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The Constant Hunger of Desire

Posted by sibbia on November 14, 2007

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My long awaited package arrived today. Inside were two books, one of which I’ve been waiting years for. I can remember finishing the book before this one. The tension I felt as the conflict in the story grew, the bitter disappointment as the book wound to a close but the story did not.

I frantically searched for the title of the next book determined that I would buy it immediately and devour the entire thing in one sitting. But it was not to be, no title or publication dates were forthcoming. Time went on, and for the first time in all my decades of reading, I tracked down the author’s website. From time to time, the author would provide updates. She would tease us here and there with stories of her progress.

Eventually there was a publication date!

And another and another before the book was finally released. Each time I eagerly awaited the book’s release and sighed when the date was changed. I even chose not to preorder at Amazon so I could make sure I had the book on the day it was released, but when the bookstore did not have the book when it should have been released, I decided to order it along with another book that my daughter needed for school.

As I said, the long awaited package came today!

When I got around to opening the package, I pulled out the second book, a beautifully illustrated copy of The Human Body: An Illustrated Guide to its Structure, Function and Disorders, instead. I was enthralled by the pictures and explanations – they even described a few surgical procedures! I showed it to my daughter and we talked before going on with our day.

The long overdue and eagerly awaited book didn’t reach my hands for hours later. When it did, I gave it a hug. I happily remembered the hours I spent with the one before it. I looked at the cover, read the acknowledgments and book flaps, and flipped to the last page to get a page count (697, in case you were wondering).
Then, without any qualms, doubts or hesitation, I decided the book would likely wait until Thanksgiving came along to read it. When all was said and done, I read one sentence of the story, and then pondered the ways I could use a well-written, descriptive book to teach writing.

Now before you write me off for showing such angst over a book only for it not to matter much when it arrived, ask yourself how many times and ways you’ve done the same thing.

We are always pursuing something in life. There is always some goal, object, possession or skill we feel as though we must have.

For some of these things, we tell ourselves, “we deserve it!” For others, the argument is made that our lives will be so much better when X happens. This is yet another case of “I’ll be happy when” which I posted about earlier.

How many people do you know who have gotten a degree and then never worked in that field, or hate the work they do now? How many times have you bought something or signed up for some program to never use the item or service in question? How many times have you longed for something only to find it wasn’t at all what you expected, or nearly as important as you previously thought?

We’ve all done this, consciously or unconsciously. This process steals our joy and power by placing them in something outside ourselves. It robs us of our ability to truly focus on the here and now and distorts our sense of what is and isn’t important.

Part of deciding to be happy, deciding to be conscious, is fully accepting the here and now, even while we work to change it. It requires that we keep our mind’s eye trained on our vision, but our eyes on our current situation.

In this way we protect our health, relationships, sense of self and true priorities while we increase our earning potential, learn a new skill, start a business or any other time consuming venture that could allow us to lose focus.

After all, what would finally reaching our goal or receiving our desired object mean if we’ve sacrificed more essential, but often taken for granted, priorities?

P.S.
For anyone who happens to be wondering… the book in question is The High King’s Tomb by Kristen Britain.

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Human Potential

Posted by sibbia on September 23, 2007

What do you think one person can do?  How much can be achieved in one lifetime?  How much can be achieved later in life?

Human potential is a fascinating subject full of quirks, mysteries and much debate.  And this particular period of history is thought by many to offer a better chance for the development of an individual’s true potential than ever before.  But is this true?

We have more (and better and faster) access to information than ever before, but as a whole we use less of it.  We are content with focusing on increasingly narrow specializations without seeking a broader understanding of the happenings outside our field or the world around us.

And when we do dream or wonder or seek to explore, too often we are told (or tell ourselves) that we couldn’t, it’s too much or too big a goal for one person, or we’re too old, don’t have enough time, will never have enough money.

Instead, we remember that we used to want to be a doctor, or start a school, write a novel, learn an instrument, travel more, start a business… but we continue to lead lives that we consider more “practical” or “stable”.

That said, there are brave souls who desire to break the mold.  They are courageous enough to “try to do it all”, or make major life changes.  People who walk away from successful careers to start their own businesses, become a medical doctor at age 50, run several different businesses, websites and blogs, finally climb Mt. Everest and other accomplishments I can only imagine.

Such people are shining examples of what one person can do and how one lifetime can be used.  As this is a fascination of mine, I will profile such people when I run across inspiring stories.

 I hope we all get a better understanding of just how much each of us really can achieve.

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Your Own Personal Theme Song

Posted by sibbia on September 3, 2007

“Oh say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave… O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?” 

National anthems, team fight songs and even company taglines are all used to promote loyalty, recognition and victory.  The right combination of words and music has the power to stir the soul.   It is uplifting and encouraging.  And it can be held onto even in the darkest of times.

I have spoken before about music, and another way to effectively use its influence is to adopt your own personal theme song.  You probably already have a song (or several) that you are drawn to because of the lyrics, some piece of music that seems as if it were written to describe you or some situation you’re going through.

Claim it.  Make it your own.

Pick something that stirs you, that makes you say, “I CAN do this!” 

Then… play it when you have success, play it when you think you don’t, play it when you feel discouraged, play it just to say, “this is me, this is true.”

There are thousands of songs out there to choose from, but I’ll share with you some of my favorites.  I’ve worked with them long enough that any one of them can set me back on the right track.

  • Survivor, Destiny’s Child — I originally used this song to help deal with breakups or unexpected mishaps, but now it’s general encouragement. (It’s even good when still attempting crazy physics or statics homework problems at 2 am, which are due the next day of course — truly multipurpose.)                           

“You thought that I would self-destruct, But I’m still here,  even in my years to come, I’m still gon’ be here.  I’m a survivor (what), I’m not gonna give up (what), I’m not gon’ stop (what), I’m gonna work harder (what),
I’m a survivor (what), I’m gonna make it (what), I will survive (what), Keep on survivin’ (what)!!

  • Everything Louder Than Everything Else, Meatloaf — A strange choice for a theme song perhaps.  This song is useful whenever I have to deal with situations that want me to conform, which really isn’t likely to happen.  Or just to remind me that I’ve come to benefit from being “different”.

 If I had to pick just one sample of this song that means the most to mean when I listen to it, it would be:

“If you want to get it done, you got to fight for yourself
And I like my music like I like my life
Everything louder than everything else
Everything louder than everything else
Everything louder than everything else”

  • Fame, Irene Cara — Fame! “I’m going to live forever.  I feel it coming together…”  What more needs to be said? 

 Baby, remember my name! 😉

  • What a feeling, Irene Cara — Have you ever really listened to the lyrics of this song??  Attraction in action.

Take your passion, and make it happen
Pictures come alive, you can dance right through your life
What a feeling (I can really have it all)
What a feeling (Pictures come alive when I call)
I can have it all (I can really have it all) 

And, number one on the charts of personal theme songs… whatever the problem, whatever the issue, the one that says it all…  Aerosmith’s Dream On!!!

Half my life is in books’ written pages
Lived and learned from fools and from sages
You know it’s true.  All the things come back to you

Sing with me, sing for the year
Sing for the laughter, sing for the tears
Sing with me, if it’s just for today
Maybe tomorrow, the good Lord will take you away

Dream On Dream On Dream On
Dream until your dreams come true
Dream On Dream On Dream On
Dream until your dream comes true
Dream On Dream On Dream On

Readers, dream on, dream big, dream often… dream until your dreams come true.

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What is your dream?

Posted by sibbia on August 26, 2007

Exactly what is a dream and what is your dream?  This is the question being asked by Lisa Murray as she films a documentary she calls, “I Have Dreams, Damn It!”

I’ve included Lisa’s original question and a select few video responses, the last (but not least) being from your favorite blogger!

Enjoy!

 Lisa’s Original Request

One Woman Answers

 This one wants to empower millions and make millions of dollars, awesome!!

My Answer:

What do you think and what are YOUR dreams?

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Asking the Right Questions

Posted by sibbia on August 24, 2007

We’ve previously discussed the idea of asking for Divine guidance and wisdom in our lives and my last post talks about changing or shifting your energy in order to attract what you want or need.

Now let’s carry that thought one step further.  What would happen if we believed (and acted on the belief) that we already had the answer to any question we might want to ask?  Wouldn’t this just be the realization of the idea that all true knowledge comes from within?

What if, just what if, you already had and knew everything you needed to live the life of your dreams? 

How would you feel?  What would you do?  What would be different?

Personal Account

It was once suggested that this blog should be titled “speaking is believing” and for good reason.  If I could impart one idea as paramount it would be to watch your words and thoughts, to be careful what you say to yourself and others.  Recently, a fellow blogger at over at million-dollar-blog.com gave me another way to do just that.

He wrote a post on how to ask the right questions back in May which I discovered a few weeks ago.  It is meant to get you asking the kind of questions you need to get more positive results and is based on the premise that whenever you ask yourself a question, your mind immediately works to find an answer.

After reading this post and paying attention to my normal internal conversations, I realized that I still often asked myself the wrong questions!  And I’m willing to bet that most of us do the same.

For instance, my favorite question has always been, “why?”  If I don’t understand, I want to know why.  If something doesn’t go as planned… I ask why.

Why did this happen?  Why am I in this situation?  Why haven’t I still done <fill in the blank> yet?

Does any of this sound familiar?

In the weeks after reading that post, I’m beginning to replace why with what and how.  It goes like this:

What happened?  How do I respond to it?  What’s the best thing for me to do in this situation?  What can I do now to get this done?

Can you see the difference?

Your mind will respond very differently to the second set of questions than it did the first.  This is a wonderful, simple practice that can be added to your day along with a few regular affirmations.  Just ask yourself a question you need the answer to and wait to see what comes to you, both right then and throughout the day.

Try it for a week and let me know what you think.  Try it today and see what happens!

Start with a question from the million dollar blog and ask yourself, “how could I improve my life or something around me by 1 percent?

Then keep an eye out for my post on questions that can change your life.  Remember, it really is all in your head! 🙂

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Changing Your Vibes

Posted by sibbia on August 21, 2007

One of the things new discoveries in science has taught us is that everything vibrates at a certain frequency, that, at its core, everything including us, are vibrating masses of energy.

The Law of Attraction uses this principle by trying to match our own personal vibrations with the energy signature of the object we wish to attract into our life, but how does this happen exactly? Why does it work?

As without, so within

We’ve often heard, and this blog has mentioned, that our external life is just a reflection of our internal situation — that we are co-creators of our physical universe, the sum of all things around and affecting us.  Now what if we also accept that our bodies, our spirits, our minds also reflect the vast sum of all creation?  That our connection and interconnectness cannot be broken?  That we cannot step foot on the earth without the earth also pushing back on us.  That just as a single cell or piece of a hologram describes the whole in its entirety, we also represent the oceans of possibilities, the thoughts, dreams, and knowledge that makes up the sea of divine consciousness.

If we can accept and embrace that being able to think, “I am.  I am here.  I am alive.  I am conscious,” defines us as conscious beings, as consciousness itself, then we must be an inseparable part of the collective human consciousness and able to draw on it! 

Created in God’s likeness and image

Every human, each and every one of us, has the ability to transcend his or her limitations.  We each have a divine spark that serves as a connection to the vast creative power of the universe.  Created in God’s likeness and image, we are different than the animals, we are in truth divine beings.  And to the extent that we realize, develop and master that potential inside of each of us, we experience the fulfillment of our desires and goals.  This connection serves as a link to the universal consciousness, the ultimate source of all creativity, inspiration, ability and knowledge.

But how do we use this?

Thoughts are energy

Have you ever passed a restaurant and suddenly had a longing for the food there?  Watched a commercial and decided to buy a particular product?  Walked into a room of people and immediately knew (felt) something was wrong?

In the case of the restaurant and the room of people, you felt the energy of the place which you then took to be your own thought or feeling.  The commercial was designed to create certain emotions and desires (again just energy) which became the thought in your head to buy their product.

How does this help?

Summary

 Realizing that “our” thoughts and emotions are just energy states, we can begin to manipulate them to our advantage.  Treat your thoughts/feelings/emotions as something outside of yourself.  Spend time consciously deciding how you will think and feel.  This starts to change your own vibration, the energy signature you create. 

Your goal is to become attractive to the things you want and need.

Birds of a feather…

Do this by both specifically resonating with your target objective (through affirmations, pictures, visualizations etc as discussed in other blog entries) and generally creating and sending out “good vibes” whenever possible.  Take time out to engage in activites you enjoy, and share them with others, spend time in caring for someone else, and just live joyfully.

Do your absolute best to find and/or bring joy to everything you do and everyone you interact with, and you can rest assured that joy will continually find its way to you.

All you have to do is, change your vibes!

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Success Leaves Clues

Posted by sibbia on August 16, 2007

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Most of us are chasing success in some way.  Be it through realizing personal growth, staying fit and healthy or the achievement of some other goal, most of us are engaged in wooing success.  This is our most intense courtship and demands hours and hours of our time and likely, hundreds (if not thousands) of our dollars.

Yet both Lady Luck and Madam Success only toy and flirt with us, tantalizing us with their wares and enamoring us with their charms before flitting away again, leaving us to continue the chase until…

We decide to own our own success and our own luck.

When we determine that we are always lucky and always successful, when success lives in our mind and hearts, we end that dance, the eternal chase for something outside ourselves.  We stop saying things like, “I’ll be happy when… (I get a new job, make more money, find a wife, find a husband, lose 50 lbs, get a new car…),” and we stop looking for outside approval.

 We become content and happy now, with where we are and where we’re going.

Contrary to popular belief, things may not always go as planned for the master of his or her own destiny but there is the realization that things are going exactly as they should.  Any supposed failure is baptized as success and the master moves forward.

Baptized as success?  Yes!  See through the illusion of failure, lack, limitation, or sickness — name it success!  For you see, when success lives in your heart, it leaves clues.

Search through “mistakes”, “failures”, or any other troubling situation for lessons learned, new ideas and other clues that point the way to even greater achievement.  They are there.  Breadcrumbs that lead you to the path of the life you were meant to live.  Situations, places, people and events, all designed to help you find the way to your greatest good.

So decide right now that you are successful, that you have within you everything you need to succeed, that everything in your life leads you to exactly where you are supposed to be and you’ve begun to make a home for success in the only place you ever needed to find it — in your heart.

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Food For Thought

Posted by sibbia on August 15, 2007

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I think it’s becoming clear by now that I am a big fan of including many simple practices for focusing our thoughts, goals and intentions into our daily routine.  Whether we are looking to experience a greater sense of our connection to all things and our place in the Universe, to find guidance on a particular issue, or achieve some physical manifestation, it is beneficial to have as many reminders of our goal as possible — particularly things that excite one or more of the senses.

Art, music and reading have been discussed as potentially untapped sources of inspiration for our daily meditation practices and they can be potent tools when used well.  But there is something else that can engage all our senses and also serve as a creative platform for visualization, affirmations and thanksgiving.  And that would be…

Our food.

Now before you leave the page thinking that I’m finally off my rocker, I ask you to have an open mind.  Many of us were taught to say a prayer over our food, to give thanks before we eat.  For some of us this process is now done quickly without much, if any, thought.  For others it’s been relegated to distant childhood or yearly family gatherings.

But it would be helpful for us all.

When you can, make the process of preparing and eating your food one of thanksgiving, whether it be a simple lunch or elaborate banquet.  Be thankful for the food, your ability to prepare it, the circumstances in your life that have kept you fed.  Bless the food.  See it sustaining you, doing its part to help you achieve your goals.  In that state, take a moment to picture what you want to accomplish and be thankful that it (or something better) will come to pass. 

Be happy!  Be cheerful!  Be thankful!

Bon Appetit!!

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Power of the Spoken Word

Posted by sibbia on August 8, 2007

Today I wanted to remind us all of the power of the spoken word.  I often advocate for the use of affirmations and different types of meditations as part of our daily practice — and I still consider this an extremely important part of our creating the success we desire in our lives. 

There is something, however, that has a much more lasting and continual effect, and that is the content and quality of our spoken word.  When it is said that you create your own reality, it is not simply through meditation and mental picturing — those are only techniques to firmly ingrain a set of beliefs in your awareness.  It is also, even primarily, through the words we choose to describe ourselves and our circumstances.

When we understand the power we have to create ourselves and the world around us, we become much careful in how we choose to speak.  Statements such as, “I’m no good at math”, “I’m always late”, “I never win anything” or “I have a terrible memory”, serve to create and sustain that very reality.

 But instead of writing further on the subject myself, I will direct you to an excellent set of posts written on the topic already. 

The first post covers the various ways we might be influenced and asks us to be aware of what thoughts and beliefs we are readily accepting into our awareness.  It was written by Mark of  The Naked Soul — an insightful and interesting blog that is not to be missed.

The second post deals directly with seeding your mind with the correct thoughts and beliefs through the conscious use of powerful words.  The post comes from the Million Dollar blog and lists 12 simple ways to empower your words and your life.  A site definitely worth subscribing to.

As always, seeing is believing and believing is achieving.  Seeing you enjoying a wonderful, happy and blessed day!

Writing to our success,

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Life’s Peaks and Valleys

Posted by sibbia on August 6, 2007

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Life is cyclic.  Seasons change, flowers bloom, then wither and die only to bloom again.  The first buds on a tree’s bare branch heralds the coming of spring then becomes a profusion of flowers, an abundance of shading giving summer leaves, a glorious shower of fall foliage, only to become a bare branch once again.

Neither state is any better or worse than another.  All are necessary and each has its place.  It is simply the way of the world.  There are periods of growth and abundance, as well as death and decay.  Our lives also have these same periods. 

 Most of the time these seasons are reflected in our lives in the course of a month, a week, or the 24 hours of a day.  If drawn on a graph they would be be shown as many, relatively small, ups and downs.  Nothing too dramatic or earth-shaking.  Life is relatively stable.

There are periods, however, when everything seems to slide downhill.  Health problems, death in the family, marriage troubles, sudden financial loss… they all pile together, gradually picking up steam, until they appear to charge at you with an unstoppable momentum and you are faced with an overwhelming feeling of loss, fear or despair.

Yet… however bad things many seem… whatever problems you are facing… you can handle it.

Life never gives you more than you can handle.  It only seems that way.  So when something has done its best to bring you low, look up!  Aim high!  And be thankful!

Be thankful?  Yes, thankful!  Be glad, be joyful, get happy!  Have you never seen the pendulum on a grandfather clock?  Have you never noticed that however low a sine wave goes, it rises again to a peak just as high?  After every winter, spring comes again.  After every night, a sunrise!  Has the dawn ever failed you?

No matter how long or dark your personal winter is… no matter what choices, conditions or situation brought it about… spring WILL comes.  Hold to that vision of spring.  Turn whatever challenge you are facing, big or small, into an opportunity for growth. 

I remember hearing a story of a woman who created a fortune for herself by inventing a gadget that kept toddlers from unrolling the toilet paper!

Every challenge or problem is nothing but a stepping stone to your own good, if you choose to see it that way.

Remember, seeing is believing and believing is achieving.  See your way to happiness, love, joyful abundance and lasting health.

Namaste.

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