(Bonus Episode) The Universe Is Rigged In Your Favor

(Bonus Episode) The Universe Is Rigged In Your Favor

This is both a powerful principle and somewhat controversial because it doesn’t always look like the Universe is rigged in our favor.

When we say life is for us, we are tapping into the principle of oneness, and the truth that life is always working to express more of its wholeness, abundance, and perfection — always supporting its own fulfillment.

This means it’s all working for your highest and greatest good.

As W. Clement Stone said, “We must become inverse paranoids, believing that all of life is conspiring for us.” You are a unique infinite expression of life, and through and as you life gets to know itself as an individual being.

The Universe is conspiring to completely unleash its potential as you, yet we don’t experience it directly. We experience our relative perception, our belief about life, our thought about life or about a condition.

But because all there really is is love, and life forever giving and supporting itself, even those conditions that we would call “bad” are working together for our good. This episode shows you how to live in alignment with this..

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When you begin to embrace this principle, every problem becomes answered prayer. Every so-called negative condition becomes an evolutionary catalyst. You begin to ask evolutionary or emerging questions:

“How does this support my growth and expansion? How is this making me stronger? How can I use this experience to become more awake, more aware, a purer, stronger instrument of life, of truth, of beauty, etc.?”

When you don’t understand this, you ask questions like “Why is this happening to me? What’s wrong with me? What’s wrong with life? God, why have you forsaken me?”

Those questions keep you hooked into a paradigm of duality and separation, believing life isn’t for you, and that leads to more experiences that reflect that back to you.

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(Bonus Episode) Rest, Play, Repeat: Embracing Ups & Downs and Finding Flow

(Bonus Episode) Rest, Play, Repeat: Embracing Ups & Downs and Finding Flow

There is a Divine Flow of life, a natural emerging impulse that can order all of our steps with ease and grace.

What could be possible if you followed only what was your deepest, most authentic truth? How joyful and playful could life become if you let life live fully through you?

To experience this, we must design a way of life that is congruent with our highest vision of joy and inspiration—a life that allows us to both play and rest.

In this episode you will learn how this principle works, and how you can put it to work in your life TODAY.

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(Bonus Episode) Why God Can’t Help You

(Bonus Episode) Why God Can’t Help You

Most people’s perception of God — and what most religions teach about God — is based on an outdated model created before we had any understanding of the deeper nature of the universe. The true source and activity of the divine — and how we can connect with It — is hidden in the ancient teachings. And in this video, I break it down and show you a path back to your higher power and greatest potential!

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ASK DEREK – Why Aren’t Things Working Anymore?

ASK DEREK – Why Aren’t Things Working Anymore?

The core reason Why Aren’t Things Working Anymore is evolutionary… You’ve activated a larger life and something more is trying to emerge through you.

You’re being called to let go of those lesser tools, habits, and mindsets that are no longer congruent and begin to embrace a more refined way of living that’s in integrity with the emerging vision.

Maybe you’ve come to understand the Law of Emergence but you’re still operating trying to attract, achieve, and make things happen.

You’re still operating in the old paradigm, using the old models and toolbox. It’s like you’ve suddenly gotten a Ferrari, and you’re still driving it like it’s a Honda and not understanding that a much more fine-tuned instrument requires a different way of handling.

In order to keep evolving up levels, you have to let go of the predominant tool of the level before, even in some cases, things that worked.

Where things are no longer working, one of the first things you want to look at is: What is the larger life trying to emerge through and as me? What is the larger paradigm or model of life?

You can begin to step-by-step, methodically release those old paradigms and replace them with the thinking, feeling, walking and talking that is in integrity with the life you’ve been praying, affirming, visioning or having a deeper insight about.

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[The following is the full transcript of this episode of the Emergence, A Revolutionary Path for Radical Life Change, with Derek Rydall Podcast]

Welcome to another episode of Ask Derek. It’s my honor and pleasure to be with you on this journey of Emergence as your guide on the side instead of the sage on the stage and helping you to really understand how life operates to your benefit. Life is not personal, it’s principle. Life is not luck, it’s law. Often, we’ve come to believe that I’m just a good person, that things will work out better for me, and if I’m a bad person, things will work out bad. Then, we look out at the world and we wonder why are good things happening to bad people and bad things happen to good people. That’s one of the biggest conundrums, but when you understand that life is principle, that life doesn’t just happen, it happens just, it happens to lawful principles. When you understand the principle and can live in alignment with it, your life bears witness to that.

As I’ve talked about in previous episodes, if you understand the laws of buoyancy and have a layered body in integrity with that principle and the water, you’ll float. If you’re a really bad person, you’ll still float. If you don’t understand the laws of buoyancy and you go out into the water, but you’re a truly good person, like even a saint, you’ll sink. It’s important to understand this, so that we begin to understand the ancient scriptural reference when it says God is no respecter of persons. God shines its light on the saint and the sinners, pours its rain on the just and unjust. It’s trying to tell us that there’s a principle in operation. I’m here to help you understand what are those underlying principles so that you can bring your life into greater and greater harmony with it, both transcendent and immanent, the deep spiritual, internal transformational aspects as well as the most outward mundane practical aspects because there really one or two sides of the same coin of a full living.

I did not intend on saying all of that preamble, but it wanted to be said. In this particular episode, we’re answering the question Why aren’t things working anymore? Yes, we could just say, why aren’t things working, and that’s a broader question. Why aren’t things working anymore refers to those things that used to work or maybe even used to work really well, but aren’t working as well or aren’t working at all anymore. This is a very strange and frustrating and confusing experience when the things you used to do don’t work anymore. The core reason that I want to get across of why this is happening is evolutionary. You’ve activated a larger life, a bigger life. Something more is trying to emerge through you. You’re still operating in the old paradigm and the old models using the old toolbox. It’s like you’ve suddenly gotten a Ferrari, and you’re still driving it like it’s a Honda or whatever the case may be, and not understanding that’s so much finer-tuned instrument and requires a different way of handling.

Life is constantly evolving, I should say, life experiences evolve, and life itself is not. Life itself is an infinite perfect isness, but life experience is our experience of the enfoldment of this infinite life, and we call that evolution. As it’s unfolding, you cannot put new wine into old wine’s skins. You cannot use the same tools that work on your Honda on your Ferrari. Like a caterpillar, if it continued to try to operate using caterpillar models and tools and strategies once it sprouts wings and become a butterfly that would be very problematic. For example, let’s say you are using very traditional manifestation techniques like Law of Attraction and/or something like that, or perhaps just using your will to push yourself through and get things done and make things happen, but it’s burning you out. It becomes difficult and overwhelming, and it’s not sustainable, and you’ve prayed or affirmed or intended to discover an easier way, a better life, a life of more grace and ease than stress and struggle. You’ve had some insights around that. You begin to maybe see and understand that there is a different way, that there is a better way.

Maybe you’ve come to understand the Law of Emergence and that everything is an inside out instead of the Law of Attraction which you think you’re going to pull it to you. You’re still operating trying to attract things or trying to push through and achieve things and make things happen, and you’re noticing it’s simply not working anymore. It’s like pushing a boulder uphill like Sisyphus, and it keeps rolling back down and rolling over you or driving with one foot on the gas and one foot on the brake. What you have to begin to understand is in order to keep evolving up levels, you have to let go of the predominant tool of the level before, even in some cases things that worked. As I’ve said in previous talks, what’s working that’s in your way? You have to be willing to let it go. The acorn shell works really, really well for the acorn. It protects the internal substance of that acorn from outer elements. It does all kinds of wonderful things, but when the oak’s time has come to emerge, when it’s time to become an oak tree, that shell is a problem. It has to be cracked and broken and destroyed and released.

The same is true for you, that where things are no longer working the first thing you want to look at, one of the first things, is: What is the larger life trying to emerge through and as me? What is the larger paradigm or model of life? For example, whereas before I used to believe that everything was out there and I needed to work hard to get it, and now, I’ve come to understanding that everything is within me and I need to work to not make it happen but to make it welcome, to come into integrity with it, with the fact that I’ve already got it. You begin to discover what is that new paradigm or model of life that is emerging, that you began to accept or understand or affirm. Ask if I really believe that, that this was the way it is, that this is the life that is unfolding, how would I feel? How would I think? How would I talk? How would I walk? In other words, who would I be, and what would I do? If I really believed that this was so, this new paradigm, this new insight, this thing that I’m praying and affirming, if I really believed I had it, I was it, that it was happening, how would I show up? What would I do? What would I do more of, less of, or differently? How would I feel? How would I think? How would I talk? What kind of conversations would I have and what kinds would I no longer have? As you honestly ask that and then just look over your life and your habits and your practices, you begin to identify the things that are no longer congruent and while it’s difficult to let go of them.

You can begin to step-by-step methodically release those and replace them with the thinking and the feeling and the walking and the talking that is in integrity with the life you’ve been praying, affirming, visioning or having a deeper insight about, so that you begin to bring your life now into integrity with that which is emerging. That’s really what we’re being called to do. We’re not here to save the world but to serve the emerging paradigm. We’re not here to save our little world but to serve the emerging version of our life. That’s very different. The saving of our life has this holding on habits and methods and modes that are based on preservation, protection, comfort and convenience. The serving of our bigger life has this letting go of safety, security, comfort and convenience and beginning to embrace habits and practices, thoughts and activities that are progressive, beginning to surround ourselves inside and out with the people, places, things and activities that represent where we’re going, not where we’ve been. This is my charge to you, to begin to consciously ask that question, and then to begin to practice it.

Now, there’s another reason why things aren’t working anymore sometimes. I wanted to start with that other one first, because I think in some ways it’s more important, especially because I believe you’re listening to this because you’re an evolutionary, that you’re here to live on the emerging edge of your own progressive enfoldment and make a bigger impact in your life and in the world, and not merely keep the status quo and just improve around status quo. The second reason is that when we started to do these sort of principles and practices, even if it’s Law of Attraction or Law of Emergence, but we’re doing the inner work, changing our mind set, changing our emotions, changing our vibration, changing our habits, and we’re really focusing on planting those healthy seeds, and cultivating health roots. When it starts to grow and emerge and produce the rich fruits, if that money suddenly shows up, that new job suddenly shows up, that new partner or mate suddenly shows, we start getting compliments on how we’ve lost weight and we look better than ever. Those are the fruits of our labors, of cultivating and planting, and watering and weeding and feeding the seeds of our own potential. Those are the fruits, but what happens invariably is that we’ve become identified and attached to the fruits and we’ve become complacent around our main or foundational practice in cultivating and nourishing the roots. This is why I say we must stay rooted as we rise.

The best farmer or gardener understands that the fruits, as wonderful as they are, are just the by-product, the effect of a deeper process of planting seed and cultivating soil and the watering and the weeding and the feeding, that of itself has no immediate reward, because you do that a lot in the dark and in the dank soil of your soul. Eventually, the fruits come as a reward but sometimes, the reward has been so long-sought that we forget, we get so lost and caught up in the rewards, in the fruits so identified and even afraid of losing them, that we hoard them, we hold onto them. What happens if you just hold on and hoard all the fruits? They rot in your hands, but if you honor them, you share them, and you use them, that’s a beautiful thing, as long as you keep your main priority – the honoring, the cultivating of the soil and the seed and the root. A lot of times when things stop working, when they’re not working anymore, you got inspired. You got into a new program or plans, you started doing these things, bam, things started happening almost like magic.

Now, a month, a few months, six months down the road, everything seems to be installed or stagnated and you’re not making progress. Well, this is another reason why – you’ve taken your attention off of the very things that got you to where you are. You’ve forgotten that the core practice, your meditation, your affirmation, your prayer, your inner healing, your forgiveness work, all that rich-cultivating work has become either less important or in some cases, completely put aside as you become so caught up in the new life that you’ve manifested, because you’re not focused on the roots and the seed, you start to become afraid of losing. Unconsciously, you know that you’re going to lose these things, that you don’t really own them. That energy of fear of loss is an energy of constriction, of lack, of limitation and now you have begun the downward spiral that will eventually end and you’re losing that which you have. Like a farmer that stops cultivating the roots, they get a good harvest once, maybe twice but eventually that seed or those roots aren’t fed, aren’t taken care of and the tree dies. Like the goose and the golden egg, you take yourself for granted, you cut it open trying to get all the gold out at once and you killed the goose.

These are the core reasons why things aren’t working anymore. Things may not be working to begin with because you’re not understanding the principle, and you’re not consciously applying it and you don’t have a clear practice that you’re doing consistently until you get results. Things, once they are working and stop working, are often because of these two purposes: you’ve stopped focusing on the core practices that developed the consciousness, the mindset, the habits that bear your fruits, and you’ve gotten overly caught up in the fruits. You just don’t have the time to meditate lately, and you’re wondering why you’re starting to feel like you have less and less space in your life, or you’ve been practicing a certain level of creation or manifestation or living that is now too small for the larger life that’s been activated in you. You’re being called to let go of those lesser tools, strategies, habits and mindsets and begin to embrace a more refined higher practice in way of living that is more in integrity with the vision that’s emerging.

I invite you to take an honest assessment of your life right now. If you find any area where things aren’t working anymore and discover one or two areas where this is true and begin to rededicate yourself to the practice that got you to transform in the first place or to commit to the higher level of living and practicing that serves and is in integrity with the greater life and the greater you that is now seeking to emerge. I hope you’ve enjoyed this episode of Ask Derek. Please post on Facebook. If you haven’t already joined, registered for this podcast on iTunes, please register so that you can never miss an episode. If you find this helpful and inspiring, please share it with a friend, a family member, a client. The more you share or teach it, the more you learn and own it. It activates the law of circulation that whatever you give away and share, you multiply in your own life. Take some time to post a review, to post your insights and experience or feedback on our Facebook page. Share it with a friend, and then take some time today to take at least one action to apply what you’ve learned. Until next time. Remember to live authentically, love unconditionally and follow your destiny.

(Bonus Episode) Why ALL Your Beliefs Limit You (And What You Should Do Instead)

(Bonus Episode) Why ALL Your Beliefs Limit You (And What You Should Do Instead)

In the self-help, self-improvement arena, we put a lot of stock in our beliefs. At a certain level, it’s important to improve your beliefs and thoughts. It’s important to do the inner work, to take back control of your mind and reprogram its patterns and conditioning.

Step-by-step, we can uplevel our thoughts, our beliefs, and our emotional fuel, so that we are ultimately running on high-octane thinking, feeling and believing. This helps us move out of the victim state, where we believe we’re being acted upon by the world of experiences — where we believe life is happening to us.

It’s important to move from being a victim to a creator, where we see that the world isn’t victimizing us — our own thinking and the subsequent habits that come from our thinking is the real cause. We learn certain strategies — the law of mind and creation, visualization, affirmation — as well as other tools to regain control over our beliefs.

This is a critical first step on the path to personal freedom. Without this, we will remain in a perpetual cycle of reaction to circumstances that keeps us stuck — and even makes things worse. At this stage, we let go of being a victim and become a creator. Life is no longer happening to us, we are happening to life.

At this stage, you are controlling your conditions by what you are thinking, believing and consciously feeling, and are now manipulating situations consciously. At this level, it may or may not be for your highest good or for the good of others — you can create all kinds of conditions through the power of the law of mind, but it’s still in the realm of duality, of good and bad, up and down. That’s always the challenge at that level – you’re still operating with your human will and all of the conditioning and value systems that come with that.

Eventually, that doesn’t work as well as it used to. You manifest a things but aren’t fulfilled by them, or it even makes things worse. You manifest a bigger paycheck, but end up just broke at higher income bracket! You get a bigger house, but feel even less at home. You manifest a new relationship, but end up in the same arguments. You get all that stuff, but unconsciously, or consciously, you’re still afraid it could all go away.

To continue to activate your potential, you need to move to the next level, where you realize life is happening through you, that there’s a bigger idea than your human mind can conceive — and you need to surrender to it. This is the realm of vision, visionaries, and true innovation. This is where you become a channel, an instrument for an idea that is beyond your current paradigms, beyond your thinking, and beyond your beliefs.

You open up and become available to an evolutionary impulse that has something to do with the expansion of your soul and of humanity. You begin to develop mental, emotional set-points that are vibrationally aligned with your highest vision. This is where the magic starts happening, this is where Grace kicks in. As the saying goes, “God responds to you by corresponding to its nature in you.”

As you move through these stages, you begin to realize that life is not about manipulating, adding, attracting, or improving anything — it’s about waking up to a wholeness and perfection that is already here, waiting for the right conditions to emerge. We move out of mere metaphysics — which is still often about manipulating appearances — and onto the path of mysticism, which is about touching Ultimate Reality and letting IT govern, guide, and direct our life — because we realize that there is an Intelligence that created everything and It knows how to run the show better than we do!

Unlike traditional success teachings, religious teachings, and most self-improvement or metaphysical teachings — which are based in the world of duality and seek to change appearances — the mystical path is about transcending all thinking, all believing, all identities, all pairs of opposites, all attempts to merely improve our conditions, and to wake up to who we really are, what’s really going on, and why we’re really alive.

The result of that expanded awareness is that we pop out of our stories and beliefs, and all the limitations they contain. The result of that is an expanded awareness that must begin to manifest itself as what the world calls improved experiences and conditions. The difference is that you know you didn’t make them happen, you made them welcome — so you don’t feel like you have to use all your energy to hold them in place. The change is real and lasting.

It’s not an easy path to walk. We’ve been so conditioned to believe we must manipulate appearances to be happy, safe, and free, and that our mind or body is what’s controlling things. But that’s false. There is a larger order, a deeper intelligence, a perfect pattern that is already here, already complete. Nothing we think or believe can improve upon it or make it happen. But when we let go of our agenda and open up to the mystery, this larger possibility can emerge in ways we could never imagine.

I invite you into this next level of living by asking, “Who am I beyond all of my stories, beyond all of my beliefs? Who would I be and what could I do if I didn’t have any story or beliefs? What’s really here, what’s really true, and what’s really possible that I can’t presently see because of my beliefs?”

Contemplate this. Meditate on it. Journal about it. And watch as a whole new vista of possibility begins to emerge!

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Full Transcript
[The following is the full transcript of this episode of the Emergence, A Revolutionary Path for Radical Life Change, with Derek Rydall Podcast]

Welcome. Derek Rydall here, founder of the Law of Emergence and author of the best-selling book, Emergence. It’s just great to be with you on this journey of Emergence, which is really about tapping into that Divine potential, that pattern of infinite perfection planted in the soil of your soul and creating the right conditions in your life so that that inherent good can unfold in your life like never before. You are meant to unfold naturally, as natural as the rest of nature, without struggle, without striving and even without overly thinking. Ultimately, your entire destiny of greatness could unfold without you taking thought for your life. If we could just get clear enough and still enough and connected enough, that which is already true about us would just begin to emerge just like nature. It would show up as inspired ideas. Those inspired ideas would transmute themselves into inspired conversation and compelling right action and ultimate achievements. It would all unfold without the process we have come to know as thinking and cogitating and struggling and straining and trying to make things happen which is not really normal or natural at all.

We are meant to unfold and feel like life is living us. When you’ve been inspired with some kind of idea and you didn’t think up the idea, the idea thought you. It’s like you’ve ever been praying and suddenly feel overcome by this devotional energy, and suddenly you’re no longer praying but something is praying you. You’re like an instrument being used. It feels so exhilarating, and you might find yourself forgetting to eat. You’re at the piano composing or at the computer writing or suddenly teaching, and this information is flowing through you, or whatever the case may be. You could be making love. You could be educating and loving a child. You could be playing sports, but suddenly you humanly aren’t doing it, you’re being done by something. That something is a higher pattern and activity that is always going on, and you’ve suddenly come into alignment with it. There are thoughts that become evident that are inspired, and they transmute into all these different levels: speech, action, expression and condition, but you’re not thinking them, you’re not doing them, and you’re not making them happen. You have become a place that has made it welcome. At the very bottom, that’s really the essence of Emergence. We’re really working to become those clear transparencies through and as which life can fulfill itself as us. We can become like a branch on a tree of life that bears witness to the life of the tree, to the leaves, the flowering and the fruit. You’ve had that experience most people have and imagine living like that all the time. That’s ultimately our aim.

The topic today is why all your beliefs limit you and what you should do instead. Especially in the self-help, self-improvement realm of things and even beyond that, we’ve come to really put a lot of stock in our beliefs. Obviously, there are relative levels. At a certain relative level, it’s important to improve your beliefs. It’s important to improve your thoughts. It’s important to do the inner work, to take back control of your mind and reprogram the patterns and condition your mind. That’s a very important step that moves you out of the victim state. When you’re a victim, you think you’re being victimized by the world of experiences, that things are happening to you, but what you’re really being victimized by is your own beliefs and your own programming. It’s appearing as circumstances and situations and your reaction to them in this perpetual cycle that just keeps repeating itself over and over and over again. That’s the victim state. You just learn to cope, manage and control your way through that. Then, eventually, you come to learn certain tools and strategies, the law of mind and creation, and then begin to adapt visualization and affirmation and various tools to start to regain control over your beliefs. That’s a powerful step. You move from being a victim to being a creator. Life is not happening to you, now you are happening to life. You are a creator. You are a manifestor. You are controlling your conditions through what you are thinking, believing and consciously feeling. You are now manipulating situations consciously.

At that level, it may or may not be even for your highest good or for the good of others, you can create all kinds of conditions through the power of the law of mind, but it’s still in the realm of duality, of good and bad, up and down, and it’s still up and coming from the ego and the conditioning of the mind, parental fantasies, peer pressure, societal conditionings, and the current values of the culture you’re in. If it seems to be that the highest value of the culture is having lots of money in a big house and a nice car, you’re going to use your mind power, your beliefs, and your emotions to manifest those kinds of conditions, which may or may not be for the highest good of your soul, or even the highest good of your family or of those that you care about. It might even hurt other people. That’s always the challenge at that level is that we’re still operating on our human will and all of the conditioning and value systems that come with that. Eventually, that doesn’t work even as well as it used to, or you get to manifest a bunch of stuff and get a bigger paycheck, but you’re just broke at higher income bracket. You get a bigger house, but you feel even less at home. You manifest a better relationship, but you end up in the same arguments. You get all that stuff, but you’re just unhappy and unfulfilled. Unconsciously, or consciously, you’re still deeply afraid that it could all go away. You’re right, because you are primarily the one doing it all.

Eventually, you move into the third stage, which is where you realize life is happening through you, that there’s a higher life. There’s a higher pattern. There’s a higher ideal. This is the realm of vision and visionaries and true innovation. This is where you become a channel, an instrument for an idea that is beyond your current paradigms, beyond your thinking, and beyond your beliefs. You open up and become available to an evolutionary impulse that has something to do with the evolution and expansion of your soul. It has something to do with the real reason why you’re here, because you’re not here merely to move deck chairs around on the Titanic. You’re here to discover, uncover, and express something unprecedented. In some way, big or small, you are an unrepeatable nomina in the mind of God of the Universe. A nomina is a Divine idea, versus phenomena, which is a transitory expression of that nomina. You are a Divine idea that has never happened and will never happen again. There’s something about your life that you’re here to express and reveal that is unprecedented.

In stage one and two, you can’t access that, because you are either being a victim in a consensus state of self-defense and self-preservation and reaction, or you are a creator and you are constantly trying to manipulate conditions to create a life based on your current beliefs, your current conditioning, value systems, etc. In stage three, you are now becoming a channel for something bigger, a channel that is beyond your thinking, beyond even your own identity, and beyond your beliefs. Ultimately, you even let go of the idea, because there’s still a sense of a personal self. There’s still a sense that you are doing it for your own good or for the good of those that you care about, and there’s still a level of a personal self. You still believe, on some level, you have a separate life to protect, to preserve, to perpetuate, to prop up, but, eventually, you have to let go of even that, even that sense that you have any separate life apart from the one life.

You’re moving to stage four, where you realize that life is no longer happening to you; you’re not happening to life. It’s not even merely happening through you, but life is happening as you. You are life expressed. You are a branch of the tree. You are not separate from the tree. You are a ray of the sun, a wave on the ocean. You are a unique individualized expression of life. You are the way life expresses itself. There is no you. You have no life separate from the one life. That’s the purest, most complete space in which the true glory of life, the Christ consciousness, the Buddha consciousness, and the highest ideal can begin to manifest and unfold as you. There’s no end to that, because it’s infinite. So it’s forever unfolding, and perhaps has even greater and greater stages. Those are fundamentally the core four stages we move through.

While it’s important to work on is our beliefs. The next level to working on creating strong beliefs is developing beliefs that are congruent to our highest vision. You begin to move out of merely having strong beliefs, religious beliefs, spiritual beliefs or cultural beliefs and beliefs to try to merely survive, like believing that all of your needs are met, or believing that you’re abundant, or believing that you’re rich or healthy or whatever, and instead you begin to move to, Well, here’s the vision that’s seeking to emerge through me, this higher idea for my life. Now, let me develop my beliefs to be congruent with that. That’s the next level with your beliefs.

You begin to develop a belief system: mental, emotional, vibrational matched points, or vibrational match, to this highest vision. That allows you to tune in to that vision and become vibrationally aligned with it. God responds to you by corresponding to its nature in you. Now you are becoming as it says, Be perfect even as your Father in Heaven is perfect. In the Biblical context, what that means is to get a little bit closer to thinking and feeling and ultimately acting the way you would act, think and feel if you were God, if you were Divine, if you really were whole, complete and perfect, a unique infinite individualized expression of life. You begin to shape your beliefs to be even closer and closer to that. That’s a more refined version. Again, all of this is wonderful, powerful and usually necessary, but it’s still a staircase. It’s still the scaffolding in order to paint this great painting or paint the house. Eventually, this scaffolding also has to be removed. Your beliefs are scaffolding. They’re valuable to get you to the place where you are vibrationally really close to your highest ideal. Ultimately, it’s important to know that even your best belief, your highest thought, is not truth. The belief that God is all there is, or love is all there is, is not truth. It’s a belief pointing to the truth. The truth behind that statement is infinitely greater. Your belief that you’re abundant and all of your needs are met abundantly and everything is working together for your good is a great belief, but it’s not the truth. It’s still just a container, a context of scaffolding. The truth of you is infinitely more than that.

Ultimately, who you really are is an isness that you can’t add to or diminish. As it says again in the scriptural context, Who by taking thought can add one cubit to his stature? What God has wrought, no man can put asunder. Jesus said, Take no thought for your life, but instead seek first the Kingdom of Heaven, which he said was within you, and all the things you’ve been searching for will be added onto you. He’s not saying do a bunch of affirmation and visualizations and create a better belief system. He’s saying quite the opposite, let go of all that and just make contact with the truth of your being. Know the truth, and this truth will make you free. Buddha taught a similar thing. He taught what we understand as the releasing of all desires, but it’s really what was called craving and aversion. In other words, it’s the incessant drive to get or get rid of something in order to finally be happy or free. In that mind structure, that’s constantly craving something more or seeking to get rid of something, or what’s also known as the pain-pleasure mechanism, is really fundamentally what the false self is made of. Most of our belief structures are built on that. In other words, we’re establishing belief systems I’m rich, I’m abundant, I’m healthy, I’m wealthy, I’m happy, I’m in love, everybody loves me, etc., etc. as a response or a reaction to this pain-pleasure mechanism, because those beliefs move us to greater sense of pleasure, versus our lesser beliefs, which move us towards a greater sense of pain.

Again, relatively speaking, it’s all good stuff. You’re stepping up the ladder. It’s the staircase to Heaven. Step-by-step, you’re upleveling your thoughts, upleveling your beliefs, upleveling your emotional fuel, so that you are ultimately running on high-octane thinking and feeling and believing. It’s great thing to do that. In fact, in my experience, it’s often necessary, as I said, because it’s very, very difficult to just shoot that gap. Even a lot of people in a lot of teachings that are very absolute teachings about just realize your oneness with God and that’s all you need to do, the problem with that is that because the mental, emotional, astral, etheric bodies are so full of static, there’s so much static on the line between you and your soul, you and the truth of being, that it’s very, very difficult to make direct contact. Unbeknownst to you, you could spend years and years meditating and praying and seeking that direct contact and actually be driven by a lot of these beliefs and be going in circles not even realizing, because there’s so much unredeemed energy in your beliefs, in your thoughts, and in your emotions.

Now, of course, certain meditation processes, like the pause and mindfulness meditation, will create the context for you to observe all of that content. As you observe it, the thoughts, the feelings, etc., they begin to disintegrate. You begin to break karma, redeem all of that energy. That absolutely is a vital and important aspect of the process. Again, in my experience, it can be very, very slow-going. There can still be so much static on the line. For some so much you can’t even get into a really in-depth meditation practice, because there’s so much static of these very low level beliefs, thoughts and emotions. It’s a very good part of the practice to be refining and refining and refining your thinking, believing and feeling so that there’s less and less static and you are more and more congruent with your highest vision. At a certain point, you want to begin to practice this idea that all beliefs, all thoughts, are limitation. This is somewhat what Byron Katie, if you know Byron Katie has worked the work, is sort of getting at, which is beginning to observe your thinking and ultimately let go of your story. Now, for the most part, she still talks about letting go of the story that hurts, the story that doesn’t serve you. Again, very good stuff to do. I want to suggest that even your good story is limiting you.

Here’s the bottom line mystical truth. All the thoughts you have about yourself and about life, all of them without exception including all of the good thoughts, are not the truth about you. You are not the personality that you think you are. You are not this person born on a certain date that’s gone through these certain experiences, etc., etc. That whole story, that whole psychological construct and identity and every aspect of it, none of that is you. That’s shocking. You might get it on some level, but the implications of it are shocking. None of that is you. Any more than an actor taking a script with a very well-developed character and storyline and playing that part, they can play that part, and they can access certain dimensions of themselves to fill that part out and to express that part, but they’re not that part. This character you’re playing in this Divine drama is not you. This is the deeper esoteric meaning of, Before Abraham was I am. Your I am nature, your true nature and infinite, immortal, indestructible, incorruptible being is not the part you’re playing in this Divine play, no matter how good or how bad. We’re used to transcending the bad parts of our story or at least trying. What I want to suggest is to begin to contemplate what would it mean to transcend even the good parts, the parts that you really value, like you’re a great mother, a great father, a great student, a great teacher, a great healer or want to be. What I want you to understand is you’re actually none of those things.

Now, there is a spiritual truth behind all of those levels. There is the Divine father, mother, the Divine teacher, healer, the Divine true life that you are, but it’s so much more than those labels. The problem with all of those levels, including the good ones, is that they come along with a whole container of baggage. If you assume the identity, I’m a father, I’m a mother, I’m a student, I’m a teacher, I’m a creator, what you get with that is all of the history of baggage and memes and artifacts around that label that you will now have to work to overcome. Do you understand what I mean? You will now have to work, because you’ve now assumed that identity. All of the memes and all of the energetic frequencies that go along with that you’re going to be susceptible to. You’re going to have to now work to overcome all of that. If you accept that you’re a human being, then even in your greatest efforts, you’re going to often be just simply trying to improve your humanhood. As long as you accept that you’re a human being, that belief system, you are susceptible to all of the ups and downs and trials and tribulations of a human being. This is the deeper meaning of to be in the world but not of it, to be playing full out, but to wake up from all of these identities, all of these labels which are part of our belief systems.

We’ve been taught 99.999% of all of the teachings that are out there. Even a large degree of what I’m doing here is still helping you improve your belief about yourself, to make you think about yourself as a better human, as a more prosperous human, a healthier, wealthier, happier, more loving human, right? Maybe you might even include as a healthier, wealthier, happier, spiritual being. It’s still within this identity of being this person and trying to improve upon it. What I want to suggest, for some of you may be going, Geez, Derek, I just want to pay my rent and heal my back and fix my relationship. This is down the rabbit hole for me.We’re planting seeds here. I want to begin to open and stretch your mind because understand that all problems exist in time. All problems exist in the mind. All problems exist in thought. Whatever the structure of the thought is –a thought, a belief, a perception, a story – all problems exist in your story. Your story is a set of perceptions. All solutions exist outside of your current story, outside of your perception, outside of your identity, ultimately outside of time.

When we keep increasing our beliefs, that’s a valuable step, because if you have a higher quality belief certain problems you’ve struggled with can’t exist in that higher framework or that higher paradigm. The more you can begin to completely disidentify with the story and begin to have an extemporal experience of yourself, meaning out of time, out of the story, that I’m not the story, I’m not this character, and I’m not any of this stuff. I’m something so much bigger, so much more that has never been touched or diminished by this. As you begin to contemplate that and seek that larger expanded awareness, all solutions are in that expanded awareness. One moment of popping out of that story can radically and completely transform your life. It might take you years and years and even lifetimes of improving your belief to really transcend some of your core struggles. One moment of extemporal realization, one moment of popping out of your belief system, out of your story altogether, shooting the gap of your thoughts and touching the realm of the real where you have never been diminished, this is the place of miracles.

This is how spontaneous healing can happen. People have finally been brought into their needs, and they’re so utterly distraught and so utterly just over the struggle that something snaps in them, and, for a moment, the ego is ripped from its moorings and the veil is torn apart, and there’s a moment where they touch the realm of the real. Those are the moments you hear about where they suddenly become enlightened. Eckhart Tolle talks about that very moment where he’s in such suffering. He’s like, I can’t live with myself anymore, and, suddenly, in that moment, the pressure around that identity of self was so intense he broke from that storyline. He suddenly was like, If there’s a self I can’t live with, who is the I that can’t live with that? He suddenly had a moment of satori, of instant enlightenment. He broke out of the story. He broke out of time. He had a moment of expanded awareness beyond belief, beyond good and bad thinking.

I think that was Rumi that said, Out beyond good and bad, there is a field. There are good and bad thinking, There is a field, I’ll meet you there. That was what Eckhart Tolle did. Byron Katie had a very similar experience where she suddenly just broke, and she felt asleep. When she woke up and she suddenly looked around, and she had no sense of identity, no story, and she thinks she’s all like a cockroach walking around or something, and just was full of bliss, like there was no story in the way, including any good beliefs. There was nothing. There was no thinking. There was just reality, just isness. That’s always here. That’s always true. That’s who you really are. It’s beyond your beliefs. While it’s very valuable to improve, improve, improve, your mental, emotional, vibrational state, I want you to hold all that in the context of that’s not the end game. That’s just preparation. In the midst of that, your prayer is more than I want to fix, change, heal or improve anything including my thinking. I want to wake up to the truth that makes me free. I want to see the way God is. I want to know who and what I am, not through a glass darkly but face to face, beyond belief, beyond thought, beyond even good thinking, beyond even good beliefs, beyond all beliefs, all thoughts. Reality exists in all of its wholeness, completeness, perfection, fully shining in all of its majesty, the Kingdom of Heaven, Nirvana, paradise. We haven’t left it. We’ve just covered it up with a lot of thinking, a lot of layers of perception. We’re experiencing all of our own perceptions and thinkings. We try to improve our perceptions and thinkings, and all what we’re really doing is swapping one state of hypnosis for another. We’re just trading one dream, one nightmare for a dream but we’re still asleep.

Again, I’m not knocking these stages. I still work on it myself. We want to at least begin to inch ourselves into the mystical path, because the mystical path isn’t about improving your beliefs. It’s about waking up. Metaphysical teachings are more about improving your beliefs and self-help and self-improvements and most even religious teachings. The mystical path is about waking up. It’s about transcending all thinking, all believing, all identities, all pairs of opposites, all attempts to merely improve our conditions, and to wake up and discover who we really are, what’s really going on, who we are, where we are, what we are, why we are in the ultimate sense. The result of that expanded awareness is we pop out of our stories and beliefs. That then expresses itself as what the world will call improved experiences, improved conditions. The difference is they’re different in quality, because when you pop out of your belief and touch reality, and touch grace, and it transmutes itself into better experience, you know that you didn’t manifest that experience through your own mental thinking and believing. There’s not a personal sense of attachment or a personal sense of you have to keep it going, or as if you have done it all through your own believing and ultimate manipulation. There’s a part of you that knows it’s not permanent. You can’t necessarily depend on it 100%, and you’re never fully free in it. When you touch reality, the reality of wholeness, and that wholeness manifests as improved conditions, there’s a level of knowing that that was just the way it is and that’s never going to change. There’s a whole different level of freedom.

I just want to invite you into this next level of beginning to contemplate. Who am I beyond all of my stories, beyond all of my beliefs? You also come into what’s really called a knowing. Believing is a surrogate for ultimately knowing. What you’re really wanting is to have a knowing. You can have a lot of belief about something and even that belief can inspire you and charge you up. You can really believe in God or that life is for you, etc., and it can support you. When you touch reality directly, you now have a knowing that you’ll never have to think about again. You don’t have to do any affirmations about it. Nothing the world can ever show you or do can ever change your mind, because it’s not on your mind. You’ve touched reality. It may transmute into a set of constructive powerful beliefs and thoughts, but it’s not coming from those. You see?

You are now anchored in solid ground that no shifting sands or winds can blow it away, move it away. You’re free now. The more you’re anchored there, that’s what it means to be spiritually liberated, to be awake, to be enlightened, to be free. That’s what’s I’m inviting you into. This is the next stage to begin to contemplate. Who would I be if I couldn’t believe anything, I couldn’t think anything? Who am I without my story even my good story? It begins to pray the prayer of awakening. More than I want to fix, change, heal, control or improve anything or anyone, I want to wake up to the truth that makes me free. I want to see ultimate reality. As that becomes your mantra, that makes you a candidate for these insights and for these openings.

I invite you to begin to include that as part of your practice, your meditation, your contemplation and share. Post in the Facebook groups. Share some of the insights that are beginning to emerge as you begin this or go deeper in this path of being a true mystic, a modern day mystic. I welcome you to this path. I hope this has served you. To continue to get more support, if you haven’t already, please register for this podcast on iTunes. Leave a review so that others can find this material. Share it with a friend or loved one. It’s one of the greatest gifts you can give people, is to share content that has moved you, inspired you or helped you in some way. It costs you nothing, but it pays tremendous dividends, and even turn and teach it to somebody, because what you teach, you embody much, much deeper. You can go to DerekRydall.com. Go in to the free resources and download some free trainings and support. You can go to EmergenceTraining.com, if you haven’t already got your free Law of Emergence course. If you want to grab my book, Emergence, you can go to GetEmergenceBook.com. Click on Barnes & Noble or Amazon tab, and grab a copy of the book for like $10 or $12. Come back there, put in your information. I’m going to give you almost $1800 in free support, programs, and you’re even going to get a trial to be able to do some coaching with me in the Emergence Academy, so I can really support you in getting real results.

I’m all about results. I know I do some deep philosophical waxing and down the rabbit hole talks to open your consciousness and plant seeds to begin to blossom a more fertile vibrant awareness of truth. I’m also about rolling up your sleeves and getting practical and really helping you create a great human experience, not just merely sit in the cave and contemplate your navel. Please go check out those free resources. Share this with your friends and loved ones and clients and just take one action that applies this. Teach it, apply it and watch as really those seeds take root and begin to bear rich fruit. Until next time. Remember to live authentically, love unconditionally, and follow your destiny. Take care.

(Bonus Episode) When to Stay the Course, When to Change Directions

(Bonus Episode) When to Stay the Course, When to Change Directions

It can be very challenging to know when to stay the course and when to switch lanes. As I’ve taught, one of the most important things to do as a creator and entrepreneur is to pick a lane and to stay with it until you reach a specific result — no matter how challenging it is.

This level of commitment and focus brings up all the unconscious limitations that need to be healed, released, or integrated — and leads to building real soul stamina, resilience, and character. When we follow every shiny object and switch back and forth when things get difficult, boring, or unsure, we thwart our evolutionary progress.

It’s like circling the runway — we never get liftoff speed or escape velocity. In other words, we have no momentum. And without momentum, it takes all of your existing energy just to keep things moving. There’s no leverage, no capacity for deep creativity and innovation.

I struggled and suffered from this syndrome for many years until I understood the power of picking a lane and sticking with it with total commitment, no matter what, for a certain period of time. The result was that my work took a quantum leap — going from barely nothing to a global business in just over a year.

In order to succeed, one must develop the capacity for sustained focus. This is a key distinction that separates achievers from non-achievers. Non-achievers stop when things get hard, when they get bored, or when the results aren’t forthcoming. Achievers stay the course until they reach the finish line, no matter how hard it is.

This isn’t easy. As Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “God will not do His works through cowards.” Making real chance, making a real difference, and fulfilling your potential requires courage, strength, and a willingness to buck the trends of human thinking. That’s why so few ever do it!

You have to be willing to challenge and ultimately transmute limited beliefs and conditioning. You have to be willing to do what must be done, even when you don’t feel like it, even when people and conditions seem against you. But the result is a life worth living — a life where you are living on the emerging edge of possibility.

As the saying goes, “If you’re not living on the edge, you’re taking up too much space!”

Now, a common question around staying the course is, “How do I know if I’m meant to keep going or change directions?” This is often accompanied by sayings like, “Things are so hard, it must be a sign from the universe that I’m not meant to do this.”

Let me make this very clear: things being hard is NOT a sign from the universe that you’re meant to stop. If that was the case, just about every person who has ever made a significant difference in their life or the world would have quit!

The only sign from the universe that you might be meant to change directions is that you no longer desire the thing you were striving for. But even this can be tricky. Often, after much effort, the dust and grit of the journey can cover up your burning desire, to such an extent that you can barely feel it anymore, if at all.

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To check this, just ask the question, “If I was guaranteed success, guaranteed to be brilliant at this, and to be well received, and I could do it in a way that truly fulfills me, would I still want this?” This helps to override the ego’s threshold and the weariness that the journey has built up. If this sparks your desire again, stay the course. This is a sign of what’s trying to emerge…

You might discover along the way that new insights, new inspiration, new vision, new capacity and new opportunity starts to show up in your life. Before you know it, you’re getting hired somewhere or you’re doing something unexpected. That’s not an accident, that’s emergence. You just couldn’t have pictured it or imagined it from where you were before. This is a result of staying the course.

The key is to remain mindful, because if you’re a creative entrepreneurial type, you can have all kinds of new ideas and possibilities arise that tempt you to change course. You must stay vigilante. Ask yourself if you’re just tired, scared, bored, frustrated, and wanting relief…or if things have really changed and it’s time to make a different move.

Most likely it’s the former. The fact is, most people are just not willing to develop the inner fortitude it takes to stay on track long enough to get real, sustainable results. The main reason is that it requires real change, not just cosmetic makeovers. You have to actually become a different, more expanded, better version of yourself — if you want to keep creating better results.

To the ego, real change is equivalent to danger or death. So it will bring out all the heavy artillery to try and make you back away from the border of change. It’s had a long time to master this process — and it really thinks it’s protecting you. But if you want to make real progress and create real growth and success, you need to challenge this part of yourself and see through its coping mechanism.

Bottom line, you need to make a choice and pick a lane — then stick with it for a specific period of time until you get a specific outcome. And you need to do this no matter how hard it gets. If you’re willing, you will not only make real progress — something most people never do — but you will become an evolved version of your previous self!

Make the commitment today. Create a real vision, with a real plan — then put it on your calendar. Find an accountability partner, someone who also wants to make important changes in their life, and commit to supporting each other. This could make all the difference.

Listen to an in-depth podcast on this subject, where we break it down and talk about how to put it into real-life practice TODAY. This will be a real game-changer!

And remember, self-help is shelf help – you have everything you need already!

Stay inspired!


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[The following is the full transcript of this episode of the Emergence, A Revolutionary Path for Radical Life Change, with Derek Rydall Podcast]

Derek Rydall here, and I want to welcome you to another episode of Emergence, the revolutionary path for radical life change, where we’re diving deep into the core principles of life that lead to consistent and dependable success and growth, to really living and growing and unfolding the way we were designed, which all of nature reflects back to us, but we have unfortunately become disconnected from. Our true nature is that we are individualized expressions of life. All the power, presence, substance, wealth, health and life, everything that is necessary to truly create our masterpiece, to paint our masterpiece on the canvas of time and space, to display our destiny of greatness, all of that is already here. It’s already within us. It’s already who and what we are, just as electricity is already everywhere, but we have to create the structure to plug into it. Likewise, everything that we need to be all we were created to be is already here. The process of growth and unfoldment and success isn’t about making it happen. It’s about making what is already happening welcome. It’s about creating the inner and outer conditions that are congruent to it that it may become manifest through us and as us.

We’re talking on this topic when to stay the course and when to change directions. This is a really common challenge for a lot of creative types and entrepreneurs and really just spiritually-minded, heart-centered people that are wanting to be about something. It can be very challenging to know when to stay the course and when to change, when to switch lanes. As I’ve often talked about, one of the most important things to do as a creator and entrepreneurial type is to pick a lane and to stay in that lane. That’s really, really difficult to choose when you have so many possible ways to go, or you’re just not sure and you want some kind of guarantee and assurance before you get all in. You try to joggle multiple things and play the field, and you find that nothing ends up growing, and you don’t gain any real momentum. I struggled and suffered from that for many years until I understood the power of picking a lane and sticking with it with total commitment no matter what for a certain period of time. The reason for that is that character is not developed when things are going easy. Character, which ultimately determines your destiny, is developed when things are challenging, when things are difficult, when things don’t go your way.

That’s when you develop character. In the same way that you don’t develop muscles by lifting a weight that’s so easy and doesn’t do anything to you. It has to tear the muscle. It has to do something in order to actually cause the muscle to tear and cause it to develop. If you’re not tearing your muscle, you’re not growing your muscle. It doesn’t mean you can’t maintain without tearing it, but if you’re going to grow, if you’re going to keep growing and unfolding and evolving and not merely maintaining the same status quo, you have to be going beyond comfort, convenience, yet go into those thresholds of consciousness, those boundaries of your known self-concepts and your concepts about life. You have to cross those thresholds. You have to break down those walls. You have to challenge and ultimately transmute limited beliefs and conditioning. That’s a never-ending process, because your true nature is infinite. It’s always unfolding. There’s always something more, always something new, always something next. Ultimately, you learn to live on that edge, that emerging edge, that evolutionary edge. As the old saying goes, If you’re not living on the edge, you’re taking up too much space.

Along this journey the question that arises, if you have had the courage to pick a lane, is when to stay the course and when to change? I want to tell you right out of the gate, for all of you metaphysical, spiritually-minded individuals, this is what I want you to get very clear, because this is one of the most common statements or questions. When things get hard, people will say, Maybe that’s just a sign from the Universe that I’m not supposed to keep going. I really want you to hear this: Things being hard, even really, really hard, is not a sign from the Universe that you’re supposed to stop. Think about it. If that was the case, then look at all of the greatest inventions and innovations in pretty much every area. How much challenge and strife and struggle, Martin Luther King, Jr. would have quit a long time before he ultimately made the kind of progress he did. Gandhi, Mother Teresa, Buddha, Jesus. Buddha suffered and struggled for years trying to understand and to break through. Jesus was hunted down and persecuted. Gandhi was constantly challenged by the British government. Mother Teresa was thought to be crazy and a fool and got sick and had all kinds of challenges. Thomas Edison failed purportedly thousands, if not up to ten thousand, times to discover and develop the light bulb. Walt Disney went bankrupt twice. Colonel Sanders tried to give away his chicken recipe somewhere over a thousand times, just giving it away for free. He couldn’t get anybody to take it. He persisted, something around a 1,003 or 1,006 somebody gave him the graciousness of just trying it out.

Over and over and over again, you see the story. If challenge and strife and even suffering was a sign from the Universe you’re supposed to quit, we’d still be in the dark ages. I want you from now and forevermore to erase that silly statement from your mind, Oh, it must be a sign from the Universe. No. The most important signs from the Universe are the ones you have within you, because the Universe is really in you. You’re not in the world. The whole world is in your consciousness. One of the most important signs that you’re meant to stay the course is your desire. The desire in its truest meaning is a root of the sire, or of the creative principle, of the Father, of the creative principle. It’s an indication of what’s in you trying to emerge. As long as you desire it, then it’s true.

Now, a caveat to that is it’s like it hears you now saying, Well, when it gets really, really hard, I don’t want it. I felt like I don’t want it anymore. You have to identify or discern the difference between truly not wanting something and just being burnt out or overwhelmed or disappointed, because the dust and grit and debris of the journey can cover up the spark, snuff out that flame and turn it into various sparks on the backbone of your soul, barely a pilot light, and it can feel like you don’t want it anymore. Sometimes, that’s an appropriate evolutionary process. It’s an erosion process that’s breaking down your ego, breaking down your willfulness, because as one of my mentors, Michael Beckwith, says, Where there’s a will, there’s a wall, but where there’s willingness, there’s always a way. Sometimes, we go in for our desire with a lot of willfulness and just pure will and force and push. Ultimately, as we grow and develop, we need to become more of a channel, an instrument for a higher power, a higher movement rather than merely being an ego that’s trying to make something happen. That can be eroded. It can feel like we don’t have as much desire, but what’s really happening is we’re becoming more and more surrendered.

One of the other things is it just can get covered up by the dust and grit of a journey, and so you need to ask a question to override that particular state of consciousness. You can ask, If I was guaranteed to succeed, if I was guaranteed to be well-received and guaranteed to be brilliant and good at it, do I still want this? Maybe you’re feeling tired and burnt out and disappointed in dissolution, but when you sincerely ask, If I could still have this and it could be easy and I could do what I want to do with it and create and contribute the way I want, with who I want, where I want, how I want, do I still want it? If you ask sincerely, and it’s merely been covered up by debris, you’ll feel that little kick, that little twinkling again. You’ll be like, Oh, yeah, I do want it. I’m sad, I’m disillusioned, I’m disappointed, I’m burnt out by all the struggle, but if I could really still write that book or make that impact or have that relationship or whatever the contribution might be, I really do still want that. I don’t know how I can get it. I feel a lot of doubt about it but I do want it. Then, that’s the sign you are meant to stay the course.

Some people would say that that’s giving false hope, because sometimes you could want the thing that you’re just not cut out for, like you want to be an NBA basketball player, and you’re 5’, or you’re 45 years old or something like that, and in that case, I would ask you to really check and see is that really your burning desire? If it is, then you can use the visioning process, the visualization process, to get into the feeling tone and be open to other ways that that vision is trying to unfold. What are some other versions of it? Maybe it’s not being an NBA player. Now, I’m not saying it’s not possible, because there are examples of people over the age that had become professional athletes or under the right height that had become professional athletes. So, I’m not saying you shouldn’t, and especially if there’s a burning desire, but sometimes that impulse to be or do or have something is being misinterpreted, that if you didn’t become an NBA basketball player, or you didn’t become the president of United States, whatever it might be, that if you could be involved in that world, that would feel just as good –a commentator, an author, a blogger, a videographer, somebody that’s commentating, expressing, creating in that area – that might feel just as inspiring and empowering. So, I’m not telling you to let go of the big vision, and I’m not saying that you let any of those worldly limits get in your way. For example, there are people, Grandma Moses became one of the world’s famous artists in her 70s or 80s. People had become doctors in their 70s and maybe even later. All manner of things happen in ways that define logic or defy what the world says it has to be, so I’m not telling you not to because of those. I’m just saying that sometimes what we think we want does contain the essence of what we want, but the exact form may not ultimately be what we think it will be.

That’s why I always say you can use visualization to access the qualities of feeling and being. You can do the LIFT process. If you don’t know what the LIFT process is, I would invite you to listen to the podcast where I talked about that and/or get the Emergineering program or the Emergence book and learn how to integrate that process. In any case, if you do that process and endeavor in advance towards your dream, your vision, as you come in to vibrational alignment with it, if the picture is not quite right, you’ll be course-corrected. Okay? The key is if you still want it, if you ask those questions and you move away some of the dust and debris and you still want it, then you are meant to still keep going for it. Again, we don’t know what the ultimate outcome will look like, but there’s something in that desire that is telling you something is in you trying to be born. That’s the key. As you do the work to come into the vibrational alignment with it, as you do the work to go for it and stay the course through those thresholds of fear, doubt, lack, limitation, challenge and it causes you to dig deeper and stick by something when all seems lost and build up the courage, the confidence, the strength, the faith, the resolve and the stamina, all of that is developing your character. It’s making you a stronger and stronger instrument to create and contribute and show up, stand up, speak up, speak out and be who you really are in a more powerful bold way.

You might discover along the way of one particular journey, as you’re becoming this individual as a result of staying on the course, that suddenly new insights, new inspiration, new vision, new capacity and new opportunity starts to show up in your life. Before you know it, you’re getting hired somewhere or you’re doing something. That’s not an accident. That is the unfoldment. You just couldn’t have pictured it or imagined it from where you were before. Much like the caterpillar. The caterpillar is following its impulse. It starts eating and eating and eating and doing all this stuff. Pretty soon, it pushes itself into a catalyzing state where it starts in the process of becoming a butterfly. Eventually, it creates a cocoon. It liquefies. All that wonderful stuff happens. It literally dies to the caterpillar, reborn as a butterfly, and now it is flying in an all new atmosphere. Well, if the caterpillar had a vision for its life, and it wanted to build the best caterpillar life possible, and that drove it to do whatever it’s doing, it drove it to an edge where it began this catalytic process of becoming a butterfly. That initial vision drove it there, but what it ultimately becomes was beyond its self-concept. It couldn’t have imagined the butterfly life.

The truth is you can’t really imagine what your destiny is, because it’s outside of imagination. Imagination is just a rearranging of existing known things. It’s a wonderful tool, but ultimately your vision lives in what I called the emergination, which is the imagination of the soul. We can’t really imagine. We have our best guess. We go forth, we stay the course, we build the character, and we come in to complete vibrational attunement or integrity with it. It changes us from the inside out as we stay the course. We build all kinds of skills and capacities and qualities of being. We become a better and better version of ourselves. Sometimes, the vision looks somewhat like what we imagined, or at least in the ballpark, and other times we’re taking on an event that takes us into places that we never imagined, but is always good and even often better than what we imagine. That’s why it’s no problem to start with the vision that may or may not be the exact accurate picture. As long as you do the LIFT work to come into vibrational alignment with it, because the vibrational qualities of it can never go wrong. If you’re developing more and more quality of abundance, joy, power, peace, love, etc., you can’t go wrong with that, because that’s universal. According to your unique pattern, it will begin to shape and form itself. That will lead you into new directions.

We must pick a lane and stay the course. Obviously, you have to develop a vision. You have to know where you’re going. If you don’t know where you’re going, every road will take you there, and you’ll be lost. You have to have a vision, and that’s the work we go through in the Emergineering process or the Soul Purpose Blueprint work. Now, you’re on course, and you stay the course. You pick a time period, so that for the minimum, 6 months, 12 months, for me, it was initially 18 months, you’re going to go for a particular result, and you’re not going to let up until you get that result. You’re going to do all the work to grow mentally, emotionally, spiritually, creatively as otherwise along the way. As a result, you will be a better version of yourself. Perhaps you’ll continue to stay in that direction, or you’ll discover after all there’s a new direction, but you’ve built the character now. You’ve overcome some core karmic patterns, and you now built the character to really now take the next leg of your journey.

Now, when is it time to change directions? Well, there’s a couple times. One is when in all sincerity the thing you are going for you truly, truly do not want anymore. That’s an evolutionary ark that happens to people where you are going for one thing. In fact, in the world of drama and storytelling, they call it a false goal. You see a lot of movies where the character has a false goal. Oftentimes, it ends bittersweet or tragic, where they only realize at the very end what they really wanted, like Citizen Kane where he’s going for all these riches and success, which was really a reaction to a wound. At the end, all he wants when he’s dying in his big mansion alone, all he wants is Rosebud, which is his sled when he was a little boy, which represents family and love and connection and innocence. At the end of the day, that’s what his soul really wanted, but he had lost it along the way, so it becomes a tragedy or a cautionary tale. You see that in stories.

Sometimes you see it like in Rain Man, Tom Cruise thinks what he really wants is to control his brother and get the money from the estate or make money from these cars, and at the end all he really wants is a real relationship with his only family, his brother. That’s bittersweet because at the end, he gets the relationship, but he loses his brother. He can’t keep him. So, we see that in stories all the time, these false goals that when a character goes for them, if they keep going, eventually it changes them. In some cases, they realize the error of their ways in time and they switch courses, and that’s a triumph. In other times, they get part of the goal but not the full goal, that’s bitter sweet. In other times, they don’t get it all, but they realize it or will realize it was a false goal, and that’s a tragedy.

The same is true with you. As you’re going along, and let’s say you think what you really want is to have a big business and make millions of dollars, get a mansion and a Ferrari, whatever that might be, and as you’re growing and developing emotionally, mentally and spiritually, things happen that transform you and deepen you. At some point along the way, you really get that making all this money is not my goal after all. It’s really not what matters to me. I’ve really changed. What really matters to me is making this contribution or having this family or maybe a completely different industry. After all, I really just want to be an artist. Like the story of the guy who was felt pressured by his parents to become a doctor. He pursued being a plastic surgeon, and what it was was this artistic impulse put into the most hopefully, in his mind, the way he can make the most money. Eventually, he was very unhappy and realized it was a false goal, being a plastic surgeon, and he wanted to be an artist. Like the lawyer who felt pressured by his parents to become a lawyer and ultimately got cancer and decided he was going to go for what he really wanted and that was music. He began to play music and learn music, and he was healed. These are examples of where we go for a false goal, but we really get through circumstances, through inner experience, that that’s no longer what we want. It’s clear, and it’s replaced by what we do want. Sometimes, it can just go away, and we don’t know what we want. We experience a dark night. Other times, we get really clear, suddenly or incrementally, this is just not what I want or care about anymore. What I really want and care about is this. That’s an obvious example of when it’s time to change directions when we really don’t want it anymore.

The other time is where it just already evolved. It might not be as dramatic or drastic, but it just evolves. Like for me, I started off as an actor, and at a certain point, I had a spiritual opening, and it wasn’t really a conscious choice per se, but I was just so pulled and driven to go on this inward journey that the outer pursuit of acting became unimportant to me. It wasn’t even like a conscious choice. It wasn’t like the outer experience of acting was so hard and painful that I wanted to change it. It was just this inner experience was so powerful I couldn’t resist it. Then, as I went on, I started writing, and I was developingmyself as a screen writer. That didn’t take off initially, but I found out I was really good at talking about story, and almost organically, as I begin to pursue where the interest was, I grew into a story consultant and script consultant. There was this kind of organic awareness that that was a door that was opening. I could make money. I could learn the craft even more. I could be of service. I could get all these needs met by pursuing that. Then, at a certain point, it became clear that that was no longer fulfilling enough, that I really wanted to be writing my own stuff. So, I began writing my own stuff, or rather I began getting hired to write other people’s stuff, instead of just consulting to write whole screen plays. Eventually, that wasn’t fulfilling enough, and I realized what I really want to do is write my own stuff. So, I began writing my own stuff and getting other people to hire me to do that. Eventually, I got really cleared that I wanted to write a book about how I did it all.

These goals emerged organically, and there was like little incremental steps or little incremental turns, and then eventually I was consulting, and then eventually I was bringing in spirituality into my consulting. Then eventually that drove me to write another book, There’s No Business Like Show Business, on consciousness and creativity and the media. Then I saw that, as I developed the platform to market that book, I began to learn marketing, online marketing and all these new areas in order to make that project successful. That led eventually to me wanting to just be a coach, a transformational coach. Now, I took all that I’ve learned from that and began to apply it there. You see there was like this incremental gradual evolution. At certain points, I had to make a decision – try to keep this other alive and do this other thing or eventually put all my attention into the new thing and let go of the other. That was hard. I had to again choose and let go of some good stuff that was working in order to go for this thing that I really wanted.

When to change directions is either because you truly lose the desire. It’s just not there anymore. You just don’t want it anymore. You don’t want to do anymore, not because of burnout, but because you really changed. The other thing is organically a new direction arises, and it’s often a progression to one side or the other of what you’re doing. Now, you have to be mindful, because if you’re a creative entrepreneurial type, you can have all kinds of new ideas arise, new possibilities arise. I’m not talking about Shiny Object Syndrome. I’m talking about you are steadfast and committed to a result, and you are all in and you’re working, like I was a story consultant or a screen writer. I mean I was really, reallydoing it. I wasn’t just playing at it. I was committed to very specific outcomes. That evolved into new tributaries. That’s different than What about this? What about that? What about this? What about that? Now, the what about this, what about that came into play when I had multiple possibilities, because something new was emerging and I had to see, I had to try. I was trying to hold onto the thing that was passing and the new thing that was emerging. That’s when I had to be willing to let go. Ultimately, when the Law of Emergence became evident to me, I had to once again be all in committed fully. For me, I chose a minimum of 18 months to be all in, create the program, create the offering, launch it, and see how it went. I wasn’t going to stop for a minimum of 18 months. That’s when all of my work was taken to yet a whole another level.

These are the things we want to begin to discern: When to stay the course, when to change directions? I can tell you for many of you, just from my experience, the biggest challenge is staying the course. The biggest challenge is being committed. The biggest challenge is picking a lane and staying in it when things get hard. They will get hard. You will bump up against lots of walls. You may experience loss. You may experience all kinds of rejection. You may experience every door close against you. You may experience what appears to be the whole world telling you you’re crazy, you’re wrong, this is not going to work as have many, many creative entrepreneurs, teachers, leaders. None of that means you should stop. Your work is to get clear that you still want it, that it’s still the vision and the mission, and then to do the deeper work that I teach – embracing the shadows, the values conflicts, strengthening the inner core, reconditioning so that you have soul stamina, so that you’re truly rooted and anchored within, getting the accountability partners, having coaches or mentors or group that can really support you and hold the space when you don’t feel like you can.

If you don’t have that kind of support around you, you must get it. Mentoring and coaching is a principle. It used to be the master apprentice model. We’ve lost that to our great detriment. The mastermind principle where you have a group of people that are supporting you in different ways is a principle that we used to have in some of the greatest innovators and leaders of the turn of the century and beyond, they have that. Look back in history, you see groups of individuals that were tight-knit, that were supporting each other, whether it was the industrialists of the industrial revolution or the Renaissance people that hang out together or the time of the Greek period where there’s Socrates and Aristotle and Plato and all those types of individuals forming together in mystery school. There was this group that came together, supported each other, bounced stuff off each other that held like a morphic field, their own attractor pattern that was separate and apart from the societal norms, so that they could keep lifting each other while society was constantly trying to pull them back. They had mentors and masters that they could apprentice under so that they can continue to be lifted and lifted and lifted, where otherwise condition, society, their own patterns would pull them back and pull them down.

So, you need to have these. You need to have those structures in your life so that you can stay the course and you can get to that point where you grow beyond those thresholds, you truly grow, you truly develop character which determines your destiny and also can have the kind of healthy feedback that can help you make the decision when it’s time to change direction. I invite you to really take this to heartfelt consideration and to take some kind of action, whether it’s a deeper commitment to stay the course, whether it’s a reevaluation if it’s time to change directions, but do some work on this today. If you don’t have a coach or a mentor or support group, get one. We serve people in that way. Obviously, I coach. We have master coaches here at the Emerging Edge Community as well as Mastermind and in the Emergence Academy, which is a very inexpensive way to get that kind of support on an on-going basis. Wherever you get it, get it because you need it. We all do.

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