NEXT091 Energy Surfing

Posted on : 23-10-2011 | By : Lynn | In : Communication

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Energy surfing is a term I coined to explain what it is that we are experiencing when we meet, connect and build friendships and relationships with each other on line.  I’ve written about this a lot because how can you help but not “feel” the energy that is transpiring between you and another person via the simple medium of electronics…whatever electronics you are using to communicate.

It’s hard to explain to someone what that feeling of energy surfing is if they’re not already open to the many ways that we humans experience energy already.  I had quite a back and forth conversation with one of the people who responded to a similar topic I had posted asked on LinkedIn. Where he was coming from, if I understood him correctly, was that the energy that I was talking about feeling was coming from me and my perceptions.  Granted, he had a point because we’re always at the mercy of our own perceptions and feelings but what I was unable to communicate to him was that intangible connection-energy that can happen on-line with two or more people that is a partnership of energies.

Let it be said too, that when I first began heavily using email communication back and forth I stumbled into some not so fun exchanges with family members and close friends because of what was being lost in the written communication.  During one such exchange several years ago, my husband had to tell me over and over again to STOP EMAILING WITH THAT PERSON. Nothing was going to get resolved in our gritty, jerky email exchanges.  What I wonder now is if what I was experiencing was another dimension of feeling the energy of a particular family dynamic that has always been around—in action.  Brrrr, like the little snow man would say when telling the story of Rudolf the Red-nosed Reindeer.

With time, I’ve learned how to catch a wave of the emotions of myself and others as I write back and forth on LinkedIn, FaceBook, blogging and various social media communiques.   One of the fascinating aspects of gaining confidence of the intuitive abilities that I have always known is that with more connections and dare I say, shhh, ….love…., that I feel I am less inclined to need some of the kinds of attention that I used to pine for from others to let me know that I am alright.  Insert major flights of anxiety and low self esteem here.

Sure, lots of therapy and recovery from addictions and all kinds of spiritual spelunking has helped me to mature, there’s no doubt about that. But what I’m talking about is finally feeling like what used to be this bottomless pit inside of unmet needs, is being met.  Last night I went to the Texas Book Festival Authors’ Party with my good friend Nettie Reynolds of the Hartsock Agency which was held at the ab fab home of Eddie Safady.  All I had to drink was sparkling water and I felt so at home among the writers.  I didn’t feel less than because I haven’t published my book yet (which I am writing now!) and so enjoyed mingling and connecting with some of my writer friends who I really have gotten to know better because of chatting back and forth on Facebook.

I have to say though, even with all the great energy surfing that I am experiencing today I still am not at the mercy of my cellphone or the computer. I get on and “mingle in the spheres” when I want to and get off and enjoy my reality on this holodeck that I call my life today.   That’s probably one of the keys to being able to energy surf is to be able to rest up from it and restore your energy between surfs.

Do you notice the energy going on around you today?  If you surf it, how do you catch a good wave?

 

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DINK #132 Social Networking to Meet Interesting People

Posted on : 02-08-2010 | By : Lynn | In : Uncategorized

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All throughout today, I’ve had the most interesting conversations with many people from around the world who I have never seen in real life. The two SNS I use most are Facebook and LinkedIN. If you’re reading this note while it’s posted as a note in Facebook before i post it as a WordPress Blog into my website (www.sacredpathcoaching.com/blog) then you probably already know how Facebook works and have your own preferences as to how you want to utilize it.

Although I use Facebook for both personal and professional reasons the over arching precedent is business. I’ve been sober now for many years and have been around the planet long enough that I won’t be posting any photos that I wouldn’t show the CEO of a company much less my favorite Aunt Susie. For me, it’s been fun to get to know people whom I’ve met but don’t have an opportunity to visit with very much other than on Facebook. Where else would I get to see the beautiful sunrise photos of the beach that my friend who is the Chief Marketing Officer at a well regarded eco-friendly marketing company had posted earlier in the day? Sure, I get the occasional plethora of postings by someone who thinks it is great fun to tell everyone all the little animals they have in Farmville who need feeding but I just slide my cursor over to the right side of their post and “hide” it to get rid of the clutter.

As to LinkedIn, I signed up on it 3-4 years ago strictly as a business networking arena and have been pleasantly surprised by all the friends I have made along the way. So far, I’ve had some coaching clients as a result of LI but not as many as I would like to have. I keep up with LI because of the camaraderie and the great advice/suggestions that I’ve received over the years. This is definitely a site that offers me the opportunity to make friends from all over the world. I love it because of the different viewpoints and opinions that people share.

The final site that I enables me to meet interesting people is Blog Talk Radio where I have a show called “Hope 42 Day”. Once a week I interview various authors, entrepreneurs, leaders, thinkers, and “Hope Ambassadors” from across the world. Today was no exception when I interviewed Author David Heenan who is a trustee of the Estate of James Campbell, one of the nation’s largest landowners, as well as visiting professor at Georgetown University. David was formerly the Chairman and CEO of Theo H. Davies & Co, the North American holding company for the Hong Kong-based multinational Jardine Matheson. Trust me, David’s resume is wide and extensive. I enjoyed our interview immensely and glad that someone with David Heenan’s breadth and reach takes time out in his life to research and write books such as “Bright Triumphs From Dark Hours” which is his seventh book that examines the lives of ten extraordinary people who overcame great adversity in their personal or professional lives by applying winning strategies that guided them out of the darkness of near-defeat and into the light of success. Besides all that, David has an excellent speaking voice. Must have something to do with his roots as a Marine.

I use social networking to meet and get to know interesting people. I also use it to inspire people to find hope and success in their lives. I’m still a work in progress getting in here and figuring this all out and how it works. I do have enough of my diplomat/political father in me that I know that we need to be very aware of what we are putting out there for all the world to see and read about us because once it is out there, there isn’t a way that I know of to make it all go away.

For today, I’m grateful for the connections that social networking provides me and I hope you get connected as well.

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DINK #131 … And Another Thing About Words….

Posted on : 01-08-2010 | By : Lynn | In : Uncategorized

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I think I knocked upon a hornet’s nest with a question I posted on LinkedIn asking what the buzz words are of today and what have become obsolete. I went on to ask what are those words that you’re just sick to death of reading or hearing. One of the most obvious places that people get “found out” using words that have a hollow ring to them are in resumes. I suppose it is really easy to notice this because if you’ve been in a position to hire people over the past couple of years then, likely as not, you’ve seen a lot of resumes come across your desk/PC. A professional resume writer/speaker/trainer responded to the question with these terms that drove him absolutely bonkers:

* Hard working
* Perfectionist
* Team player
* Self starter
* Results-oriented

If you or someone you know are guilty of have any or all of these descriptions on your resume then short of taking you out back and making you pick a switch, go over your resume with a clear head and find better ways for describing yourself. A good resume writer should be able to help you come up with some great adjectives to amplify what you’ve done without restating the obvious.

Trust me, I know that I use a bevy of cliches and word phrases so much that since tackling this subject I’ve become highly sensitive to this character defect o’ mine. If you’re like me, use my errors to get you to the place where you can recognize your own (you know, sometimes it is just easier to see the broccoli hanging between the teeth of someone else than to recognize it hanging somewhere in our own).

Those of us who use the net, read articles on the web, blog and/or banter amongst our friends in social networking sites are receiving, albeit skimming, a lot of information very rapidly so it’s easier for us to filter out repetitive words and phrases more easily than ever before and to discern which ones we trust and which ones are just total B. S. What this means is that now however we are using our words, we are now being called more than ever before to use those words that truly describe who we are or what we believe in or what we have done as honestly as possible.

It’s kind of funny now that I’m thinking about it because it’s like this huge group of humanity are in many ways trying to connect to each other in more ways than we ever have before (to become that wonderful “ONE” with each other) but that individuation need that many humans seem to have is yelling at the top of its lungs to be seen and heard in the middle of billions of words and voices.

Ya just gotta love us one and all. We’re just so dang cute out here in the big wide world trying to figure it all out! Go forth and use your words so that their signature tells others who you are and what you are about.

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