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How to Get “There”

What if our best life is unfolding every day?

What if everything that is the absolute best thing for us is already attempting to enter our our experience every moment?

What if the only thing keeping us from letting it all happen is us getting distracted from noticing it through our attention being sucked into our pre imagined story that is happening inside our heads about what we think should happen and how we think things should unfold?

What if simply setting our attention free from the story being played out in our heads and giving ourselves permission to take a break from having to either build this story or keep it going in a certain way allows us to notice that our best life ever is already happening?

What if the right feeling, the right idea and the right circumstance is waiting for you just beyond the story?

What if “there” is really “here” minus the story?

What if you got curious enough to simply try out letting go of building or maintaining the story just for one day and instead you simply decided to notice what shows up?

-Andy

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Your Excitement is Happiness

Living a happier life is simply a matter of getting better at the skill of making the life inside you a bigger focus than the stuff and the situations in your life.

When you put more of your attention on the life inside you than you put on the stuff and situations in your life, you automatically have a happier life no matter how the stuff and situations might change in your life.

The life inside you is always there, is always changing and is always bigger and more powerful than anything that can ever happen to you.

You can notice the life inside you simply by noticing the feeling of excitement.

Simply paying attention to and acting on what is most exciting to you right now is getting better at this skill.

-Andy

 

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How to Turn up the Happiness in Your Life Forever

What if you had a volume knob that controlled the amount of happiness in your life?

What if feeling happier in any situation was as easy as turning this volume knob from one position to the other?

What if this happiness volume knob was bio metrically fit to work only if you were the one turning the knob?

What if it worked no matter what else was happening in your life and it was yours to keep and use for the rest of your life?

Well if you’ve read some of my other posts, you probably know what I’m going to say next…

You do already have this happiness volume knob and if you’re not using it, it’s probably because no one ever told you about it. Learning that you already have this volume knob can feel a little like learning you can fly and that you always could, you just never knew it.

Please picture a volume knob out in front of your field of vision.

Now please picture that it has only two possible positions on it; one if you turn it to the far left, and one if you turn it to the far right.

The position to the far left is labeled “expecting what you have in mind”. When your volume knob is set to this position, you experience the least amount of happiness possible.

The position on the far right is labeled “discovering how it’s way better than that”. When your volume knob is set to this position, you experience the most amount of happiness possible.

Now imagine you are in the next situation where you don’t feel as happy as you’d like to feel. Can you see it, hear it and feel it? What is happening?

Now imagine yourself in that situation seeing your happiness volume knob out in front of your field of vision.

You notice that it is in the far left position, set to “expecting what you have in mind”.

You realize that you are feeling less than the amount of happiness that you want because you are expecting things to match up with what you have in mind, and that is not happening in the situation.

Now imagine you turn the volume knob to the far right position, setting it to “discovering how it’s way better than that”.

You feel all of your energy and focus quickly shift from you judging the situation against the pictures in your head to you opening up and becoming curious about how this situation could be, or could lead to something way better than what you had in mind.

You feel your level of happiness instantly increase. You feel lighter and more free.

As you continue through the situation, you notice that anytime you start feeling less than the amount of happiness you want, it’s because your volume knob has clicked back to the far left position and you are once again “expecting what you have in mind”.

You realize the reason that it clicked back to the far left position was not because you consciously decided to turn it back. You realize that the far left position has been the default position for this knob almost your entire life because no one ever told you there was another position; in fact, no one told you there was even a knob in the first place!

You realize you have become an expert at “expecting what you have in mind”, and not so good at discovering anything different than that, much less “discovering how it’s way better than that”.

As you are realizing all this, you notice your volume knob out in front of your field of vision.

You notice again that it’s a knob with two positions and that if you want to feel more happiness, all you have to do is turn it to the far right position.

You reach out and turn it back to the far right position again, back to “discovering how it’s way better than that”. It works! You instantly feel happier and lighter! You instantly start to notice things that you didn’t notice before: new possibilities, new opportunities, things that could happen now that couldn’t have before.

As you remember that you have a happiness volume knob and you remember to use it, you realize it gets easier and easier to do. You realize it’s not hard to use, it’s just sometimes hard to remember you have it and to use it.

You notice that life seems to give you greater opportunities to get better at remembering to use your happiness volume knob. In fact, it seems like as soon as you learn about your happiness volume knob, life instantly tries to challenge you and give you situations where it is not easy to remember you have it and use it.

You notice that the more you remember to use it, especially through the more challenging situations, the easier it gets, the more it becomes part of how you live and the happier your life is becoming.

-Andy

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How to Change Your Life So It Will Last

Matter reacts to your WHY.

Your WHY is the underlying assumption (or belief) that is behind an action that you take. It’s the underlying reason you are choosing to do it.

Whether you are aware of the true reason you are doing something or not, the stuff in your life – the matter – will react to it and line up to support this assumption (this belief) being true.

Matter reacts to your WHY.

While there are many reasons why you might choose to do something, all of them fall into only two main categories of WHY:

  1. Reasons that are based on you assuming you are not enough now and
  2. Reasons that are based on you assuming you are always more than enough

When you do something because of reasons in category one, you are doing it to complete your mental idea of yourself. To get the feeling that you are enough.

When you do something because of reasons in category two, you are doing it simply because it is the best expression of how you can be more than enough right now. You already feel that you are more than enough now and the reason to choose doing this thing is because it is simply the best way to continue to feel it right now.

When our WHY is based on category one reasons, we become obsessed with trying to predict and know the HOW, the WHAT, the WHEN, the WHERE and the WHO related to our choice.

When our WHY is based on category two reasons, we aren’t that concerned about knowing the HOW, the WHAT, the WHEN, the WHERE and the WHO related to our choice; we simply enjoy the process of discovering them when and however it happens.

Matter reacts to your WHY.

For example: let’s say you decide to change jobs. You are tired of your current job because it has too many hours and not enough pay. If you change because of a reason in category one, you are feeling like you are not enough now and you are hoping that the new job with less hours and less pay will help you feel like you can finally be more of a complete person. You have probably been feeling a little obsessed with trying to predict and know the HOW, the WHAT, the WHEN, the WHERE and the WHO related to making this decision and you finally decide to go for it.

The problem with this is, that without changing the underlying reason – the WHY – behind your actions, you carry the same assumption (belief) into the new job – that you are not enough now, and your life will continue to react and line up with this assumption.

Then once you are in the new job, guess what happens?

You are there with less hours and more pay and it feels good for a while, but your assumption that you are not enough is still there operating in the background causing the stuff – the matter – to line up with it and prove it to be true.

So then your new boss comes to you and gives you more hours, or you suddenly have unexpected new bills or monthly expenses, or any number of other things happen, and you are right back to feeling like you are not enough and you are again experiencing a life that is proving it. You again, become obsessed with trying to predict and know the HOW, the WHAT, the WHEN, the WHERE and the WHO related to your next choice whatever that might be. Does this seam familiar?

The most common reaction to this kind of situation is to blame our circumstances and to once again, try to change our situation, but the change won’t feel any different in the long run and the circumstances won’t be different in the way we were hoping for long unless and until the underlying assumption behind our actions changes.

Let’s run the same scenario using a reason from category two. So you decide to change jobs. You are aware of a different job opportunity that feels more exciting to you than your current job. If you change because of a reason in category two, you are already feeling that you are always more than enough – no matter what job you are in. You feel like you could stay at your current job and still feel like you are always more than enough, but this new opportunity feels like a better choice for you to explore more exciting ways for you to be always more than enough right now.

You start working at the new job realizing that this is just one of many options you have to enjoy the process of experiencing yourself as always more than enough, and this option simply feels like the most exciting option right now. You are not really that concerned about knowing the HOW, the WHAT, the WHEN, the WHERE and the WHO about what might happen in the future because you know that no matter what happens, you always have the choice to choose the options that feel most in line with how you want to be.

And you know that matter reacts to your WHY.

If you want a simple way to know if you are making a choice that will actually make a positive change that will last, remember this one question that works for any decision big or small:

“What’s this the most exciting thing to do right now?”

The answer to this question, is the right choice for your to make – period. Here’s why:

The most exciting option is always the option that is attempting to line up with you assuming you are always more than enough. It is your greatest growth opportunity in that moment.

By you consistently choosing to focus on and act on the most exciting options, you are automatically choosing a WHY based on the assumption that you are always more than enough.

Think about it for a second.

When you pay attention, you’ll notice that the most exciting options aren’t always the easiest ones. In fact, more often than not, they are the options that require you to stretch beyond your current limits – but not too far.

The feeling of excitement is a result of you choosing the option that represents your maximum growth opportunity in that moment. It is right between the options that feel boring and the options that feel overwhelming. If you look, you will always find the most exciting option right there.

This is what many people have called following your instincts or trusting your gut. This is what every master of anything relies on more than anything else when making key decisions – and you have this ability too.

The most exciting choice is the natural choice of assuming that you are always more than enough and that there is always more than enough. When you feel excited about doing something, it is your life’s invitation to prove it to be true now.

The stuff in your life – the matter – will react to this assumption and line up to prove it to be true. It has no choice but to do this.

Matter reacts to your WHY.

But how can I do the most exciting option all the time? How will eat? What about money?

You might make more money. Check out this video on how this relates to money and business and how people buy your WHY not your WHAT:

But what about my relationships? The people in my life won’t understand me doing the most exciting thing all the time. I have responsibilities!

You might experience more love in your life. When you assume that you are always more than enough, you have way more to give to others and this will show up in stronger, more connected and deeper relationships – not always in the way you might think or with the people you might think now.

But what about my health? If I do the most exciting thing all the time, I might neglect my health and be in real trouble!

You might be healthier. During my first experiments with doing only the most exciting thing before I wrote the book “Grow Happy”, one of the unplanned results was that I became very interested in learning about eating healthier and exercise. I got into the best shape of my life, got to 11.5% body fat ratio, and developed life long understandings and habits that have continued to this day.

What about my life’s purpose? If I only focus on and do the most exciting thing, I might neglect and miss out on my true calling.

You might discover that you paying attention to and acting on your greatest excitement is the only way to truly discover your highest and best purpose. As things unfold, you might become very surprised about the things you were holding yourself back from that could have a true impact on helping yourself and the world be a better place.

For more on this, check out the book “Grow Happy” on Amazon:

http://www.andyharrisonmusic.com/blog-2/

-Andy

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How to Make People Happy: Stop Trying to Make People Happy

Do you get frustrated trying to help people be happier in their lives?

Do you find yourself giving your best advice over and over to people who never take it?

Are you tired of hearing people talk about the same old problems again and again, and having the same conversations over and over?

Have you given up on people because they just never seemed to want to get past the same old patterns in their life?

Would you be interested in knowing how to free yourself of this experience and never feel frustrated again?

Try out these 3 simple steps to feel great about helping people be happier:

Step 1) Realize that the majority of people don’t want to be happy. It’s true. Most people want to feel safe and accepted by others and they want to imagine a time in the future when they could feel more confident, but they do not want to be happy now. In fact, most people cannot even conceive of how they could be happier now – to them it feels like such a far leap – an impossibility because their attention is only focused on how they are not feeling safe, accepted or confident enough now.

When you talk to them about being happier or doing something that you think would lead to that, they feel like they are standing on the edge of a huge chasm with a 1000 foot drop into nowhere and you are asking them to step off the cliff. It’s not going to happen.

When you talk to most people, you will find the conversations much easier and more productive if you focus on helping them feel safe and accepted. Then you can talk to them, if you want to, about small ways they could feel more confident about what they are most interested in, not what you are most interested in. And definitely don’t talk about them being happier because that is too far beyond what they feel they can focus on right now.

Step 2) Get over yourself (I’m writing this for me as much as for you). There’s nothing more frustrating than trying to sell people something they don’t want to buy. Nothing is more frustrating than trying to help someone be happy when they don’t want to be. Let’s face it. Who are you to give them advice anyway? You don’t know how it felt to go through what they’ve been through. You don’t know what it’s like to be them. You’re not faced with what they have to deal with everyday. These kind of statements are going through the person’s head every time you try to give advice to someone who doesn’t want it. And let’s face it. They might be right!

What is it about your idea of yourself that tells you you know more than them about what’s best for them? You might want to consider all the ways you could be helping yourself be happier if you didn’t feel like you had the moral authority or obligation to pass on your “wisdom” to people who don’t want it anyway. What parts of your life could use more of your time, energy and attention?

Step 3) Do what’s most exciting to you – period. When you focus on what you are most excited about without “trying” to have an impact on other people, you are free to explore, discover and create things that reflect your greatest excitement. When you try to have a certain impact on people with your thoughts or advice without focusing on doing and saying what feels most exciting to you, your advice can feel stale, forceful and inauthentic. When you let your words come out as a result of the process of it being the most exciting thing you can say right now, people will either accept what you say or not, but either way it doesn’t matter. You are offering your advice because it’s the most exciting thing for you to do right then – period, and that not only gives the advice the best chance of having a real impact, it allows you to feel excited about it regardless of the outcome.

And I do see the irony in me writing this post in an attempt to help you be happier :-).

-Andy

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The Amazing 3 Steps to Living a Life of Adventure

If you're feeling like your life is less than an adventure and you'd 
like to add more excitement to it,it may be way simpler than booking 
a trip or jumping out of an airplane.

Try out these 3 amazingly simple steps and discover the adventure 
that's already in your life now.

Step 1) Remember that your brain is creating your reality and thus how 
your life feels every day. The way we feel about our life is ONLY a 
result of the meaning that our brain is giving to what we experience
 – not what is actually happening. The one assumption that often times 
keeps our life from feeling like an adventure is we assume that when 
things don't turn out as expected, that means they will be worse. 
This assumption is no more accurate than any other assumption and in
many cases will create that reality in your life.

Step 2) Carry this one assumption with you:Different than expected is better than projected”Different than expected is better than projected”Different than expected is better than projected”

Step 3) Anytime something happens that is different than you expected, 
set off on the adventure of discovering how “different than expected is 
better than projected” this time. How is what is happening better than 
what you had expected? What is possible now that this has happened that 
was not possible before? What things could happen now because of this 
that are better than what you were thinking?

Simply by changing this one assumption you can notice how much adventure 
there is in your life already everyday!



-Andy
-Andy
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Thought for the Day:

Unhappiness is a result of wanting the world to change so you can feel better about staying the same.

Happiness is a result of accepting the world as it is and being willing to change how you are in it and what you choose to bring to it.

-Andy

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How the World is Controlled and What You Can Do About It

The human brain has developed a seemingly unquenchable addiction to certainty. If left on it’s own, it will always try to take the easiest and fastest route to any circumstance where you can feel certain, safe and secure.

This is a dis function.

The elite few who run the majority of the systems under which most human activity operates, also have this dis function. The only difference between them and the majority of people, is that they have learned about this dis function and have designed their systems to capitalize on it.

They understand that we can never know for sure what will happen next so in reality, the closest thing we can have to total certainty is the commitment to putting everything to the test, and then continuing to do that every day for as long as we live.

The one thing that has given these elites their main sense of certainty is the fact that the majority of people do not understand this dis function and will always choose the easiest and fastest route to feeling certain, safe and secure.

So all the elites have to do is create circumstances in which the choices they want the majority of people to make, appear to the masses as being the easiest and fastest route to certainty, safety and security.

They also know that people understanding and choosing to break free of this dis function is the end of their control over the direction humanity goes and the end of their sense of certainty, security and safety.

This is the epic battle that we are in right now – the battle between our true selves and our brain’s addiction to certainty – which very well could be the battle between our own survival as a species and our brain’s addiction to certainty.

-Andy

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Live Solo Acoustic Video of the Song “Even When It’s Not Fair”

In preparation for the recording of CD #17 this past week I performed the 11new songs for the great people at Clark’s Bistro!

Here’s an impromptu video of the song “Even When It’s Not Fair” taken by Julianna:

https://youtu.be/fVxebTTBLdM

I wrote this song for corporate seminars addressing some of the top issues with employees not being happy at work. This song is designed to help people shift from feeling stuck in an unfair environment to a more empowered position of focusing on their own potential and growth no matter what.

Here are the lyrics:

I’ve put in so much here, myself and my time
It’s hard when it’s not seen, not recognized
I’ve waited for changes, I’ve bended my plans
The least they could do is to understand

Chorus:
How can I keep moving, moving ahead
Finding the strength to care
Giving my best here, giving my all
Even when it’s not fair

How long can I stay here, how hard can it get
Can I choose a feeling more than regret
Widen my picture, a new point of view
Look down from above it and know what to do

Chorus

How can I keep moving, how can I keep moving ahead
Feel myself growing, feel myself growing instead

Chorus
Chorus

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Are You Caught in the Trap of What Other People Think?

We sometimes get caught in a trap.

This trap can literally keep us from getting the things we want most and can keep the things we want most away from us.

It’s the trap of what other people think.

Even the most confident people can sometimes let what some people think about them determine what they think about themselves and what they are willing to feel about themselves.

Even those of us who have spent years of our lives overcoming this trap can still have those few people or that one person that still gets to us.

It can feel like we are under a spell of some kind, like we can’t fully be ourselves or fully do or have what we want until or unless these people or this person thinks good things about us.

Does this seem familiar?

If so, just know that this happens to everyone once in a while. Sometimes as different people and situations change in our lives, this trap can come up in new and unexpected ways – until we see that it’s just a pattern our brain has been running and we choose to let it go.

When I was a teenager, I felt trapped by what certain friends thought about me. When I was a young adult, it came up only with a few people. Now in my life, it seems to only come up with my kids (anyone with a teenage daughter will know what what I mean) – until today just before writing this.

I probably don’t need to sell you on the benefits of not being trapped by what other people think. If you’ve ever felt this way or are currently feeling it, I know you can imagine the extreme relief and freedom you have by allowing yourself to be and feel how you want regardless of what someone else might think about you.

And that’s the key. When we hold back feeling good about ourselves until someone else thinks a certain way about us, we are putting our life on hold. We are putting the power to be how we want in someone else’s hands.

I know you know this. I know we all know this. But what can we do if it still happens even though we know this and we know we know this?

If you are feeling trapped by what other people think and want to not be, here’s a simple phrase to remember. Try it out today if it feels exciting, and notice how you can feel better throughout the day:

When we feel trapped by what other people or another person thinks about us, our brain is making this assumption:

What other people think of me determines how I can feel about myself.

Try switching it around to:

What I feel about myself determines what other people think of me, much of the time, and it always determines how I feel about myself!

-Andy

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Thought for the Day: The Most Popular Message Ever

The most popular message ever is:

“I will give you everything you want without you having to do or change anything.”

The most unpopular message ever (that also happens to be the truth) is:

“You can have anything you want as long as you are willing to continually do things differently and you are willing to change everything.”

– Andy

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Warning! Political Rant Ahead!

In this wonderful opportunity filed time of political discourse, I have found myself baffled by one thing:

The venom with which people are sharing their points of view is what, in my opinion, is the most important story right now – way more important than who gets elected.

It seams like something is in the way between our own happiness and our willingness to have a different point of view than others when it comes to this election for some reason.

I have really been wondering what that is.

When our happiness depends on others having the same point of view as ours, then we become nothing more than an easily controlled mob of discontented victims rather than a secure, respectful, caring population of empowered and empowering world citizens. Continue reading Warning! Political Rant Ahead!

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How to End Drama in Your Life Forever

Drama is a result of people interacting with each other in an unhealthy way.

It happens when both parties agree on one assumption: That neither person is enough.

Each person assumes that they are not enough to get everything they want or need by themselves so each one tries to get what they want from the other person by playing a pretend role.

In the book “Codependent No More: How to Stop Controlling Others and Caring for Yourself”, Melody Beattie outlines three specific roles that people fall into that create drama:

  1. The Victim

  2. The Hero

  3. The Villain

When we experience drama with another person, it’s because one or both people are trying to fit each other into one of these roles.

Some people get so used to playing one of these roles that it becomes part of their identity. They almost can’t have an experience of another person without placing them in one of these roles.

Maybe you know someone who always pretends to be a victim no matter what the circumstances are. When someone takes on the victim role, they try to fit other people into the other two roles. When they are with you, they are trying to figure out whether you are going to play the part of the hero, the villain or a fellow victim.

Maybe you know someone who always tries to be the hero. When a person takes on the hero role, they are always trying to fit you into the victim role or the villain role. They will always be trying to fix you or shame you.

Maybe you know someone who always end up in the villain role. You can’t seam to ever trust them because they always seam like their up to something, but when you talk to them they talk as if they are the victim.

Does any of this ring a bell in your life?

When people play out these three roles (they are almost always played out unconsciously), the interactions can feel really unsettling and down right terrible. We can end up with hurt, angry or depressed feelings and not really have a clear idea why we are feeling this way. We can walk a way from an interaction like this feeling terrible and really confused about why and what to do about it. Then we feel just weird,uncomfortable or scared thinking about the next time we have to see that person.

When we learn to spot these three roles, and can instantly notice when someone is playing one of them and it gets a lot easier to not fall into one of the other roles. We can remain objective and have more choice over how we enter the interaction. We can begin to stop the drama before it starts.

I put together these three acronyms to help myself more easily recognize these roles when they come up and to instantly remember the psychological mindset behind each one.

Here they are:

For the VICTIM:

Villain
In
Camouflage
Taking
In
More

_________________

For the HERO:

Hurt

Ego

Relying on

Others

_______________________

For the VILLAIN:

Victim

Is

Lashing back

Living

An

Innocence

Narrative

______________

Thanks for reading!

-Andy

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Thought for the Day: Are You Using Your Personal Power?

Personal power is the power to define ourselves.

Whenever we have a problem, it is ultimately about our self concept wanting the power to redefine or to keep up the definition of who we are in the situation.

Whenever countries or groups of people go to war with each other, it is ultimately about each group wanting the power to redefine or to keep up the idea of themselves.

We all have this ability already. We were all born with it.

No one else and no arrangement of our circumstances can give this power to us or take it away. That is why, until we realize this, most people’s problems don’t remain fixed for long. That’s why no one can ever truly win a war.

We, and only we, can choose to recognize and use our power to define who we are in every moment.

It does not require or rely on anyone or anything else’s participation.

It does not rely on our circumstances being in any particular way.

We can define ourselves how we choose when we are rich. We can define ourselves how we choose when we are poor. We can define ourselves how we choose when people love us. We can define ourselves how we choose when people hate us. We can define ourselves how we choose when we are in good health. We can define ourselves how we choose when we are sick. We can do it when we have total clarity about what we are here to do, and we can do it when we have no idea what to do next.

Choosing to recognize and use this power is how we can turn every problem into a gift.

Choosing to recognize and use this power is how groups of people can win every war without fighting anyone

 

-Andy

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Thought for the Day: You Have What it Takes to be a Complete and Total Success

Being a complete and total success means not expecting any circumstance to give you the feeling of being a complete and total success.

It means simply allowing yourself to bring the feeling of being it out into your experience regardless of what the circumstances are.

We all have the instant ability to be a complete and total success as soon as we stop expecting to get the feeling of it from a circumstance and we simply allow ourselves to bring it out instead.

-Andy

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Feeling Happier Doesn’t Have to Be Hard

Feeling happier on a regular basis doesn’t have to be hard. It could be as simple as knowing a few things about how our brains work and implementing a couple of new habits.

Sound too easy? You might want to consider challenging yourself to find out for sure, by trying out the simple exercise at the end of this post for an hour to find out how you feel after that hour. It might be easier than you thought to change your overall levels of daily happiness forever.

We’ve learned from neuroscience that our brain is continually asking us three questions:

    1. “What do I focus on?”
    2. “What does it mean?”
    3. “What do I do?”

These questions are hard wired into our experience and we can see the value of them in terms of surviving. When our earlier ancestors lived in extremely life threatening environments, these three questions came in very handy to keep them alive, and they still do that for us today.

But our brain continues to ask these questions even when we’re not in immediate danger. Even In our current environments where most of us aren’t experiencing immediate danger, our brain continues to ask these questions and find answers to them.

How our brain answers these three questions on a regular basis has more to do with our level of happiness than virtually anything else.

Unless we have already consciously chosen, or are consciously choosing in each moment, how to answer these three questions, our brain will use the easiest, most readily available information to get answers to them. This results is that our brain filling in the answers with a combination of our conditioned responses from social programming and other learned responses from throughout our life and the strongest stimuli we are experiencing in the moment .

This can result in our overall levels of happiness feeling like they either happen on a very random basis and like we have very little influence over them, or worse, they can feel very predictably negative, turning almost anything that happens into a negative experience.

So how can we use these three questions to help us raise our overall levels of happiness when we aren’t in need of them keeping us from immediate danger?

One way is to decide ahead of time how to answer these questions for our brain, but in a way that won’t stop it from keeping us safe when we need it to. What I mean is, if we simply supply answers about what to focus on, what things mean and what to do, then we are simply programming our brain to respond in a certain way no matter what happens. This is exactly what social programming does and it doesn’t take into account what is actually happening at the time. For example, a workaholic’s programming might supply these answers:

    1. “What do I focus on?” – work
    2. “What does it mean?” – I’ll make more money (or I won’t feel the emptiness inside)
    3. “What do I do?”- work

These answers might be fine in some environments (like at work) but might create a lack of health and joy if they are used in every situation.

So if we design answers to these three questions in the form of another question, one that points our attention to what we most want to experience AND to what is actually happening simultaneously, then we have answers that provide our brain with enough direction AND enough openness to help it find more happiness in any situation.

Here are two questions you can try out to raise your own happiness levels by supplying your brain with these answers:

    1. “How am I feeling better than ever?”
    2. “What’s the most exciting thing to do now?”

In asking the first question, you are answering your brain’s first two questions:

“What do I focus on?” – answer: focus on how I am feeling,

“What does it mean?” answer: it means I am feeling better than ever and I’m going to find out how.

In asking the second question, you are answering your brain’s third question:

“What do I do?” – answer: find out what the most exciting thing to do is right now and consider doing that

If you are curious about these, play around with asking yourself these two questions over the next hour and find out how much of an immediate impact they can have on your level of happiness. If you think of better questions for you, you can try them out too.

Thanks for reading!

 

-Andy

 

 

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Free Webinar Tomorrow Evening: “Reach Your Dreams Happy”

Hi Everyone!

Tomorrow I’m doing a free webinar on the Science of Confidence, Happiness and Success and you are invited!

The webinar is called Reach Your Dreams Happy. How to get what you want now and feel happy forever. The three amazing, simple and scientifically proven steps to living your happiest, most successful life ever now.

Here’s just some of what we’ll be covering:

How to:

Discover your best you though connecting with your unlimited happiness every day

Instantly shift your experience of not enough money, time, love or clarity to one of always enough money, time, love and clarity

Stop or greatly reduce the stream of random or negative thoughts

Double or triple your levels of confidence and happiness in every area of your life simultaneously

Discover and begin living your true life’s purpose

Eliminate or greatly reduce worry, anxiety, fear or anger

Become three times more productive and create with effortless excitement

Tap into you creative genius

Find or rediscover love and improve all your relationships

Maximize your income and improve your ability to living in increasing abundance

Improve your health and increase your personal power and influence over the stuff in your life

Set up your life to watch every area of your life improve everyday

And much more!

The webinar will be held on Wednesday evening, February 10th, between 6PM – 8PM Pacific Standard time.

Again, this is a free webinar.

To enroll, simply click this following link and fill out the short survey so I can tailor the webinar to include what you are most excited to focus on.

After you complete the survey, I’ll send you log in instructions for the event.

Here’s the link to the survey:

http://proprofs.com/survey/t/?title=short-survey

Thanks and I’ll see you soon!

-Andy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Your Instant Happiness Formula

Have you been feeling overwhelmed or bored lately?

If so, this is REALLY GOOD news!

Feeling either overwhelmed or bored actually means that there is greater long term happiness just around the corner waiting for you!

When we feel either overwhelmed or bored that means there is a conflict between our natural energy (or our true purpose or natural direction in life) and how we are choosing to interact with the stuff that is happening in our life right now.

When we resolve this conflict, we instantly connect with a greater experience of our unlimited natural happiness. It’s like we were lost in the wilderness for a while and now we are suddenly back home and we appreciate what that feels like on a much greater and more powerful level than ever before!

One of the key components of learning how to do this is recognizing that longer term happiness is a result of us staying in the excitement zone. When we choose to focus and act on what feels exciting, this results in us experiencing greater and longer term happiness.

You might notice that the most exciting option you could choose at any given moment, is not always the easiest option; in fact, often times it may seem very challenging. You might also notice that the feeling of excitement falls between the feelings of boredom and feelings of overwhelm.

If you choose to focus on what’s too challenging, you will feel overwhelmed. If you focus on what’s not challenging enough, you’ll feel bored. When we choose to focus and act on what’s exactly challenging enough for us right now, we feel excitement.

Getting some skill and practice at doing this more consistently in our lives, gives us the ability to more quickly and more easily bring the happiness that is always available into our lives no matter what is happening.

So how do we do it? How do we resolve this conflict, stay in the excitement zone and move from feeling overwhelmed or bored to feeling happy on a whole new level?

Here are two formulas you can use right now to begin making this shift.

If you are feeling overwhelmed, your formula for feeling happier is:

Overwhelm + clarity + shorter term focus = excitement

If you’re feeling overwhelmed, then getting a little clarity about what you are the most excited about right now and then focusing on a smaller amount of time (like maybe only on what you want to do in the next hour, rather than over the next 10 years), this will instantly reconnect you to more of your unlimited natural happiness.

If you’re feeling bored, your formula for feeling happier is:

Boredom + opening up to more options + longer term focus = excitement

If you’re feeling bored, then getting curious about all the things you could get excited about experiencing over a longer period of time (like over the next year or over the rest of your life), and then having a longer term focus, will instantly reconnect you to more of your unlimited natural happiness.

You’ll know if you’re focusing on the right length of time based on how excited you are feeling. You can play around with shortening or lengthening the span of time you are focusing on with either of these formulas, until you reach your maximum level of excitement.

Feeling overwhelmed or bored is your signal that greater happiness is waiting for you to notice it.

Thanks for reading!

 

-Andy

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Free Webinar Next Week on the New Model for Success: “Happiness First”!

Hi Everyone!

Just a reminder: next week I’m doing a free webinar on the Science of Confidence, Happiness and Success and you are invited!

We’ll be exploring a new model for success in life called “Happiness First”.

Here’s just some of what we’ll be covering:

How to:

Discover your best you though connecting with your unlimited happiness every day

Instantly shift your experience of not enough money, time, love or clarity to one of always enough money, time, love and clarity

Stop or greatly reduce the stream of random or negative thoughts

Double or triple your levels of confidence and happiness in every area of your life simultaneously

Discover and begin living your true life’s purpose

Eliminate or greatly reduce worry, anxiety, fear or anger

Become three times more productive and create with effortless excitement

Tap into you creative genius

Find or rediscover love and improve all your relationships

Maximize your income and improve your ability to living in increasing abundance

Improve your health and increase your personal power and influence over the stuff in your life

Set up your life to watch every area of your life improve everyday

And much more!

The webinar will be held on Wednesday evening, February 10th, between 6PM – 8PM Pacific Standard time.

Again, this is a free webinar.

To enroll, simply click this following link and fill out the short survey so I can tailor the webinar to include what you are most excited to focus on.

After you complete the survey, I’ll send you log in instructions for the event.

Here’s the link to the survey:

http://proprofs.com/survey/t/?title=short-survey

Thanks and I’ll see you soon!

 

-Andy

 

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Help the World Be a Happier Place

Hi Everyone!

If you have read any of my posts over the past several years, you probably know that I have been a little obsessed with one question:

What does it take for us to experience more happiness in or lives?

I don’t usually share a whole lot of my personal back story about why I’ve been so focused on this because I’m not very interested in my story (it’s in the past and it’s only pictures in my head any way) and I’ve been mostly excited to share the “how to” parts of what I’ve found to work because I’ve assumed that that would be the most interesting and helpful thing for everyone.

On this post, however, I’d like to share the quick version of my personal story of me asking that one question for one reason: I’d like to invite you to work with me in creating a way to share what I’ve learned so far with a larger number of people.

I feel that what I have learned , discovered and tested so far is at a point now that can effectively help a larger number of people bring more confidence and happiness into their daily lives. I am looking to organize a small focus group of people who might be potential “would be” customers of this new product, to learn about, design together and tweak the details of exactly what this product would be, how it would best be delivered, who it could help and more.

Initially I’ll simply be asking the group to fill out a few small surveys and then later, to review the early versions of the product and ads and give your feedback. I want to make sure I provide at least ten times the value of the time you spend on this back to you, so first I’ll be asking some questions to discover how I can best do that for you.

If this seams like it might be exciting to you, then read on to get the quick overview of the story behind this and then email me at: Andy@AndyHarrisonMusic.com if you’d like to be a part of the focus group. Thanks!

At age 11, I was a pretty unhappy kid in life most of the time, but during the process of writing my very first songs, I had a mind blowing experience where I suddenly gained access to complete and total happiness. For whatever reason, playing the guitar became a doorway to this unbelievably blissful state where it literally felt like any and everything was possible.

I could feel this alive, thriving energy all around and flowing though me. Colors were extremely vibrant and everything seamed to crackle with aliveness. I could literally hear already completely finished songs just hanging in the air and all I had to do was simply sing and play them and write them down. This happened over and over on many different occasions back then, and during the process, I felt 100% happy. But feeling this way was limited to only when I was writing songs.

These experiences got me so curious about what it would take to feel this level of happiness and effortless productivity all the time and it became one of the driving forces in my life to discover everything I could about this.

Over the years, I studied with some of the worlds leading experts in personal change techniques, I spent time learning from spiritual gurus and I had the honor of creating music for therapists and coaches all over the world. I wrote several thousand songs, some of which have been played on radio stations around the country and in many other parts of the world.

I discovered that through the process of exploring how we can access what I’m calling our “unlimited natural happiness”, I accidentally invented a new type of rock music and a new type of personal change system. I now call the music “Transformational Rock Music” , rock music systematically designed to help you choose more happiness when you want to, and I call the set of change systems “Everything IS Changing Now” or E.I.C.N. for short.

In 2014, I wrote a book called “Grow Happy! The 5 Transforming Steps of Lasting Happiness” that outlined the best of E.I.C.N. up to that point, and it told the story behind the invention of Transformational Rock Music.

I learned that we do have the ability to choose to be as happy as we want to whenever we want to. I learned that happiness is mostly a result of focusing our attention more on the energy of life than on the stuff of life, and I became very skilled at doing this. During the year of 2014, I felt I had really learned how to be happy (almost) all the time, and I was! My level of overall happiness and productivity was through the roof compared to every other time in my life AND it wasn’t just limited to a few areas – it as happening in all areas every day!

I was sharing this new information with other people by giving speeches and concert / workshops and by writing several blog posts or videos per week. I found that people who already had experience with spirituality, meditation or who were generally pretty happy could easily use the stuff I was sharing and were genuinely excited about it. But when talking with people who struggled with happiness, I discovered there were some missing pieces that they needed to even want to hear about ways to choose more happiness.

I was experiencing more happiness everyday in every area of my life and every area of my life was growing consistently better than it had been – except for one. There was one area of my life where it wasn’t always easy to stay happy about it. I found that thoughts about this area of my life sometimes pulled me back into fear and then the results I created in that area became less desirable.

For the year of 2015, I decided to spend that year, learning, exploring and hopefully filling in the missing pieces for those people and for myself. I decided to focus less on energy and more on stuff in order to do this. I decided to not be as happy in 2015 as I knew how to be, to uncover these pieces.

2015 was, in fact, a great year. I discovered many things, including those missing pieces. The year was not as happy or productive as 2014 was. In fact, in general, my overall levels of daily happiness were about two to three times less. I was focusing way more on the stuff of life than I had been, all the events, people, things, situations and plans were occupying a majority of my attention. I would sometimes get caught focusing on turning thoughts about the future and not even be aware of how I as feeling for long stretches of time. My productivity was also about two or three times less than it had been and the process of doing things became less effortless and more disjointed.

At different times during the year, life felt very much like it felt during certain periods in my 20s; not very fun and not very productive. But I knew it would most likely be that way going in. The advantage I had this time though, was that I knew how to be happier anytime I wanted to. Using the steps outlined in my book, I could quickly refocus my attention and feel as happy as I wanted to. Of course I gave myself permission to do this from time to time, but I was committed to finishing the experiment of living with more focus on stuff until I had discovered what the missing pieces were and I had a reliable way to effectively communicate them to anyone in a way that would be inspiring and actionable.

So you know how it feels to come back to something that you love after being gone for a really long time? You know that AAAAAHHHHHH feeling?

Flying back from Oahu this past Tuesday, I realized the 2015 experiment was over. I had just given a speech on the very latest discoveries of 2015 (and Jan of 2016) and I realized I had learned everything I had set out to learn. I had discovered the actionable steps to ensure consistent growth and happiness in my challenge area of life and in the process I’d found the steps for all the other areas as well. I found a way to show people how to choose more happiness from whatever level they were currently experiencing- even on the verge of suicide. I had discovered a new set of streamlined steps that I had proven to work in my life and I’d been able to help other people get similar results in their lives also.

It was time to integrate everything I had just learned with everything I knew from before. As we were flying, I did a simple 10 minute exercise that restarted the shifting of my attention back to focusing more on the energy and less on the stuff. I instantly felt about three times happier than I had on most days in 2015. Instantly, I no longer had turning thoughts about random stuff or the future. I could see everything I had been exploring in 2015 from a brand new perspective and all the pieces were there along with a knowing that I now knew how to live consistently happy and consistently productive in all areas of life AND I had a way to show this to other people!

I am very excited to focus more on the energy of life again, and now in a way that will allow all the stuff in every area of my life to continue to improve consistently. I am also very excited to discover the very best ways to share all this with as many people as possible so that they can experience similar results in their life, if and when they want to.

Thanks for reading and thanks for choosing to be you!

-Andy

 

 

 

 

 

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How to Deal With Stuff

Neuroscientists are discovering that the happiest people have the habit of focusing their attention on different things than most people.

Research is showing that this habit not only allows these people to experience greater and longer periods of peace, unity and happiness, but it also creates physical changes to the structure of their brains.

These changes make staying happier for longer easier to do for these people than being unhappy. It literally becomes easier for them to be happy than to not be, even when they are experiencing challenging moments.

In my research on this and through discovering ways to make these habits more actionable for people, I’m discovering that we can begin to create this habit for ourselves simply by shifting our focus from focusing primarily on stuff, to focusing more on energy.

Stuff is all the matter in our lives; all the things, people, places , events, situations and ideas that we deal with everyday. Most of us put all or most of our focus only on stuff.

Energy is the alive, moving element that gives life and motion to all the stuff. Most of us can’t normally see this energy under normal conditions, but scientist have been able to measure the orbs of energy that flow through and surround every human body and all other things.

It’s being revealed that the happiest people focus on the energy more often than on the stuff.

We can most easily experience this energy simply by noticing how we are feeling, both physically and emotionally, in any given moment.

I’m finding that putting slightly more than 50% of our focus on the energy rather than on the stuff, allows us to be at our most alive, productive and happy.

There’s a simple exercise you can do that takes less than 10 minutes, that will begin to create this habit for you automatically.

I have personally researched this exact exercise for over two years, both using it and not using it, and I will say that it can double or triple levels of consistent happiness in a very short period of time.

I would love to share this excise with you (for free) if you are interested. Just message me on Facebook or email me at: Andy@AndyHarrisonMusic.com and let me know.

Thanks for reading!

-Andy

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How to Guarantee Happiness

What if you learned that there was a way to guarantee that you would be happier a month from now than you are now?

Would you be curious about what that way was?

What if you found out that by learning and implementing this, you could also continue to guarantee being more happy beyond next month, next year and far into the future?

Would you be excited to learn more? Would you be willing to try it out and discover if it really works?

If you answered yes, then the rest of this post might be very exciting to you, because there might actually be a way to do this!

On the most basic level of our life, happiness is a result of how much the things in our life match up with or exceed our expectations.

If what is currently happening in our life meets or exceeds what we were expecting, then we feel happy on the most basic levels of life.

If what is currently happening in our life appears as worse than what we were expecting, then we feel unhappy on the most basic levels of life.

So we can think of it as a simple formula for basic happiness:

Stuff meets or exceeds our expectations = happiness

Stuff doesn’t meet or exceed our expectations = unhappiness

What most of us do is to attempt to get stuff to meet and exceed our expectations and then once that happens, we try to keep it that way.

We are just trying to use the formula.

But what happens over time when we continue to do this?

We find that sometimes we can get stuff to meet or exceed our expectations and sometimes we can’t. We also find that once things are meeting or exceeding or expectations, they often times don’t stay that way. Additionally, we often times discover that as soon as we get stuff to meet or exceed our expectations, we suddenly begin having larger expectations.

All of these create the experience of feeling happy sometimes and not happy other times and it feels like our future happiness is outside of our control; that there is no way to guarantee how happy we will be at any point. But what if we’re wrong?

What we overlook when we feel this way is a very important part of the happiness formula above. We overlook the one thing we do have 100% control of: our expectations.

We may not be able to predict or influence exactly how or what stuff shows up in our life, but we have 100% control over what expectations we bring to what shows up. We can guarantee what we will choose to expect next month, next year and 30 years from now.

This gives us a tremendous amount of influence over the happiness formula and thus a tremendous amount of influence over our future happiness!

Remember the basic happiness formula we talked about above is:

Stuff meets or exceeds our expectations = happiness

We may not always have control of the stuff, but we always have control of our expectations.

If we decide to only expect things that we can guarantee happening, then the stuff that happens will always meet or exceed our expectations.

This will create the result of us always being happy at the basic level, as long as we choose to do this!

This is one of the secrets of happiness that many enlightened spiritual leaders have learned. But we don’t have to wait until we’re completely enlightened to make use of it.

So how on Earth do we decide to only expect things that we can guarantee happening?

First we discover what expectations we can guarantee happening. Then we eliminate all the other expectations we might be holding onto.

Here is my current take on how we can do this. I’ve broken the entire process into five steps that work together to help you experience greater amounts of happiness as you take each step. I’ll share the basic idea of the first one here.

Step1) Eliminate all your expectations except that:

You are always noticing or acting on some improvement happening

If you let go of expecting anything to happen – except that you will notice or act on some improvement happening – this can guarantee that you can be happy at the most basic level no matter what happens.

You can decide now that no matter what happens, next month, next year or 30 years from now, you will not expect any particular thing to happen except that you will do your best to either notice or act on some improvement happening – that’s it.

If this feels exciting to you, try this out today or over the next week and discover how much lighter you can feel and how much more happiness is available to you that you may have been overlooking.

Then there are four other steps to this process that can help you guarantee happiness at higher levels also.

Thanks for reading and thanks for choosing to be you!

 

-Andy

 

 

 

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How We Create All Our Problems

Here is a diagram of how we create all our problems. Click to enlarge:

 How We Create All Our Problems Diagram

What would happen if we decided to change one word in the fist step of this process?

What would happen if we simply took out the word “not” from our assumption and instead began to assume “We, things, people and money are always enough”?

Would we then look at stuff, now looking to answer the question “how are we, things, people and money always enough now?”

Would we then interact with everything that happens as if we, things, people and money are always enough?

What might show up differently in our lives if we chose to make this one small change?

 

 

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Thought for the Day:

Life is always improving.

Every day of our life, life will continue to improve.

It will either improve with us and through us, or it will improve around us.

We can either choose to participate in and be open to life improving, or we can choose to try to hold onto what we are familiar with now and resist life improving.

It is always our choice whether we participate in life improving or not.

This choice is the difference between feeling like life is with us, or like life is against us.

Once we see the realty of this, the only real question to begin a new day with becomes “how do I want to participate in life improving today?”

 

-Andy

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The 5 Decisions of Lasting Happiness

Happiness is a choice.

“Yeah, yeah, I know”.

How many times have we heard this phrase? While some of us might say:

“Of course it is, I know that”.

Others have a reaction more like:

“Sure it is Buddy! Let me tell you how bad I have it, and we’ll see if happiness is still a choice then!”

Even the most positively thinking people can have moments when they doubt whether this is always true or not.

Happiness is a choice.

What seams to be missing for most people in this statement is how.

We all go through times when we want to feel happier but we have no idea how to feel happier in the moment. We feel like we would gladly choose happiness if it was a choice, but it doesn’t feel like a choice in those moments.

Then we hear a sentence like “Happiness is a choice” and we want to punch something or we want to say: “O.K. If happiness is a choice, then prove it! Where is happiness a choice here?”

In working on my next book on happiness, I’m discovering that happiness is actually five choices.

I’m finding that every moment, we are making only five choices; we are always choosing between ten possible things.

When we choose five of these things, it results in us moving towards more lasting happiness, and when we choose the other five things, it result in us moving towards less lasting happiness.

When we feel stuck in situations that feel like happiness isn’t a choice, it is because one or more of these five choices is not clear to us.

When we see what these five choices, are, it’s much easier to recognize that we do have a choice, and what that choice is, during challenging moments.

I’m calling these five choices the five decisions of lasting happiness, because we are really deciding between more or less happiness each time we make them.

You can think of your potential happiness as being on five levels. There is a decision that we make to be happy at each level. There is a decision we make that allows us to be happy at level one, another decision to be happy at level two and so forth. The higher the level of happiness is that we choose to be on, the more happiness we can feel and the longer the happiness can last.

Here are the five decisions of lasting happiness:

To be happy at level one, we are choosing between:

1A) The confidence to know we can notice or act on some improvement happening or,

 1B) The fear of making a mistake

Anytime we are not happy at all with something, our job, a relationship, our health, or our ability to do what we love, etc., the first step towards happiness is to decide between these two choices.

Choosing the confidence to know we can notice or act on some improvement happening, results in us moving towards more lasting happiness and over time, to a feeling of certainty that life is always improving.

Choosing the fear of making a mistake, results in us moving towards less lasting happiness and over time, to a feeling of certainty that life is not improving.

To be happy at level two, we are choosing between:

2A) The confidence to know we can actively participate in the ongoing improvement of our life or,

2B) The fear of making the wrong decision

Anytime we want to experience more ongoing happiness with something, we are deciding between these two choices. These are often times the life changing decisions we make in our job, a relationship, our health, doing what we love, etc.

Choosing the confidence to know we can actively participate in the ongoing improvement of our life, results in us moving towards more lasting happiness and over time, to a feeling of certainty that there is always enough.

Choosing the fear of making the wrong decision, results in us moving towards less lasting happiness and over time, to a feeling of certainty that there is not always enough.

To be happy at level three, we are choosing between:

3A) The confidence to know we are the one in charge of the improving of our life or,

3B) The fear of finding out we are not enough to be the one in charge of the improving of our life

Anytime we want to experience complete confidence with something and open the doorway unlimited happiness, we are deciding between these two choices. This decision is what holds most of us back from being completely happy in life. We either never go all in with our career, relationships, our health or doing what we love, etc, or as soon as we get what we’ve always dreamed of, we start choosing the fear of finding out we are not enough. We begin to fear loosing what we have, thinking that that might someday prove we are not enough.

Choosing the confidence to know we are the one in charge of the improving of our life, results in us moving towards more lasting happiness and over time, to a feeling of certainty that we are always enough.

Choosing the fear of finding out we are not enough to be the one in charge of the improving of our life, results in us moving towards less lasting happiness and over time, to a feeling of certainty that we are not always enough.

To be happy at level four, we are choosing between:

4A) The willingness to bring love to what is happening now or,

4B) Our habitual emotional reaction to what is happening now

Anytime we want to feel more happiness with whatever shows up in our experience, we are deciding between these two choices. This decision requires us to grow beyond reacting to the story of who we think we are playing in our heads.

Choosing the willingness to bring love to what is happening now, results in us moving towards more lasting happiness and over time, to a feeling of certainty that we always have the choice to be happy no matter what is happening.

Choosing our habitual emotional reaction to what is happening now, can result in us moving towards less lasting happiness and over time, to a feeling of certainty that we don’t have a choice about how much happiness we can experience.

To be happy at level five, we are choosing between:

5A) The willingness to be here without knowing the meaning of what is happening now or,

5B) The assumption that we know the meaning of what is happening now

Anytime we want to feel complete happiness with whatever shows up in our experience, we are deciding between these two choices. This decision requires us to simply be willing to not know right now. This can often times result in us discovering what I call the third option: The invisible choice that allows us to be more of ourselves and get better results simultaneously.

Choosing the willingness to be here without knowing the meaning of what is happening now, results in us moving towards more lasting happiness and over time, to a feeling of certainty that staying open to what things mean is more valuable than always knowing what things mean.

Choosing the assumption that we know the meaning of what is happening now, can result in us moving towards less lasting happiness and over time, to a feeling of certainty that we know everything and everything is not good.

The five decisions of lasting happiness, as of today, is the best way I’ve found to describe how happiness is a choice for us. If you have any other thoughts or ideas on this, I’m always excited to explore them!

Thanks!

 -Andy

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How to Stay Happy: 3 Simple Steps

Have you ever had the experience where you found yourself feeling pretty good with how things were going, but then started to wonder or worry about things changing?

Often times when we find ourselves in what we would consider really good circumstances, our doubts about the future can creep in and suddenly the really good circumstance is not as easy to enjoy, or even worse; we can even feel ourselves starting to sabotage the really good situation out of our fear about potentially loosing it.

Have you ever wished you could just simply relax and enjoy the good stuff for longer without worry coming in to overshadow it?

If this sounds familiar, you are not alone. This experience is actually built in to the way our brains get formed.

The good news is that understanding 3 key things about how this experience gets created, also gives us a precise formula to reverse it now and in the future.

Key Number 1: You Are Already an Expert at Creating Consistency

The good news is that if you have experienced consistently feeling less than great with anything in your life, then you know it’s possible to have a consistent experience in your life. You know that it’s possible to consistently feel a certain way about something in your life.

For example, if you have consistently felt less than happy at work, in your relationships, with your health or with your ability to do what you love, then you know you have the ability to have a consistent experience of that area of your life. The only missing piece for you is that you aren’t thrilled with the kind of experience it is most of the time.

Understanding what makes the difference between you feeling happy with something and you feeling less than happy is the key to staying happier with it. You already know you can do the consistency part.

Key Number 2: Only One Decision Makes the Difference Between Consistently Feeling Bad or Consistently Feeling Good

When we experience something as consistently less than great, it is because we are experiencing one simple math equation inside of our heads. This equations was set up when we were really young and we have been using it to see the world in a certain way ever since. The equation is:

I = Not Enough + Always

In other words we assume that “I am not always enough”.

This broad assumption creates doubt about our ability to feel consistently good about almost everything, because we assume that there will be a time when we will not be enough to feel good about it, AND it creates a second equation which is:

Other (everything that is not me) = Not Enough + Always

In other words, we assume that “There is not always enough”.

Realizing that these math equations are based on an assumption that we made back when we were first learning how to speak and understand the world and are not really the way things are or have to be, shows us the possibility that we can simply re decide.

An assumption is nothing more than deciding on a meaning for something. We can simply re decide, or create a new meaning.

Instead of continuing to assume that we are not always enough, we can decide that we are always enough.

Our experience of life can move from “I am not always enough” to “I am always enough” simply by re deciding.

Imagine for a second that you got to live as someone else for a day. You were given two choices of people that you could experience life as them for a day. You got to learn how each one experienced their life before you had to decide. You learned that person number one spent all day thinking “I am not always enough”. No matter where they went or what they did, they always told their self “I am not always enough”.

You found out person number two spent all day thinking “I am always enough”. No matter where they went or what they did, they always told their self “I am always enough”.

Which one of these two people would you choose to live as for a day?

The beautiful thing is, you get to choose which one of these two people you get to live as for the rest of your life!

Key number 3: Re Deciding Can Be as Easy as 1-2-3

If you’d like to experience more consistency in your happiness, you can try out these three simple steps anytime you are feeling less than great about something.

Step 1: Ask yourself either one of these questions:

  1. “How am I not feeling like there is enough now? What am I focusing on instead?”
  1. “How am I not feeling like I am or will be enough? What am I focusing on instead?”

Step 2: Ask yourself:

“How am I assuming this could reveal that I am not always enough now?”

Step 3: Let go of the assumption (if you want to of course) and allow yourself to feel what it feels like to know you are always enough. Simply decide to let go of assuming that you are not always enough and focus your attention on how it feels to know you are always enough.

 If this feels a little challenging, you can ask yourself:

 “How would it feel to be absolutely certain I am always enough?”

 How does it feel to experience life with these two assumptions:

 “I am always enough. There is always enough” ?

 

-Andy

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Thought for the Day

When you are happy, you don’t improve things because you feel incomplete.

You improve things because that’s what naturally happens when you feel complete.

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Thought for the Day: Life IS Improving

Life IS Improving. Unhappiness is simply your unwillingness to participate.

 Life IS an ongoing, natural process of continual improving.

 Happiness is a result of your willingness to stay open to and participate in this process.

 Unhappiness is a result of you resisting, or attempting to not participate in this process.

 You can move from feeling unhappy to feeling happy with anything in an instant, simply by either noticing or acting on ANY improvement, even a super small improvement, with it.

 Not happy with something in your life? If you want to, take a look at it and ask yourself:

 “What’s the smallest thing I can and am willing to do that would allow me to feel excited about this right now?”

 You might be surprised at how easy it can be to start feeling happy about anything simply by being willing to participate in life improving.

Life IS improving. Happiness is your willingness to participate.

 

-Andy

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Are You Addicted? 3 Simple Steps to Break the Pattern of Addiction

Do you have the experience of continually doing something that you know you probably shouldn’t do, but you do it anyway and then end up regretting it later? Does this happen with the same thing or same type of thing over and over?

 Maybe you eat the kinds of foods you know aren’t god for you, but you can’t seam to stop yourself from diving in. Maybe you are attracted to be in relationships with people you know aren’t the best fit, but you go for it anyway. Maybe you over spend and buy things you know aren’t that important, but you keep doing it anyway only to feel terrible later. Maybe you do something similar with something even more dangerous to your life. Do any of these scenarios ring a bell for you?

 If you answered yes to that question, you could be experiencing the pattern of addiction. The pattern of addiction can be experienced in the traditional ways with food, substance or alcohol abuse, dysfunctional relationships, or poor money management and it can also show up with many things we don’t think about as being addictive, such as being addicted to worry or being addicted to an idea that a particular circumstance will relieve us of having to be in change of the improving of one or more areas of our life.

 Understanding what the pattern of addiction looks like can make it much easier to notice when it starts to happen, and can help us break the pattern if we want to.

 An addiction is the pattern of being temporarily rewarded for assuming the thing you are addicted to is more powerful than you are.

 After the feeling of the temporary reward is over, you feel bad about yourself because you have assumed that something is more powerful than you, and in your gut you know that isn’t true. You realize in you heart, that you have let your true self down.

 

The pattern of addiction has three phases:

 Phase 1: The trigger:

 Something happens that triggers you to consider doing the addictive behavior. Often times this is an event or events where you end up feeling helpless or not powerful in some way.

 For example; you look in the mirror and see you’ve put on extra weight and suddenly feel like you have no control over your health.

 

Phase 2: The behavior:

 You act out the addictive behavior in order to help yourself feel temporarily powerful. You get temporarily rewarded in some way.

 For example: you see a piece of cake on the counter and before you know it, it’s almost gone. You get the temporary reward of tasting the cake and feeling the sugar high and you feel powerful over being able to give yourself this temporary pleasure.

 

Phase 3: The regret:

 Once the feeling of the temporary good taste and sugar high is over, you feel bad because you know at a gut level, you have traded in your real power for the temporary reward and that the behavior will most likely make your circumstances worse.

 For example; you feel bad because you know that eating the cake gave you only a temporary relief from feeling helpless and that doing it will make the circumstance of the extra weight gain worse.

 

The key to breaking an addiction is to feel more powerful when the addiction gets triggered.

One way you can do this is to create the habit of feeling more powerful now so that when the pattern of addiction is triggered, you will automatically have a way to access feeling more powerful in that moment.

If you’re curious abut this, try out these three simple steps right now and find out how much easier it can be to not fall into the pattern of addiction the next time it happens.

 

Step 1: Say the following phrase to yourself 10 times:

 “How am I feeling powerful now?”

 You can count each repetition on your fingers to keep track.

 

 Step 2: Draw a hatch mark on a sheet of paper to represent the 10 repetitions.

 

 Step 3: Repeat steps one and two nine more times for a total of 100 repetitions of saying the phrase. This will take only five minutes or less.

 

In doing 100 repetitions of saying this phrase to yourself now, you are creating a new neural pathway that will focus your attention on all the ways you can feel powerful in any moment.

 This phrase will be easily accessible to you the next time you are in a situation where the pattern of addiction might get triggered. Instead of just unconsciously falling into the addictive behavior, you will now have the choice to notice how you are feeling powerful in that moment and you can have greater access to different behaviors.

 If you want to hyper charge these three steps, during step one, imagine a time when you were experiencing the pattern of addiction being triggered, or imagine what the next time might be like, while you say the phrase to yourself.

 I’m always excited to hear what your experience is, so let me know how it goes!

 

-Andy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Want a Part Time Job Helping the World Be a Happier Place? Apply Here!

Hi Everyone!

As you might know, I have been doing music and speaking events around the idea about how we can choose more happiness in our lives at a growing number of places.

So I am now looking for a great person for the position that ‘m calling World Happiness Opportunity Opener (or W.H.O.O.! For short.)

The job is a work from home position that includes making phone calls to possible event locations to make sure we have the right contact info, sending them a pre created email and then following up to find out their level of interest in booking an event. You will then forward each event coordinator who is interested , to me to work out the details with them. There is no selling involved. The pay is hourly plus commissions on each event we book.

I’m excited to find a person who is friendly, positive and interested in helping the world be happier. Some customer service and phone experience is a plus.

I’d like to do an initial trial period of about a month with minimal hours, and then possibly increase the hours once we both know it’s a great fit.

If this sounds exciting to you, please email me back with any questions you have and your top three reasons for being excited about this to: Andy@AndyHarrisonMusic.com and please put the word WHOO! in the subject line.

Thanks!

-Andy
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New Video: The Science of Confidence and Happiness Clip

Here’s a video clip from a talk I gave this weekend in Yakima Washington called “The Science of Confidence and Happiness”. This was my second experiment with using just slides and no script at all. It was really fun and I felt like this approach allowed a really alive  connection between the audience and myself where we could focus the content on things people are living through right now. I’d love to hear your feedback. Thanks!

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“The Science of Confidence and Happiness” Concert / Workshop Nov 1st Hillsboro OR

Hi Everyone!

I am beginning a new series of concert / workshops called “The Science of Confidence and Happiness”!

They will be filled with the most up to date information and strategies on living with more confidence and happiness, the latest Transformational Rock songs and a lot more fun stuff!

I have been doing our Keynote/ Concert workshop called “Grow Happy! the 5 Transforming Steps of Lasting Happiness” in increasingly more places around the country, and it’s been extremely rewarding and totally fun! This event is  scripted and rehearsed and there are many advantages to having it be that way, AND I have been really excited to add a different type of event that is completely unscripted, where we  share all the very latest ideas and music with a lot of audience interaction where we could dive in deep and cover real specific ways to implement greater confidence and happiness into what’s happening in your life right now. So that’s what “The Science of Confidence and Happiness” concert /workshops are about and I am really excited to share them with you!

Our first one is coming up on November 1st in downtown Hillsboro at “Of Earth and Air”.

I’m offering a huge discount for everyone on this list as long as you reserve your tickets before November 1st.

If you email me at Andy@AndyHarisonMusic.com and let me know how many people you are bringing, you’ll get two tickets for the price of one! And there is no limit to how many people you can apply this discount to – so bring the whole family, the whole office, your closest friends, etc., and the discount will apply to everyone!

That’s a $25 discount per ticket!  Hope to see you there!  Here are the details:

Transformational Rock Recording Artist and Happiness Author Andy Harrison is bringing his concert workshop “The Science of Confidence and Happiness” to Of Earth and Air – 269 E. Main St, Hillsboro OR 9713
Sunday November 1st, 2015 from 2 – 4 PM
Tickets $25

Andy is the inventor and world’s leading artist in the field of Transformational Rock Music and the author of the book “Grow Happy! – The Five Transforming Steps of Lasting Happiness”.

The Concert/ Workshop will feature Andy’s Transformational Rock music, the only rock music scientifically designed to help you choose more happiness when you want to, and his step by step blueprint for living with more confidence and growing your happiest life ever called “The Happy For Life Blueprint”. They will be performing songs from several of their 16 CDs and covering brand new strategies for living with more confidence and happiness based on the latest scientific research.

Here is just some of what will be covered:

1: Discover the 5 levels of happiness and how you can use them to begin living with more confidence and growing your happiest life ever right now and for the rest of your life!

2: Learn the simple 5 minute exercise that guarantees being happy with everything in your life everyday starting today

3: Discover how to set up 4 extremely simple systems in your life that will guarantee ongoing improvement and greater confidence and happiness with your relationships, health, money and living your life’s true purpose

4: Master the simple 4 step process to instantly eliminate fear, doubt and limitations when they come up and live with total confidence in a matter of minutes

5: Explore the 3 amazingly simple steps that guarantee you living the most exciting life possible

6: Bliss out on the 1 question that instantly connects you with your best self and allows you to be happy no matter what happens

7:Dive into the 4 simple steps to discovering and living your true life’s purpose and bringing the happiness you are to others and to the world

Please email me at Andy@AndyHarrisonMusic.com to reserve tickets. And again,if you do it before November 1st, you get two tickets for the price of one just for being on this list!

-Andy

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New Video: Clip from Live Event – Grow Happy! The 5 Transforming Steps of Lasting Happiness

Here’s a video clip from a live event we recently did at Unity of  Lynnwood Washington. I’d love to hear your feedback!

I remember being the one hiding in the corner of the stage when I first started performing and for years after. Then when I decided to play music solo for a living, I was deathly afraid to speak to the audience. I am so grateful that we ARE changing always and we can choose a different experience if we want to!

Thanks for watching!

-Andy

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New Playlist on YouTube: Permission to Be Awesome

Hi Everyone!

Through  discovering more about the process of growing happier in life, I’ve found that one of the key components is to experience, and allow each part of your life to continue to improve and grow.

We can be happy in any area simply by acting on or noticing any improvement in that area. To be happier at a higher level, simply working towards the ongoing improvement of that thing or that area improving is all that’s required.

One of the four main areas of life is what I’m calling the ART area of life. This area is simply about what you love to do most right now. If we allow ourselves to pay attention and act on what is most exciting to us now and the we share that excitement with others, then we are working towards this area of our life improving. Over time, you might find that certain patterns emerge as you continue to explore what’s most exciting to you now, and you might find your activity  becoming more creative. If you allow yourself to share the results and the excitement you are feeling, you might discover that the results of your exploring what’s most exciting to you can allow other people to be happier as well.

This area of life is what some might call discovering and living your life’s purpose. I’m finding that discovering and living your life’s purpose is an ongoing process that you can’t really “know” until you keep exploring it and sharing the feeling of it.  It can can be as simple as these two steps every day:

1) Explore what’s most exciting to you now and

2) Share the excitement you are feeling with others

So as part of my ongoing exploration in the ART area of my life,  I’ve just uploaded a new playlist of 7 songs from the CD “Permission to Be Awesome”  to my YouTube channel where you can listen whenever you’d like.

Here’s the link: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLAJtfM7R4uAycrySdDTBCyUMCMrUeZzJW

Thanks for listening!

-Andy

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New Video: How to End Self Sabotage Forever

Hi everyone!

I just put together this video on ending self sabotage forever. This simple fast technique has been changing my life and the lives of several others in some pretty amazing ways.

Even if you aren’t feeling like self sabotage is an issue for you, developing this simple new skill can help you more easily stay out of your own way and allow  your life to grow more effortlessly.

Let me know how you like the video!

-Andy

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How to be Totally Responsible AND Feel Totally Alive and Free: Discover the Third Option

Have you ever felt the conflict between doing the responsible thing verses doing the thing that might allow you to feel more alive and free?

Maybe you decided not to take that trip, or date that person or try learning that new skill or something else because there was something telling you, you had to be responsible instead.

Have you ever felt like this?

Well what if these two things weren’t actually in conflict with each other? What if you knew there was a way you could always be taking more responsibility and be feeling more alive and free at the same time?   Would that be exciting?

We are brought up to focus mainly on choosing between options that already exist; options that have already been created by someone else.

We are taught that we must go to school or we will get in trouble. Go to work or be homeless. Vote for a Republican or a Democrat, and the list goes on and on.

When we focus only on options that have already been created by someone else, we often times come to the point where it feels we are having to choose between two things that we don’t really want. We feel like we loose something with either choice.

When we repeat this pattern that feels like compromise hundreds or thousands of times in our lives, it is easy to start believing that we aren’t that capable of experiencing what we really want. It can be easy to start viewing the world as a not very friendly place where we have very little power.

But what if the opposite were actually true? What if we are infinitely powerful; capable of continually experiencing more and more of what we truly want most? What if we were born with the natural ability to bring exactly what we want into the world, not just settle for something close? What if the very reason we are here in the first place is to do this?

What if we are here to discover the third option?

The third option is the option that gives you more of everything you want in any particular circumstance.

The third option always allows you to be more of yourself and get better results at the same time.

The third option has these three characteristics:

    1. It will feel like the most exciting choice
    2. It will allow you to be more of yourself
    3. It will allow you to get better results than you are getting now

The third option is the option that is always available to you when you don’t immediately choose between two lesser options. The third option appears as a result of you showing up in the world as yourself, refusing to settle, and staying open to discovering it.

Gandhi used the idea of the third option to remove the British empire from India using non violence.

The next time you find yourself deciding between two less than perfect options, try out these steps to discover the third option.

 

Step 1) Be willing to be here without knowing what to do or how it will turn out

Step 2) Choose to feel how you want to be feeling to the best of your ability (in other words, don’t freak out)

Step 3) Stay open to discovering the third option. Know that it always exists and the right idea will come to you as you stay open to it. You will know you have discovered the third option because it will have the three characteristics listed above.

 

What if you became the leader of discovering the third options in your life? What if you decided to no longer settle for anything less than you want? What if you instead practiced the skill of discovering the third option anytime you were faced with choosing between two less than perfect choices?

What if you woke up each day knowing that the third option always exists and that your job in this world is to discover and bring into existence those options that only you can bring. How might this start improving your life even starting right now?

-Andy

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Science of Confidence and Happiness

Have you ever wondered why you feel confident with some things and not with others? Have you ever wondered where confidence comes from or how you could more easily feel more confident with something? Some of the latest scientific discoveries may be giving us new insights into what confidence really is and how we can feel more of it more often.

 Neuroscientist have been studying two areas of the brain that they are calling the intrinsic and extrinsic neural networks. These two networks have been found to be the two areas of our brain that divide our experience into two categories: 1) What our brain thinks of as “us”, and 2) what our brain thinks of as “everything else.”

 Researchers have found that most of us spend our time focusing our attention back and forth between these two networks. In the book “Grow Happy” I call these two networks the “I Box” and the “Other Box” because it’s as if or brain has developed two boxes where it files all our experience into what our brain labels as either “Us” or “Other”.

Imagine it like there are two big screens T.V.s inside your head with two movies constantly playing. One movie is the movie about who you are and the other movie is about everything that is not you. Your attention is constantly focusing back and forth between these two movies as you go through almost every moment of your life.

Your brain is constantly comparing these two ideas 1) what it thinks you are and 2) what it things other than you is. This comparison process is what gives you confidence or a lack of confidence.

When you experience your concept of “you” as having more power than your concept of  the “other”  that shows up in a particular situation, your brain gives you permission to feel confident. When you experience your concept of “other” as having more power than your concept of “you” in a particular situation, your brain creates the feeling of a lack of confidence.

For example, you may feel confident about typing and not confident about playing the ukulele. If that’s the case, then your brain sees it’s concept of  “you” as having more power than the computer keyboard (other) and less power than the ukulele fret board (other). (BTW it’s opposite for me in this example!)

In any situation, the degree to which you are confident, is the degree to which you experience your concept of “you” as having power to influence the changing of your concept of “other”.

The degree to which you are not confident is the degree to which you experience your concept of “other” as having power to influence the changing of your concept of “you” .

Often times we make the mistake of believing that we can’t be happy in our lives until we feel confident about everything in our lives; that we won’t be happy until we are experiencing our concept of “us” as having the power to influence the changing in all the “others” that are in our lives: in our health, our relationships, our money, our life’s purpose etc. In reality, even if this were to happen, we would still not feel completely happy because we would still have the fear that this could change at any moment.

The degree to which you are happy is the degree to which you are able to now allow your attention to  get completely focused only on your intrinsic and extrinsic neural networks; to recognize the two movie screens as simply playing imagined stories and not reality. The degree to which you are happy is the degree to which you experience yourself and the world as neither “you” or “other” but as the power of changing itself.

-Andy

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Instantly Find More Balance and Happiness in all Areas of Life in the Next Five Minutes!

What if you could instantly find more balance and happiness in every area of your life just by making one simple distinction?

There are four main areas of our life and two basic approaches to life. One approach works the best in two of the areas of our lives, and the other works best in the other two. If you are feeling less than balanced or less than happy in any area of your life, chances are, you have been attempting to use an approach that may not be the best one for that area of your life.

Making the simple distinction about what the four areas of your life are and the best approach for each area can help you to instantly experience more balance and happiness in all four areas of your life and can help you get the best possible results in each area.

The four areas of life are:

Your ART: This area represents what you love to do most in life. This doesn’t have to be anything artistic, it is just simply what you have the most passion for doing in your life. This is your ART.

Your HEALTH: This area represents the health of your mind, body, emotions and spirit and the health of all the stuff that you are in charge of . This includes the your house, car, etc,

PEOPLE: This area represents all the people you interact with in your life

MONEY: This area represents all the ways you make and spend money

The two approaches to life are:

  1. The first approach is Making the ENERGY the main focus. In this approach, you make the feeling of the process the most important thing. No matter what, you make sure you are feeling as good as possible during the entire process. Any results that happen are of secondary importance.
  2. The second approach is making the STUFF the main focus. In this approach, you make the results you want to achieve the most important thing. How the process feels, can be important, but only relative to the results you have set out to achieve.

You’ll notice that most of us have grow up in a world that primarily teaches us to focus on approach number two. Our culture also offers up approach number one only as a rebellious, irresponsible or fantasy option to escape from approach number two.

What if we as humans don’t have to choose one approach or the other? What if BOTH approaches are the best if we apply them to the right areas of our lives?

If you look at each of the four areas of life, you can notice that there are two areas of our lives that work the best when we use approach number one and the other two areas work the best when we use approach number two. They are:

For ART and PEOPLE, approach number one works the best. Want to create beautiful art or beautiful experiences in the ART area of your life? Want to build great relationships with people that last and last? Making the feeling of the process or the ENERGY your main focus will give you the best results.

For HEALTH and MONEY, approach number two works the best. Want to have a 12% (if you’re a guy) or 18% (if you’re a girl) body fat ratio? Want to make 75K per year working only a few hours a week? Making the results or the STUFF your main focus will give you the best results.

If we divide our time, energy and focus equally among these four areas of our life: ART, HEALTH, PEOPLE and MONEY, and we use the best approach for each area, we can experience more balance , more happiness and better results in all areas simultaneously!

 -Andy

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Change Your Expectations, Change Your Life

Short term happiness is determined by how much what is happening meets or exceeds your expectations.

Long term happiness is determined by how much happiness you can feel no matter what is happening.

You can immediately increase your level of short term and long term happiness by changing your expectation about what each new moment means.

In the situations in your life, instead of asking yourself:

“How can this make me happier?”

Try changing the question to:

“How can I bring more happiness to this?”

When you change your expectation from trying to get happiness from every situation (short term happiness), to experiencing it as an opportunity to get better at feeling more happiness no matter what happens (long term happiness), you can immediately feel happier in the current situation AND you are becoming better at being happier long term at the same time!

Then you might discover two things:

    1. Bringing more happiness to the situation instead of expecting it to bring happiness to you, puts you in a much better position to help the situation improve AND
    2. The worse a situation is, the bigger the opportunity you have to experience long term happiness.

 

-Andy

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How to Solve All Your Problems in One Shot from the Inside Out

Through finishing the research for my next book on happiness, I’m discovering that every problem we have is essentially one overall problem.

 Each person has one main over arching problem that is the template for every problem they experience in life. It’s kind of like the software for all our problems. When you uninstall the software for your problems, you also uninstall all your future problems because you have uninstalled the ability for your brain to create problems in the first place.

 The process of uninstalling this software can take a long time or it can happen all at once, as in the cases of some spiritual gurus who became enlightened instantly. Understanding how to recognize the software that is creating all your problems is a huge step in you un installing it when and if you want to, or at the very least, to lessen the amount of problems you experience in your life when you want to.

 There are four basic versions of this metal software and each person’s brain tends to choose one that it uses most often. You can discover your brain’s version by recognizing which of these feelings you experience most often:

  • Not feeling beautiful or attractive
  • Not feeling respected or honored  
  • Not feeling loved or cared for
  • Not feeling valued or supported

 The four versions have to do with your brain filtering out certain types of energy from your experience. What scientists are calling our intrinsic neural network (also known as the ego), which is a collection of neural connections that begins developing in our brain when we learn to talk, becomes expert at filtering out one of these four types of energy. In other words, your brain has gotten really good at keeping your from feeling one of four types of feelings:

  • Feeling beautiful
  • Feeling powerful
  • Feeling loveable
  • Feeling valuable

 So anytime you experience a problem, at the root of it, is your brain’s inability to feel one of these feelings. So for example, if you are having a problem with your significant other, and your brain’s software is the “not feeling beautiful” version, then you will experience the problem as not feeling seen as beautiful by the other person. If your brain’s software is the “not feeling powerful” version, you will experience the problem as not feeling respected by the other person. It’s the same thing with the other two varieties.

 Because our brains have gotten so good at not allowing us to feel these feelings, we unconsciously try to get our circumstances to give those feelings to us. But this never really works because our circumstances don’t actually have that power. Us choosing to feel a feeling is the only way we can actually feel feelings. Whenever we think our circumstances are making us feel a certain way, it is simply that we are not aware that our brain is giving us the permission to feel it in that circumstance.

 Once you discover which version of the software your brain is running, then anytime you experience something as a problem, you have a powerful way to begin solving the immediate problem from the inside out, and you have a way to begin or continue the un installation process of your brain’s problem software at the same time.

 So if your brain is running the “not feeling beautiful” software, the solution to any of your problems is for you to choose to feel beautiful now, regardless of what the situation is.

 If your brain is running the “not feeling powerful” software, the solution to any of your problems is for you to choose to feel powerful now, regardless of what the situation is.

 If your brain is running the “not feeling loved” software, the solution to any of your problems is for you to choose to feel lovable now, regardless of what the situation is.

 If your brain is running the “not feeling valued” software, the solution to any of your problems is for you to choose to feel valuable now, regardless of what the situation is.

 So the next time you are having a problem, big or small, you can simply choose the feeling that’s missing or you can step into it more gradually and increase your ability to do it more over time.

 If you’d like some steps to help you do that, here are three to try:

  • Simply notice how your feeling and what energy seems to be missing. Are you not feeling beautiful, powerful, loveable or valuable?
  • Ask yourself “How am I assuming I am not beautiful, powerful, loveable or valuable (choose the right word for you) in this situation?
  • Choose to let the assumption go and allow yourself to feel yourself being the source of all the beauty, power, love or value (choose the right word for you) in your life now.

 If this feels challenging, ask yourself “what would it feel like to be absolutely certain I am the source of all the beauty, power, love or value (choose the right word for you) in my life now?”

 Over time, or maybe all at once, you are uninstalling your brain’s problem software and you are solving all your problems from the inside out.

 

-Andy

 

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How to Cure Anxiety and Depression Forever without Drugs or Therapy

If you suffer from any form of anxiety or depression or if you know someone who does, this post will show you a three step formula to cure it and live free from these feelings forever without using drugs or going to therapy.

There are three phases to the process:

Phase 1: Understanding the true cause of anxiety and depression

Phase 2: Understanding a true solution that really works

Phase 3: Making the solution into a lifelong habit

This solution is based on many of the latest findings from recent scientific research, but that alone does not make it effective. Many of the ideas here are dramatically different than those you will find in many solutions presented in the media and in advertising campaigns for prescription medications. So if you are willing to stay open to some different ideas, I suggest simply try them out and discover for yourself how well this solution can work for you.

Phase 1: Understanding the true cause of anxiety and depression

What is the opposite of anxiety and depression? Your first answer might be “feeling normal” but that doesn’t tell us much because everyone’s normal is different. Let’s try out this definition:

The opposite of anxiety and depression is happiness.

Wouldn’t you say this is true? On one side of our experience we feel forms of anxiety or depression and on the other, we feel forms of happiness, with most people’s lives being a mix of ups and downs between the two, right? So if we are to cure anxiety and depression, we need to know what causes us to have those feelings instead of the opposite; instead of happiness.

Since 1963 scientists have been measuring the energy fields that surround and flow though our bodies every moment. If we think back, we can remember that anytime we felt happy and excited, our attention was noticing this flowing of energy. We were open to new possibilities in these moments. Some of the latest studies suggest that happiness is simply noticing this flowing of energy of our body’s natural energy field. That’s it.

So anytime we are experiencing continual feelings that are less than happiness (i.e. anxiety and depression), it is a result of our inability to notice the flowing of energy of our body’s energy field in those moments. Our attention is simply being focused on something else.

Anxiety and depression are a result of two patterns of thinking that sometimes limit our awareness of the energy flowing through our body’s energy field. In other words, anxiety and depression are caused by our brain distracting our attention from the flowing of energy of our energy field and focusing it instead on one of two patterns of thoughts.

So what are these two thought patterns?

Whenever you experience anxiety, your brain is focusing your attention on thoughts about the future that are negative.

Whenever you experience depression, your brain is focusing your attention on thoughts about the past that are negative.

If you’re not feeling anxious or depressed right now, think back to a time when you were and you will discover this to be true.

This habit of your brain focusing your attention away from the energy flowing though your body’s energy field in the moment, and focusing it on either negative thoughts about the future or negative thoughts about the past, is the cause of anxiety or depression.

If this habit were not there, your attention would be free to focus on anything you chose to, including the energy flowing through your energy field which would result in you feeling happy instead of feeling anxious or depressed.

Phase two: Understanding a true solution that really works

A true solution that works to fix any problem is one that addresses the true cause of the problem. We all know this.

So if anxiety and depression are caused by our attention focusing on these two habits of thinking, then the solution is obvious isn’t it? The solution is to let go of these habits and create new ones.

What drug companies and some therapists might not want you to believe, is that this is completely within your power to do, again I might add, without drugs or therapy.

In fact, if you believe that it is not within your power to cure your anxiety or depression without drugs or therapy or that it is not possible to cure it at all, then you will never look for any other solutions. So opening yourself up to the possibility that it is within your power to do, is a crucial step in you allowing it to happen.

It is completely within your ability to do to let go of the habit of your attention focusing on these thought patterns, and to create new habits that will focus your attention instead on the energy of your body’s energy field in the moment. The first step is to understand what to do, and then the next step is phase three, making the new pattern into a habit.

So to start this, please answer this question:

In which area of your life do you most experience anxiety or depression, in the area of money, people, health or art?

Art is the area of your life that represents what you love to do most, even if it’s not “artistic” like painting or music, but it’s simply what you love to do most. This could be, being a parent, water skiing, or anything that is what you love to do most now.

If you’re not sure about your answer, just pick one and you can always go back and do the next steps with a different area of life.

Step 1) Now we’ll start curing your anxiety or depression. For the area of life you came up with in the first question, now we’ll begin moving up through five levels of happiness.

If you are feeling anxious or depressed about something, you aren’t able to feel happiness at all. The five levels of happiness represent the neurological shifts your brain has to make for you to experience higher and higher levels of happiness. So moving from anxiety or depression up to a level one level of happiness can feel like a major jump. Then if you’d like to feel even more happiness with this thing or in this area of your life, you can move to levels two, three, four and five.

You can make these shifts simply by following the steps here. Again, you will be able to feel more happiness immediately when you make these shifts, but in order for you to cure your anxiety or depression, it will require that you make using these neurological shifts into a habit. We’ll talk about that in phase three.

As you think about the area of life where you experience the most anxiety or depression, please ask yourself this question:

How is this feeling now?

If you answered with something positive like fine or happy or excited, then move on to step two. If you answered with anything less than feeling good, then please ask yourself this question:

What’s the smallest thing I can and am willing to do that would allow me to feel excited about this right now?

Please write down any answer you get that comes to you effortlessly. If you don’t get an answer effortlessly, then move to step two and we’ll deal with it there. If you did get an effortless answer, go ahead and do whatever action you came up with and enjoy feeling happy at level one.

Step 2) Now as you think about that area of life, please ask yourself this question:

What must I be assuming is not possible in order to feel this way?

Once you get an answer to that question, then let go of this assumption and allow yourself to feel what it would feel like to know that it is possible now. Simply decide to let the assumption go and feel the energy of knowing it is possible now. If this seams challenging, ask yourself:

How would it feel to be absolutely certain this is possible now?

And then let yourself feel what that would feel like. If you are able to do this easily, then enjoy feeling happy at level two with this area or your life. If this didn’t feel easy, then move to step three.

Step 3) Now as you think about that area of life, please ask yourself these questions allowing your brain to come up with an answer to each one:

How am I not experiencing myself as the leader of this area of my life now; what am I focusing on instead?

Once you get an answer to that question, please ask yourself this question:

What must I be assuming this could reveal about me in order to feel this way?

Once you get a answer to this question, then let go of this assumption and allow yourself to feel what it would feel like to be the leader of this area of your life now. Simply decide to let the assumption go and feel the energy of what it would feel like to know you are the leader of this area of your life right now. How does that feel now?

In taking these steps, you are changing your brain. You are reversing the patterns of anxiety and depression and creating new connections inside your brain that will allow your attention to more easily focus on the energy flowing through your body’s energy field instead of on the thoughts causing you anxiety or depression. Anytime you feel anxious or depressed, or if you just want to feel a higher level of happiness with something, you can take these three steps to feel better immediately. If you want to cure your anxiety or depression forever, all that’s required is that you develop these steps into a habit. There are two additional levels of happiness which you can experience beyond level three, but we’ll save those for another time.

Phase 3: Making the solution into a lifelong habit

Think of your brain like a muscle. If you wanted to get really good at typing, or if you already are, you would know that it requires you to first learn where to put your fingers, then where all the letters are on the keyboard and then you need to repeat using this knowledge enough times that your hands do it automatically. The repetitions are required because that’s how your muscles learn. You simply do enough correct repetitions of any action, and your muscles will remember how to do it without you even having to think about it.

This is the same process you can use to cure anxiety and depression. Your brain works very much like the rest of your muscles when it comes to remembering thought patterns. Do enough correct repetitions of any thought pattern, and your brain will do it without you even having to consciously direct it.

In fact, this is exactly how anxiety and depression work. Your brain has simply done so many repetitions of focusing your attention on negative thoughts about the future or the past, that it can feel like you don’t even have any control over it. It can feel like you sitting down at a computer to send an email and your fingers just type. This means that your brain is awesome at remembering how to focus your attention. Now, to cure your anxiety or depression, you are simply giving your brain a different pattern to get good at.

So how many repetitions will it take? This is a great question. If you are great at typing, riding a bike, drawing, playing a sport or a musical instrument, think about how many repetitions you had to do to get good at it. Depending on the skill, it might vary. One important factor is that doing correct repetitions is important. The mess ups don’t really help that much. In teaching music lessons, I’ve found that most skills on a music instrument can be completely memorized with 100 repetitions or less. It’s not really that important how many repetitions it takes for you to cure your anxiety or depression. What is really important is that you A) know that each new repetition is one step towards you living happier forever, B) that you continue to feel positive results along the way and C) that you continue to complete the repetitions needed for happiness to become your brain’s new habit.

So how do we do it? You can do repetitions of the three steps in any way you like. You can do them only when you are feeling anxious or depressed, or you can decide to simply practice them everyday.

I recommend drawing out a grid with 100 boxes, then for each time you run though the three steps, mark an “X” in one of the boxes. Once all 100 boxes are filled, it is almost guaranteed you will have developed them into a new habit, and it may happen much sooner than that. It might be fun to watch your anxiety and depression disappearing with each new box you put an “X” in!

-Andy

 

 

 

 

 

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Why You are a Super Hero and Why Only You Can Save the World

The problems created by all of the societal structures in our world today are happening because of one thing: a small group of people have figured out how to capitalize on human greed.

These people have figured out that humanity is nothing more than an energy system that can be tapped and controlled as easily as they can drain energy from a battery and direct it to wherever they choose.

They look at the human individual and each household as a unit of energy that can be manipulated and used to bring more energy into the production of goods, services, infrastructure and assets for themselves and they have figured out how to make this happen as a general course of us living our daily lives without us even being aware that it is happening.

Some of the main components of their system include the control of money systems, governments, human opinions and the creation of war.

To learn more about this, Google the document “Silent Weapons for Quiet Wars”.

The one component that allows all of this to continue, is human greed itself. The system that these people have developed relies on humans continually wanting to get more than they are willing to give.

This is where you and me have direct access to reorganizing the system. We can begin to balance our own personal lives, our own energy systems to a point where we become willing to give more than we get. We can begin to reverse the pattern of trying to get more than we give.

The interesting thing that happens when we do this, is that doing this actually gives us back more energy than we gave out. As we become more willing to give, we actually naturally receive more energy in return, more than we would have ever gotten through trying to get more than we give.

If we are able to continue to be willing to give more than we receive, our own energy system can become more and more balanced and full of power naturally. We can begin to discover that all the power we were seeking through trig to get stuff is readily available through our willingness to give.

-Andy

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The Four Words that Could Change Your Life Forever

What if you had a button that you could press anytime you had a problem that would instantly dissolve the negative feelings you were feeling?

What if once you pushed this button, you also had a completely different perspective on the situation and instantly started getting better ideas about how to handle it?

What if the more times you pressed this button, the less problems ended up happening in the first place?

How cool would that be?

Well there might just be a button like this.

In my continuing research on how we can experience more happiness, I’ve been finding that any problem that anyone has, can be traced back to being caused by only one of four possible sentences. That’s right, sentences as in a series of words.

This one sentences represents one of four possible assumptions that every person’s brain holds onto starting from early in their lives. We all choose one of these four assumptions (or sentences) to hold onto and it becomes a defining force that helps to hold our identity in place (who our brain has decided we are) and THE defining force that is at the root of every circumstance that we experience as a problem.

Discovering what your one sentence is can be a powerful way to instantly recognize what is actually causing a problem when you have one.

When you recognize the actual cause of a problem, you are in a much more powerful position to fix it for now, and you are more able to keep additional problems from happening in the future.

If you’re excited to discover what your one sentence is, read through the following four sentences and get a feeling for which one feels like it is your brain’s favorite.

Here are the four possible sentences behind every problem:

I am not beautiful

I am not powerful

I am not lovable

I am not valuable

If you’re not sure about which one your brain uses, or if you are, the next time you experience a problem, try taking these three steps to hit the reset button on the situation:

Step 1) Ask yourself: “What am I focusing on now?”

Step 2) Ask yourself: “How am I assuming that this has the power to reveal that I am not beautiful, powerful, lovable or valuable now?” (choose the one word that feels right to you)

Step 3) Let go of the assumption that: “I am not beautiful, powerful, lovable or valuable” (again choose the one word that feels right) and allow yourself to FEEL the energy of being the source of all beauty, power, love or value (depending what your one sentence is) now.

Are you with me on this? Once you discover your brain’s one sentence, you can start to recognize that every situation or event that feels problematic to you is actually triggering this one sentence for you.

As potential problems arise, you can begin to notice how your one sentence is turning the circumstances into problems for you. You can then start hitting your reset button using the steps above, or any others you come up with, as soon as you start to feel bad or before your brain even has a chance to even use the sentence.

And just like every other skill you’ve ever gotten great at, repetition is the key!

 

-Andy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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How to Know Everything (or at least the answer you are looking for right now)

How useful would it be to you to have a way to know the most accurate and up to date answer to any question that you may be struggling to find?

How useful would it be to be able to know things that would be incredibly helpful to know but that you don’t even know that they are important yet?

How useful would it be to have a way to stop the spinning thoughts that cause most anxiety or depression and replace them with inspiration?

One of the main goals of science since the days of Archimedes on through Einstein and beyond, has been to know everything. In fact there is a term for this idea called the Theory of Everything (or ToE) that describes how scientist are viewing the process of their attempt to understand how everything in the universe works.

Scientist continue to create new theories, and at present have yet to discover one that has proven to be complete according to science.

I’d like to suggest a few ideas about how it may be possible for us to know “everything” (or at least everything that is important for us to know now) on a more practical level without having to wait for the scientific formulas to line up.

There are a few assumptions that I’m not sure current theories of everything are looking at. Please let me know if I’m wrong about this.

Scientists have to be assuming that:

  1. There is an “everything”
  2. There is an “us” that is separate from this everything and
  3. That this separate “us” can know this “everything”

What if these assumptions are just the brains’ limited interpretations of what is actually happening?

If everything is always changing (also an agreed upon scientific idea), then as soon as we “know” something, then in the next moment, what we know is outdated information.

Also, as soon as our brain thinks we know something, what does it do? It stops looking for an answer.

So the questions really become, is it possible to know anything for more than a nanosecond? And could the very act of knowing itself be the thing that stops us from continuing to know (which would be actually knowing)?

So the paradox is, that the way to know everything is to never think we know anything, because that is the only way our brain will remain open to the process of ongoing knowing.

So in practical terms, we can think of it as: the key to knowing anything and everything is to be willing to be here without knowing.

Simply be willing to be here without knowing.

If we are willing to be here without knowing, we remain open to knowing everything as it is happening now – the only way we can really know anything.

In my experience so far, this is not just playing with language, this really works! I’ve had more incredibly “perfect” ideas and insights happen as a result of doing this than maybe anything else. One of the keys, I think, is once you get an initial “aha!” moment, stay open to the willingness to be here without knowing because that initial “aha!” may be only the beginning of a much larger and broader insight. Again, the key is to continue to be willing to be here without knowing.

So the next time you are struggling to find the perfect answer, are battling with feeling stressed or down or just simply have a moment of free time, try simply being willing to be here without knowing, and discover what might be here to “know” now.

Let me “know” what happens for you!

 -Andy

 

 

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Three Free New Songs!

Hi Everyone!

Here are three free songs from the latest CD just released a few weeks ago. This is my 15th CD title “Acoustic 5” and it’s acoustic versions of 12 new songs.

You can download your three free songs here:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/py0xxxk0d8566hp/Acoustic%205%20Three%20Songs.zip?dl=0

A quick update on some new developments:

Last year I began developing a Concert / Keynote Speech that uses the main points from my book “Grow Happy!” and live performances of 9 Transformational Rock songs. There are three versions, “Grow Happy! The Five Essential Steps of Lasting Happiness”, “Work Happy! The Five Essential Steps for Lasting Happiness at Work”, and “Lead Happy! The Five Essential Steps for Leading Happy Organizations”.

Catherine Bede, my amazing girlfriend and musical sidekick, and I have been offering these at many New Thought Churches throughout the year and it’s been a really rewarding and fun adventure!

We are now starting to market the Concert / Keynotes to the Association and Corporate market. We have our first Association event coming up in September and are really excited!

If you have any contacts where you work or know anyone involved in booking events that have keynote speakers, we would graciously accept any introductions, referrals etc!

You can refer anyone to our brand new site for the details: 

http://www.AndyHarrisonMusic.com

or they can reach me at:  Andy@AndyHarrisonMusic.com

Thanks for helping the world grow happier by choosing to be you!

-Andy

For Music that Transforms Happiness and More, visit TransformationalRock.com
To book Andy, visit AndyHarrisonMusic.com

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New Website: TransformationalRock.com

Hi everyone!

I finally created a website just for Transformational Rock Music!

 It answers all the main questions, has a way to get 7 free songs and a page to purchase three Transformational Rock packages at discounted prices!

 I’m really excited to share this with you. You can check it out at:

 http://TransformationalRock.com

 I’d love to hear any feedback about your experience at the site.

 Thank you for choosing to be you!

 

-Andy

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What Does it Take to Be Happier?

The latest studies in quantum physics, quantum mechanics and more are revealing that we are all naturally connected to a field of limitless energy and information that contains the potential for us to experience unlimited natural happiness.

While we can experience some of our natural happiness everyday, our access to all that is possible can be severely limited by trapped attention. Neuroscientist have recently discovered that our attention often times gets trapped in two areas of our brain, limiting our ability to access all the happiness we may want in our lives and during each day.

So what does it take for us to experience more of our unlimited natural happiness? How can we keep our attention from being trapped? The answers might be simpler than you think.

Learning to recognize when our attention is getting trapped and then having a way to un trap it quickly is the key to accessing more of our unlimited natural happiness whenever we want to. The two areas of our brain that trap our attention, do it in only two ways. Learning to recognize these two ways when they happen is step one in being happier.

The first way that our brain traps our attention is through a simple thought pattern that tells us “If only I had this one thing, then I would be happier now”. This thought pattern gets triggered whenever you feel bored for a certain length of time. You start feeling bored about a circumstance in your life and your brain starts looking for a solution to cure your boredom – looking for a way to make you feel more excited. It looks at the possible options available and chooses one “thing” that you don’t have, and tells you, “If only you had this thing, then that would be really exciting. Then you would be happier”. I’m sure you recognize this pattern.

The other way that our brain traps our attention is through a second thought pattern that tells us “If only I DIDN’T have this one thing, then I would be happier now”. This thought pattern gets triggered whenever you feel overwhelmed for a certain length of time. You start feeling overwhelmed or in fear about a circumstance in your life and your brain starts looking for a solution to cure your feelings of overwhelm, again looking for a way to make you feel less fear and more excitement. It looks at what’s happening in your circumstances and chooses one “thing” to label as the cause of your feelings of overwhelm, and tells you, “If only you DIDN’T have this thing, then everything would be so much better. Then you would be happier”. Does this resonate with your experience?

You can begin to start recognizing when your brain is about to trap your attention by paying attention to whenever you feel bored or overwhelmed. You can simply check in with yourself and ask from time to time:

“How is this feeling now?”

If you are feeling something less than what I call “effortless excitement”; that is, if you are feeling some form of either boredom on one side of the spectrum, or overwhelm on the other, then get ready for your brain to try to trap your attention by running one of those two patterns. When you notice yourself feeling either bored or overwhelmed (or some variety of these feelings), then step two is to un trap your attention immediately before your brain has a chance to run it’s pattern.

One of the easiest ways to un trap your attention is to, as soon as you notice yourself feeling less than excited about something, ask yourself

“What’s the most exciting thing to do now?” and then do that.

What this does is to help you break your brain’s habit of running these two patterns and it gives you a way to immediately supply yourself with more of what you are really after – the feelings of more effortless excitement.

Again, the first step is to notice when you are feeling either bored or overwhelmed, and the second step is to choose the feeling of more excitement now, rather than allowing your brain to trap your attention and send you on a goose chase to find it sometime in the future.

As you get more repetitions in of doing this, you will naturally get better and better at accessing more of your unlimited natural happiness whenever you want it. You can find the times where you feel bored or overwhelmed becoming shorter and shorter and the moments when you are feeling excited and happier getting longer.

-Andy

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CD Release Concert Party This Saturday!

Hi everyone!

Come join us to celebrate the release of our 15th CD! It’s called “Acoustic 5” and features 12 new songs done with acoustic arrangements. Myself and the Ambassadors of Possibility Duo featuring Catherine Bede will be playing some previous favorites and some new songs from the CD. Our good friend Matt Brown will be opening for us playing some of his amazing songs. Here are the details:

What: CD Release Concert Party with Andy Harrison and the Ambassadors of Possibility Duo featuring Catherine Bede

When: Saturday June 13th 7PM

Where: Influence Music Hall, 135 SE 3rd Ave in Hillsboro OR 97123

How: Any way you can

How Much: Tickets are $15 for one, $20 for two. At this point just get them at the door

Why: because you rock

See you there!

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Why Am I Depressed? Why Do I Feel Anxious? Your Brain’s 4 Secret Reasons.

If you battle with depression or anxiety related feelings and never seam to feel like you can get beyond it for long or if you know someone who does, you are not alone.

These two types of unhappiness continue to be the most common and for good reason.

Some of the latest brain research is suggesting that depression and anxiety and similar emotions may be a result of a four step thinking pattern that your brain learns early on, and then continues to run in the background as you grow up.

After your brain runs this four step pattern about a hundred times or so, it has become a habit that you barely notice. You just end up feeling the results by feeling depressed, anxious and any number of other related emotions.

The good news is there are solutions now. Because of new breakthroughs in brain scanning technologies and the wide dissemination of information from every sector of human life now easily available to us, we are starting to understand how this pattern works and how we can reverse it, possibly for good!

The good news is we are living at the beginning of a time where it’s very possible that no one will have to suffer from depression or anxiety related issues again if they choose not to!

Imagine how amazing it would feel to have the threat of feeling depressed or anxious entirely gone from your experience! How would it feel to wake up each day knowing that you have learned a simple set of, fast, effective and drug free strategies that can instantly reverse feelings of depression or anxiety if they were to ever come up?

The basic way your brain creates the experience of depression or anxiety is by running these four steps:

Step 1) Your brain is triggered by the circumstances in one of the four main areas of your life, either by money, relationships, your health or your sense of purpose. Each of us tend to have one area where this happens most often. Which one is your brain’s favorite? P.S. Health is also the area where we seek power and influence in our lives.

Step 2) Your brain then either thinks back to some past event or events or it projects into the future and imagines some possible future event or events. Each person tends to do one or the other most of the time. Does your brain focus more on the past or the future when this happens?

Step 3) Then your brain uses the event or events to makes a judgment about you. It’s intrinsic neural network (what I call the “I” Box) then assumes that what the past or future event means or might mean is that “you” are not good enough in some way.

Step 4) You then experience some form of either depression or anxiety. If your brain tends to focus on the past, you will feel a form of depression. If it tends to focus on the future, you will feel some form of anxiety. Which one are you most likely to experience?

I’ve been sharing some new strategies to reverse this pattern with several people through the new Grow Happy private coaching that I recently started. These strategies are ones that go far beyond what I wrote in the book “Grow Happy” and so far I’m finding that people are reporting about a three fold increase in their levels of happiness! This is a seven session, one on one coaching program done via Skype or over the phone.

Right now, I’m offering a totally free initial session with no strings attached to anyone reading this post. You can discover the specific pattern your brain has been using and a basic overview of how to reverse it quickly in this free session. I’m not sure how long this offer we be good based on the schedule, so if you’re interested please let me know soon.

Just email me at: AndyAndyHarrisonMusic.com, or message me back here and we’ll schedule your free session.

Depression and anxiety can steal so much time, energy and life from us if we let it.

When we know more about how depression and anxiety work, we can start to do something about it now.

Below is a flow chart of how we create depression and anxiety.

-Andy

Depression and Anxiety Flow Chart

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Thought for the Day

Life is an ocean of possibilities.

The assumptions you hold onto about what you are good enough to do, have and be ARE your surfboard.

When you recognize that you are always good enough to do, have and be anything you want, you realize that we don’t create the ocean.

We simply choose the most exciting waves to surf each moment and we will do, have and be anything we want before we know it.

If you are not doing, having or being everything you want now, it’s not the ocean’s fault, it’s simply time for a new surfboard.

-Andy

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The Two Ways You Can Start Your Day -Above the Line or Below the Line

The Conscious Leadership Group website has a video that offers a great metaphor to determine if you are living consciously or not. They call living consciously living “above the line” and living unconsciously as “living below the line”. You can check out their site and the video here:

http://conscious.is/

I love this way of putting it because it gives you a very clear way to visualize the one distinction that can completely shift your experience. Learning how to live above the line can literally be the difference between living a life of frustration and overwhelm to living a life of total happiness.

In the stuff I’m doing, I describe living above the line as focusing more of your attention on the energy than on the stuff.

When we are living above the line we are literally putting more of our attention on the energy flowing through our body’s energy field in that moment and less on the stuff ( the million different things in our environment and the million potential thoughts running through our head).

Developing the simple skill of shifting your attention more towards the energy and less towards the stuff in any moment you choose to, gives you the ability to instantly shift your experience toward more happiness anytime you want to. You gain the skill to live above the line in any moment you choose to.

The two ways you can start your day are below the line or above the line.

The below the line experience of waking up to a new day is:

Here’s me.

And here’s all the stuff I have to deal with.

The stuff feels overwhelming and unending. Sometimes it feels good, but a lot of the time it doesn’t.

The above the line experience of waking up to a new day is:

Here’s this infinite space of which I am part of or am one with.

And here’s all the stuff that is always changing within this space that I can interact with in any way I choose to or not.

The space feels completely alive and overflowing with value, love, power, beauty and happiness. The stuff feels like fun because I get to choose what I interact with and how I interact with it.

Anytime that it doesn’t feel good, I learn that I have fallen below the line, so it gives me a greater understanding of what triggers my attention away from the energy; so I have then increased my ability to live more above the line in the future.

-Andy

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Grow Happy Concert/Workshop in Tacoma this Saturday!

Come join us for the Grow Happy Concert/workshop this Saturday evening in Tacoma Washington!

What: Andy Harrison and the Ambassadors of Possibility Duo offering the Concert/Workshop “Grow Happy! The 5 Transforming Steps of Lasting Happiness”

Where: Center for Spiritual Living, 206 N J Street Tacoma WA 98403

When: Saturday April 18th 7-8:30PM

How Much: tickets are $15 at the door

Why: Because you are awesome and you know it (clap your hands)!

National Recording Artist Andy Harrison and his duo, Andy Harrison and the Ambassadors of Possibility Duo, will be bringing their Transformational Rock Music to The Center for Spiritual Living Tacoma. Andy is the inventor and world’s leading artist in the field of Transformational Rock Music; rock music systematically designed to help you choose more happiness when you want to.

Andy is also the author of the book Grow Happy: The 5 Transforming Steps of Lasting Happiness which outlines many of the principles used in Transformational rock music. Andy and the duo, featuring Catherine Bede, will be giving a concert / workshop titled “Grow Happy: The 5 Transforming Steps of Lasting Happiness.” They will be performing songs from their 13th CD “Permission to be Awesome” and covering content from Andy’s book, all of which is designed to help people grow their happiest lives possible.

-Andy

Click the link below for more details:

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How to Be the Source of All the Love You Want and Open Yourself to Others without Getting Hurt

We’ve all had the experience of having two really strong feelings that seem to be pulling us in opposite directions.

For many of us, the one area of life that this feels the strongest is in relationships.

Whether it’s a romantic relationship, a friendship or a work relationship, we all have felt the desire to open up and feel closer to someone and at the same time have felt an equally strong or stronger desire to keep from getting hurt in the process.

Past memories of having opened up to people who later did not meet our expectations, can quickly come up along with strong feelings of fear to shut down or hold back our desire to get closer.

Sometimes we stay in this “no man’s”, “no woman’s” or “no friend’s” zone for long periods, never quite opening up very much and doing our best to stay safe.

We can try to sell this strategy to ourselves in any number of ways by telling ourselves things like: “I don’t have time for a relationship right now”, or “People don’t really understand me”, or “I’m happier by myself” etc.

While any of these might be true on one level, if we are feeling a strong desire to open up and connect with people and we’re not doing it, then this is just the fear talking.

What if there was a way to open up to people without the possibility of being hurt?

What if these two possibilities – opening up your heart and you getting hurt – were not actually tied to together in reality at all?

What if there was a way that you could experience all the connection, collaboration, excitement, joy and love of sharing yourself with someone, or someones, and know ahead of time that it would be impossible for it to turn out in a way where you would feel hurt?

How would you feel about opening yourself to others then?

Understanding three things can shift your experience of how you relate to everyone for the rest of your life and help you move beyond the concern of being hurt.

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Understanding Your Three Brains

The latest studies on the brain have revealed that we actually have three separate parts of our brain. These three parts were developed during different stages of our evolution as a species and each one is best equipped to handle us surviving at those different stages in human evolution.

Brian number one is called our reptile brain and it developed the ability to do anything necessary for us to survive. This part can only really experience our own point of view and is not skilled at connecting with others. This is also the part of our brain where most of our fear is generated.

Brain number two is called our mammalian brain and it has developed the ability to connect and bond with other people. This part also allows us to feel empathy, love and connection and to see things from another person’s point of view.

Brain number three, or the thinking brain has developed the ability to handle analytical thinking and it allows us to see situations more objectively and strategically as well as to project into the future and make predictions about what might happen.

It’s been found that these three brains do not communicate very well with one another and they often times compete for our attention. When we experience a strong pull in two directions, often times this is due to two of our brains reacting to a situation differently.

In dealing with people, our mammalian brain might feel like opening up to someone and then our reptilian brain steps in and says “Wait a minute! This person might be a threat to our survival!” and then we feel pulled in two directions.

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Understanding the Energy “You”

Some of the latest scientific research has been revealing that we are much more than our bodies and our brains. Scientists have been finding that at our deepest level, what holds our body and everything we experience together is a field of energy.

There have been several different names for this energy, but the basic idea is that matter is made of and held together by an underlying energy that permeates everything in the universe.

Scientists have found that each human has their very own bubble of this energy that surrounds and flows through our bodies and is replenishing this energy every moment. It’s like we are walking around with our very own completely self sustaining world that is constantly giving us a fresh new supply of the very substance that all of creation is made of and held together by.

While this may sound fantastical and so “out there” that we might wonder how it could ever be practical to know about for our daily lives, many researchers are discovering that it may be a main key in learning how we can improve the quality of our lives.

Recent brain scan studies suggest that the happiest people focus less on the messages coming from their three brains and more on this energy bubble itself. These people have developed the ability to experience themselves as more than whatever thoughts their three brains happen to be generating. They experience themselves as being way bigger and more unlimited than how our three brains tend to think of us.

During a stroke, brain researcher Jill Bolt Taylor had the experience of her brain loosing the ability to function normally. Her attention was freed to experience more of her energy than the thought activity in her brain and she describes the feeling as feeling herself as “expansive and enormous…like she found nirvana”.

The famous spiritual teacher Eckhart Tolle describes his moment of sudden awakening after being so caught up in focusing on the thoughts of his brain that he was on the edge of suicide, that in one night, his attention was freed from what he calls his Ego, and he was able to focus more on the energy of his energy field where he now experiences a constant state of bliss.

Many fields of research are now pointing towards the understanding that we are more, probably way more, than what can ever be conceptualized by the thoughts of our three brains.

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How to Fully Open Up Without Getting Hurt in Relationships

When we struggle in relationships, we are not struggling with the other person or with other people as much as we are struggling with one main assumption our brain has picked up and held onto that allows our brain’s fear to be triggered when we relate to other people

Our brain has picked up the assumption that we are something less than the source of all the love we want to feel in our lives.

When we hold onto the assumption that we are something less than the source of the love we want to feel, we then act from this assumption and try to get the feeling of love, connection etc., from things and other people.

What many people are discovering is that this is backwards from the way great relationships of all kinds happen.

When we allow ourselves to let go of this assumption and instead we start choosing to experience the feelings of love, connection, joy etc that we are wanting our relationships to feel like first, without expecting that any relationship will supply these feelings for us, two things happen.

The first thing is we realize that we actually can feel these feelings without anyone else having to do something for or with us. We realize at a gut level that we have access to these feelings whenever we want regardless of who or what happens to be in our lives at any given moment. We are essentially feeling our connection to our energy bubble and realizing we are connected to these feelings always no matter what and we can at any moment choose to feel them. Because we feel this connection, we realize no other person ever has the ability to separate us from the feelings of love, connection, etc no matter what they choose to do or not do. This distinction can allow you to fully open up to other people without the fear of getting hurt in relationships.

The second thing that happens is that other people react to this shift in our understanding. Without you having to say of do anything in particular, people will experience you differently because you actually are different. You are no longer looking outside of yourself to other things or people to gain access to the feelings you want. This can be a tremendous amount of pressure taken off of anyone who truly cares about you, or could truly care about you, because they no longer feel the burden, (either consciously or unconsciously) of feeling your expectations of them. They feel much freer to express themselves and feel good around you.

This can have the opposite effect on people who do not truly care about you. If there are people in your life who have been feeding off of your patterns of trying to get love or attention from them, then they might suddenly feel like something is wrong. Because they are no longer getting the same reactions and emotions from you, they might become less excited to be around you. This can be a good thing for you, because you can quickly discover who truly loves you being happier and who doesn’t.

In choosing to experience the feelings of how you want your relationships to feel first, you will naturally attract people who will love you feeling that way, and you will naturally repel people who don’t.

The next time you feel pulled by the two emotions of wanting to open up to others but not get hurt, try out these five steps to discover more of your unique and valuable ability to be the source of all the love you want and open yourself to others without getting hurt.

Step 1) Keep doing exactly what you are doing until you are ready to take steps two through five. If you are ready, then move to step 2:

Step 2) Ask yourself:

“How am I not feeling like the source of all the love I want right now? What am I thinking about instead?”

Step 3) Once you are clear about what you are thinking about, ask yourself:

“What am I thinking this could prove about me?”

Fill in the blank: “That maybe I am not _____________ enough.”

Step 4) Let go of this assumption if you are ready to. If you are not ready to, go back to step one.

If you are ready to, let the assumption that maybe you are not ________ enough go, and allow yourself to feel the energy of being the source of all the love you want now.

If this feels a little challenging, ask yourself:

“What would it feel like if I knew I was the source of all the love in my life right now?” And then allow yourself to fully feel all those feelings.

Step 5) Ask yourself:

“What’s possible now?”

-Andy

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Is Political Correctness an Attempt to Cut Our Resources Off at the Source?

Is political correctness an attempt to cut our resources off at the source?

For us to continually create the lives we want, and to have the things we want, we must first believe that we deserve it. We must be able to consistently access the energy – the feeling – that we are worthy of that life and those things.

From that energy – that feeling – we can then gain access to the right information that can allow us to know what to do and then to take the right actions that can result in the life and the things we want coming into physical existence.

Without access to the feeling that we are worthy of a result, we will rarely ever achieve it, and most certainly can’t sustain it if we do.

Could the culture of increasing political correctness being presented through the media, be an attempt to strip every sector of humanity of taking the first step in having more?

Could it be an attempt to make no one feel deserving and worthy enough, for long enough, to create and sustain having more of the things they want by using every social group against every other to the point that no matter what social category you fall in, there is a different social group with the mindset and the incentive to tell you, you are not worthy of having too much?

Could this be physiological warfare being used in a takeover of all the resources and human rights on the planet – beginning with the most precious – your belief in your own worthiness to have more resources and rights?

Whatever the answer is, we can decide now that we will not allow the culture of political correctness to work against our own ability to create the lives we want.

We can decide now to develop new habits that will empower us to create the lives we want regardless of the negative effects, whether they are conscious attacks or not, of any social climate we might find ourselves in.

Whether you are Asian, Black, White or Purple. Whether you are Muslim, Christian, Jew or Animist. Whether you are Gay, Straight, Transgender, Both Genders or No Gender. Whatever group or groups you fall in, we can all decide to give ourselves the gift of growing one belief in our minds:

“I always deserve to feel worthy of having the circumstances I want, whether I have them in this moment or not.”

Repeating this phrase to yourself 10 times a day for 10 days, or simply deciding right now that this is how it’s gonna be, can be a tremendous leap towards growing and maintaining your most valuable resource – your own natural ability to create the life you want no matter what conditions you find yourself in.

-Andy

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The Two Meanings of Life

In the post I did a few days ago, I talked about two places from which your brain can derive the meaning of what it considers to be “You”.

It can reference the story line it has created about you using past memories and future projections – pictures and thoughts in your head, or it can reference your body’s energy field by noticing how it feels to be in your body in this moment.

When it references your story line, it is focusing your attention on what neuroscientists are calling the Intrinsic neural network. This is a separated neural network in your brain that stores the images and thoughts about what your brain has decided “You” are. In the book “Grow Happy” I call this network the “I” Box, because it’s a little easier to visualize a box in your brain that stores all the images and thoughts that your brain refers to when you say the word “I”. Traditional psychology and some spiritual systems have called this the Ego.

When your brain uses your Ego, or your “I” Box to use as a reference point to discover who “You” are, it results in the feeling that “You” are never enough. It ends up feeling less than good much of the time because focusing your attention only on your brain’s intrinsic neural network actually unplugs you from your source of power and energy, your energy field.

Since 1963, scientists have found and measured the energy fields that surround and flow through every human body. This energy field is what connects our body to the energy of life. It’s what keeps us alive and it is constantly attempting to bringing fresh, new energy into our body. When our brain focuses our attention on this flowing of energy, it completes the circuit between our energy field and our body. Doing this also results in the feeling of happiness, peace, love and wonder. When your brain references your energy field to determine what it means when you say the word “I” instead of it’s story line of stored mages and thoughts, you are completing the circuit between your energy field and your body and you feel happy, light and free. The meaning of life changes completely by doing this.

To the “I” Box, the meaning of your life is to constantly try to prove to itself that you are not worthless.

To your energy field, the meaning of life is to explore, discover and create in the unbelievable wonder of how mind blowingly valuable everything is.

-Andy

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The Two Magic Steps to Becoming an Expert at Anything

How would you like to discover the secret of becoming an expert at any skill?

How would you like to know how to master any musical instrument, any business skill, any communication or relationship skill, any sport, public speaking – literally anything you can imagine being great at in much less time and with much less effort than you imagined?

The next time you want to get really good or better at something, before you run onto the well worn path of thinking “I could never do that”, check out these two simple steps and imagine how you could start applying them in your life right now.

Understanding what these two steps are can speed up your learning curve on just about anything and can save you hours, years or decades of useless frustration if you apply them.

The two steps are:

Step 1: Eliminate all your choices…..except for the ones that work the absolute best.

And Step 2: Do enough correct repetitions of making only those choices that it become a habit. Often times this can take as little as 100 repetitions or less.

That’s it. It’s literally that simple. Think about this for a second. How does someone go from being unfit to being fit? Well first they eliminate all their choices that effect their health and only focus on the ones that get the best results.

They eliminate all the foods that put on extra weight (usually many of the starches and sugars) and eat only the foods that keep them healthy and fit (usually protein and veggies).

Then they eliminate the choices of activities that keep them unfit (maybe hours of sitting watching T.V. etc.) and they focus only on those activities that help them be more fit (like working out, and walking etc).

Then if they want to stay fit, they simply repeat making only those choices until it becomes a habit.

This formula works for any skill you can imagine. We all have at least one area of our lives where we’ve become a master at one skill using these two steps. What have you become an expert at in your life? Can you think back to the process you used to get there? Didn’t it really come down to these two steps, at least eventually?

I personally use these steps all the time to learn to play new musical instruments and to master new skills on the ones I already play. I’ve helped thousands of people apply this to learning the guitar over the years and personally watched it work for several hundred.

This can work for almost anything you can imagine wanting to get better at. Now with the internet, finding the information to take step one; discovering which choices work the absolute best, is easier than ever. Depending on what it is you are researching, it may be more or less challenging to find the right information, but more and more, there is so much great info out there, it can help you eliminate most of the choices you would have had to discover through hours of trial and error.

Then after you have discovered which choices to eliminate and which choices to keep, you can simply create a system and a schedule to get the repetitions done to turn it into a habit.

With new skills on a musical instrument, I usually do blocks of ten repetitions. Then, I create a sheet with ten empty cells on it and mark an “X” in one of the cells for each block of ten correct repetitions I complete. Once all ten cells have an “X” in them, that means I’ve completed 100 repetitions. It’s usually guaranteed that it has become a habit after 100 repetitions. Of course it may be more or less depending on the complexity of whatever it is you are wanting to get better at, but you get the idea.

In the keynote concert called “Grow Happy” that we are doing in different areas of the U.S.this year, I suggest to the audience that they can apply these two steps to developing the skill of bringing more happiness into their lives by eliminating all the choices about where they could focus their attention – all the million different things in the immediate environment and all the million potential thoughts running though their heads – and just for a moment, focus all their attention on how it feels to be in their body right now. Then, if they want to become an expert at bringing more happiness into their lives, they can by simply doing enough correct repetitions of making only that choice until it becomes a habit. Five minutes a day for ten days could do it!

If this idea seams exciting, try these two steps out and discover how they can help you speed up your learning and master the next thing you want to be better at.

What do you want to be an expert at next?

-Andy

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How to Literally Be Happy All the Time

Your brain makes one assumption and only one assumption that keeps you from being happy all the time.

This assumption can be summed up in one letter and that letter is the capital letter “I”.

The meaning your brain gives to the capital letter “I” determines how happy or how unhappy you are every moment you are alive.

What your brain references to determine what “I” means every time you say the word “I”, IS what determines how happy you can be every moment.

Let’s say you are going to your job or to work at your business and you say the words “I am going to work”. Your brain references it’s collection of thoughts and pictures about who it has decided “You” are and what it has decided “Work” is.

It flashes these thoughts and pictures through your mind and based on what these thoughts and pictures are, you are left with only one possible result: Either “Yes you do have permission to be happy in this situation” or “No you don’t have permission to be happy in this situation”.

This process occurs in every part of your life; with money, relationships, health – everything.

The one common denominator of everything you experience is that “You” are experiencing it. “You” are the common denominator in all you experience. It is the only consistent factor.

What your brain chooses to reference when you say the word “I” is the one thing that can determine how happy you are in every experience.

Lucky for us there is an alternative source from which your brain can determine what it means when you say the word “I”.

This alternative source is not a collection of thoughts and pictures inside your head. This alternative source is not what someone else has told or is telling you about who you are. This alternative source is not predetermined or predefined in any way before your brain uses it as a reference point.

This alternative source is changing all the time in the sense that it is not bound to any one collection of thoughts and pictures in your brain.

This alternative source is unchanging in that it is always available to be used as a reference and will always provide your brain with the most accurate and up to date information about who “You” are every moment.

When your brain chooses to reference this alternative source when it determines what “I” means it is not accessing the thoughts and pictures it has collected about who it has decided “You” are, it is accessing the potential of everything you could be.

When your brain chooses to reference this alternative source when it determines what “I” means, it always has the choice to give you permission to be happy regardless of anything that has happened in the past, regardless of anything that is happening in the present and regardless of anything that might happen in the future.

So what is this alternative source?

This alternative source is your body’s natural energy field.

Beginning in 1963, scientists have been measuring the energy fields that surround and flow through the human body.

This energy supplies us with a steady flow of limitless new energy. This is our natural connection to the energy of life- the energy of happiness itself. When our attention is focused on the unencumbered flowing of energy from our energy field, in other words, when our brain chooses to reference this energy to determine who “We” are, what we experience is happiness.

In fact, that may be the most practical way to think about what happiness is: Happiness is the experience of noticing the flowing of energy of our body’s energy field.

Think about it for a second. Every time in your life where you felt excited and happy, wasn’t it a result of you noticing this flowing of energy? And every time in your life when you felt less than great, wasn’t it a result of you paying attention to the thoughts and pictures in your head rather than the flowing of energy and possibilities?

You remember how the beginning of that relationship felt; so fresh, new and exhilarating. You remember when you first started that new job or that new business, it felt exciting because you were paying attention to the energy flowing. You were open to the possibilities. You suddenly had a sense that maybe there was more to the idea of “You” than there had been before, right?

But then over time what did you do? You fixated on certain possibilities, certain thoughts and pictures, and you either tried to keep those possibilities from changing, or you tried to change only those possibilities in very specific ways and you stopped noticing the energy flowing through your energy field, right?

You went back to only referencing your brain’s limited collection of thoughts and pictures about who “You” were and what the situation was, right?

So what happened then? The relationship started to feel stagnant. The job started to get boring. The business stopped growing; and all because you were simply focusing on your brain’s collection of thoughts and pictures and not noticing the energy of happiness naturally flowing through your energy field.

When our brain chooses to reference our energy field to determine what it means when we say “I”, we literally have the experience that “I” am this energy. And because noticing this energy results in the feeling of happiness, your brain will literally have the experience that “I am happy” or even stronger: “I am happiness itself”.

If you reference your energy field enough to the point where it becomes a habit, you can literally have the experience that you are happy all the time, because you are simply noticing that we all ARE actually the energy of happiness itself all the time and the only thing that stops anyone from noticing this is their brain choosing to reference their collection of thoughts and pictures to find out who “They” are instead of their energy field itself.

One of the things that is interesting about this experience is that even though your brain will experience yourself as literally being the energy of happiness all the time, that doesn’t mean you can’t feel other emotions. You can still feel emotions like sadness, anger, fear etc., but what is different is that your identity is not attached to them so it’s not the all encompassing desperation type of experience that it is if your brain is referencing your mental pictures for your identity. It feels like “I am happy” and contained in that happiness can be any other emotion. The ones we normally label as negative can feel like just a shifting of energy or a mild irritation and often times they can help you learn more about the situation or yourself.

When our brain chooses to reference our energy field to determine what it means when we say “I”, we literally can be happy all the time. The only thing that will have changed from what we are doing now is that our brain will be using a different reference point to determine what “I” means.

-Andy

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Free Download of the New Song “Fill In the Spaces”

Here’s a free download of the song “Fill In the Spaces” from the new CD “DEMO-licious Vol 4”.

To download: copy the link and put it in your browser, then right click on the player when it comes up, then click “save audio as”.

copy this link: http://www.andyharrisonmusic.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Fill-In-the-Spaces.mp3

Thanks for listening!

-Andy

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CD Release Concert Party this Saturday and New Song “Love is a Simple Thing”

Join us this Saturday to celebrate the release of our 14th CD “DEMO-Licious Vol 4″!

When? This Saturday, March 21st from 7 – 9:30 PM

Where? Influence Music Hall, 135 SE 3rd Ave Hillsboro OR

Who? The Ambassadors of Possibility Trio will perform with opening act Eldorado Gene

What? All original songs from the new CD and previous favorites. Eldorado Gene performing all original tunes

How? Purchase tickets by emailing: Andy@AndyHarrisonMusic.com or at the door. Tickets are a $10 donation

Why? Because you’re awesome and you know it!

Here is the song “Love is a Simple Thing” from the new CD:

      Love is a Simple Thing
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Upcoming Concert Party and New Song!

Join us this Saturday to celebrate the release of our 14th CD “DEMO-Licious Vol 4”!

When? This Saturday, March 21st from 7 – 9:30 PM

Where? Influence Music Hall, 135 SE 3rd Ave Hillsboro OR

Who? The Ambassadors of Possibility Trio will perform with opening act Eldorado Gene

What? All original songs from the new CD and previous favorites. Eldorado Gene performing all original tunes

How? Purchase tickets by emailing: Andy@AndyHarrisonMusic.com or at the door. Tickets are a $10 donation

Why? Because you’re awesome and you know it!

Below the poster is the song “How it’s Gonna Happen” from the new CD:

CD Release Concert Parties 2015

      How It's Gonna Happen

See you there!

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Please Rate This Video:

Hi everyone!

I’ve been testing out new ways to bring more value to people who have been interested in my music, book, blogs and seminars and would LOVE your feedback on this.

I’m working on making some videos that would be free and would help people discover more of their own abilities to choose happiness in different areas of life. I’m just in the initial phase and trying out different ideas with the focus on how best to reach out to people that I haven’t yet connected with as well as people who are already on my email lists.

Here’s a link to my first test video called How to be Happy: Why is Making Money So Hard?

I’m really curious about what you think. I’m ready to hear it all. Is it awesome or does it suck? Is it clear or confusing? Is it too short or too long? Did you get something valuable from it or not? What ideas do you have that could make this video and one’s like it better?

If you are excited to watch this and let me know, I am totally grateful and will be implementing all the best improvement ideas in my next video and beyond.

Thanks so much for your feedback!

-Andy

Here’s the link:

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Why Do I Keep Choosing Toxic Relationships?

The reason is, your life, the universe, your higher self, God, (fill in your favorite source of power here) ___________, is trying to get you to notice one thing: that you ARE the source of all the love you want; that all the feelings of love that you want ARE you and you can experience them anytime you want no matter who else is in your life (or not) and what they might be doing.

But since you don’t believe that yet (at least not with your whole being, otherwise you wouldn’t be choosing toxic relationships), your life, the universe, your higher self, God, (fill in your favorite source of power here) ___________, knows that the best way to get your attention is for you to experience enough pain from what you currently do believe that maybe you’ll finally say

“Enough! I’ve had enough of this #&%@!”

and then you’ll be open to exploring and discovering the truth – that you ARE the source of all the love you want right now.

We really only get two choices when it comes to these types of things:

1) We can choose to explore and discover what is true now, or

2) We can choose to hold onto our limiting belief(s) and keep making choices that will cause us enough pain that we
will at some point be motivated enough to explore and discover what is true.

Here are four simple steps you can take right now to begin breaking the pattern of choosing toxic relationships. The next time you find yourself asking the question:

“Why do I keep choosing toxic relationships?”

Try out these four simple steps:

Step 1) Keep choosing toxic relationships until you are ready to take steps 2, 3
and 4 (skip this step if you’re ready now).

Step 2) Ask yourself:

“What must I be assuming is not possible in order for me to be feeling this way?”

Write down your answer

Step 3) Choose to let go of this assumption now (if you are ready to, If you are
not ready to, go back to step 1). Once you have let the assumption go,
allow yourself to feel what it would feel like to be absolutely certain that
this is possible now. If this feels a little challenging, ask yourself “How
would it feel to be absolutely certain this is possible now?” And then
allow yourself to feel it fully.

This is a crucial step because you are accessing the energy of this new possibility which carries with it all the new ideas and information that will tell you what to do next.

Step 4) Then, ask yourself:

“What’s the most exciting way to improve my ability to share love with the people who naturally love me being happier now?”

Carry this question with you over the next few days (or weeks if you want) and discover what amazing new insights and new ideas begin to effortlessly come to you as you begin to explore and discover the possibility that you ARE the source of all the love you want to feel right now.

-Andy

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Here’s 3 Free Songs from my New CD, a Special Thank You and How to Get the Rest Free if You Want To

Hi Everyone!

Over the last few weeks, we just finished my 13th CD! I almost can’t believe how long I’ve been doing this!

2014 was a really exciting year for growth and productivity; I did an experiment to find out if I could write, record and release a new CD every 3 months and then play some of the songs in four concert / CD release parties. The experiment worked better than planned and I ended up releasing 5 CDs as well as writing a book in 2014!

The latest of the CDs is the brand new CD “Permission to Be Awesome” which I feel is the best one yet.

Thank you to everyone who came out to the concerts, bought CDs and books, attended the seminar events and the Keynote Concerts! I am honored and grateful to have met and connected with so many amazing people!

As one way to say thank you, here is a link to three free downloads from the new CD:

      Andy Harrison - Keeps Getting Better
      Andy Harrison - Permission to Be Awesome
      Andy Harrison - Turn Up the Feel Good

This year I’m really excited to discover new ways to add more value to people’s lives through everything I’m doing. I’ve created a short survey so I can better understand how I might be able to do this.

I’m offering a copy of the entire new CD “Permission to Be Awesome” to anyone receiving this message who would like to help with this by completing the survey.

Just click the link below, take the survey and I will email you the CD for free. If you’ve already purchased “Permission to Be Awesome”, just let me know that in the additional notes section of the survey and I’ll send you any of the other 12 CDs instead – just tell me which one you’d like. The survey seams to be taking most people about 15 minutes to complete.

Here’s the link to the survey: http://www.proprofs.com/survey/t/?title=b1uzo

Thanks for sharing your time, attention, ideas and happiness with me and thank you for choosing to be you!

-Andy Harrison

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Thought for the Day: Two Ears, One Mouth

Here’s a short poem I wrote today about the power of taking the time to listen and understand others and yourself. Something I’m really working on getting better at. Let me know what you think!

-Andy

Two ears, one mouth

On every person that you meet

Two ears, one mouth

They’re on you and they’re on me

Two ears, one mouth

It’s a simple ratio

Two ears, one mouth

The best equipment for us to grow

Two ears, one mouth

Always more to learn than there is to teach

Two ears, one mouth

More ways to view the world than things we could preach

Two ears, one mouth

It’s a formula we can use

Two ears, one mouth

So much to gain, nothing to loose

Two ears, one mouth

It works in business and it works in love

Two ears, one mouth

You earn respect with no push or shove

Two ears, one mouth

It works for people as well as intuition

Two ears, one mouth

Get more perspective, more inspired vision

Two ears, one mouth

We find our purpose, we find ourselves

Two ears, one mouth

We find connection with everyone else

Two ears, one mouth

We gain the happiness we have been seeking

Two ears, one mouth

When we listen twice as much as we’re speaking

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Thought for the Day and Upcoming Event this Sunday in Tacoma WA

Anything we do or don’t do, and other people’s interpretations of that, has nothing to do with who we truly are and what we are capable of.

-Andy

Come join Andy Harrison and the Ambassadors of Possibility Duo at the Center for Spiritual Living in Tacoma WA. We will be performing music for the service and then offering the Concert Workshop “Grow Happy- The Five Transforming Steps of Lasting Happiness” from 1 – 2:30PM.

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Thought for the Day: Three Distinctions of Growth and Happiness

Have you been in a situation recently where there’s so much uncertainty that you can’t even see a point where it might get better? Maybe you have no idea how things could change so every time you think about it, it just ends up feeling overwhelming or even worse, doomed?

Welcome to life in 2014. With the rate things are changing these days, you can be certain that the majority of us, at some point, have been feeling similar feelings as circumstances in our lives and the world around us change more rapidly now than ever.

Our feelings might be due to the fact that we grew up in a much different world than we live in today. Many of the ways we were taught about how to live, survive and grow have no relevance to the way the world is now and simply don’t work anymore.

When all the ways we know of don’t work to make things better in our life, it can be easy to reach the conclusion that there is nothing we can do and to feel that things are only bound to get worse. When we are worried about how and if we will survive, how can we even think about being happy, right?

What if there was way we could change our experience to one where we not only feel empowered to make things better, but we also feel more and more happiness in the process? Understanding three key distinctions can go a long way towards allowing this to happen.

By using these three distinctions, many people, including myself, are using the uncertainly in our lives as a vehicle to improve both our circumstances and the amounts of happiness we experience simultaneously. The world is changing faster and faster, so why not ride the changes to a better destination?

The first distinction is that energy creates matter, not the other way around. We were taught that we must change things in the physical world before we can feel how we want to feel (we had to have a secure job, a place to live, friends, the list goes on, and then we can feel at peace and happy). The latest science has proven that it woks the other way around; the energy we choose to live in actually has more of an effect on the stuff that shows up in our life than anything else. So in other words, choosing to be happy now gives you the greatest leverage in changing the stuff in your life in the future. We can choose to be happy now no matter what stuff is in our life right now and by choosing to live in the energy of happiness, we are doing the very best thing we can do to make our circumstances better.

The second distinction is between goals and inspired ideas. We were taught growing up that the only way to be successful is to have very specific clear goals and to work hard towards them. You’ve probably had many experiences where this worked sometimes and then a lot of times not. I believe most people, if they looked back on it, would find that this strategy might work about 50% of the time or less. So it’s about as effective as not setting any goals in the first place.

It’s becoming clear to many that we don’t have to know ahead of time what stuff will be in our lives and how that stuff will be arranged in order for our lives to improve. In fact focusing on a specific preplanned idea can often times prevent the stuff we hadn’t thought of that is way better than we could have imagined, easily coming into our lives.

When we set a goal, we are creating a mental picture of an arrangement of circumstances we want to happen in the future that we believe, once it happens, will give us some feeling of happiness. The underling belief in using this strategy is that matter creates energy; that this particular set of circumstances will create the energy of happiness for us. Again, this is backwards. When we choose the energy of happiness first, we will notice that sometimes we get inspired ideas about a possible arrangement of circumstances in the future. Unlike a goal though, the inspired ideas have come from the energy of happiness and the understanding that energy creates matter, so that is what is happening here – the energy of happiness is creating the possibility of this arrangement of circumstances through you by giving you the inspired idea.

You’ve had this happen many times I’m sure, a really exciting idea just pops into your head. This is an inspired idea. Whether this idea works to make our lives better or not is determined by what we do with it next. If we treat it like a goal and stop choosing the energy of happiness and begin working towards this possible set of circumstances as a way to get happiness, then it is doomed to fail or to only bring us temporary happiness. If we continue to treat it like an inspired idea though, and work towards it while continuing to choose to be in the energy of happiness along the way, knowing that the picture could change completely at any point based on how it aligns with the happiness we are choosing, then the inspired idea can be one of many things that improves both our circumstances and our levels of ongoing happiness.

The third distinction is that our problems and challenges are gifts that help us grow in our ability to choose more happiness. Becoming happier comes down to developing only two skills: 1) Noticing the energy we are choosing to feel in each moment and 2) recognizing that that energy IS what we are. In other words, becoming happier is getting better at being more of our true selves and less of our fake selves (the thought patterns our brain has collected about who it thinks we are). We can use every problem or challenge to develop this skill by paying close attention to how we feel in those moments.

The next time you are faced with a problem or challenge, focus your attention only on how it feels to be in your body right in that moment. As you do this, notice what parts feel bad and what do not. The parts of your experience (the feelings in your body) that feel bad are “Not You” now. The parts that don’t feel bad are “You”. Once you feel this distinction, take your attention away from the “Not You” now part and put it on the “You” part. This is you growing in your ability to choose the energy of happiness in this situation and ones like it. This is you being more of yourself.

When we use these three distinctions, every event becomes a way for us to improve both our circumstances and our levels of happiness. We might soon realize that no matter what happens, we don’t have to stop working towards improving our lives or remain feeling anything less than happiness.

Many of us are finding that this way of navigating, while it can be way different than anything we’ve experienced, can be more exciting, effortless and productive than any other strategy we’ve used. I describe it as the feeling of effortless excitement.

If these distinctions feel exciting to you, try them out and discover how they might begin to shift your experience for the better.

When life is changing, we can either be drug along by the changes or we can ride the changes. Which seems most exciting to you now?

-Andy

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Thought for the Day: Is Happiness Really this Simple?

If you want to be happy, the only thing you need to do is not allow stuff to make you unhappy.

The only way stuff can make you unhappy is if you allow it to steal your attention from the present moment and you then choose to focus on thoughts about what might happen in the future instead.

Becoming happier is simply the process of becoming better at not allowing this to happen.

Here’s a link to the song “Explore”. This is the almost final version that will be on the upcoming CD “Permission to be Awesome” coming out December 6th. Come join us for the CD Release Concert / Party on Saturday December 6th at 7PM at Influence Music Hall, 135 SE 3rd Ave in Hillboro OR!

-Andy

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How We Create All Our Problems and 5 Simple Steps to Uncreate Them Now.

What if you suddenly discovered that you have been creating every problem that you experience in your life?

What if you found out that every problem, setback, upset, issue, speed bump, calamity, disaster (and the list goes on) that you have ever experienced was not caused by anyone or anything outside of yourself, but instead, was created by your own brain because it was trying to get something from it?

Well that just might be the case.

Breakthroughs in neuroscience have found that early in childhood, our brain separates into two main neural networks called the intrinsic and the extrinsic networks. This is caused in part by learning language, and the effects of this division cause more than just a little unhappiness in our experience of life – they actually create every problem that we ever experience.

The easiest way to understand these two networks is to see them as two big boxes in our brain: one where our brain files all the thoughts that our brain labels as being part of “me” and the other box is where your brain puts all the thoughts of everything that it labels as “not me”. In my book “Grow Happy” I call these two networks the “I Box” and the “Other Box” because it’s an easy way to understand these two networks.

When this separation happens in our brains during the time we start learning to talk, our concept of who we are (our I Box) gets cut off from the rest of our brain – literally. That part of our brain, the part we experience as “us”, no longer has complete access to the rest of our brain and the free flowing of energy through it that was there before this separation happened.

We then have the experience that suddenly something is missing. We can remember having access to our whole brain and the free flowing of energy through it, but we don’t have the ability to understand why we don’t feel that energy now; we just experience it as no longer being there.

The closest words that most of us have to describe this experience, is the feeling of lost love. We suddenly feel like we were feeling an abundance of never ending love before this separation happened and now we suddenly don’t feel it anymore.

Because our experience is now divided into the two categories of “I” and “Other” (me and everything else), and what we think of as “me” is not experiencing the feeling of love that we used to feel, our “I Box” assumes that the feeling of love must be out there somewhere in the “Other Box”. So our “I Box” sets out to get back that lost love from somewhere out there in the “Other Box” – from somewhere other than what we think of as “us”.

The “I Box” doesn’t realize that it’s very existence IS what has created the separation of our brain and thus the feeling of a lack of love.

As we attempt to get this lost love feeling back from our surrounding environment, from our parents, siblings, other people and things, we run into resistance. We find that it is less than easy to do, sometimes down right impossible!

As we get older, our “I Box” settles on about three main strategies that it uses to try to get this lost love feeling back from the other box. The three strategies our “I Box” settles on are based on the reactions of other people to our early attempts; we settle on the strategies that seamed to work the best. For example, if we had a parent that was distant, being entertaining might have worked to get their attention. If we had a parent that was overwhelmed a lot, then being helpful may have been a way that worked for us to get attention. I call these strategies our “I Box” strategies, and each person has their own combination of them.

Regardless of how successful our “I Box” is at getting attention or stuff from our immediate environment, all of us experience the underlying truth that none of this really works to get what we really want – that experience of unconditional, always available love that we once experienced before our brain was divided. As soon as we get what we think will allow us access to this feeling, the “I Box” begins to worry about loosing it.

Every “I Box” carries the underlying fear that maybe it (the “I Box”) is not worthy of the love that it seeks. The “I Box” assumes that if it can just use it’s I Box strategies enough, then this could prove that it (the “I Box”) is worthy of love. I call this the “I Box” Assumption. For example, if your I Box strategy is: “I help others”, then your I Box assumption for that strategy is: “If I help others enough, then that will prove I am worthy of love”.

As adults, the “normal” human spends most of their time pursuing situations, things, reactions from others, etc., all in an attempt to prove that their “I Box” is worthy of the love that it unconsciously remembers having access to before their brain was divided into the “I Box” and the “Other Box”.

Anytime that our I Box strategy doesn’t look like it is working, the “I Box” labels that situation as a “problem”. In fact, that’s really all a problem is: A problem is any circumstance where it appears to the “I Box” that it’s I Box strategy is not working.

What your “I Box” is really afraid of when you are experiencing a “problem” is that the circumstance might prove once and for all that what your brain has labeled as you (your “I Box”) is not worthy of the love that it has been seeking your whole life. That’s why problems can feel like such a desperate matter. For the “I Box” it truly is a matter of life or death.

The good news here is that once we understand that our “I Box” itself is the ONLY thing that is separating us from the feeling of unconditional, always available love that we have been seeking, then we automatically have available to us a new solution that can change our experience forever.

Instead of constantly trying to change situations, or continually trying to avoid the situations that might threaten our “I Box”, we can now use our “problems” as helpers in discovering and letting go of our brain’s limitations that have been creating the problems in the first place.

The following four steps can help us to move from a problem to the feeling of unconditional love in a matter of minutes. As we strengthen this new neural pathway (it is literally a new connection we make inside our brain that takes us from the experience of a problem to the solution) , we can more easily notice the problem itself changing because our brain no longer has a reason to keep creating it.

Step 1) Define the problem. Write down your answer the following question:

“What is the problem?”

Step 2) Discover your three I Box strategies: Write down your answers to the following question:

“As you think back over your entire life, what three ways have you most often chosen to interact with people and your surroundings?” Some examples are:

“I show others the right way”, “I help others”, “I attract positive attention from others”, “I am different from others”, “I understand others”, “I am loyal to others”, “I experience more and better other”, “I have power over others”, “I separate myself from others”.

Come up with the best words for you.

Step 3) Discover your I Box assumptions for each of your I Box strategies. Write down your answers to the following questions:

For each of your three I Box strategies, write them into the following sentence format by filling in the strategy:

“If (your I Box strategy)_____________________ enough, then that will prove that I am worthy of love.”

For example, if your I Box strategy is “I help others”, the sentence will read:

“If I help others enough, then that will prove that I am worthy of love.”

Step 4) Discover how your brain has created the problem.

Fill in the blanks to the following question:

“How is my “I Box” attempting to use (the problem) ______________________ to prove I am worthy of love by (the one I Box strategy being used here) ____________________?”

Look through each of your three I Box strategies to discover which one of them has created this particular problem.

For example, if it was “I help others”, then the above sentence will read:

““How is my “I Box” attempting to use (whatever your problem is) to prove I am worthy of love by helping others?”

Step 5) Let go of the assumption and let the opposite energy in.

Ask yourself: “What would it feel like to know I am worthy of all the love in the universe whether I (the one I Box strategy being used here) ______________ or not?”

For example, if your I Box strategy is “I help others”, then the sentence would read:

“What would it feel like to know I am worthy of all the love in the universe whether I help others or not?”

Allow yourself to feel all the feelings flood through your body.

In going through these 5 steps we are discovering the exact neural connection that has separated us from the experience of love in this situation, we are letting this connection go and we have begun to create a new neural pathway that allows us access to the feelings we want to have now. This can happen in a matter of minutes, and you might find that you will be able to feel differently now in other similar situations that come up. We have let go of the assumption (which is a physical connection in our brain) which was causing the problem to happen in the first place!

-Andy

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Thought for the Day: What is Happiness?

Deepak Chopra said that unhappiness is the result of not knowing who you really are.

Who you really are IS the energy you are choosing to experience right now.

So happiness is simply the act of noticing the energy you are choosing to experience right now and recognizing that that energy is you.

Becoming happier over time is nothing more than practicing this skill to the point where you can do this during an increasing variety of situations.

-Andy

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Andy Harrison and the Ambassador of Possibilities Free – Pre Concert Show

Andy Harrison and the Ambassadors of Possibility Free Pre-Concert Promotion Show this Coming Friday!

This 7th day of November 9:00 PM to 10:00 PM at Ballad Town Billiards, Pacific Avenue, Forest Grove, OR, United States

Come join us while we promote our upcoming CD Release Concert Party.

We’ll be performing some of the latest songs, dialing in the set and doing some free giveaways.

We will have concert tickets available for sale at this free event.

See you there!

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How to Make Your Problems Go Away Forever – and Grow Happy Concert / Workshop

Come join us for the Grow Happy Concert/Workshop

When? Sunday November 2nd 1 -2:30PM

Where? Influence Music Hall, 135 SE 3rd Ave Hillsboro OR 97123

All ages welcome

$5 suggested donation (only suggested, no one will be turned away)

Details: Discover the 5 Transforming Steps of Lasting Happiness from Andy’s new book “Grow Happy” and hear Andy Harrison and the Ambassadors of Possibility Duo perform some of the latest Transformational Rock songs. Learn what the latest scientific breakthroughs are telling us about our potential for happiness and some simple and powerful strategies for implementing these new understandings into your daily life.

Here’s what people are saying:

Andy has been called a “stellar performer” and a “superior entertainer” by event organizers and reviewers.

“Get ready for the most amazing change of your life!”
-Diane U. / Trauma Therapist and Success Coach for Olympic Gold Medalists

“The change happened instantly!”
-Judy S./ Hair Stylist

“I have had an amazing, life-changing experience… it has opened up a whole new world of possibilities for me!”
-Bede M. / Financial Analyst

“Jaw droppingly amazing!”
-Richard W. PHD / Neuroscientist

$5 suggested (but not necessary) donation

How to Make Your Problems Go Away Forever

Let me ask you a question:

When you have a problem, how do you know you have a problem?

You know you have a problem because you feel it, right? It feels like a problem. It fees bad, right? If you were experiencing the same events but didn’t feel bad, would it be a problem?

You might say, well yeah if I’m falling off a ledge but I don’t feel bad, I still have a problem!

Studies have proven that when you are in real physical danger, your body reacts with it’s fight or flight response and you don’t feel bad, you just do what you need to do to be safe in that moment.

So a problem is a set of circumstances (where you aren’t in immediate danger) that you feel bad about.

When most of us feel a problem, our first reaction is usually to try to get away from the problem or try to make the problem go away so we don’t feel bad anymore.

Have you noticed that this doesn’t seam to work very well a lot of the time? I mean honestly, what is your success rate with this strategy?

Maybe we’re just not seeing the whole picture of what’s going on.

What if there is a way that you can actually make your problems go away when they happen? What if the very reason that you experience problems in the first place is so that you can grow in your ability to never have to experience a similar situation as a problem ever again? Would you be curious about how to do it?

Let’s look at what a problem really is.

As an example, let’s say that I come home to find that my electricity has been turned off because I forgot to pay the overdue bill by the cut off date.

Is this a problem? Well that depends on me, right? It depends on how I feel about it.

So for our example, let’s say that I feel bad about this and so I am experiencing this as a problem.

Let’s look at all the stuff that would go into making this a problem for me.

First we have the situation of my house not having electricity for the moment. This by itself is just a situation and is not, on it’s own, capable of feeling like a problem for me. I have to actively participate in making the situation into a problem. So how would I do that?

I might think about how much it will cost to get the electricity turned back on. I might think about whether I have enough money to do that right now or not. I might also think about all the things I was planning to do within the next few hours that require electricity.

Then beyond that, I could think about how this might effect other people and how other people might view me as a result of this situation happening. I might beat myself up with internal dialogue about forgetting to make the payment.

These are just some examples of how I could make the situation into a problem.

So looking at all the stuff going on here, what stuff made the situation into a problem?

It wasn’t the situation stuff – the fact that my electricity was turned off, because that by itself couldn’t make it feel like a problem to me. It was all the thought stuff that happened inside my head after I found out about my electricity being turned off that actually made it into a problem.

So if it’s the thought stuff that made the situation into a problem, how would I make the problem go away?

My first inclination might be to get my damn electricity turned back on ASAP. But would this really make the problem go away?

You might say, well yeah, because I won’t have a reason to have all those thoughts, so I won’t feel bad, and so I won’t have a problem anymore.

While getting my electricity turned back on would probably be a good thing to do, this only makes the immediate situation change, not the problem itself go away.

The problem itself was all the thought patterns that my brain ran through as a reaction to this one situation. While changing the situation might, for the moment, stop my brain from running through those thought patterns thus allowing me to fell better for now, what will my experience be when another similar situation happens? What will my experience be when something even more dramatic happens?

Of course it’s obvious – my brain will be running through the same patterns or worse all over again and I’ll feel just as bad or worse all over again.

So if I only get my electricity turned back on and do nothing else, I have only bought myself a little time before I have to feel bad all over again when something else happens that is somewhat similar. I really haven’t made the problem go away at all. I have only delayed the problem until later.

So how would I make the actual problem go away forever?

I could simply stop holding onto those thought patterns when they come up.

Our brains make neural connections that become habits the more we use them. Whenever we experience similar situations over and over in our lives, or a habitual problem, it is because our brains have developed a particular set of connections to the point that they have become a habit. We just get really good at thinking these thoughts.

Thoughts are carried through energy. When you experience similar problems over and over in your life, it is because your brain has developed a closed circuit -the same energy carrying the same thoughts over and over with no new energy coming in.

The only way to make the problem go away, is to open the circuit and allow different energy into those connections and this will naturally allow different thoughts to come in as well.

You’ve had the experience before of thinking long and hard to try to solve a problem only to get nowhere, but then you took a break and the right idea popped right in your head, right? That’s because you opened up the circuit and allowed different energy in and along with the energy came the new thought – the new idea.

Let’s jump back to the beginning of our example and see what it might look like if we made the actual problem go away forever.

So I come home and discover my electricity is turned off.

My brain runs through all the thought patterns already mentioned and I feel the situation as a problem.

Regardless of what I do about the situation, let’s say that I understand where the real problem is – the thought patterns in my head.

I ask myself, “what is it that I really want more than any-thing?”

I answer myself: “I want to not feel bad like this ever again, no matter whether my electricity is on or off”

I ask myself: “How am I not loving this right now? What am I focusing on instead?”

I answer myself: “I am focusing on my electricity being turned off, how much it will cost, do I have enough money, all the stuff I was planning to do with electricity this hour, how this will effect other people, how they might view me, how bad I feel about myself for letting this happen etc…”

I ask myself: ‘What must I be assuming this could prove about me in order to feel this way?”

I stay with the question and I answer myself: “That maybe I’m not competent, smart or successful, that people won’t like me, or that I’m a looser etc…”

Then I let go of that assumption and allow the opposite energy in. I let those thought patterns go and allow myself to feel the opposite feeling.

If I have trouble doing this, I ask myself: “Do I want to keep holding onto this assumption, or do I want to feel better?”

I ask myself: “What would it feel like to know I am competent, smart successful, that people will like me, or that I could never be a looser, etc no matter what happens ever?”

Then I allow myself to feel that energy. I take the time to really feel what it feels like.

Anytime you feel something as a problem you can begin to recognize that every problem is a gift from your life giving you the opportunity to never have to feel that way again.

If you continue to experience the same or similar situations as problems in your life, it is simply because you have been overlooking the more valuable opportunity that they are offering you; more valuable then just changing the current situation.

So how you can make all your problems go away is to embrace them fully and notice them for the incredible gift that they are; they are showing you the exact thought patterns that you can let go of now so that you will experience ALL stuff including the stuff happening right now with more love, peace and happiness forever.

This can turn every problem into the greatest opportunity to grow happier right now.

-Andy

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Andy Harrison Solo Show at artist Catherine Bede’s studio This Saturday and Sunday

I’ll be playing music at artist Catherine Bede’s studio for the Washington County Open Studio Tour. Come check out Catherine’s amazing artwork, get some great food from King Cuisine, get a chair message from message artist Polly Shaw and hear some of my latest songs! This will be a very fun event!

For more info visit: htpp://washcoart.org/directions

-Andy

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Scientific (Proof ?): Fun is the Only Reason to Do Anything

Science has been steadily proving that all matter is made of energy.

You can learn from your experience that the best predictions, the best ideas, the best actions and the best results all come from you being in the best energy possible.

If you think back over your life, you can notice, the better energy you are experiencing in any moment, the better all of the above things will be.

The best energy possible feels like effortless excitement, or in other words, feels like FUN!

The biggest hindrance to experiencing the energy of effortless excitement is holding expectations. Holding expectations in your mind while you are doing any activity blocks the natural flowing of the energy of excitement by pulling your attention away from the energy happening in the moment and focusing it on thoughts about what could happen sometime in the future.

No matter how great the thoughts about what could happen might be, the experience of them can never compare with the feeling of effortless excitement that is always happening right now.

Experts in every field know that to get truly great results, there is a time when you have to let go of focusing on expectations so that your attention is available to focus on the energy of effortless excitement, or FUN, happening in the moment.

If you are doing something for any reason other than to experience effortless excitement right now, you are holding onto an expectation of some kind.

So the thought for the day is:

If you do anything for any reason other than to have fun right now, you are having an experience that is less than it could be.

How would your experience be different if you decided to do exactly the same activities that you normally do, minus any expectations about what those activities might bring you in the future?

In other words, what would it feel like if you decide to do everything you do today for no other reason than to experience as much FUN as possible through doing it?

-Andy

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Thought for the Day: The Math of Lasting Happiness

We are brought up to separate our experience into these 3 main categories:

“Me”, “Other Stuff” and “My Happiness”.

“Other Stuff” is also divided into two categories “Good Other” and “Bad Other”.

“Good Other”, we are taught, is any stuff that will help you get “My happiness” and “Bad Stuff” is anything that keeps you from getting “My Happiness”.

We are taught that we will get “My happiness” by solving this simple equation:

“Me” + “Good Other” = “My Happiness”.

Also “Me” – “Bad Other” can help to = “My Happiness”.

But what if this equation can’t work? What if the very assumptions that make up this equation are not accurate?

Science has been steadily proving that we are the energy that creates all matter. So in reality, that would mean there is really no separate “Me” or “Other Stuff” and that the feeling of happiness, however we define it, must not be separate from us in any way.

So if we discover our ability to choose to experience “My Happiness” regardless of what “Other Stuff” we might be experiencing , Then the equation would look more like:

“Me” + “My Happiness” = “My Happiness” (whatever “Other Stuff” is here)

As we get better at doing this, we might find that the equation can feel like:

“Me” + Any “Other Stuff” = “My Happiness”, because we are able to choose the experience of happiness no matter what, and we can begin to notice the added joy that every experience can bring if we are not busy trying to push it away or make it happen quicker.

-Andy

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Thought for the Day: We Are Not Afraid of Stuff

We are not afraid of stuff.

We are afraid of the meaning we have given to certain stuff.

Stuff has no meaning apart from the meaning we choose to give it.

We have 100% choice over what meaning we give to all stuff.

Change the meaning you give to anything and you immediately and forever change your experience of it.

Be aware of the systems in place that have been designed to supply the meaning of stuff for you.

You are more than capable of always choosing a meaning for stuff that empowers you to grow and be happy.

-Andy