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A new type of wealth: Enlightened Wealth

Posted by Merle Levin on December 31, 2009

A new type of wealth: Enlightened Wealth

From “Cracking the Millionaire Code” by Mark Victor Hansen ( co-author of Chicken Soup for the Soul” – largest selling book series in history.)

As you know from the previous posts I have written lately, I am interested in the theory, developed by marketing genius Dr. Clotaire Rapaille,  that we are run by the imprint of codes in our reptilian brain.  These drive us to do what we do without our understanding often, as to why we do what we do. Why we do not say what we really mean.  Why we buy what we buy ( his main interest, not mine).

I am interested to understand who the driver is of my life and how to mediate this process in ways that serve my life purpose: my  Original Medicine – what I bring and what I am here to do.

These days I take note of things that come to me in new ways.  I pay attention.  Last night, as I dropped into bed after listening to the audio series of Dr. Rapaille with a few close friends,  I looked at the bookshelf of the room we are staying in and there was an interesting book, also on the theme of codes: mere coincidence or wake-up coincidence?  It is called “Cracking the Millionaire Code”.  I am not adverse to becoming a millionaire, though it is not something I have invested huge amounts of dreaming into.

This is what the author says about a new type of wealth: Enlightened wealth

“Enlibhtened wealth – hwo you earn it and kepe ti  – si draramtcilly dfifrneet than the ordriarny wlaeth we see, haer, tnihk or raed aobut.  It is whaelh whih a cpatail W.

The game of aqcurniig traditional “small w” watleh is aubot competition, the sruvvail of the fittset, and the fhgit fro the amghlty dollar.

Egtenelihnd Wtelah is a ttolaly new way of lokiong at money and watelh and psropretiy.  For Sstarts it is MCUH MORE ENJONABLYE . AND LTSAS MUHC LNGOER THAN TDAITRINAOL WLATELH.”

So, as I see it, this is wealth to support one’s life purpose, now this sounds like fun.  This is something to think about on the eve of 2010.  And I like reading  legally-dyslectic (his idea not mine) – it’s the way I usually write, only spellcheck helps me out, so most people don’t know this secret side of this writer.  Perhaps part of the cracking of this code is to let down the curtains on the secret sides of myself that I feel embarrassed about.  Mmm nice thought to end this post on.    Wqtch this blog for more…

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without concern for results

Posted by Merle Levin on December 30, 2009

Life lesson for today

Many years ago I wrote scriblets.  Dashed a few words down and sent them off on this new-fangled email that everyone was getting excited about.  I sent these little scriblets off to friends and whoevers and began to receive letters back about them.  Someone read one of my scriblets to her dying father, another translated one into another language and distributed it in her community.  I was amazed at the power of communication.  Then blogs were discovered and I realized I had lost my confidence now that the idea had become so mainstream.

So I am wondering:  will anyone read this blog I have now created?

Perhaps the real question I ask myself is this:  who am I doing this for?  If it is for me, the on I go…

This reminds me of a gift I received from a great spiritual  teacher Uranda.  He wrote, among others, a small book , called “The 7 Steps”.  My seven year old son at that time, taught himself to read from this little book, and stuffed it into his lunchbox along with Oreo cookies and home made brown bread sandwiches ( which he traded).  We both loved the simplicity of this little book.

I have used one of his steps as part of my life compass  and it has served me well in difficult situations.

“Let love radiate without concern for results”

So hey, I am writing this blog without concern for results.  Not without a keenness to see what happens though…

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The unbearable lightness of downsizing

Posted by Merle Levin on December 28, 2009

I am very interested in the work of Dr. Clotaire Rapaille who has developed clear theories as to what really drives us to do what we do an why, most of the time we do not say what we mean.  I find his theory fascinating and will try to write honestly and meaningfully about it in future posts.

As I said in the previous post ( Life lessons on living on a boat), we suddenly decided to dramatically downsize our lives in South Africa.  We spend half the year here (and the rest in Canada, our other home), and we are in the process of moving from a large rambling house in the quiet fishing town of Hout Bay, to a very small flat in the hustle and bustle of Sea Point.   Why? To reduce our carbon footprint and get simple; to live closer to my elderly parents.  I am sure Dr. Rapaille could name other, not so virtuous,  reasons for this seemingly spontaneous act of madness.

I arrived in South Africa a few weeks ahead of my husband, to view the new flat we had rented sight unseen ( affectionately named “the boat”) and somehow turn the space into a semblance of home for him to land into – no easy task in the week before everything shuts down for the Christmas holidays.  Managed to find a guy with a “bakkie” to move the few selected items from Hout Bay home to flat, shopped my buggie to bursting point for newly defined essentials – like verrrry small kitchen gadgets and a diminuitive washing machine ( at 3 times the price of a regular size one).  Picked  up the Hub up from the airport on the 24th. He was travel -fatigued to the gills,  and when I brought him back to his new pad I watched him wander the space in a daze.  This really is smaller than we anticipated.  It’s a room-for-one galley kitchen, a hold your breath bathroom and a very small living room, plus bedroom and small office.  But hey, when you look out of the window at the wide open Atlantic, churning and frothing on the rocks just beyond,  there is space galore.  That’s the key, it’s what’s in front and not at the back that matters.

So, let the fun begin next morning with a Jewish Christmas lunch to prepare in the galley.  Things I never thought about before, suddenly are smack-bang-centre.  Like since there is room for just 2 saucepans, and the oven is diminutive and the kitchen counter is unusable if the washing machine is hooked up to the taps…what to feed the some-vegetarian, some gluten free, famished family about to arrive?  A balcony BarBQ,  salads and puds –  their favorite, that’s what!  Tchik-tchak (Hebrew for instant) happiness.  Not only did we eat ourselves to the full, we gift-gave, and turned the living room into an overnight stay pad for our daughter Joy and her son Kieron after lung-bursting mattress blow-ups.  The party went on all night.

Mom, she said with a hug leaving the disasterified boat behind her in the morning after– “I prefer it here.  The energy sings in this little place”

Snip-snap-Bob’s-your-aunt, I vacuumed the entire place in a jiffie and set the boat straight.   Of course this is just phase 1 of the dismantling of a life in a big house. It still needs to be packed up and disposed of, but all in good time.  In the meantime, I am sitting on the deck of the boat (sea is calm) with time to read, to write to blog  and to thank the universe for the great gift of a roof over my head, and the luxury to choose to be simple.

That’s the operative word – choose.  I probably sound terribly bourgeois with all this goings-on about living small – there are so many people living in tin shacks in this country, so many hungry bellies this Christmas, what is this middle class woman going on about?

I don’t understand why some have and some don’t.  Why my life is so blessed and there is such suffering all around me.  It is a mystery to me.  This I do know though – that I care enough not to take things for granted, and to consciously feel deep gratitude for all that is.  I believe in Karma and cleansing the deep patterns we inherit and create in our lives.  This is what I really want to write about in this blog, the insights and outsights that come upon me.  To share these with my world.  But first, it seems, I have to simplify my life and get real and honest – say what I mean and mean what I say.  No easy task, but I invite you who reads this, to join me in the process and thank you for being in it with me.

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Life Lessons for living on a boat

Posted by Merle Levin on December 22, 2009

Insight #1:  Living on a boat.

I do not live on a boat nor have any desire to.  I am moving to a small flat from a big house.

When I am in need of resourceful thinking, I often turn to my friend Naama.  She has a wild creativity, unbridled passion for life and shares her family name and descendancy with Einstein.  She even looks like him – wild white hair flying in every direction, clear evidence of the curly synapses of  her quantum mind. If anyone could help, I knew she would.

“I’m drowning and I need some tips on living on a boat” I shouted into our broken skype connection.

Being Naama, she did not ask why? (she knows I am not the boat living type).She immediately launched into all she has to offer on the subject of living on a boat, based her love and many years of sailing:

“You have to bring your life down to essentials!” she said with a smile in her voice.

  1. You have to clean up right away.
  2. You have to be able to roll your possessions up into small balls and tuck them into small berths.
  3. You cannot procrastinate
  4. And most important of all:  if you have an argument, you need to resolve it immediately.  There is no place to hide on a boat.

I thanked her and we hung up with no further ado.   I returned to the chaos of my Cape Town house of unpack, repack and don’t-pack, and she to her small farm in the North of Israel, that overlooks the Lebanese border. Read the rest of this entry »

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