The uncarved block is who we are at our core, the essence of our being. It is our pure self, our original state of being before it is shaped by various life processes. Returning to the simplicity of the uncarved block means returning to a wholeness that may currently be missing in our life. It is a place of referral we can access to guide our current experiences and choices.
The uncarved block is a symbol of our original state
– Benjamin Hoff, The Tao of Pooh
“Whole” as an uncarved block of wood
“Shapable” as a block of wood
“Simple” like uncarved blocks of wood
What is at the heart of your uncarved block?
What qualities of your uncarved block do you currently express in your life?
What would you like to pull forward from the simpliciy of your uncarved block right now?
What would you like the essence of the uncarved block help you become?
What will you do to become more aware of the wholeness, shapability and simplicity of your uncarved block?
Simplify to find wholeness
Your uncarved block
A freak doesn’t do things the way they are normally done. A freak follows her own passion. A freak explores and questions. A freak is self-aware. A freak stands alone in her own truth. In “Freaks Shall Inherit the Earth, Entrepreneurship for Weirdo, Mystics, and World Dominators. Chris Brogan encourages our freakiness and I love it!
“Freaks” encourages us to own our freakiness
“Freaks” inspires and motivates us to follow our unique path
“Freaks” helped me appreciate my weirdness
“Freaks” celebrates the qualities that serve us
“Freaks” offers practical business advice
“Freaks” will warm your heart
“Freaks” is about family
“Freaks” encouraged me to explore
Woman freaks need to claim our own place
Own your destiny
Time is an illusion and sometimes that illusion slows us down and even holds us in place.
How is time holding you back?
A small Grand Plan
- Feel useful (We all need that)
- Feel appreciated (We all need that, too)
- Learn something new (My mind constantly entertains me)
- Understand what I learn and apply the parts that work for me. (I often write to figure out how to absorb the concepts that appeal to me)
- Write to a larger audience. (Not for ego, but for impact. I am learning neat stuff I’d like to share.)
- Become more mindful. (I practice that a lot each day.)
- Allow circumstances to unfold. (I’m such a planner and organizer…)
- Become more spiritually aware (I have a lot of contemplative time now and I’m putting it to good use.)
- Notice my impact (I am beginning to do some Deeper Song Coaching in my community and it is deeply rewarding. I can see the changes that the people I work with are making
How does that translate into action?
Find the core of what you love
Put that core to work in what you do next.
I’m dropping what I learned
Live above time
Time is an illusion
Chris Brogan changed my life. Well, actually, I changed my life, but Chris was a catalyst. It was a simple email exchange discussing how we have impact. I mentioned that my impact was softer now that I was 81 and a little harder to identify. Within his reply, Chris asked, “I wonder what you’d like to tackle in the next 30 years.” And my vision of what is possible exploded.
Eliminate time as a constriction
Release what is keeping you stuck
Reposition yourself by following your passion
Teach what you want to learn
This free thing
Know the value of your work.
Let it unfold
Examine a small point of view
Change your viewpoint
Gain a new perspective
Move a few boulders
Get off the “safe” path
Let go of perceived limitations
Uncover your options
Raise your expectations
Notice how you feel
Life is a cycle of continuing changes. You can’t force change, but there are specific steps you can take to create a fertile field that will encourage positive results.
Become more self-aware
Enjoy the detours
Learn to utilize what you discover
Embrace a willingness to change
Re-choose your values and principles
At every crossroads tale time to rethink
Cultivate your fertile field
Each new growth has a purpose
Your current world reflects your past choices
Embrace a freedom of spirit
Follow Your Intuition
Allow the way of today to simply be the way of today
Travel the unexplored path
Apply your new insights to your life
Reside in your center
Flow like a river
To wander beyond all paths means being open to change
Religion and spirituality though related, are not synonymous. Religion is the creation of people and cultures. Spirituality is your direct personal relationship with Tao, the All-That-Is. Deepening your spirituality is your personal responsibility. No one can do it for you. You select parts and pieces from numerous sources that inspire you to feel more deeply. You adapt, absorb and weave those concepts into a personalized spiritual program that deepens your inner awareness and amplifies your innate sensitivity to the natural rhythm of things. Do not compare your path with others. Each path is unique and personal.
Become a nonconformist
Make silence a cornerstone of your spiritual practice
Shape your personal practice
Develop perseverance and flexibility
The space before you speak
The space before you act
The space in your inner work
Space as a foundation
Space as a framework
Space as Tao
Ruimi tells us to "Live in the nowhere that you came from, even though you have an address here." Tao is not a static discipline, but rather a progressive means of spiritual living. It embraces cycles, oneness, and stillness. We are Tao. Tao is within us. Our job is to become more aware of its presence within us and in the world around us. Use your space to simply be. Use your space to experience your oneness with all that is. Learn to reside at the center of the cycle of your life.
without trying to control them.
and resides at the center of the circle."