I originally wrote the majority of this post in 2017 when I was going through a period of intense activity both at work and at home. When I came across it again this week, it brought me comfort and I thought now would be a great time to share it again. Forgetting who we are and how well we’re made makes life seem hard, but oh, the joy of remembering…

I’ve been unusually busy of late, and life and work have both felt relentless. While I would love to say that my “deep understanding” of the principles behind life allowed…

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For much of my life, gratitude has been problematic for me. Not that I’ve never felt it. On my wedding day and then again when each one of my children were born, I felt so filled up with appreciation, amazement, and awe that my whole system sputtered and gushed like a pipe being used for the first time after a winter freeze and spring thaw.

But from a very early age in my own childhood, gratitude became both a currency and an obligation — something I supposedly had that was of great value to others, so I was obligated to…

How we innocently misuse a ‘magic bullet’ to shoot ourselves in the foot

For more than a decade, I have been sharing a spiritual understanding of life that is more commonly known as either “the 3 Principles” or “the inside-out understanding”. When I talk about it in terms of the inside-out understanding, I’m pointing to the fact that the human experience only unfolds in one direction — from formless to form, inside to out, thought to experience. When I talk about it in terms of principles, I’m pointing to the underlying truth of how life works as first articulated by the Scottish mystic Syd Banks, who said:

“Mind, Consciousness and Thought are the…

Three keys to “bending time” in your favor

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Nearly all time management systems are based on the idea that time is a fixed quantity and we all get access to roughly the same amount of it. There are sixty seconds in an hour, twenty four hours in a day, seven days in a week, etc. But you can’t put time in a wheelbarrow, which means that time is less subject to the laws of Newtonian physics than it is the principles behind Einsteinian relativity.

In case that sounds a bit daunting, there’s a story that Einstein’s secretary, Helen Dukas, found herself in the position of having to answer…

How a simple shift in understanding can be a game changer

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As there is so much fear around money in our culture, particularly evident over the past 9 months or so of economic uncertainty, I thought it might be helpful to explore where that fear comes from and what we can do about it.

Here’s the key in a nutshell:

What makes money scary is the thought that how much of it we have really, REALLY matters.

If the amount of money in our bank account really, REALLY mattered, then all the behaviors that most of us think of as “normal” around money would make perfect sense. …

Since I read my first self-help book back in 1986 (Shakti Gawain’s Creative Visualization), I’ve noticed that broadly speaking they fall into three distinct if occasionally overlapping categories. The first is what I call “image management”, as exemplified by Dale Carnegie’s How to Win Friends and Influence People. These books aim your attention towards how you come across in various situations, teaching you how to dress for and cultivate an image of success, largely so that you can make feel confident, win friends, and, well, influence people.

The second category of self-help books are all about “the metaphysics of self-empowerment”…

How learning the difference between meditating and living from a state of meditation can change your life

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When I first heard about the benefits of meditation in my 20’s, it sounded like the solution to many of my problems. According to the Mayo Clinic, “meditation can give you a sense of calm, peace, and balance that can benefit both your emotional well-being and your overall health.” Other sources pointed to additional benefits ranging from greater emotional intelligence to experiencing states of higher consciousness and even spiritual awakening.

The only problem was, it only worked when you actually did it. And while I would periodically go weeks at a time meditating twice a day, I would often go…

The true source of originality, and how to find it for yourself

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This weekend, I was one of the speakers at a virtual conference in Spain. The title of my talk, “How to Be Original”, started off a bit tongue in cheek, as perhaps my favorite thing to complain about is people copying my work without credit. Although I know it’s intended as the sincerest form of flattery, there are times where I misinterpret it as laziness, a lack of faith in their own creative genius, or simply theft.

My favorite example, now many years in the past, was a man in Australia who not only copied my website word for word…

Three key steps to help you become a more effective salesperson

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There’s a story about the comedian Jerry Lewis that when he was touring the country doing gigs, he kept a diary. On any night where the show went well, he would write some variation on “I killed it tonight!” On a night where the show went badly, he would write “The audience sucked”.

This is reflective of a pattern I see in many of the entre/solopreneurs, business owners, and salespeople I’ve worked with. …

How to consume social media without being consumed by it

*Spoiler alert*: This article contains mild spoilers about the new Netflix documentary “The Social Dilemma”.

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My wife and I sat down to watch the new Netflix documentary “The Social Dilemma” last night. The dilemma at the heart of the movie is simple. …

Michael Neill

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