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Personal Development: Sorting the Wheat from the Chaff

 

We recently agreed to put on a workshop on the inner principles of Tai Chi and Qigong a local tradeshow. Generally speaking we enjoy giving workshops, it’s just rather disheartening when the workshop after you attracts five times as many people- and worse, when the topic of that workshop is something to do with visitors from the Fifth Dimension. This has gotten us thinking once again about one of the most important topics in personal development- how to distinguish the genuine offerings from the quacks.

You’d think this would be easy enough when the latter draw their inspiration from 1950s science fiction serials, but apparently there are plenty of people out there who are attracted to the brazenly banal cultists who populate the shallow end of human credulity.

Evidence

The most important thing for you to investigate before investing in any area of personal development is the evidence behind it. In order to assess the evidence properly, you have to understand what qualifies as evidence in that particular field.

Physical Evidence

If you’re looking for a personal trainer, you might want to know if he or she has previously been able to help people in your situation attain their fitness goals. You might want to know what the theoretical basis is for their particular approach, and its track record if it’s been around long enough. You can pretty much cut and paste this formula for anyone doing anything in the physical realm- diet, medicine etc.

We do have to pay particular attention here, because there are many scientists who position themselves as “mainstream” who are happy to dismiss, smear, and use any number of tactics to discredit the work of anyone pursuing certain avenues of research, whether or not the research in question used sound scientific methodology. There are basically two reasons for this: money and the Newtonian worldview.

Since we’ve gone into this issue a few times previously, we’ll leave it there. Suffice to say that many people studying alternative medicine, alternative nutrition and energy psychology have come out of years of practice using mainstream methods and found them desperately inadequate. Those people tend to approach their fields with scientific rigor and an eye for what actually helps the people who come to them.

The surest way to find out what sort of person you’re dealing with is to ask them some pertinent questions. If their response is grounded in a robust theoretical approach and they can point to evidence that their stuff works, great. If they evade the question with hype, run away.

Spiritual and Psychological Evidence

The psychological and spiritual realms require a distinct category of evidence. Their work is with the mind, the spirit and the overall mode of being, and therefore require evidence of systematic improvement in the inner life of human beings. This evidence in ancient spiritual traditions was the production of enlightened people, whether called saints, bodhisattvas, immortals or whatever else. The claim is, if you follow this method, you will get these results. If a psychological method does not produce reliable results with a particular problem, it’s time to find a new one. If a spiritual tradition does not produce transformed human beings, it’s totally worthless.

This sort of evidence tends to be severely lacking where the neighbourhood tarot-card reader, angel therapy provider or modern cult is concerned. Much like the definition of “religion” that we talked about in a previous post, these people cater to human uncertainty and the desire for control over their environment rather than providing truly transformative help. That’s not to say that some people can’t have remarkable gifts and experiences. It is to say that not everyone who makes such a claim is truthful, and not all of those who are truthful have the wisdom to help people systematically.

Sorting Through the Chaff

Energy medicine and energy psychology, as “emerging” or at least experimental fields in the West, tend to breed a great deal of experimentation. Let it be said immediately that some approaches are far sounder than others.

The theory and practice of acupuncture, and of Chinese energy medicine more generally, has millennia of practice and evidence to back it up which anyone can find documented if they know where to look. That doesn’t mean that every individual TCM or Qigong practitioner is of the calibre to use it properly, nor does it mean that every method or theory within that larger approach has always been sound.

Of the thousands of Qigong practices, for instance, there is a core body of practices which have been shown to be consistently reliable for health, strength, longevity, qi cultivation and many other purposes. There are many lesser-known practices that are also sound. But there are also many harmful or useless practices, and others that have been co-opted by cults. Perhaps the most notorious example historically was the White Lotus sect during China’s Boxer Rebellion, who claimed to be able to stop bullets with their version of Iron Shirt Qigong. Needless to say, that didn’t end well!

There are modern takes on energy medicine such as EFT/TFT, BEST and others that are trying their level best to establish reliable methods through rigorous testing. There are also systems out there that seem to thrive more on hype than evidence, and plenty of one-offs who can go either way.

Eyes Open

The important thing is to keep your eyes open and get a good idea of what’s on offer before you jump in. If someone tells me they can help me clear emotional blockages by tapping on acupuncture points, I’ll at least think about it- even if I hadn’t seen and personally experienced significant evidence for this approach, I know enough of the theoretical background to see the point. If someone tells me they’re going to treat me with some pretty crystals or by channeling a spirit from the planet Kolob, I’m going to take some convincing.

And speaking of Kolob…

Learning how to ask the right questions, cutting through the hype and getting to the theory and the evidence are key skills for anyone who wants to improve their life in any area. The only one who can take responsibility for your personal development is you.

~ Dr. Symeon Rodger


What is Warriorship Really? Part 1

Warriorship has been an indispensable perspective for most if not all authentic ancient traditions, and remains the most neglected and perhaps most necessary foundational element of personal development today.  Unfortunately, it’s also one of those concepts that’s been so abused for so long by so many cultures that it needs to be completely rehabilitated before it’s of any use to anyone- and modern popular culture is no exception.

This series presents some of the most critical elements of warriorship through examples from film and television, as well as real life examples, showing where they get it right- and where our cultural ideas of warriorship go tragically wrong.

 

1. Patience, Humility, Self-Control

Great generals are not warlike

Great warriors do not get angry

Those who are good at defeating enemies do not engage them

Those who are good at managing people lower themselves

This is called the virtue of non-contention

This is called the power of managing people

This is called being harmonious with Heaven

The ultimate principle of the ancients

  • Tao Teh Ching

 

From Rambo to The Rock and from John Wayne to Jack Bauer, there is a brand of cinematic warrior that is not noted for patience, humility or self-control.  This brand of warrior wants action, now, no matter what, wants to show off, wants to assert control through demonstrations of strength.  This kind of action hero figure, fuelled by testosterone and adrenaline, is prevalent in our culture.

This tendency, however, represents precisely the opposite of authentic warriorship.  The warriorship of cultures with successful traditions of personal development is not only founded upon patience, humility and self-control- they have no concept of warriorship without these three elements.

Consider the Japanese warrior tradition, which defines patience as the restraint of the seven emotions.  Whatever else it may have gotten wrong, and there’s plenty, it was absolutely right in requiring patient self-control as the basic foundation of warriorship.  This quality manifests not only in unwavering endurance, but in constant and unwavering courtesy and control of emotions.  For a samurai to act out of anger if the action was not in harmony with their duty to their clan, or even to be impolite was considered a great failing.

Take Lord Toranaga, from James Clavell’s novel Shogun and the miniseries of the same name.  Toranaga is the most patient man in Japan.  He bides his time serving other warlords, waiting for the right opportunity to unite Japan under his own leadership.  He never reacts impulsively, unless doing so is strategically advantageous.  He curbs and directs the passions of his subordinates so that they do not interfere with the ultimate goal.

Katsumoto, of The Last Samurai, is a more down-to-earth example of self-control.  Whether before battle or in captivity awaiting execution, he remains patient, self-possessed, courteous.

 

2. Integrity and Alignment with Fundamental Principles

Personal integrity means everything to the warrior.  Integrity means, above all, being true to your own being.  Of course, this is meaningless if you have no idea of what you want to be, if you have no trajectory for self-cultivation, no understanding of your own bedrock principles.  Integrity does not mean simply following the rules.  It implies a deep moral centre, a willingness to stand by your principles, even in the face of opposition from people in authority.  It means that you avoid abusing whatever power and authority you have, and call out such behaviour when you see it.  It means putting principle ahead of personal interest, in some cases even ahead of one’s own life.  Integrity means seeking the truth and a commitment to standing up for it, as explained by Al Pacino in the clip below:

 

3. Compassion

There have been many codes of behaviour among warrior societies throughout the ages, some better than others.  The mistake common to most of these codes is summarised by Morihei Ueshiba, founder of Aikido:

“The Way of the Warrior has been misunderstood. It is not a means to kill and destroy others. Those who seek to compete and batter one another are making a terrible mistake. To smash, injure, or destroy is the worst thing a human being can do. The real Way of a Warrior is to prevent such slaughter – it is the Art of Peace, the power of love.” 

  • Morihei Ueshiba

We’ve mentioned principle as the foundation of a warrior’s life, but what principles?  There are some that are indispensible.  Truth is one; compassion is another.   A warrior is one who, in the words of Mr. Miyagi of the Karate Kids movies, has full respect for him or herself and for others, and acts accordingly.

The core values of a spiritual warrior- love, compassion, courage, hope, integrity, truth-seeking, simplicity, and everything that follows from them- are universal values by which everything else has to be measured.  An action is not good or bad because someone says so, but because it advances or inhibits these core values, not as an abstraction but in the living universe and between living beings.  By evaluating things in this way, a warrior not only develops independent moral insight and imagination, but the vision to value people and their actions independently of any institutional structure or goal.

 

4. Focus and Discipline

The Samurai were famous for using the principles of Buddhist meditation, and the single-pointed mental focus it cultivates, to improve their ability to do everything, from flower arranging and poetry to combat.  This same single-pointed focus, this ability to marshal all your attention in the present moment without unnecessary conscious thought, is exactly the warrior’s approach to every task in life- you will find that gathered attention in the present moment moves forward more incisively than hours of scattered thought.  Warriorship requires a conscious process of personal development in accordance with these principles, and as a result, on a day-to-day basis, purposeful living, purposeful actions, purposeful thinking.  Take, for example, this clip from The Last Samurai:

Conclusion

These principles of warriorship are indispensible for serious self-cultivation.  True, spiritual warriorship is single-minded dedication to life-giving principles.  It cannot coexist with conformity, ideology, undisciplined emotion, violent disposition or the will to dominate.  When you see or hear warriorship portrayed in the media, consider these principles, and decide whether what you are seeing is spiritual warriorship as advocated by all serious traditions of personal development, or a substitute designed to cater to adrenaline-charged emotionalism and provide normative support for some of the less enlightened aspects of our culture.  Tune in next Monday for the continuation of What is Warriorship Really?

 

 

 


Qigong the Personal Resilience Multitool: Lung Health

Many of you are familiar with our Rock Solid Health Qigong video series and the tremendous health and wellness benefits to be derived from practicing these foundational Qigong techniques.  In the spirit of our upcoming Resilient Life Code unit on Internal Exercise, we’d like to take a moment to consider Qigong in a different light, as a specialised toolkit that can help you to achieve particular goals, both health and fitness related and in other areas of your life. 

Qigong is a term that encompasses the Chinese arts of internal exercise and energy cultivation in all their diversity.  Qigong is a collective project, having been developed, practiced and refined by Taoists, Buddhists, martial artists, healers, monks, generals and all orders of Chinese society.  It stands between meditation on the one hand and the martial arts on the other and is not entirely separate from either.  The basis of Qigong is the absorption, circulation and refinement of natural energy through the coordinated use of mind, body and spirit for the cultivation of all aspects, faculties and powers of the human being.

Qigong is extremely specialised and diverse.  It treats the physical body almost like an onion, strengthening it one layer at a time.  Fascia, muscles and tendons and major organs all receive their due attention through specific techniques.  The human energy system is likewise cultivated step by step.  Qigong’s biggest flaw is that there is far too much for any one person to master.

Nevertheless, there is another level of specialisation in Qigong that can be very helpful for your health and personal development goals.  Qigong has branches designed not only to maintain good health, but to heal illnesses and chronic conditions in yourself and others, to improve physical performance, to absorb energy from the environment, and to apply qi energy to the development of the spirit (shen).  It is here that you can really match your qigong to your personal resilience goals.  Here’s a look at a specific set of techniques for dealing with one set of health challenges.

(Note: Please seek the advice of a qualified practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine before using specific medical Qigong techniques.)

 

Medical Qigong: The Lungs

Much of the world’s population suffers from asthma and other chronic lung diseases.  Qigong approaches lung health from several directions.  First of all, the lungs are included in the Inner Smile meditation, a practice for bringing positive qi to the different major organs, a version of which is shown in the video.  There are also specific breathing exercises for strengthening the lungs, qi circulation exercises, and specific attention and massage exercises for asthma.  Here are some basic exercises:

  • First Breathing Exercise: Stand with your feet shoulder width apart, hands folded over your dantien (lower abdomen).  Press gently as you exhale and draw your abdomen in, bending your upper body forward.  Straighten and breathe in naturally.  Repeat three times.
  • Second Breathing Exercise: From the same position, lean back as far as you comfortably can and extend your arms slightly back while inhaling, expanding your lungs and contracting your abdomen as much as possible.  Hold your breath as long as you safely can.  Then return to an upright position and exhale through the mouth.
  • Asthma Focus Exercise: Be still in a sitting, standing or prone position.  Focus your attention on your zhichuan (“benefit asthma”) acupuncture points, located on either side of your spine on the narrowest line between your shoulder blades.  Focus for 20-30 minutes.

 

There are many other related exercises and approaches to lung health in the Chinese tradition.

Qigong is a diverse and multifaceted tool for your personal resilience and personal development, waiting to be explored.

 

~ Dr. Symeon Rodger

~ Anthony S. Rodger, M.A.


The Lure of Perfection

Is there anything more intoxicating than the lure of perfection?  Not if you’re a perfectionist.  Perfectionism can be at once a powerful creative force, and a tremendous psychological trap for those caught in its grasp.  Learning to embrace the power of perfectionism without becoming trapped in it can be a tremendous challenge.

 

The Perfectionist Advantage

 

Perfectionists are life’s natural editors.  We look at the world around us and think, “How could this be better?  How has this gotten worse?  Was that the best decision in the circumstances?  Surely there’s a way to do this better.”  On and on and on.  Whether it’s geopolitics or sports or architecture or chess or writing or flower arranging, we’re always on the lookout for perfection, for finding the perfect idea, perfectly executed at the perfect time in the perfect way.  Our search for perfection never ends.

But what is perfection?  The hidden majesty of perfectionism is that it is not, in the end, about setting up a mental construct of what should be and then measuring reality against it.  That certainly happens, and it is one of the traps of perfectionism.  But on the other side of the coin, perfectionism is an observational, instinctive process.  We can look at a style of art or architecture we’ve never seen before, an idea or a process we’ve never thought of before in an area we may never have studied, and still recognise its perfection.  We don’t measure perfection in the first instance, then, by external ideas, but by an internal ideal. 

But why do we expect perfection in an imperfect world?  Perfectionism at its best can perhaps be described as a measure of faith in human transcendence of our own limitations, in our ability as a species to create pure beauty.  Perfectionists see their role as driving society toward that ideal.

 

The Perfectionism Trap

 

That doesn’t sound so bad, does it?  So what’s the problem?  The problem is that we don’t know where to stop.  We transition from recognising and celebrating perfection when we encounter it and encouraging ourselves and others to keep striving, to a state in which we do start to measure everything by our own mental constructs of what perfection would look like.  Any task we begin is blighted immediately by the daunting standards we impose on ourselves.  We can demoralise ourselves so badly that we can’t even take the first step.

In business, in relationships, in social interaction, in education and in many other areas of life, we can paralyse ourselves with our own expectations.  It’s no surprise that social anxiety correlates highly with perfectionism.  For a perfectionist with high ideals of smooth social interaction, there is intense pressure not to make mistakes, to keep cool, to avoid embarrassment- so much pressure that inevitably, we end up creating the very situations we want to avoid.  That crushing experience of failing to meet our own expectations only adds more stress to future social situations, and the negative reinforcement snowballs. 

A similar trap befalls many perfectionists during the course of their education- they place so much pressure on themselves to perfect every assignment that the quality of their work, not to mention their quality of life, suffers. 

When perfectionists embark on new projects, if we don’t lose our momentum completely on account of our high expectations, we start looking for the perfect way, the perfect time, the perfect sequence to set about building what we have envisioned.  Perfectionists, ironically, turn into expert procrastinators.

If we look at what’s happened from the point of view of the creative process, we can see how big a detour perfectionism has led us on.  Ideally, the interval from inspiration to action should be as short as possible.  This helps us build momentum, energy, enthusiasm, and generates fresh inspirations during the process.  In other words, we should start consolidating and organising only after we’ve created.  Anyone who’s ever been a writer knows that you have to let the inspiration flow first and only then bring order to what you’ve written.  So it is with almost all creative processes.

In its extreme forms, perfectionism becomes not only an impasse for ourselves, but intolerable to those around us, when we fixate upon a particular criterion of perfection which may or may not have anything to do with the central purpose of the endeavour, or when we get so bogged down in nitpicking minutiae that we lose sight of the bigger picture.

 

Re-Training

 

The only way out for a perfectionist is through.  Perfectionists may find themselves obsessing over the perfect solutions to a given set of problems, the perfect way for something to be, whatever their field of focus may be.  They imagine a world in which everything was as perfect as they would want.  But the more they think about that imagined world and the more energy they put into it, the more they come to realise that it’s futile- not only that such a world could not exist, but that it shouldn’t.  Ultimately, the creative cycle would have to be completely interrupted to achieve such perfection.

Take the particular kind of perfectionist who lives for the rules and wants everyone to follow the rules, all the time, because the rules are the rules.  Let that kind of person envision their utopia in detail, fantasising about it over a long period of time.  Eventually, if they have even the slightest degree of inner honesty, they will realise that only a police state on a hideous scale could ever realise their dream.  From this realisation, they can go back and reflect that many of the freedoms and protections they now enjoy in modern society exist only because people dared to break bad rules, dared to make trouble.  From there, their focus can change from the letter of the rules to allowing for the human element, which they must now admit is a necessary input to the system.  Rather than trying to enforce the rules, they can try to get buy-in (known in political science as social legitimacy) for those rules that really do serve a defensible purpose.

Still, reasoning your way out can only get you so far.  The next challenge is to embrace spontaneous creativity and action, to live in the moment, and to experience the thrill of riding that wave of spontaneity.  The only way to escape the addictions of perfectionism is to want what’s on the other side more, and to give yourself that experience as often as possible.  Get to the point where you are simply creating, without regard for or time to reflect on mistakes, and seek out experiences that give you that sensation.

As you make this shift, there is another important detail: you must discipline yourself to leave things as they are the moment they’re acceptable.  If you can’t define “acceptable,” break down how many minutes in a day or week a task should take you.  Find out how much other people spend on the tasks in question.  If you spend eight hours on a blog post where another blogger who puts out lots of original content only spends two or three, you can start timing yourself to keep yourself to schedule.  Just get it out there, and use the rest of your time for other priorities.  This is where, ironically, scheduling can help you get perfectionism under control. 

If you need a philosophy to justify this, I suggest looking into the concept of pareto.  Rather than maximising a single axis on the graph of life, so to speak, you are aiming for the most efficient solution on all axes- you get your work done at the rate you want, you assign your time efficiently according to your priorities rather than your perfectionist impulse, and you increase your happiness in the process.

 

Conclusion

 

Use the experience of creative spontaneity to overcome the roadblocks of perfectionism, and to put that perfectionism back where it belongs- not imagining the way things should be, but imagining what you can do to improve the world, a spur and inspiration to creativity, not a brick wall.


Winning Arguments and Seeking TRUTH in the Warrior’s World

We’ve all seen formal debates at one time or another, two rigid ideological positions locked in mortal combat.  You know in advance that neither party will be persuaded by the other’s arguments.  You can also bet that supporters of each side will post video clips of their guy from the debate on YouTube to support the point of view they already agree with.  Anyone watching who’s undecided will be presented with two polarized extremes, because neither side will soften or modify their position because of something the other side said – that would be showing weakness.

Debate is many things – a hobby to many, a ritualized demarcation of ideologies, an exercise in rhetorical skills that are sadly no longer taught in any other form – but above all, it is an illustration of how difficult it is to change your opponent’s mind through  intellectual argument.

It is human nature to embrace the opinions of the majority of whatever groups you belong to, and naturally you will believe that they are rational – after all, you’ve heard and thought about more arguments for than against them.  True intellectual integrity is bought at the price of an open mind – allowing yourself to release your ideological lines in the sand and follow the argument even if you don’t like where it’s going, take it on its own merits and only then think of ways in which it may be flawed.

But even this is not enough.  The core values of humanity – integrity, compassion and so many others that are at the core of who we are – do not come from rational empiricism.  If fact, rational empirical logic, in and of itself, cannot yield values or imperatives of any kind.  It is the imperatives that we choose that condition our logic.  We’ve talked before about the logic of courage versus the logic of fear.  Both can be perfectly logical and self-consistent and yet yield diametrically opposed conclusions.  The logic of the Newtonian worldview and the logic of personal development are likewise incompatible.  Positivist/materialist points of view and spiritual philosophies are ultimately speaking two different languages, and thus find it difficult even to find meaningful grounds of debate.

And that is exactly why rational argument is not enough.  All authentic ancient traditions hold that their core value is the development of the human person.  The criterion, therefore, for any truth that they profess can be verified through its positive impact on the state of human life.  The authentic teachings of these traditions are not abstract things thought up by the rational mind, but are deeply and inextricably linked to the essence and the proper functioning of the human organism in relation to the rest of the universe.  The teachings are verified by experience.

That, in turn, gives us a leg up, because we know that to really reach someone does not mean to out-argue them.  It means changing the values and imperatives that they’re starting from, by demonstrating the alternative.  This means both living out that alternative, and demonstrating it in our approach to discussion.

 

Discussion is fundamentally different from debate in that it is not a contest (well, depending on your personality profile!).   It’s an exchange of ideas.  The exchange of ideas between open minds should give both parties something to think about.  Just because I am sure of my core values doesn’t mean that I’ve thought of everything, or that I can’t profit by taking in other points of view.  I reflect on what I hear, and, if warranted, modify my thinking accordingly.  This sounds so obvious, but the open mind is increasingly a lost art in our polarized society.  Above all, your ego should not be at stake in discussion.  It’s not possible to successfully make the case for philosophies advocating kindness while your ego is on the line.

 

When making your case, it is helpful to structure your arguments to reach not just the rational mind, but the inner person.  To do this, you have to realize the other person’s emotional investment in their own beliefs and programming.  That means going slowly.  First of all, give them only as much as they can digest.  Start them on a line of thinking now that you intend to fill in much later, so that their subconscious has time to chew on it.  Give them a reason to be curious, to want to learn more.  Once they start genuinely asking questions, they’ve let down part of their emotional defense mechanism.

To get past the rest, they have to get to the point of making the decision, “I will follow this line of thought even if it makes me uncomfortable or upsets my beliefs, so that I can objectively assess its value.”  From there, the next step is to approach the imperative or core value which is the real difference between your positions.  Even this can be done indirectly, through stories and examples.

 

Remember that people bring their own filters, emotional traumas, personal histories, social prejudices and personalities to bear on every argument, and what you are saying is not necessarily what they’re hearing.  In public relations and advertising, it’s proverbial that you should consult the people who know your audience the best.  You can actually recruit your audience by not trying to give them the full, comprehensive picture.  Answer their questions, but don’t take every opportunity to hammer your own point home.  Give them the pieces, but let them put the puzzle together.  Realizations that people come to on their own are more powerful than outside arguments, because the person knows how to express it to themselves.  In other words, you farm out some of the work of constructing your case to those to whom you are speaking (or writing).

 

These approaches to making a case are designed to give the other person the best chance of letting their own internal guidance system come into play.  Each person really does have within their own being the tools they need to measure the truth of any important position.  Truth is not an intellectual proposition, but a living thing, life itself, and we know truth because our health as beings depends on it.  Thus, these tools are intended to bypass the emotional baggage that normally drowns out that inner guidance system.

All of these approaches carry corresponding personal value for us.  By being willing to let down our own emotional guard and ideological preconceptions and take in points of view – the more diverse the better – that make us uncomfortable, we can use them to sharpen and adjust our own points of view.  One of the most valuable things you can do is to study history, because history teaches us the vastness of diversity in human points of view, values and imperatives.  “The unexamined life is not worth living,” Socrates said.  We owe it to ourselves as seekers of the truth to value the little bits of truth we can find almost anywhere, because what is true enhances our being and that of everyone around us.  We likewise owe it to ourselves to understand the traps that have led so many people, now and throughout history, to abandon truth, love, compassion, integrity and everything else that is at the core of human realization.

 

The truly open mind is a rare gift, and the mind of a seeker must always be open.  It is for that reason that so many seekers arrive at truths that cut across the grain of popular society.  They defy conventional science, conventional medicine, conventional psychology, and they make it work.  They transcend the political spectrum and countless other mechanisms that are used to divide and simplify society.  The seeker does not fear complexity, because he has an inner compass with which to navigate it.

So, in the end, the only path to complete inner integrity and self-knowledge (and the incomparable health and life benefits that come from that) is the path where you relinquish your emotional attachment to what you think you know and remain open to what is really true.  This extraordinarily uncomfortable place of UNKNOWING is something that all of us must pass through.  And it is then and only then that TRUTH can reveal itself to you.  And it will do so.  It cannot NOT reveal itself to you at that point, because universal law says it must.

Alas, very few people have a burning desire to discover TRUTH.  That burning desire is the only reliable mark of the true Warrior.

~ Dr. Symeon Rodger 🙂

 


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