Heart to Heart 440 Take Time to Vote

Take Time to Vote

I have heard it said “to vote your political party,”  I have heard it said “to vote your pocketbook.”  I am initiating a new voting phrase; ” vote your children and grandchildren.”  Our planet is in trouble and the past several generations have done much of the destruction.  We have created two major problems in the past hundred years.  One is pollution of our sacred Earth.  The other is that many of us have mostly thought of our own prosperity.  We have left billions in poverty.  This abject poverty has probably been the major factor in so many wars and so many deaths by violence and disease.

We have shared on this post many times about simple things that all of us can do to delay climate change.  Here is another list:

  1. Improve Your Home’s Energy Efficiency. …
  2. Buy Local. …
  3. Compost. …
  4. Conserve Water. …
  5. Choose Eco-Friendly Producers. …
  6. Drive Less. …
  7. Learn from the Experts. …
  8. Recycle, Reuse, Re-purpose.

The second part of saving our planet is creating prosperity for all.  When folks have enough food, water and shelter, they find more room for expressing their love.  Right now there are some alarming statistics about the amount of abundance owned by a small percentage of us. The richest one per cent own more than the bottom ninety nine per cent.  I am not here to denigrate wealth in any way.  I desire for all beings to live in luxury, if they so choose.  Here in the United States and other democracies, we the people (ninety nine per cent) can create the society we desire.  One that educates, nurtures, feeds, and inspires.  We have the votes to do so.

Once again, this is not us against them.  We are all in this together.  This is the one hundred per cent agreeing, that all may live in abundance, peace and happiness.  Regardless of your political party.  Please vote for candidates that will enact policies which create a vibrant loving Earth for our children and grand children and their children.  We are the only ones who can do it! More than one hundred million eligible voters do not vote.  I know that politics doesn’t seem pleasant, and is sometimes downright awful!  However, if our children were going to somehow be injured,  would we do everything possible to protect them?  I believe most of us would say a resounding YES!

The pundits say that this upcoming election may be the most important ever.  This is mostly because we have created a polarized society and the stakes seem very high!  I believe it is the most important election because the one per cent and the ninety nine per cent can cast ballots to save the planet, feed the hungry, educate our children, nurture the lost, love the lonely and care for the elderly.

PLEASE get involved and at the very least, vote to create the world we desire in our hearts.  From my voting heart to yours, Thomas

Heart to Heart 439 Heroic Living

Heroic Living

Most people have heroes of some kind in their life.  In recent years there has been a lot of Hollywood blockbuster movies about old comic book heroes.  On Facebook every day there are dozens of real life heroes showing up in amazing ways that have a profound affect in our world.  I would like to speak tonight about the most important heroes in our own lives.  It is us.  Yes, we are all heroes.  The dictionary definition of hero is: a person who is admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities.

For some of us it is an effort to get out of bed and go to work.  We may have physical, emotional, mental or monetary challenges.  And somehow, we drag ourselves to be where we are expected.  We may be in a lot of pain and we still show up.  I call that heroic. We make thousands of choices in life.  Most are made without being conscious of doing so.  Some are vital life choices, where we choose between whatever we think we SHOULD do and what our heart is desiring of us.  It could be our daily tasks or our wildest dreams!

There are probably people all around us who are making heroic choices.  We don’t know what is inside each other’s hearts and souls.  Let us acknowledge that each of us is a hero in some way, in our own life.  Let us look at each other and take a moment and give each other a hug, handshake, smile or a nod.  And know that we are each the star of this song by Mariah Carey

There’s a hero
If you look inside your heart
You don’t have to be afraid
Of what you are
There’s an answer
If you reach into your soul
And the sorrow that you know
Will melt away

And then a hero comes along
With the strength to carry on
And you cast your fears aside
And you know you can survive
So when you feel like hope is gone
Look inside you and be strong
And you’ll finally see the truth
That a hero lies in you

It’s a long road
When you face the world alone
No one reaches out a hand
For you to hold
You can find love
If you search within yourself
And the emptiness you felt
Will disappear

And then a hero comes along
With the strength to carry on
And you cast your fears aside
And you know you can survive
So when you feel like hope is gone
Look inside you and be strong
And you’ll finally see the truth
That a hero lies in you

Lord knows
Dreams are hard to follow
But don’t let anyone
Tear them away
Hold on
There will be tomorrow
In time
You’ll find the way

And then a hero comes along
With the strength to carry on
And you cast your fears aside
And you know you can survive
So when you feel like hope is gone
Look inside you and be strong
And you’ll finally see the truth
That a hero lies in you
That a hero lies in you
That a hero lies in you

The song says it all.  We don’t have to look any farther than the nearest mirror to find our hero!  From my heroic heart to yours, Thomas

Heart to Heart 438 The Dream

The Dream

The other night I had this dream in which I was encouraged to sing.  When I began, an enormous amount of energy was available.  A stream of powerful light flowed through me and I was able to sing as loud, as clear, as long as I chose, without taking a breath.  It felt like it could go on forever.  I was amazed as were others around me who heard me singing. It was so exhilarating!

I awakened  and was so excited!  Then these thoughts came to me: life has always been about love.  The music that flowed through me in the dream, wasn’t about me. It was about our limitless energy we all possess. There is no M in we. There is no them, only us.  Let us all be for all of us.  We ARE the human race, we are not in a race.  Slow down, be present!  We are limitless beings.  We are one.  Focus on the love we feel in our hearts.  Bring all of your love to everything you do.  Stay present without judging.  Now is the time–this is the time we have all agreed to come together and shine our light.  There is no darkness that is not self created, everything is light and love…that is all there is.

The Positive Place was and is a great idea, as a media program,  television, website or in any form.  Our world needs entertainment like it. It focuses on the beauty and the magnificence that we are.  All infinite beings throughout  creation are invited to join us now in bringing forth the truth of our unlimited love, prosperity and joy.  We are here to serve in any way we can.  Thank you for being here and sharing this journey.  We are looking for teammates who want to join us as we create a unique program that will celebrate the amazing light beings that we are!  Let us know if your are interested.  Contact me at thomas@positiveplace.com or call or message me at 808 557-8830 or Lou Ann at 808 430-6337.  From my awakened heart to yours, Thomas

Heart to Heart 437 Being Human

Being Human

I watched the finals of the boys Little League World Baseball championship this weekend.  The teams that played each other were South Korea and Honolulu Hawaii.  Before the big championship game the Hawaii coach, Gerald Oda, got his team together and said to his players: “You are going to have the greatest joy, the greatest moment, the most fun.  Whatever happens today, just love each other and hug each other today.  Have a great game!”  He never mentioned winning or even playing their best.  He only spoke about the feelings he wanted them to experience and share!

Then his team won the championship!  He gathered them together and said” Okay guys be humble, remember, humble, go and greet the Korean team’s fans.”  Then his team went and hugged the other team. Usually teams shake hands. I have never seen a team hug another like that. Then they went over to the third base side of the playing field and waved and acknowledged their opponent’s families and fans. I have never seen this before.  I was amazed.  Wow, if those children could grow up and bring that sense of loving and humility to life, the world would have a better chance.

Someone remarked in a Yoga class that thinking whether we like or dislike a yoga posture is about attachment. While we are here in physical form it is a basic human experience to express our likes and dislikes.  When we do, it is somewhat limiting in either case.  It is almost labeling.  However, it is richly human to do so.  I choose to continue to compliment, tell others they are great, acknowledge their divinity and let them know they are loved.  I encourage us to choose to lift people up and encourage them to fulfill their greatness.  I encourage us to speak up when we experience things that are not loving and supportive. I encourage us to take a stand when others are being treated unfairly.  While we are in the body, let us be in the body with all of our heart, mind and spirit. From my human heart to yours, Thomas

Heart to Heart 435

Healing the World

Someone was complaining on a local Facebook community page about others defiling the beauty of our high desert here in Sedona.  And in truth, it makes most of us sad, to see litter thrown around by folks, with little thought of the consequences.  On the other hand, those of us who litter, are not totally conscious of our actions.  We are in such pain that we are often divorced from what we do.  When we are broken in our hearts and minds, it is very difficult to participate in a wholesome way.

Those of us who judge the actions of those of us who are damaged and hurting, are not helping by criticizing the perpetrators.  We create more of a separation between each other, when we see others as less than us.  This separation is often the cause for so much pain and suffering on our Earth.  We are one! We are not separate.  We are one human family.  We are part of the same tapestry.  One thread of a piece of cloth does not get to say I am separate!  The human cloth has more than seven billion vital pieces.  Each is necessary to keep us whole! No one is better than any other.  We are all the same at our core.

There is a group of us collaborating to create a TV show.  The purpose of the program is to create a community to help change the consciousness of humanity. We can do this by reminding all of us of how precious our planet is and help each other heal that broken part of us, that would litter and deface the land! This is the way to decrease littering, cleaning our environment, reducing climate change and saving our world.  We get to remember that we are all one and each of us is an intricate part of the whole!  May we love each other into global beauty and peace and prosperity!  From my healing heart to yours, Thomas

 

Heart to Heart 434 Perspective

Perspective

John McCain died here in Sedona, today at 4:30 pm.  His political philosophy and mine were far apart.  Lou Ann and I campaigned for Barack Obama and for Bernie Sanders to let you know where my political heart lies.  However, when someone dies that we know, we look at their lives from a wider perspective.  I battled John McCain and fought against him although we never met.  And I honor him.  I have always admired his courage, his tenacity, his work ethic, his honor and his integrity.  We live in a time when those personal qualities seem to be in short supply in many governments around the world. Particularly in the United States.

And yet, we are all eternal, perfect, limitless light beings!  The roles we play in our lifetimes are only important in the context of the moment.  In the grand picture of creation they are infinitesimal.  We are all Oneness.  When we incarnate we see things from a very limited perspective.  However, it feels right to play the game of life like there is no other venue.  I believe this is the way to participate.  Full out, using every moment to express our humanity and our Divinity with every ounce of energy we possess.

In the mix of each incarnation, we get to discover and remember that we are spiritual souls. We also get to experience life as earthy, conflicted, broken, loving, caring, laughing, crying, amazing sentient beings.  We have two hearts, one physical that keeps us alive and one spiritual that keeps us inspired.  John McCain inspired many of us by his heroic living.  May we all live powerful lives that reflect our beautiful spiritual nature and our deep love of all beings on planet Earth.  From my inspired heart to yours, Thomas

 

Heart to Heart 433

Self Talk

I saw this on a Facebook post. ” Speak to your children as if they are the wisest, kindest, most beautiful and magical humans on Earth, for what they believe, is what they will become!”  I couldn’t agree more.  However, I thought, you know, all of us have within us our inner child.  It is the part of us that still has wonder and still believes in magic.  Here is the definition of the inner child. “Each of us has a child residing deep inside us, one that is a direct descendant of the child we once were. This inner child is with us at all times and shows up here and there when we least expect it.”

When we are feeling tired and defeated and worn out, it is time to access our inner child. Somewhat like the ho’o pono pono prayer we can remind our self ” I love you, I hear you, I thank you, I forgive you, I am sorry.” Somehow, our grownup self got so deep in the daily illusion of life that a spark went out. That light inside that was so bright when we were children, doesn’t ever go out.  The inner child is the eternal connection with all that is wonderful about life. Please take time to speak with it.  Then take it and your older self on adventures of the body, mind and soul. Your inner and outer light will shine brighter than ever!

Remember each of you are the wisest, kindest, most beautiful and magical humans on Earth!  From my childlike heart to yours, Thomas

Heart to Heart 432 It’s Always Mother’s Day!

It’s Always Mother’s Day

I was the youngest of three sons of Oliver and Gladys Bruck.  We boys were born about five years apart.  We mostly had different lives because of the age differences.  My dad became an alcoholic at a young age and our family suffered for it.  My mom, Gladys, did her best to keep the family together, though there were times when I wished she hadn’t.  I grew up in the kitchen of our homes in Hollywood California.  It was the safest room in the house next to mom.  At a tender age I learned how to cook, wash dishes, bake delicious desserts and wash clothes and and wring them out on a wooden board.  Gladys, who we affectionately called “Happy Bottom” worked hard at jobs and made almost all the money in our family.  There was hardly ever enough, but somehow she made it work.  Thanks mom!

I met a girl in Alaska named Sue, when I was stationed there for the Air Force in the early sixties.  We got pregnant in March of 61 and our first child Michael was born on Pearl Harbor day that year.  We were dirt poor.  I made $163 per month and our rent was $110 for a single wide trailer.  That home, located at 333 Concrete Avenue, slid into the Cook Inlet during the great earthquake of 1964. Michael had plenty of milk.  We however, survived on a monthly subsistence of a five pound block of Swiss cheese, a pound of butter and a few loaves of white bread.  Sue had a challenging early life as well, growing up in a family of ten kids down in Tennessee.  When we got together, she did not know how to cook, write a check or drive a car.  About the only thing we had in common was that we adored our four children.  Sue eventually found a husband who was better for her.  She also became an excellent cook, a bank manager and a wonderful mother.  Sue worries a lot about her kids.  Someone once said that” worry is a prayer for something you don’t want.” However, I think a mother’s worries come from such a deep place of love and caring it helps create wonderful children.  Congratulations Sue!

My wife Lou Ann, had only one child, named Kimberley when she was born.  She is now known as Uma.  She was a challenge when she was in her teens.  She is very talented, highly intelligent and very outspoken.  When Lou Ann and I got together she was sixteen going on thirty!  Uma had two boys, also born five years apart.  They are very different in many ways.  The three of them lived with Lou Ann and I for several years during the boys early development. Lou Ann is another excellent mother and grandmother. She has had a profound affect on her daughter and her two grandchildren.  She does everything possible to help them find their way.  She loves them unconditionally and yes, worries for them too!  I am in awe of her skills of knowing how to say and do the things that make such a difference in their lives.  Another great mom!

You folks who read this blog probably have similar stories about courageous, loving moms who make this Earth the best place possible for the rest of us!  Yes, every day is a day to celebrate moms. It’s always Mother’s Day!  From my admiring heart to yours, Thomas

Heart to Heart 431 Take a Walk!

Take a Walk!

I went for a walk around my neighborhood.  It takes me about an hour and a half.  I get to do it, two or three times per week.  The local scenery around our house, is pine tree covered mesas that tower about five hundred feet above the homes and golf courses.  Most of the streets have well manicured desert landscaping.  I have never seen a front lawn around any of the new homes.

I was strolling along and I became aware of being present in the moment.  I noticed each breath, each time I swallowed, the beat of my heart, the sun on my skin.  I felt at one with everything,  I was grateful for the realization.  It is the little things in life that I so appreciate.  A bright yellow desert flower on a prickly pear cactus.  A towering Sycamore tree swaying in the breeze.  The gathering of huge white cumulonimbus clouds on the horizon.  Soon they will bunch together and turn a dark grey.  Then the breeze will pick up.  Soon another monsoon storm will brew and give life to the sometimes parched land. It feels magical, like creation!

As I climbed a hill at the top of the neighborhood, I looked out and saw the magnificent red rocks.  Huge stands of a multicolored backdrop of giant rocks that stand like guardian sentinels.  They have been there for more than a billion years.  What stories they could tell!  About all of the folks who climbed them through the years. Each climber drenched in sweat and huffing and puffing to reach the top.  Long ago, we may have been donned with feathers or covered in leather.  Most likely though, we stopped and looked out across this part of the Verde Valley.  We probably gave a silent prayer of thanks for being connected to this part of the Universe.

Now I could smell the scent of chaparral as the drops of rain began their dance.  It was time to head home and enjoy the thunder and lightening from our front deck.  We are all so blessed to be alive and feel with all of our senses.  I encourage everyone who can, to go take a walk and experience nature and the grandeur of creation.  It is a reflection of all the love in the universe dressed up in a rainbow of colors for us to enjoy.  Happy walking!  From my ever grateful heart to yours, Thomas

 

Heart to Heart 430 Leave Nothing Undone

Leave Nothing Undone

I have quit a lot of things in my life.  I have made choices that made others sad.  I have not done things I wish I had.  Life is short.  Sometimes we only get one chance to do something or say something, that can have a profound loving effect on someone.

If there are people in your life that you love, call them up and tell them so.  This time, don’t text it, let them hear the love in your voice.  If there are folks that for some reason, you chose to do something that hurt them in some way, let them know.

We all want to be loved.  We all want to know we matter.  We could always use more encouragement, support, honesty and care.  Most of us love to be touched.  Find someone to hug.  Find someone to walk with while holding their hand.

If you owe a personal debt to someone, find a way to repay it.  If you have left anything undone, that feels like it could be completed, find a way.  Find strangers to smile at.  Find folks to wave to. Tip your postal delivery person.  Leave a bigger tip at your restaurant then ever before.

On a personal level, find ways to love yourself. It might be reading a book.  It might be refusing desert.  It might be seeking medical assistance.  It might be calling your kids, having dinner with friends or taking a walk in the moonlight.

It is when we give, that we feel most alive, whether to others or ourselves.  Take time in your life to leave nothing undone that matters to you.  Then your life will feel fulfilled. Please do it now, because we always think we have another day. From my tender heart to yours, Thomas