The Ramblings of the Titanium Don

Explorations of Conscious Reality Creation and Other Matters

Month: January 2018

Life is Energy

Life is energy, and energy is life.

When we lose people dear to us, their energy has not gone…it has been transmuted back to the Universe.

Life is EnergyWe will miss the people we care about when they leave us.  Their energy may be gone from our lives, but it is not truly gone.  Energy can never be created nor destroyed, just transformed into a new form.

As I am sitting at my desk writing this, I am witnessing the sun rising outside my window.  Its light and energy are comforting, but also inspiring.  Like the sun, I am also capable of rising above the horizon and making my way across the sky.

This has been a particularly trying week.  My friends and family and I are all hurting because we have suffered loss.  Two people who held very different places in my heart are gone.  I will never experience their energy in my own life again…but I take comfort in knowing that their energy is not really gone.

When I work to consciously create my reality, I am striving to manifest a life that makes me happy.  To do that, I have to manipulate my own energy, so that I can be attuned to a higher frequency.  The higher the frequency I am tuned in to, that better things I can consciously create for myself.

The losses I have experienced make me sad.  I grieve for those who have passed…but I also am comforted in knowing that their energies are still out there.  When I think of the two amazing men who have passed, I remember that they lived lives that were filled with passion, inspired people around them, and made them both happy.  In their memory, as I work on manifesting my life, I hope to work from their examples.

Life is where we are right here, right now.

In this moment I feel sadness not just for those who are lost, but for all those grieving their losses.  I don’t believe that we can ever be prepared to say goodbye to those we love.  Unfortunately, this life, in these meat-popsicles, is finite.  The energy that is our root will continue always, but it will change form when our time on this planet is over.

Our society has a particular obsession with looking forward and looking backwards.  Seldom do we work in the here-and-now.  I fall prey to that a lot myself, and have been actively working on changing it.

The two men that we have lost were very different, but had one thing in common.  They lived fully every day.  They were, as far as all reports go, happy.  The happiness they expressed in their lives inspired people around them.  Both of them impacted a lot of lives, and both have left holes in the hearts of many.

They may be gone…but their energy is not.  They showed us that life is precious, and from their examples we can choose to live big, do what we can to be good people, and find what makes us happy.

Over the next couple of days both men will be memorialized.  Tears will be shed, and the memories of the impressions they made will flood over us.  But when this process is over we will go on.  In their memories, I am going to work even harder to use their examples and be the best person I can be.

Neither of these men did anything specifically to be an example.  They simply lived, every day, as best they could.

I can live life, or let life live me.

Too often I have let life live me.  It’s pretty easy to do…you just go with the flow, let the patterns of every day carry you.  There are people who find satisfaction in this.  But I desire to have more than just an everyday existence.  I want every day to learn new things, to live with all the passion I can, and to be the best me that I can be.

Consciousness creates reality.  If I am conscious of what I am thinking, feeling, and the actions that I take, I am able to be in control over my life.  Admittedly, this is not always easy.  When I spend too much time caught up in the goings-on across Facebook and other social media, or getting angry at the things I have no control over, I let my subconscious do the driving.

The memory of those I lost, and how they lived, can inspire me to be more aware.  Though I miss them in this moment, and I feel sad at their loss, I know that they both would want me to go on, and live well.  No matter who we lose in this life, I believe that they want us to keep living as fully as possible.

Wakes, funerals and memorials are not for the dead…they are for the living.  This is where and how we say goodbye.  Yes, it is an ending…but the energy of these lost souls is not gone, just transmuted, and spread further across the Universe.  Our loss is the Universe’s gain.  I don’t know if that gives you comfort, but it inspires me to live the best I can.

Energy is life, and life is energy.

As always, thank you for crossing the bridges between my worlds with me.

 

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

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How Does Loss Effect You?

Loss is a part of Pathwalking.

Because life is ever changing, and because we are not static creatures, we will experience losses along our paths.  Some are good for us, some less so.  The hardest loss to take is that of a friend or loved one.

When we lose people, grief is different for every one of us.  In a society where we often look at the “norms”, how we grieve is one of those things that no two people manage the same.

LossSome people go numb.  Others get really angry.  Depression and sadness are typical.  Almost any emotion you can think of may come from loss.  There is no right or wrong way to feel this, even when you might feel nothing.

This week has been a challenge because I have lost two people who held different places in my heart.  The world has dimmed some due to their absence from it.

I know how I handle grief is unique to me.  Overall, I think about the impression people have made on me when they were here.  Yes, I will miss them, but I tend to give most of my energy to remembering the good moments I was fortunate enough to share with those I have lost along the way.

For me, there is a detachment that comes of my grief.  I tend to take a more clinical approach to my losses, and while I am sad that someone is gone from my life, I think because of how I see everything as energy, I don’t think of them as truly lost.

“Luminous beings are we…not this crude matter,” Yoda said.  And I believe that is the truth.  When we leave these earthly vessels, we become a new form of energy.  As such, nobody is truly lost.

Grief over loss, whatever form it takes, can alter our paths.

Often, when we suffer a loss, it will cause a certain amount of reflection.  When it is a permanent loss, such as death, this can shift how we approach our path in life.

Expected or unexpected, losing a loved one can create a pretty major change in how you continue on.  Everybody needs time to adjust to such a change, and when we are understanding of this we can be of the most help in these times.  Some adjust quickly, some not so much.

Whether or not a loss alters the paths you are walking, it is important to keep moving forward.  It is my belief that the people we care about and lose would most want us to keep on in their absence.  They would want us to continue living, growing, and choosing paths for ourselves.

Again, I am not in any way discounting grief.  My point here is that it’s important to still go on, keep living our own lives, and let the memories of those we have lost strengthen us.

It is my belief that everyone we encounter in our lives serves some purpose.  Friends, lovers, acquaintances, coworkers, even random drivers who cut us off on the highway teach us things.  They enter into our lives for a finite period of time, and have some sort of impact on us.

Losing the people we care about also impacts us.  The light that they shared with us is gone.  But I like to remember that the fire has only dimmed, because they will live on in my memory.  Whether this will impact my path or not, I will occasionally turn my eye to that fire, and let the memories warm me.

Loss can provide strength.

In the immediate aftermath of a loss, we feel grief, hurt, anger, numbness, frustration, rage, depression, fear, and/or any combination of these.  We can and will experience almost any conceivable emotion.  When we accept this, and let the feeling flow through us, we can let go of what we do not need and hold onto what we do.

Consciousness creates reality.  Because we have control over only our own individual existences, things can and will happen that will throw us off.  We will find ourselves focused on things that are negative.  These feelings are no less valid, unless we let them dominate and control us.

Nobody’s life is entirely absent of negativity.  In part this is because we need to feel the bad to appreciate the good, and everything in between.  Whatever form grief takes for you, in time it will fade.  It may always leave a pang, because there is a hole in our hearts from these losses.  But we can and will go on.

Sometimes loss will strengthen our resolve.  We want to do better than we are now.  It can cause us to choose to live bigger, love deeper, and take on the world in order to best effect it.  In the memory of those who are gone, we can improve ourselves, and feel more empowered to control our lives.

I will miss the two I lost this week.  But I know that both would encourage me to continue on with my dreams, my goals and aspirations.  I will do everything I can to be the best me I can be, and honor their memories.

How do you handle loss?

 

This is the three-hundred-sixteenth entry in my series. These weekly posts are ideas for, and my personal experiences with, 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.

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Why is Community Important?

Community is important.

Because human beings are social creatures, we seek out like-minded individuals to form communities with.  This is where religious groups, civic organizations, and even nations come into being.  People who share one or more interests/beliefs join together and form a community.

Community - Positivity 206We often look at this from a “big picture” sense.  We live in a given community and such.  What I am talking about in this instance is that which we choose to identify with, and what that can mean for us.

I have been actively participating in the Society for Creative Anachronism for over 25 years now.  The overall community that makes up the SCA in-and-of itself is pretty amazing.  Within the group, we form other communities, like among fencers, heralds and artisans.  Some create households, which work much life families, except that you choose the people you include as such.

This is what, I think, community is meant to be.  We come from disparate parts of the world, various backgrounds and education levels, socio-economic statuses, and so forth.  Yet we identify as a part of a broader community.  When there is tragedy, we come together to support one another.

Like any such organization, there are differences.  We have our disagreements.  But when all is said and done, this community is an amazing source of strength, and I have formed some of the finest friendships of my life from here.

The amount of positivity this community is capable of creating is tremendous.  Together, we support one another, and we work to foster an inclusive, fun cultural identity to be shared.

It is not perfect, but then, what in this world is?  We may be the “island of misfit toys”, but often that strengthens the community we build.

The Greater Notion of Community also matters.

We suffered a terrible loss in the smaller community I am a participant of.  We are grieving together, and in our shared experience offering our support to one another in this unfortunate time.

CommunityToday in the USA is Martin Luther King Day.  It is a day to honor a man who worked to change the greater community of a nation to be more inclusive, more equal, more loving.  Because of the blatant racism of our current President, our nation needs to remember now more than ever the effort to build a new and better community Dr. King put forth.

The diversity of our greater community is something to be celebrated.  We have opportunities to learn a great deal from one another, and this is a day to honor that.

Community, whether greater or smaller, should be about sharing love, peace, comfort and joy.  This is a place to build and celebrate positivity together, even when we suffer a tragedy.

To my family in the SCA, I grieve with you for our loss.  To my family that is the USA, I honor our diverse cultures, and will do whatever I can to help build a more equal and loving world like what Dr. King envisioned.

Finding positivity is not hard, but it does require action.

Knowing that community can bring us together, we have a powerful tool to work together to build a better world.  When we come together as a community, we have the opportunity to share a great many things, and when we empower one another in our communities, we empower ourselves.  When we feel empowered, we frequently spread that feeling to others around us; as such, we 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 two-hundred and sixth entry of my Positivity series.  It is my hope these weekly messages might help spread positive energies for everyone.  Feel free to share, re-blog and spread the positivity.

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Am I Worthy and Deserving?

I am worthy and deserving of awesomeness in my life.

It’s interesting how often I need to remind myself of this.  There have been many instances where I do not feel as though I deserve to have the things I desire in my life.

Worthy and DeservingCrossing the Bridges is the most personal of my weekly posts.  I am exploring not only my philosophies and approaches to life, but my actual, factual life.

In Positivity I pointed out that YOU are amazing!  Part of the reason for this is because recognition of worth is something we take too often for granted.  Along this same line, Pathwalking involved looking at the empowerment of praise.  Praising can raise our frequencies.  Higher frequencies are associated with better feelings.  I don’t know anyone who doesn’t want to feel good.

For much of my life, I have struggled with my self-esteem.  Some of this is borne of depression, some of it is life experiences along the way.  Recognizing my own self-worth, and deserving of good things has proven to be challenging at times.

While getting outside validation of my worth can help, it’s really a matter of me recognizing my own deserving.  Am I worthy of success, abundance, and overall good things in my life?  Logically, I know the answer is yes.  But feeling it is where the challenge often lies.

Feeling emotions has been a struggle for me most of my life.  Sure, there are several instances from my past I can point to for this, but they do not matter now.  No, I am an adult.  I need to take responsibility for how I feel.  When I am not feeling right, it’s up to me to work in the here-and-now to adjust that.

There is never a quick-fix when it comes to this.

Recognizing being worthy and deserving is not a selfish act.

One of the other issues that comes from this is a fear of being perceived as selfish.  We are socially so inundated by stories of unbelievable greed and selfishness, it’s hard not to see any act that does not help other people as one that’s not selfish.

Taking care of ourselves is not the same as being selfish.  Being selfish comes from a lack mentality.  It’s the notion that there is not enough to go around, so I have to hoard what there is.  Greed is of the same ilk, and a monetary form of selfishness.

When I say I am deserving and worthy of awesomeness in my life, I am also suggesting that you are, too.  But in order to have more to give, I need to have some for myself.

We live in an abundant universe.  This is not an easy thing to recognize, because our society is hyper-focused on lack and scarcity.  Consciousness creates reality.  The more we focus on what we don’t want, the more we are in danger of creating.

I am a good person.  Maybe I am not always the best office worker, and from time to time I can be stubborn.  But I am a good person, with a good heart.  I want to live a life with abundance and prosperity.  Not just so that I can have more of the things I want, but so that I can also give more.

The awesomeness I am worthy and deserving of is both tangible and intangible.

Nobody but you can determine your own worth.  Yet regularly, we turn to peers and loved ones for affirmation.   The thing is, even if they tell us we are worthy, we might not feel it.

This is why I am stating in the open that I am worthy and deserving of a good life.  Because everyone is.

We are worthy even when we screw up.

Every single one of us is perfectly imperfect.  Part of the human condition is that we’re going to get it wrong.  We will cause someone to feel hurt, or disrespected, or unloved.  We will make mistakes.  There will be foul-ups both great and small along the way.  These are the lessons that help us to grow.  They do not lessen our worth.

I have been reciting a new Mantra or Mightiness, as Jen Sincero calls it, for almost two weeks.  As often as I am putting it out there, I need to do so even more.  It reminds me of my worth, and that I deserve to be abundant and happy.

There is always work to be done.  This is actually a good thing, because that work is how we grow.  I have a lot of things I am aiming to do with my life.  I know that I can make them happen.

Abundance and prosperity are things I am worthy and deserving of, just the same as you are.  It is ok to be aware of this.  Awareness is consciousness, and consciousness creates reality.

As always, thank you for crossing the bridges between my worlds with me!

 

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

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How Does Praise Empower?

Everybody likes to receive praise.

When you do a thing, and you do it well, receiving praise for it feels amazing.  It is incredibly empowering, and it serves as an affirmation of the choices you make along the way.

For whatever reason, though, our modern society eschews praise.  We have an almost surreal talent for criticism, but when it comes to praise, we seem to display something of an aversion to it.

PraiseI suspect that one of the reasons for this is because there is a backlash borne of false praise.  When we over-emphasize the celebration of mediocrity, and heap praise for simple participation, we disempower in the interest of inclusion.  We praise all, or we praise none.

Yet we are almost obsessed with criticism.  Now don’t get me wrong, there are situations where this is completely called for, like politics.  An example of where this is over-the-top is when it comes to celebrities.  There is an entire industry of media focused on what they wear, their level of fitness, whom they are dating, and so on.  Snarking at celebrities is accepted as the price they pay for being public figures.

Unfortunately, this carries over to everyone else.  People tend to criticize and comment on the people in their lives with far more negativity than positivity.  What we forget is that, while we don’t actually do these things maliciously, they impact the people around us and lower all of our frequencies.

Consciousness creates reality.  When you are focused on the flaws and negatives of the people around you, that is what you draw more of to you.  It does bounce back.  Heap criticism and comments at people, and they will be returned to you.  This, in turn, makes nobody feel terribly empowered.

Praise raises our frequencies.

Everything in the universe is based in energy.  All energy has a frequency.  Low frequencies are made of low feelings, low energy.  High frequencies are made of high feelings and high energy.  The low makes us feel bad, the high makes us feel good.

This is why praise matters.  A lot of work environments people experience involve trying to avoid criticism and disapproval, thus cultivating low vibrations and frequencies.  Avoiding getting judged by our bosses and coworkers is not empowering, and doesn’t feel good.

When we work in an environment where praise is given for jobs well done, achievements that are made, and good performance, we are empowered.  This type of environment cultivates high vibration and frequencies.  Working for reward is empowering, and feels good.

I can’t think of anyone who does not prefer to be rewarded over being penalized.  Being given an accolade feels good and empowers us to continue to perform at high energy.  When we receive penalties and judgements if we do not meet a given standard, we are disempowered, and likely to continue to find little or no satisfaction in what we do.

Is it easier to criticize than to praise?  No.  However, I think because a lot of energy was given to praising for simply participation and averageness, praise comes less easily.

Again, it’s important to look at our society.  Everywhere you look people are being criticized and judged for anything you can imagine.  While some is justifiable, like in the case of our government, much of it is not.  While the majority is not intended to be mean, it still lowers the vibrational frequencies of our energy.  Thus, we are great at making ourselves and others feel bad.

Like pretty much everything in the world, starting small can snowball.

Be aware of whether you are offering praise or judgement.

It starts with us.  How often do you wind up talking about someone you care about or love critically?  Does it come rather easily?  Is your criticism more observational than malicious?  How does it make you feel?

I love my friends and family, but I am frequently being critical of things they do.  It doesn’t come from a place of spite or intentional meanness.  I think it’s a matter of comparison to my own thought processes on a given situation.

The challenge is to be aware.  Oh, look, something else that comes down to awareness of the here-and-now.  When I am thinking about the people in my life, when I am critical of their actions, I am lowering all of our frequencies.  Ergo, it is up to me to consider this, and change my reactions consciously.

One of the best ways to do this is to find reasons and means to praise.  If I can offer praise I am raising all of our frequencies.  Praise makes everyone feel good, and when we feel good, we choose more wisely, and I believe consciously, our thoughts, feelings and actions.

Recognize false praise and constructive criticism.

Two words of caution here.  First – false praise.  Praising for mediocrity can be as disempowering as criticism.  Wow, you got out of bed this morning – good for you! is rather mocking.  This is where we lose the power praise can generate.  Praise can still be for simple things, such as you look good today or I like that shirt on you or you are raising incredible kids.

Second – constructive criticism.  This is a real thing, and can actually be empowering.  Criticism feels bad.  That pie you baked wasn’t very good makes you feel lousy.  Thank you for baking that pie.  Could I offer some flavoring suggestions? might still be awkward, but opens the door to dialogue rather than judgement.  There are times people need help to improve in some way or other.

Praise can be incredibly empowering.  When you are walking a path you have chosen for yourself, praise goes a long ways to make the journey better.  Consider how criticism and praise make you feel, be aware of how you are thinking and speaking about people around you.  Raise everyone’s frequency by offering praise.

Like I said in Positivity this week – You are amazing.  No matter if we know one another or not, I want you to know that I believe you are amazing, and can do incredible things.

What praise have you offered of late?

 

This is the three-hundred-fifteenth entry in my series. These weekly posts are ideas for, and my personal experiences with, 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.

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Do You Know That You Are Amazing?

You are an amazing individual.

No, really.  I might not know you in the slightest, but I can honestly tell you that you are an amazing person.  We may disagree about any number of topics, we may have totally different and diametrically opposed backgrounds, but I can still tell you that you are an amazing individual.

You Are AmazingPeople tend to not give themselves enough credit.  We look for our faults, we work on the things about ourselves that are flawed…but this is backwards.  Working from the negative does not help to build more positive.

American culture in particular stresses how inadequate our lives are.  We need the better car, bigger home, fitter body and so on.  We look to all of our flaws, our shortcomings and the things that are lacking, and we give that a tremendous amount of energy and thought, feeling and even action.

Consciousness creates reality.  Negativity begets further negativity.  When you are looking for the imperfections, the problems and the flaws – you will constantly find more.  Does this strike you as backwards as it strikes me?  Why give the energy to negativity, when what we in fact want is positivity?

We all find ourselves alone from time to time.  When we are alone, we tend to look at the problems we have faced, the hardships, the issues that need to be repaired and worked on.  But what we really should focus on is our abilities, our skills, good things we do for ourselves and our friends and loved ones.

We should put that energy not towards all the negative things we find in ourselves, but rather to the positive.  Focus on what an amazing individual you are, all that you are capable of doing and achieving, and don’t give that energy to your perceived shortcomings.

Know how amazing you are.

The trap that we often fall into is the feeling of selfishness.  We have become utterly self-conscious about things we do being perceived as selfish.  Thus we take selflessness to a place where we often do, in fact, lose track of the self.  We get so concerned with how others might perceive us that we instead look for the imperfections and flaws in ourselves, so that we can actively avoid anything that might come across as selfish.

Amazing, you areConsciousness creates reality.  I cannot stress that point enough.  When you look for and give power to negative perceptions of the self, you actually get even more of those.

It is time to step back, and recognize ourselves for all the amazing things we have to offer.  This is not an act of bragging or selfishness, it is an act of recognizing the positive, giving that more energy and attention so that we can drive out negativity and feel good.

When all is said and done isn’t this what we most want?  Don’t we prefer to feel good, to feel happy?  Are these positive or negative feelings?

Please take a moment not to look at the money you need to find, the weight you need to lose or anything else negative about your life.  Instead, recognize, acknowledge and give energy to the amazing individual you are.  Your talents, your creativity, your strengths, your ability to love and be loved.

Explore all the positive about yourself and energize that rather than the negative.  You ARE amazing.

Finding positivity is not hard, but it does require action.

Knowing that you are an amazing person, you can build off of that premise.  When we examine our strengths, our talents, abilities, our capacity to do everything we can do and more, we empower ourselves.  When we feel empowered, we frequently spread that feeling to others around us; as such, we 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 two-hundred and fifth entry of my Positivity series.  It is my hope these weekly messages might help spread positive energies for everyone.  Feel free to share, re-blog and spread the positivity.

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How Can I Best Use Time?

Time is relative.  Our perception of it is variable, fluctuates, and changes depending on how much attention we are paying to it.

Einstein told us that time is an illusion.  More specifically, he said, “The distinction between the past, present and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.”  Yet our whole society obsesses over these distinctions.

TimeLast week, I wrote about my tendency to always put my work on conscious reality creation ahead of me.  Not in the here-and-now, but coming soon or just ahead or some similar notion.  All this week, I have written about how many people, myself included, use the New Year as a point of renewal.  As I continue to work on crossing the bridges between my worlds, I am also working on defining just what my worlds are.

It is easy for me to make a case that crossing the bridges can apply to not just the different forms of writing I partake in, but in time.  The past, the present and the future are often perceived as having either imperceptible or enormous gaps between them.  More often than not, people see them as far apart, requiring, at the least, bridges for crossing.

Past, present and future, according to Einstein, are in fact non-distinct.  They are an artificial illusion we have created for ourselves.  Why?  Because time is like a flowing river.  Like the river, we have a need to find both its beginning and its end.

I have been working on better living in the now.  This is particularly tricky.  Not only because I struggle to not focus on the past or look ahead to the future.  I am also torn between my personal and immediate now, and the now of our society.

“Time is the reef upon which all our frail mystic ships are wrecked.”  – Madam Arcati, from Noël Coward’s Blithe Spirit.

When I start scrolling through Facebook to read updates from my friends, I am also inundated with news.  Some is biased, some is scary, some is infuriating…all of it is sensational.  The headlines are meant to get our attention, and immediately set our emotions in action.

When I manage to fall down this rabbit hole, it becomes increasingly difficult for me to keep focused on the reality I want to manifest with conscious reality creation.  When idiotic, childish madmen are making threats about deploying weapons of mass destruction, and uncaring, unsympathetic rich white dudes are only about making themselves richer, how can anything I want to create for myself matter?

I need to remind myself that what I want to manifest does matter.  Why?  Because if I want to make a difference in this world, I can only start by making my life as full as I can.  To do that, I need to use my consciousness to create my reality, manifest my desires, and share it with you.

When, here and now, I see my dreams made manifest, I can share my process.  Than I can help anyone else do the same.  Even with the variables between what I want for my life, what you want, and what someone else might want, the process is no different.  As I make it happen, I will be more capable to help others do the same.

I mentioned in Pathwalking this week that I was taking an online course from Jen Sincero in creating new and better habits called You Are A Badass at Habits.  One of the things she talks about is how habits are more prevalent than we think.

“We only get to be in our bodies for a limited time, why not celebrate the journey instead of merely riding it out until it’s over?” – Jen Sincero, You Are A Badass

Habits are more than just smoking, over-eating and brushing your teeth.  They also include the routines we do every day by rote.  Or, to put it another way, habitually.

One of the dominant habits I have developed is to surf Facebook when my mind wanders.  This inevitably has me reading more news that makes me feel negative, and as I feel bad my mind wanders further.  Then, look at that, I am still not consciously creating the reality of my choosing.

The time has come to change this habit.  Reading through Facebook, in particular when my mind starts to wander, is like stopping in the middle of the bridge.  Not to look out at the chasm below or the clouds above, but to look at my own feet.  Or worse, the screen on my phone, while ignoring what’s actually around me.

And that is the thing I have to keep in mind.  While I can write about how I feel, vote in the next election, or partake in a protest, I can’t do anything more about the bad things I encounter.  I can, however, work on what I am thinking, how I am feeling, and intentional actions I can take in regards to my own life.  When I work on living better, I can impact others better.

This is not going to be an easy habit to break.  But I recognize that I need to.  Time will tell how I do with it.

As always, thank you for crossing the bridges between my worlds with me.

 

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

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Why Start Pathwalking?

Why did I start Pathwalking six years ago?

When I decided that I needed to blog weekly, I came up with this idea.  Pathwalking is the living, breathing process of using consciousness to create reality in order to manifest the life I most desire.

Consciousness creates reality.  How do I know this?  Because I have done it.  I know that when we are aware and totally present in the here-and-now, we can build our existence however we most desire for it to be.  We are only as limited as we believe or disbelieve.

One of the largest issues I have faced with this process has been my ability to be in the here-and-now.  Often, I find myself thinking ahead or looking back.  More dangerous than that, though, I allow myself to become distracted with things happening way outside of myself in the here-and-now over which I have no control.

You don’t have to spend all that much time on Facebook or Twitter to encounter messages of lack, intolerance, hatred, and numerous other forms of negativity.  Truth be told, if we spend too much time focused on this, not only will we lose hope, but we will also believe the world is an awful, terrible place going straight to hell in a handbasket.

StartYes, there are some pretty terrible things happening out there.  Greed, corruption, a lack in compassion and empathy appear to be at an all-time high.  Things are difficult for many people in the world today.  But the truth of it is…things are not nearly so dire as they may appear.

How can I say that?  Because the vast majority of people out there are simply going through the motions and living their lives.  They experience triumphs and tragedies along the way, but overall they simply live.

We can start to look for the better things out there.

The news media, whatever form it takes, is going to aim at sensationalism.  It really doesn’t seem to matter if there is bias or not, they are going to shout something loud and intriguing to get your attention.  More often than not, they will spin negatively, because getting people angry, no matter which side they are on, sells.

Yes, it sells.  When the sales pitches are fear, lack, scarcity and us-versus-them, usually we are having something sold to us.  And let’s face it, when we are told there is a limited supply or that we don’t want the other guy to have an advantage over us, we tend to buy.

It is for this reason that it’s so important to start being aware of our own lives, right here, right now.  Why?  Because the only thing we have any control over, directly, is our own lives.  It is our individual thoughts, feelings and actions that we can have any true influence over.

Rather than be concerned with things out of our control, we need to alter our focus to those things we can change.  What I am thinking about, feeling through and intentionally acting upon is going to allow me to manifest my life.

Unless, of course, I let my subconscious do most of the heavy lifting.  When we do not work in the here-and-now and be mindful of how we think, our subconscious will take over, and we will wind up not being where we want to be.

I have refined the process of Pathwalking over the years, but I am still developing it.  I expect, because this is how life works in general, that I will always be developing it.

Start now, not later, to change focus.

I recently signed up for an online course by Jen Sincero, author of my favorite self-help book, You Are A Badass.  She is witty, clever, funny, and an engaging writer and speaker.  The course is in releasing old habits that do not serve for new ones that do.

There are several habits I hold onto which I believe are interfering with my Pathwalking.  One of the primary methods for building new habits is repetition.  As such, I have created what Jen Sincero calls a “Mantra of Mightiness” that I am repeating frequently, in order to better empower myself.

Conscious reality creation will start to become manifestation when you see only one outcome.  You may not know exactly how you will get to the place you want to be, and the total details might be vague.  But there is no doubt, no second-guessing, no other option but success in manifesting what you are desiring.

This can be ginormous.  It can also be microscopically small.  But that doesn’t matter, because the more we consciously create our realities, the better realities we can make for ourselves.  This, in turn, can show other people they, too, can do better.

Pathwalking is not just a philosophy, but a practice.  The best way to start is to become aware of your thoughts in the here-and-now.  Once you have this awareness, you can examine your feelings as well.  After that, it gets easier to find intentional actions to take.  It is from intentional actions that we manifest that which we are desiring.

Another key factor I need to reconcile myself with is that this needs to start fresh every single day.  When I start letting my day go by rote, and routines and patterns set in, my subconscious will be doing the driving.

Start anew every day.

Every single day is new.  No matter how similar today may be to yesterday, it’s a new day.  There are differences, and variations to everything.  Some of these are noticeable while others are not.  The really cool thing about this is that no matter how awful the day before was, today has the potential to be whatever you want it to be.

I know things outside of our control happen all the time that can make any given day unpleasant.  We are emotional creatures, and bad things happen because that’s the nature of the Universe.  Bad things happen so that we will know the good things.  When we start by anticipating bad things, we set our subconscious loose to run the show.  Right here, in this moment, in the here-and-now, we can sit down in the driver’s seat and take this bus anywhere we really want to be.

I hope that this new year brings you down an incredible path.

What new thought processes will you start today?

 

This is the three-hundred-fourteenth entry in my series. These weekly posts are ideas for, and my personal experiences with, 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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How Does Renewal Effect Positivity?

Renewal is frequently the theme for people at the start of the new year.

While change is constant and inevitable, we frequently resist it.  One exception for this, however, is New Years’ Eve.

RenewalMany people formulate a New Years’ Resolution.   They resolve to change something in their life.  Frequently, this is diet or exercise related.  They look to a change they want to make, and attach it to the fresh year.

Resolutions are not much of a commitment.  It’s thought and intent, but seldom includes all three of the necessary elements of conscious reality creation.  Like I wrote about in Pathwalking last week, intentional action is the key to manifestation.

A resolution as a starting point for some sort of renewal is great.  However, as a society of instant gratification and quick fixes, it’s generally going to be insufficient to effect any real change.

Six years ago, I decided that, rather than make a resolution, I would create a New Years’ Action.  Pathwalking came into being from this, and six years later I continue my weekly journey, choosing a path all my own to consciously create the reality I most desire.

I think we should embrace renewal and change more that we do.  To be certain, I believe that the political climate of the United States would be very different from what it is now if we better embraced change.  What if more people embraced progress instead of fearing and resisting it?  Going back to the way things were is never as good as it appears.

As I did six years ago, rather than make an easily dismissed New Years’ resolution, why not take a New Years’ action?

Acting on renewal can manifest reality.

Consciousness Creates Reality.  Manifestation requires thought, feeling, and then intentional, purposeful action.  So rather than resolve to make a change with the New Year, why not figure out an action to be taken?

Renewal 2018I think everyone wants the new year to be an exceptional year.    Let’s strive together to take some positive actions.  Every little bit counts.

Have a Happy and Healthy New Year!

Finding positivity is not hard, but it does require action.  Knowing that you can use the New Year as a chance for renewal of mind, body and spirit, you can take some intentional actions to spur this.  When we use an opportunity for renewal to take charge of change, we empower ourselves.  When we feel empowered, we frequently spread that feeling to others around us; as such, we 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 two-hundred and fourth entry of my Positivity series.  It is my hope these weekly messages might help spread positive energies for everyone.  Feel free to share, re-blog and spread the positivity.

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