Appreciation … or … Gratitude

September 11th, 2009

Busting Loose – Appreciation or Gratitude?

I’m not sure Robert mentions the distinction between appreciation and gratitude. It’s rather subtle, but then as powerful as the distinction between Phase 1 and Phase 2 is, it too is rather subtle. Let’s see what the dictionary definitions tell us:

grat·i·tude n
a feeling of being thankful to somebody for doing something

ap·pre·ci·a·tion n
1.    a feeling or expression of gratitude
2.    a favorable opinion of something
3.    recognition and liking of something’s qualities
4.    a full understanding of the meaning and importance of something
5.    an increase in value, especially over time

So gratitude is defined as feeling thankful for something, for somebody doing something. And appreciation is defined as a full understanding of the meaning and importance of something, or an increase in value over time.

The distinction I get is that gratitude suggests a passive “power outside,” while appreciation is an active inside job.

And that’s why Robert calls “Appreciation” one of the two major, major tools in Busting Loose. Appreciation of everything and everyone as your Expanded Self’s perfect creation perfectly supporting your growth and expansion into Phase 2 of your totally unique, individual Human Game.

I’d appreciate learning of your thoughts in a comment.

“What do you want to be when you grow up?”

September 1st, 2009

Busting Loose question: “What do you want to be when you grow up?”

I was thinking to myself while walking on the trail one morning about Busting Loose. Just how is it that I somehow create a unique holographic experience in my unique personal Human Game. and how living more into Phase 2 might look and feel?

The following thought popped into my holographic head.

I remember growing up and being asked by relatives and family friends, “And what do YOU want to be when YOU grow up, little boy?” And I even remember asking others folks’ kids that same question. And at one point I even harbored the idea that I was doing them some kind of a favor by helping them focus their thinking on how they were “going to turn out” and what they were going to do with their life. Big favor. R-i-i-i-g-h-t.

And then another thought popped up in direct response: “Wait…..that’s not a supportive question for Busting Loose and living into Phase 2.”

A “right,” or “right-er” question would be, “So … what is it that you just love doing/exploring right now, and how do you allow yourself to do/explore more of that until something else strikes your fancy?”

Seems to me like that’s what living reactively in the moment, from and into inspiration would look and feel like.

And then I “just happened” to create Susan from our first workshop on the trail (coincidence, wink, wink, nudge, nudge) and I had her start this great mutual conversation about how certain things are “working” and “not working,” and if I do The Process on a discomfort and then just leave it alone, is that what I really want? Is that what I’m really supposed to be doing? Even if the thing that is not working, could be improved, and seems like it should be “important” to me – and maybe to “others,” completely forgetting that all those “others” are just reflections of me.

Is it OK to just do The Process and reclaim the power and then just let go? Even if nothing in the hologram is real and it’s completely made up by me – My Consciousness – My Expanded Self?

And the answer that came into my holographic awareness was, “I think that after doing The Process and reclaiming whatever power you can in a given pass, if it’s something you then feel would be fun or exciting, then that would be one “to do.” And if  your “doing” pushes back, it’s only pushing back because that’s the way you want(ed) that particular game or inning or quarter to play out. And maybe it then becomes “Challenging,” “Worthwhile,” “Productive,” “Satisfying” as I remind myself that I (Consciousness, Expanded Self) just made it all up anyway through patterns in The Field.

And any discomfort experienced in any pushing back is “just an Egg” with Power in it saying, “Here’s more of your Power for you to reclaim if you want to in this moment.” And you can then use this new, additionally reclaimed Power to stay on this particular ride a little longer, and/or noticing a next or different ride you feel “inspired” to experience or explore. Hot damn! Busting Loose!

“Adventure” and Busting Loose

August 21st, 2009

The word ‘adventure’ struck me the other day as being a decent description of the Busting Loose nature of the Phase 2 Journey within The Human Game. So, being a word lover, I looked it up in the dictionary, and here’s what it had to say:

Ad•ven•ture  n (italics added)
1.    an exciting or  extraordinary event or series of events
2.    an undertaking involving  uncertainty and  risk (I first typed frisk, an interesting linguistic slip of some sort, no doubt)
3.    the participation or willingness to participate in things that involve uncertainty and risk
4.    a risky or speculative financial undertaking

And the verb form: to dare to go somewhere new or engage in something dangerous.

Now, I don’t know about you, but as Busting Loose From The Money Game pointed out, a fair amount of my life had been about telling myself that I loved adventure, but thought that I also needed to avoid uncertainty and risk. At least, what I labeled unnecessary uncertainty and risk.

And then I read that Robert pointed out that risk avoidance is what Expanded Self uses in Phase 1 to convince me that I am limited and restricted, the opposite of who and what I truly am: infinite, eternal, limitless, and don’t go there! How cool is that! To have a word like adventure that gently and seductively masks uncertainty and risk and extraordinary and so easily gives us the sense that adventure is just a light frolic. No need to go deep here. That could be dangerous and should be avoided because … who knows what might happen?

In short, when I looked at the dictionary definition of adventure, I got a couple of interesting things. For Phase 1 to work at all, the fear and avoidance of risk and uncertainty was necessary to keep me from getting really clear on the power that I am as Player in my hologame. And that adventure/risk/uncertainty was equally necessary for Phase 2 to be kept interesting and challenging. And that really, Expanded Self is handling everything magnificently.

So that leaves me with Robert’s invitation and challenge to jump through the portal into Phase 2 and just use the tools – use the tools – use the tools, fully experience my experiences and tell the truth, that in all the surprises I am having great fun and being royally entertained with/in my holographic Human Game – adventure!

September Emotions Game Busting Loose Workshop

August 13th, 2009

Busting Loose From The Emotions Game Workshop begins Monday evening September 7th from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM at our home.

Slight change in expression of appreciation – first session is FREE so you can come “kick the illusion’s tires” and get a feeling if this is for you or no. Remaining sessions, and there are 18 in all, will be $15 per session.

Why do this, or any, Busting Loose workshop?

Robert’s body of work, model and tools are just very cool stuff. Since Spring 2007, we’ve hosted 4-5 Money Game and Emotions Game workshops touching just under 100 Players. The nearly 100% feedback we’re getting is:

•  thanks for making these DVDs available to watch and discuss

•  thanks for facilitating and creating a safe space to play and explore in

•  the tools have changed and continue to change the richness of my experience of The Human Game

•  stuff that used to really twist my nickers I now use to reclaim power

•  stuff that used to really twist my nickers somehow just doesn’t do that anymore

•  I find myself focusing and pursuing more of what floats my boat, what inspires me, what is more fun to me

•  it’s really supportive to have a place to be with other Phase 2 Players sharing a similar journey and talking the same language

•  where other spiritual and self help stuff seemed like everyone else was ‘getting it’ and somehow I just wasn’t, this stuff just seems to work

•  it’s very cool to ‘get’ why in Phase 1 that just has to be so perfectly and crazy-makingly so

My experience after two years facilitating the Busting Loose work is that infinite really is becoming infinite.To my personal amazement and amusement I ALWAYS pick up new and supportive insights from watching the DVDs (again and again and …) and from creating workshop Players who say the most amazing and supportive things.

Pat and I marvel at our breakthroughs and cookies and still grumble through some of the eggs – well, OK, maybe through most of the eggs. But there’s always a sense of expansion and often a sense of Expanded Self steering that comes with it or right after it, and that’s just plain different.

So, here is your invitation to come and play and learn how to keep more focus on playing in your hologram with fewer and fewer limitations and restrictions.

Hey, there’s only one of us here anyway; it’s all just you talking to you through the other Players you are creating in your hologram through these workshops. I mean really, who you gonna listen to?

The workshop begins Monday, September 7th from 6 to 8 PM . First one is the FREE exploration experience, and then we begin dancing down the Busting Loose From The Emotions Game road together.

REQUEST: Please reply by email  [tmiles21@comcast.net] or call me on cell 350-8447 to let us know how many seats we’ll need – and if we’ll need to open up a second evening for overflow.

Busters Tom and Pat

“Other People Are …”

August 5th, 2009

tomsausalito1You create other people/players to interact directly with to serve 3 purposes:

  • Reflect Something You Think Or Feel About Yourself – or reflect back to you progress or status in some area(s) of your Human Game experience.
  • Give You The Gift Of Information Or Insight – something you would blow off if it comes to you in the shower, but you could hear if it comes from  “someone/someplace outside of you.”
  • Set Something Into Motion To Support You – could be something you will “like” in which case you can sort of go to sleep and not make any connection (“It just came out of the blue”), or you can make the connection in Phase 1 terms (“Jeez. ‘They’ did this. I didn’t. I don’t deserve it; I didn’t work for it”), or it could be something you DON’T like. In the last two cases, you create “them” giving you a gift of discomfort so you can apply The Process and reclaim some power.

And “other people” are all actors in your 3D, full-immersion, holographic movie. You create them. You hand them their scripts. They do exactly what you ask them to do – and have it look like it’s coming from somewhere “outside” so you can believe you are limited or restricted.

Phase 1 “power outside” is cool. Phase 1 “power outside” looks like it’s real and works. It’s just that you can now know (I love how those two words go together: now know; know now) that you are doing it all – and it’s always just you talking to you in one of these three supportive ways.

Very cool!

Richard P. Feynman on Busting Loose

July 29th, 2009

tomsausalito1I love this quote from Six Easy Pieces, by Richard P. Feynman, on the scientific method. It fits so well with Robert’s saying that Busting Loose is “a model that is close enough to The Truth that it brings practical value to playing The Human Game. Feynman’s final three sentences are an elegant way of saying that an individual player’s Mission and Purpose are too big to be known while actively playing The Human Game. Enjoy.

“A few hundred years ago, a method was devised to find partial answers to questions such as: How many colors are there?  What is common to different kinds of sound?  Is sand perhaps nothing but a great number of very tiny rocks?  Is the wind a sloshing of the air analogous to the sloshing motion of the water in the sea?

Observation, reason, and experiment make up what we call the scientific method.  We shall have to limit ourselves to a bare description of our basic view of what is sometimes called fundamental physics, or fundamental ideas which have arisen from the application of the scientific method.

What do we mean by “understanding” something?  We can imagine that this complicated array of moving things which constitutes “the world” is something like a great chess game being played by the gods, and we are observers of the game. We do not know what the rules of the game are; all we are allowed to do is to watch the playing.  Of course, if we watch long enough, we may eventually catch on to a few of the rules.  The rules of the game are what we mean by fundamental physics. Even if we knew every rule, however, we might not be able to understand why a particular move is made in the game, merely because it is too complicated and our minds are limited.  If you play chess you must know that it is easy to learn all the rules, and yet it is often very hard to select the best move or to understand why a player moves as he does.  So it is in nature, only much more so; but we may able to at least to find all the rules. Actually, we do not have all the rules now.  (Every once in a while something like castling is going on that we still do not understand.)

Aside from not knowing all of the rules, what we really can explain in terms of those rules is very limited, because almost all situations are so enormously complicated that we cannot follow the plays of the game using the rules, much less tell what I going to happen next. We must, therefore, limit ourselves to the more basic question of the rules of the game.  If we know the rules, we consider that we “understand” the world.”

Infinite Possibility – so what does that mean?

July 22nd, 2009

So, infinite is infinite:

in·fi·nite adj               1.  without any limits that can be measured or realized                       2.  extending indefinitely or having unlimited spatial extent

When it is said that God knows everything, that everything has already been created before and we are just living into it, that could be looked at as a Phase 1 concept…just another Phase 1 limitation and restriction. All God/Infinite Self needs to know is that anything is possible. And Infinite Expanded Self knows that to test anything out, a hologram and player is needed to check out or experience the thing in physicality.  Being a physical player is cool, and being a DOING physical player is where and how your version of The Human Game is actually experienced.

Other names for this playing are awareness, mindfulness, being in the now, being childlike, being in awe, expanding into infinite possibility, allowing a particular version of Infinite Possibility to unfold through your Human Game hologram. And you create other people, places, and things in your hologram to:  (1) reflect back to you something you think/feel about yourself, (2) provide answers, data or information to you, (3) set something in motion for your Human Game experience.

Example: insert an ignition key, turn it, step on the gas, look where you’re going.  But this presupposes there are things called cars … that you have one of them … that you have a destination in mind (or no destination, just an exploration or adventure in mind, or ‘downtime’ to support inspiration) …  and …  that there is some WHERE  that can be gone to.   And in any case still, ‘stuff can happen,’ so even a purposefully planned and carefully executed trip can have contain surprise or novelty. NOVELTY! Expanded Self loves NOVELTY, and explores it through you as the player playing your human game hologram and story.

Any creation within that context is just a creation.  And within infinity/eternity there are no limits to creation.  There is infinite room for all kinds of creativity and novelty by definition, or as Robert says, “I have an infinite ability and desire to create.”

And all of this fits Amit Goswami’s comment that one is creating their unique experience within eternity …  moment by moment, including all the details and logic and support and history all the way back to the big bang!

So, this may be is why The Human Game is played sequentially and stretched out over ‘time.’  Even after trusting and claiming The Truth until you have your personal experience of that Truth called Busting Loose.

Like football. You know the rules and the field and the opposing team and the individual players, and how it is scored and that games end with one team ‘winning.’   But players come to play the actual play, to see how a particular game unfolds, to see ‘what happens if.’  And even then, it’s only just one game, one season.  And each game and each season is complete unto itself, and then there’s the next year.

Games are fun, challenging, interesting, exciting, rewarding, and the outcome unknown. And you play because you know how the game is played, because you want to experience how the game is played by you, as persona/player and create your own WOW experiences. And you are creating it all just to play with, talk with, reflect back to yourself something you are thinking about yourself, to provide  information or data, to set something in motion for yourself.

Phase 2 is doing and experiencing this from an expanded and expanding perspective of who you really are and who is really driving your bus.

Wisdom from Bagger Vance

July 14th, 2009

“Inside each and every one of us is our one true, authentic swing.

Something we was born with.

Something that’s ours and ours alone.

Something that can’t be learned.

Something that’s got to be REMEMBERED.”

Bagger Vance

NOW …

July 10th, 2009

tomsausalito

What is now?

Who’s now is it; to whom does it belong?

For whom is it being now, now?

Where does/did now come from?

Where does/did now go to?

Even better, what is the true nature of either “coming-ness” or “going-ness”?

Who is experiencing your now right now?

Who’s now are you experiencing or observing — right now?

And isn’t the answer always “I/me”?

And what meaning are you assigning to either your now or your I/me right now?

Acceptance, Reality and What Is

June 29th, 2009

In a review of “Mindful Motherhood: practical tools for staying sane during pregnancy and your child’s first year,” the following quotes appeared. I found them supportive.

“The bottom-line evaluation that underlies most of our unnecessary suffering is the thought ‘This shouldn’t be here.’ ”

“Acceptance is ending your argument with Reality, and accepting What Is.”

Slight modification for Busting Loose: “Acceptance of [diving into] the discomfort of/in/about the argument then telling the truth about “what shouldn’t be here is completely made up anyway,” increasingly leads to “inspiration” and a to Busting Loose.