Just over 11 years ago I attended Tony Robbins’ Date with Destiny course on the Gold Coast in Australia; I lived in the UK at the time. I had to identify three goals or aspirations I wanted to achieve in the next 12 months. In effect they were:
- To have ‘fixed’ my daily back pain
- Have found my amazing life partner
- Be living in Australia
Debilitating daily back pain
After damaging my back in a roller-skating race with a friend in 1992 I had daily back pain caused by a bulging disc in my lower spine. Initially it was so debilitating I couldn’t straighten my back easily for nearly three months. Over the following 13 years I was in daily back pain almost all the time to the point where I’d constantly look for places to sit or stretch when walking around markets, a favourite past time of mine.
Finally, in 2005 after consistent chiropractic (three times per week) and a generally healthy outlook on life and food, I finally overcame my back pain. In hindsight I believe it was my teacher. Prior to my back pain I had little compassion for other people’s pain, issues and problems however thanks to my back pain I believe I’ve improved in that area considerably. Continue Reading »
I had the opportunity to visit the Elephant Nature Park not too far outside Chiang Mai the other day and thought I’d share a little about these beloved animals many of us may not know much about; also you’ll realise something important if you are ever thinking of riding one.
From what we learned, there are two types of elephant – the Asian and the African. On average the Asian elephant can grow up to 4m and the African variety can tower up to 6m. I estimate that the rule of thumb is one tonne per metre height and they need to consume 10% body weight of fruit and vegetation per day to maintain their health. They were used for logging due to being powerful all-terrain loaders. When logging was banned in Thailand in 1989, their use diminished and their primary purpose has likely become tourist rides and street begging.
A Thai lady named Sangduen Chailert or Lek for short, started rescuing elephants in and around Thailand about 20 years ago as she was aware of the treatment they received in the logging and related industries and wanted to do something to help. The crux of the situation is that a tamed elephant is valuable in many ways, and a wild elephant is a veritable liability.
I adore learning and new experiences so when I was given 10 minutes to get ready and head around to a friend’s place in the old city in Chiang Mai on New Year’s day to visit a real Thai Shaman, you can imagine that 9 mins 51 seconds later I was off the phone and getting ready.
My friend Stu had been invited by the owner of his guesthouse to visit this shaman a few days ago and just before they left, the invitation was fortunately opened to me. Noi, the owner, was a well travelled Thai lady in her late 30s with Buddhist views and a Swiss husband. She had lived in many countries and spoke pretty good English and French and was forthcoming on sharing with us some wondrous stories of people who had followed this path Stu and I were now on to the shaman. Stories ranged from ‘curing’ cancers, finding purpose and other spiritual revelations, often relating to past lives.
What I share now is only my personal reflection of the event.
If the stories I’ve been told (and witnessed whist I was there with the name change) are to be believed, then there are people who are benefiting from this man. Those who chose to believe his powers can certainly benefit. As Buddha is quoted to have said:
“I will teach them illusion, till they are ready for the truth.”
At 3:10pm we got in to Noi’s BMW and navigated out of the walled city to the larger streets heading out of town. Stu and I were not sure what we should take to contribute, however we were educated that a selection of breads, milk, juices and practical foods would be perfect. We pulled in to a service station and picked these up – making sure we shared the cost so it was a contribution from us all. Apparently these foods are shared with others and are not specifically for the shaman himself and I have to admit I did like the practicality of what we purchased.
Do you know where you are going in life?
Here’s a little secret you may not realise – you don’t need to know.
When a river is flowing from the mountains down to the sea, do you think the water focuses on the ocean, or where it is going next? I feel that way too many personal development workshops get you to focus on the end goal, and I do agree that there is value in that, however on a practical basis, isn’t it more important to know where or what you’re doing next? Do you know what you’re doing for the next 6 hours? How about 24 or 48 hours? Personally I believe it is important to have a direction, however there are many ways to the destination and I think most of us would be happy knowing the next three steps.
A fantastic old skool Texan speaker I once heard named Ed Foreman said that you should focus on having a great day… and then just do that every day because after 7 days, that would be a great week, and after 52 of them, that’s a great year and so on. What I liked about what he said was that we only need to focus on what’s right in front of us, instead of worrying about the week, month, year or longer ahead.
I’m suggesting to you that you only need to know what your next few steps are towards where you’d like to be.
“Enough is as good as a feast.” Many of us aren’t quite ready to declare that we’ve found our purpose in life so focus on the next three steps – so let’s choose something and work out how long it would take to execute it, then do it. A lot of money has been spent on the methodology I’m about to explain, so if that’s anything to go by, this is valuable information. In addition, it has been said that truth is often beautiful hence simple, and these 4 steps are a recipe for harmonious action in your life.
To be continued
Confidence to fail
To have confidence, you must also have Confidence to Fail.
Without attempting things, your confidence will not grow and it really is a self-fulfilling upward prophecy if you do attempt things. You cannot not grow if you simply attempt to do at least some of the things you really want to.
People see my life and assume that I’ve always been confident – I’ve had my fair share of challenging situations, I suppose I’ve just found a way to take them in my stride. As I like to say, when life gives you lemons, smile, hand them back and say, “Actually, I ordered a travelling lifestyle of adventure and learning, thank you very much.”
I’m all for playing the hand we’re dealt and I feel I was fortunate to get a few good cards but I’m not sure if the good cards made me, or I made the good cards. I’ve lived for 11 years in a country where if I lost my job or finished a project, that I’d have 4 weeks to find another job, or I’d have to leave the country. It’s surprising how liberating it is knowing that your home could change in a heartbeat. I had to leave Australia twice during that period. My confidence has been built by smashing it against the toughest obstacles I could conjure up and I’ve benefited from all my work.
I’m encouraging you to fail
… or at least try to fail by giving it a go – say three times per week taking 6 minutes to start, stop or change something. The game of life is played down on the pitch – realise that you can leave your seat in the stands and join in whenever you like – nobody really knows all the rules, so just check it out and see.
- Desire – this is the driving force or purpose behind the main character’s behaviour
- Problem – this is a need the character is not fulfilling. The character usually focuses on his/her desire and not their real need. In order to be fulfilled, the character must develop beliefs, values and understandings that meet the need long term
- Opponents – three types: internal, intimate and external. The bigger the opponent, the bigger the hero.
- Plan – the character develops a plan to deal with the opponent
- Battle – the character usually experiences his or her own mortality and searches for meaning through this battle
- Self Realisation – the character experiences self-revelation and fulfilment of his/her desire/need. A self-revelation can be in the form of new beliefs, new values or new character traits
- Equilibrium – the character develops a new belief system, new values, or new character traits and his/her life returns to balance, the character’s real need is fulfilled.
Now that you know the sequence, look where you are in any particular story in your life. Once you’ve clarified that, check above what to do about it next, and then do it!
Imagine having nothing on your Things to Do list – what would you do with yourself??
Recently I did what Jay Abraham does in marketing – I took a concept which works really well in one field and transposed it to another; namely I train around Planning & Scheduling at work so thought I’d try it in my own life.
I’ve been working on projects with large mining companies and they have invested likely $ billions on this system so I thought that if it performs for Mining, why can’t it work for me?
4 Simple Steps
Don’t get me wrong, my list will grow again now I have this time on my hands; suffice it to say that I’ve now realised that a TTD list is a staging post of creation not a waiting room.
What I did
The four steps I’m using are: Identify, Plan, Schedule, Execute.
Do you know the whole story?
… well enough of the story to feel satisfied in life? Those who know me are aware of my insatiable thirst for knowledge to teach, well right now I’m taking a breath in between bouts of discussions of neutrinos, quarks and Planck’s length (the raw material of everything), analysis of the writings of Plato, Newton and Einstein as well as the Egyptian and Greek Mysteries to name a soupcon of the content we’re covering this week. I mention more in my last blog.
I could not ask for a more purposeful individual who has trawled the tomes of the greatest teachers of all time and amassed such a harvest of wonder-ful information to share. In this workshop, Dr John Demartini has brought together a stunning wealth of information and as he takes us on a journey through space and time, he skilfully draws the threads of knowledge together to demonstrate the beautiful tapestry of the matrix we are all a part of.
No description of a rose is as sweet as its scent and nothing I can pen could truly reflect how incredible and humbling it feels to have been exposed to such insights about the alpha and omega of wisdom.
I feel even more equipped on the voyage of discovery and actuality this has inspired in me and the vision I’ve had for many years now feels as if it has been accelerated to light speed.
Don’t take my word for it, do your own research and YouTube or read what he has to share and make up your own mind. It’s not for everyone, however I cannot emphasise enough how exciting a journey you can choose to take by getting to any event he is speaking at in your area, and specifically his fundamental course, The Breakthrough Experience.
Don’t worry, he is gentle to begin with but should you choose to take the red pill too and study more, you’ll be crossing the event horizon into a Black Hole you will emerge from, senses revitalised for a whole new perspective on life.
Thanks John, you’re not bad as teachers go…
“Shine your light so brightly it may illuminate the path for others.”
P.S. I’ve you’ve ever been exposed to John, feel free to put a comment below to share your thoughts and opinions.
Here are the links we accessed during Empyreance Sydney 2012. Mindblowing!
I reckon we covered the equivalent of a degree every day … for 10 days: Astrology, Astrophysics, Art, Poetry, Peace & War, Love, Yoga, Morals & Ethics, Higher Mind, Dreams, Death Rituals, Cosmology, Creation and so much more…
This is the full list.
Right click the link above and Save As to copy all the links to your computer and import to your browser.
- The Quants
- Louis de Broglie
- Sine wave
- e (mathematical constant)
- Aether (classical element)
- Luminiferous aether
- Zero-point energy
- Primordial soup
- Jesus Christ in comparative mythology
- Solar deity
- Electron–positron annihilation
- Greco-Roman mysteries
- Elvis Hologram, Tupac Hologram – YouTube
- Quantum teleportation
- Jacob Bekenstein
- Dyad (Greek philosophy)
- Dalai Lama
- Ancient Egyptian concept of the soul
- Primum Mobile
- Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz
- Black hole information paradox
- Syzygy (astronomy)
- Nut (goddess)
- Skip distance
- Schumann resonances
- Inverse-square law
- We are Stardust: Supernovas and the Heavy Elements | Montessori Muddle
- Beta decay
- From Planck Unit Length to Size of Universe – YouTube
- Continue Reading »
I’m at the Empyreance workshop this week with Dr John Demartini in Sydney. Currently he is my favourite (and only) teacher disseminating universal laws I’ve identified; ten days learning from the greatest by standing on the shoulders of giants. Quotes from Plato, Einstein, Keats, Anaximander, Freeman Dyson and many others massage our psyches creating relief, pressure and an overall sense of awe.
On average we spend 14 hours together per day so even after one day, 30 minutes is pitiful to share what we’ve covered, but here are a few points as well as my interpretation:
- The etymology (origin) of the word philosophy is ‘to love + wisdom’. My personal perspective of wisdom is the ability to see the same situation from more than one angle.
- Spirit aka Fire, Light, Value and Order is what helps us create expression. However spirit without matter is motionless and matter without spirit is expressionless. (this one’s for you Georgi!)
- I’ve always seen my intuition as a bridge from my unconscious to my conscious mind. Today I realised that although that may be what it is, it’s purpose is to help equilibrate (balance) our mind. When we have an unequilibrated mind, we have charge on things i.e. something is ‘bad’ or something is ‘good’. The things we think are bad, we want less of and are happy when they are gone – similarly, when we don’t get the things we consider ‘good’ we are unhappy. Plato, Nietzsche, Socrates and many others wrote about and knew there were complimentary opposites millennia ago – i.e. anything that is good, is also bad and vice versa to the same level.
And a couple of big picture points:
- ‘Atma’ means higher-self in Hindu, Buddhist, Jainist traditions. Atmosphere therefore means sphere of the soul.
- In space there is water and air in another form – its vibration is far higher than that on earth. We call them Hydrogen = water of space, Helium = fire of space. Hyrdro = water, Helio = sun.
That’s my 30 mins of wisdom for you today –what are your thoughts?
P.S. Here’s a corker to finish with: When people are not inspired by what they do, they search for immediate gratification.
Where do you get immediate gratification (smoking, drinking, shopping, eating …) and how could you become more inspired today in that area so that you don’t even have to deny the things that you do for gratification, you’re simply getting it somewhere else which is far more powerful for you and others.