The Power of Words

Word and what holds up our world. What we say is the key to making everything happen in our world. The power of words played an important part in your development. Words are what started us on our journey, word that people said to us and words that we believed.

In the process of personal growth this principle, we must take very seriously because words do affect us. Words are seeds that are planted by your parents, your grandparents, or whoever it is that have planted certain seeds into your spirit that grows and those seeds or deposited to your spirit by way of words.

King Solomon made a statement found in the Bible Proverbs 16:24 “pleasant words are as honeycomb sweet to the soul and the health to the bones”. According to the wisest man the words that you speak about yourself is either going to be good to your soul and health to your bones, so words carry in its power to heal. It’s very important what you say to yourself and, we’ve allowed peoples word to destroy us, now it’s our turn to use words to heal us. The two keys that you must keep a ongoing focus on is your words, and your perspective, you change those two things and you will be amazed at how your world will change.

Radhe makes a statement in the book Threads of Enlightenment that goes like this “Everything in existence tangible or not has a vibration, a frequency. Every sound, color, object and feeling possesses its own frequency”. Words also carries a frequency.  

We recently had a major incident that took place in our capital and the discussion on TV was whether words matter our not did it or did it not drove people to act and do certain things. I happen to believe that words do matter, or I would not have been in the mess that I found myself in, to say otherwise is just plain foolishness. Kind Solomon said in Proverbs 29:20 “A man that is hasty in his words, there’s more hope for a fool than him”

When it comes to learning about the power of word the Bible is a book full of principles of the power of words for example Proverbs 18:20 states “a man shall eat good by the fruit of his mouth” From this we can extrapolate that what you say will affect your life and quality of life, as you speak words you begin to develop your perspective on what you’re saying.

As you continue to speak words, it creates a certain perspective of you as you begin to hear the words over and over again, it creates a certain perspective within you individual, and that perspective becomes your reality, that reality becomes your world and world now becomes your space, that you live, think, speak, do everything out of and from there. This is why words are so very important, you must understand that what you say to yourself is very important. Yet again I look to Solomon for his wisdom found in Proverbs 18:21 “death and life are in the power of the tongue and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof” The stakes are very high everyone, very high so learn to kind and gracious to yourself when you speak to yourself.  

Luke one of the disciples of Jesus says in Luke 6:45 “out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. People put good things about yourself in your heart so that you can begin to speak good thing so that you can get healed from all you the mess that words have done to us. Jack Kornfield in Buddha’s little Instruction Book says “when words both true and kind, they can change our world”

Yet another nugget from Solomon from Ecclesiastes 10:12 “The words of a wise man’s mouth are gracious, but the lips of a fool will swallow him up” I literally have nothing to add to that, but I suggest that you simply meditate on it and receive from it.

 

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How to begin Using your gift.

Today we will talk about “Finding your gift” Once you have “discover your gift,” it becomes crucial to learn how to use that gift.  I’ve said that once we are here on this planet to find our gift, we begin to use that gift.  I know it sounds pretty simple, begins using your gift, something like that, but there’s a lot of people that once they find out their gift, find it difficult to move from that place.

Once they’ve located their gift, you would think that they would be excited to get right into it, but believe me, I’ve met many people who become somewhat paralyzed with their approach or paralyze because they are overthinking. Still, when you dig deeper, they are paralyzed because of fear.  Paralyzed because it makes you vulnerable to step outside of your comfort zone.

As you begin to discover your gift and find out what your gift is, why let someone’s opinion of you or that they wouldn’t understand, what you’re doing what you’re about to do this is their problem. It’s not your problem because every one of us has our own gift, and it is our responsibility to find what it is and how to use it.

Often, it’s someone else with a keen mind and spirit that notices your gift and mentions that they see this or that in you and try to guide or help develop you to begin using that gift. Maybe it was a parent, grandparent, friend, or one of our many teachers that enter our lives.

In the book Threads of Enlightenment, the co-author Radhe make this profound statement “our gift is not something that we actually use, but rather it’s something that uses us.” WOW, let that sink into your soul. You will come to the same conclusion as I did, that it is so powerful. Let your gift begin using you, surrender all your fears, and trust that your gift will protect your vulnerability from all that want you to fail.

Once you begin to move from that space of fear to appraise a faith where you’re allowing your higher self to begin to guide you beyond your comfort zone, I tell people all the time, “living from your purpose will always make you purposeful.”

Do you know why people are critical because they haven’t started their journey or anything? They’re just critical, they’re critical of their life, and because they are critical of their life, they become critical of yours. Let’s face it, many of those people don’t even know what their gifts are.

They haven’t even thought about or asked the questions you did to discover yours. The advice that I give everyone is to take a step and another and another, while they’re saying to you, no, no, no, no, no, no, say within yourself yes, yes and keep moving towards your desired goal. Know that you will always have those kinds of people that will always disagree with you, but who cares? To be honest, who really cares?

People that are on their journey of personal growth and self-development will always support you try and find those kind people to help encourage you from time to time because you may sometimes feel alone on that road of development but let me be the first to say that they’re many out here just like you. Your gift will take you to places, and you will meet people that will continue to cause you to look deeper and causes you to be uncomfortable enough to keep you from being stagnant. Remember your journey is your journey, not your wife, husband, best friend, mother, father, or anyone else. It’s extraordinary; it is yours and your special one of a kind. If you look at very critical people, they’re looking at someone else’s journey and making decisions.

Let’s look at a perfect example of someone not listening to what other people say, Abraham Lincoln. Abraham Lincoln ran for office so many times that he lost in all this kind of race but imagine if he had listened to people what a different place America would be today.

What about the founding fathers when they got together to put a document together called the United States Constitution? What if they had listened to the naysayers who had gathered and told them no? They couldn’t do that. What a different place America would have been today.

What about Henry Ford, Benjamin Franklin, Jesse Owens, Muhammad Ali, all of these personalities, if they had listened to other people and that, you know, step out and do an operate from their gift. I can’t even imagine what the world would be like today.

 

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Finding And Discovering Your Gift

Discovering your gifts is mainly your responsibility as an individual, especially if you’re pursuing personal growth and development. Many of us have lived our lives without ever knowing what that gift is and how to live from it and how it can help us obtain peace of mind, joy, and all the other things that come from living from there.

Whenever I talk to people about discovering their gift, they immediately begin to talk about one of their talents. Don’t get me wrong, talents are important to recognize, but in most cases, that’s not the person’s gift. I hope that I can help you to begin the process of discovering their gift.

Most people would look at any famous athlete or performer and mistake their talent as their gift. Michael Jordan, many would say, call a gifted player, and some would look at many of the famous musicians operate from their gift. Still, I’m here to tell you that not everyone that plays basketball is gifted in playing basketball, and the same goes for some performers about singing and performing. People can be gifted in so many different things, but we tend to focus on sports and so forth, but they’re very gifted businessmen and women out there.

When you speak to a person who is aware of their gift and is doing it, there’s this joy the permeates from them as they open their mouth to speak in whatever they do. There’s a tangible excitement; special energy emanates from them, the only way you can express it is simply joy, passion.

There’s a passion. Everyone has a gift, and we need to search deep within ourselves to find it truly. Let me give you some examples from both sport and entertainment. Michael Jackson is a perfect example, he was one of the most talented people we knew, but his gift was performing; his gift was that he was a performer. Prince was another example.

I used to say it to my children close your eyes and picture yourself you’re the richest person on the planet. What would you do? And, of course, they would say what most of us would say.  I’ll spend this and buy that, the accumulation of stuff, but I would instruct them to look deeper than just that; that’s surface stuff. What would you do with your time? What would make you happy? Where’s your passion?

Those are the types of questions that I asked them and caused them to dig deeper. Today my sons are doing their passion. I would say to them, “find your passion and be passionate about it.”

If you want to be a sanitation worker, be passionate about it and learn how to be the best to find out how you can utilize your gift of loving to deal with garbage as a sanitation worker. How can you sustain your family and yourself to a place where you can enjoy yourself and be joyous. One of the things that I would say is that “the time you spend in this world not looking for your gift is only a lifetime.”

There are many people out there who haven’t begun even to consider anything about finding their gift as in The Matrix; many never really unplug.

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Giving Of Yourself

At this site, we deal with the process of becoming healed from whatever situation we’ve gotten ourselves into due to all the decisions that we have made during our life. Here at this site, we’re dedicated to helping both you and I become a mature human spirit by applying principles of self-growth or Enlightenment.

In this blog, we’re now looking at the principle of “Giving of yourself.” Giving back is such a beautiful thing; in fact, it’s a powerful tool in the quiver of personal growth and enlightenment. Today, every area we live in looks for volunteers to help in different areas, from working with the Salvation Army, homeless shelters, different community organizations, big brother or sister. There’s nothing like the feeling of being a mentor to a young person sharing and giving of yourself. If you can lift your head and look at the current situation in our world today with the pandemic, maybe giving some groceries to a neighbor, check on your older adult, to name a few things that we can do, all of these are noble in its own right. Still, the giving of yourself that I’m talking about is much deeper.

The process of giving of yourself. A quote from Jack Kornfield’s book Buddha’s little Instruction book goes like this “if you know the power of a generous heart, you will not let a single opportunity for giving pass you by.” Simply a powerful thing. Notice what he says, “a generous heart.” As you begin to go through your healing process, certain changes begin to happen to you and within you.  Once you began to heal and grow from that person that was broken to someone much stronger to someone who can now stand up and smile, you begin to notice a different, much stronger but yet kind, humbleness, and yes, a generous heart.  I would even go a little further by saying we should try to develop a servant’s heart. Those who have a servant’s heart versus those with a generous heart, a servant’s heart will serve the needs of the people, and the generous heart is a little different material.

You see, someone with a generous heart is those that give, but a servant is someone who servers by getting down in the mud, as they say. There’s a principle in the Bible that states, “Give and it shall be given to you” Luke 6:38. The giver is not going to receive in return.  I tell people all the time, “those who give of themselves are never self-less.”

As we continue to be released from the prison of pain and hurt inflicted upon us by whoever, that person or group of people has caused us to be in that situation.

Remember where you came from to become a person with either a gracious heart or a servant’s heart. I don’t know what you would call that, but I would call it personal growth; you have learned to forgive yourself, you have learned not to believe what someone says about you, their opinion of you have walked through in a place of solitude, and you have gone through whatever process to gain the strength that you may see. You could stand and look at yourself in the mirror and say to yourself; I love you. I love you. You are not perfect, but I love you.

And that place where you have learned to forgive that person or those people who have caused you to be in that darkness, where you can look at them and say, you know, I don’t have any grudges against you. I truly mean that from this new place in your heart, where you have gone through all the place and adjusted to your attitudes.

 

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Conquering Damaging Habits

Conquering damaging habits will continue to be a life journey, as we’re all aware that habits, good or bad, govern our lives and produce our lifestyle.  We witness ourselves and how people see us and make judgments because of how we behave. These habits that we have developed formed the results of our decisions.

I have a saying that I would tell people “all of our habits, good or bad, have made us who we are today.”  It is our profession to learn and identify and conquer all damaging habits in our lives. I had to do it in my life, and you will have to do the same. It is a sobering place to visit and deal with all your darkness in your heart, a place to be honest with yourself; you actually have to be honest with yourself here in this aspect and this part of your development.

There are studies out there that show how our habits damage our brains. I know that you’re familiar with some of those basic habits that we do. As a result, damaged brains out there, there are studies out there that not eating breakfast, overreacting, smoking, high sugar consumption are just stuff to affect our brains. And then, some habits affect our behaviors; we have to learn how to conquer them.

The word that I use is conquering, and conquering implies overcoming and be victorious over. And there’s a reason why I said conquering; I use the term conquering damaging habits because it’s not like you’re breaking your habit. It’s much more involved in that. And so, you have to learn how to be to judge yourself with love, but with a deep sense of honesty and recognizing that where you are, in your development stage in your life, and that you want to move on from this particular area in your life.

I recommend taking inventory of life and how you got where you are, what habits and decisions. Ask yourself probing questions such as what caused you to be in this place? Was it a result of hurt?  It is known that things like stress, and boredom, all these types of stuff, help cause us to develop bad habits. So far, those are just surface stuff, I think, but there’s more, you know, there’s a 99% of us, have self-destructive behaviors.

And so, those behaviors came about as a result of those habits, because like I said, your habits will take you to your behaviors, and you’re going to behave a certain way, based on your habits. I just wanted to, uh, go in and give you an overview of what we’re about to do. So that we can, uh, delve into this topic about conquering our damaging habits and be victorious on the other side, I’m going to give you guys some tools.

We’re going to go back, and we’re going to get some information, some nuggets, and some wisdom. And then what we, my hope is that you will take these and that you will change your life because the purpose of this podcast is for you to become victorious in your life and recognize the stages or States you’re in. And that was the purpose of the book that I wrote with Radhe, Threads of Enlightenment. It basically talks about certain States, and once you recognize the States that you’re in, you’re able to move forward, and you begin to change your life. And those States that I had mentioned are each chapter; we try to focus on a state. And the first state that we talked about from the beginning of this podcast is self-love events, solitude, unchecked emotions, forgiving others, attitudes of success, conquering your damaging giving of yourself is chapter seven, chapter eight is discovering your gift, how to begin using your gift and the power of words. And these States that you and I have to go and visit progress and become a mature human spirit that we, in turn, can turn around and be of help, be of guidance, be of support to someone else. The purpose of getting your deliverance is not to be selfish about it, but in turn to turn around and help someone that really truly needs it. Buddha’s little instruction book by Jack Cranfield is one of the tools I used to help me.

He spoke of the price of our judgment; you don’t have to believe your judgment. There are old habits, one of his nuggets from Buddha’s little instruction book. It says, “a day judging another is a painful day; a day spent judging yourself is a painful day.” What he’s basically saying is that we have to stop looking at ourselves. We have to stop judging ourselves because of how the habits that we’ve developed that has caused us to behave in certain ways. And you have to start looking for triggers in your life. There are emotional triggers; there are environmental triggers. There are all kinds of different triggers that you have to be a student of yourself. That way, you can start making changes necessary to change your behaviors.

I believe conquering your bad habits is a critical part of your journey; you have to develop strategies; they say it takes roughly about 66 days to overcome or break a habit.

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Attitudes for Success

Whenever attitudes for success are talked about, one must look at perspective. Perspective is key to you overcoming that situation that is before you. Having the right perspective will propel you out much faster than a wrong perspective. Let us look at the definition of what we know as the classic definition of perspective, “the unique way a person sees something.” That something becomes especially important when whatever situation presents itself in your life. Good or bad; however, you look at it, your perspective of it will dictate your attitudes, and whatever attitudes you have in that situation will lead to your behavior. Your behavior will determine your life results. Here is a little nugget that I have learned in my journey “attitudes can be adjusted; just smile and see.”

Sometimes a genuine smile from someone can unhook from that recurring mental loop and gives you a chance to reset your perspective. Many of us don’t sometimes seem to understand that in our quest for personal growth, self-sufficiency, freedom from our past, and negative thoughts, all the things that control us are where the battle is. I’m going to read a little from the book that Radhe and I wrote. Try a meditate on the insight that she had written about.  As far as attitudes, she said, “what is an attitude?” “An attitude is a womb of action to create success, to birth success.”

We must all go through the labor process. Our attitude is a vantage point from which we see ourselves and the actions that affect our lives. This is really key to our growth as human spirits and other principles of personal growth, such as forgiving others and all the others. I’m telling you guys that learning to control your attitudes is really something you have to focus on.

Another thing that Radhe mention was that our “attitude is a canvas upon which we paint our thoughts,” the precursor of our actions; like an artist that makes a mistake, with the right perspective, we can turn what people call a mistake into something else. A correct perspective can supercharge an attitude of success gives us the ability to turn that blunder, failure, mistake, or name we give into a lesson.

We can learn from a lesson, and sometime down the road of life, we could have the privilege and honor of teaching that lesson to someone else. Remember that so-called mistakes can be seen as an obstacle in our journey to success, or they can be used as a building block to strengthen and strengthen the foundation upon which we stand.

There are so many studies out there that have been done concerning attitudes of success. I know one of the things that I had to learn about how my attitude really affects how I process my thoughts, which forced me to learn how to utilize my critical thinking skills.

When we’re in a lot of pain, it becomes even harder for those critical thinking skills and the right attitude to come out. You have to basically put up a good fight because this is about mental survival, your existence, your personal power to gain back all that was taken from you, and trust me, it is a fight. It’s basically a fight not against people but against thoughts, perceptions of yourself, that unhealthy vision of yourself, that loop that we are constantly in because of what has been said or done to us. In many cases, we don’t know how to get out, but one of the first things we have to do is control our perspective and attitude.

One of the very first things is to begin using the ability to access our critical thinking skills. One of the principles of critical thinking is that of an attitude of confidence. When you look to your situation, to yourself, and begin to speak to yourself, talk to yourself by encouraging yourself, you need to develop a strong sense of confidence within yourself. You must develop a process of thinking independently from those thoughts that will come to you daily, minute by minute trying to keep convincing you of how you’re no good, you’re weak, you’re stupid, you know all those types of stuff that people have been telling you all your life.

I’m talking about all the stuff; the hurtful, self-defeating stuff leveled towards yourself. It started with someone outside of yourself and the day you accepted their opinion of you, maybe because you didn’t have someone in your life to encourage you; this is now what you believe. But I’m here to tell you that you’re more than capable of gaining back your belief in and about you.

As a kid growing up in Guyana, I had my share of child abuse, and as a young father, I was on the road of repeating that cycle in my children, but I wanted a different life for both my children and me. I personally have been the person who was abused and the abuser, and as the abuser, I had to seek the forgiveness of my children as I began my journey of healing. Many of us got our beliefs and attitude about ourselves from this place of pain.

That why I said earlier that it’s a battle; you’re going to have to learn how to discipline your thoughts as I had to do. The goal is for you to come out of your situation, to utilizes the principle of an attitude of preservation, the principle of developing an attitude of creativity, curiosity to dig deep and deal with all the ugly stuff, and then find that attitude of integrity that you know that you have towards yourself, which is in you before someone stripped you of all your power.  After you have broken free from all of that and you’re standing tall, adapt the attitude of humility become humble as you now begin to rebuild yourself.

As you embark on your journey, make sure that you don’t forget all your tools, your attitudes stored within your body, your mind, your soul, and your spirit so that you can begin to use your skills of critical thinking to come out, because once you began to understand the relationship between your, perception, your attitudes, which actually leads you to your behaviors.

Sociologists have completed tons of studies on attitude and the theories and attitudes of behavioral relationships; all these types of stuff are out there that you can read and study to bring you additional insights. The is an actual industry about attitudes; your attitude affects every aspect of your life, but it all starts with your perception, which bridges your attitude, which bridges to your behavior, understand that connection. You’ll come out of your situation much faster.

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Forgiving Others

Welcome to threads of enlightenment. Forgiving others. Forgiveness is one of the principles of personal growth; thank you so much for joining me to continue our conversation about the process of personal growth and to learn how to become the masters of ourselves.

In the last blog, I spoke about Unchecked emotions. I use that title for a chapter because we tend to not truly be aware of what emotions are in the sense of how they cause us to be controlled by what I call states. States are where we make decisions that cause much harm and pain. Unchecked emotions will lead us to enter into a state of hatefulness. And it has caused us to become stuck in states that are harmful to our spirit, soul, and bodies.

I want to focus a little on forgiving, forgiveness, or forgiving others. In chapter four in my book, “Threads of Enlightenment,” I discuss this in debt. I look at it more like a manual for you to take a look at and identify where you’re located, what state you currently live, in what state you’re in mentally, spiritually, and physically reside at the moment to decide to move forward. Hopefully, it can guide you to the places you need to go to become a mature human spirit.

We must learn these principles because each one of these takes us to another level of our development. “Learn to let go; It is the beginning of your beginnings.” It is entirely our responsibility to desire our deliverance from pain, and the same old same old we have to take responsibility after someone has committed erroneous actions against us. We have to come to a place where we take responsibility for our lives to put it back to, to now recreate something new, something stronger, something wiser, something not as weak and defeated.

The principle of forgiving others takes away the power that they have over us for so long. I suggest that if you have kids, you need to grab that book because it has some wonderful nuggets in there for us. He talks about how forgiveness is essential for growth and healing, and that is why we need to forgive. Forgiveness is essential for our growth and healing; we have to take back our authority, power from those that stripped it away from us through whatever hateful behavior, whatever they’ve done to us.

Many of you have gone through horrific situations in your life. I know my rejection came from family, from my parents. And so, I had to learn how to push through that. I’d mentioned briefly that, as a young adult in college. The memory of that pain will come, and I would cry as, as a young man, I would find a place to hide and to go through that emotional pain and to begin to figure out a way how to manage it. We must remember and realized that it is our responsibility to what is necessary to change. “Change is not changing until you’ve changed,”

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Unchecked Emotions

Welcome to threads of enlightenment—unchecked emotions. We have suffered some trauma that has caused us to act and live a certain way. As a young boy who grew up in Guyana, I had an incident in my life that caused much pain and much hurt. As a result, I made decisions from that state that govern my entire life and relationships, decisions that were not good for my life in any fashion but self-preservation. I was holding it together until the memory of day would come rushing into the forefront of my mind; at that point, everything would fall apart. This is not uncommon; many of you have the same experience as I; the only difference was the pain caused by the situation.

I know this is one thing; as human beings, we have to deal with all of these emotions, we refer to these as our demons, and in some ways, that’s absolutely what those Unchecked Emotions are. In my case, my demons would appear to me suddenly while I was in college. The memories, for some reason, kept coming frequently. Looking back, I can clearly see that it was my time to deal with or face my demons.

I was being forced to deal with the hopelessness, the shame, the pain, the feeling of loneliness, the hate, the unforgiveness all because of a decision someone had made to treat me as a child, as a grown man, my memories of that incident would send me in a panic. I would look for an area to hide, somewhere, anywhere, to find a way to deal with these overwhelming emotions. I would cry and cry and cry because it was so overpowering.

If our emotions go unchecked, it becomes potent and dangerous; in some cases, people take their own life as a result. It is very, very serious and necessary to face your demons and learn how to conquer them all first for your sake, your families, and friends. If we do not take this seriously, we will not pursue any peace and happiness. Let me be obvious it is a tremendous battle to fight and claim your own identity once you’ve been damage. It’s a battle for your survival as an individual for your spirit, your soul, which consists of your mind and emotions, to heal to deal with your situation. And so many of us have not dealt with it, and we have brought husbands, wives, and children. We bring them into our situation, and we respond to them through our pain and hurt; as a result, we damage our mate and children and continue that process in our families from generation to generation.

Anger was one of the demons that I had to deal with as an individual, and I learned how to master it. I had to develop a strategy to learn how to exercise them out of my life to become more effective as human spirits to continue to grow and become who I was originally intended to become by the creator. I love reading Buddha’s little instruction by Jack Cornfield to my children when they were little kids; as much as it was for them, I was learning along with them. He makes a statement that has helped both my children and me “the spirit of man is like a garden. It can grow love; it can grow bitterness, fear, or faith. What seeds will you plant there?” Our parents or whoever caused us that trauma at some point must decide that we have to deal with those issues to move on. We must begin to plant seeds that we want into our garden so that they may bear the fruit that we want.

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Solitude

Welcome to threads of enlightenment. Solitude. When I say the word solitude, what’s the first thing that comes to your mind? A lot of people, the first thought is a cabin in the woods, others being on a mountain somewhere unreachable, other in a tent camping, others by water on a beach somewhere. But solitude is more importantly about communing with yourself, searching the innermost parts of your spirit and soul. I want to introduce you to one of the great mysteries available to every one of us, but most people are terrified to start practicing the art of meditation. People all around us move and operate using mediation. People like martial artists, athletes, yoga practitioners, yogi, and of course, the sages of old. Personally, I’ve been doing meditation for over 20 years. When I first started how confusing it was for me, I’ve learned to love my solitude time. I love the fact that I have learned to enjoy my time. It’s a place of much self-infliction and reflection, looking at myself, looking hard, and being honest at some of the dark places that are in me, the dark things, the dark places I’m talking about are my attitudes, my behavior, some of the habits, those dark habits that you and I have, practice for so many years.

In our Western culture, many people are afraid of being alone or meditating; they really are; some people can’t seem to disconnect from their phones, TVs, or even from people as well. You know the type; they have to be around people all the time. Most of them are afraid of being by themselves, and they don’t understand that; that’s the place where you obtain your victory, that’s where you become a better listener, lots of people don’t understand that meditation helps to learn to listen, especially listening to the inner self.

Listening to that spirit man that has been inundated with false information within you caused by circumstances of life, circumstances at work, our relationships with loves ones, friends, your TV, your phone that you carry with you now that it gives you access to everything such as social media and you can go on and on and on. Studies now show that people are mentally, psychologically, and emotionally all of these things we are getting hooked on. The new drugs, the new high, and people go through serious withdrawals; if you take their phones away from them, they will lose their minds.

In some cases, who knows, they would probably harm you. Today, one of the things that parents will do to punish a kid or a child is to take their phones away, and you could see how depressed they get and begin to start behaving outlandishly.

We need solitude to learn; it is the missing ingredient; we need to learn to include meditation in our quiver to begin our journey to become a better individual, a stronger person, one that you’re proud of. You need to understand how special you are, how you’re one of a kind on this planet. When I started my journey, I kept telling people I had to learn how special I was. I’d walk around and, and tell people that I am one of a kind, I am an endangered species, and I’m an endangered species; I became mindful of how I allowed people to speak to me, how I allowed, um, friends, families, uh, everyone, my boss, how I allow people to engage with me, I became a guardian because I didn’t want them to damage my soul and spirit. I understood that they could cause me much pain in whatever form comes emotional, physical, or whatever. So as you begin to learn the value of who you are, as we take this journey, at threads of enlightenment, the process in which one becomes a better human spirit.

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Self Love

Welcome to threads of enlightenment—self-love. We’re going to look at what I call the first aspect or the first space that you and individuals need to visit to begin our journey to self-development. How many people have lived their lives and have never, ever, ever, ever, ever, had taken the responsibility of self-development seriously enough for a chance to truly learn to ever love themselves to begin their journey? And it is a wonderful journey.
I hope that each of you who visit this site and listen to the podcast would endeavor to start that type of journey where you get a chance to find out who you are. A good friend and I went to see the Dalai Lama several years ago. They had a question and answered time at the event, and someone stood up and asks him, “what is the key to life.” I believe he gave one of the most thoughtful answers I’ve ever heard in my entire life. He said I don’t know. He then said the question you need to ask yourself is, “what’s the key to your life.” Such a more profound question that you and I need to know the answer to. He went on to say that we have to find that out ourselves. That’s an individual journey and, you need to take that journey and find out. I desire that as we get together and spend time reading and listening, and growing that we would begin to start that journey to find out who we are.
It doesn’t matter what religion or belief system you’re a part of; if you’re interested in personal growth, I believe that you must visit every state mention in the book that I co-author with Redhe Schiff. Those states are the book chapters, such as Self-love, Unchecked Emotions, Forgiving Others, just to name a few.
We’re going to take a look at every one of them, and globally also we would look and bring in insights from other teachers that are a part of the self-help, self-development, personal growth industry. I love to recommend books and read books. I look at reading a book as my private meeting with that author. Reading is my time to understand what they went through and the wisdom they gained through their situations. Reading and listening to the author is our chance to take our responsibility to get wisdom and understanding and use it to free ourselves from our situations. As we dig into self-help, we get a chance to expose some things about ourselves that we’ve accepted into our souls and now have become part of our belief system.
And the belief system is a gift that is given to every single human being everyone. The process is simply the ability to take in information, and that information lodges into our soul and migrates into our spirit and body. It becomes a part of our lifestyle that we act on that belief day after day, month after month, year after year. I mentioned to you before that it all started with words spoken by someone you allowed in by allowing a thought to bear fruit. Jesus said to his disciples, take no thoughts saying, and that principle is, once someone says something to you, that you would take this thought into your being, you would then accept it, then confess it, and then you would act on that confession, and then it manifests and bear fruit.
People, you’re going to have to learn, when someone says something that is out of line with your belief system and character, that would naturally get you upset, don’t let it, take a breath and respond out of a different space other than anger and, verbally abuse that person. My goal is that we would learn to guard our thoughts. So how do you find self-love? this is how you find self-love “you dig, you isolate, and you ache, you ate from being lonely, you heal, you accept, you, look in the mirror and see God” that is self-love, and self-love is simply a journey.


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