You’ve been on a self-development journey full of beautiful discoveries but you feel (and know) there is something else, much deeper, richer and provoking…
It’s not only another method or tool.
It’s a lifestyle.
A new way of thinking, of living, of growing.
I’m talking about the unique and transformational experience that is taking part in the Miracle Choice Facilitator’s Training Programme.
I guarantee you won’t be the same afterwards.
But more awake and connected with your inner power.
Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll book a pre-interview so you can get to know many of the miracles that await for you in this new journey.
I think we are moving away from the idea of meditation being restricted to a few minutes each day to becoming a ‘living meditation’ throughout the whole day.
I love that meditation helps quieten the mind and connects you to your Higher Self/God/Source. You then take that silence with you into the rest of the day. But how long does the effects of mediation last?
Nearly 20 years ago I lived in a spiritual community and meditation was one of the daily rituals. I remember one day watching two people immediately after a silent meditation having an argument just outside the sanctuary, and thinking: “What’s the use in meditating?” and “How can we bring our connection to the divine with us into every part of the day?”
I believe we need to choose to be 100% committed to learning in an different way, not thinking so much of ‘practices’ and ‘exercises’ but accepting all-day access to our intuition and our connection to Self.
When the Miracle Choice Trainers ‘train’ people to become facilitators of the board game it seems we’re just training them to learn how to facilitate a new tool. But we aren’t. We’re hoping what they experience in the context of the game, flows over into their life, until in every moment they’re allowing love to facilitate healing and express joy through them.
Maybe meditating all day long can be as simple as allowing love to facilitate our lives as we play our unique parts. In fact when we join with love we not only become the expression of love but love itself.
James Kelly for the Miracle Choice Team
The advice comes, in truth, to myself.
Recently I caught myself in a moment “without anything to do” and I quickly thought: “Wow, available time! What will I do now, what’s my next action?”. I soon realized I was falling into the trap of having to be productive, active etc etc. I chose to simply sit down on the sofa and appreciate the sky. It was so good.
So I take the excuse of the summer holidays to invite you (even if, officially, you’re not on holidays) to do less and reflect more, to produce less and just let happen, to plan less and surrender more. This way you open space for new insights, inspirations, knowledge and possibilities.
I leave you with my personal suggestions of 10 inspiring movies that can be a delicious and fun therapy, bringing great insights on your choice of perspective. It’s for you to watch in your moments of pause and also to suggest to your clients:
1. A Beautiful Mind
2. Eddie the Eagle
3. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
4. The Pursuit of Happiness
5. The Trumann Show
6. Billy Elliot
7. Wonder Woman
9. Peaceful Warrior
10. The Life of Pi
Happy holidays, happy pause, happy insights!
by Catia Vasconcelos for the Miracle Choice Team
We are all the same in essence.
However, we all have highly individualized personal scripts and characteristics. Each person has a life history and, more importantly, each chooses a different way to look at everything.
The problem is when we start comparing ourselves. We compare in many ways. If we consider ourselves superior and make comparisons with people who are less capable, less successful, less intelligent, or whatever, there is a thought in our mind that tells us that, in order for me to perceive my own value, I must denigrate the image of another. We would only do this because we don’t trust our own ability. If I trust what I am, I do not need to compare.
On the other hand, when we overvalue someone, we are telling ourselves that we should be different from what we are. And so, instead of concentrating energy on finding and developing our own potential, we focus on the idealized image of the other person, an image we believe we can never reach.
Whatever the case, when we compare, we limit our own self. When the perception of our potential is based on the other, we fail to recognize and develop our own inner potential.
How can I find my true gift if I’m always worried about the neighbour’s grass?
True connections happen when we are authentic and when we are spontaneous in what we do. Then, everything we do is genuine, and that really connects us with people.
Regardless of our profession, when we act without worrying about the performance itself, we allow our inner star to shine.
Our potential, then, manifests naturally, by itself, effortlessly. However, if we are always thinking about peers or setting goals based on other people, we limit this manifestation. Worrying shuts the field of infinite possibilities. The expectation of being in a certain way does not let us see beyond what our limited imagination allows us to.
How would it be if you trusted that you already are all that you can be?
What would it be like to let your true Self manifest without the limitations of comparison?
My heart vibrates by the mere image of how many stars may be hidden out there. Reveal your star to yourself and to the world and do not hide behind another person, no matter how much you admire them.
May we contribute to the great constellation of free and happy people who teach that this is a possible choice for all of us.
by Juliana Kurokawa
News and Insights
I find conferences an interesting opportunity to watch how my mind wants to make comparasions. Comparing one speaker to another or deciding which one I like best is a wonderful way to disconnect from them. What I now find much better is to engage my mind in finding something to appreciate in every speaker or just relax and connect with them from my heart.
When I’m speaking like I am on 22/23 July in Dublin I find it even more important to avoid comparisons. As Juliana asks “How can you find your true gift if you’re always worried about the neighbour’s grass?”
Much love James for
the Miracle Choice Team
James, Catia and Juliana
Your heart’s desire is oneness. Your will is joined with everyone. You chose love and so you cannot ever be satisfied with anything less than living your desire.
Even if you desire the experience of being a separate individual, living in a world of differences and holding onto judgements, you still can’t disconnect from who you are. Your true Self will go with you – what else can it do?
You have been disappointed, frustrated, confused, conflicted and let down as a result of desiring separation. This had to happen because your true desire to be one mind, one heart, one being, complete and loving means you cannot be satisfied with any other choice.
And, of course, your choice is powerful and so your choice to be separate will bring an experience of being disconnected from love, which is fear. You always get what you desire even though you made a wrong choice based on your desire. This is great news because you can change your choice – you just need a little help to recognise your desire.
To remember complete satisfaction you need to let go of every desire that is not true.
You need to see that the choice you made for separation, although it was what you thought you wanted, has resulted in a painful experience.
You cannot start to let go of a desire that you don’t own.
When you take responsibility for choosing unloving thoughts, you can release them. You have to look at sickness, death and pain. You desired them. They are yours to let go of. Yet you cannot make this journey back to your Self without the help of your Self.
Help comes in many different symbols and experiences. First, it seems to be a Guide within yourself that is separate from you. It starts out with an experience of receiving help from something outside of you, because you see yourself as separate. This inner Guide or Teacher will use your body, other people and all situations to lead you home to oneness.
You resistance will be great but your attraction to love will be greater.
Your desire for love is your only true desire.
You true Self, which is love, is your only home.
By James Kelly
Often we talk about the choice you make for fear as “wrong, false, untrue or unreal.”
But what if the choice for fear is perfect?
Maybe where you are just now in your life is perfect even if it is a result of many fearful choices.
The choice for fear is a perfect if you want to feel disconnected from Love, to feel alone and separate and to experience being different and in competition and conflict with others. Fear the perfect choice for all this and then you judge yourself for what you have done. You judged yourself for making a fearful choice and then project that judgement onto others. You get even further into the drama as you criticise and blame others. Then there seem no way out. And so you end up with a perfect experience of disconnection form love.
The power of you choice is so strong that had to experience what you wanted.
And when you are able to see the perfection of it you will realise that love is still there beside you.
You are not lost in fear and when you see everything is perfect.
Then at that moment you are able to decide you no longer want the experience of separation. It has nothing else to teach you. It’s over. You’re no longer caught up in the drama and you are ready to let it go. When you’re not being afraid of fear, justifying your judgements or being hard on yourself, your experience of separation disappears.
You then see a world that is perfect.
That is a miracle choice.
Do you sometimes get tired of the frenetic pace of the world?
Do you feel that things happen so fast that you do not have the time to respond to the many situations and end up reacting in a way that you regret later?
On the other hand, do the many texts and images about meditation, mindfulness, looking within, relaxation moments, cause you to lose interest just by imagining yourself doing these things and almost dying of boredom?
You might have heard people talking about being in contact with their inner guide. Maybe you imagine that this is something to be experienced only by those who are more spiritually evolved, you might doubt that something like this is possible or you might even look suspiciously at the people who say they connect with some inner guidance.
One thing is certain, the fast pace, the constant thoughts, the pressure, the rush, the stress accumulate, and you will invariably come to a point where you tell yourself that you can’t take it any more, that there must be another way.
You could also be thinking, “If I don’t have enough time to do what I’m supposed to do now, imagine if I had to pause every day to try to access my inner guide? This is for the people who have nothing else better to do!”
However, I believe the Spirit, your guide, the higher mind, the Greater Self, the I Am finds you where you believe you are. What I mean by this is that you can certainly find your own way to connect to your inner guide and this does not necessarily depend, and in fact, it’s even better than it doesn’t, on a ritual. You do not need to be in a certain body position, burn a certain incense, or dedicate a certain amount of time to connect with your guide.
The idea is to spend the whole day, even while doing activities, in a constant meditative state. But how can this be done?
You can be constantly aware of all the thoughts that arise and show you that you have made something else, other than peace, your priority. When you catch your thoughts and observe them without judging, it opens up a space for another force to manifest.
And your way of connecting to your guide does not have to be exactly the same as any well known guru. Guidance might be an intuition that tells you not to do something, a memory of someone who can help you, a moment when you look at a total stranger and smile, it might as well be tears running down your face because of a feeling of gratitude that invades you. You could be looking at the moon at night as if it were the first time you noticed that it was even there, or you could be in a conversation with your partner in which you suddenly recognize Who they are and love overflows.
Here is the Miracle Choice game meditation for you:
“I choose to take the hand of my inner Guide and join with Love.
With the help of my inner Guide, I am ready to look beyond any non-loving thoughts and experience the truth about me.
I allow myself to celebrate choosing miracles.
I allow myself to experience the power of choice.”
by Juliana Kurokawa
News and Insights
The Miracle Choice pocket game although similar to the board game in many ways is certainly much simpler to play, or so we thought. We sometimes have questions about the instructions. So James made a short video to demonstrate how to play this powerful and insightful game. Although most the comments in the video below are about how to play the game the video also gives you an insight into the game itself. This is useful if you are considering buying it. You can also get and experience of the game itself by playing the website APP.
Catia has also made a video in Portuguese about how to play the game.
Much love, James, Catia and Juliana
What repertoire of responses do you use when faced with someone’s pain?
What if a friend is going through a painful experience that’s different from anything you’ve experienced and you don’t know what to do?
Maybe a client can’t express their pain and the consultation seems stuck?
When the person in pain has limited awareness or is unconscious about what is going for them, then you normal repertoire of helping may not be enough. If you can’t relate to what is going on for others then you need help from the level where you are both connected.
The help you need is always inside.
Your repertoire of what to say, or what listening tool to use, may have reached a limit but your inner connection to love and compassion is always available. In one sense your repertoire is never limited but you may not always be able to access it.
Some interesting questions are:
Is there a present wisdom that you can tap into now, that is uniquely appropriate for this present moment?
Are there some painful thoughts in your mind that need to be healed?
Maybe the other person’s healing is your own as well?
When you’re in situations involving others, sometimes it’s easy to be present and receive inner guidance about what to say or do. At other times you’re faced with your own inner confusion or fear and then you need inner help.
The content of the Miracle Choice games came from recording the times when I was able to be present to myself and others, and the times I wasn’t. So the insights in the game will meet people where they are and gently guide them to their own inner connection.
So if you’re with someone who needs your help and you also need time to connect to yourself, you can play the game in the meantime. The healing in the game is for you and the other person even if you are acting as a facilitator and not actually playing. It would have to be that way if we’re all connected.
So get the Pocket Edition of the Miracle Choice Game as part of your “inner repertoire.”
By James Kelly
News and Insights
This week I did an audio recording and not a video of insights to go along with the blog as an experiment. Any feedback is welcome if you prefer audios.
James, Catia and Juliana
First of all I want to bring examples of how the word vulnerable is described in some dictionaries and, consequently, in our society: helpless, insecure, defenseless and weak. Well, with these ideas in mind it’s understandable why so many people are afraid or don’t allow themselves to feel or to be seen as vulnerable.
But vulnerability has also its beautiful purpose: to open ourselves, to accept and honour our feelings, to allow ourselves to be seen, to express how we really are and who we really are. Only then we can have a true and whole connection with ourselves, with others and with the Universe. In this sense I’d say it’s an expression of courage and inner strength to allow ourselves to be vulnerable.
With this combination of different meanings and emotions, how you do you deal then with the vulnerability of a friend or a client? How can you create a relationship and an environment of trust so they can access and heal deep wounds during a conversation or appointment?
I believe there are many ways but I believe it starts with you, as a friend, coach or therapist, allowing yourself to be vulnerable. This doesn’t mean having to get in contact with your pain and do your own therapy during the session. It means not needing to wear masks, or to know everything, or to be stronger or to fix the other person. Simply it means to be present, reflecting love and allowing whatever needs to happen. Without fear, without labels, without restrictions. This is empathy for the other person’s vulnerability.
The Miracle Choice game is a beautiful companion in moments like this. Its playful and light presence deals with delicate issue in an impartial and loving way. Using the game or not, maybe all we need is a reminder of what true compassion means.
by Catia Vasconcelos
News and Insights
We have started a series of blog posts that look at how we interact with others in casual or professional situations. This idea makes the assumption that others are separate and different from us. but if you read the articles carefully you will see that we don’t really believe that! Catia for example points out that if we are comfortable with being vulnerable ourselves then dealing with “other people’s” vulnerability is much easier. Maybe other people are a reflection of ourselves, our thoughts, our fears and our love?
Playing the Miracle Choice game with your inner guide takes you to a vulnerable place. Nothing to hide, no masks, no hidden pain – what a wonderful journey. Are you ready for it?
Until the end of this month the Pocket Game actually comes with a free online training called “You Create Pain or Choose Pleasure.” So take advantage of this before it comes down in June.
Much love, James
We talk so much here about our power of choice and how can we choose love instead of fear and what does it mean?Once you know this ever-present possibility, perhaps, you have the false impression that when you walk the spiritual path, you will be happy and joyful all the time. That because you are aware of your power of choice, you no longer have the “right” to have any emotion considered negative, such as anger or sadness. And my question to you is:
Considering all of your human aspects, do you believe this is possible?
We know that no matter what happens externally, it could never make us happy or sad. No circumstance has the power to influence what we think or feel, unless we want it do so. However, we must be very careful with our attitude of not letting anything affect us. When we are sad or angry, instead of recognising that we have given our power to something that takes our peace away, we try to hide such feelings, we make them even more real. When we repress our negative feelings, we do not give ourselves the possibility of healing.
Some situations, such as the loss of a loved one, breaking up a relationship, loss or change of job, moving houses, often require a period of grieving. Even if we know that we always carry our loved ones in our hearts, or that we will move to a better home or job, we may still need some time to digest and experience a deep period of grieving.
And why not cry copiously or go through an internal retreat of “detachment”?
The Miracle Key of Identity Card 1 brings a very important aspect of the feelings that we consider negative. They serve the purpose of showing us beliefs that are still unconscious and that make us choose painful thoughts. They are only a warning that shows us that at some point we chose to disconnect from love.
However, how can we find that out if, at the first sign of discomfort, we try to escape from this sensation and pretend that everything is okay?
The time of grief is important so that we can truly internalize, deepen within ourselves, and identify which thought is causing us pain. Then, we can truly say goodbye not to the person, to the job, or to the house itself, but to the choice of making our happiness depend on each of them, the role we gave them in our lives.
It takes a lot more courage to experience a moment of deep sadness or anger intensely and admit to ourselves our real inner state than to simply turn the page and move on as if nothing was happening.
So if you are feeling sad for the loss of someone or something, live this moment intensely, without fear. You do not have to be afraid to suffer or be angry for suffering. On the contrary, choosing love can mean accepting whatever you feel, regardless of whether it is considered good or bad.
Putting a false smile on your face and pretend to yourself that all is well when, deep down, it is not, is a choice for fear. Fear that some things are not allowed. A belief that it is only possible to love some parts of you. You can look kindly at yourself and at your process and smile, even with tears in your eyes, knowing that your power of choice does not deteriorate over time. You embrace and tell yourself that you are worthy of love regardless of your choices. Do this exercise and see how healing comes!
by Juliana Kurokawa
News and Insights
We at Miracle Choice are getting in touch with two groups of people:
- Coaches, Therapists and Counsellors who already work professionally with one of the Miracle Choice games so we can find out about more about how the games are helping and what we can do to support you better.
- We want to talk to anyone who works with individuals or groups but doesn’t use one of the games. We image there are times when your clients experience blocks or challenges and you could benefit from an innovative and fun way to work with them. We are developing tools and trainings specific to support you and we want to make sure they are relevant to the work you do.
The conversation will take place online using Zoom in groups of 2-4 people. You can reply to this email to arrange a time that suits you. Please let us know if you are in group 1 or 2. This is not a meeting to sell you something. We will be listening to your issues so that we can get clarity on how best to support you to help your clients move forward even though they are not fully conscious of what is holding them back.
Much Love, James, Catia and Juliana