Begging or Choosing? The Best Way To Predict The Future Is To Create It

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Beggars and Choosers? The Best Way To Predict The Future Is To Create It

My plane landed at the Miami Airport just before the airport was closed in the face of the oncoming Hurricane Irene. I went to my hotel, hunkered down, and watched in awe as gale force winds bent palm trees and huge volumes of rain pelted the large windows. That evening the hotel lost electric power for eight hours, and I took the opportunity to light a candle, meditate, and savor the power of nature surging around me. I must say that evening was one of my most pleasant hotel visits.

When the storm abated, hotel guests scrambled to rearrange their flight schedules. As I stood at the public phone in the lobby, I heard a fellow in the booth next to me talking to an airline reservations agent. "I realize that beggars can't be choosers," he pleaded, "but is there any chance you can get me on this flight?"

His words reverberated in my mind: Beggars can't be choosers. It is true. If you think you are a beggar, undeserving of the good things in life, required to earn your right to be happy or suffer to get what you want, you certainly are not in a position of choice. But if you recognize that you are a co-creator with God, literally an expression of a God Who brings beauty and joy to life and to you, through you, begging becomes meaningless, utterly contradictory to who we are and the way we were born to live.

Do You Believe You Must Grovel, Plead, or Struggle?

We always have many choices before us. If we believe we must grovel, plead, or struggle to manifest our dreams, these choices can seem overwhelming, even frightening. But if we realize that every choice before us represents the universe inviting us to remember who we really are and what we really want, and then find the courage to claim it, the process of choosing becomes exciting -- even exhilarating.

To choose is to empower. Every time you say "yes" to one path and "no" to another, life rushes to support you in your decision. Often it does not matter so much what we choose, but that we do choose. Many declarations from the Bible echo this wisdom: "God spews the lukewarm from His mouth" (not the most romantic image, but effective); "let your 'yes' be a 'yes,' and your 'no' be a 'no'; all else is of the devil" (meaning that when we live with half-heartedness or ambiguity, we lose our ability to act effectively).

In The Gospel According to Thomas we are told, "If you bring forth what is within you, it will heal you; if you do not bring forth what is within you, it will kill you." Modern pundits have described the process thus: "Throw your heart over the fence, and your body will follow." "Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it." And, "if you sit in the middle of the road, you will get run over by traffic from both sides."

Tell The Truth About What You Really Want!

Years ago I spent a day in New York City with a group of new age friends. After our outing, we were driving toward the George Washington Bridge, trying to decide if we wanted to go home or see a movie. "What do you guys want to do?" asked the driver. "I need to know which road to take."

"I am okay either way", one fellow announced. Another echoed, "I am not attached". My response was, "I will go with the flow"; another reported, "I am easy". At that point the driver applied the brakes and pulled the car onto the shoulder of the road. He turned toward the back seat and with an air of authority announced, "Okay, all of you new age flakos, this is one of those times when everyone is going to have to tell the truth and let the group know what you really want -- or else we are going nowhere."

The rest of us looked at each other sheepishly. Then one fellow spoke, "I'd rather go home." "Yes, me too", said another. "I'm not really in the mood for a movie", I admitted. "Yeah, let's just keep going", the last fellow suggest.

"Thank you," the driver replied smugly, "Now we can go home."

We all get to go home when we make strong choices. Thoreau advised, "Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined." And visionary William James offered a powerful formula for following through on any important life choice: 1. Be bold. 2. Begin now. 3. No exceptions.

If the new year is going to be anything, it will be what we make it. We will make it magnificent, not by begging, but by choosing. As Peter Drucker wisely noted, "The best way to predict the future is to create it."

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Dare To Be Yourself by Alan CohenIn this powerful map to self-discovery, Alan Cohen draws on sources from Buddhism to the Bible, from Gandhi and Einstein to A Course In Miracles, sharing many of his own radiant moments of revelation on the spiritual path. He shows how we can let go of the past, overcome fear, and discover the power of love in our lives. Once we are engaged in the work of truly being ourselves, each challenge becomes an opportunity for growth, each choice a lesson in commitment, each relationship a renewal of God's work.

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The Tao Made Easy: Timeless Wisdom to Navigate a Changing World

creating realitiesAuthor: Alan Cohen
Binding: Audible Audiobook
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  • Hay House

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May you live during interesting times: so goes an ancient Chinese blessing - or some say curse. That wish has come true for us. Now what?

In this radically illuminating audiobook, Alan Cohen delves into one of the world's most venerated wisdom texts for answers and brings the lofty and enigmatic concepts of the Tao Te Ching down to earth in fresh, easy-to-grasp language with practical, personal examples we can use to uplift our daily lives.

Most other interpretations of the Tao march through the stanzas one by one. Here Alan Cohen calls forth the ancient verses around themes that are central to our modern lives - from love to work to the lessons we learn from pain. Then he brings each message to life in short vignettes where he imagines himself a student of Lao Tse and interacts with the master directly and intimately.

He invites you to join the ancient sage and the contemporary seeker as they wend their way through the challenges and triumphs of the same journey you're taking yourself.





A Course in Miracles Made Easy: Mastering the Journey from Fear to Love

creating realitiesAuthor: Alan Cohen
Binding: Audible Audiobook
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  • Hay House

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A Course in Miracles (ACIM) - the self-study spiritual-thought system that teaches the way to love and forgiveness - has captivated the minds and captured the hearts of millions of people. Delivering inner peace where fear and pain once prevailed, its universal message is unsurpassed in its power to heal. Yet many students report that they have difficulty grasping the principles or keeping up with the lessons. So even while they yearn for the spiritual freedom the course offers, they put the book aside, hoping to get to it one day.

Alan Cohen, ACIM student and teacher for more than 30 years, takes the big-picture ideas of the course and brings them down to earth in 22 concise, easy-to-understand chapters. Featuring entertaining examples, stories, and real-life applications, this unique, listener-friendly guide will prove invaluable to longtime ACIM students and newcomers alike.

A Course in Miracles Made Easy is the Rosetta Stone that will open doors for you to understand the course and use it to generate practical, healing results in your life.





I Had It All the Time: When Self-Improvement Gives Way to Ecstasy

creating realitiesAuthor: Alan Cohen
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Editorial Review: Presents advice and anecdotes to help transform one's life and achieve happiness and spiritual fullfillment.




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