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Never Forget We are All Connected

Never Forget…

No se olvide (Spanish)

jamais oublié (French)

Niemals vergessen (German)

Не забывайте (Russian)

דו זאלסט נישט פאַרגעסן (Yiddish)

别忘了 [bié wàngle] (Chinese)

忘れないで (Japanese)

잊지 마라. [ij-ji mala.] (Korean)

لا تنسى [la tansaa] (Arabic)

मत भूलो (Hindi)

Unutma (Turkish)

Those words live in infamy across the globe. Some of the phrases above translate to “Don’t Forget.” Nevertheless, these words are solidified within the hearts, souls, and minds of billions of humans across the globe for different reasons.

I remember where I was that day when I watched the towers burn and crumble…many of us do.

But now 20 years later – what do the words “Never Forget” mean through my own interpretation, growth, learning, and internal development?

Never Forgetting the Lives Sacrificed

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While many see war as a necessary means to an end – I no longer do. That said, I will never forget the millions of lives sacrificed around the globe for what these men and women believe to be the greater good, on all sides, not just from the standpoint of an “American.”

These brave souls stand, fight, and often die in the line of duty for their nations. As human consciousness continues to evolve, I can see a day in the not so distant future through which we do not solve conflict through acts of war and further violence.

War is an outdated belief system that can be un-programmed in the minds of our leaders. We need not resolve disagreements through acts of violence and murder. There are other, more spiritual and soulful answers against those actions that are more egoic and worldly in nature.

All of that said – I will never forget the tens if not hundreds of millions of souls across the globe that have given their physical lives for what they believed in. While I don’t find it necessary any longer, I acknowledge the “up to now” aspect of the human consciousness. I respect and appreciate all lives around the globe that have served their countries and died for their respective causes.

My hope, belief, and meditation is that all soldiers around the globe lay down their arms before their leaders and commit that they will fight no more.

For we need not sacrifice another human soul through the act of war if we choose not too listen to those calling upon us for more war. There are better ways – better solutions to resolving conflict and disagreement.

Never Forgetting to Bring More Love to the World

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Love is the antithesis to hate as well as the overarching answer to solving it. Without sounding too “hippieish” – all we need is love.

This is a fact. As human kind moves up the spiritual levels of consciousness, love is where we begin to show more care, appreciation, and connectedness with the world. Above the levels of love are joy, peace, and enlightenment:

Never forget we are evolving consciously together
Human Levels of consciousness by Dr. David Hawkins

I will never forget that we are all human first. No matter our difference of opinion, political alignments, spiritual belief system; we are in this human playground experience together.

In this hyper-polarized world in which we live, I continue to work to observe the pendulum swing of the principle of rhythm.

As the power controllers of the world aim to stay within power, I believe it is often intended to generate more hate, division, opposition, and in-fighting. It is my opinion that this is by design to hold humanity back or slow our progress of collective consciousness evolution.

I will not forget that humankind is wising up to these Hegelian dialectic tactics:

Never Forget we are purposefully positioned against each other politically
Hegelian Dialectic Example in Politics

Thus, I will not forget to see you as a “human being first” over all other labels that we have given ourselves or have received from society.

Never Forgetting that United We Stand – Divided We Fall

Never forget united we stand divided we fall

Above all else…

I have learned in the last 20 years that we are connected on this planet not only through a physical nature, but spiritually as well.

We truly are all connected. There is no force on this planet that can stop us if we collectively bond together. Yes, there is work to be done. All of humanity is slowly waking up to the fact that there are manipulators abound that are trying desperately to hold us back.

Every tactic in the book of psychological warfare is being cast upon as globally. I believe the archaic operating system of power and control is crumbling around us. Thus it is why we are experiencing such extremes.

Never forget that we are many, they are few. Their intentions are to hold us back, retard our spiritual, collective conscious evolution.

Never forget that it is humanity’s destiny to push forward and reach it’s full potential.

Perhaps the pivotal point that took our breath away and caused our collective hearts to skip a beat twenty years ago to the day on September 11th, 2001 was the beginning of the outdated oligarchy beginning to crumble apart.

I will never forget those lives lost then, after, and continued.

For it is through them, that my then closed eyes – are now wide open…

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Want More Meaning in your Life? Follow these five steps

The world is going through a human consciousness shift. We are beginning to realize the old way of earning a living is melting away to a higher and more purposeful one. Making an living used to only be about how to best take care of you and your family. In the new world consciousness that will matter too, but also at a “higher collective” level. Living with more meaning is about making a difference in life on multiple levels. Do you want to live as your best and highest most purposeful self? Read on for more understanding and institution of these powerful mindset shifts.

The Different Layers of Meaning in Life

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When we think about making more meaning in life we generally start with us. That’s a good and natural place to begin. But what comes after when we are provided for at a sufficient level? That’s the million dollar question that more and more people these days are seeking the answer to. Let’s sum up the different layers of impact in life:

  • Self (personal)
  • Personal tribe (those closest to you)
  • Outer tribe (those you don’t know on collective level)
  • Global (Earth level)
  • Universal (All consciousness)

It makes sense that we begin with us. We must first have ourselves in order before we seek to make any higher level impact. This is a key attribute through the entire plan of making more meaning in life and those around us. Our health, safety, and financial needs must first be met before we can satisfy the needs of anyone around us.

Once that base need is met, we can look to those closest in our lives such as our families. This is our personal tribe. Our families, friends, and co-workers that we interact with on daily / weekly / monthly levels.

Beyond our closest family and friends comes our outer tribe. These are people that hear of us and find out about our work and purpose. As we look for more meaning in life, we begin to branch out and find ways to make moments of impact in lives of strangers and people we don’t know as well.

After generating more meaning in the lives of others we can begin to care more about the global level. This does not only pertain to the environment, but also all the human, animal, plant, and other consciousnesses on the planet.

Lastly, we can begin to see consciousness at an even higher level that permeates through the entire universe. Making more meaning at this level transcends time and space into all things material and non-material.

Step 1 – Start with your Purpose

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The first question we all must ask ourselves is – “What do we stand for?How do we discover our purpose?

When it comes to what you do for work, is that work aligned with a higher calling? Can you feel that you are able to make a difference on a level that is greater than yourself?

Begin to ask yourself – what is your vision of this “new earth consciousness?” Define what that vision is and ensure that no matter what walk of life you are earning income in, that you vision aligns with the work you do.

It is ok if your actual job doesn’t 100% align with your purpose or mission. But let me stress that it cannot be 100% out of alignment. For example, if you are passionate about helping others as I am, you can find ways to make impact in your current job. As long as that job involves working with others.

However, it would not make sense to work for an organization that is completely out of alignment from what you want to be known and recognized for. If this is the case, then it would behoove you to find a new place of employment or begin your own venture that aligns with more meaning and purpose in your life.

Step 2 – Recalibrate on how you View your Life

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After we have become crystal clear on what our purpose and mission in life is, then we can move onto recalibrating and watching the life film that is our own movie.

This step involves getting very clear on the details involving our life. For example, what do we say “yes” and “no” to? Who do we allow into our lives and what do we allow to command our time and attention?

Our very most important resource in life is time. Where we spend it and allow our attention to go becomes of the utmost importance at this step. When we are aiming to expand to our highest self, we must aim to “flow” with the universe and aspire to surrender to what comes into our life for good. Once our intentions are made clear around our purpose, the universe will bring those opportunities before our very eyes. We just have to be aware and say “yes” to those opportunities while saying “no” to what won’t serve us or our journey for more meaning.

By “recalibrating” we begin to “allow” more good to come to us. We shift out of the “controlling” mindset so many of us have been accustomed to. In this new mindset, we can begin to see the “micro-moments” of life as we make decisions to allow vs. control. We need not hit rock bottom as it is often believed in order to allow our lives to flow in unison with more meaning and purpose. The old belief of needing to hit your “low point” in life in order to see life differently isn’t necessary. We need only begin to catch ourselves in old habits of micromanaging and controlling others around us instead of allowing life to flow into and around us.

So if you find yourself wanting to have that “controlling” conversation with your family or coworkers, just notice the moment and settle back some. Get back into the “expansion” mindset over the “contraction” version that you may be used to.

Step 3 – Embody your Highest Self

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We don’t always get what we dream of, but we do get what we settle for. This third step is all about shifting your awareness to bring more abundance into your life.

People are beginning to realize what many for generations past didn’t – that time is not linear. We see ourselves living one day at a time, week at a time, month at a time, and years at a time. Yet, the information of our “highest self” and best self is available to us now.

We need not wish to know how we are living 5, 10, 0r 20 years from now – we can call for that insight into our lives now. It doesn’t take some long drawn out super focused meditation, but rather a simple genuine asking and expectation that our higher self embodies into our lives now.

After committing too and living with more meaning and purpose now, we can guarantee that our future self will be all the better for it.

We have the ability to “bend” time and space in order to access our higher self to help us live in “the now” or every present moment. All it requires is for us to geniuinly and compassionately receive this information.

What does this “higher version” of myself say? Who does this higher version of myself associate with and spend time around? What does this higher version of myself say “yes” and “no” too?

This ability embody your higher self is going to help you stay on track towards more meaning, a higher calling, and more purposeful intent in you life.

Step 4 – Redefine your “Minimum Standard” of Living

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Ever wonder why the “all seeing eye” is on the back of the U.S. $1 bill? While I’m not completely sure, maybe it has something to do with the worlds currency being tied back to the almighty dollar in some way. Perhaps it is on the back of the 1 dollar bill as this is the first of the paper currencies printed in the U.S. It is the minimum paper standard currency. You can have very few $1’s or very many. Most would like many of these!

Once we have tapped into our higher self and are living in alignment with more meaning, we can begin to work on our self-worth and net worth.

For so long in the old paradigm of the “old world consciousness,” it was – I provide a service and I get paid for that service. My “pay” is only identifiable with what my services provide. This old outdated thinking is beginning to shift.

Now, we can begin to shift our awareness towards the value we bring others dictating our net worth. As we aim to bring more service and value in the lives of others, we will continue to be rewarded for it.

As long as our hearts are in the right place that is. We cannot come from a place of greed. Doing so will not yield good results.

Tell yourself that you are fun of abundance. Make it a daily mantra. Write it down where you can see it. Repeat the phrase daily:

“I am abundant and receive more abundance daily.” You will find that as you serve the greater good with more meaning, you will be rewarded at your standard expectations.

If your minimum standard is “always just enough to get by,” that is what you are going to continue to receive. To serve the world with more meaning, you need more abundant resources.

Continually redefine your minimum standard of living.

Step 5 – Enact Leadership for More Meaning

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This last and final step is all about leading at authentic and genuine levels that encompassess more meaning and purpose in your life. It will be required of you since you only associate and operate at that frequency. You now know your truth and nothing can come between you and it. The world consciousness will vibrate and be in alignment with you.

You become your own currency. The vibrational frequency that you operate within brings you more abundance. Everything is now in alignment with more meaning and you purpose.

The world is full of noise and chaos right now. This is because the old paradigm is breaking down. How the world used to work and operate will end. A new operating system is being generated. This is what is causing the chaos. This chaos is actually a good thing. It is necessary for us to begin seeing the “old system” is no more.

What the world needs is more leaders that are aligned well with more meaning and a new “world consciousness.” The days of achieving more and more money to satisfy ones’s happiness are ending. We are waking up and realizing there is more to life.

The beauty in all this is we just need to continue leading at each appropriate level:

  • Self (personal)
  • Personal tribe (those closest to you)
  • Outer tribe (those you don’t know on collective level)
  • Global (Earth level)
  • Universal (All consciousness)

Don’t jump to another level before you take care of each sequentially. This process doesn’t allow for “skipping” layers. Check yourself in relationship to where you are in each of the above layers. Progress accordingly after ensuring you handle each layer. Lead well within alignment to your purpose at each level.

This is how you find more meaning at all levels of impact in your life and continue to live with more abundance.

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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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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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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.

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.

Sovereignty in Life

The word “sovereign” comes from the Latin words “Supra” – meaning above or not below, and Regnum – meaning kingdom or dominion. This translates to “freedom” or not under rulership of any kingdom or dominion. To be a “sovereign being” literally means to rule your own kingdom. Sovereignty does not come from governments, kings, queens, dictatorships, indoctrinations, or other programmable views onto others.

I believe sovereignty it is granted by the Rights of the universe, God, The Source, (insert name for any universal higher power or natural order you believe in) to the individual to live as he or she sees best for themselves. Contrary to some beliefs, we as humans do have a sovereign right to do what we individually feel best for ourselves without direction from governments or other indoctrination groups. It is often the belief of the masses that governments, rulers, and education systems have a right to infringe upon others what they think is best for the masses.

These infringements come in many different shapes and sizes and often are hard for modern humans to distinguish as we have been led to perceive the current world we live in through the eyes of the system that created it.

For example, is it not right that as parents we teach our children to see the world as WE see it and deem it best for their success? How about when it comes time to send our children off to school so that they can learn history, science, literature, and other programs through which they are to view and understand the world? At least in the field of Mathematics it is hard to dispute the outputs of the black and whiteness of the structure through which the numbers work. That is not debatable, but why would we simply not present known evidence to our youth through our learnings of time and let them decide on their own what to believe rather than “testing them” on what teachers just taught them to believe? The current method of education is more akin to “here’s your program; if you don’t take it as I have provided it to you, then you fail and cannot move forward as part of the operating system.” If you really pull back the layers of the current education system, it is a lot more like stripping away the individuality that we all possess, and then accepting the social norms and belief systems that have been placed upon us.

Could there not be a better way of education? I would like to think that the human mind can come up with a far better system in order to provide the necessary means for our youth to function within our current system of life. I’m not saying all education systems are bad or negatively impacting our youth. By all means there are times when a process such as mechanics, engineering, human biology, and many others must be provided in a “matter of fact” way. I would hate to be the patient about to receive open heart surgery from a physician that has decided to “do it his own way.” I am speaking more in terms of education that can and should be left up to interpretation to the individual.

When we reside ourselves to allow the programming of our minds with insight that doesn’t come from our own methods of self-discovery or truth vetting, then we allow for a little bit of our own sovereignty to erode away.

“If someone can change your mind, he or she has won you over without raising a hand against you. This is the future of warfare.”

~ Bangambiki Habyarimana, Pearls of Eternity ~

This wonderful quote from Bangambiki foreshadows what is in store for humanity if we continuously allow our minds to be stolen from the sovereign gift that the universe has given each of us – the ability to think, choose, and act independently of one another. We will find that we become more like cattle being herded into the pens designed by others to mentally keep us where they deem it appropriate if we are not searching and seeking our own truths.

I see a future in which humanity has consciously evolved beyond the need to indoctrinate itself. A future without governments, religious persecutions, money, and “manmade laws.” Within this future society will function for the betterment of itself, rather for the “almighty manmade dollar.” We will do right by others without the need for incentive because we care more for the collective rather than the individual.

I know that this future sounds like a far off Utopian dream, but through the permission of letting our own sovereignty guide us through life, I believe we can attain it. All it takes is creative thinking and the challenging of the current system. The power struggle will ensue as those upholding the current belief system have worked hard to cement it into our realities. After all – they have worked hard to fool us into to believing it must be this way. They have far more to lose and we have only to gain from collapsing the current operating system.

The choice should be ours if we simply allow it to be. We don’t need to continue to shackle ourselves within this broken reality – we are the many, they are the few.

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

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