Newsletter Post # 1

by Christopher Lovejoy on March 4, 2011

The Perspectives on Personal Fulfillment Newsletter
Issue # 1, March 4, 2011, posted as time and inclination permit

Welcome to my first newsletter.

In this post, I provide recent updates, a personal discovery, a feature article, and a few other assorted matters: a quote to ponder, a recommended viewing, and a few friendly reminders.

Recent Updates

I recently updated my About page, adding a photo montage of yours truly as well as padding the various sections in About that comprise who and what I’m about at this time.

I also introduced two new pages into my site’s navigation menu: Publications and Donate.

Publications is designed to feature my writing on topics related to personal fulfillment. Donate is a page offered to accommodate those who would like to support this site and its mission  (update: Donate has been replaced by Context).

Personal Discovery

Some time ago, I discovered a rather curious yet interesting technique for shifting your state of mind into a higher energetic space. It involves the use of afformations.

Not affirmations – afformations.

The afformations method is the brain child of Noah St. John, author of The Secret Code of Success (which I have not read), and can be followed in five simple steps (I added the last one):

  1. identify your wish
  2. ask a question that assumes your wish is already true
  3. give yourself over to the question
  4. take fresh action based on your assumption
  5. accept your desired outcome as inevitable

So, for example, I wish to follow my bliss. Why do I follow my bliss? Or: Why do I follow my bliss so often? Or: Why am I allowed to follow my bliss? You get the idea.

By putting yourself in a position where you can allow yourself to attract positive answers to positively biased questions, you set yourself up to manifest your desired result or outcome with greater ease.

Before long, you’ll be following through with behaviors or actions that are happily aligned with the assumption inside your question while accepting your desired result or outcome as inevitable.

This, of course, serves to give you a positive feedback loop between question and action, until the manifestation of your desired result or outcome is fully realized in a way that fulfills you.

Other questions might include: why do I believe in myself so much? Why do I trust my intuition so often? Why do I have so many positive encounters? Why do I enjoy so many wonderful experiences? Why am I so calm, composed, rested, relaxed, vital, clear, buoyant, serene, confident, successful?

Based on my experience with this method so far, I can honestly say that it pays to get into the habit of embracing the power of asking the right question.

Feature Article

I’ve written at length about the soul and spirit.

Here, in this space, I’d like to put one particular idea under the microscope: cultivating a finely honed balance between being and becoming – between: “be yourself” and “act as if”.

Between: “be true to yourself” and “fake it ’til you make it”.

When you speak, behave, respond, act, and conduct yourself naturally, you’re being yourself.

You honor your soul.

But when you take a dare and step outside of yourself to be someone you’re not so that you can know yourself more fully, you honor your spirit.

It’s not difficult to be yourself in any situation or circumstance or relationship where you feel happily aligned with the most enlightened version of yourself.

And it’s not difficult to be someone other than yourself when you know that you can get away with it and come away feeling like you know yourself better for having been someone you’re not.

What is difficult is this: to be yourself when you feel pressured to be someone you’re not, especially when you’re feeling tried, tested, tired, or worn out.

Either way, you might cave in to the pressure and feel regret afterwards, or you might actually stay true to yourself but worry about the consequences of doing so.

Also, what is difficult is this: to be someone you’re not and then be called on it by someone you trust and respect.

Unless you’re prepared to offer a legitimate excuse for your behavior or conduct, you will never know for sure whether your excuse is accepted or acceptable.

The pat answer to all of this is simple: just be yourself.

Certainly, this keeps the dignity of your soul intact, but what about your integrity?

What about your spirit?

What about your spirit with its sometimes seemingly wayward aims and impulses? What about your spirit of testing possibility and your spirit of finding opportunity and your spirit of seeking adventure?

What about them?

Quality is good (thank you, soul, for your love of quality), but then, so is vitality (I welcome you, spirit, for your love of vitality).

The spirit relies and depends on the soul to know what is worthwhile and the spirit requires a soul to operate effectively in a world that prizes quality, but the soul requires a spirit to function adequately.

For without a spirit, the soul is dead in the water – unless said soul has matured into something golden.

Inherently, the soul and spirit already have a symbiotic relationship.

Ideally, however, and in spite of a world bent on keeping them far apart, the soul and spirit flow in harmony with each other.

There is so much more I could say about this relationship to end all relationships.

But for now, I’ll let it rest here.

A Quote to Ponder

The modern world was not alive to the tremendous Reality that encompassed it. We were surrounded by an immeasurable abyss of darkness and splendor. We built our empires on a pellet of dust revolving round a ball of fire in unfathomable space. Life, that Sphinx, with the human face and the body of a brute, asked us new riddles every hour. Matter itself was dissolving under the scrutiny of Science; and yet, in our daily lives, we were becoming a race of somnambulists, whose very breathing, in train and bus and car, was timed to the movement of the wheels; and the more perfectly, and even alertly, we clicked through our automatic affairs on the surface of things, the more complete was our insensibility to the utterly inscrutable mystery that anything should be in existence at all ~ Alfred Noyes

I recently found this quotation on one of my favorite blogs (update as of 4/30/2014: this blog is no longer extant). The poet who wrote it, Alfred Noyes, presents a perspective that is both kosmic in its scope and kosmocentric in its orientation. Considering that he lived between 1880 and 1958, I find this highly unusual, even for a poet. The passage above implies a less-than-ideal relationship between soul and spirit that seems very much in evidence today, even as more and more people go virtual. Beyond this quote, I have yet to read anything he has written.

Recommended Viewing

A few days ago, I had the pleasure and the privilege of watching an extraordinary video on the nature of soul, entitled Three Sacred Directives and the Bowl of Lights (length: 4:28).

Remarkably, the ideal soul is characterized by three sacred directives: love all that you see with humility; live all that you feel with reverence; and know all that you possess with discipline.

Friendly Reminders

Just a few quick reminders before I tune out.

Under Categories in the sidebar of this site, you can get quick access to Previews of my publications as well as back issues of my Newsletters.

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Watch for my new ebook, Your Life Your Dream: A Primer on Personal Fulfillment, intended to prime your sense of promise with a sense of possibility – scheduled for release this Sunday.

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Until next time, be true, be wise, be free.

Christopher Lovejoy
Perspectives on Personal Fulfillment

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