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3aspctsAristotle, the great thinker of ancient times, was a worrisome man. And chiefly he devoted his attentions to discovering and uncovering ideas that would benefit lives of the people as a whole.

He worried and fretted about the three lives of the “good society”:

  • The first life is the life of productivity and knowledge gathering
  • The second, the life of entertainment
  • The third, the life of reflection and contemplation.

He believed and thought that to be happy we must nurture these three aspects of the self.

Work Hard – The Life of Productivity & Knowledge Gathering
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Is Balance Really Bullshit?

Ian Marshall —  November 2, 2009 — 9 Comments

blncIs the idea of striving for balance a bunch of bull?

In the book Success Built To Last: Creating A Life That Matters the authors asked Keith “Never-Eat-Alone” Ferrazzi what he thought about life balance and he pulled no punches when he answered, “Balance is bullshit!”

Huh? Haven’t the mystics all throughout time said things like, “Happiness is found in a life filled with balance.”

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Your Hero's Journey

Ian Marshall —  October 30, 2009 — 10 Comments

Embracing Our Own Hero’s Journey

JA“A hero ventures forth from the world of common day into a region of supernatural wonder: fabulous forces are there encountered and a decisive victory is won: the hero comes back from this mysterious adventure with the power to bestow boons on his fellow man.” ~ Joseph Campbell

Joseph Campbell’s book The Power of Myth shifted major paradigms for me several years back. One of the major concepts that Campbell helped to bring to our awareness was the concept of the Hero’s Journey.

The Hero’s Journey, also called the monomyth, is an archetypal pattern found within stories from countless cultures from all over the globe. It’s a process that we all go through when we find ourselves in the midst of major transformation.

Campbell identified seventeen stages of the hero’s journey. That’s not to say that we go through each and every one of them. But there may be major segments from the path that we find ourselves in as we undergo severe life upheavals and metamorphosis.

The Seventeen Stages of the Hero’s Journey (Monomyth)

  1. The Call to Adventure
  2. Refusal of the Call
  3. Supernatural Aid
  4. The Crossing of the First Threshold
  5. Belly of The Whale
  6. The Road of Trials
  7. The Meeting With the Goddess
  8. Woman as Temptress
  9. Atonement with the Father
  10. Apotheosis
  11. The Ultimate Boon
  12. Refusal of the Return
  13. The Magic Flight
  14. Rescue from Without
  15. The Crossing of the Return Threshold
  16. Master of Two Worlds
  17. Freedom to Live

Your Journey

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A Global Awakening Is Happening

aAwakening is word getting thrown around more and more nowadays but does any of us really know what this means?

What does awakening mean on a personal level? How about on a global level? How does awakening apply to business? What about family, schools, the arts…

Is every aspect of our lives being affected in some way? And what is happening really?

Maybe we can get some insight from the root meaning of the word Awaken: “to spring into being,” also,”to wake up;” “to rouse from sleep” or “to stir up, rouse to activity”. Source: http://www.etymonline.com

But what are we awakening to?

I posed the question on facebook, “What does the global awakening mean for you?” and here’s some of the responses:

“Global awakening means to me the evolution of consciousness to who and what we are as a being and a species along with the withheld information about humanities origins and our divine connection with God and the Universe.”
~ Shannon Ramon Jeffries

“Reaching the core, of our light body. Realization that humanity is one working mechanism. Activation of our dormant DNA strands that completes as part of our evolution. It means far much more.” ~ Priscilla Thompson

“We are not alone…” ~ Lama Pittman

“Interconnectedness, a conscious responsibility for our own evolution and leading by example.” ~ Maria Munoz

“Through earth and cosmic changes, evolving to a higher level of existence; becoming a more spiritual, loving, effective and responsible being.” ~ Heidi Herman

“When the harmonic resonance of collective consciousness and unconsciousness amplify ‘good’ ideals actions and dreams. When utopia over topples this current distopia of reality…” Lozza Natili

“It is the ripple effect. One person becomes enlightened, then his surroundings, then his community, his city, his country, his world, the universe at large. Everyone is Consciously living… and the realization that all is One.. is understood Consciously.. by all.” ~ Kalani George

As we can see the concept of a global awakening means different things to different people. Though if we look closely we can see some ideas that we may even call universal in relation to what this awakening means to me, you and the average joe next door:

Global Awakening Concepts

  • Remembering Our Connection To Source
  • Remembering Our Connection To Each Other
  • Realizing That We Are A Global Community
  • Taking Responsibility For Ourselves & Our Actions
  • Leading By Example
  • Being Conscious or Aware In Our Everyday Lives
  • Realizing That Heaven Is Here On Earth

A lot of people toss around the concept of universal love emerging within the hearts of all. That this love will enable the world to make the fundamental shift necessary to move into the next stage of human evolution. I think this is too much of a leap for the world to take right now.

You can’t fake a feeling. You can’t just walk up to someone and expect them to be down with the “All we need is love program.”

Later on. Further down the path yes. The individual will come to conclusion naturally. But at first they’ll just shut down, turn off, and tune out.

It seems that the most influential concept that may be necessary and easily accepted by everyone is the idea of our inherent connectedness.

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Insights into The Ancient Egyptian Wisdom

The Boat of Millions of Years by Naomi Ozaniec

awThe Sacred Science of Ancient Egypt has much to offer us as we search to make a new paradigm a reality. Although the complex Egyptian pantheon can appear confusing, the application of a few simple keys will reveal a practical and profound understanding of nature and the cosmos.

Key 1 Divine Templates – The Neteru

The divine figures so often called, ‘gods’ and ‘goddesses’ are more properly called, neter and in the plural neteru which translates more properly as, ‘cosmic power.’ Often depicted traveling through the sky in the Boat of Millions of Years, the Neteru belong to eternal time.

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Being Social Can Add Years To Your Life

scLynn Mctaggart, of the Intention Experiment fame, was coming home from the L.A. premier of the Living Matrix movie, which is a great flick, when she stumbled upon an article in Scientific American that answered a question that had burn burning up her consciousness.

The question she asked herself, “What is the X-factor of the group.”

This question came after doing a group healing on a gentleman with prostate cancer.

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Ancient Wisdom From The Land Down Under

by Ian Paul Marshall

ancient wisdom for modern awakeningWhen most people think of Australia images of koala bears, crocodile hunters and didgeridoos come to mind. But the land down under is also rich with a spiritual heritage that dates back thousands of years.

To find Australia’s hidden spiritual treasure one must turn their sights away from the countries modern cities and surftowns and journey into the outback in search of an ancient race of people whose stories trace back to the beginning of time itself.

A people that live close to the earth, respecting her sacredness, beauty and wisdom. They view themselves as mere custodians of the planet, nothing is truly theirs, and they do their best to work in harmony with nature and the seasons taking only what they need. A concept that is embodied in the statement “Tread Lightly”

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Don't We All?

Ian Marshall —  September 29, 2009 — Leave a comment

Don’t We All?

dontweallWe can all learn from this . . . .

I was parked in front of the mall wiping off my car. I had just come from the car wash and was waiting for my wife to get out of work.

Coming my way from across the parking lot was what society would consider a bum.

From the looks of him, he had no car, no home, no clean clothes and no money. There are times when you feel generous but there are other times that you just don’t want to be bothered. This was one of those “don’t want to be bothered times.”

“I hope he doesn’t ask me for any money,” I thought. He didn’t.

He came and sat on the curb in front of the bus stop but he didn’t look like he could have enough money to even ride the bus.

After a few minutes he spoke. “That’s a very pretty car,” he said. He was ragged but he had an air of dignity around him. His scraggly blond beard keep more than his face warm.

I said, “thanks,” and continued wiping off my car.

He sat there quietly as I worked. The expected plea for money never came. As the silence between us widened something inside said, “ask him if he needs any help.” I was sure that he would say “yes” but I held true to the inner voice.

“Do you need any help?” I asked.

He answered in three simple but profound words that I shall never forget. We often look for wisdom in great men and women. We expect it from those of higher learning and accomplishments.

I expected nothing but an outstretched grimy hand. He spoke the three words that shook me.

“Don’t we all?” he said.

I was feeling high and mighty, successful and important, above a bum in the street, until those three words hit me like a twelve gauge shotgun. Don’t we all?

I needed help. Maybe not for bus fare or a place to sleep, but I needed help. I reached in my wallet and gave him not only enough for bus fare, but enough to get a warm meal and shelter for the day. Those three little words still ring true.

No matter how much you have, no matter how much you have accomplished, you need help too.

No matter how little you have, no matter how loaded you are with problems, even without money or a place to sleep, you can give help.

Even if it’s just a compliment, you can give that. You never know when you may see someone that appears to have it all. They are waiting on you to give them what they don’t have. A different perspective on life, a glimpse at something beautiful, a respite from daily chaos, that only you through a torn world can see.

Maybe the man was just a homeless stranger wandering the streets. Maybe he was more than that.

Maybe he was sent by a power that is great and wise, to minister to a soul too comfortable in themselves.

Maybe God looked down, called an Angl, dressed him like a bum, then said, “go minister to that man cleaning the car, that man needs help.”

Don’t we all?

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Good Luck What Is It Really?

Ian Marshall —  September 20, 2009 — 1 Comment

Good Luck

flc“I’m a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it.”

~ Thomas Jefferson

So what does it mean to be lucky? Or what has happened when we run into a string of good luck?

I think the quote above by Thomas Jefferson can give us a couple clues on the subject of good luck and how we can draw more of it into our lives.

First of all is believing in luck or believing that you are actually a lucky person is the start of the process. Another way of saying this in Law of Attraction terms is to believe that the universe will and does conspire in your favor. That whatever it is you hold within your mind with a feeling of completion shall eventually be yours.

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Mercury Retrograde

Ian Marshall —  September 11, 2009 — Leave a comment

Mercury Retrograde

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This is to make you aware of the 3rd Mercury Retrograde of the 4 we will be experiencing this year.  This one goes from September 7th-29th.  It will go through the signs of Libra and Virgo.  Mercury Retrogrades represent the planet of communication (Mercury) going through what is termed a “backward” motion.  The planet never does go backward but seems to be when its rotation seems to “slow down” relative to that of earth.  When that happens, it is said that what the planet represents, in this case (communication), is affected adversely, thereby causing delays, frustration or challenges.  In some cases it can represent opportunities.

Mercury will be in the sign of Libra and this can represent challenges or delays in the areas of relations with others, signing contracts, legal matters overall, clarity in understanding situations, and even our own self worth.  Think before you speak, act, or sign is a good motto.  You may have the opportunity to resolve issues that have been lingering or the opportunity to reconnect with someone in that time as well.  You may in fact even find out information that you wished you never did.

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