Let’s get one thing straight; just because I talk about spirituality, doesn’t mean I’m religious! Far from it. In fact, I’m dead against organised religion of any sort. Big institutions are not needed in order for people to follow the basic and profound teachings which underpin all religions. Besides, these organisations have caused as much pain as they have helped, through wars in their name, corruption and the controlling of society through needless, harsh rules.
But the basic principles of the major religions are actually very similar. The men who these religions were born from (Christ, Krishna, Buddha, Mohammed) were all trying to teach the same message; to be kind to one another and to realise that we have the power within us to do whatever our heart desires. These gurus weren’t attempting to set up a religion! Other people decided on that. And all this bullshit about heaven, a cushy afterlife that we have to somehow suffer for now in order to attain once we die – what a waste of time! A waste of life.
Today, as I write, is World Suicide Prevention Day. There seems to be a special #day for everything these days but if there’s one subject that truly deserves to be highlighted for its own 24 hours, it is this one.
Samaritans Suicide Statistics Report 2017
6,188 suicides were registered in the UK
The highest suicide rate in the UK was for men aged 40–44
Rates have increased in the UK (by 3.8%) since 2014
In the UK, female suicide rates are at their highest in a decade.
Male rates remain consistently higher than female suicide rates – around 3 times higher
Less than 5 years ago, I was very close to becoming just another number on those statistics. As it is Suicide Prevention Day, I feel it is my duty to speak out for the very first time in life, about how I managed to stay alive.
Perhaps the biggest limiting belief I had that needed to be crushed before I could even think about getting the life of my dreams, was my negative attitude towards money. I began to realise that my thoughts and subsequent actions revolving around those bits of paper and metal, were seriously holding me back. It took a few months of work, analysing and deconstructing thoughts that had lived with me since I was a child and replacing them with positive ones but I eventually got to the stage where I viewed money in a totally new light. If only I’d read “Rich Dad, Poor Dad” back then! Because this book not only will destroy any negative limiting beliefs on the subject, it also tells you exactly how to get hold of the stuff and make it work for you. This is practical, actionable stuff – not just law of attraction visualisations and affirmations.
OK it’s time to finally come clean! I’ve been hiding the truth from you. Being a bit coy with what’s going on in my life. You see, until recently, there was still a part of me that was scared. Worried that all the good things which had started to manifest in my life, were going to be whipped away from me, like a tablecloth in a magician’s trick. I started to get uncomfortable, panicky feelings that my future was out of my control and that one change of heart from one individual could bring my hopes crashing to the bottom of a canyon. Because of this, I haven’t dared write about the specifics of what is happening in my life. I also risked feeling like a complete fool if I told you all this exciting news only to have to report that none of it was actually happening. But I’ve had a paradigm shift lately.
This is the man who I was totally obsessed with almost every day for an entire YEAR. I was enthralled by the wisdom spewed forth from this charismatic young Brit. Before, I had always thought YouTube was just full of clips of cats on skateboards, music videos and immature humour for teens. I had no idea it was a treasure trove of audio books, useful how-to videos and most fascinatingly, vlogs. Everyday people sharing their knowledge.
It’s been 18 months since I started on a path of self development in an attempt to radically change my life into something special, rather than the savage, empty mess it had become. I call it my spiritual awakening because that seems to be the term used most often by people who have experienced the same startling upheavals. Here are the 10 biggest changes which occurred in my life during this period:
Drug overdose deaths in the US have reached record highs and many of them are from legally prescribed medication. Russell Brand takes a look at why this could be in his YouTube series “The Trews” (True News). This ties in well with one of the key messages I try to get across on this blog: meds are NOT the answer and never will be, to anxiety or depression. All pain comes from a much deeper level.
I keep hearing from people that they can’t help what they are thinking. That it’s not their fault they can’t be in a happy place. That they can’t just choose to be positive. But is any of that true? Can we choose our thoughts? Speaking as someone who had anxiety and overcame anxiety I feel I’m in a reasonable position to make an unbiased judgement. My initial opinion would be that no, we can’t choose our thoughts. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t choose to be positive. It doesn’t mean you can’t choose to at least try to move towards being happier. Let me explain!
Do you think the illnesses in your body are totally out of your control? Do you believe that your genes are to blame for all your health issues and bad luck? Then you NEED to read Bruce Lipton’s “The Biology of Belief”! I read it a year ago and can honestly say it’s one of a small handful of books that I believe not only should be studied in all schools but had a huge effect in turning my life around. This is a groundbreaking book about the relatively new science of epigenetics, which has been proven to show that environmental factors have a greater effect on our body than our genes. It proves how our DNA is NOT set in concrete and does NOT 100% control our destiny. In fact, DNA can be altered by outside influences and that includes OUR OWN MINDS! The key message of this book is that if you learn to think in the correct manner, you can essentially change who you are.
We live in an age where it’s never been easier to make money, become successful and do whatever we want with our lives. Most of you reading this will be living in a democratic (roughly), developed nation with freedom for its citizens and access to the internet and so there is no excuse for not being able to attain what you desire. If you read that and thought:
“You can’t say that, you don’t know me, you don’t know my circumstances, you don’t know how hard that is for me!”
then I urge you to watch the film “The Pursuit of Happyness” starring Will Smith.