Powerful Tips for Self-Development
Ancient wisdom is timeless. The knowledge handed down to us by the wise sages of old is as relevant today as it was thousands of years ago.
Furthermore, it’s arguably the best life advice you will find for the purpose of self-development – if you look beyond the dogma and see the Truth hidden by the symbolism of ancient wisdom.
It’s no surprise that ancient art forms are becoming more prevalent for personal growth on a global scale today. As modern life takes its toll on the mind and body, determined individuals want to engage in self-development programs, and acquire ancient wisdom that helps to restore balance and cultivate inner peace.
When you understand the principles of myth and religious scripture and put this knowledge into practice, it is possible to find the pleasure and fulfilment in life that you deserve.
Below are seven nuggets of ancient wisdom you should adopt in order to transform your life. What’s more, you’ll also be pleased to know, they can be seamlessly incorporated into your daily routine so will not disrupt your typical schedule.
That’s not to say that transforming your life will not require a great deal of effort. On the contrary, self-development is an arduous and ongoing process. You can’t transform your life simply by clicking your fingers. If only life was that simple.
Self-Development requires patience and persistence. The good news is ancient wisdom helps us to understand yourself easier than any academic literature or training courses available today, and subsequently, provides you with the gift of knowledge together with powerful tools and philosophies that help to make the self-development process easier.
1. Breathe Better
It’s no secret that health and wellbeing is intrinsically linked with the breath. The brain needs oxygen to function. Furthermore, when your breathing is out of control, so is your mind.
In contrast, slow, deep breaths promote calm and control by reducing cortisol levels and releasing tension.
Deep breathing is well known to provide a host of health benefits; improved blood circulation strengthens the immune system, eases pain, and improves posture to name a few.
Ancient civilisations knew about the benefits of breathing thousands of years ago. We know today that the yogis of ancient India understood the science of breath.
If correct breathing is such common knowledge within medical institutions, why is it that most people don’t breathe properly?
Well, that’s because the general public is poorly informed, and we don’t learn the basics of life at school. Conversely, anyone with knowledge of ancient various practices will know that breathing is a science.
“Occultists in all ages and lands have always taught, usually in secret, that there was to be found in the air a substance or principle from which all activity, vitality and life was derived….This work will speak of the principle as “prana”, the Sanskrit word for “absolute energy.” Many occult authorities teach that the principle which the Hindu’s term “prana” is the Universal principle of energy, and that all energy or force is derived from that principle, or rather, is a particular form of manifestation of that principle.” – Yogi Ramacharaka
Breathing oxygenates blood cells so your body is better equipped to metabolise nutrients and vitamins. This strengthens the immune system and helps to maintain your health.
The more oxygen you take into your lungs the better equipped your body is to cleanse itself of toxic chemicals secreted by the body and other harmful debris you collect during the day.
Air pollution, for example, decreases the flow of blood and causes irregular heartbeats. Ultimately, pollution of the body has a negative impact on the central nervous system and can contribute to illnesses.
You can avoid health problems and reduce anxiety by practising deep breathing exercises on a regular basis – at least 10 minutes a day. And you can do that anytime, anywhere (except underwater). You don’t have to reserve a block in your diary.
Ancient meditation techniques discovered that sitting in an upright and erect position is the best way to breathe well. This helps to keep your diaphragm clear so the flow of air can pass through smoothly.
Furthermore, breathing deeply helps to improve your regular posture as the breath has to move through the diaphragm. When you are sitting in a slumped position the diaphragm is blocked.
Check your breathing now.
How much of your diaphragm are you using to breathe? Are your breaths shallow, or are they long and drawn out? Ideally, air should reach the bottom of your rib cage as a bare minimum.
Make a point of monitoring your breathing throughout the day.
2. Resolve to End Suffering
The historical Buddha said people suffer because of emotional attachments. Basically, suffering is a state of mind. This is one of the most important lessons you can learn in your quest for self-development.
When I refer to attachments, I don’t just mean material possessions, relationships or careers. The term extends to views of the world, attitudes, and habits.
Ultimately, it is the latter three that cause suffering. The first three, possessions, relationships and careers are merely the catalyst.
Whilst its comforting to have things you want in your life, sometimes you have to ask yourself how much you really need them.
A toxic relationship or a job you hate is clearly no good for your mental and physical health. Yet at times, they are hard to walk away from.
Because it is human nature to be afraid of the unknown. Fear prompts us to become more attached to what we do know.
Stepping outside your comfort zone requires courage.
“One of the greatest discoveries a man makes, one of his great surprises, is to find he can do what he was afraid he couldn’t do.” – Henry Ford
Sometimes, in order to improve your personal development, and ultimately, your experience of life, it is necessary to change your perspective. Think about all the times in your life when you worried for no reason, or had a preconceived idea about something that was wrong.
The truth of the matter is, that nothing lasts forever. Eventually, you have to move on. You have to evolve. Why stay in a situation that holds you back? Why continue performing the same habits if they make you feel guilty?
Your perception of the world is the “illusion” that scientists talk about. The illusion makes you believe you need something that you don’t, and fear makes you believe you can’t do something that you can.
Ask yourself whether sticking with what you know is helping you to evolve, or does it leave you stuck in a rut?
When you have an emotional attachment to a situation, a habit, an attitude or a worldview that does not allow you to move forward, you are denying yourself the opportunity to improve your experience of life.
Yeeeah, you probably knew this was coming!
There’s not much more I can say about the benefits of meditation that has not already been said before.
What I will say is that meditation needs to be performed properly in order for you to profit from those gains. Furthermore, your expectations have to be realistic.
I’m telling you this from personal experience.
One of the first accounts I read about meditation was given by Dr Megan Blackburn Losey in her book, The Secret History of Consciousness. The doctor gives an account of being pulled from her sleep by spirits and swept into the Universe to learn about string theory.
Whether this account is entirely accurate or even true, I have no way in saying. But it won’t happen to everyone. It’s misleading.
Furthermore, when I first started meditating, or more precisely, trying to meditate, I failed miserably. At the time, I was suffering from severe anxiety and meditating made it worse.
The problem was that I had been led to believe that meditation would help me relax and alleviate my feelings on anxiety. It didn’t. I persisted with mediation for about six months to no avail. Then I gave up.
It wasn’t until I was shown how to meditate properly that I started to enjoy it. The other decisive piece of information I want to share with you is that I took the decision to embrace how I felt and accept the feelings of anxiety would not dissolve immediately. Healing takes time.
With the right mindset, and knowing how to breathe better, I was able to overcome my anxiety and master meditation. That’s when you start having better experiences…
…I’m still waiting to be whisked away and taught string theory by spirits though.
4. Mindful of Thoughts, Actions and Emotions
Mindfulness has become one of those buzzwords that is often coupled with meditation. However, if you are striving to improve your personal nature and life experiences, you shouldn’t limit tuning into your thoughts only in meditation. It should become a daily habit.
The experiences you create in life initially start in the mind. When you have a thought, it triggers an emotion your subconscious mind associates with the thought. The emotion triggers a subsequent action or feeling.
Therefore, thoughts, emotions and actions create your reality.
Mindfulness is a process that should be used as a tool to help you identify negative thought patterns that create damaging situations and so-called “bad luck.”
When you become aware of your thoughts, you are better prepared to heal emotional wounds. Furthermore, by changing your thoughts, you restrict the release of toxic chemicals into your bloodstream and give your body a fighting chance to clear out the waste.
“Since yesterday’s thoughts become today’s words and may easily become tomorrow’s actions, one’s mental state is highly important.” – Lama Ole Nydahl
Practising mindfulness is important for personal growth because the majority of things we do, and the decisions we make throughout the day are habitual. They are subconscious programs that keep you rooted in your comfort zone.
It is believed that subconscious programming accounts for between 90 and 97% of your decision making. You owe it to yourself to reduce this percentage.
The decisions you make create your experiences in life – and that includes how you feel. Making slight tweaks to your daily routines can help you be more creative, confident and magnetic.
Once you develop a habit of being mindfully aware of your thoughts, emotions and actions you can formulate a self-development plan that enables you to break away from the toxic patterns of behaviour that hold you back.
5. Reprogram Your Subconscious
The subconscious mind only wants two things; to survive and thrive.
Whilst the subconscious only has good intentions for you, it has been programmed with information that can hold you back.
Everything you were told and experience as a child is stored in your memory. Unlike the conscious mind, the subconscious does not forget and will retrieve information whenever an occasion calls for it.
Past experiences stored by your subconscious gives you the information and the tools to survive physically and emotionally and can help you thrive in situations you have previously mastered.
The problem is that a lot of the information stored in your subconscious is plagued by suppressed emotions that were stored as a child.
Typical programs include I am not loved, I am not good enough, I can’t do that. Subsequently, you feel limited in your ability or self-conscious about what others think about you. All this knocks your confidence, your courage and, ultimately, your ability to thrive.
Subconscious programs can also make you self-sabotage your happiness.
Sigmund Freud separated the psyche into three main segments which he called the Super-ego (higher consciousness), the id (lower conscious) and the ego, (c0nscious mind).
The super-ego is the voice of reason, your inner hero, the aspect of your nature that wants you to thrive. This the subconscious mind where you get your best ideas and new ideas. The Superego is also the aspect of your nature which judges you on your actions and conjures feelings of guilt.
The id is your lower conscious nature and has sovereign over your physical and emotional survival. This is the aspect of your nature that gives you cravings for a sugar fix, nicotine, drugs, coffee or whatever else you think you need to get you through the day.
It’s also the lower aspect of your nature where suppressed emotions are stored. In esoteric symbolism, the id is often represented by the devil or evil King, and suppressed emotions are the army of demons.
The subconscious mind, therefore, works for you and against you.
For example, if you have a fear of failure, your subconscious will sabotage your plans to succeed so there will never be a podium for you to fall from. The subconscious is merely trying to protect you from getting hurt.
This is an aspect of the subconscious nature that Freud called Thanatos after the Greek God of Death. This is your destructive nature that kills the chance of success so that you have nothing to lose. Instead, you remain in your safety bubble.
The id feeds into the ego, thus past memories are how you identify yourself to the world. The suppressed emotions that drive you towards actions in the present day is the cause of bad experiences and mistakes.
Your subconscious mind is key to your success, but it needs updating with new programs that enable you to thrive. To change the subconscious programming, you need to tell yourself another story.
The only way to reprogram your subconscious is through the conscious mind. And that means changing your thought patterns and habits, together with identifying and releasing suppressed emotions.
6. Working with Energy Healers
Engaging in emotional healing is a vitally important step in the self-development process. I cannot stress this enough.
However, you do need to work with a skilled energy healer that is able to sense issues you are dealing with and can offer you valuable guidance.
Holistic healing gets a bad rap from controlled medical authorities. This is often filtered down to medical practitioners, the media and the general public.
Naturally, there is a lot of scepticism around alternative treatments, yet as people begin to wake up to the fact that pharmaceutical drugs don’t always work, more people are turning towards natural remedies and energy healing.
When you consider energy healing has survived the test of time for thousands of years, and refuse to go away, holistic therapies should probably be given more credit than they are.
In contrast, people are becoming disillusioned with pharmaceutical drugs and conventional treatments.
Did you know that in 2003, the then CEO of GlaxoSmithKline, Allen Rose said that 90% of the pharmaceutical drugs the company manufactured did not work on 30-50% of patients?
In 2012, the company was brought to justice in US courts on the grounds they were unethically marketing drugs that were not proven to work and were rewarding physicians with monetary rewards for selling their drugs.
GSK paid US$3m to get rid of the allegations.
And don’t think GSK is the only pharmaceutical company that are deceiving the public. The majority of clinical experiments on drugs are not revealed to the public when drugs go on general sale.
When your doctor prescribes you medicine, they are guessing.
A growing army of practitioners within the medical profession is starting to take notice. More doctors are advising patients to use holistic healing therapies to supplement traditional medicines.
It is widely acknowledged that energy flows through the body and does become trapped. In his talks, Foundation Theory in Service, Dr Paul Goodwin explains the reason for this is because negative emotions obstruct the flow of energy through the body’s network of meridians.
Trapped energy prohibits the brain from communicating effectively with the central nervous system. Sometimes signals don’t get through at all. Subsequently, you develop aches, pains and illness.
Repressed emotions that have been stored in the subconscious typically create an ache or pain in your body due to an imbalance of chemicals. When the meridians are blocked they produce congestion of polluted or stagnant energy and cause a depletion of energy in other areas of the body.
Imbalances occur due to a number of reasons; emotional wounds, physical trauma, negative thinking, self-talk, bad experiences, nutritional depletion, toxic relationships and destructive lifestyles.
I don’t mean to say that every time you feel aches and pains there is a chemical imbalance. You may be stiff from exercising, how you slept, postural stress from sitting in the same position for lengthy periods or because your muscles are tight from lack of movement.
There is a growing consensus amongst medical professionals today that blocked energy predisposes the body to disease. But it has been a long time in coming.
In the 1930s, the Austrian Doctor of Medicine and psychoanalyst, Wilhelm Reich came to the conclusion that:
“Modern man is typified by characterological armoring against his inner nature and against social misery. The character armoring is the basis of isolation, indigence, craving for authority, fear of responsibility and neurotically impotent rebelliousness, as well as pathological tolerance.” – Wilhelm Reich
In the 1950s, Reich was imprisoned for developing a method of treatment called vegetotherapy. Reich professed his accumulator used orgone energy, a naturally occurring substance found in the Earth’s atmosphere.
The FDA disapproved of his methods despite substantial evidence it worked. However, the evidence has since been destroyed so there is no way of verifying whether vegetotherapy was a success or not.
It’s worth noting that Reich died the day before he was due to be released from a two-year prison sentence. I’ll leave you to draw your own conclusions.
Before Reich was imprisoned, he accused his fellow medical professionals of ignoring the power of energy healing and scolded them for being more concerned about their paycheck than healing patients.
Reiki, massage, acupuncture and reflexology have been frowned upon with the same disregard from medical institutes despite these ancient healing techniques surviving for thousands of years.
Energy healing aims to alleviate blocked meridians and establish the flow of pranic energy, or life energy that circulates through the body. As a result, the imbalance is restored and helps to make the patient feel revitalised.
A typical opinion given towards “alternative therapies” by medical authorities, and subsequently some of the narrow-minded practitioners that kow-tow to authoritative bodies, is that practices such as reiki and reflexology are based on faith healing.
I will not deny that!
Here’s the kicker: you can only cure yourself if you believe you can. Scientists proved that with sugar pills they gave patients as a placebo.
Not all illnesses will be cured by positive thinking and a change in lifestyle, but it has happened.
However, it is more likely that you will prevent illness through positive thinking and developing a healthy attitude towards life. Doing so means your body secretes neurotransmitters that give you a feel-good factor rather than battling stress.
It is estimated that between 75-90% of patients attending a physician are stress-related.
The difference between holistic practitioners and medical practitioners is that the former shows you how to understand what is causing your illness. And the cause is often related to repressed emotions programmed in your subconscious.
The real reason why the medical authorities don’t want patients to visit holistic practitioners is that we use natural remedies – herbs, energy, and psychology. We don’t sell you ineffective pharmaceuticals drugs packed with chemicals or charge extortionate medical bills.
Medical authorities, paid off by Big Pharma, have a vested interest in keeping people ill. By convincing people that other treatments don’t work, they continue to make their money at the expense of the general public.
As more people realise that pharmaceutical medicine is not an effective treatment, alternative practitioners that use ancient techniques are becoming more popular. This is not an accident or a coincidence.
Yet despite the paradigm shift, holistic healers have to declare their practices should not be substituted for orthodox medicine. We have to advise patients that treatments such as reiki and reflexology should only be used to support healing and recovery.
In reality, if people engaged in energy healing, they are less likely to fall ill in the first place.
Holistic medicine focuses on channelling energy which creates balance without interfering with the natural functions of the body. Furthermore, energy healing does not have side effects.
Compare this with pharmaceutical drugs. They do cause side effects. What’s more, they mask the problem in patients that are being treated for psychological conditions. They may make you feel good but in an unnatural way.
Illnesses that are caused by toxic thinking will only be cured when you change your attitude to life. Until you do that, you will continue to pollute your body with toxic energy and sooner or later it will manifest as a serious illness.
7. Esoteric Symbolism
A lot of vital information handed down to us by ancient sages is hidden in symbolism. This hidden knowledge is known as “esoteric” or “occult” symbolism meaning to be disguised for the benefit of those with the right knowledge.
There are several theories as to why critical knowledge about life has been hidden in esoteric symbolism. Some commentators say it was because alchemists were persecuted by the authorities and had to disguise their true meanings.
I don’t believe this because the same symbols are used today by the powerful families in royalty, banking and corporations – the money men and real decision makers of the world.
These people know exactly what the symbols mean and understand the secrets to life. They don’t tell the rest of us because they want to use it for their own benefit, namely control.
However, now more people are decoding the symbols and revealing how you can interpret them for your own benefit, you can also discover the secrets to life and use symbolism to help guide you.
“To the alchemist, all the phenomena of the Universe are combinations of a single prime energy inaccessible to ordinary senses.” – Fulcanelli
Master Mind Content use symbolism for the purpose of self-development. You can too. When you see a symbol or number repeating itself, it is a message from your subconscious. Take note and bring it to your conscious awareness.
Symbolism can help you learn the lessons you need to know right now. Learn the lessons of life and you stop making the same mistakes that inevitably transform as life experiences you don’t want. “Bad luck” is bad energy.
When you allow yourself to be guided by your higher conscious nature and transform energy in a way that enables you to thrive, you transform your life. There is no easier way of doing that than understanding the true meaning of esoteric symbolism.
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