Friday, December 28, 2012

NOT the End of the World

Well it's long after 12/21/12 and it seems we're all still here.  No end of the world as we know it, no global devastation, no end of all.  Or is it?

I would hope that the prophecy would indicate an "end of the world" of our selfish actions, over-consumption and ill will toward others.  Perhaps this is the end of an old world of not caring about each  other and the start of a new where compassion and humanity live as one.

What are your thoughts on the matter?  Have things changed since 12/21/12?  Are your intentions different toward others and are you less focused on the material world and the external?  We hope that this intersection of time and the universal alignment will dawn a new day on compassion and discover for us all.  We hope that it will lead to a time of reflection and care for others.

"What we think about and speak about will come about".  Let's take this time to renew our thought pattens and help develop a new and spiritually-focused world and end the old self-focused world on 12/21/12.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Keeping in the Moment - by Moment

Ever let your mind wander?
Better yet, ever make your mind NOT wander?

I had read "The Power of Now" by Eckhart Tolle about a year ago. It came from a referral of a wonderful sales associate at The Crystal Vortex store in Sedona, AZ ( I found it SO annoying as Tolle repeats and repeats himself. After several chapters, I realized his method was to kindly bang the message into my hard head.

"OK, I'm in the "now", oh what about the dry cleaning, did I shut off the water? ... OK, I'm back in the Now". (rinse and repeat)

We are obsessed with thinking, 99.9% of it of no use whatsoever. The past is over, the future is not here and when it is, it will only be Now, nothing more. I studied this book for some time but it did not make the earth move. On another trip to Sedona I picked up Tolle's "A New Earth" which I just finished.

The same was true with A New Earth as far as reading difficulty, until about half way through. A New Earth is written in a similar pattern, but less repetitive. It relates back to the "Now" information in his former book, but is more so based around our out of control egos and how they manage and control our ever-waking life. Oh and sleep. Every wake up in the middle of the night and our mind gets busy and keeps you up? That's the ego at work.

It was not until about half way through A New Earth that I finally "got it". After a lot of the repetition I finally saw the sickness and lack of control of our egos which effects every aspect of our human be-ing. I bore the readers with this because I have FINALLY seen the ego from a third-party view - my real self. It's amazing when you finally see all the mania your mind-ego creates and manages you - not the other way around.

Wars, ego. A larger new home, ego. The latest gadget, ego. Gossip, ego. Putting others down, ego. the list is endless but there's hope. It's the sane moments in between all of the ego episodes that show the small glimmer of hope. Then the small moments become larger moments and awareness begins.

I have since read many other books from a large variety of authors that support the exact same premise. Oddly all of them were already read, or were on my shelves. I guess my ego kept me from seeing that truth back then.

I challenge you to take the opportunity and try these exercises. Like me you will probably be shocked at your initial ego insanity discovery but don't despair, it will get better. I now understand Tolle's title "A New Earth". It's not about the planet or civilization, it's about our shift away from ego insanity.

As with most recovery, admitting it is the first step ...

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

The "iEgo"

Greetings and Happy 2012.

I've recently been brushing up on my ego-self awareness for a new year. I'm a Spring baby and I always go through a "birthing process" this time of year anyway. In reading my favorite books, they identify that anything with "I, My, Me, Mine, Our" etc. is directly from the ego-self, NOT the Spiritual Self.

Enter the "iEgo"

Isn't it nice that the company Apple has so clearly defined our ego-selves in products? Anything that starts with an "i" we don't REALLY need, it's just ego-satisfaction. Do we need an iPhone, iPad, iPod or iMac to survive or do business? No. It just makes life supposedly "easier" or at least more fun.

Now I must say that I am professionally an Executive Creative Director and use Apple products - back to the Lisa. I do have an iPhone that someone gave me and I use it for email and a phone since I work on my own. But I don't NEED them. I don't use an iMac because you are constantly upgrading a monitor and computer. I use a Mac Mini and a Macbook Pro for travel. It's not to to say that I don't consume Apple. I just don't consume for consumption's sake.

The above comment will probably tug at the ego of the Apple consumer, but take a moment and see if you are just satisfying your ego to have one of its iProducts. It's not a bad thing, just an

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