Joy in the Journey

Thomas Edison was unique, in that he discovered something that eludes most of us.  He discovered that creating for the benefit of others was what brought joy to both others and himself.   Not sacrifice for others, but creation for others.   Many of us never develop or strengthen our natural talents and abilities so that we can bring more beauty and Live to those we love and the world.  Instead, we mistakenly sacrifice our talents and dreams, believing that – that will benefit others.  What a loss for everyone.   Develop your talents like Edison, Mozart, and Frank Lloyd Wright did.  The harder you work at it, the greater positive impact you will have on the world.

 

From EDISON AND INNOVATION BLOG

Is being able to find “Joy in the Journey” a trait like being 6’11”, or is it a skill you can improve like being able to dribble a basketball? I believe finding joy in the journey is both a trait and a skill. Some people have a natural ability to do this, while the rest of us have to work at it.

As we have studied the lives of innovators, it is clear that being able to enjoy the ride is a common characteristic. Edison put it this way, “I always invented to obtain money to go on inventing.” Edison enjoyed inventing; he enjoyed innovating. He also saw it as his mission in life. He stated, “My philosophy of life is work. Bringing out the secrets of Nature and applying them for the happiness of man—I know of no better service to render during the short time we are in this world.”

The ability to enjoy what we are doing is a key to overcoming all of the setbacks that come with innovation. For example, at one time Edison was immersed in a large scale iron ore separation experiment. Years of his life and millions of dollars (back when a million dollars was a lot of money) was spent on this project. The process was a financial failure. When Edison was asked about the project, he replied that while it cost a lot of money, they sure had a lot of fun. This attitude allowed him to go onto his next project and continue inventing. Many of us would have been very discouraged, but he had enjoyed what he was doing and was ready to move on to the next adventure.

Find joy in the journey; it will get you through the difficult times and help you enjoy the ride.

 

Joy in the Journey.

Carlos Santana on Creativity

Carlos Santana is one of those rare people who has discovered how to fill himself up with life and overflow with creativity.  He says it all in this quote that I found on his Facebook page.

The creative URGE

Is in you

And it needs to come out

Blazing, Bursting, Overflowing

With brilliant ideas

Be In any form of creative art

Music, painting, poems,

Sports, photography,

Technology, Consciousness expanding

So be totally in the moment

And witness the new birth of you

Allow and have willingness to

Bring positive divine change

Uplift one and all

Carlos

Opportunities for Writers

My friend Russ is one of those people who knows how to add value to those around him. He has a talent for enabling other people to add their value to the world.  If you’re a published or unpublished writer, please consider this opportunity.

A Grateful Man

I took a two-month hiatus after successfully completing a self-publishing marathon of writing and bringing eight books to market in eight months. Now, my batteries are re-charged and I’m ready to tackle another type of creative project I’ve never attempted before–this time involving a whole bunch of other writers of multiple genres.

I plan to create one or more anthologies combining some of my work with those of perhaps twenty other writers for each genre such as:

“Spine-Tinglers” Thriller/action fictional short stories

“Funny-Bone Ticklers” Humorous short stories

“What Works for Us” True stories of creative ways couples improved their relationships and made them more fun

“Heart-Warmers” Uplifting stories that warm hearts and brighten spirits

I know first-hand how expensive, time-consuming, and at times frustrating self-publishing can be. I’d love to help new writers to become published, and expose more readers to the work of experienced authors.

Would you please help…

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Flow of Life

We humans seek fulfillment and happiness in our lives and it often eludes us.  Why?  We catch it for a moment or for a day, or perhaps a week, and then it slips out of our experience in a blink of an emotional moment.

How do we get fulfillment in our life? How do we maintain that sense of fulfillment?

Picture yourself as a conduit or a stream which Life wants to flow through.  As a stream of Life it’s our opportunity and responsibility to let Life flow through us.  When we let Life flow through us, we are fulfilled.

Sometimes we block the flow of Life with pride and egotism.  Often times we block the flow of Life with fear and insecurities.

Life must flow through us, it is the desire of Life to become more and to spread.  It is our purpose to enable the Flow of Life.

Tolerated

Have you ever felt tolerated?

Tolerance works in the short term, or in superficial relationships.  Tolerance is like a bandaid that you put on a cut.  It stops the bleeding and keeps germs out, but you need to take it off when love, understanding, and acceptance heals the wound.

If you’re tolerating a loved one, search your heart and apply the healing power of love and acceptance.  If your feeling tolerated, search your heart and apply the healing power of love and acceptance.  If you’re tolerating yourself, search your heart and…

Let’s move beyond tolerance.

BE what you BE

“Nobody knows you better than you know you.  But some times it’s hard  to see what’s best for you…  It’s like driving a car with a dirty windshield.  Sometimes you gotta have somebody who’ll stick their head out the side window to tell you when and where to turn…  A mind can’t always see what’s best for it, so listen and hear what others are saying.  Choose your copilots carefully and  remember it’s always your decision to turn the wheel, not their’s, build trust with others.  When you trust someone and know that they’re on your side, it’s easier to listen to what they tell you, even when those things are challenging and uncomfortable for you; it’s easier to turn the wheel when you trust others.  BE what you BE, because you can’t BE nobody else.  It’s both sides of the coin, BE you, but find those who you trust can help you BEcome you.  Can you dig it?”

Parents

Parents.  Yeah brother, listen to your parents, cuz most of the time they’re the people who care about you the most.  Parents got it tough…  They cary a lot stuff around with them in their minds.  Stuff that they learned from their experience.  Stuff that came from their goofed up childhood.  See…  most parents think that their reality is the best reality for everybody else and so they try to guide you so that you’ll  adopt their reality.  They don’t know that you gots to find your own reality.  They don’t realize that their real job as your parent is to help you find your own reality.   So be patient with your parents.  It’s not their fault…  They love you man and they’re just doin’ the best they can.  Listen to them and if you can, give their words a bit more weight than you give to anybody else’s words.  Really spend some extra time thinking about what they say… and remember…  now is your time, it’s your life.

And never listen to your messed up friends over your own parents.   Your messed up friends are messed up by their messed up parents.  It’s a big old goofy world.

Nobody knows you better than you know you…

“Don’t let fear and expectations take over your mind and push you away from your goals…  Some cats will tell you that you think about things too much and that your ‘in your head.’  Listen and decide if they might be right, but don’t assume that they know what they’re talking about.  Nobody knows you better than you know you…”

“Don’t Fall in Love With A Dreamer.”

Remember this song that Kenny Rogers and Kim Carnes sang back in the 80s?

To me, dreamers are magical and anyone would be lucky to fall in love with a dreamer.  Recently, I came to understand that it is not the dreamers who are dangerous. Dreamers look to the future and mostly have dreams for good and better in everything…   It is the sentimentalists who will “break you every time.”  Sentimentalists hang on to the way things have been.  They dream about  and romanticize the past, and they often find themselves pulled back into patterns that may have served them positively at one point in the past, but now only keep them in a holding pattern.  Not only do they revisit the past, they pull others with them.

A true dreamer who breaks free from their sentimental nature can become the greatest lover, friend, entrepreneur, visionary the world knows.  The sentimentalist is the one to blame for lover’s torment.

What do you think?  Is there any truth to this?

Planes of Reality

d3d1f191d091a2eea6b702385779164cTwo months ago I experienced a truth that I keep returning to daily.  Dare I say that it was like seeing the face of God?   I’ve hesitated to share it with anyone for a few reasons.  First, I wanted to keep it to myself so that it wouldn’t bleed out into the world and be lost to me again.  Second, I thought that others would not  appreciate it and that they would likely regard it as magical or dream thinking.

I am now able to recreate the experience any time that I want, at will.  Each time it floods me with a sense of peace and a notion that I’ve touched on something which is bigger than me and bigger than all of us.  I can now wake every morning with a sense of purpose and a knowing that I AM a very important part of EVERYTHING.    Now I choose to do the work of putting this notion – idea – realization – revelation into words.  Please bare with me and be patient with the limits that words bring to sharing such an experience.
My experience was the result years of ideas merging into one massive understanding.  I have been tossing around so many – many ideas in my head and writing about them for a number of years.  The ideas always remained separate and divided, but on that morning two months back, the ideas converged into one simple truth.
I had just said goodbye to my son after walking him to school and I was walking down a busy street with parents zooming past to get their kids to school on time, and then rush off to work.  The high voltage lines that run down the street were buzzing under the morning fog and an airplane was running up its jets at the airport – a mile away.  It was anything but peaceful.  For some reason I stopped to pick something up from the wet grass;  I can’t remember what it was now.  As I stood up the feeling and truth flooded my every cell….
The truth spoke, “Man, you exist simultaneously in innumerable planes of reality.  Your existence is only limited by the influence that you choose to exude in the world/universe/life/each plane of existence.”
Okay… The feeling was different than the thoughts that my limited words can express, so don’t stop reading yet…  I’ll try to make this more clear.
Reality.  What is it?  It is everything that is tangible in this plane of existence.  We can touch it, see it, feel it, hear it taste it.  It is everything that we know with our five limited senses.
Now it gets tricky (for me).  There is a reality of memory and imagination.  We can remember times from our childhood and times from yesterday and even our dreams from last night, and the emotions that are connected with those memories are just as REAL as how you feel about what is happening in within reality at this very moment, as you read this.  We can imagine (image training) things that will happen in our near and far future and the anticipation or anxiety or fear or joy is just as REAL as if we are DOING that which we imagine right now in this moment.    So, can I trust that you will believe me that REALITY is much broader and deeper than our limited perceptions of the tangible – here and now?
As I stood erect on that morning, looking up through the buzzing high line wires – an understanding flooded my every cell.  There are great fantastic consciousnesses that live within me which manipulate my moods and overall well-being.  These consciousnesses have been described by others as the subconscious and as archetypes and I’m sure that Buddhism and Christianity and Hinduism have a million ways to describe them.  They pull on the heart strings and move my moods in ways that I don’t fully understand, and until now I had little control over.  These characters exist within me, in a vast universe that they can’t comprehend, just as I can’t comprehend the universe that I live in.  No, their not little-people inside of me, but it’s easier for my mind to conceive of them when I think of them in that way.  They have individual personalities and dreams and desires and disappointments, just as I do.  They live in a world that is filled with hope and fear, love and hate, and all of the things that my material world is filled with.  They live in a world that has been largely created by my inner-state — my well-being or ill-being.  The love or fear, compassion or violence that they experience in their lives is my inner state.  I am largely responsible for these individual consciousnesses that exist within my consciousness .
Now I understand that this is getting a bit “far-out,” but hang with me because this becomes greater than us all – in the end.
In that moment of realization I also saw that I am a small consciousness in a humanity of consciousnesses.  We are all tiny players in a much larger field that is the subconscious of a being on another plane of reality.  That being (imagine it as a gigantic version of you) lives out a life in a material world that is similar to our own (or maybe it’s completely different)?  But inside that being are billions of archetypes (you and me), all calling out, trying to express ourselves, trying to be heard, hoping for some kind of greater expression in a larger universe.  We; you, me, are all small voices in the mind, in the dreams of a being in another plane of reality.  We have a voice in that beings mind and we manipulate it’s imagination and emotions and it expresses these emotions out into it’s material plane of reality.    The shrinks in his reality tell him that he is just hearing voices in his head, or having irrational emotions, but we are as real as the sun that is in his sky or the ground that he walks on.  We live out the memories of his childhood and we are his imagination of what will come in his future.   We are REALITY.  Our fear pain, joy, desire become his emotional state.  We have a great responsibility to live with compassion for his inner well-being.  When we live with peace in our actions and we project love into this plane of reality, we impact his inner well-being and he lives out a more fulfilled life and when he is feeling good, we are more likely to be expressed into that greater reality.
Here’s where it gets real groovy.  Here’s where our life becomes significant.  Here’s where we live in all beings.  Here’s where we become infinite.
Knowing that I have an inner reality, with “archetypes” all living out their existence within, I now understand that I owe it to them to be gentler and kinder (to myself).  I want to provide them with a peaceful world to live in, where they know that something in another plane of reality cares and watches out for their well being.  I have a great responsibility that is to myself, and it is much greater than me.
Knowing that I live in this material world where there is so much turmoil, fear, war, and hurt, I have great compassion for that being who is living out his reality in a different plane, but has the great storms of torment taking place within him.  I have a great responsibility to reach out to him, on his “higher plane” and ease his internal suffering.  I want to make this world a better place and let him know that I care for him and that I am love and I am “light” and that I am a small part of him that is his dignity.  If I can reach out to others on this plane, and show them love and compassion, perhaps together we can reach his heart-strings and communicate this same message to him.  If he receives the message, perhaps he will realize the same and do the same and the love and compassion will rise to yet another “higher plane” of reality.  Perhaps it will loop back to us on our limited plane of reality.
To those consciousnesses and archetypes within me, I hear you, I will express you into my plane of reality and I will try to pay it upward.
As above, so below.  As within, so without.  Father – Son – Holy Spirit.    Now I’m starting to sound like Dr. Bronner’s Magical soap label (google it).
Hope this raises your consciousness.
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