STOP RUNNING & START WALKING

WHAT AM I TRYING TO GET DONE?

Hey, stop Running and start walking…

What is it about life that drives us relentlessly toward running-around frantically, to get that certain “thing” done?
 What is it that we are trying to get done?  
I invite you to stop whatever you are doing and take the next 60 seconds to ask yourself this simple, yet not easy, question: “What am I trying to get done?”

I’m not talking about “what am I trying to get done in the next hour, the next day, week, month, or even year”, I’m asking you to question yourself regarding your life’s purpose.
What are you trying to get done?
What is your intention?

You can probably quite easily fall into the trap of stating what your current roles are in life, but that is not the question I am asking…Allow me to share with you what I discovered not so long ago.
I am a husband, a co-provider, a father, a stepfather, a brother, a son, an uncle, a work colleague – and the list goes on… However, these are roles, they are not who I am, nor what I am doing.

When I stopped and asked what am I trying to get done, it hit me that I was trying to finish ‘things’…but why?
So I could get on with the next ‘thing’?
Society will give you many reasons why we “have to” finish things, but who the heck knows where that thought came from in the first place?
And why is it necessarily correct?
Let’s put that thought aside for just a moment, and explore some good news.

THE GOOD NEWS
“What am I trying to get done?”
The good news is, like many things of late, I found the answer is actually the reverse of what I tended to believe to be truth. In other words, if you cannot answer this opening question, or you can answer it but the answer is with uncertainty, then I found you are in a position of control.
However, if you feel you can answer that question with absolute certainty, then perhaps you are in a position that is out- of-control?

What???

Let me clarify my message.
When we truly hold an intention without certainty of the How or When our intention will unfold, we own theWhat – or to put it another way, we own the intention.
But if we think we have absolute control to create the What (the intention), without the uncertainty of the how or when, then we are delusional – we are stating that we have control of our external environment.

“Here’s the thing folks – we don’t.”

It has been shown to me time and time again that THE ONLYabsolute only, environment in which I have control is my internal environment; my thoughts….

What I think, is all that I can control.
I can influence and be influenced by external environments, and other people’s opinions, however I cannot control, nor be controlled, by external environments, or other peoples opinions.
Any other person, their opinions, or their actions, cannot control me …without my consent! (And this is a critical piece, the “without my consent”). In other words, if my thought is not equal to that of the external circumstance, I am in the position to be in control of it, and the result of my actions.

WHY IS THIS SO?
Because nothing can appear from its own periphery!
Why?
Don’t take my word for it, ask science…

Is it possible for a Universe to appear from anywhere but it’s own center?
Astronomically, the answer is no.
Nothing can appear from its own periphery.

Things appear from the Center, and grow outward, not the reverse.
Therefore, whatever takes place, universally, biologically, psychologically, spiritually, and so forth, do-so from the inside-out.

How does knowing this theory fit into our daily lives?
Well, for starters, let’s start by removing the inaccurate belief we have been passing on for generations. 
Generation after generation has expressed the need for children to stop making themselves the ‘center- of – universe’. 

I now understand that telling children that they are not the center of the universe is incorrect.
I have chosen to take a stance on this. “The the dysfunction stops here….”

My belief is that not only are our children the center of the universe, all of us are the center of the universe.

ALL ROADS LEAD TO ROME 
Rome considered itself the center of the universe, hence the saying “ all roads lead to Rome”

Back in the day, this may have been considered true; however as we develop knowledge, we understand that there is no geographical center in the universe, of which we are aware, therefore I put it to you that we each are the geographical Center of All things.

The center is contained within each and every one of us, because the center is the ‘what is’…. It is the thing of which we cannot explain by the limited vocabulary we possess.
IT cannot be described, because it is greater than all things known to man.

Having researched in-excess of 30 religious and non-religious beliefs, I now feel that there is no singular IT; because all things are the One It. The truest center from which all things come and all things return, are the same.

In order to comprehend this message, over millennia, man has found the necessity to label the thing they believe is IT. I have no problem with any label you choose, however I would ask that you are willing to say, as I am, “ I do not know for certain, therefore I am willing to be open minded – in order to broaden my platform of knowledge.”

Can anyone say for absolute certain that what they state is 100% correct and beyond doubt?
There are as many variations available on what the IT is, which is believed to be the answer, as there are as many variations on what IT isn’t.

Personally, I am wary of any belief system, governing body, science, teacher, or practice, which states with certainty “This is the correct way.”

My intention in life is not to seek the answer; it is to broaden my platform of knowledge, in order to grow.
Up-to-date I have found no conclusive certainty about certainty, other than nothing in life is certain.
(How’s that for a paradox).

I choose not to seek one answer of certainty, because to me, there is none… of which I can be certain.
For me, chasing the answer, and finding the answer, would be a conclusion; and this I do not believe exists, other than in the natural law of existence – which is true unto itself. 

To me, finding answers is not something which we look into; it is something from which we look outward.
It is experiential knowledge, gained from doing that which guides us from within – that which we feel we wholeheartedly have a need to do. That which comes from our Center.

THE LESSON STARTS WITH THE TEACHER
So I invite you to ask yourself, in your current relationships (with children or others):
Are you leading by example, or dictating with what you deem as certain?

To answer truthfully, ask yourself these 3 simple questions:

  1. Am I open minded to all things being possible?
  2. Am I able to say “I don’t know if what you are saying is correct, however I’m willing to listen”
  3. Am I living my life with intention and purpose, for the benefit of All, or am I prioritizing my life according to my needs?

 “When we stop running, and start walking, we find time to see – rather than look.”
I invite you to stop running, stop looking, and start seeing.

In conclusion, I ask those who follow my Blogs to read that which I offer as opinion; nothing more, nothing less.
I share with my clients a simple truth, as I know it to be: “You alone are the only one who can decide if it works for you, and therein is the truth.”

With Love & Respect

Paul J Pettit.

For more information on the practices I share to becoming YOU, use This Link
Here you will find practices I share – tools & techniques to gently guide you forward toward emotional awareness, one step at a time.

  • ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Having undertaken studies for 3 years, and successfully fulfilled the criteria required, I am a certified Life Coach and certified Usui Shiki Ryoho Reiki therapist, specializing in mindfulness – based practices.
I currently offer services of Naturopathic Reiki in Virginia USA, as well as Sydney Australia.
I offer Life Coaching services globally, through 1 on 1 coaching programs, using individually tailored tools and techniques to develop a state of positive emotional awareness and behavior.
​More information on Paul Pettit & BMS HERE

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THE #1 THING TO POSSESS FOR HAPPINESS

WHAT IS THE NUMBER ONE THING TO POSSESS FOR HAPPINESS?

NOTHING.

When we possess nothing, we own the world.

Whaaaaaat ?

Let’s start by showing you what NOT TO DO….

Stop comparing! Comparison of your possessions to others, is akin to looking for a different person in a mirror.

You are YOU, and ‘trying’ to be other than this creates entropy, leading to emotional distress.

In fact, to be fulfilled, we need only be the unique individuals with whom we have been blessed to be, and allow others to interpret this as they may.

Take a close look at how society shuns alternates, non-conformists, individuals who seem to hold no desire to “fit-in”.

Interestingly, I have recently been gifted by the universe with the pure joy of possessing virtually nothing, other than that which can be obtained by simply being the self, with no effort to adopt behaviors deemed as socially acceptable.

‘Other’ men value their financial ability of acquisition to fulfill their lives – because this is what society teaches us…Our self-worth is equated to our net worth.

Financial status equates to self-worth? Bullshit.

“Been-there-done-that, and found myself holding depression & anxiety as the trophy.”

Today, I am here to share a little secret, which is indeed not so little, and is simple to employ.

Possessing nothing – removes the desire for additional man-made assets; you find happiness through owning access to what truly matters in life – total freedom to BE.

This little practice I am about to share truly can change your life….and it is yours for free.

The practice of being.

Today, list the items you have acquired recently – seeking happiness through their acquisition.

What items did you acquire prior to these, in order to achieve the same desire of happiness?

And what items prior to those?

Is this not lessoning enough, to demonstrate the pure folly of acquisition for the purpose of happiness?

Possessing ‘things’ creates chaos and the necessity to guard, out of fear.
When we are at peace within our self, we require only that which comes to us naturally.
Possessing nothing, we own the world; we find True Happiness.

About the Author:

Paul J Pettit is the author of 9756 Miles, A Journey to Happiness.

THE PATHWAY TO PURPOSE

TPTP combines numerous Western Sciences with Eastern Philosophies:

  • NEUROSCIENCE              
  • PHYSIOLOGY
  • PSYCHOTHERAPY
  • ASTRONOMY
  • ASTROLOGY
  • Astronomy is a science that studies everything outside of the earth’s atmosphere, such as planets, stars, asteroids, galaxies; and the properties and relationships of those celestial bodies. … Astrology, on the other hand, is the belief that the positioning of the stars and planets affect the way all events occur here on earth.
  • GEOGRAPHY (in particular your place of birth & its astrological alignment)
  • BUDDHISM / HINDUISM / TAOISM. (Their combined philosophies & practices)

My Journey, thus far 55 years of life in this body, has guided me toward existentialism, through self-effort. Comprehending how Western Sciences & Eastern Practices, when aligned, create an individual’s pathway to purpose & meaning, enables me to share this practice (TPTP) with those who are becoming aware – there is more to life than what has been happening to them up-till-now.

When you are aligned physically – emotionally – spiritually, you ‘flow’ with life in all you do. No longer will you battle to get results, because you will be too occupied being drawn toward that which fills your very soul.

This practice TPTP is not religious; there is no doctrine or dogma; nor does it conflict with any religious beliefs.

TPTP is a practice, a pathway, offering step-by-step guidance through the realms of physical, emotional, & spiritual existence.

If you have any doubts toward TPTP, then now is not the time for you; however, if you feel just a twinkling of awakening reading this, then perhaps your mind is opening to the possibility that what we have been taught up until now, by our caregivers and community, is not necessarily accurate – or indeed it may be totally inaccurate?

My purpose in life is to share the pathway of knowledge, which I have acquired both cognitively and, more importantly, experientially.

The practices I share have altered my direction in life, from dealing with the depths of dysthymia in 2015; I am now living among borderless realms of unlimited potential, emotionally, physically, and spiritually.

If you too hear the whisper inside, which you alone can hear, drawing you forward toward a ‘better way’ of living – rather than simply existing, then perhaps this is the pathway for you?

For more information Contact: www.paulpettit.com

SOME BACKGROUND INFORMATION

FROM THE ZOROASTRIAN FAITH (APROX. 2000 BCE) CAME THE VEDIC RELIGION.

Evidence suggests that the Vedic religion evolved in two superficially contradictory directions; one evolved into elaborate, expansive, and specialized systems of rituals, while another questioned all of it and emphasized abstraction and internalization of the principles underlying ritual and cosmic speculation within oneself.

Both of these directions influenced Taoism, Buddhism & Hinduism (as well as Jainism). A commonality shared by Buddhism & Hinduism is the inclusion of Upanishads (central philosophical concepts & ideas) of Vedas.

Allow me to offer my brief overview of Buddhism & Hinduism in order to highlight their commonalities of Sub Ek.- or Oneness.

BUDDHISM:

The basic teachings of early Buddhism, which currently remain common to all Buddhist practices are:

The Four noble truths: Existence is suffering (dukhka); suffering has a cause, namely craving and attachment (trishna); there is a cessation to suffering, (nirvana); and there is a path to the cessation of suffering (Astangika-marga), which is the eightfold path of right views, right resolve, right speech, right action, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness, and right concentration.

Buddhism characteristically describes reality in terms of process and relation, rather than entity or substance. There is a distinct view of cause & effect in Buddhism, in which living beings are in a perpetual cycle of birth-and-death, where rebirth is directly influenced by one’s physical and mental actions (karma).

This cycle ceases through transcendence (nirvana). “Blowing-out of the flame (of individual desires & causes of suffering)”

Meditation and observance of moral precepts are the foundations of Buddhist practices.

The Buddha (Siddhartha Gautama) was recorded as sharing the 5 Skandhas, as shown in the Anatta lakkhana Sutta. The upshot is, he taught the following: We think the 5 Skandhas are us, but they are not the real us. They are just guests that we have mistaken to be the host. They are but temporary visitors (guests), which come and go – but they are not the real Sages of the house (the host). The 5 Skandhas can be described as the psychophysical self.  It’s the body/mind complex that we usually consider to be our “selves” – it’s what we usually take to be “me”.

As I understand this teaching; our thoughts and emotions (part of the 5 skandhas) all flow into the Mind and they also flow out of the Mind – they all arise and cease within the Mind: Therefore because they arise and cease, because they flow in and flow out – they are impermanent – and so they are like mere guests. It is the Real Mind, the True Mind, which plays host to these thoughts and feelings, which arise and cease within us. I am the awareness – “that which is aware”, “that which knows” which plays host to my thoughts and feelings which arise and cease within.  

Simplified, it is “The Awareness” of your thoughts, which is the true essence of ‘You’ not the actual thoughts themselves.

When we think the 5 Skandhas are we, because we think our thoughts and emotions are we – we are establishing a false sense of self in something, which is not. The 5 Skandhas is a false self, also called the small self or small mind. Today this is often referred to as The Ego.

A word of caution; The Anatta Lakkhana Sutta teaches the 5 Skandhas is not the real us. This indicates my ordinary mind and body is not the real me, or your everyday mind and body is not the real you. The Anatta Lakkhana Sutta does NOT say there is no ‘self’

Interestingly some practicing Buddhists share the thought Buddha indicated there is no ‘self’, however I have not found any evidence as to this being the case; In fact I have found the contrary. The Buddha introduced the concept of Anatman: no permanent soul, no independent self. Unfortunately some scholars are pleased with making shortcuts, so instead of no PERMANENT self, they say No-self, careless of the ambiguity they are creating in the mind of others. Another statement of shortcuts is: self is an illusion, while the correct concept is PERMANENT or INDEPENDANT soul or self – this is an illusion.

To offer clarity on the teaching of no permanent self, I invite you to view your own current physical identity as an envelope of DNA, containing energy of life, and powers within the mind. This unique physical envelope (self) changes over time, decays, and eventually reaches complete disintegration forever. However, the inner energy of the envelope – some call the soul, energy, light, or perhaps awareness, – does not vanish, but rather enters into a rebirth. So, to be attached to oneself as a permanent personal individuality in this lifetime – is an illusion. It is an illusion because attachment to something constantly changing is the product of mistaken thinking, based on ego. In other words the thing called ‘me’ is in constant change during every single second which passes. The ‘me’ a second ago is no longer here (the current ‘me’ is here).

When you look at a photograph of your ‘self’ at the ages of 5, 15, 25 and 35, are you the same? No. You recognize the previous version of ‘You’, however this is no longer who you are, because you are the one looking at you.

Therefore Buddhism, as I practice it today, does not deny we have an identity from birth, presented in an envelope of ever-changing DNA carrying your current self; but One should be aware that any belief of an own isolated individuality is a product of ego. Ego does not understand that it will vanish forever, so it creates an idea of fixed individuality, the “I AM…”

Because this fixed individuality is incorrect, it is important to recognize the ego (the small mind), and be aware of its desire to control. When you associate yourself as being identified with a ‘thing’ or a ‘thought’ (this is me),  (this is who I am), you are witnessing the Ego

When one understands we (the envelope of DNA) are born to change, each second of each moment, you will begin to realize this cycle is completely out of your control – and it’s time to Just Let Go, be the best version of you in each present moment, and follow the path to which you are drawn.

So where does Sub Ek  (All ONE) come into play in Buddhism?  

Buddhism encourages individuals to explore all that is revealed, and draw upon that which resonates with them as being truth. It encourages the youth to chase the follies of false hope, desiring to find happiness in all avenues, leading, eventually, to the true place where it resides; “the only way out is in, said the Adi Yogi.”

Through walking the individual path, one discovers they are in fact not alone, nor are they an individual as such, but rather a single strand in the united tapestry of All Things (All strands), which collectively piece together as ‘The One’.

* There are a great many books available on Buddhism, which can expand upon this enlightened ‘way of life.’

HINDUISM:

To the outsider, Hinduism may seem complex, but the core beliefs of Hinduism are actually quite simple to comprehend. Hindus believe there is only one formless Supreme God, Brahman. When Brahman has form it is paramatma. This is almighty God, whose three main forms are Brahma the creator, Vishnu the sustainer, and Shiva the destroyer.

Hindus pursue knowledge of Truth and Reality for moral order and right action; which is promoted through tolerance of All Things (herein we immediately see evidence of Sub Ek).

Hindus worship a variety of gods and goddesses who personify aspects of Brahman. They take pilgrimages to holy sites, celebrate festivals throughout the year, and believe that time is cyclical.

Hindus acknowledge that, at the most fundamental level; God is the One without a second — the absolute, formless, and only reality known as Brahman, the Supreme, and Universal Soul. Brahman is the universe and everything in it. Brahman is formless and limitless; it is Reality and Truth.

This pantheistic religion equates God with the universe. Yet Hindu religion is also polytheistic, populated with a myriad of gods and goddesses who personify aspects of the one true God. This permits an infinite number of ways to worship, based on one’s individual beliefs.

Some of the Hindu gods and goddesses include Brahma the creator, Vishnu the preserver, Shiva the destroyer, Ganapati the remover of obstacles, Rama, Krishna, Saraswati, Lakshmi, Durga, Indra, and Hanuman, just to mention a few.

Hinduism is not an organized religion; it has no single, systematic approach to teaching its value system. Nor do Hindus have a simple set of rules to follow (like the Ten Commandments or Abrahamic laws). Indeed local, regional, caste, and community-driven practices influence the interpretation and practice of beliefs throughout the Hindu world.

Whilst freedom of practice is present, a common thread among all variations is the belief in Brahman, and adherence to certain concepts of truth, dharma, and karma, coupled with belief in the authority of the Vedas.

The key difference between Buddhism & Hinduism is found in what Westerners often call The Soul. In Buddhism the term anattā (Pali) or anātman (Sanskrit) refers to the doctrine of “non-self”, that there is no unchanging, permanent self. This is one of the seven beneficial perceptions in Buddhism, and along with dukkha (suffering) and anicca (impermanence), it is one of three Right Understandings about the three marks of existence.

The Buddhist concept of anattā or anātman is one of the fundamental differences between Buddhism and Hinduism, with the latter asserting that atman (self, soul) exists.

Whilst this discrepancy exists, both Buddhism & Hinduism teaches, “All Things are interconnected, all are One.”

My research into religion concluded with a third belief, similar to Buddhism & Hinduism, which is Taoism; and thus, after 10 months of studying the key information of religions, as shared by other researchers, I was introduced to what I believe to be a major piece of the guide toward an understanding of how Oneness exists in All Things (Sub Ek), which, once experienced, is beyond any form of success I have previously encountered.

It is important to keep in mind, the teachings of TPTP are an offering, a rich guide, to All Things being a part of & reliant upon each other. And whilst I include practices of The Tao Te Ching, which has been attributed to Lao Tzu (meaning old Sage), stemming from somewhere between 400 BCE and 600 BCE, there are numerous other practices involved in the pathway I share.

I have painstakingly, yet joyfully, reviewed a cross-section of translations of ancient religious & non-religious practices alike, in order to unearth what I perceive to be the essence of their essence.

May you find clarity, peace of mind, equanimity, and ultimately a closer presence to existentialism, which the practices of TPTP have gifted me…one step at a time.

With Love & Respect,

Paul J. Pettit.

WHAT THE *#@# IS NATUROPATHIC REIKI ?

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​WHAT IS NATUROPATHIC REIKI?

To understand Naturopathic Reiki let’s firstly look at the science behind the practice.

THE SCIENCE BEHIND NATUROPATHIC REIKI
The body’s four naturally-occurring major (hormones) called neurotransmitters, which regulate mood, are Serotonin, Dopamine, GABA and Norepinephrine.

When operating properly, your central nervous system has natural checks and balances in the form of inhibitory (calming) and excitatory (stimulating) neurotransmitters.

  • WHY DO WE FEEL STRESSED OR OVERWHELMED?

Generally, due to the lifestyles we tend to live, the body produces an overabundance of dopamine (This is from the brain’s desire for survival above all other emotions). This imbalance produces an ongoing presence of the emotions associated with stress, overwhelm, anxiety, and / or depression .

  • HOW CAN WE PRODUCE MORE RELAXING HORMONES?

By taking purposeful action to calm the body’s autonomic nervous system, naturopathic reiki reduces the excitatory (stimulating) neurotransmitters – in particular testosterone and dopamine, whilst increasing the inhibitory (calming) neurotransmitters – in particular GABA and endorphins.
The practice also stimulates just enough norepinephrine for the client to remain present and aware (so they do not fall asleep).

  • CAN ANYONE OFFER REIKI?

Reiki, like Massage, is a broad-brush term which covers various styles & methodologies.
To ensure you choose a registered & certified reiki therapist, who meets internationally recognized standards, do some review work. Perhaps start by searching for a local practitioner / therapist through  IARP  (or similar association) 
International Association of Reiki Professionals

  • WHAT HAPPENS IN A SESSION OF NATUROPATHIC REIKI?

Naturopathic Reiki offered by BMS practitioners include different options, catering to the client’s preferences. CLICK HERE for more detailed information

  • WHAT AMOUNT OF TIME DO YOU NEED TO ALLOW FOR A SESSION?

In general 30-45  minutes is a good guideline, however one of the many benefits to Naturopathic Reiki is that you can decide what length session you would prefer. CLICK HERE for more detailed information

  • ​​IS IT LIKE MASSAGE THERAPY?

Naturopathic Reiki has been described as similar to hands-on massage, however the client remains fully clothed, and the therapist does not manipulate muscles or exert pressure on the body.
The therapist uses naturally produced energy  to transfer stimulating vibration through the client’s body. 
Clients often express sensations of vibration, warmth, muscular stimulation, and total relaxation during a Naturopathic Reiki session.

  • WHAT CAN YOU ​​EXPECT AFTER A SESSION?

Clients often express feelings of being calm, centered, and far more relaxed after Naturopathic Reiki.

  • WHAT ARE THE LONG-TERM BENEFITS?

With regular in-person sessions,​ and shared techniques that you can practice at home, Naturopathic Reiki ‘reprograms’ your Body, Mind & Soul; allowing you to remain considerably calmer by producing inhibitory (calming) neurotransmitters – in particular GABA and endorphins.

  • HOW DO I BOOK A SESSION?

 For information about Naturopathic Reiki sessions use This Link
To book a session via email use 
This Link  and we will reply

  • ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Having undertaken studies for 3 years, and successfully fulfilled the criteria required, I am a certified life coach and certified Usui Shiki Ryoho reiki therapist, specializing in mindfulness – based practices.
I currently offer services of Naturopathic Reiki in Virginia USA, as well as Sydney Australia.
I offer Life Coaching services globally, through 1 on 1 coaching programs using individually tailored tools and techniques to develop a state of positive emotional awareness and behavior.
​More information on Paul Pettit & BMS Here