Amazing Grace & Loving To The Core

Mar 27, 2007 by Luann Robinson Hull
I recently attended a Judy Collins concert and was completely inspired by her beauty, loving presence, and amazing grace. She was so totally herself—age, talent, wisdom and all. At one point she forgot a verse or two, and instead of making a fuss, she went right on as if it was supposed to be that way. Of course, the song seemed somehow better because of her ease and comfort with imperfection. She was so completely self-accepting and loving to the core—a beautiful example indeed of Amazing Grace, her final piece, sung unaccompanied. With hair like spun silk and a voice that resembled a harp, she seemed like an angel in our midst. And it was certainly grace that gifted me...

Cultivating Self-Love

Mar 20, 2007 by Luann Robinson Hull
I know it isn’t necessarily a glamorous or popular topic, though as we pointed out last week, without it, we can’t have a solid foundation for really loving and being loved. Scott Peck (1978), the legendary author of The Road Less Traveled, defines love as the desire for your own spiritual growth or for that of the beloved. How would you define love? Would your description be similar to Peck’s—wanting growth and expansion for yourself or another? Or does love hold a different meaning in your world?

Regardless of how we come to define love, one thing has become quite clear to me in listening to others as well as making my own personal discoveries. Compromise has no place in a...

How To Eliminate Suffering For Good

Mar 13, 2007 by Luann Robinson Hull
Perhaps Shakespeare’s beautiful words, which were sent out last week, can provide us with some clues:

“Let me not to the marriage of true minds Admit impediments. Love is not love Which alters when it alteration finds, Or bends with the remover to remove. Oh no! It is an ever fixed mark That looks on tempests and is never shaken; It is the star to every wandering bark, Whose worth’s unknown, although his height be taken. Love is not Time’s fool It alters not with brief hours and weeks But it bears it out even to the edge of doom.”—William Shakespeare

Someone logged into our forum and offered her thoughts, which echo my own: Without a solid foundation of self-love, it is impossible to maintain the “fixed mark” of love that Shakespeare...

Wanting Love & Being The Love You Want To Have

Mar 06, 2007 by Luann Robinson Hull
Here are some magnificent quotes to consider this week as we contemplate wanting love and being the love you want to have.

"Love is the only thing you get more of by giving it away" Tom Wilson

"Let me not to the marriage of true minds Admit impediments. Love is not love which alters when it alteration finds, Or bends with the remover to remove. Oh no! it is an ever fixed mark That looks on tempests and is never shaken; It is the star to every wandering bark, Whose worth's unknown, although his height be taken. Love is not Time's fool... It alters not with brief hours and weeks...

But it bears it out even to the edge of doom." - William Shakespeare

What do these important messages mean to you?

Radiant love, dear hearts!

Luann

Expecting Great Things

Feb 27, 2007 by Luann Robinson Hull
Several weeks ago, we talked about how our current brains were actually forming during a time of catastrophic conditions on planet earth. And so therefore, we humans have actually been trained for the catastrophe. Scanning for the worst is what has kept us from becoming extinct, and so that method of operating was quite effective during times of immense hardship and crude circumstances.

Now, ironically, the only thing that threatens our extinction is continuing to behave this way. If we keep looking for the worst case scenario and living as though we are separate from our brothers and sisters, as well as the earth that continues to support us, then aren’t we operating out of our fear for survival just like...

How To Really Be Free

Feb 20, 2007 by Luann Robinson Hull
Recently I have had some experiences that have challenged my sense of freedom and peace. This all began a couple of weeks ago with a sidewalk rage incident…not road rage…sidewalk rage. I was merely walking along enjoying the day when a runner approached unexpectedly. I immediately noticed that she a strong resemblance to Madonna, and just as I glanced up to greet her, she proudly extended her middle finger upward without breaking her stride. Seconds earlier, I had been blissfully sauntering the streets enjoying a beautiful day. Clearly, we were in different worlds. She was concerned about interrupting her runner’s rhythm and I in my slow-paced-state-of-pleasure, was just enjoying the moment.

I was more than a little jarred by the incident and reacted. “Get over it,” I replied...

Conscious Conversations to Habituate Happiness

Feb 13, 2007 by Luann Robinson Hull
I had the privilege yesterday of hearing an inspirational message given by Dr. Michael Beckwith, whose recent contributions to the DVD, THE SECRET, have been sweeping the world. Many of you have seen THE SECRET and are becoming acquainted with the simple, profound ideas of some amazing teachers, both past and present, which have been brought together by Rhonda Byrne, the now famed producer of this remarkable documentary.

Yesterday, Dr. Beckwith talked about the importance of attitude and perceptions, indicating that no matter what has happened in your life you have the ability to alter your point of view to such a degree that you can extract a positive outcome…regardless of the circumstance/s. And when you decide to make optimism your frame...

Have Patience - It Will Benefit You

Feb 06, 2007 by Luann Robinson Hull
Ever had a problem exercising patience?

I am reminded of a poem someone once sent me about the budding of a rose and how it could not be forced to blossom for obvious reasons. Last week, I bought a bunch of Star Gazer Lilies, which were just beginning to open. Each day I have seen just a little more color than the last. Today some of the lilies have burst open, exposing their radiance. Naturally, this process has taken time, patience, and some nurturing.

I wonder, what is it that keeps the lilies from getting frustrated in being all tightened up, unable to release themselves from their temporary bondage? How ever can they be so calm just sitting there waiting for everything...

Slowing Down

Jan 30, 2007 by Luann Robinson Hull
Following an exhausting few days fraught with some of the challenges of travel in the 21st century, I have been contemplating what might have caused us to become a culture of fast, faster, and fastest. Why ever is it that we so worship speed, and what would have to happen to get us to slow down?

As I reflect back upon my life I see that many of my earliest memories involve hurrying on some level...hurrying to get to school before the bell rang, hurrying to finish my arithmetic (yeah... those were the pre-math days) so I could go to recess, hurrying to get home after school for my activities, and then hurrying home for supper (we used to call it that) so that I could...

Heaven Here Now

Jan 23, 2007 by Luann Robinson Hull
Today, I was invited to a discussion on the topic of Heaven and found the dialogue to be thought provoking. The focus of the talk appeared to be centered on what to do here in this realm, fraught with difficulty, despair and considerable challenge, in order to get there, presumably another realm, seen as a far better and more desirable place to be. And, of course, the primary purpose in such a paradigm is to concentrate on preparing for the next stop, which can only be accessed after physical death.

While the belief that Heaven is the reward if we just keep plugging away at “being good” is encouraging, such thinking definitely takes us out of the moment. And if we...

What's Your Dream?

Jan 16, 2007 by Luann Robinson Hull
“I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, sons of former slaves and sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood….I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”—Martin Luther King, Jr., August, 28th, 1963

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was deeply inspired by Mahatma Gandhi’s peaceful protests in India, which were influential in freeing nearly a fifth of the human race. And so, he used Gandhi’s approach of non-violence to begin a movement for eliminating racism (A Tribute to Martin...

Time: Is There Enough?

Jan 09, 2007 by Luann Robinson Hull
In a recent conversation with my father, I learned that my grandfather, whose formal education extended only through the fifth grade, taught himself calculus, geometry, and trigonometry. According to Dad, his perpetual curiosity was what inspired him to strengthen his knowledge and understanding about how things worked. Apparently his inquiries sometimes served him well. While working as an auto mechanic in the 1930’s he discovered a method of conserving oil in the newly developed oil-guzzling, V8 engines. By using his skill and ingenuity he developed a unique process that eventually earned him the clients, which would help to support his family throughout the Great Depression.

What are you curious about? What would you be doing right now if you removed statements...

Love is Enough

Dec 19, 2006 by Luann Robinson Hull
Greetings and Glorious holiday wishes to all!

In contemplating all that accompanies this time of year, I was reminded of a beautiful quote that I saw on the wall in a business I used to frequent while living in Kansas. I had not committed the quote to memory but thought I had it stored in my old computer, which I resurrected from the closet. After putting this antiquated piece of equipment back together, I proudly plugged it in only to discover a blank screen on the monitor. What to do? I wanted to share this quote and to remember it for myself. I decided to pick up the phone and call Individually Yours in Wichita, Kansas.

If only I had acted on my...

Your Mind Can Help You Make Lots of Money

Dec 12, 2006 by Luann Robinson Hull
“When we shall have arrived at a sufficient understanding, our thought will take us where we wish to be.”—Ernest Holmes, The Science of Mind

“You don’t have to be perfect to get rich, but you do need to recognize when your thinking isn’t empowering to yourself and others…The secret to success is not to try to avoid or get rid of or shrink from your problems; the secret to success is to grow yourself so that you are bigger than any problem.” –T. Harv Eker Secrets of the Millionaire Mind

I don’t know about you, but for most of my adult life, the concern over money has occupied quite a lot of my time. When I have had it, I’ve wondered what...

Where to Find True Love

Dec 05, 2006 by Luann Robinson Hull
“It is essential to know what is vital and alive in us and [then] shape our lives in its image.”—David Whyte The Heart Aroused.

In his beautiful book, The Heart Aroused David Whyte, beloved author and poet, offers insight and inspiration on how to seed, feed and water the soul, sparking our inner Life Force. Whyte proclaims that when we nourish ourselves from within, we will naturally connect with others, who join us in the pilgrimage of personal discovery. Together, we are bound to become more expanded versions of ourselves and grow exponentially from the conversations and connections that inevitably accompany the joys of our individual and collective journey.

Whyte shares an ancient Chinese tale to emphasize the point. The hero of...

The Hidden Source of Amazing Love

Nov 28, 2006 by Luann Robinson Hull
“We are ultimately at home in the world not through dominating or explaining or appreciating, but through caring and being cared for.”—Milton Mayeroff, On Caring

“Every time the other person does something well, something in the direction of change and growth, we should congratulate her or him to show our approval. It is important to not take things for granted.”—Thich Naht Hahn, beloved philosopher and monk, from Teachings on Love

Most all of us want to love and be loved. And so in the beginning of any loving relationship, we feel exhilarated, exuberant, and even ecstatic. Love has potential here! I am gonna be happy! But as some of this early enthusiasm wanes, our interest may begin to waver a bit. It...

The Secret Power of Thought & Thanksgiving

Nov 21, 2006 by Luann Robinson Hull
Welcome to our four part series of inspirations devoted to miracles of the mind and the incredible power behind thought and feeling. Join Luann in the exciting weeks ahead as she discusses how: YOUR MIND IS A POWERFUL TOOL.

“ …Everything can be taken from a man [woman] but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”—Victor Frankl, concentration camp survivor (Man’s search for Meaning).

Frankl endured years of unconscionable horror in Nazi concentration camps, and lived to share his findings from a most remarkable experiment: That one could maintain sanity, human dignity, and ultimately life itself, no matter what the external circumstances, by exercising freedom of mind...

The Magic and Miracle of Fear

Nov 14, 2006 by Luann Robinson Hull
“The greatest miracle you will ever experience does not lie outside of you. It lies within.”—Paul Ferrini

In our most optimal state we realize the significance of these words. And when we are feeling vulnerable and afraid we are tempted to look elsewhere for comfort and solace in an attempt to feel good about who we are on the inside.

Many of us have searched and found what we thought would provide relief, only to inevitably discover our solution to be false and doomed to fizzle. Ah, not to worry, we can look again. There must be an answer out there. Over and over again, we keep seeking. Sometimes our search is relentless and exhausting. We are definitely tenacious, persistent, and resolute...

Transforming the Habit of Fear into Genius

Nov 07, 2006 by Luann Robinson Hull
“Despite our overt resolve, we are still creatures of habit. Resolve is activated by self-confidence, which in turn depends on the self image we have.”—Stephen Batchelor

“As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live.” –John Wolfgang Von Goethe

“And so it goes, and so it goes, and you’re the only one who knows.”—Billy Joel

If you are a living, breathing creature reading the words on this page, you have the ability in this moment to distinguish the difference between what causes you to suffer and what brings you joy and happiness. There isn’t another human on the planet that can do it for you. No guru, teacher, workshop, or class has the answers. It is only you who knows....

Fear and Fate or Power and Choice?

Oct 31, 2006 by Luann Robinson Hull
“As a species, we should never underestimate our low tolerance for discomfort. To be encouraged to stay with our vulnerability is news that we can use.”—Pema Chodron

In last week’s dialogue on Fear and Triumph, we opened a discussion on where we are as a species, particularly related to what scares us and how we respond when we are shocked by an unexpected event. Recent scientific studies have provided empirical evidence to suggest that there are more active pathways carrying messages from the lower regions of our brain (reptilian brain) going toward the cerebral cortex (higher areas of reasoning), than there are leading back to the brain stem.

And so what does this mean? In simple terms, it suggests that when we...