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Are You the Superhero of Your Neighborhood?

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I had no clue Spider-Man was fighting crime 3 blocks from my house!

I had no clue Spider-Man was fighting crime 3 blocks from my house!

Growing up with two older brothers, I had my fair share of exposure to comic books, superheroes and supervillians. My second eldest brother still has over 8,000 comic books in mint condition stored in his basement. He’s very proud of some early X-Men and Hulk issues. He was most upset when several classic ‘The Punisher’ issues got lost during a move. Too bad he didn’t cash out during the comic book boom from 1985 to 1993. At that time, Marvel and DC comics caused more teenage boys arousal than the newest issue of Victoria Secret’s.

I wanted to follow in the footsteps of my big brothers with collecting comic books and comic trading cards, and because they forbid my little greasy fingers from touching their long-term investments. I was most fascinated by the stats of the superheroes. I never got sports stats but man, did I get superhero and supervillian stats.

Hulk:  Height 7” 6′ – Weight 1,015 lbs – Strength 100 tons – Nuclear Blast Direct

Spider Man:  Height 5” 8′ – Weight 155 lbs – Strength 10 tons – Nuclear Blast 10mile radius

Beyonder:  Height 6′ – Weight Unknown – Strength Without Limits – Cannot be destroyed

I would spend hours reading and memorizing the stats of Marvel Superheroes and Supervillians known and unknown. I was absolutely fascinated with the idea of this universe being filled with characters from the Marvel Universe. I was so excited to find out some superheroes and supervillians who were not born with their powers could still ‘get in der’ and mix it up with the rest of them. It gave me hope that quite possibly I to, could be a superhero.

But how to become one?

That question started a 2 year vision quest to become a superhero (come on, I was 11). I read as many comic books, trade journals, and popular mechanics issues I could borrow from the library. I would mastermind with my smarter, older brothers for answers to questions like; how can we produce a web-like substance that shoots from the wrists, is there a breathing technique to give one extraordinary physical strength or stamina, is there currently a reflective material that would make me invisible, would it be better to kill the bad guy and dispose of his body in acid or to stun him and drop him off at the police station? I was in the early stages of learning how to become a vigilante.

I imagined while my neighbors’ turned-in for the evening, I would be suiting-up into my superhero costume with gadgets to begin my neighborhood watch. Scaling trees, looking through windows, checking the safety of electric transformers and making sure no funny business was taking place. Not on my watch dammit! Or maybe I was really in the early stages of learning how to be a creepy stalker in the woods.

What is a ‘superhero’ anyways?

A superhero is defined as; a benevolent fictional character with superhuman powers. Superhuman is defined as; having or showing exceptional ability or powers. Who says we can’t be real life superheros that have the superhuman powers of forgiving someone who has taken your child, loving unconditionally a murderer, being in present moment awareness in the middle of a house fire, or seeing dozens of solutions to a problem where others see none?

My spiritual teacher, Grandmaster Choa Kok Sui, once said, “You can spend 20 years in the Himalayas learning how to levitate your body. But how does that siddhi (yogic power), alleviate the suffering of your fellow man?”

The common superheros powers of flight, x-ray vision, reading minds, superhuman strength and endurance, invisibility, and immortality are cool to think about and from my understanding and background in yogic practices are possible BUT without the refinement of character and the willingness to do good, so what? Look at the Incredible Hulk? Combine his strength with uncontrollable anger and you got a real problem for the neighborhood.

Are you the superhero of your neighborhood? When people are in trouble do they come to you for assistance? Are you seen as a reliable source of superhuman compassion, patience, understanding, and getting things done? Or do you practice your one and only superpower, invisibility? The ability to disappear at will when any crisis arises.

If you want to be a modern day superhero, here are some suggestions:

  • Volunteer at a local food pantry
  • Teach an at-risk youth how to read
  • Sing at your church choir
  • Start a local feeding program for the homeless
  • Babysit for struggling parents
  • Write ‘Thank You’ cards to your three least favorite people
  • Hold a weekly meditation at your house
  • Donate money directly to a cause you believe in
  • Provide mentoring to someone in need of what you know

You can be as creative as you want. Just take action. There is more opportunity to serve within a 5-mile radius of your home than you ever thought possible.

Here are only some of the benefits to serving others:

  • Expanding your heart leading to more inner peace and inner joy
  • Increasing your capacity to serve leading to more energy and power
  • Developing and honing your superpowers leading to mastery
  • Connecting with cool people leading to a larger social network
  • Developing a sense of purpose beyond the ego leading to a smaller ‘I.’
  • Being recognized as a leader within your neighborhood and community

My challenge to you is to do something….anything…to serve your fellow superheroes and supervillians. Find a form of service that resonates with who you are and try it out for a month. If after a month of serving a child, homeless person, aspiring entrepreneur, single parent, or whatever and you realize it was a huge waste of time, then quit. But to make up your mind before ever serving your community would be kind of silly right?

It would be like Hulk shouting, “Hulk hate chocolate ice cream! Too much choc-o-late! Hulk smash ice cream!” I calmly ask, “Hulk, have you ever tried chocolate ice cream before?” Hulk shouts, “NO!” I question, “Wait Hulk, have you even tasted ice cream?” Hulk shouts, “No! Man says Hulk ice cream too sweet ‘n too cold. Man says Hulk not like!” I then slide the bowl of delicious chocolate ice cream across the table to Hulk.

Hulk like. Hulk like very much.

Don’t be like Hulk, try it before choosing whether you love it or hate it

With Love.

Just Following Your Heart Can Be a Dangerous Thing

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Just Follow Your Heart?

Do any of these expressions sound familiar? Follow your bliss, follow your heart, the heart knows all, home is where the heart is, do what you love, passion before profits, and secrets of the heart. Lots of been said about the hearts connection to purpose. Coming from someone who has spent most of his adult life in the process of opening, listening to, and following his heart this article flips the script as a devils’ advocate. Following your heart successfully requires following your mind too.

What does it mean to follow your heart? How many times have you followed your heart in a relationship, business venture, or cross country move only to realize it was a huge mistake? There was a disconnect between the impulse of the heart and the ability of the mind to discern. To discern something means to see something as it is; not as one believes it to be or wants it to be.

My heart compelled me to join forces with a business partner but lack of discernment failed to ask questions about his financial strength and work habits before entering into a business that cost me $100,000+ dollars.

My heart compelled me to get rush into a relationship after my marriage but lack of discernment caused 3 years of suffering because I had not done the inner work on myself.

My heart compelled me to move 2,000 miles from my hometown to pursue my dream of being a full time healer but lack of discernment left me without enough savings to find the right place and market my healing services effectively.

Thinking must accompany the impulse of the heart. Henry Ford once said, “Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably the reason so few engage in it.” Its easy to follow the desires and impulses of the heart. In fact its at our very nature to be guided by the heart. The Great Spiritual Teachers talk of a physical seed atom located in the center of the heart. This atom contains the history of all our past lives, lessons learned and those needing to be learned. When you become effective at tapping into the wisdom of the heart, you begin to become aware of what your life is all about. Once you gain this awareness, you must then kick in your higher mental faculties to determine the best possible way to live your purpose.

If you live your life based on your emotions, you will be lead astray again and again. The emotions ebb and flow like the waves of the ocean; rise and fall, rise and fall. Lets say you have found your purpose tomorrow. An angel sent you a text message with the following words, “Your life purpose is (blank).” At first you would be so ecstatic and thrilled that you had finally gotten the answer. Now what? Time to quit the job, leave the family, sell all possessions and move to Argentina to volunteer on a sheep farm that produces wool for third-world countries. This is where discernment comes in.

We are all interconnected to each other in this world; your thoughts, words, and actions affect others around you. Bailing on your obligations, commitments, and promises because you found your life’s purpose could be disastrous. This could generate tremendous negative karma for you and create suffering for many others.

So how do you develop discernment and minimize suffering for yourself and others?

Meditation is one of the most profound endeavors humankind can participate in. There are many forms of meditation with each one developing a specific aspect of one’s divinity. During meditation one gradually stills the body then the emotions, then the mind and in the quiet stillness, one’s intuition becomes highly activated. The more you practice meditation, the clearer and more powerful your insights become.

Also through meditation one develops the ability to hear the ‘Whisper of the Soul.’ Once one hears the super subtle message of the Soul, one can start to use the intellect and reasoning faculties to determine exactly what the message is and how to act accordingly. But to follow the heart blindly can lead to suffering and disappointment.

What you consider an impulse of the heart might be following a program imposed by you family, culture, limiting beliefs, or internal fears.

Intense emotion around your life’s purpose clouds your ability to discern.

My recommendation is to begin a simple meditation program. I have used the Meditation on Twin Hearts since 2004 with great success in all areas of my life. Its simple, powerful, and takes less than 30 minutes once a day. This meditation is not only effective in developing the heart but also in developing discernment and higher intuition. The CD is only $30 and can found on numerous sites including PranicHealing.com

The secret to all meditations is consistency. A regular meditation schedule will begin to create a compounding effect. Your sense of clarity and inner peace around your life’s purpose will grow with each session. Part of my life’s purpose is in sharing this with you.

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