Pave Your Own Path

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“Do not overrate what you have received, nor envy others. He who envies others does not obtain peace of mind.”



In a time where we are compelled to follow and like others and where we are connected 24/7 to an influx of messages, ads, information, etc., we can fall into the trap of having others pave our path or set our direction. We can begin to define ourselves by the acceptance of others but not by ourselves.

Inadvertently we get influenced or distracted by what others are doing or saying and by the increasing noise around us. We may start to long to be like others, to have more things, to have different life styles, etc. We create expectations for ourselves that are not aligned with our true selves—as we have lost sight of who we are.

We live in a “cookie-cutting” factory with the aim of maintaining consistency and compliance. We live in an environment of followers, and more so, a society that rewards or recognizes following as a good or preferred thing. And social media encourages this. rocks mountains sun

It is common behavior to follow others among us. This is somewhat of a flaw in current social design, and seemingly getting worse by a world wide phenomena–fueled by social media—of measuring our selves by who we follow, who is following us and who likes us. This trap keeps us preoccupied, distracted and in-line to follow or copy others by design. In this state are we really expressing who we truly are? Are we mindlessly hitting the “like” button without contemplating what we are liking? Are we following others since it seems that everyone else is?

Yes, it is an amazing thing on one hand that we have tools that help keep us connected to those not in our physical space. But is the following of others in this online world leaving us with a false sense of connection? Is it promulgating a behavior of constantly comparing ourselves to others? Is it creating lower vibrating energies of envy and want?

We are conditioned to believe that our net worth equates to happiness, and with this many people strive to be more, do more and have more. But do these actions and things give happiness, contentment or peace?  Many strive to have more connections and see what others are doing but do so from a smart phone or computer screen and do not get out in the world. They forget to look up and look forward, and for some it keeps them looking back.

It is easy today to get caught up in following others and comparing yourself to others, and it is easy to go along with crowd. I encourage you to stop and contemplate the questions I put out in this post. I encourage you to take a different route by listening and hearing you, and to pave your own path.

Unseen Manipulation

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[The victors of WW II] introduced an all-pervasive, ultra-powerful society-shaping drug. This drug was the first of a growing group of high-technology drugs that deliver the user into an alternate reality by acting directly on the user’s sensorium, without chemicals being introduced into the nervous system. It was television. No epidemic or addictive craze or religious hysteria has ever moved faster or made as many converts in so short a time.”  — Terrence McKenna, Food of the Gods


We are living in a most interesting time, some call it the information age. But beyond that, the global changes that are occurring at this time on national, political, international, physical and spiritual levels is truly amazing. It really is an amazing time to be alive.

In this time of unparalleled access to information, some of which can liberate and free your mind (if used correctly) that was once hidden, there also is an abundance of deceptive and distorted information. We are also being bombarded with electromagnetic radiation and signals on a grand scale. Most of these signals are unseen to the naked eye, but that does not mean that they are not there. We can’t see all of the x-rays, radio waves, microwaves, infrared light, ultraviolet light, and gamma radiation etc., amongst others that permeate the world around us.

I find it interesting how much we humans rely on our sense of sight. It seems like it is the most primary and dominant of the five senses that we use daily. It almost seems like we take our other senses much more for granted as they kind of fall into a backdrop compared to our vision, which brings us vivid colors, the faces of both strangers and those so familiar to us, and the road ahead which we could not navigate otherwise.

Our seemingly most relied on sense of sight, as wondrous as it is and what it allows for us to see, can only see a small sliver of the total electromagnetic spectrum, as the visible part only makes up a small fraction of it.  To be exact, since less than 1% of all light that reaches us is in the visible spectrum, it comes out to about .0035% of the entire electromagnetic spectrum.

Taking this into account, it’s not so hard to believe that most of what is around us is unseen, although when we don’t see anything we tend to think nothing is there. Electronic devices of all kinds surround us now more than ever. Because of this, it’s easier now more than ever to be located, tracked and monitored. In this age of convenience, this can be a great thing when emergencies arise, or when we are even stranded somewhere.

On the other hand, these same devices can be used to invade our privacy, predict our behavior and make us vulnerable to attacks, both physical and virtual. It’s important that now more than ever before that we understand the scope of our own behavior when using all the new gadgets and technology available to us so we don’t fall prey to outside influences (that are both known to be harmful and even those that claim they are not).

This is such a fast time we live in now, for example if you look back only 15 years or so, cell phones were not nearly as common as they are now. Almost everyone has one now, even kids! We are almost guinea pigs in the sense that we are not even sure what this constant exposure to cellular phones is having in terms of a physical effect on our bodies.

Again we are told they are completely safe, but studies have shown that over-exposure can be harmful, especially to developing brains. Just ask yourself how you feel after being on a long phone call with your cell phone, or when you are in front of a computer screen or tv for too long. Personally I feel a negative effect as I start to get antsy, my head begins to hurt and I just feel the need to put it down and walk away.

There is only so much you can do it seems to protect yourself from all kinds of unseen manipulation both direct or indirect that occurs in this day and age, (unless you are living off the grid or close to it, or are a hermit) but we can take steps to mitigate the many harmful effects to our person, both physically, virtually and mentally. Awareness is key, just like it is and always has been when it comes to stopping being manipulated directly from a physical one on one or group dynamic interaction.

This unseen manipulation can sometimes be staring us right in our face, a prime example of this is television which was noted in the quote to start this post. Many people trust much of what they see on television regarding the news and other things such as history and documentaries etc.  There is a reason why they call it ‘programming’.

Remember like anything else, you now have the power to not only fact check, but also have access to different perspectives on topics both national and global thanks to the internet, foreign and alternate news networks, channels, websites, etc.

Getting back to nature more often, like experiencing old growth forests, natural waterfalls, gardening, camping out in nature, and just getting closer to the earth in general and disconnecting as much as possible is also a good way to break from the high tech norm and fill our bodies with much needed negative ions (yes I said negative ions).

Like a good martial artist who develops a physical and mental regimen to ward off attack and defend their person, in this high tech era, the use of new tools, access to a broader range of information than ever, and developing our awareness so we can protect ourself on a level beyond what most others are doing will serve us well.


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“I don’t like to recreate steps that I’ve already walked. I like to see if I can recreate something new.”

~ Jeffery Wright


As we move through life and this time of ascension it is tempting to long for the past and to a time and place that once was. In this current dimension, we are living in times where there is turbulence and a feeling of uncertainty of what is on the horizon. But this turbulence is a sign of the Universal evolution that is underway and enlightenment. It can feel uncomfortable as we try to make sense of it all and sense the energy shifts.

As we stand at the end of something and the beginning of something else, we often look to the past, some may want to hold onto the past and some may even try to recreate it. It is OK to look back as long as you continue to move forward. Our experiences from the past add to who we are today, but we really can’t repeat or recreate the past because we are not the same person we were in the past and the people around us, our environments and circumstances are not the same either. Our respective energies and the composition of all things around us has changed.

There is a comfort in the past, and in times of feeling uncertain, lonely, frightened or confused, we long to go back to a place where we had a transcendent experience in the hopes of recreating the magic, but we end up disappointed and empty since it cannot be recreated. The people may be the “same” or the places look the same, but it does not feel the same. time and space

The magic is not the place or the same combination of people, circumstances, etc., it was being in that moment and authentically connecting to the people and circumstances. And since all these pieces have changed, it really cannot be recreated.  It is easy to attribute our experiences to our physical surroundings rather than to our own mindful engagement with those surroundings and people.

It matters not where we are and what we are doing, if we are living in the moment and open to letting things unfold, and trust that we are meant to be right where we are at any given moment, we have the potential to feel connected, content and calm—and not just to the circumstances we think are ideal. The feeling of nostalgia from the past is rooted not in the circumstances, but in being in the moment and truly connected in the time.  We all have the potential to create and have new experiences simply by cultivating a mindful attitude and looking forward versus looking back.

Dwelling in the past will make the future fall short, keep you cycling through bad habits, unhealthy relationships and behaviors and ultimately making you feel lost.  The past shapes you, but it does not define you.  If your present is a reflection of your desire for the past and things to be how they once were, and to create the past again in your future, this is feat that is impossible. To continue to grow and live a positive life it is important to let go of what was and to celebrate what is, and embrace what is and what is to come.

Forget the End-Game

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In the Warrior Rx blog we have talked often about expectation—the expectations that have been ingrained in us from society, our upbringing, culture, etc., the expectations that others project onto us and the expectations that we even impose on ourselves. We have talked about the influence of those expectations on us as we evolve, work toward change within ourselves and the world around us and ascend.

I would like to revisit expectation again in the context of the expectation of an end—an end result, an end outcome or milestone. These all by intent or not are imbued with expectation that by something we have done, somewhere we have been, something we have seen or experienced will result in an end-game—the final stage of some action or process.

Since we live in a physical world of duality our thoughts and actions are often inadvertently shaded by have/have not, yes/no, good/bad, done/not done, etc. As we move through our lives, especially when we are intentionally working toward change, seeking a different path and dedicating our energies to an accomplishment we so often look to the end-game of those efforts, and doing so fill our heads with the thoughts of “when I finish [fill in the blank].”

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When we do this, we can easily lose sight of the path we are on and that even what may seem like the most benign encounter or experience is important and meant to be. It is often these small or uneventful encounters and experiences that contribute significantly to where we are at any given time. And sometimes we only realize the impact many months, or even years later when we reflect on our experiences and where we are in life.

I believe in having intention, manifestation and living consciously, but when the focus totally becomes the end-game you may be missing out on signals or signs, overlooking nuances and pre-occupying your thoughts with strategy on how to get to your defined end-game. There is a balance to be struck—that of understanding yourself, setting your intentions and being aware everyday of what you are thinking, doing and where you are—and not being focused on the end-game.

Remove the end-game agenda from your head and enjoy where you are, and be energized by the experiences and encounters you are having. These are meaningful and impactful pieces of your journey.

Lost in our resolute ways to complete this journey, we often misplace ourselves and miss the finest seasons of our life. As we are influenced by expectations—even with the best intent in mind—we can become pre-occupied as we are running toward some end. It is OK to stop running and to walk, and as we walk to be an observer, onlooker and spectator of ourselves, of others and where we are.

Detach ourselves from some fabricated illusion that was created so that you can become more aware and live consciously. In our grand plans of preparation, we often forget the present moment and season in which we are, and we can miss the moments that define who we are and where we are going.