Heaven and Hell… Heaven on Earth… Can you get to heaven while living on earth?

heaven and hell, heaven on earth Heaven and Hell... Heaven on Earth... Can you get to heaven while living on earth?

Let me start with a story from my favorite novel, The Journeys of Socrates:

...a proud and hot-tempered young samurai who routinely cut down any peasant who gave the least offense. In those days, samurai were a law unto themselves, and such behavior was accepted according to custom.

But one day, after another killing, as he cleaned the blood from his blade and returned it to his scabbard, the young samurai began to worry that the gods might disapprove of his actions and send him to a hellish realm. Desirous to know about eternity, he visited the humble abode of a Zen master named Kanzaki. With expected courtesy, the samurai removed his razor-sharp katana (sword) and set it alongside him, bowed deeply, and said, "Please tell me of heaven and hell!"

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Well Being, Aliveness, Energy, Inspiration, Life Force: How do you squash them so you are never really well?

Well Being, Aliveness, Energy, Inspiration, Life Force: How do you squash them so you are never really well?

About 50% of my site's new visitors come in search of a miracle way to get well.

Another 30% come to find a way to love and the good feelings it gives you. Mostly they were disappointed in Christie Marie Sheldon, the love or above lady I write about.

The rest come to learn about muscle testing, vibration, and other stuff...

In this email I mainly address the well-being issue, because there is a book I'd like you to read.

No, I didn't write it. No, I don't get a commission... lol.

The book was written 100 years ago, and it is still more valid than any and all books written on health, including the Healing Code book by Dr. Alex Loyd.

Why would be that so? Because Wallace D. Wattles got most of the Original Design correctly.

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Passivity… the worst plague in the history of humans

waiting for godot the passivity that killed humanity Today's human's biggest issue is passivity.

A normal 98% human lives their life like the vagrants in the famous Samuel Beckett's nihilist play: Samuel Beckett: Waiting For Godot.

If you have never seen it: it's an empty stage signifying an abandoned filthy littered lot in the middle of nowhere.

Our vagrants talk about nothing for the entire length of the play, while waiting for a guy named Godot.

In the end we find out that Godot never goes that way. So why are they waiting for him there? Because they can wait there... everywhere else they would not be welcome.

Beckett and his anti-heroes are exactly describing the current state of humanity: do what you can where you can, talk about nothing, and wait for something. Never cause anything.

On the surface this is not a bad life, but if you look how it looks and how it feels, it is the underlying cause of depression, melancholy, lifelessness. Walking dead... zombie...

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Updated: Soul Correction: Sharing The Light, Sharing the Flame

soul correction: sharing the light Soul Correction: Sharing the light.

A single candle, though its light is weak, banishes darkness. But it needs to be lit.

When you hide your light under a bushel basket so no one can see it: you are doing no one a service, including yourself.

Your job is to share your light, and trust that your single light will light up the life of all you touch.

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what is love? how do you go about getting it? what is it buying you?

crying baby reaches out to be picked up What is love?

When we are babies: love is attention. We can't do anything for ourselves, and someone paying attention to us equals love to us. Our comfort, our survival depends on it.

We each "earned" the attention in  different ways, and then settled on one or two ways that worked the best.

We cried for the bottle in a whiny way, suggesting to our caretaker that we are dying. Pleading, begging, modulating our cry until we got a response.

crying baby We cried for the bottle with anger, anguish, or threat. We cried to get a clean diaper. We cried to be picked up.

We also manipulated our caretakers by smiles, by reaching out to them, grabbing their fingers, maybe laugh, little manipulative signs that made them feel good, liked, maybe even loved.

Just like pets learn to push your buttons: it is all self-serving, to make us get attention and food, shelter, and petting.
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Breakthroughs Part 2.

the ladder to climb to get out of wretched, out of the worm view Breakthroughs Part 2.

You have read about Werner's butler, and how he got to see what, by putting the cap back on the toothpaste, he was building. You have seen that the joy returned to the butler's work, and his life will never be the same.

So, let's see when I do this exercise with you. Standing in for you are my four "core" students.

This is exactly how the exercise goes: there are two people, the speaker and the questioner.

The questioner's (B) job is to ask the question:

OK great. What are you building with that?

No changing, no embellishing, just that. Word by word. Do not get creative with that. I have warned you.

The speaker's (A) job is to pick one of their small projects, like taking me to the post office. Or washing the dishes. Or canceling a subscription. A to-do type of project, nothing big. Not: I have a project that I'll be a published author, if you have never had anything published. That is not a project, that is pie in the sky, daydreaming, never going to happen type of dream that you justify not doing anything with your life.

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From my correspondence: I have noticed a change in your tone: what’s happening?

Question: Dear Sophie: your tone is changing. It is more demanding, and I wonder what's going on... you are wielding a stronger demand on the students... did something change?

Answer: Let me answer with a story:

A Pig and a Chicken are walking down the road. The Chicken says, "Hey Pig, I was thinking we should open a restaurant!" The Pig replies, "Hm, maybe, what would we call it?" The Chicken responds, "How about 'ham-n-eggs'?"

The Pig thinks for a moment and says, "No thanks. I'd be committed, but you'd only be involved!"

Sometimes, the story is presented as a riddle:

Question: In a bacon-and-egg breakfast, what's the difference between the Chicken and the Pig?

Answer: The Chicken is involved, but the Pig is committed!

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Breakthroughs: how do you cause them? There is a science to causing breakthroughs! Learn it!

the joke: the rooster and the dog No matter on what level you are on the evolutionary scale, the percentage of knowledge that you didn't know that you didn't know stays at 99%.

Sometimes it overlaps with what you know that you don't know, but mostly not.

All breakthroughs come from that 99%.

There is a certain way of being in the world that triggers the 99% to "release" that hidden knowledge to you. Seth Godin calls that "certain way of being in the world" poking the box.

Most people poke their nose into other people's stuff (gossip) but never poke the box. So the breakthroughs are few and far between, though they could be frequent. I love the sound of popcorn popping: that reminds me of the sound of the breakthroughs.

Anyway, I habitually poke the box, and my breakthroughs are frequent, but this past 10 days I had big breakthroughs, and even one of my students almost had one, though she doesn't know it was a potential breakthrough.

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Soul Correction: Diamond in The Rough

Diamond in the rough

Soul correction is the soul's purpose. No matter what activity you choose for your life, you can use it to be perfect for your soul's correction.

This particular soul's purpose is to find the diamond inside the rock: it's there.

When life gives you rocks, they contain the diamonds. You did get rocks from life, and it is consistent with this soul correction.

So far you have been behaving like a victim, but the truth is that your soul really trusts you to turn it around.

You can do it, and this program is here to guide you through it.

On the other hand you may be the one who is the Diamond in the Rough... maybe you have the diamond inside you and you have been thinking that what you see is all you have.

But like with any diamond, the value in the removing the parts that are not diamond, and then the creating the lots of surfaces: that is what makes a diamond a brilliant cut diamond... that people pay all that much for... because they reflect the light in so many beautiful ways.

Which is true for you? My guess that it's the second... So get going, get chiseling, get yourself out of the prison.


DAILY PRACTICE: Push hard to get better, become smarter, grow your devotion to the truth, fuel your commitment to beauty, refine your emotional intelligence, hone your dreams, negotiate with your shadow, cure your ignorance, shed your pettiness, heighten your drive to look for the best in people, and soften your heart -- even as you always accept yourself for exactly who you are -- with all of your so-called imperfections. ~~ Rob Brezsny