Sometimes it seems like all we hear these days is talk of the tough economy. I actually conducted a little sociological experiment this weekend, and counted up how many times I heard people refer to the economy, and therefore current times in general, in a negative way. I got 43 hits, even though I stayed home quite a bit.

There is, of course, some objective measurable truth to all of this depressing talk. If you own a house, it’s probably worth considerably less than it was five years ago. If you own a business, you may be making less money than you were, and you may have even been faced with the difficult decision of laying off some of your employees. If you’re an investor in the stock market, you may have seen your portfolio go down in value.

But not everybody these days is having a terrible time. I’ve conducted another little amateur sociological experiment over the last several weeks. I asked a lot of my colleagues: writers, teachers, seminar leaders, how they would evaluate their year so far, not just financially, but according to a broader spectrum of measurement. How are your relationships? How’s your creativity? How’s your health? How much are you living your deepest vision? I’m a member of two extraordinary mens’ groups, one where I live in Nevada City, and another that I travel to in Marin County, and I also asked this question at the recent meeting of the Transformational Leadership Council. More than half the people I asked told me that 2010 was proving to be their best year ever, myself included.

I hear people ask a lot on the blogosphere and in the media, “How long is this recession going to last? When are we going to go back to where we were?” Well, here’s a shocking question for you now. What if we never, ever, ever go back to where we were?  What if the old game is now coming to an end, and a whole different way of relating with each other financially and energetically is emerging? (more…)

MBB red background smallChameli and I just got back this week from the Transformational Leadership Council meeting, which this time was in Bermuda.  We attend these meetings twice a year, they are usually in very exotic, beautiful places.  It is a group put together by Jack Canfield a few years ago for writers, teachers, and seminar leaders to get together to relax together, network, support and inspire one other.

Before we go on I have to confess to you that the TLC meetings are simultaneously both the most inspiring and the most challenging event of my entire year.  Normally I get to be the king in my own tiny little world.  I’m in the habit of traveling somewhere, being met at the airport, giving a seminar, and being the center of attention.  The TLC meetings throw me back all the way to being a new boy at school.  Everybody in the group is extremely accomplished in their field.  Jack Canfield, as you know, has sold hundreds millions of books with Chicken Soup for the Soul. John Grey is one of the bestselling self-help authors of all time with his Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus series.  The movie The Secret, whether you agree with its philosophies or not, has sold millions of copies and was filmed at a TLC meeting in Vale, Colorado.  So, when I show up I feel truly like a nobody.  And I don’t mean this in the “awakened” way: check in-there is nobody here-there is only space.  I mean it in the I want to crawl under the table and disappear sort of way.  The TLC meetings really bring to the surface whatever feelings of inadequacy or not being good enough that are still lurking to be met.

One of the really high points this time was meeting Rev. Michael Bernard Beckwith, who had not been able to attend for several meetings prior.  As you may or may not know, Michael has been in the limelight recently: appearing regularly on Oprah as well the author of Spiritual Liberation and the subject of a new movie.  If anyone might have reason to feel special or exclusive, you could say it’s Michael.
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