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The Bliss Blog

Barnet Bain

 

The photo that welcomes the viewer on Barnet Bain’s webpage seems to personify the energy that fairly oozes from a man whose film credits include What Dreams May Come, (starring Robin Williams, Cuba Gooding, Jr. and Annabella Sciora), The Celestine Prophecy, Jesus, as well as The Linda McCartney Story. It portrays someone comfortable in his own skin, encouraging others to join him on a joyful journey. He invites people to “change your story, change your life.”, through his work as a film maker but also as a coach and writer.


Barnet lives his bliss, “First and foremost by stretching my imagination. That is so important to me. I heard a pundit once on television. She could not imagine a world without hunger. She could not even imagine it. I feed my bliss with possibility.” His imagination is clearly well nourished as his movies offer spiritual food for thought.

Barnet’s work bridges the main stream and the metaphysical. When I inquired as to how he blends the worlds, his simple answer was this: “At this point in my life I don’t distinguish any difference at all and I am very happy I can claim that. It is a priority of my personal work, and everything I do with others, to dissolve any misconceptions that the two are separate. ‘Merrily, merrily, merrily…’ remember? ‘Life is but a dream!’”

Hollywood is not considered a bastion of spiritual wealth. In order for him to maintain his sense of groundedness in the midst of temptation to be more ego based, he takes into consideration the wisdom of Anais Nin who said, “We don’t see things as they are. We see things as we are.” I relate to Hollywood as a big, brassy reflective mirror, and no different than other mirror I might be gazing into — the face staring back is always mine. So whenever something triggers me, or I have judgments about this or that, I am always tempted to jump on the bandwagon ‘Oh, this town is so unspiritual, or that one is such a control freak, etc., etc.’ That is when I remember my mirror mantra, “And so am I.”

I find it equally important to own the positive reflections, too, ‘Wow, so and so is unbelievably talented. Yup. And so am I.’”

The Muse communicate ideas to him in various ways. “It is a relationship for sure. The Muse does not respond to pressure. But she must be called. Gratitude can be a powerful invitation. Appreciation (of anything) primes my pump. And nature, as well. I am blessed to live by the ocean in a very rural area. Nature is not trying to make stuff happen, or figure anything out. I constantly have to remind myself that I am not separate from nature. That’s a big one for me. My creativity begins to flow when it is not concerned with all those strangling resistances and blockages connected to my old perspectives on things. So I begin by making room for Her. That is my part. Then She sort of slips into the space.

As a behind the camera producer, Barnet also knows it is his job to produce his own life . “According to my dictionary, a producer is ‘a person responsible for giving being, form or shape to.’ That makes us all producers. Responsibility is the keyword. It is not about control. I don’t pretend that difficulties don’t come up in life because challenges arise all the time. But responsibility fosters confidence. What matters most to me is that I have sufficient tools and wisdom to respond. I am response-able for my life.


His coaching/teaching offerings are available to those who want to take that next leap onto the big screen of their own lives. ” I have made a life’s work of finding deeper meaning and joy for myself, and in the process I have learned some very powerful things about how to assist others who wish to create the same magic in their own lives. I work with individuals who are committed to high-performance, and who are ready to engage in the Great Work of conscious creativity.”

For more information, go to: www.barnetbain.com

 

The Golden Opportunity Challenge and the Power of Micro-Acts

posted by lbrockway

People are stressed, short on time and – especially in today’s economy – short of money. Yet many of us still seek fulfillment in giving back, whether through our churches, volunteer organizations or donations.

Technologies and online social media like Facebook and Twitter provide us new means not only to socially connect and motivate people to support causes, but also to give. The Internet and mobile phones can connect widely scattered, loosely related networks of people to make a significant difference through many small contributions.

For example, in the wake of the Haiti earthquake, for example, numerous individuals made $10 donations by texting via mobile phone. These small donations rapidly added up to over $10 million in aid. “Micro-acts,” as a result, is a recently coined term; described as small, altruistic acts that cost little time or money, while creating a worthwhile and positive effect in the world.  
 
The Golden Opportunity Challenge, at
www.TGO.tv, is a social experiment created to harness the power of micro-acts. Social media investor and philanthropist Victor Kearney founded TGO in order to ask visitors this question, “What would you do with a free Flip camera and $250?” By offering an opportunity with no strings attached, individuals are provided a means to give back. Each month, TGO awards up to twenty-five Golden Opportunity packages. Winners are selected three different ways: through a sweepstakes for all registered guests, by submitting the “best ideas” as voted on by the TGO community, and during ongoing challenges sponsored by companies, communities and celebrities.
 
TGO winners have already posted a wide spectrum of videos, including Scott, who presented malaria nets to a village in Tanzania; Natalia, who purchased a guitar for a man on the street; and Fernando, who bought a pair of Toms Shoes.  

The Golden Opportunity Team believes that the majority of individuals, given an opportunity, will rise to the occasion and act altruistically.  By providing the tools and platform for sharing these individual contributions, TGO hopes to trigger a ripple effect of meaningful micro-acts. Technology and social media are keys in enabling micro-activism, by giving us new ways to give–even if our means are limited.

-Guest Blog by Aaron Henry

GhettoPhysics

 

One of my greatest joys over the past twenty-some years, has been interviewing transformational teachers, those I refer to as “movers and shakers” who make a positive difference on the planet. Last week, I had the opportunity to ‘double my pleasure’ by doing a joint interview with Will Arntz; one of the producers of the wildly successful “What The Bleep Do We Know?” and E. Raymond Brown (writer, teacher, director and producer) about their new film entitled “GhettoPhysics” which will debut this week. The interview will run in the November-December issue of Wisdom Magazine.


The subject matter is edgy and provocative, the language raw, but most assuredly spiritual; the paradigm shift that is taking place on the planet by recognizing the power differentiation. They use the metaphors of ‘pimps and ho’s’ to illustrate their ideas. Along with other visionaries including Cornel West, Byron Katie, Norman Lear, John Perkins, Ice-T, Brother Ishmael Tetteh and Hank Wesselman, they weave a story line around ideas that will have viewers rethinking the dynamics of awakening and inspired positively world changing actions.  Check it out and “Speak truth to power!”

www.ghettophysics.com

www.wisdom-magazine.com

Are You Following Your Bliss?

“Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors where there were only walls.”-Joseph Campbell

 


shutterstock_1109778.jpgThe words of teacher, philosopher, and writer, Joseph Campbell have long inspired me since I first heard their beckoning call in my early 20′s as an idealistic college student. I have noticed that the people who live their bliss, discover all sorts of doors through which they easily move, rather than staring in bewilderment at what they perceive to be an impediment.


Which category describes you and your world view? And what would your life be like if you made the choice to truly follow your bliss?


Imagine beginning each day by creating a list of what it is that brings you bliss and then (here’s the important part) engaging in one or more of them. What would your life be like if you did that? And then, just imagine the ripple effect that would come from living your bliss.


I am blessed to know a lot of people who truly live and follow their bliss. I asked some of my favorite folks, as well as some of our readers, about what it is that brings them bliss and they were glad to oblige.


What does it mean to you to follow your bliss? Please share in the comment section below.


Loving Life as a Mother, Grandmother and Wife

“I’m a mom of three great human beings, and a grandmother to four more. I work as an editor of legal transcripts from home in my jammies every day, and, of course, as you and everyone knows, have the pure and delightful pleasure of living each and every day with the love of my life and my best friend. Now if that ain’t bliss, I don’t know what is. “I live my bliss each and every day by loving what is. Many years ago when I met my husband and my soul mate, he called me a cheap date. “You are so easy to please,” he said. And I suppose I am. And it’s all been wonderful. I am thrilled each day by the most seemingly mundane things, and it continues on after 63 years. I can’t imagine being any other way” -Susan Doty


Being Spontaneous

“I live my bliss by being spontaneous, as spontaneous as I can in the moment, and doing what my heart desires. As I get better at this I find I can follow my heart and be in the present wherever I am and whatever I am doing. Doesn’t ALWAYS work, but I’m getting better! Did it all day today. It was the best!”-Denny Daikeler



Seeing the Light in the Face of Another

“I am fully living my bliss~ and moved beyond words when I am teaching and I see the light ignite in someone’s face, eyes and body~ when I witness that “whole body Ahhh-Haa” ..I want to drop to my knees and thank the gods that I get to experience namaste connections like that in this life:)”- ~Robyn Evans , Director of The Soul Center


Gathering with Kindred Spirits

One of the ways I live my bliss is by gathering with kindred spirits and enjoying the special energy created when people of like mind come together. We may come from different paths, faiths and backgrounds, but the collective energy of compassion, love and joy is awesome!”-Victor Fuhrman


Music that is Moving

I am a musician, so it is probably no surprise that when I want to live my bliss I turn on some music. Music always enhances my mood. If I am feeling introspective, I will put on Enya, or something like that. If I am looking forward to cleaning the house it will be oldies or country; definitely country/rock for a long drive and classic rock for indoor exercise. Music brings out the bliss in any activity. For meditation, it is the awesome music from within, usually accompanied by the still tones of silence in the room. There’s nothing like music for blissing myself.”- Annabella Wood, Musician 


Loving Your Work

I live my bliss by hosting really awesome speakers and authors from all over the country. The topics of their seminars must be very exciting to me, and if they are readers, they must give me a session which really knocks my socks off!! I love this “work” because I learn so much, as do my clients, who are thrilled with the quality and diversity of the speakers. It’s wonderful when your bliss is fulfilled through your job!!- “Susan Duval, Susan Duval Seminars



Writing Success Stories

To help myself and others write and live personal success stories rich with passion, adventure and dream come true connections through a process called Scripting for Success TM -Ruth Anne Wood, director of Scripting for Success


Chanting the Name of the Divine

I live my bliss in lots of ways, but especially through chanting the many names of the Divine, through singing kirtan and chants from many different spiritual traditions. It uplifts me, opens me, grounds me, makes me feel fully alive. It’s especially juicy when I’m doing this with other musicians and singers. It’s an interesting paradox that, although “the Tao that can be named is not the Eternal,” it is through chanting the names that I am brought to an experience of the Nameless. “- Rev. Jody Kessler, Interfaith Minister, singer- songwriter, devotional chant leader, yoga teacher.


Remembering the Humor in Life

One way I live my bliss is to remind myself to always have a great sense of humor in life! The universe/Gods/Goddesses are actually very funny, and they show me in different ways to always keep a sense of humor in life! (Sometimes its a matter of showing me how my cats or dog find ways to be funny to make me laugh at the most opportune moments!”-Brian


Living Life With An Open Heart

“Living life with my heart open and available to everyone and EVERYTHING!” -Monique Darling


Being Spontaneous

“Well, I live my bliss by being spontaneous, as spontaneous as I can in the moment, and doing what my heart desires. As I get better at this I find I can follow my heart and be in the present wherever I am and whatever I am doing. Doesn’t ALWAYS work, but I’m getting better! Did it all day today. It was the best!”-Denny Daikeler


Focus on What Makes You Passionate

“I live my bliss when I focus on what impassions me. Sometimes I have to remember what that is!  Recently I was preparing for my first Goddess Group. I was researching some of the various ways the Great Mother has been honored throughout history. It stirred up so much excitement in me! I think it was partly because I realized I was on a path of purpose – something I think I am meant to be doing on this Earth at this time.” -Cindy Greb

 

Take Time for Personal Transformation

“My way of living my bliss is to remember that I am a Goddess Extraordinaire, and to make time for personal transformative work as well as do everything within my power to make my work service done with love.”

Orrie M. Schulman

Founder of Caring with Compassion (disability services)


Lost in Love

“Being lost in the love of family and friends.”Marlena Fox Tillman


Expressing Gratitude

“Being thankful for each day. Sending out healing love. Doing my daily best.” - Carol Orticari


A Smiling Heart

“My Bliss is: What makes my heart smile.” – Debbie Fox


 

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