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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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The Effects of Excitotoxins on Our Brains

How would you respond if someone told you chemicals you consume are causing physical and mental damage to your brain and body? What if you knew that these chemicals were affecting your children’s nervous systems and emotional development? Would you continue to consume these chemicals if you found they could cause and exacerbate conditions like Alzheimer’s disease, Huntington’s disease, Austism, Parkinson’s disease, and ALS? Paying attention to what we put in our bodies is important not only for physical health, but mental health as well. This post will detail the effects of excitotoxins on our brains, and thus the connection and impact to the body.

What we don’t know about Excitotoxins

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Not many people have heard of the term “excitotoxins,” let alone know their effect in our lives. However, most of us have heard the saying “we become what we eat.” Excitotoxins are additives in food and drink such as artificial sweeteners and monosodium glutamate (MSG). MSG is a taste enhancer that has been added to food in the U.S. since after World War II. Few suspected that “taste additive,” would cause any harm in humans, but by the end of the 1960’s, research data had begun to surface dictating the harm in the human body. Until this time, neuroscientists had believed that glutamate supplied the brain with energy.

Upon the learnings of the harm of MSG, food producers began adding a substance known as “hydrolyzed vegetable protein” instead of pure MSG. However this substance is proving to be even more dangerous than MSG, as it contains even more excitotoxins (glutamate, aspartate, and cysteic acid) in addition to added MSG.

A test in 1957, conducted by Lucas and Newhouse, tested MSG on infant mice. When they examined the eye tissue of the mice, they discovered that MSG had destroyed all the nerve cells within the inner layers of the retina. Ten years later, Dr. John W. Olney, a neuroscientist, also discovered that MSG destroyed parts of the brain in the hypothalamus after only a single dose. Despite the discovery, MSG as well as other artificial sweeteners continued to be added to food, cookbooks, and even recipes for baby food.

More and more diseases of the nervous system such as brain damage, seizures, and migraine headaches, are being linked back to excitotoxin build up in the brain.

How Excitotoxins Work

Excitotoxins such as MSG, NatruSweet, and aspartame increase the natural levels of glutamate and aspartate found in our brain and spinal cord. When these levels rise above natural levels, they become deadly toxins to the neurons in our brains and body.

These neurons then become extremely “excited” and if provided in large enough doses, the neurons can degenerate and die.

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As these neurons break down, a destructive chain reaction process begins. Particles, known as “free radicals,” begin to form that damage everything they come in contact with. Our cells and genes within our body begin to be attacked and broken down from these free radicals.

The Effects of Excitotoxins on Babies

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The developing brain is one of the most sensitive and vulnerable of all the organs. While the baby is still in the uterus, it is facing the greatest levels of sensitivity.

The undeveloped enzymes that protect the developing brain are not yet in place while the child is in utero.

Could this be some of the cause of learning disorders such as autism and other psychological problems?

Based on experimental studies in animals, it can be assumed that when pregnant women eat and drink foods such as MSG, hydrolyzed vegatable protein, and other excitotoxins, they are passing potential risk onto the developing brain of their child that can last into its adolescence.

Testing and the FDA Argument

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There are many contradictions in the testing involving of effects of aspartame and other excitotoxins. Before the official approval from the FDA in 1981 to allow aspartame in food and drinks, studies by companies such as NutraSweet aimed to prove there were no considerable harmful effects of aspartame in humans.

One such study conducted by NutraSweet, G.D. Searle, studied the effects in rats. 320 rats were fed a diet containing aspartame and 120 rats were fed a normal diet and used as the control. The results showed 12 of the aspartame fed rats developed brain tumors while none of the control rats did. This represented a 3.75% increase of brain tumors in the rats fed aspartame, which was 25x higher than the incidence of random brain tumors developing in rats. The test divided the rats receiving an aspartame diet into “low dose” and “high dose” groups. In the low dose group, five rats developed brain tumors. In the high dose group seven rats developed brain tumors. This showed the higher the dose of aspartame, the better the chance of brain tumors in rats.

When Dr. John Olney pointed the FDA to the test findings, he was told that the high incidents of tumors in the rats were the results of “spontaneous” development of brain tumors. The same way that humans randomly develop brain tumors.

Dr. Olney reviewed the rate at which rats spontaneously develop brain tumors and found that in seven studies using a total of 59,000 rats, only 0.08% developed brain tumors. The aspartame fed rats had a 47% higher incidence rate.

In 1975, the drug enforcement division of the Bureau of Foods investigated the NutraSweet G.D. Searle subsequent testing. It found “apparent irregularities in data collection and reporting practices.” The director of the FDA at the time stated that they found “sloppy” laboratory techniques and “clerical errors, mixed-up rats, rats not getting the drugs there are supposed to get, pathological specimens lost because of a variety of other errors – all to conspire to obscure positive findings and produce falsely negative results.”

It appears, understandably so, that NutraSweet was desperately working to protect their potential billion dollar payoff and ensure that the FDA gave them positive approval to sell to the market.

While these tests don’t 100% prove that aspartame causes brain tumors in humans, it is interesting to note that from 1973 to 1990 brain tumors in people over the age of six-five have increased 67%.

Conclusion on Excitotoxins

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When MSG and other excitotoxins were first being added to foods for taste enhancements, glutamate receptors in the brain had not been discovered or fully understood. It was not known or understood that side effects could cause the death of brain cells.

Just as the market within the United States was becoming more health conscious, companies like NutraSweet were aiming to bring sugar substitutes into the markets. It was perfect timing. Americans and many others around the world began throwing back sodas they believed to be healthier with sugar substitutes rather than actual sugar. It wasn’t until later in time with more research, the harmful effects of MSG, aspartame, and other excitotoxins began to become known.

We live in a world in which there are so many contradictions and “pay to play” deals. It can often become hard to distinguish fact from fiction and right from wrong.

I have learned one thing in my self-discovery and search for truth and meaning in life – there is often so much more than lies beneath the surface. We need to do our own research and form our own conclusions. Much of the content of this post was pulled from the book “Excitotoxins – The Taste that Kills.” For much more insight, I highly recommend reading the book.

I believe the research shows the effects of excitotoxins on our brains has a far more harmful impact than what most major institutions want us to know.

Feel free to make your own conclusions upon doing your own research.

Please feel free to drop a comment, ask a question, or offer your perspective. There is much to gain from some “healthy” dialog in relation to this topic.

For now, please think twice before you reach for that diet soda or the “Equal” sugar substitute for your coffee. Your brain and your body will thank you in the long run.

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Outcomes of Cause and Effect and its Principles in Life

If you could look back at your life and see the possible outcomes of all the decisions you didn’t make, would you do it? Perhaps the tiny choices you made might have added up to make big differences in your current situation. Life outcomes of cause and effect often go unnoticed. We stroll through the minutia of our days giving little pause to the mundane. Perhaps we do make space for the bigger decisions. But what would happen if we could keep score for all the outcomes of cause and effect in life?

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Cause & Effect is my favorite principle of the Hermetic Kybalion teachings. It’s the one that I am constantly striving to understand its impact in life. In order to create change, we must begin with us. Too often people do one of two things:

  • They get angry with the world and decide to become belligerent and outrageous yelling, protesting, becoming angry with what they see around them.
  • They become a recluse and retreat to “fake realities,” putting blinders up and pretending the outside world isn’t there

But then this is a precious few type of people. They are the ones that understand on an basic and collective level that real change occurs from our individual and collective thought. In order to bring about change in our lives, we have to create it ourselves. Being upset, clambering about the world’s problems, and becoming negative does nothing but breed more of those actions. Standing by pretending problems don’t exist is not a wise decision either.

Before Action, we have Thought

We individually and collectively bring into our physical world what we think. This is cause and effect. This principle means that nothing ever happens by chance. There is a reason for everything. Every decision we make has an outcome that is produced. This principle is in harmony with the principle of Correspondence.

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There are higher planes of existence that dominate the lower planes and all throughout these planes of existence nothing escapes the Principle of Cause & Effect. Everything comes with explanation if we look upon it with known understanding. The way to use this principle with more empowerment is to consciously become aware of how it works. Step back, become aware, and “watch” your thoughts in action.

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Becoming Mindful

The trick is to realize that the mental plane (plane of thought) is where we spend a great deal of time. Become “mindful” of thought. Tune into our own cause and stop simply allowing effect to happen “unknowingly.”

This means become the catalyst for life. Through our thoughts, we are literally thinking our lives into existence, one moment at a time. If we think in an anxious and fearful manner – we will bring more of those emotions into our lives. Think in a calm and peaceful demeanor you will have more abundance of those types of reactions in life. We can put into action the first move, which will bring us the result we desire, not as a surprise, but a product of calculation. For more on this you can check out Dr. Hawkins Power vs. Force work and his “Map of Consciousness.”

You see how this parlays back to the principle of correspondence? We often say we want to live better lives and become better leaders and individuals. What steps does that entail? Perhaps we chose to focus on writing each day and reading more often. As opposed, to not doing those things, and finding the excuses to sit around and watch more TV and news.

When one is on the quest to become a person who has mastery over their “Self” they begin to gain control their feelings, personality, and environment. That individual will naturally have to obey the causation of higher planes in accordance to this principle. When one becomes more aware of this, it is impossible to act out of compliance to higher principles.

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Developing more Awareness to take Control

Having awareness of this will give you the ability to take control on the physical plane of existence that we all live in, without walking through life in utter disarray and lack of control.

I sincerely hope anyone reading this will understand that we are individually and collectively creating our own worlds. We can choose to ignore what we see hoping that someone else will come along and change it. We can get upset, scream, and yell at the people we don’t like seeing them do what they do, or we can all look within and become better at controlling our mental thoughts.

This way we manifest what we want here in the physical. The outcomes of cause and effect become more apparent. We don’t NEED ANYONE to tell us how to live. Suddenly, the power and ability within ourselves is revealed for us to attain our greatest potentials in life.

Journaling is a great way to see this live in action. Take a few notes a day on your mood and feelings. Then take note of what happens around you. What effects are generated from the “cause” your mood or mental state?

What are your thoughts on cause and effect? Have you had any profound examples of cause and effect that stand out in your life? I’d love to hear your learnings and perspectives. Leave a comment, share a story, and join in the conversation.

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How to Align with the Rhythm of Life

We have all felt emotional highs and lows of days, weeks, and months that pass us by. We love staying in the highs of life and always want to get out of the lows as quickly as possible. The phrase, “This too shall pass,” was created to be always observed as a truth and is appropriate in all times and situations. What we need to understand is how to align with the rhythm of life so we can flow more good days over bad.

All We Have is Right Now

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It cannot be overstated that all we ever experience takes place through the ever present moment of our lives. Be that moment positive or negative, the only constant is that it will not last. It will float by on the rhythm and waves of life. This too shall pass.

Abraham Lincoln employed these words into his speech at his inauguration as he become the 16th president of the United States. The words ring ever true and full of affirmation for all of us.

It is said an Eastern monarch once charged his wise men to invent him a sentence, to be ever in view, and which should be true and appropriate in all times and situations. They presented him the words: “And this, too, shall pass away.” How much it expresses! How chastening in the hour of pride! How consoling in the depths of affliction!

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The Universal Cycle of Life

Existing within the poles of Polarity, is the pendulum swing of the Rhythm of life. This 5th principle of the Kybalion embodies the fact that everything in life exists in measured motion. Here to there, in and out, backward and forward. Through the rise and fall, everything is always moving and flowing and never truly standing still.

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The universe is always flowing. It never stops moving and is always changing. This principle points to the cycle of life and death. The creation and destruction along with the rising and falling. This universal Rhythm manifests within us as we experience different forms of emotions and mental states. When we align with the rhythm of life, we can use it to our advantage by polarizing ourselves to the degrees in which we desire. This means we can “choose” to be happy, or we can literally choose ourselves negative and unhappy on a daily basis.

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When positive and negative things happen to us, we can choose how to respond to those things knowing that they are not going to last. Bringing awareness to these life transitions can be the difference between weeks, months, and years of recovery (mentally, physically, and emotionally). These are aspects of “knowing thyself” and trying to work toward emotional mastery.

The View from Above the Pendulum

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With a heightened level of awareness around this principle of Rhythm, we can experience transcendental states of consciousness to enable ourselves to stay above the swing of the pendulum. Rhythm is always going to have an effect on us in our lives one way or another. However, staying presently aware helps us stay in control. This awareness helps guide us forward and bring us back into accountability and control of ourselves when necessary.

Self-mastery is the goal, but even with an increased awareness we can see big improvements in our emotional states. When we align with the rhythm of life, we act from a place of purpose as opposed to allowing the proverbial swing of the pendulum to take us for a ride. It certainly helps to understand that we have a choice when it comes to our observations and responses in life.

The better we can be at not allowing ourselves to get too high, or too low when “life happens” is key. The game of life is going to take us on many twists and turns, up mountains and down into valleys. We have some ability to control the accelerator as well as having the power to pump the breaks.

Buckle up — realize that there are no “one way” streets in this game. We can come out on top in the end, but in order to do so we must play through the swings of highs and lows. Always remember that whether you are experiencing positive or negative outcomes at the present moment:

This too shall pass…

Please feel free to share, like, comment, give me your thoughts on this post. Is there any perspective you would like to share? I welcome all comments and thoughts.

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Improve Our Lives Using the Principle of Correspondence

The Hermetic Principle of Correspondence is another way to say:

  • “As above; so below
  • “As below; so above”
  • “As within; so without”
  • “As without; so within”

Once understood, we can improve our lives using the principle of correspondence. We begin to see a correspondence between the various planes of existence that the universe operates within.

In a previous post: the first Hermetic Principle of Mentalism, we outlined how the universe is a thought generated plane. After we think, we manifest our thoughts from the mental plane to the physical plane. Depending on how strong the thought, determines the time to manifest in the physical reality.

Realizing this is what can allow an individual to examine solutions to problems that exist “above,” and “below” surface level. What is meant by this is having the ability to analyze where a problem’s real point of manifestation is. For example, if an individual is dealing with a dilemma concerning self-confidence, the problem can be analyzed from points in the mental and physical. There are many different aspects to this particular issue. Let’s attempt to look at a few possible angles in which how the principle of correspondence applies.

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Self-Confidence

A person with a “confidence issue,” may be dwelling on some situations in their past that have been brought into the present. The problem actually may have originated with one example, or even multiple examples from the past. Because we only truly live and operate within the “present moment,” the constant dwelling on the lack of self-confidence continues to materialize within the everyday present moment.

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Time is an Illusion

Because “time” doesn’t actually really exist, this constant dwelling of lack of confidence is being brought in from the realm of thought. The thought plane is separate from the physical plane. Manifesting in the physical plane always occurs within the present moment. Although it may be in small increments, manifesting always happens in the present. The mental place or “realm,” of thought is not bound by “time.” Thought happens always presently, even if subtle and small. We are always thinking in the present moment, even if we are dwelling on our past. Thinking now, even if about the past, is occurring in the present moment.

Time is a man-made construct as we only truly ever live in “the now.” The past was at one time lived presently in a particular moment. The future will be lived in present moments as well. Time was created by man in order to function within the society we’ve come to know. When we really understand time for what it is, it can be easier to see that it truly doesn’t exist.

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We never operate “physically,” in the past or future. Past and future thoughts are what we bring into our current and present state. The solution to this problem is simply to change the mindset and stop focusing on the moments in the past, or worry of the future. This is just one example of how to understand and use the principle of correspondence.

Solving our Daily Problems

Many of our current problems are simply aspects of our daily thoughts. I know it sounds easier to say than to do, but we literally can improve our lives for the better by being able to properly analyze our mental thought activities. By making it a practice to observe our own thoughts, we gain the ability to become mindful. Becoming mindful then puts us more in touch with the present moment, which then shapes our future one day at a time…hopefully for the better.

This is how we get life to “correspond,” with us and for us. It is where we aim to improve our lives. As the French philosopher Rene Descartes famously first said, “I think, therefore I am”…This principle is absolute. It works for the positive and the negative. Think positive – you’ll bring in more positive aspects, think negative and you’ll certainly attract more negativity into your life.

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The Hermetic Principle of Mentalism

Where did the phrase, “mind over matter,” come from? Likely we’ve all heard that phrase at one point or another in our lives. Typically it is when we are engaged in some sort of struggle. Perhaps we are engaged in a strenuous physical activity, or feverishly working towards a future goal. Why would such a saying exist? The phrase exists because it is rooted in truth. In the Kybalion, the Hermetic Principle of Mentalism states, “THE ALL is MIND; the universe is mental.”

In my previous post, I drew upon the history of the Kybalion and the mystic traditions that surround it. This post dives into the first of seven Principles, The Hermetic Principle of Mentalism.

THE ALL or “Universal Field

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The Kybalion explains “THE ALL” as follows:

  • The Material Universe
  • The Phenomena of Life
  • Matter
  • Energy

Essentially, THE ALL, is Spirit. In itself, THE ALL is unknowable and undefinable. The best way perhaps that it can be thought of is as a universal, infinite, living Mind. Because it consists of all matter and energy within the universe, we as humans having the same particles within our bodies are a part of and connected to this Universal Field.

Correlations between the Kybalion and the Bible

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The suggestion is that the universe was generated by the mind of the creator and that all things experienced within our known universe exist within “this mind.” This certainly ties into the teachings of the Bible as well, that, “In the beginning, God created the Heavens and the Earth.” Could that famous phrase from the Bible really mean – the physical of which we see (Earth and universe), and the non-physical in which we don’t see, but does exist (Heaven)? For those reading, please understand that one of my passions is looking for ALL knowledge and truth. I love taking on the responsibility of looking to ALL resources that help me frame up “life,” as we know it – or don’t know it for that matter. By seeking as much knowledge from as many sources of truth, we are able to form the most vast and well-rounded point of views.

The Kybalion attempts to explain the true nature of Energy, Power, and Matter. It attempts to explain how all these are subordinate to the Mastery of Mind.

The Principle of Mentalism and its Impact in Life

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The Law of Mentalism,” may very well be why it is so important to work to practice “mindfulness,” or becoming mindful of our thoughts. Seeking to become aware that what we think, on every level, is a manifestation – a potentiality that can be brought into our physical exitance. Thought exists on the mental plane (heavenly plan if you wish to see it that way) and we manifest our thoughts into the physical plane.

What happens when we again become “one” and go back into “thought form” or pure consciousness? Our entire physical existence living on this planet we call Earth, could very well simply be our training grounds for when we are without body – and are only of thought energy, consciousness, or Spirit.

Whatever belief of an afterlife one may have, or if one has no belief is certainly up to that individual to decide upon. However, I certainly hope that we as a human species can gain mindfulness of our thoughts over the course of our lives. It is very likely, in my humble opinion, that we are thinking our thoughts into existence here in the physical. And when we are no longer of this physical earth, those impulses became instantaneous in what comes after physical death. Hence one of the possibilities for learning while here on earth is to work to stay mindful and present.

How we perform here with our physical bodies may pale in comparison to what comes after.

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Manifesting our Realities

“Accept what comes to you woven in the pattern of your destiny, for what could more aptly fit your needs?”

Marcus Aurelius

In a world that is constantly screaming out for our attention, it is ever more increasingly difficult staying driven and centered on manifesting our realities – – – or at least the realities that we want. The musings of life dangle distractions before our eyes, ears, and wondering minds – making it challenging to recharge and feed our souls. Most people find that making time to nourish our “higher-selves” an ever fleeting opportunity. However, it need not be so elusive.

Too often we meander through life, drowsily permitting our unconscious and subconscious minds to steer us about our daily activities. These activities may or may not be what our higher selves (soul) need for spiritual, personal, or professional growth. What want to aspire towards is training our unconscious and subconscious mind to guide us down the walks of life that we need brought before us in order to stay on paths of purpose. These new perspectives are what water our souls at a Devine and deeper level; quenching our thirsts in such gratifying and miraculous ways.

What this looks like and feels like can easily be seen and understood. We have all felt the difference in how we approach our daily lives when we want to do something versus needing to do something.

In a previous blog post titled “Discovering Yourself,” I called attention to the reality that at our core of existence; we are really conscious energy. Yes, we have a physical body and live within this physical world, but that body we look at is really just a capsule that holds our consciousness and soul. Our brain is simply a conduit, through which signals are sent to our bodies. When we are within the correct balance of mind / spirit / body – we can attract to us the areas through which we can expand and bring more fulfillment and meaning into our lives.

What we bring into the lens of focus in our lives is where the state of our conscious, unconscious, and subconscious mind is living. This is how we manifest our realities. We are constantly manifesting our realities whether we realize it or not, the key to the process is to step back and observe thoughts, desires, and actions.

Let’s discuss some key elements of how we can become more consciously aware of our thoughts so that we can help drive and manifest the lives that will be the most fulfilling for us:

  1. Meditation
  • Meditation is one of the most successful ways of quieting the mind and bringing about inner peace, focus, and purposeful attention.
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  • Make time for 5 mins a day when it works for you.
  • Pause, take a few deep breaths, close your eyes, and bring into your focus what your intentions are – what your lifestyle desires are.
  • Meditation can be done anywhere and does not need to be so overthought. Just quiet your mind, wherever you are, and allow any drifting thoughts to float by, but put forth a focused intention out into the universe of what you want more of in your life.
  • Make this a daily habit
  • Pay Attention
  • Watch what life is placing in front of you.
  • We often miss a great deal of our intentions we manifest as we do not connect the dots to our meditations and purposeful intent.
  • The situations that are brought before us are often the results of our thoughts, meditations, and desires – whether we realize it or not.
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  • No Negative Self-Talk
  • Realize that the negative emotion inside of us are going to reciprocate more of the same.
  • What we say to ourselves inside our heads becomes the truth
  • Change your self-talk to more positive affirmations
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When we are fully conscious, drama is not permitted to enter our lives. Manifesting our realities becomes more powerful and self-fulfilling. It is through our subconscious and unconscious thought that we can program and manifest consciously into our lives what we truly desire.

We must become aware of the negative thoughts, desires, and destructive self talk that we often do to ourselves. When we can rid our minds of that type of thinking, we will begin to see more of our purpose and life plan drawn into our lives.

When you live with acceptance of “what is” that is the end of all drama in your life. The situation can either be worked on or made to regress even worse by actions taken through the present moment of each day.

All of us are manifesting our realities each waking moment of every day. We have to “filter” our thoughts in such a way that we get more of what we want or need and less of what we don’t.

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5 Resources for Personal Enlightenment

These 5 Resources for personal enlightenment are what have been some of the best learnings I’ve used in my own life. The path to personal awakening will be different for everyone. There is no one size fits all when it comes to what we each need for our own growth and development.

However, speaking from personal experience, I certainly can share what have been some of the biggest key influences on me. There have been countless books, podcasts, articles, video documentaries, and other resources that I have used to raise my awareness on life.

Reflecting back over the 10+ years that I’ve been working on my own spiritual development, I have aimed to pull the top 5 biggest influences that have made the most positive impact in my life. These were the most eye opening, big picture perspectives that helped me put actions into place to drive real change.

I hope those that read and come across these suggestions enjoy them and explore them for their own learning and development:

5. Gaia

Gaia is an app that is downloadable to any device and has over 8,000 videos and docuseries that are targeted to expand the consciousness and perspective of their viewers. There are different levels of subscription options and it comes with a free 7 day trial : https://www.gaia.com/

Just a few of the topics you can find are:

  • Mindfulness
  • Energy Healing
  • Ancient & Hidden Civilizations
  • The Afterlife
  • Alternative Realities

One of my favorite series on Gaia is “Missing Links” with Greg Braden, where the past, present, and future of human kind is examined. Greg is a renowned scientist that delves into many mysteries that help examine new learnings on our origins and where our future is taking us. He challenges the status quo of history and the much of the learning that we have been taught. There is so much more to our existence and possibilities of human potential that Greg meticulously explains with drawn out proof of facts and evidence.

Dr. Bruce Lipton’s “Inner Evolution” describes the new learnings of epigenetics and how we can reprogram our genes through conscious thought and targeted focus techniques. These learnings challenge the old-school teachings that we are stuck with what we are born with. We now know through brain elasticity that we can increase our brain function and expand beyond previously believed limitations.

4. E2 – Nine Do it Yourself Energy Experiments That Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality by Pam Grout

This book is a short 163 page do it yourself practice guide that proves the universe responds to your thoughts. You literally practice and bring manifesting to life with practical easy to conduct tests. When the lessons of this book are put into play, it is hard not to begin to see our reality for what it truly is – energy and thought responsive.

3. Super Human by Dave Asprey

The reading in “Super Human” is all about putting the health of our bodies first. For we cannot attain optimum levels of consciousness if we do not first provide our bodies with the right nutrition and supplements. Dave takes the reader through easy practical daily changes to health management as well as the care necessary for our cellular make up. In doing the processes taught in this book, we are able to slow down the aging process with possibilities of living well past 100 years, and into realms of previously unthought lifespans.

2. Power vs Force by David Hawkins

Power vs Force” is centered on humanities ability to evolve based on the levels of our consciousness. When we are based in lower levels of consciousness such as “fear” or “jealousy,” we cannot empower ourselves to achieve greater good. Because we attract what we put out energetically, we will forever be attracting to ourselves the energetic state that we are operating within. When we reach higher levels such as “love” and “peace” we begin to bring about higher level energy frequencies that begin to empower us.

  1. The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle

This book changed my life. From high blood pressure and anxiety to now completely normal and so much more calm and present. And not just health wise, but from the aspect of a calm and centered ability to notice our ego, the inner voice in our head. In this book, we learn that every moment only occurs presently. The past is gone and the future is only generated through our present actions. The only way to bring full awareness and peace is to be in the present moment.

Feel free to comment if you have any personal experiences with any of these resources. I’d love to hear your thoughts on what impact they may have made for you. Also, please share any of your own personal resources that have made a great impact for you in your life and journeys. I hope that these 5 Resources for personal enlightenment help anyone that comes across them as much as they have me.

A Reason for Being

There are only two mistakes on the path to truth – not starting the path and not going all the way to the end.

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. All of us have it – some just know it with deeper conviction. “The Why,” is our power – without it we have no meaning. Today, as we move through an ever-changing and often challenging reality, the search for truth should take on an even higher purpose. When we seek for truth with intention, it is revealed for us. It takes hard work, and is not going to simply appear for us. 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

But many of us have a hard time finding what our purposes are. Below is great diagram that comes from the Japanese lifestyle designed to help us find our reason for being.

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 definitve: Ikigai-ni-tsuite (About Ikigai), 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.

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

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

~ Aristotle ~

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.

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.

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.

When we turn our lives over to our higher selves and allow the flow to take place, we begin to see the magic take place.

Keep after “Your Why” – the rest will follow.

Truth – In Higher Consciousness

What is Truth? How do we go about “finding truth?” Many of us have thrown out claims of what we believe to be true and what we see as false. Claiming “truth” and “falsities” are both powerful claims no matter where they come from. Is there a way or a process in which we can sift through the minutia of the details in order to make more well informed decisions?

It is my belief that if we ponder our life questions – be that through meditation, prayer, or deep contemplation; the answers and evidence of what we seek will be placed in front of our eyes. What I mean by this is not getting it from gossip or what others tell us, but rather a deep “knowing” that comes through a lot of reflection and deep desire to see truth. Truth will find us if we are deeply wanting and desiring it. However, we must first be “calibrated” at the proper level of consciousness or in the right mindset.

In the book, Power vs Force, by Dr. David R. Hawkins, the tactics and means by which we can see through the webs of misdirection and deceit are explained. He describes some real life tests that we can use to see the truth in our lives. We simply have to be in the right state of mind. For example, someone living within the “grief” or “fear” levels of consciousness will always receive statements of confirmation within that level of consciousness they are residing within (like attracts like). But if we are living within levels of “love” and “peace,” we can implement a process by which truth will always find us. As Dr. Hawkins calls out in his book Power vs Force, “Sheep’s clothing need no longer hide the wolf.”

Levels of Consciousness

In “Power vs Force, the levels of consciousness are explained. When we move ourselves up the ladder with self-exploration and achieve higher levels, we are more ready and able to see truth. With lower modes of consciousness, we become victims of falsities and corruption

The energy field of consciousness that permeates in us and within the universe, contains all frequencies of thought. Everyone whom has ever walked the earth has put out thoughts into existence. Whether it was in writing or speeches, all of recorded history can detail a level of either higher or lower conscious thought that is married to it.

Entire books and pieces of art have a level of vibration attached to them through the consciousness that generated them. Within Dr. Hawkins’s book, we can see how certain aspects of creativity through time have graded out on the scale of consciousness. The Bible, writings from Shakespeare, Hitler’s Mein Kampf, even his own book, Power vs. Force, is graded. What we begin to see by using this practice is the state of mind though which existed from those whom created it. Were they in levels of lower consciousness or levels of higher consciousness? Were their attempts aimed at driving fear and control or empowerment and enlightenment?

We can begin to learn how to make personal decisions in our lives with the best possible outcomes. We can study pieces of work and not only wonder what their creators where intending, but receive inputs and outputs on truth for what their intentions were. How does it work? How do we begin to weed out all the possibilities and work towards knowable outcomes instead of simply educated guesses about particular events or writing?

The method is referred to as the “muscle test.” Because our bodies respond to energy, the consciousness of our minds has the ability show us through our muscles “positive” and “negative” outcomes. It works like a computer program with inputs being given as a “0” for “yes” or a “1” for “no.” We can generate any statement we want in our minds and test the validity by using this process. However, how we specify the statement to be tested is of paramount importance.

For example, asking whether or a decision is a “good one,” can be misread. What constitutes “good” Good for whom? When and under what amount of time? What the universe believes to be good for us can be highly subjective in that moment of time since time is not necessarily linear and expands beyond just that one exact moment. The specificity of the question matters. Stating, “opportunity XYZ presents the most positive outcome for me in this moment,” would be a much better example of specific and relevant feedback. We do not want to ask questions, but rather give statements to be judged positive “Yes” or negative “No.”

The various methods are described in the book. The most popular being the use of two people and one pushing down on another’s outstretched arm to see if it stays firm “positive” or the muscles give way and the arm falls “negative.” However, there are tests that can be done by yourself. One method is by taking your middle finger and holding it to your thumb to form a circle. Then with the opposing hand taking your index finger and attempting to pull the circle apart. You can tell the positive outcome if the circle easily holds and see a negative outcome if the circle easily breaks. You must apply the same gentle pulling motion each time while reaffirming your statement you want to test in your mind.

Feel free to try this for yourself and formulate your own conclusion. Upon doing this for some time I can say that I have seen it work more than I have not and I have tried to implemented it in my life for “fact checking” or trying to determine higher levels of positive intent. The key is to try and stay objective and use the same process each time. You will easily be able to tell if the circle breaks just ever so subtly or stays firm. That is all it seems to take to show the outcome of positive versus negative consciousness from my own personal experiences.

It is important to understand that for the best accuracy of this process, that the person or people conducting is calibrated over 200 on the above scale. Even at 200, there is said to be a 30% chance of error. Staying impartial to the response is also key so that any self-serving personal interest not affect results. Basically, try and be of clear mind and without any self-serving intent before conducting these tests or results will be flawed. With enough practice however, I believe this method can become an effective process to try and add into our own personal lives.

The answers we get back about life, or anything else, generally are a just the reflection of ourselves and our own awareness levels or current levels of consciousness. When we align within the common good, it means doing what is Right or what is of higher consciousness. That is also how we generate real positive change in the world. We first start with ourselves and ensuring that what we put out into the universe is of high levels of empowerment and consciousness.

Lastly, realize that there is a path we can help ourselves see and walk – a purpose for each of us. Put out the intention for guidance with the right positive, higher consciousness intentions, and then turn over your life to the greater good and watch your life go in the direction necessary.

With this practice in your daily arsenal you can work to:

1. Accept what is only true

2. Work for the common good

3. Match your needs and wants with what is in your control

4. Embrace what life has in store for us and be thankful for the experiences you gain

The book Power vs. Force was certainly a positive impact for me on my own personal journey of Truth Seeking, so I am hoping that sharing this post leads to others having some eye opening personal experiences of their own.

“Know Your Why” – and watch the rest unfold.

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