Jun 26

Unleash the divine fire

wingsThis fabulous card turned up as I did my Hawai’ian Oracle this morning – the Albatross (Moli) is a sign of fulfilment, of blessing – a sign that the time you have been waiting for has come.

And yet we have choices to make to get us to this point – we may have ties to cut to allow us to fly free; we may have had to take determined and committed action, a step into the unknown. Or we may just have had to keep on going, keep on fighting, never losing faith. It may not be today, for you – although it might well be – but light will dawn for you – and sooner than you think. Always remember that.

PS – I’ve just written two more episodes of my new series ‘Walking with Heroes’ – available free along with the Pathway to Power program at www.timothyhodgson.com/pathway. Join the party!

(card by Rima Morrel – quote added by me)

Apr 09

New beginnings

Lale Tekapo (9)This time of year seems to be all about new beginnings. Just the time of year, particularly in Northern temperate climates, is all about new growth, fresh starts. In the UK at the moment, trees are coming into bud, daffodils and tulips are bursting through the ground, creating a profusion of beauty where before there was only bare grass. Even the rainfall hints at the support of newness, each droplet of water reflecting a freshness and a promise of refreshment and growth.

 

As I was out walking this morning, I reflected on some of the healing techniques I had learned – and how, in my model of the world, those healing processes work. For me, it was a new flow of creativity and insight that flowed over me in the rain. But that will have to wait for another day (see, I was paying attention in the marketing classes on teaser campaigns) because right now it’s this concept of newness that inspires me at the moment. And I am learning to respond to the ‘right now’ – the impulse to do something in that moment.

Somehow, it feels like there’s a new hope abroad in the world. For the Hebrews, the new hope came as they escaped from Egypt and began their journey to the promised land… but also for most of them they began to see how incredible life would be under the protection of a supernatural Divine Intelligence – something that they had never experienced before. For Christians, new hope comes at Easter, with the resurrection of Jesus. Buddhists celebrate the coming of the Buddha, bringing enlightenment and wisdom. And so it goes on, it seems.. among so many nations the concept of hope comes. And hope, right now, seems to be what we need.

And it seems true for my friends, too. One of my Facebook friends nailed her colours firmly to the mast recently when she published her faith in Jesus Christ… and that, I know, will bring a new beginning into her life. Another of my friends will begin a new time of growth as he has his head shaved for charity (sorry, dude, couldn’t resist the allusion). Another is already finding new creativity coming for her business and her web site. Some of my friends are finding new hope in their relationships..and others are finding new relationships.

As I think of many of my closest friends I sense that they are beginning to step into a new era of growth and new life – where the dreams they have held for so long begin to come true. And if you are wondering ‘is he talking about me?’ then the answer to that question is ‘Yes. I am’! You know, don’t you, somewhere deep inside, that there is a promise of change, a promise of hope, a promise that things are moving in a new way for you. Begin to believe it. Let it light your heart up and decide that today is the beginning of something new.

Trust the process. Trust what’s happening – but above all remain full of hope. The promise comes to those who wait for it – and for those of you who’ve been waiting, hoping, dreaming, praying, believing… that time is now.

TimSignature

Jan 12

Do not quit on me…

imageHere’s a confession. I’m not a sports fan. At all. And I’m definitely not an American football fan. Despite spending so much time in the USA, I simply do not understand this game. So why is a low circulation movie all about a college football team one of my favourite movies of all time? What is it about this failing team with its frustrated coach that speaks to me? Why does it leave me in tears every single time I watch it?

Because I can see me in there. Because I can see the way that God deals with people – with you, and with me. Because when I’ve watched it, I know that there is nothing that’s impossible when God is on your side.

The movie is ‘Facing The Giants’. I was first introduced to the ‘Death Crawl’ scene by Dan Bradbury, who posted it a while back. (Thanks, Dan!) In this scene, head coach Grant Taylor works with one of his key players to demonstrate just what’s possible when you’re prepared to give it everything – and when you have someone who’s prepared to push you to achieve at your peak. In Brock, the quarterback, he creates a leader who will help change the attitude in the team. And just for that one scene, the movie is worth it. You can see the Death Crawl scene here….

So..it’s the beginning of the year – and just about that time when our New Year resolutions are starting to feel a little shaky. I didn’t make any New Year resolutions, by the way. I made commitments to myself that I am going to follow, come hell or high water. Resolutions seem a bit optional, somehow – but a commitment is a commitment.

Are you truly committed to changing your life in 2012 – whether that’s in health and fitness, life balance, wealth and prosperity or in your happiness and sense of being truly alive? Are you prepared to decide, once and for all, not to walk off the field having done anything less than your best – as Coach Taylor puts it?

In the Death Crawl scene, Coach Taylor pushes Brock way beyond the limits he had set for himself – as he carries a 160lb player on his back up the football field, the coach drives him forward mercilessly yet with love and compassion:

“Keep moving. Keep going.  Your very best, keep going, keep driving it. Don’t quit until you’ve got nothing left. Do not quit on me. I know you’re tired, but you negotiate with your body for more strength.”

As always, I’m writing for myself as much as for you.. but what is it, this year, that you are going to see through without surrender, without giving up – no matter how much you might be tempted to, and no matter how much you might feel you just can’t go on?

It’s time to prepare the ground for rain . . . .

TimSignature

Jan 04

Into 2012 with passion

Grand Palace (6)For some time now I’ve looked at the time between Christmas and New Year as a time to reflect, time to meditate, time to be thoughtful. It’s a time to look back over the last twelve months with gratitude, and a time to look forward with hope, with excitement, and with anticipation. I took a long walk out this morning, down by the river near my home, and the overwhelming thoughts I had were of thankfulness and excitement. In fact this year I got so excited about 2012 that I started my thinking and dreaming process way before Christmas!

There are so many wonderful things in my life right now. Some wonderful friends, some wonderful adventures that I am on. Sure, there are some really, really hard things going on too. Despite the adventure of my round the world trip, 2011 has also had its share of heartache – and I’m sure that there will be discomfort in 2012 alongside the joy and the excitement. I suspect that it’s the same for you in many ways. And in particular the current financial crisis brings its own share of uncertainty and discomfort. And yet, something seemed to say to me this morning “All will be well”. Not just for me, but for you too. Something is happening in my life, and something is happening in your life… something magical, something wonderful. Something full of joy. Something full of purpose. If you stay open to it. If you learn to listen to your heart, and follow it – your head will catch up eventually.

I know there are many things that will change in 2012. For me as well as for you. There are new beginnings, new adventures, new friendships, maybe even new romances. And there are endings, too. Things that have been part of your life will fall away, because you’ve moved on – because something new is coming, and by letting go of the old, we allow ourselves to step into the new. Some things will change and some will disappear.

Many of you know that I am a hopeless romantic. A Christmas tradition for me has been to watch a romantic movie and to dream. This year I watched “Serendipity” again which is one of my top five movies of all time. If you haven’t watched it – well, watch it. If you have – well, watch it again. And listen.

The story is about passion – and about love. But it’s all about our part in creating that destiny – by listening to our hearts, by listening to the signs that the Universe sends us.. as the movie says “if we are to live life in harmony with the universe, we must all possess a powerful faith in what the ancients used to call ‘fatum’, what we currently refer to as ‘destiny’”

And as Sarah in the movie points out “You don’t have to understand, you just have to have faith – faith in destiny”

There is something wonderful happening for you right now.. if you stay open to it, and if you follow the little signs that you are sent – a song, a story, a chance comment. Pay attention. Listen out for the clues, the hints, the signposts. Learn to follow them.

But the key question is, as the movie says: “The Greeks only asked one question when a man died.. ‘Did he have passion?’”

So what’s your call as you look into 2012? Will you have passion? Passion for what you want? Passion for loving others? Passion for the world?

So are you prepared to live 2012 on the edge with me? Are you willing to step into the fire, knowing that that surrender leads you to your purpose, to your meaning – and to true, wonderful joy and happiness??

Jan 02

It’s a blank canvas

Brambuk Centre (23)So, here we are. Another year. Another blank screen on which we can write whatever we want.

Maybe you’ve made some of the usual New Year’s resolutions. Get fit. Lose weight. Spend more time at home. Work harder. Have more fun. And that’s great. But it’s a bit like writing in pencil in the corner of the canvas.

 

Isn’t it about time you thought bigger? Isn’t it time you were bold enough to explore the whole canvas? Isn’t it time you used all the colours and painted your future with boldness, with vividness, with colour, with imagination? Isn’t it time you were creative enough to do what you want, to create what you want to see?

I vividly remember spending Millennium New Year’s Eve on my own. I worked until 11pm then hurried off to sit on my own at a black tie ball that my company had paid for just so I could find somewhere to sleep that night. As the fireworks display died away, I stood in the smoke that surrounded me and decided that I was never going to experience that again. I decided that I was going to change my story – to get a story. You know some of that story – I learned to ski and snowboard, I ate fire, I got my karate black belts. I trekked in Peru, rafted the Grand Canyon, dived the Great Barrier Reef. I backpacked across the world. I created my own company, I became a hypnotherapist and helped people to heal their lives. I volunteered at a hospice. I learned more about transformational spirituality than most people I know. I became a great dancer. I went white water rafting. I went abseiling. And I’ve only just started.

What about getting to the end of 2012 and looking back at the most incredible, amazing, transforming year ever? What if you stopped trying to make a living and made a life? What if you dared, this year, to create something that was worthy of who you truly are? What if you dropped the limits and beliefs that you currently have about what you are capable of… and stepped into a new demonstration of your incredible, amazing power. Could you decide to double your income this year? Or quadruple it? Could you decide to go round the world, like I did? Could you decide that this year you will take up hang gliding/ snowboarding/ macrame/ piano playing/ martial arts/ tango or whatever it is that you’ve longed to do but never dared to. Could you decide that this year you’re going to throw caution to the winds and paint your life in bold graffiti across the canvas of 2012 in letters so huge that no-one could ever miss them?

Maybe that’s not for you. Maybe you want to shrink down and play it safe. Maybe you want a quiet life without aspirations, without goals, without dreams. But I don’t think so. Because the very nature of humanity is to reach for the impossible. To grow. To learn. To become bolder, bigger, stronger – to dare something worthy.

What about you? Will you walk with me into 2012 and help turn the world upside down?

TimSignature

(Picture: Aboriginal Art, Red Centre, Autralia, 2010)

Nov 23

Famous failures

Part of my life story recently has been recovering from ‘failure’ – finding myself on the edge of disaster and finding my way back to success. So much so, that I am working on a new programme which I originally called ‘You’re Not Broken’ – I have been learning some fabulous stuff around the science of failure… and how it clears the way for incredible success.

When I chatted to a girl I met while diving in Fiji, she suggested it should be called “You’re Not Broken – So Quit Your Bitch Ass Whining’ – I suspect it will never end up as that… but who knows?

Anyway, I took a look at some of the successes that we applaud – and how they recovered from failure. See anyone you recognize . . ?

1. Politician who failed to win a seat in the Illinois General Assembly – and then failed spectacularly to even run a general store.

2. Basketball legend, cut from his high school basketball team.

3. Director who applied to attend film school three times but was rejected each time.

4. Author who had his book rejected by 121 publishers.

5. Cartoonist who was fired by a newspaper editor for lack of creativity.

6. Inventor who was told by his teacher he was too stupid to learn anything, and was fired for a laboratory mishap.

7. News anchor fired for being ‘unfit for television news’.

8. Singer who was told he would be better off driving a truck.

9. Engineer turned down for a job by Toyota.

10. Scientist whose father told him he would amount to nothing and would be a disgrace to his family.

11. Musician & composer who was told was ‘hopeless’ by his music teacher.

So, who have we got?

1. Abraham Lincoln

2. Michael Jordan

3. Steven Spielberg

4. Robert M Pirsig (his well known book ‘Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance’ sold millions around the world)

5. Walt Disney

6. Thomas Edison

7. Oprah Winfrey

8. Elvis Presley

9. Soichiro Honda (founder of the Honda Motor Company)

10. Charles Darwin

11. Beethoven

So if all these people can make it despite being told that they never would – if they can pick themselves up after a spectacularly poor start in their chosen purpose in life… then perhaps when we fail, we can dust ourselves off, stand up straight, learn the lesson we need to – and start again.

I still love the quote I found on a wall in the cosmetics shop ‘Lush’ “We believe in the right to make mistakes, to lose everything and to start again from the beginning”. Perhaps when we say to ourselves “I’m too old or “I’ve tried and failed” or “I’m all washed up” then we should take a look at that . . . and begin again.

One of the best relationship coaches I know went through a spectacularly painful divorce – and she learnt from that experience to bring healing to others. One of the most successful businessmen I know started out as a dishwasher, took to a life of crime and even had his restaurant repossessed for unpaid taxes. Many of our richest businessmen have failed and then rebuilt their empires (anyone remember Alan Sugar’s Amstrad computers or Donald Trump’s multiple business failures?

As Winston Churchill observed “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”

Too often we simply give up… resigning ourselves to a life of mediocrity and compromise. But it’s a funny thing, you know – as I noticed a while back – when you’ve stared failure in the face – when you’ve chosen to snarl back at the face of defeat and refuse to back down – it’s then that you realise that you can never be afraid of it again.

So maybe it’s time to start again? Where will you begin?

Sep 01

brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous

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A friend of mine (@cjmariachi) sent me a tweet the other day saying that he loved how ‘immodest’ my profile on Twitter was (that’s @timothyhodgson by the way).  Which got me thinking….

I wasn’t quite sure how to deal with the fact that I’d been called out . . . was I maybe overstating who I was and what I did…? I wasn’t sure if I should go back and change it to something a little more reserved, a little more British. Should I be looking for a little more humility? Pride goes before a fall, you know…

I think it’s time we threw off that particular part of our character – because it isn’t doing us much good. We’re really good at shrinking down, at pretending that we’re not as good as we really are. We’re good at hiding our light. Maybe it’s because that way we’re not called on to be amazing – to achieve all we could possibly achieve. Perhaps if people don’t know how wonderful and talented we are, then we’re not going to get called on to achieve everything we’re capable of – and that way, maybe we won’t fail…

So, maybe, we need to start owning up to who we truly are. Humility is fine, I know… and yet there’s something truly sad about hiding to fit in – instead of being proud of who we are and what we’re capable of. For me it’s been a long, hard journey, and I have had the support of my friends who’ve reminded me just who I am and what I’m capable of… and from time to time a gentle nudge from Divine Intelligence just to let me know I’m doing OK. It’s taken years of introspection to step out from shy, retiring geek to someone who knows who he is and what fire runs in his veins.

And, sure, I get my insecure days, too… but deep down inside, there’s something that speaks – that says “This is who you are”.

And I wanted to remind you, too. You’re unique. One of a kind. Special. Spectacular. You have gifts that only you can bring. The world needs each of us, perhaps more than ever before, to step into our truth – to stand up and say ‘this is who I am’ with pride, with certainty, with confidence. To reclaim our identity. To step into our uniqueness, and be the best we can be. Because otherwise, we’re selling the world short.

 TimSignature

PS …remember – you are amazing!

PPS – I’m starting work on my new programme – and one of the goals is to remind people just how amazing they are, and what they are truly capable when they step into their true power. Watch this space….

 

 

original text and images © Timothy Hodgson 2011

The picture is one from a set by my son, David….

Aug 26

On the edge of the light–stepping into your success

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Power for Today

“When you come to the edge of all the light you know and are about to step into the darkness of the unknown, faith is knowing that one of two things will happen: there will be something solid to stand on, or you’ll be taught to fly” – Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

From Timothy

I’ve been deep diving into the world of prosperity, success, wealth and abundance over the last few months, doing research for my upcoming success programmes and learning all I can on creating true prosperity, true wealth, and true abundance. I’ve had some incredible, amazing insights through the people I have listened to and the books and programmes I have done – and also by listening to my own heart. But I loved this quote…

We are drawn to step beyond everything we know, beyond everything that we know is familiar and ‘safe’.. and step into something unsafe, something uncertain, something new. It’s only at that point that we start to grow. I can think of many points in my life where I’ve been scared to do something – unsure of what lies beyond. I’ve known that as soon as I step across that threshold that nothing will ever be the same again – and, in truth, there is no going back.

Do you remember the scene in “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade” where our hero has to step out in faith into what looks like thin air… only to find a concealed bridge across the chasm.. When I was learning to snowboard, I knew that I had to turn the board down the hill, accelerating as the slope fell away below me – and at that point I learned the true joy of the sport. I can remember standing outside a dance hall in Blackpool, too afraid to go inside – and yet when I did, the beginning of a whole new world opened up for me.

For all of us there are moments when go beyond anything we have experienced – beyond all our current knowledge, our wisdom, our insight… it’s those moments that define our courage – and change our lives.

It’s over to you . . .

Are you staying far back from the edge, staying safe and yet knowing that something else beckons you? What will it take to move you to the edge of the light – and into a new adventure?

 

…and remember – you are amazing!

Timothy

 

original text and images © Timothy Hodgson 2011

(The picture, by the way, is of the Aurora Borealis, taken in Iceland a few years back)

Aug 11

Reboot!

 

Power for Today

“We believe in the right to make mistakes, to lose everything and to start again from the beginning” – on a sign in ‘Lush’ (A UK cosmetics outlet)image

From Timothy

There’s a lot of rebooting going on at the moment. They are (apparently) going to reboot the Spiderman series… and the Short Circuit movies. Which means, it seems, that they are going to start again rather than do sequels and prequels – to begin again from scratch instead of building on what’s happened before.

We’re familiar, of course, with needing to ‘reboot’ our computers when they crash or when they go slowly. By the way, have you ever wondered WHY it’s called ‘rebooting’? It comes from the good old days of computers back in the 60s and 70s, when computers were started with a ‘bootstrap loader’ (as in ‘pulling yourself up by your boot straps’ (bootlaces)). This little bit of code gave the computer enough instructions for it to be able to start loading its operating systems… of course, similar things happen now – it’s just a lot smoother. In many of the old systems there were a set of switches to be operated in a certain order to load that program. Or so I hear….

Sometimes, in our lives, we need to reboot, too. It might be just a minor thing – like taking time out, or approaching things from a different direction. Sometimes we get so caught up in making something happen that we can’t just let go of it, and start all over again – we’ve got too much invested in what’s happened so far, that to start again would be admitting defeat. But sometimes, that’s what’s needed.

And sometimes, it’s huge things. Sometimes, the reboot is forced on us – when divorce or the end of a love affair causes us to have to rethink and restart our relationships from scratch – or when redundancy or business failures cause us to rethink and restart our careers. Often we are devastated by these events – but often, that’s what’s needed to get us to move to the next phase of our lives. And, you know, we survive the reboot.

Have you ever had one of those days when the computer just seems to get slower and slower.. when you have to choose whether to restart it or soldier on. And how often does simply restarting it cause everything to work so much better? And then again, sometimes, of course, everything locks up tight and there’s nothing we can do. Do we wait and hope that it’ll spring back into life? Do we prod hopefully at the keyboard to see if we can provoke it into some sort of response? Or do we reach, regretfully and with a heavy heart, for the switch to restart it, knowing that we’ve lost all the work that we’ve spent the last three hours on?

Sometimes there are some hard decisions to be made – but sometimes a new start is what’s needed – to tear down what you have built so far and start again. And it’s OK to do that… because when we start again, it’s going to work that much better, go that much faster, and be so much easier. I know that I have had to face the reboot of huge chunks of my life – relationships, finance, career, business, owning property – I have had to restart each one of these from zero all over again. And there is something exciting and exhilarating about it – the chance to begin again with everything that you’ve learned – and do something new.

So don’t fear the reboot – it may be exactly what’s needed to launch you into a whole new era of success and prosperity.

It’s over to you . . .

What do you need to reboot this week… what would benefit from a fresh start? What are you fearing approaching from a completely fresh direction?

And are there thing in your life that you’re hanging on to – that perhaps you need to let go of to create freedom for you?

Just wondering….

…and remember – you are amazing!

Timothy

 

original text and images © Timothy Hodgson 2011

Aug 05

Facing Your Fear

Power for Today

“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”

(Nelson Mandela)

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From Timothy

There comes a point in our life when we have to make a decision. We can stay where we are, safe in what we know – or we can step forward into something new. Behind us lies the safety of stability, of the known, the comfort of the familiar. Ahead of us, if we choose, lies the uncertainty of the new; the excitement of fresh opportunities and the possibility of failure.

That picture above is when I decided to forsake the safety of a perfectly good aeroplane for the thrill of a leap through the skies, relying on my parachute to open above me….

I suspect you’ve seen those movies like Raiders of the Lost Ark: somewhere, there is always a rope bridge to cross. One one side there is the safety of a secure and stable rock – and in front of you is the possibility of a new discovery, of treasure, of adventure – of possibility. But in between you and your future is a scary, frail construction of wood and rope, swaying wildly in the wind over a chasm cut deep into the earth, where a raging river waits to claim you should you fall. As you gaze out across that yawning divide, you have to decide… go on… or go back?

As you set off across that bridge, the first few steps seem simple enough. But when you get further, it starts to sway, to rock… you find yourself gripping tighter and tighter to the ropes as the planks under your feet threaten to come loose. Your friends on the side might well be urging you to stay behind, to come back to them, to retreat to the safety of the group – to give up the wild dreams of making it to the promise of the other side. What seemed sturdy and safe before you set out now seems frail and insubstantial. As you get to the middle, you succumb to the screaming demands of your irrational thoughts – and look down. A thousand metres below you, the river rages over needle sharp rocks, the fury threatening to sweep you away. The bridge seems more fragile, more threatening, more tenuous than when you started. Do you return to safety? Do you cling, petrified, to the ropes, unable to move for fear? Or do you carry on, hand over hand, footstep after footstep – ignoring the demands of your fears, and concentrating on what lies ahead of you?

Inch by precious inch, you step forward towards a new promise, a new safety… and with a sigh of relief, you collapse, exhausted, onto the other side.

For each of us there will be moments when we have to step into the unknown. We know that on our decision, on our action, lies the promise of our future. In the actions and resolve of one moment in time lies the opportunity to walk, head held high, into our dreams.

It’s over to you . . .

I hope that you take the brave path. Life for you begins when you step out of your comfort zone – when you look into the face of your fears and take hold of the promise – to decide to pursue your dreams. Refuse to die with the song inside you left unsung. It will take courage. It will take determination. But it will bring you into a more wonderful place than you can imagine. It’s your time… to succeed

…and remember – you are amazing!

Timothy

PS – I’m overcoming my own fears by releasing something that I have been working on for several months – it’s probably my deepest and most intimate piece of work to date, and putting it out there is causing me to draw on more of my internal courage and faith than ever before. Saturday, August 6th, 10am. There – now I’m committed!

original text and images © Timothy Hodgson 2011