L O V E vs L U S T

Some of us confuse love with lust, and end up getting hurt in the end. Life takes many twists and turns, you may not intend to hurt the other person, but it can happen. That’s why we must have self-awareness, so that we never hurt someone again or be hurt.

Now what is love?

Love, in its purest form shines through,

When you feel compelled to repell from any peril that may threaten your marriage,

The connection ages gracefully because you’ve overcome great obstacles,

Increased patience, you become one flesh, eternally connected,

It has much more depth than just sex.

Love is decisive and not divisive, nor does it play with your mind.

It is consistent honesty and selflessness.

You feel what they feel at any given moment, and you feel moved to improve their mood.

Most importantly, all is reciprocated.

The act of selflessness, you go out of your way to make sure they are doing well, more than you would usually do, and IT IS RECIPROCATED. There’s no need to lie, which builds the trust like a trust fund you want that to accumulate exponentially. When life knocks them down momentarily, you are there to help them come up, you don’t talk down on them, and vice versa. Helping each other out is NEVER a chore, but rather it is an innate thing you have when you truly have love for someone.

You are willing to have difficult conversations that may require the hard truth, in order to prevent misunderstandings and disconnections. You don’t keep secrets from each other. If you feel like you have to, then that person is just not for you, or you may not be ready to be in a relationship.

Love isn’t just an emotion, it is shown through actions that promote growth. It is the deepest level of care and compassion. Love isn’t just about “how a person makes you feel,” it’s about how much they’ve been there for you through thick and thin. Often times, we may mistake love for lust because of “the way it makes you feel.” Emotions can cloud your judgment, and that includes sexual arousal. Just because that person makes you feel aroused doesn’t mean you love them, or vice versa. It’s a trick. This is how people end up in bad relationships, and marriages break apart and the children suffer from the aftermath of it all. It is also quite damaging for children to see their parents have no love for each other. We must be conscientious of the type of example we provide for the younger generation. They grow up never knowing what love really looks like, or they have to go through so many unnecessary things in order to find out which leads to learning it the hard painful way.

Lust is short-lived, instant gratification,

A vacation from reality,

That reaches a screeching halt, suddenly,

So abruptly, that you stumble,

And after it ends the feeling becomes numb,

The beat of the drum diminishes from the heart,

Because the beat been dead already,

We were too mesmerized to notice, the eviction,

Lust is quick to rinse, wash, and repeat a human being, reducing them to a lower frequency.

Lust bears no fruit long-term,

Heartbreak may hit you with brute force, and it does not stand the test of time.

Lust is just an itch you scratch, eventually you stop scratching otherwise you leave a mark. That’s how you know that act isn’t right for your body. Because if lust was a good thing, you wouldn’t feel the need to stop. But because lust is like scratching, it is something only meant to be short-lived.

Wanna know the depth of pain that comes from it? Try to prolong the scratching, and you tell me if that’s good for your skin. Scratching may be satisfying for a little bit, but the longer you do it it will start to bleed, it leaves behind a scab that you become tempted to scratch once again. Now, tell me if that is healthy for you?

Lust sounds more like an addiction rather than an addition to your life. Lust depletes you until your love is deleted. Love goes beyond and transcends fleeting feelings.

Thank you for reading!

How Dreams Can Heal You

It’s those reoccurring dreams,

The ones replaying the same theme,

And it keeps repeating until your fortitude exceeds high enough to defeat it,

Until you can relinquish the links that chains you to your pain,

A strain that drives the mind insane, and it hides, disguises itself as a defense mechanism,

When it is another layer of weight we bare on our shoulders,

Therefore, I write this prose in hopes that it’ll undo the ropes from psychological bondage, a carnal hostage,

so that the trauma that haunts us can no longer do us damage.

So how exactly can dreams heal you?

It puts us in situations where we are reminded of the very deep and personal things about ourselves and our lives.

You are made to face it until it can no longer have control over you. One of the reasons why you may have reoccurring dreams is because you have not made peace with it. You don’t have to gladly accept it as a wonderful thing.

No.

However, you do have to accept the fact that it happened, but you have to not allow it to overpower you or swallow you alive while wallowing in misery. You don’t want to allow that pain to hold you hostage in your own mind. Since it is your own mind, OWN YOUR MIND.

Please realize that you aren’t controlled by what others have done or said about you. The mistreatment you may have endured does NOT mean that you’re worthless, it means those who did you wrong feel themselves to be worthless, and so they take that out on you.

It is key to own your mind, and dreams can help you do that. Hopefully, you have vivid dreams; if not, then I do hope you achieve the ability to do so. Dreams serve as a simulation that our mind designs, showing us wonders and signs, and a special sight given by the Divine Creator many like to deny the existence of.

When you do have dreams with specific themes that you feel at the core of your being, basically if it makes you contemplate deeply about something or even if it brings out alot of emotion from pain of the past, then it is time to meditate on it. Dreams give us an avenue to either release our anger and frustration, have closure with others, express your thoughts to someone, go through tough challenges, overcome fears, or accomplish great feats. These are just a few among many ways dreams can teach us valuable lessons. When we wake up from them, it plants a seed of thought that we have for the rest of the day. It becomes self-reflection time.

If you have reoccurring dreams, ask yourself:

Why am I have this same dream over and over?

Why do I dream about the same place (It could be where you used to live, a landmark, where trauma occurred, etc)

Why do I keep dreaming about the same person over and over again?

Now, I’m not a psychologist or anything like that. Just a writer who is very interested in the mind, dreams, philosophy, old souls, and the art of resilience.

Based on my experience, I’ve found it very helpful to write a fake letter (NOT intended to be actually sent) to the person, experience, or place I kept having reoccurring dreams about. There you can address everything you have been keeping bottled up within. Let it all out. Everything you ever wanted to say you can say in that “letter” and keep on writing until you get that “writer’s high.” You will feel better, and possibly gain insight or at least a clue as to why you keep having those same dreams. After you finish writing, well it just stays there in your notebook or laptop. It’s literally a letter you never send.

In my experience, this has helped me. I’d usually stop having those dreams, or I have them less frequent, and when I do I’m in control of the scenario and it no longer has power over me. Nor do I let it move me to anger or whatever emotions. I’m at peace because I made peace with it. As time goes on, your peace will increase, and you will look back and think about how far you’ve gone and how much you’ve grown.

I’ll even add the importance of prayer and fasting. It empowers your mind’s ability to have discipline and control of your emotions, vices, and fruitless desires. You can become one who cannot be controlled by darkness.

All Glory to the Most High God, Creator of the Universe

7 Benefits of Being an Introvert

We hear a lot in the West about how introverts need to come out of their shell, and just mingle and blend in with others. They often times want to push introverts to convert into extroverts because it is viewed as “normal” or acceptable. Sure, there are a few traits extroverts may have that are beneficial; however, there are more benefits to being an introvert. Here I will discuss that, and might I add that there’s nothing wrong with being introverted. If anything, you may be ahead of the game if you are one. Here’s how!

1. You Know Yourself Better

Since you’ve spent more time to yourself you have had extra time to get to know who you are. You are comfortable being alone; therefore, you’re confident in your own identity. Also, self-reflecting tends to be easy which leads to a better understanding of yourself. Some people dread the thought of being alone, but introverts enjoy the solitude, and they try to prolong it which gives them even more time to learn more about themselves and the world.

Usually, when you spend too much time around other people you tend to lose yourself more, and you become too distracted to really dig deep within to find answers to your own questions. You don’t want to get to a point where you lose yourself, so much so that you become dependent on others to decide for you.

As for the introvert, they know when to call it a day, and go home to “recharge their batteries” after a long day of socializing. You see, this can serve as a benefit because you know when to go home to meditate or relax. You don’t allow yourself to get so distracted that you lose yourself. You never have to worry about an introvert overstaying their welcome.

2. You’re More Productive

Since introverts prefer to be alone anyways, they can make great use of that time to get things done. Also, they don’t crave social interactions as much as the next man, so they just finish the job without needing “teamwork.” Like Batman, they prefer to work alone, and sometimes they can get more done alone than in a group setting. So much for “teamwork making the dream work.”

Though, introverts can adapt to their surroundings including social demands, they just simply prefer to not have any noise disrupt their routine. They are not socially handicapped as many may assume. They can work in a team, but they are mentally wired to get more done alone. That isn’t a bad thing.

But what if you put a group of introverts to work together? What kinds of ideas could they conjure up, and how much can they get done? Would it make a difference? Maybe it’s not that introverts don’t like to work in teams, but they may not pair well with extroverts. Maybe it’s not about introvert/extrovert, maybe it’s about the personalities. Certain personalities mesh well together more than others.

Introverts can get a lot done because they are already used to spending time alone, and that extra time gives them an advantage to improve or move onto the next project.

3. You Tend to Be More Self-Reliant

Introverts are not to be mistaken with being anti-social. Years ago, I had someone adamantly ask me, “Why are you so anti-social?” I was like, “I’m not.” People tend to assume being anti-social and introverted are the same thing, but it’s not. Some introverts may be anti-social, but not all. Other introverts can be social, and may even enjoy conversing with people when they encounter a like-minded individual with common interests.

So yes, introverts can have friends, but usually they are few. They may be few, but they have meaningful friendships with them, and they respect one another’s space too. They aren’t clingy nor codependent, and this makes them self-reliant. They’d rather take matters into their own hands without the need for social approval of others. Since they know themselves better they can forge their own path and make their own decisions. This is a very liberating thing because they don’t have to wait on anyone, nor do they have to see what others will do. Introverts are OK with being alone in their journey. As a matter of fact, they will view it as a serene adventure.

4. Your Life Has Little to No Drama

Just like I mentioned earlier, introverts tend to have a smaller circle. The smaller the circle the less likely you are to have any sort of drama in the mix. Introverts are also very selective of who they allow into their lives, so those few friends they have won’t be giving them drama. And if they do, well they will simply let you go, especially if that drama has nothing to do with them. Usually, introverts don’t put themselves in positions where they’d be the focal point of drama. They don’t like small talk let alone have an argument. So, introverts tend to live a drama free life, which is great, but some people may consider that to be “boring.” Oh well, introverts don’t care what you think of them.

5. You’re a Deep Thinker

I know I keep reiterating this, “Introverts love to spend more time alone.” Since they enjoy their solitude, they have much more time to meditate and think about a vast array of different concepts. They may veer off into some philosophy, spirituality, sci-fi, or artistic concepts. They may ask existential questions, and then go on a new quest to find the answers. All of this information they gather accumulates, and it strengthens their knowledge arsenal. Overall, they become deep thinkers because they’ve spent an abundance of time seeking knowledge and wisdom. By the time they reach to a point where it’s needed, they’ll be sure of what to do.

Also, it makes them great friends because they will give exceptional advice. Their conversations are very meaningful, and may send you into journeys just from talking. Introverts don’t hate talking, they just don’t want to waste their breath to talk about nothing. They don’t like small talk, but they can talk for hours with those whom they’re close to. They may present new perspectives that can help others as well.

6. More Time for Creativity to Brew

This is one of the most fun parts of being introverted, and that is having more time to work on creative projects. Most writers, poets, artists, and music producers tend to be introverted. They’ve developed an appreciation for solitude because that is the only time they dedicate to perfecting their talents. They say “time flies when you’re having fun”, and that is true. When you spend time working on what you love to do, you will notice time would fly. It was 9 in the morning when you started, and next thing you know it’s 4 in the afternoon. And it didn’t even feel like work because you enjoy what you do. Creative work is therapeutic. I remember the many days I spent writing my book, and I’d be so immersed into the story that next thing I knew, the hours had already flown by. It felt like a trip through time. That’s when you know that you love what you do and are good at it. Introverts cherish this creative time the most!

7. You Tend to Be More Intuitive

Introverts can sense vibes and auras from people and situations. Because they are deep thinkers, they can discern things better. They have a tendency to pay closer attention to detail, so they can easily keep tabs of certain things until they notice another clue. Usually, their senses are keen and they will remember patterns. All of this culminates to them being able to figure people and things out. Their strong intuition guides them and they trust it because it’s proven itself to be accurate before. The combination of intuition and deep thinking serves to be a powerful one.

It goes even further than just intuition. Introverts also tend to be more sensitive to the spiritual realm. They can already sense auras from people which tends to overwhelm them because most people carry negative energy. And the more people around the more likely that heaviness will be present which drains their energy. Especially, given the fact that they are very sensitive to vibes. And because they have this, they are susceptible to sensing the presence of spirits. They are more likely to have paranormal experiences.

Introverts are often misunderstood especially in the West. They tend to think that they are afraid to socialize, that they are anti-social, or that their introversion is something to “overcome” or needs to be “fixed.” In actuality, being introverted is a blessing for the creative mind. There is nothing wrong or strange about an introvert. Introverts have many special gifts. They are self-assured, confident, mellow, independent, intelligent, creative, intuitive, wise, auspicious, profound thinkers, and problem solvers. They tend to be very well-read, make great friends, and enjoy meaningful conversations. They don’t seek validation externally, they receive confirmation from within.

They prefer to spend some time alone to rejuvenate their minds because they’ve just spent a day being drained by various boisterous stimuli and negative vibes from crowds of people including what we cannot see. All they want to do is cut off all that noise from the day and finally unwind.

C O C O O N (Poem)

Moonlit skies dyes the clouds indigo,

When your mind is inclined to dig gold,

Yearning to unearth the gems stuck within,

‘Til it gets struck, no more living in the rough.

Do we have to be broken to be made whole?

How else can we see within the crevice if it weren’t for the breaking of the outer layer of ourselves?

Or at least we thought it was ourselves…

We would’ve accepted the darkness that constricted us as our ultimate reality,

Until the day our cocoon cracked and the light gleamed from the outside,

“Never did I ever think that life could be this pristine and serene,

I need more room for my wings, never thought I could grow these.”

Metamorphosis approaching,

This cocoon made us crave a more spacious habitat,

We look back at our former home wondering how’d we spent so much time confined to the darkness that once enveloped us, thinking that was our reality.

Although, most of that cocoon remains a part of us,

Eventually, the rest is lost permanently due to shedding,

Letting go of what you’ve outgrown,

A transformative metamorphosis,

Your formative years are behind you but can still haunt you,

Unless you fly higher than a hawk,

Keen eye overlooking the scenery, beaming at what was once your habitat,

The world’s so vast compared to that.

Makes no sense to live with a scarcity mindset,

When our wings give us infinite reach to abundance and eternity beyond this Earth.

Our words unearth our purpose.

Running: As a Form of Healing Escapism

Just like in that poem, ‘10 Years Ago,’ I was in a dark place mentally, my sense of hope was crumbling bit by bit as the memories of the past haunted me, it pushed me onto the verge of depression.

Depression, when you lose sense of existence,

Existence feels pointless,

The only things that once brought joy, no longer can you rejoice,

You develop an avoidance toward everything around you,

Everyone’s voices appear to be muted,

The zeal for life becomes diluted,

Reduced moods, only making room for inevitable gloom and nihilistic perspectives,

That prevent you from getting a good night’s rest, as you nestle in bed,

This is the only time you feel warm in the inside…

Any decision you make in life has the ability to either make you or break you for life. Back then, every day was a constant battle to not self-destruct. Now, every day has blossomed into opportunities for self-improvement.

One of the things that has helped me overcome negative thoughts and toxicity was running. Writing is one of my most treasured passions, but running has worked hand-in-hand with it; both creating a strong-willed individual within a broken person until you eventually become unbreakable. Running gave my brain the boost it needed to even have any sort of motivation to even write. Writing has provided a cathartic release that healed me. So, there’s a healthy cycle here of running and writing. Back-to-back. Consistently. I grew to love that runner’s high, and I felt all sorts of inspiration to write.

But can ‘escapism‘ be counterproductive?

Usually, the term escapism refers to a way of escaping from reality due to the hardships you may face. This can grow to become detrimental when we create a pattern of avoidance, which is when we lose our sense of reality. Thus, we may end up with the inability to cope with life, and none of our problems get solved. However, in this post I’m highlighting something else regarding escapism. I’m thinking on terms of using a little dab of escapism by creating new productive and creative outlets to make you rise up from that dreadful idle-mind. More specifically, I’m talking about running, and how beneficial it is, not only for your physical health, but for your mental health as well.

Let’s dive right into this.

What happens when you run?

When you run, plenty of things are happening within you. Your heart quickens its tempo, you may sweat, your lungs are working a bit harder, oxygen is being transported throughout your blood stream, and your natural endorphins, as well as the neurotransmitter serotonin makes its presence known into your mind, which gives you that runner’s high. Essentially, running alters your brain chemistry to liven your mood which can work as a natural antidepressant. (Disclaimer: I am not a doctor by the way). Here’s an article from the healthline website that explains how to naturally boost your serotonin levels without medication.

My personal experience

Running became the highlight of my life, and it even helped improve my writing. This is proof that our mind is the powerhouse of all things we bring into existence through our creative works. For instance, prior to running, my writing was more sad, hopeless, and kind of dark. It only fed me into more negative thinking. And a counterproductive cycle was emerging until I decided to change my habits around Passover of 2012. I began by eating clean, learning more about healthy recipes, and ultimately running. It was like something within me was yearning to just go for a run. And when I made running part of my constant routine I noticed changes taking place. My mind was more at ease, and my writing beautifully evolved into positivity while simultaneously putting the negativity into perspective. Basically, I didn’t just write about doom and gloom; I acknowledged the negativity around me without wallowing in it. I used it to bring forth a positive message that served to be inspiring. Many writers have come to cherish this gift.

As far as running goes, in the beginning, it didn’t matter how long I ran for… what mattered was that I did it. The most important part is to just get started, and little by little you will be able to run miles. Let me tell you that my very first day of running was quite pathetic. I only ran for like one-eighth of a mile. Despite this I decided to try the HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) strategy, you can read more about that here. I would sprint for a few seconds, then jog, and then walk, until I was ready to sprint again. This helps get your heart used to the high intensity of running, which gradually enables you to jog for a longer period of time. And it really did help! I went from only being able to run for one-eighth of a mile to 10 miles straight (that’s my best so far). Running is still and always will be one of my greatest joys.

Run,

Just run like a deer and you will not stumble’,

Abrupt eruptions of rage or tribulations will not faze you,

As you face challenges head on, head-strong without the heat,

Eyes gleaming, dreaming about the prize, but humility is key, no need for the pride of life,

Eyes still full of light, showing signs of innocence,

Noble intent, while looking attentively at end of the finish line, end times…

Track lanes become a trail of travails as the journey unveils wisdom as we run.

Spiritual Analysis of Sleep Paralysis

In the middle of the night, you wake up from a deep sleep but you can’t move or speak. You may sense an eerie feeling, you may sense an ominous presence lurking beside your bed…

Photo credit to Sleep Cycle.

Have you ever experienced this before?

If so, you are not alone. There are plenty of testimonies out there about people who’ve been through sleep paralysis. Some say it induces sudden panic that can be a frightening experience that may cause anxiety to linger. Others say it’s just a weird experience that means nothing, that it’s just a disruption of the sleep cycle, nothing to see here…

What is Sleep Paralysis?

In secular terms, it is a disruption of the sleep cycle. It happens when your conscious mind awakens from deep REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep, but your body is still in sleep mode. When you are in REM sleep mode, your body is very relaxed, to the point your body is somewhat paralyzed in order to prevent you from physically acting out your dreams. Because usually we have dreams during REM sleep, therefore our brain has a genius way of making sure we don’t move while we dream.

Can you imagine if we didn’t have this and we proceed to dream about running from a bear, flying, driving in a high speed chase, fighting ninja warriors, etc? Imagine if our physical body acted those movements out? We’d probably hurt ourselves or those laying next to us. And that’s why the paralysis is there during our REM sleep stage, but the problem happens when our mind awakens while our body is still asleep. It can be frightening. Normally, it’s just a disruption of the sleep, and this is true. But not all sleep paralysis episodes are quite normal. Some are quite strange indeed, and deserve a more in-depth explanation.

A Spiritual Analysis

Sleep paralysis is quite an interesting phenomenon that cannot be thoroughly explained in solely physical terms. I believe some sleep paralysis episodes are not only a disruption of sleep, but rather some episodes can be a nocturnal turbulence occurring turning your vision blurry, due to the portals that are opening at the moment. What I mean is that allegedly, sleep paralysis bridges the physical realm with the interdimmensional realm by way of opening portals, which causes a disruption to your sleep due to the presence of evil spirits and/or a heavy concentration of electromagnetic frequencies or low energy. Surely, there’s no solid proof of what it actually is, but one things for sure, it goes beyond what we think we know. It’s always good to keep your mind open and not underestimate what is unknown to us.

There’s no solid scientific proof, however all the have is testimonies by many people about this strange phenomenon. Here’s one:

I remember waking up with sleep paralysis, usually I try to shake my foot in order to awaken my whole body, but this time it was different. Right then and there, I knew that it wasn’t just a sleep disturbance but rather something supernatural. Not only was my body unable to move, but I felt something heavy pressing on my chest. And I’ve felt hands wrapped around my neck, and my breath felt like it was being sucked out of me. I saw a long skinny shadow standing right before me, and it’s darkness hovered right above me. It was scary at the time. But I realized that once I stopped feeding it my fear, it’s power would diminish. Faith over fear, along with prayer, has been a great remedy whenever I experience this.

Usually, people experience sleep paralysis when they’ve been sleep deprived, exhausted, or stressed out. Ok, this explains the disruption of REM sleep where you cannot move or speak for a couple minutes.

Ok. But what explains the hands felt around the neck as if you’re about to get strangled along with the difficulty breathing? And what about the eerie shadow?

Hallucinations they call it. It can very well be, sure. But Hallucinations don’t actually get to touch you, so that doesn’t explain the phantom chokehold. Seems like something else to me.

Also, if it’s just a physical thing, then how is it that prayer immediately causes the shadows to vanish? Words carry vibration (it can even be used telepathically if you cannot speak verbally) that alters the frequencies around us by raising the energy higher. So, there is power in prayer that the spiritual realm abides by. But if we’re being told how unreal these things are then how can we be prepared for these spiritual attacks when it does come? Either way, everyone’s entitled to their opinion just like we’re entitled to ask questions about the unknown.

There’s a saying in Spanish that goes, “Se te subio la muerte” (The death spirit laid atop of you). This phrase describes the “old hag” archetype. All over the world, the supernatural aspect of sleep paralysis is known, but it’s considered to be nothing more than just a myth to describe sleep disruption. As always, the existence of a spiritual realm is constantly being denied and supressed. Of course science cannot prove it! Science is the study of the physical realm that which can be experimented and thoroughly examined. The spiritual realm is metaphysical, outside of our ability to touch and test its credibility. Despite this, that doesn’t mean the spiritual realm isn’t real.

Our mind is the bridge between the physical and spiritual realm because that is where the pineal gland (the 3rd eye) is located in. There’s something very intriguing about that.

Use Your Pain to Propel You

Everyone has some degree of hardship. However, some people are given more than enough tools and resources to build upon the life they want. Whereas, others don’t even have the tools. They have to spend extra time and energy to attain those tools.

Is it impossible? No.

But it can set you behind… then again, it only seems like you’re behind if you’re focusing on what others are doing. With the little bit of resources we have at our disposal, dedicate the time to using every bit of it wisely, so we may reach that finish line, and don’t worry about how easy it may have been for the other opponents.

As a recreational long distance runner, I would often have dreams about running in the track… I would have tunnel vision when it came to running on the track. But the moment I try to look over onto the next lane, I lose concentration in my own progress.

Our progression lessens when we focus on what others do, and how easy they may’ve had it. Whether or not they had a head start should not concern you…

The lane is yours.

The opportunity is yours.

Take it and put your all into it. Because if you don’t, then you’ll be wasting the little bit of resource you have to win.

Your background, the pain, and the struggle may be a generational curse, but it can be overturned when we use those experiences as fuel to propel us to win. We can break the curse, but we have to have the intrinsic motivation to embark on the mission.

We’ll never know if we’ll win if we don’t even attempt at it. It all starts with setting your mind into task. You have to strongly believe in the ability to win. Winning doesn’t only mean upward social-economic mobility, it can mean attaining peace by living righteously, not allowing this world to corrupt you. The world needs more empaths. Living with no bitterness or hatred in your heart is also a win. Success isn’t just about monetary gain. It could mean finding your life’s purpose and accomplishing goals that fulfill and enrich you.

There’s an old saying that goes, “if they give you lemons then make lemonade.” That’s pretty much what we have to do. Use the negativity thrown at you, and convert it into positivity through the compassionate actions you do for others, and the self-improvement you dedicate to yourself. How you react to negativity is ultimately what will alter the trajectory of your life.

Often times, pain tends to give you much more determination than most because you are just that hungry to succeed. (Just don’t let that hunger push you into doing the wrong things that end up shortening your life-span and add curses onto the next generation). The pain we faced can push us to be as far away from the suffering as possible. This is good, but also don’t let monetary gain taint your character in the process. Preserve your humility even as you reach to that point of success. Otherwise life anyways has a way of humbling you down.

You cannot control the pain that was inflicted upon you. You cannot control were you came from or what others have done to you. Only thing you can change is how you react, move, and decide. Make decisions that will promote self-improvement NOT self-destruction.

The moment you chose to self-destruct is the moment you let your enemies win.

A Message to Those With Suicidal Thoughts (A MUST READ)!!!

“You have a reason to live for as long as the breath of life resides within you. “

– Wise words

First and foremost, here’s the US national suicide prevention hotline: 800-273-8255 . And the site here.

Please, do not end your life prematurely…

Your pain must be increasing exceedingly, you’re in dire need of healing,

Your knees may be weary, tired of kneeling for prayer… Has your faith dwindled? I hope it rekindles.

Or perhaps your faith had already dissipated from countless hopeless experiences of disappointment…

You may feel like you have nothing to live for, perhaps you’ve been abused all your life by those who were supposed to love and protect you,

Dear Empath, you had to learn survival mode at a very young age, people have mistreated you, you’ve been targeted somehow, for what though? Why?

What’s the crime? Having a good heart and a kind soul is a threat to this evil world that views kindness as a weakness.

I just want you to know that there are some good people here who are also empaths.

There are people out here who pray for you even if they may not know you. They pray for you because at one point they’ve felt that pain before. They know what it’s like.

Or they may just be very compassionate. I’m not gonna lie, this world makes you wanna lose hope.

Your pain is to be acknowledged and not ignored. There are others who are in great pain right now. Although, there may be different levels to the struggles we face, we may react differently, but at the end of the day… THE PAIN IS THE SAME. IT’S ALL PAIN. WE’VE FELT PAIN.

And pain stings like a bitter venom that doesn’t seem to ever stop,

You wanna blotch out your own existence due to persistent afflictions,

with witnesses who don’t care to lend assistance, bystanders on stand-by hiding behind,

Please take a moment to meditate, in order to recalibrate the neurotransmitters in your brain,

Eradicate the blueprint that promotes self-destruction, and focus on self-improvement and healing the wounds that have been long overdue.

IF YOU FEEL LIKE YOU HAVE NOTHING TO LIVE FOR… JUST KNOW THAT FOR AS LONG AS YOU’RE STILL BREATHING YOU ARE MEANT TO BE ALIVE.

Take a deep breath, and remember that THAT BREATH IS EVIDENCE THAT YOU’RE MEANT TO FULFILL YOUR PURPOSE. IT IS NOT YOUR TIME YET.

You are still here despite all the suffering, whether or not you believe in life having any meaning… You are here for a reason, even if you don’t know what that reason may be. That just shows you’re meant to find out what your purpose is.

If you don’t know what your purpose is in life, dedicate this time to seeking it. Once you find your purpose, it will give your life meaning.

For all those who have hurt you in the past, their actions toward you DOES NOT DETERMINE YOUR VALUE OR IDENTITY.

They treated you poorly, or maybe your faced with an invisible menace that tries to eat away every bit of energy and life you have left in you.

You may feel exceedingly depleted from repeated offenses,

It is now time to built up our defenses against the pythons and serpents, we become wise like them but remain innocent as doves,

Think like a wolf but don’t become one.

Don’t allow evil to corrupt you, YOU ARE TOO GOOD FOR THAT,

Become higher than the enemy, know and understand their strategy so they cannot inflict you again, dedicate your life to learning more, empower yourself through seeking knowledge, build up your arsenal with wisdom, that way YOU DON’T SUCCUMB TO THE LOWER WAYS OF THINKING. One thing you never want to become is the same as the enemy you claim to hate.

Your mind has been infiltrated, get rid of the intruders, certain brainwaves are taking place to displace the way you actually think.

IT IS NOT YOU, TO CAUSE HARM TO ONE’S SELF.

IT IS NOT YOU, TO HATE YOURSELF OR ANYONE.

Someone or something caused you to hate yourself, or made you believe that you aren’t worthy enough to keep on going. But yet you’re still breathing. THE BREATH THAT EXISTS SYMBOLIZES YOUR PURPOSE HAS YET TO BE DISCOVERED. AND ONLY YOU CAN FIND IT. IT IS YOUR MISSION TO DO SO.

The breath you breathe daily is a constant reminder, we receive every second, that life resides in here, and it is our divine right to protect ourselves, to care for ourselves even when no one else does. You may feel like no one around you cares or thinks about you, but you’re wrong. I may not know your face or your name, but I, and many other empaths think about this, and we pray or write, in order to send positive vibrations out into the atmosphere that is in dire need of agape love and holistic healing.

Do not let anyone in this world make you believe that you’re not worthy. Do not let anyone make you hate yourself that much. Your end is their win. Do not let them win.

Your soul emanates great energy, that makes enemies scurry worried,

so they make you feel weary and unworthy, even though their own hands are dirty,

do not believe the speech of a narcissist, for it is always double minded intertwined lies convoluted like vines, polluted like the end times skies.

Your life is precious, think about all the work your body has to do in order to keep you alive! Breathing is second nature to us, but it is a complex physiological function when you contemplate on it. If you feel like no one cares about you, remember there’s an innumerable amount of cells that work hard to keep you breathing. The multitude of cells cares about you. And as long as you are breathing you have a purpose to seek. Even if you feel neglected and outcasted, you are not forgotten. God is with you, and if you don’t believe in God, just think about all the cells that care about you. Cells, the building blocks of life that give you the breath you breathe every second.

Keep the breath alive just like it keeps you alive.

I hope this helped

Please take care of yourself!

You are loved!

A Message to Writers

Your unpublished work is the treasure trove ready to be discovered by those who need to hear your words.

Dear writer,

Never stop writing. Do not quit. You don’t know how many lives you can touch by your words.

There may be a vast multitude of books, websites, and blogs, but each one is unique because every writer’s voice is tailor-made for a specific audience. Everyone may not like you, your writing style, or your stories… but that doesn’t mean you don’t have an audience. Each of us have different views and perspectives, so one book may not be for everyone, and that’s OK. You’ll have some people who won’t like you, some may vehemently criticize or misunderstand you, then you may have others who will love your work. Some people in your audience may even go as far as to leave a heartfelt review or message you to let you know how much they appreciate your work.

And best of all, your writing can touch lives, and that is one of the most important things to me.

So Dear Writer,

You may not notice the value of your work, but believe me it is there. But it will only stay there if you constantly work hard to refine it, so that you can express your thoughts coherently and accurately. Writing is an essential art form of sacred communication and expression that can, not only entertain, but it can also heal others.

Spoken words carry vibrations that can build and repair broken souls. Even written words can be as powerful, especially when you’ve been mastering the skill of prose writing, and the art of compelling storytelling. The reader can read aloud those same words that YOU typed in that book. Your words are being spoken by others. Your message is being sent across the globe for those who get a hold of your literary gold.

Even when you pass away, your writing will live on for generations to come. Your writing will long live, and will reach into the right hands for those who seek it. Your story could be the very thing they’ve been searching for. It may be like a needle in a haystack, but once it is found it becomes a treasure trove for that reader. Your voice comes to life as they read it aloud even when you’re long gone.

When it comes to writing, it becomes more fulfilling when we do it for the enjoyment of it, and for the appreciation of the art form. I don’t want to rely on financial incentives because I’ve found a greater motivation for me, and that is the fact that writing has saved me from turmoil. It has helped me make sense out of life, and allowed me to overcome the negativity I was around. It is one of the greatest forms of cathartic release. And the same way it healed me, I know it can heal others. So, I want to pass on the message.

Us, writers are messengers with a mission. We all have different messages to send for different audiences, and at the end of the day our job is to provoke thought, stimulate minds, inspire positivity, and engage creative imaginations, all through printed texts.

So, please never give up. Give yourself a break when you need to refresh yourself but do not procrastinate.

What motivates me to keep going is my confidence and belief in my work. And how much it can help others. Only YOU have the control to determine the value of your work, so believe in yourself, and also sharpen your talent closest to perfection, and that isn’t so bad when you enjoy what you do.

What we need to do as writers is never stop loving what we do. Don’t lose your joy of writing. Don’t forget why you started writing in the first place. If you can keep that flame alive, you will be just fine. You have to have a healthy relationship with your writing: give yourself space but do not neglect it, remember why you love it, and keep working at it without letting it become a chore. Don’t let the very thing you love stress you out into quitting.

Don’t surround yourself with people who discourage you from pursuing what YOU know is YOUR PURPOSE. Each of us have been assigned a mission, so only YOU know what YOU must do. This isn’t for money or fame. This is for the appreciation of the literary arts and the love of healing through the spoken and written word that has enriched the souls of many.

I hope this message reaches my fellow writers, empaths, and old souls.

I hope you have a great day!

Sincerely, a writer.

When Darkness Once Brewed Within (poem)

I was approaching closely toward the burning furnace,

I could feel the heat come near me, making me weary, but it couldn’t burn me.

A power of a higher source saved me from the fiery trial, (not guilty!)

And openned the doors and propelled me into the royal blue sky.”

I remember the days when darkness once brewed within me, I bet the heat from the furnace was hot enough to cook up the crock of nonsense I’ve been foolish enough to concoct,

Thinking I was so smart, there was a lot I needed to be taught despite the fact that I’ve always been an old soul,

I was told I was ahead of my time, but pride comes before the fall, pride can push you to make unwise decisions.

And it goes further… there was a time when we once had darkness brewing within us,

Revenge disguises itself as a noble avenge venture, a pointless event even if you achieve it, the same psycho cycle will repeat without a real remedy, insanity would viciously run rampantly as the infuriated seek to set the record straight, but if you keep embarking on that, it’ll never end. We forget karma works after dark, so you may sleep at night.

Hatred was an evil that once brewed within, Hatred once dominated the heart as a form of retaliation for being broken apart, being dealt with the wrong cards, excessive losses we soon draw the line, and decide to go out of line. And become something we are not: (evil).

We only did evil for we are a deceived people.

-Wise words

In the form of anger and hate, hatred maced your own face, in attempts to erase your enemys’ existence, but in the end you become your own menace, until you retrospect and remain penitent, you begin to increase your comprehension.

Envious hearts causes you to depart from your real identity, you undermine your own talents, and relinquish your own time to refine it, envious hearts focus more on destroying another person’s blessings. Envious hearts can grow to become murderous and/or adulterous as they seek to take from another, they “seek to steal, kill, and destroy” sound familiar?

Do you really want to become like the enemy? Allowing evil to brew within you long enough will cause you to become the very thing you despise.

Lust enslaves the encaged hedonist to engage in fruitless acts, that produce confusion, one moment of heat could result in a lifetime of regret that compounds stress like interest, a debt as insatiable as the lust that possesses the vessels who suffer the consequences of selfish acts.

This is the human experience as well as a spiritual journey. We must fortify ourselves with proper nourishment of wisdom so we may live in pure peace. The root of all problems is having a lack of wisdom.

We’re all flawed as humans, yes. But we can perfect and sharpen ourselves when we live by the Holy Spirit (by having wisdom).

The Healing Art of Prose Writing

Many people have their own interpretation about what prose writing is. It goes deeper than just a dictionary definition or a literary art form. The art of prose writing delves much deeper than the surface many have kept it on. It is cathartic healing by way of rhythmic, clever-linguistic writing, that opens the disheartened hardened hearts. And it unravels the power of your mind when you read it.

The vibrations you create with your words gives you a purpose.

Whether it be verbal, spoken boldly for the world to endorse the words from the voice unheard,

providing a breath of fresh air, because wise words have become rare,

a rarity, fine delicacy meant to be carved carefully, for those listening attentively,

or it can be left written for future generations,

it will find itself onto the right hands, the ones meant to receive the message.

Writing allows your words to live on even after you pass away. You can speak despite your voice being unheard. The same writing that ignited your zeal for life can be the same writing that inspires others, to find their purpose just like you did. It becomes a healthy generational cycle that can extent for millenia. An absolutely amazing legacy.

And if it can help me, I know it can help others. I do this not only for myself, but I do this for you. For all you empaths embarking on your lifelong path, filled with tribulations that require mental fortitude.

The path given to you was tailor-made for you to sharpen yourself, and it is known in the realms beyond that you have what it takes to surpass this. The way you view challenges determines how far you will go. Welcome them and remain solid and determined. In the end, you will realize how powerful you can truly be. The secret to this is to focus on mental and spiritual strengthening.

The body (temple) is guided by the mind (foundation of the temple); the Holy Spirit lives within our temple, and the Soul is the spiritual mind (foundation of our overall existence). We are nothing without Our Soul. The Soul is Divine Life, the breath of life.

It is unfortunate that some people choose to become empty vessels, or they accept spiritual viruses that overtake and desecrate their sacred temple. You can always be cleansed, but there’s only a finite amount of time in this physical realm. At that point, you don’t have much time left, so you want to at least make it to the finish line. (And I’m not talking about the rat race).

We’ve all heard the cliché “we were all put on this Earth for a reason.” Everyone’s purpose is unique. There are plenty of reasons why we are here. I don’t know them all, but one thing is for sure… WE WERE NOT PUT ON HERE TO NOT EVEN PUT IN THE EFFORT TO TRY. Your effort will always be counted even if it may not seem like it.

“I’ll be dammed if I don’t even at least try. You will never know how far you can go if you don’t even try to run. You’ll never know you were born to run long distances if you don’t even try.”

THE WORST TYPE OF FAILURE IS NEVER TRYING.

You have no mission (purpose) when you abort it. Do not abort the life your purpose can give you. There’s no point in living if you give up. Life isn’t worth living if you don’t even try. I’d rather try and fail, than to never try and be a failure with regrets… thinking about “what if?”

It surprises me how much the power of the mind is overlooked, when it is the foundation for all bodily processes. If it weren’t for your brain, you’re heart would have no reason to pump blood, no purpose for oxygen to ascend when the brain is dead. If it weren’t for your brain, there wouldn’t be motor skills, the body would not know what to do with itself. The mind dictates the body. The same way your mind controls your movements, you can control your destiny by thinking the right thoughts, and acting upon it. Ultimately, you are using your body to do the work that is needed to create the life you want. You don’t have to be perfect, but you have to put in the effort to achieve greatness.

Therefore, you can speak life into your life. It begins as thoughts, than you release the words onto paper, as a symbol for freedom.

May these healing words be set free from the confines of my mind,

in order to inspire inquisitive minds,

Hesitant to express the words that have been locked behind the bars of the subconscious mind, never realizing they’ve got poetic bars.

Throughout this writing journey you grow resilient as you ascertain the ability to make sense out of your own life, which is basically wisdom. And we all know wisdom is the ultimate medicine for the prevention of future problems and properly guide future generations.

Your writing is like fine wine, it only ages better with time.

© 2021 Yasira Damas

Collective Unconscience or Reincarnation?

Could we have inherited the thoughts and ideologies from our ancestors? Or are we recalling the information from our past lives?

I’d say both concepts are very interesting, and definitely worth pondering about.

Let’s begin by defining the terms.

COLLECTIVE UNCONSCIOUS

This is more of a psychological term which was coined by Carl Jung. It is believed that we have a collection of information and images that we’ve genetically inherited from our parents, grandparents, and so on all the way down to our eldest ancestors. It goes as far as explaining our phobias. We could access these things in our dreams. Some people have had dreams about living in the era of their grandparents or ancient ancestors.

There may be some things you have in common with your relatives even if you have not grown up with them. There’s a phrase a wise man once told me, “la sangre llama” (Spanish for the blood calls) it was in reference to how blood-related relatives can have common interests even if they haven’t spent their childhood together. Could it be the collective unconscious of the ancestors that brings them together? Or maybe they just happen to have some things in common? I’d say the Spanish phrase mentioned sums up the meaning of the collective unconscious. In this context, blood symbolizes lineage, and the personification of it calling denotes the connection we have with our ancestors.

Prior Generations. Genetic Inheritance. Genes connects us. Since Genesis.

They say those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat the same mistakes. Could the collective unconscious help us learn from the mistakes of our ancestors so that we are not doomed to repeat them? If we are aware of this, and use this knowledge wisely we can transform our lives for the better. We can break generational curses. It all starts with knowing who you are, where you came from, your history, and your willingness to break the toxic cycle; and create a new generation that promotes longevity, truth, and righteousness.

To read more about Carl Jung and the Collective Unconscious click here.

REINCARNATION

Reincarnation has been known for millenia. It is an ancient spiritual concept that has peeked the interests of many, and still does to this day. Here I am writing about it! Reincarnation is the constant rebirth of a soul. It is believed that we constantly return to this physical realm in order to learn more. Souls keep coming back here until they graduate and ascend into a higher life form, and those with bad karma return as lower life forms. Different religions have their own perspectives to it regarding what happens when we reach to that level (afterlife).

In my perspective, I think that we constantly return back as humans in order to gain wisdom, seek the Truth, get stronger, and be more humble. There’s been debate on whether or not the Bible supports reincarnation. I’d say this is just one of those subjects I’m still learning about, but one thing is for sure and that is that the soul is eternal and that we are more than just these physical vessels we are in. Since the soul is eternal then that means we can achieve eternal life.

Therefore, there is more to this life than what we can see. There are powerful forces and as the Bible calls “principalities in high places” that influence much of the physical realm. Wisdom gives us the eyes to see, so we can move accordingly.

The reason why I believe in reincarnation is because there is no way all this knowledge just came from me. I’ve always been an old soul. And I’ve felt like I’ve downloaded information from a past life, and I’m just starting where I left off. That’s how it feels. Years ago, I had a dream where this old man told me that I’ve lived 201 lifetimes. I can’t confirm this for sure, but it is quite interesting.

How do they relate?

Both deal with the encyclopedia of information that is stored inside of us. It is only a matter of time before the vault is ready to be opened, and we can receive it. Or you receive bits and pieces of information as you grow up. Certain events in your life may trigger this innate knowledge you have.

Both concepts tells us that the information we know isn’t just our knowledge, but rather it originates from other sources beyond us. The collective unconscious says we get it genetically from our ancestors, and reincarnation says we get it spiritually from our past lives.

How do they differ?

From my perspective, the collective unconscious deals more with the Earthly realm. It is more centered around the physical plane of existence. It is a secular term found in psychology books. It’s a secular term that is trying to articulate a concept that goes beyond what we can observe. It may only touch the surface of something that is unseen by the naked eye.

We could’ve inherited information from our ancestors, but what about the information we may have attained that took place, not only in a different era, but also in a different culture or civilization that isn’t related to our ancestry. Hmm.

Which brings me to reincarnation…

Reincarnation covers something that the collective unconscious does not: and that is… How is it that we can be familiar with certain places, times, or ancient cultures that aren’t a part of our lineage?

Could it be that the human experience is more of a spiritual connection rather than ethnic tribalism? We aren’t just connected to the thoughts of our ancestors, but also to those across the world whom we aren’t related to yet we seek the same thing: wisdom. Maybe what we have in common is our thirst to learn more of what we were learning in our previous lives. Our yearning for it comes from the fact that we are subconsciously returning back to where we left off at. Kind of like a bookmark. And we keep reincarnating back into this world until we have finished the entire book. This is one huge book. It’s gotta be more than just one book. It’s probably a library because the Truth is infinite. I often wonder could we ever learn it all? Not in this lifetime, nor in multiple lifetimes.

Imagine if your entire lifetime is nothing but one page of the proverbial book. And you’ve got hundreds of pages to go just to finish the book.

That may be too much… how about your entire lifetime is like one book, but you’ve got the entire library to read. Each book represents one lifetime. The length of that book depends on how much wisdom you’ve gathered, and if you’ve accomplished your missions. Your purpose goes beyond what you may think life is about.

Accomplishing your missions doesn’t mean getting a high paying career or getting a luxurious house. These missions aren’t predicated upon material gain but rather it is the accumulation of wisdom, insight, and helping others get closer to what matters most. Wisdom is soul-saving and can grant you some type of immunity from the stress this world may bring. Wisdom is so vital yet it is overlooked. People think money is going to solve all their problems. But in actuality it is wisdom that gives you problem solving skills, and a strategic mindset so you can foresee the outcomes and move accordingly in order to succeed. Wisdom brings you closer to peace because you’ll know how to move in this world. You’ll know about the pitfalls before they appear in your way. So, when they do, you’ll know what to do.

Could it simply be both?

Maybe both the collective unconscious and reincarnation is true? We inherit the information and phobias from our ancestors, and we’ve inherited knowledge from our past lives. We also inherited spiritual curses from our ancestors due to their iniquities (bad karma). The generation who breaks the curse tends to struggle the most, but their children recieve the blessings. Then, there’s that one who rebels and restarts the cycle back over again. Destroy. Built. Destroy.

Which makes me wonder what’s the point? And it makes me realize how pointless life can be. It is all vanity. Even the wisest king said it himself, King Solomon, “all is vanity.” Everything in this world is vanity.

Ecclesiastes 2:17-18 KJV: [17] Therefore I hated life; because the work that is wrought under the sun is grievous unto me: for all is vanity and vexation of spirit.
[18] Yea, I hated all my labour which I had taken under the sun: because I should leave it unto the man that shall be after me.

So, you do all this work only for the next generation to inherit it, and they may take good care of it. But then the generation after that, someone’s gonna be bound to ruin it. And all that work would mean nothing. That’s why materialism and wealth is vain. It can be easily taken away, or someone who inherits it will sell it off or mess it up. Then, their children suffers, which may push someone among them to rise up, then the cycle continues. Destroy. Build. DESTROY. BUILD.

This pattern appears parallel to our overall existence. Souls are constantly returning or leaving; and ascending or perishing. There’s just so much going on that we cannot see. So much we have yet to learn more about.

But I’ll tell you one thing that can be inherited and that is wisdom. Wisdom cannot be lost nor forgotten. It enriches you, and remains alive forever. An infinite treasure trove for those who seek it.

Thank you for reading!

The Benefits of Writing Poetry

Writing poetry saved my life because it gave me a purpose. A life without a purpose isn’t even worth living.

The very same words you needed to get off your chest could become a lyrical art form that transforms the way you feel, think, learn, and grow.

It provides cathartic release for mental clarity and spiritual healing. Your communication becomes clearer and people will gravitate toward your words. You gain wisdom by making sense out of your life. Writing poetry and prose forces you to reflect on the reality of your life, and can make you a better individual.

1. CATHARTIC RELEASE

The way you felt when you started writing isn’t the same when you finish. Usually, you’re inspired by something that happened, conflicting thoughts, memories, etc. You may feel sad, upset, or zealous in the beginning. When you finish you feel more serene and at peace.

Cathartic release is one of the biggest reasons why I enjoy writing poetry. It is very therapeutic. There’s a sense of heavy weights being lifted off your shoulders when you release all of that tension. The first draft doesn’t have to be perfect. But you’ll notice that the more often you write, you’ll develop the art of rhythm in your words. Soon enough, it becomes sort of like a prose, or perhaps POETRY. That same poetry you wrote that healed you can heal many others.

This can help you acknowledge and deeply understand your pain and use that to fuel your passion. Making sense out of your life events can help you gain insight. We’ll be discussing that on #3.

2. IMPROVES YOUR COMMUNICATION

Various elements go into forming the perfect flow for a poetic masterpiece: metaphors, punchlines, rhyme schemes, parables, prose, wordplay, imagery, etc. You can add any literary element into what you write that can make your writing sound compelling.

The more you get into the habit of writing poetry, the more you’ll notice these elements, and it will improve your communication. The more you sharpen this art, the better you’ll become in articulating your thoughts and conveying them the best way possible. This writing skill will bleed into your verbal communication skills. When you write you teach your mind to organize thoughts and express them accurately, so when you speak your mind will operate similarly.

3. GAIN INSIGHT

You’ll be able to make sense out of your experiences. This alone can help you become a better problem solver. It also increases self-awareness.

When you start writing your first line, you begin with a certain phrase. Then, next thing you know you’ll go on and on, and the poem comes together, knitted beautifully.

The line you started with is the fuel that kept you going into forming the rest of the body. Suddenly, your mind will guide you throughout the process, and you may end up answering your own questions and concerns. By the time you finish, you’ll notice the insight you’ve birthed through this writing. It is an absolutely wonderful thing to experience. To see how your own writing has healed you, and if it has done so for you, it can heal others as well. And that is the beauty of poetry. It connects people to each other, people you may not know, people from across the world can read and resonate with your words. Words carry vibration. And poetry gives you that power to create positivity and cathartic releases. Truth spoken in these words sets us free.

4. SELF-REFLECTION FOR SELF-IMPROVEMENT

In order for you to even have content to write, you will have to self-reflect. Especially with poetry. The most compelling poems hit home and is revelatory. You are forced to dig deep within yourself and transfer those words from your mind into paper. You will learn a lot about yourself, and you’ll focus on sharpening your skills. You go from self-reflecting to self-improving, and this becomes a healthy cycle of mental growth and healing.

When you write, you create vibes through your words that spread worldwide. You have the power to change your aura, and increase the energy of others.

There are many energy leeches out here in this world that seek to deplete people’s lives, causing many to succumb to toxicity.

Choosing to remain positive, righteous, and elevate to higher consciousness is an honorable way to live. Allow us to spread the light amongst the vast darkness. That is the power of writing poetry. It can uplift and inspire someone to find their voice, and explore a gift they never knew they had, giving them a purpose… as I said before, “a life without a purpose isn’t worth living”, your writing can literally save lives, by helping guide others to find their purpose. Words are healing vibrations.

The Most High used words to bring forth creation. The Psalms of David is poetic and healing for those who may be experiencing hardships in life and spiritual warfare. Not to mention it contains great insight as well. This is why prayer and meditation of wisdom is vital.

The beauty of poetic words and flow. The art of lyricism breeds creation and wisdom.

The power of the mind. Arm your mind with the right vibes.

You have the power to create a peaceful life amongst this chaotic world.

Stop Overthinking! Use Your Energy Wisely

Instead of overthinking… instead of allowing negativity to monopolize your mind, put all that energy into developing laser sharp focus and concentration.

We all have it within us to change the way we think, in order to revolutionize the way we move. We have this power. Recognize the power of the mind. It all starts there.

Shift your thinking into what will bring forth more fruit.

Overthinking is something many of us face. And living in this social media age doesn’t make it any better!

If you find yourself in a state of overthinking, where you are drowned by doubt, recognize that you are putting your precious energy into the wrong things. You have faucets going on and on, overflowing the whole house, flooding your mind with overactivity that leads to nowhere. And if you don’t shut it off soon, you will be drowning in your own negativity. You do not want to become your own worst enemy.

Overflowing melted ice cream. Too much of something can be counterproductive.

Water is essential to life. But drowning in it can kill you. What I mean by this is that we need balance. Deep thinking is like water, it’s essential to solving problems, gaining insight, exploring our creativity, and thinking outside the box. But when we begin to overthink things, we are constantly bombarded by various information (usually useless) which causes us to make assumptions (usually tends to be inaccurate or misunderstood). Then, we dwell on these things, not realizing that some of the things we’re stressing over may not even be real, and it does not even matter.

What people think about you is irrelevant. You are wasting your time and energy focusing on the wrong things. Shut off the faucets that keep feeding into negativity and unproductivity.

It’s good to think. Keep on thinking. Think deeply even! Just make sure you put your thinking into positivity, innovation, creativity, etc.

Now, there may be times we can’t be positive ALL the time… this is normal. Be positive but also do NOT neglect your state of being. So, if you feel down, acknowledge it. Accept the pain you may be feeling. Do not ignore it. Recognize that it’s there, but don’t let it drain you.

As long as you don’t let it stagnate you, you will be fine. Accept the challenges and keep going. Everything won’t be positive all the time, but it is a matter of owning your mind, and it is about how you react to the negativity that may be thrown your way.

You cannot avoid negativity 100%. It’s going to come eventually, and you just have to be mentally prepared to use that energy to propel yourself higher, instead of allowing it to defeat you.

Overthinking can cause you to question your own self-worth and abilities. Stop it! This is the kind of negative thinking you do NOT want to entertain. It’s one thing to acknowledge your pain, but it’s another thing to let it drag you down into that abyss of worthlessness.

Only you can determine your own value, but this is also based on your action. How can other people see you’re valuable if you don’t even believe you’re own value? It all starts with you. And it all starts with your mind. The way you think about yourself and your life determines the outcome you will get.

The toughest competitor you’ll ever face is yourself. Once you’re able to knock your mind back into shape and use that energy to increase mental willpower, you will be unstoppable. You will be victorious. You just have to believe in yourself. Do not seek validation from others. They don’t see the vision you see for yourself. And even if they do they will not tell you because they may be envious of the potential you have. This is why you must keep your goals to yourself, and keep on pushing. All you ever need to succeed is to believe in yourself and in your God-given talents.

Stay strong.

Invest in yourself.

Elevate your mind.

The Dark Cloud from Social Media

When you spend countless hours on social media, it can have some negative affects on you. Thus, creating this dark cloud that hovers above you everywhere you go. You may feel like you’re losing yourself, and your connection to higher vibrations. Our energy can get depleted when we consume too much of something that is impossible to reciprocate.

Before I get into details… here’s a quick disclaimer.

Disclaimer: Social media has become a great way for us to communicate, attain knowledge, and build our businesses/brands. It’s not all bad. I’m not bashing social media. It has its uses, but it is important to note the negative affects it’s had on some, especially the youth (notably Generation Z).

There’s something about having this phenomenal access to communication that can be exciting but also somewhat overwhelming.

Previously, I’ve written a blog about this type of subject titled “5 Ways Social Media Destroyed Our Minds.” I suggest reading that if you haven’t already click here to check it out!

HERE WE GO

So, what’s up with that dark cloud that tends to hover above many people’s heads today? Why do some of us feel detached, empty, anxious, or depressed?

We live in a world where social media has become the supplier for dopamine surges, for those looking to satisfy the urge, they have to purge out any sense of worthlessness. Constant validation is heavily sought after. There’s this need to be seen, and to be liked, loved, and admired. This can be lethal for those who already have an empty heart and a young impressionable mind that has yet to fully develop. Some people depend on the likes to feel valued, whether they know it or not. They observe the likes, and watch it grow, hoping to get just enough if not MORE.

The problem here is that these types of people are putting all their energy into something that will not give them anything back in return. And that’s where the depression tends to kick in. Because if you’re so invested into this, then that robs you of precious time and energy that could’ve been put toward self-improvement.

You’ll always feel more confident when you dedicate time to self-improvement. Being a social media addict can rob you of that time needed, and it consumes so much of you that you end up feeling drained. And so the dark cloud begins to hover about, following you everywhere you go. Let’s say you’ve been on social media for HOURS, everyday same routine, eventually it will weigh on you. You’ll realize that you’ll never get back that time. Your mind may feel blank and within yourself empty. And you don’t know why. Since social media cannot reciprocate you will feel this way.

What do I mean by “social media can’t reciprocate?”

Social media is a tool meant to be used for certain purposes, but it cannot give you a better life. Social media isn’t going to do the work for you. There’s a lot of work needed to be done in order to attain the life you want. You have to work on yourself, and be focused OFFLINE on your goals. Also, You don’t have to tell the world all your hopes and dreams. (As a matter of fact, read this “Reasons why I Don’t Disclose My Goals“). It’s OK to be low-key. It’s OK to live a private life. Plenty of successful people prefer to be low-key!

If you’re spending more time scrolling through social media than self-improving, then that right there is feeding that dark cloud that keeps you down. Don’t let the negativity get you down. There is a way to shrink that dark cloud into oblivion.

Take steps into bettering yourself. Become a better version of yourself everyday. Take small steps. It doesn’t matter how small the steps are, just as long as you are still moving, and don’t stop.

We No Longer Resonate with the Earth

Some of us have forgotten what it feels like to walk on the Earth. Not just walking outside, but really actually walking ON THE SOIL of the EARTH. They say one can resonate with the Earth when they walk upon it barefoot. The vibration of the Earth connects to us at every step. We feel more laidback and “grounded”, or “down-to-Earth.”

If you’d like to read more about the benefits of walking barefoot read this article titled “Is barefoot walking good for me?” by clicking here.

But the ground is dirty why would anyone walk barefoot like that?

The only reason why the ground is dirty is because of contamination, which is man-made. We supposedly live in a civilization yet the basic principles of cleanliness are often ignored. Everywhere I go people litter. I’ve seen garbage bags left on the side of the roads of a so-called Western civilized society. I can only imagine how it is in other parts of the world.

The ground has become so dirty we don’t even want to walk on it barefoot because many humans keep contaminating it. We live amongst many people who don’t care about taking care of the Earth. Then, those same people will get mad the day the Earth stops taking care of them.

Imagine if all the fish died this way. There would be no clean fish for us to eat. Fish provide us with the best source of lean protein and Omega-3 fatty acids.
Plastic is one of the worst things mankind has invented. It is NOT biodegradable, so the Earth cannot get rid of it. It cannot be decomposed. The scavenger creatures cannot even eat it. They’ll literally die trying.

The truth is… the ground is not suppose to be that way. It shouldn’t be so dirty to the point where we don’t even want to walk on it barefoot. The Earth has a natural way of cleaning itself. Every animal, even down to the tiniest bug plays a significant role in the ecosystem. They clean the Earth in plenty of ways. Each living organism plays an important role. Certain animals are known as scavengers that clean up the Earth. These type of animals are unclean for us to eat. What sense does it make to eat animals who eat worms, carcasses, and even feces? That’s why we’re not suppose to eat unclean animals. Some people may not believe the Bible, but it is very on point regarding what meats are clean and unclean unto us. If you’d like to check it out click here.

Photo credit to Pinterest and Google Images

How is it that we’ve forgotten things that should come natural to us? Have we forgotten what it means to be human?

At one point in history, we’ve also played an important role, we knew how to live off the land, how to respect the land, keeping our living spaces clean without the use of trash bags. At one point, we weren’t so wasteful, we knew how to make good use of one mighty Buffalo (or Ox and Bison) and never let anything go to waste. We were efficient like that. We had large families and having many children wasn’t expensive because we lived off the land with plenty of resources for them without the need for money or paper chasing. We grew or own food and animals, we knew how to hunt and fish… this is the true definition of “working so you can eat” (it wasn’t referring to a soul-sucking 9 to 5 job). Living off the land is how “the Lord gives us our daily bread,” we are blessed by the Creator by what grows on the Earth we live on. We appreciated the abundance of the Earth, yet we were not wasteful because we had respect for it.

Nowadays, many people may call it a “rudimentary” or “boring” lifestyle. Most people (especially in the West) would ask “Why do I have to do all that when I can just live a comfortable lifestyle? Why do I have to hunt or raise livestock and crops for food when I could just buy it at the store?”

Well, because those food sources aren’t so trustworthy considering the chemicals in them, the GMO foods, the current food insecurity (most people cannot afford a nutritious diet for their family), and the possibility of a famine.

When you are self-sufficient nothing can stop your growth, and nothing can threaten your livelihood. You never want to leave your livelihood in the hands of other people, for the sake of a pathetic paycheck. It’s not good to get too comfortable. (I don’t see how anyone could be comfortable in the rat race, where you can lose your job at any minute). Everything about this life is unpredictable; therefore, we can never get too comfortable with depending on outside help for resources (that includes a comfortable job, a nice house that the bank still owns, materialistic vain things that mean nothing, etc).

What if one day you lost it all? And those who handed you the paycheck also lose everything? Then what?

That’s why self-sufficiency is key, yet the art of it has been forgotten because that and minimalism is viewed as “rudimentary.” But I’d argue that NOT knowing basic survival skills (like hunting, fishing, building shelter, cooking, starting a fire, growing food, digging a well, and knowing how to purify water) is below rudimentary. At least know the basics of what is deemed “rudimentary” by society. If it’s so basic how come most people don’t know how to do any of it? It is actually pretty scary to realize that most people don’t know how to do any of the survival skills I just mentioned.

And advanced digital technology has taken us further away from our innate abilities to navigate without a GPS or map. You could never get lost when you know the sun and wind patterns. The sky is your clock and your compass as the sun always sets in the West. Usually, the moss on one side of the trees would let you know where north is. Now, having a map or GPS may be nice, but what if you end up stuck without one then what?

Just like how urbanites recognize streets and it’s corners, there are people who know how to navigate by keeping mental tabs of natural landmarks. But to outsiders all trees and boulders look the same, not to a person who’s lived in the country most of their life. Similarly, a person from a rural area would easily get lost in a crowded city. The excessive commotion and constricted space can be bothersome, especially from those who enjoy the serenity of the spacious outdoors and its fresh air. But some people love that about the city… they often say, “there’s a lot to do!” And “there’s always something going on.”

If you ask me I’d rather know how to navigate around the country than in a busy city street. I’m not a fan of noise and pollution. I can’t walk barefoot on surfaces that the Earth cannot clean.

People who have spent their entire lives living in densely populated areas, or in monotonous suburbs designed with societal conformity in mind, on top of living a sedentary life, have a hard time or are oblivious to the human experience.

Can you imagine being a grown adult and coming to the realization that you’ve never truly had a complete human experience? Even though you are one!

The human experience has been forgotten by most, and we wonder why we’re so depressed and our lives seem so meaningless. That’s because we are trapped in what is known as the “rat race.” We’re not in our natural setting. We are in a board game, trapped in a game that simulates “real life” but what is life? Is life meant to be lived sedentary? How can it be when our bodies were made to move!

We’re trapped in a game without knowing how to hunt game for our survival sake. We are staring at screens all day, we don’t know how to take a break from it and just meditate in a tranquil space, even for just a minute. We don’t realize how much peace we can attain if we returned to living the natural way, the way that we were meant to live, with freedom and morality.

“I Feel Like A Failure…”

This is the mantra some of us have told ourselves. Of course, it’s never good to speak negativity into existence. There is power in the words we say, (and repeat). But it can be relieving to release the tension we have within ourselves. It is absolutely healthy to express our thoughts and get it off our chest once and for all. So, if this phrase ever popped into your head, acknowledge that thought, and think about where it came from, discern whether or not it is true.

1. It Could be Healthy Stress to Propel You to Excel

Often times, we can be harsh on ourselves because we want to push ourselves further. This could give us that “positive stress” to keep us on top of things. It is said that most successful people sit on top of A LOT of failures. You are bound to fail when you take risks, so the more you try to closer you get to the result you wanted. Of course, this only works if you apply different strategies. You don’t want to do the same thing over and over expecting a different result. (The would be the definition of insanity).

2. Feeling Stuck with Regrets? The what ifs

Or maybe we think we could’ve done better. And so we look back at the track record of our life like “I wish I would’ve done this differently,” or “why didn’t I think of this sooner?” Either way, it’s pointless to delve into “what could’ve been.” You’re basically dwelling on what something you cannot change, and this can make you feel less than. It’s not helpful to put your energy into things you have no control over. You’ll become frustrated by something that is impossible to change. You cannot change the past, but the present is yours. It’s better to put your energy towards what you can do now in order to have a better future. The best we can do is learn from our mistakes and move on.

3. It Could Just be Negative Thoughts Creeping up on You!

Sometimes the thought of possibly being a failure can be toxic. If you find yourself constantly repeating this mantra in your mind, you are giving it too much power. You don’t want to feed that beast. Most people sure do undermine the mind. They don’t believe in the power of thoughts and vibrations of words or sounds. But it has been scientifically proven that our words and certain sounds play a huge role in our growth. There’s many articles about it, to read one of them click here. Since words can influence our growth, then the same concept applies to our thoughts. Our thoughts give birth to the words we are about to speak. So it makes sense that our thoughts are as important as the words and sounds we spew or hear.

We wield the power to either prosper or be stagnant. We hold that power, and we don’t even realize it. When we undermine our mind, we undermine our own potential. Certainly, it also depends heavily on our environment. Growing up in a toxic environment can negatively impact our growth. This is true.

And this can be one of the toughest challenges we may have to face. If you’d been dealt the worse cards to play this game with… well then, failure can be inevitable. However, once you become aware of how you ended up in that predicament. Once you’ve made sense out of it all, (as disappointing or disheartening it can be) we can begin to learn, and take the measures we can to slowly evolve from it. Yes, it may be your parent’s fault, but their parents probably failed too. Your family and community may have let you down, but once we are aware of this harsh reality we can focus on shifting our mindset.

We can go FROM dwelling in the past that which we cannot change TO seeking life saving wisdom to help ourselves and others take steps into the right direction. As long as you’ve begun this journey you are not a failure. You’re only a failure if you don’t take accountability or make changes that are conducive to growth.

I know it can be hard to keep a positive attitude. I’ve been there myself. Many people have gone through it, and some are still going through it. This is just a part of the trials of life. It is a life-long battle of mental fortitude.

I was once considered a very negative person. I once said, “How can I be positive when I don’t see anything positive around me?” Our environment definitely has an influence on how we see the world. You can say that the best way to help this is by simply changing our environment, and moving elsewhere. Although, this does help tremendously, I’d have to suggest something more. It begins with the mind. Your mind must align with the prosperity you seek so that when you do reach it, you will accept it with open arms and be grateful for it. We can move but still have the wrong mindset which would still hinder our potential.

But if we focus on shifting our mindset, we can awaken a light within us even through the midst of hopelessness. We sharpen our productivity. The process will be gradual, but eventually we become able to eject ourselves out of that toxicity, and finally be able to flow easily. Once we are able to leave that toxic environment with the right mindset, the path is a lot smoother.

Now back to the question…

How can I be positive when I don’t see anything positive around me?

This has got to be one of the hardest things to crack. Our entire life centers around the ability to maintain sanity and morality throughout the midst of darkness that seems to dominate the world. We are born into an imperfect world trying to be perfect. You don’t have to be perfect, chances are we already failed at that anyways, but what we do have to do is remain aware and live righteously. Now of course, a person can choose whatever path they wish to embark on. Cool. Go on ahead. It’s your life, your story. But every action does come with a consequence. The consequence may not be immediate, but it surely will happen. Living right doesn’t mean be perfect, (again we already failed at that) it means striving to do what’s right, living for a better tomorrow, and being conscientious about the next generation. You want the next generation to be better than you. You can only achieve that by being a positive role model for them to observe and learn from. Leading by example is the best way to do it. Telling the youth “to do as I say not as I do” is compete bullshit. It is essential to lead by example. But you can only do that when you shift your mindset, leave the toxicity for good, live righteously, and attain wisdom. That way the next generation can inherit wisdom, and be guided into the right direction.

And that way the thought of them possibly becoming a failure would never cross their mind. Because the odds would not be against them. They must be positioned in the rightful place where they can thrive. We hold the keys to the success of the next generation.

If you think of yourself as a failure… there’s one thing that can be done and it is to ensure that the next generation doesn’t repeat that same mistakes, nor repeat the same self-defeating mantras that would lead them into becoming a failure.

For as long as you uphold wisdom, you are not a failure.

B R O K E N: Upcoming Book

It may be difficult to relive the past, but we must come to terms with it, to seek peace so that the pain no longer lingers into your future. You cannot change the past, but you can definitely take this present time as a present, to make changes necessary for a brighter future.

There are plenty of people who would appreciate the healing doses of (not only poetry and prose) but also of story writing. Currently, I am working on a book I had started back in 2013. Haha. Yeah I know long time ago!! I think that’s got to be the longest writer’s block ever! This story was inspired by a dream I had back in 2013, and I was compelled to record this dream. What was once a two-page journal entry in my notebook evolved into 80 pages!! Then, writer’s block came and stayed for years.

Now I’m back at it May 2021, and I am determined to finish this inspiring story, it will be titled “BROKEN.” I’ve went from 80 to 185 pages within these couple of months.

So what’s this story about?

It is a realistic/spiritual fiction that takes place in the late ’90s. It is about a woman who overcomes past traumas from her childhood and her relationship with an abusive narcissist.

She was desensitized due to having witnessed her mother go through it.
But then someone came into her life who made her realize the severity of physical and mental abuse in her relationship.

Luckily, she was able to leave that situation, but then finds herself broken as the aftermath of it all. There’s also this constant fear she has of being found by her abuser.
She seeks healing and wisdom to put the pieces back together.

As she goes through her awakening process, She gets these flashbacks from the past, that do trigger her, but soon enough she begins to understand the pattern that must be broken. She braces herself, and is determined to break that generational curse.

Her vivid dreams also inform her. Dreams range from nightmares & spiritual attacks -> to her learning more about the psychologically deadly pattern she found herself in. She’s determined to make something out of the shattered pieces.

She’s in her early 20s, still alot of time ahead of her to make those important changes in her life for the better.
She does NOT let go of her kind heart. She doesn’t allow the pain to make her become whom she hates.

Nothing wrong with having a good heart, just don’t give it to the wrong hands.

Overall, this story may be intense, but it does have a positive ending.

Anything is possible once you put your mind into it, thus the power of the mind.

10 Y E A R S A g o… (Poem)

If you were to t a k e a look through m y e y e s, 10 years ago,
You’d notice a lack of glow,
As the negativity seeds have been sown,
Forlorn and torn,
From a young age, couldn’t contain much rage,


Nihilistic perspective, didn’t care about the future, because it’s bleak anyway,
Energy leeches almost everywhere, trying to dig deep into your being, til you’re depleted.

I was…
Goofy to hide the fact that I was depressed and aloof,
Used 4 locos and gin as an electrolyte, running on liquor,
In addition to, Unruliness
my antics were foolish,
Can’t believe I moved like this.

I was…
Seeking escapism, anything but be stuck in this prism,
reality is no different from a prison.
10 years ago I stopped giving damn anymore,
A fearless spirit was born,
You become stoic when you know it,
I couldn’t force a smile, a scowl was more like it,
Insomniac night owl,
Spending hours writing until my mind silences, but it kept howling,

It’s hard to sleep when thoughts race.
Fast and furious in my head, non-stop action,

Sleep distraction, but it captivated,
Me to keep releasing the words,
Of healing,

Convincing myself that there is a purpose for living,

Near-death experiences made me thankful I can still breathe,

But it also showed me there’s infinite bliss on the other side of life.

“Why do I attract the wrong people in my life?”

This is a question many of us have asked ourselves at one point, when we start to notice a pattern of toxic people coming in and out of our lives. We get fed up, but it’s essential to ask the right questions, so we gain wisdom, and not repeat the same mistakes again.

We cannot control what others do, but we can control what we do. The goal is to put ourselves in the best possible position where we will thrive. Whatever happens over there is gonna happen regardless; this temple of yours, you have to guard it by making the right moves. We cannot remove the pitfalls, but we can surely navigate around them.

We can’t be mad at a wolf for being a wolf, it is it’s nature. We need to recognize the wolf for what it is and move accordingly.

The things we do, say, and think leave an imprint on what outcomes we receive and who we attract into our lives. Be very wary of the types of signals you send out into the world, you only get what you put in.

In some cases, we may not attract what we are; we could be attracting the opposite of ourselves. For instance, a pure-hearted or passive person can attract a narcissist because the narcissist can sense those who are kind-hearted or lost and capitalize on their compassion or vulnerability.

Perhaps, the victim might be at their lowest point and may have low self-esteem, and the narcissist knows what words to say in order to “butter you up”, to get you to trust them. In actuality, the entire first impression was fake the entire time. Everything they did to make you favor them was fake. They didn’t mean any of it. But when we are vulnerable, we tend to cling onto people who can make us feel good about ourselves; those people could be the wrong ones. Their intentions were not what you thought they were.

We tend to seek validation from the very ones mentally abusing us. And it becomes a vicious cycle.

We can always break those cycles, as we become more aware of these behavior patterns.