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What if a Genie Gave You Three Wishes?

climate-genieBy Wendy Baudín

Would you be ready if all of a sudden a Magical Genie popped out of a lamp and gave you three wishes and you had to provide the Genie those wishes within a few minutes?  What would you ask for?  Okay then, let’s pretend I am that Genie, and so tell me…what are your wishes? Now, you only have a few minutes so think of your highest, happiest and best wishes.

You know how easily the Genie can misunderstand wishes, so be sure you are clear and definite. Don’t leave any room for confusion and end up receiving the wrong thing. For example: If you wish for a million bucks, you might get a herd of male deer’s!! So be clear then the Genie gives you what you really are asking for.

How many of us are really prepared and have taken the time to really clarify what we really want for our lives? This is what the Law of Attraction is all about and how it works. It gives you what it receives from you. It’s a circle. What you send out you receive. And the LOA listens to you 24 hours and not just for those few minutes while you are giving the Genie your greatest wishes.

Take the time to truly:
·      Discover what it is you are truly looking for to make you feel fulfilled
·      Think… Ponder…Dream…Imagine and then write it down
·      Dream Big! Let your thoughts soar to the stars
·      Treat yourself right so that you can bestow good things to others & spread the joy
·      Make yourself feel good because you deserve it
·      Do it all with love in your heart…inner unconditional love

Can we really be truly happy and content, when we know there are so many others that are not and don’t have the opportunities that we have? I have discovered that in order for me to be truly happy, everyone else needs to be truly happy. So my wishes are about ensuring that everyone receives love, happiness, health and abundance. If everyone is blessed and feels fulfilled, then wouldn’t this be a much happier place to be? Wouldn’t we then be thrilled about our lives? There would be no greed, no competition, no stealing, no power struggles, no manipulation, no control, no poverty, no starvation, no wars, no violence, all of this would be null and void.

Remember, it starts with you first.

  • Take good care of yourself and that includes thinking good things about you
  • Love yourself from your heart and not from the aggressive and controlling ego self
  • Be prepared and let the Universe know exactly what is your  auspicious life
  • Keep focused without any doubt or fear and without harm to others
  • Choose to do good things for yourself so that it will overflow to others

Whatever you do, do it all with love in your heart, inner unconditional love!!!

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Wendy Baudín, MPA, SLC. started paving her path to become a Self-Love Sherpa 30 years ago while doing plenty of deep and heavy lifting in her own life.  Having dealt with and overcome a wide range of challenges, ranging from surviving a near-death experience, suffering the tragic loss of a twin son at birth, divorce, and being a care giver for a parent, she acquired the skills to move ahead with grace — without carrying the weight of such heavy baggage. Utilizing a lifetime of formal and enrichment education, Wendy’s mission today is to work side by side with women at mid-life. Working together, Wendy takes them on a step-by-step journey to reach toward the mountaintops that are their highest and best expression of what they want their life and work to be about today. See where you rank in your life and if you are ready to take the journey to the top of your mountain with your Free Self-Love Assessment and “Your Self-Love Breakthrough Chat with Wendy Baudín”.

And the Magic of Harry Potter Continues! J.K. Rowling’s Next Film Project

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If you were among the millions in the world devastated by the end of the Harry Potter book and film series, then take heart. The wizarding world of Harry Potter will be back onscreen in no time! (Just without Harry, Ron, Hermione and the rest of the gang.)

We know, it sounds crazy. How can you have a “Harry Potter” movie without Harry Potter and co.? If you’re a devoted fan, then maybe you already know…

J.K. Rowling is teaming up with Warner Bros. to develop a new film series based on Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, one of the textbooks Harry and his classmates read at Hogwarts. By the title you can probably guess what the book is about. The film series will bring the book’s supposed author, Newt Scamander, to the forefront, cataloging his adventures in the same magical world Harry and the gang call home.

As Rowling said in a press release:

It all started when Warner Bros. came to me with the suggestion of turning ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ into a film. I thought it was a fun idea, but the idea of seeing Newt Scamander, the supposed author of ‘Fantastic Beasts,’ realized by another writer was difficult. Having lived for so long in my fictional universe, I feel very protective of it and I already knew a lot about Newt…

As I considered Warners’ proposal, an idea took shape that I couldn’t dislodge. That is how I ended up pitching my own idea for a film to Warner Bros.

Although it will be set in the worldwide community of witches and wizards where I was so happy for seventeen years, ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ is neither a prequel nor a sequel to the Harry Potter series, but an extension of the wizarding world. The laws and customs of the hidden magical society will be familiar to anyone who has read the Harry Potter books or seen the films, but Newt’s story will start in New York, seventy years before Harry’s gets underway.

The Harry Potter phenomenon is so pervasive, so ingrained at this point, we wonder if the world has even conceptualized yet how much the series has changed our culture. Sure, you could say, “It’s just a kid’s book! It’s a fad!” But then you remember that this “fad” has sold more than 450 million copies worldwide, available in 73 languages, and it persists in popularity even 15 years after the first book was published. Sometimes it’s hard to know the impact a book will have in the years to come.

Whether you’re a fan of the books or not, who doesn’t love a good fantasy movie? We look forward to whatever magic Rowling and Warner Bros. come up with together – witches, monsters, broomsticks and all!

What do you think about the significance of Harry Potter in modern culture? Let us know in the comments section below!

Deepak Chopra: Which “Wizard of Oz” Character Are You?

Discover the wizard in you! In this episode of “Ask Deepak” on The Chopra Well, Deepak sits down with scholar and philosopher Jean Houston to discuss her new book, The Wizard of Us.” Using the story of “The Wizard of Oz” as a roadmap, Houston unpacks the various archetypes encountered on a journey of transformation. Everyone has the potential to be extraordinary, if we can tap into that seed and manifest our true selves.

Are you a timid lion? An emotional tin man? Which character inspires you most, and which particular hero’s quest have you found yourself on?

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Make an Imaginary Friend and Find Happiness

gasp at lifeWhen I asked my almost 3 year old. to sing me a song in the car, he told me that he would, but he could only sing one because he was pretty busy. “I have to pick up a jumparoo for Sissy’s baby sister at 9 o’clock, so I’m pretty busy right now.” I didn’t know Sissy had a baby sister! I didn’t even know Sissy up until a month ago.

Sissy is my son’s best friend these days, and she does some crazy stuff! Especially when he can’t fall asleep at nap time. Earlier this week, “Mommy! I want to tell you the crazy thing Sissy did! She climbed down the side of my crib and jumped into the wall and went all the way down her new porch stairs and into the street and into her house and into her own bed without scooting or waking up at all!!”  One week before, on an especially raucous no-nap day, he shouted with glee, “Hey mommy! We’re having a birthday party, will you join us and sing happy birthday?”

Yesterday I learned that Sissy has a mom named Tessie. Tessie hung out with my son in his crib yesterday when he couldn’t nap and Sissy had ridden her bicycle home all by herself. I learned that Sissy’s baby sister’s name is Ter-hion. When I was holding his real baby sister, my son was holding Sissy’s baby sister, though he decided to put her in the stroller because he couldn’t catch a ball and hold her at the same time. I should also point out that even though she loves her, Sissy isn’t always so nice to her baby sister. Over the weekend my son told me, “Sissy is in time out for biting her baby sister, Mommy.”

I asked him today what it was like playing with Sissy. He said it was fun and comfortable. I asked him where Sissy was, and he said like I should have known, “She’s in the crib! Can you take her out?”

I’m thinking he and all his fellow imagination filled toddlers are onto something here. An imaginary friend can be anyone you want him or her to be. This person can be your very own special friend. She can do all sorts of stuff. And she can do stuff for you so you don’t have to do it yourself. “Sissy, can you go to the gym for me?” “Sissy, I thought you were going to clean up the kitchen? You were flying like a bird out the window and high high into the clouds?”  Ooh! That sounds like much more fun. Makes me feel better too, just imagining it.

I’ve often read that we need to love ourselves, accept ourselves, be kinder and more patient. I’m thinking Sissy and all her imaginary comrades could teach us this by being the equanimous, unconditional, open-minded friends they naturally are. I’m going to give it a shot. Intent community, please meet….Sophie. She’s new here.

This Is What Real Love Looks Like

Burning Love -- Spring Botanical Red Tulip Flower“Real love is something so deep, so energizing, that you will not know it unless you experience it. Love is an expression of energy, not something that is transacted. Tell me one thing: can you love people when you meet them for the first time?”

(From the audience: No Swamiji! We don’t even know them, then how can we love them?)

Exactly! This is what you think. Let me tell you, with a little bit of intellectual understanding and meditation, you will realize that you can love anyone without a reason! You can love the trees on the road, you can caress them and feel the energy flow from you. You can love people whom you pass by on the road without even knowing them. Love is actually your very being, not a distilled quality that you possess.

Nothing is as misconstrued as love is today. Today, love is more of a transaction. If someone says something nice to you, you love him; tomorrow if the same person falls short of it, you don’t love him that much or you probably hate him.

Even your lifelong friend, with whom you chat everyday on the computer, will seem suddenly not-so-close if he says something that goes against your approval. Where is your love at this time? It has suffered temporarily!

It is just games that you play; a game in which love and hate surface alternately and interchangeably. And this love-hate relationship is not love at all. Be very clear. It is simply your reaction to a person or a situation, that’s all. This is what we call love. This is not real love. It is subjective love, that’s all.

Real love knows no object. It is simply there whether there is an object or not. Real love is the subject itself. It does not know any object. You are the subject and you have become love, that’s all. Any object that comes in touch with it, feels it. Just like a river flows naturally and people enjoy it at the different places that they encounter it, real love exudes from a person and the people around him will be able to feel it.

There is absolutely no room for conditioning in real love. The energy in you should overflow and express itself as love. It is then that you can break through the highly knotted boundaries of relationships and express yourself beautifully, as a loving being!

In order to discover the quality of your being, that is love, two things can be done. The first thing: repeatedly listen to words like these so that they create a conviction in you about real love; so that a space is created in you for the process of transformation. Second thing: meditate so that the transformation can actually happen.

In practical life, when you go deeper and deeper into relationships, you will understand that all that you feel is not real love, but just some form of give and take. It is all just adjustment, some compromise, some duty-bound feelings, some fear, some guilt. It is all there in the name of love.

Meditation will take you beyond these mis-understandings of love. Meditation will work at the being level. That is why it is a shortcut! When you have to go through life and know it by yourself, it will take you a lifetime. But with meditation, a space opens inside you to experience these things clearly for yourself, whatever your age may be.

Just understand this one thing: when you are able to love without a reason, you will expand like anything. Your world will suddenly seem larger than life. It will be so ecstatic. You will become an energy source to yourself and to others. You will be so overflowing that the energy in you has to touch others. There is no other way. Others will be naturally drawn to you.”

 

Originally posted September 2011

In the “Hot Seat” with Nicole Daedone: How Liberated Are You?

You may think you’re an open book – free from inhibitions, liberated, and forward-thinking. But put that to the test in a game of “Hot Seats” and you may start feeling differently.

There’s a distinction, of course, between living in a free and liberated way and actually discussing your beliefs and practices with other people, especially strangers. But Nicole Daedone, sexual health pioneer and founder of the OM (Orgasmic Meditation) method, is out to break down these barriers and inhibitions. In this episode of “30 Days of Intent” on The Chopra Well, Natalie Spilger and Iman Crosson (Alphacat) sit down with Nicole and several other guests for an intimate and at times uncomfortable game. Who seems the most/least willing to share?

Granted, there’s no need to go around discussing your sexuality with everyone you come in contact with. But there’s something to be said for creating a bit of flexibility in the topics we deem appropriate for conversation, especially with something so close to our health and happiness. And becoming fluent in expressing these habits, preferences, needs, and desires could do wonders for your relationships, and for your own self-esteem. Just saying…

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My Imagination and My Reality Don’t Match Up

looking for realityRecently, I had a very strong yet puzzling emotional experience, and I realized that I’ve felt this before. I wish there were some wonderful term for this (perhaps there is, in German or Japanese).

I was reading a description of someone, and it said, “He lives with his wife and children on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.” As I read this line, I had a fleeting yet complete vision of what that life would be like–the life of a person living with his family on the Upper East Side.

But in the next moment, I realized, “Wait, that’s my life, I live in that neighborhood myself, with my family!” Yet the reality of my experience doesn’t at all match my vision of what that “life” would be like. And oddly, my imaginary version seems richer and more real, in a way, than my actual experience.

I realized I can provoke this feeling, just by putting my own experience into words. If I think, “She went to an all-girl school in the Midwest,” I have an idea of what that was like–but I did go to an all-girl school in the Midwest, and it was very different from what my imagination kicks up.

Maybe “parallax feeling” is a term to describe this.

Have you ever experienced this feeling? It’s hard to describe.

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Are we living in a dream world?

In the latest episode of THE RABBIT HOLE on The Chopra Well, Deepak Chopra addresses this timeless question about the true nature of reality. A conventional understanding of reality suggests that, equipped with our five sense and a logical mind, we move through life experiencing things just as they are. But consider how much time we spend in our heads, immersed in the past, future, or in daydreams. The present often eludes us, entire hours, days and weeks passing in a waking sleep. Only in rare moments do we find ourselves entirely awake and present, perhaps while intensely focused on a project or in the electric experience of love.

Perceptual reality, as Deepak explains, is bound to be incomplete. We can’t expect our limited senses to capture the whole kaleidoscope of the universe. Oriented as we are to the tidiness and reliability of life, our sensitive egos probably wouldn’t be able to handle a new picture of reality, anyways. Take the example from Plato’s “Allegory of the Cave.” In the story, human beings exist in a cave, confined by restraints that limit their movement. They are only able to see the wall directly in front of them, across which shadows dance. This is their reality – a world of darkness and shadows. It is not a good or a bad life, in and of itself, because it is all they know, all they perceive. It just is.

One day, a person is released from the constraints and, upon discovering the opening of the cave, ventures outside into the unknown. He is blinded at first by the unbearable brilliance of sunlight. He trips and cries his way through this strange new world. For him, shadows represent the truest reality. What is a tree when before there were only silhouettes of trees? But as he acclimates to the light, he begins to perceive reflections of objects in water, then the objects themselves, then the light of the sky and stars. Finally, he beholds the sun, itself, and comes to see the true nature of life. Upon this realization, Plato continues, the man would surely think back to his time in the cave with a sense of relief and a great pity for those who still dwell there.

Thoughts and beliefs tend to crowd our reality much like the shadows on the cave wall. The process of deconstructing these beliefs and shedding old habits can be uncomfortable, even disorienting. But if we find the spaces between our thoughts and internal dialogue, Deepak says, then we can awaken to a more fundamental truth. Question what you ‘know’ and what you believe. Bring your mind back to the present moment when it strays to thoughts of the past. As our perception shifts, the conditions of our lives will follow. And outside the cave, anything is possible.

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What is Enlightenment?

"We are always chasing happiness. We want to be happy all the time. The shortest way to be that way is to become enlightened!

 

Let me tell you what it means to be in the state of enlightenment. This is my personal experience.

 

The enlightenment keeps me in tremendous ecstasy 24 hours, 365 days a year. The word ‘ecstasy’ is not enough to describe the bliss I am in. Scientists say that whenever pleasure is stimulated in your system, a hormone called dopamine is released. Doctors call the point where it is released as the D-spot. When the chemical is released, our body is flooded with enormous energy.

 

When I am in the state of enlightenment, the idea of boundary, a limiting factor for most of us is lost. The feeling that my body ends here and the rest of the world starts here is absent. Everything is mine. The sensitivity with which I feel my body is the same that I feel for the whole cosmos.

 

My first experience with this kind of joy happened when I was a mere teenager. When I experienced it for the first time, the heightened sense of ecstasy lasted only for a few days. It gave me the first experience, the first glimpse. But after enlightenment, I live continuously in this heightened ecstasy. I am always in bliss day in and day out. It does not diminish, reduce. It just is. There is no time where I am not in this state.

 

When I became enlightened, I could no longer be judgmental. I only have compassion for everyone and everything. Merely by my physical presence, I radiate energy that will touch everyone.

 

With enlightenment, the basic idea of sex disappeared. The idea of being either male or female died. Though I have a male body, I can never identify with a male or female body. The truth is I am holding on to my body delicately, just like I hold a handkerchief, with my fingertips.

 

My mind doesn’t exist. I am like a tape recorder that plays when it is switched on. When it plays, you hear the sound. When it is switched off, there is silence. Similarly, when I stop talking, a space is created. There are no words here. There is only silence.

 

There are thousands of enlightened masters living on planet Earth. Their energies are all one and the same. Only their expressions are different.

 

Let us all strive towards enlightenment. Let us all partake the ecstasy and bliss that is eternal. Let all of us be in Nithyananda – eternal bliss."

 

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Winning the Lottery: The True Meaning of Abundance

 When the California lottery began in 1985, it conjured up visions of instant richness for many, myself being one of the many. Naively I would purchase a ticket at the local 7/11 and then wait for the good news. While waiting the few days before winners were announced, I would spend a good bit of time imagining how I would spend my millions. A fully paid for new house, car, etc., but that still left huge amounts to be spent. (At the time saving was not a priority!) As I began to plan how I would spend the money, I realized how truly delightful it was to imagine my sister’s face when I gave her a bundle. Then I remembered a friend who was in trouble financially, and with pleasure knew I could resolve that aspect of her problems. The list began to grow as I added favorite organizations, charities, movements, individuals I admired but didn’t know personally, and on and on.

 Each Friday I would call the lottery message line and discover I had not won. As my world of illusion dissipated, my thoughts would go back to what I needed financially to get by, how I would get it, how much work it would take, and so on until my next lottery ticket purchase. Then the fantasies would begin again, and I would be in a kind of ecstatic bliss in the experience of having enough not only to not worry but also enough to give wherever and to whomever I felt like giving.

After a certain number of these repeating cycles I woke up. First, that the odds of my winning the lottery were absurdly small and that by counting on something so unlikely was wasting my time and energy that could be used more productively. More importantly, however, I realized that I was counting on an excess of money to give me the means to be as generous as I could imagine. I realized that the periods of fantasy of giving away what I had filled me with a wonderful joy. When I discovered that I didn’t have the funds promised by lottery dreams, I saw that the lottery dream was really only a pointer to the joy of giving. I recognized that waiting to have something to give (money) was falsely keeping me from giving what I had. It was a true epiphany!

That realization changed my entire outlook. In an instant I went from what is called "scarcity consciousness" to bounty. I didn’t have any more money, but I was rich! I realized that however I judged the amount of money I did have, I had enough to give some away. I saw I could give my attention, I could give my support, I could give my best wishes, I could give my good will, and I could give love. And I saw that unlike my fantasy lottery take, the more I gave the more I got back!

I saw I didn’t have to wait for some future "good luck" to live a fulfilled life. I saw that I could freely tell the truth about what I wanted in my life and what I didn’t want. I didn’t have to wait to own a certain amount of material goods to be responsible for my own generosity or my own happiness.

Did you read this blog hoping it would tell you how to win the lottery?

It did! You have won!

You can collect your winnings by simply stopping the trail of thoughts that starts with "If only I had…"and notice, "What do I have". When you stop trying to get or even attract "more," you can realize what you have that can be freely given away. When you give freely, which is very different from giving because you should, how does it feel? Do you have less or more?

What do you have to give?

Does anything really stop you?

 Gangaji will hold her next public meeting in Ashland, Oregon, August 16th. She will be in Boston for a public meeting September 12th, and in Woodstock for a public meeting September 14. She will hold a seven day retreat at Garrison Institute, NY, beginning September 16th. Read more about Gangaji’s events and catalog of books and videos online. 

 

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