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  • Alan Cohen
    Programming Hypnotherapist The Directory The Book Nook Archives Past Issues Creating Bridges Spirituality Philosophy From the Heart Your Secret Smarts by Alan Cohen As I was walking to breakfast at a retreat center a woman sitting beside the path asked me Do you know what time it is Not having a watch I took my best guess and answered I think it s about 9 15 I don t think so she came back quickly It was 9 15 about half an hour ago Then why did you ask me I had to ask her I guess I was just looking for confirmation she replied Likewise while you may be wrestling with many questions about your life there is a place inside you that already knows your answers You may seek guidance or direction but you will accept only that which resonates with what you already know A consultant is someone who borrows your watch to tell you what time it is A friend of mine advertised himself as a psychic counselor He was not particularly psychic just clever He would ask each client to pick several cards from a Tarot deck and then he would lay them out in a formation Then he asked his client what they thought the symbols meant to them Ah a client would exclaim This affirms that I should move ahead with my business plan That s right the counselor would agree His next client surveyed her cards and declared I knew it Å this relationship is killing me and I need to get out It is so the psychic agreed If a client did not get an obvious answer to a burning question the counselor would ask them What would you like to do here When they stated their preferred route he would say I believe that would be a wise course of action This fellow had a high success rate with many repeat customers and his clients were happy to pay him for his services In my opinion he was not a charlatan He was simply helping people tune in to their own guidance and eliciting their confidence to follow it Alan Watts wrote a classic book entitled The Book on the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Really Are There could deservedly be a sequel entitled The Book on the Taboo against Admitting What You Already Know After working with many seminar and coaching clients I observe that most people are a lot smarter than they realize We have been hypnotized to believe that we are dumb while we are actually brilliant Every answer you seek is available to you either inside you or through someone you can access without a lot of struggle Seeking is not the problem our angst issues from the notion that the answer is beyond our reach Yet if you can conceive of the question you are just around the corner from bearing the answer One of my favorite cartoons portrays a classic truth seeker clawing his

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  • Alan Cohen
    have arsenals of truth that young meditators can t begin to penetrate I already know how to meditate she told me firmly Really I asked incredulously How do you do it I sit at the window of my apartment with my coffee in one hand and a cigarette in the other she explained Then I just look out at the world going by and my mind don t function I don t think happy thoughts and I don t think sad thoughts I don t think any thoughts it s the best part of my day Now many years later I recognize that my mother was far closer to real meditation than I was In her own way she had mastered her intellect something I am still trying to do It is said that prayer is talking to God and meditation is listening You cannot listen if you are talking You cannot access a divine frequency if you are flooding the psychic airwaves with mental chatter If chatter worked for you you would not need to meditate But you do At a time when I felt troubled about a relationship I attended a lecture by a Buddhist monk He made a statement that shook my world and has helped me many times over He said Since all of your troubles exist only in your mind the only place you can solve them is in your mind A Course in Miracles teaches that although we think we have many problems we have only one We believe we are separate from the Source that created us When we reunite with that Source suddenly everything else we thought was such a problem evaporates The best way I know to make troubles evaporate besides watching Star Trek reruns is meditation In meditation we shift frequencies until the meaningless ranting of the fearful self fades to nothingness and we sit in the presence of love where we were all the time but did not know it because we were tuned to an inferior program Yet simply sitting for twenty minutes or hours with eyes closed is not meditation What you are doing inside makes all the difference If you sit and think for the whole time you are not meditating How do you know if your meditation worked By the amount of peace you feel when you arise Master metaphysician Joel Goldsmith recommends that you meditate until the meditation takes over When you get to the point where you feel so good that you would rather not arise you have arrived at the place meditation was meant to take you to If the Jewish Mother Meditation is valid and it is any activity that takes you beyond your intellect and connects you with your spirit is a good meditation If you write paint dance play music or engage in sports you know there is a zone you enter where the small sense of self disappears and Something Greater moves through you That sense is far

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  • Alan Cohen
    Linguistic Programming Hypnotherapist The Directory The Book Nook Archives Past Issues Creating Bridges Spirituality Philosophy From the Heart The Divine Payroll by Alan Cohen One of my seminar students was a man of great faith that he built through overcoming longtime alcoholism When Dan came out on the other side of his addiction he embodied a remarkable blend of strength and sensitivity Sometimes I feel embarrassed Dan told me privately I spend most of my time sponsoring people trying to beat their addictions I m on the phone and at meetings constantly I love it and my people are doing very well Then what s the problem I had to ask My income comes from car sales I used to be in the business Now I buy and sell cars on a small scale from my home I turn around a couple of cars a week which provides me with enough income to spend the rest of my time supporting people I feel guilty because I work for just a few hours a week Shouldn t I have a real job I laughed and told Dan You have the realest job in the world You are helping people improve the quality of their lives You are on the Divine Payroll If you stay true to your purpose of healing no matter what form it takes universal sustenance will keep you on the payroll Your income may derive from your healing work or it may come through another door It doesn t matter The deal is You heal life supports you For an inspiring demonstration of this principle watch the film Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill This touching documentary chronicles the life of Mark Bittner a gentle soul who nurtured for a flock of wild parrots in San Francisco for over 25 years Bittner spent most of his time feeding nursing and caring for this large flock and did not do any other work for two and a half decades Yet because people recognized his devotion he was given free rent meals and whatever else he needed Bittner was on the Divine Payroll One of my coaching clients is a radio announcer who hosted a highly successful all night show He had a marvelous undercover ministry sending positive messages through words and music to people awake during the night Å folks who felt too troubled to sleep graveyard shift workers in prisons and mental institutions and creative spirits Yet there grew a parting of ways between him and his producers who were more interested in adhering to a commercial radio formula Finally his show was cancelled and he was out of radio work for an extended time One of the gifts of this period was his opportunity to use the time for spiritual growth and inner healing which he did quite successfully As time went on he became concerned about sustaining himself in the absence of his former income Then one day during a coaching session he casually mentioned to me

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  • Alan Cohen
    Rena Greenberg Practitioner of Neuro Linguistic Programming Hypnotherapist The Directory The Book Nook Archives Past Issues Creating Bridges Spirituality Philosophy From the Heart How Long Healing Takes by Alan Cohen The secret of healing is the same as the secret of all success What you think is what you get If you expect that healing will be long difficult or impossible it will be If you expect it to be quick easy and available it will be As Henry Ford noted Think you can or think you can t and either way you ll be correct Healing doesn t ask whether you have been in pain for 30 minutes or 30 years It is always available in the now moment Consider two rocks that have sat underwater in a streambed one has been submerged for 10 000 years and other for 10 days If you place both rocks in the sun they will take the same amount of time to dry off Likewise if you turn on a light in a dark room it matters not whether the room has been dark for five minutes or five years the room is just as light the moment you flip the switch Well being is our natural state and life is always seeking to return us to it What hampers well being is not some external factor but internal resistance All pain physical emotional or spiritual begins and is maintained by a factor of pushing against When you release your resistance healing rushes in Life wants us to be healed and constantly moves to accomplish that it simply awaits our cooperation To be healed physically emotionally mentally or spiritually you don t have to make anything happen Just let go of what you are resisting Our culture has instilled within us many beliefs about who and what can be healed and how long it takes Many of these beliefs are based on limiting thoughts to which other people have subscribed If you do not think the same thoughts you are not subject to the same results When doctors or psychologists cite statistics of what happens to people who exhibit the same symptoms as you they are simply noting how other people have dealt with this issue What you do with it may be entirely different and you are not bound to land on the same square The only thing that determines where you land is the train of thought you take to get there Step onto a different train and you will arrive at a different station A true healer holds more of an investment in wellness than illness He or she rejoices in getting you out of therapy rather than keeping you in it Some people in the healing professions depend on continued visits from their patients so they may unconsciously influence the patient to stay ill for the doctor s or therapist s own purposes While it is rare that a healing professional would consciously or purposely keep a patient

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  • Alan Cohen
    Soon to Love by Alan Cohen At age 15 I attended a summer camp where I developed a major crush on a cute girl named Roberta Since the boys and girls sides of the camp were separate and the two groups rarely interacted I saw Roberta only occasionally and at a distance But when I did my heart sang One evening the camp leaders took pity on our pining adolescent hormones and organized a coed excursion to a roller skating rink There I got up the nerve to invite Roberta to skate with me We held hands for a few minutes and I was in heaven I didn t wash that hand for weeks Not that I washed it much anyway I saw Roberta a few more times during the summer but felt shy and tongue tied She was such a babe and I was such a dweeb I concluded We said hi politely but that was it Summer ended and we went home to separate cities I thought often of Roberta cherishing the evening I touched her and the few thrilling moments we connected I dearly wished to meet someone else I felt so excited about Three years later I saw Roberta at a party She was still so beautiful and I felt that sparkle again To my dismay she showed me an engagement ring on her finger More confident at 18 than 15 I revealed my feelings for her When we were in summer camp I had a huge crush on you I confessed The night we skated together was the highlight of my summer I have thought about you a lot since them A bittersweet smile grew over Roberta s face I have a confession too she admitted I had a crush on you I remember that night very well I was shocked I had no idea Then Roberta made a poignant comment that has affected thousands of my decisions to this day Who knows she mused If either of us had the guts to speak up then this might have been your ring on my finger now It is said that when we come to the end of our life it is not the things we did that we regret it is the things we didn t do Buddha taught There are two reasons great ideas never come to fruition 1 Not finishing 2 Not beginning So it goes for great relationships While many people err by diving into relationships too soon others err by waiting too long to dive Å or never diving at all Such people stand shivering on the shore feeling too shy or fearful to jump Others hesitate because they have been hurt and shield their heart Others are too picky Still others feel safer holding a crush at a distance taking refuge in fantasy rather than risking in reality Yet all do not recognize that the aliveness they would gain by asking for what they want far exceeds the safety they

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  • Alan Cohen
    interviewed the staff to prepare for their first meeting they informed her that they had never had a successful meeting in their lives Does this sound familiar to you The manager realized she had her work cut out for her so she decided to take an unusual tack When the time came during the meeting for her to assign jobs for a new project rather than assigning them according to the staff s skill or history she assigned them according to passion She asked each engineer which job he or she would most enjoy doing and those were the jobs they received The engineers were dazed and grateful They walked out of the meeting smiling and shaking hands and thanked the manager for their first successful meeting Desire is a key element of success If you don t want to be doing what you are doing you will likely sabotage your efforts before you begin If you enjoy what you are doing your success is pretty well assured Skills can be learned enthusiasm is far harder to manufacture If it is there you can fan it if it is not I wouldn t spend a lot of time trying If I had two employment applicants one of whom was highly skilled but not motivated and another with lesser skills but who was highly motivated I would choose the latter in a heartbeat I have learned a great deal observing the people and organizations who sponsor my seminars I am amazed at how effective someone with little means but a lot of enthusiasm can be and how ineffective groups with rich resources but little passion can be I have shown up at large churches where the person assigned to organize my event does not know me well or understand or appreciate what I do and a tiny crowd shows up Then I go to another city to present a seminar sponsored by someone who has attended one of my programs and had a life changing experience and that person has single handedly attracted hundreds of people True passion is absolutely magnetic and enrolls consumers by virtue of energy more than behavior An artist asked a business consultant how much she should charge for her paintings That s easy the consultant answered Charge the most for the paintings you felt most passionate while creating Charge the least for the paintings you didn t feel a lot while creating The consultant understood one of the key elements of sales People are not so much buying a commodity they are buying a feeling Most people are hungry for life force sometimes starving so when they see a painting hear a song try on a garment or peruse a house for sale they are seeking to fill their soul When you imbue your soul in your work potential customers sense that and are drawn to it They are paying you not so much for your product but for the energy in your product and that

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  • Alan Cohen
    lesson The good you seek is seeking you If you deeply desire a mate with certain characteristics someone just like that is looking for someone like you If you have a house to sell someone is in the market for a house like yours If you need a job an employer needs someone with your unique skills The universe functions in perfect balance The voice of fear and lack tells you that you are small alone and abandoned and you have to struggle to get what you want and need The voice of trust and abundance reminds you that all is well you do not walk alone and you are provided for in a million ways you do not understand and cannot manipulate Fortunately the voice of trust is far closer to the truth than the voice of fear so you do not need to pay a moment s attention to the ranting of desperation You are not desperate so don t act like you are I once owned an awesome Mazda RX 7 convertible When the time came to sell the car I placed an ad in the local paper and received a call from an interested lady We made an appointment to meet in the parking lot of a local restaurant and I had the car detailed As I was driving to the restaurant the car s electrical system began to fail This was astonishing since the car had been mechanically excellent for the five years I owned it Now on the way to sell it it was punking out I prayed to at least make it to the appointment and I did But the car s engine gave out the moment I entered the parking lot I literally rolled into the parking spot next to where the woman was waiting She was angry because I was late and wanted to take the car for a test drive I sheepishly told her that the electrical system had faltered Her eyes bulged as she grunted Well call me when you get it fixed I phoned a tow truck and soon my beautiful detailed convertible was hanging on a hook dragging along the highway like a side of beef I told myself this was just a momentary setback the car would get fixed and somebody would buy it Maybe in spite of appearances Divine Order was still in force That felt better Fortunately the problem was just a broken belt which was repaired quickly Three weeks later the woman phoned me Is your car still for sale she asked I told her it was and I had it repaired The strangest thing happened she reported I looked at two other cars and both of them failed when I went to drive them Isn t that weird Maybe there s a reason This time the showing went flawlessly and we made a great deal A month later I received a thoughtful card from the buyer telling me how happy she was

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  • Alan Cohen
    after closing time I apologized for keeping him after hours That s okay mate he told me No dramas No dramas That s one of the best affirmations I ve ever heard In America we say No problem No dramas is the next level one we might all do well to aspire to The notion of drama is built on multi layered illusions First there are bad guys who are trying to get a good guy This assumes the presence or reality of evil which has power over good If a higher power is truly higher this cannot be so Either God is present and all powerful or not If evil is illusion is the truth of good not stronger Next drama assumes a victim position of the protagonist Someone stronger is trying to hurt someone weaker and the weaker one has to struggle to overcome the stronger evil Surely you have come to recognize at least at a possibility level that you are not a victim that there is a direct relationship between your thoughts and your creations that you are the source of your experience and no matter what errors you have made at any given moment you can shift your thoughts and retool your destiny Heaven does not have a cheap seat section for whiners Finally a drama suggests doubt or tension about the outcome Will the bad guys win or can the underdog triumph A Course in Miracles tells us that the word challenge is meaningless to a spiritual master since challenge implies a doubt about the outcome One of the Course s lessons is A happy outcome to all things is sure Drama is not a fact it is an interpretation Two different people could look upon the same situation and one could see a frightening drama while the other sees a great opportunity A shoe salesman was dispatched to Africa in the early 1900 s to open up a new territory for his company A month later the home office received a telegram Disaster Disaster These people do not wear shoes Bring me home immediately Several months later another shoe company sent their rep to Africa They too received a telegram Opportunity Opportunity These people do not wear shoes Triple production immediately Have you ever noticed that people who have a lot of dramas in their life always have a lot of drama And people who have a moderate amount of dramas always have a moderate amount of drama And those who have little drama always have little drama Is this because of astrology genetics or fate Or could each group be creating dramas Å or their absence by their thoughts willingness and interpretation of events Drama can be an addiction Some people grow accustomed to a certain amount of drama and if their drama level falls below a certain threshold they find something to create a drama around to bring their adrenaline level back up to speed By contrast people with few dramas

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