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E-Squared Book Club: Week 3 – Laser Focused Intention

How was Experiment #4 for you?With our Thoughts we create the worldThis week's meeting was all about finding the intention that aligns the most with true desire, and then filling every cell of our body with that desire. But not in the way you might normally think of desire, as "I want". This kind of desire is the experience of living as if your intention has already come true. So if you "want" a new car, picture yourself in vivid detail enjoying every inch of that new car. Feel the leather seats, play with the sleek console, experience the punch of the gas pedal, see your hair whipping in the wind if it's a convertible. Now feel the sensation in every cell of your body as you imagine this scene. THAT is the feeling of having a laser-focused intention. Continue reading

E-Squared Book Club: Week 2

Richard Bach quote The stories from the E-Squared Book Club are just too good not to share! We discussed the results from Experiments 1 and 2 this week, and when we met at Quarry Park by the labyrinth, we did Experiment 3 together. And can I just say "WHOA!". Since I have the unique position of being with both in-person and phone groups, I just have to share what's happening with everyone. Continue reading

The E-Squared Book Club: Week 1

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Photo of a journal I own. Illustration by Tad Carpenter

We walk in silence along a narrow path that takes us into the shade of a eucalyptus grove. We are flanked by these giants, stretching upwards infinitely, only the birds knowing the space above them. We walk with our intentions softly carried in our attention, as we listen to the birds, feel the breeze, and notice our feet, one in front of the other, walking the path. Then, we reach a clearing. The trees step back, and stretch up the sides of the hill around us, forming a bowl. A container of energy. On the ground, a labyrinth. Here we sit on the grassy clearing and experience the infinite potential rising in every direction, encircling us. Quarry Park labyrinthThis is where we meet to explore our own connection to the Field of Infinite Potential, or as Pam Grout abbreviates it, “the FP”. We meet to share our excitement, our discoveries, our observations as we enter into the nine experiments outlined in the book, E-Squared: Nine Do-it-yourself Energy Experiments That Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality. The invitation of these experiments is to use our own daily life, our own powers of observation and attention, to capture moments when we tangibly feel our connection to the FP. When we are plugged in to what is available to us at all times, but so often obscured by habits of thinking, cultural osmosis, and prior conditioning. Continue reading

E-Squared Book Club: 9 Do-It-Yourself Energy Experiments in 7 Weeks

Retraining the mind is much like potty-training a puppy. You need to keep taking it outside and showing it the beauty, the majesty, the truth.” – Pam Grout, author of "E-Squared: Nine Do-It-Yourself Energy Experiments That Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality" (New York Times bestseller)esquared-RGB
I devoured this book in one sitting, because I couldn’t wait to see what all nine experiments would involve. In one entertaining, short book that is easy to read, Pam Grout touches on all the major spiritual principles and invites us to be scientists in our own lives. She's read all the major self-help gurus, taken their workshops, gone to the conferences. And she's lived their lessons in her own way. She captures what she's learned with humor, simplicity, and clarity so that anyone can begin to explore how our thoughts create our own reality. Don’t take her (or my) word for it, do the experiments yourself. Be willing to prove yourself wrong, and be open to whatever shows up for you. Let’s start "potty-training our puppy" minds together, share stories of our own experiments, and bring greater awareness of the magic available to us in our everyday lives. Connect more deeply with what you truly want, and learn principles and techniques for inviting it to show up in your life, starting right now.

Format:

Come to the first session ready to discuss the Introduction, Preliminaries, and Experiment #1 chapters. If you’ve already done Experiment #1, great! We’d love to hear your results. At each meeting, we will begin by sharing our “Lab Results Report” from the previous week’s experiment. We will then discuss the coming week’s principle and set up our new experiment for the week. Come with a playful attitude and genuine curiosity about how your thoughts can create your reality.

When:

Every Wednesday for 7 weeks starting October 9th, ending November 20th - **PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGE...WE WILL FINISH THE BOOK IN TIME FOR YOU TO SET UP YOUR OWN ENERGY EXPERIMENTS FOR THE HOLIDAYS!** Come to any OR all of the sessions. Please read the appropriate chapter(s) of the book before you arrive. See the schedule below.

Where:

Two options:

1. Meet in person every Wednesday at 10am-11:45am, in the gorgeous eucalyptus groves of Quarry Park, Santa Maria Avenue, Half Moon Bay. Bring a blanket or chair to sit on. We may take a short hike to our meeting place.

Directions to Quarry Park: From Highway 1 north of downtown Half Moon Bay, turn east (away from the ocean) on Coronado (this is the stoplight at surfer's beach). Turn left at stop sign onto Avenue Alhambra. Take first right onto Avenue Cabrillo. Continue to the end of the divided boulevard, and take a left onto Columbus.Follow Columbus slightly to the right and you will see the parking lot on your right. There are also small signs for Quarry Park along the streets from Highway 1.

2. Meet on the phone every Wednesday at 5:15pm to 7:00pm (Pacific Time). Toll charges may apply.

Dial-in: (605) 477-2100

Access code: 958748#

Listen to the recording from the first meeting here. (Not all calls will be recorded....just a sampler provided here!)

Investment:

Pay What You Want at the end of the series. Thank you for being part of these experiments with me! Required reading: E-Squared: Nine Do-It-Yourself Energy Experiments That Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality by Pam Grout (New York Times Bestseller) Note: Mention the E-Squared Book Club and get 10% off at Coastside Books or Bay Book Company in Half Moon Bay. Read an excerpt of the book...

Schedule of meeting dates & chapters:

October 9th: Preface, Introduction, The Preliminaries, Experiment #1 - The Dude Abides Principle (you can read Experiment #1 here) October 16th: Experiment #2 - The Volkswagen Jetta Principle & Experiment #3 - The Alby Einstein Principle October 23rd: Experiment #4 - The Abracadabra Principle October 30th: Experiment #5 - The Dear Abby Principle November 6th: Experiment #6 - The Superhero Principle & Experiment #7 - The Jenny Craig Principle November 13th: Experiment #8 - The 101 Dalmatians Principle & Experiment #9 - The Fish and Loaves Principle November 20th: Wrap Up & Setting Up Your Own Holiday Energy Experiments

Questions?

Email me or call me at (650) 325-2194

Read all the blog posts from this session of the E-Squared Book Club here!

Trying To Squeeze Blood From A Turnip and The Power of No Force

Part of a series exploring each of the Breema Nine Principles of Harmony turnips001 Trying to squeeze blood from a turnip is a lot like being at war with reality. What are the ways we use force against what is, in an attempt to make things the way we think (and thought is the key word here) they should be? Does it ever really work? And at what price? When we use force, do we even know that our sanity, our inner peace, our body, exists? Or do we only see the blood we want so desperately to come from the turnip, or whatever we are applying force to? If we see clearly, we first begin to recognize that we are not getting the blood we want, despite all the effort. If we continue to look, we might be able to recognize that there's a turnip involved, a turnip that is quite innocent, being a turnip. It has no blood to give. It's just being squeezed, and squeezed some more, harder and harder. You (the one who is squeezing) keep getting more frustrated, but the turnip is not doing anything different. Surprise, surprise, it's still a turnip! Your squeezing, your effort, your frustration, your attempts, have done absolutely nothing to change that. Continue reading

Precision, Gentleness, and Letting Go

Braid closeup In The Wisdom of No Escape, there's a chapter where Pema Chodron talks about three useful qualities for life and for meditation: precision, gentleness, and letting go. I've been consciously living with the nine principles of Breema lately, and I've noticed how precision, gentleness, and letting go are a useful way to greet any practice, old or new. For example, one of the Breema principles is "No Judgment." When you begin to study and practice "No Judgment", the first thing you notice is how much judgment is in your mind already. "No Judgment" brings your attention first to the judgment that's there. Which means, you begin to identify judgment as judgment. That's precision. You may notice as a new student of something, you like to be very precise. So every time you see your mind judging, you say to yourself, "Damn it, I'm judging again! Why am I so judgmental? I need to stop judging so much." And you feel the assault on yourself beginning to happen. This is the moment when gentleness can enter in. You have an opportunity to practice gentleness, or to continue the assault. Gentleness gives you the opportunity to take a different attitude toward yourself, even as you see, with precision, what is going on. Gentleness encourages you to just see, without extra attacks or criticism or labeling. In other words, no need to judge your judgment. Be gentle with yourself as you begin to see clearly. Just see what is, with no extra. Letting go is the final practice, and it is the result of practicing both precision and gentleness. Letting go is not something to achieve or do, but is a natural unfolding of both precision and gentleness practiced together. When you play with these qualities of precision and gentleness, dance with them back and forth, and then gradually see that they are both happening all at once, there is a feeling of letting go. Neither precision nor gentleness has to "win". There is no final state to achieve. There is no superior way to be. Letting go is a sensation of relief. That it's not all such a big deal. That we definitely need to practice, but part of the practice is also to let it all go. Letting go is not a "Forget about trying, I'll just give up" kind of feeling, but rather a smiling recognition that no one needs to win or lose, not even the more or less enlightened parts of your own mind. It's a kind of relaxation into the present, a return to what is, and a feeling that our attached thoughts are not who we are. A knowing that our true essence is something much lighter, and also more timeless than any thought or practice.

Empowering Your Self With Vision

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“How you see determines what you see, and what you feel.” – Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche

I’ve had a love-hate relationship with vision boards since the very beginning. My very first one was an assignment for the very first personal development workshop I attended. End of Day One, before we were to break for dinner, we had a few hours to make a board of what makes our heart come alive. First vision board - Real Speaking The second one I made was later that year with an ex-boyfriend on a retreat in Santa Cruz. It was my first beach weekend retreat since moving to California five years before. What had taken me so long? Second vision board - Santa Cruz Then I made another one that made me feel like crap, but I didn’t quite know why. I kept up with vision boards for some reason. Maybe it was my determination to see if they would really work for me in my life. I was a total skeptic in the beginning, going through the motions like a good student, but not truly expecting anything to happen. After several years of practice, now I know that when I approach them from a certain place within me, vision boards can invite in some real magic into my life. I haven't yet written about the latest example of how a vision board changed my life, and since I’m leading a vision board workshop next week, this seems like a good time to really tell the story in completeness. Continue reading

Touching The Place of Enough

My friend Lydia Puhak, coach and creator of The Sensitive Idealist, recently interviewed me as part of her series on Self-Care. You can listen to our sweet conversation here. Funny how sometimes the most important lessons we learn are the quiet, gradual processes that unfold out of necessity. That would be the case with me and my learning about self-care. Back in late 2010, I burst on to the scene with my "5 Principles of Self-Care for Caring Professionals". I wrote a blog post, hosted a series of calls, then turned the material into an online course. And then I left it at that. I got "busy" with the work of living these principles in my own life. I came face-to-face with my own version of workaholism, and started on the path of recovery. I unplugged from the computer and went outside. A lot. I got back in touch with a slower way of doing things - growing a garden, cooking meals instead of heating up trays of food, forming more real relationships in the real world. The biggest (and smallest) change I've remained committed to during this entire almost-three-year period is how I start my day. Continue reading

The Journey of Yoga and Healing Sounds – Class at Prajna Center in Belmont

The air is thick with the scent of lavender, heavy with the warmth of bodies at rest. A single strand of white lights twists, dances, curls along the floor where it meets the rising wall, hinting at the outer boundary of the otherwise darkened room. I rise from a state of complete rest, quiet inside my body, after a Restorative Yoga class with John. I am curious about what sounds I will invite into the already perfect silence and stillness enveloping me. I set up my sacred space, an altar to my joy, my circle of support, my ability to love and to transform, to play and to create. I settle in to the energy of these objects on my altar, which bring me peace and freedom even as I step closer to the edge of vulnerability in the open space. The sound of the shruti box calms me, grounds me with a gentle yet firm foundation. It is both undulating and constant, a launching pad into the infinite as well as a soft place to land and be nurtured. I invite sounds from all who are in the room. Immediately we are one – a chorus. Singers who don’t need to know the song, who simply listen and offer what comes naturally from within. A sigh, an exhale, a melodious note – it doesn’t matter. We are in this space together, experiencing this magic together. We enter the practice as one. Continue reading

How to Kill Your Creativity…And Bring It Back To Life

Is your creativity dead? I honestly believe that few of us – regardless of whether we work as “creatives” or not – intentionally set out to kill our own creativity. We may just gently turn our backs on it, dismissing it as something reserved for children, or as something only “irresponsible” adults indulge in, or as a waste of time that could never serve a purpose in society (ie, getting paid money for it), or as something only “talented people” get to do. I’m here to say that none of those is absolutely true.

Creativity is not limited to art…

So, let’s say you’re longing for a more creative life. That could mean anything from having more freedom and flexibility in your current job, to finding a way to support yourself while expressing your own creativity. I don’t define creativity as being limited to “artistic” activities like painting, dancing, singing, or sculpting pottery. I define creativity as our innate human ability to connect with the unseen. By this definition, I see every human being as creative, by virtue of our brain’s ability to spontaneously form images that are only seen in our mind’s eye. How you choose to use your creativity is a different story. And this is where many of us have killed our own creativity, or least left it for dead. Continue reading