The Tao Te Ching is an ancient Chinese text that is thought to have been written around 6th century BC, by the sage Lao Tzu. The pronunciation and meaning of the book’s title is Tao(Dow) Te(De) Ching(Jing) with Tao meaning “the great way”, Te meaning “the virtue of” & Ching meaning “the book”. The text contains 81 brief chapters or verses which all speak to the very nature of mankind.

Many say the Tao Te Ching is a manual for achieving a way of life that literally guarantees integrity, joy, peace and balance in our lives. Through studying Tao text many have come to a more elightened self-awareness. Dr. Wayne Dyer breaks down the shifts that must occur in our thinking in order to align with our true nature as human beings, which ultimately leads to well-being in every area of our lives. In Dyer’s book Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life he lays out the thoughts that must be changed according to the wisdom of the Tao.

Every living creature has a nature, and human beings are no exception. However, humans are the only creatures who do not trust their nature, which leads to an unbalanced life and environment. The modern world in which we live conditions us at every turn to go against our nature, but the teachings in the Tao Te Ching brings our natural state of being back into focus.

So what is the nature of human beings? It is well-being, love, happiness, kindness, abundance and wealth. Most of us believe that we must suffer, strive, struggle, endure and stress in our quest for things outside of ourselves in order to be happy, and that is not our natural state of being at all.

The following is a list of shifts in thought that the Tao teaches that we must ease into. SHIFT FROM:

Not trusting TO Trusting in my nature
“A great master follows his own nature and not the trappings of life.” ~Tao Te Ching

“I need more” TO Living in contentment
“Live without attachment by being generous.” ~Tao Te Ching

Thinking in a rigid way TO Thinking flexible/softly
“A man is born gentle and weak. At his death he becomes hard and stiff. All things including the grass and the trees are soft and pliable in life, dry and brittle in death. Stiffness is thus a companion in death. Flexibility is a companion in life.” ~Tao Te Ching

Living by interfering TO Living by not interfering
Allow yourself and allow others.

Thinking big TO Thinking small
We don’t do big things, we do small things and thus accomplish great things.
Seeing yourself as separate TO Seeing yourself as connected to everyone & everything in the Universe
See yourself in everyone you encounter.

The Tao Te Ching can be read in one evening, and studied for a lifetime. Once you stretch your mind beyond its current capacity, there is no going back. Happy evolution!

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Success is for everyone. Some people are afraid of success because they think that it is only meant for a selected few, but that is not true at all.

In fact, success can be achieved by anyone, if they want it badly enough. If you have the right attitude, success can easily be yours. Just as a chef who is trying to cook up a dish will need to have the right ingredients, so should you, if you are planning to meet your own success.

Try visualizing your way to success. One of the quickest ways to reach your goals is by closing your eyes and imagining that you already have. Visualizing your future success in vivid detail can help you to start feeling more successful right now. As a result, your behaviors and actions will change, reflecting a newfound confidence in your abilities. This confidence, coupled with a clear vision of what you want to achieve, will help you reach your goals with ease.

TIP! Having a plan for your personal development goals can be the difference between success and failure. A plan allows you to take those smaller components of your goal and plot them out, giving you individual successes to celebrate while keeping your eye on the ultimate prize.

If you want to achieve success, give yourself a bigger chance by:

Believing in yourself. To be able to achieve great heights for yourself, you have to believe in your power to do things and make things happen. Even if everything seems impossible and all the signs are pointing to your failure, you have to believe that you are powerful enough to see things through that no amount of trouble can ever shake you and discourage you from getting what you want.

Prioritize your goals, and value the best things in your life. If you’re working towards specific ends, be sure to weigh its importance against other obligations in your life. This will enable you to develop a practical timeline for personal goals and encourages confidence in your successes. Success will taste so much sweeter if you make your goals manageable!

TIP! When you complete things in your life, you should surround yourself with proof of your success. Rather than throwing away the proof of your progress, simply surround yourself with proof of your success to create a peaceful life.

Having a clear vision of what you really want in life. Ask yourself what you want to be and what you want to achieve. By knowing this, you give yourself and your journey a better direction. More importantly, when you are doing something you want to do, you will do all you can to get there. Fulfillment will mean so much more because it is more personal and definitely straight to the heart.

Being responsible enough to take make a decision for yourself and face situations on your own. Some people are quick to make decisions for their lives without even thinking of the consequence of their actions. When something goes wrong, they are quick to turn away from what has happened, and try to wash their hands off of all the dirt and guilt.

A great tip for personal development is to always share your success. If you do not share your success, it is not real success because you are not inspiring others to achieve their goals. Real success comes by telling others about what you have accomplished and inspiring them to succeed with their goals.

TIP! One characteristic that everyone should strive to implement more in their daily lives is humility. This is extremely important to personal development.

Writing a perfect plan. A plan is your blueprint for success. If you write a well-thought plan your claim over success will be stronger because a plan will enable you to take calculated steps towards your goal. Writing a plan strengthens your journey. It gives you a sense of purpose. It gives you a formidable reason.

Taking action and making things happen. Writing a plan is one thing, taking action is another. It does not really matter how good your plan is. If you are not going to do anything about it, it will always remain a plan and nothing else. Your good ideas are good for nothing unless you take action now. You can dream about success but until you take that step to make things happen, success will forever be in your dreams.

Develop your body so that it becomes helpful to your success. You might have to work a lot so make sure your body is up to the task. Exercise regularly and go to a doctor at least once a year for a complete check-up. Take care of your body and it won’t get in your way.

Being grateful for what you have. Sometimes success is not really about winning. A lot of people get to the acme of their dreams but this does not automatically award them great happiness and satisfaction. Instead of feeling complete, they feel that something is missing and what they do not realize is that what is missing is the feeling gratefulness. They are on top but they are not satisfied and they will always try to fill in the void, and they will not be able to do it until they learn to appreciate life, be grateful for what they have and learn to give back.

It is not easy to achieve personal growth, but if you are able to achieve this, it can do wonders for you. There are so many benefits that you can enjoy when you are able acquire the right skills and qualities.

Personal Growth Skills That You Need

When you work on altering your life, success is going to be your main goal. All efforts will mean nothing when you achieve nothing in the end. To ensure success, you need to have the right tools and the following are quite essential for you to have:

Passion. Passion is a natural fuel that allows a person to break through barriers. It gives one the natural angst to want success and it empowers even the weakest person.

Hunger for learning. Wisdom and knowledge allows a person to spread his wings and enables him to reach out to borders he normally cannot reach. Your hunger for learning will teach you to be ambitious.

Self-awareness. You have to know who you are and you have to get in tune with your strengths and your weaknesses, so that you can use them well in your endeavors.

Boldness. Risks are hard to take but those who gain the courage to go outside the box achieve things that will set them apart from all the others. Risks are dangerous about they can make a big difference in your life.

Vision. What do you want to achieve? You should be able to picture your dreams and you should not be limited by society and your own fears. Picture success and picture yourself in it.

When to Change

Change is part of life and if you are experiencing the following things, then you should start finding a way out of your miserable life:

Are you having trouble committing to something? You have great dreams and you have awesome ideas. You find it quite easy to set yourself to do something, but you are unable to finish what you’ve started. Often times, you easily lose focus and you jump to other things, as easily as you have gone to the last thing you have tried to do.

Are you always thinking of quitting? You have very poor survival skills. At a small sign of a threat, you cower and back down. You are a coward and you are afraid of risks.

Are you always feeling victimized? No matter what you do, you are oppressed and put down by the people you deal with. People always find fault at what you do and you cannot please anyone.

Are you always stuck in the same situation? Your life is wretched and every time you get yourself out of a situation, you end up being back there again. It is like you are destined to live the life that you have now.

Are you unable to forgive yourself? Have you done something wrong that has caused some catastrophic effects in your life? Forgiveness is not only for others, it is also for yourself. You cannot dwell on the wrong things you have done. You have to forgive yourself and learn from your mistakes, instead.

If any of these apply to you, then now would be a good time for you to consider change and work towards personal growth.

Our U Grow Girl! group is blazing hot and as always making moves to “be the change” we wish to see in the world.

Through the months we have individually reached and achieved goals. We have overcome obstacles with mountain moving faith and have pushed forward and onward. While we are focused on supporting one another we are also interested in uplifting and empowering others.

U Grow Girl

Our monthly meetings are always touching and inspiring, we are often moved to tears…Our last meeting was no different. We had a special guest, Ms. Rosie from Floodgates Of Faith Christian Ministry. Ms. Rosie is an amazing woman who exudes the love of God. She explained to us how God put it on her heart and led her to open a shelter. This is no ordinary shelter…. it’s not even called a shelter, it is known as Yarborough Estate, and referred to as home by its residents.

We learned quite a bit from Ms. Rosie. One of the things that stood out most for me was learning that most shelters do not accept male children which forces women to leave their sons in the care of someone else. Ms. Rosie’s estate accepts women with male and female children. Our U Grow Girl! group believes organizations like this must be supported and we learned that funding for such programs are limited. While we did not make a financial contribution we did send Ms. Rosie to the estate with lots of love, prayers, clothing, shoes, accessories, and toiletries.

“We can do no great things, only small things with great love.” — Mother Teresa

If you can make ANY type of contribution please do…here’s the contact info

Floodgates Of Faith Christian Ministry
310-637-8271 (Service/Intake and Administration)
310-766-3562 (After Hours) (24-hours)

The program provides shelter for women with children in Los Angeles County. There are no geographic restrictions.

Administrative Hours
Monday through Friday, 9:00am to 4:00pm.

Administrative Description
This is a private, non-profit organization that is funded by independent fund raising and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Social Services. Services are provided by paraprofessional staff and volunteers.

Site Hours
Monday through Sunday, 24 hours per day.

Cross Street
El Segundo Blvd.

The site is fully accessible to people who use wheelchairs.

The program provides shelter for women with children in the Willowbrook area. Services include a transitional shelter for women with children. The shelter accepts boys and girls 17 years and younger. The program cannot accept men with children; they are referred to other community agencies for shelter assistance. The average length of stay for the transitional shelter is four months. Services are restricted to CalWorks recipients who are willing to participate in the GAIN Program. There are no geographic restrictions.

The transitional shelter can accommodate 14 families. Services include bedding, linen, two meal and shower facilities. Each family is responsible for preparing meals. Residents are required to assist with chores; participate in case management and job training; abide by the 10:00pm curfew and 4:45am wake up times; save a portion of their income; and abide by shelter rules.


Call to apply. An appointment is required. Shelter staff conducts a brief telephone interview to determine eligibility. Eligible applications are scheduled an interview with the program manager within 48 to 72 hours. Referrals are accepted from Info Line and other social service agencies. Some form of ID is required.

Intake hours for transitional shelter are Monday through Sunday, 24 hours a day.

There are no fees for services.

The ultimate timeless song that reminds us we must be our brothers keeper! We Are The World

There comes a time
When we heed a certain call
When the world must come together as one
There are people dying
And it’s time to lend a hand to life
The greatest gift of all

We can’t go on
Pretending day by day
That someone, somewhere will soon make a change
We are all a part of
God’s great big family
And the truth, you know love is all we need

We are the world
We are the children
We are the ones who make a brighter day
So let’s start giving
There’s a choice we’re making
We’re saving our own lives
It’s true we’ll make a better day
Just you and me

Send them your heart
So they’ll know that someone cares
And their lives will be stronger and free
As God has shown us by turning stone to bread
So we all must lend a helping hand

We are the world
We are the children
We are the ones who make a brighter day
So let’s start giving
There’s a choice we’re making
We’re saving our own lives
It’s true we’ll make a better day
Just you and me

When you’re down and out
There seems no hope at all
But if you just believe
There’s no way we can fall
Well, well, well, well, let us realize
That a change will only come
When we stand together as one

We are the world
We are the children
We are the ones who make a brighter day
So let’s start giving
There’s a choice we’re making
We’re saving our own lives
It’s true we’ll make a better day
Just you and me

Part 2 – Jasmuheen discusses the Universal Laws and their application in creating positive change plus permanent peace on earth. Presented as part of the Universal Harmonization Program for the Embassy of Peace. Excerpt from the book “In Resonance”.

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