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Episode 136: Your Grand Purpose

“If your grand purpose in life is to wake up, then whatever happens to you is good, for it can prod you into self-awakening.” ~ Vernon Howard from The Power of Your Supermind

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Episode 130: Getting Out of Messes

“People ask, “But how do I get out of this mess?” Mysticism replies, “If you were on a higher level of consciousness, you would not be in it in the first place.” ~ Vernon Howard from The Power of Your Supermind

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Episode 129: Vanishing Pain Gaps

“We can start to see that our pain lies between what we think should happen and what actually happens. Then, if we remove the secret demand for this or that to happen, the pain-gap vanishes.” ~ Vernon Howard from The Power of Your Supermind

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Episode 128: Psychic Spankings

“Suffering of any kind means one thing: We are out of tune with cosmic harmony. As we learn to harmonize, suffering ceases.

A small child who insists upon running into the street will be spanked. He is incapable of understanding any other language. His parents spank not to deliberately hurt him, but because they love him. As the maturing child understands, the need for painful punishment ceases.

That parallels the human situation. Suffering tries to tell us of the danger of running into the streets of unreality. But stubborn little man, who always thinks he knows best, refuses the lesson and gets hurt, day after day, year after year. By studying psychic spankings, he could grow to where they are unnecessary.” ~ Vernon Howard from The Power of Your Supermind

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Episode 127: Detecting Negativity Is Positive

“Encourage yourself by remembering that any detection of negativity within you is a positive act, not a negative one. Awareness of your weakness and confusion makes you strong because conscious awareness is the bright light that destroys the darkness of negativity. Honest self-observation dissolves pains and pressures that formerly did their dreadful work in the darkness of unawareness. This is so important that I urge you to memorize and reflect upon the following summary: Detection of inner negativity is not a negative act, but a courageously positive act that makes you a new person.” ~ Vernon Howard from The Power of Your Supermind

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Episode 126: Don’t Be Impatient

“Do not be impatient with your seemingly slow progress. Do not try to run faster than you presently can. If you are studying, reflecting and trying, you are making progress whether you are aware of it or not. A traveler walking the road in the darkness of night is still going forward. Someday, some way, everything will break open, like the natural unfolding of a rosebud.” ~ Vernon Howard from The Power of Your Supermind

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Episode 125: Mental Movies

“A chief cause of unhappiness is what I call mental movies. Mental movies are a misuse of the imagination. You know how it goes. You have a painful experience with someone, then run it over and over in your mind. You visualize what you said, what he did, how you both felt. As awful as it is, you feel compelled to repeat the film day and night. It is as if you were locked inside a theatre playing a horrible movie.” ~ Vernon Howard from The Power of Your Supermind

That’s such a fantastic image of what often goes on in our heads, huh?!?

Think about it: how many times would you go see a REALLY bad movie?!? You’d prolly walk out mid-way, eh? And you *definitely* wouldn’t rush back to watch it again and again and again! (Right? :)

So, uh, why do we literally rush back to the mental movie theatre to re-play that terrible painful experience with someone over and over?!? Modern Positive Psychology research (see the Notes on Happy for No Reason for a nice overview) tells us that we’ve actually got an evolutionarily hard-wired tendency to see the negative and have it stick to our brains like velcro (vs. the positive stuff which researchers say slips away like teflon!).

The solution? We’ve gotta literally re-wire our minds to become more inclined to notice and ruminate on the things we *want* to have swimming around in our consciousness.

For now? Start noticing when you’re replaying that horrible scene for the 3rd or 300th time and see if you can observe yourself watching it. (That’s a HUGE step in the right direction.) And then ask yourself, “Self, is this really the movie we want to watch again?” Then, if you’re feelin’ it, smile and give yourself a high five for the new habit you’re building and then focus on something you want to replay!

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Episode 124: Be Radically Alive

“Ground yourself in the intention to be radically alive. I like these words of Dr. Howard Thurman: “Don’t worry about what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” This means that, as long as you are on the planet, you are here to deliver your gifts, your talents, and your skills with confidence and inner authority, withholding nothing. This is when you are living full out, moving in the reality of love, affluence, and artistry of being. Your radical aliveness not only affects your individual life but life on the planet as we know it.” ~ Michael Bernard Beckwith from Spiritual Liberation

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Episode 123: The Spirit of Life

“When you realize that the Spirit individualized itself and named itself you, you unhook yourself from nonsense, such as what others think of you, even what you are thinking about yourself. Instead, you begin to ask, “How is the Spirit of Life functioning in, through, and as me?” Place that question before the tribunal of your consciousness more and more frequently, and you will begin to attune yourself to insights from the realm of the Real.” ~ Michael Bernard Beckwith from Spiritual Liberation

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Episode 122: Personality vs. Character

“Understand that to be creatively maladjusted is to know the vital distinction between personality and character. The word character is from the Old French caractere and means “imprint on the soul.” The etymology of personality suggests veneer and is connected with the Latin word persona, which was a mask worn by actors. Character is revealed when our mask is removed.

It’s easy to tell if you are living from character or personality: If things aren’t going your way, personality pouts while character remains unruffled and learns from the experience. When you are not in psychologically or emotionally safe territory, personality panics. Character, on the other hand, rides the vicissitudes of life with even-mindedness. Personality endeavors to extract happiness from its experiences, whereas character realizes that happiness is an inherent quality of being that infuses experiences with happiness.” ~ Michael Bernard Beckwith from Spiritual Liberation

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Episode 121: Spiritual Indigestion and Constipation

“To agree with the keys described here is one thing, to practice them is another. To read and study and have conversations about spiritual practices is good, but unless you incorporate them into your life, you won’t embody or integrate them—which means you aren’t receiving their benefits. Ask yourself, “How can I now move from theory into practice?” If you merely collect spiritual information without practicing it, all you will develop is a case of spiritual indigestion and constipation.” ~ Michael Bernard Beckwith from Spiritual Liberation

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Episode 120: Practice, Practice, Practice

“That which transforms your life is what you practice. And what you practice constitutes your personal laws of life—not what you merely believe in, but what you practice. It’s all well and good to read books, and to attend seminars, lectures, and workshops, and to say, “Oh, that really resonates with me! It’s now part of my life’s philosophy.” Your philosophy may give you a temporary state of euphoria, but if you want to be anchored in reality, it takes practice, practice, practice. We are not here to be euphoric but to get free. Rudimentary spirituality is theory; advanced spirituality is practice.” ~ Michael Bernard Beckwith from Spiritual Liberation

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Episode 119: Burning Bagels and Mis-takes

“A conscious realization of our innate oneness with the Ineffable does not mean that we will never make a mistake again. Even enlightened beings burn their bagels once in a while. It’s important to maintain a sense of humor because this is how you will stop being afraid of making a mistake. You’ll make some, but so what? That’s why they’re called mis-takes. Humor relaxes the uptight ego. You get a new cue from your inner Self and simply say, “I missed my cue, so let’s do a second take.” Your willingness to take the risk of making a mistake is actually an expression of courage and a willingness to grow from them. Mistakes are about getting the blessing in the lesson and the lesson in the blessing.” ~ Michael Bernard Beckwith from Spiritual Liberation

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Episode 118: Don’t Wait. Participate, Risk & Grow Now!

“What keeps nagging at you to take action that you keep holding back on, postponing? Don’t wait. Participate, risk, and grow now. The longer you hide out in the attempt to remain safe, the more you become fearful, nervous, hesitant. You will not be present as a participant in birthing a new world, a world that very much wants and needs the contribution of your consciousness.” ~ Michael Bernard Beckwith from Spiritual Liberation

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Episode 117: Positive-Negativity

“Not all pain is negative, even though we label all forms of pain as such and resist them. Positive-negativity is a circumstance that causes us to go deeper, to search ourselves, to stop placing blame on the causes of suffering outside ourselves, and take self-responsibility.

Circumstances arise and hard times come so that we may grow through them, so that we may evolve. I like to say that a bad day for the ego is a good day for the soul. When we look back on some of our most challenging experiences, we admit that we wouldn’t trade what we gained from them for remaining the same as we were. Something within acknowledges that during those times when we are pressed against the ropes of life, we learn to become more generous, to forgive, to never give up on ourselves or others. We learn to regenerate, to rejuvenate, to surrender.” ~ Michael Bernard Beckwith from Spiritual Liberation

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Episode 116: Freedom from the Tyranny of Trends

“One of the ways we hijack our capacity to experience a state of beholding is that we become swept up in what I call the “tyranny of trends.” The tyranny of trends allows for the lowest common denominator to set the standard of success, and of course, “coolness.” Very often, trends convince individuals what their life’s purpose should be. The tyranny of trends is blasted out at us from television, radio, newspapers, tabloids, computers, and even our dentist’s waiting room, attempting to convince us that we must smell a certain way, wear a certain label, weigh a specific weight, have whiter teeth, drive a certain car, make a certain income, and so on, before we can consider that we’ve made it.” ~ Michael Bernard Beckwith from Spiritual Liberation

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Episode 115: Discipline Leads to Blissipline

“The transition from the egoic self to the Authentic Self requires discipline... The good news is that discipline eventually becomes what I call a “blissipline” because it leads to playing our part with integrity, dignity, elegance, passion, and deep contentment.” ~ Michael Bernard Beckwith from Spiritual Liberation

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Episode 114: Are You a “Now” Or “Later” Person?

“If I asked you what kind of person you are—a “now” or “later” person—which would you choose? I’ll give you the breakdown. The “now” folks are consistently drawn toward pleasing activities, spending their time getting lost in TV, sex, food, laziness—you know, all the fun-in-the-moment stuff. The “later” group, on the other hand, is drawn toward pleasing results, often engaging in less-than-pleasing activities in the moment. They invest their time in things like going to the gym, working long hours, reading good books, attending personal transformation events, hanging out with people who stretch their thinking, following through, risking, becoming comfortable with being uncomfortable. Which of these two groups of people do you think experiences real freedom? Which category do you fall into? Be honest.” ~ James Arthur Ray from Harmonic Wealth

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Episode 113: Everything Has a Gestation Period

“Everything has a gestation period, a time period that must pass before things will come into form. If you plant a carrot seed, it takes about seven weeks for the sprout to make its above-dirt entrance. Bamboo, which can grow up to thirteen feet in as little as one week, takes up to seven years to break through the surface of the ground. But for seven long years it looks like absolutely nothing’s happening. Now that takes some commitment.” ~ James Arthur Ray from Harmonic Wealth

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Episode 112: Blessings, Curses & Opportunities

“The person of low awareness sees everything in life in a dualistic perspective, either as a blessing or a curse. The master of life sees all things as opportunities.” ~ James Arthur Ray from Harmonic Wealth

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Episode 111: Tough Grapes, Fine Wines & Your (Fine) Life

“I recently toured the California wine country, and was fascinated to learn that in winemaking, the grapes are purposely stressed. Growers take care not to give the grapes much water, even though they raise them in full sunshine, purposely keeping shade to a minimum. The stress is intentional; it keeps grapes right on the border between survival and almost collapsing and dying because the grapes that survive the test make the finest wine. There’s a metaphor here: Don’t wish for an easier life. Wish to be at your finest. Just as the finest, most expensive wine comes from the grape that can stand the greatest resistance, you too will grow in direct proportion to the resistance you can sustain.” ~ James Arthur Ray from Harmonic Wealth

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Episode 110: Who Will You Have to Become?

“I remember years ago hearing one of my mentors say, “Decide to be a millionaire, not for the green slips of paper, but for who you’ll have to become to get there.” That’s what we’re doing together—expanding who you are in all of the key areas of your life so that you’ll grow into the person who can create all that you desire. It’s really not the goal completion, but the growth that comes in the process that your spiritual self truly desires. I promise, you’ll never “get” a desire, a true desire for something you can’t achieve. Never have, never will. When you get a real desire, it’s your Higher Self saying, C’mon, this is what you’re capable of; this is what I have in store for you. It’s the greater, grander you, echoing backward through time. How cool is that? Now the only question is: Will you heed the call? It was the great mythologist Joseph Campbell who stated, “The big question is whether you are going to be able to say a hearty yes to your adventure.” Well, what will it be?” ~ James Arthur Ray from Harmonic Wealth

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Episode 109: Are You a Ceiling Surfer?

“Others swing too far into the quantum world and become what I call “ceiling surfers.” I once had lunch with someone who announced he was going to transform the molecules of his pizza into a salad. Give me a break! That’s taking a principle so far it becomes ridiculous. It will bring you nothing but disappointment.” ~ James Arthur Ray from Harmonic Wealth

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Episode 108: How Are Your Results?

“You may be able to tap into every theory in quantum physics, spirituality, psychology, philosophy, or anything else that can teach you about accessing your power, but if you can’t use that power to create results in your life, it’s pointless, useless, a total waste of time.” ~ James Arthur Ray from Harmonic Wealth

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Episode 107: Going “3 for 3”

“We’ll reveal how, with Harmonic Wealth, you can create true wealth by going 3 for 3 in the five main areas of life. Going “3 for 3” is what happens when your thoughts, your feelings, and your actions are all firing simultaneously and in alignment.” ~ James Arthur Ray from Harmonic Wealth

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Episode 106: Why Balance Is Bogus

“I’m a great believer in harmony, but balance is bogus. Many teachers talk about balance, and guess what? Not one of them is balanced. I know; I used to be one of them. The only people who are perfectly balanced are six feet under and it’s not your time yet. Balance in this world cannot be achieved, so get over it. Think of a scale. In perfect balance, nothing’s happening. There’s no dynamism, no life or vibrancy. Now, think of a jazz band in action—the life and vibrancy are palpable, aren’t they? The performers in this band have less to do with playing the melody as written and more to do with improvising. They give life to nuance and the music takes shape in the moment. That’s harmony.” ~ James Arthur Ray from Harmonic Wealth

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Episode 105: The Five Pillars of Wealth

“The Five Pillars of Wealth: Financial, Relational, Mental, Physical, and Spiritual. Without these five pillars, you might be rich, but you’ll never be wealthy. Interestingly enough, I’ve found that the more you reach this state of true wealth, the more money rushes to you—and all that money can provide. The universe is at your command and lines up in joyous support of your awakening.” ~ James Arthur Ray from Harmonic Wealth

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Episode 104: Love Begins with You

Love Begins with You

“One of the strangest delusions believed by many of us is that it is good to love other people but bad to love yourself. I suggest that the more you are able to see, love, and accept the one facet of Spirit gazing at you from the mirror, the more you will be able to love Spirit within others. If we are the same awareness shining through a billion separate forms, then all love begins with self-love. For the heart to awaken, it cannot exclude a single soul, including yourself. If you do not love yourself, how can you find the space to love others?” ~ Dan Millman from Everyday Enlightenment

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Episode 103: Money & Everyday Enlightenment

“If you associate voluntary poverty with humility, goodness, and spirituality, then with what do you associate wealth? It is worth pondering, because what you believe about money will determine in large part your effectiveness in acquiring it.” ~ Dan Millman from Everyday Enlightenment

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Episode 102: Life Is a Series of Moments

“No one feels the same way all the time. Even if you are angry, depressed, crazy, afraid, or grieving, you’ll have moments when you are distracted. There are no enlightened people, no nice, bad, smart, neurotic, or stupid people, either--only people with more (or less) enlightened, nice, bad, smart, neurotic, or stupid moments.” ~ Dan Millman from Everyday Enlightenment

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Episode 101: Emotional Meteorology 101

“Of course, we don’t love painful feelings like anxiety or depression. We don’t have to love or even like them, but we do have to accept them, as difficult as that can seem at times. Emotions, no matter how painful they are, are not the problem. The problem is dropping out of school or work, putting your family or duties of life on hold until such time as you can work out your emotional issues. Would you rather feel depressed while sitting alone in your room trying to figure it all out or feel depressed while getting your house cleaned or your project completed? (You may still feel depressed, but you have a cleaner house.)

The heart of accepting your emotions (and, as you’ve seen, of reclaiming your will) is to do what you need to do despite what you are feeling. Accept and learn from your feelings, but don’t let them run your life. By remaining productive during difficult emotional episodes, you are more likely to improve your emotional state than if you do nothing but ruminate and wait for sunny skies.” ~ Dan Millman from Everyday Enlightenment

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Episode 100: Pain & Suffering

“Pain is a relatively objective, physical phenomenon; suffering is our psychological resistance to what happens. Events may create physical pain, but they do not in themselves create suffering. Resistance creates suffering. Stress happens when your mind resists what is. If your spouse or lover leaves you, the amount of stress or suffering each of you experiences depends upon the meanings each of you places on the event. If you believe it to be good, that you are not free, you suffer less; if you believe it is bad, that you are now alone, you suffer more. The only problem in your life is your mind’s resistance to life as it unfolds.” ~ Dan Millman from Everyday Enlightenment

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Episode 99: Daredevils Are Terrified, Too

“Dar Robinson, one of the greatest modern-day daredevils, was terrified--practically scared to death--with each and every stunt. His heart leaped from his chest; he had to consciously control his rapid breathing; he sweated, he trembled, just like the rest of us--then he did what he had set out to do. This is what you and I can do in everyday life.” ~ Dan Millman from Everyday Enlightenment

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Episode 98: Carpe Punctum

“Most of us have heard the saying “Carpe Diem”--Seize the day. A valuable reminder to live fully, but not a realistic idea, since you cannot seize the day. You can seize only the moment--this moment.

The quality of your moments produces the quality of your life. So, as thoughts come and go and the waves of mind rush on, Carpe punctum--Seize this moment. It deserves your full attention, for it will not pass your way again.” ~ Dan Millman from Everyday Enlightenment

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Episode 97: Desired & Undesired Habits

“Make any positive behavior as convenient as possible. To break my habit of snacking in the evenings, I keep dental floss and a toothbrush in the downstairs bathroom near the kitchen. Right after dinner I floss and brush. I’m far less likely to snack, because if I eat something, I have to floss and brush all over again.

Make any negative behavior as inconvenient as possible. To smoke less, keep only one pack of cigarettes at home, in a small locked safe under some luggage in the closet in the garage. You might also put the television in that same closet, so you take it out only for special events, and use your old TV time writing that book, painting that picture, or learning a new language. In this way you replace old negative routines with new behaviors, pouring new energy into a new you.” ~ Dan Millman from Everyday Enlightenment

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Episode 96: “St. Nike” Was Right

“Everything is easier said than done. But no matter how intelligent or talented you are, only your actions shape your destiny. To fulfill the promise of the second gateway, you need to know, and act upon, only three magic words: Just do it.” ~ Dan Millman from Everyday Enlightenment

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Episode 95: Building New Habits

“This initiatory period of change may last from one to six weeks, or even longer. Unless the desire to change remains strong, body and mind tend to return to old, familiar patterns. It takes time--from three to six months--for old habits to become obsolete. By the end of that time, you’ll have adapted to a new pattern. In a sense, you’ll have found a new way of life.” ~ Dan Millman from Body Mind Mastery

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Episode 94: The Law of Accommodation

“Your body is malleable; you can sculpt it over time with daily habits of diet and exercise. The law of accommodation reminds us that the body may change slowly, but it will change.” ~ Dan Millman from Body Mind Mastery

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Episode 93: Instant Satori

“Take your keys, a piece of fruit, or any handy object, and go outside. Throw the object up into the air. Staying relaxed and easy, catch it. Be sure to catch it. Then come back inside, and continue reading this exercise.

Now consider the moment the object was in the air. At that moment you weren’t thinking of what you’d have for dinner or what you did yesterday. You weren’t thinking of anything else, either. You may have been attending to thoughts before you threw it or after you caught it, but during the throw, you were pure attention, reaching out, waiting for the object’s descent. In that same moment your emotions were open, and your body was alert and vitalizd--a moment of satori.” ~ Dan Millman from Body Mind Mastery

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Episode 92: Relax & Stay Focused on Constructive Action

“Body mind masters do not deny or repress their feelings but learn to stay physically relaxed even under stressful situations. Even when feeling angry, fearful, and sorrowful, breathe evenly and fully. Keep your body relaxed. You have much more control over your behavior than you do over your thoughts or emotions so paradoxically the best way to master your emotions is to let them be, stay relaxed, and focus on constructive action. So, accept your emotions as natural to you in the moment, without trying to fix them. Know your purpose or goal--not someone else’s. And, do whatever you need to reach that goal, whether or not your emotions or moods help or hinder you.” ~ Dan Millman from Body Mind Mastery

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Episode 91: Backing Up to Get a Running Start

“Now that you have a better understanding of the mental mechanisms that influence your performance, you’ll realize that although we all find ourselves in slumps occasionally, we don’t need to get stuck in them. And when you feel like you’re going nowhere or even slipping backward, you may actually be backing up to get a running start.” ~ Dan Millman from Body Mind Mastery

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Episode 90: The Moment of Truth Is NOW!

“Freedom from mental distraction equals power. Olympic champion weightlifters not only have powerful bodies; they have powerful minds. The same quality of attention free us, in the moment of truth, from any thought of self-concept, criticism, or fear. Body mind masters eventually come to the realization that this and every moment, on or off the field, is the moment of truth.” ~ Dan Millman from Body Mind Mastery

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Episode 89: Rockin’ It Baby-style

“If babies held the same tendency toward self-criticism as adults, they might never learn to walk or talk. Can you imagine infants stomping, “Aarggh! Screwed up again!” Fortunately, babies are free of self-criticism. They just keep practicing.” ~ Dan Millman from Body Mind Mastery

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Episode 88: The Fear of Failure


“Ultimately, fear of failure generates a vicious circle that creates what is most feared. To break this cycle, you need to make peace with failure. It isn’t enough to merely tolerate it; you need to appreciate the failure and use it... Body mind masters have made peace with failure, treating it like an old friend playing a practical joke. The greatest inventors, artists, and athletes have all failed many times. Babe Ruth was the home run king of his time, but also the strikeout king.” ~ Dan Millman from Body Mind Mastery

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Episode 87: Integrated Feminine/Masculine Compassion


“I am always compassionate, but sometimes in a very feminine, gentle way, nurturing and supportive, and sometimes in a very masculine way, ruthless and decisive. But I always have in my arsenal what is necessary to get the job done. I am totally integrated. There’s no need to become integrated; I am Integrated Feminine/Masculine Compassion. Another name for me is Big Heart.” ~ Zen Master Dennis Genpo Merzel from Big Mind · Big Heart

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Episode 86: A Dysfunctional Company

“Each of us has innumerable voices, or aspects, within us. To get a clearer picture of how they operate, think of yourself for a moment as a large corporation with many, many employees. How many? Nobody knows. It’s a little bizarre. We went out and randomly hired all these folks for our company, and we neglected to tell them what their jobs were. We also neglected to tell them their titles or job descriptions. If that weren’t bad enough, we didn’t even tell them who they work for, what the name of the company is, and who the boss is. Then we said, go to work. Now what kind of company is that?” ~ Zen Master Dennis Genpo Merzel from Big Mind · Big Heart

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Episode 85: The Temple Without Walls


“We’re at the point in our evolution that we all have to become conscious. This is a time of revolution. There’s no holding back. So I’m about tearing down the monastery walls and seeing the whole world as the monastery, as the practice, as the spiritual temple. What we’re all working on is this very being, this very life. This is the temple, it has no walls.” ~ Zen Master Dennis Genpo Merzel from Big Mind · Big Heart

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Episode 84: Dukkha & Sukkha


“What we do naturally is we cling, we grasp, we hold on to. We are not functioning freely, not free, because we’re stuck. Buddha observed this tendency and gave it a name. He said when the mind is stuck, you’re in dukkha (usually translated from the Sanskrit as suffering). Dukkha literally means a wheel whose hub doesn’t move. So what kind of a wheel do you have? A useless, dysfunctional wheel. What good is a wheel if it doesn’t move?

What Buddha discovered and taught was to free up the wheel. He called it sukkha, a liberated wheel, a freed-up wheel. That means liberation, nirvana.” ~ Zen Master Dennis Genpo Merzel from Big Mind · Big Heart

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Episode 83: A Maserati Stuck in First Gear

“Being able to shift perspectives is like having a freely functioning vehicle. If a car is stuck in any gear, what you’ve got is a dysfunctional car. Even if it’s a Maserati, if you’re stuck in first gear, or you’re stuck in reverse, no matter what gear you’re stuck in, it’s dysfunctional. But the moment you have fluidity and movement and you’re able to shift up or down or into reverse, or whatever you need to do, you’ve got a functional vehicle.” ~ Zen Master Dennis Genpo Merzel from Big Mind · Big Heart

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Episode 82: Right View


“So we end up with what the Buddha taught in his first teaching, which is called the Eightfold Path, when he said, ‘have Right View.’ Right View is having no particular, fixed view, which means seeing that all views are limited, that no particular view is the only view. They’re all restricted, they’re all limited, they’re all fragmented. Actually the right view is no view.” ~ Zen Master Dennis Genpo Merzel from Big Mind · Big Heart

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Episode 81: Get Clear and Watch Things Happen

“Sir, life is very strange. The moment you are very clear about what you want to do, things happen. Life comes to your aid--a friend, a relation, a teacher, a grandmother, somebody helps you. But if you are afraid to try because your father may turn you out, then you are lost. Life never comes to the aid of those who merely yield to some demand out of fear. But if you say, “This is what I really want to do and I am going to pursue it,” then you will find that something miraculous takes place. You may have to go hungry, struggle to get through, but you will be a worthwhile human being, not a mere copy, and that is the miracle of it.” ~ Krishnamurti from Think on These Things

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Episode 80: The Real Student

“Do you know what it means to learn? When you are really learning you are learning throughout your life and there is no one special teacher to learn from. Then everything teaches you--a deaf leaf, a bird in flight, a smell, a tear, the rich and the poor, those who are crying, the smile of a woman, the haughtiness of a man. You learn from everything, therefore there is no guide, no philosopher, no guru. Life itself is your teacher, and you are in a state of constant learning.” ~ Krishnamurti from Think on These Things

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Episode 79: The Roots of a Problem

“Your mind is like rich soil, and if given sufficient time any problem that comes along takes root like a weed, and then you have the trouble of pulling it out; but if you do not give the problem sufficient time to take root, then it has no place to grow and it will whither away.” ~ Krishnamurti from Think on These Things

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Episode 78: Joy Has No Contradictions

“Suppose you want to study painting because to paint is the joy of your life, and your father says that you must become a lawyer or a business man, otherwise he will cut you off and not pay for your education; there is then a contradiction in you, is there not? Now, how are you going to remove that inner contradiction, to be free of the struggle and the pain of it? As long as you are caught in self-contradiction you cannot think; so you must remove the contradiction, you must do one thing or the other. Which will it be? Will you yield to your father? If you do, it means that you have put away your joy, you have wed something which you do not love; and will that resolve the contradiction? Whereas, if you withstand your father, if you say, “Sorry, I don’t care if I have to beg, starve, I am going to paint,” then there is no contradiction; then being and doing are simultaneous, because you know what you want to do and you do it with your whole heart. But if you become a lawyer or a business man while inside you are burning to be a painter, then for the rest of your life you will be a dull, weary human being living in torment, in frustration, in misery, being destroyed and destroying others.” ~ Krishnamurti from Think on These Things

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Episode 77: The Key: To Love What You Do

“Can you and I, who are simple, ordinary people, live creatively in this world without the drive of ambition which shows itself in various ways as the desire for power, position? You will find the right answer when you love what you are doing. If you are an engineer merely because you must earn a livelihood, or because your father or society expects it of you, that is another form of compulsion; and compulsion in any form creates a contradiction, a conflict. Whereas, if you really love to be an engineer, or a scientist, or if you can plant a tree, or paint a picture, or write a poem, not to gain recognition but just because you love to do it, then you will find that you never need to compete with another. I think this is the real key: to love what you do.” ~ Krishnamurti from Think on These Things

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Episode 76: Hobgoblins Behind Walls

“A mind which says, “I have taken a vow to be something and I am going to be that for the rest of my life” is called consistent; but it is really a most stupid mind, because it has come to a conclusion and it is living according to that conclusion. It is like a man building a wall around himself and letting life go by.” ~ Krishnamurti from Think on These Things

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Episode 75: To Go Far You Must Begin Near

“To go far you must begin near, and the nearest step is the most important one.” ~ Krishnamurti from Think on These Things

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Episode 74: 99% Is a Bitch; 100% Is a Breeze

“Successful people adhere to the “no exceptions rule” when it comes to their daily disciplines. Once you make a 100% commitment to something, there are no exceptions. It’s a done deal. Nonnegotiable. Case closed! Over and out.” ~ Jack Canfield from The Success Principles

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Episode 73: Make an “I Want” List

“One of the easiest ways to begin clarifying what you truly want is to make a list of 30 things you want to do, 30 things you want to have, and 30 things you want to be before you die. This is a great way to get the ball rolling.” ~ Jack Canfield from The Success Principles

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Episode 72: Principle #2: Be Clear Why You’re Here

“You see, without a purpose in life, it’s easy to get sidetracked on your life’s journey. It’s easy to wander and drift, accomplishing little. But with a purpose, everything in life seems to fall into place. To be “on purpose” means you’re doing what you love to do, doing what you’re good at and accomplishing what’s important to you. When you truly are on purpose, the people, resources, and opportunities you need naturally gravitate toward you. The world benefits, too, because when you act in alignment with your true life purpose, all of your actions automatically serve others.” ~ Jack Canfield from The Success Principles

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Episode 71: Principle #1: Take 100% Responsibility

“It is time to stop looking outside yourself for the answers to why you haven’t created the life and results you want, for it is you who creates the quality of the life you lead and the results you produce. You--no one else! To achieve major success in life--to achieve those things that are most important to you--you must assume 100% responsibility for your life. Nothing less will do.” ~ Jack Canfield from The Success Principles

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Episode 70: Do Your Own Push-Ups

“As motivational philosopher Jim Rohn has so aptly put it, “You can’t hire someone else to do your push-ups for you.” You must do them yourself if you are to get any value out of them. Whether it is exercising, stretching, meditating, reading, studying, learning a new language, creating a mastermind group, setting measurable goals, visualizing success, repeating affirmations, or practicing a new skill, you are going to have to do it. No one else can do these things for you. I will give you the road map, but you will have to drive the car. I will teach you the principles, but you will have to apply them. If you choose to put in the effort, I promise you the rewards will be well worth it.” ~ Jack Canfield from The Success Principles

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Episode 69: Positive Rituals

“We use the word “ritual” purposefully to emphasize the notion of a carefully defined, highly structured behavior. In contrast to will and discipline, which require pushing yourself to a particular behavior, a ritual pulls at you. Think of something as simple as brushing your teeth. It is not something that you ordinarily have to remind yourself to do. Brushing your teeth is something to which you feel consistently drawn, compelled by its clear health value. You do it largely on automatic pilot, without much conscious effort or intention. The power of rituals is that they insure that we use as little conscious energy as possible where it is not absolutely necessary, leaving us free to strategically focus the energy available to us in creative, enriching ways.” ~ Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz from The Power of Full Engagement

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Episode 68: Intrinsic (vs. Extrinsic) Purpose

“Purpose also becomes a more powerful source of energy when it moves from being externally to internally motivated. Extrinsic motivation reflects the desire to get more of something that we don’t feel we have enough of: money, approval, social standing, power or even love. “Intrinsic” motivation grows out of the desire to engage in an activity because we value it for the inherent satisfaction it provides. Researchers have long found that intrinsic motivation tends to prompt more sustaining energy. A study conducted by the University of Rochester’s Human Motivation Research Group found, for example, that people whose motivation was authentic—defined as “self-authored”—exhibited more interest, excitement and confidence, as well as greater persistence, creativity and performance than a control group of subjects who were motivated largely by external demands and rewards.” ~ Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz from The Power of Full Engagement

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Episode 67: “How Am I THAT?”

“Difficult and unpleasant as it may be to accept, we often feel most hostile to those who remind us of aspects of ourselves that we prefer not to see. “Ask someone to give a description of the personality type which he finds most despicable, most unbearable and hateful, and most impossible to get along with,” writes Edward Whitmont, “and he will produce a description of his own repressed characteristics….These very qualities are so unacceptable to him precisely because they represent his own repressed side; only that which we cannot accept within ourselves do we find impossible to live with in others.” Think for a moment of someone you actively dislike. What quality in that person do you find most objectionable? Now ask yourself, “How am I that?” ~ Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz from The Power of Full Engagement

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Episode 66: To Be Fully Engaged Emotionally

“To be fully engaged emotionally requires celebrating what the Stoic philosophers called anacoluthia—the mutual entailment of the virtues. By this notion, no virtue is a virtue by itself. Rather, all virtues are entailed. Honesty without compassion, for example, becomes cruelty.” ~ Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz from The Power of Full Engagement

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Episode 65: Incline Your Mind Toward Joy

“ One evening a Cherokee elder told his grandson about the battle that goes on inside of people. He said, “My son, the battle is between the two ‘wolves’ that live inside us all. One is Unhappiness. It is fear, worry, anger, jealousy, sorrow, self-pity, resentment, and inferiority. The other is Happiness. It is joy, love, hope, serenity, kindness, generosity, truth, and compassion.”The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf wins?” The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.” ~ Marci Shimoff from Happy for No Reason

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Episode 64: Velcro vs. Teflon

“ We’re still hard-wired the same way: we pay more attention to the negative than to the positive. As the psychologist and brain researcher Dr. Rick Hanson explained to me during our interview, our brains are “Velcro for negativity and Teflon for positivity.” Our negative experiences stick to us like Velcro, while our positive experiences slide right off us like Teflon. In fact, researchers have found that it takes numerous positive experiences to overcome a single negative one! Unfortunately, this wiring turns out to be disastrous for our happiness.” ~ Marci Shimoff from Happy for No Reason

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Episode 63: Scary Mind Math & ANTs

“ Our minds--made up of our thoughts, beliefs, and self-talk--are always “on.” According to scientists, we have about 60,000 thoughts a day. That’s one thought per second during every waking hour. No wonder we’re so tired at the end of the day!And what’s even more startling is that of those 60,000 thoughts, 95 percent are the same thoughts you had yesterday, and the day before, and the day before that. Your mind is like a record player playing the same record over and over again... Talk about being stuck in a rut...Still, that wouldn’t be so bad if it weren’t for the next statistic: for the average person, 80 percent of those habitual thoughts are negative. That means that every day most people have more than 45,000 negative thoughts... Dr. Daniel Amen, a world-renowned psychiatrist and brain imaging specialist, calls them automatic negative thoughts, or ANTs.” ~ Marci Shimoff from Happy for No Reason

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Episode 62: Life, Liberty and the *Practice* of Happiness

Back in Jefferson’s day, he explained, the common usage of the word “pursue” was not “to chase after.” In 1776, to pursue something meant to practice that activity, to do it regularly, to make a habit of it.

What a difference a definition makes! Thomas Jefferson, our wise Founding Father, meant that we all had the right to practice happiness, not chase after it--which isn’t very productive anyway.

So let’s stop pursuing happiness and start practicing it. We do that by practicing new habits.” ~ Marci Shimoff from Happy for No Reason

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Episode 61: What’s Your Happiness Set-Point?

“ Researchers have found that no matter what happens to you in life, you tend to return to a fixed range of happiness. Like your weight set-point, which keeps the scale hovering around the same number, your happiness set-point will remain the same unless you make a concerted effort to change it .” ~ Marci Shimoff from Happy for No Reason

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Episode 60: Find and Fully Use Your Gifts!

“On Judgment Day, Mr. Lewin said, God will not ask, “Why were you not Moses?” He will ask, “Why were you not Sam Lewin?” The goal in life is not to attain some imaginary ideal; it is to find and fully use our own gifts.” ~ Gay Hendricks from The Big Leap

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Episode 59: Worry

“Worrying is usually a sign that we’re Upper-Limiting. It is usually not a sign that we’re thinking about something useful. The crucial sign that we’re worrying unnecessarily is when we’re worrying about something we have no control over. Worrying is useful only if it concerns a topic we can actually do something about, and if it leads to our taking positive action right away. All other worry is just Upper Limit noise, designed by our unconscious to keep us safely within our Zone of Excellence or Zone of Competence.” ~ Gay Hendricks from The Big Leap

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Episode 58: Sweaty Ten-Minute Conversations

“Behind every communication problem is a sweaty ten-minute conversation you don’t want to have. However, the moment you work up the courage to have it, you collect an instant reward in relief as well as open up a flow of communication that will allow you to resolve the situation.” ~ Gay Hendricks from The Big Leap

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Episode 57: Breakthroughs, Stabilization and Integration

“I explained that while breakthroughs are important and thrilling, it’s the subsequent stabilization and integration of the breakthrough into daily life that really allow the changes to be permanent.” ~ Gay Hendricks from The Big Leap

I love the whole business of breakthroughs followed by stabilization and then integration. Ken Wilber describes it as “states and stages” and it’s a REALLY important concept to embrace and bring into our lives. (See my Notes on Wilber for a longer discussion!)

The basic idea is very simple and very powerful when appreciated and applied: We often have moments of inspiration or breakthroughs or “state experiences” when we see the world in a new, revolutionary way. Those experiences are, of course, awesome. :)

And... they’re only really meaningful if, after the initial buzz wears off, we have the discipline and the diligence and the patience and the persistence (and playfulness!) to create the structures in our lives that enable that breakthrough to stabilize and integrate and become a new way of being or “stage of our development.” Make sense? So, how you can INTEGRATE some of your “Aha!” breakthroughs into your life?!?

This is one of the 1,000+ Big Ideas we share in our 6-page PDF and 20-minute MP3 PhilosophersNotes on 100 of the greatest self-development books. Get 100 Notes for only 47 bucks!

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Episode 56: Breathe Into Your Fear

“There’s only one way to get through the fog of fear, and that’s to transform it into the clarity of exhilaration. One of the greatest pieces of wisdom I’ve ever heard comes from Fritz Perls, MD, the psychiatrist and founder of Gestalt therapy. He said, “Fear is excitement without the breath.” Here’s what this intriguing statement means: the very same mechanisms that produce excitement also produce fear, and any fear can be transformed into excitement by breathing fully with it. On the other hand, excitement turns into fear quickly if you hold your breath. When scared, most of us have a tendency to try to get rid of the feeling. We think we can get rid of it by denying or ignoring it, and we use holding our breath as a physical tool of denial.” ~ Gay Hendricks from The Big Leap

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Episode 55: Waving to Our Fears

“Unless you’re very lucky or very enlightened, you’re likely to hear those nattering voices and feel those nagging fears within you. They’re part of the deal. I won’t try to talk you out of them, and you shouldn’t try to talk yourself out of them, either. Just notice the voices and feel the fears. That’s all you need to do with them. You don’t need to rid yourself of them. Where would they go, anyway? All you need to do is acknowledge them, wave to them, let them know you’re aware of them. Then get busy learning to live in your Zone of Genius.” ~ Gay Hendricks from The Big Leap

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Episode 54: Our Thermostats Are Set Too Low

“Each of us has an inner thermostat setting that determines how much love, success, and creativity we allow ourselves to enjoy. When we exceed our inner thermostat setting, we will often do something to sabotage ourselves, causing us to drop back into the old, familiar zone where we feel secure...

Unfortunately, our thermostat setting usually gets programmed in early childhood, before we can think for ourselves. Once programmed, our Upper Limit thermostat setting holds us back from enjoying all the love, financial abundance, and creativity that’s rightfully ours. It keeps us in our Zone of Competence or at best our Zone of Excellence. It prevents us from living in the ultimate destination of the journey—our Zone of Genius.” ~ Gay Hendricks from The Big Leap

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Episode 53: A Handshake Deal with the Universe

“You know deep inside you that you will never be fully satisfied until you have anchored yourself in your Zone of Genius. To do less would be to hold back, and long ago you made a handshake deal with the universe that you wouldn’t do that. The seductive comforts of success, though, can lull us into accepting the status quo. In that state of comfort, it’s easy to forget the deal you made with the universe to use yourself fully.” ~ Gay Hendricks from The Big Leap

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Episode 52: Are You Willing to Feel Good All the Time?

“Am I willing to feel good and have my life go well all the time? At first glance, you might ask who wouldn’t say yes to all of these questions. Well, for many of us, the idea of all of this positive emotion seems far-fetched to begin with. It is easy for us to just assume that with the positive comes the negative. To that I say, “Why not get willing, and see what happens?” We humans have a long and wonderful history of transcending our beliefs about what’s possible. In the early days of the steam-powered train, learned scientists urged capping the speed at thirty miles per hour because they believed that the human body exploded at speeds greater than that. Finally some brave people risked going beyond that limiting belief and found that they did not explode. I think we’re approximately at that same stage of development with regard to our ability to feel good and have our lives go well.” ~ Gay Hendricks from The Big Leap

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Episode 51: Should to Could

“I believe that should is one of the most damaging words in our language. Every time we use should, we are, in effect, saying “wrong.” Either we are wrong or we were wrong or we are going to be wrong. I don’t think we need more wrongs in our life. We need to have more freedom of choice. I would like to take the word should and remove it from the vocabulary forever. I’d replace it with the word could. Could gives us a choice, and we are never wrong.” ~ Louise L. Hay from You Can Heal Your Life

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Episode 50: Cleaning Our Mental House

“If you want to clean a room thoroughly, you will pick up and examine everything in it. Some things you will look at with love, and you will dust them or polish them to give them new beauty. Some things you will see that need refinishing or repair, and you will make a note to do that. Some things will never serve you again, and it becomes time to let those things go. Old magazines and newspapers and dirty paper plates can be dropped into the wastebasket very calmly. There is no need to get angry in order to clean the room.

It is the same thing when we are cleaning our mental house. There is no need to get angry just because some of the beliefs in it are ready to be tossed out. Let them go as easily as you would scrape bits of food into the trash after a meal. Would you really dig into yesterday’s garbage to make tonight’s meal? Do you dig into old mental garbage to create tomorrow’s experiences? If a thought or belief does not serve you, let it go!” ~ Louise L. Hay from You Can Heal Your Life

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Episode 49: Learning How to Walk or Talk

“When a little child is learning to walk or talk, we encourage him and praise him for every tiny improvement he makes. The child beams and eagerly tries to do better. Is this the way you encourage yourself when you are learning something new? Or do you make it harder to learn because you tell yourself that you are stupid or clumsy or a “failure”?” ~ Louise L. Hay from You Can Heal Your Life

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Episode 48: Love Your Bills

“It is essential that we stop worrying about money and stop resenting our bills. Many people treat bills as punishments to be avoided if possible. A bill is an acknowledgment of our ability to pay. The creditor assumes you are affluent enough and gives you the service or the product first. I bless with love each and every bill that comes into my home. I bless with love and stamp a small kiss on each and every check I write. If you pay with resentment, money has a hard time coming back to you. If you pay with love and joy, you open the free-flowing channel of abundance. Treat money as a friend, not as something you wad up and crush into your pocket.” ~ Louise L. Hay from You Can Heal Your Life

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Episode 47: Reading the Thoughts of God

“You can never become a great man or woman until you have overcome anxiety, worry, and fear. It is impossible for an anxious person, a worried one, or a fearful one to perceive truth; all things are distorted and thrown out of their proper relations by such mental states, and those who are in them cannot read the thoughts of God.” ~ Wallace D. Wattles fromThe Science of Being Great

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Episode 46: Close Your Ears & Dream On!


“Close your ears to all adverse suggestions. Never mind if people call you a fool and a dreamer. Dream on.” ~ Wallace D. Wattles fromThe Science of Being Great

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Episode 45: Everyone Can Become Great

“It is within the power of every man to become great.” ~ Wallace D. Wattles from The Science of Being Great

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Episode 44: Being Helped by Hidden Hands

Moyers: “Do you ever have this sense when you are following your bliss, as I have at moments, of being helped by hidden hands?”

Campbell: “All the time. It is miraculous. I even have a superstition that has grown on me as a result of invisible hands coming all the time--namely, that if you do follow your bliss you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you, and the life that you ought to be living is the one you are living. When you see that, you begin to meet people who are in the field of your bliss, and they open the doors to you. I say, follow your bliss and don’t be afraid, and doors will open where you didn’t know they were going to be.” ~Joseph Campbell fromThe Power of Myth

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Episode 43: Do You Think I Can Do That?

“When I taught in a boy’s prep school, I used to talk to the boys who were trying to make up their minds as to what their careers were going to be. A boy would come to me and ask, “Do you think I can do this? Do you think I can do that? Do you think I can be a writer?” “Oh,” I would say, “I don’t know. Can you endure ten years of disappointment with nobody responding to you, or are you thinking that you are going to write a best seller the first crack? If you have the guts to stay with the thing you really want, no matter what happens, well, go ahead.” ~ Joseph Campbell fromThe Power of Myth

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Episode 42: Sit in a Room and Read--and Read and Read!

Moyers: “How do we know these things [how experience bliss]?”

Campbell: “I’ll tell you a way, a very nice way. Sit in a room and read--and read and read. And read the right books by the right people. Your mind is brought onto that level, and you have a nice, mild, slow-burning rapture all the time. This realization of life can be a constant realization in your living. When you find an author who really grabs you, read everything he has done. Don’t say, “Oh, I want to know what So-and-so did”--and don’t bother at all with the best-seller list. Just read what this one author has to give you. And then you can go read what he had read. And the world opens up in a way that is consistent with a certain point of view. But when you go from one author to another, you may be able to tell us the date when each wrote such and such a poem--but he hasn’t said anything to you.” ~ Joseph Campbell fromThe Power of Myth

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Episode 41: Sat, Chit, Ananda

“Now, I came to this idea of bliss because in Sanskrit, which is the great spiritual language of the world, there are three terms that represent the brink, the jumping-off place to the ocean of transcendence: Sat, Chit, Ananda. The word “Sat” means being. “Chit” means consciousness. “Ananda” means bliss or rapture. I thought, “I don’t know whether my consciousness is proper consciousness or not; I don’t know whether what I know of my being is my proper being or not; but I do know where my rapture is. So let me hang on to rapture, and that will bring me both my consciousness and my being.” I think it worked.” ~ Joseph Campbell from The Power of Myth

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Episode 40: The Success Instinct

“A squirrel does not have to be taught how to gather nuts. Nor does it need to learn that it should store them for winter. A squirrel born in the spring has never experienced winter. Yet in the fall of the year it can be observed busily storing nuts to be eaten during the winter months when there will be no food to be gathered. A bird does not need to take lessons in nest-building. Nor does it need to take courses in navigation. Yet birds do navigate thousands of miles, sometimes over open sea. They have no newspapers or TV to give them weather reports, no books written by explorer or pioneer birds to map out for them the warm areas of the earth. Nonetheless the bird “knows” when cold weather is imminent and the exact location of a warm climate even though it may be thousands of miles away.” ~ Maxwell Maltz from Psycho-Cynernetics

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Episode 39: What’re Your Goals?!?

“We are engineered as goal-seeking mechanisms. We are built that way. When we have no personal goal which we are interested in and which “means something” to us, we are apt to “go around in circles,” feel “lost” and find life itself “aimless,” and “purposeless.” We are built to conquer environment, solve problems, achieve goals, and we find no real satisfaction or happiness in life without obstacles to conquer and goals to achieve. People who say that life is not worthwhile are really saying that they themselves have no personal goals which are worthwhile. Prescription: Get yourself a goal worth working for.” ~ Maxwell Maltz from Psycho-Cynernetics

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Episode 38: Wear the Habit of Happiness

“Our self-image and our habits tend to go together. Change one and you will automatically change the other. The word “habit” originally meant a garment or clothing... Our habits are literally garments worn by our personalities. They are not accidental, or happenstance. We have them because they fit us. They are consistent with our self-image and our entire personality pattern. When we consciously and deliberately develop new and better habits, our self-image tends to outgrow the old habits and grow into the new pattern.” ~ Maxwell Maltz from Psycho-Cynernetics

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Episode 37: Dehypnotize Yourself

“It is no exaggeration to say that every human being is hypnotized to some extent, either by ideas he has uncritically accepted from others, or ideas he has repeated to himself or convinced himself are true. These negative ideas have exactly the same effect upon our behavior as the negative ideas implanted into the mind of a hypnotized subject by a professional hypnotist.” ~ Maxwell Maltz from Psycho-Cynernetics

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Episode 36: Seneca on Pleasures & Punishments

“So called pleasures, when they go beyond a certain limit, are but punishments.” ~ Seneca from Letters from a Stoic

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Episode 35: Seneca on Your Ideal State

Man’s ideal state is realized when he has fulfilled the purpose for which he is born. And what is it that reason demands of him? Something very easy—that he live in accordance with his own nature.” ~Seneca from Letters from a Stoic

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Episode 34: Seneca on the Importance of Focus

“To be everywhere is to be nowhere.” ~ Seneca from  Letters from a Stoic

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Episode 33: The Bhagavad Gita on Fire & Smoke

“It is better to perform one’s own duties imperfectly than to master the duties of another. By fulfilling the obligations he is born with, a person never comes to grief. No one should abandon duties because he sees defects in them. Every action, every activity, is surrounded by defects as a fire is surrounded by smoke.” ~ Krishna from The Bhagavad Gita

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Episode 32: The Bhagavad Gita on Living Your Dharma

“It is better to strive in one’s own dharma than to succeed in the dharma of another. Nothing is ever lost in following one’s own dharma. But competition in another’s dharma breeds fear and insecurity.” ~ Krishna from The Bhagavad Gita

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Episode 31: Strengthen Your Mind

“Weak minds lead to weak actions. A strong, disciplined mind, which anyone can cultivate though daily practice, can achieve miracles. If you want to live life to the fullest, care for your thoughts as you would your most prized possessions. Work hard to remove all inner turbulence. The rewards will be abundant.” ~ Robin Sharma from The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari

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Episode 30: Rise with the Sun

“Do you know why most people sleep so much?”

“Why?”

“Because they really don’t have anything else to do. Those who rise with the sun all have one thing in common.”

“Insanity?”

“Very funny. No, they all have a purpose that fans the flames of their inner potential.”

~ Robin Sharma from The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari

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Episode 29: The Secret of Happiness

“Alright, the secret of happiness is simple: find out what you truly love to do and then direct all of your energy towards doing it.” ~ Robin Sharma from The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari

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Episode 28: Robin Sharma on Blueprinting

“All I’m saying is that to liberate the potential of your mind, body and soul, you must first expand your imagination. You see, things are always created twice: first in the workshop of the mind and then, and only then, in reality. I call this process ‘blueprinting’ because anything you create in your outer world began as a simple blueprint in your inner world.” ~ Robin Sharma from The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari

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Episode 27: Tough Economy? Invest In Yourself

“Six hundred and seventy-two hours of inner work to profoundly improve every waking moment of the rest of your life is quite a bargain, don’t you think? Investing in yourself is the best investment you will ever make. It will not only improve your life, it will improve the lives of all those around you.” ~ Robin Sharma from The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari

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Episode 26: Wanna Get Rich? Be Persistent

“The majority of people are ready to throw their aims and purposes overboard, and give up at the first sign of opposition or misfortune. A few carry on despite all opposition, until they attain their goal. There may be no heroic connotation to the word “persistence,” but the quality is to the character of man what carbon is to steel.” ~ Napoleon Hill from Think and Grow Rich

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Episode 25: First Plan Fail? Try Another!

“If the first plan which you adopt does not work successfully, replace it with a new plan; if this new plan fails to work, replace it in turn with still another, and so on, until you find a plan which does work. Right here is the point at which the majority of men meet with failure, because of their lack of persistence in creating new plans to take the place of those which fail.” ~ Napoleon Hill from Think and Grow Rich

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Episode 24: Abraham Maslow Says: “Know Thyself!”

According to Abraham Maslow, whereas the average individuals “often have not the slightest idea of what they are, of what they want, of what their own opinions are,” self-actualizing individuals have “superior awareness of their own impulses, desires, opinions, and subjective reactions in general.”

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Episode 23: No One’s Perfect (not even you! :)

“There are no perfect human beings! Persons can be found who are good, very good indeed, in fact, great. There do in fact exist creators, seers, sages, saints, shakers, and movers...even if they are uncommon and do not come by the dozen. And yet these very same people can at times be boring, irritating, petulant, selfish, angry, or depressed. To avoid disillusionment with human nature, we must first give up our illusions about it.” ~ Abraham Maslow from Motivation and Personality

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Episode 22: Maslow on Growth & Safety

Abraham Maslow said that in any given moment we have two options: to step forward into growth or to step back into safety.

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Episode 21: Abraham Maslow’s Self-Actualizer

“Musicians must make music, artists must paint, poets must write if they are to be ultimately at peace with themselves. What human beings can be, they must be. They must be true to their own nature. This need we may call self-actualization... It refers to man’s desire for self-fulfillment, namely to the tendency for him to become actually in what he is potentially: to become everything one is capable of becoming.” ~ Abraham Maslow from Motivation and Personality

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Episode 20: The (Toltec) Warrior’s Struggle

“To be a warrior is not a simple matter of wishing to be one. It is rather an endless struggle that will go on to the very last moment of our lives. Nobody is born a warrior, in exactly the same way that nobody is born an average man. We make ourselves into one or the other.” ~ Carlos Castaneda from The Wheel of Time

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Episode 19: Buddha Says: Little by Little

“Little by little a person become evil, as a water pot is filled by drops of water…Little by little a person becomes good, as a water pot is filled by drops of water.” ~ Buddha from The Dhammapada

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Episode 18: Get Tantric, Burn the Ships & Get Rich

“A long while ago, a great warrior faced a situation which made it necessary for him to make a decision which insured his success on the battlefield. He was about to send his armies against a powerful foe, whose men outnumbered his own. He loaded his soldiers into boats, sailed to the enemy’s country, unloaded soldiers and equipment, then gave the order to burn the ships that had carried them. Addressing the men before the first battle, he said, “You see the boats going up in smoke. That means that we cannot leave these shores unless we win! We now have no choice—we win—or we perish!”

They won.

Every person who wins in any undertaking must be willing to burn his ships and cut all sources of retreat. Only by so doing can one be sure of maintaining that state of mind known as a burning desire to win, essential to success.” ~ Napoleon Hill from Think and Grow Rich

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Episode 17: Getting Rich & The Word Impossible

 “One of the main weaknesses of mankind is the average man’s familiarity with the word “impossible.” He knows all the rules which will not work. He knows all the things which cannot be done. This book was written for those who seek the rules which have made others successful, and are willilng to stake everything on those rules.” ~ Napoleon Hill from Think and Grow Rich

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Episode 16: Abraham-Hicks on Telling a New Story

“You have to begin to tell the story of your life as you now want it to be and discontinue the tales of how it has been or of how it is.” ~ Esther and Jerry Hicks from Money, and the Law of Attraction

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Episode 15: Abraham Hicks on The Reality of Your Life

“People talk about the reality of their life as if it is important. And we want you to understand, it’s only the temporary indicator. Do you go to the gas station—your gas gauge is on empty—do you go to the gas station and look at your gas gauge in horror? “How did this happen? [Fun] Why, why, why did this happen to me?” Do you lay your head on the steering wheel and just sob? “Oh, look what it’s come to. [Fun] I’m finished. I’ve lived all of this life, and look where I am.” Or do you just fill up.” ~ Esther and Jerry Hicks from Money, and the Law of Attraction

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Episode 14: Abraham Hicks on Your Most Valuable Skill

“The most valuable skill that you could ever develop is the skill of directing your thoughts toward what you want--to be adept at quickly evaluating all situations and then quickly coming to the conclusion of what you most want--and then giving your undivided attention to that.” ~ Esther and Jerry Hicks from Money, and the Law of Attraction

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Episode 13: Abraham Hicks: Do What You Love

“There is no better way to earn money that to do the things that you love to do. Money can flow into your experience through endless avenues. It is not the choice of the craft that limits the money that flows, but only your attitude toward money.” ~ Esther and Jerry Hicks from Money, and the Law of Attraction

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Episode 12: Abraham Hicks on Your Lifetime Career

“If we were talking to you on your first day of physical experience, we could be of great advantage to you because we would say, “Welcome to planet Earth. There is nothing you cannot be or do or have. And your work here—your lifetime career—is to seek joy.” ~ Esther and Jerry Hicks from Money, and the Law of Attraction

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Episode 11: Money Problems? It’s a Shortage of Connection

Shortage of time is not your problem. Shortage of money is not your problem. Shortage of Connection to the Energy that creates worlds is at the heart of all sensations of shortage that you are experiencing.” ~ Esther and Jerry Hicks from Money, and the Law of Attraction

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Episode 10: Rubber Bands and Your Ideals

"The way you create any outcome in your life is to hold the vision of your deepest desires. At the same time, though, you must honestly and accurately assess your current situation and how it relates to your greater vision. By doing this, you engage tension between what is and what can be. This tension is the primary creative force behind the manifestation of any outcome. It's as natural and powerful as the force of gravity." ~ David Emerald from The Power of TED*

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Episode 9: Feeling Afraid, or Like You're at a Chasm? Jump!

"A bit of advice given to a young Native American at the time of his initiation: "As you go the way of life, you will see a great chasm. Jump. It's not as wide as you think."" ~ Joseph Campbell from A Joseph Campbell Companion

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Episode 8: Sizes: You vs. Your Problems

"If you have a big problem in your life, all that means is that you are being a small person!" ~ T. Harv Eker from Secrets of the Millionaire Mind

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Episode 7: (Emotional) Fuel Gauges

"When the fuel gauge on your vehicle indicates that the tank is empty, you do not criticize the indicator. You receive the information that it has offered you, and you do something about adding more fuel to your tank. Similarly, a negative feeling is an indicator that your current choice of thoughts has you offering a vibration that is so out of harmony with your Source Energy that you are currently disallowing your full connection to that Energy Stream. (You could say your tank is reaching empty.) Your emotions do not create, but they do indicate what you are currently attracting. If your emotions are helping you know that your choice of thoughts is not taking you in the direction that you desire to go, then do something about that: Replenish your connection by choosing better-feeling thoughts." ~  Esther & Jerry Hicks from Ask and It Is Given

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Episode 6: Your Bucket of Fish

"Your purpose is to act on the resources God gives you. If God gives you a bucket of fish, you have to distribute those fish. If you don't, they're going to rot, attract a bunch of flies, and start stinking up your soul." ~ Russell Simmons from Do You!

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Episode 5: Why Not Be a Little (or a Lot :) Unreasonable?!?

"Everything you want should be yours: the type of work you want; the relationships you need; the social, mental, and aesthetic stimulation that will make you happy and fulfilled; the money you require for the lifestyle that is appropriate to you; and any requirement that you may (or may not) have for achievement or service to others. If you don't aim for it all, you'll never get it all. To aim for it requires that you know what you want." ~ Richard Koch from The 80/20 Principle

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Episode 4: "Overachieve" With a "Trusting Mindset"!

"To be sure, great performers are well trained, experienced, smart, and in some cases, divinely talented. But the way their brains work during a performance is a lot more like a squirrel's than like Einstein's. Like squirrels, the best in every business do what they have learned to do without questioning their abilities—they flat out trust their skills, which is why we call this high-performance state of mind the "Trusting Mindset." Routine access to the Trusting Mindset is what separates great performers from the rest of the pack." ~ Dr. John Eliot from Overachievement

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Episode 3: If You Can Dream It, It's Yours

"There's nothing capricious in nature, and the implanting of a desire indicates that its gratification is in the constitution of the creature that feels it." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson from The Selected Writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Episode 2: Conscious Affluence

“The word affluence is an overworked word in our time, usually implying cars and houses and baubles of all kinds. Its literal meaning is "an abundant flow," and not things at all. When we are consciously centered in the universal flow, we experience inner direction and the unfoldment of creative activity. Things come too, but prosperity is not just having things. It is the consciousness that attracts things." ~ Eric Butterworth from Spiritual Economics

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Episode 1: thinkArete.theManifesto

What would you do if you weren't afraid?

OK...

So, uh, what *exactly* are you waiting for?!?

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