In the Beginning… was the Dream

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Did you ever wonder how The American Dream turned into such a nightmare? Let’s start with the fact that The American Dream is a dream, so it always carried that risk. And that’s the one thing it has successfully delivered — illusion. Unfortunately, it’s not a very pleasant one these days.

I enumerate the sordid condition of the dream in my recent book, Awakening from the American Dream, but before we start to wail about how terrible this is, let’s again remember that it’s just a dream. Comfortable as our beds might be, we probably don’t mourn the loss of our dreams when we wake up. We’re glad to wake up, because a new day lies before us.

Thursday, 24 July 2014

It’s Time to Wake Up

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For most people, waking up is an unconscious habit. We wake up, we get out of bed, and we face the day. For some, the new day is greeted with enthusiasm, for others, with dread. The majority of us fall somewhere in between, and our attitude fluctuates from day to day.

Much the same can be said about our spiritual awakening. Some days seem more enlightened than others! Imagine consistency. Imagine knowing how to sustain the enthusiasm for awakening, even when the facts of a new day or the seeming reality of one’s inner state seem less than ideal?

Monday, 11 August 2014

You Are Here

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Socrates famously said, “I know that I am intelligent, because I know that I know nothing.” And, he won every debate. Fascinating. How could a confession of ignorance translate into intellectual supremacy? Let’s think this through.

Thursday, 26 June 2014

Five Minutes Would be Wonderful

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Sages of all stripes champion a range of benefits to living in the here and now. Eckhart Tolle wrote about the power of now. Thich Nhat Hanh – a renowned proponent of “mindfulness” – suggested that we “smile, breathe, and go slowly.” Really? Who has time for that?

Friday, 13 June 2014

The Awakening Impulse

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British author and founder of The Happiness Project, Robert Holden wrote that “Happiness is a most confronting inquiry because it challenges you to be honest about everything, including unhappiness. The truth is, you can’t be truly happy and be dishonest about your unhappiness.”

Most of us would probably blanch at the suggestion that we are dishonest on a daily basis. But, consider: when someone asks you, “How are you?” how truthful is your answer? We probably reply, “Fine.” Or, “Good.” And then we might quickly ask, “And how are you?” To which we usually receive a similarly superficial response.

 

Sunday, 25 May 2014

Lost in the Dream

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Have you ever been lost? Most of us have, at one time or another. Remember the feeling? Not fun. But, there was something else present too, a reaching out within yourself, asking for help. Especially if you didn’t ask a real person for directions (ie, if you were male).

Who or what were you addressing? You may have voiced an actual prayer but most of us just feel ourselves asking for help. And, it came! Obviously, because you’re not still lost. Or, are you?

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Get Set

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Awakening to the truth of yourself is the most important opportunity of your life.

In my recent book, Awakening From the American Dream, I introduced nine specific recommendations to begin shifting from the dream state into reality.

Thursday, 10 July 2014

Accelerate Your Awakening

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I often tell the story of the zealous student who asked his master how long it would take him to achieve enlightenment if he meditated two hours every day. “Five years,” said his guru. “And how long if I meditate four hours a day?” the enthusiastic student asked. “Oh,” replied his teacher, “then it will take you 20 years.”

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Happiness Tips - Page 4

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Speak words of appreciation for your closest friend. Tell him or her of your gratitude, not just for something they have done, but for who they are.

Verbal appreciations increase value, especially when they are proactive, rather than reactive. Why wait until there’s something you feel is worth appreciating before you express appreciation? Be arbitrary. Be creative.

 

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Happiness Tips - Page 3

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Notice that things may not be as they appear on the surface.

The world is as we are, and our reality is a reflection of what we believe it to be. This is quite a revelation for most of us, because it means that we actually create our world. This has great potential power, but it is up to us how we make use of it. Once we understand that the creation of our world is our own responsibility, we are free to create it differently (or not) as we see fit.

Wednesday, 21 May 2014