There is a book by Paul Arden that I love which has very recently been translated to Turkish, “Whatever You Think, Think The Opposite.” This British advertising guru is also the author of the bestseller “It’s Not How Good You Are, It’s How Good You Want To Be.” Arden tells us to switch from wishing to wanting. Arden claims: “Start taking bad decisions and it will take you to a place where others only dream of being.” He is a radical, but could he also be right? Is it true that if we forget to listen to our heart and decide to move about life following what is reasonable we miss out on listening to our soul. We are unique. How can we fit in a certain mould? We should only if we believe that it fits us and only if we want to use it.
My bio-energy teacher Moshe usually reminds me “If you only decide with your mind, do not be surprised if you are unsatisfied with the result. The heart needs to be involved in the decisions.” We can make a lot of money, we may get the promotion and marry the most popular girl, but the main issue is, are we happy about it? Do we feel content and satisfied? Or immediately after, do we go for something new to achieve?
Let’s look from a different angle. Paul Arden says that being fired is one of the best things that can happen to us! Here is another new idea. “Since you had no choice but to accept it, you might as well look upon it as a good thing. You will have to arrange your life differently. … You must begin again. It’s a wonderful opportunity for you. Literally, they let you go.” I have never been fired – for I only worked for my Dad J, yet there have been times where I had to change the course of my life due to decisions made by others. It can be a helpless feeling, if we choose to look it that way. What if we choose to look at it another way? What if it is a blessing in disguise?
There are many teachings that try to show us to look at life from other perspectives. Kabbalah is one of them. It teaches an old and forgotten approach to life and has its roots in the teachings of Abraham the Patriarch. Among many things it also gives info on astrology. For example, it tells that there are times in a year, in a month, in a week that contain openings where we may have a greater connection with the Light of the Creator, the Light of The Universe. Every month, the time of the new moon is considered to be such an opening. Every month, at new moon, according to Kabbalistic astrology we enter a new energy. For example, the month of Cancer, which begins on June 20th according to the Kabbalistic calendar, brings with it the difficulty of controlling our emotions, misunderstandings, and challenges with the feelings of love, hate and regret. If we can be aware that the energy of that month will bring us, we can do something about the difficulties that we face, or use some the tools given to make those difficult time better and live more smoothly.
It also deals with how the zodiac sign that we are born in affects our whole life or how knowing the challenges and difficulties can help us in life. The dates for the zodiac signs are a littler different than the commonly know dates that we come across almost in every newspaper.
Kabballah also points out that everyday a unique energy is available in the world, with its unique frequency. And that each day should be lived as a gift for it is unique and once is gone, is not coming back, and should be lived and utilized as such a gift. Going against our nature and transforming our inherent nature are also important concepts. Kabbalists believe that we can create global change when we change and improve ourselves. Kabbalists says “Everything is a message from the Light. Everything is coming from the Light. When we are reactive, we lose an opportunity. Give love and be ready to listen.”
I would like to give you some reminders from Paul Arden for your week and hopefully life:
If you want to be interesting, be interested.
Ask for a slap in the face.
Do it, then fix it as you go.
Reach for the stars.
What’s your opinion?
There is no right point of view.
How you present yourself is how others will value you.
Sometimes the clever thing is not to be too clever.
The world is what you think of it. So think of it differently and your life will change.
As Confucius said “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”
Let take a step today to our love ourselves as we are, and a step to give a helping hand, to share to make another person’s life a little better.
Do what you love and love what you do. The American Real Estate Giant Donald Trump says “You can only become a billionaire by doing what you really love to do. That’s what I do.”
May your small steps bring about amazing changes. Wish you luck and happiness in all areas of your life.
Affirmation of the Week:
“I know that old, negative patterns no longer limit me. I let them go with ease.”
By Louise L. Hay
Quote of the Week:
“Nothing can prevent your picture from coming into concrete form except the same power which gave it birth – yourself.”
“Enthusiasm Makes the Difference” By Norman Vincent Peale.
The Turkish translation of this book is available under the name “Farkı Yaratan Coşkudur.”