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  • feedwordpress 16:36:06 on 2017/12/28 Permalink
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    The Heart Just Wants to Go Home 

    December 28, 2017

    The problem with the world is that we’ve lost our sense of reverence — for life, for love, for the earth, for each other, for our families, for God’s universe. We’ve lost a sense of responsibility to anything other than to ourselves, acting too often as though there’s no higher good to strive for than the satisfaction of our own desires. A consumer-driven culture exalts the idea that we can have whatever it is we want, yet that very idea seems to push farther and farther away those things that are what we really want. For what we really want, whether we know it or not, is to love and be loved. Not just to get, but to connect. Not just to participate in our own individual dramas, but to be part of a larger cause, a larger mission, a larger life than just our own. It’s hard to push against the prevailing winds of self-centeredness today because they usually pose as something other than what they are. But somehow we’ve got to realign ourselves, and realign our culture, with the simple things that make life worth living. Too much speed, too much technology are robbing us of our life force. We have got to head back home, or we will be lost in the forrest of this suddenly all too complicated world. There is more wisdom in the silence than in the chatter, and more hope in the heart than in externalities. The mind wants this or that, but the heart just wants to go home…

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  • feedwordpress 19:53:52 on 2017/12/18 Permalink
    Tags: , civil conversations, conflict resolution, , Crucial Conversations, Don Lindsay, Nick Morgan, Thomas Huxley, triangle talk   

    Disagree? Ways to Keep Talking Instead of Arguing 

    He takes a stupid stand. (Translation: he hit my hot button.) My first response is to dislike him. (Apparently that’s a universal reaction.) My distaste shows on my face and in my tone, despite my attempt to cover my feelings in a cloak of civility. Even friends or sympathetic bystanders take a psychic step back. Naturally he reacts in one of two ways: Stepping Back (saying little, going blank-faced, silent or even walking away) or Escalating Up (counter-attacking, speaking louder, standing closer). It’s instinctual – beyond our conscious choice. These are rapid, thin slices of gut reactions and responses. The…
     
  • feedwordpress 12:26:09 on 2017/12/15 Permalink
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    America’s Historic Mission 

    December 15, 2017

    America has a historic mission, important not only to ourselves but to all the world, relevant not only to this day and age but relevant to the ages. That mission is to stand for hope and possibility for all humanity despite whatever challenges exist.

    Over the last 40 years we have forgotten our mission and we have strayed from our purpose. We have been lured into a seductive web of lesser, self-centered goals, as individuals and as a nation. But a most radical blessing bestowed upon humanity is our capacity to change; an activation of heart and mind accompany the willingness to remember. None of us are perfect, as individuals or as nations. But when we have forgotten we can remember, and when we have fallen we can rise back up.

    It is time for America to rise now. It is time for America to remember. It is time for America to return to the path of our historic charge, to be a place where dreams can come true not just for some but for all, not simply for the purpose of getting anyone anything but for the purpose of glorifying what is possible on this earth during the time that we are here.

    Some of us see this as a charge from God. Some of us see this as an ethical responsibility to our children and our children’s children. Some of us see this as simply a better way to live our lives. From whatever angle we approach the idea, let us return to America’s soulful purpose as a servant to and beacon of human possibility. That alone is the light of democracy, the inextinguishable torch within all our hearts. Let us again become the home of the brave, dedicating our lives to that which we have learned most painfully can never ever be taken for granted: that this be a land of the free.

    Whether it be external chains of slavery or economic servitude, or internal chains of narcissism and greed, may all the chains be broken now that would delay our return to a path of greater destiny. It is time now for America to course-correct. We have done it before and now, in our time, we are preparing to do it again. We have fallen but we are going to rise.

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  • feedwordpress 13:29:51 on 2017/12/14 Permalink
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    Hopelessness Versus Joy This Holiday Season 

    December 13, 2017

    It would be easy to slip into hopelessness now, to resign ourselves to the idea that the concentrated assaults on everything from the planet to our democracy have succeeded to such a degree that it’s no longer possible to stop them.

    Yet it is exactly that hopelessness we must resist now, even more than we must resist the forces that seem so intent on bringing us down. Our hopelessness is only called for if in fact miracles are not possible, and because they are, there is no cause for hopelessness.

    THAT is the meaning of Christmas. (And Hannukah too!)

    Hope springs eternal because life springs eternal, and life abounds with possibility. We have within us the capacity to change things, but only if we are willing to change ourselves. We have written the human story that now unfolds in front of us, and the only way we can change the story is if we are willing to rewrite it.

    Are we willing to go from ego to Spirit, from faithlessness to faith, from body delusion to the Christ within?
    As this year falls away, let’s begin the process of dissolving a worn-out story. Humanity is so weary now. All of us, to some degree, have been co-creators of the story we are living in now now, and all of us are needed to rewrite it. We need to atone for our heartlessness and arrogance, treat with mercy those who have trespassed against us, and get to work on cleaning up the mess and re-creating the world.

    This new world cannot be forced, any more than it can be rationally calculated; it can only be invoked into expression by the deepest kind of reverance. Invocation is the priest and priestess’ task, and that is what all of us are being called to be right now.

    When I was a little girl, I used to ask God what I was supposed to be when I grew up. I would always see the word “priest” in my mind but I thought it was weird…obviously impossible, because Jews don’t have priests. When I grew I realized that in the Old Testament indeed they did, and even more importantly, metaphysically a priest is anyone who invokes into expression the unlimited possibilities that emerge from the field of ultimate Reality. All of us are recruits for the new priesthood, no matter what we do, needed to invoke into expression the unlimited possibilities inherent in the Mind of God. These possibilities remain un-manifest until we have the courage to invoke them.

    Like ancient priestesses at Delphi, let us summon all our powers of multi-dimensional knowing, emerge from the narrow and shallow casing of a mechanistic worldview, throw off the chains of a rationalistic approach to life, and remember we are co-creators of our future. We are not victims here; we’re merely reaping what we’ve sowed. And we can sow anew. We are here to create the good, the true, and the beautiful, and anything less than that is short of our purpose and our mission in this life.

    Each of us endowed with an internal guidance system, and if we ask within what we’re to do, we’ll be guided. We will be told what to do and we will be told how to do it. We will be led to each other and we will collaborate in miraculous ways. We will dwell within the golden Light of a higher kind of knowing. We will know, and we will do. Let this be the realization that lights our way this holiday season.

    Like the Maccabee’s who miraculously found that they had enough oil to keep the lights burning for eight nights and nine days, and Mary giving birth to a newborn child who has the power within Him to bring forth a new world, may all of us this holiday season find in ourselves, and in our God, unlimited possibilities to redeem ourselves and recreate the world.

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  • feedwordpress 23:16:24 on 2017/11/29 Permalink
    Tags: Adam Grant, , Ben Wager, , , , , , Kevin Dutton, Morten T. Hansen, , NetBridge, Nikolas Kichler, Shareable Cities, Zappos   

    Six Ways to Cultivate a Sense of Mutuality With Others 

    1. Two Ways to Turn an Insult Into Opportunity to Bring Out Their Better Side • In Split-Second Persuasion, Kevin Dutton recalls a story in a London newspaper of “an elderly Afro-Caribbean man traveling home from work on a bus. At one bus stop a drunk guy got on and couldn’t find a seat. ‘Get up, you fat black nigger bastard!’ he shouted at the man. ‘You calling me fat?’ responded the man. The bus erupted with laughter, causing the drunk guy to stomp off the bus and the responder to attract admiration and support. “Disaster averted in just four…
     
  • feedwordpress 00:38:03 on 2017/11/23 Permalink
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    Sexual Violation and the Times in Which We Live 

    November 22, 2017

    Who among us has not been reviewing our sexual past these last few weeks.

    You have been, right? #metoo

    It’s made me realize that more than anything else this Thanksgiving , I’m thankful to the men who have been kind to me. Who respected me. Who said, when shadows from the past came upon us, “Marianne, I am not that guy.” With so many sexual shadows in our society being uncovered these days – an uncovering being done because it must be done – it feels important to remember as well the men who are not that guy.

    It is not just the traumatic events of our lives but also the events that surround them and come after them, that determine how they influence our lives going forward. I have been through some rotten events in my life and assault was one of them. But the tears I cry now when I think of those things are not for the pain that was inflicted upon me, but rather gratitude to those who helped me live through it…survive, and so much more. Some were women, and some were men.

    It was in the middle of the night in 1967, when I was seventeen years old, that a young man took two doors in our house off their hinges, made his way to my bedroom, and sprang like a cat from a crawled position at my bedroom door to land right on top of me as I lay in my bed on the other side of the room. I had heard the door slowly open; I remember lifting my head up and saying, “Mommy?”

    No, it was not Mommy.

    What occurred afterward is not something I want to write about. But I understand the trauma many women are describing today. I understand the tears and I understand the fear. I also understand that through the grace of God each one of them can and will have a wonderful life ahead of her. “God Himself will wipe away all tears” is one of the most powerful sentences in the Bible, or anywhere.

    I did not grow up at a time where you were taught to just stuff your painful feelings, no. I was encouraged to feel them and work through them. But I was also taught that such a painful situation was just one thing that would happen in my life — that it would affect me but not define me. I look at that situation as having increased my capacity to understand and feel compassion for others. And for that I am grateful.

    In 1993, I published a book called ILLUMINATA. I remembered over the last few days that I wrote in that book about Sexual Violation. I include it here:

    Sexual Violation

    There is a category of sex that is very dark. I mean rape, incest, molestation, abuse of any number of varieties, centered around sex, then lodged like a knife in people’s souls. It is now more pervasive, more of an issue in American society, than anyone would have imagined or predicted twenty years ago. Millions of people are thought to carry the burden, the vicious psychic wounding of someone somewhere having violated them sexually. Sexual abuse survivors are haunted by horrible memories, in bed and out. Their efforts to forgive can feel like the need to lift a boulder with one little finger, their access to one of the most beautiful human energies having been sullied and damaged and grossly misused.

    They are here among us and their tears run deep. Sexual abuse is an obscene betrayal. It is such a sign of the insanity of our times that anyone would touch a child, yet many people do; that anyone would rape, yet some people do; that anyone would have to suffer such a terrible transgression, yet many people have and do.

    Dear God,
    Please help me to heal in the area of sex.
    I feel so wounded, so damaged, betrayed by those
    I thought were here to love me and protect me.
    No words can say the pain I feel, when I remember the abuse I suffered.
    I surrender to You my memories and my anger toward this person.
    Please lift from me the burden of my resentment.
    Please release me from this terrible pain.
    Amen

    Dear God,
    I release to You this terrible wound.
    I surrender to You my pain, my anger, my fear of disease, my feeling that I will never again
    Have a healthy experience of sex.
    Only a miracle can lift this burden from my heart.
    Please send Your angels to help me and heal me.
    Help me feel my body is pure and not tainted.
    Help me to forgive my offender,
    That peace might flood my heart.
    Give me new life.
    Thank you.
    Amen

    (Exorcism of the sexually abused to be said by a healer)

    In the name of God and all His angels,
    I cast out the demon left in you by this evil.
    I say unto you, the force of darkness, be gone from this beloved child.
    Through the power of God within us, I order you gone,
    Nevermore to return or to cast your wicked energies in the direction
    Of this precious child of God.
    In the name of God, I command you gone.
    Dear God, please bind this prayer to earth.
    Thank you very much.
    Amen.

    — from ILLUMINATA
    https://www.amazon.com/Illuminata-Return-Prayer-Marianne-Williamson/dp/1573225207/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1511377353&sr=8-1&keywords=illuminata+by+marianne+williamson

    That was my offering then and it is my offering now. To those who have suffered, I send my good will. To those of you who have helped us heal, I send my thanks.

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  • feedwordpress 23:17:13 on 2017/11/22 Permalink
    Tags: Bragging Rights, entertainment, multi-sensory moments, on-site experience   

    Sensory Cues That Spur Us to Like Your Public-Serving Place 

    Give customers the bragging rights that spur them to tell others about their fabulous experience at your place or event. I wondered. Was it the butterscotch-colored walls, the light coconut scent wafting through the door as I opened it, the cushy island of deep blue carpet under my feet as I stepped into the boutique hotel or the turning mobile overhead featuring kittens chasing each other? I don’t know yet I instinctively smiled and sighed with relief. And that was before I saw the smiling doorman walking towards me in the lobby, saying, “We’re glad that you’re safely out of…
     
  • feedwordpress 19:34:07 on 2017/11/13 Permalink
    Tags: , , decision making, Francesca Gino, , Kenneth Savitsky, My bodyguard,   

    Six Ways to Make Smarter Decisions By Not Getting Sidetracked 

    David Phillips was rushing up and down the supermarket aisles within seconds after seeing Healthy Choice’s “Early Bird Special.” He bought up all their 90-cent soups in the store. Then he raced over to a discount outlet to get all the brand’s 25-cent chocolate pudding cups. No time to pause. Phillips asked the store manager to order 60 more cases, and then requested the addresses of the chain’s other local outlets. The next weekend he and his mother-in-law to drove a van from Fresno to Davis, buying up all to the pudding cups in those stores. He and his wife…
     
  • feedwordpress 00:36:22 on 2017/11/13 Permalink
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    Four Traits for Becoming More Valued, Visible and Frequently Quoted Ally 

    As an employee one of the best ways to grow your personal brand is to strengthen relationships with your organization’s key stakeholders and unexpected outside allies. Here are four methods to enable you to become a valued ally: 1. To prove you can actually be helpful to a customer or other key stakeholder to the firm – and thus a valued ally – adopt the Triangle Talk approach to connecting with others: A. You B. Me C Us First address one of their specific needs or interests, then cite exactly how you can support that interest, and then ask if…
     
  • feedwordpress 00:45:04 on 2017/11/06 Permalink
    Tags: , , , , Jerry Sternin, Jonathan Haidt, Monique Sternin, positive deviance, Richard Pascale, Save the Children   

    You Can Make Most Any Bad Situation Better 

    When told to tackle the widespread child malnutrition in Vietnam in 1990 as an employee of Save the Children, Jerry and Monique Sternin could easily have become overwhelmed. Plus the country’s foreign minister told them, “You have six months to make a difference.” Instead of looking at the macro problems such as polluted water, he asked the mothers in one village to meet with him to discover, together, the healthiest children and to then discover why. They found that the mothers of healthier kids were feeding their children four meals a day (using the same amount of food as other…
     
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