Michael Barrett 2010 Year in Review
Well what do you know? Finally a top level domain with my own name in the url.
Do you have any idea how difficult online name recognition and first page Google indexing is when you have the same name as a professional baseball player who has an active PR company saturating the web with his stuff - for years? And the michaelbarrett.com domain has been gone since 2001.
I now feel a renewed sense of accomplishment and vitality as we move forward into 2011 - not just because of the URL either.
2010 was a pretty good year in retrospect: A bit heavy on the changes - at times - but in terms of overall life experience, a lot of bang for the buck.
How It Started...
The year began with a recently completed (Dec '09) certification as a Core Health and Heart Forgiveness Facilitator. It took several months to get the workshops launched - both a slower economy and minimal recognition with a relatively unknown modality contributed to the lack of traction, initially. In the spring and summer things started moving and we completed our first two Heart Forgiveness workshops. In June, we facilitated our first Core Health 12 week series. The results were both exciting and encouraging. As we end 2010, we have 18 active Core Health Participants going into expansion level 9 this week. We have also completed another 5 Heart Forgiveness Workshops and are moving into expansion level 2 for number 6.
Core Health is
such rewarding and enjoyable work, it doesn't feel like work at all.
Miracles do happen.
The wonders never cease as we share expansion after expansion and success after success - as participants release old emotional baggage, junk and debris and walk back out into daily life - 100 % free and clear and strong. We see amazing results in every group - too numerous and too diverse to mention.
What a joy it is to play a part in this process over and over again.
Dr. Ed Carlson has been facilitating an annual 5 day Silent Re~Treat for over 25 years - long before the birth of Core Health and Heart Forgiveness.
At the end of April, I was fortunate to attend this year's event where a rustic cabin became home for 5 days at Rainbow River Resort in Dunnellon, Florida.
Being silent for 5 days changes conscious perception. And in this environment, it is easy to be quiet because Rainbow River has such undisturbed abundant wildlife, it is truly an amazing experience. It is like an open air gigantic aviary - complete with alligators.
It is easy to listen to GOD in this place. The rules of the Silent Re~Treat include:
No phones No TV No Computers No Radio No Talking
I found it so natural and easy to adopt the lifestyle of "the monk" - the prayer, the morning ablutions, the silent food preparation, the deep rest, a temporary respite from the normal "neural assault" of daily life, the meditation and the Grace.
What an amazing experience this was for me.
Other Memorable Moments
We moved three times this year. Before we left Nokomis and moved back up to Sarasota, we spent many evenings on the beach enjoying the night skies, the rolling sounds of the surf and several full moons - often having the beach to ourselves - a mere 10 minute walk to the water's edge.
In the spring and early summer, we often spent our mornings on the beautiful, white, 99% quartz crystal sands of Siesta Key beach practicing Tibetan Rites and walking 3 miles after a soak in the rejuvenating Gulf of Mexico water.
that sharing a house with other people serves a purpose. In that experience, we also learned to achieve energetic balance and maintain a quiet mind, it requires our own space. There is a distinct rhythm and harmonic vibrational pattern - like background music - mandatory for energy expansion. "Energetic" quiet, regular relaxation and rejuvenation are no longer optional. To hear the inner voice - and understand the message - calm is a requirement, like sun to photosynthesis and oxygen to metabolism.
At a certain point, you can't not have it.
We Fell in Love...
with two Siamese cats - well three actually - and not all at the same time. The first two were formal adult feline guardians of the house where we stayed on Sarasota bay close to the Ringling Museum. They were brother and sister from the same litter - cleverly named: "Boy" and "Girl".
Their enduring link to the rhythm of nature - so prevalent and brimming with life on Sarasota bay - served us well as a constant reminder that all life is connected.
These cats became energetically tuned to our vibrations - meeting us on the dock, waiting for us upon our return to escort us back into the house, talking the whole way. They spent most waking hours in our company when not on the prowl or basking in the warm Florida sun, relaxing and recharging.
The bond and the love we developed over several months was based in a deep understanding and an energetic resonance. Both cats climbed in the car to leave with us - independently of each other - as we were moving out.
And a couple of weeks later, upon return to pick up the bicycles, Boy cried and talked and persistently followed us as we walked about the property. As we got back in the car to leave, he jumped in through the window - quite vocally repeatedly expressing both his desire to come with us and the sense of loss he had experienced in our absence.
We could feel his sincere yearning that we had come to retrieve him and revive him from depths of his lament. It was a very difficult thing not to take him (and Girl) with us when we left.
The Universe works in interesting ways because several weeks before we left that house, a female Siamese kitten found her way out of a dumpster into our life.
What an elegant, intelligent and beautiful young creature she is. Playful, curious and fiercely focused on being exactly what she is - both a natural born martial artist and a world class athlete - pound for pound just amazing.
Through careful observation, we are learning what mental acuity and the true power of focused intention means. When the student is ready...
Working with great men is a true joy and an honor.
Here I stand with two them.
In my experience both men are dedicated to making a difference in the world and to expanding the health of humanity. Both touch many lives.
This fall I was honored to co-facilitate a Heart Forgiveness and Heart Forgiveness Facilitator Training with Dr. Ed Carlson at Holos University near Springfield, Missouri.
Holos was founded by Dr. Norm Shealy, a brilliant man with an unparalleled zest for life. It was a pleasure to meet him - and his amazing wife, Chardy - like rekindling an ancient friendship.
Bonnie and Clyde
In November, we had the honor of attending opening night of Bonnie and Clyde at the Asolo Theater in Sarasota.
In person - in real life - the stars, Bonnie (Laura Osnes) and Clyde (Jeremy Jordan) are both naturally charming, present and full of life with an unusual mix of desire, vitality, aspiration and humility. On stage their passion shines through stunning voices and a stage presence magnificence. Meeting them, it was clear these young artists are destined for greatness.
It was such a joy and a pleasure to meet and mingle with both the cast and the entire creative team behind the production.
This production ran for a month and was such a success that it will be moving to Broadway later in 2011.
Mimi Bessette - our friend - played the role of Bonnie's mother. Mimi and Alexandra used to be roommates in Manhattan in acting school and it's been many years since they had a chance to see each other.
Alexandra was so pleased to spend time with a dear old friend, see the show and spend time with the cast.
What a voice.
An interesting note about that voice...
Tasha - the Siamese dumpster kitty - had heard Mimi's cd entitled "Lullabies of Broadway" a number of times before she met Mimi in person.
It was interesting to observe how she recognized Mimi immediately - and liked her - the first time she heard her speak.
For a time we stayed at Bayshore House on the Sarasota Bay. There is a natural reverence and a unique beauty on the bay.
Here is a 2:19 min video at sunset - with a western view from the dock - where we often welcomed in a new day or watched the sun set, or simply listened to the water gently lapping the shore as the tide was going in or out.
Looking south from this dock is also a great place to watch the Sarasota skyline at night - the lights, the boats, bridges and the hotels. It's a pretty view and almost seems like a surrealistic painting on the horizon.
We had our Atlas done in December and here is more about that process.
"Atlas Profilax is a revolutionary modality from Switzerland that corrects the first cervical vertebra known as the Atlas.
What’s remarkable about this treatment is that in most cases, you need only one session and one follow-up because the correction is not an adjustment, but a powerful relocation that immediately activates a self-healing and harmonizing process within the individual. It is holistic, promoting wellness and rejuvenation on all levels: mind, body and spirit."
My sleep has improved because my neck isn't sore anymore. My upper body posture has adjusted itself as the muscle tension around the neck has normalized. There has been a shift in balance of upper body strength and a significant improvement in range of motion when I turn my head from side to side.
Overall, it was a very good year - highs and lows, ins and outs. In the end, 2010 was about focus, diligence, removing glitches, stabilizing and taking a deep look at "self".
The cool part is that I like what I see - what is emerging and the expanding potential of the second half of life to come. There is much to celebrate and be grateful for and it just keeps getting better and better.
The First Decade...
There was a huge shift in my life from 2000-2010 and more accurately from 2005-2010.
As I entered the new millenium, it was a period of great personal dissatisfaction. My work was repulsive drudgery working for people who lacked integrity.
My greatest level of displeasure was rooted in a 10 year string of misfires, near misses, partial successes, the residue of a painful divorce and overall mediocre accomplishment - none of which stemmed from lack of effort or intensity.
So in a sense, 2000-2010 was a period of massive clean up, reorganization and restructuring. For all intents and purposes, I was a walking emotional and mental toxic waste dump.
Did I know this? Yes, on some level I did. Yet often that which we need to know the most and to understand - to correct a problem - is the last thing to come into our conscious awareness.
Such was the case in my experience.
For a number of years - without knowing it consciously - I took on the role of the victim. How inappropriate for an independent, masculine, yang male and what a dis-empowering state of consciousness.
"Victimhood - schmicktimhood," you might have heard me say - had I been asked.
Yet the mismatch (and inner conflict) between my authentic self and my outer self perpetuated for a long time. There was a subconscious aspect of me that was angry about the injustice, un-fairness and all of the things that other people had "done" to me.
In retrospect, it's clear that I have always been responsible for everything that has happened in my life. The victim within was only a victim by allowing it in the first place.
A frustrating aspect of this experience was that even as my inner voice knew there was a problem, the answers to:
- How can I fix my life?
- What am I doing wrong?
were always evasive, around the corner and somehow out of reach.
We Always Get More of Whatever it Is We Focus on...
So throughout the immense matrix of mental and physical effort spanning some 20 years, my intense desire for change (coupled with my underlying anger at the past events and people in my life) magnified a vibrational expression of overriding and prevailing failure and disfunction.
Here are a couple of appropriate quotes from Abraham:
"...It does not matter if the object of your complaint is about someone you are angry with, behavior in others that you believe is wrong, or something wrong with your own physical body.
Complaining is complaining, and it disallows improvement."
"...and while it is something they don't want, they are programmed to expect it.
And so, they're going to get what they expect. It's not that what they expect is the reality that everyone lives, but that everyone lives the reality of what they expect."
As I grow wiser, it is clear that this concept applies to everything. We all live the reality we expect.
And I do today. Yet the reality of what I expect has changed a lot - and continues to do so. Things are moving up and expanding and this has been a long time coming.
During the Last 10 Years...
I became a grandfather - 6 times.
On December 26th, 2000, everything I owned - that I valued - including over 400 books, my art, and my grandfather's furniture burned to the ground with the garage where they were stored.
In 2003, I fell from a single story house and broke my left wrist in 7 places. In the summer of 2006, I partially separated my clavicle and had a hard time sleeping for the next few years before it was corrected.
In 2007, I lost literally everything financially and at times thought I would lose my mind.
I had successes and failures in many arenas - business, love relationships, friendships, risk taking and education. Over those years, I developed expertise in several professions, lived in 8 cities, wrote my first book and learned a great deal about life and people.
I met so many people.
For 18 months I worked for Peak Potentials during 2005-2006 in a challenging and very stimulating position that required high output, adaptability and constant improvement.
I sat down one day to figure out how many people I met at 28 Peak events around north America and the estimate came in around 20,000. An interesting note is that number only included seminar participants. It did not include airport staff, fellow fliers, or the hotel and venue staff. When you travel on about 60 flights in a year and a half, the number of people you meet on the road and through accommodations is significant.
Add to that two cross country round trips by car, residence in 8 cities, attending an additional ~15 seminars (non-Peak) in multiple cities, a visit to Unity Village, 5 major construction projects, calling on ~500 commercial restaurant accounts and executive chefs, staffing over 40 foodshows a year, about 10 trips to Vancover BC and a 12 day Hawaiian cruise with a cast of thousands on the ship.
So when I say I met a lot of people, I mean it.
Peak Potentials was the Trigger
Peak Potentials was the trigger for the shift to change my life. When I completed my first Millionaire Mind Intensive in Seattle in late May of 2005 (as a participant), I wrote the trainer a note that said:
"I don't know how I am going to do it and I'm not sure what all this is about, but I want more of whatever this company is doing because I'm ready to change my life."
His response was:
"No matter what else you do, you have to take Enlightened Warrior Training Camp."
And he was right.
While I had no clue how, the Universe did, and within a week after I wrote that note, I was on my first working interview for Core Team in Vancouver, B.C. traveling north America and subsequently did events in 28 cities on staff and attended four events as a participant.
What a game changer and what an exciting period of expansion and growth.
One of my greatest shifts came through facing my biggest fear during Train the Trainer 1 Certification and what a difference that has made in my life.
Core Health and Dr. Ed Carlson
While Peak and my personal life were jam packed with life experience over those ten years, the most significant and permanent changes have come since June of 2009.
An intense period of learning and study took place from June-December 2009 after we met Dr. Ed Carlson. During this training, extensive internal cleansing, release and expansions took place on a comprehensive level.
As I often have described it to participants attending workshops subsequently:
"Core Health is like a defrag for the energy body, the emotions and the mind, not unlike the defragmentation function on a Windows PC.
You clean out all the junk, debris and confusion, take it all apart, dispose of the garbage and recycle the residue. Then you put everything back where it belongs and reboot the system.
At that point you're back where you started before you accumulated all the emotional junk in the first place.
Everything works again and life is easier."
The first segment of Core Health is called: Creating a Solid Self. The second is called: Freeing All Relationship Dynamics. And from my experience, the names are accurate.
I loved the training and the expansions that took place on each level of instruction. In retrospect, when you complete the training, the real growth begins.
This is that once the energy starts the expansion process and the system is free and clear and operating efficiently (for the first time in many years for most of us), the end of Core Health is not the end of the expansion and improvement.
It is, instead, the beginning. Improvements continue - continuously once it has begun.
Life is different now. And as a Core Health Facilitator, my personal expansion continues as I share the process with each new group of participants.
Our lives will never be the same.
Amazing People We Met...
Grandmaster David Harris, Supreme Grandmaster Ashida Kim, Blair Singer, Dr. Ed Carlson, Dr. Norm Shealy, Jim Trider, Dr. Ali Tahiri, Marshall Thurber, T. Harv Eker, former lead trainer for Peak, David Wood, Daniel Kempling, Aaron Huey, Jeff Alexander, all the real estate and internet marketing greats too numerous to mention, all of our Peak friends and the ever growing extended family of Core Health and Heart Forgiveness Facilitators and participants and all of our amazing family at Ananda, Palo Alto - all of whom are a new kind of friend based on a bond within the energy field itself - a bond for life that is ever expanding.
The list goes on and on.
What a blessing to be alive in 2011 as the wonder of life begins to expand to its fullest potential moving forward into unlimited and unknown opportunity and growth.
I offer my sincere gratitude to all of the teachers who have appeared - and continue to appear - in my life and to all who have chosen to mentor me and guide me in the right direction.
Thank you all.
God Bless mankind and the expansion of human consciousness. God Bless my children and their children. God Bless my wife, all of our friends (new and old), and our rapidly expanding extended family.
God Bless 2011 and all that it brings.
Life is good and getting better.