Are your contributions based in resistance or co-creation? Hear Lana Shlafer and Helen Claire Harmon discuss why it matters.
Lana Shlafer is a mindset coach, law of attraction expert and author of the best-selling book Manifest That Miracle. Lana’s energetic personality and no-holds-barred coaching have been featured in Forbes, TVOne and NPR. Lana studied at UC Berkeley and the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology. She lives in Puerto Rico with her amazing husband and three magical kids. She came to the U.S. as a child, emigrating from Russia. When it comes to turning challenges into blessings, Lana is an expert, and she does it all with dynamic joie de vivre.
Tune in to hear Lana’s vibrant thoughts on:
- Why we need to create a feeling of safety within ourselves in order to feel safe being optimistic about the human future on planet Earth.
- Why she recommends asking, “what about the future pains you? Now use that as a portal into changing things in your own life. It’s easy to have hope when you are already taking action and already aligning with the solutions. It’s harder to have hope when you are aligning with the problems and taking no action to resolve them.”
- How “it doesn’t cost you anything to change your pattern of thought. Think of the plastic in the ocean and how it’s suffocating the turtles…or go out to the ocean and thank it for the life it provides. It doesn’t cost me anything to choose one thought over the other. One adds more momentum and impact: it makes me value the ocean so much I will go and do the clean-ups…and the other one leaves me powerless and hopeless. And I think we each have a choice in how we approach our mindset and our life.”
- Why realism isn’t a good standard. “Realism is taking past experience and making an assumption that it will continue…All of the most impactful people have been unrealistic because they dared to look at what is happening and then inspire themselves and everyone around them to move toward what they want to be happening. It’s ‘be the change you want to see,’ not ‘sit here and complain about the fact that things are the way they are.’ “
- How viewing pessimism as the more intellectual stance may be self-delusional: “It’s a defense mechanism, where you think you’re smarter than hope, but it ends up costing you more than anyone else.”
- Why she recommends not seeing our creative, change-making efforts as counter-cultural, which is a view based in resistance to something: “no great person … created change by trying to be counter anything. They created it because they were pro something so strongly that that’s all they saw, all they did, all they focused on. That’s what creates the kind of focused flow of energy that can move mountains…If you’re spending your energy fighting, you’re not using that energy to create.”
- Why your activism needs to be “additive and life enhancing for you. If it isn’t, then for you to delude yourself by thinking this will be life-enhancing for the planet is inaccurate.”
- Her childhood in Siberia. Having grown up atheist before she developed her spirituality, the only paths she knew into comfort were seeking connection with other people and seeking connection in nature, so nature has always been an important presence in her life. Lana asks, “If you’re not connected to nature, how could you be connected to yourself?”