Last time, I gave you a quick rundown of Trevor Blake’s Three Simple Steps program. Today, I’d like to share where I am with the program and a small breakthrough I’ve had using his program. I hope I can be helpful to you along your Three Simple Steps journey.
Not A Master
I’ll start off by coming clean and letting you know I didn’t drop everything I was doing to try his program. I think the most substantial investment I made initially was buying the paperback instead of the kindle version. Like you, I’ve been through my share of self-help nonsense and was a little skeptical for sure. Still, I figured it would help if I took it a little more serious up front and bought a physical book. For me, kindle books are OK but something about the tactile response and a physical book just helps me learn better.
I think I read the book in about a week and then just put it aside to let it sink in. OK, so “sink in” is just another of the terms we use for doing nothing and taking no action. I had no moment of insight that opened up the universe to me and delivered the answers to all my problems. No. Instead, after I started to re-read the steps sections, I realized how incredibly powerful and overwhelming the concepts can be. Trevor says it can be like drinking from a fire hose for the newbie. There’s just so much information to digest that you must revisit things (possibly many times) to really grasp what’s going on. At least, that’s how it was for me.
Back To The Steps
So, I went back over the steps. Being a daily meditator, I started with the one that would be the most familiar to me: Taking Quiet Time. I purchased an audio of Trevor going through TQT that has been really helpful. You can get this audio here. (Neither he nor I make any money from that link. It’s not an affiliate link and all of his proceeds go to cancer research.) In it, he walks you through explaining the background of TQT and guides you through a full 20 minute session.
My wife and I have also been on a media diet and watch no news and begin our days with a syndicated jazz program called “Jazz With Bob Parlocha“. Still, I have a long way to go to reduce the knee-jerk negative reaction I have to challenges and I know I’ll be working much more on this one in the near future.
I have set some intentions but it wasn’t until I’d participated in Trevor’s Magical Practice of Intention through the Intelligent Optimist that I realized I started intentions wrong. I had not done the Ecstasy Exercise he recommends in the book so my intentions were not part of a comprehensive vision. I’ll talk more about this in later articles.
My First Breakthrough
After reading and re-reading the book, attending Trevor’s course through the Intelligent Optimist and taking quiet time at first just three times a week, I’ve had my first breakthrough. Here’s the story.
My wife and I wanted to attend the theatre production of War Horse, the play adapted from Michael Morpurgo’s novel of the same name. I had not read the book and the ticket prices seemed high. What can I say, I’m a cheapskate.
At the same time, we received a mailer that had a small flyer advertising the play. Instead of just recycling it, I thought I’d try something different. I kept the flyer by my weekly task list so that I could see it every morning and all day while I was working. I also did not decide that we could not go to the play because of money. In other words, I kept open the possibility of being able to go even if I didn’t know exactly how that would be possible. I did not allow myself to shut off that outcome.
Keep in mind, I was not taking quiet time every day, nor had I set solid intentions because I had not gone through the ecstasy exercise yet. I just kept thinking that I would somehow be going and left it for the universe to figure out.
One day after the play opened, a coworker of my wife told her she had two tickets to the show she couldn’t use. Yes, I started to grin a bit but the tickets she had were for a night we couldn’t go. I couldn’t help myself from thinking “So close. Almost happened” but I didn’t give up.
Two nights later we were enjoying the War Horse show using tickets that simply materialized out of nowhere. Oh, and best of all…it turned out the tickets were actually a promotional set they got for ordering a series of some kind. That meant the financial obligation to them was zero. Our gratitude would have to be enough payment.
I should mention that we do not know people who own season tickets to anything and had no way to expect we had any chance to get these tickets. It didn’t dawn on me until after we’d seen the show exactly what had happened. I sat down to work the next day and noticed the War Horse flyer was still sitting next to my weekly task list. It was then I got a huge smile, fist-pumped and said “Yes!” This is the first “out of nowhere” experience I’ve ever had. I still smile when I think of it.
I can’t wait to see what else the universe has in store for me! LOL!
Have you had a similar breakthrough with Trevor’s program? I’d love to hear about it. Leave your comments below and we’ll talk about it! In the mean time, I’ll be honing my intention-setting skills and will be sharing more of my challenges and successes in the future.
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