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A Simple Way To Define Your Own Success

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Often we have dreams of success without understanding the motivation behind those dreams; we don’t know why we want them because they’re often not our own dreams. Rather, they’re success-goals we have created as a result of being conditioned to think we should want what we’ve been taught to want.

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For example, in many entrepreneurial circles, breaking 6 figures is a major dream — a success landmark. This is why a lot of marketing focuses on that dream, preying on people with lines like, “I’ll teach you how to earn 6 figures in 6 months.” (which is total BS)

And if you’re reading this thinking, “I’m an entrepreneur and I want 6 figures,” then my question to you is: Do you even know why you want it?

Do you want it because you hear about it so often that it feels like what you should want, or is there a precise reason for it? And what exactly does it look like to have 6-figures?

Often we want things and we don’t know why we want them.

Here’s another example:

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You’re in a yoga pose, let’s say butterfly pose: you’re sitting on the ground with the soles of your feet together, hinging forward from the hips, bringing your forehead towards the ground. You force and push and so badly want to get your forehead to touch the ground — yet you don’t even know why you want it.

That example I first heard from one of my favourite teachers, Bryan Kest, of Power Yoga in Santa Monica California. And it’s a brilliant metaphor for life:

Because we’re forcing and hurting ourselves trying to achieve some landmark, and we don’t even know why we want it.

And the thing is: we won’t be any healthier or happier by getting our forehead to the ground. I mean, sure, if it happens, we may have a moment of ego-happiness that we achieved it, but that moment is quickly lost, and worse — we’ll feel deflated when we realize that we went through all that, and we’re not any happier.

And then we get confronted with the question: what do we want? And what will bring us happiness?

So often we want things without ever considering the motivation behind those desires.

So here’s what I recommend:

Get a clear picture of what it means to you if you did land 6-figures in income or accomplished some physical goal. Go beyond the surface and get clear on what you really want and why.

Let’s take the 6 figure example:

Does 6-figures represent more freedom or less stress? Does it mean that your business is in a stable position or that you get to live in your dream home?

For example, you might be striving for a dream home in a snazzy neighbourhood, but do you know why you want that?

Do you want it to prove to others that you’ve “made it,” or is there something about that environment that makes you feel good on the inside/on a soul level?

As you can see — this game of getting clear on what you want and why, can go through several layers as you move towards deeper clarity.

Here’s an example:

  1. Random Goal: “I want 6 figures”
  2. More Specific Goal: “I want it so I can have a dream home and take a nice vacation”
  3. Deeper Goal: “That dream home makes me feel connected and helps me create my best work. And being able to take vacations helps revive my spirit”
  4. Deeper Understanding: “Well, I’m starting to see that I feel just as connected living in the nearby town where houses are half the price. I guess I’m seeing that what I really want is to be able to afford a home where I feel connected and peaceful so that I can create in peace and do work I enjoy”
  5. A New Perspective: “I guess my goal has nothing to do with 6-figures after all…”

The power of this game is it helps give you clarity about what you really want.

Let’s turn this all upside down for a moment:

When was the last time you felt amazing? Where no matter how much money was in your bank account or how fit you were, you were satisfied and happy? It’s a feeling of completeness that comes from the inside and nothing on the outside could disrupt it.

I’ll give an example from my own life: When I’m out in nature, there have been many times when I stopped dead in my tracks flooded with gratitude and the empowering knowledge that, “If I had a million dollars, nothing would change right now. I wouldn’t be wearing anything different, I wouldn’t be feeling or thinking anything different.”

Those are the moments of ultimate success – the moments that highlight for us what we really want, and show us what it means to live our dream life from the inside right now.

Think about what you want from the inside, how you want to feel, what it means to you to have something, and from there — work outwards.

Eckhart Tolle really puts it nicely: “If you get the inside right, the outside will fall into place”

And that’s what it’s all about. Instead of running after the 6 figures or the full expression of a yoga pose, think about what you actually want and why you want it.

Often what you’ll come to see is that anything that’s missing can become complete by working on the inside first.

So if you think you want 6 figures so that you can have a stable business and live in a nice home where you can feel free and peaceful — focus on feeling free and peaceful. From there what you really want will become evident.

Because a change in external circumstance doesn’t always fix things – as Biggie taught, “The more money we come across the more problems we see.” Not that that is necessarily true, but it can become true if you don’t get the inside right.

Many people with 6-figure+ incomes have more stress and less freedom than someone living off 15K a year (and if your jaw dropped thinking that’s way below the poverty line by North American standards, read this for inspiration.

In any case, if you only focus on the outside without taking the time to get clear and understand why you want what you want, you can end up getting yourself in a worse mess than you started with.

Instead of chasing things blindly, chase with purpose.

Understand why you want what you want from the inside, then take conscious action to help the outside result unfold.

For more tips on taking conscious action on your dream projects — get your free copy of The 5 Keys to Start and Finish Your Projects and a meditation audio for clarity. Sign up at www.tovapayne.com.

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An Animation That Beautifully Explores ‘The War On Consciousness’

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In Brief

  • The Facts:

    Many feel there is a great effort to suppress human consciousness. Not just our will, but the exploration of who we truly are. This shows up in many ways, originating top-down from corporations to governments etc.

  • Reflect On:

    There is no actual 'war.' This is a state of perception. If we see it as war, we create fighting. Instead, let's simply evolve and expand our consciousness knowing we're more powerful than those who suppress. Spreading knowledge and living it is key.

The animation below is great and Graham Hancock’s message in it is also powerful, but I want to address something important quickly before we start, as what I’m about to say is a crucial part of the message we have been working so hard to convey here at CE since inception.

I get that ‘the war on consciousness’ is a figure of speech in the case of this talk, but with 10 years working in this field of journalism and consciousness, I do see many of us getting caught up in the idea that we have to fight and that there is a war to be won.

I see this as a state of consciousness that will keep us locked in a state of disconnection and loss of power.

Moving Beyond A Key Myth

One of the biggest myths that gets spread around this movement is that we must get angry to change the world. The truth is, some of us might get angry at first, and that’s totally fine! But we have to shift beyond the consciousness of being angry about our world before we can change it in any way that will TRULY cause change.

When we change things out of anger, spite, judgement or anxiety, we don’t create systems from the heart, this we will need to break them down again in a very short time. Not because we have evolved beyond them again, but because they are systems created from a polarized state of being. THIS is what we’re moving beyond in this shift.

Change Starts Within.

This is neutrality in action. This is how we evolve beyond what we see in our world.

What does it mean to evolve beyond it? It’s to be in a state of being and emotion where these events can no longer happen. When you assume you must fight for something, you are saying that there needs to be a fight, thus you are met with a fight. That emotion and idea comes from a disconnected state of consciousness where we can still create that experience.

If we as individuals evolve beyond the need for the fight, it would mean to be in a state of being where we do not need to see the fight. That comes from changing our view and perception of something.

Being present, being here now, and not identifying so strongly with the body, our identity, culture, skin color, struggle etc is powerful. We instead see and live in a state of being where we practice the knowing of our pure potential, living through the heart, collaborative oneness and true heart guidance.

Thus, to evolve beyond it is to change your state of being so that this type of reality no longer exists as it can’t be created from that new state of being. When we achieve this collectively, it no longer exists in our world.

Now that I got that out of the way, one last note is, Graham Hancock will speak of psychedelics in his talk. They have become incredibly trendy today, and while they can help people, research is suggesting this happens when done in specific ways and with specific intentions. Many are starting to put all their power into these plants as if it will do the work for them. They don’t, and won’t.

You can also achieve these exact same insights without the use of these plants. It’s important we maintain a grounded and realistic approach to these plants so they can be used with respect and for their intended purpose. We explore the purpose of psychedelics deeply in an episode of The Collective Evolution Podcast here.

 The ‘War’ On Consciousness

This animation was created by the talented team over at After Skool. You can check out their channel here.

Transcript

What is death? Our materialist science reduces everything to matter, materialist science in the West says that we are just meat, we’re just our bodies. So when the brain is dead, that’s the end of consciousness, there is no life after death, there is no soul; we just rot and are gone. Actually, many honest scientists should admit that consciousness is the greatest mystery of science and that we don’t know exactly how it works.

The brain is involved in it some way but we’re not sure how. It could be that the brain generates consciousness the way a generator makes electricity, if you hold to that paradigm, then, of course, you can’t believe in life after death, when the generator’s broken, consciousness is gone. But it’s equally possible that the relationship — and nothing in neuroscience rules it out – that the relationship is more like the relationship of the TV signal to the TV set, and in that case, when the TV set is broken, of course the TV signal continues. And this is the paradigm of all spiritual traditions, that we are immortal souls temporarily incarnated in these physical forms.

If we want to understand consciousness, the last people we should ask are materialist scientists. Instead, we should look at ancient cultures, like the Egyptians, who highly valued dream states. Many ancient cultures around the world used hallucinogenic plants to understand consciousness and expand their minds.

However, in today’s society, visionary plants are highly illegal because they promote a state of consciousness that does not agree with the agenda of profit. Substances, like coffee, alcohol, sugar and pharmaceuticals, are forced upon the population, but possession of even small quantities of cannabis, Ayahuasca or psilocybin will land you in jail. If we do not recognize the right of adult sovereignty over consciousness, then we can NOT claim to be free.

Look at what our moderns state of consciousness has done. We have destroyed the natural gifts of the earth in pursuit of short-term, selfish gain. We must reconnect with spirit immediately or else we will encounter disaster. Visionary plants could be the remedy for our current sickness.

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Smiling At Cashiers & Other Sparks Of Divinity

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  • The Facts:

    It is possible to have profound experiences in some of the most mundane encounters with others.

  • Reflect On:

    How would your life change if every interaction you had with other people was infused with the conviction that we are all one?

It’s one of the things I like to do, as the receipt is being put in my hand: offer a grateful ‘thank-you,’ and look in the cashier’s eyes for an extra split-second and smile, and see if they are ready to share a spark of divinity that crosses between our souls.

Sometimes they are, as happened to me recently at a ‘No Frills’ express lane. I looked at the girl as she handed me the bill, she looked at me, and then came the recognition in her eyes, in her smile, whether conscious or not, that we are connected, that we see each other, that we are grateful to be alive to have this kind of experience. Magic.

Sometimes the cashier is not ready, and my smile is met with a furtive glance, back to the next matter at hand, the next customer in line. No matter. No effort to connect is wasted. Some of the energy still gets through and gives the person a lift.

Sometimes it is me who is not ready, and the smile from the cashier awakens me into appreciation. Imagine, they are the ones working a long, tiring, repetitive job and they take a moment to wake ME up!

When the cashier is efficient, friendly, light, then my appreciation for what they are doing pours out into that moment. When the cashier is slow, tired, fed-up, it is not so easy for me. But at times, I am prepared to take the opportunity to help reconnect that person to the vitality of life. Have you ever eased a busy, ragged, overwhelmed cashier into a moment of divinity with a warm smile of empathy? Have you ever made a frowning, wrinkled face light up? Try it! This may be the best experience of them all.

Learned Practice

I’m just grateful to have found this practice. It did not come naturally to me. I was always shy, cautious, pensive, ‘in my head’. It was through years of watching a few trusted friends, seeing how they interacted easily and openly with strangers, that I started to try to adopt a new approach.

I had long been a student of philosophy and spirituality. But if the study of esoteric matters remains on the pages, in the words, in the concepts, simply a tool of the intellect to make one feel smart, evolved, superior, then the whole point is missed, not only about spiritual knowledge but about life itself.

At first, the practice for me was about trying to feel connected myself; it served to make me feel more comfortable in the world, especially around other people. As I continued to practice, and expand that practice into other situations, not just with strangers but with friends, loved ones, enemies, it really broadened and deepened my understanding of spiritual principles which I had previously fancied myself an expert in. Perhaps one of the most important realizations I’ve had through all this is that true knowledge is humbling. If one’s knowledge base serves to inflate one’s sense of self-importance in the world in comparison to other people, then it is not true knowledge.

The Unbearable Lightness Of Being

Our lives on this planet are fraught with difficult emotions: fear, sadness, anxiety, and many others. One of the great healing salves is to endeavor to demonstrate to others the knowledge that we are all one. Most likely, you have had this kind of experience in some situations in your life, like smiling at a cashier or hugging a loved one. The key to a great life is to work to expand this experience into all our interactions with people, to overcome the barriers of separation, not only in others but especially the ones within ourselves.

This is the task of the bringers of light. And whether we are conscious of it or not, we are all here to bring our light upon the darkness, and collectively transform our world into our shared vision of harmony.

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Expanding Reality Through Consciousness: A Fascinating Interview With A Neurosurgeon

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  • The Facts:

    Joe recently sat down with Dr. Mario Beauregard for an in-depth discussion into consciousness, current events and how we can begin responding to the emerging desire for change.

  • Reflect On:

    What direction is our global society moving towards with regards to understanding the true nature of consciousness? Is a new consciousness emerging within us that no longer resonates with the 'old world?'

Mario Beauregard, PhD., is a neuroscientist currently affiliated with the Department of Psychology, University of Arizona. He has received a bachelor degree in psychology and a doctorate degree in neuroscience from the University of Montreal. He has also underwent postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Texas Medical School (Houston) and the Montreal Neurological Institute (MNI), McGill University.

Dr. Beauregard is the author of more than 100 publications (articles, essays, book chapters) in neuroscience, psychology, and psychiatry. He was the first neuroscientist to use neuroimaging to investigate the neural underpinnings of voluntary control in relation to emotion. Because of his research into the neuroscience of consciousness, he was selected (2000) by the World Media Net to be one of the “One Hundred Pioneers of the 21st Century.”

In the episode below, Collective Evolution founder Joe Martino and Dr. Beauregard sit down to discuss what transhumanism, AI, near death experiences and our current events have in common, which is consciousness. They all stem from what level of consciousness we are creating these things out of. Joe explores this topic with Dr. Beauregard in a recent episode of The Collective Evolution Show on CETV.

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