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Janet Attwood: Three Keys to Loving Fully

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interview with Alan Davidson

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Janet Attwood - Passion Expert

Janet is the co-author of the New York Times Bestseller, “The Passion Test- The Effortless Path To Discovering Your Life Purpose”, and co-author of “From Sad to Glad: 7 Steps to Facing Change with Love and Power”.

As an expert on what it takes to live a passionate life, she has shared the stage with, The Dalai Lama, Sir Richard Branson, Jack Canfield, Lisa Nichols, and other top transformational leaders.

For her ongoing work with homeless women and youth in detention centers, Janet received the highest award for volunteer service in the U.S. from the President of the United States, The Presidents Volunteer Service Award.

Janet is co-founder of one of the largest online magazines in the world, Healthy Wealthy n Wise Magazine.

Janet lives in a community of over 3000 meditator’s from around the world in Fairfield, Iowa, and has been a practitioner and teacher of the Transcendental Meditation Program for over 40 years.

She is a certified facilitator of “The Work of Byron Katie” and a facilitator of the environmental symposium “Awakening the Dreamer – Changing the Dream”.

Janet is President of an organization in India, called, “The World United” whose sole purpose is to promote conscious, healthy and sustainable choices for a better world.

Janet is a founding member of the Transformational Leadership Council that Jack Canfield, the co-author of the Chicken Soup Series, put together after taking Janet’s Passion Test.

Dare

By Fun and Fabulous, Moral Intelligence, Passion, Strengths, Values 10 Comments

From Take it Easy Films (a fabulous 1:27 minute short film)

Boisterous emotions and unceasing courage to face the most difficult circumstance! If you believe in your desire, all failures are just temporary.

The Wolf in the film is not a “real” wolf. It’s the fear in our minds which is not really there.

FEAR = False Evidence Appearing Real

A spot of genious – In the first part of the movie soundtrack is played backwards.

The music is Vivaldi’s Four Seasons – Summer.

DARE! Boisterous emotions and unceasing courage to face the most difficult circumstance!

Rich German: Creating Abundance Through Contribution

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Creating Abundance Through Contribution – (How I Gave Away 30,000 Books and Raised $30,000 for Homeless Children in 30 days)

By Rich German

A little less than a year ago, I decided I wanted to support a charity through my business. When I began to think about the countless charities that exist and all the important causes in need of support, I got a little overwhelmed and did not know which direction to go.

So as I normally do when posed with a quandary or question, I walked down to the beach and asked the ocean for some guidance.  I sat down on the sand, crossed my legs, faced my open hands out towards the beautiful Pacific Ocean and quietly asked, ”What should I do?”

I do this often and the answers always appear. This time was no different. Over the next few days I received many signs pointing me in the direction of supporting homeless children. First I got an email from a friend about the problem of youth homelessness in the United States. The next day I was driving down the road and passed a bus with a huge sign on its side with the face of a homeless little girl. The next day another email appeared in my inbox about homeless children here in the US. I quickly realized I had found my cause.

I began to research the issue and was astounded at what I discovered. I live in Orange County, California, one of the wealthiest counties in the country. To my shock, I learned there are 22,000 homeless kids right here in my own backyard. Nationwide the numbers are massive…1.6 MILLION children, yes, 1,600,000 experience homelessness each year.

As I researched more I discovered that, although there are many amazing organizations doing great work for homeless youth around the country, there is not an umbrella organization that is bringing them all together to create a national awareness and solution campaign.

I knew I had found my mission.

The next question I faced was where to begin to tackle such a huge epidemic. I decided that the first step was to create massive awareness. As I began talking about the cause with friends, the majority of people, like me, had no clue as to the depth of the issue.  What could I do to create major awareness? What could be done to shine the light on this dark reality?

I went back to the beach for the answer. Again the answer came:  get mass media exposure through making a documentary film. Great idea, right? Only one problem. I have never made a film before and knew nothing about how to make one.

I liked the idea, a lot, and decided to interview some local film production crews. As always happens, once you have clarity and passion for something, the wheels of the universe begin to turn and align things for you. I spoke to three awesome production companies, and one located right here in Orange County (Change For Balance Productions) not only produces incredible, high-conscious films but they were already working locally with homeless youth. We partnered up with the intention of making an Academy Award-winning level film.

I came up with the title Generation Why?  As in, WHY are there 1.6 million homeless children in the wealthiest country in the world?

In addition to the film crew I brought in a couple other partners. One is an amazing woman who not only spent her entire youth in and out of the foster system but also shares the passion for creating a solution for homeless youth. The other is a dear friend who specializes in coaching teenagers.

The first step we took was to create a “teaser trailer,” a 2.5-minute video which would hit people right in the heart and shed some light on the cause.

And then to really get things going, I made a pretty bold business decision. In September of 2010, I published my second book, Monetize Your Passion, and instead of selling it, I decided to give it away for free to anyone in the world who wanted it. People first needed to watch the trailer and then we asked for a completely optional charity donation in exchange for the book. In the first month, we gave away over 30,000 books and raised over $30,000.

In my eyes, this was a massive win-win. Most importantly, we raised $30,000 for the Gen Why Project. But from a pure business standpoint, not only were 30,000 people exposed to the book (and my work), but in order to get the book, everyone had to give me their email address. In just one month I added over 30,000 people to my database to whom I could promote my products and services. Again, a massive win-win…a great start in both awareness and fundraising for the project and huge exposure for my business.

Side note: I was privileged to have the amazing Alan Davidson orchestrate the entire free book promotion…no small task to pull off.

Since the book launch, the team has formulated and implemented many ideas to raise awareness and create solutions. The truth is, I don’t know exactly HOW we are going to accomplish our goals, but I know that the “how” is not really my job. My job is to stay focused on our intention – support homeless youth – and then be open to all the signs that show up. And when they do, it is all about ACTION.

One of our focuses has been getting some major celebrities on board to endorse the project. And recently we got the blessing of the Tonight Show‘s music director, Rickey Minor. Rickey is not only the bandleader for Jay Leno but his band was the band on American Idol for multiple seasons. He is highly connected. Again we stay focused on the intention and all the right people show up.

The exciting part is that this project is still in its infancy, and I know in my heart and soul it will become huge. When I look back at the success we have already had, some keys come to mind. These, of course, are all things you can do in your own life and business.

The Five Keys to Success:

Key #1: The first key is ASKING. Again, when faced with a question, instead of going into my mind to find the answer, I went into my heart and essentially offered the question to the universe. Now I know this may sound a bit airy fairy to some people, but my advice is not to knock it until you try it.

Key #2: The second key is a desire, a PASSION, to contribute. This entire ride began as a result of my desire to make a difference. As we have all heard over and over again, if we help enough people get what they want, all of our needs will be more than met.

Key #3: The third key has been COLLABORATION. Whatever your dream is, there is no need to do it on your own. It would have been impossible to make the progress we have made without the support of others – from the help of people like Alan Davidson, to my incredible Gen Why team, to the nonprofit organization who took us under their umbrella, to all the celebrities, volunteers, mentors and other incredible souls who are showing up daily to get on board with the Gen Why Project.

Key #4: The next key is to KEEP YOUR EGO IN CHECK. We have one rule on the team, and that is, if anyone ever starts to make the project about themselves personally (vs. the children we are supporting), the rest of the team will beat them over the head with a large stick. No egos allowed!

Key #5: The final key is PATIENCE. This is one I struggle with daily.  I want it ALL to happen…and I want it to happen NOW. I need to remind myself almost on a daily basis that things are in motion and it will all happen in perfect timing.

Let’s end this with a few simple exercises for you. First, make sure to review the 5 keys above and relate them to your life.

Key #1: Are you asking for the answers to the questions you have?
Key #2: Do you have a strong passion to make a difference in the world?
Key #3: Are you open to collaborating with others to make it happen (vs. trying to compete with others and do it on your own)?
Key #4: Is your ego in check?
Key #5: Do you have patience or is your motto “I want patience and I want it NOW!”?

Now here are two action steps you can take…

1)    Define your passion

–    What are you passionate about?
–    What contribution/difference are you on this planet to make?

If you struggle with defining your passion, I suggest you do two things.  First, go to the beach (or a park or a lake or anywhere in nature you prefer) and put the question out there. Next, read Chapter 6 of Monetize Your Passion.

2)    Write out a plan

Once you get some clarity on your passion, start on a plan that includes specific outcomes and some of the action steps you can take to get there. Inspired action is the key to turning your vision into your reality.

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Rich German

Rich German is recognized as one of the most accomplished and popular business and life coaches in the world. Since 1999, he has conducted over 16,000 individual coaching sessions and has led numerous training seminars for thousands more. He is also a certified meditation teacher.

Rich’s clients not only get the results they are looking for, but they also experience great quantities of happiness.  He assists people on shifting from a work-style to a lifestyle. The goal is to be RICH IN LIFE! A prolific writer, Rich is the co-author of the bestselling book, Living the Law of Attraction, plus a series of short spiritual books titled Wisdom from the Path.  His newest book, Monetize Your Passion, is now available.

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Ellen DeGeneres:A Sapphic Victory, but Pyrrhic

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BEFORE millions of television viewers, under the dewy and beneficent gaze of Oprah Winfrey, the two of them traded moony glances. They held hands. They spoke the language of sonnets and torch songs.

“It was like an arrow was shot through my heart,” one said, describing an early meeting. “I felt weak at the knees.”

“I’m going to be with her until the day I die,” responded the other. Then their wedding video was played. It showed them in white — both of these brides.

In what may have been the most public display of gushingly romantic affection between two gay or lesbian celebrities, Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi professed their love in the secular chapel of Oprah Winfrey’s daytime talk show on Monday.

The moment came less than a week after voters in Maine, like those in 30 states before it, rejected same-sex marriage, and just a day before New York legislators would again postpone consideration of a bill to legalize such weddings, conceding inadequate support.

And it underscored what a fascinating example Ms. DeGeneres is setting, not to mention how tough it is to figure out precisely where Americans stand on an issue so fiercely contested that the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington, D.C., said last week that it would scale back social service programs if the district legalized same-sex marriage.

In the handful of states where same-sex marriage is legal, legislatures and courts — not voters — have made it so. A few polls in recent months have suggested that while a majority of Americans believe that gay couples should be able to enter into unions with some of the legal protections of marriage, a minority believe that gays and lesbians should be permitted to “marry,” per se. Same-sex marriage doesn’t fit into the kind of family that many Americans believe should be idealized; it offends many others’ deeply felt religious principles.

And yet Ms. DeGeneres, who exchanged vows with Ms. de Rossi during a span last year when same-sex marriage was legal in California, seems more popular than ever — and among audiences squarely in the mainstream.

A decade ago, she had trouble getting work, a development that she and many observers chalked up to her being “the most famous lesbian in the world,” as Ms. de Rossi described her on “Oprah.”

But now she’s on the cover of the current issue of O magazine, exclusive real estate usually inhabited by Ms. Winfrey alone. She’s a pitchwoman not only for American Express but also for Cover Girl makeup, a heartland product if ever there was one.

Come January, she’ll join the other judges on “American Idol,” the highest-rated prime-time television program in America, one that Middle American moms, dads and kids watch together.

And the audience for her own daytime talk show — designed less to challenge viewers than to tickle and warm them, like a fuzzy blanket — hasn’t diminished since Ms. de Rossi began popping up frequently in Ms. DeGeneres’s remarks, according to Nielsen figures.

Several gay and lesbian leaders speculated that Ms. DeGeneres’s good fortune was a harbinger of where same-sex marriage is headed, and said it exemplified the way issues involving gays and lesbians often play out. Culture leads politics, and support for familiar, respected individuals precedes support for a larger, more abstract idea.

“The story of Ellen is, in a way, a sort of metaphor for the story of the movement,” said Toni Broaddus, the executive director of the Equality Federation, an alliance of state-based gay-rights groups.

Then again, Ms. DeGeneres isn’t exactly the lesbian next door. She lives in that exotic galaxy called Hollywood, whose brightest stars are seldom asked to conform to the same rules as others. That’s the fun and wonder of them: the way they color so vividly outside the lines.

What’s more, she’s a comedian, cushioning much of what she does and says in the social Bubble Wrap of laughter.

“She’s dancing in her sneakers and making everybody else get up and dance, too,” observed Rachel Maddow, the openly lesbian host of an evening political talk show, on MSNBC. “She’s unthreatening by the nature of her comedic gift.”

Perhaps by dint of her gender, too. The lengthening list of prominent “out” lesbians on the small screen — Ms. DeGeneres, Ms. Maddow, Suze Orman, Jane Velez-Mitchell, Wanda Sykes — isn’t quite mirrored by a comparable list of openly gay men.

Ms. Maddow and others said that may be because some of the most damaging, off-putting parts of the persistent stereotype for gay men — that they’re promiscuous, even predatory — don’t extend to gay women, who are generally seen in less sexual terms.

“When you press people on their opposition to gay marriage and gay rights, very often it reverts to anal sex,” said Dan Savage, the openly gay editorial director of The Stranger, a Seattle newsweekly, and the author of “The Commitment: Love, Sex, Marriage and My Family.”

They look at gay men and that’s all they see, Mr. Savage said, adding: “They look at Ellen and they don’t know what she does with Portia.”

Ms. Maddow said that it may also make a difference that Ms. DeGeneres never winked and crowed about going on hot dates but instead rhapsodized about being in love and tying the knot.

Perhaps everything is a matter of delivery, context and timing. When Ms. DeGeneres came out as a lesbian in 1997, and her well-established, prime-time situation-comedy alter ego came out with her, there was a bluntness to the revelation (“Yep, I’m Gay” were the words with her picture on the cover of Time) and her sexual orientation took center stage. She was gay first, funny second.

Now she’s funny first, and as apt to refer to animal welfare or her vegan diet as to having a wife. Ms. de Rossi has appeared only once on Ms. DeGeneres’s talk show, where references to gay political issues have been fleeting, with some exceptions. Ms. DeGeneres did grill John McCain about same-sex marriage, and she jokingly asked Laura Bush and her daughter Jenna Bush Hager if she could use the Bush ranch in Texas, as Ms. Hager had, for her own wedding.

More recently she has been saying and sharing more, including the “Oprah” wedding video, on which she and Ms. de Rossi feed each other bites of cake. They look like countless other newlyweds. Then again, not.

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The Tao Of Twitter

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by Lama Surya Das

The TAO OF TWITTER is—like a standup comedian’s good one liner, haiku poetry, and the old fashioned singing telegram—rich with the magical power and incandescent immediacy of nowness, which is part and parcel of the power of Tao. People are genuinely feeling this invisible yet palpable pulse, its heartbeat the ambient chatter of hyper-connected mini-commentators and 24/7 viewers surrounding us all on a level playing field. This river of participatory being-in-touchness helps an increasing number to experience being part of ongoing public dialogues they’ve long been struggling to access in a traditionally stratified and hierarchical media environment reflective of society-at-large. Side by side rather than top down, social networking opportunities amplify and strength the possibility of virtual community and mass action today; whether for good or ill time will tell.

Though lacking the juicy face-to-face energy of more intimate interpersonal relations, this Paower—the evident, undeniable Tao-power surging in the very heart of the zeitgeist, like some sort of mystical relational growth hormone—is found flowing right though us individually and collectively, coursing through our fingertips at this very moment. Moreover, it’s totally here and now, on the sociopolitical, educational and spiritual dimensions, visible and invisible, outer and inner. Seize this moment, and connect with the timeless. It’s now or never. Here is timeless beauty. The very spirit in the machine.

Thousands of people are tweeting prayers to a website in the Old City of Jerusalem (http://twitter.com/theKotel) to be printed out and placed between the two thousand year old stones of the Western Wall, which is the last vestige of King Solomon’s temple. The Tao teachings point out that you don’t any longer have to try to get into the flow, Joe; it’s right through you every moment. Like the timeless Tao—the fundamental energy or spirit of the universe, well expressed in the wisest book ever written, Lao Tsu’s Chinese classic, over two millennia in age yet totally timeless—the Tao of Twitter is closer to you than you yourself are most of the time. Though you may feel far from it yourself, it is never far from you. It is the amount and quality of attention you bring to bear here and now that counts. This is wisdom’s timeless, evergreen secret. Help yourself.

Without opening your door,
you can open your heart to the world.
Without looking out your window,
You can see the essence of the Tao.
~Tao Te Ching”, chapter 47

In Korea, text messages sent to millions of cell phones significantly influenced a national election; Switzerland too is experimenting with direct communication to the Thumb Generation. The felt thrust and torque of tuning in to this subtle, invisible yet powerful magic is driving the new media, especially since the recently burgeoning phenomena of social networking. The mutual reciprocity of this instantaneous connection is showing up as dynamic power, from social networking’s power in influencing significant political events in Iran to everyman becoming a writer, communication and commentator far beyond the major media outlets—as has been much commented upon lately. There is no headier brew than finding oneself part and parcel of the greater participatory mandala of people exercised within by nowness.

The young people and their tribal communities are thriving in this new, level playing field of media and communications. The prana (vital force of life energy) may be very thin in cyberspace, as John Perry Barlow famously opined, but ubiquity of spirit can more than counterbalance that qualitative limitation. Science and spirit are nowise at odds with each other; one rightly considers heaven, what it is and how to get there, while the other deals mainly with solving more practical engineering problems here on earth. Utility, speed and opportunity rule this new e-world in our digital over-information age. Not unlike in our own celebrity culture, sizzle and buzz often outperforms substance—at the moment at least.

I believe that technology is pure spirit. It is not just a tool but can be a transformative force. Some experts, such as Ray Kurzweil and Ken Wilber, say that The SingularitY (when computers evolve to reach the level of the human mind and its evolving consciousness) is all but imminent, and that technology will be integrated into all facets of the world, including consciousness. Kurzweil, a noted technology thinker, has extolled the coming of ultrasmart machines, saying they will offer huge advances in life extension and wealth creation. “Something new has taken place in the past five to eight years,” Eric Horvitz of Microsoft has said. “Technologists are replacing religion, and their ideas are resonating in some ways with the same idea of the Rapture.” The neuroscience-minded monk and meditation master Dalai Lama of Tibet has suggested that, given the proper conditions, a person could be reborn as a computer. (“Consciousness could take rebirth with the support of the five elements <—earth, water, fire, air and space—>in the form of a computer; why not?”) This raises the evergreen question of human identity. I feel it’s worth looking at the emergence of this new social networking industry along with the entire realm of instant communications and explore together its potential and possibilities in terms of authentic interbeing and synergy, so we can co-create a more deeply interconnected community, society and world. Education is the silver bullet to alleviate many of our societal ills, and modern media communications exhibit all the various characteristics of both the best and the worst of traditional delivery systems. Like thought, tools are good servants but poor masters. The Singularity that forward thinkers apprehend may very well put such dichotomies to the test.

American democracy is at risk because of our withdrawal from public life coupled with the coarsening of collective consciousness. Like fanaticism, apathy comes at great cost. No one can do it all, alone, but no one is exempt from participating. In this instant-communications age, spiritual seekers have greater mobility and can more easily link personal beliefs and practices to broader political, social engagement and intelligent, nonviolent activism to make a difference in today’s volatile world. Today we have the enhanced ability to mobilize swiftly as a group through new technology. New technology and media communications are easily applicable to my own mission of transforming the atmosphere of spirituality in this country by providing a reliable refuge and spiritual solace to seekers, and furthering a truly “higher education” based upon universal metawisdom-for-life training. Like Gutenburg’s printing press, industry’s original killer app—whose first and most popular and lasting product was nothing less than The Bible—these new developments are presently being applied to content distribution. Some people (as in, businesses) try to avoid a trend and hold out with their old way of doing things (imagine a newspaper that doesn’t post any content on a website or a radio station that doesn’t have their stream online, which there are some). It is imperative to adapt the way you do things in order to stay in “the now” of the competitive environment, speaking practically.

There are interesting philosopher-teachers who are learning to leverage the new media, such as Ken Wilbe and Eckert Tolle, pushing the envelope, seeking better ways to transmit their redaction of the perennial philosophy’s edifying universal message. It’s important to understand, however, that just as newer and faster may not necessarily be better, the power of now is not necessarily an unmitigated good. Distance learning tools including streaming media are just one more modern wave of the stream of consciousness constantly reaching, straining forward and evolving like plants stretching for the sun. When we truly awaken from the sleep of ignorance and delusion, the dream of the separate self and its vestigial tail-like victim story, we realize that we have been knocking on the door from inside all along and need go nowhere special, lack for nothing! It is all within. One click of your red shoes—or mouse, as it were—and you can get where you’re going on this worldwide web facet of Indra’s all-embracing Net.

On the downside, I instinctively fear—perhaps incorrectly, afflicted as I am by anachronistic habits and conditioning, not to mention the unfair onslaught of grey hairs obscuring my vision—that the speed, relentless tsunami-like pace of new media’s technological developments and rising popularity of social networking is not only daunting but conducive to mindlessness as well as other unintended counterproductive side effects. For example, the fractured concentration and ADD-enhancing nature of instant communications coexistent with epidemic multitasking—including the CNN crawl diverting our attention from the main screen, the remote control bar and the split screen, the hundreds of channels to surf constantly though in an orgy of shopping mania; all this conspires to further entrain an already attenuated attention span for most of us while we incessantly seek instant gratification without ever quite finding it. Somehow, the “medium is the message” aspect of such must be overcome and balanced—or at least skillfully modulated—to help us be enlivened through the Tao of Twitter and embody the centeredness spiritual aspirants seek to experience as a serene refuge amidst the welter, burgeoning diversity and mindless cacophony of modern experience. Who today knows the bliss and simplicity of just doing what you’re doing, wholeheartedly, one hundred per cent and one single moment at a time?

Act without doing;
work without effort.
Think of the small as large
and the few as many.
Confront the difficult
while it is still easy;
accomplish the great task
by a series of small acts.
~Tao Te Ching, chapter 63

IM, text, Blackberry;
tweet to your heart’s content.
This is the Tao of Twitter,
the Zen of Now.
Many are called,
But few awaken.
The Secret is being fully present.
And aware. Nothing new
under the sun.

Article originally found at: http://www.kenwilber.com/blog/show/539


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Alan is also the author of the Free report “Body Breakthroughs for Life Breakthroughs: How to Peak Your Physical, Emotional, Mental, Moral, and Spiritual IQs for a Sensational Life” available at www.throughyourbody.com

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