Archive for September, 2010

For those of you who have not yet read “The Alchemist” by Paolo Coelho, you must drop everything and buy that book. There is a reason why this book has sold over forty million copies! In my opinion this fable is the best story ever written on how following your dream brings about the best in you. The book encapsulates spirituality, power of our mind, creating the life that we want, belief in one-self and the magic of life.

Brazilian storyteller Paulo Coelho introduces Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who one night dreams of a distant treasure in the Egyptian pyramids. And so he’s off: leaving Spain to literally follow his dream. During his journey he learn a lesson or two about life. Along the way he meets many spiritual messengers, who come in unassuming forms such as a camel driver and a well-read Englishman. In one of the Englishman’s books, Santiago first learns about the alchemists–men who believed that if a metal were heated for many years, it would free itself of all its individual properties, and what was left would be the “Soul of the World.” Of course he does eventually meet an alchemist, and the ensuing student-teacher relationship clarifies much of the boy’s misguided agenda, while also emboldening him to stay true to his dreams. “My heart is afraid that it will have to suffer,” the boy confides to the alchemist one night as they look up at a moonless night.

Here is a quick summary*:

When Santiago, a young shepherd boy from the Spanish countryside of Andalusia , has a dream that reveals the location of a hidden treasure buried at the Egyptian Pyramids his simple life is suddenly torn in two. Part of him wants to take the chance to go searching for it and the other part of him wants to continue his easy life as a shepherd.
A mysterious king named the king of Salem in Tarifa convinces Santiago that he has succeeded in discovering his Personal Legend. The old king tells Santiago that following his Personal Legend to its conclusion is a person’s only real obligation in life.

Santiago listens to his heart and decides to go on a dangerous search for the treasure. He sells his flock of sheep and heads to Africa, where he is quickly robbed of all his gold and left despondent on the streets. He decides that he was foolish to believe in his dreams and quickly gets a job with a crystal merchant in order to save up enough money to go back home.

After almost a year working for the merchant, Santiago has made a success of the shop and has plenty of money to do whatever he wants. As he’s walking the streets to go back home he suddenly decides to take a chance and continue his search for the buried treasure.

He joins a caravan to make the dangerous crossing across the desert and as he rides the long, slow days away he begins to listen to his heart and to the desert. He begins to understand what the Soul of the World is, and how he fits in.

When the caravan makes it to the oasis, Santiago meets a girl he falls in love with the moment he sees her. The local alchemist, a mysterious man who reminds Santiago of the old king, helps Santiago continue his journey across the desert and teaches him more important life lessons along the way. Although Santiago does not know it, he is becoming wise, and a master in the art of living to the fullest no matter what. Although he has left his true love back at the oasis, he is resolved to follow his dream to its end.

After many adventures, dangers, and important life lessons Santiago finally reaches the Pyramids. His joy at finally being at journey’s end overwhelms him, and he is grateful that he got the chance to follow his dream.

He begins to dig deep into the sand looking for treasure, but before he can get far a pack of thieves shows up, beating and robbing him. They force him to continue digging, and then leave when no treasure is found. One of the thieves, as destiny would have it, tells Santiago an important clue and when they’re gone Santiago can’t help but laugh, because now he knows where his treasure truly lies.

It ends up being right back where his journey began, under the very tree where he had the prophetic dream years before. He digs and finds a beautiful chest full of gold and gems. His next and last journey will be back to the desert to be reunited with the woman he loves.

*(Summary taken from www.WikiSummaries.org)

Even if you have read this book once or several time before, it will not fail to give you a boot and make you wonder whether there indeed is a higher power behind what we call life.

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There are no “good” or “bad” energies. Energies are energies, period; we are the ones who categorize them into “positive” and “negative”. In the energetic realm there is only an “is” or an “is not” without any distinctions whatsoever when it comes to race, gender, education or wealth. By simply existing, everyone is given an equal access to them. They not only come for free and in unlimited supply, they also work for everyone in the same way, with only one caveat to this: you have to trust and believe, as without faith nothing can be achieved.

On one hand it felt liberating and joyful and invigorating to discover this fundamental law as it meant that we could create and achieve almost anything we wanted; and since we are all equal we all have equal chances to utilize them. On the other hand though it also felt scary and intimidating when I realized that we could just as much abuse this law and cause harm and destruction instead of creating the loving, joyful, and happy life we seek.

Let me explain: some of us, too few until now, have realized the co-existence of the physical and the energetic worlds. Those few though have been able to move mountains and change the world within their lifetime. Whether they had an experience similar to mine or not makes no difference, somehow they must have felt the interconnectedness of our universe and utilized its unlimited potential and power. Here are some examples: Mohandas Gandhi, who created the modern State of India and liberated it from British rule through passive and peaceful resistance; Nelson Mandela led South Africa out of its apartheid constitution and became the first black president of his country; the Buddha dedicated his entire life to healing people once he realized that everything is evanescent; and the Dalai Lama has been traveling the world as an ambassador for pacifism working on peaceful means to liberate Nepal from its Chinese rule.

Most regrettably though, as already indicated before, one must not necessarily have the best of intentions to learn how to tap into this realm and utilize it for their benefit. Aiming to utilize the energies so that they benefit mankind is a conscious and noble choice that each one of us must make in order to be able to step into the footsteps of the aforementioned highly admirable humans. There are ample examples in our history though where the cosmic energies were abused by individuals, groups, and systems, from Adolf Hitler to Josef Stalin, to devastate, abuse, and extort.

Since my life is about love, healing, and taking charge of our life, showing us that we are not a Bouncy Ball but indeed can learn how to Ride Our Horse, I do not want to focus any more on these negative examples; although I felt obliged to give a full and complete picture of the energetic universe to do justice to its neutral nature and to show that it is up to us, and no one else, to cause good in this world.

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Napoleon Hill was born into poverty in 1883 in a one-room cabin on the Pound River in Wise County, Virginia. At the age of 10 his mother died, and two years later his father remarried. He became a very rebellious boy but grew up to be an incredible man. He began his writing career at age 13 as a “mountain reporter” for small town newspapers and went on to become America’s most beloved motivational author. He dedicated more than 25 years of his life to define the reasons by which so many people fail to achieve true financial success and happiness in their life.

During this time he achieved great successes as an attorney and journalist. His early career as a reporter helped finance his way through law school. He was given an assignment to write a series of success stories on famous men, and his big break came when he was asked to interview steel-magnate Andrew Carnegie. Mr. Carnegie commissioned Hill to interview over 500 millionaires to find a success formula that could be used by the average person. These included Thomas Edison, Alexander Graham Bell, Henry Ford, Elmer Gates, Charles M. Schwab, Theodore Roosevelt, William Wrigley Jr, John Wanamaker, William Jennings Bryan, George Eastman, Woodrow Wilson, William H. Taft, John D. Rockefeller, F. W. Woolworth, and Jennings Randolph, among others.

He became an adviser to Andrew Carnegie and with Carnegie’s help he formulated a philosophy of success, drawing on the thoughts and experiences of a multitude of rags-to-riches tycoons. It took Hill over 20 years to produce his book, a classic in the personal development field called Think and Grow Rich. This book has sold over 7 million copies and has helped thousands of people to achieve success. It has also been considered to be the most influential book in the lives of W. Clement Stone and Og Mandino.

The secret to success is very simple but you’ll have to read the book to find out what it is!

Napoleon Hill passed away in November 1970 after a long and successful career writing, teaching, and lecturing about the principles of success. His work stands as a monument to individual achievement and is the cornerstone of modern motivation. His book, Think and Grow Rich, is the all time best-seller in the field.

In recent years The Napoleon Hill Foundation has published his bestselling writings worldwide, giving him immense influence around the globe.

(This information has been taken from Napoleon Hill’s FaceBook Fan Page)

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What a book this was! Wow! When I first read it some 10 years ago I simply could not put down the book until I had read the very last word of the very last page.

One of the best spiritual books I have ever read; a journey of understanding, insight, knowledge, awareness, and enlightenment. Neale Donald Walsh invites you to discover with him the meaning of life and to find answers about almost any question that you possibly ever had about life. “Conversations with God – An Uncommon Dialogue” comes in three parts of which book one is the most fundamental one. You can now buy the “Complete Conversations With God” – all three books in one – on Amazon by clicking here.

A very, very special place in my heart has his book: “The Little Soul and the Sun: A Children’s Parable Adapted from Conversations With God“. In simple but very powerful language Neale writes a parable about why we are on earth and are experiencing whatever we are experiencing. Simply wonderful! A must read! The book never fails to inspire me, motivate me, move me, and encourage me to continue to believe me in myself and to work on creating the life I desire and inspire to live.

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On my constant quest to learn more about myself and my healing powers, and to find answers to why the heck we are here and have a conscious mind, life, death, and everything in between, I have traveled thousands upon thousands of miles – more figuratively than literally, but still ;)

One of the vehicles for trying and hoping to understand our universe better is undergoing regressions. What an incredible journey that is! I have done a few and boy o boy were they emotional ones. Every time I came back out of my trance crying and sobbing. During each regression I experienced some 3 to 5 lives and deaths.

The farthest back in time I have traveled thus far was to 5,032 BC where I relived my final minutes on earth. I was a very old man for that time, 42. I remember wearing very basic clothing, basically fur wrapped around my torso and my feet but my legs and arms felt bare. I was walking through snow and I was freezing and shivering. Even in my trance like state I could feel the dampness creeping into my body. I remember stumbling and falling onto the ground due to exhaustion. I was simply too weak to get up anymore. Eventually my body and my soul gave in and I died – I had frozen to death.

It was such a powerful experience. Even right now while writing about it, I can feel all the emotions I felt during my regression: fear, giving in, letting go, the equilibrium I felt inside even though my outside was gradually freezing to death. It still send shivers through my spine.

A book that I read many years ago: “Many Lives, Many Masters” by Brian Weiss, MD, got me into trying regressions myself. I did them – and continue to do them – with the help of a psychotherapist who is trained to guide people into a light hypnosis. In his book Dr. Weiss tells a story of one of his patients who he was able to tremendously help by doing regressions with her. All in all she experienced well over 100 past lives during her therapy with him. Originally she was considered a “lost cause” and “incurable” of her psychological problems. Over time she not only got cured but actually turned into a gifted healer herself who now leads a fulfilled life helping other people overcome their problems.

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The upcoming anniversary of my father’s death made me pick up a book I had not read in a while: “Life After Life” by Raymond Moody, MD. This book was first published in 1975 (!) and I think it was the first book of its kind written by a physicist. Dr. Moody interviewed over a period of five years 150 people across the US who either were considered clinically dead or had near death experiences.

The author approaches the topic with scientific curiosity and refrains from adding any personal comments or remarks. He also tries to stay away from anything that might be considered esoteric or spiritual, after all, as he does not fail to mention, he is a scientist.

Though in the end, when reading through his summarization one can truly see that within his detached, scientific, precise mind, a new seed was sprouting; a seed of divinity, spirituality, and higher power.

I can highly recommend you this book. It is as gripping a read today as it was some 35 years ago. For more info on the author and to order the book, click here.

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I have mentioned on many occasions that the key to tapping into the world of cosmic energies is through our breath. The constant and perpetual flow of air in and out of our body has something very mystical to it. It is also life giving. Every second of every minute of our existence. We take our breath as a routine act, something that works, similar to our heartbeat, without us having to do anything at all; we do not even have to think the process. The system functions perfectly whether we are awake or asleep, run a marathon or relax while reading a book by the fire.

My life consists of shifting the paradigms we are in. By doing so we can burst through barriers we previously thought impossible to overcome.

By changing how we perceive our breath, from an automatic routine function to a conscious and deliberate act, we can turn our world upside down. We can become the master of our own universe. Many times I have been encouraging you to consciously breathe. Deliberately letting in the life giving oxygen. Slowly guiding it through our trachea into our lungs and then onward into our belly to then accompanying the now transformed life force out of our system again. The deliberate and conscious repetition of this act over a long period of time, minutes, hours, and even days and weeks, will catapult you into a dimension of awareness and oneness you never knew existed.

I admit that such a practice is very hard to establish on your own while you are trapped in your daily routine. It is much easier, nonetheless a major challenge, if you had some guidance. For those of you who are ready to make the jump and experience something profound I can recommend taking a residential Vipassana Meditation course.

There you will learn during their introductory 12-day silent meditation course Buddha’s original meditation technique. Your entire time will be dedicated to yourself and your experience. 12 days of silence, cut off from your regular duties and daily distractions you will have an opportunity to dive deep into your own soul and through that connect with the universe. Goenka, the spiritual master who introduced the technique to the West will share his knowledge and wisdom with you during his entertaining video lectures in the evening. The course is free. Every single person working there is a volunteer. And all of them have done the course a couple of times before donating their time and labor so that you can have this wonderful experience of solitude and interconnection.

I did my first Vipassana Meditation retreat in December of 2008. It changed my life. A profound experience. I had no idea what I was capable of. Now I know that one can indeed “survive” 12 hours of daily meditation, sitting on your butt, getting up at 4:00 a.m. to only fall asleep by midnight. Incredible.

I am already looking forward to my next retreat. My aim is to qualify for their 30-day long silent retreat. It will take me a couple of years before I will qualify, but I am already looking forward to it.

Are you ready for this? Are you ready for this life altering experience? If so, then simply sign up online – you will not regret this experience!

To close with Goenka’s words: “Be happy!”

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The biggest revelation I had when my journey as a healer started was that we oscillate at a specific frequency. Energies whizz through our entire body in a precise way from the top of our head to the tip of our toes. This constant flow is highly organized and structured; you can picture it like the German autobahn system, where freeways connect organs, bones, tissues, and everything else in between and transport information about the status of each atom and particle in our body to the rest of the system. When we are healthy and every molecule of our body operates smoothly our aura radiates like a sinusoid. It is in perfect harmony with the rest of the universe.

Whenever a system is well lubricated and at one it oscillates like a sine wave: a meadow at sunrise, singing birds in the spring, a promotion at work, falling in love, a new born baby, the flow of traffic post rush-hour. All these are examples of a perfectly pulsating entity. Tapping into such a harmoniously vibrating environment usually impacts other areas of our life very positively. If the sinusoid is strong enough it can even equalize and correct disharmonious aspects of our life.

A sinusoid is one of mathematics core functions describing a smooth, repetitive oscillation. Sine wave patterns are the most commonly found wave patterns in nature. The two most common waves in nature, light and sound waves, are sinus waves. But also ocean waves as well as wave patterns you see in deserts or the way a hissed flag dances with the wind are sinusoids that we come across in our daily lives.

Depending on whether we just look at the wavelength of an organ, a body part, or at our entire system the sinus wave is either more compact and flows like a creek in the Alps or wide and symmetrical resembling the Mississippi on its southward journey to New Orleans.

But if the flow of energy in our body is distorted then the waves start running amok.

If this distortion remains for too long then it will manifest itself in our body as a physical discomfort, be it a migraine, an ulcer, a heart attack, or a broken bone.
The same can be said for life situations, such as stress in our job or in our relationship. If we cannot harmonize these frequencies then we will see a manifestation of their distortion in our daily life. They could be physical as described above or situational, where we lose a job or separate from our partner.

Where in your life do you see your energies flowing harmoniously and where in your life do you feel stuck? Maybe, when looking at the depicted waves above you can identify the areas where your energies are distorted?

More will come on helping you identify and streamline your energy-flow in future blog entries.

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It is in our nature to aim for better, bigger, and more. A bigger house, a bigger car, a more expensive watch, a better school, a more exquisite neighborhood, more money, a more prestigious job, etc., etc., etc. Even at a time where we are faced with the biggest economic crisis since the Great Depression, we still aim for the exact same things. The financial crisis might have put a temporary dent in our quest for accumulation of stuff and prestige, but as soon as we can make out a silver lining in the horizon, we go full steam ahead again for the exact same things that originally gave us the headaches and the ulcers to begin with – a never ending vicious cycle/game we are condemned to play until…well, until we realize that we are in a vicious cycle and then take the necessary steps to get out of it – and everybody can do so.

Who says you must, just because you currently earn the money, buy a house in an exquisite neighborhood, maxing out all of your credit lines and turning you into a slave of the banks for decades to come? Just so that you and everyone else know where you stand in society? Why do we have to upgrade our car and lease/buy a brand new gas guzzling behemoth of a vehicle (or two), just because we can? Just because we currently earn the money or have a job – lawyer, physician, manager, business owner – that “requires” an adequate status symbol in the form of an expensive import does not necessarily mean that we have to give into this perpetual game of “having to work to feed the monster” (i.e. our own ego, banks, credit card companies, and local municipalities).

You are not a Bouncy Ball and believe it or not, you do have a choice! You can not only “survive” by just living in a smaller house, driving a less exquisite car, and acquiring simply less stuff, you can actually lead a happier, healthier, and more fulfilled life! It is that easy!

Why?

Well, the less you live on the edge, by having exhausted all of your credit lines, the less you must be worrying about having to make the next paycheck. You can use the money you save to go on a vacation, buy higher quality foods, contribute to charity, or simply, and maybe most importantly, have more time to spend with your friends and family!

You are now telling me you cannot do so?! Don’t try to BS me, yourself, or anyone else for that matter!
If one of the wealthiest men of our times, Warren Buffett, can do so, I guarantee you, you can as well. I have been an admirer of Mr. Buffett for many years and I consider him to be a role model for me and my life. I do not mean this from a financial success point of view but rather how he carries himself, his philosophy on life, and his philanthropic traits.
Even though this man has achieved practically everything a man could ask for in a long, fulfilled, healthy life, he has remained a most humble and down to earth human. His primary home is the same he bought in the 60’s in Omaha, and he drives a Toyota Prius. Despite the fact that his personal net worth is estimated somewhere are fifty billion dollars, give or take a few billion, he only pays himself an annual salary of $100k. Not to mention that he has vowed to give away 99% of his wealth! How incredible is that?!

Whenever you feel tempted to “upgrade” whatever it is that you would like to upgrade: house, car, job, career, neighborhood, memberships, network, credit cards, insurance, pause for a moment and evaluate whether you really would need that “upgrade” or whether you are just feeding your ego?

Maybe this little mantra can help you as much as it has helped me: “If Warren can do so, I certainly can do so, too!”

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Some 80% of folks/couples that I work with have sexuality issues. Hands down. Either they have a hard time embracing their own sexuality or are too timid to explore their desires with their partner. Either way, they feel unhappy, tense, unheard and unappreciated. The stress sometimes is so high that it manifests itself as a physical dis-ease: migraines, back problems, nervous twitches, fibrosis; the list can be continued forever.

Even though it requires courage, sometimes even a lot of it, the fastest way to overcome sexual stuckness is to attack it head-on. A couples retreat where you focus on each other’s physicality and sexuality has the potential to heal even the most desperate relationship. A few months ago I introduced OneTaste to you.

Today I would like to introduce another wonderful site to you: SexySpirits. The website is run by Steven Otero, someone who has an encyclopedic knowledge of all things sexual. Sign up for their free newsletter. It is filled with workshops, retreats, information about how to improve your relationship, sexuality, and much more. You can learn how to give (and then also receive) Tantric Massages or learn Erotic Touch through video online courses.

I am a huge believer that we are on this planet to live the most fulfilled, most expressed, and most proactively created life we possible can live. Take the first step in the direction of healing and fulfillment and the rest will unfold. Have faith.

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