Mastering Self – My Notes

While the audio version of this is airing in podcast on K WAVe 6 Radio, here are my notes for that podcast:

  1. Living in a time when hedonism and narcissism is rampant;
  2. Degrees, diplomas, certificates… anything that speaks of our importance/differences, things that separate, not unite – the documentary Kumaré;Steve+Allen+0001
  3. An inability, or lack of desire to see what is in plain sight, or hidden [though it’s easy to see] – mass media, alternative media – our own ability to discern;
  4. Yielding to popular thoughts and ideas – not learning [because we’re too busy conforming];
  5. Purchasing [material goods] without regard to [the cost on the ecology in] manufacturing;
  6. Spiritual leaders ignored – some should be – the ancient [spiritual leaders that were true leaders for the good of all] were ignored;
  7. Are you a leader, follower, or an individual?
  8. Community vs. Individuality.  Can you be an individual in a/your community?
  9. Can you be “saved” or “ascend” as a community, or only as an individual?

The sentences with square brackets “[ ]” have been added so you can have a better idea of my thoughts.

I hope the nine lines above help you in your quest to Master Yourself.

All the best! 


Just Kick It!


When I got this picture, I wanted to write something around the thought in it, and I still may do so, BUT since this has been a busy week for me, and seemingly for many of you, I thought this to be a nice way to start our weekends!

Have a great weekend everyone!  … and Kick It!  🙂


Follow Your…

First:  It’s my intention this week to build on a theme/a thought that will come to an ultimate conclusion which so far seems to be ending sometime next week – we shall see;

Second:  Starting in about 12 hours (these posts are usually posting at 12:15 am U.S. central time), there will be more posts from my friend Heidi.  Just for the record, I’m apolitical, but Heidi is just the opposite.  She has some unique views for you the reader and for those that are politically motivated.

All that’s written here is for you Think about!


e·mo·tion   [ih-moh-shuhn] 
1. an affective state of consciousness in which joy, sorrow, fear, hate, or the like, is experienced, as distinguished from cognitive and volitional states of consciousness.
2. any of the feelings of joy, sorrow, fear, hate, love, etc.
3. any strong agitation of the feelings actuated by experiencing love, hate, fear, etc., and usually accompanied by certain physiological changes, as increased heartbeat or respiration, and often overt manifestation, as crying or shaking.
4. an instance of this.
5. something that causes such a reaction: the powerful emotion of a great symphony.

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in·tu·i·tion   [in-too-ish-uhn, -tyoo-]
1. direct perception of truth, fact, etc., independent of any reasoning process; immediate apprehension.
2. a fact, truth, etc., perceived in this way.
3. a keen and quick insight.
4. the quality or ability of having such direct perception or quick insight.
5. Philosophy .
a. an immediate cognition of an object not inferred or determined by a previous cognition of the same object.
b. any object or truth so discerned.
c. pure, untaught, noninferential knowledge.

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If your life is anything like mine, you often see, hear, read, or even tell others, “Follow your heart, it won’t lie to you.”  There is a problem with this expression – to follow ones heart means to follow ones emotions.  To follow your heart/your emotions, is dangerous and confusing… just ask almost any man how he likes to deal with emotions – not that men are devoid of emotions by any means.  What I mean here is; think back to some time(s) in your life where someones heart/emotions made a decision and what the outcome was.  Most such memories will present “bad” memories.  What’s even worse?  We still make decisions from our “feelings”.

On the other hand, what is meant by, “Follow your heart…” is, ‘follow your intuition.’  Intuition is what some of us call, ‘hearing that still, very tranquil voice that you know is part of you, but not you.’  That voice which when we listen and act upon what we hear, we learn it will not lead us in a way that will bring harm to ourselves, nor even others.  It’s difficult to trust that ‘voice’ from time-to-time, mainly because it tells us something that may take us away from our self-interest, but the more you act on what you ‘hear’ or know to be true, the greater the trust you develop with that ‘inner voice‘.

More on this tomorrow!

Have a wonderful week… and trust that inner voice!

Safety in…?


There’s an old adage, “There’s safety in numbers.”  As I grew up, this meant that we should try to either get others to go with us (as my father tried to get me to do when I decided to go hitchhiking around the U.S. in the early and mid ’70’s), or to follow the crowd.  For some, doing just that, ‘going with the crowd’ is what makes them happy, and if you’re like me, don’t knock those that find security in doing this, not everyone can be free-spirited.

At an early age, I learned to depend on myself and one far more superior to myself.  Yes, I’m a theist and I’ll leave it at that.  However, the belief in myself and Patron has taken me to MANY places that others – that have told me – have been envious of… others that have the “follow the crowd” mentality scorn me to this day.  For those that can not, or will not accept my individuality, my freedom… I kindly say, “I’m sorry, but I’d never give up the adventures I’ve had and will have merely for security and a sense of belonging, when the comradeship I’ve witnessed is false.

Because I am a theist, and through my many experiences, I’ve come to know a security in Patron and in self that only others such as I have experienced.

Life is a journey.  Journey on friends!


This Week…

This week, there is a four-part series titled, “2012: the Year of Understanding and Change?” starting in 12 hours from the time of this post.  The series is provided in a pdf format file, so to read it just click on the link and it will open for you.

This series tells a bit about the author’s experience with Freemasons, learned material about what 2012 can bring, but not necessarily what it will bring, and a few other things of value for you, the reader to ponder.

As always, Thoughts for Growth is here to help you to see things differently and when possible, help you find YOUR answers – the answers are in each and every one of us – love, respect and trust yourself and your answers will become so evident they’ll even surprise you!

All the best!

Related Article:Here is a link to Businessweek magazine and an article
titled: "France: Where Freemasons Are Still Feared", a worthwhile read.
English: Square & compasses (Insignia of Freem...

English: Square & compasses (Insignia of Freemasons) carved into stone. Part of the foundation stone on a masonic hall situated in the centre of Lancaster in the UK. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)