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The Benefits of the Stoic Mind

The benefits of the stoic mind are relevant perhaps now more than ever. Even though the teachings and philosophical views go back to around the 3rd century BC, the learnings may be even more practical today. Our lives are full of social, political, career, personal and media driven distractions. It is often hard to center oneself on what is necessary to focus on let alone deal with the challenges that the modern life is placing in front of us.

Here is an old story that helps frame up the teaching of stoicism quite well:

An old Cherokee told his grandson, “My son, there is a battle between two wolves inside us all. One is Evil. It is angry, jealous, greedy, resentful, lies and and has a big ego. The other is Good. It is full of joy, peace, love, hope, humility, kindness, empathy and truth.” The boy thought about it, and asked, “grandfather, which wolf wins?” The old man quietly replied, “The one you feed.”

Which wolf are you feeding?

Introduction to Stoicism

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Let’s shed some light on the belief system that Stoicism operates within.

In the most simplistic terminology, Stoicism was designed to help people live their best lives possible.

Stoicism is a life philosophy that centers around positive emotions. The goal becomes reducing negative emotions and helping individuals to develop virtues of character.

Stoicism provides a framework for living a life well-lived. It teaches what is truly important in life. In addition, it also centers on providing tactics to bring more positive outcomes into our circle of influence.

Stoicism was created to be understandable, actionable, and practical. Practicing Stoicism doesn’t require learning an entirely new philosophical methodology or meditating for hours a day. Instead, it offers an immediate, useful and seamless way to find tranquility and improve one’s attitude, behaviors, and overall state of mind. It is a life practice that not only can improve our way of living, but also help us discover our purpose.

The Foundation of Stoicism

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Stoicism was an attractive school of thought during the 3rd century BC because it provided compelling answers to anxiety, stress, fear, and troubling questions to life at the time. The Stoics offered an operating system that dealt with the trials of the human condition that are quite relevant today.

The teachings largely center around pulling into the front and center of one’s mind more positive behavior. Thus, that focus resulted in a more positive mindset. All of this focus was targeted to avoid the negative focus and negative outcomes of life.

A handful of thinkers helped to form the Stoic philosophy:

  • Marcus Aurelius
  • Lucius Annaeus Seneca
  • Zeno of Citium
  • Epictetus

Our ancestors have taught us the benefits of the stoic mind. They have helped us pave our way to understanding life so that we can attain the most positive outcomes we desire.

The Four Habits of The Stoic Mind

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  • Accept What is only True

We often can get caught up into gossip. It is a human condition that we must resist. The reason being is, more often than not, gossip drives negativity in our lives. When you hear gossip, ask yourself where it is coming from? Does the affirming party truly have proof of this gossip? Ask them if they have proof. If they do not, then kindly ask them not to tell you or do not reciprocate.

  • Work For the Common Good

Do right by others. Be a good humble individual. Give more compliments than complaints. By being an overall kind, empathetic, loving individual, you will attract more of those traits into your life through giving them off.

  • Match Our Needs and Wants with what is in Our Control

Life is neither good nor bad; it is the space for both good and bad.

Seneca

Think of life as a hand of cards. You didn’t control the hand you were first dealt. However, you do control how you play that hand. Essentially, even with a more difficult draw of the cards, we can win. Conversely, with a great hand we can overestimate our good fortune and still lose. The situation we are dealt in life is mostly neutral. It is the actions we take after the hand is dealt that matters.

  • Embrace what Nature has in Store for Us

O world, I am in tune with every note of thy great harmony. For me nothing is early, nothing late if it be timely for thee. O Nature, all that thy seasons yield is fruit for me.

Marcus Aurelius

Let us work to control only our direct surroundings. Even those at times we can’t fully control. Bringing fear and anxitey into our lives over issues we aren’t generating isn’t healthy. What we do control is how we respond. We always have the power of “choice.” Place our focus there.

Taking Action

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Putting into practice the benefits of the stoic mind can help change our lives for the better. It does require some action and effort around mindset.

Take one of the four mentioned habits of the stoic mind and put it into place immediately in your life. You’ll see instant benefit if you adhere to the practice daily.

Once you gain the benefits of others, work the other mindsets into your daily life as you are able. Pause and reflect on what is happening in your life. With the benefits of the stoic mind fully employed, you will find your life with:

  • less anxiety
  • lower stress
  • better health & wellness
  • more focus and mental fortitude
  • more meaning and happiness

What benefits have you had from practicing more of a “Stoic Mindset?” However we are living now in these challenging times of change, we stand to benefit even more through practicing the Stoic teachings.

I’d love to hear from here from you! Feel free to post a comment or engage in the conversation.

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Living as your Authentic Self

I’ve always liked to believe I’m living life as my authentic self. However, for most of my life I have often thought about how others view me. It used to be something that I put a great deal of precedence behind. Having lived in the corporate eye for the majority of my adult life, I’ve always been wary of what others think of me. I’ve had to ensure that the corporate view aligns with the “real me” as much as possible. We often reserve our views from the public eye and hold back the “real self” in order to please others. However, living life as our authentic selves first, helps us align to our life purpose.

What do You Stand for?

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Deciding what you stand for should align with your purpose and mission. Have you thought about your personal mission in life? Many of us have passions, and these ultimately can align with our mission in life.

One of my methods for deciding one’s purpose in life is to use the following formula:

  • What the world needs
  • Heed your talents
  • Your passions in life

I call this the WHY model. Beginning with WHY is vital over the HOW or the WHAT. The “why” is what defines us. To start to think about your purpose or mission, begin with what you think others in this world need help with. This is “what the world needs.”

Next, we call into play what your talents are. “Heeding your talents” brings to the forefront where your strengths are. What do other people come to you for? What support do you find yourself giving in everyday life? These are likely your natural talents.

Lastly we look at your passions. While our passions don’t always lead us to our purpose, it is a good indicator of where to begin our “search for meaning.” This is how we begin to ensure we are living as our authentic self.

Living with Purpose

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I have defined my purpose statement as:

“Empower and inspire others to find their purpose in life through helping them deprogram their outdated education and indoctrinations, so they can achieve greater levels of meaning, happiness, and overall success.”

This purpose statement is in my phone, printed in my home office, and put in the forefront of my mind to remind me of WHY I do what I do. It helps me make decisions, prioritize my work, and even align goals in my personal life.

Once we have efficiently aligned on our purpose, our daily mission becomes more clear. Thus, it helps more align how you can begin living as your authentic self.

Fulfilling your Mission Breeds Confidence

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Once we have affirmed our reason for being, we are more aptly able to live in truth and honesty. What does this mean? I’ll give just a few examples in my own life:

Despite how others may view me in the corporate space, I have grown more comfortable in my skin with my views. As I am working to generate a platform and community, many of the corporate people I am working with are hearing of my endeavors. It can be a little uncomfortable at first as my personal and life views gain recognition from my peers.

However living as your authentic self has ways to re-affirm if you are on the right path. Many of the corporate people that have discovered my work continuously reaffirm my goals and aspirations with continual accolades and affirmations.

This helps grow the confidence level and in my own belief, is the universe helping solidify in me that I am on the right path. There are some amazing benefits to living a purposeful life as well. All of this helps us live and fulfill our purpose with more confidence.

Looking Past Your Inner Critic

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The final part of living as your authentic self has to do with seeing past the inner-critic. This is the part of us that is always questioning how others view us through their own eyes.

Once we have affirmed that the universe is on our side, we need not worry about that inner critic in our heads. As long as we are living with authenticity and integrity, we can say our mind and live to our guidelines.

I’m not sure about you, but this has been one of my biggest hurdles as of late. I know that I’ll never compromise myself morally, legally, or within current social issues. However, the views I have in my life are largely not discussed in the corporate arena. I don’t make it a point to bring these views up in my corporate position, but if someone asks my opinion, I’m not very hesitant to give my view. I’m always cautious to mention my views are my opinions and also my truths through my life experiences.

I know that part of who I am as an individual and living through my purpose, means I have to authentically give my perspectives. How can we live our purpose and mission if we hold back on enlightening conversations with others?

In the end, this is how you can take steps that lead you closer to living as your authentic self.

If you’re at all in the same camp with me here, I’d love to hear from you. Feel free to leave a comment or engage in the conversation with any struggles or success stories you’ve had in your life.

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Become a Person of Value Instead of Success

Most of us in life are looking for a means through which we can classify ourselves as “successful.” However, the majority of people frame this up backwards. What exactly is success? How do we define it and attain it? In my life, I have lived the experiences that have taught me that when we become a person of value instead of success, we obtain more from life.

What does it mean to become a person of value? How does this lead us towards more meaning, happiness, fulfillment, and success? If these are questions that you asking yourself, then you are walking the path of self-discovery. You are beginning to see how the world and the energy within it works. It is a masterful design that once truly seen, yields amazing and life changing benefits for ourselves and those we interact with.

We Tend to Want More than we Need

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In this modern world and time through which we live, we tend to be drawn into a over-abundant mindset. While we should be abundant in our thinking, we need to ensure that is is not in a materialistic manner. Part of the human experience is waking up to the fact that we are not our materialist selves. Discovering ourselves requires that we address this key aspect in life.

There is a distinct difference between thinking with Abundance and constant want and desire for materialistic gains. Society has trained us to believe we need all the latest gadgets, trinkets, and doodads that we MUST have to show that we are successful.

When we can successfully deprogram ourselves of the materialism belief system that we think defines us, we take one step closer towards self-actualization. We begin to ask ourselves if our things if life don’t define us, then what does?

Attaining Self-Actualization

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Where do you sit within this diagram?

Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs is a great reference tool to assess where each of us sit in our own lives. In order to become a person of value instead of a person of success, we have to understand our human psyche.

If you are reading this blog post, chances are you have the first two rungs of the ladder met. We first have the innate response of ensuring we have food, water, a place to sleep, along with safety. Once we check off those aspects of life, we look for belonging and feelings of accomplishment. Most of us want to feel we are part of something greater. We want and crave recognition and acceptance.

Where we often trip ourselves up is in this middle of the pyramid. We listen to the ego and chase after the materialistic gains that we think define us. We are not these things, but we often believe they define our self-worth:

  • The money we make in life
  • Our title and career labels
  • The house or apartment that we live within
  • What type of car we drive
  • All the toys and latest gadgets of life

However none of these define us. This is where a fundamental shift in our mindset makes a great difference for us. Realizing that when we become a person of value in service for others; that is when we begin to obtain more real abundance in life.

Generating the Necessary Mindset Shift

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To become a person of value instead of always chasing down success, we begin with how we better serve others.

As long as you are a person that has the base essentials of life met, you can begin to define your self-worth through what you bring to others in your life. Meaning, how do you better serve those you come into contact with in your life? Here are some ways to frame this up for everyday living:

  • How can you make even the smallest interactions better? I.e. smiling at people, holding doors for them, and random acts of kindness.
  • As you learn and grow, how are you sharing that learning and knowledge that may better serve others in their lives?
  • If monetary means allow, how can you provide for other people in need without depleting your own resources?
  • What are you really good at doing? We each have a super power that can be used for good in the world. Define yours and bring it to others every day.

This “value” that you begin to generate every day for others in your life begins to define you. It will become your success. You will begin to embody the abundance that the universe will draw back into your life. It is through this Law of Attraction that the universe begins to put back into your life what you are giving out.

Always remember that as you become a person of value, you are defining your currency. Through defining your currency as a person of value and giving that currency to others in life, you become successful. That is the the proper mindset we need to set in motion for the betterment of ourselves and those around us.

Implement this mindset shift in life and watch the powerful and positive transformation occur around you…

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There is no “I” in “DREAM”

I was listening to one of my favorite podcasts recently while traveling to a mastermind retreat. The podcast is hosted by Alex Sanfilippo and is centered around creating a brand. In one of his podcast episodes, the phrase, “There is no “I” in “dream” was brought up. I absolutely loved this concept. While this message seems simplistic enough, I thought I would try and elaborate a bit more on its truth.

We have to Lead before we Achieve

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As I reflect back on my life, what becomes ever more clear is that “I get” when “I give.” Now, that said, the giving has to come from a place in the heart that is genuine and without reciprocation. What I mean by this is simply doing right by others out of pure compassion, understanding, empathy, and love.

The universal constant in my life has proven this to be true. When we come to the table with the right intention of truly giving and serving, our world of potentiality really opens up. We get back more than we often give – at least that has been the case in my life.

When I say we “have to lead,” I’m not talking specifically about needing to be in positions of leadership. Rather, what I am saying is we have to think of others before we think of ourselves. As long as we have what we truly need in life, we need not seek over-abundance. When we lead our lives in this manner, we receive MORE in return.

It also need not be about only giving in forms of charity. Instead, it is more about leading with your thoughts more for service and how you help raise up and support the people around you. This can be done in any of the below following ways:

  • Offer support and be a good sounding board when needed
  • Provide random acts of kindness
  • Give people more compliments over criticisms
  • Begin your goals with how it improves the lives of others over yourself
  • Live the “Golden Rule” – doing unto others as you want for yourself

Begin with “Why” over “What” or “How”

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When we are seeking how to achieve our dreams and goals, we must begin with the end in mind. Why are we aiming to achieve what we want? This is the underlining starting point.

When our objectives are completely about us and how we attain more without regard to the impact on others, goals are harder to achieve. It’s not impossible to obtain goals that are “self-centered.” However we are far more likely to see long term benefit when the main goals are focused on what we give to each other by attaining our goals.

Take health goals for example. Most people would likely see that attaining good physical and mental health is solely the benefit of the individual. In actuality when we achieve overall good health and wellness we are then able to better serve our purpose to the world. Without good mental and physical health we will never be our best selves, limiting our potentials.

Too often we begin with “what” we want to do or “how” we are going to do it. Beginning with “the why” is crucial for the purpose. “WHY” do we want what we want? The ego will often spill over into our thoughts with its own desires and needs. It tries to help us with this instinctive process as its only trying to improve our living situation. What the ego can’t see however is that we will benefit far more through the proper intention.

Nearly all dreams and goals can be thought of this way. It does require some mental reconditioning, but we can rewire our thinking so that we’re always in the right frame of mind when it comes to our goals.

Life need not be all about You

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When it comes to understanding the concept of “there is no “I” in “Dream,” – it simply comes down to realizing what we do can’t always be about us.

I’ll never suggest that as caring individuals we allow ourselves to be taken advantage of. We do need to keep our guard up enough to not fall victim to ill intent. However, with enough of the right intention, it is my belief that the Law of Attraction will guide us.

When we put out the right intentions we are going to receive those same intentions back into our lives. Once we climb Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs to a high enough point of perspective, we have a choice to make.

Once we have the basic physiological, safety, and connection – we then decide if we are going to make life more about ourselves or the betterment of society.

There is nothing wrong with improving oneself. But that should be our main focus. The only competition we truly need is internally against ourselves rather than outdoing our peers and neighbors.

It is at this point that complete self-actualization occurs and we begin to think about leaving our legacy. Our dreams can become more about improving ourselves along with those around us. We come to understand that there is no “I” in “Dream.”

How do you feel about this perspective? Please feel free to leave a comment or speak to any life experiences that you would like to share. I’m always looking to engage in more thought provoking conversations…

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Breaking Free of Ego – The Voice Inside Your Head

What is that voice inside our heads? Is it our consciousness? How about our thoughts? Maybe it is responsible to play the devils advocate game with us? The human psyche can be a very peculiar thing. As humans have gained the ability to think and act independently over time, we have developed a self-identifying mechanism known as the ego. The ego has benefits, but also can be very crippling. Breaking free of Ego – the voice inside your head, can be a tall order. However, once able to see it for what it is, our world of limitations turn into super highways of open potential and possibility.

What is the Ego?

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Our egos help define our character. It generates our personality. Without some ego, we would all be rather robotic in nature.

Most people when they hear the word ego envision the pompous, outspoken, overly-confident, rich person that can’t help throwing around their opinion. While this is part of the definition, it goes well beyond that often misunderstood interpretation.

The ego also impacts the quiet, bashful, recluse kind of individuals as well. It comprises our fears, insecurities, limiting beliefs, and self-doubts.

Everyone is impacted differently through their ego. As we grow up, we begin to believe certain stories about ourselves. These stories can come from our parents, friends, social culture, and surrounding environments. The ego begins to develop a sense “of self” through our life experiences. Before too long and often at a young age, we begin to form our personalities alongside the development of our egos.

For many, we begin to unknowingly identify with our ego. A type of entrapment often happens and we wake up at some point in our lives believing whatever it is that the voice inside our head tells us.

How the Ego uses Guilt to Hold us Back

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A Course in Miracles” has become one of my greatest learning assets on what ego is and how breaking free of ego is so important in our lives. The Course teaches about our separation and splintering off from our higher power. Like our soul and spirt connects to this higher power, so does the ego connect with the physical world in which we live. ACIM, as it is known, teaches about our separation from our higher power and the guilt that the ego identifies with it.

To think and align with guilt is to fear punishment. The ego believes in and aligns with division since we splintered off from our Source. What we accept into our own minds begins to generate our realities. When thinking in a guilty manner, it automatically generates a feeling of fear. As many have come to understand – fear is one of the most crippling of all emotions we experience in life.

Choosing to live our lives through our empowered spirit and connection to our higher selves is how we overcome this feeling of guilt. When we choose to see in alignment with the ego, we are identifying with the physical realm and aligning with separation. In reality, we are always connected to our Source. Through using our spirit to allow our higher selves to live with us while in the physical world, we are choosing not to see ourselves as separate.

Many of us have become disillusioned in the belief that we are separate from our Source and that fuels the ego. Thus unconsciously, our guilt rises and begins to side more with the physical reality we see in front of us, rather than the empowering life-force we are still connected with.

We are not Our Thoughts, Mind, or Ego

I believe part of our journey in life is to discover who and what we really are.

While our ego is attached to this physical life we are living, we must discover that we are not our hierarchy, wealth, physical looks, among many other things.

Eckhart Tolle and his incredibly enlightening book “The Power of Now,” dictates the point of identification quite well. He explains the following:

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Identification with your mind creates an opaque screen of concepts, labels, images, words, judgements, and definitions that blocks all true relationship.

Eckhart Tolle

It is through this “screen of thought” he describes that creates the “illusion” of separateness. We begin to believe that there is a “You” and a totally separate “other being.” Through this illusion we then can no longer see that we are really “one with all that is.”

Freeing Yourself from the Ego & Mind

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We all hear the voice inside our head – that doesn’t make us crazy. That voice or ego we have is always commenting on what comes up in our minds. It makes judgements, comparisons, complaints, likes, and dislikes. This is not something that will likely change. However, we can gain some level of “impartialness” to that thought. Here are some ways that we can begin breaking free of ego and mindless chatter:

  • Pay attention to repetitive patterns of thought
  • Do not judge or condemn the thoughts you have
  • Listen to the thought impartially
  • Begin to “watch” and “listen” to the voice – become the observer of it
  • Do not think along with it – simply observe it without judgment

Playing the “watcher” of your ego and mind helps bring you more towards consciousness and becoming ever more present. This is how we begin to disengage from the mindless chatter. Therefore the involuntary mind chatter begins to lessen.

As Eckhart Tolle teaches, “Instead of watching the thinker, you can also create a gap in the mind stream by directing the focus of your attention into “The Now.” Each time we create a gap in the mindless wonderment of our thought stream, our consciousness grows ever more aware and powerful.

If the ego were to have its way, it would forever keep us living in the past and future. Stuck in our blunders and mistakes and forever fearful of how those errors will craft our misfortune of our futures.

Our liberation away from the mindless chatter and fear generation of the ego, is generated as we focus evermore intently into present moment awareness. “Thought cannot exist without consciousness, but consciousness does not need thought.”

We can begin to see that we are no longer “the emotions” of our lives, rather we are the watcher or observing presence.

It takes some practice, but with enough effort we can learn to see ourselves as never separate from our higher Source. We can “watch” our egoic mind and bring ourselves ever more into present moment awareness and happiness.

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Five Books that Impacted my Self Development the Most

What is the difference between education and learning? Education is the process of being told what one needs to learn through the perspectives of society. Learning can be self-directed and often driven through the ambitions of the individual. It is often far more beneficial to the growth of the individual that they are empowered to seek learning and knowledge into aspects of life that most interest them. That was certainly the case in my life. I didn’t enjoy being “educated” in school. I much prefer to seek out information in life that intrigues me. There are certain aspects of life we need base education in, but I would much rather seek the learning that inspires and motivates me. With that in mind, here are the five books that impacted my self development the most in my life.

The Law of Attraction – How Life Works

In 2006 I came across the now renowned and infamous book, “The Secret” by Rhonda Byrne. In this book the author speaks to her discovery of how the non-physical aspect of life works in conjunction to our thoughts.

Deep within I could feel this truth. At the time I was 26 years old and had begun successfully putting my life in order.

It was through the realization that our thoughts are connected energetically through our physical reality that hit home to me. The mind is truly more powerful than given credit for. It isn’t just responsible for intellectual intelligence and the functions of our body, it also acts as like a software program for the hardware of our lives. What we think and believe, eventually manifests itself into existence over time. Sometimes faster and othertimes times longer, but without a doubt we are programming our realities through each thought.

The Law of Attraction is real in my life and I’ve witnessed its authenticity so many times. As I often say, your truth will come through your own experiences.

Belief of a Higher Power – Or Not?

Shortly after discovering “The Secret” I began wondering more about the significance of a higher power. Does God exist? If so, what exactly is God’s purpose?

Did God just create us and then take a back seat in our lives, or is God more active in our everyday lives?

These are questions that we likely may not be able to 100% answer, but the point in asking them in my opinion is necessary.

In the book “Is Belief in God, Good, Bad, or Irrelevant?” – the lead singer Gregg Graffin, of Bad Religion, and his friend Preston Jones debate the terms of “God” and other religious aspects of life, their relevancy, and other big questions that many people ask.

This was one of the books that impacted my self development the most because it put into focus front and center, that our belief system doesn’t necessary matter. It opened my perspective to “Naturalism” and wanting to know more about “Universal Law.”

Non-Believer to Believer

Reading “Is Belief in God Good, Bad, or Irrelevant?” led me to “Proof of Heaven” from Eben Alexander.

The author is a neurosurgeon that was an atheist until he had a near death experience during a coma and bout with Meningitis.

While in his coma, he remembered specific awe-inspiring details of being reunited with his sister in the afterlife.

Eben Alexander awoke from his medically induced coma with a brand new “truth.” He had experienced the very real aspect of his spirt or consciousness leaving his body for a period of time. This differed in specific ways from a dream.

Because of this book, I began wanting to understand more about the non-physical aspects of life. What is the spirit? What is consciousness? Do either of these exist once the physical body ceases to exist? These are questions that demand more exploration.

Out of Body Experiences – Not a Myth

What Eben Alexander was experiencing during his coma was and OBE or “out of body experience.” People that have “near death” experiences often experience OBE’s. However, they are still very much alive, just not always in the physical sense. It is beginning to become more clear, that when the body dies, life continues. Just not in the way we are accustomed to.

In “Journeys Out of the Body,” Robert Monroe tells the story of his experiences of being able to “view” life while not “in” his body. Bare with me here…

This is not a new concept. During the Cold War, the CIA recruited “Mind Readers” to spy on the Soviets. The CIA declassified 12 million pages of records. The reveal from the CIA speaks to previously unknown details about a program, which eventually became known as Project Star Gate. The program was shut down in 1995. But the study revealed how psychics known as “remote viewers” took part in a variety of operations, from locating terrorists to helping free hostages.

This book led me to study how we get our minds and bodies into a meditative state that allows the consciousness to “experience” life in real time outside of the body. Through these practices, I have been able to discover the very real truth that our life extends beyond the physical realm we see each day.

Being Healthy in the Here and Now

Although there is much more to life than just the physical, we still need to tend to “our capsules” we refer to as bodies. Of all the books that impacted my self development, this one made the most impact in my health.

In “Super Human,” David Asprey brings attention to how important healthy functioning mitochondria are in our bodies. All the physical aspects of our bodies rely on healthy cells.

For all the attention we place on the outside image of our body, we neglect the internal workings. Much of the degeneration that occurs as we age is due to the cellular breakdown we endure. However, there are many natural supplements that aid our different cells in slowing the break down that occurs as our bodies get older.

When we learn how to supplement and eat a more balanced diet, we can begin to “age backwards” or slow the aging process. David has a life goal of living to be 160! In this book, he speaks to the many different tactics that can be put into place in practical ways.

With proper health, supplements, and modern science, the only thing that keeps us from living vibrantly past 100 is typically our belief and mindset.

Let Your Intuition Guide You

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We each are walking our own path and journey in life. The books that impacted my self development might not be the ones that you need the most to impact yours. The key in our individual journey’s are to pause and reflect with our intuition. Where does your intrigue lead you? What topics in life inspire you to learn more about?

So many people are simply “moving through” life. They often don’t pause to discover needed personal awakenings. When you do pause and generate the questions you seek, pay attention to what life puts in front of you. That is how it has worked for me. One discovery leads to the next, and then the next, and before you know it you’re well on your way to finding your specific answers.

What has been your path? What self-awakenings and discoveries have you had? Which of these left the biggest lasting impacts in your life?

I’d love to hear from you and your experiences in personal awakenings and self discoveries. All of us walk different paths, but all our paths are unique and beautiful in their own ways.

Let your intuition continue to be your life guide…if you pay attention, you will see it is taking you to the discoveries you need for your own personal awakenings.

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The True Meaning of Sovereignty

The true meaning of Sovereignty is often misunderstood. The meaning of the word comes from Latin origins. Supra– meaning above or not below, and Regnum – meaning “kingdom” or “dominion.” This translates to “not being owned, or not being under rulership of any kingdom or dominion.”

To be a sovereign being literally means to rule your own kingdom. Sovereignty does not come from governments, Kings, Queens, Dictatorships, or other political means. It is granted by the Rights of the Universe or Natural Law to the individual to live as he or she sees best for themselves.

We as humans do have a sovereign right to do what we individually feel best for ourselves without direction from governments or other imposing powers. Governments exist to try and provide natural order, law, and direction for the masses. However, these individuals that make our rules don’t decide our freedom of choice – within reason.

The recent rise and push for globalization, further blends and muddies the waters of sovereign interests and continues to fuel the debate.

Man’s Law Defined

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Man’s law consists of rules that we decide for society. These rules are ever changing and fit the needs of the time. They are largely “made up.” I consider them mostly an illusion or construct through which society functions.

Some of these rules are certainly necessary. We don’t want people texting and driving or running red lights and stop signs. Certainly laws exist for good reason, but they are made up principles from one group that feels they know best.

I believe that most people grow up understanding the difference between right and wrong. In my belief system, human beings are born innately good. This goes contrary to the belief of some that we are born in sin and innately evil or bad. It is largely our surroundings, upbringing, and conditioning that imprint upon us and help cultivate how we will view and live our lives – either for good, or for evil.

Mans Law is “Made Up” through Time

Let’s take prohibition for example. At one point in time a group within the ruling class of the U.S. decided that alcohol was more bad than good. It’s production and sale was outlawed from 1920 – 1933.

At some point in time, another group of rulers and law makers decided it would be better off allowing the sales and manufacturing of alcohol once again.

The previous law was abolished and the sale of alcohol was once again allowed.

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As time continues on, lawmakers decide what they deem best for the public and then the people are typically forced to adopt and live within those rules of operation.

In many ways we have seen similar changes within the cannabis industry. Long looked at as forbidden, states have mostly completely adopted cannabis for medical use and some have made it legal recreationally.

Understandably, these rules and regulations are highly debatable. The principle of sovereignty and the ability to choose for oneself is at the center of the controversy. Mainly because there are possibilities of harming another underneath these substances. If it were simply only about “one human,” and their choice to partake – there would likely be much less debate. The other side of the coin argues alcohol and cannabis, when abused, can cause harm or worse to innocent bystanders extending far beyond just the sovereign being choosing to partake in the substance.

Man’s Law versus Natural Law

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Natural Law is factual within principles of creation while man’s law is left to interpretation and dogmatic constructs of the mind. Natural Law is not left to interpretation – it either “is,” or “is not.” Natural Law is factual everywhere within the known universe – from one side to the other. It is always the same and constant and helps define the meaning of sovereignty in our lives.

We will always reap what we sow. “As above / so below,” as the principle of correspondence points out. Bad deeds done, will result in karmic outputs for those that conduct them. Contrarily, man’s law requires compliance through fear and punishment in failure to comply regardless of our sovereign right of personal choice.

Man’s Law is Fickle

Man’s law changes from city to city, county to county, state to state, country to country. If ever we populate other planets, it will likely change from planet to planet. Natural Law will exist for as long as the universe exists. The principles and facts such as gravity, as just one example, will always be. Whereas man’s law changes with time.

Many other examples of this exist around the globe as to what we accept somewhere, but not elsewhere. We seem to have no idea what is right for ourselves or what the lies at the center of the meaning of sovereignty. Why must we always think we have it figured out and decide what others can and cannot do? While I don’t expect much to change anytime soon – these are always questions worth asking and diving into. Nature and the universe has given us natural laws by which we can live, why must we always look to “man,” to guide us?

Likely because we see ourselves as the greatest power the world has ever known. We understand very little about the universe and the truths that exist within the Principles of Natural Law.

Sovereignty and True “Rights vs Wrongs”

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People like to debate what is right and what is wrong when it comes to the meaning of sovereignty. It could be over anything, (pick any subject). There always seems to be some form of grey area they define based on situations and certain rules. The fact is, Natural Law can very simply define what is a right and what is a wrong – we don’t need man to decide it for us.

A “right,” is anything that a person does to or for themselves that does not inflict a “wrong,” on another. If a person wants to do something that is causing no harm to anyone else, they should be able to do so. This is anything and everything. It does not matter if “man’s law,” decries it or not. Natural law simplyis.”

The concept of morality under the Natural Law theory is not subjective. This means that the definition of what is “right,” and what is “wrong,”is the same for everyone, everywhere. The natural law approach to solving ethical dilemmas begins with the basic belief that everyone has the right to live their life without contradictions to infringing on Natural Law rights of others. Even if that action is something that another person thinks is dangerous for that person to do, it still should be the individual’s sovereign right to do whatever they want to do for themselves. This helps further clarify the meaning of sovereignty.

Allow the Universe to Handle it

If and when a persons’ actions cause inadvertent or purposeful harm to another, the person that made the decision will suffer karmic consequences. These can be in many different forms from mental anguish to physical struggles as well. Natural and Universal Law will always balance through the Principle of Correspondence. We as man do not need to decide that persons fate. Because we don’t understand Universal Law, we feel the need to “punish” the personal that committed the dastardly deed. To us, this is retribution. We don’t realize the Universe will handle it for that person, in this current life or their next.

A wrong is very easily described as any action that inflicts harm upon another individual. It is also the action of taking from another, of which does not belong to them. Even though technically we never actually “own” anything forever, while in our physical bodies, we incorporate items over time and we have rights to these belongings.

Human kind continues to try and set out to define “our laws,” and this is very likely the cause of imbalance we often experience in our lives. Humankind doesn’t seem ready for it today or anytime soon, but it is time we turn the reigns back over to the universe and follow its Law.

This is where we as humankind find our true meaning of Sovereignty…

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Using the Law of Attraction to Our Benefit

The universe, and us within it, are made of energy. Where our attention goes, our energy flows. And where our attention goes is how we manifest our lives and all moments within them. Using the Law of Attraction to our benefit can yield very productive outcomes for us and those in our lives. Understanding the concept behind the Law of Attraction is a rather simple concept to grasp, but not always easy to master. It comes down to becoming more mindful and “watchful” of our thoughts. This blog post is a deeper dive into how we manifest our life realities.

Not so “New” Age

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The Law of Attraction has really come into being in the 21st century through the book “The Secret” written by Rhonda Byrne. The wild success of that book really helped bring the Law of Attraction to the forefront here in the modern age. However the concepts really date much further back in history.

The origins of the Law of Attraction date back hundreds of years ago to ancient Buddhism. It is believed that the Buddah taught ‘what you have become is what you have thought’. This belief is deeply interwoven within the teachings of the Law of Attraction.

As the teachings of the Law of Attraction made their way to the western world, the concepts became mostly known as “karma.” This belief on Karma largely is what you give, you get back. That applies to both the good actions and bad actions that one takes in their life.

These teachings are very recognizable throughout other religions as well. The Bible has many versus that can point to the Law of Attraction. Proverbs 23:7 reads, “As a man thinketh in his heart, so he is.”

This simple and easy to comprehend teaching has been with humanity for some time. It has just rather recently been tied to the “New Age” perspectives largely from some of the more current lessons being taught today.

The Field of Universal Consciousness

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Whether we realize it or not, we live within an infinite field of energy that we are constantly reacting with. This universal field of energy can be thought of as a “Universal Consciousness.” We interact within this field of energy every single moment of our lives. I compare this “field of energy” to water for a fish. If you could ask a fish, about the “water” they live within, how would they respond? It would be likely they would say, “what water?” To them, they don’t “see” water. It is just “there” as part of their existance. This is what the field of universal consciousness is to us.

Let us take a moment to digest this. Within the universe, exists particles. These particles consist of energy and when they interact on some levels with each other, they form molecules and atoms that then make up physical matter. Our physical bodies are made up of atoms that consist of 99% hydrogen, carbon, nitrogen, and oxygen. These atoms combine to form other complex molecules. They key point to understand here is that these atoms, molecules, and particles that make up our brains, cells, and other organs in our bodies all come from particles that exist in the universe. We literally are comprised of pieces of the universe.

If you believe in a higher power of any type, could not this higher power be connected to us through this “energy” within the universe? Even if you do not believe in a higher power, there is evidence that we initiate direct responses in our lives through this universal field of energy. You can either choose to believe a higher power of some sort designed this energy structure, or you can simply accept that these are the laws of life that we operate within. Whatever your belief system is, understand that we are all using the law of attraction in our lives. Taking notice of it is how we can improve our lives for the better.

Become the Watcher of Your Own Movie

Becoming mindful our thinking is how we begin to take advantage of the Law of Attraction. With positive or negative thoughts, we are attracting back what we think. Our thoughts are like the radio waves always broadcasting out to the universe, and our brains play the role of antennas through which they bounce back. I liken it to a literal radio station. You may not hear the music playing until you turn on the radio and tune to a specific station. Once you do, you hear the music. But when you turn off the radio, you no longer hear the music, but the radio waves very much are still broadcasting.

This is how it works with the Law of Attraction. We may not always be aware what signals we are drawing back to ourselves until we attune to what we are broadcasting. Once we attune to our broadcast, we can get more of what we desire out of life. We can get our outcomes we desire by literally thinking ourselves into those realities.

It often is not on an instant basis, but over days, weeks, months, and years – what we dwell on and how we set up our mental state is what we bring back into our lives.

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The Proof through Science of The Law of Attraction

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In 2012, science made one of the most significant discoveries of the modern era. Scientists rejoiced at the news that it had been proven there are particles of energy that interact within empty space with other electrons.  These particles that interact within the quantum space within the void of physical matter, are known as the “Higgs Boson” particles.  The name of the field of energy, that was previously thought to be empty, has been dubbed the “Higgs Field.” Note the similarity here to what I am calling the “Field of Universal Consciousness.

In quantum physics, entangled particles remain connected so that stimuli performed on one affect the other, even when separated by great distances. This even perplexed the father of modern physics Albert Einstein. So much so that he called it “spooky action at a distance.” What Einstein didn’t know then, we are beginning to find out why through studies in quantum mechanics and physics. Einstein couldn’t point to any tangible evidence at the time. It was simply out of his range of visibility with the technology of the time. But today, we are slowly beginning to see that our thought energy, can stimulate particles, that we then react with in everyday life.

In one experiment that proves this theory, two particles were separated miles apart from each other. When one particle was stimulated, the other particle showed the exact same response in real time, proving that those particles were connected, even though separate. To this point in time the largest distance through which this test as been conducted is 310 miles apart or 500 kilometers.

Every wonder why you sometimes are thinking of someone and miraculously they call you minutes later? More and more “coincidences” in life are beginning to show that they aren’t coincidences at all, we very well may be stimulating our life to occur before our very eyes.

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Using The Law of Attraction

Becoming mindful of your thoughts and beginning to use The Law of Attraction to your benefit improve your life in the following areas:

  • Love & Relationships
  • Money & Wealth
  • Mental & Physical Health
  • Increase Self Confidence
  • Lower Anxiety
  • Lose Weight
  • Attract Success & Abundance

There are likely many more benefits to using The Law of Attraction in your life. The above mentioned are just a few. How to begin attracting more of what you want in life and less of what you don’t begins with your thought process.

This is where the glass half full people typically excel over the glass half empty people. Your mindset matters. How you approach and view life matters. Do you constantly put yourself down in your own thoughts, or do you empower you way to abundance in knowing you deserve more?

Correct Use of Affirmations

Many people have heard of positive affirmations, but most don’t truly understand the specificity necessary when using them. The Field of Universal Consciousness is very literal and responds back to us exactly to what we broadcast outward to it.

Begin with a daily affirmation such as this:

“I am healthy, my body is strong, my cells are full of growth and vitality.”

This can change towards all the different categories mentioned above. Another example would be:

“I am full of abundance and thankful for the continued streams of money and income that I continue to receive.”

Notice the subtle difference in the above statements from “I wish I had more money” or “I want to be healthy.” We need the term”I AM.” Bring it into the present moment. Even if you don’t have these things now, you need envision yourself presently with them.

The universe responds instantaneously and literally. Thoughts of want puts outcomes into the future. The universe very literally will respond with “ok – you wish things things in your future, but you won’t get them now.” We don’t live in the future — we live NOW.

In order to use The Law of Attraction to the fullest benefit we need to begin seeing ourselves with what we desire now.

Choosing positivity and living in a positive way makes a world of difference. “Pay attention,” to where you place your attention. Be aware of your mental state. Are you living in fear or peace? Contentment or jealousy? We don’t need to settle if we are not happy in our present state…we just need to better our frame of attention and mindset. Then we can and will attract more of what we want into our lives.

That is the beauty in using The Law of Attraction to our benefit.

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How to Discover Your Purpose in Life

There are only two mistakes on the path to truth – not starting the path and not going all the way to the end. But where do we begin? Learning how to discover your purpose in life can lead you to a new and invigorated point of view on life. This post is aimed to help guide you towards your North Star.

At the core of our lives, whether we realize it or not, is our purpose. Why do we exist? For what reason are we here on earth? These are some of the big questions in life that require a lot of introspection. Sadly, some people don’t make it to the point in their lives where they are deeply pondering on these questions. But for you, congratulations – you’ve not only in the game, you’re playing to win!

When our purpose is discovered, everything in life seems to “synchronize.”  If you know your purpose, then the next step is to set up the discipline so that you begin to support your deepest “reason for being.”

The Benefits of Finding “Our Why”

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When you discover your purpose, your core desire in life, every moment of time you spend on it becomes a full expression of what you are seeking. As time goes by it doesn’t feel like work anymore and we enjoy the time and energy invested into the end goal. 

Each purpose or mission is meant to be fully lived and experienced. When we seek to understand our purpose, we need to deeply put the intention out into the universe. Then pay attention. It won’t always happen immediately. Often weeks or months may pass, but if we are genuine in seeking and wanting purpose it will be revealed. 

When we engage in our true purpose in life, every moment, every instance is filled with the power of your heart and mind purpose. No longer are you simply going through the motions hoping for a means to an end – instead you are living the “truth of your life.”

Lean Into Life With Curiosity

Since I can remember, I’ve always been a curious individual. Throughout my life I have pushed, poked, and prodded to understand “Why.” Our Why – is what should make us get out of bed each day. It should be the center of our purpose and what motivates us to push onward. Even when we hit apparent roadblocks and difficult times, it is the fuel and empowerment that can bring us back toward our calling.

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All of us have it – some just know it with deeper conviction. “The Why,” is our power – without it we have no meaning. We have to put out the intention and do the work. Those that seek truth in earnest will be rewarded. Those that look for the quickest and most readily available sources are often misguided. There are repercussions for closing one’s eyes and hoping the world passes by, while we just simply live our lives. Ignorance is not bliss

Finding our Way Through our Why

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Many of us have a hard time finding what our purpose is. In a previous blog post, I helped try to search deeper in your discovery of self.

The key is to find the sweet spot where we can:

  • Do what we are good at for a profession
  • We happen to love what we do for that profession
  • What we do meets the needs of the world and others around us
  • And we can monetize this profession to keep bring more to those in need of our services 

There are numerous books dedicated to ikigai, but one in particular is considered the most definitive: Ikigai (What Makes Our Life Worth Living) published in 1966.

The author, psychiatrist Mieko Kamiya, teaches that as a word, ikigai is alike to “happiness” but has a subtle difference in its meaning. Ikigai is what allows you to look forward to the future even if you’re miserable right now. The key is to keep pushing onward, sending out mental intentions of wanting to have your focus and reason for being brought into light.

THE JAPANESE PEOPLE BELIEVE THAT THE SUM OF SMALL JOYS IN EVERYDAY LIFE RESULTS IN MORE FULFILLING LIFE AS A WHOLE

Ikigai – A reason for Being

As you work your way around the diagram you can see some examples of where many of us often times fall into places of comfort, but lacking fulfillment of some sort. When we recognize these shortcomings, it can tee up the possibility for some self-exploration and search for more meaning in our lives.

Where the needs of the world and your talents intersect, therein lies your vocation

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I love this quote from Aristotle. It challenges us to seek our truest purposes in life based off our passions and levels of impact they can make in the world. When we can effectively bring our life into focus in this manner, we will feel more purposeful and the truths that we need to discover in order to continue to keep our lives in alignment with our purpose will continue to be brought before us. 

I have found this to be the case in my life as I work closer and closer to my passions and my purpose. There is a certain type of synergy and synchronicity that I discovered when I bring my life and work into alignment to my purpose and mission. It is also very invigorating and motivating to watch this process happen because it is reaffirming that you are on the right journey.

Writing your Purpose Statement

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I like to think of three main areas of focus when we are aiming to discover our life purpose and mission.  These three buckets are what we can use to help us frame up our purpose, Ikigai, or reason for being.  It correlates purposefully to our W.H.Y. – our reason for being:

  • World needs this 
  • Heed your talents 
  • Your passions in life
  • Make a rough draft at least – y0u can refine it through time. Once you feel you have a good rounded out purpose statement, print it and post it somewhere you’ll see it everyday. Or print a small copy to keep on you daily. It will keep you reminded and grounded in your goals and daily work.

Make a rough draft at least – y0u can refine it through time. Once you feel you have a good rounded out purpose statement, print it and post it somewhere you’ll see it everyday. Or print a small copy to keep on you daily. It will keep you reminded and grounded in your goals and daily work.

Next ask yourself if you can find a way to make a living while your work to discover your purpose. If you are not in a position to earn a living doing this, seek ways through your current employment to see what possibilities may exist. If your passion is the earth and environment – see how you can bring this awareness into your employer. If your passion is around empowering the youth of the world – see if you can get involved with an organization of your employment. If one doesn’t exist, see if you can start one.

You will be surprised how often you can bring your passions and purpose into your day job and make significant impact. If all else fails you can certainly look for new careers in which you could begin to fulfill your purpose. Just don’t allow fear to creep in – it will tell you all the reasons why you shouldn’t explore new opportunities if you allow it.

Allow Your Life to Flow

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Remember the teaching of Japanese Ikigai and even if you find yourself within a career or position where you feel you do not align with your purpose, look for ways to still make impacts that do align with your personal truths. Perhaps you find that new doors within your company open up for you to better align with your purpose. Maybe new positions will be brought before you that you can take up. There is always the possibility as well that you find yourself in a career or job change for the better.

While venturing down your path, just know you can only make two mistakes. If you have begun down the path, you are well on your way. The only other mistake is giving up. There are no other rights or wrongs – simply take the step and never stop. Keep seeking your passions.

When you turn your life over to your higher self and allow the flow to take place, you begin to see the magic take place. You begin to discover your purpose.

Keep living with an “ungraduated” mindset as you seek to find your way – through your why.”

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The Principle of Gender and its Impact in our Lives

All things in life contain pieces of both the masculine and feminine energies. Balance of the masculine and feminine energies are a key component in the existence of all life. This does not simply apply just in sex, as “male and female.” It applies to the ways that nature is created and in the creative aspects of all things on earth. The Principle of Gender and its impact in our lives is something that is worth contemplating and understanding in greater detail.

This principle ties back to the Principle of Correspondence. Masculinity and femininity exists in the physical plane, the mental (thought plane), and the spiritual plane as well. Gender plays a role in all things from generation, creation, and re-generation. Literally existence cannot come into being without the Principle of Gender.

Right Brain Vs. Left Brain

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The masculine side of gender is the more aggressive, progressive, conquest driven, explorative energy that drives progress. The feminine is the open-minded, sacred, treasured, protective energy, that maintains tradition and honors the priority of what is most important in life. This also materializes in the “left-brain,” versus, “right-brain,” aspects of thought

Some may have heard of the characteristics of left brain people being more critical in thought, practicality, and immersed in the details of life. Nothing can be true to these individuals unless proven through factual evidence. Then there are the more right-brain thinkers that express themselves in the arts, are more open to new perspectives, and tend to be more creative and thought provoking in their thinking.

“Left-brain,” tends to be more masculine based and “right-brain” can be seen as more feminine. The key is to try and “balance” this thinking in order to become the most aware and effective in our everyday lives. Too much masculine energy, without a good balance of feminine, can lead to a power struggle to the extremes of possible reckless abandon.

In this modality we lose perspective of what is most important and forget the principles which began our purpose in the first place. Masculine energy tends to be very “forward and future based.” With too much feminine energy, without a balance of the masculine energy, we can be left dangling without action, purpose, and causation. We would be too aloof in our own thought. Feminine energy tends to remain in the present moment and does not lean too far into the future.

The Balance of the Gender Principle

All beings contain this gender principle within them; they exist as two parts for the whole. Every male has feminine energy, and every female has masculine energy. In some, the scales tip far to the extremes. The goal again to get the best return and insight to balance ourselves and use both these energies to their fullest extent.

The most exponential use of this principle is how Gender can be made responsible for creation, generation, and re-generation on the mental and spiritual planes. Power can be found through the balancing of the gender energies within us in regards to our relationships and environments in which we inhabit

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Tuning Into Your Balance of Life

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By tuning into these energies we can begin to realize truths regarding how present we are with our lives. How focused are we on the future and past verse the present moment? What have we have sacrificed for our goals and aspirations? How do we choose to protect and honor are our highest priorities? Have we stretched our learning and development in pursuit of what we desire the most? Are we willing to give in order to receive?

If these energies are in balance in our lives, we can get into better synchronicity with life. Choosing the middle path between extremes and seeking to balance all things in life is one of the keys to becoming the most centered in life. The Principle of Gender is just one of seven principles to help you bring more understanding and balance to your life.

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Find Your Own Truth

I hope anyone reading has enjoyed the breakdown on the seven principles of Natural Law. These teachings come from the Hermetic background. It is not a background that I formally subscribe to. Rather, I find a great deal of truth in these principles that pertains to my own life.

As I’ve stated in other posts, I’m simply aiming to find truth in life. I’ll take truth that resonates and feels right from any source, and the hermetic Kybalion seems to resonate at a high level for me. But don’t simply take my word for it, feel free to research for yourself and draw your own conclusions.

I welcome everyone to obtain their own truths. Dive deep into what they are given to try and understand if they are simply following a tradition that has been passed down, or perhaps stigmatized from a personal biased perspective from human kind. Ask if what you come across resonates at a high frequency of truth in life that cannot be left up for interpretation.

I prefer to base my studies in left and right brain thinking, all while trying to stay as balanced as possible while constantly working to achieve lasting self-mastery, without straying too far from my own personal growth path.

Best of luck to all brave enough to venture into the unknown but determined enough to come back with the truth…

I welcome any and all thoughts – please don’t be shy and leave a thought, comment, or situation in your life that you came across that made a great impact for you.

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