Do you feel awake these days?

 I believe that the only actions that are worth taking move us toward positive change, within our own lives and in society at large. I am grateful to live in these times. So many of us are awakening to the linear string of events that shapes and shifts the world we find ourselves in.

Cause and effect is a simple truth, but one that is so often overlooked. Instead of being conscientious of our actions, hypothesizing where they will lead us, we all-to-often react without thinking.

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The greatest cause to any action is a mere thought. Thought precedes action every time. Every mistake, every success, every event in our lives can be traced back through time in the events (and thoughts) that led up to it.

We are not alone in creating this reality, we all have a hand in shaping the final outcome seen here and now. We all stumble about through life thinking, in the moment, that we are choosing “correctly”. But it is our thinking that must change if we want to change our lives.

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All to often we are indoctrinated through media to believe that certain actions will yield certain effects. Almost every commercial enterprise that utilizes mass media to sell products and services does so by appealing to our fundamental psychological drives. This tactic is unlimited in its application. It is used to sell Q-Tips, to promote loyalty to a political party, even to entice enrollment into university.


You see… the most effective tactics have become the most popular. We are bombarded from all angles with half truths and whole lies designed specifically to drive us toward a purchase, a vote, enrollment, a pledge, or maybe just an e-mail address.

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I dare say, that in todays unprecedented technological abundance, the masses collectively share certain delusions that are propagated by commercial enterprise.

Some of these delusions are so powerful that to even question them can land you in hot water with those who believe lock-stock-and-barrel.


 

“Wishful thinking (denial of bad news) is shown to be contagious when it is harmful to others, and self-limiting when it is beneficial. Similarly, with Kreps-Porteus preferences, willful blindness (information avoidance) spreads when it increases the risks borne by others. This general mechanism can generate multiple social cognitions of reality, and in hierarchies it implies that realism and delusion will trickle down from the leaders.’
©Roland Benabou Economics Dept. Princeton University Princeton, NJ 08544 UNITED STATES (US) 2012. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of The Review of Economic Studies Limited.


 

Thankfully we live in times where transparency and authenticity are quickly becoming preferable. I believe it is a sign that the masses are becoming less susceptible to the trickery and deceptive tactics employed.

Ever since Edward Bernays published his groundbreaking and revolutionary title ‘Propaganda’ in 1928, the long held secrets of public manipulation have been available. It may have taken some time, but the ideas and insights that Edward Bernays outlined in that original transcript have finally been assimilated.
Could it be that people are actually awake? Are they attuned to the selfish and manipulative tactics used by the powerful to remain in control? I truly hope so. We are smarter than that.

I won’t allow pipe dreams and fantastical claims to hold my focus. I understand that everything is being offered for purchase and the sale is often cultivated by engaging me psychologically, emotionally, and even spiritually. I am on the lookout for the truth.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions, comments or insights you may have. thomasparisi@thinkhub.org


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The New e-book is Almost Ready!!

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A few days I spoke to you about the new e-book I was working on. I am happy to announce that it is coming along wonderfully!

The most difficult part is condensing the process of healing and overcoming adversity into an easy to read and pragmatic guide for everyone. Our lives truly are amazing, and diverse, and just plain messy at times.

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Universal truths are embedded within the lessons we experience. When we are open, and we listen carefully enough, we are learning every step of the way. But of course this is easier said than done.

Every time I recognize and identify these embedded truths I feel as though I have unearthed a precious gem.

Would you change your past if you could? I may have said yes as a younger man, but today I say NO!

If I hadn’t lived my life who would I be today? How could I have helped the people I am able to help today?

There is a magical and wondrous process. It’s called life. The trick is to be open to the process, less resistant.

Transformation is the process of life unrestrained. Ever-changing, ever-growing, we are meant to be in a state of constant flux. Change is a universal constant, and when we change we are truly alive.

My transformation began in 2011 when I hit an al time low. I was unable to cope with all the grief and stress or the anxiety and the depression. I basically shut down.

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I very wise and compassionate person started me on my journey back to the land of the living. They said to me; “You cannot grow if you focus on the past”. This simple statement showed me the biggest err I had made regarding my own life. I was fixated on the past. The pain never subsided because I never looked away. I was guilty of ruining my own life. It wasn’t the adversity.

I wasn’t a victim anymore.

Taking unbridled accountability for my current situation was my first step. I was in the driver seat. I could not tell the universe what to throw at me but I could surely control myself.

The changes that followed where almost immediate and lasting. It was a long and arduous journey to rebuild myself, but rebuild I did.

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No matter how healthy or strong or competent I feel these days, the steps I took back then continue to raise me up to new heights. I am in a state of constant growth. You can change too.

No matter where you are in this life, we can work to do better, to feel better, to be better. What a world we would live in if we all understood the process to a happy and fulfilling life!
I must bid you a farewell. I am brimming with ideas and must get back to work on the e-book;

“A Seven Step Guide To Self Transformation”
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