Fate and Destiny

Our uniqueness is the key to understanding fate and destiny.

Have you ever found yourself asking, “What is the meaning of life?” If so you are not alone. But this is not the right question we should be asking if we are looking for answers about our life. We are supposing that there is some general answer for all and that once understood gives us clarity about life. But each life is different, complex and each of us has a different fate and destiny so there can be no single answer that fits all. The question we should be asking ourselves is, “What is the meaning of ‘my’ life?” In wording our question this way we are acknowledging something important, something very obvious but unfortunately often overlooked: our uniqueness. Our uniqueness is the key to understanding fate and destiny, which each of us carries with us in the ever-unfolding tapestry of our life.

Fate and Destiny are not the same: Do you know the difference?
Fate involves aspects of life that are not freely chosen. We do not choose our parents, our genes, the country in which we were born or the culture and times in which we are living. But fate is more than this for it has also gifted or burdened (depending on your perspective) us with inner qualities and tendencies that are as much a part of us as our facial features and the body we possess. We are all impacted with fate and each of us in a different way. Too often fate is denied or ignored, which is unfortunate, for neither of these strategies works and it is only through acceptance of our fate and working with it that our destiny can be revealed. It is in acknowledging our fate and the gifts and lessons it brings that allows us to understand ourselves, fulfill our destiny and live extraordinary lives.

Destiny is hidden in the constantly unfolding possibilities brought forth by our fate and the choices we make in life including the thoughts we think and beliefs we hold. Our choices awaken our destiny and if we choose well, following our passion and inner curiosity, trusting what feels right and acting fearlessly, destiny unfolds, often in the most unimaginable ways. There is magic in life, much more than is commonly understood and fate and destiny work with us and for us when we trust them. We need not ever be concerned or worried about what will happen to us, even if our present circumstances appear dire for this too is our fate and destiny, no need to fight it, but rather we trust ourselves, make good choices, act upon what feels right allowing life to unfold.
Destiny works with us to bring us the circumstances and opportunities that are most in harmony with who we are. Who we are consists of the fate we carry, the thoughts we think, the beliefs that are consciously or unconsciously at work within us and, of course, the choices we make. While we cannot change our fate we can change our thoughts, beliefs and the way we make our choices and as we do so our destinies too will change. There is no one single destiny, love, passion or true path for each person; life is much more generous and plentiful than to allow this happen and that is good to know. Take all the pressure off yourself and live your life one day at a time letting fate and destiny work together. Trust the process; trust yourself. When our fate and destiny are aligned we are sure to live our fullest life.

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The Greatest Gift of All

The Greatest Gift of All

The Greatest Gift of All

The holiday season is now upon us and I would like to wish you and your loved ones a wonderful holiday season. We are presently in South Africa as I have presented a number of seminars here. It has been very touching to be here and experience the historical time of the passing of Nelson Mandela; to witness the outpouring of love and respect this country, and the world, has for this man and his remarkable life.

It has been a very busy year for us, challenging in some ways, but eventful with many new possibilities. 2014 promises to be a very exciting year. We’ll keep you informed as it all unfolds, but mostly I’m writing to simply connect and let you know we are thinking of you.

Today, as I write this newsletter, I find myself reflecting on the many friendships and encounters I’ve had throughout the years teaching seminars, writing books and now with the new medium (new for me) of Facebook. It is these memories, more than anything else, which nourishes me and lets me know the work I’m doing is good work and making a difference. I know it might sound like a cliché but I truly am doing my best to make the world a better place, one mind at a time. But beyond the teaching and on a more personal level we make each other better and stronger by offering our friendship and love to one another. We must never forget this simple truth that it is our friendships that count the most. It is the personal encounters that bring joy and happiness into our lives. During the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, we should pause and recognize what truly is important in our lives. We must remember that nothing is more important than our friendships and the love we share.

We believe the gift of love is the greatest gift of all.

Here’s something we might all ask ourselves; in our circle of acquaintances, who would love to hear from us and be empowered by feeling the touch of our friendship. Maybe it’s someone we haven’t spoken to in years. An email, phone call, card or letter (do we send these anymore?) could make someone’s holiday season. Never underestimate the simple gesture of friendship. We do make a difference.

So on this holiday season Sylvia and I want to share our friendship and love with you. We are thinking of you.

Much love,
John and Sylvia

P.S. I would love to hear from you. You can always communicate with me on Facebook. www.facebook.com/LearnMindPower
This is my new medium for staying in touch. Even an old dog can learn new tricks.

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John Kehoe quote

Make today your teacher

Recently I had an intimate conversation with a close friend of mine who was troubled. He was asking my advice about what he should be doing with his life.

“What is my destiny? How do I know that what I’m doing with my life is what I should be doing? he asked earnestly. Finally he admitted, “I’m confused.”

He’s not alone. At different phases of our life we all find ourselves having similar questions. It is only natural to want clarity and understanding about our life.

My answer surprised him, as it may you. Forget trying to figure out what you should be doing with your life. No one can ever know these things for sure. Often when we think we know and we’re really sure we find out later that we were wrong. Instead ground yourself in the mystery and opportunity of today. Make each day your teacher and let it lead you where it wants to go. Destiny can never be figured out it can only be revealed by trusting and following what feels right.

Here is a secret: none of us ever knows for sure if we are on the right path. We must learn to trust our feelings. When we trust our feelings and let them assist us and guide us we are on much better footing than trying to figure it out with only our mind. Following what feels right is much safer and wiser than doing what you think you should be. The mind can deceive and has it’s own preferences. Be cautious if this is your only way of knowing.

Our mind alone can never lead us to our destiny but our feelings will. Our body’s mystic title is “Navigator to our destiny” and our body communicates with us through our feelings. This should point the way.

Give up needing to know and follow what feels right. This is as sure a path to our destiny as anything available to us. And oh yea… don’t forget to enjoy the scenery and have fun along the way.

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Connecting to the Energy Web:

Everything is Vibration & Energy

Everything is Vibration & Energy

The entire universe and everything contained within it exists in a vast sea of energy. We call this sea of energy ‘the energy web’ and in it “we live and move and have our being.”

This is a scientific fact and something we should always remember for it is the foundation of our reality and when we know this, we can do all things.

When we forget this, as we often do, we find ourselves struggling and striving, often unsuccessfully, to achieve our goals. Without knowing or understanding we are one with the energy web we will be lost in a maze of conflicting ideas. Stop immediately and get your fundamentals right.

Have you forgotten that you and the energy web are connected? If so it is time to realign yourself by thinking daily about this astounding. Contemplate it, affirm it, and imprint it into your subconscious.

If you desire success, financial gain, healing or anything that is important to you, you must re-establish your connection with the energy web. This is your most important relationship in your life. It’s simple; there are only two things to remember. First, we are one with the energy web and secondly, consciousness directs energy.

That’s it!

This week’s blog takeaway: We are connected to the energy web.

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Is it time to change?


I have just finished presenting the second of two Awakenings, a five-day ‘live in’ retreat that I do several times a year. I am always deeply touched by the privilege of working intimately with small numbers of people (we limit the Awakenings to 30 people). With small groups we bond together very intimately and it allows for deep and profound work. Dramatic breakthroughs very often happen for the participants.

So this week’s blog is about what is possible when we make a decision to change.
The Law of Constant Change states: ‘Everything is in the process of changing; everything in our life is movement and change.’ Relationships change, as do our beliefs, financial status, health, friends, priorities; when closely examined, we discover our life is not constant and everything is movement and change.

While for some, this is a disconcerting concept, as we often crave stability but actually this law works to our advantage when we understand it and flow with what wants to happen.
Since change will happen whether we want it or not why not co-operate and be proactive in making changes, small and large, in our life. We start with the premise that life wants change and then look at where we might make changes in our life.

This week I invite you to think about this. Ask yourself what small change can I make in my life that will have a noticeable impact for me? Making small changes is the first step to making larger changes in our life. Lets remind ourselves that we can make changes, in any area of our life, any time we choose.

This week’s blog takeaway: I can be proactive in making changes in my life.

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Practice Makes Permanent

practice makes permanent

Practice make permanent

I have just finished a five-day “live in” retreat called the Awakening with a small group of my students. During one of our many processes, one of my students came up with a brilliant quotation and I felt I had to pass it on to you.

“Practice makes permanent.”

When she shared it I loved it immediately. Usually we say “practice makes perfect” but that’s not exactly right. Practice doesn’t make perfect, it makes us better at what we are practicing. The expression “practice makes permanent” is more accurate and has two important connotations, which are both valuable to us.

Firstly, practicing something regularly will make it a permanent habit, which can benefit us. Secondly, practicing something regularly permanently changes the neurological circuits in our brain as well. It’s like we’re getting twice the value for the same effort. That’s why practice is so important and why I say “Mind Power is a practice not a philosophy.”

Practice mind power daily and it will become a permanent part of our life that can assist us in having a great life. Mind power is a great tool to help you achieve any goal.

This week’s blog takeaway: Practice makes permanent.

Next Monday: Why I call our body “the navigator to our destiny.”

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The Partnership of the Conscious and Subconscious Minds

The Partnership of the Conscious & Subconscious Minds

The Partnership of the Conscious & Subconscious Minds

Like with any good marriage or partnership there needs to be clear and regular communication between partners so each knows what is expected of them. This way when there are problems, any issues can be worked out before they become serious and cause major problems. Also in marriages each partner takes on certain roles and responsibilities. They may change as the marriage matures but each person takes responsibility for some aspect of their partnership.

Our subconscious is a partner in success and needs clear communication from our conscious mind what is expected of it. Through repetition of messages the conscious mind creates clear instructions to the subconscious.

The subconscious has no will of its own and will act upon whatever images are presented to it whether these are positive or negative.
The conscious mind is the “Guardian to the Gates of the Subconscious” and should be vigilant to make sure only the highest quality thoughts and images reach this part of our selves. This is how a good marriage works with each one playing their role.

This week’s blog take away. The conscious and subconscious minds work together as a team.

Next Monday’s blog: John is presently conducting his five day live-in Awakening program and is unavailable to let us know what he will write about. It will be a surprise.

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How to imprint into our subconscious:

You will see it when you believe it

You will see it when you believe it











We can imprint into our subconscious with two techniques, acknowledging and affirmations. In some circumstances we also use the contemplation technique, but lets just work with acknowledging and affirmations for now.

Here’s an easy belief that everyone can imprint:

“Good things happen to me.”

Would you like this to be true? Well… it will be when you believe it. Whatever we affirm, acknowledge and contemplate, will eventually imprint into the subconscious and become a belief for us if we regularly use these techniques.

When repeated and acknowledged regularly, this idea will be picked up by the subconscious and begin producing results in our life. It will eventually become a belief for us and create ‘good things.’

Here’s how we imprint this belief into our subconscious:
Start repeating the statement ‘Good things happen to me’ as an affirmation whenever possible, many times a day, and equally important, acknowledge everything good that happens to you each day, starting with the most simple basic things like making a traffic light or finding something special you like for lunch. Look for and acknowledge good things every day whether they are small or large and in this way you are building up a pattern. Make it a habit and have fun with it. By acknowledging and repeating this statement regularly you will come to recognize and eventually believe that indeed “Good things happen to me.”

Then the real excitement begins. Once this belief has been accepted by our subconscious it begins bringing new circumstances to us in our life. It’s really that simple. We get to create our lives by what we think and believe. It’s up to us; our thoughts and beliefs are our responsibility.

This week’s blog takeaway: The subconscious is my engine of success and I can imprint whatever I choose into it.

Next Monday: More insights on how the subconscious can be our partner in success.

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Our subconscious is the part of us that communicates directly to the energy web of our reality. The subconscious acts as a catalyst, attracting from millions of possibilities, the circumstances that most match the patterns and vibrations, which we are constantly sending out through our thoughts and beliefs.

Our subconscious needs very clear messages if we wish it to work for us. Through clarity and repetition we imprint whatever beliefs we want to see manifested, directly into our subconscious. The subconscious will work for us day and night according to the patterns it has gathered and this is why we call it ‘The Engine of our success.’

Our beliefs, when concentrated upon, become energy patterns, vibrating in our subconscious, attracting to us the conditions, circumstances and events that are in resonance with the energy of each particular belief.

This means ‘It matters absolutely what we believe.’

New beliefs are easily imprinted into the subconscious and we can do this whenever we choose. If we want success beliefs working for us we need to convey them to the subconscious through the technique of imprinting.

This week’s blog takeaway: The subconscious is my engine of success.

Next Monday. How to effectively imprint into the subconscious.

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Want to be successful and achieve your goals? Get your subconscious working for you day and night.

Actually our subconscious is designed to work for us day and night, in fact it never stops working for us but it can only work with what reside within it. We are required to supply its input.

Our subconscious is our engine of success and it is our responsibility to imprint positive and supporting images to it. These will be the images and patterns it will work with. Unfortunately, most people forget this step on their path to success. As a result their desires are often sabotaged by the conflicting images their subconscious holds. Make sure this is not happening to you.

For example if you want to be financially successful but believe that you are incapable of doing this, that there are no opportunities for this to happen or that everything is conspiring against you including the economy; these negative thoughts, if persisted, will find themselves in your subconscious and will thwart all your positive efforts.

The conscious and subconscious minds are designed to work together as a functioning team but the subconscious can only work with the patterns, which reside within it.
This is why the practice of imprinting positive images and beliefs into our subconscious is so important. As we daily imprint positive images and beliefs into our subconscious they form patterns that are accepted by the subconscious and once accepted will begin attracting the people, situations and circumstances that most closely match the images we hold within.

This system of harmonizing the conscious and subconscious minds for success is absolutely incredible and available to anyone who has the discipline and vision on how to work with it.

This week’s blog takeaway: The subconscious works for us day and night with the images that reside within it.

Next Monday I’ll explain how the subconscious manifests our reality.

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