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  • Alan Cohen
    David Wagner learned these answers from a customer who came to him regularly every month One day she phoned David in between her regular visits and asked if he would style her hair for an important event that evening David fit her into his schedule and gave her his usual loving attention He talked amiably with her laughed touched her kindly and told her how beautiful she looked After her session she smiled and thanked him You can imagine David s shock when a few days later he received a handwritten letter from the woman explaining that the important event she wanted to look good for that evening was her own funeral She had planned to commit suicide later that day When she spent time with David however the kindness he showed her influenced her to change her mind She decided that life was worth living and she could go on This extraordinary feedback inspired David to reconsider what he was doing with his work and his life He realized that his purpose with customers went far beyond cutting hair Within his own sphere of influence he had the power to make people s days and even lives So he adopted the vocation of Daymaker Now as owner of ten successful spas that treat thousands of people each day David teaches his employees to see themselves as daymakers His inspiring book Life as a Daymaker chronicles his adventures and techniques Never underestimate the power of a kind word or thought It may affect one or many many people without you even knowing it Even a gentle touch can make a huge difference My friend Rick Jarrow was participating in an intensive Zen meditation retreat that required him to meditate many hours a day in rigorous conditions One morning Rick decided this was just too hard and he would leave the retreat after the morning silent walking meditation practice During the walk a student behind Rick gently placed his hand on Rick s shoulder In that touch Rick told me I felt totally comforted and encouraged It was as if my friend was saying I know this is hard for you I believe in you You have what it takes to do this So I decided to stay and I went on to gain tremendous strength from that retreat That touch was the turning point You don t even need to speak or touch someone to help them You can serve simply by the energy of your being Emerson noted Who you are speaks to me so loudly that I can hardly hear what you are saying Indeed at every moment we radiate empowerment or discouragement simply by the feelings we dwell in One day while I was standing in line at a deli counter I noticed a woman in a line beside mine She kept looking at me as if she knew me I didn t recognize her so I just kept moving ahead When we finally arrived at the

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  • Alan Cohen
    discovers a portal into movie star John Malkovich s mind through which he can live vicariously for fifteen minutes When an opportunist hears about this extraordinary phenomenon she devises a scheme to charge customers 200 to enter the portal Soon there is a long line of people anxiously waiting to be someone else Like Craig s customers many of us pay dearly to be someone else We spend a great deal of time energy and money trying to live the life of one we admire or idolize Fashion trends are so born fan clubs thrive on the phenomenon and many teenagers bedroom walls are altars to stars who offer the kids borrowed worth and identity Yet the most significant truth about identity is that you cannot borrow it Either you find it within or you find it not at all Wouldn t it be wonderful I thought as I gazed at the long Malkovich wannabe line if people were that motivated to find truth through their own eyes How powerful if we recognized that life s gift to us is our unique vantage point and our gift to life is expressing from it You are the eyes of God gazing upon creation from a breathless perspective and your mission is to report the view A great poet once noted God is a flower that grew a nose to smell itself Many people have caught onto this mission and generated a huge industry built around self discovery Students are willing to pay vast sums of money to teachers trainers gurus and coaches to help them be themselves You can dive into a weeklong seminar at a five star hotel with a nationally revered teacher for a tuition of 5 000 plus travel accommodations and meals The good news is that if your life changes through such a process and you fall in love with yourself you win The other news is that if you become more invested in the teacher than yourself you missed the point The game is about self discovery not teacher adoration There are two kinds of teachers those who take your power and those who give your power back to you The inferior teacher tells you that something is wrong with you and offers to fix it The superior teacher tells you that something is right with you and helps you bring it forth Your therapy is a success only if you walk out the door being more of you I know a woman who became enamored with a shaman and dropped everything to live and study with him How can I be more like you she asked him The best way to be more like me is to be more like you he replied The shaman was teaching her to replicate not his presentation but his authenticity Authenticity is the one quality of life that is always the same yet always different We are all equally powerful when we are real yet our realness is like

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  • Alan Cohen
    am suggesting that you do whatever you need to do to make it better Ideally you can create shifts that take you to a new level within the relationship or job Your pain may be calling for an attitudinal upgrade rather than a departure Whether your situation is asking for an advance or an exit you cannot afford to settle for less than what you really want Werner Erhard suggested Live as if your life depends upon it It does Behind every no you utter lives a greater yes Saying no to working overtime is saying yes to quality time with yourself or your family Letting go of a relationship that deadens you opens the door to one that enlivens you maybe with the same person Turning down an invitation to break your integrity is to affirm that your values will work for you if you trust them The universe is trying to give you what you want but you have to make space for it To put this principle to work on your behalf recognize that there is no private good What is truly good for you will serve and support others If something is not working for you it cannot be working for others When you give yourself permission to succeed you give others permission to fulfill their destiny too The night before a Hawaiian seminar I had a thrilling dream that I was swimming with dolphins The next morning I sat in a perfunctory meeting bored All I could think about was going to the beach At the first opportunity I excused myself and headed for the ocean As soon as I arrived a large pod of spinner dolphins swam into the bay I dashed into the surf and spent a long time cavorting with these amazing creatures It is said that once you have looked directly into the eye of a dolphin or whale you are never the same I agree I am so glad I followed my intuition to step away from a limiting situation to taste a higher dimension On the eve of my being ordained as a minister in a Hawaiian spiritual church I invited my eight year old goddaughter to the ceremony What s an ordination she asked When I explained she answered I don t think I ll be there I ll be bored I had to laugh her honesty was disarming How many weddings bar mitzvahs and luncheons have I attended which if I were honest I might have declined confessing I don t think I ll be there I ll be bored Now I m not suggesting you utter those words or be rude or unkind I am suggesting that you have a right place in life and when you are in it you are being extremely kind Your friends gatherings are important but if they are not meaningful to you why go and be a downer to people who are there to have fun Either go with a

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  • Alan Cohen
    no mistake at all Then there was the fellow named Alfred who invented dynamite When Alfred s brother died the city newspaper confused the two and printed an obituary noting that the deceased s most notable act was the creation of the explosive subsequently adapted to manufacture bombs Stunned to consider that his name would forever be associated with destruction Alfred sought to leave a more positive legacy to humanity So he instituted a prize for people who contributed to world peace Now the Nobel Prize established by Alfred Nobel is the most coveted and respected award in the world Everything is part of something bigger and mistakes are no exception Every minus is half of a plus waiting for a stroke of vertical awareness In his brilliant book Illusions Richard Bach explains that every problem comes to you with a gift in its hands If you focus only on what went wrong you miss the gift If you are willing to look deeper and ask for the insight the problem dissipates you are left only with the learning and you advance on your path Gallup conducted a poll asking people what was the worst thing that ever happened to them Then the pollsters asked the same people what was the best thing that ever happened to them The surveyors found an 80 correlation between the worst and best experiences Four out of five people reported that the worst thing that ever happened to them turned out to be the best A Course in Miracles tells us It takes great learning to understand that all things events encounters and circumstances are helpful The Course also notes that trust is the bedrock of a true master s belief system Trust implies faith that there is a wiser plan afoot than the

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  • Alan Cohen
    you pay it That would be a bargain Then consider yourself lucky Hilda told him You got the entire course from your mechanic in one day Which direction is the right one for you The one you are headed in now Wherever you are whatever you are doing you are in the perfect position to discover your right next step No matter what you do you will receive feedback from the universe about how what you are doing matches your true intentions If it feels good you have learned and if it feels bad you have learned What you do is far less important than what you learn Everything you experience leads to waking up Trust is the key A Course in Miracles tells us that trust is the bedrock of the spiritual journey The Course goes on to explain that it takes great learning to understand that all things events encounters and circumstances are helpful Everything serves If you believe that an experience is outside of the plan for your awakening it is only because you have yet to see how this piece fits into the puzzle When the time is right you will recognize the Big Picture A Zen master noted Wherever I go I keep finding myself Ultimately there is nothing else to do The world you see is a stage you have constructed with your thoughts and everyone you meet is an actor you have hired to play out the script you have written And you scribed it in brilliance Every person and experience mirrors your beliefs about yourself and life Rather than trying to get rid of them thank them for the reflection and move on to rewrite the script in a way that honors you Now before you go out and seek pain to

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  • Alan Cohen
    the information and he made an appointment to go see the owner It has been my lifelong dream to own this instrument Chris told the fellow Would you consider selling it to me I think I can get some more money to purchase it from you at a profit The owner shook his head and answered I d like to help you out but I know the value of this violin It is the jewel of my collection I intend to keep it as an heirloom I understand answered Chris Perhaps then you would let me play the violin for just a minute or two It would mean a lot to me and I will keep the memory for a lifetime The collector consented and handed Chris the violin Joyfully Chris took up the bow and knowing he would never play this violin again made the instrument sing with absolute passion After a few minutes he returned the violin to its owner thanked the man and made his way to the door As Chris had his hand on the doorknob the owner called him back Don t go he told him You made such beautiful music I bought this violin simply as a collector s item You will bring more happiness and beauty to the world with it than I will The violin belongs to you Here please take it Society s rules of ownership are superseded by a profound spiritual principle called The Right of Consciousness You own what you own not by money or force but by your love for it and your spiritual connection to it If something is deeply imbedded in your soul it belongs to you It comes to you and adheres to you by your appreciation and right use of it While it appears

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  • Alan Cohen
    home and replicate them in our own lives to the point that we believe they re our own Then if we are not careful we pass them on to our children Then we wonder why we and the people we know are so unhappy All because we accepted and paid for boring or unhappy pictures that never belonged to us in the first place Contrary to what you have been taught the reality you live in is a choice You generate reality by the images you focus on The more you pay attention to any picture of reality the more real it becomes to you You can create and live in vast worlds simply by thinking they are real This does not mean they are real it just means you have given them a great deal of attention and belief A classic story tells of a man who went to visit a friend in his country home In the middle of the night the man got up to go to the bathroom and found a huge deadly snake coiled up on the floor ready to strike him The next morning the host awoke to find his guest dead on the floor lying next to a coiled up piece of large rope The fellow died not of a snakebite but of fright He was just as dead as if the snake had been real His murderer was not a snake it was his own mind This parable applies to every fear we experience Enlightened teachers tell us that nothing we fear is real at all the objects we fear exist only in our imagination The word fear is an acronym for false evidence appearing real A Course in Miracles poignantly adds You can indeed afford to laugh at fear thoughts remembering that God goes with you wherever you go In a world where many people are afraid and reinforce their fear by attacking the objects of their fear you can bring significant healing by remaining sane and recognizing perceived snakes as actual ropes Nothing can hurt you unless you give it power with your thoughts When you remember the presence of love in a situation where others have forgotten it you are returning unwanted photos back to their bin and taking your own home The critical voice is not your own nbsp Your were not born with thoughts of judgment lack and separateness They are all learned and can be unlearned Children and animals are our greatest teachers because they have not yet passed the photo department and taken home other people s yucky albums Children are connected to God and have not been taught otherwise Thank God for children animals and nature they are our lifeline to Original Innocence A five year old boy observed his parents bringing his newborn younger brother home from the hospital For days he pestered his parents to let him be alone with his little brother Fearing the older child would hurt the infant the

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  • Eddie Conner
    the thought of that did help a little I ve often felt that everyone should work full time with the public for at least one holiday season Whether as a sales clerk or waiting tables during this busiest time of the year the experience would be enlightening Then once we had earned our wings by doing time in retail Hell and restaurant Hades we could be honored with the luxury of becoming a customer Armed with that experience you wouldn t be a normal ordinary customer that walks into the gift department and screams Isn t anyone going to help me find the Chi Chi Chia Pets No Sir instead you d be an extraordinary polite consumer whom salesclerks would fight over just to wait on Through all of the spiritual teachings I ve studied it is abundantly clear that our emotional beliefs create our physical lives You ve heard me say many times that we have two volumes of vibration that launch our beliefs These two volumes are Hi Frequency and Lo Frequency When our thoughts and feelings are high we attract good things and when our thoughts and feelings are low and lethargic we attract negative things The Dark Side of the Holidays Not to worry the dark side isn t about the Grinch s deviant little elves forcing a spiked Egg Nog colonic on you or your great aunt Gertrude and her mustache tongue kissing you It s actually worse than that If you re heading out to shop with Lo Frequency emotions then this is what you are exposing yourself too No convenient or wide enough parking spaces Misinformed inexperienced sales associates Long lines crowded stores and rude customers that push and shove you Over priced merchandise Being at the wrong place at the wrong time And the customer right in front of you gets the very last latest greatest toy that your kid just has to have I can guarantee something If you leave home feeling crabby and arrive to the shopping mall crabby you will attract every negative person within a ten mile radius The nonphysical Lo Frequency signal that you sent prior to your shopping experience is now waiting for you to arrive so that it can magnetize you to other crabby people with a similar Lo Frequency That four year old fruitcake sounds pretty good about right now doesn t it Tips for Receiving Great Customer Service Stay home Seriously do not leave your home or office with an Attitude of CRAB itude Listen to cheerful music or eat a little piece of chocolate before going out Amplify your Attitude of GLAD itude Focus on something that you are grateful for Put yourself in the sales clerks shoes and mentally send him or her patience and appreciation Six BUT Free Shopping Cures 1 Get Excited First and Shop Second 2 Focus only on what you do want instead of what you don t want Example I want short lines big discounts extraordinary

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