Month: October 2013

A Struggle for Change

How many people know in their hearts that change is on the horizon. However, it seems that at every corner, a chance comes up in your life to go back to your old habit or ways?

Lately, I have been feeling a strong inclination for change. What I am moving from isn’t a bad habit, it’s simply a work position in my life. I have decided not to teach vocal lessons anymore to leave room for my Encore Career—Acting, singing and dancing. This doesn’t sound like it’s a hard move, but you would be surprised at the doors that have swung open as a vocal coach, as a result of this decision.

One of the main reasons I decided to move from this position in my life was actually control. When you teach students, especially ones who are still in middle or high school, you have many people standing between you and the student’s growth. You have other teachers trying to teach the same things in different ways. You have parents in the center of everything, which is something you have to expect. You have other children giving bad guidance. But most annoyingly, you have the sense that you are not centered in what you want to accomplish. You feel as if your primary focus is to please or appease other people to keep their business.

What I want, mostly, is to rid my life of that kind of stress. My other businesses are about people coming to me, specifically, for my advice and practitioner training as a hypnotist, life coach and yogi. If they don’t want to be here, they simply don’t come back. If they find themselves immersed into effective work that changes their lives, they stay, sometimes, for long periods of time.

Ultimately, as I get older, I don’t want the feeling deep in the pit of my heart that everything I do is being judged, not just by my client, but by everyone who hears that person sing, act, or dance. The student, in so many ways, becomes an unfair branding of I am.

As lovely as it has been to be a grand part of so many young people’s lives and careers, it has also been the hardest part of my life. Especially, when you help them to major achievements and some other teacher or mentor decides to swoop in and take over their career.

What hurts is that, suddenly, you are no longer the person who has helped mold that student to the place deserving of all the accolades. I can’t tell you how many times that has happened in my 30 years of teaching. I don’t want that feeling anymore. Even though, most of the time, the student realizes that the tangent he or she went on after leaving me wasn’t usually the best for him or her, it still hurts during the process.

Change for me is about closing the door to inevitable hurt. This is similar to deciding that, when you begin the dating process, that you are going to get to know someone for 3 months before you delve into an intimate relationship. You make this change because you don’t want undo hurt in your life. You know that if you were to make a swift move toward intimacy, there would be a strong chance that your heart would bond to someone you may not know at all. Been there too. I don’t want that kind of hurt either.

So, we stay the course of change, no matter how hard it becomes. We know that the unction deep in our hearts is from Spirit God. Because of this strong knowledge, we set our goals to a path less traveled. We breathe in divine inspiration, only to find that we can still see our old path in the distance. It’s a stone’s throw away. We know what to expect there, though it may be hurt or pain. As we look down the pathway of this new road, we see open space, unhindered by the past and a palate for God to create something new and wonderful.

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Go to Week 3 of the “Year to CLEAR Challenge” at www.Bosebastian.com

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Below is information that I will be sharing for about a month, as not every person on my list reads the blog every day. If you have already read it, just skip over it. Thanks for understanding.

A Year to CLEAR Challenge:
(Please Know: You Can Join Us At Any Point in the Year Challenge.)

The masses search outward for things that qualify them as a person, but I always go inward for that which quantifies me for greatness. At twenty-five I preached on street corners in NYC as an in-the-closet Pentecostal minister. One day I heard a still small voice say, ‘God cannot be contained in a book or a law or even in a religion. Dig deeper, reach further to find me, and you will find your authentic Self.’”

A Year to CLEAR Challenge!

The acronym CLEAR stands for (Compassionate, Loving, Enthusiastic, And Relationship-Ready). The goal of this project is to engulf readers in a weekly study that will transform them by removing blocks, promote self-growth, and give them wings to fly freely into daily life. Each week, by going to BoSebastian.com and choosing the Year to CLEAR Challenge tab, a new challenge or thought to provoke conversation, growth, and group functionality.

My vision is to make Finding Authentic You the book to have in your Kindle or on your computer. The book is a comprehensive look at growth—spiritually, mentally, and physically.

As a yoga teacher and student of the Ayurvedic tradition, I bring to the table understanding of physical challenges, the ability to overcome mental problems with Life & Health Coaching, as well as hypnotherapy, and expertise in meditation and spirituality as a minister.

The combination of all three in one book with an interactive connection to like-minded readers, for one year, is what makes this Year to CLEAR Challenge a must-do for every spiritual seeker.

The One-Year Approach to Change

No one believes he or she can change overnight. But success in change comes from the metaphors of nature. Seasonally, life changes all around us in nature. Finding Authentic You offers a gradual change perspective, looking at the triune aspects of change as in yoga: Body, Mind and Spirit.

Accessing the ability to change and finding yourself actually pursuing change must be a daily search, which I call getting to the “observer mind.”

In this frontal cortex of the brain we find the anatomy of change and the power to counter every negative trigger of the human process. The workings of Hypnosis, NLP (Neuro-linguistic Programming) and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) are all positive actions to help the mind and body flow to a positive space for change.

Every aspect of FINDING AUTHENTIC YOU fulfills this constant need for diffusing the negative past and dreaming of a fulfilling future.

Step 1: Recognize That Change is Inevitable
Step 2: Release from Resistance to Change
Step 3: Understanding Change and Allow Spirit to Define It
Step 4: A History Lesson—About You
Step 5: Look at Your Past with Compassion
Step 6: Making a Strong Commitment to Change
Step 7: Dream Your Fabulous Future
Go to www.bosebastian.com for Week One Challenge:
TOOLS FOR CHANGE:
Go to Storefront to buy any of the following or make a donation to Finding Authentic You: www.shop.bosebastian.com

• Introduction to Meditation
• Smoke Cessation mp3
• Weight Loss mp3
• Hypnotic Lap Band surgery Mp3
• Insomnia mp3
• Eternal Om mp3
• Meditation Music mp3
• Guide to Meditation mp3
• Healing the Body mp3
• And my “Lessons from the Heart” book ready for your download purchase.
Go to Home Page: www.BoSebastian.com

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Bo Sebastian is a Hypnotherapist and Life & Health Coach, available for private sessions to QUIT SMOKING, Lose Weight, New Lap-Band Hypnosis for Weight Loss, CHANGE YOUR MIND, CHANGE YOUR LIFE! at 615-400-2334 or www.bosebastian.com. Please feel free to comment and/or sign up to receive your blog sent to you directly or stream with an RSS Feed.

I am trying to spread the word about my blog and I need your help. Please let your friends know it exists, if it gives you hope and blesses you each day. I would be greatly pleased for you to share anything that you read by clicking the share button in Facebook.com/bo.sebastian, or add it to your Twitter at BoSebastian; or LinkedIN at Bosebastian5@gmail.com; or find this blog home at www.FindingAuthenticYou.com. Any of my books can be found on Amazon or Barnes and Nobel, just by typing my name in the search header.

Also, be looking for “Finding Authentic You, 7 Steps to Effective Change” with a Year to CLEAR (C-larity, L-ove, E-nthusiasm A-nd R-elationship-Ready) on my Website in the Webstore. Thanks!

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LinkedIn to Spirit

Every day I get an invitation to add a friend to LinkedIn. Suddenly, I wonder how LinkedIn am I to the one who gave me life?

We would all like to think that our prayers are reaching heaven’s gates, but how sure are we that we pray correctly? Does it matter how we pray? Does God simply listen to our hearts? Or is everything left up to chance?

If we go to the Christian bible we find Jesus teaching us to pray using the “Lord’s Prayer.” In each of the lines of this prayer are foundational, specific messages and metaphors for us to follow as we pray daily.

Prayer Isn’t:

  • a list of things I want, like a Christmas list to Santa;
  • a time in desperation we cry out to a God we have no relationship with; and
  • going to a daddy and asking him to take care of your life without giving any of your own energy.

Prayer is:

  • A Connection with Spirit, usually found through quietness and listening;
  • a relationship with God and spirit, and also with yourself;
  • a living, walking, breathing, moving dedication to be a conduit for God; and
  • prayer is most importantly, loving one another, as yourself

So, when we begin to think that prayer is about wants and desires, we already stand amiss. The first phrase Jesus says is, “Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth as it is in heaven.” This prayer doesn’t sound like Jesus asked for anything more than the will of God to express itself through him and in the earth.

“Lead us not into temptation,” is another example of prayer. Life is about temptations and desires, just the opposite of prayer, actually. We want that new car, that awesome vacation, and to win the lottery. But that’s not how Jesus asks us to pray. He says that we should pray to be led from that kind of asking—the temptation of the world and all its glitz and false glory.

However, in the end, Jesus says that we will be provided for by the goodness of God in all ways. So, why do we pray for the things that are already in our lives? Are we afraid they may be taken away, and we’ll be left poor and without our BMWs? Sometimes, I have to admit, I have this same “ego” fear pass through my mind.

Then I begin to think about the times I lived on Ramen noodles and chicken legs for months. I was taken care of then, just as much as I am taken care of now. I’m not afraid to go back to the essentials, if that is the will of the Lord. As I let go of my fears, I notice that my relationship with Spirit, in prayer, exponentially changes. I now gratefully and authentically go to Mother/Father God with no expectations. I simply ask for the what I need for the day, as Jesus says, “Give us this day our daily bread.”

Our daily bread is much more than food and clothing. Our daily bread produces a downloading of sorts from Spirit to fulfill every physical need, answer every question, and give us the leading we need to walk on the straight and narrow toward a life committed being a true vessel of the Lord.

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Go to Week 3 of the “Year to CLEAR Challenge”

_______________________________________

Below is information that I will be sharing for about a month, as not every person on my list reads the blog every day. If you have already read it, just skip over it. Thanks for understanding.

A Year to CLEAR Challenge:
(Please Know: You Can Join Us At Any Point in the Year Challenge.)

The masses search outward for things that qualify them as a person, but I always go inward for that which quantifies me for greatness. At twenty-five I preached on street corners in NYC as an in-the-closet Pentecostal minister. One day I heard a still small voice say, ‘God cannot be contained in a book or a law or even in a religion. Dig deeper, reach further to find me, and you will find your authentic Self.’”

A Year to CLEAR Challenge!

The acronym CLEAR stands for (Compassionate, Loving, Enthusiastic, And Relationship-Ready). The goal of this project is to engulf readers in a weekly study that will transform them by removing blocks, promote self-growth, and give them wings to fly freely into daily life. Each week, by going to BoSebastian.com and choosing the Year to CLEAR Challenge tab, a new challenge or thought to provoke conversation, growth, and group functionality.

My vision is to make Finding Authentic You the book to have in your Kindle or on your computer. The book is a comprehensive look at growth—spiritually, mentally, and physically.

As a yoga teacher and student of the Ayurvedic tradition, I bring to the table understanding of physical challenges, the ability to overcome mental problems with Life & Health Coaching, as well as hypnotherapy, and expertise in meditation and spirituality as a minister.

The combination of all three in one book with an interactive connection to like-minded readers, for one year, is what makes this Year to CLEAR Challenge a must-do for every spiritual seeker.

The One-Year Approach to Change

No one believes he or she can change overnight. But success in change comes from the metaphors of nature. Seasonally, life changes all around us in nature. Finding Authentic You offers a gradual change perspective, looking at the triune aspects of change as in yoga: Body, Mind and Spirit.

Accessing the ability to change and finding yourself actually pursuing change must be a daily search, which I call getting to the “observer mind.”

In this frontal cortex of the brain we find the anatomy of change and the power to counter every negative trigger of the human process. The workings of Hypnosis, NLP (Neuro-linguistic Programming) and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) are all positive actions to help the mind and body flow to a positive space for change.

Every aspect of FINDING AUTHENTIC YOU fulfills this constant need for diffusing the negative past and dreaming of a fulfilling future.

Step 1: Recognize That Change is Inevitable
Step 2: Release from Resistance to Change
Step 3: Understanding Change and Allow Spirit to Define It
Step 4: A History Lesson—About You
Step 5: Look at Your Past with Compassion
Step 6: Making a Strong Commitment to Change
Step 7: Dream Your Fabulous Future
Go to www.bosebastian.com for Week One Challenge:
TOOLS FOR CHANGE:
Go to Storefront to buy any of the following or make a donation to Finding Authentic You: www.shop.bosebastian.com

• Introduction to Meditation
• Smoke Cessation mp3
• Weight Loss mp3
• Hypnotic Lap Band surgery Mp3
• Insomnia mp3
• Eternal Om mp3
• Meditation Music mp3
• Guide to Meditation mp3
• Healing the Body mp3
• And my “Lessons from the Heart” book ready for your download purchase.
Go to Home Page: www.BoSebastian.com

* * *

Bo Sebastian is a Hypnotherapist and Life & Health Coach, available for private sessions to QUIT SMOKING, Lose Weight, New Lap-Band Hypnosis for Weight Loss, CHANGE YOUR MIND, CHANGE YOUR LIFE! at 615-400-2334 or www.bosebastian.com. Please feel free to comment and/or sign up to receive your blog sent to you directly or stream with an RSS Feed.

I am trying to spread the word about my blog and I need your help. Please let your friends know it exists, if it gives you hope and blesses you each day. I would be greatly pleased for you to share anything that you read by clicking the share button in Facebook.com/bo.sebastian, or add it to your Twitter at BoSebastian; or LinkedIN at Bosebastian5@gmail.com; or find this blog home at www.FindingAuthenticYou.com. Any of my books can be found on Amazon or Barnes and Nobel, just by typing my name in the search header.

Also, be looking for “Finding Authentic You, 7 Steps to Effective Change” with a Year to CLEAR (C-larity, L-ove, E-nthusiasm A-nd R-elationship-Ready) on my Website in the Webstore. Thanks!

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The Anatomy of a Feather in Your Proverbial Cap

When a Native American Indian had slain an enemy, he was given a feather to add to his headdress. In more modern times, the English idiom has taken on a more peaceful tact. Now, when one says, “You have added a feather to your cap,” she means that you have added an accolade or talent to your life.

I had a friend named “Two Feathers.” He was obviously Native American Indian. He died an early death. In my spiritual community in which he was very active, many people would find two feathers while mowing the yard, on a car, drifting in a garden. We often shared how it seemed that Two Feathers had tried to communicate with us from the other side that he still existed and wanted us to understand he was still with us. The finding of the two feathers to this day carries with it an auspicious feeling. I always know that when I come across one feather, another will soon arrive to manifest Two Feather’s presence.

Feathering in Photoshop is to gently blur the edges. I have used this tool to mask background images, so that a flower or a face will pop out of the picture, as if it is the main focus.

Feathers in Mine Craft are used often to put at the end of an arrow to make it more beautiful. Also, colorful feathers are used to help find the arrow, once it has been withdrawn from the bow.

Scriptures say that God will, as in Psalm 91, “cover you with his feathers” to protect you. Does God have feathers? I believe that in this verse, the writer was indicating that God appeared as an angel with feathery wings. The allusion is for God to hold you under his wing in times of stress and trouble. A few other verses exists that talk of eagles feathers, as well.

Feathers have long been used to delineate power, glory, and beauty. I have a couple beautiful feathers tucked in a small plant on my dressed and often decorate my Christmas tree with lush black and gold feathers.

Feathers are incredibly strong and yet amazingly flexible, as well. To allow both lift and forward movement by a bird, feathers can bend at almost a right angle. Feathers are made of a shaft, called the rachis and the vanes on either side. Vanes are made of barbs and arranged side by side up the shaft of the feather. Barbules grow from the barbas, which have tiny hooks that interlock in a similar way to hook-and-loop fasteners.

The short bare part at the base of the shaft is called the calamus. If viewed crossways, the calamus is basically hollow. An opening exists at the very tip of the base where the blood supply entered the feather when it was growing. Once a feather is fully grown, though, the supply of blood is sealed off and the feather, itself, becomes dead, similar to the ends of human nails.

On most flight feathers, the vanes are unequal length. This gives feathers the ability to twist under air pressure. The large flight feathers are attached to bone by connective tissue and have little or no down at the base. All other feathers are attached to muscles below the skin.

What I find most interesting about the facts of feathers on birds is that once they grow to fullness, they actually die. So, birds fly, sail, and swoop down from the sky with utmost accuracy using dead feathers. I wonder what this metaphor in nature would indicate to us, as most humans have dreams of flying like a bird, light as air, sailing above troubles and earthly problems.

Today as you digest the amazing truth about feathers, share with me any stories you have that might help all of us understand more truth about these amazing creations.

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Go to Week 3 of the “Year to CLEAR Challenge”

_______________________________________

Below is information that I will be sharing for about a month, as not every person on my list reads the blog every day. If you have already read it, just skip over it. Thanks for understanding.

A Year to CLEAR Challenge:
(Please Know: You Can Join Us At Any Point in the Year Challenge.)

The masses search outward for things that qualify them as a person, but I always go inward for that which quantifies me for greatness. At twenty-five I preached on street corners in NYC as an in-the-closet Pentecostal minister. One day I heard a still small voice say, ‘God cannot be contained in a book or a law or even in a religion. Dig deeper, reach further to find me, and you will find your authentic Self.’”

A Year to CLEAR Challenge!

The acronym CLEAR stands for (Compassionate, Loving, Enthusiastic, And Relationship-Ready). The goal of this project is to engulf readers in a weekly study that will transform them by removing blocks, promote self-growth, and give them wings to fly freely into daily life. Each week, by going to BoSebastian.com and choosing the Year to CLEAR Challenge tab, a new challenge or thought to provoke conversation, growth, and group functionality.

My vision is to make Finding Authentic You the book to have in your Kindle or on your computer. The book is a comprehensive look at growth—spiritually, mentally, and physically.

As a yoga teacher and student of the Ayurvedic tradition, I bring to the table understanding of physical challenges, the ability to overcome mental problems with Life & Health Coaching, as well as hypnotherapy, and expertise in meditation and spirituality as a minister.

The combination of all three in one book with an interactive connection to like-minded readers, for one year, is what makes this Year to CLEAR Challenge a must-do for every spiritual seeker.

The One-Year Approach to Change

No one believes he or she can change overnight. But success in change comes from the metaphors of nature. Seasonally, life changes all around us in nature. Finding Authentic You offers a gradual change perspective, looking at the triune aspects of change as in yoga: Body, Mind and Spirit.

Accessing the ability to change and finding yourself actually pursuing change must be a daily search, which I call getting to the “observer mind.”

In this frontal cortex of the brain we find the anatomy of change and the power to counter every negative trigger of the human process. The workings of Hypnosis, NLP (Neuro-linguistic Programming) and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) are all positive actions to help the mind and body flow to a positive space for change.

Every aspect of FINDING AUTHENTIC YOU fulfills this constant need for diffusing the negative past and dreaming of a fulfilling future.

Step 1: Recognize That Change is Inevitable
Step 2: Release from Resistance to Change
Step 3: Understanding Change and Allow Spirit to Define It
Step 4: A History Lesson—About You
Step 5: Look at Your Past with Compassion
Step 6: Making a Strong Commitment to Change
Step 7: Dream Your Fabulous Future
Go to www.bosebastian.com for Week One Challenge:
TOOLS FOR CHANGE:
Go to Storefront to buy any of the following or make a donation to Finding Authentic You: www.shop.bosebastian.com

• Introduction to Meditation
• Smoke Cessation mp3
• Weight Loss mp3
• Hypnotic Lap Band surgery Mp3
• Insomnia mp3
• Eternal Om mp3
• Meditation Music mp3
• Guide to Meditation mp3
• Healing the Body mp3
• And my “Lessons from the Heart” book ready for your download purchase.
Go to Home Page: www.BoSebastian.com

* * *

Bo Sebastian is a Hypnotherapist and Life & Health Coach, available for private sessions to QUIT SMOKING, Lose Weight, New Lap-Band Hypnosis for Weight Loss, CHANGE YOUR MIND, CHANGE YOUR LIFE! at 615-400-2334 or www.bosebastian.com. Please feel free to comment and/or sign up to receive your blog sent to you directly or stream with an RSS Feed.

I am trying to spread the word about my blog and I need your help. Please let your friends know it exists, if it gives you hope and blesses you each day. I would be greatly pleased for you to share anything that you read by clicking the share button in Facebook.com/bo.sebastian, or add it to your Twitter at BoSebastian; or LinkedIN at Bosebastian5@gmail.com; or find this blog home at www.FindingAuthenticYou.com. Any of my books can be found on Amazon or Barnes and Nobel, just by typing my name in the search header.

Also, be looking for “Finding Authentic You, 7 Steps to Effective Change” with a Year to CLEAR (C-larity, L-ove, E-nthusiasm A-nd R-elationship-Ready) in Early 2014. Thanks!

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