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Thought for the Day: Your Problems ARE Your Power

Your Problems ARE Your Power

We tend to normally think of problems and the feelings associated with them as something to move away from – something to experience less of.

What if the exact opposite were true?

What if to fully experience our complete range of possibilities – to fully be alive, all we needed to do was plug directly into our problems?

Problems are just mislabeled possibilities – misinterpreted energy.

The most direct route away from a problem is directly into it and through it.

The energy and the possibilities that ARE your problem contain everything you are trying to get by avoiding it and more.

The more problems you have the more power you have. It’s simply now a question of which direction you are choosing to move in relation to your power. Are you unplugging from it or are you plugging in?

How powerful would you feel knowing that every new problem that comes up for the rest of your life will be recharging you and transforming your possibilities?

Your problems ARE your power. Plug in NOW.

-Andy

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How to Take Over the Planet in 7 Easy Steps

How to Take Over the Planet in 7 Easy Steps

By Andy Harrison

Imagine you were 7 years old and your mom told you that you couldn’t have any of the cookies that were in the jar on top of the fridge. You really wanted the cookies so you decided you would create a plan to get the cookies anyway.

The What

You first step was to get your mom to focus on something else while you were stealing the cookies so you had one of your friends call on the phone and keep her busy with a prank call while you snuck into the kitchen.

The Why

The next step was to come up with a cover story to explain what you were doing in the event you got caught during any step of the process (going into the kitchen, climbing up to on top of the fridge, carrying the cookies away etc). You decided you would tell your mom that you were creating a care package to give to a homeless family that you heard about on the news (she’d have to go for that- who would get in trouble for being so altruistic?).

The Who

You also decided to invent a scapegoat to explain who took the cookies in the event that you didn’t get caught in the act. You decided you would blame your younger brother and you made a plan to take one of the cookies and crumble it up in his room to leave damaging evidence.

The When

You would also needed to make sure that your scapegoat story was plausible by making sure your younger brother had plenty of opportunities to steal the cookies so you made sure to call your mom out of the kitchen several times the day before, leaving your brother alone near the cookies.

 

 

 

The How

You also needed to make sure it was plausible that your younger brother could actually steal the cookies. Knowing that he wasn’t tall enough to climb up on the counter to get to the top of the fridge, you made sure you left the step stool out near by.

Where

Also in the event that you didn’t get caught in the act, you would need an alibi for where you were during your younger brother’s supposed theft of the cookies. You already had this covered from the many times you had called your mom away from the kitchen the day before.

Backup

Just to ensure that your cover stories worked, you convinced your older sister to go along with your plan by offering to give her some of the cookies. You got her to back up your stories by saying that she saw your younger brother with what looked like chocolate on his face the day of the supposed robbery.

So now you work your plan and you get the cookies.

So how did this work? It worked because you made sure to cover all the questions that would come up – the what, the why, the who, the when, the how and the where. You had a plausible fake answer for each of these questions. Then you had someone else back up your fake story.

As long as humans have plausible answers to these questions (or sometimes just a few of them) about an event, they can believe a given story.

You’ll notice that even though you had planned out answers for all the questions, in reality you probably would only need to use a few of them to get away with stealing the cookies.

Now imagine you are all grown up and part of a small group of people who wish to steal control of the planet. Using the same 7 point plan you used when you were 7 years old, what would you do?

To learn more see go to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HNdRWuEOGn0

The What

You would get the people who would be apposed to your plan to focus on something else while you were in the process of stealing control of the planet. (News and entertainment from the main stream media which you control)

To learn more go to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Tn5-uKgkWw

The Why

You would create a cover story for why you were doing what you are doing in case you get caught in the act. You would spin this story to make you out to look altruistic. (United Nations Agenda 21)

To learn more go to; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TzEEgtOFFlM

The Who

You would invent scapegoats to take the blame for the events. (Terrorism, global warming, over population)

To learn more go to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VswdzWA6T-s

And: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kHCJ-UhZFT4

And: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HsAracLBCxI

The When

You would make sure your scapegoats had ample opportunity to be the cause of the events. By choosing mostly concepts (i.e. terrorism, global warming, over population) instead of specific people, the scapegoats themselves can’t be questioned. You simply get people to buy into the concept and that’s it.

To learn more go to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NvLe-K53O1I

 

The How

You would make sure it seamed plausible for your scapegoats to actually be able to create the reason for the planet being stolen. (False flag terror attacks, fake statistics from “experts”)

To learn more go to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3HXtE87R04w

The Where

Also in the event that you didn’t get caught in the act, you would need an alibi for where you were during the time when the planet was stolen. You would need to keep yourself out of the public eye by focusing people’s attention on someone else. (presidents, congress, world “leaders”)

To learn more go to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QtB78Oy3vn4

Back Up

Just to ensure that your cover stories worked, you would need to have others back up your story. (paid “experts”)

To learn more go to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3HXtE87R04w

You would need to control as much of what people heard and saw as possible. (control of the main stream media  and S.O.P.A. and now C.I.S.P.A. to take control of the internet)

To learn more go to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Tn5-uKgkWw

And: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WJIuYgIvKsc

And: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ya2TmSmbUQI

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Thought for the Day “Tempo”

Tempo

By Andy Harrison

 

When I first started playing guitar back when I was 11, I started out mostly playing by myself, learning chords etc. After awhile I learned a few songs and I felt like I was getting better.

A friend of mine from school who was learning to play the drums heard that I was learning the guitar and he invited me over to “jam” (If you don’t know, “jam” is the official term for musicians playing together, often times without a formal plan-just for fun).

So I took my borrowed cheep electric guitar and starter amp over to my friend’s house anticipating how great we were going to sound.

About 2 songs into our jam session, I realized something wasn’t working. For some reason the songs that sounded pretty good to me when I played them at home sounded horrendous when playing them with my friend. We weren’t syncing up. He was playing a different tempo than I was playing and I wasn’t following him (“Tempo” is another word for the speed at which you play a piece of music). We tried a different song that my friend knew really well. Same thing. It sounded horrible. It felt horrible.

It wasn’t long before I realized that there was another skill I needed to develop before I could easily play with other musicians – the skill of paying attention to what the other instruments were playing while I was playing my instrument.

 

By being able to have some of my attention on what the other instruments were doing, I could adjust and sync up so we could all be playing at the same tempo. As I worked at it, I became better at putting some of my attention on what the other instruments were playing and speeding up or slowing down as needed to stay at the same tempo as the other instruments I was playing with.

After playing with several bands with musicians who all had developed the skill of paying attention to the other instruments, making music with other musicians became much more enjoyable, fun and easy. When we were all playing in the same tempo, the life inside the music would just jump out and magical unexpected moments would occur that surprised everyone. It was effortless and full of wonder. Whenever one person got out of tempo, we could feel it immediately.

Now this is probably going to sound really cheesy but hang with me on this. Isn’t this exactly how life works too? I mean the way events unfold in your life each day – from when the telephone rings to what you decide to do next to what you say when you’re talking to someone. All of the little events and tiny decisions you make throughout each day have a flow to them – a tempo.

Each little thing has an effect on all the other things don’t they? Like whether or not you decide to hit the snooze button one more time has an effect on whether or not you are rushing to get to your first appointment which has an effect on the state you will be in when you get there which will have an effect on what you decide to say and do during your appointment which has an effect on the outcome of the appointment and so on and so on.

Every tiny detail is woven together in a tempo. You are either “playing” at the same tempo as your life or you are rushing ahead of it or lagging behind it.

Sometimes you have some influence over the speed for a moment. Sometimes it is someone or something else. To stay in tempo with your life you need the skill of paying attention to what the other “instruments” are playing and to make small adjustments by speeding up or slowing down as needed to stay at the same tempo. You need the skill of putting part of your attention on what else is happening while you are doing your part. You have your part to play that naturally fits with all the other parts. It can feel enjoyable, fun and easy as long as it’s in the same tempo as the other parts.

We all know the feeling of what being out of tempo with our life feels like. In fact I feel that most of my life between the ages of 7 and 40 was spent almost entirely out of tempo with my life. It feels hard. It feels heavy. It feels like a struggle. It feels like things don’t work.

On the other hand we’ve all had at least glimpses or periods of time when things all clicked. When life felt easy, like we were flowing with everything else that was happening and synchronistic events just happened magically. I think this is what being in tempo with you life feels like. I think we all are already playing in a band everyday and if it’s not feeling enjoyable, we are simply not paying attention to the other instruments and playing at the right tempo. J

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Thought for the Day “The Positive Gift of the New World Order?”

 

Regardless of how you feel about the people behind the current financial, governmental, corporate and social systems that have been in place for the past 100 years, you have to marvel at these people’s ability to design incredibly effective systems.

If you understand how all the above mentioned systems work together and were designed to produce specific results, the designs, in my opinion, are nothing short of miraculous. These systems have been producing very effective consistent results for the people that designed them for over 100 years.

Of course now we can see these systems potentially starting to break down and the designers taking bold actions to try to preserve them.

I’d like to suggest that the reason these systems are potentially starting to fail is not due to their design; it is in fact due to the intentions of the people who designed them.

The systems themselves have worked tremendously to produce results. The results they were designed to produce however seam to be the reason for the break down.

Can you imagine a world where we make use of this knowledge to design incredibly effective systems but the intended result of the new systems are to help all of humanity and the planet?

Perhaps the positive contribution that the people that designed our current systems will ultimately make to the world is their contribution in showing us how to build incredibly effective systems.

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The 3 Underlying Forces of Nature

The 3 underlying forces in nature:

1)    The force of destruction

2)    The force of maintenance

3)    The force of creation

For more on this visit: http://www.yogabasics.com/learn/the-3-gunas-of-nature.html

All 3 forces are present in every thing in nature including humans. Humans have a unique ability to alter the amounts of each of these within ourselves and our environments simply by what we put our attention on.

The force of destruction takes over as a default whenever we don’t put enough of our attention on something or when we put too much attention on something. For more on this visit: http://www.andyharrisonmusic.com/understanding-balance-in-7-bullet-points-2/

For example if I don’t clean my kitchen counter for 2 weeks the force of destruction will become obvious with all the dishes and grime that would pile up. Likewise if I become compulsive about cleaning my counter and scrub it everyday for 4 hours, the Formica (or whatever it’s made of) will start to wear off and the force of destruction will again be apparent (not to mention the neglect to other areas of my life because of my compulsive cleaning).

The world is fucked up because a small group of people have found ways to benefit from the force of destruction. They have set up intricate systems that provide them material benefits from humanity putting not enough attention or too much attention on things. These systems encourage people to shift their attention in ways that bring out the force of destruction on our planet and in the process provide the people who set up the systems a constant flow of material benefits and further control (simply the ability to continue to do this more easily and to a greater extent in the future).

For example (I’ll use the cleaning metaphor again). So if I continue to neglect my kitchen counter let’s say for months, the grime and dirt might become so great that I can’t get it clean on my own and have to hire a cleaning company. Let’s say I don’t have the extra money but because I want to move to another apartment without loosing my security deposit, I put it on a credit card. Now every month that I keep that balance I pay interest which requires more of my energy and focus each month to attempt to earn the money to pay not only the original amount but now the interest on top. If I don’t put a significant amount of focus on paying that bill, the interest keeps adding up and I get further behind.

Same thing might happen if I were a compulsive cleaner and put too much attention on cleaning and wore a whole in my kitchen counter. I might have to have the Formica replaced and put that on a credit card.

This is an example of a system set up to benefit from the force of destruction operating in my life. I triggered the system because I didn’t put enough attention on cleaning my counter or I put too much attention on cleaning my counter.

These systems are everywhere and are designed to take advantage of this natural law. We ultimately have a tremendous amount of power over our own lives and the future of the planet because most of the time we can decide where we put our attention. Simply being aware that the systems are there and are not put in place for our benefit is a good starting point-don’t you think?

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Your Brian: Your Most Powerful Ally and Your Most Destructive Enemy

 The brain is just an organ in your body. Just like your liver, your heart, or your stomach it has a specific job to do.

The brain’s job is to put edges on things. Period. (Yeah O.K. there are different parts of the brain and some of them do all sorts of other stuff like regulate your heart rate and hormones etc. but for practical purposes it might be useful just to think about your brain’s job as simply to define things- or put edges on things.)

This is your greatest tool and your most destructive parasite depending on when you choose to use it.

Have you ever finally made a decision that you feel 100% great about after a period of uncertainty? Didn’t that feel wonderful to finally have resolution and be able to move forward? Didn’t it feel like you suddenly had much more energy and things started to flow again?

This is an example of you using your brain as a tool. You put edges around reality so that you could focus your energy for a specific purpose.

Haven’t you also had the experience of feeling frustrated by things not working; like everything you were doing just made things worse but you felt a compulsion to keep going because it was the only thing you knew how to do at that moment? Didn’t that feel terrible? Like you were trapped in a tunnel of frustration and anxiety and nothing you did seemed to bring you closer to getting out?

This is an example of your brain using you. You kept acting on the edges that your brain had already put around reality even when those edges no longer brought you the result you wanted.

So what to do? The quality of your life is mostly determined by how well you develop these 2 skills:

1)     The skill of putting useful edges around reality

2)     The skill of taking away all edges around reality

The faster that you can switch between the two, the more flexibility in living you have and the more accurate the edges you create will be. This is resistance training and acceptance training simultaneously. Learning how to quickly assess a situation, know what you want and start taking action when that is appropriate, and also learning to quickly let go of all previous edges when what you are doing stops working and you need updated information about a situation (ie. a reality check).

How do you know when to do which? Whenever you feel less than great might be a good starting point (ie whenever you feel like shit). Your emotions can act as a warning to either put some edges on things and start moving or to take all the edges away so you can hit the reset button on your mental map before you redefine things.

These are skills you can practice everyday. Life will bring you continual opportunities to practice these 2 skills whether you want them or not.

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New Card Game: Praze Craze

Here’s a card game I made up for my kids last year after a week of hearing them fight. I’ve played this with my kids, with my band and with people I just met and I’ve found that most of the time it works great to bring people together and focus on the positive. Try it out and let me know what you think.

Here’s how it works:

You’ll need 1 or 2 decks of cards (2 decks if you have 4 or more people), and a timer. You can play this with 2 or more people.

Each person takes turns being the Praisee. Going one at a time, all the other players have 1 minute each to give as many compliments to the Praisee as they can. Each time they give a compliment to the Priasee, they hand the Praisee a card from the deck.

The Praisiee decides whether to accept the compliment or reject it based on how that compliment makes them feel. The Praisie has the choice to reject any compliment that he or she feels is not genuine, heart felt or for any other reason.

As the cards are handed to the Priasee, the Praisee takes each card and puts it into one of two piles: one pile for the compliments he or she accepts and one pile for the compliments he or she rejects. At the end of each 1 minute round the Priasee hands all the cards in the accepted pile back to the Priaser and the Praiser keeps them to add up at the end of the game.

The game continues with each of the other players having a 1 minute turn as the Priaser. You keep playing until each player has had a turn being both the Praisee and the Praiser for each of the other players.

At the end of the game each player adds up all their accepted praise cards and the one with the most cards wins the game. So the person who gave the most accepted compliments wins.

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Success is Something You Do Every Day

“Success is Something You do Every Day”

Andy Harrison

Picture yourself as a toddler standing on the platform of your life. It’s like you are just learning to stand and keep your balance on this huge board that stretches out to either side of you and out into the future before you.

Underneath the platform directly under your feet is a thin pole that runs the entire length of your life holding up the platform from below. As you put more weight on either side of this pole, the platform shifts to whichever side more of your weight is on. It’s like you are standing on a huge see-saw and learning how to keep from falling off.

On one side of the platform is the law of atrophy. If you lean too heavily on that side, your life begins to deteriorate from lack of attention. On the other side of the platform is the law of diminishing returns. If you lean too heavily on that side, your life begins to deteriorate from over work. You discover the only way to stay standing and moving forward in your life is by staying directly above the pole, putting an equal amount of weight on either side – but it’s still wobbly.

As a toddler you had older people there to help you as best they could to stand up and walk into your future. As you grew up you saw many examples of how well other people were balancing on their life platforms and you copied and learned and experimented for yourself.

Depending on what these examples were and how your experiments turned out, you developed patterns of putting your weight more to one side than the other in different areas of your life. This shifting of your weight more to one side than the other at certain points as you walked through your life created some consistency to the results you got in each area. Even if you didn’t like the results you kept getting, you could at least count on them being pretty consistent and that was probably a relief knowing how wobbly the whole platform was anyway.

As an adult you had many experiences of putting too much of your weight on both sides of your life’s platform at various times. In fact there were at least a couple of times where you walked completely to one side and nearly fell off one side, having to run back to other side quickly just to stay alive.

These “near death” experiences caused you to wake up and ask “why did that happen and how do I keep that from happening again?”

Finally after enough of these experiences you discover that in order to move forward on the platform of your life you need to keep your balance everyday. You also discovered that there were certain things that you can do to help you keep your balance each day. You learned that what you do every day consistently counts, not just for today but for the rest of your life.

You learned hat once you do something consistently (for 21 days) it becomes a habit and you no longer have to think about it, it just continues to deliver the same results day after day.

You also discovered that certain positive habits in each area of your life acted as stabilizers for your entire life’s platform as long as you did them consistently. It was as if these habits widened the pole under your platform.

The pole was now more like a solid block growing wider with each new habit. You could then walk easily into your future and your life stayed consistently balanced under the widening structure of what you did every day.

One of the best habits you learned to develop was the habit of paying attention to what is new and different every day and feeling how that affects your balance. This habit helped you to notice when and how much to shift in each moment.

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Song of the Day “Home”

Home

© 2012 Andy Harrison

I woke up this morning

To another day brand new

My mind already racing

With all I had to do

 

I felt a sense of overwhelm

Felt a sense of dread

I looked into the mirror

Heard a voice inside my head

 

Chorus:

 

All your attention

Bring it back here

Away from the distraction

The chaos and fear

All your attention

Bring it back home

Your thoughts might keep on calling

You can leave ‘em all alone

 

Immediately I felt it

I felt peace and relief

My mind would spin – I watched it

Try to steal me like a thief

 

A few times my thoughts took me

But I stepped back and observed

I could just be present

Not chase the twists and curves

 

Chorus:

 

All your attention

Bring it back here

Away from the distraction

The chaos and fear

All your attention

Bring it back home

Your thoughts might keep on calling

You can leave ‘em all alone

 

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How to See God?

How to See God?

You’ve GOD to be kidding me!

What if God is simply the process of paying attention?

Pay attention to your left hand- there is God.

Pay attention to your right hand –there is God.

Pay attention to yourself – there is God.

Pay attention to other people -there is God.

Pay attention to the world -there is God.

Pay attention to one religious text – there you find God.

Pay attention to a completely different religious text- Wow there you find God too.

Pay attention to your thoughts and reactions to what you pay attention to – there is God also.

Every where you look – there is God if God is the process of paying attention.

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Beginners Luck is not Luck it is Unfiltered Intention

Have you ever experienced what some people call beginner’s luck? If you’re like most people this has probably happened many times throughout your life;You do something (that involves some level of skill) you’ve never done before and get great results the first time and then for some reason after that you can’t seam to do it as well.

 What I think is happening is that during your first attempt at this new thing, you are operating outside of your self concept. You simply have not formulated any ideas about how this new action relates to who you are and thus you are not putting any limitations on the quality of the energy behind your actions. In other words, your intentions are pure and the results naturally follow.

 Then on the second third and fourth tries, you have had time to involve your self concept in the doing. Your ideas of who you are now come into the process of taking the action and these ideas alter the quality of the energy behind your intentions and actions. Because of this you get different results.

 Intentions are the energetic schematic for results.

 Your true intention behind an action sets up the energetic field in which all results from that action happen. No matter how much you attempt to change a certain result you are getting without changing the intention behind your actions you will always create the same result over time. You may get a different result momentarily, but over time your intentions will guarantee that your results stay the same.

 Your self concept (your idea of who “me” is) is the main filter that processes intentions. Your self concept also creates many built in intentions (that wouldn’t be there without your self concept) that guarantee you will get certain results. Simply by viewing yourself in a certain way, your self concept acts as an energy filter/processor and infuses your ideas and actions with the qualities that will create the results that you get.

 You have three basic options if you want to change the results you are getting:

1)     Involve other people who will add the energetic qualities necessary to create the result (because they have a different self concept and thus different intentions which will lead to different results)

2)     Change your self concept to one that supports the results you want to create

3)     Operate outside of your self concept all together. In other words, be who you are beyond any idea of who you are.

To find out how your self concept might be affecting your results, ask yourself: are you doing as a means to being or are you doing as a result of being?

Are you exercising to be healthy or are you exercising because that’s what healthy people do?

Are you working to be wealthy or are you working because that’s what wealthy people do?

Are you learning things to become smarter or are you learning things because that’s what smart people do?

Do you care for others so you can experience love or do you care for others because that’s what loving people do?

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Your True Power

Your True Power

 Here are some random insights today inspired by Eckhart Tolle

Your true power as a human = the power of your attention

There are 2 main things you can focus your attention on in life:

1)    Your story and/or

2)    The process of living

Your story = A) Your life situation

                     B) Your history

                     C) Your imagined future

  D) The character that you imagine yourself to be in your

       Story

The process if living = Only what is happening right now in this

                                    Moment

In my experience, the quality of your life experience is determined by what percentage of your attention you put on each category in any given moment.

Simply by shifting your attention more to one or the other will have drastic effects in your experience of life.

In my experience, happiness and peace are the results of making the process of living the primary focus in any given moment.

If you’re stressing out, maybe you’re taking your story a little too seriously. Simply by putting more attention on the process of living (only on what’s happening right now) you can immediately change your experience and you might end up laughing at yourself!

If you try this and find out that it works for you, a next step might be to begin developing a habit of making the process of living your primary focus.

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Happiness and Success

Happiness and Success

When you ask people what they want in life, two very common answers are happiness and success. Our brains being the busy little file clerks that they are, seem to want to break apart our experience of living and put it in nice little categories. Our brains then seem to love to attach some sort of meaning, a hierarchy of importance and then the fun part – a collection of emotions (chemical releases) to go with each category.

So in this spirit of creating meaning, importance levels and feelings, consider these definitions for happiness and success.

You’ve heard these definitions of happiness and success before:

 Happiness = Knowing yourself (you know- know thy self and all that)

 Success = Continual improvement (you know the upward spiral and all that)

 But what do those definitions really mean, and how can you get them closer to being actionable? Consider these additions as possible hyperlinks to these two definitions:

 Happiness = Experiencing yourself as the process of living itself and not as a static, separated collection of thoughts.

 For more on this go to my post: http://www.andyharrisonmusic.com/how-your-problems-are-your-greatest-opportunities/

 Success = Living between the law of atrophy and the law of diminishing returns in every area of your life.

 For more on this go to my post: http://www.andyharrisonmusic.com/understanding-balance-in-7-bullet-points-2/

-Andy

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Understanding Balance in 7 Bullet Points

So I’ve been struck with the tremendous gifts of learning through making mistakes recently. Here are a few things that have hit me today 

1) All life is governed by natural laws

 2) Balance in life is achieved by living between the law of atrophy and the law of diminishing returns.

          A)  The law of atrophy means that things are either growing  or   deteriorating ; they are never static. That means that if you are not putting resources towards growing in an area of your life, that area  is deteriorating.

           B) The law of diminishing returns means that if you put too much of your resources into one area of your life, that area will also stop growing.

           C) So balance in living comes from putting  just the right amount of your  resources towards growing in each area of your life.

 3)  The natural resources everyone is born with to use in achieving balance in living are:

           A)  Time

           B)  Energy

           C)  Focus of attention

           D)  The ability to learn

 4)  Achieving balance in living is allocating the minimum amount of these resources needed, to live between the law of atrophy and the law of diminishing returns in every area of life.

 5)  The 3 main areas of life to allocate resources to are:

            A) Health

                a) Physical

                b) Mental

                c) Emotional

                 d) Spiritual

           B) Abundance

                 a) Work

                 b) Investment

                 c) Anything you create

           C) Relationships

                  a) Family

                  b) Friends

                  c) Community

                  d)  World

          D)  If you feel that any area of your life is out of balance, it may be that you are either putting not enough of your resources to it or you  are putting too much. Also if one area is not getting enough of your resources, chances are you are giving too much to another. Simply by retweaking the amounts, you can get to balance.

 6) Man made systems and laws do not always follow the laws of nature and may pull us out of balance. Consistent focus on aligning all areas of life between the law of atrophy and the law of diminishing returns will bring us back to balance regardless of the changing of man made systems and laws.

           A) Take a look at how our current world systems might effect balance in the 3 main areas of living, by making it easy to put either not enough or too much of our resources in these areas:

                    a) Health

                    b) Abundance

                    c) Relationships

 7)  Balance is natural and we all have everything we need to achieve and maintain it.

-Andy

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Join Me in the Creation of My 8th CD. 30 Day Campaign on Kick Starter.

Hi everyone,

I wanted to let you know about  a new website I found called Kick Starter and about a project I just launched there.

Kick Starter is a site designed to bring creative projects and people interested in them together to build funding for the projects and to create value for everyone involved.

As you know, creating music has been a huge part of my life and is something I’ve continued to do simply because I love to do it.

I’ve found, as I think many people who pursue creative projects have, that the biggest challenge to getting those projects completed is often times just gathering the necessary funding.

I believe the Kick Starter model could be the beginning of a completely new and exciting paradigm in helping to create this funding and to also bring the people interested in those projects closer to the creative process.

I’ve just started a 30 day campaign on Kick Starter to help raise funding to complete my 8th CD. I am about 75% finished already and, if this campaign is successful, the project will be completed within a month.

If you are curious about this, I would love for you to check out the short video that I made with Asha and Given’s help and whacky ideas. The video and the Kick Starter page explain all the details about the project, how it works and the added value items offered to those who join in.

Some of the gifts offered are:

Your name on the front or back cover

Your picture on the front or back cover

Your voice mixed in a song on the CD

A song written for you

A special concert at your house

And a whole lot more

If you are interested in being a part of the project (simply by donating a minimum of $1), I am honored and grateful. Also if you are inspired to pass this info along to anyone you think might be interested (simply by forwarding this email), I am thanking you ahead of time.

You can see the video and this project’s Kick Starter page by going to:

http://kck.st/pUtWeB

This project will run through the month of October only and we must reach the goal amount of $3500 by then or none of the funding goes through.

Thanks so much for checking this out!

Love to you all,

 Andy

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How Your Problems Are Your Greatest Opportunities

How Your Problems Are Your Greatest Opportunities

By Andy Harrison

 After going through some unforeseen challenges this week, I was struck by this insight today on the incredible value that’s hidden in problems.

 Let’s just pretending for a second that any time a challenge comes up in your life, 4 doors suddenly appear. So you as soon as you become aware of a problem, you suddenly see 4 doors that were not there before.

 Let’s just keep pretending that you have had lots of experience with problems in the past and you know that behind each of these doors is a better experience than anything that you’ve had so far.

 Door number 1 has a sign that reads “Now”. Door number 2 has a sign that reads “Soon”. Door number 3’s sign reads “Later”. And door number 4’s sign reads “All Time and Beyond”.

 So from your past experiences you know you can walk through the door marked “Now” and you will instantly feel better.

 You also know that you can walk through the door marked “Soon” and have a solution to the short term situation.

 Continuing, you know that if you walk through the door that reads “Later”, you will understand the underlying patterns that created your problem so that you can avoid similar problems in the future.

 Finally, you also know that if you walk through the door that reads “All Time and Beyond” you will suddenly have a brand new perspective on who “you” are and what the “problem” was. You will see that the problem itself never existed; that it was a byproduct of your belief in a false self concept. You had been seeing yourself as a static entity separated from the ever changing process off living itself and thus at the mercy of forces out of your control. You will see that the “you” you believed yourself to be also never existed. That the real “you” IS the process of living itself which is all-ways changing and that what you used to call problems are simply one small little point in this process.

 As you look at the 4 doors you can choose to walk through any one of them or you can choose to turn the other way and soon discover the doors are following you.

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1440 Minutes

Heres a poem I just wrote driving back from recording with the Unlistenables

1440 Minutes

Take a look at your day

Break it down to each minute

List the ones with the bad

And the not so bad in it

Now what’s the percentage?

How many bad minutes were there?

Compared to the not so bad

Don’t have to look further

To notice a fact

That can’t get much stranger

Our perception of life

Being skewed towards the danger

The news and the media

Obsessed with the bad

Seems to show we should believe

The world’s totally mad

But I bet the world’s

Not so different than me

The percentage of bad

Quite the same I believe

Cause everyone I know

Gets one thousand four hundred forty minutes

Of time each day

For stuff to be in it

And most of them usually

Have days like mine

With some bad

But with way more not so bad time

So next time you tune in

To your favorite news caster

Watch TV or a movie

About some calamitous disaster

Remember to look back

Over your day

If you go by the numbers

We’re doing more than O.K.

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What If…

Here are some random thoughts I had this morning:

What if…

Every ‘thing’ in the world exists to support energy. Every situation, every relationship, and every object all exists to support a type of energy. Different situations, relationships and objects support different types of energy. The type of energy determines the type of situation, relationship or object that arises in the world to support it.

If you desire different types of situations, relationships or objects in your life, change the type of energy you bring into the world. To bring the right type of energy into the world, you simply need to focus on (or pay attention to) it as often as possible.

You are already connected to the right type of energy through your desires. Your desires are the exact energy that, if brought into the world through your attention, will create or attract corresponding situations, relationships and objects that will support that energy.

Rather than focus on manifesting situations, relationships and objects, simply put your attention on the energy behind your desires. What does it feel like? The more you live with your attention on that energy, the more your life will change to support that energy.

No matter what the situation, you always have the choice to put your attention on the energy behind your desire. Then let life unfold from that energy. Allow the situations, relationships and objects to come and go, knowing that they are exactly right for the energy you are focusing on in the moment. 🙂

 

This was inspired by, among others,  John Overdurf’s Beyond Goals

For more info go to:

http://www.johnoverdurf.com/productpage2.htm

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The 3Cs and Our Changing World

The 3 Cs and Our Changing World

My youngest daughter Given was having a challenging time last night. She wanted to watch a TV episode online after it was time to be in bed and I told her no. Then something happened between her and her sister and she got mad and was having a less than easy time calming down. Through the process of attempting to help her get calmer, a few insights came to me that I wanted to share here.

In watching Given try to get what she wanted, I noticed a larger pattern of behavior and in the moment realized the importance of my staying present and introducing another option. The basic strategy she was using broke into these three steps:

1) Conceptualize: she had a mental idea of what she wanted that was different from what was.

2) Conceal and or Confuse: She was choosing not to tell me what was bothering her and was attempting to make me angry by throwing things around the room when I wasn’t looking.

3) Conquer: She was attempting to get what she wanted by having me change my position out of frustration.

The basic pattern she was using, I realized, was a universal approach that humans and human organizations have used to gain power and reach goals. I also was aware of the parent in me noticing the obvious downsides of this strategy and the need for my child to learn a different one. In the heat of the moment I introduced a new strategy, one that just seamed obvious once I said it. It broke into these three steps:

1) Connect with you True Feelings: Not just have a mental concept of what you want but be in touch with your emotions and body sensations in the moment.

2) Communicate: communicate openly and honestly your experience and desires.

3) Cooperate: synergize with others to gain what you want.

Of course I said it differently to Given who is 8. I woke around 4AM last night realizing that these basic strategies for humans creating change in the world were at the core of what appears to be massive global changes happening today. For centuries, the first strategy has been used by individuals, governments, private organizations, corporations, pioneers, etc. to create outer change, and for the most part, this strategy has worked for the parties using it. It appears that many of the massive current upheavals in society are due to strategy number one no longer working as well as it did. Examples of this are plentiful and seam to be growing in number over the past 10 years.

Whatever is going on with the overall state of human consciousness appears to have disrupted the ease with which 3C strategy (as I’m calling it) number one has operated for so long. One of the cool things about humans is that when a strategy no longer works, we can use a different one. Could it be that we are at a point where 3C strategy number two will start to produce better economic and political results than 3C strategy number one?

-Andy Harrison

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The Confidence Switch

I’ve been developing some trainings for our promotion department at American Guitar Academy using NLP, some ideas based on Quantum Physics research and a some other stuff. I’m posting a small piece of it here cause I think it’s really cool and it’s been a real practical way to handle state management for our promotion team that you can apply to pretty much any situation. We’ve also been using this in the Andy Harrison Band to engrain peak performance physiology. Let me know what you think!

The Confidence Switch

What if you had a switch, just like a light switch, that enabled you to turn on confidence in an instant anytime you wanted it? What if it was as simple, easy and consistent as turning on a light? If you had such a switch, how might it improve your life? When would you choose to use it?

Well guess what? You do have such a switch. You and everyone else were born with it and have carried it around for years probably without even knowing you had it. In fact you may have used it in reverse to turn off confidence at times when you really needed to be confident. So what is this switch?

Modern neurological research has discovered that our emotional states are produced by a combination of 2 main things: how we hold our bodies (our physiology) and the mental representations (or mental pictures) we choose to focus on. The one primary way we change our emotional states instantly is by changing our physiology or how we are holding our bodies. We have a specific physiology or way of holding our body that triggers every emotion that we experience. We have a sad, a mad, a happy, a disappointed, an excited and a confident, etc. physiology. As soon as we hold our body in any given physiology, we instantly feel the corresponding emotion. It works as quickly and effectively as turning on a light switch.

So if it’s so easy and reliable, why do so many people experience ongoing emotions that they don’t want? Great question, isn’t it?

One reason is that shifting your physiology hasn’t been a subject taught in most schools, so it’s not widely known. Another reason is that we have developed patterns in all 3 areas of the triangle; heart, mind and body. We have also misinterpreted these patterns to be who we are, our identities. For example, most people have developed a handful of emotional patterns, thought patterns and corresponding physiologies that all work together, and these patterns are experienced so often that they are mistakenly believed to be who we are.

Remember you are the space in which all emotions, thoughts and bodies exist. You are no patterns. You are the possibility of all patterns. So knowing this, why not choose to experience the feelings that you want to have rather than simply falling back into any old unwanted patterns that you may have unconsciously accumulated?

Try it

1) Walk up to your ES Trainer as if you are truly scared to meet them. Notice how you hold your body to produce these feelings.

2) Now walk up to your ES Trainer as if you are the King or Queen of the World – we’ll call this your peak state. Notice how you hold your body differently to produce these feelings. Pay particularly close attention to your upper body, shoulders and chest.

3) Repeat your peak state walk several times. How are feeling now?

The X Factor Principle

In AGA live coaching sessions, AGA coaches use the X factor principle to help AGA experts understand how physical skills are developed in playing the guitar. The X factor principle states that in order to master any skill, you simply need to do the following:

Repeat the position or motion correctly X number of times until it is memorized by the muscles.

The result of applying the X factor principle has also been called muscle memory or mastering a skill. This is exactly how you learned to do any physical activity in which you no longer need to think (use your mind) in order to do it. Everything from walking to tying your shoes to playing a musical instrument uses the same process; repeat the position or motion correctly X number of times until it is memorized by the muscles.

In AGA live coaching sessions, the AGA coaches use a coaching method called the X factor tool to take experts quickly through their X number of times to master skills on the guitar. This is one of the unique techniques used in the AGA method that speeds up the learning process dramatically. We usually recommend that an expert do 50 X factor repetitions in order to completely master a skill. This usually only takes 5 to 10 minutes of quick repetitions.

You can apply the X factor principle to developing any physical skill. Let’s apply it now to your Peak State physiology.

Flip the Switch

1) Get into what you call normal physiology

2) Snap quickly into your Peak State physiology

3) Now get into your “old” (what used to be normal) physiology

4) Now snap into your Peak State physiology

5) Repeat this switch 10 times

6) In blocks of 10, repeat the switch 4 more times for a total of 50 repetitions.

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John Overdurf and Andy Harrison at NLP Trainers Training Scottsdale AZ 2009

Here’s a video of my great friend John Overdurf and I performing at the Nero Energetics NLP Trainers Training this July. John is one of the world’s best NLP Master Trainers, author and inventor of many new life enhancement technologies, a good songwriter and musician and an all around incredible person. Enjoy!video_title

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The 5 Secret Steps that Fix Any Problem

Here’s a preview of the book and workbook I recently wrote “The 5 Secret Steps to Fixing Any Problem”. If you’re interested in reading more, you can visit:

http://www.andyharrisonmusic.com/living-music/

To get a copy. Enjoy!

-Andy

The 5 Secret Steps that Fix Any Problem

Andy Harrison

Contents

Forward 1

Chapter 1 – What is a problem? 4

Chapter 2 – What Makes Problems Big or Small? Identity Maps 6

Chapter 3 – How You Create the Biggest Problems 10

Chapter 4 – Beyond Problems 15

Chapter 5 – The 5 Steps 19

Chapter 6 – What Next? 25

The 5 Secret Steps Work Book 26

Section 1 – Questions 27

Section 2 – Answers 29

Section 3 – Seeing 31

Section 4 – Invitation 33

Additional Resources 39

Forward

It was a warm sunny day off the coast of Maine; a great day for a swim at the small non life-guarded beach. I was floating with two friends about a hundred yards from shore when we realized we were being drawn further out into the ocean. My heart started to jump as we tried unsuccessfully to move toward the beach. Over the next twenty minutes my friends and I struggled against the growing force of the water only to be pushed further and further away from the shoreline. My two friends were closer than I was and suddenly they both broke free of the oceans grip and began moving slowly towards the beach. I however, was still trapped fanatically fighting the waves and being taken further away. I could barely see the beach now and my thoughts were growing increasingly more frantic. What if I wasn’t able to break free of the tide? What if the ocean’s force continued to grow and I was taken unable to fight it any longer? My strength was wearing thin. I was having trouble breathing. The sun was going down at this point it dawned on me that this might be the end of my then nineteen year old life.

At that moment, I stopped. I stopped struggling against the tide and I stopped the flow of frantic thoughts moving through my head. I had the one thought “Well if these are my last few moments on this planet, how do I want to go out? Do I want to be in a state of complete panic and overwhelm fighting the forces of nature to the death, or is there another way I can live out the small number of minutes I may have left?” Suddenly a feeling of immense gratitude for my entire life filled me up. I spoke to the idea I had of a creator at the time and thanked him for my entire life. There was a complete feeling of peace, calm and love for the life that I had been given. The water, although choppy, seamed to be in complete harmony with the speckles of sunlight that danced on its surface. The billowy blue sky above me felt as it existed in perfect symmetry with the water and all the sounds around me. I could hear my own breathing and in that moment I truly loved all that my life had been.

In this state of peace, focusing only on the beauty of each second, my vision expanded. Suddenly I noticed a wider view of my surroundings. I noticed that I had floated down shore quite a bit and if I kept going, there was a stone jetty not too far away. My rescue plan was suddenly revealed. I would simply allow the tide to take me close enough to the jetty and when the time was right, I would move myself toward it, climb up on the rocks, making sure I was doing it between waves so as to not get slammed against the rocks, and then I would walk to safety. Within five minutes or so I was up on the jetty walking towards the beach feeling completely filled up with life.

I didn’t realize it at the time, but I had just been given a glimpse of an amazing life secret. It wasn’t until many years later that I learned how powerful this secret could be in everyday life.

It was several years after my near death experience. I was attending my first NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) training and we were doing a parts integration exercise designed to help resolve inner conflicts. The exercise involved speaking directly to your unconscious mind and finding out what its highest intention was for having created an unwanted behavior pattern. At the end of the exercise, I had a profound insight. It was a feeling of overwhelming Eureka! I jumped up out of my chair and told John the trainer-“I got it, I got it!!! There is really only one issue in all of life! There is one key problem that if you were to solve this one problem, all the others would be solved as well!” John said “great! What is it?” That’s where I fell short. I said “Well, I’m not sure what the key problem is, but I know there is one.”

At that point I had had a profound insight. I knew in the core of me being that there was something significant to be learned. I just couldn’t find the right words to verbalize what this one key problem to all problems was. It wasn’t until years later and upon hearing many other people’s insights that words that point to this key problem were revealed to me.

This book was written to put words to these insights, to share what I have experienced in a way that may be of value to you. Words are only words and can never encompass the true essence of any “thing” that they describe. The best they can do is point in the direction of that essence so that someone can experience the essence beyond words. My hope is that the words I have chosen will be helpful when combined with your own insights and being in pointing you to experiences that will be of true and lasting value. Thanks or reading!

Chapter 1

What is a Problem?

Your gut hurts, you haven’t had a good night’s sleep in days, and your thoughts keep spinning around on the same scenarios. The voice in your head won’t be quiet, you can’t seem to relax and you can’t seem to get a clear idea of what to do next.

We all know what a problem feels like. And those feelings give us all a natural motivation to want to fix problems. But what actually is a problem? What are the underlying elements that create problems in the first place? How can we fix problems consistently?

To truly fix problems consistently, we have to know what problems are and what creates problems in the first place. With this knowledge we may then become aware of a way to deal with, manage, fix or avoid all together problems that comes up in life. This is the purpose of this book, to help you discover and make use of such a way.

First let’s look at what a problem is. In order for you to have a problem, three things must happen:

1) You must have an expectation and

2) You must perceive reality as different than your expectation

3) You must label your perception of reality as worse than your expectation

Let’s look at this assumption. Think about any problem that you or anyone has ever had and you will see that these three elements are always present. There may be other things present as well, but these three are always there.

You might say, “What about someone who is about to have a problem but does not know it yet? What about the person driving across a bridge that is about to give way? Isn’t this a problem without them perceiving reality as different from their expectation of getting across the bridge?” It is not a problem until it is a problem in the person’s mind.

Let me say this in a different way. It only gets labeled a problem in the person’s mind. It only becomes a problem once the person realizes he is not going to make it across the bridge and then labels that event as worse than his expectation of getting across the bridge. It is not a problem until the three elements are present, in this case:

1) The expectation of the person getting across the bridge and

2) The perception that they are not going to get across the bridge AND

3) The labeling of this event as worse than them getting across the bridge

The event does not become a problem for the person until these three elements are present. So for the purposes of this book, we will call a problem: Any event which you yourself call a problem. Your significant other may say that you have a problem, but we will focus on only those things that you call problems.

Chapter 2

What Makes Problems Big or Small?

Identity Maps

What is an expectation and why do we have them? An expectation is a judgment about the future. It is your brain creating a picture of how you think things will be at a particular time in the future. This function of our brains may have developed out of the need to plan for the future to ensure the survival of our species, and on a more fundamental level, we have expectations in order to maintain or achieve states.

For efficiency, our brains have created templates of prejudgments about our world. Most of us have developed a mental construction of who we believe ourselves to be. This mental construction, or map, has been created to answer one key question: what do I do next? In most people the identity map includes the physical body, past, current and future events associated with the body, key relationships, the person’s various roles, and the emotions which the person’s body has experienced most often: their identity states.

This mental construction operates just like a regular map. When you go to a new town and are attempting to find your way around, you may use a map to get from one place to the next more easily. Our identity maps work in exactly the same way only this map represents who we currently believe we are and exists only as mental images and sounds inside our brains and the emotions that accompany those images and sounds. It gives our attention a diagram of all the things we are including in our self concept.

We have attached key emotions to the various sections of our identity map. These mental / emotional connections have happened most of the time without us being aware of them. For instance, a person may have the idea of being a good father or mother as part of their identity map. The mental images and sounds of “good father or mother” stored in their brain then may be connected with a state of feeling proud or loved. So every time they think about being a good father or mother, the emotion of pride or love also gets fired off and they experience those feelings instantly upon having the thought. This works the same way for every section of a person’s identity map. Each role or identity image is connected with a specific identity state that accompanies it.

Identity maps are not real. They only exist in thought. They are simply fabricated mental images and memories of sounds stored in the brain. Identity states are also not real. They are simply bio chemical reactions in your body that have been wired by the environment to fire off when the images and sounds of the identity map are called up. Identity maps and identity states are used by most people so often that they are believed to be real. They are believed to be actually who the person is. When faced with a problem, most people do not question the validity of their identity maps. They may deliberate over answers provided by the map, but most people never question whether the map itself is real or not.

There is a hierarchy of states in each person which corresponds directly to how much of each state that person includes in their identity map. For example, a person might experience freedom as the number one state that corresponds to who they believe they are, then just under that they may associate fear or sadness, then just under that it may be love and so forth. Most people are not aware of their identity state list on a conscious level and it runs in the background.

Sometimes different parts of a person’s identity map compete with each other for a higher position. When this happens, the experience is similar to reading an unclear map. Your brain literally has trouble deciding what to do next.

The rank of a state on a person’s identity map and the degree to which that state is threatened by a particular event is the degree to which the event is perceived as a problem. In other words, if your highest identity state is threatened with total annihilation, then you’ll believe you’ve got a big problem. Conversely, if the state is low on your identity list and it is mildly being threatened, then you’ll perceive the issue as a small problem. It looks like this:

Identity State Rank

    +

Degree of Threat

      =

Size of Problem

 

I’m sure you’ve noticed that some people can view a situation as the worst problem ever, while someone else may think the same exact situation is no big deal. It is precisely because of how much each person’s identity states and to what degree their identity states are threatened that makes this is the case.

Back to our person driving across a failing bridge example: at the point where the person realizes he is not going to make it across the bridge, for it to become a problem, he must label the situation as worse than his expectation to make it across the bridge. If his top identity state was anguish and he had been planning to commit suicide, the degree of threat to his identity would be none at all and he would most likely perceive the event as better than his expectation to cross the bridge. In this case, the person would not have a problem at all where other people given similar circumstances would see it as a rather big problem.

The size of a problem is determined by the level of threat to the person’s identity states. Believing the identity map and identity states to be who you are is the one problem that creates every other problem in your life.

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