Ever pick up a rattlesnake and not be bitten?

The Young Brave and the Rattlesnake

One morning a young brave was walking through the mountains on the way to his village and came across a rattlesnake on the path.

The rattlesnake spoke to him, “Please my boy, I’m so cold from the snow that fell on my home last night. I need to get down to the warm valley so I can survive. Will you take me with you?”

The boy answered, “No Mr. Rattlesnake. If I pick you up, you’ll bite me and I’ll die.”

The rattlesnake replied, “Little boy, if you do this thing for me I will forever be in your debt, and I promise I won’t bite you. We’ll be friends from here on and I’ll let you pass in peace whenever we meet again.”

The boy thought about this and answered, “Mr. Rattlesnake, my grandfather is very wise, he’s the chief of my people. He taught me to never touch the snake people.”

The boy and the snake a​​argued back and forth, with the snake flattering the boy, telling him, “To be the grandson of  the chief is a great honor, and ​I’m sure ​
you must be very wise and brave. I can tell that one day you will also be chief of your people.”

“Please do ​a very small thing for me then,” begged the snake, “please just carry me the short distance to the river where I can sun myself on the smooth warm rocks. Can you do that small thing for me?”

The snake was very persistent and very persuasive and the boy finally gave in to his pleadings. He picked up the snake with a stick and began walking down the mountain towards his village.

After just a short distance the snake began pleading with the boy, “My boy, my boy, this is a very wonderful thing you’re doing for me, so kind and generous. I will forever remember you. But I am still so cold and this stick is hurting my ribs, can you put me under your deerskin coat and keep me warm until we reach the river?”

The boy seeing that so far the snake had kept his word, took the snake and tucked him next to his body.

Finally at the river, the boy reached into his warm coat and carefully removed the snake and placed him on the rocks. As he pulled his hand back the snake reared and struck a fatal bite on his wrist.

The boy screamed out in shock and pain at being betrayed by the snake. “Please,” said the snake scornfully, “don’t act so surprised that I bit you. You knew exactly what I was when you picked me up.”

Native American parable

Is love ever extortion?

I have a man I admire who recently sent this email to me:

“If love is something that has to be earned or worked for in a relationship, then it’s not love. It’s extortion.” MS

Love that is “conditional” is not love. Only love that is “unconditional” is love. Conditional love is based on an insecurity. A codependency with others.

He told me of what he thought love was in his own family.

He attends church every Sunday with his wife and family. He doesn’t care for much of what goes on with the religion because as he put it, “I love Christ. Christ loves me. Religion seems to teach that Christ will only love me if I do or act a certain way. I know Christ. And the Christ I know loves me unconditionally.” But he attends because his wife is devout and wants to unconditionally support her and his son.

His son loves karate. He can’t stand karate. He goes to karate class with his son and wants him to be the best karate master ever. Or at least until  his son changes his mind.

He doesn’t care if his son wants to play video games all day. As he said, “I just want him to be the best video game player ever. I’m going to teach my son to love himself for who he is by unconditionally loving him for who he is.”

He believes God loves him regardless of how he acts. That God would never turn his back on him even if he did the worse things. He learned unconditional love from God and is applying that in his life with those he cares for.

I’ve felt a kinship to him the first day I met him. I could tell he accepted me unconditionally and he didn’t even know me. He was authentic and shared openly what he believed. He’s vulnerable and meek.

Then he said the most profound lesson he had learned in life.

You can’t unconditionally love others unless you unconditionally love yourself.

The Simple Bible Truth To Your Awesome Potential

FacebookpostWe know from the Old Testament in Exodus 3:14 that God is also referred to as “I am.” The verse states, “And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.”

We also know that God is inside all of us.

Colossians 1:27 states, “To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:”

Therefore if Christ is in all of us and God is referred to as the “I am” then when we create images of what we desire in life, we have God and Christ to help us achieve them.

With this knowledge creating affirmations that begin with the words “I am” would invoke God’s law to bring our desires to creation.

Create affirmations such as these would be an example of using the words ‘I am’:

I am healthy.

I am able to create abundance in my life.

I am strong.

Notice they did not contain an ineffective method I see so often in the affirmations of my pupils:

I will be healthy.

I will create abundance in my life.

I will be strong.

By saying, “I will” tells your sub conscience mind that you do not have your desire. It only hears, “not” and thus that’s what it will produce.

These are a few of my positive affirmations I  that show that God is in me and with Him I know all things are possible.  Mark 10:27 states, “And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible.”

I am The World’s Greatest Best Friend.

I am a temple of God and I treat my body with respect.

I am a great listener and I hear the outward and hidden messages that other people share with me.

I am a co-creator with God of great abundance.

I am healthy.

I am fit.

I am fast.

To achieve anything great in your life you first must believe it in your mind BEFORE you can earn it. Stating in advance your intentions by saying “I am” is a great way to affirm that God is in you and with that, ALL things are possible.

 

Leadership; casting a bigger vision, faith in a better way and calming the storms in life

FacebookpostI used to be in awe of how some people seemed to have all the desires come into their life seemingly without much effort. Then I began my quest to see what they knew that I didn’t. I read and studied many works and over time I began to be able to understand how they did that.

One of my moments that enlighten my soul and in part answered the question, I gained from the Holy Scriptures.

The Savior, Jesus Christ, after teaching the multitude gave instruction to depart to the other side of the sea. He instructed his twelve diciples to enter the ship to carry them across the body of water. Jesus first entered the ship and the twelve followed him as he had instructed.

Christ went to sleep as the twelve began to steer the ship across the sea. During the night a storm arose that caused waves to be thrown over the ship and scaring the twelve.

In Matthew, chapter 8 we learn:

25 And his disciples came to him, and awoke him, saying, Lord, save us: we perish.

26 And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm.

27 But the men marvelled, saying, What manner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him!

Here is what I learned.

First, the Savior had confidence, not in himself, but in God who controls all things and calms all storms. A God who creates all abundance.

Second, He shared that confidence with others by leading; he shared his vision of a bigger future and he entered the ship first and then others followed him.

Third, upon being thrust in the “lack of faithful” scary situation his disciples were in, he calmly used the situation to teach them by asking them a question, “Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith?”

Forth, he took care of the situation by using his power to calm the storm and thus their fears. The storm had passed.

But what storm did he calm? Was it the storm of external consequences; high wind and choppy seas? Or was it the storm that raged in the hearts and minds of the twelve?

To achieve one’s desires one has to understand the source of all abundance. Many people chase after “things” in their life from other people. They falsely believe that abundance comes from man and his efforts. That is not the correct view. All our abundance comes from acting in faith towards the creator of all things; God. That faith teaches us that we first have to believe in our hearts and minds that we are entitled, as joint heirs with God, that as we move in action towards our desire that God would provide it to us. We really don’t even have to know how it will come. Our faith in God moves us to move toward our desires only.

So many people don’t understand or believe that they are entitled to abundance. As such they chase after “things” without much hope of ever acquiring the object of their desire because they “beg” that others would grant them their wish; a new job, a higher pay, more time off, a better deal on a car, etc. If they exercised faith in God, as the great provider, all things of worthy desire can come to us without begging, without fear and without stress.

In the story Christ knew that he needed to be on the other shore. He didn’t know exactly how that would happen but he did his part; he got on the ship. With confidence he lead others to do the same by 1) casting the vision of being on the other shore, 2) instructing them to enter the ship as he went first, knowing it was the vehicle to carry them to the other place and 3) upon a challenge of others that threatened their mission, he calmed the ‘storm’ and taught the twelve more about how God works.

FacebookpostI don’t know if the sea was actually calmed or if he calmed the fear of the twelve. I think he calmed the storms of fear that resided in the hearts of the twelve. I think Jesus taught them the principles of boyancy and that as long as the ship stayed upright they would be safe. He probably taught them to take down the sails to stabilize the ship. Then as the winds and troubled water still prevailed the twelve could now feel safe among it.

The acquisition of all our worthy desires comes by using the following principles:

  1. Leadership; a matter of being confident in God, leading by example and teaching others the correct ways
  2. Faith; understanding the author of all abundance comes from God
  3. Calming storms; there will always be opposition in all things but they have no power over our purposeful vision of a bigger future

After I began to follow these principles my life completely changed. I was able to gain great health, releasing 50 lbs and finishing 10 Ironman Triathlons all past the age of 50. I was lead to a better way to capture my abundance I had dreamed about. I was lead out of the CPA profession and into the profession of network marketing which allows me to help the lives of more people in a much bigger way by helping them become free physically, financially and spiritually. I’ve been able to replace much of my net worth destroyed in bad economy of 2009. I’m closer to my family and especially my sons. I have more and deeper friendships with some great people.

In all ways I’m living my dream. My happiness is full and it grows as I work toward my mission of helping more and more people these same principles and they are lead by the same light that brightens my path.

Let’s do life together! Live Free Now! Own Your Life!

You have this great gift, use it!

FB-Pic-TempletI learned of a story today and it’s worthy of expressing. You’ll have to decide if it is sad or happy.

Today could be an awful day for a set of parents who just learned that their child’s spouse has decided to leave the marriage and take their child’s children away. A beautiful young family that tragically is on the verge of destruction because of choices made…..and not made.

It would be easy for this child and their parents to be angry, sad or even distraught. They could pass the blame for these feelings upon the shoulders of the spouse who has made this choice to end the marriage. The child has had their entire life pulled out from underneath them. No lovely children to come home to, to play with and help with their homework. No children to put their arms around their parent’s neck and say, “I love you.”  To feel worthless as a human being. To be uncertain of the future and to second guess the past.

But that would dishonor the gift and make it useless.

Everyone owns this gift. It’s not just given to a select few. This gift is the key to a happy life. The key to creating abundance. To building trusting and lasting relationships with others. This gift heals human pain and magnifies happiness and exhilaration.

The gift I’m referring to is the gift of “free will” or some call it “agency.” The gift of being able to make choices for ourselves. To think for ourselves. To create our beliefs, whether they are right or wrong. Whether they produce thoughts and actions that are real or make-believe. This gift produced the freedoms in our US Constitution of freedom of speech and religion. The freedom to either pursue happiness or not. This gift is what wars are fought over when a person or nation feels compelled to control this gift in human beings.

When others pass blame for their bad feelings on another human being the blame disregards this gift and it’s power to heal. Blame suggests that a person believes that others control them. Those who say, “You don’t make me happy” will probably never be happy with another either because happiness is only by using the gift and choosing happiness for ourselves.

I’ve often, when asked to help a person who is suffering, used the analogy of looking in a mirror and fixing that person first and how all their other problems amazingly go away. The challenges they face may still exist but the opportunity to overcome and learn from them now becomes an important part of life, worthy to be embraced, instead of hiding from.

Using this gift fully renders powerless the actions of another person’s words, actions or choices.

These parents have chosen to love their child’s spouse more who has made this horrible choice. They have more love for their child and are using their wisdom to point the child in the right direction.

These parent’s grandchildren mean everything to them. They have empathy for how terrified they are now. They also recognize that they lack the control to really do anything about it, at least for now. These parents recognize how God’s will must play out and to accept it.

Their child is in tremendous pain now as the child flies home very uncertain what to do next. The parents also honor the gift almost as much as life itself. They know that the answer to heal the pain their child is facing is in using the gift. Their child must choose to accept that which isn’t controllable. To choose to make the best of the situation. To choose to begin to build a better self and to love the children more. To choose to accept self and recognize that they are a good person, a great parent and willing to forgive and build a better marriage. To choose to serve others and be an example of courage and faith. To choose to testify of God and Christ and to love and trust again.

We are only able to choose our beliefs, thoughts and actions. We are not able to choose their results or escape their consequences.

I’m thankful for these parents. I’ve known them for many years. They are praying for their child. They are praying for their child’s spouse. They are praying for their grandchildren. They are praying for God’s will to be done.

Honor the gift and choose to be great. Choose to be self-reliant. Choose to be happy just like these parents.