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Coaching

January 8, 2009

TUESDAY
6 January 2009

For many years now, another profession that has appealed to me (in addition to writing/filmmaking) is that of Life Coach.  Yes, I know – add this to the list that also includes stage actor, dog whisperer, roller coaster designer, novelist, fitness magazine cover model, professional psychic, full-time sexy person and trained snorkeler.  So what of it?  I’m layered.

In 2008, when I was still living in Minneapolis, I decided to do a little research about Life Coaching.  A little research never hurt anyone, right?  And it’s free.  Of course, in 2004 I decided to “just do a little research” about nose jobs and a month later had a new schnoz, which definitely was NOT free, as fond as I am of the revised sniffer.

Anyhoo – with Life Coaching, you have the opportunity to help other people become the best version of themselves they want to be, which seriously jazzes me.  THEY still do the work, though, much like a basketball coach is not out there on the field, diamond, court, track … whatever the playing surface in basketball is called … but rather there to help the players focus on their strengths, develop other areas and apply their natural skills to the team and to the goal of winning.

I realized about a week ago that I’ve been seriously studying all of the things that are part of Life Coaching – at least the kind of Coaching I’d like to do – for more than four years!  Clearing life clutter, focusing on what makes you feel good, the Law of Attraction, living presently, etc.  Dang!  As I continued to ponder my studies, I thought of still more research/prep work I’d done even further back in time – such as discovering Julia Cameron’s “The Artist’s Way” in 1998/1999 (LOOOOOOVE this book), and even reading Louise Hay’s seminal “You Can Heal Your Life” in my early 20s.  Cool.  I’m not as much of a newbie as I thought.  The Universe has been winking at me all this time.  Who’da thunk?

One of my accomplishments in 2009 (here’s the full list) will be certification as a Life Coach.  Still, I’m intrigued to start sharing what I know, how I can communicate it to others, designing a plan for them, what the whole process will be like for me in the real world and so forth.  This past weekend I was chatting with one of the animal rescue volunteers – the only one who isn’t still a teenager.  He’s an actor, and he mentioned he’s somewhat frustrated with life, career and other things, so I offered to help him out.  I’m sure he’ll be a famous television or film star soon enough, so out of respect for his privacy, we’ll call him Bryan.

We met for coffee today and I said if he was willing to be my guinea pig, I would coach him for free.  As payment, I joked that I would like to be mentioned during his acceptance speech at the Oscars.  (Of course, I might not hear it because I’ll likely be backstage taking questions from the press because I just won too, but these are logistics we can suss out later.)  Bryan’s an ideal client because he is ready for and wants to make changes in his life, and those are the kind of Life Coachees who will make the best progress.  I’ll keep you posted on how all of that goes!

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100 Accomplishments

January 4, 2009

SATURDAY
3 January 2009

A few years ago, I was reading one of the hippie/raw food eating/metaphysical philosophy books I own (and cherish, thanks very much), and the author touted the importance of making a list of 100 things you want to accomplish in the next year.  These aren’t resolutions, mind you.  This is another way of visualizing the life you’d like to lead for the next year.  Much like a vision board, I suppose.  A big, comprehensive list of the things you want to do, see, have, learn, experience, etc.

In the several years I’ve done this exercise, I’ve yet to come up with 100 things.  Can you believe that??  I’m even including things like, “I replaced all of my tattered underwear!” and “Purchased a fancy watch!”  I came up with everything my brain can imagine that I really want right now.  Special thanks to my sister for posting a similar list on her blog from which I ‘borrowed’ several fantastic suggestions.

One of the challenges is that the accomplishments have to be measurable.  Nothing vague like, “I will be in the best shape of my life.”  However, “I gained 15 pounds of muscle” works, as does “I returned to tai chi play three times per week.”  Sometimes, I admit, I’m not 100% successful with this.  I know I’ll keep revamping and revising until it’s compliant with this rule, though.

The list is all over the place – career stuff, personal stuff, travel items, material things.  Writing the list makes you think BIG about everything you want in your life, and not stopping until you reach 100 really forces you to expand your mind.  Here’s my list as it stands right now:

1.  New apartment that is quiet, peaceful, near the beach and where I can have a pup
2.  New bicycle
3.  New car
4.  One screenplay optioned (minimum)
5.  Ran a marathon
6.  Added 15 pounds of muscle
7.  Wrote two new screenplays (minimum)
8.  Became financially independent – my investments earn enough to pay my expenses
9.  Earned $1000 worth of writing income per week (business, creative, technical, articles, etc.)
10.  Up and running with my iPhone
11.  LA365 blog receives 50,000 hits per day
12.  Arctic Dog Films website is up and running
13.  Learned to surf! (and own all the accoutrements)
14.  Met and am sharing life with my next great love
15.  Enjoying my new MacbookPro w/Final Cut and ACS4
16.  Studied & developed my intuitive abilities and put them to use (reading people)
17.  Learned to speak French
18.  Learned to speak Spanish
19.  Went for an extended trip to Paris (and explored Europe, too)
20.  Bought a new guitar
21.  Took guitar lessons and relearned to play
22.  Wrote a song on my guitar
23.  Produced and starred in my own cabaret show
24.  Directed and produced ILLUME
25.  Completely simplified and organized every aspect of my life (a la “Coach Yourself…”)
26.  Went on a ski trip to the Rockies
27.  Trip to NYC
28.  Secured production deals with two companies (one is a major studio)
29.  Started voice lessons again
30.  Relearned TaiChi grand long form
31.  Began regular yoga practice
32.  Took an RSVP, Atlantis or Zoom Vacation
33.  Had a sitting with a professional photographer
34.  Gave $15,000 to charity
35.  Volunteered at least 10 hours per month
36.  Enjoyed monthly spa days
37.  Swam with dolphins
38.  Went horseback riding
39.  Had lunch, dinner or drinks with Oprah Winfrey
40.  Returned to an 80% raw food eating plan
41.  New Vespa
42.  Saved 6 months worth of expenses as a reserve
43.  Paid off my credit cards
44.  Paid back monies owed to my family
45.  Current with my taxes & loved by the IRS
46.  Earned $1,000,000 income!!!
47.  Went on a yoga/meditation retreat
48.  Take an Alaskan cruise
49.  Landed an agent – both literary and directing
50.  Hired an assistant
51.  Hired a housekeeper
52.  Hired a personal, raw food chef
53.  Purchased a high-end watch
54.  Purchased a hi-def television set
55.  Raw foods and health supplements are delivered to my home
56.  Traveled to the Grand Canyon
57.  Traveled to Australia
58.  Developed a photography hobby
59.  Enjoying a sleek, new NIKON D60 digital camera for aforementioned hobby
60.  Finished a triathlon
61.  Revamped my wardrobe/style/image & am able to cultivate it authentically
62.  Wrote & produced fun webisode series about dating
63.  Bought a piano and took piano lessons
64.  Acted in a small role in a film
65.  Performed in a play or musical here in LA
66.  Had coffee, lunch or drinks with Meryl Streep
67.  Had a successful pitch meeting at Focus Features which resulted in an option
68.  Talked with Steven Spielberg at an industry event
69.  Attended a swanky Oscar after-party!
70.  Wrote a novel
71.  Unloaded my Minneapolis condo
72.  Rescued at least two dogs
73.  Attended a Hicks/Abraham seminar
74.  Dinner with Jerry & Esther Hicks
75.  New collection of fancy-schmancy underwear
76.  New running shoes
77.  New running shoe heel inserts
78.  Sweet new rollerblades
79.  Attached a name actor to ILLUME (minimum)
80.  Was mentored by and established relationships with multiple entertainment industry pros
81.  Purchased a brand new professional-grade video camera for vlogging & webisode work
82.  Took golf lessons
83.  Bought golf clubs and golf accoutrements
84.  New backpack/satchel thing for hauling around all m’stuff
85.  Became a certified Life Coach
86.  Slept under the stars
87.  Went to Disneyland
88.  Planted a garden and grew my own vegetables
89.  Went skinny dipping
90.  Kissed that someone special in the rain (see #14)
91.  Went for a moonlit walk along the beach
92.  Went to a drive-in movie (double-feature would be awesome!)
93.  Joined a book club
94.  Visited every major film studio lot in Los Angeles
95.  Took a Hawaiian vacation
96.  Watched the northern lights
97.  Have a new home stereo system
98.  Bought some sweet BOSE noise-reduction headphones
99.  Read every script nominated for “Best Original Screenplay” within the past 10 years
100.  Watched every “Best Picture” Oscar winner for the past 30 years

Give this exercise a try.  It isn’t as easy as it sounds!

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A fantastic new year

January 2, 2009

OK, y’all.  We’ll try this again.  I’m doing my best to write the current entries, as well as rewrite and post ALL of my previous missing entries dating back to November.  My GOAL is to post one new entry here on the top page each day, and I’ll work on posting the make-up entries ASAP, several at a time.  I DO have entries and stories for the past month or more, believe me!  But it is a new year, so I thought it would be good to begin posting current entries again.  Then, when I post the back entries for Nov/Dec, it’ll be kindof like the Star Wars prequels or something.  Well, those weren’t universally loved, so maybe that’s not a great analogy.  Anyway, HAPPY NEW YEAR and thanks for reading!

THURSDAY
1 January 2009

I can not express in blog-space how excited I am about 2009.  The last year definitely presented its challenges, but I have come to peace with them and am actually grateful for all I’ve been through this year.  I know I am stronger, better and wiser than I was at this time last year.  Well, let’s hope I’m wiser!

The first day of the new year started at 6:00am when I heard my housemate Jeffrey come in from the New Year’s Eve festivities he attended downtown.  I heard the door open, but the footsteps weren’t Jeffrey’s.  I could tell because they were very fast-paced, very scritch-scratchy, and it was obviously more than two feet walking across the floor.

I went to see what the dealeo was.  There was Jeffery closing the door, but he had a guest: a furry little white poodle-type dog who was prancing around the room, tongue out, panting, happy to be alive.  “This dog followed me home,” he said.  Jeffery, not the dog.  I could tell he hadn’t been roaming the streets for a long time or anything, because it was pretty healthy and well-fed.  I got him some water, and we checked the collar for a tag.  Bentley was his name, and Jeffrey called the owner.  Here’s a picture I snapped with my camera phone (of Bentley, not the housemate).

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Well, Bentley was about as happy-go-lucky as a dog can be.  We should all be so lucky to have this much enthusiasm for life.  I sat in a chair in the living room and Bentley jumped up next to me, put one of his paws and his snoots on my leg.  Jeffrey went to bed since he’d been up all night, and I wanted some extra rest, too.  I went back to my room and Bentley followed right quick, hopped up in the bed with me and settled in for a little nap.  Such a cutie.  If only my dates were as willing…

The call came for Bentley at about 8:30am.  Turns out he’d escaped the yard at 11:45 the previous night and had been wondering around all night, presumably until he found Jeffrey.  There were three other dogs who were still unaccounted for.  The woman who picked up Bentley was dogsitting him, but the other three dogs were hers.  She had been up and out all night searching for them.  What an agonizing start to the new year for her.  I am keeping my fingers crossed her dogs make a safe and healthy return home.  It turns out she works for the vet who does a TON of the veterinary work for the animal rescue group I am working with.  What’re the odds??

It being the new year and all, I FINALLY decided: “OK, damnit!  I’m going to the beach today!!”  I hopped on a #333 Venice Boulevard bus and was at Venice Beach in all of 10 minutes.  The ‘boardwalk,’ I am calling it – with all the shops, booths, tarot readers, street musicians and… let’s kindly call the rest a ‘unique cross section of the human species’ – was busy with walkers and gawkers.  I wasn’t that interested in the shops, a slice of pizza, a henna tattoo or a seeing a two-headed turtle at the Museum of Oddities.  I just wanted to visit the water.

The payoff was worth it.  It was really peaceful and beautiful.  Cloudy today, but here’s a picture:

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I found myself wondering “How have I not lived here my whole life?”  It felt very natural to me.  Is Libra a water-sign?  I dunno.  I love the ocean:  the smell of the salt water and the sound of the waves.  The water crashing and the wind blocks out all the other sounds of the city… traffic, people, industrial hum.  It is quite magnificent.  I sat down and took some time to think about how truly grateful I am to simply be alive during this time.  I can’t explain it, but I know I am being watched over.  There is some greater purpose for me here, and I’m closer than I’ve ever been to understanding what that is.  2009 will be astonishing and wonderful.

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Day 80: Flashing forward

October 30, 2008

SATURDAY
25 October 2008

Today was the first day of my Flash Forward seminar, and it was completely exhilarating.  It is a fascinating group of creative professionals with unbelievable energy and potential, and I know I will learn a lot from each and every one of them.  Today’s topics included clarifying our goals, brainstorming ideas for everyone in the seminar, making requests to other industry pros… and about 1000 more things.  I could write a blog entry 10,000 words long about it.

If I’m remembering correctly, Suzanne Lyons, the class instructor and founder of the Flash Forward Institute, used to work as a coach at Landmark Education, in addition to producing eight films (with a few HUGE projects underway), so the woman knows what she’s talking about.  Plus, Suzanne has an enthusiasm and energy that seems boundless to me.  She speaks very quickly, so you really have to pay attention.  My impression is that she’s so excited and genuinely interested in helping others reach their potential, the words can’t come out fast enough to keep up with her brain!  If you haven’t guessed by now, I have high praise for her.  She’s using her knowledge and background to have success on her own terms, and then turning around and sharing her experiences to lift other people to new heights.  So inspiring.  Suzanne also tells it like it is.  She’s completely authentic, and there is no BS with her.  I love that.

Since I had Robert for the weekend, once I was back in West Hollywood I offered to pick Doug up and go grab a coffee.  We were both hungry so it turned into dinner, and Doug suggested a deli on Beverly Boulevard called Jerry’s.  I’m sorry, I mean Jerry’s Famous Deli.

Still smarting from missing out on the Leonardo DiCaprio at CVS yesterday, imagine my school-girl giddiness walking through the doors of Jerry’s and seeing David Boreanaz sitting at a table watching the game on the TV.  I don’t know what ‘the game’ was, but he was watching it.  Or something.  For the purposes of this blog, it really doesn’t matter.  Of course, my first reaction is immediate hair envy.  Damnit!  The man has good hair.

For those who don’t know, David Boreanaz is an actor known for his roles on television shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel.  For several years now, he has been starring in a series on Fox called Bones. [In my first draft of this entry, I had typed “Boned’, which is an entirely different kind of series all-together, but that’s for another time.]  Anyway, my cousin Yvonne LOVES Bones and when I was staying at her house we’d watch it together.  I’m curious to see what her reaction is when I told her I sat just TWO TABLES away from him.  It’s like we’re old friends now, right David?  Sure, that’s completely rational…

Yes, I’m new to celebrity sightings, but please allow me some time to adjust.  Yeah, yeah.  Celebs are all over LA, and I know there are a portion of people who sigh heavily and roll their eyes at the newbies talking about seeing one here or there.  Still, I’d venture to say even the most jaded LA resident wouldn’t be a little intrigued if they saw their favorite actor or singer somewhere.  To me it is a physical, perceptual thing: 99.9% of us only ever see celebrities in two dimensions – on a flat piece of paper in a magazine or on a flat TV or movie screen.  Suddenly seeing them in three dimensions, we’re taken aback, like our brain is creating a new neural pathway to try and make sense of what’s different about seeing them this time.  That’s my professional, medical opinion, anyway.  American Journal of Medicine, please feel free to contact my people to arrange an interview.

So please indulge me, because in this story… um… well there really isn’t any more.  David was having dinner with his kids.  And that’s about it.  But it’s still fun to text my friends like Jimmy just asked me to the prom or something:  “OMG, I totally just saw Angel from Buffy eating a ham sandwich!!!  Could you die??!!  I can die now!!”

After the long day, my brain is on total and complete overload, and I want to be fresh for tomorrow’s seminar class, so it’s time for bed.  My Zen moment today came as I was on my way back to West Hollywood from Burbank.  It was another gorgeous, perfect Los Angeles evening, so before leaving the seminar, I put Robert’s top down – which sounds dirty, even though it’s not.  There wasn’t much traffic in Burbank at that time, and as I was driving down Olive Avenue, I looked up and there was a seagull flying overhead.  We were traveling at the same speed in the same direction.  Yes, I was watching for traffic, pedestrians and light posts, but I admit I was mildly mesmerized watching this bird glide along so effortlessly through the night sky.  For one second, I did think, “I hope he doesn’t poop on my face,” but that concern was short-lived.  Of course my next thought was, “I AM that seagull, right?”  His flight was peaceful, quiet and effortless.  Life should be that simple.  It’s good to get a reminder once in a while…

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Day 77: The Plot Twist

October 24, 2008

WEDNESDAY
22 October 2008

After a generally productive day, I had the privilege of taking Robert out for a drive.  Darrell requested some ‘alone time’ at his own house (the nerve!), and asked if I’d be OK heading out for a while… taking the BMW out to get coffee or something.  Hmm.  Twist my arm.  Ouch.  You don’t have to ask me twice.  Anything to sink my bum into Robert’s buttery leather seats.  I just needed to be back by 7:30 to drive Darrell to the airport.

Ah, Robert.  So loverly, even if he does need a little TLC at the moment.  He has some serious brake squeakage going on, and his key fob is being a little temperamental.  Still, I love him.  That’s just the kind of guy I am… in today’s shattered economy, I’m STILL willing to drive around West Hollywood in a less-than-perfect BMW convertible that’s not mine and accept him for all his temporary mechanical flaws.  If that kind of unconditional love doesn’t reach the deepest corners of your soul and affect you profoundly, I’m not sure anything else I could say would…

I asked Darrell to drive Robert out to LAX because (1) he knows where the hell LAX is and (2) I was confident my granny-style of driving would drive him to the brink.  Hey, when I’m toodling around in a $50,000 car that’s not mine, I tend to err on the side of octogenarian driving technique.  So what if it takes me 25 checks of my blind spots and 12 minutes to make a lane change?  In my care, Robert remains unscathed.

Upon returning from LAX, I checked my email and found I’d been thrown a bit of a curve ball.  Honestly, it felt more like a boulder beaned directly at my cranium.  Without going into all the sordid deets, my housing situation for November is now unavailable.  Jinkies!  So the bottom line is now: I have 11 days to find new housing since I can only stay at Darrell’s until November 2.   I felt the whole dynamic of my situation alter.

I was pretty frustrated at first.  Pissed would not be an understatement.  And the reasons don’t even matter.  Tomorrow is my birthday, and perhaps with age comes perspective.  I’m grateful I realized relatively quickly that the anger and frustration wasn’t going to find me a new place to live.  I sent out this huge email to friends and acquaintances in Los Angeles asking if they had ideas for me, so we’ll see what comes of it.

After more time (and, I admit, a lengthy email venting session), I really did start to feel some peace about it.  Instead of being mad or upset, I would instead choose gratitude.  Gratitude for the opportunity to grow and change.  Gratitude I’m doing my best to make a bummer of a situation into a positive experience.  And gratitude for a better understanding of who I am, and who I want to be.  Eventually, it occurred to me this probably just meant to be.  The Universe is conspiring in my favor, right?  There’s a reason for this hiccup, even if I can’t see or understand it at this moment.  With the right perspective, it’s all good, even the bad stuff.

I do my best in all situations to look at what role I played, and if there was anything I could have done differently.  In events and circumstances leading up to this situation, I realized there were definitely things I sensed at my core – perhaps even subconsciously – that I didn’t act upon, and now I realize I should have.  The particulars don’t matter and aren’t important.  Trust your gut, AJ. This seems to be one of those lessons I need to be taught over and over again.  Maybe all of us do.

I have unbending faith things will work themselves out, and I’m intrigued to see how.  It’s like I’ve just witnessed a plot twist in a good movie, and I’m not sure where that leaves our hero.  Still, I definitely want to keep watching and see how it turns out.

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Day 69: Networking on the Boulevard

October 15, 2008

TUESDAY
14 October 2008

Today was this big entertainment industry networking event I had signed up to attend. I learned of it from the MinneAngeles bowling night coordinator!  See?  No coincidences.   Had I not been bowling in recent weeks with this group, I wouldn’t have learned about it.

Of course, I was all stressalicious about what to wear.  The jeans and T-shirt attire simply wasn’t going to suffice for this event.  I don’t have a jacket with me in LA.  I’m not even sure I own one at all anymore, given the clothing purge I did in Minneapolis before moving.  Hmmm.  I called my fashion-minded ex to thoroughly describe the outfit to him for his stamp of approval.  Ultimately, I think I assembled an outfit that was comfortable, interesting and adequately representative of my style.  OK, I’m not really sure I have any, but whatever.  I decided to wear this stylin’ necklace my sister designed.  It’s one-of-a-kind and I loves it.  She designs jewelry primarily for women, but earlier this year I coaxed her into creating a few men’s items as a value-added shopping option for her female customers who might be seeking something unique for the men in their lives.  You can check out her girlier designs on her web site.

I tend to be shy in social settings where I don’t know anyone, and schmoozing isn’t something that comes naturally to me. I’ll always fall into the Myers-Briggs’ introvert category, and I’m OK with that.  It doesn’t mean I’m unable to step out of my comfort zone once in a while.  That in mind, on my way into town, I focused on putting myself in the mindset of success… a little technique I gleaned from one Ms. Esther Hicks (of Hicks-Abraham notoriety).  Basically, I created a list of positive aspects about this event:  that it was perfectly acceptable to peddle my wares because that’s why the event was created, that I would meet people who could help me, and that I would also meet people to whom I could be of service.  Hmmm.  What else did I tell myself?  I think I also reminded myself I would do the best I could, that the Universe was conspiring in my favor, and most importantly, that I was having a good hair day.

The event was at this swanky club on Sunset called Boulevard 3.  Check out the gallery on their web page.  It was pretty dang sweet.  The venue comfortably holds 700 guests, and last time I checked the event reservation page, almost 1000 people had RSVP’d.  The odds were working my favor that I’d make some good connections, right?  So long as I didn’t end up careening into the fountain without my pants on or something…

I met plenty of writers, actors, producers, directors, choreographers, photographers, cinematographers, web gurus and many others with creative job descriptions.  Insofar as work opportunities, I was thrilled to finally be having conversations with people who are actual decision-makers!  Woo-hoo!  There were a lot of memorable moments for me, which would make for one unending blog entry, but here are a few fun highlights:

I met one filmmaker who took money she had borrowed for a root canal and used it to finance her short film.  “I’m in excruciating pain, but my movie is in the can!” she told me.  That’s dedication.  The strongest thing I had to offer her was a Claritin.

There was a magician who treated me and two others to some sleight of hand tricks.  He made me a part of one where he exchanged two coins, one of which was on the top of my hand, and the other which I was making a closed fist around.  It was fa-reaky.

I also met a bundle of energy named Anna, who isn’t working in the entertainment industry ‘proper,’ but wants to be in the future.  As I understood what she was telling me, she’s a global wealth manager and wants to be working with more entertainment industry professionals, as I understood it.  I said, “I have $10 right now.  What can you do turn that into?”

On my way out, I was chatting with a trio of women and found a name tag stuck to the bottom of my shoe.  It had a web address on it as well, and the three women I was talking to dared me to email him and tell him the story of how I got his information.  If I’m to believe there are no coincidences or accidents, how can I not email him?!  Is this a wink??

At the end of the night, I was totally charged.  I loved hearing all the different stories about how people have found (or are finding) their way in the industry.  There are limitless paths to success and creative fulfillment, and it’s always worthwhile to be reminded of that.  I don’t need to worry I’m not doing everything I can, or that I’m doing something wrong.  As long as I’m doing, I’m moving forward on the path that’s perfect for me.

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Day 64: Harmonic living

October 11, 2008

THURSDAY
9 October 2008

Sorry to say, but today was uneventful. Not much to report.

I spent the better part of this morning prepping docs for my realtor and mortgage company, which is always a thrill. I continued emailing and sorted through some other productive tasks in the afternoon. I found out the shoot for the Disney Channel was a go, and my call time was at 7:00am Friday morning. The studio is in Sun Valley, so to get there via bus/bike, I’ll need to leave Yvonne and Ed’s at about 5:00am, which means getting up at 4:15am – UGH. I’m much less crabby in the mornings than I used to be, but still… it isn’t exactly something that makes me giddy.

I figure after the shoot I’ll dash into North Hollywood for a coffee at Panera. Oh, did I mention I found a Panera Bread in North Hollywood? This is a company that started in St. Louis (where I grew up) as St. Louis Bread Company, and branched out into other markets under the name Panera Bread. When they arrived in Minneapolis, I was elated, and so to find one here gives me a sense of familiarity that is soothing. PLUS: free refills, free wifi and ample outlets. Yeah, it doesn’t take much to make me happy.

Since I needed to go to bed early, I made sure my day was low-key.  I started reading a book I checked out from the library Monday called “Harmonic Wealth.”  The author is James Ray, who was one of the experts featured in the movie The Secret.  I’ve also seen James Ray speak live and read two other books of his.  His other writings didn’t exactly resonate with me, but I do like his ideas and thought this book was worth a look-see.  One thing that does resonate with me about James is his theory that the different areas of our life should actively vibrate together in harmony, as opposed to life being in balance – because with balance (think of a scale), nothing is moving and everything is static.  Plus, as someone who studied and loves music, I relate much better to the idea of harmony.

Anyhoo… this book had been strategically placed on an endcap in the library, and given that lately I feel like I’ve gotten out of the vibe of my own life, I thought this was definitely a wink.  I was not at the library that day to search for another book on metaphysics and the Law of Attraction, but this book presented itself to me anyway.  What I’ve read so far is speaking to me moreso than James’ other works.  I’m still in the early chapters, but I really like wrapping my brain around his idea that we are already connected to everything we want in life… that the most creative, successful, opulent, fulfilling life of mine is already out there, fully existing, and I simply need to draw it to me.  Another treatise on the Law of Attraction.  Through thoughts, feelings and actions – and even James has said the action component is missing from The Secret – we ride the wave to all of these things we’re already connected to.  Please be aware, I’m WAAAAY oversimplifying, but that is the basic premise in the smallest of nutshells.  It’s not exactly new information, but it is presented in a new way that deepens my understanding of such things.  I do feel the info and exercises in the book will be of great use.

Time to force myself to go to sleep.