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Grace

The Sanskrit word for it is shaktipata, and it means “bestowing the energy” or “lighting the lamp.” In Buddhism, we learn from the Udâna of “an unborn, an unbecome, an unmade, an uncompounded” which provides us an escape from all that is “born, become, made and compounded.” From there we can learn that to the Buddhist, perhaps grace is transcendence. In the Christian faith it is more or less defined as the unearned mercy and love of the divine. I love the Sanskrit definition because it gives us a working image. Grace allows room for the soul to have a say in our lives. It gives us a sense of life that runs deeper than that sense of it we get from the stories we tell of our lives, our suffering and our victories. Somehow, from somewhere comes this lighting of the lamp, this bestowing of energy and we are alive, if even for a moment, in a whole new way. What does this mean? And is there a way to access this “it” more readily? Want to know more? Don’t miss this show.

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How To Get Business From People You Already Know

The International Freelancers Academy is a great resource if you work for yourself. I am very excited that the IFA published a guest blog by me about networking: How To Get Business From People You Already Know.

If you are reading this post, you likely have years, if not decades, of experience.

Even if you are embarking on your freelance career right out of school, you have years of academic experience and internships. Everyone reading this post has an existing network of contacts where they already have established know, like and trust in some way.

But then what? Do you just wait till that happens to turn into business?

Sometimes you’ll get lucky, and someone in your network will hear about the right opportunity for you, think of you for it at the right time, and recommend you in the right way that gets you hired. But, as you can see, even in that simplistic example, three discrete things have to go exactly right for that kind of sales serendipity to occur.

More likely, it is you who needs to proactively identify the right opportunities, proactively get in front of people who can help you, and proactively coach your supporters on how to recommend you or otherwise help you land that project.

The good news is that you have a bigger network than you think and therefore already know people who can help you get more business. The caveat (this isn’t bad news, but it does mean additional work) is that you still need to do things beyond just getting your contacts to know, like and trust you. Here are 5 steps to land business from people you already know.

Read the 5 strategies I share with the International Freelancers Academy on how to get business from people you already know.

I hope you enjoy the post. Let me know how it changes your networking activity in the next few weeks.

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Without a Mask

What does it mean to “first, know thyself?” Does it just mean that we know the list of habits and the sum total of all the ways we act and think and believe? Or is there something deeper? Avikal Costantino talks with us today about what it’s like to live without a mask, for he is the author of two books, Freedom to Be Yourself: Mastering the Inner Judge and Without a Mask: Discovering Your Authentic Self. Where does the mundane fit into your life, mediocrity or the ordinary? And what is your hope of transcending mediocrity and the ordinary? Is that need to transcend just a mask? Or is it the real you? What about conflict? Where do we put it in the scheme of things? Should we always avoid it in order to say we are good people? How does goodness define us? How can you tell the difference between the mask and the real? These are just a few of the questions we will ask and answer on this show, talking with Australian author and owner of the Institute of Integral Being. Don’t miss it.

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Without a Mask

What does it mean to “first, know thyself?” Does it just mean that we know the list of habits and the sum total of all the ways we act and think and believe? Or is there something deeper? Avikal Costantino talks with us today about what it’s like to live without a mask, for he is the author of two books, Freedom to Be Yourself: Mastering the Inner Judge and Without a Mask: Discovering Your Authentic Self. Where does the mundane fit into your life, mediocrity or the ordinary? And what is your hope of transcending mediocrity and the ordinary? Is that need to transcend just a mask? Or is it the real you? What about conflict? Where do we put it in the scheme of things? Should we always avoid it in order to say we are good people? How does goodness define us? How can you tell the difference between the mask and the real? These are just a few of the questions we will ask and answer on this show, talking with Australian author and owner of the Institute of Integral Being. Don’t miss it.

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EGO: Is it the new Satan?

You cannot read a paragraph of New Age or New Thought information without finding the word Ego in there somewhere. The Ego is thought—by so many teachers, even master teachers—to be the enemy. It is that part of us that wants us to fail, that wants us to be unloving, unkind and inconsiderate, to be afraid and to live inauthentically. In that way that old Ego sounds a whole lot like that old devil, Beelzebub, Iblis, Shaitan, the Dragon, the Serpent, Abaddon, Belial, the father of this world, the god of all lies, Lucifer, etc. This idea of the Ego has us believing that we must fight against it. But wouldn’t this mean that Ego fights Ego? Surely the divine doesn’t need to fight, right? What if we’ve misunderstood? What if the Ego is just a liaison between the inner and outer worlds? Wouldn’t fighting it then mean losing that liaison? Is it possible that this view of Ego is but another dualistic stance serving only to keep us unaware of our true nature? Don’t miss this life-changing show.

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Emotional Efficacy

There’s so much talk out there about emotions and what we should do about them. Some say we should just avoid the so-called “negative” ones and others say those are some of the juiciest in terms of what they have to tell us about life, ourselves and the divine. What do you say? Well today out guest is going to give us his own wealth of knowledge about emotions. He is Raphael Cushnir, author of six books, including the topic of our discussion today and his latest, The One Thing Holding Your Back: Unleashing the Power of Emotional Connection. Cushnir is a leading voice in emotional connection and present moment awareness and has shared his unique approach on O, the Oprah Magazine, Beliefnet, Spirituality and Health Magazine, Psychology Today and the Huffington Post.

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Special Encore Presentation: Dr. Brian Weiss and Deeper Levels of Healing

Dr. Brian Weiss comes to the Authentic Living Show this week to help us find new levels of healing with regard to past life regression. He’ll be appearing at the upcoming I Can Do It Conference in Atlanta, GA to discuss this same topic and today we are fortunate to have him come here to give us a preview and to help us understand past-life regression and why it helps us heal and grow. Dr. Weiss is best known for his best-selling book Many Lives, Many Masters, and his scientific exploration of a topic, which in the field of psychiatry is still considered by many to be bogus. His work is considered by most to be earth-shattering in that it changes the entire view of who we are and what we are doing here. So, you are not going to want to miss this show.

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The False Prophet

How do we know who to follow? Too often we choose our leaders because they appeal to an unmet need rather than because they are true leaders and we end up used, abused and even, in some cases, dead. Unfortunately there are still too many of us willing to fall into line behind the others ahead of us, without ever questioning why. We see this in politics, with the current propaganda of fear encouraging followers to line up to vote their fear. We see it in religions that respond to their members with control rather than compassion. We see it in the false prophet, or charlatan who tells us who to be instead of encouraging our own self-exploration. How do we recognize these false prophets? And even if it’s not a false prophet or a charlatan, how do we know if a teacher is teaching us something that isn’t really true, or isn’t true for us? This show is intended to boldly enable us to choose our leaders wisely. You are not going to want to miss this one.

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Authenticity at Work

One of the places in our lives where we are least encouraged to be true to our own authenticity is at work. In fact, people who are honest and forthright at work are often considered to be naïve or even self-destructive. So, how can we be authentic and yet protect ourselves from the sharks that are always circling the waters? Authenticity doesn’t mean that you lose your wisdom, give away information that needs to be kept private or even sacred, or allow people to walk on you or take advantage of you. Rather it means that you make the rather radical shift of taking integral responsibility for your days, hours, and minutes at work. Authentic Leadership is one of the areas of Corporate Training that Andrea offers on a consultative as well as training level. We all know, however, that it’s really bloody at the top, so how does one become an Authentic Leader? If you’re having trouble at work or even if you’d like to prepare for the trouble that is inevitable at work, don’t miss this show.

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Your Akashic Records

Many of us have heard of terms like “the Book of Life” generally associated with some kind of eternal library that records our secret, shameful deeds, or even our more overt shameful deeds. But according to Linda Howe, our guest for today, the Akashic Records, also known as the Book of Life are filled with wisdom and energy that are inspirational and supportive for making the fundamental shift from self-reliance to Divine reliance. In other words they are a resource rather than a book filled with all of our bad deeds. Nor do they favor any particular religion, nor are they meant to help us tell our fortunes or manipulate outcomes. Linda is the author of How to Read the Akashic Records, and of Healing through the Akashic Records, and we are going to be talking to her today about how we may access these records and how to use their amazing powers. So if you want access to this resource, tune in, this show is for you.