A New Dimension of SUCCESS – An Artists Journey To Life: Day 818

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I recently started reading a book written about Jack Ma and the creation of Alibaba which is one of the worlds largest online marketplaces. In reading about Jack and his enterprise I came across a couple examples of Ma’s definition of Success that I found to be very grounded, practical, and livable by anyone where he really took that point of success and boiled it down into something tangible, and accessible to everyone.

What I find interesting is that I have been deliberately working with the process of Re-defining and Living Words, and here this man actually did exactly this by coming up with his personal definition of Success that he could live and apply in his world in a way that supported him.

In the book, Ma defined it as follows,

“Success lies not in how much you have accomplished, but in the fact that you have done something, experienced the process, and begun to learn something”

What I like about this definition is it emphasizes not an outcome of good or bad, success or failure, but of THE ACT, the point of taking action and actually doing something – That is the success, the fact that you got off your but and applied yourself.

For me, I have been slowly starting to develop a new body of artwork and so I really relate to this definition of success because for me the most difficult part often is just getting up and DOING SOMETHING, or motivating myself to sit down in front of my canvas and start painting. Where that very action IS the success, not the outcome, but the ACT.

So here I see for myself that to be more successful requires me to take more action. On paper it looks easy, though I do understand that applying and living this definition of success may bring up other dimensions for me to consider and work out.

Okay that’s the point I wanted to Share!

 

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From SANCTIONS to SELF FORGIVENESS – An Artists Journey To Life: Day 664

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Today I read in the news about how the US has taken further sanctions on North Korea this time for their alleged role in the Sony hacks.

What is a Sanction?

The merriam-webster online dictionary defines ‘Sanction’ as

“an action that is taken or an order that is given to force a country to obey international laws by limiting or stopping trade with that country, by not allowing economic aid for that country, etc.”

One point that I have found in walking my personal process of self investigation  over the last 7 years is that I have actually done, and I can see, still do this point of imposing sanctions on myself

Some years ago I was introduced to the concept of Self Forgiveness. What I see and have learned about Self Forgiveness is that it is unconditional. And this point of Unconditional Self Forgiveness can be extended to others as well. Where for instance when you see someone “doing something bad or wrong” instead of punishing them and imposing sanctions onto them, like no longer talking to them, or not returning their text message because you are mad at them, instead of doing this, you rather move to Forgiveness and what I have found is that mostly, if not always, any reaction I had towards this individuals ‘wrong doing’ that caused me to want to sanction them was related to ME in fact and issues that was/is going on within me and not really about what they did per se.

I also see that when any emotional reaction is removed from within myself in relation to my defining another as  ‘wrong doing’ its like suddenly I am rather approaching them from a starting point of looking at how I can support them in any way to correct themselves within their ‘wrong doing’ if that is necessary or simply just ‘letting the point go’ meaning the reaction within me if their ‘wrong doing’ was not really a ‘wrong doing’ but only defined as such by myself because I personally reacted to what they were doing.

Though the whole right and wrong thing is a morality point and a different blog entirely.

What I have been working with with myself is to stop imposing sanctions upon myself because this I have found is normally based in an emotional point and not a point of understanding.

Working with Self Forgiveness and Understanding is much more supportive than working with blame and punishment.

We have the death penalty which is a form of punishment that is not at all based in Self Forgiveness and Understanding but more based on this idea that you can use FEAR to fix things.

This is a massive problem in our world. And  you can see it here in this latest news event of the US imposing more sanctions onto North Korea because apparently “they did something bad” and now “they must be punished” – Ok thanks Dad! But really. If you look at it, is this not something existent in the current construct of Parenting. I see that it is in fact. That even within Parenting we have this whole sanctioning process taking place.

Perhaps this is where we as adults first learn to punish ourselves so that by the time we are in our 30’s our internal self navigation system is so fucked up that we are frequently criticizing ourselves and others in our own minds and also doing things to ourselves that is actually like a form of Self Punishment and Destruction Instead of working with unconditional Self Forgiveness and Understanding.

I find this latter approach to be really cool and has likely already supported me immensely in my life to not Self Destruct so to speak.

I do see that this point of blaming and punishing starts locally. Meaning it starts with SELF. Though at this stage I see that I would have also learned this from my enviornemnt. My Parents, my teachers, peers, authority figures, TV, ect. This concept of ‘Punishing’ is a deeply engrained system in this world. Though, it is time to CORRECT this point starting with ourselves which will ultimately facilitate this correction taking place in the greater world system. As within so without.

The whole point of the US Sanctioning North Korea also points to the current relationship among the countries and how each is still engaged in their attempt to gain what it perceives as power.

Ultimately this relationship must be corrected on an individual level first. I mean I can see that I am much less likely to judge someone and thus to ‘sanction’ them since I have been walking my process of working with Understanding and Self Forgiveness rather than Blame and Punishment.  I am much more able to approach others from the starting point of understanding, equality and doing what is best for both expressions. This is how my approach to my relationships in my world is shifting into. So with the US and North Korea. Essentially they are just like 2 individuals involved in a relationship. Unfortunately that relationship is still existent within a point of blame and punishment instead of Self Forgiveness and Understanding.

So Self First, one by one. Because our current existence is unsustainable, and destructive instead of being what is actually best for all and supporting the utmost potential of this expression we call life.

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Walking Through The Morning Mind Barrage – An Artists Journey To Life: Day 513

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This morning when my alarm went off I immediately got out of bed and turned my alarm off. In that moment I noticed an interesting thing. I noticed that the entire movement of getting out of my bed and turning the alarm off was really smooth. I noticed this because It was different than how I usually experience myself when I get up in the morning. As I moved from my bed to the alarm clock which took about 3 seconds, I first noticed my experience of myself and noticed this ‘flowiness’ within my body and my body movement as I moved to turn off the alarm. I was very comfortable. Secondly there was this thought that came up within me like “whats going on here”, “why am I moving so comfortably” and then also the thought of how “this could make it easy for me to actually remain up where I could go ahead and start my day”. I have actually been looking at this point recently in terms of looking at how I can “wake up comfortably” instead of how it normally is which is more like I am ‘ripped from my sleeping state and into the awareness of awakeness” where this transition from being asleep to being awake is more violent particularly when It is an alarm that ‘jolts’ me awake, and so basically my approach within the point of getting up in the morning was to align this point so that my waking up was allot more gentle and comfortable where what I see is that its not necessary for this waking up process to be so uncomfortable and that there is some room to support myself here so to bring through a more stable waking up process.

Today this movement of getting out of bed and moving to my alarm to turn it off was very comfortable. There was not this violent resistance that kind of feels like it knocks me over when ever I open my eyes in the mornings –  so I turned my alarm off but then I allowed the thought “what if I went back to sleep”

The last few days, I have fell back into the point of justifying why “it’s a good idea” for me to “go back to bed” And today this is what I did as well. Eventually when I got up which was about an hour and some later, I had a headache.

What I see, which is a point I have noticed before, is that I actually gave myself this headache through the process of ‘sleeping in’ where what was taking place the entire time is this internal conflict and friction within myself of “I should get up…no but I want to sleep…but I should really get up…no just sleep, its ok….come’on get up….just do it, and so within this constant inner debate I ended up giving myself a headache. When I first woke up in the morning, I did not notice me having a headache but by the time I eventually got out of bed I experienced this pain in the back of my head, so I must consider what role the “back and forth” in my mind actually played in facilitating this headache experience to emerge.

I forgive myself that I have accepted and allowed myself to exist as the thought, “I should go back to sleep” when I wake up in the morning, instead of assisting and supporting myself to align myself to being HERE in the moment when I wake up and so to instead of existing within and as the thought, “I should go back to bed” rather to exist HERE, in and as breath where I am Stable within my Physical Body, and not existing in the mind in thoughts, that actually limit and compromise me within and as who I am as an expression.

I forgive myself for accepting and allowing myself to when I wake up in the morning exist as the feeling of ‘wanting to sleep’. I see, realize, and understand that to accept and allow myself to exist as this “feeling of wanting to sleep” will lead to the behavior of “going back to bed” instead of utilizing that time to apply myself within my reality in a more practical and directive way, which could be beneficial to my life.

I also realize that this feeling of wanting to go back to sleep and also this thought of “I should go back to sleep” is often not based on physical reality but more my mind reality where it is my mind that is “wanting to go back to sleep” and that I have accepted and allowed this to direct me in my decision making in such moments.

I commit myself to assist and support myself to align my “who I am” in the mornings when I am waking up to a SELF Directive being walking in Principle in ways that is most supportive and beneficial to me and to thus stop my accepted and allowed existence within and as thoughts, feelings, and emotions that is oriented to the mind and serving the mind only and what the mind wants.

I commit myself to assist and support myself to Align myself in the mornings when I am waking up, to my Physical Reality where when I see thoughts, feelings and emotions coming up within me related to “going back to sleep” that I in that moment, do not participate and to ensure that My Self Direction in the morning and waking up in the morning is Aligned with Self Support and Doing what is in fact best for me.

I forgive myself that I have accepted and allowed myself to trust the thoughts, feelings, and emotions that come up in the morning when I am waking up that make it seem like going back to sleep is a good idea. And so I forgive myself that I have accepted and allowed myself to simply fold and give in to the mind so easily in the morning where its like when the thought comes up within me, of “I am going to go back to back bed” simultantiously with the feeling experience of ‘wanting to go back to bed’ that I just immediately give in straight away, instead of Asserting Myself in that moment to Stand and Direct Myself within and as a way that actually Support me which is to remain up and to start directing  and expressing myself in my day.

I forgive myself for accepting and allowing myself to resist getting up and facing my day, where literally, I am resisting being awake and being with myself in the mornings and that I haven’t accepted and allowed myself to assert myself in such a situation to direct myself to remain awake and assist and support myself to Face Myself essentially in this aspect of my day, because I realize that I should be stable and Self Directive in all aspects, parts, and portions of my day, and so I forgive myself for accepting and allowing myself to when faced with this particular section of my day in and as the morning to quickly go into ‘retreat mode’ which is showing that I am not yet stable within facing this part/aspect of me/my reality.

I forgive myself that I have accepted and allowed myself to exist within and as ‘retreat’. I see that to exist within and as retreat is not a supportive expression and so thus does not support me to Stand Up and become a support for myself and support for what is best for all.

I commit myself to assist and support myself to transform this part/aspect of myself as “Self Retreat” into “Steadfastness” within my Standing within and as Physical Self Direction, where I assist and support myself to develop a more grounded and rooted Standing  when I am faced with parts/aspects of myself and my reality that I ‘resist facing’ and so I commit myself to assist and support myself to move out of this aspect, part of myself as “Self Retreat” and realign this to ‘Steadfastness’ whenever I am faced with moments, aspects, parts of my reality that I resist facing or don’t want to face, and so to within this assist and support myself to become Stable and Self Directive within ALL aspects, parts, dimensions, of my self and my life.

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Creating a Sustainable Government – An Artists Journey To Life: Day 486

What I am realizing more and more each day is how to in fact support a change in our world. I am realizing that ultimately what we have is a ‘broken system’ meaning that for a long time I opposed the system and saw government or politics as bad, evil, corrupt, ect. But what I am more and more seeing is that these points is actually quite practical in terms of how to practically function on earth. The problem obviously is that the way the government and politics is functioning is not effective. It does not mean that the government in and as itself is the problem, but rather the functioning of that government based on the rules (legislation/laws) it follows.

Take for instance a group of individuals who believe “getting off the grid” is the best way to go. Essentially what is going to happen is that they are going to strike their own path and set up somewhere off the grid, but then they are going to start to organize the practical matters of living and so will essentially form a kind of government and politics and thus ultimately a management system of sorts to facilitate the flow of their daily lives.

So what I am realizing is that what we as humanity must do is actually “Correct the System”

There is many things in place already that actually function fine. But there is parts that do not. So its not about abandoning the entire thing but rather working with whats here and finding Solutions to Re-Align it so that it is Supportive and based on actual Democratic Principles for instance where everyone is supported and benefits by and through the how the system is set up.

I am a member of the Equal Life Foundation. A Group of Individuals who are standing up and standing together to bring about a permanent change to our world. I mean this is obvious in terms of what is required so that we as humanity can in the very least sustain our existence without destroying the planet we live on.

But further more we are a group Dedicated to actual Life and thus to support the process of moving ourselves as life as humanity from a point of survival, barely living, and destruction into a point of actual LIVING and Support which is what life is supposed to be about.

Our current world system does not actually support this. But it is not to fight or Rebel against this government. It is to find practical solutions to move forward so that we can replace Self Interest with the Interest of ALL which is what Democracy is supposed to be about.

So a crucial step in this that I see for myself is UNDERSTANDING in terms of understanding how the system actually works to the degree where one understand what one must to do to practically change the system – not through force – but through the system itself, following the current rules of the system.

At the moment Self Interest is the Core of our system and the rules, laws, legislation that form the relationships upon which determine the functioning of our system. So We at the Equal Life Foundation are a Group Investigating, Finding, and Implementing Solutions so to COREect the Foundation of our System so that it is no more based on principles of Self Interest but that is rather aligned with What is Best for ALL, With Integrity, Compassion, Care, Equality and all those things you would common sensically appreciate in the Character of an Individual.

So I just wanted to mention this point tonight. Of how its not about fighting our system, or abandoning it, but standing together and working with and as it and changing it. The System, Our Government is not the enemy.

So for all those wanting to just “get off the grid” I would suggest considering what this actually imply and rather reconsider standing to FACE and Take Responsibility for our system. I mean – Who else is going to do it. Why leave it someone else.

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