The Ramblings of the Titanium Don

Explorations of Conscious Reality Creation and Other Matters

Month: February 2017 (Page 1 of 2)

Positivity: New Day, New Way

New day, new way.

No matter how I am feeling about what lies ahead of me, I know that this is a new day, and no matter what I have coming to me, there is always a new way.

It is so very easy to get caught up in routine.  There is often comfort in our routine, which I think is part of why we as a species are so fond of maintaining status quo and continuing through certain patterns and habits day in and day out.

When something threatens our routine, or anything occurs internally or externally that interferes with it, we get to make a choice.  Let the unknown turn into doubt, uncertainty, and the fear of negativity, or instead face the unknown with confidence, certainty, and trust in positivity to create something new.  New day, new way.

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This may feel like it’s asking the impossible.  This may come across as hippy-dippy BS.  Yet that does not change the fact that we ARE capable of taking control of our emotions, and as such we get to choose how to approach what lies ahead.

I know it almost never feels like we have this much control.  Something happens, or more often than not we are anticipating something will happen, and we get bombarded by negative thoughts and feelings.  Just watch the news these days and you’ll experience this.

Yet immediately after those negative thoughts and feelings hit, we get a choice.  Hold onto them, explore them, imbed them even deeper into our psyche…or turn them around, find their opposites, and seek out positivity to combat those unpleasant things.

The key to this is to not just let those negatives swim around unchecked in your thoughts and emotions.  Grab ahold of them, feel them out – they are not invalid, but letting them fester will multiply them.  Let them go, using some sort of an attitude shifter or seek something that puts a smile on your face or some other form of release.  Then, once that is clear, take a proactive approach, and look at the new day as a new way.

That’s the crux of this idea.  We live in an incredibly reactive society.  We are always reacting to things, and seldom being proactive.  We prefer to wait for things to break to be repaired rather than to prevent the break from happening at all.  Knowing this, facing the new day and seeing the possibility of a new way and being proactive about matters can build a far better, more positive world for us all.

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This is a new day.  Will you see it as negative and full of the impossible, or as positive and an opportunity to find a new way?

Finding positivity is not hard, but it does require action.  Knowing that this is a new day, we can choose to see it for all its endless possibility, and create new way.  When we take a proactive approach to life over the usual reactive, we choose for ourselves, we act to take control, and in that 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 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 sixty-first 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: Lessons Learned

Virtually everything in life can be a learning opportunity.

Frequently we do not realize it at the time…but once in a while you get a rare glimpse at the process, and get to be fully and completely aware as it occurs.

I have been coping with a situation for a bit more than a week now, which I am going to share with you.  I am deeply grateful for the job I have currently, but while I appreciate having it, it is not always the best fit for me.  So, as such, I look through various job boards from time to time to see if I can find something better.

During one search last week, I came across a surprising job.  MY job.  Like, actually, factually MY job.  This is not something you want to see, in especial when you are pretty certain that, overall, you’ve been doing a good job.

I immediately fretted about this.  I mean, c’mon, it’s hard NOT to jump to conclusions.  But then I reanalyzed it, and thought, ok, maybe this means they are going to promote me or shift my duties, or they are going to take this other hire or myself to the satellite office we’re supposedly opening shortly.

Still, I became paranoid at work.  Every whisper, every subtle and strange occurrence set me on edge.  I alternated much of the past few days between upset, scared, angry, uncertain, confused, and outright discombobulated.

Then it hit me.  This is just a test.  I applied the idea Jen Sincero shares in You Are a Badass of taking a “this is good because” view.  Upon shifting my attitude to that ideal, I started to feel far, far better.  More confident, in fact, than I have in quite some time.

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My immediate supervisor made noises about getting calls about that job listing, claiming to me that it was a mistake, and to redirect further calls to her.  Even heard her take one such call and explain it was a mistake, and no job was available.

Yet my wife pointed out that the job listing is STILL there.  Mistake…or is someone playing a truly weird game of telephone at my office?  Either is entirely possible…but the important thing is that I DO NOT CARE.

It does not matter to me if I walk in Monday and they take me aside and fire me…or if my job goes on, same as today, same as every day.  This is good because either I am supposed to move on and find something better or do something I WANT to do…or this is good because I continue to collect my paycheck and rebuild my confidence.

That’s the thing about all of this.  For a long time I lost a good deal of my confidence in myself, in my goals, in crossing those bridges and doing what I want with this life.  This job, though imperfect, is a good job.  I am grateful to have it, grateful for the pay and benefits, grateful that it has allowed me the opportunity to see that I can have a more abundant life.

I am finally coming to grips with what it is I really, truly want from my life.  I am finally beginning to truly visualize that life, to gain clarity about what I want it to be.  I am finally seeing that life not as something coming up or something down the line, but now.  This is the life I can have here and now – I just have to give it the right focused thought, the positive feeling, and take any intentional actions I can along the way.

The lesson I have learned from all of this is to not let past matters even enter into my present, and not to get so focused on possible but unknown outcomes for the future.  Here and now I have endless possibility and opportunity.  Here and I now I can accept that that which is out of my control I can find the good in, even when on the surface it looks bad.

I do not know what Monday will bring.  I am no longer concerned about it, though.  What will be, will be.  Either way, I am well and truly on my way, developing the life I most desire, creating now the world I want to live in.

Sure there are things out there I am discontent with.  There is some unbelievable stuff happening to the nation I call home.  All of these things cannot be ignored, and I will donate to worthy causes and participate in protests and boycotts and marches as appropriate for me.  But I have to continue to live the best life for myself that I can, because all I have is MY life.  Further, the happier I am in my life, the happier I can help those I care about be with theirs.

This is a new perspective, and I have never felt more prepared to tackle the challenges I might face.  I see what I want, and I can see it as mine…now I am getting ready to accept it all.

Thanks for taking this journey with me.  As always, thank you for crossing the bridges between my worldswith me!

 

GOAL LOG – Week 8:

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

Exercise: Three days of fencing, one at the gym.

Writing:  The three blogs got written.

Meditation:  I meditated 2 days last week for about 5-6 minutes.

Gratitude: I only wrote out 5 things one day last week.

 

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

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Presumption can be majorly detrimental to your health.

What am I talking about?  I think it’s pretty safe to say that everyone, at one time or another, has stumbled across something that caused them to make a presumption about the future.   For example, you find an unwrapped present your loved one acquired, or a letter that’s not addressed with either good news or bad news, or you find a job listing from your own company that looks suspiciously like your job.

All of these will lead to presumptions.  Some are good – like excitement for receipt of the gift, anticipation of that good news, presuming you are going to be getting a promotion.  On the other side of the same coin, however, is the bad – like thinking that that gift is for someone else, anticipation of the bad news, or wondering if you are going to be fired from the job.

Meanwhile, you are thinking about the future, rather than focusing on the now.  Sure, if might be a good future you are looking at, but it’s still looking ahead.  If, however, you are looking to a negative future, in the here-and-now you may find yourself experiencing disquiet, anxiety, nervousness, short-temper and all kinds of less-than-productive emotions.

Lao Tzu is credited with saying, “If you are depressed, you are living in the past. If you are anxious, you are living in the future. If you are at peace, you are living in the present. “  I recognize that this is a massive over-simplification, but it is none-the-less significant, in especial the notion of being at peace, living in the present.

I frequently write about consciousness creating reality.  I also frequently explore that in order to make anything manifest, you have to not only give it a great deal of pure focus and thought, feeling and inspired action, but you need to see it as being in the present.  So long as you see it in the future, it will stay in the future, always out-of-reach, always ahead at an unknown time and place.

This is where presumption can be detrimental to your health.  If you are presuming something good is coming, if for some reason it does not go as you expected, you will find yourself having to deal with the let-down.  If you are presuming something bad is coming, your anxiety and uncertainty related to that may make it worse than it will be.  Further, by giving it focus and attention, odds are you will help to manifest it coming into being.

Yes, it’s important to acknowledge that you cannot effect the actions of others.  You cannot influence your loved one to give that gift to you if its intended for another, you can’t stop the letter from being sent, and you can’t control if your boss has decided to fire you.  All you can do is what is right by and for you, and strive to be at peace in the now.

Living in the here-and-now is not always easy.  I find myself constantly striving to keep ahold of my focus, and to keep my mindset on the present as much as possible.  This is why I began the awareness questions with Pathwalking in Practice.  Every time I ask myself How Am I? What am I thinking? and How am I feeling? I immediately pull myself into the present.  Instant awareness in question and answer form.  As I am striving to manifest what I want in the here-and-now, and to stop seeing it ahead of myself, I am also asking, Am I thinking about things ahead of me, or in the now?  I am working on writing out the answers to these questions two to four times a day, as I strive to shift my mindset for my own self-improvement.

Society is particularly fond of looking backwards and forwards, and when they do look at the now it’s often with an eye to a quick-fix for something or various troubles rather than positives.  Often we make our presumptions about the future based on the past, which can also be detrimental to our health.  If every time you submit a query letter to an agent and get nothing but form-letter rejections, what do you presume will happen with the next query you submit?  Again, not healthy.

How do we combat the effects of presumption?  I honestly don’t know, but I have some ideas I am working with to do precisely this.  Primarily, I am working on trying to accept that what will be will be, and that I can only work and live in the now.  So, rather than fret about what may lie ahead, I am working in the here-and-now to do my best, be my best, and to live each day with purpose and positivity.  Easier said than done, but it is a work in progress.

When it comes to anticipation of something bad, I am striving not to focus on the possibility, and instead try to find a positive.  To borrow from Jen Sincero, author of You Are A Badass, I am striving to look at a negative presumption with the idea of exploring “this is good because”.  If the thing I do not want comes to pass, rather than focus on all its possible negativity, I am looking to find the positive.  “I do not want that thing to happen, but if it does, it is good because it will change my path for the better.”  Again, yes this can be a struggle, but wouldn’t you rather see silver linings than the clouds?

My goal is to better live in the here-and-now, and not allow presumptions of possible futures based on limited information have me feeling bad.  Rather than make presumptions, in particular negative presumptions, and in the process make myself anxious, sick-to-my-stomach and unhappy, I want to be at peace in the here-and-now.

How do you handle the effects of presumption?

 

This is the two-hundred sixty-ninth 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: Go ahead, Smile

What makes you smile?

What can you look at, listen to, or read that puts a smile on your face?  Is there anyone you can speak with who can make you laugh and smile, someone who has that effect on you?

We all need to take some time to seek out sources of light and laughter.  We all need to find and enjoy things that make us smile.

We are living in a world where fear and anger and terror are used to control us.  We are threatened by the fear of scary and terrible things more than the actual scary and terrible things.  Those in power are using the fear to divide and conquer us, and it is very hard to turn away from this.

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Yet we are striving to resist.  We are fighting back, we are denying their use of fear to overcome our reason, and in many ways their unprecedented and outright false claims are uniting us to do more to keep them at bay, and retake our own power.

Yet as we strive to find dignity and sanity in the face of almost overwhelming negativity, we neglect our own need to feel good.  Hell, to some degree it feels almost wrong to consider how you are feeling when you are working for the greater good of the world at large.

Yet if all we do is give and give, and do nothing for ourselves, we will run out of energy, we will lose our drive and ambition and we will find ourselves stuck and unable to continue.  We will lose ourselves in our attempt to do good.

This is why it is important that we still find things that make us smile.  We need to find joy, we need to take and enjoy moments of delight.  It is like recharging any cell phone after prolonged use.  If we don’t put energy back it will be totally depleted, and of no good to us when we most need it.

We need to all allow ourselves to smile, to laugh, to feel happiness and joy, even when we are faced with tremendous negativity, by fear, anger, disquiet, chaos and disorder.   Frankly, if we don’t have happiness in our lives, then what are we fighting for in the first place?  What’s the point of resisting what make us unhappy if we lose touch with happiness in the process?

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Find things that bring a smile to your face.  Laugh.  Feel joyful, feel happy.  This will recharge your positivity, and when you are feeling more positive you will have more power to create better and not simply struggle against what you do not want.

Finding positivity is not hard, but it does require action.  Knowing that while we are working for the greater good it is ok to find things that make us smile and laugh, we keep our eye on what it is we are striving to create.  When we see that our own joy allows us to better stand up for what we believe in, we grow stronger, we have a clearer understanding of what it is we are fighting for, and 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 sixtieth 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: Working through Negative Emotions

I was recently delivered a rather serious blow to my ego.

Without getting into too much detail, I ran across something online that made me question my worth, my value as an individual, and my ability to do good work.  It was early in the day, and set the tone for the rest of my day, leaving me feeling discontent, nervous, unhappy, and otherwise uncertain.

I spent a day feeling ill, unhappy, and discontent.  Worse, the general news of the world just added to that feeling once again.  I could not find any consolation; I was doing my best not to react even more negatively than I was.

But much later, when I had a chance to reanalyze and calm down, I got a new perspective.  Maybe this thing that made me feel this way was either not the worst-case scenario I feared it could be, and/or maybe this was actually another wake-up call from the Universe.

I believe that there are omens, signs and portents that we often miss.  I can see them for what they are, from time to time, and I go with it.  For example, a couple of recent events, signs and omens, prompted me to stop waiting for…whatever, and visit my doctor for my overdue physical.  I want to be healthy in every way, and I know there is room here for improvement.  So I went, and am in the process of making some necessary changes.

As I am working on becoming more aware overall, I am seeing that signs have become a bit more visible to me.  I can see that certain things happen to show me that I need to redirect my focus or shift my thoughts, and take new and different paths sometimes.

This is where seeing this unusual situation for possibility and positivity rather than negativity, I am in a better place to continue working on my conscious reality creation.  I can strive to get control over my emotions.

I frequently write about the fact that we have control of our own emotions.  While this is true, it often doesn’t feel so.  Things happen and we get upset by them; we read the news and suddenly we’re really  angry; somebody says something mean and we feel hurt; we trip on the sidewalk and feel embarrassed.  All of these are perfectly valid, and all of these are natural reactions and normal feelings.  Since I know I am not fond of feeling such, the question is, how long do I want to hold onto this negative feeling?

In the here and now there is an initial reaction.  From that reaction, we might look to the past (wow, why does this keep happening?) or ahead to the future (what am I going to do if that goes down?)  This will inevitably cause an emotional reaction, which can in turn assert dominance over us, and so begins a downward spiral.

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One of the reasons I am trying to focus more on my awareness of the here-and-now is to NOT be ruled by my emotions.  When I am asking myself How am I feeling? I immediately can see what my emotional state is in the here-and-now, and if it’s not something I want, I can decide what to do about it.  Being aware of my current thoughts and feelings allows me to better know my emotional state, and help me to be where I want to be if I am not currently there.

Yes, negative emotions can be VERY hard to overcome.  This is why so many people contend with depression.  Yoda may not have meant this to be about depression, but still, “Once you start down the dark path, forever will it dominate your destiny.”  While depression will not be dominant “forever”, when you are coping with it, it certainly feels that way.

When you cope with depression, it’s even harder to get ahold of your emotional state, let alone take control over it.  Yet it is possible, it just takes any one or combination of different methods.  These can include, but are certainly not limited to a medication, use of a sun lamp, practicing meditation, more time in nature, disconnecting from the internet, a good laugh, a good cry, screaming in rage, exercising, smashing something with a hammer, taking time with a pet, time with a loved one, sensory deprivation; or some other reset.  Applying something that releases the negative energy and/or replacing it with positive energy can help tremendously.

I know that I am not alone in this.  Yes, sometimes it very much feels as if I am, but I know that I am not.  That helps me see I can turn to others who will understand, and together we can strive to use the here-and-now to overcome our upsets of the past and concerns for the future.

Please note – if you suffer from depression, whether temporary, clinical, great or small or what have you – I am here for you.  You are not alone.  We all have bad days, but I believe that we can work together to get through them, and enjoy the good and see positive possibilities.

A slight digression from my usual post, but important, I think.  Thank you.

Thank You for crossing the bridges between my worlds with me.

 

GOAL LOG – Week 7:

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

Exercise: Three days of fencing.

Writing:  The three blogs got written, some work on my modern alchemist story.

Meditation:  I meditated 1 day last week for about 7 minutes.

Gratitude: I completely failed to write any of these last week.

 

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

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How clear is your vision?

This is the question I have been contending with for a while now.  It is, to some degree, due to a lack of clarity in my vision and my end goals that I find myself not achieving them as I most desire.

Part of my problem is that I sometimes want to hedge my bets.  I have a Plan A, a Plan B, and maybe even a Plan C.  The best part is, none of them are fully formed, either.

How does that work?  Well, I have a partially-formed notion of the path I want to walk.  This is Plan A, the main path I want to traverse.  Nearly parallel, though, I am also jumping from time to time to a different path or two, Plans B and C.  So rather than traverse one path and see where it is going, I am trying to travel along two or three.

It’s important that I pause and add some specificity here.  Yes, you can be on more than one path at a time when the goal at the end of the path differs with little difficulty.  I can be on one path with regards to career and another with regards to relationships, and not have the same difficulties.  Of course they can intersect and even parallel, but the difference in result does not lessen either’s clarity.

Is it possible to take two or three paths to the same place at a time?  Of course not.  Yes, you can often move along more than one road to get from point ‘a’ to point ‘b’.  They might even cross one another or intersect from time to time.  But it is impossible to travel on an eight-lane interstate freeway at seventy miles per hour while simultaneously rolling down a two-lane residential road at thirty-five with traffic lights every couple miles.

This is part of the problem in trying to negotiate more than one path towards similar goals at the same time.  Let’s look at my specific issue, being career.  As I have been discussing in my Crossing the Bridges posts, I have two distinct worlds I want to work in full-time when it comes to my writing.  One is the world of fiction, where I create and share my sci-fi, fantasy and other works.  The other is this stuff, Pathwalking, Positivity and my self-help philosophy stuff.

In trying to reconcile my two different worlds to a singular vision, I began to digress.  Rather than just looking at ways to expand and promote my writing, I started to consider how I might go about coaching.  Part of why I have begun to work on Pathwalking in Practice is to create something I can give instruction in to more people.

As I have been considering creating a coaching practice of some sort in order to share Pathwalking, I started to shift my focus towards steps I might need to take to get certified as a coach.  Classes, study so that I can do professional life and corporate coaching, and getting necessary certifications and recognition.

Not so long ago I began to receive corporate/life coaching.  I determined this was a step towards helping me work out just how to walk the path I want to the career I want.  One thing she pointed out to me was this – all we have talked about since we began to work together was my desire to write professionally.  Never before had I mentioned a desire to go into coaching.  Did I really want to take the steps involved, and was this really what I am after?

Almost instantly, I realized that, no, this was to some degree me hedging my bets.  I am unable to trust in and fully embrace and believe in my vision of myself as a best-selling author, and from there an inspirational speaker.  I lack the necessary clarity to realize my goal.

This is why clarity of vision is important.  This is why I have succeeded at manifesting my dreams and consciously creating my reality.  I was clear on the end result, I had a clear vision, and it came into being.  There was no question in my mind what the end goal was, and I got onto the path fully aware of where I intended it to end.  I will heal completely; I will replace my dying car; I will get that girl; and so forth.

The vision I need to place in my head, and more importantly KEEP in my head, is what I want at the end.  In this case, for this path, it’s this: I want to be a best-selling author.  From there, I want to sell screen rights to my work, and/or start creating movies and TV.  Alongside these, I want to become a public speaker on creating inspirational empowerment and conscious reality creation.

The other important point of clarity I need to work on is this: I cannot view this end goal as ahead of me, as down the line, as coming soon.  I need to see it as HERE AND NOW.  I need to keep this goal in mind as part of my present, not as my future.  So long as I keep seeing it as before me or coming up or eventually or even soon, that sends a definite message to the Universe.  I need to believe and feel this as if it is already my life, in order to truly draw it to me.

As a step towards adding greater clarity in my process, I am adding a fourth question to my daily awareness questions.  Joining How am I? and What am I thinking? and How am I feeling? I am adding Am I thinking about things ahead of me, or in the now?  This is yet another awareness checker, in order to better know my own mind, so that I can work on consciously creating the reality I most desire.

There are days this is more challenging than others.  But having clarity of purpose goes a very long ways towards building the life I want for myself, manifesting my dreams, and truly walking paths that I have chosen.

Are you clear on the goals of your life paths?

 

This is the two-hundred sixty-eighth 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.

Tell Congress to Act on Our Behalf

 

Are you concerned about the actions President Trump is taking?  Do you worry about his possible conflicts of interest, and his ties to Russia, and their hacking of our electoral system?  Are you worried about the apparent instability of President Trump, and his unpredictability, utter lack of tact and decorum, and total disregard of protocol?  Are you concerned about the choices he’s made for his cabinet?

If you answered yes to ANY of these question – it is time to reach out to Congress, and demand they take action!  Call, e mail, write letters, do all of the above!  Remind them that they work for US, not the party and their special interests.  Only Congress can call for an investigation into the ethics and potential conflicts of interest.  Only Congress can either enact the 25th Amendment or begin impeachment proceedings.  Yet they have taken no actions, and thus far only have worked in pursuit of their limited agenda, not doing their job as a check and balance of our governmental power.  The longer they wait to do so the more Mr. Trump can corrupt, disrupt and defy our representative democracy, and erode our republic.

The time has come to remind Congress, both the House of Representatives and the Senate, that they work for US.  We, the People.  The parties are not who they serve, the investors and financiers who fund their campaigns are not their true constituents – WE ARE.  Let’s inundate them with phone calls, e mails and letters reminding them that they serve US, not their self-interests, and we DEMAND that they do their JOBS, and act as a check and restore balance to our government.

Let’s do this!  Feel free to share this call to action.

Positivity: I am; we are

I am.

Sometimes that’s all it takes to find a positive.  Just acknowledging that I AM.

Life happens.  Whether I am having a good day or a bad day, the important part is that I am having a day.  I am here.  I am alive.  I am breathing.  I have possibilities for my present and my future, and I AM.

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It is tremendously easy to lose sight of this.  We get caught up in our own mundane issues, whether that involves family, friends, loved-ones, coworkers or what-have you.  Then we are faced with societal issues, bigotry, hatred, fear and negativity.  But through it all, here we are.  We are breathing.  We are alive.  We are full to overflowing with possibility.

The positivity of this is endless.  Every day is a new opportunity; every day is another day of new possibility.  Just recognizing that I AM, that I live, breathe, and function is so incredibly positive that it is staggering.

Why does this matter?  Because I matter.  Because you matter.  Because we are here, on this spinning globe, living these amazing lives where we can manifest virtually anything we can conceive of.  I know that sometimes that seems impossible, I know that in the face of societal fear and anger that might even seem selfish, but the truth is that it’s not.  Recognizing that I AM is one of the most powerful positivity generators available.

I believe that if more people acknowledged their own needs, their own lives, their own existence and the empowerment that comes of this, we’d all be living in less fear, negativity and uncertainty.

I have written about the positivity of this topic before, but it is so, so powerful that I think it’s worthwhile to write about it again.  How you follow the words I AM can be a major determination of your thought process, of your feelings, and from there of your actions.

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Yet more than that, just being aware that I am, no matter what follows it, is important.  It’s easy to feel like a statistic, like a cog in the machine, like we do not matter.  But we do.  It matters that we are here, whether today is a good day, a bad day or indifferent.  It matters that we are.  It is amazingly positive that we are.  There is no need to look any further than at the face that we are here.

I am alive.  I am endless possibility.  I am important.  I am.

Finding positivity is not hard, but it does require action.  Knowing that I am, that I am alive, here and now, is an amazing generator of positivity.  When we see that just by being present, by acknowledging our individuality and our existence, we open up to endless possibility, and further 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-ninth 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: Living in the Here & Now

I believe that the key to happiness is living in the now.

This is particularly challenging, because our society is rather fond of living in the then and living for tomorrow.

I have goals and aspirations.  One of the reasons I began this portion of my blog was to explore how to live and work in all the worlds I do.  I need to cross between separate aspects of my life, different forms of writing, my social life and my professional life and so forth, despite them all being a part of the overall greater whole.

One of the greater challenges in this process, though, is my perception of time.  It is imperative that I do better with living in the here-and-now, rather than considering past matters or focusing on the future.

I have determined that there are two things I want from my life.  I want to write, and see my novels become best sellers and get turned into TV shows and movies.  Tall order, but I think it’s not outside of the realm of possibility.  I want to take Pathwalking out of the blog, and turn it into a coaching practice, and help others find and live their own empowerment, choosing their own destinies.

One of the biggest problems with these goals is where I see them.  I know full well that I see them ahead, in time, eventually, or down the line; but however you want to phrase it they are in the future.  They are something to be reached, something to be worked towards.

ThisRightHere.  This is the problem.  Every single book I have read or listened to about consciousness creating reality and manifestation states that you HAVE to see the things you want as already yours.  Right here, right now.  Not “will be” or “coming soon” or “down the line” or “in the future”, but here and now.  In the present tense.  You have to clearly picture them in your life right now, to give them clarity and power in order to consciously create them.

Time is utterly relative.  This is why it is imperative to envision your goal as if you have already achieved it.  Both philosophers and scientists have made this point, that time is an illusionary concept.  Much of how we perceive time is artificial, which can be hard to believe, but is true none-the-less.

When I recovered from my injuries after getting hit by a car crossing a street, I know that I didn’t see myself as healed “eventually”.  I didn’t see myself walking in the future, I saw it right then and there.  Yes, I was either bound to a wheelchair or using crutches or a walker, but nevertheless I saw myself as being whole, and everything working just like it had before.  Yes, there are some wicked scars remaining, titanium plates in my right shoulder, and parts of my right arm are still fairly numb – but to all intents and purposes I am fully healed, and can walk, run, and use my arm like before my injuries.

I refer to this example a lot because it was probably the most profound moment in my life.  I was severely broken, and when faced with a choice of curl up in a ball and hope for death, let it heal as it heals, or push and fight every step of the way, I chose to fight.  I was changed not just physically by that moment in my life, but mentally and emotionally, too.  I am striving to recapture the focus and absolute beliefs I held during that period in my life, because I know that I am capable of manifesting what I need, because I have done it before.

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I need to work on perceiving the bridges I cross not being between today and tomorrow, but all being in the same time.  I need to envision myself with bestselling novels.  I need to feel how it would feel to have an offer on the table for the screen rights to my work.  I need to imagine in detail teaching a class of Pathwalkers, and having people come to me to learn to better empower themselves.  I need to feel how it will feel to have the wealth and abundance this will bring me, and how it will feel to give large donations to charity, to be even more generous to friends and family, right now, as if this IS my life.

Overall I need to live more in the here-and-now.  Analyzing the past is not my biggest issue, I recognize that my past is past…it’s worrying about the future that is most challenging.  This is particularly convoluted these days, largely because of massive uncertainty in the American political climate.  I can’t do anything but protect those I love in the here-and-now, so I know that I need to be more thoroughly thinking, feeling and acting in the here-and-now.

How do I move my thoughts from tomorrow into today?  I need to be more aware of my self-talk.  I am checking in with myself several times a day with questions about How Am I? What am I thinking? and How am I feeling?  These came of Pathwalking in Practice, and are meant to make me more aware, right here and now.  I think I might need to add the question, Am I thinking about things ahead of me, or in the now?  Simple question, simple answer, but that doesn’t make it any less important.

Living in the now is imperative for finding empowerment, peace and happiness.  I cannot reclaim the past and I can’t live in tomorrow, so focusing on here and now allows me to simply BE.  The power of that is incredible, and I know from everything I have studied that in doing this, I will cross every bridge I need to in order to manifest the life I most want.

Thought.  Feeling.  Action.  Right here, right now…I can do almost anything I can imagine. Thank You for crossing the bridges between my worlds with me.

 

GOAL LOG – Week 6:

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

Exercise: Two days of fencing and two days at the gym.

Writing:  The three blogs got written, I spent much of a snow day working on the sci-fi novel, and also worked on another story another day.

Meditation:  I meditated 3 days last week, never less than 6 minutes.

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

 

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

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Why does anyone want to be wealthy?  What is wealth?

American society, at least, has long believed in the idea that you can pull yourself up by your bootstraps, rise to the top and make yourself into a rich, successful individual if you just work hard enough.  Put your nose to the grindstone, work your ass off, and viola, you will be successful and rich.

Wealth, however, is a much broader topic.  Being wealthy is not achieved by counting the pennies in your pockets, it is much more than that.  Wealth is deeper, more involved than the simple idea of money, having vs not-having, and so on.

Our society puts far too much emphasis on how much money we each have.  This causes all kinds of problems for people, because money is a totally loaded topic.  For some, money is a good thing, and they see it as empowering and helpful.  For some, money is a bad thing, they see it as disempowering and hurtful.  Yet in order to do anything in this world, you have to have money for everything from the basics to the more advanced needs and wants we require.

Money is infuriating, because while it, in-and-of itself, is a neutral thing, people will use it for good and evil.  People will lord their money over those who do not have it, hoard it, and use it for their own greed to keep others down.  People will show incredible generosity, and give donations to worthy charities and people in need.  Most people use money to cover the basics, and with whatever they have beyond that to buy things that we hope will help us to be happy.

This is the biggest matter when it comes to money.  Happiness.  Money is often seen as the key to happiness.  If you have money, you will be happy because you can buy anything you want.  This, in turn, leads to the false belief that being rich and having plenty of money is being wealthy.  But the truth is, there is more to wealth than that.

What is wealth? From all that I have studied, wealth is abundance.  Abundance of not just material things like money and possessions, but also friends, health, loved ones, and awareness.  When you live in abundance, you are never wanting for companionship, love, freedom, or possibility.

Unfortunately, our society has problems with abundance.  We are constantly bombarded by messages of lack.  There is not enough to go around.  Money is scarce, jobs are scarce, your freedom is under attack because there is only so much to go around.  Why is that the message?  Because by keeping our society in a lack mentality, those in power believe this will keep them in power.  They offer to protect what we have, guard it jealously because there is little else to go around.  They convince us that because there is lack and not abundance, greed is acceptable.

This is the biggest lie in our society today.  Because of this lie, we are facing unprecedented levels of greed, of stinginess, but worse than that we have become more accepting of blatant acts of intolerance, cruelty, and indecency.  We see outright lies being told daily by our top government officials, and rather than call them out for it we analyze them, we track them, but we hardly hold anyone to be accountable.

It’s obvious why anyone wants wealth.  Is there anybody that does not want an abundance of good in their life?

So how do you attain wealth?  The key is abundance.  We need to think abundance, we need to feel abundance, we need to act abundant.  And of course, this is so, so much easier said than done.  Just to add insult to injury, it’s even harder given current circumstances.

It is important to note that wealth and abundance is NOT a selfish thing.  Having wealth, being abundant is not selfish.  In fact, the very definition of abundance is more than enough.  We frequently misrepresent the “wealthy” as selfish because we see these rich people hoarding their money, selfishly guarding what they have for themselves alone, and denying empowerment to others.  That is NOT truly wealth nor abundance.  The truly wealthy know there is more than enough to go around, and they share and spread abundance.

How does one apply abundance to Pathwalking in Practice?  This is particularly challenging.  In especial if you have bills to pay, debts owed, or are in any other way feeling lack.  What’s more, this is something that it might feel REALLY selfish to consider, given the state of the world today.  However, if we do not care for ourselves, how can we do any good for anyone else?

To think and feel abundance, you have to convince yourself that your life IS abundant.  You cannot see it in the future, you have to see it RIGHT NOW.  I think the best practice one can do to try and manifest more abundance, and to think and feel abundance, is to write out, first thing in the morning, five to ten times, an affirmation, such as I HAVE ENDLESS ABUNDANCE or I AM WEALTHY or I AM WEALTHY AND ABUNDANT.  Then, write it out again just before going to bed.

I know that this might stretch credulity, and it might feel like an outright lie.  But every single book I have read or listened to on the subject of consciousness creating reality, or the Law of Attraction, or just about any other self-help advice suggests something like this.  We have to alter our thinking to alter our feeling to allow us better actions to manifest the world we want.  It might not be easy, but is anything worth having ever easy?

Do you want to be wealthy?

 

This is the two-hundred sixty-seventh 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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