Thursday, January 31, 2008

Just Love!

Don't love unconditionally. Just love!

There is a love deeper and more pure than unconditional love.

Just love!

If you have a pet – a dog or cat – you know that your pet loves you with a depth and purity that can’t even comprehend the possibility of placing conditions on love. Such a love is Magickal! ;-)

It’s just love!

Just love:
Comes from a pure and open heart
Can only be given and received when you allow yourself to be vulnerable
Carries no attachments
Is joyful
Only gives; never wants or needs
Fully receives and embraces the love that always comes in return.

Just love!

Thursday, January 24, 2008

There are Demons Lurking...

We can't exorcise demons. We can only bring them back home.

We all have our demons.

Over the last couple of weeks, one of my old demons has emerged, big time. (I won’t go into detail.) What was my first reaction? I wanted to “exorcise” it, of course. Isn’t that what anybody would want to do?

The demons I’m talking about are our old, hidden fears and stresses that limit our potential. There are countless techniques for “clearing” these demons. But you can’t clear them. They aren’t external. They’re you!

Your demons are nothing more than errant vibes that are out of resonance with your very complex energy field. And because they manifest themselves from your own energy field, that’s where their energy comes from. The more you try to fight them, the more energy you’re giving them and the stronger they get. When you fight them, you feed them!

Demons are always an opportunity for deeper healing. When they arise, embrace them…listen to them. They will give you great insight. Then love them! Love is the most powerful energy in the Universe. Continuous love streaming to your demons will eventually tune them back in.

You can't send your demons away; you can only bring them back home.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Life is Absurd

Nothing is worthwhile unless it's absurd.

Whatever you're doing in life; it's absurd! I hope...

This past Friday morning I jumped into the pool at about 4:45 for an Ironman training swim. I had been swimming for about a half an hour or so, with my mind pretty much in neutral, when it hit me; this is absurd! Who gets up at 3:50 in the morning so they can get to the gym at 4:30 so they can swim for over an hour in a box of chlorinated water so they can be ready to squeeze into a wetsuit in 5 months so they can jump into a cold lake amid the flailing elbows of 2500 other people so they can then ride 112 miles on a bike so they can then run a marathon! The thought of the whole idea made me laugh. (Which is a trick when you're underwater; beleive me!)

When I got to the end of the pool, two other swimmers were stopped, taking a quick breather between sets. I stopped and said, "You know what? This is absurd!" They both laughed and heartily agreed. After that, my workout was a whole lot more fun.

As you're pondering the absurdity of what you're doing, take a moment to enjoy this video of an absurdly funny comedy act.

Life is absurd! Have fun!

Saturday, January 12, 2008


"The only person with enough power to stop you is YOU."
Ed Hearn
2006 World Champion of Public Speaking

You are unstoppable! get in your own way.

When Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen set out to publish Chicken Soup for the Soul, they were rejected by 130 publishers.


But they kept going. Now they have sold over 100 million books. That's 100,000,000!!!

What if they had given up after the first rejection...or the 10th...or the 100th?

Whatever you set out to accomplish, you can do it. On the way, you will no doubt make some mistakes, take a few wrong turns, and make a few miscalculations. There may also be some circumstances and people who knock you down. Temporarily.

Just remember that regardless of what happens, you can't lose the game until you throw in the towel.

Saturday, January 5, 2008

No Illusions; No Fear!

"There is no greater illusion than fear."
Tao Te Ching

Some call me crazy. (I am.) On the first day of this year I celebrated the New Year by participating in a crazy annual Coeur d'Alene tradition: The Polar Bear Plunge! This is the seventh year in a row that I have gathered with about 400 other intrepid souls on a snow covered beach in subfreezing temperatures to dive into the icy waters of Lake Coeur d'Alene. Anyone who has ever done it will tell you that the experience is challenging but exhilirating. To me, stretching myself by moving beyond my fears and rising to such an intense challenge -- and having a lot of fun in the process -- sets the tone for a happy and successful year.

As I do every year, I invited a number of my friends to come and join me. Most called me crazy. One replied, and I'm quoting directly: "Hahahahahahahahahahahahaha!" My own brother referred to it as "madness."

Five actually showed up. They ranged everwhere from nervous to freaking-out terrified. And I'll admit that every year as I'm watching my breath drift off over the near frozen lake and facing the prospect of stripping down to my swimsuit and taking the chilly dip, I always think, "Geez, I can't believe I'm doing this thing again!" Then afterwards I feel great and I know I'll be back next year.

Here's what my friends said after the plunge:



"My sister always said I was the stupid one and I think I just proved her right. But right now I know I'm having more fun than her. She's probably still sleeping."

"I thought I would turn into an iceberg...we have GOT to do this again next year, and I am bringing all my friends."

"I was terrified of doing this...can't wait to do this next year...I feel more alive, less fearful of the unknown, and more grounded in my skills to consciously handle my life."

Not bad for 30 seconds in an icy lake!

Remember, your fears are nothing but an illusion. Wonderful things await you beyond your fears.