Confessions of a Limousine Mystic!

Observations from the Town Car… “Home James!”

The bulk of driving I do is called “air porters,” which are really ferrying people to and from the airport and point-to-point destinations. I have been told Limousine operators don’t like to be called a “driver,” but really are Chauffeurs and truly it would not be fair or even accurate to confine a Chauffeurs role to just driving. It is, to the truly effervescent nature of the professional, an √©lan, and amongst ourselves, the fraternity of luxury transportation, a mobile esprit de corps.

I see it also as a keen observation of life’s capsules, liberally experienced as “trailers.” It is a rear view glance into the lives and commentaries of more generally, affluence and means.

Most of the people do not vibe of need and are often gregarious, warm and polite. Families are almost always easily expressive and revealing, you see the truth that economics tends to foster a different dynamics as parents and children interact often lovingly and appreciative of each other. Maybe these children are better behaved, with the frequency of “trips,” their parents can afford to take them on and the quite comfortable, mostly affluent homes we take them to.

You don’t get the sense anxieties have greatly invaded their lives or consciousness. It is comforting to me even, to glimpse at life as they appear to, in a reassuring way. It is altogether different from the actual lifestyle of a constantly on call, uneven existence of a Chauffeur.

Chauffeurs reside in an otherwise dimensionally altered way of being. Hours, even days pass continually, uncertain whether it is a Sunday or a Monday except by way of what is on your contract or “run.”

It is really quite amazing how much efficiency and precision goes into the Limousine business. Oblivious to the uniniated, it cranks out productivity and ease for its clients. Behind the scenes, exudes a complexity of humanity and cooperation,….. Dispatchers, the operations side, eager salespeople and shop personnel, snuggled and flawed yet distinctly capable. Chauffeurs may drive this boat, but they are not the only inhabitants on that Island, strange Island that it is.

That is probably an nearly unacknowledged testament to the unique and peculiar skill set of the people that make up the limousine business and not just the drivers…excuse me, Chauffeurs…and then of course the clients are another storyline, but more on that later.

Glimpsing at it from the inside the whole operation evokes the impression of a highly organized, almost militarily disciplined, civilian action.

Sometimes though, the occurrences are rather odd and outside of what most people experience in the daily course of “going to work.”

I talked to this one guy who told me he had slept in one of the vehicles, rather than going home. Sometimes the demands of the business put people either on call or in route and service for 17, 18 even 20 plus hours at a time. The idea of securing some rest in a limousine is a bizarre premise in itself. In its simple, desperate, last minute form… it is rather a primitive option.

I decided to try it myself one night and I can see how one can fall in between the place of too tired to drive home and before quickly upcoming new assignments.

It was in a word, “rugged.” I had some Hispanic brother pound on the window of a stretch hummer at 5:15am to “wake me up,” if you can call it that. It felt like for 5, 10 minutes or so I wasn’t really on the ground. I was walking, but it felt like I was in a grown-up body taking baby steps or a colt trying to get my legs under me. My larger muscle groups in my legs and torso hadn’t really bought into any physical functioning. There was consciousness, or some form of it, as I awoke deposited into an early morning stream of activity. The overhead lights were a substitute industrial Sun, if you will, and it truly felt like I was walking on the moon, imbalanced and gravity challenged.

Oddly I had accomplished my goal, though it took me several more hours of sleeping back in my bed to restore myself. Prolonged use, not really recommended. Side effects may be experienced.

Another concept to be considered is how one maintains a sense of higher perspective in forms of awareness. I’m not talking in an evangelistic sense, but how to come away intact with whatever disciplines and momentums that keep a person in balance. It may be simply a positive psychological perspective. Everything has tilted somewhat off axis, if by nothing else the oddity of hours. Then, there is of course, the proximity of the worldly vibrations for those that consider that.

I call myself the “limousine mystic” because it is a challenge to keep an “inner” perspective in an environment, which other than transporting people to the airport tends to fall on the party side of life.

Truthfully, most of people seen through the cornea of a Chauffeurs view have to be thought of, in an isolated context and consideration. Though, through experience, there is an often, ” I’ve got my head in, this far…. up to the shoulders,” departure into the looking glass of life. Self-revealing nature of the business that it is.

Through the constant witnessing of leisure and indulgence, how does a brother keep the mystic Birdseye’s view? There might be an insight found in Buddhism or if you favor it, even by way of a psychological departure of things unfolding.

People who may be aware of the teachings of Buddhism may also remember that the Buddha taught the middle way. He wasn’t really advocating intoxicating of the senses; in fact he described suffering as a result of inordinate desire and something that the human condition would have to learn to extinguish to achieve any true liberation and joy. But Buddha also came to reject the austerities of extremism and sought to consider the practicalities of life.

Without waxing overly doctrinal or pandering to random-ness, Buddha’s example of the middle way also points to a Chauffeurs dharma of service and way shower.

One of the clients after hearing some of the responsibilities and sacrifices of the Limousine Lifestyle asked, “Why would you do it?” Days later it came to me, “somebody has to be the butler.” referring to the station of life that affords one sometimes alternating gifts of grace and humility.

It is again, reconsidered in the interests of the mystic, more importantly not what one does, but does it afford one, the necessary tools and circumstances to advance one’s understandings and find one’s purpose? Does one discover the weaknesses in one’s character that might hinder greater progress? These all become questions that are even something, that is self-interesting to people. Much can be seen and observed from the understated side of life. The gracious number 2 Son.

It can also harness and rally the fortitude and drive to achieve, by being in the proximity of the learned and accomplished.

Accepting in wisdom from the tutorial side of life endears one’s quickening and advancement, if one can allow it. It can also foster bitterness and envy if one takes the low road. It’s all in consideration of the role we are playing or fulfilling.

So much is changed by the simple ingredient of awareness. Nothing has to be permanent, but if your stressed, maxed out, low paid, seemingly and not able to see an upside, there are some booby traps to watch out for. You add the elements of unfavorable or uncomplimentary relationships that come a-courting and you can feel like life is bum-rushing you.

Nobody really falls outside of the laws of learning how to master our circumstances.

The high dollar players don’t always escape scenarios where they get minimized or slighted by something that occurs, not the so called spiritually puffed up, either.

The head, the mental part is a place of real management. Of course the attitude we have gives us away. Most of the good whippings I’ve got lately have exposed some area of small mindedness, pettiness, non-surrender or self-importance and they have all required I give something up, usually an ego or pride position or suffer some internal torture. Yikes!

It would be pretty interesting to see an Avatar or World teacher be re-incarnated as a limousine Chauffeur, especially in the West. It would create a very interesting scenario for a great soul and liberated mind to witness and take in experiences and proclivities of human dynamics.

Maybe that is backwards actually, but we in the commercially centered West tend to flavor our own prescriptions for life attempting to alter the divine towards our way of being, rather than the other, if that is really plausible.

Maybe the Divine Being would come as a counselor to Man’s Soul, an advisor even. One would have to be, in the role of Chauffeur, or more effectively such a devotee to mankind could disguise himself in such a role. It could be a kind of Sun-Tzu, Art of War thing, raising the game in the West, to a level of greater awareness, without all the high-hatting and lauding.

Could you see it?…the Mahatmas trolling the dance clubs offering compassion and chastisement, “raise it up brother!” or the return of J.C’s apostles as the gang of twelve working the 3pm-3am shift at the Airport, with name sign in hand.

Could you imagine the dialogue that could come up on the way home? Would you feel the same about lowballing an incarnated one if you knew it?

It just goes to show the ride (life) is what you make it, what you tend to foster in it, eventually out pictures. You can just ride, be your own Captain, live under the radar or try and influence things, be a player, no matter how outwardly small we think our part is. I once heard a statement, “the definition of sin, is living below your potential.”

Sometimes when we go to the Airports to pick-up people we see all these other Chauffeurs from other companies. There is this uneasy, unspoken vibe between us. I don’t know if it’s competitive or what or there is something sub-conscious about how much a like we all look in these black uniforms, black ties. I can’t just live in that box, somehow this job, this assignment has to be more transcending, more purposeful, and more magical, and it has to be infused with a greater sense of dharma (duty) about it.

Question: How do you make a Chauffeur happy?

Answer: You High Gross* him or her (give a good tip),

*A term borrowed from the car business which indicated the profits from a sale are generally towards the maximum level the car affords.

Question: How can you tell a Chauffeur got a good tip?

Answer: When they are walking around with certain lightness in their step and an air of joy in their Aura. At another job, we called it “high stepping” or “walking tall” In fact you could even call such a person “Joaquin” or “walk-keen,” get it? We knew this one guy, who didn’t get a lot of big sales who really epitomized this persona. Infect, it was so obvious, his lift, the bounce in his step was so high, he practically bill boarded it, “I’ve got a big one!”…Others in the crowd really noticed and yelled, WALKING TALL!! As he went by

He was really, Voguing it, (another term) even prancing

These types wouldn’t make good poker players; they may be unusually nice, jocular or polite after getting a big tip. The real sleepers are the one’s that you would hardly know, they don’t say anything about it or act altogether differently. There is this another analogy in Pro football about “hot-dogging” after scoring, that puts another slant on celebrations, that decries, “Act like you’ve been there before”

Be on the lookout for “Walking Tall,” violations at your work, neighborhood or any part of life. It could come because somebody got a nice date, a raise or anything deemed favorable. It is both fun and funny. It is always a “Tip” or a “tell,” that is a giveaway. The Zen riddle in it all is that one does not get too high or enamored with life’s Zeniths or too down with those Valley’s

See you soon back in the Boxcar (limo) for more “Confessions of “A Limousine Mystic.”

Mystic and New London Connecticut – Seafaring a Cut Above

Stop and visit the Chamber of Commerce Visitors Center in Olde Mistick Village, a quaint shopping center with off the wall boutiques. Get some wonderful advice. Besides the famous aquarium which has both indoor and outdoor exhibits and the hands on exploration of Mystic Seaport, which offers costumed docents and craftsmen describing 19th century life in a shipbuilding seaport, take a drive across the river and explore the homes on the waterfront. Not only are you afforded views of crowded Mystic Seaport with hundreds of children roaming the ships, buildings, and other exhibits, you also have the narrow waterfront streets to yourself. Drive at a walking pace, admiring the homes of the citizens. Each house has a plaque naming the original owner, occupation, and date of construction. There were carpenters, captains, sail makers, doctors, clergymen, merchants, tavern keepers, mechanics, etc. This is a real treat, not only being far from the madding crowds, but also seeing the 19th century actual houses where these men and their families lived. From the exterior construction, size, architecture and surrounding landscaping, these were prosperous men.

Leaving the quiet waterfront, visit the rest of the town, passing by Mystic Pizza, where the 1988 movie was filmed. The rest of the town climbs into the surrounding hills, offering views of the Mystic River and the Long Island Sound. On the way out of town on Rte. 1 find a small cemetery dating from the War of 1812.

Stop at Stonington, CT; another surprise. Once again the streets are very narrow with the homes of people in the seafaring business. One notable home is of Captain Edmund Fanning who was the first one to fly the United States of America flag around the world in 1798-9 aboard the Betsy.

A little known event which occurred here is a fierce battle against the British. Holding off the landing parties from three British ships the local citizens of Stonington and Mystic held off the invasion. A lighthouse at the point still stands from the days of the battle. The cemetery you passed is the home to these brave men from Mystic. The men from Stonington are interred in a likewise historic cemetery in their town.

Across the Pawcatuck River, the dividing line between Connecticut and Rhode Island, you venture into Westerly, RI. See the carousal at Watch Hill Point. This merry-go-round was built in 1870. Each horse is hand carved out of a single piece of wood. Their tails and manes are real horse hair. The horses swing out when the carousal rotates giving the illusing of flying. The carousal still is in operation.

Next visit New London. New London is also the boyhood home of Eugene O’Neill, Monte Cristo Cottage. Overlooking the harbor, O’Neill, the only playwright to win the Nobel Prize, used this setting for two of his plays, Long Day’s Journey into Night and Ah, Wilderness. Signage in Connecticut is wonderful, until you get into the towns. The founding fathers assume that you know what street you are on. They are very good about giving the names of the cross streets, but are remiss on the main streets. You might have a difficult time finding Pequot Street, where O’Neill’s home was at. Use a map.

Trumbull’s House, War Office. In the heart of Lebanon, CT, find the home of Jonathan Trumbull, the only colonial governor who sided with the revolutionaries. London was situated midway between Boston and New York. His home was the meeting place of more than 1,200 strategy meetings. Perhaps the most important one was with Washington and Comte de Rochambeau before the battle of Yorktown.

His neighbor happened to be Dr William Beaumont, the “Father of Physiology”. He observed and documented the digestive process in human beings through a wound to the stomach of a patient, which did not heal properly.

The Shocking Truth About the Law of Attraction and Why It Isn’t Magical or Mystical

While in high school, I came across a book titled “Think and Grow Rich,” this being the first book that showed me the power of using your mind in order to draw what you want to you. Fast forward about a decade, in the year 2006, the movie, “The Secret,” revealed to the great majority of the world the existence of this universal law. This subject catapulted many heated debates and forum discussions all over the Internet. People seem to be polarized to the subject. It’s either that you agree with it and believe it wholeheartedly; or you write it off as voodoo, new age, mystical nonsense. As you analyze each and every word of this document you will shortly feel a sense of calmness as you begin to learn that the law of attraction isn’t mystical at all. In fact, it’s very practical and based on common sense.

Your Perception

To put it simply, whatever you focus your mind on will appear into your reality. Studies found that your subconscious mind takes everything you hear, see, feel, touch, and taste. Our conscious minds would be driven to madness if we focused on everything at once. So in order to protect our minds from going insane, our conscious minds filter in what we focus on and filter out the rest.

Let me illustrate this further with this well-known example. Ever gone car shopping? If so, you’ve probably noticed the car that you’re shopping for start to appear everywhere. Let’s say you’re in the market for current model BMW. I’d be willing to bet that you would start seeing current model BMWs more often. This isn’t because more people started buying BMWs and suddenly start to drive them. It’s always there, but your mind just filtered them out. You just went looking for them before, so you didn’t see them.

Action

Many law of attraction practitioners fail to incorporate action into the process of getting what they want. Many naysayers find merit in saying that it doesn’t work. If you believe that you can sit on the couch and visualize your way into lots of money, a nice car, and a nice house; you will find disappointment. Many experts acknowledge the fact that you need to take action in order to receive what you want. Here’s the catch… The action you take has to be “inspired” or “intuitive.” When you correctly focus on what you want you will feel your intuition pushing you to do certain things. You may not know why these particular things will get you closer to your goal; you will just feel that it’s the right thing to do. This is your subconscious mind or “Infinite Intelligence” telling you what to do. And as long as you listen to it and trust it fully, it will never steer you wrong.

On the other hand; taking uninspired action, without the benefit of intuition guiding you, could lead to a feeling of swimming upstream. You may get to where you want to go eventually, but the journey will probably be filled with hardship and uncertainty.

Clarity

You also need to know exactly what you want in order for it to work. You can’t just wish for more money in order to attract more money into your life. You must be clear and detailed about your goal or desire. If you want more money it’s better to attract what you intend to do with the money, or what the money can buy you. Also, just stating the amount of money you wish to acquire works better than just saying, “I want more money.”

Belief

Belief is also a fundamental part of the process. You can’t just “try” the law of attraction in order to “see how it goes.” That’s why you can never make someone else believe that the law of attraction works, if they already written it off. The fact that nonbelievers can find it true that “this stuff” doesn’t work at all, translates to just more proof that it actually does work. Their belief that it’s all based on false information makes it true in their reality. The only reality that you can change is yours.

Once again, the law of attraction isn’t based on mystical, new age, ideas. It’s just based on how the human mind evolved to work. Your perception becomes the driving force on what you see and manifest into your life. By nature, human beings evolved as goal oriented creatures. Our minds have been built upon this premise. We evolved this way to climb to the top of the food chain. Think of the law of attraction’s methods and teachings as ways to add laser precision to what our minds already evolved to excel at.