Lars Toomre

Some Personal Thoughts and Trivia


Thought for Today: Be Aware

A snowy day along the south bank of the River Thames in London, England

The foundation of all spiritual growth and personal development is the awakening of self awareness. Most people however are not yet self aware, and the majority of those, are not aware that they are not aware. Self awareness is easy and begins with simply taking a mental step back, and observing your thoughts, feelings, attitudes and actions. Whenever you do you learn about our self and the basis of personal change and growth is always learning. Step back, what do you see, what enters your awareness? What does it tell you? What does it show you about yourself? Don't judge it, just see it. Don't run away from what you see just watch it. Accept it. Allow whatever is happening within your thoughts and feelings just to be. And suddenly you will find that inner peace which surpasseth all pleasure.

Thought for Today: Harmonious Balance

Blue skies above the Dordogne River in France

We all know the old adage - what you give out you get back, or what goes around comes around. But we forget this cast iron law which is found everywhere in the universe. The energy of life is constantly moving at physical, mental and spiritual levels. And if we stand back and just observe, we see it moving in the process of exchange. In the context of our relationships, we give and receive energy, and when we are truly giving and receiving positive energy there is harmony and balance. But when we do what we are taught to do, which is to take and to keep, then we destroy the harmony and the balance of our life. When we say possession is nine tenths of the law we give life to the illusion of ownership which blocks out the truth. It is possession itself which is our attempt to break the law and it is that illusion which lies at the heart of all human pain, discomfort and disharmony. While many 'things' will come to us, we possess nothing. We intuitively acknowledge this when we say to each other, "You can't take it with you when you go." Can you?

When Cut Feet Out Of Pantyhose

Blonde American lingerie businesswoman Sara Blakely

When I cut the feet out of my pantyhose that one time, I saw it as my sign. I had been visualizing being self employed prior to this happening. It was my mental preparation meeting the opportunity in that moment.

American businesswoman and founder of Spanx, a multi-million-dollar undergarment company (born 1971)

The Artist's Way Every Day - February 4th

Blonde with arms above head in green bikini with blue sea in background

Optimism is critical to our spiritual health. Is our creative glass half full or half empty? It's a matter of perception — and faith. For most of us, the idea that we can listen to ourselves, trust ourselves, and value ourselves is a radical leap of faith. The idea that we can tell ourselves "Hey, you are doing pretty well and so much better than you did last year" amounts to a revolution. The possibility that we can trust ourselves, our decisions, and our painstaking progress, that this trust might be enough, even admirable, requires that muster a soupcon of optimism. Optimism about ourselves and our chances is an elected attitude. We can chose to believe the best and not the worst, but to do that we must become conscious of our own negative voice-over and decide to change our mental sound track.

Thought for Today: Mindful Moments

Sunlight shines through autumn leaves on a green hill side

Most of us are of sound mind, but many of us have trouble maintaining a note of harmony and peace. Most of us know how to think, but few of us are able to control our thoughts. We all have the capacity to be creative, to image new ideas, but few of us are able to do it together and co-create in harmony with each other. We could all do with some mental training so that we may use the most powerful energy in the universe, the mind, which is always at our instant disposal. We can begin with mindfulness. It's a simple way to gently help our mind go where it is best to go, do what is the best thing to do. It begins by simply being fully aware of what you are doing. Mostly we are not fully aware, as our minds wander into the past and then into possible futures. We spend most of our time watching others and so rarely fully focus on what we are actually doing ourselves. Next time you sit down to a meal, watch your self. Be aware of only what you are eating. Every time your mind wants to wander, bring it gently and lovingly back to the action and sensation of eating. Then do the same when cleaning, when writing, when working.

Thought for Today: Sparks of Purity

Sunlight hits the winter snow on Mount Cannon in Glacier National Park

Words! They are all around me! I see them. I use them. Harsh words, soothing words, biting words; words that give pain and sorrow; words that give joy and pleasure. They are vital to communication. When words are spoken there are reactions, negative or positive. Either thoughts are triggered or emotions fired or actions performed. Words colour our behaviour. And how lovely it is to hear words that are calm and free from rancour and aggression. To hear words that lift the soul and leave it with renewed vigour. Such words are the sparks of purity. It is important to remember that my speech indicates what is in my mind. As the thinking, so the words uttered. Mental calmness makes my words calm. A pure mind makes for pure words. It is said that speech may exalt someone to kingship or send him to the gallows. I should never let myself indulge in false, bitter and vicious speech. My words should reflect my true, inner nature, that of purity and peace. Words, once spoken, can never be recalled. They reverberate all around, beyond our control. Today, as I utter words, what effect will they have on those who hear them? Will they be the words that are poisonous and cause pain?

Take Your Focus Off Of What Is Wrong

Brunette beauty Priscila Machado in white halter dress was Miss Brazil Universe 2011

Complaining continues to create the vibration of what you don’t want. Today, take your focus off of what is wrong and focus on what is right and how you desire things to be. Put all your love, energy, mental power and decision making towards what you want and do not entertain thoughts that are to the contrary. You are MORE responsible for the way you feel than your environment, circumstances or relationships. Step towards Love today, step towards the solution.

Author and polymath

Mental Illness and You

Brunette British glamour model Sophie Howard hides cleavage in a gold bikini

The statistics on sanity are that one out of every four Americans is suffering from some form of mental illness. Think of your three best friends. If they're okay, then it's you.

American writer, best known for her first novel, Rubyfruit Jungle (born 1944)

Labors On An Ultimately Trivial Human Enterprise

Brunette American actress Odette Annable wearing a blue top

A chess genius is a human being who focuses vast, little-understood mental gifts and labors on an ultimately trivial human enterprise.

European-born American literary critic, essayist, philosopher, novelist, and educator (born 1929)

The Artist's Way Every Day - June 12th

Blonde beauty Charity Hodges competes in a contest wearing a silver bikini

When we are angry at being overlooked, it is not arrogance and grandiosity. It is a signal that we have changed sizes and must act larger. Very often when we feel small and unheard, it is not because we are small and unheard but because we are acting small and unheard. We are not intended to be small. Often we are cornered not into being powerless and puny — as we feel — but into being large. Our problem is our perspective. When we are angry "out of all proportion," that is a very accurate phrase. We have lost a sense of our true size and power, and the intensity of our feelings makes us feel "hopping mad," another telling phrase, as our mental image of ourselves becomes very cartooned. The size of our anger has dwarfed our perspective and our personality. This is because we do not realize that the power we are perceiving is within us as the power for change. When we feel impotent with rage, we are actually potent with rage — we simply have not yet seen how to effectively use our anger as fuel that it is.

Only Eat When In A Calm Mental State

Brunette beauty Mariana Breumen in red dress was Miss World Mexico 2012

I already knew to eat clean and listen to my body, to only eat when I was in a calm mental state. Everyone knew. But when you're fat in the head, it's never about knowing the answers. It's about living them.

From Moose, 2008

Self-esteem Is Important For Our Well-Being

Blonde Playmate and actress Joanna Krupa wearing a pink pattern evening dress

Self-esteem is as important to our well-being as legs are to a table. It is essential for physical and mental and for happiness.

Keeping A Journal

Brunette beauty Rachael Finch was Miss Australia 2009, here in pageant bikini

Keeping a journal of our thoughts, experiences, insights, and learnings promotes mental clarity, exactness, and context. Writing good letters — communicating on the deeper level of thoughts, feelings, and ideas rather than on the shallow, superficial level of events — also affects our ability to think clearly, to reason accurately, and to be understood effectively.

Enable United States To Impose Our Own Terms

Blonde model Lisa Gleave in a red flower dress

The United States must cultivate a mental view toward world settlement after this war which will enable us to impose our own terms, amounting perhaps to a pax-americana.

U.S. Department of State - Source Minutes S-3 of the Security Subcommittee, Advisory Committee on Postwar Foreign Policy, 6 May, 1942, Notter File, Box 77, Record Group 59, Records of the Department of State, National Archives

Expending Mental Energy On Stuff Wastes Time

Brunette American actress Kristen Stewart sits in jeans and orange top

There's no correlation between creativity and equipment ownership. None. Zilch. Nada. Actually, as the artist gets more into his thing, and as he gets more successful, his number of tools tends to go down. He knows what works for him. Expending mental energy on stuff wastes time.

Brand consultant, copywriter and cartoonist who hosts

Step Towards Love Today

Blonde model Adriana Karembeu poses in a light grey and white top

Complaining continues to create the vibration of what you don't want. Today, take your focus off of what is wrong and focus on what is right and how you desire things to be. Put all your love, energy, mental power and decision making towards what you want and do not entertain thoughts that are to the contrary. You are MORE responsible for the way you feel than your environment, circumstances or relationships. Step towards Love today, step towards the solution.

Author and polymath

Stamp Indelibly On Your Mind

Formulate and stamp indelibly on your mind a mental picture of yourself as succeeding. Hold this picture tenaciously. Never permit it to fade. Your mind will seek to develop the picture.

American Protestant preacher and author, most notably of book The Power of Positive Thinking (1898-1993)

Riches and Beauty Are Fleeting

Portrait of blonde Playboy model Ashley Ilenfeld

The renown which riches or beauty confer is fleeting and frail; mental excellence is a splendid and lasting possession.

From the work The War with Cattiline, about 50 BC

Happiness Mainly Comes From Our Attitude

Brunette actress and model Megan Fox in a red evening dress

The basic thing that everyone wants is happiness, no one wants suffering. And happiness mainly comes from our own attitude, rather than from external factors. If your own mental attitude is correct, even if you remain in a hostile atmosphere, you feel happy.

The spiritual leader of Tibet

Power To Solve A Problem Multiplies

Brunette beauty Brittany Guidry in silver dress was Miss Louisiana USA 2012

When every physical and mental resources is focused, one’s power to solve a problem multiplies tremendously.

American Protestant preacher and author, most notably of book The Power of Positive Thinking (1898 - 1993)