Archive for May, 2007

Secrets for Sale

May 26, 2007

I am exploring The Secret.  I see it as fundamentally true.  Consistent with my life.  Consistent with what I’ve been taught and with what I’ve figured out.  I have always considered myself to be my own guinea pig, lab rat par excellence.

So I am looking for truing mechanisms/  Millions of people now know the Secret, the Law of Attraction, the LOA of life.  And they want to be rich and they say (quietly, because they know that ‘out loud’ is their answer)  “how come I’m not rich yet?”  “How fast does the LOA work?”  “How can I make it work faster?”

We need to discover how our inner lives are in conflict with our expressions.  I don’t ask those questions. 

I first discovered the LOA for myself years before I knew my ass from a hole in the ground.  Life was working.  I was great and I had no idea how.  I finally interfered with myself and went broke.  So here I came again.  This time I did the est training (now Landmark Education) and life was working and I was great.  Now I knew some things – I knew I was responsible.  I knew I was God in my universe.  So when I screwed up and went broke again, I didn’t know how – I didn’t know what – But at least I knew that I was the one.  OK here, I went again/

This pattern has repeated – Both stronger and worse.  God punishing God and rewarding God.  I remember a JD Salinger short story called Teddy–  “My sister was only a very tiny child then, and she was drinking her milk, and all of a sudden I saw that she was God and the milk was God. I mean, all she was doing was pouring God into God, if you know what I mean.”. So I am a useful test case.

I can feel the energy shifting as I become more me.  Nancy is an even better test case.  Yesterday they catered her lunch and she Loved the food (normally yecchy)  Then she got an unexpectedly large bonus – it’s been several years – and today she was allowed to leave early (support staff is never allowed to leave early.)  Is that evidence?

Of course it is.  Because we are the judges, the assessors, the evaluators – all crap – We are the Gods in our universe.  And you really learn to tune in to the energy.  But we’re doing a lot – not just believing in this LOU (Law if the Universe) – not just doing our jobs with integrity – We meditate every day.  We have instituted some practices that we are told will tune us up – practices of T Harv Eker, Jack Canfield, Robert Allen and mostly the Hicks’.  Life is new again, exciting, rewarding.

Useful Quotes

Every day is a new beginning.
Treat it that way.
Stay away from what might have been and look at what can be.
Marsha Petrie Sue

“Truth does not change because it is, or is not, believed by a majority of the people”
Giordano Bruno

Most of my major disappointments have turned out to be blessings in disguise. So whenever anything bad does happen to me, I kind of sit back and feel, well, if I give this enough time, it’ll turn out that this was good, so I shouldn’t worry about it too much.
William Gaines

Creative Corner

The Destination
                       ©April, 2000 
The destination must be worth the journey
And the journey worth its end–
It’s not enough to want the weight,
you need to want the diet, too
 

I have been traveling so long;
I know the rest stops all along the way –
all the diversions,
all the highwaymen.
In this commute from hell to health –
as soon as I arrive,
I head for hell again
 
Perhaps if I enjoyed the trip
I wouldn’t have to take it so often

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The End of Hunger

May 21, 2007

On Saturday night Nancy and I were honored for founding Events to Empower Humanity over 15 years ago, an organization committed to the sustainable end of hunger (www.eventstoempowerhumanity.org). 

In the vocabulary of the Internet, ending hunger is a portal.  Why?  Because it opens many doors.  There is no such thing as ending hunger.  I’ve looked at hunger in many communities here.  Sometimes ending hunger means changing immigration policies; sometimes it requires discovering how to deal with the mentally handicapped; sometimes with illiteracy, sometimes with drugs.  Very often it requires dealing with our overall economy, with health care, and so on.  It’s a portal issue.

In the USA there’s something that simply stops us.  We feed people.   So unless hunger is very close to you, it’s invisible.  Hunger is a problem they have.  Or it’s a problem over there.  Like many issues in our country, there is no outcry, no demand.

In a recent commercial for Bill Mahre, he said, “what really pisses me off is that not enough of you are pissed off.”  To me that is the ultimate issue.  Not about people being pissed off – no – it’s getting people to listen.

When tragedy strikes we are the most generous people in the world.  But until it strikes, we are deaf and blind.  We feed people on Thanksgiving and Christmas but on July 4th we have picnics – they don’t.  And when we don’t feed people, we’re bit players in Les Miserables.

I have a simple and profound question – How can we get enough of us to listen so that enough of us are willing to pay attention.  When we feed people, we provide an answer for today.  Tomorrow they’re hungry again.

Here’s what we need to do – provide work, child care, transportation and health care.  Those are the four pillars that support hunger.  What do you need?

Find out more at www.michaellipp.com

Useful Quotes

A hungry man is not a free man.
Adlai E. Stevenson

Hunger steaks the memory.
Louise Erdrich

A hungry man is an angry man
Bob Marley

Creative Corner

Don’t Write

Who can write about hunger?
It’s ugly –
very vivid images of children
fighting rats for food
and rats winning

are we the adult rats?

Write and Wrong

May 14, 2007

From 2000 until the end of 2003 I kept a spiritual journal – a journal that I tracked my ups and downs in carving a spiritual path.  I’m editing it now to publish on my website – Some of it is garbage, but most of it is valuable – even nice and easy to read. 

This blog (and my next Writing for the Reading ezine from my site) will initiate a similar journal on creativity (mostly mine).  What makes it interesting is the constraints I’ve imposed on myself.  I’m a coach and I’m targeting a constant flow of clients, 6 a week.  Why 6?  Fewer interferes with cash flow; more interferes with my life.

I write two blogs and two ezines and I’m committed to writing at least one article each week.  The combination of these activities leaves me no time for inspiration.  And I’ve never taken a course in writing; my training is two-fold – my reading and years of writing.

So looking at creating will surely be interesting to me – and hopefully, to you.  I’m going to publish this journal a year from now. 

In last week’s posting I spoke about a basic idea I have about creativity – I analogize it to punning… combining something from one place and using it in another to produce an incongruous result.  So I titled this write and wrong.  If this were about ladders, I might have titled it write and rung which, for a punster is a multiple pun.  But what that really is for me is that in using language, everything I know is often available.  So you may groan.

                                                          Useful Quotations

One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries.
A.A. Milne

The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.
Albert Einstein

It is better to have enough ideas for some of them to be wrong, than to be always right by having no ideas at all.
Edward De Bono

Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties.
Erich Fromm

                                                                Creative Corner

Sometimes a day in May
Is as rare as a day in June
Sometimes a hastily written note 
Is seen as art
Things are known to happen backwards
And things that shouldn’t be just are
Conclusions are foolish
And unavoidable
Yet we see
Again and again
That no chains are
Inescapable
Come join me.

 

Testing Myself

May 6, 2007

Now I’m committed to two different  newsletters and trwo different blogs – Start with www.michaellipp.com and explore.  So I’m testing my ability to stay productive and engaging. 

I found out some years ago that the best thing I can do is disconnect my accepted thinking processes and let my fingers talk.  This got tricky when I switched from pen and paper to typewriter (you remember those) and now keyboard.  I’m sure I’ll have to do it again.  Recently Ive noticed that my right hand touch types and I mostly use 1 or 2 fingers on my left hand.  Well, I’ve always been peculiarly ambidextous.  I write righty, but I pitch and throw lefty (excpt tennis, pool and ping pong, where I hold the weapns in my right hand.)

Then I reconnect my traditional brain when I edit.

I’m exploring how we create – or think we create — Einstein said something like, “Creation is hiding your sources.”  I have a sense that that’s so – I relate creation to punning – Puns use words or word fragments in different contexts.  Collages are puns.  For me, drawing is  punning – I suspect invention is as well.

Van Jones said that what the world needs is Velcro – Leggos.  I say we need Puns.

Now, I often include poems with these things.  sort of written on the fly – which is easier because I rarely rhyme —

Letting You No

See – there it is – You don’t have to know when you no
not even what you no only that you no
Directions are coloring inside the lines; puns aint
There’s nothing left since you left
So you needn’t be right when you write

Color when you want
And where you want and wear what you want
Creation is pretense
and keeps you calm – it’s pre-tense

This is pure gibberish –
I’ll win one for the gibber

“It was so quiet you could hear a pun drop”  Bugs Baer
It requires genius to make a good pun.
Some men of bright parts can’t reach it.” Hannah Crowley
“A pun is the lowest form of humor,
unless you thought of it yourself” Doug Larson