Thursday, July 18, 2013

Truths to Live By: Wisdom as a Key to Empowerment

The last aspect of the Ifa empowerment equation is wisdom. I would like to use this definition of wisdom from “knowledge of what is true or right coupled with just judgment as to action”.

In Ifa, destiny, our purpose for being here, comes down to the development of wisdom and knowledge. They are then shared amongst our entire lineage upon our return home. In order to develop wisdom, knowledge must come first. In order to develop knowledge we must be open to learning.

Everything that we experience in life teaches us something. Using our challenging experiences to live a better life is an important part of the puzzle. It is equally important to learn from our positive experiences. That way we can create more good in our lives. 

Knowledge comes from using our lessons to make our day to day decisions. Knowledge deepens as we use it, and see the results that we get. Always making adjustments as we deepen our understanding of the truth.

Wisdom is built from knowledge. In order for knowledge to become wisdom, it must be used in the broadest possible contexts. It must be applied, through time, in many situations. Our ideas of what is right, and true, must grow with us. Wisdom is a dynamic process, not a static goal.

Authentic wisdom also requires judgement. It is not enough to have the understanding. That understanding must be applied, with the best possible character, in order for our judgments to be correct. That is how our actions become just.

It is our flexibility that allows wisdom to deepen and grow. We can only develop it through experience. It is critical for us to be honest with ourselves about the impacts of our actions so that we can apply our wisdom in the best possible way. Where we see a difference between our highest realization, and our actions in the world, it is time to take a step back, and shift our behaviour to re-align.

Can you see how your wisdom has developed over your lifetime? I’d love to hear why or why not.

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Thursday, July 11, 2013

Success: Moving Towards Your Goals

If you want to get somewhere you need to head in the right direction. In this post we’ll explore “away from” values. These are values that unconsciously set you on the wrong course.

One of the most powerful discoveries in NLP is that our unconscious mind is unable to process a negative. If I ask you not to think of a blue tree, the first thing you have to do is to make some representation of a blue tree in your mind.

That might not seem important, but, it explains how the value prosperity and the value  “not being broke” can lead to very different results.

Prosperity is a “towards” value. It points you straight towards your goal.

“Not being broke” is called and “away from” value. It makes sense to you. At the unconscious level it generates more financial difficulty. It tells your unconscious mind that you want to be even more broke.

Even within a positive value like prosperity that can be some hidden negativity. This week we’re going to take another look at your Values Hierarchy. We’re going to smoke out all of your “away from” values so that we can deal with them.

Here’s how to spot the “away from” values in your list:

Look at each value starting from the top and working all the way down.

Ask your unconscious mind if that value is 100% positive, completely moving towards what you want.

If not then write down what percentage it is moving towards what you want. Just go with your “gut” response.

Continue until you have run down your whole list.

Now you know how much your “away from” values have been impacting you. Can you see how dealing with the “away from” will move you more powerfully towards your goals? I’d love to hear why or why not.

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Thursday, July 4, 2013

Truths to Live By: Growth as a Key to your Empowerment

Growth provides the second key to your empowerment. It is the second aspect of the sixteenth truth of Ifa.

We are in a constant process of growth and change. Many people ask me when it ends. The truth is, it never does. The purpose of life is to evolve. In order to align ourselves with Universal evolution we must grow and evolve within our lifetimes.

Don’t mistake this continual growth for a constant digging for issues. It is critical to release emotional, karmic, and ancestral baggage that stands in the way of our development. These are the only “issues” that we need to work on.

Each of us has an infinite world of hurt inside us. It is far too easy to get lost in this world. There is a lifetime of  “shadow work” to be done. Our base impulses, and the emotions that trigger them, are not going anywhere. They are part of our evolutionary heritage. Accept them. Rise above them.

Once we are clear enough life starts to flow. We engage in a more positive way. We feel good a lot of the time. It can be tempting to say “That’s it, I’m done.” and rest with the status quo. 

It may seem almost impossible to push forward beyond this comfortable place. But, push you must. Once you have stabilized in a more positive world-view your work is expanding your consciousness.

For the first time in the history of our planet, and perhaps the Universe, there are beings that are capable of self-awareness. We are beginning to awaken to a deeper reality that rests at our cores. It is the spark of life that we call Olodumare. Olodumare is becoming aware of itself through you.

Our ultimate spiritual purpose is to align with that evolutionary impulse and to harness our uniqueness in its service. We must express more joy, love, and harmony in the process, come together to become more. Always reaching forward.

This may sound exhausting, but, when you get caught up in the flow there is infinite energy is available to you. Do you feel the pull of the Universe calling you to grow? I’d love to hear why, or why not.

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