Everyday Awakening - December 2006
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Dear Friend ,

Welcome to my December issue!

I have two holiday gifts for you. The first involves the completion of this past year and consciously planning the new year. The second is a gift of a free one-hour coaching session. (See the Special Offer section at the end.)

Also in this issue, I've listed many inspiring websites that I've come across this past month. Each one is designed to give you a thrill, a vision, or an experience of joy.

The year 2006 has been an intense year for almost everyone I know. Each year around the Winter Solstice, I take time to review the past year and think about what I want to create in the coming year. This exercise provides me with perspective, allows me to digest the changes that have occurred, and puts me in the best position to create what I want in the future. The Exercise of the Month is a guide for this self-reflective process. If you want to go even deeper with this process, I will send you a 16-page mini-workbook that takes you through a detailed step-by-step review of 2006, and a powerful planning process for a fantastic 2007. Simply email me (put "2007" in the subject line) and I'll send it to you.

These gifts are my way of saying "Thank You!" for being part of the Everyday Awakening community -- now numbering more than 2,000 friends. And please forward this newsletter to your friends if it would benefit them.

I wish you a warm and joyful holiday season. May you create more of what you want. May you become a more conscious creator. And may your creations be aligned with the greater good for the world.

Warmly,

Lion

Make Your Dreams Come True
 
Workshops in the Northeast, Northwest, and exotic Costa Rica

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Anodea and I are teaching our powerful manifestation course, "From Dream To Reality: The Spiritual Technology of Manifestation Through the Chakras" three times in 2007:

February 19th - 23rd, 2007
Kripalu Yoga Center in Lenox, Massachusetts
(866) 200-5203
Manifestation at Kripalu

March 10th - 17th, 2007
Luna Lodge, in the heart of the rainforest of Costa Rica
(415) 472-2284
Manifestation in Costa Rica

June 4th - 8th, 2007
Hollyhock, Cortes Island, British Columbia
(800) 933-6339 x232
Manifestation in British Columbia

Anodea snd I have drawn out a detailed map of the process of creation in the world (manifestation) and brought together a set of tools that will outfit you for your journey. With the map and these tools, you can create anything you want in your life, from ideal relationships to business success, from creative expression to the fulfillment of your soul's purpose.

Using the Chakra System as our model, we discovered that there are actually 9 steps on the path that leads from a Dream to a Reality. When you know the steps, you can move yourself forward more efficiently. Of course, obstacles and barriers ALWAYS appear on the road. They are part of the process of creation. We also provide the tools that enable you to handle the inevitable stuff that comes up -- fears, doubts, confusion, distractions, exernal resistance, or the inner voices that prevent you from creating the life you want.

Please join us if you want to become a more powerful creator in your own life. Our website (link below) contains more information about the Manifestation Workshop as well as dozens of rave reviews from our past participants.

May the Source be with you!


The Miracle of Coaching
 
Changing Your Life One Step at a Time

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I want to report a miracle in my life.

A true miracle! This miracle was accomplished with the help of a coach. For decades, I could not get myself to exercise regularly, and I watched my weight climb a few pounds every year. It finally hit the big 200. Ouch! I was desperate. I had to do something. So I hired a coach -- Geralyn Gendreau, the 21-day Lifestyle Turnaround Coach. I got miraculous results, and I'm thrilled. Everyone needs a coach from time to time -- even coaches!

I pride myself on being able to help others transform their lives and create their dreams. I'm a damn good coach. But I can't seem to coach myself -- no matter how hard I try.

The results: I've lost 17 pounds and my "spare tire," increased my muscle mass, improved my health, and my body looks better than it has looked in 20 years. I am actually enjoying exercise -- which is a second miracle!

Geralynís extraordinary positive attitude, her encouragement, insight, information, and (when necessary) her commands, brought about the changes I had been searching for. The most unexpected boon is that my desires have changed. I now want to work out and eat healthy foods. I have effortlessly given up the high-calorie foods that I believed I "needed" to feel good. Geralyn integrates yoga, depth psychology, integral spirituality, and a practical, disciplined approach. This process freed up a tremendous amount of vital energy that I now have for my life.

Having a coach in your corner is truly life changing. If you're looking to transform your health and lifestyle, contact Geralyn at (707)478-6358. (She is also a fantastic writing coach and muse, so if you're writing a book, or want to write one, call her.)

If you want to experience success in other aspects of your life, especially business and financial success, or making your dreams come true, hire me as your coach. Call me at (415)472-6500 to discuss the miracles you would like to have in your life. And be sure to take advantage of my free coaching offer at the end of the newsletter. Cheers!


Excitement, Fun, and Inspiration
 
Websites to Explore
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Here are some powerful websites I have visited and been inspired by. I hope you enjoy them as much as I have.

The End of Suffering
Spend five minutes in peaceful contemplation with this guided meditation featuring Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh. The music is composed and performed by my friend Gary Malkin, from his fantastic DVD "Graceful Passages: A Companion for Living and Dying." I highly recommend this DVD as a gift for anyone suffering from an illness or who is nearing the passage of death (which means all of us, actually).
The End of Suffering

Global Warning
If you are as concerned about global warming as I am, you know how easy it is to get overwhelmed by the facts and figures involved. Here is a creative and humorous commentary on this serious problem from Blue Man Group, an entertaining troupe of actor/musicians who put on a fantastic show. If you get a chance to see their performance, do so! (I was once on stage with them, having been chosen from the audience as a "volunteer.")
Attention Earth

Don't Mime Me
Back in college, I studied mime with Samuel Avital, a famous teacher of the silent art. This video is one of the best mime performances Iíve ever seen, by French mime Jerome Murat. Watch the entire piece to see an awesome surprise ending. The introduction is in French, but the performance is in the Universal Language.
Jerome Murat

Pandora.com: Music Your Way
Pandora is a music listening and discovery service. It enables you to easily create streaming "stations" that explore your favorite parts of the music universe. For example, you can create a "station" by identifying an artist, song, or type of music (e.g., Joni Mitchell or "Clouds" or Folk). Pandora then plays a variety of music that has characteristics similar to your choice. The system learns from your feedback, and you can create as many stations as you wish. It's an amazing free service. Check it out.
Pandora

Brrrr... The Harbin Ice Festival
There is a place in Northern China that stays frozen almost all year long, so it is not surprising that they have gotten very creative with ice. Not just simple ice sculptures, but entire buildings made of ice, gigantic animals and gods, and model cities and architectural wonders. Imagine the Great Wall of China made of ice. Or just visit this site for some mind-blowing photographs.
Harbin Ice and Snow Festival

The Book of Now
Get present with yourself. Right now. Experience the power of now, in this very moment. Yes, this one.
The Book of Now

Visionary Artists
Iasos, a talented musician, brought together a collection of more than 20 visionary artists in this showcase, of beauty and inspiration. It includes well-known artists such as Alex Grey, Geoffrey Chandler, and Gilbert Williams, and many others not as well known. This is art that stretches the imagination and expands possibilities.
Visionary Art

I hope you enjoy these sites!

If you have favorite websites, art, music or videos that you would like to share, please email them to me. I will include them in future newsletters.


Film and Video Recommendations
 
Adventure, Love, the Mystery, and a Secret

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MOVIE RECOMMENDATIONS

Donít miss The Fountain starring Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weisz. It is a fantastic dream-like love story that takes place across three time periods - 1500 AD, where Jackman portrays a Spanish Conquistador serving his Queen and seeking the mythic Founain of Everlasting Youth; the modern era (2000 AD), where Jackman plays a scientist attempting to find a cure for his wife's cancer; and in 2500 AD where Jackman is an astronaut seeking the answers to the mysteries of life. It is hauntingly beautiful, shocking and powerful. It will rock your world.

Check out the Preview at: The Fountain

THE SECRET IS OUT -- AND EVERYONE IS TALKING ABOUT IT

The Secret is a documentary film about manifestation -- how we create our reality through our beliefs and thoughts. It is a ground-breaking feature length movie in which top speakers, writers and philosophers of our time are interviewed about the world's greatest secret: what it takes to become successful.

Presenters include Bob Proctor, Neale Donald Walsh, Joe Vitale, John Gray, Mike Dooley, and many others. They offer simple truths and much inspiration. It is entertaining and educational, and it is masterfully produced, making a potentialy dull subject very exciting.

The Secret is about the power of thought, the law of attraction, visualization and your inalienable, supernatural right to have, do and be whatever your heart dreams of. What are YOUR life dreams?

If you would like some inspiration and motivation for the coming year, get a copy of this DVD.


Exercise of the Month
 
A Review of 2006 -- and a Plan for 2007

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The Exercise of the Month requires at least two hours of your time, but it will be time well spent. Find a quiet space where you can write without being disturbed. If you keep a journal, have this past year's journals nearby where you can refer to them.

If you are intrigued by this process and want to engage in a more rigorous and in-depth process, email me (put "2007" in the subject) and I will send you a sixteen-page annual review and plan for 2007. It is my gift to you so you can create an awesome year ahead.

(Special thanks to Cynthia Stringer, a terrific success coach who sent me her version of this process many years ago.)

Step 1

Contemplate your accomplishments during this past year, and write down a list of the following:

  • Goals attained
  • New friends made
  • Knowledge gained
  • Lessons learned
  • Skills gained
  • Burdens shed
  • Relationships nurtured
  • Other successes
Next, acknowledge the gifts you have received by making two lists based on this past year:
  • Things I am grateful for
  • People who made a difference in my life
Step Two

It is also important to acknowledge whatever might be incomplete or uncomfortable from the past, and to decide what you intend to do about each one. Every "incomplete cycle" in our life uses a small amount of attention energy to keep it in its unfinished state. When you complete a cycle, you free that attention energy, which you can then apply to creating the life you want. Make the following lists:
  • Actions I regret, the Action I will take to clear it, and By When
  • Communications I failed to deliver, To Whom, What I need to communicate to feel complete, Whether I am willing to do so, and By When.
Now you can begin to plan your year 2007:

Step Three

Make a list of Everything I Want in 2007. Leave nothing out. This is a moment when it is perfectly okay to be selfish, greedy, and hungry for more. Enjoy this process! Be generous with yourself. Allow yourself to dream, and to have all of your desires.

Next, decide which of your Wants will become your 3 Major Goals for 2007. Make sure that these three Goals are aligned with your values, that you really want them (the ideas aren't coming from someone or somewhere else), and that they wil have a positive impact on both your life and the lives of others.

For each Goal, list the Resources I Need to accomplish it (people, money, education, information, technology, etc.) and the Actions I Must Take to achieve your Goal. List the Support Structures Needed to make it happen (including practices you need to engage in), and the Requests of Others you will make to get that support.

Finally, take out a calendar for 2007 and decide the date by which you will accomplish your goal. Write "I accomplished (the Goal)!" on that date. Also remember to schedule a Celebration that will honor your accomplishment - with a party, champagne, a shopping spree, or a special dinner. Use these dates to work backwards in time, planning the steps you need to take in order to accomplish your goal.

If you would like a guidebook that takes you through this process step-by-step, email me with "2007" in the subject line and I will send a copy to you. If you want to learn how to accomplish any goal and remove the obstacles that get in your way, sign up for our Manifestation Throught The Chakras workshop. This is powerful technology! It is "The Secret" to making your dreams come true.

I congratulate you for taking these steps, telling the truth, and creating the life you want to live.


Free one-hour coaching session in January
 

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I am offering a free one-hour coaching session (by phone) to readers of Everyday Awakening, valued at $175. My hope is that you will get so much out of the session that you wil sign up for a series of coaching sessions, but of course, there is no obligation.

Bring the most difficult problem you face in your life and see how much traction we can get in only one hour. This is a gift from my heart to your heart. Call me to schedule the session by January 30th at 415-472-6500. I look forward to speaking with you and helping you move forward toward your dreams.

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CLOSING THOUGHTS

We just passed the Winter Solstice on December 21st, the darkest time of the year, with the shortest day and the longest night. From this point forward, the days will become longer and warmer as we head to the other side of this seasonal pendulum. It is the perfect time to bring your desires into the world and manifest your dreams. Successful executives and businesspeople know that every hour spent planning pays off ten-to-one, but most of us forget to apply this technology to our personal lives.

As a coach, it is my job to inspire you, cajole you, and convince you that you can accomplish any goal and create a dream-come-true life. I point to the tools you'll need, provide a few instructions or recommend practices that will get you there, tickle your ribs and remind you that many have gone before you on this path and there is absolutely no evidence to support the proposition that life is serious.

I send my thanks and appreciation to you, dear readers and friends. I hope I have entertained and enlightened you, or at least brightened your day and given you something to think about. Let me know whether I have succeeded.

Stay in touch, and let me know how you are doing in your precious one-and-only life.

With Warmth and Joy,

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Lion Goodman
Everyday Awakening

Phone: 415-472-6500