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Passover, the 8th and last day of which is today, can be wrapped up with the word persistence. However,  when we are working to creatwhat does it take in order to keep our energy focused – especially when the odds seem tough?

  1. Support. This comes through connection with something greater than yourself. The most tangible form is through community. It’s essential to be aligned with others who believe in you. Meet regularly. Connect. Don’t go it alone. And, if you believe in a divine power, that’s another strong form of support.
  2. Clarity. Being clear about you desire is the best way to bring it into reality. Of course, sometimes we don’t know what form this will take. For example, you may know you want a new job, but don’t know exactly what you’ll be doing. In this case, it’s better to visualize yourself being happy, being in a positive atmosphere, and doing work that’s for the betterment of others (for example), than knowing your duties.
  3. Action. Don’t just sit on your duff, waiting for change to come to you. Try things! Even if they’re not right in the end, this process of elimination narrows down the possibilities to bring in what you truly desire.

Sometimes we need more personal support to make this happen. Please contact me if you’d like personal help with creating transformation in your life – we can schedule time to chat, free of charge, to look at how to move things in a wonderful new direction.

Regardless of your religious orientation, background or beliefs, may the  story of Passover inspire you to reexamine what needs to transform within your life, and find greater freedom, joy and vivacity wherever you go, and whatever you do.

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How much persistence do you have when things are tough? You want to attract into your life something new? Great. How much do you call upon something greater – and continue to move forward even when there’s no sign of change?

Midrash (the oral learning tradition of the Jews) says that Red Sea didn’t simply part. Not until the Jews were so deep into the water that the water was literally up to their noses – not until then – did the seas part and allow the Jewish people to cross. Now that’s dedication.

If you want radical transformation in your life, the most important element is trust. Envision what you truly desire, and hold steadfast. Of course, it’s essential to make sure that what we desire is aligned with what’s in our highest good. But if so, we must hold steadfast.

Part 3: The three essential components needed for radical transformation to happen.

Sometimes it feels like we’re just stuck. Things have been as they are, and try as you might, nothing budges. (Even if you’re trying to use the Law of Attraction.) Or, perhaps something small does come about, but it’s so incremental that we don’t feel like we’re moving forward. Contextualize this, now, within Passover.

It took a leader – Moses – who was willing to let go of absolutely every privilege and possession. It required a lot of prayer, turning things over to something greater than an individual human being (or, even a people). And it took multiple actions from God – ten horrific plagues – for the Egyptian Pharaoh to relent and let the Jewish people be free.

Not only that – once Pharaoh had a change of heart, it required the Divine to part the Red Sea to assist the fleeing Hebrew people.

A lot of effort, nu?

Part 2: radical change requires radical trust

You do not need to be thinner, smarter, faster or funnier. Salvation does not reside in imitating anyone else, no matter how popular or cool or rich or powerful they may seem. All you need to live happily is to listen to the beat of your own unique drum, which only you can hear. Follow it, even if it seems to take you to the ends of the earth. You have no choice; that is your journey.  You can live it, or choose a life of death and pretend. There is no in-between. Your soul is calling, and the world desperately needs you to fulfill what you were born to create.

Jonathan Bender

O Inspired One,

How big are you willing to dream? How huge are you willing to be? And, especially, how much action are you willing to take to make those dreams come true?

Sometimes it can all feel like a pipe dream. But it’s not. You were born on this earth for a reason and a purpose. Only you can can fulfill that purpose. If you don’t, no one else will.

That’s right – your “competition” or colleagues won’t do it. And it doesn’t matter what it is – only that you utterly, completely commit yourself to bringing it about. This is your sacred responsibility. And once you commit, and take the first steps, the Law of Attraction is like an escalator that takes you right there.

So – can you create it in its fullest, biggest vision?

Action: Write down on paper what the above refers to for you. Note down any reactions (e.g., excitement, fear, dread, joy). Ask yourself if any negative reactions are based in truth. And make a decision, now, about what step to take next.

If you want to create something, it’s essential to take only one step at a time, as the last post discussed. However, it’s also important to visualize. As the Law of Attraction states, if you want something, see it in its finished state. Imagine that you’re already living in it. Focus on how you feel. Basically, invest all of your senses, so that your visualization is not just visual, but also involves your entire bodily sensations.

And yes, continue to take action, and don’t get hung up by it not being in place yet. Just give it time. However, don’t stop visualizing everything that you desire. It makes a difference.

My dear friend Perry, a fellow life-long theater professional, has an interesting honor: New Jersey’s version of the Tony Awards are called the Perry Awards – named after my friend. How did he get this honor? For being recognized for all of his work as an actor, director and teacher? For being on Broadway?

Nope. They’re called the Perry Awards because he started them himself. When he was 11. In his parents’ living room.

His parents were in the theater, and he decided there should be local awards. So he started it. Now, you wouldn’t know that easily now, since it’s a huge annual gala. But it began with a single, humble step, by an eleven year-old.

Action: Think about what you want to accomplish. Don’t get bogged down by all you need to do, and don’t even try to execute it at its biggest scale. Do something small, and do just one little step – but definitely do it.


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