What does it really mean to ‘go with the flow’?

by John Robson on November 25, 2015

flower-828728_640Feeling stressed and stuck in life? Well then, ‘Go with the flow!’

Hmmm… that’s easier said than done when our minds are clouded with worry. And let’s back up here:

What does it even mean??

It’s actually great advice grounded in …science! So here’s a very quick and simple but incredibly helpful science lesson.

Quantum physics tells us that everything in existence – EVERYTHING! – arises from a unified field of energy.

And we know energy moves. Scientists tell us the universe is continually expanding, without end.

If the universe is expanding, then obviously, we humans are expanding too.

You can prove this for yourself. Close your eyes and imagine being happy… loving… grateful… playful… creative… With each of these, you feel open and expansive, right?

All qualities we label ‘good’ are aligned with the essential expansive movement of the life force. When we are feeling these delicious qualities, we are literally going with the flow of life.

Okay then: why are we not always flowing if that’s what the life force does naturally?

Here we encounter one of life’s essential mysteries…

The supremely intelligent field that gives rise to all of existence has bestowed human beings with the ability to think. Over eons, in the playground of the evolution of consciousness, we’ve learned to doubt and fear, to judge and criticize and complain.

All of these ‘negative’ ways of perceiving ourselves and life create what might be described as an energetic fog which slows or blocks the bright, clear energy of the unified field.

When we feel contracted (as we do with fear, doubt, guilt, depression and so on), we have the experiential proof that we are out of alignment with the life force. That’s why it feels so terrible!

What do we do when we find ourselves blocked? Remember that if you’re feeling contracted, then there’s misinformation at play. You are holding some belief that is not true to your innate nature.

Breathe deeply, stay present and stop thinking about the negative and false storyline. Focus your conscious attention on something, anything that makes you feel better.

These simple steps will shift you out of the darkness and discomfort of contraction so your innate expansive state can again be felt. You don’t have to make your energy flow – it does it naturally, if you allow it!

Life wants us to go with the flow and enjoy ourselves. We can do that more and more easily once we understand how life works.

Jeddah Mali offers her Model of Existence: 7 simple facts that offer the recipe for inspired and enlightened living. I (Patrice) have studied with Jeddah since 2009 and I will be forever grateful to her.

Applying her guidance, I’m continually transforming my experience of myself and life.

On November 30, Learning Strategies is offering a free introduction to Jeddah’s Seeds of Enlightenment CD. Jeddah uses short talks and then guided meditations to point the way to experiencing more of who we really are.

Believe me, it works!

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And for a bit of fun: If you’d like an anthem to support ‘going with the flow’, sing along with Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OeVztqBjHUg




“Knowing others is intelligence;
knowing yourself is true wisdom.
Mastering others is strength;
Mastering yourself is true power.”
– Lao Tzu

When someone tells you he or she is feeling lost in their lives and you ask them what led them to feel that way – they would usually tell you that they don’t exactly know. This is one of the tell-tale signs of someone who hasn’t really figured out themselves – not sure who they really are and what their life purpose is. These are people who have just been going through their lives as mere bystanders and have not been the captain of their own ship. When you allow external factors to take control of your life, it can be comfortable at first but sooner or later you lose a sense of meaning and who you truly are.

It may be very cliché for someone to say that you need to find yourself first before you can work on your life – but in reality it’s one of life’s greatest truths. You need to know yourself better and be in touch with your life purpose if you truly want to live a meaningful life.

Here are 5 reasons of how you can benefit once you know your life purpose.

  • Self-acceptance becomes possible – People who say they hate their life or want to live another person’s life do not yet truly understood their own path and purpose in this world. People who are engulfed with jealousy are depriving themselves of the wonderful possibilities if they lived their OWN purpose. Once you get in touch with your inner self and learn more about yourself, only then can true self-acceptance become a reality. And once you accept who you are, you will also begin to feel good in your own skin and find yourself not needing to compare your life with others.
  • You build self-confidence – When you have a clear picture of who you truly are and your purpose in life, you ultimately gain confidence with how you deal with your life. It’s just like getting lost in a forest – if you have a map your confidence that you can get back to safety greatly increases. However if you don’t have any point of reference or any knowledge of the place – you are more likely to panic and second guess every turn you make because you have no idea where you are actually headed.
  • People are comfortable around you – Because you know who you are and your purpose, people can actually begin to sense that vibe of self-assurance and will actually be drawn to you. If you know of someone who is not in a good place at the moment and unsure of what exactly he/she is doing with his/her life, they tend to be very self-destructive. On top of that – they are likely to drag people into their misery. The more you are sure of yourself, the more people are comfortable to be around you.
  • Better choices in relationships – People who are unsure of themselves and are generally unaware of the path that they want to be on, will find themselves forming relationships with the first person or group that gives them attention. Their clouded judgment can lead to forging relationships with the wrong types of people. So instead of taking you out of darkness, you end up digging a deeper hole for yourself. On the other hand, those who are sure of their path and purpose know exactly what type of people they should invest their time and feelings in.
  • Know what career path to follow – A lot of unhappiness exists from not being in the career that people want to be in. If you don’t want to end up as part of the statistics, you need to understand yourself first – understand your strength, weaknesses, where you are happy, where you are sad, and ultimately your life’s purpose. If you give proper importance to this, you won’t ever end up in a job that pays the bills but kills you day by day.

The reasons are endless why you should start investing time and effort in knowing yourself and your life purpose – the reasons above are just scratching the surface. If you want to take the first step and take control of your life feel free to check out our Free Life Purpose Quiz so you can have a better understanding of yourself. Good luck in your journey!



Succeed in Your Work by Knowing Yourself Better

by John Robson on September 18, 2015

personal-791363_640Whether you’re an entrepreneur starting your first business, a stay at home mom freelancing online or if you’re like most people working in offices either for small or big corporations – knowing your personality type can greatly help you when striving for success at work. People oftentimes underestimate the power of knowing themselves – most people think you just have to avoid the negative stuff and carry on and focus on doing a good job. As a result, a lot of people end up being unhappy and dissatisfied with their work.

There are a lot of benefits you can get when you know yourself. We’ve trimmed it down to the 3 most important benefits self-awareness can have towards your goal of succeeding at work.

  1. Knowing what will work & not work for you – Every person has different preferences that affect how they work. Having an understanding of your preferences can you make you more efficient and productive at work. This is because you understand your limitations and optimal work “environment”. When you work outside of what naturally works for your personality – you tend to exert more effort in order to perform well. This can lead to exhaustion, mistakes and unhappiness at work.
  2. You become a good team member or even leader – Knowing yourself means having an idea of your strengths and weakness. When you are part of a team, you make yourself more valuable if you know how you can use your strengths to best serve the team. Knowing your weaknesses also allows you to be able to do something about it depending on what the team requires. More so as a leader, being aware of these attributes can best help you in dealing with various issues and personalities within your group as well.
  3. Be in the right career path – There’s nothing worse than feeling stuck working on a job that you loathe. People usually end up with the wrong career simply because they don’t know themselves well enough yet. They don’t have an understanding of their personality, strengths, weaknesses, character, and values – so they don’t know which career path to choose. Matching your personality to the type of job you apply can be the difference between coming to work with so much hope and happiness as opposed to just constantly waiting for the day to end so you can escape your work. Needless to say it will affect your job satisfaction and overall personal fulfillment.

These are just some of the best scenarios you can be enjoying if you give importance to stepping back and knowing your personality first before moving forward with your work. If you’re ready to get a better understanding of yourself – check out our Free Personality Quiz to help you uncover and have a better idea of your true self.



unnamed4 years of writing down a goal, I am finally doing it now – one month of seclusion in a rustic cabin in the woods with my own  beach. I finally succeeded.

I cook outdoors on a fire pit, I share the woods with 4 shy foxes and 2 moose. (See photo.) There is no TV, newspapers, commitments, interruptions…. but I do have power, my cell phone with internet service, water, a small fridge and a grocery store about 10 minutes away. Life is good – so far in the woods.

I found it much easier to commit to daily exercise, no sugars, no wheat and no dairy. My energy, body and brain were reaping benefits after just 2 days.

My meditations were deeper in the silence of dragon fly wings. The evening quietness and darkness offered up great sleeps.

The cabin is on a recognized spiritual healing lake that has a yearly healing pilgrimage for the largest aboriginal gathering in Western Canada.

And I am here to share with you my insights on thinking as it is much clearer – even in my first few days.

How do you manage the multitude of thoughts that bombard you?


Initially urges, intuition guidance, glimpses of a bigger picture tease us at subtle levels and they need closer listening as they are often unclear on their own. That is why the number one thing that must be done is write them down.


Daily review your thoughts (especially what you took time to write down) as you are now coming from a different perspective. Add to it new insights. If you sense there is something gelling or brewing or has some substance to it, reflect on it, do a dialogue with it, verbalize it, visualize it and ask it questions. Is it part of something bigger? Is it a metaphor for something else.

You have been honoured to receive some answer to your prayers or some higher guidance and you may want to take some time and make some effort to make sense of this guidance.


As it makes sense, anchor it as it is easily forgotten. Draw it, attune to it, storyboard it, power point it, say it out loud, meditate on it, ponder it, incubate it, be it…

Get a sense of what are the blocks as new ideas often come up to teach us some humility, some learning, the opposite, or a new skill or value.


Then you are ready to share it, ideally with a wise mastermind group so they can tune into it, add to it or shoot holes in it.

Depending on the type of idea or project you come up with, test the critical elements of it, Make it into a product or a concept or a real solution. Beta test it or share it with a significant group. Then upgrade it and even monetize it

And that my dear friends, is how you can make this powerful thinking process (found in my notes from 30 years ago) work for you: “Find it, Firm it. Farm it. Frame it.”

So in summary:

  1. Make time to tune into the subtleness of answers to requests, urges, calling,  glimpses, ideas, etc…
  2. Write down your experiences, sensations, thoughts, possibilities…
  3. Review it and rethink it from new perspectives.
  4. Anchor conclusions and ideas back into your subconscious mind (so it can work on it).
  5. Share it with a supportive, critique, brainstorming group.
  6. Test it and fine tune it and if you are inclined present, publish or monetize it.

Our conscious and subconscious minds are both so powerful and there are great rewards as we learn how to work with them  more effectively.

Learn new ways to process life’s many stimuli. Journaling Tools – 50 unique tools for new ways of thinking.



3 Questions to Unlock Your Purpose in Life

by John Robson on September 1, 2015

fitness-332278_640Some people are lucky enough to be able to determine and actually live out their purpose in life. While for some, it can take several years before they uncover what they actually think they’re supposed to be doing. It’s never easy to instantly know you life purpose – but with these questions we found over at Psychology Today, you can be guided in your journey towards unlocking your real life purpose.

Here are some thoughts that may help connect you:

1) What do you love to do, that you would do even if you don’t get paid for it?

My true career or vocation is directly tied to my purpose, though the way you make your living does not necessarily have to have anything to do with why you are here. What is so you that you would just have to do it, no matter what?

2) What do other people say you’re really good at?

Be careful of going in a direction just because others think you should. That said, it’s a good idea to pay attention to the way others compliment you. Is there anything that you’re particular good at that people tell you that you should do professionally, or do more of?

People often tell me that they feel better, uplifted and energized, after spending time talking with me. Not too surprising then, that I now spend my life and even earn my living encouraging others and helping them improve their lives.

3) What is the one thing you want to experience, or do, or accomplish, before you die, so that on your last day on earth you feel satisfied and have no regrets in that area?

I often ask this of coaching clients, and the answers are always interesting and revealing. For me it would have been writing a book, and becoming a dancer (but really the book is the one big thing). The fact that this contribution in writing is so important to me helps confirm what is my greatest purpose.

Sure, I do lots of things such as speaking, coaching and media work, but I know in my heart that the writing is the core. It is the one thing that no matter what, I need to keep on doing.

What is that thing, for you? Don’t worry if you don’t have an answer yet. Keep asking the question, and keep your eyes open for clues that will come your way. Because the answer will show up, in perfect time. I promise you that.

Head on over to Psychology Today for the complete article.

Featured image source: pixabay.com



business-19156_640Sometimes we are thrown into a job that we don’t necessarily want in order to survive. A lot of us think we’ll eventually leave this role and pursue our goals. However, oftentimes people find themselves staying out of fear of change. We’ve found these subtle signs of job dissatisfaction from Huffington Post that you should watch out for. Once this starts to happens – it’s time re-think your life purpose.

It is essential to be proactive and recognize these cues in order to begin taking the necessary steps to move in the direction of more suitable, satisfying, and meaningful work.

When we find ourselves browsing Facebook, taking online quizzes and chit-chatting with co-workers more than usual, it is possible that we are bored with our work. Boredom generally does not improve but tends to get worse as time goes by.

When we put off doing tasks until tomorrow or next week, we are unconsciously avoiding them, hoping they will go away. Unfortunately, they do not go away but instead begin to pile up and become unmanageable.

The phone ringing, extraneous noises, or delicious smells coming from the break room can cause us to lose focus on our work. Sometimes distractions may show up in the form of daydreaming or obsessing about a problem at home. Losing focus easily is a clue that something may be missing and we need a greater sense of fulfillment.

Arriving to work late or leaving work early
The more disgruntled we become, the more we start to ignore the starting and ending times of our work day. Being on time and staying until the job is complete becomes less important to us as we become less satisfied with the work we do.

If you want to see the complete list of signs of job dissatisfaction – check out the complete article at Huffington Post.

It is never too late to become who you were meant to be! Find out your Life Purpose today!



Basic Tips for Writing a Healing Poem

by John Robson on August 27, 2015

old-letters-436502_640 (1)Writing poems is a great way to release creativity and also your emotions. When you are going through something difficult, for example, writing a healing poem is a great way to put into structured yet creative thoughts. You can be as abstract or as brutal – end result would always be a release of emotion and creativity. If you’re keen to try it – we’ve found some basic tips from Psychology Today to help you get started.

When writing a healing poem, it’s important to write from your heart rather than your head. This might take some practice, as we often intellectualize our pain. If you don’t have a lot of experience writing poetry, then you might want to start writing a poem as if you’re telling a story. Sometimes this is called narrative poetry. Keep in mind that rhyming isn’t important. Also, it’s okay to cry when you’re writing. Tears show that you’re tapping into some of your deepest emotions, and this is one way of healing.

The purpose of writing a healing poem is to turn a negative into a positive, and accomplishing this goal is simply a matter of sitting down and writing. Very little instruction is needed, but some people are intimidated by poetry and would like some tips on how to begin.

Here is a list of suggestions that might help you start writing:

  • Begin with an image, action, or strong emotion.
  • Perhaps start the poem with one of the following: “Suppose . . . , “I confess that . . . ,” or “I wish . . .”
  • Provide as many details as you can.
  • When possible, use metaphors.
  • Try to use numerous images and descriptions.
  • If it’s your first poem, begin by writing four lines per stanza.

If you want to see more poem writing tips – check out the complete article at Psychology Today.

Featured image source: pixabay.com



Ego can be Your Amigo!

by John Robson on March 8, 2015

“If your ego is your internal reference point, you had better plan on feeling offended for the rest of your life.” – Carlos Castaneda

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In spiritual teachings, it sometimes seems as though ego is cast as the bad guy. You may think that to be spiritual, you have to let go of the ego.

We have a different perspective on this.

Ego and personality are essential players in our theatre of life. Spirit has chosen to evolve through form. Therefore personality (ego, form) is the vehicle for the soul. Soul has its being nature and ego has its doing nature. Soul works in the realm of cause and ego in the realms of effects. So they need and work with each other.

Soul sparks the potential that exists within the personality. We don’t want the ego to disappear – we want it to open to the presence and guidance of soul so the two may work together in alignment.

The path of personality aims to build a healthy, skilful, confident ego. Ironically, only a strong, mature ego can take responsibility for carrying the consciousness of soul. So support the ego in taming its controlling nature, ‘I’dentity, self-centeredness, victim positions, labelling and seeking recognition. Instead cooperate more with others, be more vulnerable, and allow ego to mellow out in its newfound humbleness so it becomes more subservient to your soul.

Working in groups and being more open, vulnerable, supportive and sharing tames the ego and lets in more soul. This is the power of group work and why it is one of our focuses for 2015.

Cultivate an attitude of appreciation and compassion towards yourself and others.

“We use a defence mechanism whenever the authority of the ego is threatened by truth.” –Andrew Schneider



Ready for your next level of consciousness?

by John Robson on February 26, 2015

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“We can not solve our problems with the same level of thinking that created them” — Albert Einstein

Most of our readers will relate to these 3 levels of growth:

1. Our culture and media has dominantly locked us into a growth phase of developing ego – to take control, be self-confident, to be right, to judge, to win, to have a strong or beautiful image and mind – and in doing so it did some self healing. This cleansing of fundamental negatives has allowed opportunities for our soul to create some connection and influence and open the door to more soul identification – which the ego needs to go to another level. And yet the ego’s spiritual pride still takes all the credit every step of the way.

2. When we identify with soul, we transform shadows at a deeper level and we work more on loving relationships. We open to a new level of self healing, compassion, unique expression and purpose. And as we grow, connect and trust, it opens the door to a new level of growth – group consciousness. This new level is required to complete the soul identification growth cycle.

3. We realize that we share similar shadows with others and that it can be healed via the group. We become more responsible for a group reality, the environment, humanity’s conditions and the interdependence of all things. It is a new realm of power and mystery as more parts come together to make sense from a wholeness perspective. We open up to making personal sacrifices for the good of the whole or group. We aspire to a bigger picture than just our unique selves. Intuition increases. We are drawn to a meaningful group vision, service and a higher level of responsibility.

This is why we have been shifting some of Higher Awareness’s services toward group work in the way of group coaching so you see the perspective and questions of others and receive answers and synthesis of the needs of the whole group. That is why we are offering masterminding opportunities so you can be with a group of like minded individuals and practice how to share, support, celebrate, be vulnerable, make a burning request and receive feedback from everyone in your group, including the group facilitator.

When I had my best mastermind groups, our intuition and even ESP soared, synchronicity was commonplace. Some of our best meetings were when the least was said. We learned about a new inner power through subjective support. Attunenments and sensing of the others became a common practice. And we all learned more about the subtleties of manifesting.

Some of the best coaches I have met are very compassionate and loving beings. They spend time daily bringing into their minds their clients and working with them on the inner realms. And holding them as able and clear and open.

We look forward to sharing our new services with you in the next month.

In loving service.



Be inspired. Take that leap!

by John Robson on December 10, 2014

man-731900_640 (1)You wake up, eat breakfast, clean up a bit then head to work. Now you’re stuck in a cubicle doing a job you’re not particularly fond of and you do this 8 hours a day, 5 days a week. At one point, you will begin to get a sense of that gnawing feeling inside you that just wants to break free. You don’t exactly know what it is yet, but you know you have to get out.

But when you do start planning out what you want to happen, you hit yourself with a reality check and beat up yourself again telling yourself, “It’s just not possible”. You then sink back in your chair wishing you had never entertained that thought in the first place.

Well, you’re not the first person who has this feeling. In fact, many of us are guilty of this. However, 1 out of 10 people will eventually have the guts to say: “It is possible, I can do it.” Then they begin to really live out their lives.

Here are some stories we’ve found at Buzzfeed about people who have actually decided to push themselves off the cliff and just feel the plunge. Who knows, one of these people might be living out your dream and inspire you to do so as well.

1. Jodi Ettenberg, Ex-Corporate Lawyer Now Traveling Food Blogger

After five-plus years of working as a corporate lawyer in New York, Montrealer Jodi Ettenberg decided to pack it up and eat her way around the world for a year. Next thing she knew, one year turned into another and another, and she’s now nearing six years of travel to faraway places. While she jokes that she “eats soup for a living”, she’s not too far off: Her site, Legal Nomads (which she started to keep her mother updated about her travels) houses photos of foods from around the world. Though Legal Nomads is unmonetized (she has turned down sponsored links or ads), Jodi supports herself with freelance writing, consulting work in social media, and, more recently, feeding her hungry eaters when they visit Saigon.

When asked if she plans to return to “real life” Ettenberg told BuzzFeed that she takes things one day at a time. “I am thankful for the ability to have built a business around the foods and places I love, and never quit my job to ‘be’ a travel writer. If this doesn’t work out, going back to being a lawyer isn’t the worst thing I can think of. But it’s far less fun than what I am doing now!” Feed your wanderlust by following Jodi’s adventures on her blog.

2. Liz Carlson, English Teacher Turned Travel Writer

After graduating and teaching English in Spain for a few years, Liz fell in love with travel. However, she ended up moving home to Washington, D.C., and working in a dead-end office job trying to follow the path that she felt as if she were supposed to be following. It didn’t take long for her to realize that button-ups and quarterly meeting weren’t for her. The nine-to-five scene was becoming suffocating and she could feel herself growing increasingly unhappy.

She knew she had to do something about it, so she did. After deciding to pursue writing, she saved up and quit her job to travel and has been on the road ever since From camping with the Bedouins in the desert in Jordan to paragliding in New Zealand, she’s fully embraced having both a life filled with travel, while also encouraging others who might want the same that it is possible. Carlson told BuzzFeed, “Anyone can do it.” Learn more about Liz and her ongoing adventure by visiting her website.

3. Ying Tey, Felt a Sense of Urgency to Start Living After Mother’s Death

When Ying was just 18 years old, her mother died. “Death,” she said, “is a great teacher. It reminds you, almost mockingly, that everyone is stamped with an expiration date.” She was left with grief, but a sense of urgency accompanied that grief. The sense of urgency to start living.

With this urgency in the back of her mind, it didn’t take her long to realize that her time spent in the corporate world would be short-lived. After just three months, she packed up for good. During this time, travel blogs were rare and Malaysian backpackers even more so. Sixty-six countries and two passports later, she’s holding down a copywriting stint at an advertising agency in Singapore but told BuzzFeed that the flames of wanderlust have yet to die down. “It lies dormant as I embrace stability for the next few months. As soon as my bank account starts getting healthy again, I will heed the call of the open road again. After all, I’m just an average girl from Malaysia yet I was able to wander. If I can, so can you.” Feed the flames of your wanderlust by visiting Ying’s blog.

Remember, it’s never too late to live out your dreams. Stop letting other people live the life you want, instead start taking ownership of the life you’ve always dreamed of. If you want to read more stories about people who have taken the leap – see the complete article at Buzzfeed.

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