Why You Can’t Seem to Find Your Soul-Mate

Are you actively seeking your soul-mate but seem to be encountering one dud after another? Are you unwilling to lower your standards or just mindlessly attach yourself to someone out of desperation? Are you continuously frustrated with all the nonsensical information out there concerning soul-mate relationships that seems to offer nothing based in reality? If so, you’re not alone.

Do you feel deep in your heart that a soul-mate is something very real? Are you experiencing an urge from deep within, a yearning at your very core, to find them? Does your heart ache at night to be with that one special person? If so, you’re not alone.

Yes, soul-mate relationships exist. Pragmatically speaking, they are consciousrelationships. I speak from personal experience as I’ve been in one with mywonderful wife for many years. A soul-mate relationship is the most incredible thing we can experience in the physical world. It’s a relationship that has no equal. It’s the one relationship we all crave and it’s your right to enjoy this type of relationship, the type of relationship that you desire and deserve. But, do you know what constitutes a soul-mate relationship?

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Let’s take a look at a brief, yet practical and clear look into what a soul-mate is and is not. A soul-mate is a person of the complimentary physical energy manifestation of you. They’re quite literally, the other half of you – of your soul. The yin to your yang (or vis versa). They’re your compliment, not your opposite, as opposites do not attract. They literally complete you. They’re certainly not someone who causes you frustration, pain, challenges you, or cheats on you; they’re the same as you are. Same tastes, same desires, same interests, same spiritual foundations. Literally, the same person.

Well, let’s begin by looking at a simple fact – a soul-mate relationship is extremely rare. Why is this so? The reason is simple… most people fail to grasp what is necessary in order to recognize their soul-mate. They turn to using this spiritual term to fit any relationship they mindlessly enter into, including their relationship with their pet. All too often this term is overused in order to help people justify within their own mind carelessly sleeping with anyone and everyone, believing that they must have all been soul-mates. This is assuredly not so.

You see, a soul-mate relationship is a “conscious relationship.” This is the key to realizing the truth of this truly exceptional once-in-a-lifetime relationship with your one and only. In order to recognize your soul-mate you need to become conscious, awake, and capable of attracting them into your experience. This type of relationship is so rare because awakened people are so rare. Now, I’m not talking about those who consider themselves awakened because they see through the illusions of government, religion, and society. That’s all very fine and good, but it’s  a different type of awakened. I’m speaking of spiritual awakening, which is an ever unfolding process and not only results in one seeing beyond illusion, but also delusion.

Allow me to state this clearly – in order to engage in a true soul-mate relationship you must be well along the spiritual path of awakening. You yourself must become consciously aware and so must your soul-mate. 

This should be understood from the other perspective too, or the perspective of the other, as a soul-mate relationship requires that both people be awakened. That’s right, both need to be spiritually awakened. This is a mutual relationship and requires that both people involved be awakened and walking the same spiritual path together, hand in hand, growing together instead of growing apart.

Make no mistake, there are countless people out there who believe themselves awakened, yet they’ve done nothing in regards to authentic practices. Getting high and engaging in new age feel-good fluff exercises do not, and cannot, result in authentic awakening. Please avoid this trap that lures the desperate into pursuing this false path. There are no shortcuts for the practices necessary to attain awakening.

In order to recognize your soul-mate, you first need to engage in real practices that have the potential to result in your awakening. As you begin this process, the truth of this will become known to you. Your eyes will open for the first time and you’ll see everything in a new light. It is this vision that’s necessary for recognizing your soul-mate. From that more awakened point of view, you’ll be able to attract your soul-mate into your experience, and they too will be awakened and attracting their soul-mate into their experience. That soul-mate will be you. You may often find that the person was near you all along, right under your nose; yet until you awakened, you had no clue. There are many ways in which this mutual attraction plays out and it’s unique to each conscious couple.

Still want a soul-mate experience? Then what are you waiting for? Start engaging in authentic practices in order to activate the awakening process within yourself. Focus on your own awakening and I assure you that your soul-mate will be doing the same. Make the time to engage the process of becoming conscious and you’ll awaken the potential for a conscious relationship. The truth of a soul-mate relationship is simple; the challenge comes in getting up, getting active, getting involved, and summoning the courage to engage our own lives.

Want a conscious relationship? First, become conscious! When you become conscious, you’ll begin to attract your soul-mate into your life. They too, will be a conscious, awakened person. It’s through this vibration that you attract one another, and it’s through this higher consciousness that you recognize the other person for who they truly are – your soul-mate.

Expansion Mastery meets Sammy Hagar!

 

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A thrilling moment for me at Sammy Hagar’s book signing at Diesel. Sammy signed his new book, “Are We Having Any Fun Yet?” for me and I gave him an autographed copy of my book, Expansion Mastery. He made sure that I had signed the book, and we talked for a minute about how his book was also about “Living a Fully Engaged Life” – but with a fork! Then he graciously said, “I’m looking forward to reading it. Hey, let’s take a picture together with your book!” This is so cool and Sammy is a truly awesome individual!

I recommend picking up a copy of Sammy’s new book, “Are We Having Any Fun Yet?” It’s a super fun read! My wife and I can’t wait to try some of these recipes and it’s great to read about Sammy’s life in there too. This guys really does live a “Fully Engaged lIfe!” Not like there was ever any doubt though. Thanks again Sammy!

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Spiritual Independence

Happy Independence Day America!

I hope everyone around the world is fully engaging their July 4th weekend! As over $150 million dollars of hot dogs are consumed and 65 million cases of beer are chugged down, we should also reflect on and celebrate our freedoms and liberties.

The Declaration of Independence is a masterpiece that saw the final draft agreed upon and signed on this day in 1776. It spokeof the liberties that were to be the right of every American. Today is a wonderful day to take a moment and read this historic document for yourself. The Declaration of Independence is a powerful document and vitally important part of our history as Americans.

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It begins with… “We the people,” and this refers to the great citizens of the United States, but in reality, it should refer to all people from all places. It speaks of the liberties that all people should have the right to enjoy, such as life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. We must remember that WE are “WE the People.” Our government is designed to work for us, not to rule over us. The people are meant to be the “bosses” of the government, not the other way around. This is our responsibility.

Freedom is supposed to be a right, but how can a person consider themselves to be free when they’re totally dependent upon the government for money, food, and housing? Is that really freedom? A person dependent upon the government is not an independent person, they are a very dependent one. Entitlement causes people to surrender their freedoms in favor of the easy way out; all the while their ego convinces them to believe they’re getting over on someone when nothing could be farther from the truth. This speaks to the mental state of the people, choosing a form of mental and financial slavery for themselves over education and hard work to make their own way in the world, taking their own unique stance in the universe.

But, this is not an article about politics, this is about independence. Specifically, I’m referring to a sense of “Spiritual Independence.” Spiritual Independence and Spiritual Freedom are the successful outcomes of spiritually-based practices. This is true independence.

Spiritual Independence. In a spiritual context, one can celebrate their spiritual independence day when they have successfully risen above the tyrannical domination of the ego. Until this day, you’ll find yourself completely ruled by the ego while your true self, your true voice continues to be repressed. One is only spiritually independent when they’re no longer dependent on the ego to “keep them safe” and provide an “easy way out” through the delusion of entitlement. The spiritually independent have accepted 100% responsibility for themselves in every way. Independence from one’s ego is truly cause for celebration.

Spiritual Freedom. Spiritual Freedom is not about the freedom to choose a religion, it’s far more. Spiritual Freedom only takes place when you live in the present moment, without ego, and with an open heart filled with love, joy and appreciation. This sets your spirit free. This kind of freedom can only be experienced when you’re free of the ego’s need for competition, faith, hope, and belief. Spiritual Freedom comes with the constantly unfolding state of Awakening. This is spiritual freedom and indeed, another great cause for celebration.

So, if you’re one who has overcome their ego and you live in the illumination of Spiritual Independence and Freedom – celebrate and rejoice! You know a rare sense of freedom!

Thanks for the artistic image of the Declaration of Independence, I don’t know who created it to offer credit, but it’s not mine. Thanks too, to Watching the Hawks for their July 4th statistics. 

A Clear Meditative Path

Hey everyone! Robert here!

I continue to get many requests for a clear-cut, practical approach meditative system that has the ability to guide you through the process without confusion or wasting precious time on ineffective or unnecessary meditative techniques and rituals.

There are countless paths one can embark on regarding meditation; just as there are endless meditations to be practiced. A great many of these are highly beneficial, but it’s also easy to get lost in the sheer volume of meditative techniques being offered. Some masters tell us to simply sit until something happens. Others instruct us through an intricate and seemingly endless maze of techniques and rituals. Others still offer fluffy feel-good meditations that offer what seems to be instant relief, but within just a couple days, we find ourselves right back at square one as they do not result in any real lasting growth or change (expansion).

I would like to offer you a basic path that is direct and effective. I’m not claiming this to be the only way or even the very best way for you, but I am offering it as a path with clear direction and effective practices for real and lasting benefits. It’s worked for me and for students I’ve taken through this exact process. I have personally studied thousands (literally) of meditation methods over the past 35 years from numerous spiritual systems from around the world. What I’m sharing here are the 7 stages of real meditation that will take you through the process in a practical, effective way so you don’t become distracted or lost. I would recommend using this as you core system as it contains the true “goals” of meditation. As always, feel free to add other meditations to it that may fit with your personal desires of growth. This is a very basic overview of what I teach, but it’ll give you a very clear perspective of the process.

For more information on this meditative path, please tune into my weekly podcast show, THE FULLY ENGAGED LIFE where I cover topics and simple technique for making true progress in your soul expansion. I’m also creating this complete method of meditation, all 7 steps, in the form of an online training audio & video course that you’ll be able to explore right here on this website. I’ll even personally help you through each phase!

1. Learn How to Meditate

Most people don’t even know what it actually means to meditate. This requires you to learn how to breathe properly. Abdominal breathing is generally the best. Learn how to properly relax your mind and your body. You’ll need to train your eyelids too, if you intend to progress form the eyes being closed to the eyes being half open. Develop the ability to feel your body and know that it’s relaxing. Have the courage to spend time alone with yourself and turn off the tech while resisting the temptation of distraction. Find a safe, quiet space where you’ll not be interrupted. Have loose colored clothing and a comfortable cushion and/or mat to sit on. Find a posture that feels good to you. The Lotus posture and other forms of seated posture are not necessary, its not about the body, its about the mind and consciousness.

2. Discipline the Mind

This is a way to train the mind in order to avoid falling asleep during mediation or continuously drifting off into random egoic thought patterns. Focus on a candle flame, spiritual statue, mandala, painting or other single point of focus. The idea here is to bring your mind from a point of thousands of random thoughts down to just one thought and hold that single focus for as long as possible. I really enjoy using the candle flame for this exercise as the movement of the flame helps to entertain the mind in the beginning without losing focus. Later, the use of a statue can be used, The stillness of the statue may be more challenging. Hold the mindset of each experience being new and exciting. As you practice this avoid allowing the mind to base the new experience upon those of the past. This will discipline your mind so you have the capacity to meditate and will begin developing a higher sense of mindfulness.

Once you gain the ability to hold a single point of mental focus and basic meditative state, I recommend slowly rising and walking around while maintaining this state of calmness. See how long you can go before your mind snaps back into its normal overly-busy state. While moving, focus on feeling your body. Feel your feet make contact with the ground, feel your legs moving, feel yourself breathing. Feel. Don’t think about feeling – just feel. This helps to drop your awareness from your head into your body.

3. The Breath Bridge

This is the method used to cross from the outer world to your inner world and then back again. You need an effective and efficient “way in” and “way out” when performing meditation. I cannot stress the importance of such a technique enough. This is the very best I’ve ever learned and you’ll find it will serve you well for a long time. Eventually, you’ll find that instead of taking you 10 or 15 minutes to cross the “bridge” that you can do it almost instantly. Once mastered it takes only as long as it takes to lower your eyelids.

4. The Observer

Separate yourself from your thoughts. Separate yourself from your ego. Separate yourself from your mind. Discover your conscious awareness. This is the purpose of the “Observer” meditation. See your thoughts as they travel through the landscape of your mind, observe them without judgment, criticism or forcing them in any way. Just allow them to rise and fall naturally as you witness their birth, demise, and reincarnation. You will learn a great deal about the human mind in this phase. Notice from “where” you seem to be observing them. Feel where your conscious awareness seems to be and then feel your conscious awareness all around you.

The advanced stage of this phase is to overcome the ego. Once you have successfully separated yourself from the ego, you can begin to overcome it. This is a massively important phase. First separate yourself from the ego; by doing so, you expose it for what it is. Then you work on recognizing it both in meditation and out. You’ll learn to stop it as soon as it rears its ugly head. This leads to the ability to tune into your higher self, your essence.

5. Silencing the Mind

This is when you quiet the mind by having less and less rampant thoughts racing around uncontrollably in your head. Here you’re able to put an end to all the incessant chatter, which is mostly negative, going on in your head day in and day out. Then you’ll focus on the space between the thoughts. These “gaps” of thought are where the silence resides, just as it does in between the notes in a song. Find this gap space and try to hold your focus there for as long as you can. This slows the thoughts and eventually brings then to a point of stillness. Silencing the mind is a state of “no-thought” and this develops the ability to turn the random mental thoughts of the ego off leaving you with silence until you consciously choose to engage the act of thinking. This is perceived as difficult because most people fear this stage the most. They’re deathly afraid of the silence because then they’ll surely be left alone with themselves – which is the point. This offers a glimpse of being in the moment. As you overcome the ego, the heart will naturally begin to flower.

6. Attaining No-Mind

This is a higher level of silence, the highest level. This is a state of being, where you’re able to not just turn the mind off, but transcend it altogether. In this state there is no thought, no intention, no self, no mind. There is only being. Your thoughts cease. There is no intention focused upon a goal or outcome, therefore, there’s no attachment to any thing. The self is let go and this too ceases to exist. The “self” refers to the egoic identity of “I” which fades away at this stage. You detach yourself from the mind and by doing so, you experience your true essence. This is to truly be in the present moment, in the here and now. This is a state of emptiness, of being zero. There are various stages to this phase just as awakening itself is most often a gradual process, as this is a form of awakening.

 7. Hold the Meditative State in the Marketplace

The final stage of meditation is the ability to hold the awakened meditative state out in the world. The ability to hold this state as you normal state of being, not something you merely do while seated in meditation. This is now who you are. You’re able to hold this state of consciousness while driving, working, training, and any other daily activity. This is the sense of having arrived to the other shore.

Make sure to email me directly at expansionmastery@hotmail.com to order your copy of the NEW 2-CD program, THE BREATH BRIDGE. Get it for $22.99 plus shipping, before its even available on the website. I will be releasing this Meditative Path as an online training course right here in the near future! Stay tuned in!

THE FULLY ENGAGED LIFE podcast show is FREE and available on iTunes, Stitcher Smart Radio, and Libsyn. A new episode is released every Monday. 

 

 

Spiritual Hierarchy of Sex & Vibration

Hey everyone! Robert here.

Can the type of sex you engage in be a direct reflection of the vibration you carry? Of course it can. This article will address, albeit briefly, my “Spiritual Hierarchy of Sex & Vibration.” This is a deep and complex subject that my wife and I cover in its entirety in our Entangled Souls program, as we uncover love making from a spiritual perspective. This is a brief overview. However, for additional insights on this topic, I would encourage you to listen to my latest podcast show, episode 27 of The Fully Engaged Life. It’s available on iTunes and Stitcher Smart Radio!

There’s a lot of controversy surrounding sex right now. Largely due to the release of a particular movie. As humanity becomes more and more entrenched in their heads, ruled by the ego, doing what they’re told without question, following the herd – so too do we see the trends in sex being more twisted, as we witness the egoic plague pull humanity into a downward spiral. But, as people begin to awaken from their mental slumber, truth and higher vibration will be reclaimed.

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I would like to offer a “hierarchy” of sorts in order to establish the 5 basic types of sex and how they reflect our vibrational frequency.

In the middle of this sexual structure is just plain old, honest to goodness Ordinary Sex. This type of sex includes the intention of reproducing. The desire to have children is generally far more of a social and cultural expectation than it is a conscious decision, but through this type of sex reproduction inevitably takes place. This is the Ordinary Sex that most couples who posses the “ordinary” mind engage in. It’s healthy enough, and maybe even a little loving at times. It’s the sex one has when they find themselves scheduling it or squeezing it into their schedules. This is a bit utilitarian, but yet fun. The vibration is mid-range. This is the vibration of the average unawakened person riding the unconscious roller coaster of emotional flux triggered by external stimuli. The vibration is what most people are used to – ordinary.

One level below Ordinary Sex is Lustful Sex. There’s really no emotion attached to this act. Nor is love ever a factor. This sex is the intercourse had by those sleepwalking through life. Those who are mindlessly ego-driven to have sex with as many partners as possible. It’s a form of conquest and competition. This sex act consumes people, using them up and tossing them aside. This is sex based on nothing more than animalistic lust. It’s the need for momentary physical gratification, as in the one night stand. Contained within this level are all those categories of sex such as angry sex, make-up sex, revenge sex, and all of the other nonsense. None of these sex acts contain love, respect, or any emotion other than those based in ego and lust. This is the type of sex that any stray dog in heat is capable of having. The vibration of those attracted to this type of sex is substantially lower. Those who find themselves engaging in this type of sex are victim to an even deeper sleep-state and are totally dominated by ego. Their consciousness is no more awakened than any other animal on the planet.

At the very bottom of the structure is Dysfunctional Sex. This includes all the types of sex that are classified as kinky. The type of sex that’s contained within a ridiculous book and movie that people are now attempting to imitate. Likewise, we’re seeing a flood of articles online that make claims about how normal it is to be kinky. They’re twisted and wrong. Any sex that includes pain, disrespect, degradation, perversion, humiliation, domination, or other disturbing factors is nothing more than the product of a bored and dis-eased mind. This type of mind is anything but normal. Think about it, animals don’t even have this type of sex where they treat one another in such a violent and degrading fashion. Only the warped ego of the human mind is capable of sinking this low. This is a perversion of one of the greatest spiritual expressions that we have the ability to experience in our physical form. Violence and abuse are never expressions of love, merely the acting out of a warped mind. Not only is there no love present in this act, but indeed, the very absence of it. This vibration is the lowest, it’s the rock bottom of vibrational frequencies.

If we return now to the center of Ordinary Sex, we can move one level above that to Romantic Love Making. This is had when people fall in love. It’s usually intense for a couple of years, but then becomes somewhat mundane and sinks to the level of Ordinary Sex. Some rare couples do manage to maintain the aspect of love and romance within this part of their relationship. This typically happens in a new relationship, when both people are deeply attracted to each other. Hearts are opened in the beginning, but over time the excitement wears off. This is a signal that the person is not your Soul-Mate. This is the healthy act of those who have their hearts opened a bit and are able to escape being stuck in their heads. This differs from sex because of the components of love and romance. There is real love happening in this form of Romantic Love Making. The vibration of those in this area is much higher. This is the vibration of those who are actively overcoming their ego and living a more consciously aware and awakened life. It generally feels good to be around these people.

Above Romantic Love Making, at the very height of the sexual experience – is Spiritual Love Making. This is the rarest of all forms of sex / love making. Why? Because this is the expression only experienced by those in an awakened, conscious Soul-Mate relationship. This is the very essence of making love. The act itself becomes a physical and non-physical union of two people, connected physically as well as spiritually through the gateway of the fully opened heart as their souls unite into one. This form of love making includes the purest love, romance, passion, mutual respect, a deep heart connection, and a soul union. When engaged in this type of lovemaking, your vibrational frequency peaks to the closest possible to that of the Divine that it’s capable of while in physical form. When bodies and souls entangle in the spiritual expression of love making, the heavens shake along with them. It is truly a deep, spiritual act of love.

I encourage you to insist on raising your vibration and engaging in healthy Love Making; where love, romance, passion, and respect are all present. Why would you settle for anything less? Don’t you deserve the best? Of course you do!

Is Busy Really Better?

Hey everyone! Robert here.

How often do you hear someone make the comment; “Oh, it’s good to be so busy!” or “I’m crazy busy right, so that’s good!”? Can you recall the last time that you yourself uttered something similar? Usually, there seems to be a sense of mindlessness with such statements. You know, when you’re really not focused on talking to the person you’re saying it to and it just falls out of your mouth through auto-pilot while you’re thinking about something else. Sometimes, we tend to rely on it as an excuse too, right? But is it really good to be so busy?

We’re certainly encouraged to believe it is. Our society has forced us to adopt overly busy lifestyles in order to thrive or even merely survive. Busy, busy, busy. Now we’re at the point where people feel guilty if they take a break from all the worry, the insane rushing around, and the constant stress that it places them under. Guilt is another form of disempowering stress that weighs on you, lowers your vibration, closes your heart, and negatively impacts your well being.

We see it all around us. Hell, we’ve even done it ourselves.  We quickly choke down fast food-like garbage from a drive-thru while speeding in our cars from one obligation to the next. We believe that “multi-tasking” is an honorable and desirable skill. We surrender our vacation times and holidays in order to continue this ridiculous pace of daily life that leaves our head swirling. Instead, filling the holidays with multiple obligatory visits that we don’t enjoy or shopping for more crap we don’t need. After work, we frantically drive all over town dragging our kids to participate in after school sporting events and other activities, when they’d rather just be playing with their friends. We dash here and dash there so quickly we never truly engage where we’re at in the moment. Our minds are racing the entire time, focusing on the next item on the list before the present item has even been accomplished. Can you feel the stress levels building just from reading this?

Things have been designed to keep us all overly busy, and the ego loves it. Some of this has been purposely designed, but the majority has been created by our own growing egoic mind. We put this sense of being busy on ourselves so we don’t have to face reality. It’s like sleepwalking while feverishly running around in order to avoid waking up. This way the reality of being unhappy in our relationship, our dead-end minimum wage job, living somewhere we don’t like, or living the life we never really wanted to begin with, never has to be acknowledged.

We use being busy as a distraction. Like cowards, we hide behind it so we never have to face ourselves. We can’t possibly be thinking for our self or expanding spiritually when we’re so busy we can’t even think straight. We have deadlines on top of deadlines and we’re unable to give our full attention to anything. We allow ourselves to be pulled in in every direction by anyone who desires to waste our time. Always facing another day overflowing with activities and obligations. We run around like the proverbial “chicken with it’s head cut off” while accomplishing very little by the end of the day. Except for being too exhausted to participate in, let alone enjoy, intimate time with the one we love.

Of course, society cheers us on as we participate in this senseless race because it validates their own need to be so busy. The members of the herd pat us on the back when we tell them how busy we are; but it’s done from the same sense of mindless auto-pilot that everyone uses. You (your ego) feels good from all this attention, as though you’ve really accomplished something incredible. But the reality of the situation is just the opposite.

I say this is all wrong! We’re doing it wrong and mindlessly perpetuating this wrongness! Stop revering being busy! Put the distractions down and take a deep breath. Be brave. There’s nothing noble about it being busy. It’s not the way human beings were meant to live. It causes stress, poor physical and mental health, and accomplishes little in the grand scheme of things. We run around all day frantically trying to fit everything in while our mind races to make sure we haven’t forgotten anything. Meanwhile, its frying our nervous system and negatively impacting our mental and physical health. This is the price to be paid for hiding from our own truth. How is a such a life different from a dog spastically running in circles chasing its tail?

Stop perpetuating the idea that being busy is so good, or so righteous. Stop revering an overly busy lifestyle! Being crazy busy is the path of keeping yourself distracted as you race to the end of your life without attaining anything of real value. Step off of this mindless treadmill and step onto the path of an awakened and fully engaged life.

Make time. Take the time back, it’s yours after all. Spend time relaxing, reflecting, meditating, going for walks in nature, and focusing on what really matters. be honest with yourself and feel if you’re living the life you were meant to live. Slow down and get out of your head. See through the illusion that society has placed before you and step outside of the rat race. Defy the ego and take time to look within, to know who you are honestly and what it is you want to experience from your life. Summon your courage and awaken.

No. Busy is not better.

The Potential of Appreciation

Hey everyone! Robert here.

In my research for the new audio program I released recently, APPRECIATION MASTERY, I found that people seem to have a highly superficial understanding of appreciation, especially considering the depth this concept truly holds. Many people view it through exoteric eyes, seeing only the simplistic face value of the term. Their mind then immediately thinks, “Oh, I know that” and they instantly shut down from seeing any deeper. They think that it must be about openly sharing with others that you appreciate them or something they did for you; that it’s about having the good manners to acknowledge thoughtful things others take the time to do for you. They believe that it’s basically about saying “thank you.”

This is all fine and good – on the surface. But it’s only the miniscule grasping of the common mind. The ordinary, egoic mind that knows only the superficial meaning of things and refuses to peer deeper out of fear for its own survival. Appreciation is so much more than what they can even imagine. Appreciation, sometimes (mistakenly) translated as “gratitude,” is a core fundamental method of all spirituality and many religions and when viewed through more awakened eyes its unlimited potential can be clearly recognized. Appreciation is one of the fundamental pillars of Buddhism and it plays an important role throughout the development within this system and countless others as well.

Appreciation is about vibration. It’s the method for learning how to raise your vibrational frequency and hold it in this higher state on a regular basis while opening the heart. It’s not something you do only when someone else causes you to feel this way, it’s something you do for yourself and train yourself to maintain. It’s a state of natural being. This is why the power of appreciation is directly associated with love and happiness. Want to experience more love? More Joy? Then being practicing appreciation in order to open your heart and raise your vibration. This requires far more than merely remembering to say “thanks” of feeling gratitude. Appreciation is an incredible form of empowerment. It centers around the love for others, the love for self, and holding the positive mental and vibrational state of happiness. Appreciation serves as a sort of gateway to directly interact with your vibration. Through it, you can transform yourself and your life.

I enjoy this great quote from Abraham-Hicks:

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Appreciation, in the context that I’m speaking, requires practice in order to be mastered. This is why I’ve put together the greatest collection of practical Appreciation practices that I know into one cohesive system. These methods are not readily available to the public and are unlike the common new age fluff surrounding this topic. The methods begin in an easy, quick, and effective manner while increasing in intensity as one progresses toward the Master’s Practice. Appreciation is what links love (opening the heart) and happiness (holding a high vibration), which has the potential to cause an amazing transformation of Self. These are the things that allow us to experience our true nature. The very nature of the Universe, God, or Tao.

The APPRECIATION MASTERY Program is here!

We are very proud to announce that the Appreciation Mastery Program is now available for sale ONLY through this website! Just in time for Thanksgiving! It’s also a fantastic holiday gift for friends and family who could use more joy in their lives.

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Would you like to be a happier person? Do you want to enjoy your life far more than you currently do? Are you suffering from feelings of depression, emptiness, or a general sense of being lost? Are you looking for practical solutions that allow you to improve yourself, raise your vibration, and spark all new levels of spiritual expansion? Then you owe it to yourself to try Robert’s incredibly unique approach to gratitude. These appreciation methods are fast, effective, and enjoyable without the usual fluff. This audio program was designed to be the only one you’ll ever need in order to master the amazing positive power of appreciation. What are you waiting for? Get yours now!

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Robert has offered 2 different versions of this program. The first is the 3 disc set standard edition, which is amazing on its own. But, he also created a second program for those who take their spiritual expansion very seriously. This second version is an extremely limited edition 4 disc set that contains a bonus disc containing the master’s practices. The price is only a few dollars more to enable us to cover the costs of the materials and manufacturing, and it’s limited to ONLY 100 units. And they’re already flying off the shelf faster than anticipated. When they’re gone, they’re gone! Don’t say we didn’t warn you.

Just visit our all new products section here on this website to order your copy of this outstanding and unique audio program and master the positive power of APPRECIATION.

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The Fully Engaged Life – Podcast Show!

Join us every Monday for the latest episode of The Fully Engaged Life! Robert hosts this weekly 30 minute podcast show that takes the Expansion Mastery material to the next level. It’s available in the iTunes Store, on Stitcher Smart Radio, and Libsyn. There’s even a great Fully Engaged Life App for the Android and your tablets! Join him as he shares practical methods for achieving a higher sense of awakening in the modern world while debunking many commonly accepted, yet incorrect, perceptions regarding personal growth and spiritual expansion. The show is as fun as it is informative. Learn practical methods to shift beyond merely existing and start truly living! Many people ask about life after death, but the real question they should be asking, is whether or not they are actually living while they’re alive.

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Do You Have Vacations or Adventures?

Hey everyone! Robert here!

As vacations continue to decline into extinction, replaced by things such as “stay-cations” and “fake-cations,” I felt I should address this topic. I’m just not going to waste your time discussing staycations and fakecations, but instead help you to see the value in turning this trend upside down to the best of your ability in these uncertain economic times. Instead of swirling in the dismal downward spiral away from relaxing and fun life experiences, why not spiral upward? How do you move above a vacation? I’m happy you asked. The answer is to experience an Adventure!

Vacations, unquestionably, offer value ranging from long overdue relaxation and stress relief to visiting new and exciting places. Vacations are generally fun get-a-ways that help us reset and recharge our batteries a bit in order to return and carry on with our normal, hectic, demanding daily lives. many people are unable to set aside the daily stress and carry it with them on their vacations, but this is not the fault of getting away, it’s the fault of the mind.

My wife and I (and a couple outstanding friends) just returned from an adventure. Amy and I do our best to take at least 2 international adventures each year while having mini-adventures on a more regular basis, sometimes daily. This excursion took us back to Japan for a spiritual pilgrimage to Mt. Togakushi, just outside of Nagano. Sightseeing for a few days and the living in a small mountain town for a week. In my 33 visits to Japan, this was my first adventure without a rigorous training schedule. I felt it was about time. Truly a life-changing and soul-expanding experience as we spent time amongst many Shinto and Buddhist shrines up in the breathtaking mountains of this mysterious area.

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Amy and I at he Kuzuryusha (9 headed dragon shrine), Togakushi, Japan. October 2014

An adventure is something more than a vacation. Much, much more. Anyone can take a vacation, but not just anyone can experience an adventure. Yes, it’s true that everyone has the innate ability to do so, but the vast majority remain unable because they lack a sense of awakening. An adventure has a deeper purpose than merely relaxing or recharging or looking at particular sites. Adventures carry a sense of deep meaning to the person setting out to have such an experience. The difference being that the common vacationer goes to the see things like these shrines and temples of Japan while taking tons of photos so they can return home and tell everyone where they’ve been. Some people even post them to social media while they are at these places – thus insuring that they’re not in the moment or having the adventure experience at all. The adventurer, however, visits these incredible Shinto and Buddhist shrines and temples to experience them. They have consciously chosen these destinations because they feel drawn and connected to them from somewhere deep within themselves. They’re connected to the places they visit in ways, they themselves may or may not fully understand, but they knew this feeling is something very strong and very real.

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The Hisaizu Shrine in Koshigaya, Japan. One of our favorite places to visit. October 2014

Through an awakened perspective, the adventurer “feels” the shrines in numerous ways. They have a profound interaction with the energy there by attuning themselves to the vibration of these sacred sites. They can feel if the energy still remains strong there or if it no longer remains. Adventurers are touched by the sacred places they visit and their experience is one light years beyond merely seeing a place for the sake of simply seeing it. The adventurer lives the experience fully by opening their mind and heart to embrace the culture and do their best to live as they do. When in Japan, they have a Japanese experience. When in Egypt, they have an Egyptian experience. Never attempting to force the same old experience based upon where they live. Adventurers let go of their comfort zones and step out into the wondrous world in order to better experience the moment and consciously connect to this new place, allowing the magic of the universe to unfold naturally around them. Adventures change you forever, they act as a catalyst to your spiritual expansion.

This is why different people can visit the exact same place and some have no expansion whatsoever trasnpire, while others are profoundly moved, changed forever, and undergo the personal transformation of soul-expansion. It’s not about what you look at with the ordinary mind, but how you see (feel) it from your spirit, that matters. Henry David Thoreau put it this way, “It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” This is also the difference between those who are merely existing and those who are able to truly live a fully engaged life.

Just in case you’re curious as to whether you’re having a vacation or an adventure – here’s the top 5 ways to tell you’ve had an adventure.

1. Upon returning from an adventure, you’ll usually experience some degree of culture shock from returning to your own country, and/or state. You need to readjust because you don’t feel right or “normal” at home any longer. You’ll feel different and possibly even see things differently in your day-to-day life from then on.

2. Upon returning from an adventure, you’ll find yourself missing the language, the food, the people, and the cultural living habits in ways you never expected. You may find that you end up adopting some of these or other cultural aspects into your normal daily life. This is one way to realize that you’ve changed.

3. Upon returning from an adventure, you may find yourself being uncomfortable with some of the societal norms of home and you may even experience difficulty in readjusting. You may find yourself longing for the way they did things somewhere else. In addition, you may be surprised at how much “smaller” everyone seems in regards to things beyond physical size once you return to them.

4. Upon returning from an adventure, you may realize that you were able to have a deeper connection with many of the people of a different culture than you now can with those around you at home, despite things such as language barriers. You’ll also be reeling from the amount of “magical” things that seemed to happen that you didn’t plan or force, but allowed to enter your experience. These are gifts from the universe that help you to expand.

5. Upon returning from an adventure, you begin thinking much more globally than you used to. Your mind and heart are more opened than ever before. You become open to new ways of thinking and living far beyond those who simply remain within the invisible boundaries of their own country, state, or country. You may even have a sense of “feeling” as though you’re more than you were before the adventure.

Adventures are the experiences of those who choose the path of awakening. An adventure requires a conscious connection to where you go and to the reason for going. They carry a deep spiritual experience of some sort that simple vacations lack. It’s the difference between mindlessness and mindfulness. The wonderful news is that you have the power to choose which you take – a vacation or an adventure. The choice is always yours and no one can take it away from you. Once you attain the ability to have a true adventure, and you become more consciously expansive because of it, you’ll begin to understand how to have adventures every day regardless of where you’re at or what you’re doing. This is the path of awakening unfolding before your very eyes. This is the adventure of life.