I spent her last birthday with her 11 years ago in a hospital in Ft. Wayne, Indiana. She had been in and out of the hospital since the previous August with an infection whose source could not be pinpointed. (more…)
I have no idea when I wrote this. I found it scribbled in the margin of a book I picked up. Long time readers and old friends will know who I was thinking about when I wrote it.
When I read it now, the pain is gone. Only profound gratitude for the lessons learned and the opportunity to finally begin to see my own worth. I hope you enjoy it. (more…)
Lisa-Unmasked officially made it to the next round of competition! THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU for your support and a big shout out to the new readers as well.
The next round is for popular votes and runs until June 14 28.
There were 39 blogs entered into the competition and currently, 18 remain. I am #14. Only the top 15 blogs with the most votes will advance. BTW, If you have already voted, you can NOT vote again.
If you have not yet voted, now would be a great time to vote for me. 🙂
While “winning” the competition was never really my goal, I am beyond thrilled of how things stand. Mostly, I am pretty damn proud of myself for jumping in with both feet, eyes closed and scared as hell. For me to be sharing this moment with you is more than I could have asked for. I put myself out there in a big way and feel more alive than ever.
So, how ’bout we play a game together over the next few days?
Wouldn’t it be great if together, Lisa-Unmasked finished in the top 10 this round?
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Zig Ziglar once said, “If you can dream it, then you can achieve it. You will get all you want in life if you help enough other people get what they want.”
Let’s have some fun and help each other at the same time.
Are you ready?
Let’s DO IT! (And THANKS for playing!)
This interview is with the mother of one of my favorite coaches and mentor, Michel Neray of Essential Message.
I met Michel in December 2004 in Toronto at a training event and for years, have watched his business and his impact on others grow exponentially. Last year, I was lucky enough to be able to personally work with Michel for a few short weeks. It was phenomenal.
I can best describe Michel in the words of TLC: CrazySexyCool. He’s funny, charming, quick-witted and a masterful coach, trainer and speaker. He’s never afraid to “keep it real” and his authentic approach to life is incredibly refreshing. Michel never apologizes for who he is. He just IS to the absolute best of his ability.
As I watched this interview, I realized how one decision, made from love, can impact the world. As you listen, you’ll understand. One German soldier’s decision positively impacted the lives of thousands, including mine.
To those who have the courage to choose from LOVE, I say “thank you.”
You just never know the difference you will make.
Tonight while flipping channels, I made the decision to listen to the ABC Nightly News. I do my best to avoid what passes for news these days. At it’s “best”, it’s simply another medium to program your thinking. It doesn’t let you decide what to think, it tells you. Call me a Cronkite-era baby, but hey, at least he considered me intelligent enough to make my own decisions.
At it’s worst, it’s an over-glorified gossip column. What was the 2nd story of the day: The Tiger Woods car accident saga. Are you kidding me? What part of that story is actually relevant to my life or even news worthy?
I only continued to watch because I was hoping to hear something about the economic drama in Dubai but was also “hooked” in by a story about one of my favorite authors, Dr. Wayne Dyer.
While I didn’t get the goods on what’s up in Dubai, I did get clear on the fact that the so-called journalist believed that what Dr. Dyer teaches (along with others like him) is just a bunch of crap and that he’s gotten rich off of it.
But I stayed with it.
You see, Dr. Dyer has been diagnosed with cancer. What became clear (to me) was that the “journalist” wanted to point out the flaw in Dr. Dyer’s teaching that thinking positively can attract wonderful things into your life. Obviously, if Dr. Dyer has developed cancer, one must conclude by his teachings, that his thoughts created it.
And why would any one create cancer?
I read Dr. Dyer’s first book when I was 9 years old. I thought “Your Erroneous Zones” was a “dirty” book and I was going to sneak and read it and be a “naughty” girl. The book wasn’t anything of the kind and it started me on path of thinking beyond what I’d been taught. I would veer off course severely, but life would bring me back to his simple teachings. I don’t own every book he’s written, but I do have dreams that he will write the foreword of my book. He’s been a great inspiration.
So, tonight as I listened (quite superficially) to the reporter’s questions of Dr. Dyer, I began to think about the quote from Shakespeare’s Hamlet:
…for there is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.
[William Shakespeare, Hamlet, Act II, Scene 2]
You see, the reporter’s point was that Dr. Dyer must be a fraud because he has attracted something “bad.”
But who says cancer is bad?
Every cancer survivor I have ever met tells me that their cancer was “the best thing that ever happened” to them. Huh? I always walk away from those conversations dazed and confused because I have seen the destruction cancer causes to a person and the pain those around them endure watching their loved one suffer.
Cancer is UGLY. Of course, it’s BAD, Lisa.
I began to think about most people’s perception that attracting a million dollars into their lives would be a “good” thing. But what if after getting that million dollars, your entire family was murdered because someone else wanted you to give up that money? Would you see that windfall now as a “good” thing?
Let’s consider Dr. Dyer’s diagnosis. What if from this cancer, he develops a closer relationship with his kids and grandkids? What if he is gifted with a vision that outlines a cure for AIDS? We have no idea what will come from this, so we are not really in a position to call it “good” or “bad.” I believe Dr. Dyer will see the experience as a gift from Source and think and act accordingly. This will keep him in the flow and totally aligned with Source. I would guess that if you can manage that connection, it doesn’t matter what’s going on “out there”. You can find total peace and harmony with what “is”, no matter what “it” is.
And that’s the experience we came for. That’s what this game is all about.
So to the critics of your thoughts create reality, I say you just don’t get it…yet. We don’t attract circumstances, per se with our thoughts. We attract experiences. If love is what we want to experience, sometimes the circumstances we get is heartbreak. As f’d up as that might seem, when you learn to love deeply, unconditionally, you don’t question “how” you got there and what you “went through” to experience it. You savor and appreciate the feeling, which is what you really wanted to attract all along.
I believe that “positive” thinking will allow your experiences to be less painful, but it will not necessarily stop the painful ones from showing up. Those experiences allow us to re-focus and reconnect with who we say we want to be. They strengthen our resolve to BE that person.
I Get it Now.
Thank you, Dr. Dyer, for once again helping to know something through my own experience. Because of this story and your diagnosis, I finally understand that quote from Hamlet. I finally “get” that I can choose how I think about any event in my life without judging it as good or bad, right or wrong. What a huge gift to finally understand and live, “go with the flow.”
Best of all, I can finally write the last chapter of my book, not surprisingly titled, “I Get it Now.”
Be well. Stay in flow.