How about the feng shui of the offices; Are you making money while playing your role in this organization and its drama? What about the feng shui of your office and your living space; How well preserved is your role in this drama? Each person influences the play. Over time, the theme of the act and the whole drama can change and influence an organization's overall abundance. Would you be willing to embrace your personas and your emotions? Projections Projection Acts are part of the larger drama. Taking their name from the film industry what you see out there on the screen comes from what is inside the projector. Reframing--sometimes called cognitive restructuring--is part of cognitive behavioral therapy. It's a coping technique that you can do at home or with help from a remote therapist. It teaches you to take control of your thoughts and understand that what you think is not necessarily true. Reframing takes practice--it's like developing a mental muscle that you need to teach yourself to use over and over to strengthen it. But with consistent use, it becomes much easier. And before you know it you'll develop the ability to catch yourself in the act of creating a thought that isn't helpful. As Viktor Frankl said: Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms--to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances. This approach is a key aspect to the MBC. Mindfulness The root concept for the word mindfulness stems from the word sati , in the ancient Indian language of Pali.

One day the water changed to tigers -- tigers who were straining furiously at the leash onto which I was holding desperately as I felt myself weakening. Finally I could stand the strain no longer and I let go. All I did, actually, was to succumb to complete and utter self-pity, then hate, then love. The tigers disappeared and I found myself on top of a sand dune in a pure ecstasy of feeling. I felt as if I had struggled through the deep and shifting sand to get to the top of a large dune. Once there, I could stand on high, throw open my arms and gather in the bright blue sky and the clear, cool lake. Then I could run -- faster and faster -- down the dune, across the beach and into the cold, sharp water of the lake, plunging onward until I fell face forward and covered all my body with the exhilaration of pure feeling. Then I could lie upon the warm sand, digging myself in until I became a part of it and with it absorbed the soothing warmth of the sun. This was a real experience for me, as you well know, but it was all my own. I could watch and enjoy others running down their sand dunes, also happy and exhilarated, but much as I wanted to, I could not go to their dunes and they could not come to mine. Projection Acts happen when a person becomes the projector. The person who is seeing something outside of himself calls attention to it and forgets that it is a reflection of what is going on inside of himself. Everyone engages in this little act, and almost no one recognizes it for the first hundred times the scenes are rolled out for other people to see. Projections surrounding money are numerous. Here is an example: Several years ago Betty noticed that everyone at her firm was suddenly spending more time at lunch than they had in the past six months. One day she blew up at her lunch partner about the issue, accusing her partner and everyone else of being slackers. It turns out that she had missed a memo officially extending the lunch break another fifteen minutes because, for the prior year, all of the salaried staff had been working through lunch or staying late to accomplish a firm-wide goal. In essence, the message was for everyone to get out of the office for a few minutes every day. However, Betty had never allowed herself this extra time, claiming she worked hard enough without needing it.

Loosely translated, the word means awareness. That means noticing things for what they are without adding or subtracting anything. You observe your thoughts, sensations in the body, and emotions in a neutral way--all without judgment. Mindfulness is a process of living in the present moment. Another way to think of it is as if you are getting into the zone or hitting the pause button. The roots of mindfulness date back to the beginnings of Buddhism. It became more popular in the United States in the 1960s when Thich Nh t Ha. He wrote that the fatigue that grips many of us at the end of the workday is not natural tiredness. Instead, it's the product of a day filled with wasted thought and feelings of anxiety and worry, as well as anger and resentment. He believed that these negative mental states did more to sap energy than anything else. After this experience, I felt as if I had leaped a brink and was safely on the other side, though still tottering a bit on the edge. I didn't know what I was searching for or where I was going, but I felt then, as I have always felt whenever I really lived, that I was moving forward. Frequently I felt I was getting closer to the goal, whatever it was, and then would run away. This discouraged me because I felt it was such a waste of time. Several times I thought of quitting, but I was driven by the feeling that if I didn't find it this time I never would. I also began to realize that when I really found something, when I really had an experience, it was always when I attempted to express or keep from expressing my feelings toward you. I know that the pressure of your feeling toward me kept me working on my feelings toward you (and through you toward all others in my life). Gradually the goal or end of my search became a light which was working its way to the surface (as I worked down to it). Last week it was right under the surface. I had one more layer to remove.

When she looked back through her memo file, she couldn't find her copy, so two colleagues handed her their copies. Both had handwritten on them You deserve this! She never did find her copy of the memo. She did, however, decide to put herself on a projectionless regime, and she gave up using the word slacker. PROJECTIONS AND MONEY How do projections apply to money and creating abundance? Any time you are talking about someone else, ask yourself how you are like that person. If you realize you are complaining, take a deep breath and look at your body sensations. Notice what emotion you are feeling or avoiding, and scan your life to see if you are doing the very thing you are complaining about. Seeing other people as thieves, scoundrels, tightwads, or spendthrifts invites an inquiry into whether you can be considered in the same way. Once you realize your place in the Projection Act, then open your arms and welcome that persona and energy into your awareness and feel love for both of you. In the late 1970s, Jon Kabat-Zinn founded mindfulness-based stress reduction. Originally it was designed for the chronically ill, but it quickly became popular in business, health care, and schools. Mindfulness views negative emotions as part of the normal human experience. It allows you to experience your thoughts, rather than actively--and quickly--reframing them, as we do when sad or hurtful feelings come up. Both mindfulness and reframing are part of attitude/thought-awareness techniques geared toward decreasing your stress and maintaining a calm mind and body. Quite simply, mindfulness is the act of bringing your full consciousness to the present moment, and observing with all of your senses what's around you and what's inside you. Learning to observe in an objective way takes time and practice, but it's free and available anytime and anyplace. Meditation is often used in the same breath as mindfulness, but there are differences. Mindfulness is the act of being present in the moment, and can be practiced anywhere. If you had a pain in your knee, for example, you would notice that pain and not judge that pain.

I talked, intellectually, of my feeling of being unloved from birth. I gave several examples and tried to pin down and explain my feelings in relation to these examples. As I talked I kept getting more and more uncomfortable because you seemed to be feeling much more strongly than I did. Then I began to feel that you weren't even listening to what I was saying, but you were feeling all the things I was feeling, even more than I was aware of feeling, and you were caring. Suddenly I felt as if I had become a baby and was being held comfortably, securely, with warm understanding and a great love in my mother's arms. Then I realized that that was what I had missed and that was what I wanted now and had wanted all my life. I also realized that I had just been loved that way and that I could never have discovered what was lacking until I had experienced it -- completely. Now I could stand on my sand dune and reach across to you on your dune, my father on his dune, my mother on her dune, and all the others in my life that I wanted to love. We could all join hands and run down into the lake. However, the feeling I felt this time was one of joy, not the desperate ecstasy previously felt when I was alone on my dune. For example, several years ago I listened to a man who worked in the fraud detection division of a state agency. Over several months I noticed that nearly every observation he made about other people or organizations implied fraud was being perpetrated on someone. I was even told how stupid I was to patronize my usual mechanic, gas station, car wash, and on and on, because they were clearly defrauding me. I got to where I had to stifle a smile whenever I spoke with or heard this man speak. I quickly learned that he was not interested in any other information when I tried sharing my own emotions, feelings, imaginings, and observations. Even my sharing was tainted with fraud, according to his view. We verbally sparred back and forth until an ugly scene ensued. Then one day I learned the man had three cats that his landlord did not know about, nor had he paid the extra pet deposit when he moved in. His projections of fraud had been in full flower. Action Step