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Flow States

Upcoming Talk at Business Honoring Spirituality in Lakewood, CO.

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30+ Years Promoting Conscious-Based Businesses

30+ Years Promoting Conscious-Based Businesses

Thursday Sept 11th at 7:00am (yes, AM) at Mile High Church in Lakewood CO, I will be presenting a talk called, “The Art and Science of Pranic Healing” mostly based on Grandmaster Choa Kok Sui’s first book of the same title, later renamed, “Miracles Through Pranic Healing.”

I will share my own wacky spiritual journey, what Pranic Healing is,  what Arhatic Yoga is, who Grandmaster Choa is, and how both can heal and transform your life. I will be presenting in front of Business Honoring Spirituality (BHS), a 30+ year networking group that strives to support conscious-based businesses in Greater Denver.

Through the constant push of my Higher Soul (along with girlfriend and best friend) I have been opening myself to more opportunities for public speaking. I can’t NOT do it.

Let me explain…

Ever since I was a little kid I was told over and over and over again, “Man, you have a lot of energy, can you just relax a little?” I never, ever liked hearing that. I always wanted to be in front of large groups of people to burn of this excess creative energy..but here was the problem, I couldn’t sing, couldn’t paint LIVE murals, couldn’t juggle or perform magic, and though I loved dancing…you wouldn’t see me on the TV show, “So You Think You Can Dance?” but ya know what I could do easily?

Talk…talk…and talk some more.

Public speaking has always been an outlet for my excessive creative energy. So rather than overwhelming a single person with all the knowledge, experiences and insights I had to offer…I thought, “Why not a huge crowd of people!?” Out of that huge crowd of people there must be 20% who will a ton of value with what I’m sharing…taking notes, learning something new, having an AHA or two and using them to transform their lives. WHY NOT?!

My biggest crowd to date was at the age of 15 in front of 2,000 people but I was singing, “When Doves Cry” by Prince

“But didn’t you just say you couldn’t sing?” Ok, ok, it was less like singing and more like screaming and undulating my hips to “When Doves Cry” by Prince. Jeesh.

And I enjoyed every off-key moment. I’d be willing to bet my crappy version would cause Prince to punch me in the larynx BUT the audience loved the performance because of who I was BEING while I was up there singing my un-trained lungs out. The conveyance of energy is one of THEE most important aspects of speaking to large groups of people.

What about stage fright?

Well, I totally got that out of my system when I was 6 years old during an elementary school chorus event. That was a scary time; huge burning stage lights hung above our little heads while the parents lurked in the shadows taking dozens of flash photography shots. I was so disorientated while on stage I could barely keep my balance, nevermind balancing out my bravado.

And one too many flashes did me in… I blacked-out and fell off the stage.

When I came to…the dirty, crimson curtains were being closed shut…while standing up I felt queasy and had NO idea where I was. Out of nowhere, my speech therapist came into the picture (did I forget to mention I had a severe speech impediment?) and wanted to see if I was alright.

As she approached my pasty-white (I’m Irish remember), trembling, disorientated body, I puked all over her black skirt. Jokes on her (and my puke)…that’ll teach her for lending a helping hand.

In most cases, that would have mentally and emotionally crippled ANY person from ever wanting to be on stage again. Apparently this one event was the only one I needed to permanently purge the fear of being judged or criticized by an audience of more than 3.

Butterflies in the stomach? Nope. Clammy palms? Hmm, nope. Weak in the knees? No. I eat butterflies for breakfast with my clammy-palms protein shake and weak-in-the-knees B12 shot.

I think my secret to fearless public speaking is my belief in the power and importance of the information I’m my sharing. Here’s a hint: It’s not mine! Therefore I have no ego about it. And whatever is my own personal story, who can refute what I’m saying? Its my story and no one else.

Most of my public talks are about Pranic Healing, Arhatic Yoga, its Founder Grandmaster Choa Kok Sui, and/or Meditation. There is NO ONE on this planet that could convince me these tools, Teachings, and technologies didn’t improve my life and can’t improve the life of another person.

There’s a lot of power in believing that. One must believe in his message-cause-voice, for better or worse. What I share from stage is a genuine desire to improve the lives of my audience. I crave from the depths of my Soul that they will be healed from their suffering and filled with light, love, and power. To live more empowered lives; spiritually, mentally, emotionally, etherically, and physically. Its not my job to do the work for them, but I do consider it my job to be a messenger of hope.

I am living proof of the transformative power of the teachings I share with other people. I was a person filled with anger, bitterness, resentment, judgement, loneliness, fear and constant worry when I was growing up as a young boy, teenager and 20-something. Yet through consistent (that’s the key) application of my Teacher’s teachings, my life has improved in ways I could not have ever imagined.

A Master Pranic Healer asked a group one time, during a full moon meditation, “What’s inner peace worth to you? $100? $1,000? $10,000? $1,000,000? More?” He answer was, “Inner peace is priceless.”

There is no amount of money that can buy it. It is cultivated from within. I have spent 15+years cultivating it through thousands of hours trial, error, research, reading, experimenting, meditation, reflection and ‘unnecessary’ suffering. Looking back, it was worth every moment of effort to cultivate it. And you know why? Because now no one can take it from me. These are my priceless jewels that I’ve earned. They can’t be foreclosed on, repossessed, taken to court, or bankrupted. What dividends will these spiritual investments payback in the future?

I encourage each and everyone of you to come to my talk (even if you’re not in Greater Denver 🙂 and seek to develop your inner gifts that can never be taken away. What would your life look like if your inner state was that of peace, stillness and love regardless of external circumstances? Your Higher Self is waiting for YOU to cultivate it for YOU.

I thank God, my Higher Soul, and my supporters that constantly encourage me to get onto every and all stages that will have me in order to inspire others that inner peace is possible, love is possible, hope is possible, Soul realization is possible.
Atma Namaste.

Out with the Old, In with the Flow

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Original work by Julia Dordoni of IslandEventPainter.com
Painting of Chautauqua Park in Boulder, CO is available for purchase now

My girlfriend and I spent this past Saturday hiking Chautauqua Park in Boulder, CO. It is such a beautiful location with so many vistas to see, nooks to snack in, rocks to climb and people to chat up. This was my second time hiking this park, the first time being with her and her two little ones. Hiking with kids is a much different experience than going alone or with another adult. Kids have little legs that get tired easily and frequently, snack time is a must and every dog within a 5-mile radius instinctively jumps on them knocking them in the mud. Luckily, this time it was just her and I.

We schedule these one day-outings into our weekly routine. Once a week, we switch gears from writing articles, creating videos, and coaching others to rejuvenating and regenerating ourselves in the presence of nature. Without fail, we end up either coaching each other, coming up with new marketing ideas, or meeting people along the way that love our coaching services. Which brings me to a question someone recently asked me at an independent coffee shop, “Do you have any other interests besides coaching and healing?”

With a big stupid smile I asked, “Why do you think I chose coaching and healing as my career path?” The look on his face said this was the first time ever, his question was answered with a question. He nodded his head and said, “Oh, that makes perfect sense. You chose coaching and healing because they ARE your interests.”

He was really asking, “How can you make money doing the things you most enjoy?” He saw making money and enjoying what I did for money, as complete polar opposites. Why? Apparently no one else in the world is making money doing what they enjoy. I have 12 years of making money for the sake of making money. During those times I was a miserable, angry, depressed little man who was still broke.

Ever get the question, “If money was no longer an issue, what would you be doing?” One person could answer, “Shit, I’d quit tomorrow, tell me boss to shove it and travel the world in a sailboat.” Traveling the world is awesome but would that necessarily bring that person into a flow state? Maybe that person has been conditioned to believe traveling the world would bring him unlimited happiness and flow states. Or it could cause him tremendous stress and anxiety.

Is there a only two choices between being in flow and broke or being miserable and making millions?

I read, “The Millionaire Fastlane” by MJ DeMarco a couple years back to get clarity on that question. BTW, still one of the best business books I have ever read. MJ makes the case that instead of doing what you love or enjoy for pay, you absolutely must fill a need in the marketplace regardless if you love filling that need or not.

I say if being a personal trainer, massage therapist, painter, musician or life coach puts you in a state of flow, then do it. “But what if the marketplace doesn’t want what I’m offering?” MJ says that people who are ‘doing what they love’ are service professionals entering a field with low barrier to entry, high competition, high turnover and non-scalable. Also the market size is smaller because of the perception that only rich people can afford massages, personal training, original artwork or life coaching. You end up choosing a passion with high competition and small profits.

Here’s where I disagree with MJ.

The most precious resource you will ever have is your time. Its finite and can be taken away at any moment. Each and every day you have 24 hours at your disposal. How do you want to spend them? You can spend 40 hours or more a week in a profession, business, activities and opportunities that enliven and put you in flow states or you can spend 40 hours or more a week on meaningless work, activities and situations that put you in a state of boredom, numbness, or anxiety. The choice is yours.

Yes, filling a need in the marketplace to make money is essential. Yet I believe filling that need to make money should be secondary to what puts you in flow. If being a massage therapist, personal trainer, life coach, painter, or musician puts you in a high state of flow then do it. Yes, to be financially successful requires the application of skillsets outside of your ‘zone of genius’ such as marketing, sales, administration, web design, niche branding, product creation, public speaking, etc. The goal should be to outsource or delegate as much as possible so you can keep your focus on activities that keep you in flow.

Being in flow attracts people, opportunities, and situations that attract more flow. Being out-of-flow attracts people, circumstances, and situations that attract being out-of-flow. Simple.

Writing articles, creating videos, and coaching people are my flow states. I am not a huge fan of website design. I feel it takes me out of flow and weakens my ability to attract the people and opportunities I want. Therefore, I outsource my web design to an Indian virtual assistant who is in flow doing that work. Win for me. Win for my virtual assistant. Win for my clients.

Have you thought about what activities bring you in flow? Writing, singing, painting, coaching, public speaking, hiking, martial arts, building a business, selling a business? Find people, activities, and opportunities in your life that enable flow and engage with them as often as possible. Next, find people, activities, and situations in your life that take you out of flow and disengage from or delegate to them. Your time is unbelievably precious and limited. I never really understood the value of time until operating my own coaching business.

Let me finish the story about our hike through Chautauqua Park.

The last mile of the hike, we chose to run down a dirt trail on the side of the mountain. Of course, we couldn’t just run down the mountain and call it a day. Instead we had to create an inspirational video during the run which we later spent an hour critiquing and thinking of ways of how it could have been better.

Right before reaching the bottom of the mountain we noticed an unusual event.

An artist brilliantly set up her easel right at the entry point to the trail so that all people coming and going would see her beautiful work. Some people walked by without notice while others stopped to ask questions or make a quick comment about her work. I’m always seeking new and interesting ways to connect with people and add value, so I stopped to talk. I wanted to inquire about the painting but more importantly, about the painter. I was in awe of her flow state. Her brush strokes effortlessly moved across the canvas, beautifully re-creating the very mountain we had just run down.

She was painting from flow and that is what inspires. It inspired me and no doubt, inspires the people who commission her work. Of course being an artist, of any kind, has it challenges but how many of us can say we have regular flow states that reignites our imaginations and realigns us with our divine selves? Watching her in flow made it easier for me to access my flow. I was not blessed with artistic ability instead God blessed me with numerous other ways to access flow. And you are no different.

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Artist, Julia Dordoni, being in flow.

Maybe your flow state has nothing to do with painting or dancing or music or coaching. My teacher, Grandmaster Choa Kok Sui, has said, “Some people’s yoga (union with the higher self) is through their business.” Certain businessmen achieve flow even divine union, during the process of building and expanding their business. Think Steve Jobs. Think Bill Gates. Think Tony Hsieh. Think Warren Buffet. These men are building their empires from flow. Their flow state attracts the people, activities, and opportunities required to grow and expand their interests and influence. Do you feel money is their inspiration? Or could it be more about who they are being in the process of making that money?

Do you feel in your heart of hearts that your purpose in life is to wake up day after day uninspired? Are you working a job or business that either bores you to tears or chases you to insanity for 40 hours a week?

Yes, I get it. You have bills, obligations, commitments and promises to fulfill. Maybe you spent a decade and $250,000 on your education to become a lawyer, doctor, accountant or engineer. Maybe you feel it would reveal a character flaw to switch careers or lose the status that profession represents. Maybe so, but at what cost? Those are all noble professions with many dedicated and passionate people. Are you one of them? Are you in flow being a lawyer, doctor, accountant or engineer or are you not?

There is a Chinese proverb that states, “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” Again, time is your most precious resource.

Start now.

Focus on people, activities and opportunities that enable you to be in flow as often as possible. Being in flow is the expression of your greatest gifts and talents which the world would gladly pay you for because through you, they get to taste their own greatest gifts and talents.

With Love.

10 Signs to Know You’re in Flow

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Flow sweet flow.

Flow sweet flow.

I created the acronym for FLOW STATES below to help you remember the qualities of flow. But, if for any reason you forget those qualities, just remember the picture above. This is flow at its finest. As you read each of these qualities, see if you can match them up with these children running.

Focus – being in flow causes you to be process-orientated rather than results-orientated, fully immersed in the task at hand without becoming distracted. A famous example of focus while being in flow was amateur-golfer, Joyce Wethered. At age 19, she defeated English great Cecil Leitch to win the 1920 English Women’s Amateur title. Wethered sank a putt on the final hole of the match for the victory. It was a hole adjacent to train tracks, and a train sped past as Wethered was over her putt. She was asked afterward how she was able to make the putt with the distraction of the train. She replied, “What train?”

Loss of Self – being in flow causes you to lose sense of the ego. You are no longer driven by the ego’s desire for fame, fortune, and immortality, it merely fades away. This is a beautiful experience.

Oneness – being in flow gives you a glimpse of the interconnectedness and ultimately, the Oneness, of all things big and small, seen or unseen. Many years ago, after several hours of meditation, I left the meditation hall and walked back to my dorm room. In front of the building entrance was a huge tree…a tree I had seen many times before. Yet this time was different, for just a brief moment, I sensed the tree and I were one. My arms became its branches, my blood became its slow moving sap, my skin became its gnarly bark. I have no idea how long it lasted. An experience I’ll never forget.

Witness – being in flow gives you the ability to witness your thoughts, emotions, and actions instead of identifying as them. Eckhart Tolle says, “One’s attention chases a thought just as a dog chases a scent.” As a witness, you simply observe the thought without attaching meaning or judgment, you are not chasing the thought down the stream of consciousness and losing your space as a witness.

Strength – being in flow gives you a tremendous sense of power, energy and unshakable faith. Fear, self doubt, and lack of self worth are constructs of the ego, which fades away during flow.

Timelessness – being in flow you lose track of time. Regretting the past and worrying about the future are no longer a priority, only the present moment. In general, you sense of time while in flow seems to go by faster than actual time. Hours seems like minutes.

Alertness – being in flow gives you mental alertness not available outside of flow. In baseball, a 90 mile an hour fastball seems like its standing still in comparison to the alert state of the batter whom is in flow. In music, ideas flood the mind of the composer faster than she can actually write them down. You are as a cat waiting for the mouse to come from out the hole.

Tranquility – being in flow gives you deep and profound inner peace, inner contentment and inner joy. Its a though you are living off a strict diet of tranquility, no longer needing physical sustenance. The singer Beyonce, was so in flow during the creation of her new album, she had forgotten to eat for 3 days.

Effortlessness – being in flow gives you the sense of effortlessness during physical exertion. Its as though the effort is being done through you rather because of you. One triathlete had a feeling of effortlessness during his swim portion of the competition. While demonstrating relaxed and effortless strokes, he was a full 100 yards ahead of second place. Its as though with each stoke or pedal or step, the body becomes more energized and less stressed.

Stillness – being in flow gives you a sense of stillness that seems to impregnate even the loudest of environments.

F L O W S T A T E S are your B E S T S T A T E S

With Love.