Ready for a beautiful week, my dears? Jazzed to begin it? Oh. No?
If not, why not? What’s getting in the way? Or is it that yourgoals are great, and in fact the only issue is… well… you? :)
Yep, I’m smiling as I write. Because the truth is that this is, oh, so human.
You aren’t alone
I love the quote above from Ralph Waldo Emerson for just that reason. It acknowledges that we humans tend toward thought patterns that get in the way of our own sunshine.
To me, that fact means we need lots and lots of self-compassion and self-encouragement as important daily parts of our lives. Regular self-affirmation should be in the mix for each of us.
So now for a tiny life coaching moment from me to you. Toward your beautiful week, how about crafting a nurturing mantra that you can jam to as needed in the week ahead? Here’s mine, crafted during a powerful iPEC experience:
I trust in the flow of life
I trust in the flow of life. It’s about shushing the specific negative voices that drive my personal train if I don’t check them. What could do the trick for you, so you aren’t darkening your own doorway?
Get super-curious about internal messages that may be raining on your parade, then craft the perfect comeback and game-changer. Have fun with it!
And more, explore my post on rocking an empowering mindset to go deeper into some (fun) power strategies. And consider tracking your energy usage, too.
Meanwhile, keep your comeback to negative self-talk light. Just keep an enjoyable inner convo going throughout the week.
Change the game
Whip out a custom-made mantra when and wherever you really need it. It has zero value just propped up in a pretty frame in your meditation corner waiting for you to have the presence of mind—and time—to stop by.
Rock it on your bathroom mirror, in your pocket, as the screen image on your laptop or smart phone. On the visor of your car. Whatever inspires and energizes you.
Deploy it like serious juju throughout your beautiful week. And as you do that beautiful inner work, reach out for the expert support you deserve.
On the oh, so human subject of beginning again, have you noticed how we humans have good days and bad days, inspired moments, ones that don’t represent our best, and everything in between? Are you 100% clear that it isn’t just you?
Yes. Deep breath.
In living the life of your dreams, I invite you to get clear that Every. Single. Moment. is an opportunity for beginning again. Are you on track, or off? How often do you step out of all your automatic thoughts and feelings to take a look at that? It’s a skill, like a muscle you can develop. And it’s all about practice. Think of it as a healthy ritual that you can make a regular part of your committed approach to your own precious, unrepeatable life.
So if you’re on track, jam on, managing inner and outer challenges in the process. This management of all things works when you know you’re on the path that’s right for you. Because there’s inherent energy and inspiration in that knowledge that you can ride like a wave of relatively effortless progress. In truth, not swimming upstream can make all the difference.
On the other hand, if you realize you’re off track, congrats, first, on the accomplishment of that honest reflection. Give yourself some credit for it, championing your own insight. Then assess further. What small or large shift will get you on your path again?
Finally, armed with the results of your assessment, get about the beautiful business of beginning again, knowing that, as wise Ezra Pound says above, you’re in very creative company. And in the trenches of that good work, reach out for the expert support you deserve.
My explorer friends Ricardo Accorsi and Linda Parker introduced me to the wild work of Gregg Braden. I took these notes at the end of 2014. I was reflecting on my year while listening to the last chapter of his audiobook, The Spontaneous Healing of Belief.
Gregg Braden’s work excites me because he integrates cutting-edge science with ancient wisdom traditions. He writes about all that beautifully. And he’s a powerful narrator.
So I say the resulting coaching can help us shift beliefs and patterns to create what we want most in our precious lives. As you read, imagine applying these “15 Keys of Conscious Creation” to your life and goals.
And FYI, this is rich brew. Sip it. Take your time. Take a break! Then come back. It’ll be here.
An In-Depth Summary
So first, and very importantly, Gregg Braden says that our beliefs become the software that programs our reality. That’s a strong statement, right? I get instantly curious, like a gong has sounded deep in my heart and mind.
Our beliefs become the software
that programs our reality. — Gregg Braden
Of course Gregg isn’t the first person to say something like this. Though his use of software as an image works unusually well for me. But what’s most impressive to me is his thoughtful synthesis of decades of scientific research with the teachings and practices of ancient wisdom traditions.
And keep the book title in mind as you read further. The Spontaneous Healing of Belief is all about getting conscious of what we believe, what those beliefs may be creating or blocking, and consciously working at the level of belief to tip the scales toward whatever our hearts desire most.
15 Keys to Conscious Creation
The 15 keys that follow are about change. Gregg declares that as we humans come to understand and practice these keys, we experience transformation. This also changes the world around us.
He says to reflect on each key, taking the time to really think them through and make them your own. Don’t be deceived by the fact that they seem simple.
1. The universe is an intelligent field of energy.
Gregg first trained and worked as a geologist, then as a senior computer technologist in the defense industry at the close of the cold war. He has since studied and interviewed many of the great masters of science and spirit, traveled extensively to cultures with deep wisdom traditions, and come to the conclusion above.
He knows he’s in good company with many of the world’s leading physicists and biologists working at the forefront of the evolutionary sciences for the past forty years. In The Spontaneous Healing of Belief, Gregg summarizes what he calls “paradigm shattering” findings, including decades-old research that didn’t fit the scientific mindset of its time and was disregarded. And he tells these stories well.
2. Everything is connected to everything else in the field, and the implications of that are vast.
Gregg shares the results of mind-bending research, like a photon that was split in two, with the halves separated for observation in labs fourteen miles apart. One half was then changed in ways that instantly—note that “instantly” is key—affected the other. No waiting due to so-called realities like time and distance.
Consider what this means. Or at least try to.
3. Unleashing the power of the universe takes first experiencing ourselves within it, as fully connected and part of that intelligent field, rather than alone and outside of it.
How many of us feel, deep down, alone in the world? Yet a profound shift is underway in scientific interpretations of the world and our place in it. This new “quantum knowledge” hasn’t even made it into textbooks yet. There’s no universal name for it yet.
Gregg uses “the divine matrix.” Other scientists call it “the field”, or “universal intelligence.” Take time to think about this key. Adopting it consciously really does change everything.
4. Once something is joined together, it will always be connected.
What comes to mind as you read this, from your own history? Play with it. Pray with it.
Because in this mindset your prayers connect with their mark instantly. And not just as sweet thoughts and wishes, but as usable energy.
I was frankly uninterested in considering anything like this key for years. Now, as I re-edit this piece in 2019, I’m inspired by its potential power and humbled by my own recent life experience.
5. The act of observation is an act of creation. Consciousness is a creative act.
Imagine this. Again, it changes everything. Our attention to the largest and smallest details of our lives is a creative act. An act of power. And I do mean the good kind.
Gregg has organized proof of this key and explains it in ways that energize me and entice me forward. I get a sense of creating minus the over-the-top, often exhausting “efforting” than many of us bring to our most closely held goals.
6. We each have all the power we need to create the change we choose in the world.
Consider this. Imagine it. Meanwhile, truth be told, despite Gregg saying these keys make sense sequentially, one building on the other, I need the ones that come next to really get this one.
Because when it comes to language anything like “creating our own reality”, I still tend to get annoyed. But the strong context Gregg creates helps me. So I’m movin’ on to the juicy stuff ahead.
7. The focus of our feelings becomes the reality of our world. We’re creating from our hearts, not our minds.
I’ll repeat the first part of that so you don’t breeze by it.
The focus of our feelings becomes
the reality of our world. — Gregg Braden
Topics like the conscious use of feeling are huge in Gregg’s work. As he tells it, more and more data proves that “who we are” is not, in fact, contained in the brain. And that the heart regularly sends far more info to the brain than vice versa. These days I find this utterly fascinating.
8. Simply saying what we believe isn’t enough. We have to follow through in all the ways that allow us to embody our beliefs in the ways we live.
Again, I feel like these keys are interdependent. The next one informs this one, and the two before it, in ways that make a difference to me.
Meanwhile, as a couple of examples, we can’t stump for world peace in any meaningful way while hating the guy in the next cubicle. We can’t tape affirmations to the bathroom mirror and expect them to change our lives while continuing self-sabotaging habits. Actually embodying our beliefs is another matter entirely.
Beliefs that we consciously choose must inform our habits and feelings. It’s sacred work. A joyful discipline.
9. The feeling that comes from what we believe is a language in itself, a language that the field of consciousness recognizes.
Stop, rewind, repeat. Reflect.
I actually love this key. It’s what got me excited about Gregg’s work. I get it. I forget it. Then I get it back again. It feels new, like a missing piece nobody was teaching when I was a young trainee in “how life works.”
The feeling that comes from what we believe is… powerful! So to make change in the world, intend, imagine, feel, and believe in what you want most.
Engage your heart. Feel the feeling of accomplishing what you want. Feel the wonder of that. Gratitude for it. And live in those feelings, now. No waiting!
Work, play, and create from there for maximum impact. I find this very, very freeing. Brilliant, really.
And don’t skip your nuts-and-bolts to-do list in the process. Just tackle it enjoyably. To me, this is a life-changing shift from using will power and a mindset like forging ahead despite all obstacles. It hits me like a great big wave of energy.
10. Not just any feeling or quality of consciousness will do; creative consciousness comes from a non-ordinary state.
Gregg describes this non-ordinary state as without ego concerns. Without attachment to outcome. Without judgments about what it will all mean if what we want isn’t in fact realized.
So as we take on the feeling of what we want, without judgment or attachment, our belief and the quality of our energy and feeling begin to create the changes we seek. There’s paradox here, right? Intention without attachment. I like it.
11. We must become in our lives what we choose to experience in our world.
These days I experience this key as a challenge to live my life as the contribution I intend to make. This includes keeping my own energy high. Imagine consistently living within the power of our imaginations, through our intentions. And through our hearts.
Through feeling, intent to make a difference, gratitude, and wonder. To me, this is about the continuing evolution of our species.
12. We are not bound by the limits of traditional physics and biology as we know them today.
As you can imagine, this key has immense implications for how our lives could unfold. Indeed, I sense freedom here.
Freedom from a determinism that has been bleeding into modern life more and more. Freedom from the 21st century version of a mechanistic framework for everything.
I find this key is so intriguing. And I haven’t mentioned genetics yet and the emerging science of epigenetics.
Gregg’s focus on the work of biologists like Dr. Bruce Lipton is paradigm-shattering. It’s a relief to step back from the abyss of genetic determinism to Gregg’s life-giving synthesis of old and new knowledge.
13. We are holographic beings, and we create holographically.
So the quality of our consciousness creates the universe. The quality of our inner world affects our outer world. Our households, families, neighborhoods and workplaces. Our communities and beyond.
As we do our work, healing, growing, and becoming more and more conscious of our impact on everyone and everything around us, we co-create the world. Beautiful.
14. The instant we create our prayers and good wishes for our loved ones, they’re already at their destination.
This is the power of living in a holographic universe. Imagine, then, the power of our thoughts. Of our emotions. Of our prayers. This mindset allows us to generate more power than ever before. With much less helplessness, fear, and frustration.
Consider that we’re responsible for becoming conscious of beliefs that darken our thoughts, feelings, and actions. Imagine the creativity of living within this powerful belief. Then get busy exploring it!
15. The world around us is nothing more and nothing less than a mirror of what we become from within.
The “field” that makes up our universe, or the divine matrix, in Gregg’s words, is a container for our experience, and a bridge to what we want to realize. It’s also a mirror of our inner lives.
If we have the curiosity, the wisdom, and the courage to explore what that mirror is showing us, we have the power to learn very quickly. We can adopt beliefs and live in emotions that will help us create what we want and deserve.
And note that this isn’t the panacea of “positive thinking”, like sweet icing we try to spread over everything. We all have real work to do here.
But imagine this approach becoming doable as we open ourselves, through doing our own individual, joyful work, to what will make the difference. As we truly take that on.
In Gregg’s words, individually each of these keys is fascinating. Together they tell an important story, and they build a powerful internal technology. It’s the power to create through our imaginations. Through allowing what we imagine to become real in the world around us.
Gregg says that consciousness is a measurable force. With it, we have everything we need to create what we wants in our lives beyond the realms of reason and logic.
With the power of consciousness,
we can transcend the limits of our
own past beliefs. Remember, we are
the art as well as the artists. It all
begins with healing our beliefs. — Gregg Braden
So I’ll end the way I began: this is wild work. I hope you’ve enjoyed my little introductory summary. Let me know how it lands in your heart. How it moves you to move forward.
Indeed, my dears, I say the beautiful news is that it’s empowering mindset time! So here’s how to rock that game-changing news, from me to you.
Because the truth is that YOU—in fact, all the parts and pieces of you, which add up to quite a cast of characters—can be your own cheerleader-in-chief and guard dog at the gateway to your own Fort Empowerment, allowing only helpful thoughts. With a clear call to take a hike to all else that tends to want to have a say.
What’s more, it can be fun! Ready to play? Then off we go.
1. Sniff like a bloodhound for negative voices.
You may not have a natural ability to notice voices inside or outside of you that don’t believein you or in abundant life, that want to keep you small. But like any skill that you work at, you can learn this.
So make notes. Keep an Annoying Voices journal. When do those “you can’t, you aren’t, you mustn’t” voices strike? Indeed, what do they say, exactly?
Get curious. Think and write however you hear them. With a particular accent? An emotion? And with every negative belief that you capture this way, imagine yourself growing a little taller, the weight of the world dropping from your shoulders.
Your voice more resonant. Your language more your own.
2. Call out unhelpful perspectives and send them packing.
And more, you can even do this with compassion. Because in this good work of rocking an empowering mindset, I say gentleness in all things, especially in conversations with parts of ourselves. So develop a gentle come-back—maybe a mantra—that’s fun and meaningful to you. For instance:
Thanks for sharing, little green gremlin; I know it means you care.
Get along, little wants-to-dog-me. Got your number. Maybe next time. (Not!)
Or perhaps a bit of poetry:
Roses are red, violets are blue,
I hear you talkin’ but I see through you.
Or one of those game-show buzzer sounds: AAAARRRGGGHHH. Busted.
3. Name the tune that likes to play over and over.
As you get clear on what likes to or is just accustomed to being in charge, to holding you back, to holding you hostage, perhaps even in a sweet-scented, gilded cage of comfortable habits (uh huh), try naming this or that naggy old voice, limiting belief, outdated rule, or childhood boogie man, none of which you probably ever actually chose to let run your life.
Once identified and tagged—Aunt Bertha, Professor Whozit from Whatzit, that monster under your bed the summer before 2nd grade—well, you know what to do.
Or you will now. That’s right. Time to clean house.
4. Dream up your special eradication style and cleeeeean house.
Crank the music, calling on all your upbeat faves, and get the trash bags ready. Or, best case for the good of the planet, pile up all that junk and then disappear it through the power of your vivid imagination.
By the way, that voice isn’t actually your Aunt Bertha, right? It’s her old ways that you’ve internalized.
And if she’s still at it in your outer life, it’s time to distinguish between that entrenched inner voice and her perhaps misguided love-in-action. Cleaning house means eradicate the first, and expressing your love and freedom with the second, beyond any old and tiresome chronic conflicts.
Auntie dearest, I love you, and everything’s OK with me. What do you need when I come see you?
Once you’ve gathered up all that old garbage, it’s time to use whatever imaginative eradication method works for you. How about enfolding it all in molten lava at the core of the earth, or having friendly aliens transport it to the next deep-space meteor crash point? Or maybe set its dark energy to work heating homes on the frozen tundra. (Um, are there homes on the frozen tundra?)
Imagine your way to an empowering mindset that serves the beautiful life you deserve. And again, have fun with it!
5. Practice, practice, practice. Then practice.
When this or that back talk, subtle whine, sermonette of doom, or mean-ass sidebar comment comes around again itchin’ for a soapbox moment (and note: that’s when, not if), just disappear it again, kindly but firmly, no violence, but no back-sliding either. Repeat as needed.
It’s like teaching little children. Consistency is key in shushing unhelpful voices.
6. Do that with one hand while you jam on with the other.
In the midst of this bucket of housekeeping work, which you‘ll get better and better at handling with one hand on your determined heart, well, then it’s time to act, my dears. Act on your dreams and goals. This really just means putting one foot in front of the other, in bite-sized action steps designed by capable you for actual results.
And keep in mind that your step by step, consistent accomplishments will impact the way you feel, the way you think about it all. Because success breeds success, right? Right. And the bottom line is that you deserve an amazing life. Believein yourself, and go, go, go for it.