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Blog: Explorations and Reflections

on awakening the True Self.

  • Writer's pictureMick Scott

His jaw literally dropped. He was speechless.

We were a few hours into last week’s Mind Mastery Experience, and this participant saw something he'd never seen before.

He wants friendships and community, but he wasn’t being real with people. His default behavior was exactly what was preventing him from getting what he wanted.

We want love in our marriages, but we continue to get defensive and blame the other.

We want collaboration in our workplaces, but we gossip and complain. 

We want health and well-being, but we binge junk food and media.

We want authentic relationships, but we people-please.

This part is obvious: our actions are often opposed to our values and work against them. 

Less obvious: our actions are opposed to our values because at some level we think they’ll help. (They don’t.)

When all is calm and quiet in the village, we sit around at ease, laughing, chatting, and eating. When the intruder alarm goes off, however, many of us feel a momentary vulnerability and fear that quickly transmutes into adrenaline-fueled defensiveness. We grab our swords and then rush to the village border and attack our intruders.

It’s one thing if our village is being attacked, it’s another thing if our spouse talks to us unkindly, our boss isn't being transparent, or we have a commitment that we don't feel like honoring. 

We justify our anger, our inauthenticity, and our habitual avoidance by speaking about them as defenses. But they’re more than defense. They’re offense. They're an attack. We're attacking others and we're attacking ourselves, subconsciously looking to inflict harm.

We attack our spouses. We attack our kids. We attack our neighbors. We attack our bodies and we attack our minds. And then we inaccurately justify it as self-defense.

Now, dear reader, you might be thinking, “Yes. I know that I’m the one preventing myself from getting what I’m looking for. This isn’t new!” If this is you, I have good news.

We've got a bad habit that keeps us stuck. It's a habit of mind and we can change it.

It's a habit of judging everything. This is one of the habitual behaviors that prevent you (and me) from getting what we really want. 

The mind has no will of its own. Judgments have no will of their own. We are the ones with a will to apply, and where we apply our will makes ALL the difference.

So let the judgment and analysis machine do its thing - and you do your thing. Intentionally. Compassionately. Forgivingly. Lovingly. Unconditionally.

If you want peace, cultivate peace. If you want love, cultivate love. If you want friends, cultivate friendship. And cultivate all those things in the mind, in the heart, and in the body. Then, cultivate them in your relationships too.

Let's stop lying to ourselves, and let's get real about what our actions are really aimed toward.

Then, let's realign our actions with what really matters to us.

Thanks so much for reading. ❤️

  • Writer's pictureMick Scott

I just returned from a day-trip to Cleveland. I’ve been a fan of all things space related since I was a kid, and I committed 7 years ago to seeing the total solar eclipse today.

Last week on the radio, someone spoke about the eclipse and what a special opportunity it was to experience such a beautiful and rare phenomenon. There’s also been much talk in the news circles that I follow about the rarity and beauty of a solar eclipse.

And after I pulled up to my house that day, listening to that radio conversation, I stepped out into my driveway and looked at the sky.

Beautiful, gray, puffy clouds, the sunlight shining on different angles of them. Purple flowers in my grass and birds chirping from the trees. And I saw it again...

Each moment is indeed a perfect, rare, and profound opportunity to witness the beautiful and the sacred in the universe.

What if each moment could be seen as beautiful and rare? What if each interaction with another human being is as profound and beautiful an opportunity as a rare solar eclipse?

This isn’t just a philosophical inquiry. Those questions aren’t meant to be theoretical - they’re meant to be practical.

What would it take to bring presence, listening, and unconditional love and respect to EVERY person we interact with (including ourselves)?

Our relationships and interactions are often so transactional. What if it’s possible for them to be experienced as so much more than that?

What if it's possible to view each interaction with other people and even life itself as something sacred, profound, and beautiful?

Here's a more practical question:

Who would you have to be, who would you need to be, or how would you love to be in order to show up with the people in your life as if they are valuable, beautiful, and rare?

Because they are. Each of them.

I'm really really glad I spent 14 hours in the car today (lots of construction traffic) to witness the total eclipse in Cleveland. I'm also grateful that the sacred and the profound surround me ALL the time, and it's just a matter of willingness whether I see it or not.

Thanks so much for reading. ❤️

P.S. There are two ways you can support yourself by working with me: one-on-one coaching and hiring me to work with your team, group, or organization. Contact me when you're ready. 💌

  • Writer's pictureMick Scott

Over 30 years ago, my dad asked me to go outside and help with weeding. 

"If you just break off the part above ground," he said, "the weed will grow right back up."

As long as the root of the weed (our “problem”) is still in place, the weed will continue to pop up and choke out the intentional garden.

What most of us try to do is grow a beautiful garden of Being in our lives without handling the weeds within us, some of which have been growing there for decades. 

It's not enough to judge those weeds, to feel ashamed of them, or to stomp on top of them. That's dealing with the surface of the weed. 

No, real weeding removes the weed at its root and makes room for new growth. 

In a conversation last week, a client of mine did some weeding at a deep level of her Being. She cleared out some room and unleashed hidden joy from her childhood. 

It was powerful. She was given new life in the process. A Resurrection. 

By clearing weeds out at their root, we make room for a more authentic expression of who we are. 

The week before, another client had a transformational experience when weeding a feeling he’s had about himself for as long as he can remember - over 30 years.

This feeling? That he's missing something inside. That there's more to life and he's not getting it because he's missing something.

As it always seems to be, this feeling had been the Truth for him. It's the kind of story that he didn't himself have… Instead, this story had him!

It had him by the collar. It had him by the tongue. 

It held him back. It kept his mouth closed. 

It "stopped me from living my dreams."

This man has new access to courage and freedom out of this conversation, and I'm excited to see what he intentionally grows in the garden of his life.

This kind of soul gardening takes a little work, but oh boy is it worth it.

Here's a pro-tip as you get to gardening: even the weeds are beautiful, so remove them with gentleness and compassion - don't damage the soil when you do your weeding.

Thanks so much for reading. ❤️

P.S. There are three ways you can support yourself by working with me: one-on-one coaching, the Mind Mastery Experience happening on April 7, 2024, and hiring me to work with your team, group, or organization. Contact me when you're ready. 💌

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