Don’t be the Prisoner


If you care what other people think, you will always be their Prisoner. – Lao Tzu

How then can we pull down our prison walls and set ourselves free? How can we use memories and thoughts intelligently without being trapped by them?

The answer is surprisingly simple. Be present in this moment. Not a half-hearted presence like the way you slump on the couch and channel-surf each night, but a complete mind, body and spirit presence.

The present moment is the only thing you have got now.Why the emphasis on this moment? Because now is where reality is. The present moment is the only thing you have got now. The past is gone and will never come back. The future is elusive and is beyond anyone’s grasp. Whatever you can do now happens at this moment.

All your self-defeating stories about the past, and/or worries for the future are taking place in this moment. But why live in the past or future when you can live now and enjoy the spontaneity and surprise that each moment offers?

When you surrender completely to now and put all your attention on every moment, your full awareness connects you to the flow of life. That is when living becomes effortless and intuitive.

You will begin to respond to each moment instinctively without worries or anxieties, because at this moment there aren’t 101 things you need to do — there is only one thing to do, now.


The Purpose Of A Motivational Speaker

A motivational speaker is a person who speaks on a professional basis to large groups of people. Here we look at what a motivational speaker is and what you need to possess in order to be successful in this profession.

Anthony Robbins is one. So is Deepak Chopra and Bob Proctor. The same can be said of Rene Godefroy and countless others. What do these people all have in common? They are all motivational speakers.

A motivational speaker (which is also sometimes referred to as an inspirational speaker) is an individual who speaks professionally at any number of different types of engagements. The speeches are geared towards motivating and inspiring the members of the audience. In some cases they are also morale boosters and/or a call to action. This is especially the case when the audience gathered is a group of employees.

When these speakers are called in to talk to businesses the goal is to communicate strategies that the company espouses and to make the relevant points as clear as possible. They also give a speech to lift up the workers and to convey a positive message that makes everyone want to cooperate as a team.

A motivational speaker can be a valuable asset to any company or corporation, be it large or small. He or she can also help to inspire people in a personal manner to seek improvement in their own lives. Once they become well known many public speakers have no problem filling an auditorium of avid and eager listeners.

This profession is one that does not necessitate any special training or any formal education such as college or university. You also do not need to obtain certification or anything of that nature to seek work in this area. However most individuals who choose to pursue the motivational communication occupation have skills pertaining to public speaking and are able to address and captivate any size audience. If you do not have a commanding presence and you cannot keep people’s attention and focus and you do not have a way with words then this is probably not the right field of work for you.

This type of work is all about the power of communication and the role it plays in everyone’s lives. Those who wish to delve into this profession need to look closely at how they communicate. If this area of your life requires improvement then this is where you must start.

Those who excel at being a motivational speaker to others and motivating others are not necessarily the most talented, smartest or educated individuals. What they can be described as are people who know how to communicate their message to others with a great deal of clarity, inspiration and confidence. They know how to influence others in a positive, uplifting and fulfilling manner.

Some people are naturally born with a knack for knowing how to communicate why others need to learn how to cultivate it throughout their lives. To be a motivational speaker you first must master the art of communication. Having charm and making others feel at ease also plays a significant role in being successful in this area.

Words are powerful and can move an audience to evoke strong feelings if you develop the ability to be a leader in this field. A person who wishes to speak on a professional basis must know how to reach people on a level that they can relate to.

The Purpose Of A Motivational Speaker was originally published at Ezine Articles by Andrew Stratton

Ecommerce and the Motivation to Start

Ecommerce is the hinge that allows the online business door to swing wide open. This is the industry of cyber business. It goes beyond simply saying, “Look at me world, I have an idea. Doesn’t anyone care?” Ecommerce allows you to take your idea and connect it with consumers and your bank. It allows the free flow of commerce, your ideas, those who want to join you in what you are doing and a banking institution that can manage the electronic transfer of funds.

The overriding benefit of ecommerce is its low cost when compared to a brick and mortar storefront. However, an equally compelling benefit is the ability to appeal to a substantially larger consumer base.

Ecommerce can seem scary to those who have never dipped a toe into the waters of cyber sales. This can be likened to the apprehension some have felt over the use of a cell phone instead of a landline, a word processor instead a typewriter or a computer instead of an encyclopedia. These are not necessarily Luddites, but they do possess a fear over the use of something they don’t understand.

If you have an interest in ecommerce, but little interest in learning the skills to set up your online business there are online ecommerce solutions to help you get started. You can also use web builder technology to access many of the tools you will need to get started. These will typically be available with simple step-by-step instructions on the successful development of your ecommerce site.

One of the primary things you will need to know is that business transactions will typically be conducted electronically. What that means is you will not likely see cash or checks, but a simple notice (usually be email) that alerts you to deposits in a bank account or online financial institution such as PayPal.

Many larger online firms have further extended their sales potential by including Bill Me Later. This easy to use financial tool allows consumers to purchase something and defer payment in much the same way they might a credit card. The process for acceptance is simple and billing is handled by traditional mail, but can also be viewed via an online account by consumers.

Every day more tools are being made available to allow ecommerce to exist and thrive in an online environment.

What may seem ironic is even those who have attended college in the past, those who have encountered and conquered personal difficulties and those who have struggled through health difficulties may actually be the first to reject the idea of going into business online.

Yes, they have endured and conquered much, but they still view ecommerce as a hurdle that may be too much to manage.

The best suggestion I might make is to simply take the time to investigate some of the skills needed to conduct business online. Consider a few of the possibilities for an online business. Look through various online marketing ideas that others have used successfully. Pull each piece and view those fragments as puzzle pieces. When you have enough of them a bigger picture begins to emerge.

Ecommerce is possible and it isn’t something only those with great technical skills can use. It is for everyone. It may just be for you.

Ecommerce and the Motivation to Start was originally published at Ezine Articles by Scott Lindsay

10 Quotes From Gandhi and How to Practice Them for a Better Life

There are those who mark History and the consciousnesses. Faces that pass through History, and yet leave their mark in the minds of men. Light bearers, people who shared their passion with the world and inspired future generations. Gandhi was one of those people. A man of faith and a man of peace, the way he lived his life, the way he chose to live his personal legend and to be faithful to his dream is now a tangible proof of the capacity we all possess to lift above our daily lives to embrace our highest potential.

To begin this new year, I want to share with you 10 quotes of Gandhi that I find particularly vibrant. These quotes which were so strong yesterday have kept their depth and are still relevant today. In this article I decided to analyze them to bring out their pearls of wisdom and see how they can help us in our daily lives.

« Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes»

We all seek freedom. This is surely one of our favorite topics when we claim something, and it has been since our youth. We demanded the right to be free to go out, free to be who we want, free to express ourselves… Yet somehow the majority of us is still trapped. And the jailer is none other than our own conscience. We will be truly free when we will learn to forgive us our mistakes. Each of our actions, each of our mistakes shapes our reactions and haunts our minds. That’s karma. To be free is to learn to forgive, it is to accept that error is human, it is to be able to release from the karmic cycles that our past actions have seed in our mind. True freedom is thus found first within us rather than outside.

«Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony»

The majority of our problems in our lives are born from a dichotomy between our aspirations and how we want to be perceived by those around us and the way that we act in the world. In this quote, Gandhi spoke of happiness but we can ask ourselves what is actually happiness. In my opinion, happiness cannot be defined in terms of property owned or daily situations. Happiness refers to an inner state, it speaks of profound joy and harmony. Happiness is attained when our look at our reality make echoes to a sunrise on a placid lake. And this inner balance, the peace to which we aspire can be achieved when we align our lives with our dreams. When we success in liberating ourselves from the important role we play in society, from the opinion of our family, from the actions needed in order to be accepted by any group of individuals. From experience, happiness lies in highlighting our true essence beyond the roles that we impose ourselves in order to be accepted and to achieve the goals that society has established as models of success and “standards”.

«Whatever you do will be insignificant, but it is very important that you do it»

Through the dance of the season and due to the impermanence of all things, nothing matters. Everything is inexorably cast away in the sands of time. Yet each of our actions, as simple as it is, carries within it the seeds of the future. We are all in our own way builders of History. The way with which we act in our life, our desire to remain faithful to our dreams, the courage that drives our every action or statement is like a stone thrown into a lake. The wave that we generate propagates itself in circles along the infinite canvas that shapes our world. If we place ourselves at the “material” level, Gandhi was right when he says that everything we do is “insignificant”. But on a spiritual or energetic level there is no small actions. And I think that’s what Gandhi mean in the second part of his sentence. Each of your actions has the potential to inspire your neighbor, your family. I know that each of you have the power to profoundly change the world. Your presence on Earth is no accident. You are a gift to the world, a seed that has the potential to break the chains of this world and bring light. In each one of you sleeps a hero.

«You must be the change you want to see in the world»

Following the principles of Hawaiian Huna, the outside world is a reflection of our inner world. I share this point of view. If Gandhi had been content to watch the outside world as it was, he would have sat there and cried and then would have drowned his sorrows in alcohol. But he understood that to create a world of peace and justice, he must first embody this model he was looking for with his whole heart. So Gandhi had worked on himself. Then he awoke and became the embodiment of peace. If you want that in your office peace and harmony prevail, start to embody the peace with your colleagues even the more difficult ones. If you want your marriage to be a manifestation of cosmic love then look at your partner through the eyes of love. Every time we say “if that person or that situation was different then things would have been better” then we are wrong. Because we will never have the power to change the way others act. But we can influence ourselves by becoming the change we wish to demonstrate.

«Nobody can hurt me without my permission»

As I said earlier, you’ll never have control over others. You can never control people’s reactions as a musician can write notes on a score. Life is inherently unpredictable. By cons you have the power to decide the impact that people and situations have on you. Inner peace does not depend on external events but rather on the way you react. Every moment we have a choice. The choice to participate in the dramas of the existence or the choice of seeing the illusory nature of this world. This does not mean you should withdraw from existence. But we can agree to see reality for what it is: a dream we have consented to live during our incarnation. When you dream you are in an infinite number of funny or sad situations believing that they are real. Then you laugh when you wake up remembering the show you have just dreamt. In the end the reality is identical. Gandhi was first and foremost a spiritual man who constantly sought God. He understood the illusory nature of this world but also understood it was his duty to improve the global dream of humanity.

«Whenever you are confronted with an opponent, conquer him with love»

In life we all face obstacles, whether in our personal or professional life. There are two ways to address these obstacles: the frontal way or through love. The conflict way causes the collision of two masses of energy and generally no one is spared. If in your job you decide to tackle a competitor or colleague who opposes you by force there is little chance that your reputation will be unscathed. You could win your fight and in the short term you will surely feel that you are victorious. But in the long term, know that every attack you launch will end up hurting you. But know that any enemy, any problem can be dissolved by the energy of love. The Hawaiians have even developed an entire system around this concept: the ho’oponopono. Forgiveness and true love have the power to dissolve any barriers and raise energy.

«Men often become what they believe themselves to be. If I believe I cannot do something, it makes me incapable of doing it. But when I believe I can, than I acquire the ability to do it even if I didn’t have it in the beginning»

All great achievements are first born in the mind of a man. Our mind is surely the most powerful instrument that this planet has ever known. Thanks to him we have the ability to reinvent ourselves constantly. By combining vision, determination and a right action, every man is capable of achieving any goal. Do not let anyone tell you otherwise or make you think you cannot become what you aspire to be. The key, however, is that your action have to make echoes to your true vision, the one that touches the center of your heart.

«You may never know what results come of your action, but if you do nothing there will be no result»

Often we are afraid to act because we are afraid to fail, we fear that our hopes will be shattered like a raft in the raging waves. But the truth is that if we do not act then our dreams will gradually shrink until they disappear completely. It is an illusion to believe that failures are killing our dreams. What kills them is the fact that we had abandoned them. But in fact failures help us to grow. They help us to redefine some of our dreams, to express them better. So believe in your dreams and take action. Maybe it will take six months to achieve them or 15 years. But it is not important because time passes inexorably. And when those 15 years will come, would you prefer to enjoy your efforts or would you prefer to say “15 years ago I should have hold on to my dreams because if so, today I would have seen them manifested?”

«Life as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever»

The greatest illusion of this world is to believe that we are not yet ready to become what we are destined to be. We believe that when we have developed and acquired such competence then we can become that person we aspire to be. Here is a trap that life handed us because at this rate we will never reach our destination. The key to success in life is to understand that we already have everything within us to become this special being. Step by step, by acting in line with our highest potential, making each day that passes an important day, we build the shortest path to our realization. Of course you have to work, learn, grow over time. But life is not something that awaits us. We will not “live” in 10 years when we have the house of our dreams. We live today, now, at this precise moment. By cons each day we must take time to cultivate our soul to become a better person. Growing up is one of the greatest gifts we were given. The more we grow, the more we take height to enjoy the scenery that life gives us.

«To believe in something, and not to live it, is dishonest »

The more intransigent judge that can be crossed in our lives is our own consciousness. And the biggest crime that consciousness is stalking is lie. There can be no happiness if we compromise our values in order to achieve certain goals. To betray our principles to get a contract, to cheat on our partner, to refuse our own sexuality… Every time we lie to ourselves, it is a bit of ourselves that we kill. We lose sight of our very essence through the illusions of the roles we want to play for the approval of society. The world needs people who embody the principles of loyalty, fidelity to their dreams. Throughout history, people have sought out these lights in the night, these models show to the lost souls the way back home. Everyone can play this role for his family or at a larger scale. To begin to stand up for your ideals, to start living your principles is an essential step for you on the way to your achievement.

10 Quotes From Gandhi and How to Practice Them for a Better Life was originally published at Ezine Articles by Xavier Even

Using the Switchword Pair CRYSTAL-HORSE to Increase Self-Confidence and Self-Worth

Switchwords are powerful poignant words used to connect directly to the subconscious mind, giving it direction for drawing the essence of the Switchword to you. The more a Switchword is repeated, the more it affects your energy. The more it affects your energy, the more you draw the experience, condition or response the Switchword represents to you.

CRYSTAL-HORSE – increases self-confidence and self-worth

When you need a boost in self-confidence or self-worth, try chanting CRYSTAL-HORSE.

CRYSTAL helps to clarify the situation, connect to Universal Knowledge; HORSE connects you to your strengths, your power. Together this can be a very empowering Switchword combination.


CRYSTAL-HORSE can be added as a prefix to other Switchwords to enhance your ability to connect with the essence of those Switchwords.


  • CRYSTAL-HORSE-ACT – increase self-confidence in speech. Need to lead a discussion? Have a meeting with a superior at work? When you wish to present yourself well to others, chant a few times before (or just as you are) entering the situation.
  • CRYSTAL-HORSE-CHUCKLE – increase self-confidence and turn on personality. Want to be the life of the party? Want people to gravitate to you? Want to make friends? When you wish to turn on the charisma and increase your popularity in a group, chan as you are about to enter a situation with other people.
  • CRYSTAL-HORSE-LISTEN – increase self-confidence and self-worth by listening to (and following) Inner Guidance. Feel disconnected from yourself, your world? Having difficulty finding your way? Decisions and choices seem impossible? Always second-guessing yourself? Chant for 2-3 minutes first thing in the morning, before getting out of bed, and allow yourself to connect. Then through the day, as you find yourself wavering, not knowing, chant a few times and connect to your Inner Guidance, self-confidence and self-worth.


CRYSTAL-HORSE can be used as a suffix to other Switchwords to be enhanced by them.


  • VIBRANT-CRYSTAL-HORSE – be a strong presence with increased self-confidence and self-worth. Want to stand out in a crowd, and feel confident while doing so? Want to stand up for yourself? Want to bring power and confidence to a situation? Chant to come into your power, stand up for yourself and stand out in a crowd.
  • WHIMSICAL-CRYSTAL-HORSE – be innovative with confidence. Looking to bring new things into your life? Want to come up with unique ideas in your work? Want to create an event to remember? Chant to bring you to a creative space and give you the confidence to follow through on it.
  • YES!-CRYSTAL-HORSE – be enthusiastic, energized and full of self-confidence. Need a shot of enthusiasm? Life been a bit too boring lately? Chant to help bring enthusiasm back and energize yourself and bring yourself to a space of self-confidence.
  • ELATE-CRYSTAL-HORSE – turn setbacks into uplifts, build self-confidence and self-worth. Been having a lot of setbacks affecting your self-confidence? Feel like everything is going wrong? Life seem to be pushing you around? Chant to find a way to turn those setbacks into uplifts and to help restore your self-confidence.

Take these for a spin. See how they work for you. Let us know your experiences.

Using the Switchword Pair CRYSTAL-HORSE to Increase Self-Confidence and Self-Worth was originally published at Ezine Articles by Kat P Miller

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