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The Messy Business of Life*

Finding the Good in “the messy business of Life”* isn’t learning from adversity. It’s seeing Life in a whole new way. It’s taking something that seems bad (Lets face it. Sometimes it IS just plain awful at the time.) and using it, transforming it into something so good you can’t believe that it’s happening to you.
When something bad happens to us, we usually “make the best of things”. But that’s usually a mixture of resignation to what happened and trying your best to not think about it. What I’m talking about is real transformation, the conscious choice to do something with the giant hairball that you just got handed.
A few years ago I had a series of events happen very quickly in My Life that crushed several long-held dreams. I went into deep depression and I mean it when I say that The Grace Of God is the only reason I’m still alive. I made some bad unconscious choices that, for some reason, were stopped before they were manifested in My Life. I was given a second chance at choosing. This time I made some conscious choices to go on with My Life. I started with re-writing My Personal Mythology. I didn’t call it that at the time, but I began to question all of the stories I held about Life and how to Live it. I went in search of stories that held a resonance for me that I could call “truth” at least for a bit. It wasn’t a quick process, but an evolutionary one. It wasn’t easy or pain free, either. One day, though, I was sitting in church and realized I was Happy again. Let me tell you THAT was a Big Deal! It was a Life changing moment. And it all came from something awful.
Did the Good things that happened to me transform the awful experience into a Good one? Not only no, but HELL NO!!! But the experience gave me a chance to transform ME. I was assisted by lots of people in the transformation. For that I will be forever Grateful. I was able and willing to do The Work of Transformation in a conscious manner, aided by people that Loved me.
Conscious transformation is so much more that accepting what happens to you, and letting time heal the wounds. Frankly, that’s one of the “truths” I had to purge from My Personal Mythology so I could change My Life in a conscious manner. We CAN change our Lives. We do it all of the time. The question is, do we consciously transform into a Loving, Compassionate soul, Living a Creative, Abundant Life? Or do we become bitter and jaded, convinced that the world is full of people out to take what little we have gained from our hard work? I was headed full bore toward the latter til things came crashing down on my head. Through continued (to this day) conscious choice, I’m headed in a different direction.
There’s a quote attributed to the Greek philosopher Epictetus, “It’s not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters.” I find that to be a Truth in My Life. Be willing to let it be a Truth for you.
REMEMBER – I AM creating My Life with constant conscious choice, transforming “messy business” into a Good Life.
And So It Is!
~ Inspired by events in My Life

*I wish I could remember who said this.

Peace, Grace, & Love,
Jeff

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Be The Cause Of The Effect

Cause and effect. Reap what you sow. Karma. What goes around comes around. I am rubber, you are glue; whatever bounces off me sticks to you. Treat people the way you want to be treated. There are lots of names for the simple concept of you get what you are. If you are a nice person, treating others with kindness, you’re more likely to be treated with kindness in return. If you‘re a jerk, you’ll find a lot more jerks in the world. We tend to spend time around people that are like us. We tend to avoid people not like us, those people that make us uncomfortable. Pretty simple, right? Well, I’m not so sure.
We put out a lot of energy into the world. That energy goes out, mixes with the energy of our experiences and encounters, and comes back to us in some way. If our energy mixes with energy of like-minded people, then sure, what we put out is what we get back. But we don’t live in a bubble. We meet all kinds of people. We have good days and bad days. We have our own Personal Mythology in which we Live and Move and Have Our Being. Plus we have to deal with the Personal Mythology of everyone else we meet. Oh, and add the Mythology of institutions and governments and companies and cultures. So what we sow may end up where we didn’t plant it. Where we planted it might not be fertile. The effect we sought might not come from the thing we caused to happen. Or you may just walk into the middle of a $#!+ storm. All these things are a part of Life.
I’m not saying that we have no control over our Lives. We do. We have complete control over our choice to be Who We Really Are. We also have the choice to Live and Move and Have Our Being in ways that have nothing to do with our better selves. That energy goes out out into the world, too. It’s in dealing with that energy that we learn from adversity. The way we’ve learned for centuries. We can do better.
To do that, we of course need strong Intentions, statements of Who “I AM”. We need to consciously write the stories that go into our Personal Mythologies. We can let go of the old stories that no longer work for us. We need to practice Gratitude and Generosity and Love and Creativity. We can then make choices that help us manifest Who We Are in the world.
What if Who We Really Are needs to be in a dangerous place in order to bring the Peace we desire? What if the thing that makes us the most uncomfortable is where we can best create the Life we want to Live? What if our best Life of Abundance can only be Lived in financial poverty? If that means we need to go in harm’s way to Live a Kind and Good Life, we may end up there. If that means we need to be among hookers and thieves and winos and junkies in order to create the Healthful world we want, well, we may have to go there. And you know what? We’ll change the world in the doing. Because we changed ourselves first. Because we do get what we are. It just ain’t simple. But it is worth doing.
REMEMBER – I AM getting what I AM. I find it in the cracks and gaps and messes of Life. A Loving, Compassionate Life, Lived Creatively and Abundantly.
And So It Is!
~ Inspired by events in My Life

Peace, Grace, & Love,
Jeff

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The Other Half Of Gratefulness

It’s fantastic to receive something. We really enjoy the having, whether it’s a piece of Mom’s Apple Pie or a $50 bill. Saying “Thank you” is a really important thing to do when you receive something. Not only does it acknowledge the gift, but allows you the opportunity to savor it a bit. And it lets the giver savor your appreciation of the gift, too.
But Gratitude alone is half the tale. Sharing what you’ve just received is the other half of the equation. Generosity, the willingness to give part of what you have to others is key to truly being Grateful. Sharing that pie with a friend and having them enjoy it with you is better than pie alone. And My Ma’s Apple Pie is really good. I had some yesterday. But it’s more enjoyable having a piece of pie with her. Using that $50 to buy something from a local business or to drop a portion or even all of it in a collection plate or a donation bucket is more satisfying than just sticking the money in the bank. (Just FYI, saving part of that $50 is not a bad thing. But this post is about sharing. And if you DO save some, put it in a local credit union, not a bank. Credit unions promote community.)
There’s a concept in economic theory called the multiplier effect. This theory states that when a dollar is spent, different actions promote the circulation of that dollar. For instance, spend a dollar at your local farmers market. Part of that dollar will be spent at other farm stands. Another part will be spent on parts at the local tractor dealership. More might be spent at the local feed & seed store. Each of those places will in turn spend part of that dollar at other local establishments. And each of those places will spend their money in the community. I’ve seen studies that show spending money with local businesses has a multiplier up to 7 times. That’s the power of Sharing. And Sharing is based in Love.
Unconditional Love promotes Sharing. Love of family or friends encourages the sharing of an apple pie. The Love of community is what prompts you to spend that dollar at the local farmers market. Love of others should promote the sharing of whatever you have with those that are in need. The method of sharing, either as individuals through donations or as a nation through taxes, isn’t the point. There are benefits and costs to both methods. We’ve gotten bogged down in debate over keeping what little we think we have instead of over how to share the Abundance of our Lives.
Selfishness seems very popular these days. Folks get quite angry at paying for food stamps for others or helping someone else live a simple basic existence. That’s based in fear that you won’t have enough. That’s a story we tell ourselves based on tales from our far distant past. It’s not based on any spiritual tradition. In the US, we have so much that there is absolutely no excuse for anybody to go hungry. Yet people do every day. Because we as a nation are not generous. Because we as a nation are not Grateful. Because we, as the most prosperous nation in the history of this planet, don’t think we have “enough”. We only see what we don’t have. We only see what we need, what we want. That thinking is based in fear and lack. Gratefulness and Generosity are based in Unconditional Love.
I’m reminded of the story “Stone Soup”. In this children’s tale, some wanderers (today we’d call them homeless people) come to a town. Here’s the Wikipedia summary:

“Some travelers come to a village, carrying nothing more than an empty cooking pot. Upon their arrival, the villagers are unwilling to share any of their food stores with the hungry travelers. Then the travelers go to a stream and fill the pot with water, drop a large stone in it, and place it over a fire. One of the villagers becomes curious and asks what they are doing. The travelers answer that they are making “stone soup”, which tastes wonderful, although it still needs a little bit of garnish to improve the flavor, which they are missing. The villager does not mind parting with a few carrots to help them out, so that gets added to the soup. Another villager walks by, inquiring about the pot, and the travelers again mention their stone soup which has not reached its full potential yet. The villager hands them a little bit of seasoning to help them out. More and more villagers walk by, each adding another ingredient. Finally, a delicious and nourishing pot of soup is enjoyed by all.”

A cynic would say it’s a story about slick con artists cheating others out of their hard earned food. But I think the story is about Generosity, and the benefits of cooperation over hoarding. Remember that the soup was shared by everybody. It’s the phenomenon of the pot luck. Everybody comes together and shares a little. I’ve never been to a pot luck that didn’t have lots of food left over. Individuals come together around the Common Good. It’s about Generosity, being Grateful for what we have, sharing what we have, in Love for each other. That’s community. That’s cooperation. That’s Love.
REMEMBER – I AM Grateful for all I AM and all I HAVE. I AM Sharing this Generously.
And So It Is !

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Unconditional Love

What does it really mean to Love unconditionally? I suppose I’m so, well, obsessed with the term because I struggle with Love of all kinds. And I see it as the single most important thing that we can offer each other in this world. Unconditional, Unlimited, Absolute Love – What does that mean?
I’ll start from a point common to many of us. The First Letter to The Corinthians, Chapter 13, verses 4-7, from The Message Bible.

Love is…
Love never gives up.
Love cares more for others than for self.
Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have.
Love doesn’t strut,
Doesn’t have a swelled head,
Doesn’t force itself on others,
Isn’t always “me first,”
Doesn’t fly off the handle,
Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others,
Doesn’t revel when others grovel,
[Love] Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth,
Puts up with anything,
Trusts God always,
Always looks for the best,
Never looks back,
But keeps going to the end.

Dr King described the kind of Love I’m talking about in a 1957 sermon. “The Greek language comes out with another word for love. It is the word agape. And agape is more than eros (romantic Love); agape is more than philia (brotherly Love); agape is something of the understanding, creative, redemptive goodwill for all men. It is a love that seeks nothing in return. It is an overflowing love; it’s what theologians would call the love of God working in the lives of men. And when you rise to love on this level, you begin to love men, not because they are likeable, but because God loves them. You look at every man, and you love him because you know God loves him. And he might be the worst person you’ve ever seen.”
The key points here are “creative, redemptive goodwill for all” and “a love that seeks nothing in return”. The first point means everybody is included. You don’t have to be their friend, you don’t have to like them. Cut them a lot of slack, don’t wish bad on them. And you may have to be creative to do it. But it’s important that you do it. For yourself and the world.
The second point is equally important. Love isn’t a transaction. You don’t Love somebody to get something in return. In fact, if you look at the Gifts of Love, we say “I AM Joyful”, “I AM Peaceful”, and all the way through to “I AM Grateful”. So if the Gifts of Love are what we are, then isn’t Love what we are? We don’t have to do Love. We just have to be Love.
So here’s a question. Is Love just accepting each other as we are? Is it really that simple? I think it is. Take everybody as they are, including yourself AND your enemies, with no judgments, no expectations. Cut them a lot of slack, don’t wish for bad things to happen to them. If you need something a little more formal, I like this thought about loving kindness from Sharon Salzberg – “a steady, unconditional, non-judgmental sense of connection that touches all beings without exception, including ourselves.”
Will that be easy? I can’t say that it will be for me. But I’m trying. I hope I get some Brownie points for that, anyway.
REMEMBER – I AM willing to offer Unconditional Love to the world.
And So It Is!
~ Inspired by events in My Life and by the words of Dr. Martin Luther King
LUV U!!!!!!!

Peace, Grace, & Love,
Jeff

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Intentions Don’t Change A Thing

Intentions do not change any thing. Consciously created Intentions change YOU. They change you to Who You Really Are. Maybe you’ve already picked up on that, but I need a reminder every now and again. Intentions remind me of how I AM. I AM Happy. I AM Patient. I AM Grateful. I AM Intentions are statements of being-ness. They put Who You Really Are in the here and now, not in the when and if. Being Happy or Peaceful or Patient right now beats waiting to be Happy when you’re rich, which was one of my early Intentions. Or waiting to be Peaceful when you find the perfect farm (That’s what I thought. It didn’t work out that way.). Or Having Patience once you’ve left a particularly stressful job (Another one of mine. It didn’t work out, either). If you’ve read other material on Intentions, (and you should), they may describe using them for material things. Frankly, I’m not interested in that. To me, it’s the internal, eternal things that are more valuable. Creating from Happiness, Peacefulness, Patience, Abundance, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, Healthfulness, Self-control, Wisdom and Gratefulness brings a creation saturated in those states of being.
If you are Happy, then you feel Happiness regardless of circumstance. You won’t laugh and tell jokes during tragedy, sure. But Your emotions won’t soar up to the heights with good news only to crash and burn with the bad. You aren’t attached to any particular experience. You’re just Happy.
“That’s the biggest crock of $#!+ I’ve ever heard.” I’ve said that, and not too long ago. But Happiness doesn’t exist by itself in us, it’s only a part of Who You Really Are. Along with that Happiness, you have Faith, a confidence that whatever happens in Life has some Good that can be gleaned from it. Or Peace, a calmness you experience because you are Happy and because you are confident that some Good is always to be found in Life. Once you understand that all of your I AM Intentions are all wrapped up together in Unconditional Love, then it makes a LOT more sense. Because I believe that Unconditional Love is the essence of Who We Really Are. All of the sound and fury of the world is based in fear and loss and hate and anger, the leftovers from our far distant past.
This morning, I started my Meditation Practice as usual, and felt a strong tension that isn’t normally there. I’d gone to bed frustrated, and that frustration greeted me first thing. I stopped what I was doing, and I used My Intention, “I AM Peace” as a mantra. I repeated the phrase over and over, remembering how Peace feels in other situations. It was very easy to take the next step of savoring that feeling. As I did this for just a few minutes, the tension eased. I switched to “I AM Happy” and repeated that phrase a few times, enjoying that feeling as well. Once I felt calm and content, I started my Meditation Practice again. Using the Intentions changed me, not the thing that frustrated me. Now I can approach the situation in a completely different frame of mind.
Intentions change us. Then we can change things. And the things we change will be better.
REMEMBER – I AM using My Intentions to change My Life. I Live My Life to change the world.
And So It Is!
~ Inspired by frustration, Changed by Intention.

Peace, Grace, & Love,
Jeff

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Take It Into Your Heart

Yesterday I used the phrase, “you take your Intentions into your heart”. When I was a kid in school, teachers always had us learn things “by heart”, so we could have that information at hand whenever we needed it. With iphones and tablets and lots of other digital devices all around us, you’d think learning “by heart” would no longer be necessary. I think you’d be wrong.
There are so many things we need to learn “by heart”, because they help us Live our Lives. Your Intentions are a great thing to know “by heart”. If you’re serious about consciously creating your own Life, having each one at hand without pulling out a list or a phone helps you use your Intentions in a Powerful way. The Intentions are a part of you, not a separate list you have to look at.
You see, learning by heart is NOT rote memorization. It’s creating a new part of yourself by adding what’s being learned to your Life. “Taking it into my heart” means simmering in the stew of learning. It means creating time to study, going over the information or skill until it is second nature. People have asked me how I know so much about gardening or plants. I’ve done this kind of work for almost 30 years. After all that time doing something I Love, I think some of it might be bonded to my DNA. I’m not unique in that. Anybody Blessed enough to work in a particular field they are passionate about can do the same. The passion is the motivation, “opening your heart” to the skill or information, clearing the way to take it into your heart.
That’s why it’s more than simple practice. It’s integrating the skill or information into your Personal Mythology, making it a part of the conceiving, believing, and perceiving that are the tools you use for becoming Who You Really Are. It’s coming to the skill or info with Love. It’s being Happy about the addition to your Life, sharing that Happiness with others, & being Grateful for the new part of your Life. And in being Grateful, adding more of Love’s Pleasure into the world.
REMEMBER – I AM taking new things into My Heart!
And So It Is!
– inspired by my friend and Yoga teacher Mitch Bleier, who used the term, “Take it into your heart”. I was also inspired by realizing that so many of the things I learned “by heart” are still with me today.

Peace, Grace, & Love,
Jeff

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Use Your Intentions

Intentions are created to change your Life. To do that, you need to practice with them every day. Speak them out loud, meditate on them, savor them, revel in them, be Grateful for them*. In doing those things, you take your Intentions into your heart and make them very Powerful.
Today I had too many expectations, and I very quickly became irritated and dissatisfied with anything and everything. I found myself reacting to every little thing that happened outside those expectations. Driving home, I realized I had forgotten some parts for the tractor, and I started to lambast myself over that, too. It occurred to me that this behavior didn’t match Who I Really Am. So I spoke My Intentions out loud, and as I did, I settled down into a state of mind much more in line with My Intentions. I have to say here that one recitation of 10 phrases didn’t change my outlook immediately. In fact, I’ve had to repeat the process several times today. But I can tell you that the effect on my attitude was almost immediate, even if it was short-lived. Each time I did that practice the effective time was a bit longer.
Another way I practice with My Intentions is to use them in Meditation. A few days ago, it was a beautiful fall day, and I really wanted to spend some time outside. I had a full schedule, and had to prioritize my time. I combined a trip to the market with a meditation. I repeated My Intentions over and over for the 30 minutes it took me to walk to the store. I did the same on the way back, and it made for a different experience. It also took My Intentions off the phone screen and planted them in my memory. That helped me use My Intentions quickly when I started to react today.
I can think of a few other ways to use your Intentions in a practice. You could make a vision board, which is essentially a poster you make with your Intentions written as a list or made into an infographic or a collage or a picture you draw yourself. Hang your poster where you can see it often. If you’re more screen oriented, make a short video or a screen saver. You can make a voice memo to listen to whenever you have time.
You could pick one of your Intentions to Live every day. For instance, I AM Peaceful. Spend the day being Peaceful. Express an active serenity in everything you do, not a passive apathy. I mean practice Peace. I’ll give a tip here: you’ll be using other states of Being to do this. Patience, Kindness, and Self-control come to mind. But concentrate on Peace. Remember to speak them out loud, meditate on them, savor them, revel in them, and be Grateful for them*. That’s an important part of the practice. You could take a page from your Blessing practice and have an hourly reminder to be Peace or Joy or Abundance. The main thing is to spend some time with those Intentions so you can take them into your heart. That’s important. Your Intentions work best when they are a part of you.
REMEMBER – I AM using My Intentions to change My World.
And So It Is!!!
~ Inspired by events in My Life

*Thanks to Rob Brezsny

Peace, Grace, & Love,
Jeff

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Act From Intention

It occurs to me that the words creating and reacting have identical letters. The meanings, however, are extremely different. Creating is freedom, letting things be what they are. Reacting is control, attempting to force things to be what YOU want them to be.
Living an Intentional Life isn’t about control. It’s about creating and allowing your creation to be. When you hold tightly to things, relationships, or outcomes, trying to force a specific thing to be, it’s kind of hard to create. You spend too much time reacting, and your mind is focused on controlling, not creating.
We get attached to how things should be; I should do this, I should be that. All these expectations set us up for frustration if they don’t come about. That’s what makes your Intentions so important. If Happiness is one of your Intentions, the Joy in your Life is more a state of being, a carefree radiance that you can share with the world. It’s the satisfaction of just being alive in this body on this planet in this time. You don’t need stuff to be Happy. Happy is what you are, not what you have.
When you are expressing your Happiness out into the world, your physical actions manifest that Happiness. You create your Life from a place of Happiness. A fortune cookie told me once that My Happiness is entwined in My Outlook on Life. At the time of this confectionary revelation, I saw Life differently than I do now. Realizing that I had some control over Happiness was a new idea. Obviously, the “fortune cookie manifesto”, as I call it, has become a part of My Personal Mythology. Happiness IS part of My Outlook on Life.
You have the opportunity to be just as conscious in your actions as your Intentions. If Happiness is an Intention, you’re much more likely to do those things that make you Happy. So that could mean that conscious goals are unnecessary. I really don’t know how essential goals are if you really live an Intentional Life. I’ve been doing some research on this subject, and I can’t say that what I’ve read has shed any light on the subject.
Intentions will certainly motivate you to do some things. If Peace is an Intention, working on the trading floor at the chaotic New York Stock Exchange probably isn’t something you want to do. On the other hand, an Intention of Peace might motivate you to create works of art or be a gardener. I think Intentions guide us to certain things. They very well might generate the desires that would steer us to specific actions or experiences. Does this mean goals are a bad thing? I don’t think so. I think they are a choice. If goals help you manifest your Intentions, plan away! The important thing is to Live your Life as a conscious expression of your Intentions, manifesting Who You Really Are out into the world.
REMEMBER – I AM Living as a physical expression of My Intentions.
And So It Is!
~ Inspired by events in My Life

Peace, Grace, and Love,
Jeff

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Setting Your Intentions

It’s in the expression of our Intentions that manifesting our Lives happens. Often folks think that their “reality” is what happens in this physical world. But “reality” starts elsewhere. It starts in our minds, in a thought. It gets filled out by our Imagination, filtered by our Personal Mythology, molded by our Intentions, and only then becomes the “reality” that we experience. Don’t believe that? Then why do we have so many different religions, political parties, and cultures? Because we think about things differently, believe differently as a result of those thoughts, and so perceive the same events in very different ways. Thought, Imagination, Personal Mythology, Intention.

And those same things guide our actions as well. Acting Intentionally is the manifestation of our creation process. Intention is the creative force in the Universe. It shapes all that we are and all that we have. So it’s very important to set the Intentions for your Life consciously. Remember that conscious Intentions are not materialistic. They are statements of Who You Really Are. If you have no idea who that is, ask yourself, how do you want to feel in your Life? Do you really want to be Happy? Do you really want to feel Peace of mind? Do you really like people who are kind, and being kind to others makes you feel, well, Happy? Is Love the thing you want most in your Life? For many of us, it’s Love that we are really seeking.
I think The Letter to the Galatians in the New Testament has a beautiful description of the manifestations of Living a Loving Life. I think it applies to Life in general, and not to any specific theology. This is from Galatians, 5:22-23 (The Message Bible) –
“…affection for others, exuberance about life, serenity. We develop a willingness to stick with things, a sense of compassion in the heart, and a conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people. We find ourselves involved in loyal commitments, not needing to force our way in life, able to marshal and direct our energies wisely.”
To me a Life Lived in Love would look a lot like what this passage describes. So My Intentions are written as Affirmations this way:
~ I AM Joy, Love’s Light
~ I AM Peace, Love’s Freedom
~ I AM Patience, Love’s Empathy
~ I AM Kindness, Love’s Conduct
~ I AM Goodness, Love’s Character
~ I AM Faith, Love’s Confidence
~ I AM Gentleness, Love’s Courage
~ I AM Self-control, Love’s Strength
~ I AM Gratefulness, Love’s Pleasure.
This list is just to get you started. I’ve found that writing your Intentions in your own words and in your own way makes it much more powerful. It’s a part of YOU. If your list resonates with you, if it makes you “come alive”, I’d say you’ve got a Good set of Intentions to begin your creative process.
Notice that the Intentions are written as “I AM” statements. You are stating that “I AM these qualities right now – today. Not off in the future or when certain things happen or when a certain person is a part of My Life. I AM Joy, today. It’s Who I AM.”
“But I owe a lot of money. I’m alone. I’m out of work. I’m not Joyful at all!” I understand that feeling all too well. But putting conditions on your Joy puts it off into the future. “I’ll be Joyful when _____.” And making Joy dependent on material Life is living Life backward. The best stuff (not always material) comes into our Lives from Who We Really Are. Thinking who we are is based on our stuff (always material) makes the existence of said stuff vital to our Joy. That’s the way we’ve lived for much too long. And I don’t think it’s workin’ anymore, if it ever did.
“I’ve got bills, I’ve got obligations, I can’t just walk away from them.” I’ve said all that, lived all that. First of all, I never said you had to walk away. Most importantly, what’s that got to do with Living an Intentional Life starting today?
Look for what makes you come alive. What feeling does that give you? That feeling? Be Grateful for that. There’s your starting point.
REMEMBER – I AM Consciously Creating My Life with My Intentions.
And So It Is!
~ Inspired by events in My Life

Peace, Grace, & Love,
Jeff

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Do It On Purpose

Intentions are, as Carlos Castaneda said, “a force in the universe”. They are the “I AM” statements that form around what is important in your Life. You Live & Move & Have Your Being acting in line with your Intentions. You do this whether you have set your Intentions consciously or not. It’s important that you understand this. By setting your Intentions purposefully, you put your Intentions right in front of you. Daily Affirmations based on those Intentions help keep them front and center. Your actions line up with your Intentions more and more, because they are Who You Really Are. This is another important point. Your Intentions guide your actions. Consciously creating your Intentions is a huge first step in consciously creating your Life.
Life is a journey. That’s a cliché, sure, but it became a cliché because of the Truth in the statement. Your Journey is guided by your Personal Mythology – the stories of how you conceive, believe, and perceive the world. As you set your Intentions, the stories begin to change. Your Intentions write or re-write the stories you use to Live Your Life. The stories that you accepted from family, community and culture are either deleted or re-written to align with your Intentions. Your Personal Mythology becomes more and more a reflection of Who You Really Are. So your Journey changes as well. You step off the path that others want you to walk. Just like in the Grail quests, you step off into the forest where there is no path, as Joseph Campbell put it.
Here’s the question I have. Do I wander around simply accepting what Life has to offer me? If I’m Living by My Intentions, shouldn’t that be enough? Isn’t being a Happy, Peaceful person Living an Abundant Life the point of Living? Just how do I express this Happy, Peaceful, Abundant Life? As I put it in another article, what does Happiness, Peace of Mind, And Abundant Living look like? I said in that post that Happiness looks like Unconditional Love.
It’s in the expression of Love or Creativity or Abundance or whatever you are expressing as Who You Really Are that creating your Life gets to be exciting. There are so many ways to be Creative in this world. There are multiple ways to show Love all over the world. There is unbelievable Abundance simply in those opportunities. So how do you choose?
You do what makes you come alive! The things that get you excited are the things that you should be doing. Those things may seem strange, they may seem unprofitable to you, but it’s there that your real work lies. Part of that work may be to create the template that brings you the financial Abundance that you need to function in this materialistic culture that we live in. More people are doing that now than ever before. Having already done the work of setting your Intentions and writing your Personal Mythology to align with those Intentions puts you in the perfect place to Love, to Create, and to Prosper.
REMEMBER – I AM consciously creating My Life with My Intentions. My Intentions write the Personal Mythology that I use to Live My Life.
And So It Is!
~ Inspired by events in My Life.

Peace, Grace, & Love,
Jeff

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