This Website Has Been Hacked!

I am sorry if you have received some weird posts in the last 24 hours but someone hacked into the website and has sent 3 nonsense posts by the looks of it, to all you, my subscribers.

I will have my technical man change the password later in the day when we meet and hopefully that will solve the problem.

Sorry for any inconvenience.

Kind Regards,
Jeff

Gratitude Creates Freedom

If you are not grateful for what you have how can you ever be happy? Gratitude means appreciation and the more you appreciate things, the more you can have them because you want them.

It could be said the so-called Law of Attraction that we keep hearing about and of which a lot of people are making money from by writing books or making movies about, is really just a result of real gratitude. Continue reading

“Fitness” & Freedom

The best freedom you will ever have is the freedom you self determinedly create yourself! The more you rely on outside sources, the more you will be entrapped. That’s not to say you have to determine everything yourself, but you don’t want anything or anyone that is negatively disagreable to you determining your life.

You may want your wife to cook for you but you usually want to have a say in determining what the meal will be. A child has to a large degree got to rely on it’s parent(s), as do people who have chronic illnesses or disabilities have to rely on others too, usually. But generally speaking the more  you can determine your life than not, the happier you will be. The rebellion of the teenage years is a vivid desire to determine one’s own life. Continue reading

Self Determinism & Your Freedom

The best freedom you will ever have is the freedom you self determinedly create yourself! The more you rely on outside sources, the more you will be entrapped. That’s not to say you have to determine everything yourself, but you don’t want anything or anyone that is negatively disagreable to you determining your life.

You may want your wife to cook for you but you usually want to have a say in determining what the meal will be. A child has to a large degree got to rely on it’s parent(s), as do people who have chronic illnesses or disabilities have to rely on others too, usually. But generally speaking the more  you can determine your life than not, the happier you will be. The rebellion of the teenage years is a vivid desire to determine one’s own life. Continue reading

Destructive Beings versus Your Freedom

I have touched on the destructive nature of the media in a recent post here and if you want to be free you really have to avoid this poison at all costs! I have not watched, listened to or read the news on a consistent basis for years as I know there are so many exaggerations, lies and half truths written and spoken, all in an effort to control the viewer, reader and listener and also to bring them down emotionally, mentally and spiritually. Advertising really works a lot better when people are in this down state, too.

But if you are not jumping up and down with enthusiasm for at least part of the day anyway (despite cutting the poisonous media from your life), there would be other destructive beings in your life that are “working on you” to bring you down, because being positive and happy is actually a natural state. Continue reading

Purveyors Of Doom vs Your Freedom

The information we take in, in our daily lives, certainly affects us one way or another. I have seen this recently with a guy who is a “news hound” and he (not coincidentally) is a very sick, negative and downbeat person.

This fellow listens to the news in bed before he gets up for work, he then reads the newspaper, he then listens to the hourly radio news at work, he then comes home and watches the one hour nightly news and he then watches the news current affairs programs after that. Continue reading

The Lie Of “Self Love” – A Terrible Trap

If you are not grateful for what you have how can you ever be happy? Gratitude means appreciation and the more you appreciate things, the more you can have them because you want them.

It could be said the so-called Law of Attraction that we keep hearing about and of which a lot of people are making money from by writing books or making movies about, is really just a result of real gratitude. Continue reading

Trump Wins But You Ultimately Control Your Destiny

In one of the most interesting U.S. Presidential campaigns ever, the underdog Donald Trump came out “trumps” over Hilary Clinton yesterday. Per a newspaper report here in Australia in the hours after Trump’s win, there were tens of thousands of searches on Google from Americans enquiring about moving to Australia and New Zealand, especially from the traditional Democratic stronghold states like California, Washington and Colorado.  Continue reading

Death And Freedom

One of the best books I have ever read was “Dying To Be Me” by Anita Moorjani, who is an Indian woman living in Hong Kong and who apparently, per her account, died briefly and supposedly experienced the “afterlife” but came back to life to tell her story.

I bought her book a few years ago and the story was so riveting I read it complete on a flight from South Australia to my destination of Malaysia, at the time. There are plenty of You Tube videos of Anita on the internet if you are interested in hearing her story. Continue reading

The Greatest Freedom Tip Of All?

The best freedom you will ever have is the freedom you self determinedly create yourself! The more you rely on outside sources, the more you will be entrapped. That’s not to say you have to determine everything yourself, but you don’t want anything or anyone that is negatively disagreable to you determining your life.

You may want your wife to cook for you but you usually want to have a say in determining what the meal will be. A child has to a large degree got to rely on it’s parent(s), as do people who have chronic illnesses or disabilities have to rely on others too, usually. But generally speaking the more  you can determine your life than not, the happier you will be. The rebellion of the teenage years is a vivid desire to determine one’s own life. Continue reading

Proper Nutrition For Freedom

The best freedom you will ever have is the freedom you self determinedly create yourself! The more you rely on outside sources, the more you will be entrapped. That’s not to say you have to determine everything yourself, but you don’t want anything or anyone that is negatively disagreable to you determining your life.

You may want your wife to cook for you but you usually want to have a say in determining what the meal will be. A child has to a large degree got to rely on it’s parent(s), as do people who have chronic illnesses or disabilities have to rely on others too, usually. But generally speaking the more  you can determine your life than not, the happier you will be. The rebellion of the teenage years is a vivid desire to determine one’s own life. Continue reading

How Fixed Ideas Entrap You

The other day I commented on a video on You Tube in relation to the legality of and also the craziness of people owning semi automatic weapons in the U.S.

Boy, did I ever get hammered back by some of the Americans who replied to my initial comment. These guys that commented back were totally and utterly convinced that the reason the U.S. government wanted to ban semi automatic weapons was because they all have the fixed belief that the American government will “enslave” them by taking all their rights away if they can’t protect themselves with their weapons from their “evil” government. Continue reading

Freedom Is In Simplicity

In the last month prior to returning to Australia a few days ago, I traveled hundreds of kilometers in the lower islands of the Philippines and it is plain to see their lives are generally speaking much happier than Australians.

The secret to their happiness is the simplicity of their lives and the fact they are in good communication with everyone else, seemingly.  They seem to value relationships far more than Australians and presumably most of the people in the West, who place more importance on themselves, generally speaking. Continue reading

Sympathy vs Empathy

It’s been a while since I have done a post as in the last few months I have been on some of the 7,100 islands of the Philippines and most of them don’t have internet access. I am now back in Manila and will get back to posting at least a few posts a month as before. Apologies if you are a regular reader!

I recorded a You Tube video the other day and it was about giving money to the poor street beggars here in the Philippines. There are plenty of other videos on this subject and it creates quite a bit of controversy with people who give money to the poor street beggars here, as opposed to the people who don’t give money to them. Continue reading

Right Actions For Freedom

No-one can be free if they are not operating in a sensible and constructive way. The more sensibly and constructively you act, the more freedom you have.

There are some people who want to take advantage of other people usually for their own vested interest who think this is the way to greater freedom. Criminal gangs and cults (same thing usually) are two such entities who engage in this sort of behavior. Continue reading

The Best Gift To Give Is Attention

<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino, serif;">"The most desired gift of love is not diamonds or roses or chocolate. It is focused attention”. This was a quote I saw on Facebook the other day from an unnamed source, and it is one of the most profound quotes I have seen or heard in a long time.</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino, serif;">As a matter of a fact, if there is no focused attention from you towards another person or thing, love is all but impossible. All the times you were deeply in love with someone you will find that the basic ingredient of that love was deep and focused attention towards that person and what they had to say and were doing.<!–more–></span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino, serif;">Even people who love sport, art, material things like cars, clothes etc., will have focused attention on those things if they really love them. Of course, the problem with material things, is that, unlike people, they can’t love you back.</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino, serif;">But focused attention is paramount to have success in any endeavor; whether it be your job, studies, sport, art, relationships etc. (the best in their field have the most focused attention on what they are doing).</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino, serif;">In fact, the only way you will ever get interest from other people is to take interest in them and that requires some attention. The more attention you give to others, the more you will get back.</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino, serif;">Some people may call focused attention a skill that needs practicing, but I say it is a natural thing and just by knowing and constantly reminding yourself when you are engaging in activity or are with someone and to give all your attention to that thing or person, your attention gets "stronger”.</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino, serif;">Also, when you are doing something, just do that thing. For example, if you are eating dinner, don’t watch TV or read the newspaper at the same time. If you are engaged in conversation with someone, stay focused on them rather than also scrolling through your messages on your mobile phone etc. If you are walking through the park concentrate on the sights, sounds and smells rather than thinking about some silly past grievances or current problems etc. Doing one thing at a time and thereby keeping things simple, will improve your attention.</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino, serif;">So, attention is the best gift to give to another rather than trying to win people over with material objects and if you want to be successful in your endeavors, focused attention is the fundamental ingredient to be so. If you ever want a see a top class artist or sportsperson in action, watch carefully how much more attention they give to what they are doing than what the not as successful artists and sportspeople give.</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino, serif;">All The Best,</span>
<span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino, serif;"> Jeff</span></p>
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Being Judgmental – Right Or Wrong?

The other day I commented on a video on You Tube in relation to the legality of and also the craziness of people owning semi automatic weapons in the U.S.

Boy, did I ever get hammered back by some of the Americans who replied to my initial comment. These guys that commented back were totally and utterly convinced that the reason the U.S. government wanted to ban semi automatic weapons was because they all have the fixed belief that the American government will “enslave” them by taking all their rights away if they can’t protect themselves with their weapons from their “evil” government. Continue reading

Time To Become A Minimalist In 2016!

A quote popped in my head the other day and it went like this – “The more you own the more you are owned by what you own”.

The old standard of keeping up with the Jones family next door by owning a lot of material possessions no longer cuts it.

More and more people are realizing that they are beings of consciousness and therefore are doing themselves a disservice by having lots of material possessions, because their attention, time and energy will be to whatever degree taken by these material things.

Another important point – NO MATTER HOW MUCH YOU ADMIRE OR DESIRE A MATERIAL POSSESSION, THAT THING WILL NEVER ADMIRE OR DESIRE YOU BACK! Continue reading

How To Get What You Want…

You hear a lot these days about people using mental techniques such as visualization and affirmations in order to achieve something they want.

An affirmation is a positive statement one may make to themselves, or they can get it from an outside source such as an audio or visual recording.

A visualization is getting a picture in your mind of the thing you desire, such as winning a sporting championship, getting a certain job you desire etc.

Do they work? Absolutely they work and the only reason they don’t work is either because people don’t do them at least daily, or they don’t believe they work.

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What A Life Changer….

<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino, serif;">I have just finished reading "The Master Key System” by Charles Haanel, which was written in 1912 and is freely available on the internet in pdf format. I heard that it was what inspired Rhonda Byrne to write the famous book "The Secret”, and which was followed up by a movie of the same name.</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino, serif;">The rumor I heard about this book was that the "Elite” wealthy people of the world and the Vatican had it banned and it was hidden for decades because people who read it got the secrets that the mega-rich knew but did not want known by the masses, and the readers who applied the information in the book all became rich, too!<!–more–></span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino, serif;">The book gives an incredible understanding of the mind and how you create your own reality by your thoughts and it is written in an easily understandable way, plus it has a number of simple exercises to help you harness the incredible power of the mind so that you can create what you want.</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino, serif;">Actually, it is is described as a "reading course” rather than a book and the chapters are all numbered and at the end of each chapter there were a dozen or more questions and the answer is given to the question at the end of each question.</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino, serif;">The fact it had each chapter numbered and had questions at the end of each chapter was the only things that distinguished it from just being called a book. But the way he had the questions at the end of each chapter is in my view a great idea and if every technical book written was set out like that, the readers would have much more success in application of the materials they were reading.</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino, serif;">Well, after reading it, the results were astounding for me (so far). I run an advertising/marketing business and normally I sell on average around 5-6 adverts per week in a brochure that I produce and have been getting out for twelve years now.</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino, serif;">In the period of time of reading it, and just after, I sold 26 ads! That was in 2 weeks and 1 day. So that is nearly 13 ads per week and 7 up on what I usually do. This equates to thousands of dollars extra income a week.</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino, serif;">I don’t want to give away the information by giving you too much about it and I just recommend you google "The Master Key System pdf ” and read it as quickly as possible and your wealth and well being will "go through the roof ” (well that is what has happened to me and many others, anyway).</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino, serif;">I always read non-fiction books at least three times, as the more you read something, the more it "sinks in” and becomes second nature, where you know it rather than having to think with it.</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino, serif;">Currently I am reading another sensational life changing book called the "Laws of Success” by Napoleon Hill (which is far more powerful than his most famous book "Think And Grow Rich”) and as soon as I have finished that I will re-read "The Master Key System” again and again. I am going to get a copy from Amazon, as I prefer to read books in book format rather than on the internet, personally. One good thing about books is that you can underline key points for easy reference.</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino, serif;">So, if you really want to change your life and be wealthier, happier and more free, I suggest you check out "The Master Key System” now if you have not already done so and read it and apply it, as you won’t look back! If you are not fully satisfied with your life and don’t change anything, nothing will change…</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino, serif;">All The Best,</span>
<span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino, serif;"> Jeff</span></p>

Scarcity Is A Lie And Abundance Is Everywhere

A quote popped in my head the other day and it went like this – “The more you own the more you are owned by what you own”.

The old standard of keeping up with the Jones family next door by owning a lot of material possessions no longer cuts it.

More and more people are realizing that they are beings of consciousness and therefore are doing themselves a disservice by having lots of material possessions, because their attention, time and energy will be to whatever degree taken by these material things.

Another important point – NO MATTER HOW MUCH YOU ADMIRE OR DESIRE A MATERIAL POSSESSION, THAT THING WILL NEVER ADMIRE OR DESIRE YOU BACK! Continue reading

Embrace Refugees For Their And Our Freedom

<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino, serif;">Normally I write about subjective things and how changing your thoughts changes your life but in this post I will comment on the situation with the Middle Eastern refugees, as it probably is the most hotly debated subject in a long time.</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino, serif;">It may seem to some that by taking on refugees from countries such as Syria that it is detrimental to the economy, but the truth is, without an expanding population the economy would be kaput!</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino, serif;"><!–more–></span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino, serif;">Growth has to be there and is the cornerstone of all sustainable economies. The problem with the Western countries such as Canada, the U.S., Western Europe, Britain, Scandinavia, Australia and New Zealand, is that the population is not sufficiently replenishing itself and has not been for some time, and now with the "baby boomers” (people born from 1946 to 1965) to "drop off the perch” (die) in the next few decades, these Western economies would seriously collapse without a massive influx of new people.</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino, serif;">In order for growth to occur and to have a healthy economy there can be no less than 2.1 babies born per woman. The current birth rate in the U.S. for example, is about 1.85 babies per woman, which would mean a shrinking population and shrinking and dying economy if no immigrants and refugees were coming in. This is why the U.S. government have been letting Mexicans into that country in droves in recent years, all in order to replace the lack of babies being born, and the massive number of "oldies” dying there, too.</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino, serif;">Interestingly, the more materially well off a country is, the less babies are usually born, and the poorer countries have the higher birth rates as these people can at least have enjoyment of more sex in lieu of the material enjoyments they miss out on like the generally more affluent Westerners.</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino, serif;">Incredibly, the birth rate in Italy and Germany is only 1.4 babies per woman! They also have a very large population of baby boomers who are and will be dying in the next few decades, too. This is why a lot of the Middle Eastern refugees are going to these countries and I read the other day that Germany alone will be taking in a million Middle Eastern refugees (I may have to get a builder’s license and move to Germany!). It’s also interesting to note that Syria has a birth rate of 3.0 babies per woman!</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino, serif;">Of course, many people are "up in arms” about all the refugees coming in believing they will "take all the jobs”, won’t assimilate with the locals, and the fact that the governments of these various countries are giving them a lot of welfare adds to the local’s angst in regards to these refugees.</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino, serif;">But the truth is, with a shrinking population you have a dying economy, and with a growing population you have a growing economy, as people create the economy and the more the merrier.</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino, serif;">Even if the governments have to hand out the dole and give these refugees a lot of welfare benefits, in the long run when their kids grow up in a decade or two, they will be the builders, teachers, scientists, bus drivers etc., that keep the economic wheel turning and keep it growing. The alternative of not replenishing the numbers is abject poverty, rampant crime etc.</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino, serif;">There are a lot of disinformation type people on the internet that want you to believe that the world economy is going to crash any time soon, but if you dig a bit deeper you will find these guys are either promoting the buying of gold or silver on their websites, or selling books and or subscriptions.</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino, serif;">These sites are commonly called "fear porn” and for peace of mind I suggest not paying any attention to these people, just like I say not to pay any attention to the equally and regularly dishonest and hysteria creating mainstream media.</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino, serif;">Promoting fear is the greatest control mechanism there is, and governments, the media, the medical industry, religion and religious cults use it as their chief manipulation tool. The old adage that the only thing to fear is fear itself, is true. So look and question every thing and don’t readily buy the BS of these different groups or organisations.</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino, serif;">The only sane thing to do is to embrace the refugees rather than shunning them or even hating them as some "rednecks” are doing (at least in this country). Most people are not racist but just misinformed and worried about their employment security and feeding their families, paying the mortgage etc.</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino, serif;">I look at the world as one big house and one family and no-one is the owner of that house, although many power chasers may want to be, or at least may want to have more space in that house than the rest of the inhabitants, but the most important thing is that there is harmony in the house, as without that there is no peace of mind, true freedom and happiness, and they are the only things that matter.</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino, serif;">All the best,</span>
<span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino, serif;"> Jeff</span></p>
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To Hell With Perfection!

<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino, serif;">There is a disease in this world called "Perfectionitis” and the main symptom is the desire for perfection. So many people want to look perfect, have perfect ideas before they act on them, act perfectly and act at what they consider the perfect time.</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino, serif;">THE TRUTH IS THAT PERFECTION IS ONLY PERCEPTION AND THE DESIRE FOR IT IS A BIG TRAP!</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino, serif;"><!–more–></span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino, serif;">This is not to say we should not have high standards in i.e. the way we dress or go about things, but when we don’t act because we are always waiting for the perfect conditions, the perfect time or when we are perfect in some fashion, those conditions or that time or our perfection rarely happens and all we need to do is START at that thing we want.</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino, serif;">You may have thought about starting a business, going on a long holiday, writing a book, starting a You Tube channel or a website etc., but have told yourself over and over it is not the perfect time or you have not perfected all the things needed to do some of these things.</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino, serif;">Just forget it and just start as there is no such thing as perfection and by far the most important thing is to get started on your goal or goals and expect to be not perfect and expect to make mistakes along the way.</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino, serif;">All the great inventors such as Thomas Edison, Henry Ford and the Wright Brothers made countless mistakes in their undertakings but did not care what their critics thought and just kept at it until they achieved their goals. And even then you could not say what they built was perfect because look at all the later models of Fords that continuously better Henry’s first cars or look at airplanes that have continued to better the Wright Brothers original planes.</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino, serif;">You may point out a swimsuit model on the cover of a glossy woman’s mag as being perfect but all of those magazine cover photos are photoshopped and not to mention those cover models have a ton of make up on.</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino, serif;">But nonetheless you may still consider them beautiful but it is only based on your perception. Do you think a pygmy in Africa would perceive them as beautiful or a religious fundamentalist in the Middle East?</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino, serif;">Look your best and strive to be the best you can at whatever you do through education and practice but don’t strive for the illusion called perfection as it does not exist and to continue to look for perfection will only frustrate you and stress you out and is a trap and the opposite of freedom.</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino, serif;">Here are some nice quotes on the subject of perfection…</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino, serif;">"Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence”. Vince Lombardi</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino, serif;">"Life is a moving, breathing thing. We have to be willing to constantly evolve. Perfection is constant transformation”. Nia Peeples</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino, serif;">"If I waited for perfection… I would never write another word”. Margaret Atwood</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino, serif;">"The essence of being human is that one does not seek perfection”. George Orwell</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino, serif;">"Have no fear of perfection – you’ll never reach it”. Salvador Dali</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino, serif;">"I think what makes people fascinating is conflict, it’s drama, it’s the human condition. Nobody wants to watch perfection”. Nicholas Cage</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino, serif;">"Strive for continuous improvement, not perfection”. Kim Collins</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino, serif;">"The man with insight enough to admit his limitations, comes nearest to perfection”. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino, serif;">"This is the very perfection of a man, to find out his own imperfections”. St. Augustine</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino, serif;">All the Best,</span>
<span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino, serif;"> Jeff</span></p>
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How You Get Trapped

You hear a lot these days about people using mental techniques such as visualization and affirmations in order to achieve something they want.

An affirmation is a positive statement one may make to themselves, or they can get it from an outside source such as an audio or visual recording.

A visualization is getting a picture in your mind of the thing you desire, such as winning a sporting championship, getting a certain job you desire etc.

Do they work? Absolutely they work and the only reason they don’t work is either because people don’t do them at least daily, or they don’t believe they work.

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Partner Up Rather Than “Settle Down”

<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino, serif;">Two fairly negative words are "settle” and "down”. Settle is usually used in the context of accepting less. A hypothetical example could be "Joe came late to the birthday party and he had to settle for eating the crumbs of the birthday cake as the slices were eaten” or another "Jane looked like losing the court case so she decided to cut her losses and settle out of court for less than what she was owed”.</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino, serif;">The word down is the opposite to up and an example of use could be "Mary lost her purse in the park and she is feeling down today”. You get the drift.</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino, serif;">SO WHY DO WE HAVE THIS SAYING THAT WHEN WE FIND SOMEONE WE LIKE WE WANT TO SETTLE DOWN WITH THEM!</span>
<span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino, serif;"><!–more–></span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino, serif;">It sounds like we were having a good "up” time before we found this person we settled down with and now it is time to "behave” ourselves and be less happy.</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino, serif;">So the terminology just in itself can have a negative impact on us and it does with so many people in relationships, as many people can feel stuck and down in a relationship but stay in it because settling down is the "done thing”.</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino, serif;">What if more people went into relationships with the idea of partnering up rather than settling down? Partner is a positive term meaning someone who is associating with another in some mutual action or endeavour.</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino, serif;">If we looked at our potential partners or current partner in the light of what value can that person give to me to bring my life up and equally we have the viewpoint of what value can I give them to bring up their life, we can easily transform dour, boring, non-fulfilling, "unhappy to whatever degree” relationships into the dynamic relationships that a relationship could or should be!</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino, serif;">One of the first posts I did (which is near the front of this site) was on the subject of love, where I tried to break down the "ingredients” that create love. I now realise there was a glaring omission.</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino, serif;">My opinion of the things that create love and keep it going were Commitment, Communication, Care, Co-operation, Contribution, Consideration, Compromise, Compassion, Companionship and to Constantly Create on all those things.</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino, serif;">Because I was thinking of things that started with the letter ‘C’ after the first three or four things I thought of started with ‘C’, I wanted to find all the words starting with ‘C’ to make it uniform, so I did not look at anything I could not think of that did not start with that letter.</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino, serif;">The glaring omission in hindsight was "Mutual Goals!” Achieving meaningful goals with another, or striving towards meaningful goals, is the motivator of a great relationship or anything worthwhile really.</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino, serif;">Just from an individual point of view, if you don’t have any really worthwhile goals you are not going to be very happy, and I bet most people who commit suicide ran out of meaningful goals before they did so.</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino, serif;">So, partnering up has to absolutely be about having enough meaningful goals the people in the relationship can aspire to achieving together as they go forward and UP on that path of progress towards them. And when they achieve them they have to create more meaningful goals.</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino, serif;">The key words are meaningful and worthwhile (and even exciting) when it comes to mutual goals and I don’t mean things like having the goal of sitting in front of the "idiot box” each night watching their favourite violent cops shows together! That is really meaningless as watching violence, hatred, treachery, bad news etc., is not conducive to happiness. Creating together gives far greater joy than spectating together, too.</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino, serif;">Meaningful goals get the juices running, they give you energy and verve and sometimes take you out of your comfort zone, which is a good thing.</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino, serif;">What is meaningful to you in a relationship may not be meaningful to another but the obvious things of getting married, wanting children together, owning a home etc., are most definitely meaningful goals.</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino, serif;">But a lot of people stop there when they have achieved these goals and slow down or lessen the number of future goals and they just "hang” there. The problem is that people that just hang in there like anything that is hanging, eventually fall.</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino, serif;">You have to go onwards and upwards which entails meaningful goals. The biggest cause of divorce is infidelity and no doubt that comes about when one or both partners get bored with each other and definitely not having enough meaningful mutual goals would be a key contributor to this, if not the key contributor.</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino, serif;">Mutual meaningful goals like renovating a house together, starting a business together, hands on helping of a charity or environmental group, major travel with the whole family etc., are what create real verve and an upbeat state of being and more love in the relationship.</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino, serif;">Great relationships are definitely an answer to freedom (unless you are a hermit on a deserted island) and this information regarding mutual goals can apply not just to people starting out in a relationship but to all relationships – such as long term marriages, friendships, family members etc.</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino, serif;">You will find a lot of falling out in friendships, business partnerships and in family relationships are when one or both parties stop creating mutual goals or their goals conflict.</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino, serif;">To rekindle to a large degree that love you had when you first met it is simply a matter of sitting down with your partner and working out what meaningful and exciting goals over the next year or so that can be agreed upon by both parties and then designating what each needs to do to contribute to the achieving of those goals.</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino, serif;">So partner up, rather than settle down if you wish to be much happier and freer!</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino, serif;">Happy Creating Together,</span>
<span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino, serif;"> Jeff</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino, serif;">P.S. Whilst doing this post I just worked out how I can keep the "C’ theme going in my ingredients of love and that is to call it Common goals rather than mutual goals, which is the same thing. Yahoo…</span></p>
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Diversify Or Sink!

<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino, serif;">We have had a lot of job losses here recently and the economy continues to slide like it is in Britain, Europe, the U.S. and Canada. Largely this is because the West has given China millions of manufacturing jobs in the last couple of decades, and the West has largely gone from a manufacturing economy to a service based economy compared to where it was a few decades back (Detroit in the U.S.A. is a vivid example of a once thriving manufacturing city) and things are now catching up with us.<!–more–></span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino, serif;">Australia has been the biggest exporter of iron ore to China and because their economy is stagnating they are now doing less building and buying of it from us and therefore the mining jobs here are "falling like dominoes”, and all the towns around these mines are emptying out.</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino, serif;">People who had taken out 25 year loans on houses just can’t afford to stay in them without a job and are having to break their loan agreement and are flocking to the rough and cheap housing suburbs in the cities. Some I heard have even committed suicide.</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino, serif;">I run a marketing company and regularly talk to the retail business owners in these towns who all are feeling the pinch of less people in their towns. When I ask them what they think the solution is they usually just say they hope things turn around one day.</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino, serif;">We are living in a fast changing world and that is mainly because of the power of the internet which in a lot of cases has changed how business is done in most parts of the world. There are now millions of people worldwide who are making good income through internet based businesses.</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino, serif;">In fact there are dozens of millionaires being made by the week and never before has there been such a time as now to become wealthy. On the other hand traditional jobs continue to tank and people who thought they had jobs for life like the above mentioned miners, are out of work in their field, perhaps even for good.</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino, serif;">So the answer is to diversify! The old paradigm of working forty hours or so a week and then going to the pub every night or going home and sitting in front of that destructive programming tool, the TV, are not safe any more (they are both crap ways to "live” anyway).</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino, serif;">We have to add "new strings to our bows” and with the internet that is easy and readily available. Self-discipline is the key and getting rid of this destructive fixed idea that the majority of the population have of being "constantly entertained”.</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino, serif;">If we replaced 75% of our entertainment time with getting knowledge that will help us in some fashion or another, we would feel significantly better and we would become far more in control of our destiny.</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino, serif;">These miners I refer to who have not diversified and can only do one thing are at the mercy of forces outside of themselves in terms of employment, and thus their lifestyle gets seriously restricted, combined with the resultant stresses.</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino, serif;">The greatest possible thing you can do is to create income from what you are passionate about. You might like to cook, write, do pottery, garden, teach etc. Well, with the internet you can make businesses of these things and thousands of other activities that millions of people are now doing on the internet.</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino, serif;">First ask yourself what is it that you are passionate about and then simply google that thing i.e. gardening, drawing, clothing etc. with the word "websites” or "blogs” after it and then see what these people are putting out.</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino, serif;">Nearly all of them will be promoting something like an ebook, an audio or a course on that particular subject, or they may have advertising on their site, or they maybe promoting someone else’s wares such as ebooks, and getting commissions on the sales of those people’s products. That is called affiliate marketing.</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino, serif;">Ebay is another way people make money, online life coaching services, You Tube ad revenue and the list goes on. Simply google "Ways I can make money on the internet” and dozens of things will come up.</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino, serif;">There are no shortage of courses on the internet to train you to be virtually anything and some of the courses are free on websites or You Tube. Just google the subject you are interested in making a business out of and "courses for” before the name of it.</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino, serif;">Also, you may not want to work an online business but do something without the internet and the internet has no shortage of training information on non-internet jobs, too.</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino, serif;">A brilliant website FULL of online courses is called "Udemy”. Just google it and you will be there all day going through the plethora of courses they have! This day and age you don’t have to go to university to be successful because of all the training information on the internet.</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino, serif;">With some people they don’t have anything they are passionate about and they are usually sad type people and you will invariably find that they are attached to a lot of negativity like TV, gaming, gossipy magazines, newspapers, negative people etc. and are devoid of taking in a lot of positive information.</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino, serif;">The way to help them is just tell them the simple fact that what they take in affects them, depending on whether it is good or bad information. Encourage them to get away from the TV and read positive type books and subscribe to positive blogs and You Tube channels or do positive things in the community.</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino, serif;">I find so many people bitching and moaning about their job or life but they do bugger all to change it! If you don’t change yourself, your life won’t change. It’s pretty simple really.</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino, serif;">The ball is really in our court now that we have the internet and millions more people are going online every year which means there are no shortage of customers if you wish to start an online business.</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino, serif;">There is no doubt that diversification through studying to develop new skills is an important answer to freedom in this day and age. If you haven’t already and are not happy with your employment get away from the TV and start! If you don’t discipline yourself the environment eventually will….</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino, serif;">All the Best,</span>
<span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino, serif;"> Jeff</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino, serif;">P.S. Don’t forget to google Udemy.</span></p>
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I Am Sorry! (And The Importance Of Keeping Up With The Times)

<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino, serif;">There is a disease in this world called "Perfectionitis” and the main symptom is the desire for perfection. So many people want to look perfect, have perfect ideas before they act on them, act perfectly and act at what they consider the perfect time.</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino, serif;">THE TRUTH IS THAT PERFECTION IS ONLY PERCEPTION AND THE DESIRE FOR IT IS A BIG TRAP!</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino, serif;"><!–more–></span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino, serif;">This is not to say we should not have high standards in i.e. the way we dress or go about things, but when we don’t act because we are always waiting for the perfect conditions, the perfect time or when we are perfect in some fashion, those conditions or that time or our perfection rarely happens and all we need to do is START at that thing we want.</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino, serif;">You may have thought about starting a business, going on a long holiday, writing a book, starting a You Tube channel or a website etc., but have told yourself over and over it is not the perfect time or you have not perfected all the things needed to do some of these things.</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino, serif;">Just forget it and just start as there is no such thing as perfection and by far the most important thing is to get started on your goal or goals and expect to be not perfect and expect to make mistakes along the way.</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino, serif;">All the great inventors such as Thomas Edison, Henry Ford and the Wright Brothers made countless mistakes in their undertakings but did not care what their critics thought and just kept at it until they achieved their goals. And even then you could not say what they built was perfect because look at all the later models of Fords that continuously better Henry’s first cars or look at airplanes that have continued to better the Wright Brothers original planes.</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino, serif;">You may point out a swimsuit model on the cover of a glossy woman’s mag as being perfect but all of those magazine cover photos are photoshopped and not to mention those cover models have a ton of make up on.</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino, serif;">But nonetheless you may still consider them beautiful but it is only based on your perception. Do you think a pygmy in Africa would perceive them as beautiful or a religious fundamentalist in the Middle East?</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino, serif;">Look your best and strive to be the best you can at whatever you do through education and practice but don’t strive for the illusion called perfection as it does not exist and to continue to look for perfection will only frustrate you and stress you out and is a trap and the opposite of freedom.</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino, serif;">Here are some nice quotes on the subject of perfection…</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino, serif;">"Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence”. Vince Lombardi</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino, serif;">"Life is a moving, breathing thing. We have to be willing to constantly evolve. Perfection is constant transformation”. Nia Peeples</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino, serif;">"If I waited for perfection… I would never write another word”. Margaret Atwood</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino, serif;">"The essence of being human is that one does not seek perfection”. George Orwell</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino, serif;">"Have no fear of perfection – you’ll never reach it”. Salvador Dali</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino, serif;">"I think what makes people fascinating is conflict, it’s drama, it’s the human condition. Nobody wants to watch perfection”. Nicholas Cage</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino, serif;">"Strive for continuous improvement, not perfection”. Kim Collins</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino, serif;">"The man with insight enough to admit his limitations, comes nearest to perfection”. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino, serif;">"This is the very perfection of a man, to find out his own imperfections”. St. Augustine</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino, serif;">All the Best,</span>
<span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino, serif;"> Jeff</span></p>
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Entertainment vs Education

Lessons Learnt In The Philippines

Be Creative Or Expire…

<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino, serif;">I was reading recently that on average the people in the Western World waste their lives by watching five hours of TV a day (some more, some less). I crunched the numbers and worked out that this amount of TV watching equates to about 1,900 hours a year and over 140,000 hours in an average lifetime!</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino, serif;">What a goddam waste of life! But 80% or more of the population on their death beds will have achieved this unremarkable feat. Instead of going out and really living life they just sit there in a hypnotized state getting "programmed” by looking at an electronic box in the corner of the room, or on the wall. And I am not taking the moral high ground here, as this is what I did for a big chunk of my life, too.<!–more–></span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino, serif;">But I remember when I was a kid the best times of my life were when I was out playing sport or riding around on my bike with my friends and checking out new areas we had never been in before. We would kick the football around, play backyard cricket, play table tennis or snooker in my dad’s shed, and always play some organized sport on the weekend, through school or a club.</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino, serif;">If we didn’t have sport we jumped on our bikes and explored. When we were smaller kids we use to play "catchy”, naughts and crosses, twister, monopoly, snap, cops and robbers, cowboys and indians and try and catch butterflies or tadpoles etc.</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino, serif;">I watched my fair share of cartoons and American sitcoms as a kid, such as the Brady Bunch, Get Smart, Batman, Gilligans Island, Greenacres, I Dream of Jeanie, I Love Lucy and many others, but the "joy” of watching those was no match for getting out with my friends or neighbours and enjoying life by being self-determinedly creative. That was the real flavour of freedom and fun and not being confined in a room looking at an electronic box in a hypnotized state.</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino, serif;">As I have gotten older I have replaced the more physical activities with artistic creative pursuits such as writing and videographing, plus I travel a lot more, too. I also do a mountain of research of many things that interest me. These activities dramatically increased when I threw my TV set away in 2010, and so did my happiness and zest for life!</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino, serif;">Too much TV makes you somewhat of a lazy, uncreative person who is hypnotized and programmed the way society wants you to be programmed, which is largely in being a non-critical thinking and non-intuitive person (no matter what you believe of yourself) who inevitably goes along with the crowd without much independent thinking, too (I am not talking about the person who watches about five hours of TV a week or less, but the average TV watcher who looks at it 20, 30, 40 hours weekly or more).</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino, serif;">There is an old guy who lives across the road from my father’s house and he has (at least since the 1970’s) watched TV daily. According to my father, (who gives him fruit off of his trees and has been to his house), this fellow just sits in front of his heater from morning to night watching TV, and the only time he is not watching it, is when he goes to the shop down the road to get his bread, milk and newspaper. His house is full of stacked up newspapers and his back and front yards are full of weeds. The front gate has been broken for over thirty years and there has been no paint job or outside work done on his house in over fifty years. This fellow’s world is in his TV and there are millions of others living like that. Total waste of life!</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino, serif;">Imagine if Shakespeare, Da Vinci, Rembrandt, Mozart, Beethoven, Buddha, Confucius, Plato etc. had TV instead of doing their creative activities! What sort of world would we have? Well what sort of world do we have (especially in the big TV watching countries)? Distrust, hatred, envy, infidelity, crime, drug problems etc. are all of the many destructive things that TV often promotes, and we have an abundance of those things in society.</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino, serif;">Of course not all TV is bad and there are some educational things on it that can help one, plus shows that have a mostly positive message (although TV pales into insignificance to the internet these days, in terms of educational knowledge). The internet can be a trap as well, as that is full of things that usurp your creativity such as games, repeats of TV programs, porn, violence, hate etc.</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino, serif;">Being creative (whether through the many different arts, sport, travelling, volunteering etc.) and learning things that teach you in your creative pursuits, is far, far more stimulating and rewarding than sitting there like a flat bottle of lemonade hour after hour being "entertained”. You won’t be happy if you live like that because TV is a sad substitute for experiencing life yourself. And also when you are watching a lot of TV you are not in communication as much with the people around you, so as a consequence your relationships suffer.</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino, serif;">Imagine if that 140,000 hours average TV watching that a person from the Western World watches over their lifetime was instead invested into some sort of positive creative activity? What sort of a magical world we would have! There would be millions more of the likes of Mother Theresa, Steve Irwin, Richard Branson, Edmund Hillary, Joan of Arc, Florence Nightingale, Madame Curie, Mark Twain, Charles Dickens, Oscar Wilde, Amelia Earhart, Thomas Edison, Mahatma Gandhi, the Wright Brothers etc. etc.</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino, serif;">The choice is always ours of what sort of life we wish to lead (by what knowledge we choose to take in and what we do with it ) and what sort of world we want (co-created by our actions). When you are old and on your deathbed are you going to say that you had an exciting life and left the world in better shape through your creative pursuits and contributions OR are you going to look back and see how you wasted 100,000 hours or more of it by being addicted to TV and by being a spectator of life?</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino, serif;">I know which one I choose and I know it is never too late to start getting really creative if you are not already, as I only started to become so in a major way after I turned fifty years old. I would not be able to live without it now and I would choose death rather than going back to a life of TV over creativity. Of course I am not condemning entertainment altogether, but making positive creativity the far bigger priority is where the greater joy in life lies, because you are fully expressing yourself and making a better world by being so.</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino, serif;">Here are a few quotes on creativity that may fire you up if you are wasting your life away and suppressing your incredible creative ability -</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino, serif;">"Creativity is a drug. I cannot live without it”. Cecille B. Demille</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino, serif;">"The best part of creating art is the inspiration it puts into another’s heart”. J L Brown</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino, serif;">"Have no fear of perfection. You’ll never reach it”. Salvador Dali</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino, serif;">"Only by expressing yourself fully, can you be fully you and therefore fully happy”. J L Brown</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino, serif;">"Every child is an artist. The problem is staying an artist when you grow up”. Pablo Picasso</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino, serif;">"There is only opinion when it comes to art, so don’t worry about the critics and just get out your guitar, paintbrush or pencil…and start!" J L Brown</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino, serif;">"You can’t wait for inspiration, you have to go after it with a club”. Jack London</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino, serif;">"The only way creativity will transpire, is if creativity is what you desire”. J L Brown</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino, serif;">As mentioned earlier, creativity does not have to be just in the arts but it can be in mentoring, volunteering or community betterment actions, sport, politics, child raising, home making and many, many other ways you are passionate about. Research, study and perhaps training are also important ingredients of living a creative life, because the more you learn, the more your creative powers are enhanced.</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino, serif;">With the internet now, there are no excuses for not being able to get knowledge to help you achieve your creative goals. Sites like Udemy have hundreds of free or relatively cheap courses that give you the knowledge to be anything.</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino, serif;">If you have not already started on your life of concentration on creativity and thus real fulfillment, just Start! The first step is the hardest part and once you have made that first step it gets easier and easier. You may stumble along the way but just get up and dust yourself off when you do, and keep going!</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino, serif;">Happy Creating,</span>
<span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino, serif;"> Jeff</span></p>
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How To Resolve Conflicts

It is amazing the number of conflicts that occur on social media these days and when I see some comments on a lot of the You Tube videos I look at, the attacks on some commenters can be really vicious!

It is a good thing we have the freedom to think for ourselves and comment on how we feel though, but some people can go way overboard in their comments and really they are just hurting themselves as much as anyone else, as you always reap what you sow, and if you are critical enough you will end up getting sick or develop physical ailments yourself because humans are natively loving beings, but when they violate that love no matter how justified it seems, they open the door for disease.
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Illuminating The Illusion!

It is a year now since I started this blog in May 2014 and it has flown by quick. I never thought I would have created more than fifty posts in that time but that has happened.

I have learnt a lot about myself and the more I learn the more I realize I don’t know, which is a strange realization that many searchers have.

The main purpose of this site has been to get the message across that the so-called physical universe is an illusion and the only real universe is a mental one and that we are the creators of it and our destinies. I have gone over the overall One mind or Oneness that we are, and you can find that information on earlier posts. Continue reading

Don’t Violate Your Integrity!

In the past week I made one of the biggest blunders in a long time by joining a certain cult like anti-religious cult group site on Face Book, after being invited to do so. As much as I recognize the dangerousness and destructive nature of the religious cult, at least they have some positive things in their religious cult, but the anti-cult group have none.

Anyway, I guess I was testing myself because a week or so prior to that I made the decision to only engage in positive activity and promote positive things. I violated that within one week!
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7 Secrets To Achieve Success And Wealth!

I have just started writing an ebook on the secrets of creating success and wealth that will go on to my marketing website at www.affluencemarketing.net when I have finished writing it, so I thought I would do a post here on increasing success and wealth, as after all, money does equate to freedom in the material world for most people.

Not everyone wants to be financially wealthy as quite a few people strive mostly for spiritual wealth rather than material wealth but unless you are living entirely off – the – grid and don’t need money to survive, I think most people could agree that having more money is a good thing and helps increase their freedom in the current system we live.

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I Love Ralph!

Out of all the great writers, poets, philosophers, spiritual types etc. that I have read the works of throughout the years, I personally like the late and great American Ralph Waldo Emerson the most.

I only started looking at his works in depth last year but I have seen some of his brilliant quotes here and there throughout the years, without bothering to find out who he really was until recently. I sure am glad I did as his material is life changing in a big way!

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You Attract What You Put Out!

In the last couple of weeks I have gotten ridden of some destructive people on Facebook and gained some new, seemingly decent Facebook friends.

Now, I am  not saying that they were “evil” but they just did not see things the way I saw them in some matters and decided to attack me in a destructive way, and I was silly enough to engage them! Continue reading

Reincarnation Is Making A Comeback (Part 1)

In the last post I said I would go into more detail about the subject of death and reincarnation. The first thing to acknowledge is that the body does not live for a period of time and one day falls over dead as if it is the first time it has died.

The reality is your body cells die (and regenerate) every day! In actual fact, your whole skin dies and is replaced inside of thirty days. So at the end of every thirty days you have totally new skin as you shed millions of skin cells a day. That is how bloodhounds, wolves and other wild animals can track humans or other animals because they leave a trail of dead skin cells and hair.

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How To Increase Your ”Luck”

The first thing to know about luck is there really is no such thing! Luck simply is unknown Cause and when you discover the cause of it, it can no longer be called luck.

We live in a Cause/Effect universe and any effect (whether it is good or bad) or anything that can be considered good or bad luck, you caused it. Because you cannot identify how you caused it, it is called luck and looked at as something that ”just happens” for no rhyme or reason.

The word originates from the 15th Century coming from the Dutch ”luc” which was a shortening of the word ”gheluc” which meant happiness and good fortune. Continue reading

Travel Is A Form Of Spiritual Freedom

Purification For Super Health!

We live in a highly toxic modern world with chemicals in our food, water, air, household cleaning products, cosmetics etc., and some of those chemicals can get caught up and stored in the cells and tissues of our bodies, and unbeknown to most people, they can cause a whole host of negative health conditions.

The worst toxins of all are heavy metals such as lead (in canned foods, tinned soft drinks, make up, exhaust fumes and more), mercury (in fish, tooth fillings, vaccinations and more), fluoride (in tap water in a lot of western countries, toothpaste, mouthwash, soft drinks and more) and then there are other heavy metals we ingest such as cadmium, arsenic and uranium.

Some of the symptoms of heavy metal toxicity can be cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, depression, chronic fatigue, arthritis, headaches, nervous disorders, food allergies, gastrointestinal problems and many more (google “Heavy metal toxicity symptoms” to see them all).

If one wants to be super healthy, vibrant, look radiant and live a long disease free life, it is imperative that these toxins be eliminated from the body and I have a suggestion how! Continue reading

Change Your Mind Or Get Left Behind

With the avalanche of information on social media these days you can find things you may have believed for a long time (or even believed for your whole life) to be utterly false and a re-evaluation needed of those things.

Of course, you can’t believe every thing you hear or see but it still pays to check out things no matter how bizarre they might sound to be, else you will stay in a small minded “box”.

In the last week I ran across something which I considered bizarre when I saw a video on a guy’s You Tube channel that claimed that Elton John’s boyfriend was really Princess Di in disguise and with a sex change! Nonetheless, I still applied critical thinking rather than have a totally fixed idea on it and did some research and found a video on You Tube from the 1980’s with Princess Di and Elton’s boyfriend on it together.

One of the commenters was so outraged that I did not believe that Elton’s boyfriend was Princess Di after I not only posted my thoughts but also posted the video of Princess Di and Elton’s boyfriend in the same frame on to that post (he claimed that is was digitally edited), that he threatened to kill me.

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Critical Thinking Or Heart Based Thinking?

I have noticed a lot of people on social media using the term “critical thinking” lately. A few months ago I looked up the definition of critical thinking and was surprised by the length and complexity of this particular definition.

The way I have always looked at the term is to mean to not just believe without question what you hear or are told but look for yourself, look at all sides and then think for yourself based on what you found. An example we can use is the debate whether or not we need to supplement our diets with extra vitamins and minerals. Of course you can spend the rest of your life looking at and researching some highly debatable subjects and at the end of that research you still might be wrong, and in fact, there may be no absolute right or wrong answer in some debates!

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Speak Your Truth – Don’t Let Anyone Stop You!

The last few weeks (up until a few days ago) I have had quite a few attacks on social media after expressing my opinion (especially calling out and exposing fraudulent figureheads and groups) on it and also after putting up some videos I created for my You Tube channel.

If you believe something is true never let anyone try and stop you from expressing that truth, as speaking your truth is the basis of integrity. The only time I would think twice on that is if it caused real upset to a family member or close friend. But a Facebook ”friend” I have never met before and probably never will, that does not concern me and putting the truth out is senior to losing their “friendship” (although I am quite fond of some of my Facebook friends that I have never met).
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Truth Is Usually Stranger Than Fiction

A freaky thing happened to me this week. Two weeks ago on a Saturday I was in the middle of the Outback of Australia in the town of Alice Springs, and it stems from that.

I filmed the famous Todd River there and it is famous for the fact it is nearly always dry. I put the 2 minute video I shot up on to Facebook and commented in the video that the river only has water in it about once every 2-3 years and had been completely dry for years.

Then, two days ago, the biggest downpour since 1988 occurred in the Outback of Australia and right where I filmed my video (which was on a foot bridge above the river) a lady filmed a short video and put it up on You Tube and showed the river was a raging torrent! The most it ever flowed since 1988, in fact.  Continue reading

A Possible Answer To “Karma”

<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino;">If one could get control of one’s "Karma” you would think one would be on their way to "godhood”! Firstly, what is Karma? Karma is the Hindu and Buddhist belief that what ever actions you do (whether they are good or bad), you will be effected by them – and that can be what you do in this life or from previous lives one has lived, as they believe in reincarnation.</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino;">Other terms and phrases it is commonly described in are – cause and effect, action/reaction, you reap what you sow, what comes around goes around etc.</span></p>
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<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino;">So is there a way around Karma? Well, it is easy to say don’t do anything "bad” in the first place as the answer to Karma and then nothing bad will come back our way, but we all have different ideas as to what is good and bad and we are also human with volatile emotions to a greater or lesser degree, and certain conditions can have an adverse effect on our behaviour.</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino;">I remember when I lived in Darwin at the top of Australia last decade and that is a seriously hot and humid place in their Wet season. It is called the "silly season” there in the Wet season as people are under so much stress by the humidity and heat which is incredibly oppressive, that they tend to lose their tempers far more easily, lose concentration more easily and have more accidents, and do silly things they would not normally do.</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino;">I remember one day it was so hot and humid that I went into the swimming pool of a place I was staying at there and although my head was the only part of my body out of the water, I had sweat pouring out of it the whole time I was in the pool that day. Very energy draining and it is much harder to think straight in those conditions.</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino;">Another factor is that alcohol is consumed far more in that place, too. I use to think that people up there drank the alcohol to cool down but it is primarily drank to deaden the pain of the harsh effect the humidity and heat had on the body. But it also created far more violence, accidents and stupid behaviour up there.</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino;">In my recent posts I have gone over gratitude, goals, equal transaction and being in balance in our relationships. These are all very beneficial to thwart a bad Karmic life because goals give you direction, a sense of gratitude brings to you more of those things you are grateful for, and understanding and being aware of keeping your giving and taking equal or even to give more, is the basis of good Karma, as you could say all bad Karma (bad effects) are caused by taking more than giving – and if you break it down that is what a "sin” is, taking more than giving or giving bad effects to others.</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino;">A million examples could be given but stealing, cheating, lying, physically hurting someone without due cause etc., are chief types of transgressions. I don’t know about you but in my misspent youth I was guilty of all those things.</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino;">One of the religious mechanisms that man has come up with to deal with the burden of their wrongdoings is the practice of confessions. But that is a trap in itself in my view, because it is giving the power of your "forgiveness” through another, so you are really denying yourself and your own power when you give it away to someone else.</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino;">Another factor is you will find that a lot of the "sins” one feels guilty about are the sins that the church deems are sins! And you will find that they really promote sin and how bad it is to be a "sinner”. When you look at what is really at play, it is those religions and their priests are playing god and of course we know we need to give money to the church to show we are good and not sinners!</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino;">My personal view is confessionals are a scam to shake down money from the church goers! Another thing when you rely on confessionals is you then become dependent on having them because you have the belief instilled in you by the religions that sinners can’t go to Heaven.</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino;">There even is a New Age religious cult that uses this same dirty trick and fleeces their fast shrinking flock for every dime they can because they have instilled in their members the belief that not giving money to that cult is the biggest sin of all! You have got to laugh at the audacity of that one, incredible.</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino;">Now, because parishioners in these churches feel really bad about being a "sinner” they actually can get real tangible relief from having a confessional, there is no question of that. But the relief comes from the fact they feel so bad because the religions say how bad sin is and how bad it is to be a sinner and remind their flock every Sunday how bad it is, usually.</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino;">It’s very clever and that is how they play god and religions get filthy rich etc. It can be called emotional blackmail or extortion even. Make people feel guilty, give them the solution to the guilt you have instilled in them through a confessional, they then feel the relief and are obligated to "donate” to that church.</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino;">So that is one reason I keep away from religion but I don’t begrudge anyone what they choose to do or practice, except if I know they are blatantly hurting others. In fact I just disconnected from a Facebook "friend” today who was openly promoting that "all Jews are bad” and he put up a picture of red XMAS balls for his his XMAS tree with swastikas on them. And yesterday I disconnected from another guy on Facebook who was continuously pushing the false idea that "good” aliens are about to save us from "all the evil in the world”, rather than ourselves saving us and because I did not believe him and called him out he accused me of being a disinformation agent working for the "illuminati”.</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino;">I believe in self-empowerment as being the answer to our freedom and that is why I constantly say only listen to or use what resonates with you from this blog, because I am no guru but just a guy with ideas that have helped me and who now has a desire to help others with those ideas, and it is up to you if you want to take these ideas on board.</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino;">Anyway, as a lot of people who have left religions still carry around "sin guilt” and so do many others who believe in the "power” of authorities of various kinds who instil their own brand of guilt to play god and control and get compliance from others, I looked at the subject (actually it came to me when I was writing the recent post on the power of gratification) and I came up with the idea of reversing the confessional process, but still getting "spiritual gain” and more in fact!</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino;">When a person confesses to a transgression in a church confessional they usually give the whole story of that transgression – where and when the transgression took place, who they transgressed against, and what they did. Then when they have told all, their "sins are forgiven” by the priest or cult practitioner.</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino;">So instead of looking at the so-called sins one does, why not accentuate the positive, cut out the middle man who you are giving your power away to (the priest), and write up some of the outstandingly good things you have done using the same format!</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino;">If you really sit down and think hard at this, you will find a lot of really good things you have done and by writing them down in terms of exactly how and what you did with the time and place etc., you will find that you will feel an enormous feeling of well being, self esteem, increased energy and vitality! It is a really powerful process.</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino;">An example of the format could be something like this – ‘On a late afternoon in July I was walking down Snout St. in Smerfville and I saw an elderly lady drop her groceries when her shopping bag broke. I helped her pick up her items and I walked about half a block with her to her car and loaded the groceries in the car. She thanked me with a great deal of gratitude and was very happy and I then I went on my way’. And another – ‘On XMAS eve 2012 in the morning, I went with my girlfriend to the Salvo’s in the town centre and off-loaded a stereo, a bicycle, 2 suits and 6 dresses which were all good quality, and the lady behind the counter was ecstatic and gave us a huge hug each which also made us feel good too’.</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino;">As a matter of a fact, you could start your own church based on this procedure! Of course I am just joking but it would be a damn sight more spiritually uplifting church to be in rather than a church that promotes sin and how bad it is to be a sinner as it’s main topics!</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino;">Any specific area in your life that you are having difficulty with such as finances, relationships, work, etc., if you do this process on the one or two areas you are having the most difficulty with and write up times when you did outstanding good things in the past, you will find those areas will start to open up for you and you will go from difficulty/failure in them, to become cause over them with no bad Karmic effects.</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino;">For example, if you are having difficulty with money, write down times when you did outstanding things that made you money in the past (with the time and place it occurred). If you are having difficulties in a relationship or having difficulty finding a partner write down times you did outstanding things in that relationship or earlier relationships that made your partner or past partners happy (if you are going to write stuff about earlier relationships it would not be the greatest idea to let your current partner find your write-up else then you will probably worsen your relationship LOL).</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino;">You will immediately have things change for the better for you when you do this process because you are changing your consciousness and the physical world is just a projection of your consciousness which you manifest by your thoughts. Of course if you can fix any area in your life by communication or correcting bad behaviour, that needs to be done. This process is not a substitute for using common sense but it is an aid.</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino;">It’s up to you how regularly you do it if you are going to do it, but I suggest don’t get over reliant on it but just do it until conditions change for the better in the area or areas in your life you are having difficulty with. Using this process with a weekly gratitude write-up as suggested in the earlier post on gratitude on this site will supercharge your life, especially in conjunction with a clear goals list that you look at daily, too.</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino;">I can say with certainty by doing those actions you will get more spiritual gain than any church will ever give you. Just get a text book or a ream of paper and start and you will have another sure fire answer to freedom if you do so!</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino;">Thank You and have a very Merry XMAS! I will be back in the New Year after a vacation.</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino;">All The Best,</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino;">Jeff</span></p>

Is It True That What You Put Your Attention On You Get?

<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: 14pt;">A couple of weeks ago I rang up my local book store and ordered a book by a well known self development author and teacher by the name of Brandon Bays. Then, a couple of days ago, the staff member I spoke to at the book store rang me back and said the book had come in from Sydney.</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: 14pt;">So I went into town with great anticipation to pick up her book (Brandon is a woman) and read it. When I got to the counter we discovered that the book that came in was not the one I had ordered but another of Brandon’s books. Boy, I hate it when things like that happen!<!–more–></span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: 14pt;">I was just about to head out of the store but I thought I would have a quick look around before I left. Virtually the first book I saw when I went to my favourite section was the famous Tim Ferriss book called ”The 4 Hour Work Week – Escape The 9-5, Live Anywhere And Join The New Rich”.</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: 14pt;">Interestingly enough, the night before I went to the book store I was listening to an interview from Tim Ferriss on his podcast that he did with Rolf Potts, the guy who wrote the well known ”Vagabonding” book. So I bought Tim’s book and it was $29.95 and I had exactly $30.</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: 14pt;">That is a prime example of what you put your attention on you get, and on examining my thoughts I realised that I wanted the Tim Ferriss book more after hearing his interview than I wanted the Brandon Bays book, so that is what I manifested.</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: 14pt;">During the week I saw a post on the internet where a guy said that it was a "load of baloney” that what you put your attention on you get. He went on and said that all the poor people who put their attention on having a lot of money would then get it and the same with young guys who had their attention on having lots of beautiful girls. He said only physical action can create one’s reality.</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: 14pt;">So is this fellow right or wrong in what he says? Both, because a thought is an action too! Also, if you could hear people’s thoughts, such as people who were always dreaming about being rich or having expensive things but never get them, for example, you will find for every thought that they have of being rich or owning something really expensive, they engage in the action of having a negative countering thought to their positive thought (otherwise they would be rich).</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: 14pt;">That thought is just usually along the lines of "I am only fooling myself, I will never be rich” or "I would never be able to own a Ferrari" or "I am just average looking, no beautiful girls will want me” etc. etc. We implant ourselves with these thoughts all the time and sabotage ourself. No-one creates our reality but ourselves. We even have to agree to be enslaved, but victims don’t know they are creating their victimhood by their thoughts, else if they did, they would not be victims.</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: 14pt;">So the truth is – we get the outcome of the thoughts we put our attention on the most. So you can have what you want without physically acting by the action of thinking without having counter thoughts. That is a goal that many people strive to achieve through various spiritual practices they undertake, as people want to be CAUSE over life and not be the adverse EFFECT of it in this CAUSE/EFFECT dualistic existence we have. Even gross materialists attempt this, as by having great wealth they then can just snap their fingers and get what they want through that wealth and what it brings, such as servants and minions to do a lot of actions for them.</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: 14pt;">Meditation is really an effort to get control of your thoughts so you don’t create those negative countering thoughts. Prayer is an effort to concentrate fully on what you want and believing some higher being will help you get what you want and having faith in that being to the point where you can overcome those negative, countering thoughts that you create in opposition to your positive thoughts.</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: 14pt;">I have many times thought of someone I have not heard from in a long time and wanted to hear from and within a day or even within a few minutes (on rare occasions) I have had them call me. I am sure you have had many similar things happen. The only act I did was to think that I wanted to hear from them and it happened.</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: 14pt;">So thought is an energy and action that you put out and you can create things by putting your attention on those thoughts and having the intention for your thoughts to come true. I remember once I saw a nice looking Chinese lady walk past my apartment one day as she was inspecting a vacant apartment in my block and I thought to myself that I would like to get to know her better. But I did not take any action except the action of thinking that, without a negative countering thought.</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: 14pt;">The next day I was sitting in my apartment working and that woman unexpectedly walked past again and then a few minutes later came back and knocked on my screen door and started asking me about the neighbourhood. We hit it off and became an item for some time until she eventually had to go back to her home city, as she was just studying here for a limited time. But these type of things happen to all of us regularly. We are constantly creating our reality by thought and the putting of our attention on the thought can create our reality with out any visible physical action.</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: 14pt;">Scientists in the quantum physics field have discovered that atoms are in fact empty and the world is really a holograph of projected thought and many philosophers, mystics, sages and shamans over the centuries have said the same thing, but calling life a created illusion instead of a holograph, but meaning the same thing. So if you look at it that way, what action really is, is created, consecutive thoughts in motion! So thought and action are really the same thing if you view it from that perspective.</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: 14pt;">So how do you manifest the reality that you really desire and with less effort and in a practical way (instead of prayer, meditation, yoga etc if you are not that inclined to do it through those sort of means)? The recent posts I have done on this site in regards to goals and also on gratitude cover this. Writing up your goals with deadlines for each of them (don’t worry too much how you are going to reach them but just what they are) and putting them up in a prominent place where you can see them and have your attention on them daily, is the first step. Go to my recent post on that to find out more.</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: 14pt;">The second thing is to do a weekly write up of all the things you are grateful for, especially what happened during that past week (that’s how I do it anyway), and when you put your attention on these things, like magic, you attract more of it! Read my recent post on gratitude to know how to exactly apply this powerful written technique.</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: 14pt;">So the third thing you can do is simply to watch your thoughts! What are you telling yourself about you and your goals etc? What you are telling yourself is what you are and what you have in life, to that exact degree. Your physical existence is an exact reflection of your invisible spiritual existence (thoughts, intentions, desires).</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: 14pt;">You are the creator of your reality and the last thing you need to believe is that you have an ”unconscious mind”, ”subconscious mind” or are possessed by ”demons” or negative ”entities” if things are not going well for you in some areas of your life. The reality is you are running off of destructive thoughts based on destructive information you have picked up and now operate on and rather than giving your power away (getting another to think for you and determine your reality) to psychologists, psychiatrists, religions or religious cults to ”rid” these ”entities” and "mysterious parts of the mind” they have made up out of thin air that only they have the ”expertise” to ”fix” and at nearly always great expense to you, you can quite easily ”fix” yourself by doing the above three steps.</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: 14pt;">And the fourth step is to get good helpful regular information, especially about spirituality and natural living, and keep away as much as possible from destructive people who have destructive ideas, whether they be ”friends” or through media outlets like TV, computer games, destructive and violent movies, newspapers, gossipy mags, listening to lies from governments and some religions, following destructive cults etc. Most of the stuff from these sources is designed to keep you down or as a subservient and money paying follower or a compliant consumer and an obedient citizen (a sheep who should not think for oneself or be an individual with original and authentic thoughts but stay in agreement with the rest of the "herd” by orders of one’s "masters” and "experts" and blindly believe the half truths, lies etc. they feed you that keep you enslaved).</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: 14pt;">Anyway, I thoroughly recommend this book by Tim Ferriss called "The 4 Hour Work Week” and I am currently on page 50 and check out this second paragraph on the page "It’s lonely at the top. Ninety-nine percent of people in the world are convinced they are incapable of achieving great things, so they aim for the mediocre. The level of compensation is thus fiercest for ‘realistic’ goals, paradoxically making them the most time and energy consuming. It is easier to raise $1,000,000 than it is $100,000. It is easier to pick up the one perfect 10 in a bar than the five 8’s".</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: 14pt;">Apply the above and you will have another answer to your freedom but only do so if it resonates with you!</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: 14pt;">All The Best,</span>
<span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: 14pt;"> Jeff</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: 14pt;">P.S. Talk about synchronicity. I just checked my Facebook site just as I was ending off and straight away found this very apt quote by an anonymous author – "Whatever you hold in your mind will tend to occur in your life. If you continue to believe as you have always believed, you will continue to act as you have always acted. If you continue to act as you have always acted, you will continue to get what you have always gotten. If you want different results in your life and work, all you have to do is change your mind”.</span></p>

5 Key Elements Of Relationships

The other day I found out about someone I knew who just had been recently divorced. It seems like there is an epidemic in divorces these days and in some Western countries the rate is around 50% of marriages ending in divorce!

There are a myriad of reasons why divorce is becoming more prominent and one interesting statistic I found out is that marriages where the woman has a higher income than the man have a 30% higher incidence of ending in divorce.  Continue reading

The Transformative Power Of Gratitude

There have been a lot of posts on Facebook in the last week regarding the American tradition of Thanksgiving. This is a great thing to celebrate as what you give thanks for usually continues to come your way.

People that focus their attention on the positive, tend to attract that. We are most definitely the creators of our reality but unfortunately victims of life don’t realise that their negative thoughts result in negative actions or inaction and they usually choose instead to blame others for their misfortune! Continue reading

Fasting Is The Ancient Secret To Super Health

Every Saturday I only drink water and juice up until dinner time. So I don’t eat anything from dinner Friday night to dinner Saturday night. Also, once a year I do a five day juice fast around XMAS. Why fasting?

This is a practice written about in all the old religious texts and by old time philosophers and sages. It is even more pertinent these days simply because our bodies are saturated by toxins in the food, water and air we are exposed too. Continue reading

You Are Far More Powerful Than You Think!

I had an interesting encounter on Facebook the other day with a couple of Filipino Christians. Whenever I see someone post something about believing in God I like to tell them that the so-called “Kingdom of God” is within and that God is not an external being floating around in space with a magic wand determining everyone’s lives.

I believe in self empowerment and not having one’s life determined from outside of one and I believe the  more you take control of your own life and believe in yourself, the more ideal you will make your life.  Continue reading

You Are The One You Have Been Waiting For!

In the last week I found an old school associate on Facebook who I went to school with from 1966 to 1968. He made a comment on a Facebook friend’s site and I recognized his name because it is a very distinct name

We got to chatting and I recalled a time when one of my teachers made one of the students hold the top of his head in a bucket of water for an entire class (I think it was 30 minutes but it could have been an hour). Continue reading

How To Manifest The Life Of Your Dreams!

Last weekend I watched a great interview by Lilou Mace with a Dutch guy by the name of Baptist De Pape. Lilou is a beautiful French/American who has done over 2,500 interviews with spiritual type people and recorded them on her “Lilou’s Juicy Living Tour” site.

Baptist recently wrote a book called “The Power Of The Heart” and also produced a movie of the same name. In both the movie and the book he interviews 17 of the world’s most famous spiritual teachers who have collectively sold over 500 million books and a world famous scientist.

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