Category: Courage

Releasing The Ties To History

“Those who cannot remember the past
are condemned to repeat it.” 

— George Santayana 

[Classic post from 4-18-18]

Along with some of the biggest changes in my life, in the last year, I have been studying every day five texts by Paul Selig. I've gone through them about six times because I wanted to really not only understand the wisdom contained in the texts but to adapt it in my life. Even with a year of these posts I could not share all that I have learned, but some subjects stand apart from the rest, and the one I want to share this morning is about our history, or more accurately, our habitual historical perspective which rules our lives so much, and we are not really aware of it being that way.

Let's take the quote above, which is often misquoted as, “those who cannot remember the past are doomed to repeat it.” The truth is that we repeat it all the time. It has become what we do without any effort or realization that this is the case.

But, before I go on, I must refute the part about being condemned (or doomed, if you prefer) to repeat it. This is ALWAYS our choice, though we claim to want change. It does not happen to us, it is chosen by us in many, many ways that on the surface do not seem like a choice at all.

The one most powerful thing that I have learned from these five texts is that we are always choosing and more often than not, we are choosing the past.

I was in the grocery store the other day and saw a magazine in the rack by the checkout that showed a robotic man-like figure in protective gear holding a rifle that looked like some kind of laser weapon and as I recall the title was war in 2030, or it might have been the weapons of war in 2030. In either case, this is pure history. It is a historical perspective. And many, if not most of us, buy into the idea that war will always be happening somewhere in this crazy world and that we need to stay ahead in the technological expansion of the tools of war. It is complete and utter silliness to me, and so I laughed at the magazine cover as I went about my day.

In these texts, this idea of history and living in a historical perspective and continuing to choose based on our history is the most discussed thing. The first couple of times through the material I was tired of hearing about it, but then I started to truly realize that this was so important for me to get that any repetition only reinforced the idea that I wasn't yet accepting it. My eyes have been opened and I can now see how this is happening in my own life and that of others and the world we live in.

Can we change? Absolutely. Will we change is a better question. But, before we can change, we must understand what and how we are choosing along with the fact that we are always choosing, and have always chosen.

One of the best quotes from these texts is something I've shared before and will again because it is so powerful: “You are not independent of your environment.” But, we think we are. We think that the world rules and that our goal is to comply and adjust as necessary to get what we want, and we are often thwarted at that by circumstance or by what we consider to be other people's decisions, heredity, class stature, etc. This is not true. We certainly can operate this way and I have for most of my life, but that is not the truth, it is merely an interpretation that I make from a historical perspective.

I will continue more tomorrow and beyond, but I want to end this post with a wonderful quote by Benjamin Franklin from his autobiography: “So convenient a thing it is to be a reasonable creature since it enables one to find or make a reason for everything one has a mind to do.”

Here's A Perfect Historical Perspective To (Re-)Consider: “Peace Is The Only Battle Worth Waging.” — Albert Camus

Spread Some Joy Today–as you see that you are not independent of your environment and that you are in charge of it.

How Does It Feel To Be Set Free?

“Sometimes we are feeling off, bad, not good,
not alive, and we don't know why.
Then something awakens us and makes it clear
as if we have been blind to it all before,
and then we come alive again.
What a special moment that is.”

— Albert K. Strong

Many years ago as part of my 52-mile each way commute, I passed a fenced yard that had a post in the ground in the center, and tied to the post was a donkey who wore out a circular pattern in the yard down and into the dirt and nothing grew in that path. I'm sure that animal went around and around and around and around again constantly hoping to escape the limits of the rope tied to the post. I saw that almost every day for four years. I've never forgotten it.

I haven't forgotten it because it reminds me so much of how many of us are bound in a similar way with our repetitive thoughts, beliefs, and choices. As an observer, it is easy to see others doing the same things over and over even receiving the same negative results and emotions without change. Seeing that as an observer in my own bondage was not as easy until I began becoming aware that I am more than this and that I can observe and direct my life. I often refer to that as being the pinball bouncing off the bumpers, getting flipped back and forth with more bumping, or choosing to be the player instead.

How does it feel to be set free? I chose the image for this post because I thought that is how being set free feels. Freedom can be taken for granted very easily until bondage wears us to the point of our willingness to choose otherwise.

At some point, as we choose, we become inspired.  It might be a person saying something to us, a book passage, a video, a movie, or a thousand other ways. In any case, all of a sudden we become alive again, or more alive than we've felt in some time. We are inspired to make decisions, and raring to move forward making positive changes. What a special moment that is! I LOVE being inspired! I love being passionate and excited. I love seeing with new eyes. And, I am in constant gratitude for all of those who were the kindling to my inspirational fire.

In these sentences from Abraham, Esther Hicks, they explain some of this very succinctly:

“You are so free that you can choose bondage.”

“Bondage is about the individual attachment to the vibration that disallows the Well-being from flowing.”

I love what a favorite author, Jack London, said about inspiration. “I don't wait for inspiration. I go after it with a club!”

When the student is ready, the teacher always appears.

Trends For 2021 and Beyond

This is an article I wrote that was just published in the FordPros Magazine, of which I've had the honor to be a part of since 2007. Happy New Year!

I’ve got my tinfoil hat on and I’m feeling the energy transfer bringing me magnificent wisdom for the coming year. Here it is: We have to accept and acclimate to the New Normal. That statement should bring some giggles at least. I really don’t know what the New Normal is because I don’t even know what the Old Normal was or what Normal is. I think we just make this stuff up as we go along. There is no such thing because there is one thing that we can bet the farm on: Change is a given! Change is constant. If this is true, how could there be a normal? I’m betting on constant change and not on some version of normal.

So, the trends for next year and beyond is that people and companies will try to determine normal and the New Normal and miss every single time. Predicting change isn’t any easier; however, since change will be unavoidable, it seems to me that finding a way to embrace that is the key to dealing with it in a healthy way.

Here’s some ideas to ponder. Let us all as people and as companies learn how to express rather than to try to impress. Let’s leave our egos in the closet at home and allow our genuine expression to rule. Let us constantly remember that being of service to our customers, the market, our employees, and each other is one of our most important core values. This is another way to express rather than impress. Let us be more kind to everyone including ourselves. Let us learn to drop the rope of resistance. That rope is nothing but stress and a host of negative emotions. It is easier than we could imagine releasing that stress: open hands, let the rope fall to the ground. Next step: Don’t pick it back up! Let us build the best products while paying attention and caring for all who help to make that possible. Let us respect and admire our customers and potential customers by helping them receive the best value and service possible. Let us learn that love in business is not an oxymoron. Let us then bring our love to work and back home again renewed and expanded. Let us release the resistance of fear and fully accept the joy of love. Love will be our highest expression with no need whatsoever to impress anyone.

We can see the room after we’ve turned on the dark switch or we can see the room after we’ve turned on the light. It is always a choice. We are the choosers. We try to see normal where normal is a completely made-up idea, or we can learn to not only embrace change but get excited about it and how we can apply innovation and excellence to meet any and all challenges. Personally, I see a future so bright that it is blinding. I’ll get my sunglasses and join you in the light!

Alignment In Choice

“No matter what choices you make, there will always be someone who does not agree with those choices, but as you find your balance and maintain your alignment, most who are observing you will be more inclined to ask what your secret to success is rather than criticizing you for being successful. And those who continue to criticize you would find no satisfaction in your justification, no matter how compelling your argument is.

It is not your role to fix the feeling of lack within others; it is your role to keep yourself in balance. When you allow your society, or even one other person, to dictate to you what you should want or how you should behave, you will lose your balance, because your sense of freedom–which is core to your very Beingness–is challenged. When you pay attention to the way you feel and you practice the self-empowering thoughts that align with who-you-really-are, you will offer an example of thriving that will be of tremendous value to those who have the benefit of observing you.”

— Abraham, Esther Hicks

The Power To Change Reality

“If you don't like something, change it;
if you can't change it, change the way you think about it.”

— Mary Engelbreit


“When we are no longer able to change a situation,
we are challenged to change ourselves.”

— Victor Frankl

[Classic post from 8-5-10]

I've heard these sentiments expressed in many ways and each of them instructional. One way that I recently heard it was enlightening and equally empowering. It is this:

We are on two concurrent journeys at the same time. One is our physical journey of what is now. This is reality. It is what it is. It is the facts of the way things are. And, two, is our emotional journey. That is how we choose to feel, though ofttimes, we don't feel that we actually have a choice, but is a default response.

So, the reality is the reality. It is what it is. We can think and feel how we want to about it and if we continually focus on the reality in front of us, we will respond and react to that reality and our thinking and feeling will keep us tied to this reality as being tied to a pole in the ground. The more we talk about reality, feel the reality, share the reality, the more the reality has a hold on us.

In most cases, it is near impossible to change the reality by focusing on the reality. Generally, the only way and also the best and most effective way to change the reality is to begin changing the emotional journey about the reality. In other words, have you feel better and better by changing your thinking and feeling about what is.

Part of this is considering what you want it to be rather than what it is. You can't focus on being broke and not having enough money to pay the bills and have that situation change for the better. But, it can and will change for the better by focusing on what and where you want it to be, living in that fantasy as if it were your reality and it will become your reality. The other part is feeling better and better about where you are right now. It is so powerful to look for the positive aspects in every situation. It empowers one to see their current reality in a softer light. It is still reality, but now softer and more acceptable while you focus on what you want next and where you want to go.

Some of this I was taught as a child. I learned things like, “there is always a silver lining; things will work out for the best if you let them. and I haven't forgotten them, but now have a much more powerful and clear way to change where I am when I am not where I want to be. I change the emotional journey: my thinking and how I feel about my situation, my life, my current reality. Then, I focus my energy on imagining it the way I want it to be. Used together, these two strategies are incredible.

First Step: Lighten Up!! It's Only As Good Or Bad As You Think It And Feel That It Is. Find The Relief Valve And Open It Up.

Spread Some Joy Today–Now that you know an effective way to change, test it and see for yourself, then share it with others. The joy of empowerment is awesome!

Expressing Love

“I am love through all that I see before me.”

— Paul Selig

My journey in love continues to expand and grow as I continue to choose love, express love, be love. It is not a destination. It is a journey, and a truly magical and joyful journey as well.

Recently, I have taken this to a new level and practice. Every single person I see regardless of where I see them, I say to them in my mental voice, I love you! People out for a walk, in the grocery store, standing in line, at the stoplight, you name it. Wherever people are, I am telling them that I love them.

This is not a silly game. I am sincere when I say it. I’ve never met most of those I see and most likely will never meet them, and each and every one of them is, as I am, an aspect of the Divine, an aspect of God. We are individualized aspects of the same source. As I honor their presence and their divinity, I honor my own.

As you are willing to try this, you will find that you are completely amazed, delighted, joyful. You will feel loved. You will be sharing your own well of love with all that you see. Try it and you will see that I am telling it like it is.

Enjoy all those that are in your sight today! It keeps us from criticizing each other, judging, complaining, and much more. The blessings come back tenfold. Prepare for magic!

Rising Beyond Self-Imposed Limitations

“We cannot rise higher
than our thought of ourselves.”

— Orison Swett Marden

[Classic post from 5-4-12]

What an interesting man was Orison Swett Marden, founder of Success Magazine in 1897, author of over 18 books, and a positive thinker at the turn of the last century when they called that the New Thought Movement. He helped thousands back then and continues with his timeless words today. If you have a Kindle, you can get most of his books for free on Amazon.

The brilliance of the thought expressed above is priceless. We cannot rise higher than our thought of ourselves. So true. He elaborates: “The size of your accomplishments, the quality of your achievement, will depend very largely on how big a man you see in yourself, what sort of image you get of your possible self, yourself at your best.”

When I think on this idea, I can see so clearly into the past of how my own image of myself has always been the culprit to keep me at a lower level than I claimed to have wanted. I just couldn’t seem to picture myself there.

I can also see that much if not most of that came from people teaching me and accepting their doctrine. I don’t blame them. They did what they thought was best, but this is the whole idea of study on my own to find a better way. I have always had that drive inside me to know and to feel better about myself and accept the person I could be. There is not much that is as powerful to help a person as a strong sense of self through confidence.

This is why I practice getting better. This is why I teach what I learn, so I can go from learning to knowing, all the while sharing valuable knowledge and ideas.

Another thing on this subject that I’ve recently learned that has helped me a good deal is this: celebrate other people’s successes. Celebrate them getting what they want, winning the prize, moving up the so-called ladder. It is one of the ways to open the venue of abundance, which helps everyone the same. By celebrating others, we can also believe even more in ourselves.

“You Are The One Who Can Stretch Your Own Horizon…” — Edgar F. Magnin

Spread Some Joy Today–As you look around today or travel today and see others doing well, driving fine cars, living in vast homes, celebrate their success. Sing their praises along with them.

Dissolving In The Infinite

I have opened all the windows in my house.
Eagles fly in and out, as do any words that
are spoken about me.

Anything my ears might detect, firsthand or
second…I might give that news a moment’s
attention

and then just let it be the tiny evaporating
whiff of smoke it is, dissolving in the Infinite.

— Hafiz

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