Failure

For years I was told, “you’re not invincible!” This coming from an person who hides behind their own fears. Have you ever met someone who continually told you could not do something? Dealing with someone with this mentality can be very harmful to your own psyche and can have lasting effect. My advice…run away as fast as you can or merely do not share your thoughts or ideas with them or anyone.

It is not a question invincibility or not, but belief in going beyond normal boundaries established by most. The majority being the 99% of the population that believes in boundaries laid before them. This did not stop Jabez when he prayed to God for expanding his boundaries, during a time of despair.

“Oh, that You would bless me indeed, and enlarge my territory,

that Your hand would be with me, and that You would keep me from evil,

that I may not cause pain!” So God granted him what he requested.

1 Chronicles 4:10

There is clearly a significant difference between those who believe in limits and those who redefine them. Michael Jordan cut from his High School basketball team, only to prove the world how wrong they were. Abraham Lincoln never stopped:

  • 1816: His family was forced out of their home. He had to work to support them.
  • 1818: His mother died.
  • 1831: Failed in business.
  • 1832: Ran for state legislature – lost.
  • 1832: Also lost his job – wanted to go to law school but couldn’t get in.
  • 1833: Borrowed some money from a friend to begin a business and by the end of the year he was bankrupt. He spent the next17 yearsof his life paying off this debt.
  • 1834: Ran for state legislature again – won.
  • 1835: Was engaged to be married, sweetheart died and his heart was broken.
  • 1836: Had a total nervous breakdown and was in bed for six months.
  • 1838: Sought to become speaker of the state legislature – defeated.
  • 1840: Sought to become elector – defeated.
  • 1843: Ran for Congress – lost.
  • 1846: Ran for Congress again – this time he won – went to Washington and did a good job.
  • 1848: Ran for re-election to Congress – lost.
  • 1849 Sought the job of land officer in his home state – rejected.
  • 1854: Ran for Senate of the United States – lost.
  • 1856: Sought the Vice-Presidential nomination at his party’s national convention – got less than100 votes.
  • 1858: Ran for U.S. Senate again – again he lost.
  • 1860: Elected president of the United States.
  • 1864: Re-Elected.

With perseverance and determination, these famous people moved beyond the normal constraints and redefined their own boundaries. What was this magic formula?

“I didn’t fail. I just found 10,000 ways on how not to make a light-bulb.”

~Thomas Edison

Simple determination and a Dream of being something, others told them they were not, these nonconformists redefined the boundaries for the majority. One very big secret is they never told anyone their ideas until they were accomplished.

“Only those who can see the invisible can do the impossible.”

~Albert Einstein

In Tae Kwon Do basic tenets are taught: Courtesy, Integrity, Perseverance, self-control, indomitable spirit. While all are noble, the greatest of these is indomitable spirit. Indomitable Spirit is the ability to go beyond when everyone else stops at the false boundaries established by the majority. Indomitable Spirit is a summary of the other 4 tenets.

Stepping into the Canvas with an Indomitable Spirit. Knowing that my words shared with  others can have a lasting effect on my goals, thereby allowing silence to lead the way until goals are met. Through perseverance and integrity, self-control and courtesy, we can harmoniously mingle with the majority while maintaining spirit. While the Pilgrim believes in the boundaries established by others, the Warrior breaks these boundaries…and redefines them for the rest.

The Pilgrim calls on others to aid, when the Warrior calls on His Creator…

I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. -Philippians 4:13

Unplugging the Noise

Knowing when to unplug may often remain in the shadows of daily distractions, but knowing when to unplug is very important. Some do the weekly thing, either on Saturday or Sunday whichever Sabbath they follow, while some do monthly excursions or take yearly trips. The key is to incorporate them into our routines. If we do not, we run the risk of spinning out of control.

It is becoming more common to take a fer-lo day (for loafing day), to recharge our batteries. I prefer to call this “ME” time. We all need to take selfish me time, only to recharge and give selflessly once more. To be selfish or selfless? In this instance it is necessary to balance both ideologies. We have to be selfish at times, only to remain selfless. Therefore…true Love comes from first being selfish!

Today is my day to take that selfish “Me ” time. Heading North with my son and we are getting away for the weekend. The weather promises to be gorgeous and the company is always warm.

Stepping into the Canvas with a selfish attitude today, only to emerge selfless once again. As the Pilgrim often remains in selfishness, the Warrior often emerges from selfishness and travels in the Light of Selflessness. May your weekend be Warm and inviting, allowing the Magic to flow freely into your life.

Love, Light and Life…Joseph

Oneness

Many spiritual traditions discuss oneness or becoming One with the Universe, but what does this actually mean? Oneness is a feeling a person gets when they see themselves as a Divine Creation part of the collective whole. They see themselves as everything or everyone around them, contemplating their every actions as cause and effect. Their actions carefully planned, as they may effect the next seven generations.

Judgment becomes a thing of the past with self-actualized people, as they see themselves as part of the collective body of  Universe.  When they admire a quality in person, they are admiring a part of themselves they like…or hope to emanate. In opposition, they show anger towards negative behavior mirroring negative parts of themselves. Referred to as the Shadow Affect, Debbie Ford has brought much awareness to this field of study. While the majority looks in the mirror and sees themselves,  the self-actualized looks in the mirror and sees everyone else.

Looking beyond the mirror, we look beyond flaws of the flesh. It is during the identifying process of our imperfections, that we gain perfection. The path of the enlightened is first seeing that we are not perfect. Next is seeing all imperfections as perfectly imperfect. When we see the collective whole as imperfectly perfect or vice versa, then we have found Oneness. Lao Tzu discussed The Way, Jesus discussed the Way, Buddha Discussed the Way, Zoroaster Discussed The Way, even Homer Simpson discussed The Way (ok, maybe not Homer Simpson but his distant cousin Homer, author of Iliad and the Odyssey). The result of The Way is…Oneness. We become One.

When we find oneness we essentially come to a place where “All Is Good.” No bitterness and only Unconditional Love. Co-creating the life we always dreamed of, we begin the descent down the river singing, “Row, Row, Row your boat. GENTLY down the stream. MERRILY (with much emphasis on merrily), MERRILY, MERRILY…Life is but a dream.”

Stepping into the Canvas singing this childhood song, paddling only when needed. Drifting effortlessly down the stream of Life, we no longer worry about when we will reach our destination or how we will get there. Instead we Let Go and We Let God. Faith is our navigator, hope is our first mate, and Love is the name on the back of our boat.

Beyond the Mirror

If I am you and you are me…
Then why do I feel the need to change you?
If your thoughts are my thoughts and my thoughts are your thoughts…
Then why do I try to persuade you?

Is it because I gaze upon the mirror
Disturbed and in disgust?
Seeing my own faults,
Projecting them unto you?
My own negativity
Disgusted only by yours?

Look past the mirror…
Beneath the surface.
Look past the negativity…
Only beauty remains.
Seen within you,
It shall be seen within me.

If my thoughts are your thoughts
And your thoughts are my thoughts…
Once I see past the flesh,
You will too.
Seeing the divine being
That I am,
I now see you as the same.
If I am you and you are me,
Then we are one in the same.

Namaste.

New World Order

Whatever the path or however we get there, we strive for eternal bliss. Many traditions speak of this as something attainable in the afterlife, while many masters speak of it being present in this lifetime.

Martin Luther king Jr. Spoke, “I have seen the glory and the coming of the Lord…I have seen the promise land!” The promise land is available in present time and attained with a new perception of reality. While old perception viewed the world as ‘Hell on Earth,’ our new perception changes it to “Heaven on Earth.” ‘As above, so below’ becomes a reality.

Buddha spoke of removing fear of suffering. His lesson was not to ignore it, but to see every possibility as a lesson for growth. Even in our darkest times, there is light. When we transcend fear we return to the way it was in the beginning and “All is Good.”

Jesus spoke a similar message. As he spoke of Love intertwining throughout all the laws laid before us. Through Love we our given the keys to “Heaven on Earth,” and free to access at anytime. He was The Way and the Light and showed us that we are a part of this Light. Be The Way.

Numerous teachings speak of “a living death.” When the shift takes place, into the afternoon of our lives (Carl Jung), we have an opportunity to begin again or ‘as it is written’… Born Again. While some will be born again into the afternoon of their lives, others will remain a rotting corpse…remaining in their own living death.

Being born into a New World is not what everyone says to be fearful of. It is not about absolute power or control…not in this world. When an person sees through fresh eyes of spirit, they only see all as good. All of the modern details of society disappear, government issues have no meaning, and poverty is a part of the plan. Being born again we no longer see as  an individual, but as a collective whole.

The New World order is not be feared as a global issue, instead as an personal issue. When every human being takes an active role in being their authentic self, then and only then will we see the New World. In the meantime, stay clear from scare campaigns speaking of global take over and return to what matters most…being you and being in Love. All of the prophesies ever written involve the individual: the darkened nights shall be upon us and we shall be born into a new light; the end of the world as we know it, only to be reborn into a taste of Heaven.

Those willing to let go and Let God, shall have paradise; those who cling to false reality of fear and anger shall remain in Hell for all eternity. The New World Order shall be governed by one body, controlled by one religious group, and embodied all within the self. You are the New World and shall govern it as you see fit.

Stepping into the Canvas letting go of all doubt and fear. While the world crumbles around us, remain in balance. In balance, the world is at Peace…at least in the individual world. Some say it’s delusional…I say thank you.

Namaste.

Alone and Scared

Laying alone in this room.

No one else around.

Will they come to pay their last respects,

Or remain an empty room?

Sadness fills the halls,

Failing to see the celebration.

When my time has come,

I hope to have left my mark.

Thoughts of the past,

Now anew.

Do nothing,

All I need to do.

My mark etched…

In every stone

From here

To Nantucket…but I did nothing.

Come in Tokyo

When I was a teen, a close friend and I would isolate ourselves on the playground and “tune in.” We could be heard making radio sounds and yelling “Come in Tokyo.” Not knowing what we were doing and thinking we were strange, the other kids left us alone. We were both a couple of kids going through our first set of life changes, with deepened voice and hairy armpits around the corner.

Still in our innocence, we pretended to tune into a higher plane of consciousness. Having no idea what this meant we would soon lose our innocence and our means of connecting with our higher selves. The next twenty years would prove up and down…until one day…a voice would speak. This voice spoke with much authority and I trembled at His tone. The voice told me to “Sell my cleverness and Purchase bewilderment (Rumi).” Suddenly a light went on as If I were in darkness for the past thirty-five years. This voice spoke once more…”You can choose to be happy or you can choose to remain in sadness. The choice is yours and yours alone. Whichever you choose, that is where you will remain.”

I surely do not want stay in darkness and no longer enjoy the up and down swing of this ride…yes…I choose Happy. How do I get there?

“Just choose happy: Be happy, surround yourself with happy people, do whatever makes you happy, and for goodness sakes let go of those self-defeating thoughts!”

How do I get rid of the negative thoughts?

“Simply replace them with positive thoughts. It really isn’t that difficult. Whatever you are thinking, ask yourself does this make me feel good? If not, then find a replacement thought that does.”

This sounds to easy.

“It is! It is that easy. Remember that book you read about Management Today? It mentioned it to you, but you missed the message…If you can’t make it…fake it until you can make it. All those self-help people talking about positive affirmations…why do you think they do it? They are retraining their brain to Make It!”

So, you are saying I will be retraining my brain? How will I do that?

“As you rewire thinking with positive thoughts, neurofibers make new connections emitting more positive thoughts. The neuroplasticity of your brain allows remapping to commence.”

So what do I do? Do I ignore this voice? No way. In the past, anytime I ignored this voice, pain was sure to follow. According to this voice it was my psycho-somatic response, to my self-defeating beliefs, which caused me pain. I choose Happiness…and I will fake it until I make it!

That was several years ago and can truthfully say that I have made it. Where am I? I am here…and the journey has just begun.

Are you stuck in between thoughts? Do you have a desire to make changes in your life? Then I double-dog dare you to make the change! Fake it until you make if need be, but take that first step towards happiness. IT ALL BEGINS WITH A SINGLE THOUGHT.

Knowing what I know, I invite you to tune into this frequency. This frequency will give you everything that you desire and will turn the simplest of music into a full orchestrated symphony. Tune in, listen to that voice and trust that all will be good…It will never let you down!

“When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project,

all your thoughts break their bonds: Your mind transcends limitations,

your consciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourself in a new, great,

and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive,

and you discover yourself to be a greater person by far that you ever dreamed yourself to be.”

~Patanjali

Stepping into the Canvas letting go of the extra baggage that has weighed me down. Lighter and more vibrant, able to run freely shouting at the highest of mountains…I Am Free and I am Here! Today is my day! Say this with me and repeat this as necessary as often…”This is the day, the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad (Psalm 118:24)!”