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24 – 10 – Take every opportunity to learn from a master.

“When the Student is ready, the Teacher will Appear”

This is one of those goto quotes. It is generally attributed to The Buddah. But also many of the Grecian philosophers or any of the big thinkers.

It speaks of a pivot point in your life. A time of change. And it is at these times, we find the inspiration to move forward. Often this is through someone else who is poised to help you get there.

I first heard it from Kevin Trudeau through his teaching audio “Your Wish is Your Command.” It is an amazing seminar that touches on many important and life changing concepts. Of course it is also a sales training audio to convince you to join his new Multi Level club. That does not minimize its value as an inspirational tool. For me, it came at a time that I needed to move forward in my life. And while it is not a live, one on one training, it gave me the advice I needed at the right time.

And even more, it pointed me in the direction of other teachers who I could learn from.

Inspiration

Funny how things like this come to you all at once. Today’s blog was about learning from a master. At the same time, I am browsing Facebook and see a post from Kevin Trudeau (from jail of course). While I never met Mr Trudeau, I listened to his recordings and read from him books. He would never call himself a Master. But he would always offer advice. And his advice came from others who had offered it to him. And often the people he would attribute he would refer to as his Mentors. His Master.

Here is his post from Yesterday 2/24/2019

 

When it comes to self improvement, personal development, Self Realization, Enlightenment, “success” training, personal transformation, how to set and attain goals, and other such areas of the mind and spiritual nature of man, consider this: no one ever has invented or created anything.

All a person ever did was “discover” the Truth: what was there all along.

No scientist invented DNA. They discovered DNA, as DNA was always a reality.
No researcher created the atom, as atoms were always atoms even before mankind “knew” about them.
No astronomer invented Pluto or any “new” planet. They simply discovered what was always there.
Electricity was not invented, is was discovered. As was Quantum physics.

But when we get into areas of personal development such as: “how to remove blocks” to help you achieve success; the “secret” to enlightenment; the method to eliminate mental and emotional pain; opening your chakras; success secrets; and so forth, many “Masters”, authors, speakers, trainers, and Guru’s want to patent, copy write, and call these discoveries “MINE”. They want to claim ownership to what they are teaching as if they “invented or created” something NEW.

“Nobody ever did this before I invented it!” they shout.

Really?

Have they ever read the 5000-year-old Vedas, Pantagali’s Yoga Sutra’s written thousands of years ago, the Chinese writings of the Tao, Kashmir Shavaism, The Zohar, Kabbala, Sufi teachings, or other ancient texts? How about the “secret” teachings of the Free Masons (made available only to 33 degree Masons who are selected), or other “Secret Societies” teachings?

I can assure you, that whatever is being taught today as “new”, is in these ancient texts or other writings that go back many hundreds or thousands of years.

Everything from “tapping”, to homeopathy, to “energy clearing”, you name it…. they were all practiced and used by people thousands of years ago.

No one created or invented the Law of Attraction, in the same way that no one invented the Law of Gravity.
No one invented how the mind works…it simply always worked the way it does.
No one can patent how the mind holds pictures & traps energy, and can be re-stimulated later and adversely affect us.
No one invented “chakras” or “astral bodies” or “energetic bodies” or how the words you use can create.

They simply “discovered” what is Truth, what was always there, and what is in fact…reality.

No one can say “I invented THE ONLY method of “releasing and clearing” trapped energy, and if you use MY method, your life will improve in every area.”

What a person CAN say is “I discovered A method, probably one of MANY, that I THINK and appears to be, a way to release and clear trapped energy, and is used, it SEEMS to help most people and improve every area of their lives.”

The key points are:

1.) It is only what they “think or assume” or “theorize”. They DO NOT know with 100% certainty.

2.) The did not invent it. It is not the ONLY method, nor can they say the “best”. If what they discovered DOES do something, they did not invent or create it, they DISCOVERED or became aware of, a method of “clearing or releasing” energy.

3.) Claiming ownership is the #1 indicator that the person is NOT highly evolved and instead, is EGO driven. It also shows that the person in fact does NOT “KNOW”, but rather, only “knows about”.

One of the greatest researchers in the area of the mind, and unlocking human potential and abilities, delivered over 100,000 hours of recorded lectures over his lifetime. He dedicated his life to researching and discovering the “Truths” of how the mind work, how to unlock the unlimited human potential that lies dormant, and how to release abilities in people that appear superhuman or supernatural.

He stated: “The Truth of the mind, the entire physical Universe, Consciousness, and everything that can be classified as non-physical or spiritual, can now be proven with science, hard facts and evidence. It comes from nuclear and quantum physics, higher mathematics, and understanding the Ancients of the East (mostly India, Tibet, China)”.

Interesting. Quantum physics and the Ancient teachings of those mystics, Guru’s and Enlightened Masters of India and the East, all in agreement.

L. Ron Hubbard for example said:
“The so called experts of the recent past, in the area of the mind, gave dissertations espousing their philosophies, ideas and opinions. They were however, simply speculating and had very little actual proof verifying what they were saying was true. Their philosophies were their own creations, and each philosopher was at work trying to out-create every another philosopher. It was all ego driven and all about competition.
We, however are simply dealing with discoveries. The phenomena we are sharing are what we discovered and are held in common by all men and all life forms. We are not trying to out-create every other so called expert that comes along.”

He goes on to say;
“We really are not trying to teach you anything. We are really just trying to remind you of what you already “know”. Truth, coming from anyone, in any form, was always yours in the first place. Many people are explaining the same things, and have been for thousands of years, just saying it differently. Truth therefore is not only the “science of life”, but it is an account of what you were doing before you forgot what you were doing.”

Edison, arguably one of, if not THE greatest inventors of all time agreed on this point about “discoveries”. He always claimed he “discovered” things, rather than “invented” things. So did Ford, Krishnamurti, Yogananda, Buddha, Tesla, OSHO, Einstein and many other “Masters”.

Consider this. When it comes to the mind, in order for one to explain it, to “know” how it works, one must be separate from it and observe it. Who then would be doing the observing? YOU, yourself (The SELF, or Consciousness). You are not your mind and not your body. You HAVE a mind and you HAVE a body. When one reaches this level, of being separate from the mind and body and observing and being the witness of both, one can then share what they DISCOVERED, observed and witnessed. All we have to do is listen to them. Lucky for mankind, thousands of Enlightened souls have already done this and their writings and DISCOVERIES are available to all. They have no EGO and claim nothing as “THEIRS”.

With this in mind, consider what I have said before in many of messages, books, emails, posts, and lectures. Who do you listen to? Beware of those “experts” who I am certain are very well intentioned, but perhaps a little too Ego driven that they want to claim credit to Truth as if it is THEIR inventions, creations, methods, or secret systems relating to how to improve the human condition and make your life better in every area and aspect.

When you “know” truth, because you have actually experienced observing the mind and the nonphysical Universe, as Edison describes, you never feel you have to claim anything as YOURS. Therefore, if someone is claiming ownership to “Truth” or a method as THEIR Trademarked creation, know that they have not achieved that state of actually being the witness to the mind. Therefore, they do not know. They only “know about”. Thus, they always feel threatened.

Nothing real can ever be threatened.

Therefore, when you HAVE experienced firsthand that of being a “witness” to the mind, and have experienced personally the merging with “ALL THAT IS”, you never feel threatened, you never need approval, validation, or feel the need to be affirmed. Truth is Truth. Reality is Reality. You have complete “knowingness” and “certainty”. Look for these qualities in those you listen to, and work to attain them in yourself.

Everything already IS when it comes to the mind and spirituality. All has already been discovered and revealed to all of us because so many have already achieved “Enlightenment”. There have been millions of highly evolved beings on earth spanning thousands of years, who have reached the spiritual level of being able to observe and witness the mind in action and the entire spiritual nonphysical nature of the Universe. These people are known as being “Enlightened” or “Saints” or Avatars or Self Realized.

Many of them, over thousands of years, have written such observations and discoveries for all of us to learn from. These texts are available to all of us. But, who will spend the time, reading these esoteric texts from all around the world?
Very few.

Lucky for us, right now in fact, there are hundreds of thousands of such “Enlightened” Self-Realized beings on planet Earth. Many of them are sharing what they “know” through books, lectures, videos, and workshops. They are sharing what they KNOW, not just “know about”.

I encourage you to seek Truth from SOURCE via someone who is not claiming to BE Source, but rather working to open you up so that you can connect with Source directly. Finding such a person, and following their teachings, is the fastest and easiest path to get to where you absolutely want to go. Much love to you as you proceed on your journey. Make it an adventure!

Much love, and may you never be the same.
Your friend, KT

 

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24 – 9 – Compete to Achieve More

I do not consider myself a “competitive” person. And what I mean by that is that I am not the sort of person who is constantly trying to out-do everyone else. If I am in “competition” with anyone else, it is usually myself and the standards I set for myself.

If you think about it (or if I think about it), much of what we learn growing up is about competition and how to deal with it. We start at a young age playing games on the playground. They progress to competitive sports and then competition in school and in life. Consider my life’s example:

On the playground at school

  • Kickball
  • Prison ball
  • Dodgeball
  • Kill the guy with the ball

Organized sports

  • Baseball

Organized sports I never played

  • Football
  • Soccer
  • Basketball
  • Hockey

In high school I swam, played water polo and pole vaulted.

And this does not get into all the other sports and games that we may have been introduced to that I never played.

I cannot say I really started being “competitive” in sports until I began bike racing. It began when I was about 23 or 24 – as I was quitting smoking cigarettes. I found myself needing to find new hobbies. These were things to do with my time to not think about wanting a cigarette. It also helped because I gained 15 lbs. and felt fat all the time. So, I began riding.

Bike riding was not my only pass time. I also golfed a lot. I tended more toward cycling as it did not cost my $50 every time I went out. This was also around the time I relocated to Pennsylvania from California. And Eastern Pennsylvania proved to be a great place to cycle. Lots of back roads and hills and different places to see. Plus, I got involved with a club – which led to racing.

I was involved in racing for about 4 years. And while I was never all that great, I found that the competition – against myself, against the Hills and against other riders helped me in so many ways.

It taught me to set goals. Some were training goals. Or weight goals. Or race placement goals. I had to think in advance and plan out how to do it. It taught me about honing the metal of your soul. What were my physical limitations? How do I get past them?

I soon realized that that was not a mountain that I could not get over. They could not physically defeat me. I might go slow. But I would get to the top. And this is a freeing feeling.

I just recently read a book. Yes, it was science fiction and what happened could not have happened. But the point it made was important. The main character could switch between bodies. He was in the middle of a battle. And switched to another body to retreat. He began running as fast as he could. He noticed that the body he had taken was not as strong as the one he grew up in. But he had no fear that he would be overcome with exhaustion. That endurance was more a mental thing. You had to be able to steal you mind into getting your body to do what you want it to do. Physical limitations be damned.

And it is this lesson that I have found most important about competition. It is a mindset. It is fixing a result in your mind and using your resources to get there.

When I was about 15, I hiked to the top of Half Dome in Yosemite. We finished in about 8 hours and were exhausted. But we did it. A few years later, my mother and sister decided to make the trek. My sister was probably about the same age I had been. But my Mom was 52 or 53. They set the goal. They got conditioned. And they got to the top of Half Dome as well. They did not make it down the mountain until after dark (more like 11 to 12 hours). But the task was accomplished.

This mindset can help you to get anywhere you choose.

 

 

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Another List of Advice for Young People

I saw this on Facebook and felt the need to share it here. It fits right in with my list of 24 things to do when you are young. It was written by Joe Payton (A facebook friend of a friend of a friend). He said he was responding to a post from a 19 year old who had just completed his real estate coursework and was preparing to take off into a new career. And its the kind of non typical advice that I believe can help to into a successful and rewarding future. So here it is

1) You’re ahead of everybody else here. That means you can try lots of stuff and make lots of mistakes. So relax and have fun and also work like hell. Your body and mind can take the workload. But have fun doing it and be gracious and be grateful.

2) draw a smallish circle, softball sized: drop some small pebbles in it. Now put a penny in the center.
Next draw a larger circle, the size of a basketball – with one edge of the larger circle touching one edge of the smaller circle. Move the penny to the center of the larger circle. OK – the small circle represents your life up to NOW. The larger circle represents the life you’re about to expand into. The penny is you. The pebbles are your friends. As you grow, your world expands. As your world expands you go places you’ve never gone before. Your friends may choose not to. That’s OK. They are still your friends, they still share a part of your world. But you’ve got to acknowledge to yourself there are new places to go. If they don’t also grow that’s their choice. The next circle is the size of a kids swimming pool, but that’s too far in the future: be the basketball sized circle next.

3) get Jordan Peterson’s book “12 Rules For Life”. I got it in Audible and listened to it at the gym. Follow and apply the rules.

4) spend as much time as you can with your parents and uncles and aunts and grandparents. They are the closest thing you have to older versions of yourself and have the highest likelihood of truly wanting the best outcome for you. Be brave and vulnerable with them. Ask them to see you at your best and hold you to the highest possible outcome for potential you-ness.

5) Read. A lot. All the time. Audible, youtube, cliffs notes, epic movies. Read the classics. Find an author and read everything g he’s written. Twain, London, Fitzgerald, all of them. Buy books and mark them up and build a library. Read current events and read history. Watch for patterns and train your mind to look for inconsistencies and illogical outcomes, note the propaganda patterns and listen to the dissent. Build your own worldview based on your own empirical truth based on your research and experimentation. Keep your own counsel and don’t over-share. This ability to develop “a knowing” based on underlying reasons is at the core of the most successful people in history.

6) Pray. It doesn’t matter if you don’t know if there’s a God, or don’t believe, or if you know for certain there is no God, pray anyway. There will be moments when the only single thing keeping you alive and sane and able to cope is because you can converse in complete surrender to the force of the universe that I choose to call God, and that force will contain, support, supply, restrain you to make it through to a next breath. It will happen and you want to be in conversation when that time arrives. The bonus is that an ongoing conversation gives you daily enlightenment we humans are hardwired for. So use the hardware.

7) Have fun, fall in love, be friends with the oddball, go to concerts and go camping and rebuild a car.

8) Start to learn to play a musical instrument in 2019.

9) Write.

For my part, I took Action #3 – Read Jordan Peterson’s “12 Rules for Life” on Audible. I have the Audible app anyway with 5 free credits (I got sucked into that a few months afgo when my 14 year old did not want to read a book for school. So its time for me to use it.

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24 – Day 8 – Find Time for Studying

At What Point Do We Stop Learning?

All the time we are in Government School, we are looking forward to graduating and getting to our next place. What that place will be – college, trade school, a job, a gap year?

In theory, that is what you are trying to find out when we are doing that time. Are we seriously learning enough to help us get by? That is definitely up for debate.

Back in the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s and maybe the 80’s, we thought so. A high school education – and the diploma it came with – were supposed to mean something. It meant you could read, understand math, understand government and civics.

Somewhere  in that time, someone decided that the US was falling behind in test scores and educational outcomes versus other countries (China? Japan? Europe?) and we came up with “The New Math”, Outcomes Based Education, No Child Left Behind and Common Core. All of course were designed to help us “catch up” to these other countries whose scores were better than ours.

And in the end, did any of it help? Are our test scores any better? Graduation rates?

I tend to put little credence on the primary education system. And unfortunately when you listed to the guidance councilors at the high school level, I do not think they do either. It seems that the only thing that they are preparing kids for is the College that the kids need to get into. So I continue to ask. What will they get in college?

And after 2, 4, 6, 12 years of college (and anywhere from $20,000 to $100’s of thousands of dollars), are you any more equipped to enter the workforce?

So Back to the Question of Actual Learning

I ponder a lot of these questions because I west through the education process myself. I graduated High School, Graduated College and went out into the workforce. My college did not do a very good job at ushering me into a career. Maybe it was because I did not connect with the right office at the right time. I took my diploma and ran.

As for further formal education, it was my goal to get a job after college. I was sick and tired of being a poor student. So after almost a year of searching, I found work. It was not directly in my field of study, but I could use what I learned. And frankly, I do not think it mattered to my employer. The Diploma was simply a ticket in the door.

I could have gone for an MBA, but I really did not want to go back to school. Any further education, I have done on my own.

How to Study as an Adult

You hear a lot about adults going back to school and getting an additional degree. Maybe its just a bachelors. Maybe its a high school diploma. Going that route, you are still following the “EDUCATION SYSTEM.”

For me, I have not pursued anything that would get me a degree. But I continue to learn.

I am an avid reader. Last year, I accepted a challenge on the website Goodreads. In January, I declared the number of books that I would read. It ended up being 35. I actually read 42 books, but I am not bragging. But honestly it was not easy. Reading that many books means 3 books per month.

I am always reading at least 2 books at a time. Some are long. Some are short. Some are research. Others just for fun. Some are rereads.

I also nosh out on television documentaries. The History Channel and Discovery are fantastic for this.

I see it as a choice we have in life.

I recently read this meme on Facebook that offers some thoughts and stats about reading. If any of the stats are real, it is an eye opening thought. We all have brains that we can use to better ourselves. We need to keep doing it.