Protect Your Dream

Please understand that when I refer to dreaming, I am really referring to establishing a vision for your life. What does your ideal life look like? What does your ideal career look like? What do you want out of your relationships? Where do you see yourself living?

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I believe that from the time that I wake up to the time that I go to bed , I should be engaged in activities that resonate with me? I believe that it is each persons’ right to strive to live life in a perpetual state of bliss. Bliss is defined as perfect joy. As a disclaimer, perfection is relative:) Image result for images of living in bliss

Will there be challenges? Most likely? Do my challenges have to determine my level of joy that I both feel and bring to every activity that I engage myself in throughout my day? My answer is no except if you allow them to do so. As humans, we have a unique advantage. We have the ability to grow in our individual awareness of who we are and how we relate to our world. We can make conscientious choices.

You can learn to master your thoughts, therefore, master your emotions. Set an ideal for yourself. Ideals are useful because if , by chance, you get thrown off course by an unexpected crisis, you have a point of reference. An ideal is defined as satisfying one’s conception of perfection or most suitable. Your present reality is an illusion. Your  reality is established by your perspective of what  your life is. This point can be empowering. Consciously or subconsciously,  you determine your reality. The fact that you found this blog can serve as proof that you are beginning to awaken to this fact. There is an old expression that states,” When the student is ready, the teacher will come.” The universe can be a formidable teacher.

Set an intention and work towards its fulfillment knowing that whatever vision that you have established within your “minds’ eye” MUST manifest!! It is universal law. Choose your own destiny. Dream BIG!!! Once you have established your dream, protect it from negative influences  such as “logic”. Have the courage to have an original idea. Do you realize that the vast majority of innovative thinkers in any field faced enormous criticism from naysayers and “experts”? Be very mindful of who you share your dreams with.

In many cases, people warn you against pursuing certain goals due to their own fears and insecurities. Learn to filter. Maintain high expectations for yourself even if others seem not to have them for you.

Protect your dream. Guard and nurture it as you would a baby preparing to be born. In a real sense, it is your baby. It is your creation. Take care of it. Be mindful of who you share it with. Try not to be too disappointed if others don’t see it. Remember that it is your dream not theirs. They will see it when it is realized. No matter. You can’t live your life based on others’ perceptions. This is not true life. Until next time…

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The Warrior Sage

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Most of us admire warriors. The image of the warrior represents strength, courage , nobility,perseverance and honor. The dictionary defines a warrior as a brave or experienced soldier or fighter. We respect soldiers. They protect us. A warriors’ purpose is to fight. They are trained for battle. Many live for it. It is their calling. Most warriors are willing to die for what they believe in. Many are truly honorable men and women. Some might not be as “honorable”. Some consider themselves soldiers of fortune. Nevertheless, they all have one thing in common. They have each been trained , in one way or the other, to fight. They are deserving of respect possessing qualities that anyone can benefit from emulating. They can be considered true role models.
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Let’s look at the image of the sage. The sage is defined as a profoundly wise person who is well known for his or her wisdom. It is a considered a very prestigious position. When I think of a sage, I think of an individual with vast life experience. A sage is well learned especially in the area of ancient wisdom. Powerful leaders seek out their counsel on crucial matters. A sage might go by different names such as teacher,counselor, consultant , mentor or trusted adviser. Their wisdom is considered highly valuable, therefore, in many cases, they are well taken car of. A matter of fact, many warriors have relied solely on the sages’ guidance. It is also an honorable position. Both the warrior and the sage possess qualities that are exceptional.
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Know let’s look at the warrior sage. Here , we see the best of both worlds. It is my opinion that each of us possesses the spirit of the warrior sage within us. The warrior sage represents self realization. The life of the warrior sage is an authentic life. They are true to themselves. They take responsibility for their own well being . Their sense of self worth is no longer determined by what society dictates nor do they seek others approval. They have embraced their own uniqueness. Warrior sages realize that they are part of something greater than themselves. They are one with everything and everyone around them. Their thoughts determine their reality. Every experience “outside” is a result of what’s going on inside. There are no exceptions. They embrace the journey of life and trained themselves to focus on the present. Warrior sages realize that life is meant to be lived fully. In order to do this, they focus on life balance,specifically, the physical,mental, emotional, spiritual and social aspects of life. Each is connected , therefore, affected by the other.
They also realize that everything is energy including us. What appears solid actually isn’t truly that way. Energy vibrates at various frequencies assuming the appearance of  solid, liquid or gas. Warrior sages know that their emotions are actually energy in motion. Our emotional responses are directly tied to our thoughts. Our thoughts become the things that appear in our lives. In order to have the best life experience , we must learn to stay within the present moment while training ourselves to take inventory of our thoughts. This is the key to mastery. Mastering our thoughts refers to being so aware of our thoughts that we are able to pick and choose which thoughts serve us as opposed to which thoughts sabotage us. Once we master our thoughts , we automatically experience better emotional responses. Warrior sages know this and realize that this a daily practice. There is no arrival in this area because each day brings its own circumstances with it. Each day is an opportunity to learn, evolve and grow. This view of the daily life experience leads to fulfillment.
The warrior sage is convinced that we are more than human beings capable of having  spiritual experiences rather we are spirit having a human experience.Although they are focused on the present moment in order to have the best possible human experience, they also realize that being human is one of countless experiences. Our true nature is divine and eternal. The warrior sage sees divinity in all things and people, therefore, witnesses a part of themselves. Everything and everyone is connected despite appearances.  Due to this fact, though wise, warrior sages exist in a constant state of humility. What reason do anyone of us have to think of ourselves as better than anyone else if we are all connected. Each of us is a different aspect of the whole. To compare myself to others is to insinuate separatism. We are all one, eternal and unlimited. What affects one, affects another.To harm or think negative thoughts about others is to do the same thing to ourselves. Treat others the way that you want to be treated and you will experience the same in return in one form or the other. This is a definition of love. This is the way of the warrior sage.
Warrior sages acknowledge that the nature of the universe is abundance. There is more than enough for everybody. States of lack and poverty are mere illusions. To see divinity is to see abundance( the starts in the sky, sand on the beach, blades of grass in an open filed, etc). There are symbols of abundance everywhere.
Warrior sages does not seek to fight anyone outside of themselves. They know that the true battle is within us. We are each called to battle with the constant conditioning that we have been subjected to from the time that we were each pulled from our mothers womb. We fight with our past conditioning and the various emotions tied to it in order to become truly self realized individuals. Self realization is necessary to truly be free to live this life on our own terms. True seekers of enlightenment no longer seek a shepherd because they are no longer “sheep”. At the same time, the warrior sage doesn’t seek to be anyone else’s shepherd either. They advise others to go within. They realize that each person must find their own way.This doesn’t mean that they are not open to wise counsel. Rather they seek knowledge in order to help them help themselves. They go within for guidance that they are convinced could appear , at any moment, during their life experience. They are attuned to this fact. This is the path of the warrior sage. This is the path to freedom.


No More Resolutions….. There’s a Better Way!!!

I am done with resolutions. How many people actually follow through with them? More times than not, most people fold by February. It has become a “running joke”. In order to make a true change in your life, mastery is needed. When I speak of mastery , I am referring to mastery of your mind, specifically, thoughts and emotions.

Anyone who is successful has to have a certain degree of discipline. Mind is everything. Each situation that you find yourself in is a result of your thinking.

Discipline your mind. Train yourself to pay attention to your thoughts. Choose the ones that energize you as opposed to the ones that are toxic.Perception is everything. Remember that however you perceive yourself and your  surroundings determines what shows up in your life. It is all an extension of you.

Know let’s go back to my blog title. To be honest, I chose it in order to get your attention. Actually there is nothing necessarily wrong with resolutions. If anything, this post deals with getting to the root of why most of us tend not to follow through with them. We are also looking at possible ways to change that pattern  once and for all.

Everything goes back to consciousness. Consciousness leads to empowerment.Empowerment leads  you towards establishing success in any area of your life on your terms. Your thoughts are directly tied to your perceptions which determine your emotional response. Your emotional response sends the signal. The end result are the people and situations that “arrive” in your universe. As human beings, we have an advantage.With practice, we have the ability to grow in this process of mastering our thoughts. Let’s look at some possible solutions. As we look at each potential solution, keep in mind that I am also focusing on examining ways to apply these exercises towards accomplishing your goals. Once you establish the practice of disciplining your mind, you will be able to accomplish any goal that you set your mind to accomplish.

Practice Meditation

One of the numerous benefits of meditation is learning to become more aware of thoughts.You learn to pay attention to them without being consumed by them. You are not your thoughts.

Identify Negative Thoughts

Pay attention to the negative thoughts. These are the thoughts that produce emotions such as anger, fear, insecurity,sadness etc. If you find yourself in any of these states of mind for long periods, they begin to produce toxicity in your physical being. This process leads to disease or dis-ease. These emotions result in stress which can disrupt the natural ,harmonious processes of the body. At this point,acknowledge the thought without attaching yourself to it. Once you realize that you are not your thoughts, especially the negative one’s, you become empowered. At that point, you can make a conscious choice to allow it to move on in order to make room for the thoughts that serve you.

Where Do the Negative Thoughts Come From?

Ask yourself why do you respond this way? Are your thoughts based on truth? You don’t necessarily have to be a therapist to figure this out. Are you being biased? What about the other people involved? What is your history with them? What is their story? Is it the same as yours? Each of us has a backstory as well as a different way of interpreting it. Try to put yourself in their shoes. Perhaps give each of them the benefit of the doubt that they are doing the best that they either know how or are conditioned to do. Never allow anything or anyone outside of you to determine your emotional state or sense of worth. You and only you can decide  therefore train yourself to stop taking things so personally. The only absolute truth is the one that you accept.

Look for the Positive

Practice looking for the positive side of every situation that you find yourself in especially the most challenging ones. This is especially effective when pertaining to accomplishing goals. Our challenges can derail us off course from success. Make the decision that whatever shows up in your life is their to test your resolve. How committed are you? How clear is your vision? Challenge is part of life and it is there to help us grow.There is no arrival. Consider life as a great school in which you are determined to learn. The more you learn and apply, the more you grow and evolve. You choose your destiny. It is your nature to create. However you perceive what shows up in your life determines what it becomes. Create consciously and responsibly. Thoughts do become things. There are no exceptions. You are the creator of your universe.Despite appearances, it exist to serve. The mind is the key. Once you master that, it is impossible to truly fail. It is simply another lesson leading to the eventual mastery of any situation that you find yourself. This is a daily practice.

Visualize the Intention, Then Set It

This applies to both goals and every day situations. What does your perfect day look like? What does the accomplishment of your goal look like? Which emotions do you identify with while visualizing the end result? Use your emotional response to assist you in creating the ideal scenarios.

As your confronted with momentary challenges, remember to single out the negative thoughts, dismiss them and replace them with  thoughts of positive outcomes. Expect solutions. Look for the best in each person involved. After applying these steps, practice visualizing conclusions that are win-win for everyone involved. Imagine each participant being happy with the end result. Once you have established an ideal vision , do not waiver. To set an intention, you have to make up your mind concerning the desired outcome. Do this despite appearances. Appearances are a result of past intentions whether you realize it or not. They are not based on absolute truth. Your thoughts determine that. You can set daily intentions. You can wake up each morning and visualize what your day will look like.This process applies to both short and long term goals. Once you discipline your mind, anything is possible. This is the key to everything. Consider it fruitful labor.

These are just some examples of steps leading to mastery. Mastering your thoughts and emotions are vital for the achievement of self mastery. Self mastery is necessary for accomplishing any goal as well as living an overall fulfilling life. As I wrote earlier, there is no such thing as arrival when it comes to self mastery. Each day brings with it both challenges and opportunities. Both of these situations result in growth if we take advantage of the opportunity. Once you set your mind on success, the right actions follow. It is impossible to fail. The only way that you could is if you decide to be lazy minded. By doing this, you assume the role of the victim. Regardless if whether or not you have been victimized, you are never a victim unless you choose to be one. Become a master of self as well as a student of life. Be determined to learn and actively apply what you learn every day. In doing this, you assure success for yourself. It will be virtually impossible to fail. Progress becomes a habit. You won’t have to wait till the new year to set resolutions because you will already be about it. Each year will be a continuation of ongoing success. It will become your lifestyle. To your continued success… Until next time…

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Self mastery is the foundation of continuous victory. Remember that there is no arrival. Each day set your mind to win.Practice, Practice,Practice….