Context, Rules, success, transformation

How Life Works [for anyone]

There is no such thing as prosperity, success, and numerous others. No? They won’t go into a wheelbarrow. I found the next three paragraphs to what I held as a reality of mine once upon a time, not so long ago.  I am letting this go.  

Do you know prosperity is a natural state? “I believe” is a sacred saying, and something as simple and difficult as prosperity is either so, or it is not. Who ‘believes’ in golf or Doge Vipers? Who believes in baseball bats or men walking on the moon? They are all real and solid portions of truth, and anyone living on this planet that looks around must see the opportunity for prosperity is everywhere, or they are blind. It is a ‘light’ switch that turns the current set of circumstances of having yourself rummaging around in the dark abyss of helplessness, and in a nanosecond, the lights are on. The circumstances have not changed but what and where you must turn, and how you may clean up the situation are all visible. Turn on the lights! Prosperity is true and as real as buying a television or watching the sunset every evening in the Andes Mountains.

Are you worthy of prosperity? Richard Bach wrote, “Argue for your limitations, and sure enough, they are yours.”  Your saying so makes it so for you. Belief is not the muscle to work here. While the world keeps saying you are not worthy in so many thousand ways, you must say otherwise. Your saying so makes it so. The path is ‘the way to get what you want is to want what you got.’ Look and see if the most precious and wonderful moments of your life have occurred as miracles and disappeared all too quickly while the stuff you cannot stand hangs around forever. THAT IS, YOU. You doing it. Whatever you resist persists. Once you are grateful and see the wonder in what you have, it will disappear, and something else will appear in its place. You can have everything and anything you are willing to take a stand for.

I have used ‘expectations’ to assess the cause of upsets. There is a gap between what I expect and what is occurring. You can change your expectations, once you notice what they are and the underlying rule or rules you have adopted that are running the show right now. Some rules made sense when I was three but have never made sense since and only and always when triggered produce a three-year-old’s upset and associated tantrum. [The best of us hides these very well.] Each rule I adopt is associated with one or more commitments. Should I keep the commitment, modify it or be a voice for it? What is my underlying commitment, and how may I express it to have agreement and alignment? Do I intend prosperity in my world and all those around me? I do. Do I support it occurring for everyone or only a select group I deem worthy? Does it come after producing all the ‘merit’ badges for it, or do I support its appearance now, and now and now and now and now… My experience is for far too many people, the people we associate with, play a large role in our ability to have prosperity occur. Rocks are hard, water is wet, and the poor will always be here. You don’t have to be one. Turn on the light switch. Stop doubting. Quit looking for reasons it won’t happen and see that it will. It is your saying so. You say the way it is now.

What has changed? Nothing really except my understanding. The above is a context and not reality.

You are in your thinking [in the stands] or in your life [on the court].

I recently spent the most amazing three weeks with Michael Neill and nearly 300 people on zoom! Forty years ago, I began a quest to discover what I was doing that had my life so profoundly easy to me, not always for me. Remember est? Quickly, the search becomes, what is my life about? I took on commitment and responsibilities. As in, I am committed, and responsible for a World that works for everyone, with no one left out and no one left behind. [Like anyone could/should do that??!] I began to fly the plane, be the pilot of my life.

Today I saw first-class or coach get me there at the same time without worry or struggle. Sitting in the copilot seat is enjoyable, and I don’t need to fly the plane. Someone/thing with all the information knows better than me. I thank Bucky, and Werner, Steve Zaffron, Byron Katie, Steve Chandler, Eckhart Tolle, Maria Nemeth, Bill Harris, Stuart Wilde, and a few others that laid the groundwork for the 3 Principles to reach me. I am home.

Michael Neill, I thank you for Sydney Banks, Jack and George Pranskey, Elsie Spittle, Linda Quiring, Chantal Burns, Amy Johnson, and others, I’m sure. Thank you all in this course for letting me listen in on your insights and miracles. I’m no longer in charge of the Universe or writing any rules for it. It may take a while to completely unhook from having a rule for everything. I am back to where I began allowing each day to unfold as it will. Sitting in first class just above the cockpit with a full view of the Universe coming toward me is the best seat anyone could ask for. Aurora Borealis dancing alongside a million billion stars in the Milky Way is the dream come true. The world works, and life works for anyone willing to let it be.

Context, leadership, transformation

The Leadership Con Began In Kindergarten!

After ten years and serious courses regarding leadership, this is more poignant today than ever. Got a couple minutes?

How Life Works

The attributes of leadership are stories after the event.  What are the actions and the skills required for leadership to be present in ALL of us?  We are trained and infected by ‘schooling’ to believe there is one leader… maybe two…AND it is not me!  We must all become leaders, without having to be in charge, without the stripes on our arms, without the star on our lapel or a title that we grant ‘leader’ and authority.   Imagine 1000 ‘leaders’ assembled in one place.  What could that accomplish?  The mass media promotes and feeds followers, slaves of convention, and schooling that taught us all how to do what we were told no matter how silly or worthless. The lessons were not to think but to shut up, sit down and be quiet until called on.  Changing that mental virus is essential or the continuing examples of one leader with thousands…

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Context, Rules, success, transformation, wealth

Cafeteria Propinquity! 

Propinquity is how location influences success or failure.  Creating a method or a system that makes success inevitable would seem to be a real interest in the world today.  The norm is just the opposite. There are plenty of examples of how location and ease of use make all the difference.  If your exercise equipment is in a closet, in the garage, you are more likely to exercise getting out of bed if it is next to your bed, is my guess.  

The design and the way we relate to location may have more to do with success than anything else.  Training, study, motivation, personal conviction, mind memes, and dozens of other similar cuts on success may all be myths.  If the design and your location almost guarantee failure what does that say about the way the world works and you? It appears that there is a small group, the 3%, who appear to succeed no matter what.  What if it has virtually nothing to do with them but is something as simple as being in the right place at the right time and their success was inevitable?   

I am interested in designs that make success inevitable. Most of the designs we operate in are about something else.  Control seems paramount to me in just about everything. Whether it is the current design of all schooling, ‘higher’ education, all licensed professionals, the success rate is atrociously low.  Failure in the 80-90-95% range is NORMAL!   I say that is by design! 

There are systems and organizations that produce the same range of success.  They appear to operate out of the mainstream and the few that open their doors to the public may not even understand completely what it is about their design that makes the difference.  I doubt if it is one or even two items.  We live in a cafeteria thinking world.  The designed ease and simplicity of a cafeteria do not produce five-star dining.  A cafeteria is also about control.  

I am interested in the complete list of requirements that makes success inevitable.  Quitting guarantees failure.  What if quitting was no longer an option on the menu.  What if the design was such that quitting wasn’t even a wish any longer because the design kept you in the flow and success was inevitable! The training to believe that our success is a personal phenomenon is part of the control system.  Suggesting everyone can succeed is my first requirement. 

What are some of the design features you know about that make success inevitable?  What organizations do you know that currently take on all comers and produce success in the 80-100% range?  What ‘locations’ make the difference?  There is no smorgasbord, no cafeteria success model!  Imagine if every vehicle-controlled in its unique way.  The steering wheel was potentially anywhere or even just a ‘stick’ or maybe handlebars and the gas could be everything from on the floor to a knob somewhere and it was your job to figure it out upon entry.  Design matters!  When the outcomes are almost universally, failure, it is by design!  Please make known methods, steps, systems, organizations designed with success as their outcome! What comes naturally from success? 

The bane of happiness from a ‘successful’ experience is the tendency to take on more, to add to the daily tasks, and to believe you have found a perfect path. More is not better. Locating the source of anger, frustration, and despair, not the excuse, not the explanation, not even the cause like an expectation or belief, but following ‘it’ to source requires prior preparation and tenacity.  Swimming against the current of frustration and upset, without surrendering and ignoring the mind’s taunts of madness you will have to eliminate all unnecessary baggage.  

I was 15 when I read the collected works of St. Augustine for the first time. I was shocked when I read. 

There is no possible source of evil except good. – Saint Augustine 

We either live on the court or watch from the stands. Keeping ‘it’ simply simple in a world that taunts and resists our commitments moment to moment is a position on the court. From in the stands, wherein the blink of an eye you may reside as well, there is no struggle, only editorials. Seeing the present from the future, by even a few seconds is astonishing while trusting your internal compass, heart/gut combo to present the path moment-by-moment AND this means to be operating in the present moment. [There are no other moments you may operate in, is there!]  One is being either ‘all in’ meditating or all ‘out here’, in the world. The mind rebels and is addicted to the noise of TV, radio, music, and mind-numbing nonsense conversations. Some days I fail to attempt to shut it off at all. The failure is purely an ‘in the stands’ admonition.  

Who am I? I am not a mind, thoughts, or body. Is what is left the ‘soul’? ‘You do not have a soul. You are a soul. You have a body.’ was never uttered or written by C. S. Lewis and may not be valid either. I answered, ‘who am I?’ numerous times in my life and from the early ’80s for twenty years spent time in immersion events at least quarterly and a number of times, once or twice a month for a year or more.  The power and exhilaration experienced ‘being’ in a room with 100, 200 and especially 2000+ openly committed humans are beyond words. A ‘mastermind’ does not always appear, but immersion events are a way to skip across the pond by choice. For the last ten years, I have participated in random events, sometimes with nothing at stake but to relish in the experience. The buzz is profound for me and always lasts for days and sometimes for a month or more when what I had at stake was big enough.  

What makes success inevitable? What has worked for me so far… 

Do what you do best and learn to delegate the rest. 
The way to get what you want is to want what you got. 
Do what needs doing and it gets done, don’t and it won’t. 
Create and honor your integrity each day. 
I Honor my word as Myself. 
Stay congruent with your ‘self’. 
Implement all insights with action or lose them to the drift.  

“If its comfort you want, life is not the place to be.” – Werner Erhard 

Werner Erhard’s rules … 
1. Respect the other person’s point of view, whether or not you agree with it. Recognize that if you had their history, their circumstances, and the forces that play on them, you would likely have their point of view. 

2.  Consider life a privilege—all of it, even the parts that are difficult or seem a waste of time. 

3.  Give up the islands that reinforce mediocrity, the safe places where we gossip and complain to one another, where we are petty. 

4.  Take a chance. Be willing to put your reputation on the line; have something at stake. 

5.  Work for satisfaction rather than for credit. 

6.  Keep your word. There will be times when the circumstances of life will make you forget who you are and what you’re about. That is when you need to be committed to keeping your word, making what you say count. 

If this makes sense to you, resonates with you, we need to talk. 

Discover/know/create your purpose. 
Align all habits to purpose.  
Align all goals with purpose.  
Carve out time for purposeful action.  
Say “NO” to all that stops, deflects, or subtracts from purpose. 

How to make hard tasks easy, mountains molehills, and challenges simple, opt for one of two paths. You can be still, wait for guidance, and expect spontaneous enlightenment. Or you can just roll up your sleeves and get busy doing what you can, with what you’ve got, from where you are. The latter [rhymes with ladder] is usually much faster. And it makes you a lightning rod for divine guidance and spontaneous enlightenment.  – Mike Dooley