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215: Your Worst Enemy

worst enemy

YOUR WORST ENEMY

Have you ever heard the expression, you are your worst enemy? You’ve heard it and probably have said it.

This episode explores that expression that many of us regard as innocent. We take a close look at how those words impact our lives, and, often, steal our happiness.

We also look at how “You are your worst enemy” is a narrative built on other narratives.

The goal of this episode is to raise your awareness about the stories that are all too familiar to us that we tell ourselves daily, stories that are actually deadly.

Specifically, the episode focuses on three distinct narrative and areas of our lives:

  • Achievement and the narratives of self sabotage that undermine it
  • Personal relationships and defensive narratives that prevent intimacy and growth
  • Financial stories that keep us safe and well within our comfort zone

I offer you the challenge to question all the stories that keep you safe and comfortable, and ultimately prevent true growth and happiness.

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214: Power of Story

STORY POWER

Never underestimate story power. A work of pure fiction has  the power to enrich your life or to end it.

Today, we live in a world where powerful narratives of division and hate are leading to death and destruction.

One of the most powerful contemporary stories is the myth of white supremacy.

Do you understand and acknowledge story power in your life?

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209: Thoughts Are Things

your thoughts create your reality

THOUGHTS ARE THINGS

Today’s episode is truly a game changing, story changing thing. You will learn why and how your thoughts are things; they are thought things.

Thoughts are things is not just an analogy.  It is literal. A thought is as much a thing as a hot burning coal, a shard of glass, or a soft pillow.

And, like things, thoughts affect your physical body.

You’ll be amazed at what science is revealing about the power of your thoughts to create any reality you desire. Enjoy this adventurous exploration into the science history behind our views of the world and ourselves.

Here are just a few of the mind expanding nuggets in this episode of Change Your Story, Change Your Life:

  • 17th Century Beliefs – Our current view of the physical world and reality is based on the outdated thinking of Sir Isaac Newton’s Principia, written in 1687
  • 17th Century Mind – Our predominant view of human consciousness is a hand-me-down from Rene Descartes’ idea that mind and matter are separate entities. They are not.
  • The 1941 Meeting that Changed the Word Forever – Physicists, Neils Bohr and Werner Heisenberg met in Copenhagen between September 15 and 21. Their findings, discussion and revelations laid the foundation for quantum physics.
  • Bohr and Heisenberg gave us irrefutable evidence that atoms (matter) are not solid; they are “tiny clouds of possibility” that exist only as a potential of their future selves.

Matter becomes manifest and real when it is observed. It is our act of OBSERVATION that determines which potential of matter comes into existence as “reality.”

You also learn:

  • Why we so strongly resist change
  • Experiments that prove the power of thought to influence and shape matter
  • The true meaning of intention
  • How you can immediately use intention to create the life you want
  • The strange truth behind superheros

BOOKS IN THIS PODCAST

The Intention Experiment: Using Your Thoughts to Change Your Life and the World by Lynne McTaggart

The Field: The Quest for the Secret Force of the Universe by Lynne McTaggart

The Power of Intention by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod

Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

QUOTE IN THIS PODCAST

“A human being is part of the whole, called by us, ‘universe’; a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separate from the rest – a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness.” – Albert Einstein

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203: Scary Story

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SCARY STORY

This episode is about a scary story that isn’t scary at all. In fact, it’s an exciting story if you choose to see what it’s really about.

First, an important reminder. Tyrion Lannister, at the finale of Game of Thrones, says that people are not united by armies, gold, or flags. They are united by stories, and that there is nothing more powerful than a good story.

The people who laugh at that statement don’t get how profound it is. Tyrion is saying that all of life is a magnificent story. Civilizations are built on stories. Think of the Bible, the Koran, and the Talmud.

You will learn about three brilliant authors, all critical thinkers, who passionately articulate the message that the world we perceive with our senses is a made-up story, it’s an illusion that veils a powerful limitless reality behind it. These three people of higher consciousness are:

  • Bruce Lipton, a biologist who wrote The Biology of Belief. The book scientifically explodes the idea that we are controlled by our DNA. Lipton persuasively argues that our belief about DNA as an immutable force in our lives is a story.
  • Gregg Braden, a former senior computer systems designer and best selling author. His latest book is Human by Design: From Evolution by Chance to Transformation by Choice.  This book shatters our paradigms about the world, reality, and ourselves. it reveals that we are bathed in a field of intelligent energy. Even more exciting, or scary, depending how you look at it, is the idea that the field responds to us and rearranges itself in the presence of our heart based feelings and beliefs.
  • Lynne McTaggart, a former hard-nosed investigative journalist, a woman who got close to the dark underbelly of life. She made a life changing discovery that led to her book, The Field: The Quest for the Secret Force of the Universe. Her book echoes Bruce Lipton and Gregg Braden. She writes that the human mind and body are not separate from their environment; the are part of a pulsating power that constantly interacts with the vast energy sea around them.  She believes that consciousness may be central in shaping our world.

Why do I call this episode Scary Story? Because this inspiring vision shared by these three brilliant people and many others undermines the foundation of deeply rooted beliefs that make us feel safe in the world. When we muster the courage to embrace this vision we gain enormous power and great responsibility.

I encourage you to take on the challenge that can transform your life and allow you to manifest and live your dreams.

BOOKS IN THIS PODCAST

The Biology of Belief by Bruce Lipton

Human by Design by Gregg Braden

The Field by Lynne McTaggart

QUOTE IN THIS PODCAST

“Our greatest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? Your playing small does not serve the world. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.” – Marianne Wiliamson

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196: “True” Stories

True Stories

TRUE STORIES

Is it possible for a true story to be untrue? Yes.

Although true stories are based on”facts,” the person “telling” the story must present those facts in a frame that carries his/her bias  or interpretation of the facts.

Simply put, what we call objective reality is always tinged by subjectivity. What you look at is always colored by the lens through which you view it.

This episode explores fascinating examples of this. The first one focuses on a famous Impressionist painting, “Le Pont de l’Europe,” by Gustave Caillebotte. The English translation is “The Bridge of Europe.”

The painting seems like a realistic representation of the bridge. Closer inspection reveals a “distorted” or exaggerated perspective that the artist used to create specific feelings and thoughts about his society.

You may be intrigued when you learn about:

  • Diane Arbus – her famous photographs of people are far from objective representations of their subjects.
  • Leni Riefenstahl – the images in her brilliant “documentary” films, “Triumph of the Will,” about Hitler’s Nuremberg rally, and her movie about the German Olympics can be seen as propaganda.
  • Rashomon, a play based on two Japanese short stories, and, later, a film thriller by Akira Kurosawa, examines the nature of truth.

This episode challenges your critical thinking and asks you to not get intellectually lazy about the questions, “What are facts?” and, “Are there any true stories?”

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