Waves Of Reality

It seems that the role of the artist is to be contrary to the world.  Take the 1960’s, the news was full of war, racial strife and nuclear stand-offs yet the music doled out very positive messages.  And the hippy scene was at its height of popularity.

Once again, the world has hit turbulent times and it is up to the artists of today to spread the good news that ‘all is not lost’.  Despite the terror attacks, controversial votes and supposed incurable diseases, the future is, indeed, bright.

Blogging has become an art form, so I challenge my fellow bloggers to take up the call to counteract the mainstream media and point out the good in the world.

There are opportunities everywhere to make a better life.  All it takes is a little creative imagination to visualize a successful outcome.  Before you know it, everything is lighter, brighter and more fun.

The waves of reality are forever changing.  Let’s be part of the upswing!

NLP

Neuro-Linguistic Programming blew my mind when I first read about it in Tony Robbins ‘Unlimited Power’.  Using techniques to get what you want in life seemed too good to be true.

Where it really worked for me was losing weight.  I visualized myself thinner by forming a picture in my mind.  Making it bigger and brighter while reducing and dimming my love of junk food.  Admittedly, over the years, I have gained it all back because during a particularly stressful time I forgot to keep that slimmer picture of me in the forefront of my head.

I have only now begun to think of trying it again.  The hardest part of NLP, for me, is remembering where one is supposed to look to get the result wanted.  I shall re-read that chapter in Mr. Robbins book and give myself another go.

That is, certainly, the best part of this field of personal development, you can always pick yourself up and try again.  Here’s to positive action today. (I originally wrote ‘here’s to a positive future’ but ‘action today’ is what is needed.)

Calm The Mind

‘Keep Calm And Carry On’ is a British expression which has always spoken to me of not overthinking things to the point of panic.  There are times in our lives when we blow things out of proportion and convince ourselves that situations are worse than they actually are.  

This is all to do with that voice in our heads looking to save us from evil.  Some say it is the ego, some believe it to be intuition.  Sorting out whether the voice is good or bad is the crux of the matter.  Both can be useful under the right circumstances.  Staying calm and quieting the mind will help distinguish whether to fight or flee.

The more this is practised during non emergency times, the better one becomes with figuring out what actions need to be taken in more dire situations.  That is where daily meditation helps.  To keep the mind quiet, even for five minutes a day brings great benefits when there is a constant bombardment of thoughts steaming through your head.  

A few deep breaths and a calming of the mind will provide a satisfactory outcome.

Pathways

We are all on our own paths.  Every one of us.  And each life has a multitude of areas with which we follow a direction.  Health, career, relationships, spirituality; they all require some thought on which way we want to go along on our pathways.

There is no right or wrong as individuals must decide for themselves what makes them most joyful.  Every teacher in the personal development field says much the same thing but in their own unique way.  That is why some resonate more with others.  It is all personal preference.

Having the courage to seek out and forge our own paths can be a frightening experience, although extremely rewarding.  Yet, we all learn from those that have gone before us.  Finding our paths in life can be exhilarating.  Sharing them with others is good too so long as we realize that the ‘others’ have their own agendas as well and allow them the freedom to pursue whatever makes them happy.

This is what life is all about.  Finding what makes one happy and following that path to its end.  Whether that is the end of life or the beginning of something better.

Inspiration

Inspiration is one of those things that can not be explained nor can it be called forth on-demand.  Therefore, not many self-help books tackle this subject as it can be irrational.  Control seems to be a big part of the personal development movement and yet things like inspiration and intuition are aspects of life that cannot be harvested.

That, of course, is what makes them so exciting.  When an idea hits and there are good feelings about it, acting quickly is always rewarded.  Where, in the ether, these ideas come from does not matter nor is it easy to trust those insights.  Sometimes, the things popping into one’s head are so outrageous, taking a chance is shot down by self-doubt and a need to feel safe.

Admittedly, not every inspiration is a winner.  I would venture to say that the ones that will not go away must be acted on.  Let the chips fall where they may.

Tuning in to that inner voice (not the nagging, negative one) is a special gift.  Great things come when you, boldly, take part in audacious endeavours.  Have the courage to act on your inspirations.

These Poor Terrorists

‘Hurt people, hurt people’.  That sums up these pathetic terrorists who have decided to wreck havoc on peace-loving, democratic people.  How they must despise themselves in order to want to destroy their fellow man.  They, obviously, have never known true love; not even for their own children or families.  Otherwise, they would never project such negativity on future generations by committing such heinous crimes.

No one can spin the fact that murder is wrong.  To have to live with being a senseless killer means they are filled with hatred and it must be horrendous.  I suppose, that is why they commit the atrocities they do?

As angry as terrorism may make the general public, I feel sorry for them.  They, truly, are without love and that must be hell on earth.  They are more to be pitied than anything because when they realize the extent of their actions, it will break them.  That will be a good thing.  

They will be defeated, never fear.

Spread The Joy

No one can make you happy.  Nor is it up to you to make someone else gleeful.  Couples, often, confuse making their other halves laugh with being the cause of their happiness.

Deep-seated contentment can only come from within.  Finding that enchantment needs to be a personal, singular endeavour.  Each one of us must look inside for real fulfillment.  And as a couple, by all means, take the partner along, but do not burden yourself with a sense of responsibility for another’s bliss.

Rejoice in your exalted jubilation, it can be extremely infectious.  Spread the good cheer on, knowing you are ‘sharing’ not causing others to join in the fun.  Everyone will benefit.