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The metaphor that comes to mind when thinking of my life and what is being accomplished is: Phoenix. Why “Phoenix?” Because it feels like I’m just beneath the surface and need to break free by rising up and stepping up and into the person I’m meant to be: My best self.

I’ve spent too much time acquiring knowledge and not enough living life based on what I know. I’m gifted; creative, to the point where I’ve lived years in “imagination” vs. the present. The promise of a better tomorrow for some can be very seductive and addictive and I’ve experienced both.

Now, I’m stripped bare; faced with real changes and opportunities that no amount of wishing or dreaming can accomplish. There is real work to do and that work must be done in the present, right now.

Objective: Point blank: I want a Future that I’d want to live in.

Why is this important? It’s probably obvious to most people doing personal development work: I’m awake and can’t pretend not to know what I know. Once I learned (and accepted) that I create my own heaven or hell – that’s it: you then have to go about the business of creating that heaven or hell. I want to experience what a great life looks and feels like.

Why now? It’s like the Universe has said: “He’s still not getting it. Take away his rose-colored glasses; in fact, shatter them.” Okay, message received: choose.

I choose to fight for it…

Bob Doyle asks: “How have you been stopped before? (what are the blocks?)” I almost laughed out loud at that question, but I sobered up and wrote it down in big fat capital letters.

The “blocks” have been many: not really being grateful for what I have; not really operating from a place of love; FEAR in getting x result – FEAR in not getting x result and finally the big “B” (now, not the 5-letter word but the six-letter one: BELIEF).

The other blocks were: Relying too much on my Intellect and Getting access to great information, learning and knowledge – WHILE NOT APPLYING IT in my life.

“Who looks outside; dreams. Who looks inside; awakes.” – C. Jung

What do I want from the readers of this blog: Well, if the spirit moves you and there is a thought or suggestion that comes to mind that you think might help me, then I would appreciate hearing about it. My primary plan this year forward is to keep myself open to helping others – with no agenda or reciprocation necessary. It’s about energy right now, and the fastest way for me to get this done is to help others – at least this is my belief. If I can do this, I should be able to attract the right things in my life.

Namaste,

Chris

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EFT tapping helps us drill down right to the “blockages” – it’s physical and invokes our greatest BS detector – our emotional self. Feel good? It’s worked/working. Feel bad or the same? Nothing’s change, keep at it.

EFT cleanses the mind, so what can we do to nurture the soul, once we are free of these god-awful blocks?

Meditation, affirmation, intentions – all of this is good, and I also think cleansing the soul is also important. This is what I’ve found to help accomplish this. (IF YOU CAN THINK OF OTHER METHODS/TECHNIQUES that enrichen the soul and spirit, please share)

Ho’oponopono (Huna tradition)

The basic premise:

Ho’oponopono is not a religion With Ho’oponopono there are no teachers, gurus or high priests. Ho’oponopono practitioners know that the Creator is the only teacher there is. yes, there are those who are more experienced in the practice of Ho’oponopono, but they are regarded in the same way you would regard an older brother or sister.

Ho’oponopono is a tool for atonement, for correcting errors, erasing the effects of past actions and memories that cause havoc and grief in our lives, the lives of others and on mother nature as a whole.

Ho’opononpono has but one requirement: You have to be willing to accept that you are responsible for everything that has happened/is happening in your life. For a lot of people, this is a deal-breaker. If you aren’t willing to be responsible, this system will not work for you – find something else, but if you’ve embraced concepts like the Law of Attraction, you should be okay with this. (I know, it’s still TOUGH)

When faced with any adverse situation, the Ho’oponopono practitioner will immediately ask “What is it in me that is causing this event to take place, this person to behave this way, this sickness to manifest? etc”. Ho’oponopono practitioners know that blaming others is a sure way for making sure of the recurrence of a problem.

There is a lot of free information on the web about Ho’oponopono and I recommend you do a little exploring. In the meantime, here is the basic cleansing meditation that’s common in all of the Ho’oponopono rituals:

“I am sorry”
“Please forgive me”
“I love you”
“And I thank you”

The following explanation comes from the following source: http://www.thereisaway.org

“Dear Father:”
Here we acknowledge the Creator who gives Unconditional Love. If you believe that you are the result of an explosion or worse still that you created yourself, you are going to have a lot of trouble with this one.
The word Father means “Giver Of Life” and I am sure you realise that it has nothing to do with bearded patriarchs.
Addressing the Creator is fundamental to this process, since only the Creator can fix the mess that we (and our ancestors) have created.

“I am sorry”
This statement opens the door to atonement. The moment you take responsibility for any negative manifestation you experience or witness you also create an opportunity for healing.
The apology is not directed to the Creator. The Creator is Spirit and does not need nor care about apologies.
The apology is an acknowledgement that we are sorry for whatever it is that we (or our ancestors before us) have done to cause the adverse circumstance to take place.
There is no need to grovel, just a simple “I am sorry” will do.

“Please forgive me”
We are asking for forgiveness for having forgotten how much the Creator loves us.
We are asking for forgiveness for having shut out the Creator from our lives and missing out on all the wonderful experiences that we could have had.
We ask for forgiveness with the absolute certainty that it has already been granted. The Creator is Spirit and is Unconditional Love, incapable of experiencing feelings of anger, resentment and all the other ego related neurotic behaviours that afflict humans.
It is important to note here that Ho’oponopono practitioners never have to forgive anyone, since they realise that all wrongdoing is the result of their own wrong action or memories–past or present.

“I love you”
When Jesus was asked “which is the greatest commandments of them all” he surprised everyone (typical) and stated “You shall love the Lord Your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.”
Love is a great healing power. Sending the Creator an SMS of love will reverberate through your psyche and generate an immediate feeling of well being.
Once again being pure Spirit, the Creator, does not need your love, but the very act of thinking loving thoughts will tune your mind to that frequency with remarkable and immediate results.

“And I thank you”
As stated earlier, whatever your petition or concern, the moment you take responsibility for its occurrence and seek a way out–you are guaranteed a response.
Almost invariably the response will never be what you expect (or in some cases want)–but what you need to start the process of healing or reconstruction.
Your “thank you” is the acknowledgement that your petition has been heard and acted upon–that is all.

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Love and Forgiveness
As I go through this creative destruction, making room for the wealth and abundance that is eager to flow into my life, I have sought the counsel of several people I consider mentors: U.S. Andersen, Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni, Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci, Stephen Covey, Stephen Pollan, Deepak Chopra, Don Miguel Ruiz, Carlos Castaneda and my Grandfather.

Each, at various points in my life have nurtured me, have shaped my thinking and help me discover my power and wisdom. And as I call on them, reflecting on where my life is now and soon to be, all respond back to me to say simply: “Love and Forgive.”

When afraid, breathe. When weak, love. When in doubt, trust. And when angry, forgive.

Despite the physical difficulties of my life right now, mentally, spiritually and emotionally I am as strong as I’ve ever been. This strength I can feel at the core of my being, and it’s intensity can be seen physically. I am losing weight, gaining energy and getting physically strong from the core outward.

In some ways I’m older than my years and in other ways I am still that developing child whose spirit and imagination hasn’t been killed off by the grind of life.

Recently, I’ve found a lot of value in practicing forgiveness, mainly with people that have directly or indirectly harmed me in some ways. I came to this naturally, because I haven’t the energy or the interest any more in carry the burden of the past, so I am quick to forgive and let go because I’m making room for the fantastic things that are flying into my life.

This year, I’ve decided to allow myself to become free to love and forgive – with no hidden agenda or reciprocation necessary on the recipient’s part. To love and forgive trumps hate and resentment, and I believe that resentment, hurt, jealousy, envy, greed, fear and pride are possibly the greatest blocks one can have in their lives preventing them from even brief moments of joy and bliss. Joy, bliss, pleasure, happiness are states that every human soul has the right to experience – if they remember and can back to that god-like state we are all born into the world with.

I have a mother and a father (now past) and I can say with absolute certainty that they, like me are/were imperfect beings and struggled (like all parents must) with learning exactly how to be a parent. At best, being a parent is a privilege and an honor, and at its most basic it is a responsibility. But just as children come into the world with no operations manual – parents are lacking a manual too.

In my quest to free myself from the burdens of the past, it was my parents who were 2nd and 3rd in line to receive my forgiveness. Who was first? Me. Forgiveness has to begin with the self – taking responsibility, owning it and finally being strong enough and wise enough to give and receive the ultimate gift – forgiveness.

…I am more a spiritual person than say religious and there is one spiritual teaching that resonants most strongly with me and that’s Ho’oponopono (Huna spiritual healing art). In essence, here is one of the main mantras or cleansing prayers, so to say:

While focusing on your heart, with an image of the person you want to receive your intention:

“I am sorry”
“Please forgive me”
“I love yo.”
“And I love you”

http://www.thereisaway.org/Ho’oponopono_cleaning_meditation.htm

It is shocking to the recipients of this forgiveness, yet I don’t bother to explain why. I’m operating on a completely different level now and to be here I simply can’t carry the past with me-and I’m really okay with that.

And as love and forgiveness embraces me, I am forever changed and blessed by it.

I am, once again–Alive

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This past weekend I gave myself the gift of death. For a few days, I gave up the future, all notions of a “future” – faced with working on a “life plan” I found that I just couldn’t (or wouldn’t) scribe any notion of the future, even a year out. I discovered something – having a future is to live in a mild state of sadness.

I’ve never had a future that manifested as envisioned – it was always different, and sometimes presented pleasures previously unimagined – and pain previously never experienced. But it’s always the same: What time is it? Now Where are you? Here.

And the past? – Like tags in a blog, recalling the past is 100% inaccurate to what was actually lived, experienced. The past and the future are used by the conscious mind to maintain firm, absolute control over our Identity. And it doesn’t matter if our identity was built by chance (situations, circumstances, opinions of others) or on purpose. There is a code, a master program that is running our life and dictating the experiences we are having and that determines the meanings we place on those experiences.

So, I gave myself a gift this weekend – I decided to forget about the future and instead focused on one question: “If I can be anyone, anything, who would I be?” I’m still working on this answer, but in asking the question I gained a sense of freedom I haven’t ever experienced as an adult. With no future, I’m forced to really see and live in the present. And believe me when I tell you there are things in the present which are less than desirable-no surprise there.

The surprise was seeing quite a few things that are actually pretty amazing – These things have been around me all this time, but in seeing the present vs living in imagination, it was like a fog lifted and the things in my life that give me joy pleasure suddenly “popped” into my awareness. I rediscovered the beauty of the persian art I have on my walls – paintings I haven’t really looked at – or even acknowledge for 5 years now; photo books from trips I’ve made to Africa, Canada and St. Thomas; a pretty substantial library filled with books on healing, psychology, personal development and believe it or not poetry.

It was like a blindfold was ripped off my eyes and I could see all of this great “wealth” that surrounds me.

It’s clear that as I gain clarity in my life and face and embrace the present moment, the Universe in return is determined to reveal the abundance that already surrounds me…

My life plan will reveal itself to me, when I finish answering the question: If I can be anyone, anything, who would I be?

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Yesterday I went deep – exploring EFT. While listening to Carol Look’s podcast, I discovered some very profound insights from Emanuel Swendenborg, an enlightened soul who lived in the late 1700s. What follows are some of the key takeaways:

Experiencing Heaven or Hell while living on Earth:
Keys to living in Heaven – Focus on what is Life Sustaining

The most profoundly life sustaining things; things that live in Heaven that you can give your attention to are:

I don’t have love, I am love
I don’t have God Consciousness, I am God Consciousness
I don’t have value, power and worth – I AM IT

And as God Consciousness:
I can’t create a learning experience that I don’t need
Everything I am doing is bringing me enlightenment and I can be grateful for it

I can trust my human experience
I can trust where I am going
I can trust what I am doing

These things live in Heaven.

“We have to live according to what we love – if you give your attention to a limited thing (how am I going to pay the bills; everyone is going to be happy except me, tec.), you have to live within the confinds of that…

If you give your attention to an unlimited truth, you get to live in an unlimited place

And if you give your attention to a limited thing, you have to live within the confinds of that

“The human experience is such a profoundly spiritually accelerating opportunity. Because when we as spiritual creatures come to the planet, and inherit the physical body, it comes complete with the nervous system. So here on the Earth, we have to “feel” the consequences of what we give our attention to…”

Focus on what is life sustaining, unlimited – until you feel it. The nervous system keeps it real, keeps you honest…

“My car accident” “The car accident”
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Focus until you FEEL IT – The feeling body is the ultimate higher truth barometer …The intellect has a very supple talent of deceiving us (“Oh no no no we’ve already dealt with this…”)

Trama – car accident – you talk about it for 3 months – you own it “My car accident” it’s just an experience: “The car accident”

YOU are a force of Diviine Love, so when a car accident appears in your life – you don’t keep owning it. It’s “the car accident” it’s not who you are…

Languaging is extremely important in letting these experiences come and go, to get through it which we are designed to do…

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There are two forks in the road: One fork, you are only as good at something as you have practiced at – most of us are very practiced at being self-judgemental, self-critical, and self-diminishing.

The other fork in the road – “If you are looking for the magic door that leads to an elevator that opens where you can get in to it and you can start ascending – it’s GRATITUDE. Start practicing being grateful for the health that you do have, the money that you do have, the people in your live that love, encourage and support you today and allow yourself to be possessed by an attitude of gratitude because what that does is that it focuses your attention towards what lives in an unlimited place. It allows you to start living a heavenly existance.”

To make a radical shift in your life – Gratitude is the accelerator…

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You have to accept where you are right now and it doesn’t mean you have to be stuck…

You can’t change what you are not conscious o “Accepting where you are will allow you to take the journey to change”

The Universal Truth – There is only the One; there is always infinite abundance (There is only one God) – one Love, one Life, one Abundance and we are all sharing it…

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Ego – Frontal Lobe- Designed for solving limited problems in a limited world (pay bills, balance checkbook, dress, droom) Deceptive. It resists acceptance; ego contaminants the present moment because it wants to blame it for x…

The EGO subtly hates the present moment – prefers reliving the past, living in the future

It’s a temporal problem solver…

5% of your daily life are you solving a temporal problem in a temporal world

Relationship problems – can’t be solved by the ego/intellect…

The Swedenborg Foundation: www.swedenborg.com

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The Twelfth Meditation: Revelation

I turn away from the world about me to the world of consciousness that lies within. I shut out all memories of the past, create no images of the future. I concentrate on my being, on my awareness. I slide deep into the very recesses of my soul to a place of utter repose. Here I perceive fact in the making, am conscious of the one being from which all beings spring. I know that this is immortal Self, this is God, this is me. I am, I always was, I always will be. All me, all things, all space and time and life are here in the depths of my soul. Smaller than small, greater than great meet and unite in me.

That which I thought I was, ego, I never was at all, for it was a changing thing, mirroring the seasons and the tides, a thing to be born and grow and die. I am not a thing of time or circumstance. I am spirit, pure and eternal, birthless, deathless and changeless. I am patient, for I am all time; I am wise, for I contain the knowledge of all things.

I know not pain, for I see there is no beginning and no end, and who suffers pain must see beginning and end. I am rich, for there is no limit to the abundance I may create from my very Self. I am successful, for I need only myself and I am all things. I unite, I fuse, I become one with Universal Subconscious Mind.

The mask of vanity and ego I shall never wear again. I perceive the magnificent Dweller at the center of my consciousness, and I know Him to be my very self. Time and space, shadow and substance, what matter these? I am God, I am Spirit…

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The Eleventh Meditation: Immortality

I know that I am pure spirit, deathless, birthless, changeless, and eternal. I am not body; I am not Conscious Mind; I am not ego. I am sense of Self only, consciousness, awareness, unadulterated being. The presence that animates all life is within me, is altogether the real me.

I am using my body for a purpose, as an expression of an idea, and when the idea is fully expressed, through my work and my mission, I shall return again to unity with universal Self, leaving body and ego behind. I do not confuse my body and my ego with what I truly am. My body is simply an instrument for my expression, and my ego is simply memory of physical experience.

Returning to infinity and unity, I shall need neither body nor ego. I am free of the domination of the ego. It is not my true self, is simply an illusion necessary to finiteness and the perception of space and time. I turn away from the ego, withdraw into the depths of my being to the immortal consciousness that lies within. Here in this magic center my word is law. I need only speak it with faith and conviction, and it will manifest in my life. I am calm and serene, sure and unfaltering, for my roots are in eternity.

All the things of life shall change and pass away, but I shall never pass away, for wherever life is I shall be, one with Universal Subconscious Mind. I need not strive or strain to attain immortality, nor fear punishment, nor aspire for reward.

The Kingdom of Heaven awaits all, the wise, the foolish, the sinner, and the saint, for we are all one in reality, clothed in different forms in this moment of incarnation. I do not fear death, for by it, I attain the consciousness of higher Self. Neither do I invite death, for it must wait until my work is done. I forsake the ego, perceive self in Self, see the majesty, the grandeur, the immortality of the power that dwells within.

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