Thoughts on Thinking

"When somebody persuades me that I am wrong, I change my mind. What do you do?" John Maynard Keynes

"If you're unhappy with your life, change your thinking." Charles Fillmore

"The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but your thoughts about it." Eckhart Tolle

"People are not disturbed by things, but by the view they take of them." Epictetus

"The unexamined life is not worth living." Socrates

"Consciousness is a terrible thing to waste." PunditGeorge

Thursday, August 04, 2016

The Magic Word!

LASACT folks -  if the slides for The Magic Word are not available from the conference website, send me an email and I will send you a pdf file.

georgeesewell@gmail.com

Thanks for attending.  It was a great gathering.  If you'd like the book, click on the cover at right - "Habits, Patterns, and Thoughts That Go Bump in the Night" to order.


UPDATE

For those who may want more information about the Complaint Free challenge, here's a short video by Brian Johnson that gives a great summary of Will Bowen's book and challenge.






MORE!  Here's the LINK to how the Magic Word was discovered.

Monday, July 04, 2016

FREEDOM!


By tradition we celebrate the Republic on July 4, the date when all signatures were affixed to the stunning document declaring independence.  


Our great experiment continues to confound history.  From the get-go was the debate over primacy – the individual or the government.  The principal factor in the debate is creation of wealth, another way of stating standard of living.  Wealth is created by individuals, We, the people.  Government cannot create anything.  It must take what others create.  In our Republic, this is taxation – a touchy issue that created the House of Representatives and its responsibility to originate all spending bills.  The structure is good.  As always, implementation is the key.

Attitude is everything.  Let’s look at two prevailing attitudes:

1.  Unless it is stated in the regulations, you can’t do it.
2.  Unless it is prohibited in the regulations, you can do it.

Which do you prefer?  In the former, one must have permission to do something.  In the latter, freedom of action is the norm unless specifically prohibited.

Our Republic was established on the latter although through the decades great amounts of personal freedom have  been surrendered to the government.  Once upon a time travel by flying was a delight.  And, once upon a time government did not recognize, or impeded, the inalienable rights.  The machinery to amend the Constitution has been used to correct instances where government prohibited freedom for many people.

It is attitude that rules.  There are people on the July 4th who are in mental and emotional bondage.  Rather than enjoy their lives and share that joy with others (rising tide lifts all boats) they instead dwell upon past “wrongs” and injustices.  Quite literally, that was then.  A different people, a different world-view, a different perspective from that of the present.  This is now.  Do you wish to be free?  Do you wish to be controlled by others?  The beauty is that you have the freedom and ability to do either.  I would encourage freedom – living in the present and making the present the most enjoyable moment.  (Hint:  There is only one moment, now.  There’s no such animal as past and future as far as experience goes.)

Those who get it, get it.  Those who don’t, can’t.  It took me a long time to fully grasp that.  Yet it’s true.  The Law of Attraction is the example.  Those who understand the Law of Attraction benefit from that knowledge.  There are people who deny that there is such a thing as the Law of Attraction.  It is the working of that law that helps convince such folks that there is no such thing.  Like attracts like, and if one thinks there is no such thing, then evidence of no such thing will come forth.


There are many unhappy people on this Fourth of July.  That is sad.  Let’s help them by having a rollicking good time celebrating freedom and all that is joyous.  You don’t have to convince anyone of anything (because you can’t) but you can demonstrate your joy in Life and perhaps, after a while, they’ll get curious.  Once curious, they may begin to perceive things differently.

Wednesday, June 08, 2016

Thinking about NOW

Now is the time.

Living in the moment.  Being in the now.  You've heard the phrases - make the most of the present - it's all you've got.  Well, yes.

When do you live?  Now.  Seriously.  When does life occur?  Now.  I know, you can look at the fossil and read the history book - look at life long ago.  When did that life occur?  Now.

When many people think about time, it is imagined as a track, much like a rail road track, on which the person moves.  The track behind is the past.  The track yet trod is the future.  We are conscious of having lived, living, and continuing to live.  The concepts of past, present, and future are well defined in our daily experience.  Morning, afternoon, night.  We get it.


Let's ratchet up a notch and reconsider our movement along that time track.  We don't move.  The track moves, so to speak.  When do you experience morning?  Now.  When do you experience afternoon?  Now.  When do you experience night?  Now.  Conceptually we can order experience, but experience can only exist now.  Therefore, life is possible only now.

Imagine yourself amidst a swirling universe, with people and experiences coming to you as you allow them into your now experience.  All of that drawn to you is attracted by your attention to it - Law of Attraction.  In this sense, the future is not something that happens to you, but you happen to your future.  Whatever you are experiencing now is the result of your consciousness.  If your experience is not as happy as you instinctively know it should be, then by changing your thinking (beacons that attract similar conditions/situations/people) you affect what you experience.  You're not helplessly riding the rails of time into experiences, but crafting (aware or unaware) the schema which form your now experience.

"But George, I remember when I was five years old and..."  Indeed you do.  When were you five?  Now.  Are you five years old now?  No.  Things are remembered only now.  The future is imagined now.  The past was experienced now and, of course, the future can only exist now.  Now is a slippery thing, but if you can wrap your head around it, so to speak, then managing your life becomes more effective.

"Life is too short to _________."  That well-intentioned thought is a good illustration of the railroad track version of life moving along time.  I'd suggest replacing "short" with "precious" or "important" or "valuable".  She how that alters the intent?  It pulls the concept into the moment, the now.  In effect, why put up with ________(fill in the blank) when you don't have to? Or want to?  Right now, this moment, you can decide, choose, determine, allow (any number of verbs will work) what you want to experience now.  Knowing that your now decision will attract similar conditions/situations/people.

Granted, in order to experience our luscious three dimensional world we have to create a time frame in which objects move about.  That requires a space to move about and a rate of movement (time).  It all happens now, but perception creates a track of before now, now, after now.  It's a rich and wonderful experience, and we love it!  Yet if we can mentally rise up a notch and see the process as it is created, then the importance of now is fathomed.  What you think now affects the movement of conditions, situations, people, into your life orbit.


Life is too much fun to experience by default.  Being aware now directs more thought power to the experience.  Life becomes more fun by intent.  Now.  It's when you are.


Thursday, April 21, 2016

The Simple Question

Do I want to be happy?

Not complicated.  Yes or No.  There is no "maybe" or "if."  If the answer must be predicated on certain conditions existing, or specific individuals doing or not doing this or that, then the answer is a default No.

Before anything comes a decision, a declaration of intention followed by attention.  Happiness must first be a choice.  Do I want to be happy?  Yes or No.  The question has nothing to do with whether you "deserve" to be happy, or "should" be happy.

Do I want to be happy?  Yes or No.

Yes, I want to be happy.

Keep that idea foremost.  Ignore the chattering nabobs of negativity.  It's your life.  You decide.

Monday, April 04, 2016

A Summary

This is a marvelous video clip that summarizes a host of concepts, impressions, "ah-ha!" moments, and revelations.  I have studied the "after life" arena since, well, forever, and have paid attention to commonalities included in diverse accounts and testimony.  Moorjani does a nice job of condensing a major impact into a clear video.  Enjoy.

"Anita Moorjani has become something of an international sensation since her book "Dying to be Me" hit the New York Times bestsellers list only two weeks after its release in March, 2012. She had experienced what most people never have; she "crossed over," and came back to share what she learned. Her remarkable NDE (Near-death experience) and subsequent healing from end-stage cancer is one of the most amazing cases ever recorded. Doctors had given her mere hours to live when she arrived at the hospital in a coma on the morning of February 2, 2006. Unable to move, and in a deep coma as the result of the cancer that had ravaged her body for nearly four years, Anita entered another dimension, where she experienced great clarity and understanding of her life and purpose here on earth, and was given a choice of whether to return to life or continue on into death. Anita chose to return to life when she realized that "heaven" is a state, not a place. This subsequently resulted in a remarkable and complete recovery of her health within days of her return."