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This Little Piggy Will Help You Reach Your Dreams! (Seriously.)

Written by Chris Cade on . Posted in Free Spiritual Gifts, Spiritual Development

Knowing that I make a real difference in peoples' lives keeps me going, especially on the rough days. ๐Ÿ™‚

That's why I am so grateful to give a big THANK YOU to our community supporters for supporting positivity, inspiration, and kindness in our world!


Have you ever wondered what the difference is between people who follow their dreams and achieve them…

And people who "try" to follow their dreams and end up never getting there?

Believe it or not, this cool little piggy has your answer. ๐Ÿ™‚

Don't worry. I'll explain in a moment.

First though, I'll give you the simple & short answer:

Awareness.

That might sound even too simple to be "simply speaking," so hear me out… ๐Ÿ™‚

Those who are successful aren't just taking action. They take the inspired right actions that are in alignment with their inner awareness.

They take forward steps towards their dreams with the understanding of WHY that particular action will help them get to their dreams.

The thing is, self-awareness can be surprisingly deceiving.

How often did we believe we knew what wanted…

Only to later find that we didn't want the very thing we chased?

This happens with money. Happiness. Relationships. Focusing on all the outer objects in the world can distract us from the truth of what we really want.

And the way to find what we really want is to look INSIDE consistently. Not just once or twice. Not just every now and then.

Looking inside develops the awareness we need to take the right steps toward our dreams.

Now you might be wondering what any of this has to do with the subject line of this blog post:

This little ๐Ÿ– will help you reach your dreams! (seriously)

I was reading an eBook called "20 Self Exploration Exercises" (it's free and you can grab your copy here), and in it there was a BRILLIANT quick exercise I'd never heard of before.

It was so simple, yet so powerful, and so easy to do, that I absolutely knew I had to share it with you.

Here's the entire exercise (yeah, it's that short):


"Get yourself a jar. Throw in a coin each time you sell out on yourself and your dreams with an excuse. Then when there's enough money in the jar, put it towards  having one those things that are not yet in your life because you had excused or reasoned them away."


Basically it's using our self-awareness to fund an old-school piggy bank. ๐Ÿ™‚

Anyway, that's just one of the exercises in the book. As you can guess from the title, there's 19 more of these gems waiting for you…

And they're all designed to help you develop the self-awareness that will catapult you towards your biggest dreams.

Download Your "20 Self Exploration Exercises" eBook Now

It was written by my friend Thea who I've known for over a decade. ๐Ÿ™‚

This Little Piggy Will Help You Reach Your Dreams! (Seriously.)

Written by Chris Cade on . Posted in Free Spiritual Gifts, Spiritual Development

Knowing that I make a real difference in peoples' lives keeps me going, especially on the rough days. ๐Ÿ™‚

That's why I am so grateful to give a big THANK YOU to our community supporters for supporting positivity, inspiration, and kindness in our world!


Have you ever wondered what the difference is between people who follow their dreams and achieve them…

And people who "try" to follow their dreams and end up never getting there?

Believe it or not, this cool little piggy has your answer. ๐Ÿ™‚

Don't worry. I'll explain in a moment.

First though, I'll give you the simple & short answer:

Awareness.

That might sound even too simple to be "simply speaking," so hear me out… ๐Ÿ™‚

Those who are successful aren't just taking action. They take the inspired right actions that are in alignment with their inner awareness.

They take forward steps towards their dreams with the understanding of WHY that particular action will help them get to their dreams.

The thing is, self-awareness can be surprisingly deceiving.

How often did we believe we knew what wanted…

Only to later find that we didn't want the very thing we chased?

This happens with money. Happiness. Relationships. Focusing on all the outer objects in the world can distract us from the truth of what we really want.

And the way to find what we really want is to look INSIDE consistently. Not just once or twice. Not just every now and then.

Looking inside develops the awareness we need to take the right steps toward our dreams.

Now you might be wondering what any of this has to do with the subject line of this blog post:

This little ๐Ÿ– will help you reach your dreams! (seriously)

I was reading an eBook called "20 Self Exploration Exercises" (it's free and you can grab your copy here), and in it there was a BRILLIANT quick exercise I'd never heard of before.

It was so simple, yet so powerful, and so easy to do, that I absolutely knew I had to share it with you.

Here's the entire exercise (yeah, it's that short):


"Get yourself a jar. Throw in a coin each time you sell out on yourself and your dreams with an excuse. Then when there's enough money in the jar, put it towards  having one those things that are not yet in your life because you had excused or reasoned them away."


Basically it's using our self-awareness to fund an old-school piggy bank. ๐Ÿ™‚

Anyway, that's just one of the exercises in the book. As you can guess from the title, there's 19 more of these gems waiting for you…

And they're all designed to help you develop the self-awareness that will catapult you towards your biggest dreams.

Download Your "20 Self Exploration Exercises" eBook Now

It was written by my friend Thea who I've known for over a decade. ๐Ÿ™‚

The Journey Of A Thousand Miles

Written by Chris Cade on . Posted in Spiritual Development

When we look at highly successful people, it's easy to just see the end results. We see the fortune, the fame, and the freedom they experience.

What we don't often see is the path they took to get there. We don't see the steps they took, the plans they executed, and especially the mistakes they've made. We don't see that the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. And then another.

Rarely have there been truly successful people who took one single step and acheived all they ever wanted. I don't know if anybody has ever done that. Yet when we see results, and we want those results, we often forget that there's a journey between where we are and where we're headed. We want the outcome, but we often don't want to take the journey to get there.

The thing is, those successful people we idolize, envy, and want to emulate did take those steps. They didn't just suddenly show up with a billion dollars or the perfect game.

Let's take Michael Jordan for example…

…He was cut from the basketball team in high school.

……He missed over 9,000 shots.

………He's lost almost 300 games.

…………26 times he was trusted to take the game-winning shot…

……………And he missed.

From all accounts if you looked at his failures you'd think wonder how he ever even got on a basketball team.

Fortunately, Michael Jordan's success isn't judged by his failures.

He's remembered because of all the little steps he took along the way. The hours of dedicated practice. The games after games that he played. The passes to teammates who did win games and make key plays.

His own words are the best reminder as to why we remember him as the greatest basketball player of all time:

"I've failed over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed."

Michael Jordan showed us that every step, quite literally on the court, leads to greater success. He didn't igve up when he was cut from the basketball team. He kept practicing and practicing.

Most people who are wildly succesful have had similar kinds of failures. It's in every walk of life. The thing is, those failures aren't really failures. They're just additional steps in the process. They illuminate where a person may have mistepped, or has more to learn, or has limiting beliefs.

Once the "mistake" is recognized, then we see it for what it is… a "mis-take." It becomes an opportunity to "take" a chance again, ot try again, to take another step. In this way, each step builds upon the previous. We learn more, we grow more, we create more… and ultimately we succeed more.

This is true whether it's 9,000 "mis-taken" basketball shots by Jordan, 10,000 "mis-taken" lighbulb attempts by Thomas Edison, or your own version of 1,000 steps.

The end result was success, and while all great successful people maintained their focus, they succeeded greatest by taking the next step in front of them.

In that light, keep your aim and also take a few minutes each day to do two simple things:

(1) Notice where you are right now.

Honor it. Appreciate it. Realize that every step you've taken in your life has brought you to this place and empowered you to be who you are.

(2) Take one simple and small step towards your big goal.

Recognize that there is something you can do today and maybe even in the next five minutes that will bring you closer towards your dream.

Maybe it's as simple as saying an affirmation.

Maybe it's learning from a mis-take.

Perhaps it's meditating, doing something to improve your productivity, or using these 5 free brainhacker audios from my friend Karl:

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When you click the link above, you'll be able to get access to all 5 of his new 'Brainhacker' audio programs – and also a video tour of his powerful "Subliminal360" software.

I used version 1.0 of the Subliminal360 software for over half a decade (about 6 years), and I had version 2.0 up and running on my computer for over a year after it first became available.

In fact, it's the ONLY personal development product that I used every single day.

Also… If the next step you take is a "mis-take"

Then learn the lesson and "take" it again. Your succes in life will be determined greatly based on the steps you take along the way.

We don't get to the top of a staircase, or a pyramid, in a single bound. As much as we'd like to believe we're Superman, we aren't. We're human. And that requires a systematic, methodical, step-by-step approach to success…

Because that's how we're designed.

You “Shouldn’t” Have Preferences

Written by Chris Cade on . Posted in Spiritual Development

In many spiritual paths, great value is placed on becoming a person with no preferences…

This is an extension of the ideas around detachment / unattachment and nonduality. The underlying premise (promise?) is that if we don't have preferences about how life "should" go, then we won't have to feel pain, disappointment, and the other negative emotions that take away our peace and inner well-being.
    
You know what I have to say about that?

In most cases, it's total hogwash!

I don't know about you, but I kind of like having preferences. ๐Ÿ™‚

Suggesting that I "shouldn't" love chocolate, raw milk, sunshine, the beach, and my son is pretty ridiculous in my book.

While I don't claim to know the Divine purpose of life, nor can I explain lots of Universal happenings and mysteries, I do know one thing:

No matter what's happening, if at all possible then I might as well enjoy the ride!

More seriously though, I think a lot of people who subscribe to the "no preferences" theory are mistaking the difference between preference and the attachment to their preferences.

I absolutely love chocolate and have it both in my breakfast cereal as well as periodically throughout the day. And quite honestly, I prefer chocolate over vanilla.

That doesn't make vanilla bad. Nor will my peace of mind and heart be shattered if I never had chocolate again.
    
And I still prefer chocolate. ๐Ÿ™‚

When we are totally Present and living in the moment, we also discover something really special about preferences:

They are actually expressions of us being drawn to what we love.

Let that sink in for a moment.

Coming full circle…

"Enlightenment" isn't about becoming a mindless automaton who "has no preferences." That's no more enlightened than an ameoba. 

Enlightenment is quite the opposite…

It includes being a mindful, conscious present being who is totally in touch with his/her preferences.

(even when those preferences aren't manifested)

Sitting Beautiful Sunset Mindfulness Meditation

I’ve Been Sick :(

Written by Chris Cade on . Posted in Spiritual Development

Gah! I've been sick for a few days…

Fortunately, I'm feeling notably better (probably a few more days until I'm recovered) and it's reminded me of a valuable lesson I learned when I was sick a couple of years ago.

See, a while back when I was previously sick, on one particular day, I had enough energy to take a short walk. I needed some sun and a little movement to help rejuvenate my body and spirit.

During this particular walk, I was reflecting on my gratitude for many things. I was asking myself whether or not I was feeling pleasure.

I noticed I was feeling grateful for many things! One of them was my gratitude for not being as ill as people who can't get out of bed or can't even appreciate the sun and fresh air that I had.

Then the moment hit me hard…

The aha that surprised me…

I realized I was actually being grateful for what I *didn't* have.

I was grateful that I didn't have the experience that others, less healthy, had. I wasn't being grateful for what I actually was experiencing and already had in my life.

I was stunned and immediately shifted my perspective to simply be grateful for what I have…

With no comparisons.

It's so easy for us to do that. Many of our parents taught us to be grateful for what we have "because other people aren't as fortunate." While well-intended, that approach doesn't foster a true sense of gratitude for what is. It's almost a guilt / shame approach to try and force gratitude where it might not exist.

And that doesn't feel so good.

So next time you find yourself grateful for what you have that somebody else doesn't, be it health or objects or relationships, take a few deep breaths and just ask yourself this simple question:

"What am genuinely I grateful for in this Present moment?"

See what you notice ๐Ÿ™‚

On a related note, one woman I am grateful for…

Is my friend Sonia Ricotti. ๐Ÿ™‚ If you haven't already downloaded her free "Bounce Back BIG in 2018" eBook, then now is the time.

In this eBook, she shares with you:

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  • The #1 most critical and important thing you must do first that will turbo-charge your results this year and next
     
  • How to reprogram and re-wire your brain to manifest greater success, wealth, peace and happiness
     
  • How to easily let go of the pain, suffering, stress and anxiety – and move forward with confidence, peace, joy and ease
     
  • How to create the blueprint for YOUR dream life – the one you love and really deserve!
     
  • … And more ๐Ÿ™‚

Sonia is a phenomenal woman, whose friendship I am grateful for. And I am grateful to share her, and her latest eBook with you as well. ๐Ÿ™‚
 

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There Is No Donald Trump

Written by Chris Cade on . Posted in Spiritual Development

My previous posts have been rather long-winded. I've tackled some topics that many teachers or leaders either avoid completely or try to inject their personal biases into.

I'm no different in that regard, except that the bias I interject is different.

I'm not trying to persuade you to any political direction. I'm not trying to convince you that a particular candidate or President elect is good nor bad.

Frankly, those topics are irrelevant in the grand scheme of things.

My agenda is simply this:

To point each of us as close to our True Nature as possible. That is my bias. That is my intention. And that's where my heart is.

With that in mind, I want to explicitly state that none of my writings about politics are really about politics. I'm just using these recent events and the election to point at something much deeper.

This election has been a metaphor for ALL of the challenges we have in life.

Whether we call them…

"Trump or Clinton"

"Republican or Democrat"

"Unemployment or Death in the Family"

"Medical Emergency or a Broken Heart"

It doesn't matter what label we give it, we are reminded of this simple truth from A Course In Miracles:

"Nothing real can be threatened. Nothing unreal exists. Herein lies the peace of God."

Or phrased differently such as the subject line of this email: There is no Donald Trump.

The labels we use are designed to pull our attention away from the simple truths of life…

Simple truths such as the reality that as humans, we are fragile.

As spiritual beings, however, we are invincible.

That's easy to forget when times are tough.

It's even easier to forget when times are good. That's because the Universe is DESIGNED to bring out our best through challenge and adversity.

Look at nature for a moment…

A baby chick will die if an egg is broken from the outside. Yet in order for the chick to survive, it must break the shell from the inside. Then it can grow and even create life.

Similar is true of butterflies. If we help them out of the cocoon, they will never develop the strength they need to fly. They will die on the ground. However, if we let them be challenged, they break away and spread their beautiful wings… bringing life wherever they go.

Those are just two examples. Everywhere we look in nature there are examples of challenges that bring out the best in life.

So while I can sit here and write all about the election, Donald Trump, his intended policies, and the social effects of his election, my bias and intention is simply this:

Look deeper.

Go beyond the politics.

Go beyond the social unrest.

Go beyond any fear you may have.

Go beyond all the labels of your fears, doubts, and illusions.

And answer one simple question for yourself:

Whatever you're facing now…

How is life challenging you to GROW into your BEST self?

Your wings are beautiful.

"Nothing real can be threatened. Nothing unreal exists. Herein lies the peace of God."

Nothing Real Can Be Threatened (Donald Trump, Part 2)

Written by Chris Cade on . Posted in Spiritual Development

With so many people scared of what a Trump presidency might entail…

So many scary "what ifs"…

I was struck by this thought yesterday:

What if…

Because of his massive ego….

He actually strives to be the greatest President that ever lived?

And what if…

He succeeds?

Or even got halfway there?

I didn't vote for Trump. However last week well before the election, a dear beloved friend asked me if I could live with a Trump Presidency.

I was clear that I could. And that if it happened, I believe it's for the highest good.

Some people may wonder why I’m not scared or stressed. Some friends might say it’s because I’m white and male, so therefore quite privileged – especially in a Trump-led nation.

Though that’s not something I can “do” anything about, it unquestionably affords me a larger degree of safety than any racial, religious, or gender minority that is actively prejudiced against.

For me, that’s mostly unconscious. Still, it’s also undeniable in our culture.

Having friends of many different backgrounds who have been heavily prejudiced against – and who have serious concerns about some of the social unrest already caused “in the name of Trump” – I understand at least a little more about social privelege than others who share my gender / racial social benefits.

I recognize there is MUCH more for me to learn, and much more for me to listen to. That is happening.

I also accept the responsibility that comes with that privilege, including advocating with those of us who are targets of prejudice.

Still, when I think about why I personally don’t have the same fear over these changes to our nation – something else comes to my mind and heart.

For those closest to me, they know what I've been through. They know a story about me that few ever will.

And after being through my Dark Night of The Soul, after having almost lost everything and everybody that I hold dear…

A Trump Presidency holds no fear in my heart.

Only love.

Love is the only choice that can create miracles when our illusion of control is taken away.

I remember during my Dark Night having many emotions –

Fear, anxiety, insomnia, pain, depression, hopelessness…

And I held in the other hand, prayer, hope, visualization, and a genuine compassionate well-wish for my perpetrators:

"Forgive them, they know not what they do."

I don't know what to expect for the next four years.

What I do know is that with all of our government legislature Republican, we will finally see a lot of change.

My prayer is for it to be overwhelmingly good.

If it isn't, then in 4 years the country will see more clearly… and hopefully, choose again (as A Course In Miracles says).

What comes may not be easy, though I can pray it will be.

What comes will produce change and awareness on a scale our generations have never seen before.

Now more than ever we need open hearts and broader perspective.

“Nothing real can be threatened. Nothing unreal exists. Herein lies the peace of God.”

Giant Meteor… Or “Trump vs Clinton” ?

Written by Chris Cade on . Posted in Spiritual Development

I haven't written about politics before…

DISCLAIMER:
Though this is written through the lens of politics, do not mistake it for a purely political post. If you truly grasp what I'm pointing at, then the implications are huge for all aspects of your life:
    
Big and Small, Local and Afar, Outer… and Inner.

This is in no way intended to endorse any specific candidate nor their ideologies. Instead, my hope and intention is to offer a way of thinking that goes beyond what is being most frequently presented.

The subject line of this blog post, forgive me, was taken straight from a news article that pointed out in a random survey of 853 Americans, 13% of the people polled would rather have a giant meteor hit the Earth than vote for either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump.

That points to just how "disastrous" this year's political primaries have been.

While I do have a few friends who genuinely are behind Trump or Clinton, the vast majority have voiced opinions that their vote will go to the "lesser of two evils."

And interestingly enough, no matter who my friends are voting for, they've presented rational perspectives on why their particular candidate is, in fact, the "lesser."

Some will vote the Party Line, even though they have publicly denounced their own candidates. A few are considering third-party candidates and ignore the fear-based rhetoric that they would be "throwing their vote away."
    
With that in mind, now seems like as important a time as ever to illuminate possibility beyond the fear, hate, and disappointment that is currently running the circles.

Both of the major parties are positioning this election as an enemy war — even going so far as to say "If you don't vote, then you're voting for the other party's candidate." The math on that isn't exact, though non-voting does hurt candidates who depend on the voters who vote for the "lesser of two evils." At least in the current US political system as it's designed.

But what if there is another way of looking at this?

What if we look at the opportunity being created?

Many people complain about a "two party system" yet most haven't given reasonable support to third-party candidates… at least not enough to boost them higher in the polls to be included in presidential debates.

Here in the US, any candidate who has at least 15% of the popular "vote" during unofficial polls is allowed to participate in public presidential debates. Yet most people never even hear of other candidates, and therefore, those candidates don't poll high enough.

While it may be a "throw away" vote to commit to a third-party candidate, the opportunity is this:

Raise public awareness of third-party candidates like Gary Johnson (Libertarian Party) & Jill Stein (Green Party) for the simple purpose of getting them into the public debates. Allow more voices to be heard in our public system.

Even if neither of them win, America will have an opportunity to see more views beyond the prominent two parties.

Our country faces a grave proposition: The 2nd worst rated presidential nominee against the 1st worst rated.

That may not change by the time November rolls around.

And it *definitely* won't change if third-party candidates aren't in the debates to introduce the public to views and possibilities beyond what has already been presented.

So if your heart has already committed a vote to Clinton, by all means vote for her. If you've already committed your vote to Trump, by all means do that too.

I'm not trying to change anybody's political views.

That's NOT what this is about.

The invitation I am making is this…

Consider that just because you've committed your vote to a specific candidate doesn't have to stop you from also supporting a larger political dialogue in America — by raising awareness of third-party candidates enough to get them included in public debates.
    
If you truly believe in your candidate, then your views will successfully hold steady amidst authentic conversation, constructive criticism, and healthy compassionate debate. In fact, it will strengthen your conviction… not lessen it.

Gary Johnson is reasonably close to the 15% popularity he would need to be included in public debates, and Jill Stein could potentially gain enough visibility as well.

So if you want the US Presidential debates between now and November to include more than just "the lesser of two evils," then include Gary & Jill in your political dialogue…

But don't do it just because you believe in what they stand for. To do it just for that reason alone is to entirely miss what I'm talking about.
    
Instead, let's talk about 3rd party candidates because more voices need to be heard in America.

Instead, let's talk about 3rd party candidates because comparing and contrasting them with your chosen candidate will make you more knowledgeable, wise, and committed to the choices that ring true for you.

Instead, let's talk about 3rd party candidates because by doing so, you will learn more about yourself.

And instead, let's talk about 3rd party candidates because it gives us an opportunity to think outside the box and become more self-aware…

Individually, and collectively.

If you've been reading my blog for a while, then you may have picked up on my undertone: This entire post is NOT actually about politics…

Politics here just serves as a metaphor for any aspect of life which feels like we have to choose "between the lesser of two evils" or we feel that we are "between a rock and a hard place."    

This metaphor is a reminder that there *IS* another way of looking at your life — no matter what is going on in it.

A Wise Man I Never Knew Once Said…

Written by Chris Cade on . Posted in Spiritual Development

A wise man once stood in front of an audience and cracked a joke, and everybody laughed like crazy.

After a moment he cracked the same joke again. Less people laughed this time.

He continued to crack the same joke again and again until there was no laughter in the crowd.

Then he smiled and said:

“You can’t laugh at the same joke again and again. So why do you keep crying over the same misfortunes over and over again?”

Story originally posted on the SuperheroYou FB page. To get free access to replays of their most recent 2016 conference, click here.

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