Media

With the many recent autrocaticies happening around the world my soul has been crying out to say or do something about it.  Although I am just one person, with very little to no influence, I still feel an obligation to share with the world my views on the way media is currently handling the many situations.  I am completely blown away and disgusted by the way media coverage has been so unbelievely biased and one sided.  It is the duty of those in media to portray both sides of every story, both good and bad.  The media has failed, beyond repair, in informing the general public of the truth of each situation.  I understand and accept that media is controlled by rich and powerful people and television and news are used as tools to brainwash the mass with frivolty instead of educating them.  With everything that has gone on recently and over the last 100 years since propoganda was created, it is evident that media does not serve a real purpose other than to deliberately skew the minds of unsuspecting people with false information.

I am writing this in an attempt to reach out to those working in media and have one person, just one person, who is a part of this vicious media cycle, to have the courage to come out and present the truth for what it is.  No hiding facts or information and presenting false and biased information.  If this world really wants to see results and positive change, we need to open up and expose the truth for what it is.  I understand there is great fear amongst those working in media, for many who have tried in the past to expose the truths were murdered.  Many great whistleblowers have been murdered by officials and people in power as a means to hide the truth.  Why is this?  How many more lives must we kill before the truth actually comes out?

So, I urge those of you working in the media, please, please, please stand up for what’s right.  Look past your own personal needs and help by being that voice that others clearly lack.  If we all stand together, we can fight anything that comes our way.

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Create Yourself

So, I had my astrological charts read and I did so because I read in an article that the billionaires of this world have their charts read.  I aspire to be a billionaire one day, so I mimicked what the ultra rich have tried and tested.  I went to a colleauge of mine that recently started offering a spiritual and astrological charts reading service.  He is in his 60s and after years of not knowing his own ability to analyze numerology and astrology he finally gravitated toward it.  He opened up his own business and offered ultra affordable rates so I decided, “hey why not?”  As we sat together I joked and told him, “I promise you, you will be reading the charts of billionaires one day, and the first one you will start with is me”.  We both had a good laugh about this.  Isn’t it true that people laugh when there is an element of truth to the joke (wink)?

After speaking with him and personally analyzing the data for almost a year now, I am well on my way to creating myself into the person that I want to be.  I realized after going through many transitions with my belief system, scientific, religious, and then spiritual, that I cannot solely wish for what I want and live on hope, in faith and destiny, but rather, I have to create situations in my life to help align myself with that vision.  Religion teaches us that our destinies and paths are chosen for us.  I agree that our destinies are chosen for us if we allow the world and everything around us to make critical life decisions for us.  If we do not take the onus on ourselves and initiate or create certain opportunities our fate is sealed and by the time our lives come to an end, our purpose/destiny has already been laid out for us.

What I have realized is like everything in life, we must have a balance.  We must have faith and let go in times when we cannot see the bigger picture, but, we must also help ourselves by creating a life worth living.  We cannot solely depend on the universe and it’s energy.  The universe helps those that help themselves.  I am at a point in my life where I realize in order to make the drastic changes in the world I wish to see, I must make those changes within myself first.  Once I am in the position to help myself, I can achieve certain goals.  This will create a ripple effect and thus, allow me to fulfill the purpose I believe I have and am creating for myself.

Time to reflect:

Are you living life accepting what is and hoping that everything will work out?  Instead of soley hoping, why not actively create as well?   By doing this you are allowing yourself to live out your destiny the best way possible in this “one life” we live. 

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“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” ~ George Bernard Shaw

Entertainment Age

We live in a time where technology has evolved to such a degree that mankind can barely keep up.  The overload of information is astonshing.  We are bombarded with information about all likes of this earth.  You want to learn about science, there are millions of avenues through the internet, schools, and etc. to gain access to that particular type of info.  However, because of the abundance of information we are all lost in a sea of knowledge.  I say we are lost because although we have access to this vast knowledge, barely do any of us know how to truly utilize and filter through the information overload.  It may seem like we are living in the information age based on the current state of our world, the reality is we are all actually living in the Entertainment Age.

What is the Entertainment Age?  It’s what we experience day to day, living in a society where we live in abundance of entertainment information.  The media, social networks and technology uses entertainment to connect with the mass public.  The only way to pass along knowledge or information in this world now-a-days is through entertainment.  Mass public attention focuses on how one feels.  The only way most of us feel anything anymore is if we are stimulated through entertainment, whether it’s good or bad entertainment.  Entertainment is whatever excites our emotions.  When we hear gossip, see something cool or exciting in a movie or on TV, or witness a celebrity speak about a cause or promote a service or product.  We are living, breathing, eating, and sleeping in the Entertainment Age.

Now imagine if our feelings were utilized correctly and we felt the same way we did about knowledge and information as we did about entertainment.  Most people would rather spend hours educating themselves on their favourite celebrities comings and goings than finding out their own passions.  Most people would rather listen to gossip than create or invent something new.  Most people would rather escape their own reality and live vicariously through other peoples lives by witnessing them do amazing things while they sit on the sidelines.  It’s scary how much self control most of us lack because of this Entertainment Age.  It’s almost as if the Entertainment Age is forcing us to push the onus or blame on others for not achieving our own personal goals.

Imagine a world where everyone realized the state we are currently in.  We would all wake up and make more conscious decisions for ourselves rather than being told what to do by other more “successful” people.  The Entertainment Age has created many brilliant and talented people and we should use this time as an inspiration to become far more than what we are right now.  We as mankind, have not even reached our full potential.  By being consumed with mundane and useless information we lose track of the main purpose of the Entertainment Age; giving us entertainment.  Instead, we now live by it and make poor choices based on entertainment knowledge, not ACTUAL knowledge.  So, I urge you, use this Entertainment Age for what it is and do not allow it to consume your actual world.

Time to reflect:

What are your thoughts on the Entertainment Age?  Should we keep ourselves so mired in this state while technology and the world evolves faster than our own conscious beings?  Or, should we actually use this time for what it actually is, simple entertainment, instead of being consumed by it?

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“We aren’t in an information age, we are in an entertainment age.” ~ Tony Robbins

Meditation, Yoga & Spirituality books

I would like to share with you all a few books that are insightful and helpful in learning more about meditation, yoga and spirituality.  The list is comprised of books recommended and referred by Meditation Gurus and practitioners.  If you have the time to read even one of these books, I am sure it will prove to be quite beneficial.  Enjoy and I hope you all find enlightenment, one page at at time!

  • DALAI LAMA. The Way to Freedom. New York, NY: Harper Collins, 1994.
  • EPSTEIN, MARK. Going to Pieces Without Falling Apart. New York, NY: Broadway Books, 1998.
  • FEURSTEIN, GEORG. The Deeper Dimensions of Yoga. Rochester, VT: Inner Traditions, 2003.
  • GOLEMAN, DANIEL. Emotional Intelligence. New York, NY: Bantam, 1995.
  • HESSE, HERMAN. Siddhartha. Tandem, 1951.
  • IYENGAR, BKS. Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. San Francisco, CA:  Aquarian/Thorson, 1993.
  • JOHN O’DONOHUE. Beauty, New York, NY: HarperCollins, 2004.
  • MUKUNDA STILES. Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. San Francisco, CA:  ed Wheel/Weiser,  2002.
  • NISARGADATTA, SRI. I Am That. Durham, NC: Acorn, 1973.
  • PEMA CHODRON. Start Where You Are. Boston, MA: Shambala, 1994.
  • SHAH, INDRES. The Way of the Sufi. Toronto, ON: Penguin, 1968.
  • SHARON SALZBURG.  The Force of Kindness. Boulder, CO: True Sounds, 2005.
  • STOLER-MILLER, BARBARA. Yoga: The Discipline of Freedom. New York, NY: Bantam, 1998.
  • SUZUKI SHUNRYO. Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind. New York, NY: Weatherhill, 1970.
  • THICH NHAT HANH. The Art of Power. Harper One, 2007.
  • TRUNGPA CHOGYAM. Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism, Boulder, CO: Shambala, 1973.
  • WILBER, KEN. A Brief History of Everything. Boston, MA: Shambala, 2000.

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New year, new rules

A very happy new year to everyone!  I just got used to writing 2013 and now I can’t believe that it’s 2014.  Boy, does time fly or what?  But with the new year comes an important transitional time in everyones lives.  It’s a chance to create new goals, dreams, wishes, and rules.

To be honest though, how many times have we come to this phase in our lives all to fall back into our old habits only a few weeks or months later?  Well this time around I am not going to allow this to happen.  What I have come to realize is I tend to like and try too many things all at the same time.  When I follow my natural instincts it takes me on multidimensional levels that I can’t even keep up with.  I get lost in my pursuit of information and then lose track of the progress I make because I am so consumed with too many subjects.

I have decided to set two very specific rules for myself this year.  Why two?  Because I feel the old me always took on way more than I could chew.  The old me would always be the strong starter but weak finisher.  The new year is bringing about a new me with new rules.

Rule # 1 – Set deadlines for my goals and hold myself accountable for my choices, whether good or bad.  

I am constantly dreaming, wishing, planning, researching and aspiring to do amazing things.  However, a goal is nothing but a dream and a wish if there is no set deadline.  That is the honest truth.  Before I can start achieving results and analyze my progress I have to know what I am comparing myself too.  I can’t compare myself to others because we have different sets of dreams and wishes.  But, I can compare my results and analyze them based on the deadlines I set.  If I don’t set a deadline how will I know if I achieved anything or not?  If I’m constantly and aimlessly shooting for things but don’t have a finish point how will I ever know if I even made my dreams come true.  So this years rule # 1 for me is to set deadlines while holding myself accountable for all the choices that lead up to my goal.

Rule # 2 – Be consistent and focused on one thing at a time and finish what I started.

Again, being a Jill of All Trades and Master of None I tend to chew more than I can bite.  I start many things but lose focus and tend to leave many of my wishes unfulfilled.  This year is going to be all about setting my goals, being focused and consistent with following through with the appropriate actions to help achieve those goals and finally finishing what I started.  I plan to do this by tackling one goal at a time.  I have been planning a lot and with all great visions 80% of ones work needs to be dedicated toward planning.  But I am done planning and am ready for the remaining 20%, which is the implementation phase of my goals.  I will remain focused on doing exactly that and hopefully all my dreams will come to fruition in the near future.

I don’t believe I’m being unrealistic and nor do I believe I have set out to do the unachievable. I am setting real rules that I know I can follow.  I am setting up realistic scenarios to help encourage my progress.  I am very satisfied and content with my decisions and I am looking forward to this year being one of the best I have experienced so far.

Time to reflect:

If you are like me and you set too many resolutions and goals in the beginning of the year and then fail to achieve more than 80% of them, try applying this tool in your life.  Pick only one or two rules you want to set for yourself.  By focusing your attention and simplifying things for yourself, you allow yourself the opportunity to actually achieve your resolution.  It’s great to have a positive attitude going into the new year.  But maintaining that same positivity throughout the year is a difficult task if you try too much at once.  So try to simplify things in your already complicated life and choose one or two things that you know you have a high success rate of achieving and build your year from that.  As the year goes on and you achieve your desired goals, set new ones (again by simplifying) and start a new resolution mid year.  Keep doing this and you will see that by 2015, you will have achieved way more than you even set out to do.  Good luck!

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“Learn from the past, set vivid, detailed goals for the future, and live in the only moment of time over which you have any control: now.”  ~ Denis Waitley

Merry Everything!

Seasons greetings everyone!  Due to the recent ice storms spanning across Ontario, Toronto experienced a severe power outage.  The power went out initially on Saturday the 21 and 300,000 people were left with no power.  Sadly, up to 80,000 Torontonians are currently spending their holidays without electricity and water.  During the last few days, I too, had to deal with the inconveniences of not having power.  We did not have running water or heat and all restaurants, malls, street lights and signs were shut off.  This ice storm couldn’t have come at a better time and was much needed at a time like this.  I do not wish this type of suffering on anyone but this dose of reality is the kick in our pants we all need from time to time.  I saw first hand how miraculously the universe conspires to teach us the value of life over the value of things.

What I learned in the past few days is immeasurable.  I witnessed kindness, calm, organization, thoughtfulness, consideration and most importantly hard work and dedication.   I also witnessed chaos, clutter and recklessness all in the name of technology.  We are so consumed by our smart devices that we’ve become antisocial and quite panicky and almost useless beings.  Living a few days without power gave me some much needed time away from the clutters of this world.  I was able to meditate in complete stillness and darkness with no outside distractions, including light.  I was able to see how the media, propaganda and the collective ignorance of society created a convoluted perception of what Christmas and the holidays are all about.  I saw how consumed we’ve become because of technology and how instead of it helping us extend our lives it has now become something that’s taken over our lives.

I didn’t grow up celebrating Christmas so I was never exposed to the madness of gift giving and shopping.  But, as an adult, I learned to love the idea behind Christmas; designated and official dates to spend quality time with family, friends and those you care about.  It is also a time to extend a helping hand to those who are less fortunate.  The generosity that people feel during the holiday season is unbelievable, it’s as if the world and mankind is almost and finally simultaneously conscious and aware on a deeper level.  The vibrations of positivity and love resonate with such a high frequency that our inner light beams as bright as the Christmas lights we put up.

Christmas and the holidays is supposed to be a time of true and inner reflection.  It would take too much time and I would write waaaayyyy too much and bore you all with my explanation about the true meaning of Christmas.  So let me present to you what someone wrote on Instagram.  I have been following this life coach on Instagram by the name, @thebachbook.  Once the power came back on, in Toronto, I was able to read his post about Christmas and honestly, his explanation must be shared.

What interests us spiritual seekers isn’t so much religious stories themselves, but rather the spiritual principles that underpin them.  We’re less interested in empty, meaningless ritual and more interested in transforming the way we see our lives and the world around us.  We’re interested in powerful stories that change our hearts.

Albert Einstein said, “I am a Jew, but I am enthralled by the luminous figure of the Nazarene.  No myth is filled with such life.”  Ditto, Albert.

Enter Jesus of Nazaraeth, a radical Middle Eastern mystic revolutionary who is widely misunderstood, but “came only to be a brother to the world.”  The “Prince of Peace” didn’t have anything we don’t have.  He just didn’t have anything else.  Stripped of fears, illusions, and the world’s ideas of who he should be, he freed himself to become a full expression of the bright light that’s within all of us.  He’s what we really are in truth.  Cool story, bro.

Christmas isn’t a time.  Christmas is a state of mind.  May we enter it now, releasing all that is unreal: our dark fears, our flimsy illusions, our painful judgments of ourselves and each other.  In this profound act of forgiveness, may we reveal our own higher selves and birth into the world the love we’ve all been waiting for.  

The saviour is born.  The saviour is us.

So, I end by not wishing you a Merry Christmas, but rather, a Merry Everything!  This is a time to celebrate and be grateful for all that we have and all that can be lost in a matter of seconds.  Even if we have nothing we should use this time to be grateful for the small things, which ultimately are the ONLY things we truly need.  We must look inward and find the positive from within, then we can experience positivity in abundance from the outside.  Stay safe and again, Merry Everything to all spiritual beings!

Celebrity power

I was never a big fan of celebrities.  I never got excited about meeting an actor, singer or athlete.  I could NEVER wait in line just to get a glimpse of a celebrity or even ask, let alone pay for, an autograph.  I justified it as, they are humans just like everyone else, so what’s the big deal?  They aren’t God, or don’t possess God like characteristics so why do people worship them so much?  I couldn’t understand what the hype was about, I mean it’s not like they cured world hunger or some kind of disease.  I was guzzling down a ton of haterade.

Over the course of my journey toward self development I realized that I need to stop hating and learn to appreciate and love celebrities and the significant role they play.  I needed to understand that celebrity worship is a necessity for the development of humanity.  If celebrity worship is used wisely it can create revolutions or movements to help progress mankind.  If used incorrectly, celebrity worship can be used against the good of mankind to create separation and hatred.  The power a celebrity actually has to change or influence lives is astonishing.

Sadly though, many of todays celebrities are misunderstood and unable to exert their true power and express themselves honestly.  If a celebrity has an opinion or belief to express, they have to first discuss it with their PR team and consider their image before truly expressing themselves.  Even if they could influence thousands and create great change, their power is limited because the agenda for the use of celebrity power is actually something else.  Unfortunately, we are living in an era where profit is more important than humanity.  Sigh.

So, I look at many celebrities today who seem whacked out or crazy simply because they are utilizing their celebrity power to help convey their message to the masses. Take a look at Kanye West, Leah Remini, Tila Tequila, Angus T. Jones, Sinead O’Conner, Beyonce, Rashida Jones, Lady Gaga and etc.  I used to sit and think, “what loons, they are just ranting and raving about nonsense to get a headline story”.  Some of them ignorantly compare themselves to historical figures or professionals who risk their lives.  Some even post videos on YouTube crying about their success.  It’s crazy to see how worlds apart people are, in terms of their thought process, simply because of the information they are exposed too.  The reality is that these celebrities are privy to information that none of us are even aware of.  They are often exposed to life altering information and things that an average human being will never see or hear.  The saddest part about all of this is that celebrities are often unable to truly express themselves or expose certain truths, for fear of losing their career, fame, status and money.  At the risk of being labeled “crazy” or “too controversial”, many of todays celebrities don’t utilize their celebrity power to the fullest.

As a spiritual being, I feel compelled to help the world given my vast knowledge.  I feel helpless knowing that I cannot do more to change this world for the better, given my lack of influence and power.  Then I wonder, how a person with power  would cope with this thought.  Can you imagine the conscious guilt some of these celebrities might be feeling knowing they have power but cannot utilize it appropriately?  I personally don’t agree with some of the above mentioned celebrities approaches or tactics for expressing themselves.  Nor do I agree with or validate all their opinions or beliefs, but, I can understand why they are behaving the way they are.  I can also understand that they believe their actions will lead to the results they are hoping for.  They are lashing out to help draw attention to their message, whatever that message may be.  This peaks my curiosity and makes me want to learn more about their messages.

Now, the biggest problem for celebrities who are trying to enforce change, is that they forget their audience.  They are trying to convince millions and even billions of people to think outside of their norm.  They are trying to force the average mind, who is already comfortable the way it is, to change and think differently while accepting a different message.  As the old saying goes, you can’t help somebody who doesn’t want to be helped; likewise, you can’t change a persons mind who doesn’t want to change his/her mind.  These celebrities forget that in order to convey their message they have to present it diplomatically so that the audience will relate, comprehend and finally accept the message.  A celebrity that is running around acting arrogant and claiming that he/she doesn’t care about the audience accepting his/her message, is defeating the entire purpose of his/her message.  These celebrities need to realize that they need their audience just as much as the audience needs them, the celebrities who will lead and enforce change.

The celebrities I mentioned above are quite controversial and have expressed some very interesting and crazy points.  It is very easy to judge looking from the outside and say, “I would never do that on stage” or “I would never say, tweet or write that”.  The more I observe these celebrities and their actions, the more I believe they are todays modern day Michelangelo, Picasso, Beethoven or Cleopatra.  The collective world is not ready for their information and most importantly these celebrities are not yet ready to clearly express their messages to the world.  There is a clear information gap and neither parties are in any position to have full access to said information.  I just hope these celebrities continue to look inward and learn to diplomatically express the truths they know of without jeopardizing their power.  These celebrities need to realize we are willing to listen and offer our support if the information is presented appropriately.  There are many of us within the general population who are awake and ready to be guided and led by those who have the power to enforce positive change.  In conclusion, celebrity power combined with the conscious willingness to change by the general population, can help this world and all its beings reach infinite potential.

Time to reflect:

This was a very RANDOM post because lately I have been reading a lot about celebrities who are going on crazy rants.  It’s happening too often and my gut is telling me to look into why this is happening and then document it.  We are living in a time and age where mankind is partially awake.  Some of us are aware and conscious while many of us are not.  Being unconscious, we allow the mind to be manipulated and controlled by media and society.  Being conscious , you have a sense of purpose, and that is to serve.  I feel these celebrities understand their purpose is to serve in the modern day and be the controversial change we all need.  I’m not sure if I agree all that much with the type of change they want to enforce, but, I am willing to listen.  These so called “crazy” celebs were put here to make us reflect on our own opinions and beliefs to help us exert a positive change that is already in the making.  I hope these celebrities can wake up even more and realize if they really want change, they have to BE the change, that they believe so much in and then lead the way.  

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“A sign of celebrity is that his name is often worth more than his services.” ~ Daniel J. Boorstin