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February 29, 2008


Filed under: John Morgan's Blog — John Morgan @ 7:39 am

I am requesting your help. I am compiling a book which will contain the best of Grasshopper Notes ( and entries from this blog (

I’m wondering if there is a particular Grasshopper Blog Post or any specific Grasshopper Note that stood out in your memory as helpful, eye-opening, or got you more curious than you were before you read it. Based on your feedback, I will include those posts or notes in my forthcoming book.

From all the entries received, I will select one person to receive any 5 life enhancing products of their choice from my website: absolutely FREE.

Here’s how to enter:

Email me your 3 favorite Grasshopper Notes or blog posts. Enter the Heading of the blog post or Grasshopper Note and tell me in as many words as you choose how it affected you. For example today’s blog post Heading is “HELP.” This week’s Grasshopper Notes’ Heading is entitled, “THE THUMB THAT’S HOLDING YOU DOWN CONTAINS YOUR FINGER PRINT.”

Here’s the email address to use:

Put the word “CONTEST” in the subject line of your email.

To make your selections, you can look over all the previous Grasshopper Notes under the heading of PREVIOUS NOTES at:

You can also read over any past blog post in the ARCHIVES section of this blog:


I request that you email me 3 of your favorite Grasshopper Notes or Grasshopper Blog Post Headings along with a description of what those specific messages meant to you. I request that all entries be in my email box by 3 PM EST on Friday, March 7, 2008. That’s a week from today. From all entries received, I will select one person to receive any 5 life enhancing products of their choice from my website:

You help is greatly appreciated. I wonder how soon you will email me your entry.

All the best,


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February 27, 2008


Filed under: John Morgan's Blog — John Morgan @ 9:32 am

There is a pattern of behavior that people learn that has been labeled as “Polarity.” Seems everyone has it to a degree.

The garden variety version of full blown polarity is when you say “white” and the person with tons of polarity says “black.”

Polarity begins at around 2 years of age when a child begins to say, “No.” It’s when resistance begins to form in a human being. A child figures out, other than consciously, that they can exact some form of control over these big, scary adults by being contrary.

As we grow older, this polarity pattern calms down for most and seeks a manageable level. For some, it remains at the 2 year old level. I’m sure you have plenty of experience with some people who have high polarity.

There is even a sales training method that uses peoples’ polarity as the foundational piece of their teaching. Sandler Sales Institute
uses people’s natural polarity when they ask questions that, on the surface, sound like statements. One of those techniques that my old pal, Terry Butler used to get past the secretary with was this:

The secretary or assistant would answer the phone and say, “Hello, this is Bob Smith’s office.” The normal response to that greeting would be something like this: “Hi, this is John Morgan and I’d like to speak with Bob.” That response may get you a version of this: “I’m sorry Bob’s in a meeting. Can I take your name and number and have Bob get back to you or would you like me to put you through to his voice mail?” The secretary may be trained to say that, no matter what, unless it’s Bob’s girlfriend on the line.

Terry would respond to the secretary’s greeting like this: “Bob’s not in.” The natural polar response to that is an unguarded answer, like yes or no. Terry used the person’s polarity to establish that Bob was there. He would then move forward with something like: “This is Terry Butler. You probably can’t put me through right away.” Again, Terry worked the polarity. It’s a highly effective strategy when used judiciously.

I got an email from marketing guru, Dan Kennedy yesterday that put another spin on polarity. He wrote:

“I’ve often said that everyone on Earth is here for a

purpose even if only to serve as poor example. If you

had no successful example to emulate you could observe

the bad examples and do the opposite. In terms of

marketing strategies that’s a pretty good approach.”

This blog is to get you curious about your own polarity. We all have some. Taking Dan Kennedy’s marketing strategy and applying it to your own life could provide some eye-opening perspective.

Take a peek into the areas of your life that lack success. You will notice, if you are honest with yourself, that there is a pattern of behavior that supports each area that you are lacking in. Make a list of the patterns of behavior that are contributing to your continued lack. Next, list the opposite or polar behavior right next to it – the behavior that would support success. Prioritize your list (see prioritizing method here). Then go to work on the polar behaviors one by one. Start with the easiest one first so you can build comfortably and gain confidence in the process.

Just the recognition of the polar pattern needed may be enough to get you curious about creating a new strategy that gets you what you want.

I doubt you could begin this process today.

All the best,


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February 26, 2008


Filed under: John Morgan's Blog — John Morgan @ 9:06 am

About a year ago I got this gift from The Grasshopper:

“Energy only flows now. It is ‘current.’ Current is reality.”

It seemed to make sense but I couldn’t wrap any logic around it. This blog post is the best my limited intellect can do.

Energy is always present. It is everywhere in some form. Some of those forms are you and me. Energy is life itself. The energy that animates you and me is the same energy that makes up a distant star.

Energy has always existed. It is the life force. Energy doesn’t own a watch. It always was and it always will be and it will remain the current of life.

There is no time with energy. It’s always now. We as humans measure our energy by another human invention – the calendar – and determine that there is a timeline. I had more energy then and I have less energy now, therefore there is a thing called time. Energy doesn’t know about then and now. It’s always present but we sometimes find ways to ignore its presence and can label that experience as restricted energy or no energy. We have conditioned our mind that it’s not always available to us. Our beliefs about energy can cause us to think it’s absent or stuck, and we act in accordance with our beliefs.

The juice of all things known and unknown is energy. The energy that imbues humans has ebbs and flows just as other energetic forms, like the ocean has high and low tides. Notice, though, that there is always a tide present. That’s the nature of energy – it’s always present. It’s the current that runs you and it doesn’t stop at your border – your skin. It’s everywhere all at once. Energy doesn’t die, our forms just change shape. Like it says in the Book of Common Prayer:

“Ashes to ashes, dust to dust.”

Even dust contains energy.

There is Godliness in every human being – call it energy. Just because we don’t recognize it doesn’t mean it isn’t there. It’s like the quote that hung in Albert Einstein’s office:

“Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts.”

The reality is that all things happen now. Our limited senses can only catalog reality piecemeal and sequentially, that’s how we came up with time. When we see a thing of beauty that takes our breath away, we say time stands still. Having the boss drone on and on has time drag on. Again quoting Einstein:

“Sit with a pretty girl for an hour and it seems like a minute; sit on a hot stove for a minute and it seems like an hour – that’s relativity.”

The message here is this: The energy you need is available right now. It’s present. It may be in an ebb mode but it is there. You may need to hang your limiting beliefs on a line outside and let them get some fresh air to benefit from this idea.

We and all of our creations contain energy. Based on our belief in time as real, rather than a cool invention to get us to the airport on schedule, can make us believe that the energy we need to create something is not available to us now. In that mindset, we create things that have low energy. To create something with a higher form of energy, all we need to do is recognize that energy is always abundantly present no matter how many candles show up on our birthday cake.

This attitudinal approach to energy will cause magic to happen. Of course, I could have made all of this up and you may determine that you have no time for it.

All the best,


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February 25, 2008


Filed under: John Morgan's Blog — John Morgan @ 8:59 am

Who inspired you? Was it your mother, father, grandparent, teacher, friend, ancient philosopher or all of the aforementioned?

For me, one person stands out. His name was Dr. Dave Dobson and he died on Friday.

I first heard of Dave from Tony Robbins. I had interviewed Tony on my radio talk show in the 80’s and he invited me to be his guest at his weekend event in New York City which he kicked off with a fire walk. That’s where people are given the opportunity to stroll across 14 feet of 2000 degree burning coals barefooted.

Throughout the weekend, Tony was teaching us some NLP (Neuro-linguistic programming) techniques based on the work of Richard Bandler
and John Grinder. Bandler and Grinder had studied people of excellence in their field and codified what it is that these people did to be so proficient. One of the people they studied and modeled was Dave Dobson.

Tony said Dave was the greatest hypnotherapist on the planet. Since I was involved with hypnosis, I thought I should seek this person out.

The universe moves in serendipitous ways. Not long after the Tony event, I received a flyer in the mail that said a fellow named Eric Oliver would be in New York City to talk about the work of Dr. Dave Dobson. The meeting was held at the home of the head of the psychology department of Bellevue Hospital. There were less than 10 people in attendance.

I was mystified by what I was hearing. I knew the power of hypnosis having seen its amazing effects in my own work, but this information was spellbinding. Eric mentioned that Dave was conducting a “Fun Shop” in September in the San Juan Islands. I was going on a cruise that September and, lo and behold, one of the stops was in San Juan during the date range. I thought I could pop in and just meet Dave and experience him for a few hours. Eric then busted my bubble. He told me the San Juan Islands were in the State of Washington. My geography was a bit off.

The next “Fun Shop” wouldn’t be until next May. I signed up. It was 10 days that changed my life and my approach to life. It was more than eye-opening. It was downright magic.

Dave taught what he labeled “Other-Than-Conscious Communication.” He didn’t like the word “unconscious” because he said there is a part of us that is always aware and communicating and it wasn’t unconscious. It was fully present – more so than our skimpy little intellect.

Dave was not the touchy-feely type of Psychologist you may envision. He was gruff, cantankerous, foul mouthed and one of the most amazing people you could every meet. I loved him. He could rip you a new asshole and publicly humiliate you and you would say “thank you” because Dave did nothing by accident. His methods were unconventional and measurably effective.

I can never repay the debt of gratitude I owe to Dave. I can only eulogize him the best I know how. This picture of the two of us 6 years ago capsulizes the playful genius known as Dr. Dave Dobson.

All the best,


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February 22, 2008


Filed under: John Morgan's Blog — John Morgan @ 9:02 am

When we assess something, we evaluate its worth. It could be an item on eBay, what a political candidate has to say, a business venture, or a potential dancing partner.

We make assessments every day of our life. It’s part of the human software package.

Assessments are interpretations of reality. Sometimes we do a terrific job and oftentimes we don’t.

The real difficulty begins when we label our assessments as the truth. It may true for us but it may not pass the sniff test of truth for others. That’s when the wicket becomes like a cinnamon bun. Life gums up and we begin debating the truth.

The only real truth is reality. It’s true every time. Reality doesn’t debate and it never gets stuck. Reality is life. Look out your window. What do you see? Reality! Look at your financial situation. What do you see? Reality! Look at your personal relationships. Reality! Reality is like dog poop – it’s everywhere and everyone eventually steps in it.

When you watch a court room drama on TV or in the movies, typically you will see a set of facts laid out by the prosecution and then the defense will refute, ignore or complicate those facts. There is an old lawyer axiom with a new twist that comes from former Vice-President, Al Gore:

“When you have the facts on your side, argue the facts. When you have the law on your side, argue the law. When you have neither, holler.”

There is a lot of unnecessary hollering going on. The loud noises come from those resisting reality.

The Grasshopper had this to say about assessments:

“Life flows when reality and your assessment of reality are the same.”

Byron Katie gives us an amazing appreciation for reality in her book, Loving What Is. I recommend it to anyone who is raging against reality. Reminds me of a story . . .

When my boys were younger and living at home, we would rent a cottage at the Jersey shore for a couple of weeks each summer. We went to the beach everyday and a good portion of that time was spent in the water riding the surf. I remember starting a ritual with them that we did at least once a vacation. We would stand almost waist deep in the water facing the oncoming waves. We formed a human chain by holding hands and puffed up our chests and resisted the approaching wave. We all got knocked back or under by the sheer force of the ocean and when we collected ourselves we said the following in unison:

“Man versus ocean; ocean wins again.”

Then we would all laugh. When you oppose the flow of reality, you get knocked on your tushie every time.

There is reality and an assessment of reality. When there is a disconnect between the two, we suffer.

Here’s my assessment: You can shorten the hold that suffering has on you when you get in the practice of accepting reality.

All the best,


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February 21, 2008


Filed under: John Morgan's Blog — John Morgan @ 9:15 am

No one lives a pain free life – physically or emotionally.

Pain is a sign that something is askew. Reminds me of a story . . .

There was a clergyman who was morbidly afraid of eternal damnation. His upbringing was filled with fire and brimstone pronouncements which were very scary to this young lad. This driving fear was the reason he became a man of the cloth in the first place. His thinking was the closer he got to God, the farther away he would get from the emotional pain of his morose obsession. He went so far as to cross out all the references to hell in his reading material. He refused to use the word “hell” in any of his preaching.

Then one day it really got out of hand. He boarded a bus from his home state and traveled to Hell, Michigan. He had heard about this place and he felt this driving compulsion to do something about it. So he checked into a motel on the outskirts of Hell and slipped out after dark to take down every road sign that displayed the name of the town. He spent weeks in Hell taking down signs and burying them in the woods. He removed every sign he could see and went home a happier man. Sad thing happened next. He read in his local paper that law enforcement officials in Hell, Michigan had found a stash of buried signs and had the highway department put them back up. The signs would not go away and the pain remained.

Besides trying to get rid of the signs, there is another sure fire way to keep pain in place. Tell your story about it. Have you ever noticed that the sickest people you meet are always talking about pain and sickness? There is a direct correlation.

There is someone whom you need to tell your story to – someone who can help you. Robert Ringer in his seminal book, Looking Out For #1 stated, “A clerk is a jerk.” It wasn’t a castigation of clerks. It contained a deeper lesson. If you are in need of help, go to the person that can help you – it’s rarely a clerk.

When you tell your story to anyone who will listen, you are talking to clerks and your pain will remain.

Telling your story is another attempt to remove all the signs. There is some fun house mirror logic at work here. The thinking goes like this, if I continue to tell the story, I remove all the signs and therefore I remove all the pain.

The Grasshopper sent along this nip of nectar in October of 2005:

“Notice and accept the pain. Don’t accept the story.”

Pay attention to the physical sensation that goes along with pain. Give it your full attention and, when necessary, get help. Accept pain as the reality that it is. You’re not making it up. It’s for real. Accepting the reality of your pain has a transmuting effect on the sensation you feel. Attempting to talk it away is burying it in the bushes, only insuring that it will come back to haunt you in the future.

Accepting the story of pain – the why it happened, and whose fault it is, and whose going to pay, etc. – is giving credence to an illusion. Even if your story is factual, telling it over and over again delays the relief that you seek.

Storytelling is the avoidance of acceptance. The quickest remedy for pain is to recognize and accept its reality. Once you accept the reality, the road to recovery is clearer and quicker.

You can go down all the side streets of storytelling if you want to but remember: All those roads lead to Hell.

All the best,


P.S. I encourage you to leave any thoughts you have about any of my blog posts in the comments section.

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February 20, 2008


Filed under: John Morgan's Blog — John Morgan @ 10:01 am

There is one major difference that separates men from women – the way they display fear.

I’m not referencing the fear that comes upon you when you are under deadly assault. This is more about the fear that permeates your life in general.

By and large, men lead their lives frustrated and women go through life dissatisfied. I’m sure there are elegant examples to the contrary but if you just said “this doesn’t apply to me,” you are most likely in denial.

Dr. Dave Dobson, whom I cite often, says that we come out of the birthing canal with one sensation – fear. The way we display it and the degree to which we act it out takes on a vocabulary of its own – apprehension, cautiousness, anger, nervousness, annoyed, hurt, fight or flight, paranoia, etc. These words are all subsets of the thing we first learn – fear.

Frustration and Dissatisfaction are forms of fears that have been culturally conditioned within men and women. Think of little boys being admonished for crying, while there is a level of expectation for crying in little girls. It’s all part of the early conditioning that affects most men and women their entire lives.

Did you ever see a group of 5 year old girls playing King of the Mountain? “Young ladies don’t engage in that behavior” is a conditioning phrase as is, “Little boys don’t play with dolls” – (unless, of course, they have weapons and are called “action figures.”)

Men have been conditioned since a very early age that they “must know and know right now.” It’s an expectation. Frankly, it’s the reason there are more stuttering boys than girls. The speed with which they are to answer pressures them to say something before the response is formed. The impatient parent causes them to have a halting response which becomes a pattern. Stutterers aren’t born but formed.

When the boss asks a man for an answer, there is no time for quiet reflection. An instant answer is expected and given – often the wrong answer. Women are puzzled when they tell their man their problems as to why he goes into solution mode. It’s his conditioning. She may just want a sounding board but men are conditioned to have to know. It’s also why many men won’t stop and ask for directions.

Men live under a double bind where an impossible demand is put upon them that they are expected to fulfill. Philosopher, Alan Watts said it this way:

“Anybody who lives under the dominance of a double bind is living in a state of chronic frustration. He is devoting his life to solving a problem that is meaningless and nonsensical precisely because it has no solution.”

This cultural expectation of men has them constantly seeking control, which doesn’t exist, that just adds to the frustration and often leads to anger. Who attends more anger management classes, men or women? You now have an appreciation how it got to be that way.

Women live in a stew of dissatisfaction. They can never seem to get where they want to go because something always seems to be standing in their way or holding them back. Conditioning is the culprit. Think of the attitudes that have been displayed in the past towards women. “Why does she want to go to college? We’ll just spend all that money and she’ll wind up married and pregnant.” There is not a lot of expectation for girls in many cultures and that attitude gets passed on. Women as a result do a lot of settling. They settle for this and they settle for that until it blossoms into full blown dissatisfaction.

I talk about this at all of my seminars when I present my Improve your Self Image CD. There comes a point in most women’s lives where they ask some form of the question, “Is this all there is?” it’s when women begin to fall apart. It means their patterns are coming unglued and things that had meaning for them in the past no longer contain the same meaning. Any superficiality they have begins to come unraveled.

Warning: It gets tricky here.

When the old patterns begin to fall apart, they dig their heels in for one last stand (like Tom Hanks in Saving Private Ryan.) Women actually become more superficial during this time. They do so many things out of character. They’ll get into therapy, take dangerous prescription drugs like Prozac and the like, they’ll get a tattoo on their butt, get a wild new hairdo, or institute a major wardrobe change, have an affair, get a divorce, start smoking pot, yadda, yadda.

The good news is most women figure it out, well before men, that nothing on the outside is going to change their life. That’s when the superficiality ends and they put their lives back together and find satisfaction in discovering themselves vs. their role. They had been searching for satisfaction in a cultural role that was denied them. That’s the sad irony. The satisfaction isn’t in the role; it’s in discovering that who you really are is much deeper than anything that culture has to offer.

Sorry to report that most men stay superficial until about 10 minutes before they die. It’s conditioning. The illusion of control has them hang on, for almost their entire life, to the idea that the answer is out there.

I can tell you from experience that one of the most peaceful experiences you’ll witness is a dying man giving up control. The peacefulness that they enjoy in those fleeting moments could have been with them 50 years sooner by discovering, as Eckhart Tolle calls it, “the life beneath your life’s situation.”

If you find yourself in a perpetual state of frustration or dissatisfaction, you need to fall apart. I can tell you from personal experience it’s not a pleasant, yet a necessary step to find the deeper you. Trust that there is a more fulfilling answer than the one you’re looking for by chasing the horizon. You’re going to find that satisfying answer. The only question is: How soon can you let go of the façade that you call you?

All the best,


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February 19, 2008


Filed under: John Morgan's Blog — John Morgan @ 9:22 am

Two years ago The Grasshopper delivered this note to me:

“You created this. Now what else can you create?”

The “this” was life up to that point. We somewhere along the line have gotten the message that we are not responsible for what shows up in our life. This is the largest foundational myth that we build our lives on. The problem is that our myth is supported by our culture so we all tell our story of how this happened to me. It is glaringly apparent to anyone willing to pay attention that we omit, with society’s permission, our part in our drama.

The reality is you are where you are. The hidden reality is that you had a hand in it. You attracted and created whatever is showing up in your life. That is a huge pill to swallow, so break it in to little pieces and take it a bite at a time. Ingest this idea: Your past patterns got you to where you are right now. Only different action will alter your future. This is a variation of one of my favorite sayings: “If you always do what you always did, you’ll always get what you always got.”

I learned a long time ago from Dr. Dave Dobson that patterns of behavior are purposeful. They were formed for a purpose – usually to get you over a hump in your life. Once that hump has been hurdled, you would think there would be no more need for that pattern of behavior. But patterns have a way of freezing themselves in time. Think of a tone of voice or a certain look that you got from your parent when you were 5 years old and misbehaving. You were frozen in your tracks. Many people can get that very same feeling, as adults, when their parents address them in that tone or give that look. That pattern is frozen and affects you the same way now as it did when you were 5. Even though you are an adult, the purposeful, “frozen in time” pattern delivers the feelings you think you should have consciously outgrown. There is a part of you that has not “other-than-consciously” updated the pattern. It remains a controlling program in your life.

Your life begins to change when you recognize that you are a creator. You’ve created a past that has a hold on your present. It isn’t necessary to get into therapy to find out the causative factors. That may be interesting information, but it’s most often used to justify why you are the way you are now. “I’m the son of an alcoholic parent,” “I’m an incest victim,” “Clowns scared me when I was 4,” are some examples of how the justification keeps you in place.

“I’m the son of a bricklayer” is my answer to all the justifications. So what? The building of the causative factor into an entity is just another wall you will have to break down to change things up – so don’t build it in the first place.

The first step for creating something new is to recognize that you have patterns in place that are keeping you stuck. You don’t even have to know what the pattern is or why it was formed. Just accept that there are patterns in place keeping you glued to the past. They are your patterns and they served a purpose. A caring part of you created them. The next step is to give that part of you the respect it deserves for getting you over that hump even though you may not even know what the hump was. The tendency is to fight with or blame our patterns. You eventually lose that race because willpower is a middle school sprinter and patterns are world class marathon runners. Respecting your patterns is what I call Self Acceptance.

Accepting that you are where you are without justification is a magic bullet that shoots you forward. My I LOVE MY BODY
CD Set helps people accept their bodies no matter what their shape. The amazing turnaround that happens when self acceptance and respect are put into place is nothing short of miraculous. Patterns of the past that held you in check begin to melt and fade away as you create something new and exciting without even knowing how.

When you can respect and accept that you had a part in arriving where you are now, the shifts begin to happen. The creative part of you then has your permission to dismantle the old and lay foundations for the new you.

Self acceptance is the acceptance of your personal reality. Once that truth is accepted and the scapegoats are put out to pasture, you tap into the creative force of life.

All the best,


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February 18, 2008

Language & Math

Filed under: John Morgan's Blog — John Morgan @ 8:38 am

I was reading the comic, The Family Circus by Bill Keane this morning and little Billy poses this question as he sits and does his homework: “How come the alphabet ends with Z, but numbers keep going on forever?”

Did you ever notice that the Universe goes on forever? Words can’t explain it; nor can logic. So if you can’t explain it in words or logically work it out, it must not exist. Ah ha, I have made a deep discovery – the universe does not exist. Before you send the fellows in the white coats, I’m just exhibiting the logic of those who limit themselves with logic and language.

Math is more precise than words. “I have an aching headache” expressed in words leaves a lot out. The statement is not precise enough to gain an appreciation for what is going on with another. Yet, if you got out all the scientific measurement gizmos and did an extensive set of tests, you could mathematically represent your findings. This would give you a more complete picture of what’s going on with the patient.

The universe is easier represented by math. Little Billy was accurate. Did you ever attempt to divide Pi by 2? The numbers go on and on. Or like the old adage goes, “No matter how thin you slice it, you always have two sides.”

Language is learned before math. It’s been with us longer but it is the more limiting of the two subjects. Words will always be incomplete and imprecise. Everything can be represented mathematically once you figure out the formula. Expanding the dictionary will just get you a mental hernia.

Eckhart Tolle refers to words as signposts or pointers. They point to that which you cannot see or logically express, but can certainly feel. Archimedes didn’t think his way to his principle. He took a bath. The principle came to him not in words but in formula. The words always come last. They are an attempt to explain a formula.

Words and logic run into stop signs; math just goes on and on into infinity. If anyone ever figures out infinity, they will do it mathematically. If you spend the same amount of time on the infinity conundrum logically and mathematically, math will get you closer every time. It’s like the great football coach, Vince Lombardi said after his team lost, “We didn’t lose; we just ran out of time.” Spending your time on logic will only take you so far.

The furtherance of language is a human skill. The invisible mathematical matrix that lies behind the universe is godly.

Discover Math!

All the best,


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February 16, 2008


Filed under: John Morgan's Blog — John Morgan @ 9:03 am

The only difference between you and the person who has something you would like to have, but don’t, is openness.

They are open to the flower that blossoms in their garden. When we truly desire something that remains absent from our life, we have a part of us that is closed to that happening. You may ask: “Are you saying that I’m not trying hard enough?” Quite the contrary, you are trying too hard.

Did you ever notice that when something is out of focus that you squint your eyes? It doesn’t make the focus any sharper but we do it anyway – over and over again. When there is something slightly inaudible, we cock our head to one side and screw up our face in order to hear better. It doesn’t work. When we are thwarted from obtaining our desires, we use the same methodology that has failed in the past. Thomas Edison kept records so he didn’t replicate what he had already done that didn’t work. He also trusted that he would find the answer.

Open is an attitude – an angle of approach. It’s a selective perception filter we use to include more possibilities. Open is the cosmic attitude that spawned brainstorming and Mind Mapping. When you brainstorm nothing is considered out of bounds. You are open to all input. And notice how you arrive at a place with brainstorming that you would have never gotten to with linear thinking. Sometimes it’s the “absurd” idea that is the springboard to the solution. This is the idea that your close-mindedness would have dismissed.

Open goes deeper than the pronouncement of “I have an open mind.” That’s baloney. Whoever says that to you is more closed than a boardwalk tee shirt shop in Atlantic City in December.

Open is a welcoming committee. There is no one who is turned away.

Open cannot be arrived at through our senses. Our senses are limited as to what can be seen, heard, felt, tasted or smelled.” There are sounds that exist that we cannot hear and sights that our impoverished senses cannot see. They are out of the conscious realm. Openness is working in the background but our conscious mind shuts it out. When the answer shows up in a costume we don’t recognize, we treat them to a candy bar and send them on their way. We were tricked by our senses. We are closed.

The biggest obstacle to being open is to have a pre-conceived notion as to what the answer should be.

To specifically outline exactly what your answer should be does not allow for the completeness of God. What you think is a roundabout way is the only way that your request can be granted. You don’t have a vision of the whole playing field. God does. The ball may have to bounce off the peanut vendor’s box to wind up in your hands. Your limited vision could have never envisioned that scenario.

Be open to what shows up. Be open to reality. Eckhart Tolle addresses openness in his book A New Earth when he writes:

“Life will give you whatever experience is most helpful for the evolution of your consciousness. How do you know this is the experience you need? Because this is the experience you are having at this moment.”

Words are inadequate to describe the feeling of openness. Words can only point you in a direction. I hope the words in today’s blog will spark a curiosity on how to become more open to life – an openness that delivers gifts we could have never dreamed up on our own.

All the best,


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