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Archive for May, 2012

Don’t Be A Closed Book

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

What Weighs On Your Conscious, Weighs Down Your Spirit

Guilt is a heavy burden. It draws us into a cocoon of negativity and anxiety, and we find ourselves locked in a deep, black hole of despair. For you see, guilt rests solely on the wrong-doer; there is no escape from its menacing and chainlike grip. You cannot pass guilt along to some unsuspecting person, nor can you leave it behind like some unwanted emotional baggage. The essence of guilt lies deep within our being, because it grew from our essence, our actions, and our emotions… Guilt is a direct link to our wrongful choices and exploits…

And acknowledging our personal flaws and confessing to our grave mistakes, are tough admissions to say the least… After all, who wants to admit they’re wrong? No one is confortable in laying their deceitful cards on the table and letting the whole world see their faults. Who wants to be viewed as a bad person? We’re all striving from some resemblance of perfection; some sort of middle ground where we’re proud of the path we’ve taken and hold no regrets… But guilt is a weighty regret that cannot be ignored and left to fester within our subconscious.

When Words Of Wisdom No Longer Work

From childhood we were always taught the ancient wisdom of, “honesty is the best policy.” But in complete honesty, many times that option isn’t possible. Sometimes we hold on to an admission to long to where enough time has passed that reviving old wounds would be counterproductive. Or, more often than not, we simply can’t face our own wrongdoings. So, if we can’t come clean to ourselves, how can we possible come clean to those we hurt? What happens then? Do we allow our guilt to rot within us, weighing us down like an anchor to hell?

Holding on to such negativity only lowers our vibrancy and our frequency. By suppressing our guilt, in hopes that it will simply vanish with time, pushes us backward and stifles our growth. It’s certainly possible to hide our faults within the recesses of our minds, but eventually we must find a release; a path that frees us from the gnawing darkness of our remorse…

The Universe Is Your Friend

At a certain point in time the guilt that you carry becomes a deadly snake, spiraling around your heart, soul, and mind while constantly constricting its grip on your entire entity. Everything about you is affected and morphed into a darker state, propelling your soul deeper into the depths of darkness and despondency. And in order to break the chain to hell, you must release the insufferable burden…

So, find an outlet. It doesn’t have to be addressed to a person you’ve wronged, but simply addressed. Put your guilt out into the universe, release the negativity, and let your spirit soar higher. Whether directly or indirectly, share your story of fault, and you can possibly spare others from reliving your same penitence.

After all, every story is in turn a lesson to be learned.

Change Is A Good Thing: Part 2

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

Time and change are constant; this we know… But sometimes, change is so profound that we find ourselves in a whole new world where time is no longer a familiar constant, but a clock we must fight against. Our entire lives transition from known and reassuring daily variables, to foreign entities that ensnare us in daily struggles for composure. We experience an upheaval of all that we know and all that we are comfortable with, and must forge a new path into a world we can’t fully comprehend. But despite the alarming and unnerving prospects of a whole new world, the rewards are unparalleled in the advancement of our spirits. For a new chapter brings forth new triumphs and glory, as well as happiness and love, and security…

When forced to alter all that you know, you are simultaneously forced into a growth spurt of the mind and spirit. Your ability to act as the chameleon and change your colors, not only becomes a sign of a truly confident individual, it becomes a proclamation to your evolution into a higher being…

And letting your success shine and radiate forth can only inspire those who are touched by its excellence.

After all, aren’t we all actively searching for success, happiness, love, security and eternal glory? Aren’t we all desperately climbing the ladder of success; not only in the business sense, but also for our inner peace and pride as well?

So you see… It becomes our job to share our mightiest triumphs, because such transparency can provide the next step for individuals still struggling to move forward and grow. In effect, your achievements become a beacon for those fighting through the rough waves of evolution, and your inner light becomes the spark for their advancement, or even a reminder of what we’ve already accomplished…

Just the other day I was reminded of my own parade of growth by a very close friend navigating the rough terrain of a life-transition. Her struggles to balance the demands of a new job and a move into a larger home, while maintaining all her other commitments without faltering, reminded me of my balancing-act between my many projects and personal relationships. Although I now have a firm idea on what I’m doing and what I want to do, the battle to arrive in this place of tranquility was long and at times painful…

The hardest thing to do is to develop a conclusion that satisfies the soul and yet poses it for the next stage in life. When moving forward, no matter how confused or stressed you may be, the key is to believe in your strength… Believe in your capability to overcome new hurdles with dignity. You don’t have to be graceful, but you have to be confident. And this confidence is what radiates forth, becoming a ripple in the pond of life that reverberates through fellow strugglers, sparking their desires to climb further up the ladder of life.

It’s a continuous cycle of evolution. Those who triumph and transition into a new chapter of life become the lighthouse for others on the path of growth…

Time is always moving forward as the catalyst for change. As such, neither time nor change will ever be at a standstill. Both move forward and so should we, whether through moments of slight alteration or moments bringing an upheaval of life as we know it…

Embrace when your stripes turn into a melody of colorful spots.

Change Is A Good Thing

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012

Change is scary. It’s inevitable, unstoppable, and unpredictable. The framework of life is built around change; it’s that important. Without change we can never move forward, or improve, or evolve into higher and more enlightened beings. So why are we, the human race, so frightened of change?

Why are we so hesitant to alter our routines? Even for a new path jam-packed with positivity and fortune? A new job, for example, one with better pay and flexible hours, somehow turns our stomachs into mush; and when we walk in on our first day our palms are sweaty and our hearts and minds race. We flit about like a bird trapped in a glass box, terrified that if we slow down we will fall behind…

It is the chance of failure that strains our nervous system and turns us into giant balls of stress. Everything is suddenly new and different, and remolding our behaviors and individual quirks to accommodate new environments (not to mention all the new information we’re expected to retain) are truly challenging hurdles.

But despite the inherent anxiety and troubles of change, the results can be truly uplifting and should be appreciated. Only through change can we grow and learn the fundamentals of life.

Think about it… what if we never graduated from Velcro sneakers to shoes with laces? We’d be shuffling around in childlike slippers our whole mature, adult lives. Pathetic. Or, what if we never got over our first loves? At the time our youthful minds believed we found our ultimate passion; the person we’re supposed to spend the rest of our lives with and grow old with; the answer to all our problems. Then, the sudden emptiness and loneliness of a break-up, engulfs us in grief and depression. How can anyone ever more forward when their hearts and spirits are broken?

Back then, we believed all hope was lost; now, in our old age, we know the world won’t come to an end for a lost love. Time always goes on and sweeps us along with it…

You can’t fight change. Like time eternal, change is an ultimate rule of life. So… if you can’t fight it, join it. Don’t just succumb to the waves of change, embrace them. Don’t just dip your feet in the water, dive in all the way, and experience the repercussions, glory, and revelations of a new path. For every new journey begets new lessons of life, love and death…

And when we learn we gain more confidence; confidence in ourselves and confidence in the therapeutic values of change. We realize that we carry the strength to negotiate the twists and turns of life, whether expected or unexpected. And when all is said and done, we begin to appreciate our new way of life, and yearn for similar opportunities.

Let’s face it… no one is satisfied in a mundane, uneventful existence. We need the stimulation of change to spark new avenues of imagination and enlightenment.

It’s time to face the music… the world goes round but our lives zigzag… and in order to keep up we cannot sink into constant routines. It’s a bumpy ride, but the highs certainly outweigh the lows…

Lessons to Relive Part 1

Monday, May 7th, 2012

Remember Your Journey

Lessons From Beyond has been such an amazing gift… there are no words to fully describe the satisfaction, wonder, and state of elation I feel. I have been inspired by the pain and strength of strangers, humbled by the tough choices forced upon friends and family, and amazed by my own personal growth and enlightenment. Each story of the book has been etched into my being where they lie in wait for the perfect opportunity to show face and reiterate the true meanings of life. After all, we all need a pick-me-up from time to time; a small push to keep us motivated through the trials of living…

By remembering the stories of others we keep the lessons learned alive, and they swirl among the chaos of the modern world, becoming bits of truth that ground us in our ever fluctuating lives. Remembrance keeps the stories in circulation, and in time we make them unforgettable.

However, certain tales glow brighter than rest for they touch a cord within our souls and radiate throughout our entire being. And for these special accounts retelling is a necessity…

When Bad Things Happen To Amazing People

Adam, the functioning alcoholic, met Morgan, the alcoholic and drug addict, in rehab. Both carried demons that ripped at their flesh and mind, coercing them into a life of unease and darkness. Rehab was supposed to be their saviors, but instead they found salvation in each other. Their friendship blossomed within the confines of the treatment center, and they became each other’s pillars of support; a post to lean on during the ensuing storm. In all honesty, who better to understand an addict than a fellow addict? And with their combined strength, Adam and Morgan successfully completed treatment and reentered society with the tools and mindset needed to find success.

But despite his personal leaps and bounds (and no doubt resurrection from a place of evil to a position of good), Adam was more amazed as his friend’s turn-around. Morgan had hit a devilishly low rock bottom, where all hope seemed gone and he was on a sure path to self-destruction, but rehab focused his mind, and his drive toward success was flawless. He was working hard to support his loving girlfriend and their soon-to-be baby boy. All were high on life and not prepared for the devastating crash of a silent killer…

It all happened so fast. A pain in his left side manifested into pneumonia, which was soon discovered to be leukemia. The downward spiral careened out of control, and in a few short weeks, a couple days after the birth his son, Morgan succumbed to the cancer…

Death Is Only The Beginning

The tragic, roller-coaster life of an addict ended as many would suspect, quickly, abruptly, and without any remorse. But Morgan’s life was taken by a murderer rather than his own hand. Cancer has no bounds, no rules to govern it by, and it strikes without warning…

Death however, is never the end. We can still find strength in those who are gone and lean on them when times get rough. Their passing brush of reassurance dances unsuspectingly through the wind and touches us with the soft stroke of a guardian angel’s comforting hand.

How they lived is of no consequence, only what they did to brighten our lives and lift our souls…

So whether a politician, musician, garbage man or addict; the test of an individual’s true character is measured by the good they cultivated within others. After all, whether in life or death, we all need a good friend to lean on when the road gets bumpy…