Happy Thanksgiving Day

Happy Thanksgiving Day

Aloha and Happy Thanksgiving, Here in the United States we celebrate Thanksgiving Day today. It is my favorite holiday. A day dedicated to gratitude and thanksgiving. What could be better than gratitude and love? Lots of people use it as an opportunity to overeat but I love having people over, cooking, celebrating and truly giving thanks for everything. I am so grateful I have a wonderful home, a great family, friends and each of you. Thanks for allowing me to be part of your life. As the holiday approached thought about what I wanted to give you. I finally decided I wanted to share a story from my book, The Toltec Way. It is about a village of people who learned the power of gratitude and love. At first I was just going to record it as an audio but then decided to make a video instead. I hope you enjoy it. Here is the transcript of the story if you want to read...

How to Remove the 3 Most Common Barriers to Happiness

Today is Friday and we’re heading into the weekend. I was thinking about some of the most common problems that I see people having when it comes to finding joy and happiness. I’d like to share the top three issues that seem to stop all of us from feeling the natural joy we could be experiencing otherwise. There’s a funny thing about changing your life. While on the one hand, it’s hard at times and takes dogged determination to stick with it, it’s also as simple and instantaneous and easy as pausing to take a deep breath and smiling in the moment of difficulty. Change can actually be fun, rather easy and enjoyable once you know how to change. read...

Ever Thought About Your Thoughts? Where Do They Go?

How many miles have your thoughts traveled? I once read an article about how far out in space human beings original radio signals travel each day. I saw a science fiction movie in which ET’s were attracted to earth because of TV shows from the 50’s (what a scary thought!) Imagine each and every thought or word you have ever had or spoken. Think of them traveling into space, forever held, forever spoken, forever reverberating through space, for all time, eternally. Are there any words or thoughts you wish you could take...

Emotional poison

What a powerful phrase. Emotional poison …. we can poison our lives, we can poison our relationships, we can poison our passion, we can poison … we can poison. That is the point: we can poison anything with our thinking. Don Miguel Ruiz uses that phrase a lot in his teachings. On the other hand we can also create anything we want with our thinking. It all depends on how we focus our attention. Life is and then we tell ourselves a story. What is our intent in telling that story? Does it allow us to be happy? Does it facilitate a deeper connection with our filter system or with our spirit? Fear or love? Does our habitual way of thinking take us in a direction we want to go? Are we getting the results we want in our life? If we aren’t experiencing the emotions, events and outcomes we want in our life we can explore changing our perspective. It will have a very powerful result if we are willing to be honest with ourselves and make the necessary changes in our thinking. Life really isn’t about ‘out there.’ Our experiences in life are a reflection of our internal...

Does Anyone Really Believe We Can Create Peace With Violence?

I talk a great deal about emotional neutrality and the perfection of everything. I know every event is perfect and that doesn’t mean that at times I don’t have strong reactions, judgments and profound wonderment at our choices as a species. This week I had one of those moments. Celebrating Osama bin Laden’s...

Filter System: what is it and what DOES it do?

Imagine a waterfall – a big waterfall Imagine standing behind a waterfall looking out at life. It is a big, rushing waterfall. As you look out at the world everything is distorted. The cave you are in feels safe but a bit constricted. When you reach your hand through the water your hand is pummeled so you pull back. The thought of walking through that raging torrent is terrifying and makes very little sense, unless you want to die. At least with a waterfall you can see it, touch it, feel it and smell it. Your filter system is often invisible. You seldom if ever see life directly, what you experience is your filter system and think it is reality. Our beliefs are translated into ‘the truth’ they become our unwavering, truthful, accurate experience of...

Some thoughts about Japan, earthquakes, tsunamis and 2012

  I’ve been getting a lot of questions about Japan, and the tsunami, and the earthquake, and 2012. Is the end near? No. Not in my opinion anyway; 2012, I think, is the year between 2011 and 2013. It’s entirely up to us what we create. As I’ve been watching the news from Japan there have been times where I’ve been brought to tears. One of the scenes that I found most touching was a rescue worker and an old man. They came together and they said a prayer. He was looking for his family. It really, really touched my heart, and seeing news stories of little girls selling their toys to send the money to Japan. I saw one little girl that did all these art projects and was trying to sell them to send money. Podcast: Play in new window | Download...