Archive for March, 2014

What your body doesn’t think it can do, your mind has already done. – Elliot Hulse

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Your mind is everything. It is the control center for every single thing you choose to do in life and can have a profound effect on what you think you can do and what you actually are capable of doing. Exhibit A. You just failed an exam, got bitched at at work, and your girlfriend broke up with you. But you still go to the gym feeling depressed and run down. Your workout sucked, right?

Turn this situation around. Today is your lucky day, you aced and exam, got a promotion and your girlfriend gave you morning head. Sounds like the life. You go to the gym and hit a new PR. This is the cherry on top. Notice the difference in your mind?

The same thing can be done with tricking your mind into a optimal state for lifting, going out, whatever really. I’m reading Extraordinary Healing: The Amazing Power of Your Body’s Secret Healing System
by Art Brownstein, M.D. and he too has example after example of patients, just by believing and having the mindset of “I will get better”, “I will recover” or “I will not allow this heart disease to kill me” and it works. Cancer patients have seen miraculous recoveries just by telling themselves they would get better.

In his sophomore year of college, Josh was diagnosed with a rare, malignant brain tumor. His type of tumor carried a poor prognosis. Fewer than 12 people in the entire world had had this type of tumor, and no one had lived longer than a year after the diagnosis was made, even with the best treatment that conventional medicine had to offer.
Although Josh was initially devastated by the news, something in his mind refused to buy into his death sentence. He believed in his heart that his body could heal itself. He did not say much to others, but, secretly inside, Josh vowed to defy the statistics. As he set about changing his diet and lifestyle, reducing his stress and taking the time to listen to his intuition, Josh took a leave of absence from school to concentrate on his deeper healing. After just 4 months a CT brain scan showed that his tumor had indeed grown a little smaller. His doctors were amazed and told him to keep doing whatever he was doing.
After 9 months, the tumor had shrunk to less than one-third of its original size. After 18 months, 6 months after he should have been dead, Josh’s tumor was no longer detectable on the CT scan. Three years later, the tumor still had not recurred. Josh was elated, but he wasn’t surprised. Now a doctor himself, Josh counsels his patients on their attitudes while he educates them about their mind and the power of their beliefs to improve the quality of their health. Josh is not against conventional medical treatment to increase the odds of a successful outcome when a patient is faced with a difficult diagnosis, but he believes into positive, healthy ones is imperative. He is living proof that a optimistic beliefs can activate internal healing mechanisms and overcome incurable diseases.

Extraordinary Healing. Art Brownstein, M.D.

The mind truely is incredible.

I, myself used to believe creatine was more of a stimulant to get me amped up before my lift. (There wasn’t even caffeine mixed in this particular blend) and I would get red in the face and start to shake if I didn’t get to the gym within 30 minutes of taking it. I would take it and a few minutes in I would just listen to my workout jams lil jon… and fuckin lose it on the car ride there.

Even academic pyscology departments are creating special areas just for the study of “positive psychology” or the power of the mind.

Now I’m no expert but, I would encourage you to read As You Think or Napoleon Hill’s Think and Grow Rich
to really dive into the power of positive thinking. Essentially a placebo, nothing has been given to you besides a powerful mindset. Although I found Think and Grow Rich invigorating when I first read it and gives some insight on business ventures, I read As You Think soon after and the same info without the personal stories can be found for free in As You Think online.

Next time you find yourself looking for that extra something in basically whatever you’re doing in life, try that simple mind trick.

Peace.

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“In our view the patriarchy the expression of deep and rooted masculinity, for truly deep and rooted masculinity is not abusive. Patriarchy is the expression of immature masculine.”

KWML

Robert Moore and Douglas Gillete have written one of the most definitive works on masculine psyche of our time, King, Warrior, Magician, Lover: Rediscovering the Archetypes of the Mature Masculine
and for the most part has gone unnoticed in the bloggers I’ve read atleast. With the same goal of a “Return of Kings” so to speak this book should be somewhat of a masculine bible along with Jack Donovan’s The Way of Men

Robert and Douglas begin with the state of the male psyche as it was in the 90s even, long before anyone Manosphere writer even began to publish works on masculinity. (Seems like the decline has been going on much longer than I thought) They describe how we have lost much of our rituals for boys becoming men and we have become stuck in the boyhood psyche. An immature masculine bent on validation, fear, and weakness. That is we have never reached a balance of our King, Warrior, Magician, and Lover archetypes.

KWML Chart

Even in the first 40 or so pages my perception began to change. You begin to know yourself through the four archetypes to get to know others and their imbalance of the four archetypes. I saw my boss as the high chair tyrant. A couple friends as overly aggressive Warriors. Another as a positive King-Warrior type. I myself thought I was too much of a lover-magician type, with some examples of an overly aggressive Warrior, completely lacking in King qualities. In an attempt to connect with the King I became a lot calmer, but I alsos think I lost most of my Warrior type. Becoming content with my situaiton, extinguishing my fire to go out and improve my situation, basking in what I had but stagnating on what I wanted. Maintaining balance within the 4 types is more difficult than you would like to believe. To be a completely grounded individual in all 4 requires a deep understanding of when to be which one at what time and also when to be a combination of the 4.

I would argue that to correct my contented Kingship, I need to incorporate the other 3 as well. The quick decision and fire of the warrior to keep me going on my desired path; The craftiness of the magician to master the skills needed create and the wisdom to have perspective; and the tenderness of the lover to keep myself from becoming to serious in life, creating the work-play balance.

One of the biggest things I noticed while reading this was the majority of my friends and I used to just a Lover type. The guy who made of light of every situation, but was never a magician creating something or a master at his craft. Never a Warrior with quick decisiveness and brazen. Nor were they a King, being a humbled leader. Another example of the lack in masculine rituals to create these call to adventures

This post was a little all over the place I know, but no one post would cover the extent of knowledge inside this book. Even the authors had to take the original book and split it up in to 4 new ones specifying more on the seperate types. All in all reading this book encourages and inspires you to look into others and especially yourself as to what you are most identify with as well as what types you are lacking in if you even have it all or are still stuck in a boyhood type.

Peace.

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In reading King, Warrior, Magician, Lover: Rediscovering the Archetypes of the Mature Masculine
(next post will be about, KWML) I did my best to reconnect with all four archetypes. Mostly the King type and became calmer, content and comfortable with what I had. I mean if your a King you’ve got it made. I for one didn’t have it made, I was comfortable, but I defintely did not have it made. My environment was comfortable for the most part, aside from school with I despise. On top of that I had a week of break where I went back to my hometown and the environment there just breeds laziness. (Another friend and I cleaned most of another friends house for him during this time, for fucks sake.)

In short, I was too comfortable. Sleeping in, went to the gym maybe 4 times in the past two weeks and went to a friends house to either play video games or talk about his business idea that he has no idea on how much work he has to put in since he’s never held a job for more than a few months at a time. He virtually knows nothing about the inner workings of how a business runs let alone run one himself, but who am I to talk if I’ve never run one myself, eh? But I digress.

At home, I had a free place to stay, free food, and could walk anywhere I wanted. I didn’t have to worry about my food supply or if I had to turn down the heat to save on utilities.

At home my friends have the mindset of “We’re all on break, time to get fucked up and not do shit” not on what we want to do with ourselves when this break is over. Most of us only have a year left of no responsibility, living with their parents and we’re still sitting on asses worrying about who’s got the next round at the bar. To say our lives were comfortable would be an understatement. I’m actually excited for when they get uncomfortable and have to find their own way through the real world.

Some people love what they have try very hard to enjoy the little things that they have. In fact a small sub group of my friends are hugely into that at the moment. I can only relate so much as to I am grateful that I have the opportunity to improve in such an easy life in comparison to the rest of the world, but beyond that I just can’t do it. I have a slight envy of people like that, but my improvement is more important to me. I skipped out on a picnic with them today to write this post and go to the gym. I’ll see them after. Priorities, my friends.

On another note, reflecting on the status of this blog as whole, (I haven’t posted in nearly a month) we are nearing the 3 month mark where the blog either flops are flourishes and boy did I come close to shutting this blog down for a couple reasons. I meditated on it for a long time and decided that when first starting out I thought I had enough material to be an authority on the topics I had chosen to write about. As time went on I ran out of things to say due to me wanting to post about topics I had wanted to try but had not entirely done yet. I did not have the right to speak on these things. The new direction of this blog will not be so much a blueprint full of “How-tos” but a journey of what I’m experimenting with. A story book if you will. Expect less of “do this” and “do that”, but more I did this and sucked or I did that and it was great.

Peace.