AWAKE - The Book that will Change Your Life

Take control of your destiny

     You may be here because of the mountains of questions you don't seem to find answers for; maybe you have succeeded and you don't know what is next, or perhaps because of the seemingly never-ending roads of hardships you may be experiencing. Perhaps you are here because of things you apparently have lost control of, things that seem to control you, or the circumstantial events we sometimes call "bad luck" which you just don't seem to succeed in eradicating. But if you have felt lost in the vast oceans of confusion of deceptive dogmas, dead-end doctrines or un-evolving religions, I assure you that you are not the first, nor the last...

     With this introduction we want to address as many of your preliminary questions as possible because we understand and have foreseen them. First, this is not a course that will use difficult words and phrases that you would not understand. We are going to break down many quantum physics related knowledge, wisdoms of the times, universal laws and many self-improving techniques in a way that ANYONE can understand them, using everyday language.

Applied knowledge is power

     That is why AWAKE© stands apart from anything you have ever seen or read. How many times have you read a book and then found yourself rendering useless the information you had deemed as worthy, because you did not achieve that level of understanding you wanted, which in turn translated into non-applied knowledge? We know that it can be overwhelming. You have heard that knowledge is power, and this is perhaps your first lesson in changing your thought process: Knowledge is NOT power, unless knowledge is APPLIED. Thus, APPLIED knowledge is power...

     ...the power to quit bad habits, to heal yourself, to attract happiness, to become successful, to become a better being, to get more of that which seems to elude you, to better understand your own self, to be a better parent, son/daughter/friend, etc.

     If you don't have the job you want, if you don't have a job at all, if you want to be successful at whatever you are doing, or even if you want to take your success to a new level, AWAKE© will help you awaken to higher levels of consciousness to attract the things you want and desire: it will help you EVOLVE.

Evolve with AWAKE

     The AWAKE© course is dedicated to ANYONE who wants to better their existence, regardless of whether you are successful or not. If you haven't succeeded in your endeavors, AWAKE© will provide a map to finding your course again. If you have succeeded and you want more, AWAKE© will help you find a "what's next". If you are not happy for whatever reason, AWAKE© will help you gain and/or regain those lost reasons that once made you happy. If you have bad habits you want to get rid of, or even if you just want balance, AWAKE© will help you with that and more.

     This is perhaps your second lesson but you MUST UNDERSTAND and realize the following: EVERY single man-made thing and every single thing that mankind has ever accomplished throughout the history of this planet has existed TWICE. Yes twice; you see it started with a single form of energy called THOUGHT. And most of what you presently have and most of what you're currently experiencing is the projection of your thoughts, whether willingly or NOT. If you can think it, it can happen and it is no different with your goals and dreams; although they are not tangible, they can become so when you bring them forth into creation with the evolution of your thought process (See Lesson #6 Visualization); but it also works the other way around - if your thoughts project and dwell on sickness, frustration or unhappiness, then that is what you'll attract.

     AWAKE© will help you awaken that creative mind to achieve whatever it is that you desire if you apply the techniques and principles described in this course. Things cannot materialize by merely reading instructions, but by the constant application of the lessons provided.

Achieve what you desire

     AWAKE© is a minimum course of 12 main lessons (1 lesson a month). Why a course? Have you ever read a self-help book but found it hard to follow it and the book just sat on the bookshelf and collected dust? Or have you read a book but found that trying to "digest" the complete concept was just too hard to do? Or read things with such complicated concepts you found it hard to understand? Or read it but found no immediate benefits?

     One lesson a month will allow you to digest the contents, apply the principles, and will make you long for the next lessons. Often, trying to digest information as a whole is not that easy to follow or comprehend, especially when it comes to new existence-changing concepts. We have prepared the materials that you'll receive and read to be as simple as possible. No university-professor style lectures here, just the itty gritty straight to the point. We won't make you read thousands of pages of useless words to bore you to sleep. You want answers and we shall give them to you.

     We will use many fundamentals so that you can have points of reference; we will use known science, simple examples from our everyday existence, and even contents from the bible; however, we will not use it in a dogmatic way as it has been for a long time, but rather in a way as to apply its simple teachings yet ageless wisdoms to our present era. The only thing you need is to be receptive and be willing to entertain new concepts because they are not taught by conventional education or organized religion.

     Each paragraph will be numbered so you can remember where you left off and also for the referencing that you will find throughout the lessons. At the bottom of some lessons you will find a mini glossary of terms used and reference to the books or places where certain information was extracted. Some concepts, cites and information that you'll read will be familiar to you. The AWAKE© course is like a bottle of wine: it took the extract of hundreds of grapes to make just one...

Change your thought process

     During the duration of your existence you have been taught to believe, to think and even to act a certain way since childhood. The changing of your current thought-process to that of higher levels of consciousness, such as the ones in AWAKE©, is rather a more gradual and progressive effort; and knowledge that you acquire gradually will stay with you because it is a more significantly existence-changing awareness…and that is what you will find here.

     As your guide, I would like to tell you who I am, and who I am not. I am not a preacher or a pastor or any of that nature. I am not going to impress you with a PHD title, for I am not a Doctor, nor a University Professor. I am an ordinary person JUST like you. The only difference is that since my youth, I've had a never-ending search for the truth and for my purpose in life. It took me many years of reading, searching, researching, feeling, evaluating, concluding, and finally, just as a light bulb going off, my connection with the SOURCE unified and things became clear.

     I would like to guide you to achieve the level of knowledge I have acquired so far. We welcome your presence in our realm and look forward to a new, better, improved, and evolved you.

Your coach,
Edgar R. Alpuche

Renew Your Life Foundation - A Nonprofit Organization

A portion of the proceeds from your subscription will be used for our non-profit organization, Renew Your Life Foundation. Still in the project stages, Renew Your Life Foundation will be a safe house for battered and abused women and children, very low income families and the homeless.

We have plans to build a model safe house with the capacity to shelter and feed up to 400 people, with medical and administrative staff caring and providing for them. By creating artistic solutions, skill trades and job placement we are determined to create models of instruction for a community less dependent on charities.

Renew Your Life Foundation will use the lessons from AWAKE© as the backbone for creating a better and renewed society.

Lesson #1 The Conscious Mind In order to understand your subconscious mind (which will be explained on lesson #2) you first have to understand your conscious mind. Consciousness is subjective experience or awareness or wakefulness or the executive control system of the mind. Consciousness in medicine (e.g., anesthesiology) is assessed by observing a patient's alertness and responsiveness, and can be seen as a continuum of states ranging from alert, oriented to time and place, and communicative, through disorientation, then delirium, then to loss of any meaningful communication and ending with loss of movement in response to painful stimulation. In the conscious state you are aware of sounds, sensations, emotions and feelings within our bodies and responses at the center. In other words, when you are awake you are conscious, and vice versa. But, are you? Can you consciously kill someone? You may say no; yet many people have done it. But this is a principle of values. The understanding of conscience started evolving even more around the 1600's. In 1690 philosopher John Locke offered a very interesting definition of consciousness in his "Essay Concerning Human Understanding" that remained closely intertwined with moral conscience: "I may be held morally responsible only for the act of which I am conscious of having achieved; and my personal identity-my self-goes as far as my consciousness extends itself". It is also true that we all collectively can share beliefs and conscientious efforts called "collective conscious", but such will be explained more detailed in lesson #12. So everybody is endowed with the power of knowing one's own thoughts and actions. In short, you DO HAVE THE POWER to control your conscious mind, therefore your thoughts, therefore your actions, therefore your goals, therefore your existence and so on; it sets up a progressive infinite. Why? Because it all starts in your conscious mind. Do you remember the letter of introduction to AWAKE paragraph #7? Everything mankind has ever built or accomplished has started with a single form of energy called THOUGHT. Your PLAN OF EXISTENCE therefore, must start in your MIND so that, you start laying out a map. When you are traveling to a new place, do you know which direction to go without a map? How can you construct a house if you don't have a set of plans? TODAY you will start mapping your road to self-mastery and will start drawing the blue prints for your existences plan. Your PLAN OF EXISTENCE therefore, must start in your MIND so that, you start laying out a map. When you are traveling to a new place, do you know which direction to go without a map? How can you construct a house if you don't have a set of plans? TODAY you will start mapping your road to self-mastery and will start drawing the blue prints for your existences plan. Self-suggestion is most commonly accomplished by presenting (either through caressing or bombarding) one's mind with repetitive thoughts (negative or positive, voluntarily or not), until those thoughts become internalized. Practitioners of constructive self-suggestion typically hope to transmute thoughts into beliefs and even into actualities. Visualizing the manifestations of a belief, verbally affirming it, and thinking it using one's "internal voice" are typical means of influencing one's mind via repetitive self-suggestion. (NOTE: Visualizing will be explained more in detail in your future lesson #6 of AWAKE). Self-suggestion can also be accomplished through self-hypnosis methods or repetitive, constant self-affirmations. The acceptance of self-suggestion may be quickened through mental visualization of that which the individual would like to believe and achieve. Its success is typically correlated with the consistency of its use and the length of time over which it is used. Self-suggestion can be seen as an aspect of prayer, self-exhorting "pep talks", meditation, and other similar activities. A trivial example of self-improvement by self-suggestion is the typical New Year's resolution, especially if it is followed up by systematic attention to the resolution. But does it work? Absolutely. In the physical realm it has been scientifically well documented in the "PLACEBO EXPERIMENTS". In a common medicine placebo procedure, a patient is given an inert pill (sugar pill), told that it may improve his/her condition, but NOT told that it is in fact inert. Such an intervention may cause the patient to believe the treatment will change his/her condition; and this belief may produce a subjective perception of a therapeutic effect, causing the patient to feel their condition has improved. This phenomenon is known as the "placebo effect". Placebos are widely used in medicine, and the placebo effect is a pervasive phenomenon; in fact, it is part of the response to any active medication. The placebo effect points to the importance of perception and the brain's role in physical health. (a1)A study found that patients recovery can be increased by just WORDS that suggest the patient "would be better in a few days", and if the patient is given treatment, that "the treatment would certainly make him better" rather than negative words such as "I am not sure that the treatment I am going to give you will have an effect". The phenomenon is related to the perception and expectation which the patient has; if the substance is viewed as helpful, it can heal, but if it is viewed as harmful, it can cause negative effects known as the nocebo effect, which is the opposite effect: a patient who disbelieves in a treatment may experience a worsening of symptoms. The recipients of the inert substance may nullify the placebo effect intended by simply having a negative attitude towards the effectiveness of the substance prescribed, which often leads to a nocebo effect, which is not caused by the substance, but due to other factors, such as the patient's mentality towards his or her ability to get well, (a2)A meta-analysis experiment performed in the 1990's found that 75% of the effectiveness of anti-depressant medication was due to the placebo effect rather than the treatment itself. (a3)Another meta-analysis performed in 2008 found that 79% of depressed patients receiving placebo remained well compared to 93% of those receiving antidepressants for the same effect (for 12 weeks after an initial 6-8 weeks of successful therapy). What do these experiments suggests? If you believe you will be well, you are right: You WILL be well. But if you believe that you will not be well, you are ALSO right: You will NOT be well. So now go back to all of those times you have ever expressed: "I am not going to be feeling well after this", "I think I am going to be sick", "I am not getting any better", "I can't stop smoking", etc. Well I believe by now you must've have concluded the following on your own: IT IS ON YOUR MIND whether you are going to feel good, sick, emotional, great, etc. YOU and ONLY YOU determine such by your CONSCIOUS THOUGHTS. The SAME principle applies when it comes to mapping your goals, your future, your lifelong dreams; you HAVE to believe you can and you will, and this dear reader is the principle of SELF-SUGGESTION. This subjective principle will be the continuous, ongoing, never ending homework for you. You have to start changing your conscious thought-process and principles by affirming that today will be a great day. You have to pre-program your mind to do well, to be well every instant of your breathing existence. Exercise: I now want you to write down every single thing you want to accomplish the following day, and then the main goals for the year. Next, before you go to sleep I want you to read it out load, preferably in front of a mirror. Start with small goals, build up to the larger ones. Whenever you accomplish your daily goals, write down new ones and repeat the process...move onto the bigger goals… I realize that after so many years of letting your mind go wild as a mustang on the prairie, it may be a little odd to have to watch your thoughts every single instant and domesticate that "wild mustang" thought process. I know it because some of us wanting to change have struggled for a while, until it became a natural habit. If you happen to fall ill whatever the illness DO NOT ACCEPT it as saying "I am sick". Being aware that you are sick is merely part of the solution; what should come from your conscious thought-process is how WELL you will be feeling shortly, or tomorrow. Always using a present tense or a continuous present tense: I am feeling better, I feel better, I will be feeling better. By learning to reprogram your mind to be a positive person, you are on your way to make this world a better place, because only positive thoughts will broadcast from your mind. You are now becoming AWAKE… "Conscience is the voice of the soul; instinct is the voice of the body" Jean Jacques Rousseau French philosopher (a1) Margo CE. (1999) The placebo effect. Surv Ophthalmol. 44:31-44. PubMed (a2) a b Kirsch, I. Sapirstein, G. (1998) Listening to Prozac but hearing placebo: A meta-analysis of antidepressant medication. Prevention & Treatment. 1, ArtID 2a abstract. Meta-analys is a systematic review or overview, which uses quantitative methods to summarize the results. (a3) Khan A et al. (2008). The persistence of the placebo response in antidepressant clinical trials. Journal of Psychiatric Research 42(10):791-796. Lesson #2 The Subconscious Mind The subconscious mind… ahh you've heard this word a thousand times, but you may have dismissed it as if it was a thing from cults, secret brotherhoods, sects or even a word which has no value to you, because you hadn't have anything or anybody to compare with, or anything or anyone to reference from. And even as this word is becoming more popular it also has lacked a fundamental meaning as it has often been misused. In reality the term subconscious is used in many different contexts and has no single or precise definition. This greatly limits its significance as a meaning-bearing concept. In everyday speech and popular writing, however, the term is very commonly encountered. There, it will be employed to refer to a 'layer' or 'level' of mentation (and/or perception) located in some sense 'beneath' conscious awareness. It is also considered as an "agency" with various abilities and powers that exceed those possessed by consciousness: the 'subconscious' mind remembers, perceives and determines things beyond the reach or control of the conscious mind. First, at your conscious level any of your senses (smell, touch, hearing, vision, sensorial) picks up the element (inflow), and any level of emotion you encounter (Note: sound it's generally considered your outflow sense). Then it determines its classification in accordance to your likes and dislikes (if you tasted something you didn't like, if you heard a song which you liked, if there was something you didn't feel good about, etc. all in accordance with your beliefs system (which will be explained in lesson #3) then it's stored in your subconscious mind. But it starts with a thought or emotion whether you willingly recorded it or not; the subconscious mind is alert day and night and it is connected to your super-conscious or Infinite Mind. (See Figure #1-A below ) All 3 levels of conscious are related, connected, fused, whether you realize it or not. But the subconscious mind IS the mediator between your conscious mind and your super conscious (or Universal Source). Your subconscious is also the vehicle from which your "prayers" are answered in the form of ideas, plans, elements and situations, so that, you obtain that for which you pray. Please understand that we are not using the term prayer in a dogmatic way; it is simply the most common name we use for the way we ask for things that we need, want and desire. It is also called meditation, implorations, etc. However, there is a definition which is critical you understand and use in conjunction with prayer for the faster and clearer answers to that for which we seek: DECREE. "Thou shalt decree a thing, and it shall be established unto thee: and the light shall shine upon thy ways" Job 22:28 (More of decree in lesson #12). You see, by decreeing you are asserting with passion and certainty to the Universal Intelligence (or source) that you will get what you want, without leaving it to chance. But there is another element so powerful that without it, any "prayer", meditation or decree is not as effective: FAITH. (We will cover more of faith in lesson #7 of AWAKE). But remember, the way you start bringing forth all the good things you want in your existence is first by the power of SELF-SUGGESTION (covered in lesson #1) to your subconscious mind. Your subconscious mind "marinates" on all the emotions, thoughts, stimuli and impressions you pick up during your day, whether you do it voluntarily or not, during your sleep time. Being mindful of every one of those elements (your thoughts, emotions, etc) is the very single most challenging endeavor you will have to master during your every day existence because you subconscious mind DOES NOT stop working. It will work upon the elements you feed it. Consequently, if you maintain your thoughts on those things which you are AFRAID OF, or those things that you DO NOT want such as poverty, sickness, or fear, then your mind will attract to manifestation the elements which your thoughts are dwelling on (Law of attraction). The best recipe for one's success is to mix the right thoughts, with the right plan, with the right emotions and for the right purpose. Learn then to have your mind dwell on the things which are favorable and positive for you, but also for EVERYONE else around you. There are levels of good and bad, and things in between called "gray areas"; but in general, for every element there will always be an antithesis or counterpart. In other words for every single thing, there is an exact opposite. If you think of love, the antithesis would be hate; if you think of laugh, the contrary will be cry; if you think of clean, the opposite is dirty; if you think of healthy, the contrary will be sickness; if you think of the number 1000, the antithesis is -1000, and so on. If your thoughts start to drift into any of the "negative" or "bad" things which you do not ever want to experience, it is your own responsibility to subject your mind to what I called "mental alchemy" (which will covered in detail on lesson #3 of AWAKE). A "miracle" starts to develop when you begin transforming your conscious thoughts: the subconscious mind also starts to bring forth a "little voice" from the super-conscious mind (or Universal, Infinite Intelligence or source). When that happens then the "umbilical cord" by which all 3 minds are connected is restored, from the state of being severed (Figure 1-A). That little voice which at first is sporadic, random and soft, gradually turns into what I like to call the "roar of a thousand lions", when the relationship rebuilds and you are in tune to the Universal Intelligence or source. That "voice" is also often referred to as the "remorse" you feel when you know you have done something wrong. Have you heard it? Have you felt it? If you have heard it, is because only the good, the harmonious, the positive and the constructive is allowed to be filtered through to the Universal Mind or source. If someone should attempt to use this techniques for something other than good, positive and constructive then that person has shown ignorance to the law of KARMA (the universal principle of cause and effect, action and reaction that governs ALL life; (more of Karma on Lesson #4) because you will "reap what you sow". I realize that many of you were born in environments that may not be favorable to live out your existences; also because the wrong programming starts at such an early age, when we start hearing things which we save in our subconscious mind; and little by little within your everyday's struggle you keep on living such programs and standards of thinking. You may have been victim of the "system", but here is what you need to know so that you abolish any more excuses: Is not your fault where you were born, and its not your fault that you may be poor and whatever you may've been taught; but now IT IS YOUR FAULT WHERE YOU'LL LIVE AND IF YOU DIE POOR, IF YOU DON'T CHANGE WHAT YOU WERE TAUGHT. Because NOW you have a choice… When you buy a new electronic device there are usually instructions within the box; when you take a school course, you are usually given a manual; when you are lost, you ask directions and get instructions. But with living, where are our instructions? How come they don't teach us that in school? Is there a University for that? Or a manual? In the sublime notes of our existence some of the true answers just lay within you, for the answers come from the Infinite Universal Intelligence that awaits for your questions. Have you ever opened your eyes under the water of a pool or an ocean? It looks blurry though you may be able to see a few things, but the vision is not clear. If you want to see underwater you need a pair of "goggles" or "lenses" to see. The information contained in AWAKE my dear reader, is the "lens" which will help you to be able to perceive those things which you may have seen, but were not clear to you before; you will be able to make logic of things that you heard but didn't make sense; you will comprehend things which you may have read but didn't understand. Teach yourself to tune yourself to the sublime notes of infinite intelligence or source. It belongs to everyone, and everyone is welcome to tap onto that vast ocean of wisdom, ideas, creativity and divinity. I urge you to keep on reading this course; learn, apply and grow; acquire, use and expand. That is your true path: to AWAKE. "Ask, and it shall be given you; seek and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh received; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened" St. Matthew 7:7 Lesson #3 Mental alchemy The word alchemy, originally derived from the Ancient Greek word khemia, meaning "art of transmuting metals", later arabicized as al-kimia, is both a philosophy and an ancient practice focused on the attempt to change base metals into gold. In this lesson we'll develop the alchemy of your thoughts, from that of "base metal", into "GOLD" thoughts. The following statement may be difficult to digest, but it is necessary for your mental alchemy: You have what you have, you are who you are, and you are where you are mostly because of the decisions you have made thus far. Now, in order for you to understand how you became who you are and why you act in a certain way and the decisions you keep making, then you have to examine your BELIEF'S SYSTEM. Your belief's system has influenced much of who you are and the way you've been since childhood. From the day you were born, you parent's belief's system was passed onto you: the music they heard, the activities they performed, the religion they belonged to, their family ties, the way they talked, the words they used, etc. But much of your belief's system has also been influenced by other circumstances such as the school you attended, the subjects you studied, the people you surrounded yourself with, your friends, your place of birth, etc. Your belief's system has been systematically influenced in a way that certain behavior that may be normal to you, may NOT be normal to other people; just like a plant, your belief's system was "watered" and it grew and it diversified and now you make choices EVERYDAY based on this belief's system; and this is one of the reasons many people resist to change or adopt new ways to result better decisions. As explained in lesson #2, is it not your fault where you were born or what you have because of how you were raised, or the belief's systems that you inherited and the choices you made based on it; but now that you've come of age and you have a feeling some things just do not add up and then you find this information… Then now, IT WILL BE your fault if you do not have what you wish because NOW you will be armed with the know-how and the knowledge to perform a "mental alchemy"; but you must be willing to change certain preconceived concepts and entertain the possibilities of "reprogramming" your mind. Jim Rohn, one of the greatest business philosophers of our times used to say: "For things to change, YOU have to change". There is a world of wisdom here encircled in just a few words. This concept has been perhaps the second most important concept for the author of this course. You CANNOT change the circumstances surrounding you unless YOU change; the government WILL NOT change just to adjust to your belief's system; your place of employment MAY NOT change, the way other people are towards you MAY NOT change, and everything else which you may blame for your "misfortunes" WILL NOT change. You have to CHANGE and THEN change follows you. And changes begin from the inside out, and NOT the other way around; if you are not satisfied with whatever, and for whatever reasons, then it is time for change. I am not saying you have to change your wife because you are not happy with her; or your husband because you don't like what he does. Remember, changes follow changes; if you are willing to entertain the possibilities of new concepts for a change of belief's systems, then everyone and everything else around may also change to adjust. Understanding the changes. All changes are good, but not all changes are progressive. The quality of your changes will determine the quality of your future. The changes you acquire must be progressive for you and for all those around you as well. Anything that is not PROGRESSIVE, it is REGRESSIVE or plain static. And changes encircle everything that you do from the moment you wake up: The food you eat, the way you talk, the way you think and even the people with whom you may associate if they are not a good influence in you; the books you read and even the way you dress. After an entire existence of pre-programming your mind I know it may be difficult to accept it and to adopt it as an everyday doctrine. You must understand that changes that are gradual, are changes which will stay with you for the rest of your existence but it also works both ways, that's the reason of your current belief's system; changes which are abrupt, while some have been known to adopt immediately, could confuse your loved ones and friends and may even seem to be counterproductive, so informing your circle of influence of what they expect to see may be a good idea. Remember, you may have siblings or people around you who care for you or even relatives that will do what you'll do. The first thing you need to work on is changing your thought patterns. The brain functions as both a receiver and a broadcasting station: you are sending and receiving energy converted to thoughts; and you are sending signals to the person you are talking to and that person can "sense" or feel your intentions before you even start. Words, tone of voice and "body language"(intention): It has been found that three elements account differently for our liking for the person who puts forward a message concerning their feelings; words account for 7%, tone of voice accounts for 38%, and body language accounts for 55% of the liking (7%-38%-55% rule by Albert Mehrabian). They are often abbreviated as the "3 Vs" for Verbal, Vocal & Visual. So that means that an average of 45% of all communications and of what you are trying to convey will not come from your mouth! But it is in the intention (or sensorial experience), which is what you are broadcasting to others, an area where you must adopt change; if you are trying to attract people who can be beneficial to your business, career, love or relationship you need to change the "broadcasting" tone to that of what you are trying to be in tune with. If you've ever seen any of those animal documentaries on TV where they show how the big predators try and catch their prey?, then you'd see that the prey is always on the look-out using and developing their sense of smell, but more importantly their "sense" of danger. Sometimes they can't smell the predator such as an alligator, yet their sense of danger is so developed that they just take off and the predator is left without a meal. Is not that different for us human, although we may not have the survival sense developed for self-preservation, but we do use our sense to "feel" someone's intentions. You are what you think, and you will attract what you think as well. This is the basic of the law of attraction. But to attract the circumstances, the people or the things which you seek for the betterment of your existence you must change the thought patterns that your mind holds. You have to re-program many dogmatic and poorly conceived concepts which seem to rule your everyday's existence. The first thing that you should try and change is your settlement for anything less than sublime: things such as misery, poverty, sickness, ignorance and indecision. You must declare war against any of the elements which keep you from progressing. Remember this (You must underline the following statement): The only thing in this world that you have total control over is YOURSELF AND YOURSELF ONLY…and that is it. So you DO have the power to change, but now is a matter of choice: Will YOU control your thoughts? Or will you let them control YOU? By deciding to change your thought process, you have already decided your first quality choice; and quality choices will bring about quality results. To increase the power of thought-process change you must also add one more ingredient to the formula and that is emotion of feeling; the feeling of wanting to better yourself, the feeling that you want to. Have you ever written or read a love letter? Or a poem? If you see it in writing they may be just words, but once read out loud, if you put the right emotions at the right words, and the intensity of feelings at the right expressions then it becomes more than words, rather, a beautiful recital. Well is not that different with your thought process for change, you have to place enough emotion into it. You owe it to yourself, for the sake of your future generations. "For a good tree bringeth not forth corrupt fruit; neither doth a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit". Saint Luke 7:43.Sometimes the responsibility of cutting generations of poverty, ignorance and sickness lays seemingly "unfair" with us; it may be YOU in this case since you are reading these lines. Too much burden, but yet the rewards are so heavenly. Well you should know that there are statues, effigies, schools, Universities and even cities names after people who made the choice to go through change. How would you like to be remembered? Change is an ongoing mental state which is for the time being, an individual task. You cannot teach to others what you haven't learned. We cannot at all honestly demand of others (or our own brethren) to change their ways if we ourselves have not done so. You cannot ask a kid not to drink when you yourself do drink. You cannot ask your kids not to smoke if you yourself do smoke. Change FOLLOWS change. If there are challenges in your existence that you have created, and you just don't seem to find solutions for them, then as you AWAKE, remember the words of wise men: "We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them." Albert Einstein 18.CHANGE !!! and then AWAKE !!! Mehrabian, Albert (2009). ""Silent Messages" - A Wealth of Information About Nonverbal Communication (Body Language)". Lesson #4 Universal Laws In order for you to understand the things that take place around your existence, it is necessary to review the way Universal Laws govern us. Whether you want it or not, whether you accept it or not and whether you like it or not, we are ALL governed by thousands of Universal Laws. However, we'll talk about the most relevant ones, the ones that are in direct relation to your every day's existence. We'll need to review other kinds of laws which also rule our every day's existence. First, The Universal Laws are those which we cannot change or modify; they exist for a purpose and to maintain a balance from the micro-cosmos to the macro-cosmos (*). Hundreds of these laws are taught at school under science but they are also interconnected with how our existence functions. "And it is easier for heaven and earth to pass, than one tittle of the law to fail". St. Luke 16:17. Man-structured laws (or civil laws) are those laws created by men, and which must be followed by men in order keep an orderly society and they vary from state to state, and country to country depending on their belief's systems and their systems of ruling; they are a few laws however, that have almost the same consequence, some harsher than others, if broken. Because they are man-made they can be changed, diversified, nullified or expanded. Spiritual Laws are those which were "divined" inspired or were created in accordance to each country's belief's systems or religion. In many countries they are mixed with government and internal affairs and many of them have been the cornerstone of many civilizations. As said before and curiously enough, ALL laws have consequences of some kind if broken and thus, the first Universal Law is followed by all laws combined: For every cause, there is an effect. I would dare to say that every single one of the laws, are ruled under this very basic, yet incredibly powerful Universal Law. Table 4-A Universal Laws Spiritual Laws Man-made Laws For every action, there is a reaction Thou shall not kill Aggression resulting in death, results in jail time For every cause, there is an effect Thou shall not bear false witness against thy neighbor Failure to stop at a stop sign, will get you a ticket Energy is not created nor destroyed, only transformed Thou shall not steal Carrying a concealed weapon subjects you to fines. For every thesis, there is an antithesis Love thy neighbor and forgive your trespassers Possession of illegal drugs may subjects you to jail Understanding the Laws The understanding of the laws, especially the Universal Laws can bring an edge to the all the things you desire; without the comprehensive application of them you will bring about things you do not want, and may even diminish all the things you may have so far achieved. One of the most significant of these laws is cause and effect, very widely known as KARMA. Derived from Hinduism, the word karma means "deed" or "act" and it more broadly names the universal principle of cause and effect, action and reaction that governs ALL life. Karma is not punishment or retribution but simply an extended expression or consequence of natural acts. According to Hinduism's karma, performing positive actions results in a good condition in one's experience, whereas a negative action results in a bad effect. The effects may be seen immediately or delayed. So if you ever took something it wasn't yours, you are likely to loose something as well; if you willfully harmed somebody, you are likely bound to be harmed. "Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they take the sword shall perish with the sword". St. Matthew 26:52. According to Hinduism, karma is not fate, for humans act with FREE WILL creating their own destiny; karma refers to the totality of our actions and their concomitant reactions in this and "previous lives", all of which determines our future. The conquest of karma lies in intelligent action and dispassionate response and according to the Hindu Vedas, if we sow goodness, we will reap goodness; if we sow evil, we will reap evil. The Christian concept of "reaping what you sow" from Galatians 6:7 can be considered equivalent to karma. Colloquially this may be summed up as "what goes around comes around". So the effects may be seen immediately or delayed because NOTHING AND NO ONE escapes this law. I hope that at this point you start thinking about every single action you've have done, and the ones you are doing, and the ones you will be doing. Here some interesting FACTS about karma and other universal laws, they are: True. At least within their regime of validity. By definition, there have never been repeatable contradicting observations. Universal. They appear to apply everywhere in the universe. Simple. They are may be expressed in terms of a single mathematical equation as well. Absolute. Nothing in the universe appears to affect them. Stable. Unchanged since first discovered. Omnipotent. Everything in the universe apparently must comply with them. (According to observations) Generally conservative of quantity. (The more you sow, the more you reap, and vice versa) Typically theoretically reversible in time, although time itself is irreversible. (But reversible nonetheless) This is also true in THOUGHT, and that is also another basic of the law of attraction. "But I say unto you, that whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart" (St. Matthew 5:27-28). Additionally you MUST comprehend the following: NOTHING happens casually, everything happens CAUSALLY. Causality is the relationship between an event (the cause) and a second event (the effect), where the second event is a CONSEQUENCE of the first (KARMA). I urge you to routinely start what I like to call self-analysis; ask yourself honestly if you have acted in a way which may not be constructive, evil, wrong or unbalanced. As you start to AWAKE to higher levels of understandings, you will feel the need to act accordingly and correct anything you may have deemed wrong as a result of you own self-analysis; because the good news is that, as stated in the facts above, the consequences may be reversible. And how do you do that? You may ask; well look at figure 4-A "For every thesis, there is an antithesis", meaning that for every thing there is an exact opposite. So if you feel you've done wrong, correct it by doing or making it right; if you feel you've done evil, then correct it by doing something God-like; if you held a hating thought, then transmuted to the opposite and so on. And the sooner you start actively doing so, the faster you will counter that which you may be doomed to experience. But it is a certainty that as soon as you start, your existence will also start to experience incredible things. It works individually and also collectively but we will address how it works collectively more in detail in lesson #12 of AWAKE. The wisdom of this knowledge lays in keeping a balance between all 3 kinds of laws; meaning that you cannot abide by the spiritual laws, and not abide by the man-made laws because you will not have a balance on your civil existence; you could not also just abide by the civil laws and ignore the spiritual laws, and so on. To each, its own; always keeping a balance. "Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are the Caesar's; and unto God the things that are God's". St. Matthew 22:21. In applying the laws to your advantage lies also the key of maintaining your existence in balance and in doing so, you to begin to develop your natural abilities for universal equilibrium which we are all born with, but never developed. We do not need to know exactly how these laws work, the main thing is that they already DO work; if you spend too much time studying their roots you may miss reaping the fruits of the rewards: they work with and without your understanding… To give you a more clear idea, let's use the law "For every action, there is a reaction of equal force and in opposite direction". If you were to greet someone and say "good morning" (action), it is a certainty that person will say "good morning to you too" right back to you (reaction). But what if right now you were to go outside and "give the finger" to a person for no reason (action), that person with certainty will give you the "finger" right back (reaction). If you were to go outside and slap somebody in the face for no reason (that is the action), it is a certainty that person automatically will react by slapping you back (thus the reaction). But what would happen if there was no reaction to an adverse action done to you? Let's look at someone who taught us, in such a humble yet powerful way how to stop a reaction to an adverse action: "And unto him that smiteth thee on the one cheek offer also the other"; (St. Luke 6:29). So what happened here? Well my dear reader, you have effectively neutralized a negative action…How powerful is that? By reading and understanding these lessons, things will start making sense, especially if you are fond of reading certain books, such as the bible. If you start to understand how to nullify or neutralize adverse actions without adverse reactions, you will then realize that half of the things that we have and half of the things that happen to us, are pretty much the product (The effect) of how we react to the actions, or the result of our actions (Cause). You can either nullify the infinite chain of adverse way action-reaction toward you, or you can amplify your progressive benevolent reactions toward you (Good "karma"). "Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye met, it shall be measured to you again". St. Matthew 7:1 And for that, you certainly have the greatest gift anyone can have on earth, and that is freedom of choice. Be grateful you have the ability to exercise such right if you are reading this lines, for there are people on certain countries on this earth that do not have such freedom, and they are as robots instigated by fear and persecution and controlled by the few narrow minded. And we take it for granted every day; for as you go and flip the finger to someone on the freeway, the same instant someone wished had the same freedom of choice you have. The Universal Laws are principles which govern the entire universe, it does not matter if you move from one country to the next, or one city to the next the laws are applicable anywhere so be mindful of your actions, and beware of your reactions. The understanding of these laws will perpetually make you be AWAKE !!!."Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is THE LAW and the prophets". St. Matthew 7:12(*) Micro-cosmos: The microscopic or submicroscopic world-; sub-sub-atomic or even metaphysical-level. (*) Macro-cosmos: The universe considered as a whole. A system reflecting on a large scale one of its components, systems or parts. "As is above, so is below" Hermes Trismegistus Lesson #5 Prosperity with PURPOSE Have you heard of the expression "knowledge is power"? Oh yes we love reading all the books we can, sometimes showing off to our friends about your encyclopedia and even feeling as we are on our way to being powerful with so much knowledge. But in almost all the cases, why even the most lectured person we know, is not a rich person? Grant you, they may be happy; but what about the riches that being armed with so much knowledge promises? Ahhh yes, there is an element that is missing from the equation. And now here is another lesson that I call a "PRINCIPLE".Are you ready?Knowledge is power, yes; but there is NO power unless there is an APPLIED KNOWLEDGE. APPLIED KNOWLEDGE, then, IS POWER. What a difference this little element makes, wouldn't you agree? Think about it, if just knowledge was power, I think most university professors would be so powerful as to run our country; or the librarians would be the most sought after gurus or guides. I know you're thinking that you learned this at the introduction of awake. But, you are also thinking what kind of knowledge is there that if applied, would make me so powerful then? Well first things first. You first need to know that with greater power, comes greater responsibility. "For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required". (St. Luke 12:48) Now, being powerful does not necessarily mean a powerful political figure, or a powerful baron or tycoon of this and that. Power in a sense also means to be in control of, or to be in charge of. In this case the direction of your existence and the achievement of all of your desires. Now, what are your desires? Well a great majority of people want to have money and be happy. It seems they go hand in hand. You can have either or, but ideally we want both. Now the second thing you need to know about unlocking your subconscious mind for prosperity is this: You have to have a purpose. The universe exists for a purpose, the planets rotate for a purpose, the rain has a purpose, the sun has a purpose, the oceans have a purpose, the currents of the oceans have a purpose, the animals have a purpose; even you shaving in the morning has a purpose or you combing your hair has a purpose, you exercising has a purpose, you going to the supermarket has a purpose, you going to church has a purpose. If everything around us, and everything we do has a purpose then, ask yourself this, IS THERE A PURPOSE FOR YOUR EXISTANCE? The answer is: YES. If you had said no, then you could have stop reading now, because the more you accept this, the faster your subconscious mind will unlock. Many people have read so many books about the revealing secrets of success, the secrets of richness and this and that. But why so few achieve what they desire? Well one of the answers lies in purpose. If you want prosperity, there HAS TO BE A PURPOSE. And I hope your purpose is beyond of just being rich. Behind every good fortune made, there HAS ALWAYS BEEN A PURPOSE. And most of those purposes have been to help others. I hope this becomes your first clue because it is an ingredient that most desires to success always lack. Here is some wisdom you may to read and re-read until you comprehend it: You may have been living your existence trying to GET the things you want (or money), in order to DO MORE of what you wish, so that you FEEL COMPLETE (have a purpose) with whom you are. In actuality, it works the other way around: You MUST first FEEL COMPLETE with who you really ARE (and have a purpose), so you can DO more of what you wish, in order to GET WHAT YOU WANT. The universe is made of energy; but the energy is in constant transformation, moving and flowing since it takes in many forms like feelings, money, love, affection, material possessions, etc. But in the flow lies the key for faster manifestation of any prosperity. You must outflow your energies in order for more energy to flow into you. In other words, your outflow determines your inflow; and the energy starts with a THOUGHT so your mind must be and act as a double hinge door: opens inward, and opens outward. "Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through and steal: For where your treasure is, there will you heart be also" (St. Matthew 6:19-21) Make your existence the "heaven" described above by helping others, by sharing with others: give. Give what you can, when you can, whom you can, in any way you can, while you can (Even if it is just kind words) I do not think there is any glory in being the richest or the nicest person in the cemetery; and that was my lesson when I read and COMPREHENDED St. Luke 18:18-25 (I urge you to read it) When we stubbornly hang on to what we have, we systematically "choke" up this flow and we begin to experience lacking in many aspects of our existence. The flow of energy is applicable at every level: if you want kindness, give kindness; if you want understanding, be understanding; if you want a good friend, be a good friend; if you want materials things, donate materials things; if you want a miracle, then be the miracle; if you want money, give money to those who need, but do it from the HEART. So KEEP THE FLOW running. "When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us" Helen Keller I want to summarize this lesson with this exercise: write down what you really want and ask yourself this: what would be the purpose behind doing (achieving) that? If you do not discover your purpose, my friend, it is highly likely that you may spend the rest of your existence doing the WRONG THINGS!!! And then ask yourself this question: WHAT IS MY EXISTENCE'S PURPOSE? Even if you cannot answer this question to yourself right away, the very action of asking will start unlocking that mechanism of purpose which connects your finite mind with the infinite universal mind (See Fig. 2-A of lesson #2) From this point on, asking yourself this question will start bringing changes….observe yourself. Discovering that purpose is an individual task; however everyone who asks this question shares a collective mind set which helps the improvement of our planet because, you are beginning to be AWAKE !!!"To live is not merely to breathe; it is to act; it is to make use of our organs, senses, faculties - of all those parts of ourselves which give us the feeling of existence" Jean-Jacques Rousseau French PhilosopherLesson #6 Visualization and the Power of your Mind Visualization is the process in which we mentally evoke that which we wish to see, to feel, to happen or to have in its realistic form or physical equivalent. Everything starts with the power of THOUGHT; you have to understand this: EVERYTHING that mankind has ever built and accomplished is because it has existed twice. Yes twice. We realize that in the finite mind of mankind this would be hard to comprehend; but this is very simple if you read carefully: The shirt you wear, it has existed twice. The house you live in, it has existed twice. The car you drive, it has existed twice. The computer you are using has existed twice. How? Well somebody must have THOUGHT (designed it) of it, hence the first existence; and someone must have BUILT it or created; hence the second existence. In short, it begins first in the mind, with a thought. If you can think it, it can happen. Well is not different with your goals and dreams, though they are not tangible things, they can become tangible when you bring them forth to creation with the evolving thought process called VISUALIZATION. Have you ever seen that kid at the store who wants a toy so bad that he cries, he fumbles, he kicks, screams, even yells at his mother who after a while finally gives in and buys the toy for him? Maybe you were one of them. The Universe may not be that different. If you maintain that energy of desire constant and on focus you will eventually manifest into physical reality that which you desire. There is much to understand about energy but even with the most basic of the understandings from school, things will start making sense as you read on. The following is a statement which constitutes the platform for basic physics: Energy is not CREATED or DESTROYED; it is only TRANSFORMED (Transmuted). It is the same thing with matter. Now the next thing you need to know is that our entire physical universe is composed of energy. Even at the basic state of density as such in a rock, at the subatomic levels its basic components eventually are an essence of energy. The vibrational rate of each thing, including us, determines the density. Matter and light, solid and gas, liquid and flesh are all a difference of energy density. As such, your thought-process is energy you put into action, and as explained in lesson #5, for every action, there is a reaction. Your thoughts can be channelized to transform that which you want to create; but remember, that which is not in balance with Universal Order or does not seem to be in balance with it, will have a reverse effect on you. But you can also use these techniques to effectively reverse your "bad karma". Energy is also magnetic so you will tend to attract that which you visualize. The energy that you proyect through your thought-process may go through several processes of transition or change but it will always transform. It is your job to focus your visualization on that which will bring about balance in your existence. You may ask: Do I really have that much energy in my mind? Well according to Kwabena Boahen, a computer scientist at Stanford University, a robot with a processor as smart as the human brain would require at least 10 megawatts to operate. That's the amount of energy produced by a small hydroelectric plant! Your brain consumes a lot of energy - as much as a fifth of all the energy you get from food. Therefore, if your body burns a total of 2,500 Calories in a given day, and if you are typical and that day was typical, then your brain burned ~500 Calories; and that means that the power dissipation by your brain would be ~582 watts! (See Table 1). Also like muscles, as you use a particular part of your brain, more blood is pumped to that area to provide energy. Finally, as with muscles, the more you use your brain, the better it works. The brain uses more energy than any other human organ, accounting for up to 20 percent of the body's total haul. Until now, most scientists believed that it used the bulk of that energy to fuel electrical impulses that neurons employ to communicate with one another. Turns out, though, that is only part of the story. A new study in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA indicates that two thirds of the brain's energy budget is used to help neurons or nerve cells "fire'' or send signals. The remaining third, however, is used for what study co-author Wei Chen, a radiologist at the University of Minnesota Medical School, refers to as "housekeeping," or cell-health maintenance.Table 1 Human energy expenditures for selected activities Activity Kilocal/Hr (*) Watts Sleeping 70 81 Lying quietly 80 93 Sitting 100 116 Standing at ease 110 128 Conversation 110 128 Eating a meal 110 128 Strolling 140 163 Driving a car 140 163 Playing violin or piano 140 163 Housekeeping 150 175 Carpentry 230 268 Hiking, 4 mph 350 407 Swimming 500 582 Mountain climbing 600 698 Long distance running 900 1048 Sprinting 1400 1630 Can you imagine putting all that energy to work for you in a more constructive and balanced way? Let's start using it then. The following is a visualization exercise for the developing of your own visualization technique. First think of whatever you want to accomplish or material thing you want, or a certain scenario you want in your life, etc. Whatever you want to have, for that is the goal of today's visualization; second find a comfortable quiet spot where you can relax for at least 15 minutes; adopt a comfortable position and begin to mentally cancel out on noises, sounds and distractions. Next try and close the doors on unnecessary thoughts (Thoughts of commercials, songs, movies, situations and people may come to mind but just try and block them out). Keep your mind blank or imagine you are sitting in front of a wall and you start painting it white (this usually helps to block out mind distractions). Once you feel you are relaxed and you think you can move forward then imagine yourself walking into a building that resembles a workshop but the door is locked. Look within your pockets and you'll find a golden key, and that key opens the door to the building. As you open the door you realize that it is a huge workshop with all sorts of tools, parts and things placed on long tables; now walk towards the middle and remember what you goal for today's visualization is. Now with the tools provided and the parts start building what you want: if you want a house, start building the foundation, the walls, the rooms, etc. If it is a car, then grab tools and parts and start putting the wheels, the chassis, the paint you will use, etc. If it is a certain situation then build that situation with the tools and see yourself in the middle of such situation. If the situation involves a person then build a door frame and a door and then see the person opening the door, walking towards you and getting ready for you to talk to her/him. Whatever you want to happen or materialize just use the tools and the parts on the tables to build it. No matter how big or small you can build it here, in your workshop. Once you can see the situation (or touch if it is a tangible thing you want) proceed to admire your creation: look at the details, touch them (or talk to them) and be happy with your results. It is important that you see whatever it is you are seeing thru your own eyes; try and not use the third person view; see your own hands building it, see your fingers in action. Once you feel comfortable with your visualization then say: "this will be so" and thank the workshop (the universe). Walk towards the exit and before you exit the building take one last look at your creation, turn off the lights and close the door. If you feel that you cannot remember all of these instructions you can do 2 things: number one have someone read it for you at a very snow pace, giving you time to move from step to step; or you can do what I have done, which is to record myself giving the instructions step by step with a not so fast, calm, steady and very descriptive voice; and then play it back as I relax ready for the visualization. Your technique will evolve as you master the basics; it will change as you achieve what you desire and it can also help you resolve any challenge that may present itself by visualizing the best solution for it. Constructive visualization is not just achieved only thru meditation, but it also can be sparked by the constant reminder of that which you want to attain. Pictures of the house of your dreams, pictures of your perfect body, pictures of the places you want to visit, etc; are the things that should be somewhere around your house. "The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision" Helen Keller What I may suggest for you to do is to get magazines, newspapers and others, cut pictures of all the things you desire. Then glue them on a board and place it in a conspicuous place where you can see it first thing when you wake up, and last thing when you go to sleep. The constant reminder of the things you want is also a fantastic way for visualization. Above all, visualize BALANCE in your existence; what is the sense of having lots of money, if you are not healthy. What is the sense of having the house of your dreams, if your family is not in it, etc. A balanced visualization should compass of all the things in equal proportions. Lots of money, with health, love, harmony and purpose. Just visualizing the material things may not be in direct balance with the other aspects of your existence, therefore be mindful of what a perfect balance should be for you; don't forget that help to others is essential for creating that unselfish and balanced existence. Visualizing your perfect existence will help you to AWAKE !!! "Believe that you can, and you're half way there" President Theodore RooseveltLesson #7Faith Faith has had so many interpretations especially in the religious experience. In the religions aspect the churches have used this concept to sell us the idea of eternal salvation. I am not going to use it in this dogmatic sense as it usually tends to be; rather, I am going to use it in a more fluid concept. You see, we have been told to have faith, but we have not been taught how to have faith. I had one of those posters which hang from the doors that read: "Faith is believing in that which you cannot see. And the reward of your faith will be to see that which you believe". I saw that poster day and day out; it went with me through couple of house moves. I read those lines as if trying to decipher a secret. Years later, it hit me; in fact I actually dared to hand write what I believed was the missing link: "….and the reward of your CONSTANT faith will be to see that which you believe" And that made more sense because at the time I was at a crossroads where I thought I had lost all faith; I did not know what else to believe, which religion to follow, what business to start, it had been disappointment after disappointment; at one of the lowest point of my existence I realized that at the end of the day the only thing you can faith on is in YOURSELF. You cannot act accordingly in the way in which you don't see yourself. In other words, if you do not have faith in your potential, you are never going to try; and if you are not willing to work on it, you will never be successful. And that's what faith is, believing on your potential. Faith is also the confident belief or trust in the truth or trustworthiness of a person, concept or thing. You must consciously convince your subconscious mind that you can do it. I watched a program about long distance marathons where athletes were interviewed about their training and preparation. Almost every one of the many interviewed acknowledged the fact that a good part of their training was to convince them that they could do it. Sending those thoughts of "you can do it" from the start of the race, through the middle all the way to the end of it. They have to develop faith in themselves. It is not so different with any other endeavor you may undertake, especially if it involves your existence; you have to have faith in yourself. You have to learn to have faith in yourself, if you want others to have faith in you. And because faith is a state of mind, it can also be transmitted. If you ever watched any final game in whatever sports (especially in the movies about the impossible odds) you can usually see the couch inspiring his players to have faith in themselves, faith that they can win the game; moreover, faith that they are trained to win… I like to think that we are all trained to win. In fact, we were ALL destined to win, but at some point we either hit the comfort zone or hit a low point and then we forgot to have faith in ourselves. You see, out of millions and MILLIONS of sperms, you were the one who won the race and fertilized your mother's egg. You and ONLY YOU. If you adopt this winner's attitude, if you redevelop the faith you may have lost, if you BELIEVE in yourself then the Universe conspires to put in front of you the circumstances, the people and the means. You are the miracle; you are the only one who has the power to overcome your own obstacles, your own ghosts, your own traumas, your own excuses. Self-confidence is born out of faith. I want you to read the following: "And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in player, BELIEVING, ye shall receive". (St. Matthew 21:22) I took the liberty to capitalize and underline the secret to effective asking (praying) which is to believe; therefore, to have faith is to believe, and to believe is to have faith. Unfortunately faith has been used and misused throughout mankind's history. Wars have been waged, lost and won; thousands have perished and countless countries have been conquered; people have committed untold number of things such as incest, suicide and mass murder and even today many blow themselves up and all of these things in the name of faith. Currently, there are several armed conflicts around the world still raging in the name of faith. So faith can be destructive or constructive the choice is ours; but using faith in the constructive and assertive manner can make even the most seemingly impossible "miracles" possible. When a goal, a plan and faith are combined there is nothing you cannot accomplish. There are hundreds examples of this throughout history as well: Sir Edmund Hillary's first man to climb Mount Everest; or Christopher Columbus when he believed he would find the west Indies and we all know what he found; or Gandhi who believed he could win the independence of a whole nation without a single bullet fired, or a single drop of blood spilled; and so many others… Every single men and woman that ever accomplish something worth mentioning in our books have all had the same ingredient: Faith in general but more importantly, FAITH IN THEMSELVES. Although we may not be talking about having faith to accomplish something out of the ordinary, as those men and women did (even though such is possible), but to the more ordinary things according to today's world. Faith is a state of mind connected to your emotional being. Faith can also be increased or decreased and such can determine the outcome of your goal as faith is like a battery, the less charge, then the lesser possibilities of the light of your goal being lit; and the more charge, then the greater possibilities of the light of your goal lighting your way. Faith has different scales just as musical notes as it applies to everything you do in your existence: from the lesser aspects to the greater ones; the SECRET lays in challenging yourself to gradually increment your faith. Let me explain how this is applied at the lesser aspects: When I started adopting the good habit of jogging, I challenge myself to run at least a mile. I had faith that I could so little by little in less than a month I was able to jog a mile; but in my every day activities it has hard to keep up so there would be weeks I just could not run. But every single time I went back, I had the FAITH that I could always run at least 1 mile and I would not run anything less, and that was my CHALLENGE. When I realized my body was accustomed to the believe (faith) of running 1 mile, I had faith I could do more and so I went to the 2 miles stretch, and the process began all over again. I was not easy, but I challenge my faith that I could go the extra mile. Well so far I am at the 5 mile range and I would not run ANYTHING less. Same technique is applicable to losing weight, quitting smoking, quitting bad habits, exercising, etc. Challenge yourself to increase your believe (your faith); you can do more of what you want by increasing your believe step by step, or you can do less of what you don't want (smoking, extra weight, etc) challenging yourself step by step; the principle is the same either or. Just BELIEVE that you can. You can also do this challenging process with any aspect of your existence such as your profession or career by believing (having faith). Keep this in mind: you will accomplish your goals according to your faith, for you will act ACCORDINGLY. This type of "measuring" your faith will result in "measuring" your goals. You can achieve great things or lesser great things, but always do step by step measuring and increasing your believe. If you have ever seen or witnessed people being "healed" by a pastor or preacher, either on TV or in real life, you would have noticed that all people lined in front of such person with illnesses or just wanting to "feel" something. Then after a series of chanting or singing the preacher touches the people's forehead then they fall in some sort of ecstasies feeling or trance. I can assure you such "trance" is not so much about the "power" they were "given", as it is about their own FAITH. Your own faith is ultimately the fuel that moves you to do what you want. But just as with a car where the better grade of the fuel, the better the functioning of the engine, your faith should be of a "premium" grade; and because faith is in general the persuasion of the mind that a certain statement, belief in or assent is true of what is declared by another, based on his or her supposed authority and truthfulness, then you should let your own common sense "guide" to tell you if your faith is guiding you towards the direction you want to go. Have faith in yourself my dear reader. Having faith in yourself makes you to be AWAKE !!! "For a man to conquer himself is the first and noblest of all victories" Plato Lesson #8 The Master Thinkers Society In today's world it seems things are harder than before, the success that you want eludes you or you feel like you are stuck at a certain level. Everyone has different talents and gifts; some may have it more developed than others, but we all have them. But you have to be honest with yourself and admit there are things you know, and there are others that you do not; but be happy and grateful with what you have and do not complain about what you don't have, for there are people who wish they had what you take for granted; just ask a paraplegic or someone who does not have an arm, or a leg. You have strengths and weakness. For example if you are a guitar player, but you are not a great singer, then evolve your strength and be the best guitar player you can. Then find a great singer, who can sing in tune with your great guitar playing. What are your strengths? What are your weaknesses? Those are questions you must ask so that you know what you can work with. My intention is to guide you to achieve what you desire with easier techniques for faster results. One of those techniques is this formula: Work 80% of your time on that which is your strength; work 15% of your time on that which you have yet to overcome or master; and work 5% of your time on any other areas. Anybody can overcome any weakness to achieve anything your heart desires. You must realize however, that in so doing you will make mistakes; but remember, there are NO mistakes, only lessons. Besides, the world has many stories of great people who made many mistakes, overcame obstacles and became inspiration for others. Helen Keller was blind, deaf and mute yet overcame those amazing odds to graduate and went on to be a writer and an inspiration for thousands. Gandhi, B.Franklin, D. Roosevelt, just to name a few we all know about. Those are examples of what I call the "Master thinkers"; by studying the lives of those who have left a legacy in our history you will find valuable lessons, guidance and strength on your path to your desires. It does not matter what country you are in, the principles are the same and I am sure your library is not so far away from where you are; I am also sure it is free and there is knowledge way beyond your imagination. The author has found many of those strengths in studying the lives of those whom I wished to become like. In an era where musicians, mobsters and Hollywood figures are hailed as "heroes", one must ask: Like whom would I like to become? If have already answered it as you read this lines then fantastic; now I suggest you start reading about the life of that person. Adapt the strengths, mimic the actions, use the lessons and apply the knowledge. One thing I found myself doing while reading the lives of those great leaders whom I admire the most was asking myself: "What would (the person I was reading on) do in this same situation". And in so doing I tuned my super-conscious mind for answers which came to me but that I knew were not from of my own. I compared myself with many of those figures because they were not different as we are today: they still had two hands, two legs, brains and some were from different countries; some were married, some were rich, some others weren't. In all, they were all human; just like you and I. What made that person rise above all and succeed and become prominent figures in our human history? Those were the questions I asked, and some of the answers are explained in this course throughout the lessons. It is said that you are worth (you make) in average 10% of the people you associate yourself with. There is also an old saying: "if you run with wolves, you will learn to howl". Careful study of this must be made. I am not suggesting you dump all your friends and start a new gang, but one must look elsewhere for ideal figures whom to learn from. If you associate yourself with successful people, changes are you can learn a thing or two on how to be successful. The author had made many acquaintances in the past with people who made over $10,000 a month because that was at that time what I wanted to make. How much do you want to make?... Often, we do not know that kind of people. I did not know many people who made that kind of money, so I took it upon myself to find them. So in many luncheons, meetings, seminars and conferences that I attended I would show up as early as it was permitted to do it and made myself available and helpful for whatever. This always arouse the curiosity of key leaders who, as great and humble leaders they are, were also there early (A great leader is not on time, he IS already there) I was then able to ask questions, get information and obtain guidance. I have met people who earned as much as $1,000,000 a month in my existence. Peculiarly, they all have the same advice, in as many or few words. Sometimes I wondered if they all went to the same school. Slowly but surely I realized that they too, had followed much of the same principles described in AWAKE. However, some principles have to be discovered on your own depending on what direction you want to take in your existence, as the author does not know them all. Are you a leader? Or a follower?... Go to town meetings, be active in your community's agenda, participate in any charitable event, attend church sponsored events, etc. In so doing highly likely you will find people who stand out (guest speakers, special guests, VIP personalities, etc). Do not be afraid to ask; remember fear is the enemy of action. A great leader you can learn from is usually one who distinguishes himself or herself by being pleased to answer your questions. Just remember, they are important people so always be prepared with a very good and planned question; take notes !!! One of my favorite ways to approach someone whom I thought could teach me a thing or two on a specific subject was to ask: "Pardon me, may I borrow a minute of your time? I am researching on (and here I would state what I was researching on) and I can sense you are a great leader to ask this to. Could you share with me a tip or two on …? And the answers came… If you don't ask, you will never learn. Your mind is as good as the knowledge you input it. You may not know it all but there are people who do know more of what you do not. Acquaint yourself with those "Master thinkers", and AWAKE."Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other." John F. Kennedy. Lesson #9 Map for Success Success is often associated with people who have exceeded in the realms of entrepreneurship or business. That is true to some degree, as people who have achieved higher levels of lifestyles from those of substandard levels, are people who have acquired abilities or mastered talents in conjunction with their creative mind. However, success can also be associated with people who have risen above standards or have climbed the highest ladders from within a corporation, company or alike. Either way, you are aiming to achieve something or to go somewhere, and that is your GOAL. As with traveling, when you're going from certain point to another it is necessary to have a map with a fixed destination (goal); a map that contains intelligent planning for careful execution. I have read many maps for success, ranging from the complex to the incomplete; so I developed one which worked for me. A map to success should have the following essential list of things: A purpose (What is your goal?) A plan (What are the steps to reach the goal) A time frame (When do you want to achieve it) Each one of those 3 basic elements has their respective sub-elements and they are interrelated one another. With goals, there are a few variants surrounding it but generally speaking there are 3 major aims with many sub-elements in each:Fig. 9-A. The categories of goals and their sub-elements Personal Goals Professional Goals Spiritual Goals Want to be able to travel Want to pursue a career Want to improve emotional being Want to get in better physical shape Want to own your own business Want to have meaning in your life Want to be a better partner Want to improve your business Want to understand your divinity Want to have time for your hobby Want to be make more money Want to expand your awareness Want to spend more time with kids To obtain a higher education degree To be more active in your church Want to be able to read more Want to change or get a better job Want to do charity work As with any category of goals you have to have the TIME to invest in whatever is your aim is. Peculiarly, the first thing you have to do is find the time so you can establish a plan, because your plan is BASED around your daily activities which take up time of your existence. Time management is therefore essential for any PLANNED GOAL. Perhaps this is the area were we often find ourselves procrastinating the most; we just don't seem to have the time and it is usually used as an excuse. If you don't find the time, you cannot seem to do it, and if you don't seem to try it because you don't have the time, then ANY plan you may have mapped out is literally thrown out the window, and sometimes your existence along with it. I've heard the phrase "time is money", yes is true in most instances; actually, time is LIFE. Remember, the moments you devote to live your life is called EXISTENCE. To find the time you often have to be willing to sacrifice something; nothing costs nothing and if you are willing to make little sacrifices then you will probably find the time you need to do what want. I have a very simple and easy to follow system which will allow you to find the time you need. First let's examine the next chart: Fig. 9-B. Normal 24 hour day time usage.Hours to sleep Hours to work Hours left over TOTAL HOURS 8 8 8 24 WE ALL HAVE THE SAME HOURS. I don't have any more hours than you do but my time is managed. I have always been drawn to uncomplicated systems for time management and while I was impressed with many that I've read, in the end it boils down to sacrificing one thing for the other because we cannot magically just have more time. It is a give and take situation. The key here is to find out where you can take time away to give room to the goal you are pursuing. This is a very important step because you can estimate the time frame for the achieving of your goal. If you do not have an estimating time set for the conquering of you goal, then you may drag too long or it would be more of a wish rather than a goal. Let's examine the next chart:Fig. 9-C. Time management exampleWeek day Time to sleep Time to work Time for school Other activities Time for your Goal TOTAL TIME Monday 8 8 0 6 2 24 Tuesday 6 8 0 4 6 24 Wednesday 6 8 6 2 2 24 Thursday 8 8 0 4 4 24 Friday 6 8 5 3 2 24 Saturday 8 0 6 4 6 24 Sunday 10 0 0 8 6 24 TOTAL HOURS 52 40 17 31 28 168 Activities are all those normal things you do during your normal day such as showering, making dinner, taking the kids to school, etc. and there are variants in each one depending on your lifestyle: if you are single, if you are a parent, etc. Time for school was added as an example as is if you are pursuing a career. The objective here is to illustrate how and where you can take time to give to the commitment of you goal. If your goal is not a career then you can take the time from the example above and add it to the other activities and your goal. If you add the hours from the vertical "total time" column (Monday to Sunday) will give you exactly 168 hours, if you add the "total hours" from the horizontal row it will also give you 168 hours…the total hour count in 1 week. Remember this, time element is not something you can go to a store and request a refund: 1 hour wasted is 60 minutes of productive time you could've invested in yourself. This simple yet effective way to manage your time now gives you room for the other ingredient to your goal, a plan. (Note: you can customize a chart such as the one above with many computer programs available; you can also copy the above example and paste it to your favorite program for customization). Besides, don't forget that we ALL have the same 24 hours, from the richest to the poorest. Is what we CHOOSE to do with our time what makes the difference in our existence. Eureka! You have found the time, now you need to PLAN: what you are going to do to with that time to accomplish your goal. Again there are many variants as to what you can do and because this is a very broad area I am just going to explain the basics of a good plan. The first thing you have to do is DATED IT; a plan without a date is not a plan but is merely a wish; however, if your goal was have more time to spend with your family then you can find the time with the time management. The second thing you have to do is VISUALIZE IT; as explained in lesson #6 you have to see it in your mind so that you can bring it to its physical manifestation. You have to feel it, taste it, imagine it, dream it and even obsess it. If you think it, it can happen; but as with the purpose, it should have a balanced need especially when our goal are material things. Will it be beneficial just to you? Will it make you happy? Will it be useful for better and higher aspirations?... The last thing you have to do is WORK IT; if you planned your work, now you need to work your plan. You cannot rest when you are tired, you rest when your goal is accomplished; I once read something on someone's wall: "Winners never quit, and quitters never win". Above all, never quit progressing; if you have achieved what you set out to do then set new goals. "Aim for the moon, and you'll hit the ceiling" the popular saying states. Don't be afraid of making mistakes. President Theodore Roosevelt used to say: "The person who does not make mistakes, does not do anything". Besides, there are no mistakes, there are lessons; and a lesson is not lesson until it is learned. It is not what happens with the mistakes, is what we choose to do about what happens with the mistakes that makes you grow. Either or, is not what you did or didn't do, is about the person who are becoming in the process. In this endeavor called success, your goal may have a price. And in the process of working your plan you MUST be willing to do things that you have never thought of doing, in order to have what you never had; you must be willing to do a bit more than what you are accustomed to do; you have to be willing to sacrifice many things you may think you cannot live without (such as tv); you have to patient, even when at the hour of despair you think of giving up; you must be willing to reduce and even let go of certain comforts, other opportunities, personal preferences and even some people. Is your goal worth it? Only you know it but consider the answers of many people who have accomplished what they set out to do; from the first person who climbed the highest mountain, to the first person who cross the south pole; from the person who has sailed around the world, to the one who has built the impossible; from the person with humble beginnings and now owns large corporations, to the drop out University student who became the richest person on earth… There are literally thousands of people you can read about, and every time they were asked the same question "was it worth it?" their response more or less have been: "ABSOLUTELY". And that is the certainty you must have. You must also have persistency: some roads have already been traveled so all you got to do now is build your own road parallel to it. And remember you must have patience: a child needs at least 9 months to gestate, and yes many women wished it only took 3 months… AWAKE !! "If you work on your goals, your goals will go to work for you; if you work on your plan, your plan will go to work for you. Whatever good things we build end up building us". Jim Rohn - Renown Business Philosopher Lesson #10 I AM now Yesterday was over at 12:01am. One of the most important things to bear in mind besides anything else is that you cannot control any time but your present; if you can control your present then you can estimate your future. Just as a house is built little by little, your future is also build day by day; one hour at the time. Many people are not even aware they exist, because they do not care about what happens tomorrow. If you acknowledge your actions today, then you also acknowledge your right to exist. "I think, therefore I exist" said philosopher Rene Descartes back around 1600. Our ancestors often fought for our right to exist today, and we take that for granted. And we see it on the streets with people wasting their existence drinking, people killing people, others wasting their futures in jail; in short, destroying the very reasons why our ancestors fought, bled and even died: so that we could have a NOW. Often, we present ourselves with the never ending line of excuses, and peculiarly enough, most start with a single word: "IF". If I had the money, if I had that job, if I was the owner, if I could, if I had the time, if I was the president, etc. and sets up a progressive excusing: "If I had the job which pays more, then I would have more money, then I could buy the car I want, then I would not be late", etc. You may not have what you dream of or what you wish for just yet, but you DO have the best ally ever: YOURSELF. You have the power NOW to make the difference, to do what is necessary to achieve what you want. President Theodore Roosevelt used to say: "Do whatever you can, with whatever you have, where ever you are". But when? NOW. Not tomorrow, not next week, not next year, not when you have time, NOW. If you don't start your plan NOW, then somebody else will start NOW and you will become part of that somebody else's plan; and sometime later when you pull next to someone with a car you've been dreaming of and you ask yourself how did he do it? Remember this, the difference is that he decided to do something about it NOW Whatever you have been wishing for, from quitting smoking, to studying for a better future, exercising, owning your own business, being a better father, etc. Always start with a NOW, except that such NOW never seems to start. You don't need to ask permission or an invitation, just a clear and decisive attitude. There is an old saying: "The journey of a 1000 miles starts with a single step". You need to transmute the word "if", for a "when". So instead of saying: "If I had the money, I would buy a house", say "when I have the money, I WILL buy a house. Why? Because you will set up your mind to think about starting doing something about it right NOW. If you want something so bad, then you need to do something about it, but you need to do it NOW. It does not matter how old you are, as long as you have energy to do it; having said that, let me tell you, our existence is sometimes compared to those of athletes who compete in very strenuous sports such as football basketball or soccer. Those athletes only have a certain amount of "useful" time to sell their energy; they all reach peak and retire with the most amount of money possible, before it's too late. Remember, nothing costs nothing; not only in monetary terms but also in time, efforts, sacrifices or even people. But the cost of doing nothing NOW, will be paid dearly in the future. And quoting a very famous Hollywood movie: "…And dying in your beds, many years from now, would you be willin' to trade ALL the days, from this day to that, for one chance, just one chance, to come back here and tell our enemies that they may take our lives, but they'll never take... OUR FREEDOM!?" Recognizing what are the "enemies" that keep you from starting NOW is a very important element on your success. Doubt, fear, age, worry, loss, over caution just to name a few. Whatever the "enemies" are, you should rest easy knowing that you are not the first to experience them, nor the last, reason why I strongly advise you to read up on figures from history that have overcome many of those "enemies" and more, and how they have left a legacy for all of us. Were they different than you? Not really. They were not aliens with superpowers, but the fuel that fed their desire to start NOW was in fact, the same "enemies" we mentioned. You see, if you fear that you are aged, start NOW to prove to that even at that age anyone could do it; if you have doubts, start NOW so that there is not more doubts that you can; if you fear, then do it NOW so that you do not fear anymore; if you fear loss, then start doing something NOW so that you don't lose it. Your "enemies" can also be your fuel through mental alchemy (Lesson #3). I want to share 1 personal story with you. When I was about 11 years old, we moved to another house and during the first night there was a light breeze which woke me up; I looked up and I saw what I thought was some sort of horned demon on the shadows walking towards me. I covered my face with the sheets, sweating with intense fear. Every time I peeked it looked as if the "demon" would start walking towards me. I was so paralyzed with fear that I could not even tell my brothers. It went on for a couple of hours, until I decided that the fear was too much to bear and I would confront the "demon" NOW whatever the outcome. I walked outside shaking as a leave in the wind, only to discover that it was a sheet covering my mother's high heels hung on the outside. The heels were the "horns" and the sheet was the "body" and the breeze and the light casted the shadow of a walking demon. My fear was over, because I decided to do something NOW, whatever the outcome. You are NOW, what you did yesterday. Today, you are your yesterday's decisions. Your mind will dwell around the things you input it NOW; your kids will follow the example you give them right NOW; your body shape will depend on the food you eat right NOW. So the NOW is ever constant, it's evolving as your time progresses. The quality of your future will always depend on you what you do NOW. Just remember one last thing; not doing something NOW and trying to do something about it later, is like closing the corral after the horse has escaped. NOW will always prevent those 3 ghosts of fear from hunting you all throughout your existence: "Could've, would've, should've". Don't let yourself ever be caught regretting not doing something you could've done NOW. Do it NOW and AWAKE !!!"The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, worry about the future, or anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly." BuddhaLesson #11 Your Higher Self Through the lessons so far, you have learned to recognize your state of awareness in your present, your subconscious mind and how they are connected to your higher conscious which is also your higher self. Throughout religious history we have learned of many people who have achieved very high levels of compassion, love, devotion and consciousness. Every single one of those men and women has learned to hear that "little voice" which guides them through. Being in tune with that "little voice" is essential if you want to have a meaningful existence; that "little voice" has been called Holy Ghost, Hunch, Sixth Sense, Guardian Angel, Protector, Master Guide, etc. but whatever the name there is only one thing that voice wants you to have and that is BALANCE. That voice will never give you bad instructions but only the good, the balanced, the peaceful and the love. Have you ever done something so wrong as to feel remorse? That is the little voice talking to you my friend. Or have you ever been told to "listen to your heart" for the answers? In reality and innately we know that little voice is the one we should tune to, because that is the divinity in you: the SOURCE. It does not want your wrong-doings, it only wants your progressive balance existence. It does not matter whether you believe or not, as with the Universal Laws we explained in lesson # ( 4) they function with or without your believe. There is no accident; everything has an order of things and a reason why, it revolves around the cause and effect, effect and cause relations. Luck is such a loose concept, and the so called "bad luck" is largely a misuse of energies which disappoints thousands everyday; yet everything they think and do brings about this "bad luck". We can focus this energy (redirect) on a relative who may live at a distance and we can even connect all in a single force of energy called collective consciousness. This "phenomenon" was experienced and observed scientifically during the days of 9-11. (See lesson #12, it will blow your mind). Because this energy is universal, it responds to your actions at that level as well. When you throw something on the ground as to litter, you are basically saying "I don't care about the universe"; then why should the universe care about you? When you pollute, when you kill animals for no reason, when you are wasteful, when you swear.. then in the universe, you set off cause-effect karma which will RETURN to you. But when we do it collectively, knowingly or not we also cause what is called collective karma. We must maintain a natural equilibrium not only individually but collectively because in the end, we are ALL ONE. We are all connected to each other, and we are in each other connected to the SOURCE. And the world's dogmatic views will call that source God, Ala, Buddha, etc. And to explain this let me give you an example. Picture a high mountain (or a pyramid), and on top of that mountain there is a small and narrow plateau with contains whatever your reward is promised to you, whether you call it Nirvana, Heaven, Zion, etc. And around the mountain there are roads leading to the top from the north, south, west, east, southwest, southeast, northwest, northeast. You start ascending from one point and you turn your head and you see other people ascending from the other roads as well; does it matter which road they take to get up there? Not necessarily. Does it matter where they are heading? ABSOLUTELY; for they are all heading towards the SAME GOAL. Just keep one thing in mind, if you are not ascending, you sit idle going nowhere; or worse yet, you may be descending. You see, it does not matter what the nature of the deity, for I have read ALL guidelines established by the different doctrines: Torah, Bible, Koran, etc. They ALL say pretty much the same thing, they ALL have the same PURPOSE, and that is to have a PURPOSE for being here. Allow me to tell you that to be embodied truly is a privilege and as you find and reconnect with your inner source of wisdom and guidance you will start feeling the interconnectedness of this privilege. As you progress with your understanding, awakening and awareness you gradually achieve a sense of "communion" with the SOURCE. And let me tell you, it is indeed a universe of wisdoms, ideas, love, creativity, and everything you need for all aspects of your existence; just "tap" onto it. And there examples of people who have done just that, they've "tapped" onto that SOURCE through the systematic change and alchemy of their beliefs. One of my very favorite people to read about, who was able to tap onto that "source" was Benjamin Franklin. But there are so many others: T. A. Edison, A. Carnegie, etc. Though they all had many things in common, there is one thing they all learned to do: to have their mind as a "double hinge door". A double hinge door is that such opens inward, and it opens outward; if you've seen those doors at the restaurants: the order taker brings the ticket in, and the waiter brings the food out. Something goes in, and something comes out; and as explained in lesson #5 prosperity with a purpose, you must learn to keep the energies flowing. Something comes in, something must come out: your outflow determines your inflow; as you inhale, you must exhale. It is hard to "fill a cup which is already full", and that is the sad reality of millions every day. "Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth, shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth, shall be loosed in heaven". St. Matthew 18:18 Well the same principle must be applied to the acknowledgement of your SOURCE. You must be willing to entertain the possibility that there is such a thing, even if you do not believe in anything. If you already believe in something then perhaps this paragraph is not for you and congratulations; but if not, the faster you embrace and expand your oneness with the SOURCE the faster the things you desire will manifest; for denying such possibility is to deny your own divinity, which is to say, your existence. To achieve certainty of the idea of your divinity you will have to lay aside preconceived ideas or believes which sprang out of the narrowness doctrines and dogmas that you may have picked up along the way (empty your cup); as explained in lesson #3 "Mental Alchemy" those ideas were "locked" into your beliefs system through the events in your existence since childhood; and such environments molded your beliefs and even obscured the possibilities of weaving a "tapestry" of a different kind of beliefs; a kind which usually evolves from curiosity of our own nature and questions such as: what if? And to evolve such curiosity you must learn to know yourself first. "Man, know thyself" said Socrates. If you get to know yourself, then you will start to get know your higher self; as explained on Lesson #1 all levels of conscience are related and interconnected. "That which is Below corresponds to that which is Above, and that which is Above, corresponds to that which is Below, to accomplish the miracles of the One Thing". The Emerald Tablet of Hermes Trismegistus says. This has also been translated as the short: "As above so below; as below so above" As we have explained in prior lessons energy is not created nor it is destroyed, it is simply transformed and it needs to be fluid. There is one more concept you need to meditate on: Your energy is simply BORROWED, and sooner or later that energy needs to return to the SOURCE. What you do with that BORROWED energy during your lifetime is a summary of choices. "…And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents saying, Lord, though deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more". St. Matthew 25:20 The true purpose in your existence lies around this concept: to multiply our "talents" (energy) and to overcome all obstacles to attain liberation (spiritual liberation) also known as spiritual enlightenment, nirvana, satori, kingdom of God, samadhi, heaven, and many other name. All great masters have tried to teach this principle including, Jesus, the Buddha, Lao Tzu, Mohammed, Krishnamurti, Yogananda, Ramana Marharshi , Krishnamurti, and others. In the end, the SAME PURPOSE. When you fuse all this concepts then you'll realize that a great part of that "heaven" is pretty much within you, and then you finally start to AWAKE !!!"The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: Neither shall they say, Lo here! Or, lo there! For behold, the kingdom of God is within you. St. Luke 17:21Lesson #12 Alpha and Omega When you stop for a moment in your busy day and try to think of how we have exactly 24 hours, divided in 2 segments of 12 hours each; how we have 4 seasons, how the oceans move, how the sun shines, how the moon influences our gravity, how we have rain, but without the usual "cold" dogmatic approach, you then soon start to realize everything has an intelligent beginning. In the Greek alphabet Alpha is the first letter and Omega is the last; and that is what the Lord said to John in revelation 1:8 "I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end" You must understand where you come from, to understand where you are going. That is an individual task that you must undertake outside the boundaries of your own genealogy; you also must understand that there is an aspect of divinity in you as we are creators. We are creators of our destiny and we can create a better world, all together. You must examine your religious beliefs, and determine if you are doing what you were taught to do, or are you really following your own path.United we can reach Omega We can all do something collectively to make our world a better one. You are the master of your own destiny, and it's a path you face for yourself, but not by yourself. There are thousands others reading these lessons just as you are and they also are awaking and that brings collective consciousness. Collective consciousness refers to the shared beliefs and moral attitudes which operate as a unifying force within society; collective consciousness is a mode of awareness that emerges at the first transpersonal stage of consciousness, when our identities expand beyond our egos. A crucial capacity that accompanies this awareness is the ability to intuitively sense and work with the interactions between ours and others' energy fields, physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. More of us are now becoming aware of our capacity not only to intuit each other's thoughts and emotions, but also to consciously think and create together without communicating through our five senses, but also with our "sixth sense". And sharing a group's collective goal such as religion has always played an important role in uniting members of the same effort through the creation of a common consciousness. In societies of this type such as religion, the contents of an individual's consciousness are largely shared in common with all other members of their society, creating a mechanical solidarity through mutual likeness. One great example of collective consciousness is the goal we undertook to send a man to the moon. It evolved from a single idea, and yet literally thousands united efforts in every aspect solidified for a single goal. Recently the scientific community has started to realize how we collectively can impact our world, in fact the earth's magnetic field. We are just beginning to appreciate how the fields generated by living systems and the ionosphere interact with one another. For instance, the earth and the ionosphere (*) generate a symphony of frequencies ranging from 0.01 hertz to 300 hertz, and some of the large resonances occurring in the earth's fields are in the same frequency range as those of the human heart and brain. As a consequence a number of important findings already have emerged. For example, changes in the earth's magnetic field are associated with changes in brain and nervous system activity and it's interesting to note that changes in geomagnetic conditions affect the rhythms of the heart more strongly than all the physiological functions studied so far. There is also evidence in some cases that people's brainwaves can synchronize with the rhythm of the electromagnetic waves generated in the earth's ionosphere. When people say they "feel" an impending earthquake or other planetary events, such as weather changes, it is possible that they may be reacting to the actual physical signals that occur in the earth's field prior to the event. While it is not difficult to conceive that life-forms embedded in the earth's magnetic fields could be affected by modulations in these fields, it is a more far-reaching proposition to suggest that the earth's fields can be influenced or modulated by human emotions. Nevertheless, GCI researchers (*GCI explained in paragraph #12 below) theorize that when large numbers of humans respond to a global event with a common emotional feeling, the collective response can affect the activity in the earth's field. In cases where the event evokes negative responses, this could be thought of as a planetary stress wave, and in cases where a positive wave is created, it could create a global coherence wave. This perspective is supported by research at the Institute of HeartMath (*), which has shown that emotions not only create coherence or incoherence in our bodies, but, like radio waves, also radiate outward and are detected by the nervous systems of others in our environment. It is now clear that our nervous systems detect these electromagnetic waves generated by others in our environment, but there is also evidence of a global effect when large numbers of people create similar outgoing waves. For example, research conducted by Roger Nelson and his team at Princeton University for the Global Consciousness Project utilized a worldwide network of random number generators. Their findings have provided convincing evidence that human consciousness and emotionality create or interact with a global field, which affect the randomness of these electronic devices. The largest change in the random number generators occurred during the terrorists attacks on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. Even more intriguing was the fact that the random number generators were significantly affected some four to five hours prior to the attack, suggesting a worldwide collective intuition about the impending event (See fig. 12-A below) The Global Coherence Monitoring System will directly measure the planet's magnetic field, which we postulate should be much more sensitive to the effects of emotion-based collective human interactions than can be detected with other types of detectors. For example, two National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) space weather satellites monitoring the earth's geomagnetic field also displayed a significant spike at the time of the September 11th attack and for several days thereafter, indicating the stress wave possibly caused by mass human emotion created modulations in the geomagnetic field (see Figure 12-B below). (*)This and other findings are the results of a research project called The Global Coherence Initiative is a collaborative research project with the Institute of HeartMath, Dr. Elizabeth Rauscher and other engineers and scientists to design, build and maintain a Global Coherence Monitoring System (GCMS). The GCMS will directly measure fluctuations in the magnetic fields generated by the earth and in the ionosphere. Dr Rauscher, an internationally renowned astrophysicist and nuclear scientist, has worked at such institutions as Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Lawrence Livermore Laboratory and consults regularly with NASA and the U.S. Navy. Starting in the early 1980's, she and her late husband, Dr. William Van Bise, built a sensitive magnetic field detector to monitor the geomagnetic field and pulsations and resonances associated with ionospheric excitations. Their research has led to some significant findings. For example, two or three weeks prior to earthquakes or volcanic eruptions, the earth's magnetic field changes, suggesting that a multi-station monitoring system could predict earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. Not only did Drs. Rauscher and Van Bise predict the cataclysmic eruption of Mount St. Helens in Washington, in the year and a half following the eruption, they predicted 84 percent of the seismic activity occurring within a 100 square mile area around a single detector. This finding alone would justify the development of a global monitoring system, but there are even more important reasons for doing so. If you are looking for a moral out of all this scientific explanations and findings, it is this: WE ARE ALL CONNECTED. We all can collectively, enhance or diminish many different things in our co-related existence such as natural disasters, illness and fears among other things. The principle works as this: if enough people believe it, such can actually happen. On the other hand, when it is for the wrong purposes there is a name for this, mass hysteria. Do not be contaminated with sensationalism or exploited pseudo journalistic ideologies of people who proclaim to have the answers for the end of the world and such. Now let me explain how this works: Imagine yourself in an amphitheater filled with 3 thousand people, all sitting orderly and waiting. Now imagine that each and every one of you has a flashlight on the side of your seat, but you do not know why it is there. Minutes go by and you are all waiting; then suddenly the lights go out and the entire building is placed under darkness. You pull the flash light and point it at the ceiling in hopes to illuminate the entire building, but as you may be aware, it is just not enough. Then suddenly, every single person start doing the same thing as you did and little by little as each flashlight is turned on the entire building becomes brighter and lighter until all flashlights are turned on. The entire building is now lit. The flashlight represents your sub consciousness and the amphitheater is the world. You see, maybe by yourself could not do much light, which is to say you could not magnetize this world with loving energies alone; but with enough people flashing the lights, which is to say with enough people magnetizing this world with loving energies, then we have all collectively have worked towards the same divine objective. Unfortunately such is not the case lately, at least not yet. But as more people start awakening, we all in unison can create that perfect world we all want, but it takes collective effort. It does not matter if you don't know anybody in China, Argentina, France or Australia; if enough people BELIEVE they can make it happen, it can happen, even if you don't know them !!!. As you read and re-read all the lessons I have provided and you start to analyze each one and how you came to this lines you will realize this is where I had intended to bring you to; to recognize your divinity, and understand that earth is just the school where to practice this principles. We all have the power to create, alone and collectively. There was a famous speech given by President John F. Kennedy in which he stated: "Ask not what the country can do for you, but what you can do for your country". Well allow me to take it a step further and say: Ask NOT what this world can do for you, but what YOU can do for this world. As you are awakening by now I am sure that you are even hungrier for more information, as all this lessons were just an "appetizer" for the soul. This may conclude your first 12 lessons, but it definitely does not conclude your learning, as it is an entire life process. I have prepared more lessons for you that range many topics but they all contain wisdoms and guides for your journey ahead. As you know AWAKE donates a good portion of its income to support the Renew Your Life Foundation which is a non-profit organization helping hundreds and soon thousands of homeless people and battered and abused women, to become more productive with themselves and less co dependant on charities. Should we have the honor of you placing your continuing learning experience with us remember that your support is the main backing resource for them. You are so very welcome to check Renew Your Life Foundation website and see for yourself how we are creating a difference in lots of people's lives, even one at the time. May the light of the Universal Infinite Mind light your path. Until next time you read my lines, your guide Edgar R.Alpuche "Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods? If they called them gods, unto whom the word of God came, and the scripture cannot be broken". St. John 10:34, 35.(*) The ionosphere is the uppermost part of the atmosphere, between the thermosphere and the exosphere, distinguished because it is ionized by solar radiation. It plays an important part in atmospheric electricity and forms the inner edge of the magnetosphere. It has practical importance because, among other functions, it influences radio propagation to distant places on the Earth.Lesson # 111 How to get the job that you want One of the first things you need to be aware about earning a living is that there are only 2 ways, and ways ONLY to earn money in this world, and by understanding this you will choose a job or career that better suits you. We earn a living by the exchange of something for money, either a service or a product: Exchange of services for money (Services) Exchange of products for money (Products) Exchange of products and services for money (Both service and product) Fig. 111-A. How we earn money Exchange of services Exchange of products Exchange of both Employee Selling shoes Restaurant Mechanic Selling clothes Construction Doctor Selling electronics Real state Janitor Selling furniture Nutritionist You could be a paid employee exchanging your services for money, even if you are employed as a sales clerk and you could earn commission or none. But if you do not have your own business, or if you are not self-employed you WILL spend HALF of your productive life working for somebody else who SELLS either PRODUCTS OR SERVICES! Peculiarly enough in either case we DO SELL something besides products, even if such is the case, and that is our TIME. Obviously we sell our time almost exclusively when we are employees, the question is how much are you worth? Fig. 111-B. Pay rates same company but different position. Job Position Hourly Wages Weekly Hours TOTAL CHECK CLERK $8 40 $320 ASSISTANT MANAGER $10 40 $400 MANAGER $15 35 $525 WE ALL HAVE THE SAME HOURS, but are worth different. What today's employers are looking for, are two things and two things only: TO SAVE MONEY and TO MAKE MONEY. In this challenging economy employers are reluctant to hire new people unless you can bring something that keeps A BALANCE in between: saving money and making money; in other words if there is a sense that you are going to be part of the expenses, then chances are that you will not get hired. But if you bring PRODUCTIVITY to the table then the employer's views changes. BUILDING A RESUME The first thing you need to do to increase your chances of being hired you is to have a resume. You can create a professional one with so many programs now inexpensively available; you can download templates from the internet and there are many agencies in your town that will help you build one for free. As of 4/01/10 the unemployment rate is 9% nationwide; that means that for every 100 people, 9 of them DO NOT have a job. In my hometown of Las Vegas Nevada the unemployment rate is 13% which is higher than the average nationwide rate; I am sure you can do the math. So employers go through hundreds of resumes and applications and MOST get discarded. You need to bring something to the employer's table that has to be unique and productive and that IS what you need to list on your resume. People getting hired aren't necessarily the most connected, but the MORE CREATIVE! You do not need to lie but be "poetic" about the way you describe your past employment; you need to substitute certain words that look "boring" and "repetitive" and use words that highlight the importance of what you did. Let's look at the next chart: Fig. 111-Resume wording Usual description (Prospect 1) New description (Prospect 2) Employer's Views Filed customers data folders Was in charge of maintaining, organizing and structuring a filing system for existing and new customers. Prospect 1 did only as told. Prospect 2 duties were really relevant to his/hers employer. Handled incoming calls. Greeted incoming callers with great courtesy and etiquette. Prospect 1 just handled calls. Prospect 2 was an asset to employer. Was in charge of 5 employees. Managed, trained and supervised productivity of 5 employees Prospect 1 probably just bossed around; prospect 2 really developed teams. Was in charge of bookkeeping Oversaw all aspects of accounting such as aging, accounts reconciliation, accounts receivables and payables with quick books accounting With prospect 1 not sure of the extent of his/her knowledge. Prospect 2 is very knowledgeable, especially in the software we use. Did customer service and data entry. Performed customer service duties addressing customer's complaints and establishing solutions. Processed computerized data entry. Prospect 1 is knowledgeable but prospect 2 is a problem solver who is also a good candidate for the customer service manager position. You have to understand that if you do not have much work experience then you may have to start from the bottom, but the good news is that many of today's millionaires started that way and there is no shame in it. But you have to realize that the only thing that made difference in them is the way they THOUGHT; instead of saying "Oh same crap, different day", their way of thinking was: "Different day, another opportunity". You have to be like a sponge and absorb EVERYTHING you can about your place of work. If you demonstrate curiosity and willingness employers usually take notice, and if you can learn the ins and outs you can catapult yourself into some management position which is of higher paying rate, also saving you even years of hard work (see Fig #111-B). Remember, with more power, comes more responsibility. Not only do you have to be knowledgeable of the business, but you have to demonstrate the ability to delegate and manage other people without being a tyrant. I strongly suggest you look in your community or libraries for books or for the free classes they sometimes offer in regards to people's management. If you are lacking the necessary experience for the position sought, then you can do other things. Try to get letters of reference or recommendations from your past employers, prominent people in your church, teachers or important people who may know you; employers sometimes hire "attitudes". A very large number of important companies are switching the way they take applications, and they have people apply online through the internet. When building your resume, especially if it is electronically (via email nowadays) try to attach a photo of yourself on the resume; in doing so, obviously try to have a smile and have a neat appearance. A smile says a lot, especially if you are going to work with other people. At the beginning of your resume you need to put some sort of "mission statement" or objective. DO NOT put that you are applying just for "any" position or "open". You have to be specific about the position even if such position is not the one being offered. Be neat and make sure there are not typos, errors or grammar misspelling. Make sure you list every single job experience, even if you think they may not be relevant to the position you are applying for, but always put WHAT YOU LEARNED at each job. Prospect employers will take that as you being somebody who is continuously learning and that you bring such characteristic treat to the table. You have to stand out of the crowd and therefore you have to be different. You have to make the prospect employer think that is NOT about what they can do for you, but what YOU CAN DO for them; give them the sense that you are looking for a career. "Do not bring you need, bring your seed" says business philosopher Jim Rohn. THE INTERVIEW So they called you for an interview and that is half the battle and you have impressed them; that means they literally said "come and tell us personally what you can do for us", when they could have never called you, and so now it us your job NOT to mess it up. The first thing you need to do is some "recon" about the place of employment: if it is a restaurant come down and have a meal, observe. If it is an insurance office get "anonymous" quotes over the phone or internet and get facts, names, and comparisons. If it's a marketing firm see the work they've done, who is their competitors, etc; in short find out as much as you can about the business so when the opportunity presents itself or if asked you will show you are serious and knowledgeable. Arrive AT LEAST 5 minutes early and be as courteous as you can. If you smoke try and not to smoke before going to the interview and dress as neatly as possible; remember first impressions say more than the whole interview; it is said you only have about 11 seconds to impress someone. Before anything else COMPLIMENT the interviewer in a way that is not a "cheap praise" and do not talk until you are spoken or given the opportunity to talk. Smile, but do not overdo it. Be confident but not cocky, sit straight and try not to cross your legs or your arms. KEEP EYE CONTACT at all times even when talking, as long as possible; but remember is not a staring contest. Be expressive but don't talk too much; just go straight to the point. Do not elaborate too much and just be calm, sincere and speak clear and with a humble authority. Develop your personal elevator pitch. Many structured interviews, particularly those at large companies, start with a question like "tell me about yourself." The interviewer doesn't really want you to go back to grade school and talk about your childhood. This is a specific question with a specific answer...in two minutes or so, the interviewer wants to get you to relax and loosen out your vocal cords, understand your background, your accomplishments, why you want to work at XYZ company and what your future goals are. DO NOT answer "yeah", "yeh", "yup" or any slang. Use proper English and respond with a Sir, or Ma'm unless you were trusted to call the interviewer by his/her name or last name. The quality of your answers will determine the chances of employment. If you do not know something be sincere and acknowledge that you don't, but redirect the answer with that of what YOU DO KNOW. Be patience and look for that window of opportunity to briefly compliment them on something you researched on about them or make a brief good comment about the facilities, the personnel, the location, etc. something that tells them you are a detail oriented person. DO NOT ASK how much they pay or about the benefits, let THEM tell you and they will at the right moment; otherwise you will sound desperate or that you just want a paycheck. If you are given "open book" to talk, then this is the window to first talk about all what you've researched on the company, but in a brief and proactive way; give your honest opinion but more importantly of all offer a SOLUTION OR IDEA FOR IMPROVEMENTS and this is where you will shine. DO NOT criticize or be too harsh on your ideas of improvement; you need to realize that so far it has worked for them, and if your ideas are good enough then they are to be implemented but they need to be a smooth transition. Lastly, in the closing offer the opportunity to do a probation period of employment; this usually impresses the prospect employer and shows you are confident. Thank them for their time and be polite and request a business card if none was given to you. Prepare for a behavioral interview. You might be asked to describe problems you've encountered in the past and how you handled them, or you'll be given a hypothetical situation and asked what you would do. They'll basically want to know how you'll perform when faced with obstacles in the position you're interviewing for. Be able to give honest, detailed examples from your past, even if the question is hypothetical (e.g. "I would contact the customer directly, based on my past experience in a different situation in which the customer was very pleased to receive a phone call from the supervisor"). You might find yourself listing facts and if so, remember that in this kind of interview, you need to tell a story. Some questions you might be asked are: "Describe a time you had to work with someone you didn't like." "Tell me about a time when you had to stick by a decision you had made, even though it made you very unpopular." "Give us an example of something particularly innovative that you have done that made a difference in the workplace." "How would you handle an employee who's consistently late?" Oh no, we are not done. A day after the interview, send them either an email or a thank you card for the time they spent on you. That IS the closing deal; just by doing this will show you are a thoughtful and appreciative person. Regardless of how long you last on any employment it is UP TO YOU to leave a good impression or opposite. Remember, people nowadays getting hired aren't necessarily the most connected, they are the most creative…"If you work on your goals, your goals will go to work for you; if you work on your plan, your plan will go to work for you. Whatever good things we build end up building us". Jim Rohn THANK YOU !!!