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Temple Hayes is a Difference Maker, Spiritual Leader, Author, International Motivational Speaker, Humanitarian, Life Rights Advocate, Shamanic Practitioner, and President and Founder of illli.org a life changing online University.

She serves as CEO and Spiritual Leader of First Unity Spiritual Campus, a New Thought center, in St. Petersburg,...

Temple Hayes is a Difference Maker, Spiritual Leader, Author, International Motivational Speaker, Humanitarian, Life Rights Advocate, Shamanic Practitioner, and President and Founder of illli.org a life changing online University.

She serves as CEO and Spiritual Leader of First Unity Spiritual Campus, a New Thought center, in St. Petersburg, Florida that transcends religious denominations, embraces all ethnicity, and reaches beyond national borders, as well as on the leadership team of the Association of Global New Thought.

She shares weekly inspiration with her listeners on her radio show “The Intentional Spirit” on Unity Online Radio, and is the author of the following books: “The Right to Be You,” “How to Speak Unity,” “When Did You Die?” and the CD motivational series “From Good to Amazing.”


  
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Quiet Genius: NO ROOM IN THE INN FOR CRITICISM

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The author Don Miguel Ruiz reminds us to be impeccable with our word and to speak with integrity.


Say only what you mean. Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your word in the direction of truth and love.

Too many companies and work environments are highly impacted by the gossip at the water fountain or conversations behind closed doors. Perhaps you remember the old axiom, “We change, we accept, or we leave.”

If we are unable or unwilling to accept what we hear, then we need to empower ourselves to not constantly rehearse the pros and cons of the individual that we are having difficulties with. It makes us appear as if we do not have an interesting life.
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Quiet Genius: OPEN HEARTED

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We are not ingenious. We are in the quiet of our genius.


The Quiet Genius is the path of deep imagination. It takes courage and faith to explore these depths and encounter your most profound sense of self—the Truth of who you are—and align with the soul’s intention.

The quiet genius always keeps the ability to stay in awe, like that of a child. The pure joy of welcoming the next moment or next experience ensures you remain ageless and never grow old.
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Quiet Genius: THIS AMAZING LIFE

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Since I was a little girl, I have been told that my great grandmother was Native American.

Through the years, if I liked chanting and Native American memorabilia, my mom would say it was because of my heritage and the reason why she has darker skin. It was our story. When I began to learn and commit so many years to Shamanism, my mom would remind me, once again, it was because of my indigenous ancestral ties. In 2015, we all took the DNA test which revealed we were not ancestrally Native American. My mom was and continues to be in shock that she had believed a story all her life  which turned out to be simply untrue. We had told ourselves this ancestral story all of our lives, only to find out we had been giving the wrong information.

To me, this is the value of New Thought teachings. We are able to free people from th false stories they have been told all of their lives in order to create a new, bright, and dynamic existence. A person can clearly move from "impossible" to "I’m possible."
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Intentional Spirit: AN IDEA WHOSE TIME HAS COME

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Can you imagine what it was like for the inventor of the first safety pin—how challenging it must have been to explain its benefits during a time when nobody ever envisioned one, let alone used one?


Or imagine the concept of a sticky note being explained by its creator before it was created. We could never conceive of a world today without a safety pin or a Post It™ note.

All creations and inventions begin as an idea, a concept, a thought in someone’s mind. Many times, this concept is dismissed as “impossible” in the minds of people who cannot envision it. However, in the mind of the
inventor it is feasible and real.
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Intentional Spirit: LIVE BOLDLY

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Numerous actors, athletes and performers have told us of the years it took to develop and to be recognized for their abilities.


We forget sometimes, especially as we get older, how long it takes to become really great and dynamic at something. The people that tend to achieve their goals are the people that are willing to be uncomfortable and rejected at times. I remember reading somewhere along the way that the Beatles were told early in their career that no one would be interested in one more rock and roll group. Of course, we know the outcome of that story!

Give a few minutes every day to the goal or the project and pay attention to the people and events that will start coming together in a new way. Take a small risk in a new direction and see if life meets you halfway. Do not be concerned with the fear that naturally comes with it. Too many people stop a new adventure because of the inability to feel vulnerable. Often fear and vulnerability are interpreted as stopping points when they really mean, “This is it.” If odd feelings of love and chemistry stopped us, very few of us would be married today to our incredible beloveds.
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Intentional Spirit: DO IT NOW

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Many people stop just before the diet really works or right before they finish a project that could lead them to a new sense of accomplishment.
It is too easy at times to walk away and “get by” with just enough at the end of the day rather than asking ourselves, “Did I give this day, this moment, this relationship, this client all I have? Was I totally present in the moment?” I realized this a number of years ago during counseling sessions. I noticed clients talked about every subject in the world and only addressed the real issue during the last five minutes of our time together. What is the tendency within us to delay or put off what we really need to address or confront within ourselves? Life is energy, inertia, and movement. When we delay our story, our story is delayed. When we wait to see what happens, we begin to live in what can happen rather than what is happening.
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Intentional Spirit: GOOD INTENTIONS, BEING INTENTIONAL, & RESOLUTIONS

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It is a very common practice at the beginning of each year for individuals to create a To Do list to be accomplished within the course of that particular year.


And what is most interesting is at the time, these lists are well-intentioned. I have arrived at a place in my own life where I realize there is a big difference between intentions and being intentional. Why is it that so many people write down a list and yet give up on these intentions in only a few weeks?

To me, intentions are based on the externals of life—the unexpected, the change which wasn’t planned, the weather, or a change in finances or relationships. You can hear a person clearly state, “Well, I meant well. However, now I must wait until ‘this situation’ clears up before I move forward.” People who create such an intention are stopped and stuck in the illusion of waiting. An intentional person—as opposed to someone who just creates a list of intentions—draws energetically from an internal and not an external source. An intentionally spirited person draws from an internal wellspring and listens to inner guidance with the ability to focus on the commitment made and prioritize the demands involved in completing a task or promise made to oneself.
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Intentional Spirit: A DREAM IS MEANT TO BE REALIZED

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Dreams and visions are a beautiful part of this life. The emerging self is always seeking to accept the now moment, while at the same time welcoming the mystery around the corner.


I realized a few years ago the statement “I am waiting on my dreams to come true” was not a true metaphysical and proactive statement for me. This statement put the outcome on something or someone else outside of my own power and control. I have since learned to declare, “My dreams are waiting for me to come true.”

I am claiming my role as co-creator in realizing my dreams by deepening my own self-awareness and development in what I want to become in this future dream.

As I hold the space for my dreams to become realized, I continue to grow my consciousness, so when the dream appears I will be ready. Harry Potter was told, “Do not keep your focus on the realization of your dream, otherwise, you will miss your life.”
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Intentional Spirit: THE UNIQUE PATH OF BEING

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The road less traveled is not paved with good intentions. It’s walked by Intentional Spirits.


The Intentional Spirit encompasses the expansiveness of the West because we often find ourselves here when we’re in the middle of something—midlife, mid year, a project, a night, or a crisis. It feels like we’re lost in a desert without water, wondering where we went wrong. How did we get here?
 
Instead of looking back to where we began or forward to where we hoped to be, we know there is another way. The Intentional Spirit looks inward at the patterns we carry and— like the trees in autumn shedding leaves—we too let go, surrender, and release things limiting beliefs, persons, places, etc). All the rules we thought we needed are gone. In this time of introspection and healing,  we begin to develop our own principles and values or successful living.
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Intentional Spirit: BEING PRO-ACTIVE IN A CHANGING WORLD

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Whoopi Goldberg, in the film Sister Act 2, said repeatedly,
“If you want to go somewhere and you want to be somebody, you’ve got to stop and pay attention.”

An intentional person is often sitting in a place of saying, “Is this reactive or proactive? If I respond this way in a text, email, social media, or in personal conversation, would I want this to be my response three or four days from now? Would I want to see my response months from now and know it came from me?”

For every opportunity which presents itself, as Intentional Spirits we are required to assess how we are showing up to ourselves and to others. Often, as a challenge arises that feels similar to an occurrence in the past, we have a tendency to adversely affect our self-esteem by saying, “I thought I was done with this.

Why am I here again?”
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Sacred Warrior: IS PRAYER BEING STATED OR BEING HEARD?

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Our beliefs and practices regarding prayer—like so many important things—change many times throughout the course of our lives.

When I reflect upon my journey of prayer, I am so grateful to have learned in metaphysics a clear way to affirm, invoke, declare, and know—leaving the teenager way of praying behind me. Being raised Southern Baptist, all prayers up to that point were begging, pleading, and making bargains to a God I wasn’t even convinced was interested in me. The teachings I attained from Science of Mind transformed my way of begging prayer into using spiritual affirmative treatments instead. In Unity and throughout New Thought, we practice prayer in the affirmative rather from a place of pleading.

This shift equipped me with an incredible tool of creating modern day miracles in my life.
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Sacred Warrior: THE CLEAR POWER OF MANIFESTATION

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On the evening of the Harmonic Convergence, I was walking on the beach with a friend . . . 
The sun had already set so it was really dark out. I was quite taken aback when out of the ocean, with great intention, a turtle was coming up on shore to lay her eggs. She was the size of the hood of a small car. Once we recovered from the initial shock, we were able to witness an incredible experience. With a slight shade of light, we could see tears coming from her eyes.

Oddly enough, just a week prior, a woman shared with me the process that a turtle goes through in order to lay her eggs. She informed me of every detail. Little did I know at the time, a week later I would witness such an incredible act of nature.
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Sacred Warrior: LIFE’S ASSIGNMENT—HAPPINESS

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French philosopher Pierre Teilhard de Chardin believed we are not human beings having a spiritual experience.


We are spiritual beings having a human experience.

I would like to add the more spiritual you become in your awareness, the more you are connected to your humanity. You embrace at a deep level the value of ‘all of you.’ The thoughts, the feelings, the joy, and the depth. You become totally comfortable with your-self. It is essential as a Difference Maker to be comfortable with yourself.

Life is an ongoing destination of learning, yet there is an arrival place — it’s called happiness. With happiness you draw from the core of your being, which is produced and renewed from ‘something’ much greater than who you are. Even though your life may take many twists and turns, the inner happiness you experience is always a non-negotiable.
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Sacred Warrior: ENERGY IS KEY

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Change your energy and your life will change. It’s a simple truth


The easiest way to measure your beliefs in the power of this truth is to notice if you are feeling disconnected or drained rather than energized or impassioned about your life.

The flow of life cannot reach you if you are blocked with layers and layers of protection.Or if your attitude is of a fixed position. Or if you are unwilling to start waking up so new energy can flow through you.

As long as you believe you are the producer of your own energy, you will often be tired and weary and feel there is never enough. You do, of course, play a significant role in creating and maintaining your own energy by getting proper rest and nutrition. However, you are not the producer of your own vibrant energy any more than you had to think about breathing today before you took your first breath.
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Sacred Warrior: PRESENCE

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Ernest Holmes was a Sacred Warrior. He spoke what he believed, and the world benefited immensely.

While attending a well-known garden in California and viewing and experiencing all the beauty around him, he came upon a struggling little plant. Ernest went up to the grounds keeper and said, “Hi, I am Ernest Holmes, where are the people in charge?”

The young man looked somewhat puzzled as he pointed to the offices on the second floor of a large building. Ernest instructed him to get the individuals in management to come and see him. In a few minutes, a few men came walking towards Ernest in their suits and ties and Ernest said, “Hi, I am Dr. Ernest Holmes and I would like to know what you are doing about this little plant?” The men looked somewhat baffled, but suddenly located a water hose and some fertilizer and began to take care of the little plant.

When the efforts were completed and the men had left, Ernest went over to the little plant and knelt down. He said, “I told you I would take care of you, didn’t I?”

The power of life is everywhere and in everything like plants and all living creatures. Ernest knew the intelligence of life is all around us, and as a Sacred Warrior he changed people and circumstances at depth. A Sacred Warrior is called to service in day-to-day life. More often than not the Sacred Warrior is willing to speak what very few are willing to say.

The Sacred Warrior possesses a willingness to honor the deep connection to the Divine, while at the same time no longer driven by an energy or desire to fit in with what is the norm or maintain the status quo.

This article is an excerpt from my new book: Being A Difference Maker: A Guide For Living Life Out Loud. 

Loving Life,

 

Sacred Warrior: Living Truth

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The sky is not the limit; it is just the beginning of the Sacred Warrior path.
We start in the East with the strength of a mountain below and an aerial view of the endless sky. From here, we step into the now of the present moment. We see further and with greater distance to gain a clearer perspective of our lives. We understand the mission is greater than our egos. When we think of Sacred Warriors, we think of those who can communicate with presence and power—Gandhi, Mother Teresa and Martin Luther King. Fearless spirits who have shone light on the darkest places. Strong believers grounded in Truth who changed the world through the kindness of their actions.
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You are a Difference Maker: The World Needs You

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You are a Difference Maker. You dare. You dream. You DO. You are unique in a world where people too often stop at dreaming or never dare to dream at all.

Difference Makers are alive with passion. We see dreams as visions — a sacred spiral, a chrysalis, a circular path to growing. It’s the metamorphosis of soul, an evolutionary process in the cycle of becoming who we are meant to be. The more our dreams align with nature and the natural flow of life, the more authentic we become. It’s how we transform ourselves and discover our true purpose.

This is the butterfly effect. Something as small as the flutter of one butterfly’s wing can ultimately cause a tsunami of good around the world.
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What Role Does Science Play In Our Lives?

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Science simply means that a condition proves itself. Our lives prove to us each day that we are working within laws and principles,and the more we become in tune with these truths, the greater the magic expresses in our lives. The law of attraction is always working and is always proving itself to the mind of the beholder.

There are no accidents and no coincidences in our lives. Life doesn’t just “happen” unless we have agreed to make it so. A loving person lives in a loving world,a thankful person lives in a thankful world,an angry person lives in an angry world and a victim always experiences reasons to be sorry.
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United We Stand; Divided We Are Merely A Distraction

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I find it interesting that when this quote first came to me a few years ago I thought of it relative to organizations, communities, societies or families. As time went on, I realized this statement is most significant when it comes to my life experiences as a gay person.

United I stand, divided I am merely a distraction.

I was divided as a teenager when I realized that I was much more drawn to women rather than men. I had feelings for a young woman a little older than me yet the church said I was going to hell. My grandmother actually mourned when I was almost 14 that she would not see me in heaven. Here I was without even a driver’s permit and my grandmother is telling her former favorite granddaughter that she would not see me in heaven. A part of me died a little and felt divided.

The deeper truth of the matter was when I was 10 years old, my mother was accused of having an affair. We lived in a small southern town and to this day, I still do not know if it was true or an accusation. What is true is in the 60’s the South was just like they featured  in the famous film ‘Prince of Tides’. We put things under a rug and don’t look back. We don’t talk about anything that makes us uncomfortable. We medicated before we meditated. We have so many untold secrets and some of the secrets keep us up at night.  When this accusation happened involving my mom, I was sent up North to be with family and my mom was sent to a mental hospital and was gone for a long time. They used those barbaric shock treatments on her and she was never the same. She returned with very little of her memory in place and has experienced physical difficulties due to those methods. We never spoke of these events again. I certainly tried to but no one would engage. 

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KAHLIL GIBRAN: Good And Evil

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Of the good in you I can speak, but not of the evil. For what is evil but good tortured by its own hunger and thirst? Verily when good is hungry it seeks food even in dark caves, and when it thirsts it drinks even of dead waters. You are good when you are one with yourself. Yet when you are not one with yourself you are not evil. For a divided house is not a den of thieves; it is only a divided house.

And a ship without rudder may wander aimlessly among perilous isles yet sink not to the bottom. You are good when you strive to give of yourself. Yet you are not evil when you seek gain for yourself. For when you strive for gain you are but a root that clings to the earth and sucks at her breast. Surely the fruit cannot say to the root, “Be like me, ripe and full and ever giving of your abundance.” For to the fruit giving is a need, as receiving is a need to the root. You are good when you are fully awake in your speech, Yet you are not evil when you sleep while your tongue staggers without purpose. And even stumbling speech may strengthen a weak tongue. You are good when you walk to your goal firmly and with bold steps. Yet you are not evil when you go thither limping. Even those who limp go not backward.
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