In the First Key, we covered the 7 Gates of Power® and the 3 Aspects of the Self. The Emotional Self, the Defensive Self, and the Expanded Self. These 3 aspects live within each of us, no exemption. The way they relate and dialogue with each other creates our inner environment. As we all know, our inner environment effects our outer environment greatly. Here is an example of what I mean by our inner environment. Let’s say that your Emotional Self has some fears. You’re Defens
Our planet, with us and all its creatures, is being destroyed by greed. Our personal and social freedoms are sabotaged. Political strife, compounded by the overwhelming outpour of media and internet, is distorting our basic social structures. It seems as though the onslaught of problems are becoming a daily routine rather than a rare and shocking phenomenon. Some of the recent examples are the Las Vegas shooting, the truck that struck pedestrians on the streets of New York Ci
We need inner peace. Today, we are overworked, overstressed and overwhelmed. The pace of life is faster than ever. The economic, social and political stresses are all creating internal and external turmoil. How do these problems affect us? We feel continuously rushed and our lifestyles are out of balance. Many of us have a hard time sleeping, breathing or even properly digesting our food. More of us experience serious health conditions such as heart disease, cancer and drug a
Yesterday I had sessions with two different clients and both expressed deep grief. Their grief was exposed when they let go of addictive clinging to external, “feel good” crutches.
One of them was coming to terms with the fact that her partner is not able or available to be in a healthy, committed relationship. She spent years resisting the acknowledgment of the situation, holding on to the illusion of “they lived happily ever after”. Underneath the denial was the pain and
I am taking an online course called Visionary Business School. The course covers the steps to take to make your business vision and purpose actualized. One of the exercises in the course was the commitment exercise. You divide the room that your sitting in into two sections. The one that you start with is your current level of commitment to your life/business vision. The other part of the room represents the ultimate level of commitment. In the exercise, you start by standing
Joel Goldsmith is one of my favorite writers/teachers. In his book, Beyond Words and Thoughts 8 (Goldsmith, 1998), Goldsmith states: “… we receive certain facets, realizations, and principles of truth which are continually flowing in, in proportion to our receptivity and openness.” Silence helps us create that open state of receptivity. When we visit the realm of inner silence through a state of meditation, we open our soul’s mind to the truth that lies beyond the world of th
Last week we talked about stillness and mindfulness. This week we’re going to focus on how mindfulness works in tandem with meditation to positively effect your daily life. Mindfulness is one way of cultivating a meditative state. There are many forms of meditation: sitting, lying down, moving, drawing, writing, breathing, chanting, creating, and so on. In my practice and workshops, we experience all these forms of meditation, and more. The two common threads present in all t
What is silence? The answer is seemingly simple: the absence of noise.
Sometimes in the middle of the night, one might wake up and hear silence. The world is quiet. What is mindfulness? Mindfulness is the art of attention and awareness.
It lives in the present moment, which is the only moment we have. It is a form of nonjudgmental, relaxed awareness. When we are mindful, we are paying attention on purpose to the contents of this moment. We are noticing feelings and sensati