Monthly Archives: September 2007

What You are Focused On

We all become focused on various things as we move through our day. Many people feel the need to tell us what we should be focused on. For example what political figure is important, what we should eat, where we should exercise, what religion is the “right” one, what sports team is the best, what vitamins we should take, what is the best car to buy, what book to read and etc.

The simple message today is “It’s not what you are focused on, it’s how you feel when you are focused.” – Abraham

We all tend to get deeply involved in what we are focusing on. As we live on a planet that is rich in diversity and choices, the possibilities are unlimited. The important part is how you feel when you are focused on something, anything.

Are you feeling bad while focused on something? Are you in pain? Are you feeling depressed? Does it make you angry? Does it make you sad? Are you aggravated? Are you bored? Do you feel guilty?

Or.

Does what you are focused on energize you? Does it ignite a passion in you? Do you feel happy or happier? Do you get a big smile on your face? Does it make you laugh? Do you feel appreciation?

Next time you are focused on something that is making you feel down or negative, simple stop focusing there. Go and find something to focus on that makes you feel better, great or fantastic. Why spend your time any other way?

Have a great day!

Michael

Myanmar (Burma) – a Message of Hope and Inspiration

It is no coincidence that Buddhist monks decided to start protesting against the military regime in Myanmar (Burma) around the Full moon in Aries. This Aries moon represented new beginnings and a time to let go of the past. The energy on the planet is urging us to completely trust and have faith in ourselves and our dreams, (email me to subscribe to my lunascope newsletter for more information on the full/new moon at rebekah@rebekahshaman.com). It is time to step into our power and take the risks we need to bring us closer to our goals.

The Monks in Myanmar are doing just that. Despite the threat of pain and death they are uniting in their need for freedom from an oppressive regime. Instead of feeling horrified by what is happening we can see it as an inspiration and hope. There is a greater message in what is happening and we cannot lose it with our concern about what is happening.

It reflects how the macrocosm is mirrored in the microcosm. Just as the Monks and innocent protesters stand up to the oppression and face their challenges head on, believing in the dream regardless of the consequences, we too must find the courage to face our own demons and challenges and do what is needed in order to find our personal freedom.

We are all creating our reality, and we all have the power to change what is happening to us. This moon urges us to stop hiding behind our own limiting, controlling beliefs and thought forms and know deep in our hearts that we can change it, even when the obstacles are stacked against us.

This uprising is also reminding us that we are more powerful when we stand united as one voice and work together as a team with a vision for the greater good. The protesters are using non-violent demonstrations to tell the world that they no longer accept the present situation and that it is time for change.

No matter the outcome, their poignant message and strength of spirit is spreading throughout the world and showing all of us that we too must stand up for what we believe in, no matter what others may think or do.

So take that leap into the unknown and trust that you are protected, supported and loved. Only when we follow the calling of our hearts and make the first courageous steps towards creating our dreams can we really begin to change our world and the world around us…

Love and Blessings

Rebekah Shaman xxxx

What Story Are You Telling?

I’d like to follow on from yesterday’s post.

What story are you telling? In other words when you are discussing yourself with others, how are you describing your situation?

Is your story one of reflection on all the negative things that have made you what you are today? Is it one of details around all the problems you have experienced that have molded your personality? Is it a discussion on things people have done to you that you didn’t like? Is it a story about all the mistakes you have made? Is it a story about all your health problems or issues? Is it a story about how little money you have? Is it an endless discussion about all the bad relationships you have been in?

Or.

Is your story about the future? Is it rich with hope and faith in what is coming your way? Is it about what you will do with the extra money that is flooding your future? Is it about your perfect relationship? Is it about how you overcame an event in your past and that is one of the reasons you are such a great person today? Is your story about what it will feel like when you overcome some pain in your body? Is it about that wonderful new job just waiting for you around the corner?

Focusing on the past gets you nowhere. It generally makes you feel bad, limits your imagination, reduces your hope for the future and keeps you repeating all of the things you don’t like.

Focusing on the future brings hope into your life, broadens your perspective, increases your realm of possibilities and just makes you feel much better.

So, next time you are talking to someone, be aware of what story you are telling. If you notice that you are telling a story of the past and it is not a pleasant one, stop. Start telling a different story. One that makes you feel better. The difference in your life will be extraordinary.

Have a great day!

Michael

Upstream and Downstream

Using the concept of upstream and downstream is a great analogy that can help point you in a direction that is more pleasurable. (Note: this analogy is not a creation of mine, but of Abraham-Hicks.)

Imagine your life or the flow of your life to be like a stream or river. Going with the flow or downstream is easy, relaxing, effortless and fun. Going upstream is difficult, exhausting, never ending and depressing. Your emotional state of being is your guide to telling you whether you are going upstream or downstream. You feel bad when going upstream and good when going downstream. Sounds easy enough, doesn’t it?

What are some examples of upstream statements?

  • I’m really annoyed by what that person said to me.
  • All the drivers in this state are reckless and dangerous.
  • My mother can be so aggravating.
  • My brother can be so mean to me.
  • I get really pissed when someone over charges me at a retail store.
  • I hate going to work.
  • I’m powerless to make any changes in my life.
  • I don’t have enough money.
  • I have too many bills.
  • I can never find someone decent to build a relationship.
  • I can never find a good parking spot.

What are some examples of downstream statements?

  • I always find the best parking spots.
  • Regardless of how my mother (or father or brother or sister) acts towards me, I always have the choice of how I will react.
  • I’m hopefully that I can improve the influx of money into my life.
  • That puppy is really cute.
  • I really love photography.
  • It’s not personal when a retail store makes a mistake in my purchase.
  • My work is helping to pay my bills. I always have the choice to find another job that is more satisfying.
  • I am in complete control of my life and the direction I want to go.
  • I really enjoy gardening.
  • I love meeting friends for dinner and laughing for hours.
  • Watching sunsets is relaxing and makes me feel good inside.

As you can see the difference between an upstream and a downstream thought is small. Subtle changes in words will keep you feeling better. Feeling better will elevate your mood and perspective. That in turn will keep your world of possibilities infinite. And in the long run that translates to “anything can happen at anytime.”

Have a great day!

Michael

Change Techniques

What do you do when you want or need to make a change? One of the best methods, I’ve found, is to use your imagination/creativity to visualize what you want.

For example, let’s say that you are looking to make a career change or at the very least make a job change. Ask yourself some or all of the following questions:

  1. If there were no obstacles, what would my perfect job look like?
  2. How much money do I want to make?
  3. Do I want to travel?
  4. How many hours per week do I want to work?
  5. Do I want a position that is more strategic or do I like the tactical side of the business better?
  6. Do I want a position that utilizes my creativity?
  7. What kind of benefits do I desire?
  8. Do I like to work within a group or alone?
  9. Would I want to relocate? If so, where?
  10. Are the values of the company important to me?
  11. Are there new skills I need to develop?
  12. What am I passionate about?

You can adopt these questions to anything you want to change. They can help to clarify your intention. Write all of your answers down. Place this document on your refrigerator, your PC, your desk, your bathroom mirror. Look at it every day. Think about them. Visualize them. Imagine what it would be like to have this change take place.

What you will find is that subtle things begin to happen? Your attitude shifts to a more positive perspective. Doors open that might have stayed closed. You meet people out of the blue that seem to be able to help you.

Life changing events can happen just because you exercised your imagination.

Have a great day!

Michael

Listening

Listening is an act of generosity. – Jenny Hill (?)

During a recent leadership course, the topic of listening was given an entire afternoon. This is a fundamental skill that is lacking in many leaders and relationships.

Most of us listen to determine when we can inject our thoughts and opinions into the conversation. The other time is spent thinking about what we want to say. Very little attention is given to the person that is speaking.

Active listening requires us to put our thoughts to the side and give our full attention to the one talking. The highest level of listening actively seeks a clear understanding of what someone is communicating.

True, sincere listening is about respect for another. It’s about giving someone the time to communicate and the conscious attention to receive their message. It’s the gift of generosity.

One of the highest compliments paid is “You’re a great listener.” Next time you are having a conversation with your child, sibling, parent, co-worker, boss or etc., stop and give them your full attention. Don’t talk except to clarify what they are saying. You may be surprised at the results. You’ll learn more about that person and their message plus you will be seen as a caring and generous individual.

Michael

Full Moon in Aries

Today is the Full moon in Aries. If you would like to know more about this moon cycle please email me at rebekah@rebekahshaman.com and I will send you my monthly lunascope newsletter that describes in detail the meaning behind this moon and how we can access the energy.

In brief the Aries full moon is all about new beginnings. It gives us the opportunity to let go of past failures, losses and disappointments and move forward with new energy. There is no easy way of doing this except to step into the fear with renewed faith and trust that the Universe is protecting and supporting us. It is symbolised by the Fool in the tarot. The fool follows the path of the heart, regardless of where it leads him or her, understanding that they is being guided and knowing everything is happening perfectly.

Tonight my mother invited me and my partner, my sister and her partner and my brother to see Fiddler on the Roof. The story centers on Tevye, the father of five daughters, and his attempts to maintain his family and religious traditions while the world and civilization around him change rapidly. He must cope with both the strong-willed actions of his three older daughters — each daughter’s choice of husband moves progressively further and further away from established custom — and with the edict of the Tsar that upends the Jewish community in the village. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fiddler_on_the_Roof

It was a poignant play to see on this full moon night. The theme centers around traditions and customs that keep us tied to an old paradigm. In the modern world we have replaced religious traditions and customs with self-serving systems and structures, to the detriment of our social, economic and environmental well-being. We consume and pollute the planet, as if there will be no price to pay. Tevye can be likened to our politicians and those in power who are trying to control our environment, and we, as his daughters, beginning to rebel against the authority that is no longer serving us or the planet.

While we hold on desperately to a way of life that feeds the illusion we are safe and protected, the world is changing rapidly. This summer alone an area five times the size of the United Kingdom melted in the artic enabling ships to sail down the Northwest passage, previously inaccessible. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/7006640.stm Some have suggested we are on a death spiral as global warming increases beyond original predictions and the effects will be more rapid than was previously expected.

Like Tevye and his community, we are tempted to bury our heads in the sand, convincing ourselves that we will not be affected by the changes creeping inexorably into our lives and hoping that they will only affect those close to the eye of the storm. If we don’t wake up soon we will reach a similar ending as Fiddler on the Roof with the whole village finally being evicted by the Tsar during the progroms of the early twentieth Century.

This is a time when we have to face the self-interest of the Aries moon with the self-sacrifice of Libra, the new moon in two weeks. The Aries moon reflects our independence and impulsive nature. We are being guided on our paths and the need to fulfil our joy is strong. Yet we have a conflict between the ‘me, me, me’ aspect of our selves and the acceptance that we are part of a whole.

Ultimately, we are all responsible for what is happening on our planet. Many of us are here to assist with the essential changes. This is a time to wake up and realize you can become powerful in altering our world for the better. When we become self aware beings, a consciousness in a quantum field of consciousness, our potential is unlimited. When you make a decision to be part of the solution you become the change you want to see in the world. Wait for no-one, because others will follow you when you step into your power…

Our Inner Core of Steel

Fear of failure and fear of the unknown are always defeated by faith. Having faith in yourself, in the process of change, and in the new direction that change sets will reveal your own inner core of steel. – Georgette Mosbacher

In the midst of upcoming changes, I have to come face to face with my own inner core of steel. I’m finding that it is surprisingly strong and resilient. My faith in the future plus my ability to adapt and prosper in these somewhat turbulent times is stronger than in the past.

Sometimes, before a change takes place, I get a feeling that something is about to happen or shift in my life. Usually when I get this intuitive notice, it means I’m ready to make the change or I’ve outgrown one chapter in my life.

I’m an optimistic person by choice. So, for me as one door closes another one always opens up; always and without fail. I worked hard to incorporate these beliefs into my daily life as I was not always like that. But, I have to say, “What a better way to live!” I was miserable when I practiced daily pessimism.

My inner core of steel is as strong as I believe it is. Remember that having a strong inner core of steel is not about being rigid. It’s about standing firm with who we really are. It’s about holding true to our values. It’s about being flexible while not losing the core of our true being. It’s about keeping our attitude high. It’s about confidence in the face of the unknown. It’s about knowing that we always have a choice, regardless of what we have been taught. It’s knowing we can’t get it wrong.

It’s about loving ourselves.

Michael

What I Might Be

When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be. – Lao Tzu

One of the most difficult concepts for me has been “letting go of what I am.” I suspect that this is true for most people. Over years and years, we develop a crystallized image of ourselves. Our “persona” is built from a multitude of sources. As we go through life and have experiences, we add to “what we are.” Our beliefs about ourself become deeper and deeper until we forget that we can change what we have become.

I think we can learn to let go of what we are using several techniques. This list is not exhaustive but only a sample of some that I have used.

  1. Use your imagination at every chance you get.
  2. Keep your attitude at the highest level you can meet at all times. This doesn’t mean you have to experience joy at every moment. It just means that you point yourself to a slightly better place at any moment.
  3. Meditate.
  4. Play and have fun.
  5. Find something you love to do and do it.
  6. Take walks. Just let your mind wander. No serious thinking allowed.
  7. Exercise regularly.
  8. Dream big.
  9. Share your dreams with people that are close to you.
  10. Expand your perspective by having conversations with people of different cultures, religions, political beliefs and professions.
  11. Read.
  12. Stop watching or reading news that is negative. You’ll be surprised how much better you will feel after a few days.
  13. Enjoy the small things.
  14. Work on overcoming fears.
  15. Make conscious decisions.
  16. Cultivate faith.
  17. Do things that make you uncomfortable.
  18. Practice charitable acts.
  19. Smile.
  20. Travel regularly even it is to an adjoining state or country.
  21. Seek professional counseling if you need it.
  22. Cultivate close friendships.
  23. Remember that magic can still happen.

All of these techniques help to keep you “out” of what you think you have become. They can help shake things up, keep life interesting and fuel a sense of hope that will change your life.

Have a great day!

Michael

More Fun in Maine

Summary of a fantastic day (at least for me!):

Awake at 6:00 a.m. to catch the sunrise on the ocean and do a little bit of photography. Definitely worth the early rise.

Back to sleep for a couple of hours.

Wonderful breakfast of fresh cantelope, eggs over medium, coffee, fresh baked muffins, and yogurt.

Great company.

11 mile bike ride along the ocean.

Late lunch of freshly made bouillabaisse with saffron, wheat toast and a garden salad.

Driving to Portland, Maine for a coffee and a lucious all natural burger at Mimi’s downtown.

Watching the movie called “2 Days in Paris.”

Sitting on the porch watching the almost full moon casting light on the ocean waves.

Talking late into the night with my new friends Al, Betsy and Erica’s mom, Marge while sipping some brandy. The topic was travel and there was one interesting story after another.

Falling asleep exhausted after a day of rest, relaxation and fun.

Michael