The Ramblings of the Titanium Don

Explorations of Conscious Reality Creation and Other Matters

Month: June 2016 (Page 1 of 2)

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This is not what I expected.

How often in your life have you either thought or said these words?  For me, it has been far more frequently than I might have wanted.

Pathwalking is about finding, choosing and then walking a path in life.  You dictate that path, you make the choices along it.

Of course no path is perfectly straight.  They all come with twists and turns, obstacles to be overcome, avoided or directly dealt with.  The best way to walk your chosen path is to do so in the now, keeping lessons learned from the past with an eye to the future, but right here and now, in this moment, on this given path.

And then the unexpected.  More than just a twist or turn in the path, not an obstacle.  Something you were not planning for.  It is that unexpected something that can have a profound effect on your path, and might even change it.

Pathwalking involves being open to new ideas.  It is about accepting, and really embracing change.  I choose to walk a given path because I want to control my own destiny, and live this life as will make me the happiest.

Still, the unexpected can be daunting.  It can be something challenging to reconcile that you just haven’t quite got the notion for how to handle it.

What sort of unexpected thing is this of which I write?  Something out-of-the-blue that could change your path.  A friend from the past who comes back into your life just when you need such.  That lover you were not looking for.  A job offer you can’t refuse.  A financial windfall.  A relocation to somewhere unfamiliar.  A promotion.

All of these unexpected things are potentially positive.  This is what makes these different from your standard pathway twists and turns, obstacles and redirections.  Also, they frequently come upon you fairly suddenly.  A phone call, an e mail, a text, nothing you foresaw and yet here it is.

Like all aspects of Pathwalking, now you have been presented with a choice.  Leave the path you were merrily trekking upon and go with this unexpected happening…or decline it, ignore it and keep focused on the end goal of the path you’ve chosen.

When you are living in the now as you travel your path, you can better handle the twists and obstacles, and you can equally better handle this kind of unexpected thing.  You are adaptable.  You can make changes.

Often the unexpected is a good omen.  I’ve not written a lot about this concept, because Pathwalking is about your own choices, not simply letting things happen as you go along.  However, as you journey along your given path, chances are you’ve encountered signs that have shown you that this is indeed the right way to be going.  This is why you have chosen the paths you choose.

Still, along the way we often receive signs from the Universe of encouragement.  Omens.  I know this can be a pretty cryptic concept, but it is still something important to be considered.

If, as you are travelling your chosen path, you are full of doubt, and you are uncertain about the choice, you may find that the thing that will keep you on that chosen path, versus choosing a different path, is some kind of omen.  You see a small payoff.  You receive encouragement from without that increases confidence and helps you with choices upon the path.  Something that defies explanation might occur to keep you down this path.

The unexpected of the nature I am writing of is a sign.  It may be unexpected, but it is not unwanted.  It is a good omen, because while it may change the path, it is still something that will bring you happiness.  Because when all is said and done, that’s the primary reason to choose and walk a given path.  The end result we all want is joy.  It is happiness.

Oh, come on.  What about the job?  The money?  The relationship?  The goal of the path is the thing wanted.  That’s as may be, but I would ask you to consider why.  Why do you want the job, the money, the relationship, or whatever your end goal of the path you are walking is?  Because it is something the inevitably will make you happy.

That is why the positive but unexpected happening is a good thing.  Maybe it’s not how you expected this path you are walking to go, but if it brings you more happiness, makes you feel good and improves your life, didn’t you manifest it for yourself by choosing to walk a path in the first place?

My aim may be for goal ‘x’, but I probably cannot see how it will come about.  So what if the unexpected is better than what I was aiming for in the first place?  Because I was making the effort, isn’t it probable I drew this to myself, even if unexpectedly?

This is not what I expected…but I am excited to see where it’s going to take me now.

What unexpected things have you experienced?

 

GOAL LOG – Week 25:

Diet: My extreme diet continues.  I am still eating well, avoiding bread and pasta and candy and other sugars, except for on 1 day last week.  I feel healthier overall, and my clothes are definitely fitting better.

Exercise: Fencing happened three days last week, and I spent several hours in the ocean swimming with my friends’ kids.  I did a decent amount of walking, shot archery, but I didn’t get to the gym.

Writing:  Three days of at least some writing and editing happened.  I need to keep working to make this a more daily practice.

Meditation:  Four days of meditation, at least 5 minutes each day.

Gratitude: I wrote out 5 things to be grateful for every day last week, save one.

 

This is the two-hundred thirty-fifth entry in my series. These weekly posts are ideas and my personal experiences in walking along the path of life.  I share this journey as part of my desire to make a difference in this world along the way.

Thank you for joining me.  Feel free to re-blog and share.

The first year of Pathwalking, including some expanded ideas, is available here.

If you enjoy Pathwalking, you may also want to read my Five Easy Steps to Change the World for the Better.

Positivity: Living in the Now

In the now we are in control of our own feelings, thoughts and actions.

Right now, at this very moment, I can choose how I want to feel.  I get to choose if I want to worry about future events or reminisce about past events.  I get to choose, right now, what I want to think about.  I choose my actions at this moment.

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Society obsesses with both the past and the future.  We think of the past that times were better, we need to restore our greatness, it was a happier, simpler time and so on.  Conversely, we think of the future that we need to be ready, fight for the future, improve upon tomorrow and such.

But only in this moment, in the here and now, do we truly have control.  We have control of our emotions, our actions, and even our thoughts.  We can’t undo or redo the past, we cannot control the future because it’s not happened yet, but we can control the now.

In the now I get to choose how I want to feel.  Do I choose to be angry, sad, upset, anxious or uncertain?  Do I choose to be joyful, happy, content, steady and confident?  In the here and now, I get to be the one to make these choices.

People have become so universally disempowered that they think they control nothing.  We are bombarded by news of atrocities on every imaginable level, and we are in a constant state of looking back and looking ahead, unmindful of just being.

When we are in the now, unconcerned about the future and not weighted down with the past, we have the power to choose how we will feel, what we will act on, what we will think about.

It can be surprisingly challenging to live in the now.  But if we take our focus off past and future, and instead put it at this moment we can overcome anxiety, we can evaluate and work through depression, and we can choose to let go of the burdens of thoughts and emotions that do not serve us.

What do you want for yourself, right now?  Do you want to be upset about past events, fearful of future events, or on top of the moment at hand, directly before you in the now?  Because we cannot undo or redo the past, and the future is not yet chosen, only in the now do we have true control.  And when we take that control we take our empowerment unto ourselves.

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This is the key.  When we are in the now, we empower ourselves.  The more we are empowered by ourselves, the less we need to be empowered by others.  Yet because we dwell on the past and spend so much energy concerned with the future we regularly turn our power over to others.  And yet, when all is said and done, nobody but you can make you happy.

In the now we can choose Positivity.  I think everyone would prefer to live in a world of positivity than of negativity.  Right now, in this moment, the choice is ours.

Finding positivity is not hard, it just requires action.  Knowing that when we live in the now we get to choose for ourselves how we think, feel and act, we can take control of our reality.  When we choose to take that control, and leave the past behind and the future ahead by being conscious of and living in the here-and-now, we empower ourselves.  When we feel empowered, we often spread that feeling to others around us, and as such can build more positive feelings.  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 one hundred twenty 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.

In relation to Positivity, check out my Five Easy Steps to Change the World for the Better.

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“What do you want to do?”

A respected career coach asked me this question.  My answer, at the time was, “I’m not entirely sure.”

That’s not the truth, though.

Why didn’t I tell her what I want?  Why did I hold back?  How come I didn’t admit to what it is I want to do?

The answer is indicative of what it is I need to be working on.

However, I want to provide some context first.

This was at an all-staff meeting for my job.  A job I have worked at on and off for the past thirteen years now.  A job that I love, for the most part.  But it’s not the thing I most want to be doing with my life.

My bosses are aware of this.  But I have a unique skill set at this job which makes me a particularly desirable employee to have.  I am the tech guy, in multiple iterations of what a tech guy does.  I also manage the staff and open and close the store from time to time.

Anyhow, they have been working with this career coach for several years now.  I have a lot of respect for her.  So when she asked me what I want to do, I gave a non-committal answer.

Why?  Because of fear.  Fear of judgement.  Fear that I am crazy for wanting to do what it is I want to do.  Fear of disappointing myself, my loved ones and my friends.

There is a socially acceptable convention when it comes to employment.  You go to work.  You do your job.  You go home.  If you happen to be REALLY lucky, you actually like the job you do.  Otherwise you are doing that thing because you are an adult and you have bills to pay and responsibilities that require you hold a job.

Pathwalking came about in part because this model has never worked for me.  You spend anywhere from five to ten hours a day at your job.  When you are awake for sixteen or more hours a day, why should you spend half your waking hours doing something that leaves you unhappy?  That has never made sense to me.

Recently I have mentioned Jen Sincero’s You Are a Badass quite a lot.  One of the things she constantly presses home is that while we may be working on certain beliefs about life now, we still have old beliefs we’ve never properly addressed and laid to rest.

I think this has been one my larger issues.  I grew up believing that to be successful it was important to have an important job.  Doctor, lawyer, business professional and such.  If you are not doing one of these things you will NEVER make good money and you are not living up to your full potential.

Yes, I could have studied to be a doctor or a lawyer or some kind of business professional.  But that’s not me.  Those things don’t feel like anything that would bring me joy.  So, as such, not the paths I have chosen.

Any yet, admitting to someone who actually can help me on my path to what it is I want, when I had an opportunity to do so, I choked.  I feared my unconventional desire for my career was not something I could admit to.  I even agreed that maybe I would like to remain in this job I am in and take on a greater role than I have now with the business…but is that really what I want, or is that the safe answer?

Fear and old, outdated beliefs allow us to compromise where we shouldn’t.  I am afraid if I admit to what it is I really want to be doing with my life I will be committed to it.  And commitment and I have often had our quarrels.

I can always change my answer.  Pathwalking is not a singular path.  I state that rather a lot, because it’s true.  Pathwalking is not a singular path.

What’s the true answer, currently, to the question of “What do you want to do?”  I want to find a way to write more.  I want to promote my novels, but I also would like to move forward with doing more writing gigs for businesses.  More blogs, websites, brochures, procedurals and product descriptions.  I want to utilize my writing skills and use them to make money.

I love to write.  I write my works of fiction almost daily.  I blog twice a week, topics near and dear to my heart.  I have done SEO writing, research writing, business writing for a wide variety of businesses on multiple topics and for different purposes.  I can make money doing this, but I think it might be time for me to take a new approach to my professional life.

A need to stop fearing the truth.  I need to embrace it, make it my reality, and to get onto the damn path and walk it.

I often mention that no one can walk your path but you.  This is true.  But that doesn’t mean that there aren’t people whom you can turn to for advice and assistance to help you on your journey.  I have an opportunity before me, and I need to set aside my fears and take it.

Stay tuned.  And thank you for your continued support.

Are you doing what YOU want to do?  If not, what DO you want to do?

 

GOAL LOG – Week 24:

Diet: My extreme diet continues.  I ate well, avoiding bread and pasta and candy and other sugars.  My willpower continues to be tested, but I’m sticking to it.  Also – my clothes are fitting better.

Exercise: Fencing happened twice last week, and I made it to the gym once.  I did a LOT of walking, but I still need to do more exercise.

Writing:  Three days of at least some writing and editing happened.  I need to strive to make this a more daily practice.

Meditation:  Five days of meditation, at least 5 minutes each day.

Gratitude: I wrote out 5 or 6 things to be grateful for every day last week.

 

This is the two-hundred thirty-fourth entry in my series. These weekly posts are ideas and my personal experiences in walking along the path of life.  I share this journey as part of my desire to make a difference in this world along the way.

Thank you for joining me.  Feel free to re-blog and share.

The first year of Pathwalking, including some expanded ideas, is available here.

If you enjoy Pathwalking, you may also want to read my Five Easy Steps to Change the World for the Better.

Positivity: How we approach the things we have to do

Welcome to another Monday.  Yes, the weekend is over.  How do you choose to face the work week?

This is so much more within our control than we realize.  Since we are each in control of our own emotional state, as such we each get to choose how we will face the day, and that can totally set the tone for how we face the coming week.

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I know some of the arguments that can made against this perspective.  It’s not my fault I’m in a bad mood, I have a million meetings for work this week and hours of travel and I have to spend my day dealing with idiots and all my bills are due and on and on.

But how do you frame these things?  If you look upon them from the negative, well, guess how they are likely to go?  More often than not when you expect things to be bad, to feel bad, to go poorly, they will in fact go as you expect them.

You may not be in control of these things that you must do, but you ARE in control of how you feel about them.  Are you looking upon your coming day and week with dread?  Loathing?  Concern?  Fear?  Distress?  Displeasure?  Is your view of what’s ahead negative or positive?  This will tell you what you can expect from things to come.

So you have a million meetings?  Well, fine, but look on the positive side – you have a job, which means you can pay those bills that are due and you are totally prepared to do your part for those meetings because you are completely prepared and YOU ROCK!  Hours of travel?  Well, that’s time for yourself to think, to get caught up on some audiobooks, to listen to music and to plan your next vacation.  Dealing with idiots?  Here comes an opportunity to help other people better themselves in some way or other.

How do you frame what is coming up?  This makes all the difference for how it will go.  If you find yourself thinking this is gonna suck, why is this happening to me, how will I handle this, I am totally dreading what I have to do or any other negatives, you can change it.  You can take a deep breath, reconsider how you are looking at this and take a whole new approach.  This is gonna be ok, I can do this, I’ve totally got a handle on this, I will rock what I have to do etcetera.

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This is not mumbo-jumbo.  This is not pie-in-the-sky self-talk BS.  This is the truth.  When you see what you are facing in a negative way, you’re much more likely to get exactly what you do not want.  You have the power to change it.  You have the power to decide not to approach this from a bad place, and instead approach it from a good place.

Welcome to Monday.  Let’s go out there and totally make this an awesome week!

How will you choose to face the work week?

Finding positivity is not hard, it just requires action.  Knowing that we have things to do and expectations to meet during the day and the upcoming week, and that we have responsibilities to tend to, we have the power to choose HOW we will take them on.  When we choose to face our lives with a positive attitude about what we will be doing, instead of a negative perspective, we empower ourselves.  When we feel empowered, we often spread that feeling to others around us, and as such can build more positive feelings.  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 one hundred twenty 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.

In relation to Positivity, check out my Five Easy Steps to Change the World for the Better.

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Thoughts on my Writing

Writing is my passion.

While my favorite things to write are fantasy, sci-fi and Steampunk, I enjoy writing EVERYTHING.  Give me a topic, tell me how many words you want and I will write!

I totally need and want more paid writing gigs.  But I digress.

Over the years I’ve written brochures, blogs, text for websites and many other business-centric pieces.  For a time I even had my own company for this purpose, though its focus was a bit broader.

For the longest time I thought myself a pretend writer.  I had only a couple small works published, I was full of uncertainty.  But now I see that I have always been a writer, and always will be.

Let’s recap, shall we?

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First there were my short stories, A Treacherous Stone, published by Dragon Moon Press in the anthology Rum and Runestones; and then The Vapor Rogues, published again by Dragon Moon Press in the anthology Spells and Swashbucklers.  Both of these anthologies, if you have not read them, are full of stories all about pirates and magic by some pretty awesome authors!

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After these two short stories had been published, I decided to try my hand at self-publishing.  I began with Pathwalking – A 21st Century Philosophy.  This is the first year of my Pathwalking blog, along with some additional bits.  I have been blogging Pathwalking every Wednesday for over 4.5 years, and still going! I am currently exploring offering classes on the topic, and creating a workbook of a sort to go with it.

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I began the fantasy series The Source Chronicles back in 1998.  Along the way I had, for a time, an agent, though this was not his normal line of publishing.  Then the first book – Seeker – was professionally edited.  I continued to seek an agent or publisher, until I decided, nope, time to go this on my own.  I published Seeker – The Source Chronicles Book I at the end of 2014.

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A year later, after completing editing, I published Finder – The Source Chronicles Book II.  Still not sure everyone who purchased Seeker realizes its sequel is available, and I have yet to see any reviews on Amazon.

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The third book in The Source ChroniclesHarbinger – is complete, but unedited.  My current plan is to have THAT one out in 2017.

Over the course of several years, I have participated in National Novel Writer’s Month (NaNoWriMo).  I have, as such, completed 4 novelettes.  On more than one occasion I ventured out of my usual comfort zone and wrote something different from my regular genres.  One such story was Vortex Pilgrimage.  Influenced highly by the works of Paulo Coelho, I decided in July 2015 to edit and publish it.

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After some things posted to social media over a couple particularly dark days, an idea came to me.  Back into the realm of non-fiction, I wrote a short self-help/holistic short book called Five Easy Steps to Change the World for the Better.  I have this fairly simple idea I felt the need to express and share.

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Five Easy Steps to Change the World for the Better also was my first foray into using Smashwords to spread my work to a broader audience.

Back to fiction, I decided after all the world building that I did for The Vapor Rogues short story, I needed to create more.  So I began a new novel series.  I had completed the first book, and determined to get it edited.  That completed, just in time for the Steampunk World’s Fair I published Clouds of Authority – A Vapor Rogues Novel.  Yes, it’s Steampunk, but it is also full of elements of both sci-fi and fantasy.

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The next book in that series, Clouds of Destiny, is complete, I just need to edit it.

So I have now published a total of six different works, covering several genres.  I blog twice weekly, Positivity on Mondays and Pathwalking on Wednesdays.  I have 2 more complete novels, both in need of editing.

What am I working on now?

Currently I have one editing project and one writing project underway.

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Editing: The first successful NaNoWriMo piece I wrote was a narrative of my experience following the reason why this blog is called The Ramblings of a Titanium Don.  As I mention from time to time, in November of 1999 I was struck by a car while crossing a street (which resulted in my having titanium plates put into my right shoulder).  I wrote about my recovery and my life over the next few years after the accident.  It is fairly humorous, and also a true recounting from my perspective of that time.  It is one of the most personal things I have EVER written, and over the years numerous people have told me THIS is the story I should be publishing.

Well, after years of resisting, I am moving forward with editing The Journey of a Thousand Miles…Begins with a Trip to the Post Office.  The names have been changed to protect people, and rereading this has been an interesting experience for me.  I am unsure just when I will be publishing this, but keep watching.

Writing: For some time now I have been itching to go back to my favorite genre, sci-fi.  I just wasn’t coming up with an idea.  Then, in September of last year, something popped into my head.  Since then I have been writing this epic sci-fi space opera, creating new worlds, alien races, and using several non-traditional characters as well as playing around with some of the standard tropes of sci-fi stories.  I am creating a rich universe with a diverse cast of characters, and it has been a LOT of fun to work on.

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I still have no title for the story, but it’s probably so far on the order of about 350 pages and counting.  Not sure when this will be completed and shared with the world, but keep an eye out for it.

Once I complete editing The Journey of a Thousand Miles…I will either start editing Clouds of Destiny or Harbinger.  Additionally, I need to soon pick up where I left off in Guardians, the 4th book in The Source Chronicles.

So, dear reader, I have two requests of you.  If you have enjoyed any of my works, PLEASE share the links with friends!  Please, if you’ve not done so, take a moment to review on Amazon.  Word-of-mouth is STILL my best marketing tool, and more readers means more people buying my work, which in turn means I can spend more of my time writing, editing and publishing.  As I began, writing is my passion!

THANK YOU!  Thank you for your encouragement, and all your support and inspiration.  THANK YOU!

Taking a Stand for Equal Rights for ALL

It is time to take a stand.

Full disclosure: I am a white, straight, non-Christian male.  And I believe that EVERYONE deserves equal rights.

I do not care in the least if you are white, black, Hispanic, Asian or what-have-you; it does not matter if you are male or female or gender fluid or no gender at all; it doesn’t matter if you are straight, gay, bi, omnisexual or any other option; it is of no matter to me if you are spiritual, agnostic, atheist, Muslim, Christian, Jew, Buddhist, Hindi or so-on-and-so-forth; fat, thin, short, tall, flat-footed, blonde, brunette, grey, American, European, Indian, rich, poor, etcetera; EVERYONE DESERVES EQUAL RIGHTS.

We live in a world where people still hate based on the must ludicrous perceived differences.  People act out of fear of those who are different from them, and spew hate and anger at whole groups of people who have never done anything but not be the same as them.

Hatred gets us nowhere.  Period.  Fear only drives us to cower from change and to allow a small, vocal minority to disempower people.  This has got to stop.

Take a stand.  Express your support for equality.

And if you are afraid of people who are different from you, ask yourself this question – WHY?  What are you afraid of?  Are you afraid of being changed?  Are you afraid of losing what you have?  Are you afraid of anything tangible?  Are you afraid of being shown that your fear is completely irrational?  WHY are you angry, why are you afraid?

Everyone deserves equal rights.  We need to love more, fear less, and seek to make the world a better place, together.

I am not afraid of you if you are not like me.  I support you in having the right to worship as you want, to love as you will, to have a life of love and peace and equality.

Equal Rights.  For EVERYONE.  Resist the hate and fear with love and courage.  Do not give back the hate and fear and anger, turn it around and give what you want to get.

I stand with the LGBT community.  I stand with the black community.  I stand with women.  I stand with Muslims and Christians and Buddhists and Jews and Atheists and anyone else trying to worship, or not, freely.  We all deserve to be treated with respect, with dignity, and with equality.  That’s our birthright.

Disagree with me?  Ok, that’s your prerogative.  You are entitled to your own opinion.  What you are not entitled to, however, is degrading, belittling, condescending or denying the rights of those you are in disagreement with.  Don’t politicize basic human decency, and don’t treat people as less than you, because none of us are.

We are all one.  We are all equal.  We all want and deserve equality.  That’s a plain, simple, unbiased fact.

I stand for equality for all.  Will you stand with me?

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Over the past couple of years I have started to find several four-leafed clovers every summer.

Most of my life this was something I had never done.  Now, I find them a few times a year.

One important point, however, to consider.  I find them because I take a moment to look for them.

How many patches of clover do you encounter along your way?  Do you stop and examine them to see if there are any that are not just the usual three-leaves?

Now what if we take this out and expand upon it, examining the metaphor.  How many people don’t take a moment to look for a four-leaf clover, or to smell the roses, or to savor any moment in the immediate present?

We live in a go-go-go society.  Do it fast, get from point “a” to point “b” with all speed, no lollygagging.  We want it all instantly, no matter what “it” is.  We get impatient when we do not experience the results immediately.

One of the notions behind Pathwalking is that while it’s good to have a goal, there is tremendous value in having experiences along your path.  Because of the various obstacles, twists and turns on any given path, you might make unexpected discoveries and gain new insights.

I get caught up in the how of the universe.  I don’t just work on the things I know I want to make manifest, I obsessively hold onto a need to know HOW they will manifest.  However, I also know that this is not how things work.

To add another twist to this, not only do I want to know how a thing that has not happened yet might happen, I often go back over things past and examine how they happened.  While this can be of tremendous value, it is important not to get too caught up, because then I get trapped in what was instead of what is.

There is a field of clover.  I can pass by it, I can pass through it.  I can choose whether or not to pause and examine it, see if amongst the many three-leaved grasses I might find a four-leaf (or, in one instance I experienced, a five-leaf).

This, however, can present a new problem.  I don’t meticulously examine every square inch of the clover patch.  First, most contain a really large number of clovers.  Second, this is whimsy.  I am not questing after a Holy Grail, I want to examine a few clovers and see if I can find one with more than three leaves to it.  A moment of time that happens in the here-and-now, just a moment or two, and then onwards along the path.

This is a perfect metaphor in regards to the overall notion of Pathwalking.  Today I am at this point, and I am choosing to walk a path with the goal of reaching that destination.  I recognize along the way I may experience numerous obstacles, twists and turns, and all kinds of other experiences that may even persuade me to change my path, whether permanently or temporarily.  This is Pathwalking.

But as I walk that path I am going to have experiences, moments during the journey that will stand out, that could be unexpectedly profound, that might just alter or affirm the path chosen.  I won’t know until it happens.

Because no two paths are alike, this is not to say that this is the only way in which such moments happen.  For some people the goal of Pathwalking is the experience of the path itself.  Maybe their end goal is to take the time to slowly and thoroughly explore every encounter along their path, because their goal is too dynamic to be a singular outcome.

Conversely, there are certainly paths where you will just travel from point “a” to point “b” with laser-precise focus, because you have no doubt about what you want and how to get there.  It may be too short a path to allow for those moments.

I suspect, however, that the majority of paths that each of us walk will include those brief, momentary encounters along the way.  The wall of roses you simply need to pause and lean in to smell.  The field of clover you need to stop and glance across to look for the lucky four-leafer.  The Instagram photo you need to look at that your friend took of the house you’ve always wanted.  Opening a book and looking for Waldo amongst a sea of colorful people.

Nobody wants to get to the end of their time on this planet and lament all the things they missed out on.  At least, nobody I know.  We get one shot in this particular meat suit to experience this time and this place, and it is a world that is full of wonder, of endless possibility, and we are all empowered to create and to experience magnificent things.

I strive to learn something new every day.  I am excited when I discover things I didn’t know before.  So I say, why not take a moment from time to time to look at that clover patch, and see if maybe I can find myself a four-leafer?

Do you pause along your path and take a moment explore the easily overlooked?

 

GOAL LOG – Week 23:

Diet: Continuing with my extreme diet last week.  I ate well, avoiding bread and pasta and candy and other sugars.  My willpower has been tested, but I have stuck with it.

Exercise: Fencing happened twice last week, and I made it to the gym once.  I did a LOT of walking, but need to strive to do more this week.  Awaiting a new pool key.

Writing:  Four days of at least some writing and editing happened.

Meditation:  Five days of meditation, at least 5 minutes each day.

Gratitude: I wrote out 5 things to be grateful for every day last week.

 

This is the two-hundred thirty-third entry in my series. These weekly posts are ideas and my personal experiences in walking along the path of life.  I share this journey as part of my desire to make a difference in this world along the way.

Thank you for joining me.  Feel free to re-blog and share.

The first year of Pathwalking, including some expanded ideas, is available here.

If you enjoy Pathwalking, you may also want to read my Five Easy Steps to Change the World for the Better.

Positivity: Love

Love is the ultimate expression of positivity.

We live in a world where love often takes a back seat to fear, to ignorance, to terror, to shame, and ultimately to hate.  Yet love is something every single one of us needs, to the same degree as we need air and food and water.

Love is often made out to be this grandiose, monstrous thing, often hard to come by, hard to keep, and hard to maintain.  Nothing could be further from the truth, because love in its most pure form is the simplest thing imaginable.

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The sun rises in the east, and that is love.  The rain makes the grass and flowers and trees grow, and that is love.  The bees pollinate the flowers and plants and that is love.

Nature understands love at its most pure, most simple and in my opinion most profound level.  Love is not this fabled, complex, even risky action that might ultimately lead to suffering.

Love is not the negative thing many people come to see it as, because they have had their heart broken or because love turned to hate or because love was taken away in some manner.  Love at its core is much simpler, and is one of the driving forces of the entire Universe.

Terrible things have happened to people across history.  Atrocities have been committed, lives have been stolen and horrors perpetrated.  When we respond to these things with anger, with hate, with like action we ultimately wind up making more terrible things.

I am in no way saying we can or should let such things go.  We can’t just ignore them, nor should we.  But what we can change is how we might let such things close our hearts, and cause us to express more hate rather than more love.
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When faced with a tragedy, don’t hate the perpetrators.  You empower when you hate.  Why would anyone want to empower people who do bad things?  Instead, love the victims, love those who have suffered loss, love those who suffer from these tragedies.  Empower those who have suffered and were wronged, so that they know they have love and support.

I know that sometimes positivity feels like a struggle.  Yet that does not make finding positivity any less important.  Love is ultimate positivity.  So love your friends, love your family, love your pets, love your life, and most importantly love yourself.  Don’t feed the hate, the fear and the anger and generate more negativity in our world.  Feed the love, the encouragement and the kindness and peace and generate more positivity in our world.

Finding positivity is not hard, it just requires action.  Knowing that love is the ultimate expression of positivity, we can see that we have at our disposal the power the do amazing things with our world on many levels.  When we spread love in its most simple, basest form, ultimately we empower ourselves.  When we feel empowered, we often spread that feeling to others around us, and as such can build more positive feelings.  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 one hundred twenty fourth 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.

In relation to Positivity, check out my Five Easy Steps to Change the World for the Better.

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I have recently realized that there is tremendous importance in addressing and altering old, outdated, underlying beliefs.

Pathwalking addresses the idea of taking control of my own life and my own destiny, and choosing and walking my own unique path.  One of the key things I return to in this process is that consciousness creates reality.  It is possible to manifest an amazing life, if I take the time to think, feel, and take inspired action to make it happen.

What this does not address, however, is old, possibly buried underlying beliefs that may be counter to the new ones I am employing in the process of walking my chosen path.

What does that mean?  While conscious reality creation directly addresses what and how I am thinking and feeling and subsequently acting upon in the here-and-now, what it does not address is old, long-held beliefs which may be counter to what it is I am striving to do.

This is not an idea I came up with wholly on my own, let me put that out front.  I think I have made it pretty clear over the years that I have been Pathwalking that I have read or listened to numerous books on the topics of spirituality, productivity, self-help, and overall consciousness creating reality.  Two of the more recent works I have studied include Boni Lonnsburry’s The Map: To Our Responsive Universe and Jen Sicero’s You are a Badass – How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life.  The former is bit more clinical and sometimes a bit out there at times, while the latter is extremely earth-bound and highly informal.

Both, though very different in their styles, examine how past beliefs, often established in childhood or during early adulthood, get rooted deep into the subconscious, and if they are not addressed they can interfere with new beliefs you are working on planting consciously now.

For example: Currently I am working on manifesting more abundance in my life.  Specifically, money.  While I am striving to think, feel and take actions towards abundance, I often find that I cannot get past a certain point.  Something is holding me back, but while I have identified certain subconscious fears there is something more, something I am just not putting a finger on.

So I did an exercise from You are a Badass, and made an interesting discovery.  I hold onto certain beliefs, subconsciously, that I do not give thought to now.  But from past experiences, from lessons learned through parents and loved ones and even personal experience, I have some old beliefs still deep inside my psyche that I need to address and let go of.

Hippy-dippy mumbo jumbo.  This is all gobbledygook and existential garbage.  If, as I frequently postulate, consciousness creates reality – and all evidence I have in my life tells me that indeed it does – then I have been creating my reality all of my life.  Conscious thought, when prolonged, becomes sub-conscious, and that is part of how we manifest the things we want in life.

Let me illuminate this with something everybody has experienced.  Muscle memory.  How often does the phrase “you never forget how to ride a bike” get employed?  This is muscle memory.  Once learned, you don’t unlearn it.  Your body remembers.  You may need to alter your balance (in especial if you’ve gained height or weight since last you rode) but you still remember how.

I have been teaching medieval fencing in the Society for Creative Anachronism for more than twenty years now.  I frequently teach drills designed to develop muscle memory.  You learn stance, you learn footwork, you learn bladework that become second-nature over time.  I know instantly if I am within range of just extending my sword arm to hit an opponent, or if I need to take a step, or lunge to hit.  I also know my range unarmed, or with varying lengths of swords for that matter.  Muscle memory.

Well, consciously creating reality is the exercise of a muscle.  Work with this enough and you start doing it automatically.  Everybody knows somebody who is ALWAYS lucky and wins or succeeds constantly.  Everybody knows somebody who always gets parking spaces, green lights, or the short check-out lines at the grocery store.  They EXPECT that this will happen to them, and as such they have consciously created reality.  Coincidence is a one-time occurrence, beyond that you have conscious creation.

Because we are often disinclined to change, once a belief has been formed and becomes subconscious, releasing it takes more than a current, conscious creation.  We may need to go back, to really look at what that belief is, where it came from, and maybe even why it exists.  Then, we need to consciously choose to let it go.

As suggested in You Are a Badass, I gave thought to and wrote out some beliefs I hold about money.  Then I did some stream-of-conscious writing to dig into these, and in the process opened up some unexpected pathways in my subconscious.  Did I really allow that belief that was shared with me so long ago become my own?  Because that is where the sabotage and fear took root.

I have taken my old beliefs and replaced them with new beliefs, but not before figuring out why I have held onto what I hold.  Every single one of the texts I have read or listened to in my studies posits the same thing – the current circumstances we find ourselves in are the product of past thought, feelings and actions.  When we work in the here and now to consciously create reality, and we work on altering where we are and how we are working to get to the next point, we can manifest just about anything we put our mind to.

Pathwalking has altered my life in many positive ways.  I continue to strive to be clearer and more capable with every step I take.  There is something new to be learned and explored every day.

What old beliefs are buried in your subconscious?

 

GOAL LOG – Week 22:

Diet: I began my new, extreme diet last week.  I have successfully stayed away from carbs like bread and pasta, and also avoided sweets like candy and heavily sugary stuff.  I am already able to put on a pair of shorts I could not get into two weeks ago!

Exercise: Fencing happened twice last week, and I made it to the gym once.  I spent a day doing archery and walking all over the place as such, and have had two other days of extensive walking.

Writing:  Five days of at least some writing and editing happened.  Back in the saddle!

Meditation:  Five days of meditation, at least 5 minutes each day.

Gratitude: I wrote out 5 things to be grateful for every day last week, despite a day where the app on my iPhone crashed out.

 

This is the two-hundred thirty-second entry in my series. These weekly posts are ideas and my personal experiences in walking along the path of life.  I share this journey as part of my desire to make a difference in this world along the way.

Thank you for joining me.  Feel free to re-blog and share.

The first year of Pathwalking, including some expanded ideas, is available here.

If you enjoy Pathwalking, you may also want to read my Five Easy Steps to Change the World for the Better.

Positivity: Living in the Now

Living in the now can be as positive an experience as you make it.

Living in the now allows us to only be focused on our immediate needs, our immediate surroundings, and ourselves.  Living in the now lets us ultimately focus on pretty much anything and everything we want to.

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What’s the difference?  When you live in the past you can really easily get caught up in all the “what ifs”.  What if I had done ‘x’?  What if I had participated in ‘y’?  Some people get so caught up in nostalgic recollections of the past that they want to “go back” to it – except, of course, it was not so great as our off-colored perception recalls it to be.

When you live in the future you open yourself up to torrents of anxiety.  More “what ifs”, but about possibilities as-yet unrealized.  What if that jerk wins the presidency?  What if I can’t fix this problem?  What if I get hit by a bus crossing the street tomorrow?  Some people get so caught up in worry about the future, they completely miss out on the now, and they disempower themselves thoroughly.

Living in the now lets us focus on this moment, right here, right now.  When we are in the present, and dealing with our immediate circumstances we are ultimately empowered to choose positive over negative, to maintain the focus we need to create and do and achieve.

There is value in the past and in thinking about the future.  The past teaches us lessons, good and bad, that ultimately shape us into who we are.  The future gives us goals to achieve and places to go from where we are now, because life is always in motion.

The trouble is when we get too focused backwards or forwards, and the now slips into unimportance.  Right at this moment will only be at this moment, and then it will be gone.  When we choose how this moment of our life will be, when we live in the now and strive to experience what is happening to us we take the wheel and drive the car where we want it to go.

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This can be challenging.  Our society is obsessed with “bringing back” the past and “forging ahead” to the future.  When people live in the now, present and breathing at this moment they empower themselves.  When we empower ourselves those who strive to claim all the power they can over us fear they will lose their control.

Living in the now means you choose this immediate experience.  That can be completely positive, because it’s for you to make it so.

Finding positivity is not hard, it just requires action.  Knowing that living in the now allows us to directly control our thoughts and feelings, we can choose to find positivity right now.  When we ultimately are in the present moment, we are in control of what we are feeling and doing, and of course in this way we empower ourselves.  When we feel empowered, we often spread that feeling to others around us, and as such can build more positive feelings.  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 one hundred twenty third 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.

In relation to Positivity, check out my Five Easy Steps to Change the World for the Better.

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