The Spirituality of the Self and the ship of Theseus

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Life is much like the philosophical questions posed by the Greek story of the ship of Theseus. This particular problem is known as the sorties paradox. The ship of Theseus is a thought experiment, rooted in contemplation, that raises the question of whether an object that has had all of its components replaced remains fundamentally the same object. The concept is one of the oldest in Western philosophy, having been discussed by Heraclitus and Plato by c. 500–400 BC. The Spirituality of the Self and the ship of Theseus has a lot to teach us about what we think we really, really know about who we are, what we are and where we are headed. One could wonder where the 5 year old body you once had is now. Some might say it has just grown and changed or developed. But they may be shallow thinking when it comes to the complexity of life as a human being that is further complicated by the notion of spirit. Mind, body and spirit is a one-liner we hear often, but do we really think about what that suggests? 

The Spirituality of the Self

Have you ever been able to answer the seemingly simple question of who am I? Discover the significance of questions like where am I going? Why am I going there? Teachers, mystics, monks and masters throughout history have taught using these seemingly simple questions to get us to contemplate life, and ourselves more deeply. It is much like the philosophical questions posed by the Greek story of the ship of Theseus. This particular problem is known as the sorties paradox.

The ship of Theseus is a thought experiment, rooted in contemplation, that raises the question of whether an object that has had all of its components replaced remains fundamentally the same object. The concept is one of the oldest in Western philosophy, having been discussed by Heraclitus and Plato by c. 500–400 BC. The significance for you and I today is that we are just like that ship! We to have all our parts replaced ever seven years or so. If we are just our bodies this poses a bold contemplative conundrum indeed.

We should know if we are our body, our emotions, our souls and is there such a thing as our spiritual selves? The buddha spoke of the concept of Dukkha which suggested that wherever we go, we will find suffering, unhappiness or pain. Fortunately, there is a corresponding state of existential well-being—the liberation from suffering that comes about with contemplative awakening. Discover the power of contemplation with us. You will never be able to look at an apple, quite the same again.

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“The untrained mind keeps up a running commentary, labelling everything, judging everything. Best to ignore that commentary. Don’t argue or resist, just ignore. Deprived of attention and interest, this voice gets quieter and quieter and eventually just shuts up.”

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The Spirituality of the Self

The Journey Beyond Meditation

Have you ever been able to answer the seemingly simple question of who am I? This philosophical pointer has been used by teachers for centuries to take us on the journey beyond meditation.

It is much like the philosophical questions posed by the Greek story of the ship of Theseus. This particular problem is known as the sorties paradox. The ship of Theseus is a thought experiment, rooted in contemplation, that raises the question of whether an object that has had all of its components replaced remains fundamentally the same object. The concept is one of the oldest in Western philosophy, having been discussed by Heraclitus and Plato by c. 500–400 BC.

Discover the significance of questions like where am I going, as you traverse the journey beyond meditation. Why am I going there? Teachers, mystics, monks and masters throughout history have taught using these seemingly simple questions to get us to contemplate life, and ourselves more deeply.

The Science of Contemplation

The significance for you and I today is that we are just like that ship! We to have all our parts replaced every seven years or so. If we are just our bodies this poses a bold contemplative conundrum indeed. We should know if we are our body, our emotions, our souls and is there such a thing as our spiritual selves?

We never stay the same. Everything is impermanent and constantly changing. Yet, you and i get stuck on what we believe as children, and then never question that understanding again. We are creatures of mental habit. We think we know who we are, until the day we stop and contemplate the question for long enough. It is only through the practice of contemplating these big questions in small packages that we uncover the realities of who we are, why we are here and where we are going. If we don’t stop or are unable to stop, think and contemplate because we have become compulsive by nature, we can loose the very meaning of life. When we loose our way suffering comes.

“Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” — Martin Luther King, Jr.

The buddha spoke of the concept of Dukkha which suggested that wherever we go, we will find suffering, unhappiness or pain. Fortunately, there is a corresponding state of existential well-being—the liberation from suffering that comes about with contemplative awakening. The journey beyond meditation gets us there. The buddhists used the term sukha to describe the process of awakening that contemplation brings. They realized that only if you experience an awakening, that you will be able to transcend the suffering of a compulsive mind. This principle is the same in psychology today. Nothing has changed. When people are stuck in depression and stressful thoughts that overwhelm them, we usually start with working on the obsessive thoughts of the mind. The mind becomes obsessive because it seeks answers to life’s insoluble problems. It will never get answers and thus philosophy is dead! We need to rediscover our humility and re-question simple three word questions like “who am I?” rather than following the law of complexity into suffering.

We have to go well beyond the intellect on a journey beyond meditation if we ever want to get beyond the suffering of Dukkha. Contemplation is one such practice that leads to the essential awakening we all need to experience to find peace of mind and then peace on the planet.

What we can do to awaken is seek clarity and reality through mindfulness, stillness and meditation answers to fundamental life questions. If you are stuck then you may benefit from resetting the way you think. When you do so you can transcend your very limited intelligence or IQ, and move towards using the power of your contemplative intelligence. Discover the power of contemplation with us. You will never be able to look at an apple, quite the same again. Benedizioni.

Unlock Mind Power for Peace

How our thoughts change the world

Unlock Mind Power for Peace in difficult times | How our thoughts change the world and why it is our life purpose to create positive thinking. The world has experienced a pandemic, and many countries, like ours in South Africa have suffered looting, riots and unrest. Many people are grieving and the time for clarity and focus on our life purpose and the very meaning of life is beyond essential right now.

We’ve just had so many people just this week ask us questions about how to navigate the world we live in today. They are people who want to know how to cope with the current situations that include violence and chaos and the destruction  they see in the world today. We have looting and riots and stone throwing. People say that lives matter and then proceed to take lives with their next action. It makes little sense and brings about a sense of mindless chaos that transmits itself like a virus. 

If you do not realise that you are worthy of the highest love and peace imaginable, then you will not be able to get this love and peace out into the physical world. So be love. Reality is love and the world is paradise. We just don’t see it yet.

Mark L Lockwood (BA(hons)(psy)
Unlock Mind Power for Peace in difficult times

People are struggling to cope with what they are seeing all over the world and how they relate to what is on television and the news, and what other people are saying and how this can relate to something like self actualisation, spirituality and how one can stay on the path of growth and contribution and self actualisation and God realisation.

How to Unlock Mind Power for Peace

So the big question today is how do I continue to grow and actualise myself in an environment that is not conducive to enlightenment and consciousness? First we must remember and put into context that the world has always almost always been in a state of conflict. These are some of the most peaceful times we have had in the world despite what we are seeing on the news. Next, we must understand that how we experience this world is through the five senses and the mind is the filter. When information comes in it goes firstly to look at your safety and see how certain things are for you. That is its automatic response to keep you alive. After that however, you can show up with your emotions and your spiritual self or your Sacred Self and show up and help your mind process what it sees, hears and feels. You can help your mind, your body and your soul to process what is going on around you in a more holistic away.

We have three types of consciousness at least. We need to use all three of these types of consciousness to get better consequences for ourselves and the world around us. We have contracted consciousness. Then we also have expanded and pure consciousness. We need to learn to use meditation and mindfulness practice to access more and more pure consciousness. Contracted consciousness is what is wrong with the world today!

Speaking of how to Unlock Mind Power for Peace, there is an old story about a master and a disciple. One day the disciple see’s so much suffering in the world and decides that he needs to do something about it. So the disciple goes to the master and says that all the meditation that we do every day is not helping. What I need to do, says the disciple, is to go out there into the world and physically help people instead of meditating all day. The master then calmly replies and says to him that the very reason why the world is in such a mess and that there is so much violence is that those people that he intends on helping, are in that very state of chaos because  they are not meditating. If you go out there and try to help them physically with a labour you will not help them at all, but you will become bitter and angry and judgmental yourself. You will become just like them. They are like that, they are the way they are, because they do not meditate!

If you want to make a difference on this planet and help people experience the peace love and joy that you want, then you will need to do something first. You will need to do the work for yourself, by yourself, first. We have to accept that peace comes mentally and from within. As you think so shall you be. There is no peace that can be experienced outside if we cannot experience any peace on the inside. We radiate who we are and what we are to the world. So if we want loving and lasting change for the planet and for others and ourselves we need to be like minded. Have you ever heard the term like-minded? We need to have the same mind if we want change to occur on any significant level. Just as the law of attraction suggests, we give out what we get back and vice versa. 

Meditation is known as the eye of the soul or the soul in the eye that is awake and we can use our ability to visualise,  meditate and contemplate to change how we think and how we connect to the world around us. If you find yourself gossiping and grumbling all the time then you cannot expect to create any harmony on the outside. Saying the world is bad will become a reciprocal, real life story. 

Unlock Mind Power for Peace with consciousness

We must understand the laws of jin and jang, and the law of attraction properly if we want to make positive changes. Today, you should understand that you have a divine purpose just like everyone else on the planet. You are as important as any president or any teacher on any corner of the world. You have the power to use your thinking to create a better world. There is a collective consciousness that is growing every single day and every single year. This happens despite the many stones being thrown right now. Awakened people are still cleaning up the stones that the blind throw around with their tantrums. They learned as babies that tantrums gets them attention. They have not yet grown up into purer consciousness. The more we all collectively practice mindfulness and meditation and Unlock Mind Power for Peace on the inside, and then the outside, the more we will see it in our everyday reality. You have a divine responsibility like everyone else to live life on purpose and to generate positive thoughts back to the world several times a day so that you can create a habit of loving more and more of who you are first and then who the world is. What you generate, vibrates. 

Unlock Mind Power for Peace
Unlock Mind Power for Peace

Today it can be very tempting to think the world is a violent and horrible place. Look at the rioting and the looting and the violence and you can fall into the black hole that these people are communicating to us, that they find themselves in. A dark black hole which is made up from a lack of consciousness. They don’t know who they are and they don’t know what the world is. But you and I can help these people to wake up. We can all do what life is doing and help the mindless be mindful and the heartless be full of love. The 80 / 20 principal suggests that 80% of the world, including all the energy within it, and all the people within it, is governed and run by the 20% of positive energy that we see. This means that even if 80 percent of the world are asleep, the remaining twenty percent can help them to wake up. Positive energy and consciousness through Unlock Mind Power for Peace, is far more powerful than any negativity could ever be. 

When people try and break the world with bombs, sticks and stones there are other people who clean up the mess. There are other people who fill in the cracks. There are others who bring love and light and hope and peace and faith to the world, no matter how dark it may seem. Love always wins. Learn every day, through the power of your mind, how to create love peace and joy. If you do not realise that you are divinely worthy, if you do not realise that you are worthy of the highest love and peace imaginable, then you will not be able to get this Love and peace out into the physical world. So be love. Reality is love and the world is paradise. We just don’t see it yet.

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The Yoga Effect

Guided Meditation connecting Body, Mind, Emotions and Spirit

Ever heard of the yoga effect? If not then we need to look far more closely at what the word, the practice and the concept all mean. Humanity are functioning as half human beings while the rest of creation are being themselves one hundred percent. Yoga means union and if there are at least four parts to who we are being body, mind, emotions and spirit or soul, then we need to join the dots and become wholly and fully who we really are. Operating at half capacity is damaging the body, the sinew and the psyche. If connection is the answer for everything else then it is that way for us to. Learn to practice connection and the yoga effect of universal oneness that is needed for anything to operate properly, just as it was intended to do.

To fall into the loving embrace of the Yoga effect is to be connected within your entire inner being to all that is without. This divine connection transforms the myth of separation and moves us out of duality into the comfort of the loving arms of the Universal field. Yoga simply means divine union of everything, without any exclusions, and that state of union is available to everyone all the time. 

Yoga is not only about standing on your head. Rather yoga teaches you how to listen to and hear your body in all its marvel and wonder and connect deeply to it. Graceful flow is the result, not only for body, but also for a mind which is habitually centered in yoga. As humans we are one complex being divided into 4 main segments or systems. These systems being body, mind, emotions and spirit. In this guided meditation we will move through these four parts of self connecting one energy or shakti to another. We will create a rainbow bridge from our root to our crown. From thought to no-thing. 

We practice yoga and meditation to essentially dissolve our ego-identity and let go of the stories of the past the mind has created through habitual memories. Stress is of course the result of this process. Sadhguru reminds us that “the whole process of yoga is to take you from something that you know and take the next step into the unknown…yoga means to be in perfect tune. Your body, mind, and energy and the existence are in absolute harmony.” 

The Four Segments of Self

THE BODY – To practice the Yoga Effect the body represents the senses and how we interact with the world. We can only interact with one, or all of our five senses through the physical body. There is no other language the body speaks alone. That is until we re-connect itself to all of itself from within. 

THE MIND – Mind represents the second segment of ourselves that processes our senses into our memories, thoughts, feelings and ultimately our actions and life consequences. It links the outer worlds experiences into subjective thoughts and experiences through complex neural connections that wire and then fire on learned experience through memory most of the time. 

EMOTIONS – Emotions represent the third segment of who we are. Unhealthy emotions of yesterday can easily unravel us today. Healthy emotions heal us and allow us to self regulate much faster than our minds could ever do. Good emotions create the miraculous and negative emotions that are not let go of create disorder and chaos. 

SPIRITUALITY – Spirituality represents the forth segment of who we are. It is the most mysterious and perhaps misunderstood part of ourselves. It is the segment of self where we are able to transcend limitations and bonds that exist within us, elsewhere, and transform what doesn’t work for us into the miraculous. 

The Yoga Effect

The Meditation of yoga

As we prepare to mediate to experience the power of the yoga effect bring your attention to right now. Make yourself comfortable and close your eyes. Begin to be aware of your breath and just breathe calmly, deeply and slowly. Sit or lie still and keep your back and neck straight and not bent or curved, as we intentionally stop the mind chatter and let our parasympathetic response system which activates peace to take the lead. Find certainty and safety in the growing silence. With each breath allow yourself to become more relaxed. Allow the union of all aspects of you to allow yoga consciousness to start to arise as we bring all 4 main elements of the self together as we obliterate the physical boundaries that held them apart. Breathe slowly and deeply allowing yourself to become more and more relaxed. Gently repeat the Sanskrit mantra that reminds us to look for the lotus, or wisdom, in the flower of your consciousness.

The Lotus flower is regarded in many eastern religions, as a symbol of purity, enlightenment, self-regulation and rebirth which perfectly characterise the human condition: even when a lotus flowers roots are in the dirtiest waters, the Lotus produces the most beautiful flower.

Let’s use this wisdom as a centering mantra to guide us though our journey of connection today. 

Repeat the mantra out loud or in your mind:

Om mani padme hum. Om mani padme hum.

Om mani padme hum. Om mani padme hum.

Om mani padme hum. Om mani padme hum.

THE BODY EFFECT

Now bring your attention to your breathe and how it flows in and out of the body. With each breath allow yourself to become more relaxed. The 5 Senses you have represent every kind of material physical awareness that we have in the temple of the body. If anything cannot be noticed by these five senses we are not able to feel its presence or recognise it. X-rays are flowing all around you, yet you have no senses to perceive them. So now relax and allow your body to settle in. Feel your bodies weight sink into your chair, bed or mat. Begin to feel your eyes let go all their work and let them rest. 

Breathe deeply once and then regularly and naturally breathe. Let us examine:

Touch

Taste

Sound

See

Smell

Think about the sense of freedom you are experiencing right now. Freedom is experienced more and more as you move from dense states of your physicality to freer and more boundless and open states of your sacred self. Let the inhale of your next breath shoot tingles throughout your body as it easily becomes lighter and freer. 

As your body connects to the mind you have begun the practice of mind yoga, which connects your physical boundary to the boundless dimensions of endless space and eternal time. As you start to raise your consciousness your yoga communicates its connectedness to you through how you are thinking and feeling in the present moment right now. The yoga of you connected to the yoga of all other things happens in serene silence, in a state that is above all things intellectual. 

Out of the 7 chakras or energy disks you have in your being the body in this exercise represents our root and sacral chakras where the body has learned through memory and experience to disconnect intimate and deeper emotions from ourselves. But we can move up towards our more powerful solar plexus and heart chakras that represent to us renewed confidence in who we are that brings about the practice of self discipline in our lives. When we raise our esteem and efficacy, our energy is raised and so are our capabilities. 

THE MIND EFFECT

Observe how thoughts come and go, how they ebb and flow. Witness thoughts, realize the thoughts are not you. 

Shift attentions and allow this meditative yoga practice to quiet the mind. Our bodies benefit from movement and poses whilst our minds appreciate the stillness and silence the most. 

Breath is not all we need to focus on right now. Now we can invite any and all memories and thoughts that come into awareness. Allow them all in for a few moments. 

Say quietly, or say aloud. My thoughts are not me.  Thoughts are passing by like paper ships. Thoughts are not me. They flow through me. I witness thinking and thoughts like I witness and observe a beautiful flower or cloud in the sky. I observe them but they are not me. They are thoughts rippling through the surface of my mind while l look at them from the stillness within me.

Our brains respond primitively and instinctually to stress by going into survival monkey or lizard mind. The wisdom traditions teach us that our un-regulated mind reacts instead of responding so let’s become like a great ocean that remains undisturbed by the turbulence above. Let the endless flow of automatic thoughts roll by like those ocean waves as you take back your power. Without any struggle let’s begin to detach from the minds story

I see the mind is a means and not an end. I respond to all thoughts with calm and ease. I can let go of thoughts now as easily as skipping a stone across a lake. They gently flow away from me in all directions and I know I am safe, undisturbed, at my core. 

Breathe deeply once and then regularly and naturally breathe normally. Your throat chakras can now glow deep blue as you begin to re-connect with your true self, the self without the trauma and limbic nightmares of our pasts that hijack our present moment realities. 

Let us now go beyond the mind clutter and the talking and intellectualising as we move intuitively through ourselves and go deeper into the emotional realms of the true self. This moves us further from the physical dimensions we have already traversed into the beautiful purple coloured space of our third eye chakras where we can see clearly now that the pain has gone. 

The Yoga Effect

THE EMOTIONS EFFECT (*trigger warning on emotions, yet we still suggest if you can, to push through the exercise and heal).

Let us begin to quiet the mind so our souls can speak. Our emotions are thoughts in our minds linked to all of the sensations in the body. Some emotions connect us while other emotions disconnect us from ourselves and others. As we begin to let go of emotions in our limbic brains take your awareness back to your breathing as we prepare to let go with forgiveness to ourselves for hanging onto disconnecting emotions and not nurturing connecting emotions. 

Let us first explore painful emotions. Healthy emotions heal us and allow us to self regulate much faster than our minds. Emotions are the short hand of our brains that we can use now to express ourselves as we are from our core values and characters. Allow yourself to imagine people or events you have had or interacted with in your life that were emotionally negative for you. Who comes to mind? Allow the images and the faces to rush past you as you notice some, more than others. What feelings do you experience? Where do you feel these emotions in your body? The simplest way to identify emotions is to listen to your body now. Where do you feel these emotions in your body? What name have you got for this emotion? Emotions hurt us and then heal us. They hurt because at the time they helped us cope with experiences and events that the mind could not. Today they can begin to heal us as we realise the experiences and events are gone, yet the emotion remains. Let us practice our emotions one more time. 

Now we breathe and let go realising that thoughts are not who we are and emotions are from remembering what happened. Today the effect is entirely within you and you have the permission and the power to start to release it now. Breathe in new loving light and exhale old emotions encased in that powerful light that no longer serve you. Say to yourself today, painful emotions no longer serve me. Once more. painful emotions no longer serve me.

Use your awareness to look up in your imagination. Look up and see a bright white seagull flying past you and feel the perfect warmth of sun on your face. Now, what is the first happiest emotion that comes to mind?

Where do you feel it?

Liberate yourself and love yourself right now in the depth of the silence. Consciously breathe in and out and really try to feel a sense of the wonder and mystery that surrounds you now. Right now in the present moment. The place you are now and always will be. 

Breathe deeply once and then regularly and naturally breathe.

Let your attention and energy shift further into your spiritual being. Your spiritual nature within that is beyond any feeling your body can sense, any thinking the mind can do, any feeling your body and mind can muster. Float into the boundless dimensions of your Sacred Self and become aware of the silence in your center. You have the power to self regulate any and all emotions that are messengers that we release as the process of life moves forward. 

THE SPIRITUAL EFFECT

Let us bring our awareness to all things spiritual right now as we enter into the forth segment of Sacred Self. Here the crown Chakra is activated to reveal openminded connection to all things spiritual. Things that are beyond the bounds of matter. 

What does silence feel like to you right now?

Our centering word now is – Loving Light. Now we can remember that yoga is a light which once lit will never dim. Yoga brings connection to God, self and other. All of self and all of other. 

The Yoga Effect
The Yoga Effect

Bring your awareness to your soul. You don’t have to know exactly what it is or what it looks like, just bring your awareness as much as you can to the concept of your soul

Use your imagination and let the place you’re in have a rooftop that becomes open through the power of your wondrous imagination. Through your meditation practice you have become light enough to float. Zoom out over your body to the top of the room, float upwards and look back at your house, your area that surrounds you as you rise upwards in imagination. Rise up enough to see the wild animals in the forests. See the blow from a whale in the deep blue sea, and the turtles that swim by along the ocean currents that look as if they are flying in their watery paradise. See the birds of the sky and greet them with wordless love and appreciation. Float higher still. Zoom out further and see the blue ball you’re lying on and notice all else whizzing and hurtling by at lightening speed.

Everything is safe and nothing is out of place in the cosmic dance you can see before you as blue meets the black and white of the Universe. You realise it is darkness lit by love. All in perfect natural order. There is so much bright white light around you. No one knows where the light comes from, but it comes. It just is in its is-ness. The big bang is still transforming and expanding just like you. It is all based and deeply rooted in light and love and connection. You and everything else now are connected in an eternal peace that passes all understanding. One day you will take this journey from body to the outer reaches for real once again and you will realise that you have been here before, so you will easily be able to be still and know the I Am and the is-ness of it all as it rests blissfully, beyond time and space. It rests like you do well above fear and separation in the comfort of truth and love and being.  

Intuitively see your spiritual self as gentle, warm and white light emanating from within you. 

The yoga effect of connection will vibrationally align you to be in tune to the life force of the Universe that made your body, mind and soul. It is an unlimited and omnipotent, loving and kind force that will hold you in perfect and blissful safely for all eternity. Your yoga obliterates boundaries because it takes you beyond the physical dimension. Your yoga union makes external things become an integral part of your internal experience. 

THE DESTINATION EFFECT

As we end this journey of connecting aspect to aspect and segment to segment know that your job is to keep them all connected. We allow situations outside of ourselves to disconnect us and leave a fragmented self. This is the game of life. Yoga meditation daily to practice the yoga effect solves this problem with the ease of spiritual connection. Each time you practice it gets easier to connect the dots that are the sacred segments of yourself. Low to high. Small to big. You now can feel gratitude for the peace that is within you, the peace that surpasses all understanding as gratitude is your highest yoga. Use a shortened version of The Yoga effect as you improve the practice for yourself every day. Use this video once a month or moon cycle for reconnection.

Remembering the words of Patanjali it is important to remember, as you go about your day that when you experience the incredible benefits of the yoga effect that connects you to you. Speaking of the yoga effect Patanjali that compiled the yoga sutras said that “When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all of your thoughts break their bonds. Your mind transcends limitations; your consciousness expands in every direction; and you find yourself in a new, great and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive and you discover yourself to be a greater person than you ever dreamed yourself to be.”

Yoga is about the journey of synchronicity from body-matter to mind-chatter, to deep emotions that open the doorways to your soul. THIS IS THE YOGA WITHIN! Om mani padme hum which means praise to the Jewel in the Lotus. To me this is the same as the concept of Namaste. The Jewel in the middle of the lotus is your Sacred Self!

The Yoga Effect

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Become your own gladiator

Become your own a Gladiator – Get into life’s arena and do battle for yourself. Lessons on how to stay vulnerable and open in the face of your critics. 

Get into life’s arena and do battle for yourself. Like so many of us you may have stopped showing up for yourself a long time ago. You may have given up on dreams and withdrawn from taking the risks that would put you on the podium. We abhor feeling shame and a sense of feeling less-than. Other people have told us we are not good enough, and others are better than we are, and in doing so we feel slain. Oftentimes we don’t even realise that we have settled for mediocrity to avoid the critics and have exited the arena of life – exit stage left. We have all felt the horror’s of the feelings of inadequacy, embarrassment and shame and by the time we are adults even our subconscious brains are doing all they can to avoid ever feeling these feelings again. Thats how we build the walls of our own prisons and lock our true selves away. It is not how to become your own gladiator.

Love nothing but that which comes to you woven in the pattern of your destiny. For what could more aptly fit your needs?

Marcus Aurelius

If you are ever going to be yourself out there you will need to rise above the judgements, criticism and contempt of other people. People like your family and friends, your own boss or co-workers like you being entrenched in your same position and place. It makes them feel safe when you stay the same. It gives them more room to grow. But what I suggest to you today is to become your own gladiator and make sure that you can get yourself back into the arena of life. Stand tall and proud and don’t even wear a helmet, or mask for that matter. Being your true, authentic self requires that you become willing to walk into this arena naked and be seen for who you really are. There comes a time in life when we can no longer lay down our arms and be who others want us to be. People, much like life, are unpredictable and we don’t like not being able to predict outcomes. None of us do. 

“Today I saw a slave become more powerful than the emperor of Rome”

Ridley Scott’s Gladiator 

Anyone who puts themselves out there gets a dose of criticism, particularly from people who are too scared to walk into the arena’s spotlight themselves. Just look at the comments on people’s work in social media and imagine the pounding that one could take from these masked enemies. The attacks can be mortal and cruel beyond what the human heart can bear. Yet, the people who stay under the spotlight become like Gladiators who fend off their foe’s with presence, confidence and would you believe it, vulnerability. They stay open, feeling naked before the audience and they do it so that they can conquer themselves. They need to be who they are and need to do what they do in spite of the awkward feelings, the critics and the uncertainty and unpredictability of it all. 

Let it be and be yourself, exactly as you are, whoever you are and let it come from whence it comes. What is truly important is who you are and what you do that is good and purposeful? Nothing else matters as James Hetfield reminds us. To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment said Emerson. He is indeed right! I have learned many lessons in life as you have. One of the most important is that the truth will, will out. It is the truth that will set you free from all your bondage. The bondage of self-doubt, depression and even loneliness and hopelessness or despair. You see, gladiators are like this. They have a passion for their mission and lead from the front and don’t dictate from the back. A gladiator always encourages himself and others to take risks keeping a cool calm composure and they are prepared for any battle all day long.  This is how we need to be.

We don’t need to turn off and on like a light switch. When someone insults us we don’t need to retreat, nor do we need to pick up arms. Defence is after all the first act of war. All we need to be is to be our true selves and our presence will be felt soon enough. So whatever you need to do, whoever you need to become, do that. Get into life’s arena and do battle for yourself without the armour. Stay open and vulnerable instead of closing off in fear. This is how you overcome your shadow self. Fear is not real and we know this because it comes and goes. It rises up and then vanishes. Fear is always kind because it is always disappearing. So make sure you’re not the one to disappear! Let fear do that as it is only False Evidence Appearing Real, much like the people who you will do battle with in life. Under the kinks in their armour they are just like you and me. Afraid to be themselves sometimes. 

Become your own gladiator

When I think about how one would start to become your own gladiator I always remember one of the bravest and vulnerable men in the history of the world. The first president of the United States of America, Abraham Lincoln said “If I care to listen to every criticism, let alone act on them, then this shop may as well be close. I have learned to do my best, and if the end result is good then I don’t care for any criticism, but if the end result is not good, then even the praise of ten angel’s would not make a difference. Get into life’s arena and do your best, because your best is who you really are. 

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Waste no more time arguing what a good man should be. Be One.

— Marcus Aurelius

Become your own gladiator and start our course with us today and free your mind, heart and soul. Then put them all forward, together, at once, to conquer this life as you should.

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