What Have We Done with our Free Will?

Uncategorized Aug 07, 2018

It has been said that the primary difference between humans and animals besides a large prefrontal cortex is our “free will”, and we have to ask ourselves, what have we done with it? If we look around at the world we live in today, no matter where you look we can see the misuses of the power of free will, and it seems painfully apparent free will did not come with a set of instructions.
Various holy texts from different parts of the world hold some valuable wisdom that if adopted would most certainly have a profound effect on our world, but the tendency to have a myopic view of our role in the world, we have gone to great lengths to distort even that to our own end. A favorite quote of mine stated “man’s dilemma is that he/she believes their own mental artifacts to be reality (what we think) and the answers we seek are biased on the view point of the questioner”.
How difficult it is to find this thing we call “truth” when there is no singular...

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Just Another Brick in the Wall

Uncategorized Aug 07, 2018

I spent the evening contemplating on the various things, but mainly I tried to understand the mind of man. It has been said that I make things too complicated, and yes, it is true, I do see much complexity in the world, and to be honest, shit’s complicated, but my life long goal since my journey began was to try and simplify the complex. For many years, I have read the words of many brilliant people, found solace in their messages, only to find so much criticism from other brilliant people, pointing out the flaws in the other. One author I admire, again, who drew much criticism, was Dr. David Hawkins. In his book, Power verses Force, he stated eloquently that “mankind’s problems have been and will always continue to be is that he believes his own mental artifacts to be reality and the answer he seeks from the questions he asks are biased on the view point of the questioner”.
Simply said, we believe what we think to our peril and most of what we are looking for...

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Your why should make you cry

Uncategorized Aug 06, 2018

There has been a surge recently into the exploration our “purpose” or our “why”. Companies and individuals are now using “why” to replace the outdated “mission statement” which now rarely inspires anyone to continual inspired action. So what is so different about using a “why” statement rather than a mission statement. The biggest reason is that the term “mission statement” is like the term “goal setting”, it has been thrown around without much heart, follow through or meaning, so much so it has lost its luster and credibility. The “mission statement” states what we will do for you, it talks in a linear way of goals and values, but it does not connect us the real reasons of “why” we do what we do, so it lacks meaning and outreach.

The idea of seeking our “why” was popularized by speaker and author Simon Sinek, when he created the “Golden Circle”...

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Do not Pluck the rose

Uncategorized Aug 06, 2018

People give flowers as presents because flowers contain the true meaning of love. Anyone who tries to possess a flower by plucking it from the soil will have to watch its beauty fade. But if you simply look at a flower in a field, you will keep it forever, because the flower is a part of the evening and the sunset and the smell of damp earth and the clouds on the horizon”. I love this sentiment from Paulo Coelho in his book “Brida”. I think in our world we wish to possess things to give us sense of meaning, like possessing affections from others perhaps to validate our existence. But ultimately like the flower we plucked from the ground, it loses its beauty and begins to fade as we removed it from its source. Is it possible to never possess anything but to have everything?

The ancient scholars tell us so repeatedly in spiritual and philosophical text and the meaning is lost in the modern world. We cling to relationships that have died long ago, we hang onto old...

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One Day at A Time

Uncategorized Aug 06, 2018

I was contemplating on going to bed but had to get this out of my mind and into print as it was demanding I give it voice. What you may ask was “demanding” voice from me? As I go through life, and grow through life, I have born witness to many startling revelations that slap me so hard my ears ring, and that is the pain and pleasure of personal growth. If you have read some of my previous blogs you will have come to realize I love spending time in deep introspection and enjoy unraveling the fabric of ideas, beliefs and supposed ridged mental constructs. The reason for this “hobby” of mine is that I have come to realize, and have been illuminate by numerous scientist, sages and philosophers that things are not always as they “are”, things are more often as we “believe” or “think” them to be.

This lateral thinking simply said, as it has been said thousands of times for thousands of years, our beliefs create our reality. So...

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What is Your Motive

Uncategorized Aug 05, 2018

 I am a firm believer, or until shown otherwise, that motive is king. What I mean by this is that why we begin something or perform an action is often more important than the actual act in most cases, because if the motive is flawed or rooted in any form of negativity then the life span of the act may be limited. Okay, I will stop being cryptic here. What I am referring to is primarily two areas in life, though it might apply to more, is personal development and weight loss. What is the motive behind personal development, to improve on an already existing set of skills and awareness’s or to make us better people (which would lend to assuming we were not “better people). If we maintained that we needed to “fix” ourselves by reading this book, taking this course, then the motive comes from a place of lack, and the fallout of that is a never-ending series of books and courses that perhaps will never end, because our initial premise of motive was one of...

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Mans Search for Meaning

Uncategorized Aug 03, 2018

I am reading a great book that I had read some time ago but had not picked it up for some time. The book was "Man's Search for Meaning" by Viktor Frankl. Viktor was a psychologist in the Nazi Death Camps, having laboured in four camps including Auschwitz. As one goes through the pages reading the encounter of a man who had everything taken from him, his brother, his parents, his pregnant wife, Viktor maintained that one cannot avoid suffering but we can choose how to cope with it, find meaning in it, and move forward with renewed purpose. An astounding account in the book showed a camp block warden confided in Viktor that he had a dream that they would be liberated on March 30th. As the man shared his dream and excitement of the impending release, but as time drew nearer the news that the war showed no sign of slowing down, and on March 29 the block warden suddenly became ill, and the following day, March 30th, he died. The loss of hope was translated to his immune system and since...

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Self Expression and the Eco System

Uncategorized Aug 03, 2018

I have always wondered why in nature we can see the beauty in the most abstract things yet in our human experience of each other we often view or judge the ones who are “not the same” as us as some how less than, as if there was some unwritten code of conduct or self expression that we must adhere to. I think for the exception of issue dealing with moral conduct and the harming of another, should we not be allowed to be freely expressed as long it does not do harm to another or to ourselves? I think some of the challenges we face in our ability to be self –expressed is we may be lacking in certain areas that inhibit us from truly opening up and being free. One of the areas that many people lack nowadays is their physical health, and being diminished in their ability to fully self expressed on that level. Our ability to think, feel, move, be independent, relies heavily on our state of our health, from our muscles and organs, from our internal bio-chemistry, to the...

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We are not our circumstances, rather we are possibility

Uncategorized Aug 02, 2018

I know I have heard this expression before perhaps spoken in different ways, but this time it really landed on me. It draws out of me aspects of my spiritual beliefs, my scientific inquiry into life, and my own personal journey of growth and understanding. So what does it mean, we are not our circumstances? What are the circumstances being referred to? In my own experience, which is all I can speak from, my circumstances of not finishing school in my mind meant that I was not smart, that I couldn’t learn, and would not amount to anything. My growing up in a dysfunctional family I thought meant I was unworthy, damaged goods, not fit for human consumption. All the errors, mistakes, misjudgments in my thinking, the wrongs against others I committed I thought meant that I was a bad person, unlovable.

These mental constructs of our life’s circumstances, or what are often called, meta-programs, do not hold any truth to them, they just hold experiences of our life, which may or...

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Creators

Uncategorized Aug 01, 2018

We have been called creators in our own right, meaning that we have the ability to affect reality in a very profound way. This is done the changing of our thought processes, our belief systems, which in turn alters our behaviors, which changes the outcome of our reality.  The famous quote stated it so perfectly “When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change”.  The challenge that I and so many of us have is for the vast majority of our life we have lived with certain realities for so long we believe it to be the only available reality, not even daring to believe it could be different.
What happens when the walls come down and the reality you tried so hard to build comes crashing down? Physicists have a concept called “dissipation of entropy”, which means that when a system has reached a breaking point when it must evolve, it goes into a chaotic state, then evolves into a more powerful version of its former self. Once we...

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