You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.
By: Barbara “baby boon” Mikkelson
Besides getting sloppy drunk and kissing everybody in the room at the stroke of midnight, celebrants throughout the ages have observed numerous lesser-known New Year’s customs and superstitions.
Many of the superstitions associated with the event bear the common theme that activities engaged in on that day set the pattern for the year to come. Others have to do with warding off evil spirits or attracting luck.
Because January 1 is the first day of the new year, we have drawn a connection between what we do on that day and our fate throughout the rest of the year. Here are some of the ways we attempt to guarantee a good outcome through our acts on that portentous first day: (Full version at snopes.com)
- Kissing at midnight
- Stocking Up
- Paying Off Bills
- First Footing
- Nothing Goes Out
- Black-Eyed Peas
- New Clothes
- Letting the Old Year Out
- Loud Noise
- The Weather
- Born on January 1
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When all is said and done, the Father idea is still the highest human concept of God.
Steps to the Higher self
by JoyBeth / Author, Counselor and Spiritual Healer
“Seek and you will find.
Ask and you will receive.
Knock and the door will be opened.”
I heard these three sentences a lot when I was a child. In my child’s mind, “Seek and you will find” worked fairly well when I had to find something I’d lost. “Ask and you will receive” didn’t tend to work, especially if I asked for something expensive. “Knock and the door will be opened” didn’t make much sense to me, but I kept trying it anyway. Sometimes the doors would open and sometimes not, but even if the door did open and a person appeared, I didn’t know what was suppose to happen next.
As I grew older and began earnestly trying to figure out what life was really about, these three sentences fascinated me. Somewhere deep inside, I felt that they had a ring of truth about them. So, I began experimenting with SEEKING, ASKING AND KNOCKING. I found out that the process of seeking, asking, and knocking required several things from me. I had to have at least an idea about what I wanted and the clearer I was about what I wanted the more likely it was to become real.
Another thing I learned was that in seeking, asking and knocking, DOING became real important in achieving the results. I couldn’t just scream out my wants to the Universe and then become a couch potato. I had to pick up and follow through on the clues given me about how to manifest my desire. In addition, I discovered that the more selfish my need was the harder I had to work to make it come true. If I used anger or resentment in order to motivate me, I’d often end up in the middle of a frustrating mess. If I sought, asked and knocked out of love for others and myself, then the results would often come quicker and better than I had originally thought they might. I also grew to understand that I had better be ready to accept the results and all the changes that naturally come. When I’d seek, ask and knock from desires that were just passing or not thoroughly thought through, I’d be unprepared to integrate the results into my life. >>More
He who asks is a fool for five minutes, but he who does not ask remains a fool forever.
Be not discouraged; human evolution is still in progress, and the revelation of God to the world, in and through Jesus, shall not fail.
Tibetan Buddhists believe that saying the mantra (prayer) Om Mani Padme Hum, invites the blessings of Chenrezig, the embodiment of compassion.
They also believe you can produce the same effect by spinning the written form of the mantra around in a prayer wheel (called “Mani wheels” by the Tibetans). The effect is said to be multiplied when more copies of the mantra are included, and spinning the Mani wheels faster increases the benefit as well.
His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, has said that having the mantra on your computer works the same as a traditional Mani wheel. As the digital image spins around on your hard drive, it sends the peaceful prayer of compassion to all directions and purifies the area. Animated images like this one are digital Mani wheels.