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I'm Joseph Bernard, Ph.D. My work is guiding and encouraging you to live with purpose, to set a course towards a greater realization of what is possible for your life, and to expand your opportunities for greater happiness, peace, and love. As you grow it benefits humanity and makes you an active participant in making a positive difference in the world. 

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Saturday
Jul282007

7 Great Personal Qualities for the 21st Century

I gave my first talk in awhile last night at the Earth Works Expo in Denver. It felt so good to be out their stimulating minds and hearts. I can see the hunger in people to awaken, to be alive, to live from their hearts, and to make a difference in the world. When I write, I miss the feedback, questions and conversations of a live audience. I look forward to giving more talks in the future and to continue to spread inspiration from my words here at my blog. I welcome your feedback and questions in the comment section. Now here are 7 great qualities for life in the 21st Century

1. Patience – in this hurry and worry world the ability to be patient will set you apart from others, make you less reactive, and allow you to act when it is right to do so.
2. Acceptance of Self – you were trained to be highly self-critical. Breaking from the inner critic sets you free to realize your potential and to open your heart to love.
3. Determination – this quality for you is essential in a time when the barriers can be formidable, the distractions numerous, and the mind chaotic. With determination you will not be stopped by the limits of ordinary human beings.
4. Courageous – with the heart of courage on your side, you can take on what for many may seem impossible. You can go on the adventure of a hero’s journey and come out better for it.
5. Flexible - Today if you have flexibility you will find yourself able to adapt, to course correct, to maneuver around the obstacles of life. You will also find yourself stronger when the challenges of life come your way.
6. Open Minded – When your mind is open mind, you can keep on growing, you have more possibilities, you are free too see from a variety of viewpoints, you can avoid rigidity, allow more feedback, and be more open to greater success.
7. Compassionate – The world needs your understanding, your ability to listen, you guided by your heart, your receptivity to the feeling of others, you realizing your capability for great kindness, caring and love.

Have a wonderful day and share your light with the world.

Friday
Jul272007

Change From the Bottom-Up

After yesterdays rant I decided I need to be more solution focused. I wish I had answers for the some of the issues I wrote about yesterday. I have some ideas I want to share with you and then encourage you to share ideas with me and with other readers.

First idea is that inside of each of us are some very strong callings, intuitions, purposes that need to be listened to now. If you find you get all upset, incensed or exasperated over an issue like health care, hunger, peace, environment, clean water or whatever, than most likely there is something there for you to explore. That reaction in you means you want something different than what is. So see where you have high reactivity and go explore what you can do to make a difference. If you have a lot of passionate responses than you have much to do in this lifetime, so you better get started.

The next idea is to not focus on what is wrong for very long. If you do, you can slip into a “poor me” state of mind which does not do you or the world any good. Instead bring your thoughts to what you want to happen. Like being involved in eliminating world hunger; seeing the end to all wars; a world of justice for all; universal health care for everyone on the planet; clean water and air for the next 7 generations; and many other great results. Then get involved either as in individual or join with others

The third idea is that there are now over a million NGO’s (non government organizations) involved in changing the world from the bottom-up. Positive change most likely will not happen from the top-down. These organizations are value driven and represent the passion and mission of other concerned citizens of the world. Find an NGO that is on a mission you want to get involved in. Give them your time or share some of your financial and other resources. People working together can make a powerful difference. Check out www.wiserearth.org. and www.pachamama.org

The fourth idea is to work for two causes that will change the landscape of our democracy. The first is to join others and insist on election reform that includes a clear paper trail for all votes. This election reform must also include the ending of special interest funding for elections. Elections must be free of influence money. The second part is to limit corporate power. If greed and power are allowed to continue to be the driving forces of corporations than our democracy is on a crash course. Corporations were set up to benefit the people, not for the people to be used for the benefit of the corporation. With these two reforms everything else will more easily come into balance.

That was my four ideas for today. What are yours? What are the changes you see as most important? Leave a comment below and let’s see what ideas people come up with.

By the way if you are in the Denver area this weekend, I will be giving a talk on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Earth Works Expo in the Denver Merchandise Mart on Five Things You Can Do to Change the World and also selling our peace t-shirts at our Peace Together booth. Stop by and say, “hi”.

Thursday
Jul262007

You, Your Questions, and Your Heart Are So Needed Now

Lately I have been thinking and feeling that the world we live in offers us lots of challenges. There is a subtle but constant pressure to conform, to think like others think, to accept what is, to not question leaderships, to be ok with what is, to be weary of those who have different beliefs, to judge everyone and everything as good or bad. The individual is encouraged to give him or herself over the prevailing thoughts and beliefs of those in the “know” and to buy into the corporate think that the profit motive gives permission to act in any way necessary.

I have my own unique point of view that real differs from the others. I feel it is absolutely essential that you and I question what is going on. I also feel it takes great heart and courage to do so. There is so much we need to look more closely at and than determine, when needed, how to bring about positive change.

Is it ok that good health care is unavailable to many because of the huge profit making going on in the insurance, medical and pharmaceutical industries? Do you know Americans are prescribed more drugs than any other country? Is it ok that oil companies are making record profits out of our wallets? Is it ok that we were lead into the War in Iraq by a mass of misinformation? Is it ok that terrorist alerts are regularly spread through the media for political purposes? Fear is a powerful tool for control of the people.

Is it ok that religious leaders of one point of view can dictate to the rest of us how we should believe and act? Is it ok that some CEO’s run their companies with god like powers and without regard for the people, planet and future generations? It is as if the so-called “Me” culture is now running many of our heartless companies. Don’t you get tired of the news being so focused on the negative and fear generating stories? Is it really news anymore or just entertainment driven sensation?

Well I am on a rant today. Please excuse my lack of respect for what is. Is there anyone in our leadership in this country looking out for the good of the people, for you and me? Has the Congress or the President tended to the needs of the people or to the interests they are financed by? OOPs there I go again. When I start questioning, I have so many questions that I can hardly stop. I hope that happens to you too. There is much that is going on in the world that truly needs to be questions. The talk shows are really a bunch of talking head that lack any true heart or soul. The leaders say one thing and then continue to fund the war and kill more and more people, both our soldiers and the Iraqis, and somehow in a twisted way that is ok? Yikes I can’t stop wondering why all this stuff is going on that feels wrong to me and yet it continues?

Ok, so what can you and I do about things that matter to us? Maybe you want justice for all, or universal health care, or the end of humans killing each other for some cause, or to end world hunger, or to save the planet, or a peaceful world full of understanding and compassion? Whatever it is, make a commitment today to do something every week to make a difference. Maybe it is a letter to your congressional representative. It could be that you volunteer for an organization that works for justice, feeds the hungry, works for health care for all, or whatever it is. Maybe you start a blog and rant, spread your ideas, help people turn on the light of their own minds and hearts. The important thing is that you stir the pot and stop stewing in it. Do things that feel right. Let your heart and your inner wisdom guide you. You are so needed now.

Wednesday
Jul252007

Desire, Intention, Expectation: 3 Magnetic Steps to Success

This week I find myself very energized about creating more success in my life. I have the tools and now I want to raise the focus. My last two journal entries have focused on visualization because I can feel the power of that and know also from many others how well our inner picturing works. I want to give you three more ideas today that frankly will start an unstoppable force in you. This force you can use to bring about whatever results you want.

DESIRE – The desire you feel inside is an inner calling to more fully realize who you are. Desire is a very positive force for your own good. If you want something like more money, a loving relationship, true freedom, more influence, a better world or whatever it is, that is a part of you seeking a higher realization. The pursuit of your desires takes you on a path that is full of energy and determination. You may have encountered other viewpoints that suggest desire is not good. Those viewpoints are more interested in controlling and limiting you. A person filled with desire follows his or her own path.

Find out what your desires are and give respect to their higher nature. With more money, you can do more positive things. With the love you want, you can give more love and compassion to the world. With the freedom you desire, you can open up to new experiences and be a more conscious and understanding human being. With more influence, you can have the power to make a real difference in the world. If you want to make the world a better place, than pursue your desire to do so. That is called, living with purpose.

INTENTION – When you know what your desires are then you can set an intention to manifest what you want. Intention is using the mind to focus your efforts on specific outcomes. Intention is gathering your inner forces to power you toward the results you want. Visualization is a key part of intention. See it, feel it, sense it in every part of your being and your intention will become a magnetic force for what you want.

Setting an intention each day is a great way to start. Today my intention is: to be open to love; to attract more money; to have my best sales day ever; to speak up about things that matter; to be more compassionate with myself and other; to be more conscious; to exercise and be more fit; to express my creativity; to listen better; to focus more on my business; to follow my intuition; or whatever you want to make happen. Intentions are powerful so choose what you most want for your higher good.

EXPECTATION Think of expectation as the energy of emotions. When you expect something to happen, you set your feelings on the results you want. Expectation is very forceful and can be a double-edged sword. The force for good is one in which you set yourself on a course to live into a positive expectation. Those expectations, and your journey to them, feel guided by the light of a higher path. The limiting force is one driven by ego and power. These expectations put limits on you and those around you. Expectation colors everything around it with emotions and can supercharge the results you seek.

Set expectations that expand you and encourage you. Go where you haven’t gone before through the inspiration of your expectations. If you fall short of expectations, and that will happen at times, don’t take it personally. Instead take this a feedback and adjust your flight pattern to reflect more refined expectations. The goal here is to live into an expectation that is overflowing with what you want.

With desire, intention and expectation, you can change you at a very deep level. This inner alteration will open yourself to the extraordinary life you long for now in your being.

Tuesday
Jul242007

See It, Rehearse It, Live It

I would like to share with you a few more thoughts about the power of visualizing. There is an incredible energy and inner resourcefulness that comes from caring a vision of what you want. Seeing what you want and seeing it over and over again can keep you focused and charged up. The more you see and feel the results you seek the more you build an inner charge for success. When the charge gets strong enough it pulls you through rough times and pushes you forward on the road to success. What you see inside can literally make a huge difference in what you make happen in your life.

Athletes use a practice called mental rehearsal that uses the power of visualization to improve performance. I have worked with bicyclist, distance runners, tennis players, swimmers, baseball and football players, golfers and gymnasts. One of the gymnasts I had the pleasure of working with won the national championship for the still rings competition at the high school level. He had great physical skills and strength and when he got his visualization working well his thinking and emotions took him to the top of his competition.

If you watch most athletes you can see them using visualization before their competition. You can use that same skill set to take you higher and to enable you to realize your highest goals. You can go into a meeting in which you have already visualized the results you want. You can take on a challenge and see the successful finish line long before you set off on the course. You can see money roll in or the congratulations surrounding you and feel it in every cell before you make it a reality. See it, feel it and rehearse it before and celebrate after.

Here is a simple practice to explore for visualizing you to success:
Find a comfortable place to sit or lie down. Take 10 slow deep breaths emphasizing the exhale by making sure every last bit of oxygen is released and then let the body inhale slowly and deeply. Fill the bottom of the lungs and belly first and then slowly fill to the top of the head with your inhale. After the ten breaths you will be more relaxed and receptive. Then create the picture of the results you want. Let’s say you want to win the best sales person of your company or be an Olympic Gold medal winner. You set your goals, feel yourself in powerful action, see yourself having the results you want, and experience the rush of those cheering your success. So you, see it, feel it, smell it, taste it, and rehearse it until the goal is realized. At all times you remain calm and focused. Excitement and anticipation are great too but more in a kind of quiet intensity. Hold the visualization until it feels like it is imprinted in your mind and the cells of your body. When you are ready get up and go make it happen.

Then when the time comes and you reach your goals be grateful and celebrate what you have done. That is the power of visualization. You can do everything with the end in mind and see yourself living into the life you created with the visions you carry inside. That is such a great feeling.