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First Interview of the "Don’t Dwell" Movement

Don't DwellI am giving my first interview on Groundhog Day.  I will be in Punxsutawney, PA for the festival. I choose this day since it reminds everyone of the classic movie, “Groundhog Day,” about a man who repeats the same day over and over again. He is trapped in his story. I  have written an article that I will publish on Groundhog Day.

If you cannot listen live, the show will be archived and available at the same link.

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thrivingminds/2014/02/03/a-new-take-on-suffering-with-sam-shelley

DO YOU SUFFER? Sam Shelley, non-suffering expert, experienced miraculous recovery from “incurable” mental and physical conditions. Today, he is disability and disease free.

Through his teaching, writing and upcoming book I Don’t Dwell (2014), Sam inspires and guides you to reduce or eliminate suffering as you journey through self-discovery.

Sam also practices meditation, yoga and reading. Here’s to a new alternative to suffering!

Painting with Words: On the Imperfect Process of Writing

Process of Writing“I briefly woke up and found myself staring up at the ceiling, I saw a lot of bright white lights and I heard a lot of noise then I saw people dressed in blue uniforms hovering around me, only then I realized that I was on a stretcher. “

I use words to paint a picture of my world. It requires practice to become good at it. Good is highly subjective; what may be good for me may be horrible for you. It doesn’t really matter what others think of my words, if I deliver an honest and authentic story than I have succeeded. I may read it back in five years and think it’s crap.  For today, I simply know that I did my best at this time.

I will write without the inner critic turned on. The inner critic is harsh — it will tell you that you are wasting your time or you don’t have enough skill to write, or some other self-limiting thought.

There will always be better writers than you and there will be people who know more than you. Only you know your story, and no one can tell your story better than you. No one sees the world through your eyes — your view is unique. Skills come with time — keep writing.

Sometimes I may have an idea for an article or chapter, however, on occasion a blank page stares before me with no idea on where to begin. I will either start typing on the computer or writing long hand in my journal about the day or what I see in front of me.

If there is a topic that requires me to do go deep into an unknown area I will write it out long hand. I find that my journal writing is more profound than typing. When I’m not typing I am able to relax more which allows me to tap into the deep inner wisdom of the universe. The journal writing takes a little longer to produce a final product since I have to type in my chicken scratch and then begin the process of editing.

I set aside at least an hour a day for writing. Sometimes the words will just flow and I can type 1200 words in an hour and another day only 100 words will flow out. Whatever it is, it’s fine. I will do this for several days.  If I don’t have a strong idea, I find that my writing will wander a bit — in a little time the writing starts to come into focus and the topic reveals itself. I simply allow the words to flow out with no concerns with spelling or grammar rules — that will come later.

After I have exhausted this idea over a few days, I will have accumulated a lot of words. Writing is only part of the process — the real gold is found in the editing. I then begin to chip away at the writing. I will pull out sentences that I didn’t enjoy or make sense for this topic. The sentences that I do not use for this project may find daylight in another project. At the end it is like a big puzzle with all sentences that fit in with the topic’s theme.

I then move around the sentences into a logical order, on occasion I will see a gap and I will need to write a few lines to make it coherent.

After everything is put together I will read it over one last time,   looking for typos and grammar flaws. Sometimes I will read it out loud. When I read it out load I will usually find additional mistakes that I missed during the final reading.

I will agonize some more about the article, wondering if it is good enough. James Altucher recently said, “Hit publish — apologize later.” If this article isn’t up to your standards, I’m sorry — I did my best.

A World of Fear

world of fearI found myself on a stretcher being pushed into a bright room with a lot of noise and commotion. The next morning I woke up to find tubes connected to me, connected to all sorts of machines keeping me alive. I suffered head trauma, a broken hip and a broken arm.   I was 6 and I’d been hit by a van.

By my twenties, I’d completely lost reality. One day I’m role playing with Brad Pitt for the movie “12 Monkeys.” Another day I’m staring at a bottle of sleeping pills wondering why I should continue to live.

By my thirties I lost the ability to take care of myself. One day I found myself unable to walk.

By my forties I was a walking train wreck.  Suffering was “normal.”   In my twenties I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. In my thirties I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. I was also diagnosed with a few other things along the way to keep life interesting.

I read all I could about my various diseases, usually focusing on all the bad stuff contained within the books. I had discussions with my doctors to confirm what I read was true — they probably said it could happen which I turned into “will happen.”

I was trapped in the world of fear. I was convinced that all the stuff I read would happen to me. I had no realization that I gave up responsibility of my health over to the doctors. It was the doctor’s job to fix me — they were the “knowledgeable” ones. In my world, there was nothing I could do.  I was destined to live a life of suffering since there is no cure for my ailments.

Being disabled, I watched a lot of TV.   I was a couch potato watching up to 10 hours of TV a day on the weekend.   I would go get some exercise at a gym but TV watching was my primary hobby.   I loved ghost hunting shows.   I didn’t know if it was real or not – it was entertaining.   I saw a tweet from a Ghost Hunter for an upcoming hunt in the city at a paranormal location.   I was tired of MS limiting me so I decided to sign up and attend for an hour, going for the whole event wouldn’t have been possible.  For an hour I could push myself through it.

I researched the location and found the most active “hot” spot for paranormal activity.    I will see for myself it is real or fake.   At the event, I joined up with a group going to this location.  I saw something I could not explain – flashlights turning on and off by themselves as requested from the group.

This is real!

I had to learn more about what I saw.  For the first time ever I read book on spirituality.   I stumbled upon a book that mentioned meditation.   One benefit of meditation got my attention — inner peace.  The bipolar mind was not peaceful.   I really wanted inner peace.

I started to meditate,   it was hard.   The mind was non-stop with “you’re wasting your time.”

I pushed onward with a small 5 minute practice daily – doing my best to ignore the negative mind chatter.   As time went on it became a little easier and I was able to slowly increase the amount of time I was able to sit.   The mind was growing quieter.

As the mind grew quieter I was able to examine the thoughts.  I saw all the fake crap and drama that the thoughts produced.  I saw that the mind was not keeping me in this moment.   The thoughts were pulling me into the past or creating a future that doesn’t exist.  While in meditation I was in this moment,   watching these thoughts drift by.   The real work began when I tried to stay in the moment while not in meditation.   I saw the mind had a story for everything it saw.   In time, I mastered staying in this moment.

It was funny — I was able to detect the bullshit from other people – their lies.   However, I failed to see the bullshit coming from my own mind.   I saw that that I was one with my thoughts (no separation) —   I was waste deep in shit but couldn’t see it since I was too close.  Some thoughts are useful but most thoughts are crap.  I am now able to spot the lies from the mind clearly.   Only took 40 odd years to figure it out.

Once I had clarity with my thoughts,   fear dropped away.   Fear keeps us safe when there is a real danger,   however most fear comes from the mind which is creating a false scenario (crap).   Without fear and not believing the nonsense from the mind I no longer suffer.

I began to wonder why my doctors did not talk about holistic approaches to health for myself.  They were more than willing to give me a pill,  but never once mentioned meditation.   I saw from meditation even a bipolar mind can be tamed.   Mediation is considered spirituality and folks shy away from that term.   People are moving away from spirituality and into the scientific community.

This scientific community is more than scientists and doctors.   It is the media, other organizations, and the government that promotes an agenda usually based in fear.   They know that most people live in fear and they capitalize on this fear.    They have the money to saturate the airwaves and internet with their agenda.

When I look at the world today, I see folks that have become too dependent on the “knowledgeable” people (the scientific community) and in the process they have inadvertently given up responsibility for their own health.    I urge people to stop giving all their attention to this community and go find out what is true for them.

Find a holistic approach that allows you to find your own truth – our own unique path to the truth.   No one will have the same exact path, and no one can give it to you — they can only help point the way.   When you are aware of the truth it is easier to see the real needs of the body/mind.   For some that is medications and therapy for me it was meditation and yoga.

Without the bullshit from the mind —   Are your fears real? Have you given up responsibility for your health?   What does the body really need?

Go inside and explore the mind!

 

Waves in the Ocean of Consciousness

ocean of consciousnessWe are dancing like the waves in the ocean of consciousness.   

On the surface level we dance around with the other waves, unaware that we are in the same ocean.

We bounce around and collide into each other.   The other waves show no concern for us.  We feel that we are a unique, and special wave.  Other waves should not be colliding into us!   It is dreadful.

When we go below the ocean surface, we see that our essence is the same.  We are not only a wave but a part of the entire ocean.   When surface conflicts arise go deep into the ocean and realize that the other waves have no impact on your well-being.

When you go deeper into the ocean you begin to discover your true nature.   This discovery reveals that you are a single drop of water from the large pool — everyone is made of the same water.   No one is special.

In the deep ocean we realize that we are one – separation is an illusion.

Radical Transformation: The End of Suffering

sufferingI lived a life of suffering. I had numerous experiences that caused suffering: being hit by a van, being diagnosed with numerous life-threatening diseases, being disabled, among other things. I was a mess!

Suffering comes in all forms: diseases, emotional distress, or current life circumstances

I have learned that life you gives whatever experience you need at this time to get out of the story of me. Each experience that life presents to you is offering you a chance to let go of the story. The universe wants you to discover your true nature. When we awaken to our true nature, you see how the mind is creating a story that this experience shouldn’t be.

When I was nearly killed by a van, the mind began to create a story that this should not have happened to me: “I was a good boy. I didn’t deserve to be hit.” But why not me? I wasn’t special. I wasn’t immune to the various experiences that life has to offer. Life is always giving us what we need for our spiritual growth.

You may dislike the lesson, but it is how it is. If you ignore the lesson, life will keep presenting it in different forms until you learn and grow from it. If this lesson is unpleasant, accept it regardless then look to see what actions can be taken to change it.

If you look at suffering as a teacher you will perceive it differently. I was taught/ attuned to Reiki, a healing technique — it was an effective tool for healing. One day I received an insight that I should not be healing anyone. I was taking away a lesson from this person. If I healed a person but they did not learn a life lesson from their illness or disease then it would come back. Maybe not in the same exact way, but life will always present the same lessons over and over until you learn and grow. We are spiritual beings in a human body, our purpose here is to experience life as a human and to learn something from this experience (karma).

No one person (doctor, healer, guru) or thing (medicine, herbs) can permanently remove your suffering. They can provide a temporary fix, but the lesson you need to learn will remain. Only you can change your suffering permanently — it is your karma. You have immense power to end your suffering, and when you learn the lesson then the suffering will stop. You are you own guru. You have to do the work — no one can do it for you.

You can learn from any experience by being here fully in this moment. The mind will distract you with endless chatter that this shouldn’t be and cause you to run away from the issue. The mind causes resistance to this moment — what we resist persists. Regardless of the situation, face it head on.

Without our thoughts that create a story that this shouldn’t be — suffering stops. Suffering originates from mind. The mind is creating a story. The body may still be impacted, but you have accepted the situation.  Look at the renowned physicist Stephen Hawking — he has ALS. Most folks with ALS die within five years; he’s had it for over 50 years. He has accepted his disease and the universe has rewarded him with a long life span and he has made a dramatic impact on society. If he kept stating, “Poor me,” and dwelt in those thoughts, it is unlikely we would know who he is today.

When you accept the disease rather than deny its existence you are not activating the body’s fight or flight responses which release the stress hormone Cortisol. Cortisol will make any health issue worse, and it will create additional diseases. Any fear based emotions will activate the body’s flight or fight response — anxiety, worry, and stress.

When I let go of the story my mind created about the diseases: I’m disabled, I have MS, I am bipolar, etc. Something amazing happened and I healed — the diseases went away. It defies logic and the medical community calls it “a spontaneous healing,” as there is no scientific explanation. I simply stopped believing my thoughts that were creating a story that I was sick. I stopped dwelling in thoughts, and developed a new mantra: “I don’t dwell.”

Through practice you learn not to believe the nonsense generated from the mind. Some thoughts are useful, but 90 percent of the thoughts are garbage. Garbage that is keeping us stuck in the past or projects a false future. My mind created a future that had me stuck in a wheelchair, that never came true but those thoughts consumed me. The only thing that is real is in this moment — in that moment I was not in a wheelchair.

You practice being in the present moment by completely accepting the situation, and then you look for actions to change the situation if it is not desirable.

Here are two practices to try:

Meditation: See my article on how I broke free from the bipolar brain.

Mindfulness: See my article if meditation isn’t for you. “Meditate.  No way, I can’t do that!”

Through practicing being in this moment, you learn how to interrupt the thought stream of thoughts. When you interrupt the thoughts your story of suffering drops away.

Your body may remain a broken down vehicle regardless of any actions, but the suffering will stop when completely accept the situation.

I am here to support you,  to help you find your way out of suffering.

I have created a closed Facebook group.  The whole world cannot see what you post, only the members of the community. There are numerous paths to get out of your story, you simply need to find the way for you. When you find the way, you will make a radical transformation and suffering will stop.

“I Don’t Dwell” – The End of Suffering

Look for the join button on the right side and I will approve the request.

Be well!

The Year of Harmony

Caribbean yoga womanLook around you.

If you look into a microscope you will see that nothing is solid — it is mostly empty space. If you take a closer look you will see electrons moving around — even a rock is in motion.

At our smallest level we are all connected in the world of quantum particles. You and that rock are connected. Separation is an illusion.  It is all one — the mind sees everything as separate. Our true nature is in harmony with everything, yet the mind loves conflict. Conflict creates more separation. We feel alone.

Come back to your true nature and discover the harmony of the universe. You are part of the one, and never alone. Make 2014 the year of harmony.

 Just for now

Make a conscious choice

You are in harmony with the universe

Do this in each moment …

…you are enlightened