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First Day/Last Day

There was a lot of hubbub around December 21, 2012 and the end of the world. I don’t think that it was altogether a bad thing. In fact, it reminded me of the First Day/Last Day concept at the Basic Seminar, which I first took way back in 2005. Regardless of whether you thought that the end of time was happening that day, you didn’t think much of it and maybe found it a bit irritating, or you are of the mindset that it represented a spiritual shift, the hype probably got you thinking.

It got me to thinking. It got me to talking too. I talked to several people including family, friends, and my coaching clients about this whole “it’s the end” idea. I was thinking about how I feel about who I am, what I choose to create each day, and what my intention is moving forward: “First Day/Last Day” from the Basic Seminar. It was a great time for me to do a self evaluation to find my “point A” and establish my “point B”; the same kind of evaluation I do every day in my work for my clients, I got to do for me. Read more

Mirror, Mirror

In early 2008, a friend of mine named Noah invited me to a presentation for a class called the PSI Basic Seminar. I didn’t know anything about the class; although I knew my friend Noah was into personal and professional development and I trusted him. He was several years younger than me, yet radiated an indescribable characteristic that I admired. So I attended the presentation.

The cynic in me had many doubts and criticisms at the presentation. Yet, there were areas in my life that I wanted to improve. I wasn’t really living the life I wanted to live. I was going through the motions of life, having some success without truly feeling inspired by anything. I had always wanted to be a writer, talking about writing a book over the past decade without ever taking any steps toward my dream. That’s all I thought it was: a dream. People from Cleveland, Ohio don’t become successful writers. Do they?

Torn between doubt that the class wouldn’t offer anything of value and desire to live the life I wanted, I enrolled into the Basic. Five years later, I happily admit that it was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. It was a life-altering, benchmark, “what rock had I been living under” kind of weekend. Simply put, it was all about mirrors. Read more

The Briefcase

I took a cab in New York City. I asked the driver, “How’s your day going?” He responded, with some aggravation, that he was still looking for his briefcase. I asked him about it. Here’s the story he told me.

“I heard about a cab driver in New York whose fare left a briefcase in the car. The driver opened the briefcase and found half a million dollars in cash in it. That’s the briefcase I’m looking for. I want my briefcase.”

He didn’t know the other cab driver. He believed it was quite possible that someone would leave such a sum behind and not look for it afterward. He was adamant that there was another fully stocked briefcase out there, ready to show up in his cab, and he wanted it. Read more

To Think is to Create

I have been fascinated by this PSI Seminars Basic principle ever since my Basic seminar in June of 2002. At first I doubted
 it. Then I feared it and resisted the responsibility it offered me. Finally I decided to test it. Discounting
 the results I got for a while, I wasted time refusing to accept it could be true. And then – breakthrough 
and acceptance began a life of enjoying and having fun with this principle as well as teaching others.

The fact that what we choose to think is what we create awes me, challenges me, drives me, and
 gets me excited each morning. I am still stretched by and grateful for this principle on a daily basis and
 know I have not yet plumbed the depths of what it truly means to believe fully that To Think
 is To Create. It is my prayer that not only I, but that we become more and more aware and willing each moment to create
 good wherever we go.

Here is an experience that still thrills me and brings me gratitude to this day. May it inspire you to a
 shorter learning curve than I have had! Read more