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Leveraging the Universe

Leveraging the Universe book

Words have always fascinated me and I have been tickled by the ways in which they can either enliven or disempower. Our minds are like those velcro dart boards that attract and let stick all of the daily input that swirls around us. On any given day, I am told, we think 60,000 some thoughts and the majority are yukky-sucky, self or other deprecating and tripping up, roadblocking and keep us stuck where don’t wanna be. What if we could, instead, engage in life affirmation in practical, effective ways?  A silly question, as I ask it, because it is not what if, but what is!

Enter Mike Dooley, a tax accountant by training and many years experience working for Price Waterhouse, whose spread sheet now has fun and frolic dancing across it and not just facts and figures. He stepped onto the international stage as one of the transformational movers and shakers in the now iconic film The Secret with three key words “Thoughts Become Things.”  These days, he travels the world, offering the not-so-secret concepts that we are loved by a benevolent Universe that has our best interests at heart and has messages to offer if we have the ears to hear them. He willingly has become a pen for such missives that he calls “Messages From the Universe” that can come daily to your email inbox.

Here’s one for your reading pleasure:

The absolute, most sure-fire way
of physically moving in the direction of your dreams,
on a day-to-day basis, without messing with the “cursed hows,”
is living them, now, to any degree that you can.

And you can.

The Universe

Isn’t today going to rock?”

 I heard about this book via an email announcing that Mike would be doing a book signing at Barnes and Noble on Rittenhouse Square in Philadelphia. In preparation for attending, I set my intention for a smooth and effortless commute during rush hour in one of the busiest areas in the city. I called on our family parking angel, my mother’s brother Jim who always found the perfect spot no matter where he went and ta-da an “Uncle Jimmy spot” showed up directly across the street from the store. I arrived as he was getting started and the audience of raptly listening attendees numbered at least 50, in the chairs and spilling out onto the aisles. Mike spoke loud and clear about the ability each of us posesses to create the life of our deepest dreams and passionate desires. He read excerpts from the book that were like a fire lit under anyone willing to be positively incendiary.

Broken down into easy to digest ideas in the form of chapters, Leveraging the Universe is really a primer with some fancy embellishments, which means it would appeal to readers who are new to the concepts, as well as those, like me who swim in this stuff, drinking it in, absorbing it through every pore and then recycling it back out into the world.

 

1. Understand Your Power introduces the reader to the concept of ‘the cursed hows’ and the erroneous belief that we need to know how something will manifest in order to put the idea out into the universe. I laughed at that, since I long ago learned that my ‘how’s’ and those of the I AM are sometimes a good distant apart.

2. Chart Your Course allows the reader to set intention by asking what it is that is really desired. Whatya want?  Mike shared a story in his presentation about going into a store and wondering what brand he should buy, before asking himself “What brand do I want to buy?” and if hungry, questioning “What should I eat?” before realizing to consider what he wanted to eat.

3. Take Action and Delegate invites the reader to discerning what physical steps to take and what aspects of a desire to surrender to the Universe.  He offers ideas for momentum rather than passivity when it comes to casting our wishes out to the cosmos. I call it ‘putting legs under’ my visions.

4. Leverage The Universe creates the impression that it is essential to be aware of  patterns of thought that may be sabotaguing intended outcome. Mike encourages using the power of our imagination to visualize what it is we want; as a full sensory experience. Each person may have a different learning style, but by merging the best of all of them, there is a far better chance of bringing it to fruition.

5. Align Your Beliefs brings to the fore, the question of beliefs vs. thoughts. Both are essential to be aware of when plotting with the Universe for the highest good.So often we think we need to understand the origin of our beliefs before we change them if they are not serving us. What if we just changed them?  Mike asks the reader to align their thoughts with the intended outcome.  One of the most enjoyable exercises is asking yourself what beliefs you think someone would have in order to acheive their particular level of success.

6. Engage The Magic starts out with the laughable example of a mama duck needing to call on the baby ducks to line up and follow her across a stream . Naturally, she doesn’t wait for them to line up behind her; she just waddles ahead and they are close behind since she has set the example. The same is true for each of us. If we waited until conditions were ‘right’ or comfortable, we might never take the next step. Persistance is a key to continuing to cross the stream, even if the waters rise.

7. Adjust Your Sails encourages honesty about what it is we truly want, rather than what we are expected or think we should  want. In this chapter, Mike fields readers’ questions and the answers are gently humorous and encouraging.  One of his closing questions is “Is life fair?”  What do you think?

Taking a pause here while you consider that.

 

Mike’s take (and mine as well) is that life isn’t fair and that it, indeed is weighed in your favor, on your side, for your best interest, regardless of form or appearance.  What if you really, truly, ab-soul-utely knew this to be so, as much as you know you are wearing your own skin, feeling your own heart beating, looking out through your eyes and hearing through your own ears?  Not belief, not faith, but a KNOWING.  That, to me, is the essence of this book.

 

www.tut.com

 

Door to the Divine

“This moment is the door to the divine.”- Osho

 

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Writing this blog entry at a time when I would normally be asleep, but at the moment, am resonating with accoustically induced ‘ananda’ . (Sanskrit for bliss…obviously one of my favorite states of being) I just returned from a kirtan/concert featuring the blended talents of Deva Premal, Miten and Manose at the beautiful Keswick Theatre in Glenside, PA.  Sonic sweetness emerged from this trio who have played and chanted together world wide for years. They are ‘on the road’   in support of their new CD called Password.  The reason for this title comes through loud and clear when they lead the audience through the healing use of mantra.  Deva expressed that “Mantras are passwords that transform the mundane into the sacred.”   An exquisite chant  called Narasimha is a prayer for protection and opened the concert.   At one point in the evening, Deva encouraged us to consider that the spiritual and physical planes are not separate. We are invited to experience a spiritual practice all throughout the day, whether in our work, time with family and friends, or even doing the dishes. Mantra, they feel, is a link to that sense of the sublime even in the midst of the seemingly mundane.  One mantra called Aham Prema is a call for divine love that wafted through the theater as powerfully as the scent of Nag Champa incense (my favorite to use at home). The enrapturing flute playing offered by Nepalese flautist Manose is nothing short of pure nectar.

One of the most moving parts of the concert/kirtan (I hesitate to refer to it as a performance, since it is call and response, audience participation) was the blending of two songs; one called Second Chance and the other Fly High. As he often does,  Miten asked for the men to sing solo and then the women to follow. The men were a bit shy, so Miten asked them to take a stretch and stand and sing to the women. I found the tears flowing with deep appreciation for their sweet serenade. Then we stood with them and sang another part of the song and then were asked to make eye contact and sing to those around us. The feeling of Oneness was palpable. For that period, we were not separate entities with names and jobs and stressors. We were indeed merged with the waves of sound that enveloped us. Miten had prefaced the song by saying that he wrote Second Chance after a friend commented that religion is for people who fear hell and spirituality is for people who have been there.

I took note of a decorative element on the stage; an elegantly draped white piece of fabric that was hanging behind them against a black backdrop. As various hued lighting hit it,  it appeared, at turns as porcelin, the inside of a seashell and a feather. That sense of grace carried through the music.

The evening closed with my favorite chant; likely since it was the first one I heard Deva perform years ago on Echoes, (WPXN 88.5 fm www.xpn.org ) called the Gayatri Mantra. It is one that Deva grew up hearing and singing and even before she was born, her father would sing it to her in utero.  I was blessed to have crossed the threshold to the Divine and plan to remain in its dwelling place.

www.devapremalmiten.com

 

http://youtu.be/PISZq47AmkM  Narasimha

A Job Well Done

 

                                                                                                                             

 

 

Although I am avid PC user (never having owned a MAC), I see the immense value in the creative genius of a man who moved on to whatever awaited him on the other side.  Steve Jobs died of cancer today, leaving an immediate family and a family of choice and chance who have benefitted immensely from his ingenuity.  His was a legacy that began in a garage where the Apple seeds were planted, and has grown to world wide proportions; the roots of which go deep and the branches of which touch the sky.  What impressed me most about Steve was that he kept feeding his dream, not resting on his well deserved laurels. Instead he kept coming up with new and improved ways of enhancing our ability to communicate with each other.  I do own an iphone and love the ways in which it allows me to reach out and touch people via speech, email and text. It is definitely a boon to this natural born communicator.

Jobs also exhibited  both right brain creativity and left brain, linear logic; a winning combination that had him taking his place in the pantheon of successful entrepreneurs.

He echoed what I have long known to be so; that we are led by the inexorable force of life that beckons us forward and has us compelled to go beyond our expectations for ourselves and our wildest dreams.

“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future,” he told Stanford University graduates during a commencement speech in 2005. “You have to trust in something: your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.”

Indeed his dots connected all of our futures.   May he take a well deserved rest in his new ‘corporate headquarters’.

 

http://youtu.be/RMTKb-pgxGI  Keep Me In Your Heart For Awhile  by Warren Zevon

 

 

 

Big Fat Lies Women Tell Themselves

                                                                                                                    Big Fat Lies Women Tell Themselves by Amy Ahlers

 

Like it or not, most women you know, including the one in the mirror, has an ‘Innner Mean Girl’. She’s the one who yammers at you; editorializing about everything from the way you look, to the friends who have more success, better jobs, cars, partners,…heck,  lives! There are some of us, myself included, who have raised it to an art form. We bully ourselves in ways that we would never in a million years, treat someone else. In walks, Amy Ahlers; certified life coach, media darling and the cofounder; with Christine Arylo,  of the Inner Mean Girl Reform School, with her book entitled Big Fat Lies Women Tell Themselves: Ditch Your Inner Critic and Wake Up Your Inner Superstar. Her  intention was to provide, not only a wake up, but a shake up of all of the entrenched beliefs and limitations we hold onto that are holding onto us.

Amy opens the book with the ultimate truth:  “The most important relationship in your life is your relationship with you.”  The sad accompanying truth is that we are not very good friends to ourselves as often as we need be, in order to maintain a healthy balance.  She goes on to say that according to The National Science Foundation, approximately 60,000 thoughts cross our minds daily and most  are harshly self critical. Our very being reacts to that consistent flow of negativity as if we are fed poison. That kills off an awareness of our worthiness and thus our happiness and well being. Much like Dr. Emoto’s Messages From Water (which she references), we react on an unconscious level, taking on the mantle of parts of ourselves that we despise. It twists and distorts our psyche’ in the way that the water crystals were damaged by toxic words and thoughts.

From that launch pad, Ahlers reveals 59 lies we tell ourselves in various and sundry combinations. The book breaks them into categories such as:

Worth-  “I’m damaged goods.”  “I don’t belong.”   “I’m a total fraud.”

Money-  “I’ll never have enough.”  “Money is the root of all evil.”  “I am one of the have-nots”

Love and Relationships- “I need another to complete me.”  “If you really loved me, you would know exactly what I need.”  “If I forgive, I condone.”

Ahlers then counters each of the lies with the truth; offered with humor and grace and a strong dash of a loving kick in the tush to move  forward. Following that comes what she calls a challenge, which are grow it yourself exercises to stretch your perceptions.  One of the exercises which I did many years ago, was suggested by SARK (Susan Ariel Rainbow Kennedy) and it is a wedding ceremony in which you marry yourself. The truth is, until you can fully embrace yourself, how can you allow someone else to fully embrace you? At the end of each lie section is an affirmation and inspirational quote.  Kind of like a Happy Meal with a toy inside to make your Inner Mean Girl take a break from her torturous tasks of beating you up.

I particularly enjoyed her observation of her three year old daughter Annabella admiring herself in her ballet tutu and wistfully wondering what it would take for women to remember the little girls that we were, free of self loathing and deprecation.

Ahlers encourages the reader to allow her Inner Wisdom to shine forth in what she calls The Three Step Process

 

1. Ask yourself what your Inner Mean Girl is saying.  (Really let her rant)

2. Close your eyes and ask what your Inner Wisdom knows. (Let this be your truth barometer)

3. Lock in that truth by using a physical gesture such as  placing a hand on your belly or heart . (This is a kinesthetic experience that helps embody the feeling)

By the end of the book, the reader is likely to feel elevated and inspired to confront the lies that have been running/ruining her life. Armed with a candle to shine the light of truth,  will make it easier to call out the erroneous thoughts, offer them compassion and send them on their way.

 

www.wakeupcallcoaching.com

 

 

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