Namaste – Remember who you are

This really is worth clicking to watch.

Namaste

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From Thought to Form

Having moved back to Houston from Saudi Arabia in the mid-1980s I got involved with my most influential personal growth teacher ever. To this date no person has ever had such a profound influence on guiding me to go deep within myself for the answers to my life as Frank Natale. I had taken the Silva Method BLS class in Kuala Lumpur about four years earlier.

When Frank Natale said “Thoughts Create Your Reality” I was perplexed and confused, but most of all I was intrigued and curious. I was in the first week of his six-week Results Course which taught people how to do goal setting, declaring who you are in life and multi-dimensional reality creating all mixed with the new mind science that is called Quantum Physics. That night after class I drove downtown Houston pondering the idea that every single building, every highway and road, every park and home… all of them began with one person’s thought. That is all they were in their embryonic phase. The seed for form is thought.

Then I thought, well what was the process to go from thought to finished building? This is the Creative Process of Life. This is part of what was covered in that six-week class. That one person with the thought had to be creative in developing the plans, finding the financing, working with like-minded people and he or she had to remain focused, determined and on task. If he or she gave up then the goal was not accomplished.

It is important to realize that thoughts are just the beginning point. It takes continued focus and action to make it come into form. This is one of the concepts that people have used to bash the movie The Secret, quite often for their own gain. This movie does mention taking action. It just chose to focus more so on the origin of what a person has in their life: their thoughts. And what a great gift that movie brought to human consciousness. It opened up millions of peoples’ minds to their own power.

Let’s look briefly at that process from thought to form. Realize that since I have been teaching and training since the 1980s I can expound on each of these steps as there is a wealth of information in and about each aspect of creation. I do this a lot in the Master Your Mind = Master Life class; also called 28 Days to a Better Life because of its unique format. www.28daystoabetterlife.com. I am working to bring that original six-week Results Course into Austin as I was trained by Frank to teach it. I would like to know  if you have any interest. If so, please contact me and that will let me know to schedule it.

It is important to realize that each of us has tens of thousands of thoughts daily. There is no way that you can pay attention to that many thoughts and do anything else in life. Therefore we filter these thoughts and make choices on which ones we will hold in our mental space for further contemplation. The reason thoughts creating your reality is a concept that garners such attention is because no one, until the moment we actually hear this concept, has ever told us that we can pick and choose our thoughts. It is crucial to realize that Your Mind is Your Dominion. Not a single person can tell you which thoughts to pay attention to. At some level it is always a personal choice. This is a very important realization to have so that you can being to create the life that reflects your desires. Select the thoughts that will get you where you choose to be and discard those that will not. It is that simple. It just takes training and practice to develop the mind-muscle that gently and consciously lets go of those unwanted thoughts.

Once you have chosen the thoughts that you want, there are then two steps to empower them. First write them down on a goal list. Writing them down sends a message to your brain: I am paying attention to these thoughts therefore I must want this in my life. After you have them on your goal list and review and imagine them daily, the second way to empower these chosen thoughts is to speak them. The vibrational energy that your voice produces is another strong signal to your physical senses that this is to come into form in your life. This is why gossip and talking of worrying thoughts is so detrimental to our lives. It gives it some power in your life and tells others that this is what you focus on. Is that how you want to be perceived?

One caution on speaking your goals. ONLY speak these goal-thoughts to supportive people. Do not allow yourself to drain away possibilities by entertaining other peoples’ limiting thoughts. That is their limits; not yours. Just discard those thoughts. If you are going for something that other people in your day-to-day life would not comprehend then just do not tell them. Simple. This is also why it is energizing to have like-minded people around you. This is why I offer a discount when two or more friends/family members sign up for the classes at the same time. I encourage hanging out with those you can share your dreams with. Consider joining or forming a MasterMind group. Ask me about that if you want.

Another important note about sharing is that sometimes it is best not share with anyone, at least for a while. If it is something that is very far outside your current reality then the first step is to convince yourself it can/will happen. Once you have accomplished this, then you share it. And in some cases you never share it until it is created into form. I have a few of those.

Once you have written your goals and shared them appropriately then you will start taking action on the opportunities that will start appearing in your life. There is a part of the brain, the Reticular Activating System, that recognizes what you are focusing on as a goal. This opens up the filter of your mind to be able to see the opportunities that will lead you to your desired goals. This is why when you decide that you want to buy a blue VW convertible it is as if Volkswagen all of the sudden puts hundreds of them on the roads you travel.

The good news is that as long as you stay focused on your chosen goals they must happen. The flipside is that when you get distracted by those pesky, limiting thoughts do not pay attention to them. If you ‘give in’ and just hold these limits in mind then you have just let go of your goal.

There is so much more to this topic. Some aspect of this is in each class I teach and in each coaching session I do.

In summary, here are the steps from thoughts to form:

– Clarify what you want. Include details and colors.

– Claim it and write it down as if it is already accomplished

– Surrender limiting thoughts and refocus on your chosen ones

– Share appropriately

– Hang out with like-minded folks

– Act on the opportunities that come to mind

– Receive your life as you desire it to be

One final step… share your successes with me. I LOVE hearing success stories. Plus sharing your success with someone sends a message to your mind that you accomplish what you choose to set as goals. This builds self worth and value.

Create In-Joy and Share In-Success… Lamar

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Creativity Abounds

I was recently talking with a couple of friends about creativity and these list of qualities and thoughts came out.

Creativity seems to be so elusive to the normal mind yet everyone is doing it all the time. You created your career that you have and can re-create it whenever you choose to. [Isn’t re-create, recreate, an interesting word. It takes re-create-ing, recreating, to re-create your life.]You create what you say to someone. You create answers to peoples’ questions and to life challenges.

Life is a creative endeavor. Look around and acknowledge your creativity. Then realize that you can be creative whenever you choose to… it just takes recognizing that you already. If you want to enhance your ability to be creative on cue, when you need those answers, then take the Silva Method classes. It is simply an educational system that teaches people the mental ability to channel creativity.

There are qualities that exist whenever you are being creative. Some of these qualities include:

  • Being playful
  • Usually you’re also joyous
  • Definitely have to be light-hearted, ie no attachment to outcome, no expectations
  • You have surrendered to the process
  • Scientifically you have shifted from left-brain logical to right-brain ‘no time, no space’ creative Mind
  • It will always feel like you are making it up… because you are
  • You are tuned into the unknown.

So, take the reverse approach when you want to be creative. Access within you the above qualities after you have posed the question that you want an answer to. Go about life and the creative idea will come.

The main downfall appears to be that as most people get older the fear of the unknown causes them to not want to do anything different. It is easier to stay where you are rather than risk change. It is easier to live a comfortable life in discomfort rather than doing something different. That works for many. And when you want something different in life you have to do something different. Ultimatley it’s a choice.

Any thoughts or comments?

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Silva Method is returning to San Antonio

Mind Technology presents…
The Silva Method in Austin and San Antonio

Enriching the Planet by Empowering the Individual
A Better You… A Better World

The Silva Method is returning to San Antonio in June

June 7, 2 to 4 pm – Preview of the Silva Life System class. Free

PLEASE NOTE AN IMPORTANT CHANGE: Address has changed for June 7th Free Preview of Silva Life System class

Gruene Crossing Community
828 Southwind Dr.
New Braunfels, Texas 78130

Directions From San Antonio:North on I-35, Exit #191/Canyon Lake (FM-483), Go 0.6 miles, Left on FM-306, Go 1.3 miles, Left on Common St, Go 0.9 miles, Left on Club Crossing, Go 0.4 miles, Right at Southwind Dr, House is on the left

* June 27-28 – Silva Life System class. $525/$495 prepaid 2+ weeks/$475 prepaid 4+ weeks. Call for discounts available for students, educators, military, ministry, 2 or more. Bonus: Every new student will receive a FREE Long Relax CD. I have never given these away at a class before. These retail for $17.

Location for class on June 27-28:
Outreach Pediatric Therapy, 6601 Blanco #160 78216
in the Advantage Plaza Bldg

Notes:
– If you are a graduate of BLS, Basic Lecture Series, this is the replacement class to retake. $50 seat fee is all you pay. If you help in promotion this can be reduced. If you bring a new student then you do not pay anything. Sliding scale is available under hardship conditions. Just talk with me.

New Silva Method Class Structure

Info about this on a special page for Silva Method BLS graduates

With Laura Silva as President we have changed the classes offered. I will not detail each class as this email is long enough. Contact me for details and questions or look at my website www.SilvaMethodClass.com (Please read past the design. I am an electrical engineer, not a designer, and created this site. I am having my web designer work to make it friendly and pretty.)

Silva Life System class info Learn to direct your mind, body and emotions for specific life tasks. Includes de-Stressing Mind and Body in seconds, Pain/Headache relief, Initiate Law of Attraction, Scientific way to create desired outcomes (goals), Behavior change, Dream Control, Energize Self,  Mental Laboratory with Genius-Mind Counselors.

Silva Intuitive Mind Training (formerly Silva UltraMind ESP) class info – Many people experience a personal Awakening of more dimensions to thought and more control over their Intuitive Mind and develop remote healing capabilities.
– Learn to work with the Quantum Intelligence of life to live a Life on Purpose, Increase your Awareness of the non-physical and Specifically Tune your Intuition to be useful.

Silva Relaxation Seminar which I call Silva Relax Your Way to Success class info – This is power packed in just 3 hours. Receive the ability to de-stress your mind and body on cue using the 3-Fingers technique. Plus receive specific information on how stress is detrimental and its effects on your mind and body along with other life-enhancing information and skills.

Background about teaching in Austin and, now, San Antonio

Ever since I have been actively teaching in Austin I have received dozens of phone calls/emails from people in San Antonio and the surrounding areas asking me to come down to teach. I told each person that I need a point person in San Antonio to organize everything. Someone came up in January and took the Silva UltraMind ESP class and she has agreed to do this plus she has the space for a class in her and her husband’s church in the north part of town.

Sylvia Hodges was teaching in San Antonio and now has stopped. She has graciously agreed that I can teach there. Silva International has approved this change. Thank you.

My commitment

I am committing to you, the graduates, to teach in San Antonio, do previews and come down at least once after the first class to conduct a graduate meeting and work with one or more of you to run these meetings regularly. I can be there more often as long as I can ask your assistance to help me do this in whatever way you can help.

Opportunities for you

Anyone interested in helping please let me know. Some types of help will allow you to waive the seat fee or earn you money. Here is where I can use assistance:

– Putting flyers up in businesses, centers, restaurants, gathering places. I have been told of the Blue Star in the south town arts area and there are places to post there.

– I have also heard of two major Wellness Centers where classes are held. I am certain if these were approached they would let their people know about it. If someone knows the names of these, please let me know.

– Find the different websites and media where free announcements will be made to the public; event websites, newspapers, TV and radio stations. I am told of The Current newspaper and have found their website. I can work with you on public relations and press releases.

– Sales. If you are experienced at sales contact me. I will pay commission for enrolling people, groups and companies in the different classes available.

– When a graduate brings someone new you do not have to pay the $50 seat fee, which helps me to pay for the room expenses. For each additional person you will receive $50, depending on the amount they pay for tuition.

– Host a graduate meeting in your home or other space; I’m sure it would be good to have a few meetings in different parts of town.

– Learn how to lead a graduate meeting.

– Let me know of other spaces to hold classes in.

The more you get involved the more I can offer this for you and your friends, family, neighbors, coworkers and city.

The more you get involved the more I can work with you to practice the techniques for this purpose which will help you polish the use of the techniques for your own life.

Contact me

Lamar Irwin, office is 512-340-0530, lamar@silvamethodclass.com

Contact me if you want to attend, have someone who is interested and want to help in anyway and with any questions. I have some promotional material I can provide including flyers, pens, cards and rack cards (mini-brochures).

* Silva Method Graduates: Please make sure that I have your contact information including name, email, phone(s) and address, when you first took the class and from whom by sending it to my email lamar@silvamethodclass.com.

I sincerely look forward to building a presence in San Antonio with your assistance and helping you to help your city get better and better.

Many blessings and much thanks… Lamar Irwin

You are only a NEW thought away from living the life you desire.

I look forward to seeing you and your friends June 7th in New Braunfels.

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Jack Canfield



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tXMLALGOurQ



Jack Canfield, co-author of the “Chicken Soup for…” series of bestselling books. He is endorsing the Silva Method.

Many personal growth teachers, leaders are graduates of the Silva Method including: Dr. Wayne Dyer, Shakti Gawain, Author Richard Bach, Louise Haye.

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"I don't want to talk about it." He or She says, arms folded...

I don't want to talk about it.

I don’t want to talk about it.

When someone says this to you take the cue and back off.

Usually with arms folded someone says “I don’t want to talk about it.”

I’ve heard that before…and, just maybe, I have felt it and said it before. LOL

Referring to the definition of Effective Communication as when both people involved are willing to change as a result of this communication this is a sign of not wanting to change. This is the cue to you that they do not want to hear any new information and they do not want to change… at least in that moment.

Send them love and seek another opportunity to communicate.

It is all about the frequencies

Remember what Einstein said. “Problems cannot be solved with the same mind set that created them.” or “No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.” It seems there are so many variants no one knows the original quote or maybe he said in many different ways.

How this applies: Our mental frequency tunes us into a matching stream of thoughts we receive and play with in our heads. When we are upset we receive a matching stream of thoughts. And when we are in joy and happiness we receive a different stream of thoughts that matches our frequencies. We can tune our mind to the frequency of thoughts we want to play in.

Therefore the person who says “I don’t want to talk about” is in that level of thoughts. Nothing wrong with it. We have all been there.

What we can do is hold peace in the space that they can move into. We don’t say anything; just find peace and love in our heart about the person and the situation. If we hold the upset that energy stays and keeps everyone stuck. Someone has to move out of it to break the spell.

Do something different to get something different in life…

Lamar Irwin, Life Empowerment Engineer, and more

Blog and contents Copyright ©2016 by Lamar Irwin, Mind Technology

 

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TV Star talks about useful meditation

I just watched an interview with Tom Bergeron on Good Morning America. He says that he began meditating in his twenties to handle an anger problem. Now he says that before he hosts Dancing with the Stars he meditates while everyone else is frantic and bothered with glitches and problems. He said that he opens up to the possibilities of what might happen in the show (this is being Present In the NOW) and is his most relaxed of his day while he is actually hosting the show. Others consider him the fastest-thinking TV show host. I can understand this. This is the way we are designed to operate.

Hmmm…  This an abject lesson in what I talk about in the Silva Method classes. When we meditate we are opening up and accessing our right hemisphere, the Creative Mind. This is the Mind that has no limits including time and space. It is plugged into the Infinite Potential. To be scientific, this is when we tap into the Quantum Intelligence of which we are a droplet of the whole ocean, so to speak.

In the Relax Your Way to Success class I’m teaching on April 25th I am teaching people to go enter this Dimension of the Mind. In three hours learn the detrimental effects of stress and learn how to de-stress the mind and body on cue. Doing this is entering a meditation state of mind.

Spend some time in a meditative state of mind. It’s good for you.

Here’s a great talk about the hemispheres of your brain by a doctor in brain science:

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Silva Method: Makes me smile and be grateful…

Happy Spring,

This is one of the best things that makes me grateful to be an instructor for the Silva Method. I get phone calls like this every once in a while and it always makes my heart smile.

This lady just called from San Antonio. She and her husband first took the Silva Method class decades ago. They value the impact it has had on their lives from using the Silva Method techniques so much that they are coming to this next class and bringing their grandson who is 19 years old and heading off to college. She told me that she will do anything to provide her grandson advantages in life. Great grandmother.

He will have mind skills that will help him study better by increasing retention, recall and comprehension. Plus he will have the unparalleled Silva Test-Taking Method that allows someone to get the answer to a question even when it is apparently forgotten. Those will help him to excel in college. As his life develops he will have the option to retake the class to deepen his use of the mind skills so as to better adapt to life’s changing situations and to create his life.

Recently I had a call from an older gentleman who sounded like one of the Texas ranchers I grew up around. He said that he had taken the Silva Method class decades ago and how it had impacted his life over these years. He wants to put his granddaughter through the class so that she can have a leg up in life. Note: I need a few more parents who want this for their children, ages 7 to 11 or so, to make this class happen.

Another woman I met here in Austin said her parents took her to take the class when she was 16 years old. I asked her to tell me how it had impacted her life. She said, as a result of these skills, that her self confidence was always strong when she embarked on any new venture. She also said that her sense of knowing herself was deeper so that she feels like she made better life decisions.

I, personally, am grateful that my older half-brother introduced this to me when I was in high school. I was able to finally take it once I had my first job out of college. I was living in Indonesia and took the class in Malaysia. Immediately it made me stand out as an engineer working in the jungles of Borneo in Indonesia; management noticed my improvements. As a field engineer I was able to diagnose and solve problems quicker than before because my creative mind had been awakened and trained to be useful to me as a logically-trained engineer. I was able to stay awake, alert and functioning in days of working without sleep… and… more.

These are great classes that immediately have an impact, sometimes subtle and sometimes obvious. Then with continued practice of the skills and occasionally retaking the classes a person’s depth of awareness is enhanced, mental skills and agility markedly improves and life gets better and better.

I encourage you to consider this class for you and your loved ones. Call with any questions.

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You have the right to Challenge your thoughts

When we were children growing up our parents, teachers and other authorities gave us permissions to do some things and restrictions to not do some things. As adults we may not be aware that we still have these rules for life, sometimes living within parameters that no longer serve us and, in fact, hold us back from living our greatest life of service. We are having thoughts that we were given years ago.

I lay out this foundation as a way to present this concept:

You have the right to challenge each and every one of your thoughts.

Does this matter? What does this mean? Why bother?

Bottom line: your predominant thought pattern about a particular area of life brings about the matching results in your life. For anyone who saw the movie The Secret this is how the Law of Attraction works. i.e. If there is an area of life that is persistently not working for us then if we are honest with ourself and pay attention to the predominant thoughts and the resulting feelings we will see that we are allowing negative thoughts to rule our day, predominantly.

I mention ‘resulting feelings’ because our thoughts precede us having matching emotions. Our thoughts are our navigation for where we are heading and our emotions are the fuel that propel us there.

Now that all of that is said, back to the topic at hand. Since your thoughts are leading to your life and your thoughts may be simply repeating those life parameters from your parents and other authorities from childhood… maybe, just maybe, some of those thoughts are not leading your life in the best direction for what you most deeply desire to do. Maybe they are not in alignment with who you are.

As a result, I officially give you permission 😉 to challenge your thoughts.

How?

Begin by observing your thoughts. When you notice a thought ask yourself:

Does this thought lift up my energy? Do I feel empowered?

Is this in the direction that I want to go in my life?

If the answer is no, then choose another thought. Choose a thought that does reflect what you want in life. And entertain that thought. Doing this process of replacing unsupportive thoughts with supportive thoughts will end up altering your predominant thought pattern. This in turn will end up altering your predominant emotional pattern. This all leads to you having your life as you most desire it to be.

It is just The Way It Works.

Give it a shot and let me know how it works for you. Leave a comment and let’s talk about it.

Remember: Thoughts become things so choose the good ones.

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Pique your Curiosity

Curiosity is the key to making a change; it is a mental energy/state that opens your mind to hear something new.

These are some items from John Mooney sent to me; a friend, and the Silva Method instructor in Corpus Christi, Texas. He’s been teaching for decades and is an exceptionally insightful person.

A master’s awareness of spiritual laws directs him or her to manifest major life changes by working with their thoughts, not by working harder.

Which isn’t to say they don’t sometimes work very long hours, because they do; they just don’t think of it as work. Which also isn’t to say that they all have cool jobs that anyone would love, because they don’t; they just see every task before them, no matter where they work, as a gift to unwrap.

——

True brilliance is not a function of understanding one’s view of the world and finding order, logic, and spirituality in it. True brilliance is understanding that your view of order, logic, and spirituality is what created your world.

And therefore being forever capable of changing everything.

——

One day all the employees reached the office and they saw a big notice on the door on which it was written: “Yesterday the person who has been hindering your growth in this company passed away. We invite you to join the funeral in the room that has been prepared in the gym”.

In the beginning, they all got sad for the death of one of their colleagues, but after a while they started getting curious to know who was that man who hindered the growth of his colleagues and the company itself.

The excitement in the gym was such that security agents were ordered to control the crowd within the room. The more people reached the coffin, the more the excitement heated up. Everyone thought: “Who is this guy who was hindering my progress? Well, at least he died!”.

One by one the thrilled employees got closer to the coffin, and when they looked inside it they suddenly became speechless. They stood nearby the coffin, shocked and in silence, as if someone had touched the deepest part of their soul.

There was a mirror inside the coffin: everyone who looked inside it could see himself. There was also a sign next to the mirror that said: “There is only one person who is capable to set limits to your growth: it is YOU. You are the only person who can revolutionize your life. You are the only person who can influence your happiness, your realization and your success. You are the only person who can help yourself.

Your life does not change when your boss changes, when your friends change, when your parents change, when your partner changes, when your company changes. Your life changes when YOU change, when you go beyond your limiting beliefs, when you realize that you are the only one responsible for your life.”

“The most important relationship you can have, is the one you have with yourself”

Examine yourself, watch yourself. Don’t be afraid of difficulties, impossibilities and losses: be a winner, build yourself and your reality.

The world is like a mirror: it gives back to anyone the reflection of the thoughts in which one has strongly believed. The world and your reality are like mirrors lying in a coffin, which show to any individual the death of his divine capability to imagine and create his happiness and his success. It’s the way you face Life that makes the difference.

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It’s kind of like you live in a Wizard of Oz world, and you’re Dorothy, off to see the Wizard, the most wonderful Wizard of all, who can grant your wishes, and then some too. With a twist.

You see, this Wizard is no Wizard at all, but “mere mortal” just pretending to have power that he doesn’t really have. But that’s not the twist.

Of course, it turns out that when put to the test, when it really matters, when he really, really cares, the Wizard actually does have supernatural powers. That’s not the twist either.

The twist, is that you’re also the Wizard, the most wonderful Wizard of all.

Right, this ain’t Kansas, Toto, but it is Monday, and you totally rock –
The Universe

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What makes you happy? Things or events

This is from CNN

http://www.cnn.com/2009/HEALTH/02/10/happiness.possessions/index.html

Study: Experiences make us happier than possessions

  • Story Highlights
  • Study looks at 154 people in San Francisco
  • Experiences also make other people happy, not just the individual
  • Psychologist: Communities should invest in bike trails, parks to create experiences
By Elizabeth Landau
CNN

(CNN) — Even in tough economic times, you may find yourself with a bit of cash to spare. You’ve been working hard, and you want to treat yourself. Should you spend it on an experience, such as a baseball game or concert, or a material object?

Psychological research suggests that, in the long run, experiences make people happier than possessions.

That’s in part because the initial joy of acquiring a new object, such as a new car, fades over time as people become accustomed to seeing it every day, experts said. Experiences, on the other hand, continue to provide happiness through memories long after the event occurred.

Ryan Howell, assistant professor of psychology at San Francisco State University, presented his findings this week at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology annual meeting. VideoWatch for more on the study »

The study looked at 154 people enrolled at San Francisco State University, with an average age of about 25. Participants answered questions about a recent purchase — either material or experiential — they personally made in the last three months with the intention of making themselves happy.

While most people were generally happy with the purchase regardless of what it was, those who wrote about experiences tended to show a higher satisfaction at the time and after the experience had passed.

The most striking difference was in how participants said others around them reacted to either the purchased object or experience. Experiences led to more happiness in others than purchases did. A sense of relatedness to others — getting closer to friends and family — may be one of the reasons why experiences generate more happiness.

“When people spend money on life experiences, whether they also take someone with them or buy an extra ticket or whatever, most of our life experiences involve other individuals,” Howell said. People were fulfilling their need for social bonding while having these experiences, he said. Visit CNNhealth.com, your connection for better living

Another reason for increased happiness in experiences, the researchers found, was that people felt a greater sense of vitality or “being alive” during the experience and in reflection, Howell said.

“As nice as your new computer is, it’s not going to make you feel alive,” he said.

Most psychologists who study the phenomenon say people adapt to a new purchase in six to eight weeks, up to a maximum of three months, Howell said. That means the initial pleasure we get from a new possession generally fades in a matter of months.

Howell’s study builds on earlier work by Thomas Gilovich, professor and chairman of the psychology department at Cornell University. Gilovich and colleague Leaf Van Boven’s seminal 2003 paper “To do or to have: That is the question” found similar results about possessions bringing less happiness than experiences.

Experts also point out that people are less self-conscious when comparing experiences than they are about possessions. It will probably bother you more that your friend’s home theater is better than yours than if your friend saw more sights on her South Seas vacation, Gilovich said.

Experiences form “powerful and important memories that I wouldn’t trade for anything in the world,” Gilovich said.

It’s not just individuals who should be thinking about investing in experiences when making purchasing choices — policy makers should also keep this reasoning in mind for their communities, he said.

“If you create municipalities with more parks, bike trails, more hiking trails that make experiences easier, then I think you’re going to have a happier population,” he said.

With Valentine’s Day coming up, does this research mean you should give your honey a nice dinner or weekend getaway rather than a material present, such as a necklace or watch?

The issue of happiness conferred to others has been studied less, so the answer is unclear, experts said.

While Howell would expect this principle of experiences over possessions to still apply, Gilovich agreed that it may, but also points out that the act of giving or receiving an object as a gift is an experience in itself.

“Gifts of material possessions often become keepsakes and have sentimental value that increase with time, instead of diminishing like most material goods,” Gilovich said.

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Happy Thanksgiving to you, your friends and family,

Oprah talked a lot to her audience about keeping a gratitude journal where morning and night you write down what you are grateful for. Spiritually, giving thanks is blessing what you have. When you give thanks for what you have, they say, you receive more of what you want. Jose Silva talked about energy channels and that we have the ability to tune our minds to the ‘channel’ for what we want. Tuning our minds is our job. Consider that giving thanks by speaking it or writing it is the very act of tuning your mind to the ‘receiving channel’… and then just enjoy having the life you want and more so…

Bask in the love of being surrounded by those you love.

Thank you for being in my life.

Happy Thanksgiving to you. Love, Lamar

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Our Deepest Fear or Inspiration

I was polishing up my Statement of BEing and thought of the great writing by Marianne Williamson that Nelson Mandela used in his inauguration speech… “Our Deepest Fear”. I reworded it to make it a powerful affirmation. Or actually it is a powerful statement of our truth.

The original is so impactful:

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

Rewording it to be a statement of our truth:

My deepest knowing is that I am more than adequate. My deepest knowing is that I am powerful beyond measure. It is my light, not my darkness, that inspires my life. I claim God’s Truth for my life: I am brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous. How can I not be as a child of God? Playing small in the past has never worked. I now play large to serve the world. My expansive consciousness allows those around me to feel secure and powerful. I am meant to shine as all God’s children do. I am born to manifest the glory of God that is within me. It’s in me; it’s in everyone. As I let my light shine I have given other people permission to do the same. As I am liberated from fear and embrace personal freedom my presence automatically liberates others.

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The Power of Collective Consciousness

[Note: This is written by a local new thought minister.]

October 10, 2008 – “It’s not what they take away from you that counts.  It’s what you do with what you have left.” – Hubert Humphrey

 

With all the news of late it’s easy to fall into the morass of gloom and doom.  When you look at your most recent investment statement, you may be tempted to focus on all that you’ve lost.  It’s the topic of the day. 

 

We’ve been in such a booming market that people seem to forget there is risk involved in any investment, even the ‘safest’ ones.  Risk and reward are equal components and possibilities in any investment, whether that investment is financial or whether it is an investment of the heart. 

 

We don’t control the world, we don’t control the financial markets, but we do participate in creating the world and the financial markets by how we react, what we feed into them and what we really expect to happen next. 

 

Right now the biggest expectation is that things will continue to get worse before they get better.  Guess what?  When most people believe that, feed that idea with fear and fixate upon every move up and down in the market, that expectation becomes a self fulfilling prophecy. 

If we believe that things will eventually get better, why do we believe that they have to continue to get worse first?  Just to see what we can take, test new territories, set new records?  Why not skip that experience and get moving onward to the recovery? 

 

This is no different from what we each go through individually any time we have a challenge or a disruption.  We choose how to react, what to focus on, what to give our energy and attention, what to expect and then what to do with what we have. 

 

The difference is that we are all experiencing this together.  We are watching the power of collective consciousness create our collective experience.  What a great lesson in the Law!  What a great opportunity to grow beyond our current level of thinking that created this experience!  Let’s learn from this and point out to people how we can use this very same process to affect change for the better. 

 

What the world needs now is a committed group of individuals who will stand in the midst of this ‘crisis’ and know something better.  I invite you to join me in doing that.  Do that right in the face of the ubiquitous stock ticker that seems to be everywhere all of the sudden.  Do this right in the face of the bleating newscasts.  Do this (with love) in the face of those yelling about how the sky is falling. 

 

We will get through and beyond this; the only question is what will be the quality of our journey through it and how lovingly we treat each other along the way.

 

I choose love, I choose brighter ideas, I choose to absolutely know that good is right here and now available to all.  That’s what I can do, and so can you.

 

Life is truly wonderful!

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The 40-day Prosperity Process

[Note:This is an announcement I sent out to my list. If you want to be kept informed please click this link, fill out the information and send it.]

Your Built-In Powers

Do you remember the first time you found out that you could close your eyes, take a deep breath, relax your thought and your stress was transformed into relaxation?

Do you realize what a momentous event that was?
This showed you the ultimate answer to all of life’s woes: You have the controls and they exist within you.

No matter what the circumstances swirling around you, you can always make a choice to close your eyes, take a deep breath, relax your thought and cause relaxation. Then you are in the driver’s seat for life. From here you can focus on your goals and receive creative ideas.

Remember this as you listen to the horrible news about the economy. You have the controls. Always. You may not have had anything to do with causing this situation but you do have absolute control over your perception of it. The way you perceive it sets up your behaviors and actions… which leads to your life results. This is the beauty and the foundation of any of my private sessions and classes: to teach you how to master these controls.

Begin your change now

A friend reminded me of a 40-Day Prosperity Program that  I want to pass along. It is free and you can begin right now.

I first bought the little green Abundance Book while living in Denver in the late 80’s. Then I had the opportunity to be at a retreat in New Braunfels several years ago where the author and his wife led classes. When I first did this, the words didn’t make sense but my abundance started increasing. Over the years I did this program so often my little green book fell apart. I am so grateful for Glenda for reminding me about this program. I began it that day and am currently doing it. John Randolph Price has now posted this online for free.

Here is the 40-Day Prosperity Program. Be sure to order the book; it explains the program well. But start the program today.

I suggest 2 additions for you to consider

Follow his instructions. I also have written each day’s contemplation onto an index card that fits in my shirt pocket. That way, throughout the day, at a red light, or having just caught my negative thoughts, I will pull this out so that my attention gets focused in the right direction.

I also carry my top goals written on an index card so that I can refer to them throughout the day. Again, this serves to refocus my mind on my immediate life direction.

More resources to remind you the truth

I am posting this on my new blog Creative Mind News at www.CuriousMindNews.com. I welcome you to post comments there as you have questions, comments and experiences.

I will be posting other items and resources on my Creative Mind News blog as I find them. So check there for continuing information.

Witness more of your world… Choose a new thought.

Better & Better,

  Lamar L. Irwin, CSMI
  The Silva Method
Achieve ? Excel ? Live Well
  (512) 340-0530
 www.SilvaMethodClass.com
 www.MindTechnology.com

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