Enlightenment

"Before enlightenment, chop wood and carry water. After enlightenment, chop wood and carry water."
--Zen Proverb

When people come up to me at my live events, I frequently hear from them (and you may have even been one): "When I get to this point in my career, I will..." Or, "When I get to this income level, I will..." Or, "When I achieve this reward, then I will..."

These statements are always followed by some action or behavior that they're going to put into practice after they achieve or acquire their "magic bullet."

When I hear these types of comments, regardless of the context or the promise being made, I typically think, "No, you probably won't." Why? Because if the habit has not yet been developed, it won't be acted upon. Life doesn't miraculously change until YOU change.

The Zen proverb above is telling us that success, happiness or Harmonic Wealth® (you choose the term) is not a destination but a process.

You and I both know that no award, no income, no new toy, no promotion will make us happy and/or successful.

Life will not miraculously change when your next goal is attained. You'll still chop wood and carry water, or maybe you'll still pay bills and sometimes wonder where the money is going to come from.

The difference comes in the attitude with which you do these things. When true happiness and fulfillment is reached, you'll learn that the journey is the adventure, the excitement and the fun of life.

The journey is Harmonic Wealth, and the journey never ends...

Here's how you can start experiencing happiness and fulfillment starting right now:

  1. A great quote from A Course in Miracles says, "I can choose peace rather than this." Choose to be at peace and enjoy what life is giving you right now...
  2. The amateur hopes and wishes... The professional knows. When asked, "Do you believe in God?" Carl Jung answered, "I don't believe. I know." Knowing is power! Know that whatever is happening right now is part of a larger plan happening perfectly for your own personal growth, development and betterment.
  3. Develop good habits now. Live and invest in the things that you say are important to you. Make your beliefs, your habits and your actions congruent. Don't do them "someday." Do them today.
  4. Realize that you never own anything. Every "thing" you have will someday belong to someone else when you're gone. You're only using "your things" for a time. Enjoy them while you have them, but don't let them own you.
  5. Fulfillment and happiness is not some means to eliminate life's daily tasks. You'll always be (at some level) chopping wood and carrying water. Allow your work to be your passion and your love made manifest through action.

Make your life magnificent and enjoy the process.

To your continued wealth and happiness,

James Arthur Ray
President/CEO
James Ray International


Spiritual pathways



"In any way that men love me in that same way they find my love: for many are the paths of men, but they all in the end come to me."

-- Song of God, Bhagavad Gita

Spirit - the life force - exists in everything. It follows, then, that ANY path, any encounter is spiritual if we have the awareness to see it as such. Going deeper, going higher, emptying, connecting, believing or disbelieving, bouncing off the bottom, experiencing the heights, in pain, in ecstasy ....

Too often, we search afar for our own purpose when it is in our lives all the time, waiting for us to express it more openly. Bring greater awareness to each encounter and situation in life. Tune in to what you are inspired to do, who you are inspired to be. Your answers are waiting for you to pay attention - every moment!

"...focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it."

-- Greg Anderson

Is It Really just A Coincidence?

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Quick

60-second Story ....


Pan back with me, over 12 years ago ....

I'm sitting in this restaurant, 100 yards from the Ocean in Virginia Beach. It's called  Rigatoni's Italian Kitchen.

I went in there many times over about a 4 year period because, Ralphie Balsamo - the chef who ran the Kitchen for many years -  was just one cool dude.

He left in '99 after a 15-year stint  orchestrating some very good Italian cuisine.

From lessons about life, jokes, business  insight, Ralphie had it all.

So, one day, he spins his fork in a plate  of linguine and tomato sauce and holds the  small cocoon of pasta motionless in front  of his face for a few seconds, just long  enough to explain the meaning of the word
"synchronicity."

He tells me, "It's when everything seems  to come together perfectly ... people,  places, events, and especially timing -  they all converge under the best of  circumstances for the best possible  results."

Yes, Ralphie was a wise, and humorous, man.

As I told one of the mentors featured in Vol 1 of our "Conversations With the  World's Top Manifestation Mentors,"
Ralphie would often walk around the  Kitchen and restaurant saying:

"Luck is for the Irish. This is  synchronicity, as Italian as home-made  cannelloni."

To learn more about this spiritual kinda
cannelloni, read the latest blog post:



Excert from ?The Synchronicity Luck Program?


Many see coincidences as embedded in a higher, transcendental force, a cosmic ?glue,? as it were, which binds random events together in a meaningful and coherent pattern. The question has always been: could such a harmonizing principle actually exist?

Or are skeptics right in regarding this as a product of wishful thinking, a consoling myth spawned by the intellectual discomfort and capriciousness of chance?

Mathematician Warren Weaver, in his book, Lady Luck: The Theory of Probability, recounts a fascinating tale of coincidence that stretches our traditional notions of chance to their breaking point.

The story originally appeared in Life magazine. Weaver writes:


All fifteen members of a church choir in Beatrice, Nebraska, due at practice at 7:20, were late on the evening of March 1, 1950.

The minister and his wife and daughter had one reason (his wife delayed to iron the daughter?s dress) one girl waited to finish a geometry problem; one couldn?t start her car; two lingered to hear the end of an especially exciting radio program; one mother and daughter were late because the mother had to call the daughter twice to wake her from a nap; and so on.

The reasons seemed rather ordinary. But there were ten separate and quite unconnected reasons for the lateness of the fifteen persons. It was rather fortunate that none of the fifteen arrived on time at 7:20, for at 7:25 the church building was destroyed in an explosion.

The members of the choir, Life reported, wondered if their delay was ?an act of God.? Weaver calculates the staggering odds against chance for this uncanny event as about one chance in a million.

Coincidences such as these, some say, are almost too purposeful, too orderly, to be a product of random chance, which strains somewhat to accommodate them.


But then how do we explain them?


Another definition for SYNCHRONICITY

Synchronicity at this point can be defined as a series of seemingly unrelated events which are connected via a hidden agenda.


The recent publication of the SUPERSTRING theory indicates that there may well be ten dimensions in existence, not merely the four that ones senses are currently aware of. (Length, breadth, width, time)


There is now considerable mathematical proof to indicate that ten dimensions exist. And most quantum physicists have given serious consideration to this theory. It would appear that the ?hidden agenda? of synchronistic events may be transparent and obvious in one or more of these ten dimensions, but become opaque and difficult to fathom when viewed in our current restricted four dimensions.


And there is now at last a small amount of evidence to indicate that when an individuals subconscious mind-set is modified to encourage positive PK synchronistic events (luck) then synchronistic elements may be set into play which materialistic as PK Luck events in our ?real time? dimension.


And conversely when a person becomes aware of a series of synchronistic events they can use this special knowledge to trigger a burst of luck.


What has been definitely proven however is that the mind-set of an individual influences their interaction with the environment, to an extent which can leave a person ?stunned? at the positive results.

What I have discovered over the past 4 years is that if I call up a dream program to ?induce? synchronistic events in my waking life ?.then instruct my mind to consciously recognize these events as a synchronistic train?.I can usually recognize where they are leading to and be there at the right time and place to take advantage of them.

I have personally had at least a dozen of these recognizable synchronicity trains in the past 3 years and each one has bought me sometimes quite incredible luck. So much so that friends here in Vanuatu keep telling me how lucky I am!!

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The Extraordinary Magic of Self Love!


Written By Margot Zaher and Jafree Ozwald
http://www.EnlightenedBeings.com

"Love gives you the first insight into eternity. Love is the only experience that transcends time. That's why lovers are not afraid of death. Love knows no death."
~Osho


How often do you have unconditional love and deep acceptance for yourself just they way you are? Many of us get wrapped up in looking for approval, appreciation, acceptance and love from the outer world, and don't realize that there is a vast infinite supply of it already within. Self love is one of the most powerful habits and healing gifts that you can learn to give yourself. You are truly the only one who can be there 100% for you, and accept who you are no matter what happens in your life. While other people may have a deep appreciation for you, only you have the power to let in their love and feel it inside. The interesting thing is that you are only able to feel another person's love for you when self love is present in your life.
By loving yourself, you allow in love from "outside" yourself.

"Appreciation of others and the appreciation of your self is the closest vibrational match to your Source Energy of anything that we've ever witnessed anywhere."
~Abraham-Hicks

When you activate the habit of letting in deeper feelings of self acceptance and self love, the world becomes a truly magical place. By bathing in the vibration of love, you actually experience the entire world from a softer more empowered perspective. The mundane becomes sacred, and everyone you meet feels deeply connected with the Divine.
The simplest of experiences you have each day become doorways to the Divine. There is a higher awareness in you of a natural effortless connection with your Divine Essence. This helps you to receive the most loving relationships, abundant wealth, peak health, and most satisfying career in your life!

One of the magical aspects of practicing Self Love is that it becomes super easy to manifest anything you want into your life. The vibration of love is the foundation for manifesting the highest levels of success in this material world. When you completely love and accept all aspects of yourself, you send out such a strong energetic vibration into the Universe that you become a massive manifesting magnet! You'll experience that everyone and everything around you simply wants more of whatever you'e got! Even if someone just receives one brief glance flowing from this deeper self loving feeling inside, they can be intimately impacted for the rest of their life.

The energy of love physically vibrates at a much higher frequency than any other emotion we can choose. Those lower vibrational feelings such as fear, greed, lack, impatience, or frustration only block you from manifesting everything your heart desires. Through increased levels of Self love you will naturally shift the vibration within your mind-body, transforming yourself into a powerful Source of magnetic energy that attracts those divine experiences, relationships, and financial opportunities into your life! We've found that the more love you shower onto yourself, the more the Universe showers its abundance of every kind onto you.

"You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection."
 ~ Siddhartha Gautama (The Buddha)


The people who don't make loving themselves a priority in their day are usually caught in a belief that loving yourself is selfish and egotistical. This type of self love we're referring to is not egocentric, yet one that truly goes beyond the ego and can heal every needy, wounded, angry, prideful part inside you. This true self love is more heart-centered, and is about moving through those feelings of being a separate needy ego. It's about finding that direct connection to the infinite source at the very core of your being.

Discovering this true Self Love is like believing you were the moon, who needed light and warmth from others on the outside, so that you could reflect that energy back to everyone. Then one day you realized that this love is not coming from outside you, but inside, and that you are truly the Sun who is always radiating, and shining its light onto everyone and everything. When you turn you attention to WHERE the source of love is right now, you simply find out that you were always the Sun and forever will be this brilliant loving light.

"If the light is in one room, the only way to light up the other room is to open the door. The only way to discover new things is to open your mind."
~Allen Steble

What's even more interesting about loving yourself is the physical impact it has on your health. The vibration of love has also been scientifically proven to alter the shape and structure of actual water molecules. Since your physical body is made up of more than 70% water, it is continuously impacted by vibrations of negative or positive words you send into it. According to many scientific studies done on water molecules, your physical body is directly affected by the words, sounds and thoughts it is exposed to. Check our new webpage below for actual photographs of water crystals impacted by love vs. hated. You'll notice there is a world of difference! When you send your body loving thoughts and energy, each cell in your body actually relaxes and takes on a healthier more powerful configuration. It has also been proven that strong states of Self love boost the immune system in our body, allowing us to more effectively fight off invading mirco-organisms and viruses.

"Love is letting go of fear." Gerald Jampolsky

You may equate imbuing your body-mind with Self love like putting high performance rocket fuel into your body's engine. It supports the entire organism in running more smoothly and operating at a peak state of health and well-being. Self love will literally create a physical healing in the body. The more loving energy you send towards yourself and towards each cell in your body, the healthier you will be and the more energy you will have.

Struggling with a decision?



"You can conquer almost any fear if you will only make up your mind to do so. For remember, fear doesn't exist anywhere except in the mind."

-- Dale Carnegie

My anxiety level spiked the other day as I wrestled with whether to choose option A or option B. I was so afraid of making the wrong choice!

And then I remembered, with deep gratitude, Susan Jeffers? sage advice: There are no wrong decisions! Whatever we might choose in life will bring valuable experiences if we are open to receive them.

?Lighten up! Whatever happens as a result of your decision, you?ll handle it!?

-- Susan Jeffers


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OPPORTUNITY IS ALL AROUND YOU

The people that really succeed in the world
are the people who look for the circumstances they want, and,
if they can't find them, they make them.

The lure of the distant and the difficult is deceptive.
The great opportunity in your life is where you are right now.
Properly perceived, every situation becomes an opportunity for you.

Your destiny is not a matter of chance,
it's a matter of the choices you make.
Being successful is not something you wait for,
but rather something you achieve with effort.
Things won't turn up in this world until you turn them up.

You develop your opportunities
by applying persistence to your possibilities.


THE DAILY GURU


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PERSONAL GROWTH IS INEVITABLE




What happens to you is not as important
as how you react to what happens.
Everything you'll experience "good or bad" has value.

You experience personal growth on the road to success.
All growth means change and change involves risk.
You grow because you struggle, learn and overcome your obstacles.

Difficulties in life are the things that show you what you are.
Trouble is the common denominator of living.
It's the great equalizer of life.

Only when you are no longer afraid will you begin to live.


THE DAILY GURU


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Ego's tricks



"One of the great dangers of transformational work is that the ego attempts to sidestep deep psychological work by leaping into the transcendent too soon. This is because the ego always fancies itself much more ?advanced? than it actually is."

-- Don Richard Riso and Russ Hudson

The Tibetan teacher, Chogyam Trungpa, warned of the trap of spiritual materialism. He says we must be ever diligent to spot the ego?s use of the spiritual journey to further its own ends.

We may think it?s spiritual to yearn for divine connection. And yet, if the longing is to fill an emptiness inside, just how does this differ from the one who yearns for money or possessions to fill the inner void? Do we look to our spiritual practices as proof of our evolved consciousness or as protection against fears?

Any time we use spiritual disciplines to maintain our identity and security, we are not yet on the path of genuine spiritual development.

"Enlightenment is ego?s ultimate disappointment."

-- Chögyam Trungpa


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WHOSE LIFE IS IT ANYWAY?



"Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it."

-George Bernard Shaw


Have you ever been in a stressful situation? Seen a powerful movie? Read a sad novel? Listened to an inspiring radio show?

Many people are surprised when I point out that regardless of their initial answer, they have never done any of these things. Now before you think I've gone nuts, let me explain...

Situations can't be stressful, movie's can't be powerful, novel's can't be sad and radio shows can't be inspiring (even mine :-). That's because each one of those qualities - stress, power, sadness and inspiration - are actually inside you, not the event you are attributing them to. You are the one experiencing the stress, power, sadness and inspiration, and in fact, biochemically speaking, you're even the one creating them.

Why does this matter?

Because of this:


*Until you are willing to responsibility for your experience, you will experience yourself as a victim. The minute you take responsibility for your experience, you take ownership of your life.*

Here's an example from one of my clients, who I'll call "Fred" for the purposes of this tip:

Fred was successful, but couldn't really understand why. Although he made a lot of money by most people's standards, he lived in constant fear of not having enough and losing what little he had. When I asked him to tell me a little bit more, he explained that "making money is hard", "managing money is stressful", and "losing money would be terrifying". His goal for our coaching was for me to "help him make a lot more money so he wouldn't have to worry about it any more".

I shared the distinction from today's tip and asked him to rephrase his statements, taking responsibility for his experience of money. Here's what he came up with:

*I find it hard to make money
*I find it stressful to manage money
*I find the thought of losing money terrifying

Just for fun, I asked him to take it a step further and think of himself as the creator of his experience. In addition, I pointed out that our experience of things is rarely constant, although we often describe it as if it were. Here was his third iteration:

*I often create the experience of difficulty when I do what I do
to make money
*I often stress myself out when I think about managing my money
*I often terrify myself by thinking about losing what I have and projecting into the future

This then gave us our new goals to work on in our coaching:

1. To experience more ease and well-being in his work
2. To experience happiness and well-being while managing his money
3. To motivate himself to make smart financial decisions by inspiring himself instead of terrifying himself
4. To experience himself as the owner of his life, creator of his experience and capable of creating pleasure, satisfaction and meaning in everything he did.

Not only was he able to transform his experience around money over the course of the first few months, within a year he was making more, worrying less and in his words, "creating a wonderful experience of being alive".

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Today's experiment:
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1. Write a paragraph or two about a situation or area of your life where you would like things to be different.

Example:
"My relationship is just awful. I thought I'd found myself a great guy, but I obviously got that one wrong - he's obsessive and moody and impossible to spend time around."


2. Go back through what you have written and circle any phrases where you have attributed qualities of being (stress, ease, difficulty, fear, etc.) with other people or external events.


3. Rewrite your story as if those qualities are things you bring to your experience, not get from it. If you like, take into account that most experiences are temporary and changeable.

Example:
"I'm really not enjoying my relationship with Bob at the moment. I really like a lot of things about him, but I find it difficult to cope when he seems to be up in his head instead of fully present with me."


4. Just for fun, rewrite your story as if you are the creator of your experience. What are your goals/intentions for creating more of what you want?

Example:
"Whenever I see Bob frowning or ask him a question and only get a grunt in response, I go up into my head and create nightmare scenarios of how awful this would be in twenty years time. I make myself really sad and angry, hoping that if I can just get angry enough I'll find the courage to either talk to him about it or move on with my life."

"What I really want is to feel happy in myself regardless of what's going on with Bob, and to be there for him if he wants me to be. If he really doesn't want to change, I want to feel ready and able to move on."

Have fun, learn heaps, and happy exploring!

With love,
Michael

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"Faith is the daring of the soul to go farther than it can see."

--William Newton Clarke

GREAT EXPECTATIONS PRECEDE GREAT SUCCESS

High expectation always precedes high achievement.
You're as small as your controlling desires,
or as great as your dominant aspirations.

Once your mind stretches to a new idea
it never goes back to its original dimensions.
Think little goals and you can expect little achievement.
Think big goals and you'll win big success.

The first ingredient of your success is to dream a great dream.
You must dream big and think big to be big.


THE DAILY GURU


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Won't Let You Fall

Romeo & Juliet

I?ll never let you go
So, never let me go
I will be your journey
And you will be my road
Down the stormy path
Love will never come to pass
It will be an anchor
Although the winds may blow

And through the depths of high and low
Wherever you will go, I?ll follow
To the end, back again
You know

Won?t let you fall
Fall out of love
?Cause together we?ll be holding on
?Cause all we have is us
Won?t let you go
Go away again
Because life don?t mean nothing at all
If I don?t have your love

I will dry your tears
Take away your fears
Let me be your shelter
Your heart is safe in here
So beautiful and pure
There?s nothing I would not endure
Oh, love as got me blinded
I see it all so clear

I?m down for you for whatever
Anything you going through
What?s mine is yours
Every little thing
I got you
Even when winds will change
Come smashing down and crashing on you


SUCCESS IS ATTAINED ONE STEP AT A TIME

There is no sudden leap to greatness.
Your success lies in doing, day by day.
Your upward reach comes from working well and carefully.

Good work done little by little becomes great work.
Your house of success will be built brick by brick.

Adopt the pace of nature.
The secret is patience.
A bottle fills drop by drop.


THE DAILY GURU


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The Sign

 

Once upon a time there was a wise man called Sidi Mehrez. He was very annoyed with the place where he lived, a beautiful town on the Mediterranean Sea where men and women lived in depraved fashion, and money was the only value that mattered. As Mehrez was also a saint and worked miracles, he decided to enfold Tunis in his long scarf and toss it into the ocean.

Buildings began to tumble, the ground rose up, the inhabitants started to panic on seeing that they were being hurled towards their death. In despair, they decided to ask for help from a friend of Mehrez, called Sidi Ben Arous. Ben Arous managed to convince the strict saint to interrupt the destruction, but ever since then the streets of Tunis have been rough and uneven.

I stroll through the bazaar of this African city, borne by the winds of this pilgrimage to celebrate the 20th anniversary of my first walk to Santiago in 1986. I am accompanied by Adam Fathi and Samir Benali, two local writers; fifteen kilometers away stand the ruins of Carthage, which in the remote past was capable of challenging powerful Rome. We discuss the epic of Hannibal, one of the city?s warriors: the Romans expected a sea battle (the two cities were separated only by a few hundred sea kilometers), but Hannibal braved the desert, crossed the straits of Gibraltar with an enormous army, marched through Spain and France, climbed the Alps with soldiers and elephants, and attacked the Empire from the North. He defeated all the enemies in his path and then suddenly, without anyone knowing exactly why, he stopped before Rome and did not attack it at the opportune moment. The resu! lt of this indecision was that Carthage was scored off the map by the Roman ships.

We pass by a beautiful building: in 1754, one brother murdered another and their father decided to erect this palace to house a school that would keep alive the memory of his murdered son. I comment that by doing so, the murdered son would also be remembered.

?That?s not quite true,? answers Samil. ?In our culture, the criminal shares the blame with all those who allowed him to commit the crime. When a man is executed, the one who sold him the arm is also responsible before God. The only way for the father to correct what he considered a fault was by changing the tragedy into something that can help others: instead of vengeance limited to punishment, the school has enabled instruction and wisdom to be transmitted for over two centuries.?

On one of the doors of the old wall hangs a lantern. Fathi comments that I am a well-known writer, whereas he is still struggling for recognition:

?Here we have the origin of one of the most famous of Arab proverbs: ?light only illuminates strangers.?

I reply that Jesus made the same comment: no-one is a prophet in his own country. We always tend to lend value to what comes from afar, without ever recognizing all the beauty that is around us.

We go into an old palace that has been transformed into a cultural center. My two friends begin to explain to me the story of the place, but my attention is completely distracted by the sound of a piano and I begin to follow it through the labyrinths of the building. I end up in a room where a man and a woman, apparently oblivious to the world, are playing the ?Turkish March? for four hands. I remember that some years ago I saw something similar ? a pianist in a shopping center, engrossed in his music, paying no attention at all to the people who passed by talking loud or with their radios turned on.

But here there are only the three of us and the two pianists. I can see the expression on both their faces: joy, sheer and utter joy. They are not there to impress an audience, but rather because they feel that this is the gift that God has given them to talk with their souls. Likewise, the souls of Adam, Samil and Paulo also end up talking to one another, and we all feel closer to the meaning of life.

We listened in silence for an hour. At the end we applauded, and when I returned to the hotel I thought for a while about that lantern.

Yes, it may be that it only shines on the stranger, but what difference does that make when we are possessed by this vast love for what we do?

Thank God the room is packed for my talk in this African country. I am to be introduced by two local intellectuals; we have met before - one of them has a two-minute text, the other has written a quarter-hour thesis on my work.

The coordinator very carefully explains that it will be impossible to read the thesis, since the meeting is to last 50 minutes at most. I imagine how hard the intellectual must have worked on his text, but I think that the coordinator is right: I am there to talk to my readers, who are the main reason for the meeting.

The lecture begins. The introductions last five minutes at most, so now I have 45 minutes for an open dialogue. I say that I am not there to explain anything and that it would be interesting to try to hold a dialogue.

The first question comes from a young woman: what are the signs that I speak so much about in my books? I explain that this is an extremely personal language that we develop all through our life by making mistakes and getting things right, until we understand when God is guiding us. Somebody else asks if it was a sign that brought me to this far-off country. I answer yes, I have been on a 90-day journey to celebrate the 20th anniversary of my first pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela.

The conversation continues, the time passes quickly, and I have to bring the talk to an end. From amid 600 people I choose a middle-aged man with a bushy moustache to ask the final question.

And the man says:

?I don?t want to ask any questions. I just want to say a name.?

And he says the name of a small hermitage located in the middle of nowhere thousands of kilometers from where I find myself, where one day I placed a plaque giving thanks for a miracle. And where I returned before this pilgrimage to ask the Virgin to protect my steps.

I no longer know how to continue the meeting. The following words were written by Adam Fethi, one of the two writers who made up the table:

?And suddenly the Universe in that room seemed to have stopped moving. So many things happened: I saw your tears. And I saw the tears of your sweet wife when that anonymous reader said the name of a chapel lost somewhere in the world.

?You lost your voice. Your smiling face grew serious. Your eyes filled with timid tears that trembled on the edge of your eyelashes as if apologizing for being there without being invited.

?I was there too, feeling a knot in the throat and not knowing why. I looked for my wife and my daughter in the audience, they are the ones I always look for when I feel on the brink of something I don?t understand. They were there, but their eyes were fixed on you, silent like everyone else there, trying to lend you support with their eyes, as if eyes could support a man.

?So I tried to concentrate on Christina, asking for help, trying to understand what was going on, how to end that silence that seemed infinite. And I saw that she too was crying, in silence, as if you were notes of the same symphony, as if your tears were joining the two of you despite the distance.

?And for long seconds there was no longer any room, no audience, nothing at all. You and your wife had parted to a place where no-one could follow you; all that existed was the joy of living all this, which was told only in silence and emotion.

?Words are tears that have been written. Tears are words that need pouring out. Without them no joy can shine, no sadness can come to an end. So, thank you for your tears.?

I should have told the young woman who asked the first question ? about signs ? that this was one of them, affirming that I found myself in the place where I should be, at the right moment, despite never properly understanding what took me there.

But I think that was not necessary: she must have realized.

 
 
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If I weren't afraid I would?



It's one of my favorite questions to ask myself when I'm feeling it's time for me to grow or when I am facing a challenge.

If I weren't afraid I would....?
If I weren't afraid I would....?
If I weren't afraid I would....?

First put your hand on your heart and then simply fill in the blank with whatever pops into your mind- no self editing- just keep answering the question over and over again- and see where it leads you... It's usually leads me to some very important and authentic answers immediately.

Leaving fear behind will do that... Leaving fear behind will free you up to the real possibilities in your life. I'd like you to leave your fear behind forever so that you can start living an authentic life, free of endless possibilities.

Honesty

 

"Every violation of truth is not only a sort of suicide in the liar, but is a stab at the health of human society."

-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

What level of honesty are you living now?

How honest are you with strangers, institutions and businesses, acquaintances, friends, family, spouse?

How honest are you with yourself?

"Our lives improve only when we take chances - and the first and most difficult risk we can take is to be honest with ourselves."

-- Walter Anderson


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THE THREE LEVELS OF FEARLESSNESS


"Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood."
-Marie Curie

What does it mean to you when you feel scared?

Time to step back or time to step up? Time to fight or time to hide?

One of the most interesting things that I've discovered over the years is that even those people who continue to move forward in the face of their fears do so at three different levels. These are what I call "the three levels of fearlessness"; not because they don't involve fear but because they make fear less and less of a factor in the way we live our lives...

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Level One - Courage
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Level one is the level of the body, where "feel the fear and do it anyway" isn't just a book title, it's a way of life. Courage says "I think something bad is going to happen and I'm really scared but what the heck here goes nothing...!" and then leaps into action, screaming all the while.

In many ways, courage is simply a choice - an interpretation of fear which says "this incredible burst of adrenaline I'm experiencing in my body is just energy - it doesn't mean 'turn back'. In fact, if it means anything, it means 'go forward - and do it now!'"


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Level Two - Confidence
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At level two, the level of the mind, fear still comes up but it quickly goes down again when confidence says "Whatever happens, I'll handle it." Confidence can be faked, but seems to work best when it is earned. The most solid kind of confidence is based on solid preparation and a level of trust in your skills to deal with the situation you are walking into. In this sense, confidence is earned through experience.

While some people operate with confidence only in certain types of situation, it is possible to generalize confidence into most areas of your life. Your experience as an airline pilot does actually prepare you to deal with crises in your family; your experience as a mother of three can be excellent preparation for the high-stakes political intrigue of an executive boardroom.


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Level Three - Freedom
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Level three is the level of the spirit - that glorious place inside us where fear has become irrelevant. Freedom says "I am not my body and I am not my mind - and what I truly am is eternal, immortal, universal and infinite." Freedom knows no fear because it encompasses all possibilities. There is nothing which can possibly happen that would diminish it in any way. It is, to paraphrase Walt Whitman, vast - it contains multitudes.

The beauty and power of freedom is that it is a space which can be stepped into any time, from anywhere, in any situation. It is available to us all - and while we are in touch with it we are untouchable, fearless and strong.

As the zen teacher Cheri Huber says:

"We are desperate to control because we believe ourselves to be separate, alone, and vulnerable. When I am not separate, there is no one to protect. I am invincible - I can be defenseless."


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1. Get familiar with how the three levels are relevant in your own life. Come up with at least three examples each of times when you have experienced courage, confidence and freedom.

2. Practice courage. For no reason other than to remind yourself that you can, "feel the fear and do it anyway" at least one time this week.

3. Cultivate confidence. Choose something challenging coming up for you in the next few weeks and prepare twice as thoroughly as you normally would. Notice the difference in how you feel when you are actually doing the thing you prepared for, and if you like the feeling, repeat often!

4. Spend time every day experiencing freedom. If you have a meditation practice which works for you, begin bringing the fruits of your meditation out of the chair and into your life. If you find yourself inspired by certain readings, begin each day this week by reading them.

If you really have no idea what I'm talking about, practice courage by going onto the forums (http://geniuscatalyst.com/newforums/index.php) and sharing your doubts and fears. You'll find a community of supportive people waiting to be of assistance in pointing you towards your own best path to freedom and a more inspired life.

Have fun, learn heaps, and live free!

With love,
Michael

PS - A special Father's day shout out to all of you dads out there - hope your Sunday was as wonderful as mine!

Somewhere Over The Rainbow



Somewhere over the rainbow
Way up high
There's a land that I heard of
Once in a lullaby

Somewhere over the rainbow
Skies are blue
And the dreams that you dare to dream
Really do come true

Some day I'll wish upon a star
And wake up where the clouds are far behind me
Where troubles melt like lemondrops
Away above the chimney tops
That's where you'll find me

Somewhere over the rainbow
Bluebirds fly
Birds fly over the rainbow
Why then, oh why can't I?
Some day I'll wish upon a star
And wake up where the clouds are far behind me
Where troubles melt like lemondrops
Away above the chimney tops
That's where you'll find me

Somewhere over the rainbow
Bluebirds fly
Birds fly over the rainbow
Why then, oh why can't I?

If happy little bluebirds fly
Beyond the rainbow
Why, oh why can't I?


YOU ARE MORE IMPORTANT THAN YOUR PROBLEMS


samurai

Courage is the power to face your difficulties.
It comes from the reserves of your mind
that are more powerful than your outside circumstances.
When you recognize that you're bigger than your problems,
you'll gain the courage necessary to overcome anything.

Your obstacles will look large or small to you
according to whether you are large or small.

Courage is the capacity to confront what can be imagined.
It gives you the ability to rise above your present reality.

Reality is something you can rise above.



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EVERYTHING HAS A PRICE




No one has a corner on success.
Pay the price for it and it's yours.
No matter what you want from life
you've got to give up something to get it.

Nothing worthwhile will come easily to you.
Hard work will accomplish results that last.
There is no easy road to success.
You've got to work a great deal harder than most people to get it.

There is no success at bargain basement prices.
The highway to success is a toll road.



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Self Love

"Loving all aspects of yourself is the greatest gift you can receive.
Self-love is the sweet Divine nectar of your soul from which spring
forth true abundance, bliss, and peace.
Shower your being with a fountain of love and deep appreciation
today!
Drink in the beauty, preciousness, and perfection of who you are.
Love yourself deeply, and you will be surprised
by the riches that enter your life.
All you have longed for can be yours when you live
from a deep and unending well of self-love."

~By Margot & Jafree

Transformation

"The man who removes a mountain begins by carrying away small stones."

-- William Faulkner


Longing for a miracle that will transform your life? Miracles happen, and if we don?t want that magic to disappear on us, we need to learn from each epiphany -- to integrate it, apply it, and build on it so we can permanently shift to a new level of being.

The real key to fulfillment lies in ONGOING transformation: building our awareness of daily opportunities to change our perceptions and raise our consciousness. Life is about dissolving the old and creating anew. The more we open to accepting and learning from every life experience, the more our lives transform.

"Enlightenment must come little by little -- otherwise it would overwhelm."

-- Idries Shah


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Eliminate Stressful Thinking

"Mental health is simply the healthy and helpful flow of
intelligent thought."

--Richard Carlson




Every summer I reread one of my favorite books, "Slowing Down to the Speed of Life" by Richard Carlson and Joseph Bailey. This simple book is one of the best I've read on managing the mind and eliminating stress and I love to start the summer by taking a refresher course. This week I thought I'd share some of what I've been reviewing with you.

Many of us believe that the stress we experience on a day-to-day basis is caused by outside forces -- the job that demands a ridiculous amount of  time or the kids who need our nonstop attention and care, for example. Often we think that if we could just eliminate or handle the external factors, we'd experience the peace of mind we long for. But, how many times have you completed your to-do list, sent the kids off to camp, or finished a project at work, only to find yourself right back in the same stressful place ruminating over things that make you crazy?

The truth is this: your stress is always generated by your thinking, not external circumstances. Your busy schedule or endless to-do list may seem to be the culprit, but in fact it's how you *think* about them that creates your feelings of overwhelm. For example, when you start to worry about not having enough time to finish your daily work, your thinking speeds up and you start saying things to yourself like: "I can't possibly get these phone calls completed by the end of the day. How will I ever write that report with all the meetings I have to attend? There's no way I'll ever get everything done before the kids get home from school."

As these thoughts start to generate stress, it often escalates to even more unproductive thinking like: "I never have enough time to meet my deadlines. I'm always behind schedule. My office (or home) is a mess and I'm so disorganized." Pretty soon these low quality thoughts start to affect your mood and you naturally begin to feel annoyed, resentful and overwhelmed. By this point it can seem like the whole world is out to get
you.

So what to do? Here are three things to consider:

1. Understand the cycle. Your thoughts are directly linked to your feelings. If you think angry thoughts, you'll feel angry. If you think about a past relationship that ended in a painful way, you'll start to feel upset. Your emotional state always *follows* your thought patterns.  So, if you want to eliminate stress, you'll need to eliminate your
stressful thoughts.

2. Let your feelings be your guide. Check in throughout the day and pay attention to how you feel. The moment you notice uncomfortable feelings, ask yourself "What am I thinking right now?" For example, if you're feeling anxious, you might notice that you're thinking about all the things you need to do within the next hour. Your hurried thoughts are creating anxious feelings. By checking in this way, you can begin to use your feeling state as a barometer for the quality of your thoughts.

3. Shift your thinking. Once you notice that your thoughts are creating uncomfortable feelings, stop thinking those thoughts. While this sounds simplistic, oftentimes the act of noticing your thoughts in and of itself will break the cycle. If not, shift your thinking by using a phrase like "I feel peaceful and calm," or focus on a relaxing image. Trust me, the moment you shift your thoughts, you'll enter into a more resourceful state and you'll be in a much better position to handle any challenging situation.

Learning to eliminate stress by managing your thoughts takes time and practice. Start with this week's "Take Action Challenge" and let the peace begin!


~*~ Take Action Challenge ~*~

This week, notice when you start to feel stressed and immediately shift your mind away from your stressful thoughts. For example, don't beat yourself up for being late, don't create a mental list of the things that are driving you crazy, or don't get caught up in blaming outside circumstances for your frustration. Gently shift your focus away from these unproductive thoughts and allow yourself to step back into the present moment. To remind yourself of this stress busting practice, put the words "High Quality Thinking" on your bathroom mirror or somewhere in
your home or office and start enjoying life!


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LIFE IN ABUNDANCE COMES ONLY THROUGH GREAT LOVE

love

There is no force more potent than love.
Take away love and your world is a tomb.
Your life echoes emptiness without love.
With it, your life will vibrate with warmth and meaning.
Even during hardship, love will shine through.

As you look back upon the events in your life
you will find that the moments that stand out,
the moments when you have really lived,
are the moments when you have done things in a spirit of love.

If you have it, you don't need to have anything else,
and if you don't have it,
it doesn't matter what else you have.

Therefore, search for love.
Once you have learned to love,
you will have learned to live.

Love is the most important ingredient to your success.


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YOU DETERMINE YOUR ATTITUDE

joy

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Your attitude is not determined by circumstances,
but by how you respond to your circumstances.
You can respond positively or negatively to any situation.

It's how you react to events, not the events themselves,
that determines your attitude.

Any challenge facing you
is not as important as your attitude towards it,
for that will determine your success or failure.

Things turn out best for the people
who make the best of the way things turn out.

It's not your position but your disposition that counts.



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Meditation walking

 

I arrive at Santiago de Compostela, this time by car, to celebrate my pilgrimage twenty years ago. When I was in Puente La Reina, I had the idea of holding afternoon book-signings without any elaborate preparations: just calling the next town where we were going to spend the night, ask them to put up a notice in the local bookstore, and be there at the appointed time.

It worked wonderfully in the small villages, but it did take a bit more organizing in big towns, like Santiago de Compostela itself. I had an unexpected meeting with readers, and I learned that things done with love can find improvising to be a great ally.

Santiago was now in front of me. And a few dozen kilometers further ahead lay the Atlantic Ocean. But I am determined to go ahead with my improvised book-signing afternoons, since my plan is to spend ninety days away from home.

And since I have no intention of crossing the ocean right now, should I take a right (Santander, the Basque Country) or a left (Guimarães, Portugal)?

Better let destiny make the choice: my wife and I enter a bar and ask a man who is drinking his coffee: right or left? He says with some conviction that we should go left ? perhaps thinking we were referring to political parties.

I telephone my Portuguese editor. He does not ask me if I have gone crazy, does not complain about being informed at the last moment. Two hours later he calls me back to say that he has contacted the local radio stations in Guimarães and Fatima and that in 24 hours I can meet my readers in those cities.


Everything works out fine.


And in Fatima, like a sign, I receive a present from one of the people present at the book-signing ? the writings of a Buddhist monk called Thich Nhat Hanh, with the title ?The long road to joy?. From that moment on, before I continue on this 90-day journey across the world, every morning I read the wise words of Nhat Hanh, which I summarize below:


1] You have already arrived. So, feel pleasure at each step and do not worry about things that you still have to face. We have nothing before us, just a road to be traveled at each moment with joy. When we practice pilgrim meditation, we are always arriving, our home is the present moment, and nothing more.


2] For that reason, always smile while you walk. Even if you have to force it a bit and feel ridiculous. Get used to smiling and you will end up happy. Do not be afraid of displaying your contentment.


3] If you think that peace and joy always lie ahead, you will never manage to achieve them. Try to understand that they are both your traveling companions.


4] When you walk, you are massaging and honoring the earth. In the same way, the earth is trying to help you to balance your organism and mind. Understand this relationship and try to respect it ? may your steps have the firmness of a lion, the elegance of a tiger and the dignity of an emperor.


5] Pay attention to what is going on around you. And concentrate on your breathing ? this will help you to get rid of the problems and worries that try to accompany you on your journey.

6] When you walk, it is not just you that is moving, but all past and future generations. In the so-called ?real? world, time is a measure, but in the true world nothing exists beyond the present moment. Be fully aware that everything that has happened and everything that will happen is in each step you take.


7] Enjoy yourself. Make pilgrim meditation a constant meeting with yourself, never a penance in search of reward. May flowers and fruit always grow in the places touched by your feet.

 
 
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Love and Affection

"You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve
your love and affection." ~ Siddhartha Gautama (The Buddha)

Appreciation

"Appreciation of others and the appreciation of your self is the
closest vibrational match to your Source Energy of anything that
we've ever witnessed anywhere." ~Abraham-Hicks

Open Your Mind

"If the light is in one room, the only way to light up the other room
is to open the door. The only way to discover new things is to open
your mind." ~Allen Steble

Self-deception



"The first and worst of all frauds is to cheat one's self."

-- Phillip James Bailey


Are you hiding in some way from your own inner light?

I wouldn?t dream of stealing things but I do steal from my own potential. I can be a master at rationalizing, at justifying why it?s not the right time to do something challenging. My arguments seem valid but deep down, I know they?re excuses.

"The longer the excuse, the less likely it's the truth."

-- Robert Half

"When we know deep down that we?re acting with integrity despite impulses to do otherwise, we feel gates of higher energy and inspiration open inside of us."

-- Dan Millman



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Choices and Illusions

"People everywhere want to know how to improve their lives. Typically they believe that if they had more money, more power, more success, and better relationships, then they'd be happy," Eldon explains. "There are motivational gurus on every corner and no shortage of people waiting to spend their time and money on learning the 'secrets to success.'"

"Most of us fail to recognize our own birthright and find ourselves trapped by beliefs that limit our personal possibilities."

"For me, life is about using those talents and abilities to the highest while serving an inner calling to make a difference with our lives."

"Our recognition of the good in all works like a magnet to attract the right people and things into our lives, including our most endearing and loving relationships. Our prosperity is assured, for in the moment we always have everything we need, and ironically, we keep getting more when we stop trying to just make money. We bring our best with joy to whatever our task may be and that is not only recognized but rewarded."


"Most people don't accept that within themselves is a power that can change all of those self-limiting, self-destructive beliefs, a power that can indeed result in manifesting a person so self-responsible that they walk and live above the fray in the world. This truly is your birthright. Life is not designed to be only struggle."


"We make the choice to smile, engage the world with joy and awe, do our good turns, and otherwise share the love with which we fill our hearts to overflowing. In the beginning, we may need to fake it. Sooner or later, though, the brain actually does turn on positive healthy neurochemicals as a mechanical reaction to smiling, our faking takes hold and we become what we pretend to be,"


"Life is a miracle and living a joy! You are a miracle and a gift, and you repay the gift by being all that you were created to be."

Eldon Taylor

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BELIEF MAKES EVERYTHING POSSIBLE

In order to succeed, you must first believe you can.
The only thing that stands between you and what you want from life,
is the will to try it and the faith to believe that it's possible.

The only true limit to your realization of tomorrow
will be your doubts of today.
The moment you carry the conviction of belief,
in that moment your dream will become reality.

You can, if you think you can.


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The past in the present



"If you accept a limiting belief, then it will become a truth for you."

-- Louise Hay

Pick one aspect of your life, e.g. your health, your competence, your prosperity or relationships, and think back to when you were a child. What messages about this subject did you hear from adults at that time that are still playing on your subconscious tape recorder? Messages like: "Men can't be trusted." "Money doesn't grow on trees." "You're not smart enough to succeed in business."

How is your world reflecting your beliefs back to you, today?

"There are no limitations to the self except those you believe in."

-- Seth


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Leap of Faith

Romeo & Juliet
Romeo og Juliet, Jon Bøe Paulsen

"I took the leap of faith
from my shadow cliff of doubt
All I left behind
were the chains within my mind
I felt something softly hold me ~
God's loving hands enfold me
I knew the I AM within
was the same I AM as Him
At last I was homeward bound
My soul has leaped for joy
and finally I am wholly found."


THERE ARE NO SHORT CUTS TO SUCCESS

There's a price to pay if you want to make things better,
and a price to pay for just leaving things as they are.

Whatever you want in life, you must give up something to get it.
The greater the value, the greater the sacrifice required of you.

Nothing worthwhile ever comes easily.
Work, continuous work and hard work,
is the only way to accomplish results that last.
Use your imagination more than your memory to achieve success.

There is no success at bargain basement prices.
Everything has a price.

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Quiet Morning

Quiet Morning

What is soul consciousness?



"You are a holistic being with both nondualistic energy and the energy of the physical plane as a part of your being at your disposal."

-- Wayne Dyer

Andrew Schneider helps us understand our human experience of being soul. He says, "Soul consciousness arises when we stand facing in opposite directions at the same time - toward eternity and toward time, toward infinity and toward space, toward unity and toward complexity. We stand in that dualism without being dualistic, for in consciousness we can accommodate the opposites. We do this by identifying with both. This identification results in the experience of being an individual while at the same time being the whole, and finding no contradiction in this experience."

"Give your difference, welcome my difference, unify all difference in the larger whole -- such is the law of growth. The unifying of difference is the eternal process of life -- the creative synthesis, the highest act of creation."

-- M. P. Follett


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YOU DETERMINE YOUR ATTITUDE


Your attitude is not determined by circumstances,
but by how you respond to your circumstances.
You can respond positively or negatively to any situation.

It's how you react to events, not the events themselves,
that determines your attitude.

Any challenge facing you
is not as important as your attitude towards it,
for that will determine your success or failure.

Things turn out best for the people
who make the best of the way things turn out.

It's not your position but your disposition that counts.


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The secret of friendship is ...


supporting a friend in the truth, no less so if it means confessing your own error.


REALITY FORMS AROUND YOUR COMMITMENTS




Desire is the starting point of achievement.
Your desires are the precursors of the things
which you are capable of doing or having.
These desires can in time externalize themselves into concrete fact.
Your intense anticipation itself will transform your possibilities into
reality.

Weak desires will bring you weak results,
just as a small amount of fire makes a small amount of heat.
If you just care enough for any result, you'll almost certainly attain it.

Nothing has more strength than dire necessity.
The achievement of your goal is assured
the moment you commit yourself to it.

If you have the will, you'll find a way.


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THE FOUR THINGS EVERYONE WANTS




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"Unfulfilled needs motivate."
-Abraham Maslow


Most people are familiar with Abraham Maslow's "hierarchy of needs" - the idea that there are a set of "needs" that we all share, and that each one is predicated on the fulfillment of the one before.

A version of Maslow's hierarchy is as follows:

1. Physiological Survival
2. Safety and security
3. Love, affection, and belonging
4. Esteem, achievement, and recognition
5. To know, to understand, and to explore
6. Symmetry, order, and beauty
7. Self-actualization and self-fulfillment
8. Transcendence

In the mid 1950's, William J. Reilly, founder and director of the Institute for Straight Thinking (a process for integrating scientific thought into everyday life) developed a simpler four part model to encompass the universal desires of people living within our modern culture.

What follows are my own interpretations of Reilly's four universal wants and some thoughts on applying them in your own life as they relate to both goal setting and motivation.

Like Maslow's "needs", Reilly's "wants" represent those things in life that generally motivate by lack - that is, we tend to focus on them more or less in relation to how much of them we currently have in our lives.

Unlike Maslow, Reilly's wants are not hierarchical but balanced - the ideal is not to transcend each one and move on to the next but rather to create an ongoing balance and harmony between the four.

1. Money

"The trick to money is having some."
-Stuart Wilde


In over a decade of consulting, training, and coaching, I have come across only one person who appeared to be genuinely unconcerned with money. As she had lots of it, however, we'll put her to one side and deal with the rest of us!

If we purpose-fully pursue money as a part of our overall life plan, it can be an endlessly enriching source of freedom and opportunity. If we attempt to ignore the role of money in our lives or pretend that money does not matter to us, we potentially doom ourselves to a life of self-righteous lack and struggle.

2. Love

"Love cures people - the ones who receive love and the ones who give it, too."
-Karl Menninger

Whether you want to be loved by God or the cute little red headed girl next door, the desire to love and be loved is one of the great driving forces in the universe. By consciously and actively focusing on love, we increase its presence in our lives.

3. Ego Food

"The only way to keep feeding your ego is to continue to follow interesting activities...that give you a feeling of self-importance and self-respect as long as you live."
-William J. Reilly

The Webster's definition of ego is as follows:

ego (noun)
[New Latin, from Latin, I -- more at I]
First appeared 1789
1 : the self esp. as contrasted with another self or the world

While various Eastern religions extoll the virtues of a loss of self and encourage the "death" of the ego, both Western and Oceanic cultures celebrate the self, particularly in encouraging its authentic expression within the larger whole. Some Native American cultures use the metaphor that each person's life is a unique song, and that if even one person fails to live their life authentically, the universal harmony is disrupted.

4. Health

"It amazes me how many people think of health only in terms of not being sick, when there is a great range of health beyond that... Ultimately, the only sensible way to define health is by how good you feel."
-Serge Kahili King

As with each of the four universal wants, being healthy is less the purpose of one's life than a prerequisite to having a full and fulfilling life. True health encompasses not only the physical but the mental and emotional as well.

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Today's Experiment:
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1. Make a list of all the things you want (or use a list of your current goals). Next to each item on the list, write down whether your primary motivation is money, love, ego food, health, or something else.

2. Give yourself marks out of ten for how fulfilled you are in each of the four areas. Remember, whichever of your wants/needs is currently most unfulfilled will wind up motivating your behavior, consciously or unconsciously.

3. Divide a piece of paper into four rows and two columns. Label each row with one of the four universal wants - money, love, ego food, and health. Label the left hand column "What I've Got", and the right hand column "What I want".

4. Fill in the blanks! This is an excellent way of generating a simple, intrinsically fulfilling list of projects and goals to work on, as well as providing you with a visual "map" of where you are out of balance in your life as it stands.

Have fun, learn heaps, make money, live love, get healthy food for your ego, and positively supercharge your health!

With love,
Michael

The Power of Pets

"An animal's eyes have the power to speak a great language."

--Martin Buber



This week I've fallen in love. After months of conversation and planning,
Michael and I adopted a kitten from a local rescue shelter. While I've
always been crazy about animals, I had no idea how much joy this decision
would bring to our lives. Our little guy is named "Poupon" (he's a
blue/gray kitten and Michael named him after the, "Pardon me, could you
please pass the Grey Poupon? slogan. He's a ball of energy who loves to
play at all hours of the day and night. We just love him!

In a short amount of time it's become obvious that the lessons to be
learned from a pet are quite remarkable. For example, when I'm with
Poupon, I'm standing right in the middle of the moment. Playing with him
forces me to remain centered on what we're doing right then and there
rather than on what I need to do next. He's also a powerful example of
what it means to be steadfast and focused. When he sets his sights on
something (like his favorite toy), he is sharp, single-minded and intent.
Nothing else exists but the object of his affection and he'll wait
patiently until he gets it.

Finally, he models good self-care skills. He sleeps when he's tired,
moves his body throughout the day, makes fun and play his number one
priority, avoids junk food, and finds joy in the simplest of places. In
just one short week, the life of a cat is starting to look pretty darn
good :).

The greatest lesson of all, however, is about love. While I've always
known that animals are a pure source of unconditional love, I'd forgotten
how good it feels to give love unconditionally every day, throughout the
day, without expecting anything in return. Cats are great teachers in
this regard. They do what they want to do when they want to do it, and
they respond to the energy of receptivity, not assertion or advances.
Caring for this little animal has become a daily spiritual practice -- a
ritual that will have a ripple affect throughout my life. I'm learning to
be a more loving woman because of Poupon.

If you're thinking about getting a pet, I'll be the first one to say "Go
for it!" And if you have one, lucky you. Both Michael and I agree that
if we had known how wonderful it would be to have a furry companion in our
lives, we would have done it long ago.

YOU CAN LIVE YOUR DREAMS




The beginning of your success lies in your imagination.
Visualize all the things you want in your life.
Then make your mental blue print and begin to build.

You can make your dreams work and produce for you.
You can make every thought, every fact,
that comes into your mind pay you a dividend.

Your imagination will show you
how to turn your possibilities into reality.
The will to succeed springs from the knowledge that you can succeed.

Think of things not as they are, but as they might be.
Don't merely dream, create.
You owe it to yourself to live your dreams.


THE DAILY GURU


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YOU WIN, WHEN YOU AREN'T AFRAID TO LOSE

The difference between great and average is how often you take risks.
Accept risk as a normal part of living.
View risk as a part of the process of exploring your world.
Make note of the lessons you learn
with each chance you take and move on.

Forget about the consequences of taking chances.
Risk opens you to only a temporary change in direction
that can set you straight for your next success.

If you're brave enough to risk,
to temporarily live outside of your comfort zone
for a short period of time, you're big enough to win.


THE DAILY GURU


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Divine Perfection



"Divine perfection is always here now.
Breathe in this perfection...FEEL IT!!
It is what surrounds and permeates you.
Every fiber of your being is exquisitely perfect and beautiful.
Just relax into this understanding.
Let yourself merge with this perfection."

~ Margot Zaher

You are bigger than you think



"He who would be serene and pure needs but one thing, detachment."

-- Meister Eckhart

We are the ocean -- vast, deep, powerful and rich. Nourishing and nurturing. Dive down into the dark stillness of being. Sense the rising and falling of surface thoughts and emotions, sometimes gentle, sometimes violent. Always shifting. Always in motion. Draw back and watch the waves of your life at play. Know you are the unfathomable depths -- surface agitations can?t disturb you. Know that you are bigger than the little things that aggravate you.

"The bird of paradise alights only on the hand that does not grasp."

-- John Berry

"It?s best not to get too excited or too depressed by the ups and downs of life."

-- Dalai Lama


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NO? YES?

What do you need to say NO to,
to say YES to creating a life that you truly love?

Write these beliefs down on paper.

Notice who you would become if you invited in the
courage to let go of just ONE of those beliefs?

YOUR MIND SETS YOUR LIMITS

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Everything is possible when you believe it's possible.
What you envision you can do, you can do.
What your mind can conceive and believe,
your mind can achieve.

Success is actually a state of mind.
Start thinking of yourself as a success.
Know in your heart that you can do the job you've set out to do.

Believe in yourself.
If you think you can, you can..


THE DAILY GURU


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Seek your limits and beyond



"If you're proactive, you don't have to wait for circumstances or other people to create perspective expanding experiences. You can consciously create your own."

-- Stephen Covey

Connect with the edge, the unknown, of your experience. Allow this pull towards unexplored territory to take you to new dimensions of yourself. Allow life to touch you in new ways. For this is how we truly live life. Become more alive as you grow through your consciousness barriers. Ask questions that seek answers beyond yourself. The depth of life is revealed as you go further into it.

Nothing is lost upon a man who is bent upon growth; nothing wasted on one who is always preparing for - life by keeping eyes, mind and heart open to nature, men, books, experience - and what he gathers serves him at unexpected moments in unforeseen ways."

-- Hamilton Wright Mabie

"Nurture great thoughts, for you will never go higher than your thoughts."

--Benjamin Disraeli


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Water wisdom



"When flowing water ... meets with obstacles on its path, a blockage in its journey, it pauses. It increases in volume and strength, filling up in front of the obstacle and eventually spilling past it....

"Do not turn and run, for there is nowhere worthwhile for you to go. Do not attempt to push ahead into the danger ... emulate the example of the water: Pause and build up your strength until the obstacle no longer represents a blockage."



-- from the ?I Ching,?presented in
?To Build the Life You Want, Create the
Work You Love: The Spiritual Dimension
of Entrepreneuring? by Marsha Sinetar


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SUCCESS IS A DETERMINED ACTION AWAY

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Foolish people with all their other thoughts, have this one too:
They are always getting ready to live, but never living.

Your success will start when you begin to pursue it.
To reach your goal or to attain success,
you don't need to know all of the answers in advance.
You just need to have a clear idea of what your goal is.

Don't procrastinate when faced with difficult problems.
Break your problems into parts, and handle one part at a time.

Develop tendencies toward taking action.
You can make something happen right now.
Divide your big plan into small steps and take the first step right away.

Everyone who ever got where they are had to begin where they were.
Your big opportunity is where you are right now.

A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. Take it.


THE DAILY GURU


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