Archive for August, 2011

I recently watched the movie “The Green Lantern” and it threw me right back into my childhood – a period of my life where my imagination knew no limits and everything was possible, absolutely everything. Sitting in the movie theater and watching the fantastic creations of the ring left not only with a big smile on my face but also reminded me that there are really no limits to what I can achieve in my life, as long as I can perceive it in as detailed a way as possible and believe that it will become reality.

The gist of this Marvel comic legend is that as the bearer of the ring you can, through the energy of the ring, which it receives from the ‘universe’, create anything you want in order to help save the world. The only limitations there are is what the ring bearer can actually envision. The clearer his vision and the stronger his belief, the more effective his ring’s creations will be.

Apart from the fact that the ring chooses his bearer I thought that a real cool feature of the ring was that it draws its energy and power through the combined energy of the universe – showing us that the universe with all its living creatures are interconnected.

When thinking back through my life I can say that everything that I wanted, envisioned and believed that it would happen actually became reality – here is an example of how my very own “Green Lantern” worked its magic:

In 2007 I was attending the Institute for Integrated Nutrition in New York. My friend and I traveled once a month to NY and spent a weekend studying with some 1,800 fellow classmates from across the nation at Columbus Circle. It happened that the 31st of March, my birthday, fell on a class weekend. On Friday, March 30th, already in NYC, I met up with a few friends who had organized a little get-together for me, which I thought to be very sweet of them and I really enjoyed hanging out with them. On the 31st, when walking into our classroom, a temporarily converted concert hall, I was really excited to see what was organized for my birthday. So I asked my friend whether she had organized anything for me – she simply said ‘no’. I got really pissed at her as she, despite knowing how important birthdays are to me, did not do anything to set up a little party for me. Here I was in the heart of New York City, sitting among almost 2,000 people in an environment that I loved and highly enjoyed, but felt like the loneliest guy alive. I started to get angry and feel sorry for myself. All of this happened at around 10:30 in the morning. When I caught myself feeling like a victim, I said stop to myself and put the breaks on my growing emotions of anger, pain and sadness. Instead I closed my eyes and created the coolest birthday I could imagine for that day: 1) I wanted the entire class to applaud me for my birthday, 2) I wanted to have a private chat with the director of the institute I was studying at (at that time he had no clue who I was) 3) I wanted to be on stage and feel how it was to talk to an auditorium of nearly 2,000 people and finally 4) I wanted to have a dinner gathering in a cool restaurant/bar with friends and the principal of the school coming as well.

To me these wishes were quite daring and exciting as I had no clue how these wishes might possibly come true in such a short period of time. I had no clue how to attain any of my wishes in such a short period of time. Basically my wishes had to come true or be on their way by 4:00 in the afternoon as that was when school ended for the day.

Nothing happened for a couple of hours – we had our lunch break and resumed class at 1:00 p.m. At 2:00 p.m. I left my seat to go to the bathrooms. For whatever reason, before returning back to my seat I went upstairs to check out the upstairs section and to look down into the auditorium. While looking down I saw that the director of the institute was sitting in my seat talking to my seat neighbor. My heart rate went up when I saw this and rushed back to my place. When I got back to my seat the director had already left my seat, so I asked my neighbor what he had wanted from us and I got the most amazing answer – he had come over to invite us to his hotel room at the end of class for a private get together. I thought to myself that this was simply crazy and started to internally smile.

During the final hour of class a lively discussion had broken out and I indicated that I had something important to share – to my utter surprise the director of the institute came to my seat gave me the microphone and asked me to go on stage and share my thoughts with the rest of class. So I got up and started to walk to the front as all of a sudden some of my classmates who knew me better started to shout ‘happy birthday’. More and more people realized that it was my birthday so eventually the entire auditorium started to clap and wish me a happy birthday. Standing in front of a couple of thousand people and being wished a happy birthday was a mind-blowing experience and while I enjoyed the attention that I was being given I started to hear the theme of ‘Twilight Zone’ in the back of my mind as I realized that another wish just had come through.

Later on that afternoon when I had a private chat with the director I asked him if he wanted to join some of us that evening helping me celebrate my birthday. First he said no, claiming that he was tired and in general did not mix too much with students but nonetheless he asked me for my cell phone so in case he could make it he would give me a call.

Well, needless to say that he did call me later that night and we all ended up celebrating my birthday in a trendy restaurant in Manhattan.

The power of our mind is incredible and unbelievable – we can create anything we want as long as we dare thinking it. Utilize the inner “Green Lantern” that we all have built in and you will be amazed at what is possible for us in this world.

Dare, envision, be as specific as possible, believe that it will happen and you will receive…

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In my last couple of blog entries I have been talking about how much I was inspired by some of my more mature travelers. This time I would like to share with you how traveling with a 12-year old girl put back some magic into my life and daily routine.

Life can be dreary, mundane, challenging and sometimes frightening. Life can be and often is a problem and very serious. Traveling through it as the personal guide of a princess makes it so much more adventurous and entertaining – one would feel like living in a permanent fairy tale. I have guided many, many tours in my life and have traveled with several thousand passengers across Europe. So, quite naturally, even an exciting job as mine can become routine and most certainly, at least at times, boring after a while. Unless of course you have the honor and the pleasure of guiding a princess and then all of a sudden everything changes and you walk through life with rose colored glasses on.

I don't remember exactly when, but I would guess pretty much at the beginning of our journey through Europe I started to call the daughter of some of my passengers princess – and do not ask me why, because I do not know, it was simply an inclination to do so. And already the first time I called Laine 'princess' I could see the spark in her eyes. At first she was a little timid and shy when I called her princess – but undoubtedly I could tell that she enjoyed being called so – but then, after just a few days into our journey, Laine had become a princess. She had slipped into her role as if she has always been a princess. The universe outside of our bus was gone – no past, no future, just the here and the now. We visited castles, and old buildings, cruised on the Rhine and discovered hidden gems and secret treasures in Europe together and with each new discovery through the Old World the princess became more and more real.

Observing her and seeing how much fun she had traveling through the Occident being called a princess made me see my world in a different light. I was again able to see the magic behind all the beauty and felt like traveling through a fairy tale world – even though the world I was traveling through was indeed very real and I was putting in 14-16 hour days every day, making sure my almost 50 passengers had the best time of their lives.

Just one small change to my routine changed everything changed how I was perceiving my surroundings – and all I did was to call the daughter of some of my passengers 'princess'. Observing how much Laine enjoyed being a 'princess' and traveling and exploring Europe as a 'princess' made me smile every day. I, vicariously through her, had become a little prince myself and enjoyed exploring castles and Medieval towns that I had seen umpteen times before as if were seeing them for the first time – what an incredible and highly enjoyable experience that was. I saw gnomes hiding behind curtains and I imagined unicorns grazing in the pastures. I pictured court jesters and elegant dresses and opulent gala dinners where before I only would have seen bored goats hanging out in the sun, partially dilapidated old buildings and a landscape I had already seen a million times.

Our mind is an extremely powerful tool and learning how to utilize it not only makes our life more interesting and zesty, but more self-determined and fulfilled. I enjoyed my experience so much that I intend to have little 'princesses' on each and every one of my upcoming tours from now on – I want to continue to be able to see unicorns, court jesters and wizards – which I much prefer over seeing traffic jams, road works, overcrowded restaurants and experiencing the same old same old over and over again.

Where in your life can you have a 'princess' bringing some magic and inspiration into your life? Just a little magic will also help you bring in new insights and perspectives to your life, no matter, whether you are a lawyer, a physician or a firefighter. There is so much magic around us that yearns to be seen discovered and experienced and enjoyed, but never stands a chance due to our o so busy and stressful lives. Step back and allow magic to happen and I can almost guarantee you that it will.

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