“As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live. ” – Johann Von Goethe

“As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live. ” – Johann Von Goethe

I got this quote today after having a late night of dealing with buried emotions from my past in a very productive and somewhat intuitive way. Thankfully, I resolved these emotions and saw the incident they were tied to in a whole new light. But this happened only because I was willing to ask for a better understanding. In fact, I asked “if we are put in circumstances for our best and highest development, then why did this happen?”

It took a lot of stilling my mind and letting go of urges to seek some external re-source for the answer for me to just be still and allow the answer to come. Finally, I began to see how this incident had caused a clear chain of events in my life that taught me valuable lessons that are paramount to my continued growth today. Relaying the whole situation from then and now to my wife, I even realized that the whole “story line” that I could clearly see now was much like some amazing movie script. lol My “hidden” resentment disappeared last night, thanks to taking the time to still myself and allow my “God-given emotional guidance system” to teach, and I am now grateful for the whole situation. What a change!

This sort of change can for anyone regarding anything from your past, so if you’d like to know the full process I used, join my new “Spiritual Practice” email list by visiting http://www.reverbnation.com/johnstringeraskrl

Your True Currency may not be what you think!

I love the daily emails I receive from Wes Hopper of http://ping.fm/19UWJ

I’m posting todays’ because it is a great message about what our real currency is. Not money, but something even more powerful:

” ‘If you have an idea, you’re not broke,
and the human mind will never run out
of great ideas’
Matt Furey

Most people, when they need stuff, like
money, will wish, pray or vision the wrong
thing. They’ll focus on stuff!

That’s neither scientifically or spiritually
correct. These days both science and
spirit are converging on a view of the
Universe that no longer sees matter,
or stuff, as fundamental.

They see that at its deepest level the
Universe is formed from consciousness.

You can think of that as Mind. And the
currency of Mind is not stuff, but ideas.

Many people have found that changing
their focus to ideas has made problem
solving many times more effective.

Bob Proctor told me that when he was
first starting to learn about thinking, he
was carrying around a card with $25,000
written on it. He said, “As I looked at that
and thought about money, I started to get
ideas about how to earn money.”

When he acted on the ideas, he went
from deeply in debt to wealthy in one
year! Yes, he had to work very hard, but
he did. And he runs his international
business on ideas to this day.

Take time every day for your personal
time of meditation, prayer, or contemplation.
The mind is most creative when relaxed.

Give your mind your question. “OK, mind,
how can I …..?” Then relax and let go.

Look for ideas, not stuff, to show up in
their own good time. Sometime when
you least expect it.

Then act on them. If you have an idea,
you’re not broke, and the Universe is
full of ideas.

Listen, act and expect miracles!

Blessings,
Wes

PS – Look for examples of ideas in the
stories in “Success: A Spiritual Matter”
as successful marketers share how
they built their success.

Get the info here:

http://ping.fm/dnD2Y

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The truth about US CD sales, Soundscan and the independent artist.

Although most of us are all too familiar with the plight of the major label CD sales business model, the truth is, CD sales remains a viable source of revenue for performing independent, DIY and unsigned artists.  That trend doesn’t appear to be slowing down iether.

Unfortunately, the majority of these sales go unreported to Soundscan, but we’ve put out a free report to not only shed light on this issue, but to assist independent artists with leveraging ALL their sales:

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Avoid two pitfalls most artists never overcome

John Stringer performing with State of ManThey key to becoming a better singer/songwriter, performing artist is GROWTH.
Grow for the better in every area you can.

Here are two quick resources I became an affiliate of because they helped me overcome two very common artist pitfalls – not growing as a songwriter and not growing as a singer:

1. The Songwriting Genius Within You
Simply put, one of the best writing resources I’ve found that goes beyond simple song structure and a lot of the basic tips you find in other songwriting courses.  This is about little-known techniques that help you tap into true Genius and the science behind it.   You also get a great discount from the author of this remarkable resource by clicking here.

2. Singing Success
Vocal coach to the stars (Keith Urban, Miley Cyrus, Taylor Swift, Haley Williams  & more)  and creator of Singing Success, an amazingly effective vocal training program you can download online, Brett Manning will help you improve your voice and gain a full octave – Guaranteed!  I’ve written about this resource many times because I use it and it works.  Click here to see for yourself.

Enjoy!

Lessons from Rocks & Sand plus Inspiration

Lessons from Rocks & Sand plus Inspiration

Two stories came to mind today, both involving rocks and sand, that reminded me of interesting lessons. You may have heard the first, but I’d like to recount it here:

“A philosophy professor stood before his class and had some items in front of him. When class began, wordlessly he picked up a large empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with rocks right to the top, rocks about 2” diameter.

He then asked the students if the jar was full? They agreed that it was. So the professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them in to the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles, of course, rolled into the open areas between the rocks. The students laughed

He asked his students again if the jar was full? They agreed that yes, it was. The professor then picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else.

“Now,” said the professor, “I want you to recognize that this is your life. The rocks are the important things – your family, your partner, your health, your children – anything that is so important to you that if it were lost, you would be nearly destroyed.

The pebbles are the other things in life that matter, but on a smaller scale. The pebbles represent things like your job, your house, your car.

The sand is everything else. The small stuff. If you put the sand or the pebbles into the jar first, there is no room for the rocks. The same goes for your life. If you spend all your energy and time on the small stuff, material things, you will never have room for the things that are truly most important.

Pay attention to the things that are critical in your life. Play with your children. Take your partner out dancing.

There will always be time to go to work, clean the house, give a dinner party and fix the disposal.”

Take care of the rocks first – the things that really matter.

Set your priorities. The rest is just pebbles and sand.”

Another way I thought of looking at this today is to consider the ROCKS as truth principles / the reality of life or laws of the universe whereas the rest is just the appearances of things.   If you are familiar with the biblical parable of building a house on the rock vs on the sand, then you probably know the moral of the story is to build your house on a strong foundation so it can withstand storms.

In life, the storms can be external circumstances and building your house on a strong foundation is equivalent to building your life on inspired action and truth principles beyond mere appearances.  Making the inspired action or guidance the priority is how to apply the moral of the first story.

Building your house on sand is like building your life based on your own rational understanding, your limited sensory perception and your limited experience.    When trouble comes, you are easily shaken, frustrated and confused.

Build on the rocks, my friend, and the sand will follow.

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If you have a business, this is for you.  One of my all-time favorite internet/marketing/thought pioneers, #1 best-selling author Mark Joyner – the man people like Dearl Miller call “the greatest marketing mind of our generation” has just released his new book, but it’s not yet available at your local bookstore.

Instead, he’s letting you download it now for free.

If you want to learn how to grow your business, this is an absolute must-read.

And the Integration Marketing Deal Board you’ll find there, used properly, could turn out to be one of the most powerful marketing resources on the net.

Enjoy!

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