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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 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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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 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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Understand the Principle of Polarity to Improve your Life

Opposites Attract. We’ve likely heard that phrase in life before. It’s certainly a rule that I have seen alive and well in my life, and likely you as well. The point of this post is to really help you better use and understand the principle of polarity to improve your life.

I’ll give you one great example in my life. My life partner, my wife, is my opposite in almost every way. She balances me, has been my counter opinion when I needed different perspective. We think differently, yet also appreciate each others perspectives. It is what has really made our marriage unique and at times quite entertaining.

This fourth principle of Hermeticism contains the truth that everything has its pair of opposites. It explains that in all things, there are two poles that exist in a state of constant duality. The secret lying behind this principle is that opposites are really “the same,” only varying by small degrees in difference.

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Opposites are really just the extremes of the same thing. Some examples of this are “hot and cold.” Both are simply a description of temperature; varying only in degree. There is no clear-cut point when hot stops being hot, and starts being cold and vice versa. When is “hot” actually hot? 80 degrees (27 degrees Celsius)? Maybe 85 degrees (29 degrees Celsius)? 95 degrees (35 degrees Celsius)? The same goes for “light and darkness,” “hard and soft,” “big or small,” and even “love and hate.” With “love and hate” there is no clear point where one emotion becomes another, or when it passes through “like,” “dislike,” or “indifference.”

The Power of Perception

All these examples are left up to individual perceptions of the degree. The principle of Polarity exists to explain these paradoxes. This principle is important because it implicates we can adjust the polarity of a degree of emotion. All we need to do is recognize which degree which best suits our needs.

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We often can experience involuntary and rapid transitions in our psyche between love and hate, like and dislike, as well as many other frames of emotions. Ultimately, our goal should be to “notice these emotions.” As we experience them, we can choose to experience these transitions through the use of our willpower for the betterment of our life and the lives of others.

The better we get at recognizing the emotions and feelings within us, the more we are brought into a more “present moment,” of existence. The difference within these polarities of extremes is not a insurmountable challenge. They are simply expressions of the same thing, differing only in degree, to choose between.

The Practice of Mental Alchemy

This practice of recognizing and adjusting to these polarities can be known or described as the art of Mental Alchemy. You can really improve your life if you understand this mindful ability. If you have never read, “The Alchemist,” by Paulo Coelho, I would HIGHLY recommend it. The book is a short, easy read, that speaks to a great story of a man on a journey to find his purpose. He thinks he has to complete a long journey to find it. However, all the while he possesses it within himself and ultimately discovers his way to his purpose through his mind and awareness.

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We each have an opportunity daily to work on the mastery of this art…

We just have to awaken to this truth and realize that the potential to discover real treasures lie within us. It takes time and commitment. But treasures chests full of rewards aren’t typically lying out in the open for easy taking. With the right amount of mindfulness, we can improve our life using the principle of polarity.

We have to dig deep and work to find them.

Do you like this post? Have any thoughts, opinions, feedback, reactions? Would love to engage more with you. Please leave a comment and lets engage in some good conversation and learning.

Until next time, keep looking at life in new and different ways. Challenge old perspectives and formulate your own conclusions and truths.

Ungraduated – Finding your way through your Why

For more on the principles of Hermeticism, you can see my previous blog post concerning the 7 principles taught within the Kybalion.

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The Principle of Vibration and its effect in Life

Everything in life is vibrating. Life is made up of energy. The chair I sit on as I type this post is not actually solid. It is made up of billions and billions of tiny little atoms swirling around at such a fast pace that the chair appears solid and even holds me in place. But, the chair is not actually “solid matter.” The Principle of vibration and its effect in life is something that we need to understand in order to see the bigger picture.

In my previous blog post, we discussed the principle of correspondence, the second of the 7 principles of the Kybalion. The third principle of Vibration builds upon this learning. Feel free to go back and read it as well as the first principle of mentalism.

Atoms are Actually Empty Space

Science and physics have come a long way over the centuries and in the modern era we have come to understand energy is at the center of everything. It has been proven true that atoms are actually made up of empty space.

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Here’s some mind-bending statistics – an atom’s nucleus is only a few femtometers across. A femtometer is actually a word, I didn’t just make it up, though it sounds like it. A femtometer is about a thousand million millionth of a meter. Super incredibly small.

So now we need to understand exactly how far away the electrons are from the nucleus of the atom. They actually travel around the nucleus at a distance of one-ten-billionth of a meter away from the core. To “right size” this – it’s 100,000 times the width of the nucleus. A comparison to this would be if the nucleus were a basketball centered in Manhattan, then the electrons flying around it would be circling from about the distance to Philadelphia. All the space in between the rotation — is empty space.

The chair you are sitting in is made of empty space. I know it sounds crazy, but it’s proven truth now by science. The electrons and the nuclei are constantly engaging through the force known as electromagnetism. Each circumference around the atom is carried about the rotation through an electronic force of a particle of pure energy called a photon. Each photon pushes back with equal force, a tiny push or pull enabled across the emptiness in space. And that, along with some other quantum physics jargon, is really what’s keeping my ass from drifting through “the stuff” I call my chair. It is really all the “energy force” of this process that holds the chair together.

The Human Body is Vibrating

Enough with the science lesson. Energy makes up the physical world. This energy is in constant vibration and movement. The human body “vibrates.” The body can generate mechanical vibrations at very low frequencies, so-called infrasonic waves.

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Different organs of the human body produce different resonance frequencies. For example, the heart resonance frequency vibrates at 1 hertz. The brain has a resonance frequency of 10 hertz. Everything we see in life is vibrating at a set pace; some really fast and some really slow. To really understand this try and think of a tire on a car or truck moving VERY fast. It almost can appear that it’s not moving at all right? And at the lowest levels of vibration, objects move extremely slow. They appear to be not moving at all -think rocks and trees.

Between these two states of super fast and very slow, there exist infinite manifestations all occurring at varying octaves of vibration, each with their own existence and reactionary states.

Be More Mindful

I believe that human thought has its own level of vibration. We can tune it like an instrument to produce different results. With better understanding of the principle of vibration, we can aim to generate self-improvement in this physical form. We even can learn to manifest thoughts into existence in our own lives. We just need to be mindful of what thoughts we want to manifest. That depends on becoming more mindful and aware of our mental and emotional state.

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As we can better understand vibration and our own frequency; harmony and resonance increases, and thus our power over ourselves and our world. This is the way that we ultimately can control and better ourselves, along with the entire world – one…person…at…a…time.

What examples of the principle of vibration have you witnessed in your life? Please feel free to comment, leave a reply, and join in the conversation. I’m always open and looking for great connections.

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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.

The 7 Principles of the Kybalion

The Kybalion and Hermetic principles dates back to around 5,000 years ago. It is a compilation of Hermetic teachings. These doctrines are based on 7 principles of the Kybalion, originally explained by Hermes Trismegistus. The Kybalion provides a Master-Key for students to unlock the fundamental and basic teachings of esoteric philosophy. It has been said that one will find the Kybalion when one is ready to discover its teachings.

There are seven Hermetic principles that the entire philosophy is based on. Together, these seven principles constitute an explanation of the basic laws that apply to all of creation.

The Three Initiates

The Kybalion was written by the Three Initiates. As their name suggests, the authors were three students of Hermetic philosophy. Throughout time, Hermetic teachings were passed down through word of mouth teaching, but the Three Initiates decided to document the core principles of the philosophy in order to help it reach a wider audience. The Three Initiates are never named and remain anonymous, although many suspect that New Thought pioneer William Walker Atkinson was one of the authors.

Hermes Trismegistus

Much of the teachings of the Kybalion originate from the ancient sage Hermes Trismegistus. While he was alive, his wisdom reached across the known continents of the time. The Egyptians nicknamed him “the scribe of the gods.” The Greeks referred to him as the “god of Wisdom.” The ancient Romans bestowed him with the name “Mercury.” In his time, Hermes discovered alchemy, which developed later into modern day chemistry. He generated the concept of astrology, which later became astronomy. For his wisdom, he was known as the “Master of Masters.”

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The Secrecy Behind the Kybalion

The Kybalion has been occulted since it’s existence. That isn’t to say it is dealing with black or “dark magic” theories. The world “occult” simply means hidden, or kept secret. There are beliefs that government organizations have worked hard to generate the recognition that occult means bad. That couldn’t be further from the truth.

We can certainly see how Hermes and his followers wanted to keep their teachings in hiding. Throughout much of known history we see how those not following the mainstream teachings of the known time faced persecution and even death. Thus, the teachings of the Kybalion were never formalized into any formal religious doctrine.

The Kybalion and Hermetic principles have religions discussed within them from many different regions of the world and belief systems, yet they are not tied to any one religion denomination.

Why Read the Kybalion?

The philosophy and teachings laid out in the Kybalion demonstrates the basic principles of the Hermetic art of mental alchemy. These basic teachings of the 7 principles of the Kybalion involve the mastery of mental forces. When ones learns to apply universal laws, they will possess the key to performing mental transmutation and alchemy. This empowers the student of these principles to adjust their vibrational states. By studying the laws in The Kybalion, a person can learn how to change their reality by simply shifting their focus in their mind.

One of the basic fundamental teachings in The Kybalion is that we live in a mental universe. Even though we see ourselves and experience the physical reality we see before us, All is mind. Thus, understanding how to come into vibrational synchronicity with this vast universal potentiality, we can learn to always live within our best selves. Learning these mental shifts is how we ultimately attain our truest potential and highest abilities.

So it comes down to whether or not one wants to challenge their current belief systems and seek to learn different perspectives on mental alchemy. Are you open minded and ready to accept new possibilities?

The 7 Principles of the Kybalion and Hermitic Teachings

    1. The Principle of Mentalism
    2. The Principle of Correspondence
    3. The Principle of Vibration
    4. The Principle of Polarity
    5. The Principle of Rhythm
    6. The Principle of Cause and Effect
    7. The Principle of Gender

I will be delving into each of these teachings and the meanings behind them in subsequent blog posts.

I hope that anyone reading will join in on the learning and partake in some good Q&A.

The path to self discovery begins with asking “why” –

“Know Your Why” – the rest will follow.

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Discovering Yourself

Who are you? How would you answer that question upon asked? I challenge myself with this question often just to ensure I keep perspective in life. Discovering yourself often turns into a lifelong journey. Our careers, names, birthplaces, personalities, and material possessions are just parts of the physical reality puzzle of our lives. All of these collectively make up how others see us in this physical existence; but are they us? Do they define us?

What is the part of us that defines our true self? How do we identify with our being? Discovering yourself is a deep and inward journey that will contain learnings that can help you define your purpose in life.

For the better part of 10 years or so I’ve been asking myself these inward-dwelling questions. If you get to this point of life where you’re asking yourself these types of questions – congratulations…the real work is now beginning.

When most people ponder the question of “who they are,” they are quick to think of what they do for a profession in life. That helps define a person right? What about where they come from, such as – country, city, place of origin? Do those identifiers define us? What about likes and dislikes; maybe even throw our religions and political backgrounds into the picture. Food we enjoy eating and places we like to travel, sports teams we’re fans of, types of clothing we prefer to wear. Surely all these things should help us describe who we really are.

The truth is we are NONE of these things. Actually, all the above mentioned items describe “physical” aspects of our lives. The things we do while in this physical existence. They are not at all what we really are. So what truly are we? Are we the voice in our heads – our thoughts? Maybe that would make more sense.

My best attempt at answering this question with my understanding at this point in my life is this; we are the awareness that stands in the background, that observes the conscious thought. Now, some people may read this and wonder what on earth I’m trying to say. All I can say is there is conscious, subconscious, and unconscious thought. All of this exists in the mind. The mind is energy through which the brain (conduit) sends thoughts and signals through the body that both consciously and unconsciously guide us through life. What I believe we really are, is the energy behind all of it. Call it Soul, Higher Self, Consciousness, or God itself…

Consciousness & Levels of Mind

Whether we realize it or not, this energy is always there. Discovering yourself can be an awakening of sorts. The ability to “step back within yourself,” and “watch the daily movie play out.” This, in my eyes, is the best way to describe who we really are at our core.

The question is, who or what is running the show?

Are we on auto-pilot as we aimlessly fly through life, or have we begun to look inwards to truly try and understand how this thing called life really works? Once we begin to understand “mind,” we can begin to tackle the ego. Trying to understand the ego, is perhaps the greatest undertaking in ones personal journey of awakening. For as long as we only identify with “our mind,” the ego will continue to run our lives. Ego is the source of many problems in our lives. It goes well beyond conceitedness and into fear, anxiety, depression, and all other aspects of lower based consciousness. Ego is full of wants and judgements. As long as the egoic mind is running us – we can never truly be at peace.

When it comes to pondering the question, “Who are you?” – pause and consider the consciousness that has experienced your life. Discovering yourself can be a very rewarding journey, but like all journeys we have to be prepared for what we may discover along the way. Not everything we discover is going to be what we want to find – but it likely is what we need.

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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.

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