Friday, November 30, 2018

Change what you don’t like about yourself and your situation

 To create personal change, there is a proven method.

1. It is important to detach from repeating thoughts. The longer you dwell on some issue, the longer it stays in your life. So, release those things. There is a method to do this.  

2. Replace unwanted thoughts and feelings with desired thoughts and feelings. You control what you think and feel.

a. Identify the repeating issue.

b. Identify the desired issue. (I know, Chad will say to simply release the desire. But from my perspective, that's only halfway.)

c. In meditative state (full release and awareness), imagine you are in the desired condition. Here's the key: Allow yourself to know that alternate possibility with all five of your senses and to feel fully the joy and wholeness of that moment. Think it and feel it.

d. Anytime the offending issue comes up, recognize what it is, and immediately change your thought and feeling to your desired condition. In this way, you practice the thought and feeling of the desired condition in meditation and in life. So, your mind and heart begin to automatically look for the improved condition instead of the old repeating issue.

3. The 5-second rule: In your daily life, the mind and heart will find the condition you are holding. When it appears, you have five seconds to take action on it. When it appears, if you fail to begin acting on it immediately, it will pass on and disappear. You'll have to wait for another opportunity. Keep practicing.

- Christopher Aune, November 2018

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Strive greatly. Trust completely

Is it possible to perform complex tasks with a quiet mind and sharp concentration (as in a meditative state)?

Yes. Every writer knows this. Every book author is a master of this. Complex tasks are accomplished by the conscious mind beginning to take action, and then allowing the free flow of spirit from your unconscious. Later you go back and look at what you have done, and are awed by what came out of you. You didn't even consciously know you were doing that. But you (your ego) takes the credit. And that's okay.

So, just write. Don't worry about it. Your subconscious is always guiding your conscious, and the spirit is guiding your subconscious. It's all good. Just write.

That's the spiritual version of the religious aphorism, "Let go and let God."

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

A thought or two about stopping overactive thinking

I thought I'd toss in a thought or two about overactive thinking. (Get it?)

First, we can all learn to stop thinking. I do it all the time. There are visual thoughts which I replace with sitting in front of an imaginary white board, like in school. There are auditory thoughts (including the voice in your head), which I replace with sitting in an imaginary anechoic chamber (a room that absorbs sound). You can imagine for the other senses, too.

Second, the brain is a thought generation machine. It has been trained over millennia to generate options to keep you safe. Consider our evolutionary ancestors in a tree and their response to any rustling of the leaves. Is it a cheetah? A snake? Is there safe escape route? Remember, curiosity killed the cat.

Third, at times - sometimes quite frequently - we react to something in our environment that reminds us of a painful prior experience. Our minds are working it over and over, trying to come up with a different outcome from pain. We even act these out in daily life, usually without really paying attention to them. If you'll take time to contemplate the root memory, you'll understand why you behave the way you do. Then, whenever you get that same feeling/thought again, you'll recognize it and release it quite quickly. 

Finally, if you constantly feed your brain images and sounds from television and social media, you are training your brain to think. You overload your brain with new experiences, and at night - when the brain processes and condenses memories - your brain gets lit up up with that work for hours. Rapid input of sensory information is less than 50 years old, but your brain is still designed for the relaxed times that preceded. 

Best wishes!

Thursday, November 8, 2018

We’re God’s gift to the world. Indeed.

Love is in everything. Love created everything.

Love is like a fresh water lake where you can see 30 feet down with crystal clarity. To pollute and disorder what Love has created, is like turning that lake into a cesspool filled with piranhas, and then swimming in it.

We are not sovereign above the consequences of our behavior.

Since humans appeared on this planet, 90% of species have gone extinct, and we’re losing more every day. (Read The Sixth Extinction.)

The beginning of our misunderstanding and arrogance is reflected in the writings of Teilhard de Chardin: “Each of us is God’s gift to the world. Our life purpose is to make a difference in transforming that world.”

“Human love is whatever energy we use to help divine love achieve its purpose.”

“After harnessing space, winds, the tide and gravitation, we shall harness for God the energies of love.” What sheer arrogance, putting ourselves in the place of God.

If we fail to take dramatic action within the next 10 years, we’re in for a 3,000 year hot spell, and virtually all life on earth will disappear. God will start over again as he did with the dinosaurs, only humans are their own comet.

To begin that dramatic action, first, humans must transform themselves. But we haven’t done that in the last 2,000 years. Why would we think we’ll do it in the next 10? God’s gift indeed.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

9 Keys to Better Energy

Quite often, people complain about losing their motivation after a couple of days. They start out excited and bright, but after pursuing their inspiration for a few days, the shine tapers off. They're no longer sure that's what they want. Well, here are eight keys to help you get over low motivation and get going. 
  1. Food: Are you eating healthy food? Sugar, grains and root vegetables have a lot of carbohydrates; but too much carbs fires up your metabolism for awhile, then sucks your energy and makes you feel unfocused. I consider sugar to be poison.
  2. Water: Dehydration makes your energy lag. Drinking water can cure this in a few minutes.
  3. Rest: Lack of sleep slows everything down in your waking hours. Don’t feel guilty about forgetting the concerns of life, they’ll be there when you wake up. Sleep at least 7 hours, and 10 hours on some days. Loll around in bed until you feel good about getting up.
  4. People: The wrong people distract you from your goals. Surround yourself with supportive people. Don’t tolerate energy vampires in your life.
  5. Purpose: Hold a clear idea of the life you want to live. Review it every morning and at bedtime. Motivation directed toward a purpose is very powerful. Without a powerful purpose, motivation disperses in every direction.
  6. Focus: You’ll notice that each of the above is about proper focus and direction, and eliminating distractions.
  7. Challenge: You have to break out of your comfort zone, or you'll lose your magic. We need challenges. The biggest challenge is getting started. "I don't feel like it." But once you get moving, the movement itself brings joy. Another challenge is feeling overwhelmed: There's too much that needs to be done to achieve my purpose. Okay, we can't do everything and be finished by lunchtime. Plan. Prioritize. And then take just the next step. Another challenge is not knowing how. But realize that for every challenge, you are the solution. You are a problem solver. There will always be challenges and problems. The way to succeed - and keep your energy up - is to solve the problems. Solve the small ones first, then you'll find that large ones are already taken care of. 
  8. Start: Just do it. Your brain is great at keeping you in a perpetual stall. We are ingenious excuse makers. The best way to get started is just before bedtime. Write down a list of all the things you have to do, then make a short list of the top three or five. Forget the rest of the stuff on that list, it'll be there when you get to it.  You don't have to worry them in your dreams. In the morning, take 5-15 minutes to meditate on how it will feel when you get your short list done. Then get up and do the first thing. 
  9. Fun: Trust yourself. If it makes you feel joy, do that! If it doesn’t bring you joy, don’t do that.