Monday, March 22, 2010

Put yourself into the equation

Most self-help books are not self-help books.  They're 'maps.'  They are the author's self-help recipe, and map to what works for them.  Which is why, a lot of times, following the 'map' works for a while, and then it doesn't. The BEST self help book tells a parable, guides us and gives us clear information, but leaves a part of the 'map' open to interpretation, because the only way to truly help yourself is to adapt the 'map' to your own unique expression. 

And if the self-help gurus give us the 'map' and tell us to do it their way, they leave us out of the equation.  Hence, the reason that so many great gurus say the story must be learned in parable. 

We have to work at it, become a part of it, in order for the guidework to be successful.  The enigma, the "problem" to solve, the parable to understand, is actually just a way of putting US (I Am) into the equation.

My personal favorite guru is Beca Lewis, who wrote Living in Grace - The Shift to Spiritual Perception   (you can read about Beca and get the book by clicking on the link)

Two others I follow faithfully are Michael Masterson and Perry Marshall.  What they say is pertinent, clear, evocative and inspiring.

The three follow different focuses but the message is pretty clear....

Here's to your balanced equation!

Friday, March 12, 2010


I don't ever want my Understanding of The Shift® to be "commonplace."  I have been objecting to the negative connotation of "magical" because I like the word - not because I want to DO magic, but "magic" (as in Harry Potter wizardry) is so awe-inspiring for me.

My First Selectman was a really special kind of guy, not because he was wealthy or hugely intellectual, or anything else for that matter, except that he was the personification of "childlike thinking."  EVERYTHING was always new to him.  Everything was wonderful, as in full of wonder.  Being around him was to experience MORE joy, MORE fun, just by watching him enjoy Being in the Present.  Nobody enjoyed food more than he did.  Nobody enjoyed children more than he did.  And nobody broke harder than he did when faced with another individual in need.  He did what needed to be done, when it needed to be done, whether he had the resources or the backing or not.  That part of it generally got him in trouble..... 

but I want to focus on "childlike wonder."  To me, that's what feeling comes up with the word "magic."  Awestruck.  Awe-inspired.  When I experience the everyday wonders and miracles when Understanding and using Shift tools, I never want to lose that feeling of Awe and Gratitude at being alive, experiencing True Life.

Thanks for listening!

Love, Jet