Reaching for the Stars – Enlightened Goal Setting (Part 2)

“The important thing is to strive towards a goal which is not immediately visible. That goal is not the concern of the mind, but of the spirit.” ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

The ancient science of Numerology, which originated in Babylon and Egypt, was also studied thousands of years ago in China, India, Rome, Japan and Greece. It was in ancient Greece where a certain Greek Philosopher and Mathematician, Pythagoras, felt that the entire universe could be expressed through numbers, and his theories expanded Numerology (so that he became known as the father of Numerology).

Infinity_by_TheUnlikedOne_1600x1000In modern Numerology 2015 is an 8 Universal Year, (calculated by adding the digits of the year together).  The number 8 is said to represent infinite abundance, which of course could affect many different areas of our lives.

Let’s hope we can all harness this cosmic power moving forward…

Having done some soul searching, decide your definite major purpose.

There are nine advantages to this:

  1. You start to notice resources and develop the possible qualities needed to achieve your purpose.
  2. Specialise – attract the knowledge you need. This gives you focus.
  3. Budget your time and money. You don’t waste precious resources.
  4. It alerts you to possibilities you may have missed before, when your radar is honed.
  5. You make quicker decisions.
  6. You attract help. When you’re on a mission people will want to help you.
  7. Experience of the 12 great riches mentioned in part 1.
  8. Develop faith. Not so much in the religious sense, but in yourself.
  9. Develop success consciousness.

It is recommended to make goal statements. These should be positive, specific and with a deadline. Ideally they should fall under the categories of what, why and how. They should also be influence-able, i.e. under your control.  Decide the price you’ll pay, know how you are going to do it, and what you’ll learn and do. Read it several times a day, and memorise it.

Outcome Acting & Thinking:

Brian Tracy goal-quotes2Model yourself on other people who have done what you want to do. Study not just what they did, but if possible what they believed and their values. What were they focusing on? If you can meet such people, many successful people are prepared to help those with a dream. You can also learn a lot from books and people online.  To some extent you will go through trial and error to gain wisdom.

Working backwards is helpful. First you look at the big picture, and like a puzzle gather and fit together the pieces you need to achieve to reach your goal. It’s common sense to break it down into doable steps.

Remember to ask the magic question if you hit a brick wall:

“How can I____________________?”

Fill in the blank with whatever it is you need to know. It’s amazing how the answer will come to you. It could be in the form of meeting someone influential or knowledgeable in the area you’re interested in. You might see an article, hear a radio interview, read a book etc. Somehow, the universe will answer you.

It’s worth noting that without awareness thoughts and events happen on auto-pilot, according to our early programming.

Thinking:

  • Align your beliefs with your goals for the year. Watch out for your un-resourceful or self-sabotaging beliefs.
  • Values provide a source of motivation.
  • Filters allow us to let in the information that you need to reach your goal.
  • Create the big picture and then chunk it down into manageable steps and actions, so that you don’t lose heart or become overwhelmed.
  • Look at your method of making good and fast decisions.
  • You might find it useful to be aware of your psychological preferences. Are you extroverted or introverted? Sensing or intuitive? Thinking or feeling? Judging or perceiving? Why not take the Myers Briggs Test based on Jung’s writings in his book Psychological Types.
  • Understand your internal representations and how they steer your actions.

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We are all bound to hit some rocks on the road to success. Maybe even a mountain or two. There’s no avoiding it. I’ve found it helpful at such times to remind myself of Napoleon Hill’s statement that every adversity carries with it the seed of an equivalent or greater benefit. It’s okay to feel temporarily discouraged or bad about it, but the most important thing to do is to evaluate the adversity and list its advantages.

Germinate the seed…

Shakespeare so often has the right words and wisdom for every occasion:

There is a tide in the affairs of men,

Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune;

Omitted, all the voyage of their life

Is bound in shallows and in miseries. ~ Julius Caesar 4.3.217-20, Brutus to Cassius

If we go the extra mile we will gain more satisfaction, make ourselves indispensable, increase our personal initiative, develop self-reliance and courage, integrity and eliminate procrastination. The qualities of all successful people.

Good luck! By that I mean: Labouring Under Correct Knowledge

“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” ~ C.S. Lewis

Reaching for the Stars – Enlightened Goal Setting (Part 1)

“Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” ~ Napoleon Hill

It’s a new year, and we’re naturally focused on what we might do differently or better than last year. Those well-meaning new year resolutions to exercise more, give up smoking, and all manner of ‘should dos’ get attention for maybe a couple of months before they fall by the wayside; even if we’re super determined. Life has a way of testing us to the limit!

To me, the term ‘resolutions’ sets us up for failure before we’ve even begun. It sounds too much like iron clad will-power is required. There’s no fun or adventure and excitement in it. It sort of implies that we’ll need to be as serious as the United Nations are when they publish a Security Council statement of will.

Some lofty intention that we don’t really believe is attainable, eating away at our motivation for sustained action. We certainly do need intention and resolve to achieve our goals and dreams, but that alone won’t propel us to the heights of achievement.

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In this and the next post I hope to break down the components of how to turn a few ideas on your 2015 resolutions list into a way of life: a step by step approach to create habits so ingrained that it wouldn’t occur to you not to behave in a way that takes you closer to your desired outcomes; so that when 2016 rolls around you can knock back the champagne knowing you did everything in your power to live the life of your dreams.

Every year is a stepping stone toward manifesting the full potential of your life.

It’s an ambitious task I know, but I wanted my first post of 2015 to be as meaningful as possible…

Perhaps we should start with questions.

Why create something?

For some it’s the joy of creating, but at the end of the day, we all need to survive. We all want stuff. That’s okay. For others, the challenge is the key. If you set yourself a challenge that’s just far enough away to motivate and stretch you, just a little more than you thought you could do, but not so far away that it’s frustrating and seemingly impossible, who knows what your life could look like in the process of striving for that goal.  The point is it has to be important and meaningful to you.

The dictionary definition of success is:  the favourable or prosperous termination of attempts or endeavours; the accomplishment of one’s goals.

Napoleon Hill studied the most successful people in America over a period of twenty years, and at the suggestion of billionaire businessman Andrew Carnegie, he distilled this collective knowledge in his 1937 best-selling book: Think and Grow Rich.

In it, he lists the 12 Great Riches of Life:

  1. PMA – Positive Mental Attitude
  2. Sound physical health
  3. Harmony in human relationships
  4. Freedom from fear
  5. Hope of achievement, e.g. setting yourself challenges, which gives you a zest for life
  6. Capacity for faith
  7. Sharing your blessings with others
  8. Having a labour of love
  9. Have an open mind on all subjects
  10. Self-discipline
  11. Understand people
  12. Financial security

Napoleon Hill’s words of wisdom from the great man himself:

Do you know what you want?

Some of us have been told as children that we shouldn’t want anything, and in other cases these decisions were made for us. Some of us may have decided that what we want is not possible anyway. Just deciding this one thing could be the most important step you ever take.

It’s important to have that key ingredient of awareness, and ask: what are my beliefs around what I want? Beliefs are self-fulfilling prophecies that can either help us or hinder us in our quest.

The next thing to decide is the price. What are you willing to do, or to give of yourself to achieve your goals? The price must be paid in full (even though it’s January there’s no discounting allowed, sorry!)

Six Step Formula:

  1. Know where you are – this is taking stock of your situation. What do I know or not know? What resources are available to me?
  2. Know where you want to be, and be very specific.
  3. Take action. Doing something will lead to learning and to further actions. You may not know every action you should take, but an elephant isn’t eaten whole (if you excuse the example), just act the best way you can.
  4. Evaluate the action. What worked? How can I tweak it?
  5. Refine the action. Continue to act, evaluate and you will attract the people and situations that will help you.

I must away…until part 2.

“If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way. ~ Napoleon Hill

The Game of Life – Exploring Consciousness, the Playing Field of the Human Condition

I know it sounds obvious, but by virtue of our humanity we are all playing the game of life, whether we think about it or not, in astonishing energetic interactions of cosmic proportions.

There’s a word in Sanskrit: SAT-CHIT-ANANDA

SAT:  the absolute being, the essence that is pure, timeless and never changes.

CHIT:  the true consciousness

ANANDA:  joyfulness and pure bliss.

Earth_Eastern_HemisphereSo, by Eastern philosophy there is nothing that is outside of us, for we are one with the universe. Everything is connected. We are the one energy that’s everywhere and aware of itself, in a state of bliss.

Perhaps somewhere along the way you asked yourself: Who am I? Why am I here? What does existence mean to me? These are the fundamental questions that most people want answers to.

Religion has tried to give us the answers. Some have postulated the doctrine that we must be ‘good’. Do not sin and the kingdom of heaven shall be yours.  These rules that have been set out for us are rather black and white, with no room for grey. The aim of the game of black and white is that white must win. The game of life is one of duality, and seeming opposites.

We all need to eat, sleep, love, work, play, take care of ourselves and our loved ones, so we all play the game… It’s up to us if we are a pawn, a bishop, a knight, a rook, a queen or a king!

Black and white, joy and sorrow, right and wrong, good and evil. However, every coin has two sides. You can’t know one without the other, as each gives context to the other. In order to play the game we create these separations of the mind. We decide our preferences as we go. Ideally we find balance and equilibrium somewhere in the middle.

Traditional religion has rather set us up to fail, because it’s impossible for white to always win. We’ve already established that you must play the game, but you can’t win it in the indoctrinated sense.  Sadly, some play too hard and decide to opt out before their game is up.  ,

We are straddling two worlds. Jesus told us, ‘You are in the world, but not of the world.’

circle of lifeThat is the conundrum of the human condition. The nature of our physicality means we have to separate things and events, and draw the boundaries for what’s me and what isn’t me. Doing this however, puts us between a rock and a hard place, because the polarity only exists in our minds.

Buying and selling, giving and receiving, hot and cold, living and dying are all one thing. Bees and flowers are not separate. They are an eco-system that can only survive with each other. You could argue they also need the soil, worms, microbes, water and sunshine.

Physics calls the ‘one thing’ the Unified Field. Humanity could be compared to billions of water droplets from the same ocean. Individual: yet made from the same ingredients and from the same source.

Dividing things is helpful from the point of view that it enables us to go about our daily lives, stay safe, and make choices. The downside is that we risk becoming too separated and feel either alienated or in opposition from others. Social conventions magnify these perceived separations.

“Our entire biological system, the brain and the earth itself, work on the same frequencies.” ~ Nicola Tesla

Oneness-ReflectionIf someone asked you, how big is the sun? What would you say? ‘Well, it’s a massive burning ball of gas in the sky,’ or you might even go as far as to say, ‘it’s the extent of its light.’  Yet again, you could say, ‘Its beams of light are still travelling millions and millions of light years away.’

In reality there are no separate events. When did you begin? Was it with your conception, or your birth? Or did you come into being when your parents met, or perhaps when their parents met and all your ancestors going back to the dawn of time…? Maybe our souls have never not existed? We have our ideas about reality that are convenient for us, but in reality everything is one thing.

Lovely poem by Simon Welsh – The Zero Point Field:

You cannot know what it’s like to feel good without having felt bad and vice versa.  We can do things so we feel good more often than we don’t (and who wouldn’t want to if they are a conscious being), but to deny that bad exists and to resist it sets us up for frustration and anxiety. This is when we have to be aware of what kind of game we are playing and not play so hard. It’s a choice how hard we play, but our awareness self regulates us if we know where to direct it. Watch with awareness how you divide your world into ‘this’ and ‘that’.

To resist reality only causes more suffering.  I’ve been there, done that, and got the T-shirt on that one! To accept the full spectrum of what life immerses us in gives us the choice of how to react. If we are in sync with spiritual laws we will always feel that oneness that we pretend isn’t there. Have you ever had that complete and perfect feeling that you belong, that sense of connection with everything? However you are feeling right now is what oneness feels like. You can never-not be oneness. The whole spectrum of human emotion is how it feels.

To get past our minds which are conditioned to compartmentalise information is to get past resistance. Whoever wrote the script for Star Trek was a genius. “Resistance is futile.” Resisting life causes fear, anxiety, depression and alienation. Acceptance of ‘what is’ in the present moment is key.

mj-quote-swan-reflectionAttachments cause us suffering. But to be a human being means that we have attachments, (unless you are hermit). We all have attachments to people, to places, to things, to ideas. Life would be dull and boring without these attachments (I honestly don’t think we could live effectively without them), but the double-bind is that we must learn to relinquish them as and when the time comes. Whatever you love will change over time. That’s the root of our human condition. The question isn’t whether you are going to suffer, but how you deal with it.  There are times when we should all relax and play a softer version of our game.

From Harry Palmer’s book, Private Lessons:

“Adversarial games bring out the worst in human beings. Among successful adversarial traits are brutality, ruthlessness, deception, intolerance and exploitation. The resulting balance that adversaries create is more a wasteland of despair than fertile ground for life.

Inwardly the adversarial model is battle between desire and resistance, right and wrong, being a winner or a loser. The inner balance in an adversarial mind is stressful and unstable.

There must be a better way, and there is: Cooperation.

Let me offer you an ancient way of looking at opponents that does not lead to conflict. Think of opponents as depending upon each other. Instead of conflict, they complete each other. No up without down, no light without dark, no happiness without suffering… Everything has its season. When the competitive state of mind is honoured with trust and patience, it softens and comes to recognise the greater cycle of give and take.”

The brilliant author, journalist, researcher and lecturer Lynne McTaggart talks about the universe in an exceptional presentation that bridges science and spirituality at the LESA 2013 summit:

If we are not aware of the kind of game we are playing we react to situations by putting our stuff automatically either into the white pile or the black pile. When we are in the ‘witness mode’ we can observe how we create our personal game and adjust our strategy and the way we play accordingly.

Whilst we may have had to yield outwardly to worldly circumstance, we do not have to weaken inwardly.

“A Human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to enhance all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.” ~ Albert Einstein

You don’t need understanding to master the game of life. The only ingredient you need is awareness, which is our innate Self. May we all gain awareness of who we are behind the mask of mind.