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  • Alan Cohen
    Temptations Four Tops and on and on The posse known as the Funk Brothers turned out more hit records than were ever sold by the Beatles Beach Boys and Rolling Stones combined The Funk Brothers keyboardist described how he and the group would drop into musical grooves in which the music seemed to be playing them My job he explained was to get my fingers to keep up with the keys that were pressing themselves down If you have ever been infused with inspiration you know exactly what the brother meant When you open yourself as a vehicle for creative expression the song painting book speech or lovemaking takes over and you feel more like it is living through you than that you are manufacturing it In that moment you are one with the creator and the creation and without effort you feel totally fulfilled and bring ultimate joy color and good to the world Wayne Dyer describes the difference between motivation and inspiration Motivation Dr Dyer explains is when you take hold of an idea Inspiration is when an idea takes hold of you Seek then to be inspired rather than motivated Stephen Spielberg describes his experience thus Once a month an idea crashes into my brain when I wake up and I can t eat breakfast until I do something about it I saw a film of boxing great Muhammad Ali The film slowed down to illustrate Ali s masterful technique showed him ducking punches before his opponent threw them Something in Ali was so attuned to the flow that he knew what was coming and reacted on the basis of intuition only Ali was not thinking at all he was just feeling and knowing This exalted and highly productive state has been called by many names Spiritualists know it as the Tao athletes stay in the Zone actors disappear into character artists call upon their muse Living and acting in this consciousness has little to do with figuring things out and a lot to do with feeling things out More sensing than planning More being than doing In our culture we have the doing thing down pat We carefully organize our to do lists leave no detail to chance or the potential ineptness of others and clutch at our Palm Pilots like holy grails And they all serve their purpose Yet there is another element of life that many of us are literally dying for and that is connection with the flow The flow is the one thing you cannot control or organize You can only move with it And it will serve you well if you trust it The Star Wars series popularized the salutation May the Force be with you Yet this benediction falls a tad short of a more accurate blessing May you be with the Force The Force you see is already with you It is beating your heart breathing your lungs and operating billions of microscopic processes in your body and trillions

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  • Alan Cohen
    by Eva Kettles Herbs for Health with Kami McBride The Directory The Book Nook Archives Past Issues Creating Bridges Spirituality Philosophy From the Heart The Main Thing by Alan Cohen The rascal sage Nasrudin stood on the bow of a ferryboat next to a pompous professor Have you ever studied astronomy asked the professor I can t say that I have answered the mystic Then you have wasted much of your life the scholar declared Knowing the constellations a skilled captain can navigate a boat around the entire globe A while later the intellectual asked Nasrudin Have you studied meteorology No answered Nasrudin Then you have wasted most of your life chided the academician Methodically capturing the wind can propel a sailing ship at astounding speeds Another while passed and the professor continued to quiz Nasrudin Have you ever studied oceanography Not at all My how you have wasted your time Awareness of the currents helps sailors find food and shelter A few minutes later Nasrudin approached the professor and nonchalantly asked him Have you ever studied swimming doctor Haven t had the time the professor answered haughtily Then you ve wasted all of your life The boat is sinking Before setting out on a project relationship career or life you must set your priorities You must decide what is important and what is a detail Then simple as it sounds the success of your endeavor depends on remembering what is important and what is a detail One of my favorite affirmations is The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing What is your main thing Are you living true to it One of the people I most admire is a fellow named Ed Carlson affectionately known as The Waver Many years ago Ed came home one day to find that his wife had left him along with their children As a result Ed plunged into depression and considered ending it all But then a voice told him Have faith So Ed decided to turn his life into an adventure in faith His first act was to hitchhike across the country blindfolded You can imagine the depth of the lessons Ed plumbed as he walked and hitchhiked from coast to coast without physically seeing When Ed reached California he removed his blindfold and kept walking along the highways waving to every passing car While lots of people thought he was a nut lots of people waved back Ed has been walking and waving for over 30 years now covering many more miles than the distance from the earth to the moon His amazing adventures and ensuing miracles are chronicled in his inspiring book and audiotape I Walked to the Moon and Almost Everybody Waved Ed s main thing is heart connection with people I would say he has lived true to his purpose You too have a purpose Every day you have many opportunities to be true to it or to put it on a back

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  • Alan Cohen
    end of this year you may look back on your year and decide it was a great year or a lousy one None of that matters now The only thing that matters is that you complete it with style spirit and integrity As Longfellow noted Great is the art of beginning but even greater is the art of ending In my book Happily Even After I cite many couples who as a result of breaking up shifted their relationship from hostility and bitterness to profound connection and mutual support They all reported that their separation was one of the greatest catalysts for growth in their life some of them declared strange as it sounds that their real relationship began when they broke up Their imminent parting moved them to speak more truth and develop richer communication with each other than when they were together My subtitle for the book is Fifty Ways to Love Your Leaver If you are in an unhappy relationship job or year it is not ending that you seek it is completion Completion implies soul satisfaction a sense of wholeness with yourself We lurch for endings to escape the pain of feeling broken Yet if you can face and heal your sense of emptiness endings or continuings will not be a torturous question They will arrange themselves You can be complete without ending or end without being complete Marriage or divorce papers do not ensure completion Hearts do Tend to your soul and endings will bring you not despair and loss but joy and empowerment Industrial efficiency studies show that more progress is accomplished at the beginning and ending of a cycle than in the middle For example before I leave on a trip I power through lots of completions and do so again when I return My departure prompts me to return calls I have put off pay bills and clean the house well When I come home I deal with newly arrived mail debrief from my business meetings and initiate projects Over years of going through these cycles I recognize that the turning points of leaving and returning are windows of opportunity to finish old things and start new ones and that feels great Counselor Steve Sobel notes From speaking to many cancer survivor groups I have learned that the watch on your hand no longer says tick tick tick It now says precious precious precious When you understand that every chapter you write in your life becomes fascinating The imminent ending of such patients lives moves them to evaluate how they are living and appreciate their days far more than if they expected them to go on forever You don t need a terminal diagnosis to begin to enjoy your loved ones or make the most of your time Every start and finish is an invitation to more deeply value yourself your relationships and the ways you fill your moments and hours Birthdays anniversaries graduations and new years help you focalize to evaluate

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  • Alan Cohen
    Improve Your Health by Caroline Sutherland Sutherland Communications Conscious Breathing for Health and Self Transformation by Dennis Lewis Homeopathy by Senbita Carter Lecturer Practitioner The Directory The Book Nook Archives Past Issues Creating Bridges Spirituality Philosophy From the Heart Assume the Visionary Position by Alan Cohen For a long time I have encouraged readers and seminar participants to follow their bliss be true to their dreams and let passion empower their lives And it is indeed rewarding to hear many inspiring accounts from individuals who have honored their hearts desires and subsequently found happiness and success What do you do however when you have a dream and you are not in a position to act on it What if due to financial circumstances or other obligations your goal is relegated to a future time and your current situation doesn t look anything like your vision What if for example you want to be an actor but you have to wait tables to pay your rent Or if you are in a job you have disliked for many years and you hate it more than ever but you are just a few years away from your retirement benefits How do you live true to your passion when your current reality is flat You have several choices 1 Quit pull up stakes take a leap of faith and dive headlong into your ideal scenario Some who do this succeed gloriously and consider their leap the best move of their life Others do not ultimately live the vision they set out for but create a lifestyle more rewarding than the one they left Others return to a position similar to their original one Yet no matter how their journey unfolds all are richer for the faith and courage they mobilized to follow their spirit 2 Act as if your vision is already real no matter what current circumstances indicate Rev Frank Richelieu had a dream to start a church but he had no building congregants or money just inspiration So he found a public phone booth and printed business cards listing that telephone number as the church office Then he set office hours and conducted business and counseling from the phone booth Eventually Dr Richelieu built up a congregation obtained a building and established one of the largest and most successful churches of Religious Science in the nation Only those who see the invisible can do the impossible 3 Make changes in your current situation that bring it more into harmony with your vision My friend Lou was bored and frustrated teaching high school English So he developed a new course called Humanities in which he encouraged students to talk about their feelings connect with each other from the heart and take steps toward their dreams The class became so popular that Lou ended up teaching the course full time and the school hired another teacher to replicate it Lou developed rewarding relationships with his students that bore blessings far beyond the classroom

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  • Alan Cohen
    Have you been struggling with a physical emotional financial or relationship difficulty for a long time Do you wonder if this will go on forever Have you told yourself or had a professional tell you that this kind of situation is serious and will take a long time to undo if ever Do you wonder hope and pray that there might be some way out sooner rather than later The timing of healing or success of any kind is not determined by any person or factor outside you It is entirely up to you Like all of life the secret of healing is What you believe 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 of which has been submerged for 10 000 years and the other for 10 days If you place both rocks in the sun they will both dry off in a short time 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 total wellness is not some outside agent but internal resistance All pain physical emotional or spiritual begins and is maintained by a factor of pushing against As you release your resistance healing rushes in Life wants us to be healed and constantly moves to accomplish that it simply awaits our cooperation Give a blade of grass a crack in an unused sidewalk and it is only a matter of time until the grass displaces the concrete Nature bats last and it brings the heavy hitters to the plate in the gentlest of ways 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 While doctors or psychologists may cite statistics of what happens to people who exhibit the same symptoms as you 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

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  • Alan Cohen
    has its origin in the 1960 s when John joined the Peace Corps to avoid the draft He was assigned to live with the Shuar tribe in Ecuador His mission to educate the Shuar how to build their financial investment portfolios Now this was a particularly challenging assignment since the Shuar had no money few possessions and very little contact with the civilized world Moreover the Shuar are the original headhunters literally they invented the practice of shrinking heads To this day a young Shuar man passes his initiation to manhood by killing an enemy and bringing back his shrunken head And you thought your teenager s navel piercing was bizarre John learned a little Spanish and set up a series of investment seminars for the Shuar To his surprise the classes were packed with his hushed listeners hanging on every word Later John found out that his audience didn t understand a word he was saying they were there just for the entertainment value of watching a crazy white guy go on about nothing After a short time John became deathly ill in the jungle and a Shuar shaman was called to heal him The healing John recounts was extraordinary and he became a convert to the Shuar way of life John went on to live with the tribe for many years meanwhile justifying his presence to his draft board by sending them an annual letter convincing them he was saving the world from Communism Over time John became fascinated with the sexual mores of the Shuar which are quite sophisticated Like many indigenous peoples the Shuar have a healthy playful attitude toward sex And like the creators of the Kama Sutra and Tantra they have honed their practice of sexuality to an art and a science First of all until the missionaries convinced them otherwise the Shuar would make love only in nature They felt that being in the great outdoors increased their sense of oneness with nature and their partner Further an older Shuar man customarily takes a younger woman as his wife and teaches her the secrets of lovemaking Then after he grows older and dies she takes a younger husband and trains him in the ancient art So the process goes on from generation to generation ensuring quality lovemaking taught by experienced elders One day several tribespeople asked John How do people in your culture learn about lovemaking Well he answered hesitantly you get a couple of 15 year old kids they find the back seat of a car and figure it out My God the Shuar elders exclaimed aghast How primitive While you and I may have been led to believe that our version of reality is the only one or the wisest one there may be many other versions of reality that can help us if we are open to learn from them Often what we call reality is but one aspect of the Big Picture The joy of true learning lies in

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  • Alan Cohen
    Self Transformation by Dennis Lewis The Directory The Book Nook Archives Past Issues General Information Editorial Submission Information Articles Columns Editorial Opinions Opinion Editorial General Content Event Calendars Graphics Photos Editorial Deadlines Advertising Promotion Advertising Information Opportunities About The Meta Arts Magazine Contact Us Legal Notices Creating Bridges Spirituality Philosophy From the Heart Worth It by Alan Cohen This is the third installment in a series of articles based on chapters from Alan Cohen s new book Mr Everit s Secret What I learned from the World s Richest Man Worth It On my birthday Mr Everit took me out for lunch to Curry in a Hurry my favorite Indian restaurant They rustle up palak paneer so spicy that steam shoots out of your ears Taking me there was obviously an altruistic act since he doesn t like hot food and they don t serve chocolate desserts On our way back to the 4 Runner which Mr Everit had named Big Buck we passed a slick little men s boutique called Sassy In the window I spied a sweater that got me drooling It was an ultra lightweight multicolored Jahyne Barnes weave that looked masculine yet playful I stood there for a while eyeing it I swear it had my name on it Let s go in and have a look at it Mr Everit encouraged me opening the Sassy door I made my way to the window display and turned over the price tag 250 That was all I had to see I dropped the tag and started to head back out to the street Where do you think you re headed bucko Mr Everit asked me holding his hand over the door to bar me from passing I don t really want it that much I answered in a blasé tone Oh really he answered sarcastically Do your eyes always bulge out of your head when you re unimpressed I tried to dislodge his hand from the door Do you know how many power tools I could buy for 250 I shot back Yes I do he answered pressing his arm more firmly against the post But you can t wear a Skil Saw on a date Not that many women are impressed by that Okay okay He took the sweater off the mannequin held it up against my chest and swiveled me around to look in the full length mirror The garment was indeed sassy No cordless drill has ever done me such justice But facts were facts It s just too expensive I pleaded I really can t justify paying this much for a sweater He looked me in the eye with that look I had gotten to know the one that meant he was not kidding around Then he told me with utter authority I say you re worth it I wasn t thinking about the sweater that way You buy stuff because you need it If you have the money you get it If

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