Wednesday, December 7, 2016
There are Heroes Everywhere Einstein’s Unified Field theory states that the Universe is made up of energy. Everything is energy (your body, furniture, books, car, house, ideas, thoughts) and everything is part of the Universe or the Unified Field. All energy equivocates to possibilities. We live in a magnificent field of possibilities. Yes, anything is possible until we create blocks and become resistant. This means we can do or be anything until we hold ourselves in a status quo or negative pattern and refuse to change. People become glued, hypnotized, into a set of possibilities that keeps them in stasis. They repeat the same thing year after year… same thought process, same behaviors, same outcomes. They say this is how it is; this is who I AM. It is their mental hypnosis. Creating just one crack in that veil can open the mind to greater possibilities. To say, Why do I have to do it this way? Why do I have to believe this or accept that? This questioning begins the crack. To stay in a repetitive pattern that does not produce joy, excitement, abundance, love, and clarity is disavowing the field of possibilities. Do something different. If you always vacation in the mountains, go to the beach instead. Or more boldly, leave the country. If you always eat hamburgers and pizza, order squid or Thai food. Jump out of the mold. Shake up your consciousness. Explore your adventurous Self. It is there. Wake up. There is more to life. Right about now the ego is saying, this gal is delusional. I am being practical, living within my means. I am following the rules and being a good person. That is what living the illusion is all about. Doing the same thing year after year and expecting a different result (joy, happiness) is the definition of insanity. Perhaps you have defined yourself into a corner. The corner has no light and no possibilities. Decide! Decide if this is enough. IF IT IS SO BE IT. IF NOT, do something different. Ask to be shown greater possibilities. Be willing to cross the line to an expanded life. The field of possibilities is vast.
There are Heroes Everywhere There really are heroes everywhere, and, each one of us, in our own way, is a hero. Yet, if that is not your belief, and you are looking for heroes, you need look no further than the movies. Currently, there is a movie playing called Hacksaw Ridge. It is a true story about a soldier, Desmond Doss, a pacifist, who personally and under heavy gunfire saved numerous lives. Many of these folks were cruel to him. I would call this movie, Redemption, except I think that name was already used. Doss was a Seventh Day Adventist from Lynchburg, Virginia, who wanted to serve his country as a medic. As a religious person, Doss had strong beliefs about killing. He did not want to do it. In his words, “in the midst of so much being torn apart, what’s wrong with wanting to help patch some of the pieces back together.” Throughout the film, Doss is judged a coward and bullied, threatened, beaten up, and thrown in jail for defying an order to carry a gun. At one point he is arrested for insubordination and put on trial so he could be disposed of and discharged from the Army. In a dramatic moment, his estranged father barges into the courtroom with a letter from his (the father’s) former commanding officer stating that his son’s refusal to carry a firearm is protected by the US Constitution. Needless to say, Desmond Doss stayed in the Army and instead of a gun, carried a medic’s bag when his unit went into battle at Hacksaw Ridge in Okanawa. Because of his bravery and refusal to relinquish to fear, he did not leave when his unit was ordered to pull back. Doss stayed and located dozens of wounded men that he ministered to and then single handedly lowered on ropes over the ridge to safety. They were saved because of his determination to live his faith. This is a powerful story about love, compassion, bravery and dedication to higher values. Throughout Doss is alone in his beliefs in non-violence. Yet he never relinquishes them regardless of the harsh treatment administered by others. This is a film for today. In the world’s transformation from the harsh aggressive values of the past, to the current shift to heart-felt principles of compassion, forgiveness, kindness, and love, it is a story for each of us. The question is who do you identify with in this story? Doss, who refused to relinquish his values; those who judged him without asking him why; his commanding officer who believes everyone must follow a certain code; or the ones who enjoin him to give up the fight? In the end, Doss saved 75 soldiers He kept saying to God, “One more please.” And he would find another wounded soldier and minister to him before lowering him to the ground below the ridge. His own wounds were so severe he was unable to hold a job after the war. In the end, Doss's bravery was honored. He was the first Conscientious Objector to be awarded the Medal of Honor. I am hoping this movie sets a tone for the holidays and for our nation as we move into a new cycle of leadership. Jean Walters firstname.lastname@example.org 314 991 8439 office 314 566 5231 cell
Simple Practice: Bring more love into your life! Babies radiate love. People are drawn to these beautiful little physical beings that know only love. We connect with them and want to experience the simple joy of a baby. Puppies have the same effect. They automatically love you. You don’t have to do anything to earn their love. It is unconditional and holds no bounds. This is our true state - radiant love without bounds. But what happens to reduce and diminish us to a consciousness of fear and restriction, of distrust and anger. Somehow we forget who we are. Instead of expanding our love to include everything and everyone, we start to retract and become selective. You love your ethnic group, family, tribe, your religious sect and close out those who seem different. We are afraid of folks who look, dress, or speak in dissimilar dialects. Soon we are retracted into balls of opinions, delusions, judgments, and preferences where before there was radiance. As thinking, rational beings we have the ability to make choices. We can look at the outer shell and project our own insecurities, fear, and unknowing, or we can see the light in each person and recognize that the outer form is just a defense and definition. Inside there is light (love) beaming its boundlessness and desire to share. Holding in love when it needs expression is painful. Why? Because we are going against who we are – our natural state. We are still babies ready to grin, giggle, and share our inner essence. Let’s return to that state of innocence and purity by making it a practice to smile at people. That is what babies do. Tell them (mentally, if you wish) how much you love them. You love their light. You love the purity of their essence. Even if they have lost sight of it themselves,. See it for them. This can be your practice with each person you encounter. See their inner essence of radiant light and love. Bless them with a smile. And, guess what, through the law of cause and effect, what cycles back to you will be love! Take the restraints off and guess what – fear and restriction disappear. It is a choice email@example.com 314 991 8439 office 314 566 5231 cell
The Power & Joy of Givingness Sometimes people approach the holidays with resentment. They feel the season’s been commercialized; they focus on the buying and doing aspect of the holidays and lose the possibility of joy. Yet the principle of giving is inherent in the season, thus the potential for learning how to give is an immediate undertaking for everyone. It would seem that re-framing the way we interpret the quality of giving could change our response to the holidays. Happiness lies in the spirit of giving. Often this feeling of the givingness is apparent more around the holidays than any other time, and this can be a wonderful thing. Yet, we don’t have to limit our experience for we could make every day a kind of giving holiday. The confusion lies in the idea that we must give “things.” For often with the giving of things, there are strings attached, and these strings destroy joy. However when we give freely, without conditions, reservations, recriminations, or attachment, we become the greatest recipients of our gifts because that kind of giving is accompanied by feelings of great joy. Here is a story of a man who owned a flooring store. We shall call him Joe. Joe was very fortunate for he had experienced a great year and much abundance and he felt it in his heart to give from his abundance. Joe was aware of a single mom with three children that lived in his area. It appeared that she was struggling. So Joe went to the bank and got five one hundred dollar bills and put them in an envelope with her name on it. Then that night he went to her house and rang the doorbell. When he heard footsteps coming to the door he quickly placed the envelope in clear sight and disappeared behind a bush. The woman answered the door and spotted the envelope with her name on it and upon opening it let out a loud Wow!!! And Thank You!!!! into the night air. Joe stayed behind the bush as he wished to remain anonymous, but his heart was bursting with joy. He was so excited he felt like he was going to burst. Months later when he told me the story, he was still beaming with excitement and gratitude. What was Joe grateful for you ask? In his attitude of givingness, Joe received the greatest gift – joy! And whenever he thinks of that night, his joy is reignited. Giving from the heart is the key to happiness. We have many opportunities to give our gifts – talent, enthusiasm, kindness, encouragement, wisdom. The fact is that givingness fills you. May you enjoy this holiday season. jean walters - firstname.lastname@example.org 314 991 8439 office 314 566 5231 cell
The Power of Love There was a great story in 2012 Sports Illustrated Kids Sports. The "kids of the year" was brothers Conner and Cayden Long. They were celebrated at a star-studded event in New York City. The event itself was to honor Miami Heat Star LeBron James and there were a lot of other celebrities present as well -- Jay-Z, Beyonce, and Duke coach, Mike Kryzewski. Yet the stars were shining on Conner's and Cayden's accomplishments. Here is the story: Cayden suffers from cerebral Palsy but that is no hindrance for Conner because he includes his brother in all his sports. The two compete in triathlons together with Conner pulling Cayden behind in a raft during the swimming leg, and towing him behind his bike during the cycling portion, and pushing him during the run. These triathlons have been a great way for the brothers to come together and, at the same time, have provided inspiration to everyone that watches or hears about their interaction. Coach K was inspired by Conner and Cayden's story and he said that they have scholarships to Duke waiting for them when they get older. LeBron said that the brothers should get ready for the private plane that is going to take them from their home in Tennessee to Miami to meet "the guys." Even Jay-Z and Beyonce wanted to shake hands with Connor and Cayden. The Long brothers illustrate the power of love. When you love someone, you don't care what state they are in, you just love them. That is the nature of love. I wish that for you! Jean Walters - email@example.com 314 991 8439 office 314 566 5231 cell
Tuesday, November 1, 2016
Blog: Superwoman's Demise The other day a friend called and exclaimed how exhausted she was. As her scenario unfolded, she was fatigued of work, family, obligations, responsibilities, and even social activities. Hortense was just plain tired. As we conversed, I heard a repeated phrase, I can’t do anything about it. It became apparent that Hortense’s fatigue related to feeling out of control. She had exaggerated her responsibilities and placed unrealistic demands on herself. Hortense placed herself in charge of everyone’s happiness, feelings of worth and success (except her own, of course). This over dramatization increased her obligations to others, her inability to fulfill these requirements, and exacerbated her guilt. Superman would have buckled under these demands and would most likely have hung up his cape in the attempt to meet them. Hortense’s exhaustion was the result of setting impossible demands and expectations for herself. Do you do the same? Ask yourself, What can I control? Answering this question honestly can dramatically change ones perception of responsibility. Filling your life with meaningless obligation complicates things. It results in no time for activities and relationships that add value, depth and meaning. Trying to make other people happy is psychological arm-twisting. The smiles produced are superficial and have no lasting value. You can’t MAKE someone happy any more than someone can MAKE you happy. Happiness is a choice. You are the one in control of your state of happiness as others are in control of theirs. Doing things that encourages feeling good, useful, accomplished, and fulfilled, produces happiness. These behaviors further set an example of practical responsibility for others. People learn to cause their own good feelings; they model the same; and the word spreads. As each person chooses to be in charge of his own happiness, instead of waiting for someone else to supply it, a relationship weight is lifted, and, Walla! You feel energized. Plus, with this burden gone, relationships have a greater chance of being healthy! Enjoy! Much love, Jean My books will change your life: Set Yourself Free: Live the Life YOU were meant to live! Be Outrageous: Do the Impossible - Others have and you can too! Dreams and the Symbology of Life! All are available on Amazon.com
Blog: Is your Intuition Powerful? Dr. Elmer R. Gates of Chevy Chase, Maryland, thought so. He used it to create useful patents. He became one of the great scientists in the world. In his years of cultivating and using his creative faculty, he produced more than 200 patents. He used a unique method to tap into his creative genius, a method that could be adopted by anyone desiring inspired results. In his laboratory, Gates created what he termed his personal communication room. This was a soundproofed room, furnished meagerly with a table and a tablet on which to write. A push-button on the wall controlled the lighting. When he chose to tap into his creative imagination, he entered this room and turned off the lights. There, he concentrated on the invention he was developing. He would sit until ideas relative to his project began to flash across his mind. There were occasions when his mind was so prolific, he wrote for hours. He wrote until his mind ran dry, so to speak. Through this process, his creative imagination produced minute descriptions of ideas and principles that were not yet known to the scientific world. This was the manner in which he produced his patents. He basically made his living by sitting for ideas. He did this for some of the major corporations in America, as well. Edison and Gates shared the use of this creative faculty, although each had their own way of accessing it. Edison made use of a cot situated in his laboratory. When he got stuck on a project, not sure what to do next, he would lie down on the cot and take a nap. He did this while holding a piece of metal. As he relaxed, the metal would drop from his hand and clink as it hit the floor. This would wake him from his sleep and he would write down the ideas that flowed from his mind. Genius has its ways. The information that came through the minds of these great men superseded the reasoning mind’s capacity. These thoughts came directly from Source, the Universe. In contrast, the intellect is incredibly limited in its supply. If you depend on reasoning alone, you are sometimes misled, since there is great disparage in how you perceive information, often tainted with the biases you hold. By working with your creative faculty, you open yourself to unlimited potential. It is your vast, unfettered, pure resource. __________________________________________________________ My books: Read them and you will never be the same. Set Yourself Free: Live the Life YOU were meant to live! Be Outrageous: Do the Impossible - Others have and you can too! Dreams and the Symbology of Life! All are available on Amazon.com
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
A Fascinating, imaginative way to Serve! When it comes to interesting ways to solve a problem, Lynn Zwerling might win the prize. In late 2009, Zwerling stood in front of 600 male prisoners at the Pre-Release Prison Unit in Jessup, Maryland. Her opening line was "Who wants to knit?" The burly men were taken back with the idea. But Lynn Zwerling assured them that men had invented the craft. Nearly two years later, Zwerling and her associates have instructed more than 100 prisoners to knit, while dozens more wait to take her weekly class. "I have guys that have never missed one time in two years," comments Zwerling. "Some have reported that they miss dinner to come to class." Even though the men were reluctant at first, complaining that knitting was too girly or difficult, they yielded to a five-minute knitting lesson and, as Zwerling puts it, "the men found zen and became hooked." The Warden worried about freely handing out knitting needles to prisoners who had been convicted of violent crimes so it took five years before her idea was accepted. Assistant Warden, Margaret Chippendale, is on record that the men involved with knitting get into trouble less often. "It's very positive because you can see when you go into the room, the dynamics of their conversation; very calm, very soothing," Chippendale says. "It radiates even when they leave the room and go out into the institution." Richy Horton, 38, served almost four years at the Pre-Release Prison Unit and reluctantly joined the knitting class six months prior to release. Horton’s reaction was "I’m not going to that thing. And then I went to class and you were actually speaking to real people. People can’t really understand that in prison you’re completely separated from anything normal or real in the world. You’re always told what to do and when to do it, so to have people come in and treat you like a human being means so much. They came in and they were like my mom." The men started by knitting comfort dolls, which they gave to children removed from their homes because of domestic issues. Then they moved on to hats for kids at the inner-city elementary school. Each week the men eagerly await the women's arrival, then promptly get to work. "It takes you away a little," Horton says. "You have to watch what you’re doing, otherwise your stitches will become loose or tight or you’ll skip stitches. It almost makes you feel like you don't have to be anything. You’re all sitting there knitting. You can just be yourself." Kudos to Lynn Zwerling for coming up with a great way to offer service. She gets to share her passion and the men get to relax and be themselves and offer service to the community. Win, win, win! To reach Jean Walters, Transformational Coach, Author and teacher, call 314 991 8439 or jean@spiritualtransformation. Author of: Set Yourself Free: Live the Life YOU were meant to live! and Be Outrageous: Do the Impossible - Others have and you can too! (Believe in yourself and rekindle your spirit)
Thursday, September 22, 2016
Simple Practice: Bring more Love into your Life Babies radiate love. People are draw to these beautiful, little packages that know only love. We connect with them and want to experience the simple joy of a baby. Puppies have the same effect. They automatically love you. You don’t have to do anything to earn their love. It is unconditional and holds no bounds. This is our true state – radiant love without bounds. But what happens to reduce and diminish us to a consciousness of fear and restriction, of distrust and anger. Somehow we forget who we are. Instead of expanding our love to include everything and everyone, we start to retract and become selective. You love your ethnic group, family, tribe, your religious sect and close out those who seem different. We are afraid of those we look, dress, or speak in dissimilar dialects. Soon we are retracted into balls of opinions, delusions, judgments, and preferences where before there was radiance. As thinking, rational beings we have the ability to make choices. We can look at the outer shell and project our own insecurities, fear, and unknowing or we can see the light in each person and recognize that the outer form is just a defense or definition. Inside there is light (love) beaning its boundlessness and desire to share. Holding in love when it needs expression is painful. Why? Because we are going against who we are – our natural state. We are still babies ready to grin, giggle, and share our inner essence. Let’s return to that state of innocence and purity by making it a practice to smile at people. That is what babies do. Tell them (mentally, if you wish) how much you love them. You love their light. You love the purity of their essence, even if they have lost sight of it themselves. See it for them. This can be your practice with each person you encounter. See their inner essence of radiant light and love. Bless them with a smile. And, guess what, through the law of cause and effect, what cycles back to you will be love! Take the restraints off your life and guess what – fear and restriction disappear. It is a choice. Order Set Yourself Free: Live the Life YOU were meant to Live! http://rdrpublishers.com/products/set-yourself-free-life-the-life-you-were-meant-to-live
Monday, September 19, 2016
The Supremacy of Love One way we demonstrate love is through friendship. Buddhists have a term, metta, for the quality of boundless friendship toward oneself or others. Metta refers to being loving and kind. Practicing this principle, particularly toward people you don’t know, expands your innate capacity for connecting. Through the quality of loving-kindness, you are able to break the habits of apathy and judgment that generate a feeling of separation from others. Separation fosters fear and prejudice. Every person has the potential for friendship and kindness. It exists within everyone, no matter what dire experiences each have endured. This capacity cannot be destroyed, although it can be ignored or neglected. The way you can rediscover your metta capability is to take a positive interest in people. We’re often running through life so fast that we overlook or discount people. They don’t even register. Yet relationships make up the fiber of our lives and constitute our greatest challenge and opportunity. Practice being attentive. Start with someone you don’t really know. As you pay attention, you will learn things about the person and yourself. Next, hold that person in your heart with a feeling of genuine warmth. At the same time, mentally wish that person well. In short order, you will no longer feel like a stranger. Your world will begin to change. Your life will suddenly feel freer. The next step is to practice with someone you feel ambivalent toward. Aha! It gets easier. With success, you get bolder, which ultimately leads you to people with whom you’re in conflict. Choose someone you have injured or who has harmed you. With tenacity, you will get past the lightning bolts of anger. Your rage will dissipate over time and you will discover increased energy and deeper love, deeper than you had ever imagined. As your attention opens to the people you formerly dismissed, your world expands, along with your connection to yourself. Work on your ability to be kind and loving, and you will discover how truly unlimited and safe you are. Why does this work? Because God is Love and we are individual sparks of God. Love is our inner essence, our core. When you remove the blocks of fear, shame, guilt, anger, and unforgiveness, which obstruct your true nature, love radiates from your center, illuminating the mind, body, and situations. At that point, practicing metta becomes a way of life. All things appear new in the light of love. Jesus, our prototype, not only centered his teaching on love, he emanated it. His teaching demonstrates love’s supremacy and overriding power. This blog is excerpted from Set Yourself Free: Live the Life YOU were Meant to Live. To order Set Yourself Free go to: http://rdrpublishers.com/products/set-yourself-free-life-the-life-you-were-meant-to-live
Thursday, August 4, 2016
Managing Peace In this time of craziness, when the world seems to erupt with emotion and anger, it is most important that we turn inward to the peace that passes understanding. It appears that there is poison being expelled from our collective system. The ego regurgitates chaos and noise. And so we move to the stillness of nature to grasp more firmly the rhythm and flow of gentleness, kindness, nurturing. It is time to seek with fortitude and discipline a higher Spirit than the world (news) portrays. We are reminded, there are folks who give in heartfelt ways. There are people who continue to smile in the midst of dissolution and the smoke and dust of anger filled rooms, who reach out and help strangers, who share their gifts and offer words of support and encouragement. Where shall we focus our attention? There is a quiet place within. It is as beautiful as a tree in full bloom and the sun setting in the west. It is as sweet as a baby's innocent giggle. We go there and embrace Spirit. We remove our attention from the distractions that would convince us the world is a dangerous place and remind ourselves that God is good and that people are expressions of divine love. Stay in this space and breath each holy breath. Be still and know the truth of Spirit. Be still. Be still.
Tuesday, July 19, 2016
Be Outrageous - Do the Impossible!!! Ideas that were once considered outrageous have become everyday events. The rule is that once a precedent has been set, strange though it may be, you have established a new norm. Helen Keller couldn’t see, hear and talk, yet she was one of the most fulfilled positive people of the 20th century. Steven Spielberg was a skinny, shy, unknown, mediocre student in high school and went on to become involved with five of the top ten grossing movies of all time. Oprah Winfrey grew up poor in an area where being African-American posed tremendous odds for achievement. Yet she became a popular talk-show host and a billionaire to boot. The same principle is true for each of us. Look back 10 years and consider the changes you have made in your life. Things you once considered outrageous are now part of your everyday existence. Big screen TVs, computers, electronic messaging, cell telephones, global positioning systems watching our “enemies” as well as tracking stolen cars, and a couple of years ago the stock market hit highs (and probably will again) that many thought to be incomprehensible. It is true, you can’t think too big. What was once considered a disabling flaw or handicap is navigated with innovation and imagination. Take this principle to heart. What is it that you want that once you considered a pure fantasy. In 1994 George Rickles lost both hands and most of his forearms in an accident that brought his carpentry career to a dramatic end. Rickles’ determination to return to carpentry led him to be fitted with prosthetic hooks. Then Volunteers for Medical Engineering designed tools and a special toolbox just for him. With patience Rickles’ proficiency with his beloved power tools proves to be promising. There is a process involved in manifesting dreams. It involves taking one step at a time and accomplishing each with an air of optimism and determination. The first step you take is the one facing you right now. That one will lead you to the next one and so on. What is your dream? Are you ready to take the first step? Enjoy! Much love! Jean
Monday, July 18, 2016
Blog: Creating a Global Family On a visit to St. Louis, author, Dr. Deepak Chopra commented on the recent terrorists attacks. To simply say we ought to punish and kill the perpetrators of terrorist attacks is not sufficient. We must go beyond that idea and recognize that we can’t be tribal anymore. If we cannot feel the suffering of humanity, but only our immediate family, then we will never get to the root cause of what is happening. There is no ‘us’, there is no ‘them’. There’s just ‘we’. If we don’t come to terms with this truth, we risk the extinction of our species and this planet. Chopra said any thoughts of violence contribute to the wounding of our collective soul. His suggestion is that each person cleanse himself of thoughts of hatred and contribute positive thoughts (energy) to the world. To end the imbalance in the world, let’s each make ripples in the vast ocean of consciousness. Along those same lines, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. decreed hate is always tragic. It is as injurious to the hater as it is to the hated. It distorts the personality and scars the soul. As we seek answers to recent tragic events, let us reach beyond blame and hatred to create solutions. When people remove their attention from their own small needs, they reveal a tremendous desire - a need, perhaps- to give assistance. This desire is part of the answer that everyone seeks. It is truly a desire to love and it goes beyond human boundaries. In love we can create a global family and that is how we can achieve unity and peace. There is no other way. In the brief moments, when the world changed, people altered the way they thought about each other. When those huge buildings collapsed in New York on 9/11, everyone’s attention shifted to the people inside of them. At that moment, race, color, or conviction ceased to exist. We cared about the people and what they might be suffering. The Buddhists say that compassion is recognizing that everyone has suffered. In developing compassion let us turn from fear, which fosters hate and to love, which creates unity. This time is not about how to fear, but how to love. When Mother Theresa was asked if she would attend a rally against war, she said NO. I will not attend a rally against anything. I will attend when it is for peace. Enjoy! Much love! Jean
Blog: The Boy who saved a village Here is a great story about a child in a challenging situation, who applies his creativity and enthusiasm for invention to engineer a smart solution to overcome a big problem. Like most 13-year-old boys in Kenya, Richard Turere is responsible for safeguarding his family’s livestock. We are enemies, he says about the large-cat predators who come out of the nearby Nairobi National Park to prey on cows, goals and sheep. The villagers’ traditional solution to fend off the raiding lions has always been to stab or poison them. But Turere observed something that made it possible to stop killing the African lions. He noticed that the only time the lions did not perform their nocturnal livestock raids was when someone was walking around with a flashlight. The lions were afraid of people and probably equated the torch light with humans. His observation led to his invention of Lion Lights and his subsequent status as a village, and indeed the world’s wildlife heroes. Turere used LED bulbs from broken flashlights and wired them to a box with switches. Then he rigged an automated lighting system powered from solar panels and an old car battery the family used to operate their TV. His final step was to attach the Lion Lights to poles around the livestock boma and set them to flash in sequence, giving the impression that someone was walking around the enclosure with a torch. So it turned out that Turere’s invention of Lion Lights became an elegant way to protect his family’s cattle from lion attacks. His invention kept the lions away, and neighbors asked for similar set-ups to protect their livestock and the Kenyan government, who have paid millions of shillings to communities for livestock loss, was supportive of this hero’s invention that has stopped the lion predators 100%. Richard Turere story was discovered during a worldwide talent search last year in Kenya. He currently attends Brookhouse School where he won a scholarship as a result of his invention. Turere is an amazing example of what a kids with enthusiasm and creativity to solve a problem can achieve. This is what he says: One year ago, I was just a boy in the savanna grassland herding my father’s cows, and I used to see planes flying over, and I told myself that one day, I’ll be there inside. And here I am today. I got a chance to come by plane for my first time for my TED presentation. And Richard hasn’t seen anything yet, as his journey is just getting started. Enjoy! Much love! Jean
The secret The secret to living a life of connection and joy is to keep your mind clear and clean of garbage. What is garbage you ask? It is criticism, guilt, shame, worry, gossip – all things negative. How does one do that you ask? By monitoring your thoughts. A thought is a wave of energy that flows through your mind. Most of them have been triggered by the news, television, your conversations and interactions through the day and programming from family, teachers, and various groups. Sounds like a lot – well, maybe. The point is that a thought is an energy impulse that you can listen to and respond to or not. Observe your thoughts without reacting to them. You will begin to notice the trend and patterns. Are you a worry wart – you are living in the future. Are you guilt ridden, you are livingin the past. Do you run conversations over and over in your mind, you are creating anxiety and second guessing. Now, the good part. When you notice a negative thought, step back from it. Do not engage. It is just an energy impulse, let it flow by. The reason people get into trouble is that they take their thoughts seriously and act on compulsions and impulses without considering their source or consequences. To an alcoholic, I want a drink. Observe it and let it go. Same with drug addicts, sex addicts, shopping addicts, any addict. Essentially we are all addict in some way. Notice what your addiction is. Maybe it is the need for attention, or wanting others to approve of you. Again, notice these thoughts as they arise and let them go. Now that is hard if you don’t replace the space the thought takes up with something else. So I suggest you be ready with a new thought – no that will clear space and create openness. That would be gratitude. Thank yourself for noticing the thought and letting it go. Be grateful for a beautiful day or for sunshine. Be grateful for having legs to walk and speech to share ideas. There are a million things to be grateful for. Why do we want this? Because gratitude lifts your mind. Endeavor for clear space when you are allowing the light of the Universe to shine through your mind. Practice being quiet. Even with yourself. When more thoughts arise – shhhh! I am quiet now. This is all about self discipline -- to take control of YOUR mind. Like driving a car, you get to decide where your vehicle is headed and with thinking, you decide what thoughts are allowed and which ones are not. Where do you want to take your mind. You can drive it DOWN in negativity, which will create restriction, upset, and chaos. Or you can navigate it UP to uplifting thoughts and possibilities. Just keeping it clear of negativity is transformative. So the exercise is: observe your thoughts. Let them flow. Then disengage from the uninspiring one and go to peace. Equating a beautiful image to peace – like a serene forest or park, the ocean, sitting on the porch on a sunny day, watching the sun rise or set – will help. Have it ready so you can go there. Gratitude always ascends the energy of the mind. Forgiveness does too.
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Blog: The Power of Non-Resistance Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. taught and modeled non-violent resistance to the world. Consider that this principle is more than a powerful political tool; it is also a practical technique for living life. The rebel within tells us we must fight that which we don’t like so that it will cease to exist. But the opposite is true. By resisting an annoyance, we maintain attention on it, thus giving it power. Attention is the key. If you are sitting in traffic, worried about being late for an appointment, your tendency is to become anxious. By concentrating on the problem (tardiness), it doesn’t desist, but rather builds anxiety. To act non-resistantly, you let the annoyance be itself and place your attention elsewhere, hopefully on something you can control. (You can’t control traffic or the fact that you are late.) By not resisting the irritant, you release yourself to be yourself, thus you are free in the moment. While experiencing traffic, plan the fastest route to your destination, then relax, turn up the radio and sing. You can control your mood, attitude, and activity. You can’t control the light, flow of traffic or blockages up ahead. As you contemplate the principle of non-resistance, you can see that its point is profoundly placed in controlling what you can and releasing what you can’t control. The more you occupy your mind with irritating, external factors, the less you remember to be yourself. Apply these ideas to life – a disgruntled boss, emotional spouse, high prices, taxes, mechanical failures, illness – and you begin to unfold the meaning of non-resistance. These elements are a part of life. Respond to them as you must, but don’t uproot your peace. Handle situations with ability and imagination. Then move on. Gandhi and King used non-violent resistance to make powerful political and social statements. You can incorporate this principle to maintain peace and build self expression. And talk about synchronicity...today, I received this information from Shambhala Publications. In 2000, the Hopi Elders issued a prophecy for the challenging times that are now upon us. “There is a river flowing now very fast,” they said. “It is so great and swift that there are those who will be afraid. They will try to hold on to the shore. They will feel they are being torn apart and will suffer greatly.” The modern world is very good at showing us vividly how we’re hooked, stuck in fixed mind, habitually riding the wheel of suffering. These times are making the option of clinging to the shore more and more unpalatable. Therefore, the Hopi Elders advise us to “push off into the middle of the river, keep our eyes open, and our heads above the water.” Once there, we’ll be able to see our companions in the river and “celebrate.” The Elders don’t lament what is happening. On the contrary, they say, “This could be a good time!”
Blog: Simplicity - the path to peace Multitasking is “big” these days. What with computers, internet, e-mail, cell phones, voice mail, and scheduled lives for every family member, it would seem the only way to make it through the day is to multitask. Because we live in an age information explosion, we feel a great loss in quality if we attempt to divide our attention in dozens of ways. It seems that the number of tasks to be completed, and the design of the human brain, doesn’t quite match. Thus we must become protective of where we place our attention, and what we ask of ourselves as human beings stuck in a 24 hour, 7 day a week world. Writer, Martha Beck, offers some wonderful pointers for those who crave a simpler life without losing a sense of purpose. Her first point is to accept that you will not be able to read every bit of mail, respond to every offer, attend every event, and complete every project. Simplification boils down to managing your time by managing your attention. Secondly, she suggests starting your day with a clear plan about where you will be placing your attention. Otherwise, it will get wasted. Prioritizing must be done before the day begins as if you wait, demands that spontaneously sprout up take over leaving you overwhelmed and mentally fuzzy. Plan according to your big picture, or manage your priorities with “eagle vision”. This means that you consider today’s goals in terms of what you want to achieve in the long run. In other words, what experiences do you want to have and how do you want to have affected the world during your time here? While planning from a big picture, work with “mouse vision”. Focus directly and completely on the task in front of you. This means to cutout distractions. Not only will mouse vision eliminate feeling scattered and the accompanying exhaustion, you will discover that your concentration improves over time. So while you are giving up talking on the cell phone, driving, reading a map, and planning your next meal, what you are gaining is sanity, being present, peace and purpose. Leonardo da Vinci said it this way, “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”
Blog: Loving People and Using Things Some people use things and love people and others love things and use people. The former have an abundance of friends, opportunities and experiences. The latter are difficult to know because of guarded attitudes and possessiveness. When people place their highest value in the objects they own, they must protect them. They believe that what they own sets their own value and their understanding is that ownership creates security. In other words, their security does not come from themselves, but from their 401K plan, their house, family, and societal or professional position. (Of course, any of these things can disappear overnight.) These folks have not learned to build security through trusting themselves – their talents, resourcefulness, determination, etc. Therefore they experience a kind of lack in their lives. They busy themselves warding off vulturous people, as they hold tight to meager security taking form in things. Their small mindedness produced paranoia and interferes with personal growth and taking advantage of opportunities to expand themselves by loving and learning. When these people near the conclusion of life, panic sets in because, by forsaking their search for peace, they have forgotten to love themselves. Things are transient. They can be lost, stolen, destroyed in the twinkling of an eye. Then security based on possessions is gone also. If you are a lover of things and a user of people, consider your options. If your house burnt down, you lost your business and your best friend moved away, would you have sufficient self-esteem and trust to start over or would you be hopelessly devastated? Those who have lived with nothing are not afraid of losing everything, because they know they will survive regardless. There is security in knowing that. They have weathered the storm and found themselves whole and complete despite it. Let your things serve you by offering comfort, convenience, and beauty. Enjoy them for what they offer and don’t let your identity or self worth depend on them to make you valuable. You have always been valuable; you will always be valuable whether you occupy a small room or a mansion. Once you understand this, you can open your heart to life's opportunities and the freedom to investigate and enjoy relationships. Each person offers you a chance to love and be loved. As you love, you expand. You grow greater! It is true, the more you give, the more you receive and the greater you become. In time your friends will out number your possessions and your value will no longer be threatened by changes occurring in the physical world. Loving self and others opens your heart to immutable peace that can never be lost, stolen, or destroyed. Start today by extending yourself to others in the spirit of givingness and service. When you reach out unconditionally, people reach back. Both are enriched. Is there someone in your neighborhood or work that needs a friend? Is there some way that you can ease someone’s burdens? Are you ready to be loved?
The secret: Creating Peace through Mind Control The secret to living a life of connection and joy is to keep your mind clear and clean of garbage. What is garbage you ask? It is criticism, guilt, shame, worry, gossip – all things negative. How does one do that you ask? By monitoring your thoughts. A thought is a wave of energy that flows through your mind. Most of them have been triggered by the news, television, conversations and interactions through the day, and programming from family, teachers, and various groups. Sounds like a lot – well, maybe. The point is that a thought is an energy impulse that you can listen to and respond to or not. It can just be there like traffic noise in the background. Observe your thoughts without reacting to them. You will begin to notice trends and patterns. Are you a worry wart – you are living in the future. Are you guilt ridden, you are living in the past. Do you run conversations over and over in your mind, you are creating anxiety and second guessing. Now the good part. When you notice a negative thought, step back from it. Do not engage. Remember, it is just an energy impulse, let it flow by. The reason people get into trouble is that they take their thoughts seriously and act on compulsions and impulses without considering their source or consequences. To an alcoholic, I want a drink. Observe it and let it go. Same with drug addicts, food addicts, shopping addicts, any addict. Essentially we are all addicts in some way. Notice what your addiction is. Maybe it is the need for attention, or wanting approval. Again, notice these thoughts as they arise and let them go. Yes, it is hard if you don’t replace it with something else. The thought you are releasing take up space. So put something else in that space. Be ready with a new thought, one that will keep your mind open and fresh. Gratitude is a good one. Thank yourself for noticing the thought and letting it go. Be grateful for a beautiful day or for sunshine. Be grateful for having legs to walk and speech to share ideas. There are a million things for which to be grateful . Why do you want this? It is simple - gratitude elevates your mind. As you learn to clear space by letting go of useless thoughts, you are learning to allow the light of the Universe to shine through. Practice being quiet - even with yourself. When more thoughts arise – shhhh! I am quiet now. This is all about self-discipline -- to take control of YOUR mind. Like driving a car, you get to decide where your vehicle is headed and the mental exercise is you decide what thoughts are allowed and which ones are not. Where do you want to take your mind? You can drive it DOWN in negativity, which create restriction, upset, depression and chaos. Or you can navigate it UP to uplifting thoughts and possibilities. Just the act of clearing it of negativity is transformative. So the exercise is: observe your thoughts. Let them flow. Then disengage from uninspiring ones and shift to peace. Equating a beautiful image to peace – like a serene forest or park, the ocean, sitting on the porch on a sunny day, watching the sunrise or set – will help. Have the image ready so you can go there quickly. Gratitude always ascends the energy of the mind. Forgiveness does too.
Blog: The ability to carry on despite obstacles As many of you know, I love studying historical figures and people who have accomplished incredible things. It is always with the question in mind of how did they do that and how did they recognize their direction? George Washington Carver's story is a favorite of mine. It is compelling, interesting, and thought provoking See if you think so too. Carver started life with the handicap of being a slave. Yet he broke through the barriers that went with that position. Because of hard work, he advanced to become a great scientist. He became renown through his efforts in developing multiple uses for the peanut. As a result of his labor, he is given almost sole responsibility for the rise in US peanut production after the boll weevil devastated the American cotton crop in 1892. He literally saved the Southern farmer by creating adaptations and crops that would work in the depleted soil plus offered nutritious food to the farmers’ families. You will note that whenever Carver’s path seemed blocked by events or race prejudice, he found another way to continue his journey. He typifies flexibility, determination, and objectivity. He was always true to his purpose – education and botany – and maintained his focus without taking on the anger, resentment or smallness of prejudice – even for those who wanted to harm him. Here is his story. See if it inspires you as it has me. George Washington Carver was born a slave in the area now known as Diamond, Missouri in either 1864 or 1865. (The exact day and year of his birth are unknown). His master, Moses Carver, was a German American immigrant who had purchased George’s parents, Mary and Giles on October 9, 1855 for $700. When George was a week old, night raiders from Arkansas kidnapped him, a sister, and his mother. The outlaws sold the slaves in Kentucky. Wherein Moses Carver hired John Bentley to find them. He was only able to locate the infant, George. Moses negotiated with the raiders and gained the boy’s return. When slavery was abolished, Moses Carver and his wife Susan raised George and his older brother James as their own children. They encouraged George to continue his intellectual pursuits and Aunt Susan taught him the basics of reading and writing. Inasmuch as black people were not allowed at the public school in Diamond Grove, George traveled ten miles south to Neosho to the black children's school. When he arrived, the school was closed for the night so he slept in a near by barn. The next morning he met a kind woman, Mariah Watkins, with whom he asked to rent a room. When he identified himself as Carver’s George, as he had done his whole life, she replied that from now on his name was George Carver. Watkins words were, you must learn all you can, then go back out into the world and give your learning back to the people. This thought impressed him greatly. At age thirteen, he could attend the academy at Fort Scott, Kansas, where he witnessed the murder of a black man by a group of whites. As a result, Carver left the city. It followed that he attended a series of schools, finally earning his diploma at Minneapolis, Kansas High School. After graduation he was rejected admission to Highland College in Highland, Kansas because of his race. Consequently, in1886, Carver traveled to Ness County, Kansas to homestead a claim. There he maintained a small conservatory of plants, flowers and a geological collection. Carver was always drawn to education and botany. He attended Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa and Iowa State Agricultural College in Ames where he was the first black student. As a result of his research in plant pathology and mycology at the Iowa Experiment Station, he gained national recognition and respect as a botanist. This led to His being the first black faculty member at Iowa State. Later in 1896, Booker T Washington, the president of the Tuskegee Institute, invited Carver to head its Agriculture Department. Carver found a home there andf taught for 47 years developing the department into a strong research center. Carver’s hard work and research resulted in the development of hundreds of adaptations for the peanut. This allowed southern farmers to come back after the devastation of their main crop, cotton. When I read stories like this, I am awed by the person’s ability to look beyond his circumstances and find his way. Life most definitely bestows great blessings when we are ready to receive them. With fortitude and focus an unlikely individual in the person of a slave moved past all the incredible obstacles that faced him to become a renown scientist and supply the research that saved the very people who considered him less valuable than they were. Carver never participated in the prejudice that ruled the times in which he lived. This story puts things in perspective. 1) We have great opportunity today. 2) The prospect of exploring the wealth of our own minds, to make significant contributions and lead fulfilling lives is daunting. George Washington Carver is a wonderful example of what is possible when one chooses to survive challenge and conflict to follow his inherent path. Would the agricultural industry have received his knowledge had it not been devastaged by the boll weevol? I don’t know. Nevertheless, George Washington Carver looked beyond racial barriers and shared his gift with all who would receive it. What are your gifts? Are you willing to share them?
Blog: Be Still and Listen The greatest problem with allowing your mind to be fixated with worry thoughts is that they act as barriers to the elevated vibrational messages of your Higher Mind, otherwise known as your intuition. Spirit is in constant communication with you but you let the distractions of the ego override this guidance. The ego wants to keep you small and under its control. Whereas Spirit holds no limit and anything is possible Spirit does not fight; it waits. Perhaps when you are done struggling and in your exhausted state, you will be still and listen. When you have an idea to hold an amazing seminar, paint a beautiful picture, redecorate your house, travel to a distant land, write a poem or run a marathon, what comes next? Do you check out travel agents or marathons or go to the paint store to start the process? Or do you begin the battle with your small-minded training – you are not a good enough artist or runner. Or you are too afraid? Hence you give in to the internal conflict and time waster. A better way – open your heart (feelings) to communicate with Higher Mind. Set the environment to do this. Be quiet or play light beautiful music. Soothe your soul. Walk quietly in nature, breathe, journal daily. What does the Universe want to tell you today? Open your heart and mind to miracles. Miracles are natural. Every minute you cultivate communication with your Inner Guide (Higher Mind), your rewards are exponential. This communication is the most natural thing there is. Babies and animals do it automatically. Perhaps we have looked with our physical eyes too much and now it is time to turn inward. Set your earthly tasks aside and listen. You will be guided. Set your fear and your trumped up inadequacy aside and absorb the love. Turn off your head; listen to your heart. Your consciousness will elevate, your guidance will grow in volume. You are capable of great things.
George Carlin (comedian) has some great tips for "How To Stay Young" . Here we go: 1. Throw out nonessential numbers – age, weight, height. Let the doctor worry about them – isn’t that why you pay him/her? 2. Keep only cheerful friends. Grouches – bye, bye! 3. Keep learning. Learn more about the computer, languages, other cultures, gardening, fixing things, whatever. Never let your brain idle. An idle brain is the devil’s workshop – his name is Alzheimer’s. 4. Enjoy simple things. 5. Laugh often – long and loud. Laugh until you are gasping for air. 6. The tears happen. Endure, grieve, and move on. The only person that is with you for your whole life is YOU. Be alive while you are alive. 7. Surround yourself with what you love – family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies, whatever. Make your home your refuge. 8. Cherish your health. If it is good, preserve it. If it is unstable, improve it. If it beyond what you can improve, get help. 9. No guilt trips. Take a trip to the mall, to the next county, to a foreign country, but NOT to where the guilt is. 10. Tell the people you love that you love then – at every opportunity. 11. Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take but by the moments that take our breath away. I decided to add one more - Look at people with love. They are doing their best. None of us are fully evolved but we are on the path. Be kind!
Blog: Letting go – Moving on When you engage in self-criticism you keep your Light small. Your illusion is that you are to be external or materially perfect (per man’s definition), never make mistakes, and always know what to do. But the rules of heaven and the rules of earth are different. In our true state of divine perfection, we are beautiful, pure and innocent as a baby. In the earth we have adopted false guidelines that judge on the basis of having the RIGHT answer at all times, possessing a culturally deemed perfect body, having certain initials behind or in front of our names, having the correct life experience, and living in the right neighborhood – all external/material indications of having followed man’s rules or preferences. None of this is relevant in heaven or our inner perfected, divine state. Babies slobber, soil their diapers, and spit up on people and they are still beautiful. They put out their innocent, toothless grins and we all melt. We are like babies. (Maybe not toothless - but we are innocent.) Stop judging yourself. Stop judging others. Instead see God within each person as you do a baby. Everything is possible to a fresh, young life. We would not think of telling our young ones that they are incapable, stupid, or incompetent. We must apply this same logic to ourselves. We are the babies. If you don’t make a sale, that person or company was not yours. There are others waiting. If you lose a friend or other relationship, your time with that person is over, complete. It is time to move on. There are others waiting. If a tornado destroys your home (as it did mine), there are better arrangements up ahead. Don’t hold on – let go. There is a miracle in every step and circumstance. Continue looking for the miracle and keep moving. Don’t put egoic judgments on anything. People come and go – so do jobs, businesses, homes, and friends. The physical world is transient. The only constant is change. It has to change – the world is fluid energy, always moving you to the next step. If you judge harshly, the next step is lower energy – seemingly negative. Like a child who spills his milk and cries pitifully. He can instead wipe it up and start over. It is your choice. Embrace change, be part of the adventure. The Earth School is about transformation and growth. Anything is possible. The axiom is to devote 3% of your money and 3% of your time to growth and you will continue to move to higher, more joyful energy. Keep changing and growing, and enjoy the ride.
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Blog: Kyle Maynard: Doing the Impossible Kyle Maynard routinely does the impossible. He was born March 24, 1986 with a condition known as congenital amputation. This means that his arms end at the elbows and his legs near the knees. His parents, Scott and Anita, made an important decision early on to encourage their disabled son to be as independent as possible. Kyle refers to this as his pursuit of normalcy. As a result of his drive, he can type up to 50 words a minute with two elbows, eat and write without adaptations, drive a car with little modification and live in his three level townhouse in Atlanta, Georgia. This is his story. As an eleven year old, Maynard was determined to wrestle and he found a coach that gave him a chance to try. In the beginning he lost every match. But that was only the beginning because Maynard, with his iron determination and supportive parents, started winning, and in his senior year, he won 36 varsity matches. In his quest, he defeated several state place finishers and state champions. At the same age, Kyle began weight training and eventually attained the title GNC’s World’s Strongest Teen. He did this by bench-pressing 23 repetitions of 240 pounds. Then in February 2009, with the assistance of leather straps and chains attached to his arms, he successfully lifted 420 pounds. Maynard’s triumphs extend far beyond wrestling and weight lifting. He was proclaimed the 2004 ESPY Award winner – Best Athlete with a Disability – and a year later was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. In 2007, he was selected by the U S Jaycees as one of the Top Ten Outstanding Young Americans. In 2008, Maynard received the Highest Recognition Award of the Secretary of Health and Human Services for his efforts as a life role model, motivational speaker and humanitarian. Then in April 2009, Kyle became the first quadruple amputee to compete as an amateur mixed martial arts fighter. His focus was on grappling and ground fighting. Yet another astounding achievement is that Kyle he is the first man ever to climb on all fours to the 19340-foot summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa. His companions on this climb were two Marine veterans who struggled through their own incredible adversities to reach the peak. They have a powerful message to the veterans and all kids with disabilities, and that is that no disability is too great to be overcome. He works with wounded soldiers on adapting their fitness regimens to meet their needs with a more functional methodology. In 2008 Kyle brought life to one of his most fervent dreams. He built and opened his first fitness center, No Excuses CrossFit. His inspiring book, No Excuses: The True Story of a Congenital Amputee Who Became a Champion in Wrestling and in Life is a New York Times bestseller. Kyle Maynard is a motivational speaker, author, entrepreneur and athlete. His story puts much into perspective. When we find ourselves too tired, too unmotivated, too anything that keeps us from moving forward, just remember Kyle Maynard and make no excuses. Here is what he has to say about achieving dreams: I’ve always believed that anyone can achieve their dreams, regardless. I’ve always had this attitude about no excuses. A belief that I can go on and do what I need to do. To go on, to succeed, regardless. Have you made excuses and kept yourself from growing? If so, how? What would you like to do about it? j To contact Jean Walters, call 314 991 8439 or firstname.lastname@example.org She is a coach and Akashic (psychic) reader for over 30 years.
Blog: How to Raise Your Energy The other day someone told me that they did not understand how you could alter an event or situation by raising your energy. I told them they could easily see how this is accomplished for themselves. My suggestion involved the simple act of going into a gas station to pay for their gasoline and smiling at the station attendant. His face brightened at this idea. “Yes, I have done this and even said to that person, ‘I hope you have a really nice day’ and I have seen the positive effect my smile and demeanor had on the attendant.” I replied, “Then you understand how easy it is to alter the energy of a situation.” One small act, done with intention, can make any circumstance better. You can go to a party with the idea of contributing to everyone’s comfort and fun (instead of hanging out in the corner), and immediately your attention is removed from your own needs (what you want to receive) to giving to others. You end up having a great time at the party because the most natural thing in the world is to give love and support to others. Or, go to work with the thought of making your work place pleasant and positive. Your intention leads you to smile and wait on customers graciously, treat people with kindness, answer the phone enthusiastically, view venders as a resource rather than an annoyance, and take pride in what you do. Another way to bring your energy up is to be grateful. We all have hundreds of things, conditions, and people for which to be grateful. As Americans we have freedom to express ourselves, good drinking water, easy highways to navigate, education, opportunities to work, have friends, laugh and participate in our government. We can choose how we want to live our lives. There is much for which to be grateful. As we give thanks for our many blessings, our energy shoots up. We feel good! The point is that elevating your energy is not a miraculous thing. It can be accomplished with the simplest of intention and when it is, everyone benefits. If you get trapped with negatives, consider changing your focus to doing something nice for someone else. This act and intention not only releases you from negativity, but sets you on a path of happiness. You feel happy because it is through giving that a person begins to understand how much he has to offer. Then as you realize your gifts, you have a true awareness of personal value – Self Value! How to Raise Your Energy: Think of joyful times Be grateful Imagine the Light within each person you meet Spend time in nature Give to someone else Smile at everyone Go dancing Find ways to feel happy. Let your inagination run wild Look at babies and puppies Take a vacation Go visit a friend Activity Every day add to the list above. Do at least one or more of the activities stated. Meditate daily. Everyday write a list of everything you love about yourself. Five is the minimum things to appreciate. There is no upward limit. Go for it! Keep your energy HIGH!! To contact Jean call 314 991 8439 - coaching and Akashic (psychic) readings or email@example.com
Blog: Necessity is the Mother of Invention by Jean Walters Success stories are always fun! They give you the impression that if they can do it, you can do it too. The reason for that is that oftentimes success is the result of a simple idea that is tenaciously followed up with until there is a break through. Frequently these are ideas that anyone could conjure. By becoming aware of them, we are encouraged to pay attention to the concepts that flow through our own minds for they might offer the next best seller, great invention, or new business possibility. On that note, there is a great story about a woman who worked in a Dallas bank. In 1951 Bette Nesmith was happy to have her secretarial job that gleaned $300 a month a decent salary at that time. However, Nesmith had one problem that plagued her – how to correct the mistakes she made with her new electric typewriter. Given that she had some past art experience, she knew that artists tended to paint over their errors. Thus she created a concoction that she used to paint over her typing errors. Soon all the secretaries in her building were using her concoction. Nesmith attempted to sell her invention called “Mistake Out” to various companies and marketing agencies and was turned away. Even IBM refused her. Nevertheless secretaries continued using her products. Thus Nesmith created a manufacturing facility in her kitchen and sold her product on her own. Before long, orders begin to flow in and she was able to hire a college student to help her. Neither of them had any sales experience. Plus they were continually informed that “Mistake Out” was impractical and people just wouldn’t use it to paint out their errors, but they kept manufacturing and selling their product anyway. It was true that from August 1959 to April 1960, their company’s expenses were $76 higher than its income. Yet, they didn’t give up. By this time Bette was working part time as a secretary. She saved up $200 and paid a chemist to develop a faster drying formula. With her new formula, Nesmith traveled throughout the country selling little white bottles. Her strategy was that upon arriving in a town or city, she would get the local yellow pages and call every office supply dealer. She then visited stores and would leave a dozen bottles behind. Her orders grew and soon the Liquid Paper Corporation was born. In 1979, when Bette Nesmith sold her company, she was earning $3.5 million annually on her little white bottles. By that time her total yearly sales were $38 million. Her buyer, the Gillette Company, purchased Liquid Paper Corporation for $47.5 million. Not a bad return for an inventive secretary who sought to solve an everyday dilemma. Got any ideas that you need to follow up on? Consult with Jean Walters by calling 314 991 8439 office or firstname.lastname@example.org Personal coaching and Akashic (psychic) readings for over 35 years.
Blog: Praise instead - it elevates your energy and brings more joy in your life! The deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated. William James Most of us, swimming against tides of trouble the world knows nothing about, need only a bit of praise or encouragement – and we’ll make the goal. Jerome P Fleishman Give Praise Instead Most of us have been told that it is bad to give yourself credit. Some people call it bragging. It is a behavioral program with which we were raised. But no one told us what happens when you don't honor your talents and abilities. Depriving yourself of positive feedback produces negative results, such as low self-esteem, diminished productivity, and lack of motivation. Since crediting yourself with your natural talents and best efforts is a no-no, people tend to resort to its opposite and more socially acceptable behavior, self-criticism. They find flaws lest someone else spots them first. I could have done better; I am a mess; how stupid of me; my hair is too straight, curly, short, long etceteras. You get the idea. Self-criticism can become a game of one-upsmanship. The competition is to be the worst of the worst. I heard a bulemic lady admit, if I can’t be the best, I will be the worst. This was her rationale for eating to excess and then regurgitating. So who is the winner in this game? A healthier choice would be to give honest,deserved praise for well-rendered efforts. Accolades spur you on toward great achievement. You have many good point. Acknowledge them to yourself. Make sure you are supporting yourself and not vying for other-approval. Judgmental people will consider you egotistical. But they are always looking for the negatives. Don’t let them deter you. Ultimately it is up to you to decide how important their opinions are and if you agree with them. Once that has been settled, you can reap the rewards of a positive self-concept. Honest praise builds strength, resilience, and self esteem. As you progress, you will become strong and unbeatable. Dennis Waitley, author of The Psychology of Winning, states that praise builds, criticism deteriorates. It is his idea that praise, liberally administered, not only elevates self esteem but encourages belief in self. As a person starts to like himself, he takes on greater challenges and risks rand productivity increases. Ultimately, even weak, ineffectual attitudes and behaviors are improved. Every aspect of the individual is strenthened. story. David Viscott, author of Risking, comments, The more you love yourself, the less dependent you are on others. People who like themselves are not found on welfare roles, nor do they linger in depression or lament their troubles to the world. Loving yourself and crediting yourself with positive qualities requires personal and sacred commitment and discipline. It can be controversial, but worth a try. Here are steps you can take to learn how. 1) Praise yourself for possessing at least five positive attributes. You really have many more. Examples might be patience, perseverance, friendliness, honesty, generosity, friendliness. 2) Acknowledge good in everything you do. (Examples can be that you cleaned the house but forgot to dust the furniture. Credit yourself for what you accomplished. If your boss demonstrates a negative mood, credit yourself for remaining pleasant. 3) Give at least five compliments to others daily. 4) Look forward with enthusiasm to some scheduled activity daily. 5) At the end of each day, give thanks for all the positive occurrences. Don’t just look for big triumphs. If you stayed calm when everyone else was ruffled, that is positive. The switch to self praise can be inspiring. Fighting the war of low self esteem requires diligence. This war is no won in one battle. The foe of negativity is often deeply entrenched. However, each positive stroke reinforces your value and places you closer to victory. You possess qualities you can applaud. No one is without virtue or talent. Self confidence is founded on consistent, honest and personal praise. Take the risk of becoming a new exciting you by appreciating your efforts now. Build your value through praise. How to do this… When others want to pull you down with criticism, understand that they would have no need for that, if they were healthy themselves. Forgive them for they know not what they do. People attack when they feel wounded. By the same token, you indulge in similar behavior. Watch your own critical thoughts and ask yourself, what is my pain? Can I let it go? As you discover your own inner woundedness, you will be able to forgive yourself and let go. It gets easier. In time, your positive thoughts will outweigh you negative ones and you will feel good about yourself. It is a process. Enjoy it! To reach Jean Walters: call 314 991 8439 - she does consultations and readings for people all over the world. Or, Jean@spiritualtransformation.com
Monday, February 15, 2016
Roger Crawford's Incredible Story Roger Crawford was an avid visualizer. He was born in October, 1960, with rare birth defects that included a thumb-like projection extending directly out of his right forearm and a thumb and one finger stuck out of his left forearm. He had no palms. His arms and legs were shortened. He had only three toes on his shrunken right foot and a withered left leg, which was later amputated. The doctor said that Roger would never walk or be able to take care of himself. Fortunately, his parents did not accept this. They taught their son that he was only as handicapped as he wanted to be. Roger said, “They never allowed me to feel sorry for myself or take advantage of people because of my handicap.” To complete his homework, Roger had to hold his pencil with both hands, writing very slowly. As a result, he regularly got into trouble because his school papers were late. To remedy the situation, Roger asked his dad to write a note to his teachers requesting a two-day extension. Instead, his dad made Roger start writing the papers two days earlier. As Roger puts it, “My parents always taught me that I was only as handicapped as I wanted to be.” Roger’s father encouraged him to get involved in sports. He taught him how to catch and throw a volleyball and play backyard football. At age twelve, Roger won a spot on the school football team. Before every game, Roger visualized his dream of scoring a touchdown. One day, the ball landed in his arms. Off he ran as fast as he could on his artificial leg. Everyone cheered wildly. At the ten-yard line, a fellow from the other team grabbed his left ankle. Roger tried to pull his artificial leg free, but instead he ended up having his leg pulled off. Can you imagine the surprise of the opposing player who was left holding a leg? Roger, still standing, and without anything else to do, hopped across the goal line. The referee threw his hands up in the air. “Touchdown!” Roger puts it this way, “You know, even better than the six points, was the look on the face of the other kid who was holding my artificial leg.” With each experience, Roger’s confidence grew. He loved sports so much that every obstacle dissolved with his determination to play. Along the way, he developed a philosophy. “You can’t do everything. It’s better to concentrate on what you can do.” He could swing a tennis racket. Unfortunately, when he swung it too hard, his weak grip would launch it into space. As luck, or the Universe, would have it, Roger stumbled on an odd-looking tennis racket in a sports shop. He could wedge his finger between its double-barred handle when he picked it up. The snug fit with the racket made it possible for Roger to swing, serve, and volley like an able-bodied tennis player. He practiced daily and soon was playing and losing matches. Roger persisted. He practiced and practiced. Surgery on his left hand enabled him to grip his special racket better, thus greatly improving his game. He became obsessed with tennis and, in time, started to win. He went on to play college tennis, finishing his tennis career with twenty-two wins and eleven losses. He later became the first physically handicapped player to be certified as a teaching professional by the United States Professional Tennis Association. Roger now tours the country, speaking to groups about what it takes to be a winner, no matter who you are. “The only difference between you and me is that you can see my handicap, but I can’t see yours. We all have them. When people ask me how I’ve been able to overcome my physical handicaps, I tell them that I haven’t overcome anything. I simply learned what I can’t do, such as play the piano or eat with chopsticks. But more importantly, I’ve learned what I can do. Then, I do it with all my heart and soul.” That is the prescription for success." Doea that prescription work for you? If not, what is your formula for success? __________________________________________________________
Thursday, January 14, 2016
The Surrender Experiment In Michael A. Singer’s latest book, The Surrender Experiment, he tells a story about meditating outdoors alone near a secluded lake in Mexico. All of a sudden, he heard men and horses approach. He remained in meditation and fought to stay centered. His rational mind went into fear and worry about what was going to happen next. “Who are these men? What do they want with me?” When he finally opened his eyes, he faced several men on horses who worked for the landowner and were patrolling the property for him. In broken Spanish, Michael communicated with the Mexicans. They invited him to their village to meet their families. He was afraid, but unwilling to give in to the fear. As he entered the village with the men, everyone welcomed him warmly. The people graciously invited him to eat with them. They generously shared their meager food supplies. They seemed excited to meet an American. Singer did his best to communicate his practice of meditation with the villagers. By the time he departed, they were fast friends. He felt humbled that his mind had gone into fear when confronted with a strange situation. Because he had determinedly stayed open to the new opportunity, everything turned out beautifully. This incident clarified to Singer that practicing non-judgment and staying open to love was being reinforced in his life. He accepted the situation and, thus, he was in a state of openness and love. The Mexicans accepted him in the same way. When fear enters the mind, reason is lost. The worst is assumed. In Singer’s case, it became his goal to expunge fear from his thinking and to listen intently to his inner Voice in making decisions. That became his practice. It can become yours, as well. Love, as a mental concern, is liberating. It causes you to recognize your eternal connection with Source. Through the attracting power of love, we draw a never-ending stream of wisdom and understanding that provides endless opportunities to learn valuable lessons.
Everyone Receives when You Give with Right Intention I knew a man named Martin who owned a successful flooring store. He kept to himself most of the time and led a quiet life. One Christmas, he felt inspired, deciding to step out of his usual routine to do something audacious. This was for himself. Martin learned about a single mom who was struggling to meet her family’s needs. He decided to give her $500 anonymously. So, one night, he put five $100 bills in an envelope, along with a holiday greeting. He commenced to walk up to her house, placed the envelope in a conspicuous location by the front door, then rang the doorbell and ran to hide behind a bush. The woman answered the door and picked up the envelope. As she opened it, she let out a surprised and happy gasp. She called out to the night air, “Thank you!” Martin was so excited, he couldn’t sleep that night. As he told me this story, he beamed with joy. It was apparent that Martin got the greater blessing that night. We can all give as Martin did. In every day and every way and with every person we can give with Highest intention! Everything is brighter when we do!
Your Journey... A space vehicle is propelled by rockets that fire in programmed sequence, much the same way as we are propelled along life path by other people or events that influence us. Sometimes these influences are profoundly positive and create major transitional moments. We look back at them as ; land marks on the terrain of our lives. Other times, the event or person seems negative or ominous. Even so, they create the change we need at the time. All of us can look to the past and recall events that were turning points and people whose effect was transforming. Our parents obviously fit this category. They provided our first boost into this world and their effect stayed with us for quite some time. As parental influence waned, the next “rocket” may have been a friend, or teacher, and then the next rocket, a boss, spouse or mentor. Each person provided the exact experience we required to move ourselves forward. As you have been propelled, coached, encouraged and benefited by others, you have a similar opportunity to serve others. This may feel like a responsibility or it can be recognized as a privilege and joy, depending on your approach and willingness to give back. Every day we have numerous occasions to supply this service. It can be as simple as a compliment, positive reinforcement, kind word, or as easy as gathering the accumulated newspapers of an absent neighbor, holding the door for someone with a package, preparing a meal for someone in transition, being present at a time of grief, or any other thoughtful act. Everyone needs a cheering-on, support and appreciation. There are vast amounts of negativity and fear in the world. We have the privilege of providing positive energy and the honor of helping those less fortunate. That privilege not only enriches others, but ourselves as well. As we consider ourselves rockets to boost the performance, empowerment and success of others, we take ourselves a little more seriously as well. _____________________