“The world is but a canvas to the imagination.” – Henry David Thoreau
I am a voracious reader; I come by it genetically and by inclination. My favorite genres focus on transformation, spirituality, sexuality, sci-fi, relationships, and the lyrically (and sometimes quirkily) poetic. A few years ago I picked up a book that contained all of the above. Within short order, this travelogue of the heart that took the writer on a one year journey to Italy, India, and Indonesia became a worldwide best seller. Eat, Pray, Love was penned by author Elizabeth Gilbert. Immediately attracted to the familiar, conversational style with which she draws the reader, I felt as if I was being carried along for the ride without need for passport or inoculation.
In my Keynote “Lead from the Trenches”
I make the case that the most successful leaders are the ones who work along side of his employees to achieve the goals. This has proven to be true in my own career. By engaging a unified purpose the momentum of success is created.
www.johnofpeniel.com"Resolve and thou art free"~ Henry Wadworth Longfellow
The time of assessment has come once again. The Old Year is ending and the New Year beginning. This is when we each have chosen to review our lives, and make decisions about the next twelve months. We look at our bodies, our houses, our material and sometimes our spiritual desires, and we decide what the future will bring. We make re-solutions, because the old solutions didn't work. We decide to try a new solution and thus, a new plan or re-solution is born. We then charge off into the year with vigor. As we try the solutions, many will fail, but some will succeed. I warrant you that the latter were the ones that you became resolved about happening. You decided that they were going to come to pass, and so, since you shifted from a plan of attack (resolution), and took the action of determination, they came into your experience (resolved).
I AM a firm believer in staying positive..finding the silver lining and so on. But, the truth for me is sometimes life just plain ole hurts.
Whether I am being called back to a past that was less than honest, or I am experiencing the feelings of loss, or even the reality of life with an unemployed spouse. I have real life happening to me faster than I want to handle.
Many people loose sleep because they cannot quiet their thinking. They are stressed out with worry and frustrations. We all experience numerous disappointments. Our expectations go unmet, our plans are blocked by outside circumstances, and our wishes go unfulfilled. Our lives are subject to a myriad of forces beyond our conscious control. More often than not we react with a tension that permeates our bodies and minds. Small frustrations such as interruptions at work and sitting in traffic wield such power over us because they rob us of the illusion of control. You cannot distance yourself from life's inconsistencies, irritations, and upheavels, but you can relinquish your desire for perfect order. When we stop worrying about things we have no control over, we can be at peace, and devote more of ourselves to what is truly important to us.
In a beautiful ceremony called a Puja, Guru Leela Mata removes all past karma from my life. This reminds me of absolution where the Catholic priest declares sins to be remitted. Now the slate of my life has been washed clean through the blessings of a Guru.
Freedom in one's life is freedom from the past. By choosing not to define yourself by your past allows for a fresh new beginning in every moment. By giving up thought, awareness naturally arises to greet you now. Self realization will never be found in thinking, only in being. The task to free oneself from one's own thinking is a challenge for most. The majority of people don't even realize that their thinking is separate from them. They think that who they are is their thoughts. Such is the trick of the mind. Recognition of this is the first step on a journey to find your center, and to master your life.
I have just been given a new home. I say “given” because I did little to obtain it. And because of that I felt it important to share the story, so that you can understand the power of creation, manifestation, gratitude. I’ve lived in a pleasant area of Lake County, Ohio for about eleven years, but with an expansion of my business felt the pull to move further south into Summit County. My goal for the last year or so has been to seek out the perfect home for me and my cats. I wanted quiet, privacy, a place to sooth the spirit. I wanted room to have events and healing work and space for friends. I wanted more than anything to be enfolded in nature with room for gardening. With a goal in mind, I offered up the prayer I learned from my friend John Davis, John of Peniel. “Thank you God for the perfect home that I am receiving – amen!” I believed it was there and coming to me. “Thank you” is gratitude. “The perfect home” is the goal, the intent. “I am receiving” is the acceptance, manifestation, creation part. “Amen” means so be it, it is done. I believed that I needed to be diligent in the search and pay attention to signs. That I needed to pursue it with all my intention.
“That is one tough robot.” ~ Captain Typho
When it comes to masters of focus, goal setting and achieving, loyalty, integrity, honor, and the like, there is one name that rises above the masses, one that far surpasses even the closest competitor . . . R2D2. Yes I know I am a dork. I love Star Wars movies. While Yoda has a plethora of knowledge and wisdom which I quote in speeches from time to time, R2D2 is the master of living “wisely and earnestly in the present,” as Buddha would say. Though I like the three original movies best (and NO Greedo did not shoot first) the story of R2D2 comes to our attention in the three prequels that shared his story.