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Dennis Merritt Jones
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Throughout his lifetime, Dennis Merritt Jones has been on a quest to inspire and lift people to a higher expression of life. His personal vision is to guide people to their purpose, knowing that when a person fully awakens to who they are and why they are on the planet, they begin to naturally share their gift with humankind and, in the process, create an enriching life for themselves and the world around them.

Dennisʼ most recent book, "Your (Re)Defining Moments - Becoming Who You Were Born to Be" was released in June of 2014.His second book, "The Art of Uncertainty ~ How to Live in the Mystery of Life and Love It"" -- was released by Tarcher/Penguin on June 9, 2011. In addition, Dennis is the award winning author of "The Art of Being ~ 101 Ways to Practice Purpose in Your Life," also released by Tarcher/Penguin Publishing. "The Art of Being" received the Nautilus Gold Award designed to highlight books that offer new ideas and options for a better world for everyone. "The Art of Being" was also a Silver Finalist in the Multiple Sclerosis Society Books for a Better Life Awards. Study Guides are available for both books as a free download at Dennisʼ website:

Dennis was the founder and spiritual director of the International Center for Spiritual Living in Simi Valley, CA. Dennis retired from the pulpit in 2008 to take is message to the world by means of his books, spiritual mentoring, keynote speaking and seminars.

Entries by Dennis Merritt Jones

Knowing When to Hold On and Knowing When to Let Go

(0) Comments | Posted October 16, 2014 | 12:54 PM

The Wisdom of the Sacred Continuum

"To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven."

-- Ecclesiastes 3:1

MacDoodle, my dog, and I took our regular early morning walk today just as the sun was rising. The air was unusually...

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Whether You Leave Your Mark or Not Is Not the Question...

(0) Comments | Posted September 9, 2014 | 2:18 PM

We all desire to have others witness our lives.
We want to know that who we are matters.
There is something sacred that lies deep
within us that seeks to connect us to our
oneness with others and with eternity...

On a trip to...

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Are You the Artist...or the Masterpiece?

(1) Comments | Posted August 8, 2014 | 12:27 AM

"To be properly expressed a thing must proceed from within, moved
by its form: it must come, not in from without but out from within."
~ Meister Eckhart

Have you ever thought of yourself as a piece of living art? If this question seems abstract, consider...

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The Ripple Effect of You...

(0) Comments | Posted July 25, 2014 | 12:59 PM

Six Degrees of Separation Is Not That Far
Between You and What Really Matters

"The idea that everything is purposeful really changes the way you live. To think that everything that you do has a ripple effect, that every word that you speak, every action that you make...

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Life: A Wild Ride On a Universal Roller Coaster

(0) Comments | Posted July 10, 2014 | 5:21 PM

Progress has not followed a straight ascending line, but a spiral with rhythms of progress and retrogression, of evolution and dissolution. ~ Goethe

As Goethe inferred, metaphorically speaking, life is not a straight ascending ride but more like a universal roller coaster--an endless continuum of dips, rises, and...

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Who Is Chafing Your Chaps?

(0) Comments | Posted June 13, 2014 | 7:04 PM

"Projection always hides a feeling you don't want to look at. If you examine any negative trait you insist is present in another person, you will find that same trait hiding in yourself. The more you deny this trait, the more strongly you will have to project it." -- Dr....
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Wherever You Go, There YOU Are: Your Consciousness Never Takes a Vacation!

(0) Comments | Posted May 13, 2014 | 1:43 PM

"One of the reasons it has seemed so difficult for a person to change his habits, his personality, or his way of life, has been that heretofore nearly all efforts at change have been directed to the circumference of the self, so to speak, rather than to the center." ~...

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The Metaphysics of Mothers Day

(0) Comments | Posted May 8, 2014 | 12:49 PM

"God couldn't be everywhere, so he created mothers." -- Jewish Proverb

While we know that in truth the Infinite One IS indeed everywhere because It is Omnipresence, I have always appreciated the folk wisdom and metaphor as quoted above because it depicts the ineffable character of the Divine Feminine, which...

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Spaceship Earth: Are you are passenger or a crew member?

(0) Comments | Posted April 29, 2014 | 2:20 PM

"We are not going to be able to operate our Spaceship Earth successfully, nor for much longer, unless we see it as a whole spaceship and our fate as common. It has to be everybody or nobody." ~ Buckminster Fuller

Without a doubt, Bucky Fuller was a visionary...

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What Is Growing in Your Mind Garden?

(0) Comments | Posted April 15, 2014 | 1:54 PM

"So plastic is mind, so receptive, that the slightest thought makes an impression upon it. People who think many kinds of thought must expect to receive a confused manifestation in their lives. If a gardener plants a thousand kinds of seeds, he will get a thousand kinds of plants: it...

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Do You Really Know How Powerful Your Intentions Are?

(0) Comments | Posted March 26, 2014 | 7:50 PM

"Each intention -- anger, greed, compassion, understanding -- sets energy into motion... What you intend is what you become...Power is energy that is formed by the intentions of the soul. It is Light shaped by the intentions of love and compassion guided by wisdom. It is energy that is focused...

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Be Here Now: Where Does Your Mind Go When Things Appear to Be Going Wrong?

(0) Comments | Posted March 14, 2014 | 3:21 PM

"Our most basic assumption is that we are the way we see ourselves and the world is the way we see it. We are taught to believe life should be a certain way and we should be a certain way. When it isn't and we aren't, we assume there's something...

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The Challenge of Change: Are You the River or the Rock?

(0) Comments | Posted January 29, 2014 | 8:38 AM

"Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don't resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like." -- Lao Tzu

With the new year well under way, it's interesting to see how many people are intentionally trying...

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7 Steps to a Happy New You in the New Year

(0) Comments | Posted December 31, 2013 | 10:52 AM

"Life is a blackboard upon which we consciously or unconsciously write those messages which govern us. We hold the chalk and the eraser in our hand but are ignorant of this fact. What we now experience we need not continue to experience but the hand which holds the eraser must...

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The Message of Winter: Every Season Is a Rite of Passage

(5) Comments | Posted December 7, 2013 | 9:37 AM

"Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influences of each." -- Henry David Thoreau

Do you love the winter season or dislike it? Some might say that answer depends on their age and current geographic location....

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Finding Your Authentic Voice Will Set You Free to Express Who You Really Are

(3) Comments | Posted November 11, 2013 | 10:28 AM

Everyone has talent. What is rare is the courage to follow the talent to the dark place where it leads. -- Erica Jong

As a mentor, I recently presented a tele-seminar for writers on the subject of finding their authentic voice and how to bring it into their creative writing...

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A Suggestion for Our Politicians: Try Meeting in the Field

(4) Comments | Posted October 23, 2013 | 3:51 PM

"Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I will meet you there." -- Rumi

The above quote by Rumi is one of my favorites because it points to a place in our minds and hearts we can all meet if we are willing to go beyond...

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Let There Be Light: A Mindfulness Practice to Dispel Darkness

(2) Comments | Posted October 4, 2013 | 6:00 PM

"Light gives of itself freely, filling all available space. It does not seek anything in return; it asks not whether you are friend or foe. It gives of itself and is not thereby diminished."  -- Michael Strassfeld

If you are like me, you probably have a few days of darkness now and...

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Feeling Grumpy? A Mindfulness Practice to Help You Get Out of Your Grumpy Pants

(0) Comments | Posted September 9, 2013 | 2:46 PM

When I am rushing through my life, consumed with everything I have to attend to, it becomes more and more likely that I will miss what is available to me. I notice that when I move through the world at this pace, I tend to do what a friend calls...
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Walking the Middle Path: If You Are Out of Balance in One Area of Your Life, You Are Out of Balance in Every Area

(3) Comments | Posted August 15, 2013 | 1:45 PM

When we are out of balance in one area of our lives, it shows up in other areas of our lives, too. We might not recognize it, or understand that the two things are related, but one thing affects the other nonetheless. We might attempt to "fix" the second thing,...
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