Feb 23

Don’t Think Money – Think Life

By Gilbert Ross

We all think about money some time or another don’t we? When a mail-blitz of bills hit our mailbox or our financial planner software shows us that we are going to scrape it very, very thin till next paycheck, we sit back, take a deep breath and get carried away by an inundation of worrisome thoughts or daydreams about an alternative life in which money comes down thick and fast from a tap.

This takes us down a narrow road in our mind in which we get locked by thoughts of money scarcity rather than solutions.

In the below points I would like to expose some truths but also some false assumptions about money and how it affects our perspective on life:

1. Money is just a means to an end

You’ve heard it a hundred times I know but it’s a truth that can’t be overstated. When we daydream about a better, comfortable life with more means and better standards of living we inevitably bring in money into the equation since we obviously reason out that we need more of the green stuff in our hands to step up our lifestyle. The problem is that we get stuck on the money bit and forget that it is just a stepping stone (see point 4). This flattens our goals

2. Money can’t buy me love…or health or Happiness

Another piece of folk wisdom you’ve heard a lot. Do we entrench it enough in our conscious living? I doubt it. There is a Native American saying which says: “Only when the last tree has withered, the last fish has been caught, and the last river has been poisoned, will you realize you cannot eat money.” In a similar vein I’d say “Only when your health has been exhausted and your happiness traded in, you remember that money has served no real end.”

3. Money is not linked with happiness as some research shows

Scientific research has shown a very interesting fact about happiness. It shows that when you move from sub-standard income close to the poverty line towards a point where basic commodities are met and life is sufficiently comfortable, happiness increases accordingly. However, beyond this point no matter how income and wealth increases, happiness does not increase accordingly.

4. Money is the wrong focus point of success

As already point out in 1., when we focus on money rather than on our real goals in life such as having opportunities for broader experiences, traveling, comfort and better standards of living we are focusing on the wrong target. We divert our energies, planning and strategies off track. We think that money will get us more stuff and only when that stage is reached we can be happy. This is false reasoning that we all fall into.

5. Money is a short-lived motivation

Sometimes when financial demands are hard and we are in need of some extra cash more than usual, we get distracted into the thought of making money or at least improving our income. This of course is not a bad thing per se. The problem comes from having it as your main motivation for improving your life in general. It is easy to fall for it. You put your main mission in life on the backburner to start off a side-project which could earn you some extra bucks on the way. This becomes a burning motivation which is very short-lived. Some time down the road you might realize that the benefit did not justify the fact that it got you off your main path and hence wasted precious time in the process.

6. Wealth is a mindset not an accumulation of resources

We naturally think of wealth as an abundance of stuff. Partly correct. Yet wealth is not solely possessions but also a mindset and having the right qualities and predispositions to live your purpose with enthusiasm and power, creating an abundance of innovative ideas and materializing your goals under any circumstances.

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Feb 23

Don’t ask him to live in your world…

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Feb 23

The ‘Ripping Apart’ of The Collective into Parallel Realities

by Bentinho Massaro

Disclaimer: Incredibly New Agey article ahead (they have their place and time!)

I know some of you must be tired of hearing spiritual teachers blame everything on the cosmic waves, special timelines and extremely rare blood moons and eclipses that appear practically every other day now. 😀

I am too.

However, I feel like it is my responsibility to update you on my perceptions when things are excessively intense and catalyzing (and potent!). In this way, you can use those opportunities and windows of transition to align to your preferred reality, to trust itself, and allow for purification willingly and with surrender.

These translations I provide of what I sense could assist you in forming a picture of what the hell is going on and more importantly help you in generating peace of mind and camaraderie with others in the eye of the storm; where all becomes possible once again.

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Even if not all of articles like these are accurate, or even any of it for that matter, the effects of these ‘translations’ can make a positive difference nevertheless.

When it comes to well-being within the relative, conventional world, proper and empowered framing and context is everything.

But, as always, follow your own resonance above anything I might say or suggest.

Here goes…

Strong Winds

I have never to this date of this incarnation sensed an as unforgiving and yet potent and usable force rip through our collective as this one; stirring up all the hidden forces within and about us. And I think it’ll continue to amp up.

I am aware that my own recent circumstances might add to this perception a bit, but I am exercised enough in my seeing to be able to see beyond my own circumstances, and I believe this ripping apart is happening all around the world now with more ‘pressure’ and potential for ‘insanity’ as well as positive quantum leaping than ever before.

In short: This is a tricky but exciting time! Awareness and proper framing of what’s going on is crucial.

The ‘Psychic Winds of Change’ blowing through our collective Mind are crazy fast and volatile at the moment and it’s not showing any signs of slowing down yet.

Much like when a hurricane hits, this is the time to gather yourself and those vibrationally closest to you in silent meditation and ‘hunker down’ in vibrations of trust and faith until the storm purifies your environment. Stay really true in your Heart and let go of any old resistances or memories.

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I tend to avoid words like ‘dangerous’ etc., but indeed it is a time where erratic and anomalous behavior will reach unpredictable peak states in people, especially those unaware of their shadows and blind spots. You’d be surprised how quickly someone can turn on you without any seeming heads up.

This is not to say one should not keep an open mind and heart; but stay alert and true to your intuition.

In short, you may find that there are moments where you cannot ‘count’ on anyone but your closest, most aware and most aligned friends. Seek out clear people and communities to whom you naturally gravitate.

The cases of people suddenly dying, committing suicide, entering into deep depression or confusion, or ‘losing their minds,’ or in less extreme cases just being plain unpredictable and unreliable, seem to be increasing in the past few weeks. It’s ridiculous and abnormal in its frequency in my estimation.

Many, if not everyone, in this window of time are being tempted with negative thoughts, more than ever before in my opinion. The collective’s shadow-subconscious mind is coming to a boil right now and it isn’t always pretty butterflies and unicorns. A chaotic purge of sorts seems to be occurring.

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The Splitting Off Into Parallel Realities

Currently co-existing realities are splitting up into parallel ones.

Few know how to truly navigate this massive ripping apart of realities into separate (parallel) ones in a harmonious way. An inner surrender and trust is crucial. And meditation. Please sit your butt down regularly and become silent and clear…

Things may get more messy before they get more harmonious and peaceful. But this collective shadow-purging and the consequent splitting off of parallel realities IS a necessary part of the process of generating an ultimately peaceful world.

One way to imagine this is Bashar’s example of the trains leaving the station. Not everyone you know may be on the same train as you, and vice versa. Where up until now you have spent most of your time with those beings and reflections on the same train station–each waiting for, or seeking for, which train is their authentic train.

Currently we are in a time where everyone has entered into their own trains whether they realize it and are satisfied with it as ‘their highest reality’, or not. And although you can still look out of the window and see the other trains, or even run toward and jump on an alternate train if you really commit, the tracks are separating at an accelerated pace and it’s becoming harder and harder to communicate with the other trains.

Most people used to stability in their circumstances and relationships are not used to handling this amount of change, pressure and choice so quickly or in such a compounded fashion.

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At some point, the trains you were used to seeing around you simply disappear from view altogether and the only train you are aware of is the one you choose/chose to be on, and the only people you are aware of are those who are part of the same train (vibration).

I will not name specific examples–because this may affect some of those people–but suffice it to say that there are many key people (people who are through natural vibrational selection appointed to drive or conduct certain sub-collective trains) are themselves as representatives of these different realities going through some truly complex and fascinating journeys at this moment.

Their realities, much like mine, are being completely re-imagined and re-structured at this timing, or at least they are challenged and encouraged to. And whatever they choose will affect the people who choose to share the train with them, so to speak, to at least some degree.

I’m lucky enough to have done as much work on myself as I have that I am able to navigate complex and challenging waters with relative ease and be able to step willingly into what is asked of me without attachment to my former realities, comfort or self-image.

As a result, my experience is generally one of great and deep joy and powerful clarity/insight whenever big changes pass through my awareness. Whatever comes, I accept and navigate from there in the most exciting possible way, ever re-generating my reality from Source, and from scratch, with each opportunity and change in the tides.

This keeps me nimble and malleable, able to anticipate and flow with the highest benefit. I recommend you practice the same capacity of trusting life and not identifying with any of the changes, your body, mind, circumstances and even relationships. The last one being, admittedly, the most challenging.

BUT: letting go of even the most long-standing relationships, family members and friendships isn’t necessarily a bad thing, it can be a most beautiful, forgiving and loving experience for you. Even if it isn’t experienced that way on their end.

If it helps, you can think of it as ‘setting each other free’ rather than ‘letting go.’

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The Point of No Return?

I generally really dislike giving out any message that can be misinterpreted as ‘doom,’ and I realize this article may be misinterpreted in this way by some. However, I still want to give you guys a heads up and trust you understand that the intention is to generate a positive and inspiring energy in you as a result of reading this.

I believe in each of you and your capacity to bring empowered views into any scenario. (If you don’t feel confident in this, check out Super Accelerated Living on Amazon for practical methods and understandings.)

And I believe that being more, rather than less aware of what’s happening is helpful in being able to frame things more positively and thus extract from it a more empowering result.

I think we’ve entered into a ‘belt’ of energy, or rather ‘timing’, from which there is no return… Unlike before with other belts or ‘timings,’ this one causes a more abrupt, radical and irreparable ‘tear’ in the fabric of our chosen collectives. It’s shift will be, for all intents and purposes, ‘permanent.’

Like butter being boiled to purify it and separate the ‘ghee’ from the butter. Or like a pile of trash or objects approaching the separator/filter. Once it passes through the filter into the corresponding box to which it belongs, there is no immediate way to unseparate what has just been separated. You cannot unscramble a scrambled egg.

 

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Feb 23

How to Go Vegan for Good in Twenty-Four Hours: An Interview With James Aspey

by Thais Gibson

This article is not meant to push anything on anyone. It is meant to help people make a big transition in a short amount of time if you so choose. The key word is choice. Titles, labels and identifications are often limiting, but decisions and commitments we make to ourselves can often come with unlimited benefits.

My personal journey to going vegan was not easy. I can’t eat gluten, so the initial idea of committing to a vegan lifestyle felt like I had nothing left to eat. Every person has their own perceptions and limitations and every one of them are valid until we reach a point where they no longer serve.

In my experience, I stayed a vegetarian for quite some time. For almost three years I would try committing to being vegan for a few weeks and fail. I was gentle with myself about it, but it was no longer a struggle the day I sat down and committed to seeing the truth.

I decided that to motivate myself, I needed to understand what livestock farming looked like. I was aware of the health benefits and aware of how animal agriculture impacted the environment, but I had always justified not watching the terrible videos on the internet.

I figured I might as well check out the actual conditions each species was subjected to, in order to avoid any denial that might exist. I told myself I would make whatever personal choice I wanted to after I did this research.

How This Decision Came Easily 

The first video I saw showed an injured cow getting violently kicked and beaten while she couldn’t get up. I was horrified. I noticed a part of myself try to justify ending my “research,” but chose to take a different approach this time.

I decided that if I’ve been eating this food for decades, I might as well commit just one hour of my time to investigating what the process of getting my food looked like. I figure this was the only way to make an honest decision about what I was eating.

I knew this way, the decision would be up to me. I’m a firm believer in making clear decisions based on all the details, so I had to see what those details were.

After one hour, I knew eating animal products was in the past for me. There weren’t words to describe the horror that goes on, and I had no real idea about the implications of the industry I was supporting until I saw the truth with my own eyes.

How to Properly Make a Decision For Yourself

The subconscious mind is programmed through repetition. If we have repeatedly seen ads and positive confirmation regarding eating animals or animal products for years, this is simply embedded in our perception. This isn’t an excuse, but it is a reason to be gentle on ourselves as we see these things.

This bombardment in the media has desensitized us over time and even made us defensive because we associate our habits with our identity. If our lifestyle feels threatened, we interpret this as a threat to our survival and our fight/flight mechanisms in the reptilian brain are activated to defend ourselves immediately. This often stunts our ability to investigate with an open mind. This is completely normal, but being aware of it can help us to move beyond this step.

If we want to change our programming, it requires a good amount of research and emotionality to actively change what has already been stored subconsciously regarding our relationship to food.

Exercise Self-Compassion

This is nobody’s fault, and nobody should be forced to do this either. But if we want to make autonomous decisions, we must investigate both sides of what’s happening. There is a tremendous amount of financial incentive for large corporations to keep information hidden and to repeatedly feed us with ads about the “benefits” of animal products.

Everyone is entitled to their own lifestyle and decisions, but they should be made with information that is not just what we see on television or through advertisements that are geared to create a specific perception.

Check Out World-Renowned Activist James Aspey

After an incredible interview with James Aspey, a vegan activist who did a 365-day vow of silence for animals, I learned some more excellent tips and tools to keep me dedicated to my journey. James has over 30 million views on some of his beautiful speeches and is a sensational international speaker. He is also a beautiful human being who has a wonderful story about his own transformation.

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How to Go Vegan Overnight – James Aspey: Inspired Expansion:   https://youtu.be/4jVNC1uPu2o

 


Earthlings [Documentary]

“Earthlings is a 2005 American documentary film about humanity’s use of other animals as pets, food, clothing, entertainment, and for scientific research… Covering pet stores, puppy mills, and animal profession, Earthlings includes footage obtained through the use of hidden cameras to chronicle the day-to-day practices of some of the largest industries in the world, all of which rely on animals. It draws parallels between racism, sexism, and speciesism.”

 

 

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Feb 23

Navigating Psychedelics ~ Sam Harris

In this audio clip Sam Harris speaks to the powers and wonders of psychedelic substances as something that needs to be differentiated from other drugs. Sam attributes the most powerful experiences of his life to psychedelics and claims he wouldn’t be the person he is today without them. He also cautions that psychedelics are not toys and need to be handled with the upmost respect. I found this speech powerful and important for anybody interested in these substances and the mystical qualities they produce.

 

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Feb 22

FREE Episode | Psychedelica: Psychedelics And Consciousness

Click here to continue watching the series: http://bit.ly/2sMUF6S

In this ground-breaking original series, experts explore the history and use of psychedelic plants including political ambitions, the perceived shadow side and the proper environment to experience these substances. From the origins of Shamanism to the spiritual expression of modern awakenings, discover the role of sacred medicine as a gateway to expanded consciousness, and its continued influence on humanity.

 

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Feb 22

With, Or Without Purpose, That Is the Question

by Gary Z McGee

“A man’s reach should exceed his grasp.” ~ Robert Browning

It turns out that life is a choose your own adventure. After you’ve answered Shakespeare’s critical question ‘to be, or not to be’, there is the vital question ‘with, or without purpose’.

‘Not to be’ is choosing suicide. ‘To be’ is choosing life. ‘Without purpose’ is choosing a life half-lived. ‘With purpose’ is choosing a life well-lived.

But do we want that life to be healthy and meaningful, or unhealthy and meaningless? That is the vital question.

Choose your own adventure, sure, but it’s incumbent upon you to choose wisely (with purpose). It just so happens that choosing wisely is synonymous with choosing to be healthy and choosing to inject meaning into an otherwise meaningless universe. It’s solely your responsibility to do so.

You’ll reap no Eudaimonia (human flourishing), if you don’t sow a little health and create a little meaning.

Without purpose (unhealthy and meaningless)

“The first principle is to not fool yourself. And you are the easiest person to fool.” ~ Richard Feynman

A purposeless life tends to be unhealthy because it usually comes with the heavy baggage of nihilism, boredom, and depression. These three can put you in a serious rut. Or worse, an angry abyss. From which some people never emerge.

Nihilism is unhealthy because your crippled with ennui and angst, unless you’re able to turn the tables and cultivate a good sense of humor about the inherent lack of meaning in the universe (see humorous nihilism).

Boredom is unhealthy because you become lazy and indifferent toward aesthetic and numinous experience. You become ignorant and stuck, laboring under the delusion that there’s nothing more. Having lost touch with both your Inner Child and Beginner’s Mind, you are no longer awake to novelty, astonishment and awe.

Depression is just plain unhealthy. A dark insidious cloud cast over all things. And for many of us, there is no choice in the matter. But to the extent that there is a choice, finding purpose despite depression can be deep, soul-feeding medicine that can, at the very least, soothe the ache.

When we have no purpose, we are floundering vessels cast aimlessly in a chaotic sea of meaninglessness, sail-less and precarious. When we have a purpose, on the other hand, the sea may still be chaotic and inherently meaningless, but we are robust vessels with a compass, with resolve, with passionate intent. Our sails are pitched full and heading True North. We are prepared for the worst, but there is fierce desire in our heart.

With purpose (healthy and meaningful)

“The powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse.” ~ Walt Whitman

What will your verse be? Finding your purpose, and then being proactive about living it, is contributing a verse.

But then how do you find your purpose? As I explained in Three Steps to Self-purpose, finding your purpose is finding what you love to do, what you’re passionate about. It’s remaining open to discovery, which requires courage and vulnerability. But most of all it requires curiosity.

If, as Stephen Kotler said, “passion exists at the intersection of three or more things you’re really curious about,” then it stands to reason that whatever that curious intersection may be is your purpose.

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Feb 22

Here’s Why Dwelling On Your Past Makes You Repeat The Same Mistakes

by Josh Richardson

Fear, anger, uncertainty, discomfort, shame, guilt and many other emotions we perceive as negative are often our compass towards growth. It is our resistance to our past and our interpretation of how our experiences should have manifested which define our expectations for the future. How people remember past behavior affects their choices in the present, according to a new study that suggests the relationship between recall and self-control is more complicated than previously believed.

Research on self-control often suggests recollecting past mistakes as a way to avoid making them again. For example, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that people with food addictions reflect on past lapses to keep from overeating. But Vanderbilt University professor Kelly Haws thought there might be more to the story, so she and her team designed several studies to test the nuances of recall. Haws and colleagues found that focusing on past behaviors is not always a good idea.

Every mistake we make in life is an opportunity to grow and learn. Through our mistakes we learn what we value and what we require in our lives to allow us to grow stronger in our experiences.

“Be very careful when you ask anybody to dig up the past,” said Haws, an associate professor of marketing at the Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management. “That can be a very ineffective way to change future behavior for the better.”

In one experiment, Haws and colleagues divided subjects into two groups: they asked one group to remember self-control “successes” –say, buying shoes from the sales rack rather than shelling out for new Jimmy Choos. The other group was asked to remember examples of poor choices, or “failures.”

Then the researchers added a twist –they wanted to see how the ease of recall affected self-control. To do this, they used a well-known method in cognitive psychology –they asked some subjects to remember more examples than others.

The method works because it’s generally easier to call up two past examples than ten. Therefore, the thinking goes, people asked to remember two instances of smart spending might think they make great choices, since the recall felt easy.

On the flip side, people asked to remember ten examples of good financial decisions might doubt their self-control.

“You start to use that difficulty you’re having as a cue for who you are and what you’re like,” Haws said.

Mistakes are only harmful if we keep repeating them, but if we look at specific situations and reflect what we have learned, we can take actions and the steps required to adjust our path.

Haws gave participants a budget, then asked them how much they would spend on an item they couldn’t afford –a pair of shoes, a handbag or a video game.

Study participants asked to remember few instances of success, on the whole, spent within their allotted budgets. But those asked to remember more good examples exhibited poorer self-control –they tended to splurge on items they couldn’t afford.

The results highlight several interesting elements of the relationship between recall and self-control. Perhaps the most surprising, Haws said, is that searching through the past can negatively affect behavior, depending on the ease of recall, even when past examples are positive.

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Feb 22

Artist Spends Hours Creating Natural Mandalas, And He’s Hoping You Will Find Them

Nature is perfection. That does not mean her materials cannot be arranged in a more artistic way, however. Armed with this belief, James Brunt of Yorkshire, England, creates stunning mandalas out of objects found in nature. 

Whether he’s moseying on a beach or wandering through a forest, Brunt is never short of inspiration. The Yorkshire, England, resident makes the mandalas with natural objects, such as rocks, twigs, leaves, and even berries. As Bored Panda reports, he’ll spend hours arranging the materials into spirals, concentric circles, and other detailed patterns.

He has a knack for taking flattering photographs of the arrangements, which he later uploads to social media. Reportedly, fans are always welcome to join him as he works.

Learn more: jamesbruntartist.co.uk | Facebook | Twitter

Following are 10+ of his awe-inspiring mandalas:

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Feb 21

The Science Of Grounding – What Happens To Your Body When You Connect To The Earth (Video)

by Alanna Ketler

By now, you may have come across some information on the health benefits associated with grounding. If you haven’t and you are unsure of what grounding is, it’s the process of connecting your body to the Earth. This can be done either by sitting or walking on the ground without shoes on.

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We all spend most of our time walking on the earth wearing shoes with rubber or plastic soles. These materials are insulators, and accordingly we use them to insulate electrical wires. They also disconnect you from the Earth’s electron flow, which we are supposed to be connected to. However, if you wear leather soled shoes (or vegan leather!) or walk barefoot on sand, grass, soil, concrete, or ceramic tile, you will be grounded. If you walk on asphalt, wood, rubber, plastic, vinyl, tar, or tarmac, you will not be grounded.

So the next time you are outside, take off your shoes! You can also use conductive systems while sleeping, working, or spending time indoors for a more convenient and lifestyle-friendly approach.

If you’re thinking that is just too simple and there is no way something so simple could provide so many health benefits, then consider this…

We are bio-electrical beings and our bodies are made up of trillions (maybe more) of atoms that all hold an electrical charge, not to mention all of the other things we come into contact with on a daily basis that also hold an electrical charge. Electricians ground wires when they wire up a house, and we are taught about the importance of grounding electricity in science class, but when it comes to our own body, this is rarely – if ever – even thought about. Luckily, with the help of the internet, the importance of literally grounding ourselves is becoming more common. When you consider how little time we actually spend with our feet on the Earth, with no shoes on or even just sitting on the ground, this may start to make sense. When we are out in nature or going for a walk we have shoes with rubber soles on them – this directly interferes with the grounding process and inhibits our bodies from being able to do so.

Although I knew of the importance and had heard some of the benefits of grounding I was completely blown away as to just how beneficial it actually was, and how many of the diseases and ailments that we are suffering from today could potentially be cured simply from grounding alone – after seeing the following video.

Benefits Of Grounding

People who ground themselves regularly have reported feeling more centered, solid, strong, balanced, less tense and less stressed. Simply, grounding makes you feel good and I can certainly attest to that after making an effort for the past week to do this as much as possible. I’m not sure if it matters but I get the feeling that because my job involves being on a computer and in front of a screen virtually all day, myself and people with similar jobs can especially benefit from grounding. I’ve been feeling a lot more chill and less stressed since starting my own little experiment. Just think of the last time you were on a beach or sitting under a tree at a park, how did you feel? I’d be willing to bet you felt pretty calm, relaxed and happy.

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