“The noblest pleasure is the joy of understanding.” ~ Leonardo da Vinci; inventor, painter, sculptor, architect, scientist, musician, engineer, philosopher, anatomist, astronomer, geologist, botanist, and historian.
We live in an information-based society, and so everything we do is based on what we understand of ourselves, of others, and of the environment. That information is translated into understanding, and it all must be seen through our physical senses. This is how we lead our lives; break-ups, divorces, wars, bullying, unhealthy habits, nonsense of all types, as well as good decisions of course–it is all based on our either narrow understanding or clear and deep understanding. Understanding deeper than what is the superficial will manifest bliss into our lives, it will open our minds and hearts to the profound meaning of things, events, and to all that happens in our environments; to be stress free, and of clear minds, to accept and elevate above the nonsense and mediocrity of the world.
Territory of England, year 1349.In some godforsaken open field, mud-filthy, where darkness is everywhere. An unknown hero lies bruised and beaten almost to a mere pulp…
But I did it! Did I…??… Yes, I am most certainly sure of it. In the middle of it, or the end of it. I dunno, it’s all a blur… or most of it is. But I was there, and my hands, they were on fire. I thought that my whole bloody arm was about to burst into the same essence of hellfire itself. My other arm was rather fine, until it happened. But my head, it was spinning, rushing like a million demons, and it was burning. Although not burning like my hands, but it was–it was cold, too cold…??
I cannot even feel it now. Bathed in blood and guts, can’t feel pain and I don’t know if I am dead or alive, covered in clouds of darkness. But what really happened…?? Is it within me..?? Some kind of transmutation, as someone surely calls it…?? Energy, isn’t it? …Well, isn’t it?!… Magic..??Boldly the demon vitality rules the outside lands of Wessex, it causes terror on many, but it is good to many more. At the service of my most noble Lord King, I know this… The mud is cold now, like my head was… But I cannot rid myself of these torturous images, it is like some insanity taking over. See, I moved things. Men were flying across the polluted air…
Hours earlier,amidst the blood showers and wretched screams of death, the unknown hero wields his sword with beastly mastery…
Chink!– I guess I am fighting my enemies with no thought; because thinking is great to be used before war, to plan for it, or to plan a specific move during war. But, the master taught me, absolute focus and power on the actual battle is reached through a state of no thought; because thought confuses you, it makes you doubt yourself, it compares your strength with the opponent’s, it makes you fearful and weak… Chink!– The blades collide in mid air, guts spew like volcanoes in eruption, blood and unknown liquids shower me. The great obscenities of war surround me.
Absolute focus and power, the mind must be elevated, always in the moment, move with mastery through the moment but don’t strain yourself over it; flow with it, be one with it, and no past or future should rule the mind of the warrior but the moment… Chink!–“Living in the moment shall set you free,” master Kundu said. And I am moving now, but how I move is not relevant; however, moving is, life is movement, “You are life, my son,” he said…
But what--what is it?! It is calling to me! But not voices, something bigger, more expressive, more direct in my being. Shit!– I can’t stop it. Chink!– It flows through me! It rattles my head! This godforsaken land, the mud, the clouds of dust, the unrelenting monsters of war. They keep coming at me. And I can’t stop. AAAGGHH!!– The pain! I am on my knees, imploring and fighting my enemies at the same time, blood coating me still, my skin torn and bleeding. The air is cold and screaming in my ears, entering my head, making it all mush! GGOODD!!!– What is happening?! Is my mind, is not… My hands. Jesus!– How am I doing that?! Am I… Could it be a dream…?? My enemies are being tossed aside and backwards, here and there without my involvement.
Bloody hell?!– What is this?! Some kind of magic?? And–And my head, it–it bursts! Woah!– Am I–Am I moving away from the ground?? It does not seem real. But it feels real. But emerging not from out there, emerging from within me… I can see something coming at me now, like a thousand banshees speeding through the severely polluted air. It is a form, a shape, a solid object! What the hell?!–I cannot move! Or float out of its way! And in the midst of all these misery from battle and the loud noises of the swords and hatchets connecting with steel and also bare flesh. Death below me.
The massive stone flings at me! And–And I BLACK OUT…
“Our mind is like a cloudy sky: in essence clear and pure, but overcast by clouds of delusions. Just as the thickest clouds can disperse, so, too, even the heaviest delusions can be removed from our mind.” ~ Kelsang Gyatso; Buddhist monk, meditation teacher, scholar, and author.
To me, the essence of what we truly are is the most essential understanding I carry with me about life which influences my thought and behaviors.
Most of us walk around blind to our real worth and identity, so, in this mirage so real to us, we engage in arguments and fights, and rebellious and ignorant attitudes which take us to pain and suffering and all kinds of negative emotions of destruction. This is because we find our identities, our value in what we know, in the knowledge we have acquired throughout years and all experiences we have gone through in this physical realm; however, the energy within those atoms that form you is what you truly are, it is your ONLY real identity and value because that never dies, but your body and mind do. Some of us call this energy imagination and the process of creating value to connect to other human beings.
In this video, I explain certain things about it from my own experiences in life:
“To be effective, leaders must have the qualities and attitudes essential to work in a group setting.” ~ Meg Whitman; American business executive, political activist and donor.
This is PART 2 of a short series of blogs on Mastermind Leadership from a book I am writing, titled: “Inner Wealth. Outer Wealth.,” which deals with the spiritual, mental, and physical processes of all success achievement in life.
–Earlier, I talked about the core of mastermind and the Individual Mastermind.
I mentioned that Leadership is the association of energies living in your consciousness to self-discipline your mortal mind and lead your absolute focus to target in spite of space and time anomalies. The value of leadership brings the strength and structure of the mastermind you need to develop your idea from thought-form into actual dynamic delivery, and this entails as well the mastermind alliance with other people which carry the same ambition and intention. This blog talks about then Collective Mastermind.
These are some specific thoughts following this matter:
1) When you further expand your mastermind in the search for others to join you, do not settle for others just because they are friends or family, or because they just need to do something with their own lives; but, instead respect your own vision and commitment by associating with people which shares exactly the same core values and driving force you do, no less than the best is required for success. This might seem strict and cold, but the reason behind this rigorous process is based on pure excellence, quality, emotional connection, creative management of the vision you have fashioned, and the attraction of that success you are looking for. You have designed your vision of success with careful effort and profound love, so do not entrust your vision to just anybody. And I always say to myself, “Good enough just doesn’t cut it, excellence does.”
2) When you choose or locate the people you will be talking into join you, you must transform yourself in the most passionate and driven, energetic and committed person you know, because this will create the best inner and outer atmosphere to convey your thoughts and intentions into people, this process will also keep you self-motivated and ready to transfer that value from within you into the mastermind group. People respond to great emotional content and to the fulfilled need of feeling important, so your job is to make them feel they can bring expertise and value (a feeling of importance within themselves) through the emotional content in your delivered speech.
3) Believe it or not, the way you dress and articulate your thoughts matter, so when you talk about your vision with yourself and with others you need to feel like you are honoring those thoughts and ideas. People need to feel this commitment as well, and not just feel it but become part of this noble and ambitious process. The way you talk and dress gives that needed boost of serious mental planning and steely determination to your vision before yourself and others. Always remember, carry yourself and your speech with good pride and deep love, and people will be attracted to your ideas and vision like some sort of magic.
4)Before you deliver your presentation or speech to people, make sure you have analyzed and planned specifically what they will be getting in return for their alliance with you. It could be some promotional tool, some percentage incentive, some level partnership, some boost to their sales, or even some fixed payment; but whatever it is, be precise and put attention to detail, and most importantly make sure you are clear on your purpose to create value for them. Like I said before, nobody does anything for free; whether emotional or mental gain, whether material or spiritual gain, it is your main job to produce the best exchange in your mastermind group as the excellent leader you need to be. Extraordinary success calls only upon extraordinary people; therefore, you must breathe and live this each day with your whole heart and with your whole mind.
5)Engage people with great mastery (believe in yourself, in the unique persona beyond your intellect), find whatever makes you unique and practice it, own it and nourish it, even if you do not think is attractive enough. See, in this day and age, people, even good and smart people, behave like drones, live in fear and embarrassment to be truly unique, always reciting ideas and speeches from memory and following others in the way they do things; however, the fact stands on its own, if you are to innovate or propose any venture at all towards success, then, it must be yours, and only yours, uniquely you, emotional you, your very presence, your very energy, and make it loud and known to people. This is how you stand out from the ordinary crowd, and this is your ticket to all success in life—i.e., financial, mental, and spiritual success. Never be afraid to emanate your spiritual strength and emotional power onto others, because unleashing this makes you truly unique and worth the time of others, because unleashing this makes you powerful and valuable in a society which really lacks uniqueness and originality.
Furthermore, you want to spread real love and motivate others into being their very best?? There is only one authentic way to do it, the rest is just the illusion of the ego to make you feel good about yourself. The only way to help others see their own value and power is through your own winning attitude, through unleashing your own energy, and through being really proud and loud and celebrating that with them (because this process is highly contagious, it elevates the human spirit).
6)Once you have your partners or people joining you, or interested deeply in your ideas, you must arrange to meet regularly (whether in person, by phone, by mail, or by social network, depends on your business and situation). But, and I cannot stress this enough, whatever your situation is or style of communication in the new relationship, the mastermind process has to be based on harmony and profound connection, and you as a good leader must build very powerful emotional content at a slow pace, that means trust and value through time and effort; and that is, people may intellectually agree and be on your side, but it is not intellect what moves people to connect deeply and work passionately (and stay on a definite goal), but emotions rule over intellect, and so emotions build through time and persistence.Do not rush deeper emotional connection, for the greatest and most meaningful things in life are born out of the heart and not out of the intellect—i.e., the intellect is an important tool to build, yes, but the heart is the powerful magic which creates greatness in the world.
So, ask yourself, “What do I want in my world—to achieve the acceptable or to achieve true greatness…?? If your answer is to achieve true greatness, then do not rush the process but be persistent in your determination.Remember, whether as a businessman or as lover, this is the universal rule to be truly great and extraordinary.
7)Since at this time you have already committed yourself 100% upon reaching the best mastermind to success, then you have committed yourself 100% to step into the shoes of a true leader, for they are both two sides of the same coin; for this, you will have to listen and acknowledge the ideas and enthusiasm of the people who have joined you, even if the ideas or opinions you listen to are not highly creative or specially tailored to your vision. Never dismiss, ignore, or humiliate someone’s ideas or opinions; because this is one of the big reasons why people never truly succeed, why there are divorces, why there are different problems in the world today. As a true and powerful leader, you must not feed your ego in feeling yourself superior in any way, even if your vision and ideas are great and your talents are vast; like so, a true and powerful leader leads others to feel themselves important and valued within the scope of their individual capacities.
In my own experience, I have learned to see beyond my own creative talents, beyond my own ego, to understand and acknowledge the talents of others; furthermore, I admit this is a constant process in me, not that easy to maintain, but if you want others to feel comfortable around you and work by your side, then, there is no other way. Human beings accomplish more and greater things when they work together towards the same goal.
Tomorrow, PART 3 of Mastermind Leadership, about mastermind persistence and its greater organization.
…Did you ever love me…?? Do you love me now…?? Of course you do; you were always there for me, I just did not realize it at the time… too self-involved… too busy obeying the demands of the lower beast dwelling in me. But I wonder if you knew. Or if I knew. But I’m sure I did; I mean I was there, experiencing, living my own sudden reactions of hate and love. Alchemy was hidden, wasn’t it…?? And love sounded prissy, maybe weak, even overrated perhaps… It just wasn’t enough for me, and it was not the main discussion among my “friends” either; no, it was all about the latest tech app and Hollywood movie out there, the pitiful game of immature relationships and the greed for money. No, it was in me, this higher alchemy, this higher love and understanding of myself, of others, and of life, but I chose to ignore it and put a concrete wall between us, shielding me from… from me really… from the Higher me…
Ha– It’s funny, really odd as well, like I was here before, like I had the same train of thought before; so, get this, as I sit here thinking about this a kind of déjà vu seems to overwhelm each cell of my being, veiled and still unclear past memories keep sort of flooding me, making me feel… I don’t know… intense, full of understanding, powerful in a way, almost like I can fly… But I never flown before, I was confined to the lower perception of myself, and quite disrespectful of myself, distant from the true self-acceptance and confidence radiating through me now. Yes, I was blind back then, I wouldn’t see people and accept people, see myself and accept myself; I would only see and experience the illusion of the everyday nuisance, these false identities and values in the popularity and wealth from TV celebrities, the lies of politics, the robotic activities of a zombie society, and my own interpretation of love and that misguided interpretation the world has of it.
It was knowledge of the Higher Intelligence flowing through me. The Great Eternal Mind! They call it that in our fields of Mental Science, in the Alchemical Labs of the mind of the Higher-Thinking Man… Yes, absolutely, gnosis did it. The knowledge increased the understanding within me and pushed wisdom where I could experience it, where my monkey thoughts would be silenced and put aside so I could open my eyes to what I couldn’t see before.
…But, wait, why didn’t you leave me…?? Why did you stick around…?? You could have left, because I neglected you for more than three decades and I even buried you under dark thoughts of lust and anger and under behaviors of ignorance and disdain for myself and others. …Love again, wasn’t it? But–But is more than just love what we share, it is the true Essence of Creation itself, it is the original formula of self-transformation, like a constant experience of bliss, and not just the emotional roller coaster of pleasure of human love… And my family, my friends, people I know, are not there yet; they see me a little askew, cannot process this whole transformation, this deeper understanding of the invisible which has awakened within me, and the fact is they may never get there, they may never experience this bliss, this higher awareness which makes all depression and irrelevance in the world melt away… It is the tough truth of the universe, you taught me that. “The lips of wisdom are closed, except to the ears of understanding”–as it goes.
But my love for them has grown even stronger now, because I understand all they think and experience, all their reactions and beliefs, at a deeper level. It is like that time I got stuck for a while on the top of the fair ride, where the roller coaster cart held me really high and I could see the whole fair park from this elevation–the people walking around eating greedily their cotton candies looked so tiny in the crowd, following the path taken by others and absorbed in the pleasures of the day, looking up at me and wondering why I was there and why I wasn’t with them. Clouds above, blue sky around me, cool breeze of altitude caressing me and my new thoughts. I was closer to heaven back then, but did not know it. But now I do.
The divine darkness of my mind ripples and flows,
Never-ending vastness, eternal ocean of the Soul,
Such universe of universes and portal into Brahman,
Which does not represent a past or a future itself,
Which does not divide and conquer my foes of old,
Where the pendulum of pleasure and pain vanishes,
Where happiness and depression has no meaning.
And there is no wake or sleep, no movement or stillness,
No delusion of ill thought and roused emotion;
However the smoothness and the dynamic ether,
It is just the allowance of being of what is being,
The essence of freedom and liberation from hues,
From forms, from comparison, from symmetry,
From the chains of lone-perception and trick-belief.
The most profound recesses of my mind fall into Brahman, Such God be the eternal ocean of the Atman, the Soul, Like raindrops into the vastest ocean, one is all, all is one; By branching out the mind touches one drop of the ocean, And the ocean be me for there is no body-mind, two are one. The ego cannot poison the waters, it cannot soil the existence. But the unity is light and yet it has no qualities of light as such. But the darkness is the light and they are no opposites. Where is the world of man…?? Where is the misery of man…?? Where is the aging universe…?? And who took it away…?? What has happened to my beliefs, preoccupations, needs…?? All the worries and illnesses have become one with me, There lies no reserve or disorder, no confusion or riot within; I have been revived into undying peace, which is Real Love Beyond the senses of man, beyond such Mara the Tempter. This is what they call the ultimate reality! Ultimate beauty Far beyond the known thoughts, emotions, and actions of man!
Here is Brahman, of no time and space, of no dogma and creed, Endless joy and peace which has given ability to a body-mind To know Being, to see beyond the illusion of the senses. Nothing is separate from me and nothing can affect me, The illumined no longer sees the limitation, the end, This mystical wisdom feeds me and fattens me, the Real Me. But I must return to consciousness of the objective dual now, Knowing that this is just an appearance, a glove of The Infinite, A form of thought and emotion to swim these unreal waters And to experience the lessons of pleasure and pain of illusion.
“You must lay aside your greed; have no unworthy motive in your desire to become rich and powerful. It is legitimate and right to desire riches, if you want them for the sake of your soul, but not if you desire them for the lists of the flesh.” ~ Wallace D. Wattles; American author and New Thought writer.
When choosing your greatest desire make sure it assimilates the nobility and incredible power of life inside you; that rigorous selection, and only that, may give you the strength and burning passion you need to reach success without fearing the obstacles and falling prey of the distractions in the path ahead. This is absolutely paramount for us to understand when we initiate the process of choosing the right and most important desire, because if we have in mind that life itself is success and also the greatest desire of existential growth, then we will choose that very desire which is brilliance in the path to our goals but also challenging to our minds’ development as life itself, the greatest teacher, is to each of us.
See, the problem with most people’s desires is that they have only superficial and known glamour which do not go beyond simple imagination, and hence have no uniqueness and warrior spirit in themselves. People watches TV and want to be the successful businessman or famed actor, people reads popular magazines and want that car or that amount of cash, people praises leaders in the economy and politics of our society and they feel they can follow them and learn to lead like them, people see great houses and cars and boats and wishes to possess that same luxury, people hear of great science and/or spiritual educators and they follow them and read their books religiously to gain their wisdom and reach their level of mastery.
But, you tell me, where is the uniqueness and the creativity of a powerful and inspiring desire in that..?? Where is the incredibly magnificent design of life’s ultimate desire in that…??
No, it is not to be. That is shallow and mediocre, dull-witted and crude, the spawn of a lazy and selfish mind which only sees itself and its ego possessing riches and knowledge without a unique, inner identity to advocate mankind’s higher growth and purpose.
And mankind’s higher growth and purpose is not what the asleep and unperceptive society dictates, and it is definitely not the soulless consumerism you watch on TV, read in magazines, or hear on the radio; however, I do understand the tremendous mind control and emotional hold these “fashionable” media sources wield upon the weak minds of the pitiable masses, but I also see beyond the misleading façade of these thieves of all reason and healthy encouragement, and I experience in myself the incredible greatness and potentiality of all mankind well past what the misleading physical senses tell me every day.
Remember this higher law of the universe, that the true and higher living is indeed life, and this life is success; on the opposite, the law of the lower ego in man deceives thus, that the lazy and selfish living is life, and this life is success. Now, meditate on them, choose between the two, and do what truly elevates your spirit and makes you into a better man for the sake of all mankind.
You see, growing a true and spiritually elevating desire to better yourself, your life, and your loved ones, is the key to motivate yourself and surround your heart with a burning passion so great which cannot be extinguished by nothing at all. Now, this is especially true for the acquisition of material riches, because in the faithful pursuit of these your heart has to be in it with a burning passion which surpasses all fear and indecisiveness within your dual mind.
The deepest desire of growing economically has to be built upon the greatest and most noble foundation humankind may yet reach from within itself, which is in fact spiritual foundation due to the origin of divinity and perfect life the mortal body and dual thought lack; consequently, the noble and honest desire for riches and economic abundance in your life must be originated and sustained by the spiritual motivation/fuel of reaching your higher self, and thus not based on the competitor ego which deceives the human mind into believing that wealth has to be attained by means of aggressive and selfish nature. Life in its true essence beyond this physical realm is an active DESIRE of dynamic evolution, a self-motivated engine moving ever forward, energies of creativity and conscious awareness of themselves as all corporeal existence is brought into being, then the most beautiful and perfect dance throughout itself and designer of all space and time; for this reason, the desire in man to obtain riches and a prosperous life is something natural and good if the mind in question is under the right impressions and guided by wisdom. The natural desire born in man to have wealth is not something to feel ashamed of, run away from, or even loathe, as many religions and “spiritual” people seem to believe and self-righteously condemn in other men. Isn’t it pathetic and hypocritical that many religions of the world express great disapproval, and even hellish denouncement, of the pursuit of wealth while the same institutions take billions of dollars from their blind followers to build hugely massive and pompously luxurious places to worship their blasphemous nonsense and feed those obtuse egos they have…?? They make billions each year and pay no taxes, gloat and teach about the virtuous pursuit of a common life with no riches whatsoever, and all this while millions of people around the world suffer extreme poverty and starvation under conditions which are gravely inhumane and that of the lowest creature existing under God’s shining Sun.
Human beings are meant to obtain growth, not only spiritually but economically as well, because that is what the essence of life itself is, unlimited and powerful growth. That one man occupies his whole time and effort in achieving material riches is absolutely weak and wrong. That one man occupies his whole time and effort in reaching spiritual growth is narrow-minded and obtuse. The two pursuits shall go together in order to be and feel whole, the spiritual and physical beings we are. We are dual beings and as long as we have a body and a flawed mind we shall be that, no matter the enlightenment or the status in society.
We need to embrace what we are and what we need in this life. No wise man can lead a full life either only spiritually or only materially. The wise sage finds the balance in the pursuit of both. Economic growth must be seen as something noble and good because it adds to a better life, a freedom’s advocate; but the spirit and mind have to grow with it, lest we become monsters which remain enslaved to our own physical senses and commanding ego. The same goes for spiritual growth. They both need to find balance in order for the mind of man to reach spiritual, and also human, freedom and bliss.
At a police station interrogation room located somewhere in the U.S., typical police misuse of power happened…
“Ok, listen, White Face, you’re a direct suspect identified by many people on the street, so better start talking!”
“Not talking, eh… Is hot under these lights, isn’t it? It seems your girly make-up is melting away… like your funny expressions.”
… (But his girly make-up was not melting away, as the fat cops were certainly sweating like true pigs.) He suddenly shrugs his shoulders and puckers his lips in some attempt to convey something no one understood what the hell it was.
The first cop says, “Well, what da hell is that?–” The second cop frowns, rubs his own belly, and leans back in his chair; then he breaks the chair and lands flat on the ground, then he realizes he’s been smoking his cigarette backwards and burns his lips. “Ouch! Dammit–” The heat soon swelters his mouth. Mother******!!!”
… He offers his made up glass of water to the second cop that was sending smoke signals from the inside of his mouth and that contorted his body like an effeminate ballerina.
The first cop says, “Well, well, well, well…” Then he snatches the invisible glass from his hand and hurls it to the floor in a fit of rage! Pieces of glass shower the scene, and he continues more calm, “…Well… Well… Well. You’re not only accused of attempted murder on the street, with your little moves, but now you’ve assaulted my partner. And under my acute eagle eyes which never miss a thing. This will cost you, White Face!”
… He adopts a confused facial expression and rolls his balloon eyes, then purses his lips and shakes his head in quick denial.
The second cop sits his sore ass on a second chair and keeps smoking, “It’s no use Captain. He won’t talk.”