Figure out where most of your energy goes. Evaluate your findings. Find wasted resources and reallocate them.
This week the pieces will come together. Over the past several weeks, you have explored:
- Figure out where most of your energy goes. L22W1
- Does your subconscious mind insist you are too much or not enough? L22W2
- How are your successes leading to insecurities? L22W3
- What is the nature of your ingrained and persistent resistance? L22W4
- Shift from being reactive to responsive. L23W1
Go through each of the above steps and explain to yourself what each entails, and how it applies to you. If you hesitate, go back and review. Get proficient, master each step, and challenge yourself to explore your uncertainties and deficiencies. After you have the first five steps down, move onto the final step:
- Change the world from the inside out.
Just in case you skipped the review…
- Figuring out where your energy goes gives you a baseline. How efficient are you? Where are you reactive and when do you allow yourself to respond? What percentage of your vitality do you squander managing your fears?
- Is your default Not enough or Too much? When you know, you can use that knowledge to catch yourself energizing your fears. You can then preempt your patterns, stay focused, and maintain your efficiencies.
- When you have success with the first two steps, your successes will trigger deeper fears. Learn to tolerate larger amounts of discomfort to stimulate bigger beneficial adaptations.
- Resistance really is the biggest impediment your subconscious mind uses to keep you in a familiar and limited energetic space. Understanding your habitual and patterned resistance will highlight when, how, and why you clamp, bar, or block change, progress, and growth.
- After you have a deep understanding of your ingrained resistance, you can feel it as it begins to ramp up to reactivity and respond with better choices.
Generally, do you find yourself feeling like you or things in your environment are too much or not enough? Find specific examples. Find your habitual reactions.
The thing to remember about changing the world is that you don’t change the entire world all at once. You don’t even change your world all at once. Create healthy, lasting change incrementally along a trajectory with dogged determination and feline mobility.
So, four parts to the last step; Trajectory, Determination, and Mobility… and, of course, Resistance Reduction. Let’s look at each of them in a bit more detail. We will start with the first, Trajectory.
Trajectory: Superficially, trajectory is your direction. When you plan your trajectory, you decide the path you want to take. Point A to Point B.
Real-life trajectories get complicated. You have lots of trajectories. Following your trajectories can feel like trying to get grasshoppers to dance the Macarena.
The thing to remember about trajectories is that they are rarely A to B. They are more like Monarch Butterflies migrating. They head in a general direction and adjust to the wind, weather, and availability of food. Every minute of every day they adjust their course. They adapt to the opportunities and don’t give any value to obstacles and challenges.
Julia climbs hills under a full moon, going straight from the bottom to the top in the quickest feasible route. Having climbed 738 hills, mountains, and very tall trees, Julia has lots of experience. She knows not to start out too fast, to bring enough fluids and food, and to wear butterfly-light shoes.
Julia has learned not to think too much as she arrives at the trailhead. She leaves her house prepared, parks her car, and then gets after it. Overthinking leads to procrastination. A protracted start makes the first couple of miles feel hard. She has learned to craft a rhythm to her preparation, travel, and start. Julia has another rhythm for the climb and the descent. She marries those rhythms to the rhythm of the hill. Every hill has a unique rhythm.
Conditions, contours, and weather set the rhythm of each hill. Big mountains with steep, dangerous approaches require more gear, cautious steps, and increased focus, strength, and endurance. Soft, rolling hills have a more relaxed rhythm with less focus required.
Julia orchestrates her rhythms to match the hills. Big efforts require more preparation, rest, and recovery. Gently sloping hills with speed or as rejuvenation. The weather requires adjustments to rhythms. She might need to adjust her rhythm to account for gear malfunctions, poor maps, or her changing physical condition.
The foundations of her rhythms is the trajectory. Julia composes her actions like a musician creates music. Sometimes, it requires a full orchestra, sometimes it is a gentle humming, barely audible. Julia’s climbs are an orchestra, she is the conductor… maintaining the trajectory.
How do you allow success to bring about feelings of insecurities? What reactions follow?
Determination is second on our list and is a function of your Hara. Here is a link to the Hara Meditation from L6W1. Review it and the two meditations from L6W2. At this point in your development, you should be able to feel, connect, and align your Hara easily and readily. This week’s movement will take that to the next level.
Changing the world or even just your world takes determination. Let’s look at determination for each of the components.
Focus: Determination requires that your primary attention targets your trajectory. It requires a marshaling of forces in alignment with your intentions. When determined and focused, you judge everything in its ability to assist in your success. Focus is the art of placing value in line with efficiency and productivity. Your world changing intention has an optimal path. Focus helps you stay the course.
Focus is making conscious decisions that permit collaborative actions to compound into momentum and success.
Stability: Lowering your distractibility engenders stability. Hara plays a huge part here too. You anchor yourself into your course and intentions. Your foundational beliefs give mental and emotional weight, stability, to your trajectory. When you are stable, it is much easier to maintain your determination because you will give less value to your subconscious mind’s desire to sidetrack you. You won’t be able to change everything in the world and won’t have success if you change your intention every day. Stability provides a weighted keel to your sailboat.
Stability provides mass to help keep you centered, balanced, and grounded.
Speed: Momentum is a factor of speed and strength. The faster you are going, the easier it is to maintain your current trajectory. Speed overcomes inertia. Any progress is easier from a place of movement. Going from 10 mph to 11 mph takes much less energy than going from 0 to 1 mph. The fast-food place at the end of the offramp looks much more enticing when you are limping along in the slow lane than it does when you are speeding along in the fast lane. Changing the world might be a life-long marathon. The faster you go, the farther you will get.
Speed gets you past potential distractions before they can pull you off-course.
Where do your fears habitually bring about resistance?
Strength: Having the capacity to remain on task is a factor of strength. Intention without strength is like a dishwasher without water pressure. Determination needs a power base. It needs a well to draw from. Strength is the water in the well and the size of the water pump. You need strength to keep your soul’s crops sufficiently irrigated while they grow and produce. All the components are critical to determination, but sufficient strength is key if you want the power to fulfill your dream of changing the world.
Strength is the power component of determination. It is passion and desire compounding toward beneficial action.
Flexibility: Determination serves the purpose of maintaining a trajectory, not a course. Be flexible, adapt to current energies, configurations, and situations, change your course to take advantage of current opportunities. Adjust your heading to maintain not only your overriding trajectory but also your foundational values. Flexibility permits you to go in the most beneficial direction in the most benevolent way. Make choices that increase future choices. The path to changing the world will never be straight. Flexibility allows you to bend without breaking.
Flexibility allows you to arc toward benefit and away from deficit while maintaining your momentum.
Endurance: Distraction stifles momentum. Endurance is the ability to sustain your determination. Determination plus endurance leads to progress. If strength is capacity, endurance is your ability to use capacity efficiently. Stay determined enough to maintain course without being so determined that you burn out. Endurance is the dimmer switch on your battery-operated lantern. Used correctly, it can maximize your effectiveness for the longest possible time. If it was easy, someone would have already done it. If it is going to be you, you will need endurance.
Endurance meters your determination to help sustain your best effort.
Rejuvenation: Determination is an inherently diminishing element. It wanes without renewal, without confirmation of intent. Maintaining the pathways to your determination will give it endurance and strength. If strength is the tank and endurance is the valve, rejuvenation refills the tank. Determination requires that you prioritize refilling a particular tank at regular intervals. Changing the world requires the ability to refuel at regular intervals.
Rejuvenation allows determination to persist.
You will succeed in your quest when your components balance in a way that assists your intentions. Balance is a choice. In actuality, balance is a set of micro-choices that compound into targeted actions. Micro-choices are the components of simple actions. They are the decisions you make to take the progressive steps in any action. Getting out of the house to create alliances requires thousands of decisions, any of which can compound toward success or failure. Develop habits that keep your components balanced and vitalized.
Identify places where you use each of the five fears. Which of the fears is primary internally? Which is primary environmentally or in relationship?
Mobility is your ability to move. It is your skill and facility to move beneficially and efficiently. It is how well you string together micro-actions. Mobility is fluid movement within the range of your component’s current capacities. It is the moment-by-moment ability to do your best in any situation.
Mobility requires all the components to balance, just like determination. If you are excessively flexible, your movements will lack stability. An overabundance of speed or strength usually outruns your ability to endure and rejuvenate.
Mobility is using what you have (your current energy and configurations) in the most beneficial way to maintain your trajectory and momentum.
Using what you have means doing something, taking purposeful actions. Changing the world with a limited budget of time, money, and personnel is a chess game. To win, you need to move the pieces in a coordinated fashion.
Let’s look at mobility from each of the bodies.
Gravity Body: Functional and efficient mobility moves from a solid foundation. You need traction and something unyielding to press against if you want to push a car or change the world. Your gravity body is where you hold and energize your deeply held values. Knowing, feeling, and accepting where you desire to go generates efficiencies of movement and leads to fluidity.
Physical Body: All action is physical action. To do something world changing, some part of you needs to act, to change its current state into some other state. Moving fluidly is a function of mobility. Fluidity is using the seven components in the most beneficial and complementary way. Efficient mobility will have a physical rhythm. You will get going, keep going, and it will feel effortless.
Emotional Body: Emotion is energy in motion. Your emotional body helps fuel your physical body. It transforms unconfigured energy to configured and dedicated energy. Your emotional body gives your movements mass. The emotional body works with the gravity body to add value to momentum. You get going and want to keep going… more than anything else. World changers are deeply emotionally invested in their quests.
Environmental Body: Fruitful mobility requires that you interact with the world around you in a way that brings about collaborative and compounding movements. You can’t change this world without being a part of it. Meet the world on its terms. Mobility requires environmental intimacy. You must connect soulfully and persistently.
Mental Body: Mobility requires that you think enough to act but not enough to overreact. The key to mobility is to use your mind to assess opportunities for optimal movement. Use your conscious mind to enlist the other bodies and the components to work cooperatively and with maximum efficiency. Your world altering path will have a mind-boggling number of actions. Think far enough ahead to be prepared but not overwhelmed.
Energy Body: Vibrant mobility requires balanced energy flows throughout the body and between the bodies. It requires that the chakras are absorbing energy and funneling it directly into the Central Power Channel without allowing it to sidetrack to the subconscious mind. The energy body translates and transmits the energy gathered from the environment. It transforms incoming energy into usable unconfigured energy. It is like using the parts off an old car to build something new. The energy body will help you resonate with collaborative energies in your area of influence. It will seek out complimentary energies.
Ethereal Body: Transcendent mobility happens when you move in ways you thought impossible. Your ethereal body metabolizes chaos into possibility. It brings creativity. It is also an unlimited source of power. Awakening, developing, and enlivening your ethereal body will enable you to harvest local and non-local power sources. Making sense of chaos also happens with relationships. The ethereal body works with your environmental body to help compound the energy of your interactions. The solutions you will need to change the world don’t exist yet. They will resolve from the chaos of potential as you progress on your path.
Mobility is moving at the optimal time and place to expend a minimum of resources fluidly and effortlessly.
In what situations are you the most reactive and the most responsive? How are the two fundamentally different? How can you shift your reactivity toward responsiveness?
The last of the four parts is Resistance Reduction. It is much easier to change the world if you aren’t pulling a heavy cart full of fear, judgment, and intolerance.
Let’s review Resistance Reduction by looking at the five primary fears.
Fight: Resistance usually feels like a struggle. You are fighting to prevent change, movement, intimacy, collaboration, and growth. You are fighting to prevent your conscious mind from devaluing your subconscious mind. Your subconscious mind is fighting for primacy and survival. To reduce your fight response, consciously and tenaciously question your conflicts. Figure out how conflict confirms your fears and reduces your progress… and start making different choices. Reducing resistance requires that you soften your internal struggle. Be playful, get creative, find ways to resonate. Think less.
Flight: Another primary factor in resistance is distancing. When you are moving away from your intentions… it is impossible to achieve them. Fight pushes things away, flight transports you farther from your objectives. There are exceptions. If you intend to run as fast as possible, being chased by a cheetah might align your fear with your intention. But here is the difference. 99.997% of fear is running away from the thought of the cheetah, not the actual cheetah. When you project fear onto your actions, you create inefficiencies. You fracture your focus and disrupt the balance between your bodies and components. Running away from an actual cheetah doesn’t take a lot of thought. Creating projections about fictional cheetahs takes a ton of thought. Find the places your subconscious mind tries to generate distance and then make better, conscious choices. Resistance creates distance. Find fresh ways to connect and stay connected. Intimacy gets uncomfortable. Allow yourself to adapt to ever-expanding degrees of presence. Think less.
Freeze: The urge to stop, slow, question, or reconsider beneficial movements is how your subconscious mind uses the freeze fear to sabotage your success. The freeze fear is the giant disc brake to your momentum. Tension is fear in freeze mode. Hesitation is mental tension. Emotional overwhelm is what happens after emotional energy gets bottled up (frozen). Find your tensions, allow them to soften. Feel your transitions and verify that you are moving from tension to less tension. Resistance is never soft and fluid. It has hard edges and disjointed movements. Move. Move fluidly. Default to movement instead of non-movement. Think less.
Fix: Keeping a comfortable and recognizable environmental range is your subconscious mind’s priority. We talked a few weeks ago about how fix fears distort your body’s desire to maintain physical homeostasis toward continuing to stay in a habitual range of thought, emotion, interaction, and energy. Fix fears seek to keep factors in your environment in habitual cycles. Growth, progress, and change require that you allow and encourage the things in your environment to evolve. Identify the places you are trying to limit, to keep within some arbitrary boundary, and encourage yourself to loosen the reins. Resistance requires that you try to control Chaos. Allow environmental energies to expand into new or unknown configurations without interference. Think less.
Familiar: Your subconscious mind looks for familiar cycles to fall into. It wants to repeat past actions and reactions because it has experienced them as survivable. Fix fears typically deal with external energies. Familiar fears are usually internal energies. You want to feel in ways you have felt before. Your subconscious wants to cycle through your daily habits and patterns without the discomfort of change. It wants to have all your actions detailed in advance. It wants you to go to the same restaurant, order off the menu without substitution, and consider no other restaurants. Find your patterns and alter them. Embrace healthy discomfort. Reduce your resistance to change by consciously choosing unfamiliar actions. Be spontaneous. Think less.
Find ways to balance your bodies and components. Find your strengths and moderate them. Find your weaknesses and energize them.
That’s it. Six steps. And the addendum would be. Think less.
Thinkers have sidetracked evolution. They have convinced society that thought is power. Thinkers are manipulators. Find people in places of authority and ask yourself if they have presence and awareness. Are they balanced or are they mentally unbalanced? Are their pyramids balancing on their tips or are their foundations firmly planted? Do their actions match their rhetoric? Where, how, and with whom are they hypocritical? What are their intolerances, judgments, and condemnations? Over-thinking is your subconscious mind’s tool to control you and the world around you. It is the desire to control change.
Use your mind as 1/7th of your toolbox. Allow your other bodies equal weight. Incrementally improve the balance between your bodies and between the components. Integrate healthy discomfort into your daily awarenesses.
Changing the world from the inside out takes persistent, directed action unencumbered by fear, tension, and resistance.
Follow these six steps:
- Figure out where most of your energy goes.
- Does your subconscious mind insist you are too much or not enough?
- How are your successes leading to insecurities?
- What is the nature of your ingrained and persistent resistance?
- Shift from being reactive to responsive.
- Change the world from the inside out.
Take the steps one at a time, allow them to saturate your personality, and make the time to act. You are not perfect the way you are. None of us are and nothing else is. Perfection doesn’t exist. Evolution is possible. Opportunities arise when you embrace the potentials within the chaos.
Hara – A Deeper Dive