An Invitation to Ponder

“I think everybody is looking for something that they already have.”

“You might not actually be who you think you are.”

“It’s just realizing that you are already complete.”

“Ego tries to convince us to go after this Immortality that we already possess.”

“Everyone is looking for god and everyone is god. It’s just now what do you want to do. There’s nothing you need, it’s just play.

Nothing you do is going to add anything to you, and nothing you do will take anything away from you. It’s all play.”

So many understand these truths conceptually but don’t live by them.

I invite you to ponder, what is in the way of making this deeper conceptual truth a deeper pervading felt sense of embodied living and action?

Here is a list to start the pondering:

Intention. Standards. Commitment. Practice. Repetition. Willingness to endure discomfort. Willingness to surrender. Willingness to let your identity structure and plans for life die…with a trust and faith that what is true and pure cannot be destroyed by the fire.

Welcome to My Workouts

 

I have a soft, sweet and sensitive side.

I have a deeply contemplative, scholarly and spiritual side.

This is my warrior side.

To paraphrase the great poet Walt Whitman,

Do my parts contradict themselves?
Very well then I contradict myself,
I am large, I contain multitudes.

In an era where men increasing fall into two camps: 1) Assholes or 2) Heartfelt and Lost…

My closest brothers and I are a stand for the next emergent frequency of Masculinity.

One that cultivates the raw, passionate, intensity of the Primal Warrior, directing that energy into Purpose and Love.

A strength that is ferocious in its power yet precisely guided by elevated and compassionate moral principles.

This Masculine Energy is feared by many as violently unsafe…

And while there is truth that this energy is dangerous if not cultivated or wielded correctly,

This danger is inherent in any emergence along the Metaphysical Strand of Power.

And a widespread collective cultivation of a new Integral Masculinity is one of the pre-requisites for…

Transforming the status quo of a world whose dominant trajectory is presently Existential Chaos.

And yet I remain confident that new energies along with inner and outer systems are coalescing which will Unfuck The World.

The Following is the Realest Shit on Finding Your Purpose

If you are not deeply in touch with your purpose, your life is very likely unconsciously filled with activities and habits to numb you from this lack.

The only way out is through.

Going straight into the eye of the storm of your suffering and coming out the other side reborn.

In the Way of the Superior Man, by David Deida:

“Austerity means to eliminate the comforts and cushions in your life that you have learned to snuggle into and lose wakefulness. Take away anything that dulls your edge. No newspapers or magazines. No TV. No candy, cookies, or sweets. No sex. No cuddling. No reading of anything at all while you eat or sit on the toilet. Reduce working time to a necessary minimum. No movies. No conversation that isn’t about truth, love, or the divine.

If you take on these disciplines for a few weeks, as well as any other disciplines that may particularly cut through your unique habits of dullness, then your life will be stripped of routine distraction. All that will be left is the edge you have been avoiding by means of your daily routine. You will have to face the basic discomfort and dissatisfaction that is the hidden texture of your life. You will be alive with the challenge of living your truth, rather than hiding form it.

Unadorned suffering is the bedmate of masculine growth. Only by staying intimate with your personal suffering can you feel through it to its source. By putting all your attention into work, TV, sex, and reading, your suffering remains unpenetrated, and the source remains hidden. Your life becomes structured entirely by your favorite means of sidestepping the suffering you rarely allow yourself to feel. And when you do touch the surface of your suffering, perhaps in the form of boredom, you quickly pick up a magazine or the remote control.

Instead, feel your suffering, rest with it, embrace it, make love with it. Feel your suffering so deeply and thoroughly that you penetrate it, and realize its fearful foundation. Almost everything you do, you do because you are afraid to die. And yet dying is exactly what you are doing, from the moment you are born. Two hours of absorption in a good Super Bowl telecast may distract you temporarily, but the fact remains. You were born as a sacrifice. And you can either participate in the sacrifice, dissolving in the giving of your gift, or you can resist it, which is your suffering.

By eliminating the safety net of comforts in your life, you have the opportunity to free fall in this moment between birth and death, right through the hole of your fear, into the unthreatenable openness which is the source of your gifts. The superior man lives as this spontaneous sacrifice of love.”

My Rhythm

Finally hit a wall and needed to take my first weekend off in 2018, 6 weeks in.

When you are chasing multi-dimensional greatness you run on a different rhythm.

Aside from a few extended periods of depression, where I needed to shut everything down and do deeper cleansing and integration work, I’ve been pushing myself to exhaustion in this rhythm since I turned 13.

Study the greats.

Take inspiration from the greats.

Live your soul’s unique expression of greatness.

Elon Musk

Work like hell. I mean you just have to put in 80 to 100 hour weeks every week. If other people are putting in 40 hour workweeks and you’re putting in 100 hour workweeks, you know that you will achieve in four months what it takes them a year to achieve.

Kobe Bryant

If your job is to be the best basketball player you can be, to do that you have to practice and train, you have train as much as you can, as often as you can. So if you get up at 10 in the morning, train at 12, train for 2 hours, 12-2, you have to let your body recover, so you eat and recover, you get back out and train from 6-8 and then you go home, eat, shower, go to bed do it again. Those are 2 sessions. Imagine you wake up at 3, train 4-6am, eat breakfast, relax, go back at it 9 to 11, then you’re back at it again 2-4, then back at again 7-9…look at how much more training I’ve done by starting at 4am. You do that as the years go on, the separation you have with your competitors and your peers, just grows larger and larger and by years 5 to 6, it doesn’t matter what type of work they’re doing in the summer, they’re never going to catch up, because they’re 5 years behind.

Will Smith

I’ve never really viewed myself as particularly talented. I’ve viewed myself as slightly above average in talent. And where I excel is ridiculous, sickening, work ethic. You know, while the other guy’s sleeping? I’m working. While the other guy’s eatin’? I’m working. While the other guy’s making love, I mean, I’m making love, too. But I’m working really hard at it.

Drake

Yeah uh, look, fuck all that happy to be here shit that y’all want me on
I’m the big homie, they still be tryna lil’ bro me dog
Like I should fall in line, like I should alert niggas
When I’m ’bout to drop somethin’ crazy and I say I’m the greatest of my generation
Like I should be dressin’ different
Like I should be less aggressive and pessimistic
Like I should be way more nervous and less dismissive
Like I should be on my best behavior
And not talk my shit and do it major like the niggas who paved the way for us
Like I didn’t study the game to the letter
And understand that I’m not doin’ it the same, man, I’m doin’ it better
Like I didn’t make that clearer this year
Like I should feel, I don’t know, guilty for saying that
They should put a couple more mirrors in here so I can stare at myself
These are usually just some thoughts that I would share with myself
But I thought “Fuck it”.

The Great Lie of Wealth Expropriation

Good article on Wealth Inequality and the problems with Redistributive Government Wealth Programs.

That said I’m in favor of lower taxes and universal basic income that is at least partly funded by stock in S&P 500 companies, so rising corporate wealth is a tide that can lift all boats.

“By the time you finish reading this article, some six hundred people from all over the world will have escaped poverty.

In 1990, 35% of the world population lived in extreme poverty. Today, that figure has fallen to 10.7%, according to the World Bank .
In 1987, there were 660 million poor people in China. After its economy opened, that figure has fallen to only 25 million . In the same period, in India, the number of poor citizens has been reduced by more than one hundred million people.
Additionally, 140 million people join the middle class every year.
Despite these achievements, we are living in a time when these excellent news are ignored to focus on interventionist messages about wealth. You will read that “1% of the world controls 87% of wealth” and things like “if the ten richest people in the world gave up their wealth there would be no poverty”.

The 635 million Chinese who have escaped poverty in the last thirty years disagree. They are delighted that China is the country where most millionaires are created every year and where the middle class grows the most, and thanks to prosperity there is a “growing inequality” that is not negative at all, but positive. Inequality was 0.30 when China was starving. It is 0.50 today and the vast majority of Chinese citizens are richer and better-off. Over the last 30 years, urban disposable income per capita in China grew at an impressive 13.2% annually while the share of the population that lives in urban areas increased from 22 to 53%.”

‘You can’t time markets’ is simply an excuse that people who aren’t good at it make. God Bless them and their whining. We need them on the other side of the trade. – Keith McCullough, CEO of Hedgeye