My Eulogy: By Mike Martin

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This  is a concept I learned from the revered author Stephen R. Covey years ago when I read his international best selling book ‘The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People’. Dr. Covey gave the readers an assignment to write our own Eulogy. Dr. Covey said if you want to truly leave behind a better world than you had better start with the end in mind. What do you want people to remember your life for? When people talk about you sitting around the funeral parlor that day, what will they say? What will they remember? What difference will your life make to those friends, family, and communities that you interacted with throughout your short little time on this Earth?
So, I want to start with the end in Mind! This exercise can be life changing if you truly put your mind to how you want your Eulogy to read. I have put mine out here as an example for you to review and maybe use as a starting point for your own. I am the founder of FMMission which is dedicated to those who are on a mission in this life. Our mission is help inspire and empower the dreamers, difference makers, and creators of this and future generations.

My Eulogy: By Mike Martin –

Dear friends and neighbors,

We are gathered here to day to pay tribute to Mike and his life on this Earth. As I look around I see a lot of smiling faces. I’ve heard a lot of laughter as I’ve walked around today. I see a few teary eyes too. First I’d like to read you something Mike gave me once when we were doing some mission work in the rural areas here in the Midwest. I had the chance to spend a lot of time with Mike as we built education centers and people’s universities throughout the country. You know what was interesting in spending time with Mike was that he never let all of the pressure, issues, rumors or any of the drama really get him down. We’d wake up in the morning to find something he said misquoted or spun in a certain way in the news and he’d just laugh and find a way to make light of it. If you ever spent time with him when he was really focused you know what I mean. He just wasn’t attached to what people thought. He was on a mission to change the world and he refused to let others dictate his fate. His selfless dedication to empowering the people gave him an internal inspiration that is hard for some of us to understand. We talked about this inevitable day as he got older. When he was in his seventies we still worked 15 hours a day to lay out the foundation for the new education system he dreamed of. I asked him when he was going to retire and he’d laugh and say I’ve been retired since I was 24, now I’m on a mission. So once he gave me this little speech and asked me to be sure to read it on this eventual day. So here it is in his own words, “Dear friends and family, please no tears today. There is nothing to cry about. We have been so blessed to share our short time on this physical plane together. Many of us have laughed, cried and shared in love and life together and that’s what I want you to remember today. The blessings we have shared. Certainly don’t cry for me. I have had the most blessed life I could have ever imagined and I’m very thankful for my time here and the time I’ve shared with each of you. So today please only smiles and hugs for the blessings. See I must go on now, and hopefully full circle I get to finally go home. If I must come back to the physical plane again to join the good fight then I’ll be back because we will never give up until have fulfilled our mission from God. Remember life is our gift from God, what we do with this life is our gift to God. Now after today get back off your asses and keep up the work of the mission. I love you. Mike”

Well that’s Mike’s goodbye in his own words, and I think we have to honor his wish so please dry your eyes. Actually I’d like you each to turn to your neighbor now and embrace them. Hug them. Shake hands. What makes Mike’s life seem so different was I believe the way he lived his principles. He preached non-attachment to worldly possessions just as Jesus Instructed us to do. If you ever went to Mike’s house or offices you saw first hand his dedication to minimalism. When we’d go meet with investors for building the universities they’d all pull up in Lexus’s and Mercedes, and then Mike would come up in a 20 year old car that hadn’t been washed since before he’d bought it. And, you certainly couldn’t expect to catch up on the latest news or shows at his house because there never was a TV in there. Mike’s life was never defined by society or what others thought, but what he believed was our destiny from our creator. And, that’s what he wanted me to leave you with today… He wanted his life to simply be an inspiration for you to know that you’re not a victim of circumstance but a co-creator of life. You’re not a number in the IRS’s file or just another number in the banking system. Mike was driven by his personal mission statement, and it’s the same today as it was when I met him 40 years ago. When people would ask Mike what he does he’d say, “I’m inspiring people not to live lives of quiet desperation!” And if you knew Mike he meant that. That simply was what drove him to leave the world a better place than he found it. So friends it’s with that notion that we must honor Mike’s wishes and keep this short and sweet. He said funerals are boring and people hate sitting through long drawn out speeches about how much people loved us. He believed funerals were for those left living and not for the dead because they didn’t need it. They had done their time and could now rest, but those of us stuck here on the physical plane must keep going for now. So, in closing let Mike’s life be an inspiration to live everyday to the fullest without fear. Mike asked me to leave with this thought, “The clock is ticking so you’d better get out there and live. Because one day like me you’ll be laying in a cold empty box and there’ll be no more time! Go out and live while you can!”

 

Mike Martin

http://www.FMMission.com

 

Having a Heart Filled Career and Financial Abundance.

It’s possible! It just takes a little shift…

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As an Interfaith Minister, Reiki Master, Life Coach and Intuit Healer, I am a full time Servant to the
community. This is not only my passion; it is the career that sustains my life. The joy of being able to
‘work’ your passion is something we all want, yet, our passions remain our hobbies. It saddens me to
know that there are so many qualified healers that are living in poverty or at the very least, keeping full
time J.O.B.s that do not allow them the time to grow their passionate and personal businesses.
Many ‘healers’ seem to have a problem bridging the gap between finances and healing. These people
have taken the appropriate courses to be certified. They’ve paid the money to be taught. Yet, they fall
short when it comes to asking for money for their own well earned titles. It is a problem that runs
rampant within the healing community. There is a deep rooted belief that one cannot mix business with
the pleasure of serving in a Spiritual or Wholistic way. Seems to me there are old paradigms, actually,
ancient tapes that are playing over and over again in our minds and of course that means these thoughts
are embedded in our DNA. Here are just some of these ancient idioms.

*Give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar, and give to God what belongs to God.
*Money is the root of all of evil
*No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted
to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money. …The list goes on and on.

These are biblical statements. They are words said thousands of years ago, interpreted and
misinterpreted many times over and they still hold us back from receiving the abundance we desire and
deserve. As Life Coach to many in the healing/spiritual professions, I often hear how difficult it is to
request payment for services rendered. From Reiki practitioners to Psychics, Interfaith Ministers to
Shamans, the same issue keeps coming up. “I don’t want people to think I am greedy” or “I don’t want
people to think I’m not coming from a place of love” or “I’m uncomfortable putting a price on my
service.” One of the most popular is, “It’s not about the money.” Yet, we want to work at only one
thing. We want our days to be filled sharing our gifts with others. It is what fills our hearts and souls and
we never tire of it! We want to share our talents and we want to live comfortably as well! This means
we have to break old tradition. This means we have to embody a new paradigm about money. We have
to stretch past our comfort zone. Breaking through old paradigms is what we teach others to do. How
can we assist others in being all they can be if we cannot walk the path ourselves?

Even though we are people of the 21st
century, we are still believing and acting like the people of a
different, long ago era. And it’s not just a Judeo Christian belief. In India, holy men are taught to beg
rather than to charge a fee. Houses of Worship, in all Traditions, more than 95% of the time, fall under
the ‘non-for profit’ code 501c3 meaning that they are authorized to ask for donations. The whole
concept points toward a poverty mentality. We use words like donations and love offerings in the hopes
that someone will see our worth and bestow the bucks upon us as we try not to offend anyone by
eagerly looking into the basket. This mentality hurts all of us. Each time we shy away from giving our
price, we solidify for everyone that the worth of our professions is small. It’s been said that the
professions that serve the community best are the least paid. Are you going to keep it that way?
here is a solution! There IS a way out of the maze that keeps financial and spiritual abundance
separate. We need to breakthrough our deep seated thoughts. You, who are walking the spiritual
path, know this means we have to be totally honest with ourselves and our view of financial abundance.
To start, find out your truest beliefs about money. You may want to ask yourself this question. “Do I
really believe that money is the root to all evil?” (Actually, although this is the way it is said most
commonly, the actual words are ‘Love of money is the Root of all evil.) You’ll probably answer
immediately with No. It’s the people that run amuck with greed and power, etc. Do you really believe
that? Sit with it. See who you are. The prophets of old had nothing. No possessions. The Dalai Lama
owns nothing. But then, there is Wayne Dyer and Louise Hay. They are rich in life as well as faith. They
all have one thing in common. They are clear on their needs and their beliefs about wealth.

Ask yourself if you believe in the system of money for the trade of services. Thousands of years ago
when we were tribal and communities were small, trading one talent for another made sense. In this
day and age, I believe that although the system we live in is not perfect, money still makes the best
sense to me to be the tender of exchange for services. And if you do not believe in the system of money
exchange, are you claiming a type of sovereignty from the system? Are you ‘off the grid’? There are
those that are ‘off the grid’ and I totally honor that as well. Is that who you are being? There is another
ancient saying. ‘To thy own self be true.’ Ask yourself if you truly believe in our system of money
exchange. If you do, then be true to that.

I realize that it is not always easy to shift your belief system. I can promise you however, that it is
simple. Start with knowing your real beliefs and then move gradually into another paradigm.
Try taking on these concepts. Know if you are being a worshiper of money or a passionate healer that
has a fee. Don’t bill yourself to be more than your worth, but certainly bill yourself. Allow people to
choose. In this world, people want to know the price. When have you ever applied for a service
expecting not to pay? Don’t be greedy. Tell people your price. They will choose to take it or not. There
is a population that will pay your price. Move on from the ones who don’t resonate with your fee.

Attend business networking groups. Hold back your judgments and criticisms and allow yourself to
learn business. See how and where advertising can fit into your budget. How are you going to market
yourself? Equally as important as getting your certification in the healing arts is getting a business
education!

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This is a different day and age. The community at large is ready and waiting for YOU to assist them on
the Spiritual Wholistic paths. The Internet and modern communication devices are at your disposal.
Learn how to use them. Look for, Find, Research different marketing plans. Get into action with that
uncomfortable side of yourself that holds you back from asserting your worth. Life is too grand to let
ancient fears hold you back! The challenge is balance. Be All You Can Be. Struggle, push past the
obstacles, learn new ways. You know the beauty of transformation. You’ve done this personally.
Now do it professionally!

Be Blessed,

Rev. Laura Tria

 

The Turning Point

Our Journey: We’re all on a journey, and it’s a big one. Our journey is leading us to a place no one has ever been. Rather than a temporary excursion that we can return from after a few days, what we hold are one-way tickets. This is a different kind of journey altogether.

We’re not just going to another location somewhere on Earth. We’re going to another world hidden within our everyday lives – and it’s the choices we’re making today that are taking us there. Together we’re barreling down the fast lane of a superhighway that’s crossing the boundaries of traditional beliefs, religions, and habits of the past. In doing so, we’re also blowing right past the limits of what we thought were possible.

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Our Destination

I can’t say for sure what our destination will look like. After the dust settles and we learn to adapt to our changing climate rather than trying to control it, after new and sustainable economies replace those that are fractured and failing today, after we embrace the technology that provides every bit of the energy we need without the devastating side effects of fossil fuels, I can only imagine what our lives and the world will be like. And when I do, I see a better place for us all.

I see a world where we’ve raised the standard of living for everyone, rather than lowering it for many in order to support only a few. I see a world where war is obsolete and using the threat of war to solve our problems no longer makes any sense. I see a world where our love of cooperation is greater than the fear that drives violent competition. And I see the shift in thinking that makes each of these things possible. To get to that shift, however, we must begin by recognizing the realities that we face and the promise that they hold.

A Time of Extremes

We’re living in a time when we can expect big things to happen – big shifts in the world and big changes in our lives. And just to be clear, the extremes I’m talking about don’t necessarily have to be considered bad things. It’s just that they’re big things, and they’re happening in our lives as well as our world. We’re living a rare era of transition. We’re living the emergence of a new “normal,” and the success of our transition hinges upon: (1) our willingness to acknowledge the shift, and (2) how we learn to adapt to it. Our globalized culture of jobs, money, markets, and resources means that it’s now impossible to separate the extremes in the world from what they mean in our everyday lives.

The crisis of climate change is a perfect example of this connection; the recordsetting droughts caused by shifts in global weather patterns translate directly into the higher prices we pay for food at our local markets. The extreme debt and failing economies on the other side of the planet translate directly into higher costs at the gas pump and higher ticket prices for the buses, trains, and taxis that take us to work each day. Because of these and other extremes, business loans have become scarce, and the interest we’re being paid on our savings and retirement accounts is at a record low. The global slowdown of industry translates directly into the loss of jobs and benefits in our local communities. These are the kinds of extremes in the world that are creating big changes in our lives. Among the many uncertainties they bring, though, there’s one thing that we can know with absolute certainty: our lives are changing in ways that we’re not prepared for, at a speed that we’ve never known.

The Key

I’m an optimist by nature. I see real reasons for optimism in our lives. At the same time I’m also a realist. I am under no illusions when it comes to the huge amount of work that it’s taking to give birth to the new world that lies before us. Our ability to successfully meet the challenges that are converging in our lives begins by our acknowledging what may be the most obvious yet difficult question we could ask of ourselves: How can we deal with the issues if we’re not honest about the issues?

Everyone Is on the Journey

A big difference between trips that we may have taken in the past and the big journey that we’re on now is that today we don’t get to pick our traveling companions. The reason is simple: Everyone on Earth is on our journey. No one can be left behind. Our world today is so deeply interconnected on so many levels that it’s impossible for the transformation that’s emerging in one part not to show up in other places as well.

A Crisis in Thinking

Change is reflected everywhere, both in the ways in which the world works, as well as in the ways things no longer work. The era of an oil-based economy, for example, is giving way to a new economy based upon forms of energy that are cleaner and more sustainable. The centralized production of our food from corporate farms half a world away is giving way to the healthy and sustainable production from small farms that invigorate local economies. The practice of creating wealth from industries that destroy our planet is giving way to socially responsible models of investing.

And as the world of the past slips away and the new one emerges, the clash of new against the old highlights another, even greater crisis, one that we all face, yet which will probably never be discussed in the popular media. Arguably the greatest crisis that we face in our time of extremes is a crisis in thinking. And our thinking is the very key to the way we deal with the needs of the emerging world. You and I are being tasked with something that’s never been done. We’re being challenged to radically shift the way in which we think of ourselves and our relationship to the world, and to do so faster than any generation in history has ever done before. Our willingness to think differently about ourselves and the world will be the key to the success of our journey.

We Have the Solutions

Fortunately, the technology to solve the biggest challenges we face has already been discovered. The biggest problems we could ever imagine are already solved. The advanced principles are already understood. They all exist in this moment, right here, right now, and are at our fingertips. All that stands between us and the new world – where energy comes from clean, abundant sources and is accessible to every member of our global family; where clean, healthy food is plentiful and accessible to every mouth on the planet; where every human is able to obtain the basic necessities to live a comfortable, meaningful life – is the thinking that makes room in our lives for what already exists in the world.

Are we willing to embrace the thinking that makes such possibilities a priority? Will we allow the science that reveals the deepest truths about our relationship to ourselves, one another, and the earth to become the passport for our journey?

Excerpted with permission of the publisher, Hay House, from the book Turning Point: Creating Resilience in a Time of Extremes by Gregg Braden. Available at all bookstores or online at: http://www.hayhouse.com.

Current Issue – April / May 2014

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