Saturday, 25 September 2021

Better Than That.

“Never complain about what you permit.” ― Dr. Mike Murdock.

As strange as it might sound, this is the reality of a great many. They go to jobs they do not like. Worship at churches they despise, and the examples goes on and on. The live the part fo one who is unable to decide. Yet, as we shared yesterday, the moment of decision is where fate and destinies are decided. Guess what these undecided fellows get? The very crumb, the left overs.

Such are, as it were sleeping through life. They are the people pleasers, don't rock the boat type of people. Yet they are unhappy, bitter set of people. As it were the issue so their lives has not grabbed them. They are smiling in their suffering, like the proverbial moaning dog sitting on a nail. They are not looking for solution to the issues of their lives. Rather, they are looking for pity parties.

They crave to be the center fo attraction, not for the good they have done, but to be worried over and for. That, for them, is the cheapest route to glory. How so sorrowful and truly pitiable are this ones? They have been deceived. They have been done for. They are the no future ambition set of people. They are ever seeking never getting, ever learning, never grasping type of people.

Such are who the Apostle Paul complained about in Corinthian. While they were expected to be teachers, they remain students. Ever amazed, never comprehending. Such are so quick to be in wonder. "That is deep," they say. Yes, deep, but not too deep for you to understand. Ask your question. Rather, such make such pronouncement more to excuse their need to comprehend, but would rather be told what to do.

I sure know none of these describes you. You are better than that. You are on top of the affairs of your life. You are not leaving any stone unturned. You are grabbing as you have been grabbed. You are here to win, and winning you will. You respect yourself enough to live to your commitments. You are disciplined. You have a vision and you are pressing towards the same.

I know you, and I duff my hat for you.

St. Akin de Great.

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Friday, 24 September 2021

Book Club with St. Akin de Sage - B2 - Week 16: Chapter Fifteen. (Second...

The Word our Differentiation (2/2).

Our differentiation is in each of us coming to the waters to drink of our own. [John 4:14, 7:38, 17:17; Isaiah 12:3; Psalm 36:8; Revelations 21:6-8, 22:1-2] It is in laying down our burdens at His feet, and leaving them there. [Mathew 11:28-29] it is in receiving the fullness of all that He Has already offered. [John 1:16] That is what gives the Father pleasure. No wonder the Psalmist says,

“Let them shout for joy and be glad, Who favor my righteous cause; And let them say continually, “Let the Lord be magnified, Who has pleasure in the prosperity of His servant.”” (Psalm 35:27, NKJV)

It is the Father's pleasure to give us the kingdom.

© 2017 Akin Akinbodunse.

I Got This.

“It is in your moments of decision that your destiny is shaped.” — Tony Robbins.

I guess we have already established the truth no one has any definite pre-recorded destiny or fate. We all determine our own destiny and fate. We are the masters of our destiny and fate. Why? We are the captain of our soul - our intellect, will and emotions. Where and how we direct our soul determines our destiny and fate. Not directing it is directing it. It is leaving it to be directed by the winds and waves of life.

The winds and waves only result in a ship being tossed to and fro, motion, no movement; run aground, or capsize; and drawn downstream, where all the dirt goes. It is to be at the mercy of the negative gravitational pull of life. It is to have our life go south, down the drain in every sense of the word. That is the sure destiny of those who do not have a WHY, purpose, and intent for their life.

We are the captain of our intellect. We decide what fills it - junk or nutritious ingredients for a healthy and wholesome life. Remember the saying leaders are readers? Why? The decide to feed their mind with all they need. They decide to gain wisdom, not with their own experience only, but by standing on the shoulders of other. Thereby they game speed, momentum, to do much more with a relative short period.

More so they don't have to re-invent the wheel or repeat other people's mistakes. They can afford to start from a higher pedestal. We are the captain of our will. The onus is ours to learn how to say no to the wrong things, and yes to the right things. We are responsible human beings. We always have a choice. We can decide. We do decide, for not deciding is deciding to do wrong.  

Nothing in life has to be done. All we do, and whatsoever we do is because we chose to do it. The good things of life don't come by chance. They come by choice. They come by change. Change is the only certain thing in life. Wisdom is learning how to use change in our favor. We are the captain of our emotions. This is measured on what is known as the neuroticism spectrum or scale. 

Neuroticism is the extent to which one is not in control of his or her emotions. This is could also be coin to mean or dictate the extent to which one is mentally sick, or potential to be. Neuroticism is one of the big five personal traits. The others being Extraversion (or Introversion), Agreeableness, Conscientiousness, and Openness. (Do you know where you stand on these? Below is a link to a self test.)

At the same time Neuroticism happens to be one of the four characteristics determining a person's disposition to life. The other three being, Locus of Control (LOC), Self-Efficacy and Self-Esteem. These goes in no small way to explain the importance of emotions to the makeup and success of a person. This is further supported by the relative placing of Emotional Intelligence in the Intelligent Quotient rating.

You have to get a hold of yourself and direct you in the direction of your set goals, dreams, aspirations and vision. The presupposes you have those destinations already mapped out. If not, what are you waiting for? The cavalry ain't coming. Help is not coming from anywhere. You got this. It's your show. It's your life. You got to rise tot the occasion of life. Be done with all the excuses and craving for pity.

There is nothing to be pitied about you. You are complete. You are whole. You've got all it take. All you need you ALREADY have. All you don't have, you don't need. Make a decision today as to the destination you want your life to get to, and start today, where you are to marshal yourself in that direction. You got to start today, not tomorrow. Today is your day of salvation. Don't miss it.

St. Akin de Great.

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Thursday, 23 September 2021

I Had to Die to Live.

“Nothing that you have not given away will ever be really yours.” — Clive Staples (C. S.) Lewis.

Now, this is a difficult one. A lot of people I know will say, "this is deep." Yet I see it proven in my daily walk and short pilgrimage. I am sure you see it also, for it is a universal principle and law. Just may be you have not noticed or rightly categorized it. Whatever you have not truly given away is not yours. It will forever elude you, especially when you want it most.

Whatever you have not given away, or cannot give away, has the mastery over your heart. It has you. You don't have it. It is your god. It controls you. It is outside you grasp. Whatever association it has with you is only temporal, not permanent. May be that is why the holy book says, "except a grain of wheat falls to the ground and die, it abide alone." 

Death is the birth of life. Life and Death are the "yin and yang" of nature. One cannot do without the other. One leads to the other. Until we die, we cannot truly live. For us to truly live we have to die. Twenty-five (25) years ago I had to break from a love relationship I had been pursuing for 11 years, as at then. I was young, stupid, and sincere, and pursued with all my heart.

Perhaps it never was because it became an idol for me. My friend possibly saw in me a desperation. The parting words she had for me were, "I was too good to a fault." I took and over looked a lot of fault of hers all in a bid for peace and her overture. She possibly saw a desperate person. She would have probably done more with one who responded to her shortcomings. That is my story.

I grew up a bit on the anxious side. Always careful not to miss it. May be that's the reason I was susceptible to depression. My lessons from these episodes include the fact nothing is worth dying for. You lose one, you gain another, even better one. That which is yours will never pass you by. If it does, it was not yours. Yours is coming. Wait. Nothing is worth being anxious or in a hurry for.

"Wilt thou set thine eyes upon that which is not? For riches [happiness, joy, wealth, health, life, etc.] certainly build themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle toward the heavens." [The Holy Book]
Carl Gustav Young puts it like this, "Hurry is not of the devil; hurry is the devil." Dallas Willard, adds, "Hurry I step greatest enemy of spiritual life in our day." 

Dallas Willard advice to us all is, "You must ruthlessly  eliminate hurry from your life." Don't get cut up in its web. 

St. Akin de Great.

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Fate Does Not Exist (3/6).

In fact, what we popularly refer to as fate, is no fate at all. There truly is no fate. Nothing is destined to happen. Everything occurs or does not according to the Law of Cause and Effect. Some we understand and some we do not. Irrespective though, it is always in our power as to what we do with them, how we allow them to affect us, and who we become in spite of (or with) them. 

What we know as and call fate is the refusal to take charge and direct the course of our life. It is our refusal to take charge of our own destiny. It is our refusal to come up with our own goals, and press for their fulfillment. "Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate." (Carl Gustav Jung)

Fate is the alibi of the lazy of hands, mind, and spirit. It is the submission to life's downward and negative pull, which is the destiny of those who will do nothing, i.e. not take charge of their own course. A ship does not get to its destination by simply subjecting itself to the mercy of the winds and waves. No! No!! No!!! 

The ship knows its course and sets its sail aright to utilize the wind to its advantage, in reaching its predetermined destination. It is no prisoner to the winds and the waves. Rather, it uses them to its full advantage in achieving its set goals. It does not get to its destination by fate. No! No!! No!!! It is a predetermined outcome, ensured by the action it takes. It is an active process, not a passive one.

Fate is for the passive, no future ambition folks, not you. You life and success are for the taking. You either take hold of and ensure it, or it will be taken from you. If you are going to be happy in life and fulfilled, it is not gojng to happen by chance. Nothing good happens by chance. All that is good comes by an active involvement in the issues of life. You have to swim upstream, not allow life to sweep you downstream.

St. Akin de Great.

Wednesday, 22 September 2021

Controlled By What Feeds Me.

“Men are moved by two levers only: fear and self-interest.” – Napoleon Bonaparte.

Tony Robbins, will rather call it Fear and Pleasure. It was from him I learned this principle, as I read his books, "Awaken the Giant Within" and "Unleash the Power Within," decades ago. The second was rather more technical, and more difficult for my young mind to digest. Tony sold me on the key, instinctive,  motivations for every one of us - fear and pleasure, or self-interest, as Napoleon would rather have it.

What's your take on it? Do you agree with Tony and Napoleon? Or, you think other factors come into play? Why do you do what you do? Why is it important to know? It is important to know, as Tony spells out in his second book because you can direct it. You can use it to your advantage, rather than allowing it to use you. That was the whole essence of Tony's second book, which I can now better decipher, from my knowledge of metaphysics.

The average person, deceptively thinks him or herself to be rational. Really? Unknown to such they are being controlled, teleguided. They are only simply using their rationale to justify their action. That way they have an appearance of control. Appearance is all that is to it. Mere smoke. The substance is the programming and conditioning running their life, irrespective of their awareness of it. 

Carl Gustav Jung puts it this way, “Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.” What a lot of us call fate today ain't fate. They are predictable outcomes. You have gotten the result of the things feeding something on the inside of you, be it via the instrument of fear, or self-interest. 

In an unconscious, or should I better say the subconscious state, we are all mercilessly selfish. Our subconsciousness only works for our own interests. And, will only produce a result which is in conformance and congruency to what it is used to, its programming and conditioning, irrespective of every other thing.

Are you aware of the conditioning and programming your life is running on? Do you think it is worth knowing? Do you like the results your life is producing? If yes, then do more of it. If not, You need to change some things in your programming and conditioning. You need to be aware of the wrong beliefs and values that might be doing you in. Then, you need to replace them with a new empowering story, conditioning, programming, belief, and value system.

You can. You will. You must.

St. Akin de Great.

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