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“After midnight, we’re gonna let it all hang out…”
The Perseids: this shower of “shooting stars” does not peak until 12 August, activity is already underway. And it is a great year to observe the Perseids because moonlight will not interfere to drown them out.
As with all meteor showers, the meteors are produced when the Earth ploughs through a stream of dust left by a comet orbiting the Sun and they flare in our atmosphere.
They are called Perseids because, if you trace their streaks backwards, they appear to radiate from a point in the constellation of Perseus. This is an effect of perspective, like straight rail tracks converging to a distant point, and in fact the meteors are travelling on parallel paths.
The comet responsible for the Perseids was Swift-Tuttle. The dust particles in space, called meteoroids, and about the size of grains of sand, are now spread right along the swarm’s orbit. This means we see Perseids every August. They are a reliable shower, always rich in activity, although the numbers vary according to how dense the orbiting stream is at the point where we intersect.
The stream is broad too, with the first Perseids appearing in our skies in late July and the final stragglers falling well into the second half of August.
Where to look? The whole sky. The shooting stars will seem to come from the constellation Perseus, in the northeastern sky. But they may appear anywhere as quick streaks of light.
Where not to look? Do not look at the moon or anything bright. Your eyes need to get used to the dark. The full moon will cut down the number of meteors likely to be seen see. By dawn the moon will be low in the western sky so look east.
Where should I go? Anywhere dark with a nice expanse of open sky. Leave the cities if you can.
When to watch? Meteor showers are best after always best after midnight but because of the full moon it’s best to try the hour or two before dawn.
Top performers do three essential things to be at their peak.
1. Clarify your outcomes for the meeting in hand and how you want the relationship with the person to develop, meeting by meeting, one step at a time. Moderate performers focus less on the latter dimension.
2. Be mindful of the frame of the mind you want to be in and that any meeting (is hopefully a meeting of minds) is ultimately about helping everyone present to frame a congruent viewpoint of what needs to be done.
3. Prepare your strategy, primarily so that you allow yourself to get in the frame of mind you want to be.
Research I’ve come across and my own experience shows that the most important thing you take into a meeting is your frame of mind followed by being clear about the outcomes you seek. Having a strategy is important but, once the meeting has started, it’s factors ‘2’ and ‘1’ above (and in that order) that will determine most how you ‘handle any curve balls thrown your way’.
Paul C Burr
It is counterintuitive to think that your greatest breakthroughs and insights come from your dark side, fears and insecurities. Normal ways of thinking suggest to ignore, suppress and deny your inner darkness. Thoughts of anger, jealousy, hate, fear, worry, anxiety, sadness and the like are avoided in everyday life. But doing this leads to even more pain, amplified negative feelings and eventually can cause your body to get sick or experience dis-ease.
From my experience I’ve found that there is actually a wealth of knowledge, insight and information contained within the dark sides of my personality. Upon further inquiry I’ve been able to see the root of my anger, fear, frustration, jealousy, etc. and then identify it, put a name on it and start to work with it.
For example, I have found that when I am jealous, it is only because I am focused on what someone else has…
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I don’t have words good enough to describe how wisely simple TotalTrinity’s blogs are. They have a profound uplifting effect on me.
That you TT /|\
Love does not withhold, it does not play games, it does not need to be right.
Love is a constant flow of giving and receiving. It is not enough to love yourself.
Loving yourself is an important and vital first step, but loving yourself alone will eventually lead to plain old narcissism.
For love to be complete it’s gotta be shared. For love to be complete it’s gotta be given and received.
There are a lot of people out there who say “I’m doin’ me”, or “I’m just lovin’ myself” and I say congratulations! But here’s a warning: Don’t love yourself only; if you do, you will wither and die a spiritual death.
Sometimes, loving yourself can be a wall to hide behind the willingness to be vulnerable. Love requires vulnerability to flow. Without vulnerability, love cannot grow and love cannot flow.
It takes a…
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There are SUPER frustrating times on The Path. Instead of fighting against frustrating times with more frustration, anger and resentment, take a higher road today.
Remember, a delay is not a denial. The world’s timing is always perfect and if something isn’t quite manifesting yet, there is a reason. So, today, instead of choosing to be angry, hurt or just plain ‘ol pissed off, take a BIG DEEP BREATH and know that everything is happening in perfect time. It might piss you off to know that it’s not happening in YOUR time, but it is happening in the perfect time.
Do what you can do that’s within your power today and let go of the rest. There’s no use letting the things you can’t control dictate your level of happiness.
So, instead of choosing frustration because you think you won’t be provided for or taken care of, choose to see…
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A learned friend sent me a message that coincided spookily with an experience I’d had during the night before. Her message read,
“If we do not desire something or feel a pleasant emotion about it, we do not strive to make it happen.
Passion is your power for manifestation.”
A lot of my friend’s messages arrive when I need her wisdom most. Here’s what happened the night before.
Before I went to sleep I pleaded with spirit that I’d had enough of my desire loops. I sought help. I wanted guidance because whatever I was doing wasn’t working. I fell into a deep sleep but not for long.
I entered into a dreamworld of turmoil and darkness, inside a huge complex ethereal machine. Cogs and wheels ground away but all seemed to work against one another. Parts kept stuttering and jamming. Then they would attempt to reverse out of gear to get going again – like the inside of a huge faulty printer trying to unjam itself. The machine had almost had almost ground to a halt, almost but not completely. I awoke.
Picture sourced from manbehindthecurtain
An archangel helped me. We spoke of my desires and delineated those which belong to the upper echelons, of my desire world, from the lower. She asked me to focus on that which I really wanted in my heart of hearts. At the same time she asked me to focus on all the anger, sadness, fear and guilt I associated with NOT having what I desired.
She taught me to raise, up to spirit, all the anger, sadness, fear and guilt for one particular yearning I craved for. I became aware that releasing fear came with a consequence. I would be obliged to choose courage. mmm!?!
Nonetheless I completed her instruction. But then came the surprise. She instructed me to now raise my desire to spirit and let that go too. I paused whilst I realised that releasing desire to spirit, especially the desire for something so important to me, wasn’t easy. I had wanted that wish to come true badly.
The angel waited patiently whist I dwelt on the realisation that spirit manifests form. “Aha!” I thought. I awakened to the logic of my angel’s instruction. Spirit can only manifest a desire I own if I give it up to spirit. If I hold on to it, I offer spirit nothing to work on.
For the first time in my life I now understood, in my heart, Gandhi’s words: “ A burning passion coupled with absolute detachment is the key to all success. ”
I raised my palms upward above my head and raised my heart’s desire to spirit. I said it forcefully. Just in case I added the phrase, rather amateurishly, “and I really mean it!” I wanted to demonstrate my commitment to my words.
I released my desire with all the heart I could muster. I realised suddenly how my desires had dominated my erstwhile thought world. Prior, when I yearned, or felt fearful about not receiving what I yearn for, I was in a future dream world. When I became angry, sad or felt I must be unworthy, about not getting what I yearn for, I’d been living a past memory. I’d spent little time in the present tense, the here and now, the path on which life takes place.
My passion for life was being held back. My friend’s message made me realise some words of ancient wisdom I’d pondered upon for years.
“In order to journey the path, you must develop a passion for the path (life), not your destination. You become the path.”
I thanked both my magical friends – for the abundance I’d been blessed with – two angels, one in spirit form, one in human form.
They’d taught me the secret ways of heaven on earth.
Vincent van Gogh (1853–1890)
Image of Starry Night over the Rhone sourced by SheBomb
“But I should have told you Vincent. This world was never meant for one as beautiful as you.” from Vincent by Don McLean. One of my favourite closing lines to a song, ever.
Paul C Burr