I AM - The Wizard of Oz
Self-Discovery

I AM – The Wizard of OZ

When I was growing up I thought I was crazy when I heard the voice in my head. It was not until I started my journey of self discovery by taking personal development courses around 2006 that I learned differently. Each courses seemed to referred to it differently; “the sub-conscience”, “It”, “I AM” or some other name. The one that has resonated with me is I AM.

There are many time in my life I have felt that I AM – The Wizard of OZ, a con or fraud. There is the I AM I perceive, the I AM I hear in my head, the I AM I am currently being, the I AM I want to be, and the I AM others perceive no to be.

So many times I felt a lone in this battle with I AM. Once I learned about it and started recognizing it for what it was, I started practicing I AM Affirmation. Life started shifting to the I AM I want to be, but I still felt like it was a fraud. How could it be that with more understanding there also came more frustration and confusion? It is all about perception. Some of the problem is our perception of self is often is over critical.

Take a look at it this way through the imagery created by Analytic Lessons from Behind the Curtain, The Wizard of Oz — Perception vs Reality

The theme of MGM’s adaptation is persistently evident. From a young girl’s perceptions of a black and white life in rural Kansas, springs a technicolored world of gold and emeralds. Dorothy’s adventures in the Land of Oz are full of symbols and metaphor as she follows the yellow brick road in her quest to return home.

Along the way, the stranded Dorothy meets powerless munchkins, a brainless scarecrow, a heartless woodsman, and a cowardly lion in her quest to find an all-powerful wizard. At least those are the perceptions.

By the end of the tale, the wizard is proven a con, the lion brave, and the scarecrow merely in need of a diploma. The genius of the wizard proves to be his deep understanding that perceptions and realities are often quite different.

In the final scenes, once again perception is questioned. When Dorothy fails to return with the wizard over the rainbow, her initial misery is alleviated when the good witch reveals that Dorothy’s ruby slippers have always given her the power to return whenever she wanted. A few clicks of the heal and our young heroine returns to Kansas to learn it was all just a dream… so fitting.”

Wizard of Oz Man Behind the Curtain - I don't own this image it is sourced from https://i.ytimg.com/vi/-RQxD4Ff7dY/maxresdefault.jpg

What we see is our Reality, is actually our perception of our reality. It is often easier to see where we lack that where we are thriving. We judge our worse against someone else best not knowing their struggles or even seeing the complete picture.

The reality for me is I hit a bump in the road, the I AM I hear in my head often takes back over. I start listen to the voice I had heard growing up. That of not being wanted, not being worthy and on and on and on.  I stopped taking care of myself, I stopped the practices I had learn to create the life I wanted. I became the man behind the curtain. Pretending everything was still okay, while I was abusing myself physically and emotionally.

Each time I would return to the practices that where in love, light, possibility, and creation I was happy and once again making progress toward who I want to become. But each time a trial hit, I would start traditional counseling, which would help for a while, but then the fall seemed to be harder to overcome.

Therefore there is the I AM I perceive, the I AM I hear in my head, the I AM I am currently being, the I AM I want to be, and the I AM others perceive me to be. So therefore, I AM the Wizard of Oz or the man behind the curtain. I am in a constant battle with who I AM. I choose to continue to learn, discover, and become the I AM I desire to be.

I have had many resources that have assisted me in my discovery of the I AM. I know that it is a continual process of learning, discovery, and growth. I also think that understanding our own I AM this may be one of the greatest understanding we can seek in this life.

I have discovered that prayer, mediation, affirmations, and energy work are key to me healing and self-discovery. But I know that each of us needs to find our own path to health, healing, and self-discovery. I am grateful for my journey and the different friends, classes, and books that have taught me along the way.

Today and hopefully everyday moving forward I will choose to do the work, continue to discover, grow and declare, “I AM growth, wisdom, love, light, and joy. I AM the possibility of all that has been, is, and is to come.”

Our mind and bodies are incredibly powerful, and we each have our own journey to self discovery and knowledge. My you find that path that best supports you in discovering your I AM!

Resources:

Here are some of the YouTube Videos and Audiobooks that I refer to often to support my learning. As well as the resources I used for this post.

Analytic Lessons from Behind the Curtain

I am that, I am Wayne Dyer NO ADS DURING MEDITATION 🙏 👇 BOOKS from Dr Wayne Dyer in DESCRIPTION

Louise L Hay - You Can Heal Your Life (Audiobook)

Emotion Code by Dr. Bradley Nelson.
Making a Difference, Self-Discovery

Kindness & Beyond

On September 4th doTerra along with Leon Legothetis, the Kindness Guy, invited its Wellness Advocates and customers to join the 15 Day Kindness Challenge. I took on the challenge and I received mixed results.

It was so amazing to be a doTerra Convention where the Kindness was contagious. I witness so many people opening doors, zipping up open backpacks, sharing, and more. My doTerra Team had kindness kits for those in need that had bottled water, food, and hardtack candy. It was awesome to see the reactions as we handed them out as we walked down the street.

During doTerra Together Convention Leon was one of the Keynote Speakers. I was inspired. He said, “Make people feel seen.” So I want you to know:

I See You

He told us to share our pain because we are all human. Knowing that there are others who have or are going through what you are going through is often beneficial. I know I have found strength from other Domestic Violence Warriors. Each of our experiences are different, but I have learned something valuable from each one.

My favorite quote from Leon was, “True Wealth is not in your wallet, it is in your heart.” Kindness is FREE. Kindness is as simple as a smile, a complement, a hug, etc. When you are kind it everyone wins. You don’t know who else it will effect, but it changes lives.

He also talked about being kind and gentle to ourselves. As he was talking recognized areas in my life that I can improve.

I loved when he said we could ask his ex-girls friends and then went on to say, “I may not always be nice, but I can do my best to be kind.” That is profound to me.  It brings to mind forgiveness. Being kind to ourselves and others requires forgiveness when we are not nice.

I look forward to daily finding new ways to be kind. I also look forward to hearing stories from others.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Violence Against Women - Break the Chain
Making a Difference, Self-Discovery

Violence Against Women – Break the Chain

*Trigger Warning*

Triggers are different for everyone. You never know when they are going to show up. I am sharing in hopes of helping others. The One Billion Rising Video is a graphic depiction of violence.

If you need immediate assistance call 911 or your country’s emergency service number. For a complete list of resources click here.

It is time to break the chain. It is time to stand up and be counted. I know that abuse and violence don’t discriminate. All ages, genders, races, countries, and religions are affected. The One Billion Rising movement focuses on Violence against Women Globally.

To The Broken

Screams in the night
Silent cries you don’t hear
Souls begging for help
Bodies writhing in pain
Agony Tearing up flawless skin
Broken children of the night
Here’s to the Broken
The fighters and Believers
The misunderstood people
The world’s true face
The children who wonder where things went wrong.
Smiles Painted on Masks
Painfully stating “I’m Fine”
When what needs to be said is “Save Me”
Scars that want to be butterflies
Nightmares that want to be dreams
True color of the years
Here’s to the people who wonder where they belong.
to the unloved children
Here’s to the Broken.
because their heartbeats slowly fade to nothingness
Poetry is written and owned by Warrior. For permission to use email beyond.warrior.ut@gmail.com.

I am joining the movement with a wonderful organization SHEROES United. We will be sharing our message at the United Nation Civil Society Convention.

SHEROES United is a Global Movement of Women Who DARE to Change the World through Love.

SHERO is a female hero; a woman that displays strong heroic traits under tremendous pressure and is triumphant over her circumstances. A SHERO is a Woman who is an active giver, an example of what is possible, and a brilliant inspiration to people of all ages.

“It is the greatest time for women in all of human history. It is the darkest time for women in all of human history. What matters is what we make of it!  But we simply must start now.”Bridget Cook-Burch, Executive Director, SHEROES United

“Chase your passion, and success will follow you. Success demands passion and purpose.” – Celeste Gleave, Founder SHEROES United.,

Visit SHEROES United to join the cause.

A film by Eve Ensler and Tony Stroebel. Please spread far and wide w/this tweet: Rise up on 2-14 to end Violence against Women in a global event! @vday http://onebillionrising.org/

 

Changing the Collective Consciousness
Health, Self-Discovery

Changing the Collective Consciousness

During my life time there has be a continuous rise in Depression, Anxiety, Mental Illness, Fear, Worry, Violence, Blame, Anger, and Disrespect. The chaos we are seeing in our lives, our Country, and the World is because our agreement with the Collective consciousness. We individually and collectively have unresolved emotions that can also be referred to as trapped emotions that are formed by beliefs in our subconscious mind.

The subconscious mind is the part of the mind of that we are not fully aware but that influences our actions and feelings and creates our belief system. The subconscious mind helps us remember how to do what we have already learned and creates programs based on what worked or didn’t for us in the past. The subconscious mind creates programs to keep us physically and emotionally “safe”. Consider that many of the beliefs and programs in our subconscious mind where formed before adolescence. Then the subconscious mind follows the programs to prove that your belief are true.

We are generally unaware of these programs, therefore we have the tendency to run on autopilot.  As we run on autopilot, rather than reacting to a new experience as a new event our subconscious mind finds a similar event and reacts in like manner. If it work to react in timid, avoid confrontation each time we experience a similar event we would continue that programming of being timid. If it worked to react in anger to avoid accountability each time we experience a similar event we would continue that programming of being angry. As we run on autopilot we don’t recognize how our actions affect those around us.

Hurt People Hurt People

 

M.Farouk Radwan, MSc. states, “The subconscious mind is a like a big memory bank that stores your beliefs, memories and life experiences. This information that is stored in your subconscious mind always affects your behavior and actions in different situations.

One of the very interesting facts about the way the subconscious mind works is that it won’t only affect your behavior but it will also affect your perception of events.”

Collective consciousness is the set of shared beliefs, ideas, and moral attitudes which operate as a unifying force within society. In general, it does not refer to the specifically moral conscience, but to a shared understanding of social norms. Just like the subconscious mind we are also unaware the programs running in the Collective consciousness.

The EOS Institute states, “The “collective consciousness” permeates all beings, affecting our attitudes, feelings and behaviors. We are all a part of the whole, just like cells within the body. They function separately, but also work together as the basis of life itself.

Just as the collective consciousness can impact you; you too can influence the collective consciousness for the better.

You are a powerful spiritual being, with far-reaching influence. The vibrations you put out at any given moment, affect the collective consciousness of all beings, in much the same way a tiny pebble causes large ripples upon the water.

As you transmit the higher vibrational energies of gratitude, love, and peace to the universe, those energies permeate the collective whole, transforming and healing the world on a cosmic level.
Not only that, but the energy you send out into the universe is also returned to you.”

The video below is one of the best explanation of how Collective Consciousness affects our World.

We have to change ourselves to change the Collective consciousness

It is no coincidence that there is a rise in self help programs, seminars, and support groups. The Collective consciousness is pulling for change. We each have our own set of beliefs, programs, emotions, and behaviors that are contributing to the Collective consciousness therefore we need to start with self. Keep in mind, the subconscious mind can only accept new beliefs that don’t contradict existing beliefs. To reprogram the subconscious mind you have to modifying certain beliefs by taking action.

Tony Robins states, “Your mind is the key to success and you have the power to learn how to reprogram your subconscious. If you want to live the life you desire, then it’s time to decide, to commit and to resolve. It’s not what we can do in life that makes a difference – it’s what we will do. And there’s no better time to take back control of your mind and set your sights on something better than right now.”

Watch how Tony explains how to reprogram your mind to two friends, using basketball as an example.

Quantum physicists have been telling us now for several years that our bodies are really made of nothing but pure energy. Our thoughts and emotions also forms of pure energy.

“The idea of energy healing and the effects of emotional energy on body isn’t new. There is actually research to support our assertion that emotions are energy! The late David Hawkins, M.D., Ph.D and author of the book Power vs. Force, discovered that the energy in someone’s magnetic field (their “log level”)  can be profoundly affected by their emotions. He discovered that the body’s energy level actually increases as an individual feels more positive emotions.” Discovery Health, Is There Science Behind Emotional Energy Healing?

Therefore I believe as we reprogram our subconscious mind and heal our energy we can change ourselves and as well as contributing to the change in the Collective consciousness.

Changing the Collective Consciousness

My I recommend a few of favorite teachers?

Louise Hay

Carol Tuttle

Kirk & Kim Duncan – 3 Key Elements

 

Resources:

How does the subconscious mind work by M.Farouk Radwan, MSc.

Tap Into The Collective Consciousness with Mediation – EOS Institute

HOW TO REPROGRAM YOUR MIND Tony Robbins

Is There Science Behind Emotional Energy Healing? Discover Healing, Dr. Brad Nelson

 

 

Push Through and Bloom
Self-Discovery

Lessons From Nature

There are so many amazing lessons that we can learn from nature. One lesson I learned from nature was several years ago was that the sun always rises after the darkness. This was brought to my mind again today as I was on a group mentoring call with Kirk Duncan. He shared the following quote by Marcel Proust, “For a seed to achieve it’s greatest expression, it must come completely undone. The shell cracks, it’s insides come out, and everything changes. to someone who doesn’t understand growth, it would look like complete destruction.”

Push Through and Bloom

Kirk then talked about how plants do 50% of their growth in the roots. Plants have a strong base to be able to grown up out of the soil.

I found this great representation on Pinterest.

Another lesson from nature comes from a story I heard several years ago. Hugh B. Brown shared a lesson from his life.

He told of purchasing a rundown farm in Canada many years ago. As he went about cleaning up and repairing his property, he came across a currant bush that had grown over six feet (1.8 m) high and was yielding no berries, so he pruned it back drastically, leaving only small stumps. Then he saw a drop like a tear on the top of each of these little stumps, as if the currant bush were crying, and thought he heard it say:

“How could you do this to me? I was making such wonderful growth. … And now you have cut me down. Every plant in the garden will look down on me. … How could you do this to me? I thought you were the gardener here.”

Hugh B. Brown replied, “Look, little currant bush, I am the gardener here, and I know what I want you to be. I didn’t intend you to be a fruit tree or a shade tree. I want you to be a currant bush, and someday, little currant bush, when you are laden with fruit, you are going to say, ‘Thank you, Mr. Gardener, for loving me enough to cut me down.’”

Years later, Hugh B. Brown was a field officer in the Canadian Army serving in England. When a superior officer became a battle casualty, he was in line to be promoted to general, and he was summoned to London. But even though he was fully qualified for the promotion, it was denied him because he was a Mormon. The commanding general said in essence, “You deserve the appointment, but I cannot give it to you.” What he had spent 10 years hoping, praying, and preparing for slipped through his fingers in that moment because of blatant discrimination. Continuing his story he stated:

“I got on the train and started back … with a broken heart, with bitterness in my soul. … When I got to my tent, … I threw my cap on the cot. I clenched my fists, and I shook them at heaven. I said, ‘How could you do this to me, God? I have done everything I could do to measure up. There is nothing that I could have done—that I should have done—that I haven’t done. How could you do this to me?’ I was as bitter as gall.

“And then I heard a voice, and I recognized the tone of this voice. It was my own voice, and the voice said, ‘I am the gardener here. I know what I want you to do.’ The bitterness went out of my soul, and I fell on my knees by the cot to ask forgiveness for my ungratefulness. …

“… And now, almost 50 years later, I look up to [God] and say, ‘Thank you, Mr. Gardener, for cutting me down, for loving me enough to hurt me.’”

I am just know beginning to understand growth. As I look back on my life the growth beneath the surface did not feel like growth. It only felt painful and destructive. I didn’t realize that those times of complete destruction, being buried, or being cut down were just part of my growth.

Thanks to amazing mentors and coaches, I am seeing growth as well as areas where I am strengthening my roots and other areas where I am blooming.

Misty Tripoli stated, “The most helpful coaches are the ones who can help you better understand YOURSELF, your abilities, your weaknesses, your blind spots, and your opportunities.”