Tuesday, December 30th, 2008
In kung fu there is a saying, “A strength over-extended becomes a weakness.”
A profound concept, no doubt. Let’s look at how it applies outside of the martial arts realm.
Suppose you manage EVERY detail of your day – and feel you must work from a list ALL the time.
This will help you get more things done – but it will reflect in your body as stiffness, aches, pains and inflexibility. Your mind needs time each day to unwind – to sit in silence with no plan, no agenda. Just breathing and paying attention to life itself. Time in which to feel that no one is home.
When I’m in China I will often sit with a friend for a meal, talking – or simply sitting and sipping tea, for hours. Nothing to do. Nowhere to go. And these are some of those most profound moments of my life. Afterward I come up with ideas that wouldn’t have otherwise manifested if I was fixated on “time” and my schedule.
Rigidly sticking to the concept of “time” and never making room for spontaneity or synchronicity leads to stiffness, rigidity and pain. It’s an important strength, being able to manage one’s day and time – but if you’re too rigid, too strong – relationships get shattered, others feel neglected.
You’ve gained nothing.
The key is staying in the middle. Neither being to strong – or to lackadaisical. It’s having segments of your life that are controlled and others that are relaxed.
If everything is controlled by Father Time – then Mother Nature will make you pay a price. She will force you to relax when you least expect it. Better to plan on relaxing in advance.
As a martial artist I have routines I follow with great devotion and discipline.
It is not always the same workout – but often the same exercises. I have a plan for how many repetitions I will do each day – and I stick to it.
But even the same exercises are not the SAME if I delve into each with more feeling. If I dive DEEP into the experience of what I’m doing. If I really ground myself in the moment.
Some time ago, I planned on doing my evening routine at 10 PM – but I got engaged in conversation with a friend until late in the evening on the topic of “out of body experiences.”
It’s estimated that 25% of the population has one of these OBE’s sometime in his/her lifetime. Many get freaked out. Others are afraid to talk about it because people may think they’re looney.
So we spoke about this and other mysterious matters until after midnight. When he left I realized I still hadn’t done my final workout. So I went outside and began to train at 12:30 a.m.
Less than halfway through the form I was G-O-N-E. No concept of time. At least not accurate time.
I’d only been moving a short while, yet it seemed as if I’d been training for half an hour or more.
I continued to move – and time continued to feel distorted. A few minutes felt like an hour. Similar to the feeling of visiting Hawaii – and after one day you feel you’ve been there a week.
Since that evening I almost always have this same time distortion feeling when I train. Even if I time myself on certain drills, I’m so in the moment that time is like a foreign concept.
Around the same time I noted that this same feeling of time NOT being what it’s supposed to be, had entered other realms of my experience. When I sat to write a newsletter or article, there was no such thing as time. When I got up to speak in public – there was no such thing as 90 minutes or one hour.
Oddly enough, 90 minute talks turned into ones that were three, four – even five hours long. Without a break. And no one was leaving the room.
How could this be.
In the past I always spoke for 90 minutes then took a break. And I was a bit fatigued afterward. Now I spoke for hours and felt energized.
The moral of the story, when a strength is over-extended, you get weakness. You get breakdown.
But when a strength is turned into a stretch – when you’re flexible enough to bend – you will not break. You’ll go further than you’ve ever gone before.
There’s a Chinese saying, “Bend with the wind to avoid the hurricane.”
Think of a tree that is rigid. A hurricane with easily dispose of it.
But a bamboo tree that bends with the wind – it will most likely be spared.
So it goes with your life.
Be strong where you are strong – but not too strong. Add flexibility into the picture and you may surprise yourself with what happens.
Best way to begin adding flexibility is to begin paying attention to your breathing.
Observe your inhale and exhale. Just watch. Do so no matter what you’re doing.
The second step is becoming keenly aware of your mental pictures and self-talk – and tweaking them to ones that are better.
The third step is moving without unneeded effort, resistance or struggle.
I’ll have a video for you to watch online very soon that explains this and more in greater detail.
In the meantime, make sure you are raring and ready to move into 2009 with the right mind-body set for success, prosperity and health.
Why not let me begin guiding you in the process with my best-seller, 101 Ways to Magnetize Money.
Happy New Year.
Monday, December 29th, 2008
Years ago a three-word slogan gathered much support. It was championed in an era when many were worried about teenagers adopting drugs as part of their life style.
The slogan – “Just Say NO” was both ridiculed as well as applauded. Yet, along with a mental picture of yourself saying “NO” and walking away – tis little more needed.
Same goes for the slogan I’m championing at this very moment: “Just Say Yes.”
Not 100% of the time. But more often than you are right now.
Open yourself UP.
Stop condemning everything that comes your way.
If you see the title of a self-help book and it rattles your cage – you probably need to read the book.
Nearly 20 years ago I noticed this about myself. I’d see a book like “Your Erroneous Zones” by Dr. Wayne Dyer in the bookstore. I’d immediately get pissed.
Made no sense, really – other than the ego trying to protect itself.
Eventually I bought the book – and all Dr. Dyer’s other book – and tapes. Ended up seeing him LIVE a few times too.
Learned some life-changing concepts and principles once I got past the immediate condemnation stage.
When I wrote my first book in 1996, a man told me that people go through three phases before accepting anything positive.
First, they condemn. Second, they get angry. Third, the evidence is so overwhelming that they eventually join in themselves.
Funny how the mind works.
When it comes to social media like Facebook.com – I’ve always condemned them. Saw them as a huge waste of time.
Now I’m not so sure. Especially after the results I got in less than 24 hours of just saying YES.
I honestly believe your willingness to OPEN and say YES to new things will be a far bigger indicator of where you’re headed in life than almost anything.
And so, contrary to what I’ve said and written in the past – I’ve switched gears and am giving social media a whirl.
If it turns out to be a waste, I will let you know – but So far it has been really fun and … cool.
So if you want to sign on as a Friend of Furey – here’s the link.
As this is going on, I am already making moves to join the other networks, so hang onto your seat. I’ll be joining you wherever you are SOON.
Okay, so let’s rip this thing up on Facebook. Go a href=”http://facebook.com/profile.php?id=787944553&hiq=matt%2Cfurey” target=”_blank”>here and become part of the friends group.
Sunday, December 28th, 2008
I just did something I thought I would never, ever do.
I put up a page on Facebook.com
I have succumbed. I have given in.
And worst of all, I’m liking it.
So guess what this means.
You can go view my profile at Facebook.com and become a “fan” or “friend” or “believer.”
I’ve already posted a few pics – and there will be more added, along with video, very soon.
Go check it out.
In the meantime, Happy New Year – a couple days early.
Saturday, December 20th, 2008
Last night I went to see “Yes, Man” with my wife and kids. Haven’t been to a flic in ages – so this was a first with both kids in tow.
I had no idea what the movie was about prior to buying the tickets – but the lady behind the glass assured me it was “Hilarious.”
It’s worth seeing – but not just because it’s funny. It reveals a valuable concept that I teach in 101 Ways to Magnetize Money. In fact, it’s the very FIRST WAY I teach.
Are you saying YES to life – or no.
All of us are presented with opportunities every single day. Some great ones. Some good ones. Some bad.
But out of fear we can easily develop a habit of rejecting everything – or almost everything.
We slam the door on golden information, resources and so on before giving it an honest look – or at the least… an intuitive FEEL.
Your success in life EXPANDS when you begin saying YES to life and to opportunities. Not ALL. Not everyone and everything. But MORE than you are right now.
If you can figure out a way to say YES to 1% more or 10% more – I think you’d be amazed at what you’ve accomplished and where you’ve traveled and whom you’ve met over the next year.
This doesn’t mean let your guard down permanently – but begin exploring and discovering that a whole new Universe does exist if you’ll entertain the idea of being, doing and experiencing more than you have to date.
By the way, I’ve made it super simple to say YES to my 101 Ways to Magnetize Money package. Afterall, you can test-drive it for nothing and if you don’t think it’s worth what I’m saying, then return it.
Yet, believe it or don’t, some people said “no” to this offer. It boggles the mind.
What have you got to lose.
And what do you have to gain.
Perhaps the same kind of lifestyle and income that I and the others I reference throughout the book enjoy.
Think about it.
And go here to place your order.
Monday, December 15th, 2008
Warren Buffett, one of the smartest and most successful businessmen of our time, was recently asked what he thought was the best investment anyone could make in these difficult times.
His answer was fast and simple …
“The most important investment you can make is in yourself.”
That could very well be the best advice Mr. Buffett has ever offered.
Never before have we faced such perilous times.
A free-falling stock market is jeopardizing the comfortable retirement of millions. Once rock-solid, mainstay companies are struggling to survive. Millions of blue- and white-collar jobs are on the line. In fact, a just-released government report talks about 533,000 jobs lost in November alone – the most in a single month in 34 years.
And many experts believe the worst is yet to come.
Nevertheless, there’s a small group of people who have risen above it all.
They’re folks who don’t worry about the stock market – or if their jobs are going to be there at the end of the day.
In fact, these people don’t even have “jobs” as most people know them. And I happen to be one of those people – one who doesn’t have a “job.”
On a typical day, people who think and act as I do, wake up, have a cup of coffee, do some exercise, get a bite to eat – and think about things they can write about.
And when we’re good and ready, we’ll saunter over to our laptop – and begin our so-called “work” day.
Picture this: In my world there are no alarm clocks buzzing. There is no such thing as rush-hour traffic.
There are no bosses looking over my shoulder. Nor am I or people who do what I do asking anyone for a handout or bail out.
Truth is we don’t really even have to get dressed if we don’t want to.
Yet, the choices we’ve made to be lazy and stay at home doodling on our laptops has given us an opportunity to make more money than the average full-time “work-a-day” Joe or Jane …
Many (who choose to spend more time at it) are making $500,000 a year or more.
Better still, we’re making that kind of money doing fun and interesting “work” … using our minds and our
creativity, while providing an essential, very-much-in-demand service to a $2.3 trillion (and still growing)
industry that’s virtually recession-proof.
And it’s all because we took Mr. Buffett’s good advice LONG before he gave it:
We made a simple, yet all-powerful, investment in ourselves that will pay off us for the rest of our lives.
I highly recommend you do the same today. Especially today …
The best and fastest way is to take a good and enthusiastic look at the kind of resources I’ve studied along the way; especially those offered by my very good friends over at American Writers & Artists Inc. (AWAI).
For 11 years now, these folks have been giving fed-up, burned-out rat-racers a much-welcomed “second chance.” A second chance that leads to a high-paying career.
More than that, the careers AWAI offers are as much about lifestyle as they are about making a fortune.
Take the Accelerated Program for Six-Figure Copywriting, one of the most popular programs AWAI offers.
Here’s a work-at-home career where, if you can write in a nice, easy conversational tone – and you’re willing to learn the basic formula for writing a good, effective sales letter – you can make a very nice high-five-to-six- figure income from the comfort of your own home.
Many who have taken the AWAI copywriting program have not only been able to leave jobs they hated … but move to places they’ve always dreamed of living: mountains, seaside towns, even different countries all together. All they need to “work” is a laptop and a good Internet connection.
And, despite the economy, copywriters are still in very high demand, since they are the engines that drive the $2.3 trillion direct-response industry. Copywriters I talk to say the demand for well-written letters is higher than ever, as marketers tend to mail more often and more aggressively in down markets.
It’s virtually a recession-proof business.
Plus, the other great thing about mastering the art of copywriting is that it’s a financially valuable skill that will reward you the rest of your life … and give you a source of income well into your retirement years.
What better way to invest in yourself than to learn a skill that could earn you many millions over the course of your lifetime AND let you live your life “boss-free” on your own terms.
Another fast-growing segment of the writing market that offers exciting income and lifestyle opportunities is writing for the web.
Website landing pages, pay-per-click ads, email promotional letters, search engine optimization – these are the buzz-terms of the fastest-growing commerce opportunity in the world today. And anyone who sets out to become an expert in any or all of these areas will forever be in high demand with companies all over the world.
And the timing for this opportunity couldn’t be better.
Once a job handed to underlings, smart businesses are now realizing that to be competitive online these days, they need knowledgeable, qualified professionals to create powerful sales-driven web content. As a result, it’s estimated in the U.S. alone, businesses from Fortune 500 companies to local mom-and-pop shops in your hometown will spend $26 billion in 2009, strictly on transforming their website content.
Which is why AWAI teamed up with web writer extraordinaire Nick Usborne to create the ultimate “a-to-z” web-writing program, Nick Usborne’s Million-Dollar Secrets to Online Copywriting.
Whether you want to create an online business for yourself – or offer your expertise to others as a highly paid web-copy expert, this program gives you everything you need to master all the elements of a great website.
Nick, whose clients include such important online companies as Yahoo, Microsoft, and Disney reveals secret after secret to writing outstanding, effective and persuasive website and email content. After completing Nick’s program, you’ll be able to walk into any company anywhere, offer to transform their website into a finely tuned selling machine – and deliver.
And the rewards.
You can charge a thousand dollars or more a day for your services – often for writing a simple email note or a page or two of copy for a website landing page. And like traditional copywriting, you can do this from anywhere – and choose your own hours.
So, if you love to write … and you’d love to become one of the pioneer experts who’s very much in demand in this still “frontier” industry, then Nick’s program is the very best place to start.
So, there you have it. Two powerful programs from an organization I respect so much that I plugged them in my best-selling 101 Ways to Magnetize Money.
Take control of your future.
Take back your good life.
Invest in yourself.
And if you’re ready to do it now, AWAI has a very special incentive for you to move forward NOW …
Katie Yeakle, AWAI’s Executive Director, tells me this incentive is unprecedented. Never before has the company offered such a substantial reason for you to invest in one of their flagship programs.
But as Katie told me, these are unprecedented times.
Never before has it been so important to take steps to secure your personal and financial future than now. Who knows how long this economic mess will last. And who knows how it will affect you, your job and your income in the coming months.
I have known the folks at AWAI for years. They’re the real deal. Their resources are top-notch. They care about their members, and they’re whole-heartedly committed to your success.
I urge you to have a look at all their programs – and choose the one that interests you most.
There’s never been a better time to invest in yourself than right NOW.
Let me end this email with a question: Will you stand on the sidelines wishing you’d done something MORE when times got tough – or will you be able to look at your family and friends and say, “Look what I DID when everyone else was paralyzed with fear.”
P.S. BTW, when I plugged AWAI in my book, they had no idea I was going to do so. I plugged them out of respect for what they have done to help so many, myself included. That’s why I am telling you again NOW.
Thursday, December 11th, 2008
The other day I got an email from a reader asking me how the economy is doing in China. He went on to say that he’s read the Chinese are behind the economic troubles in the U.S.
And yesterday, after making light of Prez Elect Obama’s nicotine addiction, a lady wrote to shame me for caring. She also chided me for living in China (part of the year) wherein it is presumed that no one has any rights – including animals.
Let me begin with the man’s question first.
Along the Pearl River Delta in China – also known as Guangdong Province, 10,000 factories recently closed.
Because there isn’t enough work for them to do.
Not only that, but current estimates state that another 20,000 factories will shut down by summer.
That’s 30,000 altogether.
This means that the 525,000 Americans who recently lost their jobs pales in comparison to the number of jobs being lost in China.
And so, to answer the question, NO, I don’t think the Chinese government is out to destroy the U.S. They’re having a lot of
troubles of their own – and they’re not pretty.
China, Japan and much of the rest of the world are counting on us to pull our heads out of our rumpus so that THEY can get on with the making of more things – and more money.
At present it doesn’t appear that our political leaders are in any hurry to do anything right for anyone. Even a bank knows you don’t loan a business dough without a plan – especially if the loan is in the BILLIONS.
But do not focus on what is going on in OUR country. Instead, we should be worried about those totalitarian commie thugs in Red China.
We should be worried about how they treat their prisoners – even when we don’t do a good job ourselves. We should be worried about how much religious freedom THEY have – when atheists get to put up signs next to nativity scenes in our own country.
We should be worried about animal rights in China – when the rights of unborn human beings are given no protection in the U.S. – even if through some miracle they’re born alive.
There is much I’d like to see changed in China – but there is even
more I’d like to see changed in our country.
For example, I’d like to see stronger families. I’d like to see sons and daughters coming home from school, and in a Confucian way, taking time to talk to each and every family member, from the top on down, about what was learned.
I’d like to see children in our country taught how to set goals, how to make plans, and how to create what they want in life -
regardless of the economy, government and so on.
I’d like to see people stop blaming everyone else for their troubles.
I’d like to see people stop looking for handouts and bailouts – and the government to stop giving them, unless there’s a real need.
I’d like to see people willingly reaching out to help those who are less fortunate – not by doing it for them – but by showing them how to take the power into their own hands – and do it themselves.
I’d like to see the elderly respected and loved instead of put to death.
I’d like to see good nutritional habits taught.
I’d like to see an end put to cancer, heart disease, diabetes and so on.
I’d like to see prayer, meditation and spiritual practice be something you don’t need to hide or be ashamed of.
I’d like to see all the child molesters, rapists, mass murderers and drug pushers sent to a remote island to live with poisonous vipers and mosquitoes.
I’d like to see the school teachers and priests who victimize children hung upside down.
And I’d like to see the U.S. stop policing the world when it cannot even take care of itself.
Yes, that’s what I want.
Is China trying to destroy or overthrow America?
Maybe later – but not right now.
But there are plenty of forces in America, who happen to be American born citizens, who seem to be working on doing so around the clock.
Make sure you’re not one of them by being a force for GOOD.
Being a force for Good starts within your own mind, with how you think and how you mentally picture the world.
When I look within, despite all the “stuff” on the outside that doesn’t look so good – I still manage to smile, relax, breathe and believe that everything will work out for the best.
Sure there will be tough times. But as Dr. Robert Schuller penned many years ago, “Tough times never last. Tough people do.”
Be one of the tough ones.
P.S. Guess what. I wrote this email stream-of-consciousness in about 15 minutes. Most people who receive it are going to open it. And reactions are going to vary from A-X.
And you know what, I can teach you how to do what I just did – and show you how it’ll make you a fortune. Want to know how. Then go here and find out.
Wednesday, December 10th, 2008
Yesterday, after putting up my psychic shield, I turned on the news. Within seconds I broke into uncontrollable laughter.
What the bleep did he say.
Bleep. Bleep. Bleepty-bleep.
This was the very first time I have watched the schnews and heard them read a transcript with the word ‘bleep.’
In the olden days the code words were “expletive deleted.”
My, how far we’ve progressed since hearing the words “penis, peccadillo and salacious” on the news.
The day before last I was catching up on talk radio – listening to callers argue about whether or not Prez Elect Obama should be allowed to smoke in the oval office.
Yep, you heard that right. Obama is a smoker. Something most of us did NOT know prior to the election.
My mind raced back through history. In the last 50 years, what Prez other than Obama was a smoker.
Kennedy – nope
Johnson – not sure
Nixon – yepper
Ford – nope
Carter – nope
Reagan – nope
Bush I – nope
Clinton – yes, but they were cigars and had multiple functions. Cigars are also status symbols of the wealthy – so he is forgiven.
Bush II – probably should have. Couldn’t have hurt him anymore than saying ‘Mission Accomplished.’
Right now I’m hearing chatter about a $15 billion doll-hair bailout of the Big 3 in the auto industry. And they’ll put a politician (not a businessman) in charge to make sure they succeed.
What the bleep.
A listener on a radio show was asked how the U.S. Gov is going to come up with $15 billion. The wise answer: “They’ll just print more money.”
My mind flashed back to… Saturday Night Live.
The 1970′s edition.
They were mocking Prez Carter. He was saying not to worry about money because “We’ll just print more.”
Happy (Inflation) days are here again.
Mind flashed to another memory – “Buy Gold.”
Tis the only real money, I’m told. And when the Gov is printing money to create more of it – seems like a good idea. So long as you don’t buy U.S. Gov’t gold – which they may confiscate from you – if they so choose – even though you bought it and supposedly own it – 1933.
Then I hear two commie words: “Car Czar.”
No one seems alarmed at the use of these words.
When I got back from China, one of the first things I read was, “The People’s Inaugaration” in reference to the knighting of Prez. Elect Obama.
Another chance to laugh as I thought about other uses for “The People’s…”
The above may make you wonder whether I am optimistic or negative about the future of O’merica.
Answer: Very optimistic.
The future of this country has never been brighter. You simply have to see through the bleakness to get there.
There are more things to laugh about today than ever before. And if you have an eye for the dramatic or the comedic – there’s a fortune to be made.
More than anything else – what we need more of in this country are comedians.
People who can make us laugh at the ludicrous being passed off as ‘serious.’
Whenever you are presented with news that is disturbing, ask yourself, “What’s good about this.”
Asking this question is a magical key that will help you find something to be thankful for – something to rally around.
Anyone can sit around and brood and complain. It takes mind power to find a way to win – to succeed – no matter what.
More millionaires were created in the GD – Great Depression, than any time in history. I’m optimistic this will repeat itself.
Make sure you read MAD Magazine over the next few years.
They do a great job poking fun of the obvious – no matter what party he belongs to – and they’ve been running a great business year after year since they began.
I may follow suit.
After all, I hear the heavens calling for more Charlie Chaplins. We need them right now – more than ever.
But what the bleep do I know.
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P.P.S. BTW, if you don’t bleeping see anything funny in this email, then you need a deep breath – several actually, followed by a change in mental pictures, followed by an abrupt change in how things flow your way. Order my best-seller, 101 Ways to Magnetize Money and discover that in good times and bad, fortunes will be made. Will you choose to be on the winning or losing side of the fence.
Tuesday, December 9th, 2008
One of the biggest discoveries in psychology came to us about 50 years ago.
Before this discovery we had self-esteem, self-respect, self-discipline, self-control, selflessness, selfishness, and so on.
But it wasn’t until Dr. Maxwell Maltz came around with his 30 million copy best-seller, Psycho-Cybernetics, that anyone heard of this thing called “Self-Image.”
What was THAT.
It’s the mental blueprint we have of ourselves; the way we see ourselves on the inside; the inner thermostat that controls how successful we’ll become in life.
People latched onto the teachings contained in Psycho-Cybernetics in a huge way – and success came to many who wanted to know how to get more living out of life.
I first read the book in 1987, when I began my business career as a personal fitness trainer. I read the book mostly to improve my business – but I quickly learned that the principles within did far more than help me sell. They gave me peace of mind, greater levels of energy, more confidence – and so on.
Some years ago, when I began the Psycho-Cybernetics coaching program, I was shocked when a student of meditation told me he had been taught that there is no “self.”
The idea struck me as odd, at first. But over time I came to understand what this student meant.
When you get to more advanced levels of visualization, when everything is in flow, when you don’t feel the negative pull of resistance upon you, when you think about something and it happens without effort, when you look into the eyes of another and see yourself – you have at least a partial concept of no self.
Yet, this feeling of “no self” was created through a process of deep breathing mixed with imagination, feeling and mental pictures.
Last summer, when my son, Frank, and I were visiting the island of Pu Tuo Shan in China, we stood outside the hotel doing a series of chi kung visualizations. There were a total of ten postures in the set I taught him – each with a different thing in nature to focus on and imagine.
At the end of the set I said, “So Frank, how do you feel.”
To my surprise he said: “Like I don’t even exist.”
So, the question is: Self or No Self.
We have a self-image. All of us have a mental picture of who we think we are. And this mental picture guides us to the level of success we experience.
At the same time, when you get yourself into that calm, peaceful, blissful state – you enter the “no self” state of mind.
You feel good for no particular reason. You haven’t even achieved the goal you’ve set yet. All you’ve done is imagine having done so. All you’ve done is recall positive memories from your past. All you’ve done is change the way you breathe.
And you’re already happy. You already have peace of mind.
Naaaah, couldn’t be.
Or could it.
There’s only one way to know for sure. Practice Psycho-Cybernetics on a daily basis. Make it a daily habit.
When you do you’ll get into a state of flow. Without resistance. Without the drag of negative emotion tugging at you.
You’ll feel totally alive. Totally connected. Totally self-less.
How’d you get there. By thinking upon this idea of a Big Self – your self-image – the mental picture you have of yourself.
Get yourself into this state of flow and success will chase after you – rather than the other way around.
P.S. If you already own Psycho-Cybernetics – or want to move to the next level in the training – a level waaaaay beyond the book – then make sure you latch onto the Zero Resistance Living Course.
P.P.S. In the near future I will have an incredible video up for you to watch showcasing the most powerful way to crash through barriers and make a quantum leap forward in 2009. Stay tuned.
Monday, December 8th, 2008
Of all the thoughts you have in your mind, how many of them are yours. How many are someone else’s.
You may be surprised to explore this question – not for a few seconds, but each day, for several minutes.
Many people are under the illusion that all their thoughts are their own. But this cannot be the case as you came into the world with an empty slate – and right from the start other people began feeding you their beliefs, thoughts, ideas, goals, agendas, habits and so on.
Without a doubt, learning from others is necessary. We need parents, teachers, helpers and so on. At the same time, when we’re adults, (or sooner) we would be wise to distinguish between what we truly think and believe and what other people have told us to think and believe.
There is a profound difference – and once you know what YOU think and believe – once you know who you truly are – then you find within yourself immense power and endurance to go after what you want in life.
So long as you are bound by fear, worry, self-doubt, depression and so on, you are not truly thinking your own thoughts – nor are you swimming in an energy field that is 100% yours.
Children don’t come into the world with worries, phobias, anxiety attacks, depression and so on. They either learn these ways of being – or they are subjected to negative attacks from others.
These negative attacks not only enter your mind – but your energy field as well. Changing your thoughts and mental pictures is an important step in the right direction. New self-talk and mental pictures, in and of itself, can and does change who you are on the inside – and this
leads to changes on the outside.
At the same time, though, learning how to change the energy field that surrounds your body is also very important because there are times when you don’t feel right and it has nothing to do with what YOU were thinking.
For example, last summer I entered a bar in Thailand with a couple friends. As soon as we took a seat I looked at the others and said, “Let’s go.”
“Why. What’s up,” came the reply.
“I’ll tell you when we get outside,” I said.
Once outside I explained to my friends that this bar was filled with incredibly negative energy that was on the attack.
“How did you know this,” one person asked.
“I know because I felt sick to my stomach as soon as I sat down. Now we’re outside and I feel fine. What does that tell you.”
Most people are not as sensitive as I am to the negative – and this is one of the reasons why they are so easily influenced from a positive mental state to one that is not life affirming.
Remember this: Your energy field is much bigger than you are. And it sends out a signal to others, before you even utter a word. When you are positive this field is vibrant and large. When you are in a rut your field shrinks considerably – offering you almost no psychic protection from the negative thoughts, emotions and attacks of others.
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Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008
Yesterday was a highlight in my life. I was escorted by a private party to visit the place where Lao Tzu – author of the Tao Te Ching – lived when he wrote this immortal classic.
It is also where my Chinese kung fu teacher, Master Liu, once lived. It is where he was taught a series of energetic fighting forms that were passed down from one master to one student for over 2,000 years.
18 months ago Master Liu took me on as his student. Yesterday he gave me a couple gifts, one of which is over 500 years old – that was given to him by his teacher – and so on – for many generations.
Almost no one knows about this ancient space – or that Lao Tzu and Confucius used to meet here to talk.
When we got there in the morning Master Liu showed me the place where he practiced each day, then, before a small group of friends, he asked me to demonstrate what he’s taught me.
Talk about being put on the spot. I knew he’d want me to demonstrate power – not just go through the motions – and I thought to myself, “I’m not warmed up yet.”
Regardless, I took off my jacket and watch and stood in the place where he and his teacher and his teacher’s teachers trained for so many years. Then I began to move and breathe. At once I felt energy surge through my body that I never felt while training anywhere else. It was incredible.
When I finished the group applauded, and the abbot at the temple said to my brother-in-law, but not to me, that I had a lot of internal power.
If she said this to me directly I would have said, “Nothing compared to later. Only a little right now.”
Standing in the very steps of Lao Tzu, Confucius and my teacher, and his teachers – waaaaah, what a gift. I will treasure this memory my whole life.
Much more to tell you about in a book I’m writing about this trip. Details coming in a couple weeks.
What’s the takeaway from today’s message: Continually look for as well as remember the things in life that give you and have given you great feelings of grace, gratitude, love and enthusiasm. And bring these things to the forefront of your mind. Recall them often and your life will move forward, cybernetically, in seen and unseen ways – that are currently unimaginable.
18 months ago if you told me I’d be where I was yesterday, I wouldn’t know what to say. Today, I do. And it’s…
Thank you. Thank you. THANK YOU.
(my first name in Chinese)
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