RULES

The rules of life were not meant to trap us. They were meant to serve us, to help us to play the game of life.

Something has gone amiss, ever so slightly. Because the rule-makers have been diddling the rules.

Where the game is set-up such that most of the players will suffer and struggle, let us redesign the rules such that everyone is free to win.

This is no longer about the 1% at the top. This is about evening the playing field. For everyone.

Anything else will not do. Otherwise people will to go to ever more desperate lengths to change the rules – be it terrorism, war or reality TV …

None of that nasty stuff is going away, until the rules are changed.

And each and every one of us has the power to discard the rules we don’t like and to choose, instead, the kind of rules that would serve and empower us.

© Phillip A. Klein March 2008

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Because all things must come to an end.

 

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WRITERS / WRITING

‘In the beginning was the Word’ … The writer breathes life into the Word, giving it their own unique imprint. The beauty is that it may carry on long after he or she is gone.

 

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WORTH

You are worthy and good enough. You just are. To think of yourself as anything less is a blasphemy of the highest order. Stop it.

No one cares, apart from you, that you think yourself worthless and hopeless. Not God. Not I. Not anyone else.

The fact that you are wallowing in your self-pity does not interest us. Cut it out! It is not worthy of you!

The simple fact is that you – yes, you – are the one that you have been waiting for … all along.

There is no one else. So, get to it.

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Your sense of worth increases or diminishes in direct proportion to how much worth you offer people through your presence.

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WORSHIP

The trouble with some people is that they worship God as a ‘thing’ that can save them. Even though they aren’t quite sure what ‘it’ is, or where ‘it’ is.

You would do just as well to worship your box of soap powder as the source of your salvation. At least you can see it.

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Worship life in all its sacredness and reverence. That includes everything you abhor or detest. It is no less sacred, just because you have a problem with it.

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WORK

What is the purpose of work? It is to turn thought (an idea) into actual, physical form (a product or service) through action.

Before doing any work, ask yourself: what is the intention of the thought, deed and form, here?

That will determine how you experience work, and whether you actually want to be there or not.

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People extol the virtues of work. It is only virtuous if you derive some kind of value or benefit from it. If, out of every conceivable way that you could spend your day, you would happily choose to spend it, doing that.

Otherwise it is servitude – no matter how well you happen to be paid.

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Blessed is he who has found his life’s work. Woe is she who spends her life doing someone else’s work. That is labouring for the Devil, no matter how you look at it.

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To be ready to join the world of work, you need a special kind of training: “Look busy, look interested, look important.”

What? Do I need to go to Drama School to learn how to work? Do I need to know how to raise my eyebrows in a certain way?

Maybe, if I spend a year learning the Stradivinsky Method then I will know how to look

Which begs the question: if you really want someone who can fit in at work, why don’t you just advertise for people who are great actors? Who can give you an Oscar-winning performance?

When are we going to get rid of this charade and make work, as a rule, productive and valuable?

Anything else is a violation of the Trades Description Act.

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I get it. I get it. “The devil makes use of idle hands.”

Yes, if we aren’t busy, busy, busy we will all sink to the depths of depravity, right?

So what do we do to stave off the nasty devil?

We create an environment that is hellish! That’s what.

If there isn’t joy, fulfilment and love in your work environment, that is hell.

If there isn’t the opportunity to fully express what a bundle of creativity and dynamism you are, that is hell.

If you aren’t completely inspired by what you do, that is hell.

If you are going through the motions, bored out of your tiny mind, that is hell.

If you are counting down the hours, the minutes and the seconds until you clock off, that is hell.

If you would rather cross the street, than spend time with your workmates there, that is hell.

“Yes, but what about those people who have to clean the streets, and those people who have to clean out the toilets? Some jobs are hellish, but someone has to do them.”

First of all, you are absolutely right, those kind of jobs are necessary – whereas I am referring to the many, many jobs that aren’t. Where you would be better off being idle and letting the Devil does his worst.

And, when it comes to cleaning the streets, and cleaning the toilets, there are those people who bring love and joy to the task. Hence, they love and enjoy their work. They don’t find it in the least bit demeaning.

So, by all means do something necessary. In fact, only do something which is necessary. Because anything that isn’t necessary, that truly is demeaning.

© Phillip A. Klein March 2008

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WONDER

Perhaps the greatest tragedy of growing up is how we lose our sense of wonder; our sense of incredulity.

Particularly, as the wonder never stops. If you just opened your eyes …

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It is no coincidence that when you contemplate life, you wonder. Anytime that you think really deeply about anything, you give yourself the gift of curiosity, of fascination. Of wonder.

Whether you unravel the great mysteries of existence or not, to seek them out is wonder full.

© Phillip A. Klein March 2008

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WOMEN

What is woman? It is the sweetness, the goodness of creation. It is the beauty and the light that shines upon us. It is the glory of being … just being … just being …

And it can be intensely cloying when it is forced and imposed. Be it – that is enough.

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Every time I see a woman with a beautiful, fantastic, wonderful energy, I feel the presence of the divine feminine. But I feel its absence too. And that is a pain so great I dare not speak of it.

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Ultimately, there is no difference between men and women. We have exactly the same impulses and desires. It is just that evolution has shaped them in different ways. Vive le difference! And le same!

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It is in a woman that a man will usually seek to find himself. He can try all he wants, he isn’t going to find it there. It was in him all along.

Likewise, while many women are getting in touch with their own power and glory, there are still plenty of women who feel that they are nothing without a man.

But, actually, sweetheart, you are everything

You are the source of everything that ever is, ever was, ever will be.

How can you tell me, that, if you have the capacity to give birth to another human being, that you are nothing?

“Yes, but I need the man’s seed …”

And the earth needs nature’s seed to sprout life. That doesn’t diminish the magnificence of what the earth makes possible.

And, forget making babies. That is such an incredibly limited way of germinating your juices. Be the creative and pro-creative force that you are, in everything you do.

And recognise that so long as you think that you are nothing without a man, you will meet the kind of men who will confirm that you are nothing even with a man.

Indeed, there is no greater certainty in life than this: to seek validation in a woman or man will be a crushing disappointment.

What’s more, we know it, from bitter experience – and yet we still do it!

The irony is that the moment you don’t need anyone’s validation the whole world rushes to validate you.

© Phillip A. Klein March 2008

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WISDOM

Wisdom is recognising things exactly as they are, and accepting things exactly as they are; while being open to the possibility that, sooner or later, things will change – for the better.

 

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WINNING

I don’t need to win. I have already won. I am here, living, breathing, free to do as I please. What greater victory could there possibly be?

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If you try to beat everyone, who will be there to celebrate with you, if you win?

 

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