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The Precipice Of Potential

Lets be perfectly honest here, most of use live a pretty dull and mundane life. I think if we are honest with ourselves then we would pretty much agree that our lives are repetitive and boring. We get up at the same time most days, have the same thing to eat for breakfast, we take the same route to work, we see the same people en-route doing exactly the same repetitive non-sense as ourselves.

Life can often be mundane to say the least.

I think the vast majority of us want to escape the rat race, we want to do something we really love to do. I have lost count of how many people have told me that they want to win the lottery (lotto) so that they can go somewhere hot (or cold) and just relax and do nothing.

People only want to escape from what they are doing because they hate it and are stressed out by it. But our life doesn’t need to be this way, we can exercise control, we can make choices. We don’t need to live asleep at the wheel of our life hoping to win the lottery before we finally allow ourselves to actually live.

For so many people this world is more of a prison than a paradise. We are forced to conform to the things that society tells us are important. We are programmed by TV, by social media, friends, and our parents and families.

We are told not to rock the boat. We are generally not told this overtly, but if you listen carefully it is often very subtly implied.

Why the hell can’t we rock the boat exactly? The boat is a symbol of our deep rooted beliefs, and not even our conscious beliefs, it is a symbol of the beliefs we were given, dare I say, forced to consume before we developed our conscious faculty to reason.

Our deep rooted beliefs were forced upon us as children, even babies, long before we developed our ability to think and reason.

In essence, before we had the ability to tell the ‘fat controller’ to take their beliefs and to shove them where the sun don’t shine.

Take The Boat Given To You By The ‘Fat Controller’ And Dissect It, Set Fire To It, Reduce It To Ashes!

When was the last time you looked at what you believe? I mean really look? Why do you have the job you have, even though you hate it? Are you scared to leave your employment, are you scared of what your loved ones will say if you quit without another job to go to? Maybe you want to start your own business, but others are telling you that your not smart enough?

Why do you stay in a relationship you don’t feel loved in? Do you believe your not good enough to find someone else? Maybe your abused by your spouse, do you believe you deserve it?

Beliefs are hard to challenge. The longer the belief has been held the more difficult it can be to change. Changing belief patterns can be challenging, but it is far from impossible. People do it all the time, and it may surprise you that you are actually more competent in this endeavor than you might first realize.

Life Is Too Damn Short

The average life expectancy in the west is around 80 years of age, that’s not a lot of time at all. Teenagers think they will never get old, they can’t relate to ‘old’ people. The older one gets, the faster life slips away. I am about half way through my natural life expectancy and I am fast approaching my mature years, but I have no intention of letting life slip away, and neither should you!

I believe in life after death, and I pretty much always have done because I have had some interesting experiences in my life which to my mind proves the case sufficiently, but I still will not allow my physical life to slip away.

Life needs to be lived in a conscious manner, we need to be aware at all times of what we are doing and why. Humanity is waking up to this reality more and more, hence the reason we are seeing a growing interest in topics such as mindfulness.

Free Will, Don’t Make Me Laugh!

The vast majority of us don’t make most of our choices consciously. We think that we do, but we don’t. Many years ago I heard the saying “freewill is an illusion”, I can’t remember who said it, but it stuck with me all these years even though when I first heard it I didn’t understand what they meant.

I didn’t understand back then how free will could possibly be an illusion. I thought if I choose to pick up an item, it was my will to do it and nobody made me etc. I had the will to do something, and I exercised it. In my mind I had disproved this person.

But…

If you think about how free will works when it comes to what you believe, this is where things start to get a little bit interesting. You see, the deeply ingrained habits, the beliefs you have held since you were a child and you would die to protect because to you they were the ‘truth’. These things are the illusions that we hold onto everyday, our ego holds onto these beliefs with a death grip, because essentially letting these beliefs go would feel like a death to our ego.

Jesus stated in the Bible:

ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

We need to know the truth of who we are, we need to know the truth of what we believe and why. The change that we all seek comes from deep within us.

As Jesus stated:

The kingdom of God is within you.

So I ask you, where is your free will now? Why are you doing what you are doing? Why can’t you lose that weight? Why can’t you start that business? What is stopping you from following your dreams?

Stuart Wilde once said:

Free will is for amateurs

I think he was totally correct.

It’s time to free yourself from the shackles of bondage and self imposed limitation. Look at your life honestly and decide if this is actually what YOU want.

If you truly love your life, then God bless you, but if you don’t it is never, ever too late to change what you have become, and to become what you desire.

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My Path To Being A Disciple Of God.

At the start of 2019 I didn’t know what was going to happen to me, I was just bumbling along in life as you do, and then wham, the world I once knew ended.  My whole world turned upside down.

But, I knew one thing though.  Life was not going to be the same again.

I didn’t suddenly wake up one day and say hey I know what I am going to do with my life, I’m going to become one of Gods Warriors, a disciple if you will. What the heck does that even mean? I don’t mean to say these things as some sort of arrogant statement, because that is not who I am.  Maybe sometimes I am.

Soul Searching Is Good

These past few months have caused me to do a lot of soul searching, maybe you could call it a some kind of mid-life crisis, maybe a turning point would be more fitting.  It doesn’t matter what triggered this, or even how it is labeled. What matters is how I feel inspired to proceed with my life.

There is very much a sense of knowing in my life now, a sense of things to be done. I have no idea how this knowing is going to be manifested in my life on a day to day, or even a week to week basis. Does it even matter? In the past I would of said yes, but today it doesn’t matter much.

My intention now is to live a Godly life, and this means different things to different people, and that is fine. The materialist and the ego driven souls will laugh at the mere concept of living a divinely inspired life, but that is also fine.

What Is A Godly Life

Do I actually know what living a Godly life looks like? As I said before I am very much an apprentice, and my perceptions are very much limited. From my humble and limited observations, if I would to look back on my generally ego driven life I can see now where I have strayed from the path and I suppose in essence I can use that as a kind of way-marker if you will.

Really, from the point of view of God, we never truly get lost for long. Maybe we confuse ourselves over many life times, but in time I think we all come back to God in our own and unique way and time-scale.

As the old saying goes “Man plans, and God laughs”.

God isn’t emotionally invested in what we do, or how we behave. God has all the time in the universe, and possibly so do we as divine beings, but I, the consciousness that I call Jae is short on time, considering the average mortal life span is some where around about the age of 80 something.

I feel that I have a lot to achieve on this mortal coil, but the problem is I’m not actually sure what it is I am supposed to be achieving.

As the Oracle said in the first Matrix film;

Oracle : Sorry, kid. You got the gift, but it looks like you’re waiting for something.

Neo : What?

Oracle : Your next life, maybe. Who knows? That’s the way these things go.

We all have the ‘gift’ and some of us manifest these gifts for the benefit of others, and the rest of us seem to be waiting for something.  Maybe we can all realize our potential in the next life time, or even the next 1,000 life times, who knows?

We Have To Make A Choice

One thing I am learning, albeit slowly, is that we have to make a choice.  It’s a scary choice for many people, but as daunting as it maybe, we have to choose between the ‘red pill’ and the ‘blue pill’.

We have to believe that God will catch us as we fall through the rabbit-hole into the world of faith and discipline.  It’s a scary prospect having faith in something that the world says your crazy to ‘believe’ in, but faith is what you need and you need a lot of it, living through the heart in a world controlled by the cold intellect and ego is a scary place indeed.

Letting go of control, the ego and intellect is very scary, but through faith and  discipline I firmly believe things become easier. I am far from an expert, but I am trusting more and more.

I would be a liar if I said that letting go is easy and not fear inducing, but I think staying in this limited tribal reality is more scary.

Well then, there is only one thing for it, and as Morpheus said in the Matrix…

Just breathe, Neo“. 

Breathe, be still, be at one with God.  I think that is sound advice indeed. 

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7 Days To Bulletproof Your Mind

As you regular followers know, I am on a quest to become the perfect divine being that you know I am…haha.

All semi-joking aside 😉

Like so many others, my mind is full of a constant recycling of negative thoughts, beliefs and emotions.  These negative patterns have been holding me back for far too long now, so they have to go.

I have decided to go on a diet, nope I am not going Vegan, been there done that, got the t-shirt.  Nope, I am going on a Mental Hygiene diet.  What’s a Mental Hygiene diet you maybe wondering, well, it’s a little bit like fasting for the mind.  Just like physical fasting, it’s a way of riding yourself of the thoughts that are causing you discomfort.

It’s a mental cleanse if you will.

Mental Hygiene Basics

Just like all the best things in life, Mental Hygiene is very simple, but it’s not easy and it takes a lot of mental energy in the early days.  The rules are simple.

No NEGATIVE thoughts for seven days! You have to guard your thoughts like a sentry on guard.  While on your mental fast, if you do allow a negative thought to enter your mind then you must immediately cease the diet and then recommence the diet again in a few days starting from day one.

What Constitutes A Negative Thought

  • doubt
  •  fear
  • worry
  • anxiety
  • concerns of any kind
  • to criticize, judge or condemn anybody or anything or any condition
  • self-pity
  • jealousy
  • envy
  • irritation
  • unkindness
  • anger
  • hatred

I have been working at this Mental Diet for several  weeks now and it is getting easier to perform, but in the early days it was really energy sapping.  The more I watched my thoughts the more I realized that at times I literally couldn’t even go more than a few minutes before I started having negative thoughts.

To be honest I did start getting a little angry with myself when I came to the realization of how many negative thoughts I was constantly having, and I did have rather a few false starts before I got to grips with what I was doing.

I also noticed that in the first couple of days of performing the diet, my mood did actually become more negative and my energy was much more depressed, and I didn’t have much time for the external world.

I could certainly feel the battle within me.

I haven’t managed to go for a full 7 days yet, but I am getting very close.

One thing I did notice was that there seemed to be a disconnect between my thoughts and the words I spoke.  I think there is a level of deep thoughts that I have yet to penetrate and comprehend, so I have to be much more aware of the words that I am using alongside the thoughts I am having.

The 7 day Mental Diet is a little misleading, because I think for most people it will probably take weeks if not months to truly master a high level of positive thoughts and words, and like everything that we master it will get easier with practice.

That being said I am starting to reap the rewards of my works, but it isn’t easy, but it is something I plan on sticking with as I consider it of vital importance on my path.

Don’t Accept Negative Thoughts

We all get negative thoughts that pop into our minds, the danger comes when we accept them and then dwell on them.  It’s the dwelling that does the damage.

One of the things I do that really helps me is to ‘lock’ my negative thoughts out my mind by first noticing them, and then making the conscious choice to lock them out.

How do I do this?

Personally, I take the time to think about ‘God’.  I don’t mean I start pondering about some bearded geezer sitting on a cloud throwing down thunder bolts!  I think about consciousness, I think about mind and how we are all connected.

It is rather humbling to think about God’s love for us, and by love I don’t mean a sentimental emotional love, but his unconditional acceptance of his children.

We are his children, mini-gods if you will.

God Not Your Thing?

If contemplating God isn’t your thing, then you could just replace a negative thought with a positive affirmation.

Go with what works for you, just don’t start denying your negative thoughts.  Recognize them, then refuse to accept them, and then replace them.

Give It A Try

I would say that this technique of mental fasting (hygiene) has been of great benefit to me, and I think that it can only positively benefit the lives of others if they are only willing to give it a try and persevere with it.

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I Find Your Lack Of Faith Disturbing.

Well, that’s what Darth Vader said in one of the Star Wars films.  Yes, I know it was just a film, but sometimes truth is indeed stranger than fiction.  We all lack faith from time to time, we lack faith in self, faith in each other, faith in our Governments, we lack faith in Corporations.

It could be argued that we are indeed at times a very faithless society, but actually we have a lot of faith, to be honest most of it is probably pointless and misplaced, but what else do we have?  When I talk about faith I don’t mean any of the above, and I don’t necessarily mean faith in Jesus, Buddha, or the Prophet Muhammad either.

Everything above can be and often is abused.  People lie, Governments lie, Corporations lie.  The teachings of the great teachers are often misconstrued and/or misused.  We know all this, but still we continue this hypnotic existence we call life.  We say we have no choice, we say that it is just the way it is.

I wonder who tells you this?  Is it the same people who want you to stay asleep?  Who benefits by your hypnotism, it certainly isn’t you, well not the real you.  Are you powerless, or maybe your just ignorant, a defeatist, a weak soul that lacks a backbone?

This world is full of hypnotized people who delude themselves that they are awake, the informed and well educated are often the most asleep, they refuse to see reality for what it is, they refuse to see the suffering because their hearts are as stone.  The poor are as deluded as the rich, they spend their days being consumed by mindless media, drinking or fucking away their self imposed misery.

People on Earth call themselves humans, but we are not humans, at least not true humans as we are nothing more than deluded thinking animals.  We are nowt more than beasts of the fields with weapons of mass destruction.  Even the beasts of the fields would turn away from us in shame, because in reality many of us are worse than animals.

All the great teachers came to tell us the same message, they all used different words, but the message was the same.

“Wake Up!  You are not the animals of the fields, wake up children, wake up.”

That was their message.  Did we listen?  No, we generally killed them.  People boast of the progress of humanity, people say our future is in space.  The idea excites me, but fills me with dread.  We as thinking animals have not dealt with our own inner-space, we are so focused on the external reality that we neglect the truth of the reality that we live in.

Seeing Reality For What It Is

One thing therapy has taught me, and is still teaching me is to see things as they actually are and not how I wish them to be.  We suffer because we refuse to see reality as it is, we suffer because we believe we are right.  If you look at things from a scientific point of view, we are all liars.  We believe what we hear, see, taste, smell and touch.  Why do we believe that our view point is the ultimate truth?

My perceptions are as valid as yours or anybody else’s, but that doesn’t make it truth.  I have always held strong views, I haven’t always defended them, but I have held them none the less.  It is only recently that I have started to really challenge the perceptions of my reality.  I really had to admit to myself that I didn’t know the truth of anything that I thought I once knew.

Seeing reality for the first time is a bit like Neo in the film ‘The Matrix’, when Neo gets to see the ‘real world’ for the first time his reaction is to vomit.  Seeing the truth for the first time is a bit like that, the shock can be a little sickening and overwhelming.

Nobody wants to see the truth, even those who claim they do, often fear the absolute truth.  The shattering of beliefs and reality can be devastating to the fragile mind.

Faith In Only One Thing

When others are probably losing faith, I am gaining faith with every passing day.  You may wonder if by faith I mean faith in ‘God’, then the answer is yes and no.  I believe in the existence of ‘God’, what ever that image conjures up for you.  My belief is that of a Gnostic over that of a traditional Christian, Buddhist or even Muslim.

I have faith in only what I can prove through my own experience, I have little use for book knowledge.  I have faith in the path that I walk, and in the connection I have and that I am building with ‘God’.  I don’t know that the path I am walking now is actually the path of truth, but for now it feels right.

My therapist asked me what my goals were concerning where I saw myself going with things.  I feel that the only goal for me is to find the truth, to see reality as it actually is and not how I wish it to be.  I have to be present, to be mindful to the best of my ability.

The sad thing is that I have noticed more and more just how asleep, how unaware people are.  The vast majority of humanity pay no attention, they are almost completely unmindful.

This reminds me of Diogenes.

“He lit a lamp in broad daylight and said, as he went about, “I am looking for a human.”” ~ Diogenes

He never found one.  He was seeking a true human, instead of a thinking animal.  I think he died disappointed.

I can see how the path of awareness can and most likely is a very lonely path to walk.  It is much easier and safer to fall back to sleep, and become once again a member of the herd.

There is safety in numbers, but the herd mentality stagnates and regresses in time.

That is not the future for me, I know that much.

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7 Things To Remind Yourself Of Daily

Some very simple tips to keeping a sense of balance and positivity in your life.

1.The Serenity Prayer

Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,

the courage to change the things I can,

and the wisdom to know the difference.

2. The Lords Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done;
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power and the glory,
for ever and ever.
Amen.

3. God loves me

God loves me, and is giving me all good things.

I Love him and think his thoughts, and do only the things he wants me to do.

4. Dare to dream

Never under estimate the power of your imagination, everything in this world was once someone’s dream

You are limited only by what you dare to dream!

5. My power

You are a Divine Being, a Son/Daughter of the Divine.  You were destined to live an inspired life.  What is holding you back?

6. Thoughts and feelings create our reality

If thoughts create our reality, then it is our feelings that give them the power to exist.

7. Consistency is key

The ‘secret’ to success is not perfection, but consistency.  Moving forward is key, progress is progress, no matter how slow it may seem.

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Success Tips From Jack Canfield

I am on a mission to be much more positive, instead of being my usual negative and cynical self.  Didn’t realize how negative I was till my therapist mentioned how very self critical I am, and how quick to blame myself I also am.

I also know how critical I am of others too.  I know being critical is sometimes needed, but being harshly critical because people don’t meet your expectations is wrong.

I don’t often read articles or even books these days, except an odd few.  But, I decided to google advice on daily disciplines for changing your life.  After a little bit of trawling, I came across Jack Canfield, I don’t recall hearing his name before but I believe he is pretty big in the self improvement circles.

On his blog he wrote an article called ‘Daily Disciplines for Effortless Success‘ and below are the six tips that he suggests as being the most beneficial for change, both in his life and the lives of others.

  1.  Visualize your goals and intentions
  2. Use external images to keep you focused
  3. Release negative thoughts
  4. Think a better-feeling thought
  5. Cultivate an “attitude of gratitude”
  6. Acknowledge what’s working

On his blog he explains each tip in detail, so if your interested why don’t you pop over and have a read?

I think I will try a new discipline as suggested by Jack, every week and see how things improve.  I know the main key with having a success mindset is consistency, and that is something that I REALLY struggle with.

I am going to start with discipline one – ‘Visualize your goals and intentions‘ and see how that feels after a weeks worth of consistent practice.

I would love to hear what success tips you have, please let me know in the comments below.