As energetic beings, we do not create nor destroy energy, we react to it.
The purpose of this exercise is to understand what is important to your present life and what is a distraction to you aligning with your true self. We have a lot of distractions in our modern world that keeps us from the joy has to offer. I see a lot of new diets that focus on the caveman eating patterns. This is beneficial because today’s food is filled with pesticides, hormones and artificial additives.
Just like the food being offered the social interactions and view of ourselves are being polluted by artificial distractions. To connect to your true self and realize your dreams you need to separate yourself from what is distracting you. During this exercise, I want you to imagine you live in the caveman period of humanity. Take away anything in your mind that relates to your current lifestyle of a modern human. To make this fun lets take our current worries back in time to this period as a way to leave the past behind and return to our natural way of being which is living in the present moment.
You can do this exercise in your mind or on a sheet of paper. Start out by breathing in through the nose and out through the mouth. This exercise works best in a meditative state but can also be practiced in your mind at any time of day. As I start this exercise, I imagine myself going further and further back in time to the Paleo period. I envision myself in a vast lush jungle with the sounds of exotic long extinct wildlife.
When I am stressed and distracted I find my mind can immediately begin to worry about modern concerns. Sometimes it can be, how will I pay rent next month? Possibly it’s regarding a deadline for an article I wanted to finish that I hadn’t. At the same time, I imagine I hear the roar of a ferocious T-Rex dinosaur. He seems to be attracted to my worrying thoughts.
The more I worry the closer he seems to be. This T-Rex finds worry delicious and fun to hunt. Knowing that he loves these distractions, I throw them behind me to keep him satisfied with my worrying treats. It’s similar to a bee that is flying near you. It is more attracted to you because you fear it. With worry comes the monsters, which is ego and doubt. Envisioning these details helps you remove yourself from your worry and allows you to see that your lack of certainty is self created.
So, I release more and more distractions as bait for the nearby predator. Cavemen don’t worry about an email from their boss or about a deadline (thrown to the predator). They can’t waste time worrying about why their crush didn’t call back. There are plenty of mates in the jungle (thrown to the predator). The survival of the caveman is dependent on what he really needs and what helps him survive. His or her survival is dependent on sustenance, safety, certainty and clarity in who he/she is and what must be done. That certainty is what allows him to survive and not only survive but thrive in this world. If he were to spend time worrying about how will he find dinner, will he be safe, where will he sleep in a month, he would be consumed by predators when his guard is let down by these distractions.
What is this blind belief that he will be ok? Where do the abilities come from that allow him to survive without worry? It is his faith and certainty in who he is and what he must do that allows him to survive.
Be like the caveman and emerge from the overgrown dark jungle to a beautiful lush valley free of predators and worry.
In this lush valley predators may not enter. There are waterfalls and abundant fruit trees. Enjoy the experience of being safe and without worry. Allow yourself to let go and trust in the fact that well being is always flowing your way.
I like to start my day with a feeling of gratitude and of self. A great way to do this is by using meditation to clear your mind, connect to your true self and then going into a place of gratitude. By doing this you can see gratitude from a more emotional stand point then a physical one. Instead of being grateful for your home and car you can see gratitude for your ability to be happy or even grateful for your breath.
It is then much easier to take that gratitude for the smaller things and create desires that you would like to manifest which are more aligned with what you need rather than what you want.
To start this meditation I use meditation beads and go all the way around the strand to make sure I come up with enough I AM positive statements. If you don’t have the beads you can place your hands in a Buddha pose like the picture above. This hand mudra connects the thumbs (which represent the ego) back onto each other as to channel the self into an infinity loop. The left hand represents the feminine energy and the right hand the masculine energy. You can choose which hand to place on top of which depending on which energy you feel you need to channel more energy from.
To begin you can put on some meditation music or simply get in position and close your eyes. Take one deep breath in through the nose, hold it for a few seconds then expel all the air in your lungs. Do this a few times and then start a steady flow of breath in through the nose and out from the nose.
I start with some easy I AM positive statements:
I AM happy
I AM healthy
I AM well
You can then reach for other words to continue the sequence. If I find myself searching for words I will go down the alphabet like so:
I AM amazing, I AM beautiful, I AM certain, I AM divine…
When you have either finished going through the beads or the A-Z method you can then move onto the gratitude portion of this meditation. Like with the previous portion try and start with easy statements of gratitude:
I AM grateful for my ability to be happy
I AM grateful for my constant good health
I AM grateful for my breath
Go through as many as you can think of and keep that steady breath in and out of the nose as you make your statements of gratitude. Once you feel you are at a point of feeling good and having expressed your gratitude you can then start thinking of things you would like to manifest into your life.
Hopefully at this point you feel great about yourself, the energy of gratitude surrounds you and you can more clearly see your manifestations becoming a reality.
One who understands others has knowledge;
one who understands himself has wisdom.
Mastering others requires force;
mastering the self needs strength.
If you realize that you have enough, you are truly rich.
One who gives himself to his position surely lives long.
One who gives himself to the Tao
surely lives forever.
Knowledge vs Wisdom is knowing vs experiencing. When you learn something that someone else has created you are allowing knowledge. When you have experienced something and it has shaped your life, that is wisdom.
Wisdom is never forced it is something that you allow from an experience in your life. Lao-tzu speaks of “If you realize that you have enough, you are truly rich”. This is a place many try to get to in their lives. When you start looking inside yourself and start to see that you have everything to live a joyous happy life you will be truly rich. When you understand your true self which never worries or doubts you will see you have everything to be fulfilled. Your true self has all the tools to heal the past and create an abundant present.
He finishes off the verse with the idea of living forever once you have given into your position. By giving in you are allowing your true self to surface which is divine and eternal. You are not a moment in time or an ending being. When you live your life from that higher place you will see that believing in yourself allows you to see that forever is possible beyond what you define a life to be.