On his deathbed Alexander the Great summoned his generals and told them his three ultimate wishes:
The best doctors should carry his coffin;
The wealth he had accumulated (money, gold, precious stones) should be scattered along the way to his burial; and
His hands should be left hanging outside the coffin for all to see.
Surprised by these unusual requests, one of his generals asked Alexander to explain.
Here is what he said:
I want the best doctors to carry my coffin to demonstrate that in the face of death, even the best doctors in the world have no power to heal;
I want the road to be covered with my treasure so that everybody sees that the wealth acquired on earth, stays on earth.
I want my hands to swing in the wind so that people understand that we come to this world empty-handed and we … Read More »
“You are building your mental home all the time, and your thought and mental imagery represent your blueprint. Hour by hour, moment by moment, you can build radiant health, success, and happiness by the thoughts you think, the ideas which you harbor, the beliefs that you accept, and the scenes that you rehearse in the hidden studio of your mind. This stately mansion, upon the construction of which you are perpetually engaged, is your personality, your identity in this plane, your whole life story on this earth.” – Joseph Murphy from “The Power of Your Subconscious Mind”
Remember the movie Billy Jack starring Tom Laughlin? The film and its sequels have long since decamped to cable, but Tom Laughlin is still very much around. In addition to his movie work, he’s a lecturer and author and a Jungian-schooled psychologist whose specialty is working with people who have been diagnosed with cancer. Tom Laughlin teaches and leads workshops; here’s a paraphrase of something I heard him say:
The moment a person learns he’s got terminal cancer, a profound shift takes place in his psyche. At one stroke in the doctor’s office he becomes aware of what really matters to him. Things that sixty seconds earlier had seemed all-important suddenly appear meaningless, while people and concerns that he had till then dismissed at once take on supreme importance.
Maybe, he realizes, working this weekend on that big deal at the office … Read More »
“The mature human being goes about doing what needs to be done regardless of whether that person feels great or terrible. Knowing that you are the kind of person with that kind of self- control brings all the satisfaction and confidence you will ever need. Even on days when the satisfaction and confidence just aren’t there, you can get the job done anyway.” – from Constructive Living by David K. Reynolds
“Most people spend very little time basking in appreciation for the wellness they are currently experiencing, but instead wait until they are sick and then turn their attention to recovery. Good-feeling thoughts produce and sustain physical well-being. Your natural state is one of wellness.” Anything you give your attention to is an invitation to more of it. So if you find yourself coming down with a cold, or detect an ailment, Don’t Own It! Focus instead on things that feel good and you’ll shorten your recovery time. – Esther & Jerry Hicks
from “Money, and the Law of Attraction”