Below are various emails I’ve received about how you can make a difference for those affected. They include a call for housing from MoveOn, a free service with MCI, and a very compelling article by Michael Moore. My latest newsletter (http://www.spiritofnature.org/latestnews.htm) includes a very intriguing article by Dr. Emoto which I have reprinted with permission.
This came in from MoveOn. This email message has already generated over 150,000 homes for those in need:
Hurricane Katrina’s toll on communities, homes and lives has devastated the nation. Now victims must face the daunting question of where to go next—and we can help.
Tens of thousands of newly homeless families are being bused to a stadium in Houston, where they may wait for weeks or months. At least 80,000 are competing for area shelters, and countless more are in motels, cars, or wherever they can stay out of the elements. The Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Red Cross are scrambling to find shelter for the displaced.
This morning, we’ve launched an emergency national housing drive to connect your empty beds with hurricane victims who desperately need a place to wait out the storm. You can post your offer of housing (a spare room, extra bed, even a decent couch) and search for available housing online at:
Housing is most urgently needed within reasonable driving distance (about 300 miles) of the affected areas in the Southeast, especially New Orleans.
MCI LAUNCHES TOLL FREE SERVICE TO REUNITE LOVED ONES IMPACTED BY HURRICANE KATRINA
To assist those displaced and separated from loved ones by the effects of Hurricane Katrina, MCI has introduced a simple, toll-free phone service to help those impacted by the storm communicate their conditions and whereabouts to family and friends by simply using their 10 digit home phone number as an identifier.
The service allows displaced people and those attempting to locate the missing to connect through a toll-free phone number. The caller can choose to either:
Register themselves by calling 1-877-HELP-KAT (1-877-435-7528) or
Locate someone who is missing by calling 1-866-601-FIND (1-866-601-3463).
Those impacted will be prompted for their home phone number, month, day and year of birth (for individual identification) and a callback number where they can be reached. The service will notify the caller if they are the first to register the number or if someone else has already done so. If others have registered the number, the earlier registrant?s month, day and year of birth as well as callback number will be replayed, giving the caller the option to connect automatically to them.
The registrant will also be told if someone has previously searched for their number and will give them that caller?s birth month, day and year in addition to callback information with an option to connect.
Even if those displaced do not have a callback number to be reached at, they should still call and register because it will give their loved ones the basic peace of mind that they are alive. Impacted persons will be able to update their registration information with callback numbers when they become known.
For any 10-digit primary home phone number, up to nine callback numbers and birth month, day and year can be registered to accommodate alternate contact numbers and multiple family members.
Caller is prompted for home phone number of lost one.
Lost one?s callback number and birth month, day and year are played back.
The caller can then automatically connect to the lost one?s callback number.
The service will also notify the caller if the number they searched for has not yet been registered and allow them to enter their birth month, day and year and callback number to be replayed when and if the missing person?s phone number is registered.
The service supports English, French and Spanish and is limited to U.S. geographic customers only. This service is available to everyone, not just MCI customers.
From Michael Moore:
There is much to be said and done about the manmade annihilation of New Orleans, caused NOT by a hurricane but by the very specific decisions made by the Bush administration in the past four and a half years. Do not listen to anyone who says we can discuss all this later. No, we can’t. Our country is in an immediate state of vulnerability. More hurricanes, wars, and other disasters are on the way, and a lazy bunch of self-satisfied lunatics are still running the show.
So, in the next few days, I will write to you about what must be done about Bush and Co.
But today I want you to join with me in bypassing the colossally inept and incompetent Bush administration and get help DIRECTLY to the people of the New Orleans area — right now.
A lot of you have written me to ask what you can do. Many don’t know who to trust. Many want to do more than write a check. You are right to think that writing checks to relief agencies will not get water and aid to people in the next 48 hours. Checks will be needed later and can be written later.
I have a way, though, for each and every one of us to do something today that can affect people’s lives TODAY.
For the past few days I’ve been working with a group that, I guarantee you, will get direct aid to the people who need it most.
Cindy Sheehan, the brave woman who dared to challenge Mr. Bush at his summer home, has now sent her Camp Casey from in front of Bush’s ranch to the outskirts of New Orleans. The Veterans for Peace have taken all the equipment and staff of volunteers and set up camp in Covington, Louisiana, on the shores of Lake Pontchartrain. They are accepting materials and personally distributing them to those in need.
This is where we come in. We need to ship supplies to them immediately. Today they need the following:
Paper plates, paper towels, toilet paper, baby diapers, baby wipes, baby formula, Pedialyte, baby items in general, powder, lotion, handy wipes, sterile gloves, electrolytes, LARGE cans of veggies, school supplies, and anything else to lift people’s spirits.
You can ship these items by following the instructions on VFPRoadTrips.org. Or you can deliver them there in person. The roads to Covington are open. Here’s how to get there. You can drop them off or you can stay and participate (if you stay, you’ll be camping so bring your own tent and gear and mosquito spray).
If you can’t ship these items or go there in person, then go to VFPRoadTrips.org and make an immediate donation through PayPal. Camp Casey-Covington will have immediate access to this cash and can buy the items themselves from stores that are open in Louisiana (all donations to Veterans for Peace, are tax deductible).
Each day I will post up-to-the minute information as to what is needed and the progress Camp Casey is making. Please visit MichaelMoore.com often and do what you can to help.
Many other groups are also doing good work. MoveOn.org has set up a system for people to offer rooms in their homes to the survivors.
There is no time to waste. People are suffering and dying. Each of us can do something. There is no other alternative.
Thank you in advance for your help. Tomorrow, we will take care of the other work we need to do about the ideologically hamstrung incompetents in charge.
Please DO NOT post additional support here. Email me directly with additional contacts, etc. We can’t publish anything that is copyrighted.
I’ve been in and out of the multi-level/network marketing business since 1990. That is a long enough history to determine quite a few things about the industry – what works and what doesn’t – especially for me. Unfortunately, many of the lessons were learned the hard way.
Why is the industry so alluring?
Because, it allows ordinary people to gain access to residual income and business ownership. They can add a nice part-time income, of if they have what it takes, they can become wealthy beyond their wildest dreams.
That chasing your big dreams bit is one of the things I don’t like about the industry. At practically every business opportunity meeting they parade around people that have made enough money in the business to have fancy houses and cars, travel to exotic locations, and of course they have giant smiles on their faces. That wild dream thing is unrealistic. Very very few people attain it. It doesn’t mean you can’t. It means they are implying that everyone will succeed that largely and that is flat out false advertising. A select few will. Most won’t.
As an aside, …
I’ve had the pleasure of having friends that are top producers in MLM. They live in a fabulous house. They have a new Lexus. They travel and enjoy the finer pleasures in life. And they eat, sleep, and breathe the business. All night and all day the phone rings. Two people on two separate phone lines talking to prospects and business builders all day every day. Countless meetings, often every night of the week, with prospects. They hold big meetings several nights a week in hotel conference rooms – that cost alot of money. They are selling the products and the dream. They do well. But what I’m trying to enlighten you about is it is alot of work. If you really want to shift your finances, you have to be willing to work at it. You have to talk to lots of people. And when you get a no, you just go on to the next person, because it is a numbers game.
I’ve watched the big players in various companies – the one’s who earn over a million – and they have things in common. They are very charismatic. They have a charm and a polish about ther look. They are exceedingly good sales people – whether they were originally in sales or just have great passion for their product. They have absolute commitment to the product, the company, and the dream. They refuse to give up and they refuse to stop. They are like warriors on a mission to accomplish their goals. They are highly driven and motivated. They have no self esteem or worthiness issues.
There is one big exception to the above profile of a winner. If a person was severaly ill, especially if they had something the doctors said could not be cured, and through using a particular product were able to “miraculously” heal, they will have a giant business. They tell their story and products get sold. Their family will tell the story and products get sold. People who they introduce into the business tell the story and products get sold. It happens alot in this industry.
I didn’t mean to dash your dreams. I was just trying to help you be more realistic. Plan on a nice part-time income. That is fairly easy to do if you follow my advice below. Once you have attained that, then go after the rest once you see what it will take.
The best way to earn a nice income in the business is to stack the odds in your favor.
There are fundamentals that must be considered before you even look at a particular company or business. Here are the things that I’ve learned are absolutely essential for you to succeed.
1. A truly great product that everyone repeatedly needs and is easily understood.
That is primary. Without that, you are doomed to failure.
Most products are good, few are exceptional. You need an exceptional product. One that can’t be purchased at the supermarket. Something that is far and above everything else your customers, and especially business builders, will find in the marketplace.
If you are selling something that is a one time purchase, then you have to continuously seek out new customers. Now you want to continue to market your product and grow your business. But the whole beauty of the industry, and how it is designed, is that you can really build your business in the beginning and then reap the rewards of residual income for years to come. That requires that people continue to purchase the product or products month after month after month. So it has to be something that they use every day – nutritional supplements; energy beverages; skin, hair, or bath products.
One of the most important things that I’ve learned the hard way is how vitally important it is that the product be easily understood. How a person will benefit needs to be readily understood with very minimal explanation required. I’ve been in more than one of these businesses where you had to practically earn a PhD in order to do well. The product was foreign to the mainstream American consumer and they had to be educated. The fundamental problem is that it takes too long to explain it to each new person. You have all this time and energy invested in this prospect and when you get a no, it is very frustrating. People give up quickly when that happens again and again.
This also happens if there are too many choices. You have to learn about all of them and recommend the right one to your prospect. If they become a business builder, then they too have to learn about each one in order to recommend the right one to their prospects. The fewer the products the better. And starting everyone with the same flagship product is key.
You want to be able to talk less than 5 minutes and hand someone a brochure and/or CD. Or you want to be able to simply give them a link to a website that explains everything for you. A person needs to “get” the benefit to them and how the product will do that in 15 minutes or less.
2. Solid company – great leadership, great customer service, great marketing materials.
I’ve made the mistake more than once of getting so excited about the product that I forgot to look at the viability of the company. And more than once the company has folded, or gotten into legal trouble, had a falling out between co-founders, or whatever. You can build a huge organization and that organization can be moving tons of product, but if the company folds, or changes their marketing plan “again” or whatever, you are the one who loses. A solid company is vital.
HINT: Inventors typically don’t make good company presidents. If the person who invented or developed the product is trying to handle the business, make sure they have the skills. Especially as the company grows, it can cause big problems. Salesmen also aren’t necessarily the best leaders. They are enthusiastic and great at convincing, but that doesn’t mean they have leadership or management skills. Running a rapidly growing company requires a unique set of skills. The people at the top need to be highly competent and committed to the company.
Are fabulous, easily understood, inexpensive marketing tools already in place and easily available to you? If they don’t already have slick brochures, walk away. No. Run.
Use the tools the company has had professionally created. They have already been reviewed, tested, and tweaked for the best response. Don’t reinvent the wheel. You’ll be wasting your time. You need to spend your time talking to new people. If you need to express your creative side, then use it to discover new creative ways to meet more people.
What support structures are in place? Can you call, email, visit a website, talk to your upline, go to a meeting and get the answers you need right now?
3. A solid, well thought out marketing plan.
They are all a bit different and warrant a good look. How many income streams can you have with the company? How often do they pay commissions? How big does your organization have to be, or how much volume has to be moving throughout your organization, to qualify for bonuses, or additional income streams?
And one of the most important considerations is:
4. How much will it cost you personally to get into it as a business and what will it cost you per month to earn your commission?
If it costs alot to start in the business, you will have fewer people who will agree to try it as a business. Growing the business and growing your downline will be harder.
I know way to many people who have ended up maxing out their credit cards to keep qualifying to earn their monthly check. Think about that. You are going into debt on the one hand to receive a little bit on the other. Make sure you can easily afford the monthly requirement or it will quickly eat you up financially. Also, the higher the monthly requirement is, the fewer business builders you will get because many people won’t be able to pay that each month. The higher the monthly requirement, the harder it will be to build your business and the more people who will drop out.
5. Affordability of the product.
How much does it cost? We will assume it is a great product. But how much does it cost to try or to get started? Even if the prospect can see the benefits, it the price is set too high, you will have a harder time selling it. You have to meet more people, tell the story more times, than you would if it was something less expensive.
O.K., so based on the above criteria, what are the companies I work with?
By far my favorite:
Sunrider International. Their foods literally changed my life. They are #28 worldwide for sales. Every product and program they offer is truly extraordinary and revolutionary. I drink their teas and use their products every single day.
The company and compensation plan are excellent. Outstanding marketing tools and support are in place. Regular commissions are paid monthly. Your own free website is in the works.
Also very good:
Xooma. The product is Xtreme X20, a water enhancement product. Every day you pop a little sachet (tea bag) into a bottle of water and drink it. The organic mineral supplement in the sachet changes the water structure so you will hydrate better. It contains over 70 trace minerals that you body uses to perform all its functions. It makes the body more alkaline.
Hydration, trace minerals, and alkalinization are fundamental to good health.
It is a highly consumable product. People drink water every day. It is easy to explain, and have them understand, the benefits.
The cost. You can try it and get into the business for $9.99 which includes shipping. And that gives you 12 days worth of product. (international is slightly higher)
The company and compensation plan fit the bill. Outstanding marketing tools and support are in place. Regular commissions are paid monthly. Fast start bonuses for new business builders you bring into the company are paid weekly.
Your monthly requirement: $25.00 and that includes shipping. (International is slightly higher) For that price you get a 30-day supply of the product which you will be more than happy to consume yourself. If you purchase more, you earn more from what your organization is selling.
Visit here for more details and to try it yourself: http://www.XoomaWorldwide.com/Takara
I read an article recently by a success guru listing all the things that are a waste of time. I agreed with most things on the list. But the first item was “watching TV.” When I saw that, I thought I would share the following with you as some food for thought about taking some time to enjoy life …
I never watch TV per se, but this introvert has always used a movie or a couple of streamed episodes of something (commercial free) as the best wind down to a very long day of thinking, creating, consulting, and decision making. Since I don’t currently have a significant other and my son is now in college, it is not taking precious time away from loved ones to let a screen entertain my brain. We all have things that bring us joy and for some of us, that includes cinema.
According to the “Three Boxes of Life” by the author of another book I HIGHLY recommend, “What Color is Your Parachute,” a balanced life includes equal amounts of work, play, and learning. As a professional in helping others lead a balanced, joyful, more stress-free life, I condone including some activities that allow you to just “be” vs “do” all the time.
Being visually entertained allows my brain to recharge in ways that reading and other activities do not. I also dance, do yoga, meditate, and tons of other things to take care of myself. For me, this enjoyment of storytelling in visual form feeds my soul. I read somewhere that Buckminster Fuller felt there to be only a hand full of jobs that had any merit and entertaining others was, surprisingly, on that list. I looked for the quote, but haven’t found it yet.
On the flip side, being bombarded by commercials that lead you to believe that no matter what you have you need more and watching news that makes you think the world is a very unsafe place and keeps you in fear is definitely not a good idea. That, I wholeheartedly agree with.
In almost all things, I believe in the 80/20 rule … more like 90/10. Ninety percent of the time you do things or eat things that are good for you, that are leading you towards the goals you are wishing to achieve in your personal and business life, as well as your health. 10% of the time, however, you give yourself permission to enJOY life, whatever that means for you.
Of course, if your life is out of balance, you are overweight or facing some serious health issue, or your career or finances are in serious trouble, then you have to do whatever it takes to turn that around and that means 100% of the time doing exactly the right actions to get you there.
May you truly enjoy life,
P.S. We all need support sometimes, no matter who we are, how much work we have done on ourselves, or how successful we have become. I offer consulting to help you and your business improve as well as long distance energy healing sessions to help you break through your barriers to success, happiness, and inner peace.
I’ve never been to a holiday gathering with family or friends where there was anything but harmony for the holidays … ever … my entire life. I’m talking about never witnessing first hand a family gathering full of discord. It doesn’t matter if it was with immediate or extended family, the family of a boyfriend, fiance, or husband, or a gathering in my own home of friends who didn’t all know one another before the gathering … harmony and delight at being in one another’s presence has always been pervasive at these events.
It begins within.
And it begins with the parents. If the parents love, honor, accept, and appreciate themselves, they also love, honor, accept, and appreciate their own parents, their siblings, their children, etc.
Each child needs to be taught to love, honor, accept, and appreciate themselves and then to extend that to others as well.
The result of such loving and honoring is harmony within all the relationships.
I can’t even imagine doing life any other way.
Does that mean I’ve never encountered disharmony?
I went from being highly popular and enjoying so many delightful friends in schools both in New Jersey and Texas … to being severely bullied, rejected, and having only a few friends in a small town in Virginia. High school was hell … there’s no other more pleasant way to put it. The bullying was so bad that for at least a year or more I came home and cried every single day. I didn’t understand what I was doing wrong, why I didn’t fit in, why people didn’t like me. I was in such foreign territory.
I’d also never been anywhere that people pretended to like you to your face and then talked badly about you behind your back. Being an empath, you can pick up on the incongruence immediately. You can literally “feel” when someone doesn’t like you. Trust me, it doesn’t feel good.
Once I was no longer in high school (being forced to be around people who didn’t like me and, therefore, whom I didn’t like in return) I began to thrive. I quickly developed a network of friends at work and at college. I began taking a leadership role in professional organizations and that has continued to this day. I am deeply deeply blessed to have so many friends.
But that didn’t happen by accident or because I’m more special than anyone else. It happened because I got very clear that I wanted a wonderful group of friends. You might have seen other articles where I talk about the affirmations I used to say about friendship. It goes something like this, “I want interesting, fun, uplifting friends all over the world who are making a positive difference.” And now, after many years of “receiving” teachings that have helped me formulate my own teachings, I would add: “We each love, honor, accept, and appreciate one another and are deLighted to be in one another’s presence and feel blessed to have each other in our lives.”
I highly recommend you do something similar when it comes to all your relationships … romance, friendships, business partnerships, with co-workers, committee members, and everything else you participate in. Intend harmony. Intend peace. Intend cooperation, admiration, appreciation, acknowledgement, friendship, and yes, even love (not the romantic kind, the Divine unconditional kind).
When people seek my advice about romance, I help them get crystal clear about what they are looking for in both a partner and in the relationship itself. I help them form a picture in their own mind and words to describe exactly what they are seeking. And I often suggest that they add something about it being a “mutual admiration society” where you each feel truly blessed to have the other in your life. The best relationships involve partners who continue to feel that way over time. I’m not talking about living with rosy colored glasses, not seeing the truth or flaws in the other. I’m talking about seeing them even more clearly than most and loving, honoring, accepting, and appreciating them for exactly who they are … warts and all. Both partners have to feel that way though. Honesty and integrity are key.
But just like developing harmony around the table at the holidays, you have to love yourself first. You have to see your value, your gifts, your unique magnificent glorious self with all its fabulous talents and all its spectacular flaws and love yourself, appreciate yourself, be OK with yourself when you screw up, and delight in yourself when you succeed regardless. You aren’t perfect. You are human. It just comes with the territory.
The more you learn to love, honor, accept, and appreciate you, the easier it is to do the same for others … and the more often others offer the same to you.
Back to harmony at the holidays ….
You can intend a different outcome within your home, around the table, watching the game or whatever rituals your family follows when they gather. Before people arrive you can set your intention (not being attached to it going that way) for harmony, love, happiness, laughter, joy, and fun – or whatever joyful things you wish to experience for yourself and those you love enough to invite into your home.
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Fear screws it all up of course. If you are afraid that there will be disharmony … guess what will happen?
You already know the answer.
You get more of what you focus on … so you must divert your attention AWAY from the things you do not want and TOWARD the things you do.
- Focus on peace and feel it throughout your body and your home.
- Focus on love and feel it throughout your body and your home.
- Focus on harmony and feel it throughout your body and your home.
- Focus on joy and feel it throughout your body and your home.
- Focus on compassion and feel it throughout your body and your home.
- Focus on deep, meaningful, conversations and feel it throughout your body and your home.
- You get the idea … decide what you want to experience and imagine it real.
- Tip – It is a lot easier to feel something if you close your eyes.
Bring In Harmony for the Holidays
Imagine a giant bubble of light surrounding the table where you will eat and calling in your Higher Self and Guides asking that the bubble of light be infused with love, joy, laughter, delight, companionship, harmony, peace, etc. etc.
See a similar bubble around your entire home and again ask your support team to infuse it with harmony, peace, joy, and love. Add the other words that have great meaning to you and that you wish to have in your home.
See a giant block of violet flame or light (like the purple image above only less dense) over a foot thick in front of your entire front door – or whatever door people enter. Everyone who enters will be cleansed of any icky sticky disharmonious, noxious, disempowering, or negative energy as they enter. It’s like taking a beautiful violet light bath. It brightens the mood and feels totally glorious.
Tip – you don’t have to wait for the holidays to do these things. You can do it anytime you desire.
I recommend you energetically clear and infuse your conscious intention into your home, your vehicle, and other places you frequently visit. And I suggest that you do it often. To learn extraordinarily effective clearing and infusing techniques (much more powerful than simple intention), take my online dowsing course or my new Dancing Dolphin Way of Healing and Enlightenment training once I get the sales page up.
Have a delightful day today and every day,
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