February 28,2012
Do What You Can

Think of yourself as a fish swimming through the ocean that sustains him. Everything that he needs is available to him in the ocean … other fish, food, oxygen, water, plants. The fish needs nothing that is unavailable to him in the ocean.

Now, see yourself like a fish swimming in a sea of particles that make up the substance of the Universe. Everything that you need is provided for you by the Universe. We know that our lives are more complicated than those of the fishes, but it is essentially the same principle. We have oxygen, water, food, companionship and community. Man has complicated some of our processes by polluting the environment and creating artificial ways to manage our abundance via a currently sick economy, corrupt officials and governments, etc. But, if we have faith in the greater power of the Universe, we will all be okay. Each of us must do our collective part to have our outer world reflect the natural order of the Universe. The fish swimming through the ocean does not say, "Ah, a field of kelp. I must harvest it all for myself because I saw it first." He eats what he needs and swims on. We must try to do the same. While I am not advocating socialism, what I am trying to say is that we need to curb the greed in our world and encourage corporations, governments and communities to keep in mind the greater good of the Universe and not the greater good of the few or the bottom line. Our world is out of balance. We have too many people out of work or living in poverty, and too many people at the top earning multimillion dollar salaries. We must all do whatever we can to bring this back into balance. Pray for the greater good of our Universe. Hold your officials accountable for their actions. Speak out when you feel that something is wrong. Support businesses that support the Universe. Call for justice and fairness when it is needed. Express gratitude for what is good. Don't be afraid to speak out for change, to return defective goods, and always give your best every day at whatever you do. Each of us does make a difference.

© 2012 Carla Weaver


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February 27,2012
Be bold and adventuresome!

"Be bold and adventuresome!" These were the words of Rick McDiarmid, well known BC painter, at a recent workshop I attended. This is good advice … take some creative risks. Or, as stated in another one of my favorite management books, "Built to Last," Try a lot and keep what works. For, if we always play it safe, we won't create anything new, different or leading edge. We'll end up in the pack of others … doing everything the same as everyone else.

The introduction to Star Trek: The Next Generation said, "Boldly go where no one has gone before." That's what we must do to be truly creative and innovative and that takes courage.

I belong to a group of women entrepreneurs on LinkedIn, and they asked in the discussion thread to sum up in one word what it takes to succeed as an entrepreneur. Many of these entrepreneurs chose the word "courage." We have often heard the phrase "dare to be different." It is not easy to separate from the pack and be different … as Kermit the frog says, "It isn't easy being green."

For the past 30 years, I have had the following words in a frame on my wall...I do not know who wrote it, and it is not acknowledged on the poster…

Creativity

The man who follows the crowd will usually get
no further than the crowd. The man who walks
alone is likely to find himself in places no one has
ever gone before.

Creativity in living is not without its attendant
difficulties, for peculiarity breeds contempt. And
the unfortunate thing about being ahead of your
time is that when people finally realize you were
right, they'll say it was obvious all along.

You have two choices in life: you can dissolve
into the mainstream, or you can be distinct. To
be distinct, you must be different. To be different,
you must strive to be what no one else but you
can be.
Anonymous

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February 26,2012
How many colours do you have on your palette?

How many colours do you have on your palette? Ideas in your mind? However many you want. You can count them. I have 10 tubes of paint. How many colours is that? There are infinite possibilities if you mix them. The same is true with ideas, inventions, innovations, solutions to problems … infinite possibilities. More than our small minds can imagine, yet sometimes, we think that there is no suitable solution to a problem or situation. If we turn over that problem solving to a source greater than ourselves, then the solution can come to us, and it may be something that we could never have come up with on our own in a state of worry or discontent or traditional problem solving. Remember that….infinite possibilities. Ask for guidance, stay connected to your creative source, let the solution percolate and come to you in its own good time. There is no hurry. As Wayne Dyer says, "there is a spiritual solution to all of your problems."

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February 25,2012
Feel the energy, follow your heart

Feel the energy, follow your heart. Everything is energy. Every person, every thing, every place. Every place we go has an atmosphere or feeling, which is our sensitivity to the place. Not all of those energies are compatible with my energy. Each person feels compatible – or not. We need to make choices. We can choose to be in places or around people or doing activities that feel "right" – that are compatible with our own energy and purpose. We need to choose to do what feels right with people who feel right in places that feel right. That doesn't mean that other people, places and things are wrong. We are all of the same Universe. What it means is that we make choices that are supportive to our own energy and path. And, we allow others to be free to choose what's right for them. Feel the energy, follow your heart.

"Dislike may at times be a signal similar to pain, and pain means "keep away," not "destroy." If I don't like her I do not have to show her unworthy. The question is not, "Is she bad?" but "Is she bad for me? (Hugh Prather. (1972). I Touch the Earth, the Earth Touches Me, Doubleday and Company, Inc., Garden City, NY).

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February 22,2012
Living a Creative Life

Recently, while sitting in a restaurant writing, I engaged in a conversation with a stranger about my blog and he asked what I meant by "leading a creative life?" I believe that leading a creative life is about bringing our most authentic and creative selves to everything that we do. People typically attach the term creativity to the arts, such as painting, writing, film and music. But, I believe that we can bring creativity to everything. At work, our organizations encourage us to bring creative ideas to what we do and it's important for companies to innovate to stay competitive. At home, we have additional pressures related to busy lives, competition for jobs, balancing work and family, parenting, dealing with technology, a tough economy… So, creativity applies to everything.

Creativity is about being open minded, trying new things, coming up with new ideas and approaches, making things, achieving goals, making decisions, solving problems, connecting to the universe… It is about applying ourselves, working on ourselves, working on our connection to something greater than ourselves, staying in tune with the universe …

My blog is about all of these things and more things that I don't even know about yet. I hope that I will continue to be inspired to write and that you will continue to read.

"The source of all creation is pure consciousness … pure potentiality seeking expression from the unmanifest to the manifest (Deepak Chopra)."

"People who want to be creative, who deeply value such a characteristic in themselves, are more likely to make themselves creative and keep themselves that way …. Creativity concerns what we do with our abilities. Any normal person can be creative in terms of whatever abilities he or she has or can acquire. (D.N. Perkins, The Mind's Best Work)"

"Creation is dominated by three absolutely different factors: first, nature, which works upon us by its laws; second, the artist, who creates a spiritual contact with nature and his materials; third, the medium of expression through which the artist translates his inner world. (Hans Hoffman, Search for the Real)."

"The formulation of a problem is often more essential than its solution, which may be merely a matter of mathematical or experimental skill. To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old questions from a new angle, requires creative imagination and marks real advances in science. (Albert Einstein & L. Infeld, The Evolution of Physics)."

"Creativity is a celebration of one's grandeur, one's sense of making anything possible. Creativity is a celebration of life-my celebration of life. It is a bold statement: I am here! I love life! I love me! I can be anything! I can do anything! (Joseph Zinker, therapist, painter, sculptor & poet).

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February 21,2012
Getting Unstuck

Sometimes, we may find it difficult to pursue our creative endeavors because we are blocked. We may not be inspired or motivated, or we may have the inspiration, but not the time to work on our creative projects. Something else may have priority, or we may have other interferences – family issues, noise, distractions, health issues, etc. Maybe we've taken a project to a certain point, and we don't know how to proceed. For example, many times, I've completed a painting to a point where it's coming along well, but it's not finished and I don't know how to finish it, or I become afraid of ruining what I've done so far. How do we bring ourselves back to the creative space to complete our work?

We find time and a quiet place to regain our connection to our source. We go within and are alone and quiet and meditate on our project. We ask for guidance about how to complete the project. Meditate and listen for the inner voice. We take the time to restore ourselves and ensure that we are on our creative path. It's also time to reconnect with our creative mentors. Call a buddy who supports your creativity. Take a workshop or class in your creative field. Hang out with like-minded people. Try a new medium. Walk in nature. Then, get back to it.

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February 16,2012
A Space in Which to Create

Creativity requires some time for the process and a space to create. The space in which we create is important. It may be an office, a board room, an art studio, a music studio, nature, a garage or shop depending on your medium. Whatever you are creating, there will be some incubation time during which your idea is percolating in your mind. If you're working with a partner, a team, a board, or co-workers, others will do the same. Ultimately, your creative place will be the place where you come together and meet with your co-creators, where the brush meets the canvas, where the hammer hits the nail, where the word meets the paper, where the plan is formed, where the soil is tilled and the seed planted. In this place, where we do our creative work, we must feel safe and inspired. We must be comfortable and moved to create. We must have what we need to create and the time to create free form distractions. What's important to you? Total silence? Soft jazz? Rock 'n roll? Soft cushions and comfortable chairs? A table and chairs? A Desk? An easel? Bright natural light or soft muted light? Perhaps an inspirational quote on the wall or a painting or photo that inspires you. Think about what you need and create the space. If it's at home, maybe you have to give up a bedroom, den or corner in the family room to make your creative space. If it's at work, maybe your leadership needs to designate an appropriate project room, or maybe you can set up a corner in your office or cubicle for your creative space. If you're a manager, does your team have a creative space? Are they separated by floors, buildings or other distractions? Or, do they have a creative pod where they can come together to interact and solve problems? While a virtual space is important, is there a safe physical creative space for them? Today, we have so many responsibilities, so many different locations – virtual and real - that we forget about how much creativity took place in those chats by the proverbial water cooler. Where's your water cooler?

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February 15,2012
The Zone

Some athletes refer to the creativity gap as "the zone." Others refer to "synchronicity," that place where things come together perfectly. Psychology master, Carl Jung, described synchronicity as, "A meaningful coincidence of two or more events, where something other than the probability of chance is involved" (Campbell, Joseph (1971). The Portable Jung, Penguin Books, Middlesex, England). Synchronicity is a mysterious feeling during which things fall into place effortlessly and we meet people who assist us on our journey. At this time, we experience a feeling of certainty or inner confidence that things are going to work out for the best. Others use the term "flow." Whatever you call it, when we can enter that zone or creative gap, it is like a sacred place where our creations come together with effortless ease. It is not to say that we cannot paint or write or invent or innovate when we are not in that zone, but the key is that things flow together effortlessly when we can enter the zone.

"When most oarsmen talked about their perfect moments in a boat, they referred not so much to winning a race, as to the feel of the boat, all eight oars in the water together, the synchronization almost perfect. In moments like these, the boat seemed to lift right out of the water. Oarsmen called that the moment of swing (Halberstrom, David. (1985), The Amateurs, A Fawcett Columbine Book, New York)."

So, how can we enter the zone at will? We can do our best to remove noise and distractions, such as unhealthy habits, unhealthy relationships and negative influences. We can quiet ourselves and go within through meditation. We can take good care of ourselves by getting plenty of rest and exercise and by eating a healthy diet. We can practice mindfulness and follow our inner voices. Entering the zone comes with practice and mindful devotion.

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February 14,2012
The Creative Gap

Creativity takes place in that gap between what is now and what could be. For example, creativity is what takes place between now and a finished painting or sculpture or scientific invention. It begins with an idea for a painting or sculpture or invention, and is followed by all of the things that occur until the thing is complete. We may be aware of all of the steps, or not. Some of them take place at a subconscious or quantum level, for example, the formation of the idea or the synchronicitous events that occur to help us through the process. Creativity is an unfolding of an idea much like the blooming of a flower, or the ultimate-the birth of a child, animal or bird. It is not a haphazard event. Whether the birth of a child, an Ipod or a painting, it is all creation. It is both a physical experience and a spiritual experience, and we are best at it when we stay connected to the Universe and allow the creativity to unfold. Creativity is the process of revealing the creative object for viewing.


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February 13,2012
I Am Woman...Hear Me Roar

Every human being no matter their age, race, religion, gender, disability … has the potential to inspire you or change your life. Listen to them, hear them, honor and acknowledge them. As I age, I experience what my friend, Dell, calls the "invisible woman syndrome." For some reason, many assume that middle aged and older women have nothing to say and nothing to add to the world. Who decided that? Let me acknowledge a few well respected and powerful older women who have made a significant impact in the world in spirituality, politics, religion, the arts, and everyday life: Mother Theresa, Margaret Thatcher, Jane Fonda, Betty Ford, Barbara Walters, Diane Sawyer, Katie Couric, Hillary Clinton, Kim Campbell, Sandra Day O'Connor, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, , Michelle Jean, Judy Dench, Condalisa Rice, Sophia Loren, Meryl Streep, Elizabeth Taylor, Golda Meier, Madonna, Barbara Streisand, Candice Bergen, Queen Noor, Christy Clark, Jeanne Sauvé, Lynn Redgrave, Vanessa Redgrave, Maggie Smith, Madeline Albright, Christine Legard, Yingluck Shinawatra, Corazon Aquino, Maya Angelou, Oprah, Emmeline Pankhurst, Aretha Franklin, Emily Dickinson, Emily Carr, Pauline Johnson, Yoko Ono, Betty Friedan, Margaret Atwood, Virginia M. Rometty, Meg Whitman, Ursula M. Burns, Marianne Williamson, Sylvia, Browne, Eleanor Roosevelt, Tina Turner, Isabel Allende, Diana Ross, Coco Chanel, Angela Merkel, Sarah Morgan-Silvester, Daphne Taras, Georgia Goodspeed, Eva Brunne, Ellen Degeneres, Margot Käßmann, Jane Dixon, Lena Horne, Indira Ghandi, Bhenazir Bhuto, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Carolyn Kennedy, Maria Shriver, Kathryn Bigelow, Penny Marshall, Nora Ephron, Betty Thomas, Amy Heckerling, Kathleen Kennedy, Rita Moreno, Billie Jean King, Iman, Grandma Moses, Georgia O'Keefe, Frida Kalo, Elizabeth Arden, Mary Kay Ash, Estee Lauder, Faith Popcorn, Maria Callas, Margot Fonteyn, Lillian Hellman, Shirley Temple Black, Betty White, Lily Tomlin, Joyce Brothers, Marie Curie, Diane Feinstein, Germaine Greer, Coretta Scott King, Gloria Steinem, everyone's mother …

"I am woman, hear me roar
In numbers too big to ignore (Words and Music by Helen Reddy and Ray Burton)"

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February 12,2012
Have You Been Called? Follow Your Heart!

Sometimes we may feel compelled to do something because it is in our heart … we feel guided in that direction. There is some intuition or inner need to do it. We should do those things with love and without delay. One of my favorite management books is "The Consultant's Calling: Bringing Who You Are to What You Do" by Geoffrey M. Bellman. He speaks about doing our work at a depth that means bringing our authentic selves to it. He says "the consultant's calling is about responding to the voice within, the voice that calls us to pursue meaning in our lives (Bellman, p. viii)."

Sometimes, we feel we "should" do certain things. Maybe we should take a second to think about why we "should" do that thing. Is it because someone else thinks I should do it? Is it because I am punishing myself? Is it because I am distracting myself from my calling? Bellman says, "My experience shows that when I do not take time to figure out what I want, I am sentenced to doing what others want (Bellman, p. xix)."

How do I recognize whether I am being called to do something versus thinking that I "should" do it? A calling is in your heart. A "should" is in your head. A calling is a gentle voice. A "should" is a harsh disciplining voice. A calling is love based. A "should" is fear based. There is no risk in a calling. There is great risk in a "should." A calling is from the Source. Follow your heart; listen to your Source.

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February 11,2012
Inspirational People Set a Positive Example

As creative inspirational people, we must set an example for others and do what is right and moral and good. Sometimes, that involves speaking out and protecting or supporting those who cannot protect themselves. Animals trust their owners and love them unconditionally and we do not have a right to abuse them. Today, I must speak out about something very troubling. In 1983, Mitt Romney drove for 12 hours with his Irish Setter, Seamus, strapped to the roof of his car in a crate. When one of the children noticed a brownish liquid dripping down the window, Mitt pulled over and turned a hose on the dog. This is animal abuse. The US media seems to be letting this one go, although they've been relentless on other less serious issues about political candidates and public figures in the past. I commend David Letterman for setting an example and keeping on this nightly.

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February 10,2012
Use Your Six Senses to Create

When you create something, feel it with all of your senses. In your mind's eye, imagine what it looks, feels, smells, sounds and tastes like. Feel its energy. Really take the time to breathe in deeply and imagine the finished product. If it's an oil painting, see the color, the finished painting; see it in a frame; see it hung in a show or a patron's home. Smell the oil paint. Feel how it feels when you're painting it…that touch of the brush spreading the paint on the canvas, the peace of the practice of painting, the feeling of pride and joy and accomplishment when you finish. Taste the feeling of success as you see improvement in your own work.

If you garden, feel the soil in your hands as you dig a hole and prepare to plant a flower. Smell the fresh clean air of the outdoors. Imagine what the flower will be like when it blooms. Smell it. See the flower garden all in bloom.

If it's a sales presentation, see yourself in front of your customer dressed professionally, with professional sales presentation materials. The ideas flow freely into your mind and you speak clearly, knowledgeably, sincerely and convincingly. See the customer agreeing to your proposal. Feel the moment of synchronicity when everything comes into play exactly as it should. Your solution meets the customer's needs. You both feel good about the deal.

Feel the love and joy of the process. Anticipate the process and the moment of completion. Love the painting or the flower or the idea that you're creating. Love it into being. Transcend yourself to the creating state. Now start.

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February 09,2012
Patron Saint of Lost Things

Several years ago, an article was misplaced in my household, and a long-time friend who was raised in the Catholic school system told me that whenever she lost anything, she would pray to Saint Anthony, patron saint of lost things. While I am not Catholic, I thought it couldn't hurt to ask Saint Anthony for help in finding the lost item. Shortly thereafter, I found the item. Several years have passed, and I have found that Saint Anthony has never failed me. Whenever I lose something, I ask for his help and the article is always found. Whether it is Saint Anthony, another saint, God, the Universe … the point is that rather than worrying or obsessing about the lost thing, by praying to Saint Anthony, I am letting go of my worry and obsession and turning it over to something greater than I am. Instead of worrying, I can go on with my life. I look in all the possible places, ask others if they've seen the item, pray to Saint Anthony, and then move on.

So, if this method works for lost things, I can also apply it to solving other problems creatively. I can identify the problem, consider possible solutions, take whatever actions might be necessary and include prayer (or asking the Universe for guidance) as part of my action, and then move on and wait for the answer. Worry and obsession is unproductive.

"Novena to Saint Anthony to Find a Lost Article

Saint Anthony, perfect imitator of Jesus, who received from God the special power of restoring lost things, grant that I may find [name of item] which has been lost. At least restore to me peace and tranquility of mind, the loss of which has afflicted me even more than my material loss. To this favor, I ask another of you: that I may always remain in possession of the true good that is God. Let me rather lose all things than lose God, my supreme good. Let me never suffer the loss of my greatest treasure, eternal life with God. Amen (www.About.com , retrieved February 7, 2012)."

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February 08,2012
Creativity Gone Bad

I recently watched two very interesting documentaries. One analyzed the fall of Enron, while the other explained the US financial crisis resulting from the inaccurate definition of risk on mortgage-based financial products. These are two examples of creativity gone bad. There are many examples of creativity gone bad, but the scope and impact of these corporate frauds was contemptible. While I can't say that I truly understand all of the intricacies of these crimes, it seems that what these executives did was not true, real or moral.

We can be creative and evil at the same time, but that is not what the Universe intends. I always append the phrase "for the highest good of the Universe" to my prayers, meditations and writing. We must consider the good of the many when we take action, whether it is through prayer, affirmation or action. Those who perpetrate crimes do not have the good of the Universe in mind. They are motivated by greed and selfishness. When we align with the Universe to do what's moral, right and ethical with our creativity, then we do what is right for the many and people don't suffer at the hand of our creative ideas.

© 2012 Carla Weaver


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February 07,2012
Gratitude

I would like to express my gratitude to you for reading this BLOG. For some reason, I felt called to start it and the writing just comes every day. At first, I didn't say how often I planned to BLOG, or how long the writings would be, or how long it would last because I didn't know. I didn't even really have a plan, but I felt that gentle intuitive feeling that urged me to start it, so I did. So far, I have posted something six times a week, leaving Saturday as my day of rest. Writing about positive and creative ideas is keeping me positive and uplifted. And, I am overwhelmed at the response. Hundreds of people are reading it, and I have received many emails encouraging me onward. Thank you all….just for today…the writing keeps coming. Thank you Universe.

"Just for today, I will be unafraid. Especially I will not be afraid to enjoy what is beautiful, and to believe that as I give to the world, so the world will give to me." (1972, Al-anon family group).

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February 06,2012
Feel the Love and Go For It!

"Feel the Fear and Do it Anyway" is the title of a well-known book by Susan Jeffers that helps us stare down our fears and overcome them. Fears can cripple us and interfere with carrying out our creative endeavors. They can be fears about showing ourselves to the world through our writing, art, music… Or, they can be fears that seem unrelated to our creativity, such as fears of not having enough money, fear of public speaking, fear of getting ill, fears of heights, snakes, the dentist… No matter what the fear – it stands in our way of being our best – of being connected to the Universe and of therefore creating and innovating. Do what you can to overcome your fears because, as a previous BLOG stated (January 20, 2012), fear opposes love. Rather than continuing to feel the fear, we want to turn it around to "feel the love and go for it" because we create with love.

I am reminded of the lyrics to Elton John's song from The Lion King.

Can You Feel the Love Tonight

"There's a calm surrender to the rush of day
When the heat of the rolling world can be turned away
An enchanted moment, and it sees me through
It's enough for this restless warrior just to be with you

And can you feel the love tonight
It is where we are
It's enough for this wide-eyed wanderer
That we got this far
And can you feel the love tonight
How it's laid to rest
It's enough to make kings and vagabonds
Believe the very best

There's a time for everyone if they only learn
That the twisting kaleidoscope moves us all in turn
There's a rhyme and reason to the wild outdoors
When the heart of this star-crossed voyager beats in time with yours."
(Music by Elton John, Lyrics by Tim Rice, © 1994 Walt Disney Music Company)

Reference: Jeffers, Susan, Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway (1987). Fawcett Columbine, New York

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February 05,2012
Progress Not Perfection

Be good to myself. Today, I will treat myself with love, kindness, compassion and respect. I know that my motives are loving, kind and good, and when I make mistakes, it is okay. I don't have to be perfect all of the time. Life is a learning process, and I must remember the saying, "Progress, not perfection." Life is a journey, and I learn along the way from both my failures and my successes. So, if I fail at something, or don't like the outcome, I must take it in my stride. What lesson is there for me to learn from this outcome? Do I need to change something – how I act, or react? Do I need to ask for help? I could start by meditating and remaining open to the guidance that the universe will most surely offer in response.

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February 03,2012
Be a Possibility Seeker

Be a possibility seeker, not a problem identifier. We get more of what we focus on. Do you want more problems or more possibilities? I have experienced watching an organization go from success to failure because leaders shifted from looking for new possibilities to identifying problems. Leaders set the course and must facilitate an atmosphere of possibility seeking, positive thinking and optimism. This is not to suggest that there are never problems. But, problems can be looked at as opportunities for positive change. Whether we are managing an organization or painting a painting-a problem can be looked at as an opportunity for creativity and innovation.

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February 03,2012
When the Opportunity Presents Itself, I am Ready

Scientists tell us that a quantum change can take place when an electron "jumps" from one energy orbit to another instantaneously. This is proven, and therefore, I know that anything is possible based on fact. It may not be within my direct control to affect specific changes, but it is scientifically possible, and it is within God's control. So, I pray for a quantum shift in my own consciousness to allow me to open to infinite possibilities and opportunities.

I must also take my own right actions. I do not simply wait for God to deliver. I also ensure that I am educated, that I have the right attitude and that I am knowledgeable and experienced in my field. And, daily, I exercise my gifts. If I am a writer, I write daily; if I am a painter, I paint daily; if I am a gardener, I garden daily. I remain in the present moment so that I don't miss any opportunities that come my way, and I listen for that quiet inner voice that I know is how the universe speaks to me-in a soft whisper. When the opportunity presents itself, I am ready.

"At our most elemental, we are not a chemical reaction, but an energetic charge. Human beings and all living things are a coalescence of energy in a field of energy connected to every other thing in the world. This pulsating energy field is the central engine of our being and our consciousness, the alpha and the omega of our existence."
(McTaggart, Lynne (2008), The Field: The Quest for the Secret Force of the Universe, Harper Collins Publishers, New York, p. xxiii).

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February 02,2012
Infinite Possibilities

I know that today is a day of possibilities, and that if I keep an open mind, I will see the possibilities and opportunities that are presented to me. The universe has infinite possibilities, and when I know that, I do not need to worry. I can have faith in my safe and successful future when I let go of my limited thinking and open to the potential of the universe. This allows the universe to support me in being able to live up to my own potential. When I try to determine my path or force solutions to perceived problems, I am simply limiting the possibilities. I open my heart and mind, and new ideas, new directions, and new possibilities come to me. I am on my way to living up to my own infinite potential, which is better for me and better for the universe.

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February 01,2012
Walk Down a Different Street

Life in 5 short Chapters, by Portia Nelson

Chapter 1

I walk down the street.
There's a deep hole in the sidewalk.
And I fall in.
I am lost. I am helpless. It isn't my fault.
It takes forever to find a way out.

Chapter 2

I walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I pretend I don't see it. I fall in again.
I can't believe I am in the same place.
But it isn't my fault.
It takes a long time to get out.

Chapter 3

I walk down the same street and there is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I see it there, and still I fall in.
It's a habit.
But my eyes are open and I know where I am.
It is my fault and I get out immediately.

Chapter 4

I walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I walk around it.

Chapter 5

I walk down a different street

(retrieved from http://www.viewshound.com/relationships/2011/8/2/watch-where-you-walk-a-life-lesson-via-portia-nels , January 30, 2012.

Whether you interpret Portia Nelson's story literally by walking down a different street, or metaphorically by making changes to how you do things, it is a valuable story. Insanity has been described as doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results. Portia Nelson's story reminds us that if we "fall in the same hole" over and over again, but refuse to make changes, we will continue to hurt ourselves. But, if we avoid the hole by being open and willing to learn from our mistakes, then we will not feel crazy and we will make positive changes in our lives. "Walking down a different street" opens us to new perspectives and new ideas and new visions. We hear the universe speak to us when we are open to change and to learning new approaches to things. If we continue to do things the same old way because we've always done it that way, then we don't' make improvements, grow, and create and innovate. Doing things that work the same way because they work is a positive step. But, if something isn't working any more, change it. Walk down a different street.

© 2012 Carla Weaver


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