Leonardo Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa has 30 layers of paint… and so will my masterpiece

Masterpiece. None of those paint layers is thicker than a single hair.
Can you imagine the patience and concentration that required? I’m going to propose that you be inspired by his approach as you carry out your big projects in the coming year. I think you will have the potential to create at least one labor of love.
Says Rob Brezsny… He is talking to Libras, but he could be talking to me too… I have, according to Source, have applied already 27 layers of ‘paint’ in creating my masterpiece, developing the technology to turn homo sapiens into human being.

What a perfect fit, I thought… and then I noticed, that the guiding is for Libras… and I am a Virgo… WTF… lol
‘You can’t move mountains by whispering at them,’ says singer-songwriter Pink. Strictly speaking, you can’t move mountains by shouting at them, either. But in a metaphorical sense, Pink is exactly right. Mild-mannered, low-key requests are not likely to precipitate movement in obstacles that resemble solid rock. And that’s my oracle for you in the coming months, Virgo. As you carry out the project of relocating or crumbling a certain mountain, be robust and spirited—and, if necessary, very loud.
Wow, that is a perfect fit too…

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Are you looking for inspiration in the wrong places??

I woke up this morning pondering what to write about.

The cartoon of the inventor of the wheel who offers it to the knuckleheads who are too busy to listen.

And then one of my clients wrote to me. She said: customs make the Jews, not the Jews make the customs?

And then the idea for this article was ready.

The email conversation began with my client wishing me a happy Christmas Eve.

I answered that in Judaism the day starts with the sunset and the appearance of the first stars.

I wrote: Do you know that in Judaism the day of everything starts at the eve of it? birthdays too…
She answered: I knew that in the Torah, the days started with the eve. But, I didn’t know if Judaism was still doing that.
And birthdays… I hadn’t thought about that!
I think it odd that it didn’t end up being the norm how Judaism does it. But, at the same time, I’m so acclimated to thinking
each day to begin at sunrise…
Me: the old Hebrews didn’t have a clock, but the sunset was like a clock…
Her: I’m understanding it Israel keeps time as
Jews always have. And, as I understand it, Israel’s is a more accurate system.
I looked here: Jewish Time (aish.com) https://www.aish.com/jl/hol/o/48944546.html
Me: I read the whole article. I bet it’s true that it was the customs that keep a Jew a Jew… not the other way around.
I grew up in a completely secular household… and had to learn who I am in my 30’s…
It’s a pity that almost all Jews want to marry into the world…
Her: So, the customs keep a Jew a Jew; and not so much a Jew actually keeping the customs?
Me: this is true for everyone: what makes you who you are is the things you repeatedly do… your habits.
Mostly it makes people worthless, because they have worthless habits.
Her: What a potent take on “How you do anything is how you do everything”! Of course, unlikely that I’ll make any changes – but maybe?

Then I measured her inspirability… and it was a puny 7 on a 1-100 scale… so I agree with her: it is highly unlikely that in this uninspirable state she’ll do anything different.

So why did I share this whole conversation?

Because I want you to be cognizant, aware, very aware who your actions shape your life.
And maybe even more importantly how the actions come from how you see the world.
99% of the people who visit this site are too busy to care really what would make their lives better, even though that is what they want. But they are busy being filled with idle curiosity, wanting, and searching.

For any change you need to stop everything, and look. Look at your life, look where it’s going. You need to also stop listening to the little voice in your head telling you to do something.

You need that quiet time to even know what you want. To even see that where you are heading is not that. To see that your actions are not in line with what you want, in fact, for most people, they keep you stuck.
The other day we had a workshop
The other day we had a workshop

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Can you increase your IQ, and if yes, how? Let me share how I did it.

What is the ultimate context difference between low and high vibration, low intelligence and high intelligence? Or asked differently: can you increase your IQ?

Instead of IQ tests, a single number, we should have, like I do, a detailed assessment system. It is more guiding about how one can increase their results in life.

I am looking at myself. I am playing Freecell. What do I do to win every game? I use foresight. I use holding more than one item in my brain. I use fuzzy viewing: no focus. I use astuteness: which is seeing AND recognizing, accurately what I see. I also recognize patterns, and I am flexible: each game has different patterns embedded.

Chess players don’t have a high IQ when they start out. Their IQ grows as they use and develop the same capacities I use in Freecell, just further.
I’ve raised my IQ 30 points with my Freecell practice. I teach you to increase your IQ too

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Where did the inspiration go?

I wrote this yesterday asking myself: where did the inspiration go?

I know it’s Christmas morning and you want to open the presents and all that…

but I want to share with you what happened in my house… so you can learn. Instead of presents I got a few emails elves and elvettes? (is that the feminine form of elves?)

Talking about festivities, and holiday season, but no gifts. WTF?

And Spock like pointy ear musings about stuff… except no Christmas spirit.

Inspiration, it seems have gone away with the epidemic, and that is what i want to talk about in this email.

Where did the inspiration go?

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Want to grow? Master outcome independence!

Zen: Chop wood, carry water. An outcome independent series of actions. Outcome independence .

Western Culture: What is your why? Create big audacious goals, take bold actions…

One is outcome independent resulting in inner peace, the other is outcome dependent, resulting in misery.

What does outcome independence really mean?

Obviously as many people as many interpretations… ultimately one hidden goal of language is to create confusion… ugh…

But here is what I mean: your actions are independent from your goal, your outcome, in the moment you perform them.

Why does outcome independence work?

because when you look at the outcome instead of what you are doing, you are driven by want… and not by anything else… and being driven by want is a key to

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Practical Magic: Do away with depression…

Magic is, according to google: the power of apparently influencing the course of events by using mysterious or supernatural forces

How does magic work: still from google: Magic creates a conflict between the things you think can happen and the things that you experience. While some magicians would like you to believe that they possess real magical powers, the true secret behind magic lies in clever psychological techniques that exploit limitations in the way our brains work.
Well, if you had a clever psychological technique that exploits limitations in the way our brains (mind) work, what would you change? What would you use it for?
It’s a great question, it has only one drawback:

We do have a clever psychological technique…

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How to make New Year Resolutions succeed?


The size of your projects is the size of your life.

The size of the people your project helps is the size of your world.

Giving away money that you didn’t earn isn’t a project.

Yesterday we had the 3-wishes workshop. It’s a fun little exercise. But we didn’t do it for fun. Most fun exercises have hidden huge learnings: about you, about the size of your world and the size of your life.

What does it have to do with a New year resolution? Patience, I’ll make them connect later. First you want to look at the ingredients… there are no jumps in reality, and when you jump, you do that in your imagination, and your results will be also in your imagination, not in reality… How is that for a learning, learning why your New Year Resolutions haven’t panned out thus far… You did jumps in it.

Projects are like building a ladder and climbing it to the fulfillment… not a jump.

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A Healthy Man Wants a Thousand Things; a Sick Man Only Wants One

By the same token, if you feel imprisoned, you want freedom… but if you don’t feel it, even though you are imprisoned, you’ll want many things… and won’t even think of wanting freedom.

I remember when I first defined myself what freedom was like for me. I saw the last few minutes of the movie, Harold and Maud in my mind, as Harold junks his car and jauntily skips up the hill, playing his, I guess, ukulele.

Yeah, that is it. Two steps: junking what’s defined you and your life, and then doing something joyous that wouldn’t have fitted your life before.

A number of years ago I participated in a Landmark Education course, the Wisdom Course.

One component of that course was to create a book of your life, dedicating a page to each year. So if you are 52 years old, you’ll have 52 pages.

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What is the unfair advantage their birthdate and birthplace have given some?

Some have it better than others. You knew that, right? But you didn’t know is why.

And no, it is not all in the genes. And no, it doesn’t all boil down to money or means. Or education, or opportunities.

No, the biggest unfair advantage is… whether you were allowed to play or not.

The difference between play and playful?

One of my students writes:
Sophie, thank you so much for writing that article. That is exactly what’s missing for me. The playfulness. When I think of it, it takes me to when I was a girl. everything I did was an imaginary wonderland. Cleaning floors I imagined myself as fairy shining floors with her magic hands in my princess land. When I swept our huge backyard I imagined it was my castle hidden in the woods and i would sweep under the trees and imagine those were rooms. Lol. And almost everything i did from climbing trees to climbing on the roof was imaginary play. It was fun. I somehow forgotten it and replaced it with a rigid todo list.

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