Overcoming Envy and Competition

Overcoming Envy and Competition

By Caroline Diana Bobart

Guest Writer for Wake Up World

Competition in this sense is a game of one-upmanship that keeps us from being able to have and express our soul’s real wisdom, purpose and pace. It is a game we unwittingly play entirely within ourselves, and in reality, it has little or nothing to do with the person being envied.

Envy is a complex, almost toxic manifestation of our own feelings of frustration, resentment, anger and powerlessness that results when we are somehow disconnected from our truth, and our dreams. We buy into the lie of separation, both within and without, and this mistakenly draws our attention to the outside – where we compare our frustration to what other people are doing, what they have, their personal triumphs etc.

Being in competition with others is really about being in competition with ourselves. Our feelings of jealousy and envy of someone else are really a reflection of what is going on, or not going on, entirely within ourselves. The person we envy typically isn’t aware of our envy, and so doesn’t usually care that this is what you are experiencing.

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How Modern Symptom-Based Medicine Can Make the Sick, Sicker

How Modern Symptom-Based Medicine Can Make the Sick, Sicker

By Marie Be

Guest Writer for Wake Up World

The advancement of modern science and technology has allowed for ways of studying the incredibly small and the commensurably big. Technical capabilities for research make possibilities endless, but private funding means that our great scientists work in silos, answering to competitive economic interests. Sadly, the system as a whole has been forgotten.

Modern medicine has roots in the Hippocratic, Newtonian and Cartesian school of thought, also referred to as reductionism. Though this way of relating to the world, philosophers and scientists defined the universe as a great machine; a complex system that is nothing but the sum of its parts, an account of which can be reduced to accounts of its individual constituents (1). Likewise, early physicians began to define the human body as a machine, studying it by breaking it down into independent parts, losing touch with the study of the whole.

According to this paradigm, the body could be analyzed, catalogued, adjusted, and repaired in parts, as required — just like any other machine. Disease was no longer viewed as a body state (much less an energetic state) but merely as a set of symptoms. From this foundation, modern medicine has become the observation, classification and management of individual symptoms, without seeking to understand the body as an holistic entity (2). Meanwhile, rates of sickness, disease and over-medication are steadily increasing.

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What Story Do YOU Tell?

What Story Do YOU Tell?

25th October 2014

By Caroline Diana Bobart

Guest Writer for Wake Up World

Your ancestral hunter-gatherer is a natural storyteller!

As hunter-gatherer, your physical senses of sight, hearing, smell, touch and perhaps even your sixth sense would have been highly attuned to stimuli and changes in your external environment because your very survival depended on it.

For example, if a noticeable hush overcame the jungle it would send up a red flag and your senses would be on high alert for the signs and sounds of a predator close by. Your mind would have gone to work surmising whether that predator was a lion or some equally threatening wilder beast, its whereabouts in relation to you, your fellow tribesmen and the vulnerable ones back at camp. You would have simultaneously begun thinking of how to safeguard yourself and your loved ones, and whether scaring the predator away or taking him down would be best approach.

In other words, the audible hush in the jungle would have triggered several story-lines to start running through your instinctive mind, all of which were intimately wired into your being to keep you and your tribe safe.

Your instinctive nature as a storyteller and interpreter is still with you – the only difference now is that our civilisation has evolved such that, for the most part, the hunter-gatherer archetype is one that has lost its relevance to our modern society.

Our Primal Instincts, Today

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Beware the Quack Quack Quack

Beware the Quack Quack Quack

18th October 2014

By Tracy Kolenchuk

Guest Writer for Wake Up World

What is Quack-Quackery?

What is a quack? What is a quack quack? What is a quack quack quack? And why do we need to beware them?

The Quack

Is a quack someone who sells ‘false medicine’. Not just that. Merriam-Webster defines a quack as “one who makes false claims of identity or expertise” – not just medicines. They are claiming to have expertise they do not have.

Does a quack know they are a quack? Do they really think they have the required expertise, or are they simply lying, perhaps to sell a dubious product, and moving quickly to the new customer? It doesn’t matter. Both the idiot and the liar fit the definition of a quack.

The Quack Quack

A quack quack is someone who claims to see a quack, but is actually “making false claims of identity or expertise” themselves.

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Creative Day-Dreaming: Your Connection to Life’s Creative Flow

Creative Day-Dreaming: Your Connection to Life’s Creative Flow

By Caroline Diana Bobart

Guest Writer for Wake Up World

The act of day-dreaming can be beneficial to so many aspects of our well-being. It allows us to tap into our spiritual wisdom and desires for life experiences we are really longing to create, and brings our mental, emotional, physical, energetic and spiritual aspects into alignment so we can anchor them as synergistic faculties here on earth. In doing so, we raise our level of self-understanding, self-awareness and inner knowing of who we really are, and of the sacredness we came into this lifetime to share.

Day-dreaming keeps us connected to our first home – the spiritual realm – and helps us enjoy an experience of life that is infused with fulfilment, amusement, meaning, validation, purpose and love. It allows us to step beyond the limitations of the rational, three dimensional, linear mind, and into the realm of limitless possibilities of which we are each an individualised part.

When we allow ourselves the freedom of day-dreaming, we remind ourselves of our essential nature – physically, emotionally and spiritually free.

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Easy Dessert Recipe – Varya’s Old Fashioned Lemon Squares

Easy Dessert Recipe – Varya’s Old Fashioned Lemon Squares

10th October 2014

By Varya Kapran

Guest Writer for Wake Up World

This is hands-down one of my favourite recipes of all time. In fact, I made it every weekend for the last four weeks until I perfected it for you. That’s how thoughtful I am! I sat there eating try after tray of them until I knew I had the recipe I could proudly stand behind.

So today I present my Old Fashioned Lemon Squares recipe. These bars have a delicious tangy tartness to them, a soft texture, and a “browned butter” crust. Made with simple organic ingredients, they’re easy to make and great to share, so if you are making a batch, be sure to invite some family and friends over to share the love.

Love, Varya
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The Journey vs. The Dream

The Journey vs. The Dream

By Caroline Diana Bobart

Guest Writer for Wake Up World

It is a curious mindset – when you find yourself fixated on an outcome that you feel, once you have achieved it, will solve all of the unhappiness, lack and struggle you desperately want liberation from in your life right now.

What is your symbol of freedom? Do you imagine yourself starting your own business? Writing a book? Creating an offering? A product? Starting a charity? Or championing a cause?

Do you put yourself under enormous pressure for it to become nothing less than a success? Do you hinge your future prospects for peace of mind, well-being, abundance or purpose on being able to create it?

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It Really Is Time To Wake Up World

It Really Is Time To Wake Up World

By Michael J. Roads

Guest Writer for Wake Up World

Years ago, I remember hearing a story of how God came to Earth to see how humanity was developing. Having created us, it is obvious that God had a strong sense of humour, so there came the time when God called humanity together to share the latest funny story from the the angel-net. The joke was very involved, so as time passed people became rather sleepy. God, being God, took care that nobody had hunger or thirst, but completely overlooked the fact that people live with linear time. For God, all time occupies the same moment.

After a couple of weeks, many people were asleep. A month after the funny story began, God still had not reached the punch-line, but by this time all humanity was deeply asleep. God looked around, shrugged, and said, “Never mind, you will ‘get’ the joke when you wake up”.

Most of humanity is still asleep. The joke is on us.

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Why Tomorrow Never Comes

Why Tomorrow Never Comes

By Caroline Diana Bobart

Guest Writer for Wake Up World

There is something about the human condition that makes us feel we need to wait for the ‘perfect time’… the perfect time to get married… get a divorce… start your degree… have a difficult conversation… leave a toxic job… move home… start your own business… and so on.

And yes, while there are practical considerations and planning that must go into the making of major life decisions such as these, there is a critical point at which ‘legitimate’ reasons for making a decision, or a change that needs to be made, become unwitting fronts for your fears.

The moment at which this happens is the moment at which disconnection from life’s creative flow, your intuition and energetic paralysis unknowingly occur. This is the point at which you start feeling that you are throwing your energy down the infamous big-black-hole, despite your best intentions and efforts to create a happy, fulfilled and purposeful life.

Being able to recognise this exact moment at times in your own past life experiences is nothing less than spiritual gold. This is the precise measure of self-awareness you need in order to determine whether there is a situation or an area in your life right now in which you are – for lack of a better term – ‘spinning your wheels’.

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The Placebo Paradox

The Placebo Paradox

28th September 2014

By Tracy Kolenchuk

Guest Writer for Wake Up World

When you research medicines, alternative medicines, even medical treatments that do not involve a physical substance, you will see reference to the “placebo effect”; statements such as:

X is no better than a placebo
Y is probably just a “placebo effect“…
Treatment X is just a placebo
Medicine X failed to beat a placebo in controlled clinical studies…

What is a placebo? What is the placebo effect? Is it real, fake, or something else? Is the placebo effect magic? No, but placebo effects are a paradox.

Merriam Webster defines the placebo effect thus: “improvement in the condition of a patient that occurs in response to treatment but cannot be considered due to the specific treatment used“. Thus, the placebo effect is a real effect in response to a treatment that cannot cause that effect. A paradox.

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Natural Detox : Detoxing as a Way of Life

Natural Detox : Detoxing as a Way of Life

By Marie Be

Guest Writer for Wake Up World

The link between increased toxicity and a range of diseases is now becoming well recognized by medical authorities. Many studies describe a general health decrease as well as specific ailments that occur in the body with increasing levels of toxins.

In toxin-free conditions, the body is efficient at detoxifying and eliminating free radicals, but the rising quantities of toxic compounds we breathe in, ingest or absorb daily demand more of the body’s resources, and drastically impede the body’s optimal performance. That’s why detoxing needs to be a way of life. As the environment around us, the foods we consume and the water we drink become more and more toxic, the body’s natural detoxification systems become overloaded. And as the body cannot perform optimally, toxicity slowly increases over time, reducing the body’s natural capabilities to maintain good health. That’s when disease occurs.

The equation is simple; the less toxins that accumulate in tissues and organs, the stronger the body’s natural healing capabilities.

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Are You Waiting for Inspiration? Or Intuition?

Are You Waiting for Inspiration? Or Intuition?

By Caroline Diana Bobart

Guest Writer for Wake Up World

Sometimes you can find yourself at a place where you look around and sense you have fallen out of alignment with the people, places and things around you. It’s time for change. You can feel it.

Like outgrowing an old article of clothing, you find yourself trying on the idea of a new relationship, job, home or town for size. You might even have begun explore and research a new idea. But all the while as you’ve done this, you sense the gap (sometimes a gorge!) between your life now and how you would like it to be, and for all your wishing, wanting and hoping, how you can get across this divide is frustratingly unclear.

Isn’t it ironic at times like this, that you know you need to start creating new experiences and yet feel suspended in time as you wait for inspiration about what you can do next?

This feeling of being suspended can also be another way to describe the detachment from life’s creative flow that comes when you are waiting for that single, mind-blowing, earth-shattering idea to strike. In other words, you withdraw from truly living, responding to and engaging everyday life because you believe when this bolt of insight hits, you will somehow gain the self-confidence and certainty needed to take ‘right action’. And of course, without realising it, as you hover in this space of detachment, you stray further from your inner knowing, self-awareness and your true, heartfelt needs.

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