Tried by the Fire

There is a scripture that says that, when we are tried by the fire, we will come out as pure gold.  It doesn't say "if" we are tried by the fire, it says "when" we are tried by the fire.  Therefore, we can expect trials and tribulations (fire) and have the faith that we will survive them and we will be better for each one, closer to our true state (gold).  

We are all like gold, in various states of refinement.  Anyone who knows anything about gold mining knows that, when gold is mined, it is covered with dross. Dross is all the impurities mixed in with the gold.  The dross in our lives is all the issues that we are dealing with. When we remember that we all have issues that we're dealing with, it is easier to look past the dross, in others and in ourselves, and see the gold that is there.  It is easier to love, it is easier to forgive, and it is easier to be patient, when we look for the gold instead of the dross.  

The refining process can not be complete without the fire.  So when the fire comes, and it will come, know that "this too shall pass" and know that you will come out the other side as pure gold.

What I Know #6

I asked a question of the Holy Spirit and since He always answers, I waited and listened. The question that I asked is, "How do I share the most powerful "secret" in the Universe with the common person?" The "secret" is the Law of Attraction. Many people have an incomplete or inaccurate understanding of this powerful Law. It simply states "that which is like is attracted unto itself". Ignorance of, and failure to apply this law, keeps us from reaping the many gifts available to us from the Creator, the Source of all abundance. If we would simply focus on what we want (with faith), maintain the feeling of thanks and gratitude as if it we already given, you would see God's abundance flood into your life. Again, I remind you what the scripture says, "You have not because you ask not". The abundance of the Universe is unlimited, take the time to claim your share.

What I Know #5

When we are in alignment with the Creator, with Source, we feel good. Our one job and one goal in life is to feel good. Why would we choose to give up the peace and joy that is our birthright and to focus on conditions around us? When we focus on conditions, we begin to lead conditional lives and fall out of alignment. When we use our internal guidance system to focus only on what feels good to us, our lives transforms and we begin to experience Heaven on earth. Try it for seven days and watch the wonderful things that begin flowing into your life. Or focus on the conditions and get more of what you focus on. Isn't it wonderful that we have a choice?

What I Know #4

The Source, known by many names (God, Allah, All That Is, The Creator, Great Grandfather, etc,) is everywhere, including inside of us. We have lost some of our power when we looked at God as being somewhere up in the sky. That keeps us looking outside of ourselves for what we need. We have the Power within us to do ALL things. It is said, "Greater is He that is within me than he that is in the world." As it says in the Lion King movie, "We have forgotten who (and Whose) we are." Turn to the Power within and ask for what you want and have the faith to know that it is always given to you. You just need to be in the right state of mind to receive it. The right state of mind is joy and appreciation. Live there, and you'll be surprised at how fast and how often your prayers are answered. It is Law!

What I Know - There's Got To Be A Better Way

I have spent the first part of my life reading, studying, and applying what I have learned. On this page, I intend to share "What I know". One thing that I know is that people have been suffering for far too long, and that the time has come to end the needless suffering. Many people know that there has to be a better way. Join me and add to the sharing as, together, we find a better way.

Let Your Light Shine

If it is true that all things work together for good, the we must not let circumstances bring us down nor dim our light. It says in A Course in Miracles that man's function is to be the salvation of the world. It has also been said that Jesus is the Light of the world.  The Bible says that we were "Created in the image and likeness of the Creator".  Jesus also said that we would do greater things than he did.  These verses make it clear that, if we are to do as Jesus commanded us to do, "Pick up our cross and follow him", then we, too must be a light in the world.

A lighthouse is a beacon which will guide us Home.  A ship, looking for Home searches for the guiding light of a lighthouse.  The beacon shines steadily at all times and the worse the conditions, the more welcome is its sight.  Man, if he is to fulfill his function, must be a light unto the world.  In order for man's light to shine, he must first understand who he is.

We are all gods, children of the most high God.  We, like our Father, are love.  When we are in our pure state, we are nothing but pure love and that loves serves as a beacon to all mankind.  When we act out of pure love, our Light shines brightly. Unfortunately, many of us lose our way and our lights are dimmed by the many forms of insecurity - ager, jealousy, envy, fear, etc.  Our blessing is that our light will never go completely our- it can only be obscured.

Down But Not Out

We are in a time when science and religion are finally coming together under the banner of Quantum Physics.  Just as they talk about the "Word" in the Bible. they also talk about "Thought" in Quantum Physics.  In religion, we talk about Spirit as "an invisible force that impacts the physical world".  In science they talk about Energy as "an invisible force that impacts the physical world".  Amazing, huh? This article is about thought and how sometimes it can limit us when we use it against ourselves.  We have been programmed by conditioning as we grow up to believe we are less that we are.  Fortunately, sometimes we ignore the status quo, overcome the conditioning, and do something which many of us consider to be amazing.  Heather Dorniden showed us what can happen when we we don't allow our thoughts to get in the way.  She showed us that just because we are down, we don't have to be out. Check it out:

What amazing things are you gonna do?

My Hand Is Extended

I have been blessed with the opportunity to learn a tremendous amount about life, how it works, and how to help people use their gifts and talents to have a fuller, richer, more meaningful life. Central City Development Corporation, the non-profit that I direct was founded to help uplift the lives of people looking for a better way.   As such, if you or your organization is looking for a speaker, a workshop, or guidance and coaching, drop me a line by responding to this blog.  Service is at the core of what we do.

How can we serve you?

"MY" Hero's Journey

My USM Journey (aka The Hero's Journey :) As is customary, I started the New Year listening to the Universe for my "marching orders" for the year. What I heard was, "In order to move to the next level, surround yourself with others with a higher vibrational level than those who are currently in your circle." To that end, I enrolled in USM (Utimate Success Masterclass).

My Intention in USM is in the area of Business and Career. My Intention is "To share my message of Hope with the World. To have an abundance of money and resources to do all of the things that I desire and to give freely to those in need, and to causes that I support. I realized, due to the world-wide reach of USM, I AM actually sharing my message of Hope with the world through the forum.

My Goal is to develop a support network around me that expands my outreach globally and generates income sufficient to supply all my needs and desires, with income starting at $20,000 per month, and increasing continuously. To that end, if you see an opportunity that you can support me in my goals of reaching a global community, let me know!

A slide in my Mind Movie stated, "My book is a best seller." Since I didn't have a book, I figured that in order for it to become a best seller, I needed to write it. And since the core of the training that I do always gets a rave review, I decided my book would be a conversation with the reader covering the aspects of my training. Here's the 6,000 word book:

One of my Weekly Action items was to get feedback on my book, so if you are so inclined, click the link above and share your feedback. If you have and/or work with teens, feel free to share it with them a well.

A line in the Intention Declaration states "I have all of the support I need within the Ultimate Success Masterclass to overcome challenges and stay focused on my goal. I just need to ask." Well as you see, I AM ASKING. If you see any way that you can help me realize my INTENTION or meet my GOAL let me know! Tony Wilson, BA, BHS, MSE Facilitator and Personal Development Coach

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The Hundredth Monkey

For those who may be wary or to those who think that their "little" effort couldn't possibly make a difference, consider the story of the Hundredth Monkey and reconsider.  Everyone and everything counts!

Here is the story of the Hundredth Monkey:

The Japanese monkey, Macaca fuscata, has been observed in the wild for a period of over 30 years.

In 1952, on the island of Koshima scientists were providing monkeys with sweet potatoes dropped in the sand. The monkeys liked the taste of the raw sweet potatoes, but they found the dirt unpleasant.

An 18-month-old female named Imo found she could solve the problem in a nearby stream. She taught this trick to her mother. Her playmates also learned this new way and they taught their mothers, too.

This cultural innovation was gradually picked up by various monkeys before the eyes of the scientists.

Between 1952 and 1958, all the young monkeys learned to wash the sandy sweet potatoes to make them more palatable.

Only the adults who imitated their children learned this social improvement. Other adults kept eating the dirty sweet potatoes.

Then something startling took place. In the autumn of 1958, a certain number of Koshima monkeys were washing sweet potatoes -- the exact number is not known.

Let us suppose that when the sun rose one morning there were 99 monkeys on Koshima Island who had learned to wash their sweet potatoes.

Let's further suppose that later that morning, the hundredth monkey learned to wash potatoes.


By that evening almost everyone in the tribe was washing sweet potatoes before eating them.

The added energy of this hundredth monkey somehow created an ideological breakthrough!

But notice.

A most surprising thing observed by these scientists was that the habit of washing sweet potatoes then jumped over the sea --

Colonies of monkeys on other islands and the mainland troop of monkeys at Takasakiyama began washing their sweet potatoes!*

(*Lifetide by Lyall Watson, pp. 147-148. Bantam Books 1980. This book gives other fascinating details.)

Thus, when a certain critical number achieves an awareness, this new awareness may be communicated from mind to mind.

Although the exact number may very, the Hundredth Monkey Phenomenon means that when only a limited number of people know of a new way, it may remain the consciousness property of these people.

But there is a point at which if only one more person tunes-in to a new awareness, a field is strengthened so that this awareness is picked up by almost everyone!

You may be the "Hundredth Monkey" . . .

Uncle, A Title of Honor

On a recent birthday, and during the recent passing of my big Sister, I have begun to realize the tremendous honor and responsibility that comes along with the title of "Uncle".  I used to take it for granted when it came from my nieces and nephews, but not anymore.  I have begun to sense the respect that is expressed when they call me "Uncle Tony".  It is an added honor when someone outside of my biological family calls me "Uncle".  It is sign of respect for the role that I have played in their lives.  From now on, I will wear "Uncle" as a true badge of honor!

The Universe Works Perfectly

There are many names for what I call "The Universe."  Some say "Creator," "Source," "God," "Consciousness," and many others.  It doesn't matter what name you use, we are still referring to the Source of all that is. Yesterday, on my 66th birthday, I found my Self silently complaining that things were not the way that I wanted them to be.  I went so far as to decide that I would no longer wait for other people to "honor" me, instead, I decided to honor my Self.  I bought my own cake (that looked an awful lot like a cinnamon muffin), made my own card, and even bought my own gift.  Then I thumbed my nose at the world and said "there", since no one will honor me like I want to be honored, I'll do it my Self.

Feeling pretty uncared for, I prepared to facilitate a class, my last obligation for the day....and to my surprise, I was presented with a birthday card, a gift, and a "real" birthday cake.  It was as if I was being reminded that the Universe works perfectly, if only I would be patient.  Lesson learned!

Take the First Step

Many people, and sometimes I'm one of those people, wonder why they don't have all the things that they want and need.  To those people, and to myself, I say, "You have not because you ask not." This Universe in which we live is an abundant Universe.  If you don't believe me, I challenge you to count the blades of grass in your front yard, the leaves on the tree across the street, or the stars in the sky.  Everywhere you look in nature, abundance abounds.

I used to wonder how flowers knew when to bloom in spring and how threes know when to bud,  Then I realized that they are in harmony with nature and when conditions are right, bam, the blooming and the budding begins.

When the conditions are right in your life, you too will "bloom."  "What are the conditions necessary for your growth?" you ask.  When you clearly picture what you want in your life, immerse your Self in the feelings that you will feel when you reach your desired goal, stay consistent in this practice, and have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will reach your is law!

Oh, by the way, you must feel worthy of receiving the abundance.  Because of the power of Grace, you are indeed worthy.  After all, YOU ARE ENOUGH!

P.S. - You still have to take the first step.  What are you waiting for?

We Expect Far Too Little of Children

We don't expect too much of children, we expect far too little.  In my 30+ years working with children, I realized that children would perform and conform to what I expected of them.  This has been referred to as the Self-fulfilling Prophesy or Pygmalion Effect. Once we set an expectation and believe it in our hearts, it's amazing the results. I got a Facebook message today from one of my business associates, giving a glimpse of what kids, all kinds of kids, can do. Check it out:

Popeye Was An Archtype

Did you know that Popeye was an archtype?  He is the spirit inside of you and I who appears when we have had enough of the abuse that we are experiencing - much of which is self-inflicted.  When he said,

That's all I can stands cuz I can't stands no more!

that meant that he was tired of putting up with the stuff around him and the abuse that he was experiencing.  When he had had enough, he pulled out his spinach - another name for Truth and Power - and got busy being all that he could be.  Have you had enough, Popeye?

There Is No Good or Bad

The longer I live, the more I realize that there is no GOOD or BAD.  Everything is NEUTRAL  It only has meaning when WE give it meaning.  Then it is good or bad FOR US.  However, just as it SEEMS bad for us, it may SEEM good for someone else.  That is particularly evident in sports.  In a situation when the score is 4-3, the "winner" could look at the score and feel very good about it. The "loser" could look at the same score and feel very bad about it.  A third party with no interest in either party could look at the same score and have a feeling of total neutrality.

The score of 4-3 is totally neutral until WE give it meaning.

How could we have only one score and still have three different reactions to it? Because we are the givers of meaning! If we don't like how we feel about someone or something, we are free to change the way we think about that person or thing.  If you don't want to be tossed around by the storms of life (and remember, we are the ones stirring up the water), we are free at any time to change our thinking about the situation.

We are in the driver's seat,  Why do we keep handing the wheel over to something that we, ourselves, created, and then complain because we don't like where we end up?

If we don't like the picture that WE created, could it be because we are coloring outside the lines and adding something that is not even there?  Yes, we just making stuff up, acting like it's real, then suffering the consequences.  How foolish?!?!?

The Wages of Sin is Death? or Not?

I recently talked to a friend of mine who was struggling with health issues.  As we talked, I shared my opinion that physical ailments have origins in our thought and from unresolved issues.  As we continued to talk, they shared with me that they recalled going in a church as a teen and seeing a sign on the wall that said, very boldly,

The wages of sin is death

Imagine what it would be like to see that message as an impressionable teen, knowing that they had "sinned", according to the church doctrine, and then carrying that guilt with you for the rest of your life....  As a matter of fact, maybe you have done the same thing?

I find it very inconsistent for a kind, merciful, and loving God to assign one of his children to death for a mis-step.  Sin is an archery term which means "to miss the mark".  I agree with A Course in Miracles where is states that sins are mistakes to be corrected.  And also with scripture that states that "we have all fallen short".  Does that that we are ALL going to hell?

If the wages of sin is death, why did Jesus die on the cross?  I thought he paid the price for our sins?  I think it's time that we stop burdening people with unnecessary guild and remember who our Father is...kind, loving, MERCIFUL!