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August 31, 2021
FINDING PEACE IN A NOISY WORLD: LA LiveStream with Prem Rawat

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The time has finally arrived, with the excitement brewing for months in anticipation of the release of Prem Rawat's latest book, HEAR YOURSELF: How to Find Peace in a Noisy World. In this warm, wise book, Prem Rawat teaches us how to turn down the noise to hear our true self.

Prem Rawat's US Book Tour starts in Los Angeles on Saturday, September 4th at 5 p.m. Pacific Time. TimelessToday will be there to LiveStream the entire event in real time, including the Pre-Show, on the mobile app and website to viewers around the world with a Classic or Premier subscription.

The Replay of the L.A. LiveStream will be available to subscribers within approximately 72 hours of the event. Translations into Hindi, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish will be accessible as soon as possible.

Everyone is encouraged to order their copy of the book prior to the September 14th release so you can start enjoying the wisdom and joy of the book right away.

It can be pre-ordered now from local book stores and others at HearYourselfBook.com

Books will be on sale at the LA event, as well as subsequent events in Miami(9/11) and New York (9/14).

"Many people will happily tell you everything that's wrong with you;
I'm here to help you appreciate everything that's right with you."
- Prem Rawat (from his new book, Hear Yourself)

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Intelligent Existence

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Intelligent Existence is a newly created educational division of TimelessToday that develops and facilitates transformational learning programs. I had the good fortune to attend a recent pilot of it in Denver on August 28th. It was very inspiring, refreshing, and effective. Am looking forward to seeing how this wonderful new project of Prem's unfolds in the weeks and months to come. Stay tuned. Will post more about it here down the road.

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August 23, 2021
Saturated with Gratitude

I am sitting here, on a Sunday afternoon, saturated with gratitude, for the presence of Prem Rawat on planet Earth. I first met him when i was 24 and he was just 13. Now he is 63 and I will soon be 74 -- and yet the timelessness and universality of his message continues. Who is he? Who are you? Who am I? Ultimately, one and the same. Like he says, "I want you to have the same experience I am having." For those of you who assume that having a teacher/mentor/guide/master is unnecessary and a diminishing of your own sovereignty, power, and individuality, i say this: If you see a double rainbow and look up, does that diminish who you are? If you see a full moon and feel inspired, does that diminish who you are? If you love someone and seek more of their presence in your life, does that diminish who you are? In the end, my friend (or is it the beginning?), life is all about waking up and savoring this very moment, free of concepts, projections, and fear. Each of us, of course, is walking our own path. Each of us has our own vernacular, story, and sensibilities. So be it. And yet, at the core of all our journeys abides the same basic thirst for what is real, timeless, and changeless. That experience is available to each and everyone of us, regardless of our our philosophy, politics, religion, karma, vaccination status, or astrological signs. HERE. NOW. ALWAYS. We are never more than a breath away from enjoying this realization.

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August 18, 2021
INSIDE PEACE: The Movie, Now Available for Online Viewing!

Big thanks to Cynthia Fitzpatrick, Rosie Lee, Roberto and Chantal Piriz, and the entire crew of committed peeps who put this wonderful documentary together. Super inspiring. People in prison actually finding inner peace. Wow! Spread the word!

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August 17, 2021
Freedom Bird

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August 16, 2021
In Honor of David Andersen

God bless Tim Hain for this beautiful tribute to David Andersen, a long time friend and brother who passed away a few weeks ago. Treasure every moment, ladies and gentlemen. We are here for just a little while.

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August 12, 2021
The Year of Living Creatively

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"The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are." - Joseph Campbell

During the past 50 years, quite a few researchers, social scientists, and psychologists have written passionately about the creative process, offering a number of models to help clarify its various stages. All of their models are deeply considered and relatively easy to understand. The best model I've encountered, however, is one that was never conceived to explain the creative process, but the archetypal human adventure we are all on -- a model conceived by the extraordinary mythologist Joseph Campbell, author of The Hero With a Thousand Faces and The Power of Myth.

Campbell's original Hero's Journey model consisted of 17 stages. At the risk of oversimplifying Campbell's construct, I offer you, below, a modified version of it -- one that captures the essence of Campbell's wisdom and is much easier to remember -- a kind of GPS for your creative process.

What I like about the Hero's Journey model is that it accurately describes the process human beings go through when attempting to create anything truly meaningful to them. In my experience, the creative process is very much a classical hero's journey. The more we understand the nature of that journey, the better our chances of actually embracing, enjoying, and completing it. Are you ready?

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1. THE CALL TO JOURNEY: Have you ever felt called -- like the universe itself, was tapping you on the shoulder to get your attention -- that there was something for you to DO that absolutely HAD to be done and that if you DIDN'T do it you would end up feeling like you had chickened out? This calling is always preceded, according to Campbell, by some kind of disruption -- the end of the status quo and the recognition, as Dorothy in the Wizard of OZ so memorably stated that, "Toto, we're not in Kansas any more."

This disruption can take many forms. It can show up as a traumatic event, like a near death experience, the end of a marriage, the loss of a job, your home burning down, or Covid-19. Or, it might show up in a more intoxicating way -- like a dream, epiphany, or visitation from your muse.

Most commonly, human beings resist The Call to Journey. Where letting go would, ultimately, be the right move, we hold on. We tighten, clench, dig in our heels, cling to the past, and procrastinate.

If YOU are on the cusp of an inspiring, new project it is highly likely that you are feeling called -- that something deep within you has gotten your attention and you are now at the intersection of "Life As I Know It" and "I Have Absolutely No Clue." Welcome to the fun house. Let the games begin!

2. THE PREPARATION: In order to transform nothing into something, you will need to prepare for the transformation. There is no way around it. Farmers do this every season. Committed to having a harvest, they roll up their sleeves, plough their fields, fertilize the soil, and do whatever is needed to help nature take her course. You, too, will need to roll up your sleeves. You, too, will need to prepare for your creative journey. What, specifically, this preparation looks like is completely up to you.

3. THE ENCOUNTER: Every aspiring creator eventually runs into obstacles. Every fairy tale has its Big Bad Wolf. Luke Skywalker had Darth Vader. Cinderella had evil stepsisters. And Jesus had Judas. That's just the way it is. Or as the Buddhists like to say, "No mud, no lotus."

The obstacle is not the problem. The problem is how you relate to the obstacle. Do you freeze, procrastinate, stick your head in the sand, and eat another quart of ice cream -- or do you summon your courage and proceed?

The good news? In the Hero's Journey, allies and mentors show up all along the way to offer their help, bearing all kinds of gifts -- winged sandals, mirrored shields, magic beans, and maybe a foot massage.

4. THE HOMECOMING: All major rites of passage have some kind of honeymoon period associated with them -- the intoxication phase when everything is new and our lives are animated by the energy of anything is possible. That's a good thing. It keeps us in the game and provides the fuel we need to keep on trucking. Eventually, however, this phase comes to an end. The buzz wears off. Holy Grail having been discovered, head of the Minotaur having been decapitated, we need to integrate what we've learned. We need to sustain the effort on a daily basis -- the "chopping wood and carrying water" phase of life when we practice what we've preached (or what's been preached to us).

In Joseph Campbell's taxonomy of life, this is known as The Homecoming -- the part of the process when the hero, after all kinds of adventures, gets the chance to LIVE their wisdom. The mountain has been climbed. Now it's time to do the laundry with the same consciousness that received the Ten Commandments the week before.

5. THE TELLING OF THE TALE: Storytelling is our species' most powerful way of sharing what it knows -- a form of communication that has been going on forever. Indeed, neuroscientists tell us that human beings are hard-wired for storytelling. It's what we do and how we do it -- translating our life experiences into a form that not only attracts attention, but delivers our message in the most memorable way possible -- the message of what we've learned... and what we know... and what will be useful for other people to consider as they continue on their journey -- or, perhaps, return from one.

The Telling of the Tale is the final stage of the Hero's Journey and, for those of us attempting to unleash our creativity -- a way to clarify our wisdom and be of service to others at the same time. YOU, as someone on the journey will not only be on the receiving end of many tales, you will also be the teller of tales -- the deep expression of what you've learned along the way. Your insights. Your moments of truth. And, ultimately, your wisdom. And all in service to the greater good.

If you are on the cusp of creating something wonderful and realize you can use some help along the way, you might be interested in enrolling in The Year of Living Creatively, a two-month, online course I have decided for anyone attempting the seemingly impossible.

"A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself." - Joseph Campbell

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If you would like more information about the course, feel free to email me: mitch@ideachampions.com

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August 11, 2021
On Simplicity

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"Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated." -- Confucius

"If you can't explain it to a six-year old, you don't understand it yourself." -- Albert Einstein

"It is not a daily increase, but a daily decrease. Hack away at the inessentials." -- Bruce Lee

"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication." -- Leonardo da Vinci

"The more simple we are, the more complete we become." -- August Rodin

"Any darn fool can make something complex; it takes a genius to make something simple." -- Pete Seeger

"Beware the barrenness of a busy life." -- Socrates

"Be content with what you have, rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you." -- Lao Tzu

"Everything should be made as simple as possible, but no simpler." -- Albert Einstein

"Simplify. Simplify. Simplify." -- Henry David Thoreau

"Simplicity is the final achievement. After one has played a vast quantity of notes and more notes, it is simplicity that emerges as the crowning reward of art." -- Frederic Chopin

"The less you have, the less you have to worry about." -- Buddha

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August 04, 2021
The Umbrella

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August 02, 2021
What Makes You Truly Happy?

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Welcome to Mitch Ditkoff's blog about what's really important in this life: Peace, gratitude, love, joy, clarity, and the effort required to wake up and smell the roses. Enjoy!

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