Write Action Stories …

Writing action stories — what for? You may say Well, action is action. It’s silly to write about it, you have to do it! You’re right.

But we can do action in many ways, can’t we? And first of all, we can prepare it carefully before we set the first step into unknown. Writing Action Stories is one way of preparing for action. There are manifold ways to get at what we dream of. There are more or less effective ways to act and there is, accordingly, more or less effective action. What we want is to act effectively. The Chinese sage Lao-Tzu said that non-action is action. What did he mean?

We do not want to waste emotional or material resources. We want to get straight to the point. But sometimes to get straight to the point is ineffective. Sometimes it’s more effective to make a detour, to approach things slowly, and wisely, or cautiously. That is why sometimes inaction is the most effective action.

The sages say that good action is to do the right thing in the right place at the right time. For everybody who has done astrology or numerology, or is familiar with the I Ching this insight is familiar. In our culture we unlearnt through early conditioning all those principles of wisdom that humankind has kept for us, like a treasure, since thousands of years, and that we intuitively know.

Action is not hazard and yet is only to a slight proportion depending on will power. In our culture, it is often said that the will makes the man, and silly things of the kind. Macho thinking has destroyed the very root of wisdom not only in men, but also in most women in postmodern international consumer culture.

The truth is that action rarely needs to be bold and aggressive and it neither needs to be one-sided or, worse, short-sighted. True action is always ecological or holistic, following a pattern or process, rather than a single thought or idea.

A pattern consists of thought, feelings and intuitive insights alike; it’s a mixture, a blend, and it involves what Edward de Bono called lateral thinking. And action can be learned. That’s why it is included here.

Copy this page and paste it into a text file on your computer. Then write down what you intuit in your gut without getting involved with thoughts, or reflections, or doubts of any kind. Just express what you spontaneously feel or know inside of you.

Action Story 1

Your focus for this task: — Find out what you want and what prevents you from having it now. — Direct your focus on what you want. — Redirect your focus from what you do not want. — Write down your story …

Action Story 2

Your focus for this task: — Begin right now with the realization of your new way or concept. — Do a symbolic act to transform your idea into lively action. — Become aware of what it costs you not to change. — Become aware of what it brings you and how it feels to change. — Write down your story …

Action Story 3

Your focus for this task: — Go beyond your limits. — See that your limits are imposed by your own limiting beliefs. — Change the sensations associated with your inner images. — Write down your story …

Action Story 4

Your focus for this task: — Create a new life pattern. — Search inside of you for the one thing that matters and empowers you. — Write down five possible ways to incarnate it in your actual life. — Write down your story …

Action Story 5

Your focus for this task: — Build an attitude which supports the new pattern and makes it consistent. — See clearly which attitudes act counter the new life pattern. — See clearly which attitude would greatly enhance the new pattern. — Envisage action to carry out your idea and connect pleasure to that action. — Write down your story …

Action Story 6

Your focus for this task: — Make sure that the new pattern is firmly installed in your life. — Check out your value system. Does the new pattern fit in it? — Does the new pattern give you same or more pleasure than the old? — Did you do all in order to ensure that the new pattern is made to endure? — Write down your story …

Action Story 7

Your focus for this task: — Lay down a spiritual foundation for the new pattern. — See the benefits the new pattern brings to other beings and the world. — Pray and feel as if all what you wish did already come true. — Live in gratitude for all you have received. — Write down your story …

Action Story 8

Your focus for this task: — Arrange your lifestyle so that it fits the realization of your primary goal. — Take massive new action to carry out your idea. Become self-reliant. — See that you are ruled by your weakest point; face this truth. — Work on your weakest point to transform your weakness into strength. — Stop escaping and accept yourself and the choices you made in the past. — Abandon all what in your lifestyle interferes with your new way. — Welcome all people, friends and all the ones who support your new style. — Take a leave from all people who criticize your new way or make it down. — Write down your story …

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