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Today was a very sad day for me. I Lost one of my little homies! Edward “Jay” Jackson. He was 20 years old and VERY gifted and talented. But for some reason, he decided to end his life at 3am this morning by jumping off of an overpass while his dad watched helplessly after trying to talk him down.
He came home from a party, said his good byes on FB to his mom dad and friends and ended it all with one jump.
I used to babysit him when he was younger and saw nothing but great things in his future. He taught himself the play the keyboard and was a producer, budding film maker, Produced and filmed music videos, and was a rapper and photographer. We had planned on working together in the near future to film some things. We never got a chance to do that.
My heart is hurting at this senseless act. Of course there are MANY questions, more than answers right now. The only thing I can say is live life to the fullest. NEVER allow anyone to tell you how to live your life. Learn to accept yourself for who you are, there will ALWAYS be people that disagree with how you live your life, but live it ANYWAY. And last but not least LOVE ONE ANOTHER! Life it TOO short to hold grudges for petty stuff. (It’s all petty)
I Love You,
We are not born with courage, but neither are we born with fear. Maybe some of our fears are brought on by your own experiences, by what someone has told you, by what you’ve read in the papers. Some fears are valid, like walking alone in a bad part of town at two o’clock in the morning. But once you learn to avoid that situation, you won’t need to live in fear of it.
Fears, even the most basic ones, can totally destroy our ambitions. Fear can destroy fortunes. Fear can destroy relationships. Fear, if left unchecked, can destroy our lives. Fear is one of the many enemies lurking inside us.
Let me tell you about five of the other enemies we face from within. The first enemy that you’ve got to destroy before it destroys you is indifference. What a tragic disease this is. “Ho-hum, let it slide. I’ll just drift along.” Here’s one problem with drifting: you can’t drift your way to the top of the mountain.
The second enemy we face is indecision. Indecision is the thief of opportunity and enterprise. It will steal your chances for a better future. Take a sword to this enemy.
The third enemy inside is doubt. Sure, there’s room for healthy skepticism. You can’t believe everything. But you also can’t let doubt take over. Many people doubt the past, doubt the future, doubt each other, doubt the government, doubt the possibilities and doubt the opportunities. Worst of all, they doubt themselves. I’m telling you, doubt will destroy your life and your chances of success. It will empty both your bank account and your heart. Doubt is an enemy. Go after it. Get rid of it.
The fourth enemy within is worry. We’ve all got to worry some. Just don’t let it conquer you. Instead, let it alarm you. Worry can be useful. If you step off the curb in New York City and a taxi is coming, you’ve got to worry. But you can’t let worry loose like a mad dog that drives you into a small corner. Here’s what you’ve got to do with your worries: drive them into a small corner. Whatever is out to get you, you’ve got to get it. Whatever is pushing on you, you’ve got to push back.
The fifth interior enemy is over-caution. It is the timid approach to life. Timidity is not a virtue; it’s an illness. If you let it go, it’ll conquer you. Timid people don’t get promoted. They don’t advance and grow and become powerful in the marketplace. You’ve got to avoid over-caution.
Do battle with the enemy. Do battle with your fears. Build your courage to fight what’s holding you back, what’s keeping you from your goals and dreams. Be courageous in your life and in your pursuit of the things you want and the person you want to become.
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YES! You were literally Born FREE!
Funny, I hear people say all the time, “You should be more OPEN”. Being “Open” is NOT the problem, We were born open, WE were born “FREE”. The problem is you were taught to be “closed”. From the time you are a child you are taught rules, we were told “no” to everything that we try. Of course I know some things were for our protection. However, A child doesn’t discover “NOT” to touch the hot stove by telling them “no”. It’s not until they touch that HOT stove that they learn not to touch it anymore. We learn our boundaries by our experiences not by an abundance of rules set.
We need to be taught how to set our own boundaries rather than putting up barriers. Barriers only makes us curious to what is on the other side of that barrier. Curiosity and growth is our nature as Spiritual beings having a human experience. That is how we have evolved to where we are as a human race. It wasn’t until someone decided to see what was at the end of the earth at the horizon, that they discovered the horizion was only a illusion. There is no “end” of the earth. They learned that the earth wasn’t flat, they learned that it was round.
At one point, someone wasn’t satisfied being on the ground and said the “Sky is the limit” and created a way for us to fly in the sky! But guess what? It wasn’t until someone decided that the “Sky” was NOT the limit that they built a space ship and went past the sky to the Moon. Once thought an impossible task is now just the benchmark for the next adventure.
What are your limiting and “closing” yourself off from? Unfortunately in life, we learn to expect and we are comfortable following rules. Instead of learning from our own experiences and setting our own boundaries created by our own experiences. If you constantly follow rules set by someone else’s experiences, you will never internalize the feeling that helps you set the boundaries for your own life, and it will never feel right to you. You will just be a robot following someone else’s rules they have programmed you with.
Try to shed the rules set by others of what is “right” and “wrong”. Right and wrong is relative. What is “right” in this region in this time may not be what is right somewhere else. So it is relative, and it is also relative individually! Morals is a standard that should be set by you and your heart and what YOU feel is right. It may be wrong to someone else. But at the end of the day YOU have to sleep with yourself.
You may think that I’m calling for a “free for all” well, in a sense I am! Run wild! Break the rules! Smell the Roses! ALL YOU HAVE IS NOW! Learn what feels good and what doesn’t feel good to YOU. That is the ONLY way you will know what “IS” right for YOU and what is wrong for YOU and not for anyone else.
As long as you live life and create experiences with a PURE heart, you have nothing to worry about. Worry keeps you on the sidelines. Get in the game of life, The Quarterback is ready to throw you the pass. Will you run the play that has been set called your “Destiny”? Or will you let your “fear” of being hit not let you go for that long pass? Of course there is a risk, but the reward is YOU Scoring in LIFE! The choice is yours. Are you ready? Good! See you on the field! (p.s I’ll be blocking for you)
I Love you!
A few of my friends have pointed out how there are more and more “hate” crimes happening now. From School shootings to the racial profiling incident on Tyler Perry, to innocent young black men being shot down in the streets.
I agree more of these things are happening, the question is are “you” helping to create it? These events are definitely the effect, but what is the cause? Well YOU are! Yeah you did it. Well I’m not sure if you are or not, but if you are buying into the media propaganda of what is going on in the world, you are tapped into the powerful frequency the media is broadcasting on. And I’m not talking about the Physical Station it’s on, I’m talking about the Thought Frequency. You are a part of the mass consciousness that is creating these negative events that is happening in our society right now.
It amazes me how many people believe in the power of corporate prayer, or group meditation to get a certain result, but don’t believe we can tap into that same power without ANY effort whatsoever to create negative situations on a mass level. EVERY word you say and think IS a prayer. Do you think the Universe or “God” is ever “not” listening? Yes the result of EVERY thought you think is being delivered with precision and accuracy. And as you hold your virtual hands out to grab hands with your neighbors negative frequency and come into agreement with them and their fearful thoughts, you are corporately praying for and GETTING the VERY THING YOU ARE FEARING!
Do you understand that the “powers that be” OWN all of our major media channels? They share what they want you to know. It is called Television “PROGRAMMING” And not only that, they KNOW that if they can get you thinking and fearing something, that they can make you THINK this way on a daily basis. For example, If “they” can MAKE you think its a recession, you will THINK it’s a recession and respond accordingly.
Recently I was watching a show talking about all of the art shows in Miami. And there was this particular art show where Mostly EVERYONE flew in on Private jets and the art sold at prices ranging from a few thousand to a few million dollars? Are they experiencing a recession? No they are not, and I can bet they are not watching and listening to the same thing you are.
You have to realize that EVERYTHING is a vibration. From the food you eat to what you watch and listen to. It is all on a certain frequency. The problem is most people are tuned into thoughts with low frequencies and Vibrations, yet they expect to receive things on a higher frequency or vibration.
You cannot be on a frequency of Fear, Lack, Hate, and Revenge, and expect to create a life and world of Love, Abundance and Peace. It is IMPOSSIBLE. But the Powers that be KNOWS this, so that is why 90% of the news in the mass media is negative! It is done to keep you in your little cage of Fear. They train people to put themselves in there and close the door behind them, it is a SELF inflicted prison.
It is the programming that we have bought into as a whole because we were not taught any better. Well guess what, NOW I am teaching you better. DO NOT focus on the problem, focus on the solution. You can not fix hate with hate. Only LOVE can conquer hate. Love those that hate you. You can NEVER fix effects with effects. Go to the cause.
When firemen attack a fire, they don’t shoot water at the flames, they aim at the SOURCE of the flames. The Flames are the effects, the Source of the flames is the cause. STOP shooting at the flames. Focus on the source.
Turn the news OFF and don’t react to every story that “THEY” want you to know. If WHATEVER you are listening to or watching makes you feel bad, or feel hate, or feel FEAR. Turn it OFF! Do NOT let it in your experience. If you TRULY want your world to change, change what YOU allow into your world. Feel my Vibe?
I love you,
When I first heard of the events surrounding Trayvon Martin a few weeks ago, I was hoping it was a hoax. Being that I don’t watch the news, I get most of my news via Social Media. But as the days went on, and I saw more and more posts and tweets regarding this incident, it was apparent to me that it was very real.
Of course, my heart was broken, broken because another young man’s life was cut down seemingly early. The fact remains there is NOTHING we can do to bring that young man back. NOTHING! So where do we go from here? THAT is where OUR choices begin.
I am VERY careful as to what I allow to “drive me” emotionally. As I merge more and more with my spiritual self and my Divinity. I realize that I create everything in my life. There is NOTHING that happens to me that I have not done to myself by my choices and thoughts.
This incident is NOT a cause, it is an EFFECT! And you CAN’T change effects BY effects. You have to go back to the CAUSE. What is the cause you ask? Well, it’s FEAR! One of the two dominant emotions, and the other one is LOVE. The reason that this crime, as well as ALL others occur is because of FEAR, which is simply a lack of LOVE!
The reality is, most of what is going on now regarding Trayvon Martin was birthed in hate, negativity and retaliatory energy. I will not, by ANY means be a part of that. Should Justice be served, of course! But what happens once it IS served? Are people going to go back to their little cubby holes and stay to themselves? Are you?
Listen to me, NO amount of feeling bad can make you or ANYONE feel good, or make ANY bad situation better. All you are doing is continuing the negative energy this horrific incident was birthed in. And attracting that SAME energy to yourself, leaving yourself open for the same thing that happened to Trayvon. What you resist, persists! Meaning what you “fight” against, will continue to be a part of your experience.
I watched a clip yesterday from one of the marches and someone was asked, “why are you here”? She said, “to raise awareness”. My question is, once awareness is raised, now what? You have eyes open, now what? You’ve worn your hoodie, now what? NOW that you have eyes on YOU what are you going to say? “KILL KILL KILL”? Or are you going to love your neighbors that you encounter EVERY day? WHAT is your message? Because the reality is, you will probably never encounter the people that are directly impacted by this case, but you WILL encounter that person in the cubicle next to you that NEEDS to hear YOUR loving words.
HOW do we expect to live in a loving society when we don’t show love to people around us on a daily basis and expect our neighbors to be loving? How do we expect Sanford, Florida, the United States, or the WORLD for that matter to be BETTER if we don’t do something in OUR circle that we are fortunate enough to impact every single day? THAT is the CAUSE, and that cause leads to beautiful effects, LOVING effects.
I realize that people are angry and mad, and want Zimmerman to burn at the stake. I’m sure it will make most feel better, because many have hate in their hearts and hate begets hate. However, what will make ME feel better, is when FEAR is burned at the stake, at that point, ALL of the “Zimmermans” of the world will be eliminated. Yeah, that will make me feel better. ~
I Love You
“When we were born, we were programmed PERFECTLY. We had a natural tendency to focus on LOVE. Our imaginations were CREATIVE and flourishing, and we KNEW how to use them. We were CONNECTED to a world much richer than the one we connect to now, a world full of ENCHANTMENT and a sense of the miraculous.
So what happened? Why is it that we reached a certain age, looked around, and the enchantment was GONE?
We were taught to think thoughts like competition, STRUGGLE, sickness, finite resources, limitation, GUILT, bad, death, SCARCITY, and loss. We began to think these things, and so we began to KNOW them. We were taught that things like grades, being good enough, MONEY, and doing things the RIGHT way, are more important than love. We were taught that we’re SEPARATE from other people, that we have to COMPETE to get ahead, that we’re not quite GOOD enough the way we ARE. We were taught to see the WORLD the way that others had come to see it. It’s as though, as soon as we got here, we were given a SLEEPING pill. The THINKING of the world, which is not based on love, began POUNDING in our ears the moment we hit shore.
LOVE is what we were BORN with. FEAR is what we LEARNED here. The spiritual journey is the relinquishment, or UNLEARNING, of fear and the ACCEPTANCE of love back into our HEARTS. Love is the ESSENTIAL existential fact. It is our ultimate reality and our PURPOSE on earth. To be consciously AWARE of it, to experience love in ourselves and others, is the MEANING of life.
MEANING doesn’t lie in things. Meaning lies in US.”
~ Marianne Williamson ~
Thanks to my friend Timothy Glen for posting this today on Facebook
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We’ve heard this saying before but what does this really mean? Hopefully I can offer some insight and help you to make great decisions.
First our emotions are a GIFT from God, it is like our GPS system. We have been taught that our emotions are unstable, but our emotions are what helps us navigate through life. When you feel good about something we automatically want to go towards that thing. When we feel fear, we automatically want to go away from that thing. We can also learn from our emotions of anger. Ask yourself why am I angry? Do I need to remove myself from this situation? Do I need to work on my patience? Why am I angry in the first place? Use your emotions to help you learn and grow.
Our hearts were created to love! Not only people but to desire things that are dear to our hearts. And what our heart does is try to draw us to those things. However, our heart does NOT reason. We have to use our intellect to help navigate the roads of life. We MUST learn to use both our heart and our mind in concert. When our hearts are hurting it is usually because of a memory or thought about something that has happened or is happening now. Our hearts know nothing else BUT love.
On the other side of this, You should never lead with your mind because most of what is in our mind has been programmed by someone else. Or based on fear, or a belief system, as belief system that most of us were too young to make a choice in whether to accept it or not. Leading us to make choices that are not authentic to ourselves.
Even though you should follow your heart at all times, you should not let your heart lead without the intellect, because the heart just gravitates to what it desires without reason. However, when your heart and your intellect work together in unison you will feel PEACE!
Peace should unequivocally be the leading force in our lives. But we MUST retrain ourselves to follow our hearts with the MIND as a guide.
Here is a good example. Imagine your heart as your GPS. You are following your heart down a road. All of a sudden there is a detour sign up ahead that says bridge out. But wait, you heart said to go forth right? Yes it did, but you need to use your intellect to make a WISE decision and go around the detour to avoid dangers.
If you were in a relationship that was abusive, and your heart is still loving that person, you may FEEL to go back as your heart wants to gravitate to the part of the relationship that felt good. But your INTELLECT says, there is a detour ahead and the bridge is out if you GO this way, you WILL be hurt! If you proceed you will fall! In this example there is NO peace and you should not proceed.
This type of decision making takes practice and retraining ourselves to think differently. Learn to get silent because that is where the divine speaks. Pay attention to how you Feel, take time to find that place of peace and once you DO retrain yourself to follow PEACE, your life will be Peaceful. ~
Brion E. Craig
“In order to possess vitality, thought must be impregnated with love. Love is a product of the emotions. It is therefore essential that the emotions be controlled and guided by the intellect and reason.” Charles F. Haanel
Excitement hits you as you approach the gates. You are ready to pay, but this time, there is no admission charge. You walk through the gates and all of YOUR favorite rides are in the park. It’s almost like the park was built to your EXACT specifications.
As you walk through the park trying to decide what rides to ride, people are enjoying the rides. Laughing, joking, playing. All seemingly without a care in the world.
Finally you decide on what ride to go on first, and RIGHT before you’re about to step on the ride someone taps you on the shoulder and says. “I know this ride looks fun, but it can be dangerous I mean what if you fall off”? You think about it and decide to try another ride. As you are about to board that ride someone else taps you and says, “I wouldn’t ride that if I were you, I know someone that got hurt on that ride” As they are talking to you, you are watching other people board the ride and proceed to have a GREAT time. But still, you decide to play it safe.
This same exact scenario plays out for EVERY ride in the park. For EVERY ride, someone was there to warn you of the dangers and talks you out of enjoying the ride. Eventually, the day is over, the park closes and you go home without having any fun at all.
Sadly, this happens to most of us, every day. Your LIFE is an amusement park, a place you created to enjoy and have fun. Your experiences are the rides. There is ALWAYS someone ready to talk you out of the fun things in life, because they did not have the courage to ride the rides themselves. So they create RULES to keep you in line, constantly reminding you of the the dangers and repercussions of enjoying an experience, a GREAT Experience. Their fears, becomes your fears.
Truth is, there are no rules, except for the ones you set for yourself. You have been given FREE REIGN in the Amusement park called LIFE! THIS is supposed to be a fun and exciting experience. you are supposed to choose what you want to ride and experiences you want to have, but sadly, we let others talk us out of it because of THEIR reality or belief system.
God created you to make choices, YOUR choices. NO ONE has the right to tell you what to ride or not to ride. One day the park will close, and your life will be over. Will you ride the rides? Or let your life END walking around watching OTHERS enjoy Life? The choice is Yours…. ALWAYS!
Brion E. Craig