Category: Fun

Dream And Let It Happen

“It's not your work 
to make anything happen. 
It's your work 
to dream it and let it happen.”
 
— Abraham, Esther Hicks
 
 
 
[Classic post from 5-2-16]
 

Abraham, Esther Hicks continues: “Law of Attraction will make it happen. In your joy, you create something, and then you maintain your vibrational harmony with it, and the Universe must find a way to bring it about. That's the promise of Law of Attraction.”

The idea of the word “work” in this quote from a seminar in 1998, isn't the kind of work that I was brought up to do to create what I wanted. In fact, there was a plethora of teaching to the effect that if I worked hard, kept my nose to the grindstone, I might get lucky and get what I want. Others said it was all about hard work leading to the right breaks. Others said it was all about how much I was willing to sacrifice to get where I wanted to be. Work, work, work, a little luck, work, work, work, sacrifice, work, work, work. Hmm. That is a lot of work.

The question I am asking myself today is, though I was taught this from most of my teachers for most of my life, is it really true? I have to admit that it is not only not true, but that it is generally false. It wasn't work or lucky breaks. It was desire, decision, and inspired activity.

I can look back on all of the changes in my life and I can now see how I created them with my thoughts, that led to my decisions, and the activity that followed. It was never about hard work. In fact, the hardest work I ever did was doing things that I didn't want to do. That contrast of doing things I didn't want to do, caused me to think about what I would rather do, and that led to decisions and the activity that caused the situation to change. It wasn't any work that caused the change; albeit, it might seem that it was avoiding hard work that caused a more en-lighten-ed desire.

Henry Ford was quoted as saying, “Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably the reason so few engage in it.” Not literally, of course, because we have a thought about every 1.2 seconds on average; some 60-80,000 of them each day. We cannot help but have thoughts.

When it comes to change, it is focusing on what we want that leads us down the path to the change itself. As we focus there, the Law of Attraction lines up with our desires opportunities, and situations to have our desires come about. However, the Law of Attraction doesn't care what we focus on, in that as we focus on what we do not want, or fear, or worry or any number of negative scenarios, it will always be successful in helping us to what our focus is on, positive or negative, beneficial or otherwise.

If there is any work to it, the work would simply be what it takes to keep our focus on what we want instead of what is, or what we don't want. 

Contrast is all around us. It is not the enemy. On the contrary, it is the inspiration! 

Sometimes we may think it would be best to rid the world, or at least our world, of the volume of contrast. Abraham, Esther Hicks adds some wisdom here: “As you diminish contrast, you diminish your ability to decide, and as you diminish your ability to decide, you diminish your ability to focus, and as you diminish your ability to focus, you do away with your reason for existing.”

They add a bit more wisdom with this bit: “You're really not wanting to limit beliefs because belief is just perspective, and the more beliefs or the more perspectives or the more attitudes, the bigger the vibrational kitchen from which you can make your pie. Just get so good at directing your Energy that the belief doesn't dominate.”

One of the best questions we can ask ourselves–even multiple times each day–is, “what do I want now?” Celebrate the diversity. “I see all these things that other people find interesting enough to focus on and I applaud their choices; however, their choices are not as interesting to me. I would prefer ____________ instead.”

Now Focus Your Energy There Until A More Delightful Inspiration Appears. 

Spread Some Joy Today–by asking, 'would I like some joy in my life today?' If the answer is yes, let go of the rope you were holding on to and watch it flow like a spring upward and out of you.

Freedom Is A Choice, Not A Demand

“When I had nothing to lose, 
I had everything.” 
 
— Paulo Coelho 
 
[Classic post from 2-13-16]
 
Tony Robbins has often said that there are only two motivations in the world: Desire for gain, and fear of loss. And it has also often been revealed that the stronger motivation of these two by far is fear of loss.

Here's a good question to answer truthfully: What are we afraid to lose? Maybe even make a list. Those are the things that dictate where we are and what we do and what we are willing to do and what we are not willing to do.

To some, it might be losing their job. For others, the divorce of a spouse or losing a family member, savings evaporating, stock market crash, and, well, this list could go on to infinity.

Here's another good question to consider: What if we feared nothing? What if we decided that it would be okay with or without–to be unattached to anything?

Paulo Coelho says that when we are unattached–more commonly stated, having nothing to lose, we are free.

When I think about the things, responsibilities, commitments, and other attachments, I can easily see how freeing it would be to be, as is commonly stated, out from under them. Though we might feel they are necessary, we may also feel them as a burden we must carry. It is not so much a physical burden as it is a mental burden. It's not the things or the responsibilities, commitments, and other attachments, it is the way we feel about them. They can have so much weight that they break us down, or they can be light as a feather.

It comes down to how attached we are. If we allow ourselves to let go of the aspect of the attachment, we can be free in our current life and current situation. We don't have to be attached to these things. We can still enjoy them, but we don't have to own them. Though many might be looking forward to a place called retirement or something like that to escape from the burdens of their attachments, we need not wait for anything. Just release the attachments now.

How about this? It is what it is for as long or short as it is and I am okay with all of that. I choose to enjoy my time and my interactions with people, places, and things. I choose to worry no more–to fear no more. I choose to love myself by releasing these attachments so that I may love more. In the process, all those around me are also benefited.

Freedom Is Not Something that Is Won. It Is Chosen By Releasing Our Attachment To Fear. Real Freedom Is The Absence Of Fear. — Albert K. Strong

Spread Some Joy Today–by allowing your joy to flow. Only you can choose that.

Seeing Problems As A Joyful Opportunity

“It is not through struggle and effort 
and trying that resistance is released, 
but instead through distraction 
and releasing and relaxing.” 
 
— Abraham, Esther Hicks 
 
 

[Classic post from 3-18-15]

A long time ago, I was the equivalent of a journeyman level auto mechanic. I had two years of auto shop class in high school and then became an auto mechanic in the Air Force working on cars, and a lot of trucks big and small. Knowing what I know from that hands-on experience, I so appreciate a good auto mechanic today. Cars have steadily become more a combination of sophisticated electronics and even more complicated mechanical features, let alone, a plethora of options that didn’t exist when I was a mechanic. My hat is off to them.

It can be a frustrating experience to diagnose a situation and then have the solution be incorrect, or insufficient. Trying to find out what the onboard diagnostics are actually saying can be a challenge for even the best of mechanics.

One thing I learned in the Air Force about frustration when it comes to finding out what the real problem is so that a solution can be found, is that frustration can become an attitude. I don’t like that this thing I do not want is happening, I don’t know what to do about it, and I don’t want to deal with this right now. We’ve all been in the vicinity of that scenario, maybe even hundreds of times. And, the reality of being there causes the solution too often to get further away from us, causing, even more, frustration.

What I learned was that the attitude of the diagnostician is critical to the correctness of the diagnosis and the end result of an accurate and speedy repair. We happened to have three such people in our shop. One was the shop foreman who was a calm, confident, and knowledgeable Tech Sergeant who always seemed to have a cup of coffee in his hand. Another was an older civil service veteran, and the last was a young guy my age who came to the shop the same time I did.

This young guy seemed to be happy almost all the time. He laughed a lot and studied his stuff and became in a short time the go-to guy for diagnosis issues. I’ll never forget one such issue where several of us tried to solve it, and he stepped in and found it in short order and found a very unique problem in an unanticipated area. It ended up being a piece of carbon stuck in a valve that was part of the early 70’s emission system. Remove the little piece of carbon, and the problem left, and the solution came.

The thing that I remember the most about this man and this situation along with others that I watched him take charge of was the attitude with which he approached the problem. He got excited. Frustration was something he didn’t even allow. He was interested and challenged in a very positive way. He went at it as if he were mastering a game. It was fun for him. He loved what he was doing, and you could tell by his demeanor that he enjoyed himself, and enjoyed the opportunity to figure it out.

That scenario is embedded in my mind. He was an inspiration to me. I wanted to emulate that attitude toward problems. And, it is also how Abraham & Esther Hicks suggests is the best way to find solutions as well. They state that frustration is a lot of resistance, and here’s a quote to end this with that puts it in perspective:

“To be in your natural state of love and appreciation does not require lovable objects for you to focus your attention toward, but only an absence of resistance, which is the only thing that can hinder or mute your natural state of love and appreciation and Well-Being.

In the absence of resistant thought, your Vibration returns to its natural state of power and clarity and love. 

In the absence of resistant thought, your true nature of resilience and replenishment and vitality returns. In the absence of resistant thought, your true nature of eagerness and joy and fun returns. 

It is not through struggle and effort and trying that resistance is released, but instead through distraction and releasing and relaxing. 

Over time, your appreciation for the question will become equivalent to your appreciation for the answer, and your appreciation for the problem will become equivalent to your appreciation for the solution. And in your newfound ease with what-is, you will find yourself in the state of allowing what you truly desire. And then, all manner of cooperative components will reveal themselves to you in a delicious co-creative dance of Deliberate Creation.” 


My Attitude Toward Contrast Or That Which Is In Front Of Me Has Much To Do With What Happens Next. 

Spread Some Joy Today–Because it feels good. There is no better reason.

The Values Of Doing A Thing

“Nothing stops 
 without something else beginning.” 
 
— Alan Cohen 
 

Audio version

[Classic post from 7-11-15]

Somewhere along our travels, most of us have picked up expectations of how things should work. For example, how long should a marriage last? Until death do you part, right? Well, for sure for some and surely not for others. A better answer to the question might be until we choose otherwise.

Once I start my business, how long should it stay in business? Forever? Answer: Until is doesn't any longer. I grew up thinking Macy's was a forever store, then they went out of business. Well, let's say it is still there but it ain't the same.

I opened a musical instrument store and had it for a year and a half. Does that mean it failed? That could certainly be an assumption, but that would not be the truth. It didn't fail. I no longer had the desire for it. I had a desire for something different. So, I stopped one and started another. As far as I was and am concerned, it was a huge success. If nothing else, it was a grand educational experience which is useful in my life and that of others 35 years after the fact.

We have all manner of expectations that have been handed down to us, but you know, the only thing that really matters is our own experience and how we choose to view that experience. So, what might be some of the values of a short-lived enterprise or relationship?

  • Creation. We take nothing more (which is really everything) than an idea and then take that thought and breathe life into it (it was already alive there) and cause it to be created in our reality. In other words, it went from the non-physical into the physical.
  • Co-Creation. We did it with others. It was not a single person's creation, but all who participated helped shape the outcome.
  • The economy moved. Money changed hands. Funds were raised, expended.
  • Education. We learned. There is much to learn every single day.
  • Change. We changed. Others changed. Nothing is static.
  • Difference. We made a difference. What we did mattered. What kind of difference may not be measurable from our own perspective. We cannot do anything and not make a difference.
  • Improvement. We made some improvements. However small or large they may be, improvements are a given.
  • Benefit. We provided a benefit, or many benefits to the community, to others, to the world.
  • Friends. We find new friends. Maybe even lifetime friends.
  • Passion. Beginnings are so often about passion.
  • Love. We get to share our love. We get to expand and enrich our own love. 

This is just a shortlist, and this process of thinking about things in this way is very helpful. Everything we do is a choice. We choose here, choose that, choose an idea, choose participants, convince others, promote our ideas, all choices. We choose to begin, to continue for a time, and then we choose to let go. If it continues to float on its own for a time, so be it, and if it doesn't, it is done for now, and on to another choice.

The most important choice we have is how we want to feel about our experiences. It is as easy to feel joy in having done something as it is to feel sad that it is no longer. Time is such a poor concept on the judgment of our experiences, and time is only an idea. Our living is always this moment, this moment, this moment. How we choose to feel is this moment, this moment, this moment.

I have found from a lifetime of study that to find ways to appreciate, love, and celebrate enhances our experience immeasurably. We all get to choose that or choose otherwise.

“In A Gentle Way, You Can Shake The World.” — Mahatma Gandhi 

Spread Some Joy Today–by making it your choice to do so.

Today, I Will Look For Reasons To Feel Good

“There is so much more that is 
going right in your world than wrong.” 
 
— Abraham, Esther Hicks 
 

Audio version

[Classic post from 6-21-15]

A really great way to live my life is to think that I am living in my dream. I get to choose what is in my dream. I get to choose what I focus on or ignore. Crime isn't in my world, it is in the world of other people. War and strife are not in my world. Unhappiness is not in my world. My world is at peace.

Here's a magical way to start each day from Abraham, Esther Hicks. Let's not call it an affirmation. Let's call it a blueprint. All buildings are built from a blueprint. Maybe write it down, print this out, and paste it where you can see it every morning and then read along. The magic begins the very first day:

“Today, I will look for reasons to feel good. Nothing is more important than that I feel good. Nothing is more important than that I choose thoughts that attract other thoughts that attract other thoughts that raise my vibrational frequency to the place where I can resonate with the positive aspects of the Universe.”

If that's too long, feel free to shorten it to this:

“Today, I will look for reasons to feel good. Nothing is more important than that I feel good.”

That will do just fine. The magic begins on day one and continues with each day. Expect magic.

This bit really jumped off the page at me on Friday, June 19th from that day's message in the Ask and It Is Given perpetual calendar: “Once you are in control of the way you feel, you will enjoy it all: You will enjoy your exposure to the variety and contrast that helps you identify your desire–and you will enjoy the sensation of your own desire that is being launched from your own valuable perspective and is flowing from you.”

This is the part that jumped off the page at me:  “Once you are in control of the way you feel, you will enjoy it all.” And I'm still thinking about it today. It is so true.

In years past, and I've mentioned it several times in these Daily Inspirations, I often felt like a ball in a pinball machine emotionally. I was bouncing off this issue, that statement, getting flipped here and there, sinking to new lows, all the while trying to be so positive during the day at work. People would piss me off and I'd be in a funk about it. Things would go on in the world that I hated with a passion. My boss was an idiot more often than I cared for, and of course, it was never me. It was never my thinking. It was always what they did that caused problems with me. I was innocent. I was the victim.

That was a whole bunch of feeling sorry for myself and thinking I was not in charge of circumstances in my life, let alone the feelings I had about things. Sad, but true.

I have learned from much joyful study that I am in control of my world. What happens in my world is in my sole control. Anything that happens that I don't like is simply contrast that guides me to what my new desire is. I now control my emotions. I control how I choose to feel. If I feel a negative emotion, I can get excited because that is my guidance system at work, and it reminds me that in my world, I am in charge and I can change what I think and how I feel any time I so desire. And, in fact, that contrast creates that new desire which makes it so easy.

“Once you are in control of the way you feel, you will enjoy it all.” That line is the ultimate guidance to me. It is where I have wanted to be and it is where I am because I know that I control my world, and every other person controls their own world. We come together in co-creation as we choose, yet ultimately, and delightfully, we are the final decision maker of our own way. We each can choose this or ignore it as we wish. I spent a lifetime looking for it (I could say it is the holy grail for me), and I relish that choice.

It is all choice, and the magic of beginning with this: “Today, I will look for reasons to feel good. Nothing is more important than that I feel good,” which leads to the holy grail of, “Once you are in control of the way you feel, you will enjoy it all.”

May The Choice Be With You. 

Spread Some Joy Today–because it simply cannot be helped.

Joyful Participation And Acceptance

“Participate joyfully in the sorrows of the world.
We cannot cure the world of sorrows,
but we can choose to live in joy.”

 — Joseph Campbell

[Classic post from 6-21-13]

I would not have understood this quote just a few short years ago, maybe not even two years ago, but I embrace it today.

I have come to believe that we are all perfect creators and that we create our lives, often by default, or without clear intention. To think that someone would create disease instead of ease is hard to understand sometimes, yet I am convinced it is done nonetheless. We don’t like to imagine that we create many things, preferring to think them created upon us by bad luck, wrong place, genetics, accidental acts, crime, germs, and such. Though we often take credit for creating the positive attributes and circumstances, we abhor the idea of creating the other.

Once I walked through this door of acceptance, I can no longer see what I used to see. I think that the thing that has set me free more than anything else is accepting that I am a creator and accepting whatever it is that I have created without pushing it off on others. Certainly, I have co-creators at work with me, but accepting all of it is incredibly empowering.

Now, I might ask myself why in the world I created that scenario or situation. I might wonder at it, but I will accept it as my creation. I often create on purpose, and sometimes without intention, but I am always creating my own world. What is most empowering about this is the lack of blame. Blame has no more purpose. It used to be my favorite tool and explanation. It was always some kind of justification and always intended to exonerate me from responsibility.

Now I accept the responsibility for my thinking, actions, decisions, including those made without paying attention, along with the results in circumstance and manifestation. This allows me to find joy in living my life, laughing at the interesting choices I’ve made from time to time, and find joy with others in the same way.

Participate Joyfully In All Creation.

Spread Some Joy Today–Allow others to choose to be or do as they will, loving them as creators, and joyful in all they are while accepting yourself in the same exact way.

Affirming Your Brilliance

“It all depends on how we look at things,
and not how they are in themselves.” 

— Carl Jung 

[Classic post from 2-9-16]

Yesterday was a whole bunch of errands and going to various stores to get things. There was a lot to do and I got it all done perfectly, which felt great.

In the process, I ran across several checkers or sales clerks. Their dispositions were all over the place from seeming mildly irritated that they had to be there that day to absolutely in love with life. You probably know which I gravitate toward…

Okay, it was the joyous one that really stood out. I was at Sam’s Club and the checker girl looked like she was totally enjoying herself. She smiled at me, and I commented on what a great smile she had. She said, “thank you for noticing!” Then one of the bills I paid for my things was a $50 bill. She held it up in the air and asked in fun, “did you just print this one today?” I said, “no, I’m not that creative.” And, as a habit, she agreed that she wasn’t either. Then she stopped, looked up at me, and said, “no, that’s not true, I’m pretty dang brilliant at times. Matter of fact, I surprise myself.” I said, “outstanding!”

In the last week or so I’ve posted a couple of Daily Inspirations about affirmations. This girl wasn’t going to allow the negative affirmation to remain. She killed it while it was in the air and replaced it with acknowledging her own brilliance. In the process, she killed my joking statement and sent me out of the store feeling good about myself and me sharing the experience of her joy of living.

All the other people that were not like her are a blurred memory. I think this girl realizes that what comes out of our mouth is tied to a thought, and more often than not, tied to a belief. By making a decision to acknowledge our own brilliance, we can then ensure that our mouth speaks our real mind, rather than that habitual thing we call the ego.

Today Is A Great Day To Acknowledge The Brilliance Within You! 

Spread Some Joy Today–by amazing yourself!

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!

Do What Excites You

“Anxiety is the same energy as excitement,
with judgment placed upon it.” 

— Bashar, Darryl Anka 

[Classic post from 1-14-16]

Bashar continues: “Anxiety and excitement are the same energy. If you understand that, and start acting like you believe it, then you will feel the energy as excitement and not anxiety. It is not that you will get rid of the energy; it is not that you will not continue to feel the energy. It is that you will feel it in a way that is indicative of how you look at it. That is all. 

Do what excites you the most in the way it excites you the most to do it, with integrity, and you will always be being of service. 

Relax the judgment, and you will let go of the anxiety. It will turn into excitement and laughter, and you will giggle your way through life.” 

I like how Abraham, Esther Hicks simplifies it even more so that anyone can get it:

“Life is supposed to be fun–it is supposed to feel good! You are powerful creators, and you are right on schedule. . . Savor more; fix less. Laugh more; cry less. Anticipate positively more; anticipate negatively less. . . . Nothing is more important than that you feel good–just practice that and watch what happens.” 

Feel The Energy. Release The Judgment. Find The Joy. 

Spread Some Joy Today–by relaxing. Chill. Get down. Kick back. Get in the zone. Get your Zen on. Love yourself. Like yourself. Feel the inner you without the body attached. How does that feel? Feels like joy, right? Float in it. Ride the thermal of it like a big bird going higher and higher. Soak in it. Enjoy yourself.

Follow Your Excitement

Yesterday, I offered a unique way of looking at the idea that we have one life to live from Bashar. Here is another. There are so many gems in this book, Bashar: Blueprint For Change.

First, Bashar defines the idea of excitement and then what it means in our lives.

“Excitement–what you feel to be the physical sensation, or the knowledge, the knowingness of yourself that is translated as excitement–is your physical translation of the vibratory energy that represents the path you chose to be in this life.” So when something excites you more than anything else, that excitement is there to tell you three things:

First: this is who and what you are. The circumstance and the situation that comes into your life at any given moment that excites you more than any other is letting you know, “This is who you are: act on it!”

The second thing it tells you is that because it is who you are, if you act on it with trust and conviction, it will be the thing that can be the most effortless thing you will ever do–because it is who you are. You are being yourself. And so of course it will be effortless. The only time you have struggle and pain is when you are trying to be someone you are not, again fighting the flow, buying into the definitions of what other individuals say you ought to be.

The third thing that tells you when a situation comes along that is more exciting than the other is: this is the thing that if you do it, will support you in the most abundant way to allow you to keep doing it in a more expanded, ever spiraling way. Therefore you will automatically be able to attract the opportunities to allow you to do the thing that excites you the most.”

I love how Bashar sees things in a very simple and yet unusual manner. Very inspiring.

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