We humans continually explore the concept of leadership–how to lead effectively, how to lead creatively, how to lead…period. Parents call it parenting. Managers call it managing. Politicians call it governing. Call it what you will, leadership runs through our culture and society like a necessary part of the infra-structure we call Life.
In our exploration of the leadership dynamic, we can look to nature as well. The organization of ants and bees have clearly defined roles…who defines those roles? That entity would, by definition, be the leader, right? Dogs establish hierarchies determined by who is the alpha in the pack, and that clarity is demonstrated by behaviors that mark the alpha dog as “preferred” in all circumstance–a role many leaders in the human world also claim. The interactions among horses is often about who is the leader right now…they jockey with body language for the coveted position of controlling the herd with a flick of their ears or a strategic placement of body. With horses, the leader is the one who moves everyone else without moving themselves. They lead from behind.
Whether we are leaders who forge ahead blazing a trail that others follow (because it’s easier than clearing a new trail, oftentimes) or whether we lead by strength of will and an inclination toward strong opinion, in every interaction there is a component of leading–or being led–in the relationship dynamic, I think. All of us have our own leading–and being led–style, and the operative question is: how well is it working in creating the satisfaction and fulfillment we desire? Continue reading “Leading Through Resonance–Creative Leadership”
For many, this day goes by in a flurry of shopping lists and gift wrapping. For many, this day means nothing more than a marker for a how many days are left before the more celebrated holiday of Christmas arrives.
For me, Solstice is the main event.
Please don’t misunderstand–I honor and respect the traditions of all religions. I do my best to understand the underpinnings of their meanings and ceremonies. I do my best to open myself to the gifts of all spiritual practices… My heart, though, belongs to Solstice because–for me–I find the renewal of Spirit most evident in nature.
When I want to hear the whisper of wisdom from the Source of all life, I go into nature and listen. Continue reading “Solstice Renewal–Awakening”
When I went, recently, to Casa Dom Inacio to open myself deeper and wider to currents of awakening. I asked, in my first audience with Medium Joao, for a blending of my personality with my soul. (see: Day 3 Is A Spiritual Surgery Day) While I wasn’t sure what that would mean or look like in day-to-day living… I mean, how would I “know” what to expect?… it just felt right to request it at this point in my evolution.
Now — in hindsight — it is clear to me just how the request was answered. Let me describe it as one of the stories of my life… Continue reading “Visceral Faith – A New Awakening”
In our culture, people comment, “He’s a creative type”. As though it’s an attribute like intellectual or witty. I have come to the conclusion that to be alive is to be creative. From the moment conscious awareness begins, we are translating the world around us, interpreting experience and birthing ideas to explore through our senses. To live, in other words, is to create. Instead of classifying a person as a type who is creative, I am more inclined to say, “This is a person who is in touch with their creative nature.”
Creative nature. What is that?
I envision the creative nature as the conduit between Source and personality. Creative nature facilitates the communion and flow of Source’s inspired awareness. Creative nature opens the mind and heart to new possibilities and nurtures receptivity. When the conduit of creative nature flourishes, the personality basks in the joy of each moment as each moment brings insight and curiosity and interest and delight to the experience at hand. Creative nature encourages us to reach and explore and discover. When the conduit is connected and open to the flow of Source.
The conduit of creative nature flows in both directions. Continue reading “Creativity as Prayer – Law of Attraction”
Ho’oponopono means “to make right” in the language of Polynesia. To make right means to clear the attachments that hold us in hard feelings and harsh judgements – to bring our focus into the “field beyond right and wrong” as Rumi says. It is one process among many for opening the heart and mind to the Soul’s presence; the flow of love and authentic kindness to and through us.
In my Life, the desire to find a way through these sticky energetic entanglements into the clear field of connected Love is a driving force. Both personally and professionally, all of my experience tracks back to this intention – to embody the ability within myself and to teach the power of “making it right” with others. Over the years, I’ve studied and practiced and shared numerous techniques: self reflection and analysis, meditation, ho’oponopono, Law of Attraction, Course in Miracles, Shamanic principles and practices, prayer, making wishes… and on and on. Always with the singular intention of alignment with a state of well-being and Grace.
All of these techniques and philosophies work. Continue reading “Make It Right, Then Make It Better – Awakening”
Most of us keep a few. We call it our right to privacy or nobody else’s business. We tell ourselves it’s too complex for other’s to understand; perhaps we fear the judgement that accompanies the lack of understanding. Most of us believe we are successful at keeping some aspect of our experience a secret. It’s the nature of the belief that we are all separate, distinct and engaged only through the five senses of our physicality, that lends power to the idea that we can keep secrets.
The good news is: this belief is as accurate as the belief that the world is flat is accurate. The bad news is for the secret-keepers: in the subtle realms of emotion and thought, we are all connected; secrets are impossible. Continue reading “Secrets And Conscious Awareness – How Life Works”
- Everything changes
We live in fast-paced and changing times. It is
easy to get lost in fear of the unknown or feelings of being overwhelmed because things move so fast and something is always shifting. The path into anxious thoughts is well-worn by most of us, so much so that we’re down that road before we realize we have a choice.
But we do. We can train our minds towards optimism the same way we train ourselves to ride a bike or learn a new language or develop a new eating regime – with intention and practice. I find that, the more I can maintain a positive and optimistic demeanor, the easier it is for me to find my way through every day feeling good about who I am and what I do regardless of the circumstances or conditions around in my life.
I believe we are – each of us – in any given moment either
part of the problem or part of the solution. Continue reading “Optimism Is A Choice”
Ever since my first visit to John of God in February, 2011, I’ve made ho oponopono a practice to clear the energy of attachments holding me stuck in counter-productive patterns. At first, I found myself going Within multiples times during every day to release feelings and judgements and projections as well as dissolve projections and judgments held against me in currents of light and love. My strong desire to be a vessel open to the flow of love through me inspired me to practice and keep practicing until – whatever situation or relationship had me in loop of hard thoughts and feelings – disappeared, leaving only a current of love and appreciation.
As you might imagine, I practiced a lot! And I saw results. Continue reading “Could Ho oponopono and Law of Attraction Be This Simple?”
The concept of ‘like attracts like’ isn’t new. As far as I can tell, it’s as old as time. Like gravity.
Perhaps, it wasn’t called The Law of Attraction in times past. It might have been considered plain, common sense. Just as with gravity – where we learn quickly what falling means and how consistently it occurs – law of attraction describes a simple and straightforward dynamic: Energy follows focus. What we expect is what we attract. The world view we hold is what shapes the interpretation of our experience. As far as I can tell, it’s as consistent as gravity.
Why then, I wonder, are there so many books on the subject these days? What makes law of attraction a movement now instead of – say – The Law of Gravity movement? What is there to learn from this concept that requires years and years of study? Continue reading “Law of Attraction Clarified – Introducing Law of Intention”