Rebel Zen http://rebelzen.com Break On Through To The Awesome Side Fri, 03 Oct 2014 03:39:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 Self-Mastery: The Door to Success? http://rebelzen.com/2014/10/self-mastery-door-success/ http://rebelzen.com/2014/10/self-mastery-door-success/#comments Thu, 02 Oct 2014 23:56:35 +0000 http://rebelzen.com/?p=1920 Self-mastery, so my pet theory goes, is the common thread in the lives of successful, self-determined people that I have studied, both famous and obscure. By self-mastery I mean “the power to control one’s thoughts … Read more

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Self-mastery, so my pet theory goes, is the common thread in the lives of successful, self-determined people that I have studied, both famous and obscure.

By self-mastery I mean “the power to control one’s thoughts and actions” and if self-mastery is the door to success then self-discipline is the key that opens the door.

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Me. Rehearsing in me man-cave.

I think a lot of C-suite executive types would find this so obvious as to be mundane, however, I doubt many musicians and other types of “creatives” ever give this much thought, let alone effort. The ones that do stand out via their achievements.

Self-discipline in thought and deed had long been my failing. I am very interested to see if I can truly, consistently reverse that trend and see what difference it makes in my life.

Having said that, here is my list of:

Things What I Gone And Done Yesterday

Thursday October 3rd, 2014

By the way, should you be thinking: “What, is that ALL you got done yesterday?”, let me point out that I run a business and have little kids, so great swathes of my day is necessarily taken up coping with revelling in all that this dumps at one’s feet blesses one with.

  • Up at 6am. Full body workout 45mins.
  • All health food, no booze, no sugar, wholegrains only, no processed crap
  • 1 blog post
  • Discussed Zuiiza CD launch on phone with Peter O
  • Rehearsed for solo gig, 1.25 hours (after kids in bed)
  • Organised with Barry for him to attend gig tomorrow which is a) fun and b) means photo record of gig for purposes of self-promotion (god that sounds tacky but hey, it’s what you have to do)
  • Texted Jarra from CFTB, asked him if he’d like to play tomorrow
  • Answered call from Jarra at 10pm and organised for him to accompany me at tomorrow’s gig

I mention the last bit about answering the phone late at night because this is, for me, a surprisingly dedicated action that requires some self-determination. Not because Jarra is anything other than a delight to converse with but because I struggle with “doing phone” and especially later in the evening when I am winding down. I tend to view the phone as an energy sapper, not least because between bad reception up here in the hills and my less-than-perfect hearing it is sometimes technically a struggle to hear people properly.

But here’s the thing: self-discipline means remembering what you want. And by this I mean remembering what you REALLY want in the big picture, not just what you want right now.

For example, when, in the moment, I don’t want to get out of bed at 6am and exercise, I remember what I really want in the big picture (to be fit and healthy and, frankly, to look good on stage ha ha) and this motivates me to swing my legs over the side of my bed and grumble up and at ‘em. Same goes for the phone, if it rings late at night and answering it helps me get what I REALLY want in the big picture, then I need to remember this and resist the Monkey Mind’s urgings to go for the immediate gratification of chillaxing on the couch, sans phone.

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Music and Music Business as a Discipline http://rebelzen.com/2014/10/music-business-discipline/ http://rebelzen.com/2014/10/music-business-discipline/#comments Wed, 01 Oct 2014 23:27:09 +0000 http://rebelzen.com/?p=1916 Increasingly, I approach music and the whole business of being a musician like a martial artist does fighting. No matter where, with whom or even if I get to test my skills in battle, practicing … Read more

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Increasingly, I approach music and the whole business of being a musician like a martial artist does fighting. No matter where, with whom or even if I get to test my skills in battle, practicing the art (of both playing and music business) makes me a better person. It’s a discipline that helps me grow into a better dude.

However, I am merely a student, not yet a master, and the issue I have with blogs is that they are so easy to publish that there is it seems a “master” on every street corner. It reeks of fakery and lacks credibility, and so while I no doubt have some things to teach (I’ve been at it a while) I do not wish to join the Insta-Master Brigade.

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Me, jumping about like a nonce while Jarra is the Rock. Photo taken from Creatures from the Bog recording session the other night.

Instead what I have decided to do here is to start documenting my path exploring music and music business as a discipline. It will help me to stay on track and grow as a musician and as a person, and perhaps it will help you also. This will mean keeping notes of what I do each day to progress my music, both in terms of playing/writing/performing and in terms of seeking an audience for my humble rock tunes.

I am not certain it will always make for riveting reading, because being self-disciplined is not always that exciting, but it is very necessary if you expect to live a life of any substance (as opposed to substances ha ha). No doubt along the way I will find some nuggets to share. Let’s begin:

Progress Report:

Tuesday 30 September 2014:Up at 6am – 45 mins Exercise (body weight workout). Eat clean (health food, no junk food, no sugar, no booze). Promote gig on Facebook. 1 hour writing book. 15 mins further planning book. Some thinking: Identified “obscurity” as biggest hurdle, i.e. need to raise profile. Resolved to tackle marketing/PR better.Early bed.

Wednesday 1 October 2014: Up at 7:15am – Rest body day. Eat clean (health food, no junk food, no sugar, no booze). Chatted with coach/friend Troy on Skype re raising profile. He suggested begin by documenting (blogging) the process every day. I suggested might be a bit boring but ok, thus these notes. Was to rehearse with Peter DW for Friday gig but he had to pull out so opted to listen to a very informative podcast about PR instead as I need to get my head in this space. This lead me to a beginner’s guide to PR which was very useful indeed.

I do believe getting press is vital part of raising profile as a musician. Not because I give a crap about being in the paper for its own sake (like I did when I was young) but because obscurity = no audience for my music and my music is designed to help people! No point being awesome if nobody knows about it!

Spent a lot of time thinking about how so many things have changed in the world and what this means in terms of getting people to care about my (our) music (both current bands). Too many thoughts to document here on my phone with one finger.

Also had thoughts about how best to proceed with CFTB ep & texted boys re this. Think we should do 5 songs not 7. It’s enough for now, IMO – see what they say.

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Cleaning Toilets http://rebelzen.com/2014/09/cleaning-toilets/ http://rebelzen.com/2014/09/cleaning-toilets/#comments Thu, 11 Sep 2014 23:15:25 +0000 http://rebelzen.com/?p=1905 Once, I nearly became a rock star. True story! I was the singer in one of the most popular bands in my home town and things were looking very, very bright indeed. Pity I was … Read more

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Once, I nearly became a rock star. True story!

I was the singer in one of the most popular bands in my home town and things were looking very, very bright indeed.

Pity I was miserable.

6 months later, quite by misadventure, my rock star dreams looked dashed and I was cleaning toilets to get by. And it was the best thing that ever happened to me.

In a weird way, it was just the medicine that the doctor ordered, and it kind of made me feel better, more grounded, happier even.

I know that sounds mad but if I hadn’t had that experience of bending over cleaning other people’s shit from the bowl, how would I have learned the value of humility? How would I have learned the happiness that comes from serving others.

I suppose life would have taught me the lesson one way or another, perhaps through parenthood or (considering the reckless way I used to carry on) a brush with law. But this fast and dramatic reversal of fortune weirdly made me happier on one level. And this satisfaction that comes from humbly serving others has stayed with me to this day.

Having said that, I’m quite glad I don’t clean dunnies for a crust anymore. That shit was gross.

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4 Tips for Success (And 1 Freakin’ Cool Dawg) http://rebelzen.com/2014/07/4-tips-success/ http://rebelzen.com/2014/07/4-tips-success/#comments Fri, 18 Jul 2014 11:58:17 +0000 http://rebelzen.com/?p=1893 I found these tips really inspiring today. They helped me get some clarity back in the old noggin after a busy week’s serving my various masters. Some juice with which to keep rockin’ on. Maybe … Read more

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I found these tips really inspiring today. They helped me get some clarity back in the old noggin after a busy week’s serving my various masters. Some juice with which to keep rockin’ on. Maybe they will help you too. Inspired by an author called Jim Collins (whose books, I admit, I have not read), via this article.

(Yeah I know, that link is some pretty dorky shit. You might like to forget about that and pretend instead that this freakin’ cool dog is the font from which the following wisdom did spout…)

tips for success dog

this is one wise tips-for-success dawg.

1. Plan to survive:

Eat well. Whole foods. Minimise sugar, wheat & dairy.
Drugs. Avoid them. Minimal alcohol & coffee. No smoke.
Sleep. Get enough. No laptops at night.
Exercise. Get enough. Mix it up.
Stress. Avoid it. Meditate.
Happiness. Be grateful. Serve others. Be mindful around people.
Keep the wolves from the door. Then shoot for the moon.
Persist. Stay clear about goals. Keep at it.

2. Focus:

Decide what is essential.
Just do that.
Stop doing other shit.

3. Build an awesome team:

Only the best people.
People who you love to work with.
People with talent and drive.

4. Never grow complacent:

Once something works to bring success, keep doing it.
Don’t let down your guard.

All sounds like good horse-sense to me… but the trick is following through!

“Ideas are commodity. Execution of them is not.”

Michael Dell said that apparently. It’s my favourite quote.
Photo credit: WickedVT

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The Simple Truth About Getting What You Want http://rebelzen.com/2014/06/simple-truth-getting-want/ http://rebelzen.com/2014/06/simple-truth-getting-want/#comments Mon, 23 Jun 2014 07:04:03 +0000 http://rebelzen.com/?p=1876 More than ever I am convinced that success, or getting what you want, is very much about the ability to decide what you want, make a plan and then stop over-thinking it and just get … Read more

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More than ever I am convinced that success, or getting what you want, is very much about the ability to decide what you want, make a plan and then stop over-thinking it and just get busy making things happen – whether you feel like it or not.

“Ideas are commodity. Execution of them is not.”

This quote, by Michael Dell of Dell computer fame, is now my official motto. For too many years I have had a tendency to think and dream and plan and then re-think, re-plan. Sure, I eventually move, often in sudden bursts of enthusiasm, but really I think the true do-ers in this world are the ones that see real results happen for them.

get what you want

For example, when I look at bands or artists or actors or the like, it is very often obvious to me that it is not purely their talent that has helped them scale the heights of success but rather it is their drive, their determination and their bias for action. While it’s true that we need focus, that busyness in and of itself is not enough (without focus we tend to open too many fronts without making enough progress in any one area), it is also true that those who just have or find a lot of energy and get their hustle on are the ones who are most likely to get what they want.

Getting What You Want

And to some extent, life is about getting what we want. While your philosophical nature might lead you to want more than a life that is all about go-getting, even this sentiment is also a statement of what you want! In fact most “thinkers”, people (like me) who like to read and contemplate and chill, would say “yes” in a flash to a windfall of money because we imagine it takes away the stress of having to stop “just being” in order to go out and “just do”.

I think that is why it is so important to “just do” the things that we love to do, and that we are good at. I don’t particularly like doing bookwork, financial projections or anything to do with spreadsheets really – and as a result, I am hopeless at that kind of work. It’s not that I don’t have the raw mental horsepower to do the work – it’s that I don’t want to do it; I get bored and take far too long to get anything done. On the flipside, I really enjoy writing and can bash out a decent article in a couple of hours and a book in a couple of months.

Time To Sit Back And Think

A few years ago, after a very adventurous and exciting youth spent gallivanting all over the place having fun, working hard and generally running myself ragged, I “retired” to the Dandenong Ranges and began working from home, writing and bringing up some little kids and doing a lot more navel-gazing.

I have not been a complete hermit or anything and have certainly kept getting off the couch to go out and play gigs which is more than can be said for most musicians newly burdened with child rearing responsibilities. Not blaming them, it is a fucking hard thing, bringing kids up and the only SANE response is to drop as many superfluous responsibilities as possible to free up your energy. But I could not drop music, it is like water to me, I must drink or I die.

Time To Get Out There And Execute

But having said that, I have still not been madly executing at the rate that I could have been and this is now my focus, I am pushing myself to execute my ideas – not too many of them just the good ones – and to make them happen. I think the time spent contemplating, experimenting and going deep to discover what I really need in this life to be happy was not time wasted, I am very clear about what I want but now this introspection is not so important for me. I know what I want, I know where I am going and the thing to do is stay focussed on what it is I want, my best ideas for making these things happen and what needs to be done to make it so.

And that’s the crux of it, no matter what you want, you will always need to do things that you either don’t like doing much or that on any given day at any given time, you don’t feel like doing but you must push on and do it anyway. You must remember what your big picture desires are and put these above your little picture desires.

Big Picture Desires (BPD) Vs Little Picture Desires (LPD)

Our BPDs are the big goals, the big wants, the consistent things that you always come back to wanting.

For example in my life one of my biggest and most unflinching desires is to stand in front of big crowds again and sing my music with a band. This is happening; it is slowly coming true. Just this weekend past I stood before a crowd of 300 or more people with my band at a local festival as we rocked out our tunes. Two years ago I didn’t have a band to do this with! So progress is being made – but it takes the strength of mind to remember what my Big Picture Desire is whenever I get run down and tired, or whenever I want to do things that just don’t help the cause.

For example, it gets pretty damn cold up here in the mountains where we live and sometimes I hate the idea of going out after work into the cold and rehearsing of an evening when it is raining and I feel so very tired. But I remember that the LPD is to sit on the couch and chill, and that this gets me no closer to my BPD – and I get out and get to work.

Same goes for eating and drinking like a glutton. Truth be known I fight every day with a voice inside my head (the monkey mind) that says “Come on – let’s eat! Let’s drink! All the food! All the booze! Whoo—hooo!” – but if I did that I would be fat. And I don’t think being fat particularly helps any of my Big Picture Desires – not my music desires, not my desires to live long and prosper, not my desire to feel good in my body – so I try to remember my BPDs and eat sensibly.

Same goes for “executing” which is just a business corporate way of saying “getting the plan done for real”. It usually means a lot of work, it means getting it done when you would rather chill, it means just going with the plan instead of having fun inventing a new one. It means finishing things you start and not starting things that are distracting you from the path you decided to go down.

In closing, I think my opening paragraph bears repeating: More than ever I am convinced that success is very much about the ability to decide what you want, make a plan and then stop over-thinking it and just get busy making things happen – whether you feel like it or not.

So what are your Big Picture Desires? What are you going to make happen?

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How To Experience A Mind-Blowing Meditation Everytime http://rebelzen.com/2013/12/how-to-experience-a-mind-blowing-meditation/ http://rebelzen.com/2013/12/how-to-experience-a-mind-blowing-meditation/#comments Mon, 16 Dec 2013 05:54:25 +0000 http://rebelzen.com/?p=1831 If you want to enjoy a mind-blowing meditation that just feels amazing, here’s how… Firstly – why is it so hard for you to access this positive realm, this internal garden of joy and abundance? … Read more

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If you want to enjoy a mind-blowing meditation that just feels amazing, here’s how…

Firstly – why is it so hard for you to access this positive realm, this internal garden of joy and abundance? Why is it that you have tried but had little or no meditation experiences that you would describe as “mind blowing”?  Why do I find it so easy while so many people find it so impossibly hard?

How I Learned To Have Awesome Meditations

Is it a skill that I am just naturally good at like someone might just be good at playing the piano or fixing things around the house? Or is it that for some reason it was in my nature to try really hard at meditation until it worked for me, and since then I have just known how to access this awesome state?

It is true that back in my 20’s, for a year or two, I did work very hard at learning to meditate successfully. I like to learn by reading, and tend to avoid joining groups, so I read voraciously about meditation first. Eventually, I came to a point where I was like, “Ok, not going to learn much more by reading so better get into it and start meditating, start trying it out until it works for me”.

So I began practicing and I found it very difficult. I couldn’t sit cross legged comfortably (still can’t, I usually sit on an exercise ball). I found my mind racing and discovered that I had never realized that my body was riddled with pain, so low was my awareness of my own body.

Achieving A Blissful State

It was all very hard but I had nothing better to do, so I just decided to sit it out until I got there. I was chasing what all people who meditate chase, which is a sort of blissful state. That’s what we want really, we want bliss. I wanted to feel good, and all the books said meditation could deliver that, so I sat.

And I sat.

And I sat.

I had no kids, no girlfriend, no job.

So I just sat a lot, sometimes for most of the day and night. And for ages, nothing. But then eventually: Boom! I got there.

And boy, did it feel good!

And then I would come back and it would be real hard to do but I would eventually get there again. And, over time, I learned that I could get there if I applied gentle discipline to my mind. After an initial period of allowing my mind to sort of unwind by thinking a lot, I would quite my imaginative mind by just paying attention to whatever was happening, to whatever my senses were picking up on in real time. I learned to stop judging things as good or bad. And this is the secret, stop labeling things as good or bad and just “let go”, stop judging everything as either “like” or “dislike”. When you do this, it’s like you have passed the test and you are granted access and allowed to slip into this altered state of mind, where you return to the truth and remember that everything is cool, that life is wonderful, and that we are all one.

“We are all one” sounds so stupid and meaningless when you are just in a normal state of mind, but when you arrive back home, back to the Garden of Feeling Awesome, you sort of “know” what it actually, deeply means. In a wordless way, you can feel that it is true and that everything is just perfect.

And then you get up and go back to your day-to-day life and sometimes you’re a chilled out dude … and sometimes not! That’s life – but when you meditate successfully, regularly, you are definitely more of a chilled dude, more often than if you didn’t meditate.

If you want more info, there are two ebooks in my store that explain my personal method for meditating, both describe the same method, so whatever benefits you seek from meditation the books will help.

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The Power of Inconsistency http://rebelzen.com/2013/12/power-inconsistency/ http://rebelzen.com/2013/12/power-inconsistency/#comments Tue, 03 Dec 2013 10:04:07 +0000 http://rebelzen.com/?p=1820 I wrote earlier this year about the power of consistency. And I still believe this is a very desirable and effective trait in any endeavour. However… If you have an introspective nature and a commitment … Read more

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I wrote earlier this year about the power of consistency. And I still believe this is a very desirable and effective trait in any endeavour.

However…

If you have an introspective nature and a commitment to doing the Inner Work, you may become aware that you have, to some degree or another, an incredible propensity for inconsistency.

I sure know I have.

The thing is for many years, I beat myself up over this. I still do actually, but less so as I am learning three things:

  1. to recognise how I am habitually inconsistent
  2. to recognise when it matters and when it doesn’t
  3. to become more consistent where it matters

Inconsistency – Sometimes It’s A Good Thing

There is a trend in Silicon Valley type start-up culture to celebrate failure. Basically the idea goes that failing is a part of being a gung-ho entrepreneur in the making, so go and break things, and once you’ve failed a few times you might just go and win at something.

I kind of agree actually, especially as it applies to personal development. And I think the same applies to being inconsistent.

Inconsistency is Part of Being Creative

If you look back at the careers of your favourite artists, be they musicians, painters, whatever, it is very normal for their output to be easily categorised (according to taste and/or commercial success) on a sliding scale from Great to Shithouse. It’s actually kind of expected, in fact, that all great artists will be kind of inconsistent, if not in output volume then at least in quality.

Same goes for businesses – a good example being Google, whose product range and output has been huge over the last decade or so, and has included total duds and runaway successes.

Regular readers of this blog may have noticed that a few months ago I made a bit of noise about rolling out a new commercial arm to the Rebel Zen website. I spent many, many hours planning and writing and reworking the website to integrate my marketing skills into the concept of the brand, catering to creative people. After knocking myself out getting it ready over an extended period of time, I launched. And I asked for feedback.

Most of the feedback I got was positive, but I got one email from a long-time reader, Manny, who gave me a blunt opinion that what I done made Rebel Zen seem like it had a split-personality and that this wasn’t a good thing.

I respectfully thanked Manny for the opinion, but kind of brushed it off.

But then over the next couple of weeks, now that I was able to look at the work with a little perspective (not being all caught up in delivering it), I just couldn’t shake the feeling that something was off. It just wasn’t quite right.

To my horror, the feeling only grew stronger.

Eventually I came to agree with Manny’s comments. There was nothing unsound about the idea of helping creative people with their marketing –
but it just didn’t seem to belong as a part of Rebel Zen. It looked to me like an extra arm grafted onto an otherwise healthy body.

I left it a while to give myself time to think about it. Then I got really annoyed about it for a while and avoided it altogether. And then I pulled it. Just wiped it offthe site like it never happened.

And that’s ok. It was just a step in the creative journey.

The end result is that I feel really clear about what Rebel Zen actually is and is not going forward and about the importance of sending single, clear signals out there for maximum impact.

So You’re Inconsistent – So What?

Like I said, I used to bash myself up a lot about being inconsistent. But now I am more selective about the areas in which I focus on improving my ability to be consistent while allowing myself full licence to be erratic as I want to be in others, creative process being one of them.

In the end the things you’ve started that are worth finishing wait for you. The trick is to get them done of course, but eventually I do. And if I am a little inconsistent in my ways along the journey, well, I don’t think that matters – to an extent. Obviously if you are constantly erratic, never finishing anything at all, then this isn’t going to work out too well. But if you’re a creative person, then you’re not a robot. If you start five paintings (or songs or businesses) and only finish one – but that one is amazing, then does it matter?

Michael Jordan said that his secret for shooting so many points was taking more shots at the basket than anyone else.

I think it was him anyway, but I’m not sure … I quite consistently avoid all sport like the plague!

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How To Discover Your Super Power http://rebelzen.com/2013/11/discover-your-super-power/ http://rebelzen.com/2013/11/discover-your-super-power/#comments Mon, 25 Nov 2013 00:19:55 +0000 http://rebelzen.com/?p=1815 What if I told you that you are in possession of an amazing Super Power? A personal attribute naturally so highly developed in you that if you were to be conscious of it and wield … Read more

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What if I told you that you are in possession of an amazing Super Power? A personal attribute naturally so highly developed in you that if you were to be conscious of it and wield it effectively, you could move mountains?

Well, I believe you do have such a Super Power. I believe we all do – each and every one of us.

I believe that, on a sliding scale, we all have a big bunch of attributes that are very weak in us, and a lot that are very average in us. We also have a smaller group of attributes that we are much stronger in than most people.  Finally, at the top of the scale, we have one big daddy Super Power: a truly amazing personal attribute with which, if we identify and utilise wisely, we can realise our full potential and do great things in this life.

I have finally figured out mine, it’s taken me some time and a lot of inner work. Maybe the story of how I did will help you to figure out what your Super power is…

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discover your super power

“You Are Afraid Of Your Own Power”

I told a strange story a little while back, about how, after an intense massage administrated by a very New age hippy guy out in the suburbs of Melbourne, I had a trippy encounter with a group of extra-terrestrial / spiritual beings.

When I had the encounter, which took place in the shadowy realm where the divide between the imagination and the “real” become very blurred, the head-honcho alien, who I like to call Grandmaster Mu (for the sake of convenience and because the name tickles me) said something odd to me. Looking down at me as I lay on my bed, with his cohorts gathered around behind looking over his shoulder, he said something like: “You are afraid of your own Power.”

He and his mates then proceeded to give me a kind of “metaphysical tune up” while I slept (they asked my permission and started working as I drifted off), purportedly to fix the issue, mentioning to me that it would take some time and some work. In the years since they have revisited me during meditations or just before I sleep to continue the work.

 

OK … Umm … What Power?

This was all very well, but of course I have been mystified by what this wonderful “Power” that I supposedly possess is! I made a lot of guesses (see original Grandmaster Mu article), but they neglected to mention it by name. I now think this would be because when people discover insights about themselves and about life without being told directly, they realise them much more deeply.

In my Tarot work, I have also repeatedly received the Tarot card 4 of Cups in which a young man sitting under a tree in contemplation is being handed a magic cup, which to me always represented the opportunity provided by possessing a special gift or Power … but still … no idea what the super power specifically is!

Well, I’d been able to make plenty of guesses, without blowing my own trumpet I am not short on talents (or failings!) but I had the feeling the power in question underlies these technical skills, like singing or writing or what-have-you.

 

What Is Your 80/20 Super Power?

I actually haven’t spent THAT much time thinking about it, for while I may entertain visits from aliens here and there, I do actually live a functional life in “the real world” and accordingly spend most of my time happily and appropriately dealing with that. However I have recently been reading a lot of Richard Koch who writes about the 80/20 principal in some depth, as it applies not only to business but to life in general.

One thing that Koch mentions a lot is discovering your 20%; the “powers” or personal attributes that you possess that are so strong in you that when you leverage them you get far greater results than you do from the other 80% of attributes that are not as strong in you. I have spent some time thinking about this and it was not too hard for me to come up with a shortlist of my strengths and positive attributes. But one concept that sits inside the (very fractal) 80/20 principal is that within the 20% there is another 20%, and within that 20% there is another 20%, and so on.

So without getting too hung up on exact percentages, this logically leads you to think that out of a limited set of powers, there must be one power that we all posses which is our Super Power – that is to say, you are SO good at something, one thing in particular, that if you focus your energies on this you will surely hit some home runs.

We All Have A Super Power

So again this got me thinking: “What the hell is my Super Power?” I looked at my shortlist of Powers but it was not immediately obvious to me which one stood out above all the others. So I put it aside and went on with my life.

But the unconscious (or is it the sub-conscious? I am not sure which) is a powerful thing and a pro-active servant. While we sleep and drive and work and play and hustle and bustle and fuss the sub-conscious is busy mulling over things and searching through the vast databases of the brain and the even vaster Universal database – the primordial soup that we swim in – until it comes up with an answer. Then it patiently waits for an opportune moment when your conscious brain is having a rest to bubble the answer up for your conscious consideration.

And this is what happened to me recently when I was meditating. I hadn’t thought about the Super Power thing for a week or two, but on this particular morning, after meditating for just a couple of minutes – Pop! Up it came! The answer, if you please, on a silver platter!

Suddenly, I just knew what my Super Power is. Funny thing was, “it” wasn’t even on my short list, but as soon as I saw/heard the answer in my mind, I just knew. Of course! So obvious once I consciously knew!

I have no doubt that if I concentrate my efforts on this Super Power of mine then I will be able to exercise massive leverage in all my ventures.

Why I Was Afraid

It is now clear to me why Grandmaster Mu said I was fearful of my power. Looking back, I can see that I was for some time very fearful of my power, specifically due to a horrible, violent assault that I was the victim of some years ago. I always laughed it off (once I had recovered and was back on my feet) but in reality I can see it shocked me and caused me to be afraid.

But, even without knowing exactly what the issue was, I have been much less fearful since Grandmaster Mu and his gang did their “tune up” and have been unconsciously utilising my Super Power much more confidently. From here on, I know I will need to be careful not to abuse my power, but never fearful – fear is a dead-end.

Now, I apologise – you have read this far – but I am not going to tell you what my Super Power is! I am sorry if this disappoints you but we must not dilute our powers by blabbing about them!

However, I wrote this to encourage you to find your own Super Power. I can’t give you the exact formula for doing so, but I would encourage you to do a lot of deep conscious introspection to get the ball rolling. Then allow time and space for the unconscious mind to do its job.

Make sure you meditate and spend enough time relaxing and if possible, spend time in nature on a regular basis – not just barbecuing meat and drinking beer but walking, sitting and allowing your mind to settle without too much talking or activity.

It may take a long time, but keep searching, and the answers will come.

Good luck!

 

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The Yes Meditation: How To Empower Yourself To Be Awesome http://rebelzen.com/2013/11/yes-meditation-empower-awesome/ http://rebelzen.com/2013/11/yes-meditation-empower-awesome/#comments Mon, 11 Nov 2013 00:42:56 +0000 http://rebelzen.com/?p=1809 During my meditation this morning, I tapped into an energy which was really empowering and blissful. I was sitting there, watching my mind, just being aware of my thoughts, waiting for them to settle down, … Read more

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During my meditation this morning, I tapped into an energy which was really empowering and blissful.

I was sitting there, watching my mind, just being aware of my thoughts, waiting for them to settle down, when I caught myself thinking negatively. And I was suddenly struck, not for the first time, by how deeply negative my “tapes” are sometimes (all the time? Not sure…). The truth is, even though I am a relatively positive-minded guy, certainly inherently optimistic, I still regularly think things and then just quickly negate them. I usually do this without being conscious that I am doing it.

Over the last couple of years, due to my work with Tarot and my meditation and personal development work, I have become aware of this and have made some inroads into catching myself playing these negative tapes in my mind and, when I do notice I’m doing it, transmuting the thought into its positive opposite. I think it has had a remarkable affect in my wellbeing.

But I have not yet completely quashed the bad habit, and today, as I was settling into a meditation, I suddenly caught myself thinking: “Oh no, I couldn’t do that, that’s not me. No, that’s not possible” in response to some creative thought that had popped into my mind just prior.

So to counter-act this I just started meditating in the energy of “Yes” and it was awesome.

How To Do The Yes Meditation

It’s laughably simple but it worked so well for me. All I did was start repeating: “Yes, I am…” and then filling in the blanks with whatever came to mind.  I kind of imagined I was in a meditation class – a really weird meditation class – where everyone in the circle was me! And our teacher had asked us to go around the circle repeating and finishing off the statement with whatever came up.

“Yes, I am … awesome”

“Yes, I am … capable.”

“Yes, I am … loveable.”

“Yes, I am … wonderfully successful.”

“Yes, I am … going to have a great day.”

Just whatever positive stuff came up. (Writing now, I wonder what would have happened in that imaginary class if I’d come up with something bummed out like “Yes, I am a total loser” but that didn’t happen.)

It was fantastically empowering. And I am going to do it regularly because I think we all owe it to ourselves to reprogram our negative sub-conscious programming. It’s not just self-help hocus-pocus, it’s a very real influence on our conscious state of mind and day-to-day experiences of wellbeing. It takes self-discipline and work to fix our minds, but we can do it.

The Yes Toilet Practice

So here’s the practice in two steps:

1 – Do the Yes Meditation regularly. But probably not on the toilet, refer to next step for explanation of the above toilet reference.

2 – Try and catch yourself repeating those subterranean negative programs, that limiting self-talk, and deliberately affirm the positive opposite.

A good time is when you are on the toilet.

I know that sounds weird but often it’s one of the few times we get any peace, and so when I enter the little room, I like to take a deep breathe and, you know, release, and sort of hear my own thinking. Often, I will then realise that I have been neurotically repeating negative bullshit thoughts to myself. When I this happens, I clock what it is I was saying, what negative thought I was affirming and I overwrite it by simply repeating the positive opposite a few times while I finish my business.

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Taming The Monkey Mind http://rebelzen.com/2013/10/taming-monkey-mind/ http://rebelzen.com/2013/10/taming-monkey-mind/#comments Wed, 02 Oct 2013 11:19:44 +0000 http://rebelzen.com/?p=1781 What is the Monkey Mind? The Monkey Mind is what stops you starting, finishing, succeeding. The Monkey Mind is what stops you – period. “Taming The Monkey Mind” is how to stop that. Free for … Read more

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