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How Wayne Dyer’s 10 Spiritual Principles Can Change Your Life

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Wayne Dyer was an American philosopher, self-help author, and motivational speaker. The first book I ever read of Dyer’s was one lent to me called Your Erroneous Zones, one of the best-selling books of all time (estimated to be 35 million to date).

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It changed my perspective on the mind and allowed me to realize how many useless emotions humans are capable of feeling. It wasn’t too long after reading that book that Dyer passed away. Despite his passing, his wisdom and teachings will live on, so shout outs to my brother on the other side for his lifelong dedication of enlightening humanity to a higher way of being.

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1. Have A Mind That Is Open To Everything & Attached To Nothing

Our mind’s conditioning causes us to (if we aren’t open minded enough) attach to our beliefs, philosophies, perspectives, and patterns of thought.

Our adoption, belief, and attachment to our mind reinforces a “worldview” which can, in most cases, prevent one from seeing and experiencing life in a new way, thus preventing one from experiencing benefits which may only come about when that worldview is dissolved and new ones are embraced.

This notion of being open to everything and attached to nothing is a conscious decision to dissolve that worldview, and to be open, as best as we can, to news forms of seeing and doing things that hold the possibility to enrich our lives and our beings in a way which we previously could not even have conceived. It’s like being born in the West but being open to explore foods in other cultures; we allow our tastebuds to experience and celebrate the joy of new flavours.

2. You Cannot Give Away What You Don’t Have

If I promised to give you 20 dollars for a bet we made (that you won), I would have to make sure that I had 20 dollars in the first place. I cannot give you what I don’t have. When the time comes around for me to give you the money, if I don’t have it, it makes me look bad. I wasn’t true to my word.

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This is how life works.

I’m a writer, and part of my goal with my writing is to enlighten readers with inspirational wisdom that feeds their soul. In order for me to shed light on unique insights, I need to experience them myself in the first place! I need to cultivate that wisdom inside of me, for myself. Only then will I have wisdom to give away.

This also occurs for love as well. The most fundamental aspect of any thriving relationship is love. In order to give love to others, we must first foster that love within us.

What do you want to give away? Work to cultivate lots of it.

3. There Are No Justified Resentments

We are presented with two choices in regards to the “bad” things that have happened to us in life: to continue feeling hurt over past events knowing (or not knowing) that we will never be able to change them, or accept that they did happen, change our perspective about them, let them go so they stop hurting us, and seize our present moments to consciously be happy and at peace with ourselves and our lives.

It’s really that simple. There are no justified resentments. Life is as it is. We cannot ever change that fact. We will never wield that power. But what we do have power over is how we choose to feel and live in any given moment. And that in itself is a powerful thing.

“There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will.” — Epictetus

4. Don’t Die With Your Music Still In You

We each have a tune that we would like to dance to; this tune we hear inside of us, and depending if we have the courage to dance to it (even as the world watches) means, more than likely, whether or not we will be happy with ourselves and our lives. Have the courage to dance to your song. You know exactly what I’m talking about. It sways us left, right, this way, that way, guiding us forward and onward on a path that is unique to us.

“And those that hear the music were thought to be insane by those who could not.” – Nietszche

5. Embrace Silence

We live in a chaotic world of noise and distraction; it is good to get some silence in each day to tune out (of the world) and tune in (to ourselves).

When we get in touch, ideally through meditation (it is the simplest and most effective way), with the space and silence that exists within us, we realize something: we realize God, or whatever word you want to give for the unifying force that permeates all of existence.

We see the world in a bunch of polarities; hot and cold, dark and light, rich and poor. God unifies all things, and time spent in silence helps us realize this; that all ultimately is one and the same. What is song without silence? What is matter without space? All things exist in equal accordance with each other.

Silence helps us realize the truth that exists within us.

6. Give Up Your Personal Story

We each have a story that we cling to that gives us an idea of who we are and what we are about. It consists of our ideas, our experiences, our beliefs and thought patterns, as explained in the first example.

I will never forget a quote by Wayne Dyer which said, “If you are what you do, then when you don’t, you aren’t.”

To put into context what that means, I’ll give you a personal example.

For a long time now I’ve identified as a writer. I write often, and feel so damn good about it it feels like a tsunami of bliss whenever I get a good writing session going. But there come times where I lose touch of that side of me. I find that the more dearly I cling onto that notion of myself being a writer, the more inner turbulence I experience whenever I don’t feel like writing. I feel so false. I feel so frustrated. I feel lost and hopeless.

“If you are what you do, then when you don’t, you aren’t.”

I’ve learned how to rid myself of those feelings that torment me, though. I had to “shed my story,” I had to shed the identity I had of myself, of being a writer. How many of us operate in such a way? We hold on to notions of ourselves and do not allow us the space and opportunity for us to be much else.

It again requires us to “be open to everything and remain attached to nothing.” In every moment, our needs changes, and if we can be true to our inclinations within each moment, trust our intuition, welcome spontaneity, learn to let go of rigorously held beliefs, and seize opportunities as they come, then I am sure that there will be less resistance and more peace and joy, and, more than likely—fun!

7. You Can’t Solve A Problem With The Same Mind That Created It

Let’s say we’re stuck with an issue of ours in life, and we’ve been stuck with the dilemma for a while. We’ve been busting our heads and cannot seem to find a solution. What do we do?

We need to grow.

You see, it isn’t life that creates problems, it’s our perception of life that creates problems. If we’re stuck somehow in some way, what is needed is either a new way of seeing things or a new way of doing things. In either case, a creative solution will be found.

8. Treat Yourself As If You Already Were What You’d Like To Become

Let me tell you: you are a paradox. I know this because I myself am a paradox. Let me explain:

I have a vision for the person I want to become/I am. At the present moment, I am not this person, because that vision I have of mine is an ideal, and this state of excellence, mastery and perfection is a progression to be strived for. At the same time, I realize that this person that I see, this person that I know to be true in my heart is a potentiality. I am a paradox; I am and am not the vision in my head simultaneously.

The secret to accelerating the emulation of this potential is to believe that you already are it. Believe you already embody all the virtues which constitute that vision. If you are striving for success, be that success. If you are striving to be a legendary writer, write legendary. If you want to be a great singer, you must believe it so.

What you believe, you will become.

“If you believe it in your head you will hold it in your hand.” – Bob Proctor

“Whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” – Jesus

Your thoughts have tremendous power. Believe that and see for yourself.

9. Treasure Your Divinity

You are alive, and you are part of this universe. And there exists an intelligent force that animates both you and it.

People have given names to this force since time immemorial; God, spirit, consciousness, the universe, Brahman, Logos, Tao, nature.

The name doesn’t really matter. What does matter is that you understand that this thing that animates you is very special.

We can’t really understand it. Imagine: we are tiny aspects of life, part of the macrocosm of the universe; almost irrelevant. But we aren’t. We are special and important, just as each cell within our bodies is microscopic, and special and important in their own unique ways.

Treasure your divinity! Embrace your worth.

10. Wisdom Is Avoiding All The Thoughts That Weaken You

Our mind is a constant feed of thoughts, some good and some bad.

Wisdom is embodying enough awareness to stop the perpetuation of all the thoughts that do us no good.

What are these thoughts? They are the ones that bring us sorrow, fill us with doubt, fill us with fear, lower our self-esteem, destroy relationships, instill us with negativity, cause us frustration, anger us, sway us from the path, make us forget our highest truths and disconnect us from the world and people around us.

Wisdom is fostering enough self-awareness within us to know when these thoughts are occurring, so we can stop them and fuel thoughts and truths that empower us and make us feel whole and capable of becoming the person we want to become and living the lives we want to live.

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A Spiritual Perspective On Smoking Cannabis: An Important Viewpoint To Consider

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In Brief

  • The Facts:

    In the video below, Sadhguru shares his perspective on smoking marijuana and why it's not truly needed to achieve the feeling one may receive to do it.

  • Reflect On:

    I'm not saying there isn't medicinal value and that we should outlaw this plant, I'm saying we have a very large societal challenge, just like with alcohol, where we are not facing our inner challenges and are using substances to cover them up.

I was having a conversation yesterday about something that has always been a reflection point for me. Since I was a kid, I was never drawn to substances, even alcohol. I always felt great, high even, when just being.

As I got older and I finally tried cannabis for the first time, and then a few more times after that as years went on, I started to realize it actually brought my state of being and clarity down. The tough part was trying to explain that to others when having conversations about how these substances don’t produce a true experience of higher consciousness, but more so give you a glimpse in a sense.

Before we go on, I want to bring something up. The challenge with this topic is that we tend to get very emotional and rigid about it. Not only that, but we aggressively try to lump people into FOR or AGAINST cannabis. I’m not here to do that. I’m simply creating a reflection point as my desire is to help shift consciousness and empower us within to create a world where we can truly thrive. So for a moment, set aside your own hard coded beliefs and just be open to what this article is shining light on.

Societal Cannabis Culture

For the most part society either breaks down into people who judge cannabis as a drug that is for ‘stoners’ and are very against it. These people tend to believe there are no positives to cannabis. On the flip side are the people who feel cannabis is an amazing wonder plant that can do no wrong, and that the “highs” it provides expand the mind and we experience peace.

The truth is, cannabis has good aspects and not so good aspects to it. And while the positives can be really helpful for a very small subset of people on this planet, smoking it is one of the worst ways to use cannabis health wise. Not only that, society is using its medical benefits to turn attention away from the addiction many users have to it. This is a tough pill to swallow and makes many people aggressive and angry when I bring it up, but it’s true. In a big way, but not all the time, we are using cannabis as a society to help cope with feelings deep down that we want to shut off or hide from. As a note, we are also using food, TV and other things in the same way, but right now I want to focus on this reflection.

Cannabis can assist people with autism, people who have seizures, and in some cases it may have helped people cure cancer. There are benefits that can come from this plant being used in a proper medicinal way, but we must remember to look at the downsides that come from regular cannabis use that many simply don’t want to acknowledge.

A Note On Legalization

First off, I do not believe the plant ever needed to be illegal to begin with. In fact I’ve done much research on how it became illegal and it really had more to do with protecting an industry more than anything else.

That said, there is something to consider here that many of us aren’t looking at too clearly when it comes to what legalization really means. It means that powerful people are going to be the ones who profit most from it, that’s why it’s becoming legal. Not only that, but the reason it is taking so long is so they can get in place the many aspects required to make sure they achieve what they want: stripping medicinal aspects out of the plant profiles, controlling the seeds, and ultimately feeding society cannabis focused solely on creating a THC based ‘high’. This is no different than controlling alcohol and feeding it to society in the ways we currently do.

The cannabis industry is worth over $40 billion, making it the second-most-valuable crop in the U.S. after corn. As stated in a powerful article by GQ, “And even though weed is still federally forbidden, it sounded like whoever was behind BioTech Institute had spent the past several years surreptitiously maneuvering to grab every marijuana farmer, vendor, and scientist in the country by the balls, so that once the drug became legal, all they’d have to do to collect payment is squeeze.”

Humans should be able to make choices as to what they want to do to themselves and their bodies i.e. smoke cannabis or consume alcohol, but I believe greater education needs to be placed behind both and ultimately: we must start looking at the real reasons as to why we use both of these substances so often.

Looking At Cannabis Differently

I see that in many ways the use of cannabis is making the average user numb, in the same way alcohol does. I’ve used cannabis before, in a number of ways -smoking, edibles etc. I’m not saying the feeling is the same for every single user, but I’ve also been around thousands of cannabis users in my lifetime while they were high and you notice the same ‘vibe’ virtually every time. Perhaps there are varying degrees, but for the most part it numbs us out and sometimes quiets the thoughts to create a calmness. Is this like meditation? No, but it can be confused as that. I know, I’ve been there too.

Below is a video of a perspective on cannabis I feel is very important for us to consider. Let me be clear, I’m not saying there isn’t medicinal value and that we should outlaw this plant, I’m saying we have a very large societal challenge, just like with alcohol, where we are not facing our inner challenges and are using substances to cover them up. I am inspired to help create a world where we can truly empower ourselves form within, move beyond our mind and egoic challenges that help us grow and do just that – grow. But if we continually bury our challenges in substance, we won’t.

I believe it’s time we come to the uncomfortable truth and face the fact that as a society we have not done the greatest job in encouraging one another to truly explore, express and move beyond many of the emotional challenges life’s experiences have provided us, that are there for our growth. Think about it, do we want to just cope through life? Or do we want to truly move beyond our stuff? There is SO much suffering we can prevent by making it a societal norm to work through our challenges on a deep level. This is where I believe we must go.

Note: You can try meditation to help calm the mind and move more clearly through challenges. Here are more tools as well.

Lost relationships, divorces, losing jobs, feeling unloved, lack of confidence, depression etc. All of these things are not here so that we can use bandaids everyday to cover them up and get through them, they are here for us to learn more about ourselves, grow and evolve as people and as a society. To create a world where we can truly thrive. To get there, we must begin to face our challenges.

I made this choice 10 years ago when I started to discover meditation and inner reflection, and although I wasn’t a user of substances like alcohol or cannabis, I would use food to cover up my emotions or I would distract myself with TV, whatever worked. But I can share from experience, the incredible changes that come from shifting those stories within and gaining true empowerment will change everything in your life, and everyone can do it.

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New Moon In Virgo: Efficiency & Practicality

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We are having a New Moon in Virgo on September 17th. This is initiating a 29.5 day lunar cycle and new wave of energy for the coming month; however, the astrological configurations mentioned in this article will be more prominent over the following two weeks. This cycle will include a Full Moon in Aries on October 1st/2nd.

Virgo season began on August 22nd/23rd, nearly a month prior to this Lunation, and will end on September 22nd/23rd when Libra season begins. However, his New Moon will still carry some of its Virgo themes into the first eight days of Libra season prior to the Full Moon.

This is a good period of working with and co-creating with the energies of this sign. Virgo is associated with productivity, duties, service, health, cleanliness, and purity. It is organized, adaptable, conscientious, skillful, orderly, punctual, diligent, efficient, analytical, detailed, discerning, precise, and practical.

Virgo is about problem solving, adjusting to changing conditions, and coming up with solutions. Negatively, this energy can be cynical, fussy, high strung, and perfectionistic. It can also be exorbitantly mentally oriented as well as overly critical and discriminating.

Mars began its retrograde a week prior to this New Moon which will last until mid-November. This energy is a significant part of the current astrological backdrop. Generally it is a time that can ultimately help to facilitate a change in how we apply ourselves in certain areas of life, however, the retrograde period itself can bring frustrations and challenges that help with that process. You can read more about this Mars Retrograde here.

New Moon Trine Saturn & Quincunx Mars Retrograde

This New Moon is in a tight trine with Saturn in Capricorn which is transitioning out of its retrograde at the end of the month. This can be a good period for operating in a responsible, cautious, orderly, productive, realistic and practical way. However, considering that Saturn is finishing up its backwards motion, these next couple of weeks are generally better for getting things sorted out and prepared as well as perhaps focusing on tasks that you have already been working on.

It is possible that in late September and in early October, we can experience some sort of shift, or change in gears, that can take things into a different direction. Saturn will be in a square with Mars Retrograde at that time, and we may have to contend with limitations and obstacles that can affect how certain things move forward.

This New Moon is also in a quincunx with Mars retrograde which can reflect annoyances, tension, or conflicts that may require adjustments and adaptability. Issues that come up may be at odds with our needs or the way we want to express ourselves. This energy is the strongest on the 19th/20th but can also be more noticeable on the day of the New Moon.

New Moon Square Lunar Nodes, Mercury Square Jupiter

This New Moon is also in a close square to the North Node in Gemini opposing the South Node in Sagittarius. We may be at odds between the past (South Node) and the future (North Node), beliefs (Sagittarius) and facts (Gemini), our immediate aspects of life (Gemini) and the world at large (Sagittarius).

However, the focal point should be the North Node in Gemini and expressions of the South Node in Sagittarius energy should be serving that focal point and not be the emphasis. The rulers of the Nodes, Mercury (Gemini) and Jupiter (Sagittarius) are also in a tight square with each other at the time of this New Moon. This can reflect tension between these two sides and potentially conflicts between ideas, viewpoints, and opinions.

Jupiter is in the limiting Saturnian sign of Capricorn while Mercury is better placed in Libra, the sign of diplomacy, seeking common ground, considering different needs/perspectives, and fairness. Mercury square Jupiter can be good for learning but it can also be excessive when it comes to information and we can more easily be mentally scattered.

Mercury Quincunx Neptune, Then Square Pluto, Saturn & Opposing Mars

Mercury is in a quincunx with Neptune which is strongest on the 18th/19th. This energy makes it harder to integrate or juggle our intuitive, creative, imaginative, compassionate or spiritual expression with our mind, communication, tasks, and thought process. Issues pertaining to lack of boundaries, flakiness, delusion, escapism, intoxication, may come up.

Mercury moves towards a square with Pluto which is strongest on the 20th/21st. Our thoughts and communications can be deep, powerful, penetrating, investigative, raw, real, and potentially intense. This can also reflect obsessive or compulsive behavior, suspicion, fears, anxiety, or conflicts pertaining to power or authority.

Mercury then moves to a square with Saturn (22nd/23rd) followed by an opposition to Mars retrograde (23rd/24th), creating a t-square formation in that time period with the separating Pluto energy (20th/21st, mentioned above) tied into it a bit. This can be a time of obstacles, delays, communication issues, pessimism, and conflicts while we can get more easily irritated or angered. Circumstances may come up that can be pushing us to be more cautious, realistic, or responsible.

This period is the beginning of Mercury’s pre-shadow period in which it will be returning to another square with Saturn. Some of the issues or developments that occur at this time may be connected to things that will play out during the retrograde (October 13th/14th until November 3rd/4th) and weeks surrounding that period. It will also be the Equinox and therefore this energy is imprinted into the following three months in which it can manifest in other ways/areas separate from this initial period.

Making Intentions & Things To Consider

What can you do to be more practical, productive, and efficient? Is there anything you can or should implement to improve your health and functionality? What have the circumstances, developments, or challenges over the last week (leading up to this New Moon) shown you in how you should be applying yourself? Do you need to implement stronger boundaries? Do you need to be more adaptable? Are you clinging to the past or are you willing to take steps to help you grow? What aspects or details of your immediate life, surroundings, or relationships do you need to focus on more and what excesses or broad aspects of your life are getting in the way of that?

These are just some examples of what to consider or focus your intentions on at this time. However, it is good to reflect on anything else that is coming up for you. It is generally best to make any intentions within the first 24 hours following a New Moon. The exact moment it will occur is 11:00am Universal Time on September 17th. You can click here to see what that is in your time zone.

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Why We Get Into Fights When Sharing Information

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We’re in a time when mainstream media and traditional conversations are failing to address a number of important topics within society, anything from current events to politics and so on, and this is birthing a great deal of ‘alternative conversation’ that often stems from alternative media.

But with this, comes to the common ‘fight’ between various ideas and ideologies that is much more avoidable than we often realize. I wanted to share a quick tid bit from a recent episode discussing how we can reflect to develop better communication and connection faculties that can make a big difference in how we communicate important ideas that are emerging without creating such huge divides ad tension.

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