The 3 Styles of Living Life: What’s Your Style?

There are 3 types of people in life, or 3 ways of living. It all comes down to what “style” is driving them. It also has to do with whether they’re controlled by their subconscious mind or their conscious mind. The question is…

What mind is controlling you?

The subconscious mind likes consistent patterns, a predictable environment, and tends to focus on the past. Whereas the conscious mind likes variety, new discoveries, and tends to focus on the future. All of these qualities are needed for a quality life. The Problems arise when one mind dominates the actions of the person.

Of the 3 styles, 2 of them involve having one mind dominate over the other. However before I get too far let me give you the 3 styles of living.

They are:

  1. A Pattern driven life.
  2. A Goals driven life.
  3. A Purpose driven life.

A Pattern driven life: ( also called a rut ) This is a person who likes to do the same things over and over again. They get up, go to work, come home, and spend their evenings doing the same activities. A pattern driven person is most interested in comfort and security over other things. Their lives are primarily based on what they did in the past.

This type of life is a condition of the subconscious mind dominating a persons actions. Your subconscious mind is designed to protect you by avoiding pain. By doing the same things and being in a familiar environment you increase your chances of survival. In moderation this is a very useful thing, in excess it can keep you from the excitement of life.

Because this condition is subconsciously driven it can be very difficult to change. The basic key to changing the subconscious mind is you must use emotions not logic. Don’t simply list a bunch of logical reasons you should change. Only by becoming emotional about your life will you ever change your subconscious conditioning.

A Goals driven life: ( there are 2 types ) The first type is a person who likes to live life on the edge. They are always pushing the boundaries of what they can do, finding new challenges to experience, and are generally passionate about life. Adventure gives them a high that they are always looking to satisfy.

The second type is a person who sets goals and works hard at achieving them. They usually have reached a good level of success; are seen as highly motivated and accomplished; and are always looking for the next “big thing”. Achievements are what gives this person that high they are always looking to satisfy.

This type of life is a condition of the conscious mind dominating a persons actions. Your conscious mind is always looking for new things that will lead to pleasure. A person of this style is primarily focused on the future.

The problem with this type of life is the pleasure is linked to end results (adventure or achievements). Just like a drug addict these type of people always need to find a new “fix” in order to be happy and rarely do these people ever find fulfillment.

A Purpose driven life: This is a person who knows what their purpose is and finds ways to live it everyday. They find pleasure in both the little things as well as the big things. The mindset of this style is to focus on the present and is a balance of the conscious and subconscious minds. They understand the importance of consistency as well as variety. Only by living this style can a person find fulfillment.

Let’s look at an example of how these 3 styles work so you can better understand them. I have many friends who are runners so I will use running as the example.

A person who is pattern driven will focus on running 5 miles four times a week. They will feel stress if they miss a day and get pleasure by being consistent in their running. Races are a secondary thought.

A person who is goals driven will focus on the upcoming race. They won’t care if they miss a day but will feel stress if they believe they won’t be ready in time for the race. They will get pleasure when they cross the finish line.

A person who is purpose driven will focus on the idea of being a runner. They will get pleasure every time they run, when they talk to someone about running, or even when they are buying new running shoes. Everything that is linked to being a runner will be pleasurable to this person.

As you can see all three people are doing the same thing but living 3 different styles of life. It doesn’t so much matter what you are doing as it does on your focus.

Final point to remember is that people can use different styles under different conditions. Some people might be one way at work yet another way at home. The thing to remember is what your focus is and how you get pleasure from your life. So go out and find a way to live a purpose driven life ( step one is finding your purpose ).

Because Sometimes Style is Substance

So What–or Who–are you Dressed as Today?
Do clothes make the man? Can a lawyer wear sandals? Should I have really worn
that cheerleader outfit to the the company Halloween party? To answer these
questions and many more, I recruited the help of Style Consultant and marketing wonk Darcey Howard.

Darcey is a friend, a client, a former marketing exec for Seattle’s Best Coffee and
Nordstrom and, really, an excellent dresser. We sat down over burritos and
margaritas to chat about style, substance and that too-rarely visited island in the
marketing sea, Personal Branding.

CH: Ok, so, what’s a personal brand?

DH: Glad you asked. A personal brand is the idea and
impression people in your life or in the world have of you. We all know companies
have brands, but people do too. If I say “Chris Haddad” to anybody who knows you,
a certain attitude, a certain personality and a certain style will
immediately pop into their mind. And that’s your personal brand. That, really, is

what people are buying when they hire you.

And we all have personal brands. Me, you, Bill Gates, Michael Jackson . . . every one
of us has a brand. You can either just let your brand happen–which we both know
from our marketing work is a bad, bad idea–or you can take control of it. What I
do is help you take control of it. I help you shape your brand so your
brand doesn’t shape you.

CH: And you do this through . . . clothes?

DH: Yea. Here’s the thing: we live in a very image conscious
culture. I don’t care if you’re an accountant, a copywriter, a politician or a ice cream
store manager, the way you look–and how comfortable you are in your clothes–
will have a huge effect on your success, both personal and professional.

CH: So you’re saying I need to be stylish and wear those
leather pants the Queer Eye guys keep talking about?

DH: Not at all. Personal branding and personal style isn’t
about being fashionable. It’s about looking the part. It’s about taking a look at who
you are, who you want to be and dressing in a way that will help you get there.
When I work with a client I take the sort of “rules” of their profession or company
and blend them with colors and cuts that look good on them and fit their
personality.

Basically, I help my clients dress for the career and the life they want to
have, not the one they have now.

CH: But, shouldn’t just being good at your job be enough? If
I’m a great accountant, shouldn’t I be able to go to work wearing whatever I feel
like? Shouldn’t that be enough to get me what I want in my career and in my life.

DH: Well, yes and no. Being good at your job is important, just
like delivering a quality product is important, but you also have to think about what
people are investing in you. being an expert isn’t enough.
Your image communicates everything to your coworkers, to your clients and to your
boss.

If you put two people next to each other and one looks he just rolled out of bed and
the other looks like he took the time to get dressed and look professional and
confident, who are you going to invest your money in? Who are you going to pay to
be your expert.

CH: But doesn’t that seem sort of shallow? Wouldn’t it be
better to live in a straight meritocracy.

DH: Sure. Yes. I’ll be the first to admit that it’s a little shallow.
But, again, we live in an image conscious culture. There’s just no way around it.
There’s an old and very true cliche’: You never get a second chance to make a first
impression.

CH: Or a second impression.

DH: Or a third. Or a fourth. And as we know, branding is
about impressions over time. You’re making an impression every day. Every day, the
way you act and the way you look is having an effect on the people around you. It’s
tuning their ideas about you. It’s building (or destroying) your brand.

CH: But what about being yourself?

DH: It’s all part and parcel of the package. I never put anyone
in clothes they aren’t comfortable in. If there’s a color you love, I’ll try and make it
work. If you really like suspenders . . .well, we’ll talk about it. Basically, it’s your
personality plus your goals mixed together with your target market–the
professional and social world you live in. Stir well.

CH: So, should I wear a suit everyday?

DH: No. If that’s not something you’re comfortable in, it’s
going to show. You need to have clothes that you’re comfortable in in ever situation.
Clothes that prepare you for the modern world. Clothes that help you be the go-to-
guy or girl for your company.

CH: OK. So, what are some of the big mistakes you see people
making with their appearance and what are some small changes they can make
that’ll have an effect on their lives and their careers?

DH: First off, for business owners: You are your company’s
brand. You embody the goals of your company. So keep those in mind when you
think about who you’re talking to and how you want them to respond.

But on a more concrete level: Most people don’t dress for their size. Ill fitting
clothes, whether they’re too big or too small, can have a devastating effect on the
impression you’re trying to make. You need to be flexible when you shop. Sizes
today–due to some pretty big changes in American demographics–aren’t the
same as they used to be. You need to be flexible when you shop and find things
that work for the body you have now, not the one you had ten years ago.

And then, look at what things in your closet you really do like and get them tailored
so they fit better. A lot of people have clothes that didn’t fit them to begin with and
now they’re all worn out. If your clothes look tired and dated, people will
think you are tired and dated.

CH: Thanks, Darcey.

DH: No problem. Just remember, Sometimes Style is
Substance.

Escaping the Illusion’s Web – Why You’re Trapped in Your Current Life and How to Change It

If a genie suddenly popped out of a bottle and offered to answer to any question that has been troubling you, what would you ask? That was pretty much the situation posed to thousands of metaphysically oriented people recently when they were given the opportunity to solicit the aid of higher consciousness.

Not surprisingly, the majority of the questions concerned personal predicaments. Here’s a fairly representative example: “I have been on a spiritual path for fifteen years. I am a vegetarian. I meditate and do yoga. I am a healer and am always offering myself in service to others. Why can’t I have the perfect relationship? Please help me. Thank you, Mary.”

Mary is typical of the many Light Workers who responded. She feels stuck, disempowered, and more than a little frustrated by the condition of her life, and she wants (almost desperately) to find a way out. This presents a curious dilemma, for in the perception of higher consciousness, Mary’s problem has already been surmounted – only she hasn’t yet realized this, so she herself continues to perpetuate it.

Within the laws of the illusion created by the Veil of Forgetting (the energetic barrier that separates each human incarnating on Earth from knowing who he or she truly is), problems arise purely out of preference. When you find yourself in a less than optimum situation, it is because the condition as you perceive it clashes with how you would like things to be. If you could look from a higher perspective, you would recognize the perfection of your circumstance, the great care and intent expended in its creation, and the lesson it offers for your growth. And you would realize that the answers you seek are already with you. But while this may be lovely theory, it has little value unless you can do it.

It’s always tempting to ask an expanded intelligence to intervene and fix the problem for you, but this also means giving your power away. Given the choice, wouldn’t you prefer to learn how to resolve problems by yourself? There is a wonderful saying attributed to the Chinese: Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime. It is in this spirit that we offer the following information.

The key to the solution is embedded right in Mary’s question, hidden so cleverly in plain view that the questioner rarely sees it. Her question, like almost all the others we received, is centered on the pronouns “I,” “myself,” and “me.” “Of course,” you might think. “After all, who else but I is experiencing the problem, and who else but I wishes to know the fix?” Beware, however, of truths that seem self-evident. They often turn out to be glib but false axioms that you-like most humans experiencing the world behind the Veil – assume are immutable.

As Albert Einstein delighted in reminding his associates, it is impossible to solve problems at the level of their creation. What this refers to is not the need for more intelligence and information but rather an increased awareness, or consciousness. It is simply another way of expressing one of the universal truths of Creation: What you see depends on where you’re looking from. A problem persists only as long as the person experiencing it clings to his or her existing viewpoint.

There is no area of conflict on your planet today – personal, national, or global – that is not rooted in this simple principle. One faction wages war against another only because of differences in the points from which they view. There is no objective right or wrong; there is only perception. The solution is not compromise, for compromise can cripple the spirit and most often results in mutual dissatisfaction and covert resentment. Resolving the issue requires that both parties let go of their personality viewpoints (expressed as belief systems) and rise above the level of conflict to meet in a new field where both are seeing in a new way.

It is the same with an individual’s problems. Therapy and processing only help you adjust to what is an unpleasant circumstance. The real solution is to let go of the viewpoint that keeps you stuck and expand into a greater level of consciousness.

“So,” you might ask, “can I become more conscious?” The response is “Yes and no.” Why such an evasive answer? Because the question holds the very glossed-over, self-evident assumption that lies at the heart of your difficulties. Which I are you speaking about? If you think there is only one, then there is much to reconsider.

Despite what you think, the I that you know yourself to be is not a limited, fixed entity. Rather, it extends from your lower egoic self (the part that identifies with your day-to-day experiences) through your soul self to God. In all Creation, there is in fact only the One manifesting itself in infinite expression, of which your “little I” is a wondrously significant part. Imagine that the total you is an infinite continuum of I’s – similar to the way the light spectrum emerges from infrared at its lowest portion and extends through the seven visible colors until it disappears once again into ultraviolet. When you use any first-person pronoun (I, me, my, we, our) to refer to the totality of yourself (or yourself plus another), you unconsciously limit your focus to the red (lowest) portion of the continuum, dismissing all the other colors. This is precisely the part of you that created the problem and now has fallen victim to it. The higher aspects of your being – the points of view from which your dilemma would resolve in the twinkling of an eye – are out of the equation.

What you experience when you perceive yourself in the throes of a problem is simply radical separation-disconnection from the knowledge of who you really are. To resolve the issue, all you need to do is reconnect with who you really are. Paradoxically, however, in order to intentionally connect or unify you must first intentionally disconnect or separate.

The first lesson: Objectifying “I”

The first lesson of this message, then, is creating intentional separation. This lesson consists of three simple exercises. The first is relatively easy: simply rephrase your question, substituting your given (first) name for the pronoun “I” or “me.” For example, you might be asking: “I am a caring person who loves to serve others; why am I unable to attract the perfect man into my life?” Rephrase this as: “Why is Mary (to use our earlier example), who is a caring person and world server, unable to attract the perfect man into her life?” This instantly creates parallax, a second point from which you can simultaneously view. Incidentally, that is how your eyes – separated by a mere 2 1/4 inches – create the illusion of depth.

By re-asking your question in the third person, you not only create a first level of separation from the I that appears enmeshed in the problem, but you invite in a host of other parts of you (different lower subpersonalities and higher aspects of your I-continuum) to comment or offer suggestions. Your many other I’s place at your disposal both different perspectives and varying amounts of awareness or consciousness, depending on their roles in your life and their place on the spectrum.

Are you any of them? Again, yes and no – depending on which aspect is asking the question. Each of them is a part of you, but you are far more than the sum of these parts. In fact, the essential you is none of them, just as the orchestra conductor – though indispensable for unifying the performance of a seventy-piece orchestra – doesn’t play a single note.

Unless you disengage from the dominant subpersonalities that have run your life since you were a toddler – that is, until you see that they are a part of you but the essential you is none of them – you can’t create a sturdy and reliable enough foundation to carry out the mission you came to Earth to perform. Too often, people take up lives of service who cannot successfully tie their own metaphoric shoelaces. That’s like an artist seeking extraordinary new ways of expression before being thoroughly grounded in traditional technique. Consider Picasso, for instance, who began his artistic life painting in the classical style before departing into the fanciful worlds of cubism and other innovative abstract interpretations.

The second exercise in this lesson is about exploring why you are facing this particular problem. What if this situation was created specifically for you? What are you supposed to learn from it? Is it part of a recurring pattern? But as you contemplate these questions, use your name rather than “I.” For example: “Why is the universe going to such great lengths to deny Mary the perfect man in her life? Is there something Mary isn’t seeing or is unwilling to look at? Has this happened to Mary before, in other ways?”

Do not rush this exercise by accepting the first convenient answer that pops into your mind. Instead, hold the inquiry in your mind as you go through the day. It will work as a filtering lens that attracts and sorts information in a most extraordinary manner. Synchronous events will occur that provide important insights, expanding your Awareness in unforeseen ways. You may also begin receiving powerful dream messages that will shed further light on what you are coming to understand.

After completing the first two exercises in this lesson, move on to the third: linking your problem to the realm of archetypal patterns. This works like a cosmic trampoline, propelling you out of the level of the perceived problem into the universal arena of archetypes. Restate your problem on a universal scale. For example: “Why are so many world servers like Mary blocked from attracting their perfect mates?” This removes the “little I” from the equation entirely. Now you can revisit the drama of your problem and observe its energetic patterns from a universal perspective. The profit of this exercise is nothing short of magnificent. Not only does it allow you to move past your own blockages, but you’ll also appreciate how you, and so many others like you, got ensnared by this particular part of the illusion.

These exercises are to be done quietly in your mind – they are not about referring to yourself in the third person as you speak to others. It is best to set aside a sacred place and time to meditate and use conscious breath work to focus on your three exercises, moving to the next only after the previous one has borne fruit. This will set up the process that allows answers to percolate.

The second lesson: You and the universe from a higher perspective

The second lesson of this message is more of a challenge for us to deliver. We are bound by the Law of Free Will to not give you definitive information that would cause you to change your thinking or take action based solely on our words. Yet you have offered such a collective plea to know why so many humans – especially the Light Workers, Starseeds, and Wanderers who came to serve – are experiencing major challenges right now that we would be refusing the expression of your Free Will if we did not respond.

Let us simply say: You are not who you think you are, nor are your planet and its solar system what you think they are. You see yourself as biochemical entities, possessing minds and varying degrees of consciousness. By and large, you still act by the herd instinct, seeking consensus and the comfort of like-minded viewpoints. This has further separated you from each other by dividing you into collective identities such as religion, nationality, sex, race, profession, social and financial status, and scores of additional markers.

You also perceive yourself as masters of an inanimate planetary sphere over which you, by sanction of divine decree, have the right of ownership and exploitation. The Earth’s sister planets appear to be merely inert pieces of rock, ice, and gas with only remote possibilities of harboring rudimentary life. And space is nothing more than a near-empty vacuum through which solar systems and their mother-ship galaxies hurtle away from each other at blinding speeds as a result of a big bang that occurred some 13.7 – 20 billion years ago.

You believe all this because you cling to a reality that you can observe and measure. The visible dimensions of your world “prove” that objects and people are separate from each other and that they exist in a linear, cause-and-effect world within discernable fields of space and time. This is the universe as observed through the distortive filters of your illusion and from behind the Veil of Forgetting. It is not the universe we perceive.

For us, time collapses into the infinite instant, and space is merely the implicate of separation, which dissolves with the realization of the Law of One. But presenting information to you in such terms is like a theoretical physicist delivering a lecture on advanced quantum mechanics to a nursery school playroom. We say this not in condescension but to underscore the difficulty of using the linear reality of words to describe phenomena that lie outside their realm. The best we can achieve is an approximation close enough to trigger a dormant memory. You will know if this message is meant for you. If it is not, feel free to ignore our words entirely.

From our perspective, all Creation is conscious. It is not that God (to use that term in the broadest sense of All That Is) is in all things. God is all things. There is nothing manifest or potential which is not God. When you perceive an object or formulate a thought, you are encountering or producing a point of Creation where the Love/Light energy has been sufficiently slowed or focused to assume manifest expression.

If you extend this concept to embrace the entire vastness of the universe, then galaxies and solar systems, comets and asteroid belts become simply portions of space in which the consciousness of spiraling Love/Light has become manifest. There is no such thing as empty space – all of creation is infused with consciousness. It does not have to be made manifest in order to exist. In fact, the areas where the concentration of consciousness is greatest, at the center of every galaxy, are invisible. (Your scientists call these black holes and mistakenly attempt to explain them solely in physical terms.) Nor is space homogeneous. That is to say, it is not the same throughout. There are vast fields of concentrated energies radiating from the central sun (the black hole) at each galactic center that extend out into space like gigantic spokes. Taking your Milky Way galaxy as an example, all 100 billion stars that make up this particular cluster, together with their attendant planets, sweep through these energetic beams at predetermined intervals.

Your solar system is no exception. When you move through one of these fields, extraordinary events always occur. This is precisely what has caused all of the unexplained sudden evolutionary shifts on Earth. Your scientists will never find the so-called missing link between ape and man because there isn’t one. The shift occurred suddenly as the DNA of a lesser species “jumped” to a higher configuration. There are many little-reported experiments by your scientists that can replicate this feat in the laboratory.

This not an argument for creationists over evolutionists, because both of them are equally right and wrong. What neither of them has appreciated is that God is all things. There is no part of Creation that is not conscious – no matter how inanimate or insignificant it may appear to human perception. And any portion of Creation as it moves through and interacts with one of these fields of concentrated consciousness has the opportunity to evolve significantly.

The entire solar system is shifting

Your entire solar system has recently entered one of these concentrated fields of consciousness and will remain within its influence for the next several years. This is challenging all life forms, the environment, and human concepts and beliefs on your planet to the limit. What you are about to learn is by no means secret. Each of these facts can be corroborated with minimal effort on the Internet. However, your leaders resist sharing the analyses by the various think tanks that have been examining the data. When you discover what your governments are being told, you will understand why.

What links the following facts together is a simple Law of Creation: Whenever any form of consciousness interacts with any other form of consciousness, both are irrevocable changed. This law – a practical extension of the Law of One – speaks of the vast entanglement that takes place within the cosmic hologram. It is the essential meaning of that passage in your scriptures: God knows if even a sparrow falls to the ground. Nothing happens anywhere in Creation that does not ripple throughout the whole of it.

In gross terms, this means that every person you have ever met has to some extent become a part of you, and you of them. You are the product of every relationship, as well as every sunset and symphony, nightmare, and horror movie, you’ve experienced. But entanglement’s effect on you is even more far-reaching, for you are also the product of every event in history and bear the energetic imprint of every person that ever lived on the face of the Earth – just as the essence of a large pot of stew reflects the minerals of the soil in which the carrots grew as well as the imperceptible change brought about by the addition of a single granule of salt. The more subtle effects of entanglement give rise to the teachings of astrology in which the relative positions of the unique energetic bodies you refer to as planets influence you. In fact, because of the Oneness of Creation, nothing can take place anywhere within its infinite scope that does not impinge, in some small or large way, upon you. This is particularly true with respect to those concentrated energies you are now moving through.

Consider this partial list of what has been happening in your solar system in the past few years: there has been a visible growth of “dark spots” on Pluto; Saturn has developed auroras; both Uranus and Neptune have undergone polar shifts, accompanied, in the case of Uranus, by an abrupt and significant increase in the intensity of the magnetosphere; Neptune is displaying a shift of light intensity as well as new dark spot activity; the magnetic field intensity of Jupiter has doubled, and extensive auroral activity and a visible change in the energy field between Jupiter and one of its 62 moons, Io, can now be observed; Mars is undergoing an atmospheric transformation as indicated by a cloudy growth along its equator and an increase in ozone concentration; and there is a notable chemical change on Venus, marked by a sharp decrease in the sulfur-containing gases in its atmosphere and an unexpected inversion of its dark and light spots. Your scientists have recently observed extraordinary lightshows emanating from Venus, Jupiter’s north polar region, and Io, the most volcanically active space body in the solar system. Meanwhile, the Earth’s own moon has manifested a growing natrium (sodium) atmosphere that reaches 9,000 km in height.

Possibly the most dramatic changes are taking place on the sun – the source of biological life on your planet but also the main transducer of the in-streaming spiraling energies that emanate from your galaxy’s central sun. Your sun’s magnetic field is more than 230 percent stronger now than it was at the beginning of the last century. It is unleashing a display of sunspots, coronal mass ejections, and other activities unprecedented in recorded history.

The sun emits an extraordinary spiraling, egg-shaped energy band called the heliosphere. This is made up of solar winds, or coronal energy bursts, that stream away from the sun’s surface in all directions at approximately one million miles per hour. The front of this energy bubble extends well beyond the orbit of the outermost planet in your solar system to meet all oncoming regions of space head-on. Not surprisingly, there is a measurable plasmic glow emanating from the leading edge of the bubble. When first measured by your scientists less than forty years ago, the depth of the glow was three to four astronomical units (an astronomical unit is 149,597,870.691 km, the average distance between the Earth and the sun). It is now estimated somewhere between sixty-five to seventy astronomical units – an increase of more than 1,500 percent.

Now let’s focus on the changes taking place on Earth. The concentration of cosmic consciousness that the solar system is currently passing through is the greatest encountered since humans first populated your planet. The effects of these energies first became visible as you entered this field of consciousness in the middle of the last century. Take the Antarctic magnetic pole as an example. Since the slight drifting of the pole was first noticed in 1885, it has migrated almost 900 kilometers into the Indian Ocean – that’s an average of 9 km per year. The Arctic magnetic pole is also drifting at an ever-accelerating pace. Just before the turn of the millennium, the rate of shift was approximately 15 km per year; it will soon increase its drift toward Eastern Siberia to a rate of 200 km per year – an increase of 1,300 percent. Your world governments are completely aware of these happenings. For instance, the various aeronautical agencies, such as the FAA, have required several airports to update the numbering of their runways (which represent magnetic compass readings to the nearest ten degrees) to keep up with the significant shift of the magnetic poles.

This accelerating magnetic migration will soon manifest as a dramatic pole shift, similar to those on Uranus and Neptune. There has also been a gradual increase in the average size of your planet’s polar cusp angles (slots or openings in the northern and southern magnetospheres near the poles), making the Earth increasingly vulnerable to solar winds and in-streaming galactic energies. As a result, you will be experiencing a warming in the Earth’s crust and oceans, and a corresponding melting of the polar icecaps.

There will be significant climate changes, but not for the reasons you might think. The widely publicized greenhouse effect is among the smaller contributors to global warming. In fact, the constant increase of carbon dioxide has leveled off, and the methane content in your atmosphere has actually begun to decrease. However, now the Earth’s temperature regime is becoming increasingly vulnerable to external influences. The effect may be similar to the relatively rapid period of temperature instability that took place 10,000 years ago, recently discovered by your scientists when they analyzed ice-core drilling samples from Greenland.

Your aeronomists (scientist who study the upper atmospheres of planets) are rightfully concerned about the sudden proliferation of HO2, the hydroperoxyl or perhydroxyl radical in your atmosphere. This has a direct effect on the distribution of your planet’s ozone layer and signals a period of rapidly growing concentration imbalances. The corresponding divergences in the temperature gradients at various levels of the atmosphere can directly affect the movement of air masses, causing major irregularities in moisture circulation patterns. In simple terms, your weather patterns will become increasingly anomalous and severe.

We have described only a fraction of the physical shifts taking place in your sector of the galaxy. There is much more. Yet the passage of your solar system through the concentrated band of cosmic consciousness is not serendipitous. As Einstein so rightly pointed out, God does not play dice with the universe. What is happening is preplanned and exactly on schedule. It could not be otherwise.

Every expression of consciousness within the heliosphere, from the sun itself to the planetary bodies and the beings that live on or within them, is being invited to participate in an immanent “jump” in evolution. For all forms of consciousness except one, this process is preprogrammed and automatic. Humans are the only form that has been given the choice of whether to move into the next paradigm – sometimes called the rapture or the golden age of peace – or remain mired in the illusion of duality and separation. Unfortunately, the decision whether to shift or not is not one you can make intellectually. There are lessons to be mastered and new areas of awareness to be explored. You need to learn how to make your DNA receptive to the new energies.

Your geneticists have recently begun to unravel a small part of the role DNA plays in human evolution. However, their inquiry has been limited to less than 5 percent of the total DNA structure. The remaining portions appear to be meaningless, random segments, dismissed with the somewhat derogatory term “junk DNA.” Suppositions about the function of these enigmatic bits range from dubbing them trash heaps of defunct genes, or pseudogenes, cast aside and fragmented during evolution, to proposing they are no more than the accumulated debris of failed viruses.

These speculations suggest that the unspeakably vast and purposeful intelligence with which Creation unfolds has made an uncharacteristic error. We hardly think so. In fact, this extra pool of DNA provides a reservoir of sequences from which new genes can emerge that can propel you into your next evolutionary advancement. However, most humans are choosing to render their DNA inaccessible to the in-streaming energies, and so they will completely miss the opportunity being offered.

Here’s why so many of you are unwittingly making this decision: The same in-streaming energies that trigger massive weather changes and tectonic plate disturbances on your planet also impact each human being residing on its surface. As they reverberate through the imprints within your chakras (the energy centers that house the imprints of your beliefs and preincarnational programming), they create interference patterns that manifest as spontaneous thoughts and emotions. As the cosmic energies grow more intense, so do the human responses. They ignite antisocial activities such as terrorism, crime, and other expressions of extreme dogma. They also prompt the reactions to those activities: resentment, fear, anger, and – the most corrosive emotion of all – righteous indignation. All of these responses come at an enormous price, as any highly imbalanced emotion causes your DNA to constrict, shorten, and ultimately turn off. Notice that we deliberately chose the word “any.” This is because, from the perspective of balance, extreme joy is just as far off center as extreme anger. Everything in Creation ultimately seeks equilibrium. When you experience a spike of any emotion in the manifest moment, its unexpressed shadow counterpart is always lurking in the wings. By acknowledging the presence of the opposite emotion, you balance yourself again, like a teeter-totter returning to horizontal.

Preparing yourself for the shift

Have you ever wondered about the thousands of documented cases in which large malignant tumors have disappeared within a few hours, or less? These are prime examples of the corrective power of DNA. However, they can only occur in the gap of nonjudgment, the open space between your belief systems where you are simply the observer, embracing without preference events as they unfold. The common thread linking these unexplainable miracles of spontaneous remission is that each of the cancer patients somehow arrived at a point of total surrender and acceptance – neither fearing death nor being resigned to it.

Now, you might ask, “How do I achieve a state of nonjudgmental awareness?” This brings us full circle to the first lesson discussed earlier. Which of your infinite I’s are you referring to? Certainly the I having the emotional experience cannot be the same I that holds the position of dispassionate observer. Again we offer the same advice: eschew the use of pronouns when speaking of the self. As soon as you interpose your own name, you create the intentional separation that provides another perspective. You can see the entire teeter-totter – not just the side slamming “you” into the ground.

Here’s an interesting image that might help tie all these thoughts together. Today’s Navy SEALS owe their origin to a special World War II unit called Underwater Demolition Teams, or more affectionately, “frogmen.” Among their duties was the mining of enemy ships, piers, and various strategic harbor facilities. Armed with the requisite ordinance, frogmen would be deposited in enemy waters from an offshore vessel, swim underwater to the target site, rig their mines, set their timers, and swim back to a predetermined rendezvous point. At the agreed time, a lone Zodiac boat (often called a rubber duck), with a single outboard engine, would swoop by in a large circle with an extended hook-like apparatus that each frogman would grasp and use to swing himself into the boat.

Each man knew he had only one chance to grab the hook, since the waters were filled with enemy presence and a second pass might well get everyone killed. As you can imagine, not only had each man been extensively trained and prepared, but his focus and concentration on the boat as it approached must have been exquisite. Under no circumstance could he allow his concentration to be distracted by the explosions of the mines he had planted, enemy fire, or imagined sharks or mermaids in the water.

You are that frogman. The approaching rescue vessel is the vast segment of concentrated cosmic conscious through which the entire solar system is passing. You are barely recovering from the conk on the head by the two-by-four beam that constitutes the Veil of Forgetting. If you miss the boat, you will be left in enemy waters to fend for yourself.

In fact, you are facing the most important decision of your life.

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The effect you ultimately have on those around you
is derived not so much from what you do as by who you allow yourself to be.
True smiles come from the heart, not from muscles around the mouth.

Based on the teachings in the book “Going Deeper: How to Make Sense of Your Life When Your Life Makes No Sense”

Style and Sex

Fashion is about eventually becoming naked.
–Vivienne Westwood

Westwood says, in one sentence, what I wanted to say in an entire essay. Style and sex are natural bedfellows, and most forms of dress draw out or comment on human sexuality in some way. Even modest dress, as worn by Christian clergy and Muslim women, has a sexual component.

Style can draw the attention to different parts of the body, such as the lips, breasts, eyes and nails. Your hairstyle can emphasize the shape of your face, your youth, and your “maintenance level.” And as for your clothes–what don’t they convey?!

The first clothing worn by humans had a very strong sexual component. Loincloths and pubic shields, worn by early humans across the world, were probably warn to prevent infections, injury and disease from spreading to the sex organs. Early societies were constantly threatened by extinction, from droughts, floods, wild animals, diseases and other threats they did not understand. Many children did not survive to age 10. Both men and women, therefore, sought to reproduce as much as possible; part of this was protecting their private parts, since a person who could not have sex was unlikely to bear children.

In many cultures, a restrained display of sexuality is a mark of good breeding, while lascivious displays are seen as primitive, barbaric and lower class. The little black dress suggests; the tube top urges. Since wealthier and higher status people are, presumably, less threatened by disease, hunger, and freak storms, they do not have to be as fertile or sexual to pass on their genes. Therefore, understated sexuality can be seen as an expression of wealth.

Speaking very generally, women choose their partners carefully, since there’s always a risk that they might get pregnant and have to take care of the baby. Heredity counts, and a baby with a fitter father is more likely to be fit as well. Men, on the other hand, only need to pass on their genetic material, so they look at more superficial aspects, such as youth (a sign of fertility), beauty, symmetry (good genes), health and so on.

The differences between male and female fashion reflect these differences in sociobiology. All across the world, wealthy and successful men wear variants on the Western business suit: a three-piece dress-up suit, which shows that they don’t have to work with their hands, and that they have enough money to buy such a suit. Women and gay men, on the other hand, change their “looks” often, perhaps to satisfy the male desire for novelty, to stand out from the competition, or just out of some instinctual, semi-conscious urge. This article is too short to get into male vs. female sexual desire (which are legion), but I encourage you to learn more, and above all observe other people.

Until the 19th Century, many Judeo-Christians assumed that clothes were born from the shame of Adam and Eve for eating from the tree of knowledge, when they “knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons” (Genesis 3:7). Clothing, in other words, arose from sexual shame. This isn’t true, as far as anyone can tell: early humans probably adorned themselves for warmth, protection from grime, ceremonial significance, displaying the skins of their (animal) kills, and so on. In fact, the Indians of Orinoco felt a deep sense of shame at the idea of wearing clothes.

Christian missionaries sometimes found that introducing clothes to primitive societies worsened morals, since they stimulated “a nasty curiosity which never before existed” (Batterbery and Batterberry, 4). Worse, clothing encouraged dirt and grime, and required a change in hygiene habits.

This “nasty curiosity” is obvious in many eras, especially ones with strict and repressive sexual codes. Victorian dress, for example, shows an almost comical enlarging of the bust and hips, with the waist narrowed and cinched to an impossibly small degree. Compare this woman to the flapper, a “liberated” woman, with almost no bust, no waist and no hips. At Catholic schools, teenage girls wear tartan skirts with short-sleeved white shirts–now cultural shorthand for a good girl longing to go bad. The “sexy librarian” fetish shows how restrained sexuality can excite the imagination rather than dampening it.

Similarly, critics of Muslim modest dress (e.g. the hijab, the niqab, the abaya, and so on) contend that it is just another way to objectify a woman. Concealing a woman’s hair, arms and legs to make her “pure” implies that these parts are somehow “impure.” Since men don’t have to “veil their lollipops,” or be chaste, modest dress holds women responsible for male harassment and even assault, instead of holding men accountable for their own actions. Anecdotal reports suggest that modest dress is no barrier against sexual harassment, assault and even rape. As Farnaz Seifi says:

In Iran there are women who wear the chador-which is all black and covers a woman from head to foot except for her face-and they’re still harassed, even in the streets! I’ve met many men in Iran that tell me being covered up makes you even sexier.

Other people’s opinions matter, whether we want to admit it or not. Many a person has been restrained from expressing their sexuality for fear of what their friends (or relatives, or neighbors, or just random people in the supermarket) might think. Sometimes we dress to meet with the approval of fellow members of a group, to avoid becoming an outcast and feeling shame.

Style and sex are inescapable parts of daily life. What you wear, and how you do your hair, may attract or repel sexual attention, but there is no such thing as a “sexually neutral” outfit.

At first this realization might be grating. The idea that strangers are evaluating your “reproductive fitness” is gross. But guess what? We all do it! Have you ever seen a good looking person on the subway, and found your eyes lingering a little longer than was polite? It’s not something to be ashamed of, it’s just human nature.

Developing Your Own Guitar Playing Style

After you have been playing guitar for a while, you’ll have mastered some basic guitar skills and you will most likely be thinking about developing your own personal signature style. You do want to express yourself, don’t you? There’s a great deal more to learning to play guitar than just copying all your favourite artists. There’s nobody like you in the whole world. Don’t you suppose it’s time to dig in and unleash your personal sound and stylistic brilliance on the world?

Sailing Into the Wind and Winning

It doesn’t matter what you play (classical guitar, jazz guitar, finger-style, slide blues, heavy metal, etc.) you can – and you should – attempt to develop your own style. Actually, listening to different guitarists or even just music in general from a spread of various styles is going to enable you to uncover the flavours and rhythms and licks that will form the basis for your own style. Don’t restrict your listening habits to just your most-played bands and artists. Listen to classic albums from some of the greats like B.B. King, Chet Atkins, or Andre Segovia. These guys are masters to be studied. Legends of blues, country, and Spanish classical, respectively, and they’ve had a really large influence on guitarists all over the world.

Other more modern legends with their very own guitar playing style are Eric Clapton and Tommy Emmanuel, simply to mention a couple almost at random. It makes no difference whether or not they’re playing electric guitars or acoustic guitars, you just know it is them. And the one approach for you to develop this type of sound is by educating yourself on everything that has gone before. Soaking all of it in and letting it get beneath your skin; letting it become part of you.

You can arrive at your own personal, distinct guitar playing style by not following the herd. There’s only so many covers you’re able to play. There’s only so many songs you can write that sound like all your influences in an obvious way. There’s no explanation for why you can’t. However, if you decide to keep listening to the same old CDs you have been listening to your whole life, your chances of unleashing your own personal guitar playing style are, I am sorry to say, slim to none.

When the Factors All Combine to Make Something More than the Parts Alone

You’ll only begin to build your own style when you step out of the box and start playing different pieces. Of course, don’t play stuff you don’t like! I do think it is a good idea, however, to experiment with things: change your strings, learn how to use the tone controls on your guitar, experiment with different combos of pick-ups, learn totally different methods (such as tapping or unorthodox tuning), try playing with more down-strokes, like Johnny Ramone; the possibilities go on and on… The secret is to listen carefully and observe what grabs you and what doesn’t. Never lose sight, though, of this one vital fact: you’re the only one in a position to express what you would like that guitar to express. It’s coming from you and the guitar and all the gear, well, that’s all just the channel for the expression.

When you first begin this kind of experimentation (especially if you’ve been playing for some time already), it won’t feel like “you” and “your style,” but the reality is that if you had already developed a unique style of your own, you’d know it. And then you would just be looking for things to enhance it. If not, you’re still copying to a greater or lesser degree. So take it all in and over time it should start to bubble and churn around and turn into something fresh and new. And yours.

What will occur is that all the sounds you’ve been consciously and unconsciously accumulating will “synthesise” in a way that has never been pulled off before and you will suddenly start playing in a way that makes people turn their heads. And if you start to feel it, like an athlete “in the zone,” you’ll know you’ve nailed it. The goal that nearly all guitarists hope to sooner or later achieve, and which most, sadly, never do, will be yours: your own, distinctive guitar playing style.