"Bailero" - From "Chants D'Auvergne" by Marie-Joseph Canteloube de Malaret

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Welcome to my world of ILLUMINATIONS. The is open, so come on in! Rest awhile and reflect upon the meaning of life. I hope these inspirational poems, affirmations, and words of wisdom will lighten your path today! If you enjoy this web site, I hope you will visit my web page, Poet's Corner, which consists of some of my favorite original poems. In the meanwhile, I hope these illuminating inspirational messages will give your spirits a lift.

I AM God's perfect creation; a part of God Himself
Therefore, I have the power within Myself
To use the pure white light to heal Myself
I AM God's perfect creation; I AM in perfect health

Laughter is the best medicine... a fact that is well-known
Laughter lightens life's burdens, of others and my own
It is a fact... not just a rumor
That even saddened souls smile at my humor
A way with words has always been my special gift
A life raft I can throw to those who are adrift
God, inspire me with the perfect words to say
To those around me in need of a healing today
I am a Healer, in this life, this is my role
I administer that dose of humor that helps God heal the soul

Every solid object you can see, touch and feel
Started as an abstract before it became real;
You have to first envision something in the imagination
Before you can bring it into manifestation.

"Our birth is but a sleep and a forgetting:
The Soul that rises with us, our life's star,
Hath had elsewhere its setting,
And cometh from afar:
Not in entire forgetfulness,
And not in utter nakedness,
But trailing clouds of glory do we come
From God, who is our home."
... Henry Wordsworth, Intimations of Immortality

Many pools reflect one sky.
Success comes in cans, failure comes in can'ts.
If you think you can, you can; If you think you can't, you're right.
If you can believe it, you can achieve it.
It is harder to climb the Ladder of Success when you are wearing high heels.
Joy comes to those who have the heart to convert their pain to art.
You can't fix someone who won't admit they are broken.
Don't cry for over anyone who won't cry over you!
It's wiser to lose a lover than to love a loser.
If I can't be number one in your life, then number two on you!
Life is what happens to us while we are busy making other plans.
He who knows much, speaks little... he who knows little, speaks much.
Often, many words are used to say nothing.
A closed mouth gathers no feet.
Bloom where you are planted.
People will become whatever you tell them they already are.
Two of the greatest gifts we can give our children are roots and wings.
Small things make perfection; but, perfection is no small thing.
We can't change the winds but we can adjust our sails.
"What was once thought can never be unthought." ...Friedrich Durrenmatt
It is within the imagination that the seeds of reality are planted.
How we perceive ourselves determines how others perceive us.
"A man is literally what he thinks." ...James Lane Allen
The past is a guidepost, not a hitching post.
If you keep doing what you're doing, you'll keep getting what you're getting.
If you will never change your mind, you will never change anything.
The mind is like a parachute. It works only when open.
"No mystery is closed to an open mind"... "Sightings" (TV Series).
The right train of thought can take you to a better station in life.
"Even if you are on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there." ...Will Rogers.
Where there is light, there cannot be darkness.
The greater the light, the greater the shadow.
You cannot hold a torch to light another's path without brightening your own.
A candle is not dimmed by lighting another candle.
If you light another's candle from your own, it will not extinguish your own flame.
It is not the years in your life that matter; it is the life in your years.
The journey is more important than the destination.
Theories do not prevent facts from happening.
Angels can fly because they take themselves lightly.
Winners make it happen... losers let it happen.
"All the world's a stage and most of us are desperately unrehearsed."... Sean O'Casey
Life is like a piano... what you get out of it depends on how you play it.
Allow your heart to call the tune to which you dance your life.
Luck is when preparation meets opportunity.
Opportunity may knock only once, but temptation leans on the doorbell.
Opportunities are never lost; someone will take the ones you miss.
Let go and let God.
Let go, be still, and listen to that small still voice inside.
Wisdom is bringing inner knowledge into conscious awareness.
It is not where you start; but where you finish.
When everything is coming your way, you're in the wrong lane.
Stars move in well-charted paths.
Life is God in motion.
Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.
Drink in knowledge and pour it to fill another's cup.
Wherever I go, there I AM.
He travels fastest who travels alone.
Miracles are the icing on the cake but you need to bake the cake.
In order to receive a reaction, you have to put forth an action.
The purest truth is expressed only by complete silence.
As is the atom... as is the universe.
I am not in the world but, rather, the world is in me.
If you want to know who you are, you have to spend a little time with yourself.
The best way to win a war is to let the enemy defeat himself.
"An eye for an eye, and soon the whole world is blind" ...Ghandi
Those who gossip to you, will gossip about you.
"True friends stab you in the front." ...Oscar Wilde
Anger is only one letter short of danger.
There is nothing outside of you except the reflection of what you are.
Where attention goes, energy flows.
Be your truth. Talk it. Walk it. Live it.
The best sermons are lived, not preached.
Life is too short to wear ugly shoes.
Life is too short to eat a mediocre meal.
I am too blessed to be stressed.
When you harbor bitterness, happiness will dock elsewhere.
A flower has many petals and yet it is but one flower.
That which needs to be will be.
To live in hearts we leave behind, is not to die.
When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.
To avoid criticism, don't say anything, do anything, or be anything.
Being politically correct means always having to say you're sorry.
"Consistency is the last resort of the unimaginative." ...Oscar Wilde
Don't be afraid of failing. It is the way you learn to do things right.
"Fall down 7 times; stand up 8." ...Japanese Proverb
Your past failures weren't mistakes, but merely practice for this moment.
Mistakes are errors in judgment. They are opportunities to learn and grow.
A mistake is evidence that someone tried to do something.
"He who fears he shall suffer already suffers what he fears." ...Michel de Montaigne
Fear is the absence of information
We fear things in proportion to our ignorance of them.
Any fear faced is a fear erased.
"He who limps, still walks." ...Stanislaw Lec
"Rudeness is the weak man's limitation of strength." ...Eric Hoffer
"Today is yesterday's effect and tomorrow's cause." ...Phillip Gribble
If you can't see the bright side of life, polish the dull side.
"When it is dark enough, you can see the stars." ...Charles A. Beard
Everything ends up okay. If it's not okay, it's not over yet.
"Be the change you want to see in the world." ...Ghandi
"The future is not in the hands of fate, but in ours." ...Jules Jusserano
It takes both rain and sunshine to form a rainbow.
"He who laughs, lasts." ...Mary Pettibone Poole
A friend is someone who reaches for your hand and touches your heart.

We are more than the sum of our knowledge;
we are the products of our imagination.
...Ancient Proverb

"No me pueden quitar lo que he bailado"
(They cannot take away from me that which I have danced).
...Old Spanish Proverb

Dancing is the expression of the poetry of love set to music.

Dancing is to my soul as the air I breathe is to my life.

We don't stop dancing when we grow old;
We grow old when we stop dancing.

When you get the chance
To sit it out or dance...
I hope you dance!!!

"I don't want people who want to dance;
I want people who *have* to dance."
...George Balanchine

"The bridges you cross before you come to them
are over rivers that aren't there." ...Gene Brown

"In the dark, it is easy to pretend that the truth is what it ought to be."
...Erik, Phantom of the Opera

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take;
But by the moments that take our breath away.

Enjoy the little things in life, for one day you may
look back and realize they were the big things.

The greater danger for most of us is not that our aim is too
high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it.

We are not human beings on a spiritual journey;
We are spiritual beings on a human journey.

The best kind of friend is the kind you can sit
on a porch swing with, never say a word,
and then walk away feeling like it was the
best conversation you've ever had.

To The World You Might Be One Person;
But To One Person You Might Be The World

"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams."
...Eleanor Roosevelt

"No person or teacher can teach us anything new;
they can only help us to remember the things we've always known."

"Cynicism is an unpleasant way of telling the truth"
...Lillian Hellman

"There are those who look at things the way they are, and ask why...
I dream of things that never were, and ask why not?"
...Robert F. Kennedy

"You can be upset because rose bushes have thorns or
you can rejoice because thorn bushes have roses."
...Author Unknown

"May the wings of visions flutter softly.
And may your Spirit perceive their message."
...Mary Summer Rain

"Treat people as if they were what they should be, and you
help them become what they are capable of becoming."
...Johannn von Goethe

Yesterday Is History.
Tomorrow Is A Mystery.
Today Is A Gift.
That's Why We Call It "The Present".

"When one door of happiness closes, another opens;
but often we look so long at the closed door that
we do not see the one which has opened for us."
...Helen Keller

Great minds discuss ideas;
Average minds discuss events;
Small minds discuss people.

"Great spirits have always encountered
violent opposition from mediocre minds."
...Albert Einstein

"Those who dream by day are cognizant
of many things which escape those who dream only by night"
...Edgar Allan Poe

God gives every bird it's food,
But He does not throw it into it's nest.

An Optimist thinks this world is as good as it could get.
A Pessimist fears this may be true.

"A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity;
an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty."
...Winston Churchill

Quotes of Richard Bach from "Jonathan Livingston Seagull"...

"To fly as fast as thought, to anywhere that is,
you must begin by knowing that you have already arrived."

"Don't believe what your eyes are telling you.
All they show is limitation.
Look with your understanding,
find out what you already know,
and you'll see the way to fly."

"Break the chains of your thought,
and you break the chains of your body, too."

"We are free to go where we wish and to be what we are."

... Richard Bach from "Jonathan Livingston Seagull"

From the Chinese Philosopher, Lao Tsu (before Confucius) on Tao Te Ching...
"It is the way of Tao to take from those who have more than enough
and give to those who do not have enough.
Unfortunately, it is the way of man to take from those who do not have enough
and give to those who already have more than enough."

"He who knows others is wise; He who knows himself is enlightened." ... Lao-Tzu

May we learn to fly on wings of light, walk on the wind,
and remember who we really are.

In Love and Illumination...
Barbara Larkin

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