Community Is About The People Who Accept Us For Who We Are

Community is not about what we are born into.

Community is not about our neighborhood, our town, or our country.

Community is about the people we choose to be with.

Sometimes our community is in our neighborhood, sometimes it is spread across the globe.

People align with others for many reasons. Sometimes it is about a set of common values.

Sometimes it is about a common belief system.

And sometimes it is because of a group of shared experiences that form strong emotional ties.

We often shy away from community because when a small group of people know us so well it is hard to hide.

Yet we keep coming back to community because it is where we find the most support.

It is also where we find the greatest comfort.

When we are with the people who accept us for who we are without judgement, we find a sense of peace and calm that is very hard to find.

We are all part of one community or another. If you are not feeling the support from the community you are with, it’s time to find another one.

There are thousands upon thousands of communities out there. If you don’t find the one that’s right for you, create your own.

~ Sam Liebowitz, The Conscious Consultant

We are programmed against change.

Our brains are hard-wired for keeping the status quo going.

Change is death. Change is Bad. Change is to be avoided.

Is it any wonder that change is so hard for us?

Yet, we no longer live in jungles where if we stray off the path we can be eaten by a tiger.

We (most of us) no longer roam the plains in search of our next meal as we fight off starvation.

We have the privilege now to reflect on our lives, work on ourselves, and change.

Yet in order to do that we must fight again generations and generations of instincts that tell us not to.

This is why so much effort is needed, especially when we are working from the outside, in.

When we work from the inside, out, we often find our results come quicker and last longer.

Getting comfortable with being uncomfortable is essential.

Practice being open to change in little ways first, then build on that.

See the change in yourself and in others, even where you don’t want to.

Recognizing change is one of the most important things we can do to reinforce the changes in ourselves.

~ Sam Liebowitz, The Conscious Consultant



Life is always a mixed bag.

It is a mix of what we want and what we don’t want.

It is a mix of what thrills us and what brings us down.

It is a mix of people we enjoy being with and people we don’t.

The contrast is always there, yet ever-changing.

We can’t get rid of the contrast, and indeed we probably shouldn’t because we learn so much from it.

The bag will always be mixed.

The key is to focus on the parts of the bag that we enjoy, that uplifts us, and that supports us.

The parts of the bag that don’t are also there for a reason. Let’s learn from them and not judge them.

Ultimately, all the parts of the bag make up life. They are all part of the whole.

So let’s have a little more compassion for the whole bag, and know that there will always be a mix.

~ Sam Liebowitz, The Conscious Consultant

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Shame is something we don’t often speak about in polite company.

It’s a topic to avoid because it is at the heart and core of many of our challenges.

Yet speaking about shame and bringing it to light is exactly what we need to do to heal the wounds.

We get shamed as children for the littlest things.

For writing on the wall. For Coloring outside the lines. For playing with fire. For not being as good at school or sports as our siblings or the other kids.

All those little incidents add up over time to an unconscious feeling of unworthiness and being broken.

We then spend the rest of our lives running to seminars and gurus looking for the magic that will fix us and make us whole.

What we don’t see is that no one else can fix us. It’s purely an inside job.

It’s also not something that we can do overnight. These unconscious patterns were built up and reinforced over years and will take time to rewire.

The step in the rewiring process is to recognize that the shame is there. To recognize that it is running our lives in many different ways. To shine some light on those dark corners of our psyche.

Doing that in community, with a trusted group of people that we know will support us through the process, is essential.

Exploring this core issue in community also not only helps us, it also helps the rest of the community because shame is so universal in our society.

Are you ready to shine the light on your shame?

~ Sam Liebowitz, The Conscious Consultant

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Strategy is only 10% of the equation of success yet we spend the most amount of time focused on strategy.

The other 90%, the 90% that is the foundation everything we do, is made up of the energy around our endeavours.

The energy around what we do primarily comes from two things.

First, it comes from the experiences we have had in our lives and the meaning we have made from those experiences.

Second, it comes from our choices and responses to all of our experiences.

We experience life from our own particular point of view. From that point of view, we have decided if we live in a compassionate, loving universe, or a cold, dispassionate, mechanical universe.

From the point of view we have adopted, we then response to life in an optimistic, hopeful, abundant manner, or we respond in a pessimistic, doubtful, lackful manner.

Our results show us our foundation. Our feelings belie our beliefs.

If we come from a place of joy, we will have a joyful journey and joyful results regardless of our strategy.

If we come from a place of lack, we will have a journey of struggle and hard work, and our results never quiet seem to measure up, regardless of our strategy.

Perhaps it is time to spend more emphasis on our energy than on our strategy?

~ Sam Liebowitz, The Conscious Consultant

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Being truthful is not about telling the truth to others.

Being truthful is not about not telling lies.

Being truthful is about being honest with yourself.

Before we can begin to be authentic in public, we first have to be in alignment within ourselves.

How can we speak truth to our tribe if we do not even know it ourselves?

Too often we find people who will say one thing in private, and another in public.

Regardless of the validity of the statements, if we are not sharing the same message, whether in private or public, we are not being truthful.

Does this mean we have to tell everyone everything? No, of course not. What it means is that we are clear in our intent and with our presence. It means we are being the same person with our families, our friends, our business associates, or our tribe.

Our essence is what matters. Our presence conveys our essence. Our words reflect our essence.

The more true to ourselves about ourselves we are, the more true we can be to other people.

~ Sam Liebowitz, The Conscious Consultant

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Dedicating ourselves to a spiritual path is one of the most selfish things we can do.

It is selfish because we are doing it for ourselves. It is selfish because it is a solitary path.

It is selfish, yet it is something that is in our best interest to support.

It is selfish because we are driven to a spiritual path out of our own suffering. We walk the path because we want to feel relief from the pain.

No matter where we are along the path, we move forward out of our own desire.

Even though this is the most self-centered of directions to take, in the end, we all benefit from it.

The monk we support contributes nothing to the GDP. The donations we give to the spiritual organizations we support are not creating new jobs.

Yet all of the people we support in becoming more self-aware, more enlightened, and more transcendent, are all serving our highest good in some way.

For every soul that comes closer to truth shows us a path we can take should we choose to.

For every spirit that sings a little louder so more can hear it’s song, raises the hearts and minds of those it touches.

For every person that dedicates themselves to becoming better, to evolving, to raising their consciousness, raises the consciousness of the entire planet in some way.

So selfish as it might be, it is also the most altruistic path we can take.

~ Sam Liebowitz, The Conscious Consultant

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The patterns of our lives are the strongest forces we experience.

When we are young, we are open and our minds are supple.

Then we experience life. We start to make meaning from what we experience. Then the patterns begin to emerge.

What we don’t realize at the time is those patterns are self-reinforcing.

Because we see something one way, we look for that in other things.

Slowly, over time, we see that pattern so much it becomes ingrained in us.

Like a stick drawing a line in the dirt over and over again, soon that line become so deep we can’t change it.

Or the tiny drops of water that continually drip on the stone, wearing it away over centuries.

These patterns become our lives. These experiences create the grooves in our mind that are so instilled we don’t even notice them any more.

We become so set in our thinking and our being that only a true shock to the system can create a change in our lives.

That is, unless we purposely look for experiences and situations that are so outside our usual patterns that we learn to create new ones.

Those new patterns, in turn, become our new default and our new way of being.

Want to know what your defaults are? Just listen to what your mind says to yourself when no one else is around.

Listen to how you talk to yourself. Listen to the things you say to yourself about yourself.

Don’t like what your hearing? Then it is time to create a new pattern…

~ Sam Liebowitz, The Conscious Consultant

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Why is it that we try so hard to avoid our feelings?

We dampen them with substance. We drown them in drink. We stuff them down with food.

We ignore them by spending all our time on our gadgets and no time just being present.

Is it so frightful to feel that we have to come up with new ways not to feel every day?

The sad part is that there is so much beauty, so much richness in our feelings.

Our feelings tell us so much about ourselves, and how the other person is.

Our feelings let us know when we should be silent, and when we should be engaged.

Our feelings let us know when there is something to deal with, and when we are in the flow.

Our feelings are the key to so much of our lives, yet we do not value them as the treasure they are.

What can we do to pay more attention to our feelings?

Show up, be present, listen to our bodies, and feel what is going on around us and within us.

Our world becomes so much deeper when we do…

~ Sam Liebowitz, The Conscious Consultant

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Intention is not just a whimsical thought.

Intention is not a daydream or a wish.

Intention is the energy we put into an act, a word, or a feeling.

Intention is what makes the difference between creating an outcome of joy, and one of misalignment.

Intention is how we create a world and a life by design, instead of by default.

Intention is what makes our efforts so powerful and effective.

Taking the time to sit with our intentions and be clear with them is one of the best investments we can make.

Meditating on a course of action is not wasted time, it is the essential space that we need to be clear.

And clarity of intention is one of the most powerful forces of nature.

Have you taken the time to set your intentions today?

~ Sam Liebowitz, The Conscious Consultant