e.g. a ''bold move.'' And all actions start with a thought. Hopefully a positive thought. Thought is a choice. If you want to overcome your fears by being bold, you must choose.  Okay, you've chosen. If you didn't choose wisely, that is, you haven&

[Sound Designed] To make you think...

''...the sign said, "The words of the prophets are written on the subway walls And tenement halls" And whispered in the sound of silence...'' ― Paul Simon “Since there is no real silence, Silence will contain all the sounds, All the words, all the languages, All knowledge, all memory.” ― Dejan Stojanovic I will do nothing for a very long time but listen...and relax.

[Emotion] My Hue is Blue

White is symbol of purity because the entire color spectrum is functioning in unity. White also symbolizes healing. White is used for weddings because the unity of male and female symbolizes the unity of oneness. Paint your days with the best colors!

[Problem?] No problem...

“I suppose it is tempting, if the only tool you have is a hammer, to treat everything as if it were a nail.” ― Abraham Maslow, Toward a Psychology of Being A problem well defined,  is a problem nearly solved  

Most of the Time Problems are Good!

by Michael Corthell Our lives are a series of problem solving opportunities!   The problems we face will either defeat us or develop us, that is depending on how we respond to them — either with a positive or negative mindset. One of the best things we can do beyond having a positive mindset is to not 'self-create' problems. Be positive always, and love the good and the bad, for it is life and we are to learn from every experience. In one of Norman Vincent Peale's stories, he shares his thoughts on this topic. One day, Dr. Peale was walking in New York City when a man he knew stopped him to talk about his problems. He talked about how he was becoming overwhelmed by his business and personal problems. Dr. Peale listened and then said, ''I know a place where no one has any problems.'' The man became very interested and asked, ''Where is this place?'' Dr. Peale, said, ''In the Bronx, in the Woodlawn Cemetery.''  Prob

[Good Life?] 'I accept!'

Understanding is the first step to acceptance,  and only with acceptance can there be recovery. ― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire If you could relive your life, skipping all the bad and hurtful parts, you would miss what made it worthwhile(in the end). You have to accept your life complete, as a whole -- like the world itself.

[Think]...about Positive things!

“Your subconscious is a powerful and mysterious force which can either hold you back or help you move forward. Without its cooperation, your best goals will go unrealized; with its help, you are unbeatable.” ― Jenny Davidow, Embracing Your Subconscious: Bringing All Parts of You into Creative Partnership Think good thoughts, and good follows you. Think evil, and evil follows you(and often those around you!). You are what you think about all-day-long.

[Choose] This way or that way...

“You can't make decisions based on fear and the possibility of what might happen.” ― Michelle Obama Let me ask you a question, an important one for your life. What is better? Taking action and maybe make a terrible mistake or to take no action and die slowly(or quickly) anyway? Life is all about making choices, and taking action.