What Would Jesus Actually Do?

No one comes to me for advice on how to be a better Christian. Mostly because I’m not a Christian, better or otherwise.

But if I were to offer advice on the topic, I’d say most folk need to take a closer look at his life and teachings.

The first Christians were the rejects of society. They were petty criminals, folk with disabilities, poor, sick… It wasn’t like the nobility or wealthy merchants were queueing up to join this new religion.

Then the church enjoyed a couple thousand years of being the ones in power.

Jesus said to turn the other cheek, to not cast the first stone, to distrust folk who pray a little too hard in public.

Plenty of folk genuinely live by his teachings.

And plenty call themselves Christians while doing something he wouldn’t recognise.

Like I say, I’m not a Christian. Whether you think he’s the Son of God or simply an impressive human who inspired millions, there are lessons you can learn from his life.

You can learn how to treat your friends and how to treat your enemies.

What to do about wealth, betrayal, justice, your family – and a thousand other topics.

There’s wisdom in there.

You just might have to cut through the noise a little bit.

His teachings have become politicised and distorted over time. They’ve been used to justify opposite things – slavery and freedom, hatred and tolerance, arrogance and humility, empire building and letting people be.

This means is can be hard to find what you’re looking for.

A skilled teacher could guide you to it.

One with an agenda could lead you astray.

But the lessons on how to improve your life are there somewhere.

You could begin studying now and find things in minutes. Because, sure, there’s a lot of talk about what Jesus did and who he was. That doesn’t mean you won’t find something new – new for you, at least.

Your Christian friends might be the perfect folk to ask about this. They’ve probably spent a decent chunk of their lives thinking about this.

Or you might want to start elsewhere, to find someone less emotionally invested.

Either way, you’re looking for nuggets of wisdom.

Truths you can apply to your life.

New ways of seeing things.

Not all of it applies to today and not all will resonate with you.

But some will – a new idea, or a new take on an old one.

Often, that’s all you need to start thinking and living in a better way.

So that’s one way to enhance your life.

But if self-improvement really interests you, what would you do with more techniques than you can use?

Like, say, 60 of them?

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One Ancient Path Towards Inner Peace

There’s a life philosophy which says the older the problem, the older the solution.

If you want to know how to code a stable app that’ll securely handle credit card details, you’ll want to learn from recent sources.

For older problems, people have been thinking about them for ages. Many wacky ideas have bubbled to the surface, only to evaporate under the cold glare of time.

Those few who survive probably do something right. Not every ancient idea holds true, but the answer lies somewhere there.

People aren’t going to discover a new, better way to raise children tomorrow. Even with the latest developments in psychology, neuroscience, big data…

These modern tools are great at culling the terrible ideas (most of which have only popped up recently).

You might not agree. You might think I’m saying science adds nothing, that somehow ancient shepherds knew more about how neurons work than the best scientists today.

That’s not what I’m saying.

I’m saying even if ancient folk tried life strategies at random (which most of them did), there were enough of them going over such long spans of time that the best would survive, spread and endure.

Call it luck or call it natural selection applied to memes.

The point is the most likely path to inner peace – something kings, philosophers and farmers have pondered for eons – probably lies in ancient writing somewhere.

Now, I’m not saying it lies in the teachings of Taoism.

But it might.

Taoism encourages its practitioners to clear their minds. So does every faith, right? Except they take it further.

Clear your mind so thoroughly that greed, desires for glory or material concerns disappear.

In this state of mind, nothing can harm or distract you from your inner peace.

Will it work out for you as easily as that?

Maybe, maybe not.

But to expand your mind and grow as a person, you could do worse than study ancient Taoist teachings.

No one is saying you have to change your beliefs.

But, if you want to improve as a person, you do need to expand them.

And that means exploring ideas you wouldn’t normally touch.

So that’s one way to enhance your life.

But if self-improvement really interests you, what would you do with more techniques than you can use?

Like, say, 60 of them?

Get your hands on Three-Score Navike – the comprehensive and easy way to grow and evolve – right here:

/downloads/escape-mediocrity/

An atheist’s guide to using religion

Once, someone at my Toastmasters club asked me to talk about my religious views. I wasn’t surprised – I’d given speeches on Hinduism, Buddhism (a few, in fact), Shamanism plus a few others.

I think they were surprised when I said I was a militant atheist.

Yep, not just an atheist but a militant one. I believe religions should be treated like charities – they only get the tax break if they donate most of their wealth to worthy causes. A reasonable stance in my view, but that makes me militant according to some others.

Oh well, so be it.

But I don’t let that get between me and religion.

See, religion and philosophy are similar. There’s a lot of overlap between how they work. And philosophies work best when you dabble in a range of them and find what works.

Maybe you only need utilitarianism to live your life by. If so, congratulations. Me, I find different philosophies are useful in different ways.

Different situations.

And you can construct a metaphilosophy that uses the best teachings of each.

Religions are like philosophies that have culture and spirituality woven into them. Each is a rich school of wisdom – far richer than what you get out of a textbook.

And far more confusing, too.

You can study any religion – who says you have to believe it for it to work?

When you study a religion, you can hold two contradictory ideas in your mind.

The first is it teaches you all about the people and culture that created this religion.

The second is it’s a literally correct description of the spiritual condition.

Approach your studies from both these places, avoid getting sucked in to any faith too far, and you can gain all the benefits without having to believe any of it.

Bring that attitude as best as you can while you read the next few habits. This could be a deep well of wisdom that keeps on giving.

So that’s one way to enhance your life.

But if self-improvement really interests you, what would you do with more techniques than you can use?

Like, say, 60 of them?

Get your hands on Three-Score Navike – the comprehensive and easy way to grow and evolve – right here:

/downloads/escape-mediocrity/

How To Use Bite-Sized Wisdom

Motivational quotes can turn sour in your brain. That’s why I have a range of techniques for handling them.

The crux of it is avoiding what I used to do.

I’d grab any old quote that sounded neat, add it to a list, then pump them out on Twitter at regular intervals.

They’d attract likes and retweets from folk who like and retweet that sort of stuff. Mostly bots, to be honest.

It was an empty, shallow experience.

And it was a public one. Folk of substance must have seen my account and steered clear of it. It’s tacky and lame to take the wisdom of others, package it up and farm it out to strangers.

People of substance create value, not echo random snippets of it.

So I took a better approach, here it is in a nutshell:

All motivational quotes must lead to action.

If your quote farming doesn’t change what you do, you wasted your time.

Don’t put it on social media.

Don’t stick it to your fridge or mirror.

Use it to create a plan.

Take a phrase I adore: “be the change you want to see in the world”. A lifetime’s wisdom right there. If you like that quote, don’t just read it. Ask yourself how you can create a life that aligns with it.

Nothing else matters. Action is king, everything else is indulgence.

So that’s one way to enhance your life.

But if self-improvement really interests you, what would you do with more techniques than you can use?

Like, say, 60 of them?

Get your hands on Three-Score Navike – the comprehensive and easy way to grow and evolve – right here:

/downloads/escape-mediocrity/

The True Power of Rituals

You might think of rituals as empty fluff. Something primitive, superstitious folk used to cope with their ignorance.

Well, there’s truth in that.

Except…

What happens when the rituals work?

What if the shamanic cleansing ritual actually heals the body?

Consider a modern day healing ritual:

You’re feeling under the weather, so you go to the doctor. You wait in the waiting room, smelling disinfectant and reading posters about health. The longer you wait, the more you settle into the doctor’s office. Getting in touch with the feel of the place.

The doctor finally sees you. You explain your symptoms, they ask some questions while wearing a doctor’s coat. Maybe they check your heart and breathing with a stethoscope.

So far, nothing has happened to promote healing. They haven’t even diagnosed you, let alone done anything.

And yet…

For most people, the healing has begun.

This isn’t me speculating here. The science is clear on this. In fact, it’s one of the most well-researched areas of medicine, kind of because it has to be:

The infamous placebo effect.

You go to a doctor’s office to receive healing. Just that act, even without any medicine, activates the healing process.

Dress people up in doctors’ uniforms and get them to hand out placebos. They can call them placebos, explaining they have no healing properties or active ingredients. In fact, they admit, they’re not even doctors – it’s only a costume.

Even so, this simple act creates healing.

The more expensive the placebo, the stronger the results.

The more invasive (for example, an injection versus a tonic), the more powerful it is.

This is a simple and effective healing ritual – one that happens every day in our scientifically enlightened society.

Rituals work. You can either accept that and use them, or fight the truth and squander this valuable self-improvement resource.

Your call.

So that’s one way to enhance your life.

But if self-improvement really interests you, what would you do with more techniques than you can use?

Like, say, 60 of them?

Get your hands on Three-Score Navike – the comprehensive and easy way to grow and evolve – right here:

/downloads/escape-mediocrity/

Should you balance yourself, or should you double-down?

Here’s a controversy that echoes through spiritual traditions and self-improvement circles. Across time and space, people wonder:

Should I seek balance or should I lean into my strengths?

You see this in Ayurveda. If you’re strong in Vatta, do you eat Vatta-boosting food? Or do you improve Kapha and Pitta instead?

With the chakras of Hinduism. If your third major chakra is hyperactive, do you stoke that fire? Or do you calm it to bring it into balance?

Let’s bring it into the present. If you’re extremely introverted, do you lean on your introversion, or do you chase extraversion? Can you even become more extraverted?

All great questions.

Except for the teeny tiny flaw in the whole concept.

Can you spot it?

Here’s a hint: my NLP-versed readers probably spotted it.

Because they know how squiggly the word ‘should’ can get.

As far as I can tell, when it comes to spiritual philosophies, balance is a wise goal. Your strengths become even stronger when your weaknesses aren’t holding them back.

As for thinking about introversion and extraversion, logic and intuition, boldness and calculation…

The word ‘should’ hides the best answer.

Which is to do both.

If you’re a highly intuitive thinker, even a little logic will do wonders for you.

As will training your intuition to reach new heights.

Hmm? What’s that, you ask? How do you train yourself in opposite ways of thinking at the same time?

Well, that’s easy.

You don’t. You can’t. It would overload your conscious mind.

Fortunately, there’s more to you than that. In fact, a part of you can’t overload because it loves parallel processing.

It’s the part that monitors every patch of your skin, ready to alert you if a spider takes a fangful of you.

And it’s scanning the sounds around you for anything worth your attention. That’s just the wind through the leaves, but… what’s that? Was that a gunshot, an aroused supermodel or a large amount of money falling out of someone’s pocket?

Then it’s not just monitoring your internal environment – ready to ache if your kidneys inflame – but controlling it, too. Handling all the information for your heart, immune system, hormones…

You get the idea.

So, yeah.

Want to balance yourself and develop your strengths?

Good luck to anyone who wants to do that consciously.

But… how do you do that unconsciously? Isn’t it, by definition, outside your control?

Bah.

Sure, with that attitude.

Here’s how you can influence the unknowable corners of your dark and beautiful mind:

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Evolve like a Pokemon

Embarrassing confession time:

Despite a lifetime of scientific training, and another lifetime’s obsession with the sublime beauty of the theory of evolution, I still catch the aftereffects of growing up in the 90s in my thinking.

Sometimes – not always, not often, but often enough – the word ‘evolution’ makes me think of Pokemon.

But, okay. I’m a fan of using what we have, so let’s use it.

If I mention the phrase ‘personal evolution’, let’s look at that from the Pikachu perspective.

How do Pokemon become greater versions of themselves?

It’s simple, really. Through hard and clever work, they get a little bit more powerful.

And then a little stronger still.

Until suddenly, they reach the tipping point.

Your squat, fiery lizard is now a towering dragon.

Why not, right? That’s how people evolve too.

You get a little better at something, working hard to refine your skills. It’s a long, slow drag.

Then one morning, you wake up to find your skills have tripled overnight. Anyone who keeps pushing themselves knows what I mean. It’s how your brain learns – mostly while you sleep, but only when you put the work in.

That’s how my mind training programs work too.

You put the work in…

And your unconscious will do all the learning.

I can’t say it’ll be as fun as the Pokemon games, but I will say this: once you start levelling yourself up, it’s just as addictive.

Here’s the link:

guided-thought.com/monster

Waking up like a great rock song

I’m sure you know that feeling. You’re feeling a little down or maybe just flat. Nothing’s wrong as such. It’s just that each moment is a little too like the last.

We’ve all been there, I think.

Even excitement becomes boring when it’s monotonous.

And then…

The perfect rock song comes on.

And it’s like a jolt of electricity right into every nerve.

Few things clear the cobwebs like the right song at the right moment.

Speaking of cobwebs, what if every morning were like that? Or at least a few of them, right? Because if you’re anything like me, mornings aren’t exactly the brightest time of the day. And I don’t mean literally… although there’s that, too.

How different would life be if you exploded out of bed, instead of dragging numb, heavy legs across the carpet?

I can’t promise this’ll happen every morning. I’m certainly not there – not yet, at least.

But you can get a lot closer to this.

Because wouldn’t getting even a taste of that be worth something to you?

And the more you focus on this, the hungrier you become to tackle your day.

And you know what?

The secret to living like that is in part 1 of the Monster Mind Edukaré program.

And that’s 1 of 19…

So what will you get when you complete the other 18?

That’s why I reckon this is one of the best programs on the market. It sure is long, and it all delivers. Like a classic song, there’s nothing worth fastforwarding.

You can see the full list of everything you can improve here:

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Vaping is for losers

Hey, don’t shoot the messenger. I don’t mind what vices you choose to indulge in – that’s between you and the pleasure centres of your brain.

But I have to tell ya – if you vape, people laugh at you behind your back.

I’m serious. With cigarettes, they’d turn their nose up at you. Wrinkle their noses as you walked by. Resist the urge, or give into it, to roll their eyes when you needed to “step outside for a break”.

With vaping, though?

You get all of that, with a few extra points for mockery.

You think smoking is okay now, just because it’s cool again?

Or because it smells nice?

Even though those flavours have all sorts of health problems too?

That’s what people think – you’re some sucker who’s thrilled to ignore medical science if it’s trendy to.

And they think you’re too weak to quit, so you rely on this weird crutch that “isn’t really smoking”, even though it is.

Or how you don’t think for yourself, following every fashion that involves toxifying your body and brain.

Honestly, I don’t think it’s fair. These people spend all day ingesting sugar and unnatural chemicals. Then warp their sense of self with social media and pornography addictions.

Don’t know what to tell you. Those character flaws are “normal”. Yours attracts mockery.

If you don’t like that double standard, you have – as I see it – only one option:

Quit.

Right now.

Show you’re stronger than they think. Show you’re stronger than they are, because you face your struggles head on… and beat them.

Honestly, what choice do you have?

And here’s the kicker:

If you download my Breathe Freely program – which makes quitting easy, simple and even a little fun – you get a whole lot more besides.

Like, say, months of mind training. Not like those brain training apps – I’m talking about powerful, real, psychology-fuelled programs for personal growth.

On top of quitting smoking, you can create a healthier, happier mind – one that faster, better and more in your control than you’ve ever enjoyed.

That’s what self development is all about, after all.

Quitting smoking will be like giving yourself a new coat of paint. With everything else, it’s like getting a while new engine.

How far you take it is up to you.

However far that is, make sure it’s out of shouting range of the haters. Flip them off in your rear view mirror if you want. Or maybe, definitely, you’ll be the better person.

If you want (or even need) this in your life, here’s the link:

http://www.guided-thought.com/monster

How to get a refund for Monster Mind Edukaré

Monster Mind Edukaré looks like a major investment of time. Why do I say “looks like”? Well, because it will easily take you six months or more to work through the material.

It’s self-paced, and everyone starts from a different place.

It can also look like a major investment of money. But, again, this will keep you ticking along and improving for yonks.

Really, it’s excellent value. I should – and probably will – charge much more for it.

Still, I get it. It’s a lot of money.

So you might be curious about my refund policy.

I’m proud to say it’s the best in the business. I happily and eagerly comply with Australian Consumer Law – probably the strictest on the planet. What this means for you is total piece of mind. If Monster Mind Edukaré is faulty, different from what’s advertised or not fit for purpose, I have to make it right.

Either it works as a reasonable person would expect, or I have to replace or refund it.

Other than that…?

No luck, pendo. All sales are final.

This is a feature, not a bug. I’ve spent a lot of coin on programs like this. I know what it’s like. It’s exciting to make the purchase – the thrill of newfound potential.

Then you see how much work lies ahead of you and enthusiasm freezes.

That’s not a problem for me anymore, thank goodness. Now, when I buy something like this, I follow through and complete it.

But there was a time where I would have bailed and chased a refund.

I’m not going to let you do that to yourself. Once you commit, you’re committed. I’m burning the boats behind you. You either return from your mind as a conqueror or not at all.

You’re welcome.

And if that’s a problem for you?

If you refuse to buy anything without knowing you can safely retreat from it?

No worries. I wish you well on your quest, but your money ain’t any good here.

I cater to serious folk only. What, you don’t think I could have made Monster Mind Edukaré much smaller, more palatable and less intimidating? Of course I could have – but not without making it less effective too.

Oh, well.

If the scale of it intrigues or excites you, then let me hook you up. If not, enjoy searching for someone who sells to the timid and insincere. You’d better not click this link, that’s for sure:

guided-thought.com/monster

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