Well, Yes, and No!
Well Yes, cos’ this is how I managed how to get to this point in my life without going to prison or dying. But you should maybe take it all with a pinch of salt… why?
Cos’ it’s all based on being a crazy Puma like me and not a dead sensible person like you. So sit back and take notes or just chuck it out completely or watch, read and place your hand on your chin and repeat after me, “Hmmm… that’s interesting!”
Your Embarrassing Middle Name
Do you have a middle name you think is absolutely awful? I did…
"Did" you say, you changed your name Mr Puma?
Nope… I just did something I do when I come across something that doesn’t quite sit right with me. I went back to the beginning and started from there and worked my way forward with a new perspect.
How does that work Mr. Puma?
Well, lets see if I can put it into words. My middle name is “Jeffrey”. Some of you will chuckle and may even laugh. I smile, but that’s as amusing as it gets, because I stepped back saw it's origins in a new way and now I OWN that name and I'm very proud. Jeffrey is dad actually my Dad's first name. Like many kids when I was at school and started to realise and write my name I would never use Jeffrey as kids would laugh so I buried it. Never used it even when it came to fill out official forms which asked for my full name I would not put that name down. Now I take great delight in writing it.
Before I go into how here's something that might make you think a bit deeper. Spring of this year I attended a training camp called the "Enlightened Warrior Training Camp" out in sunny Spain. I won't go into the deep stuff but at one point I was called up on stage to demonstrate a little experiment. That experiment you've probably heard of or maybe had the chance to do yourself. It's where you have to put your arm out at a right angle from you body and someone has to push it down again to your side. You first state the affirmation "I'm weak, I'm weak several times and then without fail the 'girl' on stage could so easily push my arm down, no matter how hard I tried. Then you do it again after saying I'm strong several times and she couldn't budge my my arm. "Hmmm...thats interesting!", I said! What you are going to find more interesting is that the same experiment works with your name..."What do you mean?" It means that instead of saying I'm weak you instead say a false name over and over. The same thing happens your arm gets easily bent down to your side. Give your real name and you're again strong. Now who would like to guess what could happen if you instead called out you embarrassing middle name...?
Hmmm... That's interesting, isn't it? So on that note here's how to own your middle name an perhaps increase your power.
Here’s what what I did. I decided imagine in my mind my parents together 47 odd years ago. Mum in the hospital bed cradling her little puma cub, me, both looking at me in sheer love and wonder. At some point, perhaps before I was born, they’d been talking and wondering about a name. They want to give me a name that places some of them with some of me with all the love they have for each other and me. So they agree on Colin and then mum agrees that for me it would be so special taking on her husbands name as a middle name, Jeffrey and there they are so proud. (Oops, I’m starting to cry).
So there you have it… Colin “Jeffrey” Robertson (or if you're trying to find me on Facebook Colin J Robertson, feel free to like my page).
Recently I was honoured to have been befriended on Facebook by a really bright Warrior Princess from India. She remarked about the use of the J in my name and said she would probably do the same as her name was a bit embarrassing and she wasn’t keen about it. Funnily enough the initial of her middle name was also J - Now you’re on the hunt for me Facebook and my friends list to find out who it was aren’t you? I blooming hope so!
I told her similar to the above paragraph about her parent when they were young after having her and proudly naming her with this J name. She went off and obviously thought about it and today I got a personal message back thanking me for inspiring her to look differently at her name. Here’s is part of her reply, “It really made me appreciate my parents and i just kept feeling the love they had for me when I was born. I had this feeling with me for the whole of Friday…”
(I can’t tell you how having her come back and telling me that made me feel Amazing.)
So there you have it. Own you're name and utilize your full power. 2 people could where the same hat and they could be totally different as one would wear it pride and that other hide underneath it. Which would you like to be?
Trivial it maybe, but this could well be the mental block you're looking to . Your name in a lot of ways is you. If you’re not happy and proud of you, this could be the very thing holding you back.
As they say at the Enlightened Warrior Camp, anyone with an issue with me it simply says more about them. As I can only tell them who I am and say if you don’t like it F#¤K YOU… AHO!