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What’s Important?

March 9, 2008

Global Mindshift, through its website, www.conversationweek.org asked people to submit what we consider the ten most important questions of our time.  One of the facilitators in Awakening the Dreamer, Changing the Dream symposiums had some of her questions selected (I’m also a facilitator:  www.awakeningthedreamer.org)
 I don’t think there’s much to say other than, ‘Here they are”
•         How can we best prepare our children for the future?
•         What does sustainability look like to you? How do we get there? 
•         How do humans need to adapt to survive the changes predicted for this century?
•         How do we shift from “Me” to “We” on both the local and global levels?
•         How can you, as Gandhi said, be the change that you want to see in the world?
•         What kind of economic structures can best support a shift to sustainable living?
•         How should we re-invent the political process so that people feel that they have a voice?
•         What kind of leadership does the world need now?
•          How can we balance our personal needs with the most pressing needs of our community and the larger world?
•          What can we do to reduce or eliminate violence in the world?
Responses came in from 39 countries – from Uganda to Mexico to Singapore to Serbia to India to the US – making Global Conversation Week 2008 truly global.
No.  There is something else to say:  What are your answers?  How can you get your friends to read and answer for themselves?

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Crossing the Line

January 23, 2008

In many ways my training has jaded me – well, all of us, though each in our own way.  By jaded, I mean we can’t understand how some things are not in the consciousness of someone else.

Can you imagine someone not knowing the times table?  Lots of people can’t imagine someone not knowing how to change a tire or boil an egg; we’re all guilty of being jaded, somewhere in our lives.

In my case coaching has made so many notions second nature to me that they are like the times table.  Though, come to think of it,even now I have to think twice about 7×9.  And I realize that being jaded is not inherent, that I’ve been trained and continue to be trained.  So from time to time I will cross the line here and write about coaching. 

The other night was the last session of my current free coaching teleseminar.  This is an extraordinary introduction to coaching.  All coaches (do or should) give you a free introductory session.  I give a free 6-session teleseminar, called Successful Relationships.  Next one starts February 18th [7:30 – 8:30 Eastern]; you can sign up or find out more by emailing Michael Lipp [michael@michaellipp.com]

So – the other night we were speaking about asking for what you want or need.  We went ‘over the lines,’ speaking about both negotiating and dealing with getting complete with people in your life.

These are really deep topics and I’ll come back to them in future blogs.  The main issues are why do we stop ourselves?  Do we ever look at the possible costs versus the possible benefits?  And most of us do not know that there’s a huge difference between being complete and being over.  ‘nuff said for now.

I tell you that these questions of completeness and negotiation are really consistent with my commitments for having us all have spiritual fulfillment, social justice and environmental sustainability.

Articles on Contribution

January 16, 2008

I’ve written a number of articles on ending hunger, that I’ve sent out to my mailing list – a minute subset of people who could and ought to read them.  So I decided to submit them to a directory of articles, which should get them submitted in e-zines all over the web.

But they all ask you to submit your articles in a category.  There aren’t any categories for contribution.  I couldn’t find one category that might be applicable.  I googled and searched – and finally gave up.  I’ve decided to publish these articles in my blog – in http://MichaelsArticles.wordpress.com

It occurs to me that I can’t be the only one this has happened to… and further occurs that people are being deprived of the opportunity to read about important, pertinent stuff.   My entreprenurial spirit is aroused, as is a burst of indignation.  Send me your thoughts on this —

Food is Not the Answer

December 20, 2007

This is the time of year when we fill the food kitchens- There is a keen awareness of  “the needy,”  but food is not the answer.

My purpose is not to see that people are fed.  My purpose is to feed fewer and fewer people.  Our government is not at work on that issue.  We spend the same obscene amount of money year after year to feed people (40++ Billion dollars) and we spend virtually no money on reducing the number of people who go to those food kitchens.  Incidentally, 40 Billion is only about $1,400 per person per year — clearly not even close to what’s needed and so the issue of feeding people is ongoing, painful and frustrating..

We rob people as we feed them.  We steal their independence, their dignity, their equality.  This is the seedbed of civil unrest, the contrast in living between those who feed and those who are fed. 
                         
When you realize that food is not the answer to ending hunger, you either throw up your hands in total futility or you start asking, “what is the solution?”
With a number of organizations, I have been studying this for many years.  These are some  conclusions.

• There is enough food.
• We must focus on ending the persistence of hunger
• Ending the persistence of hunger is a community issue.
• Hunger affects us all.  When one of us is hungry, we are all hungry.
• Ending the persistence of hunger is a matter of human empowerment.  It is an expression of love and joy.
• Ending hunger is possible – and, therefore, mandatory.

The day that hunger is eradicated from the earth, there will be the greatest spiritual explosion the world has ever known.  Humanity cannot imagine the joy that will burst into the world on the day of that great revolution.”

    Federico Garcia Lorca
 Spanish poet and dramatist, 1899-1936

I Confess

November 18, 2007

I confess.  I gave up on politics.  It’s been happening for years – I was ‘normal’ – I voted for who I wanted to win, not who I believed in.  Year by year my cynicism grew… and when I saw The Secret and started to explore The Law of Attraction, I decided I was better off by not being so disappointed, so against.

But today I spent time with The Future of Politics— Annie Loyd (www.annieloyd.com)… Google for transpartisnship – as opposed to bipartisanship.  Like me, you are for the possibility of America.  We used to be the hope of the world, the symbol of what we all want – a fair chance, the ability to strive for equality, for a decent shot at creating our own future, for “The American Dream.”  I know you want that; we all do. 

And over the years I, at least, have given up on it.  I work for a sustainable future.  I work for social justice.  I work for spiritual fulfillment.  But it’s against a background of political cynicism and resignation.  I’m sorry.  I have been disloyal to myself — And politics is very much fundamental to all of this.

Annie has changed that for me.  She strives for a political future that goes past: “we can only hope for that if we make the other side wrong, defeated, losers.”  Annie says, “not so.”  Both ‘sides’ want the same things… And there are answers to our problems.  (I note that this is consistent with the Law of Attraction.) 

She speaks of Paul Hawken’s Blessed Unrest–– that more and more people feel like me about electoral poplitics, that there are many, many disconnected movements to the future we want…  And that we can bring this to the political scene.  There really are independents.  We want solutions not enemies.

Find out.  You owe it to yourself.  You owe it to our future.  Annie Loyd for Congress; the new transpartisanship.

Masterminding and Coaching

October 11, 2007

Here’s a truth most of us know, but we don’t necessarily know that we know.  We are who we hang out with.  You want to change yourself, change the people you hang out with. 

One of the questions is “how do I meet new people?”  “Isn’t it likely that I’ll meet people in the same kinds of generic circles I hang with?”  Well, that sort of depends on what changes you’re looking for.  You are always affected by whoever you hange with.

I’ve recently done four things that not only affects me, but also affects the other people – I’ve joined two Mastermind groups.  These are people I very much want to learn from (and vice versa) and enjoy.  One group I know all the people, but the context of our conversations has changed.  In the second group, I know only one of the people, but in a sense we have a common heritage – we’ve all completed a senior course of Landmark Education. 

The third group consists of people I am coaching from The Success Principles — I am always coached be people I coach and their backgrounds are completely diverse.  And finally, I have joined several hundred people in a course given by Jay Abraham – from all over the world.

I can tell you that this new body of acquaintances – some will be close friends – all will be or are close associates will produce profound changes in my life.  I can’t wait to find out who I am — again.

My website is http://www.michaellipp.com

A Complex Day

September 16, 2007

If I were going to exercise my sports head – I’d observe the Giants getting clobbered, the Mets dissolving and even the Jets in trouble.  But it was a working day– and a good one — – Nancy & I had our weekly planning session – where we focus our energies and plan our week’s activities (somewhat limited because my daughter gives birth in 11 days). 

But what makes it complex is that I’m also redesigning my website and restructuring my coaching practice.  Here’s why:I invite you to participate in the second “Success Principles” workshop.

This has proven to be an exceptional introduction to the benefits of coaching as well as a valuable refresher course if you are already familiar with coaching.

I have had incredible and very useful feedback from the people who are in the current Workshop and so I want to extend this invitation to you.  This workshop has inspired me to change my practice. 

Send an email to michaellipp-261308@easywebautomation1.com to register.

Jack Canfield says: “I envision a world where all people are inspired to believe in themselves and their abilities and are empowered to reach their full potential and realize all their dreams.” He wrote this series to help make that happen.

The Success Principles Workshop
Written by Jack Canfield
“The Principles Always Work If you Work the Principles”
A 6 Session Series starting Monday October 1st- 7:30 to 8:30 EDT
(does not meet October 22nd)

A New Paradigm

September 10, 2007

(Identical to Contribution Coaching)

I’m operating in a new paradigm – that fits me–It’s the paradigm of the Gift Economy.  Give valuable things away for free.  I don’t think of customers (I never did.)  I think of clients.  And I think of the lifetime value of a client.

On October 1st I’m starting the next iteration of The Success Principles, a free 6-session teleseminar from 7:30 – 8:30EDT Monday evenings.  eMail to register (michael@michaellipp.com )…So far – Rave Reviews.  For Example

“I love being part of your Success Principles group.. It’s a novel way to stay plugged in.. I’ve done a lot of work at Landmark and other venues, and – your TeleClass is like “Accent” –  It’s ‘waking up’ my inner compass, and reminding me of just who I am, for myself, my family and for the world.  Accepting anything less is not acceptable.  Being part of your class is great – it’s energizing and is making a big difference in what’s going on between my ears on a daily basis.  Thanks for ‘re-lighting my fire’ Michael!”
Love,
Ira W.

The Organic Farm

August 23, 2007

Honeybrook may be the most successful CSA – It’s a great organic farm.  This is a most bountiful year–Climate is going nuts all over, where a map of the US changes from searing heat to constant floods and we’ve just had the coldest days i9n August that NJ has ever had.  But there’s been wonderful weather for Honeybrook… Heritage tomatoes that I had never heard of before this..  I’m now spoiled – I know what tomatoes really taste like.

The “problem” with bounty is that we are hard pressed to consume it.  I now have in my refrigerator salsa, ratatouille, cole slaw, gazpacho and just made bruschetta.  Trouble is more’s coming on Saturday and I still have pounds of unused tomatoes and peppers and eggplant and onion and garlic and ….  My cooking is stellar, but whew!

And in addition to just our share, we can pick what they allow.  15 different kinds of basil, 10 different kinds of hot peppers… a quart of raspberries.  Nicest part in some ways is the fresh flowers… 

Food is beautiful as well as so tasty.  People who eat “American” don’t know how good food is (and healthier and actually, during these months, cheaper) And Sustainable.
It makes me realize how money – advertising – display – easiness – actually changes our thinking.

Food has a greater damaging effect on the environment than cars…  The average food we eat travels 1300 miles,  is wrapped in plasic and or paper bags (instead of canvas bags)….  And we don’t even know it.

I will at least come out with a cleaning product that is worthy of  great food.

Education and Creativity

June 11, 2007

I’ve been watching a few movies that emphasize that schools work very hard to train kids and they have a simple rule structure:  rules first, creativity last – if you’re lucky and stubborn (like, say, Bill Gates.)

One movie, Accepted, speculated on what school could be if students were asked, “What would you like to learn?”

And I’ve been rereading Calvin & Hobbes – a spiritual exercise I recommend that we repeat every few years – just long enough to forget most of the details.  Calvin was never asked that question and doesn’t care.

Here’s one:
Hobbes: Do you have an idea for that story yet?
Calvin:  No, I’m waiting for an inspiration.
Calvin:  You can’t just turn on creativity like a
             faucet.  You have to be in the right
             mood.
Hobbes: What mood is that?
Calvin:   Last minute panic.

And the next day he starts with a 2-panel discussion of the realities of school –

Calvin:  If you ask me these assignments don’t teach you how to write.  They teach you how to hate to write.  Deadlines, rules how to do it, grades…How can you be creative when someone’s breathing down your neck?

 Useful Quotes

It takes about $250,000 of taxpayer money and 12 years of modern education to take a child who sees the world systemically and transform them into an adult who sees the world linearly. 
Paul Hawken

It is, in fact, nothing short of a miracle that the modern methods of instruction have not entirely strangled the holy curiosity of inquiry.
Albert Einstein

It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education.
Albert Einstein

Creativity is a type of learning process where the teacher and pupil are located in the same individual.
Arthur Koestler
Thank goodness I was never sent to school; it would have rubbed off some of the originality.
Beatrix Potter

If we value independence, if we are disturbed by the growing conformity of knowledge, of values, of attitudes, which our present system induces, then we may wish to set up conditions of learning which make for uniqueness, for self-direction, and for self-initiated learning.
Carl Rogers

Creative Corner

Shopping Mall

This is the consumer Rhumba –
The rhumba in the shopping mall,
in the mall of conversations,
in the mall of conversations – ay-ay-ay.

The wagons jerk from side to side
and jiggle down the aisle
with rests to take and look
and stops to grab and hold
and the wagon wheels go squeak, go ay-ay-ay.

And every store is different
And every store’s the same,
Where we take the conversations for ourselves,

where we take the conversations by ourselves, oh ay-ay-ay
and we give the stores the blame.
We take the conversations from the shelves, oh ay-ay-ay
and we give the stores the blame
in the Mall of Conversations, ay-ay-ay.

You need to see that you have bought them
and not been given them as gifts.
that you’re the one who brought them to your life..

You need to see the stores are there for you,
for you to choose – oh ay-ay-ay
that the rhumba in the Mall of Conversations, ay-ay-ay
is there for you to use, ay-ay-ay