BOOK CLUB REVIEW – A NEW EARTH – ECKHART TOLLE

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TO MY MIND A NEW EARTH IS A FOUNDATIONAL BOOK EVERYONE SEEKING A HIGHER UNDERSTANDING OF THEMSELVES AND OTHERS WILL GREATLY BENEFIT FROM. I HAVE READ IT TWICE OVER THE LAST 5 YEARS AND AM INVIGORATED EACH TIME I ABSORB IT.

A NEW EARTH IS THE BOOK I HAVE SELECTED FOR MY CEO MASTERMIND GROUP BOOK STUDY PORTION OF OUR BI WEEKLY MEETINGS.

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In “Chapter One: The Flowering of Human Consciousness”, Tolle discusses the “inherent dysfunction in humanity” and proposes ways that readers may rise above it.

Tolle then develops these concepts in chapters two, three and four by offering his descriptions of the ego and its “vices.” In the book, Tolle defines the term ego as an “illusory sense of self”[5] based on one’s memories and thoughts.

In chapters five and six Tolle uses the phrase pain body to describe the human tendency to carry “an accumulation of old emotional pain”.

In chapters seven, eight and nine: “Inner Space, Inner Purpose and Who You Truly Are”, Tolle makes many distinctions: between “knowing yourself and knowing about yourself”; between the “Dreamer” and the “dream”; between the objects of consciousness and the space of consciousness; between outer space and inner space; and between outer purpose and inner purpose.

In chapter ten, Tolle gives his readers suggestions for implementation of his ideas in their personal life but cautions them by saying: “You are still an ordinary human. What is extraordinary is what comes through you into this world”.

Eckhart Tolle – Quotes

Even a stone, and more easily a flower or a bird, could show you the way back to the Source, to yourself. When you look at it or hold it & let it be without imposing a word of mental label on it, a sense of awe, of wonder, arises within you. Its essence silently communicates itself to you and reflects your own essence back to you.

  •         ego

To the ego, the present moment hardly exists. Only past and future are considered important. This total reversal of the truth accounts for the fact that in the ego mode the mind is so dysfunctional. It is always concerned with keeping the past alive, because without it – who are you?

Enlightenment means rising above thought, not falling back to a level below thought, the level of an animal or a plant. In the enlightened state, you still use your thinking mind when needed, but in a much more focused and effective way than before.

  •                             mind

So the single most vital step on your journey toward enlightenment is this: learn to disidentify from your mind. Every time you create a gap in the stream of mind, the light of your consciousness grows stronger. One day you may catch yourself smiling at the voice in your head, as you would smile at the antics of a child. This means that you no longer take the content of your mind all that seriously, as your sense of self does not depend on it.

The reason why the romantic love relationship is such an intense and universally sought-after experience is that it seems to offer liberation from a deep-seated state of fear, need, lack, and incompleteness that is part of the human condition in its unredeemed and unenlightened state.

  •                             love

Love is a state of Being. Your love is not outside; it is deep within you. You can never lose it, and it cannot leave you.

  •                             communication

True communication is communion ― the realization of oneness, which is love.

Through forgiveness, which essentially means recognizing the insubstantiality of the past and allowing the present moment to be as it is, the miracle of transformation happens not only within but also without.

  • ADDITIONAL QUOTES

“Death is a stripping away of all that is not you. The secret of life is to “die before you die” — and find that there is no death.”

“The ultimate truth of what you are is not that you are this or that but that you ARE…”

“Everything is honored but nothing matters… Forms are born and die, yet you are aware of the eternal underneath the forms. When this is your state of being how can you not succeed, you have succeeded already.”

“Fear arises through identification with form, whether it be a material possession, a physical body, a social role, a self-image, a thought, or an emotion. It arises through unawareness of the formless inner dimension of consciousness or spirit, which is the essence of who you are. You are trapped in object consciousness, unaware of the dimension of inner space which alone is true freedom.”

“Instead of asking ‘what do I want from life?,’ a more powerful question is, “what does life want from me?”

“At the deepest level of Being, you are one with all that is”

“You find God the moment you realize that you don’t need to seek God.”

“One of the most powerful spiritual practices are to meditate deeply on the mortality of physical forms, including your own.  The physical form dissolves and is no more.  Then all thoughts also die.  Yet you re still there- the divine presence that you are. Radiant, fully awake.”

“Make sure that you carry no resistance within, no hatred, no negativity.  “Love your enemies,” said Jesus, which of course means, “have no enemies.”

 

 

 

New Study You may not be an Extrovert Or An Introvert

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There is no such thing as a pure introvert or extrovert. Such a person would be in the lunatic asylum”. – Carl G Jung

My mentoring organization leads business owner round tables. At many of our round table meetings the conversation of one of us being an “Introvert” or an “Extrovert” usually comes up. The general consensus is usually something like this.

  • Extroversion relates to how outgoing someone is
  • Introversion relates to how shy or quiet someone is.

That was kind of my general belief as well. But after researching the topic of Extrovert  or Introvert for this week’s CEOM mastermind my research into Carl Jung who developed the term however found that common belief is really off! 

The term introvert and extrovert (originally spelled extravert) were popularized by Carl Jung in the early 20th century. However, their meanings got confused between then and now, and we all started thinking that everyone belongs to one camp or the other. But actually, Carl’s point was that these are the very extremes of a scale. This means that many people fall somewhere in the middle of introvert and extravert. People in the middle of the scale are named Ambiverts.

Recent research has shown that introvert and extrovert actually relate to where we get our energy from. Or in other words, how we recharge our brains batteries 

Introverts (or those of us with introverted tendencies) tend to recharge by spending time alone. They lose energy from being around people for long periods of time, particularly large crowds. 

Extroverts, on the other hand, gain energy from other people. Extroverts actually find their energy is sapped when they spend too much time alone. They recharge by being social.

In the 60s, psychologist Hans Eysenck proposed that the difference between introverts and extroverts was that they simply had different levels of arousal—meaning the extent to which our minds and bodies are alert and responsive to stimulation.

For introverts, this kind of stimulation can be overwhelming, since their rate of arousal is much higher, so they are stimulated easily. Time alone, one-on-one conversations and predictable situations are more likely to be pleasant for introverts who are more sensitive to external stimulation.

Introverts are tricky to understand, since it’s so easy for us to assume that introversion is the same as being shy, when in fact introverts are simply people who find it tiring to be around other people.For introverts, to be alone with our thoughts is as restorative as sleeping, as nourishing as eating. Introverted people are known for thinking things through before they speak, enjoying small, close groups of friends and one-on-one time, needing time alone to recharge and being upset by unexpected changes or last-minute surprises. Introverts are not necessarily shy, and may not even avoid social situations, but they will definitely need some time alone or just with close friends or family after spending time in a big crowd.

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Extroverts: On the opposite side of the coin, people who are Extroverted are energized by people. They usually enjoy spending time with others, as this is how they recharge from time spent alone focusing or working hard. This is for example how an extrovert explains the way they gain energy from being around other people: When I am among people, I make eye contact, smile, and maybe chat if there’s an opportunity (like being stuck in a long grocery store line). As an extrovert, that’s a small ‘ping’ of needed energy, a little positive moment in the day.

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Ambiverts – the in-between’s

Since introverts and extroverts are the extremes of the scale, the rest of us fall somewhere in the middle. Many of us lean one way or the other, but there are some who are quite balanced between the two tendencies. These people are named Ambiverts.

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For this research and CEOM lesson I took a personality test. As it turns out I fall in the middle of Introvert and Extrovert… I am an Ambivert.

I took the free test 1-3-2014: TEST LINK: http://www.danpink.com/assessment

Here is what my test result said: “You’re an Ambivert. That means you’re neither strongly introverted nor strongly extraverted. Recent research by Adam Grant of the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Management has found that Ambiverts make the best salespeople. Ambiverts tend to be adept at the quality of attunement. They know when to push and when to hold back, when to speak up and when to shut up. So don’t fall for the myth of the extraverted sales star. Just keep being your Ambiverted self”. 

Additional, Ambiverts exhibit both extroverted and introverted tendencies. This means that they generally enjoy being around people, but after a long time this will start to drain them. I recognize this in myself and even mentioned it I think at our last mastermind. My guess is some of you are Ambiverts as well. Ambiverts enjoy solitude and quiet, but not for too long.

Ambiverts recharge their energy levels with a mixture of social interaction and alone time. For me I can be home two days working and writing, but on day 3 I need to be out meeting face to face with people. If I do not get out with people and have a stimulating conversation I get tired and agitated and become unproductive, as my energy was drained after two days of being an introvert. Being in the middle I need half time as an extrovert and half time as in introvert any given week. I have learned through trial and error that  two days inside by myself working and writing and then two days outside meeting with friends and business associates works very well for optimum balanced energy and happiness for my psyche.

Though Ambiverts seem to be the more boring personality type by being in the middle of everyone else, this balance can actually be a good thing. A study by Adam Grant, author of *Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success found that Ambiverts perform much better in sales than either pure introverts or pure extroverts. Ambiverts actually closed 24% more sales.

The commonly held myth that being highly extroverted is important for a salesperson is actually untrue, since extreme extroverts lack the balance of a Ambiverts which helps them to use varied and creative approaches to closing a sale. I call it good cop…bad cop marketing.:]

In closing I suggest you take the Introvert / Extrovert test. It is free….TEST LINK: http://www.danpink.com/assessment

Then knowing where you are on the scale you will better know how to flow your energy and discharge, or recharge your energy level for the week.

Also, remember we live in an ever-changing creative Universe. Nothing is fixed. You can change how you react to life and who you are by your thoughts and repetition. We are masters –  not prisoners of our mind and our DNA.

Research: Carl Jung Library, Wikipedia, Belle Beth Cooper
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I want to Create Rainbows and Blue Skies Everyday

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We each experience this life differently. In this human experience we experience 7 levels of existence. The lowest levels are levels 1 and 2. At level one we feel alone and apathetic towards life. At this level people feel they are victims of life and victims of others.

At level 2 people move up and become mad and angry. It is good however as it causes them to try to control their lives.

At level 3 people start feeling good and interact with others and life. The higher levels can then be achieved when one reaches level 3. It may take a short period or it may take many lifetimes to reach the highest levels of 6 and 7 however. If one experiences a major trauma or death experience that may push them up the levels quickly.

Most people live at levels 1 through 3.

It is believed that rarely do people reach level 7, or if they do, stay there for long.  I somewhat disagree. I reach level 7 often. My experience is that we can remain alive and stay there at level 7  if we choose, but that one chooses not to for a few reasons. One can stay at level 7 and 6. But as one has now transcended one is now in a state of “Being” at that level and not in states 3 – 5 of “Doing”. It seems that we need in this life to be “Doing”, so we come back from 7 to 6 to experience life and share life with others.

One day I will choose to remain at level 7, but for now I have much I want to still do and create. Our purpose here is to do good; to attain level 7 and then there will be no need to reincarnate into physical form again. We then remain with God and create Rainbows and Blue Skies for all to see. Until one reaches level 7 on this plane of existence however they must climb from level 1 on up in many lifetimes.

Also one can stay there at 7 but it is a place that is at once connected to everything and ONE but it is also where one can feel at the same time “Alone”. There is no physical communing with others. One communes with nature, and animals and energy at that level. It is joyful and sorrowful at the same time. Joyful because one experiences pure bliss and loves the trees the sky and everything. Sorrowful as one knows at some point we will leave it and be something else.

My feeling is that God created and manifested us so he did not have to be alone at level 7.

We are the created and the creators. We did not create God, but God created us to experience himself.

Also at level 7 one is at pure peace and love, but it can also feel as one is invisible. I see that I AM connected to everyone on earth, but the ones I am connected to do not see me as I really am as they do not know we are one and the same.

At level 7 we know that we are “I AM” or that  “I AM YOU”. I set up a website Je Suis Tu (I AM YOU) a couple of months ago. I was in that non thinking state when I felt compelled to create it. In some states I do things from silent voices but do not know logically why I am doing it. I just trust I am supposed to do it for my inner being, not my outward being. That state is wonderful but can be a bit scary as one is getting, receiving and acting but not connected to ones mind but to THE Universal or God mind. I am a writer and I sign my books with “Je Suis Tu” at times (I AM YOU} and people just do not get it…they just look blank at me. I sense they are thinking I am not you, I am me. They must think I am having a senior moment or something like that. The higher states and levels makes one feel disconnected from others, even while knowing one is connected.

Two of the best levels for me are levels 5 and 6, when I am in the creating state. Here I am writing and creating projects and new businesses… Time flies. I am in a zone and get more energy. I can go for hours working in this state and zone out to the world.

Level 6 and 7 are both joyful and sorrowful at the same time. Joy that we are connected, sorrowful that most of the world does not see that yet.

Steve Monahan. Je Suis Tu

 

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The 3 Doors of Hell

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The 3 doors of earthly hell that block the self and all chances for happiness in this life are the heavy doors of Anger, Desire and Greed.

While here our purpose is to break through these doors of enslavement.

Then released through these 3 doors of darkness, one’s self ascends to the highest brightest way.

Do you possess divine traits?

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DIVINE TRAITS

Determination in the discipline of knowledge, charity, self control, nonviolence, absence of anger, honesty, patience, clarity, absence of envy and pride, compassion for all characterizes a person born with divine traits.

The Bhagavad Gita

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Simplest Way to be Happy

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I know no study that will take you nearer the way to happiness than the study of nature—and I include in the study of nature not only things and their forces, but also mankind and their ways, and the moulding of the affections and the will into an earnest desire not only to be happy, but to create happiness. It all comes to this: the simplest way to be happy is to do good….Helen Keller

 

 

Game of Thrones – The Heroines Journey to Enlightenment

In the popular series, Game of Thrones, Princess Daenerys Targaryen is on an earth based journey. She is also, as all of us are, on the spiritual journey we call today, the Heroes Journey – or in this case the Heroines Journey.

In the Heroine’s Journey all women start as a young virgin, sometimes princess, sometimes pauper. If they survive the trials on the journey they finish as the wise old Crone.

The Heroine’s journey is the story all women travel in this physical existence: In essence the Heroine’s Journey is a personal search for enlightenment. The Heroines goal is to journey inward …as opposed to an outward journey for the Heroes Journey. The Heroine takes her journey to free herself from her family, mother, father and societies restrictions. She is to  find her sexuality, joy and inner wisdom –  and then finally her highest self; her spirituality and oneness with the one Self..

Along the way the heroine must define her own self’s life’s purpose and value’s, not those of her family. She must find her own self-worth; not the values and worth imposed on her from gender, family and society.

The heroine must avoid the Ophelia trap; depending on her father for love and security. She must also reconcile her relationship with her mother that has trapped her in a subjected role..

Along the journey, the Heroine will face challenges and wage battles that appear to be outside her in the material world, but in truth all battles will be inside her from her own making. In her journey to become an enlightened individual and Goddess she will progress along life’s wondrous path from dependent child, forward to the integrated, confident and creative adult, and  finally to arrive as the enlightened, wise and giving elder.

In the spiritual sense she starts out in the first act in this play of life, as the child Girl – the Virgin Princess. 

In the second act she portrays the strong independent woman.

And finally in the third act of life, hopefully finishing her inward journey to enlightenment, she awakens as the Wise Old Crone. She then realizes this earthly journey has all been a play. A passion play to reach enlightenment. If she has become enlightened she has learned that she is one with God, nature and all beings. Knowing this she can now relinquish attachments to this physical world of suffering – and upon physical death she goes back home; never needing to incarnate in human physical form again.

Steve Monahan

www.SteveMonahan.me

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Who is Charlie? Where does terror live?  Where does love live?

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Who is Charlie?

Who are You?

Are you your thoughts?

If you are not your thoughts…who are you?

If you are not your emotions… what are you?

If you are not your fears… who are you?

If you are not your mind…who are you?

If you are not your body… who are you?

Could you be nothing?

Could you be everything?

Could you be part of the Universe?

Could you be part of God?

Could you have never been born?

Could you never die?

Could this life be one of many?

Could there be no Heaven?

Could there be no hell?

Could there be no right religion?

Could all religions be right?

Could there be no countries?

Could I be you…Je Suis Tu?

Could you be me?

Could you and I be the same?

Could you and trees be the same?

Could you and animals be one?

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The Heroes Journey to Je Suis Tu

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THE HEROES JOURNEY IS AN INWARD JOURNEY OF DISCOVERY TO  FIND YOUR TRUE SELF. THE JOURNEY UNVEILS AND THEN ALLOWS YOU TO SEE YOUR LIFE… AND ALL LIFE FOR WHAT IT REALLY IS. YOU START OUT ONE PERSON AND THEN FIND OUT AT THE END OF THE TRAVEL WHO YOU REALLY ARE. YOU AWAKEN TO THE REALITY THAT YOU AND I ARE ONE. “I AM YOU”…”JE SUIS TU” AND YOU ARE I. ALL IS ONE.

Scholar Joseph Campbell’s the Hero’s / Heroines Journey, is a basic pattern found in many cultural defining stories from around the world. This widely distributed story pattern was described by Campbell in The Hero with a Thousand Faces (1949).

Campbell held that numerous myths from various historical times and cultures share the same fundamental structures and stages. The point being that all through mans story telling and cultures a similar pattern and life lesson is told to…

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What does Namaste mean?

Ever wonder what the word and Namaste yoga pose meant?

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The gesture Namaste represents the belief that there is a Divine spark within each of us that is located in the heart chakra. The gesture is an acknowledgment of the soul in one by the soul in another. Nama means bow, as means I, and te means you. Therefore, Namaste literally means “bow me you” or “I bow to you.”

How to correctly make the Namaste gesture

You bring your hands together at the level of your physical heart, at your spiritual heart chakra to increase the flow of Divine love within and around you. You bow your head closing the eyes. This helps the mind surrender to the Divine in the heart. You can do Namaste by yourself as a meditation technique to go deeper inside your heart chakra.

Namaste can also be done by placing the hands together in front of the third eye, bowing your head, and then bringing your hands down to the heart. This is an especially deep form of respect. In the West the word “Namaste” is usually spoken in conjunction with the gesture, in the East, it is understood that the gesture itself signifies Namaste, and therefore, it is unnecessary to actually say the word while bowing.

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