The World is More Than We Imagine It to Be

There is no such thing as ‘the world’ only a collection of ‘perception bubbles’ that attempt to understand it.

Although the environment appears to exist independent of perceptions and beliefs, the perceptions and beliefs of billions eventually become expressed as part of ‘the world’ we observe.

In attempt to simplify the complex, the brain is good at taking a small amount of information and trying to complete the picture with imagination. For example its easy for most of us to imagine space being full of black holes, worm holes, other galaxies and alien civilizations even though we have never left our own planet. These are mental projections of reality, not actual reality.

Similarly our brains attempt to fill in the blanks on less far-out concepts like THIS world. Again our perception bubbles are full of mental projections, that contain very little of actual reality.

Very simply this means there is ALOT we cannot possibly know, no matter how hard we try. We are limited by our perceptions and our perceptions limited by a narrow range of experiences over a finite amount of space and time (at least for now).

Put another way, ‘the world’ is way more than the limitations of your ‘perception bubble’ could ever conceive it to be.. unless your awareness existed in all places at all times. So why limit your imagination on what reality can be? What you can create? Or who you can become? Clear out all the limiting beliefs and attempt to see reality as it is, full of potential just waiting to be unleashed!

We are all part of ‘the world’ we are defining. And moment by moment your focus, your creations and who you are becoming literally CHANGES the world as we know it. It may not be totally visible at first, but its happening, right this very second. We all desire to change ‘the world’ to some degree, and we are… right now!

Working Through the Heart

The more I work with people on the heart level, the more I realize how much work there is to be done.

Everyone’s story speaks about damage to the heart at some point. And in most cases, the reaction to heart pain is heart closing, as a way to prevent future vulnerability. On top of this there is often a layer of sadness and on top of the sadness (to avoid feeling weak) a layer of anger acts as a kind of false strength. This false strength also causes a person to judge their behavior (and others) harshly.. for example it might say “you only cry if you are weak” when crying is the very thing you might need to do to release charged up emotions in your heart.

I often see people say to themselves that it happened a long time ago and its not relevant any more. But what I’ve found is that emotions are timeless and they are just as fresh and relevant as the day they happened. What’s great about this is that through working in the moment, you can also release charged emotions in an instant! Time does not matter. Solutions come quick when you are working through the heart.

What may take time is the reconditioning of the brain, to adjust to the new conditions of the heart. As thoughts have a tendency to to resurface again and again unless you let them go and recondition new ones. You can do this through monitoring your self talk and feeding yourself with positive affirmations or self-hypnosis on a regular basis (there are $.99 audio programs for this).

In the physical world much of people’s behaviors stem from their reaction to this initial heart pain by a family member, a lover or even a bully. The behaviors, the labels and the story they tell about what happened is all surface level and hides the true source of the motivation – the damaged heart where the energy still resides.
By working at the heart level its possible to transform the entire experience of ourselves and others.

This awareness is not only important to our development but also to ensure that we absolutely minimize the damage we might cause to another person’s heart, especially those who have let us in.
Trust is a very sacred agreement between hearts and is perhaps where can inflict the greatest good or harm to our karma.

Health – The Ultimate Form of Leverage

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I was asked by a dear family member for guidance on how to heal. They are very sick and have late stage cancer.

While I believe some diseases happen based on genetics or random chance, I always look to the factors we can control first like what’s going in? Into the mouth, lungs or skin.

What goes in, eventually ends up in the blood stream and circulates through every part of the body.

The blood stream supplies all nutrients to the billions of cells that try to run efficient processes for regeneration and repair. The blood is also the primary avenue for waste removal.

Bottom line, if you have clean, alkaline, nutrient rich blood, It matters less if you were born with some genetic condition, you give the body the best chance to avoid disease or heal itself. And at the very least, you give the body the best chance of operating at its full potential in spite of any condition.

Beyond upgrading your repair and defense capabilities, benefits of healthy blood also includes: higher energy, better mental clarity and better physical appearance.

So how do you achieve clean, alkaline, nutrient rich blood?
Again – by what goes into your mouth, lungs or skin.
Something you usually have 100% control over.
Lets focus on the mouth for a moment.

The biggest illusion you must overcome:
Stop evaluating what you eat or drink on the basis of taste.
Taste served us well in more ancient times when the only sweet thing was fruit. Now we have refined sugars, artificial sugars and flavoring that are known to cause cancer and definitely stress the system that tries to maintain a delicate balance over things like acidity vs alkalinity and blood sugar levels.
I stopped evaluating what I eat on the basis of taste and give food or water priority based on what it will do for my blood.

Now before you freak out wondering if you will ever be able to eat your favorite food again, YES – but I suggest you designate only ONE day a week and you plan it in advance to maintain your discipline. This little
‘escape’ will give you something to look forward to and ensure that your body doesn’t go into open rebellion to get what it wants.
For example I have Saturday sweet day, with the exceptional birthday or holiday and I stick to it 99% of the time (Not perfect :) )

People that eat food for taste have all kinds of rationalizations and excuses for why they do it. Here are some of my favorites:
“Everything in moderation..”
“Its not every day..”
“I eat pretty healthy, OTHER people eat much worse than I do.”
“We are all going to die some day- might as well enjoy it”
“I have been eating like this all my life, I am not going to stop now”
“When its your time, its your time..”
“So-and-so ate did x behavior (ate bacon, smoked cigarettes.. Etc.) his whole life and lived to be 95″

All excuses use some layer of faulty logic to justify a behavior that is ultimately: not good for the blood.
- Comparing themselves with poorer examples
- underestimating how frequent the activity occurs
- using the people that lived into old age with bad habits as the example and forgetting the millions of others with the same bad habits are already dead.

At the end of the day, I am all about results.
It doesn’t matter if you are in denial, results are results.

Everything you put in your body and ultimately your blood, is a cause set in motion. Which means, its going to have an effect, 100% guaranteed. Now whether those causes will produce effects like sickness, disease or cancer, depends on other factors like genes how tolerant your body is before it breaks down. But ALL EFFECTS are cumulative, meaning they add up over time. This means everything you do is either aiding or putting strain on your body and you are either increasing or decreasing the probabilities for a desirable outcome.
Fortunately the body is always self repairing and so even if you made poor decisions in the past, NOW is always the best time to make better ones.

Success is all about increasing probabilities. And if you could walk into a casino and tilt all the odds in your favor so that you walk out a virtually guaranteed winner – why wouldn’t you do that with your health? In addition, health is not only about living longer and disease free, its also about the benefits that come with ALIVENESS every day, which cannot be understated.

Health effects every area of your life, from your relationships to your financial success.

Think about how your ability to think, plan or be productive might be handicapped if you aren’t operating at peak levels of health?
How much do you think your levels of energy and people’s feeling of attraction towards you are effected by your health?

I can only tell you from personal experience that when health became my top priority, everything changed dramatically for the better. My skin cleared up, my energy soared and everything else in my life seemed easier and more enjoyable.

Energy is everything to the experience, and health is everything to energy.
I now see health as the ultimate lever for getting leverage not just on your life but also in your work.

By controlling what you put in your mouth, you will also experience greater personal power and discipline. It seems like such a small act; being the gatekeeper- but it has huge consequences on your ability to override impulsive behaviors in every other area of your life.

Discipline can be a scary word, but its importance has been downplayed too much in our culture with too many excuses given on why its not possible to be more disciplined.

Like all things, don’t take my word for it, do an experiment. Instead of comparing yourself with other people’s poor habits start comparing yourself with the best version of yourself, you at your full potential.
- If you had level 10 energy, how might that change your experience?
- Change your experience with others?
- Effect your productivity and performance? Your overall fun!?
- Is the benefit of eating what you want, whenever you want, solely
on the basis of “because it tastes good” or “its more convenient” worth more to you than higher levels you could be living if you brought a higher level of discipline to your game?
- What could you start doing immediately to take it up a notch?
- How about several notches?
- What would you need to do in advance to avoid excuses like convenience as a way to rationalize eating poorly?
- Can you not prepare and bring food with you?
- What other excuses do you have ?
- How can you overcome them in advance, before they come up?

Because health is the number one factor for leveraging everything else in your life – if you solve this piece of the puzzle, everything else will get a whole lot easier!

The Two Best Strategies for Changing Your State

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The thing that gets most people in trouble, is their strategy for changing their state.

Changing your state is not simply a nicety or luxury, it is as important as survival needs like food, water, sex and shelter. In fact in some cases, people will give up even these basic human needs including risking life itself, for that all important: change of state.

What is a change of state?
It is more than just a change in mood, although that is part of it.
It is a desire to change the experience. And ultimately, change the channel on consciousness.

Change of state means going from point A of conscious experience to point B. And sometimes eliminating conscious experience altogether through sleep, deep meditation or drugs.

What are other examples of changing state?
It is the lovers, sitting on a bench, gazing into each others eyes
It is eating food not because you are hungry but because you are craving some other kind of stimulation.
It is the world traveler hungry to experience a new culture
It is playing your favorite sport
It is engaging in your favorite hobby
It is watching a movie or television or a stupid YouTube video
It is drinking alcohol and smoking pot or any number of substance induced state changes
It is speaking from a stage, creating art, or engaging infinite variety of passions
It is the process of attraction, dating or having sex
It is skydiving, it is deep-sea diving, it is the explorer in the mountains
It is the daredevil flying a plane under a bridge or any number of risk taking activities
It is physical activity like walking, running or extreme
It is going to a new place
It is moving into that new home, or buying that new car or wardrobe
Its connecting with friends or family

All state change is preceded by the idea: “I NEED to experience something different from where I am at THIS MOMENT”

Now here’s where it gets interesting.. We have been taught, through Maslow’s hierarchy of needs for example: that humans start out with basic survival needs and once those needs are taken care of, needs shift upwards in an orderly fashion, to security, status and eventually all the way to self-realization and self-transcendence . While on some level human needs do evolve as they get met, it is not always so linear. In fact it has been my observation that some humans NEED to simply experience a change state, even if it their approach contradicts some of their more basic human needs.

Look at the celebrity or politician that is willing to sacrifice their position, status, and security of a good family, to change his state in a love affair. Or the drug addict that is willing to give up food, water and shelter for the high he gets off the crack pipe.

We are all under the influence of the need to change state. And our strategies for doing so ultimately dictate the habits we form, the risks we take and the kind of lives that we live.

The need for changing our states also has a built in self-correcting mechanism. As long as we don’t kill or permanently damage ourselves in trying to change our state, we will try something else. We will keep moving up the ladder from a level 1 experience to a level 10 , as long as we do not settle for 2 because its better than 1, and or adopt the belief that we have no other options.

I believe this core need (to change state) is often overlooked because ‘change’ is like the water that fish swim in. We hardly notice it because it is always there. The need for changing your state can occur many times in a single hour. And with the advances of things like civilization, free markets, internet and technology, the number of options available to us has grown significantly.

SOLUTIONS

Meditation
In todays age, our brain is on stimulation overdrive.. Fortunately our brains require sleep otherwise the wheel of thought would be in constant motion.

But as soon as they wake up.. the wheel starts picking up speed again. The only way to slow this wheel down consciously and take back control of the brain is through meditation, in fact with the onslaught of mental stimulation from the external environment, this strategy is becoming more essential than ever to preserve mental health.

Meditation allows you to slow the wheel of thought down and observe them, and re-choose where you want to be rather than get caught in the chaos at the surface. It is the equivalent of a mental reset button.

And if meditation is the answer for the mind, exercise is the answer for the body.

Exercise
If you have tried to meditate and failed to slow the wheel of thought down, its likely because your body needed to burn out the excess energy accumulated in the muscles through adrenaline caused by a ‘fight or flight’ response triggered by the threats or overwhelm of daily living. The muscles are literally prepared to fight or run as an instinct from earlier times when our ancestors were under real physical threat, and so this tension in the muscles NEEDS a proper outlet if you hope to restore balance in the system.

Key points
- The need for changing your state can sometimes grow stronger than basic survival needs
- Your need to change your state, happens rapidly throughout the day
- Your strategies for changing your state will determine the consequences in your life (positive or negative)
- the best strategies like meditation and exercise not only serve your short term needs to change state, but also strengthen you and serve your best long term interests as well.
- taking a short cut to change your state quickly without assessing the risks both short-term and long-term is impulsive and foolish

Bottom line:
1 – Be aware of your NEED to change state. If you aren’t prepared to make big necessary changes, your brain often seeks a variety of distractions to change your state in small ways.
2 – Develop a list of high value activities that help you raise the energy or at least reset your mind and body – and make them your go-to default when you experience that need for a shift.
3- Notice any unhealthy routines that are your current ‘go-to’ solutions for changing your state, that do not really serve your or others best interest. Refer back to points 1 and 2.

Remember:
- Create and condition a high value routine to experience positive state changes all day long!
- Be prepared to make the big shifts when necessary, so you do not get swallowed up in distraction or riskier behavior as a coping mechanism.