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If they help, bring joy or perhaps even inspire others "out there", then
we're very happy. Hope these other thoughts that I've written over the years may be uplifting in a sometimes very sad and cruel,
yet still beautiful and amazing world.
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Because we human BEINGS (and not "doings") have the
power of CHOICE in our reactions to whatever life throws at us,
we are SPIRITUAL beings on an earthly existence...
and we can consciously choose to elevate our level of
thinking on our individual spiritual journeys, should we so want.

Enjoy these thoughts, based on my absolute faith in a Higher Power,
God, Ultimate Source, or whatever the concept of Some Being far Greater than onself means to you:
a Supreme Being, the Grand Designer, Infinite Intelligence,
Great/Infinite Spirit (welI I have to with the life I've led and still lead daily...
and the various predicaments I've been in!)... and I KNOW
that this faith has never ever failed me, so gets strengthened daily.
And this spark of the DIVINE lies within EVERY ONE of us.
So am sharing...

In the aftermath of so many natural and human disasters (as well as the tragic ongoing violence in Iraq, the Sudan and now Kenya), thought I'd share these thoughts in an often extremely dark, yet always amazing world. Because of the strength, resilience and magnanimity of the human condition, no matter where in the world people may live, which calls forth our common BEING.
Life is never easy for most people on the planet... "lest we forget".

Because we human BEINGS (and not "doings") have the
power of CHOICE (or free-will) in our reactions to whatever
life throws at us, we are SPIRITUAL beings on an earthly existance...
and we can consciously choose to elevate our level of
thinking on our individual spiritual journeys, should we want.
It's the spirit of it's people that makes a country, any country great.

"Let us build bridges rather than barriers, openness rather than
walls. Rather than borders, let us look at distant horizons
together...in the common spirit of the value and dignity of a
shared personhood as citizens of planet earth. We here in
far-off New Zealand share the common
bond of humanity: the pain, the sadness, suffering and joy
inherant in the human condition, no matter where in the world
you may live."
- Craig Lock
(3rd September 2004)

"When you can see no light at the end of the tunnel, light
your own candle and let your light illuminate the world,
like the radiance from a window at midnight." That's a
metaphor, BTW

"I believe often we greatly underestimate our potential and
resources. We have it all within to do anything; but when we
feel weak and don't think we have anything left to give, then
all we need to do is ask in prayer. You will receive wisdom,
strength, imagination and creativity you never knew you
possessed from without, from a Higher Power, your Creator...
and then nothing is impossible to you and God."

"Let the light of your BEING shine brightly; so revealing Who
You Really Are. Be a Bringer of the Light, which emanates
from our soul, God, our Creator, the Source, the Essence of Life
(and Ground of our very Being).
Therefore, it can do more than illuminate
your own path.YOUR spirit will help makes the lives of
others easier by illuminating others paths. For this light
is our humanity, the spirit of God, truth, wisdom, beauty and
especially love...and it lies within each one of us. Through
your actions and your being, let your light, YOUR spirit
truly shine brightly on the world, like the radiance emitted
by a candle at midnight."
- Craig Lock (adapted from Neale Donald Walsh in
'Conversations with God Book 3').

"There is a rich tapestry of talent in every human soul, that
flows through (and from), the Source of our Being, the Spirit
of God, Life. So don't spend your days stringing and tuning
your instrument; start making and playing your unique tunes
of music now."

"Success to others may be apparent in what you DO; but
significance, meaning and purpose lies, then reveals itself
in what you ARE and BECOME down the 'river of life' - how
and the spirit with which you face, then overcome the daily
obstacles, the frequent trials and tribulations along the
often rocky path-way of life's magical and mysterious
journey.
Light your path brightly."

" I truly believe we can ALL create and enthuse magic into
'so-called humdrum little lives'. You don't just have to be
the choreorapher, or the conductor of your life script -
rather paint your life as the masterpiece it could (one day)
be. There is a rich tapestry of talent in every human soul,
that flows through the spirit of God. So don't spend your
days stringing and tuning your instrument; start making and
playing your unique tunes of music right now."

"Do not follow the well-beaten track of others towards success - like the rainbow, it is often an illusion always just beyond our reach. Make your own path and let your spirit blaze a brilliant trail towards the pot of gold, the prize for the gift - one that is uniquely you and YOUR successful journey down the river of life.

"For me true success may be measured by the fortitude, with which
so many ordinary people around the globe overcome numerous
seemingly insurmountable obstacles through sheer force of
character and indominatable spirit. They rise above the severest
adversity down the often rocky journey of life. Unheralded, yet with
an unquenchable and infinite generosity of human
spirit, these are lives of greatness and souls who are the true
heroes of this world."
- Craig Lock (13th August 2004)

"If it is peace you want, seek to change yourself, not other people.
It is easier to protect your feet with slippers than to carpet the
whole of the earth."
- Anthony de Mello (United Nations official from Brazil,
tragically killed in Iraq in 2003 - a man of vision,
integrity and great generosity of spirit).

"Ignite the light in your soul,
then you will spread light in people.
Plant beauty in yourself
and harmony will blossom in your home.
When harmony perfumes the home
There will be order in the nation.
If there is order in the nation,
There will be peace in the world."

Adapted from ancient Chinese proverb with humanity by "young" Dr Andy Eastcott and Craig Lock, Gisborne, New Zealand

"When the world is filled with love, peoples hearts are overflowing
with hope."

"I believe it is our responsibility (or CHOICE) as human
beings to 'serve' others through sharing our 'God-given'
abilities, knowledge, experiences and especially talents.
These are our gifts from our Creator; but what we do with
those talents is our 'gift to God'. I want to light a
candle of hope and love, by shining my own 'little light'
(note alliteration!) on the world as brightly as I can.
This spirit is my 'little gift' to God, Life, the Universe,
Infinite Spirit, the Ultimate Source."

"The task ahead of you can always be overcome by the power within
you...and the often seemingly difficult or even "impassible") path
ahead of you is never as steep with the great spirit that lies
within you."

"We have it within; but we get it all from without. There is a well-spring of strength, wisdom, courage and great imagination within each one of us;
but once we draw on this truth, it gets watered from without, by a Higher Source - the Ultimate Source of Life and Love, which is God, the very Ground of our Being."

"Our Greatest Good is perhaps not to share our material possessions, our money and 'riches' with others, but through faith in other people, to so lay the foundation to reveal the rich treasure that lies within themselves."

"Even when your own light appears to be extinguished,
another human being may light that candle once more,
turning it into a bright flame... somewhere, someday, somehow.":
- craig

"Be the very best person you can be with "loads of" FUN. Become the person you are CAPABLE of being ... and ALL the person God,
Our Creator intended and CALLED us to become."

"When I let go of who (and what) I think I am, then I become all that I am capable of being."
- Craig Lock (as adapted and inspired from Lao Tzu)

"Deep within us there is a flame that burns, a divine spark that can become the unconquerable human spirit. And that flame is the spark of God. In some it burns brightly, in others it is barely distinguishable; but always it burns...and with love and acceptance the flame gets higher and brighter. We can help others to kindle this flame by seeing the good in them, even if they don't see it themselves."

"When the power of love overcomes (or conquers) the love of power the world, man will at long last know peace."
- adapted slightly from American musician, Jimi Hendrix

"Most of us cannot do great things, so let's just do the little things in a great way."
- Mother Teresa

"God creates us with different gifts. Each one of us comes into the world with a different collection of life circumstances that often severely challenge us, things that give us joy and in expressing our talents allow us to bless the people, the world around us."

"With passion and purpose in our individual lives we can touch others and in
so doing illuminate the hearts and minds of humanity to make a better world
(through helping raise the 'collective consciousness' in others). Let us offer an alternate vision for the world to embrace: one that celebrates our individual differences and beliefs, yet banishes the fanatical ideology of intolerance and hatred to the darkness from which it emerged. Each one of us in our own little ways can offer a compelling new horizon:
a bright future of justness, righteousness and justice, tolerance, respect for other traditions and values . Especially by LIVING the vision of hope and with thoughts of peace ... a state of being fuelled, illuminated by the eternal flame of love, which can light the darkest night.... always "
- me

"One small candle can illuminate the darkness, so light your own candle...
and shine your own bright light on humanity."

Craig is presently working* on his latest novel 'The Awakened Spirit', based on some true and inspiring stories from the "beloved country" of South Africa - of the indominable human spirit that lies within each one of us, told against the backdrop of a troubled and exciting continent. Stories of endless possibilities.

* btw... he's not really "working" as the story seems to be "writing itself!".
http://www.craiglockbooks.com
http://www.selfgrowth.com/experts/craig_lock.html

The various books that "Craig felt inspired to write" are available at:
www.lulu.com/craiglock and http://www2.webng.com/writernz/books.html

"True success is being 'the who' YOU really want to be, as you ride the rapids and water-falls of life."
- craig

P.S: I hope these writings bring hope and joy to you as you float down the "river of life" (that's a metaphor, btw).

"Blessed are the Peacemakers,
because they'll achieve plenty of Frequent Flyer points."

"Together, one mind, one soul at a time, let's encourage, impact, uplift and perhaps even inspire the world."

THESE WRITINGS MAY BE FREELY PUBLISHED

Author's Bio: 

Craig is presently working* on his latest novel 'The Awakened Spirit', based on some true and inspiring stories from the "beloved country" of South Africa - of the indominable human spirit that lies within each one of us, told against the backdrop of a troubled and exciting continent. Stories of endless possibilities.

* btw... he's not really "working" as the story seems to be "writing itself!".
www.selfgrowth.com/experts/craig_lock.html
www.craiglockbooks.com

The various books that "Craig felt inspired to write" are available at:
www2.webng.com/writernz/ and
www.lulu.com/craiglock/