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Finding the Joy in Giving

by Paula Jones

What prevents us from giving? Fear of being taken advantage of may be an underlying pattern that interrupts our desire to give. If we give our heart away, it may be broken. If we give all of our energy to others we may have nothing left for ourselves. If we give money, it may not be used efficiently, or there may not be enough left for ourselves.

Loving ourselves provides the fuel that enables us to give to others. If we care for and love ourselves, we are more centered, energetic, and connected to spirit. We are calmer, less frustrated, and we expend less energy on fruitless pursuits. The more connected we are to spirit, the more open we are to receive support and guidance, instead of feeling we are all on our own. The more abundance we recognize, the more we realize we are able to give.

The belief that we don’t have enough for ourselves can get in the way of our desire to give. We may feel that we need all of our money, time, and energy for ourselves. When I’m feeling conflicted between my desire to be a generous person and my hesitation at being vulnerable, I turn to this poem, attributed to Mother Teresa:

People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.

If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies. Succeed anyway.

If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you. Be honest and sincere anyway.

What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight. Create anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous. Be happy anyway.

The good you do today, will often be forgotten. Do good anyway.

Give the best you have, and it will never be enough. Give your best anyway.

In the final analysis, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.

~ Mother Teresa

Giving is not about seeking anything in return. Still, most of us would like a ‘thank you’ for what we give. But when we give, we can come away with having had the experience of doing something that makes us feel fully alive and acting as the person we truly are — no matter what the response. When a gift we give has a positive and lasting impact on someone, we become not just financially invested in his or her success, we become emotionally connected. When we give to a cause, we become more connected to the world. Giving, whether locally or globally, makes our lives fuller. There is freedom in giving… and so much unexpected joy.

Six Great Ways to Give:

Give a smile to everyone you walk past for the entire day.

Pay the toll for the car behind you.

Surprise your children; take a night off from all technology and spend time with them.

Give your heart by reminding the people in your life of how much you love them.

Give a donation to a worthy cause.

Remember The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein? Read that to your family or yourself tonight.

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NEW TELECLASS! “Mastering Elevators: Transforming Patterns in Every Area of Your Life”

Don’t miss this great teleclass! “Mastering Elevators: Transforming Patterns in Every Area of Your Life” will be taught by Sharon Kennedy on Wednesday, February 19, at 5PM PST/8PM EST.
There is a reason this is a favorite tool of so many teachers. Elevators help us in becoming our own best resource for pattern awareness and transformation. No matter when you did the Hoffman Process, the Elevator is an excellent tool to discover and transform patterns. Wherever you are stuck, the Elevator will help you move through it. In this teleclass, you’ll learn how to get the most out of this essential tool: from “getting a scene,” to finding the patterns in what you see, to knowing what to do next. You’ll come away from this teleclass with the confidence needed to fully utilize this tool in any area of your life.
1.25 hours. $29. Playback included. Register HERE! 

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Favorite Teleclass is being offered again!

One of our FAVORITE Teleclasses is back! “Mastering the Essential Hoffman Tools" will be taught by Matt Brannagan on Wednesday, Jan 29th, 2014 from 5PM PST/8PM EST

In the Process you learned a lot of tools. Now, what were they again? Which tool am I supposed to use when? In this teleclass, you will deepen your understanding of the basic Hoffman tools, and learn the basics of which tool to use when. You’ll learn simple ways to put the tools to use in your everyday life and transform patterns that hold you back. This teleclass is designed to serve recent graduates or anyone who just needs a little help in remembering the basics and “returning home” to your authenticity.
1.25 hours. $29. Playback included.

Register for this great teleclass now!

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Where to Aim Cupid’s Arrow - By Hillary IllickIf you could choose anyone in the entire world to fall in love with you, whom would you choose? Seriously. Give it your consideration. Out of everyone on the planet, whose love would be the most fulfilling? The most life changing? Whose approval, whose affection, whose benefit of the doubt, whose championing would make the biggest difference to you?Out of anyone - yes, anyone - on the entire planet, yours would. In fact, its your love and approval and affection, your championing, your benefit of the doubt, your healing, your blessings that you really crave.Here’s the deal. We think we need other people to love us, especially certain other people. We assign them the role of the person whose love we think we need in order to survive. We think our life depends on getting this love. Yet the person whose love we most deeply crave is our own. We’re the one we spend every minute with. We’re the one whose voice is piped into our heads every waking second. Even asleep, its our dreams we experience. Imagine your world and your life with love coming at you 24/7, from the inside. This is entirely possible. In fact, you already know what its like.In your Process, you experienced self-love. You felt what its like to love who you are, and your whole world felt different. You may have looked in the mirror and been able to see the shift. You beheld the radiance, the love, shining back at yourself from your very own eyes. From the state of self love, life changes. Colors appear more saturated. Food tastes more flavorful. Other people even seem different. Someone previously experienced as threatening may seem, from the state of self-love, more vulnerable, or in pain. Our capacity for compassion deepens. Our stress level lowers. Even traffic jams can seem less annoying.You know how to attain this state. You do this by remembering who you really are - you are your spiritual self - and by remembering who you are not. You are not your patterns. Self-love - establishing a healthy, loving relationship with your self - is a requirement for experiencing healthy love and intimacy with another. What does on inside of you sets the tone for how you experience everyone and everything else.Remember to give yourself the gift you so deeply crave - the gift of your own love. Take yourself on a date, or an adventure, something you’ve been hankering to do - whether or not someone else is available to do it with you; your company is enough. You are enough. Read the note you mailed yourself from the Process. Text yourself a reminder saying, “I am not my patterns.” Look into those eyes of yours and see your spiritual self shining back. Hug your body. Tell yourself what you really need to hear, in words only you can say. 

Where to Aim Cupid’s Arrow - By Hillary Illick

If you could choose anyone in the entire world to fall in love with you, whom would you choose? Seriously. Give it your consideration. 

Out of everyone on the planet, whose love would be the most fulfilling? The most life changing? Whose approval, whose affection, whose benefit of the doubt, whose championing would make the biggest difference to you?

Out of anyone - yes, anyone - on the entire planet, yours would. In fact, its your love and approval and affection, your championing, your benefit of the doubt, your healing, your blessings that you really crave.

Here’s the deal. We think we need other people to love us, especially certain other people. We assign them the role of the person whose love we think we need in order to survive. We think our life depends on getting this love. Yet the person whose love we most deeply crave is our own. We’re the one we spend every minute with. We’re the one whose voice is piped into our heads every waking second. Even asleep, its our dreams we experience. Imagine your world and your life with love coming at you 24/7, from the inside. This is entirely possible. In fact, you already know what its like.

In your Process, you experienced self-love. You felt what its like to love who you are, and your whole world felt different. You may have looked in the mirror and been able to see the shift. You beheld the radiance, the love, shining back at yourself from your very own eyes. From the state of self love, life changes. Colors appear more saturated. Food tastes more flavorful. Other people even seem different. Someone previously experienced as threatening may seem, from the state of self-love, more vulnerable, or in pain. Our capacity for compassion deepens. Our stress level lowers. Even traffic jams can seem less annoying.

You know how to attain this state. You do this by remembering who you really are - you are your spiritual self - and by remembering who you are not. You are not your patterns. Self-love - establishing a healthy, loving relationship with your self - is a requirement for experiencing healthy love and intimacy with another. What does on inside of you sets the tone for how you experience everyone and everything else.

Remember to give yourself the gift you so deeply crave - the gift of your own love. Take yourself on a date, or an adventure, something you’ve been hankering to do - whether or not someone else is available to do it with you; your company is enough. You are enough. Read the note you mailed yourself from the Process. Text yourself a reminder saying, “I am not my patterns.” Look into those eyes of yours and see your spiritual self shining back. Hug your body. Tell yourself what you really need to hear, in words only you can say. 

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NEW TELECLASS: “Mastering the Essential Hoffman Practices”

Join us for this restorative Teleclass! “Mastering the Essential Hoffman Practices” will be taught by Linda Newlin on Wednesday, January 15, 2014, at 5pm PST/8pm EST.

"Living your life as Spirit Embodied. That’s what practices are all about. They help us sustain and expand our experience of being present in our lives, and move us toward a life of greater joy, connection, and authenticity – the life we envision for ourselves. This teleclass is designed to deepen your understanding of the practices you learned in the Process and help you clarify and commit to the practices that are right for you.”
1.25 hours. $29. Playback included.

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What Do You Want to Do with Your Life? - By Paula JonesWhat is your passion? What can you do in 2014 to further your purpose? Finding the answers may not be as difficult as you think, and the new year is a very appropriate time to focus on what you are passionate about, because your passion is your purpose.If you are someone who has always known what you want to do with your life and have found a way to do so while earning a great living — complete with health insurance and retirement benefits — that is wonderful. However, the rest of us have been tripped up by either not knowing what we want to do with our lives in the first place; or, if we do know, not knowing how to pursue our passion while tending to the rest of our real-world responsibilities, such as families, jobs, health, and community. Perhaps it involves being afraid to take the risk to step into our purpose.There are some useful ways to get in touch with what you are really passionate about:
Ask yourself, what would you do with a month off, assuming you had all the money you need, all the time you need, no judgement or criticism from anyone else, and freedom from all responsibility?
Another helpful question to ask yourself is, what sections to you automatically go to when you walk into a bookstore? Are you drawn to travel, cooking, or finance sections?
Take a look at activities or interests that you have always had. Perhaps you have been writing in a journal, playing in a regular basketball game, volunteering for a particular cause, or serving a role in your community.
What has someone else accomplished for which you are envious? Envy can be a very valuable emotion, since it shows you what you want. Rather than react to envy by trying to tear down or discount the person toward whom you feel envy, use it to identify what goal you want to attain, and then set about to attain it.
If you had 10 minutes to get up on your soapbox and speak to the world, what would you want to talk about? Maybe you would like to recite poetry to bring the beauty of words to others, talk about a political issue to increase others’ awareness, or share with other parents how you handled a difficult phase with one of your children.
Once you have a list of answers, dig below the surface to interpret them. For instance, even though you would love to spend a month off traveling, and you regularly head to the travel section of your bookstore, this should not necessarily be interpreted literally to mean that you are meant to make a living as a travel writer. More often than not, your answers point to broader foundational concepts. What is it about travel that you love? Perhaps you love meeting new people, experiencing different cultures, seeing new places, and trying new things. It could be that seeking — the opportunity to constantly experience new things — is part of your purpose. If you love to share your experiences with others, teaching others may be part of your purpose. Perhaps the part you love most about travel is connecting with people who are very different from yourself, or bringing people from different backgrounds together. These elements are part of your purpose, as well. List these broader concepts in order to get a more universal view of your purpose.A major stumbling block to living your purpose is the belief that it must become your career. You might want to turn your passion into a paying job, but you do not have to in order to legitimize your purpose. If you want to be a writer, then writing and you are a writer. If your passion is to make music, then make music. If your purpose is to teach children, then volunteer to teach children. You do not have to quit your day job in order to pursue your passion right now. THat being say, if you would like to pursue your passion as your career, often the most difficult logistical hurdle is how to make the switch from “day job” to “dream job”. Fortunately, it is not necessary to solve this problem in order to realize your goal. Instead, identify one small step you can take — right now — to expand the amount of space your passion takes up in your everyday life. Then, see what happens. The universe has a way of opening up and showing you the next step once you take the first step. The passionate traveler may put together an itinerary focused on cultural exchanges and form a small group to take a trip. If your passion is politics, volunteering for an advocacy group is a quick way to be involved without quitting your day job. If you are interested in starting a business, joining a trade association can put you in touch with others who can lend support, networking, and brainstorming opportunities. One of the biggest pitfalls is convincing ourselves that we do not have the right education, experience, money, time, or the right contacts. Your passion is there for a reason; it is your Spirit’s way of showing you your path to happiness. Just ask yourself, “What would I do if I absolutely could not fail?”

What Do You Want to Do with Your Life? - By Paula Jones

What is your passion? What can you do in 2014 to further your purpose? Finding the answers may not be as difficult as you think, and the new year is a very appropriate time to focus on what you are passionate about, because your passion is your purpose.

If you are someone who has always known what you want to do with your life and have found a way to do so while earning a great living — complete with health insurance and retirement benefits — that is wonderful. However, the rest of us have been tripped up by either not knowing what we want to do with our lives in the first place; or, if we do know, not knowing how to pursue our passion while tending to the rest of our real-world responsibilities, such as families, jobs, health, and community. Perhaps it involves being afraid to take the risk to step into our purpose.

There are some useful ways to get in touch with what you are really passionate about:

  • Ask yourself, what would you do with a month off, assuming you had all the money you need, all the time you need, no judgement or criticism from anyone else, and freedom from all responsibility?
  • Another helpful question to ask yourself is, what sections to you automatically go to when you walk into a bookstore? Are you drawn to travel, cooking, or finance sections?
  • Take a look at activities or interests that you have always had. Perhaps you have been writing in a journal, playing in a regular basketball game, volunteering for a particular cause, or serving a role in your community.
  • What has someone else accomplished for which you are envious? Envy can be a very valuable emotion, since it shows you what you want. Rather than react to envy by trying to tear down or discount the person toward whom you feel envy, use it to identify what goal you want to attain, and then set about to attain it.
  • If you had 10 minutes to get up on your soapbox and speak to the world, what would you want to talk about? Maybe you would like to recite poetry to bring the beauty of words to others, talk about a political issue to increase others’ awareness, or share with other parents how you handled a difficult phase with one of your children.

Once you have a list of answers, dig below the surface to interpret them. For instance, even though you would love to spend a month off traveling, and you regularly head to the travel section of your bookstore, this should not necessarily be interpreted literally to mean that you are meant to make a living as a travel writer. More often than not, your answers point to broader foundational concepts. 

What is it about travel that you love? Perhaps you love meeting new people, experiencing different cultures, seeing new places, and trying new things. It could be that seeking — the opportunity to constantly experience new things — is part of your purpose. If you love to share your experiences with others, teaching others may be part of your purpose. Perhaps the part you love most about travel is connecting with people who are very different from yourself, or bringing people from different backgrounds together. These elements are part of your purpose, as well. List these broader concepts in order to get a more universal view of your purpose.

A major stumbling block to living your purpose is the belief that it must become your career. You might want to turn your passion into a paying job, but you do not have to in order to legitimize your purpose. If you want to be a writer, then writing and you are a writer. If your passion is to make music, then make music. If your purpose is to teach children, then volunteer to teach children. You do not have to quit your day job in order to pursue your passion right now. 

THat being say, if you would like to pursue your passion as your career, often the most difficult logistical hurdle is how to make the switch from “day job” to “dream job”. Fortunately, it is not necessary to solve this problem in order to realize your goal. Instead, identify one small step you can take — right now — to expand the amount of space your passion takes up in your everyday life. Then, see what happens. The universe has a way of opening up and showing you the next step once you take the first step. The passionate traveler may put together an itinerary focused on cultural exchanges and form a small group to take a trip. If your passion is politics, volunteering for an advocacy group is a quick way to be involved without quitting your day job. If you are interested in starting a business, joining a trade association can put you in touch with others who can lend support, networking, and brainstorming opportunities.

One of the biggest pitfalls is convincing ourselves that we do not have the right education, experience, money, time, or the right contacts. Your passion is there for a reason; it is your Spirit’s way of showing you your path to happiness. Just ask yourself, “What would I do if I absolutely could not fail?”

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* New Year’s Process Promotion - $705 off *Register two or more weeks in advance and receive $705 off the Process price — good only until Monday, January 13.”Our relationships with parents and primary caregivers in childhood (i.e., attachment experiences) shape our understanding of who we are and the world we live in. The quality of our parents’ (caregivers’) behavior and nonverbal communication when we were young children strongly influences our adult self-understanding and the quality of our adult relationships. What Hoffman calls “negative love” behaviors are the result of childhood attachment deficits.
The Hoffman Process provides a safe, supportive environment to identify and begin healing negative attachment patterns of feeling, thinking, and behaving in relationships. The Hoffman Process helps individuals deconstruct negative attachment patterns and develop new positive relationships. Attachment injuries are identified, understood, and the process of healing makes it possible to feel lovable and capable of loving others.”

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* New Year’s Process Promotion - $705 off *
Register two or more weeks in advance and receive $705 off the Process price — good only until Monday, January 13.

Our relationships with parents and primary caregivers in childhood (i.e., attachment experiences) shape our understanding of who we are and the world we live in. The quality of our parents’ (caregivers’) behavior and nonverbal communication when we were young children strongly influences our adult self-understanding and the quality of our adult relationships. What Hoffman calls “negative love” behaviors are the result of childhood attachment deficits.

The Hoffman Process provides a safe, supportive environment to identify and begin healing negative attachment patterns of feeling, thinking, and behaving in relationships. The Hoffman Process helps individuals deconstruct negative attachment patterns and develop new positive relationships. Attachment injuries are identified, understood, and the process of healing makes it possible to feel lovable and capable of loving others.”


Click Here to Register Now!

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Take Advantage of These AMAZING Promotions:
* New Year’s Process Promotion - $705 off *
Register two or more weeks in advance and receive $705 off the Process price — good only until Monday, January 13.
* Graduate-Only Process Promotion - $705 off *
Register two or more weeks in advance and receive $705 off the Process price — good only until Monday, January 13.
* The Q2 Intensive Promotion - $305 off * 
Register three or more weeks in advance and receive $305 off The Q2 Intensive — good only until Monday, January 13.
* InnerWork for Leaders Promotion - $305 off *
Register three or more weeks in advance and receive $305 off InnerWork for Leaders - Authentically Leading Your Life — good only until Monday, January 13. 

Take Advantage of These AMAZING Promotions:

* New Year’s Process Promotion - $705 off *

Register two or more weeks in advance and receive $705 off the Process price — good only until Monday, January 13.

* Graduate-Only Process Promotion - $705 off *

Register two or more weeks in advance and receive $705 off the Process price — good only until Monday, January 13.

* The Q2 Intensive Promotion - $305 off * 

Register three or more weeks in advance and receive $305 off The Q2 Intensive — good only until Monday, January 13.

* InnerWork for Leaders Promotion - $305 off *

Register three or more weeks in advance and receive $305 off InnerWork for Leaders - Authentically Leading Your Life — good only until Monday, January 13. 

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NEW TELECLASS TOMORROW - SIGN UP NOW!

"Living Your Vision: Practicing Intuition and Imagination" will be taught by Mary Amrita Arden on Tuesday, Jan 7th at 5pm PST / 8pm EST.

"Have plenty of ideas, but lack direction on how to achieve your vision for the coming year? Not to be confused with New Year’s resolutions, visioning is a key skill and sustainable practice. Join us for a laser-focused hour on creating your vision and setting clear goals on how to make it your reality. Make 2014 your best year yet!"
1.25 hours. $29. Playback included.

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Every person leaves a legacy. 


Thanks entirely to those who came before us, the Hoffman Process was available when you were ready. Sharing Light, wisdom and love has kept this miracle alive for nearly 50 years. 
  
Through the Hoffman Process, your legacy is transformed. We invite you to ensure this same opportunity is available in the future.   
Hoffman is poised to double the number of people we now serve. Please ensure the Legacy of the Hoffman Process at this important time. With Light and Love,   Liza Ingrasci, CEO

Every person leaves a legacy. 

Thanks entirely to those who came before us, the Hoffman Process was available when you were ready. Sharing Light, wisdom and love has kept this miracle alive for nearly 50 years. 
  
Through the Hoffman Process, your legacy is transformed. We invite you to ensure this same opportunity is available in the future.   


Hoffman is poised to double the number of people we now serve. Please ensure the Legacy of the Hoffman Process at this important time. 

With Light and Love,   

Liza Ingrasci, CEO

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