Where is Your Chi (Energy)?

We have turned a new Gregorian calendar page and emptied out the old for the new destined promises of 2012. In order to allow whatever you desire that is promised for you, there has to be energy around it.  James Arthur Ray is famous for say, “Energy goes where attention flows.” Oprah Winfrey mimics the same principal with her words,”I know for sure that what we dwell on is who we become.”

Becoming in 2012 takes energy. Here are three ways to boost your energy(chi):

  • Put things in order. Complete or replace dangling needs. If you have not yet finished writing or have a project or issue left over, examine it and then finish or replace it. Don’t get frustrated that your expected time of completion has passed, instead really examine within yourself if this is viable for right now. Ask yourself is this my truest intention? Oftentimes leftover projects are the result of low energy for that particular thing instead of being a lack of time. Check your energy level around that specific need, project or issue, in harmonious intention, and either refresh your completion timeline or replace that one with something new that is “hot” with energy for you.
  • Defuzz your vision.  Often we know what we feel and want in our lives. The problem many times is that our feelings (energy) and wants are clouded over similar to a cataract eye.  Make your 2012 vision 20/20.  There are many ways for you to do this and let me suggest two energy chi  surge actions that when paired together touch a circuit for completion and realization that equals success. ONE-write your goals down. Make it real by using a pen a paper to describe in exact detail what gives you energy.  TWO – create a vision board that is a pictorial representation of where you will direct your energy this year.

My 2012 vision board

Look at my personal vision board for 2012. It is clear how I will direct my energy (chi) this year.  This is what I want in 2012: a caring, giving, prosperous spirit; a loving helpmate; travel to Italy or other countries represented by the flags; to complete the Peachtree Road Race in 2012; to sell 800 copies of my book Climb Every Obstacle: Eliminate Your Limits! (afterwhich it goes out of print); to be active in Toastmasters; to practice A+ excellence in all things knowing that I can do it.

My vision board was constructed and laid out according to the Chinese theory of Feng Shui and the Bagua map.  My reference is written with clear instructions and simple diagrams which really aided my completion.  You will find the Bagua map and Feng Shui at http://pmfs.wordpress.com/2008/01/16/the-bagua/.    The main point here is to couple your clearly written and visual goals together to create the energy and action to make everything you desire in 2012 to happen.

  • Set up marker stations.  Pay attention to your intentions and your energy (chi) every day.  As you go throughout the year pause at marker points to celebrate.  For me, a marker point would be after I have run 3 miles seven days in a row-I need to celebrate because this is a halfway point in the Peachtree Road Race for example.  You set your own marker stations and add more energy fuel for completion by celebrating.   Notice that I am very clear and specific about what my marker station is for that specific goal.  Do the same for each of your goals with a sensible frequency for celebration that energizes you and reminds you that you have matched a goal marker in your life.  Then, move your marker station for that goal to stretch beyond where you are at that moment (include this as a part of your energy celebration) so that you advance forward to  successfully completing that goal.

Some of your goals can be completed short-term and others may take more time, but knowing in written and visual form that your goals are attainable as long as your energy attention flows, will renew your completion strength day by day and from marker to marker.

Here’s to your Chi in 2012.

Are You an Action Addict?

It was tempting to write another title headline: Are You an Addict?
I decided against it for it is not my intention to highlight the word addict; instead my intention is to inspire action.

So, to be clear the word ACtIOn is the operative meaning.
What does it mean to be an action addict?
That is a curious question that deserves a ten minute time out.
Maybe it would be helpful to think about the words separately and then create your own connotations.

The question is not a random question, but one I have been puzzling over for the past year. I have gone so far to ask myself what is the opposite of “action addict?” Is it boredom? Is the antithesis laziness? Does addict mean that you ignore, surrender control or relinquish your ability to do anything about addictive behavior?  I hope not.

To posit another counter question is to ask the looming question WHY? Why do I do the things I do? Why am I an action addict?  This is the soul question that I ask readers to ask themselves – WHY -in my book, Climb Every Obstacle: Eliminate Your Limits under Obstacle 74: Over-activity.

Recently I read a posting that supports what I wrote in the book. Let me quote this directly:

Unearthing the reasons why we fill our lives with so much gives us insight into our character. When we do so many things, it is often because we are afraid to cope with our deepest feelings – the act of doing then, doesn’t become something constructive, but rather an effort to evade what is happening within. The simple act of noting down our feelings about our responsibilities can be a way for us to open the door into ourselves and see just how much we tend to skirt around our uncomfortable emotions by trying to replace them with things that fill our time.” ~ Daily OM

Hummmmmmm?

An action addict to me is someone in-tuned to the action (verb) steps it takes to achieve certain results or outcomes and they are addicted to doing the action until the goal complete or the result is manifest.

Joe Vitale, in The Secret, says that what you give your attention to is what you manifest. Where attention goes, it grows (I think this is a James Arthur Ray saying).

So, the pivotal question is what addictive action are you giving your attention to?

My action addictions are: speaking, writing, organizing, analysis, sharing, service projects, and learning; all positive extensions of my personality and purpose.  I know exactly WHY I utilize my time and talents this way.  My intended outcome or the result that I am intending is to add LIFE (learning, inspiration, function, and expertise) so that I can direct the destiny of each person in my influence circle.

What actions are you addicted to?

WHY?
Post your responses on the discussion page.

Celebrate the action addictions and the clarity of purpose that you have!

Are You an Action Addict?

It was tempting to write another title headline: Are You an Addict?
I decided against it for it is not my intention to highlight the word addict; instead my intention is to inspire action.

So, to be clear the word ACtIOn is the operative meaning.
What does it mean to be an action addict?
That is a curious question that deserves a ten minute time out.
Maybe it would be helpful to think about the words separately and then create your own connotations.

The question is not a random question, but one I have been puzzling over for the past year. I have gone so far to ask myself what is the opposite of “action addict?” Is it boredom? Is the antithesis laziness? Does addict mean that you ignore, surrender control or relinquish your ability to do anything about addictive behavior?  I hope not.

To posit another counter question is to ask the looming question WHY? Why do I do the things I do? Why am I an action addict?  This is the soul question that I ask readers to ask themselves – WHY -in my book, Climb Every Obstacle: Eliminate Your Limits under Obstacle 74: Over-activity.

Recently I read a posting that supports what I wrote in the book. Let me quote this directly:

Unearthing the reasons why we fill our lives with so much gives us insight into our character. When we do so many things, it is often because we are afraid to cope with our deepest feelings – the act of doing then, doesn’t become something constructive, but rather an effort to evade what is happening within. The simple act of noting down our feelings about our responsibilities can be a way for us to open the door into ourselves and see just how much we tend to skirt around our uncomfortable emotions by trying to replace them with things that fill our time.” ~ Daily OM

Hummmmmmm?

An action addict to me is someone in-tuned to the action (verb) steps it takes to achieve certain results or outcomes and they are addicted to doing the action until the goal complete or the result is manifest.

Joe Vitale, in The Secret, says that what you give your attention to is what you manifest. Where attention goes, it grows (I think this is a James Arthur Ray saying).

So, the pivotal question is what addictive action are you giving your attention to?

My action addictions are: speaking, writing, organizing, analysis, sharing, service projects, and learning; all positive extensions of my personality and purpose.  I know exactly WHY I utilize my time and talents this way.  My intended outcome or the result that I am intending is to add LIFE (learning, inspiration, function, and expertise) so that I can direct the destiny of each person in my influence circle.

What actions are you addicted to?

WHY?
Post your responses on the discussion page.

Celebrate the action addictions and the clarity of purpose that you have!

Do You Care or Curse?

Do You Care or Curse?

Ultimately, that is the choice we make with our feelings hundreds of times a day-care or curse? The difference between the two often means happiness inside or despotic misery.  The choice is real, most of the time automatic and situational, but once you begin to pay attention to your feelings and thoughts you will begin to realize that yes you do make one of the choices.

Interestingly, our natural proclivity is to care. You learn how to curse a situation.  Watch the natural choices of a mother in the animal kingdom and you will see an innate caring instinct. But, for survival purposes that mother teaches her young how to curse, or become a predator, in the wild. Humans, who have the added faculty of intelligence, make the same choice-we learn how to curse certain situations based on feelings.

But, human choice to curse is usually made under the guise of the same notion of protection found in the animal kingdom. But, this is wrong. We learn to curse the unknown or what we fear, curse each other as competitors, damn those who are different, curse obstacles that come into our lives as an impediment which was dumped into our lap to make our lives difficult.

The natural human choice is to care. In spite of how often we are bombarded with instances where the volume of cursing is turned up to shrieking noise, caring still happens. Three four and five year old girls decided to sell their own drawings which they made with crayon and color markers to help the tsunami victims in Japan two days ago.

Why did they do it, they cared. A high school baseball coach donated a kidney to one of his players. He did it, in his words, “because I cared.” A young man stops to help an elderly couple after an accident-he cared too.  Teachers teach because they care. Doctors and nurses save lives because they care. Daycare workers care. Architects care about the safety of a structure. Fathers care about their children. When you listen to someone without judgment, you care.

Those who curse care too, but in an inverted way. People who curse measure their care based on past memories of pain which them provokes them to shield caring in a cloak of bitter internalized nonchalance. But, the caring is there not far from the surface if you studied the air of a grumbling curmudgeon.  Reasonably, this is true because it is natural to care. So, even though someone exhibits a hardened shell that looks like they curse the world, a persistent dose of caring attention will usually soften their seemingly bitter heart. They too have happiness inside and a caring sensitivity toward others.

This is not a sentimental musing. Honestly, it is not. F. W. Sears writes, “when w permit ourselves to condemn a thing because we say it is “bad” or condemn some person for any cause whatever, that is taking a destructive attitude toward that thing or person no matter how just we may think our position in the case may be we cannot relate with these negative, destructive currents in our thought world and expect constructive and harmonious effects….”

Make it a practice to care about the bitter and downtrodden, lots of people do.  Pause for a moment to pick out caring moments that others do. Just last week I watched this new show, Secret Millionaire, on ABC. The tagline is giving back never fet soo good.” The premise of the show, from its premiere episode, is for millionaires to live undercover, where others do not know they are wealthy, and spend time in the community with people who are serving are caring for others and then give a portion of their money away to strengthen the work those caring servants are doing which benefit others.  On the premiere episode a woman, Dani Johnson, who was once homeless but became a millionaire, spent time in a food kitchen where two elderly twin ladies prepared hot food for those in the community who needed a hot meal. For the housebound, their volunteers visited with them when they took them their meals; what they did was care because often the visit was more healing than the food. Another lady on the show devoted her time, talent and money decorating rooms and granting wishes for children who were very sick. Even though she was a busy mother and wife, it was her calling to care to decorate these rooms with bright and cheerful motifs to uplift the spirits of the ill child and their devastated parents. The millionaire funded both of these causes with a gift of a check, but as importantly she connected to her heart of care.

You may not be a millionaire, neither am I, but what we do share is a willingness to care. Care just a little more about your neighbor, check in on someone who is sick or elderly, send a card you have not seen or talked to in a while, smile, show your happiness inside.

The main rule for caring is to do something for others with tenderness. Be tender and patient even with the one, human or animal, who has been scarred and appears to curse the world. Let them feel your care.  Make a care investment  everywhere, it is the harmonious thing to do.

Recommended Reading:  The Prosperity Bible (compilation)

There is nothing stronger than intuition

Nothing is stronger than intuition.

Intuition is what I call “inner trust.” Most people, including me, do not trust their intuition even though this inner trust guide is almost always in all ways right. But, you should tune in to your intuition. Author Laura Day in How to Rule the World From Your Couch, explains how your intuition will help you become more powerfully connected to your life. She says that intuition, which women have a stronger sense of, is the staff of success. Bob Scheinfeld in The Eleventh Element, calls intuition the X-factor for success.

Claude M. Bristol in The Magic of Believing, asserts that tapping into the subconscious guide of intuition is the most effective way of bringing into reality what you want. Shoghi  Effendi intimated the power of intuition in Five Steps to Problem Solving, a pilgrim note, that you must trust your inner voice.

At early growth stages we are taught to fight intuition. By the time children enter school their intuition begins to suffer because most children are not allowed the free will to follow their inner trust because they are taught to follow the rules. Then, often when a child enters school, robot learning and more rules follow. Not much longer after school control rules, are embedded in one’s behavior habits, adults further bury their inner trust with frenetic noise which is often confused with the notion that stress and over-activity is the normal ritual of growing up.

What a crock of deception! Noise and over-activity mask inner trust and cut off your inner hearing like a lap band does the intestine in bariatric surgery. Neither is good for the body.

Nothing is stronger than intuition. This I know for sure.

There have been some recent instances where I knew exactly what to do intuitively and out of poor habit abandoned what i already knew when Itried to ignore my inner trust. Each time that I did, I harmed myself. But, when I followed my intuition, honestly it was the perfect decision.

About a year ago I spent two and a half long days with James Arthur Ray in Atlanta. The sessions were energetic, engaging and well designed to make you a dry pocketed follower. Make no mistake, James Arthur Ray knows how to read people and the energy around them. On day two during an intermission I had the chance to meet him and give him a copy of my book, Climb Every Obstacle: Eliminate Your Limits! Without much mind thought, but clear impressions about energy, James Arthur Ray told me “You already know what to do.”

Truth is truth. What he said to me was true. I did already know what to do and so do you. Here are a few ways to boost your intuition:
1. Be still. Take time to listen in quiet certainty.
2. Tune to how you feel. Is your gut quiet or rumbling. Pay attention to that reaction.
3. Keep an intuition journal. This way you will have a source book of how many times your inner trust (intuition) was right.
4. Patience. Have patience with this new habit. It will take some time to undo so many years of rule programming, so keep un-layering and confirming your growth towards solid intuition.

Understand that the right to use intuition is a sacred privilege. Never forsake your inner truth; it will take you to sacred places you have never been before.

Trust yourself and soar!

 

 

 

 

The Year of the Rabbit

Question:  What is the Year of the Rabbit?

Symbol for the Year of the Rabbit


The year of the Rabbit starts 3 February 2011 and continues until 22 January 2012.  This year is the Year of the Metal Rabbit which means it is the fourth phase of Wu Xing.  Metal is yin in character, its motion is inwards and its energy is contracting.  Metal is associated with the Autumn, the west, old age, the planet Venus, the color white, dry weather, and the White Tiger (Bai Hu) in Four Symbols. The archetypal metals are silver and gold.

In Chinese Taoist thought, Metal attributes are considered to be firmness, rigidity, persistence, strength and determination.  The metal person is controlling, ambitious, forceful and set in their ways as metal is very strong; and they are self-reliant and prefer to handle their problems alone.  The metal person is also materialistic, business oriented and good at organization and stability.  However the metal person can also appreciate luxury and enjoy the good things in life.  Just as metal can conduct electricity, the Metal person has strong impulses and generative powers and can bring about changes and transformations for those who come into contact with them.

The Rabbit ( ) (also translated as Hare) is the fourth animal in the 12-year cycle of the Chinese zodiac.  The Year of the Rabbit is associated with the earthly branch symbol .  The Rabbit or Hare is also the emblem of longevity.

The year of the Rabbit portends a calmer, more placid vibration with an unhurried pace. This Year will allow for more relaxation, less stress and congenial relationships.   Relax, take a break away from the acidity and frenzy of 2010.  This would be a fortunate time to network more, explore different, more diverse, experiences that will add to the richness of who you are and what you know.

ChineseZodiac.com says metal “gives Rabbits more strength, resilience and determination.” As a result, the site says, metal rabbits are “more intense in their actions, whether they’re work-related or romantic.”

Knowledge is a keyword in the Year of the Rabbit.  Read more books this year, expand your global knowledge by reading and studying authors whose ethnicity is different from yours or your cultural background.

The Year of the Rabbit appears to have great personal potential for improvement, relaxation, socialization, creativity, powerful relationships, tranquility and exposure. Make each day of this Year count by stretching your boundaries. Independently investigate your own truth, make new experiences and own them.

People are anxious to improve their circumstances but unwilling to improve themselves, they therefore remain bound.” ~James Allen

What is Love?

Woody Allen makes a point here:

“To love is to suffer. To avoid suffering, one must not love. But then, one suffers from not loving. Therefore, to love is to suffer; not to love is to suffer; to suffer is to suffer. To be happy is to love. To be happy, then, is to suffer, but suffering makes one unhappy. Therefore, to be happy, one must love or love to suffer or suffer from too much happiness.”

Whether you think Woody Allen’s comment is funny or not does not matter (I think it is privately humorous), the question here is what is love?

American relationship/marriage statistics are alarming (if you choose to focus on the divorce probability) unless you counterbalance those data numbers with heart memories. This is one reason I often refer to a book written by Julie Rainbow, Standing the Test of Time, that debunks the myth of divorced, dysfunctional Black families as she tells the story of Black couples who have been married fifty years or more and are still standing together.

I have other reasons for my knowing about love, my parents. My parents were married 53 years (until my Dad’s death in 2008) and his last words on this earth were to my Mom, saying “I love you.” Their eternal bond taught me something.

Adding another personal note, now that I have eulogized two brothers, one my twin, but both whom I loved deeply, I had to ask myself what am I learning about life through this experience?  I have been taught that love is a jewel that sparkles as brightly as you do. Well, I want to dazzle because that is the type of love that I want before I leave this earthly plane!

I have learned that “love” endures pain. It is an unquestioned face that relationships that mark years of longevity face pain. Even so, the pain of infidelity, disaster, trauma, or other disruptive issues do not destroy the core of love between two people who are devoted to each other.

I have learned that “love” smells different. Sometimes love stinks. But, like you learn to love your baby’s poop, love is the reason. Other times love smells like a fragrant rose, scented by time and passion. Love among two people may smell different from time to time, but each smell you learn to love.

I have learned that “love” ages. The longer you bottle love the more of an aged bouquet it has. Time and stillness together can create a bonus of a barrel of savory love.

What love is is individual. My impression of love is distinct from yours and you can bet yours is distinct from mine. When I was younger I equated love with lust, thus a divorce as soon as the hots cooled off. Now after taking years of celibacy instruction to heart, I have learned that even though love may lead to suffering, I’ll suffer any day for the aged, sweetness of love.