Genius is simply a matter of focussing. Law of attraction provides the rest. Abraham.
This sentiment explains why, every December, I thoughtfully choose a focus, a ‘One-Word Theme’, for the upcoming year.
It’s also the reason my newest hero is capable of something that reason tells us should be impossible.
Last week in New York City I met with metaphysician, Joseph Pierce (JP) Farrell, author and human phenomenon. (That’s him at work, in the photo, above.)
After 10+ years spent honing a divinely-initiated ability (described in his book), JP focusses his attention directly into human flesh, reshaping bodies into beautiful art.
Literally, a person walks into his New York City clinic looking one way … and leaves visibly different.
JP’s only tool is his imagination, focussed unwaveringly on a pleasing inner image until the flesh in front of him closely matches that image.
The photos of the 51-year-old woman (right) are an example. Compare the before-and-after for differences in skin tone and texture, nose shape, cheek bone structure and symmetry of the lower face. (See it?)
Last week, in JP’s office I flipped through a ‘binder full of women’ (thanks for the phrase, Mitt Romney). Men too. Each before-and-after was evidence that our consciousness has the ability to alter the physical world through focus.
(Side note: beyond the physical restructuring, I was struck by how the eyes of each person shone with so much more life and presence in the ‘after’ photos. Except here… what with her eyes closed and all.)
But JP isn’t heroic because he’s the Michelangelo of human flesh and bone.
He’s heroic because of what it’s taken for him to become that.
There’s no question JP was hand-delivered a unusual gift. But that gift was given in seed-form. JP himself is responsible for having taken that gift and nurtured it to become what it is now. He studied it. Refined it. And has built a practice, and his life, around it.
The ‘gift’ didn’t rent itself some office space. It didn’t invite hopeful/fearful patients inside, or struggle to find words to describe what might happen. Or why.
JP did that.
The ‘gift’ didn’t puzzle its way through years of trial and error, ups and downs, thrills and disappointments. But JP, the human being, did.
The ‘gift’ didn’t face unnerving emotional reactions from others. Like having a man stare, slack-jawed, before running from the room in shock and fear.
JP sits down in front of strangers. Imagines until what he sees becomes visible to all. Then weathers every type of response. Has for 10+ years now.
Being the first person to unleash our latent ability to manifest the miraculous in this way may be a gift.
But being willing to do it? In the world we live in?
And courage is what I admire about JP.
Courage is also exactly what you and I have the opportunity to demonstrate this year too.
Courage to water the seeds we each possess and to shape our lives in magical ways. Even if doing so is risky, unfamiliar or even unacceptable.
Your dream, your gift, doesn’t have the ability to bring itself into existence. Like JP, it requires you to do that.
And choosing a One-Word Theme will help.
Any word you choose will work. I’ve heard broad One-Word Themes like ‘Peace’, ‘Fun’ and ‘Freedom’. Ditto specific words like ‘$50,000’ and ‘Garden’.
The only thing that makes a word right is that it captures your imagination and excites you.
A One-Word Theme, chosen carefully, brought to mind regularly, and acted upon courageously will shape your life into a pleasing new form before your very eyes. It will sculpt your life into art.
A month ago, I was absolutely sure my theme for 2013 would be ‘Friendship’.
As backstory, most of us find our closest friends in our 20’s then move locations or drift away over time. After our 20’s, we don’t consciously replace those kindred spirits deliberately. (Did anyone teach you how to ‘date’ for new friends as an adult? I didn’t think so…) The #1 private message I receive by email is, “Thanks for what you do. There’s no one else I can talk to about this stuff”. If you were to spend the next year filling the gaps in your friendship circle, how much fuller would your life be? I rest my case. Friendship is a mighty fine One-Word Theme.)
But this morning, as compelling as the theme of Friendship is, I start to waver, and wondered, “What if I devoted 2013 to the theme Jaw-Dropping Results instead?” (2 words, not one, I know.) If I spent hours unleashing my own latent capacity to transform the flesh of real people here in my office for an entire year, what results would I be seeing 12 months from now? Malcolm Gladwell suggests 10,000 hours is is required for mastery… is this what I want to master this year?
Whichever word I choose, God, please may it require more visits to New York City. I’m smitten with that city, including landmarks like the Guggenheim Museum, which I visited, above, last week.
When you’re ready, click here for my next post. It offers simple instructions for honing in on your One-Word Theme for 2013.
PS. JP and I talked about making specific plans to help others unleash their capacities this year too so stay tuned for that news. (yay!)
And PPS. if you already have your One-Word Theme for 2013, (keener…), leave it below as a comment, including why your word is so right for you this year.
PPPS. There’s no recording here today because I’m not making any new ones this month. If you’re craving one, scroll through the Future of Aging series we just completed and find a favorite. I promise there will be something in it you missed before…