Accomplish the Seemingly Impossible

I remember watching the documentary called “Part of Me” which chronicled Katy Perry’s life on the road during the time while she was married to Russell Brand. It showed Katy in tears and anguish backstage with her marriage on the rocks. It showed her curled up in the fetal position exhausted after weeks upon weeks on the road… and then having to eventually suck it up, put on a smile and go out for press appearances and performances.

I know those feelings well.

Most don’t want their idols, whether in personal and spiritual development, movies, politics, music or otherwise to be human—we are. We all are! 

Envy is ignorance. Imitation is suicide”

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

I admire her for being courageous enough to show her humanity to the world in that way. Maybe it woke up at least one starry-eyed-romantic among the countless who want to “become famous.” 

Probably not.

I promise if you’d have seen me backstage after months upon months on the road non-stop, sometimes you would have never believed I was the same guy that you saw on stage. I was more often than not… physically wiped out! Completely exhausted and totally spent.

One of my former team members said to me, “I used to see how exhausted you were backstage and I wondered how in the hell you continued to do it. I couldn’t imagine that you were going to pull the energy together to go out on stage.

How do we sometimes accomplish the seemingly impossible? 

You know exactly why you’re here; and you’re so totally committed that you give yourself fully and completely to it. 

True magic happens as you give yourself fully and completely to your purpose. This is when the unlimited resources from the Universe flow through you. It’s amazing what “you’re” able to accomplish… but then again it’s not really you. 

That’s why I purposefully be the word “you’re” in quotes. Something to ponder.

“When true magic and greatness happens it comes through you 

not from you.”

Remember… when you find your purpose, life is not easy—nor by the way is it meant to be. It’s meant to be meaningful. When you fully on purpose, even in the pain there’s a tacit joy. Even in the exhaustion there’s an energy flowing through you that’s far beyond human comprehension.

Click here to learn more about The Pursuit of Purpose in this article.

Our final principle in Innate Ability Development™ reminds us that, there is no magic but life is magical. And herein my friend lies the greatest magic of all.

Not some BS magic strategy or visualization or neuro-technology. Not some flipping of a little switch in your mind that will instantly make everything easy. Not releasing a few limiting beliefs, letting someone hypnotize you into success or getting an energy healing or infusion. 

While all these techniques may have their time and place… there’s no magic in them.

The magic lies in knowing exactly why you’re here and giving yourself so fully and completely to that knowing that there is no separation between the dancer and the dance.

You shall know the truth and the truth will set you free.

~ John 8:32

“The truth will set you free but first it will piss you off.” 

~ Gloria Steinem

So that brings us to a recap of our seven principles of Innate Ability Development: 

  • Principles must precede practices. This distinction gives you both potential wisdom and understanding.
  • The only true power is a functional and integrated whole. Mastery is the synthesis of both Spirit and Form; Divinity and Humanity.
  • Life is all there is; and death is illusion. All is energy and energy can never be created or destroyed. It only changes form.
  • Purpose and Meaning are everything. They are Life Itself. The whole of life is purposeful and meaningful.
  • Fundamental Creativity is the very core of both consciousness and spirit. The Creator to even be a creator must create. All things are a reflection of the One Thing.
  • Know your Innate Abilities and utilize them to fulfill your unique purpose in the world. Your purpose tells you why you’re here and your Innate Ability tells you how you’ll fulfill that purpose.
  • There is no magic in life but life is magical. Know the truth and the truth will set you free.

So here’s the challenge and opportunity (reference Challenge and Opportunity series):

Study and seek out Universal Principles first and foremost.

When you build your life on a firm foundation, the structure you build withstands both the pinnacles and the pits that are the inevitable ride of the roller coaster of life…

Focus your entire energies on becoming integrated and whole in both spiritual truth as well as practical application. Bring spiritual energies into physical form.

Lack of integration and wholeness leaves holes in your life and outcomes. These holes create weakness and lack of ability to create tangible results… which is the measure of your true power…

Realize that regardless of how things appear… Life can only be about more life; for nothing can be contrary to its essence.

Enough said. Life can be about nothing but more living. If this doesn’t make sense a review of this series is in order (you don’t pass go and you collect no dollars)…

Find your unique purpose in this world and focus on meaning versus money and materialism; and then let the chips fall where they may…

Always remember that you’re a reflection of the Creator and therefor you too must constantly create. Wow, we’re talking about results again aren’t we?

Create something that serves and brings tremendous value to the world—whether small or large in worldly measure is of limited consequence…

The way to clarity regarding your own unique purpose is through recognition and utilization of your own Innate Abilities.

Your Innate Abilities are invariably something you’re naturally good at and something you absolutely love doing…

Finally, you’ll know that the true magic is in Life itself. Not in what you acquire or accomplish. Not in how grandiose it may seems in the eyes of others. But the magic resides in giving yourself fully and completely to something that lights your own personal fire…

Light that fire… and let it burn brightly. Let it flame into a raging roaring bonfire and consume your very soul.

For is this not what life and living are for?

And that my friend, is a life well lived.

And the journey, as always… even in the apparent closing of this series, continues. Who knows where the Universe will take us next?

Stay Awake, Love Life, and Be Epic!

james arthur ray



Permission to re-post my personal articles is granted with acknowledgment of the author, James Arthur Ray and a link back to this website. Thanks and Enjoy!



16 Responses

  1. VERY MOVING as usual James…

    My mind and body and very Soul are on FIRE! Raging!!! Roaring!!! Climbing ever higher…. Ever brighter… Out of control!!! And yet completely in control for the first time. Life IS a magical bonfire, isn’t it?!? You just have to stand close enough to feel the heat of its flame.

    Thank you for feeding the Fire James…. I can’t wait to see what you have in store for us next!
    Now back to WORK for me… There is much more to be done! Always more…

  2. Over thirty years ago I began collecting quotes. Somewhere in the early 80’s aboard a submarine beneath the Atlantic I put these three quotes in order. In times of panic or despair I read them at least daily or more often and never a week passes that I have failed to read them outloud.

    Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding Danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing. – Helen Keller

    This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; the being a force of nature instead of a feverish, selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.

    I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community, and as long as I live it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can.

    I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work the more I live. I rejoice in life for its own sake. Life is no “brief candle” for me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations. – George Bernard Shaw

    Until One is Committed
    there is hesitancy,
    the chance to draw back,
    always ineffectiveness.
    Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation),
    there is one elementary truth,
    the ignorance of which kills countless ideas
    and splendid plans:
    that the moment one definitely commits oneself,
    then Providence moves too.
    All sorts of things occur to help one
    that would never otherwise have occurred.
    A whole stream of events issues from the decision,
    raising in one’s favor all manner
    of unforeseen incidents and meetings
    and material assistance,
    which no one could have dreamt
    would have come his way.
    I have learned a deep respect
    for one of Goethe’s couplets:

    “Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it.
    Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.”

    from “The Scottish Himalayan Expedition”
    by W. H. Murray

    May the Magic continue to find you available James for ‘Its’ favored use.

  3. Two and a half years ago after working as a financial adviser for a large corp. for 22 years, I did what I always knew I should, I entered nursing school, and now in a month I will graduate. My husband told me I was too old, how could we afford it etc, but you know what? I feel like a youngster and my good friends are the other students in my class (I am 56 and the oldest in the class.) I could still DO IT! As I watched other smart students fail and have to repeat a semester, I just kept trucking along making a B average, and the best is that I got on a govt program which PAID FOR EVERYTHING! I am so excited, and a little scared of my new profession (I’m old enough to realize what I don’t know) but I will soon be an RN and while working will continue my education and get my RN-MSN. It wasn’t easy, but then again it was! I am happy and proud of myself and I did it through perseverance and the knowing this is what I was meant to do. Hugs for everyone!!!!

  4. I have a question for you. How do you feel about the woman who had a brain tumor and moved to Oregon so she could end her life which she did this weekend. I have no problem with it as I’ve worked for Hospice and seen many deaths. Just wondering how you felt about it.

    1. Ali, I don’t know much about it but my personal philosophy is that we all should be able to choose what we believe to be best for ourselves. ~ JAR

  5. This reminds me of a line in one of my favorite pieces by Oriah Mountain Dreamer…..”It doesn’t interest me to know where you live or how much money you have. I want to know if you can get up, after the night of grief and despair, weary and bruised to the bone, and do what needs to be done to feed the children.”

    I am personally working on rebuilding my foundation after divorce and dealing with an ex spouse who is a drug addict. My heart breaks often out of exhaustion simply to get through the days. It is humbling as I’ve had to ask for help simply to buy groceries for the week. But despite all of this, my heart is filled with gratitude for the support, as basic as it is and I know this storm won’t last forever.

    My work continues on and off air, putting on a smile when I don’t want to, pushing to get through a day when I’d rather hide. But there is something bigger there, it’s that pull to keep going and not give up.

    “………..It doesn’t interest me who you know or how you came to be here. I want to know if you will stand in the center of the fire with me and not shrink back.”

  6. This blog and the responses to it fill me further with fiery enthusiasm and gratitude and love.

    Kathleen, you continue to be a loving. powerful, and intelligent source of inspiration for me. Your words touch me deeply, as do the quotes you compliment them with. Though our circumstances differ, I identify well with you. Years of silent pain in the face of addiction and dysfunctionality. Not our own. (I still don’t understand the mate as a reflection thing. I am not certainly not what my soon to be ex is). Smiling outwardly in the face if it. Loving our kids and continuing on for them. Not knowing how to get out. And then realizing one day that you CAN change things, and not only can you change things for the better for yourself and your kids (though they may not realize it yet), but you can change the world too. Not that it’s easy. (Right James?) Far from it! I’ll stand in the face of the flame with you any day Kathleen. As you know.

    And thank you Michael for your inspiration and insights too. I love your quotes (some of my favorites as well), though in a different vein. You are another brilliant mind (like James) in a world of sleepers. I appreciate you both. And thanks James for waking me up and making me see that it’s all changeable! It’s all changeable. Not just the relationships but also the fulfillment of purpose. And everything else. The doing of something worthwhile with our lives, side by side with making them into exhilarating adventures instead prison sentences. But nothing is ever going to change until we realize that it’s our responsibility (regardless of discomfort, or embarrassment, or resistance, or pain. And No pain no gain right? Focusing on turning the fear into fuel helps. As does remembering that when your’e going through Hell, you should keep on going. My dad always said this too shall pass. He was man of quotes too. Yes, the storm will pass. And when the rainbow comes out we will have grown fuller and clearer and stronger and cleansed from the rain. Until the next storm comes to rattle us and change us and fill us again.

  7. James,
    Real moving piece. I was hoping you would give me some advice. My girlfriend Jane of 5 years says her blood type is 0-. My daughter lets call her Gloria who is 3 years old is blood type A-(according to my girlfriend). So the mother of my child is saying if my blood type is 0+, I’m not the father. I found out today I’m 0+ and haven’t told anyone because I’m getting a paternity test next week. My question is how do you talk to someone who has been lying to you all the time? I feel like Gloria is mine and I know if Jane did not think my daughter was mine she would of got a paternity test sooner. I had to do all the work in finding a testing center and paying for the lab results. Thoughts, feelings and actions all working together. I’m afraid she won’t even show up and I will have to get a lawyer. I’m scared James I just want to see my daughter once a week. I haven’t seen her in 3 months. Can you give me some advice or words of inspiration. I totally get when you say,” You find out who your true friends are in crises,” Sorry I’m venting but my career is not so hot as well. I keep seeing people get promoted over me. I gotta outgrow my job. I feel like i’m complaining when I speak about not getting promoted So much pain, anger, frustration in my life James. I hate it. Keep doing the good work. I’m thankful for my parents, friends, and co-workers and grandmother, and my daughter who I’m sure is mine.

    1. David, First I’m truly sorry to hear of your challenges and pain my friend. Nothing I can say will make it easier even though I wish that I could. What I do know is that according to the Law of Rhythm things move in cycles. After every winter comes a spring and it’s coming David I promise you. It seems to me that there’s a deeper issue with Jane and I encourage you to get to the bottom of it as best you can. What’s really going on Jane? In your job maybe you’re not meant for a promotion there David… there’s always a perfect plan even though we often can’t see it. Maybe there’s something new, better, different for you. It will show itself in due time my friend… this I know. In the meantime you’re right you must continue to become more than your current position for as you continue to become more the Universal Intelligence has NO CHOICE but to jettison you onward to fuller expansion, experience and expression. Stay the course David. Keep the faith. I know this is no easy task believe me… but it’s worth it. I trust this helps in some way. ~ JAR

  8. Thank you, James for your service in this field of ever lasting development. During the weeks of reading your blogs and then implementing your principals, things in my life have become more clear. Your gifts of deliverance and passion are infectious. I am excited to where we are going from here. Peace and wisdom to you, my friend.

  9. Excellent guidance James and I really appreciate your time with the comments. Last week I became clear on what the barrier was to massively growing my business. Once Identified I am focused on that barrier being removed. It will be.

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