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Alphabet soup for the soul – “T”

T is for Transformation

Self-transformation is not just about changing yourself. It means shifting yourself to a completely new dimension of experience and perception.

– Sadhguru-

An tiny egg turns into larva which then turns into a caterpillar, before finally, transforming into a beautiful butterfly, so too a human being can transform from ugly to beautiful.

The butterfly is a perfect metaphor for the ego. We can transform our ego from the ugly caterpillar that is leeching onto its existence, scared by what it see’s and continuously squirming to and fro in an effort to get ahead, yet barley making any progress.

We can transform that slow repetitive, predictable and agonizing route into a multi-dimensional and multi-directional, stunningly majestic butterfly.

Once the metamorphosis is completed in the fourth stage, a butterfly breaks out of the chrysalis and upon its own strength it emerges to explore new opportunities.

Opportunities that were previously unseen to the lowly caterpillar become visible. This beautifully transformed creature not only has a new life but it is also able to explore new dimensions of time and space once thought unfathomable.

From a fresh vantage point the butterfly can travel far across the planet migrating the globe to witness the Universe beyond the scope of a caterpillar whose entire life is bound to a couple of trees in a park. Become beautiful, become a butterfly.

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Alphabet soup for the soul – “S”

S is for Suffering

“Pain is certain, suffering is optional”

-Buddha-

The Buddha famously said ‘life is suffering’ and that is true if you believe it. It does not however, have to be that way. The Buddha also said that suffering is optional. I believe pain is a bodily experience whereas suffering is a condition of the mind. There can be one without the other.

Henry Ford has been attributed with saying “Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right”.  It’s a choice and each individual gets to decide how to proceed. I believe the same goes for suffering. You can decide to suffer or not, it is up to you.

Let us use the example of having to receive a dozen stitches in your arm from a wound. The cut is deep and it hurts. There may be lots of blood around the cut and you may not be able to focus on anything except the hurt and the discomfort that has become your entire world a moment. 

That is not suffering however, it is pain. Suffering enters when we start agonizing over the pain and when we attach the human idea of  “woe is me” or start to project the worst-case scenario as our monkey mind will almost certainly always do to try and keep us safe.

If we remove ourselves from ourselves, and just observe the reality of the situation from a detached point of view then we stop it at the level of pain and we do not suffer.

The irony in this scenario is that suffering is ego-driven. By placing the attention on Me, My or I , in the act of Suffering, It is actually the ego taking over.

If that were not the case and you were to accept that, yes, this is unpleasant but the doctor will fix me up and everything will be fine than you will not suffer, you will simply be in pain.

A helpful strategy in this situation would be to feel compassion other people and once that happens you are no longer separated by your own ego. Thus, you become connected again to all that is and you will see an instant transformation from suffering into compassion. Which would you rather feel?

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Alphabet soup for the soul – “R”

R is for Remembering

“Can you remeber who you were, before the world told you who you should be”

-Charles Bukowski-

Babies and toddlers innately know what to do? They do not have to be taught or learn, they just know. It also helps that they believe in themselves, have a faith in themselves and desire that is unwavering. Conversley and most importantly they do not doubt themselves.

Have you ever seen a toddler learning to walk? How many times do they fall down?

Not only do they get back up every single time but they eventually reach their end goal. This single metaphor tackles many areas inherent to success, such as;

  1. Always get back up

2. Do not ever stop trying to reach your goal

3. Do not entertain “no” or “impossible as an option

A toddler will learn how to walk because they never entertain the idea that they can’t walk. It simply is not an option not to do so.

A wise guru said that if a child is alone and hungry , and see’s berries on a bush, the child does not try to put the berries in their ears or their eyes. The child understands intellectually that the berries go in the mouth and no one needs to tell the child this.

As children we knew what to do, how we felt and who we were. Somehow it is conditioned out of us overtime by well meaning people who want to fill our heads with their dogmas and ideology, based on what they experienced in their lives and what they think they know. Sometimes the advice is helpful, like not putting your hand on a hot stove or learning not to walk in front of a moving car. More often than not however the “lessons” are nonsensical and better be left unsaid.

Young kids are in the present moment the majority of the time and are almost always in a state of bliss , even when upset they are fully present with those feelings. They will sit with the feeling for a minute or two and once felt, they are done with that emotion. This is because they allow emotions to move through them and out of them.

Young kids are naturally in a waking meditation, enamoured with the world around them and not worried about the mistakes of the past or what will happen in the future.

Adults do the opposite and try to not feel the emotion by either burying it quickly or distracting ourselves with something else so we do not have to feel the unwanted feelings.

Which sceanrio is more helpful? As such we must remeber what we have forgotten and be more like the curious children of the world. We must allow all emotions, good and bad, to play their part and feel them before ultimatley releasing them back to whence they came.

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Alphabet soup for the soul – “Q”

Q is for Question

“Question everything. Learn something. Answer nothing.”

-Euripides

Question everything. Question your thoughts. Question your beliefs. Question the Universe and then do it again. This is how you will find out who you are.

Question your values, your purpose and your reason for doing the things you do. Ask other people questions and then question the feedback you receive from them.

Question why you notice the same person on your way to work every day and not the other 10,000 people you pass on the street or on the train or in your car. Question why certain types of information cross your path and the timing of their arrival. Question everything relentlessly until you find the answers that are true to you and then keep on questioning.

The results of your life are a direct response to the questions you have asked. If you are unhappy with your current life situation it is because you are not asking the right questions or maybe you are not asking any questions .

Take all the information, the constructs,  the beliefs,  the values and the experiences which you have accumulated up to this exact moment in your life and question if they serve you or not.  If they do not serve you then softly say goodbye and let them go.

Inspiration and creativity is deep inside you already and so are the answers you seek. It is no accident that you arrived on the planet at this precise moment in time.  Start asking Why? Who? What? Where? When? How? Once you start asking those simple questions the answers have no choice but to emerge.

    As this blog has noted in the past when we begin to ask open-ended questions our brain has no choice but to bring forth the answer through the nouns you experience in our life. 

If you are not participating in the creation process of the story that is your life then you will end up with a life lived unintentional and not by design. By default you may miss out on the future you want because you will simply walk right past it without ever even noticing. You will miss the oppurtunities that are presenting themselves daily and you will have to settle for the leftovers that remain after all the creators have plated their desires from the buffet of life.

Once we ask the questions the Universe will align to answer those questions. However, if you are not looking for the answers then you will not see them.

TRY THIS: Ask a question for which you’ve been longing for guidance. Now over the next few days pay attention and you will see some answers. Keep asking the same question until you receive answers. It doesnt take long.

If your unsure where to start here are some questions to ask ourselves;

  Why are we here? What would it feel like to …? How can I…? What would it look like five years from now if …? What will allow me to …? When will I…? 

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Alphabet soup for the soul – “P”

P is for Physiology

“The important thing is to never stop questioning.”

-Albert Einstein-

Lets play a game.

Imagine if you will in your mind’s eye that you are holding a bright shiny lemon. First feel the softness of the lemon that gives a little when you squeeze it tight (not too tight).

Next, notice the waxy skin on the outer layer and the unmistakable scent of the uncut lemon.

Now place it down on a cutting board and grab a big sharp knife.

First cut the lemon in half and then into smaller wedges like when added to a glass of water.

Finally, pick up one of the wedges and bite into it.

What does it taste like? Did your mouth water or maybe your eyes squinted at the taste?

You just changed the physiology of your body by thought. What you think literally affects your body.

If a body can produce that kind of a change just by thinking about a lemon for less than a minute , than what do you think is possible for our physiology if we sat alone in thought for ten minutes a day, everyday?

After a couple of months of this our bodies would reflect the change we are attracting during that alone thinking time. We would feel as if the dreams we are going after have already happened, because according to our physiology and just like the lemon, we have changed our thoughts to reflect that the event has actually happened for us already.

Then the real fun starts. We begin to step into the things we have first created in our mind. We start to attract the right people, events and circumstances in our lives and in doing so we have just created our future.

As the saying goes, When life gives you lemons make lemonade.

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Alphabet soup for the soul – “O”

O is for Observe

“Observe your thoughts, dont beleive them”

-Eckhart Tolle-

   Do you ever observe yourself having a conversation in your mind and asking yourself questions?

   If your mind can observe itself asking questions then who or what part of you is doing the observing?

It Micheal Singer talks about this idea beautifully in his book the untethered soul. A must book or audio-book for anyone who has experienced spiritual awakening (or wants too).

  If we can observe our thoughts then the saying “you are not your thoughts” rings true. 

    Can you bring your full attention and awareness to your right shoulder ? Can you slide that awareness across your shoulders and down the other arm to your elbow?  The answer is Yes to both those questions.  So,  then your thinking mind is not who you are.

The real you is the awareness. The real you is a soul, a spirit , the body and the mind are just the vessel which carries the spirit. Simply a result of this earthly human experience we are having.

We were a soul before birth and we will be a spirit long after leaving the body which is having a human experience for less than a nanosecond in the continuous clock of creation.

The fact that you’re observing your mind means that you’re not your mind. You are not attached to it.

The idea is to detach from your mind and the identity that has been created for you and by you. With that freeing of the mind you also get freedom from your body which is your unconscious mind running programs.

Once you notice the programs are just playing on repeat you can ask questions.

Questions like, Why does the adult me feel the need to continue to repeat the program i followed when i was younger ? Can I invent new programs to replace the old ones?Am I just repeating a neural pathway that is on without my knowing and understanding what is happening? Can i disconnect that pathway that is on auto-repeat ? Can i disconnect the neurons that have been laid down over the years or decades?

Such questions begin to open the door to your awareness and will lead you down a new path. A path that will be very different from the cyclical experience you may have had for your entire life until now. A path of growth and creation.

The end result is a new person who has broke free from the chains of the past. A person who can see that the soul has a bigger say in personal evolution than previously known. A person who sees that the human body and mind is capable of much more than ever thought possible.

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Alphabet soup for the soul – “N”

N is for Nature

Let us spend one day as deliberately as nature

-Henry David Thoreau-

 Nature has the answers to many existential questions if we are willing to sit back and observe carefully.

    The examples that can be found vary across the animal kingdom, in the plant life kingdom and throughout the oceans of the world. Some are subtle metaphors and some are so stunningly obvious that they make me ask “How come I didn’t I see that before?”

     The Amazon rainforest alone holds many of the answers to life itself. Answers of how to grow, nurture, breathe, eat. Along with all the healing that takes place under the canopy. The answers are truly everywhere, all we have to do is look.

    It is no mistake that humans are made of the same elements that are found in the stars which permeate the farthest reaches of space. It is also no mistake that the human body and the earth are both made of 70% water.

Nature contains duality in everything. Among other things it is both beautiful and ugly, gentle and strong, loud and quiet, fierce and friendly, order and chaos.

    As the prophet foreshadowed; a day, would arrive out of nowhere and with a wallop winter would be upon us all.

    As witnessed through the window, high above the perch where I write these words, the snow blankets the soft bed of rich green grass that lays beneath it. I am reminded that winter has swept in and taken credit for all the work the autumn winds did whistling the weary down for slumber and putting the land to sleep.

    Greatness is similar to snow. It starts with little flakes which turn into a snowball that fits into a hand and with a couple of rolls in the sea of snow it’s the size of a soccer ball. The snowball gets bigger as it continues down the same path with momentum. Creativity is sparked and the culmination becomes a beautiful snowman that children can make come to life and play with, as if it were a real person.

The impermeant nature of life returns the snowman to the earth in the form of melted water which in turn allows the grass to grow strong and thick. Changing from spring through the summer and eventually to the autumn as the cycle repeats itself endlessly forever and ever.

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Alphabet soup for the soul – “M”

M is for Mindfulness

Living twenty four hours with mindfulness is more worthwhile than living 100 years without it.”

-The Buddha-

Mindfulness or meditation? These two “M’s” often get confused for each other and for good reason. They are very easy to conflate because they are very similar. Both offer great ways to stop and break negative thinking loops.

Mindfulness is finding the present moment anyplace, anywhere and at any time. When we do this we can regulate ourselves on the spot.

Young kids are mindful and they are almost always in the present moment. They have a limited concept of the future or past.

Mindfulness is playing with a dog or just watching the dog playing by itself. It is watching a bird in a bird feeder or the trees swaying gently in the summer breeze. It is watching the clouds painted in the sky moving by gently by.

Mindfulness is focusing on the breath in and out, in and out. It is forgetting about the past and surrendering any plans for the future and therefore finding the present moment which is truly a gift.

There are countless ways to be mindful including breathing, gratitude, compassion and meditation.

Mindfulness is becoming centred so the flight, fight or freeze stress response is turned off with intent. This allows us to navigate our outer world with more grace and ease which spreads from person to person if viewed through the correct lens.

Joe Dispenza teaches us that meditation begins in the present moment when we become nothing or no-thing, no-where in no place, in no time, and no space.

A body scan is a fast way to gain mindfulness and prepare for meditation. A body scan is exactly what it sounds like and it allows us to quickly get present by becoming aware of our awareness.

Start at the top of your body and work down. Focus your awareness on the head, shoulders, chest, abdomen, hips, thighs, calves, feet or any variation that works including starting at the bottom and working your up to the crown of the head.

Quick heart coherence is another great trick taught by the Heart Math Institute. This is done by deep breathing while focusing your attention on the chest area, then breathing deeply in and out of the heart.

Spending time in nature will also breath a certain frequency onto and into us that will help our physiology in a similar way as meditation and mindfulness does.

Some people opt for a guided journey to a mountain top and see light filling the body. Electrical charges will course throughout the body energizing and emanating light in every direction and across many dimensions. I have learned all of this through personal experience yet to paraphrase Socrates “The only thing I know for sure is that I know nothing”.

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Alphabet soup for the soul – “L”

L is for Light

I should observe such a beam of light as an electromagnetic field at rest.

-Albert Einstein-

While riding in a streetcar and looking back at the clock tower in Bern Switzerland, a young Albert Einstein dreamed of what it would be like to ride alongside a beam of light.

How fast would one have to be traveling to ride on a beam of light and what would it look like on the clock. Would the seconds freeze or possibly go in reverse?

The answer is one would have to be travelling at light speed of course (300,000km a second according to Stephen Hawking). That Clock tower sparked the idea for the special theory of relativity which has revolutionized modern physics and the way we view our universe.

   The math equation is more famous than its origin story described above. E=MC2. 

    Part of what we learn from the math is we are all light waves of energy and we vibrate through space and time.

    Some shine brighter than others.  We can even shine brighter than ourselves .  The reverse is true as it is easy to vibrate lower and denser at certain times.

    Our thoughts determine how bright we shine and how coherently we vibrate.  No matter how low or dense your vibration is at this moment, you can change it with your thoughts. 

   The world needs more light workers so be careful of the things you put in your mind. Everyday we choose what goes into our subconscious minds by the music we listen to, the media we consume and even the people we interact with. 

You are raising your vibration right now by reading this and putting your attention on the spiritual element inside everybody, the soul, which also requires nourishing to flourish.

TRY THIS: Make a list of the things that bring you down to a lower vibration and beware of them going forward. Be on the lookout for lower frequencies that come with emotions such as envy, jealousy, shame, guilt, blame, just to name a few.

You can start today and work to replace these feelings with higher vibrational frequencies such as love, joy, gratitude, abundance, compassion and peacefulness. And when you fall from grace daily (which will happen again and again) just dust yourself off , get back up and continue the journey toward your highest self.

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Alphabet soup for the soul – “J”

J is for Jesus

“I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

-John 8:12-

Jesus Of Nazareth is the most widely recognized lightworker ever to walk the earth.

Where The Buddha is famous for saying the words “life is suffering”, the death of Jesus on the cross is the visual personification of suffering. It is also a great metaphor for how the majority of people view the world today.

Jesus could access other dimensions and realms of existence through the third eye. In the gospel of Matthew, verse 6:22 says “The light of the body is the eye; if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light”. 

 The third eye has been noted throughout the world and history as the place where we transcend our human experience into something more magical. Practiced from Egypt, India and China before Christ, to the Romans in the time of Jesus and, sweeping the internet a score of centuries later. It is seen as the gateway between the physical body and the metaphysical.

   The pineal gland sits almost in the center of the brain. It is the size of a grain of rice and as depicted in many ancient hieroglyphs it is a pinecone shape and it is the third eye.

   The pineal gland acts as a transducer, a radio antenna that crystallizes and shimmers to allow a flood of chemicals into the brain. An explosion of ecstasy that will thrust one right out of the physical body and into a spiritual realm.

Jesus of Nazareth taught us how to elevate our vibrations and frequency to another level. Quantum physics is now proving this level scientifically and it will only become more obvious and tangible going forward.

Jesus walked on water, made blind men see, deaf men hear and mute men speak. His Dharma continues to be fulfilled long after his death and his Karma is stamped throughout the books of the time.

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Alphabet soup for the soul – “I”

I is for Infinite Intelligence

I know this world is ruled by infinite intelligence. Everything that surrounds us- everything that exists – proves that there are infinite laws behind it. There can be no denying this fact. It is mathematical in its precision.

-Thomas Edison-

There is an infinite intelligence that allows our bodies to breathe while we sleep. It also allows our bodies to repair and regenerate while we sleep.

This same intelligence allows blood to travel through us covering 19,000 km or 12,000 miles a day.

It allows a human heart to beat 100,000 times daily. It allows the lungs to take around 20,000 breaths a day. The most amazing part is that we don’t even notice any of this is happening.

The complexity of the body although empirical is in a realm that is still unfathomable for most people. This is due to infinite intelligence.

Whether you choose to call it God, Universe or Source, they are all the same thing, infinite intelligence.

It defies thought and understanding to grasp the full significance of the intricate nature of the human body. It is also completely perfect and designed to be that way.

This infinite intelligence is not just in our bodies but is everywhere we look as well.

All the drops of water that make up an Ocean and that then force the waves to roll in and out depending on which way the earth is facing and the pull of the moon.

The stars and planets that are suspended in the sky and waiting for us to explore.

The mass migration of birds in the winter, heading south for warmer destinations closer to the equator. How is it that a bird can know how to get from Boston to Boca Raton?

This same intelligence also allows a bear to hibernate for months while losing half its body fat but no muscle. Dropping the Bear’s heart rate from 50 bpm down to 10 bpm, and dropping their body temperature from 38 degrees down to 33 degrees. This same intelligence allows a bear to go months without drinking, urinating or defecating.

A bamboo tree grows underground without sunlight for 4 years and is not visible above ground until the 5th year. At that point, it breaks through and then shoots up 60-80 ft in a couple of months. That could not happen without infinite intelligence.

The rain that turns to snow at a certain temperature and the revelation that every single snowflake is uniquely different than its counterpart.

The beautiful colors of fall foliage or the grass that exactly like fingernails will grow faster the more you cut it.

A field full of dandelions that all look the same until you get a closeup and realize that like a snowflake every single one is different.

All around us are the designs of infinite intelligence at work and most of us don’t even think about it for even a second during our entire lives.

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Alphabet soup for the soul – “H”

H is for Heaven

Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on EARTH as it is in Heaven.”

-Matthew 6:10 –

Almost everyone has heard these words before but what do they actually mean?

I believe it refers to the divinity that is inside all of us. A presence that is being felt in numbers larger than at any other time throughout history.

The accounts reported by millions of people with varying degrees of similarity are unprecedented around the globe.

   When mixed in with the following two quotes from the Bible it appears as if we literally get to create Heaven right here on Earth;

1- Psalms 46:10 -Be still and know that I am God

2- Matthew 6:22 -The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.

These quotes reveal secrets about prayer or meditation and the need to go within so that each of us can find God and create our own Heaven on Earth.

If everything we are and see is actually light waves of energy vibrating through space and tim,e AND the light of the body is thine eye, it would mean that when we go inside and activate the third eye, the light we are experiencing is indeed the divine nature of God.

No one is excluded from accessing this divinity. It is coursing through any human willing to seek and search for it

It is the same divinity that allows humans to be made from the same elements that make up the stars in the night sky.

The same divine nature that gives us beautiful birds, fish, and flowers to admire, adore and appreciate.

When we hear the words thy will be done, people think that eventually one day it will happen. What if it means thy kingdom come thy will be done as in will power or willing it it to happen through what we decide to see?

We can literally will things into existence, and until we do, the Earth can seem more hellish than heavenly. The choice is yours.

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Alphabet soup for the soul – “G’

G is for Gratitude

“The miracle of gratitude is that it shifts your perception to such an extent that it changes the world you see”

-Dr Robert Holden-

If the first thing you say every morning when you open your eyes is “thank you, I am grateful to be alive” then you’re proactively starting your day in a positive state of mind. Conversely, if you check your phone to find out what you missed, then you are starting from a reactive state of mind.

   The Wise sage said: ‘As you begin your day so too, the rest of your day will unfold’.

   By waking up in gratitude daily, eventually, with practice over time, you will find many things to be grateful for.

   The truth is we should all be grateful for everything in our lives, the good and the bad.  There are times when stormy weather may cloud our judgement but even in these times we must be grateful. For without hard times how would we know or appreciate the good times?

Instead of going through your day saying I have to make my kids lunch and drive them everywhere, or I have to go to work or I have to shovel the snow, start telling yourself I get to make my kids lunch and drive them everywhere, I get to go to work, I get to shovel the snow. These are gifts. Living life every day is a gift.

    If you were to die tonight in your sleep, would you have spent your last day in a perpetual state of gratitude?

   Would you have chosen to be proactive or reactive?   Do you choose Gratitude or a bad attitude?

The bottom line is that if you wake up and think of how much life sucks then everything you see and do will reflect that, but if you say thank you and feel grateful then that is what you will see. The choice is yours and it is really that simple.

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Alphabet soup for the soul – “F”

F is for Focus

“Be the change you wish to see in the world”

– Mahatma Gandhi –

What we focus on expands. Tony Robbins said “Energy flows where attention goes” and whether the energy is positive or negative this is true of everyone. No one is exempt from this universal law.

If you want to become a musician for example, then you must place your attention on that. In doing so your energy will flow there.

In order to achieve success, you have to practice by visualizing and then becoming the thing it is that you want. If you direct your attention towards this thing then the energy inside you flows directly to it.

This means you have to do the things a musician would do. You must write music, learn instruments, practice singing, learn about the mixing equipment and find places to practice live in front of people. Essentially you must focus the majority of your energy and attention on that thing.

If instead, you say I’ll start tomorrow, I’m too tired right now or I’ll start later, then your energy is now tied up in procrastination and since your attention is not on becoming a musician anymore, then you will not become that thing.

When I first started writing I had no experience. I didn’t even know the difference between a noun and a verb.

I did know, however, that in order to become a writer there is only one way. I had to immerse myself in the craft. I had to focus my energy and attention on writing by sitting down and forcing myself to write. So that’s what I did.

Every day and unsure what to write, I would set a timer and write down whatever came into my head until the timer went off.

    After doing this month after month I slowly found my style and progressively got better. 

The reason is that I focused all my attention on becoming a writer; as such my energy started flowing to where my attention was going. There is no other way to achieve the things you want.

The more you find your passions, purpose and principles the easier it becomes until one day you reflect quickly on your journey and realize that your time and energy has been steadily flowing where you put your attention.

Go into your memory bank right now and recall a time when you were stuck in a state of being mad or upset and couldn’t get unstuck. The reason is that negative energy was flowing to that thought or situation and that energy directed your attention to the loop that got you stuck in the first place.

The flip side of that coin is that we have all had moments when our energy was so bright and radiant that even an energy vampire crossing our path could not disrupt it. That is because our focus was on something greater.

By focusing all your time and energy on your dreams, that reality will expand until you become that thing.

Ask yourself where your attention flowing? If you dont like the answer then focus your energy and attention towards your dreams until they become a reality.

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Alphabet soup for the soul – “E”

E is for Earth 

“What’s the use of a fine house if you haven’t got a tolerable planet to put it on.”

Henry David Thoreau

The Earth that we occupy is drenched in various forms of life that are full of energy and intelligence, both visible and invisible to the human eye.

The energy we experience on Earth is all around us, it is in everything and everywhere. The leaves of a tree that produce food for both humans and animals is made by and infused with a higher intelligence. It is also found in insects and organisms.

Is Earth the only place that intelligent life can prosper in the entire cosmos?

As we expand our universal reach through space we will find out that undoubtedly we are NOT the only planet where intelligent life exists in such abundance, but you already knew that.

One of the most intriguing things about Earth is that it is the only planet that we currently know of where so many life forms thrive together, so completely and complexly in a web of connectivity, where all these different life forms are structured to depend on each other for survival.

Another empirically fascinating fact is that Earth is a place with such extremes that the climate you are in can kill you or make you stronger.

A place where due to gravity we see oceans and lakes stick to the earth like glue and rainwater naturally falling out of the skies. A place that can erupt, shake or burn in an effort to regain control. A planet that can speak to the global awareness of all its inhabitants to wake up.

Often referred to as Gaia, or Mother Gaia, this planetary consciousness of Earth is a living breathing thing that plays by different rules which are much more sophisticated than meagre humans can currently fathom.

As for Gaia, she got fed up with waiting for us to take to fix the problems we created and decided to clean the causeways of Venice and patched the ozone later herself. The symbiotic relationship that falls under the umbrella of Gaia depends on it.

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Alphabet soup for the soul – “D”

D is for Dharma

“It is better to live your own dharma imperfectly, than to live an imitation of somebody else’s life with perfection.”

Bhagavad Gita

Dharma is the destiny deep inside all of us, our reason for living. In Buddhism, it means ‘cosmic law and order’.

Simply put it’s the version of yourself that you are trying to get to. For context, Karma is the steps we take daily towards fulfilling our Dharma.

If you can get real quiet and shut out the distractions in the various forms that are flying at us , seemingly all day – every day, then we can start to discover our own core values and in doing so we will find our life’s purpose or our Dharma.

The easiest way is to ask the universe a bunch of questions and then get real quiet and look for the answers.

We all have our purpose buried inside us and if we start asking the questions, like a flower it will bloom and start to open up showing the most beautiful version of itself.

An example from my own life is shutting down the external noises from media, society, social media and even the people closest to me whom I love dearly.

In doing so, the answers that come forth guide me toward my dharma and it becomes clear what the overall ‘big picture’ looks like.

Dharma is not about money or getting paid. In a roundabout way, it is about others. What kind of impact do we wish to have on others? What can I do that will allow me to serve others?

If you can answer those two questions then it’s possible you have found your dharma and to reach its full potential you will need to focus your attention on that area.

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Alphabet soup for the soul – “C”

C is for Creation

The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

We are made in the image of God. It is not the other way around. This means that God is not a human-looking older gentleman sitting on the clouds, with a long Gandalf wizard-beard, staring down with contempt and judging us all from the heavens.

It does however mean that, as the book says, we are made in the image of the creat-or therefore, within everyone’s image lies creat-ivity.

You see, humans are by nature, already creative. When our creativity lays dormant it tends to atrophy.

     It’s only a matter of educating ourselves to remember what we have forgotten.  The word educate comes from the Latin Educo which means;  to educe, to bring up or to develop, to draw up and lead out. 

    We all have something inside of us longing to be birthed into creation, we just need to light our path to search for it.

    Can’t find your creativity?

Start looking for your creative genius in new areas because if you don’t know what it already is, it means you haven’t found it yet, and therefore you can’t keep looking for it in the same places.

Learn new things, view new things, feel and experience new things. You will quickly discover what you like and dont like. In doing so you will start heading down the path of your true destiny.

There are so many areas that you can focus your attention on that it simply isn’t possible to learn and experience all of them.

Explore, dream and decide what that thing is you want out of life. Focus on where the evidence of how to do that thing is because someone has already failed and succeeded at that thing. The examples you find are the stories that you need, they will show you what to do and what not to do in order to bring you towards your dharma.

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Alphabet soup for the soul – “B”

B is for Benevolence

Benevolence Dress yourself in the silks of benevolence because kindness makes you beautiful.

Richelle E. Goodrich

Benevolence and Altruism, two states that guarantee compassion, joy and well-being. Sounds simple, doesn’t it? With consistent practice it is.

We are designed to be sentient and generous beings. When we show kindness for the well-being of others we shift the focus off ourselves and in doing so forget any pain we are in both physically and psychologically . The kind of pain that keeps us stuck in lower frequencies.

The states of physical stability, physiological stability and mental calmness that come as a result of equanimity are worth installing the daily practice and discipline needed to get there.

At a physiological level our body releases the needed chemicals to signal peace and calm instead of the fight or flight signal that goes off when the stress response is turned on (the stress response for many is on constantly).

In helping others, we help ourselves to heal and once that happens we can heal others. If energy flows where attention goes then by taking attention off yourself and putting it on someone else, that means your energy is flowing to them and that is energy they can use to heal their body and heal their mind.

Once we practice emotional intelligence then we begin to vibrate higher, shine brighter and we can create from a place of love and light.

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Alphabet soup for the soul – “A”

A is for Abundance

Abundance is not something we acquire, it is something we tune in to.” 

Wayne Dyer

    God, Source, The Universe, The Feild. Whatever you call the higher power that created us and allows blood to travel substantial distances freely through our veins is providing abundance everywhere, all the time. 

This same infinite intelligence keeps us breathing while we are fast asleep, resting and repairing, regenerating and rejuvenating so every day we function at an optimal level.

The same higher intelligence also provides fruits and vegetables to nurture the body. By harnessing the sun’s power plus water as it falls from the sky, all the food needed for survival grows on trees, bushes or directly out of the ground.

The amount of food produced each year is enough to feed the whole world multiple times and it all stems from the tiniest volume of seeds which grow into full abundance right in front of our eyes.

   Made purposefully by God and given for us. The amount of abundance is greater than one can attempt to fathom.

   One day while making dinner, I cut open a pepper and there were at least one hundred seeds inside one red pepper.

    If even half turned into peppers after planting then I would end up with fifty new peppers, each with a hundred more seeds which is the same as five thousand more seeds.

After just a couple of years, you would have half a million followed by a number like 50,000,000 and on and on forever expanding.

All of that abundance comes from one seed planted with love and cared for over a much shorter time frame than one might assume. This idea works in an endless possibility of ways and means. Some are noted in this article I wrote a little while back. The brain is another great example.

Just look at how many neurons are in the human brain. As of the last count, there were 86 billion neurons inside a human brain. Is that how many drops of water are in all the oceans? How about the number of grains of sand? Is it possible that there are 86 billion stars in the universe?

   Finally, abundance can be shown through the neuron example via human evolution in learning. If scientists one hundred years ago claimed there were only 14 billion neurons in the brain and today they are saying 86 billion, then how many neurological circuits will the human brain have 100 years from now. It matters not that we didn’t have the ‘proper’ tools 100 years ago. What matters is the abundance was already there, we just couldn’t see it. 

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New years eve 2020

New years 2021 and I love you all.

As always thank you for supporting this blog. Its so humbling to have such amazing interactions with people from all over the world.

A new series series will be revealed on this blog tomorrow. To read my first series; 12 steps to spiritual awakening series click here

The newest series for 2021 Is called; Alphabet soup soup for the soul

A is for Abundance, B is for Benevolence, C is for Creation.

“A” will be released on New years day.

Every Saturday there after there will be a new letter of the alphabet.

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Cloud Cover

  The article below can be for readers of this blog but more so their friends or family members that are struggling. There is already magic in this article because the two people I shared it with both told me it helped them in unimaginable ways that indeed I can imagine. If it helped them, maybe it can help you or someone you know.

   There are times when we can get into unfavourable states of mind (thinking) and body (feeling) where things seem as though there is no hope and life seems pointless and unimportant, those are just the clouds.

   When it feels as if things will never get better those are just the clouds.

  It may get worse than it is right now, it probably will but those are just the clouds.

   We only feel that way because we are stuck in a certain mental state or mind pattern (most likely an unconscious repetitive loop. ) 

   Our thoughts are telling us lies and we just believe them without questioning them. Those are just the clouds.

   When we begin to question our thoughts we will see that most are not even true and if we dig deep enough, underneath every thought there is an inherited belief or program that is directing all of our patterns. Those are just the clouds

You, however, are the sunshine behind the clouds and that means you are always bright and always there even though there are times when it feels dark and cloudy.

All you need to do is just wait out the storm and things will be better. You know this already because you’ve seen it in your past. Every time there is a storm, every single time, the sun always comes out after, sometimes it is even accompanied by a beautiful rainbow.

 So why do the clouds feel so heavy and dark?  Because those thoughts are clouding the sunshine, but if you just get back up or hang on and don’t let go because you know that you are the sun and not the clouds, then eventually the clouds will disappear. 

 It will always get better and one day you will realize that the things you think are bad and horrible in the moment, are actually the things you need to turn into the person God intended for you to be.

When we are in these thought patterns it is also easier to not fight back, but you must fight back because your mind is tricking you. Those thoughts are just the clouds drifting by.

Things always get better because you are the Sun and those, well those are just the clouds.

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Becoming Limitless

I’ve heard people say that limiting beliefs are invisible and that you can not see them.

What if the reason we can’t see them and thus what is holding us back is that we have never actually looked.

What if then, we do look for them?

It first starts by asking why we think the things we do. The simple question of why allows us to begin the process of exploring ourselves by taking a deep dive to find out the root cause.

When we ask the question of why we do the things we do, then the answers will surely come. Our brain starts to uncover the reasons and the fabrications of the mind that were placed there by others in our past and they will start to dissolve.

If we look close than we will find out what our limiting beliefs are.


From this new vantage of knowing, we can begin to re-frame the story that we have made up in order to reshape our destiny. We replace it with a  more positive and predictable story that will serve us now and into the future.


By seeking out the limiting beliefs that we have been carrying inside us unknowingly for our entire lives, we can replace them with new beliefs. New beliefs that align with our highest purpose and our dreams. 


The First step is to look at the areas of your life that are not where you would like them to be. for this, you must do an honest analysis.

The next step is to question your beliefs. Why do I believe this? How long have I believed this?


You may find out those are beliefs that you had 20 years ago and they no longer serve you.


We must ask ourselves where do these beliefs come from?

Limiting beliefs can numb our entire world and the saddest part is we don’t even realize it. We can get stuck in unconscious cycles for decades and not even be aware that we are running someone else’s programs.

Once we see that our limiting beliefs are just a made-up story that we have been playing on repeat then we can change them and make up new beliefs. A new story that’s more compelling towards our own happiness and self-worth.

The point I am trying to make is that if we are living a life based on a belief system that we made up based on what we learned from schools, parents, media, religious leaders and society at large then it is up to us to disrupt the pattern.

What better way to do so than to make up new beliefs where we are the hero of the story and we do what we want with the one life we have on this planet. Where we are choosing to do things consciously, instead of running that playback loop that we all do subconsciously.

So start right now. Ask Why and when making up new beliefs don’t just shoot for the moon, shoot beyond the moon.

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Steps to awakening series , step 12 of 12

12. Overwhelming breaths of compassion that release tears (or almost do) as they force their way to the surface

This step produces deep wells of emotion that bubble up from inside and explode right out of the throat center. These are mental or physiological imprints from our past. These formations,  also called samskaras are stored inside us and are forcing their way to the surface for immediate release.

This step made me feel very weak and scared until I learned what it was. From the time we are born we start recording everything we see in our environment. This is how we make sense of the world around us. The stronger the emotional attachment to the perceived past event (whether it’s good or bad)  the more likely it is to leave a lasting impression. 

In particular, childhood trauma is like taking an x-ray. As the image gets snapped, our body contracts and an imprint is recorded and stays inside until it comes to the surface. We either release it or choke it back down, burying it deep inside, in which case the trauma is literally still going to be a part of us. That is why it is so important to release them right away.

Especially when we start to wake up there will be many of these deep breaths of overwhelming compassion that rise to the surface.

These are the imprints trying to escape and it is very important to allow them to escape even if it means we start crying for what appears to be no reason. A song lyric or a conversation we overhear will suddenly trigger a rush of energy that rises from the solar plexus and moves from that lower energy center up through the heart and right into the throat where we release and shed past trauma by letting go of the samskara.

This is the only way to move beyond them. If we keep them inside and bury them then they will always try to escape until we stop resisting.

Thank you for reading this series and please let me know what you have experienced during your journey into awakening by clicking the following link. https://wordsfromwalden.com/contact/

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Steps to awakening series, step 11 of 12

Step 11- You consciously surrender to the present moment

 This is what we should be doing anytime we are frustrated or find ourselves getting mad, upset, angry or even depressed at our current situation. When any of these uncomfortable negative feelings happen, we must stop as soon as we become aware and ask the simple question. “Am I surrendering to the present moment?”. We will find that the answer is always a very loud no.  Often, we try and control situations that are out of our control and that is when we see these feelings arise.

If instead, we surrender to the present, we realize that in that exact precise moment there is nothing wrong and that everything is perfect. This idea was best described by a British playwright when he said. “There is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so”. That is a quote from Hamlet by William Shakespeare, and it is accurate.

Things are simply things. It is the meaning we attach to them that makes them either good or bad. A fair example of this is stealing a loaf of bread. Some may think this is wrong however if you stole a loaf of bread to feed your children who may otherwise perish due to starvation, would it still be wrong? You could then say that it would be wrong if you did NOT steal the bread, for in not doing so you have allowed a child to die.

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Steps to awakening series , step 10 of 12

Step 10 – You embrace your future while letting go of your past

One of the main points that we have been discussing throughout this series is that when you wake up then change occurs naturally.

Therefore, we begin to embrace a new future that is different than the path we were once on. Sometimes this means letting go of certain things we use to do or places we use to go along with letting go of unmet expectations we had for ourselves from 20 or 30 years ago, in a different lifetime.

When we move from being a victim to being a creator it can be lonely at first. One thing we realize is that we are very different than even we thought we were and if we were asleep then most likely those around us are still asleep. This can be difficult however we quickly learn how to connect with others that are experiencing the same things we are.

As we learned in the previous step there is no time for the same old story and because we are too busy creating it means the past slowly dissolves itself. This is not something to fear but rather something to be truly excited about.

The strength and courage that come with this new reality will carry us forward and allow life to happen for us instead of to us.

Since the original creator made everything perfect it is safe to say that we will find the people we are meant to find when the time is right. We also start to notice that certain people show up at certain times so we can help them and in turn, they can help us move forward confidently in the correct and necessary direction towards the higher self. By embracing our future, we begin to see new opportunities and believe in ourselves more. we now know that we can literally make it up the way we want to.