Free Will and Choice

Free Will and Choice

Have you ever wondered what drives us to choose one action over another? Have you ever regretted having taken one path versus another? On a second thought… who hasn’t?

Stick with me and learn what might have been the cause behind your choices. But first, let’s start by defining the meaning of “Free Will”… For most of us, the term “free will” is quite familiar. It basically refers to a certain capacity that we -as rational beings- have, to choose a course of action from among a variety of alternatives. Pretty simple, but… what makes us choose one thing over another?

Most philosophers would agree that the concept of free will is intimately linked to that of moral responsibility. On laymen’s terms, acting from free will requires being aware of and taking responsibility for the consequences that our actions may or may not produce.

Assuming that most people in the world were taught responsibility, why is it then that many fall by the sidelines acting irresponsibly towards themselves, towards other human beings, and towards the environment? In other words, why do we do what we do?

The answer to this question may very well be hidden in the “Hierarchy of Needs” by Abraham Maslow. Maslow’s theory may help you better understand human behavior, including your own.

Building Awareness About Our Own Primary Needs

Psychologist Abraham Maslow first introduced his concept of the Hierarchy of Needs in his paper “A Theory of Human Motivation“, published in 1943 and later on in his book, “Motivation and Personality.” This pyramidal order proposes that individuals are motivated to fulfill their basic needs before moving on to get other needs.

Maslow’s theory dictates that these needs are like instincts and play a major role in motivating behavior. When the basic needs are not met, it becomes almost impossible to pursue other things in life or achieve higher needs.

The basic needs –also called D-needs– come up due to scarcity or a lack or something. These are physiological (sleeping, eating), security (safety), social (acceptance), and esteem (self-worth). Fulfilling these 4 lower-level needs is important in order to seek out higher awareness and achieve self growth, as you can see in Maslow’s pyramid above.

When these needs are met, it is unlikely that we create unpleasant feelings, conditions or results in our life. However, when these basic needs are not met, our choices might be affected (or biased) in spite of our free will. This happens due to our innate instinct for well-being.

The fifth level of needs is the highest-level of the pyramid. These were termed by Maslow as the Growth Needs, the Being Needs or B-needs. Once all the D-needs are met, the desire for personal development emerges from B-needs. These needs do not come about as a result of lack of something, but instead from a desire, a want, a pursuit of growth as a individual. From this position, you can fully execute your free will and your choices consciously.

The 5 levels in Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs

  • Physiological Needs
     
    These include the most basic and common needs which are essential for survival. Examples are the need for water, air, food and rest. Maslow thought that until these needs were fulfilled, personal growth could not be seek out and much less achieved.
  • Safety Needs
     
    This need encompasses refuge and protection. These needs are also crucial for survival, but they’re not as essential as the physiological needs, for one can literally live under a tree but not without water. Examples of protection needs include a desire for a home to live in, a stable job, health insurance, safe places to be in and protection from environmental factors.
  • Love Needs
     
    These needs refer to the feeling of belonging, love, compassion, and kindness. Maslow believed these needs were less crucial than physiological and protection needs. In other words, having friends and belonging to a group is important, but not before having a meal and a roof over our heads. Friendships, immediate and extended family as well as romantic relationships help us fulfill this need for company and acceptance. Also, our involvement in social, community or spiritual groups give us a sense of belonging.
  • Self-Worth Needs
     
    After these first 3 needs have been fulfilled, self-worth needs become progressively important. These include the need for things that reflect on self-regard, personal worth, social recognition and personal achievement. More precisely, it relates to the way in which we see ourselves and the way in which others see us; i.e. self-esteem and self-worth.
  • Self-Actualization Needs
     
    This is the highest level of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs and the one from where human beings develop higher awareness and personal growth. Self-actualizing individuals are self-conscious (but not egotistical), concerned with self growth, less worried with the opinions of other people and interested satisfying their potential in their own benefit as well as for the benefit of others.

This is where REAL Personal Growth happens!

If you want to take a deeper look into your own behaviors as well as increase your understanding of the motivations behind other people’s choices and actions, I recommend you read: “Awareness Building and Consciousness Raising Facts.” Click on the image below for immediate eBook download right after purchase…

Once you understand the motives behind human behavior and become more aware of your own behaviors, you will know where your actions come from and how they are affected by your free will.

Moreover, your personal growth path will be facilitated because you will know yourself that much more! From disgrace and apathy to pride-fullness and bravery, you will learn how behaviors can be tracked down to Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs!

Get to Know Yourself! …and use that benefit to your advantage…

Discover the truth behind every single choice you make as a human being…

Anticipate your behaviors to prevent problems and use your free will to act accordingly so you facilitate solutions… With great power comes great responsibility. Study “Awareness Building and Consciousness Raising Facts” and… put your knowledge to good use!

“Life is like a game of cards…
The hand you are dealt is determinism;
 
the way you play it is
 free will.”

 ~ Jawaharlal Nehru / Indian Prime Minister, 1889-1964

“Though our character is formed by circumstances,
our own desires can do much to shape those circumstances;
and what is really inspiriting and ennobling in the doctrine of free will
is the conviction that we have real power
over the formation of our own destiny.”

 ~ John Stuart Mill / Philosopher, Logician and Economist, 1806-1873

Tips To Be Happier

Tips To Be Happier

All of us have difficult days every now and then, days in which we wish we were feeling more positive to endure the complexities of life. We may try to convince ourselves that these things happen in life, that it’s no big deal, and that this soon ‘shall pass.’ While these thoughts are positive in nature and even a bit encouraging, they may not be enough to get us into a better state of mind. Truth is, it may not be as easy as it sounds.

Have you experienced something like this yourself? If you feel stuck in your own emotional loopholes when the going gets rough, and if you find that feeling happier is a struggle sometimes, these “Seven Tips To Be Happier” will help you lift your mood in no time at all, so you can feel happy NOW

  • Take a walk
     
    Most of us know that taking a short daily walk is a wonderful form of physical exercise. And when we are feeling down it is also beneficial for our inner state. So, if you feel overwhelmed or if things are not going your way, take a walk in a natural location where you can admire plants, birds and yes, even butterflies.
     
    Take deep breaths and feel your lungs expand with fresh air. Make it a point to focus in the beauty of nature and smile. Forget about your problem for a few minutes. You will not only feel more relaxed and happier, but will look at your situation from a different angle when you return to it.
  • Listen to beautiful music
     
    Research has proven that music is a great tool to shift the listener’s state of being within moments. Its effects can be almost magical.When you feel blue, dig out that CD you haven’t listened to in years or tune in your favorite radio station to something you have not listened to in awhile, or even something totally new. If stress is getting the best out of you, classical music may be helpful as well. Vivaldi tones are known to improve mood and overall well-being.

    You may want to jump to the bottom of this page, and push play before you keep on reading this article so you can experience Vivaldi’s Four Seasons for a few moments of bliss… 🙂

  • Be open to discover and explore something new
     
    Go to a library and read something different than what you’d normally read. Go to a bookstore and browse through the magazine section. What catches your eye? Buy a magazine you wouldn’t normally buy. This will help you open your mind to learning a new thing or two, and/or feel the enthusiasm of discovering a wonderful activity or new hobby.
  • Laugh out loud!
     
    Laughter is the best medicine. We’ve all heard this phrase and it is true! Laughter is one of the best ways to lift your spirits and it is free.Read a humorous book, or watch a comedy. Allow yourself to laugh big! Try to learn a few new jokes to share with others. And don’t take life too seriously. We’ve all been silly at times. We’ve all goofed off some other times. It’s totally OK to learn to laugh at ourselves too!
  • Learn to breathe and meditate
     
    Breathing-meditation is a great exercise that you can do anywhere for just a few minutes and it has wonderful side effects. Simply look for a place where you won’t be disturbed, and sit comfortably with your back straight. Then, close your eyes and place your attention on the flow of air going in and out of your nostrils and follow it all the way to your lungs. Do this slowly.
     
    Relax and smile as you do it. For better results, add an imaginary color to the air that goes in and out. Choose a bright color going in, and a darker color going out. Associate colors with your mood; i.e. pink for happy, brown for unhappy. Breathe happiness in and let go of unhappiness. That’s all there is to it. When you do this for 10 to 15 minutes, you will be pleasantly surprised at how you will feel afterward!
  • Drawing for fun
     
    Do you remember when you used to scribble for hours as a child? We all loved drawing silly little pictures when we were younger. And doodling is not just for kids or artists, so go get a few pens, color pencils, crayons or whatever you have and just draw whatever comes to you for the fun of it. Notice how you get distracted as your state of mind shifts. On a stressful day, this can be therapeutic!
  • Acknowledge the less fortunate
     
    The fact that you are reading this article and have access to the web suggests that most likely you are much better off than most people on this planet. It may be hard to believe, but those two things alone mean that you are better off than most people in the world.
     
    Unfortunately, many human beings live in poverty and barely have access to the basics for survival. There are many people who live in pain, hunger and despair. When you give yourself a few moments to feel compassion for them, you’ll get a warm feeling of gratefulness and happiness for what you have in your life.


 
These seven simple tips are nothing profound, new or life changing, but when all you need is a quick pick me up these may be just what you need.

Want more quick “pick me up” moments? Watch these two mini movies titled Finding Joy can be Simple and Laughter is an Instant Vacation. They will warm your heart and make you smile!

In conclusion, when you put simple ideas, methods, tools and techniques into action you will be helping yourself into living happily, much quicker than you imagine.

The Four Seasons
by Antonio L. Vivaldi

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The Pursuit of Happiness

The Pursuit of 

Happiness

Regardless of your profession or career path, your culture or language, your age or where you live in this vast planet, the pursuit of happiness is one common goal to all of us, human beings. Every time we have a dream, set a goal, pray, or wish for something, the underlying emotion we are seeking is happiness. When we have an experience that causes pleasure or has meaning to us, we bring about a positive feeling that translates into joy.

According to the dictionary, happiness is a state of mind or feeling characterized by contentment, satisfaction, pleasure, or joy. One definition I found at a Princeton University website says that happiness is a state of well-being characterized by emotions ranging from contentment to intense joy.

I believe happiness can be compared to an elusive butterfly going from one flower to another in the garden of life. Let’s use this analogy and imagine a young child walking in the park on a sunny day.

The child sees a colorful butterfly and with eyes of wonder follows its flying pattern. Curiosity makes him want to get close, touch it and even hold it in his little hands.

The child walks with his arms stretched out towards the flower where the butterfly is resting on, but as soon as he gets within reach, the butterfly takes off to land on another flower.

Determined, the child follows the butterfly to the next flower, and then the next, and the next… but no matter how much he chases it, the butterfly always remains out of his reach.

As adults, happiness can seem like a butterfly, always a few steps away… over there… out of our reach. To some, it may become an obsession. They believe that if only… this or that would happen they’d be truly happy. Their minds are caught up in the ‘if only’ mode continuously…. If only I had more money, a better job or my own business… if only I was in a great relationship, if my partner was more loving or my child was a better student… if only I could have the SUV I’ve been dreaming about, live in a bigger home or travel to Hawaii for a week or two… then, I’d be happy.

Even if they were to achieve one of their ‘if only’ desires, the bliss would be temporary. They would sooner or later get accustomed to what they got, and start feeling unhappy because they don’t have –or they want- something else. This feeling gives birth to the next ‘if only’ desire perpetually. Do you know anyone like this?

See, when you go through life feeling blue most of the time, you tend to believe that external events, things, or circumstances you want will give you the happiness you are seeking when these things happen. However, let’s realize that material possessions, circumstances, and events will just bring short-term happiness. These things will never have a lasting effect in your life even if you get to keep them for a while.

Just like the saying goes… “The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence”, if you base your happiness on things, you’ll always be chasing happiness based on things out there, “on the other side of the fence.” Subsequently, your focus and perception are always based on outer events, which will harbor feelings of dissatisfaction, discouragement and unhappiness in your heart and life experience as a whole.

Every human experience encompasses a mixture of pleasant and unpleasant circumstances. Because of this, no one should rely on experiences as a source of happiness unless they want to live in constant turmoil or experience the eroding ups and downs of an emotional roller coaster ride.

If what you want is true, long-lasting happiness, you must become aware of the fact that living happy is a state of  being, not a state of having.

Happiness is an inner condition that can be attained by all who truly desire to live in happiness most of the time. Yes, I say ‘most of the time‘ because certain unavoidable life events will bring sadness, that’s just a part of life. However, if your normal state is that of happiness, sadness will be temporary as you will recover faster from sorrow or despair.

There is no gene that determines who’ll be happy and who won’t. You and I are capable of becoming happy people and living happy lives IF we understand that happiness is never related to the world out there, but to the world within.

The inner contentment that allows you to navigate through the ups and downs of life has its roots deep within your being. Thus, the only true source of happiness comes from finding and embracing who you are as a person, and from there you can live a happy life overall. Finding peace in every aspect of your life is also important… the physical, the mental, the emotional and the spiritual.

Once you accept yourself ‘as you are’ and find peace in all of these areas, you get a sense of completeness in life; and the result is a flowing state of happiness.

If you neglect any one of these areas, you’ll experience a sense of emptiness. You may not be able to identify this nagging feeling right away. It just feels like something is missing. If this happens, it will be hard to get a solid foundation for building permanent happiness within. Like I mentioned above, many will try to fill this incompleteness by looking for outer stuff, such as the cars, the trips, the things.

This is the reason why falling into the elusive butterfly syndrome is quite common for so many people. They may get what they want and feel happy for awhile, only to discover later on that they’re feeling empty all over again. The feeling of frustration lingers and the cycle repeats itself once and again, unless they learn the secret to being happy despite life’s circumstances which starts with working on their inner self.

So… is happiness an elusive butterfly for you? If so, spend some time in quiet reflection. Ask yourself how you’re doing in regard to the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of your being. If you notice that you are neglecting one of these four important elements of your being,  you’ll know why you are experiencing a sense of emptiness within. This is a good starting point that gives you direction to modify or improve your life experience.

Remember, it is perfectly fine to desire more and get some things to make your life easier, more comfortable or pleasant, but do not confuse the euphoric feeling of getting things with real happiness.  Enjoy the fruit of your labor. You deserve it. But, do not let the object possess your happiness, ever.

The more you experience happiness as an inner job, the more often you will experience the butterfly of happiness landing on your shoulder.

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Belief

The Power of

Belief

Belief… what a powerful word! Most of us have an idea of its meaning, but do you really know the depth of its meaning and what power it holds over your life experience?

Belief has the power to change not only your inner state, but the world around you. This is because when you believe something from the inside out, it manifests in your outer world.

You are the sole observer of your world so you perceive and manifest according to your beliefs.

Yes, it sounds like magic, but I can assure you it is not. After years of research, scientists are barely starting to understand the implications of belief, and even how it intermingles with faith. Let’s explore both…

A belief emerges from existing ideas that you accumulate throughout your lifetime. These ideas shape your individuality based on personal experience and the way in which you get influenced by the people and world around you over time. In this sense, the events you have experienced give you the understanding and knowing that become the foundation of your beliefs, while faith is based on trust and hope in things yet to happen regardless of your present circumstances or the world around you.

In other words, your reality may be portraying a specific situation that has nothing to do with your belief in what will happen. When you hold this belief with passion, self-conviction and inner knowing from your core, it transforms into faith.

Moreover, a belief can be taken with reservation; meaning, you can believe something and at the same time, you may not be 100% convinced of your belief – more on this later. In contrast, faith is total confidence and blind certainty of future events, regardless of what you see in your reality right now.

The Belief Secret

We all have beliefs about one thing or another, but not all of us have faith. As such, faith is much more powerful than beliefs. Furthermore, even though all of us have beliefs about one thing or another, it is a wonderful thing that they are not 100% set in stone, otherwise we’d be set in our circumstances for life.

Fortunately, beliefs are malleable, and we can change them at will. Consider that your personal growth starts and evolves as you change old beliefs. Once you discover that certain beliefs don’t serve you any longer and consciously acknowledge that they need replacement, you’ll start working on getting new beliefs that support your goals and that have the potential to impact your life in a positive way eventually.  To better grasp this concept, just remember something from your childhood that made a certain belief set roots in your subconscious. Can you think of something along those lines as you read this? Does it still hold its truth for you to this day?

And here is something more about beliefs… they can be either limiting or empowering. This insight makes a huge difference in the way you perceive your reality. This only means that there are no real barriers or limitations but only those that you have come to believe in.

Once you realize that you have control over this, the door to unlimited possibilities swings wide open and you will feel empowered to achieve or conquer anything you set your mind to.

Have you heard the story of the English athlete, Roger Banister? He became famous after breaking the limit of the 4 minute mile run. You see, for many years scientists believed that it was impossible for a human being to run one mile in under 4 minutes, but in mid 1954, Banister believed he could break that record – and he did.

Roger Banister participated in the Vancouver Games, finishing first with 3 min 58.8 sec, which earned him a mention in the Guinness Book of Records and the Sportsman of the Year award.

The interesting thing is that Banister was not the only runner who accomplished this. Once others realized that this was not only possible but highly probable, a new paradigm emerged. Thirty seven runners believed they could do it too and went onto breaking the same record in that same year!

Many more athletes have done the same – and even better – since Banister debunked the old belief. Think about what this means! It all started with Banister’s desire to change a belief.

Now that you know this… what if I told you that you can have, achieve and manifest anything you put your mind to ONLY by allowing yourself to believe? Would you believe me? And more importantly, would you believe it yourself?

Before you answer, let’s explore a few statements…

  • Do you believe life is unfair?
  • Do you believe your life is full of problems?
  • Do you believe you have the ability to excel at anything?
  • Do you believe you cannot dance because you have two left feet?
  • Do you believe you will never get rich no matter how hard you work?
  • Do you believe you don’t have the necessary traits to succeed?
  • Do you believe Algebra is just for Engineers to understand?
  • Do you believe

You can formulate more questions according to your thoughts, ideas and circumstances. You get the idea… Keep on asking questions like these over and over and jot down your answers. Some of them will astound you!

Whatever your answers were, realize that the common denominator in all of them is belief… It doesn’t matter what questions you pose to yourself in life, it is always about what you believe. BUT… beliefs can be changed; remember that… always!

So now let’s see if you can answer my initial questions… What if I told you that you can manifest anything by just allowing yourself to believe you can? Would you believe me? And more importantly, do you believe it yourself?

Your answer here _________________

 

I invite you to take a few moments and ponder upon these truths below, straight from successful people and personal growth masters

Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve!
~ Napoleon Hill

Four things for success: work and pray, think and believe.”
~ Norman Vincent Peale

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”
~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“More than anything else, I believe it’s our decisions,  not the conditions of our lives that determine our destiny.
~ Anthony Robbins

Believe deep down in your heart that you’re destined to do great things.”
~ Joe Paterno

I believe that you control your destiny, that you can be what you want to be.”
~ Leo Buscaglia

Whatever you believe with feeling becomes your reality.”
~ Brian Tracy

“Nurture your mind with great thoughts; to believe in the heroic makes heroes.”
~ Benjamin Disraeli

Believe and act as if it were impossible to fail.”
~ Charles F. Kettering

“When people believe in themselves, it’s amazing what they can accomplish.”
~ Sam Walton

Throw yourself into some work you believe in with all your heart, live for it, die for it, and you will find happiness that you had thought could never be yours.”
~ Dale Carnegie

Inspiring? You bet! Dedicate some time to explore your own beliefs and do whatever it takes to discard those that are not supporting your dreams and goals, and undermining your life experience. Substitute them with empowering beliefs and be amazed at the changes you will experience!

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Believe in your dreams and they may come true;
Believe in yourself and they will come true.

Synchronicity

The Power of

Synchronicity

In the winter of 2000, I experienced a series of coincidences in my life. Had these been random I would not have paid attention to them. However, they were happening so often and they were so obvious that it was impossible not to notice them. I was intrigued, so I decided to look deeply into their meaning and the relationship between them. I promise you’ll be fascinated at what I found and what happened next.

So there I was… set on a mission. My online searches and visits to the library increased, and one day I found this book by Carl Jung. I was so fascinated by the content I read, that I got compelled to study synchronicity more in depth.

Just as I was into this, a friend of mine who I hadn’t seen or heard from for a long, long time called me and invited me to a presentation at a nearby College. She said she was thinking about getting a Masters Degree in Humanistic Psychology and wanted my opinion. A couple of days later, we were sitting in the College’s conference room.

I was in total awe as I heard the speaker mention Carl Jung and his synchronicity concept… Wow! -I thought- Is this just another mundane coincidence or a meaningful synchronistic event?

Needless to say, I was hooked and wanted to keep going down the rabbit hole, so I joined the Masters Degree program right along with my friend. My life started changing rapidly. The more time I spent studying Carl Jung, the more synchronicities I noticed in my life. To be frank, at times it was kind of spooky!

Finally I was learning to “join the dots” and this allowed me to clearly notice and understand the events that had started showing up in my life way back in the winter of 2000. In a sense, I was feeling more awake…

If I was going to pinpoint one main thing that I learned as a result of this experience, is that I must strive to pay attention to little details, to be aware, to continue my search, to learn more about the things and events that happen in my life, before I consider them just a part of my wide (or wild?) imagination.

Are you still with me?

I’m sharing my story because I have come to realize that all of us have had synchronistic events in our lives, but not too many “pay attention” or stop long enough to notice them.

Do you?

Let’s back up a bit, just in case this is all new to you.

Carl Jung (1875-1961), a Swiss Psychiatrist was Sigmund Freud’s colleague. He broke away from Freudian psychoanalysis after disagreeing with Freud over his theory which concluded that the unconscious mind acts as a reservoir of repressed sexual trauma which gives origin to all neuroses.

Jung refused to accept this theory and founded his own school of Analytical Psychology. Jung was the first one to talk about synchronicity as a principle that explains meaningful coincidences. Synchronicity takes place when two or more unrelated events occur in such a manner that convey clear meaning to the person that experiences them.

Jung stated that these two occurrences are not causally connected, yet they have a common meaning. He refers to these events as “acausal” – that is, they have “no cause” but similar meaning by their coincidence in time appearance rather than sequentially. In conclusion, the events have to be related to one another but there is almost no possibility for them to have occurred randomly.

Confused yet?

Let me clarify this concept using my own experience above. First, I started noticing strange coincidences in my life. Then, I felt the impulse to explore them a bit more and bumped into information about synchronicity and Carl Jung. Next, I had not seen my friend for a long time. My friend calls me literally ‘out of the blue’ and invites me to the College presentation. The presentation ends up being about Carl Jung and synchronicity.
Can you notice the meaningful coincidences even though these events were not causally connected? My friend had no idea I had been exploring synchronicity, and neither she nor I had a clue that Carl Jung was going to be the main focus of the presentation!

And it gets even more interesting… Jung also believed that there is a synchronous connection between the mind and the phenomena of perception and delivered his psychoanalytic theory of the collective unconscious from which we draw information that is not grounded on personal experience. The content of this collective unconscious is passed from generation to generation and shared by all human beings.

The existence of this seemingly far-fetched collective unconscious concept has been considered as a possibility as scientists have not been able to pinpoint a specific brain structure where thoughts originate from.

Let’s analyze this theory a bit further. According to Jung the collective unconscious contains archetypes -an original model after which people are patterned- that make us behave according to psychological realities and experiences of humanity as a whole. In other words, we are not born with an empty unconscious mind, but with characteristics that are typical and universal to all human kind regardless of culture, race, time and origin.

To clarify this idea, here is a simple example… a smile. Human babies are not taught how to smile. They just do as they are born with this instinctive behavior which is a reaction in all of us through the collective unconscious.

And what do archetypes have to do with synchronicity?

Jung explained that when a person is passing through a life crisis one or more archetypes get activated inside the mind. This creates an access for the unconscious to flow into the conscious with the intention to find a solution to the problem through the awareness of deep truths normally hidden from the conscious mind. And… these are the moments when meaningful coincidences or synchronicities are more likely to happen.

In my case, I was ready for a change in careers but unsure about the path to follow (crisis). My friend’s sudden call and my curiosity to learn about meaningful coincidences (drawn from my observation of them), eventually awakened certain archetypes that propelled me to further my knowledge and get a degree in Humanistic Psychology (solution).

I believe that when we discover and use the power of synchronicity in our life, we gain the ability to solve our problems more intuitively and creatively. To me, synchronistic events are like signposts on the road of life that point us in a specific direction and increase our chances to attain the best possible outcome.

I invite you to become aware in noticing meaningful coincidences, to ponder about their possible meaning and connection, and to follow your instincts for a better life experience. Training your mind with neurovector can help you do just that!

“Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.” 

~ Carl Jung

Benefits of Yoga

Yoga

Benefits to Mind, Body and Soul

The practice of yoga is one of the techniques I recommend the most for personal growth. This Hindu discipline not only keeps you healthy and flexible, but trains your consciousness for spiritual insight.

Yoga is almost as old as civilization. It dates back to the Upanishads, the Hindu scriptures written between 1000 and 5000 BC that comprise the basic teachings of Vedanta, a tradition based on immutable spiritual laws common to all faiths and spiritual traditions worldwide. The Vedanta refers to a state of self-realization, harmony and unity with collective consciousness.

The word yoga literally means unity of mind, body and soul. The Hindus practice it to initiate spiritual growth and eventually join the transitory self (Jiva) with the eternal self (Brahman), a similar concept to that of Carl Jung and the collective unconscious.

Physically speaking, yoga is a form of exercise based on the practice of “asanas” (a Sanskrit word that translates to “posture or seat”) as well as breath control known as “pranayama.” As you soon will learn, the benefits of yoga are amazing and go beyond the physical body.

The Levels

There is a wide range of technical difficulty but the good news is that you don’t have to be already fit and extremely flexible. Fortunately, you can start at a level that feels comfortable for you and still reap the benefits of yoga.

You can start at the beginners level with simple asanas meant to help with flexibility and peace of mind. Then, you can move into an intermediate and advanced level with more complicated asanas, if so you want. If you prefer, you can stay at the level that feels right for you. Thus, if you are just starting out, you can leave the complicated asanas for later or skip them altogether and stick to the practice of simple asanas that you enjoy and feel comfortable with, indefinitely. As with any form of exercise, the most important thing is consistency.

You can learn a handful of simple asanas and expand your practice at your own pace and as you see fit. For more yoga poses, that can be fun, relaxing and even challenging, and to get a free class, click here.

The Benefits

The benefits of yoga are well known. Recent research is discovering concrete evidence as to how yoga works to improve health as a whole, by helping heal aches and pains and keeping sickness at bay.

At the physical level, one of the main benefits takes place in the musculoskeletal system. This system gives us form, stability, and movement; thus, if you want to prevent -and in some cases, reverse- common age-related musculoskeletal system ailments, then yoga is a perfect practice for that.

Among the benefits of yoga are increased flexibility of tendons and ligaments, aids in the toning of muscles and keeps the joints lubricated. Certain asanas are especially beneficial to the spine as they increase elasticity and alignment while strengthening and stabilizing the back, which alleviates disc compression and eliminates or reduces lower back pain.

Also, different asanas exert a kind of massage in various internal organs and glands, which stimulate their respective functions maintaining their youthful characteristics that help prevent disease and ageing overall.

The blood supply is also boosted. Increased circulation helps provide nourishment to cells and flush out the toxins, as well a providing more nourishment that comes from the oxygen intake from deep breathing while practicing yoga.

As much as these health benefits are excellent, they can be considered positive side effects to the superb benefits that go beyond physical health. This is because yoga harmonizes the mind, body and spirit for quantum transformation at many levels.

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Yoga and the Mind

As we know, the power of the mind is abundant and limitless. When a mind is set on a purposeful intention, wonderful transformations take place.

An interesting point is the inter-connectedness that’s present between yoga and meditation. When practiced together the benefits increase exponentially. If done correctly, certain asanas and pranayamas produce supernatural states that create a sensation of detachment from the world around us.

When this happens, stress seems to vanish as we perceive circumstances from an “observer” standpoint. This results in a state of calmness and a superior positive mindset, both conditions needed to increase mind power.

Mind, body and spirit must work in sync for attaining extraordinary results in every area of life.  Yoga offers a way to enhance your physical, mental, and emotional health at the same time.

The Types

As a beginner, the first thing is to choose the right type to yoga for you. Your present level of fitness is definitely one aspect to consider, as well as your physical and spiritual goals. Here are some of the most popular types of yoga for you to explore:

  • Hatha

This is the most popular practice in the Western world. It focuses on the proper positions or asanas with the ultimate goal of preparing the mind for spiritual growth. It is thought that when the body is healthy, the mind is in optimum condition to pursue spiritual growth.

  • Kundalini

This is the most powerful of yoga practices. The focus is to move the energy at the base of the spine to the top of your head following the chakra line. You do this by breathing and meditating while changing mantras while you do your asanas.

  • Raja

This practice focuses in directing one’s life force up and down the spine to balance mind and emotions while centering one’s attention on an object.

This  site will give you an overview of the basics of several yoga disciplines.

 Mantras

Mantras –also called chants– are considered Yoga for the Mind. The concept is based on the effects of sound vibration in the mind.

Mantras are a one syllable, phrase or word in Sanskrit or English that help elevate consciousness by creating a higher state of deep concentration according to the meaning of the word used, or the sound,  the rhythm or the tone, as well as the position of the tongue on the palate.

Click here to learn a variety of common mantras.

Whatever practice you end up following, I highly recommend you practice yoga regularly as a form of exercise so you reap the multiple health and fitness benefits as well as enlightenment, self-realization, internal balance, mind power and a more spiritual outlook in life.

For complete details about yoga and how to start the practice, as well as intermediate and advanced tips and postures, I invite you to click here. You can also get a FREE class before you decide what’s the best program for you. All programs and classes are downloadable so you can take your classes wherever you go!

Yours in Health and Balance…

Namaste

Namaste means “The Divine in Me Bows to the Divine in You”; a respectful greeting where you join your hands in a prayer position as you bow your head. This has a completely different meaning to what prayer means in the Western world.

 

 

Creative Visualization

Creative Visualization

A simple and excellent technique to help you create your reality is creative visualization. With it, you make a conscious decision with a solid intent to manifest the deliberately created images in your mind.

This powerful technique has been used by top performers and athletes successfully worldwide. Sales people are trained to visualize themselves closing the sale, and marathon runners endure mental training in which they are taught to use imagery to see themselves crossing the finish line.

There is no reason why creative visualization wouldn’t work for you. The only thing you need is faith in your powerful mind and in what it can create, plus a bit of determination and patience. So get excited and let’s learn how to use this technique effectively.

“Whatever the Mind Can Conceive and Believe, It Can Achieve” 

~ Napoleon Hill,  Think and Grow Rich

Start by elaborating on one goal. It works better if you concentrate in achieving one goal at a time. Start by writing down a few specifics of the goal you want to achieve. Take the time to modify it and re-write it until it resonates with exactly what you want to see happen, details and all. Then, read it aloud every morning as you wake up and every night right before you retire. Do this for at least three days before you start visualizing. Make sure you are saying it with unwavering conviction and have faith that you will see it manifest.

On day four, prepare for your creative visualization. Set aside some time and plan to dedicate some time to your practice. Choose a quiet place and prepare to relax by sitting in a comfortable position and placing your hands facing up on your lap.

Take a few deep breaths by slowly breathing in through your nose, and slowly breathing out through your mouth, until you feel a slight tingling in your muscles which means you are relaxed.

Now focus on your goal and draw a detailed picture of it in your mind, just as you have written it and repeated it. Let’s say you want to experience swimming with dolphins.

Imagine this exact picture in your mind as vividly as possible: Visualize the dolphins and the blue ocean, hear their squeaks and whistles, smell the salty ocean, touch their soft, slippery skin when you rub their bellies, feel the cold water on your skin and look at the dolphins eyes to feel connected to them and the experience. Now, notice the happiness this experience is bringing to your senses.

Take the time to love every aspect of your experience as you imagine it. Bring it to life by FEELING every aspect of it and use as many of your senses as possible. Picture it exactly as if you were there!

One amazing added advantage about creative visualization is that you can feel and obtain the same benefits of the actual experience by just living it in your mind

Our subconscious mind cannot tell the difference between real or make-believe, so when you engage all of your senses in the “imaginary” experience, you’re actually making your mind “believe” it is happening right then and there. This practice will release the energy which will move the right elements to bring what you want into the physical plane.

Be patient and persistent. For some of us it may take longer to see results, but if you have faith and know in your heart it will happen, it just will.

You can apply the creative visualization technique to almost every aspect of life, from goal setting to memory improvement, from sports performance to weight loss, from self-healing to enhancing mood, from problem-solving to decision-making, and everything in between.

You can even use creative visualization to create abundance and prosperity!

Once you get a hold of it, you can visualize virtually anywhere and anytime. Just find a quiet place where you can be by yourself and not be disturbed for a few moments. I’ve heard some people get so good at it, they can do it while riding the train or sitting at the beach on a busy Sunday morning!

Remember… just relax and keep the focus on what you want to do, achieve or acquire. Add as many details as you can and engage your emotions. Simply keep replaying this inner film in your mind as if you were actually participating in it. And if you want to make your visualization more vivid and effective, you can create a vision board and/or state affirmations. These techniques will give life to your imagery.

Before you know it, you’ll be living it!

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EFT

EFT

Emotional Freedom Technique or Meridian Tapping

You have an amazing power to heal yourself, to reduce your pain and speed your healing process. This power was given to you at birth, but most likely you are not aware of it. Even if you’ve heard about this power, you may not know how to tap into it to your advantage… The good news is that it’s easy to learn and use, so you too can get startling results!

It all starts by becoming aware of the link that exists between mental, emotional and physical health. This concept has been gaining credibility in recent years, especially after Louise Hay started talking about the subject nearly 20 years ago.

Louise Hay’s books “Heal Your Body” and “You Can Heal Your Life” explain her philosophy based on the understanding of how emotions affect our health and how properly stated affirmations can help us regain our health. I highly recommend these books, especially if you want to know how the healing process works from the inside out.

Science has already proven that stress and mental strain can have an impact in our health. Therefore, it is safe to assume that releasing emotional strain must have a positive impact in our health. Once this fact is brought to awareness, we become better equipped to assist and support our healing process. Emotional Freedom Technique, better known as EFT or Meridian Tapping is a powerful and simple practice that can help prevent or alleviate physical pain, diseases, phobias and many other emotional issues.

Tapping works because it facilitates the clearing of limiting beliefs and unconscious blocks that can be the underlying cause of chronic conditions. Some EFT enthusiasts claim that it can even help create monetary abundance and prosperity. When we consider that energy blocks are the cause behind beliefs of lack and limitation implanted into the subconscious mind, this actually makes sense. In essence, this technique offers a gentle way of dissolving these blocks and limitations, freeing you to create a healthier, happier, more abundant life.

Just to be fair, EFT is not a miracle cure for all diseases; however, it usually works well for many common conditions  such as chronic pain and many mental anguish ailments. The technique is safe for all ages, and can be done anywhere and anytime as no special equipment is needed. All you need is learning the technique, the tips of your fingers and a few minutes to follow the sequence. Frequently, spectacular results can be achieved where nothing else had worked!

The following points offer support to understand why Tapping works.

  • Going back to the beginning of the 20th century, Albert Einstein discovered that everything is made up of energy; yes, including the human body. Recent Quantum Physics studies have confirmed this is a fact. If, like Einstein said… “Energy cannot be created or destroyed, only transformed” – we can affect and alter the flow of energy within to help the body heal.
  • About 5000 years ago, the Chinese revealed that a certain life force essential to sustain life exists in the universe. They called it Qi – pronounced “Chi” – and its literal translation is energy.
  • Eastern Medicine has long recognized the importance of maintaining good health by keeping a free flow of energy within the human body. This is where the practice of acupuncture gets its roots from.
  • The Hindu books of knowledge called “Vedas” affirm the existence of seven energy centers in the human body. These are called “chakras” and each has its unique frequency and vibration.
  • Ayurvedic Medicine, a traditional medical practice in India (ayu means life and veda means knowledge or science), is based on treating the energy centers by restoring their balance so energy can freely flow in and through the chakras and renovate the “prana”  or life force.
  • These very energy pathways serve as principles in the practice of acupuncture and acupressure.

It has been said that unresolved negative emotions, like resentment, anger, traumas, regrets and guilt, are intimately linked to some physical conditions and diseases. For instance, certain types of cancer have been linked to holding feelings of resentment.

book and dvdIf we now know that the human body is an energy system, it makes perfect sense to assume that every emotion and every experience has an impact in our energy centers either positively or negatively. We have all experience this at some level; however, it can be subtle so not too many people recognize it unless it’s brought to their attention.

If you have ever felt the muscular tension that comes after an argument, for instance, you know how an energy blockage feels. For energy to flow freely, we must be relaxed and in peace most of the time. Hence the saying “go with the flow…”  Not easy, I hear you say; and you are absolutely right. This is one more reason to learn EFT, so you can handle the stress as you need it or on a day to day basis. The few moments that you dedicate to this practice could pay off big by having good health until the golden years.

Moreover, there is usually a correlation between the onset of disease and a significant event in life that has created some type of trauma. For instance, research has discovered that there is a clear correlation between PTSD and the onset of heart disease or diabetes type 2. When we consider the points mentioned above, we can easily conclude that a trauma can produce a blockage in the energy flow which in turn manifests as an illness.

Now, while this is not always the case, it happens often enough to pinpoint a correlation. Having said that, the link between trauma and illness is not yet well understood, and we don’t know either why some people are more vulnerable than others. What we know is that there are several factors at play, such as predisposition due to genetic factors, individual immune response, and even the degree of resilience that a person might have developed.

Taking it all into consideration, there is a good reason to believe that tapping can help either curve the response to a traumatic event to either prevent disease or to alleviate some of the existing symptoms by opening the energy flow.

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EFT works by alleviating, unblocking or unclogging obstructions on the energy path. It is similar to acupuncture except needles are not necessary. Instead, the meridian points are tapped with your fingertips in a specific sequence to reach the result you seek. EFT is easy, effective and can produce amazing results… quite fast.

EFT was originally designed to reduce the psychotherapy process from months and years down to hours and even minutes. From there it was discovered that astonishing physical healing occurred simultaneously. Therapists were amazed as they watched many symptoms fade for a variety of ailments going from migraine headaches to cancer.

EFT is a process that must be learned, but it is not difficult at all. The amazing thing is that it has even worked for skeptics! The secret for it to work is to be constant. Having said that, we must recognize that a few issues might be deeply rooted so the help of a trained EFT therapist could be needed in some cases.

EFT has no side effects, so there is no harm in trying it for yourself and by yourself. I invite you to read these interesting articles under More Tapping Resources by Carol Look, and get the answers straight from an expert.

Get the first 2 chapters of The Tapping Solution book and the Tapping for Stress Relief CD for FREE, by clicking here. Also, don’t forget to read some of the testimonials posted at the page… you will be amazed, promise!

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“One day the medical profession will wake up and realize that unresolved emotional issues are the main cause of 85% of all illnesses. When they do, EFT will be one of their primary healing tools…. as it’s been for me.” 

~ Eric Robins, MD

Affirmations

Affirmations

It is a fact. Positive affirmations work. When you learn to use them properly, they can help you manifest your most cherished desires to create permanent change in your life.

An affirmation is a solid declaration that something is true. This doesn’t mean it is actually true, but it is true for you as you are the one saying it. For example, if that little girl believes that she can open that heavy portal, she most certainly will! Keep this in mind while you read this webpage.

Your subconscious mind is at work 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. It is aware at all times. Every time you think, do or talk, you are affirming something without even realizing it. All of your inner chatter is based on affirmations too.

Therefore, your flow of thoughts and words is creating your reality as you get to experience it, on a moment by moment basis. This is not only extremely powerful, but it can be both, exciting and dangerous as well. Here’s why…

Unfortunately for an untrained mind, thoughts lean toward the negative side about 90% of the time. Thinking in this manner creates negative emotions and this feeds negative output… no wonder life can seem like an endless struggle for so many people!

And it gets more interesting… Affirmations and beliefs are intimately connected. Our beliefs are based on statements we’ve heard or what we’ve observed while growing up which -through repetition- have become engraved in our subconscious mind and have given form to our present thought patterns. For instance, take a look at the baby boomer generation. Most of them had the desire and motivation to succeed through hard work. They’ve been self-confident, self-reliant, independent and entrepreneurial in spirit. They did not shy away from challenges; actually, they approached them eagerly. This behavior is based on beliefs that came from having grown up in a time of change, expansion, and middle-class affluence where the principle of hard, honest work was a reason of pride. These values were ingrained in their subconscious minds.  Look around…. do you know anyone that fits these parameters? Most likely they were born between 1946 and 1964.

As you’ve seen, not all beliefs are negative in nature or wrong. Some of these beliefs have contributed to our growth and development as human beings in a positive way. As such, certain beliefs give shape to our values and help us determine the difference between good and bad behaviors. For instance, most of us have been taught that stealing is wrong. This is a belief, as we were not born knowing this. This is by general consensus, a good behavior. However, other beliefs may be hindering our progress and growth. These are the ones we must change into beliefs that can help us improve the quality of our lives. One way to do this is… you guessed it, with affirmations.

With all of this in mind, we can presume that most of our daily declarations are based on old programming. If this is so, it may be a good time to examine our beliefs, get rid of what doesn’t serve us anymore and adopt new beliefs based on our newly acquired paradigms.

One way to do this is by using short positive sentences to help us reprogram our mind and create change. We can target certain beliefs that have been holding us back with specific statements. These assertions have the power to modify thought patterns, beliefs and outcomes.

It is important to focus consciously on stating positive phrases and nurturing positive thoughts. The more determined you are to see changes in a particular area of your life, the faster you’ll see affirmations working for you.

Your subconscious mind takes everything at face value. It cannot tell the difference between true and false, right or wrong, yes or no. This can help you reprogram your mind; however, old beliefs have deep roots so the stronger the roots, the bigger the challenge.

This doesn’t mean it’s impossible to change old beliefs. You can yank out those roots but it will take perseverance, practice and perhaps a bit more time. Knowing this helps too, as you can be more patient with yourself through the process.

You’ll know your affirmations are working by focusing on your feelings. When you affirm something and you feel excited as if  ‘it‘ had already happened, you are resonating with your words, because they feel true to yourself.  This means that your subconscious is accepting the “new” truth and forming a new belief.

On the contrary, if you state something that makes you feel uneasy it means that your subconscious mind is resisting the change. If this happens you can either revise your statement, modify the words you are using, or keep on pressing with passion and conviction until you imprint the new idea in your subconscious mind.

A word of caution, though… Due to the fact that positive affirmations challenge your beliefs to reprogram your thought patterns, it may take some time to see results. This is why many people claim they don’t work. Being patient and persistent while believing in your heart that they will work, is imperative. As you do this repeatedly and with unwavering dedication, your dysfunctional beliefs will eventually be replaced with new positive beliefs. It’s just a matter of time. Do not give up! Only then will positive change come easily and naturally.

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Keep these three sentences in mind at all times –and act on them-
as they have the power to better your life in amazing ways!

Your Affirmations Control Your Thoughts.

Your Thoughts Dictate Your Actions.

Your Actions Affect Your Results.

”There is undeniable energy in positive words and thoughts”
– use them to your advantage!