I'm Joseph Bernard, Ph.D. My work is guiding and encouraging you to live with purpose, to set a course towards a greater realization of what is possible for your life, and to expand your opportunities for greater happiness, peace, and love. As you grow it benefits humanity and makes you an active participant in making a positive difference in the world. 

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Take A Day Of Rest

Today is a nice day to be alive. This day has been offered to you and I to do what we want with it. We can make it a day of relaxation, of love, of joy, of play and fun, of peace, of rest, of creative expression or whatever would be easy and restful.

Sunday drives are a nice things to do. Go someplace, not to far away, and enjoy the change of scenery. Get a massage, take a nap, sit on the couch and read a good book. Go for an easy walk in nature. Sit in a hot bath and contemplate an ideal life. Watch a movie at home or the theatre. What do you love to do that is easy and fun and relaxing?

My rest day involves an early run, writing this blog and some fun golf with friends in the early evening. I like to play on my days off. I enjoy my daily workouts, so even on my rest days I get some kind of exercise in. My favorite rest day activities include: golf, tennis, painting and collage work, naps, sitting out in a beautiful place in nature and just taking it in, sleeping in and doing some kind of fun activity. I know I am an active person so sometimes the best way for me to rest is to go to a spa and get a massage and then sit in a hot springs until I am ready to nap. I am thinking of this great little place up on the Columbia River where they have these big old tubs to soak in and then they wrap you up in blankets and let you sweat until your massage. I am going to be in Oregon later this month. I may have to go find that place.

Please take a day for rest regularly. It will refresh you and make your sharper for the times you are active and doing what you need to do. Vacations are great for that. Hope you had one recently or have one coming soon?

I will be starting a vacation on Tuesday; I am really looking forward to this one. I will travel to an IONS (Institute of Noetic Sciences) conference in Palm Springs for 4 days; then to Santa Barbara, my previous home base for a week; and then to Oregon to see my family and all there is to see and explore there.

I will keep my blog going most of the time on this trip to share my insights and inspirations.

Rest days sooth you body, mind, heart and spirit.


Pikes Peak, Garden of the Gods and Nature

Today was a day to explore more of beautiful Colorado. We drove to the top of Pikes Peak which is 14,110 feet high. The clouds kept us from much of the view but we could still get some incredible glimpses of the world down below. Being out in nature is always special to me.

I feel like I am in touch with something so much greater then me in this place of such natural beauty. Then when I think even deeper I am aware of myself as part of nature and open to the expansiveness that nature is. This awareness awakens a consciousness of the unlimited aspects of my mind, heart and spirit. Nature takes me higher. I hope it does that same for you.

After coming out of the clouds we drove through the Garden of the Gods. Both Pikes Peak and this spectacular garden of huge stunning read rocks are near Colorado Springs. All these places are new to me. I have driven past the Springs, read the sign to the Garden of the Gods and seen the Peak in clouds a number of times. This time however we took the time to explore and were very glad we did. From the visitor’s center of the Garden you get a great view of the natural sculptures of the Gods. Next time you are on I-25 heading through Colorado Springs exit the highway and head for the Garden of the Gods. Again you get to meet and greet nature at it’s finest.

Yes, that beauty is in you too. You are also an amazing creation of the Gods. I hope you recognize and have a moment for gratitude and acknowledgement for the miracle your life is. I am very grateful to be in touch with nature, the nature in me, the nature that you are, and the nature of the Creative Force that blessed us all with this existence. We share this time in human history and together we can live in oneness with the unlimited possibilities nature shows us every time we look.

Travel well and let nature inspire the best in you.


You Can Feel Good About Yourself

How are you doing today? I hope your answer is that you are doing well and that you feel good. I wanted to write today about some ways you can positively affect how you feel inside. You really do have control over your inner space so why not be happy and optimistic about your day and your life. Take these following ideas and experiment with them and see if the don’t brighten your day.

Accept Yourself – I write about self-acceptance regularly because many people do not accept who they are. This is simply a learned bias against yourself. Please make a commitment to stop judging yourself so harshly and replace those critical ways with love. Love yourself as you are now in this moment. Whatever resistance you have to loving yourself is old beliefs or programming you can change starting today. Accepting who you are in this moment is the starting point. Sure we all need to grow but growth goes best when you can love yourself as you are and then seek to be more of who you want to be.

Listen Inward – there is much going on inside of you. You have 10’s of thousands of thoughts and many emotions all flowing through you in a day. It is tough to keep up with all of this. Learn to pay attention to how you feel. Hear the voice of intuition or inner guidance that wants to show you the way. Also listen to the call of purpose and what your truth and guiding values are. Taking time each day to listen inward will provide you much feedback about how to shape your day and life into a masterpiece. You create your experience of the world from inside of you. Become good at letting your emotions, your intuitions, you truths guide you. Be careful of your reactions, your limiting beliefs, your inner critic because they are not taking you higher. Spend time each day getting to know your inner landscape and become an interior designer of harmony, balance and joy.

Feel Deserving and Grateful – not matter what thoughts say “no”, you do deserve the best in all parts of your life. Any thoughts of not deserving are learned limitations and need to be changed. You are an amazing human being in the midst of discovering all that you are and can be. Be grateful for your heart that loves and want to love more. Be grateful for your health of body, mind, and spirit. Be grateful for each breath you are given to explore even more of life and all the treasures of wonder, beauty and joy you can find. Be full of your greatness and live into a life that is meant to be celebrated, enjoyed, and played with.

If you play with, explore and practice these ideas you will find an inner harmony that feels great and you will create a life that you will be grateful to live in. That life is available now.

You can search throughout the entire universe for someone who is more deserving of your love and affection than you are yourself, and that person is not to be found anywhere. You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe deserve your love and affection. Buddha

For me, giving thanks is a sign of appreciation and gratitude that also brings about a deep sense of peace. Wally Amos

Freedom is man's capacity to take a hand in his own development. It is our capacity to mold ourselves. Rollo May


What Would You Do To Bring Peace To The World?

What would you do to bring peace to the world? This is a question I want to put out to all those who read my blog. I think it is a very important and timely question. It seems to me that every citizen of the world needs answer this question and do what they have to do to bring peace.

Peace will come about when we no longer elect people who do not value human life; starting a war shows a total lack of caring about human life. Peace will come when we no longer allow arrogance and ego to be driving forces in leadership; war is always about ego and arrogance. Peace will come when we find peace within ourselves. Peace will come when we take back the government from corporations that benefit from war. Peace will come when our hearts guide us not our fears. Peace is possible when the citizens are conscious and aware and look out for the good of all.

What would you do to bring peace to the world? Can you do that now? If not, are you willing to do something soon?

As you can see from my last blog, Take Yourself Higher, I have made a commitment to myself and to the planet that I will do everything I can to spread peace, love and consciousness. Peace begins inside and that is why I offer a free Guide To Inner Peace here at my blog. The guide uses the best ideas for finding peace inside from 30 years of counseling and coaching people through difficult times and in pursuit of a better and more successful life.

The spreading of Peace, Love and Consciousness are what my work is about. Let me talk here about the importance of love and compassion in the world. There frankly is no more powerful antidote to fear then love. Love is the capacity in each of us to be caring and concerned for ourselves and others. Love is the source of all compassion and understanding. Love is the greatest problem solver of human kind. When you engage your heart, you activate your highest human capabilities. The great spiritual teaching of the world all agree that love is the highest human expression. Love really and truly can resolve any issues inside, in your family, in the country and in the world. Love is stronger then fear, then any terrorist, then any corrupt government or organization. Love is the answer to resolving all of our conflicts.

Now I want to say a few words about consciousness. Consciousness is defined in a number of ways. Here is my take on it from the perspective of the human potential. Consciousness is the innate capacity of every human being to be awake and aware; to live in harmony with the natural world; to expand beyond individual awareness and need and to be inclusive of the greater good of all living things; to be in union with the collective wisdom of the human knowing; and to be at one with whatever greater wisdom and source that exists. Consciousness is now, open, expansive, inclusive, compassionate, creative and wise.

Now that you see what I am up to, would you like to help?

Personal Request

I am now leaving my part–time job, and until now my primary income source, to bring all my focus to my purpose to promote peace through consciousness, compassion and connection. That is my mission and I have two vehicles for that started. This blog about peace, purpose, love and consciousness and my peace company called Peace Together. Either place you can show your support.

You can buy our positive messages for peace t-shirts which are organic and sweat shop free at www.peace-together.com

You can purchase my e-books and Success workbooks which represent the very best ideas I know on each topic I have written about. They are locate to the right of this post.

You can also donate to my efforts which come from my heart, my resourceful and peaceful mind, from the consciousness I have been blessed to have discovered and explored and from my spirit which is full of passion and aliveness. See the donation section under navigation on the right column of this blog. Other suggestions welcomed

Thank you for your support in whatever way you give it. Thank you for working for peace and making a difference. Thank you for being awake, for having an open heart and mind, for caring enough to take positive action toward realizing your highest purpose. Together we will make peace possible.


Take Yourself Higher

This statement came to me loud and clear on my run this morning. I am an ever-expanding force for peace, love and consciousness on the planet. Right away the energy and flow of my run grew stronger. I felt in my mind and heart that this is a great statement of purpose for me. I love it when the message from my inner knowing or a Higher Source is so clear. Now the challenge is living up to it.

So here is what I plan to do and I invite you to join me. Each day I am going to take this statement and make in my intention to live my purpose. I ask you too to have a purpose statement and each day make it your intention to live your purpose. Living my purpose means I am putting my attention on and taking action toward realizing this expanding force for peace, love and consciousness in me. To do this successfully will take courage and determination. This is not about ego, this journey of purpose is about realizing the potential in me and about making a positive contribution to the world.

I challenge myself to be bold in my purpose, to stretch myself beyond my comfort zone, and to be my best in the pursuit of my highest realization. I expect nothing less from you, nor should you.

Get clear what you statement of intention is, be the energy of purpose
• Affirm your intention every day, feel it, see it, hear it, sense it
• Listen inward to your intuition, be open to guidance from the universe, it will be there
• Take focused and passionate action that feels right and is full of heart
• Continue forward step-by-step, course correcting as needed, be unstoppable
• Go until you find yourself fully living your mission, being on purpose
• Celebrate and feel the gratitude for all the successes along the way
• Enjoy living your potential and making a positive difference in the world

Feel the joy and satisfaction of creating an incredible life for yourself and for being a positive addition to the world. When you leave the world better than it was, there is reason to celebrate your life.