June 27, 2008 | 2 Comments
You may have noticed the tag line I put at the end of my correspondence. It reads “Peace always begins with me!”
These are not just words, they are a statement of fact. No matter what situation I find myself in, peace always begins with me. When I walk into a room, no matter what’s going on, I am peaceful and that peace extends like a bubble around me. When I speak to people or even just sit near them, they become more peaceful too. Often remarkably so.
I am not the only person who has this effect on people. There are many long time ZPoint users who have noticed this phenomenon as well. It is important to understand that we are not affecting people in this way, it is the peace we carry inside us that does the job.
When you are peaceful inside, that peace can be felt by everyone you come into contact with just as the opposite is true. It is a palpable presence that you carry within you and that presence reaches out to others and affects them as well.
It has long been known and accepted that “as it is within you, so shall it be outside of you” If you are filled with upset and anger or resentment, you will attract those situations, circumstances and relationships that mirror that upset. Your life on the outside will be filled with a turmoil that merely reflects the turmoil already present within you. If you feel abused, you will notice only those experiencing similar abuse. If you are angry, you will constantly meet that anger in relationships or the circumstances and situations that trigger it. As it is within you, so shall it be outside of you.
The purpose of ZPoint is to help you stop the madness, the drama and the upset. It’s purpose is to give you a simple way to let all of that go and find inner peace.
Many people today are concerned with World Peace or Outer Peace. They look at the world and see only the violence, the mistrust, the anger and the resentment. They feel powerless to do anything about the current situation and in their powerlessness feel isolated and alone. To feel better about themselves, they join organizations believing that in working with others, in promoting the idea of Peace this will cause others to change. Those people will become more peaceful and the world will become more peaceful as a result.
I am here to tell you that this approach will NOT work. We cannot change the world by trying to change others. We can ONLY CHANGE OURSELVES. If this approach did work, we would be experiencing a far more peaceful world right now. As Dr. Phil would say “How’s that workin’ for you?”
Mahatma Ghandi said it best, “Be the change you want to see in the world”. This means that if you want a peaceful world, you must first become peaceful within yourself. Peace always begins with you and spreads outward. To say to another, “lay down your arms and find peace” without first feeling that peace within you, is the greatest of all hypocrisies. You are saying “Do as I say, not as I do”. They are merely empty words or actions. There is no power of truth behind them.
When you speak words of Peace and inside secretly think thoughts of anger or resentment, you perpetrate the very conditions you seek to change. First you MUST become peaceful within yourself and then your words and your very presence will have the power to change lives. Peace always, always begins with you.
If you are truly committed to World Peace, find that Peace within yourself first. My personal belief is that The ZPoint Process was specifically created to help you do this easily and with very little effort on your part. Over a very short period of time you’ll notice yourself becoming much more peaceful and relaxed about life, and this is a gift beyond measure.
All parts of your life will change for the better. You will be happier and you will see that happiness reflected in the faces around you. Remember, as within, so without. And the greatest part is, you don’t need to say a word. You become that Peace personified.
Peace always begins with you.
Practice your ZPoint everyday and become more and more peaceful within yourself. You will very quickly see the results of the Peace you carry as it powerfully affects your relationships and everything you touch. Be the change you want to see in the world. Be at peace with the world and the world will smile back at you.
Until next time,
Peace always begins with me
*If you haven’t already done so, consider purchasing my Nine Minutes to Bliss Program. It will help you to become the peaceful person you wish to be. Remember, you can change the world by changing yourself first.
*Special thanks to Z-Point Creator, Grant Connolly, for letting us post this wonderful article from his blog site: http://zpointforpeace.wordpress.com/
June 15, 2008 | 1 Comment
By Jeff Maziarek, author of Spirituality Simplified
The importance of doing what you love, is one that is embraced by virtually all of this era’s most prominent personal and spiritual growth authors. In fact, the adage “do what you love and the money will follow” is very commonly known, but just why is this so? In response to this question consider the following passage from Arnold Patent’s book You Can Have It All:
“When you choose to make doing what you love the core experience of your life, you move into alignment with the Universe. Immediately, the infinite supply of energy is available to you. You feel the aliveness that comes from having the unlimited energy of the Universe flow through you. This aliveness influences the energy signals you emit, and the people and circumstances that will support the continuation of your feeling of aliveness are attracted to you.”
Two-Things You Don’t Know About Your Own Mind That Could Be Keeping Your Prayers From Being Answered
June 4, 2008 | 4 Comments
If you think your prayers are answered sometimes, and not answered at other times, or that the answer to prayers is sometimes, “Yes,” sometimes, “No,” and sometimes, “Maybe,” then you need to consider at least one other possibility. Maybe you just don’t always pray effectively. Maybe there’s more than one way to think, or pray, and you just aren’t doing it…
June 3, 2008 | 2 Comments
Prayer is something people do to ask for, or give thanks for, a desire or a desired or favorable change. There are many different ways to pray; but they all involve thinking about what you want. People using the Law of Attraction are doing the same thing; they’re thinking about a desire, or a desired outcome, in the way they believe will give them the best chance of experiencing it. There are many different ways to look at the process of turning our thoughts into realities, or experiencing them in the physical world; but they all involve thinking about what you want.
April 3, 2008 | Leave a Comment
Sunday, April 12th, 2008, from 2pm-until-5pm, Belief Formula author Pete Koerner, and Z-Point Process instructor Jennifer Koerner, will be presenting a workshop on setting yourself free from limitations and creating a life you love. The workshop is being sponsored and hosted by HeartSong Healing Center, in St. Augustine.
The workshop will feature a discussion with Pete on applying The Belief Formula to your life in order to manifest your dreams and create better and better situations, circumstances, conditions, and outcomes. Then, Jennifer will demonstrate how you can use the Z-Point Process to remove any obstacles or limiting beliefs standing between you and your dreams.
To get to HeartSong Healing Center, take I-95 to the SR 16 exit. Head east approximately 2-miles to “4-Mile Road;” there is a light at the intersection. Turn Right; and take the next Right (approximately 1/2-Mile) onto Deer Run. Go approximately one-half mile and turn Right onto Powell Road — a dirt road. The Center is on the Right, just around the curve. Follow the driveway to the house and you’re there! Click Here To View a MAP to the Center.
If you need help locating the Center, just call: (904) 814-8148.
It costs money to keep a Healing and Educational Center open and operating. We are encouraging attendees to make a $5.00 donation to HeartSong Healing Center to help offset the cost of hosting this event.
*For more information on HeartSong Healing Center, visit them at: www.HeartSongHealingCenter.com
***For More Information on The Z-Point Process, visit: www.ZPointProcess.com
February 11, 2008 | Leave a Comment
I recently saw a television commercial for the Dyson cyclone vacuum cleaner. The entire commercial was focused on the fact that there had been 5,000 unsuccessful prototypes before arriving at what is arguably one of the best machines on the market. The designer, James Dyson, prided himself — and his team of engineers — on the joy with which they accepted “failure;” because they know that failure paves the road to success.
That commercial made me think of Thomas Edison. Thomas Edison once said to a reporter, who had asked how it felt to fail 25,000 times, “I don’t know why you are calling it a failure. I now know 25,000 ways not to make a battery. What do you know?” Thomas Edison was asked a similar question when asked how it felt to fail 2,000 times before inventing the light bulb. He answered, “I never failed once. I invented the light bulb. It just happened to be a 2,000-step process.”
A 2,000-step process? I wonder if anyone ever counted how many steps a baby attempts before learning to maintain balance on two-feet. What if babies got frustrated after a couple-hundred attempts at walking and never got up again? As they say, “Can’t never could.” Falling is part of walking — certainly part of the learning process. If you are not willing to fall, you are not truly willing to walk. If you are not willing to fail, you don’t have what it takes to succeed.
There is a big difference between learning and failing; but the difference is invisible to the eye. The difference between learning and failing is inside each one of us. The difference lies within our perceptions and conditioning. How we perceive each experience determines how we create and handle our next experiences. If we perceive an initial attempt as a failure, rather than feedback — and one small step on the road to mastery — we may be swayed to stop. We would never stop if we only understand that we always either get exactly what we want, or exactly what we need — often valuable feedback that will ultimately lead us to success. Persistence pays.
The saying, “Practice makes perfect,” is another reminder that, in order to be good at something, you must practice something you aren’t good at. It naturally follows that, when you do something you aren’t good at, you will not experience immediate and continuous success. You will, however, receive lots of feedback. And, if you simply accept the feedback and apply what you learn by making adjustments in your approach, you will find the success you are looking for. Embrace the process; embrace the path to your goals or dreams. If you stumble on the path, do not curse the path; it is still the path that will carry you to your destination — if you get up, brush yourself off, and keep walking. Practice stumbling, and falling, until you feel quite comfortable with it. When you can respond to a failure in the same way you respond to a success, you have found a great success secret.
Failure lets you know that you are out of your comfort zone — a great place to be — or that you are not paying attention to what you’re doing — a great thing to know. In either case, failure is a valuable friend you should embrace. I do not mean that you should seek to fail, or strive to fail; but you should indeed try things that you are not already good at — and practice grace when you don’t immediately succeed. If you don’t, you’ll never learn anything new; and you’ll never grow as a person — you’ll only age and change shape. Hold on to your dreams, keep your eyes and heart wide open, and embrace all you encounter along your path — it is all scenery on your journey to fulfillment. I prefer the word, “Feedback;” but even if it looks like something you used to call, “Failure,” embrace it — it will lead you to great things.
February 10, 2008 | Leave a Comment
Jennifer has just renovated our www.ExploreExpandEvolve.com site! The site is currently being “repopulated,” so check back often for the latest articles, excerpts, inspiration, videos, and instructional posts…
The Explore Expand Evolve site is our outlet for life-changing and life-enhancing information, tools, techniques, and inspiration. There is a big world out there; and, if you have a problem you can’t solve, or a dream you can’t seem to realize, you just haven’t looked in the right place yet.
Explore your world — both your internal and external environments…
Expand your mind and awareness of what could be possible…
Evolve into a newer, healthier, happier version of you!
Your life — only easier!
Check out www.ExploreExpandEvolve.com and some of the useful resources and links there!
Your life is waiting for you!
February 6, 2008 | Leave a Comment
Prayer vs. prayers
Prayer is thought of as the active state of communication between a person and their God; while a prayer is what is said or thought by the person during that communication. It is important to realize that most prayers are simply poems, or verses, which are remembered and repeated without the original emotions of the author of the prayer. Though it is quite impressive to memorize long, flowery tributes; the repetition of that which you have memorized is a different kind of mental activity than that which is entered into by monks, and others, when they actively Pray, or meditate. The prayer effort, if from memory rather than the heart, may very well be “in vain,” as it is unlikely to produce the same effect as free-flowing, heart-felt sentiment and desire. All thoughts are indeed creative; some ways of thinking, however, are much more effective than other ways of thinking. Think whatever you wish; reap as you sow.
Creating Your Reality
People typically pray for a couple basic reasons: 1.) Because they Desire something; and, 2.) Because they think they are supposed to in a given situation. Whatever the case may be, it goes without saying that prayers are meant to be answered; and it is a more fulfilling experience when we get the victory or success we are hoping and praying for. Love is one of the “ingredients” in “a life you love;” so, in order to create a life you love, you’re going to need to put some love into the mix. We all create our own lives, in one way or another; people who create lives they love, however, do it using the power of the heart — the creative power of love that powers the fulfillment of our desires and brings the answers to our prayers. Think up a good, positive prayer, or story about the change you wish to experience in your reality; then, imagine that experience in such a way that you can feel the joy of it — and give thanks for the experience and the joy. That, in a nutshell, is the secret to creating your reality. The more ideas about time and limitations you have, the longer it may take for you to see your “dream come true;” but it is coming true.
Clear Eyes and an Open Heart
Imagine catching a ball someone has thrown to you — or at you. It is so much easier to catch a ball with your eyes open! In fact, there is a familiar saying that has spread far beyond the boundaries of any playing field — “Keep your eye on the ball.” This is a reminder that there are two components to catching the ball: Seeing it; and Catching it. The prayer process outlined above is how you “See” that which you wish to receive. Receiving your answer, however, requires you to actually do something — even if that only means opening your hands to receive. If you ask, you will receive; and if you cannot receive something in you Heart — that “feeling place” inside you — you cannot receive the full experience and joy of that thing in your outer world. To clearly see the answers to your prayers, you must see your prayers clearly; and to receive your answers fully, you must open your heart and arms fully. It’s your future; why not Create it the way you want it? It’s your Creation; why not reach out and enjoy it? Open your mind; open your Heart; and open your eyes. If you aren’t thinking about what you want to experience, who is doing it for you? Your future is waiting for you…..to create it.
“Declare a thing and it is so.” ~Jesus of Nazareth
“If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice!” ~Geddy Lee of Rush
January 28, 2008 | Leave a Comment
All my life I have heard people use the phrase, “Bless your heart!” Not so much recently, but when I was younger, it seemed like all the older people said it; so much so, in fact, that it lost any real meaning to me. “Bless your heart” was a little like saying, “Hello,” or “Goodbye,” when using the telephone; it was just one of those phrases “old people” used frequently — and automatically, in certain situations.
What is a blessing? And can you really “bless” someone’s heart? And, if you did bless someone’s heart, what did it do; what did it feel like? And why would you do such a thing, anyway? What kid knows the answers to these questions? Most of us are taught that the heart is simply a muscle inside your chest that pumps blood; and a blessing is something you have to say before you eat, or when someone sneezes.
The funny thing about people saying, “Bless your heart,” is that they said it when you did something really nice, or when you got hurt, or when something bad happened to you – and even sometimes when you did something really dumb. All of the different uses only served to further obscure any practical meaning. But, I now know that, whether I am feeling good, or feeling bad, I’d always rather receive a blessing than a curse. It’s always Better to Bless.
A commonly accepted definition of, “Blessing,” is: “to infuse with Divinity, or with one’s hopes.” Blessing seems to be our way of sending love, energy, gratitude, or healing from our heart into something, or someone, that seems to be in need, or somehow worthy or deserving of a gift or demonstration of appreciation or love.
Philosophers and prophets throughout time have focused their greatest wisdom teachings on the faculties and power of the human heart – not as a mere muscle, but as the center of our being. Though unfathomable to most people, our greatest minds have always agreed that the heart, in addition to distributing the “spark of life” throughout our bodies, is very much a living magnet that draws us together with our desires and offers supreme guidance – if only we listen to the “still, quiet voice within.”
According to ancient wisdom teachings, and the latest advances in medical and scientific research, the heart is much more than a muscle. The heart is a “thinking organ,” just like the brain; except the heart doesn’t seem to make the same mistakes in judgment the brain makes. Ancient teachings from every religion and culture on Earth talk about the role of the heart in thinking and believing — in creating your physiology and your experience of life.
“As you believe in your heart, so it is done unto you,” is not simply poetry or scripture; it is advice for creating your own experience. The Institute of HeartMath is a global leader in research on the heart. Researchers at HeartMath have found that, “when you learn how to intentionally shift to a positive emotion, heart rhythms immediately change.” According to HeartMath, “A shift in heart rhythms may not seem important but in fact it creates a favorable cascade of neural, hormonal and biochemical events that benefit the entire body. The stress-reducing effects are both immediate and long lasting.”
It is an established fact that a person on the receiving end of a kind act benefits to a certain degree – emotionally and physically. But it is also a medical fact that the person performing the kind act also benefits from the release of healing, good-mood producing hormones that benefit both health and mood. Even more interesting is the fact that anyone witnessing a kind act experiences the same positive health benefits as the giver and receiver of the kindness.
In addition to the immediate benefits experienced a result of the positive effects of giving, receiving, or witnessing a blessing, there is evidence that harnessing and focusing the power of prayer, as a group, can create even bigger positive changes in the world. Kate Nowak’s Blessing Experiment (www.BetterToBless.com), according to ancient wisdom, and cutting edge medical and scientific research, has the power to change the world by bringing a tremendous number of people together with the common goal of focusing on blessing rather than stressing. Prayer studies have shown that the collective mental energy of a group of people with a common desire had a measurable affect on outcomes – hence the practice of “mass,” and other group prayer practices and rituals. “The family that prays together stays together,” they say; and, “what any two agree on in prayer will surely come to pass.”
Besides the potential effects that can be generated by a group of people praying for the same thing at the same time, a single person praying for the same thing over a period of time will generate measurable results in that person’s life and health. Supporting Kate Nowak’s Blessing Challenge is HeartMath research that reveals the power of sustained positive thinking – and the health benefits it generates.
When you bless someone, there is every reason to believe that something “magical” can happen; prayers are answered and dreams come true – “All things are possible.” But there is no question that, when you bless someone, everyone benefits in a very real and immediate sense. Being in a environment of people experiencing the physiological effects of receiving, giving, or witnessing “Blessings” is a clinically-proven benefit to body, mind, and spirit, and the ideal situation for “creating your reality” “according to your beliefs.”
Whether this positive energy of love and creation is given from one heart to another, or inspired from within in response to the sharing of a blessing, or an act of kindness, there is no doubt that it is always Better to Bless. Bless your Heart!
*To learn more about the power of the heart, and its role in your health, prayers, and experience, visit: HeartMath
*To take the Blessing Challenge, or join the Blessing Experiment, check out Kate Nowak’s site: www.BetterToBless.com
January 28, 2008 | Leave a Comment
From the beginning, we have been growing apart. This isn’t bad; it’s nature. Look at a tree, and you will notice that what begins as one trunk branches into many; and each branch also starts as one and divides into many – with each split sending smaller versions on diverging paths. Each path, however, ends the same – with a leaf, in the case of a tree.
The pattern of the branches is not unlike the branching of roots underneath the surface — invisible to the eye. That which is seen comes from that we cannot see; “As above, so below, as below, so above.” Nature is a series of repeating patterns. When you look at little pieces of the pattern, you may see differences; but when you look at the big picture you see only similarities — or Unity, depending on how far you are able to “zoom out.”
Even the leaf has the pattern of the tree and its branches represented in the stem and “veins” of the leaf. Even the shape of the leaf corresponds to the overall shape of the tree in many cases. The whole is made up of many small parts; and the whole is reflected in each of those parts. But all of those paths started with a single seed, within which the entire tree was waiting – including roots, branches, leaves, and countless other seeds.
No two branches, leaves, or trees are exactly the same; but all trees of the same type are very similar – perhaps identical to the untrained eye. And an entire forest could have originated with one seed. One seed, many roots; one tree, many branches; one forest, many trees — all from One.
In the context of humanity, we too start from a single source and emerge into the outer world of diversity. It is puzzling why the vast majority spend the bulk of their time trying to impose conformity on a system designed by God to produce diversity. This is the nature of judgment. An ancient Native American wisdom teaching on judgment reminds us that, “No tree has branches foolish enough to fight amongst themselves.” In our efforts to make things like “us,” we create judgment, war, suffering, etc…
Of course, the plan to create conformity works, but not the way we think it should. By fighting amongst ourselves to make others believe as we do, or act as we do, we create a world in which everyone is unhappy and unhealthy (mentally, physically, emotionally, spiritually, or some combination of these…). Everyone, it seems is living less of a life than they could be living, simply because they are too worried about what they aren’t, or what they aren’t doing, or what they don’t have.
You aren’t supposed to look like everyone else, and you aren’t supposed to think the same things as everyone else. We are supposed to be as different as we are; and our pain is caused by resisting that natural tendency and by trying to conform with others. True, there are some things we should do alike (breathing, not killing, etc…); but those are our essential nature – not adopted behaviors.
Wisdom teachings were set down to help us identify those behaviors that benefit us the most. “Judge not,” for example, is not a rule that you should be ostracized for breaking; it is advice that will bear you good fruit in body, mind, and spirit, should you choose to follow it. But if you don’t, I still pray that your way be made as easy as you want it to be. I wouldn’t judge another just because they judge me. If there’s already that one person thinking bad thoughts about me, why would I want to make my situation any worse by allowing my mental state to degrade to one of judgment?
The act of judgment is based on a conflict of beliefs and perceptions: The conflict between how you BELIEVE things should be and how you PERCEIVE them to be. The important thing is that beliefs are fluid and different for everyone – so are perceptions. And judgment, along with anything else that stimulates thoughts of conflict, activates your stress response. There is no way to be in a conflict and not be stressed. And, in case you’re thinking, “Big deal! It’s not like I haven’t been stressed out before…,” you may want to do some research on stress – it causes every medical problem known to man! Judgments cause stress; and stress kills. You do the math for yourself and let me know if you think the great healer, Jesus, was handing out good advice, or not, when He expounded on the teaching, “Judge not.”
The teaching to, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you,” is often misinterpreted as: “Do unto others what they did to me,” or, “Do unto others before they do unto me…” The “others” we speak of are US. There is only the ONE, expressing itself as ALL THINGS. There is no “other.” When we judge others, we are comparing them to a memory of how we have seen or heard things should be.
If we are judging others, we were taught to judge at the same time we were taught the standards by which to judge others. And we were all taught these things by different people with different histories, beliefs, attitudes, agendas, and intentions. Who taught you what’s right and wrong, good and bad, pretty or ugly, healthy or unhealthy, moral or immoral? And how are their beliefs working for them? How about for YOU? The one thing you, me, and every living thing should do – always – is LOVE.
Being yourself means thinking your own thoughts. You can’t do that if you are worrying about what other people will think of you, or worrying about what someone else might be “getting away with.” Being yourself means being different while understanding that you are exactly the same as everyone else — at your Source.
Flowers do not mourn the fact they aren’t trees; they smile at the Sun all day — admiring the Sun above which gives the flower life below. Be happy you are different; different is unique – and God only does “unique.” When you are happy with yourself, and love yourself for all of the unique gifts you were given access to, then you can truly love others for who they are. When you love unconditionally, you are free of judgment; when you have freed yourself from judgment, you are free to love unconditionally.