In this episode, I interview John Morton about the challenges he has had and highlights since being passed the spiritual mantle from his teacher, John-Roger, 30 years ago. John is the Spiritual Director of the Movement of Spiritual Inner Awareness, Chancellor of the University of Santa Monica and Chairman of the Board of Insight Seminars. Find out more about John Morton at msia.org and johnmortonministries.org.
I recorded this episode while camping near Santa Cruz with my dog, so it has a little different feel.
Lately I’ve been speaking with people about God. Some are atheists and claim to not believe in God, others are religious and claim to believe in God. I find so much of the discussion revolves around belief or disbelief, yet there is no agreed upon definition of God. So, I discuss my view on letting go of beliefs and redefining God in a way that is more supportive to opening to the experience of That Which Is. I play an excerpt from John-Roger’s seminar “Are You Getting Disillusioned” (full seminar available at msia.org)
I also talk a bit about some hot and cold techniques I’ve used for health, injury recovery and weight loss.
For the latest Episode I interview Michael Hayes. We discuss his story of how he came to be a spiritual healer and counselor, as well as looking at what is going on in the world today from a unique, spiritual perspective. Michael has been doing this work for 40 years and is known as a ‘counselor’s counselor’ as he assists people who assist millions. You can find out more about Michael at awaketolove.com
I spent a lot of my time trying to manage time. I read books about managing time. I had private sessions on managing time.
The only problem: I still didn’t feel like I had enough time
If the framework you are functioning in doesn’t work for you, that is, it doesn’t allow you to succeed, then change the framework! So I’ve thrown out working in the managing time framework. What I replaced it with works much better.
Managing time is like managing waves in the ocean. The waves just keep coming no matter how much you try to manage them, and time keeps going. When I was younger, I used to get overwhelmed a lot. I would feel the pressures of deadlines, and getting everything done that needed to be done. When I would discuss it with my spiritual teacher and boss, John-Roger (J-R), he would tell me, “Just do what’s in front of you to do.” It was simple, yet true. I would do that, but because I was still relating to the idea of time, eventually I would get overwhelmed again. As I got older, still trying to manage time, I found that the thing I seemed to lack most was time. The time to do all that I wanted to do.
Recently, I had a realization that rather than manage time, I will manage my energy. As my friend and teacher, J-R, got into the latter years of his life, I noticed that he was much more ruthless with what he got involved in and where he put his energy. His body no longer had the luxury of youth, and so out of necessity he cut away involvement in engagements, decisions and even conversations that weren’t the most important use of his energy. In a way, what I have done is to apply the lesson in my observation.
Concentration is the secret of strength in politics, in war, in trade, in short in all management of human affairs. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Now, instead of thinking in the concept of time, I think in the concept of energy. Where does my energy go? It goes where I focus. So, now I choose what I will focus on. In terms of how that works in my everyday life, each day I look at all that I can do, all that’s on my to do list, and decide what on my list (or something not on my list) is the most important place for me to put my focus and thus my energy. In terms of my business, that would be to look at what is the most important thing for me to put my energy into in alignment with the goals of my business. When I decide what that is, I focus on those things until completion.
Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work at hand. The sun’s rays do not burn until brought to a focus. – Alexander Graham Bell
Since I am managing my energy rather than time, I find that small distractions can take more energy than they are worth, and so I keep my focus on what I’m doing. I batch the little administrative items to a time in my schedule, and put my energy into them and focus on them until completion when that is important.
Obviously, I still schedule things, and have a to do list. But my schedule is no longer about managing time, but selecting a time for meetings and a time for important things for me to put my energy into. My energy management is the focus, and scheduling my time is a tool.
What’s amazing now, is that, as long as I don’t move back into the “managing time” framework, I seem to have plenty of time to do everything that is important. Time now takes care of itself. It seems to manage itself just fine, just like the ocean manages the waves. Time manages itself far better than I ever could.
I also find that I am living in the present much more. I can only use my energy to do things in the moment. The only place we can actually do, the only time in which we can take action is in the present moment. In this moment I can choose what to focus on, and there my energy will go. I can think and feel about the past and future, but I can only think, feel and do in the present.
Here is the prime condition of success. Concentrate your energy, thought and capital exclusively upon the business in which you are engaged. – Andrew Carnegie
So, if like me, you haven’t been able to manage time or always feel like you don’t have enough of it, try instead to manage your energy by choosing where you place your focus.
In this episode I talk about my struggles with time management, feeling like I never had enough time and how I was able to get rid of time management for a better framework.
The main part is a look at Lincoln’s leadership example and what we can learn from it, discussing one of my favorite books about the Lincoln, Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin, as well as an excerpt from John-Roger, on leadership (from the seminar Are You Surrendering Your Leadership avail. at MSIA.org)
In the episode, Jsu and I look at how John-Roger (J-R) taught us, as part of our spiritual training, to use dreams.
I also talk about a simple tool that I has been using to loose weight and get healthy.
Jsu Garcia is an actor/writer/director/producer including making a documentary on John-Roger’s life called Mystical Traveler. Along with me, he lived and worked closely with J-R for many years. Most recently, he authored the book Love of a Master about his life with J-R.
Check out the latest episode with Siri Khalsa!!!
Siri is the former body guard to spiritual teacher Yogi Bhajan, a medic in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, spent many years in an ambulance and on ski patrol, teaches tactical medicine to medical personnel, law enforcement and military/special forces. In this interview with Nat, Siri shares the lessons he has learned from life on the front lines. We also hear of a health recommendation from the secret hollywood health guru, Sat Hari.
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So, in my last post, I laid out for you three questions you can ask yourself when feeling captive by a situation (per John-Roger’s seminar). This is also a topic that I discussed in my podcast’s first episode.
It reminded me of a story which Siri (who’s interview will be available in Episode 3 of the podcast) told me was in the news a couple years back.
In case you forgot, question three is “What price am I willing to pay to get out of the situation I am in?”.
A man robbed a bank, handed the teller a note “I have a gun, give me money,” got the money and proceeded to take a seat and wait for police to arrest him.
When the police asked why he did it, he said he would rather be in jail than have to go back home and be with his wife.
Makes me laugh every time!!!!!
Now, I do NOT advocate doing things that harm you, others or that are illegal as a price to pay for getting out of a situation…and the judge seemed to make that point for me (keep on reading for the story’s punchline). It really is important to understand the foundational principle of all the work we do is to take care of ourselves, so we can help take care of others. It is about moving in a positive, uplifting direction. Being able to clear our “negative” emotions in a constructive, positive way. That is the basis upon which we do these exercises. So, if the price you are looking at paying is something that doesn’t align with taking care of yourself, or if you feel so trapped you are looking at doing something that would hurt yourself or others, that’s not what we are discussing here. Please get help from someone qualified to help, because others can often help us see the solutions we may not be able to see ourselves.
That being said, let’s get back to our bank robber who was arrested and brought before the judge. Do you think the judge gave him jail time as the man had wanted? I’m sure you’ve guessed that he didn’t.
This man provides a humorous example of choosing an unproductive price to pay…and to prove that, the judge sentenced him to 6 months of home confinement!!!!!
I guess it really didn’t work out for him. Instead of going to jail to get away from his wife, he was sentenced to 6 months with her.
Now I’m really laughing!
So, when considering the price your willing to pay, remember to be clear on question 1 (If I didn’t have any of the things I feel trapped by, what would I do?). Its important to find a positive direction, one that will lead to your greater growth and expansion in your life.
How many of us have had times in our lives where we’ve felt stuck in a situation in our lives that is no longer bringing us happiness and joy? I know I could raise my hand, both hands (and more hands than I have). It could be a job, a relationship, living conditions or any situation where we feel a captive. I found answers, or rather the right questions, in a seminar by John-Roger (J-R) called Nuclear Radiation from Ground Zero (the seminar is available here).
When you finally get sick and tired of being tired and sick, you can get to a place that J-R called ground point zero, where you are willing to pay the necessary price to get out of the situation. In that place, there is a new-clear energy that radiates. There is simple freedom and simple clarity.
Even if you haven’t reached that point yet, there are some questions you can ask yourself to get clarity. It may not solve your problem, but can give you a view point that is outside of your dilemma. Its an opportunity to be honest with yourself, so you can realize what it is that is stopping you from getting out of the situation and what it would be like if you were free of it.
Sometimes, just getting a greater understanding of where you actually are can start the process of change that you are looking for.
So here are the questions to ask yourself:
1. If I didn’t have (job, experience, degree, trade, wife/husband, kids, parents etc), if I didn’t have any of the things I feel trapped by, what would I do?
2. What is it that bothers me that makes me stay where I am when I feel a captive?
3. What price am I willing to pay to get out of the situation I am in?
As you contemplate the answers to these questions, or possibly write them down, you can find a deeper understanding of yourself and the situation you are dealing with.