The Prediction and The Prophecy Contained in the Dream Symbols Found in a Literary Book

I was able to better understand the meaning of dreams after studying Carl Jung’s method of dream interpretation because I was a literature writer. The unconscious mind gives us artistic talents and religious inclinations, besides producing our dreams.

I needed all the help I could have because I had inherited too much absurdity into the wild side of my conscience (anti-conscience). The anti-conscience is the wild side of the human conscience, which generates mental illnesses within the human side of our conscience.

I would surely become schizophrenic like my father without following psychotherapy. The divine unconscious mind gave me a great literary in order to help me keep my sensitivity alive.

Besides that, I had to be able to clearly understand the unconscious messages in dreams. This was the only way I could save my mental stability before losing my mind. My own literature helped me better decipher the hidden meaning of dreams.

I also had to continue Carl Jung’s research and discover the anti-conscience that he couldn’t see. I had to prove to the world that our dreams are sent by God, and help Him put an end to terrorism on Earth. My mission was very difficult. God had prepared me for accepting a crucifixion.

I had to accept obeying God’s will instead of doing what my own conscience desired.

My human conscience was almost dead. My anti-conscience had already practically destroyed my conscience. I understood the severity of my mental illness, understanding that my obedience to the unconscious wisdom was a true salvation from terror and despair. I recognized my own absurdity, and my incapacity to decide alone what to do in my life. Thus, I humbly accepted precisely obeying the unconscious mind, which works like a natural doctor.

My work is the result of my obedience to the unconscious wisdom, after discovering the unconscious sanctity, which Jung couldn’t perceive.

The prediction and the prophecy contained in the dream symbols found in a literary book, which I wrote after passing through the worst experience of my life, helped me discover the cure for all mental illnesses.

Without knowing this fact, I was a prophet. The symbolism contained in my literature revealed the existence of a prophecy, besides the existence of a prediction. A prophecy is a message of divine truth revealing God’s will. This prophecy was found in the book I had written after suffering from a terrible car accident, losing my dearest friend Marina, who was only 22-years-old. I was 15-years-old at the time.

I lost my memory for a month, and the coordination of my movements during six months. My recuperation was a true miracle.

I had to suffer from this terrible accident in order to start writing the strange romance entitled ‘The Philanthropic Beggar’ a year later. I started writing it in Portuguese, in Sao Paulo – Brazil, where I was born. I kept writing it during my long trip to the USA and Greece for two years.

I took 6 years in order to finish writing this complicated romance, which had a philosophical style very different from everything I had read before. At the time I was writing it, I even thought that I was creating a new literary style with this strange novel. It was classical and modern at the same time. All dialogues ended on rhymes.

I finished writing ‘The Philanthropic Beggar’ a few days before getting married, when I was almost 22-years-old. This book was never published, but it gave me the key of knowledge. I could better understand the meaning of dreams after translating the symbolic meaning of the dream symbols I found in this literary work.

All the personages of the book were archetypes. Archetypes are very important dream symbols found in all civilizations and historical times. They represent facts that belong to the human race. Archetypes are life experiences that are common to the human race.

When I managed to clearly translate the meaning of the symbols I found in my literary work, I could clearly understand the symbolic unconscious language.

I even thought that if Carl Jung could read my literary book he would surely understand that it was a true treasure. ‘The Philanthropic Beggar’ contained so many dream symbols that when I could identify their existence it would become very clear to me that the real author of this story was not me, the supposed author, but the unconscious mind.

I was writing the unconscious words, while believing that I was writing the story of my hero. The beggar’s thoughts were the thoughts of my ego. At the same time, my magical inspiration was dictating me the unconscious words. I was following my inspiration, while having in mind only the literary meaning of the story.

This book was a true treasure that helped me very much in many ways. However, more important than the comprehension of the true meaning of the dream images thanks to the translation of the dream symbols contained in this book, was the knowledge I acquired for being able to clearly understand the unconscious language.

‘The Philanthropic Beggar’ contains a prediction and a prophecy. A prophecy is a message of divine truth revealing God’s will.

This book showed me the truth I would discover after continuing Carl Jung’s research in the unknown region of the human psyche in a literary form, even before I could learn how to translate the meaning of dreams. The beggar’s story was a prediction. It prepared me to discover the satanic origin of the human being, and the divine origin of the unconscious mind that produces our dreams.

The tragic accident and the strange romance I wrote inspired by the unconscious mind prepared me for discovering the satanic content of the anti-conscience, which occupies the biggest part of our brain. The anti-conscience is our primitive and evil personality.

I discovered that we are in fact under-developed and evil primates. We must fight against the absurdity imposed by our anti-conscience in order to keep our mental health.

I could predict that I would make these scientific discoveries even before discovering them, while I was writing the ‘Philanthropic Beggar’ during my adolescence, and during the period of time while I was atheist. After suffering from the tragic accident and losing my friend Marina I stopped believing in the existence of God.

My atheism lasted six years, exactly during the period of time while I was writing the ‘Philanthropic Beggar’. This book was helping me analyze the meaning of life, so that I would be able to discover that God exists, after writing it.

The prediction contained in the symbolic meaning of this book became clearer when I was finally able to translate the symbolic meaning of the dream symbols contained in this literary book. This happened only when I had already studied Carl Jung’s method of dream interpretation during four years, and I was finally able to accurately translate the meaning of dreams, in the beginning of 1988, when I was 27-years-old.

The beggar’s failure was a prediction. I would discover that human beings cannot find peace and happiness alone.

Now, here is the prophecy contained in the symbolic meaning of the dream images found in the literary book I wrote when I was a teen:

The philanthropic beggar was my central hero. He had a terrible enemy, a white rock that lived in clouds, over the gray city. The beggar wanted to bring peace, abundance, and happiness to Earth, but the rock didn’t let him save the poor.

While I was writing this book, I was in the position of the beggar. I, the author, agreed with the beggar’s ideas. I believed that the rock represented what is evil, and that the beggar was a hero who wanted to save humanity from poverty.

The philanthropic beggar also wanted to bring peace to our world because there was an invisible war on Earth, besides all visible wars.

I could see only the literary side of this story. However, when I learned how to translate the symbolism contained in my book, I saw that the meaning of the rock, as well as the meaning of all the other personages of this book was totally different from their literary meaning.

The beggar represents a sinner who refuses to obey God’s will. The white rock represents purity and truth; thus, it represents God. God didn’t let the beggar save the poor because the beggar, who was a sinner, didn’t respect God’s wisdom.

This part of the book was explaining why God seems to be cruel, while this is not true. Absurd sinners cannot put an end to poverty based on their crazy ideas. In order to eliminate poverty on Earth, all sinners must obey God’s wisdom.

Another interesting personage of the story was an old man who had a very long beard.

He was behind a picture in the wall, and he was crying all the time. He had no hope of salvation. This old man was there behind the picture, but also inside the human psyche.

He represented the divine unconscious mind, which is always sad because of the evilness contained in our anti-conscience. In other words, this old man represented God himself, who is everywhere.

The unconscious mind that produces our dreams is God’s mind. God suffers all the time because we are evil.

There were many strange personages in the story of the philanthropic beggar.

The beggar traveled with his granddaughter in order to look for peace and abundance far from the gray city, but they could only find misleading theories in their way.

In the end of the story they discovered that hatred was a poison that didn’t let love live in the human heart.

It was impossible to put an end to the invisible war that separates all human beings.

The beggar’s failure prepared me for discovering that it is impossible to put an end to terrorism on Earth. Only a miracle can save humanity.

This miracle exists – it is the unconscious wisdom, but it cannot save all human beings, unless they eliminate the hatred accumulated in their hearts.

We must always forgive and love our enemies. Only compassion can eliminate poverty and terror.

How to Lucid Dream With Reality Testing

Lucid dreaming is very normal and extremely common. Basically, it means that one is aware they are dreaming, while they are dreaming. One becomes aware that they are in a lucid dream when they realize that the situation that they are dreaming about is really impossible. One case of this is flying, or talking to a lost loved one.

Lucid dreaming has many benefits such as increasing problem solving skills by figuring things out subconsciously or facing one’s fears by doing something that you are normally afraid of. There are ways that one can accomplish lucid dreaming. One of those examples is reality testing.

Reality testing is a great way for beginners to learn how to lucid dream. The first part of reality testing is actually to do a reality test. This can be done by something as simple as reading some text. For example, to do this it would help if you had a book and you looked at the title. Let’s assume the title is “See Spot Run.” Then, imagine to yourself that the text actually says “101 Dalmatians.” The point of this is to see if the text changes. It has been researched that text changes up to ninety five percent if you re-read things at least twice. If the text changes, you are dreaming and can continue to the next step.

Now you must imagine that your environment you are in is totally a dream. This includes all the senses of your body. Now you can imagine that the book is flying off the table, or maybe you are reading the book while flying. The last step is imagine that you are enjoying the activity you are doing. Lucid dreams should be of fun experiences, so you might as well enjoy them!

Writers Write

So you say you are a writer. Writing is your lifelong dream.

Don’t let anyone fool you – following a dream is for those who are encouraged by little things in life. Staying on course is for those who are boosted up by teeny weeny signs of success.

Or, no signs at all.

Following a dream is not for the faint hearted. It is not for the easily discouraged.

Writing is a dream path like that. It is hard at times to go to that blank sheet of paper and crank out words from the ethers of your brain. Creating fictional characters and places and things from seemingly nowhere.

Where were they a moment ago and how do you keep finding them?

And, if you are a commercial writer, it is hard to stare at technical and trade-specific jargon in one more research study and decipher and translate it into recognizable words that can be read without a dictionary in a self-help magazine. It is after all, your job to make the writing useful, not send the reader back to school.

Will you be able to stand one more assignment on a subject like the mating ritual of the tse tse fly and how their larvae hatch?

Hopefully your answer to the first question was something like ‘I don’t care’ and your answer to the second was something calm and affirming like, ‘Yes’.

Because, you see, a writer writes.

It almost does not matter what the topic is, a real writer will write it.

Sure, there will be ideas and suggestions that cook your goose, boil your egg, (insert your own metaphor here) much more than others, but for writers who love to write it is a physical as well as a mental labor of love.

In other words, a writer writes because it feels… good.

Write daily, write well.

Activities announced for 'One Book, One Michiana' – South Bend Tribune

SOUTH BEND — Trivia night, an English tea, sonnet readings, book discussions, a birthday party and a Shakespeare Faire are among the events planned for this year’s “One Book, One Michiana” series focusing on the play “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” by William Shakespeare.

“One Book, One Michiana” events will take place April 1-30 at area libraries and other sites in the community.

All events are open to the general public. Most of the events are free, and a few require advance registration.

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” one of Shakespeare’s best known comedies, is the “One Book, One Michiana” selection for 2016. The play’s plot revolves around four young lovers, a group of amateur actors, a few jealous fairies and an enchanted forest. This year marks the 400th anniversary of the death of the famous English playwright.

Here are some of the events planned:

l April 1: Trivia Night competition at the Main Library, 304 S. Main St., starting at 7 p.m. Ten rounds, including 100 questions. Entry fee is $120 for a table of eight. Participants must be 21 to enter. Bring your own snacks, cash bar available. Register your team in advance by calling 574-282-4670.

l 2 p.m. April 2: A courtly English tea at the Centre Township Branch, 1150 E. Kern Road. Free. Advance registration required by calling 574-251-3700.

l 1 p.m. April 5: Free screening of the 1999 film adaptation of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” followed at 3 p.m. by a related crafts event, at Buchanan District Library, 128 E. Front St., Buchanan.

l 6 p.m. April 12: A demonstration of how to create a faerie garden. Free. Advance registration required by calling 574-271-5144.

l 5 p.m. April 13: Attend a taping of the show “Dinner and a Book: A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at WNIT-Channel 34. Register in advance at 574-282-4646.

l 2 p.m. April 15: Tea at Tippecanoe Place restaurant, 620 W. Washington St. Join local actors Mary Ann Moran and Bill Svelmoe for a presentation of some of the scenes from “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Cost is $17.50 per person, cash or check payable at the event. Register in advance at 574-282-4646.

l April 17 to 23: Shakespeare sonnet readings at various library locations.

l 6 p.m. April 26: Birthday party in honor of Shakespeare. Free. Center for Digital Scholarship, Hesburgh Library, Notre Dame

l 11:30 to 4:30 p.m. April 30: A Shakespeare Faire in Leeper Park East in South Bend. Free. There will be musicians, storytellers, artisans, actors and combat artists bringing Renaissance and Elizabethan England to life.

The St. Joseph County Public Library each year picks a book or other literary work and encourages area residents to read and discuss it, and explore related films and other works. Many copies of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” are available at SJCPL in various formats, including print, audio, film and e-books.

For a complete schedule, see: libraryforlife.org/one-book.

Lessons Learned From Hay House Publishing’s Writing From the Soul Workshop

A few weeks ago, I was afforded the opportunity to attend the Writing from the Soul workshop sponsored by Hay House Publishing. The workshop presenters were Reid Tracy, Hay House President and CEO, Nancy Levin, Hay House Events Coordinator and poet, and Dr. Wayne Dyer, author of over 40 books including, Your Erroneous Zones, The Power of Intention, and most recently, Wishes Fulfilled. Dr. Dyer also stars in the movie produced by Hay House titled The Shift.

The purpose of the workshop was to coach aspiring writers to realize and publish the book of their dreams. They promised to provide inside tips for getting a publisher’s attention as well as reviewing the pros and cons of traditional publishing versus self-publishing.

Reid Tracy, Hay House President/ CEO, brought the importance of “becoming known” to life. The main point was that in a world with no virtual boundaries, there are steps writers must take if they hope to get a publishing contract. Here are the major “take-away” points from the workshop.

  1. There are A LOT of aspiring writers in the world. At this workshop alone, there were 500 physical attendees and another 300 who joined by virtual streaming. Hay House is putting on another workshop by the same title in New York in a few months. Since the workshops are recorded, expect a Writing from the Soul product to be available for purchase in the coming months. The good news is Hay House is really doing us a service by teaching us the ropes of the publishing world. The tougher news is that there is plenty of competition, which is why this information is so critical.
  2. Writing and publishing a book is not a get-rich quick scheme. Reid Tracy shared the cold hard facts. Every year, traditional publishers add 80,000 new books to the market. Of the 80,000, only 300 produce sales over $50,000 per year. Comparatively, approximately 200,000 self-published books hit the market in a variety of formats including hard cover and eBooks and they generate even less in sales.
  3. Prepare emotionally for the task ahead. This treasure came directly from Wayne Dyer. He recommended making two lists. At the top of List One, write the following: “Everything I’m willing to do to make my dream come true.” At the top of the List Two, write: “Everything I’m not willing to do to make my dream come true.” To reach your goal and make your dream come true, there should be only one entry on the second list, and it should read: I’m unwilling to do anything that conflicts with others’ moral rights to do what they want to do. The first list should contain an endless list of items that show, aside from the one item on the second list, you’re willing to do anything and everything to make your dream come true.
  4. Social proof is the way of the world. In other words, the burden of proof, which includes selling to the public your expertise and your ability to “get known,” is on you, the author. In a global market, publishing companies won’t even look at your beautifully written document unless you’ve already built yourself a platform. It doesn’t matter what you’re trying to say or sell, you can’t do it without a lot of involvement with social media. At a minimum, you must have a Facebook fan page and garner as many followers as possible. Twitter followers are important as well, mostly because you can link your Facebook and Twitter accounts to acquire more traffic. A website is also a must. Most people set up a blog of some sort with the most crucial attribute being your ability to acquire subscribers who provide their email addresses with the hope of getting great information and an occasional freebie delivered directly to their email inbox. The point is social media is viewed as an invaluable tool in the publishing world for getting in front of as many people as possible. According to Reid Tracy, having a platform or not will most likely result in the difference between getting a publishing contract or not.
  5. Build a personal brand. Through all the involvement with social media, it’s important to realize that what you’re actually doing is building a personal brand for yourself. You are telling the world who you are, what your areas of interest are (This is important for identifying a target audience and potential followers), why you do what you do, and how it will benefit them. Remember, the Internet is a vast and open space. A potential fan can Google your name at any time and see content to which you’ve contributed, including blog and YouTube comments. Going public means opening yourself up to all levels of vulnerability so be smart and consistent in the content you present.
  6. Promote yourself. Even though there is a lot of competition in a global market, there are also a lot of opportunities. Don’t wait for the once-in-a-lifetime interview opportunity with Oprah. Start promoting yourself now. The easiest way to do this is by finding communities with a similar target population and start commenting on various blog posts. There are multiple benefits to this approach in that you have the potential to tap into a market that is already established and you can often insert a link back to your blog or Facebook page. Once you’ve identified blogs who have the potential to reach your target population, you can approach the blog owner and offer to write a guest post. Again, you’re expanding your reach and linking back to your page. You can do the same thing with YouTube and LinkedIn, both of which have rapidly growing social media audiences.
  7. Decide on a publishing medium. The advantage of the digital age is that you are no longer bound by the narrow opportunities offered by traditional publishing houses. In fact, you don’t have to worry about costs associated with self-publishing if you take a strictly digital route. The only disadvantage to this approach is that you will be the needle in the haystack unless you’ve established an extremely strong social media platform and have already started touring the speaking circuit. The other thing to realize with eBook publication is that most of the distributors (Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple, Sony, etc.) require the document be formatted specifically for their devices. Rather than trying to be your own distributor, it’s a good idea to get associated with eBook publishers that help with the distribution. Hay House has their own self-publishing company called Balboa Press, but there are other online services such as Smashwords.com that will distribute your product in several different formats to all of the above named online stores except Amazon, and that’s in the works. Expect to make only a small percentage on the sale of your book compared to what the publisher or distributor makes. If you self-publish on Amazon, you can make 70% of the profit if you price your product under $9.99. If you price your book over $9.99, then you only make 35% of the profit. Why? According to Amazon market research, people don’t really want to pay more than $9.99 for an eBook. Of course, if you go with a traditional publisher, you can expect to make only 7-15% of the profits because of the production costs associated with publishing your book. This is another reason why traditional publishers want you to have your platform well established. They don’t want to have to sell your book for you, especially if you’re new to the jungle.
  8. Find an agent. For someone who has never published, this might seem a bit overwhelming. NEVER pay a potential agent a lot of money up-front. Remember, they are going to work for you. With that said, you want to make sure you hire someone who has experience and a record of success to prove it. Of course, if you’re an unknown, you’re not going to go prancing into one of the top agencies and get noticed. One approach is to think about the communities you’ve started to participate in as part of your platform development. Look for people who have successfully published and approach them for a referral to their agent. If the referral approach isn’t an option, the next best step is to start writing query letters to reputable companies. Reid Tracy specifically recommended looking at publishersmarketplace.com.
  9. Get organized. As both Reid Tray and Wayne Dyer pointed out at the workshop, not all creative people are particularly organized. Wayne noted: “It’s okay. Not all people’s brains work that way.” He said, “I know mine doesn’t.” If your brain doesn’t work that way, than it will be critical to find an editor you can work with whose brain does work that way. Why do you have to be organized? Because you have to write a book proposal that not only tells the agent what your book is about, but is also sells the book to the agent. The proposal needs to include a plan for marketing analysis and promotion (Hello platform) as well as a competitive analysis showing how your book compares to other well-known books in your niche.
  10. Hire an editor. I know. We all think that just because we aspire to be writers that we can write (and spell). The last thing you want to do is present your agent with a manuscript that is full of spelling or grammatical errors. A good editor will make sure that never happens. Another important role for an editor is to make sure your document makes sense. It’s a good litmus test for the general public. You might know what you mean, but if it’s not written in such a way that other people get it too, you’re doomed to failure.
  11. Write from your soul. Yep, this was the last lesson learned. Wayne Dyer claims that he hasn’t written any of his books. Although he’s been the muscle behind the movement of the pen, the content came from a higher place. His message: Have fun. Let the words flow through you and you might be surprised at what you find comes out in the end.

Live Your Dreams Speaker to Overcome Doubt and Experience Dream Fulfillment

Has God said?

Some will say

Allowing their doubt

To get in the way

To them I exhort

Don’t get hung up

On the matter of how

That’s right I said

Don’t get hung up on how

Take God at His Word

Let circumstances bow!

Believe God’s Word

And let it above all else

Be hearkened to and heard

Undoubtedly God is sure

Tested over time and pure

Desirous to bless humanity

Uplift us above what we see

Take us into our dreams fully

Exceedingly and abundantly

Above and beyond all we think

Surpassing what we in prayer ask

Silencing skeptic friends and relatives

Critical acquaintances and nuisances

Sometimes causing commotion

Among unbelieving believers

Lying accusers and opponents

They who fight the word of faith

By which we live in God’s grace

As we press on to behold His face

Looking beyond the forms of this world

Persevering past the problems of the day

Not letting difficulties get in our way

Neither allowing challenges to bury us

On the contrary, allowing them to propel us

Move us forward into the loving arms of God

Into the personal promised land we have

That inheritance which God has foretold

We move toward it with faith being bold

Anything less causes us to pitifully perish

Let us arise with fiery hearts and not grow old

Until we lay hold fully of what God has foretold

Apprehending promises and His divine Presence

Christ our portion providing for us His abundance

And when our life is spent we shall have no regrets.

Write Your First Book As an Ebook – 7 Reasons to Make Your First Book an Ebook

Are you one of the millions of people who want to write a book in your life? If you have a book in you, think about reaching your dream by starting with an online written book, called an ebook. Here are 7 reasons to make your first book an ebook.

1. Write Your Dream Book. Writing books is a dream of many, but few have the understanding of what it takes to get a book written. One of the hottest ways to get your ideas into a book is to write and market an ebook. If you have a story to share or other information, consider writing an eBook first in order to see your name in print, fast.  

2. Write for you. If you have a burning desire to write your book, think about writing it for yourself. You can write your first book just so you can print it, put it in a binder and have it as a powerful visual reminder of how great it will be to put your words in writing for others. This can be the inspiration you need to write for a public audience.  

3. Write for others. Writing for others is what most people really want to do. For the business and professional person, writing a book is a way to express your wisdom, share business ideas, gain clients, and build your professional reputation. You could write for your family as well as others you will never meet.    

4. Write for Money. Writing an ebooks as your first book is a fabulous way to earn money in your business. People enjoy reading information in a compact way. That why ebooks are so popular on the web. Writing a book is more complex than writing an eBook so start writing and selling an eBook and progress from there.  

5. Write Simply. Writing an eBook is actually a very simple process. The only equipment you need is a word processing program and access to the Internet. You need a topic and a structure for your ebook. This can sound complicated but when you know how to put these elements in place, you can have success to write a very simple eBook that speaks to the heart of your readers.  

6. Write Short Ebooks. Writing an eBook doesn’t have to take a long time because it can be very short. Ebooks are getting smaller and shorter as people get more stressed and busier. An eBook between 50 – 75 pages seems to be the norm these days depending on the topic.  This short length means you are not wasting space and paper with fluff but getting straight to the point. This makes your eBook much more interesting for the reader.  

7. Write Creatively. Be creative as you write your ebook. Think about the people who will read what you have to say. They will purchase or download your eBook to get the information you provide when you write in an engaging manner. Write a concise, easy to read book that is informative and helpful and you could be on your way to building a following with your ebooks.  

If you really want to get that book out of you, start with an ebook. It’s quicker, easier and more focused. You can do it when you know how.

How to Prime Your Mind for Greatness – TIME

“The new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book waiting to be written.” — by Melody Beattie

If you’ve got the blahs, or you’re feeling the blues, here’s a way to make this your best year ever. You can prime your mind for growth and greatness.

You will find all the kindling you need right here to find your personal motivation, draw from inspiration and blaze your trail forward.

Priming Sets the Stage

In practice, you can just think of priming as a way to make ready or to prepare. You might hear people say “prime the pump” to mean encourage the growth or action of something.

Or you might see an athlete who is primed and ready for action.

Whether priming works because of mirroring and our innate tendency to imitate, or our reticular activating system, or our subconscious mind, what’s important is that you can prime yourself for better results.

You can create new frames of reference to draw from.

You can fill your mind with hope, aspirations and bold ambitions to crowd out fear, failures, and regrets.

Ways to Prime Your Mind for YOUR Best Year Ever

Here are some ideas on how to prime your mind for great results – to live your best year ever – and make it your epic year …

1. Prime your mind with great books. Books are a powerful way to fill your mind with possibility, as well as to turn insights into actions, and how to turn dreams into strategies and realities. I have a Great Books Page along with books on personal development, leadership, creativity and more.

2. Prime your mind with great people. You can inspire yourself with inspiring people. I draw from a lot of amazing people. I’m a fan of living the mantra “stand on the shoulders of giants.” I live and learn vicariously through some of the planets biggest heroes and their life’s work. For me, I like to draw from people like John Wooden, Zig Ziglar, John Maxwell, Richard Branson, Tony Robbins, Bruce Lee, Oprah Winfrey, Chalene Johnson, Marie Forleo, Cha~zay and more. I have a large collection of lessons learned on my Great People Page.

3. Prime your mind with great quotes. Quotes are a great way to swap our or squeeze out negative thoughts with better, more empowering mental mantras. You can change your entire mental landscape by cultivating a garden of great thoughts from the wisdom of the ages and modern sages. I have a Great Quotes Page, along with quotes for life, motivation, inspiration, happiness, and more.

4. Prime your mind with amazing feats. Fill your mind with amazing stories of the art of the possible. At age 70, Jack LaLanne, a physical phenomenon, swam for a mile, while shackled and hand-cuffed, against strong winds and currents, towing 70 rowboats, one with several guests in it. Wim “The Iceman” Hoffclimbed Everest and Kilimanjaro in only shorts and shoes, and holds 20 Guinness World Records for withstanding extreme temperatures. Watch Stan Lee’s Superhumans to really stretch your imagination while rooted in reality. Read success stories of medical miracles with ordinary people that got extraordinary results on Dr. Furhman’s site.

5. Read stories of personal transformation. This is where it all starts. If you have changes you’d like to see in your life, look for some stories of personal transformation that inspire you. Nothing beats a story where you walk away feeling, “I can do that, too.” Here is my story of personal transformation, but many people have shared their stories in books, blogs, movies, and more.

6. Build your own personal effectiveness toolbox. We invented the wheel a long time ago. It’s time to upgrade to some modern tools for the modern mind. Here’s how to build your own personal effectiveness toolboxso you can realize your potential.

7. Build a vision board. A great way to prime your mind is to imagine your desired future state. Use pictures. Find the images that represent the kind of life you want to live. The key here is to find the images that make you come alive in an authentic way. What do you want to spend more time doing? Who do you want to spend more time with? What new things do you want to learn? Who character traits do you want to develop? Use these prompts to create a collage of your ideal life. Dream big. Here is an example Vision Board I built with Pinterest.

Are you primed to make this your best year ever?

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This piece originally appeared on Sources of Insight

Who Stole The American Dream? – A Book Review

When Burke Hedges wrote the book ” Who Stole The American Dream” he had no way of knowing at that time what was going to come in the economy and job market in America today. Just how does what he said in the early 1990’s help us almost 20 years later. The jobless rate is high, higher than it has been in years, there really does not seem to be job security maybe even less than what he stated in the book at the time of printing. How big of role should network marketing play in today’s world and how can you get involved?

What is the American Dream? Is one of the first questions asked in the book. Maybe it is a little different for everyone but a common thread seems to be financial freedom, to be able to do what you want when you want. The sad truth is that at age 65 nearly 95% of all people are dead, dead broke, still working, or dependent on family, church, or state. That means only 5% are financially independent upon retirement. What happened to the American Dream?

Network Marketing is a term that almost everyone has heard but maybe it has been linked to other terms like pyramid scheme, Ponzi scheme, multi-level pyramid could all be things stated about the network marketing industry. Did you know that the multi-level pyramid it a natural structure and every oragnization that distributes goods and services is a pyramid shape with multi-levels? According to the book American businesses, government, education, and even churches are pyramids. Pyramids like anything can be good or bad. There are both legal and illegal pyramids and what makes it a scheme is when the value stops flowing down. Carlo “Charles” Ponzi created the largest money taking scheme making a name for himself when ever a bi rip-off takes place it is now called a Ponzi Scheme. The book goes on to state the largest pyramid scheme in the world is legal and it was created by the U.S. government and is called Social Security.

Burke goes on to explain how charities and education are helping to steal the American Dream. Big charities are non-profit for you and me but huge profits for the hypocrites that run them. Just when you though that you were helping kids or cancer research you have now found out that the directors have taken hundreds of thousands for themselves and added perks like luxury vacations with your donations. Not just a pyramid scheme but illegal,unethical,and immoral.

Next he gets into education. Colleges and universities are big business and should be judged by their production. About 90% of all graduates are not working in the field that they went to school for in the first place. If not for endowments these institutions would not survive. If they were forced to operate like a real business they would go bankrupt in a year. What other options are there?

Many people choose to open their own small business to try and reach the American Dream. The fact is that 90 percent of all conventional small businesses failing the first 5 years and of the ten percent that make it past that only a few make it past ten years. It is harder and harder for small businesses to be successful in the market today. Franchising is another option but you have to have such a substantial amount of money to buy one then add the real estate and equipment. The profit in this type of enterprise is not that great for the amount of risk and headache involved. Most who own a franchise eventually like to have more that one to actually make a decent profit. These options do not sound like the picture of the American Dream either. There must be a choice left for the average American to reach their dream. There is and that is what we are going to talk about next.

Network Marketing is what the author believes to be the best option for anyone to build their American Dream. As the world changed to did our shopping habits and options. From the first general store,to the 5 &10 department stores,to shopping centers and malls, to franchises, to network marketing. It is all about the distribution and how the network marketing model is saving the companies money. The networking model saves the company by eliminating in house sales force and the huge amounts spent on advertising. One of the best things is that it is a cash business they only pay the distributor after the sale has been made which is so important and is why the parent company can pay the successful home based business owner such high commissions.

There are people from all walks of life in the network marketing field and companies the sell almost anything you can get in a store. Anyone who is willing to build a business and wants to get paid for what they do should take part in network marketing.Th 80-20 rule takes place in just about everything meaning 20 percent of the people do 80 percent of the work. Are you ready to be part of the 20 percent? Burke goes on to explain exactly how the networking is structured and how our government tries to block anyone from finding out how much people really are making as networkers. Is this to keep us from reaching the American Dream? The book goes on to talk about building a multi-level business.

Since this book has been published much has changed in the MLM field. Many companies offer web sites to help to build a business and social networking has exploded the networking industry. How has that changed things in the last 20 years? You are no longer limited to the few people that you personally know. The sky is the limit when it comes to marketing on the internet. Find out how you can become part of the network marketing industry, build your business online with the latest techniques and build your American Dream. Click the following link and take back the American Dream today.

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Gender and Postmodernism in the Philip K Dick Novel

Philip K. Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? is a complex novel that could be considered postmodernist. To a varying extent, it raises the issue of gender, its structure inevitably exerting a considerable influence over how this theme is conveyed.

Dick’s novel is open to a variety of interpretations from a range of disciplines. However since its emergence in the latter half of the twentieth century, it is the ideas that loosely revolve around the banner of ‘postmodernism’ that have become a popular means to define this novel. On account of its bewildering and diverse complexity however, postmodernism as a movement is very difficult to describe. By the mid-1980s there was an academic shift towards postmodernism, in part as a reaction to modernism, although it could be viewed as a response to Marxism as well. Whereas Marxism tended to view people collectively, postmodernism stressed the role of the individual, putting an emphasis on the consideration of a person’s gender, race and sexual orientation, subjects that are apparent in Dick’s novels.

Several prominent thinkers have highlighted certain tendencies that they believe characterize the postmodern. Jean-Francois Lyotard stresses postmodernism’s scepticism regarding metanarratives. A metanarrative is an ideological structure that grants the legitimacy of certain actions, examples include Christianity, science, feminism and Marxism. Marxism as a metanarrative would view the eventual overthrow of capitalism by the proletariat – however capitalism’s resilience justifies postmodernist scepticism with the metanarrative of Marxism. It is ironic however that this distrust of metanarratives could be considered in itself a metanarrative. Fredric Jameson defines postmodernism as the outcome of an age of post-industrial capitalism, with multinational corporations now beyond the control of national governments. Jean Baudrillard meanwhile discussed the way in which image has come to dominate over substance. He highlights the pollution of the real by the ‘simulacrum’, the copy with no original.

The ideas of Lyotard, Jameson and Baudrillard all feature within the narrative of Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Lyotard characterizes postmodernism by a mood of uncertainty and doubt, a mood which pervades Dick’s novel, escalating as the story continues, and perhaps climaxing at the revelation that the supposedly divine Mercer was just some drunken bit actor. Jameson’s ideas on the predominance of multinational corporations are apparent in the Western and Soviet governments’ inability to legislate against the Rosen Association. The androids – Roy, Irmgard, Max, Luba, Pris and Rachael – could be seen as Baudrillardian simulacra, copies without originals, and these might distract us from appreciating the human characters, such as Rick, Iran, Phil and John.

There is a pressing ambivalence between the real and the unreal in Dick’s novel, evident in the notion that the central theme of Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? is an exploration of the response of an individual to the universe in which he must live. Unable to remain whole, the protagonist Rick Deckard splits and occupies the schizoid half of his divided self, operating instead like a machine through the denial of his emotions, as if he were an android, while his schizoid self responds emotionally to his environment, yet still experiences intense anxiety.

In relation to this figurative ‘splitting’ of character, several other inhabitants of Dick’s novel, including the androids, are depicted as being doubles for various facets of Rick Deckard’s personality. From an economic basis, Rick is shown to be the breadwinner in his relationship and his partner, Iran, is portrayed as a housewife. However, in terms of any possible differentiation between masculinity and femininity in the novel, it is more fruitful to look at the relationship between Rick, the government assassin of androids (and presumably the story’s hero) and the android opera singer Luba Luft. Rick begins to question his own humanity when confronted by Luba, who points out that in his remorseless killing of androids, he himself could be considered an android, especially how he believes that the defining quality of an android is lack of empathy, ‘”Then,” Miss Luft said, “you must be an android”‘ (p.86). In contrast to Rick, Luba is portrayed as gentle and artistic – she sings Mozart beautifully and has a fondness for Edvard Munch, ‘Luba Luft… stood absorbed in the picture before her’ (p.113). Luba is murdered by Rick and Phil Resch, another assassin who also represents a facet of Rick’s character. The protagonist initially presumes that Resch is an android as he has encountered an individual with a complete lack of empathy. The irony however is that Resch is actually human.

One quality Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? possesses is that it doesn’t present any overriding opinion. Dick’s reliance on literary doubling and heavy use of metaphor ultimately mean it is very difficult to identify any superseding assertion in his novel, certainly one relating to gender, which as a theme is somewhat marginalized in the novel. In this case, masculinity is better understood if it is juxtaposed with its polar opposite, femininity. In Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? the character of Rick Deckard appears to draw on a very particular masculine image, although due to the metaphorical dividing of his personality, and its various manifestations in other individuals throughout the book, it is difficult to arrive at any definitive statements on Dick’s part in regards to gender.