The Ramblings of the Titanium Don

Explorations of Conscious Reality Creation and Other Matters

Month: December 2014 (Page 1 of 2)

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What thoughts, feelings and actions will put me on the Path I desire? This is going to be different for me than it is for you, but today I am going to take my first New Year’s Action and share some of it here.

First, let me reiterate an idea I began to explore over three years ago. Lots of people make New Year’s Resolutions. They come up with ideas to make changes and take actions…but they never seem to get past the ideas. Action seldom appears to come from resolutions, at least not for very long.

Thus, rather than make a New Year’s Resolution, instead I have chosen to take a New Year’s Action. As 2011 closed and 2012 began, I decided I needed to spur my active writing. Thus I determined, and blogged about it here, to take a New Year’s Action.

I determined that I would act on writing in my blog weekly. From this notion was borne Pathwalking, and one hundred fifty seven weeks later I am still writing about and honing this philosophy. Three years of weekly blogging. I would call my New Year’s Action of 2012 a success.

So, here I am at the end of 2014, and I find that while I am working to choose and walk my own path, I have reached a point where I need to make changes. For the past couple of months I have been feeling this idea out and trying to determine the best courses of action to take to get there. Ideas are like resolutions in that they may be numerous and bold, but without action they cannot develop.

So it is I need to take some New Year’s Actions. I need to move past the ideas and employ actions to spur the growth and change I desire to see in my life.

I am going to share with you the process first, and then I will share several of my personal actions. Please take note of the fact that the actions I need for myself may not be what YOU need, but I think providing examples from my own path can be useful.

The first steps were covered last week. Identify the answers to these questions: What do I want? What am I thinking? What am I feeling? Am I going to create a reality I want, or a reality I don’t want?

Another important note – the answers to all of these questions are almost never static. They change, they shift, they evolve and devolve according to circumstances. Part of why it is important to ask these questions more frequently than most of us do is to help see when things are changing within or without our control.

Once the answers to the questions have been identified, WRITE THEM DOWN. Putting pen to paper or fingers to keys is an action that helps solidify our answers, and will help us to take a much closer look at just what our thoughts and feelings are and what they mean.

Once this process has been completed, it is time to ask what thoughts, feelings and actions will put me on the Path I desire? When you identify changes necessary to how you think and feel, you will know better what actions are available to you in order to effect change and place yourself upon your desired path.

I have written out MY answers to the questions in the first step, which is my first New Year’s Action. My second New Year’s Action will be to re-ask these questions at the end of each month, and see if the answers are aligning with the path I desire to be upon.

Recurrent New Year’s Actions can be tricky, because like resolutions they can be waylaid, ignored and forgotten. However, because they are actions they get more energy than resolutions, since they go beyond thought and feeling and have motion as such.

Because these are actions, and require more energy, it is best to take only a few. We all have busy lives, so we need to be aware of our time management. When it comes to recurrent New Years actions, I would suggest no less than one and no more than five. Stretching yourself too thin will not help you to get where you want to go.

My non-recurrent New Year’s Action was writing out my answers to the questions of what do I want? What am I thinking? What am I feeling? Am I going to create a reality I want, or a reality I don’t want? What thoughts, feelings and actions will put me on the Path I desire?

My recurrent New Year’s Actions will be, first, to readdress these questions at the end of each month. I am going to share with you also the daily action I will be taking.

Daily I will make time to meditate. I know how this makes me feel, I know what this does for my focus and concentration and awareness, but I tend to not practice. In many respects this is more important than daily exercise or diet alterations, because if I can’t focus my thoughts and feelings the other efforts generally won’t amount to much.

Every day I will meditate for at least two minutes up til as long as I need.

I am not simply resolving to do these things…I am acting upon them. I believe, and I hope you will see why, that taking action is a much more powerful means to an ends, and that you will join me in choosing this powerful tool to help in walking your path.

What actions might you take for the Paths YOU will be choosing in the coming year?

 

Happy New Year!

This is the one-hundred fifty seventh 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: New Year's Actions

New Year, new opportunities for Positivity.

Many people take the change in calendar to try and make changes in their lives. As the year turns, it can feel like an opportunity is at hand to restart, refresh and renew our existence in some way or other.

This has, for many, taken the form of New Year’s Resolutions. They make a promise to make a change, usually either to eat better or lose weight or go to the gym or something along that line. They plan out a new idea, they resolve to make a change.

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The trouble is, a resolution is all well and good…but if you take no action, you won’t get very far at all. Realistically most New Year’s Resolutions fall flat a short ways into the new calendar.

Several years ago I took a new approach to this idea. Instead of a New Year’s resolution, I took on a New Year’s action. I didn’t simply resolve to do something new…I did something new. Thus was born my other weekly blog, Pathwalking. I took the action of blogging weekly…and have continued to do so for a full three years now.

Actions are stronger than resolutions, because they involve doing instead of just planning. To resolve is to make a plan of some sort to try, but to act is to actually DO something with that plan. As Yoda said, “Do or Do Not…there is no try.”

Thus we reach an excellent opportunity for generating Positivity. We can take a New Year’s Action that will help create more positivity in our lives. We can do something that will help us to feel better, more frequently, and see the world for new possibilities all around us.

What kinds of actions can I take for creating Positivity? Different things will work for different people, but I have a few thoughts: Choose your media more sparingly, and don’t allow yourself to be inundated by all the bad news that gets broadcast. Write down five things you are grateful for daily. Before you post about how terrible something is to Facebook or Twitter, find something good to share instead. Do something that makes you smile at least once a day. Actively seek out something daily that will make you laugh.

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If you choose to take the New Year as an opportunity to effect change, then I would suggest a positive, active change be sought out and made.

Why positivity? Because feeling positive helps us to feel good, and I don’t know anyone who does not want to feel good.

Finding positivity is not hard, it just requires action. Knowing that we can do more than just resolve to make a change, but instead take an action, we can create many positive things. When we act to build more positivity with the new year, we can use the positive feelings this generates to dissolve negative feelings. When we take away negative feelings, we open up space to let in positive feelings, 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 forty eighth 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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What am I thinking? What am I feeling? Am I going to create a reality I want, or a reality I don’t want? What thoughts, feelings and actions will put me on the Path I desire?

These are the questions I need to answer. These are the questions that will allow me to acquire the path I should truly be on, and to get myself to the place I really want to be.

There is one more question, however, that has to be asked. It will provide the over-arching theme of my Pathwalk. What do I want?

Clarity is extremely important. If I do not know precisely what it is I want, then I am not going to be able to make it. I can “walk” whatever path I choose, but if I really don’t know what it is I want, then I’m journeying with no end goal. Yes, the voyage itself is important, but in many respects Pathwalking without an end goal is just the same as making no choices and taking no control over my life.

So – what is it that I really, truly want? What do I desire to be the outcome of this particular path I am on? As one of my actions for the coming new year, I am taking the time to sit down and write out a list of the things I want. Once I complete that list, I will prioritize it, since I know that in all probability this will require walking several different paths. When I know what I really want, I can then start to answer the other questions I have posed here.

What am I thinking? I cannot tell you how often I just let my mind wander. I allow conversations about unpleasant and unhappy things dominate my consciousness, and often rather than redirect the thought process I just let it go. It’s pretty important to Pathwalking that I be conscious of my thought process, because it is thought that leads to feeling and then actions. If I am not mindful of what I am thinking about I am going to wind up spinning my wheels and getting nowhere fast.

The key to this is surprisingly simple on the one hand. I need to take time multiple times a day to ask myself “What am I thinking?” In asking the question, I force myself to take a look at what is in my head. This is difficult on the other hand because my thought processes can be so complicated. If I don’t know what I am focusing my thoughts on it can be tricky to answer this question. But that does not make it any less important. Knowing the answer to what I am thinking will help me to understand or at least explain the next question.

What am I feeling? Chances are I am feeling how I am feeling based upon what I am thinking. If I am thinking about something that upsets me or depresses me or angers me, well it should be no surprise if I am feeling upset, depressed or angry. If I am thinking about something that makes me feel good, strong, encouraged, excited…this translates to what I am feeling.

Be mindful of your mind, be mindful of your heart. They may seem to be speaking different languages, but the truth is that your feelings are usually the result of your thoughts. So I need to ask not only what am I thinking, but what am I feeling? When I pose these questions I need to further take the time to actually answer them as well.

Am I going to create a reality I want, or a reality I don’t want? Knowing the answer to what am I thinking and what am I feeling will help me find the answer to what reality I am creating. If I am thinking about negative things, and feeling negative as I go along I am most likely creating a reality I do not want. If I feel annoyed at something and I am thinking about it frequently, and putting more energy into both thought and feeling…consciousness creates reality, and I am looking at something I do not want.

Mindfulness of thought and feeling will allow me to better focus on just what reality I intend to make. This is a simple statement, but putting it into practice in the everyday world can be challenging.

It is also hugely important to be focusing on what you WANT, as opposed to what you DO NOT WANT. Society is all about fighting against things, resisting things. We put our focus on battling the problems, standing against the bad rather than for the good. When we put our focus on what we don’t want, we actually give that power. Again, if consciousness creates reality, if you are focusing on poverty and war and hate and corruption and so on….is it that big a surprise that there always seems to be more negatives to look at?

We cannot easily change what the media gives us, and the deluge of bad news at our fingertips. What we CAN change, however, is what we individually focus on. If we work on what we want as opposed to against what we don’t want consciously, we can change our own little corners of the world. It will take time, but if more people work for what they want and not against what they don’t want, I believe we will see a difference.

Being aware of whether I am focused on what I want instead of what I don’t want will help me to choose the right path for me. When I know my thoughts, know my feelings, I will know my path. Which leads to the final question I posed:

What thoughts, feelings and actions will put me on the Path I desire? This is going to be different for me than it is for you, but next week I am going to take my first New Year’s Action and share it here.

What are you thinking? What are you feeling? Are you going to create a reality you want, or a reality you don’t want?

 

This is the one-hundred fifty sixth 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: Like Attracts Like

Like attracts like.

This is the reason why revenge never works in the quest for justice. An act of retribution will gain you nothing but further retribution.

We are inundated by a constant barrage of negativity, and that is where we wind up putting our focus. We end up in a state of negative thinking, and as such like attracts like and we continue to draw in more things to feel badly about.

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Knowing this, it is important to make a conscious effort to draw positivity to ourselves. If we want to use like to attract like, then we need to be more mindful of what we are focusing on.

Yes, it is good to be informed. We need to know what is happening in the world around us, because if we don’t we can’t change it. But any changes to the greater world are going to start even smaller than most people perceive. It starts with each of us changing how and what we focus on.

We need to spend a little time every day finding things that make us feel good. Music, pictures and videos, certain smells and even textures that make us feel contentment. We need to find ways to make ourselves smile.

I began to explore the power of positivity because I saw so many people posting negative expressions of their Monday experience. The thing is, the more focus we put on those negative feelings, like attracts like, we get more things to feel negative about.

While we are great at focusing on how other people around us are feeling, we have come to see interest in our own feelings as selfish. The problem is, if you are not feeling good, how can you help anyone else to feel good?   This is why it is imperative we see the importance of being aware of our own feelings, and mindful of whether we are thinking negative or positive thoughts.

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Be mindful of the sad and depressing events in the world today. But don’t focus your energy on them…find something that makes you feel good to counterbalance the negativity they bring. We can do far more good by finding positive and constructive means to draw change than by responding to negativity with negativity and seeking revenge.

I am unable tell you how to do this. I don’t know what will work for you, but I do know that if we change our focus to positivity it always feels better than negativity.

Finding positivity is not hard, it just requires action. Knowing that like attracts like, we can shift our focus from things that are negative to things that are positive. When we are mindful of putting more focus on positive things than negative ones, we can use the energy from the positive feelings to dissolve negative feelings. When we take away negative feelings, we open up space to let in positive feelings, 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 forty seventh 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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Be careful what you wish for; be conscious of your thoughts.

Consciousness creates reality. I have stated this here repeatedly, because it is a fact. I have seen proof of this in more than one instance, and I am acutely aware that you have to be careful what you put your focus on.

I know this. I am completely aware of it. When I have used it consciously, I have manifested amazing things in my life. I healed from severe injuries beyond the expectations of medical science, and acquired a car exactly as I envisioned it happening.

So how come I cannot put this to use all the time? Why do I still struggle using my own consciousness to create my reality? Isn’t that the whole point of Pathwalking?

There is a situation in my life at the moment that is not going as I would wish it to. I have fears and concerns about it, and they are dominating my thoughts and stopping my actions. Worse, I am finding my subconscious constantly refocusing on the negative possibilities of this situation, and getting upset and dismayed over things that have not happened, but could.

If I am not careful, my consciousness will create this reality. A reality in which I am forced to question my self-value and self-worth in a manner contrary to everything I write about in Pathwalking. A reality I do not want, a situation that will cause me a great deal of sorrow, anger, frustration, and quite possibly self-loathing.

This is the roots of depression. This is where the mind runs away, and I find myself questioning my ability to succeed in anything I do, my worth as a person, my value to those around me. If I allow this to take hold, if I let this root itself in my consciousness, I am in danger of making it my reality. And I cannot let that happen.

Since I began Pathwalking I have strived to grow as a person, to practice what I preach, to make my own choices, walk my own Path. I want control over my destiny. To some degree, I have it. But to some degree I continue to allow others that power, and I cannot seem to take it for myself.

Why? How come I am allowing myself to build this reality? Why won’t I let myself succeed? How come I am only capable of consciously creating my reality once in a while, but not always? How do I stop the negativity from overwhelming me, and how do I refocus my consciousness to create a better reality?

This has been the ultimate challenge of Pathwalking for me, all of my life, before I even gave it a name. I have lived in fear of failure, in fear of success, in fear of people thinking ill of me, in fear of doing harm, in fear of disappointing the people who count on me. I have often explained the dangers of fear, and how powerful it is…but that does not lessen my struggles with it.

Do I believe in Pathwalking? Yes. I find that I still allow myself to get caught up in mundane problems and I still allow outside influences to have an effect on my path more than I should. Moments of brilliance surrounded by long stretches of not choosing for myself and allowing my path to be dictated by others.

How do I break this pattern? How do I well and truly let go of the fear and walk my path? With the coming new year, I need to take new actions. I do not believe in resolutions – the idea is insufficient, there needs to be action to make it fly. I need to take the proper time to choose for myself, to take control of my destiny, and to build the reality I want.

It is never easy. I cannot begin to tell you how nice it would be if it were. But that does not make it any less possible. I know there are actions I can take that will allow me to truly walk the path I want to be on, and I know I can take ahold of my consciousness to create the reality I desire.

Knowing is the first step. Now I need to FEEL it. When I feel confident, when I let go of the fear and I flood my thoughts with love, with strength, with self-belief instead of self-doubt, then I will be truly aware of the Path I desire, and it will be my job to take action and walk it.

That is the final key. Action. I can think and feel the reality I want to consciously create, but if I do not act, then it does not happen. All the failure, all the things I fear take hold, plant themselves in my consciousness, and I return to this place of doubt and dis-ease Pathwalking was in part created to take me past.

It is time to stop wanting all the things, and well and truly choose the path I desire to follow. It is time to accept the doubt but let it pass, to face the fear and walk right through it, to hear the outside influences, judge their worth or lack but not let them dictate my actions. I can take control of my sub-conscious by being more aware, and turning my focus away from what I DON’T want, and instead see what I DO want.

There are thoughts. There are feelings. There are actions. I know this. As I move forward into the new year I will be sharing my personal process with you. With your support I know that I can take Pathwalking to the next level, and I can create my reality as I most want it. Maybe as I bring you come along for this journey I will help you to do the same for yourself.

What am I thinking? What am I feeling? Am I going to create a reality I want, or a reality I don’t want? What thoughts, feelings and actions will put me on the Path I desire?

 

This is the one-hundred fifty 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: Thank You

Thank you.

These two words are amongst the most powerful words in all of the English language. The power of thank you to make a person feel good, to convey gratitude is nearly immeasurable.

Yet these two words are not employed with near enough frequency. Society has become so hyper-focused on big bad things around the globe that feeling thankful is challenging at best. Yet it is important to not lose sight of the little things we have, and remember gratitude.

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Words, words words.   If there is no sincerity and no feeling behind thank you it’s pretty useless. While there is some truth to that, getting into the habit of expressing thanks for small things will actually generate feelings of thankfulness for these things. It is very hard to keep repeating thank you and not begin to actually feel gratitude. Try it.

The little things in life to be thankful for are numerous, material and immaterial. Be thankful for your health, your friends, your family, your job, your hobbies, love, waking up every morning to a day with new potential. Say thank you for your car, your computer, your smartphone, the clothes on your back, a cup of coffee, food on your table, sunlight, rain…anything and everything you encounter during your day.

Thank you. The foundation of gratitude. Two words that can change your feelings surprisingly quickly. Two words every child is taught very early in life, but we adults tend somehow to take for granted. The number of things for us to express our thanks for are beyond count, and yet we take them for granted, and we do not frequently say thank you for them.

How can I possibly say thank you when I am feeling depressed? How can I express gratitude when I read the news and am bombarded with all the awful things happening in the world today? I cannot feel it, so how can I express it?

Start small. Say thank you for the ability to read, to hear, to think, to see, to smell, to taste, to touch. Say thank you for the device you are reading these words upon now. Say thank you for being alive. Say thank you for your own health, safety and welfare. Say thank you for the possibility that today is full of potential. Say thank you for the safety of those you love. Say thank you for the knowledge of gratitude and its power to better life.

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Small steps. But from these minor points the potential to generate positivity is truly astounding.

Finding positivity is not hard, it just requires action. Knowing that saying thank you is the most powerful key to creating gratitude, we can employ it more readily and frequently. When we give thanks for the little things we have, material and immaterial, we begin to feel thankful, which in turn will dissolve negative feelings. When we take away negative feelings, we open up space to let in positive feelings, 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 forty 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.

Seeker – Kindle Countdown Sale

Books make excellent gifts! Even eBooks!

Today (Friday 12/12) through Sunday (12/14), Seeker – The Source Chronicles I, is on sale for Kindle for just $.99.

I thought a holiday promotional sale was a good idea.

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There is an element of Seeker I have not written about before – and that’s the human element. The world of t’Thera may be a fantasy world, but even the sorcerous are human. Like the people we all know, these humans are flawed. Perfectly imperfect. They make mistakes, they do foolish things…but they also learn from them. They grow and change and evolve.

I have worked hard to create characters that are unmistakably human. Whether noble or common, magical or not, these are people who are not just caricatures of men and women, but multi-faceted people.

I strived to make the people and world uniquely interesting, and I hope if you have read my blog you might find the fantastical characters I have created relatable, and realistic. I know that the genre of Fantasy has a lot of works within it, and that certain tropes are well worn and played a hundred different ways…but I think I have offered here some original approaches, and some pretty awesome characters.

Follow the link above and here to get your own copy of Seeker.

(Please note – $.99 sale may have been scheduled to launch at 8am PACIFIC time – so on the East Coast may not be live til 11am).

Thank you for your continued support!

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PS: Finder – The Source Chronicles II – is now undergoing its first round of edits. It is my intent for it to be available by November 2015.

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This is one of those weeks where composing this is particularly difficult.

There is no single reason why, there is no overriding issue causing me stress or displeasure or any other particular negative emotions. I am just having a hard time finding a topic. Perhaps it is time for a little reflection, then.

I began Pathwalking as part of a New Year’s action. I was determined that rather than make an empty resolution, easily forgotten and broken, I needed to take an action.

So began this long and twisted journey. Every day, for a year, I would challenge myself to write an entry in my blog. This became Pathwalking, and it soon took on a life of its own.

I had created and began to explain in detail my personal philosophy on life, the universe and everything. The notion that we are really the ones in control of our own destiny, our own fate, our own lives proved to be both amazingly simple and sometimes overwhelmingly complicated, too.

Along the way I have uncovered and explored numerous paradoxes, obstacles, challenges and complexities in walking your own Path. But of more import I have found that overall when I have been in control, and I have made my own choices I find joy far more readily.

An opportunity of a sort presented itself to me. I took it. It proved to be less than what I thought it might be. So I was faced with a choice. Return to a place that was robbing me of my joy but making paying my bills easier…or go to a place that would employ me, but earn me less. I knew that place made me happy…so I chose it.

Now I was not only writing about the notion of Pathwalking…I was truly doing it. Here I was, making my own choices, taking control of my own destiny. I was not just accepting what the universe handed me, I was choosing it for myself.

The year came to an end. I had succeeded in my challenge. Another choice before me. While I was continuing Pathwalking, should I continue to write about it? Keep the blog going? I intended to keep acting on it…so it made sense to keep writing this blog.

Obviously I continued, or you would not be reading these words. As I explored what it meant to be a Pathwalker I would continue to choose topics every week to discuss here. Several have been covered more than once, but that is because they are the fundamental keys to success at Pathwalking.

Gratitude. Choosing for yourself. Controlling fear. Choosing which outside influences to listen to and which to ignore. Hope. Joy. Self Empowerment. Love. Passion. All the elements that go into finding, choosing and walking any given path.

Another year passed, and Pathwalking continues. Some topics have gotten multiple weeks of exploration as I dove into their depths. Every week I have found something that relates to Pathwalking in a new way, and shared my insights into it.

The completion of a third year of sharing this journey is near. I am reflecting on that now. Has it been worth it? Am I happy with my life, with my choices? Do I live life, or does life live me?

Some days are better than others. There are going to be complications, frustrations and other issues along the way. But I am still persevering to choose my own path, to live my own life.

This is my life, and it is nobody else’s. Only I can make myself happy, only I truly know where my joy is to be found. I share this journey because I believe that if more of us make these choices for ourselves, we will live better.

Our society is changing too rapidly for most. That is why we are seeing so many examples of sexism, racism, classism, and other reactionary acts. We see more at a far faster speed because the internet, for all its power to connect us, is equally capable of dividing us. Fear is a powerful weapon we are fed on a daily basis, and after a while it can become very overwhelming.

Pathwalking is about choice. I choose to not let that fear, the constant bombardment of bad news and atrocities against people overwhelm my journey. No, I am not ignoring what is happening to the world around me – I can’t do that. But I am not allowing the negativity to control me. That is what they want.

If we live in fear, if we live in a constantly defensive state, we do not have control. Period. Which means if we do not have control, someone else DOES. This is not just about life living you, instead of the other way around…it is about allowing others to make critical choices that you should make for yourself.

Pathwalking is about taking control. Pathwalking, like me and everyone else on this planet is constantly evolving, changing, shifting. No path is perfectly straight, no journey is over-simple or over-complicated, and most of life is lived between the extremes. But I for one would rather choose for myself and make my own mistakes and celebrate my own triumphs.

No grand insights, no overriding topic this week, just a day along the path.

How is the journey along YOUR path today?

 

This is the one-hundred fifty 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.

Positivity: Change

Everything changes.

This is momentously positive, because given that everything changes, even the worst of circumstances can be improved and positivity can be generated.

Some change is gradual, some is swift. Some is wanted, some is unwanted. Some change is within our control and some is not. Change is inevitable, it is undeniable, and it is a matter of neutrality that is only positive or negative depending on your own perspective.

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Does the world seem really terrible at the moment? Like with all the unbelievable racism, inequality, violence and injustice we have been particularly bombarded with of late? Does it feel like our society is being overrun by people taking us backwards from progress? There is a reason for this, and the reason is that our world is changing and this is how those unable to cope with that change react.

Everything changes. Societal change used to occur much more slowly, because we were separated by distance. Welcome to the twenty-first century, where distance has been bridged by the internet and we are only separated by almost no distance at all. We are instantly connected across the globe, and we see a broader, more diverse world beyond simple human comprehension.

Some of us see that and are excited by it. Some of us see the potential for advancement, empowerment, education and peace. But some people see it as a loss of their way, a change in their perception of how the world should be. Rather than embrace that, they become reactionary to it, and they fight to stop it.

Everything changes. The key to this is knowing that we can change with everything. We have the ability to choose for ourselves how our lives will be. As such we can help to build and support the positive changes our society needs. We can see what aspects of any given change are within our control and which are not and focus on positivity. When we focus on positive changes and direct our energies to them, we grow them, and as such remove the power of negativity.

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Despite gloom and doom, we can and have changed our world for the better before. Now it just happens faster and is more visible to a wider audience. We can add our voices in support of equality, justice and peace and build and spread more positivity as such. Everything changes, and that means we have the opportunity to change the bad to good and negative to positive.

It is not always simple, but it is inevitable, and it is more within our control than we believe.

Finding positivity is not hard, it just requires action. Knowing that everything changes, we can give our energies and attention to change for the better. When we know and accept that we can have control over more aspects of change, we can work together on change that helps to dissolve negative feelings. When we take away negative feelings, we open up space to let in positive feelings, 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 forty fifth 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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How do you Pathwalk in the face of cynicism and skepticism?

These two concepts are often confused and mixed, but still amount to much the same thing. In the simplest of terms, a cynic does not believe in selflessness, whereas a skeptic questions the factuality of a given thing.

Given today’s society, it should come as no surprise that these two notions are so prevalent, and that they are easy to confuse. And when it comes to Pathwalking I can see how both could be applied.

I purport to share this concept not for any personal gain, but out of a desire to try to better the world around me. A cynic would no doubt question my actions. If there is nothing to gain, how could I share this idea for free?

I will not deny that in my sharing of this concept, I have hope maybe one day somebody will offer me the opportunity to spread this concept further, and to a much broader audience. From there to possibly earn income either doing public speaking on the idea of Pathwalking, or teaching others how to work on all the things I have shared here over these past couple years, and help them to find their own way.

While I would like to make something more tangible from spreading the idea of Pathwalking, I still believe that helping more people seek out and control their own destiny is better for everyone. It is not about me, I have no selfish intent; I want to help everyone in whatever way I can to see life for all of its amazing potential.

The cynic would find that hard to believe. Ignoring the cynic when it comes to outside influences is fairly easy. But when the cynic is inside your own head, it takes more work. However, if you have selfless intent and you are not working in a selfish manner, then its not a cynic you are engaged with, it’s a skeptic.

Is this really real? Is it possible to take control of your own feelings, to take control of your own destiny? Aren’t we all just the pawns of fate, or a higher power, or what-have-you? Does Pathwalking actually work and make you happier and healthier and more whole? Isn’t this just a rehashing of everything you have studied and explored and learned from others? Do you really believe in this?

Skeptics are all around us. We question our world, we question our existence, we question everything, sometimes to ludicrous levels. It’s all well and good to question things, but doing so against the face of factual proof can be devastating.

Look at the deeply divided nation America has become. There are people who are in positions of authority who play the role of skeptic, but are in fact just spreading lies in order to further their own careers and to enhance their personal gain. These people play the role of friend of the poor, skeptical of “the man”, but are really just building up and playing off of people’s fears to further their own agendas.

Skepticism can be a good thing. Sometimes what someone calls a “fact” is not, and being skeptical of that is wise. However, the problem comes when you are skeptical all the time. Certain facts are incontrovertible. You can be skeptical about these all you want, but the Earth is round, the sky is blue, water is wet, and maybe most important of all we are all one. Despite the differences in our skin color, nationality, gender, religion and so on and so forth we are the same, and we are all connected.

Pathwalking is about making choices for ourselves. It’s about sometimes following the crowd, and sometimes very much marching to the beat of your own drummer. It may look a bit strange to those unfamiliar with the notion, it may come across as another new-agey concept for self-improvement, but it is about empowerment.

The cynic questions if I share the idea of Pathwalking out of selfishness, and awakens the skeptic to question if this has real, factual legitimacy. This is how we confuse these two concepts. But Pathwalking is not selfish, and it has been shared to help you to be empowered to seek out and make your own way in this life.

Any idea will face its cynics and skeptics. It is certainly easier to ignore them when they are outside influences than when they are inside your own head.

I will tell the cynic that I share this idea because I believe that helping find self-empowerment in this world can help to make the world a better place for everyone. I will tell the skeptic that I have yet to see someone who feels they have control of their own life, their own emotions and their own destiny not be happier overall.

Pathwalking is a worthwhile concept. I have been a more whole, more complete and overall happier person since I began to work with this idea directly. Despite its ups and downs, overall it has proven to be an excellent way to live.

How do you shut down your own inner cynic and skeptic?

 

This is the one-hundred fifty third 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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