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It’s all well and good and entirely proper being a well-adjusted, socialized, responsible, sensible adult and indeed the world would be a frightful mess were most of us not so but what about that wild primal being within you, that aspect pf you buried deep in your circuitry hardwired to shout from the hilltops and beat your chest in triumph or anguish? Without sufficient air, space and outlet for self-expression, that inner wild one at your core that pre-social primal self informing your energy at the deepest level, you become depressed, literally pressed down, your vitality diminishes and with it, your levels of task-completion effectiveness and enjoyment of being alive.
On the other hand it is inappropriate to give vent to it in the highly socially compressed everyday reality we’ve collectively created, if you wish to stay ahead in the game, as others will stop taking you seriously.
So how to give your primal self the space it needs in a way that fits with the modern world?
By engaging in a few moments of primal-self exegesis activity each day, by and by, your primal self starts to feel freer and naturally begins to inform your everyday adult self in an integrated way. You’ll find yourself responding to others more authentically, more naturally. You’ll find yourself laughing from the belly more. You’ll find yourself being naturally more empathic with others, more caring and more giving. You’ll also find yourself more able to receive the generosity of others.
And altogether your happiness levels will gradually increase.
It’s subtle yet powerful.
One such exercise:
Stand with feet apart at shoulder width.
Bend your knees.
Tuck your sacral bone (base of spine) under a bit so it’s as if you’re perched on the edge of an invisible bar stool.
Drop your shoulders.
Sink your weight below the level of your navel so your head and upper parts feel empty and the lower part feels full.
Relax all your muscles, especially the back of your neck and your face.
Let your arms hang down by your sides.
Start slowly, gently bouncing up and down.
Every time you bounce down, throw your hands, as if throwing them onto to the floor.
Every time you bounce down, make the deep, ape-like sound, ‘HOO!’
Push through inertia and resistance and keep it going for a few minutes.
Then stop and take a moment to enjoy feeling your primal energy settling and carry on as you were.
I’ve taken this onto the next stage in today’s Members' Wisdom Drop, for which you'll need to be or become a member, and it's worth it.
My wish: that you access previously untapped reserves of vital force so effectively today, you feel as supercharged as a supercharged Taoist.
Seen from the purely sociological perspective you are merely a collection of roles: the lover, the partner, the parent, the child, the commuter, the professional, the socialiser, the player, the seeker, the consumer, the producer and so on.
You roll from one role to the next fairly seamlessly most of the time, all the while assuming a thread of continuity linking all the roles and thus binding your identity.
But what if like a row of candles, where one leans to the side to light the next in line and is itself instantly extinguished, there was no actual thread, just the undifferentiated light of pure, a priori, preatomic transpersonal consciousness passing from one role to the next? What if you had no actual identity as such but were merely an effect of the universal mind informing the various roles you were playing?
Contemplating that, you may suddenly feel imbued with an uplifting lightness of being, as you release the burden of carrying a particular, continuous identity.
You may all at once realise and know yourself as none other than the Supreme Being itself, channelling its consciousness through what you think of as you.
With that perspective informing your experience today, you may notice a distinct change in the way you play your various roles, which in turn has a notable effect on the way others respond to you as you go about your business.
You may notice cracks appearing in the seamless reality you hitherto assumed and peering in through those cracks may notice a laughing Buddha-like being closely resembling yourself in the perfected state, glowing with the golden emanations of primordial abundance, informing your reality from behind the scenes with an endless stream of opportunities, which if seized upon will transform your entire life for the better.
That’s my wish for you today.
May it be so and may it cause you untold mirth and merriment.
Expect a stream of miracles now.
The universe is generated and driven by a power so huge, the human mind is incapable of conceiving it and so attempts to satisfy itself with a more local view, wherein it indulges in the illusion of everyday life being the be-all-and-end-all of reality.
However sometimes, when the planets are aligned just so, the local view is obliterated by the sheer intensity of pure consciousness and power radiating from the universal core and now is such a time.
If you are engaged in a worthwhile project, stay with it now and persist, as the universal power will add a quantum boost to all your endeavours at this time.
Sometimes it is appropriate to be passive. Sometimes it is appropriate to be active. Now is a time for the latter. All your actions will now be imbued with comsic power and great rewards will come as a result, provided what you’re engaged in is intended for the highest good.
This urge to contribute to the highest good, combined with the power of the cosmos now leads to a state of enlightenment, from which you are able to more fully enjoy the rewards that are coming your way.
Take special care to remain in your integrity now and all will be well – even more than well, it will be stupendous for you.
May it be so.
With love, Barefoot
28th September 2014
The mind is all-powerful. Where it directs itself, energy follows and where energy goes, events are triggered in real time. Visualize the incoming flow of money increasing with sufficient focus and within but a short while, that’s what you’ll get. Money, after all, is merely a symbol of energy and in itself meaningless and is hence highly susceptible to psycho-energetic intervention. And if you don’t believe me – if you feel your situation too far gone to respond to such metaphysical approaches – try it and see for yourself.
Picture yourself in a pleasantly darkened chamber, with high-denomination notes in any stable currency or raft of currencies of your choice are blowing at you in great volume, with great velocity, from all directions – front, back, sides, corners, below, above – as if thrust at you through high-powered industrial wind-machines, and even now, forming a rather huge pile all around you. Note the handily provided expandable hold-all bag by your side, stuff in as much as you need for now, knowing you can come back any time for more and it’s an inexhaustible supply, visualize yourself carrying the stuffed bag back into your everyday life, feeling safe, sound, prosperous and supremely happy, carry on as you were and all the extra money you need will drop into your lap just in the nick of time.
More in-depth money visualizations in the weekend Members' Wisdom Drop, for which you'll need to be or become a member, and it's worth it.
My wish: that every moment you’re alive, you feel progressively richer in every possible way and that this automatically expresses itself as material wealth beyond your wildest expectations.
Anxiety is an option. Fearfulness is an option. Confidence, self-trust, trust in life to work out is another option. The former depletes your energy and effectiveness. The latter increases it. Neither is more right to choose than the other but if you enjoy the sensation of being more effective, confident and so on, the latter’s the one for you, dear Member.
Anxiety is a modern disease, a twisted remnant of healthy fear-response, hard-wired in to the circuitry from an era when escaping the clutches of wild animals and the like was more a part of everyday life and it serves no purpose other than the negative one of depleting vital reserves of life-force, which would otherwise be utilized to enhance your moment-to-moment experience of being alive, thus making you more effective and joyful at whatever you were doing.
Indulging anxiety will not help in any way.
However rather than attempt to solely disperse it with the mind, you do well to bear in mind the ancient, time-tested Taoist psychophysiological schema which has it that anxiety and the fearful tone of mind it engenders arises whenever the kidney energy is depleted. Conversely, anxiety depletes the kidney energy.
By stimulating kidney energy, you reduce anxiety all but instantaneously.
Kidney energy responds best to an introduction of heat and the focused mind is all-powerful. Visualize a warming fire burning brightly and contained in your kidney region for more than 20 seconds of unbroken concentration and if sensitive you’ll spot your anxiety and fearful mind-tone decrease.
Then all you have to do is keep breathing slowly and evenly and every now and then revisit the visualization briefly and you’ll notice your levels of fearlessness, inner peace and confidence growing exponentially.
I’ve gone into the way of enhancing the above with a few nifty moves in today’s Members' Wisdom Drop (for which you'll need to be or become a member, and it's worth it - or come to the Psychology of Fear training (free if you become a member).
My wish: that you are utterly and genuinely fearless today and tonight and love the sensation so much you keep choosing that option from now on.