I've been in a super-potent phase of self-exploration and levelling up, and I have had so many breakthroughs and have so much to write... but there is an awareness that I should let the froth settle... into something we can all digest. But ok!... I'll share a little froth with you :)
It all began when I decided to stop forcing an outcome- to let go of the struggle to push flowstate in a certain direction... and to allow it to unfold naturally.
The Italian countryside whizzes past as I journey from Venice to Florence aboard a high speed train. I love train journeys. Free from anything to do, my mind wanders freely.
I feel a sense of clarity and purpose sharper than ever before.
I reflect on the week that has passed. I have had a joyful and profound experience in Berlin, with some very amazing people.
As I gaze at vineyards and a mountain with a castle on top of it, memories, images, faces, feelings flash through my consciousness.
My mind is updating itself and I am integrating new experiences into my spectrum of self-awareness.
One of the more noxious messages from the self-development world is this idea that you should "Find your why", like meaning in life is an easter egg or something.
Not only does this reinforce a narrative of lack.
This sets people who feel a lost on a wild goose chase for something that can't be found.
"I just want to live on land surrounded by beautiful mature trees", I said to Allie.
"You're way more of a hippy than people think Jiro", he replied.
Yep.. truth is I've always felt like a hippy and had a high regard for the hippy ideals of freedom and non-conformism.
As a middle-class kid at a grammar school, blazer on, studying Latin (why?) and playing rugby with the other boys, I felt like a outsider and couldn't wait to get the hell out of bland suburbia.
I was always intrigued by rebels and fringe movements. I didn't really know what being a hippy entailed apart from getting really stoned and having dreads, so I did the first bit a lot.
Hey! This is my end of year wrap-up, and its a rambling doozy, best read with coffee or wine.
So just to set the scene, I'm sat at my friend Ben's apartment, with views out to Sydney harbour. I can see the ferry coming slowly into Manly.
Ive set the timer on my binaural beats app for 30 minutes, and Im using an app called "Flowstate" which deletes my words after 3 seconds of not typing.
I thought it would be fun to leave this unedited.
Ready to do some Time travel?
Couple of weeks ago I wrote about neuroplasticity and how much we can do to train our minds to develop a new perspective of the events that make up our lives.
Now lets apply the same type of thinking to addressing our PAST beliefs, thoughts, actions, words, habits and behavioural patterns that all come together to converge on what we call the present moment.
Hello beautiful human::
This email will help you have a more amazing life.
Sometimes we get paralysed by all the choice.
It can be like walking into a party with 3 different types of music playing.
But having the feeling of fearless abundance need not be complicated.
Just go look at a tree, with all that life sprouting out of it. Does that tree look all anxious and stressy? No, he/she is straight chillin'.
So I'm going to lay down a simple beat.
The simplest path to having an awesome life: Just BE Amazing.
I know what you are thinking. HOW!? But, you don't know what I'm facing, I have all my crap and my job, and my life and I can't...
Ok, hold your horses. Hear me out. If you can accept everything is energy, life becomes simple to flow with.
When you go to the supermarket, you put down the sad limp broccoli and pick up the bouncy vibrant broccoli. That one has more energy in it.
You are like the broccoli, and can either have depleted energy or a lot of energy.
So, do everything in your power to increase your energy.
This means eliminating anything that lessens your energy and pumping up what increases your energy.
Step 1: What drains you? Eliminate.
The voice in your head that says you are not enough. Eliminate. Create a new voice that says your POWER is INFINITE.
Remind yourself of this constantly.
The people and media who drain you. Eliminate. Cut them/ it all out.
[If its family or if you feel called a help these people because of a feeling in your heart,don't cut them out. Create a temporary buffer and when your energy is HIGH, go shine bright on them.]
Step 2: What what makes you feel alive? Do more of this stuff.
Don't do this by half. Don't step trepadaciously into this swimming pool of awesomeness, careful not to get your hair wet.
Do a bomb, or a belly flop with a smile on your face, or a swan dive McTwist. Something glorious.
Go on a fcking rampage to build up your positive energy. This is not metaphorical or mystical. I'm not talking some weird ju ju energy. Im saying, do what makes you feel energetic, high vibes.
Move yo ass! Go for that run, go surfing, dancing, singing, hug a baby. Ride your scooter through rice paddies at 1am listening to DJ Tiesto, if it makes you happy. (Guilty)
Eat clean- smash some green juices, cut the crap. Try fasting (it gave me mad amounts of energy).
Think clean- visualise, say a positive mantra. I start every single day talking to myself: "I love you/ Im sorry/ Please forgive me/ Thank You" x 1000.
It sure beats an alarm clock, checking the iphone for emails from your boss, and hating your day before its begun.
If I am not focused on what I am doing, then my mind is either visualising something I wish to create, or it is telling myself how awesome I am.
You can train your mind to do the same very quickly. If you don't have a mental habit to fall back on, guess what happens. The voice of doubt gets some airtime. Thats the voice you can train to eliminate using mantra/ affirmation... statements of POWER.
Meditate 3 times a day. (For 1st timers, and those wanting pure simplicity.. go to 1 Giant Mind- it's a free app, and so clean, simple, well produced.)
Hot tip. Meditation is single most powerful practice any human can do. Thats why I do 2 or 3 times a day.
Say yes as much as possible. Yes?
Stop saying NO. Yes? "No" is such a buzz kill. Come up with a better way.
Give what you can often. To strangers. It can just be as simple as a smile.
Do all this and your energy levels can not do anything but go up. Do this for a solid week, and you will flying high.
AND HERE IS THE BEST PART!
All of those fears that held you back. The voice in your head. The nagging insecurity that keeps you locked and trapped.
It is no longer there. That was a previous state of consciousness, linked to that previous level of energy.
In this new level of energy, those fears have vanished like fog on a sunny day. Goneski.
Reply if you have any questions, think this is a load of crap or want to engage me in dialogue on anything related to energy and awesomeness.
Sending you the highest of high vibes. It's surf-time.
I want to go deeper into one area that can have a profound impact on quality of life: Learning to shape your mind so that happiness is a natural occurrence.
This be my vibe for today:
Thought directs energy – energy directs matter. Learn to direct your thoughts and you gain the power to create the life you choose.
First of all, you must be aware of what life you choose, otherwise you are a ship without a rudder, going round in circles.
So what kind of life do you want to live?
How do you want to to spend this blip of time you have been gifted upon this beautiful speck of matter hurtling through space that we call Earth?
If you have not yet taken a significant amount of time to stop everything to ask these kinds of questions, please pause while I give you a loving slap across your beautiful face.
Ah thats better, and you are welcome.
Now please enter into your calendar this appointment: [PONDER LIFE- all day- IN NATURE].
Get ready to stroke your chin, and anticipate contemplating these powerful questions, by yourself, with a journal. Go deep.
I ponder these questions often. The result is that I have chosen to live an amazing life, full of love, growth and sharing wonderful experiences with others and contributing in some meaningful way to something greater than myself.
The way I live, this stuff emerges- it's fun. I reckon you and I are together on this path.
So why does it get difficult achieving this goal that we all can verbalise and resonate on?
Stuff gets in the way. Theres stuff on the outside: mortgages, bills, the mother in law, wars, poverty, politics, environmental destruction.
Then there is the stuff on the inside. Fear of not being enough or having enough. Fear of not being safe and sound. Fear of not being loved, validated, supported, held. The eternal self-critic, judging everything as good or bad.
My experience is that when I deal with the internal stuff, I can see the external world through new eyes, a new level of consciousness, from which new solutions emerge.
So my theory and way of life simplifies the process of achieving this dream by focusing my attention and efforts on dealing with the fears, the internal level, and surrendering to the knowing that the new state of being I grow into will allow me to deal with the external situation in the best way.
So I want to tell you one powerful way to change your internal state, the most powerful way.
First, let us consider the Dalai Lama, a man who was forced out of his mother land of Tibet as a child, because the Chinese army were destroying and desecrating everything in their path. His whole life has been in exile, played out against the backdrop of his home being spiritually strangled to death.
Yes he probably doesn't have a mortgage to pay off, but he knows a thing or two about external challenges and threats.
And yet he retains the aura of a child, a laugh, smile or amusing story never far away. How can this be?
The Dalai Lama says:
"A disciplined mind leads to happiness, and an undisciplined mind leads to suffering".
Please allow this to sink it. Happiness, he says is not achieved byhaving a freezer full of Hagen Dazs, or being safe and secure.
It comes through having a disciplined mind.
What does this mean for you?
It means that whether you live an awesome life or don't is determined by you and your mind. The root cause of happiness originates right between your ears.
It originates in your quality of thinking, in your paradigms of thought. So if you want that awesome life, you must take responsibility for the quality of your mind.
Im going to give you clear action steps, but first its vital to create a new level of awareness.
SHAPE YOUR BRAIN
I have been a neuroplasticity nerd for the last decade. I did some training with a legend called Dr. Rick Hansen. (Read his books)
Over thousands of years of human evolution, in which survival has been the driving force, we have developed a "negativity bias". We look for the negative. I made this video about this a while back, feel free to watch it after reading the rest of this.
The negativity bias means that we are OVER-SENSITIVE to perceived threats. The threat used to be snakes in the grass or the tribe in the next valley. Being over-sensitive to such threats was helpful.
Over countless generations, through natural selection, those less sensitive to threats would have been wiped out while those hyper sensitive to threats would have survived.
Fast forward a few thousand years. DAH DAH! welcome to a world where mind created sickness, anxiety, stress and suicide is or soon will become the biggest problem we have, and I get fined $300 for not having a bell on my bicycle (true story, in parts of Australia).
The "negativity bias" plays out in our modern minds as a over-emphasis on the bad and an under-emphasis on the good.
You know when you look on Trip Advisor for a new restaurant to try out. You read 10 awesome reviews, and then come across the 1 star review from Gordon in Delaware, who's eggs were undercooked. You can't wait to read it! Your mind is hungry for the moaning.
We get sucked in (just like we want to grab the popcorn and read the stupid comments on Facebook posts). We give this 1 review more power than the 10 positive reviews.
Why? Because we are hardwired to veer to the negative, as our reptilian brain is looking for threats to our survival.
This pattern of the mind results in the negative, fear dominated mind-set that you notice amongst the people who bitch and gossip the most, and complain about stuff the most.
These patterns are the result of a mindset in which an underlying state of anxiety is the default mode.
It is really impossible to live that dream life we talked about earlier when this is the case.
What can we do about this?
We can train ourselves to become less sensitive to threats
We can train our minds to apply more intelligence to assessing perceived versus real threats
We can rewire our brain so that the negative tilt is balanced out
How can you start on this path?
Re-frame your present moment experience.
Start small. Become aware of all that you have right now. Practice this throughout the day. A friend of mine sets at alarm for 11.11am every day. When the alarm goes off, he goes inside his mind and thinks about what he has in abundance in his life. He takes a moment to re-wire his brain to be aware of what he has. He closes his eyes and feels into what he has.
The power here is to go beyond seeing what you have and into FEELING what you have. It can take practice, so stick with it.
Set yourself a trigger for this practice. 11.11am if you so choose. Or every time you eat a meal. Or when you wake up and before sleep. or….. when you get more practiced, do this in EVERY moment you become conscious of your awareness.
Here is the truth..
In every given moment, your thinking mind can either be tuned into what you lack OR what you have. You can't feel both lack and abundance at the same time. You can't feel both gratitude and scarcity. So what do you choose?
I choose to focus on what I have. Start with the air your breathe, the life force you have, the body you have… and move on from there.
This one practice has the power to catalyse your life into higher states of abundance and joy.
Soon, you will be in raptures of exquisite gratitude when your cappuccino gets delivered, and when the sun comes from behind a cloud you might just crack a smile that comes from your heart.
I snapped a surfboard yesterday. I loved that board. So I spent ten minutes rhapsodising in gratitude for the guy who shaped my surfboard, and for the people who taught him to shape. This journey took me all the way to the ancient Hawaiians who first made slidey devices for waves. Soon, I was laughing to myself about the awesomeness of life.
This works my friends!!
In the next post I'm going to help you take this to the next level- we're going to do some quantum time travel and use the same practice to re-frame your past and your future.
Feel free to send me a reply with any comments or questions.
Sending you peace and love beyond all understanding.
your brother, Jiro
There is a Law of Physics, called The Constructal Law that I see as an alternative way to understand the Law of Attraction.
This law states that there is a universal evolutionary tendency toward design in nature, because everything is composed of systems that change and evolve to flow more easily.
This is what I feel it really means in my life.
Can I release?
For inner (and world) peace
The fight for control
That through struggle won't cease
“I should. I better.”
“I need to. I must”,
As a dog chases tail
I’ll hustle ’til I'm dust
Theres a trap- can you see?
Around what yearns to just be,
The very thing I protect
Wants to be free
Release it, allow it,
accept it and flow
Are these just more words,
or are they natures wisdom to grow?
I can live it and feel
That I can abandon the run
I'm nature not robot
I'm powered by the sun
Life has a rhythm
Be still, watch and listen
Given freedom it evolves
Whatever exists is a flow system
The rivers, mountains,
tectonic plates and the ocean
My blood, your money,
Its all nature, all motion
I must decide my direction
Is love or fear my inflection?
Am I nature or machine?
To what is my connection?
"When you lose touch with inner stillness, you lose touch with yourself. When you lose touch with yourself, you lose yourself in the world." Eckhart Tolle
Every time I spend time in wild places, or places unshaped by the hand of man, something within me re-kindles. I feel spontaneously content, for no good reason. I don't need an agenda or a mission. Just being seems good enough. How about you?
I think that is the re-vitalising of our wild, natural selves: literally awakening a part that is dying.
It can be like that first gasp of air after being under water for a long time, after a long time living domesticated, in our cubes, living according to our schedules, beholden to our rules and laws, busily scampering along a path laid down by a culture.. often in a state of dis-ease.
As we draw that gasp of air into our lungs we re-kindle the flames of wildness within us. It is not us re-connecting with nature, just as a wave does not re- connect with the ocean. we are nature, we never stopped being nature.. we are just re-remembering what we actually are.: Not our minds, not our thoughts. Something far more.
We don't learn visualization as kids, but we should. The way our brains are set up, and our ability to project into the future makes us visualisation machines!
What separates us from less intelligent animals is our ability to project, imagine, recollect and see ourselves in separation from the rest of the universe.
Look, I'm a modern man... I'm down with crying, when I stub my toe, or when my Bonsai tree dies. Everytime I watch Top Gun and Goose dies, I'm a mess! Also, I spent most of last weekend in a very cute, flowery dress (at a festival, Australian Burning Man.. wow that was loose), and I loved it. I'm no macho man. I'm cool with man-tears.
I remember one day rushing between meetings, doing the "corporate power shuffle", and I caught a reflection of myself in the window of HSBC bank. Something in that moment of time cut through the facade, and I saw quite clearly a reflection of a person who was not me. It stopped me dead in my tracks.
City-boy staring, agape at the window, in a moment of schizophrenic bafflement.