I dislike trying to move around in big crowds but I enjoy eating lunch in the middle of the food court when school is in session and the kids fill up the tables with their energy.
I can play nicely with others and for hours by myself.
I grew up for 10 years as an only child so I always found ways to entertain myself.
I dislike most parties with strangers because I seldom can have a decent discussion with a person about a subject.
I love parties with my friends because we have a common interest and can talk for hours and hours, finishing each other's sentences and always having new ideas to share.
I am very happy with my life as it is.
Recently, I met a nice woman named Heidi and we talked about many things and she invited me to a group that she hosted. My discussion with Heidi had a spiritual issue theme so I assumed that she was inviting me to the group becuase is was a group of like minded people.
The group is based on the writings from the book called The Secrets by Rhonda Byrne. They focus their attention of the Laws of Attraction. From the jest of last night's meeting the emphasis seems to be on using the Laws of Attraction to make money. Lost of money.
Perhaps, I'm not being fair to the group because the speaker was late and the host of the group allowed one of the members to "hold court" until the speaker showed up. BIG MISTAKE.
Dr. George, Director of a his own personal rehab clinic and his wife Mrs. George the Vice President of said rehab clinic, is a dues paying member of the society, Global Information Network or GIN as he liked to refer to it.
Dr. George, who has a PhD but is not a medical doctor told us in great detail, with great energy, in his fast talking, brook on interuption voice about how making MILLIONS and BILLIONS of dollars would make our lives wonderful. That if we joined GIN we would find the information, contact, maketing skills, etc. that we needed to employ the Laws of Attraction and change our lives.
For twenty minutes, at least, I listened to Dr. George and maintained my poker face, clenched my purse, regreting not getting up when the lady next to me did and leaving.
I was there to hear what the original speaker had to say. I was feeling like this had all been a big mistake and I didn't need to find more like minded friends, that what I needed to do was stay home, be with my family, watch Castle with Zeus and work in my studio. What was I thinking?
Why did I think I needed to get out more, see what people were doing? What did I think I was going to learn at this meeting?
Dr. George went on and on and even when the speaker did show up he didn't turn over the floor. He passed out his business cards. He was using the principles he had learned in his GIN group and by golly he was going to use them in this group.
I'm all for networking groups. I understand they serve a purpose for people. My disappointment came from the fact that I was observing the group of people, at this meeting. People who seemed to really be trying to change their thoughts, their lives, find new ways to bring positive energy into their world.
I resented Dr. George telling them that money was the answer.
I resisted the impulse to jump over the 300 pound man, next to me and throtle Dr. George.
I held fast to my committment to stay and listen to what the speaker had to say.
I wanted very much, after the meeting to go up to Dr. George and say, "SHAME ON YOU." Instead, I shook the real speaker's hand and thanked him.
I heard first hand stories about how the law of attraction changed some people's lives but unfortunately what I heard where stories about how they won tickets to a Packer's game or how they got a book published.
Those of you that have read my blog over the past two years know that I have always said, if you want something you need to put it out there to the universe. You need to make "the list" you need to read over the list and make sure you have included EVERYTHING that you think you need and want to make your list a reality. I've told you to be sure about your intent, to read the list outloud, looking into the bathroom mirror because when you face your own eyes you will know how honest your real intent is. I've told you to be patient and go about your life working towards that end goal on your list, DO THE WORK. And, I've told you that when the universe responds you better be willing to walk through that door.
That's information gleaned from thirty years of reading and working with self-help books. It's not magic. It's being clear about what you want, why you want it, what you are willing to do to see that it happens and when the universe give you an opportunity you seize it.
There is a spiritual component in all of this. It's an understanding of our connection to the energy around us, the earth, our fellow human beings on this planet. It's an understanding of our souls and our need and our souls need to BE CREATIVE. In my mind it's not possible to separate these things. They all work together.
I can't tell you how uncomfortable I was when it all seemed to just be about making MONEY, lots and lots of MONEY.
I don't know if I will go back to another meeting. I'm not sure it's a good fit for me. Everyone has to find their own path and perhaps Dr. George resonated with some in the room. I didn't care for his approach. I didn't care for his group, GIN and his plans to start a "clubhouse" here in Madison. I think I would tell anybody I knew to run in the other direction if somebody starts talking about Global Information Newwork. Remember, if you want to truly learn their "secrets" to how to market yourself and your product the dues are going to rear their ugly heads and they aren't going to be cheap.
The Law of Attraction..............well, it certainly has merit but people need to have more than just words thrown at them. They need techniques that will help them develop a more positive mental and verbal language for themselves. If they want to make changes in their lives they need to get centered first and be able to listen to their gut and learn how to dismiss the negative tapes that run through most of our brains 24/7. They need more than what I was hearing offered.
:)Bea Who has a great deal to think about and welcomes any of my readers thoughts on the subject.