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Saturday, February 28, 2009

Presence.........

In the heart of the quiet,
The voice of God I hear,
Eternal love and essence,
The Spirit feels so near.

Beyond the distance whistle,
The subtle sounds appear,
My thoughts find the dismissal,
My heart feels it is clear.

My soul dissolves its seeking,
My mind releases fear,
The voice of God is speaking,
Of joy that brings a tear.

In this bliss I cherish,
That all of life is mere,
Of that which will not perish,
For presence now is here.

By Michael Murphy

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Be still....in love....

A buddy of mine called me
recently. His first words were,
"Where are you?" My rather
quick witted (o.k., it was
sarcastic) answer was,
"I'm right here." :-)

Most people are not
where they are. Oh,
they might be there
in their physical body,
but not in their mind.

There is no 'reality'
outside of the present
moment. Yesterday is
a memory. You might
be able to hit the
'rewind' button and
replay it; but, its not
part of your present
reality.

Tomorrow (or even
30 minutes from now)
is a creation of your mind.
IT is not reality.

There is no reality except
where you are right now.

Have you ever heard the
deafening silence beyond
all the sounds that you hear
right now? If you can
'learn to be still' and
not only hear the sounds
in your three dimensional
world, but listen intently
into the dimension beyond,
you'll experience what I mean.

Try it if you never have
before. Its kind of a
fourth dimensional spatial
awareness.

In reality, it only allows
you to be present now
in you awareness or
consciousness.

Our lives get quite
convoluted when we
make this huge effort
of living in the future
or living in the past.

When you choose to be
present now and just
become aware, you
will feel a sense of calm
and a presence of love.

The ancient writings of
King David encouraged
us to 'be still and know
that I am God.' There
is a divine presence
that you'll feel when
you do this. God is love
and you'll feel the
the divine love.

Allow yourself to be
present today and
enjoy the love.

You ARE loved!

I love you,
Michael

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

The light of love.....

The light of love,
dispels the dark.
With the spirit of love,
My soul does embark.

On the marvelous journey,
the adventure of life,
with joy and with gladness,
its blessings are rife.

To allow it to shine,
Fulfilling the heart,
like mellowed sweet wine,
True living does start.

To share it with those,
Who love or oppose,
It is your choice and mine,
To let this love shine.

Love to you, today,
Michael

Monday, February 23, 2009

The wisdom of this moment......

The wisdom of this moment,
that flows from above,
Has always been there,
Yet few have heard of.

The voice from within,
that speaks from your heart,
is the wisdom of God,
that heaven did impart.

Quiet in this moment,
Listening to the voice,
Receive divine wisdom,
As your soul does rejoice.

The wisdom of this moment,
that flows from above,
transforms your spirit,
in the power of love.

Much love,
Michael

Friday, February 20, 2009

YOU can change the world.......

I gave a smile, to a stranger today,
She took my that smile and gave it away.

When I was young, thought the world I'd change,
Wanted to transform life, through the love exchange.

Today I am older and now realize,
As I touch just one soul, as I look in their eyes,

And deep in my heart, I say "I love you",
Connect with their soul, so they know that its true.

You can love all the world, but the way that its done,
Is to love from your heart, and begin with just one.

YOU are loved!

Michael

Thursday, February 19, 2009

How to attract the love you long for......

In writing these notes, I've created
a bit of a dilemma for myself. I am
learning that as I pour out of my
own heart, the love that I feel
towards others, I'm getting more
and more love back. As this love
overflows (which it always will), I'm
left with giving more and more love
to others.

That's the way love is. It is a powerful
spiritual force. I can't explain it. I can
write about it. I can write about it
in poetry that is sweet to the heart
and ears. In fact, I've written
several poems trying to describe
love. But still, its indescribable.

A sweet lady wrote me yesterday
and said that she didn't know if
love would ever find her again.
I knew what she was saying.
She wants, needs and longs for
the love of a man in her life.

I told here to start focusing
on loving strangers that she
sees in the grocery store. She
doesn't have to go up and hug
them or even tell them that
she loves them. Just feel it
in your heart and show it with
your smile. Show it in your
actions.

AS you choose to do this,
that 'right, special someone'
will show up in your life. You
can trust the power of love
to bring you exactly who
you need in your life.

Love changes YOU. It makes
you more attractive. It makes
you physically attractive. Plus,
it sets you up to have the
loving, caring, supportive and
incredibly fulfilling relationship
that you've always dreamed
of having.

Think about these simple words
I'm sharing with you today.

I know this.

I love you,

Michael

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Show your love.......

As you walk your path this day,
You'll meet someone who is dismayed;
You'll see them in the common way,
Just let them see your love displayed.

Just give a word, a hug, a smile,
you'll give them strength for the coming mile.
And love's sweet blessings, you will accrue,
The love you give will return to you.

Show your love today.......

And know that........

YOU are loved!

Michael

Friday, February 13, 2009

Listen to Love..........

A young man walked into my
office one day. I'd not met
him before but he had called
for an appointment to see me.

When he arrived, I could tell
by the look on his face that
some major 'life issue' was
weighing heavy on his heart
and mind.

He sat down and immediate
told me, "Michael, my girlfriend
is pregnant. I don't know what
to do. I've attempted to talk
to my parents, my minister and
a therapist. All I've gotten is
lectures about having sex.
But whether or not having
sex outside of marriage is
right or wrong, well, that's
not my problem right now."

I told him that it doesn't take
rocket science intelligence
to know how he got where
he is. I told him, "Brian, the
thing you need to do is get
ready for a baby. You need
to start going to the baby
store or into the department
where baby clothes, cribs,
strollers, etc., are sold and start
getting ready for an amazing
miracle."

Brian broke down and a flood
of emotion started gushing
from his heart. All he could
say for the next several minutes
was, "Thank you, thank you,
thank you, thank you."

I learned something that day.
I learned that love has a voice.
It is a logical voice. It is a rational
voice. But more importantly,
it is a voice of the heart.

Love has a voice that isn't
interested in judging another
human being. Brian knew
how he got into the place
that he was in. There was no
'undoing' that. The only
thing left for him was, prepare
for a beautiful baby.

I saw Brian and Misty recently.
They now have 2 beautiful
children. They both came up
to me and hugged me. They'll
never forget. Neither will I.

When you choose to listen to
your heart, you know exactly
what to do even before a
'Brian' walks in to your life.
You realize how important it
is to listen to the voice of love.
You also realize how powerful
it is.

It was very humbling for me
to realize the power of what
happened THAT day. There
is a power in listening to
the inner voice of love that
is beyond my own ability.

Listening to the voice of
love has proven to be the
wisest and most sane thing
I've ever done in my life.

Choose to listen to the voice
of love. You'll walk away from
all of your 'life issues' having
done and made the right
choice.

I love you,
Michael

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Live the love life........

When I was 17 years old, I seemed outwardly
like I had it all together. I was well liked. Had
several friends. Was somewhat 'known' in my
high school. I had been class president my
sophomore year.

The truth was, down deep inside, I felt like
a fake. I was scared, insecure, unsure of myself,
didn't feel all that smart and was pretty much
terrified of girls.

I'd gone to church most of my life. I didn't
like it. Didn't like the judgment that I felt.
Didn't like the 'meaness' that I felt from many
people there. Didn't feel the love that I
knew that I needed.

Then, in an instant, everything changed. A
minister came to our church who opened
his heart and mind to everyone. He wasn't
delivering the message that all the others
had.

Clyde started loving this tall skinny kid
(the 'skinny' part took several years
to change :-). Clyde treated me with
amazing love and inclusion. I'd never felt
that before.

I didn't see myself as 'spiritual'. I loved
to party and do whatever it took to
'check out', mentally, emotionally AND
spiritually. I wanted to 'check in' socially
and do what it took to be accepted,
admired and hopefully, loved.

Clyde believed in me. He saw the potential
in me. He let me know. He delivered his
message on the wings of grace and love.

It changed my life. I've never been the
same.

I went from being a kid with no thoughts
of the future, to planning to go to
college and actually doing something with
the life I'd been given.

You now know why I talk about, believe
in and am totally focused on love. Love
changed my life. With love came
encouragement and later, empowerment.

I learned a spiritual truth a long time
ago about what I experienced. It said,
"How can a man say that he loves God
and yet hate his brother." The implication
is, he can't.

Love is what life is all about. Love is
what God and spirituality is all about.

As I've shared, there is only one love.
I know it as 'agape'. It is divine. It is
spiritual. It is expressed and is intended
to be expressed in our love for friends
and 'loved ones'. It is intended to be
expressed romantically.

I want to live in this bubble of love.
It doesn't isolate me from others.
It brings me closer to them. I feel
even closer to someone when
I choose to love them.

I wanted you to know a little more
of my story. Hopefully it resonates
with you and encourages you even
more to live the life of love.

I want you to know that you are
loved. By me and by many others
here connected with us. I want
YOU to be encouraged.

I want to say directly from heart
to your heart, make love your life.
It will transform you and help you
to help others be transformed.

Waves and waves of love to you.

I love you,

Michael

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

A personal message from Papi Varela...............

You may know already and
have responded so that you
can receive an amazing blessing
by being introduced to Fernando
Varela. He will undoubtedly receive
worldwide acclaim on the scale of
Pavarotti and Bocelli. He is THAT
amazing!

Well, it so happens that his father
and brother are both connected
with me and you here on FB. You're
about to discover that Fernando's
amazing gift was truly born in an
environment of awesome spiritual
mentoring by his father.

I asked Papi Julio's permission to
share the following with you today.

Enjoy and be blessed!
______________________________


Thank you very much for such a beautiful message of love.

When I decided to "drop off" from what you could call the "Business" world for almost 2 years, it was because i realized that life what so much more than what you could actually see, hear or touch. That essence or true nature that guides us is totally unseen, inaudible and untouchable, it has never began and it will never end. Interesting how by not knowing how to explain this phenomenon we are constantly aware of the fact that this translates from this ambiguous state into a paradox of unity.
For it is through love, and love only, that we can constantly be in touch with this indescribable conundrum that if we trust completely , will ALWAYS lead us to where we need to go.
You see the simplicity of our choices lies in in one simple question that we should ask ourselves every time we are to make a decision on what to do or how to act when faced with small or big decisions. That question is;
"Am I doing this coming from fear (or all the other heads of the same monster, like shame, pride, alter ego, retaliation,etc.) or am I doing this from LOVE?" The choice is always simple and at the same time can be made complex by so many justifications that can surround our decision process. But at the end it always boils down to you and you alone. You can never fool yourself, so it is very simple , ALWAYS, ALWAYS choose LOVE!

Jai Satchinanda...Papi Julio

_________________________________

If you've not connected with Fernando,
do so now. Go to http://www.fernandovarela.com .
You can download or just listen to him
signing 'Nessun Dorma'. Amazing!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

This will help you get over fear......

As I've shared with you, love is
the greatest power on the planet.
It can and does overcome anything.

I don't know if you're experiencing
this, but a lot of people are fearful
of what is going on in their lives
and in the world. We are living
in challenging times.

Franklin Roosevelt intended well
when he said that we have nothing
to fear except for fear itself.
However, there is only one thing
that overcomes fear. And that is
love.

Think about fear and what it is.
Zig said that fear is, 'false evidence
appearing real.'

I like to think about it this way. Fear
is not knowing what is ahead in
your life and feeling as if it isn't
going to be good. Fear is associated
with darkness, the unknown.

Love, on the other hand, casts
a light on the unknown. As I've
shared with you before, 'light
always overcomes darkness.'
Thus, love dispels fear.

Here's the challenge.

Fear creeps in and takes over your
mind. It will dominate your thoughts
with expectations of gloom and doom.

Love is something that you choose.
Yes, love is deeply emotional. But
it must first be a choice.

You know that if you are in a relationship,
or ever have been, there are times
when you must 'choose' to love the
other person. Females do this and
understand this better than us guys.

You know that there are times
that you 'must choose' to love
the man. It doesn't always come
naturally. The love is there. And
it is real. But there are times
that it is a choice.

Well, I feel that the same is
true with choosing to focus
on love rather than living in
fear. You choose to focus on
loving yourself, loving life, loving
others, loving God, loving everything
around you. When you do
this, the darkness of fear
instantly vanishes. It can
come back. But the key is
to 'choose love'. Become
conscious of the power of love
and what it does for you in
your life.

Focus, focus, focus on love.
What do you love about
your life? What do you love
about things that have happened
for you in your life? What are you
thankful for in your life? Even
the smallest things in life.

I want to help you overcome
and get through whatever
you might be going through.
There is a brighter day if you
are facing some dark days.

Choose love. It will light your
way, showing you the way
and taking you where you
want to go.

Waves of love to you today!

From my heart to your heart!

Michael

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Love: the new financial stimulus package

One of our group members, Sandie, wrote me
last week. She talked about how much she
loved her job (and her life). I asked her what
she did. She said, "Michael, I am an ambassador
of love. Not just in my work either. Every where
I go. I've endured some accusations of being
'too friendly' with people, but I love everyone
and I want them to know it. I can't tell them
all, but, sometimes more importantly, I can
show them. Oh, but my official title is
Senior Vice President."

I read last week, an article in a magazine,
"Companies That Don't Do Layoffs". It was
rather surprising to see companies who
believe so strongly in their corporate culture,
vision and appreciate their employees as well
as customers.

These companies purposefully create an
environment that endears the employee
to do almost anything for their corporate
success. They treat each employee with
respect and 'like humans' (in some cases,
like family). In return, they earn amazing
loyalty.

I love to see both companies and individuals
who do what they do, using the talents, skills
and resources that they have to make the
planet a happier and better place.

I guess, if you've been with me (in this
group) for any time now, you know I
love the legendary business philosopher,
Mr. Jim Rohn. I quote him often and live
by much of what I've learned from him
the past twenty plus years.

Mr. Rohn says, "You can work at McDonalds
and take out the trash and make minimum
wage. You can whistle and smile while you take
out the trash and they'll likely pay you at
least 50 cents more. "

Of course, Mr. Rohn is talking about your
attitude. But what if you have an attitude
like Sandie's? What if in your words and
in your actions, you start showing people
that you care for them and love them?

I realize that there is a certain 'corporate
climate' that must be maintained. But,
what if you choose to even do random
acts of kindness for those who don't
expect you to do such?

I know a lady in Dallas that is a VP
of a very large financial services
company. I've never been around
anyone who exuded so much love.
She has an amazing charisma that
you know that she is the 'real deal'
when she enters a room . I'm
convinced that the room gets
brighter with her in it.

She also owns a foundation that
brings a lot of happiness to sick
children. She's not just the founder
of the foundation. She dresses up
as 'Bunny Love' in order to entertain
children. She has an amazing effect
upon their lives.

I learned well from Dr. Hawkins' book
that love is the most amazing power
on the planet. Love isn't weak as some
suppose. It is awesomely strong.
AND it fully complements business
and profits in every regard.

Choose love today. If you aren't
comfortable talking about it then,
by all means, show it in your
actions. You're going to make
someone's day brighter and,
you're going to bless your own life
in ways you've never imagined.

Let your light of love, shine bright!

Avalanches of love to you,
Michael

Friday, February 6, 2009

Small Adjustments Make For Big Life Changes

Its the small things, not the big ones, that we make that make the difference in our lives.


Legendary business philosopher, Jim Rohn says, “What if an apple a day keeps the doctor away? What if that is in fact true? Must you eat an apple a day? What happens if you wait until Saturday to arrive and just sit down and eat 7 apples? Won't that work as well?”


I think most of us 'get the point'. You can't eat 7 apples on Saturday and make up for what you didn't do all week. It will make you sick.


My grandmother used to make the most amazing pies. My favorite was coconut. The meringue was the best part; well, besides the crust; well beside the filling....oh, and the coconuts. Anyway, mama would set the pie out to cool after baking. She didn't have air conditioning in her house. She would set them near a window.


Flies were always a problem but, they were big enough to see. It was the pesky gnats that got into the meringue that I hated. You'd see one about the time you had the fork full in your mouth.


Just like the gnats, its the little things that mess up life.


Mr. Rohn said, “There are about 7 things that you either do or don't do in a day that would make the major difference in your life.” Think about it. Only 7 things that determine the state of your health, wealth, relationships and life.


When I heard him say this, I immediately went to work discovering what those 7 things were in MY life. You might want to do this yourself. Just take a piece of paper and draw a line down the middle. On one side, list the things that you know you SHOULD be doing each day that can make a big difference in your life. On the other side, list those things that you need to stop doing in order to make your life better. You'll find it challenging enough with this list.


Start working on them one by one. Make the changes that you need to make to make your life better. You deserve to be happy, healthy and in control of your life. You'll feel much better when you do it.

Love never fails.........

Anger comes to an end and leaves
devastation. Hatred will kill, steal and
destroy your life. Unforgiveness brings
sickness and dis-ease. Pride causes
the mighty to fall.

But........

Love, never fails.

It never has. It never will.

I love the Eagles. Timothy B. Smitt
sings an incredible song called, "Love
Will Keep Us Alive". When you hear
it, it resonates deeply in your heart.
Its truth is that 'love is powerful.'

My heart longs to both realize
(personally) and reveal to others
the importance of self love, God
love (agape) and 'others love.'

A great teacher said, "Study only
love." I would say that we should
be in constant pursuit of this,
THE most powerful expression
on earth.

My dear friend, love will never
fail you. You must know its
full expression and truly experience
it unconditionally. 'Conditional love'
is really not love at all.

Love that says, "I'll love you as
long as you love me", isn't real
love. That's only a contract.

Love that is chosen as a lifestyle
is real. It will not and cannot fail.

I shared with you recently that
God is love, you are one with
God, therefore, YOU are love.

Let this truth marinate your
heart, mind, soul and spirit.
Then, watch the power of
love transform your life and
your world.

Choose love. Its the only thing
that will never fail you.

With sincere avalanches
of love for you,

Michael

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Love believes all things....Sylvia's story....

You may have seen my quote
from Donald Trump recently
about skeptics, cynics and critics.
The key factor regarding this
group is, 'Don't be one of
them.' They have few friends,
they're generally not happy
people and sadly, they have
no life except to point out
what's wrong in the world.

As 'the Donald' said, "They
are necessary to have around."
Perhaps that's true. I'm not
signing up to join their group.
Neither do I suggest that
you do.

And, if you've already joined
them, drop out. Please. For
your own sake.

Love believes all things.

Sylvia wrote me recently.
She allowed me to share her
story and what happened.

Sylvia was in love with Dan.
Dan was full of life, full of
vision and full of stories.
You probably already know
where this story is headed
(particularly if you're female).

Dan told her all these things
that they were going to
do together. Sylvia believed
him. Dan asked her to drop
almost everything in her
life for him.

Sylvia had the intuition that
something was wrong with
this picture. She considered
doing what he wanted but
finally decided against it.

As I've already said, you likely
know the rest of the story.

Dan turned out to not to
be 'all that'. His stories
didn't pan out. His ambitions
weren't backed with
action.

Even though he had
pulled hard at Sylvia's
'heart strings' and emotions,
Sylvia had inner guidance
that kept her safe.

She said that his biggest
attempt was when he
told her, "Baby, if you don't
do what I'm asking, I can't
do it alone."

Sylvia reminded me that
'love believes all things.'
She said that she believed
that Dan truly has the
aspirations and dreams that
he'd shared. All men have
some kind of vision for
their life.

I've found that most things
that people tell me are
not going to change my
life if they turn out to
not be true. My friend,
Dr. Lea, told me, "If
someone lies to me
about something and if the
outcome doesn't alter
my life, then I can always
say, "Well, it was a great
story."

Sylvia proved to me that
her perspective and wisdom
knew that Dan probably
intended well. However,
it also proved, in the end,
that her precaution from
inner guidance (that small
voice within) proved to
serve her well.

Most stories, ambitions
and aspirations that
people share with you,
have no great effect
upon you in your life.
Some do. Those that
don't, you can basically
blow off. Those that
do, you need to listen
to the voice of your
inner wisdom and
follow it.

Even in the end, you
aren't diving off into
'awfulizing' or 'totalizing'
someone. You just
choose to love yourself
well enough to listen
to the voice of wisdom.

I hope this helps to give
you a little better insight
into true love.

Avalanches of love to you
today,

Michael

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Love is kind...............

Sometimes I wonder, "How hard is
it to be kind to other people?" Kindness
is an expression of genuine love
that often gets overlooked.

Many years ago, I read an amazing
book by Dale Carnegie. It was called,
"How To Win Friends And Influence
People". Mr. Carnegie taught me the
importance of being kind to others.

The payoff for being kind and showing
it, is huge.

First, be kind to yourself. If you're
hard on YOU, you'll likely be
hard on others (but not always).
A great revealing question to
ask yourself is, "Would I like to
be around ME?" Then be honest
with your answer.

Second, be kind to those that you
love. I'm always amazed at how
someone tells me how terrible their
wife, husband, employee, sibling,
neighbor, etc., are.

When I had several people under
my employment, I always spoke
well of them. I mean, I gave them
a pay check every week. I think it
is insane to give someone money
week after week and then tell
others how incompetent or 'bad'
they were. Come on. Think about
it.

The other one that astounds me
is the person who tells you how
terrible their spouse or significant
other, is. Let's see. YOU chose
them. Are YOU that bad at picking?
And if that were not enough, THEY
chose YOU! Come on. Think!

Third, be kind to everyone. Why
not? We act as if people are going
to rob us of our lives if we are kind.
We 'think' we are making ourselves
vulnerable.

I find that the opposite is true.

A few days ago, I was in a check
cashing place to pay a bill. There
was a guy in front of me that I
know pretty well. He was letting
the cashier have it. He was mad
about something that she'd done.

When he left, I noticed that her
hands were shaking. I saw her
name tag and said, "Karen,
there are some people that are
jerks. Then there are others
who just act like jerks. He really
isn't a jerk. He's just acting like
one."

I was then very careful to be
polite and grateful towards her.

When you choose to love others,
you are choosing to be kind to
them.

Think about kindness. Look
for opportunities to be kind.

You'll be enriched when you
choose to show love in this
way.

Thanks for allowing me to
be a part of your life.

Much love,
Michael

Monday, February 2, 2009

Love is patient.......

I was in a store recently
when I heard a man 'go
off' on the lady that was
with him. He didn't seem
to be concerned with
who heard him. In fact,
he didn't appear to be
able to hold back his
anger nor his words.

She said nothing. She
simply had this very hurt
look on her face. Almost
as if she was about to
cry from the berating and
embarrassment.

True love is patient. In
fact, the essence of
real love possesses
patience.

The Apostle from Tarsus
said, "Faith works by
love."

Patience takes faith. It
takes believing in another
person. It takes knowing
that the other person loves
you enough to believe in
you.

To believe in someone is
to believe that the person
loves you and always has
your best interest in mind.

In the case that I saw at
the store, I can tell you,
that was not real love.
(Nor was it even decent).

If you're with someone
in a relationship that does
that sort of thing, you've
got to ask yourself 'why'
you're in that relationship.

You may have many very
good and legitimate reasons
but you still need to be
conscious of 'why' you
are.

The key is checking your
own love and seeing
whether you have patience
in your love.

As I've shared before with
you, you must choose
love as a way of life. Not
just 'waiting on that special
someone.'

Its about choosing first to
love yourself. Then its
about choosing to love
people in general. Then and
only then can you truly love
someone that you are
romantically attracted or
involved in.

Then, you'll find that true,
genuine love possesses
patience. You'll know that
the one that you're 'in love
with', loves you and always has
your best interest in mind.

Think about it.

Avalanches of love to you,
Michael