Becoming an Intentional Thinker

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by Jim Self –

Thought is our greatest gift and ability. It can also be our greatest liability. Our thought creates our experience of the world. Wilber and Orville knew this. Tesla’s thoughts turned into alternating current. Bell turned his thoughts into the solid and successful telephone. Ever watch someone begin their day in a bad mood and then become progressively worse? You too, have had thoughts about what you want to achieve today at work and what you want experience. Tesla, Wilber, and Bell, all were able to hold their thoughts upon their dream long enough and strong enough to bring them into solid form. That’s the only difference between the successful ones and those who struggle and never quite make it. It is the degree to which they intentionally think and then focus on what they think.

What is the very first step toward becoming an intentional thinker? 

First, your mind must be free of noise and undesirable chatter, especially other people’s opinions, suggestions and programming. You might accomplish this by simply noticing the noise and mind chatter you are presently engaged in and affected by. No need to do anything other than simply notice it. And laugh at yourself of course.

Words are an easy place to begin to observe the noise.

Words are the direct indicators of your patterns of thought. Whether that thought pattern is helping you or hindering you, noticing the words that are indicative of the pattern is the first step in altering and even re-patterning that habit of thought.

You may begin by noticing the words other people use. I suspect you’ll soon discover that the unhappiest people you know are always talking about how rotten life is; how poorly they’ve been treated. The most satisfied and prosperous people you know will be talking about how great and miraculous their life experience is. Funny how that works.

If you have a desire and intention to change these patterns of thought in yourself, as you observe others soon you will discover certain words falling out of your mouth that don’t feel good or don’t support the prosperity and happiness you really want.

One word that is most revealing is the word “Should”. This word (and its derivatives and substitutes) indicates where programming lies. A should is used to convince someone else to “Do it my way. I know the best way.” You may notice how frequently adults use should on children. You may also notice how you use should on others and toward yourself.

We all do it. We don’t use should to intentionally hurt another person, just to make them behave more like us. This underlying desire however, can be extremely harmful, especially to children. Some of us should quite often. Shoulding on each other; shoulding on the kids, shoulding on ourselves. What a mess. Should all over the place!

One of our students tells this story: Lori was married to an ex-Vietnam Marine for many years. After the marriage dissolved and she moved on, she was packing her clothes one night for a business trip. She packed and unpacked several times, never getting it quite right. She folded the clothes then unfolded them, rolled the clothes then unrolled them, then folded them again. It was getting late. She was getting tired and frustrated.

What was going on? Why was it so difficult to complete this simple task? Lori finally surrendered, sat down on the edge of the bed and began to use her intuitive tools to find the center of her head. Almost immediately she heard her ex-husband telling her. “You should always roll your clothes just like this whenever you pack!” What a surprise, her ex was still shoulding on her after all these years and affecting her ability to pack a suitcase! Mary laughed at herself, did some quick energy work to release that bit of programming, quickly packed her suitcase and went to bed. Lori has been able to pack suitcases ever since.

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Living Words

by Jim Self –

Have you ever noticed how often people say, “I am ———– (something)…?”

“I am sick.”
“I am uncomfortable.”
“I am tired.”
“I am worn out.”
“I am not okay.”

Statements such as these are generators of energy at a very high level. They act like a magnet, so that whatever you follow “I am…” with is attracted to you exponentially. Every statement you make, “I am fine.” “I am wonderful.” “I may have stuff around me, but it’s not mine.” “Even though I am in the midst of all stuff, I am fine.” If you can begin to create a distinction between the problem and you, you will find that things can go on around you and you don’t have to identify with them, or take them on and become them.

Now, let’s play a game. Close your eyes, be in the center of your head, and remember a time in your past when you had a Happy experience. (If “happy” is too difficult to grab, please try an easier word – perhaps Satisfied or Content.) Take a moment and put yourself right in that Happy moment. See the flower, or the child laughing… hear the joke that somebody made… accept the compliment that someone gave you. Allow yourself to be fully in that experience. Be that word, Happy. Take your time. Get happiness all over you. Roll around in it. Really feeeel it and hear it and taste it.

As you allow yourself to be it, notice how much bigger the smile on your face gets. Laughing is acceptable here. Feeeel the happiness. Go back to that experience and feel the feeling all over again. Where does that feeling live in your body? What color is it? Does it have a shape? Just make it up. Pretend to be Happy (or Satisfied or Content). Feeeel it in your body. And breathe.

Now let the thought and memory of the original experience fade from your awareness and still feel the feeling. Notice that the happiness you are feeling right now is a present-time feeling. It’s not a past-time feeling.

Isn’t that curious? You had your attention on a past experience, and yet the feeling you are feeling is right NOW. So what does this tell you? It tells you that “Happy” is always here and available. You can be Happy (or any other feeling) without the past experience. Happy is a present-time, right now accessible experience to you at any moment under any circumstance. Happy is always here for you.

Now let’s play with another word. I’d like you to shift your attention and find the feeling of being Certain. Notice how Certain is a different kind of feeling than Happy. In simple terms, you know how to turn the key in your ignition of your car, right? Can you make your car turn on? Are you certain? Do you know it in that, “I mean every time I put the key in and turn it I know what it is supposed to do” kind of Certain?

Good. I am certain. Now simply feel the feeling of Certain. Take your time and really recognize this energy. Smear it all over you.

You may find that the body needs to move a bit, so if you feel the need to sit up in your chair, straighten your shoulders, raise your head, or extend your chest a little, do so. Then take a breath, and would you right now feel Certain? Where does Certain live in your body? What color is it? Does it have a shape? Just make it up. Pretend to be Certain. Feeeel it in your body. Recognize it. Own the feeling of being Certain and know that nobody can take this away from you now because it is always there; it’s just that sometimes you shift your attention to another vibration.

So, as you are being Certain, would you now, without any movement, also be Happy? Simply find your seat right in the middle of the vibration called Happy. And would you again find your smile? Go ahead, give yourself permission. Nobody can take this away from you and nobody has ever taken it away from you. All we have done is allow others to overshadow who we really are.

Now would you simply be Happy, be Certain, and would you notice that there is nothing to apologize for, nothing is broken, nothing needs to be fixed, and there is no challenge? There is no abuse or punishment or threat, I am Certain and I am Happy.

Now as you start to play with and really “get” Happy and Certain, which are just two of many vibrations, there is an opportunity to accelerate your path. These words are the vibrations that you are. These words are the vibrations that you have turned away from in order to play the game of the third dimension. Finding and BEING the vibrations of Certain and Happy (try Appreciation and Gratitude too) is the beginning of your ascension. You are creating a platform that will allow you to observe the third dimension as it simply dissolves and reshapes itself into the fifth dimension.

These are just two of the Living Words and they are a good start to creating a platform to manage your life from. The other Living Words include Powerful (as in Capable), Commanding, Present, Senior (as in owning your Self) and Gracious. These seven words are not random. They have been specifically chosen by the Archangels and other Teachers of Light to assist us in the Shift. They are packed with energy.

As you begin to play with these words, you will find yourself able to hold your attention firm and observe all that is going on around you without being distracted and pulled away from your center. Once you begin to play with the Living Words that feel wonderful no matter what is going on in your life, every experience that you have will be quite different than your previous experiences. Instead of being knocked out of your space by things that are outside of you, you can simply choose to let all insults or distractions or noise pass you by.

All you have to do is find the word that would most graciously uplift the situation that you are encountering. “What platform of words do I want to step into this meeting with?” “What clothing of vibrations do I want to present myself in?” “What single word would I like to replace this ugly feeling with?” Begin simply. Don’t choose words such as Love or Peace. Those are too far away from where you might be vibrating right now. They might be difficult to reach and hold on to. The key is to make this real and graspable.

Creating your own set of Living Words and learning to feel them rather than think them, is one of the most important things you can possibly do during this transition. This is not complicated; it’s simply a reconfiguration from the third dimensional way of life to a higher, clearer way of being. It can become a conscious moment-to-moment choice. A way of life that is Happy, Present, Certain, Senior, Powerful, Commanding and Gracious. Your life.


excerpt from the webinar series “How to Enjoy the Shift”

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Have You Lost Your Passion?

by Jim Self –

Over the last few months, many men and women have expressed to me a loss of passion; a deep tiredness and desire to “Let my life be over.” These people are all very involved in their spiritual practice and their commitment to fulfill their purpose, yet they were ready to simply stop. What is going on? These are strong, certain people, using their tools, actively and successfully contributing to humanity in unique ways and involved in daily personal-development work.

Many of the mentors, leaders and teachers (“Spiritual Warriors” or “LightWorkers” some call themselves) are tiring of their work. The creative juice and passion that once raced through their veins and kept them moving is no longer there. Their work is wearing them down and many are ready to quit. Something is out of alignment here. If we are truly doing our work, happily on our path, we would be filled with energy, passion, light and enthusiasm. Right?

What is your job anyway? 
As this Great Shift into higher awareness occurs, you must distinguish between what is your job and what isn’t. By diving head-first into this 3D game you have volunteered to contribute a very unique, specialized piece of the puzzle. The puzzle is called Adding to All-That-Is. Please notice the difference between “one piece of the puzzle” vs taking on the entire puzzle. The latter is a huge job; the former a bit more do-able. The heart surgen has a very specialized talent and doesn’t even consider opening a general practice. A successful plumber recognizes her art and doesn’t also try to become an electrician.

Unlike the specialized surgeon, however, many of us have been taking it ALL on. Whatever and whomever crosses our path, we engage with it – in the spirit of contribution and helping others. Your enthusiasm, your passion and drive to contribute have opened a door through which all people in need are passing and standing before you to be healed and helped. Perhaps your job entails just one area of focus, not everything you are asked to do. Perhaps also – you can say “no thank you” now and again. All of these broken, lost and wanting spirits are not a match to you. Every person and every issue isn’t your job to help. It isn’t possible to do It-All and remain happy and healthy and connected to Creator. None of us can do It-All and stay aligned with who we truly are. You came into 3D to contribute within only a very specific bandwidth. Within that bandwidth lies your purpose, your passion and your well being. Identifying and serving within that bandwidth is your job. That is your only job. 


Your bandwidth is one radio station playing clearly the music you love. Not all of the stations. Sure – two dozen stations broadcast to your home, but there is only one that is in true alignment with who you are. Maybe two. The jazz station and NPR. Not the Latino station or country or the hits from the 70’s, Not Frank Sinatra or Christian broadcasting. Just jazz and NPR. The rest is noise. Perhaps you enjoyed those stations at one point, but now it is noisy. And that noise is wearing many people down because they are trying to tune into all the stations, all the time, all at once.

When you identify and focus only upon what pleases YOU, you will be happy and available to contribute your very best to the people and tasks within your bandwidth – allowing all the others to tune into a radio station that better matches their energy.

A Tool to Discern Your Bandwidth: Imagine a gauge (0-100) and ask yourself these questions as new and current projects and people step into your life. If the number that pops up isn’t higher than 90, consider stepping away from it and therefore allowing more of what IS in alignment to enter your life. Just let the number pop up – no analyzing allowed.

1. How much fun is this project/person?
2. How good does this make me feeeeel in my body?
3. How aligned is this to my personal bandwidth, really? 


As you play with this tool, know that even if the person or project scores high today – that doesn’t mean you must keep it in your life forever. These are most important times of Shift and transition. What is true today may not be true tomorrow. Allow yourself and your passion to evolve. You are big, not small. You are significant, not insignificant. You have a very important piece to play as the healer, teacher, leader you came here to be. BE who you came here to be.

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Becoming Aware of Becoming Aware

by Jim Self –

There is a shift in consciousness occurring. It is a shift in the perception of our world. Many feel that something is not right, that something has been lost. In our rush to create more for ourselves, the bigger house, a better car, a higher salary, we have actually created less. We have less time to spend in that big house, less time to enjoy the company of our family and friends and less opportunity to appreciate a sunset or take pleasure in the natural beauty that surrounds us. What is really missing, whether we’re aware of it or not, is that we have lost a part of our ‘selves’ along the way. And at the end of the day, more, bigger and better are simply not enough. We have disconnected from the things that truly nourish us and it has left us physically ill, emotionally unhappy, mentally exhausted and spiritually unclear about who we truly are. This, however, is beginning to change.

As more and more of us begin to shift we are starting to remember who we are. We are recognizing imbalances in our lives and asking ourselves “What’s really important to me? What truly makes me happy?” The answer isn’t found by gaining more of the world outside but in gaining more of the ‘me’ within. In our rush to the top we have left a part of ourselves behind. We have traded respect for competition, kindness for advantage, and giving for taking. We’ve lost touch with our ‘Inner Guidance’ which always directs us to a higher, more vibrant place. This higher place is a place where cooperation, support and understanding create deeper trust, friendship and compassion.

A shift is occurring within the hearts of humanity now and millions are beginning to consciously awaken. They are finding a new passion within and recognizing that who they are counts. “I AM valuable, important and significant. I matter and I have a contribution to make!” This passion is igniting within each of us. This shift is taking place across the world in every town and village and in the hearts of each child, woman and man. Whether the issue is feeding the poor, healing the sick, building community, or nurturing the Earth, there is a growing awareness. It is an awakening—a Shift in Consciousness! A connection is being made one heart to another. In thisconnection of caring, sharing, giving and receiving, a spark within the heart ignites and grows. This awakening consciousness has no limits. It is a shift that is taking us all into a higher dimensional awareness; a higher, more aligned way of life. We are ‘becoming aware of becoming aware’.

From one way of life toward another

The shift is not only altering our consciousness, it is changing the world around us. A shift, by definition, is the ‘movement from one position to another’ or a ‘change in direction’. The third-dimensional world as we have known it is crumbing around us. The old ways were designed by governments and corporations to support and provide well-being to its citizens. These outmoded ways no longer work. All of these systems are deteriorating: governmental, legal, health, social services, education, food quality, political, monetary, protection of the environment, and more. All are broken.

But now, when we look a little deeper, we find there is a new passion growing. Individuals, groups, and companies offer new ideas which clean the Earth, recycle waste and create new power sources. More companies offer employee ownership, day care, equal pay and much more. The creation of Heaven on Earth is unfolding before us. We are at the beginning of this new way of life, not the end. But each of us must awaken now. Each must make the shift within. Many are awake and more are showing signs of waking every day, while countless numbers are still fast asleep—but not for long. We will each experience becoming aware in our own unique ways. For some it will be powerful and alive; for others it will be slower and more cautious, but we will all walk a common path.

Awareness Exercise

Allow me to offer you an exercise that will rapidly take you down this path. This exercise will interrupt your third-dimensional habits and assist you to remember who you are. First, create a list of words. Pick words that make you feel good. Select words that you would like to be known by in your world.

For example: insightful, kind, respectful, purposeful, gracious, gratitude, integrity, dignified, caring, or helpful. Make it a long list, choosing words that will help you remember your ‘Self’. It is within the words that you will awaken.

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Becoming Aware of Becoming Aware

by Jim Self

There is a shift in consciousness occurring, a shift in the perception of our world. Many feel that something is not right, that something has been lost. In our rush to create more for ourselves, the bigger house, a better car, a higher salary, we have actually created less. We have less time to spend in that big house, less time to enjoy the company of our family and friends and less opportunity to appreciate a sunset or take pleasure in the natural beauty that surrounds us. 
 What is really missing, whether we’re aware of it or not, is that we have lost a part of our ‘selves’ along the way. And at the end of the day, more, bigger and better are simply not enough. We have disconnected from the things that truly nourish us and it has left us physically ill, emotionally unhappy, mentally exhausted and spiritually unclear about who we truly are. This, however, is beginning to change.

As more and more of us begin to shift we are starting to remember who we are. We are recognizing imbalances in our lives and asking ourselves “What’s really important to me? What truly makes me happy?” The answer isn’t found by gaining more of the world outside but in gaining more of the ‘me’ within. In our rush to the top we have left a part of ourselves behind. 

 We have traded respect for competition, kindness for advantage, and giving for taking. We’ve lost touch with our ‘Inner Guidance’ which always directs us to a higher, more vibrant place. This higher place is a place where cooperation, support and understanding create deeper trust, friendship and compassion.

A shift is occurring within the hearts of humanity now and millions are beginning to consciously awaken. They are finding a new passion within and recognizing that who they are counts. “I AM valuable, important and significant. I matter and I have a contribution to make!” This passion is igniting within each of us. This shift is taking place across the world in every town and village and in the hearts of each child, woman and man. 

Whether the issue is feeding the poor, healing the sick, building community, or nurturing the Earth, there is a growing awareness. It is an awakening—a Shift in Consciousness! A connection is being made one heart to another. In thisconnection of caring, sharing, giving and receiving, a spark within the heart ignites and grows. This awakening consciousness has no limits. It is a shift that is taking us all into a higher dimensional awareness; a higher, more aligned way of life. We are ‘becoming aware of becoming aware’.

From one way of life toward another

The shift is not only altering our consciousness, it is changing the world around us. A shift, by definition, is the ‘movement from one position to another’ or a ‘change in direction’. The third-dimensional world as we have known it is crumbing around us. The old ways were designed by governments and corporations to support and provide well-being to its citizens. These outmoded ways no longer work. All of these systems are deteriorating: governmental, legal, health, social services, education, food quality, political, monetary, protection of the environment and more. All are broken.

Now, when we look a little deeper, we find there is a new passion growing. Individuals, groups, and companies offer new ideas which clean the Earth, recycle waste and create new power sources. More companies offer employee ownership, day care, equal pay and much more. The creation of Heaven on Earth is unfolding before us. 

 We are at the beginning of this new way of life, not the end. But each of us must awaken now. Each must make the shift within. Many are awake and more are showing signs of waking every day, while countless numbers are still fast asleep—but not for long. We will each experience becoming aware in our own unique ways. For some it will be powerful and alive; for others it will be slower and more cautious, but we will all walk a common path.

Awareness Exercise

Allow me to offer you an exercise that will rapidly take you down this path. This exercise will interrupt your third-dimensional habits and assist you to remember who you are. First, create a list of words. Pick words that make you feel good. Select words that you would like to be known by in your world.

For example: insightful, kind, respectful, purposeful, gracious, gratitude, integrity, dignified, caring or helpful. Make it a long list, choosing words that will help you remember your ‘Self’. It is within the words that you will awaken.

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