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The 4th Grade Expert

edisonRemember when we started school? Remember how we looked up to the older kids? I do.

I remember being ‘in awe’ of the older kids and how they seemed to navigate through school, classes, students and teachers with ease, while I never seemed to know which way to turn.

We are all experts (to a degree) … the 4th grader is an expert in all things … to the 3rd grader! Picture of Thomas Edison … who didn’t manage well in public school and was taught primarily by his mother!

The question is this … will YOU seek the advice of the 4th grader, the high school grad, or the college grad? Will you do your ‘homework’ to find out who is the best?

Experts are people who have done deep study in an area over time, who have embodied that study, live it, walk it and talk it, and now teach it to people who get consistent results, measurable, over time.  Leslie Flowers

I don’t confuse having a college degree with affording someone expert status in that field. They are not necessarily synonymous.

If I need heart surgery, not only had there better be a big fat degree on the wall, but he/she also must have done hundreds (if not thousands) of these surgeries and have consistent measurable results over time.

So it’s not about degrees. Jobs that require saving lives, require degrees and certifications.

There are however many industries that do not require degrees or certifications to be an expert.

Speakers, authors, coaches, facilitators, and online product marketers do not need a degree or a certification. Some coaches as example have certifications. Some do not. The certification does not make the expert coach. It is via the application of the ‘art’ that expertise arises.

Because a coach paid and passed written work, does not mean they engage well with human beings. Or that they practice their craft. It only means they took and passed a course.

In the same light, a person can learn to coach without getting a certification and become a world class expert!

You can also look at cub reporter Napoleon Hill who was engaged by Andrew Carnegie (steel magnate) almost 100 years ago to interview successful members of our society. The reporter became an “expert in success.’ He studied it, lived it, walked it talked it, and wrote what most consider to be the greatest contribution to the 20th century Think and Grow Rich.

Don’t hold yourself back in stepping out in your field because you don’t ‘think’ you are, or could be, an expert!

You are an expert if your area of expertise is one that people gain consistent measurable results over time when learning with you! If you love the field you are in — really LOVE it — take the time and revel in the results of those you teach. For their results constitute your expertise.

If this topic interests you, you may wish to review this BLOG.

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The Art of Setting Intentions

Art of Setting IntentionsWe do this all the time … set ‘intentions.’ It’s like breathing! It’s not unlike walking from here to there. Because we walk from one room to the other (and have done so all our lives), does not mean walking is an ‘art’ for us. Those who practice ‘walking’ and use it as a tool for health or sports, as example, can really get in the flow and turn ‘walking’ into an Art.

Setting intentions is typically done by default and without distinction of the process. And it is not done with any consistency, so consistent results are not reaped. When intention setting is done ‘on purpose,’ and with clear use of the distinguishable process from beginning to end, the result, which very few enjoy, is the ability to establish true Faith around setting any intention or experiencing it as an ‘art.’ And from Faith comes our Belief that whatever intention we set, we get (without violating the rights of others, of course).

Default, unintentional, intention setting occurs when you plan a birthday party. What is it we do when we plan a party? We begin with the end in mind, first (thank you Stephen Covey for you 2nd habit of 7). We picture the party, set the date, pick the location, choose the decorations, the food, the music, the gifts, and the attendees. The clearer the picture of the party, the closer to fruition it will come. We planned it!

Then of course we work ‘backward’ to the present, figuring what has to be done when and where to ‘pull it off.’ It’s fun. When we are doing something we love, the intentions are more likely to show up. Why? Because the emotion, feeling or vibration of happiness and love, is the precise context and vibration required to make a connection with the universe.

Whatever we are intending (on purpose or by default) is already on its way to us, as we move toward it! If we aren’t paying attention to what we are intending, we get what we get and it is based on how we are feeling, which sets our attracting vibration. So if ‘it’s a poor economic market’ is what we think of most of the time, our personal results are proof that it IS a poor market. We can however think the opposite as based on the universal law of polarity, while it is a poor market, it also must be a great market. If we believe WE are the right person and people are ‘looking for us’ with our skills, when we look for positions, they are right there in front of us. So both exist simultaneously.  A good incentive to start really ‘thinking’ about what we are thinking about!

The visualizing of the ‘end’ is a key in artful intention setting. The more specific, the more detail, the more sure you can be of it happening the way you see it. And above all, the intention to be ‘artful’ must be ‘seen’ as though it already happened – in present tense!

So we do it and absolutely could easily be an expert at it. Without consistency and distinction, however, Faith in the process is not built. From Faith comes BELIEF that we can set intentions and have them show up at will. We never out-perform what we believe we are capable of achieving, so if we don’t ‘see the process’ and ‘measure it’ for ourselves, we don’t believe it works … and what we believe … we get.

To be artful in any endeavor we must have perfect Faith in the process and we achieve that when we do things on purpose and intentionally. We hear ‘have Faith,’ yet does anyone every say HOW to develop
Faith?
Rarely, so I will.

Developing Faith in intention setting (and getting) comes in three distinct phases. You can ‘build it’ on purpose for whatever you want to ‘believe’ you are capable of achieving.

Repetition is the 1st Law of Learning. That means we learn by hearing and addressing material in spaced consistent intervals over time. That’s how we learned out multiplication tables, remember?  We didn’t review them only on Mondays. We did it every day or every other day, at the same time, the same way, for months. Now if I’m asked to this day what 9×7 is, I know 63 without thinking. So do you.

When you set an intention and think about it, laugh about it, visualize it, add color, form, weather, etc., over time, you begin to expect the intention to occur. Expect means you now believe it is ‘likely to occur.’ This is phase 1 of building perfect Faith.

As you continue to visualize the outcome or intention over time, you then believe it will happen … that is you now have a ‘firm opinion’ that it will occur as you have intended. That is phase 2 of building perfect Faith.

And finally with this continuation of behavior, you will develop perfect Faith that your intention will occur. That is you don’t need any measurements of proof … you KNOW that it will happen and no one can change your mind. That is phase 3.

Setting intentions is a process and the final result – perfect Faith in making intention setting an Art – does not show up like the proverbial ‘light bulb’ moment. No. It sneaks in and nips you on the heel. You now have set so many intentions and followed the process of developing Faith in the universal process and your ability, you know that you know it works … and are enjoying ‘playing’ with your life design.

7-Step Process for Setting Artful Intentions for Consistent Manifestation:

  1. Set the intention or outcome you desire.
  2. Be very specific about the intention with lots of details. [I want money vs. I want $10,000.]
  3. Picture it already a ‘done deal.’ How great does it feel?
  4. Get excited when you think about your intention. It’s that vibration that begins the process.
  5. Write out your intention in long hand and review and add to it every week.
  6. Make a 10 minute appointment with yourself a few times a week (and keep it) to review your written statement of intention.
  7. Keep your intention to yourself until you have perfect Faith in the outcome.

This is not a challenging process, so try it on. You can start with intending you get a good parking spot at the mall. Do this consistently, and when spots begin to show up consistently for you, you are already on your way to believing you are capable of co-creating with the universe and its consistent laws via Artful Intention.

Idea Gratitude

“I am grateful to the idea that has used me.” Alfred Adler, Psychologist

When I first heard this quotation, I thought, “what does this mean?”  I was confused. An idea that ‘uses’ me?

If you’ve been following Drops of Awareness over the past several years, you likely already know what it means. And because you have been growing since you ‘knew’ (or did not) this, it bears repeating as “repetition is the first law of learning” and when we hear something again, we hear it differently. It becomes more robust for us.

There are two kinds of seeds: 1) physical seeds that grow in the ground and 2) spiritual seeds which are ideas. Ideas are thought energy and are always moving to and through us. We get ideas all the time and let them go. You could be waiting for a big one as you drive, think of it, and then get cut off by another driver, refocus on the driver, and ‘poof,’ the idea is gone. Where did it go? It circulated through you and back out into the universe and on to the next person. That is why it is critical to practice recognizing those ideas you want to reach your dreams and NOT let them go!

The physical seeds we can watch grow and even calculate how many days it will take for the seeds to sprout through the ground and into the light. But spiritual seeds – cannot be measured this way. They are governed by the law of gender or gestation. Our job is to hold the idea with desire and consistency so the universe can send us via attraction that which we have asked for. This is intentional or by default thinking.

Only humans can take a spiritual seed – and idea, and change that energy into physical form. The process is called the law of perpetual transmutation of radiant energy.

So here are the steps – the HOW an idea we get actually ‘uses us’ to move into physical form.

Step 1: We get an idea we love and we think about it a lot. We must do this consistently in spaced intervals over time and pepper it greatly with emotion.

Step 2: Over time the idea moves into our subconscious mind where it has an associated vibration to attract to you whatever is required to move it to physical form. In our subconscious mind it is hidden and reflects perfect faith in the idea.

Step 3: We take action toward what we want and what we want is now moving toward us at the same time. Our job is to ‘tune in to’ people and things that meet our wants for this goal to manifest and then act.

Step 4: Creation of physical form of the idea takes place.

So ideas are energy that change form, not unlike water boiling, that turns to steam and then dissipates. The steam still exists even though we cannot see it any more. So ideas are ‘given’ to us so they may use our bodies in action and our intellect to recognize what we need, and bring the idea to form. Without human beings all our planet would hold is animal life, plants, and water.

The big takeaway I had when I first learned this is to NOT WAIT to be grateful on Thanksgiving day, but to be grateful when I get a new idea that I love! Gratitude begins there and then and will actually bring about the idea in physical form … faster because of your love of that idea!

Mastermind

You well know the experience during an inspired interchange with someone like minded, how ideas begin to flow and ‘pop’ into your mind. When this occurs you are not creating a third mind, but exponential minds. You get all sorts of ideas that you may never note again when engaged with another.

When asked why it is we can see what others cannot see about hidden behaviors, yet cannot do this for ourselves, I got to thinking. Perhaps the reason we cannot do this for ourselves is that we are ‘meant to’ engage with other human beings.

There are only two ways of which I am aware that we ‘receive’ information we require to reach what it is we want. The information can be positive or negative. Seems positive makes sense, yet we receive a lot of information by default – that is, we receive it and are simply unaware. That’s how the negative thinking seeps in and eventually becomes a belief. And of course in every case, whether we are aware or not,  what we believe we get. Results match our belief in our own abilities. We can talk about how capable we are, yet the hidden part of our personality may not be in alignment with what we ‘say.’

The first way is via intuition. Wayne Dyer says that if prayer is when we speak to God; his answers come via intuition. That sense of right or wrong. Going to bed with a problem and waking up with the answer – that’s God or spirit or the Universe accessing our conscious mind and placing the answer for our awakening.  Intuition can however be blocked by fear. That is why the early morning ‘answers’ are the best as there is no time to second guess the message.

The other way we receive the information we need is through other people. So if we’re the kind of person who does everything ourselves and rebuffs contribution by others, we are cutting off the voice of God! That leaves only one way … intuition.

You’ve likely experienced what is often called a coincidence by those who do not yet understand that there is no such thing – when an answer to a question we have shows up ‘unexpectedly.’ As we believe and move toward what it is we want, what we want is “already moving toward us!”

“If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with success unexpected in common hours.” Henry David Thoreau.

This is what Thoreau was pointing to … that success, true wealth, health and happiness does not routinely come from a job we hold so we can STOP looking to our career and employers to make us wealthy, regardless of how good we are at what we do. It will come as we are called to our purpose – to serve others, rarely from a job-job.

Keep your eyes and ears open. Accept contribution from others. Be in places where others congregate. Watch for the unexpected surprise offer or contribution. Say YES when someone offers to help, even though you may want to do it yourself.

Masterminding with others who are like minded – thinkers! – allows YOU to do the things you are passionate about … while they do the things they are passionate about, but you are not. So gather people who you love and respect; who believe in lifelong continuous learning; and share your ideas with them. They will come up with answers you never even considered! Meeting weekly with one or more folks like this at a prescribed time and day, will enrich and enhance your journey to higher awareness.

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