A Courageous Outrageous Sense of Mission

There’s a quest blasting through us
exploding our theory of everything.
We find ourselves questioning:
What if I follow my heart? Will I earn
money doing it? Will I finally be on
my path? Why is this so hard? Can
someone hear me please?
We are once again at the
crossroads of our journey where we
need to make a decision about
which choice to make, which
direction to take.
Do I create a problem or find a solution? Well, missions are born to find
Understanding the impact our energy has on everything we create, we decide
to engage in giving our highest level of service, wild crafting our talents and
gifts to put on the table and serve up to our people.
We focus on a mission to make all the difference in the world especially to
ourselves. We create the highest of value, add order to meaning and we add
something else with it, a personal touch to our lives and the lives of others.
This is the order of true compensation. Nature has an uncanny way of
rewarding us for value we create in things that matter to us, in ways that enrich
and bring wealth to our field, our relationships, and our life matters.
Do you have a mission?
Share your mission in the comments here.


Post 3 HeartfeltAlthough all feelings are natural, heartfelt feelings are polar opposites of feelings that occur when a heart connection is lost. I chose the image for this post as the cover for Becoming Your Own Hero because it so magically represents that unique and special place that sets apart a connection to the heart from all other moments.

Heartfelt feelings such as love, joy, forgiveness, ecstasy and compassion are warm, tender and sensual. Heartless feelings such as blaming anger, disdain and jealousy are cold, hard and harsh.

Heartfelt responses always contain compassion and openness to learning. Compassion will not allow us to disrespect ourselves or compromise another person’s integrity. An openness to learning, particularly about the fears and beliefs that disconnect us from our hearts, leads to living heart-connected more of the time and thereby transforming into a more authentic and powerful person.

For a more complete list of heartfelt and heartless feelings and behaviors click here.


How does thinking of feelings as being either heartfelt or heartless fit into your beliefs about feelings?

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QI & Me by Dawn Engle, Co-Founder and Exec. Dir. of PeaceJam


Rigoberta Menchu

Since Ivan Suvanjieff and I founded PeaceJam over twenty years ago, I’ve traveled the globe working with 13 inspiring Nobel Peace Prize winners. Wherever I’ve had the honor to go, although there is a different name for Quintessential Intelligence — the spark of God in someone, their essential Buddha nature, the light of Christ in them, or the essence of their soul, Quintessential Intelligence provides the root, the foundation, for spiritual life.

What My Most Profound Spiritual Teachers and Experiences Taught Me About QI

The Maya Elders, who have taught me so much, say that each one of us is born with our own sun and moon and star, and that each one of us is here for a reason; we each have a distinct mission and destiny, and we can only live our life in balance when we understand the essential essence of who we are, and when we step up and accept the mission that is our destiny.

From the Dalai Lama, I have learned that every single one of us is the same, just a human being — and I am continually moved by the way that he looks past the “package” that each one of us has been born into. Instead, he looks directly into the eyes of every single person he meets, and sees right down to their core.

From Desmond Tutu, I have learned the importance of forgiving, because when you do not forgive, the person who carries the heaviest burden is you, yourself. Forgiving is a gift that you give to yourself. And Father Tutu also continues to remind us that you should never take yourself too seriously — that laughter is essential to the human soul … at least one good hearty belly laugh, every day.

Practices That Help Me Integrate QI More Into My Life

I try to live my life while carrying these words of wisdom in my heart. And every morning, I try to do some simple prayers that I have been taught. If the weather permits, I sit in my garden. First I do the prayers that Rigoberta Menchu’s (pictured above) spiritual guides taught me — first a prayer of gratitude for every single blade of grass and molecule of oxygen and drop of rain, for all of the abundance that allows life to exist; then a prayer for forgiveness, for every time that I have failed, in what I have done or in what I should have done, but did not; finally, a prayer for continued abundance, abundance for me and more importantly, abundance for every single person on planet earth. I am Christian, so all of these prayers are offered up to my God. Then I finish with the Lord’s Prayer, and in dedicating the day to doing God’s will, in whatever small way that I can.

Of course, within just a few minutes of saying these prayers, I have always already fallen short, once again, because of my ego or impatience, etc. That is the time for the first big belly laugh of the day — thank you, Father Tutu! And then I go to work, doing my mission here in the world, all in my own very imperfect way.

To learn more about PeaceJam click here.

To see Dawn and Ivan’s TedTalk click here.



swanThe heart is not only the universal symbol for love, it also represents our essence, our authentic self. Whole-heartedness pierces the veil of our separateness and allows satisfying connections to others and to the mystery that is beyond humanness.

Quintessential Intelligence (QI) expressed through the heart leads to the two things that create true fulfillment:

  • Treating others and ourselves respectfully
  • Making a positive difference in the lives of others.


What do you like about thinking of your heart as your essence/authentic self and Quintessential Intelligence as your way to finding fulfillment? (For a definition of QI click here.)

Send your comments and questions to: drjordanpaul@mediqiventures.com

Image: Soul Mates by H. Lee Shapiro


Painting by H. Lee Shapiro

When heart-connected we are fully present and in harmony with the moment. Liberated from anxiety, we are centered, in perfect balance and in the flow. It was from skiing that I began learning about living in the flow.

The first time I experienced the high of skiing in the flow, I knew I wanted more. Skiing off-center happened when fear tightened my body. At those times, my skiing certainly wasn’t awful or wrong. It just meant working harder to keep from falling and not skiing as gracefully and joyfully. My skiing goal became learning how to spend more time in that awesome state of flow, and when I lost it, how to get it back.

It wasn’t much of a stretch to transfer my skiing awareness to my life. Remembering times when I experienced the power and bliss of being heart-connected and in the flow, such as walking amongst the towering redwoods, playing with my dog, and making love, felt great.

Realizing how much time I spent disconnected from my heart and off center, especially when confronting upsetting situations, was a sobering shock. Thus began my commitment to living more in the flow of a beautiful melody that I think of as “A Rhapsody in QI.”


Remember times when you were in the flow and what it felt like. What do you think keeps you from living more of the time in harmony with that blissful state?

For a four minute video using the skiing analogy to illustrate being in the flow of a heart connection Click Here.

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Image: World Cup 1991 Aspen by H. Lee Shapiro



phoenix_rising 2I’ve been burning major patterns away. Not just little adjustments that happen along the way, day by day, but deep intense raging realities. All so I can drop the pretense, the cravings, the resistance and learn to accept that… I create it all.

This is a crucial life lesson…only from here does the phoenix fly again. A few years ago I decided to fix my health and heal my body. I had no idea that in doing something so good for myself, I would also deconstruct everything else right down to the core. Everything fell out in the fire: my success, career, former self, finances, my business, relationships, family, and my pride.

I’ve learned a lot about our human patterns and the Quintessential Intelligence that exists in our cells. I’ve learned about abundance and what it takes to sustain it. I’ve learned how to love sincerely and I’m learning how to live with things just as they are. I’ve learned that everyone can heal but not everyone is willing.

Everything is energy. It’s physics and photonics. All of it without exception. So, to really heal, I must really feel. Living through my senses, my pain, my awareness, my joy, my deep human heart… this is the stuff of life.

Breathe in. Breathe out. Real. Simple. Alive. Full. Stop.

I’ve got to keep moving. Coupled with the application of energy, the right use of will and a dose of the practical, this is the new knowledge and science of life. This is where creative health stems from. It’s our station vibration.

I love this earth and I love this one precious life I have. And, I’m living it as blonde as I can be, as sexy as my body will hold up, as intelligent as the world lets me be, and as accepting as the rest will allow.

Let’s be in touch and work together. And not forget to pray and play. I’ve been waiting for this time forever and I’m finally here for me and for you.

Loves and smiles, Cherie

QI & Me by Jordan Paul

How-to-turn-a-frog-into-a-prince_cropQI, the life force of the universe, reflects the qualities of the metaphorical heart. Based in love and compassion, these qualities transcend any single religion and are common to all major religions.

Although I was raised in the Jewish faith, and gratefully embrace the cultural aspects of Judaism, my religious teaching left me bereft of a spiritual connection. (That is not to say that there is no spiritually in Judaism, it’s just that it was never part of my experience.)

With Quintessential Intelligence as my spiritual connection I am better able to know the meaning of my life, and embrace all people regardless of how they choose to live and worship, or not worship.

How QI Informs My Work and Personal Life

With the faith that comes from Quintessential Intelligence, I’m better able to suppress the urge to be in control and tell others what is right and wrong and how they should think, feel and act. As a parent, grandparent, friend and psychotherapist, I am freed to help others get in touch with their hearts and by accessing their inner guidance increase their personal power. That’s being loving and it feels great.

Listening to QI has helped me have more fun both by myself and with others. In surrendering to the moment, I can laugh and play more fully and connect with nature like never before. Whether skiing down an awesome tree-lined trail, playing with my grandchildren, or looking at the grandeur outside my window, I feel deep gratitude for the Quintessential Intelligence that created such perfection and beauty and gave me the privilege of this life.

By listening to the wisdom that comes through my heart I’m better able to love myself, my family and my neighbors whether they are next door or across the world.

What My Most Profound Teachers and Experiences Me About QI

On my spiritual journey, I have explored many different disciplines. I feel blessed to have studied with some very profound spiritual teachers who taught me how Quintessential Intelligence brings me closer to my authentic self, my heart. There are too many wonderful teachers to mention all of them but here are just a few.

On meeting Fr. Thomas Keating at St. Benedict’s Monastery in Snowmass Colorado I was mesmerized by his message and presence. I began reading, Open Mind, Open Heart and practicing his contemplative prayer meditation. One day during my meditation a figure appeared in the distance. As it came closer I recognized it as Jesus. I bolted out of meditation and shook my head in disbelief.

Beating a hasty retreat to the monastery, I said to Fr. Keating, “What is that guy doing in the meditation practice of a Rabbi’s grandson? Through his warm and accepting smile he wisely counseled, “I don’t know. That’s for you to discover.”

I began studying the life of Jesus. I was introduced to the work of Dr. Marcus Borg and read Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time. Borg’s idea that struck like a thunderbolt was that for Jesus, compassion was the central quality of God and the central moral quality of a life centered in God. I thought, “That’s it! What else spiritually do I need?” Years later I recognized that central quality of God to be the bedrock of Quintessential Intelligence.

After moving to Northern California I met renowned Buddhist teacher Dr. Jack Kornfield at Spirit Rock Meditation Center. His books, particularly A Path With Heart, deepened my understanding of the central idea in Buddhism, compassion.

More recently, I had the great fortune to meet and study with Rabbi Zalman Schacter-Shalomi. Through Reb Zalman, the embodiment of compassion, I could finally embrace the spiritual dimension and Quintessential Intelligence in Judaism.

Compassion, the heart of QI, has led the way to a more meaningful, peaceful and joyful life and became the bedrock for Becoming Your Own Hero.

Practices That Help Me Integrate QI More Into My Life

My most important practice in embracing QI and living more connected to my heart is becoming more aware of the aspects of purity that make up my heart and learning more about when I’m disconnected from it. Without that awareness problems fester and compound and I don’t do anything about them. I’m stuck.

What helps in my awareness is my daily check-ins. Before falling off to sleep I review the day looking for any interactions where I might have been disconnected from my heart. By becoming more aware of times that I was disconnected I’m better able to catch myself next time it happens. Then, I can make amends to anyone that I was disrespectful toward, including most importantly, myself and learn more about resolving the beliefs and fears that created that disconnection.

QI & Me by Cherie Arnold

Quintessential Intelligence is the greater intelligence running through everything and the place where we all come together. It connects us to our spirituality, our spirit, the way we breathe and the way we’re alive. It runs through our connections with our children, animals, and nature. QI activates itself into a human reality as it informs […]