The World is Perfectly Imperfect

“If you understand, things are just as they are… If you do not understand, things are just as they are.”
– Zen Proverb

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Our world is perfectly imperfect! Everything is as it should be. Daily life provides us with the lessons we need to learn, grow, and evolve. These experiences are necessary for our highest good and learning. Yet, if we fail to learn the lessons we are doomed to repeat them until we do.

Hidden beneath all of our flaws and imperfections lies a fundamental process of growth, change, and adaptation. If we allow ourselves to accept these negative aspects of our selves and our world, we can come to know the perfection of our universe through our own imperfectness.

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‘Our world is perfect as it is.’

Many people would find it hard to agree with this statement, but that’s only because they are viewing the world through the limited perception of the human mind…

Humans create judgments about people, events and the world; labeling things in terms of being good or bad. However, “good and bad” are merely concepts and opinions that vary from person to person, place to place, time to time.

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‘Things are the way they are.. and that, in itself, is neither good nor bad… it simply is.’

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The World is the Way it Is

The world is the way it is, only because we are the way we are. I think our current situation in the world is a mirrored reflection of our own conflicted consciousness.

It reveals how attached and identified we are to our own egos, mental positions, and cultural fallacies. We are so focused on our differences and divisions that we don’t see that we all arise from the same source and will all return to that source in just a few short years.

We’re not seeing the bigger picture and the interconnectedness of the universe as a whole. We’re not recognizing the other as ourselves because we’ve become so identified with the illusion of our separateness. We’ve also become so identified with the illusion of scarcity that we no longer see the abundance all around us.

We feel like we’re fighting for our survival. So we’re resisting what is, while not realizing that our resistance only perpetuates more of the same conditions.

When we see hate, the tendency is to respond with hate… yet, responding with love is the more intelligent and enlightened response. We’re focused on what we don’t want, instead of focusing our conscious energy on creating what we do want and desire. We’re caught in a catch 22, because we don’t fully understand how the universe works.

It’s definitely an ethical/spiritual/awareness problem that we’re dealing with.If we would all remember the “golden rule” of doing onto others and thinking about others in the same way that we would want others to do and think of ourselves.. this would be a more compassionate and cooperative society.

We don’t grasp that this is the reality!!!

To get what you want.. first help others to get what they want.

To make friends.. first be a friend to another person.

To become wealthy.. first add value to society as a whole.

To attract the opposite sex.. first become more attractive yourself.

 

If you do something to the detriment of another person or being, you are actually doing something to the detriment of your own being on a metaphysical level… because in absolute reality we are the same being; quite simply the same consciousness, yet in a different physical form.

For example, when we pollute and destroy the environment, we don’t realize that eventually that pollution and toxic destruction will become apart of who we are physiologically speaking.. that is because we are products of our own environments as well. If we eat toxic animals and polluted vegetation, we too, will become polluted on a cellular and biological level.

We have to wake up from the illusion of chaos to see the harmonized perfection that is evident everywhere throughout our world and universe. All we’re looking at is the chaos without grasping that we’re the ones creating more of it.

Whatever you observe you’re acknowledging into existence.

Whatever you focus your attention on will become your reality.

Whatever you resist will persist against you.

Whatever you fight against only grows stronger.

This is why in Aikido, we don’t resist the person attacking us. If you do, they will only fight even harder for the dominant position. Instead, we allow them to attack and then accept the attack, only to redirect it way from us or neutralize it in a way that uses their own force against them.

This approach is very counter-intuitive and so the person attacking is not usually expecting it.

 

“Be the Change You Want to See in the World”

In order to change the world, we must primarily focus our attention on changing ourselves.

The current state of the world is merely the collective state of each individual.  In other words each individual person contributes to the overall state of this world.

If everyone on the  planet was kind and loving, then so too would be the world.

We spend so much time trying to change others or things that are beyond our control.

The one thing we do have control over is ourselves. If we can master our own behavior we are making a real contribution to the world… in fact by doing so, we are in effect, changing the world.

Our behavior radiates outward as an example for all to see.  In this way, by changing the imperfections within ourselves we help to change the external imperfections of our world.

Do you not see the perfection in this?

Life is trying to teach us through our experiences. It does this through the law of cause and effect. Simply stated, for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.

Never depend on anything outside of yourself to create change in your life, or to save you from your miserable existence… only YOU can do that.

If you want to see change, than you have to embrace change within yourself. The only thing you really have control over in this life are your own thoughts, words, and actions. In other words, your BELIEFS and your BEHAVIORS.

No one can hold you down until you stop trying to get up.
No one can hold you back until you stop trying to move forward.

If everyone understood this, then we would see real change in the world.. Stop crying, whining, and wishing things were different. Stop focusing on what you don’t want and start focusing on what you do desire for your life. Stop being a consumer and start being a contributor.

Until then, you’re part of the problem.. NOT the solution.

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Take a Moment to Reflect…

  • What reaction are you getting from the world as a result of how you are being through your thoughts, words, and actions?
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  • Do you like the effects you are receiving? If not, remember that YOU are the cause.
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  • What are your current experiences teaching you about life?
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  • Could there be some hidden perfection in your adversity that you are overlooking?
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Unleash the Your Ultimate Potential,

Brandon

How to Make Wooden Push-Up Bars in 10 Easy Steps

“Push-ups, sit-ups, and a strict diet of raisins. That’s my plan!” – Jack Black

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Chuck Norris and Bruce Lee walk into a bar. After ordering a round of brewskies, Chuck turns to Bruce and poses him a simple question, “Bruce, how many push-ups can you do?” Bruce Lee rubs his chin for a second (as he deeply ponders the question) and then turns to Chuck with his answer… “All of them!”, he says.

Alright ladies and gents, all joking aside… I had an idea to do a series of blog posts on how to make your own workout equipment! This weekend, I made some wooden push-up bars out of leftover scrap wood and thought you might like to know how to make yourself a pair.

If you plan to Unleash Your Ultimate Potential, you’ve gots to keep pushing on and pushing up!!!  😉

I’m breaking this down into 10 Easy Steps and if you follow the plan closely, by the end, you will wind up with your very own, high quality push-up bars for little to no moolah. In fact, the ones featured above cost me absolutely nothing since I had the scrap wood and all of the materials on hand.

Now, this may or may not be the case for you… So, let’s start with a list of the materials and tools you’ll need if you want to make a pair of these wooden push-up bars.

List of Materials:

  • Roughly 2 feet of a leftover 2″X10″ piece of Pinewood
  • 16-20 inches of a leftover wooden dowel
  • 1 piece of paper or cardboard for a template
  • Wood Glue
  • Stain and/or Polyurethane

Tools you may need:

  • Jigsaw
  • Sander and 100 grit sand paper
  • Forstner or Spade bit (ideally the same size as the wooden dowel)
  • 1/2″ chisel (if your bit is not the same size as the wooden dowel)
  • Hammer
  • Tape measure or ruler
  • Scissors
  • Pencil or Pen
  • Paint brush

Do you have all of that? If so, LET’S DO THIS THING!

If NOT, you’re gonna have to make a little trip on down to the local hardware store. Go on, we’ll wait for ya! lol

By the way, if you need to see any of the finer details, you can click on any of the below pictures to enlarge them.

 

Step 1: Design Your Template and Trace Out the Four End Pieces

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Step 1: Design your template for the end pieces

First things first, you’ll need to design your template for the end pieces of the push-up bars. Ultimately, it can be whatever shape you’d like (as long it’s a fairly stable one).

I used a small dish (about the diameter of a coffee cup) to trace 3 interlooping circles within a 6″X9″ rectangular area.

Use your scissors to cut out the completed template and trace the template four times onto your 2″x10″ piece of pinewood.

You can save some wood and a couple cuts if you stack the templates one on top of the other. If ya know what I mean!

Step 2: Use a Jig Saw to Cut Those Suckas Out

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Step 2: Use a Jig Saw to cut out the end pieces

Once you’ve traced the patterns onto your wood you’ll carefully use your jig saw to cut out the four end pieces.

Use something to elevate the wood off of the ground so you can make the cuts. I simply used an old cardboard box. Although, you might be lucky enough to have a wood working platform or table to use!

Make sure to hold the saw firmly, go slow, and closely follow the lines of the template. Any minor mistakes can be corrected when it comes time to sand them down.

So don’t be too meticulous!

 

Step 3: Use a Forstner Bit to Bore Out the Hole for the Handle.

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Step 3: Bore out the holes for the handles

Ideally, you will use a Forstner or spade bit that is the same diameter of the handle. In this case, simply bore out the hole for the handle and then you can skip to step five.

I used a piece of tape to mark the depth I needed to go on the spade bit. Then bored the holes half way through the 2″X10″.

If you don’t have the ideal bit, use a smaller one and see step four!

Step 4: Chisel Out the Hole to the Correct Size of the Handle

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Step 4: Use a chisel to achieve the correct diameter hole

I didn’t have the correct size bit, so I used a 1″ spade to bore the holes half way through the 2″X10″.

Then I had to use a chisel to remove the rest of the wood; creating the proper diameter for the handle to fit.

This took me a little bit of extra time to hammer and chisel out the proper diameter. After I got close, I took a piece of 100 grit sand paper to smooth the inside of the holes a little bit.

Finally, I lightly tapped in the dowels using my hammer. I didn’t hammer them all the way in, just enough to test if the handles would fit.

Step 5: Sand Them Down Smooth and Round the Edges

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Step 5: Sand the end pieces and the handles

You’ll want your push-up bars to be nice and smooth! So the next step is to use a few pieces of 100 grit sandpaper to sand them down.

I used a little palm held sander and smoothed the faces of the end pieces. Then I turned my attention to the sides to get nice round and smooth circles.

Finally, I spent some time rounding the edges, so I had no sharp corners. Oh yeah, remember to sand down the handles too!

Step 6: Use Wood Glue to Secure the Handles to the End Pieces

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Step 6: Glue the handles and end pieces together

Now there’s a few ways I could have secured the handles into place; nails, screws, or glue!

I opted for wood glue, mainly for aesthetic purposes, as I didn’t want an unsightly nail or screw messing up that purty wood grain finish.

In this scenario, the handles are inserted halfway inside the end pieces, and that’s what’s actually supporting your weight. The glue is just keeping everything together!

Step 7: Apply a Finish to Make Them Look Extra Pretty

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Step 7: Stain and Polyurethane to complete the finish

This is an optional step! You might like the unfinished wood grain, which does look nice by itself. Plus, being unfinished wood, it would provide the added benefit of absorbing sweat from your hands.

Personally, I’m not a heavy sweater and I love stained wood! On top of that, I just happened to have an unopened container of Minwax. 

Normally, it is a two step process; first one would stain it, and then finish it with polyurethane if desired. Here I used a one step walnut stain and polyurethane combo.

Step 8: Allow Them to Dry Before Putting Them on the Carpet!

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Step 8: Allow them to dry fully before touching them

Okay, now this is a very important step! You’ll want to let them fully dry before playing with them or putting them on the carpet.

In theory, this step seems easy. Although, it sure was hard to resist wanting to test them out for six hours while the stain/polyurethane dried.

Overall, I thought they turned out really nice (despite a few runs and imperfections).

Step 9: Assume a Proper Push-up Position

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Step 9: Assume a Proper Push-up Position

Alright, they have finally dried! Now it’s time to push-up or shut-up. lol

One of the great things about push-up handles is that they can be easier on your wrists than having your hands on the floor.

You can choose many different ways and angles to position them. For starters, a neutral grip is a safe, strong, and stable position to do push-ups.

Set the handles about shoulder-width apart. Grip the handles and support your bodyweight over your hands. Now contract your glutes, abs, legs, and lats.

Get everything tight and notice the straight line from my head, upper back, butt and down my legs. This is your starting position!

Step 10: Do All of Your Push-ups just like Bruce Lee

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Step 10: Do lots of push-ups until you become a bad-ass

Maintain the tight, plank-like position and from there lower yourself down (slowly and under full control) by allowing your arms to bend to your sides.

It is safer and stronger to keep your arms closer to your body (within a 0-60 degree angle) rather than flaring your elbows way out to 90 degrees.

Once you’ve lowered yourself as far as you can, simply reverse the motion using the muscles in your triceps, shoulders and chest to push yourself back up.

Enjoy hours and hours of push-up fun and other exercises! 😀

How to Make Wooden Push-up Bars like an ol’ Pro!

There you have it folks; 10 easy steps to make yourself a pair of wooden push-up bars!

I took my pair to the office and use them to as a part of my strength/mobility program to counteract the hours of sitting I do every day. The bars work great for a variety of push-ups, planks or planche holds, L-sits, hand-stands and whatever other exercises you can do or come up with… but we’ll save that for another article!

Here’s a quick summary of the 10 steps:

  • Step 1: Design your template for the end pieces
  • Step 2: Use a Jig Saw to cut out the end pieces
  • Step 3: Bore out the holes for the handles
  • Step 4: Use a chisel to achieve the correct diameter hole
  • Step 5: Sand the end pieces and the handles
  • Step 6: Glue the handles and end pieces together
  • Step 7: Stain and Polyurethane to complete the finish
  • Step 8: Allow them to dry fully before touching them
  • Step 9: Assume a proper push-up position
  • Step 10: Do lots of push-ups until you become a bad-ass

Well, my friend, I hope I covered everything in enough detail for you to plan and build yourself a pair of these push-up bars. If not, please leave any questions or comments you may have for me down below.

Really you could knock these out in 5-6 steps if you have the correct spade bit, skip the finish, and already know how to do push-ups! BAM – Now get to it…

And if you’re still not inspired to make a pair of these wooden push-up bars…. well, I don’t think I can help you. However, maybe this old picture of Bruce Lee doing his famous ‘two-finger push-up’ will!!! If not, maybe you should take up knitting! lol

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Eventually, you can just use two fingers like Bruce Lee!

Deconstructing the Illusion of Time

“Time isn’t precious at all, because it is an illusion. What you perceive as precious is not time, but the one point that is out of time: the Now. That is precious indeed. The more you are focused on time – past and future – the more you miss the Now, the most precious thing there is.” – Eckhart Tolle

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In a previous essay, I wrote about how our perception of reality is not always as accurate as we believe it is. We took a look at The Five Illusions of Perception, and how to strengthen our model of ultimate reality by deepening our understanding of the universe. I made an argument for changing the lens through which you view the world so that your goals and aspirations in life could be more easily achieved.

As Dr. Wayne Dyer loved to say, “When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”

That first post was more of an overview and big picture look at the Five Illusions, and I promised that I would be fleshing out more substantial discourse on each of the illusions in later articles. Always true to my word, I’ve already demolished the Illusion of Separation, and today I intend to deconstruct the Illusion of Time!

With that said, let the deconstruction…. begin!  😀
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Deconstructing the Illusion of Time

“Time is an Illusion.” – Albert Einstein

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Albert Einstein believed time was just a persistent illusion

When we think of time we think of clocks ticking, alarm bells ringing, the sand draining from an hour glass, the sun setting and rising again the next day. We think back into our memories of the past and how far we’ve come. We dream of who, or what, or where we’ll be in the future.

We think of the history of our country, our civilization, of humanity, the planet, and our ever evolving and changing universe. We think of Einstein and his theory of relativity. We think of the space-time continuum, time travel, and the movie Back to the Future!

We think of what we’ve done and how much we still have left to do…. “If only we had the time.”

We think of growing old, our bodies aging, withering and wrinkling. We contemplate the death of our loved ones and even our own fateful dance with death someday… preferably a day WAY into the “future.”

Yet, what is this phantom we call time?

Do we really have a past and a future… or just memories and aspirations of what was, and potentially could be?

Is it a real, scientific phenomenon to be respected, or just a fleeting delusion and construct of the human brain?

Inquiring minds want to know…
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Wrestling with the Paradox of Time

Time is something that I’ve always been curious about. It has been a constant theme in many of my songs, writings, and poems. It has haunted me like a ghost in a flame… and riddled my mind with questions:
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“Am I wasting my time working for someone else’s dream, or is there some hidden purpose here?”

“How can I find or make the time to do what I truly enjoy and love while ideally being paid to do so?”

“Man, I just turned 38… where’d the time go, and why do I still feel like a teenager (yet 20x smarter!? lol)

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As Dr. Robert Anthony explains in The Secret of Deliberate Creation, “Time is a trickster and its biggest trick is making us think it is real.”

Yet, if time isn’t real then why is everybody keeping track of it?

Why do we have clocks in our homes, watches on our wrists, calendars on the wall, photo albums in the closet, history class, and memoirs of the great men and women that have long since left this planet?

If time isn’t real… then what is?

Aaahhhh, now you’re getting somewhere! Now you are asking the smart questions, my friend. However, before I answer that let’s explore this concept of time, and its illusory nature a little further.

I love to philosophize and explore the boundaries of reality. Yet one thing I also attempt to do in my writing is to rationalize any esoteric truths with the practicality of such thought provoking introspection. After all, what good are my mystical musings if they have no sound application to your daily life?

My thoughts exactly!

As you may have guessed by now, I believe that time is ultimately an illusion. Nevertheless, we live in a world of duality; so it could be said that time is both real and not real. For our purpose of deconstructing this paradox, let’s first explore a little bit about what we do know regarding this trickster called time.
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Let’s start with the most basic of questions… What is time?

Time is a measure in which events can be ordered from the past through the present into the future, and also the measure of duration of events and the intervals between them. Time is often referred to as the fourth dimension, along with the three spatial dimensions.

Now, time is time! So although, time is supposedly a singular phenomenon, it may be helpful for you to think of time as being divided into three subcategories:

1. Clock Time: man’s tools, machines, and methods for measuring and keeping track of time and events.

2. Space Time: the concepts of time and three-dimensional space as fused in a four-dimensional continuum.

3. Perceptual Time: one’s relative and subjective experience of elapsing time and events as an observer

I don’t want to spend a lot of “time” covering these, yet let’s briefly look at each one in a little more depth. Keep in mind that I’m not some Einsteinian Physicist Genius, nor do I want to geek out on you that much anyway. My goal is simply to give you a basic understanding to the best of my limited brain function. hahaha
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Clock Time

“Better three hours too soon than a minute too late.” – William Shakespeare

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Clock Time is quite useful

Most people take for granted that we now have the instantaneous ability to know the precise hour, minute and second of each passing day. Throughout the history of timekeeping, the invention of many devices have been used to help us determine what time of day it is and to track the passing of elapsed time.

From candle clocks, to water clocks, to hourglasses, to sundials, to mechanical pendulum clocks, to the modern sophistication of wrist watches, time zones, atomic clocks, and the iPhone. We are never at a loss to determine the time…. unless we’re stranded on a deserted island somewhere. And then we’re back to putting a stick in the sand! Doh

In this sense, timekeeping provides a sense of structure and functional utility that allows us to live within the modern world. Without clock time the industrial revolution could not have happened. Without clocks, calendars, and time zones our world would cease to function in an organized, efficient, and timely way.
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Space Time

“Space by itself, and time by itself, are doomed to fade away into mere shadows, and only a kind of union of the two will preserve an independent reality.” – Hermann Minkowski

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Space Time is the Field of Everything

Einstein’s theory of relativity created a fundamental link between space and time. The universe can be viewed as having three space dimensions — up/down, left/right, forward/backward — and one time dimension. This 4-dimensional space is referred to as the space-time continuum.

Basically, the experience of time is affected the faster one is traveling through space. The faster one is traveling, the slower their experience of time relative to someone on Earth. This phenomenon is know as Time Dilation

Einstein came to the conclusion that the distinction between the past, present, and the future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion. As Gevin Giorbran writes in his book, Everything Forever; “Einstein’s belief in an undivided solid reality was clear to him, so much so that he completely rejected the separation we experience as the moment of now. He believed there is no true division between past and future, there is rather a single existence.”
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Perceptual Time

“Put your hand on a hot stove for a minute, and it seems like an hour. Sit with a pretty girl for an hour, and it seems like a minute. That’s relativity.” – Albert Einstein

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What is your Perception of Time?

Our experience of life and time is often a very personal, and subjective one. Two people might share a moment in time (a conversation), witness an event unfold (a play, concert or movie), or undergo a similar incident (a car accident)… yet have a completely different interpretation, and perception of it than the other person.

It is this subjective or relative nature of time that I am referring to as perceptual time. You could also call this psychological time since we are discussing how the mind perceives the unfolding of events.

How are you experiencing the passage of time from one moment to the next? Is time going “slow” for you, or did the evening fly by so quickly you are wondering where the time went? What about the past 10 years?

Perceptual, or psychological time is greatly affected by your mind’s ability to stay present in the moment. You could be walking in the most beautiful and serene landscape, yet if your mind is busy thinking, worrying, or projecting itself into the past or future, it’s like you’re not even there… You’re in your head, and thus your perception of time will be skewed.
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Music is one of the Best Means We Have for Digesting Time

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There would be no good music without time and no good time without music

Perhaps the best way I can think of explaining all three subcategories of time in a simple, singular analogy would be a person listening to their favorite CD, watching a movie on DVD, or even playing a video game.

Let’s use the CD example… even though they are somewhat obsolete these days.

When you play a CD, each track on the disk is a certain length of time and the total time of each track adds up to make the full length of the album.

As each track plays, your stereo counts the seconds as the music pours out of the speakers. This would be similar to clock time as the stereo display tracks the elapsing time it takes to play each song.

Now, as you know, all of the songs in their entirety already exist on the compact disk in digital form (or perhaps these days, as a file in your MP3 player, or computer.) This would be analogous to space time – where everything, and all potential outcomes already exist, fused together in a four-dimensional continuum. The album as an entity is stored within this digital matrix as a potentiality, or probability. While the music you hear, when you push play, becomes the three-dimensional sound object  (sound waves) in space… expressed as the 4th dimension of time as it is being listened to.

Your enjoyment of the music would be likened to perceptual time, or your subjective experience of the songs as any given track is played through the stereo. You can’t listen to every song simultaneously, even though they all do exist on the compact disk. Therefore, you can only enjoy what’s playing right now in this moment of time!
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Time as a Field of All Possibilities

“You and I are essentially infinite choice-makers. In every moment of our existence, we are in that field of all possibilities where we have access to an infinity of choices.” – Deepak Chopra

As our lives unfold, we have to make a number of choices, and decisions. As children, many of these choices are made for us. Yet, over time, the responsibility becomes more and more our own. It’s these decisions, that we make from moment to moment, that ultimately shape and unveil our destiny.

Each day, we are faced with an infinite number of choices, and each choice we make sends us down a certain path; opening new doors, closing others, and creating the adventure that becomes the life of our own design.

In many ways, life really is a “choose your own adventure” story that can be whatever we want it to be. Although, there are many outside influences vying for our attention… in the end, we are the ones that choose what we become.

We are the ones who choose where we live, what we watch, the music we listen to, the books we read, the foods we eat, the sports we play, the schools we attend, the degrees we get, the jobs we take, the friends we make, the lovers we embrace, the cars we drive, the clothes we wear, the color of our carpet, and on, and on, and on until we leave this planet.

As we become more aware of this, we awaken to the vast importance of each decision we make and how it might affect the outcome of our lives.
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The Universe exists as a field of infinite possibilities where we’re choosing our experience in this moment.

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Of course, we can’t go back and rewrite our past – what’s done is done – however, your future is still unwritten! Your life is still unfolding in time; that field of all possibilities.
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The past, present, and future all exist simultaneously as a potentiality, or possibility. It’s up to us through our own creative observation to collapse the wave probability of our ‘life’s potential’ into the particle of our ‘life’s reality’. This reduction can only happen in this precise moment of now. That’s why the sages and mystics refer to it as your only point of power.

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In other words, start thinking of your life as a role playing video game! Say whaaaat!?!?

When you play a role playing video game, all of the potential outcomes already exist within that disc. There are variety of ways in which the story-line can unfold for you. It’s all based on the decisions you make in each stage of the game.

Do you slay the dragon with a sword, use a mace, or some mystical potion? Do take the wrong path that leads you into the swamp of doom, or do you make a series of right actions that lead to rescuing the princess, and inheriting the kingdom in record time?

All of the outcomes already exist on the disc as a possibility, you’re just choosing your own version of the adventure as you go along.

As hard as it may be to fathom, I believe our universe operates in a very similar manner. All of our life’s potential outcomes may already exist within that digital matrix known as time; perhaps in a multiverse, or some parallel universe where we’ve made different decisions. The current reality you’re experiencing is simply the by-product of the choices you’ve made in each successive moment of your life.

Nothing is set in stone. You can choose to walk a new life path, if you so desire, simply by taking different actions now. I’ve always loved the line near the end of the Tom Cruise movie, Vanilla Sky; “Every passing minute is another chance to turn it all around.”
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Living with the Illusion of Time

“The future is a concept, it doesn’t exist. There is no such thing as tomorrow. There never will be, because time is always now. That’s one of the things we discover when we stop talking to ourselves and stop thinking. We find there is only present, only an eternal now.” – Alan Watts

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The Time is NOW!

When we fail to understand that time is an illusion of our own perception, we are living in the fallacy that the past and future exist outside of this present moment experience. We let the thinking mind distort the truth of our own infinite being, and the eternal essence that is our consciousness beyond form, and time.

You see, the past is only a fading memory of a previously experienced moment. While the future exists as an assumption, and speculated moment yet to come. Both the past and future are only mental constructions. Both are only figments of our own imagination.

You see, time is in the mind!

They can only exist when we think about them! You can never do anything in the past. You will never do anything in the future. The only time you can do anything is right NOW!
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And that IS the Illusion of Time… deluding yourself into believing that you can do anything outside of this present moment reality.

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When you’re thinking of the past, or a memory you are doing so in the present. In this moment, you’re stuck in your head, trapped in thought, lost in a reverie. The same is true when you’re daydreaming in anticipation of some future hope, dream, or event.

There’s no guarantee that tomorrow will ever arrive. In fact, it is quite an impossibility! Sure, the Earth will spin on its axis, and the sun will set off in the horizon… only to rise in the sky once again. Yet, it will do so in a series of present moments to be experienced.

So now we’ve come full circle… Earlier we asked the question, “If time isn’t real… then what is”?

Now you know the answer. Only this moment is real. Only this exact, precise moment of now. It’s the only thing that can be real, because it’s the only place where you can be, do, or have anything. That’s why it is so precious, and so powerful!

Of course we still have to live within the illusion of time. We still have to mark our appointments on the calendar, be there at a certain “time”, and watch our face wrinkle, and wither with age in the mirror. And yet we will do it now, in the deepening of this eternal moment.

The only time there is.

Unleash Your Ultimate Potential,

Brandon

P.S. Thanks for stopping by the blog today. We appreciate you taking the time to read this, and checking out what we’re all about here at The Awakened Warriors. We’re still growing this website, and definitely need more readers like you. After all, it’s the members of our tribe that inspire us and drive us to keep writing, and churning out the best content we can produce.

Please take a moment to sign up on the side bar, and push some of those social buttons down below. Today, I’d like to conclude this post with a poem. I used to write a lot of poetry back in the day, but haven’t written any in a long time. Strangely, this morning, as I lay awake in bed the first verse came to me. The rest soon followed…. enjoy.

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Drop Your Pebble in the Pond of the Universe

“When you drop a pebble into a pond, ripples spread out, changing all the water in the pool. The ripples hit the shore and rebound, bumping into one another, breaking each other apart. In some small way, the pond is never the same again.” – Neal Shusterman

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The other day I decided to watch Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story again for the 50th kazillionth time. It’s an awesome movie by the way, even if it’s not 100% factual towards Bruce Lee’s life. Overall, the movie is quite entertaining and you know Hollywood has to make things a little more dramatic.

For example, he didn’t hurt his back by being kicked from behind after the duel with Wong Jack Man. The actual cause of his back pain was a result from overzealous training on an exercise called Good Mornings (with a 125lb barbell on his back without a warm-up). And yeah, that exercise can jack you up if not done with picture perfect form.

One scene from the movie (which gave me the idea for this blog post by the way) was when Bruce opened his second dojo – the Jun Fan Gung Fu Institute in Oakland, California. He took his wife, Linda there to show her the studio that was a byproduct of her and their friends encouraging him to go after his dreams and teach Gung Fu.

Dragon Bruce Lee StoryBruce said, “When I came over on the boat, I knew this was an ‘idea’ place. ldeas make this country great. Here a good idea makes a man anything he wants to be.” 

He continued, “You drop a pebble into a pond, you get ripples. Soon the ripples cross the whole pond.”

Bruce then placed a pebble into Linda’s hand and told her to drop it. When she did, he declared…

“See, it has begun.”  

We all know that Bruce Lee’s short yet inspirational life has definitely created some major ripples throughout the world since that fateful day. He has become a household name and a cultural icon!

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“The Key to Immortality is First Living a Life Worth Remembering.” – Bruce Lee

Bruce went on to create his own martial art Jeet Kune Do (Way of the Intercepting Fist), become a famous Chinese and Hollywood actor, philosopher, author, martial arts legend, and had a huge impact on race relations by sharing the beauty of his Chinese culture and heritage with the Western world.

Many, including the UFC president Dana White, even credit Bruce with being the Father of Mixed Martial Arts.

Yes, Bruce Lee was and still is a great incarnation of an Awakened Warrior. He demonstrated what it means to Unleash Your Ultimate Potential. He demonstrated by example what a life dedicated towards personal development can do for you!
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Except This Article is NOT About Bruce Lee… it’s About YOU!

That’s right!!! Ultimately, this article was not written to be about Bruce Lee…. You see, my friend, my intention is that it’s really supposed to be about YOU!

The pebble in the pond story is just a metaphor about you finding and discovering your true and higher purpose in life. More importantly, it is about the impact that you’re going to make on society when you summon the courage to drop your pebble into the pond.
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How far will the ripples of your life’s mission expand throughout the pond of the universe?

How many people will be inspired, touched, and changed for the better because you existed?

How will the world be different after you’ve shared your talents and gifts with us all?

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This Universe is a Pool of Pure Potentiality

No matter where you are in your life right now, you have deeper purpose and a latent potential that only you can fulfill. It’s up to you to figure out what that is!

Our lives exist as a pool of pure potentiality in the formless realm beyond space and time.

To use a little Quantum Physics terminology; It’s your mission to collapse this wave of potential into the particle of your reality.

Your life’s ultimate potential is simply waiting to be expressed by you in the physical world.

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This journey is not so much about what you DO, rather it is about who you ARE and who you’re becoming along the way. From day to day, moment to moment… Life unfolds.

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If you wish to make positive ripples in your life… then you must focus on your daily habits. What habits are helping you achieve your goals? What habits are holding you back?

Can you take full responsibility for every aspect of your life?

You will realize your destiny in each moment of your life by the way you choose to live, the decisions you make, and the actions you take. It sounds so simple, however it is not that easy…
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You Must Fight and Defeat Your Inner Demons

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You Must Fight and Defeat Your Inner Demons

“This demon is your inner fear. It doesn’t matter how many men you defeat. If you don’t conquer your own fears… you will pass your demons on to your children… as your father passed his on to you.”
Ip Man to Bruce Lee

The greatest battle that an Awakened Warrior must face is not found in the external world, but rather in the internal world of his own conscious and subconscious mind.

It is a battle with the toughest adversary you will ever face…

Your own Shadow Self!

Your “Shadow Self” is like your doppelganger who lies hidden within the deepest recesses of your subconscious mind. He is your ego, your dark side, the hidden parts of your humanity that you deny, dislike and cannot accept about yourself. He is the phantom of your fears, your insecurities, your doubts and the voice of all your destructive and self-defeating thoughts.
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This inner demon is a master of illusion and deception.

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When you drop your pebble into the pond of the universe it is a signal that you are starting the journey towards your higher purpose and mission in life. The path from here to there is filled with difficult terrain and obstacles that must be overcome should you complete your mission and unleash your ultimate potential in life.

Your Shadow Self will do everything it can to prevent this. It will conjure up all of your fears, doubts and insecurities and seek to use them against you. It will raise an army of inner demons that you must confront and overcome. Yet, as you walk the Path you must keep in mind that the Shadow Self’s biggest weapon is the illusion of powerful fears.

When you summon the courage, awareness and strength to face these inner demons… they will, as Thomas Jefferson said, “vanish like evil spirits at the dawn of day.

Unleash Your Ultimate Potential,

Brandon

 

Awakening to the Divine Within and Recognizing it in Others

“I looked in temples, churches & mosques. But I found the Divine within my Heart.” – Rumi

the dvine withinIn order to change the world, we must first focus on changing ourselves.

The current state of our world is just the collective reflection of everyone in it.

You can’t change or control the actions of other people… you can only change or control your own behavior.

So one should ultimately focus on that. When enough individuals make positive changes in their own lives, these changes will ripple outward to be reflected in the collective reality we all share.

A new world awaits, but it begins with YOU!

Becoming a Citizen of the World

The most fundamental change we need to make is to stop categorizing, labeling and dividing ourselves based on ideologies we were raised under or identify with. We need to make a shift to start seeing things from a divine perspective and a larger picture mentality.

Instead of seeing yourself as a republican or democrat, an American, Chinese, or Russian, a Christian, Muslim or Jew, or this or that… see yourself as a citizen of the world, just another human being floating in space!

That’s all you really are… a being floating in space!!!

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Anything else is just a mental construct or “meme” that has gotten downloaded into your head through a process scientists call  enculturation.

Enculturation is the gradual acquisition and absorption of the characteristics and norms of a specific culture or tribe. These memes become our beliefs, values, ideologies and personality.

They become who we are! And so we identify with them very strongly, whether they are true or not, real or illusory, creative or destructive, right or wrong.

While this process itself is not bad (simply a survival mechanism of our own evolutionary psychology) many of these negative and destructive memes can  act like mind viruses.

As Morpheus of the Matrix trilogy would say… “Like a splinter in your mind- driving you mad.”

Like a virus that takes over its host, replicates, and begins to spread; we are all infected by these memes. While some of them are necessary and beneficial, others are highly destructive and keep us from reaching our ultimate potential.

We must go beyond such mind viruses and the illusion of separation that allows us to compartmentalize, dehumanize, and kill each other over trivialities. We are all animals living on this planet, doing the best we can given our current state of consciousness.

We all arose from the same source and face the same basic struggles of survival. Have compassion for everybody and start seeing everyone as a potential friend instead of a potential enemy.

Especially, if you disagree with them and their way of life! 😉



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What I’m suggesting is NOT about denying the negative or darker sides of our humanity, or ignoring the real problems of the world. We have to accept what is rather than deny it.

Yet, m
any people are so focused on the “problems of the world” and waiting for someone to come along to save them and make things right…. that they are not addressing their own problems and issues within their own sphere of influence.

They are not taking responsibility for the only thing you can actually control — your own thoughts, words and behaviors –and the reality/experience they are creating both on a subjective level and a collective or objective level.

I’m not asking you to “pretend divinity”, nor live in some fantasy land were we all hold hands and sing Kumbaya… only to start recognizing the divine within yourself and everyone else. In other words, to recognize your Self in the other person and realize that essentially, they are merely the same flesh and blood as you are.

Look beyond the superficial layers of ego, culture, and belief structures to see the true, essential nature beneath the other person… they too are simply a human being, trying to make it in this crazy world. To realize that we all came from the same source and will return to that source in just a few short years is a divine awakening.

So what do you want to experience with your extremely limited time here?

Of course, there is value in our differences, our cultures and traditions and I’m not saying not to honor these things… I’m suggesting that we recognize them as only one way of doing things…. instead of the only way of doing things.

To not hold onto them so tightly that we blind ourselves to different ways of thinking and perceiving the world. To eliminate intolerance and the need to make others wrong (and at the extreme, feel justified in killing them) in order for us to be right.

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What Type of Universe are You Living in?

“The most important decision we make is whether we believe we live in a friendly or hostile universe.”
– Albert Einstein

At it’s most simplistic nature, what I’m saying is to have a shift in perspective. If you are constantly looking for threats and enemies… you WILL find them. Yet, if you shift to looking for friends and opportunities… you WILL find them, instead.

Do you see the world and our universe as a friendly place, that is supporting and nurturing you… or as a hostile one, that is condemning and hindering you?

That’s a choice of perception that will ultimately color every aspect and experience of your life.

Start looking for the divine within your own heart! Once you get a glimpse of it, start learning to recognize it others; Not only within your own friends and family, yet within your perceived enemies as well.

Unleash your Ultimate Potential,

Brandon

Give Up All of Your Excuses, Live Your Dream Now or DIE!!!

“It is better to risk starving to death then surrender. If you give up on your dreams, what’s left?”
– Jim Carrey

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Imagine with me, if you will, that a major pandemic outbreak is rapidly and fiercely spreading throughout the entire world. It’s an airborne pathogen, that has become known as Epidemic Z. A large percentage of the global population has been infected and the virus shows no signs of being contained any time soon.

People are dropping like flies all around you and once you are infected you only have 24 hours to live! The worst part is that you are starting to show some of the symptoms and are afraid you may have contracted the virus.

In a panic, you lock yourself inside of your home and quarantine yourself from the rest of the world. As you desperately pray for a solution or cure for this deadly virus, you’re startled by the loud, shrieking beep alerting you to the radio broadcast message that is about to air.

 

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Microscopic Epidemic Z Virus

Hoping for some solution or miracle to this terrifying pandemic, you tune in closely to what is being said. Despite the constant static and message breaking up you’re able to make out what they are saying.

You learn that it is a virus that ferociously attacks the brain stem and nervous system of the organism that is inflicted and that there is nothing they can do to stop the spread of the virus. Almost everyone will eventually contract it, if they haven’t already.

However, they urge you not to lose hope as a puzzling, yet effective breakthrough cure has just been identified. Anyone can cure themselves of this life-threatening condition quickly and painlessly. Yet, they warn you that it will not necessarily be easy!

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Give Up All of Your Excuses and Live Your Dream Now or Die in the Next 24 Hours!!!

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Scientists are not exactly sure how this miracle cure works or why it works, but they are speculating that the Epidemic Z virus feeds off of our brain’s negativity, pessimism, despair, doubt, fear, regret and low frequency energy.

The only way to cure it is to raise your energetic frequency. Scientists have determined that the best way to do this is for everyone to choose to be happy now and live the lives they’ve always dreamed of living.

Otherwise the virus will eat away at the nervous system, inevitably killing the host, aka, YOU!
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Could you do it?

Would you do it?

Will you do it?
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Why You Should Live Your Dream Now

Even though this is a hypothetical situation, I want you to pretend that it is real… VERY REAL!!! Because in a way, it is real. Now, certainly there’s no such thing as the Epidemic Z virus and you most likely won’t die in 24 hours if you don’t start living your dream life right now.

Although, maybe a part of you will!

Maybe a part of you died a long time ago…
The day you settled for less than what you truly desired for your life.

Maybe a part of you died a few years ago…
When you decided to be more “realistic” and just take that job so you could pay the bills.

Maybe a part of you died a few months ago…
That time you wished you had the courage to get up on that stage and sing your song.

Maybe a part of you died a few weeks ago…
When you had a million dollar idea but couldn’t summon the initiative to take the next step.

Maybe a part of you died a few days ago…
On Sunday, perhaps, when you realized the few “me” hours you have left are almost expired.

Maybe a part of you died a few minutes ago…
As you drew your last breath with the regret that you never got to live your dream now!
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However, I don’t want that for you. I don’t want that for myself. I don’t want that for anybody. The good news is, if you’re reading this, then you’re still alive. You still have a choice…
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Give Up All of Your Excuses and Live Your Dream Now or Die to What You Could Have Been!

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Unleash Your Ultimate Potential,

Brandon

You MUST Be Willing to Pay the Price of Victory

 Victory is reserved for those who are willing to pay it’s price.” – Sun Tzu
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Brandon’s first ride of the day… The Victory Magnum X-1 (click image to view enlarged collage)

After attending the awesome Victory Motorcycle ride a few weeks back, I started to think a lot about VICTORY. Not only victory, but the high price of victory…. and I’m NOT merely referring to the cost of the sweet bikes you’ll see featured in this article…

What I’m talking ’bout is the price we have to pay to be victorious in life!

We all want to live the dream; to be successful in every aspect of our lives. We all want the beautiful, loving wife or strong, loyal husband, the luxurious home, the sweet, pimped out ride and the lean, hard physique of an awakened warrior or goddess.

We all want to achieve financial prosperity, raise happy, healthy children, start our own lucrative business doing what we love. We all want to travel this beautiful paradise of a planet, attain spiritual enlightenment and most importantly find happiness and contentment in life.

We ALL want it (or our own version of it)… yet only a small percentage of us will ever make it our reality!
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NO, NO and NO again! The cold, hard truth of the matter is that we are simply too damn lazy and cheap to pay the price of victory! What’s worse is that many of us have developed a sense of entitlement where we unrealistically expect to receive the good things in life without actually having to give anything in return. We think that it should all be handed to us just for being born.

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In order to live the dream life, to have it all and be successful in your career and relationships; You MUST be willing to pay the true price of victory!

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Unfortunately, we’ve all been taught that the price of victory is a lot of seriously demanding, finger-crunching, bone-jarring, mind-numbing, muscle-straining, sweat-producing… HARD WORK!

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And hard work is the last thing anyone in the world wants to do. In fact, that’s why we’re working so diligently to create a bunch of robot slaves.

Robot slaves that will eventually turn on us and put us all in human factory farm meat grinders! 😯 Hey, we’ve all seen how it goes down in the movies, but I digress! lol

Most people want to avoid hard work at all costs, yet what they are failing to realize is that nothing worth having comes without substantial effort. If you want to live the dream life you must be prepared to do the work that each of your goals requires. You must be willing to put in the sweat and blood equity by which the high price of victory is paid.
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Want to start your own business or career doing what you love?

Be prepared to take on some risk, discover your true passion, face your fears, self-doubts, bad habits, learn finance and accounting, hire people, be a leader, build a team, work your butt off, fail and start over, keep up with your industry, create value, master sales and marketing, business development, file your taxes, invest your profits…. etc.

Want to find your dream lover and nurture a lasting, intimate relationship?

Be prepared to face rejection, develop your communication and social skills, know what you desire in a mate, build attraction, create rapport and connection, dating and courtship, learn to compromise, break some hearts, have yours broken, start over if necessary, grow and evolve, open yourself to love, share your truest self, handle their dark side, be there for them through thick and thin… etc.

Want to transform your physique into the resemblance of a Greek God?

Be prepared to learn about nutrition, eat healthier foods, sacrifice, do a movement assessment, correct posture or imbalances, build a foundation for fitness, avoid common training mistakes and diet myths, exercise and train harder & smarter, learn to listen to your body, stay focused and disciplined, prevent or overcome injury, get plenty of sleep and recovery, become more flexible, push the plate away… etc.
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You see, each of our goals has a price tag attached to it. If you want it, you must be willing to pony up the “cash” in whatever form of payment that goal requires.
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The Price of Victory is High But So Are the Rewards

“If you believe in yourself and have dedication and pride – and never quit, you’ll be a winner. The price of victory is high but so are the rewards.”– Paul Bryant

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Now that you understand that each of our goals requires a certain amount of time, education, commitment and hard work to make it real in our lives, you’ll have to decide how badly you really want it.

  • Are you still willing to invest in this goal if the price or risk is high?
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  • Are you willing to learn, grow, adapt, evolve and overcome anything that is holding you back from achieving what you desire?

I hope so, because In order to meet the price of victory you are going to have to raise your standards of what’s acceptable in your life. As Anthony Robbins states in his book “Awaken the Giant Within”….
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“If you don’t set baseline standards for what you’ll accept in your life, you’ll find it easy to slip into behaviors and attitudes and a quality of life that’s far below what you deserve. Any time you sincerely want to make a change, the first thing you must do is to raise your standards.”

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We all have a baseline set of standards or quality of life that we’ve become accustomed to. A lot of this is determined by the environment in which we grew up and the mindsets and energy of those that we were around most often. That experience and expectation becomes a set point for your own standards in life.

If you grew up with a wealthy family in a nice part of town, you’re going to have a certain level of standards compared to someone who grew up in a poverty-stricken family on the other side of the tracks.

I’m not making a judgement and saying that one is better than the other (because each situation brings with it its own blessings and tribulations) just that you will have a different set of standards for living space, expectations of service and treatment from others, and overall experience of life.

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We all get accustomed to certain standards of living, thinking, income, weight, health, climate, and so on. These initial set points are not fixed and can be changed. However, we first have to raise our standards and hold them at the new desired level long enough for a new set point to be determined. Otherwise we’ll fall back to our default level.

Ever lose weight, only to gain it back?! That is what I am talking about.

Once you level up to a higher standard you must be vigilant about continuing the behaviors that will sustain what you’ve achieved. In the example of weight loss, you must keep exercising and choosing healthy foods. It must become your new lifestyle!

Taking this concept to the next level, you must consider your standards for attitude, behavior and energy level that you’re bringing into life and towards the accomplishment of your mission. If you’re not operating at the highest level you’re capable of then this will be mirrored by the results and rewards you receive from the world.

As Anthony Robbins explained: Your results are NOT in exact proportion to the standards you maintain. Meaning that if you have “good standards” one might expect “good results”… well, unfortunately, that’s not how it works dude.

Poor Standards = Zero Results
Good Standards = Poor Results
Excellent Standards = Good Results
Outstanding Standards = Excellent Results
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In order to achieve “excellent results” you have to be OUTSTANDING! This is the high price of victory! The good news is that YOU can become outstanding when you truly decide to. Just UP your game!

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You can raise your game to the next level by cutting off the fear, doubt and negativity that this insane world is constantly feeding you. You can raise your standards to the highest level by choosing to feel good right now, by believing in yourself, and by persisting through any obstacle you face.

Continue the journey towards unleashing the power of your ultimate potential. Keep walking the Path of Self-Mastery and never look back!
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True Victory is Victory Over Oneself

“True victory is self-victory; let that day arrive quickly!” – Morihei Ueshiba

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Cory taking the Victory Cross Country Tourer out for a spin (click to enlarge)

Take an honest look at your life right now! Are you living the life that you truly desire for yourself? If not, what is holding you back?

Sure we can always come up with a ton of excuses to rationalize why we haven’t achieved victory in our own lives… yet, in the end, these excuses are all a bunch of bull sh!t that we tell ourselves so we don’t have to face this dark, immutable truth!
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The only thing holding you back in life is YOU! Your inability to conquer your inner demons and transcend your ego is what is truly holding you back from victory.

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Look, we all develop bad habits and addictions, get stuck in our ways and routines, have troubling fears, anxieties and insecurities, get trapped in limiting beliefs and negative thought patterns, and a dozen other self-induced and self-perpetuating delusions. Sure they seem SO real and SO insurmountable… but they are just that: Self-Delusion!

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“Masakatsu Agatsu”

The founder of Aikido, Morihei Ueshiba, often spoke of Masakatsu Agatsu as a guiding principle for his students. This translates as; true victory is self-victory.

Then he often liked to add let that day arrive quickly!

As O’ Sensei explained; “True victory” means unflinching courage; “self-victory” symbolizes unflagging effort; and “let that day arrive quickly” represents the glorious moment of triumph in the here and now. 

Stated differently, to achieve true victory means to have the necessary courage to take persistent action in the present moment until you succeed.

So at its essence, True Victory is the attainment of Self-Mastery or the power to control one’s own actions, impulses, or emotions.

You see the mind is a powerful tool and creative entity that humanity has let run amok. Left unchecked the mind begins to take on a life of it’s own and we become its slave rather than its master.

In fact, it has so deeply entrenched itself into your life that you actually believe you are your mind! But you’re not. You are the consciousness beyond the conditioned mind or what some call the witnessing presence or observer.
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“Let me ask you a question can you be free of your mind whenever you want to? Have you found the off button? If you are constantly focusing on the past or future, you are not using your mind; your mind is using you. You don’t even know that you are its slave. It is almost like being possessed without knowing it.”
– Dr. Robert Anthony

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You see, as Dr. Robert Anthony explains in The Secret of Deliberate Creation, your mind has been conditioned by everything you’ve experienced in your life up until this present moment in time. If you let your mind run your life, then you will always be limited by the experiences of your past conditioning or neuronal wiring.

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Your mind’s overriding goal is your survival, to keep you safe, free from harm and protect you at all costs. And so it clings to what it knows and vehemently resists change.

Unfortunately, the ability to adapt to change is what evolution is all about and so you can see the paradox of this predicament.

Your mind is set on your survival, so it resists change and is afraid of the unknown. Yet, ironically, your survival really depends on your growth and evolution, which is contingent on your ability to boldly embrace change and to adapt to life’s ever fluctuating circumstances.

True Victory will always elude you… unless you take back possession of your own mind and direct it to whatever goals and desires you choose. In other words, you must not let your mind hinder you from taking the inspired action towards your heart’s desires.

True Victory is about awakening to your heart’s desire and your mission and purpose in life. Then taking inspired action in this moment until it becomes your reality.
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Victory Belongs to the Most Persevering

“It is not the critic who counts; nor the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement; and, who, at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

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Cory on a Magnum (Click to Enlarge)

Well, I think that quote about sums it up!

Thanks for reading and be sure to let us know your thoughts, questions or which bike is your favorite! 😎

Peace,

Brandon

P.S. Since we are talking about “Self-Mastery” and Taking control of your mind”, I want you to go check out this program called, “The Psychology of Strength” by Mike Gillette. It’s an awesome video program I purchased to help us build Mental Toughness.

Since I grew up as a military brat, it was really interesting to hear Mike’s amazing story about how he triumphed, overcame his fears, domestic abuse, drug addiction, and all of the massive adversity he faced growing up.

Mike went on to become an army paratrooper, SWAT commander, martial artist, counter-terrorism consultant, bodyguard to Fortune 500 executives, and a record-setting strongman. I can’t think of a better or more qualified person to help one develop the ‘Warrior Mentality’ needed to meet the high price of victory. Check it out here if you have the desire to be such a bad ass!

 

Shocking List of GMO Foods You May Not Know You’re Eating

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Ever wonder how many products in your favorite grocery store contain GMO ingredients?

If you’re anything like the average consumer – then probably NOT!  And that’s exactly how these corporate food conglomerates want to keep it.

The big marketing brains behind these companies know that you will be utterly shocked and repulsed to learn that MOST of the food products they are selling to you and your family are loaded with genetically modified ingredients; ingredients that have been banned in many other countries.

Genetically modified foods have rapidly and stealthily invaded the American market place. There’s a growing concern among educated consumers that GMO foods are NOT safe to eat. It’s imperative that we become more conscious of the foods we’re eating, where they come from and the long-term benefits associated with being GMO free.

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What Foods Contain Genetically Modified Ingredients?
Here’s a Sample List of GMO Foods

Since more and more types of food are becoming genetically modified, making a comprehensive list that includes all products becomes increasingly difficult. The best approach is to buy MOST things organically.

However, that may be easier said than done depending on where you live. The other approach is limiting known foods that are usually Genetically Modified all together. This list contains commonly bought foods which people may NOT even realize contain GMO ingredients.

  • Almost all candy
  • Chocolate
  • Cookies, chips, cheese puffs, or crackers
  • Ice Cream
  • Frozen Yogurt
  • Baby Formula
  • Soy meat, veggie burgers, veggie dogs, or most vegetarian processed substitute meat products including Tofu
  • Peanut butter
  • Most Salad Dressings
  • Margarine
  • Mayonnaise
  • Soy sauce
  • Tomato sauce
  • Alcohol
  • Almost every type of meat, eggs, cheese or milk that is NOT 100% organic or 100% grass fed and finished
  • All farm raised fish
  • Corn
  • Soybeans
  • Sugar (Not from 100% sugar cane)

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What Are Some Common GMO Ingredients?

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List of Common GMO Ingredients – Click Picture for a Full Size Version  to Take With You Shopping!

It’s great to know which foods are genetically modified so you can avoid them. However, it’s getting a little bit trickier knowing what products contain GMO ingredients inside of them.

With all these crazy big words on the back of the products’ ingredient list, how many of those words you can’t pronounce are actually a hidden GMO?

This list will shine some light on that question and provide you with some of the common GMO ingredients that you might NOT have realized were in the food you buy. Most of the items on this list will be GMO ingredients unless of course you bought the product organically.

If you like, you could save this image to your phone to take with you shopping. In case you want an easier approach than having to have this huge list, here are some tips for avoiding GMOs while at the grocery store.

  1. Avoid artificial sweeteners such as Aspartame or Nutrasweet.
  2. Do NOT buy anything NON-Organically that has Corn, Soybeans, Canola, Sugar (unless from cane sugar), Rapeseed, or Vegetable Oil in it.
  3. If you can’t pronounce the ingredient that is in question, most likely it is a GMO.
  4. Products with large list of ingredients commonly contain genetically modified organisms.
  5. Try to buy as many items as possible in their organic form.
  6. Look for the verified NON GMO label starting to show up on packages.

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Do Restaurants Use Genetically Modified Foods?

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Unless the restaurant is using organic foods than the food they use is most likely tainted with GMO flavours. There are certain restaurants like, “Chipotle” that label GMO ingredients and strive to be GMO Free. Of course, some restaurants are worse than others.

Look for restaurants that serve fresh, local and organic foods whenever possible.  Right now these type of restaurants are somewhat scarce, however when people start demanding quality foods in the restaurant marketplace, that is when you will see more of them appear.

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Eliminating GMOs by Voting With Your Dollar

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Once there’s a desire by the customers to want these products to be free of GMOs, than the business will start accommodating the customers’ wants. Those that don’t will find themselves OUT of business.

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Support Local Organic Farmers

fruit and veggieOne great way to make a difference with the boycott of GMOs in our environment is by supporting your local organic farmers.

The more demand there is for local organic foods the more farmers will work on supplying for that demand.

Besides the fact that it is non GMO, another great reason to buy local organic foods is because they are fresher. They didn’t have to make a trip around the world to get to your grocery store. They were from the farmer down the street.

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Video Lesson on GMOs

How to Detox Your Body From GMOs


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Healthy Food is the New Cool

That’s right you heard me, I said it… Healthy food is the new cool these days 🙂 ! That’s the new trend starting to appear in the world. Most people were basically brained washed by the media to think it’s “cool” to be unhealthy. Nevertheless, people are beginning to wake up and realize healthy is the way to go.

It’s worth it for your health to try and avoid as many GMO ingredients as possible. I hope this article helps you on your journey to becoming free from genetically modified foods.

If YOU have any special tips you use to avoid buying GMO foods or for buying healthy foods, leave us a comment bellow and share your secret tips with us. 🙂

 

Happy Healthy Eating,

Cory Cook

My Dog Died Today (Rest in Peace Baby Soma)

“What we have loved and enjoyed, we can never lose… all that we love deeply, becomes a part of us.”
– Helen Keller

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Soma on her last day… resting peacefully in the grass and enjoying her final sun set

My dog died today when I made the final decision to put her down. It was a tough decision for me… and at first, I had high hopes that she might recover from what I hoped was just a cold or infection. Although, after a few vet trips, blood test and the seriousness of her symptoms – it became imminently clear that Soma was in a lot of pain and wasn’t going to make it.

It was her time to go and my time to let her go!

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Soma at 6 weeks old

Once I realized this it became a lot easier for me to make the call and take her to the emergency vet to put an end to her suffering. Even then, saying goodbye to my sweet, baby Soma was a lot harder than I ever imagined it would be.

She has been in my life for almost 14 years — ever since she was a 6 week old puppy. We’ve had a lot of fun times together and she has taught me many life lessons as I wrote about in this blog post a couple of years ago.

She was a really cool dog (wolf) and every time I took her some place people always commented about her or wanted to meet and pet her. She had a certain presence about her that people and even other dogs could sense. Soma walked with her own little prance and swagger. I’m really going to miss her a lot. 🙁
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How to Cope with the Death of a Pet

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Soma was buried at her favorite place… Grandma’s house!

Since my dog just died today, it’s only natural that I was overwhelmed by some emotion.

Especially right at the moment when she was pronounced dead by the vet. I had to carry her lifeless body back to the Jeep so we could take her home to be buried.

One minute she was still alive and with us and in the next… she was gone.

I know many of you reading this may have lost a pet recently or perhaps at some time in the distant past.

It can be a painful and traumatic experience when some one or some animal we love falls ill and succumbs to death. It may feel like a hole was ripped in the fabric of time itself or like a shooting pain suffocating your heart.

Simply stated… it hurts.

In American society, death is considered a loss and a time to grieve for the departed. Sadness often goes hand in hand with this event and the more the person or animal meant to us… then the more sadness we are expected to feel.

This often has to do with the fact that we loved them greatly, will miss them dearly and that our lives will never be the same without them.

Even though my culture and many others tend to see death as a time of mourning, I’ve personally come to believe that death should be a celebration!
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Death should be a celebration of the departed’s life, the joy they brought to others, the difference they made in this world, the lessons or love that they shared with others while alive… and a celebration of their return back to the divine source from which we all arise.

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And while I’m happy that her consciousness is freed from the constraints of this physical form… I still felt an immense sadness from her passing.

Ultimately, it’s how we interpret death and the meaning which we assign to it, that can either prolong the pain – OR – transmute our pain back into peace and joy. Of course, the time period for grieving is unique to each of us. So be patient with yourself and others.
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Expressing and Transmuting Emotions When A Pet Dies

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Soma ma Loma Jeskovia (March 6th, 2001 – February 1st, 2015)

Okay, I’ll admit it… I was pretty sad when my dog died today. But how could you NOT be, just look at that cute lil face!

Yes, I even shed a few tears for the loss of my sweet Somz. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that! Do you?

You may feel pain, sadness, confusion, disbelief, anger or any number of strong emotions when a pet dies…

As a human being, it’s perfectly natural and valid to have these feelings. It’s extremely important to acknowledge them.

Give yourself permission to feel what you are feeling without restriction. There’s no need to hide it or deny it or resist the expression of your emotions.

They are simply a part of the human experience and there’s really no shame to feeling them at all.
Just let them flow now so that you can let them go later.

Otherwise, these strong negative feelings and emotions cause the release or certain chemicals, stress hormones and other biological responses, which directly influence the health of your cells, organs and immune system.

Since our minds and emotions have a strong affect on our bodies, you want to express your emotions and handle them as they arise. In this way, you can release them quickly and prevent any long-term affects they may cause to your bodily systems.
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Unexpressed and unresolved feelings can become repressed within ourselves and lead to physical and psychological pain and problems in the future. This is why it’s so important to deal with your feelings and acknowledge them when they first arise.
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Express your feelings and let them flow

In our society, we are taught to be stoic and men especially are not supposed to show our feelings. We are told to “suck it up” and “be strong” or “be a man” and basically discouraged from expressing our true feelings.

From an evolutionary perspective, men needed to repress their emotions to do some of the horrible, yet necessary things we were faced with in the past; like brutal hand-to-hand combat and fighting to the death to protect their family and fellow tribesmen.

It was a hard and harsh life and men had to cut off their feelings in order to act and do what needed to be done. It’s hard to kill and live with yourself, unless you cut yourself off from all of these “girly” emotions. haha

Unfortunately, repressing your emotions in this way is terrible for your health and psychological well being. Modern men and women need to learn to face their feelings and develop their emotional intelligence.

And while I understand the need to be a strong man, show emotional control  and keep from breaking down in public… I feel that it’s more than okay in our contemporary society to let a tear slip from your eye in the presence of others.

It’s your puppy and you can cry if you want to! The point is to let the feelings flow and then let them go so that you can move on quickly.

Once you’ve expressed your emotions and let them out, the goal becomes emotional transmutation. In other words, the transforming of negative feelings like sadness, anger and despair into a higher feelings of peace, joy and love.

For example, if you are thinking about your pet a few days from now and you suddenly feel sad again and the overwhelming surge of emotion rising up within you… stop, raise your arms in a V, look to the sky and smile.

Smile at the loving memories and all of the great times you shared with the deceased. Imagine that they are now at peace and in a better place. Free from harm. Free from pain. Free from suffering.

You may notice that it’s hard to feel sad or depressed when you shift into this posture and smile. This is because your physiology has a tremendous effect on your psychology and the way you feel.
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With emotional transmutation, the purpose is not to deny your feelings, but rather to let go and come to a place of acceptance and surrender to what is.

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The reality is that your pet has died. To resist this or deny it in anyway will only be a cause of further and prolonged suffering for you. In the end, death will come for us all…. so let us accept this fact now. Allow it to spur you to live your life more fully and completely from this day forward.

To paraphrase Eckhart Tolle; The secret of life is to “die before you die” and realize that there is no death.
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Have a Dog Funeral and Create a Dog Memorial for Your Pet

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Kaya saying goodbye to her step-sister

One thing my mom suggested, before burying Soma, was to snip a lock of her hair as a keepsake to remember her by. I thought this was a good idea, so I actually made five locks of hair… kept one for myself and gave one to my mother, brother, father and ex-girlfriend (all people who loved Soma dearly and would miss her.)

We decided to bury Soma’s body in the woods at her Grandma’s house. She always loved going to visit my mother and father and their two German Shepherd dogs, Coco and Kady. We had a short little dog funeral, paid our respects to Soma and gave thanks for the joy she brought into our lives.

One thing I plan to do is to go through all of our photographs, select some of the best and create an online dog memorial celebrating her life. I will post it on here later.

You could do something similar in memory of your dog!

Sorry for your loss,

Brandon Cook

P.S. My mom also gave me a funny photograph of Soma and I, which brings a smile to my face every time I see it. You can check it out below. Also be sure to find a funny or favorite picture of you and your dog and use it as a visual tool for emotional transmutation. It really works!
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Rest in Peace Baby Soma!

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GMO Free – The Importance of Organic Foods

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The question of whether we “should” be consuming genetically modified foods (GMO’s) or even consuming animals fed GMO foods is a pressing concern these days.

The majority of people go about their daily lives totally oblivious that they are consuming GMO ingredients.

Do YOU know what genetically modified foods are? Do YOU know if they are safe? If NOT, then this article will educate you about these critical topics.

The reason this issue is of extreme importance is because we must make the right choice soon, before it’s too late. Unless we act promptly, being GMO FREE will be close to impossible and organic foods will become highly scarce.

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What Are Genetically Modified Foods (GMO Foods)?

GMO is the use of “biotechnology” to take a gene from one organism (plant, bacteria, or animal) and put it into another organism. Usually, this gene is inserted using a virus or bacteria to penetrate the cell walls of the organism. There are many other approaches for inserting a foreign gene into an organism, but from my research, these two seem to be used quite frequently.  This is an unnatural breading approach that most of the time could NOT occur in Nature.

This is being done for a variety of reasons, claims such as:

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  • Increase disease resistance from viruses, bacteria or fungi.

Some of these reasons sound good in theory, but personally, I think it’s a bunch of… ahem… bull-sh!! myself lol 😉  Of course, I’m NOT the only one who believes this. A lot of people say these experimental foods have the potential to create massive problems in the near future. This article is basically bringing some of these concerns to the forefront in an attempt to educate people about this critical subject.
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Are Genetically Modified Foods Safe?

I believe the most important place to start is how these products could affect our health. Time has shown, that the food industry as well as the government, are NOT always concerned with how their products and decisions affect “the people’s” health.

For example, look at the obesity and health problems caused by the fast food industry. Look at the evidence that is coming to the surface about the effects of using pesticides and artificial fertilizers on our health. How about ingredients such as: Aspartame, MSG, High Fructose Corn Syrup, BHA, BHT, BPA, Potassium Bromate and Food Colorings.
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Time and again, products are labeled as safe, then retracted multiple years later, after independent studies find out the products are actually harmful.

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Who says these things are safe? You guessed it… the FDA and the companies selling it to you.   Sadly this still remains true even though independent studies show these products have possible dangers to consumers’ health.

Just with that little bit of information, do you think it’s a good idea to be eating products that are sprayed with Roundup? Do you think it is a good idea to eat a plant that contains a pesticide inside of it that kills bugs? Shouldn’t this be a concern?
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There is NO long-term evidence that validates genetically modified foods are NOT a danger to us to consume. Frankly, the companies that own these GMO seeds will NOT allow independent safety studies on their products without their approval. Therefore, very little safety experiments get to be performed.

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The only long term study I found actually stated that they are a danger to our health… –> 2 Year Long-Term Toxicity Study of GMO’s.  Even Consumer Reports are questioning the safety of Genetic Modified Organisms in our food… –> Consumer Reports –  What You Must Know About GMO’s.

One of the first genetically modified foods approved by the FDA was artificial growth hormones (rBGH), which was created by Monsanto. It is injected into cows to make them produce more milk. Growing evidence is showing that these growth hormones can be a major cause of breast cancer, prostate cancer and other types of cancers. For more info on the harmful effects of rBGH check out the following link: –> Health Problems with rbgh.

It is also shown that these injections decrease the lifespan of the cow, deplete the cow of its nutrients and vitamins, cause deformations in their offspring, cause infections which result in puss and blood in the milk and cause the cow to develop hoof diseases. That sure sounds safe to me haha!

People often rely on the FDA’s approval to figure out if something is okay to consume. However, the FDA continues to say that there is NO significant difference between milk from rBGH injected cows and cows NOT injected with it. This comes as NO surprise since people who used to work for Monsanto have ended up infiltrating the FDA. They did this to make sure these GMO’s were approved with NO further safety testing. That just goes to show you that you can’t always rely on the FDA when they say that a product is “safe” to consume.

Furthermore, the companies that are using these GMO foods do NOT want their products to be labeled as containing them.

There are a couple reasons for this:

  1. They fear people do NOT want to buy their GMO foods.
  2. If foods are NOT labeled as being genetically modified, then it takes away liabilities from the corporations when these foods start destroying people’s health.

Think about it, let’s say you were eating a product that contained GMO corn sprayed with roundup and it was NOT labeled as such.  After a while, you started getting really sick and  developing problems. It would be hard to “prove” GMO’s were the cause. However, if it was labeled as being GMO corn, than doctors could start to put together conclusive evidence that it’s genetically engineered products causing these problems.

If their products are so valuable to the customers, than they would demand that their brand name be labeled on the item. It would be like the Intel processor company NOT wanting their name shown on the computers their products were in. But it’s totally opposite, the Biotech companies want it to be a complete secret that it’s in there… WHY?

If their products were proven to be harmful, the people running these types of corporations are already limited from the negative consequences of their products. Therefore, very little repercussions would fall on them personally.

What we should start doing is increasing the personal liabilities of the people in charge of these corporate enterprises. This would help minimize the likeliness of these companies selling products they KNOW are harmful. By NOT labeling these foods, we are taking even MORE liabilities away from these businesses, allowing them to do whatever they want NO matter what harm it causes to their customers.[weaver_html br /][weaver_html br /][weaver_html br /]

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5 to 20 years down the road when people start to develop problems, then they might have a concern for the safety of these products. Sadly by that time it might already be too late.

I am NOT totally against genetically modified organisms. In fact, I believe that the science could potentially be an important technology in the future for all types of different areas.

However, we should NOT be exposed to gmo’s in our food supply when there is NO absolute certainty that they are NOT harmful or poisonous. Furthermore, I have limited trust in these corporations when all they care about is profit and have very little ramifications for the harm these products could create. GMO companies mostly care about profit NOT customers’ health and that combo leads to BAD outcomes to the customers.[weaver_html br /][weaver_html br /]

Taking Away Natural Farmer’s Rights

These new GMO products have so much resistance to pests and herbicides that they start to appear more like “unwanted weeds” than produce. What is going to stop them from spreading across the world? Certainly NOT the use of Round Up!

Another serious concern is that these few huge chemical companies will be taking over the world’s food supply. Since they own the right to these genetically engineered plants and seeds, they in fact will own the world’s food supply. This is very easy to accomplish if they keep being able to sue all the small local farmer’s that do NOT want to use their seeds.[weaver_html br /][weaver_html br /]

Having a few companies own all the rights to these foods creates huge problems. There will be a lack of variety in the food market. The only thing you will be able to buy is GMO foods. Whether or NOT they’re good or bad for you; that will be your ONLY choice.[weaver_html br /][weaver_html br /]

The lack of variety in the food industry also causes much problems. If a disease comes and wipes out that specific produce, then we are left with nothing. However, if there are multiple species of the same type of produce, there is less concern for one disease wiping it completely out of existence.  Remember the Irish Potato Famine, the plant disease that wiped out tons of potato’s in the past?

It seems to me these companies are more concerned with controlling the market place than they are with creating nutritious food products. Food is something everyone needs to survive, so they know if they control it then they will control much of the world.

This totally goes against the laws about monopolies controlling the market place for specific items. However, none of the government agencies seems to be concerned about these huge companies wiping out all the important farmers that we have relied on for healthy foods for thousands of years. This information starts to make you ponder if the government is partnered with these companies as well. If they can control the food supply of the world, then they can control the world.

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Eliminating Organic Foods

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Delicious organic fruit and vegetable blends

Over the last several years organic foods has been deemed as more nutritional and the healthy way to go.

Studies have shown that organic produce contains more vitamins, nutrients, and less nitrates than produce that was grown with artificial pesticides and fertilizers.

Studies have also shown that the use of these pesticides can create problems when consumed by humans: such as cancers, stomach problems and other ailments.

As more and more crops keep becoming genetically modified, organic foods start to become more limited. Companies, such as Monsanto, keep taking out the small organic farmers, leaving us with a shortage of access to these products. Now is the time to promote organic foods the most. Demand organic foods and the suppliers will be forced to listen. The following link can help you learn: –> how to eat healthy on a budget.

Biotech Companies Threatening Human Rights

gmo free - right to knowI feel the actions of these corporate enterprises are taking away human rights. The growing lack of ability to be able to choose what we want to eat, is taking away our free will.

If I want to avoid eating GMO’s, I should have that right. If I do NOT want to be a test subject, I SHOULD have that right. I SHOULD have the right to know what is in my food that I PAY for with my hard earned money. At a very minimum these genetically modified ingredients SHOULD HAVE to be labeled.

Some of these GMO foods contain genes that cause plants to make its own pesticides (Bt-Corn). They claim since the plant is a pesticide, we won’t have to use so much external pesticide sprays. This seems like a bad approach, to make our food toxic so bugs can’t eat them. They also claim that these toxins are NOT harmful to people. However, how can this be conclusive when long-term studies tend to be absent?

We’ve seen this approach many times before with corporations claiming their products were safe, then later finding out they were wrong. For example, what about tobacco or plastics?

Sadly in the past… tobacco was actually marketed as being beneficial for use. It often was promoted for relief of asthma, hay fever, head colds, canker sours and bronchial irritations. Now tobacco is “known” to include great dangers to those who partake in it. However, it took a great deal of battling with the billion dollar tobacco companies who were doing everything possible to suppress the dangers for decades.

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Destruction of Our Environment

With all the damage we have already caused our environment, don’t you think it is time we take care of our planet? We have polluted it with fossil fuels, garbage, damaged the streams, rivers, and oceans with oil spills, and cut down most of the major forests that supply oxygen and purify the air.

This is the time in history where we can stand up to these corporations before they get too strong. We can put “Mother Earth” first for a change and NOT allow another harmful blow to her. This has to be done with the voice of many standing up for what is right. Promote healthy organic foods… Do NOT allow lies from greedy companies and government agencies to be mistaken as truth.

These GMO crops have the potential to drastically change our environment even further. By changing the genes in these plants, we might end up destroying the food chain as we know it. For example, the gene inserted in corn to make it toxic to pests could spread to other plant life destroying massive amounts of insects and bugs. Pollen carried by the wind can cause this and can travel a far distance on a windy day.

The more we make insects and bugs endangered, the higher the chance this can cause a chain reaction on our planet. Many things feed on bugs, such as birds, chickens and many other mammals. If they can’t eat, then they will die causing the animals that eat them NOT to have a food source and so on.

Another issue is that some of these GMO foods are being inserted with an antibiotic resistance marker gene. These genes might end up being passed to the bacteria that we use antibiotics for to prevent diseases and infections. If these genes are passed to the bacteria that cause certain diseases, then antibiotics might have very little effect on them. In a society where antibiotics are already starting to have a lessened effect, can we really take a chance on them NOT working at all? These experiments might just end up creating a super disease that we can NOT cure.

Lastly, the use of Round Up with Monsanto’s seeds could have devastating effects on our environment. It’s NO secret that these chemicals are bad for our health, but as they increase with use, it ‘s a concern for our environment as well. Using Round Up every year on our soils can destroy, contaminate and rob the soil of its nutrient composites.

Food is only as nutritious as the soil where it was grown in. This is due to the fact that the plants are absorbing the nutrients from the soil. Glyphosate (Round Up ) keeps plants from absorbing minerals in the soil. It is everywhere these days… in our drinking water, mother’s breast milk, in baby fetuses , as well as in our lakes, streams, ponds and even inside of us.

The use of this nasty herbicide increases every year due to Round Up Ready GMO crops that cause super weeds in their fields. It is also becoming more apparent that glyphosate may have negative consequences with our good bacteria in the body.[weaver_html br /][weaver_html br /]

It’s All About the Money

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Soma just says NO to GMO’s

You may be pondering to yourself, why someone would act in such evil ways to their fellow people, animals, and the environment?

This path leads you to the major problems with corporations and the greed that consumes them. Corporations are all about making money.

Lucky for those who operate them, they can do so with very little consequences falling onto them personally.

Whether their billion dollar products cause harm or health problems is irrelevant. They just try and suppress this information until it’s impossible to keep it hidden.

The GMO companies are doing similar approaches as the tobacco companies did in the past. It took decades to show conclusive results that tobacco was very harmful to people who smoked it. By that time many people were dependent on using it and they already made their billions.

GMO’s are the first time in history where companies can own and patent a living thing. There has never been a time, when you could own sole rights to a certain type of corn, soy, or any other living thing. This could easily cause a monopoly in the food supply and large amounts of cash for those who own the seeds and chemicals. Meanwhile causing those who consume it to become broke with medical bills and a decreased lifespan.[weaver_html br /][weaver_html br /]

How to Be GMO Free – Time to Say NO to GMO’s

If you are living in America you might NOT realize how difficult it is to be GMO Free. Genetically engineered foods has infiltrated the majority of the products in the grocery store. This is so true, that even whole foods: such as meats and fish, have most likely been contaminated from the animals eating generically modified feeds.

Wondering what you can do to avoid these GMO products? Or what you can do to help? You can find all these answers out in part two of this article series… –> Shocking List of GMO Foods.[weaver_html br /][weaver_html br /]

Videos About GMO Foods

If this article as sparked your interest I recommend watching a couple videos related to this subject. The first video is a short few minute video explaining the myths and truths of GMO’s.  The second video is a full documentary on genetically modified foods and whether they should be in our food supply.  Enjoy!!!

Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) – Myths and Truths


A short video displaying the myths and truths about GMO’s.

 

Seeds Of Death – Unveiling the Lies of GMOs


Here is a longer documentary about the impact of genetically modified foods.

Knowledge is Power

Thanks for taking the time to read this post. The best way to make change happen is by sharing knowledge. Sadly NOT many people know the harmful effects of GMO’s on their health, the animals health and on our environment’s well being.

Cheers to your health,

Cory Cook