Success must ensue

30 08 2007

‘Don’t aim at success – the more you aim at it and make it a target, the more you are going to miss it. For success, like happiness, cannot be pursued; it must ensue, and it only does so as the unintended side-effect of one’s personal dedication to a cause greater than oneself or as the by-product of one’s surrender to a person other than oneself. Happiness must happen, and the same holds for success: you have to let it happen by not caring about it. I want you to listen to what your conscience commands you to do and go on to carry it out to the best of your knowledge. Then you will live to see that in the long run – in the long run, I say! – success will follow you precisely because you forgot to think about it.’

Viktor E. Frankl

Preface to the 1984 edition of Man’s search for meaning

Your intention creates your reality

29 08 2007

Yesterday, while watching a conversation between Oprah and Gary Zukav, I finally grasped the true power of intention. I’ll try to recapture the essence of what they said.

Spirituality is about  fixing yourself.  Part of your spiritual growth is to understand that all your experiences are self-created. You have to accept that you are responsible for those parts of your life that are not working. You create your experiences by your intentions. How can your intentions create your experiences? An intention is the underlying motivation, conscious or unconscious, of every choice you make. Why do you want what you want? It is the first act of creation. Intentions can be based in fear or in love. This determines the outcome of what you create. Fear creates painful experiences (the ultimate fear is not being good enough), while love creates constructively. In order to grow, you have to heal those parts of your life that don’t work by becoming aware of  the intentions that created those painful experiences. Being aware of your emotions allows you to identify the parts of your personality that need to be fixed. You need to focus on the emotions you are experiencing when your buttons are pushed and work through them.

You need to be aware that every choice, however small and seemingly unimportant, has an underlying intention/motivation which determines the consequences. Your intention creates your reality. To create constructively, your intentions must be based in love. Therefore, you need to clairify your intentions before you make a choice. For you to create constructively, your intentions need to be based in love.  To live a life of meaning and purpose, you need to know the intention for your life, so you can align your choices accordingly. Ask yourself why you are on this earth, what is your dream for your life and what is your gift you want to give to the world?

Wealth comes from within

28 08 2007

 Slowly, I’m learning that preconceptions are usually misconceptions. For instance, in my mind, living a meaningful life and creating wealth have always been incompatible notions. Today, I’ve decided I’m letting go of that old and self-limiting belief. I understand that wealth is not about money. Wealth comes from within. It is determined by a mentality of abundance rather than by money in the bank. It is about living to the fullest of my potential. It also means reconciling the two notions, accepting that living my best life could generate monetary wealth.

Song of Myself

27 08 2007

My respiration and inspiration…the beating of my heart…

the passing of blood and air through my lungs,

The sniff of green leaves and dry leaves, and of the shore and

darkcolored sea-rocks, and of hay in the barn…

The delight alone or in the rush of the streets, or along the fields

and hillsides,

The feeling of health…the full-noon trill…the song of me

rising from the bed and meeting the sun.

Walt Whitman – Song of myself

Life is perfect as it is!

26 08 2007

I’m almost 35 and the career I dreamed of just hasn’t happened. For years, I felt like I had failed, I felt miserable and most of all: very careerless … During those years, I got to know myself profoundly, I built a lasting and loving relationship, and most importantly I learned to love myself. Just  now, I realize that all those years everything was ok, except for this one thing: I didn’t achieve careerwise.  Today, I know my ship hasn’t sailed yet, my time will come… Something great is just around the corner, all I have to do is turn that corner when I get there…