Monday, April 25, 2011

The Greatest Life Coach – the Messiah

While sitting in church yesterday and listening to the Easter sermon, many thoughts went through my mind.  Thinking of the blog I wrote two weeks before, I realized that the Messiah, Jesus, was the greatest life coach of all. In the short three years of his public ministry, he tought us how to live, and he also taught us how to love.

He taught us how to ask, seek and knock:
"Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”
~ Jesus - Matt.: 7:7

He taught us how to love:
“But I say to you that listen: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. If anyone strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also; and from anyone who takes away your coat do not withhold even your shirt. Give to everyone who begs from you; and if anyone takes away your goods, do not ask for them again. Do to others as you would have them do to you.”
~ Jesus – Luke 8:27-31

Jesus did many things (60 character traits of Christ) while on earth:
He baptized, created miracles, fasted, healed the sick, forgave sins, he prayed, he served, he taught, he wept, and he witnessed. He gathered 12 disciples and had many other followers including several women.

“I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
~ Jesus – John 14:6

In his role as the Messiah, Jesus pursued the will of God. He did everything possible for him to represent God here on earth.  Most Christians believe that Jesus’ purpose was to die for our sins.

I like to suggest here that the greatest life coach came to teach us how to live and to love. Ever since the fall of man, Adam and Eve, the first human ancestors who made a mistake in loving and living, it was God’s desire to restore a true man to build his ideal family. Therefore, Jesus Christ came as the second Adam.  If Jesus’ was the second Adam, where was the second Eve?

Some people believe that Mary, Jesus’ mother was the second Eve. Unfortunately, the second Eve was never manifested in Jesus’ lifetime. The Holy Spirit came after his departure from earth, and became the comforter and the healer. When we talk about the Holy Trinity, it becomes obvious, that the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost become a spiritual family.

“The entire purpose of Jesus' coming can be summarized in one sentence: Jesus came to bring the resurrection needed to perfect man's love to the point where men can come into direct dominion of God's love."
~ Sun Myung Moon

When Rev. Moon was a young boy of 16, he was visited by Jesus on Easter morning. Jesus asked him during his prayer, to continue on his mission and fulfill the will of God in bringing a true family to this earth. Rev. Moon talks about this experience at length in his biography.
In his teaching, the Divine Principle, he reveals the mission of the Messiah as a teacher of love and life. Jesus’ life was cut short. That’s why he promised his Second Coming. The purpose of the Second Coming  is to bring salvation on earth with spiritual and physical restoration; it is the Kingdom of Heaven.

Jesus as the Messiah represents God’s love and God’s life. In the purpose of creation we learn that God wanted to multiply his love and life through a lineage. Jesus was not able to manifest his lineage. He has billions of spiritual children, but unfortunately couldn’t marry and have a bride. He didn’t have a physical lineage to multiply his own children. For two-thousand years we celebrated Jesus’ sacrifice and spiritual salvation. It is now the time to bring the purpose of creation to fruition and fulfill all of Jesus’ promises.

That was the essence of our Easter message.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Hear the Frequencies of Nature

With all the natural disasters we had recently, from earthquakes, tsunamis, tornados, floods, etc. it is necessary to remember that nature itself is very harmonious and pleasing to the human eyes and ears. Today I like to share this video about frequencies and sounds which can revitalize and encourage us. There is so much law and order in nature, that is blows my mind. Like the beauty which a mathematician named Fibonacci discovered in the 13th century; it shows as regularity in flowers, shells, ocean waves and even sounds.

When bad things happen, we have two choices, get angry and resentful or look for the beauty and positive. Today, I choose to see the later.

Here is the website which introduces more of this fascinating subject:

Monday, April 11, 2011

Would You Hire a Life Coach?

Have you ever wished that there was a person who is be a sounding board for your ideas and encourage and support you in fulfilling your dreams? Somebody who doesn’t judge you or crush your enthusiasm?
Since the Law of Attraction gained attention (through the movie “The Secret”), more people became aware that there is more to life than everyday reality. Today, we are easily talking about reaching our full potential, achieving personal goals and being successful. There is a new profession called Life Coaching.

"Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you've imagined. As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler."
~ Henry David Thoreau

We all know about coaches for the different sports teams. Among the famous ones were John Wooden (basketball), Vince Lombardi (football), Yogi Berra (baseball), etc. 
“Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.”
~ John Wooden, American Basketball Coach, 1910-2010

You see, coaches don't solve problems they simply assist their clients in finding the answers themselves.

“Leaders aren’t born, they are made. And they are made just like anything else, through hard work. And that’s the price we’ll have to pay to achieve that goal, or any goal.”
~ Vince Lombardi , American Football Coach, 1913-1970

General Coaching
The structure and methodologies of coaching are very numerous with one unifying feature, coaching approaches are predominantly facilitating in style, see facilitation; that is to say that the coach is mainly asking questions and challenging the person to be coached. Coaching is differentiated from therapeutic and counseling disciplines.
Coaching is performed with individuals and groups, in person, over the phone and online.

What is a life coach?
Life coaching is a practice that helps people identify and achieve personal goals. Life coaches help clients set and reach goals using a variety of tools and techniques. Coaches are not therapists nor consultants; psychological intervention and business analysis are outside the scope of their work. Life coaching has its roots in executive coaching, which itself drew on techniques developed in management consulting and leadership training. Life coaching also draws inspiration from disciplines including sociology, psychology, positive adult development, career counseling, mentoring and other types of counseling. Contemporary life coaching can also be traced to teachings of Benjamin Karter, a college football coach turned motivational speaker of the late 1970s and early 1980s. The coach may apply mentoring, values assessment, behavior modification, behavior modeling, goal-setting and other techniques in helping their clients (Wikipedia).

Here are a few links for life coaching:

Here are some suggestions by Christy Whitman of Quantum Success Coaching Academy:
The most important about life coaching is to understand that we are not given advice or fix the other person:

1 - Start from your own authentic being (you don’t need to know more than your client).
2 - Ask powerful questions to get the client to find the answer (support their vision - give suggestions not advice).
3 - Focus on the client not the problem (listen-listen-listen, illuminate the other).
I liked her point that we don't have to be "perfect" to be good role models. Here is a link for a video presentation:

At a time when jobs are not easily available, learning skills to be independent can be can be a good alternative for employment.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Rainy Days and Mondays

Today is a rainy day and it’s Monday. The clouds are hanging low, it’s dark even though it is daytime and the atmosphere feels heavy. The wind is bending the big trees in our backyard, swaying them from side to side. It is only April 4, but the thermometer shows 75 degrees.

What to do on a day like this? If you are sensitive to the weather or atmospheric pressures, you may feel depressed and down. The best thing to do when you are feeling low is to do something.

Take a walk
If you are brave enough to face the elements, go out in the rain and look at the clouds and appreciate the rain watering the grass and the trees. You may remember your younger days when you had fun in the water puddles, and watched the birds picking the worms coming up after a good soak.

Listen to music
"Rainy days and Mondays” always bring me down by the The Carpenters was a popular song in the 70s. Sometimes sentimental songs like that are making things worse. Then listen to your favorite music with a more upbeat rhythm.

Visit with a friend
Best thing is to visit and talk with a friend personally. If that’s not possible, get on the phone. If you try to sheer up somebody else, it will make you feel better, too.

Bake a cake or bread
The smell of fresh baking always lifts my spirit. There is nothing like that familiar aroma filling up the house, in anticipation of the warm bread with butter and jam.

"Life is not about waiting for the storms to pass... it's about learning how to dance in the rain!"
~ Vivian Greene

Take somebody to lunch
In case you have to work, find some coworker and go out for lunch. The change of scenery will change your mood. A friendly conversation, a sharing of somebody else’s life gives you a new perspective on your own situation.

Go to the gym
If you are a member of a fitness club, you will know that a good work-out always makes you feel better. Moving your body, not only gets your juices (lymphatic) flowing but you also get the benefit of the endorphins (the feel good hormones).

Find a respectable physician
If you have a serious case of depression, which last more than rainy days and Mondays, find a medical practitioner who may be able to help.

“When we choose not to focus on what is missing from our lives but are grateful for the abundance that’s present … we experience heaven on earth.”

~ Sarah Breathnach

If nothing else, you can be grateful that you can experience this day. Life is not always sunshine; change is inevitable. Our greatest gift is to appreciate what is, finding the beauty even in a rainy day. At the end of a crummy day be grateful that you have electricity, that you have a roof over your head, food to eat, and whatever else is important to you.