Daily Nugget of Gold 1587

How people treat you is their karma; how you react is yours.” – Wayne Dyer

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Karma’s Getting a Bad Rap

It seems to us that most of the time when anyone is speaking about Karma, it’s in a negative sense. Have you noticed that? For these folks, Karma is the thing that happens to you when you intentionally hurt someone in some way. Conversely, The Law of Attraction seems to get most of the credit for things going right- that is, if we aren’t too busy patting ourselves on the back for that. We can be assured that whether we are being negatively governed individuals or positively charged ones that the law- whether we call it Karma or The Law of Attraction- will respond in kind.

Here’s the difficult part to understand and master on all of this: The path which the response will take to get to us often times seems completely unrelated. No matter what we call this law, it often works in such odd ways we don’t see it as having anything to do with the condition we are in deep down inside. Here are some of the other spoken acknowledgments we give it:

The Lord works in mysterious ways.

Everything happens for a reason.

It just fell out of the blue.

Everything just seemed to come together.

Exactly what we wanted just came out of nowhere.

It’s as if it were per-ordained.

She just got exactly what she deserved.

It couldn’t happen to a nicer guy. (That one works sarcastically, too!)

I intended that to happen and it did.

It seemed to happen by fate.

We could probably think of others, but you get the idea. These are all hints of Karma or The Law of Attraction at work. We’d again like to underscore that the mode of compensation or retribution is seldom determined solely by the person or group involved. Often times these things happen from unexpected sources, often seeming to have nothing to do with the emotional vibration contained within. We can put our faith and trust in that the power exists, but it will assuredly work for us or against us depending upon the vibration we send out. Next time, let’s examine how to keep the good stuff coming. See you then!

Question of the Day to Ask Ourselves

What times in my life did I see The Law of Attraction or Karma in action?”

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Daily Nugget of Gold 1586

Opportunity often comes disguised in the form of misfortune, or temporary defeat.” – Napoleon Hill

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The Benefits of Failing

Okay, okay, NOW you’re going too far!” No…we’re very serious on this one. When we set out to do something and very quickly we find out that we failed somehow, this is often a major plus for us, and the great achievers of all time know it well. If we are careful to pay attention to what the leaders say about failure, we could learn a great deal. Here’s a few thoughts on failure:

It’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.” – Bill Gates

What do you think Mr. Gates believes holds the most value, success or failure?

The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Thinking of that in another way, if we never fall, how is it possible to experience the greatest glory?

MythBuster Adam Savage wryly adds: “Failure is always an option.” This is a retort to those who proudly proclaim “Failure is not an option” Yeah, we might not want it, and yes, we can do everything we can to prevent it, but if it happens, we had better begin deciding what to do about it!

Success represents the 1% of your work which results from the 99% that is called failure.” – Soichiro Honda Yeah, THAT Honda…do you think he had an appreciation for the value of failure? If success is the distillate from failure, how would it be possible to produce it without it?

Failure should be our teacher, not our undertaker. Failure is delay, not defeat. It is a temporary detour, not a dead end. Failure is something we can avoid only by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing.” – Denis Waitley Once again, we hear from a leader about how valuable failing is. Does it sound like he has respect for a person who claims never to have failed?

What we’d like to point out in all of this is that one thing people often neglect to think about failure, that it may just be a signal, and nothing more, that we need to adjust our approach. A small failure near the beginning of a plan is such a signal. A bigger failure down the road shows us that our plan wasn’t sound and usually, through the benefit of hindsight, we can pick up what clues we ignored along the way that could have saved us the larger failure- had we only welcomed the input of the smaller failings. Failure is a wonderful thing in many ways, but most of us reject it out of hand. How smart is it to shut the door in the face of one of life’s best and most profound teachers?

Question of the Day to Ask Ourselves

What can I learn from what went wrong?”

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Daily Nugget of Gold 1585

I don’t think human beings learn anything without desperation. Desperation is a necessary ingredient to learning anything or creating anything. Period. If you ain’t desperate at some point, you ain’t interesting.” – Jim Carrey

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The Opportunities of Failing

We’ve been on the subject of negative situations and their evocative destructive power on many people because, quite often, people respond to negative input, well… negatively. That is to say they go into one of the negative emotional states such as anger, fear, envy, sadness- just to name a few. The problem with doing that is that we draw an “in kind” contribution from The Law of Attraction which matches our emotional state of being. We are attracting to ourselves more negative things when this happens.

What many people overlook is the opportunities created by problems. Without problems, the very best opportunities would not exist. We’re going to give you an example created by a serious problem we all seem to have faced at one time and why one such solution built it’s success on how desperate we are to have something to fill that niche. Enter into this conversation: The Chia Pet. For decades this item has sold millions of units around Christmas time. Most of us wouldn’t really consider buying one for ourselves, but out of desperation, many of us have bought one for someone else we might have forgotten about until the last minute.

Once sold mainly in convenience stores, the Chia Pet now can be found in other popular stores, as well. This item has earned it’s existence out of solving a nasty problem most of us have faced, and if it weren’t for the problem, there would be almost no chance this item doesn’t end up in the dollar store for a buck. Haven’t you suffered the mental angst of not having a gift for someone you just know is giving you one? The makers of this product have exploited the emotional blackmail we feel and they didn’t even cause that. They just observed that there might just be a chance on Christmas eve that we dart into a convenience store desperately looking for a way out of our dilemma.

The more difficult the problem, and the more widespread it is throughout humanity, the greater the opportunity. Don’t miss this instructive detail, either, the solution to our problem might on the surface seem completely absurd and implausible. This not only applies to marketing, but also in every seemingly negative situation in our own lives. So what is the appropriate response we want to have when something doesn’t go as planned? Excitement. Yes, we mean that. Wide-eyed, blissful excitement because we have the opportunity now to not only overcome our difficulty, but we also have a chance to do whatever we were trying to do better than ever before. If we’re truly happy about the chance we’ve been given to get creative, guess what The Law of Attraction response must be? You guessed it, positive. It’ll open doors for us, it will create the positive things we need to get ahead. That’s a great deal, but only if we get in on it!

Question of the Day to Ask Ourselves

What can I do to remember to get excited about my prospects when things don’t work out as planned?”

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Daily Nugget of Gold 1584

All negativity is an illusion created by the limited mind to protect and defend itself.” – Ambika Wauters

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Teach Us, Edison!

We were talking about various ways to keep ourselves in a positive frame of mind, emotionally. In that discussion, we brought up an important example of staying focused on the learning experience we’re engaging in rather than let negative input turn us into negative beings. All of this, of course, is to allow The Law of Attraction to work positively on our behalf. It struck us that there is another important lesson which Edison could teach us, and that’s how important keeping an open mind is. We’ve used Edison as an example for that in his invention of the incandescent light bulb, now lets have him demonstrate for us what can go wrong if we become close-minded.

Edison at one point became convinced, totally convinced, that direct current electricity was superior to alternating current. In some ways it is, but in other ways it isn’t- we know that now. Since Edison had invented not only the light bulb, but the generating system (a direct current system) to produce the electricity for it, he didn’t want the competition of alternating current systems that others were proposing for formation of the electric grid. The difference between the two systems is that alternating current can be stepped up in voltage and sent over great distances and stepped back down again for consumer use.

Edison’s closed-mindedness ended up erasing his name from the company that he founded and built- “Edison General Electric” which is now simply “General Electric”. So where did this closed-mindedness take Edison? In his quest to prove how his direct current was better he tortured animals with electrocution (with alternating current, of course) and had pushed an electric chair designed to execute convicts. He jealously guarded his patents and some people might say he was consumed by greed. These aren’t positive emotions and the resulting response from The Law of Attraction is a textbook case of how things can turn around- either way.

In the end, for the purposes of attempting to maintain his dominance in providing power to the masses, Edison lost his financial backing and lost the “War of the Currents”, as it came to be known. Direct current is still used for a whole host of things today, wherever it’s most appropriate. For long distance power transmission? It’s not. The Law of Attraction can and does work both ways, it magnifies the vibes we send out whether positive or negative, and we ought never make the mistake that once we get it working on our behalf that we can don negative emotions with impunity.

Question of the Day to Ask Ourselves

How can I insure that I become and stay positive?”

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Daily Nugget of Gold 1583

Life has no short cuts, just long routes that comprise of hurdles and hassles, turbulence and obstacles, but the journey would be fruitful and result oriented, because the journey taught you all along the way.” – Hermann J Steinherr

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The Learning Lab

Our focus lately has been about how to keep our emotions out of the danger zone in regards to negative input, you know, negative outcomes, events, and even people. This is important work in that it is our state of mind, our emotional state of being which The Law of Attraction responds to and brings us more of what we are, deep down inside.

What do we mean by “Deep down inside”? Our subconscious level. It’s that thing people read in your communication that when you say, “I’m fine” when the world seems to be collapsing in on you- they know it’s not the case, even though your words said so. That same inner space, deep down below our thinking selves is where the work we need to do must get done. How do we reach that, though? The only place we can work on ourselves is on the surface of our awareness, but we need to do it often and thoroughly enough that it becomes “second nature” to us. This is no small task, but the payoff is HUGE.

With that preamble, we present to you today’s technique for steering a potentially negative input away from a feeling of negatively charged emotions, and that’s by looking at life as nothing more than an incredibly complex learning lab. It would probably be quite beneficial to see it this way anyhow, for that’s really the logical conclusion many of the wise ones have made about what life is. Really, though- if we’re looking at this thing called life as a learning experience, suddenly stuff that happens to and around us take on a different meaning.

Edison looked at the 10,000 “failures” he had in inventing the light bulb differently than most people would have. He simply thought of how he discovered all those ways it wouldn’t work so that eventually he’d see the one way it would. In his mind he was in every single moment very much in the discovery process, a process which ultimately yielded the desired result without fail. Was he negative about all those “failures”? How could he be if his intent was to determine what was bad as well as good for his purposes?

So what did The Law of Attraction bring Edison? The one thing which did work because his energy remained positive throughout. It gave him exactly what he was searching for, and the search was well worth it. If he would have been negative, he would have quit long before reaching the eventual goal which made him wealth. Keep your energy positive by not taking yourself seriously as you take the task you’re committed to in a positive light by vowing to learn along the way.

Question of the Day to Ask Ourselves

What can I learn from this?”

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Daily Nugget of Gold 1592

Just play. Have fun. Enjoy the game.” – Michael Jordan

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Another Non-Emotional Response

Our last issue talked about responding to negative input by using it as a cue to go to “Plan B” and that we could indeed employ this tactic even if we didn’t yet HAVE a “Plan B”. The danger of allowing ourselves to respond emotionally to negative feedback is that we are also calling The Law of Attraction into action, and it will align with our emotional state of being. Generally speaking, most people take negative feedback from the outside world, well… negatively. We suggested using positive emotional energy as a response to negative input, responding with laughter or gratitude, for example.

Suppose we aren’t easily enabled to turn negative input into positive emotional energy? Well, the go to “Plan B” shift in mental focus might just do the trick Another idea along those lines is to see the situation as a game, and nothing more. In a game, there’s always a winner and there’s always a loser. Losing a game doesn’t mean the end of life, it just means that next time we need to get better. If someone scores a basket in a basketball game, the opposing team doesn’t sit down and suffer the loss, they get busy trying to turn it around.

We are the ones who get to decide whether we see our world as a serious matter in which every slight, every negative thing will permanently do damage; or something as simple as a game in which we intend to keep right on playing until the end. Oddly enough, wealthy people who accumulate a great deal of money often see themselves as competing in something which is nothing more than a game. Yes, they plan to win that game, but they don’t put their own (emotional) selves into it in a negative way by seeing it as a game. Perhaps that’s how they manage to keep and maintain such a great response from the Law of Attraction. We can do this too!

The interesting thing about this approach is that we can muster up team spirit and put that eternal optimism to great use in staying intimately involved in the game, but avoid the feeling of suffering crushing defeats with the healthy disconnect that we are merely playing a game. Think about it, in the great, grand Spiritual sense- that’s really all it is, anyhow.

Question of the Day to Ask Ourselves

How do I view life as a game I intend to compete in- to the best of my ability?”

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Daily Nugget of Gold 1581

Get into the habit of imagining an alternate scenario. By posing such ‘imagine if’ questions… we can distance ourselves from the frames, cues, anchors and rhetoric that might be affecting us.” – Noreena Hertz

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Que Up Plan B

We’ve been talking about ways to keep our inner being on the right track so as to elicit the best response we can get through The Law of Attraction. In this session we’re going to discuss an unemotional response to negative input. We often talk about how to replace a bad emotion such as anger, frustration, or sadness with a good one like gratitude, joy, or bliss but this topic is different.

Ultimate control of our emotional states can and often does come down to measured, appropriate responses to what we experience. Have you ever seen anyone fly off the handle and cause a big scene when confronted with the smallest of disappointments? Of course, it happens frequently. Just look up “McDonald’s Lady Mcscuse Me” on YouTube if you can’t remember one… (What’s with it with some people and their fast food, anyway?)

So, what is a non-emotional response for a situation which normally is evocative of a negative emotional response? Going to plan B. It’s quickly saying to one’s self, “Oh. That didn’t work out, what else can I do?” Say you get to the grocery store and it’s packed, and you’re in a hurry. Rather than go in and get all frustrated and upset with how your time is getting wasted because 200 other people chose the same moment to shop that you did, why not run through alternative plans quickly?

Perhaps you could make something different tonight, maybe you could stop a convenience store and get the item you need. We don’t know which solution is best, but it’s good practice to have some idea what you will do if the original plan bites the dust. There’s no need to be emotional about switching plans, that’s just the normal response to unexpected problems. If there are a hundred different ways you could drive to work and the one you prefer most is blocked, are you going to sit there and simmer or are you just going to go a different way?

We’re fond of saying to ourselves when negative input surfaces-, “OK, plan b” even when we haven’t decided what plan b is, we’re immediately thrust into solution-mode and out of any illogical emotional reaction to the input we’ve gotten saying that our first plan’s a dud. The Law of Attraction is thus not going to call into our existence any new negative thing based on what just happened because there wasn’t any negative emotional state to respond to. Joy in reaching an acceptable goal will bring a positive response from the law, however! Let’s keep ourselves moving forward no matter what the input we receive is.

Question of the Day to Ask Ourselves

What is plan B?”

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Daily Nugget of Gold 1580

Sometimes our light goes out but is blown into flame by another human being. Each of us owes deepest thanks to those who have rekindled this light.” – Albert Schweitzer

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The Inner Wonders of Gratitude

Oh, here he goes again, talking about gratitude. Guilty as charged, but really- if we want to create true and lasting change in our lives, gratitude is an unbelievably awesome tool. With gratitude we not only get to move past minor annoyances which are like weeds in our mental garden, but we can also find comfort when things go horribly wrong. Gratitude is being thankful for all we have and even grateful for what we don’t have. “But I want it all” you might say, “I want it all!!!” No you don’t. No…you DON’T. You’ll agree with us on this one in the very next paragraph.

Do you want to have heart disease, drug addiction, depression, and loneliness? These things are available as part of the “all”. We don’t see them that way, but many people accept them as part and parcel of what they need to trade in order to get what other things they desire. When’s the last time you decided to go into your kitchen and use every ingredient you have in your cupboards to make something? In our kitchen there is probably an excess of a few hundred different things we could throw together in one big mess, but it wouldn’t be tasty, would it?

Gratitude allows us to witness something that someone else is suffering with and be thankful it doesn’t affect us like it does them. Sure, we want to have empathy for them, and we can express it to them or not, but we want to part company offering our own sincere blessings on and for them whether or not we vocalize it. Having the habit of daily thinking of things we are grateful for and feeling the deep, inner warmth as we dwell on those things is transformative in and of itself.

No other emotion is so closely linked to a powerful, positive response by The Law of Attraction, than gratitude. Jimmy Kroll, a good friend since departed, was always fond of saying, “I felt sorry because I had no shoes, until I met a man with no feet.” We always have something to be grateful for, even the man with no feet does- if he’s wise enough to see it. Look at the incredible accomplishments of Stephen Hawking if you need help with this. Most people would just give up if they found themselves experiencing anything like his circumstances are, but here is a man who wouldn’t allow lack to infringe on his gratitude for what was still his.

With gratitude we can melt away negative mental states of mind and really and truly transform our existence into one of happiness and bliss. The application of gratitude does take work, but the wages we earn from that work are immeasurable.

Question of the Day to Ask Ourselves

What are a hundred things I am grateful for?”

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Daily Nugget of Gold 1579

Do not wait; the time will never be ‘just right.’ Start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you may have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along.” – George Herbe

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One Useful Tool for True Change

We left off last time discussing how true desired change (peace) comes from within, and how we ought not attempt to seek it outside of ourselves. What is meant by the saying, “Peace comes from within, do not seek it without” is that we are literally wasting our time by attempting to get the outside world to adapt and conform to us, but if we want our lives to be better, we want to work where we have absolute control and there is no place other than within ourselves where we truly do.

The Law of Attraction responds to our emotional state of being within, who we are. Yes, action is required in order to function, but right and true action is intelligently directed. The physical force of our own bodies is of far less consequence than we might think, unless that’s the medium we choose to express what’s found within.

So what are the tools we refer to? One of the most powerful tools we own is laughter. Yes, we mean that. If we can find humor in a situation that would otherwise frustrate, anger, or even sadden us, we then have the ability to mutate what would be a negative experience into a positive one. Haven’t you ever been to a funeral and found yourself afterward with a group of friends laughing about something the deceased person did? The funeral isn’t for the person who died as much as it’s for those loved ones attempting to feel better after acknowledging their loss. We naturally gravitate to humor because it really does help us deal with the most difficult of circumstances.

Laughter and inner comic relief would probably be a great tool to use in order to change our emotions in far less serious situations, but since, for many people, it’s a tool of last resort; when we are defeated- we don’t reach for it as often as we could. When’s the last time you employed humor when a boss or a customer yelled at you, or when you were alone and someone cut you off in traffic? These things are golden opportunities for us.

Observing an outside event is an internal process, defining what we see is what we do in order to “experience” anything. We alone are the ones who get to experience what the “qualia” of anything means to us. We also have the ability to alter every experience into one that supports and enhances our inner state of mind, our state of being, our Soul. In order to do that we must set about to get that internal work done. Use humor, use laughter, enjoy life more by bringing the magical power of disarming negative circumstances, people, and events and through the use of a little comic relief we can create internal peace regardless of what happens.

Question of the Day to Ask Ourselves

How can I begin transforming my negative experiences by sharpening my sense of humor?”

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Daily Nugget of Gold 1578

By constant self-discipline and self-control you can develop greatness of character.” – Grenville Kleiser

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The Habit of Bliss – Refocused Attention

In our last session we spoke about the importance of “owning” our emotional state of being, of reclaiming control of our state of mind as ours and ours alone to install and to maintain. When we do this, something magical happens- not so much a detachment from the world, but our power over circumstances, events, and the ability of other people to manipulate our state of being emerges. Realizing that we have the ability to choose what that state is no matter what happens outside of our mind is an important step to freedom. There is another thing we need to do in this process once we’ve taken full and complete control here- choose wisely, and then act appropriately on that choice.

While the above paragraph outlines what ought to happen in an ideal world, the human vessel we find ourselves in is one that requires continual attention and commitment over a long period of time in order to approach the goal of being able to do that. The good news in all of this is that we can begin right now and enjoy measurable results quite quickly as we succeed, the bad news in this is that we are likely to mess up an awful lot along the way.

There’s a reason we need to start “right now”, too. This is the only moment of time we have absolute control in. The past is unaffected by our efforts, what’s done is done. The future isn’t here yet and as one philosopher put it, is only a promissory note. The way to begin effectively creating change is to Seize the Day- or “Carpe Diem” as Robin William’s character once famously said in a movie.

So what do we do in this moment of time, you might ask? We refocus attention to where we want it to be. Instead of having outside forces dictate our state of being, we put our gaze upon those things we desire. Gratitude is a wonderful tool here because it allows us to shift our focus away from what doesn’t enhance our being to what does. By counting all of our blessings we have tremendous power over our internal affairs of the heart and soul. Fortunately, our blessings are too numerous to count.

Why take the time and energy to do this? Because, friend, this is where change in the outside world begins. It starts taking shape the moment we work on the internals, for that is what The Law of Attraction responds to. We believe there was true meaning in, “Peace comes from within, do not seek it without” So often people try and change the things we have little control over in order to attempt to enhance their lives, but in doing so they relinquish control of the one estate they have the ability to affect, their own internal domain. The mistake people make is that they believe this private place is of little or no consequence. That would be a massive error in judgment.

Question of the Day to Ask Ourselves

How can I get really good at putting my attention on where I want it to be?”

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