Archive for May, 2012

I just got back from a week long trip to Iran, a trip I barely dared possible even just up until a few months ago. This trip was not only a journey into my homeland and down memory lane but also a journey that proved (again) to me that what my brain can tangibly conceive and imagine and where I have unshakable faith and trust that things will become reality and ultimately materialize.

You must know that ever since we had to flee Iran after the revolution in 1979 my father engrained in me that it was really dangerous for us to go back due to his former position in the community as well as him being a member of the Baha'i faith – members of this religion have been persecuted by the mullah regime where tens of thousands of Baha'is have been killed, tortured and imprisoned in the past thirty odd years. And even if I were able to visit Iran it would be IMPOSSIBLE to do anything about the land and properties that my family owned before it all was confiscated and taken away in the aftermath of the revolution. This belief that going to Iran was dangerous and that we would have a snowball's chance in hell to ever get anything back was reinforced by other family members and close Iranian friends whose opinions I trust and accept. So, for many, many years I held back from my desire to visit Iran. Still, deep down, I never gave up the wish and hope to return to Iran for a visit and to claim at least some of the lost land back. I know that when the time is ready, the time is ready. And once the time is ready things fall into place like magic and one is able to overcome hurdles with ease and finesse. And this is exactly what has happened in my case:

Barely a year ago I was contacted by family members that maybe it was possible after all to go back to Iran – at least for a visit, not to mention being able to do something about our confiscated land. Without going too much into detail, within a relatively short period of time, I was able to get my Iranian passport and National ID card, find out which people to contact regarding our properties and befriend people who have the right contacts to make things happen – in a country like Iran nothing happens without the right contacts. To keep a long, long story short, in less than 12 months I was not only able to get all the paperwork done so that I finally could visit Iran again, I was also able to set the wheels in motion for reclaiming our properties back – something I was told a million times to be IMPOSSIBLE to do!! As you can see NOTHING is impossible!!

My tip to you is, if you have a dream and you can picture and envision it then have faith and trust that it will come true, NO matter how many detours you are taking and how many twists and turns pop up in your journey (of life) when the time is right things will unfold with lightening speed. Keep up the faith and work at making your dream come true, even when all there is you can do is to think of your dream and to visualize it.

Here I am in front of the gate of our former house in Kermanshah – the buildings have been demolished – but the property is still here…and who knows what else I am able to accomplish and achieve in the months and years to come…

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Many folks suffer from lack of money. Most of the think that they are simply not making enough of it. Although in my experience I have realized that many of us could overcome their lack of cash by simply managing their current money better by e.g. simply spending less. Many of us are so hooked on consumerism and the need for constant spending that we sometimes do not realize how much money we are senselessly wasting. You can get a pretty fast grip on your cash flow by simply monitoring how much money you are spending and for what by keeping a log. Put together a simple sheet and record every dime you spend for one month – it is important that you are brutally honest with yourself and truly record all expenses, even the very small ones, such as buying a newspaper, a quick snack here and there, going to the movies, etc. After this month you know pretty much very well where your money is going. With this knowledge you can then sit down and determine whether for example you really need all the cable TV channels and all the magazines that you are subscribing to. Do you need to buy a new pair of shoes every month? First start eliminating all the expenses that are senseless but most likely on autopay. Then determine whether, i.e. you must shop at Whole Foods or whether the much more cost effective Trader Joe's would also do? With just a little tweaking you can achieve a hell of a lot of impact on your current money situation.

Parallel to this you can put a $20 bill in your wallet and then whenever you would like to buy something that would cost $20 or less tell yourself that you can indeed afford this but you choose not to do so. Do this exercise for one week. Then put a $50 bill your wallet and repeat the exercise. After one week put a $100 bill in your wallet and do this again. You will be amazed about the impact this little trick has on your awareness of money and what you can afford. Soon enough your mindset will shift from "I cannot afford this" and "I don't have money for that" to "I actually can afford this and that". Where there is money, more money will come – there is a reason for this old saying. Observer the changes in your life and leave comments here and report back to me – I am eagerly awaiting your feedback.

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Man of the week : Q Moayad

I’m very excited about this week’s Man of the week, read till the end to find out why.
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Q Moayad

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Meet Qiu. Through a rather unusual life and upbringing: escaping a revolution in Iran as a child with basically only the clothes that he had on, a three year long battle with cancer as a teenager post Chernobyl, academic pursuit and soul searching in his twenties and complete economic collapse and financial resurrection in his thirties, Qiu gradually realized that nothing in life ‘just happens’ and that we always play and integral role in everything that we experience, even in situations we think we have no control over: such as revolutions or nuclear and economic meltdowns. Our own frequencies attract the very experiences that we either enjoy or loathe – it is through our way of thinking and paradigms that we lead the life that we are in. Through simple techniques we can alter the direction of our life’s journey where we ultimately can learn how to consciously create the life we want to live.
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How do you serve the world?
I help people to realize that they are not mere ‘bouncy balls’ and victims of a stormy sea called life drifting about aimlessly until, by chance, they reach a safe haven once in a while. Once you realize that literally everything in life is energy and ultimately everyone and everything is connected and learn how to utilize this all encompassing net of cosmic power you will be able to consciously and proactively create a fulfilled, happy, and healthy life.
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How do you take care of yourself while serving the world?
Due to the fact that I had cancer as a teenager I am very conscious about my physical, mental and spiritual health. From the simple routine check-ups, such as getting my blood work done and paying a visit to my dentist and dental hygienist, to working out practically daily: gym, yoga, and jogging and of course my daily meditation and visualization routines.
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What is the biggest lesson you have learned through being of Service?
That we all carry the power of self healing in us. All it takes is learning how to tap into this power and unwavering faith that we can heal broken bones and broken relationships alike.
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What and who inspires you?
All people who have broken the mold and changed the paradigm to create a better world. From ‘big names’ such as Nelson Mandela, Mohandas Gandhi, Buddha, Martin Luther King, Jr., to my very own great grandfather Haji Khodabakhsh who was one of the most kind, forgiving, progressive thinking, and generous human beings I have ever heard of: he forgave his son’s killer at a time (Iran of 1880’s) where he could have demanded that person to be executed, didn’t turn his back on the religion he had adopted – even when tremendously tortured – and helped the poor in his village.
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If you had 6 months left to live, what would you do?
First thing I would do if finally tackle my fear of heights and jump off of an airplane (skydiving).
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What is a favorite quote of yours? 
Keep it simple!
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Why am I so happy to have Q over? Because we are cousins!
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