Thursday, June 24, 2010

Courtney Love: Live and Well

Last night, Lori and I saw Hole and Foxy Shazam at the House of Blues in Boston (great place for a show, FYI). I've been a Hole fan ever since I heard their amazing "Live Through This" album back in 1994. In fact, I had tickets to see Hole on tour with Marilyn Manson in 1999, but Courtney pulled out of it after just a few dates. Though I wasn't sure what sort of performance we might get from the wildly unpredictable Ms. Love, I was  psyched to finally see them live - well it really is just Courtney and some hired hands; nobody from prior versions of Hole are in the band today.

I was thrilled with what we got. Courtney was funny, engaging, loose, and playful. I thought she sounded great. She said last night in Phili was her best sounding voice, and tomorrow in NJ will be her destroyed voice - so we got the best rock 'n roll voice. She had lots of interaction with the audience and debated with her band over the set list on multiple occasions, just seeming to wing it often, jamming and making up lyrics on the spot at the end of songs. She mentioned Kurt a couple times, even sang a line from "Smells Like Teen Spirit" at the end of "Awful", and teased "Dirty Water" (the rock and roll ode to Boston) repeatedly during the show. She said how much she loved Boston, more specifically people from Boston. We even learned that one of my favorite songs, "Doll Parts," was written in Boston; at Joyce's house--she asked if anyone knew Joyce. Nobody seemed to. By the end of the night she was showing off her $800 underwear. Ah! There was the Courtney I was expecting.

Opener, Foxy Shazam, was a bizarro blast of mayhem and energy, but they were far from loved by all. If Freddie Mercury had Gumby a love child who fronted Faith No More, you'd get something close to Foxy. Very fun band.

Next week: Lady Gaga!

Boston Herald Review: Love's a Hole 'nother animal

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Movers and Shakers Video for Hay House

7/12/10 UPDATE: Wow! Cheryl Richardson announced the winners for the video contest tonight and I've been named one of three runners-up. The three of us get a group coaching call with Cheryl. I want to thank Cheryl, Reid, Louise and everyone at Hay House and all the fantastic Movers and Shakers I met in Boston who encouraged me to do the video in the first place.

Back in April, I attended "Movers & Shakers" in Boston, a weekend event for aspiring authors and speakers. When I first heard about the event, I was only aspiring to be aspiring, but I went because it sounded interesting and I needed to start somewhere. Part of the program was a video contest resulting in people being selected for an online event or their own radio show with Hay House. The deadline is June 23, 2010. There were so many amazing, polished, and powerful people at the event; published authors, speakers, counselors, and coaches--people who've been doing their work for years. I never had any intention of submitting a video. Yesterday, after reading some comments by other Movers and Shakers on Facebook, and being prodded by the Kindness Guy himself, I realized winning wasn't the point. Making a video was the point, and since I was afraid to; I had to.
Making it was rough; posting it was even harder. Though I've talked and blogged about this subject for a while, I never enjoy it. If the contest was for most swear-filled outtakes, I'd own it hands down.

Sunday, June 06, 2010

A Day with Abraham-Hicks

Yesterday, Lori and I attended a Law of Attraction workshop with Jerry and Esther Hicks, and it was a blast. They got a huge ovation as they entered the room and my first thought was that Esther looks younger in person. Lori thinks the opposite for Jerry, oh well. Jerry speaks first; he says they are here to have fun, and it is practically a stand-up comedy routine as he and Esther run through the ground rules of the day. The tone is set; high energy, and lots of laughs.

Esther takes the stage, says “Hello” quickly followed by “Goodbye” and I realize we don’t actually listen to Esther, but rather Abraham. I wonder if Esther ever gets to talk to anyone? She closes her eyes and lowers her head, and the room goes totally silent. She nods her head a bit and smiles as she tunes into the frequency of Abraham. I even feel myself jump, as if a chill hit me from head to toe.

The day consists of hour long sessions and twenty minute breaks. People raise their hand to ask questions and Esther/Abraham points to make a selection. Though the audience was overwhelmingly female, the vast majority of people chosen to speak were male.

Highlights of my notes:
There are two frequencies in us at all times. The source energy that created us still exists, so we have source thoughts and we also have thoughts in our physical bodies. Those combine to make our point of attraction.

You must manage your own point of attraction – how you think and feel about everything.

Abraham goes off on the Gulf oil spill, and even the ump who blew the call on the perfect game. How can anyone do something positive when so many people are sending them ill will? News channels have live feeds to make sure everyone knows how bad the oil spill is, that just keeps the problem going longer. BP can’t find the positive solution when so many are sending negative energy toward them. Can’t be actively involved in the problem and the solution at the same time. They are different energies.

You can be justified in your feeling bad, but it helps nothing.
Manage how you feel and what you focus on and you will experience better things.

The problem is that people are willing to put up with negative emotion.

You must care about how you feel.

No one is doing anything to you.
Well being will prevail. Well being always wins out.

When focused on the problem, not the solution, we feel negative emotions. This is because we are splitting our source energy and physical energy.

Emotions are indicators of how well we are keeping up with creation in the Vortex.
Vortex of creation is the only present tense in the universe. Manifestation is old news. You’ll feel relief in the vortex.  (Vortex is where you are aligned with Source, your soul, you are turned on, tuned in, in the zone, in the flow...)
Conditional love is a fairy tale and is a horrible thing to be taught.

You MUST tend to your point of attraction.
FEEL GOOD regardless of conditions.
Solution and problem come into focus equally, unless you focus only on the problem. That cuts you off from the solution.

The best answer to everything: “It’s gonna be okay.”
That is the answer to all illness. If people heard and believed that, their problems would fall away.
The amount of love someone else has for you is none of your business.

Don’t want kids to learn to jump through hoops to make parents happy or to love them. That is conditional love and acceptance. Do you want your kids to behave or align?

It is only your own alignment you can control or change.

Don’t look to others for love – look to your alignment, your Vortex.
It isn't your job to keep anyone happy.

You can always gain your balance. You must look for it from your vibration, NOT your environment.
Be more cheerful, optimistic, and happy. Make the best of where you stand.
Do your work from inside the Vortex.
The Vortex is where your heart sings, and you are feeling great. When you are there, milk it. Pre-pave your future.
Speak of your hopes, wishes, dreams, and plans there. It might not last for an extended time – milk whatever moment there is. Practice, and it will be easier to get and stay there next time.

How far from reality are you able to imagine? Need to be far from the problem to imagine a solution. Big vibrational difference between them.
Out of the Vortex – imagination will be worry on bad things and outcomes. In Vortex, imagine what you want.

You get what you consistently think about, whether you want it or not.

People are such good observers their vibration is rarely different from what we are looking at. That brings a very slow pace of change and manifestation.

This reality that we think is so real, isn’t. It is constantly changing – into more of what we see. Imagine different to create a different reality. Focus on the solution. When all focus is on the problem – more problems.

Too many people let reality train their vibration, and they can’t imagine anything different.
Ignore “reality” and fantasize a different reality that you want. Vibrational reality will shift.

Can’t be a top observer and deliberate creator.

Do all the talking when the problem is NOT active. Don’t be in problem orientation.
I will no longer try to create xxx, while observing what is not pleasing to me.
I won’t try and find the solution while focused on the problem.
Be solution oriented.

The harder you try outside the Vortex, the harder it gets.

Let how you feel be the only thing that matters to you.

"Happily ever after" is the order of the universe.

 - Now that we know Jerry and Esther make an annual stop in Boston, we have a new yearly tradition of a day with Abraham.

Friday, June 04, 2010


I love how life works.  A little over two years ago I first saw an interview with Jerry and Esther Hicks. I had never heard of them before and Esther seemed a little out of it and had a very bizarre way of pronouncing certain words. I thought she was a bit of a nut.  Later, I discovered she was some sort of "channeler" and she was speaking as Abraham - a form of mystical intelligence. That is when I knew for sure she was a nut.
Fast forward a few DVDs, books and years later and I can't wait to see Jerry and Esther live tomorrow.  I've become a big fan of Abraham's teachings and where it comes from just stopped being a concern along the way.

This info is from their website because any explanation I try won't cut it. Actually, Abraham sounds a lot like Larry The Lizard to me.

"Sometimes no amount of words will do a subject justice.
Abraham is a name. A symbol. A feeling. Evocative-yet simple-like we want our names to be.

But who, or what, is/are, Abraham . . . really?
          Workshop attendee: ". . . you're a very attractive woman, too."

          Abraham: "We're usually a nebulous mist, so that is quite a compliment." (Laughter)

Louise Hay calls them "some of the best teachers on the planet today."
To Dr. Wayne Dyer they are "the great Masters of the Universe!"

A veritable who's-who of authors, speakers and teachers continue to publicly acknowledge and praise the immense value of the wisdom that is pouring forth through Esther.
Abraham has described themselves as "a group consciousness from the non-physical dimension" (which helps a lot!). They have also said, "We are that which you are. You are the leading edge of that which we are. We are that which is at the heart of all religions."
Abraham has told us through Esther that whenever we feel moments of great love, exhilaration, pure joy, stoned-out bliss, even the energy of sexual orgasm when we feel that Energy Flow rushing through our bodies, that is the energy of Source, and that is who Abraham "is".
"Jerry and Esther never used the word channeling," Abraham reflects. "It is used when applied to them, but they have never used it, because it means many things of which they are not, you see."
"You could leave the channeling out of it. Call it inspiration; that's all it is. You don't call the basketball player a channeler, but he is; he's an extension of Source Energy. You don't call the surgeon a channeler, but he is. You don't call the musician, the magnificent master musician, you don't call him a channeler, but he is. He's channeling the broader essence of who he is into the specifics of what he is about."
Esther herself calls Abraham "infinite intelligence," and to Jerry they are "the purest form of love I've ever experienced."
We say check out Abraham for yourself. It's the only way to go and the only way to know. If watching or listening or reading the words of Abraham feels good to you, then you're in the right place. If they sound "off" to you, or maybe even a little bit annoying—adventure on!
And finally—from Jerry—"Mr. Practical":
"I don't know what they are and I don't care what they are. I'm just using them for the good it will do for myself and others."
And sometimes—all is said with just one word.
Abraham. They just are what they are."

-- And that is good enough for me.