Alan Cohen started me on my journey by driving out of the Dragon. “The Dragon Doesn’t Live Here Anymore” was, perhaps, the first book of this genre to light me up.

I’m signed up for his Daily Inspirations and they come every single day!  Without fail.  A good system he’s got there.  I imagine him directing all this from his lanai in Hawaii. Wonderful, inspiring quotations from a variety of wise sources.  There are some classics of course that ring true through the ages. But I want to say the ones that quiver my heart the most are Alan’s.

Why is that?  He has a grounded insight and way of expressing himself much like Jackson Browne in his venue.  Maybe it’s the male energy.  The women in this field far out number the men.  The men we do have, the likes of Jack Canfield, Wayne Dyer and Dan Millman are amazing.  But to every man I can name three or four women.

Alan gives a fresh spin on familiar themes.  He writes in clear, natural prose. The words are simple, but they harmonize on a whole different scale.  For instance, “The ego is infinitely complicated.  Love is infinitely simple.” or “Stop when it starts to feel like work.” It’s hard to argue with him.

A recent quote struck me: “You cannot surpass the current paradigm from within the current paradigm.  You must discover a greater paradigm and expand into it.” I had to think about that for awhile.  I came to understand that I have a  tendency to make adjustments to my current situation. Tweak this here.  See if I can enhance that . . .  If I could just make this turn the other way. But the truth, the real way to make changes is to take the broader view.  Take the roof off of it.  To change the vision, you need to imagine it again.

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about my paradigms, my stories, the way I see the world.  So much of it is leftover stuff from a time when I didn’t understand things as well.  Those beliefs saw me through some situations and changes that I may not have faired as well without.  But, here, now, today, things are different.  The mentality that served me well before no longer does.  And rather than try to “fix” myself, or change the story, I like this idea of dreaming a new belief system and moving or expanding myself into it.  It feels like a smoother and easier transition.  I can write a new story much easier than trying to fix all the broken spots in the old one.