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Get em while they last!

With all that is spoken, I love that only which is spoken from the heart. For those words are not trinkets to entertain the mind, nor are they playthings for jugglers of language to play with. They are what lead us to the stairs where rainbows are found.

Never let a small child pass you by without listening to the pearls they offer, for surely they speak from their hearts and the infinite speaks through them.

Sir Isaac Newton said, “If I have ever made any valuable discoveries, it has been owing more to paying attention than to any other talent.” It is said that he also claimed that he paid more attention to small children than to the wisest of men. He claimed that children gave him inspiration.

So, what does all of this have to do with you?

Have you been on the lookout for everyday, ordinary, unassuming gurus coming your way to offer you a pearl of wisdom or two?

Ordinary gurus are very different than the passerby who thinks he is smarter than you, and insists on giving you a lesson on how to live better. Furthermore, oftentimes these gurus are children.

Karen is seven. She loves to say, “Hi” to Shakespeare when we pass by at the local pond where I travel. Shakespeare is my parrot companion of 34 years now. He rides on my left shoulder. I get down on one knee when Karen shows up, so she can see him eye to eye.

This particular day, after saying “Hi” to Shaky, Karen asked Shaky if he would say something to her. Shaky said, “I can talk, can you fly?” (I’d taught him that a few years back, but I never know when he may say it). She looked at him startled. Then she looked around and looked up at her mom. Finally, she leaned forward to whisper to Shakespeare, “I can fly but don’t tell anyone.”

I got goosebumps. That was from the heart. It was true. She can fly. She can do anything she truly desire to do. I hope Karen never loses sight of that beautiful truth when she grows up.

Karen’s response is not a trinket; it is not a juggling of words – it is true about her and it is true about you. Can you feel it? What might you do with that idea? You attract and act on what you believe is true about you. How will you prove that you can fly? What high aspiration have you conceived that it is now time to achieve so that you can prove that you can fly as high as you want to?

Karen has offered you a magical thread of truth that is there to guide you. Trust your feelings. You can fly. Don’t tell anyone, but do tell yourself!

Blessings and love to you, Rob

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Good answer & bad memory does not beget success

Hey folks, welcome!

Let’s keep it up. This conversation about life’s many gurus can prove very rewarding.

Have you noticed any everyday, ordinary, unassuming gurus pass your way? They are out there, everywhere; I promise you. If you’re not noticing, it’s because you are not aware. It’s not because they are not there.

I was walking to the post office to purchase some stamps the other day. Yup, I still go to the post office for my stamps. In the lobby of the post office I overheard a child saying to her mother, “I’ve got a lot of good answers in my head so I can get my homework and chores done quicker and have more playtime.”

Mom smiled and asked, “What kind of answers do you have in your head, honey?” The little girl responded, “Well that’s where it gets sticky, mom. I have lots of good answers but I think I have a bad memory because I can never remember them when I need them.”

WOW, now that turned my head spinning. I have tons of great answers when I am by myself and feeling peaceful, but I’ll be darned if I forget all of those answers when I find myself in a problem situation where I am feeling stressed. I guess I can attribute that to “bad memory,” when remembering is most important.

Do you suffer from “bad memory” when it comes to coming up with answers? What can you do to improve this problem within you?

I consider this little girl my everyday guru for the day. She helped make a great distinction – having great answers and a poor memory is like having no answers at all. So might we do to improve this situation?

Here’s a great suggestion: When you’re in a problem situation don’t think about the situation as a problem, but rather see it as an opportunity to call on your memory. Here’s how to do that. Take a moment to be mentally silent. Remember to breathe. When you pause to slow your mind down, you stop mentally running around. And right there, in the center of your consciousness, answers will appear.

Is it really okay not to consider a problem situation a problem? Absolutely! In fact, those who consider problem situations opportunities for answers become great leaders. That is what you will be doing when you quiet your mind so you may recover your memory with those many answers you’ve stored in it. You are looking at problem situations differently. Let not your heart be faint with this mission. It will reward you abundantly.

Blessings & love to you

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The Towering Truth about Money

Hi folks,

Thank you for being part of my blog community. Have you officially signed up on the email list? Here’s a great tale of wisdom offered me by an ordinary, everyday, unassuming guru a couple of decades back:

The Towering Truth about Money

Money’s good.
Never lose sight of that fact. You can do a lot of really good things with money. How are we to build hospitals? Feed the hungry? Educate the ignorant? House the poor?

I had an ordinary, everyday, unassuming guru teach me the value of money years ago. She was a homeless woman that roamed around in my neighborhood. Bertha was her name. One day when I was feeling very kindly and prosperous, I gave her one hundred dollars (ten ten-dollar bills). She blessed each of them right in front of me.

She actually said, “bless you” to each bill as she thumbed through each of them. She then told me that she would be sharing the money with friends on the street. My jaw dropped. WOW! Now, that wasn’t what I expected from a poor, homeless person.

What she taught me was that she wasn’t poor. She was free. She cared not to get tied down to a money society. Yet she respected money for the good it could do, and she was thrilled to have some extra so she could spread the good.

Every human being innately understands that money is good if used properly. No one is permanently lost when it comes to understanding the beauty that money can bring to the planet when used appropriately.

Learn to love money for the good it can do, and I promise you more and more money will come flocking to you. I am living proof of that fact. Really! It’s not fantasy.

Hey, by the way … do you have a story about an ordinary, everyday guru who has taught you a simple lesson? Email me and I’ll share it with our blog and email community (and I’ll add a few insightful comments, if you wish).

Blessings and love to you, Rob White

Ps. Know that there are blessed dollar bills standing about you and watching attentively – they want to be called home by you.

How can a stone offer you a gem?

Hello Friends,

Let’s continue our conversation about gurus. Everyday, ordinary, unassuming gurus can come in many shapes and forms. And sometimes we don’t get the lesson they offer for years to come.

Here’s one.

I was fifteen, working with my grandfather removing large stones from his back yard. He wanted the stones removed because he was planning a vegetable garden in that spot.

After carrying a large stone ten yards to the edge of the lot, my grandfather said, “It’s amazing how many years I thought of growing a vegetable garden back here, but I never did anything about it. It’s like the stones had convinced me that they had a right to stay right where they sat.”

As we lugged another stone out of his designated “vegetable garden area,” he stood tall, tugged at his back and said, “Well, for now on I’m going to decide where the stones sit and where they don’t sit.”

After about two hours of removing the large stones, my grandfather asked me, “What have the stones taught you?” I shrugged. I had no response.

It was in my late twenties – some decade and a half later – that I looked back at that mental scene in my memory and thought, “I have learned something from the stones. They have taught me that we, human beings, do not change our way of seeing things until we are willing to study our reality with an eye on seeing things differently. But until then, we’ll allow even the sticks and stones in our lives to decide what we should and shouldn’t do.”

My grandfather walked by those stones for years, complaining that if they weren’t there he could plant a great vegetable garden. Somehow the stones had convinced him of their right to sit there. He never thought that perhaps he was his own problem by refusing to see things differently.

How many times have you looked at something and said, “That’s just the way it is”? Did you ever give it thought that if you saw it differently then perhaps the way it is would no longer be the case? What object, out there in the world, has convinced you that there is nothing you can do to change things?

Is it possible that you cause your own problems by not knowing the difference between mechanical thinking and creative imagining?

If I’d not learned the lesson the gurus (large stones) offered me, I’d never have evolved from teaching school to becoming a bi-coastal real estate developer to big city restaurateur to best selling book author. Nothing is the way it is until we decide it is that way.

Wow! That’s a lot of power we wield.

What’s this got to do with you? Take a moment. Think about it. You might be surprised at what you come to realize. Be honest; notice what you consistently think and the excuses you make. If you explore yourself like that – you will be delightfully startled to see how you can change your future so it’s as you want it to be.

Blessings and Love to you, Rob White

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There’s no need to explain

Hello folks

I am excited to share another “ordinary guru event” with you.

On “Good Friday” – the day after thanksgiving – while taking my meditation walk, I met a wonderfully spry lady (in her eighties) who was walking and singing opera. I complimented her on wonderful voice and thanked her for lifting the energy along the path that she was traveling.

Her name was Merriam. She introduced herself this way, “Hello good sir. I am Merriam. One of my freedoms is my right not to have to explain myself to others, not even to the most intimate of my friends. I thank you for the wonderful compliment. I love that you took a moment out of your time to notice how I lift the energy of the environment I’m in. I am very much aware of that, but few realize it, and I never explain it.”

Wow! Now that started my head spinning. This gal was very much on top of her game. It was clear to me that she wasn’t my usual everyday guru, and the lesson she’d offered me was incredible. Do you mean that I can grant myself the freedom to do what I feel like doing without having to explain myself to others? That got my creative juices flowing.

  • Edison insisted on inventing the light bulb. In spite of discouraging comments made by hundreds of colleagues and friends, he persisted without feeling he had to explain himself to anybody.

  • Ford insisted that he could invent the horseless buggy. Again, many family members, friends and colleagues laughed at him. He, too, persisted without feeling he had to explain himself to anybody.

  • The Wright brothers insisted they would invent a heavier-than-air flight machine. The world laughed at them. Yup, you got it. They also persisted without feeling they had to explain themselves to anyone.

  • And what about Bill Gates leaving Harvard to start his own computer business? I imagine he felt free not to have to explain to family member and friends that thought he was crazy.

So, now, what does that have to do with me? When I decided to go into the restaurant business, I had many, many friends and colleagues advise me to save my money and effort on such a foolish endeavor. You got it right – I persisted without feeling I had to explain myself to anyone. This epoch in my life turned out to be an outrageous success (in spite of the fact that I knew nothing about restaurants when I began – except how to eat in them).

Finally – what does this have to do with you? Might I ask you – “What do you dream of doing, but dare not do because you fear you’ll have to explain yourself to someone, especially if you fail?” Might I suggest – go for it, especially if the urge won’t quit. You cause your own problems when you think you have to explain what you’re doing. When you’re free not to explain, you’re free to make great gains.

Glory to the person who is free to be who he wants to be without thinking he has to explain himself to anyone. Sweet liberty! What say ye?

Blessings & love to you, Rob

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Success tip: The game begins at seven

Tim is following the New England Patriots, and he knows their scheduled game times. Furthermore, he makes sure that he is available to turn on the TV and watch each game right from the start. He works his whole day out to the tee (when it’s game day), and makes damn sure that he’s available to watch it.

Yet, when it comes to scheduling Tim’s own personal aspirations and goals, he leaves that to chance. He hopes that his dreams will come true sooner than later, yet he doesn’t create a game plan for himself? Why is that?

Tim doesn’t let circumstances get in his way when it comes to a Patriot’s game day. Yet, when it comes to Tim’s own life it seems circumstances determine 90% of his action. He’s not tuned in to his own life. Why is that?

To realize that Tim shows more respect for football game-watching than to watching his own life unfolding – now that’s very telling.

Know thyself! When you know yourself you are able to take care of yourself. When you don’t know yourself, when you don’t know what you want your life to be about, you let life tell you your schedule. You live by reacting to urgencies rather than deliberate creation. That is a desperate condition.

Can you relate to this message at all? Does it at all reflect something about how you conduct your personal affairs in business or at home or with your schooling?

If you’re not advancing as quickly as you hoped, then I suggest you read this blog again with the question, “What’s this got to do with me?” in mind.

Truth always seems harsh to an unwise seeker. Welcome information and embrace inspiration, and the truth will empower you to experience your life as you want it to be. For in truth, it is you that gives vibrancy to your life. Cherish that fact.

The Power of a Vision

A vision is a scene played upon your mental screen. The subconscious mind thinks in pictures. Hence, it is much more impressed with mental scenes that with verbal affirmations. Furthermore, a mental scene that becomes a felt vision releases your power of manifestation. That’s when the real magic begins.

Your entire mental process is a series of visions unfolding as a consequence of your inner conversations. Imagine walking on the water’s edge. What was that water’s edge for you? Were you at the ocean? At a lake? At a reservoir? At the river’s edge? You, alone, filled in the blank with a mental scene. You had to. I didn’t do that for you. I simply suggested, “the water’s edge.”
When you use your power to visualize constructively it shows up with you acting productively. What do you imagine happens when you visualize your unfolding future destructively? Your actions are predictably unproductive.

Your visions give your mind a map to follow. It is unavoidable. Your mental pictures become the bridges over which you travel to your ultimate destiny. Pay more attention to what you envision. Pay attention to how your mental pictures make you feel. Do they give you a feeling of delight or fright? You have the power to take your life from darkness to light with the scenes that you play often on your mental screen.

What do you see yourself doing next year? Where will you be? With whom will you be celebrating your life? You are celebrating life aren’t you? I hope so. What is that scene for you? What meaning are you drawing from it? All of this has everything to do with what happens and what does not happen to you.

Wow! That’s a lot of personal power you wield. Picture that! Now act on it.

Can that be so?

Did you know there are two of you? Did you know there is an omnipotent you and an impotent you? Did you?

You know that ambitious and passionate feeling you get? That’s the real you. That’s the “you” that was born onto this planet ready to take on life.

You know that whiny, complaining and blaming attitude that can get a grip on you? That’s not the real you. That’s the conditioned self. You created that self over several years of being corrected and listening to harsh “NO’s.” That’s the self that is real good at lamenting, “WOE.”

Awareness is power! Your conditioned self is simply an identity that you naively assumed was true about you. You assumed that identity during childhood moments of fear and pain. But, it just ain’t true that “that identity” is you. Hallelujah! It just ain’t true.

The entire process of becoming successful and joyful requires becoming aware of the two selves. And then taking command so that the real you shines through.

It’s never too late to be who you truly are, in all of your omnipotence. Why not go for it? Why not make the best of all there is of you to give?

Can that be so? Can you say, “no” to that false self that pretends to be you? Damn right you can!

For in the dew of the little things that you sincerely do, the heart of the authentic self comes beating through.

Wake up! Before it’s too late

Student: You say I have to wake up. What am I waking up to?

Teacher: You are awakening your awareness to the truth about you. (1) You are becoming conscious of what you are unconsciously aware of about your hidden talents and buried strengths. (2) You are shedding the lies that you hold as true about you – lies that tell you false stories about your abilities and capacities to achieve your dreams.

Student: You once told me that my freedom to live happily and successfully cannot be restricted by anyone but me. Is that the fact that I am awakening to?

Teacher: You got it! The process of awakening to what you’ve been unaware of – all that is good and beautiful about you – is the root to creative and intuitive thinking. That’s the thinking that will deliver you the kingdom that you yearn to live in.

What’s to learn from hot air balloons?

Imagine this!

You’re floating up a hillside in a hot air balloon. You’ve brought a lot of heavy baggage with you. A slight wind stirs and the balloon wobbles. It begins sinking downward. You see the problem. You’ve overloaded the basket with too much baggage.

You know what to do. You toss some baggage overboard. The balloon begins to rise steadily once again. You toss out some more. The balloon gains greater height. You’re traveling upward, smoothly once again.

What the heck! You toss out the last of your excess baggage. The balloon floats steadily to the top of the hill. You’re at your destination in no time.

A. What’s the lesson this story offers? If you are to see the light at the top of the hill – you’ve got to lighten up.

B. And how do you lighten up? 1. You’ve got to let go of all of those stories of past failures and pain that you carry with you.
2. You’ve got to drop your “Woe is me” mentality.
3. You’ve got to stop playing the role of the helpless victim.

C. What’s the moral of this story?
Develop confidence in your ability to develop mental might and you will find yourself soaring to a new height.