Words Have Deeper Meaning Than You Think

Words! They are the most powerful tool in our grasp, having the ability to connect us or pull us apart at the same time. Words have been created and recreated over again throughout the centuries all over the world, in all kinds of languages and dialects. Words represent us as people, as cultures, and give us a profound way to communicate what is going on within our minds and souls. But what if I told you that words are even bigger than all this? That the meaning behind our spoken word is deeper than you could have ever imagined?

Energy flows through words as it does our bodies, spirits, and the rest of the universe. Each word we speak or write resonates at different frequencies. Even in an age where we communicate mainly electronically through texting, emails, or social media, the feeling behind our words can still be sensed on the receiving end. You’ve heard the timeless advice to never respond to someone when you are angry, and this especially holds true when you realize the strength of the energy behind your words.

This strength goes farther than we could have ever imagined, especially with new studies that show that DNA can be reprogrammed by words and frequencies. Russian scientists are still working on a theory of conclusions found that there is a genetic code within our DNA that parallels the very roots of language. All semantics of language—from dialect to the actual diagraming and breakdown of a sentence in any world language—are practically identical to the set rules that our DNA follows. This is a huge breakthrough as now we know that the language of a human being has never been coincidental, but instead is something biologically written within us from the day we are born. Essentially this means that when we communicate, is it our DNA that is being verbalized. So, in turn, we are able to reverse this order of events and use words to change our DNA patterns. By using the right type of frequency and vibrations merged with our phrases, we can influence and morph cellular metabolism. What does this mean to non-scientists? It finally makes sense why things like hypnosis have such a big effect on human beings. It explains what intuition really is. Can you just imagine how much we could tap into within ourselves if we could block the negative vibrations brought on us from negative words? Our gifts could be limitless.

Just the ideal of this discovery has major implications on how we live our lives, how we see ourselves, how we interact with others, and how we lead. The persuasion and influence behind DNA syntax is much like the Neuro-linguistic Programming technique. NLP is a dynamic approach to how we communicate with our words. Founded in the 1970’s, NLP is based upon the belief that there is a strong connection between language, experience, and brain processes, and that this connection can be altered to obtain ultimate prosperity in our lives. With a single word, we can change our perception of the world around us, which in turn changes our reality. With this mindset, there are no limits to our empowerment. NLP consists of 4 basic fundamentals:

1. Rapport: This is the methodology of how you nourish and build a relationship with yourself and with others around you. It is what will change the way you look at the world and the way that you exist in it.
2. Sensory Awareness: This comes about when you begin to understand the vibration and energy behind words and embrace the concept of “perception is reality”. When you tap into all your senses, your perception and how you literally sense the world around you is infinitely changed, and this brings about an awareness that is truly transforming.
3. Outcome Mindset: When you set expectations and beliefs about what outcomes will be in your life, you can literally begin to see those outcomes before they happen. This mindset puts words and phrases out into the universe with positive energy, which in turn causes a magnetic shift of outcomes you wish for towards you.
4. Behavior Flexibility: This is another level of clarity awareness that comes when you readily change behaviors that just aren’t working for you in your life.

Knowing these four basic building blocks that make up the pseudoscience of NLP can better help you to understand just how powerful a single word can be. Verbiage such as “aware”, “beyond”, “freely”, and “discover” are examples of NLP using specific words to elicit powerful responses that trigger emotions and send out real energy into the world. These emotions paired with this energy evoke action to create a life that is full of a deeper meaning, substantial gifts, and a fruitful existence as not only a human being, but more specifically as a successful entrepreneur. Isn’t it amazing that just one word can make all the difference in our lives? This also carries over into the power we have as leaders within our business, and how understanding the impact behind a single word can be a tool you use to build your brand and your relationships with customers. In the NLP spectrum, this is more specifically known as embedding commands.

Embedding commands is the center of what NLP can be used for in regards to business. As an apt entrepreneur, you’ll want to be expert at persuasion techniques and having a real effect on your staff and your customers. Becoming valuable to people that work for you and people that invest in you is crucial to your livelihood and long term business goals. Let’s take a look at a list of amazing language-based strategies that work both for the spoken word and for the written one.

1. Know the Energy and Use It: Every single person is different in many, many ways, and you absolutely have to know exactly what type of energy lies within the person you are persuading before you delve right in. For instance, a statement that commends a mother and touches her deep down will not work for a young boy. Pointing out the high skillset of a manager versus a line level staff employee likewise uses completely different words. This strategy can be applied in one-on-one conversation or in an email. Either way, you have to cater to the specific individual in order to steer him or her in the objective direction you wish for.

2. Find the Emotional Button: Gear your words towards an emotional value within the person you’re communicating to. What positive words that resonate with your audience will jump off the page and grab hold of someone? Depending on what exactly you are trying to accomplish, a singular word such as “significant” or “love” can gain the attention and reaction you want from the person reading it.

3. Be Inquisitive: As a basic rule of social engagement, nothing peaks a person’s interest more than when you ask questions pertaining to them. Showing real focus on someone will instantly make them feel as though they are important, and therefore they want to become involved with what you are doing. Inserting the word “you” is the ultimate way to portray authentic interest in whom you are speaking with. Sometimes, making someone feel special is all it takes.

4. Be Enthusiastic: Nothing is more motivating than getting excited about your passions when you are trying to persuade others to invest in those passions. When you’re jubilant about what you’re trying to accomplish, this comes across in phrases that contain the word “benefit”. When the people around you realize that out of your excitement comes real advantages for them as well, they begin to lean towards you. Shine the light on how your ideas or passions can make their lives better.

5. Flip the Coin: On the other side of the spectrum of being excited and jovial, you’ll want to also showcase just what negative effects can come on if your audience doesn’t see things your way. Just as there are magnificent words full of positive energy, there are also words you’ll use that pack a negative (but albeit productive) punch. If someone is hesitant or reluctant to get on board with the ideas you are trying to persuade, you have to target their emotions so that they have a clear view of what they would be missing. Great words for this are “losing”, “last”, or “is not”.

6. Steer Clear of Yes or No Questions: When you can limit someone’s options, you create a tunnel leading people to where you’d like for them to go. When the only choices for an answer are Yes, No, or I don’t know, you come to a permanent halt in the conversation. For instance, instead of asking someone if they would like a sandwich, you would ask them “Would you like a turkey or ham sandwich?” This completely changes the entire direction of the conversation and by limiting the choices, the person is automatically required to make a decision (which will most likely swing in the direction you wish for).

7. Stay Away from Conjunctions: “And” is the only connection word you should be using in any sentence to someone you are trying to persuade. All other conjunctions like “but”, “however”, and “nor” hold inexplicitly terrible connotations for those reading or listening. A negative feeling is produced when you use these words, as they make someone feel trapped by limits. In fact, these words can be so powerful that someone will stop paying attention altogether once the word is uttered. People want possibilities, so give them lots of “ands”!

8. Be A Storyteller: One word can have a huge impact on someone, but so can a bunch of words and language creatively strung together. Since the beginning of time, people have been in love with stories and the art of good storytelling. Tell the person a story that their identity can relate to, that focuses on the “plot” of you coming to the point in which you want them to come to now. You’ll be amazed at what positive tale can really do as a persuasion technique.

9. Use the Ultimate Gateway Word: Because. That’s right. This is the ultimate gateway word because it gives people a feeling of trust and compassion towards what you are saying. Here’s a great example: You ask someone if you can use their personal printer. They might agree, but chances are just as high that they won’t, or they won’t be so happy about sharing their expensive ink, paper, and time. Add the word because and see what happens. Ask someone if you can use their personal printer because you have to print your airplane boarding pass for your flight. Chances skyrocket up that not only will they agree, but they will also have a sense of positive connection with you. By adding the word “because”, you just became relatable and trusted because you had the courtesy to give someone a reason at all. That adds something else to the plate that any and every one on this earth is drawn to: humbleness.

10. Point Out the Action: This is an awesome persuasion technique that is definitely subliminal in its own rite. To do this, you announce to the person you are communicating to what they have done that has led them up to this point. For example, we will use an employee scenario. Let’s say you’re speaking with someone on your staff who you’d like to promote. To use this method of persuasion, you would say, “Your quality of work has been incredible over the last six months. You have expressed interest on several occasions of wanting to further your career, which tells me you are definitely ready to take on more responsibility with our company.” By walking through the motions that this person has gone through to arrive at this point, you open the door for them to walk right through to where you want them to be.

11. But Above All Else… don’t lose grasp on your integrity. You may be using your higher knowledge of persuasion, but you should be doing so as your authentic self with no ill intent. Understanding the power of words in the universe isn’t about conning other human beings. It’s about transforming their lives as you have done to your own. Be honest and be forthright in your actions.

Chakras: Get to Know Your 7 Sacred Energy Centers

Many spiritual and cultural beliefs systems believe that energy flows through your spine to the seven chakra centers starting at the base of your spine and reaching up to the crown of your head. These chakras are our life-force energy, if they are blocked, the energy will slow down and manifest in negative ways. These blockages can affect our overall well-being, illness (body) disrupted thought process (mind) reactions based on emotion (emotion) and a disconnect from our spiritual path (spirit).

The 7 Chackras

To find balance and reach peak optimum health, you can work to unblock and open up your energy centers. First, we’ll start with your body’s foundation, the Root chakra.

THE ROOT/MULADHARA (I AM) – This chakra is your foundation where you get your grounding force and it’s located at the base of your spine. Its color is red, stimulating yet slow on the spectrum scale, a down to earth color while at the same time a color that represents passion, anger, and love. Its relation to the body is survival, sexuality, and security. The good/bad effects it has on one’s well-being are:

Body: adrenal glands that spark “flight or fight” survival mode, eating disorders, inflammations, low/high energy
Mind: focus, concentration, goal-setting, prioritize, pessimism
Spirit: love, passion, stubbornness, disconnect from self
Emotions: anger, excitement, anxiety, resentment, determination, love

If you’re feeling resentment, depression or fatigue, it may be your root chakra. To heal or unblock your root chakra, you can meditate, practice yoga, ground yourself in nature by taking a walk and eat red foods.

THE SACRAL/SWADHISTHANA (I FEEL) – This chakra is the color of strength and vitality and it’s located in the pelvic area. Its color is orange and its powerful energy is both physical and spiritual. Its relation to the body is the reproductive cycles. The good/bad effects to one’s well-being are:

Body: sexual dysfunction, reproductive disorders, lower back pain, menstrual issues, sensual pleasure, vitality, urinary issues
Mind: independence, creativity, poor/healthy boundaries
Spirit: manifestation, relationships, wisdom
Emotions: joy, obsessiveness, dependency, nurturing, excessive emotions, optimism

If you’re experiencing sacral blockage, it’s important to find ways to lift your mood. If you’re over committing yourself, take a step back and give yourself more free time to pursue the things you enjoy most. Eat orange foods, wear or buy something in this vibrant color and practice self-expression.

THE SOLAR PLEXUS/MANIPURA (I DO) – Its color is yellow, the location is at your solar plexus, just above your navel. This bright color says action and personal power; it also can try to outshine others. Its relation to the body is the digestive system and metabolism. The good/bad effects to one’s well-being are:

Body: digestive disorders, chronic fatigue, healthy eating habits, physical strength, healthy/unhealthy liver, pancreas, and gall bladder, diabetes, ulcers, colon diseases
Mind: mental courage, intellect, confusion, competitive, cynicism, reason, casting blame
Spirit: self-love, empowerment, egotistical, inability of learning from mistakes, fearlessness
Emotions: selfishness, confidence, sense of humor, temper-control, shame, guilt, kindness

If you’re feeling blocked in your solar plexus, your self-esteem may suffer, either by feeling inadequate or arrogant. You may also experience depression. To help you get back on track, you can set goals and take action to achieve them to regain your self-confidence back. To deflate your ego, try meditation and practice humility. Take a look at your diet and make healthy choices.

THE HEART/ ANAHATA (I LOVE) – This chakra is green or pink (we have a lower Heart Chakra, whose color is green, and a higher Heart Chakra, whose color is pink) and is located in the chest. Its energy is one of love, calmness and compassion for others. Its relation to the body is the immune system. The good/bad effects to one’s well-being are:

Body: strong/weak heart, back, neck, shoulder pain, lung issues, healthy/unhealthy immune system, strong muscles
Mind: social, critical, perfectionism, hope, hate, envy, jealousy, generosity
Spirit: forgiveness, letting go, trust, compassion, unconditional love, peace, altruistic, grief, loneliness
Emotions: love, empathetic, co-dependent, aloof, healthy relationships, narcissistic, critical

If you are suffering from a hearth break or grief of loss, use aroma therapy, lavender is said to soothe a heartache. Buy a rose quartz and place it where you will see it daily. Next forgive and let go. Eat your greens and incorporate green into your wardrobe. Nurture your other relationships, visit old friends and family, even just writing a letter or email will help you reconnect and balance your heart chakra.

THE THROAT/VISHUDDHI (I SPEAK) – This chakra is the color blue, pure and healing. It’s located in the throat. Its relation to the body is communication and expression, it’s important to speak honestly, and with kindness. The good/bad effects it has on one’s well-being are:

Body: a pleasant voice, hyper thyroid, dental health, hearing issues, body toxicity, neck pain or stiffness
Mind: clear communication, tone deaf, great listener, abstract thinking, personal expression, addiction
Spirit: faith, honesty, deep self connection, blocked creativity, deceit, self-responsibility
Emotions: peace, calmness, shy, gossiping, open, friendly, verbal abuse, yelling

Throat chakra blockage may manifest with physical ailments like a soar throat that followed verbal disagreement or if you’ve been dishonest, gossiping or holding back from speaking your inner-truth. To rebalance this chakra you can sing, read poetry aloud, do something creative like write, draw or expressive dance. Express your ideas openly. Drink herbal teas, wear blue or lapis jewelry.

THE THIRD EYE/BROW/AJNA (I SEE) – This chakra is the color of indigo and deep change. This wisdom chakra is said to be where your higher self-expresses itself. Its location is the center of the forehead and linked to the pineal gland. Its relation to the body is the brain, eyes and nose. The good/bad effects it has on one’s well-being are:

Body: headaches, good/bad vision, nasal infections, allergies, thyroid issues
Mind: good/poor memory, imagination, mental strength & agility, insensitive, hallucination
Spirit: deep wisdom & seeing, clairvoyance, cynic, lack of faith in spirituality, flighty
Emotions: nightmares, intuitive, peaceful, denial, obsessions, arrogance, perceptive

This may be the most common blocked chakra due to society’s view on The Mystic. Most of us are taught not to trust our intuition, but go with facts or what can be seen with the eye and proven on paper. We may have frequent headaches if this chakra is blocked. To open your third eye and unblock this chakra, do some visualization mediation and open your mind to undiscovered possibilities. Nurture your creative imagination and daydream like a child again. Eat dark chocolate, dark fruits and veggies, wear indigo.

THE CROWN/SAHASRARA (I UNDERSTAND) – This final chakra is violet or white, located at the top of the head. This spirit chakra is our connection to the spiritual realm and energy from the cosmos. Its relation to the body is the cerebral cortex and the skull. The good/bad effects it has on one’s well-being are:

Body: brain tumor, coma, sharp mind, headaches located at the top of one’s head, cognitive skills, excellent well-being, holistic health
Mind: greed, controlling, dominating, introspective, lack of purpose, self-awareness
Spirit: devotion, ethics, humanitarianism, divinity, inspirational outlook on life, magnetism, spiritual fragmentation, lack of understanding in deeper truths, connected to a higher spiritual plane
Emotions: psychosis, apathy, awareness, emotionally balanced, grounded

If we are disconnected from a spiritual level and only concerned with the material world, we need to reconnect and open up this chakra. It should also be said before opening this chakra, to work on the other six first, from the base chakra and up. If our lower chakras are blocked, we won’t be able to open up our crown. To unblock this chakra we can practice a prayer/meditation, make a gratitude list, be active in a cause that will help ease the pain and suffering of our fellow man. Think beyond the material world and open yourself up to higher spiritual path.

Meditation and Myers Briggs Personality Type

Meditation has its benefits – it slows down breathing, quiets the mind which allows for our blood pressure to lower, helps our racing mind to be still and relaxes tense muscles. The problem is most think within the meditation box, that it’s one-size-fits-all. This mistaken identity can frustrate new comers who have been recommended to try meditation, maybe for health reasons. The first time they sit on the mat and try to clear their mind of thoughts, their mind becomes flooded with thoughts, every stress and mundane thought that brought them to the mat in the first place invades their mind. Every time they try to clear their mind, it just fills back up and they end up quitting with the belief they’ve failed. But the reality is, there’s more than one way to meditate.

We are all different and if you use the MBTI (Myers Briggs Type Indicator) to find your personality preference, you can chose a meditation practice to better suit your needs without getting frustrated and giving up before you even truly start. If you’re as honest with yourself as possible, you can find your personality type easily. First you need to know the basics. The acronyms seem like codes, but their initials, E,I,S,N,T,F,J & P stand for the following:

mbti personality type

(E) extravertion: outgoing, active, sociable
(I) introvertion: introspective, solitude, smaller group of friends
(S) sensing: practical, realistic
(N) intuition: relies on intuition, sensitive to patterns
(T) thinking: logic minded, judges with facts
(F) feeling: empathetic, slow to judge or act
(J) judging: structured, does not adapt to change well
(P) perceiving: open minded, flexible

As for the 16 personality types here is a short description of each to help you find what best describes your personality traits. There are basic tests you can take online, but if you take the test with a qualified practitioner you will not only find your type with higher accuracy but will gain a richer understanding of MBTI, what it means for you as an individual and how you should be operate in a group environment, understanding why people are the way they are and what makes them tick.

ISTJ – Practical, realistic, responsible, quite, serious, likes things organized and orderly at work and in the home. They value loyalty, respect laws of the land and traditions.

ISFJ – Committed, quiet, friendly, conscientious, responsible, loyal, honors commitments. Thoughtful to other’s feelings and needs, values harmony in all their environments. Enjoys nurturing others, great listener.

INFJ – Protective, caring, people-curious, community-minded, materialistic, and decisive. Holds firm values, does not handle conflict well, high-expectation of self, self-drive to meet goals.

INTJ – Original, goal-driven, creative, goal orientated, looks for patterns, skeptical, independent, holds self and others to high standards. Has difficulty communicating ideas, enjoys solitude.

ISTP – Flexible, analytic, quite observer, values efficiency, active, scientific-minded, good at organizing facts and figures. Adventurous and energetic spirit gets board easily.

ISFP – Sensitive, quiet, friendly but reserved, creative and artistic, loyal to relationships and committed to personal values. Dislikes conflicts, respects personal opinions of others.

INFP – Curious, seeks opportunities, service-minded, caring, puts ideas into action, empathetic but reserved emotionally, adaptable, flexible as long as personal values are un-compromised. Likes to help people reach their goals.

INTP – Enjoys abstract ideas, can be seen as anti-social, quiet, flexible, adaptable, greater ability to focus, skeptical, critical, analytical. Emotionally reserved, seeks possibilities and opportunities.

ESTP – Outgoing, straight-forward, enthusiastic, take-action person, hard-working, practical, observant, problem-solver, spontaneous and lives in the moment. Enjoys the company of others, style and material comfort.

ESFP – Has strong people skills, tends to be a peace keeper, caring, sensible, outgoing, friendly, works well with others. Strong observer, uses common sense in the workplace and is realistic.

ENFP – Warm, imaginative, optimistic, needs reaffirmation, supportive, flexible, great improvisors, likes to motivate others, has trouble focusing on projects and seeing them through.

ENTP – Quick-minded, alert, out-spoken, dislikes routine, reads people well, tries new things often, adventurous, strategic, analytic, resourceful, visionary, creative problem solver.

ESTJ – Practical, realistic, quick and decisive, great at organizing people and projects, very sociable, enjoys social events and networking, thrives on order and continuity.

ESFJ – Warm, energetic, cooperative, seeks harmony at work and home, works well with others, loyal, honors commitments, appreciates punctuality and expects it. Likes to volunteer for community-improvement projects.

ENFJ – Responsible, warm, kind, empathetic, picks up on other’s emotional needs which makes them charming, social, can lead large groups, takes criticism well, can inspire and motivate others.

ENTJ – Upfront and straight-forward, natural leader, very sociable, communicates well, confident, goal-driven, determined and self-motivated, likes to stay informed, enjoys teaching others.

Here is a list of differing meditations to try out based on your individual MBTI type. There is however no reason why all of these couldn’t work for all MBTI profiles – try them all if you wish.

Mindfulness meditation: This is the most commonly known meditation. By being present, allow whatever thoughts occur to rise then detach. Be aware of your breath patterns, deep breaths mean you’re slowing down and relaxing, shallow breaths means you’re tensing up. This quieting of the mind by letting thoughts come and go and being more of an observer will naturally allow the meditator to let go of any invading thoughts, the goals is not to empty the mind but to notice and let go. This is ideal for ISTJ, ISFJ, ISFP and INFJ.

Spiritual meditation: This is a good solution for those that are facing a problem and need a higher power for guidance to work through it. You can practice this anywhere quiet, just sit still, form your problem into a query and listen for your higher powers guidance. This meditation would be good for the types ESTP, ENTJ, ESFP and ESFJ.

Zazen meditation: This meditation is more traditional and takes disciple to practice due to long periods of stillness in one position. Its focus is on holding position, focusing on breath and being discipled to stay present with a clear mind for long periods of time. It is perfect for those that are unafraid of self-study and reflection. Types such as INTP, INFP, ISTP and ENFJ may find the challenge appealing.

Mantra meditation: Is simply repeating a word or words while meditating. You can look to tradition and use Om or bring your own like love or joy. Chanting helps keep the meditator focused and cuts down on distraction for deeper meditation practice. Types INTJ, ISTP and ISFP would benefit most from this style.

Movement meditation: For those that find it difficult to sit still and do nothing or be silent. To gain the multiple benefits of meditation, one doesn’t have to sit and be still. You can still clear your mind, slow your thoughts and let go of stress by slowing down your movements, and listening to relaxing music. Yoga, Qi gong, walking, are movement meditations. For example, in yoga, you can chose to meditate on one thing while you are going through the poses, like peace of mind. You can also take a nature walk, and mindfully let go of any stress-full thoughts. Some will even practice this while doing chores, it’s just a matter of being present. ENTJ, ESTJ, ENTP and ENFP personalities will find this exercise may suit them best.

Gratitude & Success: A Daily Journal to Cultivate Positivity

If you ever felt that there’s more to life than what you’ve been resigned to accept, then it’s time for you to cast away the mundane life you’ve been living. If you focus too much on scarcity and lack, what you don’t have, what you need, you will never enjoy the present or improve your future. Change your attitude about money, see it for what it really is, a tool for self-improvement, self investment, and to purchase enriching experiences. Yes, you can upgrade the quality of your material possessions, however, true abundance starts within, it’s a feeling of joy and contentment not how much more possessions you can acquire. Abundance isn’t about commercialism, it’s about enlightenment, personal achievement, and blessings. Happy people are thankful people because their focus is on abundance not lack. If you feel that finding thankfulness is difficult because of present circumstances in your life, then start small. No matter where you are in life, you can always find something to be grateful for.

A gratitude journal can be used to bring more abundance in your life. It will help you to keep your focus on being thankful for your daily blessings that you may be overlooking, the things that you might take for granted. At first you may not see results like sudden windfalls of cash being dropped at your doorstep. Only focusing on material benefits is not the point. By bringing your awareness into your morning routine, you can get yourself ready for the rest of the day to be open to giving and receiving. Being in a state of gratitude will lift your mood and shift your awareness to a higher level. If you are weighted down with worry and distress, you may overlook any personal and career growth opportunities.

How you chose to format your journaling is up to you. You may find it best to write one thing you are grateful for every morning. Some will write down one thing they are thankful for and focus on it throughout the day, it could be a loving partner, the roof over your head, your job, pet or your health. You can also create a weekly personal affirmation like “I am grateful and open for the opportunities to create abundance.” Write it down and place it where you can see it throughout your day, carry it with you and re-read it periodically or meditate on it each morning before you start your day. Remember that your gratitude should also be focused for your future blessings, once you have a strong sense of gratefulness for what you have in the present you can move on to creating a brighter future.

The world’s most successful people, celebrities, actors, journalists, and authors have used a success journal or vision board to help create the future of their dreams. This is not a wishing well concept that will grant your wishes while you sit back and wait, it is another tool that keeps you focused on your goal. This means you will need to change your behavior today and start acting as if you have met your goals. This is not an exercise for practice, but a lifestyle change. To start, you can treat your things as if they are at their higher valued counterparts. Would you toss trash into the back seat of your Land Rover or BMW? No, you wouldn’t. Stop the self-negative talk, stop saying “I can’t afford that!” or “Someday…” Go where the successful people are. Shop where they shop, dine where they dine. This doesn’t mean you live or spend money beyond your means, it just means that you are getting comfortable with the lifestyle and are no longer intimidated by it. Try on high quality clothes, test drive luxury cars, peruse the nicer neighborhoods. Walk into a high-end shop like you are going to buy, ask questions, act successful, and feel successful. Write down your successes every day no matter how small they are. The more you acknowledge your wins, the more positive achievements will come your way.

Look at in this way, if you want to lose weight and be healthier, eating potato chips and sitting in front of the TV for hours watching workout videos will not get you results. But if you create a vision board of all the things you want to do, live an active lifestyle, eat beautiful healthily meals, have glowing skin and write a journal of all the benefits you are seeking, you are focusing your mind on the outcome. You will find yourself making different decisions like eating healthier meals, joining a gym and making new friends with the same fitness goals as yourself. Using these tools will help you reach your goal, but change is required. With time you will find yourself taking the appropriate steps towards meeting your goals with confidence and self-assurance and as long as you have a healthy relationship with the material world, your won’t be owned by things, no matter their monetary value.

A person who is closed cannot be open to receive. Before true abundance can be in your life, you need to be able to detach from the material world, if you are coming from a place of desire and only desire and want, you may be too attached to the outcome. Everything in this world is temporary, our precious things can be stolen, destroyed by fire or flood, lost, and eventually wear out. So while it’s nice to have the finer things in life, don’t allow yourself to rely on material things to bring you happiness, inner joy comes from being in a place of gratitude.

Gratitude Journal If you’re holding onto to your material possessions too much, find a way to let go. Some of your things are sentimental; they are nostalgic reminders, if you were to lose them, could you survive without them? Yes, of course you can. By letting go we open ourselves up to newer and better things with a high purpose, it may be a trip to an exotic place we’ve always wanted to go. But if our mind is set in a place of “lack,” we will convince ourselves that we can’t achieve our goals and we will continue to look for excuses to fail.

Besides keeping a gratitude and success journal, you should also consider doing something thoughtful every day for someone else, for example adding money to a parking meter, pay for the person’s coffee behind you in-line, treat a co-worker to lunch, buy flowers for your receptionist just because, any little gift or thoughtful act you can do daily will be paid forward. Just make sure you’re doing it for the right reasons and you will notice any fear of scarcity will slowly erode and you will start to experience true abundance.

Emotional Guidance Scales: How to Deliberately Feel Better

Do you desire to:
• Reach your true destiny?
• Achieve ultimate happiness and enlightenment?
• Get in touch with your true self?

You can achieve all this and more by gaining a better understanding of the human behavior with the help of different scales that have been discovered and described by various scientists. The three most popular scales for better understanding of the human behavior, and to improve the self, are:

• “Map of Consciousness/Enlightenment Scale” by David R. Hawkins
• “Emotional Scale” by Abraham Hicks
• “Tone-Scale” by Ron Hubbard

The “Map of Consciousness” or the “Enlightenment Scale” by David R. Hawkins

Dr. David R. Hawkins designed a Map of Consciousness that explains different levels of human consciousness. This map can be used as a scale to reach higher levels of enlightenment with the help of Kinesiology, the science of testing muscle responses based on various stimuli.

According to Hawkins theory, a weaker mental state leads to a weaker body and thus, a lack of tension and strength in the muscles. Whereas, a mind that is calm and in control will be able to function in a better way, leading to a stronger body and muscular structure. The science of Kinesiology has been tested and proven, and using it with Hawkins’ Map of Consciousness can help you in determining your own level of consciousness and awareness within your body.

Using various positive and negative stimuli, you can gain responses from your body and determine your own level of consciousness. Once you are aware of your level, you can aim to achieve a higher level of consciousness by introducing other positive stimuli in your life and surroundings – always fill you life with people, events and thoughts that calibrate higher than where you are. Hawkins’ research revealed that 85% of the world population are below 200 energy level points, so below the level of courage.

The map of consciousness states the following levels on the Enlightenment Scale:

Enlightenment 700-1000 (this is the highest level of human consciousness)
Peace 600
Joy 540
Love 500
Reason 400
Acceptance 350
Willingness 310
Neutrality 250
Courage 200 (this is the level of empowerment, where you are aware that you are in charge of your own growth and success

Below 200 (below the critical level of integrity):

Pride 175
Anger 150
Desire 125
Fear 100
Grief 75
Apathy 50
Guilt 30 (associated with remorse, self recrimination, suicidal or worthlessness thoughts)
Shame 20 (associated with brutality, paranoia, bizarre crimes or sexual abuse)
Death 0 (this is the lowest energy level)

The “Emotional Scale” by Abraham-Hicks

On a daily basis, we experience a number of emotions from happiness to sadness, from anger to forgiveness, and so on. Abraham-Hicks has organized and arranged these emotions based on a scale, ranging them from good emotions to the bad ones. The aim of the Emotional Scale is to allow people to reach a better and higher emotional level with the help of awareness of their current state.

The more we accept our current emotional state, the easier it is to rise above it and improve it. Thus, self-awareness of emotions can help you in getting in touch with your true self, so that you can make efforts to move to the next step on the Emotional Scale.

Simply positive thinking is not enough to create a change in one’s emotions, awareness and acceptance of the current state is necessary to move up on the Emotional Scale. Depending on where we are on the scale, we will attract people and events that are vibrating at the same frequency as us. In general, being anywhere between Love (1) and Contentment (7) is great.

Abraham Hicks has mapped out 22 of our most common emotions in the following order:

1. Joy/Appreciation/Empowered/Freedom/Love
2. Passion
3. Enthusiasm/Eagerness/Happiness
4. Positive Expectation/Belief
5. Optimism
6. Hopefulness
7. Contentment
8. Boredom
9. Pessimism
10. Frustration/Irritation/Impatience
11. Overwhelment
12. Disappointment
13. Doubt
14. Worry
15. Blame
16. Discouragement
17. Anger
18. Revenge
19. Hatred/Rage
20. Jealousy
21. Insecurity/Guilt/Unworthiness
22. Fear/Grief/Depression/Despair/Powerlessness

The “Tone Scale” by Ron Hubbard

Every person communicates with others in a particular tone. When others do not respond to us in a similar tone, there is lack of communication and problems arise. According to Ron Hubbard, if you talk to a person in the same tone level as their own tone or at a tone level that is just one tone or half tone above their tone, you will be able to bridge the communication gap in a better way and be able to convey your message across.

The best way to modifies someone’s tone or to bring them to a higher tone level is to talk to them at their level and then gradually bring them towards higher tone levels. Improvement of tone of communication can help you interacting with people in a better way and will bring more happiness and hope into your life, as your tone can affect your outlook towards life.

If you draw an imaginary line, then people who use positive tones to communicate can be placed above the line and negatively toned people can be placed below it. The part above the line signifies people who are more alive and have a more positive outlook towards life (happier and healthier), whereas the bottom part contains people who are frustrated and tired of life in general.

The Tone Scale includes tones such as:

4.0 Enthusiasm (people like to follow your lead and you are always excited and eager to help others)
3.5 Cheerfulness
3.0 Conservatism
2.5 Boredom
2.0 Antagonism
1.8 Pain
1.5 Anger
1.1 Covert Hostility
1.0 Fear
0.9 Sympathy
0.5 Grief
0.05 Apathy
0.0 Body Death (you do not care about yourself or others and want people to pity you)

Although all three of these scales use different approaches, the end goal remains the same, to help us in understanding human behavior in a better way. Each of the above given scales uses varying methods for reaching the ultimate goal and for better enlightenment, but if you want to understand your true self, adopting the theories behind these scales can become the key to improving yourself and reaching your higher destiny. So unlock your true potential and become a better YOU with the help of the Hawkins’ “Enlightenment Scale”, Abraham-Hicks’ “Emotional Scale”, or Hubbard’s “Tone Scale”.