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"So, the higher self is like a guiding principle, a governing principle, so to speak. That is a part of your complex as a person but is the non physical component that acts is a conduit to even higher versions of your soul, of your being, of your spirit. But also acts as the intermediary between those higher levels the physical personality construct and can distill information from the he higher spirit soul, oversoul levels in a way that the personality can understand"

Kill Your To-Do List

Posted: 27 Apr 2010 07:23 AM PDT

Post written by Leo Babauta. Follow me on Twitter.

Most people reading this will have a to-do program, or a paper list or text file, listing not only projects and tasks but separate lists for home and work and possibly half a dozen different contexts.

Those who don’t have a to-do list probably feel they should, because they’re swamped and feeling overwhelmed.

I’m here to suggest: kill your to-do list.

It sucks up your time, and drains your motivation. Those who have to-do lists usually manage them constantly, or if they don’t they fall into disuse and get dusty and become worthless, while the person who’s fallen behind in maintaining the list feels constantly guilty. For those who keep up with the lists, they spend a lot of time on the lists they could be spending … doing something important.

And what of these lists? They’re long, you never get to the end of them, and half the time the tasks on the list never get done. While it feels good to check items off the list, it feels horrible having items that never get checked off. This is all useless spending of mental energy, because none of it gets you anywhere.

The only thing that matters is the actual doing.

So what’s a better system?

The One Thing System

Here’s what I do, and highly recommend to anyone willing to break free of the to-do list:

1. I wake up in the morning, and decide what One Thing I’m excited about.
2. Then I focus on doing that, pushing everything else aside, clearing distractions, and allowing myself to get caught up in the moment.
I don’t worry what else is on my list, because there’s only One Thing on my list. I don’t have to check anything off, because I don’t actually have a list. I don’t have to worry about things not getting done, because I do the only thing I want to do — if I didn’t want to do it, it wouldn’t be my One Thing.

If I happen to finish my One Thing early, I can slack off for the rest of the day (my favorite strategy), or I can pick my next One Thing.

But … but …

What about the other things you need to do? What if you forget them?

Make a list of possible things to do, if you like, or routine tasks that need to get done for one reason or another. I would consider eliminating as many things as possible on the routine list, as they tend to just be friction that stops you from doing what you really want to do. If you do make a list, don’t consider it a to-do list, of things you need to check off. Just keep it as a reminder, and don’t spend any time other than adding things to it and possibly checking it once a day.

Even this list isn’t necessary, but I only suggest it here for those who don’t feel safe without it. If you really don’t want to forget something, you can put a reminder on your calendar. I suggest avoiding this when possible, but if I need to send out payments once a month, I’ll put a reminder on my calendar. It’s not that complicated.

For the important things, you tend to know what you really want to get done. If you’re a writer, you know what you want to write, usually. If you’re a designer, you already have an idea of what you’re excited about working on. You don’t need a list. You just need to forget about the list, and get working.

Kill your to-do list, and forget about all the things you need to do … except the One Thing you’re passionate about, right now.
Seth: "...Your Christ had abilities which I still do not have...and he did appear in your form, but he was not of your form...Your people saw but a small fragment that they could understand.. .a fragment that was part of a larger reality they could not understand.. ."

"There is no real division between you and God and I...only a unity that you cannot as yet understand.. ."

"Prayer is very important... "

"You are part of God in that you are part of the consciousness that is, but you are not apart from a god who looks down on you and speaks...There is indeed as you conceive of it no hell or heaven...These ideas have been distorted through the ages...You could call hell a separation from the main stream of consciousness called God, but this is impossible actually..."

Peggy asks what religion in his opinion, comes closest to God as defined by Seth:

Seth: "I do not want to puncture your idealistic balloon. Buddhists
are perhaps closer, but no religion comes close really...

The man or woman feeling identity with each day that passes comes close.

Sentiment is practical.

The idea of birth and death each day is close.

Those who cry when they hurt a flea come close.

Those who appreciate the consciousness in every rock, tree, bird come close. Fools and idiots are often wiser than the wise man.

Hatred is death.

All things are sacred and every thought is a reality and has it own
potential for creation and destruction.

Experiencing every moment comes close...

I myself am not known for humility. Nevertheless my existence is dependent upon many things of which I know not. I learn through many existences, but I do not set myself up as many of you set yourself up, and I do not determine what shall be destroyed or who or what shall remain...such actions...are based on cowardice...

...Any idea of a God, no matter how distorted, will triumph, for He exists in everything that you know.

And when you kill so much as an ant, so do you kill part of Him in most practical terms.

When you kill in thought, you kill indeed."
Host So it's fair to say if we are experiencing a reality that is less than pleasant for us, in no small part, we are responsible for that.

B: Yes, but we do not mean to imply that that means blame.
Responsibility, TOTAL responsibility, for the creation of YOUR reality means ultimate freedom in that way.

And it takes Acknowledging that YOU have created perhaps Acknowledging, that YOU may have unconscious, or sub conscious beliefs, or fears within YOU that can attract these realities.

Negative though they may be to YOU.

And in recognizing that YOU have those beliefs, in Acknowledging that YOU have those fears, then YOU own them. And simply remember if YOU wish to change anything, YOU cannot transform something YOU do not own. So first YOU must own the idea that what YOU do experience in YOUR life is YOUR creation. That puts YOU, as you say squarely in control, as you say, in the drivers seat. And then YOU can steer YOUR vehicle through life along the path YOU desire, once YOU know, YOU are firmly in control.
But the easiest way to do that is to recognize that the realty YOU experience is YOUR creation to begin with, even though it may be a subconscious creation.

Host: And that element of fear it would seem that what you're saying would back up what is commonly held in psychology, and I think religion, and certainly in philosophy, and that is; Fear is our biggest enemy.

B: In a sense it was truly stated in YOUR world that the only thing that YOU do in fact have to fear is the fear itself.

Because there is Nothing, Nothing, No Thing, inherent about any circumstance or situation that needs to create a negative result. Only the Fear, the Doubt, the Belief, in LACK of self empowerment generates the negative effect out of the circumstances that YOU then become fearful of.

And becoming fearful of the effects YOU generated with YOUR belief, to begin with, YOU may then reinforce that fear through the experiences YOU create.
But the experiences YOU have in life, they do not create the belief to begin with. The belief within YOU creates the experience which may then reinforce the belief and then re create the experience and catch YOU up in that cycle that YOU call your catch twenty two.

So simply it takes an understanding that if belief creates the experience. Once YOU change the belief, YOU will change the experience.
And we guarantee YOU 100 % that is the affect that will occur.
YOU can do it for yourselves and create the proof YOU need for yourselves to see that it will occur.