How Big Is Your Dream?

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A Vision without a task is just a dream.

A task without a vision is just a job.

A vision with a task can change the world.

Today we celebrate the life of a great man, a man whose dream changed the lives of millions of people and, indeed, the course of our entire world.

Martin Luther King’s message of freedom, peace and equality for all people is as pertinent today as it was 45 years ago.

But what I find even more important than his message is his ability to firmly hold onto his dream of equality even in the midst of oppressive segregation, prejudice and violence.

When exploring the Law of Attraction, we often talk about “contrast:” For instance, how do you hold onto a feeling of abundance when, in “reality” you are saddled with debt and wondering how you’re going to pay your rent?

Well, Martin Luther King is a brilliant example for us to emulate. He held onto his dream while living in the contrast. Even as he looked around with his eyes and saw a reality of violence and segregation and hatred and prejudice, deep in his heart, he knew that one day, his dream would become a reality. He knew that we would overcome, someday.

And Martin Luther King Jr. gave that dream to us. He gave us what Neale Donald Walsch calls the Grandest Version of the Greatest Vision he had ever seen.

And while he spoke some of the most eloquent words ever spoke, it was not his words that conveyed the dream: It was the feeling. He knew that this dream could be made real. He felt it. He believed it down to the very core of his being.

If you have not seen his “I have a dream” speech, click the play button below and watch it now. It is one of the most powerful and inspiring speeches ever. It will be well worth the 17-minutes you spend watching it.

But even as you’re listening to the words, go beneath them. See if you can sense the energy, the passion, the conviction with which he holds his dream. Because, remember, everything is energy, and we attract our dreams through a vibrational process.

Listen, especially near the end of his speech, how his voice takes on a vibrato that seems to sing the truth of his dream. He is there, living his dream, even as he stands in a reality that is, seemingly, a long way away from the dream.

So on this day, when we celebrate the life of one of our world’s biggest dreamers, I ask you, “What is your dream?”

What is the Grandest Version of the Greatest Vision you’ve ever had for your life?

Now do not fall into the trap of comparing your dream to Martin Luther King’s. Not all of us are meant to carry such dreams, and the weight of responsibility that comes with them.

But neither is anyone meant to give up their dreams. And that is what far too many people have done. They have given up their dreams because others have told them, throughout their lives, that they can’t have what they want. They have been told to “play it safe.” They have been shot down when they tried to soar. And they have learned that there is no sense in dreaming.

But on this day, when we remember and honor the grand dream of a brilliant dreamer, take some time to remember your big dreams.

On this day, when we pay tribute to Martin Luther King, one of the most skillful Deliberate Creators in recent history, remember that you are the creator of your life. You are dreaming your life into existence right now.

Vincent Van Gogh said,

“I dream of painting then I paint my dream.”

Martin Luther King dreamed of freedom for all people and then he began painting that dream.

What are you going to dream? What does your dream look like? What does it feel like?

Only when you know your dream, can you then begin painting it.

So start dreaming! Dream big. Dream bold.

And then begin living into that dream. Because dreams do come true. But for that to happen, you must take the first step. You must begin painting your dream, living your dream.

Only you can make your dream come true!

So begin today.

And, in case you have not heard, President elect Obama made a call to service on this day. If you want to answer that call, if you want to have a task to go with your vision of a better life and better world, here are two websites with information:

Martin Luther King Mobilization

USA Service

Last Day To Save $200 On Energy Skills For Deliberate Creators

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Just a quick head’s up before I head off to the hot springs for a 24-hour retreat.

Today is the last day to save $200 on the 6-week Energetics of Attraction teleseminar series:

Basic Energy Awareness Skills for Deliberate Creators.

This course will teach you:

  • A simple Intuitive Meditation Technique that will improve your intuition and help you connect with your internal guidance system.
  • A visualization technique that will allow you to see, hear, feel and fully experience your intentions in a
    holographic, “virtual reality.”
  • How to “plant” your desires into the Earth so they can literally “take root” and grow into your life!
  • Practical tools to help you make decisions based on your inner wisdom.
  • How to create positive, protective boundaries to keep other people’s energy out of your space!

And most importantly, you’ll learn how to put all of these tools and techniques into use immediately in your daily life to begin attracting more of what you want faster and more easily!

Go check out all the details on the registration page and sign up today to save over $200.

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Do You Take Your Expertise For Granted?

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I’ve had an epiphany of sorts over that last week or so. Many of you have downloaded the Energetics of Attraction report and were either on the live teleclass calls, or listened to the MP3 recordings of them. If you haven’t, you can go get your free Energetics of Attraction Resource Package here:

But that’s not the reason for this post. No, there’s something much more interesting.

As I’ve been preparing to launch the new Energetics of Attraction Intensive – writing the report, leading the teleclasses, creating the curriculum and handouts, setting up the web pages – I’ve come to realize the extent to which I take my knowledge of the Human Energy Systems for granted!

I’ve been thrilled about the launch of this new program, but after reading through some of the questions that have come in and a phone conversation I had with one of my Mastermind Partners – a long-term Personal Development and Law of Attraction practitioner – I finally got that my understanding of and experience with the Human Energy Systems is rare, even in the personal development world.

I’ve been intensively studying the Human Energy Systems for over 12-years and sometimes I just forget that the knowledge and skills I possess are totally foreign to many (most?) people.

A while back, my friend Dawud Miracle started an interesting conversation by asking: Are You An Expert if You Can’t Share What You know?

It’s an important question. But before you can even get to that question, there’s another one that needs to be asked:

Are you an expert if you don’t acknowledge that you are?

We all have expertise. Every single one of you reading this is an expert at something. But because you are an expert at it – because it has become easy for you – you may well not even notice it.

A bird would not acknowledge that it was an expert flyer. He just flies!

A fish would not acknowledge that it was an expert swimmer. She just swims!

You probably don’t acknowledge that you’re an expert walker or breather or eater. But you are!

Of course you are an expert at other things as well, things that may not be quite so universal as walking or breathing!

But do you acknowledge your expertise? Do you accept that something you do is unique. Or do you take it for granted because it now comes so easily to you?

I learned my lesson. With over 12-years of active, intensive study into the practical applications of the Human Energy Systems I have achieved a high level of mastery. But as Dawud asked, “Am I an expert if I can’t share that knowledge?”

There is no definite, universal answer to that question. But for me, the answer is a resounding No!

After all, what use is mastery if it’s not shared?

So I have made a conscious decision to ramp up the level at which I share my knowledge of the Human Energy Systems.

The Energetics of Attraction Resource Package was the first step.

And the next step is the 6-week program: Basic Energy Awareness Skills for Deliberate Creators.

Where is your expertise? What unique wisdom, talent, knowledge or ability do you have that you take for granted?

Perhaps it is time for you to claim your expert status and share your wisdom with the world!

Earth Day, A New Earth, And Energetics

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My daughter and I had a great day at our local Earth Day festival on Sunday. Compostable balloons from Whole Foods, Seed Balls from a local summer camp, some great music and our awesome Sunday farmer’s market combined for an awesome celebration. In the afternoon I planted some salad greens, sunflowers (volunteers from the compost pile) and more broccoli in our garden.

I love days like that and I embrace the belief that “every day is Earth day!” It’s not always easy to act in ways that feel nurturing to the Earth. But by staying conscious about our relationship to this planet, our home, we can begin to live and act as if today and every day is Earth Day.

There was a beautiful coincidence – if you believe in such things – in the timing of this week’s A New Earth webcast with Eckhart Tolle and Oprah. This week’s discussion focused on the discovery and exploration of Inner Space and the stillness you find there.

This is what Tolle writes about Stillness:

Stillness is really another word for space. … You are never more essentially, more deeply, yourself than when you are still. When you are still, you are who you were before you temporarily assumed this physical and mental form called a person. You are also who you will be when the form dissolves. When you are still, you are who you are beyond your temporal existence: consciousness—unconditioned, formless, eternal.

It is through stillness that we can truly connect with the Earth. It is from our Inner Space that we can see the Earth not as an object but as a Being. From within the Stillness we can connect and communicate with and learn from the Earth.

The Earth is an amazing teacher! She has taught me much about the Law of Attraction. The Earth is the ultimate Deliberate Creator.

One of the reasons that many people struggle to attract their desires is because they focus on sending their intentions “out” to the Universe. In order to attract things in the physical world it is equally important to send those intentions “down” into the physical Earth. The Earth provides the medium within which your desires will become “real.”

The ability to ground our desires into the Earth was one of the tools we explored in the free Energetics of Attraction teleclass last week. If you missed it you can access the recording on the Energetics of Attraction Resource Page.

You’ll also get access to the free report on the Harmonics of Human Awareness. I agree with what Eckhart says in the quote below. When you are detached, or I prefer to call it fully present on all levels of perception, not locked in at one level of awareness, you experience and enjoy life more fully!

Being detached does not mean that you cannot enjoy the good that the world has to offer. In fact, you enjoy it more. … When you are detached, you gain a higher vantage point from which to view the events in your life instead of being trapped inside them. You become like an astronaut who sees the planet Earth surrounded by the vastness of space and realizes a paradoxical truth: The earth is precious and at the same time insignificant.

What steps will you take today to explore your Inner Space, honor the Earth and fully enjoy all the good this world and this life has to offer?

Leave a comment below.

And go download your free Energetics of Attraction Resources before you forget!

A Microsoft Vista Lesson In Perfectionism

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I woke up this morning all excited to publish Part 2 of my free report: The Energetics of Attraction: Understanding and Applying the Harmonics of Human Awareness to Compose the Life You Desire. (If you haven’t read Part 1, you can get it here).

Yesterday, I spent over 4-hours “finalizing” the document. I added the section on the role of the subconscious in attraction, made revisions based on feedback I received, and added the layout elements including all the callouts and quotes.

So imagine my surprise this morning when I fired up my computer, started Word and got to the quick launch menu and saw no sign of my revised file! I spent a few minutes poking around, but rather than get completely stressed before my morning yoga class, I took a deep breath and walked downtown for some hot yoga.

After returning from yoga I searched everywhere on the internal hard drive, external hard drive, and flash drives. I’ve looked for the autorecover files. And I’ve searched Google on the slight chance that Vista has some glitch (no snide comments please!) that makes files just disappear.

No luck.

The file is gone.

So, either I had a major hallucinatory/out-of-body experience for those 4-plus-hours yesterday, or Vista/Word decided to eat that file. Either way, I can’t say that I’m thrilled!

However, being a Law of Attraction practitioner, I’m taking a lot of deep breaths and looking for the positive and the lesson in this.

One big positive is that, aside from the brief moment when I considered smashing the computer, I have remained relatively calm during this process. I haven’t whined (too much). I haven’t screamed (thought about it). I haven’t found a “Microsoft is the antichrist” website to rant on (hadn’t actually thought of that one until just now. Maybe… Nah!)

In fact, as I write this, I actually have a silly grin on my face and feel pretty good. (Check in with me again when I’m 2-hours into making those revisions again!)

Now, as for the lesson… Can you say “perfectionists anonymous?” Sure, as a coach and trainer, I encourage people to let go of perfectionism and get more done. But that’s still a life lesson I’m actively working on.

If you have already downloaded and read part 1 of the report you know that Part 2 was supposed to be done last week. Didn’t happen. Yesterday, I planned to publish it by lunchtime. Didn’t happen. So when I “finished” it around 9:00pm last night, I thought, since it was “too late” to publish it, that I would give it one more read through this morning before sending it out.

I guess that was one too many versions and the computer gods conspired to give me a gentle reminder that next time I should focus on getting it done, not perfect!

Are you a perfectionist? Do you tend to take your projects one, two or more versions beyond where they need to go? What would happen if you “finished” your project in 3 versions instead of 5? How much time would you save? How much sooner would people have access to it? How much more money would you make?

Vista is a prime example! Do you think the project managers at Microsoft knew there were bugs in Vista when they released it? Absolutely. Did they find a good balance between getting it right and getting it done? I suppose it depends on which desk you’re sitting at. If you’re in the accounting office at Microsoft, I’m sure you’re feeling pretty good about Vista being out in the world. If you’re sitting at home pulling your hair out, you may not agree!

But Microsoft aside, I’m going to challenge you, and I’m challenging myself as well, to focus on “finishing” your projects – blog posts, reports, presentations, art projects, songs, etc. – in at least one fewer drafts than you normally would.

Don’t do what I did last night and say, “I’ll just give this one more read in the morning.” Get it out the door so that you can move on to the next project.

Does this mean that some mistakes will get through? You bet. Is it the end of the world? No!

In my case, a few typos in a free report isn’t going to make someone say, “Look, there’s a typo. I’m not going to read any more of this stuff!” And, honestly, if someone is going to be turned off by some typos, I’d rather they move on to someone else’s free report!

So here’s my promise to you: I will have Part 2 of The Energetics of Attraction: Understanding and Applying the Harmonics of Human Awareness to Compose the Life You Desire published by Noon pacific time… Today! That gives me two hours to redo the revisions, quotes and other layout elements. (Now it’s 1 hour and 53 minutes because I just did a quick proof of this post!)

If you haven’t downloaded Part 1 of the report, go get it now.

And then watch for an email at Noon announcing Part 2!

Vision Boards And Feng Shui: A Powerful Combination

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At Saturday’s vision board group I knew I had to come up with a framework that would enable participants to finish their boards by 1:00pm. Past experience (the vision board 2007 event) taught me that, given free reign to vision about everything, most people would not complete their board in the allotted time.

So narrowing the focus would be crucial. The framework I chose to narrow it down was the Bagua map from Feng Shui. If you are not familiar with Feng Shui, it is the Chinese art or practice of positioning objects based on the flow of chi or energy.

 

One of the major tools used by Feng Shui practitioners is the Bagua map which lays out nine major life areas and allows you to chart them within your property, home, room, office, desk, etc.

You can download a copy of this bagua map here.

The nine areas outlined in the Bagua map are:

  • Wealth and Prosperity
  • Fame and Reputation
  • Relationships
  • Family
  • The Center and Health
  • Creativity and Children
  • Knowledge and Self-Cultivation
  • Career
  • Helpful People and Travel

I asked the participants to choose just one of these areas to focus on. I asked them to consider what area was most important to them in 2008, which one area, if improved, would have the most profound effect on their entire life?

Most of them came up with a primary life are to focus on in their vision board and for the first part of 2008. Others had two life areas that were equally important. And a few chose to do the entire Bagua!

Obviously when you are creating your vision board on your own, you do not have the same time constraints that we had during the workshop. However, there are still some definite benefits to working with a single, focused life area when creating your vision board.

As I like to say, we can have ANYTHING we want, but we can’t have EVERYTHING we want. At least not all at the same time. So narrowing the focus of your vision board, actually empowers your intentions.

What do you think would be more effective? A vision board with 20 or more intentions, or a vision board that focused on just one or two?

When I began creating Vision Boards several years ago (Back then they were collages or treasure maps) I often put everything I could possibly imagine wanting onto the boards. They were beautiful but a bit overwhelming. And ultimately, my success rate was not that great.

I was spreading my intention energy too thin!

Now, when I create a vision board, I focus on just one life area or just one specific desire. The board I posted yesterday was focused exclusively on the center quadrant of the Bagua map since this is the intangible area I plan to focus on throughout 2008.

And in a few weeks I will create a second board that focuses just on the wealth and prosperity quadrant since my primary, tangible intention for 2008 is to dramatically increase my passive income.

One of the beautiful things about using the Bagua map as your framework is that once you have created a vision board for one of the quadrants, you know exactly where to put it in your home or office to get the maximum energetic benefit. Just look at the map, find that area of your home and put your vision board there.

And one last note: Another way to combine the Bagua map with your vision board is to overlay the map onto your board and choose images for each area of the board that represent the corresponding Bagua areas.

So when you’re creating your entry for the Vision Board 2008 Invitational, keep in mind that with vision boards less is often more. Consider picking one life area to focus on. And then, when those intentions manifest, move on to the next area!

And don’t forget to submit your vision board by Monday, January 14th for a chance to win one of the great prizes including a complete Simpleology package which will absolutely facilitate the attraction of your desires!

Just leave a comment on the Vision Board Invitational post with a link to your board and you’ll be entered!

And please pass this on to anyone you know who could benefit from creating a Vision Board!


Curb Your Enthusiasm…NOT!

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[Authors’ Note. I wrote the first draft of this article almost 1-year ago. But while the event that triggered this article might be old-news, the lesson is timeless. Enjoy!]

One of my daughter’s, favorite activities recently is the wild and exuberant release of a sound that is a cross between a Tarzan yodel and a Native American war whoop. She starts out softly and increases the volume as she pats her hand on and off her mouth. It’s an expression of pure enthusiasm and joy for life.

There is no pattern that I can discern, no rhyme or reason to her whooping. It happens spontaneously and rises up from the depth of her being at unexpected and completely random moments. It’s as if the beauty, excitement and joy of this life become too much for her to hold inside any longer and she lets them out!

When we’re at the park or on the beach it’s great. When we’re home it’s usually fine. When we’re in the car it’s all right, although it certainly does echo quite a bit in that small space.

But when we’re in the grocery store, or a restaurant, or the video store, I feel compelled to moderate the volume a bit.

And when we’re on a plane, or at a funeral well…

On our trip to my father-in-law’s funeral, I had the opportunity to experience both of those.

During the 5-hour flight to Nashville, there were numerous repetitions of:

“Stop kicking the seat, Ella.”
“Why?”
“The person in front of you doesn’t like it.”
“Why?”
“It’s uncomfortable.”
“Why.”

And then there were the multiple refrains of:

“No we can’t walk up and down the aisle again.”
“Why?”
“The fasten seat belt sign is on.”
“Why?”
“Because the captain thinks it could be bumpy?”
“Why?”

And then there were those moments when I heard her winding up into one of those whoops. And I knew that wasn’t going to go over very well on the plane! A couple of times I actually had to put my hand over her mouth to muffle her whoops. Which, of course, made her think it was a game and caused her to do it with even more intensity.

You get the general idea.

When we arrived in Nashville, and connected with Melissa, Ella was able to let out some big whoops. And I encouraged her to get as much of it out of her system as she could before we got to the family’s house.

And then came the funeral. It was hard enough keeping tabs on Ella while we all waited to go into the sanctuary. (Thank goodness the funeral home had a kid’s room with books and puzzles and games!)

Finally the staff came and let us know it was time. They ushered us into the sanctuary and wheeled “Pop-pop” in. And the moment the preacher stepped up to the podium, Ella suddenly had the inspiration to start singing. And so she did!

Now, personally, I can’t think of anything more appropriate for a funeral than singing! Especially when it’s coming from the cutest three-year-old girl ever!

But apparently not everyone shared my opinion, and Ella’s. So we went outside where Ella could sing and dance and whoop it up as much as she wanted.

The whole experience, from plane flight to funeral, made me painfully aware of how often I was asking Ella to curb her enthusiasm. I became acutely aware of how enthusiasm un-friendly our culture really is. I mean how many places are there where a kid, or an adult for that matter, can really let loose and whoop it up?

How often do our children hear “shh,” or “stop that,” or “use your inside voice,” or “calm down or you’ll get a time-out?”

How often did you hear those things when you were a child?

Is it any wonder that the vast majority of us mature grown-up types have a hard time connecting with our passion and enthusiasm? Most of us had our passion “shushed” out of us by the time we were three!

Now I know I can’t always give Ella free-reign to let loose with her whoops, but helping her to grow up with her enthusiasm intact is more important to me than being socially acceptable. I want her to grow up with that zest for life still bubbling up from within her. So I occasionally find myself walking the fine line between what is culturally acceptable and what feels best for Ella.

Fortunately, we have found pre-schools that encourage that enthusiasm rather than attempting to stifle it, and Ella has wonderful “friends” (babysitters) that encourage and even join in her passionate expressions of joy.

And even I’ve gotten into the habit of joining her whenever possible, showing her that, yes, there’s even hope for the old-fogeys in her life!

If you haven’t tried it lately, I assure you, there is something truly thrilling and awakening in the pure uninhibited expression of joy and enthusiasm.

What about you? Where does your pure, uninhibited enthusiasm for life come out? Anywhere?

Well, if not, where do you begin to touch the edge of your enthusiasm? Where do you feel your excitement beginning to bubble up to the surface?

Sill not happening?

Well then, where do you begin to feel the ice of inhibition and constriction breaking? What activities, places, people, begin to awaken your joie de vivre, that innate joy for life that you carry deep inside you?

As you discover these activities, people and places, start making space for them. Allow your enthusiasm to awaken. And when you hear that voice in your head saying, “shh,” or “calm down,” or “Use your inside voice,” I encourage you to stick your tongue out in its general direction and get even louder!

And here’s a tip: There’s nothing like a good Tarzan yodel to break the inhibition and awaken that passion that’s waiting to come out. Come on; give it a try right now.

I double dare you!

Pilates: Build Strength Increase Awareness and Gain Energy

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I’ve been working out at our local Pilates studio for about 3 months. (Thanks to Mark Joyner for recommending Pilates in Simpleology 103 as one of the best ways to increase core strength and personal energy).

One of the things that I enjoy about Pilates is that it is far more than just a “pushing weights” type of exercise. With Pilates you have to be fully present with your workout. The machines don’t do the work for you. Each exercise and every movement requires your full awareness.

There have been times when my trainer literally asks me to be aware of 5 or more different things all at once: Contract your abs, neutral spine, relax your shoulders and neck, breath into the back of your ribs…

Not only do I get an incredible workout but the entire process is helping me to achieve a much higher level of physical body awareness than I had before.

Perhaps the most immediately beneficial new awareness I have gained is noticing when I am contracting my neck and shoulders when I don’t need to be.

During my workouts I’m amazed at how often I catch myself (my trainer catches me even more!) with contracted neck and shoulder muscles while performing a low-body exercise. My neck and shoulders are not actively participating, so there is no reason for them to be tight.

By tensing muscles that are not involved in the activity I am expending (wasting) the energy that it takes to contract those muscles.

This awareness has transferred to the rest of my life. Now, when I am typing, I usually notice pretty quickly if I am tensing my neck and shoulders. I notice when my head is shifting forward. I notice when my core has gone soft and I’m slouching down.

All of these contribute to a more energy efficient body. And as I conserve more energy through the use of the powerful core muscles, proper body alignment and relaxing unused muscle groups, I notice that I have more energy available throughout the day.

If you’re looking for a workout that enhances your awareness and increases your energy along with strengthening your body, consider Pilates.

Negative Thoughts Are Not ONLY In Your Head

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As I pulled up in front of the office this morning I caught a line from the Counting Crows’ song, Round Here, “She says ‘Shhh I know it’s only in my head'”

I wanted to shout into the radio, “IT’S NOT ONLY IN YOUR HEAD!”

And of course the intensity of my reaction made me realize that I needed to hear that! But I also thought I would share it with you.

So often we get caught up in the futile act of chasing self-defeating thoughts around our head. If you’ve ever tried to turn off a “negative” thought you know how difficult it can be.

A slightly better approach is to replace that negative thought. But even then, a deeply embedded thought may take days or weeks or possibly even years to completely replace.

That’s because it’s not only in your head!

You heard me right. Thoughts do not live just in your head or your brain or your mind. Thoughts are alive and they live in your emotions. They live in your body. They live in the very essence of your life force.

The thoughts that you are aware of are just the tip of the iceburg. They are the little bit that you can see. The rest of the thought, for most people, lies hidden from view.

And that’s why understanding that a negative thought is not only in your head can be extremely helpful. When you understand that, then you can begin transforming those thoughts on many different levels.

Adam Kayce wrote a post yesterday that got me thinking more about how we solve our personal development “problems.”

He brilliantly connected these two quotes:

The greatest and most important problems of life are all fundamentally insoluble. They can never be solved but only outgrown. — Carl Jung

The significant problems we face today cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them. — Albert Einstein

When you attempt to “turn off” a negative thought or even replace it with a more empowering thought, you are doing exactly what Einstein tells us can’t be done.

Do you want to change a thought? Then change your feeling. Change the state of your physical body. Change your energy.

Look at those quotes and feel the power they give you to change yourself:

First, let go of this idea that negative thoughts are “problems.” They are not problems. They are opportunities to transform your life! You can’t solve them. And you don’t want to solve them. But you can outgrow them.

You can evolve through them to the next level of your personal growth!

And once you understand that your negative thoughts are not problems, it becomes much easier to follow Einstein’s advice and move to a different level.

So the next time you hear the Counting Crows, or anyone, telling you “It’s only in your head,” you can just smile and calmly say, “No it’s not.”

Aloha Spirit Is Alive

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In May, my wife and I took a weeklong vacation to Hawaii. It was our first extended trip alone (without baby) since Ella was born over 3 ½ years ago. During our time there we had the opportunity to connect in a much deeper way than we had in the past 3-plus years.

As graduates of the 2-year Master of Intuition Medicine program at the Academy of Intuition Medicine in Sausalito, California, we both use our training in our work with others, though we rarely find the time during our regular life to work on each other. We did in Hawaii.

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While Melissa was working on me I had some very interesting insights and felt quite a bit of old “stuff” clearing out. But the most interesting and awakening moment for me came at the very end of the session.

Normally, at the end of our intuitive sessions we follow a specific energy “protocol” to complete and close the session. However, when Melissa was finishing her work with me, she felt guided to use a new and unfamiliar energy in the closing protocol.

When she asked me if that was ok, I told her it was fine. (I tend to be less attached to following protocols than she is, but that’s another story!).

Even though this energy was new and unfamiliar it filled me with a sense of belonging and a feeling that I was being held. It felt like I was being pulled into the embrace of a large, loving grandmother and being completely wrapped in her welcoming arms.

But within that sense of belonging there was also a strong and distinctive undercurrent of forward motion and awakening running through that energy.

It was unlike any energy I had experienced prior to this session. Soft, warm, nurturing and accepting and yet catalyzing and purposeful at the same time.

I felt accepted for who I am now and encouraged to become more fully and truly me. It was a powerful and strange feeling.

After the session, while Melissa took a shower, I walked across the street to “our” beach on the north shore of Kauai. Standing at the edge of the water, watching the waves flowing into the shore I had one of those experiences that really can’t be fully expressed in words. I felt the energy Melissa had just used flowing up into me from the Earth. And as it flowed into me I had the clear sense that I was being “shown” the creation and history of that energy.

The Hawaiian Islands are quite “young,” geologically speaking. Kauai, the island we were on, is the oldest of the Hawaiian Islands, having emerged from the ocean floor a mere 5 million years ago. While the youngest island, Hawaii or The Big Island, is still in the process of being forming.

As I stood there on that beautiful, calm, and peaceful beach, I could feel that, because of its relative geologic youthfulness, the vast energy of the island’s creation is still alive in the rocks that underlie the land. The heat and fire of the upheaval that forced the molten lava up out of the ocean still lives in the essence of that island.

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But that heat and fire has been softened and tempered by the coolness of the lush vegetation that now covers the island as well as the pristine water that surrounds it.

And then I had a flash of intuition that told me that I was experiencing Aloha energy.

I had heard of the Aloha Spirit, but I always thought that it meant the courtesy and warmth you feel from the residents of the islands.

It never occurred to me that Aloha Spirit referred to the energy of the Islands themselves.

I know that Aloha means many things to the indigenous people of the islands: Hello, goodbye, love, and probably much more that I’m not aware of.

But in that moment, on the beach, I have no doubt that I was feeling the True Spirit of Aloha. It was much more than a word, it was a living presence embedded in the essence of that land and I felt it holding me, accepting me and also urging me to become a more complete expression of my essence.

Standing there, basking in that energy, I understood why so many people are drawn to those islands. And I knew that I would return.

And I know also that every place has its own essence, its own unique energy. And no matter where you are, you can tap into the essence of your place to find acceptance, support and encouragement.

Try it.

Go outside and find a quiet spot. Feel your feet on the Earth. Let go of your connection to daily concerns and stress. And invite that energy to join you.

It will!

You may not notice it at first. But if you continue to make time to go outside and find those quiet places you will begin to feel the Spirit of your place!

And when you do, you will know the beautiful feeling of being held and accepted while also being encouraged to move forward into a bigger, and more complete expression of who you truly are.

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