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Σάββατο, 25 Φεβρουαρίου 2017

Credit: Thula Thula Rhino Orphanage

The two white rhinos were only 18 months old and due to return to the wild next week.

Poachers stormed into a rhino orphanage in South Africa earlier this week and killed two young rhinos, as well as brutally attacking staff and sexually assaulting one woman. A gang of poachers took staff hostage at the Fundimvelo Thula Thula Rhino Orphanage in KwaZulu-Natal on Monday night, and hacked off the horns of two 18 month old white rhinos named Impi and Gugu. Gugu was killed instantly during the attack, but Impi survived the brutality. However, his injuries were so bad that he had to be put down the next morning. According to local media, the rhinos were due to have their horns safely removed next week in an attempt to protect them from poachers before they were released back into the wild, but evidently this came too late.

Thula Thula’s Karen Trendler told journalist Bonné de Bod in a Facebook Live video, “Is this another stage? That’s what we’ve been asking. There has been an increasing desensitisation, there has been an escalation in the violence in the poaching and the mutilation.” The rhinos at this orphanage had been taken there after their mothers were killed by poachers. In the wild, a rhino calf will often stand by its mother for days after poachers have killed her, with no food or water, until the calf is rescued by conservationists like those at Thula Thula.

Trendler described in an interview, “Impy survived a particularly brutal poaching. He stayed at his mother’s carcass for six days, moving away just a short distance to eat … because he was obviously very hungry and very thirsty. And when he came in, I still remember so clearly, sitting with this tiny little rhino who was covered in blood splatter from where they shot the mom, and he smelled terribly of carcass fluids, and … that reality hitting me — this is what rhino poaching is about, this is what these little guys go through.”
Credit: Thula Thula Rhino Orphanage
Yvette Taylor, a manager at Thula Thula and executive director of Lawrence Anthony Earth Organization told The Dodo, “The remainder of the rhino as well as Charlie our hippo orphan are doing well. They were initially very scared but have now settled back into a routine. The staff and volunteers have been absolutely amazing in keeping their focus on the care of the animals despite the trauma they have endured themselves. We have also had a vet onsite for the last 48 hours in case we need specialist care for any reason.”
Credit: Thula Thula Rhino Orphanage
Since the horrific attack, Thula Thula has received huge amounts of worldwide support, both through social media and those directly involved with conservation. This includes donations of over R400,000 ($31,242) to help them rebuild everything that the poachers destroyed, which includes all of the orphanage’s security cameras, as well as the care needed to keep all of the animals at the orphanage safe. Local reports claim that two suspects were arrested who are well known poachers from a notorious gang in the area, and were also found with a heavy-calibre hunting rifle and several rounds of ammunition. Support continues at Thula Thula as all staff members try to recover and rebuild after the attack whilst making plans for heightened security measures in the future.

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All we want is to know what happens in the head of our partners. Although we can’t read his mind, we can decode his behaviour and discover whether you really mean everything to him.

He Loves me, he loves me not … If you are unsure whether your partner is really in love with you, check out these signs that reveal. When a man is in love, he behaves with respect.

1. He asks you before he makes plans.

It is because he wants to know if you are free, or if you are planning to spend time with him, because, you are his first priority.

2. The chemistry between you is outstanding.

You are on the same wavelength, and when you are together, sparks are flying everywhere.

3. He doesn’t assign you tasks.

He doesn’t ask you to do his work or finish the tasks around home. He knows that you have your own life and own work to do rather than finishing his.

4. He keeps a check on you.

He is concerned that you are doing okay when he is not around. When he is with you, he will make sure that you are not feeling weak.

5. He is prepared to compromise.

We all have our own needs and desires. But yet he is willing to give up some things that meant to him in the past.

6. He is honest.

You have never caught him lying to and he always tells you about the places he went. He is not hiding any secrets from you.

7. He is constantly smiling to you.

And he doesn’t do that just to get something from you.

8. He has nothing against you.

He won’t be threatening you when you have an argument as in to bring against you if you leave him.

9. You have rational arguments.

The arguments that you both have are quite practical and you both always tend to figure things out. If both of you have some kind of irrational fears, you don’t end up fighting about them.

10. It is not difficult to do anything for you

He will do anything for you to be happy.

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We should recognize our strengths so we can use them purposefully.

Know Thyself — a popular aphorism since the time of ancient Greece — is the best lesson anyone at any point of time has had to offer. We are so immersed in the world outside that we completely forget to look inside, never quite understanding who we are deep down. It’s unfortunate that we allow the outside world to tell us who we are and believe them like they know best. The truth is, they don’t. While you aren’t the best judge yourself, you can certainly find out your strengths reliably and use them for success and happiness. Here are six steps.

1. Identify your core values.

Not enough people do this in their lives even though it’s crucial. Identifying or putting in place your core values and internalizing them fully is key to knowing yourself well. It’s only when you know yourself well can you get in touch with your true strengths and leverage them to make your life more meaningful.

2. Identify your best traits.

What are your key strengths as an individual? Are you kind, generous, empathetic, efficient, good at communicating ideas, solving problems? Find out what your best traits are and, on the basis of your list, identify the areas in which you fit well. This will help you learn about your core strengths and use them to succeed.

3. Identify things that you do with ease.

There are some things that probably come naturally to you. It could be solving math problems, driving a car in any terrain, or singing on pitch and improvising with the tune. These are things you don’t break a sweat over because you seem to ‘get’ them. These things can help you learn new insights on what your strengths and abilities are.

4. Identify things that give you the most joy.

The things that you’re great at aren’t always the things you love doing. You may be exceptional in listening to people and being empathetic, but you may not really enjoy the company of people, preferring solitude in nature instead. What you enjoy doing reveals a lot about your personality.

5. Identify your areas of success.

Go back into the past and try to think of things that you did really well back in the day. It could have been a project at university, an internship at a big firm, or organizing your university’s annual cultural festival. These different areas, where you did exceedingly well, can help take you in the direction of your strengths.

6. See your strengths through another’s eyes.

Many are not a great judge of themselves. They either overestimate themselves or, much more frequently, undermine their strengths and abilities significantly. In this case, asking others — anyone from a mother to an acquaintance — can tell you what they honestly think, which can help you identify your true strengths better.

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Bring a change in your perspective to bring a change in your life

Our entire lives depend on how we define and perceive our life. Do we think it’s friendly? Or, do we think it’s hostile? Do we think it’s path full of obstacles or a track that leads to success? What we think of our life will define how we live it. There is no right and wrong when we talk about this subject but surely we can learn a lot and get new perspectives by listening to successful people around the world. Here are a few quotes from some of the greatest thinkers on life.

1. “In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.” ― Robert Frost

2. “To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.” ― Oscar Wilde

3. “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” ― Albert Einstein

4. “Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.” ― Mark Twain

5. “Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” ― George Bernard Shaw

6. “Who are you to judge the life I live? I know I’m not perfect -and I don’t live to be- but before you start pointing fingers make sure you hands are clean!” ― Bob Marley

7. “The only way out of the labyrinth of suffering is to forgive.” ― John Green

8. “Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

9. “Just when you think it can’t get any worse, it can. And just when you think it can’t get any better, it can.” ― Nicholas Sparks

10. “We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.”
― Kurt Vonnegut

11. “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” ― Anne Frank

12. “Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.” ― Søren Kierkegaard

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Are you in the midst of a conscious awakening?

Contrary to often popular opinion, although many people can reference the “start” of their awakening, an awakening is an ongoing process. Being consciously “awake” isn’t an ending. Rather awakening is a never-ending process of becoming more consciously awake as we go along.

The more we awaken, the more we understand, and the more compassion we hold for others. The more we consciously awaken, the better we become at consciously creating our lives in the image we prefer.

With all of this being said, I’ve found that there are a few secrets to experiencing an “accelerated” conscious awakening. By this I mean that there are a few ways you can speed up the process of learning, understanding and growing consciously.

I’d like to share one such secret with you today.


What is polarity?

Polarity is a principle that governs the universe. The principle of polarity states that everything has it’s opposite.

For instance, there are hot and cold, strong and weak, rich and poor, awake and asleep, and so on. Every argument has two sides. As you also already know, every question has its answer and every action has its equal and opposite reaction.

Polarity is persistent, consistent and omnipresent in everything we experience.

Why embrace polarity?

One of the big overall limitations of living in this dimension of time in space is that we often fight against polarity, rather than accept it as an inevitability.

For example, when we are in an argument we often become convinced that our side of the debate is the “right” side. Instead of embracing the opposing side as a natural part of existence, we push against it.

When we push against another’s opinion or belief system, we miss out on an opportunity to understand and appreciate the opposite side.

Another problem with pushing against polarity is that we end up expressing exactly what we are pushing against.

For example, when we get mad at people for lacking compassion, we ourselves demonstrate a lack of compassion. Instead of embracing and sharing compassionate with the intolerant, we ourselves become intolerant.

In our strong dislike for bad drivers, we tend towards road rage, causing us to become (you guessed it) bad drivers ourselves!

So even our very best intentions to spread love and light can become thwarted when we refuse to embrace the other side of the coin.

The more we fight against the opposite side, the less we embrace precisely what it is we want (and if you are reading this article my guess is you want things like peace, compassion, and understanding).

Embracing polarity speeds up your conscious awakening.

When we make a conscious choice to accept the opposing side, rather than fight against it, something very interesting happens.

We learn there is nothing to fear, and we truly start to accept and appreciate more and more aspects of reality and humanity.

Even better, we start to learn that even with the opposite side there is both light and dark. Again, polarity is omnipresent, so even opposite ends of the coin have opposite ends of the coin!

Those who think, speak and act differently than us actually do have positive sides to their actions. When we choose to accept the opposite side of polarity, we allow ourselves to witness the light side that exists in the dark.

Instead of seeing someone as just being a “bad” person, we learn that he is a benefit to all of us in some way, shape or form. We accept his multidimensionality, and allow ourselves to see the good that exists within him.

Beyond this, the more we accept and appreciate polarity, the better we feel, the higher our vibrations rise and the greater our capacity to consciously manifest our reality grows.

When we accept and appreciate polarity, our awareness grows at an astounding rate. We become unencumbered by fear, limitation and struggle.

Make peace with light and dark.

So, today I write this to challenge you to look at something you’ve been fearing or pushing against differently.

Try to reach for acceptance over resistance, and realize that whenever you feel fearful or upset, there’s nothing actually wrong. The only thing causing you pain is that you haven’t yet accepted the opposite side of polarity in the issue.

As long as you continue to resist the polarity, you will keep yourself from ascending to the next level of understanding. When instead you choose to accept the polarity your awareness will grow ever-more expansive.

Every person and situation contains good and bad, right and wrong, light and dark, positive and negative. Instead of pushing against the side you perceive as a threat, accept it is an inevitability and set your sights on looking for the light.

When we accept the dual nature that exist inside of all of us we allow everyone to be as they are, but we operate from a true place of compassion. We seek to understand, we love others, and we unify with the whole of our reality.

Embrace more of the polarity as you are able, and your conscious awakening will grow and expand in amazing ways. Accept the dark, and you’ll let in more of the light.

XO, Andrea
Law of Attraction Educator

About the author:
Andrea Schulman is a former high school psychology teacher and the creator of Raise Your Vibration Today, which provides free and easy Law of Attraction techniques. She will be available for group educational seminars and webinars starting in the summer of 2015.
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Παρασκευή, 24 Φεβρουαρίου 2017

Are you tired of being tired? If so, you’re not alone. Millions of Americans report feeling tired during the day. In most cases, this issue can be attributed to lifestyle factors. Here are ten bad habits that drain your energy.

1. Dehydration

Without enough water, you blood becomes thicker and requires more effort from your heart to circulate. Blood is also less able to transport nutrients and oxygen, making you feel tired easily.

2. Going to Bed Too Late

Researchers have found that the most critical stages of sleep occur between 10pm and 1am. If you feel like hitting the snooze every morning, consider adjusting your bedtime.

3. Not Exercising

When you feel like skipping the gym because of low energy, you might want to try going anyway. Studies show that even light exercise had the unexpected effect of actually boosting energy levels.

4. Low Iron Levels

If you’re eschewing certain foods like eggs, liver and red meat, your low energy may be caused by low iron. Without adequate iron, you can’t produce enough blood cells to efficiently transport oxygen to the heart, lungs and brain.

5. High Standards

Having lofty expectations of yourself and others is tiring. It’s easy to overexert yourself in an effort to complete everything you think you should be doing. It’s important not to overburden yourself and to keep your goals reasonable.

6. Skipping Breakfast

Many people skip breakfast in an attempt to control their weight. However, doing so may undermine your entire day. After fasting all night, your body needs calories and nutrients to produce energy.

7. Standard American Diet

Processed foods are convenient if you live a busy life, but they’re actually working against you. Their highly refined and chemical-laden nature steals more nutrients from your body than it provides, which can make you feel sluggish.

8. Being a People-Pleaser

Wanting to make others happy is an admirable quality, but it can be taken too far. Trying to please everyone is mentally and physically exhausting, and meanwhile, you’re not taking any time to take care of you.

9. Clutter

As the saying goes, “A cluttered workspace makes a cluttered mind.” It takes more mental effort to find what you need amongst a sea of others, so you wear out faster.

10. Not Enough Downtime

Working hard without taking time to relax leads exhaustion and eventual burnout. Be sure to take time away from projects to focus on what you want to do.

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The proper hormonal balance is one of the most important factors in good health. People who are suffering from hormonal imbalances can suffer from a wide range of medical conditions that will make life miserable. If you are suffering from something that you just can’t seem to shake off, you may need to get your hormone levels checked. Here is a look at seven signs that your hormones are out of whack.

1. Constant Fatigue
When your hormone levels are off, one of the most prominent symptoms is a constant state of fatigue. This fatigue can stay with you no matter how much sleep you get. If you are always yawning and never seem to have enough energy, then you should get your hormone levels checked to see if they are okay.

2. Night Sweats

This is one of the most troubling symptoms of hormonal imbalances. When you wake up in the middle of the night in a puddle of sweat, it is a very disconcerting sensation. Getting your hormone levels balanced will quickly eliminate night sweats.

3. Skin Changes

If you are suddenly experiencing acne again for the first time since you were a teenager, then you are likely suffering from a hormonal imbalance. The skin can easily be affected by hormone changes. Seeing acne when you are getting on in years is one of the easiest ways to tell that you are having trouble with your hormones.

4. Hair Changes

One of the parts of your body that is most affected by your hormones is your hair. This includes both your body hair as well as the hair on your head. When you are suffering from a hormonal imbalance, you will often start to get hair growing in places where you don’t want it. If you are suddenly developing a moustache or other unwanted body hair, you need to get your hormone levels checked.

On the other hand, a hormonal imbalance can also cause the hair on the top of your head to start thinning. This thinning hair is another good sign that your hormones are out of whack.

5. Weird Periods

Your period will be stable and predictable when your hormones are in balance. When you start to miss periods or have them arrive at unpredictable times, then you are most likely suffering from a hormonal imbalance.

6. Emotional Problems

Every woman knows that hormone levels have a direct link to emotions. A look at the mood swings that come along with things like pregnancy and menstruation are proof of this. Likewise, a hormonal imbalance can throw your emotions out of whack. Unexplained emotional turmoil is a good sign that your hormones need some balancing.

7. Metabolism Problems

If you cannot seem to lose weight no matter how much you diet or exercise, it could be due to a hormonal imbalance. Likewise, if you have sudden weight gains or losses that are inexplicable, you should get your hormone levels checked to make sure they are not the cause.

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Ibogaine, an isolated active alkaloid, comes from the root bark of a shrub from central West Africa called Iboga. It has been used for thousands of years in ceremonies for spiritual development and in many tribes and cultures as a right of passage into adulthood. Iboga may be the most powerful psychedelic known to man.

In recent years it has been found to have amazing success with treating various addictions, specifically addiction to opiates.

Its ability to mitigate intense opiate withdrawals was discovered in the late 1960s. Since this discovery, studies undertaken by many research and academic facilities have proved that one of the 14 isolate alkaloids of Iboga — Ibogaine — is an extremely effective treatment for addiction to most substances, even the most addictive, like heroin, methadone, cocaine, methamphetamine, alcohol, and even nicotine.

Since opiate recoverers are often prescribed methadone for the rest of their lives to keep the intense craving for other, stronger drugs at bay, Ibogaine offers people hope for a completely drug-free future.

How Exactly Does Ibogaine Work?

For many people, all it takes is one heroin experience to develop an addiction, and herein lies the beauty of Ibogaine treatment. It essentially resets the opiate receptors in the brain back to zero, which in turn eliminates the desire to use opiates long after you’ve made the decision to quit. This is what makes this treatment far superior to any others available today.

What we have yet to discover is how, exactly, this happens. What we do know is that patients going through Ibogaine treatment must refrain from using opiates, and if they find they cannot, they must take extreme precaution, as their tolerance will have diminished significantly.

Ibogaine works similarly to other treatments that block or take up residence in the receptor sites, but it does not need to be taken on a regular basis like other treatments that use methadone or suboxone, which create a chemical dependency. Ibogaine is non-addictive. It cleanses the body of the drugs, and it seems as though the memory of the drug is cleansed from the user’s mind and body as well.

Ibogaine also works to regulate and rebalance brain chemistry by levelling out dopamine, serotonin, endorphins, etc. to the same state they were in before the patient became addicted in the first place. Having these chemicals rebalanced drastically reduces the chance of the user relapsing,

After Ibogaine is administered, it is converted by the liver into nor-ibogaine, which stores in the body’s fat cells. This is what actually heals addiction, as it takes away the cravings and the thoughts of using. The effects of this treatment can take from 72 to 96 hours post treatment to be fully experienced. Aside from these amazing qualities, Ibogaine is also a documented anti-depressive that can establish a state of well-being and diminish negative thought patterns.

What You Should Know

The use of Ibogaine for substance abuse disorders is relatively new, and should only be done under the care of trained professionals at an appropriate treatment center. Luckily, the use of this substance for treatment is legal in Canada, but it is illegal in the United States and Australia and is not available anywhere in the form of a prescription — at least, not yet, as more testing and research still need to be done.

What Does an Ibogaine Treatment Look Like?

The following information is from the Global Ibogaine Alliance:

The onset of ibogaine’s effects is generally noticeable within 1-3 hours after administration. This includes both a marked decrease in physiological withdrawal symptoms as well as the subjective effects, which are divided by Dr. Kenneth Alper into three distinct phases (Alper 2001). The duration of the effects mentioned below will vary based on dosage, the timeframe over which the doses are administered, and also factors that affect individual metabolism, including CYP450-2D6 phenotype.

1. Acute

This phase generally lasts between 4 to 8 hours, and include the most intense and visual part of the experience that was described above as oneirogenic. During this phase the physiological effects, especially the mentioned ataxia, will be most pronounced.

2. Evaluative

The “evaluative” phase of the experience can last between 8 to 20 hours, and consists largely of a cognitive and more or less emotionally neutral review of material that was experienced in the acute phase. Patients generally prefer to be left undisturbed, and to lie mostly still and quietly during this integration phase.

3. Residual Stimulation

The final stage of effects generally last for another 24 to 72 hours. This period is usually accompanied by some level of exhaustion, and in some cases continued difficulty sleeping. Cognitive and introspective processes begin to relax and attention returns to the outer environment.

Not only does Obogaine clear the addiction on a physical level, but this substance works through spiritual and emotional processes as well. Users report feelings of bliss and euphoria, and the ability to see the future and the potential outcome of continued drug use. They are shown whatever it is they need to see in order to let go of their substance(s) of choice in order to truly heal both physically and emotionally.


This is an intense process and, as mentioned above, should only be undertaken under trained supervision with medical assistance ready and nearby.

Have you used Ibogaine for treatment or know someone who has? Share with us in the comments section below! We would love to hear your story.

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By Natalie Kent

For the last week I have been frustrated beyond belief. Why? I had no idea.
Until I realized that the frustration I was feeling was due to NOT using my full potential in my life and work; to side-stepping my true capacity to create what only I can create.

Let’s take a step back for a minute.

Why do humans create? Buildings, families, businesses, communities… Why do we do it?

Somewhere inside us we feel the pulse of creation, the creative force of the universe that is constantly evolving our reality.

This the purest form of creation. But what typically happens is this: we try to create for gain. Our own personal agenda gets in the way and we find ourselves thinking about something other than the creation itself — what we’ll get out of it.

In business it’s a common, but insidious thought that governs our behaviour:

‘What is going to make me money?’

As soon as our thoughts switch to money, we have lost touch with the creative impulse and our egos start to take over, for personal gain. What we create becomes about the money first and the creation second.

To clarify — we are right to think about our livelihood, but how can we possibly know what will support our lives? Quite simply, we like to think we know because it feels safer, but we don’t.

So the golden question emerges:

What will make you enough money to live well and happy?

From my resistance to earning money in ways that made me unhealthy or unhappy, I have pondered this question for days and weeks over years. The answer has been lurking in my consciousness the whole time, but I didn’t want to hear it. Eventually I listened and this is what it said…

‘When you do your soul’s work, it will support your life.’ 

Such a simple statement, but I urge you to read it twice.

Most of us spend our lives avoiding our true soul’s work. There are plenty of people I know who think they are doing their soul’s work but they’re not. I know the signs well, because I’ve been trying to find the core of my soul work my whole life.

Get to the core of your soul work and you will live well.

Here’s how I define ‘soul work’: It is your highest potential to create something tangible that shapes even the tiniest part of this world. It’s that thing that you know you’re meant to do, but you find every reason NOT to do it. Or sometimes it’s more unconscious — what you’re doing somehow feels ‘off’ but you don’t know what else there is. Either way, things aren’t flowing, as you may notice, particularly in the form of your health, creativity, and money.

Soul work is where your highest virtues meet the needs of real people in everyday life. You can be soulful without work or work without soul, but you need soul + work to maximize your reward.

When we are creating something of value in this world, we receive something of value in return, be it money, a hug, or fruit on a tree. We each have inside us the energy to create and when we don’t use this energy up, our creative flow is stifled, our bodies choke with ailments, and money isn’t as available as it could be.

When we are doing our soul’s work, our creative energy is free-flowing and otherworldly rewards are free to flow to and through us. It is the pinnacle of what you can create now in service to others, fulfilling a genuine need in society. It is using ALL of what you have inside you right now to its full potential. No holding back some parts of you. No reserves for later. This is what makes you a powerful creator.

You ARE a powerful creator of your reality.

Yet, ultimately you don’t choose what supports your life. Your soul does. From the bird’s eye view, your soul knows the divine match for your gifts + the needs of others. That is the exchange that will support your life.

I will boldly say that if you are not thriving in health and finances (yes, I mean both at once), you have not reached the core of your soul’s work, yet.

Each of us has many things that we could do, but there is one direction that will ignite your passion and vitality more than anything else. And THAT is what will support your life, in the form of money, gifts, opportunities, relationships… whatever it takes for you, as an individual to thrive. Your soul has a plan.

While you are sidestepping your soul work, even in small ways that may seem inconsequential, you are limiting your capacity to have a thriving livelihood and lifestyle.

And there’s myriad ways that we clever humans do just that without realizing.

12 Ways You May Be Avoiding Your Soul Work

You’ve heard of self-sabotage? Well that’s exactly what avoiding your soul work means. It’s NOT doing what would actually be good for you. You know, like eating that extra handful of chips you don’t need, or watching YouTube instead of going for a walk, or hanging out with that friend who always drains you.

Here are the patterns that I have observed, the strategies that are a wonderful distraction from doing what we’re here to do. They’re behaviours that keep looping as the norm. We all have them. Is yours on this list?

1. The Rebel

Rebel for the sake of it. Do the opposite of what would actually be good for you, and create lots of drama to justify your position.

2. The Dreamer

Hang out in fantasy land. Get stuck in the trap of ‘unlimited possibilities’ or ‘going with the flow’ without committing to one strategy long enough to see the fruits of your efforts.

3. The Gambler

Gamble your time and money away. Take lots of risks without a strategy, and end up with nothing to show for it.

4. The Controller

Over-achieve. Get addicted to taking on more than you can chew just so you can conquer the challenge, and find that you’re essentially alone in your accomplishments.

5. The Sloth

Get bogged down in minutia. Stay at the ground level, thinking small without a solid plan for long-term growth.

6. The Copy Cat

Skim the surface. Focus on creating at the surface level so you keep creating the same stuff over and over.

7. The Passivist

Try to please everyone. Get pulled in a million directions by the people around you, and lose yourself in the process.

8. The Theorist

Live in your head. Create lots of theories, and never find a way to translate what’s in your head into something of real-life value.

9. The Glutton

Over-consume life. Try to do too much/everything and burn yourself out, for fear of living too small.

10. The Guru

Live in a bubble. Love the sense of safety and security so much that you don’t push yourself to accomplish anything of value to the wider world.

11. The Illusionist

Swallow your power. Go against your own tide of creativity and keep it a secret, so no-one ever discovers what you are capable of.

12. The Martyr

Give rigidly. Get stuck in the cycle of providing for everyone else’s needs, without seeing who you really are without their reflection.

Know Your Trap? There’s only one question to ask…

In my experience there are two things that are important to mention:

1.You can’t force the timing of getting to the core of your soul work. Whether you own a business or you work for someone else, the point is to live with the question “Am I doing my soul’s work?” It will bring you closer and closer until you have no choice but to acknowledge it.
And then…
2.It takes great courage to follow the creative urge when it comes. Some people sit on theirs for years and wonder why life isn’t flowing. Others who commit to follow the urge become the leaders of our age.

As Marianne Williamson says so beautifully, “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.”

What change do you need to make to reach the core of your soul work?
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