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It’s Independence Day!

Freedom–The Most Powerful Human Idea?

Broken Chain Link Here in the United States we are celebrating Independence Day.  With that celebration, we hear words like “liberty” and “freedom” bantered around.  But what do they truly mean for you and me?

Obviously, within the context of politics and national identity, these concepts have radically different meanings for each person.  I don’t really want to get distracted by those ideas and concepts because I believe that one of the–perhaps the most important idea of human development lies cradled within the hands of liberty. [Read more…]

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022: AWAKE! Podcast – Keys to Manifesting and Attraction

The Law of Attraction and Manifestation


This episode is a follow-up on the previous discussion about affirmations. I discuss keys to manifesting and attraction–including affirmations, the importance of emotional alignment, and the power of taking action (properly).

As always, the intention is to provide you practical insights that will help you apply philosophical truths.

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What Role Does Taking Action Play in Crafting a Well-Lived Life?

Note: This is the final part of a 3-part series inspired by insights from my book, An Imperceptible Spark.  Check out part one and part two if you haven’t already.

Lights…Camera…Action!

Lights…Camera…Action

The epitomic call of the movie director is a great analogy for life.

Most of us live our life as if the call were, “Action…Action…Action!”  We blunder through life without any real understanding of what we’re doing and no record of analysis by which to weigh the action we’re taking.

Others live life as if the phrase were, “Camera…Camera…Camera!”  We are so reflective that we never actually get to the point of really taking any action.

We’re worried about the shot angle and the subject composition, and everything else.  And just when we get it perfect, we decide that we should start over.  The analysis, that is.  We are paralyzed.

Still others of us believe the phrase is, “Lights…Lights…Lights!”   We get as much information as we can.  Then we get educated.  Then we do a study. Then we get more education. Then we decide we need another certification or degree.

The key is to put things in the proper perspective.

Gain understanding or education (lights), do your reflection and planning and then take action.  You have to keep the process well-ordered, or you will end up paralyzed by fear.

Thought Drives Action

All your action is driven by your thoughts (or emotions, which are created by thoughts/beliefs).

When thoughts change, actions change
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When my thoughts changed, so did the actions I was taking. Of course, when I took different action, I started getting different results, and that is when the external shifts started to occur and my external experience started to transform.

From An Imperceptible Spark

Changing your thoughts changes the direction of the action you take.  Your thoughts either make you more effective or less.  It’s seldom really about the action you take, yet this is where most people focus first.

If you don’t want to be “most people,” do something different and focus on your thoughts and then your action will align properly.

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Photo Credit: Paula Steele

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What Is the Foundation of a “Well-Lived” Life?

NOTE: This is the first part in a series on the power of thought inspired by insights from my book, An Imperceptible Spark.

Laying the Foundation for a Well-lived Life

Building on the Foundation

No one wants to get to the end of her life and think, “Wow, I really messed this one up!”

But I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again.  A well-lived life is an intentional life. (tweet this quote)

It doesn’t happen by accident. You have to be intentional about the way you live to end up with the life you desire. And creating a life that is well-lived comes down to one fundamental thing: your thoughts. [Read more…]

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Are You a Lazy-Ass When You Pray?

Take the Next Visible Step

Hidden Path

Hidden Path – Door County, WI
Take the Step You Can See…
The Next Will Be Revealed.

When there is no clear path,
life requires of us
the courage to take the next visible step.
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This quote comes from my bookAn Imperceptible Spark: Finding the Courage to Live a Life of Joy.

When I wrote this, I was confused, unclear and felt lost.  Everything seemed to be out of my control. Have you been there?

I hated my job. Life seemed to be going nowhere–fast! That’s when the breakthrough happened.

I’ll do what I know to do, I thought.

Clarity is Key

Often when life feels out of control, it is because you are unclear. I know I was.

My life sucked. My job was sucking the life out of me–almost literally, and I didn’t know what to do.  Or so I thought…but that is when I learned another valuable lesson: You always know what to do. 

A Prayer Worth Praying

I just finished Elizabeth Gilbert’s hit book, Eat, Pray, Love–for the second time.  In it, she talks about learning to pray at an Ashram in India.

Half the benefit of prayer is in the asking itself, in the offering of a clearly posed and well-considered intention. – Elizabeth Gilbert

There are times to throw yourself completely on the grace of infinite Love (God), but most of us are just lazy. (Tweet This)

We want to dump responsibility for our lives off on God’s door step and then we act hurt, betrayed and angry when life unfolds chaotically.

You are infinitely supported by never-ending Love.  The steps of your path are cushioned with grace. (Tweet It!) And the wisdom of your purpose lies deep within your soul.

You always know.

The Fear That Must Not Be Named

In the story of Harry Potter, the evil Lord Voldemort is referred to as “He who must not be named” because people fear that even speaking his name lends him power to terrorize the speaker of it. (What they fail to recognize is that by not speaking his name, they are terrorized by their fear).

The Fear that you dare not name is the fear of yourself.

You are terrorized by the fear of your own wisdom, power and courage.

You are afraid that if you get still–truly still–with yourself, you will be unable to maintain control of your life.  You are right.

The Fear that you live in terror of will obliterate you–the ego ‘you’.  But then again, control–like the security those in the Harry Potter world think they gain by refusing to name their fear–is a myth.

The Secret

The secret is stillness.

When you exercise the courage to be still, you begin to approach the power of your self.  This is the beginning of all true clarity and focus.

Be still with yourself. Learn at the feet of your own wisdom.  Pray accordingly.  (Tweet This Quote)

You got this!

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My Favorite Affirmations

Affirmations Change Beliefs

affirmation on a wall

Yesterday, I wrote about how a single affirmation changed my life.  If you didn’t catch it, you might want to jump over and read that story.

I am not always consistent in the conscious use of affirmations–I say “conscious” because we are always using affirmations in our self talk whether we’re aware of them or not.

Since the moment I realized the power of affirmations to change my beliefs, and thereby change my life, I have been creating my own affirmations to suit my circumstances, temperament and personality.

Today, I just want to share of my favorite affirmations. [Read more…]

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The Value of You

Your Value Lies in YOU!

Your value doesn’t lie in how well you measure up to someone else’s expectations.

Your value doesn’t lie in how many check marks you hit on someone else’s evaluation.

Your value lies in YOU.

The part of you that is a unique expression of divine love on earth. The part of you that is perfect and complete. [Read more…]

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Dammit…I Missed The Exit!

“Recalculating…Recalculating”

We have a dysfunctional GPS in one of our cars.

She (our GPS is a “she”) periodically decides to inform us of the exit we should take right as we’re flying past at 65 or 70 miles per hour.

This is exactly what happened this past weekend as we were leaving town to head to Upper Peninsula, Michigan. [Read more…]

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The “Work/Life” Balance Paradox is Crap! You Should Toss It Out on Its Ear.

Everyone talks about work/life balance.

In life it's not as much fun as these guys appear to be having!

Almost no one actually achieves it.

Yet we all still hold it up as some sort of ideal objective for which to strive.

You know what they say about the people who keep doing the same thing, expecting a different result…

Now I’m not calling you stupid, because I have been there too!

My Soul-Sucking, “Knock-the-Wind-Out-of-You” Job

My stomach used to contract and my heart would race as I pulled into the parking lot. [Read more…]

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5 Things They Say You Should Resist

Photo Credit: Zokarko

They Say You Should Resist…

…Aging

…Instability

…Uncertainty

…Your Own Mortality

…Death

What If ‘They’ Are Wrong?!?