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I believed in dragons

In ancient days, knights believed in dragons, and they believed that dragons were dangerous. Their self-proclaimed job was to find and slay the dragons to save the villagers from danger, and perhaps the bonus would be that they’d woo the fair damsel who hid high in the tower of the castle, hoping to live dragon-free.

Believing in dragons gave the knights an honorable profession. In the dark of the forest, every shadow that happened their way had them draw their swords, ready to slay. As they’d get to the sunny meadow, the shadows would disappear, and the knight would take credit for having slayed the dragon. He’d ride triumphantly into town, sword raised high, bragging about his victory.

There was a time in my twenties when I’d boast of my victories over dragons, trying to get the admiration of my neighbors and perhaps woo the local damsel. Eventually I realized the futility of such a cockamamie scheme. What possible gain did I really think I would get boasting about the dragons I’d slain, accomplishments that were merely figments of my youthful imagination.

Even the animals of the jungle act with unerring effectiveness under the urges of their instincts. While human beings, who are endowed with incredible intuitive intelligence, ignore that intelligence and blunder on, fighting imaginary dragons in hopes of getting approval.

When I stopped fighting dragons, I began finding real purpose in my life. I began setting goals that were of service to the world and meaningful to me. Only then did I begin using my energy productively and begin truly loving my life.

It is clear that only a new look at one’s life, when he feels he has no purpose, can set him free of the confusion that can waste so much time and productive energy. Give yourself time for reflection. Ask yourself often, “What do I value? What is important to me?” Come to know yourself. The rewards will be remarkable.

I found my way

I was lost at sea, in a small dingy. The fog was thick; I couldn’t see three feet in front of me. I had no choice but to turn inward, into the deep of me, for guidance.

Immediately, I remember, before the thick fog settled all around me, seeing a flashing light to the right. An inner urge tells me to paddle the dingy to the right and follow that direction. Within an hour, the fog lifts enough that, sure enough, directly in front of me I see the light again.

I know now that so long as I row in the direction of the light, I will find the rescue I’m seeking. And so I rowed the dingy faithfully, never wavering from my aim to follow my intuition. The next thing I knew, I’d actually rowed to the shore, got out of the boat and rescued myself. I asked the local town-folk about the light, and they all said the same thing, “What light?”

Remember, no effort at trusting your intuition and inner guidance system is ever lost. No matter what problem may beset you, there is an answer. And the answer is usually found when you seek it in the deep of you.

What octane is your emotional fuel?

As you awaken in the morning, what’s the octane of the emotional fuel that you pour into your mind? Is it high octane? Are you curious about what you can do to make a positive difference today? Are you ambitious to get on with your aspirations and aims?

The octane of the emotional fuel that you pour into your mind comes from the self-talk in which you engage. We must remind ourselves that we have the power to choose what octane our emotional fuel will be. What you value has everything to do with the self-talk that you focus upon.

Some folks wake up grumbling. They choose to start their day with low octane emotional fuel. And as weird as it may be – they actually seek out confrontations throughout their day to validate their choice of low octane energy.

Some folks wake up with a bright smile. They love what they’re up to in life, and they’re ready to go, full of passion and resilience.

Here’s three tips I’ve found helpful to be sure I continually fill up with high octane emotional fuel:

  1. I’ve made it a habit to remain aware of, and abandon all self-talk that implies, “Poor me.” “Poor me” provokes problems. “Poor me” guarantees an identity that stops us from living the abundant life of love and laughter we all come here to experience.

  2. I have trained my brain to be alert to moments when the compulsion “to be right” is trying to take control of me. I stop whatever I am saying or doing immediately, before the compulsion gains the momentum it needs to make my decisions for me. People who spend their time defending their points of view are not receptive to anything new. I remind myself that a quiet mind is an inquiring mind that seeks answers that work in life, not answers that insist I’m right. Such answers offer no opportunity for growth.

  3. I take the time to pay attention to the people with whom I associate. I truly believe that birds of a feather flock together; or perhaps it should be said, “Birds that feed on the same octane of emotional fuel fly together – some soar high in the sky and some flop low to the ground. Be willing to see that your emotional state of mind has everything to do with the kinds of people who are attracted to you. Are you soaring with the eagles or clucking with the chickens?

What do you value? You value a worthwhile life! Thus, you must be willing to admit that the battle is not against the world, but with the low octane emotional fuel that you may be feeding your mind.

We use so little of our potential

We’re told by many wise teachers that we use 10% of our potential at best. What would it be like to use 20% of your potential? What if you doubled your creative and productive output? What’s it take to do that?

Increasing one’s productive output is a matter of inspirational dissatisfaction. It’s easy enough to become dissatisfied with some part of your life, isn’t it. But the crucial moment comes when you respond to that dissatisfaction. Do you moan and grumble, and look down at the ground? Or do you become curious about what you may do to change things and look up at the stars?

Curiosity turns a depressed mood into an elevated mood. And, an elevated mood inspires right action. Watch small children; they know nothing about self-complacency. That’s because it’s not a natural reaction. Children intuitively understand that their usual way of thinking lack creativity – that’s why they love to ask a thousand questions. They love to think in unusual ways. It inspires them to try new things.

The right move to elevate your mood from bemoaning dissatisfaction to inspirational dissatisfaction is to be like a child again – begin asking more questions about your situation with an aim for improving matters.

Give yourself a small task every day to make your mind more curious about life. The mind is inspired when curious, and is depressed when you are too serious. Lighten up.

Here’s a good example: You can’t find your car keys. Don’t ask your spouse to help you. Speak to your mind. “Here’s an opportunity for you to work with me. Where could the keys possibly be? Help me ask myself the right questions to lead to the keys.” What you say to yourself has everything to do with how you live your life. There is no such thing as harmless self-talk – it’s either supporting your growth and development or harming your opportunities to progress.

Make your mind think of new locations; where you were last while holding the keys in your hand. It doesn’t take much before you find yourself thinking in new ways, which awakens your sleeping resources, which has you living a more curious and productive life.

What would it be like to use 30% of your potential?

The princely condition

I ask that you think deeply about the following conversation until it takes you to that state of mind that I call a “princely condition.”

When you’re feeling upset about a situation in your life, make no try at ridding yourself of the uncomfortable feeling. This is like punching at mosquitoes with a closed fist, hoping to knock them out. They come back, biting.

Most folks cry out in anger, or moan pitifully when an upset feeling persists. Perhaps that strategy will attract someone who sympathizes with you, and perhaps that response will lift you temporarily. But in reality, you have attracted someone who is simply supplying more energy that will cause you to sink deeper. When a person is sympathetic, he is saying you don’t have what it takes to lift yourself higher. That’s not true – and to believe it’s true is pathetic.

When you remain quiet, and allow the upset feeling to run its course, it runs out of steam. Why? Because it needs your emotional reaction to feed it more energy. When you cease to react emotionally – in the silence comes space for clarity. With clarity comes the remembrance of your true nature – marvelously made and destined to win at whatever you set your mind to.

Soon thereafter, you find the kingdom within – you find the state of mind that I call a “princely condition.” This condition frees your mind to see things differently, and to respond powerfully and effectively. You have found the light to live your own life, and allow no emotional upset to stop you from advancing.

Eleanor Lived In An Oppressive Village

Eleanor lived in a village that had many oppressive rules, especially against women. She, and all of the other women were forced to live in substandard living quarters, work twelve-hour days, and eat the leftovers that the men hadn’t eaten for their daily dinners.

Eleanor was angry and upset, and didn’t intend to sit idly by, allowing these oppressive conditions to depress her. She created a master-mind alliance with some of the other women, and together they came up with an escape plan to flee to a new village.

Eleanor explained to the other women, that when they arrive at the new village, they must have an attitude of freedom firmly set in their minds. She explained that if they arrived, feeling insecure and uncertain about their position in life, they’ll once again be suppressed with oppressive rules imposed on them.

The women met several times a week working on their attitude until each one of them felt good about herself, and was convinced that she deserved to be free to live her life as she wanted it to be.

When their minds were prepared, they made their escape. They not only got away easily, but they also found the perfect village to settle in. The new villagers loved the attitude of these newcomers, and greeted them with open arms. They quickly adapted to the new ways of the new village, which included the doctrine of liberty and freedom for all.

You have so much more power available to you than you probably realize. When you prepare yourself for a new world, the doors to that world will open. It’s amazing how the life will conspire to work with you when you do your part.

You begin climbing to the top of high mountains, where the air is clean and the sun is bright, by tackling small hills. Look at where, in your life, you want to make changes – and apply this lesson to you. Give yourself a small task every day that helps you feel better about yourself, and makes it easy to dream of living in an even brighter world.

Cawing crows

When a person accepts “poor me” as part of his identity, he joins the flock of cawing crows who gather to lament, “Oh NO, WOE is me.” When you’re around a flock of cawing crows, watch how imitation operates. One wails “WOE” and the others follow.

No matter what the flock may say to get you to join, don’t go along just to get along with the flock. Don’t squawk. It’s never healthy to be a bird of that feather flocking together. Let the cawing crows with their laments of WOE pass through your field of consciousness. Simply listen on the sideline, like sitting in a bleacher seat at the football game, watching a marching band parading through the playing field. Be passively watchful, remain relaxed and calmly notice while offering no reinforcing feedback.

When you quietly refuse to bemoan life, you don’t attract that flock because you don’t give them what they seek. Cawing crows are supplying each other false feelings of being alive by lamenting WOE. They use moaning as a stimulant to get through their day, like drinking five cups of coffee.

“The eagle never lost so much time as when he submitted to learn of the crow.” – William Blake

Cave of Robbers

Imagine you’re walking through the woods, feeling absolutely wonderful about yourself and life. Out of nowhere come several men to rob you. You have nothing in your pockets to give them. You only have your happiness and eager anticipation of a great life to offer. That’s of no value to them; they’ve never experienced it and see no value in it.

The robbers take you to a dark cave, where they dwell. They are coming up with a plot to ransom you. They believe that they’ve kidnapped you and you are their captive.

In your state of joyful mind, captivity is an illusion. You are free now, and will ever be. By your own consciousness, you are set free. You get up and walk out of the cave without them even noticing. They’re too busy, huddled in the darkest corner, coming up with a ransom letter.

Through right action the happy minded man can set himself free, no matter what his plight may be.

Psychological Freedom

When I’m psychologically free, I feel intelligent and able to exercise the right amount of authority in the world. Everyone seems friendly; they don’t intimidate me; I no longer react from the illusion that they are superior or more powerful than me.

When I’m psychologically free, I eagerly anticipate the future; I don’t live from my memory of past failures. I no longer react with a nervous smile and mechanical gestures. I’ve awoken to the knowledge of my capacity that does right work for me.

When I’m psychologically free, I realize my captaincy. If my life is to be as I want it to be- it is up to me.

What about you; how’s it feel when you’re psychologically free?

The trouble with a bad idea

The trouble with a bad idea is that it attracts a flock of other bad ideas. And soon, you find yourself scheming – nervously trying to figure out how to win while pondering wearisome and worrisome ideas. That’s a sure-proof formula for losing.

There’s good news – hear ye! You can make a U-Turn; you can reverse the process. The blessing of a good idea is that it attracts a flock of other good ideas. Clarity and calmness comes with good ideas. Now, you find it easy to organize your plans to win and feel that what you’re doing is right. When you FEEL it you REAL it; you make it real in your life.

How do you make the U-Turn when bad ideas have sent you down the wrong path? No bad idea need linger in the mind any more than you need to keep bad food in the pantry. Simply toss the bad ideas out by saying, “Be gone with thee; you’re useless to me.” That’s a great pattern interrupter. Now take the time to replace the bad idea with a good idea – nature hates a vacuum. Insight into this fact will make it easy to correctly act.

Be assured that right mental work always produces right worldly riches.