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I just met Saras Saravathy while surfing - perhaps "found" her is a better way to describe the event.  I regard her as practical, clear and very grounded in her view of entrepreneurial "prototypes?"  In fact, inspiring as she explains that anyone can make a valuable contribution by taking up entrepreneurship.

Six Facts About Entrepreneurs That May Help You Take The Leap:

1.  The entrepreneurial method as the key skill in assessing the
     resources available.

2.  She looks at the world through entrepreneurial glasses and explains   how entrepreneurs are action-oriented.

3.  She sees the entrepreneur in all of us and explains what characteristics we share

 4.  From the entrepreneur viewpoint, a crisis is another word for
opportunity, thus, she doesn't mind a little recession.

5.  Entrepreneurs are innovators, and in this world, innovation is "the name of the game."  She encourages companies to "encourage change."

6.  Entrepreneurship is a powerful tool for social change.
Do you read books?  I read voraciously until I got online, then only sporadically.  I recently, within the last 4 months, started a 'media fast.'  This means, I cut the cable. . . .I had cut out newspapers and magazines years ago.  The only thing I hear in my car are my own cd's - music I like.

About 3 years ago, I got cable.  I love movies and some of the new series that have come out on HBO, ShowTime, etc. 

One day, I decided I was spending waaaaaaaay too much time enjoying light weight programs on cable tho and taking a deep breath, I called my company and asked them to come get the box.

Now, I'm back to reading.  Believe me, I've read a ton and I'm gradually tapering off as I'm finding new projects to take up the slack with time. 

I've become fascinated with Lester Levenson.  The inventor of "letting go."  Lester's strategy is a miracle.  You can literally let go of anything and everything.  I'm reading Happiness Is Free: And It's Easier Than You Think!  It's set up in workbook style.  Lester gives you a chapter, then you ponder it for 7 days while you work with the information he reveals.  I started this project today.  The idea behind this book is to contemplate the meaning of things while letting your mind fold back upon itself.

I'm enjoying this and expecting some lighting bolts of inspiration to descend upon me.  This is how I like it!
Sweat Lodge Frame - Native Sweat Lodge Covered w/ Hides
Update:  Nov 4th 2009 - Dave Lakhani explains how persuasion works to get people following directives that lack common sense.  Specific to James Arthur Ray tragedy - See it here:  Dave Lakhani

I was concerned, sad and appalled to read about the recent press regarding James Arthur Ray's Spiritual Warrior retreat tragedy.  You may be familiar:  three people died and some reports say 21 people were taken by emergency vehicle to hospitals in serious condition.  Two people were pronounced dead upon arrival and the third died this week.  The lodge was overfilled with people - maybe up to 60 people and it was covered with plastic tarps.  A native sweat is never done like this.

My concern is that someone like Ray, known for a hard driving motivational message,  taking people into a sweat.  Clearly, he doesn't understand the purpose of a sweat. 

It's not a sporting event.  It's not competitive.  It's not an achievement.

The sweat lodge is a place to go within and get right with source.  To feel "at one" with great spirit and make the right decision or release  what may be bothering you.  It's sacred.

I've participated in sweat ceremonies many, many times.  I only sweat with native people leading.  The leader is a pipe carrier.  Being a pipe carrier is a responsibility to "walk your talk."  They are chosen for spiritual reasons, not, for any other man-made western-achievement oriented purpose.  They are very humble people and their job is to lead the prayers and be there for you.

A sweat is not a challenge.  It is a place to communicate with spirit.  If I don't feel well, I am free to leave.  I actually did that on my first sweat.  I was overcome with the heat.  My fear drove me out.  But, as soon as I caught my breath, I went back in and finished up the rounds of prayers.  After that first sweat, I was never afraid again.

The preparation for a sweat actually takes a few days to get underway.

We went down to the river to gather red willow branches and hauled them back to the spot we'd chosen for the sweat.  The construction of the lodge is sacred.  We built it with drummers drumming and prayers being said.  We were respectful of the sacred while putting up each piece of the lodge.  We covered the lodge with old wool blankets and quilts.  That's all in a days work believe me.

The day of the sweat, we fasted.  No food and plenty of water because we knew, we would sweat.  No more than twenty people would sweat together.  Usually there were around twelve.

We had special sweat dresses that we wore and I've never sweat with both men and women.  Just women.  The dresses weren't specific to the sweat, we just wore something light weight and easy to move around in.  We would be pretty grimy afterward.

If we had our moon time, we didn't sweat.  No need to during moon time.

Sometimes I would volunteer to tend the fire.  That was an all day job and big sacrifice.  I would be available to the sweat leader when he called for more hot rocks or water. 

The sweat lodge itself represents the "womb of the earth."  Now, think about it - there's no rock and roll going on in a human womb right?  The womb is a place where nurturing happens.  Where life is grown and sustained.

The womb of the earth is the same.  In the womb of the earth you meet Spirit, face to face, eye ball to eye ball.  You breathe Spirit in and connect.  You dream and vision.  You get right inside.  You are humbled by the power of it.  You come out renewed.

After a sweat - IT'S TIME TO PARTY!!  We shower, put on clean clothes and greet a new way of being.  There's a big feast.  Everyone brings their best dish.  There is much to celebrate. 

In my experience, the men and women came together at the feast.  While the sweat took place in two different camps, women at one and men at the other, the feast was a joint affair.  There was much frivolity, laughter and appreciation for life expressed.
Some parents take their job seriously. They think it's up to them to teach their child.  I've heard that children come here to teach rather than be taught.  What if we saw it that way.  Would our lives be different?  Would their innocence take us back to our own original innocence?  Is this what it's like to have the Presence with us?  Couple the innate joy with the capacity to follow our inner prompting. . .
Have you met Dr. Robert Thurman?  You might know his daughter Uma Thurman better.  He's knowledgeable, witty and one of the "25 Most Influential Americans." He has lectured all over the world; his charisma and enthusiasm draw packed audiences.

He points out The Protestant Ethic:  "We're only happy when we're miserable."  This foundational frequency of the western world produced the industrial revolution, the war machine and now technology that saves so much time and labor that we're completely fractured with things to do.  What to do first, next?  What's important for our lives? How do I priortize?

Contrasting with Buddhism - "If we train our mind properly, happiness will be the result."  "We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts we make the world." ~ Buddha

Which frequency appeals to you?

Find out what's most important to you and pursue only that.  It's enough for one life.
Take advantage of summer - expose 80% of your skin for 20 minutes daily between 11am-1pm without sunscreen.  This time of day is high in UVB rays that produce vitamin d in your body.  There are now organic sunscreens (found one on Amazon) if you must spend more time in the sun due to working outdoors.  Do not use sunscreens from the typical retail stores - they don't help, in fact, they harm your skin and your overall well being.

2nd way to get enough vitamin D - a sunbed.  They come in all price ranges.  Go to Amazon and check them out.  I've seen them priced as low as under $1,000.

The last way to get enough is supplements.  There is one other thing you need to be aware of if you choose to use an oral vitamin D supplement and that is that there are basically two types – one is natural and one is synthetic.

  • The natural one is D3 (cholecalciferol), which is the same vitamin D your body makes when exposed to sunshine

  • The synthetic one is vitamin D2, which is sometimes called ergocalciferol

Once either form of the vitamin is in your body, it must be converted to a more active form. Vitamin D3 is converted 500 percent faster than vitamin D2, and is clearly a better alternative.

Get your blood tested then get going and take good care of yourself!!

P.S.  There have been at least 4 books published since 2004 on this subject.  Don't let the political rhetoric of the past 30 years keep you out of the sun.  The sun is good for us!!

P.P.S Go to GrassRootsHealth.net to download the documents mentioned in the video.

Dr. Ben Carson
Awesome movie about Dr. Ben Carson growing up in Detroit during the 50's and 60's.  He overcame a broken home, bad temper, and racial inequality to become a great man, loving father, and famous Chief of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, MD.

Movie:  Gifted Hands

Raised by a single mother he attended a white school until high school.  His mother was very tuned into her 2 boys and gave them incredible guidance.  To me, she raised their souls, not just their egos.  She was also smart - the only work she knew how to do was cleaning and ironing - she was given the house in her divorce from her bigamist husband and rented it out for income.  She saved her money and at just the right moment, moved her children back home so they could be around people that would "appreciate them."

Ben got a scholarship to Yale and became a physician who cut a path to extraordinary procedures, never done successfully before in pediatric neurosurgery that saved many lives.  He's at the end of his Pediatric Neurosurgery career today and has formed a scholarship with his wife Candy to help scholars around the US get the education they deserve. 

Quote from Dr. Carson:  A good reason to tune into his story:

The key reason is for people to recognize how much potential exists within each individual and how it needs to be cultivated by that individual by making the right choices and putting in the effort. We live in an instant-gratification world where everyone thinks success should come quickly. No, you have to work at it. But we have these dreams that give us the idea to plan ahead five, 10, 15 years down the line and to create a pamphlet that allow us to achieve those dreams.

Ben Carson, your light shines bright.
Cultural Creatives is a term coined by sociologist Ray and
psychologist Anderson to describe a large segment in
Western society that has recently developed beyond the standard paradigm of Modernists versus Traditionalists or Conservatists.  The concept was presented in their book where they claim to have found that 50 million adult Americans (slightly over one quarter of the adult population) can now be identified as belonging to this group. They estimated that there were another 80–90 million Cultural Creatives in Europe in 2000.

Half the core group Cultural Creatives comprises the more educated, leading-edge thinkers. This group includes:

alternative health care providers
other professionals

They combine a serious concern for their inner life with a strong passion for social activism.

The other half of this group are called Green Cultural Creatives.  They are the secular and extroverted wing of the cultural creatives. They tend to  have a more conventional religious outlook. Their world views are less intensely held.

You'll recognize them when you understand their values:
The list below outlines the values that dictate a Cultural Creative's behavior:

Authenticity, actions must be consistent with words and beliefs
Engaged action and whole process learning; seeing the world as interwoven and connected
Idealism and activism
Globalism and ecology
The importance of women

Core cultural creatives also value altruism, self-actualization, and spirituality.

In business they demonstrate a slightly different "reason why" in entrepreneurship.

It's been identified by some as Innerpreneur.  

Innerpreneurs have the defining characteristics of an entrepreneur:

high need for achievement
high need for independence
low need for conformity
internal locus of control
love of ambiguity
propensity for risk-taking
obsession with opportunity

But while entrepreneurs use their business for monetary gain, innerpreneurs use their business to find personal fulfillment
(creatively, spiritually, emotionally) and create social change.

If this sounds like you - let's meet - you are just the person I'm looking for!!
I just finished Power vs Force by David Hawkins and am now moving on to the The Eye of the I: From Which Nothing Is Hidden (Click on the Book tab above to see it.) (Paperback - Jul 1, 2001)  Power vs Force is an incredible eye opener.  Dr Hawkins calibrated people, places and things - gave them a numerical value point from the launch of historical events to people in present time (1995).  He establishes very succinctly how we can come to understand why things are the way they are in today's world, war, politics, etc., and certainly how we can align ourselves with Power and remain aloof to Force.   I found the book valuable to my own progression.