Waking Up- Stage 2- Intention (part two)

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“It’s really difficult to change”, “I’ve tried everything and nothing works”, “I can’t catch a break” “I can’t break free from this”… Have you ever heard these kinds of statements before? Have you ever spoken these kinds of statements before? I know I have. These are more than statements, however. They are self defeating commands (intentions) that shape our lives and experiences. In my last email / article, I talked about the power of intention and how Liz (pictured above) went from living on the streets as a homeless teenager to being admitted to the prestigious Harvard college just a few years later. She did this incredible feat because of the simple power of intention. Liz changed her life’s trajectory with a simple intention. If change happens through something as simple as an intention, however, why do so many people stay trapped in repetitive unhealthy cycles?

In my experience, the number one way that people undercut the power of intention is due to unempowering beliefs like those I mentioned above. For example, many people believe that true change in life is difficult. Was it really “difficult” for Liz to go back to school and get straight A’s however? Well, it depends on your perspective. For Liz, it was actually easier to go back to school than it was to remain aimless and homeless. The stress, the isolation, the hopelessness of the streets, etc… these were what were truly difficult. Associating with teachers who believed in her potential, imagining a beautiful future for her life, etc… these were much much easier. When Liz realized that remaining the same was much more difficult than change, that’s when she became open to the power of a new empowering intention.

Here is a paradigm shifting truth: Moving into our most awakened and empowered self is always easier than remaining stuck in powerlessness and unconsciousness. It’s only when we understand this truth that we will be willing to embrace a new and empowering intention for our lives. Embracing empowering intentions prepares us for the third stage of the awakening process. This will be the subject of my next article.

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Waking Up- Stage 2- Intention (part one)

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Liz Murray was a homeless teenager from the Bronx in New York City. She was the daughter to AIDS infected and drug addicted parents who lived in abject poverty as a child. Liz was eventually removed from her home and into the state care system after her parents were unable to care for her. After being subjected to abuse in the foster care system, Liz ran away. When her mother passed away due to complications to drug abuse and AIDS, she found herself living on the streets as a teenager with no hope for a better life. Fast forward a few years, however, and Liz was awarded a scholarship to attend Harvard. Liz went from homelessness to Harvard in just a few years!

A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of presenting a teaching about the awakening process at an annual conference for educators in Texas. One of the keynote speakers at this conference was Liz Murray. Her story was truly an incredible and inspiring account of the power of intention. It was intention that took Liz from the streets of the Bronx to receiving a scholarship to Harvard.

Liz was born to a family who had tremendous struggle. The best life she could imagine for herself revolved around survival. Almost everyone she knew dropped out of school. At her lowest moment, however, an inspired thought entered into her thinking:

“What if I went back to school and got straight A’s?”

This inspired thought went on to become Liz’s intention. “I will go back to school and I will get straight A’s". This one intention radically altered her trajectory in life and began a domino affect that would eventually open doors that would lead her all the way to Harvard in only a few years.

Here is the paradigm shifting truth: An intention isn’t an elaborate and detailed plan for our lives. An intention is a subtle direction shift toward a future that you intentionally choose, as opposed to other people or circumstances choosing for you.

If setting intentions are the key to changing our lives, why don’t most people utilize them? That’s a great question, and this will be the subject of my next email.

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Waking up- Stage 1- Vicitmhood (Part 2)

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Have you ever wondered why some people experience horrendous atrocities and hardships in life, yet go on to achieve great things while others seem to be held back and defined by their past? Why do some people who have been victimized by great atrocities see themselves as 'victims’, while others do not? Many people who have been victimized yet remain empowered and successful in their lives have one major ability that those who see themselves as ‘victims’ do not have. Victims see their present tense reality through the lens of their past pain. Because of this, victims cannot discern the difference between their past pain and their present reality. This is precisely why patters of hardship and suffering keep repeating for those that see themselves as ‘victims’. Here is the paradigm shifting truth, however. Those that have overcome tremendous injustices and hardships and go on to experience success understand that their past is NOT their present.

They understand that the defining characteristic of the present is that it is new and uncharted, full of infinite possibilities. This is key to breaking repetitive patterns of hardship and suffering.

If you discover that past problems and patterns of suffering keep continuing and cycling back around in your life, this means there is an energetic tie or attachment that still exists and is keeping you attached to your past.

When people realize that each present moment is completely new and full of infinite possibilities, not imprisoned and chained to the past, they realize that the present moment can be created and steered any way they may choose. Realizing this truth leads us out of stage 1 (Victimhood), and into stage 2 of the awakening process. I will talk more about stage 2 in my next email.

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Waking Up- Stage 1- Victimhood (Part 1)

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A renowned spiritual leader, surrounded by his closest followers, was lying on his death bed nearing his last breath when he sat up and opened his eyes in wonder. When his followers asked him what he was experiencing, he simply said: “I’m waking up!”, then he died.

I think this story is a great metaphor for life itself. We are here to wake up from unconsciousness so we can move into a state of love. After all, it is in unconsciousness that we stay trapped in cycles of perpetual suffering. Speaking of suffering, have you noticed that there is a pattern to your suffering? A common thread? That’s by design. The repetitive nature of your suffering is because there is what has been called a ‘sacred wound’ that is at the root of your suffering.

Until we become conscious of what our sacred wound actually is, we will remain trapped in the lowest stage of the awakening process; the stage of victimhood. When we are trapped in the victimhood stage, we incorrectly believe that the source of our suffering lies outside of us. This inevitably leads to blame and scapegoating another person, place, thing, system, etc… as being the source of our suffering. This is an illusion that keeps us feeling like a victim to someone or something outside of our control.

Here is the paradigm shifting truth, however. Our suffering is always coming from inside of us. It’s never sourced externally. The truth is, the world we perceive around us is always a projection of the world inside of us. When our perceptions change from within, so does our perception and experience with the world around us.

So, does that mean none of us have truly been victims of injustice that have caused suffering in our lives? Please understand, I am not saying we have not been victimized in life along the way. I am simply saying that we are not victims. There is a vast difference between being victimized, and taking on an identity of a ‘victim’. I’ll talk more about this in my next email.

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We Are All Good Guys: A Former CIA Operative Shares Her Journey Away From Being An Agent of Death, To Becoming An Agent of Life.

We Are All Good Guys: A Former CIA Operative Shares Her Journey Away From Being An Agent of Death, To Becoming An Agent of Life.

During her tenure at the CIA, Amaryllis discovered that killing for peace is an illusion that only leads to more anger, violence, and bloodshed.  She discovered that the agency's best efforts to stop the fires of terrorism and extremism were akin to pouring gasoline on it...Amaryllis left her career in the CIA to pursue work as a peace activist where she founded an organization called 'Operation Zoe' (life). Operation Zoe seeks help employ other former military and intelligence officers to utilize their highly specialized training to wage peace and life as opposed to war and death.

Is It Just Sex, or Something More?

Is It Just Sex, or Something More?

Have you ever wondered why sex is such a driving obsession in just about every aspect of our culture? Is it really all about those few seconds of orgasmic ecstasy, or is there something more profound behind it all?  Since the beginning, sexual relationship was understood to be the most intimate human relationship possible.  Then Jesus came and unveiled the reality: oneness.  We were created for a deeper spiritual oneness that outlasts the physical oneness depicted in an orgasm.

My Upcoming Meeting With Barack Obama...

My Upcoming Meeting With Barack Obama...

Because of my past political beliefs and preoccupation with right wing politics, this heart transplant was clearly a divine intervention.  Please understand, this deep love for him had nothing to do with his political office or his policies. Again, I no longer saw him as ‘President’ or politician. I now viewed him the same way that I view my own daughter; with pure love.  For me, that has been a miracle of epic proportions.  The love that I was experiencing for him was clearly originating from a place far beyond my previous understanding.

The $15 Billion Secret of The Honey Bee & The Disappearance of Evangelicals

The $15 Billion Secret of The Honey Bee & The Disappearance of Evangelicals

Can you imagine what would happen if the bees stopped seeking ‘nectar’ and instead held conferences and wrote books about “How To Start Mass Pollination Movements” or “Why We Need To Be Obedient To The Great Pollination Commission”? It would be a disaster.  Bees would begin to disappear because their ultimate mission of living by nectar and producing greater food with that nectar would be replaced with the byproduct of pollination.  As great as pollination is, it is not the goal of the honey bee.  The goal of the honey bee is nectar which leads to honey.