How To Be Independent Of Others Opinions

"A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable but more useful than a life spent in doing nothing." ~George Bernard Shaw
Do you ever find yourself wondering what other people think about you? Perhaps you may notice that your mind may tend to be a bit obsessive and compulsive about certain thoughts, beliefs, and opinions that others may have about you.  This can occur when you meet someone you look up to and you want to create a good impression.  You want them to like you, think highly of you, or perhaps not think negatively of you because of one small and simple reason.  You believe that if they like, love, or approve of you, then you will be safe, loved, free or O.K.
“If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”  ~Wayne Dyer
Do you really need other people's approval, acceptance, or appreciation first before you can give it to yourself?  Absolutely not!  Who you are is the energy and consciousness of love itself, and once you consistently realize this and openly shower this love upon yourself and others, you'll be free from everyone's opinions forever.  Your ego was "programmed" by society to need approval, acceptance, and appreciation from the outer world.  It hasn't realized that there is an infinite source of love beneath it at your core, and that you can have access to it at anytime.  The ego is a very ironic creation.  It's about as real as your own shadow, and yet we build our entire relationships around its illusionary reality.  As soon as you commit to the lightness and openness of your own being, the ego is no where to be found.  What's the worst thing that could happen if you decided to let go of other people's opinions about you and choose to love yourself JUST AS YOU ARE 24-7?
One of the greatest secrets to transcending this game is that other people's opinions of you are only a reflection of what they see (or don't want to see) about themselves.  Everyone is a mirror for each other.  Their beliefs about you are a deep unconscious projection of themselves onto you, just to avoid looking inside themselves.  So help out your fellow human and give them their projections and opinions back to them!  For 2007 don't take on ANYBODY'S projections or opinions about you!  Stop the relentless ego from scheming to get others to like you, and instead just practice loving yourself as you are.  Be unguarded from their opinions.  Let their opinions form freely, and honor that their beliefs are truly limiting thoughts about themselves in the end.
"As I grow older I pay less attention to what men say. I just watch what they do."  ~Andrew Carnegie
Another secret to dissolving this old unconscious ego pattern is to deeply look within and truly ask you, "Why do I really care what others think of me?"  Is it because if you don't care, they may not love, respect or want you anymore?  If that's true, then their love is not unconditional love from their heart.  If you care too much and become afraid of making others angry or upset with you in some way, you have signed up for prison and have taken a vow to not freely speak your truth.  Notice if you are hiding behind any walls of fear, and start being radically honest with others today!  If you feel stuck with taking this leap of faith, imagine what your face will look like after 20 years of hiding.  Then, imagine seeing your face after 20 years of expressing your divine brilliant light that has melted through your ego. 
By caring "too much" about what others may think about you, you are wasting precious time which could be spent loving and accepting you just as you are.  The next time you find yourself psychically reaching out to see what someone thinks about you, simply ask yourself, "What opinion do I really want to have about me?"  Then, become like a hollow flute and let their beliefs (positive or negative) flow right through you.  Doing this action repetitively will allow you to truly step into your power and become the radiant divine being that you are, naturally being a guide on the path for others to follow.
"All know the way; few actually walk it."  ~Bodhidharma
Many blessings to you,
Jafree & Margot


What is LOVELY never dies
But instead passes into
OTHER loveliness



"Gamble everything for love
if you are a true human being.
If not, leave this gathering.
Half-heartedness doesn't reach into majesty.
Don't wait any longer. Dive in the ocean,
leave and let the sea be you."


How to Give and Receive Love More Effectively

"Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrong doing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.  Love never dies."  ~ The Bible, Corinthians 13
Looking back at the many troubled times in our lives,  there is one precious thing that has always opened the doorway to higher understanding.  This is openingly and unconditionaly giving and receiving the energy of love.  Love is one of those intangible states that we tend to categorize, label as a certain thing, and put into a box.  Yet, love cannot be contained or even defined by words.  Sure we can come close to it and create great poetry that points towards love, yet it always falls short of the perpetual expansive experience of love.  
With love all things are possible.  The energy of love is the only thing you need to solve every problem you have.  The moment you start trusting the expansive magic of love is the pivotal day when everything will completely change for you.  If you think you are too poor, busy, lost or frustrated to trust love, you are simply making up excuses to hide another day in your imagined smallness.  Let love guide you.  Don't have any ideas about what it is or what it is not.  Just feel what love is like in your body and heart, and you will always find your way. 
Below are 4 simple steps to give and receive love more effectively:
1.  Make the committment to remaining open.
The first step in giving and receiving love effectively is to make the committment to being open to love.  Love is the most powerful energy in this Universe, so to master it is to master your experience of the Universe.  Let your heart simply be open, as if it were as vast as the infinite Universe that surrounds us.  When you are met with difficult people and situations, relax your body and open your heart completely.  Eventually, with enough relaxation, a soft gentle feeling of lightness and love will come pouring in.  Remember one thing, that you cannot get hurt in any relationship or situation if your heart truly remains permanently open.
2. Drown your ego in loving thoughts.
The more you love and accept yourself exactly as you are, the more you attract love from others and manifest loving, empowering, and abundant situtations to you.  The vibration of love is hugely magnetic.  When you let your ego drown in self-loving affirmations, beliefs, ideas and fantasies, this energy will soon permeate every cell in your body.  Eventually these loving ideas will make you into a "love-magnet" allowing you to realize that you are simply the Source of love itself.
3. Let go of any limited ideas about love.  
The belief that you can only love and be loved by one person is one of the greatest limiting thoughts society has "hypnotized" us to believe about love.  Trash this thought immediately and understand one simply thing: That the more you practice sharing love with others, the more love you will have to give to yourself and that one special person.  Love has this amazing "snowball effect" where it becomes bigger, the more that it's used.  Let go of that ridiculous fear of hurting someone because you started loving everyone.  Whomever gets hurt simply has a closed heart and has not yet connected to the infinite supply of love inside them.  When you become an example for how to be a living source of love, they see how alive, vibrant, and full of joy you are.  Then, one day they too will choose to follow you along the path of unlimited love.
4. Consciously Choose Love No Matter What.
Yes, the ego is often tempted to play its old games of blaming and judging others for not giving it what it thinks it wants.  Blessedly, you can always choose love even when your ego wants to go off into limiting thinking and contracted feeling states.  Every time you notice yourself entering that contracted zone, just focus on opening up your heart and sending out the vibration of love.  Think about one thing that you love like your dog, the mountains, the sun, your child, etc...  Feel how much you truly love this person or thing.  This will get your love engines started again, and soon the energy of love will naturally overwhelm any contracted old ways of being.  Practice choosing to respond to all situations with love, and soon you will be bathing in the magic of this energy all day long. 
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Whatever you do today, let love be your guide...
Many Blessings to you,
Margot and Jafree

Break out of routine

"One must still have chaos in oneself to be able to give birth to a dancing star."

-- Nietzsche

Where do you need to do some ‘out of the box’ thinking and living?

We are creatures of habit, of patterns. While initially the habits may have served us, they may now be limiting our ability to experience more of life.

What aspect of your life has become routine? How might you bring new life to it? Do some outrageous dreaming! Then do something completely different today.

"When you do the common things in life in an uncommon way, you will command the attention of the world." -- George Washington Carver

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Gratitude as a Way of Being

"If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, "thank you," that would suffice."  ~Meister Eckhart
Gratitude is one of the most powerful and transformational energies on the planet.  Every time you are spontaneously grateful for how the Universe has blessed you, you send out a high vibrational energy that starts magnetizing even more abundance into your life!  Whenever you are bathing in the energy of gratitude, you have a deep knowingness that you are abundant, and lack nothing at all.  Yes, gratitude is a powerful vehicle that allows you to tap into your own abundance and infinite creative energy.  You can not feel fear, scarcity, or doubt when you are full of gratitude.  When you embrace gratitude as a way of being you naturally know the truth of your soul's path and mission, and that you are already blessed with everything you need.  From this place, you then become a massive magnet for attracting even more success, love, abundance and divine beings into your life.  Take a few moments to simply imagine what your life would look like if you were constantly living from a place of gratitude.
Embracing gratitude is like opening the door to a brilliant new world, one where the sun is always shining and you feel totally and amazingly alive all the time!  When you live in a world of gratitude, you naturally feel the divine love and abundance that is always present inside you and all around you.  Your heart is naturally brimming with gratitude for existence when your mind is not cluttered with ideas, opinions, and desires.  The heart is always thankful and never controlled by the ego and all of its contracted thought patterns.  Gratitude is our most natural highway to higher consciousness and not some strange thing that needs to be learned like juggling cantelopes.  Take the time to become quiet and get in touch with the core of your heart.  If you can dig beneath the shields, resistance, and wounding from the past, you will naturally feel a deep gratitude for everything pouring through you into the world.
"God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today.  Have you used one to say "thank you?" ~William A. Ward
Gratitude is one of the most empowering experiences we can access in life when directed toward yourself, others, and the world.  If you have trouble staying in touch with your natural grateful connection, you have simply let your inner judge squash this flame of love.  The fire is not dead by any means, it just needs a little stirring.  Start by shedding that protective armor around your heart and opening your heart to this divine feeling of appreciating everything!  Anytime that you are not feeling gratitude, you are simply focusing on what you don't want or like about a situation.  It's that simple.  Gratitude is always within your reach, it is just a question of your focus and of reigning in your mind.
Any moment that your mind goes down the track of frustration or complaining, tell it to STOP immediately and switch it back to gratitude.  It can be as easy as asking yourself, "What's one thing that I am grateful for right now?" The good news is that there is always at least one thing that you can be grateful for no matter what is happening in your life.  Perhaps it's that you have the power to imagine a new you, or your health, a good friend, or just that you are still breathing!  Whenever you cannot see the silver lining around the dark clouds in your life, simply open your heart, breathe deeply, and then think about as many things as you can to be grateful for.  In each moment, there are so many many incredible things that you can be grateful for, large and small.   Just open your heart, relax, look at the bigger picture, and soon you will realize how truly blessed you already are.
"Appreciation can make a day, even change a life. Your willingness to put it into words is all that is necessary."  ~Margaret Cousins
You always have the choice to be grateful for what is, or not grateful for what is.  You have the power to choose what  kinds of thoughts and feelings you focus on and eventually manifest into your life.  You can choose to adopt an unending attitude of gratitude or remain strapped to the judgmental merry-go-round of the mind.  Choosing gratitude is choosing freedom, and will make your life easier than you ever imagined.  It will bring you such a vast experience of love that you will freely feel and experience your own soul.   One powerful technique for creating a gratitude habit is starting a gratitude circle.  Invite some of your friends, colleagues, and family members to join you in an evening of appreciation and gratitude.  Each person gets to be in the middle of the circle, and everyone takes turns looking directly into their eyes, and telling them why they are so grateful that this person is a part of their life.  Then, switch so that everybody has a turn to be the person in the middle of the circle to receive gratitude.  Each time we do a gratitude circle, truly miraculous experiences start to occur in our lives.  This is one technique of many that will raise your vibration and allow you to manifest the life you desire.
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Thank you for being a part of our world!
Many Blessings to you!
Margot and Jafree

The Angels Amongst Us

Bare foot and dirty, the girl just sat and watched the people go by.

She never tried to speak, she never said a word. Many people passed, but
never did one person stop.

It just so happens the next day I decided to go back to the park, curious
if the little girl would still be there.

Right in the very spot as she was yesterday she sat perched on high, with
the saddest look in her eyes.

Today I was to make my own move and walk over to the little girl. As we
all know a park full of strange people is not a place for young children
to play alone.

As I began walking towards her I could see the back of the little girl's
dress indicated a deformity. I figured that was the reason the people
just passed by and made no effort to help.

As I got closer, the little girl slightly lowered her eyes to avoid my
intent stare. I could see the shape of her back more clearly. It was
grotesquely shaped in a humped over form. I smiled to let her know it was
ok, I was there to help, to talk.

I sat down beside her and opened with a simple Hello. The little girl
acted shocked and stammered a hi after a long stare into my eyes. I
smiled and she shyly smiled back. We talked 'til darkness fell and the
park was completely empty. Everyone was gone and we at once were alone.

I asked the girl why she was so sad. The little girl looked at me and
with a sad face and said "Because I'm different." I immediately said
"that you are!" and smiled.

The little girl acted even sadder, she said, "I know."

"Little girl," I said, "you remind me of an angel, sweet and innocent."
She looked at me and smiled, slowly she stood to her feet, and said,
"Really?" "Yes, ma'am, you're like a little guardian angel sent to watch
over all those people walking by."

She nodded her head yes and smiled, and with that she spread her wings
and said, "I am. I'm your guardian angel," with a twinkle in her eye.

I was speechless, sure I was seeing things.

She said, "For once you thought of someone other than yourself, my job
here is done."

Immediately I stood to my feet and said, "Wait, so why did no one stop to
help an angel?" She looked at me and smiled, "You're the only one who
could see me, and you believe it in your heart." And She was gone.

And with that my life was changed dramatically. So, when you think you're
all you have, remember, your angel is always watching over you.

Unknown author

People are like....

....stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.
~ Elizabeth Kübler-Ross

The Invitation

It doesn't interest me what you do for a living. I want to know what you
ache for and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart's longing.

It doesn't interest me how old you are. I want to know if you will risk
looking like a fool for love for your dream for the adventure of being

It doesn't interest me what planets are squaring your moon... I want to
know if you have touched the centre of your own sorrow if you have been
opened by life's betrayals or have become shrivelled and closed from fear
of further pain.

I want to know if you can sit with pain mine or your own without moving
to hide it or fade it or fix it.

I want to know if you can be with joy mine or your own if you can dance
with wildness and let the ecstasy fill you to the tips of your fingers
and toes without cautioning us to be careful be realistic remember the
limitations of being human.

It doesn't interest me if the story you are telling me is t rue. I want
to know if you can disappoint another to be true to yourself. If you can
bear the accusation of betrayal and not betray your own soul. If you can
be faithless and therefore trustworthy.

I want to know if you can see Beauty even when it is not pretty every
day. And if you can source your own life from its presence. I want to
know if you can live with failure yours and mine and still stand at the
edge of the lake and shout to the silver of the full moon, "Yes."

It doesn't interest me to know where you live or how much money you have.
I want to know if you can get up after the night of grief and despair
weary and bruised to the bone and do what needs to be done to feed the

It doesn't interest me who you know or how you came to be here. I want to
know if you will stand in the centre of the fire with me and not shrink

It doesn't interest me where or what or with whom you have studied. I
want to know what sustains you from the inside when all else falls away.
I want to know if you can be alone with yourself and if you truly like
the company you keep in the empty moments.

Unknown author

The Little Soul and the Sun - Part 1

smiling sun
There once was a soul who knew itself to be the light. This was a new
soul and so, anxious for experience.

"I am the light" it said. "I am the light"

Yet all the knowing of it and all the saying of it, could not substitute
for the experience of it. And in the realm from which this soul emerged,
there was nothing but the light. Every soul was grand and every soul was
magnificent and every soul shone with the brilliance of God's awesome
light. So the little soul was as a candle in the sun. In the midst of the
grandest light, of which it was part, it could not see itself, nor
experience itself as Who and What it really is.

Now it came to pass that this soul yearned and yearned to know itself. So
great was it's yearning that God one day said, "Do you know little one,
what you must do to satisfy this yearning of yours?"

"Oh, what, God? What? I'll do anything!" the little soul said.

& quot;You must separate yourself from the rest of us" God answered, "and
then you must call upon yourself the darkness"

"What is the darkness, o Holy One?" the little soul asked.

"That which you are not" God replied and the soul understood.

And so this the soul did, removing itself from the ' All ' going even
unto another realm. And in this realm the soul had the power to call into
it's experience all sorts of darkness. And this it did.

Yet in the midst of all the darkness did it cry out, "Father, Father, why
hast thou forsaken me?"

God replied: "Even has have you, in your blackest times. Yet I have never
forsaken you, but stand by you always, ready to remind you of Who You
Really Are; ready always ready, to call you home.

Therefore be a light unto the darkness and curse it not. And forget not
who you are in the moment of your encirclement by that which you are not.
But do praise to the creation even as you seek to change it.

And know that what you do in the time of your greatest trial can be your
greatest triumph.

For the experience you create is a statement of Who You Are - and Who You
Want to Be.

From the book Conversations with God

The Little Soul and the Sun - Part 2

God said to the little soul, "You may choose to be any Part of God you
wish to be. You are absolute divinity experiencing itself. What aspect of
divinity do you now wish to experience as You?"

"You mean I have a choice", asked the little soul.

God answered, "Yes. You may choose to experience any aspect of divinity
in, as and through you."

"Okay," said the little soul, "then I choose forgivness. I want to
experience myself as that aspect of God called complete forgivness."

Well this created a little challenge, as you can imagine. There was no
one to forgive. All God had created was perfection and love.

"No one to forgive?" asked the little soul, somewhat incredulously.

"No one," God repeated. "Look around you. Do you see any souls less than
perfect, less wonderful than you?"

At this the little soul twirled around and was sur prised to see himself
surrounded by all the souls in heaven. They had come from far and wide
throughout the kingdom, because they heard that the little soul was
having an extraordinary conversation with God.

"I see none less perfect than I!" the little soul exclaimed. "Who, then,
shall I have to forgive?"

Just then another soul stepped forward from the crowd.

"You may forgive me" said this friendly soul

"For what?" the little soul asked.

" I will come into your next physical lifetime and do something for you
to forgive," replied the friendly soul.

"But what? What could you, a being of such perfect light do to make me
wnat to forgive you?" the little soul wanted to know.

"Oh," smiled the friendly soul, "I'm sure we can think of something."

"But why would you want to do this?" The little soul could not figure out
wh y a being of such perfection would want to slow down it's vibration so
much that it could do something 'bad'.

"Simple," the friendly soul explained, "I would do it because I love you.
You want to experience yourself as forgiving, don't you? Besides you've
done the same for me."

"I have?" asked the little soul.

"Of course, don't you remember? We've been All Of it, you and I. We've
been the Up and the Down of it, and the Left and the Right of it. We've
been the Here and the There of it, and the Now and the Then of it. We've
been the Big and the Small of it, the Male and the Female of it and the
Good and the Bad of it. We've been the All of it."

"And we've done it by agreement, so that each of us might experience
ourselves as the grandest part of God. For we have understood that...

'In the absence of that which You Are Not, that which you Are, is Not'.

'In the absence of cold you cannot be warm, in the absence of sad you
cannot be happy. Without a thing called evil, the experience you call
good cannot exist'.

'If you choose to be a thing, something or someone opposite to that has
to show up somewhere in your universe to make that possible.' "

The friendly soul then explained that those people are God's Special
Angels and these conditions God's Gifts.

"I ask only one thing in return," the friendly soul declared.

"Anything, Anything," the little soul cried. He was excited now to know
that he could experience every divine aspect of God. He understood now,
The Plan.

"In the moment that I strike you and smite you," said the friendly soul,
"in the moment that I do the worst to you that you could ever imagine -
in that self same moment...remember Who I Really Am."

"Oh, I wont forget!" promised the little soul. "I will see you in the
perfection w ith which I hold you now, and I will remember Who You Are,

From the book Conversations with God

Create consciously

"No man has a chance to enjoy permanent success until he begins to look in a mirror for the real cause of all his mistakes."

-- Napoleon Hill

The law of karma is the law of cause and effect. It works unavoidably when there is no consciousness -- when we are not present in the moment. When there is no consciousness, the past creates the future.

The law of Love supersedes the law of karma. It intervenes in the process by focusing in the present. In fact, one could say that Love is being fully present. When anything is initiated in Love in the present, the future of that reality will be purposeful, meaningful, loving and powerful.

"He who is false to present duty breaks a thread in the loom, and will find the flaw when he may have forgotten its cause."

--Henry Ward Beecher

"In my beginning is my end."

-- T.S. Eliot

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"You Are Not Alone"

Another day has gone
I'm still all alone
How could this be
You're not here with me
You never said goodbye
Someone tell me why
Did you have to go
And leave my world so cold

Everyday I sit and ask myself
How did love slip away
Something whispers in my ear and says
That you are not alone
For I am here with you
Though you're far away
I am here to stay

But you are not alone
For I am here with you
Though we're far apart
You're always in my heart
But you are not alone

'Lone, 'lone
Why, 'lone

Just the other night
I thought I heard you cry
Asking me to come
And hold you in my arms
I can hear your prayers
Your burdens I will bear
But first I need your hand
Then forever can begin

Everyday I sit and ask myself
How did love slip away
Something whispers in my ear and says
That you are not alone
For I am here with you
Though you're far away
I am here to stay

For you are not alone
For I am here with you
Though we're far apart
You're always in my heart
For you are not alone

Whisper three words and I'll come runnin'
And girl you know that I'll be there
I'll be there

You are not alone
For I am here with you
Though you're far away
I am here to stay
For you are not alone
For I am here with you
Though we're far apart
You're always in my heart

For you are not alone
For I am here with you
Though you're far away
I am here to stay

For you are not alone
For I am here with you
Though we're far apart
You're always in my heart

For you are not alone...

Dance through your day

"Mix a little foolishness with your serious plans: it’s lovely to be silly at the right moment."

-- Horace

Today, we invite you to do the Take-Your-Time Tango. In his book ‘Games for the Soul,’ Drew Leder challenges us to dance through our days with the graceful, slow elegance of a tango dancer.

Slow down a notch," Leder counsels. "Do whatever you do in a calm and leisurely fashion. ... As much as possible, don’t be driven by inner fear, external deadlines, or rushed companions to stumble through a speeded-up dance. Act as if you have all the time in the world. Come to think of it, you do: No one else has any more hours."

So stand (or sit) tall. Raise your chin as you gather your full concentration, dignity and self confidence to glide smoothly and beautifully through the day.

"We look at the dance to impart the sensation of living in an affirmation of life, to energize the spectator into keener awareness of the vigor, the mystery, the humor, the variety, and the wonder of life."

-- Martha Graham

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Your destiny isn't a matter of chance,
it's a matter of the choices you make.
It's not something you wait for,
but rather something you pursue.

Don't wait for extraordinary opportunities.
Seize common occasions and make them great.
Opportunities sometimes come disguised in the form of misfortune,
or temporary defeat.

You can start where you are.
You're at this moment standing in the middle of opportunity.

If you act on your dreams you can live them.


©2006 by Max Steingart
Reproduce freely but maintain © notice

Balance material and spiritual

"What is [the role of money] in the search for meaning? Is our relationship to it one of the chief factors that keeps us in our prison, or could it also be a tool for breaking out, for awakening to a life filled with intensity of purpose?"

-- Jacob Needleman

Our personality has a need for security. As a human in a material world, we need money to survive. If we don’t have enough for basics, our lives cannot function. At the same time, with too much emphasis on the material, we lose the spiritual awareness that brings meaning and fulfillment. The key lies in the balance.

What draws most of your attention, time and energy: spiritual growth or money? Reflect on (or better yet, journal on) the balance or lack of balance of these two in your life.

"Money is not required to buy one necessity of the soul."

-- Henry David Thoreau

"View money and things not as something you create to fill a lack, but as tools to help you more fully express yourself and realize your potential."

-- Sanaya Roman and Duane Packer

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Sonnet # CIV.

To me, fair friend, you never can be old,
For as you were when first your eye I eyed,
Such seems your beauty still. Three winters cold
Have from the forests shook three summers' pride,
Three beauteous springs to yellow autumn turn'd
In process of the seasons have I seen,
Three April perfumes in three hot Junes burn'd,
Since first I saw you fresh, which yet are green.
Ah! yet doth beauty, like a dial-hand,
Steal from his figure and no pace perceived;
So your sweet hue, which methinks still doth stand,
Hath motion and mine eye may be deceived:
For fear of which, hear this, thou age unbred;
Ere you were born was beauty's summer dead.

Believe in magic!

"... for magic to happen in your life, you must believe in magic."

-- Grandmother, quoted by Lynn Andrews

"Most of the time, we fall in love but can’t remain there. The world then calls the state we were in a delusion or infatuation ... But we merely lacked, or someone else lacked, the emotional skills to hold on to the magic when the morning came. ... In truth, we can go to the moon and retain its magic for a lifetime."

-- Marianne Williamson

"We think, sometimes, there’s not a dragon left. Not one brave knight, not a single princess gliding through secret forests ... What a pleasure to be wrong. Princesses, knights, enchantments and dragons, mystery and adventure ... not only are they here-and-now, they’re all that ever lived on earth! Masters of reality still meet us in dreams to tell us that we’ve never lost the shield we need against dragons, that blue-fire voltage arcs through us now to change our world as we wish. Intuition whispers true: We’re not dust, we’re magic!"

-- Richard Bach

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You Can Have What You Want

November 15, 2006

A quick note from Michael:
There is a scene in Steve Martin's movie "The Jerk" where upon finding his name listed in the phonebook, his character runs up to everyone he sees and jumps up and down screaming "The new phonebooks are here!!! The new phonebooks are here!!!", eagerly pointing out his name and handing out copies like a proud father handing out cigars.

So at the risk of seeming a bit of a "jerk"...


The eagerly anticipated (by me, anyway :-) launch of the US edition of You Can Have What You Want is today, and my publishers, Hay House, have graciously assembled a collection of bonus gifts and even a free trip for two to hear me speak in Las Vegas to anyone who buys one or more copies from either Amazon or Barnes& between now and November 22nd.

For full information on all the bonuses, you can visit:

Today's tip is actually the introduction to the book, so it's a bit longer than usual. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it...


"There are no rules here - we're trying to accomplish

-Thomas Edison

Let's begin our time together with a little experiment...

I'd like you to put the book down and swap shoes with the person nearest you. Now, if you're in the bath, or reading this all alone in the middle of nowhere, I understand that might be a little bit difficult. But, otherwise, go for it. Take off your shoes, go up to the person nearest you and ask them to swap.


OK, let's talk about it.

Nobody questions the fact that our feet are different from other people's feet. Different size, different shape, different appearance. There may be people you know with similar feet, but no one with identical ones to yours. And the reason you almost certainly didn't do what I just asked you to do (and if you did, for goodness sake swap back!) is because you understood immediately that it was ridiculous. The chances of someone else's shoes fitting your style and taste (or, more importantly, your feet) were as slim as a pair of single E loafers. Yet to them, their shoes might be the most wonderful shoes in the world - comfortable, practical, attractive, and with great memories attached as well.

What's less obvious to most of us is that the same principle holds true of our beliefs and practices in the world. Setting goals, meditating for thirty minutes twice a day, doing the latest diet, or practicing yoga might be as painful, uncomfortable and inappropriate for you as trying to squeeze into your favorite movie star's underwear - but you might still try to do it because it looks so good on them!

What if you don't need to do things someone else's way in order to live a happy, successful life? What if everything you've ever learned about success was just wrong?

This book is about what happens when you use your head, listen to your heart and follow your bliss. It's about what happens when you stop doing all the things you think you should be doing and start doing what you really want to be doing - when you stop listening to everybody else and instead turn up the volume on the still, small voice within.

By the time you've finished reading, you'll know beyond a shadow of a doubt that you can have whatever you want in life: more money; better relationships; a new job; or anything else that makes your heart sing and your soul come alive. The only question you will be left with is whether or not you really want it!

Let's face it - most people spend their lives chasing someone else's dreams, then wind up being disappointed that they never achieved them or even more disappointed that they did.

As you explore the ideas in this book and put them to the test in your one and only life, you will get back in touch with your own dreams. You will discover what actually works for you, regardless of whether or not it works for anyone else. And best of all, you will finally be able to truly enjoy the journey every bit as much as the stopping points along the way.

Debunking the myth of the experts


"The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie,
deliberate, contrived and dishonest, but the myth - persistent,
persuasive and unrealistic."

-John F. Kennedy

Having grown up in a family of scientists, I was thoroughly immersed in the myth of the experts, which can be summed up in the phrase 'Follow the advice of the experts - they know best'.

The idea is that there are these people out there called 'experts', and what they do is study everything there is to study about a field, and they find the best ways of doing things. Then they tell you what they've learned, and even if it feels wrong to you, you should do what the experts tell you - because they're experts.

Makes sense, right?

Well, it made so much sense to me that I grew up and became an expert in my area of psychology called Neuro-Linguistic Programming or NLP. I've studied hundreds of books and worked with thousands of people over the past fifteen years, including a foreign prince, numerous millionaires, and famous (sometimes infamous!) members of the Hollywood elite. I'm an unquestioned expert in the field of human behaviour.

Yet I'm not going to give you a single bit of advice about what you should do with your life.


Because even if what I say is true in my experience, it may not
be in yours. In theory I may know better than you, but in practice you know best (or at least you have the potential to know best) what will work for you.

In fact, I'll go so far as to say this:

*You are the expert on you.*

But here's the catch...

Most of us have never claimed our expertise - we've never made a study of ourselves. And if you're going to step up and be your own best expert, one of the most useful things you can do is to begin tapping into your own inner senses and inner genius on a regular basis.

While no one can teach you exactly how to do that, it is something that can be learned - and I've designed every sentence in this book to act as a catalyst in the process of bringing your genius to life.

The idea of 'genius' being a measure of intellect is actually fairly recent. In its original form, the word had two primary meanings. The first refers to that natural inclination that we all seem to have which draws us towards some things more than others. This is different from cultural conditioning, which would have us all want the same things and agree that only certain things are 'good' and 'right' while everything else is bad and wrong.

The second root definition of 'genius' is djinn or 'genie'. And like the genie in the magic lamp, when you learn to unleash your inner genius, you will find your 'wishes' to the universe are granted more easily and effortlessly than you may have ever thought possible.

How it all works

In Part I - Creating a Life That Makes You Go 'Wow!' - I will share with you the same stories and techniques I use with my clients to help them unleash their own inner genius and put it to work in creating their lives. You will learn the keys to knowing yourself, trusting yourself, inspiring yourself and even loving yourself - what I call the four pillars of an extraordinary life, because each one provides a core structural element in supporting you on your journey, and together they form an unbreakable foundation for living the life of your dreams.

You'll also learn some of the foundational secrets of effortless success - that kind of success where it seems as though you got what you wanted without even trying. We often think about these experiences as anomalies - happy accidents while we are getting on with the 'real' business of creating what we want in our lives. In fact, your experiences of effortless success are the keys to finding and walking along what I like to call "the path of inspiration" - that unique blueprint for success, happiness and fulfillment that is being drawn on your heart and in your life each and every day.

In Part II - An Obstacle Course to Success - I'll walk you step by step over, around and through the nine key life obstacles that people use to stop themselves from having everything they want in life. This section is packed with simple tips, techniques and proven action strategies for getting unstuck and moving forward with your dreams.

Throughout the book, you'll also find a number of boxed sections called 'From theory to practice...' These are based on a simple but important idea:

*The difference between theory and practice is that in theory, there is no difference between theory and practice - but in practice there inevitably is.*

Each of these sections will contain an experiment or two that you can do for yourself to find out if what I'm saying works for you - if it enhances the quality of your life and moves you closer to having more of what you want.

It is important for you to realize that you do not need to do all of the experiments in this book in order to succeed!

Instead, I'd like you to think about each one of them as an invitation to learn more and have fun doing it. As with any invitation, you don't have to accept it - but if you don't, you might just miss the party.

How to NOT change your life

One of the core skills of NLP is learning to use language 'hypnotically'. I have put these skills to use and have written this book in a way that your life will change for the better just by reading it. Despite this, there are still a few ways you could avoid making your life better if you really want to...

1. Dismiss it all as New-Age happy-clappy bubble-gum pop psychology

If you're already thinking about hiding this book inside a porn magazine so you don't have to be embarrassed about people seeing you read it, there are a couple of things in here you may find difficult...

First, there are times when I use words like 'love', 'happiness' and even 'God' (gasp!).

Second, I tell the occasional 'little bunny FuFu' story. You remember little bunny FuFu, don't you? The one who went hopping through the forest, scooping up the field mice and bopping them on the head?

You don't have to work out exactly what these stories are supposed to mean consciously. They're written for another part of your mind - the part that keeps your heart beating and your body breathing, even as you're reading this book right now.

2. Turn the ideas in this book into a new set of 'rules' for how you're supposed to be in the world and what you 'should' and 'shouldn't' be, do, have or want

In the famous story of the blind men and the elephant, each of the men in turn mistook the small part of the elephant they were
able to grasp in the moment for the true nature of an elephant. Therefore the man holding the tail thought the elephant was like a snake, the man who grabbed an ear described the elephant as being like a bat, and the man who got hold of one of the legs thought the elephant to be very like a tree.

In the same way, it is the easiest thing in the world to turn any one perspective on life into 'the whole truth' and then expound on it as if it really were the 'right' way to be.

But if you read this book as a manual for how you should be and what you should do if you want to be happy and successful, you will find ways of turning every positive possibility into a limiting straight jacket.

Know this - no matter how well things are going for you or how badly you may be suffering right now, you're almost certainly doing the best you can to take care of yourself, moving towards happiness and away from sorrow in the best way you know how. And as Oprah Winfrey is fond of saying, 'When you know better, you'll do better'.

3. Override your inner wisdom by listening to me instead of yourself

The reason why I focus so heavily on experimentation is that until you actually try things out for yourself, you won't know where, when and how they will make the biggest positive difference for you.

Here's an experiment we'll be playing with throughout the

It is very easy when reading to get 'lost in thought', particularly if something I say doesn't seem to fit in with what you have learned about happiness, success or life. But if the ideas most people had in their heads about what it takes to live their dreams were accurate, there would be no point in my having written this book and even less point in your reading it now.

Therefore, whenever you see the symbol of an alarm clock, check to see if you have disappeared off into your own head. If so, pat yourself on the back for noticing and bring your attention back into your body by closing your eyes and taking a slow, gentle breath in as you focus on your physical heart. You can use these checkpoints as an easy way to reconnect with yourself and your inner wisdom. We'll talk more about why this makes such a difference in Chapters 5 and 6.

So... what do you want?

I'm hoping you picked up this book because there are all sorts of things in your life that you want and you'd like some help in getting them. Maybe you want to make more money, improve (or even change) your career or start up a company of your own. Perhaps you are looking for a new or improved relationship, better (or even any!) sex, different friends or a more enjoyable social life.

What you want may be even more personal - more intimate. You might be wanting to save your marriage or get on better with your resident teenager. You might have a health condition you are hoping to overcome. You may even be saying to yourself 'I just want to be happy' or 'peaceful' or 'loved'.

The good news is, you can have what you want, even if right now it seems too remote a possibility to even wish for. That's not to say that just because you want to go out with your favourite movie star, you automatically will (although one of my clients did - her story is in Chapter 2), but rather that you will come to realize over the following pages that the universe runs on a fundamental and oh so wonderful principle:

*When you get really clear and honest about what you want, everything in the universe conspires to help you get it.*

I call this the principle of effortless success, and it's at the heart of everything you'll be learning in this book.

Along the way, I'll share dozens of stories of how people just like you and me have overcome traumas, achieved 'impossible' goals and made improvements in areas of their life where they had abandoned all hope. In fact, I'll be sharing with you the best of what I've learned from over 15 years of coaching and teaching thousands of people to have what they want, catalyse their genius and live a life that makes them (and often everybody around them) go 'Wow!'

But there is a catch...

You're going to have to allow this to be easier than you think, faster than you expect and more fun than you can imagine.

Are you ready to begin?

With love,

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The Rose

John Blanchard stood up from the bench, straightened his Army uniform, and studied the crowd of people making their way through Grand Central Station. He looked for the girl whose heart he knew, but whose face he didn't, the girl with the rose.

His interest in her had begun thirteen months before in a Florida library. Taking a book off the shelf he found himself intrigued, not with the words of the book, but with the notes penciled in the margin. The soft handwriting reflected a thoughtful soul and insightful mind. In the front of the book, he discovered the previous owner's name, Miss Hollis Maynell. With time and effort he located her address.

She lived in New York City. He wrote her a letter introducing himself and inviting her to correspond. The next day he was shipped overseas for service in World War II. During the next year and one month the two grew to know each other through the mail. Each letter was a seed falling on a fertile heart. A romance was budding. Blanchard requested a photograph, but she refused. She felt that if he really cared, it wouldn't matter what she looked like. When the day finally came for him to return from Europe, they scheduled their first meeting - 7:00 PM at the Grand Central Station in New York. "You'll recognize me," she wrote, "by the red rose I'll be wearing on my lapel." So at 7:00 he was in the station looking for a girl whose heart he loved, but whose face he'd never seen. I'll let Mr. Blanchard tell you what happened:

A young woman was coming toward me, her figure long and slim. Her blonde hair lay back in curls from her delicate ears; her eyes were blue as flowers. Her lips and chin had a gentle firmness, and in her pale green suit she was like springtime come alive. I started toward her, entirely forgetting to notice that she was not wearing a rose. As I moved, a small, provocative smile curved her lips. "Going my way, sailor?" sh e murmured. Almost uncontrollably I made one step closer to her, and then I saw Hollis Maynell. She was standing almost directly behind the girl. A woman well past 40, she had graying hair tucked under a worn hat. She was more than plump, her thick-ankled feet thrust into low-heeled shoes. The girl in the green suit was walking quickly away. I felt as though I was split in two, so keen was my desire to follow her, and yet so deep was my longing for the woman whose spirit had truly companioned me and upheld my own. And there she stood. Her pale, plump face was gentle and sensible, her gray eyes had a warm and kindly twinkle.

I did not hesitate. My fingers gripped the small worn blue leather copy of the book that was to identify me to her. This would not be love, but it would be something precious, something perhaps even better than love, a friendship for which I had been and must ever be grateful. I squared my shoulders and saluted and held out the book to the woman , even though while I spoke I felt choked by the bitterness of my disappointment. "I'm Lieutenant John Blanchard, and you must be Miss Maynell. I am so glad you could meet me; may I take you to dinner?" The woman's face broadened into a tolerant smile. "I don't know what this is about, son," she answered, "but the young lady in the green suit who just went by, she begged me to
wear this rose on my coat. And she said if you were to ask me out to dinner, I should go and tell you that she is waiting for you in the big restaurant across the street. She said it was some kind of test!"

It's not difficult to understand and admire Miss Maynell's wisdom. The true nature of a heart is seen in its response to the unattractive.

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Question About Angels And Devils


Lately the world seems filled with talk about Angels and how they watch over us. Do Angels and Devils really exist? How do I know which one is influencing my life?


Angels and devils do exist. Most people don’t believe in these forces of Light and darkness because they can’t see them hard at work - which is like saying that the four seasons don’t exist just because you’ve never actually seen the hand of Mother Nature pluck an autumn leaf from a branch, or gently open a field of springtime flowers.

Angels and devils are always close by. So it’s vital for you to understand that Angels and devils are always hard at work around you. And this fact is no cause for fear, for while their subtle bodies are invisible, their activities are not. The forces of Good and evil can easily be seen working their ways in and through human beings; for it is within us that these levels of Light and darkness mold life on earth in their image.

Angelic forces are for you in every meaning of the word. They are for your physical health, emotional happiness, mental development, and entrance into their own Eternal, light-filled realm.

Devils want you to think that those forces which they wield are also for you. But these dark forces are always against you because devils, by their very nature, are against everything - including themselves!

Your protection from devils and their dark, deceptive ways is within your ability to recognize them as devils. This specialized power of perception comes to you first in the form of an intuitive recognition: a blend of insight and past experience. Now let’s see how to call upon and consciously cultivate this important new power.

Learn to look for signs of the devil at work by staying alert and awake to where it is that devils most commonly like to delight themselves. Then, when suspecting the presence of these dark forces at work - regardless of where, or in whom, you catch such a glimpse - just learn to look upon that condition in the same manner as do the Angels on High. This means you work to meet these moments without fear, righteousness, or condemnation. Your Angelic action works just like a celestial beacon, attracting Higher Angelic forces to your side. And since Angels have complete authority over devils, not only is your complete safety assured, but so is the growth of your spiritual strength. Why? Because each time you stand up to the devil in this way, it becomes increasingly clear to you that the only power darkness has is in the absence of the Light.

Following are 15 Ways Would-Be Angels Can Recognize the Works of the Devil:

Angels enjoy the company of Angels, but are just as content flying alone. Devils are compelled to have other devils around them because their chief pleasure is pouncing on one another.

Angels hate nothing, not even devils. Devils despise Angels most of all, because the existence of Angels proves the devil’s own nothingness to himself.

Angels know the purpose of life is to exalt the One who created their lives. Devils spend all of their time trying to figure out how to get other devils to praise them so they can believe they’re self-made.

Angels have no fear of any dark place. Devils tremble in the Light and the dark.

Angels are rewarded by their acts of self-sacrifice. Devils are punished by their intention to be selfish.

Angels would rather die than fight over nothing. Devils have no life outside of fighting - which they do over everything and for any reason.

Angels never gossip. Devils like to light themselves on fire and then pull other devils into their flames so that they can dance in the searing heat with them.

Angels attract Angels. Devils attract devils.

Angels never struggle with the moment of life. Devils think that life itself is one momentous struggle.

Angels know that there is no real contentment to be found outside of that light which is their nature. Devils find fulfillment in their endlessly haunting wants — which is their nature.

Angels endure. Devils lash out.

Angels let devils go their own way, for they know a devil’s heart is already punishment enough. Devils are always trying to get in the way of Angels in the hopes of being able to cause them some pain.

Angels never try to impress other Angels with their light because they know, however bright it may be, it isn’t their own. Devils delight in fanning their own flames so that they can see how many other devils they can attract with their false light.

Angels want you to know everything possible about them. Devils must deny their own existence.

Angels know that "hopeless" is nothing but a meaningless word coined by the devil. Devils won’t acknowledge the uselessness of any despairing state because it helps to fill their empty lives.

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Question About Addiction


I have been working with the non-resistant approach to a troubling habit. As I work, it seems that every time temptation attacks, it lasts for shorter durations of time and doesn't attack as often. Will the temptation eventually cease attacking altogether?


All things move through life, and through us, in a kind of special bell curve with predictable durations. Temptations will have times of being easy to disavow, and then turn around and be, seemingly surprisingly, almost impossible to handle. All this is to say that yes, the "attacking" forces will diminish if not fed, but stay awake and don't fall prey to the idea that you are now "stronger" than the habit.

The only real way to be free of any problem is to outgrow the self that finds some value in it. While the following ideas aren't the whole answer, within them is some higher help you may use to win this inner war: Bad habits have the hold they do, in part, because when we challenge their right to wreck our lives, their "response" is suddenly to seem more powerful. The key here is that this habit has not grown stronger in these moments, only that we have become more conscious of its dictatorship.

This new awareness is the seed of our gaining the strength we need to overthrow this tyrant. For when we are tired enough of living beneath its dark domination, we will drop both this habit and the defeat it engenders.

For more answers to life's questions, like the ones above, which will help you start realizing everything your heart has ever longed for, please visit the link below.


©2006 by Max Steingart
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Sonnet # CII.

My love is strengthen'd, though more weak in seeming;
I love not less, though less the show appear:
That love is merchandized whose rich esteeming
The owner's tongue doth publish every where.
Our love was new and then but in the spring
When I was wont to greet it with my lays,
As Philomel in summer's front doth sing
And stops her pipe in growth of riper days:
Not that the summer is less pleasant now
Than when her mournful hymns did hush the night,
But that wild music burthens every bough
And sweets grown common lose their dear delight.
Therefore like her I sometime hold my tongue,
Because I would not dull you with my song.


"A ruffled mind makes a restless pillow."

-Charlotte Bronte

If sleep researchers are to be believed, the vast majority of us are sleep deprived - that is, we are functioning below our full capabilities because our bodies aren't getting enough sleep. Current estimates suggest that it takes as much as 9 to 10 hours of sleep each day to fully regenerate and renew our body, mind, and spirit.

While I'm sure a few of you will be cheered by this news, and happily share it with all those misguided fools who thought you were just being lazy :-), for many of us, the thought of "losing" even more of our precious time to sleep each day can be daunting.

In fact, we tend to sleep least when we need it most, working round the clock to manage a crisis, run a company (or country!), or even just to make ends meet.

As someone who has spent years resisting sleep as an annoying interruption to my otherwise productive life, here are some of my favorite bits of research on why sleep is a good thing, especially when times are hard...

1. More Sleep = More Productivity

One of the common arguments for voluntary sleep deprivation is the need to find more hours in the day - i.e. "the less I sleep, the more I get done". But a study at the University of Michigan found that when people increased their average nightly sleep cycle by only one hour, their ability to focus the next day increased by 25% - in other words, one extra hour of sleep brought the equivalent of an extra 4 hours of productive time the next day.

2. More Sleep = More Safety

Recent Canadian research into sleep deprivation showed that every Spring, on the day nearly everyone loses an hour of sleep due to daylight savings time, there is a 7% increase in traffic accidents over the daily average. Perhaps unsurprisingly, every Fall, when the clocks "fall back" and people gain an hour of sleep, traffic accidents drop by 7% below the daily average. This is believed to be due to a measurable increase in "reaction time" in sleep deprived drivers, somewhat akin to that experienced by drunk drivers.

3. More Sleep = More Health

Here's a short list of health problems known to be related to sleep deprivation:

*Higher risk of infection
*Abnormalities of bowel habit
*Higher risk of diabetes
and most commonly,

4. "Power Naps" really are powerful

The good news is that sleep deprivation doesn't have to be cured all at once - a rule of thumb is that you can "make up" lost sleep at a ratio of nearly 1:3 - i.e. you only need an extra 20 minutes of sleep the next day to make up for a lost hour in the night.

The secret to a good power nap is all in the timing. Researchers suggest you make sure your naps are either less than 20 minutes or more than an hour. This will prevent you from waking up "sleep drunk" - that uncomfortable, groggy feeling which many people associate with a mid-day snooze.

5. Resting before you sleep makes your sleep more restful

Strange as it may seem, research has shown that five to fifteen minutes of relaxation before bedtime, be it through a hot bath, deep breathing, gentle stretching, guided imagery, or any other form of meditation, leads to a more productive and rewarding sleep cycle.

And for you contrarians out there...

6. Early to bed and early to rise doesn't actually make any difference

A study in Great Britain tested the efficacy of Benjamin Franklin's famous advice on how to become healthy, wealthy and wise. They compared a test group of "Larks" (people who went to bed before 11pm and got up before 8am) and "Owls" (people who went to bed later and got up late) to see if there were any measurable differences in health, wealth, or wisdom (measured by a standardized IQ test).

The results? Sorry, Ben - the only statistically significant difference was a slightly higher median wealth score amongst the

Today's Experiment:

1. Take a short "power nap" during the day today. Remember, you'll get the optimal benefits by setting your alarm for 20 minutes or less. (Both Salvador Dali and Thomas Edison were rumored to nap by sitting in a chair with a fork balanced in their hand. When they fell asleep, the fork would fall, waking them almost immediately!)

2. Create a bedtime ritual for yourself by doing this "relief breathing" exercise adapted from an original design by intelligence researcher Win Wenger:

1. Think of a difficult situation from today - something you struggled with at the time or are still struggling with now.

2. Imagine you are wearing a hot, heavy, clammy suit of armor. Feel it begin to weigh your shoulders down, compressing and constricting your body.

3. Now, imagine removing the armor and enjoy breathing in a huge sigh of relief.

4. For the next minute or so, breathe each breath as if it is your first breath free of the burdensome weight of the armor.

5. Check back in with your situation. Chances are, it no longer feels like such a burden. You may even find yourself with new insights and a renewed sense of energy and vigor.

6. Repeat with any other stresses or struggles from the day.

Have fun, learn heaps, and...well, I'd come up with something clever but I've got to get some sleep! :-)

With love,

The Riple Effect

The Master was walking through the fields one day when a young man, a
troubled look upon his face, approached him.

"On such a beautiful day, it must be difficult to stay so serious," the
Master said.

"Is it? I hadn't noticed," the young man said, turning to look around and
notice his surroundings. His eyes scanned the landscape, but nothing
seemed to register; his mind elsewhere. Watching intently, the Master
continued to walk.

"Join me if you like." The Master walked to the edge of a still pond,
framed by sycamore trees, their leaves golden orange and about to fall.

"Please sit down," the Master invited, patting the ground next to him.
Looking carefully before sitting, the young man brushed the ground to
clear a space for himself.

"Now, find a small stone, please," the Master instructed.


"A stone. Please find a small stone and throw it in the pond."

Searching around him, the young man grabbed a pebble and threw it as far
as he could.

"Tell me what you see," the Master instructed.

Straining his eyes to not miss a single detail, the man looked at the
water's surface.

"I see ripples."

"Where did the ripples come from?"

"From the pebble I threw in the pond, Master."

"Please reach your hand into the water and stop the ripples," the Master

Not understanding, the young man stuck his hand in the water as a ripple
neared, only to cause more ripples. The young man was now completely
baffled. Where was this going? Had he made a mistake in seeking out the
Master? After all he was not a student, perhaps he could not be helped?
Puzzled, the young man waited.

"Were you able to stop the ripples with your hands?" the Master asked.

"No, of course not."

"Could you have stopped the ripples, then?"

"No, Master. I told you I only caused more ripples."

"What if you had stopped the pebble from entering the water to begin
with?" The Master smiled such a beautiful smile; the young man could not
be upset.

"Next time you are unhappy with your life, catch the stone before it hits
the water. Do not spend time trying to undo what you have done. Rather,
change what you are going to do before you do it." The Master looked
kindly upon the young man.

"But Master, how will I know what I am going to do before I do it?"

"Take the responsibility for living your own life. If you're working with
a doctor to treat an illness, then ask the doctor to help you understand
what caused the illness. Do not just treat the ripples. Keep asking
questions." The young man stopped, his mind reeling.

"But I came to you to ask you for answers. Are you saying that I know the

"You may not know the answers right now, but if you ask the right
questions, then you shall discover the answers."

"But what are the right questions, Master?"

"There are no wrong questions, only unasked ones. We must ask, for
without asking, we cannot receive answers. But it is your responsibility
to ask. No one else can do that for you."

Unknown author


You must give up something to get whatever you want in life.
The greater the value, the greater the sacrifice that will be required.
Everything has a price.

Nothing worthwhile will come easily to you.
Work, continuous work and hard work,
is the only way to accomplish the results that last.

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

You'll find no success at bargain basement prices.


©2006 by Max Steingart
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Sonnet # CI.

O truant Muse, what shall be thy amends
For thy neglect of truth in beauty dyed?
Both truth and beauty on my love depends;
So dost thou too, and therein dignified.
Make answer, Muse: wilt thou not haply say
'Truth needs no colour, with his colour fix'd;
Beauty no pencil, beauty's truth to lay;
But best is best, if never intermix'd?'
Because he needs no praise, wilt thou be dumb?
Excuse not silence so; for't lies in thee
To make him much outlive a gilded tomb,
And to be praised of ages yet to be.
Then do thy office, Muse; I teach thee how
To make him seem long hence as he shows now.

Sonnet # C.

Where art thou, Muse, that thou forget'st so long
To speak of that which gives thee all thy might?
Spend'st thou thy fury on some worthless song,
Darkening thy power to lend base subjects light?
Return, forgetful Muse, and straight redeem
In gentle numbers time so idly spent;
Sing to the ear that doth thy lays esteem
And gives thy pen both skill and argument.
Rise, resty Muse, my love's sweet face survey,
If Time have any wrinkle graven there;
If any, be a satire to decay,
And make Time's spoils despised every where.
Give my love fame faster than Time wastes life;
So thou prevent'st his scythe and crooked knife.

Sonnet # XCIX.

The forward violet thus did I chide:
Sweet thief, whence didst thou steal thy sweet that smells,
If not from my love's breath? The purple pride
Which on thy soft cheek for complexion dwells
In my love's veins thou hast too grossly dyed.
The lily I condemned for thy hand,
And buds of marjoram had stol'n thy hair:
The roses fearfully on thorns did stand,
One blushing shame, another white despair;
A third, nor red nor white, had stol'n of both
And to his robbery had annex'd thy breath;
But, for his theft, in pride of all his growth
A vengeful canker eat him up to death.
More flowers I noted, yet I none could see
But sweet or colour it had stol'n from thee.

Sonnet # XCV.

How sweet and lovely dost thou make the shame
Which, like a canker in the fragrant rose,
Doth spot the beauty of thy budding name!
O, in what sweets dost thou thy sins enclose!
That tongue that tells the story of thy days,
Making lascivious comments on thy sport,
Cannot dispraise but in a kind of praise;
Naming thy name blesses an ill report.
O, what a mansion have those vices got
Which for their habitation chose out thee,
Where beauty's veil doth cover every blot,
And all things turn to fair that eyes can see!
Take heed, dear heart, of this large privilege;
The hardest knife ill-used doth lose his edge.

Sonnet # XCIV.

They that have power to hurt and will do none,
That do not do the thing they most do show,
Who, moving others, are themselves as stone,
Unmoved, cold, and to temptation slow,
They rightly do inherit heaven's graces
And husband nature's riches from expense;
They are the lords and owners of their faces,
Others but stewards of their excellence.
The summer's flower is to the summer sweet,
Though to itself it only live and die,
But if that flower with base infection meet,
The basest weed outbraves his dignity:
For sweetest things turn sourest by their deeds;
Lilies that fester smell far worse than weeds.

Sonnet LXXXIX.

Say that thou didst forsake me for some fault,
And I will comment upon that offence;
Speak of my lameness, and I straight will halt,
Against thy reasons making no defence.
Thou canst not, love, disgrace me half so ill,
To set a form upon desired change,
As I'll myself disgrace: knowing thy will,
I will acquaintance strangle and look strange,
Be absent from thy walks, and in my tongue
Thy sweet beloved name no more shall dwell,
Lest I, too much profane, should do it wrong
And haply of our old acquaintance tell.
For thee against myself I'll vow debate,
For I must ne'er love him whom thou dost hate.

Tap into the Power of Inspired Actions

"All know the way; few actually walk it."  ~Bodhidharma

Every action you take sends out an energetic vibration into the world.  Action shifts the molecules all around you on a physical level, and is directly linked to the types of things you manifest.  Your actions sculpt your world just like a sculptor molds clay to create a beautiful piece of art.  Each time you do something in the world, you mold the energetic and physcial reality around you.  You are always manifesting results.  Yes, the Laws of Attraction apply to your physical actions as well as to your emotional and mental energies.  You have the choice to either use your body-mind to actively support your dreams or hinder them.  Every time you take actions with an inspired expanded heart, you inadvertantly magnetize more of what you truly want, need, and desire into your life.  On the other hand, when you take action steps with hesitation, heaviness, resentment, or a general lack of excitement, you inadvertently send out a negative vibration which boomerangs back to you in the form of unwanted experiences.

Actions are an extremely powerful vehicle that when combined with the fuel of inspiration can make anything you want manifest quickly into your life.  Think of just ONE action step you could take towards manifesting your dreams... even the smallest step will do.  Practice getting in touch with your heart and find out what excites or inspires you in some way.  Take that one inspired step as soon as you can, and then add a new inspired action the next day.  Just doing ONE inspired action per day towards your dream life will help you manifest it faster and with more joy.

"Action may not always bring happiness,
but there is no happiness without action."  ~Benjamin Disraeli

 An interesting fact is that the word "inspired"  was derived from the Latin word inspirare which means to breathe into.  You are literally breathing life into your dreams every time you use inspiration to guide your actions.   Just like breathing is natural and happens of its on accord, so does inspiration naturally arise inside of you.  Being inspired is your true state.  You are naturally inspired when you are listening to your heart and what it feels compelled to do.  Just notice how children are naturally inspired to go and do things when left to their own devices, and how much exuberance for life they carry in their hearts.   They don't think about doing something, they just get into action and go have fun.   Every time you take action from an inspired place, you're tapping into the boundless energy of your infinite soul, feel rejuvenated, and even more alive.  Taking inspired action gives you energy, while doing things out of a sense of obligation drains your energy.

"Contemplation often makes life miserable.

We should act more, think less, 

and stop watching ourselves live.  ~Nicolas de Chamfort

Perhaps you are wondering how you can begin to feel inspired to take actions instead of sitting around on your couch all day. First of all, let's observe the kind of messages you are sending out to the Universe.  Are you waiting for something to manifest for you or taking massive action steps towards it?  If you are sending out the lazy message of waiting to the Unvierse, then you are most probably going to magnetize back to you the experience of waiting a long time to manifest what you want.  Here are 5 secrets to tap into the power of inspired actions: 

1.  Get quiet inside.  You can easily start moving into inspiration by quieting the incessant chattering of the mind.  Your mind is either trying too hard to manifest your desires, or paralyzed in fear, doubt, and resistance.  Just notice when you have doubting thoughts like "What will happen if I do that?"  or "Is there something better that I should be doing? ". Your mind is just use to trying to figure everything out instead of relying on your inner knowing.  If you feel paralyzed or confused about what action steps to take, learn to quiet your mind through meditation.    Beneath the chatter of the mind, there is a quiet voice that is urging you to take certain inspired actions.   Once you become the observer, you will be able to hear these words of inspiration and discover the amazing power of living from this place. 


2.  Prime your Inspiration Pump.  When the inspiration well is dry, you just press on the inspiration pump a few times to get the flow going.  Some ways is get your pump flowing include;  meditating on inspiring people who you admire in your life, writing down a list of your life's greatest inspired actions, or doing one inspired action immeditately.  Ask yourself, "What is one inspired action that would bring me closer to making my dreams a reality?"  Then, before your mind starts to question your answer, prime your inspiration pump by simply taking the first action step that comes into your mind without thinking about it.  You will be completely amazed at how this will awaken a flow of inspirational energy, and attract what you want into your life!


3. Consciously Create Time for Inspiration.  If you have been sitting around unconsciouly waiting for life to reward you with goodies, you may have a rusty inspiration engine.  Half the difficulty in feeling inspired is creating the space, surroundings, time, and consciousness to make it happen.  If you schedule 20 minutes a few times a day into your life to stop everything and ONLY do inspired actions, you'll feed the inspiration fire.  Inspired action fuels more inspiration.  Many new and exciting ideas can easily come to you once your energy expands outwards and you feel your heart re-open.  For many people, this occurs when they get into action without hesitating, pondering, or asking themselves one hundred questions. They just decide to take action on an exciting idea that comes into their mind.


4. Committ to being an Inspiration-a-holic.  Trust this energy and let yourself get addicted to it at least for a few weeks.  Then you'll naturally start to trust this way of being and living life.  Every idea can potentially become an inspired one (in some way) even if they do not fully excited you at first.  With deep resolution and committment to being addicted to inspired actions, you will never be bored with life.  Once you move into action with the intention of welcoming as much inspiration as you can handle, your energy expands and attracts inspired people, opportunities, abundance, and joy into your daily life.  You naturally become in touch with that which eternally radiates inspiration from your core.

5. Breathe In-spirit   If your body is emotionally blocked from feeling inspiration, you can physically access it through your breath.  Consciously inhale the most exciting thoughts you can handle for 30 seconds in a row and see what happens.  Then, focus on connecting with the power of your infinite inner being.  Imagine breathing in the quality behind words like exhilarating, stimulating, thrilling, invigorating, spine-tingling exciting, energizing, arousing...etc  Feel the vastness of the infinite Universe you live in and let any inspiring thoughts arise.  Let your breath be your guide.  When you direct your mind towards your infinite spirit, you naturally align yourself with your boundless inner being.  Listen to what it says and follow the quiet words of inspiration that arise from inside of you.

 "Genius is one percent inspiration and 

ninety-nine percent perspiration.”  ~Thomas  Edison


Our 90 Day Manifesting Program is like an "inspiration toolbox" that supports you in moving from a world of doubt and drudgery to embracing fun, easy, and inspired actions.  You'll learn concrete action steps to take to start making your dreams a reality.  It also gives you proven techniques to quiet the chatter of the mind, and meditations to re-connect with your most inspired self so that you can tap into the energy of inspiration that is at your core.  Find out more about how this program can support you at 

May Inspiration Always Be Your Guide! 

Margot Zaher & Jafree Ozwald


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Ancient Egyptians believed that upon death they would be asked two
questions and their answers would determine whether they could
continue their journey in the afterlife.
The first question was,
"Did you bring joy?"
The second was,
"Did you find joy?"

~Leo Buscaglia

The Three Little Trees

Once upon a mountain top, three little trees stood and dreamed of what they wanted to become when they grew up.

The first little tree looked up at the stars and said: "I want to hold treasure. I want to be covered with gold and filled with precious stones. I'll be the most beautiful treasure chest in the world!"

The second little tree looked out at the small stream trickling by on it's way to the ocean. "I want to be traveling mighty waters and carrying powerful kings. I'll be the strongest ship in the world!"

The third little tree looked down into the valley below where busy men and women worked in a busy town. "I don't want to leave the mountain top at all. I want to grow so tall that when people stop to look at me, they'll raise their eyes to heaven and think of God. I will be the tallest tree in the world."

Years passed. The rain came, the sun shone, and the little trees grew tall. One day t hree woodcutters climbed the mountain.

The first woodcutter looked at the first tree and said, "This tree is beautiful. It is perfect for me." With a swoop of his shining axe, the first tree fell. "Now I shall be made into a beautiful chest, I shall hold wonderful treasure!" The first tree said.

The second woodcutter looked at the second tree and said, "This tree is strong. It is perfect for me." With a swoop of his shining axe, the second tree fell. "Now I shall sail mighty waters!" thought the second tree. "I shall be a strong ship for mighty kings!"

The third tree felt her heart sink when the last woodcutter looked her way. She stood straight and tall and pointed bravely to heaven. But the woodcutter never even looked up. "Any kind of tree will do for me. "He muttered. With a swoop of his shining axe, the third tree fell.

The first tree rejoiced when the woodcutter brought her to a carpenter's shop. But the carpenter fashioned the tree into a feedbox for animals. The once beautiful tree was not covered with gold, nor with treasure. She was coated with sawdust and filled with hay for hungry farm animals.

The second tree smiled when the woodcutter took her to a shipyard, but no mighty sailing ship was made that day. Instead the once strong tree was hammered and sawed into a simple fishing boat. She was too small and too weak to sail to an ocean, or even a river; instead she was taken to a little lake.

The third tree was confused when the woodcutter cut her into strong beams and left her in a lumberyard. "What happened?" The once tall tree wondered. "All I ever wanted was to stay on the mountain top and point to God."

Many many days and night passed. The three trees nearly forgot their dreams. But one night, golden starlight poured over the first tree as a young woman placed her newborn baby in th e feedbox. "I wish I could make a cradle for him," her husband whispered. The mother squeezed his hand and smiled as the starlight shone on the smooth and the sturdy wood." This manger is beautiful," she said. And suddenly the first tree knew he was holding the greatest treasure in the world.

One evening a tired traveler and his friends crowded into the old fishing boat. The traveler fell asleep as the second tree quietly sailed out into the lake. Soon a thundering and thrashing storm arose. The little tree shuddered. She knew she did not have the strength to carry so many passengers safely through with the wind and the rain. The tired man
awakened. He stood up, stretched out his hand, and said, "Peace." The storm stopped as quickly as it had begun. Suddenly the second tree knew he was carrying the king of heaven and earth.

One Friday morning, the third tree was startled when her beams were yanked from the forgotten woodpile. She flinched as she was carried through an angry jeering crowd. She shuddered when soldiers nailed a man's hands to her. She felt ugly and harsh and cruel. But on Sunday morning, when the sun rose and the earth tremble with joy beneath her, the third tree knew that God's love had changed everything. It had made the third tree strong. And every time people thought of the third tree, they would think of God. That was better than being the tallest tree in the world.

So next time you feel down because you didn't get what you want, just sit tight and be happy because God is thinking of something better to give you.

Unknown author

Value the process

"If the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear ... as it is, infinite."

-- William Blake

When we stop and pay attention to ourselves, we begin to see clearly the habits and patterns that have kept us asleep and confused and misled for so long. With awareness, we can choose to shift from the selfish and narrow outlook of our personality to the all-embracing generosity of our soul, simply by changing our perspective.

Change your mind and you’ll change your world.

"You watch your mind to see who you are not. I watch my mind to gain a sense of its content, which has always been my pain. As I watch it, I get a sense of its impermanence. Thoughts come and go as part of a process. I see how content dissolves into process and begin to see the patterns in the process. Realizing it isn’t MY suffering, MY pain, it becomes THE pain. I’ve gone from the tiny, the small, and the individual to the universal. I feel OUR pain. When we do, we go from fear to compassion. Fear is MY pain, compassion is THE pain."

-- Stephen Levine

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"Angels Brought Me Here"

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It's been a long and winding journey, but i'm finally here tonight
Picking up the pieces, and walking back into the light
Into the sunset of your glory, where my heart and future lies
There's nothing like that feeling, when i look into your eyes...

My dreams came true, when i found you
I found you, my miracle...

If you could see, what i see, that you're the answer to my prayers
And if you could feel, the tenderness i feel
You would know, it would be clear, that angels brought me here...

Standing here before you, feels like i've been born again
Every breath is your love, every heartbeat speaks your name...

My dreams came true, right here in front of you
My miracle...

If you could see, what i see, you're the answer to my prayers
And if you could feel, the tenderness i feel
You would know, it would be clear, that angels brought me here...

Brought me here to be with you,
I'll be forever grateful (oh forever Faithful)
My dreams came true
When I found you
My miracle...

If you could see, what i see, you're the answer to my prayers
And if you could feel, the tenderness i feel
You would know, it would be clear, that angels brought me here...
Yes they brought me here...
If you could feel, the tenderness i feel...
You would know, it would be clear, that angels brought me here...


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May your fall be beautiful, fresh and fantastic!

On self-honesty

"No man, for any considerable period, can wear one face to himself, and another to the multitude, without finally getting bewildered as to which may be true."

-- Nathaniel Hawthorne

"You cannot fake a relationship and feel right with yourself or anyone else. Changing yourself to fit what you think other people want doesn’t work. Pretending to be someone other than yourself only broadens the distance between the person you are and the one with whom you’re trying to establish closeness."

-- Mary Manin Morrissey

"Just as surely as distress must follow self-deceit, healing must follow self-honesty."

-- Vernon Howard

"Don't compromise yourself. You are all you've got."

-- Janis Joplin

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Are you happy?

"It is not easy to find happiness in ourselves, and it is not possible to find it elsewhere."

-- Agnes Repplier

Are you happy?

Don’t answer too quickly. Sit with this question for a long time and you’ll be introduced to brand new dimensions of who you are and of what matters in your life.

"Happiness comes only when we push our brains and hearts to the farthest reaches of which we are capable."

-- Leo C. Rosten

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The World - A Different Perspective

If we could shrink the Earth's population to a village of precisely 100

With all existing human ratios remaining the same, it would look like

There would be:

57 Asians, 21 Europeans, 14 from the Western Hemisphere (North and South)
8 Africans.

51 would be female; 49 would be male.

70 would be non-whites, 30 white.

70 would be non-Christians; 30 Christian.

50% of the entire world's wealth would be in the hands of only 6 people
(and all 6 would be citizens of the U.S.)

80 would live in substandard housing.

70 would be unable to read.

50 would suffer from malnutrition.

1 would be near death; 1 would be near birth.

Only 1 would have a college education.

No one would own a computer.

Unknown author

The first step to forgiveness

"To get to forgiveness, we first have to work through the painful experiences that require it."

-- Christiane Northrup

To forgive, we do not have to say that whatever happened was okay. In fact, before we can forgive, we need to allow ourselves to really feel the pain of the experience. If we don’t fully acknowledge our hurts, we will continue to carry them subconsciously and they will drain our energy.

To forgive, we need to decide that we won’t allow the memories of the event to poison us any longer. We’re ready to heal this wound from the past and open to a fresh new beginning.

The blessing is that when we’re really ready to experience our pain and we open to it, it usually fades away. By honouring our pain, we release it.

"We must let ourselves feel all the painful destruction we want to forgive rather than swallow it in denial. If we do not face it, we cannot choose to forgive it."

-- Kenneth McNoll

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The Water Bearer

A water bearer had two large pots, one hung on each end of a pole which
he carried across his neck. One of the pots had a crack in it, and while
the other pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water.

At the end of the long walk from the stream to the master's house, the
cracked pot always arrived only half full. For two years this went on
daily, with the bearer delivering only one and a half pots full of water
to his master's house. Of course, the perfect pot was proud of its
accomplishments, fulfilled in the design for which it was made. But the
poor cracked pot was ashamed of its own imperfection, and miserable that
it was unable to accomplish what it had been made to do.

After two years of enduring this bitter shame, the pot spoke to the water
bearer one day by the stream. "I am ashamed of myself and I apologize to
you." "Why?" asked the bearer. "What are you ashamed of?" "I have been
able, f or these past two years, to deliver only half my load because
this crack in my side causes water to leak out all the way back to your
master's house. Because of my flaws, you have to do all of this work, and
you don't get full value from your efforts," the pot said.

The water bearer felt sorry for the old cracked pot, and in his
compassion he said, "As we return to the master's house, I want you to
notice the beautiful flowers along the path." Indeed, as they went up the
hill, the old cracked pot took notice of the sun warming the beautiful
wild flowers on the side of the path, and was cheered somewhat. But at
the end of the trail, it still felt the old shame because it had leaked
out half its load, and so again the pot apologized to the bearer for its

The bearer said to the pot, "Did you not notice that there were flowers
only on your side of the path, and not on the other pot's side? That's
because I have always known about your flaw, and I took advantage of it.
I planted flower seeds on your side of the path, and every day while
we've walked back from the stream, you've watered them. For two years I
have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to decorate my master's
table. Without you being just the way you are, he would not have this
beauty to grace his house."

Each of us has flaws. We're all cracked pots. But if we will allow Him,
the Lord will use our flaws to grace His Father's table. In God's great
economy, nothing goes to waste. Don't be afraid of your flaws.
Acknowledge them, and you, too, can bring something beautiful to the

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You have the power and the opportunity to change your life.
You can make anything you want of it.
It's not difficult, it just takes some effort.

See things as you would have them be instead of as they are.
Develop a personal plan that focuses on what you want,
not on what you have.

Your imagination will show you how to turn your possibilities into reality.
Visualize your goals and your subconscious will begin to work
toward making those mental pictures come true.
If you picture yourself vividly as winning,
that alone will contribute immeasurably to your success.

Knowing your destination is all you need to get there.


©2006 by Max Steingart
Reproduce freely but maintain © notice

Dialogues with the Master ? Organizing the quest


Here I continue to transcribe extracts of the notes I took between 1982 and 1986 on my conversations with J., my friend and master in the Regnus Agnus Mundi (RAM) tradition. I remember that I was always asking for advice on any decision I had to take. J. usually remained silent for a while before speaking:

“People who are part of our daily life can give us important hints on decisions we need to take. But for this purpose all that is needed is a sharp eye and an attentive ear, because those who have ready solutions are usually suspect.

“It’s very dangerous to ask for advice. It’s very risky to lend advice, if we have a minimum sense of responsibility towards the other person. If they need help, it’s best to see how others resolve – or don’t resolve – their problems. Our angel often uses someone’s lips to tell us something, but this answer comes casually, usually at a moment when we do not let our worries overshadow the miracle of life. Let our angel speak the way he is used to, which is at the moment he deems necessary. Advice is just theory; living is always very different.”

Then he told me an interesting story:

Master Kais was walking in the desert with his disciples when he came across a hermit who had lived there for years. The disciples began to shower him with questions on the universe – but they eventually discovered that the man did not have all the wisdom that he seemed to possess. When they mentioned this to Kais, he answered:

“Never consult a worried man, no matter how good an advisor he may be; don’t ask a pride man for help, however intelligent he may seem. Because worries and vanity obscure knowledge. Above all, distrust those who live in solitude; usually they are not there because they have renounced everything but rather because they have never known how to live with others. What wisdom can we expect from that type of person?”

J. left for the airport and I was left to reflect on our conversation. I was in need of help, because I always made the same mistakes over and over again. My life revolved around old problems, and every now and then I was confronted with situations that had crossed my path so many times before. That depressed me. It made me feel that I was incapable of making any progress. I decided to go into a café that I still frequent today, just to sit and observe everything around me. I saw nothing new, absolutely nothing, and began to feel abandoned.

I decided to look at a newspaper that someone had left on a nearby table, and began to leaf through it at random. I discovered a review of an old book by Gurdjieff that had just been republished; the critic used an extract from the book:

Conscious faith is freedom.

Instinctive faith is slavery.
Mechanical faith is madness.
Conscious hope is strength.
Emotional hope is cowardice.
Mechanical hope is sickness.
Conscious love arouses love.
Emotional love arouses the unexpected.
Mechanical love arouses hate.

There lay the answer: the same elements (faith, hope and love) with their nuances, always leading to different consequences. I began to be aware that repeated experiences serve a purpose: they teach you what you have not yet learned. From that day on, I have always sought for a different solution to each repeated struggle – and little by little I found my path.

When we met again, I asked what I should do to organize a little my spiritual quest, which seemed to be leading nowhere. Here is what he answered:

“Don’t try to be coherent all the time; discover the joy of being a surprise to yourself. Being coherent is having always to wear a tie that matches your socks. It means being obliged to keep tomorrow the same opinions you have today. What about the world, which is always in movement? As long as it doesn’t harm anyone, change your opinion now and again, and contradict yourself without feeling ashamed - you have a right to that! It doesn’t matter what the others may think – because they are going to think that way no matter what.”

“But we are talking about faith.”

“Exactly! Go on doing what you do, but try to put love in every gesture: that will be enough to organize your quest. Usually we do not lend value to the things we do every day, but those are the things that change the world around us. We think that faith is a task for giants, but just read a few pages of the biography of any holy man and you will discover an absolutely ordinary person – except for the fact that they were determined to share the very best of themselves with others.

“Many emotions move the human heart when it decides to dedicate itself to the spiritual path. This may be a “noble” reason – like faith, love of our neighbor, or charity. Or it may be just a whim, the fear of loneliness, curiosity, or the fear of death. None of that matters. The true spiritual path is stronger than the reasons that led us to it and little by little it imposes itself with love, discipline and dignity. A moment arrives when we look backwards, remember the beginning of our journey, and laugh at ourselves. We have managed to grow, although we traveled the path for reasons that were very futile.”

“How do I know at least that I am traveling this path with love and dignity?”

“God uses loneliness to teach us about living together. Sometimes he uses anger so that we can understand the infinite value of peace. At other times he uses tedium, when he wants to show us the importance of adventure and leaving things behind.

“God uses silence to teach us about the responsibility of what we say. At times he uses fatigue so that we can understand the value of waking up. At other times he uses sickness to show us the importance of health.

“God uses fire to teach us about water. Sometimes he uses earth so that we can understand the value of air. And at times he uses death when he wants to show us the importance of life.”

“And what do we do about the feeling of guilt that we all share?”

“At one of the most tragic moments of the Crucifixion, one of the thieves noticed that the man dying beside him was the Son of God. ‘Lord, remember me when You are in Heaven’, said the thief. ‘In truth, today you shall be with me in Heaven’, answered Jesus, turning a bandit into the first saint of the Catholic Church: Saint Dimas.

“We don’t know why Dimas was condemned to death. The Bible tells us that he confessed his guilt and that he was crucified for the crimes he had committed. Let us suppose that he did something cruel, awful enough to end his life in that fashion; yet, even so, in his final minutes of life, he was redeemed – and glorified – by an act of faith.

“Remember this example when for some reason you feel unable to continue on your path.” @ 2006 by Paulo Coelho  

Make time to play

"If we fail to nourish our souls, they wither, and without soul, life ceases to have meaning.... The creative process shrivels in the absence of continual dialogue with the soul. And creativity is what makes life worth living."

-- Marion Woodman

Stress, fear, negativity, too much to do and doing things for others at the expense of our own needs -- these all stifle our innate creativity. Relaxation, fun, meditation, and going after our dreams all get the creative juices flowing. Soul is always creative, always fresh and new.

How can you create more space in your life to allow the soul’s energy out to play?

"I learned... that inspiration does not come like a bolt, nor is it kinetic, energetic, striving, but it comes to us slowly and quietly and all the time, though we must regularly and every day give it a little chance to start flowing, prime it with a little solitude and idleness."

-- Brenda Ueland

"I lived in solitude in the country and noticed how the monotony of quiet life stimulates the creative mind."

-- Albert Einstein

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What message did you most need to hear?

"One word frees us from the weight and pain of life; that word is love." --Sophocles

In exploring the enneagram, Riso and Hudson have identified ‘lost messages’ that we needed to hear as children but didn’t. The absence of these words may be at the heart of our most basic fear. And unconsciously we may still be seeking to hear these words from others.

Review the following messages and note if any one touches you more strongly than the others:

1. "You are good."
2. "You are wanted."
3. "You are loved for yourself."
4. "You are seen for who you are."
5. "Your needs are not a problem."
6. "You are safe."
7. "You will be taken care of."
8. "You will not be betrayed."
9. "Your presence matters."

"Oh the comfort, the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person, having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but pouring them all right out, just as they are -- chaff and grain together -- certain that a faithful hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping, and with the breath of kindness blow the rest away."

-- Dinah Mulock

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Keys To Living With Greater Awareness


Don’t wait for others to love you. Love them! Love everyone—not for what you receive outwardly in return, but for the sheer joy of offering yourself as a channel for this greatest of all gifts.

Love is a natural quality of the feeling of the heart. Love becomes deadened, however, by selfishness.

Unselfish love, once awakened, brings every cell in the body into harmony. It directs the energy of the brain powerfully toward whatever one sets one’s mind to accomplish.

A Risk of Being Real in a Relationship Brings a Certain Reward

Hello Friends,

To be there, to love, what is the price? What will it cost you to receive all you are entitled to? To be in a relationship, there is a payment that must be made if you wish to receive all you desire from the other.

If your payment is fear, withholding your true feelings, holding back, allowing fear to block the flow of truth, then you receive loneliness and validate your own lack of self-worth. This validation only breeds further feelings of alienation; you do not experience all the rich joy you can receive when your payment is genuine truth.

To share your truth is perhaps one of the scariest feelings that exists between lovers and romantic friends today.

When you take the risk
to bear your soul, expose the real you, and reveal your genuine feelings, you become vulnerable; you may be afraid that your open heart will be pierced by another.

But there is another dynamic you may wish to consider and experiment with, a tiny bit at a time.

Risk exposing your feelings.

Take a tiny risk, just as a baby takes a tiny risk with his first steps. Yes, your fears may cause you to stumble, to close your heart again. But if you are with a person you truly love, and you take a baby step to expose your truth, then you can see the reaction. Then you can see how you will be treated as you risk sharing the genuine feelings you hold inside.

If you are with a person you truly love, and you do take tiny steps to share your genuine feelings, you will find that you are rewarded with love, acceptance, and appreciation in return. Then take another step, take an action, do something special together, and watch, feel, and be amazed at the new joy you will discover.

As you take tiny steps, first with vision and will, then with action, you will find the rewards are akin to those of a baby learning to walk: “Wow, I can do it!” The baby thinks, “I will do this again!”

After many attempts of risking
to share genuine love and true feelings, you will find that you stumble back into old patterns far less than you did before. And you walk beside the one you love more easily. And soon you may want to run together – to dare to go all the way, to run, and laugh, and experience the true freedom and joy of sharing your true self, your true and honest feelings with the one person who has truly been there for you through all your past stumblings.

When you find this with another, you have found real love. You have found one with whom you can share your deepest fears, your greatest insecurities, your biggest mistakes, and still be loved and appreciated for all of who you are.

there is a reason
When you find such a person in your life, you must know there is a reason for this to have happened to you. You may choose to take a deeper look beyond the simple romantic or friendly attraction and realize that perhaps there are greater reasons, higher reasons for your finding one another.

Perhaps you are to do something together. Perhaps you are to truly be there by each other’s side, a hand to hold, arms to hug, love to feel, fun to share, friendship to grow, trust to bloom, and memories to create that you can treasure together for your life.

There have been many people who have turned their backs to the love they have found, and in each case, those people have never forgotten, nor have they ever been able to replace their true match with another. They live with regret. They live with a heart longing for the joy and beauty they once had but were too afraid to embrace fully; they turned their backs on the one they truly loved, and never found such a true love again.

Love, pure love, honest and genuine love, does not die. You can travel to every corner of the globe. You can watch the seasons pass. But no matter how far you travel or how many years have gone by since you held the one you love in your arms, your heart, your soul will never forget this one person.

the one who brings out your greatest growth
You may also find that the one who brings out your greatest growth, who makes you see all of the areas that need healing is precisely the person you may find yourself wanting to run away from. Who wants to face all of that hurt? If that happens, be wise enough to ask yourself, “Isn’t that why we have true relationships, to genuinely become the best we can be?” And how can we become our best when we ignore or run away from those areas we need to heal? We cannot.

So the one who causes you great frustration is also the one who ultimately brings you the greatest joy: the discovery of the genuine you.

Once you do grow through the challenges, the rewards of such a deep and genuine understanding between two people could never be replaced by a shallow, superficial relationship. Love is a gift, and appreciation for this gift must be shown.

There is the saying, “Hurt me once, shame on you; hurt me twice, shame on me.” This universe will send you a gift of love, a true match, once. If you choose to throw this gift away, if you do not show appreciation for it, you can be certain this universe will not be foolish enough to give you a gift so rare and so special again in this life.

when he or she sees through to the core of you
You must know that when a person treasures you, when he or she sees through to the core of you and accepts you fully, with all of your faults, you have been blessed.

Now, if you love this person, if you truly do, deep inside, love this person, then give yourself this gift of love, cherish and treasure the gift you have received, for if you do not, you shall not ever know such a gift again in this life.

You will know deep down in your heart when all of the elements are there. You will feel so at peace and, at the same time, so challenged – challenged to grow, challenged to evolve and lift yourself above and beyond your fears of intimacy.

This work on self is required in order to continue experiencing the gift of this love in your life.

Debilitating fears of closeness or of opening one’s heart are also patterns that must be recognized and worked through. So ask yourself, “How can I notice when those old feelings come up?”

Become conscious of them
If you remain on automatic pilot, you will automatically sabotage the relationship.

Fear of being hurt or vulnerable is understandable and quite common. When left unnoticed, unchecked, and unattended to, however, it is also the source of pain. How do you attend to your fears? You simply acknowledge their existence. You say, "Oh look, this is what I have been feeling, this is what happens to me. Do I want this feeling or pattern to take charge, or do I prefer something different?"

It comes down to a preference, an individual choice not to react but to consciously decide how you are going to respond when you notice your fears coming to the surface. Once you become fully conscious of them, their paralyzing effect dwindles; instead of feeling smothered by an avalanche, you feel the slight sting of a pebble. Awareness of an old pattern greatly reduces its effects on you.

There is always a period of tremendous anxiety when old fears come to the surface. Realize, however, that this anxiety does, in fact, pass. It is a feeling. Feelings flow. One feeling, no matter how horrible or anxiety provoking, does not last forever.

once you notice
the anxiety coming to the surface, you become the one in charge. You are no longer run by old tapes that do not help you experience all you prefer to experience now.

Those old tapes may have served you in the past, protecting you from pain from a certain person. But now that you have found someone else, someone special, those old tapes can only be destructive.

If you become aware of your feelings and allow the anxiety to pass by sharing what you think and how you feel, then you no longer risk losing a person you may not ever be able to replace.

This is far better than allowing old, self-protective patterns that are in your comfort zone to destroy your opportunity for genuine love and genuine healing . Would you rather lose true love because it feels uncomfortable? Is that what you want?

Look around you. Think of all the people you have dated. Think of how many years you have gone without this one very special person. Do you want to lose this gift simply because it is scary for you to take personal responsibility and notice your feelings as they surface?

You do not have to be perfect.
You cannot be perfect. But if you decide to take charge of an old pattern and act to heal your inner self, you will find that the one you love will not leave your side.

all my love,

Barbara Rose, Ph.D.
Excerpt from the book Individual Power: Reclaiming Your Core, Your Truth and Your Life


Paderewski - Lesson of Life

rosepetals on floor

Wishing to encourage her young son's progress on the piano, a mother took
her boy to a Paderewski concert.

After they were seated, the mother spotted a friend in the audience and
walked down the aisle to greet her. Seizing the opportunity to explore
the wonders of the concert hall, the little boy rose and eventually
explored his way through a door marked "NO ADMITTANCE."

When the house lights dimmed and the concert was about to begin, the
mother returned to her seat and discovered that the child was missing.
Suddenly, the curtains parted and spotlights focused on the impressive
Steinway on stage. In horror, the mother saw her little boy sitting at
the keyboard, innocently picking out "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star."

At that moment, the great piano master made his entrance, quickly moved
to the piano and whispered in the boy's ear, "Don't quit. Keep playing."
Then, leaning over, Paderewski reached down with his left hand and began
filling in the bass part. Soon his right arm reached around to the other
side of the child and he added a running obbligato.

Together, the old master and the young novice transformed a frightening
situation into a wonderfully creative, experience. And the audience was

The lesson: Whatever our situation in life and history -- however
outrageous, however desperate, whatever dry spell of the spirit, whatever
dark night of the soul -- God is whispering deep within our beings,
"Don't quit. Keep playing.

You are not alone. Together we will transform the broken patterns into a
masterwork of My creative art.

Together, we will mesmerize the world."

Unknown author

Slow down

"The soul requires duration of time -- rich, thick, deep, velvety time -- and it thrives on rhythm. Soul can’t be hurried or harried .... We may go through many events in the day and experience nothing because the soul has not had the opportunity to feel them from many different points of view."

-- Robert Sardello

Soul cannot exist when our connections in life remain superficial. An experience of soul requires that we take time to be fully present to the details of our lives.

Explore what happens when you take the time to STOP and PAY ATTENTION. When we choose to slow down and really experience the qualities of our lives, we get a whole new perspective on what living’s all about.

"We must not allow the clock and the calendar to blind us to the fact that each moment of life is a miracle and mystery."

-- H. G. Wells

"The well of Providence is deep. It’s the buckets we bring to it that are small."

-- Mary Webb

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The Enlightened Festive Mindset

"You cannot be happy with a serious mind. With a festive mind, you
can be happy. Take this whole life as a myth, as a story. It is one,
but once you take it this way you will not be unhappy." ~ Osho

Are you having fun yet? Whether you are enjoying your life today or not depends on one thing...your attitude. If you wish to enjoy this moment immensely, start welcoming the "Festive Mindset". This means you are choosing to see EVERY situation as opportunity to reveal more Love, Joy, Inner Peace, or FUN! This is another golden key to becoming a manifesting magnet! When you take your life too seriously it's as if you are gripping too tightly to the steering wheel. Your mind and body become more contracted, your vision gets blurred, and you become entangled in tension and essentially cut off the flow of life force. If you want to keep manifesting unhappiness, then become even more serious about everything happening in this world. If you want to make this planet a more enlightened playground, become more joyful, lighthearted, and devour those serious gremlins. Just letting go of the seriousness about everything allows you the space inside to make a clear choice to have fun with the time you have left. Let go of that serious attitude and play!

"You can't shake hands with a clenched fist." ~Gandhi

The more often you give yourself permission to play and achieve nothing, your every breath becomes a pathway to experiencing more freedom and inner peace. The playful festive mindset also opens you up emotionally so that you can start LOVING life and eventually turn into a love-a-holic. Of course life situations will manifest the way they need to, yet your power exists in HOW you respond to life. Prioritize lightness over seriousness, making it your first reactionary response. Soon the sense of fun and freedom will be following you everywhere!! Imagine what your face will look like once you decide to smile at and laugh with everything that happens to you in the next 24 hours. Is this someone who you would enjoy being? The festive mindset is a choice you get to make in each moment. The serious gumpster inside you doesn't want you to believe it is a choice. It wants you to believe that you are trapped and stuck in some unhappy pattern you cannot change. You see, seriousness is a gremlin that thrives on fear. It is always constricting and repeling people and opportunities away from you. How do you feel when you are around someone who is super serious about life? Do you really want to be around them?

The good news is that it is super easy to release and free any serious gremlins inside you. It simply starts with your heart's committment to having more fun! In time the festive mindset will get rooted inside you. Then you'll experience the greatest Truth of all; that life is just one crazy and wild exotic game. Yes, it's a massive game on a spiritual playground where you can explore your soul, enjoy yourself, and evolve. You have already been chosen to be one of life's greatest players, so it is time to start playing! It's really not important who "wins" in this game. It doesn't even matter who defeats whom in the end. The most important thing is that you are truly enjoying the game now. Games were created to have fun, right? Take this moment and look at where you can start having more FUN in your life. If you were a fun-loving playful child again, how would you approach the situations in your world? If this life is a game, how do you really want to play it?

"Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain one once you
grow up." ~Pablo Picasso

It's surprising what can happen in your life when you start to consciously choose the festive mindset over living in serious gremlin-ville. I (Margot) had an experience seven years ago that clearly demonstrated the power of the festive mindset. One autumn evening, I decided to radically shift my approach to networking, and attend a community business event with an entirely different mindset. Up until that evening, I had always been very serious about making a good impression at these networking events. I had worked hard to perfect my introductions, have great sales conversations, and generally make people what to do business with me. The problem was that I was feeling a bit of pressure around attending these events, and was no longer really enjoying them. So on that evening, I decided to embrace the festive mindset. I imagined that this event had been held in my honor and that it was just one big party for me where everybody was excited to see me! Since I love parties, it was easy for me to imagine that this event was the best party ever and I started to really have a good time. I forgot about selling my coaching services and just had a lot of fun meeting new people. In fact, people kept walking up to me and telling me that I looked like I was having fun. The amazing thing about that evening is the kind of success I manifested. I created three long-term clients that night, and made a life-long friend who introduced me to an entire new group of like-minded people who many are now my best friends. The power of imagination is truly amazing.

"Imagination is more important than knowledge." ~Albert Einstein

So it's time to say good-bye to the old serious attitude of approaching life like it's something challenging to conquer, and embrace the festive mindset that views all experiences as part of the bigger game of life. Start adopting this fun-loving light-hearted attitude right now about what concerns you most about your life. Even if you don't normally think of an experience as "positive" or "good", imagine how an enlightened light-hearted being would approach it. Practice on the small perceived nuisances like traffic jams and missed appointments, and soon you will be able to see how life is truly a game to be enjoyed! Once you deeply embrace this new attitude, your manifesting vibration will SKYROCKET and you will manifest a plethora of your desires.

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Margot & Jafree

Precious Gift

A wise woman who was traveling in the mountains found a precious stone in
a stream.

The next day she met another traveler who was hungry, and the wise woman
opened her bag to share her food. The hungry traveler saw the precious
stone and asked the woman to give it to him.

She did so without hesitation.

The traveler left rejoicing in his good fortune. He knew the stone was
worth enough to give him security for a lifetime. But, a few days later,
he came back to return the stone to the wise woman.

"I've been thinking," he said.

"I know how valuable this stone is, but I give it back in the hope that
you can give me something even more precious. Give me what you have
within you that enabled you to give me this stone."

Sometimes it's not the wealth you have but what's inside you that others

Unknown author

How do you play your roles?

"What concerns me is not the way things are, but rather the way people think things are."

-- Epicetus

When we are basically unconscious, we live according to social roles. We perform as sons and daughters, mothers and fathers, husbands and wives, employers and employees, as society expects us to.

As we grow in awareness, we gain the freedom to bring our own unique perspectives to these roles. We can express ourselves authentically and creatively, without letting our roles dictate how we should behave.

"Risk! Risk anything! Care no more for the opinion of others, for those voices. Do the hardest thing on earth for you. Act for yourself. Face the truth."

-- Katherine Mansfield

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Keeping a little ahead of conditions is one of the secrets of business.
The time to repair your roof is when the sun is shining.
So, do things before they need to be done.

Let your advance worrying become advance thinking and planning.
Position yourself ahead of time in the best place for you.

You'll gain the advantage in any situation through the medium of time.
When you think ahead of any approaching action
you'll always have the advantage.
You'll be the winner.

When you do what is necessary,
all the odds are in your favor.


©2006 by Max Steingart
Reproduce freely but maintain © notice

Be here now

"This moment is the moment of reality, of union, of truth. Nothing needs to be done to it or to you for this to be so. Nothing needs to be avoided, transcended, or found for it to be so."

-- Da Avabhasa

Creativity, connection, soul, inspiration and intuition are available only in the present moment for the present moment.

We choose how actively we take part in the cosmic dance of life. We can become wallflowers, mere spectators to life, if we get trapped in the patterns and habits of the past. Or we can choose to dance by being present and open to the energies, the opportunities and the guidance available to us each moment.

"Each today, well-lived, makes yesterday a dream of happiness and each tomorrow a vision of hope. Look, therefore, to this one day, for it and it alone is life."

-- Sanskrit poem

"You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment."

-- Henry David Thoreau

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"The Rose"

blooming rose

Some say love it is a river
That drowns the tender reed.
Some say love it is a razor
That leaves your soul to bleed.

Some say love it is a hunger
An endless, aching need
I say love it is a flower,
And you it's only seed.

It's the heart afraid of breaking
That never learns to dance
It's the dream afraid of waking
That never takes the chance

It's the one who won't be taken,
Who cannot seem to give
And the soul afraid of dying
That never learns to live.

When the night has been too lonely
And the road has been too long.
And you think that love is only
For the lucky and the strong.

Just remember in the winter
Far beneath the bitter snow
Lies the seed that with the sun's love,
In the spring, becomes the rose.  latest videos westlife: The Rose


"There may be no 'I' in 'team', but there's a ME if you look
hard enough."

-David Brent, from the TV show "The Office"

This past weekend has been the final two days of a three month odyssey into football and cheerleading for my 11 year old son Oliver and 9 year old daughter Clara.

The agreement we made with both Oliver and Clara was that we would support them by buying their outfits, paying their costs and driving them to and from practices and games (over 200 car journeys, but who's counting?), and that in exchange they needed to make two simple agreements with us - that they would give their best to develop their individual skills, and that they would show up and support their teams for every practice and every game, even if they decided for any reason they no longer wanted to actively participate.

Those agreements were tested continually throughout the season as Oliver struggled with inexperience, illness and fear (he weighed nearly 50 pounds less than the weight limit for his division), Clara with frustration, exhaustion and chaos (over half her cheer squad walked out less than two weeks before the final competition), and Nina and I with sheer parental overwhelm (we almost gave up before either of them even thought to).

The reason those agreements mattered to us relates to what I believe to be the two key factors in the healthy development of an individual, family, team, community, or even society:

1. Personal Responsibility

"Action springs not from thought, but from readiness for

-Dietrich Bonhoeffer

We come into the world without the knowledge, strength or skills to take care of ourselves, and as such, we are naturally dependent on the people around us for our survival.

At some point, however, our dependence becomes more a matter of choice than necessity. This is the point where we have developed sufficient skills and awareness to take responsibility for our own continued learning and development.

It is the point where we no longer blame our teachers for a failing grade on a test or our quarterback for a dropped ball in the end zone - the shift from "who's fault is this?" to "what can I do in this moment to make things more the way I want them to be?"

The fact that sometimes that question has no easy answers is why the second factor is of equal importance...

2. Awareness of Interdependence

"There is no such thing as a "self-made" man. We are made up of
thousands of others. Everyone who has ever done a kind deed for
us, or spoken one word of encouragement to us, has entered into
the make-up of our character and of our thoughts, as well as
our success."

-George Matthew Adams

In America in particular, "independence" has long been touted as the most prized stage of development. We go out and earn our own money, make our own way, and "don't have to depend on no-one for nothing"!

But while feeling able to take care of oneself is a wonderful milestone in any individual's development, at some point most of us come to realize that there's no such thing as true "independence".

Unless you harvest your own grain and nuts and grind them with stones ripped from the ground with your own bare hands, every time you have a peanut butter sandwich you are benefiting from the work of dozens of other people who have made the raw ingredients available to you. (Not to mention the employers and/or customers who have exchanged their money with you so that you could buy those raw ingredients from the shop.)

On a professional football team, the highest paid players are generally the quarterback, running back, wide receiver and left tackle. But to say those players are more important to the success of the team than any other player or coach is like saying the engine is more important to the car than the steering wheel, the tires or the rear-view mirror. The fact is that if any part of the car isn't working properly, that car isn't going to get very far.

Here's the key:

*When you combine taking personal responsibility with an awareness of interdependence, you put the "I" back in "team".*

Two weeks ago Oliver's personal responsibility and natural ability led to his having a breakthrough game, starring as running back, wide receiver and defensive end. It seemed a perfect warm-up to the biggest game of the year - the homecoming game against the Wilshire Tiny Mites.

Unfortunately, he spent much of the intervening week sick in bed and was still throwing up the morning of the homecoming game. Although he went through drills with his team before the game, the trainer made the decision that he wouldn't be able to play and he had to sit on the bench and watch his team take the field without him.

As I watched him sitting on the bench, head bowed as the rest of his team went out to play, I wondered how this game would affect what he took away from the season. If they played well without him, would he think that his own efforts hadn't mattered? If they played poorly, would he think it had all been down to him?

Fortunately, as I sat and pondered Oliver got up and found his own way of putting the "I" back into his team. He stood up and joined the other players on the sideline. During time outs, he grabbed the water bottles and made sure his friends were able to refresh themselves. Just before half-time, I saw him dragging the cooler full of Gatorade and orange slices over to the shade so they would be there waiting for his team as they came off the field.

Although in the end his team lost the game, they finished strong as a team - and in that sense, every kid walked off the field as a winner.

Today's Experiment:

1. What 'teams' are you on in your own life? That is, what groups of people do you work with or alongside of in pursuit of a shared goal?

2. For each 'team' you are a part of, identify that shared goal? Be as explicit as you can.


Team: Parents at my child's school
Shared Goal: To give our kids the best possible grounding for happy, productive lives

Team: My company
Shared Goal: To create a high-impact, high-profit company - doing well by doing good

3. This week, practice noticing how everything you do is a function of both giving the gift of your personal responsibility and receiving the gifts of interdependence.


Personal Responsibility:

*I choose to sit here and write, even though there are a dozen other things clamoring for my attention

*I choose to continue on until the job is done

Awareness of Interdependence:

Without the people who have taken the time to share their wisdom with me, I wouldn't have the insights to know what to write. Without the thousands of people I hope will be reading this, I would not be taking the time to write it. Without the people who hire me as their coach, buy my books and products, I wouldn't be able to afford the time to write it. (This doesn't even take into account that I am able to type these words because of a teacher in the 4th grade and all the people who developed not only this computer but the software that allows me to share this with people in over 80 countries around the world!)

As I read back through this tip, I'm reminded of one of my favorite stories about a minister who is driving through the heartland of America when he comes across a truly glorious farm being tended to by a lone farmer.

Keen to remind the farmer of the source of his blessings, the minister pulls over to the side of the road and calls the farmer over.

"The lord has blessed you with a beautiful farm," said the minister.

After a few moments reflection, the farmer nodded his assent. "He certainly has, Reverend - but you should have seen it when he had it all to himself!"

Have fun, learn heaps, and bless yourself...

With love,


It's your life. You decide what you're going to do with it.
If you don't run your own life, someone else will.
You're in control of your life to the degree that you make decisions.

To control the outcome of anything,
you control the action at the point of decision making.
If you let others make decisions for you, you give up control.
When you control the decisions, you control the actions.

Take charge of your life,
so there is no longer a need to ask permission of others.
When you ask permission,
you're giving someone "veto" power over your life.

Only you are responsible for your life.
Take control and start making those decisions.


Sonnet # XCVII.

How like a winter hath my absence been
From thee, the pleasure of the fleeting year!
What freezings have I felt, what dark days seen!
What old December's bareness every where!
And yet this time removed was summer's time,
The teeming autumn, big with rich increase,
Bearing the wanton burden of the prime,
Like widow'd wombs after their lords' decease:
Yet this abundant issue seem'd to me
But hope of orphans and unfather'd fruit;
For summer and his pleasures wait on thee,
And, thou away, the very birds are mute;
Or, if they sing, 'tis with so dull a cheer
That leaves look pale, dreading the winter's near.


While your character is formed by your circumstances,
your desires can shape those circumstances.
The one thing over which you have absolute control is your own thoughts.
It is this that puts you in a position to control your own destiny.

Nature is constantly at work around you.
Character and destiny are her handiwork.
She gives you love and hate, jealousy and reverence.
You have the power to choose which impulse you follow.

At any time you can decide to alter the course of your life.
No one can ever take that away from you.
You can do what you want to do and be who you want to be.

Your greatest power is the power to choose.


Sonnet # XCVI.

Some say thy fault is youth, some wantonness;
Some say thy grace is youth and gentle sport;
Both grace and faults are loved of more and less;
Thou makest faults graces that to thee resort.
As on the finger of a throned queen
The basest jewel will be well esteem'd,
So are those errors that in thee are seen
To truths translated and for true things deem'd.
How many lambs might the stem wolf betray,
If like a lamb he could his looks translate!
How many gazers mightst thou lead away,
If thou wouldst use the strength of all thy state!
But do not so; I love thee in such sort
As, thou being mine, mine is thy good report.


blooming rose

Forgiveness is the Perfume the trampled flowers cast upon the heels that crushed them....