The Ramblings of the Titanium Don

Explorations of Conscious Reality Creation and Other Matters

Month: January 2017 (Page 1 of 2)

Positivity: Resistance

Resistance is not futile.  But, remember, Carl Jung pointed out that “What you resist persists.”

We need to stand up to the wrongs we see happening, yes.  We cannot ignore the bizarre, freaky, frightening things coming from the top of the US government.  BUT – we also cannot let these things control our lives completely.  We need to focus instead on changing the conversation.

Resistance is not futile, but we need to step back from a negative reaction, and try to figure out a positive pro-action to be taken.  How can we generate a movement of positivity to counter, rather than resist?

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Why the difference in approach?  Because if what we resist persists, guess what happens?  We continue to create more things to resist.  Not only is that exhausting, it’s demoralizing, depressing, infuriating and almost every other negative emotion we can think of.  If we’re approaching negative with negative, and like attracts like as it does, we’re actually expanding and prolonging the problems we are resisting.

Yes, peaceful “resistance” is not exactly resistance in the manner of spreading negativity.  Dr. King and Gandhi had it right when they preached nonviolence.  It IS a slow process, but in the end it works far better than violent resistance does.  It took years, but their peaceful demonstrations got the message across, and changed the world.  Consider this – what do you think would happen if the Palestinians stopped bombing Israel and began holding peaceful sit-ins?  Think their situation might not be what it is today?

We need to begin to send messages to those in power who remain silent in regards to the drastic, illegal and unconstitutional matters happening in our nation.  Remind them that there are three branches of government, and that the people they represent need them to take actions.  We need to continue making phone calls, sending e mails, writing letters and generally offering alternatives to the negativity so prevalent in our lives right now.

We also need to push back at the fear.  We are absolutely dominated by fear right now, and we need to embrace trust and courage instead.  We need to stand together with those targeted by the fearful and fear mongers alike, and we need to show that those who might in some way be different from us are not to be feared because of their differences.  We are ALL different from one another…but at the same time we are all ONE.  We are all the same.  We need to work together and replace the fear with understanding, trust, and even love.

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This is not some hippy-crunchy notion.  This is important.  If we want to get away from all the negativity, we cannot resist with negativity – we need to counter with positivity.  We need to show that there is a better way, and because I still believe that everyone wants good things for themselves, we need to generate positivity to make it more persistent in our lives.

Finding positivity is not hard, but it does require action.  Knowing that what we resist persists, we need to find a counter invoking more positivity.  When we change the energy of the fear and negativity to hope and positivity we empower ourselves.  When we feel empowered, we often spread that feeling to others around us, and as such can build more positive feelings in the collective consciousness.  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 fifty-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.

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

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Crossing the Bridges: Manifesting

Mind over matter.

I am constantly seeking new and better ways to get control over my mental and emotional state.  I know, from the ever-increasing number of books I have read on the subject, that to truly manifest anything I want, I have to absolutely focus on it, without fear or doubt.

I have had success at this process a few times.  I know why, I know how…and yet I struggle to succeed regularly.

Why?  Because I let my inner skeptic have too much say.  Because I have doubt, and fear, and they often overwhelm or at least overshadow my reason.  No matter how hard I try to stay focused on what I want to create, I have become rather talented at getting to a certain point, and then…either nothing further, or it all comes tumbling down.

I am constantly working on improving this.  I read new and different books on the topics of the Law of Attraction and manifesting and consciousness/awareness and being your genuine self. Much of it sticks, and yet I still have doubt and uncertainty managing to hold me back.

When I recovered from my numerous injuries so totally, it was because there was NO doubt, no uncertainty, and no other option allowed to take hold.  I accepted no other scenario, no other possibility but total and complete recovery.  And I got it.  If I don’t tell you about what happened to me, or I don’t show you any of the scars, you’d have no idea the extent of the damage my body took.

When I acquired my current car, against seemingly impossible odds, I simply saw the outcome and knew, without doubt or uncertainty, that the situation was going to work itself out in my favor.  I accepted no other scenario, no other possibility but replacing my dying car with a better car.  And I got it.  It may not be my dream car, but I am deeply grateful that I have it, and it’s pretty awesome.

So how come I have succeeded at this idea a time or two, but cannot manage to do it more frequently?  I believe this boils down to a large number of different factors.  Might be depression, might be skepticism, might be a lack of focus.  It’s most likely a combination of many different things when all is said and done.

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So, what do I do with this information?  How do I improve my mindset, change my thoughts so that my feelings are more positive and less negative?  Besides using the Pathwalking in Practice items I have recently begun to create (gratitude, awareness questions, journaling thus far) I need to get clearer on what I want when all is said and done.  And more than that, I need to not worry about the how.

I like to know how things work.  Even when my knowledge is fairly general and not specific, like the workings of cars and airplanes but not enough that I can be any kind of mechanic, I like knowing.  I love learning.  Learning is everything, and I am striving every single day to learn things.

Unfortunately, when I cannot see just how I might get from here to there, from my current situation to my dream, I want to examine how.  I want to know what steps I need to take, and I want to be aware of all the workings.

The problem with this, however, is that I also know that to truly consciously create reality, I have to trust the Universe.  I have to focus on the outcome, not the how.  Yes, the path is just as, if not more, important…but it I don’t believe completely the outcome is real, then I sabotage it every step of the way.

I see my future in the future.  And I know, because I have traveled these paths before, that I have to see it in the here and now.  I cannot be thinking about the crossing of the bridges – I need to think about what I get on the other side.

This is a process.  There are always new questions, always different answers.  I need to become less fearful, less skeptical, more sure and more focused.  I need to stop getting partway there, I need to get all the way in.  I need to see my life as I want it, not as I would hope it to be.  I need to be more positive in the here and now, less fearful, less skeptical.

As such – it may be time for me to back off social media.  I want to stay informed of our current disastrous political climate…but the constant barrage of all the awfulness is getting to me.  It makes me sad, angry, frightened, and overall unhappy.  I will do what I can to combat this awfulness, but I cannot let these things so very far from my control dominate my existence.  I just can’t.  Nor should I.  I need to live for my life, my happiness, my goals…and where I can help out along the way, in whatever ways that I can, I will.

I have seen this work.  I know I can use this, I know I can create the life I want and manifest my own destiny.  Consciousness creates reality…and I have the power to ask for what I want, believe that I can have it and make it manifest, then receive it into my life (yes, I know that  I just used The Secret there.)  I know I have this in me.  I just need to pull the things I see ahead of me into the now, and KNOW they are mine.  How this will work…is not for me to figure out.

Life is a work in progress.  Thanks for reading these ramblings.  Thank You for crossing the bridges between my worlds with me.

 

GOAL LOG – Week 4:

Diet:  Continuing with being mindful about what and how much I am eating.

Exercise: One day of fencing, one day at the gym.

Writing:  The three blogs got written, and I did some major work on the sci-fi story over 2 days.  Also wrote a couple unpublished pieces that may wind up here eventually.

Meditation:  Only 1 day of mediation, but for nearly 30 minutes with a group.

Gratitude: I wrote five things I was grateful for every day this week.

 

This is the eighteenth entry of my personal journey, the Crossing the Bridges series.  My collectively published writing can be found here.

Pathwalking 265

Sometimes keeping things in your head is exhausting.

I am a thinker.  I am constantly thinking about things, great and small, major and minor, important and less so.  From food I want to eat to world situations to speculation about the next Star Wars movie to finances, I am constantly thinking.

The problem with constantly thinking is that I am frequently finding darker thoughts clouding my emotions.  When you start to let negative emotions dominate, you wind up having a very difficult time not just manifesting what you want, but simply living day to day and generally functioning.

This is where a particular Pathwalking in Practice application comes to mind.  Specifically, journaling.

I often forget, which is why I frequently remind myself here, the power of writing things down.  It doesn’t need to be a long, drawn out process.  But sometimes just writing out what I am thinking, what’s on my mind, where my head is at the given moment helps me to regain my clarity, my focus.

Last week I talked about asking myself questions, four times a day.  More, I needed to write out my answers when I asked them.  How am I?  What am I thinking?  What am I feeling?

I have not succeeded at getting this down four times a day, but three consistently.  The effect?  I do feel that I have a better sense of my emotional state.  Unfortunately, I see I am all-too-frequently feeling negative, but being more aware of this I can work to correct it.

One of the ways to work at this is journaling.  If I write down just what on earth is in my head, it can help me to gain clarity, and to get a better understanding of just what is going on in there.  If I am finding too much negativity in the answers to my questions, why is that?  Is it something I can control, or is it an outside thing I can’t do much with or about?  What’s going on in my thought process that’s causing me to feel negative?

There are times just writing out what you cannot say is immensely helpful.  Letters to yourself, to people who have made you feel hurt, to inanimate objects, to grand entities that couldn’t care less about you or your existence – all of these have value.  Writing it out gets it out of your head, and lets you move forward.

Some people, like me, prefer to type.  Have you seen my handwriting?  I swear, when I go too fast, I can barely read it.  Typing?  I can type nearly as fast as I can think, and this I CAN read.

Some people prefer the feel of pen on paper, and they like to be able to flip the pages and read their thoughts without having to sit at a tablet or smartphone or computer or such.  It makes no difference, really, so long as you get the words out of your head and onto a page.

The catharsis of this is incredibly powerful.  When you write things out, good or bad, you move them clear of your mind and make room for new things.  Yes, I am sure you can argue that our minds have infinite capacity.  I argue that pretty frequently myself.  But the thing is, when emotions are involved, we often wind up focused on our feelings, and particularly emotions we would prefer to be without.

Negative emotions are NOT more powerful than positive.  The trouble is, our society has become far more reactionary than actionable.  We fight against this or that, we wait and see and then fix problems, rather than be more proactive and work together to build better from the start.

We also tend to bottle things up.  We hold onto bad feelings in particular, we get all stressed out about all kinds of situations.  Then we let them fester until we cry, or scream, or get sick…or even die.

As a part of Pathwalking in Practice, keeping a journal can be tremendously helpful in any number of ways.  Whether paper, an online format, your smartphone’s notes, or a Word document; maintaining a journal and collecting your thoughts can go a long ways towards finding and negotiating any given path.

I post to this blog a minimum of three times a week.  Positivity every Monday, Pathwalking on Wednesday, and now Crossing the Bridges on Friday.  Atop of that I also throw down an occasional post about something topical or my writing process or some other things that’s gotten in my head.  To all intents and purposes, this is my journaling.

If you are not a blogger like I am, I would suggest starting out with finding a few minutes every day to simply ask yourself, “What’s on my mind?”  It need not be lengthy, it doesn’t have to be uber-super-detailed, but it should be something you can write out, and give you a chance to get into your own head for a little self-examination.

Ultimately, this is a very empowering action.  Journaling allows us to reach within, draw it out, put it in front of ourselves so that we can create clarity.  When we gain clarity, we can more easily manifest the lives we wish to.  There is still work to be done, but its always easier when we have clarity.

Journaling is a great means to better walk the path of your choosing.  More Pathwalking in Practice.  Do you keep any sort of journal for yourself?

 

This is the two-hundred sixty-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: We Go On

We go on.

The world turns, and things happen out there which we have little to no control over.  It’s easy to get caught up in politics, wars, social injustices, celebrities, and all sorts of other matters that we are not much more than voyeurs of.  Yet we personalize these matters, let them affect our everyday lives, and often allow them to dominate our consciousness.

It is important to be informed, and it’s a good idea to know what is going on out there…but when there is only so much we can do about it, we need to not let it live our lives for us.

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The world is always going to present us with situations that cause fear, loathing, concern and upset.  That’s what happens when there are 7 billion individuals with different life experiences, thought processes, dreams and goals.  It is far too easy to get caught up in all of it, and in the process to ignore our individual selves, our own contentment and happiness.

That’s why it’s important to remember that no matter what happens out there, we go on.  Yes, one day that will cease to be true, but until it happens we WILL go on, every single day.

What’s more, we get to choose what sort of day to have.  We get to decide when we start the day if we want to strive for a good day, a bad day, a cruddy day, or an awesome day.  It’s much more of a choice than we often acknowledge, but it IS a choice, and we get to make it, each and every day.

We go on.  No matter what is happening out there in the world at large, good, bad or otherwise, we go on.  This is hugely positive, because every single day has potential.  Every single day can be whatever we choose to make it out to be.  Choose love, choose hate, choose joy or misery, choose fear or bravery, choose to take care of the things directly within your control or choose to let those outside things dominate your thoughts, feelings and actions.

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We go on.  Today might suck, tomorrow could suck, hell every day ahead of us could be terrible, but this is largely only true if we choose to let it be like that.  We have the option to choose better, to seek out things that make us feel good, to take actions that will help us feel good about the here-and-now, and that even when it’s not good it can be better.  We go on, and that’s an excellent, incredible tool for creating more positivity.

Finding positivity is not hard, it just requires action.  Knowing that we go on, we can focus on the good we have, the good we want, and not let the things out of our control dominate our lives.  When we recognize that we go on, despite what is happening in the world around us, we can seize control – and with that control we empower ourselves.  When we feel empowered, we often spread that feeling to others around us, and as such can build more positive feelings in the collective consciousness.  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 fifty-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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Crossing the Bridges: A Request for Feedback

I would like to take a different approach to my usual blogging, and request from you, dear reader, some feedback.

Over the years I have written about striving to find greater positivity in the world, and discovering and walking one’s own path.  This particular posting was created to explore more closely not just the journey, and how one can choose to take it, but more specifically MY journey.

Crossing the Bridges is where I share with you my very personal thoughts, feelings and actions I am taking to realize the life I want to live.  While my life is pretty good, I do not find pretty good to be good ENOUGH – I want great.

We are inundated with messages about how we should accept certain truths.  But when it comes to my own life, and the things I want for it, I want more.  Life is too short and too uncertain to just accept mediocrity…I want awesomeness.  I want to have the toys and make generous donations to worthy causes and inspire and entertain masses of people.  I want to wake up each day excited for what might be, and looking forward to all kinds of possibilities.

I would like to make a request of you, my readers, for some feedback.  As I am clarifying my vision and assembling my platforms and my brand, I keep getting stuck in the same place.  I have more than one end goal in sight, but I am not entirely certain how to reconcile them together.

Further, I get so caught up in the overall planning that I become overwhelmed, and get stuck trying to work out where to go from there.  I know that I want to go from here to there, but that’s going to require steps, and if there is more than one “there”, despite them having similarities and similar paths, I just don’t know where to begin or what steps or this or that or…

Thus I wind up in a vicious circle.  I need to strive to better chunk it down, examine the smaller parts and pieces, and work on steps along the way, rather than look to the end goal and wonder how in the hell I am going to get from here to there.

I have been striving to work this out for a while now, but the idea was presented to me that, rather than look for all the answers myself, why don’t I reach out to my readers and see what you might suggest?

Please take some time out of your day to respond to this survey.  It will probably take at least five minutes, which is why I am not asking you do to this without offering something in return.

As a reward, and a Thank You for responding to this survey, I will offer you one (1) of the following:

A signed copy of Five Easy Steps to Change the World (USA only) – or – Five (5) personalized haiku –or – Free editing for any document/web page/blog post/short story/poem/professional or trade publication up to 1000 words.

In your response, please choose the prize of your choice, and I will reply within the week for necessary arrangements to be made.

Please note – I reserve the right to reject responses and provide no prize.  Largely this would occur if the answers given are incomplete, monosyllabic or otherwise rude and insulting.  I do recognize these questions require more than a simple answer, which is why I am offering a reward for your response.

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MJ Blehart’s survey:

  1. What do you know about me? Do you know me in person, or do we only know one another online?  Please tell me who you think I am in as much detail as you can.
  2. What do you want to see more of? Is there any particular work(s) you think I should give more of my time and attention to?
  3. What do you see as my brand? How would you describe my blog work and/or my works of fiction?
  4. Do you have any ideas for how I can market my works, and earn more income through my writing? Do you know a resource or a website I may not have considered?
  5. Can YOU offer me some form of assistance in marketing/sales? Networking can go a long ways towards connecting people and helping them reach their dreams.  I am not too proud to ask for help, because there are people I do not know, but that you might, who could assist me further in achieving the goals I have.

I want to create an incredible life, and it is my firm belief that writing, and the potential associated works with it, are the means to that end.  The time we have on this crazy, often insane planet is too short to not demand the most of it – and I can think of no reason not to create the most amazing and satisfying life I can.

Thank You for taking the time to reply to my survey.  I want to also thank you for reading me, whether its my blog posts, my works of fiction, or any combination therein.  And thank you for being MY inspiration.  Thank You for crossing the bridges between my worlds with me.

 

GOAL LOG – Week 3:

Diet:  Continuing with being mindful about what and how much I am eating.

Exercise: One day of fencing, one day at the gym.  REALLY need to work on this.

Writing:  The three blogs got written, and I did some work on the sci-fi story.

Meditation:  Only 2 days of mediation, never less than 4 minutes.

Gratitude: I wrote five things I was grateful for five days this week.

 

This is the seventeenth entry of my personal journey, the Crossing the Bridges series.  My collectively published writing can be found here.

Pathwalking 264

Carl Jung stated, “What you resist persists.”

This was talking about avoiding or denying aspects of the self, but it is still completely applicable to consciousness creating reality, and overly focusing on what you do not want.

One of the important aspects of Pathwalking in Practice is awareness.  What am I aware of right now?  Beyond that, and possibly more importantly, what am I thinking about right now?

Subconsciously, we may be chewing on something we read, we may be focused on that conversation we had or overhead, we may be thinking about a thing we actually DO NOT WANT.  Part of this comes from general human nature, I presume, but I think a lot of it actually comes from our society.

We live in a society where the truth is now considered less important than opinion.  Everyone is entitled to an opinion, and they feel they can maintain it even when faced with an opposite truth.  Entitled, by the way, IS the correct word for this.  “I believe ‘x’, so despite the irrefutable proof that ‘x’ is untrue, I will continue to believe and you can take a hike.  Proof?  Whatever, I believe in ‘x’, my belief is stronger than your ‘proof’, so go away before I get violent.

Further, we are constantly inundated with messages of opposites.  Look at elections.  How often do we only see the candidates go off on the awfulness of their opponent and why you should not vote for them, rather than tell us something constructive and useful about themselves and their policies?

It should be no wonder that we wind up with our focus on what we DO NOT WANT, far more often than actually looking to what we DO want.

So what?  It’s what I don’t want, so that’s what I am focusing on.  The problem with this is that while our intent may be to NOT create that thing we’re being conscious of, the Universe only receives the focal point.  Ergo, what you resist persists applies, and while you focused on not creating that terrible thing, lo and behold now the thing you didn’t want is manifest.

Focus is focus.  This is why it is so vitally important to be AWARE of the world around you, but more than that to be AWARE of your own mind, your own thoughts, your own beliefs.  This is why asking yourself “How am I?” and “What am I thinking?” and “What am I feeling?” whenever you can is hugely important.

Yes, it can feel like an absolutely ginormous amount of work to have to monitor your thoughts and feelings so closely.  I know that everyone has times of the day and moments where they are doing something that just carries them along and work gets done and such.  However, once you leave that mode, do you ask yourself any of these three questions, or do you just keep going on?  Chances are you don’t inquire, so you do find yourself just keeping on.

Why does that matter?  Because if you read something that made you angry, or took part in a conversation that was upsetting before you began whatever it was that set you into automatic mode without need of much thought, your subconscious likely has been chewing on it the whole time.  If you resume being more present, but don’t question your own awareness at all, chances are you will continue to give thought and focus and energy to a thing you don’t want.

This has always been a challenge for me, personally.  I get caught up in my own head.  I want to stay informed, because it’s important to me to know what is going on, even when it involves things that get me feeling angry or otherwise negative.  The trouble is, if I don’t question “How am I?” or “What am I thinking?” or “What am I feeling?” that thing I don’t want has lodged itself into my subconscious.  Hours or more later, I wonder why I feel anxious or blue or discontent or flustered, and because I can’t readily recall what it was that began me down this path, I become more distraught with feeling this way and not knowing the how and why.

As a part of Pathwalking in Practice, one of the things that must be implemented is taking more time to ask yourself “How am I?” and “What am I thinking?” and “What am I feeling?”  In doing this, you pull yourself into the moment, and you become more aware.  When you are more aware, you can do better with getting ahold of your thoughts, and from your thoughts get ahold of your feelings, which will invariably lead to allowing you to be in control of your actions.

As a matter of practicing what I am preaching, the how of this will work as such:  Not long after waking up, I need to question myself about my state of being, my thoughts and my current feelings, with the three questions of “How am I?” and “What am I thinking?” and “What am I feeling?”.  Again, around lunch time, I need to ask these questions.  Dinner time, round three.  Lastly, and in many respects most importantly, right before I go to bed the questions must be asked.

To further empower this practice – for the first week of this, I need to WRITE THE ANSWERS DOWN.  This will also help me to see if there is any particularly dominant thought, feeling or state of being I am experiencing.  This, in turn, will help me to see where I am currently at, and if I am helping myself along this path to go where I want to go, or if my thoughts, feelings and state-of-being might actually be sabotaging me.

Pathwalking in Practice – simple questions and answers, and putting them on the page for accountability of the process.  Care to join me with this challenge?

 

This is the two-hundred sixty-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: All Are Created Equal

All are created equal.

Men, women, black, white, heterosexual, homosexual, American, Russian, Chinese, Jewish, Catholic, transgendered…what have you, we are all created equal.

Beneath the meat sacks we are running around the planet in, we are the same.  We are all creatures of energy, when you get to our very core.  The suits we wear to encounter the world differ, and our likes and dislikes may vary, but when all is said and done we are all equal.

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Martin Luther King, Jr., fought non-violently to bring about equal rights for people treated differently because of something as trivial as the color of their skin.  His legacy saw the Unites States elect a black President, who in turn supported more equal rights for same-sex couples.  Inclusion is the message these men of influence deliver, and it is what we need to continue to work for.

Change frightens people.  In part because it is the unknown, and in part because we get used to the way things are, and the uncertainty of change causes a great deal of anxiety.  Yet generally the fear of change is far more distressing than any change might be.

Inclusion builds bridges, expands our culture, makes us a better, stronger, and I think happier people.  Inclusion is a positive, it is welcoming and inviting and while it can celebrate diversity, it also lets us share with one another our individuality and lets us work together to find new means to better our world.

The forces of exclusion are feeling empowered following the election in the United States and the Brexit vote and such.  They think they are empowered to divide us further along the lines of religion, race, sexual orientation, and probably any other divisions they can conceive.  The world is changing around them in a way they cannot cope with, and rather than expand their bubble to embrace a changing world, they are contracting it instead, drawing it further within and freezing it in the hopes that they can be insulated from change.

Ironically, this will just make popping the bubble easier.  How?  By showing them inclusion is more powerful than exclusion.  By letting them isolate themselves, but still offering them a chance to join the dialogue and be included in building positive change.

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We need to be inclusive.  All of us who are feeling that we are being railroaded by the political landscape need to work together, because together we are the majority, and far more powerful than this tiny minority enjoying a last gasp of power.  We need to remember that all are created equal, and that we pretty much want the same things, but we have different approaches and means to those ends.

Yes, this is challenging.  But in the end, it is celebrating our equality that will build the greatest positivity, and change the world for the better.  Remember, we are all created equal.

Finding positivity is not hard, it just requires action.  Knowing that all are created equal, we can see that we have more allies to work with to better our lives.  When we work together we can build more with inclusion than exclusion, we can develop new connections across various divides, and together we empower ourselves.  When we feel empowered, we often spread that feeling to others around us, and as such can build more positive feelings in the collective consciousness.  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 fifty-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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Crossing the Bridges: The Concept of being a Brand

One of the reasons why this blog is titled “Crossing the Bridges” is because of the vastly different styles of writing I work with.

I can, however, break down pretty much all of my work into three distinct styles/genres.

These posts, as well as Pathwalking and Positivity, fall under what I refer to as self-help philosophy.  My fantasy series, my Steampunk series and all my other imaginative works fall under fiction.   Beyond that, there is the business related writing and journalism I’ve done, which falls under trade/professional.

Trade/professional is largely employed for my job, as well as Chamber of Commerce stuff, and to some degree the administrative job I do for my Kingdom in the SCA.  This is the aspect of my writing that, while I fully acknowledge it and the importance that I have the capability to do it, is not what I feel the need to pursue for further gain.

Also, while I enjoy trade/professional writing work, certainly more than non-writing sit-at-a-desk-let-someone-pay-you work, it does not bring me the joy or inspire the passion that comes from self-help philosophy and fiction work.

Which is part of why these two aspects of my writing are where I want to focus my career path.  It is along these lines I want to work, to share what inspires me and hope that, in turn, it might just inspire you.

For a long time I lamented that I had not chosen to split my personas.  One could have handled the fiction, the other the self-help philosophy.  Two separate brands and separate marketing as such.  But by the time that notion came up, I had already published items in all three of my fields.

Interestingly, along that line, for a long time my SCA persona and my mundane self were two different people.  My SCA persona was flirtier, bolder and less shy than my mundane persona.  Eventually, though, I came to see this as less asset and more liability.  Real world me was suffering from neglect while medieval me was being shined like a new-found penny.  When I realized the danger of letting the fantasy me overrun real me, I integrated myself back to a singular me.

This right here is one of the best arguments for me to only have the one publishing persona, even with two opposing styles.  I am, when all is said and done, just one person.  So it makes sense to keep myself whole.

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A book I have just completed reading, You Are a Writer (so start ACTING like one) by Jeff Goins, delves into several aspects of the challenge I find in “branding” myself as a writer.  In fact, quite specifically, the topics of Platform and Branding are addressed with quite a bit of detail.

As I strive to better organize how I am managing my time, I have to take into consideration the ideas of my platform and my brand.  In the idea of platform, Mr. Goins suggests several concepts, but specifically recommends taking on NO MORE than two.

With that in mind, I find that I have a bit more focus.  My two platforms are self-help philosophy and fiction.  Knowing and acknowledging this, the big question is, What is my brand?

This is the question that is the impetus for these posts.  How do I take what I have long considered two different ideas and mold them into a single brand?  What can I do that will tie these two different styles together?

Two of the authors I most admire have leanings in the same direction.  Neil Gaiman and Paulo Coelho both have works of fiction and non-fiction, and I would even go so far as to classify some of their work as self-help and/or philosophy.  I admire both immensely, and have enjoyed many of their works, as well as their blogs and Twitter posts.

My “brand” should be a simple idea.  No more than a couple words, easy to state and memorable.  No small order, really.

The word I like to use when I describe my writing for self-help philosophy stuff is inspiration.  The word I like to use when I describe my writing for fiction is creative.  Can I brand myself as inspirational creativity?  Creative inspiration?  Creative and Inspirational?  Inspire creativity?  Inspire and create?  I have the concept here, now I need to make a choice.

Finding and creating my brand will allow me to better market myself and my works.  This will help me to generate more buzz, and in turn more interest and from there more sales!

Platform and brand.  Having a clearer idea of these concepts is going to allow me to take writing further, and do more with this skill.  I have some big ideas for the self-help philosophy portion, and I have more works of fiction underway in various stages.  Lots of pieces to the puzzle, and I am working on chunking down my time better so as to not be overwhelmed by the big picture.

Each step moves me forward.  Can’t cross a bridge without walking out onto it to begin with.  Thank You for crossing the bridges between my worlds with me.

 

GOAL LOG – Week 2:

Diet:  Working on being more mindful about what and how much I am eating.

Exercise: One day of fencing, two days at the gym.

Writing:  The three blogs got written, and I did a little work on the sci-fi story.

Meditation:  Only 2 days of mediation, never less than 6 minutes.

Gratitude: I wrote five things I was grateful for five days this week.

 

This is the sixteenth entry of my personal journey, the Crossing the Bridges series.  My collectively published writing can be found here.

An old-fashioned letter-writing campaign

One non-violent action we can ALL take:

We KNOW that Congress is going to repeal the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare).  I have never understood why, except that it was an Obama idea and thus an affront for whatever reason.

I know a LOT of people who benefit from any number of provisions of the ACA, and who are far too likely to suffer if it is taken away.  There are even more people I DON’T know that will be hurt by this action.

Frequently, we all talk about how clear it is that Congress is completely out-of-touch with We, The People.

So I thought, hey, here’s something we can do – an old fashioned LETTER WRITING campaign.  Maybe if we inundate them with what WE want and need, maybe, just maybe, they will see that representing us should be a higher priority than it obviously is.

I have taken the liberty of writing the following letter.  Feel free to take this and edit it as you see fit:

 

Dear (Congressman/woman)(Senator) *insert name here*,

I understand that you wish to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA, aka Obamacare).

I recognize that the ACA is imperfect, but if you really, truly serve the people you claim to represent, how can you support taking away insurance from millions of Americans, many of whom are your constituents, without offering them an alternative?  If you do so, are you instead offering us an affordable alternative that continues to ignore pre-existing conditions and provides care for everyone?

You have been elected to serve the people of your District, and beyond that to represent the United States of America.  Taking away individual rights and denying your people their rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness by making a necessity such as health care unreachable should seem counter to serving your country.

Please, if you truly care about the country and the people that you serve, do not simply repeal the ACA and leave millions suffering.  Please serve in your position to help your people, and either give us something better or leave the ACA alone until such time as you come up with an alternative.

Please show your people that you serve them, and their interests.  Without our health we have little else, so rather than eliminating something that helps people and betters the standing of our nation, keep it until you can change it for something better.

The people of the United States deserve decent, affordable health care, no matter their finances, gender or religious beliefs.  Please consider the lives your vote to repeal the ACA could destroy before you vote to repeal it.  Please consider how many people are struggling to make ends meet, how American was built on neighbor helping neighbor, and please do your part for the people you are supposed to serve, to help us all live better lives.

Thank you.

 

Respectfully,

A concerned constituent

 

We can’t just e mail this – we need to MAIL these.  Not a few, a LOT.  Like, LOTS, and LOTS, AND LOTS of letters.  Pile this on and show them how their actions (and for that matter inactions) affect us all.

To that end, let me offer the following assistance:

Senators who voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act in January, 2017

http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=115&session=1&vote=00026

Congressmen/Congresswomen who voted to repeal Obamacare in February, 2016:

http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2016/roll053.xml

Because the above gives names but not their states, here’s how to find your member of the House of Representatives:

http://www.house.gov/

Wait a sec, you may be thinking.  There was just an election.  Aren’t at least SOME of these people gone?  Most likely – SO – here’s the next Congress, according to Wikipedia (so could be somewhat inaccurate):

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/115th_United_States_Congress

Wikipedia DOES offer links to all of the members of congress, but I think this site may be a tad easier for seeking who YOUR reps are:

https://www.nationalpriorities.org/take-action/contact-your-representative/

Additionally, the above site suggested how to address our Members of Congress:

For Senators

The Honorable (Full Name)
[Room #] [Building Name] Senate Office Building
United States Senate
Washington, D.C. 20510

For Representatives

The Honorable (Full Name)
[Room #] [Building Name] House Office Building
United States House of Representatives
Washington, D.C. 20515

When writing to the Chair of a Committee or the Speaker of the House, it is appropriate to begin letters with “Dear Mr./Madam Chairman/woman” or “Dear Mr./Madam Speaker.”

 

This may be crazy, but it is a non-violent, practical means to an end.  E mails are easier to ignore than physical letters, so let’s inundate them with the message that they cannot just take away health insurance for MILLIONS without offering a comparable replacement.

Please share this with EVERYONE, and encourage everyone you know to either use my template above or write their own letter.  I know this is hokey, but that makes it no less practical.  Let’s all do it, ASAP.  Tons and tons of letters.  Maybe if they really SEE how many people this is important to, maybe they will reconsider if they are working FOR us, or AGAINST us.

Thank you.

Pathwalking 263

This week I continue to work with Pathwalking in Practice.

Last week I broke down the three means I believe everyone lives their life by:  letting life live you, curling up in a ball and waiting to die or living the life you want.  Pathwalking is a means to the end of living the life I want to live the most, and has evolved into a self-help philosophy I believe I can do more with, for myself and for others.

How will I do more with this?  Last week I mentioned the idea of working with actionable items, tools that could be employed in the process of Pathwalking.

The root of the actionable items comes from the process itself, discussed in detail last week.  To manifest our destinies, it takes thought, feeling and intentional action.  As simple as these are, though, in our complex society we require additional tools to help create our focus, and allow us to better consciously create our realities.

There are tools we can employ to better help with our work with conscious creation.  They are not always obvious, they might sometimes seem a bit off-topic, but they can be of great assistance none-the-less.

It is my intent to take Pathwalking outside of this blog.  I want to help other people to live better, more desirable lives, and to find their own empowerment.  This is how I wish to empower myself.  Part of doing this is creating these actionable items, so that I have something to build upon and share with others, a means to the desired end.  This is the act of putting Pathwalking in Practice.

Yes, not everything will work the same for others as it does for me, but I still believe that having tools available to us to aid this process is beneficial, and I believe that part of my personal calling in this life is to not only find my paths, but to help others with the same process.  The blog is only the beginning.  Part of the next step is creating the actionable items to work with past that.

What are the actionable ideas?  This is very much a work in progress, but it will follow the three basic steps to any manifestation – thought, feeling and intentional actions.  This will be an overview, a template I intend in the coming weeks to build up with more detail.

The first is expressing gratitude.  Before we begin to seek something new, before we take that idea and build it up to something more, we need to have gratitude for that which is already ours.

Gratitude is an outstanding base for creating positive thoughts and feelings, and from there creating new things.

To begin this, we must find the things we have RIGHT NOW for which we are grateful.  Size doesn’t matter, tangible vs intangible is unimportant, what IS important is that we express gratitude for what we have.

Then, we need to remember our gratitude, and create a means to remind ourselves to be grateful.  When the outside world is getting you down, or you are having a bad day, having something that triggers feelings of gratitude will help restore positive energies.

After that, we need to check in with things to be grateful for daily.  This is not a one-and-done matter; daily expression of gratitude makes room to gain more things for which to be grateful.  What’s more, we cannot just write-down the things we are grateful for…we need to feel them.

For more than a year I have been writing down from five to six things nearly every day for which I am grateful.  The issue has been that from time to time I have missed a day, and more than that I have simply written down five things, but took no extra time to actually FEEL grateful for them.

So in the interest of putting Pathwalking in Practice, I need to not only continue to write down at least five things for which I am grateful daily, I need to take at least a little extra time to FEEL them.  I need to not just put them on the page, I need to feel gratitude for them, and put extra focus into the process.

Beyond this, it is important to find and feel gratitude as often as possible.  Even when you are inundated with negativity and bad news about the world at large, finding and feeling grateful will keep you in a place where you can be more constructive, and a positive force in the world.

To assist with this, I have been borrowing an idea I gleaned from The Secret.  Lee Brower explains in The Secret that in order to help himself remember to express gratitude frequently, he carries a rock in his pocket.  Whenever he reaches into the pocket for whatever reason, when he touches the rock he thinks about and feels something to be grateful for.

For a few years now, I have carried a stone of some sort in my pocket.  I strive, whenever I reach into my pocket and touch that stone, to think about and feel gratitude for something in my life.  The what is not important…it is the action that matters.  However, I need to make it more of a practice to FEEL grateful, and not just think about gratitude.

Pathwalking in Practice – taking more time and actions for feeling gratitude.  Gratitude for what you have opens you up to what you desire.  Care to join me with this challenge?

 

This is the two-hundred sixty-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.

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