Believe Everything

“Believe nothing, no matter where you read it or who has said it, not even if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.”

– Buddha

Believe-NothingEven a naturally gifted intuitive will tell you that believing the things that come through as intuitive hits is often difficult. How does one discern the difference between an ego-based judgement, a conclusion based on input from the five senses, or knowledge that comes through from another realm?

As physical beings, we have an amazing capacity to learn from our physical existence and rely on the physical information we receive. From an early age we are taught, quite adamantly sometimes, to believe only in what we … Read the rest

THE DEVIL MADE ME DO IT

Excerpted from the upcoming book, Practical Empowerment

[youtube]0SLifea3NHQ[/youtube] Sorry, boy and girls, but despite what the brilliant Flip Wilson says, nobody made you do anything. Ever. Even as children we were (almost) never forced to do anything we didn’t want to do. We knew the consequences if we didn’t do what we were told and made the choice to not suffer those consequences (usually, hahaha). OK, sometimes we’d be physically forced into the car or pulled away from whatever mischief we were getting into, but beyond that it was always our choice to abide by the rules and regulations set down by our parents, teachers and other various (so-called) authority figures.

As adults, the most often used excuse we use … Read the rest

YES! … and….?

(excerpt from my upcoming book: Practical Empowerment)

“All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players.”
~William Shakespeare

Believe it or not, you can learn a lot about empowerment by doing the work of an actor. OK, calm down… I’m not suggesting you get on stage.

The biggest difference between an actor creating a character and a person in real life is that actors knows they are the creator.  Yes, they’ve been given limitations, but they still have choices. He has to say the specific words written in the script, but he chooses HOW he’s going to say them. She has to do certain actions that the director gives her, but she chooses HOW she’s going … Read the rest

No More Shit

(excerpted from the upcoming book, Practical Empowerment by David Rosenhaus)

There is nothing empowered about eating shit. But we do live in a world with other people, and… if we want to get along in a positive social environment… there will always be compromise.

Sadly, many people don’t know the difference between compromise and shit. For those of you who are the sensitive, giving types (I am very guilty of this):

Shit (for the purposes of this conversation), is doing whatever anyone asks without question and never asking for, or receiving, ENOUGH in return.

So before we get too deep into the shit, haha, let’s talk about what ENOUGH is.  Enough is what you need to keep going in … Read the rest

Uncommon Courtesy

Common Sense, It's not for everybodyI have a t-shirt I got at Wild Bill Tucker‘s comedy show in Las Vegas, that says, “Common Sense, It’s not for everybody.” How true, how true (or true dat, for those of you with proper street cred).

Well, the same could be said for common courtesy. It’s not common at all. While it is common for people to pretend to be polite, actual courtesy is practiced a very small percentage of the time.

I know there are a lot of people out there who like to think that human beings are inherently good, but it’s simply not true. We have to LEARN to be good. It has to be taught to us, and then practiced diligently.

Don’t … Read the rest

Potential for Greatness

PotentialThe thing that used to piss me off more than anything else when I was a kid was people telling me, “you have so much potential, but you’re not living up to it.” Today I found myself saying it to me.

I have a lot to offer. I have certain skills and certain philosophies that help people. None of them live up to the delusions of grandeur I’ve desired for myself. I always wanted to be a superstar in anything I’ve done, but never believed in myself enough to put the work in to make it happen.

The idea of putting in hours and hours of learning and labor on any project or dream when the possibility of failure loomed … Read the rest