Over the years, I’ve compiled a list of words that [I feel] have positive attributes associated with them. At first glance, some of the words may seem as though they should probably be on a different list – I mean, how is ‘comprehend’ a positive word?! Well, think about how it feels to be challenged by an idea, only to later grasp its significance and look back with full comprehension. Looking back, you realize how far your understanding has grown on this particular idea, and that understanding, is a very positive thing, my friend! If we are not constantly gaining insight, we are either losing it or simply maintaining the status quo, and to me? Those attributes are anything but positive!
Take a look at the words provided below – use them as writing prompts, share them with others, whatever you can think of, just spread the light that is burning inside of you, dying to be shared!
75. Take in
I would love to hear how you have benefited from the spreading of your own positive energy, so please feel free to share! I hope you enjoy!
Find beauty in the simple things, even words!
When beginning self-study, it can be extremely hard to get through the crucial first step, self observation. It is our human nature to perform learned behaviors over and over, until what was once new, becomes routine. For example, take your drive to work. When you first started your job, you might have planned or experimented with different routes, in order to ensure timely arrival each day. Once you found a route that suited this need, you probably have not deviated from it since. Because your ride to work has become second nature, your trip might now include finishing your makeup on days you’re running late, or mentally combating rush hour traffic by way of an audio book escape!
You are able to do this, because after your mind performs the same learned behavior day after day, that behavior eventually becomes a habitual action, requiring no thought whatsoever. Therefore, your mind is free to focus on other, “more pressing” issues. Unfortunately, examples of this habitual action are found in many areas of our lives where it should not be – in our marriages, relationships with friends, and in going to church or related events.
Because we have trained ourselves into this mess, we must train ourselves out of it as well. That is why self-observation is so important. You must first be able to identify these habitual behaviors, or areas of your life that you’ve set on autopilot. As a result, your mind will begin awakening to the fact that you do not control certain aspects of your behavior. Once you’ve identified these “mind tricks,” you will begin to catch yourself prior to their execution, therefore improving your self-control and gaining true self-consciousness.
I hope this document helps you in the observation of your daily actions, so that you might begin to awaken your mind to the world around you. You do not have to record every single day of your life, but when beginning self study, it is important to understand the areas of your life that need the most work.
Click Here for PDF Document: DAILY MINUTES (PDF)
Pick something & find beauty in it!
I am passionate in sharing the knowledge I’ve acquired through self-study, by modeling man as a machine. I discovered this method of at ardue.org, and recommend it to everyone I know who might be searching for more out of life.
In this model, we are told that there are moving parts within man’s “machine.” Each part (or function) operates independently from the other, and each has it’s own “mind.” However, the overall mechanism of man’s machine is dependent upon which of its parts are functioning the best. Similar to a car, man has an engine to make him run, wheels to make him move, a steering wheel to point him in the right direction, and even a computer chip to notify of possible malfunction.
Analogies and visual aides are my best teachers. This is the first in my series on Man as Machine: FUNCTIONS OF MAN
I will forever be grateful to Duncan Macdonald, for compiling such a large amount of knowledge from various sources, and putting it in one place for me to find! 😉
The design of this image was inspired by an episode of Treehouse Masters, a TV series broadcasted on Animal Planet. I happened to catch an episode one evening, that showed a foundation repair on a swamp hunting camp.
The camp had been passed down throughout the years, and was a cherished part of this family’s history. At the time of filming, it served as an outdoor/hunting getaway for several lifelong friends, complete with a set of rules, hand painted on a piece of wood, and posted to a tree out front!
I fell in love with the gentlemen who were filmed in this episode, as well as the name of their treehouse, and had to share!!
You can find out more about the show here, and also get additional details about Dick & Charlie’s Tea Room, here.
Pick something and find the beauty in it!
1. www.gracethrufaith.com – Jack Kelley, the author of this website’s contents, answers any question about religion you could possibly think of – and with the historical context, “pop culture,” and original Hebrew and/or Greek Bible translation to support his point of view.
- Check out the ‘About’ section, in order to get acquainted with his beliefs and missions, and see if they are in line with yours. If you like what you see, you will not be disappointed in exploring his articles – I PROMISE.
2. www.raptureready.com – Articles are posted daily by various Christian authors, covering a range of topics, most of which correlate current events with Bible Prophecy and End Times. This is the site that led me to Jack Kelley, by way of an article he’d posted.
3. www.ardue.org – This is the first website I’ve found, to have such a dramatic impact on my life. I followed the Hermetic Philosophy Lectures, and recommend them to every single person I meet, because as I said, this is one of the most influential sources of information I have ever known!
- Self-knowledge is taught using the psychological model of Man as Machine. Keeping this model in the back of my mind while furthering my studies, has helped me tremendously in making sense of the world around me, and the people residing within it.
- I began this system of lectures a little backwards, as you will see below. It worked for me, but if you’d rather start at the top, the above link will take you to a chronological index of the systems of studies offered:
- Lecture 10 – Studying Oneself
- Lecture 4 – Wrong Functions
- Lecture 5 – Consciousness, Laws and Influence
- These lectures were written by PD Ouspenskey, who was a Russian esotericist known for his accounts of the Greek-Armenian teachings of esoteric doctrine, by George Gurdjieff (source). I can attest to the helpfulness in which these lectures are delivered, and admit that had I not found this information, I would not be the person I am today.
4. Addiction and Grace: Love and Spirituality in the Healing of Addictions, by Gerald G. May, MD
- This book was the very first resource I used when beginning my journey toward self-discovery. It was a great tool, helping to identify the things in my life that I did not necessarily think were distractions (or addictions, as Dr. May writes). This is also at the top of my reference list, as far as giving inspiration when looking to discover your potential, or to find yourself in general. I will share an outline I created, summarizing the first couple of chapters, if you would like to read prior to committing to a purchase. (Keep your eyes peeled for a new menu category that will be the dumping ground for all of my notes and other printable documents.)
- You will find the Amazon link to this book (here), if you’d like to check it out. The Look Inside option is available, and allows you to view the first several pages of the printed copy.
5. www.biblegateway.com – Out of all the Bible sites out there, why this one?
- In addition to the Topical Index and large variety of Bible Translations available, Bible Gateway’s, Add Parallel tool, offers the option to study side-by-side comparisons of the same Bible passage in an alternate Translation of your choosing. This tool is a wonderful point of reference, when studying and dissecting passages, aiding in a more complete and accurate understanding of the writing’s intended translation and meaning.
I think that covers it! 😉 I sincerely hope these sources provide you the same level of guidance and inspiration they have provided me. No matter where you are in life, or the struggles you are facing, it is always comforting to have someone (or something) to relate to – and all of these resources provide that. I would love to hear any feedback you might have regarding these references and/or their contents!
Until next time!
“There is beauty in the world, you just have to choose to see it”