“DO YOU BELIEVE?”
Drew Rozell, Ph.D. partners with a select number of dynamic individuals, groups, and progressive companies who understand the value of raising their level of awareness to deliberately create the coolest version of their lives and businesses.
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Frozen apple from the recent ice storm. More cool photos here.
Welcome, my friend…
‘Tis the season!
I just finished wrestling a 9-foot, hundred pound tree to stand at attention in my living room. Hours before I headed out to a local tree farm, chainsaw in hand, to collect my holiday bounty. Within one minute of leaving the truck, I found myself with my heels momentarily parallel to the earth before landing flat on my back, another victim of the recent storm.
Fortunately the saw was still in the “off” position and I was able to continue my hunt with all limbs and digits in their rightful places. This being the country and all, I was the only person present at the tree farm — there was no one to even take my money. Expiring at a Christmas tree farm from a self-inflicted wound would have created a rather embarrassing legacy. So always bring a friend, folks! Or better yet, find a nice artificial pine…
My tree, a blue spruce with needles as sharp as, um, needles, did not go passively. After a few bad words, countless tiny punture wounds to my face, chest, arms, and legs, my quarry found its way to the top of my truck, and with a few more bad words, my living room.
So as another year comes to a close, it’s time to kick back with a beverage in front of the fire and watch the white lights twinkle for a bit. Santa should stopping by any time now.
I hope you enjoy this month’s holiday-inspired feature about the power of believing. In recent weeks I have am come into a new level of belief in my life and I’ve developed some conscious practices to reflect this. As a result, I notice that things keep getting better and better and better.
As a result of this new awareness, I am leading a new community in the new year. The Very Cool Life Network 2009 begins in early January (pretty soon!). If you are ready to fully regain control of yor own destiny, I invite you to join us. More on this below.
Another year ends, another begins. They go fast. Make them count. Live deliberately.
Have a peaceful holiday…
Thanks for your support and thanks for reading this.
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DO YOU BELIEVE?
As the holiday approaches, I found myself reminiscing about my fondest Christmas memory. I was probably 7 years old or so, and by this age I had adopted the pre-holiday ritual of poring over the huge Sears catalog for weeks, amazed at all the wonderful stuff that was available. I can still smell the ink on the pages. This particular year my expectations were set to receive one big gift and I had my desires narrowed down to a Big Trac (a sort of programmable tank) or a remote controlled car. Unable to establish a clear preference, I decided to allow Santa to exercise his judgment.
When Christmas Eve finally arrived, I ricocheted off the walls with excitement. Because joy is amplified when shared, I remember deciding to sleep on the spare mattress in my older sister Nora’s room where we could whisper in the dark about what was yet to come. I can still see the bright starlight streaming through the windows as I lay there listening for Rudolph’s hooves to land upon the roof. And I remember how thrilled I was to hear them touch down in the middle of the night. My whole body vibrated with anticipation; morning could not come soon enough.
I woke before dawn, the house quiet and dark. I slipped out of bed and like a cat, silently prowled around to the other bedrooms. No one else was stirring, and so I proceeded to make my way to the stairs. As I descended, I turned the corner and the entire living room where our Christmas tree stood came into view.
Just hours before there were only a few gifts from relatives and family friends scattered about. Now brightly wrapped presents exploded from under the tree — gifts seemed to cover the entire floor. It was the most beautiful, the most magical sight I had ever seen in my life.
How wonderful! How fantastic! How thrilling!
I could hear my own heart beating in my chest and I scurried back upstairs to share my discovery with my four older brothers and sisters.
After repeated efforts to cajole everyone from their slumber (what was wrong with these people, anyway?), soon the smell of my mom’s once-a-year cinnamon rolls filled the house and the sound of paper tearing filled the room. Sorting through the packages with my name on it, I identified the one with just the right size and shape. I peeled back the wrapping to see the picture on the box that sent electricity through me.
Big Trac! Big Trac! Ecstacy! Ecstacy!
Still buzzing with this miracle of manifestation, I continued to open more presents, these from my parents. Batteries. Underwear. Socks. My parents tried, but Santa was a tough act to follow. After this temporary lull in the action, I had trouble believing what happened next. My brother handed me another gift from Santa, one I had missed in my frenzied state. Unwrapping slowly (I like to make the surprise last), my first pass revealed a black rubber tire. And then there was another.
Could it be?
Yes. It most certainly was… The yellow remote controlled sports car from the Sears catalog! My brain almost short-circuited from the wonderfulness of it all. In this moment, the world was the most abundant place where everything I ever wanted came to me – beyond my wildest expectations! I spent the rest of the day playing with my siblings and taking my fantastic new toys to our family friends’ homes. There were smiles everywhere we went.
Just writing this, I feel the exhilaration of that day as fully as I did when it unfolded. In recalling this memory, I can still touch those magnificent feelings of anticipation, magic, and joy. Everything I want just shows up! Everyone around me is so happy! Life is such a wonderful experience! In a flash, I can call all these feelings up and bask in the glow, making it all just as real as it was over three decades ago.
Perhaps you have a Christmas memory like mine. Perhaps not. But somewhere in your life, I would bet that you can call up a time where the feeling of pure joy pulsed through every dendrite in your body. As wonderful as that feeling is, as we grow older, often we allow ourselves to be seduced into leaving those feelings of unbridled joy, anticipation, and magic behind with our childhoods.
We give up believing in magic in favor of cold, hard reality. We allow our sense of wonder and anticipation be replaced by fear and doubt. We shut ourselves off from a true feeling of abundance, opting instead to put our attention on scarcity and lack.
The greater truth is that the world is no less a magical place than it was when you were a child. The manner in which the universe operates has not changed. Rather, it’s likely that, with time, your beliefs, your focus, and your expectations have shifted.
What’s the secret to regaining that childlike wonder?
You must believe.
You must believe in goodness. You must believe in limitless abundance. You must believe in serenity. You must believe in a universe of infinite possibilities. You must believe in the power of the unseen to create fantastic outcomes, better than your anything your logical mind could ever design. You must believe that you — and you alone — hold the power to create your reality. And from these beliefs, you must choose and practice being joyful.
When you believe and practice connecting to those wonderful feelings, you come into alignment with your desires. When you align, your desires manifest in your life. That’s how it works.
Believing is beyond imagining, beyond wishing or dreaming. Believing is not fickle, sporadic, or convienient. Belief requires vigilance and commitment. Believing is a conscious choice, a disciplined way of thinking. Many people profess to beleive. Many fewer practice believing.
By choosing to believe in the inherent goodness of life and by entering into a practice of nuturing this faith, you reclaim the most thrilling way to live your life — a life that allows gifts to magically appear each day.
(Final note: If you want a personal, cool example of the magic of believing, take a moment to check out this post)
When I write these promo sections, I’ve learned that I’m writing to a very small percentage of my readership. I’d estimate that 90+% of the people who read and enjoy my stuff never buy anything I have to offer, so right now I’ll do my best to make my case for the other 10% of you.
If you want to live like no one else, then you must begin to live like no one else.
I’ll start with a few questions for you to consider…
- Was 2008 your best ever?
- Is your life always getting better?
- Is your income increasing each year (despite the what the headlines say about the economy)?
- Is your relationship better than ever? (Are you even in a relationship?)
- Do you feel a greater sense of freedom, ease, and connection in your life than ever before?
I hope that you can answer YES to all those questions. But I certainly would not be shocked if you could not.
If you’ve not done much to invest in yourself and upgrade your personal awareness, I’d expect that this past year was much like the year before. And the year before.
Sure, you WANT things to change. Deep down, you believe things can change. But somehow, things seem to play out the same way… and that’s rather frustrating. You may have even considered joining this community in the previous weeks. Part of you really wants to… but then part of you stops short, wondering if it’ll be worth the cost.
Clearly, only you can answer whether you’re ready, willing, and able to really live like no one else and upgrade your life. But keep in mind that the consequences of doing nothing. If you do not do anything significantly different in the upcoming year, my crystal ball tells me what your life will look like in December 2009. And it looks a lot like it does right now. And that might be fine…
But does it feel like it’s a very cool life? Are you in that club?
If I’ve got your blood pumping a bit, then take a moment to check out what I’m offering with my community of like-minded people who wish to consciously practice the awesome power of attraction.
So far, we’re 16 people strong from around the world.
Are you one of us?
The time is now…
>>> BOOKS <<<
- Money and the Law of Attraction by Jerry and Esther Hicks. So good, I’m reading it again. Will be the text for VCLN 2009.
- Alaska Tracks by Ned Rozell (my brother with another great book! Get it for the adventurer in you!)
Okay… One more photo…
ice, ice, baby! more shots here.
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