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I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work. Thomas Edison
Many successful people have failed while attempting to achieve their goals.
Actually, some of the most successful people on the planet have failed spectacularly! Did you know that Milton Hershey of the famed Hershey’s chocolates was fired from his first job as a printer, then went on to start and lose three candy companies and file for personal bankruptcy before finally starting the company that he became famous for? Can you imagine starting three companies that all failed?
Steven Jobs, the creator of the Apple computer began his career in his parent’s garage. Within a decade he’d built up a 2 billion dollar company. At age thirty Jobs joined the ranks of the unemployed when his own board of directors fired him. He went on to found another successful venture, Pixar, a company that creates animation for films such as Finding Nemo. He didn’t wallow in self pity after being fired. Oh, and by the way his old company Apple came back groveling twelve years later and hired him back. Can anybody say IPhone and Ipad?
Becoming successful takes fortitude and perseverance.
J.K. Rowling, the mega successful author of the Harry Potter series, was rejected by twelve different publishers before she found one to accept her manuscript. Even after agreeing to publish her first novel, they advised her to keep her day job. It seems no one had any faith in J.K. – but J.K. herself.
Even Stephen King’s first novel, Carrie was rejected by more than a dozen publishers before he was offered a contract. Did he give up and say I guess I’m not a writer? No.
Simon Cowell, the now hugely successful record and television producer of American Idol and other international talent shows, was forced to move back in with his parents in 1989 due to crushing debts he’d amassed when the record company he worked for had financial difficulties. He recovered from this setback and pursued his dream and his successful results are now broadcast around the world.
Two years ago I was privileged to interview entrepreneur, A.J.Khubani for a magazine I contributed to. Khubani is a fascinating business man whose company, Telebrands Corp, markets products with the red AS SEEN ON TV label, such as the PedEgg, the StickUp Bulb, and the GoDuster just to name a few. Khubani started his business right out of college with a few thousand dollars and it was NOT an overnight success. Over the years he had numerous product failures that cost him a bundle, and faced crippling lawsuits over patent infringement, but he never gave up and Telebrands came back even bigger and more profitable.
Twenty-five years later his company is worth $100 million. The most interesting part of our interview though was when he spoke of failing and almost losing his business, and his home in 2000. He responded that failure and challenging times help us to mature. He also said that if he had a chance he wouldn’t change a thing in his life; that’s now much he valued the experience of failing because of what he learned from it.
Successful people don’t allow failure to deter them from pressing on.
They have a vision for their lives, and use their failures as a lesson and stepping stone to get them to their goal. They don’t give up. If you want to succeed you have to be unshakeable, unquakeable, and unsinkable and say to yourself: Failure is not the end. It’s the beginning. I can and I will try again.
(Here’s a short video on some of the famous people who’ve failed. Click on the link.) Famous People Who’ve Failed
I’m not trying to make light of failure. In fact, I was inspired to write this article because too many people close to me are facing enormous challenges in their lives due failing or losing a job. Of course it’s devastating to fail. There’s the huge emotional tsunami one has to survive beside dealing with the potential realities like financial ruin, homelessness, putting food on the table, etc. The point I’m trying to make though is that we do and can go on. It might not be pretty for a while, or even a long time, but as long as you have breath in your body you have a chance to try again and to use all that you’ve learned from your failure to regain your footing and come back even better and happier in the second go round.
Fellow blogger, Dragos Roua, from his blog of the same name said it so well when he wrote in is superb article titled, “The Six Stages of Failure”:
You learn by doing. You see what you did wrong, when and how, and start to fix it. It’s like a DIY session, only it’s for the entire Universe. You broke something in your reality but now you know exactly how you did it. It’s like you have a map on how to re-assemble the pieces, so you pick your tools and start fixing that stuff.
If you have a dream declare it boldly! Don’t be afraid of what anyone thinks or says to you. Many new ideas aren’t accepted at first. Just think of how many people must have laughed at the Wright brothers before they designed a plane that actually could fly.
Create a plan to achieve your goal and begin working it. Even if you’re first few attempts backfire – keep going. Remember, the people who dare to laugh are the ones most afraid of failure.
So, don’t cower in the corner fearing failure – go for it. And, remember if you fail or if you’ve been fired you’re in great company. And, after realizing your in great company, pick yourself up, dust yourself off and get back in there.
The real meaning of success is not about fame and fortune. It’s what you learn on the journey getting there – particularly from your failures.
I’ve failed – and been fired from my first job. I’ve also left the finance industry and come back to the safety net of a “job” numerous times because my attempts in other industries haven’t worked out. But, I’m not giving up. Today is a new day – and another chance to try again. I’ve learned that failing is not the end of the world. I’ve also learned how important it is to plan and take small calculated steps toward your goals instead of jumping off a cliff all at once, and that’s what I’m doing now. Sometime soon, I will be self-employed writing/blogging, teaching others how to develop their intuition and extra sensory perception and doing intuitive and mediumistic consulting. Baby steps do lead to great strides.
What about you? Have you ever failed? What did you learn from it?
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I’m participating in a fun collaborative blogging event with Lillian-Juda Leonard Beach at her beautiful site: The Mini Beach Bird.
She has a series running called Meditation Mondays.
Several bloggers have contributed their favorite meditations.
Each week new meditations will be posted for readers to try. As most of you know I’m a former meditation instructor – so this is truly music to my ears. If I had my way meditation would be part of the curriculum in public school.
I’ve contributed a meditation to week 2 of her series titled: Seven Simple Steps to A Great Meditation. Click here to check it out. and all the other great meditations collected there.
I’m sure you’re going to really enjoy this and love trying the many different meditations that have been submitted.
Thank you Lillian-Juda for arranging this wonderful event and for including me. I am truly honored.
Lois G, a friend and fellow medium is going to be in Houston from July 29 to August 1st giving readings and teaching a workshop on developing your sixth sense.
Her seminar looks fascinating – wish I could be there.
Click on the link below to view the details.
“What I try to stress, to those who are prepared to listen, is that the material is only the reflection, the shadow, the husk and not the reality. The material exits because it is animated by the spirit. When spirit withdraws, matter disintegrates. Spirit is master, matter is servant. Spirit is king, matter is commoner. This is the great lesson that millions have still to learn in your world. They give priority to matter and very little attention to spirit. ” Excerpt from the book, Light From Silver Birch. Silver Birch, a native American, was channeled through the medium Maurice Barbanell in England up until 1981 when Maurice Barbanell passed away. His channeled teachings were published in a series of 9 books.
Do you feel like you might just be on the precipice of something, but you don’t know what? Are you unsure about the future and your next steps?
Many many people are going through some of the most challenging times of their lives right now. Some of have lost jobs, or lost homes and may have even lost someone close to them. There seems to be so much pain in the world with poverty, hunger, wars, terrorism and anarchists. Sometimes it feels as if our whole world is shaking like a wet dog flinging the water from his coat. Maybe all this shaking and quaking of our institutions and lifestyle is a good thing? Perhaps it will shake off the caked on mud and reveal a new more balanced way of living?
Could this huge global shake-up be meant as a wake-up call?
Is it perhaps, time for many of us to realize that we have become too attached to materialism? To become aware that we truly are spiritual beings having a human experience? Maybe the pain and crises many people are facing now are meant to bring them to their knees so that they reemerge with an awareness of their true spiritual nature?
Could it be time to go within and stop looking outside of ourselves for the answers? Maybe the crumbling of our culture of conspicuous consumption is causing so much pain because it’s signaling that it’s time to awaken to the fact that worshiping materialism has cut us off from our true source?
I certainly think so. I also think that until the vast majority of mankind believe that spirit is what makes all things possible, not matter, and that we are connected by the spiritual essence that animates each and every one of us we will never end all the hatred and violence toward one another and our earth.
Last week I sent out this tweet on Twitter: How much good undertaken by good people will it take to override all the violence and hatred in the world? Be the good!
I really believe we are at a critical juncture in our history and that we have a huge choice to make here. It’s time to awaken to the truth that we are spiritual beings, and to do good, be good and spread good which is to say we need to focus on exuding love in our world.
I found this thought provoking video called Awakening on You Tube – it’s short. Give it a look see.. \”Awakening\” from You Tube
What do you think? Are we at a critical juncture? Do you feel a change taking place within? Do you feel a need to search for answers and take up a spiritual practice such as meditation? Let us know – share your comments with us.
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Messages of Hope From Beyond
Is divine guidance available to us at all times?
Do we truly have access to inspiration and wisdom beyond our present consciousness?
In the silence of meditation, I heard the words. Eyes closed, paper in my lap, I wrote the sentences as they came to me. This had happened before. The sentiments were beautiful, but each time I couldn’t stop myself from thinking, I’m making this up.
Yes, by then I’d begun not just writing books about mediums, but practicing as one myself –bringing through unmistakable evidence for those who sat with me that their loved ones were around. Still, where was the evidence that the words I heard alone in the silence weren’t my own thoughts?
And then it hit me with unexpected clarity: These weren’t just random thoughts … these words were rhyming.
A line flowed from my pen to the paper, only to be forgotten as I listened for the next. I felt the bottom of the page and turned to a fresh one until the words finally stopped. Now it was my tears that flowed at the brilliance of the spirit world. They knew I would never believe I hadn’t authored the words myself, so they sent me a poet.
Yes, as an author and a speaker, words were my tools, but poetry was alien to me. With my black and white brain, honed from 20 years in the Navy, I’d always felt there was only one way to interpret poetry, and if I didn’t “get it right,” then I had failed. So I stuck to prose.
Until the day the poetry started.
Thus began my daily voyage of discovery into the wonders and wisdom of the world beyond our physical senses. The poems number in the hundreds now, and each one comes to me in deep meditation. I merely take dictation, writing non-stop with pen in hand, paper in my lap … meaningful, multi-stanza verses in mere minutes. Always I write with eyes closed, except for the one time the voice told me to open them and look. When I did, I saw that my pen had run out of ink.
They didn’t want me to miss a word.
I never know the theme of the day’s poem until it comes through. The rhythm, rhyming pattern, and voice change frequently, yet always there is a comforting, loving message with the unifying thread of oneness. The poems may never win a prize for their literary value, but those who read them tell me the words have a special calming, healing effect. I know this is because they carry the energy of their Source.
Few may hear poetry from beyond, but is wisdom available to all of us in the silence? The poets nod their heads …
Searching for answers
You need not look far.
The answers you seek
Are as close as you are.
For your Higher Self -
That which “spirit” you call
Is connected supremely
With the Source of it All.
(From Poem #174)
A former Navy Commander, Suzanne Giesemann now focuses on writing and speaking about spirituality and the spirit world. After authoring the Hay House biography, The Priest and the Medium, Suzanne uncovered her own mediumistic gifts. She is now a practicing medium and channels daily spirit-inspired poetry, her Messages of Hope.
www.MessagesOfHopePoems.org and www.SuzanneGiesemann.com
This is a guest post from Rosemarie Monaco
A few weeks ago I saw a PBS special called “The Buddha.” It was the story of the prince Siddhartha’s journey to enlightenment. It was great. But the moment in the show that really blew me away was the story of how after searching for the “truth” for so many years, Siddhartha got his first awakening from dirt. Yes, dirt.
It is said that one day while sitting under a huge fig tree (Bodhi tree) in deep meditation, his hand fell to the ground. He felt the earth in his hand and he became enlightened. After decades of trying to understand why there was so much suffering and what the meaning of life was, he saw the answer in the dirt—the dirt that was in his hand, the dirt that was in his hand that fed the tree, the dirt that fed the tree that gave us the fruit we eat, the tree that gave us fruit that sheltered us from the heat. It’s a never-ending love affair.
There is astonishing life and beauty all around us to which we are inextricably linked. All we have to do is pay attention to it. By seeing it, by enjoying it, by participating in the moment, you make the connection and become part of the whole. We are all part of an enormous work of art.
Angela tells us about some of her most powerful connections in her article “Constant Craving: The Mystical Experience.” But such emotion can be experienced even in the simplest of things, like dirt.
Buddha’s story made me think about all the everyday connections I take for granted. When I am feeling blue, for example, and one of my dogs comes to my side. She knows. She expresses her unconditional love for the sole purpose of giving. How could it not cheer me up. We are connected.
But there are lot worse things than feeling sad. What about that car accident I was in or the client I lost? The more I thought about this the more I realized that all those bad experiences taught me something very valuable. That it is because of those experiences that I am a better person and a smarter businesswoman.
I don’t get upset now when it rains. I welcome that which nourishes the earth. I look forward to the rainbow it creates when its remains capture the sun. And I remember, as the Buddha learned, that we are all connected. I wrote this article. You read my words and feel my feelings. We are connected.
The remarkably wonderful feeling that arises from the realization that love connects us all and that there is beauty everywhere—even in my wreck of a clothes closet—is so exhilarating. When you dwell on the beauty and the feeling connected to it, it positively raises your vibration. Nothing can harm you. You are in the arms of the universe.
Let the beauty that is around you dominate your thought, shape your disposition. And you will see how everything around you changes for the better.
Rosemarie Monaco, M.A. is president of Group M Inc, a public relations and marketing firm. She is an award-winning strategist and writer. After the heartbreaking death of her mother in 2001, she began her journey into spiritualism, studying Buddhism, the original teachings of Christ and a diverse number of other spiritual philosophers including Sai Baba and Martin Luther King Jr. She is a graduate of the Silva Method. The study and practice of deep meditation changed the course of her life, giving her the courage and skills to help others embrace the richness of life.
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This is a guest post from Rosemarie Monaco.
Meditation - It heals. It enlightens. It solves problems. It lets you travel anywhere in the universe—to places that are as exotic as your imagination can create. Most remarkably, it allows you to manifest your deepest desires. It really is like having a genie in a bottle.
Angela has written extensively about the power of meditation. See “Could Your Thoughts Create an Earthquake?” The National Institutes of Health has performed studies that prove conclusively that people who meditate are healthier and live longer.
Why it works
When you meditate you travel to a stress-free, creative level, scientists refer to this as the alpha level where brain frequency is at roughly 10 cycles per second.
The alpha state is so powerful because here you are operating purely with your mind, absent of all material distractions, including your body. And it is here that you can access all the wisdom of the universe. It is the state from which you can tap into the “database” of universal knowledge. See Angela’s post “What’s Love Got to Do with Reality.”
Mediation is deeply personal. Only you can create the perfect place from which to escape the material world. But I would like to share one of my favorite meditations with you. Read it then alter it to create the perfect space, just for you.
- Sit comfortably with your feet on the ground, your hands on your lap. You can meditate lying down as long as you don’t fall asleep.
- Close your eyes and take three or four deep breaths. Breathe in through your nose, fill up your lungs and as you do imagine that you are breathing in pure, radiant light of the universe. Hold it for a few seconds. Let the beautiful, fresh air fill every cell in your body. As you breathe out imagine that you are expelling all the bad feelings that you might be holding inside—all the stress, all the problems. Let them all go.
- Breathe normally and Relax. From the tip of your head down to your toes, feel every muscle relaxing, all the tension disappearing.
- Count backwards from ten to one. With each number, imagine that you traveling deeper and deeper into a perfect, relaxed state.
When you reach the number one, imagine before you a big beautiful door. See it in every detail. Maybe they are French doors with flowing chiffon curtains, maybe yours is a delicately carved wooden door or a majestic brass door. As you continue on this journey, it is important to see as much detail as possible. This is your paradise, your private place filled with your special treasures. The more detail you give it, the more real it becomes.
Walk toward the door. Open it. A beautiful garden lies before you. The perfume of the flowers is intoxicating. Take a deep breath. Can you smell the wisteria, the exotic orchids? The colors tickle your eyes: reds, blues, greens, purples, yellows—all the colors of the rainbow.
There is a path in front of you made of beautiful gold and silver tiles. As you walk slowly enjoying the beauty around you, you see a body of water. It is crystal clear turquoise. As you look into the water you can see the coral and beautiful creatures swimming at the bottom.
Now you notice the steps at the edge of the water. You step down and the water is luscious, just the right temperature. The water around you sparkles from the rays of sun reflecting on the surface. This is no ordinary body of water. It is a healing pool. As you slip into it and swim, all your aches and pains disappear. You are in a perfect state.
On the far side of the water a rushing waterfall awaits you. Swim to it, and then step up and under the flowing water. It’s so gentle. It feels like silk. As the water falls on you it washes away every ounce of stress. It renews your body. Makes you feel alive and energized. Can you feel it? Imagine it. This water contains the light of the universe. All the love and knowledge that exists in the universe is now flowing through you. All unpleasant feelings you had inside are not only washing away, but as they fall down off your feet they turn into beautiful sparkling gems. They bounce off your feet landing against the water’s edge creating beautiful healing crystals. How glorious you feel. Enjoy the feeling. Every cell in your body is tingling.
As you move away from the waterfall, see the surface of the water. It’s perfectly still, reflecting your image, like a mirror. See yourself. There you are looking exactly like you want to look—the prefect weight, the perfect shape—your perfect you. Look further into the reflection; see your day as you wish it to progress. See your clients thanking you, a prospect giving you a project, your boss congratulating you on a job well done, a relationship blooming, whatever you desire.
Breathe deeply and swim to the other side of the water. How alive you feel! As you step upon the land, you see a white swing moving in the breeze under a tree. You walk over to it, sit and enjoy the beauty that surrounds you. Listen to the birds singing or just enjoy the quiet. Feel divine love fill you up and flow through every cell of your body. Now with everything you do, everywhere you go you will bring this love.
Continue to enjoy the quiet. When you are ready, open your eyes. Feel radiant. Begin your day.
Rosemarie Monaco, M.A. is president of Group M Inc, a public relations and marketing firm. She is an award-winning strategist and writer. After the heartbreaking death of her mother in 2001, she began her journey into spiritualism, studying Buddhism, the original teachings of Christ and a diverse number of other spiritual philosophers including Sai Baba and Martin Luther King Jr. She is a graduate of the Silva Method . The study and practice of deep meditation changed the course of her life, giving her the courage and skills to help others embrace the richness of life.
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Today, April 22 is Earth Day.
It’s also the 40th anniversary of the first Earth Day which started in 1970.
A million people gathered in Central Park on the first Earth Day. It was the largest gathering ever for the park at that time. It woke a lot of people up to what was happening to our ecosystem.
In 1970 Earth Day was about stopping pollution and exposing polluters. After a few years, Earth Day began to be recognized in other countries. Now Earth Day is recognized internationally.
I can remember a public service announcement that played over and over on television at the time. It was of a Native American dressed in buckskins sporting a feathered head-dress looking at garbage along the side of river. I remember seeing a used tire and all sorts of papers and bottles and cans embedded in the sandy shore in this commercial. After surveying the polluted riverbank the Indian turned to look at the camera and there was huge tear rolling down his cheek. It broke my heart and I never forgot it. Click here to watch.
Today, Earth Day is more critical than ever. The pollution we became aware of back then has impacted our climate to such a degree that it’s changed weather patterns around the globe. Water levels are rising as glaciers melt. Droughts are hitting areas that normally receive rain and parts of the world where the climate had always been mild are now pummeled by ferocious storms of rain and snow. And, this is by no means a complete list of the damage that climate change has and is doing.
We have to get a handle on this. NOW.
Scientists say that if we can’t slow down the rate of climate change by 2012 it may be irreversible.
And then what? Where are we to go? Earth is my home. Earth is your home.
A few days ago I wrote a post about the Mystical Experience and then another about how we perceive our reality as being separate from one another which is an illusion. The theme of both posts was that when we awaken spiritually we rise above the illusion of seeing ourselves as separate and see that we are all one and connected. The truth is we can’t harm others without also harming ourselves, and we can’t continue to harm the Earth because we are all just harming each other in the long run, or maybe the short run.
It’s more than obvious now that we are all connected. What goes on in one region or country or continent ecologically affects everyone everywhere eventually.
Today please take 5 minutes of quiet time and focus on the Earth. Send love. Tsunamis of love and gratitude to our Mother Earth.
Let’s each do whatever we can in our corners of the Earth. Recycle, walk more, take mass transit, keep the air conditioner off, buy used consumer goods, repair and reuse things instead of buying new, etc.
Pray that we all wake up and take the time and make the effort to respect, love and honor our collective home – and turn climate change around before it’s too late.
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Are we really here? And where is here?
Physicists are revealing that what we perceive as reality may not be what we think.
We may think we are our bodies and our minds, but we would be wrong according to many new findings in science.
Each of us is actually individual states of consciousness that exists within one unified field – the field of consciousness.
I’ve been thinking a lot about consciousness and reality since I wrote my last post – Constant Craving: The Mystic Experience, and wondering why our perception of the world changes when we have a mystical experience?
Many of you commented that you’d had a mystical experience and felt during it a connection to and love for all of life. As I said in that post, when we have these momentary connections to all life we’re actually plugging-in to the over-arching reality that our narrow every day reality is a fragment of. (Yes, I know it can be a bit confusing.)
To make it simpler for us regular folk to understand, scientists explain our reality as being like different programs all open at the same time on a computer. (more…)