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Presence… Controlled By Our Past?

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Barb:

I am in the middle of yet another autobiography, my favorite reading material. Right now in the story I am immersed in the author’s childhood and finding myself feeling really uncomfortable as her replay reminds me of my own. I am dissecting this discomfort deeper than I have before and discovering a fresh take on it. Read more

Truth and Consequences

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Sarah:
There’s a great conversation to be had about consequences. In fact, I’ve had more than one with friends, at conferences, and on the phone. It has become clear in these interactions that the term ‘consequences’ can be interpreted, or misinterpreted as the case may be, in different ways. In my unfolding as a mother and, indeed, as a person, the comfort of camaraderie has been sought, found, outgrown, and cherished – not necessarily in that order and varying according to the experience. What I have found with regard to the subject of consequences is that there is a distinct difference between the intent and style of those who recognize consequences and those who use consequences. Read more

Get Ready for Rethinking Everything- LIFE: Issue One

The very first issue of Rethinking Everything- LIFE is coming your way!

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Rethinking Everything Magazine, after two years of bold, edgy, exciting rethinking, has blossomed into Rethinking Everything Publishing – three separate and distinct publications.

Here’s the skinny:

Rethinking Everything- PARENT :: publishes January 1st, April 1st, July 1st, and October 1st
Rethinking Everything- LIFE :: publishes February 1st, May 1st, August 1st, and November 1st
Rethinking Everything- SEX :: publishes March 1st, June 1st, September 1st, and December 1st

We are excited to offer them all absolutely FREE!

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We’re thrilled to bring you FOUR revolutionary stories of change to make you squirm

and open your eyes… and your heart.

justin wagnerJustin Wagner of OddballJuggling.com shares with us his journey from hard working, stressed out provider to joyful soul learning to play through life in Breaking the Cycle.

mattkramerMatt Kramer reveals his ground breaking theory of predatory leadership, the research behind it, solutions for a better world, and an opportunity for you… to help in his story, Obstacles on the Path to Utopia: The Price We Pay for Predatory Leadership.

heidemarieHeidemarie Schwermer lives entirely without money – every… single… joy filled day.  She shares her evolution from exchanging money to exchanging energy and love in Living Without Money.

renee andersonRenee Anderson has a theory about the Woe Is Me Life – a life of worry, self pity, and riding the surface energies of life – since she’s moved through and found perspective.  Her clarity could be your ticket to presence and joy.

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Rethinking Compassion

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Barb:

It’s time we had an honest, heartfelt conversation about compassion.  Yes, that warm and fuzzy, touchy-feely word we associate with goodness… NOT.  Compassion is not those things.  Compassion is mostly disabling and dysfunctional. 

Not to throw the baby out with the bathwater here, compassion is a natural and probably useful feeling for the hopelessly and terminally ill, the hopelessly depressed aged and abused children too young to take charge of their lives.  In all other cases it really doesn’t serve us or the recipients we feel compassionate toward.  Read more

Rethinking New Year’s Resolutions

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Barb:

I am madly in love with this time of year. The holidays are over, the house is cleaned up and decorations are put away, the energy feels fresh and alive and I am ready. It would never occur to me however to make a New Year’s resolution as my culture invites me to do.

Resolutions are fraught with the weight of shoulds, guilt, promises I am afraid I cannot keep. Why would I put myself through this? It doesn’t feel good!

Instead, what works marvelously for me, is holding a silent dialogue with my personal universe that goes something like this: I am ready for new information, I am ready for change, I am ready for upgrade in whatever form it looks like. I am open to everything that is coming my way that will facilitate my change and upgrade.

In fact, I don’t do this just at this time of year, but many times a year, whenever I feel in need of a shift, a change, an upgrade. I have stopped being amazed at how quickly this little exercise works for me. Within seconds, minutes, hours, or days, I am exposed serendipitously to new people, books, articles, conversations, ‘random’ information that catches my eyes or ears, causing me to think or act in slight or dramatically different ways, ways that give me that glorious feeling of having learned, of having achieved an upgrade in my life. Now THAT feels good.

Year’s end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us. ~ Hal Borland

 

Sarah:

For much of my life, I felt resistance at this time of year. Angst about what goals to have for the upcoming year. Wondering if I achieved the expectations I had set for the year before or disappointed that I hadn’t made any so there was no gauge. It’s the version of life where there is a beginning and end, always a goal to be won… or lost. Something to prove… to ourselves or others. The feeling that we’re not where we should or could be… that we could be ‘better.’ You know what feels amazing? Knowing that I’m exactly where I am. Not where I should be, could be, or was. I’m exactly as I am. And there is always room for upgrade in my heart, mind, and life.

And, yes, I feel that way all year. It is a continued practice to honor myself and my journey. The New Year has not ever resonated with me as a time to press reset or begin again – ‘out with the old’ and all that. I am a work in progress- always! The shifting of gears began several years ago when I opted out of the resolution cycle. I meditated instead to find a word that felt powerful and necessary for my changing self at that time. Some I can remember off-hand that I’ve played with are ‘honor,’ ‘trust,’ and ‘truth.’ They change as I feel I’ve incorporated the meanings of these words (as they pertain to me, my experiences, my thought processes) into my SELF. I recently have a new one-word mantra and it feels exciting and fun – a new game of upgrading and consciousness for me!

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Get Ready for Rethinking Everything- PARENT!

2012 is upon us!

And so is the release of our very first magazine as Rethinking Everything Publishing.
Rethinking Everything Magazine, after two years of bold, edgy, exciting rethinking, has blossomed into three separate and distinct publications.

But you knew that, right?!

Rethinking Everything- PARENT   ::   publishes January 1st, April 1st, July 1st, and October 1st
Rethinking Everything- LIFE   ::   publishes February 1st, May 1st, August 1st, and November 1st
Rethinking Everything- SEX   ::   publishes March 1st, June 1st, September 1st, and December 1st

We are excited to offer them all absolutely FREE!

 
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We’re ringing in the New Year with
                 beautiful pages that touch the soul and
                                FOUR stories bound to rock your world.

 
teresaTeresa Graham Brett of Parenting for Social Change brings us her personal story of recognizing the hypocrisy of traditional parenting and forging new relationships with children based in love, respect, and equality in Unlearning Adultism.
daynablogDayna Martin – world reknowned advocate for radical unschooling – shares private and powerful moments of life in a co-sleeping family in The Sacred Flow of the Family Bed.
inok resizeInok Alrutz paints the moment by moment memories of her bold, painful, emotional, empowering, and evocative journey into motherhood in Birth of a Universe.
LauraLaura Grace Weldon – blog maven, writer, farmer, and mom – kicks fear to the curb and hands the power of consequences to her kids in What the French Revolution Taught Me about Parenting.

 

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Let us know what you’re rethinking.  We’d love to work with you.

 

 

Video Games? – Just another tool.

 

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Barb:

I was shopping this week for a new DVD player/Netflix streamer and was asked by the clerk helping me if I had a video game system I could use instead to do the streaming.  A wave of joy and contentment and relief flooded my entire body quickly as I happily said ‘no – those days are behind me… or at least they are for the next handful of years until my first grandchild is old enough to want to play with one.’  I will enjoy those interim years, alot. Read more

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A New Kind of Capitalism?

Barb:

I admit that I like making money and I like the comfort of having it and knowing there is enough in reserve to hold me over for awhile in the event of some… thing.  What I really love about my money is how I get it.

First off, my work is fun.  It’s play.  It’s the result of deeply passionate interest that I would do even if I was not making any money.  Second, because it’s so much fun, it feels like I never have to work – a.k.a. something I only do for money – it instead just gets rolled into how I live my life, what I spend my time thinking about, dreaming about, looking forward to.  Third, my money making is the result of living authentically and honestly.  When I am talking to a prospective client, I never think about how can I make this sale or how much can I get them to spend or am I wasting my time because I can tell they are not going to buy what I have to offer.  Never.  Because what I do for money is centered in my heart of what makes me come alive, I enjoy my conversations with prospective clients.

Each conversation gives me an opportunity to really listen to what they say and offer up my honesty, experience and unconditional (yes! unconditional!) support for their journey, their unique situation.  Capitalism viewed this way feels good to me.  Am I deluding myself that it’s really a different animal than most of what we see around us?

Sarah:

Yes and no.  Yes, you are partaking in a system of investing and exchanging wealth.

BUT- you’re living a version of capitalism that is so absolutely foreign to what the mainstream has deemed the standard and only means to financial wealth that it does appear to be an altogether different animal.  There is a duality here that most people find hard to reconcile.  Most of us see two kinds of people.  We see the ones whose Facebook reels read like the movie Groundhog Day in a weekly format- a la: “Boo.  It’s Monday.  Can’t believe the weekend’s over.” “It’s Hump Day, people- we’re almost there!”  and “T.G.I.F.”  (F.Y.I.- You’re boring and I have hidden you all.)  Then there are the other people- the ones whose Facebook reels are an endless stream of positivity and activity.  These people can’t be real.  They’re either independently wealthy or they’re lying.  That’s what we always thought.  Until we didn’t.  

What we’re talking about here is a simple, but fundamental, difference in mindset.  The predominant cultural understanding that work is an overwhelmingly time consuming, yet completely detached, piece of our lives that needn’t be (and usually isn’t) particularly fulfilling to our purpose, is antiquated.  The reality is that this mindset is the chain that binds people to a system that perpetuates financial slavery and institutional dependence.  And yet, it is not necessary to resign from the aspects of the system that we enjoy- until we don’t.  There are plenty of people out there doing just that- participating in the system to meet their own desires and needs but without selling their souls to financial slavery.  When their lives look similar to the accepted cultural measures of success (house, car, 401K), they are deemed geniuses.  If not, they’re eccentrics at best.  I must say, though, in an age where they are hard to find, passion and honesty sell themselves.

Barb: 

Everything is energy, right?  Therefore it does make simple sense that we can all FEEL energetically the underlying motives of others in every interaction we have.  We can feel honesty and passion, deceit and manipulation, authentic or phony energetics.  Even when we can’t articulate our feelings or intuition, and certainly can’t prove anything, we can nonetheless feel them.  When we live in a world that motivates or coerces or forces us to respond to artificial dictates, we not only are always in an energetic state of confusion, but we become mistrustful of our feelings and even neurotic – constantly and often blindly searching for the new rules and guidelines that help us make sense of the world in the absence of feeling and listening to our own inner guidance.  Because the “real” world most of us live in does not support listening to one’s own “little voices,” we feel angst, fear, distress, unsettled, unsure of ourselves, and – aha! – needing to follow the “supreme” guidance of another, a.k.a. the boss, the religious cult, the teacher, the autocratic parent, the advertising, etc.  

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Sarah: 

I can’t think of one area of our lives that doesn’t heal and even prosper when we come back to center – to the listening of our internal voice and the open, honest response.  Our financial situations and desires are no different.  Connecting with people on a heart level is just easier when we’re doing something we love to do.  Granted, some people set a higher priority to their connections than their income and can connect regardless of their feelings about their job and the immediate capitalist gain.  I firmly believe that even these people, the ones who aren’t passionate about their jobs per se, do well for themselves financially because of their connection with the customer as a priority… or end up moving on to something more suitable.  As consumers, our awareness of authentic energy versus goal-driven energy gives us a new sense of empowerment and awareness in our lives.  We control how and where our money is spent and are not victims of the perpetual motion of money.  I seek out people with whom to do business versus corporate conglomerates because it feels good to me to directly interact with the provider of the service.  I know that this is always an option though not always as convenient and sometimes do choose to go with convenience.  But it is a choice and that is a powerful realization.

Empowerment and evolution of self does not necessarily mean that we’re all bound to be celibate monks living happily penniless.  Money is a tool and exchange of goods and services for money needn’t be seen as evil.  Those who see money as evil or painful usually don’t have any. 

It’s all energetics and awareness.

Barb:

I realized many years ago that we all have access to “the whole pie” – in other words, my happiness or my success or my passionate fulfillment does not take away from anyone else’s nor prevent another from accessing their whole pie.  There is not a scarcity of potential joy and success out there in the real world.   In fact, just the opposite is true:  the greater my sense of self fulfillment is, the more positively I influence those around me.  Of course this is true – who enjoys being in the company of one who bemoans their lot in life, their victimization, their inability to achieve their dreams?  Folks in such situations unknowingly cause others to feel negatively, feel sad or depressed or overwhelmed.  We all want and deserve a whole pie!

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