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  1. One day a wealthy father took his son on a trip to the countryside for the sole purpose of showing his son how it was to be poor. They spent only one day and one night on a farm of what would be considered a very poor family. On the way back from the trip, the father asked his son how he liked the experience. “It was great, Dad,” the son replied. “Did you see how poor people can be?” the father asked. “Oh yeah,” said the son. “So what did you learn from the trip?” asked the father. The son paused and thought about it for a few seconds. “I saw that we have one dog and that they had four. We have a pool that reaches to the middle of our garden but they have a fresh water creek that has no end. We have lights in our garden but they have the stars and the moon. Our patio reaches to the front yard but they have the whole horizon. We have a small piece of land to live on but they have fields that go on forever. We have servants who serve us but they serve others. We buy our food but they grow their own. We have fences around our property to protect us but they have a whole community to protect them.” The boy’s father was absolutely speechless. Then his son added... “It showed me just how poor we really are, Dad.” Love & Light ∞
  2. An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life. “A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy. “It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.” He continued, “The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you – and inside every other person, too.” The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win?” The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.” Whether or not it’s your first time hearing this story, it serves as an important reminder of the power we have over our experiences and emotions. It’s easy to feel like a victim in challenging situations and circumstances in our lives. We want to understand our negative thoughts, feelings and experiences, so we place blame on other people, objects, or events. We look outward to try to make sense of what’s going on inside of us. We do this all the time. Why? It’s our way of coping, and feeling more in control of uncontrollable situations. The problem with this approach, however, is that it takes away our personal responsibility and freedom of choice. In our attempt to feel more in control (by faulting others for our experience) we actually strip ourselves of our own power. That power is lost the moment we become dependent on other people or things to make us feel a certain way. Whether that feeling is positive or negative, we are no longer taking sole responsibility for our own emotions or experiences when we believe that they are a result of anything other than our own choice. By exercising your freedom of choice, you can make a life-changing decision of which wolf you want to feed. Do you feed the wolf who is hungry for anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego? This evil wolf is also your inner critic. The one who tells you that you are a failure, the one who says that no one will love you or understand you for who you are. This wolf is a representation of your depression, your anxiety, and your low self-esteem. Do you want to feed this wolf? Are you feeding him already? By cutting off his food supply, you will be making a choice to use your energy and resources on thoughts, feeling, and emotions that serve you in healthy ways. While you can recognise the negative emotions occurring within you, you don’t have to attach to them or continue to give them attention. You shifting your focus is a sign to that wolf that you are not interested in giving him food. And while it may take some time for that wolf to lose his strength and power, eventually he will surrender – as will your unhelpful thoughts and emotions. Once you stop fixating on them, they will eventually drift away. So what about the other wolf? Well it certainly isn’t going to feed itself. Just as you would with the bad wolf, it is imperative that you exercise your freedom of choice and decide to nourish the wolf of joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. We often look to external objects for our fulfillment and happiness. We develop expectations that these things (a new job, a relationship, a lavish vacation, a brand new pair of shoes, a glass of wine, etc.) will finally make us feel the way we want to feel. And while this may bring momentary gratification, it isn’t realistic to maintain this long-term. Happiness isn’t a conditional state. It’s a state of being. True lasting happiness comes from making an active choice to be happy, rather than depending on external things to make you happy. The more that we seek out happiness, and look for it as if it is a treasure we will find, the less we are feeding the wolf that is inside of us. You already have everything you need to be happy because you are whole as you are, right now. The feeling and experience of happiness comes from feeding the wolf from within. As he becomes bigger and stronger, he will be better equipped to handle life’s challenges. If you choose to feed only him, he will always win. Love & Light ∞
  3. Infinity

    Do you need a laugh?

    I hope this brings you a little joy. Feel free to post others too. Laughter truly is the best medicine.
  4. Don’t call it a smoking product. From my (limited) understanding herbal anything immediately implies human therapeutic use and then you’ll have a massive headache with many expensive TGA hurdles to overcome if it’s a manufactured product. It’s designed to be a barrier to entry so that the big boys dominate and keep out new players that might have a product of worth that threatens the status quo. I’ve seen many examples where a smoking product is called ‘incense’ or just mislabelled, often with the words not for human consumption on the label. I’ve even seen an winking emoticon on the end of that sentence too. An example off the the top of my head is Amyl Nitrite which is sold as leather cleaner and I think even room deodoriser and successfully circumvented all the nonsense. Nitrous oxide aka cream bulbs would be another example. I’m sure there’s many. “The only thing that saves us from the bureaucracy is its inefficiency.”
  5. When man will treat his fellow man As man should treat his neighbor, Then every man will have in full The product of his labor. When man will gladly recognise In every man a brother, Then will he scorn to live upon The labor of another. When man depends upon himself, With nothing to inherit. Then every man will stand or fall According to his merit. Then every new device would aid And not retard the plan, And every new invention be A benefit to man. There's nothing standing in the way Except our inner blindness; And if this inner man should wake, 'Twould flood the world with kindness. And if it's free we wish to be, And safe within his keeping, Then we should wake the king within For he is only sleeping. The carnal man is on the throne; He's but a false aspirant; As long as man will give him sway, He'll rule him like a tyrant. This carnal man is robbed and crowned, Demands a princely dower; 'Tis time that man should call a halt, Deprive him of his power. The inner man should be the king, And he should wear the crown. The king's within, he must be heard; He can not, will not, down! One road to the Millennium — There is but one, my brother; Tis founded on unselfish love, The joy you give another.
  6. Infinity

    Share some wisdom!

    Find yourself... Escape yourself... Intention is everything...what’s yours? If your life isn’t improving...you’re just taking drugs.