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Are you growing, or just growing older?

posted by B. Dave Walters

“I saw my life branching out before me like the green fig tree in the story. From the tip of every branch, like a fat purple fig, a wonderful future beckoned and winked. One fig was a husband and a […]

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How to motivate yourself…finally!

posted by B. Dave Walters

“It’s a New Year and with it comes a fresh opportunity to shape our world. So this is my wish, a wish for me as much as it is a wish for you: in the world to come, let us […]

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Racism and the Law of Attraction (Video)

posted by B. Dave Walters

“I love America more than any other country in the world, and, exactly for this reason, I insist on the right to criticize her perpetually.” -James Baldwin Question submitted via Formspring: “Hi, I am trying to find a way to […]

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How to finally attract what you want (VIDEO)

posted by B. Dave Walters

“Do not wait: the time will never be ‘just right’. Start where you stand, and work whatever tools you may have at your command and better tools will be found as you go along.” ― Napoleon Hill As of the […]

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Q&A: “I’m trying to smile, but I’ve hit rock bottom….”

posted by B. Dave Walters

Question submitted via Formspring: “Hello, I am on the journey of my life moving leaving everything i know to move to NYC by myself. I had to stay in a shelter and am still here. I have a job but […]

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The bad news about pursuing your dreams

posted by B. Dave Walters

We talked recently about what to do to have you breakthrough, and soon afterwards a friend contacted me about a hang up he’s having.  Essentially, he’s been in action towards achieving his goals, but his emotions have been all over […]

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A full moon, a Blood Moon, and a Hunter’s moon; oh my!

posted by B. Dave Walters

Starting on October 8, his week will have a particularly powerful alignment when we have a Blood Moon, a Hunter’s Moon, AND a full moon in Aries will be happening all at once!  This is a particularly powerful alignment of […]

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3 Simple rules for a happy life

posted by B. Dave Walters

“You always own the option of having no opinion. There is never any need to get worked up or to trouble your soul about things you can’t control. These things are not asking to be judged by you. Leave them […]

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Suicide, and making sense of the senseless.

posted by B. Dave Walters

“But in the end one needs more courage to live than to kill himself.” ― Albert Camus Anyone who’s lost a loved one to suicide knows how uniquely painful and confusing it can be.  The death of Robin Williams opened […]

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Q&A: I STILL don’t know what to do with my life…HELP!

posted by B. Dave Walters

Question submitted via Formspring: “Hi, I’ve been reading some of your posts, really interesting and encouraging, I kinda feel better and not that lost but I can’t stop thinking about what I can do. The thing is that I’m one […]

Expectations and the Law of Attraction

posted by B. Dave Walters

“There were two ways to be happy: improve your reality, or lower your expectations” ― Jodi Picoult Question submitted via Formspring: “How can I use the Law of Attraction to remove negativity?  I believe with all my heart I’ll achieve […]

A Message from Your Future Self

posted by B. Dave Walters

“The biggest human temptation is to settle for too little.” -Thomas Merton Beloved, Once again, it has been ages since we last talked.  Too long. Of course, I have been here watching, and I see your confusion.  You’re wondering what […]

It’s okay to not be okay

posted by B. Dave Walters

“Difficulties strengthen the mind, as labor does the body.” ― Seneca On a recent episode of Rise UP with B. Dave Walters: Simple Answers to Life’s Hard Questions we talked about getting up after falling down: Being true to yourself, why […]

Resolving to do better in 2014

posted by B. Dave Walters

Cheers to a New Year and another chance for us to get it right. -Oprah Winfrey Every year around January 1, we take out a piece of paper and list our resolutions; all kinds of things we are ‘resolving’ to […]

Why you can’t sleep at night, and how to fix it.

posted by B. Dave Walters

In my Coaching work, one of the most common complaints I hear is of people not being able to sleep at night.  Whether it’s not being able to fall asleep, stay asleep, or not being able to get your mind to […]

Three quick ways to find peace and happiness

posted by B. Dave Walters

“People are afraid of themselves, of their own reality; their feelings most of all. People talk about how great love is, but that’s B.S. Love hurts. Feelings are disturbing. People are taught that pain is evil and dangerous. How can […]

Q&A: Can Christians and non-Christians date?

posted by B. Dave Walters

Question submitted via Formspring: “Can Christians and non-Christians date? If so is the outcome always one of being non-yoked?” Yes, it’s possible for a Christian and a non-Christian to date successfully.  However, it’s going to take communication and effort…just like […]

Q&A: We’re getting married, but he suffocates me; what should I do?

posted by B. Dave Walters

(Unedited) Question submitted via formspring.me: “I am in a relationship for few years now, to everybody he seems to be a perfect lover n partner,but i get irritated very frequently due to his “over lovingness”.feel suffocated as he keeps a track […]

Q&A: Why there is no ‘One,’ and that’s a good thing

posted by B. Dave Walters

Question submitted via Facebook: “I just broke up with my boyfriend for the third and final time. I’m feeling good about it, but truly discouraged at the fact that there isn’t one person in the world for everyone. Love is….not […]

How to be happy and powerful: Advice from the Emperor

posted by B. Dave Walters

This is the absolute best time in history to be alive. Let me say that again: This is the best time in history to be alive.  No human beings anywhere, ever, have had the level of peace, security, information, education, […]

Another love letter from your true self

posted by B. Dave Walters

Beloved, I have missed you since we last talked, but I’ve been with you the whole time.  I just wanted to tell you that I am SO very proud of you.  I see you every day, shining and brilliant. But, […]

Q&A: Prayers and Inspiration for Tough Times

posted by B. Dave Walters

Question submitted via Formspring.Me/BDaveWalters: “What are some Bible verses I can share with a relative who just went to jail?” The Holy Bible is a source of inspiration for Jews, Christians, and even Muslims all over the world.  The real […]

Q&A: How to give yourself permission to shine

posted by B. Dave Walters

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, […]

Q&A: ‘I love him, but he doesn’t want a relationship’

posted by B. Dave Walters

Question submitted via Facebook: “Mr. Walters, I hope you can help me: There is this guy whom I really like. I told him about my feelings but he says that he doesn’t want to get into any relationship right now. I have been […]

Q&A: Is it too late to work things out?

posted by B. Dave Walters

Question submitted via Formspring: My husband and I are separated and “trying” to work it out – although it is very one sided. Sometimes I fear that if things were to work out, I won’t feel comfortable being intimate with him […]

Q&A: ‘Why didn’t the Law of Attraction work for me?’

posted by B. Dave Walters

Question submitted via Formspring: “How can I tell the difference between inspired action and action to “force a result”? I was feeling good and confident on manifesting something into my life, took what I thought was inspired action only to […]

How to get up when you hit rock bottom

posted by B. Dave Walters

“The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but thought about it. Be aware of the thoughts you are thinking. Separate them from the situation, which is always neutral. It is as it is.  Always say “yes” to the […]

How can you create the life you really want?

posted by B. Dave Walters

Cheers to a New Year and another chance for us to get it right. -Oprah Winfrey Every year around January 1, we take out a piece of paper and list our resolutions; all kinds of things we are ‘resolving’ to […]

Q&A: ‘Is being negative just as good as being positive?’

posted by B. Dave Walters

Question submitted via Formspring: “One of my friends actually believes being negative is as ok as being positive. He is constantly desolate and sad due to victimizing himself and not trusting anyone. Am I not able to convince him because […]

Q&A: ‘Why didn’t the Law of Attraction work for me?

posted by B. Dave Walters

Question submitted via Formspring: “Dave, I went 21 days of Law of Attraction for 2 hours a day 20 minimum (sic), i went to buy my ticket and everything had all the faith why didn’t i win it?” First, I assume you meant […]

Q&A: ‘What’s an easy way to attract more money?’

posted by B. Dave Walters

In my coaching work, one of the questions I get asked most often is: “What’s an easy way to attract more money?” The answer is simple, but not easy.  Actually, it’s easy, too, but often times our mental blocks make […]

Q&A: How to learn emotional self-defense

posted by B. Dave Walters

Question submitted via Formspring: “How can I be less sensitive?  It seems that every little thing that people say or do upsets me.  Everyone says I am just ‘too sensitive’, but I don’t know what to do.  Help!” The simple […]

Q&A: ‘Is it possible to be too open minded?’

posted by B. Dave Walters

Question submitted via Formspring: “Is it possible to be TOO open minded?” Absolutely; especially when you consider it’s possible to be too much of anything! Although, it is far more common to find people who are too closed minded, the […]

As a (wo)man thinketh, Or, mind over matter

posted by B. Dave Walters

“As a man thinketh in his heart so is he” I read an excellent article today on why some people insist positive thinking is some kind of scam, and that inspired me to share something special with you. There is a […]

Flying time and watching pots, Or, patience is a virtue (VIDEO)

posted by B. Dave Walters

“Most people greatly over estimate what they can do in one year, but greatly underestimate what they can do in ten.” -Jim Rohn I’m sure you’ve heard the saying ‘time flies when you’re having fun’? And I bet you’ve also […]

Q&A: Why isn’t the Law of Attraction working for me; Or, attracting MONEY

posted by B. Dave Walters

Questions submitted via Formspring.me: Sup Dave! I’ve been suffering with no job for 1 year. Striving for my dream job and/or any other job just doesn’t work. Even tho i try out different ways to get money(on the internet) doesn’t work […]

Q&A: “How do I attract my dream job”; Or, 40 hours of fun!

posted by B. Dave Walters

Question submitted via Formspring.me: “How do I attract the right job. The one that truly makes me happy?” An excellent question! Too many people go through life doing something they don’t enjoy, with some vague plan to be happy at some […]

Q&A: Is it possible to be TOO picky?

posted by B. Dave Walters

Question submitted via Formspring: “My friend is VERY picky in choosing a man to date. She wants a relationship, but her standards are too high. She says it’s good because she knows what she wants and deserves the best. I […]

Q&A: Can anyone be like Jesus and Buddha; or, were they more than human?

posted by B. Dave Walters

(Unedited) question submitted via Formspring “Can anyone reach a point of spiritual enlightenment where they are like Jesus and Buddha in the sense that they can perform miracles like healing people, defying gravity, etc. Or were Jesus and Buddha something other […]

Solving all our problems; Or, World Peace is up to * you *

posted by B. Dave Walters

Yes, you read that right: you, and only you, are TOTALLY responsible for world peace. How can this be? Here are some clues: “One who is injured ought not to return the injury, for on no account can it be […]

Q&A: Is the Ego a bad thing?

posted by B. Dave Walters

(Unedited) Question submitted via Formspring: “I’ve been to a lot of spiritual seminars, and most of them tend to say that the EGO is a bad thing. Is that necessarily true?” An excellent question! We discussed this question on a […]

Q&A: Reincarnation / What is the difference between twin soul and flame soul ?

posted by B. Dave Walters

Question submitted via Formspring: “Could you please tell me about re-incarnation? Do we become whole sentient beings or just bits and parts here and there? And is it wise to try and get in touch with our past lives, or are […]

Q&A: Why do Good Girls love Bad Boys? (VIDEO)

posted by B. Dave Walters

Question submitted via Formspring (many, many times): Why do Good Girls love Bad Boys? This is one of those issues that has come up so many times that I covered it both on a recent episode of my radio show: […]

Your God-given talents; Or, playing the hand you’re dealt

posted by B. Dave Walters

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that frightens us most. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, […]

How to deal with jealousy; Or, the green-eyed monster in the mirror (VIDEO)

posted by B. Dave Walters

(Unedited) question submitted via Formspring.me: “I feel bad when I see my ex happy. I wanted to be happy before him. I am not happy. He has moved on and I can’t. Advise?” Los Angeles is quite possibly the most superficial […]

Knowing what you want, Or, wanting what you get (VIDEO)

posted by B. Dave Walters

“Be Content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.” -Lao Tzu Now we’ve let go of the past, and figured out how to feel good all the time, […]

How to deal with negative people; Or, how to be the life of the party (VIDEO)

posted by B. Dave Walters

“He who angers you, conquers you” -Elizabeth Kenny I have a confession to make: Los Angeles can *kind of * get under your skin. When you come here, it seems like it’s full of negative people, but that’s not really […]

One soul living in two bodies; Or, being a friend (VIDEO)

posted by B. Dave Walters

“A true friend is one soul in two bodies.” -Aristotle In the video below, I give several pointers on how to be a good friend, how to know when a relationship has run it’s course (or worse, turned toxic), and […]

Q&A: “I over analyze things and nag him all the time; how do I stop doing that?”

posted by B. Dave Walters

(Unedited) Question submitted via Facebook : “It’s 3 am and just post it something in my wall and the first person I wanted to say something was you. Is amazing how much you can help ppl that u don’t even know. My […]

Q&A: “How do I stay positive around all these negative people?”

posted by B. Dave Walters

Questions submitted via Formspring: “Hello. I am a recent college grad who still cannot find employment. I live with my parents and younger brother at home but they are all such negative people. Constantly angry and pessimistic it’s hard to […]

Q&A: You are good enough; Or, dealing with fear, doubt, and insecurity

posted by B. Dave Walters

Question submitted via Formspring.me: “I recently realized that when I’m in love,I worry so much,I have so many fears,that even when my boyfriend had to go away for ONE weekend I suddenly became unhappy!how do you REALLY get to that point […]

Emotions, Or, you’re great, and I love you!

posted by B. Dave Walters

“You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.” -Buddha I’ve written and talked many times before now about how to use your emotions and the need for self-love but this time I’d like […]

Meditation 101; Or, reining in the monkey mind (VIDEO)

posted by B. Dave Walters

To enjoy good health, to bring true happiness to one’s family, to bring peace to all, one must first discipline and control one’s own mind. If a man can control his mind he can find the way to Enlightenment, and […]

How to be psychic; Or, 3 Minds, 4 Bodies II (VIDEO)

posted by B. Dave Walters

Condemnation without investigation is the height of ignorance” -Albert Einstein. We have talked about your three minds: the conscious, subconscious, and super-conscious times before, so let us dive even deeper into what your mind is capable of. This article (and especially […]

How to be HAPPY, Or, the un-given gift

posted by B. Dave Walters

“All that we are is the result of what we have thought. If a man speaks or acts with an evil thought, pain follows him. If a man speaks or acts with a pure thought, happiness follows him, like a […]

Spiritual parenting, Or, how to live forever (VIDEO)

posted by B. Dave Walters

To bring up a child in the way he should go, travel that way yourself once in a while.  ~Josh Billings In honor of my daughter Alexandria Sophia (Lexi)’s birthday, I’d like to talk a little bit about parenting. Parenting […]

Q&A: Are plants and animals under the Law of Attraction, or is it exclusively human?

posted by B. Dave Walters

Question submitted via Formspring: “Are plants and animals under the Law of Attraction, or is it exclusively human?” On a recent episode of my radio show, Rise UP with B. Dave Walters, we talked about getting over Daddy Issues, dealing […]

Buddha vs Tony Robbins; Or, finding the middle way

posted by B. Dave Walters

(Unedited) question submitted via Facebook: “Hey Dave, one thing I would like to add to the question of how it is possible for some people like Tony Robbins to be so emotional and energized most of the time: There are two […]

Staying out of the prison of fear, Or, who are you really?

posted by B. Dave Walters

“Courage is the resistance of fear, the mastery of fear, but not the absence of fear” -Mark Twain If you’re read my other article, Breaking the prison of Fear, you may recall it ends like this: I want to leave you […]

Q&A: Who can you REALLY trust, visualization, losing weight, and More! (VIDEO)

posted by B. Dave Walters

On this week’s episode of my radio show, Rise UP with B. Dave Walters, we discussed several questions submitted via Formspring: “Are some foods naturally healthier than others, or are they healthy because we have mentally conditioned our minds to […]

December 21, 2012; Or, the littlest apocalypse (VIDEO)

posted by B. Dave Walters

“Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.” Buddha Over the last few years, catastrophobia has continued to build for for the ominous date of December 21, 2012; the […]

Q&A: Finding love, how to apply The Secret, and more! (VIDEO)

posted by B. Dave Walters

If you are like many people (myself included), 2011 had some pretty difficult parts!  For me, I can say without question that the first 6 months were some of the hardest of my life; but the second 6 were some […]

Q&A: Does the Law of Attraction blame the victim?

posted by B. Dave Walters

Question submitted via Formspring: “The Law of Attraction teaches that we create our own realities by attracting like things/events to us based on our feelings. So does that mean that the victims of crimes are are attracting those crimes to […]

No more worry, Or, letting go and letting God

posted by B. Dave Walters

“We hope vaguely, but dread precisely.” Paul Valéry Really, worry is more than a habit, it is an addiction. If you don’t know how we can get addicted to emotions, I HIGHLY recommend you watch ‘What The Bleep Do We […]

Beating pessimism, Or, always look on the bright side of life

posted by B. Dave Walters

“A pessimist is one who feels bad when he feels good for fear he’ll feel worse when he feels better.” – Anonymous A friend of mine asked me to help her beat her pessimism, so I decided to dedicate today’s […]

Breaking the prison of fear Or, how to be happy all the time (VIDEO)

posted by B. Dave Walters

“Many of us crucify ourselves between two thieves – regret for the past and fear of the future.” -Fulton Oursler Is there anything you want to do, but just don’t? Is there anything you know you NEED to do, but […]

Why God, Why; Or, Letting Go II (VIDEO)

posted by B. Dave Walters

The Root of pain is Attachment; this is the second Noble Truth. -Buddha As I have mentioned in the past, Los Angeles has quite a few bitter, unhappy people in it. Because for whatever reason, their goals have not manifested […]

The Heart Vs. The Mind; Or, Science And Its Darker Twin

posted by B. Dave Walters

There have been a handful of times in my life when I felt like certain things were ‘given’ to me by a higher power, and all I had to do was get it out and written down. This is one […]

Giving thanks; Or, 10 Things to be grateful for (VIDEO)

posted by B. Dave Walters

Today is Thanksgiving here in the U.S., but I want to take some time out from cooking turkey to have a quick talk about what you’re grateful for. First, let me say that even though Thanksgiving is set aside as […]

Gnostic Theism, Or, Digital Spirituality

posted by B. Dave Walters

People often ask me what I personally believe; what follows is the sum total of my life experience, as well as spiritual and philosophical thought…so far at least. The points below came to me suddenly, or were ‘received’ over a […]

Q&A: “I want to believe the world is good, but I see so much crime and fear” (VIDEO)

posted by B. Dave Walters

(Unedited) question submitted by Formspring: “I want to believe that the world is good, but I see crime in my city and neighborhood. Is my fear attracting crime to me and my city? And how do I let go of […]

Mastering the Law of Attraction; Or, creating what you *really* want! (VIDEO)

posted by B. Dave Walters

Hello! So last time we made some goals, it’s time to put it into action. Before we talk too much about making a plan, I want to clarify some things. I recently wrote an article on how to make the […]

You are *not* damaged; Or, welcome aboard! (Video)

posted by B. Dave Walters

You are great, and I love you! Welcome to a grand new adventure! First, let me say thank you to everyone who voted for me to become the next Beliefnet Featured Blogger! To show my appreciation, I did a short […]

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Q&A: I love him, but I'm afraid all he wants is sex II
  Question submitted via Formspring: “I need advice. I've been seeing this guy for about 8 months now. We started out with a very casual relationship. We would hang out and we would have sex. That's it. It was fun at first but as ...

posted 2:38:37am Apr. 13, 2015 | read full post »

An Eclipse, an Equinox, and a Super Moon, oh my!
Friday, March 20, 2015 will mark a very powerful alignment of energies that will burn you up if you’re not careful, or propel you like a rocket if you make use of them! Three major events are taking place, with several other events ...

posted 6:14:17pm Mar. 19, 2015 | read full post »

Are you growing, or just growing older?
“I saw my life branching out before me like the green fig tree in the story. From the tip of every branch, like a fat purple fig, a wonderful future beckoned and winked. One fig was a husband and a happy home and children, and another fig was ...

posted 4:27:15am Feb. 18, 2015 | read full post »

How to feel happy, and be at peace
“You always own the option of having no opinion. There is never any need to get worked up or to trouble your soul about things you can't control. These things are not asking to be judged by you. Leave them alone.” ― Marcus Aurelius, ...

posted 11:14:28pm Jan. 19, 2015 | read full post »

How to motivate yourself…finally!
“It's a New Year and with it comes a fresh opportunity to shape our world. So this is my wish, a wish for me as much as it is a wish for you: in the world to come, let us be brave – let us walk into the dark without fear, and step into ...

posted 10:59:22pm Jan. 02, 2015 | read full post »

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