The Stoic Mind: Mastering Toxicity

Greetings! I’m writing this piece in response to inquiries on how psychology can combat others’ toxicity. Incorporating Stoicism and a positive mental attitude (PMA) with psychology offers a more comprehensive and effective approach to addressing this issue. I am grateful for your interest in this topic and hope this information is helpful.

Hello dear readers! Today, we will begin a journey of exploration into the intricate workings of the human mind, delving deep into its depths where toxic thoughts tend to originate. Originally I wanted to write a short blog, but it will be more of an article than a blog post. Bear with me. We will explore the powerful link between self-discipline, a positive mental attitude (PMA), psychology, and stoicism in transforming our lives.

Illustration: Imagine yourself as a person with a radiant aura, pushing away shadowy figures that symbolize toxicity. Using PMA Science’s powerful tools, you can achieve that no matter what your goals are – because you already have the ability to do so!

Mastering The Mind: The Battle Against Toxicity

The art of mastering one’s mind in a world filled with noise, opinions, and challenges becomes more than just an aspiration; it becomes a necessity. In the face of chaos, a still mind is similar to a steady ship navigating turbulent waters in the face of turbulence. Although we are confronted with these tumultuous waters, there is often a formidable adversary hiding behind them: toxicity. The purpose of this article is to deconstruct the nature of toxic influences and discuss what tools can be used to combat and conquer them.

The Nature of Toxicity

Toxicity can be caused by various factors, both internal and external. Negative self-talk and past traumas are internal sources, while societal expectations and harmful relationships are external. These toxic influences can affect our judgment, self-perception, and goals. It’s a necessity to be aware of these factors and work towards overcoming them. We should strive to create a positive and supportive environment around us, focusing on kindness and acceptance. We should also practice self-care, such as engaging in mindfulness and self-care activities, to help combat the effects of toxicity. Finally, we should seek help from professionals if necessary.

1. Harnessing Self-Discipline: The Armor Against Impulse

We can protect ourselves from toxicity, both external negativity and our destructive impulses, by practicing self-discipline. It is our first line of defense in challenging situations where we face a choice between instant gratification and long-term fulfillment. With self-discipline, we can choose the path that leads to a brighter future, even if it’s not the easiest to take.

Imagine being at a crossroads: one path leads to instant gratification, and the other, though challenging, leads to long-term fulfillment. Self-discipline gives us the strength to choose the latter.

2. Embracing a Positive Mental Attitude (PMA): The Shield Against Negativity

By combining self-discipline from both Positive Mental Attitude (PMA) and stoicism, we can form a powerful trio against toxicity. Self-discipline acts as our armor, while PMA serves as our shield that deflects negativity and enables us to reframe challenges into opportunities. Focusing constantly on positivity, we can build resilience and develop a mindset less susceptible to toxic influences.

3. Stoicism: The Guiding Star

Life can be unpredictable, but stoicism is a guiding principle that can help us navigate it. With this mindset, we understand that we can’t control everything that happens to us, but we can control our reactions. Challenges may come our way, but by adopting a stoic attitude, we can avoid defeat. Instead, we accept the pain, recognize that it is only temporary, and move forward with renewed resolve.

Mastering the Triad

A powerful triad can be formed against toxicity when self-discipline from PMA and stoicism are combined. It is important to realize that these are not just philosophical ideas, but practical tools as well.

  • Challenge Yourself Daily: Every day, push yourself a bit more, whether it’s reading for an extra ten minutes, jogging that additional mile, or practicing an additional skill. This cultivates discipline.
  • Practice Gratitude: Begin or end your day by listing three things you’re grateful for. Over time, this small habit can shift your mindset from focusing on lacks to valuing
  • Meditate on Impermanence: Understand that every event, emotion, or challenge is transient. This realization can offer immense relief during tough times and is a core tenet of stoicism.

Conclusion

The path to mastering one’s mind is never-ending and requires commitment, extensive practice, and appropriate tools. By recognizing and confronting negativity, we can protect ourselves and live with a clear purpose and unwavering determination. It’s obtuse to remember that the most difficult battles are often fought within ourselves. Overcoming these inner struggles brings unparalleled happiness and peace.

1. Understanding Toxicity

At the core of every toxic individual is a struggle — a battle between the past and present, desires and reality, positive intentions, and harmful actions.

A Simple Example: Imagine a vase filled with muddy water. If left undisturbed, sediment will settle, and the water will clear. Now, relate this to a person’s mind. A sediment of overwhelming emotions, past traumas, and negative experiences is created. With self-discipline and a positive mindset, these emotions settle, bringing clarity.

Our mental and emotional well-being is under constant navigation in a world that is saturated with information, interactions, and a multitude of influences. Understanding toxicity is a crucial step towards understanding your journey. Toxins are elements that can infiltrate your mind in subtle or overt ways that alter your perceptions and behaviors as you move forward. For example, it can be tough when someone you care about makes a negative comment. It may take some time to recognize how it’s affecting your mental and emotional well-being. But with effort and time, you can overcome it.

 

What is Toxicity?

At its core, toxicity is any influence, thought, behavior, or relationship that hinders growth, disrupts mental peace, and perpetuates negativity. It’s the shadow that eclipses the light of positivity, often so insidiously that its presence becomes unnoticed until its effects are palpable.

“Toxicity” can refer to various domains like chemicals, substances, environments, or even social interactions, depending on the context:

Chemical and Biological Context:

  1. Chemical Toxicity: This refers to the degree to which a substance harms humans or other living organisms. Chemical toxicity can be caused by chemical structure, function, or Examples include heavy metals (like lead and mercury), pesticides, and certain industrial chemicals.
  2. Biological Toxicity: This is related to the harmful impact of biological organisms like bacteria, viruses, or fungi. In this context, toxicity might refer to the ability of these organisms to produce substances (toxins) that are harmful to others, such as bacteria producing toxic substances that can cause disease in humans.

Environmental Context:

In the environmental context, toxicity refers to the harmful effects a chemical, substance, or condition can impose on living organisms within a specific environment. Environmental toxicity involves evaluating the impact of pollutants on plants, animals, and humans. This might include factors like exposure and susceptibility to harmful substances.

Social and Behavioral Context:

In the social and behavioral sciences, “toxicity” refers to harmful, malicious, or destructive behaviors and environments. Examples include:

  • Toxic Relationships: Interactions that are unhealthy, or detrimental to one or both parties involved. This might involve manipulation, abuse, or neglect.
  • Toxic Work Environment: A workplace characterized by practices, policies, and behaviors that are harmful or disruptive to employees, often resulting in a hostile, stressful, and unproductive environment.
  • Online Toxicity: This refers to harmful behaviors exhibited in online spaces, including cyberbullying, harassment, and spreading hate or misinformation.

In every context, toxicity is the potential or capacity to cause harm, whether it’s to living organisms, ecosystems, or social interactions. The specific definitions and implications might vary, but they all center on concepts of harm, danger, and negativity.

Other Origins of Toxicity

  1. External Influences:
  • Interpersonal Relationships: Toxic individuals, whether friends, family, or colleagues, can introduce negativity through criticism, manipulation, or passive aggression.
  • Media and Society: The relentless barrage of ‘ideals’—from beauty standards to success metrics—can breed insecurity, discontent, and an endless comparison game.
  1. Internal Sources:
  • Past Experiences: Unresolved traumas or past setbacks can create a reservoir of negative self-beliefs and fears.
  • Inner Critic: Our internal voice, when skewed towards persistent self-doubt or self-deprecation, can be a significant source of toxic thoughts.

Recognizing the Signs

Awareness is the first step to addressing toxicity. Some indicators include:

  • Persistent unhappiness or dissatisfaction.
  • A decline in self-esteem or self-worth.
  • Feeling drained or exhausted after specific interactions.
  • Recurring negative thought patterns or behaviors.
  • Based on experience, there is a tendency to avoid or be afraid of certain situations.

Why Understanding Toxicity is Crucial

In the absence of proper diagnosis and treatment, toxicity can become a very dangerous condition that may prove difficult to recover from. It can alter our self-perception, hinder our potential, and cause a cycle of negativity that impacts every aspect of our lives negatively. The more we understand the underlying causes of depression as well as its origins, the more equipped we are to address its root causes. We can mitigate their effects, and pave the path toward mental clarity and emotional well-being. An example of such a therapy is cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), which focuses on the individual’s thoughts, feelings, and behaviors so that changing how they interact with their environment, can have a significant impact on the individual’s depression.

2. The Role of Self-Discipline

Self-discipline is our mental muscle. Just as we train our bodies for strength and endurance, our minds require consistent training to maintain focus and positivity.

Psychological Wisdom: Research indicates that individuals with high self-discipline experience fewer negative emotions and manage them better.

Illustration: A well-muscled arm lifting weights, with the weights labeled “Negative Emotions”, and the arm labeled “Self-discipline”.

Amid the complexities of life, self-discipline emerges as that beacon of control that guides us through the stormy seas of distraction, temptation, and external pressure as we navigate through the stormy seas of life. As a cornerstone for mental fortitude and genuine self-growth, its significance transcends mere habit formation and goes beyond mere habit formation. Self-discipline serves as a foundation for decision-making, focus, productivity, and resilience in the face of adversity. It helps to create a sense of self-awareness, allowing us to recognize our strengths and weaknesses and to better manage our time and energy. It also allows us to set and reach our goals, as well as to learn from our mistakes and failures.

Defining Self-Discipline

Self-discipline is the ability to regulate thoughts, emotions, and behaviors in the face of temptations and obstacles. It’s about making choices that align with your goals and values, even when they’re harder. Self-discipline is about understanding your strengths and weaknesses and recognizing how your choices affect your overall success. It’s about having the courage to make challenging choices, even when it goes against your immediate impulses. It’s about setting boundaries and staying on track with your goals.

Self-Discipline as an Antidote to Toxicity

  1. Anchoring the Mind:
  • It is true that in a world filled with distractions, self-discipline can help anchor the mind, allowing us to remain focused on what we are trying to accomplish and not be swayed by fleeting impulses and urges.
  1. Building Resilience:
  • It’s not just about resisting temptations, but also about building a sense of resilience as well. Disciplined minds are more likely to recover and realign faster when they are confronted with setbacks.
  1. Facilitating Positive Habits:
  • When consistent positive actions are enabled by self-discipline, they can counteract toxic influences positively. As an example, a disciplined approach to daily meditation can help combat the effects of stress and negativity on the body and mind.

How Self-Discipline Transforms Perspectives

  1. From Reactive to Proactive:
  • Rather than simply reacting to external events, a disciplined person can proactively shape his or her responses to produce outcomes aligned with their goals and objectives.
  1. From Instant Gratification to Long-Term Fulfillment:
  • While immediate pleasures are tempting, self-discipline shifts the focus towards actions that yield long-term benefits, providing deeper satisfaction.
  1. From External Validation to Internal Contentment:
  • Depending on external validation can be a slippery slope if you do not take it seriously. When an individual is disciplined, however, he or she drives fulfillment by growing personally and aligning with their values.

Cultivating Self-Discipline

Indeed, some individuals are naturally inclined to discipline, but it does not necessarily mean that this is a fixed feature of their personality. As with any muscle, it can be strengthened if you practice consistently over a long period.

  • Start Small: Instead of overhauling your entire routine, start with one or two habits. Over time, these will create a domino effect, increasing discipline in other areas of life.
  • Maintain Consistency: Discipline thrives on routine. Establishing and sticking to a regular schedule reinforces self-discipline.
  • Embrace Setbacks: Instead of getting demotivated by occasional lapses, use them as learning opportunities. Reflect, understand the triggers, and refine your approach.

Conclusion

A self-disciplined individual is more than just a personality trait; it is a lifestyle. It is a self-discipline that stands tall as an invaluable ally of self-pursuit, continuously guiding, protecting, and elevating the journey of authentic self-growth to take on toxicity and nurture authentic self-growth. A good example of self-discipline is the ability to focus on your long-term goals while avoiding distractions, allowing you to stay on track and achieve your goals. This can help you achieve your goals and stay focused on your long-term goals.

3. Psychology: Modern Science Anxiety Treatment

In the evocative realm of mental health, anxiety has historically presented a complex enigma. With its multifaceted dimensions, originating from cognitive processes, emotional experiences, and physiological responses, the pursuit of an effective cure is intricate. Modern psychology, with its expansive research and technological innovations, is uncovering novel approaches to not just managing, but also curing anxiety. This is steering towards a future where mental well-being is a dream and a reality.

Traditional Treatments: A Retrospective Glimpse

Anxiety, traditionally, is managed through a blend of psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy. While Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and medications such as Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) have demonstrated efficacy, limitations and the quest for more targeted, enduring solutions persist.

Advances in Psychological Treatments for Anxiety

  1. Neurofeedback and Biofeedback

Neurofeedback and biofeedback have emerged as powerful tools in anxiety treatment because of an innovative fusion of technology and psychology. Using these techniques, individuals can visualize and control physiological processes like brain waves, heartbeats, and muscle tension within their bodies. This makes them able to control aspects they traditionally thought were out of their hands.

  1. Virtual Reality (VR) Therapy

VR Therapy refers to a method in which individuals are immersed in controlled, virtual environments in which anxiety-provoking scenarios are played out. In the course of systematic desensitization, and under the guidance of a therapeutic therapist, individuals will eventually be able to manage and eventually eradicate their anxiety responses.

  1. Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy

Psychedelic-assisted therapy, involving the controlled administration of substances like psilocybin, in a therapeutic setting, has opened new vistas in anxiety treatment. Preliminary research indicates its potential to facilitate profound, transformative experiences that substantially diminish, and occasionally extinguish anxiety.

  1. Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Mental Health Apps

The advent of AI-powered mental health apps, which provide real-time support, strategies, and monitoring, heralds a new era of access to mental health care without being hindered by logistics or stigmatization. In essence, this omnipresence of support creates a continuous therapeutic environment, which helps to dismantle the fortress of anxiety, as a result.

Holistic Psychological Approaches

  1. Integrative Health Psychology

As a consequence of this holistic approach to wellness, the physiological, cognitive, emotional, social, and spiritual aspects of wellness are explored and addressed, to promote a comprehensive wellness that can be resilient in the face of any anxiety resurgence.

  1. Positive Psychology

As positive psychology takes the perspective of mental well-being into account as well as pathology, it fosters an environment and mindset where anxiety finds it increasingly difficult to gain traction as a factor.

Conclusion: Towards a Future of Psychological Flourishing

Anxiety treatment’s future is promising but exhilarating in the dynamic tapestry of psychological advances. Anxiety becomes a chronic, debilitating condition as we inch towards more effective, personalized, and holistic solutions.

Even though technological and therapeutic advancements provide potent tools, the cure for anxiety lies in societal attitudes, systemic support, and individual empowerment. Curing anxiety is not scientific or medical, but intrinsically human. Getting out of pills requires Stoicism, PMA, self-discipline, and an understanding of will and emotions.

Deep anxiety requires psychological tools. This approach to finding cures and approaches can offer not only relief but enduring mental wellness as well. This is where everyone is not merely free from anxiety but also thriving in psychological flourishing.

In the next section, we will explore PMA and Stoicism as powerful wisdom tools.

4. The Power of a Positive Mental Attitude (PMA)

PMA isn’t about seeing the world through rose-tinted glasses; it’s about choosing to focus on solutions rather than problems and opportunities instead of obstacles.

A Simple Example: Two people see a glass of water at the midway point. One says it’s half-empty (a pessimistic view) while the other says it’s half-full (an optimistic view). Who’s right? Both! But the latter perspective empowers, motivates, and fosters gratitude.

Among the multitude of emotions and perspectives that humans are capable of experiencing daily, Positive Mental Attitude (PMA) stands out as a powerful force that can transform humans. In other words, it is not about wearing rose-tinted glasses all the time, but it is about choosing to harness positivity’s inherent potential even in the face of adversity. It is important to understand that Positive Mental Attitude is a state of mind in which one focuses on the positive aspects of a situation and chooses to focus on the positive aspects of life, regardless of how small or insignificant they may initially seem. In the most difficult circumstances, it allows us to find joy and meaning in our lives, even though they are often difficult to deal with.

Unraveling PMA

When PMA is practiced, it indicates a conscious and intentional decision to maintain an optimistic outlook and to believe in favorable outcomes in the face of life’s challenges. In short, it is based on the understanding that our mindset can influence our experiences and reactions positively or negatively.

PMA as a Counter to Toxicity

  1. An Elixir for the Mind:
  • In a world sometimes drenched in negativity, PMA acts as a protective elixir, preventing toxic elements from seeping deep into our psyche.
  1. Resilience Builder:
  • With a positive attitude, setbacks do not appear as insurmountable obstacles, but as temporary hurdles. This shift fosters resilience and adaptability.
  1. Amplifying the Good:
  • PMA magnifies positive experiences, leading to enhanced joy, gratitude, and overall well-being.

PMA Transformations

  1. From Obstacle Thinking to Opportunity Seeking:
  • Challenges are reframed as opportunities for growth and learning, changing the narrative from “Why is this happening to me?” to “What can I learn from this?”
  1. From Scarcity to Abundance:
  • Instead of focusing on what’s lacking, PMA shifts our gaze to the abundance around and within us, cultivating gratitude.
  1. From Passive Acceptance to Active Creation:
  • With PMA, one isn’t just passively navigating life’s currents but actively creating their path, fueled by optimism and purpose.

Nurturing PMA

While some might be naturally predisposed to positive outlooks, PMA can be cultivated and reinforced:

  • Mindful Consumption: This is a crucial aspect of conscious information and energy consumption. Being surrounded by positive content and people can make you feel more positive, and it can be an excellent way to boost your mood. If you can’t be around positive influencers, be alone to not become negative.
  • Affirmations: Regular positive affirmations can rewire the brain to align more with PMA.
  • Gratitude Practices: Keeping a gratitude journal or mentally recounting things to be thankful for can significantly boost one’s positive outlook.
  • Limit Negativity: Recognize and distance yourself from consistent sources of negativity, whether they’re situations, people, or certain media.

Conclusion

Positive Mental Attitude is a quality that cannot be underestimated. There is a delicate dance in life, intertwined with shadows of toxicity, but PMA emerges as radiant light, guiding us to clarity, joy, and unwavering strength as we navigate the intricate dance of our lives. Although we may not be able to control every event that occurs in our lives, we do always have a choice over how we perceive and respond to those events as they occur. Therefore, having a strong PMA is a powerful tool to help us stay positive and empowered during life’s challenges.

5Stoicism: An Ancient Solution to Modern Problems

Stoicism teaches us that while we can’t control external events, we can control our reactions to them.

Psychological Wisdom: By mastering our internal responses, we free ourselves from external influences, which often breed toxicity.

Illustration: A stoic philosopher, calm and centered amidst a stormy sea, representing chaotic external circumstances.

In today’s busy and toxic world, Stoicism remains a timeless pearl of wisdom and philosophy. It provides invaluable wisdom from ancient cosmological times and the mind. Its emphasis on logic, virtue, and the natural order offers a solution to modern challenges. Stoicism encourages us to live under nature’s laws and focus on our actions, rather than others’. By understanding the role of reason and virtue, we can better cope with adversity and make better decisions. Stoicism also provides a framework for an ethical life and encourages us to take responsibility for our actions.

Demystifying Stoicism

Stoicism, a Hellenistic philosophy founded in Athens in the early 3rd century BC, teaches that virtue (the highest good) is based on wisdom. It supports the acceptance of things we can’t control and focuses on personal virtue and wisdom as the path to true happiness.

Although my research stretches back to Mesopotamia, Hermetic Principles, and Sumerian Tablets, we won’t explore those topics this time. …

Stoicism’s Shield Against Toxicity

  1. The Dichotomy of Control:
  • Stoicism draws a simple line between what’s in our control (our actions, judgments, desires) and what’s not (external events, the opinions of others). Recognizing this empowers us to manage our energy effectively and protect us from unnecessary distress.
  1. Valuing Inner Fortress:
  • Stoicism teaches that our true strength is internal. External changes cannot disturb our inner peace unless we allow them to. This perspective is a potent antidote to the toxicity that often stems from external validations or comparisons.
  1. Embracing Nature’s Flow:
  • By understanding and accepting the natural order and cycles of life, Stoics navigate challenges They see them not as injustices but as facets of the universal flow.

Stoic Solutions to Modern Quandaries

  1. Combatting Overwhelm:
  • In our age of information overload, Stoicism reminds us to focus only on the essentials, urging us to declutter our minds and lives.
  1. Navigating Relationships:
  • Stoicism encourages viewing others with compassion and understanding, recognizing that everyone is on their journey and shaped by distinct experiences.
  1. Addressing Failures and Setbacks:
  • Stoics view challenges as opportunities for growth and resilience lessons. Instead of wallowing in self-pity or regret, they ask, “What can this teach me?”

Cultivating a Stoic Mindset

  • Reflective Journaling: Regularly pen down your thoughts, introspecting on your reactions and behaviors, and aligning them with Stoic principles.
  • Mindful Meditation: Practice being present, acknowledging, but not swayed by fleeting emotions or distractions.
  • Engage with Stoic Texts: Dive into Marcus Aurelius, Seneca, or Epictetus’s wisdom to gain a deeper understanding of them.

Conclusion

The philosophy of Stoicism offers useful insights into navigating the choppy waters of daily life. Instead of suppressing our emotions or withdrawing from the world, it teaches us how to channel our feelings constructively. The essence of Stoicism is simplicity, logic, and harmony, making it a timeless philosophy with practical applications.

“The essence of philosophy is that a man should so live that his happiness shall depend as little as possible on external things.” Epictetus

6. The Connection

When we lack self-discipline, our mental faculties are easily hijacked by impulsive emotions and negative external influences. Without PMA, our default setting becomes negative. Without stoicism, we become slaves to external circumstances.

A Simple Example: Consider a ship without a captain, sailing torn, tossed about in stormy seas. Mind is represented by the ship. The captain represents self-discipline; the sails symbolize PMA, and the rough seas reflect external challenges.

It’s amazing how self-control, a positive mindset, Stoicism, and taking control of our inner thoughts can connect such diverse human experiences.

Our journey into the vast expanse of human experience, from understanding toxicity to understanding ancient wisdom, is woven together by a subtle thread: self-discipline, positive mental attitude (PMA), Psychology, Stoicism, and mastering our mental landscape are deeply intertwined.

The Interwoven Fabric of Mind Mastery

I would like to emphasize that the elements we have discussed in this article are not isolated; rather, they are interdependent parts of a holistic approach to mental health and resilience.

Getting enough sleep, eating healthily, and being physically active are all crucial for mental health.

  1. The Foundation: Understanding Toxicity
  • Recognizing and understanding toxicity sets the stage. By identifying what holds us back, we can start a transformation. For example, it is important to understand the patterns and behaviors associated with toxicity, so that we can better recognize them and take action.
  1. The Pillar: Self-Discipline
  • Self-discipline acts as a pillar, giving us the strength to stay committed to our journey, especially in the face of challenges or distractions. For example, if we set a goal to go to the gym every day, self-discipline helps us stay on track and resist the temptation to call it off when life gets busy.
  1. The Energizer: Positive Mental Attitude (PMA)
  • PMA infuses this journey with vitality. It ensures that while we’re disciplined, we’re also optimistic, turning obstacles into opportunities and drawing energy from positivity. For instance, PMA encourages us to take initiative and view failures as learning opportunities, rather than as something to be ashamed of.
  1. The Compass: Stoicism
  • Stoicism, with its ancient wisdom, acts as our compass, ensuring we stay aligned with our core values, maintain perspective, and remain unswayed by external tumult. For example, the Stoics taught that by living in accordance with nature, we can avoid suffering and find inner peace.

The Symbiotic Relationship

Self-discipline and PMA:

  • While self-discipline provides structure and commitment, PMA ensures the journey is filled with hope and enthusiasm. They complement each other, with discipline preventing complacency and PMA ensuring discipline doesn’t become drudgery.

Stoicism and Toxicity:

  • Stoicism’s teachings counteract By focusing on what’s in our control and valuing internal strength, the effects of toxic elements, whether external or internal, are significantly diminished. For example, when faced with a challenging situation, a Stoic might focus on their behavior and internal strength instead of succumbing to their emotions and lashing out.

The Culmination: A Harmonious Mind

When these elements work in tandem, they lead to mental harmony. The mind becomes a sanctuary, resilient to external shocks, radiant with positivity, anchored by discipline, and guided by wisdom. For instance, meditation can help to bring these elements together, allowing you to become more aware of your thoughts and emotions, and ultimately leading you to a state of inner peace and tranquility.

Practical Steps to Connect the Dots

  • Daily Reflection: Spend a few moments each day reflecting on your actions, emotions, and thoughts. How did you exercise discipline? Were you able to maintain a PMA? Did you apply Stoic wisdom to the challenges faced?
  • Continuous Learning: Keep deepening your understanding of each element. Read books, attend workshops, and engage in discussions.
  • Consistent Practice: Theory without application remains sterile. Integrate discipline, PMA, and Stoicism into daily life. Celebrate small victories and learn from lapses.

Conclusion

Mastering the mind isn’t about suppressing emotions or adhering to rigid dogmas. It’s about understanding the intricate interplay of various elements and harmonizing them to craft a fulfilling, resilient, and meaningful life journey. The connection between these facets offers a roadmap, leading us towards mental clarity, inner peace, and profound joy.

Final Thoughts

Toxicity isn’t a life sentence. With self-awareness, consistent efforts, and the right mindset, we can transform our minds into sanctuaries of peace, resilience, and positivity. Remember, the battle isn’t against others, but against ourselves. Victory begins within!

As we’ve explored the depths of toxicity, the discipline of the self, the energizing power of a Positive Mental Attitude, and the ancient wisdom of Stoicism, a clear realization emerges: our mindset is both the compass and the horizon. It shapes our perceptions, fuels our actions, and ultimately molds our destinies if we direct it correctly.

Yet, the journey isn’t linear, and that’s okay. There will be days of doubt, moments of failure, and instances of regression. But embedded in each setback is a lesson, in each challenge is an opportunity, and in every moment, the potential for transformation.

There are countless threads of experience, emotions, and learning that weave the tapestry of life. Throughout this journey, let’s be intentional, understanding, and hopeful. Ultimately, mastering the mind is about creating a legacy of resilience, wisdom, and boundless positivity, not just personal growth.

Until next time, here’s to endless possibilities, exploration, and enlightenment.

Cheers,

Jay Pacheco

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Modern Psychology and Ancient Wisdom

In Ancient Hermetic terms, to present academy:

  1. A common misconception is that astrology and astronomy are the same thing. However, they are two distinct fields of study. Astronomy is the scientific study of celestial objects and Astrology is the belief that celestial bodies influence human affairs and natural events.

    Astrology, however, led to astronomy.

  2. Chemistry is also known as alchemy.
  3. Psychology involves mysticism.

Mathematics and natural, psychological, and cosmic laws are fundamental in every aspect of our lives.

The universe is a vacuum of interconnected knowledge. The universe is a mere thought within its creator’s mind like a neuron generates a thought in a human mind. One effective approach to illustrating this point is by combining the Hermetic Principles, Stoicism, Positive Mental Attitude (PMA), and modern psychology. Despite originating from different cultures and periods, these concepts can be integrated into a cohesive guide toward a fulfilled life. Remarkably, they can be unified despite being developed by different generations.

An Introduction to Living Your Happiest Life Through the Timeless Wisdom of Ancient Philosophies and Modern Psychology

Introduction

Throughout human history, our species has sought answers to some of life’s most fundamental questions: Who are we? Why are we here? How should we live? This quest for wisdom and understanding has taken many forms, from the introspective musings of secluded sages to lively debates in ancient marketplaces. It encompasses everything from mysterious inscriptions on temple walls to contemporary self-help literature. As an example, the Greek philosopher Socrates was known for his method of thinking in his philosophy. By asking questions to others and encouraging them to reflect on the matter, this was accomplished.

The most helpful part is to ask questions in your mind.

Throughout history, various philosophical, spiritual, and scientific traditions have arisen to guide people through life challenges. These include the Hermetic Principles, Stoicism, Positive Mental Attitude (PMA), and modern psychology insights. These insights have shaped individuals’ minds and destinies for centuries.

Come along on an exploration journey where we’ll gather wisdom from different traditions. Each one has its unique perspective, yet they share similarities in their truths. By bringing these perspectives together, we hope to gain a more complete understanding of what it means to be human. Our goal is to learn lessons that will help us navigate life with more purpose, resilience, and joy.

Let us take you on a journey to explore the depths of these fascinating traditions as we take you on a journey through time. Discover the subtle connections, intersections, and timeless wisdom they have to offer. Whether you’re a scholar, a seeker, or just curious about the world, this synthesis offers valuable insights that could greatly enhance your understanding of yourself and the world around you.

The Seven Hermetic Principles: A Cosmic Perspective

“Every moment is a crossroad in time. Consider that, as above so below and as inside so outside and live accordingly.” – Grigoris Deoudis

Centuries ago, before modern physics and psychology, teachings aimed to connect the physical and spiritual worlds. These teachings, known as the Seven Hermetic Principles, were created by the wise Egyptian philosopher Hermes Trismegistus. They provide a comprehensive understanding of the universe and our role in it. By comprehending these principles, we can improve our understanding of ourselves and our position in the universe.

  1. Mentalism“All is mind, the universe is mental.”

The concept states that the universe and everything within it stems from the mind. In simpler terms, everything we witness, encounter, and comprehend is a product of our mental constructs. This bears a close resemblance to current theories that propose the significance of consciousness in the makeup of reality.

Imagine the universe as a holographic projection of information stored on a two-dimensional surface, which is similar to what we already know about the universe and what our minds can produce.

  1. Correspondence“As above, so below; as below, so above.”

There is a connection and similarity between different levels of existence. The patterns we see in the universe are replicated on a smaller scale on Earth and within us. This belief suggests that by comprehending one level of reality, we can gain an understanding of others.

As an example, the formation of crystals reflects the starry patterns in the sky, and the changing of seasons reflects the cycle of seasons in our bodies.

  1. Vibration“Nothing rests; everything moves; everything vibrates.”

Everything in the universe is in constant motion, from the smallest particles to the grandest galaxies. Modern physics confirms that atoms vibrate and energies oscillate. This principle reminds us that change is constant, and adaptability is crucial.

As an example, when faced with a changing environment, an organism should be able to adapt and develop to survive in the future. Similarly, when faced with problems, a person needs to adapt and be open to creative solutions to avoid getting stressed out and depressed.

  1. Polarity“Everything is dual; everything has poles; everything has its pair of opposites.”

The concept of polarity, which is characterized by the presence of opposing forces, is an undeniable reality that can be observed in various forms. These forms include light and dark, hot and cold, and love and hate. These opposites are fundamentally the same thing but with different levels of intensity displayed. Gaining an understanding of this concept enables us to better appreciate the interplay between opposing forces. This, in turn, helps us find the necessary balance to live our lives to the fullest.

By having a better understanding of light and dark dynamics, we can optimize our energy usage during the day. For instance, we can focus more intensely during periods of high energy and take a break during moments of clarity when our energy levels dip.

  1. Rhythm“Everything flows out and in; everything has its tides; all things rise and fall.”

The universe has a natural rhythm, with cyclical patterns in phenomena. Seasons change, civilizations rise and fall, and emotions ebb and flow. Recognizing these rhythms allows us to better align with the natural course of things.

For example, it’s been noted that some individuals tend to be more productive at specific times of the day, like in the morning or evening. This helps them get more things done. On the other hand, some people feel more creative and efficient during the afternoon.

  1. Cause and Effect“Every cause has its effect; every effect has its cause.”

Every event has a reason, and nothing happens by chance. This principle highlights the universe’s ordered nature and suggests that we are all part of a grand tapestry. Even the most inconspicuous thread plays a significant role in this tapestry.

It could be, for example, that if a person meets someone else by chance, it might be that both of them need to meet each other to learn something from the other person.

  1. Gender“Gender is in everything; everything has masculine and feminine principles.”

This principle speaks of the dual nature inherent in all things, beyond biological gender: active and passive, giving and receiving. It’s a call to recognize and balance these forces within ourselves and the world around us.

For example, this principle encourages us to embrace both rigorous and soft problem-solving approaches, as well as masculine and feminine energy in our daily lives.

To Conclude:

The Seven Hermetic Principles provide a cosmic perspective and guide for self-awareness and personal development. By comprehending these principles, we can navigate life’s complexities and gain insight from wisdom that has endured through time and different civilizations. They serve as a reminder that, despite advanced technology, some truths remain timeless and significant.

“When the night arrives, I often look up at the bright sky only to close my eyes and see the light within. Everything above so is below.” – Nikhil Sharda

 

Stoicism: A Philosophy for Resilient Living

“The greatest thing a man can do in this world, is to make the most possible out of the stuff that has been given him. This is success, and there is no other.” – Orison Swett Marden

Throughout Ancient Greece and the Roman Empire, a philosophical movement known as Stoicism emerged. This movement aimed to answer the fundamental questions of human existence and fate’s unpredictable nature. This philosophy has withstood the test of time, resonating with individuals across different eras. At its core, Stoicism promotes serenity, courage, and wisdom in the face of life’s challenges.

Stoicism promotes purpose and meaning in life. It advocates for individuals to take ownership of their actions and behave in alignment with their core values. Stoicism inspires people to lead a life of excellence and inner peace, even when faced with challenging circumstances. Stoicism teaches individuals not to be swayed by external factors like money, influence, or popularity. Instead, they prioritize living a life of significance and moral excellence. It encourages introspection and discovering one’s sense of purpose and values to live in harmony with them.

  1. Understanding Stoicism:

Stoicism was established in Athens by Zeno of Citium during the early 3rd century BC. It advocates that moral wisdom or virtue is the sole genuine good and that actions should be guided by reason and virtue. One’s behavior is the only domain of actual control, and external occurrences, whether deemed favorable or adverse, should be faced with composure.

As Zeno put it, living in harmony with nature means accepting things as they are and not trying to manipulate them in any way. In addition, he believed in living a virtuous and just life guided by reason and by virtue in everything he did.

  1. The Core Stoic Virtues:

    – Wisdom: Understanding the difference between things within our control (our actions, judgments, desires) and things outside our control (wealth, reputation, health) is key to recognizing the natural order of the universe and discerning what’s truly valuable.

    – Courage: It takes more than courage in battle to be brave. One must face daily challenges, confront fears, and uphold integrity even when it’s difficult.

    – Justice: It is important to benefit both ourselves and the community while recognizing our interconnectedness and treating all beings fairly.

    – Temperance: This virtue pertains to moderation and self-control. It involves refraining from indulgences, finding balance in all things, and avoiding excess.

  1. Key Stoic Principles:

    – View from Above: By taking a ‘bird’s-eye view’ of our lives, we can detach from the immediacy of our problems and see them in the broader context of the universe. This shift in perspective helps us not sweat the small stuff and appreciate existence’s fleeting beauty.

    – Inner Fortress: Each of us has an unbreakable core that remains untouched by external events. By retreating to this inner fortress, we can find peace amidst chaos.

    – Nature as an Ally: According to Stoic philosophy, living in harmony with nature means accepting the natural course of events and navigating life with grace.

Stoicism’s Relevance Today:

In today’s fast-paced and challenging world, it’s easy to feel helpless and dissatisfied. Stoicism offers guidance by emphasizing inner strength, resilience, and understanding. Whether we’re dealing with personal tragedies, societal pressures, or global crises, Stoicism principles can help us achieve a balanced, rational, and fulfilled existence.

Stoicism teaches us to view challenges as chances to improve and increase our strength. It also encourages us to be aware of our thoughts and feelings and to aim for honesty in our actions. By following these values, we can cultivate tranquility and contentment within ourselves.

To Conclude:

Despite being an ancient philosophy, Stoicism possesses several practical tools that can be used for resilience as well. It serves as a reminder that there are certain things that we cannot control, but we can control our reactions in reaction to them. It is through this choice that we gain freedom and inner peace. By adopting Stoicism, we can gain the strength to cope with life’s challenges, knowing that our reactions to them are ultimately within our control.

“It’s not what happens to you, but how you respond to it that matters.” – Epictetus

The 17 Principles of PMA: Science of Success

“Success is something you experience when you act accordingly. Success is not something you have, it’s something you do.” – Steve Maraboli

Napoleon Hill’s study of successful individuals has a significant impact on personal development. He distilled their shared qualities into the 17 Principles of the Science of Success, rooted in Positive Mental Attitude (PMA). These principles are not only useful for financial success but also guide overall success and contentment.

According to Hill, success depends on one’s attitude and mindset. He believed that by adopting positive habits and a constructive outlook, individuals could attain their objectives and lead a fulfilling life.

Here are the 17 principles of PMA in short. These principles involve taking proactive steps, showing initiative, and embracing failure as an opportunity to learn and improve. They also involve staying present, being receptive to feedback and criticism, and showing gratitude for every blessing in life.

  1. Definiteness of Purpose:

    – Every journey starts with a clear destination in mind. Knowing one’s purpose acts as a guiding star, providing direction and motivation.

  1. Mastermind:

    – Collaborative energy amplifies success. Creating a group of like-minded individuals provides collective wisdom, support, and momentum.

  1. Applied Faith:

    – A strong belief in one’s purpose and the unseen forces of the universe can propel an individual forward, turning dreams into reality.

  1. Going the Extra Mile:

    – Offering more than expected, whether in service, effort, or value, leads to more significant opportunities and rewards.

  1. Pleasant Personality:

    – A harmonious and amiable demeanor attracts positive relationships and opportunities.

  1. Personal Initiative:

    – Proactivity, rather than mere reactivity, sets the stage for creating and seizing opportunities.

  1. Positive Mental Attitude (PMA):

    – Cultivating an optimistic perspective, even in challenging circumstances, paves the way for success and well-being.

  1. Enthusiasm:

    – Passion and zest can be infectious, inspiring oneself and others to act with vigor and commitment.

  1. Self-Discipline:

    – Mastery over impulses and consistent adherence to purpose is the bedrock of lasting success.

  1. Accurate Thinking:

    – Separating facts from fiction and making decisions based on clear, logical, and informed thinking is pivotal.

  1. Controlled Attention:

    – Focusing one’s energy and attention on one’s definite purpose ensures efficient and effective progress.

  1. Teamwork:

    – Understanding that collective effort often achieves more than individual endeavors.

  1. Adversity & Defeat:

    – Viewing setbacks not as failures but as learning opportunities. Each challenge is a stepping stone towards success.

  1. Creative Vision:

    – Harnessing the power of imagination to envision possibilities beyond present reality.

  1. Maintenance of Sound Health:

    – Recognizing that a healthy body carries one towards goals.

  1. Budgeting Time & Money:

    – Effective resource management ensures sustainability and growth.

  1. Cosmic Habit Force:

    – Understanding the universe’s natural rhythms and aligning one’s habits with these forces to create an effortless flow toward one’s goals.

To Conclude:

The 17 Principles of Positive Mental Attitude (PMA) are not just theories, but actual insights taken from successful individuals’ experiences. By implementing these principles in our daily routines, we can steer ourselves towards material accomplishments but also a life filled with meaning, enthusiasm, and optimism.

“Successful people have no fear of failure. But unsuccessful people do. Successful people have the resilience to face up to failure—learn the lessons and adapt from it.” – Roy T. Bennett

The Confluence: Hermetic Principles, Stoicism, PMA, and Psychology

 “Excellence is never an accident. It is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, and intelligent execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives – choice, not chance, determines your destiny.” – Aristotle

“Our life is what our thoughts make it.” – Marcus Aurelius

Throughout the history of mankind, several philosophical, mystical, and scientific traditions have contributed to the tapestry of human understanding as well as the pursuit of wisdom. Notably, the Hermetic Principles, Stoicism, Positive Mental Attitude (PMA), and modern psychology provide unique insights when examined collectively, offering a comprehensive perspective on the human experience.

 These principles can be used to understand ourselves and the world around us and to develop strategies to improve our well-being and achieve success. They are also powerful tools for personal growth and transformation.

  1. The Universe as a Living System:

– Hermetic Principles: The Principle of Mentalism states that “All is Mind,” suggesting that the universe is a mental construct. It touches upon the interconnectedness of all things.

– Stoicism: Stoics understand the concept of ‘Logos’ – the universal reason inherent in all things, emphasizing a cosmos ordered by reason.

– PMA: Recognizes the power of the mind in shaping outcomes, reflecting the idea that our inner beliefs manifest externally.

– Psychology: The study of perception and cognition explores how our internal interpretations of the world shape our experiences.

  1. Understanding and Harnessing Change:

– Hermetic Principles: The Principle of Rhythm speaks to the ebb and flow of all things, the natural cycles of life.

– Stoicism: Emphasizes accepting the natural order of things, understanding that change and impermanence are inherent.

– PMA: Encourages adaptability and sees challenges as opportunities for growth.

– Psychology: Concepts like adaptability and resilience are central, emphasizing the importance of navigating change healthily.

  1. Inner Worlds Reflecting Outwards:

– Hermetic Principles: The Principle of Correspondence (“As above, so below”) suggests a mirroring between the macrocosm and microcosm, the external and internal.

– Stoicism: Focuses on the idea that an individual’s inner virtue and peace will be reflected outwardly in the manner in which they live and act.

– PMA: Central to PMA is the belief that a positive inner attitude can influence external outcomes.

– Psychology: Explores how internal mental and emotional states influence behavior, decision-making, and interactions with the environment.

  1. The Pursuit of Mastery and Growth:

– Hermetic Principles: The Principle of Polarity and the Principle of Vibration touch upon mastering one’s internal states and resonating at higher frequencies.

– Stoicism: Stresses the importance of personal virtue, self-control, and wisdom as paths to a fulfilled life.

– PMA: Many principles, like ‘Self-Discipline’ and ‘Definiteness of Purpose’, focus on personal mastery and growth.

– Psychology: It is widely accepted that positive psychology is concerned with self-actualization, personal development, and the pursuit of growth.

  1. Universal Connections and Unity:

– Hermetic Principles: The Principle of Gender speaks to the interconnected dance of masculine and feminine forces in all of creation.

– Stoicism: Emphasizes the shared rationality and interconnectedness of humanity, frequently referring to the concept of ‘brotherhood of man’ as the supreme value.

– PMA: Principles like ‘Mastermind’ underscore the power of collective, cooperative effort.

– Psychology: Studies on empathy, social connections, and group dynamics explore our inherent interconnectedness and need for social bonds.

To Conclude:

The Hermetic Principles, Stoicism, Positive Mental Attitude (PMA), and psychology, although originating from different sources and having their nuances, blend seamlessly in their comprehension of the universe, the individual, and their relationship. Their combined knowledge highlights the mind’s influence, the naturalness (and attractiveness) of change, and our deep interconnectedness. Embracing these teachings as a whole can serve as guidance when navigating life’s intricacies with insight, elegance, and a strong sense of direction.

“You are a wonderful creation. You know more than you think you know, just as you know less than you want to know.” – Oscar Wilde

Final Thoughts

“When you make a choice, you change the future.” – Deepak Chopra

As we explored the teachings of Hermetic Principles, Stoicism, PMA, and modern psychology, we came to a profound realization – that despite our different approaches to seeking wisdom, we all ultimately discover universal truths. These various traditions, despite being separated by time, culture, and methods, all speak in harmony about the timeless aspects of the human experience.

We strive to comprehend both ourselves and the world around us. This pursuit is not just a theoretical or academic endeavor but deeply rooted in humanity. It taps into our natural longing to discover our purpose in the universe. It unlocks our capabilities and lets us navigate life’s many obstacles and pleasures.

Every tradition has its distinctive approach to encouraging us to recognize the transformative capabilities of our minds. It encourages us to accept life’s cyclical patterns and to acknowledge our intrinsic connection to all that surrounds us. These traditions remind us that our external circumstances often reflect our internal states. They also remind us that the most profound journey we can embark upon is mastering ourselves.

In an increasingly complex and rapidly changing world, these timeless teachings have gained heightened importance. They provide comfort, direction, and resources to develop resilience, purpose, and profound happiness.

To conclude, it is worthwhile to remember that the true value of the teachings is not only in comprehending them but also in putting them into practice. Let us progress with a comprehensive perspective, valuing the perspectives of each tradition and blending them into the fabric of our existence. Through this synthesis, we gain more than just knowledge, but a path to satisfaction, balance, and a stronger bond with the cosmos.

I hope you enjoyed reading this informative blog. If you would like to read more about any specific topic, please let us know.

Cheers,

Jay Pacheco

God’s Voice vs. Your Thoughts

PMA, Stoicism, and Psychology: God’s Voice vs. Your Thoughts

There is a wonderful art to hearing God’s voice in a world full of echoes. This article will give some pointers on how to hear God’s voice in a world full of echoes. The article will provide tips on how to distinguish between God’s voice and our own, as well as the importance of being still and listening to Him. It will also share stories of others who have heard God’s voice and the lessons they learned from it.

Furthermore, this article isn’t religious and God is just a title word known to most people. However, if you are curious about God’s name, let’s look in short at the following short explanations that were known to the Sumerians, the Egyptians, the Assyrians, and the Hebrews before and after the deluge.

Tetragrammaton is a Greek word for the 4 consonants: JHVH

YHWH

Or

HWHY – Hebrew from right to left

J =father = fire

H= mother = water (giver of life and death).

V=son = air

H = reflection of the mother (earth), or whatever influences are poured into her by “J”!

– representing the Physical World, which is the synthesis of all worlds.

H is Death …

H is 6 6 6 =216 or 18 = 9 is the division of 3

H = also means the bride … (ancient wisdom).

Keter/ kether= (state of existence) = the Yetziref above the crown (energy) = 1 = Ehiet = JHVH = I AM Who I AM, (existence of existence, ancient of ancient)

Roots of the powers of fire, water, air, earth..,

Kether is the cosmos though, at the same time, it isn’t…

Kether can be identified, though never explained because it is above human understanding

Kether is the first Seriph (above the crown)

Kether (father of light, giver of life, creator,and above JHVH’s head and crown…)

The color is pure white – invisible to human understanding …

J=10

H=8

V=22

H=8

Option 1 =48 =12 =3

Option 2 =21 =3

Kether– pure being – all potential and non-active – uses energies (purity) through HOFMA and VINAR

Kether is Amen

Kether is what I will be (and not what I am) and can’t be static. It must be organized and always active

Kether is pure action.

CHOKMAH / HOFMA= wisdom of JHVH (crown, second Zyraph) (mother and living of the dead) sexual and dynamic energy (subconscious mind)

HOFMA color is pearl gray and pure blue

– no fertility, though life-giving and not identical to JHVH

Is the J of the tetragrammaton, though not Kether

HOFMA is matter, it’s holy under Kether

-To contact HOFMA/subconscious mind, tremendous energy is needed as sexual lust -that is how one can make it (HOFMA) pregnant, thus the idea for business desires, writing, etc. Is conceived ….

HOFMA is on the left side of the face

HOFMA is positive + positive

HOFMA is pure force to manifest things (Kether in action) (ex. and pure force in an engine)

HOFMA is pure energy that just radiates and disappears if it is not combusted (disappearing of ideas when not written down for example …)

BINAH (third Zyraph, the son) = sexual and dynamic energy = (thought, intelligent thought)

-Understanding the root of faith

VINAR color is black

VINAR is positive (- ) or negative (elector +-)

– higher names: Jehovah, archangel, the holder, the eye of Kether, Yetzirah

– female (negative energy) crosses with HOFMA (male energy)

VINAR is sanctified and holy intelligence, Virgen intelligence, brings creation, though is behind HOFMA and Kether (subconscious mind).

VINAR has/is Magnetic sexual attraction and is different than sex reproduction (6 sense) 3×2 =6, 6+3 =9, 9/2 =4.5, 4+5 =9

VINAR is the combustion force

VINAR is the machine, and HOFMA is energy.

This was just a short explanation of what the True God’s name is. Sources can be found in the Akkadian Records, Sumerian Tablets, Kabbalistic ancient texts, Pythagoras, Hermes, Toth, and Egyptian Cosmology just to name a few of the sources – and the New Bibles don’t give this kind of information…

 

Let’s return to our blog

Trying to navigate the intricate maze of our minds, sometimes it can be challenging to distinguish between what we feel to be the voice of God and what we perceive as his guidance or voice. The chasm that separates these two can be bridged through the understanding of their distinct characteristics, as well as gleaning wisdom from diverse disciplines and belief systems that can help us bridge this gap. In search of clarity and inspiration, let us embark on this enlightening journey together.

 

Introduction

There have been many times in our lives when, in the midst of the vast symphony of our thoughts, we have stopped to think and asked ourselves, “Is this thought my own, is this divine guidance, or are some memories and thoughts from others?” For countless generations, spiritual seekers have struggled to differentiate between their internal dialogues as well as what they believe to be divine voices. The journey involves many factors such as faith, desire, wisdom, the control of your own thoughts, emotions, philosophy, psychology, and a journey of personal transformation to name but a few. Understanding this distinction has profound implications for our choices and our purpose, regardless of where we lean on the wisdom of the Bible, Stoic philosophical tenets, the tenets of Positive Mental Attitude, or the depth of psychological insights. We invite you to join us in this exploration of God’s voice and our myriad of thoughts as we seek to understand the subtleties between them.

In reality, Pure Thought is only one thought that moves faster than human comprehension, which is why it appears to be more than one. – Jay Pacheco

 

  1. Characteristics of God’s Voice versus Our Thoughts:

The process of navigating the vast landscape of our inner world is akin to identifying the distinctive melody in an orchestral symphony in order to be able to distinguish between our own thoughts and what may be a divine whisper. The following characteristics may help make the difference between the voice of God and our own internal dialogue:

  • Clarity vs. Confusion: God’s voice often provides clarity. It’s like stillness after a storm or quiet reflection on a crystal-clear In contrast, our personal thoughts can often spiral into confusion, especially when influenced by emotions, dilemmas, or external pressures. Remember Elijah, who recognized God not in dramatic displays of nature’s fury, but in a gentle whisper amidst the silence (1 Kings 19:11-13).
  • Consistency vs. Inconsistency: Our thoughts, influenced by a myriad of factors, oscillate like a pendulum. One day, we might feel certain about a decision, and the next, doubt creeps into God’s voice, however, remains consistent, echoing age-old truths and eternal wisdom. It aligns with the promise, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever” (Hebrews 13:8).
  • Conviction vs. Conjecture: God’s voice often brings conviction, a deep-rooted feeling of “this is the path” or “this is the truth.” Our own thoughts, especially when in the realm of speculation, can feel more like conjectures, dotted with uncertainties and ‘maybes’.
  • Love vs. Fear: Our personal thoughts can often be driven by fear – fear of the unknown, fear of failure, or even fear of judgment. God’s voice, rooted in unconditional love, is encouraging, uplifting, and devoid of fear. As 1 John 4:18 states, “There is no fear in love. But perfect love casts fear out.”
  • Harmony vs. Discord: God’s voice often brings harmony, aligning with universal truths and moral principles. It might resonate with our innermost values and beliefs, creating a symphony of alignment. On the other hand, our thoughts, especially when driven by external pressures or fleeting desires, might lead to internal discord or conflict.

In a world filled with so many voices, introspections, and experiences, understanding these characteristics can be like a compass in the vast ocean of information. As a result, we will be able to differentiate between divine guidance and personal musings.

 

  1. Vivid Examples:

In order to better explain the difference between God’s voice and our own thoughts, it is helpful to illustrate the concept with some compelling, vivid examples from both historical and contemporary contexts:

  • Moses at the Burning Bush: In the wilderness, Moses encounters a bush that burns without Here, God’s voice was unmistakable, distinct, and accompanied by a miraculous vision. It was neither a fleeting thought nor a mere rumination in Moses’ mind. Instead, God’s instructions were clear, concise, and purposeful – to deliver the Israelites from Egypt (Exodus 3:1-10).
  • Joan of Arc: The Maid of Orléans, as she’s famously known, claimed to have heard voices from saints instructing her to support Charles VII and recover France from English These were not mere whimsical thoughts of a teenage girl but profound, guiding voices that she believed were divine, leading her to significant historical accomplishments.
  • Søren Kierkegaard: The Danish philosopher often grappled with God and self in his writings. In his introspections, he sometimes felt a clear distinction between his personal reflections and what he perceived as divine guidance or existential truths.
  • Mother Teresa: She often spoke of her “call within a call,” a clear and definite directive from God to leave the convent and help the poor while living among them. This was not a momentary impulse but a profound direction that shaped her life and mission.
  • The Story of Two Wolves: This Native American parable speaks of an internal battle between two wolves inside us, one representing evil (anger, jealousy, greed) and the other representing good (joy, peace, love). The wolf that wins is the one we feed. This story, though not directly about God’s voice, illustrates the distinction between our higher guidance (or God’s voice) and our baseless, fleeting thoughts.
  • Martin Luther King Jr.: During the Civil Rights Movement, amidst threats and challenges, King often spoke of a guiding voice, reassuring him to stand up for justice and equality. His famous “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech reflects clarity and conviction not just of personal belief but of a higher divine purpose.
  • Jesus in the Desert: After fasting for 40 days, Jesus could have easily confused His physical hunger and vulnerability with His purpose. Yet, He discerned God’s voice from Satan’s temptations, remaining steadfast (Matthew 4:1-11).
  • Marcus Aurelius: The Roman Emperor and Stoic philosopher often wrote about discerning our inner voice. By seeking virtue and wisdom, he believed we could align our thoughts with the divine reason inherent in the universe.

Considering the examples listed above, which span numerous cultures, epochs, and individuals, we are able to draw a picture of moments when the line between personal thoughts and divine guidance became crystal clear. We learn from them that when we tune in with sincerity, we are able to discern God’s voice despite the myriad of thoughts that cloud our judgment when we tune in with sincerity.

 

  1. Positive Mental Attitude (PMA) & Discernment:
  • Positive Mental Attitude (PMA) is more than just a buzzword in self-help circles; it’s a philosophy of approaching life with optimism, hope, and belief in outcomes. How does PMA relate to discerning between our thoughts and God’s voice? Let’s explore this relationship.
  • The Foundation of PMA: PMA is rooted in the belief that our attitude shapes our experiences and outcomes. When we approach situations with a positive mindset, we are more open, receptive, and attuned to guidance, whether it comes from within or from a higher source.
  • Clarity through Positivity: When our minds are cluttered with negative thoughts, doubts, or fears, it becomes challenging to hear any voice of reason, let alone divine guidance. However, a positive mindset, characterized by hope and optimism, can act as a tuning fork, making us more receptive to God’s whispers.
  • Historical AnchorsNorman Vincent Peale, the champion of PMA and author of “The Power of Positive Thinking,” believed in the transformative power of faith and positive thinking. He often illustrated how, by embracing a positive mindset, individuals could align themselves more closely with divine purpose and guidance. For instance, when faced with challenges, rather than succumbing to despair, one might hear the reassuring voice of God saying, “I am with you always.”
  • Another advocate of Positive Mental Attitude (PMA), Napoleon Hill said, “A positive mental attitude is a superpower that can overcome any challenge.” Peale and Hill believed that when we focus our thoughts on the good, we can manifest our own destiny.
  • Psychological Alignment: From a psychological standpoint, when we’re in a state of positivity, our minds tend to be less anxious, less stressed, and more centered. Mental tranquility is often fertile ground for discernment. It’s in this space of mental clarity that one can better differentiate between fleeting, emotion-driven thoughts and profound, divine guidance.
  • Resilience and Persistence: PMA isn’t about denying problems or challenges but about facing them head-on with courage and optimism. In this resilience, one often finds echoes of divine guidance, providing strength and direction. When faced with obstacles, instead of hearing the discouraging voice of self-doubt, one might discern the reassuring voice of God guiding them through.

To summarize, Positive Mental Attitude is like a compass in the tumultuous sea of life’s challenges, pointing the way in the right direction. This practice not only gives us direction but also fine-tunes our inner senses, thus allowing us to discern the subtle differences between our thoughts and the guidance we receive from God’s Spirit.


  1. Psychology’s Perspective:

Psychology, the study of mind and behavior, provides an excellent lens through which to examine the distinction between personal thoughts and divine guidance. Taking advantage of psychological insights, let us explore how God’s voice can be illuminated by exploring this complex tapestry.

  • Cognitive Processes: Our brains recognize patterns, make connections, and seek meaning in everything. Often, when individuals claim to hear God’s voice, it can be a cognitive process where the mind seeks guidance and clarity. This doesn’t negate the divine nature of the guidance but provides a rationale for why some might be more attuned to it.
  • Carl Jung and the Collective Unconscious: Renowned Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung introduced the concept of the collective unconscious – a realm of shared experiences, symbols, and archetypes that transcend individual experiences. This reservoir of shared human knowledge might, for some, act as a bridge between personal introspection and higher, possibly divine Jung’s idea posits that when we tap into this collective unconscious, we might access wisdom and guidance that feels larger than our individual selves.
  • Transpersonal Psychology: This subfield of psychology focuses on spiritual experiences and transcendent aspects of human life. It suggests that there are states of consciousness where individuals can feel deeply connected to a higher power or universal truth. In these moments of transcendence, it is possible for one to feel they are receiving divine guidance, distinct from regular thought processes.
  • Confirmation Bias: Psychologically, when individuals believe in a divine entity or seek guidance, they’re more likely to interpret their thoughts or experiences as being influenced or directed by this entity. Confirmation bias can lead people to perceive certain thoughts as divine messages, especially if they align with their existing beliefs or desires.
  • Mindfulness and Meditation: These practices, deeply studied in psychology for their mental health benefits, emphasize the importance of being present and attuned to one’s thoughts and feelings. Regular practitioners often report moments of profound clarity and guidance during deep meditation. Whether this is attributed to the divine, the collective unconscious, or deep introspection remains open to interpretation.

Ultimately, psychology does not discredit the experience of listening to God’s voice because it refers to a subconscious process. Instead, it offers frameworks that help us gain a better understanding of the phenomena. It does not matter whether these experiences are divine interventions, tapping into collective unconsciousness, or a blend of cognitive and emotional processes, the fact remains that they remain deeply personal and profoundly transformative for those who experience them.

  1. Stoic Wisdom on Inner Voice:

Stoicism, an ancient Greek school of philosophy, emphasizes rationality, self-control, and virtue as the path to true wisdom and freedom. But how do Stoics approach the idea of an inner voice or divine guidance? And how does this align or contrast with personal thoughts?

  • The Logos: Central to Stoic philosophy is the idea of the Logos – a universal reason or supreme rational principle that governs the cosmos. Humans, as part of this cosmos, possess a fraction of this divine reason within themselves. It could be argued that when Stoics refer to this inner divine reason, they are alluding to something akin to God’s voice, guiding them towards virtue and wisdom.
  • Inner Citadel: Marcus Aurelius, a Stoic emperor-philosopher, often spoke of an “inner citadel” – an inner fortress or sanctuary where one’s true self resides. This innermost realm is invulnerable to external disturbances and is where the rational mind (or the divine fragment) can guide one’s actions and judgments.
  • Alignment with Nature: Stoics strive to align their actions with nature or the rational order of the cosmos. In doing so, they seek guidance from their inner voice of reason, which they believe mirrors the Logos. When they feel this alignment, they heed the divine guide within, directing them toward their highest good.
  • Distinguishing Impressions: Epictetus, another prominent Stoic, taught about the importance of examining and testing our impressions (or initial thoughts) before assenting to them. A form of discernment is distinguishing between fleeting emotional responses and deeper, more rational (or divine) guidance.
  • Emotional Equanimity: Stoics value emotional tranquility and emphasize not being swayed by passion or external circumstances. When one is centered and calm, the inner voice, guided by reason and virtue, becomes clearer. This might be akin to hearing God’s voice, free from external influences or transient emotions.

In summary, while Stoicism might not explicitly discuss God’s voice as some religious traditions do, its teachings about the Logos, the inner citadel, and the pursuit of virtue and wisdom resonate with the idea of a guiding inner voice. For the Stoic, this voice is the echo of the cosmos, the rational divine that seeks to guide us toward a life of purpose, virtue, and contentment.

In Conclusion:

The journey to discern between God’s voice and our own thoughts is an age-old pursuit, crossing religions, philosophies, and even modern psychology. This exploration is not just about distinguishing voices but about understanding the essence of our beings. It is about understanding the depth of our consciousness, and our relationship with the divine and the universe at large.

From the biblical prophets who heard God’s voice in visions and dreams, to Stoic philosophers finding guidance in the Logos, to modern psychologists examining the constructs of our consciousness, every perspective provides a unique lens to understand this intricate relationship.

What remains consistent across these diverse viewpoints is the human yearning for clarity, purpose, and deeper connection. Whether we consider it the voice of God, the wisdom of the universe, or the profound depths of our subconscious, this guidance propels us forward. It steers us toward purpose, understanding, and growth.

The cacophony of life can often overwhelm us, with its myriad challenges, distractions, and questions. But, may we all find moments of stillness in those moments to tune in, listen deeply, and perhaps catch a glimpse of the divine, guiding us on the path we are meant to take.

“Let us be silent, that we may hear the whisper of God.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

To understand your mind and distinguish your inner pure voice from your humans’ noisy voice, immerse yourself in Stoicism, PMA, and Psychology. By immersing yourself in these disciplines, you can gain a better understanding of your thoughts and your feelings, which will allow you to distinguish your inner pure voice from your human’s noisy voice. This will help you to make decisions that are in line with your true values and beliefs, rather than making decisions that are driven by the emotions of others.

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Jay Pacheco

Stoic: Scaping Gossip To Self-Growth

Through  Positive Mental Attitude (PMA) and Stoicism, gossip can be turned into self-growth. For example, when you find yourself in a gossip situation, rather than engaging in gossip, you could ask yourself what you can learn about the situation and use it as an opportunity to grow.

“The greatest revenge is massive success.” – Les Brown

During the past three weeks, I let my guard down at the workplace where gossip flowed like a river. And, it took me a few days to reflect by reading some Sumerian tablets and history books as well as Epictetus. As a result, I decided to write this short blog.

It took me a couple of days of reflection to put together this short story. It is about how I unexpectedly found myself in the role of a common worker. Probably some of you feel that gossip stresses you out and you might have felt the same way I did.

I have worked in environments that provide the opportunity for growth, but for the most part, I have worked in environments where gossip flows like a river, with whispers and rumors echoing through every hallway, the gym, the store, and the list seems to go on and on. Although I have faced a challenging environment at my workplace, I have embraced a journey to transform my mindset. This is despite the challenges anyone can face, it has also made me realize that one can turn gossip into self-growth.

Throughout 2019, I have been able to rise above the sea of negativity that has surrounded me. However, at other times it is easier for me to find negativity, even in my own mind. This is when surrounded by gossipers and when I leave my guard down. However, this I reversed by re-reading a few books about personal development such as Napoleon Hill, and stoic texts such as EpictetusMarcus Aurelius, and Seneca, among others.

The following are 10 tips to look out for when dealing with gossipers, 10 tips that will help you grow as a person using PMA and Stoicism, and 10 tips that will help you mingle with successful people and not feel stressed or depressed when doing so.

“The secret of happiness is not in doing what one likes, but in liking what one does.” – James Matthew Barrie

A Gossipy Haven: 10 Common Observations

So, if what you like is gossiping, you’re probably going to be pretty happy.

There is nothing worse than working amid a gossip whirlwind – which is everywhere and contagious – causing mental worries and ruining relationships inside and outside the workplace as well as making one a gossiper if not watching up for one’s own habits. Furthermore, aside from loneliness, gossip can also lead to dissatisfaction and discontent. The effects of gossip should be aware of by anyone who is involved in it. The act of gossip, for instance, can lead to the breakdown of trust between colleagues, and this, in turn, can lead to a decrease in productivity and morale in the workplace.

1. Whispers: Everywhere. The cubicle, the water cooler, the washroom. They’re inescapable. For example, an employee may start a rumor about a colleague’s behavior, and this rumor can spread quickly, damaging the reputation of the employee and creating a toxic work environment.

2. Cliques: Groups that form like high school lunch tables, each with its own gossip genre. For example, a group of employees may form to gossip about a colleague’s performance, and this can lead to feelings of exclusion and bullying.

3. Rapid Rumors: How John from HR knew about Linda’s date last night is a mystery. For example, if an employee discloses confidential information to a colleague, the colleague may use that information to spread rumors about the employee without their knowledge.

4. Jumping to Conclusions: Half-baked tales that lead to unwarranted judgments. For example, if an employee is late to work, colleagues may assume that they are lazy, without considering other reasons for their lateness.

5. The Weekly SoapOpera: Stories that get recycled and sensationalized week after week. For example, a story about a manager’s relationship with a subordinate may circulate for weeks, even though the story is based on speculation and hearsay.

6. Innocent Queries: “Just asking…” but they’re often digging for more information. For instance, a boss might ask an employee about a rumor they heard, even though they have no evidence or proof to back it up.

7. Selective Storytelling: Bits of stories told, others omitted. For example, an employee might tell a story about a colleague’s success but not mention that the employee had to put in extra work or put in more hours than others.

8. Validation Seekers: Those who seek validation by sharing ‘exclusive’ stories. For example, an employee might tell a story about how their boss treated them better than their peers, without providing any evidence to support the claim.

9. Unexpected Allies: Bonds formed not of mutual values, but shared gossip subjects. For example, two employees who have never met before might bond over their dislike of a colleague, without sharing common values.

10. Stunted Growth: The absence of personal and professional growth. Days are filled with tales, not tasks. For instance, two team members might spend hours discussing the latest gossip, instead of discussing ways to improve their work or the company.

The average person spends 52 minutes a day gossiping... – Psychology

10 Things I Experienced While Cultivating a Positive Mental Attitude (PMA) and Practicing Stoicism Amidst Gossip: 

“One who gossips usually carries boredom in one hand and bitterness in the other.” – Suzy Kassem

1. I tuned out the gossip: Amidst the chatter, I honed my ability to focus on my work and drown out workplace gossip. For example, when a negative comment was whispered about a colleague, I politely smiled and continued my work, rather than engaging in the conversation.

2. I cultivate resilienceStoicism became my guiding philosophy, helping me navigate workplace drama without affecting my inner peace. For example, when a colleague was spreading rumors about me, I took it as an opportunity to practice self-compassion and remind myself that I could only control my own actions.

3. I practice empathy: I learned to understand that gossipers often do so out of insecurity or boredom, which helped me respond with compassion. For example, I was able to recognize that the gossiper had likely been feeling jealous of my accomplishments and was trying to make me feel bad.

4. I embrace self-improvement: During lunch breaks, I invested time reading self-help books and listening to motivational podcasts, gradually developing a positive mental attitude. For example, I focused on the positive aspects of any situation and practiced gratitude, which enabled me to have a more optimistic outlook on life.

5. I became a beacon of positivity: My upbeat outlook influenced those around me, as I shared words of encouragement and kindness. For example, I actively listened to people when they needed to talk and gave them advice to help them work through their problems.

6. I learned to choose my battles: Stoicism taught me to pick my battles wisely, focusing my energy on meaningful pursuits rather than futile arguments. For example, instead of getting angry when I disagree with someone, I try to listen to their point of view and respond in a way that is respectful and open.

7. I find solace in nature: During small breaks, I’d take short walks up and down the staircase or step out just right out of the building, reconnecting with the outdoors and nature. For instance, I often appreciate the beauty of the sky and the sun or the sound of birds chirping.

8. I practice gratitude: Each day, I either write down three things I am grateful for or recite in my mind three to five things I’m thankful for, which helps shift my focus away from negativity. For example, I am grateful for my health, mind, family, and job.

9. I became a source of advice: Colleagues sought my counsel, as my positive mindset and stoic approach became evident in my actions. For instance, I was able to help a coworker who was feeling overwhelmed with work and provide them with advice on how to prioritize and manage their workload.

10. I set ambitious goals: Through PMA and Stoicism, I crafted a vision for my future, determined to rise above workplace chatter and inspire others to do the same. As an example, I have set a goal to build PMA Science University from the ground up by combining Stoicism, PMA, and Psychology as well as writing self-development books and poems that would promote personal development.

10 Things I Discovered While Mingling with Achievers:

“The more you know who you are, and what you want, the less you let things upset you.” – Stephanie Perkins

1. A culture of growth: Among achievers, I found a culture of continuous learning and personal development. For instance, they would often read books, attend seminars, and take courses to stay up to date on the latest trends and technologies.

2. Shared knowledge: Conversations revolve around insightful articles, books, and innovative ideas, fostering intellectual stimulation.  For instance, I was once invited to get together with people who run businesses and are actively involved in the community as part of a social gathering. I stayed for an additional hour due to the topics we discussed were so interesting and we had engaging conversations.

3. Entrepreneurial spirit: I haven’t been surrounded by entrepreneurial minds, though by reading books and building my own business, and at times I get to engage with others who run their own businesses and those spark my business aspirations. For example, I recently connected and chatted with a successful entrepreneur who owns her own business and was able to gain valuable insights into how she got started and what challenges she faced in her journey to success.

4. Creativity Blossoms: The walls of the person who introduced me to acrylic painting were adorned with paintings, a testimony to her dedication to artistic pursuits while working hard at her common job. For instance, she painted a series of abstract landscapes that were vibrant and colorful, expressing her emotions through her art.

5. Inspiring conversations: From time to time, I meet enthusiastic people whose ideas flow freely, the discussions are rich, and the energy is contagious. For example, I recently met a software engineer who shared his idea of creating a platform to connect professionals to job opportunities, and I was able to draw from my past experiences to provide helpful advice.

6. Networking opportunities: Through these connections, I discovered opportunities for collaboration and growth. For instance, I was able to connect with a serial entrepreneur who gave me valuable insight into the startup community.

7. Mentorship: Achievers often share their wisdom and guide others on their success path. I haven’t met in person the mentors I’d like to mingle with, though I read lots of books by great minds. For example, I recently read The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey, which has inspired me to become a better leader and mentor to others.

8. A sense of purpose: Everyone seems driven by a deep sense of purpose and passion. For example, Bill Gates founded Microsoft with the mission to empower everyone on the planet, while Elon Musk founded Tesla with the mission to save the planet with sustainable energy.

9. Constructive feedback: I gained valuable feedback on my projects, refining my skills. For example, I received critiques on my presentations on how to improve my marketing skills. In addition, I received feedback that I should write more blogs and books to motivate teenagers on the topics of self-development, stoicism, and psychology.

10. A vision realized: Surrounded by these achievers, my own vision crystallized, fueled by their success stories. For instance, I gained an understanding of how to take my ideas and turn them into tangible products, as well as the importance of networking with the right people.

In the end, my journey from gossip to achievers has been transformational. I’ve evolved from a common worker burdened by negativity to a beacon of positivity and purpose. Armed with a positive mental attitude and stoicism, I’ve risen above the chatter and honed my focus on growth.

Mingling with those who relentlessly pursue their dreams has ignited my own passions and aspirations. I’ve learned that failures are not roadblocks but stepping stones toward success. Today, I’m not just chasing my vision; I’m combining every setback into a catalyst for growth.

As I continue on this path, I strive to achieve my dreams but also inspire others to do the same. With PMA, stoicism, and the company of achievers as my allies, I’m determined to leave a legacy of resilience, innovation, and unwavering belief in the power of positive transformation.

My hope is that this short article will be helpful to you in finding ways and ideas regarding how to turn your own obstacles into stepping stones in the direction of your mental growth.

The best way for you to share your wisdom with others is to share your stories here so that other people can learn from your experiences.

“Obstacles cannot crush me. Every obstacle yields to stern resolve. He who is fixed to a star does not change his mind.” – Leonardo da Vinci

Cheers,

Jay Pacheco

Exploring Norway’s Stunning Beauty

 

Despite Norway’s beauty, it offers many places where one can contemplate the greatness of Norway through Stoicism, PMA, Psychology, and many other insights.

I’ve been asked if I enjoy anything else other than jogging, training calisthenics, reading, writing, and talking about Stoicism, Positive Mental Attitude (PMA), and Psychology – or working in my common job.

Instead of answering one by one – I would like to share some of the insights I use to get inspiration for my writings while visiting a number of hidden gems within the surrounding places I live.

Furthermore, I recommend you take a walk, visit, or just look online at the following places in this post.

  • Stoicism – the father of PMA and grandfather of Psychology
  • PMA Science – the father of psychology
  • Psychology – the son of PMA and grandson of Stoicism

The following blog post is about some beautiful places in Norway, including Mølen in Larvik, Oslo surroundings, Sandefjord, Tønsberg, and Tjøme in Vestfold.

Last but not least, Sandefjord is also a “grunder” city and the birthplace of PMA Science, among well-established businesses such as Komolett and Jotun.

So guys, I also enjoy other things aside from stoic wisdom. You can either visit Norway or just enjoy the virtual scenery with this post!

 

Norway, a Scandinavian country known for its breathtaking natural landscapes, is home to fjords, mountains, waterfalls, northern lights, stunning landscapes, and offers some of the most breathtaking views in the world and more.

Let’s embark on a journey to explore five charming destinations: Mølen in Larvik, Oslo surroundings, Sandefjord, Tønsberg, and Tjøme in Vestfold.

It’s a destination that transcends ordinary travel, offering a truly immersive experience.

Allow me to guide you through some must-visit places in eastern Norway.

1. Mølen in Larvik: The Windswept Coastal Trail

Mølen is not just a beach; it’s a historical landscape filled with all kinds of mysteries that relate to the past. Imagine walking along a pebbled beach, with each stone bearing witness to thousands of years of geological transformation.

Mølen’s most prominent feature is its beautiful pebble rounded stones that the waves rolling back and forth formed. The other feature is the bronze-age burial mounds, shaped like intriguing cairns. As the winds blow and the waves crash, you’ll feel a connection with the ancients, a sense of humbling and inspiring timelessness. There are at least 230 small and large burial rock mounds at Mølen. 

Burial mounds are believed to have been constructed between 1,700 and 2,000 years ago. They are still preserved in pristine condition, providing a glimpse into the lives of the ancient people who built them.

2. Oslo’s Surroundings: An Urban Paradise

The Norwegian capital, Oslo, is surrounded by unspoiled nature, including lush forests, serene lakes, as well as views of majestic mountains in the faraway surroundings. This makes it a perfect resort city with its opera house, new Munchen museum, and restaurants in Aker Bryga.

Visit the Bygdøy Peninsula, where museums meet the sea, and history comes alive. The Viking Ship Museum will transport you back a thousand years, while the adjacent beach offers a peaceful spot to reflect on Norway’s rich maritime history.

Additionally, Vigeland Sculpture Park features an impressive collection of works by Norwegian sculptor Gustav Vigeland. Visitors can also explore the nearby Akershus Fortress and Rosendal Garden, and enjoy picturesque views from the Bygdøynes lighthouse. For example, the Akershus Fortress is the oldest building in Oslo, built in 1299, and offers stunning views of the city.

3. Sandefjord: A Maritime Haven

Sandefjord is a picturesque Norwegian city. It is home to a variety of businesses, including Online PMA Science University. The city has a vibrant economy and many successful entrepreneurs.

Known as the whale capital of Norway, Sandefjord boasts a rich maritime history. The whale monument in the harbor pays tribute to the town’s heritage. The monument was erected in 1958 to commemorate the town’s whaling industry. It is a symbol of the town’s whaling past and a reminder of the importance of protecting marine life.

Take a stroll along the coastal path, breathing in the salty sea air. Take part in the whale museum and explore the vessels that once sailed across uncharted waters. In addition, explore Color Line’s revolutionary hybrid boat, which connects Sandefjord and Strømstad, Sweeden. 

Unlike other Norwegian cities, Sandefjord’s beauty lies in its past and present. This creates a unique atmosphere that evokes nostalgia and awe. It is noteworthy that Sandefjord is home to one of the oldest Viking burial sites, Goksatad in the Sandar area. This site dates back to 834 AD. The Gokstad ship is one of the largest preserved Viking ships in Norway and can be seen at the Viking Museum in Oslo.

4. Tønsberg: Norway’s Oldest Town

Tønberg is one of the most charming cities in the country, from its bustling harbor with yachts and cafes to its medieval ruins and undeniable charm. It is a town that has witnessed centuries of change throughout the centuries. You can feel its heartbeat as you walk through the narrow streets lined with wooden houses. With its unique blend of old and modern ambiance, Tønberg is a city that must be explored to truly appreciate its charm.

The most convenient way to see the harbor from high above is to walk up Fjellslotet, the ruins of a Viking-era castle. This offers a panoramic view of the city. In Fjellslotet itself, you might experience a moment that encapsulates the essence of Tønsberg – timeless, elegant, rich in roots, but also deeply connected to its people, and the local culture. At the Fjellslotet ruins, for instance, there is an annual festival celebrating the town’s Viking heritage with live music, traditional food, and crafts on sale. This promotes the town’s Viking past in a fun and interesting way.

5. Tjøme in Vestfold: An Artist’s Dream

Tjøme’s landscape is a tapestry of contrasts: rugged coastlines, sandy beaches, and sprawling meadows. It’s no wonder Edvard Munch found inspiration here. Tjøme has become a popular tourist destination, with many visitors looking to experience the beauty and tranquility of the landscape. The town is also home to a variety of shops and restaurants, making it an ideal place for a weekend getaway.

Visit Verdens Ende (World’s End), a series of tiny islands at the tip of Tjøme, where the iconic Vippefyret lighthouse stands. As you gaze at the horizon, where the sky meets the sea, it’s almost impossible not to feel a surge of creativity and inspiration. It is also worth noting that many of Norway’s most famous writers, including Henrik Ibsen, Knut Hamsun, and Edvard Munch, were inspired by Norway’s picturesque coastline, for example.

Conclusion: Embrace Norway’s Magic

A visit to any of these five Norwegian destinations will give you a glimpse of the country’s diverse landscape and mesmerizing beauty. Norway has a variety of ancient burial sites and modern urban landscapes, from maritime traditions to artistic inspirations. Norway offers endless opportunities. I invite you to be swept away by its charm and embrace the magic that lurks around every corner.

Don’t forget that it’s not just about getting to your destination, but about the journey itself as well. As long as I have been in Norway, I have been in awe of its beauty, history, and culture with every step I take. In fact, it will nourish your soul and ignite your imagination at the same time.

There is no doubt that to understand Norwegian culture, it is necessary to have a stoic or positive mental attitude (PMA) mindset to interact with the locals, who, as I have found, are quick and friendly once they come out of their mental shells. As an example of this, Norwegians are typically tight-lipped and reserved at first, but if you take the time to get to know them, you will see which side of them you are, and they will open up to you.

Take a moment to enjoy Norway’s beauty by packing chocolate in your bags. This is a traditional Norwegian way to enjoy your day in the woods or on mountain trail tours.

Enjoy the country’s beauty as it unfolds before your eyes! Norway’s natural beauty is unmatched by any other country in the world. There are many things to enjoy in this country, including fjords, mountains, and glaciers. Also, make sure you explore Norway’s vibrant cities while you are there.

PS I could have mentioned other places, such as a Stavern in Larvik, Troll Tunga in Stavanger, etc. But I think it should be left for another time.

Those who have visited Norway and want to share their experiences with others are welcome to do so.

Cheers,

Jay Pacheco

You Are a Timeless Connection

Stoicism, PMA, and the Eternity We Live In

“You are everyone and no one.”

I haven’t posted a blog since June 2023, though I have written an ebook “Stoic Wisdom to Conquer the Day”

Today an idea 💡 suddenly came to mind: “You are everyone and no one”. And before it disappeared, I entertained such an idea in my mind and;

It is a necessity to understand that we are connected to the universe. This universe doesn’t have a beginning or an end for our human minds, thus it is not fixed in time. As a consequence of this timelessness, we have the opportunity to exist beyond time and draw inspiration from the endless possibilities eternity offers us. This includes wisdom and knowledge from ancient texts and past civilizations. We can strive for something greater than ourselves. We can find purpose in the knowledge that we are a part of something infinite and eternal that is greater than ourselves.

Having a purpose and achieving that purpose is an inspiring way we can inspire others. This is both for a person with a purpose and without a purpose a valuable lesson if we become life students.

Someone with a purpose could be a painter, a career-oriented person, a doctor, a business entrepreneur, etc. Someone without a purpose falls under all other categories. No matter what category one falls under, one remains part of the timeless universe.

Introduction

No matter what academics and science say, the human mind remains the same – pure energy, -something science academics people don’t want to understand. Further, the only visible change to the human eye is the bodily structure, but not the mind. For instance, the physical body may age and die, but the mind remains eternal, regardless of any physical or chemical changes.

The ancient world was a world completely different from our own at the time, while at the same time, it was a world that was exactly the same as our own. There is a paradoxical connection between the past and the present. We require a deeper exploration of Stoicism’s wisdom, the power of Positive Mental Attitudes (PMA), and the insights of modern psychology to uncover this connection. For example, this connection is rooted in our shared human mental and feeling experiences. Despite the vast differences in technologies, societies, and cultures between ancient and modern times, we all still experience the same universal emotions. We also have the same fundamental needs to be fulfilled. It is through the exploration of how the ancients dealt with these issues, that we can gain valuable insights as to how we can deal with them in the modern day.

We won’t refer to the Sumerians time, though that topic can be left for another time!

We will instead look to the Greek and Roman civilizations to see how they handled their problems. By examining their solutions, we can better understand our own and learn how to address them effectively.

Ancient wisdom from Socrates can also be found in ancient wisdom, such as Stoicism and PMA. This wisdom is still relevant today because it provides insight into modern problems. For instance, Stoic philosophy teaches us to be mindful of our thoughts and control our emotional reactions to stressful situations, while PMA encourages us to focus on the positives and be proactive in creating solutions to our problems. Similarly, modern psychology can provide insight into how to approach past challenges. For instance, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) teaches us to actively challenge and change negative thought patterns, which can help us break through our obstacles and create more positive outcomes in our lives. By understanding both, we can better understand the paradoxical connection between the past and the present. 

For instance, identifying and modifying negative thought patterns rooted in past experiences, such as self-doubt and fear of failure, could be the key to learning how to replace negative and destructive thought patterns with more positive and productive ones. In this way, we can create healthier thought processes that will have an improved impact on the way we think, act, and react in the future.

Stoicism: The Bridge to Timelessness

Stoicism, a school of ancient Greek philosophy, emphasizes acceptance of things we cannot change and focus on our own behavior and responses. The Stoics believed in the cosmic connection of all humans, transcending time and space. To them, living a meaningful life meant living in accordance with nature, which meant accepting the natural flow of life and not getting attached to things that were beyond their control. They believed that by living in accordance with nature, one could achieve inner peace and harmony. For instance, the Stoic philosopher, Epictetus, said, “You are a citizen of the universe, not of this city.”

Just as you engage in activities today, someone from the past experienced the same, albeit in different contexts. Marcus Aurelius, a stoic philosopher and Roman Emperor, once noted that people have been doing the same things for centuries. It’s a timeless cycle, and we are all part of it. This is because our human experience is essentially the same. We all experience love, joy, pain, and sorrow. We have the same need for connection and belonging. We all want to make a difference and contribute something meaningful to the world. Although the contexts may be different, the basic emotional and psychological needs remain the same.

Positive Mental Attitude (PMA): A Key to Purpose

The modern concept of Positive Mental Attitude (PMA), often abbreviated as PMA, aligns beautifully with Stoicism. Our sense of purpose and importance can be enhanced if we stay focused on what we are able to control and maintain a positive attitude. The Stoic philosophy encourages us to accept the things we cannot control and focus on what we can. PMA is all about focusing on the positive aspects of life, and understanding that our attitude towards life has a direct impact on our happiness. With PMA, we can find meaning in what we do and strive for excellence in our lives. For example, by acknowledging the things that you are grateful for each day, you can find more joy and purpose in your life, and shift your focus to the positive aspects of your situation.

You are everyone and no one at the same time. Though we may feel insignificant in the vast universe, our attitudes and actions can have ripple effects that reach far beyond what we can comprehend. Through a PMA, we empower ourselves to make a positive difference, perpetuating a legacy that will flourish fifty or more generations from now. For example, planting a tree today, even if you won’t be around to see it reach its full potential, can make a difference in the lives of those who will come after you.

Psychology: Understanding the Eternal Connection

Psychology today teaches us that human emotions and thoughts are universal and can be applied to all individuals. Whether it be love, fear, joy, or ambition, these feelings are universal, and they are the threads that bind us to the people who preceded us and to those who will follow them. As we understand these feelings, we become better able to empathize with those who have different experiences than our own. This allows us to build bridges and create a more tolerant and compassionate world. 

We also know that emotions and thoughts are experienced differently by each individual, depending on the culture and values of the society they live in. By understanding the diversity in how emotions and thoughts are expressed, we can develop a deeper understanding of our shared humanity and create a more inclusive society. There are some cultures in which it is more acceptable to express anger than is the case in others, and in some cultures, certain emotions like anger are seen as a sign of strength or courage, while in other cultures they may be seen as a sign of weakness. As per Stoicism and PMA, anger should always be treated and managed as a sign of weakness that should not be allowed to fester.

According to Carl Jung, this idea is supported by his concept of the collective unconscious. The ancient myths and archetypes he researched are not only historical curiosities but are an integral part of the psychological makeup of all humans. Jung argued that these archetypes were an inherent part of the human psyche and that they could be found in different cultures and civilizations throughout history. He believed that they were a sign of a deep, shared unconsciousness that connects all humans, regardless of their cultural background. 

This shared unconsciousness, as Jung suggested, is a deep connection between all people, and can be used to understand and appreciate the differences in cultures and people. As an example, the archetype of the ‘hero’ can be found in mythologies across a wide range of cultures, from instances in ancient Greece to Indigenous Australian Dreamtime stories, in which the archetype is present throughout.

Conclusion: Embrace the Eternal

Throughout Stoicism’s teachings, the empowerment aspect of PMA, and the deep insights of psychology, we find that all of these elements are intertwined to emphasize the fact that we are connected to eternity every single day. Taking this realization into consideration should humble us as well as inspire us. Our learning from these teachings means that we learn each and every day that we have the opportunity to show up and live our best lives, and bring meaning and purpose to our lives that align with our values and beliefs so that we can live a life of purpose and meaning. The more conscious and mindful we are of the consequences of our actions, the more likely we are to make conscious, mindful choices that will impact the lives of those around us and our own.

What you’re doing is significant. You are incredibly valuable. As a result of understanding our connection to the eternal, we gain perspective, motivation, and a profound sense of belonging to something greater than ourselves that gives us perspective, motivation, and ideas. This connection is the source of our power to create, be resilient, and find meaning in our lives. It gives us the courage to accept our mortality and live life to its fullest. We can use this clarity of purpose to make our lives and those around us more meaningful. 

Seneca said, “We are born into a kingdom; for all of us the universe is our fatherland.” 

Being connected to the universe gives us the power to realize that our actions have consequences not just in our own lives but also in the lives of others. It allows us to appreciate all the blessings in our lives and to be grateful for them. It helps us to recognize our own mortality and to live life with intention and purpose. It reminds us that we are part of something bigger than ourselves and to strive to make the world a better place.

It is time for you to embrace the eternal, for you are part of a timeless dance that was born in the dawn of humanity and will continue into the uncharted future. Your inner wisdom is the wisdom of the ages, guiding you with every step that you take. Take solace in the knowledge that you are part of something much bigger than yourself, something that is both ancient and eternal. Embrace the power of the timelessness that lies within.

It is my hope that you will find the content of this blog post aligned with your own thoughts, as well as the connection between Stoicism, Positive Mental Attitude, and Psychology that I have described in this post. With that in mind, I invite you to explore this topic further and to evaluate its merits for yourself.

My final words of advice are to make what you are doing meaningful. There is no doubt in my mind that you are extremely valuable! 

“The purpose of life is not to be happy—but to matter, to be productive, to be useful, to have it make some difference that you lived at all.” Leo Rosten, American humorist

Cheers,
Jay Pacheco

The Essence of Psychology

The Essence of Psychoanalysis Through Giants’ Minds

Over the weekend, and today, I felt like it would be an excellent idea to combine psychology, psychoanalysis, positive mental attitude (PMA), and stoicism in one post.

It should be noted that PMA Science, which is a combination of psychology, positive mental attitude (PMA), and Stoicism. Additionally, we can include psychoanalysis, other sciences of the mind, emotions revealed, and cycles under the PMA Science umbrella.

In this blog I would like to shed some light on some of the most interesting influences in Psychology, Psychiatry, Emotions Revealed and Psychoanalysis. These influencers’ wisdom closely aligns with PMA’s mindset and Stoicism’s wisdom philosophy.

Let’s dive in …

A remarkable symphony of the mind, mindset, micro-emotions and virtues.

It is said that the human mind is a grand symphony that never ceases to amaze. This symphony consists of both electrical and biological signals. However, in this post we are more likely to discuss conscious and subconscious thoughts and cognitive functions than chemical processes and psychological constructs.

This majestic neuro-symphony isn’t easy to understand to most common people, though through some of Giants’ Minds magnificent works such as Freud, Jung, Adler, and Ekman, their researched work gives us information and light to understand the melodies of the mind and we also have the harmony of Stoic wisdom, and the science of a positive attitude (PMA) to enlighten the mind, emotions and behavior of humans in a more easy to comprehend way. For instance, the Stoic philosopher Epictetus said, “It’s not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters.” This idea has been echoed by many psychologists and is foundational to PMA science.

Harmony in Discord: The Freudian Perspective

Freud was a fascinating guy who worked in the fields of psychology, psychotherapy, and psychiatry, and gave us psychoanalysis.

Let’s dive into: Sigmund Freud, the father of psychoanalysis, looked at the human mind as a large iceberg. Freud described the part of our brain that is above water as our conscious mind: that part of our mind that is aware of our thoughts and feelings. Below, the enormous subconscious holds our desires, memories, and experiences. As an example to better understand our behavior, Freud suggested that we must look to the mysterious depths of our subconscious, the giant iceberg beneath the surface of our conscious mind.

Imagining that the iceberg’s tip is the diligent secretary who meticulously organizes the information on the iceberg. (This iceberg’s tip is the frontal lobe and consciousness). Bellow, a vast unknown (subconscious) teems with boxes full of past events, primitive urges, and suppressed emotions as we battle the problems of the present. If a package shows up unattended, what will happen? What will happen if it arrives unattended? Neurosis, as described by Freud, is characterized by unexplained anxieties and fears. These fears lie in the subconscious mind and are often difficult to recognize. On the other hand, with a PMA mindset, we must see these boxes honestly as they are. This is rather than burying them in our minds because of a negative mental attitude. Please take note that here we are just describing the conscious and the sunconscious as Freud’s illustrations of the tip of the iceberg.

Casting Light on Shadows: The Jungian Perspective

Jung was another fascinating figure who worked in the fields of psychology, psychotherapy, and psychiatry  as well. He understood the subconscious mind better than Frued, I must say after my research.

Let’s dive with Jung.

In contrast to the emphasis Freud placed on our past, Carl Jung, who was a disciple of Freud, put an emphasis on our future. He viewed the subconscious as a guide, filled with archetypes or universal symbols, designed to guide us towards self-realization through various archetypes. Furthermore, our ‘Shadow’, the parts of ourselves we don’t accept, can be explored and integrated in order to gain wisdom and gain insight. (Here is where PMA comes into play – if we know what we truly want, we can make and manage our subconscious in a direction to gain insight as Jung described in “Shadow”).

As at night when sailing, we might be afraid of the dark waters (our Shadow), like when we sail at night. As long as we understand that beneath our surface there lies a compass (our archetypes) that leads us to land (self-realization), it can foster a positive mental outcome and give us hope. Furthermore, by understanding our archetypes and the symbolism of the Shadow–which can be seen as our subconscious–we can learn to navigate our emotions and fears. This will give us the courage to move forward in our lives and reach our goals, even in the face of darkness and uncertainty.

Striving for Superiority: The Adlerian Angle

Having read Ichiro Kishimi’s writings, I was introduced to Adlerian psychology for the first time in June 2023. What a wonderful writer! Adlerian psychology is more in line with positive psychology and PMA mindset philosophy.

Adler took a different path than most of his contemporaries. Seeing us as artists, he saw our lives as blank canvases on which to paint our lives. According to his theory, we are driven to paint our masterpiece by a feeling of inferiority and achieving superiority is what drives us to paint. For instance, Adler believed that someone who felt inferior due to their height would strive to achieve superiority through academic success or excelling in a sport.

Imagine being incapable of regular gym training (inferiority) because you lack strength and discipline. Adler would say that the strength to discipline and fitness comes from within, that it is driven by the desire to view your health from the top (superiority) that drives one to train. Furthermore, a positive mental attitude (PMA) gives us another secret key that lies primarily in the fact that one should see challenges not as boulders blocking your path. Instead, you see challenges as mountains to climb and grow mentally. For instance, rather than feeling discouraged by a difficult workout, one would instead view it as a way to become stronger and more resilient.

Deciphering Emotions: Ekman’s Emotional Intelligence

In the Netflix series “Lie To Me”, I was thrilled to learn for the first time about microexpressions back in 2015 – which made me curious to read more about it. Currently, as I work in the health department with people with autism and other disabilities who cannot speak, I’m using this tool more and more. This tool is part of the PMA Science Toolset and is mentioned in my upcoming book “PMA Science of Psychology” which is scheduled for publication in early 2024.

Let’s dive into Dr. Ekman.

Paul Ekman, through his intense research into microexpressions, established the Facial Action Coding System (FACS) in order to code universal emotions. According to him, recognizing the emotions we are experiencing could help us better understand ourselves and build more successful relationships with others as a result of conscious recognition of these emotions. For instance, Ekman’s research suggests that recognizing anger in oneself can help one manage the emotion and prevent it from escalating into aggression.

Imagine you were watching a movie and you suddenly felt a wave of sadness that came out of nowhere. Ekman’s theory says that recognizing and understanding this emotion is one of the keys to controlling our emotional reactions, since we can control them. Here is where Stoicism fits better. The Stoics would suggest understanding emotions is something we can manage, and anything we can’t, just let it be. As a result, this type of understanding plays a vital part in cultivating a positive mental attitude and helps you become more motivated. For example, if someone says something that hurts your feelings, you can observe your emotions without overreacting.

Positive Mental Attitude: The Napoleon Hill Approach

PMA is something one can learn at an early age (or any age) when one knows what one really wants. When one does not know, one ends up like a ball, meaning anyone can kick you over.  Napoleon Hills’ books Think and Grow Rich and PMA Science of Success are excellent tools.

Let’s dive into Napoleon Hill briefly – the mind behind Think and Grow Rich.

It was Napoleon Hill who highlighted the importance of positive thinking in many of his works “especially” during the Great Depression of 1929, USA. As he put it in his book, “Think and Grow Rich” (1937), we are influenced by our thoughts and thus by our reality. Hill believed that thoughts create our reality, and if we focus on what we want in life and think positively, we can manifest it. He also believed that focusing on the bright side and eliminating negative thoughts and beliefs would lead to success and prosperity.

As Eric Micha’el Leventhal put it: “Thoughts don’t become things; thoughts ARE things.”

In Hill’s philosophy, negative thoughts are like weeds in the garden, while positive thoughts are like beautiful flowers that bloom from the inside out. An intentional effort to cultivate flowers and remove weeds can lead to the creation of a flourishing mental garden, symbolizing the success and fulfillment of a fulfilling life. For instance, each time a negative thought arises, one might replace it with a grateful thought. This can help cultivate a positive outlook on life.

Psychology Meets Stoicism

The Stoics, the grandfathers of positive mental attitude (PMA), positive psychology, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and beyond. In my search to fix my economic failures, anxieties, and worries, and poor self-esteem, I was led to read personal development books such as those by Tony Robins, Bob Proctor, Jim Rhon and Napoleon Hills’ works and many others. I also read lots of psychology books, such as those mentioned above. However, the Stoics gave me the main fundamentals for harmony with 3 discipline principles (perception, action, and will) and 4 virtues (Wisdom, Courage, Justice, and Temperance). Most of my research and reading for a better life points to the wisdom of the stoic. I believe that if we could master the Stoic disciplines, the Stoic virtues, we could have a fantastic mind, body, soul, and life.

Let’s dive into it briefly with stoicism.

A number of Stoic philosophers, including Cleanthes, Epictetus, and Marcus Aurelius, advocated the control of perception over perception itself. It was their belief that even though we are not always able to control external events, we can always control how we react to them. They believed that by controlling our perception of events, we could maintain our inner peace and emotional equilibrium, regardless of external circumstances. They argued that this control over our own perceptions was the key to true freedom, since it allows us to remain in control of our own lives. For instance, we have no control over what others say or do, but we can choose how we react to it. By choosing to remain calm and level-headed, we can maintain our own sense of peace and freedom.

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Similarly to a surfer on a wave, life may push us toward chaos, but Stoicism teaches us to ride the wave and ride it to our advantage. Understanding how we can change and what we are unable to change is the bedrock of peace and positivity when we embrace the dichotomy of control. For instance, we cannot control the weather, other people’s opinions of us, or the results of our efforts. However, we can control our attitude towards them.

In Closing: Harmonious Integration

The worlds of psychology and stoicism are intertwined beautifully, like a double helix of wisdom. In psychology we learn from them how to observe our minds in the same way that Freudian secretaries, Jungian sailors, Adlerian artists, and Ekman observers observe their minds. In this way, Stoicism and PMA guide us to maintain a positive mental attitude, leading us to be Hill’s gardeners and stoic surfers, i.e. to be stoic thinkers.

By embracing these diverse psychological, psychoanalytic, and philosophical perspectives, we can create a fine symphony of self-realization, resilience, and fulfillment by harmonizing the conscious and subconscious minds. As we live our lives, we become conductors of them, orchestrating a harmonious composition of melodies that are conscious and subconscious at the same time.

The true essence of psychology is thus revealed as the guide to consciously living, with a smile that radiates confidence and a baton at the ready as we face life’s symphony with a confident expression.

If you have any comments or ideas about these topics, please let us know and share them with someone who may benefit from them.

Cheers,
Jay Pacheco

Epictetus and the Art of Stoic Positivity

The Art of Stoic Positivity!

While taking a run in Marumsskogen (woods) in Sandefjord, Norway this afternoon, I finally put together a short blog about Epictetus.

Epictetus is my favorite stoic philosopher and I wanted to share my thoughts on his teachings. Furthermore, I chose to play with my thoughts for the blog while running. This would help me organize my thoughts and ideas so I could come up with creative solutions to finalize the blog writing. For instance, while running this afternoon, I thought about how Epictetus said we should focus on things within our control. Then I took courage and approached in another way to finish my long lasting short blog about Epictetus.

My blog beging as “Imagine a lush green meadow…”, though I’ve been working with ideas, re-reading books about Epictetus since March of 2023 and haven’t landed on anything until today while running – and for that I’m grateful for, and now I’m sharing this post with you!

“Imagine a lush green meadow, dawn sunlight streaming through grass blades. You are at peace, a still observer, unaffected by passing wind gusts. This state of calm tranquility, the meadow’s unflappable tranquility amidst nature’s fickle whims, is a vivid representation of Stoicism. It also exemplifies Epictetus’ teachings, a philosopher who spent the last of his life pursuing mental fortitude and self equilibrium.

Epictetus a Greek philosopher of the first century AD, was one of the most prominent Stoics. Wisdom, the highest form of virtue, is based on knowledge, according to this ancient philosophy. The main tenet of Epictetus’ philosophy can be summed up in his powerful words, “It’s not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters.”

– How one reacts to circumstances is the core of stoicism, positive mental attitude (PMA), and positive psychology! And all begins in the mind by knowing how to manage emotions …! Stoicism could be said to be the grandfather of PMA and modern psychology when it comes to regulating emotions just to name it in brief.

Imagine, for instance, that you’ve planned a picnic with your family, but the skies open up and it starts raining. Or during [this] summer of 2023 you are planning a trip to the beach and suddenly it gets dark and it starts to rain. You could feel disgruntled, let the circumstances dampen your mood, or choose to see the positive side. Maybe the rain is a chance to stay in and enjoy a cozy day indoors, complete with board games, hot chocolate, or even just watching a movie. Epictetus suggests that the second reaction, embracing what you cannot control, is the key to maintaining a Positive Mental Attitude (PMA).

Stoicism and PMA don’t just influence our mental space; they also influence our physical realm. Imagine the sense of calm and clarity you experience after a refreshing morning jog or a quiet yoga session. When your mind isn’t tangled in worry or anxiety, your body reflects ease and tranquility. This is how I felt while running through the woods, even being tired, pain on my legs and windy with drizzling rain. I felt a sense of calm and I even got more ideas for writing this blog!

An individual in tune with the Stoic mindset would see a challenging workout not as a hardship, but as an opportunity to improve and become healthier. This is a stoic way of taking a chance to push the boundaries. Even the panting breaths and muscle strains become a testament to their strength and resilience, an affirmation of their positive attitude. For instance, instead of dreading the last few reps of an exercise, take it as a challenge and an opportunity to test your own limits and grow.

Our inner dialogue influences our soul harmony as well. If we nurture our minds with Stoic wisdom, our souls will resonate with peace. Consider a serene lake, its surface smooth and unbroken. That tranquility is our soul at peace, untroubled by external circumstances, radiating positivity. The more we practice Stoic principles, the more serene our inner lake becomes.

Epictetus’s wisdom, intertwined with Stoicism and PMA principles, is timeless. It is a philosophy for every day and the future, a guidepost for individuals navigating life’s tumultuous seas. By adopting Epictetus’ teachings, we can attain a state of unshakeable calm, a Positive Mental Attitude, and most importantly, a harmony of mind, body, and soul.

Just like that meadow embracing the morning sunlight and weathering the wind, we too can shine brightly and stand tall amidst life’s challenges. It’s not the circumstances but our response to them that shapes our reality. With the shield of Stoicism and the sword of PMA, we can create our own serenity symphony. As we tap into our inner strength, we can confidently stand in our power and take on any challenge. We can create our own destiny and live a life of joy and purpose.

Final thoughts, tranquility is what I felt while running…

Stoicism provides us with tools to understand and respond to our emotions and thoughts. Combined with PMA, or Positive Mental Attitude, we can create a resilient, confident, and optimistic mindset. As a result, we become proactive in creating our own destiny by taking on challenges with courage and finding joy and purpose.

What methods do you use to find and feel tranquility in your mind, emotions and soul?

Cheers,
Jay Pacheco

The Neuroscience of PMA

The Neuroscience of PMA

Before I dive into today’s post, I wanted to say thank you to everyone who reads this post! Your appreciation is much appreciated, and now let’s explore how PMA from a neuroscientific perspective can help us better understand the world around us.

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Our blog guests today are psychologists Steven Pinker and Paul Ekman. Both psychologists’ work falls under the umbrella of Positive Mental Attitude (PMA) Science. This PMA’s blog will discuss some of their work on personal development and the importance of work in our daily lives. Furthermore, their research examines how it promotes overall well-being psychologically. For instance, Pinker and Ekman’s research suggests that positive thinking can improve mental health, increase productivity, and improve relationships with others.

Bringing together two philosophies and psychology is still in its infancy. These tools will become more prominent as I write blogs, books, podcasts, and courses about the mind, emotions, and virtues. I believe that a combination of Stoicism, Positive Mental Attitude (PMA) and Psychology, as well as cognitive and behavioral techniques, can be a powerful tool to help people find balance and fulfillment in their lives. This will be the focus of my work going forward.

Stoicism, PMA, and Psychology = PMA Science

Steven Pinker and Paul Ekman are included in this short blog for now. Due to the fact that I am quite impressed with their work in psychology and the mind. For such reason, I’m writing and sharing with you this short blog which is just the tip of the iceberg of their research. However, it fits well under the philosophy of Positive Mental Attitude (PMA).

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Pinker, Ekman: Psychology Giants

“We will never have a perfect world, but it’s not romantic or naïve to work towards a better one.” – Steven Pinker

Steven Pinker
An award-winning cognitive scientist, psychologist, and linguist, Steven Pinker was born on September 18, 1954. As a child growing up in Montreal, Canada, Pinker became fascinated with human nature at an early age. Known for his advocacy of evolutionary psychology and the computational theory of mind, Pinker’s research focuses on visual cognition and language development.

A cornerstone of modern linguistics, “The Language Instinct” (1994), was his first important publication. Throughout the book, it was argued that language is an innate human ability, shaped by evolution for the purpose of communication. His later works, such as “How the Mind Works” (1997) and “The Blank Slate” (2002), further cemented his reputation as a cognitive science pioneer. As a result of positive mental (PMA) influences, our mental processes have been shaped, and the idea that humans are born without innate abilities has been challenged.

One of the world’s most influential intellectuals, Pinker is widely recognized for his rigorous scientific approach. According to his book “Enlightenment Now” (2018), human progress will lead to a brighter future.

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“Emotional expressions are, to a considerable extent, under voluntary control, but the capacity to deceive varies among people and even among the various expressions of a particular person.” – Paul Ekman

Paul Ekman
A pioneer in the study of emotions and their relation to facial expressions, Paul Ekman was born on February 15, 1934. During his early years living in Washington, D.C., Ekman encountered a variety of human behaviors that sparked his interest in understanding how emotions are expressed.

Facial expressions between cultures have been universal since the 1960s when he began his groundbreaking work. A comprehensive tool for measuring facial movement was developed from this research, the Facial Action Coding System (FACS). In his work, Ekman demonstrated that emotions and their expressions are universal and biological in nature.

The techniques Ekman developed for detecting deception were part of the research he conducted. As a result of his findings on microexpressions – fleeting facial expressions that reveal true emotions – training programs were developed for law enforcement and a variety of other fields.

In addition to influencing entertainment and popular culture, his work gained wide attention outside academia. Based on his research, the TV series “Lie to Me” depicted a protagonist who was an expert in deception detection.

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It’s no secret that our mental states profoundly influence our daily lives. Whether it’s our performance at work or relationships or our overall well-being, our mental health plays a significant role in the quality of our lives. In recent research, the neuroscience of emotions is examined to gain an understanding of the benefits of a positive mental attitude (PMA). Steven Pinker and Paul Ekman, both leading figures in the field of cognitive psychology, have authored papers on this topic.

Note: Napoleon Hill popularized Positive Mental Attitude in his book Think and Grow Rich (1937).

According to Pinker, a researcher in cognitive science and psycholinguistics, human cognition is essentially a combinatorial process. A small number of elementary units can be combined in countless ways to produce infinite thoughts and behaviors. As a result of this understanding of our cognitive ability, we can conclude that positivity is more than just a buzzword. Rather, it is a scientifically proven tool that can help us shape our thinking patterns to lead to more positive outcomes. By incorporating positivity into our lives, we can tap into the power of human cognition to produce more positive results in our lives. For instance, positive self-talk can help us to become more confident and motivated, while positive affirmations can help us to stay focused and direct our energy towards our goals.

Paul Ekman, a researcher who has studied the connection between facial expressions and emotions, proposes that emotions are actually physiological states whose manifestation is manifest through our body’s reactions. In Ekman’s research, emotions are shown to be more than just subjective experiences but are deeply rooted in our minds and brains. Ekman’s research suggests that our emotions are not simply rooted in our subjective experiences, but are also connected to our physical responses, such as facial expressions, providing further evidence of the powerful influence our emotions have on us. For example, Ekman showed that facial expressions of emotions are universal, and not limited to a single culture or language.

The findings suggest that neuroscience, emotions, and PMA are intertwined in fascinating ways. The feelings we experience are closely related to our physical states and can be discerned through objective measures. Additionally, we have the ability to alter these emotional states through our cognitive abilities, which points to the potential of PMA. This indicates that the power of positive thinking is not just a popular adage, but a real phenomenon with far-reaching implications for the study of psychology and neuroscience. For instance, research indicates that people with a more optimistic worldview have higher levels of serotonin, a neurotransmitter associated with happiness. For example, in a 2016 study published in the journal Mindfulness, researchers found that after 8 weeks of teaching participants mindfulness-based stress reduction, their levels of optimism had increased significantly compared to a control group.

PMA is about maintaining a positive attitude, regardless of the circumstances, not ignoring them. Positive outcomes can be achieved when we approach these situations with the belief that we can succeed. As a result of framing our experiences in a positive way, our brains release dopamine and serotonin. Not only do neurotransmitters promote happiness, but they also enhance memory and attention. Furthermore, when we view our experiences from a positive perspective, we open ourselves to new possibilities and opportunities, allowing us to approach challenges with more creative solutions.

Considering these findings, how can we apply them to our daily lives? In order to achieve PMA, we need to develop emotional literacy, which is the ability to recognize emotions in others and to respond appropriately to them. For instance, when someone expresses anger, we should take the time to identify the emotion and process it in a constructive manner, such as by asking questions to try and understand the person’s perspective.

The cultivation of PMA can be facilitated by mindfulness and gratitude. By practicing mindfulness, we learn to live in the present, appreciate the moment, and reduce our negative thoughts. Similarly, expressing gratitude consistently fosters an optimistic outlook by shifting our focus toward positive aspects. For instance, journaling what we are grateful for every day can help us to build our capacity for PMA, as it helps to build our optimism and trust in the future.

Using Ekman’s Facial Action Coding System (FACS) could help improve emotional literacy. Using this system, which categorizes human facial movements, we can enhance our emotional intelligence and better understand our emotions and those of others. For example, Ekman’s FACS can be used to more accurately interpret subtle facial expressions, such as a slight raising of the eyebrows or the curling of the lips, which may indicate surprise or amusement.

The conclusions Pinker and Ekman draw from their research offer a persuasive argument in favor of PMA and neuroscience. When we adopt a positive mindset and develop our emotional literacy, we can improve our mental and physical health, leading to improved productivity and well-being. The purpose of embracing PMA science goes beyond feeling well; it’s about creating a life that is more fulfilling and balanced. This suggests that the purpose of adopting a positive mindset and emotional literacy is not only to feel well but to lead a life that is more meaningful and rewarding.

I hope you enjoy this blog and encourage you to share your experiences. My goal is to continue to share tools for the mind, emotions, and virtues with you.

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