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What's Your Truth, by Susan Haid, Lily's Truth

by Susan Haid
The term “truth” is an ambiguous term, its meaning derived from some source other than our own. We believe in “the truth” as it is defined by others. We believe it, we buy off on it, and we live by it without ever considering whether or not we truly agree with it. This brand of truth is often couched in a framework that is offered within books, institutions, religions, colleges and so forth. But it is not our own. We claim it as our own truth, and we believe it belongs to everyone. The truth as we experience it through external sources has a way of seeping through our skin and melding into our hearts thus becoming our own. At least, we believe in it as our own highest truth for the time being.
But let’s begin again. First, let’s re-educate ourselves about the real meaning of trust. Trust begins within ourselves you see. Trust begins with knowledge of self rather than knowledge that we derive from outside sources. Do we implicitly trust our own thoughts, ideas, feelings, and beliefs? Or do we disregard our inner wisdom instead turning to information that originates from somewhere else? Have we lost touch with our own inner navigational equipment because, as we search outside of ourselves for answers, we do not see any role models of people living from that place of exquisite trust of self and the grand knowledge that comes from within? Curiously, what do we think Jesus, Buddha and Krishna were doing to find enlightenment? Instead, we go on allowing ourselves to base our beliefs on old, conventional knowledge because this is what is acceptable, popular, and gosh, it sure is hard to be different.
What are we afraid of by stepping into our own truth? Are we afraid of rejection? Ridicule? Condemnation? Yes. Yet, as we take that bold step into the great pool of wisdom that comes from within, a miraculous transformation happens. We find that when we make this connection to our inner resources, we are able to find a solution for almost anything we need. But you would have to experience this to believe it. I dare you to try.
Can we trust that which comes from our own inner landscape? Can we acknowledge that there are resources within each one of us, the source of which stems far beyond our ego and our human mind. This is a stretch for some who deny that the possibility of this even exists. For some, this will be a challenge, yet I stress that it is the human ego that creates the blocks that resist this understanding. Within each one of us, there is a basic urge to find truth. We search outwardly for signs that we can trust our tools and resources that come from within. Yet, in our search, we find that the basic information is not there because we are referenced to sources “higher” than our own innate wisdom. The knowledge is not there in outer guides because this higher power is not “out there” rather it is “in you”. We wrestle with this idea because we have many long, hard centuries of conditioning behind us that has led us to believe we are not in control of our lives and our destiny.
I see that the dark night is passing and it is the dawn of a new day. The change that I speak of is a day that we proclaim the wisdom, the knowledge, the impetus for change is right here, right now if we choose it because it comes from within ourselves.
I hope to see the day when we are encouraged to trust God Within. The most divine and miraculous resources are right there inside of us if only we knew it and would trust it, and indeed, if we would even look there to begin with. Can we honor and trust this aspect of ourselves that wishes to come forth and stand in all its glory? Can we respect that part of us that is willing to step outside of old ideas and propose new concepts that direct our future in ways no one has seen or heard of? Can we be so bold to hear our own words come forth setting a new path and new ways for others so that they too can hear their own voices from within? We set the tone, and those who are in hearing range will hear our song. This new dawn is long overdue.
The amazing truth is, as we do the work to cultivate trust of our inner world, false beliefs fall away. False beliefs fall away without judgment or fear. What gently steps into authority is understanding, compassion and the discovery of wisdom that is beyond compare. This kind of wisdom is infinite and ever-expansive. However, the only road to get there is the road within yourself.
Now, the only question that remains is this, are you ready? I dare you to try.

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Daymaker Challenge Day 30 Old Fashioned Help! by Dahna Weber, Deb Gillespie and Liam Weber-Nudel

Help an elder cross the street and ask them how they are.  Simple and timeless.  While they may not need your help they sure do enjoy the company! 

P.S. Do it with your kids.    They love doing good deeds. 

by Dahna Weber, Deb Gillespie and Liam Weber-Nudel.  (really it was entirely Liam’s idea…my 9 year old wonderful boy who is super keen on the Daymaker Challenges and on blogging)!

Daymaker Challenge Day-16 Pass It On By Dahna Weber and Deb Gillespie

This daymaker challenge will be really fun for you and the kids! All you need is a little piece of colored construction paper, the kind your kids are always using for art projects. Cut a piece out in the shape of a heart or something fun. Write a little cheerful note on it. For Example, “Enjoy your day”. Then when you go outside to the market or somewhere public, give it to some one you do not know who happens to be walking by. Then tell them to, “Pass It On!” Spread the joy near and far!

By Dahna Weber and Deb Gillespie

Daymaker Challenge Day -14 Postcards Go a Long Way by Deb Gillespie and Dahna Weber

In this electronic world that we all live in, we sometimes forget how nice it is to go out to the mail box and find a pleasant surprise waiting for us. We so often receive bills or junk mail. But how long has it been since we have received a personal card or letter from a friend? Wouldn’t it be fun to sit down and write one letter or postcard and send it off to a friend instead of sending that usual email? It is so much more personal to receive a handwritten card rather than an electronic greeting. Sit the kids down and have them write one, too! Postcards do go a long way.

By Deb Gillespie and Dahna Weber 

Daymaker Challenge Day- 13 Baking Smiles by Dahna Weber and Deb Gillespie

I know we are not all bakers. And that includes me! But who doesn’t love freshly baked cookies or muffins? This is your challenge. Bake up a batch of cookies or something delicious and give it away. Sure you can bake an extra batch for yourself. But the point of this challenge is to bake for a smile. Get the kids involved, too! Teach them to bake for smiles.

By Dahna Weber and Deb Gillespie

Daymaker Challenge Day-12 Saving Change to Create Change by Deb Gillespie and Dahna Weber

This one we can all do, even the kids. It is so very simple. Save your change from your daily coffee, newspaper or whatever you purchase with cash during the day. Put it in a jar and at the end of the month or couple of months, donate it to your favorite charitable organization. It may not seem like much, but it will go a long way to help some one in need. Taking this challenge will create change, change in the life of someone else and change inside yourself and your family.

By Deb Gillespie and Dahna Weber

Daymaker Challenge Day 9- Exploring Children by Deb Gillespie and Dahna Weber

This one is for the kids.  We do things everyday for our kids and sometimes we make special days for them.  Days like the amusement park, birthday parties, movies with a friend, etc.  How about making an ordinary day special?  Here is our tip on how to do that- Plan the unplanned!  Call it the exploratory adventure/excursion.  You can make it as large as you like (wear pirate and sailor outfits) or keep it simple.  First step- block off an hour for your kids.  Second step- start off with a regular activity…. say taking a walk to the park and then relinquish control.  Third step…..let your kids lead you off course…and enter into their instinctive explorers world.   Let them control the situation.  Don’t say the word no unless you have to.  Instead of avoiding the forest part of the park go into it.  Instead of walking around the puddles…splash around in them.  Instead of using utensils eat with your hands.  Let them guide you.  The adventure of doing something totally different from the norm feels adventurous.  

Just today was a professional day at our school so we gathered up some friends and headed off to the park.  What we came across was a sheet of ice over the sand covering the volleyball court.  We stomped, and crashed rocks through the ice, and dug up bits of wood.  We spent 30 minutes just letting ourselves go.  It was so simple, didn’t cost a cent, let the kids get some energy out and be imaginative.  It was so much fun.  One kid even carried a piece of ice home.  I am sure that is the one shiny piece of the day they will remember. 

by Deb Gillespie and Dahna Weber