When the mind is open, it will shift.
When the mind is closed, it won't.
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"Mastering others is strength.
Mastering yourself makes you fearless."
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So, first of all, let's picture James Dean's sports car. Let's say you are just learning how to drive, and you're driving the sports car and James Dean is sitting next to you and you're down there in second gear and the car is kind of whining and complaining because you won't shift----you don't know how to shift---and the James is saying, "Just shift ... please, it's time to shift" because James knows the engine is being over-stressed and the car can only go so far in this gear, and you need to shift right now.
And that's your life.
But shifting isn't hard. It's a kind of upward, circular motion--- like a spiral upward--- but people don't know if they've never driven a car what shifting really is and how much it helps.
But if you've ever driven a gear shift kind of car, you know that when you shift, it just starts to glide into a new level of speed and glides along the road and things are better. Then after a while, when you're in that next gear (let's say you are in third gear) and you go along for a while and pretty soon third gear isn't enough, it's not right, it can't hold where the car wants to go, so it's time to shift again.
Well, your mind, your soul, your heart, your life, your brain, your whole complex picture is the same way ... and there's a shift box inside the mind that is there for you.
When I coach people I notice they are stuck somewhere, and a lot of different things keep them stuck, but what's next for them is a shift---a movement of that mental or spiritual arm---that's a kind of gliding spiral, and the arm is metaphorical---it's in the mind---it's an opening. When the mind is open, it will shift.
Now when that happens it's beautiful! A person then goes up to the next level of consciousness, spirituality, creativity, energy, vibration---whatever you want to call it---there's another level, and you know when you are going there. You can feel it, because you glide. You feel like an angel.
In a human being, there are many gears---there are many gears---not just five or six---there are many! I would say for the sake of the fun of it, there might be a hundred gears. And you're into one of them right now.
Could you shift without a coach or mentor? Of course! Many people who have worked with the Mind Shift CD series report a multiple series of shifts, just from listening, and then they listen again. When you listen again the CDs may be new, as if you've never heard them, because you are listening from a different level.
Now a lot of people have asked me if I was going to produce a notebook with this Mind Shift audio stuff, and I originally wanted to, and my first intention was to create a notebook, a workbook, a guidebook and have people follow along and answer questions and fill things out, and I thought that's what a success course does ---that's how it would look like every other course.
Then I realized why I didn't want to do that. And I'll tell you why. It goes against the very nature of what I'm talking about to have a success/workbook/guidebook that you fill out. It would kill the whole thing. It takes a nonlinear opportunity and tries to make it linear.....
To change your life, you need to go nonlinear.
The best seminar I could ever really give would be to put the people in a room, give them a blank pad, have silence pumped in, and allow them to simply sit and jot ideas down about what they would like to create in future days, and how they might like to bring miracles about and why.
That would be a wonderful, wonderful eight hours for them, unlike anything they had ever done in their lives ever before---a full day of silence. Just with their own thoughts, because so many inspired things bubble up. That's why people say they get their best ideas on vacation, or they get their best ideas in the shower---it's the only time they're away from this frantic, addicted inner mental activity.
Sometimes I will ask a person to write down the one area in life they would like to get better at. What talent, skill, ability that if you got better at that, your success would come to you much faster? And almost everyone can identify that. So write that down.
Now, the second thing I want you to write down is what's your current practice of that? What do you currently do? Regularly? How often do you book appointments with yourself to practice that? And that's where people give me the blank stare. "I don't practice that." OK. Game over.
If I see myself in my self-concept as a creator, an enthusiastic creator, I'm reminded that the Greek word for enthusiasm is en theos, and en theos means the God within. So that's my highest self. When I'm walkin' and talkin' with the Prince of Peace down by the riverside, that's me at my best. However I see that walk and talk---I'm connected to the universe whatever religious or spiritual preference---it doesn't matter. What matters is my devotion to it, and my ability to see myself as that.
And people say "Well, we were created in the image of our creator" and so many different spiritual disciplines will tell you, you were created in the image of your creator. You are a child of God. Well, if that's true, and I'm created in the image of my creator, then my business and my life ought to be about creating. If I'm created in the image of my creator, then I will create. I will not react. I will create.
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"Around the pure loving energy that money is, we have wrapped beliefs such as shortage, obligation, hard work, loss, manipulation, security and survival. We have then wrapped layers of emotional consequences such as fear, frustration, anger and shame."
~ARNOLD M. PATENT