The Ramblings of the Titanium Don

Explorations of Conscious Reality Creation and Other Matters

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Pathwalking is not just an intellectual concept, it is also a spiritual and an emotional endeavor. I have stated rather frequently that to walk any given path you have to not only think about it, but you have to feel it, and you have to desire it.

What’s the difference between the intellectual, spiritual and emotional?

The intellectual is the easiest to examine. This is your thought process, this is your continued education. Intellect is a matter of learning, it is how you develop and grow in your world, and it is how you change from one way of being into another. It is all about how you think, and what you think about.

The emotional is the next easiest to examine. This is your feeling process, this is how you react to the world around you every day. Emotion is a matter of feeling, it is how you know happy from sad, good from bad, love from hate. Emotion is all about your feelings, and your ability to not only hold them to yourself but to share them with others.

The spiritual is the most complex to examine, yet may actually be the simplest. This is your belief system, this is your faith. I am not talking about religion – that is a wholly other institution. Spirituality is about your ability to see a larger, wider, deeper, more layered world around you. Spirituality is believing in yourself, it is faith, whether that faith is in yourself, your friends, a higher power, the universe or what-have-you.

Intellect and emotion have a more finite number of expressions to them than spirituality. As such they are a lot easier to quantify. I can see not only in myself but in others how they think and feel. But spirituality? That is something so vastly different for each of us that this may well be what causes the greatest divide amongst humanity.

People who share a similar spirituality often form communities together, and these have become religions. I have nothing against the idea of organized religion, where I take exception is when you decide your way is the ONLY way, and the rest of us either must convert, die, or go somewhere extremely unpleasant after we’ve died. This is a perfect example of an outside influence trying to tell you what path to follow.

Spiritual is not religious. It is all about your faith and belief in something. It might be simply yourself. I am constantly amazed by how many of us suffer a fairly substantial lack of faith in ourselves. I can readily believe in my friends, and I believe in a universe with far more impressive power than we easily see or can comprehend. But myself? I don’t always hold great faith in myself.

This aspect of Pathwalking is difficult to put into words. It is also of far more import than most people will give it. The intellectual aspects of Pathwalking can be easily explained, and the emotional, though they require being felt, the idea of that is easy to parse out. But the spiritual is at a level that is much harder to make reason of.

A lot of people get turned off by this idea. Spirituality has been too often linked to religion and morality and as such becomes a hot-button issue. Faith and belief are not simply matters of any of the religious institutions of the world, they are far more personal and tied into both intellect and emotion.

Spirit is in many ways always encompassing the intellectual and the emotional. Logic and reason can often waylay feeling and emotion, often stand in opposition to one another. Sometimes the balance is struck by spirit. When you have faith in whatever your faith is in, that will provide the deciding factor when intellect and emotion are in conflict.

It is fascinating just how incredibly simple this really all is. But we love to make things complex. We want to break things down so thoroughly that we wind up ignoring the simplicity inherent in the universe. In our quest for understanding we lose touch with the beauty and simplicity of it all.

We quest to learn more about our world. We want to feel our experiences throughout life. These often cause us to lose sight of our faith and our beliefs, and as such throws us off balance. Recognizing this will help us to better seek, understand, and ultimately walk our paths.

My personal faith has changed and shifted over the course of my life. For me, focus on the here-and-now has become more important to my existence, and rather than worry about the past or work on the future, I need to put greater emphasis on now. I believe in the idea of walking my own path, and I have faith that I am able to find and choose it for myself.

I could go into far greater depth about my own personal spirituality – but mine is NOT the same as yours. More than that, I respect that your faith is not the same, whatever it is. But having a spiritual base along with the intellectual and the emotional will allow you to truly make choices for the best paths you can travel upon.

What do you consider your own faith to be in?

 

This is the one-hundred forty fifth entry in my series. These weekly posts are specifically about walking along the path of life, and my desire to make a difference in this world along the way. Feel free to re-blog and share.  Thank you for joining me.

The first fifty-two weeks (Year One) of installments of Pathwalking is available in print and for your Kindle.

Positivity: Nature

Nature is full of amazing beauty and surprises.

Pretty much every color you can imagine can be found in nature. There are insects, animals, plants, clouds and skies of any hue you can think of, and they are wondrous to behold.

Nature is an incredible source of positivity.

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When you are walking along a trail, or sitting out on a beach, or picking apples in an orchard the energy of nature can suffuse you with intense positivity. The sights, sounds, smells, colors and even the textures of the world around you can provide stimulation for all of the senses. Nature is the most intense root of positivity imaginable.

At night if you find yourself beneath the stars it is almost impossible to not feel a sense of awe. The poinpoints of light of different sizes and shifting colors are incredible. The phases of the moon offer an amazing backdrop no planetarium could ever truly imitate.

It is easy when we spend most of our time indoors to forget the power of nature. Little things like the intricacy of a spider web to the color of a dragonfly to a patch of orange pumpkins are not just beautiful, but they inspire a positive feeling. Sure, you might be afraid of spiders, but it is still hard not to see the beauty in their singular webs.

Why is nature a generator of positivity? Because nature is full of wonders, wonders that can have an effect on every one of our senses. Few things in this world have such power, and the most incredible part of this is that nature is utter simplicity. This is our world, and if you open yourself to it and its possibilities, you will be impressed by what you may find.

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This is a very positive thing because through these wonders we have opportunities for growth. Growth allows us to gain more perspective, and these are all forces of positive energies. Nature may be concrete jungles or cultivated trees or virgin forests, but it is still a source of great energy.

The forces of nature can be rough, but nature itself is a bastion for positivity.

Finding positivity is not hard, it just requires action. Knowing that you can step into nature to discover positivity through its myriad of sensory wonders, there are untold avenues for building positive emotions. There are many many places in nature to remove negative emotions. When we take away negative emotions, we open up space to let in positive emotions, and that is something we can be grateful for. Gratitude leads to happiness. Happiness is the ultimate positive attitude. Positive attitude begets positive energy, and that is always a good thing.

 

This is the thirty sixth entry of my Positivity series.  It is my hope these weekly messages might help spread positive energies for everyone.  Feel free to share, re-blog and spread the positivity.

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Even though Pathwalking is for yourself, sometimes you will encounter guides along your way.

Yes, I recognize that this is an inherent paradox. I often have talked about how Pathwalking is a solo process. And yet now I am putting it out there that from time to time you will encounter guides.

What about being wary of outside influences?

Not every outside influence is a bad thing. The issue with outside influences comes when you allow them to dominate your thought process and to have the control of your life that Pathwalking is intended to take. Your destiny is yours to control, and that is where wariness of outside influence becomes so important.

Sometimes, though, outside influences provide context, provide new viewpoints and direction you cannot find on your own.

This is particularly true when we come to the topic of guides.

What is a guide, and how is a guide different from a negative outside influence?

A guide is someone or something that helps you make your choices and assert your own empowerment of your life. Guides come in a number of different and unrelated forms.

There might be an informative book, which gives you new avenues and new ideas to help you along your way. It might be a blog, like this one, offering helpful suggestions and ideas to assist you to find, experience, and ultimately navigate your path.

I have taken elements of many different guides such as this as I have walked my path. The ideas from The Secret and from Tony Robbins and Paulo Coelho and many others have helped me to learn that there is a broader, more incredible universe than I could possibly have imagined on my own, beyond my own rather expansive imagination. THIS world holds wonders even more incredible than those I have dreamed up for my fictional worlds, and I have been shown this in unique ways by different writers and philosophers.

These guides helped me to create my own philosophy, and to choose to begin my own walk along my own path. From these resources I have created Pathwalking, with which I want to live the life I would most desire to choose for myself.

Another guide might be a teacher, a close friend, a family member, a lover, a guru. There might be some mentor to whom you can turn for guidance, who might provide you with insights you have not come across on your own. There might be someone who can open you up to new worlds, show you their own ways and help you to uncover your own.

This can take several forms, from going to a teacher in order to learn a specific thing to a casual comment that unlocks something previously hidden to even an argument that can open your eyes to a new path. A guide may be someone completely unexpected, who may even be initially perceive as being a negative outside influence, yet who helps you on your path.

Guides will invariably turn up along your path. You will know the difference between a guide and a negative outside influence by how they make you feel. Yes, even if the guide seems to be showing you a negative, when you have taken in what they have shared, you will know. A guide gives you information that makes you want to say “Yes! That’s it! I’ve got it! That’s right!” and similar positive affirmations. A negative influence makes you want to say “No, that’s not right. That can’t be it. This feels wrong. I don’t think so,” and similar negative statements.

When you are immersed in walking your path, and you are wholly aware not only of the goal, but of the journey along the way, you will be attuned to your destiny. When your heart and mind and soul are in sync, you will know the difference in how you feel if you are dealing with a guide versus a negative outside influence. The information will resonate with you, and it will make perfect sense, as though you have always known it…even when you didn’t.

Sometimes we seek guides. You might be stuck and in need of a new idea or a different direction when you come across a program or the works of some writer, or when a friend posts something online that provides guidance. There is always something new to be shared, and guides can help us to learn what we might need and want.

Though I walk this path on my own, and only I can choose my destiny and control my actions and emotions, I am not alone. I have found different guides from different sources, and I use these to enrich my path and to help me find what is best for me. I know that this can and will change, and I know that I might encounter a different guide along the way to help me choose a new direction.

So long as you are the decision maker, a guide can be unbelievably helpful along your path. When you are calm, relaxed and at peace you will best know if you are in the presence of a guide or otherwise.

What guides will help you along your path?

 

This is the one-hundred forty fourth entry in my series. These weekly posts are specifically about walking along the path of life, and my desire to make a difference in this world along the way. Feel free to re-blog and share.  Thank you for joining me.

The first fifty-two weeks (Year One) of installments of Pathwalking is available in print and for your Kindle.

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