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Any of the "not good enough" concepts come from feeling as if we're all alone. But we aren't alone, nor have we ever been alone. There is the power of the universal mind that surrounds us and the wisdom of the ages available to each of us if we only know how to tap it. This easy 5 step process works for everything from skill development, to our roles and goals as well as the qualities we want to develop or enhance in ourselves! So how do we reconnect with our own inner wisdom? The answer is pretty simple - call on the experts. Here's how you do it.
- First select a role, a skill or a quality you would like to develop. Make it clear and make it singular. Don't try to lump two or three things together in one session. (I.e. the role of parent, or leader, the skill of photography or writing, or the quality of optimism or self-motivation.
- When you are ready, do a 1 minute deep breathing relaxation exercise. You might try one of my 1 Minute Meds to get into the alpha relaxation state.
- Invite the inner expert on the item you've chosen to join you and take the lead on the session. If there are items needed for the session such as a camera or computer all are instantly available as the expert takes you on a journey to his or her 'best place' for learning.
- Feel the entire body of knowledge merging within your consciousness as the expert opens all their learning and releases into you. The expert may communicate in images, feelings, words or a combination of these as the wisdom of all ages regarding your item is revealed to you. Breathe their wisdom into every pore of your being. Feel yourself absorbing as if by osmosis at hyper speed.
This exercise should take no more than 4-6 minutes. The learning is transmitted to the subconscious mind and becomes instantly available to you. It is like stepping into a new outfit of clothing. Feel how well it fits and how becoming you are in it. You may want to try the skill or visualize using the quality immediately after the session. Notice how rapidly you are improving. After one or two closed eye sessions such as this, begin practicing contact and osmosis while you are walking to the copier at work or in your home office. Amp up the feelings of mastery as if you were brightening the images and feelings on a TV.
Four kittens were placed in a room made up purely of horizontal lines. Horizontal lines were on every wall. Horizontal stripes were on their feeding bowls and even small toys and items throughout the room.
The other four kittens were placed in a room with vertical lines everywhere. Vertical lines were on the walls, dishes and everything that was visible.
When the kittens were about eight weeks old the researchers switched rooms. The “horizontal kittens” were placed in the vertical room. And the “vertical kittens” were placed in the horizontal rooms.
For days the vertical kittens stumbled over horizontal items, tripped over feeding bowls and bumped into walls. Meanwhile the vertical kittens bumbled their way through the horizontal room, banging into walls and walking into food dishes.
The horizontal kittens could not see the vertical lines because they hadn’t developed the neural receptors to do so. Meanwhile the vertical kittens hadn’t developed horizontal neural receptors in their brains.
So what’s the point? Naturally, the kittens eventually developed the receptors to see what they could not at first see.
But how do we awaken to our habits - the ones that are so deeply entrenched from childhood that we can’t even see them? Are we stuck with what we’re raised with? Or can we profoundly and irrevocably shift our reality?
I’m very thankful that I’ve had many mentors in my lifetime: men and women that have helped me along the way. I got in an argument with one such mentor many years ago over a point that he said was true and that I could just not see.
He asked me if I was willing to see it differently and I answered that I was, but that I didn’t know how I could do that when I didn’t believe it. And he said this, “The secret doorway to a new reality is etched with three questions.”
Now I was curious, “What are they,” I asked.
“Number one,” he said. “Are you willing to change?”
“I am,” I answered quickly.
“Number two,” he continued, “Will you embrace the beginner’s mind?”
“I will,” I answered slowly wondering what was coming.
“And finally,” he said. “Are you willing to pretend?”
“What do you mean,” I was puzzled at this one.
“Can you act as if what I’ve told you is true for about two weeks and observe the result you produce when you do that.”
“Okay,” I was hesitant. But because I trusted my mentor I did as he said. And as if by magic the receptors in my brain began to open to the new reality he offered.
I have never been the same since. I now use this formula every time I approach another ceiling in my thinking. So here in bullet form is the habit master’s secret formula to changing any old reality…
- Am I willing to change?
- Am I willing to be empty and embrace the beginner’s mind?
- Am I willing to pretend?
Then act as if the new reality is true and observe the results in your world. Have fun with this. You can change anything; even childhood habits cannot hold you. You are a remarkable being with the power to transform your life. Use the magic formula of childhood; make believe that what you want has already come into being.
- How can we help teachers and principals be more successful at achieving their outcomes?
- How can we support the emotional and social literacy (EQ and SQ) needed to stop bullying on our school campuses?
- How can we support educators and schools in developing or enhancing a community of caring on their campus?
- How can we make all of this affordable and really easy to access for everyone on the campus?
And the 180 Power Pak was born! It is easy to access for everyone at an unbeatable price point, with parent videos, lots of activities, e-seminars for admin and teachers and ongoing support during the course of the year.
Teachers are loving it! Here's what they have to say:
"Having activities, stories and quotations at my fingertips is totally great!"
"The curriculum with the social emotional components is just what I needed."
"I used to spend time looking for activities and stories to support social learning and now I can instantly access these and they are grade relevant. Good stuff!"
And a principal recently said:
"Thanks for the e-seminars - especially the one on building a collaborative school community. I used it to engage my entire faculty in creating our plan for the coming year."
Who or what defines you? An ancient proverb says that, 'The self is the self's only friend. And the self is the self's only foe.'
- What beliefs have you held that have held you?
- What decisions have you made that have made you?
- What stories have you told yourself ?
Have these beliefs, decisions, and stories become the story of your life?
- I'm not smart enough
- I'm not good at that
- I'm too old for that
- Life is a struggle
- I don't like that
- I don't have enough money
- I'm too heavy
- There's not enough time in the day
It's all the things we think we are, all the things we think we can or cannot do, all the abilities we think we have or have not. Truthfully, it is the decisions we made over the years that create the habits that determine the life we are living now.
They are the decisions we made and the stories we told ourselves repeatedly over the years until we believed them. Then we defended them as if they were the sacred self-evident truths about who we are and what we are capable of. Maybe these are the sacred cows we have to forfeit in order to discover the truth.
All of these statements limit the dimensions of a dimensionless being. We are infinitely capable, wondrously magical, remarkably more than we ever thought ourselves to be.
You are a being living in a body and this body is on loan to you for the duration of your visit on planet earth. You are the being that animates the form. You are not the form!
You are not the small limited individual that you have identified yourself as. That identity is an illusion. You are one with the timeless reality and that reality is without limitation.
When you embark upon the journey of self-discovery and become a student of the self, a window opens to another world. It is the world beyond our beliefs. It is a world of infinite possibility. And it whispers of the mystery of who we really are.
I encourage each and every one of you to become a student of the self. Step up to the window and see what you can see. Look out beyond your beliefs and attitudes and gaze upon the greatness and grandeur of the self.
- List your self-limiting beliefs, the ones that stop you from doing what you want to do, being who you want to be or having what you want to have.
- All the "I cant's"
- All the "I'm not able to's"
- All the "not enough's"
- For every limiting belief - write a reframe
Here's a few examples from above:
- I'm not smart enough --- I'm learning and growing every day!
- I'm not good at that --- Up until now I haven't been good at that but I'm learning more every day
- I'm too old for that --- 70 is the new 50!
- Life is a struggle --- Life is a challenge but I see the opportunity in every challenge and I'm on it!
Have fun with this. Rewrite your script and you rewrite your life!
How do we stay centered so that we can continue to stay on purpose regardless of the changes going on around us?
How do we begin to transcend the external ebb and flow of daily life? How do we find inner stability in an environment of constant change? How do we rise above the pull of the tide or the ups and downs of our emotions so that we can achieve our goals and dreams?
The secret lies in our attention. Attention is like the flow of electrical energy through a light bulb. Or to put it another way...
Attention is energy. And where our attention goes, our energy flows.
Think of yourself as a light bulb. By focusing your attention within, you can increase the electrical current or voltage to this light.
Further, by taking our attention off the outer world and focusing our attention on our inner world, we start to rise above the ebb and flow, the ups and downs of life. Even more importantly, we start to rise above the ups and downs of our emotions.
What we focus our attention on expands.
Expand the light!
Here is a simple activity that will expand the light and raise your energy. At this energetic level, negative thoughts and feelings can't pull you or have an affect on you.
- Imagine a golden ball of light in the center of your chest at about the heart level.
- Take a deep breath and as you do imagine the breath increasing the electrical flow to the golden ball.
- With every breath, expand the inner light until it fills your chest with it's glow.
- Imagine that glow getting brighter with every breath.
- Steady your attention on the inner world while you take action in the outer world.
Remember to remember to practice this as often as you can during the day. Make a game of it! Ask yourself, "Where is my attention now?" Then, refocus and turn up your inner light.
Let your light permeate the atmosphere and notice that as you do, you begin to attract new and happier more fulfilling circumstances.
A perfect compliment to focusing your inner light is my music CD Daybreak and my centering CD, New Beginnings. One features baroque music to enhance learning and creativity, and the other includes a guided meditation to assist you in focusing your attention.
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You are not your body. But you are living in a body. You are not your mind. But you have a mind. So it's best to understand how to manage it for best results! And understanding the power of habits can help a lot!
If we didn't have habits, we'd get up in the morning... or we wouldn't. Then we'd go to the basin to brush our teeth... or we wouldn't.
When a 2 year old doesn't brush his teeth, he's in a learning mode. But when a 30 year old doesn't brush his teeth, he has a social problem!
We need habits - healthy habits, that is, because healthy habits set us free!
Healthy habits give us time for higher order thinking. How often have you found yourself planning your day on the drive to work... or thinking through a conversation you want to have with your spouse as you're on your way home from work... or mentally walking through how to broach an uncomfortable conversation with one of your people at work while you're taking a shower.
Putting certain repetitive behaviors on automatic while the brain goes on a private vision quest to plan or find solutions to problems is how our body-minds conserve time and energy. If we had to think about every single thing we do every day, there would be no time for higher order thinking - ever!
Instead, we go on auto-pilot every day at some time or other. When our habits kick in, our brain goes on a creative adventure - whether strategizing, visioning, or problem solving. And in this way, automaticity provides for greater creativity.
This isn't new information. We all know that we should form healthy habits. In fact, most of us know how to make our lives better - more happy and successful. It isn't that we lack knowledge. It isn't even that we lack execution.
We decide what we want. We see it. We feel it. We can almost taste it. Notice the 'almost'. We take a stand for the new vision. We launch the exercise program. We start the diet. We start like a steam engine. We roar ahead with vigor for the vision and then we lose steam.
Most of us don't quit intentionally.
But when the evidence doesn't show up quickly enough, when the going gets tough or we aren't in the mood, we just kind of peter out. When we don't get the immediate feedback we need our enthusiasm dwindles. Our passion evaporates. And we stop just before the miracle.
So here is the secret that leads to success:
- Take a stand for your vision. Start your exercise program. Or take up the new hobby you've been thinking about. Take the first step; do something!
- Do it with no expectation of an immediate result.
- Even when there is no evidence of a change, keep doing it. Know that you are laying new neural pathways in your brain and that it takes time.
- Eventually, the new pathways will become deeply entrenched. And as they do, the old neural pathways will begin to prune themselves from disuse.
- It is then that the evidence will begin to show up.
So what is the difference between mediocrity and brilliance?
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I am always thrilled and amazed at some of the wonderful people in our world. I gain strength and inspiration from so many men and women who are now, or have in the past, made a contribution to the world.
It is through the living of their lives and the overcoming of the challenges they face or have faced that I am reminded of the hero that lives in me.
I came upon this little piece of video a few days ago and it totally touched my heart and inspired my soul. It is a short interview with Bill Clinton about his friend Nelson Mandela.
Clinton tells a story of how the two would connect by phone over the years when they were in office. He said that if the call weren't to late at night, Nelson Mandela would ask to talk with Chelsea. And the conversation that he had with her always centered around her. Clinton said of this, "He was a person first," before he was head of state.
Clinton goes on to share what he learned from Mandela over the years. I love learning from the master teachers and this little snapshot into Mandela the man is food for the soul!
But rather then tell you about it, I'd like to share the clip with you. Remember to remember who you are is the message that whispers here beneath the lines. Click to enjoy.
Our brain is amazing! In fact, neuroscientists tell us that the human brain is the most powerful processor and solution generator on the planet. We now know that human intention can and does influence the material world in a significant way.
Yet herein is the challenge that we all face. We affect the world around us whether we are consciously intending to or not.
In fact, our lives are a mirror of our thoughts. What do you spend the majority of you time thinking about? What are the repetitive patterns of thought that float through your mind on a daily basis?
Thoughts are things. It has been said, as it is within, so it is on the outside. Our thoughts and attitude shape our reality all day long.
Here’s an experiment. Imagine that you are a scientist and that your life is your laboratory for learning. Then pick an hour during your day. Rather than choosing an hour when its quiet or restful, make it a normal hour during your busy work schedule.
And just for that one-hour, become a witness to your thoughts. Observe them and ask yourself the following:
- Is this (a specific) thought or a repetitive thought?
- Approximately how many thoughts went through in that hour of observation?
- Were most of them positive or negative?
- Then make a note of what you discovered during that one hour.
Whenever I talk about the One Minute Meditation (see video here) people ask me to teach it. I was in Adelaide about seven weeks ago and I had approximately 100 people in the room. I happened to mention that I use the One Minute Meditation when I'm feeling stressed or I'm not on my game and it was a room stopper. The entire group responded affirmatively when I asked if they wanted to learn it.
It was pretty amazing. The room was in an active state and within one minute of 'breath in - be still, breath out - let go' the entire energetic field shifted. The feeling was palpable from high energy moving in all directions to a sense of stillness, presence and focus.
I have since received a tremendous amount of feedback from these and others who are using the One Minute Meditation. Here's what one person communicated...
"When I feel stressed or I'm beginning to feel edgy, I turn my attention inward for a moment, take a deep breath, and say the words you taught us - 'be still, let go'. It's amazing how quickly I can still my mind, reconnect with myself and shift into present time. Thanks for that. I would recommend it to everyone in these stressful times!"
So with all of this feedback and after much consideration, I have decided to share a few more of these short one or two minute meditations. These are One Minute Meditations that I use and they come from my private tool chest. Each fulfills a different purpose, but they will all strengthen your mental focus, enhance the energy of the heart and amp up the power of your intention.
Just as we are learning to do core training for the body, these short meditations are like core training for the heart and soul. Each meditation will help you shift your awareness, energize your presence in the moment and change all the moments that follow.