9 Habits of Creative Genius

Here is a great post from Dr Wayne Dyer on the 9 habits of a creative genius.  You can find the post and much more here on his website: http://www.drwaynedyer.com/blog/9-habits-creative-genius/

That You May Already Practice

Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

“Everyone is born a genius, but the process of living de-geniuses them.” 

Genius is a potential that lives within you and every other human being. You have many moments of genius in your lifetime. These are the times when you have a uniquely brilliant idea and implement it even if only you are aware of how fantastic it is. Perhaps you created something absolutely astonishing and you even amazed yourself. Then there are the moments when you make exactly the right shot in a round of golf or a tennis match and you realize with immense pleasure what you’ve just accomplished. You are a genius.

There is no such thing as luck or accidents in this purposeful universe. Not only is everything connected to everything else, but no one is excluded from the universal Source called intention. And genius, since it’s a characteristic of the universal Source, must be universal, which means that it’s in no way restricted. It’s available to every single human being. It certainly can and does show up differently in every single one of us.

There are 9 habits of creative genius you can cultivate in your daily life that will help you to develop a deeper awareness of your connection to this ever-present Source of all that is. The qualities of creativity and genius are within you, awaiting your decision to match up with the power of intention.

Habit 1: Declare Yourself to Be a Genius!

This shouldn’t be a public pronouncement, but a statement of intention between you and your Creator. Remind yourself that you’re one of the masterpieces that emanated from the universal field of intention. You don’t have to prove that you’re a genius, nor do you need to compare any of your accomplishments to those of others. You have a unique gift to offer this world, and you are unique in the entire history of creation.

Habit 2: Pay Attention to Your Thoughts

Make a decision to listen more carefully to your inner insights, no matter how small or insignificant you may have previously judged them to be. These thoughts, which you may have viewed as silly or unworthy of attention, are your private connection to the field of intention. Thoughts that seem to persist, particularly if they relate to new activities and adventures, aren’t in your mind accidentally. Those tenacious thoughts that don’t go away should be viewed by you as intention talking to you, saying, You signed up to express your unique brilliance, so why do you keep ignoring the genius in favor of settling for less?

Habit 3: Step Boldly in the Direction of Your Inner Intuitive Inclinations

Take constructive action toward implementing your inner intuitive inclinations. Any step in the direction of expressing your creative impulses is a step in the direction of actualizing the genius that resides within you—for example, writing a book, regardless of how you may have doubted yourself up until now; recording a CD of yourself reading poetry or singing the songs you’ve written; purchasing an easel and art supplies and spending an afternoon painting; or visiting an expert in the field that interests you.

Habit 4: Believe in the Validity of Your Thoughts

Know that any and all thoughts that you have regarding your own skills, interests, and inclinations are valid. To reinforce the validity of your thoughts, keep them private. Tell yourself that they’re between you and God. If you keep them in the spiritual domain, you don’t have to introduce them to your ego or expose them to the egos of those around you. This means that you’ll never have to compromise them by explaining and defending them to others.

Habit 5: Cultivate Gratitude, Be an Appreciator of Life

Remind yourself that aligning with spiritual energy is how you will find and convey the genius within you. Shift your energy to harmonize vibrationally with the energy of Source. Be an appreciator of life, and refuse to have thoughts of hatred, anxiety, anger and judgment. Trust yourself as a piece of God and your genius will flourish.

Any step in the direction of expressing your creative impulses is a step in the direction of actualizing the genius that resides within you.

Habit 6: Achieve a State of Child-like Wonderment

Practice radical humility. Take no credit for your talents, intellectual abilities, aptitudes, or proficiencies. Be in a state of awe and bewilderment. Even as I sit here with my pen in my hand, observing how words appear before me, I’m in a state of bewilderment. Where do these words come from? How does my hand know how to translate my invisible thoughts into decipherable words, sentences, and paragraphs? I’m humble in my inability to know where any of my accomplishments come from. Practice radical humility, and give credit everywhere except to your ego.

Habit 7: Remove Doubt and Resistance

Remove resistance to actualizing your genius. Resistance always shows up in the form of your thoughts. Watch for thoughts that convey your inability to think of yourself in genius terms . . . thoughts of doubt about your abilities . . . or thoughts that reinforce what you’ve been taught about a lack of talent or lack of aptitude. Your Source knows that you’re a genius. Any thought you have that challenges this notion is resistance, which will inhibit you from realizing your intention.

Habit 8: Look for the Genius in Others

Pay attention to the greatness you observe in as many people as possible, and if you don’t see it at first, then spend some mental energy looking for it. The more you’re inclined to think in genius terms, the more natural it becomes for you to apply the same standards to yourself. Tell others about their genius. Be as complimentary and authentic as you can. In doing so, you’ll radiate loving, kind, abundant, creative energy. In a universe that operates on energy and attraction, you’ll find these same qualities returning to you.

Habit 9: Simplify Your Life

Take the complications, rules, shoulds, musts, have tos, and so on out of your life. By uncomplicating your life and removing the trivial pursuits that occupy so much of it, you open a channel for the genius within you to emerge. One of the most effective techniques for simplifying life is to take time each day to spend 20 or so minutes in silence and meditation. The more conscious contact you make with your Source, the more you come to appreciate your own highest self. And it’s from this highest self that your own genius will be manifested.

How to Maintain Your Connection to Creative Genius

As you begin to recognize evidence of inspiration and Source all around you, remain humble while staying in a state of gratitude. This genius that you are has nothing at all to do with your ego-mind. Be ever so grateful to the Source of intention for providing you with the life force to express the genius that resides within you. Those who attribute their inspiration and success to their ego soon lose this capacity, or they allow the approval and attention of others to destroy them. Remain humble and grateful. Gratitude is a sacred space where you allow and know that a force greater than your ego is always at work and always available.

Dr. Wayne Dyer has written over 20 bestsellers on many spiritual topics, including making the shift to connect to Source, keeping the balance in your life, and bringing about your desires with the power of intention.



A Powerful Meditation to Banish Your Fear of Death & Endings

A wonderful article from Dr. Wayne Dyer on using meditation to help with fear of death.  Here is the link to his blog post and lots more information: http://www.drwaynedyer.com/blog/powerful-meditation-banish-fear-death-endings/

The Consolations of Infinity

Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

A Powerful Meditation to Banish Your Fear of Death and Endings by Dr. Wayne Dyer

Excerpted from The Power of Intention, pages 120-121.

We all live on a stage where many infinities gather.

Just take a look outside tonight and contemplate the infinity of space. There are stars so distant from you that they’re measured in the distance that light travels in an Earthly year. Beyond those stars that you can see are endless galaxies that stretch out into something we call eternity.

Indeed, the space that you occupy is infinite. Its vastness is too huge for us to see. We’re in an infinite, never-ending, never-beginning universe.

Now pay close attention to this next sentence. If life is infinite, then this is not life.

Read that again and consider that life truly is infinite. We can see this in everything that we scrupulously observe.

Therefore, we must conclude that life, in terms of our body and all of its achievements and possessions, which without exception begins and ends in dust, isn’t life itself.

"If Life Is Infinite, Then This Is Not Life." — Dr. Wayne W. Dyer #endings #fear #of #death #infinity #simplicity #quotes

Grasping life’s true essence could radically change your life for the better. This is an enormous inner shift that eliminates fear of death (how can you fear something that can’t exist?) and connects you permanently to the infinite Source of Creation that intends everything from the world of infinite Spirit, into a finite world.

Learn to be comfortable with the concept of infinity, and see yourself as an infinite being.

While we’re in this finite world of beginnings and endings, the power of intention maintains its infinite nature because it’s eternal.

If life is infinite, then this is not life.

Anything you experience as other than eternal is simply not life. It’s an illusion created by our ego, which strives to maintain a separate address and identity from its infinite Source.

This shift toward seeing yourself as an infinite spiritual being having a human experience, rather than the reverse—that is, a human being having an occasional spiritual experience—is loaded with fear for most people.

I urge you to look at those fears and face them directly right now; the result will be a permanent connection to the abundance and receptivity of the universal Source that intends all of Creation into temporary form.

"We are stardust, remember? We're made up of the same chemicals as all of nature" — Dr. Wayne W. Dyer #nature #stardust #universe #cosmic #inspiration


The Hay House family is saddened beyond words over the passing of Dr. Wayne Dyer. Join us as we remember his motivating, uplifting and inspiring guidance in The Forever Wisdom of Dr. Wayne Dyer on PBS. As a teacher, mentor, author, and friend Dr. Wayne Dyer is irreplaceable, but his wisdom forever lives on.

I Don’t Self Soothe, Why Should My Baby?

Check out this great article from Pathways!  As always here is the link for lots for info including this blog post: http://blog.pathwaystofamilywellness.org/pathways/i-dont-self-soothe-why-should-my-baby/#sthash.sj9uoXoi.dpbs

Newborn baby girl

I Don’t Self Soothe, Why Should My Baby?

By Janaiah von Hassel

When my first son was born I remember attending to every cry so instinctively that I was almost on autopilot. Those first few weeks were hard. Night and day ceased to exist for us, and a new cycle began to take its place. Our pediatrician at the time, along with many well-meaning friends and family encouraged us to let my son cry it out so that he would learn to sooth himself to sleep.  But I was head over heels in love with 8lbs of absolute perfection.

Generally speaking I’m not one to follow suite unless it really makes sense to me. Everyone seemed so certain that I would be depriving my baby of an important life skill, and that if I kept answering his every cry I would teach him that he was the center of the universe and it would create a needy, spoiled baby. They even said his need to be comforted throughout the night might exist well after his college years!

Truth be told, I was feeling exhausted from the schedule, and the thought of a well-rested night for me was enticing. But instinctively I could not resist my child’s need for comfort when he cried. I tried to think of a time that I let anyone I loved self-soothe. A few months prior to having my son, I was woken up at 1:00 AM by a phone call from my sister who was crying. She was feeling overwhelmed and heartbroken by some challenges in her life at the time. Because she lived so close to me, I got in my car and drove over to hug her and let her know she was not alone. I could not imagine having hung up the phone saying, “You really need to learn to deal with this on your own.”

In the most recent edition of Pathways, Dr. John Edwards explains why ‘cry it out’ may be one of the most misguided parenting philosophies of our generation. Edwards’ article relays the fact that babies have stages of responding to stress just like everyone else. When the baby ceases his/her crying after a period of ‘cry it out’, the silence that follows—what most would refer to as self-soothing—is actually the body shutting down and resorting to conservation and survival or the last stage of the stress response. Reaching this stage does indeed train the baby, subconsciously, to deal with stressful situations in a particular way.  “What would happen,” Edwards asks, “if [instead] we programmed a generation with a subconscious wave pattern that says ‘your needs will be met if you simply communicate them’?”

The media totes studies which suggest there is no harm in letting your baby ‘cry it out,’ but one study suggests the opposite. In this study, Dr. Middlemiss measured the stress hormone, cortisol, in babies during the ‘cry it out’ method. He discovered that even after the baby is sleep trained, the high levels of cortisol still persist. Even while the baby learns that crying for comfort won’t help, the stress continues to exist. This is not the case for the mother, researchers found. The study measured the mother’s cortisol levels during these times and found cortisol to drop once the baby stopped crying.

So why do so many people support sleep training methods like ‘cry it out?’ The answer, in my opinion, is that most of us just don’t live in a world that supports the nurturance that every baby deserves. For most, it is seemingly impossible to continue with the fast pace of our western society while meeting the unending needs of a baby who has his own schedule. In addition to that, there is far more stress on babies now than ever before due to environmental toxins, vaccines, and the emotional stress of parents that all contribute to a baby’s exhaustive need for comfort.

Many parents exhaust themselves to unhealthy ends attempting to answer every cry and meet the unending needs of a fussy baby. I have had times where I was just so exhausted it made me grumpy and miserable and I wondered, “Wouldn’t it be better for everyone if I just let them cry it out? How long can I go on like this?” Tired parents. Cranky babies. No end in sight. These are the scenarios I believe that have precipitated the ‘cry it out’ movement. It started out as the “lesser evil.” The issue, however, is when we try to suggest that all of this is best for the baby.

We live in a society that demands very much from us.  The notion that it is good to take five minutes for yourself rather than lose your mind, I will agree, is perfectly fine. Put your baby in a safe place and center yourself, have a good cry, meditate, put on a song, call a friend, or do whatever you need to because babies do pick up on our energy. I often call a friend when I’m overwhelmed, scared, hurt, or angry. I’ve cried on my husband’s shoulders many times when the day was bigger than me. I’m so glad that I’ve never been asked to go away and self-soothe. And if I don’t self-soothe, why should my baby?

I write about this topic for the mom who is like me—the mom who wants to pick up their baby and who can’t stand the idea of letting their baby cry it out but is made to feel she’s doing something wrong by answering that cry. Please know you are not wrong! It is okay to let your baby know that when he or she feels scared and alone they can call you and you will come. The days of believing that babies are only born with physical needs like food, sleep, and diaper changes are gone. Babies have emotional needs as well. Babies cry when they have any need: A need to be fed, to be dry, or to be comforted and loved. Mothers, it’s okay to pick up your babies.

And in case you’re wondering, my children, now 6 and 4 years old, sleep soundly through the night.

Live Alive,

Janaiah, Pathways Gathering Group Coordinator

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Food with a Relationship

Check out this great article from Pathways!  For this article and much much more check out this link: http://blog.pathwaystofamilywellness.org/pathways/food-with-a-relationship/#sthash.3jgWvW7v.dpbs


Food with a Relationship

By Sam Fisher, farmer

As we know, many social events include food to some degree, and society has come to subconsciously expect relationships with friends or family to include food. However, for all our food-centered societal relationships, we no longer expect a relationship while obtaining food. Generally speaking, Americans no longer know the person growing their food, and often have no close connection with anyone while acquiring it. Sure, we exchange the necessary niceties with the person behind the counter at the grocery store, but it is ultimately a bar-code reading monetary transaction, not really buying food from someone we know.

In the present on-the-go age, it’s possible to obtain a ready-to-eat meal with only minimal interaction with a real person. We simply drive up to the menu board, order a meal with an unseen person via intercom, and drive around to the drive-thru window to pick up and pay for it. A meal (if it can be called that), obtained by exchanging only a few words with someone inside a window – that most likely played no part in preparing your food other than taking your order and completing the exchange of food (or is it food?) and money. To me, that is one of the tragedies of modern American society.

It has been said that there are three things that define cultures. They are food, art, and architecture. We connect certain foods with certain cultures, just like different styles of architecture originate in certain cultures. American society has relegated food to the lowest level of recognition – a mere afterthought – and we pay even less attention to the quality and nutritional value of the foods we consume. But that’s the consequence of food without a producer relationship. Food coming from halfway across the country, manufactured by a nameless, faceless corporate giant, also comes with an insurmountable rift between producer and consumer. In other words, if it comes from a food factory, it must travel the orthodox paths of distribution in order to reach the end user, a path almost impossible to follow, much less develop a relationship with the producer. Plus, to allow our food to come from corporate channels is also to place ourselves at the mercy of whatever the manufacturer – and/or the regulators – decide is or isn’t safe for us to eat. That’s getting pretty close to having government and industry in my throat, banning things like unpasteurized dairy and allowing many concoctions of chemical flavor enhancers, genetically modified organisms, and other “natural” ingredients.

Having a convoluted path between production and consumption of our foods manipulates the consuming populace into a regulator sanctioned food paradigm, all in the name of food safety. We expect regulation to take care of us. They will make sure our food is safe – with they being the FDA and USDA. But as it turns out, they are also being lobbied by food manufacturers and distributors to allow certain substances, all in the name of ”natural.” In short, food safety is best determined by discerning citizens who take the time to develop a real life relationship with their food source.

The same could be said of authentic nutrition. The upside to relationship food is the ability to see it being produced. The chance to see your cows eating grass in the pasture, turning it into the highest quality milk or meat, or – if you’re so inclined – to see your chickens being processed, your lettuce growing in rows, your beans harvested. The list could go on and on, but you get the gist. With that ability comes the privilege to lay aside the paranoia and distrust of food that’s so prevalent today. You have the advantage to insure that your farmer is doing everything you want him to – the ability to dispel any corner-cutting or inappropriate practices with your presence, scrutiny, and relationship. What people need is good, clean food at an affordable price, from a source they can trust. That is a timeless need. And that’s the View from the Country.

Quotes Worth Re-Quoting –

“Action may not always bring happiness, but there is no happiness without action.”   ~ Benjamin Disraeli

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Healing Properties of Nature, Music, and Laughter in Children’s Media

Check out this great article from Pathways.  For a copy of this article and many more check out this link: http://blog.pathwaystofamilywellness.org/pathways/healing-properties-of-nature-music-and-laughter-for-kids/#sthash.spziI9LA.dpbs Healing Properties of Nature, Music, and Laughter in Children’s Media By Sara Wiseman Parents and grandparents are always seeking ways … Continue reading