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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.

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.

I Choose It All

“You Choose It All.” 

— Terry Minion 

[Classic post from 5-18-16]

I awoke this morning with the phrase above–you choose it all–in my being. It wasn't just in my head but seemed to permeate all of me. It was as if I was saying it and a benevolent deity was saying it at the same time. So, I knew what I would write this morning before I even stood up.

I will change the voice from third person to first as a way of accepting responsibility for it and to allow those who choose to do so, to see themselves in it.

I choose it all. I chose to come here. I chose this body. I chose this life. Everything that I experience is of my own choosing. I may not have always been aware that I am the chooser, but now I know for certain that I am and always have been the chooser.

I came to experience this experience–my experience. I came to live. I came to learn and become and unfold in my experience. Every single choice that I have made from the moment I arrived, and whether fully consciously or unconsciously, I chose them.

I chose what thoughts to think, how long to think them, thought by thought by thought. I chose how I would feel because I chose all of my thoughts and my thoughts created my emotion as a response to my thoughts as compared to my desires and to that of my Inner Being, or my always-connected-connection with All-That-Is.

The Universe, All-That-Is, God, the Oneness, or whatever name you might enjoy using to describe that which you know as well as I, is always wanting the best for me; always sees the best in me; always has my back; is always wanting that which I truly want.

When I move away from that which my Inner Being wants for me, and what I truly want for myself to remain whole, I feel negative emotion. It is better to say that I am out of alignment, or not a vibrational match to what I truly want. When I am feeling positive emotion, I am in alignment. It is the simplest and easiest way to know how to live an enjoyable life.

All I need in the way of guidance is within me. I need not look elsewhere. I am my own best guide in my own life experience.

It's okay that I have chosen misalignment from time to time. I get to choose. I got to experience how that felt. I got to experience that. I learned from that. It always held value for me. There was always a payoff for me. And, I have chosen it hundreds and hundreds of times throughout my life.

It's equally okay to choose alignment. I get to choose. I got to experience how that felt. I got to experience that. I learned from that. It always held value for me. There was always a payoff for me. And, I have chosen it hundreds and hundreds of times throughout my life.

There was a time in my life when sometimes I believed that choosing misalignment was better than choosing alignment. Somehow I felt that the payoff or the value was better, more meaningful. Often it may have come from the philosophy of others that influenced me until I chose otherwise.

I began choosing differently. I began liking alignment better than misalignment. They are both valid and perfectly acceptable choices, but I began to really appreciate feeling good.

I chose relationships with other people. Sometimes when I would meet someone, I had the distinct feeling that I have known them for all time. Some that I chose were of a very temporary nature and time, but I even felt that I knew them on a much deeper level.

I learned a lot from relationships with others. I learned that I didn't just choose them, but that they were choosing me. It was a co-creation. The more important thing that I learned about relationships with others is that because it was a co-creation, I could only choose for myself, and I could not choose for another. Believe me, I've tried very long and hard to change others or to have them do as I wanted when I wanted, but I can only choose for myself, and I cannot choose for them.

Of all the things that I have learned in my life experience, learning that I cannot choose for another was of immense importance for me to understand. I choose all for me, but only me. I certainly can influence the choices of others, but ultimately, their choices are their own.

The more I understood this as I was learning this, the better the relationships I had because I was allowing them to be as they chose for themselves, while I chose for myself, and however and in whatever way we were co-creating was good and perfect, and in the ways, we may have not been in alignment with each other, that was perfect as well.

The best way to a great relationship is, to honor equally in each other, the capacity and authority to choose for ourselves.

I have come to accept every single choice I have ever made, whether consciously or unconsciously. I accept everything that has come in my unfolding life. I accept all that seemingly was 'done' to me as if I didn't really choose it, because I did choose it; albeit, I may not have been paying attention to my choices.

Nothing happens to me without my permission. If it is in my life, then I chose it. I accept full responsibility for all of it–the so-called 'bad' along with all the so-called 'good.' I accept responsibility for any pain I attempted to spread to others, as well as any joy I've tried to spread. In fact, in the end, it is all good. Each road chosen exposes the scenery of that road, and each road chosen is ultimately experience.

And now, I come back to the beginning: I choose it all. Besides understanding this at a deep level, which I now do, the real value to me of this understanding is that I can appreciate what I've done with my life thus far. I now appreciate every choice that I've made and the results that came from those choices. I have no regrets. In fact, I celebrate my choices and whatever the outcome because I got to choose. Then, I got to choose again. Many times, I chose differently. Many times, I simply chose again.

All In All, I've Chosen It All. 

Spread Some Joy Today–by accepting your capacity for joy and allowing the expression of it in yourself when you're all alone, and sharing it lavishly with others regardless of how they choose to accept it or reject it. It's all good.

Learning To Develop Rapport

“Developing rapport is a one-sided affair
where listening and asking questions
demonstrates the leader.” 

— Albert K. Strong 

[Classic post from 8-9-15]

There is a habit that probably the majority of us have developed wherein when we are trying to develop a rapport with someone, we hear something similar to what we've done in our lives, or having had a similar experience, and then we share it as soon as we can. Having things in common are the places that we tend to focus, and then sharing stories back and forth becomes the desired conversation and friendly outcome.

I have known better for some years now, but the old habit is easily brought back to life, as I was recently reminded of last week with a potential client. The only saving grace for me now is that I have learned to pay attention to the other person–especially when I am talking. If I detect that they are not listening, and this is pretty obvious most of the time, then I often will stop talking, sometimes even mid-sentence, letting go of my attempted control of the conversation. More often than not, they don't even realize that I didn't finish, which is the confirmation that they were not really listening. 

Sometimes the habit is strong enough that I may inject two or three anecdotes, but it is rare that I get that far. What I've found that works best is to listen closely to them, participate by agreeing, nodding, or speaking really short quips of encouragement or confirmation. Then, I find an interesting question to ask from what I've learned, and ask it. This keeps them talking more, and rapport comes much faster, and more smoothly.

Larry King says it nicely: “The first rule of my speaking is: listen! I never learned anything while I was talking.” He adds the secret to gaining more rapport: “You gotta ask 'why' questions. 'Why did you do this?' A 'why' question you can't answer with one word.” 

Try it yourself. Pay attention to a conversation you are having going back and forth with stories or comments. Does it seem like they are listening or are they thinking about what they're going to say next? One way to tell is to stop in the middle of your story. If they ask you to continue, great. If they didn't notice, it's time to really listen to what they are saying, and start asking good questions.

“I Never Use The Word 'I' When I Interview Someone. I Think It's Irrelevant.” — Larry King 

Spread Some Joy Today–Go have some fun.

It’s Not The Messenger Or The Message That Matters

“You only hear
what you are ready to hear.” 

— Abraham, Esther Hicks 

[Classic post from 9-11-16]

Some people do not understand the power of words. They seem to think and have tried thousands of times to kill the messenger thinking that this will kill the message. But, it never has, nor will it ever. The word is infinitely more powerful than any messenger who may bring it. Victor Hugo said it well when he said, “Nothing is more powerful than an idea whose time has come.”

The audiobook, The Secret, which was the catalyst that immediately changed my life in a major way, was all about the message that was as old as the words that made it, and was throughout history hidden from the many, supposedly in fear, that if they understood it, those in power would lose that power and privilege. Fear is an all-consuming thing.

But, here is the message that matters, as Jesus said in Mark 4:9: “Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.” It’s really not the messenger, and it really isn’t even so much the message. It is the asking. As in another very popular Bible verse from Matthew 7: “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.” 

There’s another colloquial expression that works here too: “When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.” Again, it is not the message or the messenger, it is the asking. It is the ears that are ready to hear.

I know several people, and I have always known several people that I would love to see be happier, more loving, enjoying life more, to let go of the rope more often, and so on. I used to try and try and try to move them toward those positive ideals, and they tenaciously held on to the rope of their choices. My grand lesson is tied to this trying in that I cannot change another no matter what message I speak, no matter how skilled and practiced I may be as a messenger. All I can do is to be who I am, to share the message peacefully that I have been inspired to share, and the rest is not up to me. It is the asking. It is the readiness to receive. It is the desire to know. And, none of those things are in my slightest control.

It took me some time and awareness in my own study to realize this valuable lesson. And, I didn’t just learn it about me sharing with others and they’re being ready to hear or not, but also for myself and that there is always more to know and whether I will know it has to do with my own readiness, willingness, asking in order to receive.

As I look briefly in the rearview mirror, I can see how many messages were there for me, but I was closed to them. I was not yet asking. I might have been asking for other things, ready for other things, but not yet this message. Yet, this is not something to be even the slightest bit upset about because all of our lives are a journey, and we all learn as we go, ask as we are ready, and receive when we are willing to allow. I have come to believe that it is all perfect and in perfect timing. The best I can do is to be open to continued learning as much as I can, in as much as I am currently asking.

I laugh about it today, but in mid-2007, when I first became aware of the Teachings of Abraham, and Esther and Jerry Hicks, I was afraid. The message scared me from teachings that I had learned in the past. As I allowed myself to be open to the message without killing the messenger, I found myself with ears to hear. I had been asking already, and it came in the perfect time for me, which has set me on a certain path ever since that first hearing. I am so thankful for the message because it has brought me joy, peace, love, happiness, calmness, appreciation, and much more. I asked, and I received. I listened, and I heard. I knocked, and it was opened to me. And, as powerful as their message has been for me and a few million others, it is not the message, but my asking, my willingness, and my allowing.

When The Teacher Is Ready, The Students Will Appear. 

Spread Some Joy Today–by loving yourself today. Forget about all the cares and woes and the things-to-do list. Chill. Take a break. Let the love of your Spirit flow over you and cleanse you today.

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.

In Or Out Of The Storm

“When you. . .
acknowledge your power
as a co-creator of your life,
you stop being a victim.
When you are not a victim,
you have choice.
When you are in choice,
you are in your power
and you are not frightened.”

— Paul Selig
from I Am the Word

[Classic post from 9-15-17]

Have you ever known, or know one or more now, who are like the Pig Pen character from the Peanuts comic strip where there is a shit storm going on all around them. Something is always going wrong. Someone or several others are always taking advantage of them or finding fault. There seems to always be someone that is out to get them.

It is part of the drama triangle which includes the victim, the persecutor, and the rescuer. This is a game that has no winners. Regardless of which of these three roles I might play, I lose. Believe me, I've played them all and even became proficient at each role.

But what I found after wising up to the game was that stepping outside of the game is where joy is. As I let go of any of those roles, I gain peace. In fact, joy and peace come automatically. They always come automatically when we let go.

The drama triangle is tempting. It is easy to participate in. You listen to someone's sad story and your heart wants to rescue them, or your inner parent wants to counsel them to a better place, your inner fear wants to persecute them, but realize this, as this is done from the mirage of the heart or the nurturing falsehood or disgust of the mind, I am in the game. As I am in the game, I go from role to role to role. I begin to crave rescuing people or playing the victim looking for sympathy and comradery, finding others to blame, to persecute and complain about.

The best thing that can happen to us is an awareness that we are in the game. Once we see we are in the game, we have an opportunity to step out of the circle of influence of the game. We can turn away and right there we are free of the game and in peace and joy.

This game goes on at work with co-workers, the owner or supervisor, other managers, customers, vendors, and others. It goes on at home with spouses, relatives, children, neighbors, friends. It goes on in our mind as we seem to be thinking all by ourselves going from one role to another in our minds about something we did or didn't do, should have done, shouldn't have done, might do, want to do, questioning ourselves, cajoling, feeling sorry for ourselves, and well. . . I'm guessing you know what I'm talking about.

The answer is always the same. Play the game, or step away from the game. Having become quite good at the game, I found that the joy and peace outside is infinitely superior in every way.

How About The Joy Triangle Instead: Joy, Peace, Love. That's A Glorious Game! 

Spread Some Joy Today–by creating your own Joy Triangle.

Celebrating Our Abundance!

“In the realm of abundance,
there is no such thing as a fair share.
Heck, there’s no such thing as share.
All there is, is all there is.
There is no need for more,
and no such thing as less.
In fact, there is no need.”

Albert K. Strong

Today is the perfect day and now is the perfect time (now is always the perfect time!) to celebrate your abundance. You can celebrate mine if you like, or others you know, and we will celebrate with you, yet, today and right now it is so important for you to celebrate your abundance. We each have abundance in our lives. We are abundant. Sharing that abundance is what helps others to recognize their own abundance. Let’s make it an abundance-fest!

Not feeling your abundance? The first place to look is your rulebook. We all have rules about abundance. It’s good to look at those rules from time to time. Many of those rules may be clouding your vision. You don’t need glasses or better glasses. No. You probably need to change your rules.

Here’s an idea! Get rid of them entirely! No more rules. No more layers of dogma covering your abundance. Now it will be open and alive and visible to all. Yes! How exciting that is!

Some rules may be that abundance must be a number. Hmm. It is estimated that there are about 30 trillion cells in each of our bodies. Is 30 trillion a good numerical amount? How about 2,190,000? Is that a good numerical amount? That’s how many thoughts most of us have in a year. That’s about 6,000 per day. Whew! Some of us are thinking a lot of thoughts! How about 86,400? Good number? That’s how many seconds each of us has in a day. Wow. A year would be… a big number!

Rules, rules, rules. We create so many rules that limit our possibilities and then complain that we are not getting our share, and in truth, we are all so abundant.

Maybe we think abundance must be prosperity? We are all prosperous as we choose. I love Albert K. Strong’s thought on that: “Prosperity is very simply, and most pleasantly, a state of mind.” That means it is a perspective or a way of looking at things. 

OK. Prosperity. How much love do you have to give? You have an infinite supply! How much kindness do you have available to you? More than you have time to give away. How much joy can you have if you allowed yourself to have joy? Far more than you can possibly spread or feel. 

I recently republished Thomas Troward’s insightful and inspiring piece called The Spirit of Opulence. Here is just a snipit that fits well here:

“If we clearly realize that the creative power in ourselves is unlimited, then there is no reason for limiting the extent to which we may enjoy what we can create by means of it. Where we are drawing from the infinite, we need never be afraid of taking more than our share. That is not where the danger lies. The danger is in not sufficiently realizing our own richness, and in looking upon the externalized products of our creative power as being the true riches instead of the creative power of spirit itself.”

We all have abundance in our lives and it is up to us to recognize and celebrate that abundance. I celebrate your abundance as I celebrate my own. We all live in such an abundant world.

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!

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