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If you don’t “pay yourself first”, you probably won’t get paid

SATURDAY, JULY 05, 2014

Republished with permission from Darkush – Pay Yourself First

Taking another look at what we’re doing with the “Morning Ritual.” A question: why the physical motion? Isn’t it enough to sit quietly, meditate and visualize the results you want? A few thoughts:

1) The “Secret Formula” idea (Goals X Faith X Action X Gratitude = Results) arose from studying one of the core source materials for “The Secret.”

I had friends who loved “The Secret” but I found that while it seemed to work for some of them, for most people it didn’t. And what was missing was dynamism. Action. If you aren’t sufficiently emotionalized to get your own butt off the couch, what in the WORLD makes you think “the universe” is going to respond to you? That seemed to violate basic laws and principles that control everything I’ve ever experienced.

On the other hand, people who are already dynamic, already taking MASSIVE action, can seem to just “want” something, and it is like someone driving a Mercedes down the freeway–a slight “twitch” of their finger and the magnificent vehicle responds, and you change lanes and destinations. To an observer, you did almost nothing, because they didn’t notice the twitch of the finger.

DO SOMETHING. (more…)

Fatigue makes cowards of us all

MONDAY, MAY 12, 2014

Originally published on Darkush as Diamond Hour, Secret Formula and Energy

I feel that I want to look more deeply into the “Diamond Hour” concept–the universe seems to be nudging me in that direction. More requests for it, more sign-ups for that list. Probably more need to solidify my own practices, rooting them more deeply. The question is how to approach it.

Well, I’m going to take a meta-position on this. I’m going to use my own “Diamond Hour” to create this new course, sharing the pieces of it as I go. So I woke up this morning at 5:30, fifteen minutes and meditated. (Ancient Child and Heartbeat). Up, made myself a cup of tea and checked my email and FB messages. Re-wrote my core goals, a statement of Faith (why I believe I can and should achieve them), the action steps today, and what I am grateful for.

Then took a look at what I’ve been asked (or otherwise moved) to look at in terms of DH:

Time management, create, resilience, courage/proper assertiveness. nature and community. balancing creative and financially rewarding work, time management, exercise money management, getting adequate rest, goal setting, study, relationships/love/sex, communication, Rest and energy.

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Wow. A lot of different things, and I want to simplify them before I dive in.

So…let’s say that: (more…)

Ancient Child–Evolution

About twenty-five years ago I adapted Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey to the process of designing your life.

And called it “Lifewriting.” Since that time I’ve taught Lifewriting to thousands of people in person and through audio and video courses, lectured on it at the Smithsonian, at Mensa, on radio and television, at universities and workshops, and have been blessed to receive countless letters and emails and hugs and tearful thanks that the technologies I grouped into that very special pattern have changed and saved lives.

But there was a limitation to “Lifewriting”, something I always saw but wasn’t wise enough to improve. You see, the limitation (I won’t call it a “problem”) was that it was a mental technique, a strategic syntax for organizing resources into an optimal pattern. It works, no doubt about it.

But…the greatest path in human life is that of evolution, of awakening, of becoming an “awakened adult”, and my great spiritual teacher Sri Chinmoy taught that that path can be approached by opening your heart OR awakening your body… but never by creating mental models.

That was what I’d done, created a wonderful mental model. That meant that it was great for navigating “the dream”, but not so much for going beyond. What I needed was something that did both. Having a great time in consensus reality is no mean feat. I may consider that just the beginning, but it’s nice to pay the bills, be popular, win athletic awards and all that good stuff.

But…it’s just the beginning. (more…)