Monthly Archives: February 2012

The quantum moment: Notes from Wayne Dyer’s The Shift

Spiritual experiences

Stephen Frasier Photography 2012I will be adding more to this post. I’ll also include more content about this semi-controversial subject here on this personal blog, instead of keeping my most heartfelt spiritual writings separate and written mostly under pseudonym.

Aside:

I now fully realize and accept that I’ve been wrong to compartmentalize my spiritual writings in the past. This is represented by literally thousands of pages of typed & handwritten material in the form of book drafts, articles, blog posts, journal entries (not double-entry bookkeeping :) ), and so on that represents a top personal priority — and has, since the age of 32.

The entire lot of those old, timid excuses for keeping such profound, warm, sincere words separate and hidden — all that heavy, compelling, critical, meaning-of-life content hidden under the bushel, so to speak… well, that fear-based thinking is not worth one damn bit of my time, thought, or effort. It’s almost as if I were somehow ashamed to admit my very deepest purpose. No more.

Ahhhh… the relief of a burden lifted.

What is the shift?
The shift is the movement of one’s life purpose from ambition to meaning – or, moving from the morning of one’s life to the afternoon of one’s life.

Abraham Maslow called it a peak experience.

When does the shift happen?
This shift is usually preceded by a quantum moment.

Open mindedness, allowing, and letting go are requirements; closed-mindedness can prevent such a shift. Intentional interference will not bring about a shift; it just happens.

Why does the shift occur?

Characteristics of a quantum moment

1. It’s vivid
2. Its arrival is a surprise
3. It is benevolent; it feels really good
4. It’s enduring; it does not merely come and go

The quantum moment has nothing to do with luck; it happens when you are ready. One’s quantum moment may be preceded by extremely low, difficult times.

What if your entire life up to this point has been wrong? Pledge not to die with your music still inside of you…

The honest opinion of some readers: I think all this talk of allowing, the shift, and quantum moments are silly, ridiculous — pure BS, if you don’t mind my saying so…

Such opinions are quite understandable and common. Virtually any spiritual or religious belief sounds silly when it is placed out of context, especially in an environment or forum read by those with markedly different beliefs and contrasting worldviews.

For example, what might people with various backgrounds think, if we were to start discussing

  • snakes that talk to people about eating fruit,
  • young virgins awaiting us fellows in heaven for sex,
  • talking donkeys, or
  • spirits flying around us that choose to take the form of doves?

Obviously, the list above could be a very long one, but the point, we hope, has been made.

The fact is, it’s purely a matter of perspective and choice. The content presented here is likely to be more interesting to open-minded people, and perhaps less so to those with highly rigid beliefs. We hope to show that the former is preferable to the latter — and if you are the latter, well… we aim to mold readers into the former.

Resources: Experiencing a ‘quantum moment’; spiritual experiences

Updated on Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Another pet peeve: Excessive automatic Facebook updates

Pinterest logo - social mediaI joined Pinterest yesterday after reading about its exploding popularity in the social media universe. I had requested to join a couple of days ago, but was not extended the privilege of membership until being invited from an existing member (Thank you, Kelly).

Kelly’s extension of that invitation came with a caveat: "Pinterest is tied to Facebook very closely," he said. Although I appreciated his advice, at the time I had no idea what Kelly really meant.

Now I do.

Though I didn’t notice at the time, upon my joining Pinterest, every Facebook friend with a Pinterest account (most of whom I never even talk to – no offense) was notified via Facebook that I am now "following them" on Pinterest. What BS!

Now I understand why my friend Karla B. sent me a message saying, “I will follow you next time I get on Pinterest…” When I read that, I wondered why she said it, since I had never even mentioned Pinterest in any previous conversation with this dear old friend.

There’s another personal pet peeve, revealed to all…

NOTE: This was started on Thursday, February 09, 2012.

Where the United States gets its oil

oilToday I heard a statistic to the effect that the United States imports only about 10% of its oil from Arab countries — or was that the Middle East?? The Middle East and Arab countries are two completely different things.

It looks like the United States imports from 17 to 19% of its oil from the Middle East. Of course, the Middle East is far from being the same as the Arab world. It’s a common misconception that the Middle East and the Arabs represent the same groups of people; they don’t.

Jan – Nov 2011 (numbers from the U.S. Energy Information Administration)

Canada: 2,670 – 27%
Saudi Arabia: 1,187 – 12%
Mexico: 1,218 – 12%
Venezuela: 979 – 10%
Russia: 609 – 6%
Nigeria: 876 – 9%
Colombia: 395 – 4%
Iraq: 473 – 5%
Ecuador: 205 – 2%
Angola: 335 – 3%
Algeria: 396 – 4%
Virgin Islands: 189 – 2%
Brazil: 240 – 2%
Aruba: 79 – 1%
Kuwait: 165 – 2%
(Source: Quora)

Resources: U.S. Sources of oil

This post was started on Sunday, February 05, 2012

Time Power: Self development audiobook by Brian Tracy

Time Power by Brian TracyTime Power: A Proven System for Getting More Done in Less Time Than You Ever Thought Possible is the latest addition to my collection of helpful, positive audiobooks. I used to listen to Brian Tracy often when I lived in Atlanta, GA in the early 2000s, but have not listened to any of his material lately.

When discussing time management, what we’re really talking about is life management. Attention to life management forces us to address self-management. Even highly practical time management strategies like those in Brian Tracy’s Time Power are essentially worthless unless one is willing and eager. One must be genuinely determined to gain control – and then sustain that control – over one’s self.

The ingredient that’s most evidently missing for this writer – at least some of the time – is the consistent presence of a strong desire to change. Complacency is an issue. (Have I taken the spiritual principle of contentedness – satisfaction with what one already has – too far?)

Reducing the amount of wasted time equals time gained – time "created," and for most people, there are several barriers that must be overcome before time can be created. Common nuisances include self-limiting beliefs, negative mindsets, and even anxiety about decreasing one’s spontaneity. In this context, I am reminded of the popular Henry Ford quote: “Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right.”

In response to these typical barriers to effective time management, Brian Tracy recommends the following:

  1. Positive self-talk
  2. Visualization
  3. Acting “as-if” (acting the desired part)
  4. Modeling (benchmarking against the best in one’s class by patterning one’s self after someone who makes maximum use of available time)
  5. Becoming a teacher (imagining that one is actually going to teach as course in time management in a few weeks or months)
  6. Becoming a role model for others (e.g. spouse, children, business associates)

How much do you value your life? The higher one values life, the higher one values time.

Managing one’s time well increases self-esteem, which in turn improves the self in a wide variety of ways.

Once time is gone, it is gone forever. Time is inelastic. Time is our most precious resource. "Time poverty" is a real problem in modern Western life.

Get this book (or audio book) on Amazon!

Book description (Amazon)

One of the world’s premier business consultants and personal success experts, Brian Tracy has devoted more than 25 years to studying the most powerful time management practices used by the most successful people in every arena. Now, in Time Power, Brian reveals his comprehensive system designed to help readers increase their productivity and income exponentially – in just weeks! Overflowing with quick and effective time-saving strategies, Brian Tracy’s Time Power lets readers in on the secrets to being more productive, earning more money, and getting more satisfaction from life.

About the author, Brian Tracy

Brian Tracy, self development author and speakerBrian Tracy (his Facebook page), a high school dropout, is nevertheless one of America’s leading in human potential, personal effectiveness, and overall self development. He is a dynamic, inspiring, sought-after speaker who has addressed thousands annually in the areas of personal and professional development and increasing sales. Audiences have included IBM, Arthur Andersen, McDonnell Douglas, and The Million Dollar Round Table. Brian Tracy had successful careers in sales, marketing, investing, real estate development, product distribution, and management consulting (for which Tracy has provided for more than 500 companies). He later founded his own firm, Brian Tracy International. The author of 13 previous books including the bestselling book Maximum Achievement, Tracy is also the author/narrator of numerous bestselling audio programs, such as The Psychology of Achievement and How to Start and Succeed in Your Own Business.

Get this book (or audio book) on Amazon!

Don’t give anyone your best advice, because they probably won’t take it. Jack Nicholson said that. It reminded me that few (if any) actually listen to my suggestions, much less heed them. Get this book (or audio book) on Amazon!

Top 20 time wasters

Top 10 external time wasters

  1. Telephone calls
  2. Meetings
  3. Visitors
  4. Socializing
  5. Social networking
  6. Lacking the right information
  7. Communication problems
  8. Poor policies and procedures
  9. Incompetent personnel
  10. Red tape, excessive paperwork

Top 10 internal time wasters

  1. Procrastination
  2. Failure to delegate
  3. Unclear objectives
  4. Failure to set priorities
  5. Crisis management
  6. Lack of planning
  7. Poor scheduling
  8. Poor self-discipline
  9. Multitasking, attempting too much
  10. Lack of relevant skills

More on this subject soon…

Resources: Time Power by Brian Tracy

Resources: Time management

Resources: Brian Tracy

Other resources

Think and Grow Rich, by Napoleon Hill (1937)

Think and Grow Rich is a classic, timeless, critically acclaimed personal development book written by Napoleon Hill in 1937; it was inspired by Andrew Carnegie, the highly successful Scottish-American businessman. Although the title implies that the book deals primarily with how to achieve financial wealth, Napoleon Hill explains that the philosophy taught in Think and Grow Rich can be — and has been — used to help individuals succeed in all lines of work, and to do or be almost anything one might want in this world.

There are numerous examples of successful people giving credit to Napoleon Hill’s Think and Grow Rich. For instance, Jim Murray, the sportswriter, wrote that Think and Grow Rich was credited for Ken Norton’s boxing upset of Muhammad Ali in 1973. The Reverend Charles Stanley writes “I began to apply the principles (of Think and Grow Rich) to my endeavors as a pastor, and I discovered they worked!”

Think and Grow Rich was first published in 1937 during the Great Depression. By 1970 when Hill passed away, Think and Grow Rich had sold over 20 million copies. Think and Grow Rich remains the biggest seller of Napoleon Hill’s books – a perennial best-seller after 70 years (BusinessWeek Magazine’s Best-Seller List ranked Think and Grow Rich as the sixth best-selling paperback business book 70 years after it was first published). Think and Grow Rich is listed in John C. Maxwell’s Lifetime Must Read Books List.

Resources: Think and Grow Rich

This post was started on Tuesday, January 31, 2012.