Merlin Calendar

Imagine if everything you put on your calendar came true?

It's not a matter of if, but when.

If every plan came to be?

It's not a matter of if, but how.

Here's how you can make everything you put on your calendar come true:

Reframe time

Rethink the traditional calendar and remove the 24 hour constraint. Time itself is a continuous ever expanding phenomenon, so why put up fences that don't actually exist. Time exists, but the segments we label don't. We either change labels to suit our needs, or our needs change to suit the labels we've already defined.

The only reason you don't currently get everything done on your calendar is because of the way we define time. Time itself is real, but the minutes that click away on a clock are not. They are not real because they are man-made measurements.

Think back on the best parts of your day, if not today, yesterday. I bet what you'll find is the duration of the peaks you recall were of the day were disproportionately smaller than the day itself, yet it's what we recall. We can recall a brief experience within an hour, but fail to acknowledge how the entire was actually spent.

If what occurs in the timeframe of 1 minute is more meaningful than the other 59 minutes in that hour, why do we give more weight to an hour than a minute?

In looking back at my gratitude journal, I see that many of the moments I cherish are short in duration, but long in meaning. 5 minutes with a close friend can be as meaningful as 5 hours.

Instead of measuring your tasks for the day with traditional time, use Merlin time.

I do use the clock to keep my fences up between events I'm committed to, but I don't let the thought of time itself confine me from being fully engaged in the activity within the limits I may still define by clock time.

I honor our time together whether it's 5 minutes or 5 hours equally.

You only limiting what can be achieved in a day because you've defined a day to be 24 hours.

To become limitless, make your day limitless.

A day does not end in 24 hours for Merlin. His day is perpetual. As such, time only serves to mark milestones.

Define the segments of your life by milestones.

Start defining the time between milestones (achievements), not in minutes or hours.

It's no longer how much you achieve in a day. When you stop measuring how much you achieve in a traditional 24 hour day, you'll feel a weight lift off you and no longer beat yourself up for what you didn't achieve in a 24-hour period, which wasn't anything any of us voluntarily signed up for anyway!

None of us volunteers for a 24-hour day.

If it were up to me, my days would not be 24 hours. They'd be 24 years. But a year would not be 12 months, it'd be 12 years. Give me that much time, and I could achieve anything!

Guess what? It is up to me! How we define time is totally within my control!

What is Merlin time?

One version of the fable of Merlin is that he lived his life traveling backwards through time. This concept has always intrigued me.

What happens when write others into the your life?

In this life, as creators, we are given a currency. It's similar to the current of an electrical circuit, but it's always on. Even when we don't realize it, our thoughts are charged.

What's manifested in our life is the result of the thoughts that we put our currency into.

Time itself has no value, what has value is where we allocate our time. It's where we spend our time that matters. The ideas we pursue, the people we follow, the voices we pay mind to, the words we read... all impact our thoughts.

The experiences that perpetuate are based on what you tell yourself, influenced by who you surround yourself with, where you spend your time, and what you write down. Every thought is charged by the current the resonates within you.

Tuning in

In reflecting on the benefits of meditation, I believe it's in a large part due to the unplugging that occurs.

[summarize audio notes on this topic here] My insights on mediation are capture in my writing on samatha.

What allows us to achieve everything on our calendar and complete our plans? Tuning in and tuning out. Zooming in and zooming out.

Find your Drishti

A focal point (drishti). The brain functions best when it has a poitn of focus.

What lights you up?

When we are engaged in what lights us up, our current flows freely. When we aren't, resistance to what is impends the flow of energy and we operate at a weaker voltage.

Have you ever considered where energy draws it's power? Does it come from the source or from what draws the current? Is is the light, or what produces the light? Are they not dependent on each other?

The more current a light draws, the more energy given to light it. Is this passion? What sparks passion, the creation, or the work to create it?

It's the definition of co-creation: What is created is as dependent on the creator, as the creator is to what is created.

This explains why we excel at what we enjoy and struggle in the aspects we dislike. Areas we avoid will never get our full charge, and thus we'll never function at full capacity in those areas.

Why what we resist persists.

Once you find a connection with the creation, the work of creating becomes much easier. When you remove the resistance, energy flows freely.

The source of resistance.

There can be many possibilities and I'd like to hear your ideas, but here's a few that quickly came to mind:

Let's return to the original idea. What if everything you put on your calendar came to be?

Here's a little secret. The things we get done are the things we enjoy. If not directly enjoyable, they lead us to it. We tend to go where there's less resistance. In fact, we take the path of least resistance most of the time.

Yes, there are things we don't enjoy we still must do, and we'll eventually do them, maybe not when we planned, but eventually - we'll either do them or they won't get done and we'll suffer the consequences.

My mother-in-law loved to shop. You could say she liked to spend more than she liked to earn. When the credit card bills arrived, she never paid them in full. While paying off the balance was certainly possible, it meant she would have less money to shop. Having money to spend was always a priority, until she had more debt than she could afford to pay off. Eventually, the credit cards were paid off, just not while she was still with us. So you see... everything eventually gets dealt with.

When we delay, sometimes there consequences, often there are not. Her outlook was no different than millions of other Americans and it's what keeps the credit card companies in business so the rest of us can enjoy the convenience of having them.

You should expect to achieve everything you put on your calendar, IF everything on your calendar consists of things you enjoy.

Scraps

To turn an activity you don't enjoy into what you do, simply identify where the resistance stems from.

We'll never function at full power until we remove the point of resistance. More often than not, we need to look inward to find the resistance.

But we can't push through it. You learn to dance with it. The nervousness never goes away. I fell ___ and ____.

Our efforts are hampered by something unn Instead, we spend a portion of our limited energy on precious energy is being spent on the re When we are resisting the activity, we are not fully engaged, and the current that hits resistence does not flow as freely as it does when the

It never starts well, but it begins.

Genius is not something that stems from within, it's something that is pulled out of us, driven equally by the need.

Things never start well, but they often finish well. The only way to get good at our craft is to do our craft. ~ Seth Godin

The difference between responding and reacting (https://youtu.be/kTK_-iMaOaA?t=5m27s)

It's not about talent or gifts... it's about intelligence, and intelligence can be learned. You can choose to learn.

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