So this is Christmas

This year I chose to have a solitary Christmas. Enough with all the hoo hah, the over indulging and what I see as the loss of meaning of what used to be a simple and straightforward family day. Cynical; you might say!

It is not helped by the fact that I do not see my children at all, which puts a different complexion to the whole thing.

And yet the Universe was at it’s best urging me to watch the movie ‘Zeitgeist,’ which I did and it seemed ironic if not paradoxical that I should watch this on Christmas day.

If you have not seen the DVD, I urge you to get it asap and be informed about what is going on in our world. It is an eye opener for sure and makes you think and think and think!

The movie covers many subjects and one is the part played by the Sun in our Universe. It also touches on the Stars and the Zodiac. It is interesting to note that the Zodiac represents the Sun passing through the 12 major constellations though the year, the 4 seasons, the Solstices and the Equinoxes.

The Egyptians called it “God’s Sun” – the light of the world and when you come to think about it, where would we be without the Sun. No life could exist without it!

It is interesting to note that the Egyptians had a Sun God by the name of ‘Horus.’ Bear in mind this was 3000 BC. Interesting that he was born on December 25th of the virgin Isis-Meri. His birth was accompanied by a star in the east and upon his birth he was adored by 3 kings. Sound familiar?

At age 12 he was a prodigal child teacher and at 30 was baptised by Anup. He had 12 disciples, was crucified, buried and was resurrected in 3 days. You’ve heard this before, haven’t you?

What is even more puzzling is that this same chain of events occurred to others; namely Attis, Krishna, Dionysius and Mithra. So what is the explanation? You will have to watch the movie now!

If you follow the Sun and the stars you will note that the brightest star on December 24th is Sirius when it aligns with the three brightest stars in Orions belt called the 3 Kings and they all point to the place of the sunrise on December 25th. near the constellation Virgo (Virgin) also referred to as the ‘House of Bread.’ Interesting that Bethlehem translates to ‘House of Bread.’ Can you see the connection? Virgin, bright star, 3 Kings, Bethlehem.

If you read Dr John Demartini’s post on Facebook, this is what he says about Christmas.

Christmas day is a day of light, grace and love. It is a reminder of the return of the light to the world after the darkest night and shortest day of the year (northern hemisphere). It is a reminder to see our magnificent reflection in others and to show our gratitude for their contribution to our lives. May this day be filled with a deep appreciation for what is, as it is ? reflected throughout the universe.

It is also interesting that on the 22nd of December Sun stops moving for 3 days and then moves one degree on the 25th of December.

So where is this all taking us? An inscription on the walls of the temple of Luxor in Egypt, 3500 years ago depicted the Virgin birth. The literary similarities between the Egyptian and Christian religions are staggering.

So, I hope that I have not confused you, but given you food for thought and I can say for a fact that ‘Zeitgeist’ will give you much more to think about!

In peace and love

Bertram

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Jim Rohn on Attitude

Jim Rohn was one of my early teachers on this wonderful journey we call life. Sadly he passed away recently and I thought it would be a good idea to post a short piece that he wrote about ‘Attitude’ and a few of his quotes.

I believe that attitude is fundamental to our success, so here it is:

We all have tremendous potential. Each of us has the ability to put our unique human potential into action and to acquire a desired result. But the one thing that determines the level of our potential, produces the intensity of our activity and predicts the quality of the result we receive is our attitude.Attitude determines how much of the future we are allowed to see. It decides the size of our dreams and influences our determination when we are faced with new challenges. No other person on earth has dominion over our attitude. People can affect our attitude by teaching us poor thinking habits or unintentionally misinforming us, or providing us with negative sources of influence, but no one can control our attitude unless we voluntarily surrender that control.

No one else “makes us angry.” We make ourselves angry when we surrender control of our attitude. What someone else may have done is irrelevant. We choose; not they. They merely put our attitude to a test. If we select a volatile attitude by becoming hostile, angry, jealous or suspicious, then we have failed the test. If we condemn ourselves by believing that we are unworthy, then again, we have failed the test.

If we care at all about ourselves, then we must accept full responsibility for our own feelings. We must learn to guard against those feelings that have the capacity to lead our attitude down the wrong path, and to strengthen those feelings that can lead us confidently into a better future.

If we want to receive the rewards the future holds in trust for us, then we must exercise the most important choice given to us as members of the human race by maintaining total dominion over our attitude. Our attitude is an asset, a treasure of great value that must be protected accordingly.

When you have the right attitude, you can do the remarkable.

When you recognize your gifts, you can change anything for yourself that you wish to change. If you don’t like how something is going for you, change it. If something isn’t enough, change it. If something doesn’t suit you; change it. If something doesn’t please you, change it. You don’t ever have to be the same after today. If you don’t like your present address, change it  – you’re not a tree!

Having the right attitude is an essential prerequisite for success and happiness. The right attitude is one of the fundamentals of the good life. That is why we must constantly examine our feelings about our role in the world and about our possibilities for achieving our dreams.

It is our emotional nature that governs most of our daily conduct in our personal and business world. It is the emotional aspect of our experiences that determines our behaviour. How we feel about life’s events is a powerful force that can either freeze us in our tracks or inspire us to take immediate action on any given day. With the right attitude, human beings can move mountains. With the wrong attitude, they can be crushed by the smallest grain of sand.

Jim Rohn was a legendary business philosopher, entrepreneur, speaker and author whose works include the best-sellers The Five Major Pieces to the Life Puzzle and 7 Strategies for Wealth and Happiness, as well as numerous audio programs. http://click.icptrack.com/icp/relay.php?r=5242356&msgid=413862&act=PPVY&c=131893&admin=0&destination=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.jimr“>www.jimrohn.com

“You cannot change your destination overnight, but you can change your direction overnight”
Jim Rohn

“Let others lead small lives, but not you. Let others argue over small things, but not you. Let others cry over small hurts, but not you. Let others leave their future in someone else’s hands, but not you.”
Jim Rohn

“To solve any problem, here are three questions to ask yourself: First, what could I do? Second, what could I read? And third, who could I ask?”
Jim Rohn

“If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.”
Jim Rohn

Cheers

Bertram

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And the Award Goes to.

(Reproduced for your reading pleasure and learning)

Does the idea of standing in front of a mirror and appreciating your positive qualities feel uncomfortable and stupid? It did to me-which was a sign that I really needed to try it.
I first learned this mirror exercise in 1990, when I took a week-long course from my mentor, Jack Canfield, on self-esteem. Jack assigned the exercise as homework every night, saying, “Make sure you do this behind a closed door so nobody walks by and thinks you’re crazy.” Each night my roommate and I took turns going into the bathroom, shutting the door, and whispering sweet nothings to our reflections: “You’re kind.” “You’re loyal.” “You have a loving heart.”
The first night, I felt like a California New Age woo-woo nutcase, but soon I experienced a rush of sadness; I was such an expert at judging myself-why was it so hard to say nice things?
With practice, it gradually became easier to list reasons to love myself: “You’re smart.” “You go out of your way to help others.” And so on. But the real power of this exercise came when I learned to express appreciation for myself for no reason-to look myself in the eye and simply love who I was, unconditionally.
If you’re like most people, consciously recognizing the positive about yourself may feel conceited. After all, we’re raised not to “toot our own horns.” So we end up not giving ourselves credit or acknowledgment or even worse, beating ourselves up, which shuts down our hearts, contracts our energy, and decreases our happiness levels.
Doing the research for my book Happy for No Reason, I interviewed scores of scientists along with one hundred unconditionally happy people (I call them the Happy 100). One of the things I discovered is that truly happy people have a compassionate, encouraging, and validating att­­­­itude toward themselves. This isn’t arrogance or self-centeredness; it’s an appreciation and acceptance of who they are.
Learning to see the positive about yourself starts by changing your brain’s habit of focusing on your negative experiences and instead inclining your mind toward joy.
So today, begin registering your happy experiences more deeply– consciously look for them. You can make it a game you play with yourself. Have the intention to notice everything good that happens to you: anything you see, feel, taste, hear or smell that brings you joy, a “win” you experience, a breakthrough, an a-ha, or an expression of your creativity-the list goes on and on.
This intention triggers the reticular activating system (RAS), a group of cells at the base of your brain stem responsible for sorting through the massive amounts of incoming information and bringing anything important to your attention. Have you ever bought a car and then suddenly starting noticing the same make of car everywhere? It’s the RAS at work. Now you can use it to be happier. When you decide to look for the positive, your RAS makes sure that’s what you see.
Adelle, one of the Happy 100, told me about a unique method she has for registering the positive. As she goes about her day, she gives away awards in her mind: the best-behaved dog award, the most colourful landscape design at a fast food drive-through award, the most courteous driver award. This keeps her alert to the beauty and positivity that is all around her. Charmed by this idea, I tried it myself. I liked it so much, I’ve been giving out these “Happiness Oscars,” as I call them, ever since.
Once you notice something positive, take a moment to savour it consciously. Take the good experience in deeply and feel it; make it more than just a mental observation. If possible, spend around 30 seconds, soaking up the happiness you feel. If you want to accelerate your progress, take time every day to write down a few of your wins, breakthroughs, and things you appreciate about others-and about yourself.
You’ll know you’ve really mastered this when you can give yourself an Academy Award-for outstanding achievement in true happiness!
Marci Shimoff
Based on the New York Times bestseller Happy for No Reason: 7 Steps to Being Happy from the Inside Out, which offers a revolutionary approach to experiencing deep and lasting happiness. The woman’s face of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series and a featured teacher in The Secret, Marci is an authority on success, happiness, and the law of attraction. To order Happy for No Reason, newly released in paperback, and receive free bonus gifts, go to www.happyfornoreason.com/mybook

Personal Development

Someone said to me recently “this isn’t working for me”.

This statement has a presupposition built into it –

the presupposition is that “it” had to “work” for “them”.

Not possible.

The truth is, with everything we do, we work it, not the other way around. This is the framework of 100% responsibility for our results and our non-results.

Rather than externalising what “caused” something to not work – keep it within you – you are the cause for the results you are getting. What you may choose to consider –

1. Nothing has meaning except the meaning you give it – “it” not working is a meaning, not a truth – it can’t be anything more than an interpretation you are bringing to the event

2. The quality of your life will improve the moment you own point 1

3. Decide before the event the meaning you will give it

4. If you don’t like how something is going, either change your beliefs, change your strategy or raise your standards – success is only a heartbeat away

5. Take 100% responsibility for how you “feel” about something – and if you know NLP you know how to change this feeling in a moment!

6. Look for patterns in what you like & dislike and determine if those choices serve you or hinder you and the outcomes you want

7. If your patterns hinder you, & you still do them, what is the secondary gain? What do you get out of that pattern?

8. Give up your stories about why things are the way they are, why you feel the way you do, what works & what doesn’t – it’s all unfolding exactly the way you want it to

9. If Point 8 pushed a button, go to Point 7

Warmest Regards,

Bertram

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Thoughts

After my morning meditation today I picked up Wayne Dyer’s book ‘Ten secrets for success and inner peace’ (which by the way is a brilliant book) and what I read I thought I would share it with you.

Suppose you had a choice between two magic wands. With Wand A, you can have any physical thing you desire by simply waving it. With Wand B, you can have a sense of peace for the rest of their life regardless of what circumstances arise. Which would you pick? A guarantee of stuff, or inner piece for the remainder of your life? If you opt for peace, then you already have Wand B. Simply have a mind that is open to everything but attached to nothing. Let it all come and go as it were. Enjoy it all, but never make your happiness or success dependent on an attachment to anything, any place, and particularly, any person.

I hope you enjoyed that.

Namaste

Bertram

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