The True Way To Accessing Your Natural Ability and Potential

Last night before I turned out my light, I contemplated the idea of potential and natural ability. What is it that drives us? What are the things that we gravitate to that are inspired by our own desires and not of the influences forced upon us? How do we truly flourish when we feel others should come before us? Or if we take credit for something we didn’t actually do or express a thought that didn’t come from our own mind?

How DO we access our true potential without giving in to pressures or taking an easy way out to obtain limited or imagined success? By this I mean, when we limit our potential by following a dream that is not our own or when we go along with ‘the plan’ because we don’t want to rock the boat–that is, when we function only as a contributor to someone else’s potential and success and not our own. It may feel good to be part of the ‘team’, but as individual creators it does not serve us.

With these thoughts in mind, I did a reading to gain more clarity and answers for people who may be struggling with this issue. Firstly, we need to understand ourselves and know precisely what it is we desire to accomplish. What actions need to be taken to reach our full potential?

The cards offered a remarkable response.

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To access our natural ability and harness our true potential, we need to think like The Hanged Man.

The Hanged Man tells us that there is an inner peace, serenity and happiness in being misunderstood. He is content in knowing that he is furthering his own agenda and spiritual growth by following what his heart tells him.

The Hanged Man is not distressed by how others perceive him. Though he may be ridiculed, shunned, shamed and ostricized, he does not allow himself to be swayed or pressured out of his own beliefs. He is okay being the butt of a joke because he knows he is doing what is right for himself whether others understand him or not.

The Hanged Man’s peace comes from being true, sincere and authentic.

Once we can appreciate the serenity that comes with sometimes being misunderstood, wisdom will come from the experience that is obtained by cutting our cords of attachment to things that no longer serve us.

Temperance is about balancing what is in our hearts and our minds.  We can obtain equilibrium by giving to others, but we need to give to ourselves as well to maintain balance.

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Most telling about this reading is the appearance of the three cards above. They are the only three cards in the entire deck that have someone turned fully around and walking away. These three are in step and actively leaving the scene.

If we are to allow our nature to blossom and tap into our full potential, we must not allow the the words of others to stop us. We can’t always expect others to help us in our endeavors and we can’t expect even loved ones to side with us.

DSC03791We need to walk away from people and situations that are not in alignment with our desires. We have to know that the extra work, dissenting voices and even times of loneliness are all contributing to what is best for us. It gives us strength, fortitude and eventually, the calm of The Hanged Man.

And in the end, we don’t even need to say “I told you so.” because people will know who was correct all along.

— Librocio Knows

 

 

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Are We Poisoning Ourselves With ‘Goodness’?

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I like to think that most people are genuinely caring individuals who strive for fairness and encourage love of their fellow man. Deep down, I think we all want that, but sometimes it drives us to imbalance.  We start to see injustice wherever we look and choose not to see when things are actually going well for us. Our good intentions of ‘righting a wrong’ by becoming angry or emotional simply creates more of the negative vibration we seek to eliminate.

Everything Vibrates. Vibrational energy works in a two-fold way. It is put out and attracts more of a similar type energy (good or bad), it builds on the expended energy and returns to the source with more than it started out with. So if you put positive out, you get more in return. This holds true with whatever type of energy expressed by either your thoughts or actions.

I did a reading yesterday that exemplified this idea.

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DSC03636The Reading: When we become so blinded by doing what we think is ‘right’ that we go out of our way to hurt, silence or destroy the ability for others to express themselves, we are treading in a deeply delusional space.

We celebrate and feel a sense of victory when we are with like minded participants, but the victory will not be authentic until you walk with your perceived enemy. When that is done you will both have a better understanding and respect for one another that will transcend bitterness, anger and jealousy.  If we avoid confronting issues that put our belief systems in jeopardy, we will be like the Fool who had his chance at spiritual growth, but ignored the opportunity and fell to his doom.

Our short lived victories will ring hollow and in the end we will see that our emotions and denial of nature have left us with nowhere left to go. We’ve reached a dead end that can only be transformed when we go back, understand the lunacy of our behavior, take the hand of our enemy and walk together.

-LIBROCIO KNOWS

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Earth Energy and What My Dog Taught Me

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There’s a bumber sticker on a car I see all the time that says, “Be The Person Your Dog Sees You As”. I love that because it reminds us that our pets don’t judge us and want only to love us and to experience the feeling of love in return. They are all about the win-win situation!

Our sweet Boston Terrier Chuy inspires the idea for a different bumber sticker that should read, “Be The Person That Your Dog Is”!  The word ‘dog’ has been used to denigrate people for ages, but like so many things in our world today it is a horrible inversion of truth. People shouldn’t refer to others as dogs, but if they do, they’re really only paying their enemy a compliment.  I am a better person because of my dogs and I am still learning from them.  Love, compassion, patience, natural intelligence…they have so much to teach us.

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The most recent lesson Chuy has taught and reminded me of is the importance of our connection to Earth.

I get Chuy out for a walk around the neighborhood once or twice a day and a priority for him is to find grass to roll around in. It’s something he does with passion and exudes a pure joy that I never get tired of watching. After some thought I realized that he was connecting to the healing powers of the earth. His playful  rolling went beyond having fun, I sensed that he was charging up just like we do when we ground ourselves before meditation!

This morning we went out to the park and enjoyed a great expanse of grass where he ran with joy and rolled and rolled and rolled…soaking up all that incredible energy from the earth and literally bathed in the morning dew.

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I was not one to let a good opportunity go to waste and did just as this wise pup did and  ran along side him and soaked up the potent energy of earth myself.

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We can’t forget or take for granted the gifts around us and the powers that come from the earth that heal us, ground us and get us more connected to consciousness.  It’s time to free yourself of distractions, technology, and opinions. Find a quiet place, feel the natural energies around you, connect to it. Be conscious of the fact that you are a part of this divine force. Even if it’s just a small corner in your yard, it’s time to do something. Start small, know you are connected and build on that.

As a seeker of knowledge and understanding, I’ve come a long way and it’s been a long road. In the past I have attempted opening the eyes of others through various means, but have been met only with resistence. Since then I’ve learned that change can only come when we want it to. We can get guidance and have support, but that decision can not come from arm-twisting or pressure from anyone, it has to come from ourselves.

It is a lifetime’s work, but as you walk this path, each day gives you a sense of accomplishment that the material world can not hold a candle to. It’s time to make a conscious decision to remove yourself from the things in life that work against your nature.

If you have a dog, follow their lead.  If you have questions, drop me an email.

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Self Transformation Can Get Ugly


TRIGGEREDI have become fascinated by horror movies where people are transformed into monsters. The idea that a poison takes over or a contamination turns someone into a fiendish creature is an interesting theme for a movie, but the reality is that we are doing it to ourselves quite openly all the time.

Triggered. Child tantrums have made way for adult meltdowns and seriously low karmic behavior goes from the periodic to standard practice. We use labels and fear to justify our behavior, opt for selective outrage and express intolerance for anyone who refuses to take part in our rage.

Self Transformation and goals of attaining greater consciousness and atunement with Divine energy requires the type of self reflection and contemplation that results in clarity.  Without clarity and awareness, we can’t see or experience our actual reality and our emotions blind us and prevent us from experiencing equilibrium and happiness.

Maintaining balance in a world that appears designed to throw us off our game is not always easy even when we are fully aware of our triggers. Instinctively we yearn for balance. Tension, hostility, doubt, uncertainty, fear…all these things are byproducts of the misery brought on by a lack of balance.

It is a Law of Nature that if you express hatred and anger, that’s what you get more of in your life. It will even express itself in the way you look. We all owe it to ourselves to calm the beast within and understand that the real monsters are not exterior to us.

The image here is from the 80s horror film The Beast Within and the title should  be reflected on by anyone who struggles with responsibility and blame.

Your personal growth and self-transformation is going to take more than repeating a few inspirational quotes and jumping on a culty New Age bandwagon. It might get ugly before the rainbows and unicorns start appearing. But never fear, you are not alone.

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Finding Yourself

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We all want to understand our purpose and for most of us that will require a process of change and self transformation. Positive change will shake the effects of our influences and will bring about a greater understanding of our habits and motivations.

Lasting change is a process that includes a strong desire, dedication, reflection and will.

Your greatest first challenge is in understanding who you are. I am not talking about the labels that are imposed upon you by society. I’m talking about the inner you that only you can know.

Surviving the New Babylon first means finding yourself among the masses, extricating yourself and discovering the individual buried beneath the labels, peer pressure and expectations of others.

Discovering your true inner self means letting go of what you think you know and believe in and to simply start over.  That means spending time reflecting and in meditation. Giving time to youself and your thoughts alone.

You will begin to better understand your emotions and why you perceive things the way that you do. Connecting with your inner self, remembering things and making connections to your past will give you insight into why certain triggers can easily upset you or why some things put you in unusually good moods.

Reflection is a stage of work that will allow you to live with greater awareness. You will come to conclusions and make decisions more consciously, instead of allowing your inner conscious, or subconscious to make decisions for you. You will start to trust yourself more and believe in your intuition. Many wonderful things will start to happen, but you have to start laying the groundwork and that requires time and commitment.

I hope you will find some inspiration in this short post. There is a lot more to be said on the subject and I will continue posting on the process of self transformation regularly. This will also be covered in greater depth in my book, Post-Sanity: Surviving the New Babylon which will initially be released as an e-book. I am aiming for a Nov-Dec release, so stay tuned, follow along and believe in your transformation and when you do, you’ll start noticing big changes. I guarantee it.

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Where Fear Resides

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I’ve been writing a lot about change as it’s associated with our personal growth and there is much to be said on this subject, but for now I just wanted to drop a quick thought that occurred to me about it.

We’ve all heard about being fearless and taking risks that test our boundaries of comfort. We do things to gain strength and overcome the fear itself. But it occurred to me that the greatest fear that most people have is not something like asking someone out on a date, standing up for ourselves or merging into fast moving traffic. Our greatest fears lie in honestly confronting ourselves.

Confronting ourselves requires a dedication in wanting to make changes that we know deeply effect our thinking, reasoning and emotions. It means understanding ourselves better, it means addressing feelings and issues that may be uncomfortable and unpleasant.

We fear the secrets we keep buried deep down and if we’re honest, we know that by understanding our deeper selves some of our current beliefs and feelings will change. We instinctively know that a paradigm shift can be painful and disruptive, but in order to elevate ourselves and grow in a way that improves our lives and relationships, we must do that work.

So when we think about confronting our fears, let’s start with the big one and ask ourselves those hard questions. What is important? What is my purpose? Why do I feel the way I do? Why do I react the way I do? What really matters to me? Am I happy? Am I being honest with myself?

And always remember, you are never alone.

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Are You In Hell?

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You might gather by my use of the imagery above that this is not necessarily a fuzzy rainbows and group hug New Age spirituality blog. Like tough love, tough graphics work  to get a point across too so time and again I will likely be using some unconventional visuals to accompany my writing.

When I came across this photo from Clive Barker’s Hellraiser it reminded me of why I started doing the work that I’m doing.

When you become more in tune with your true inner being; when awareness shifts and your priorities change, more meaning can be gathered from your every day experiences.  Subtlties scream out. You begin to see people a bit differently and sense something about them that maybe they are not even aware of. You start to see the dissatisfaction around you. There is a sense of loss that people exude. They think the emptiness can be filled by jumping on causes, binge watching tv, downloading a new App or getting more ‘likes’ on a post. It’s a never ending battle to find and express meaning in a world where our digital cries for attention are replaced by something else within seconds of our putting them out there.

Besides the hellish digital world in which we live, I have started to feel as if hell really is on earth. From hateful music and horrible television programming that is passed off as entertainment, to the casual sexualizing of children and the constant calls for violence and fear mongering in the news and on late night, it’s enough to make you pause and wonder. How did we become so desensitized to violence and so quick to desregard the thoughts and opinions of others in favor of expressing our displeasure in everything? Is it the meds, programming or simply a distraction from doing what really needs to be done? (And we know what that is.)

When I was a kid in the 80s, a holdover line from the late-70s was ‘Kill the Hippies!’. Back then it was funny, it was a joke that nobody would every actually follow through on, it was punk rock.  Now we’ve lost our sense of humor as well as our reasoning.

Let’s rise above the cesspool, find that person deep within and nuture him or her. Give your love and attention to the person that matters most, you. Let’s come to some conclusions and understanding by consulting ourselves. Let’s understand our motives and feelings. Let’s use our reasoning abilities and cognitive skills instead of acting out emotionally.  We need to find our purpose and get a better understanding of why we are here in the first place.

Things in the world will never be perfect, but we can at least try to get to a place that feels better within ourselves and it’s not going to happen when we focus on everything else besides what’s going on within–and that’s the work that needs to be done.

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Accept This Truth

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I have been trying to get my point across for as long as I can remember.  I have lingering memories of questioning things and wanting answers, my Lilliputian defiance demanded it. It’s no surprise that this photo came to mind as I considered the starting point for this blog.

Even here at the age of four, I can almost recall a sense of knowing something about the world that was not told to me, but was just there in my mind to ask about and then confront adults when their actions veered from the sensical.

I’ve learned a lot since this time and am much less confrontational. I’ve come to understand that there is no such thing as a single truth and that each person creates his own version of what truth is, whether it is based in reality or not.

One of our purposes in life is to understand truth, but in order to grasp this, we first need to know ourselves. When we think about knowing ourselves, it doesn’t mean the labels we attach to our physical being–parent, teacher, friend, traveler, advisor, mechanic,  activist, artist…the labels are infinite. And neither are we our sex, race, marital status or gender.

Labels we use to describe ourselves are great on forms, statistics and classification. They function as a means of telling other people where you fit on the pie chart. All media, advertisers and politicians will then find you on this pie chart from hell and tell you how you should be feeling, what you should accept or reject, what you can be happy or upset about and ‘Don’t worry because we know you, so you don’t have to’.

Knowing yourself is work. Stepping away from cultural and familial pressures and expectations is work. Finding your purpose and discovering your true inner self is work, but there is no better work than inner work.

In the past few years I have gone through some dramatic change and have had some intense inner discoveries. My life and worldview has dramatically improved. I have clarity where there was once uncertainty and distraction and as I continue to move forward I would like nothing more than for others to be on a path of discovery right along with me.

Like the mouthy child in the photo above, I have much more to say and will be sharing my insights, thoughts and personal experiences with anyone who cares to hear about them. I encourage comments and questions as well.

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– JIM

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