Existentialism a Better Way to Live

Do you know who you are? Do you know your life’s purpose? Are you wasting your life away on tasks assigned by someone else? Do you rely on “God” to show you what to do? We are born and we have no pre-defined purpose for existing but we have free will to search for answers in a world that has no answers to give. We must seek out our own answers.

The philosophy of existentialism became popular after World War II where many people saw the horrific acts of the Nazis and realized that there is not a moral deity watching over them, punishing the bad and rewarding the good. So therefore, we are all responsible for steering our own life’s direction.

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Existentialists believe that we are all born a unique individual that cannot be stereotyped or grouped together with values or meaning given to us by society, government or even our parents. We are defined by our actions not our words. What happens in our life, just happens, whether or not you are a “good” or “bad” person. Existentialism is for people who aren’t happy with their life and need something more real than religion can serve on a silver platter.

So maybe your life’s goals aren’t really to go to college, get a job, get married, have kids and then die. That’s just how you were brought up to believe. It may be surprising to think that you can be an amazing human even if you choose to not follow these archaic guidelines of life, in order for you to hone in on your craft and change the world.

You don’t have to add to the overpopulation problem because some ancient ideas (when population was low) said that you should have as many babies as possible so we can populate the planet. This is not relevant anymore. We now have an overpopulation problem and no paradigms are updated to this fact. Having babies to make your mom happy or because you are bored, lonely or to try and fix your marriage is a horrible choice to make. In unhappy marriages, after having children, the marriage will be stressed to the max and possibly fall apart.

You don’t even have to get married if you don’t get along with people and are more content being by yourself. You don’t have to go to college in order work for someone else to be successful, in fact working for a boss is the WORST way to make money. Surprise!

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The unexamined life isn’t worth living so you must look at your life and see how you could tweak it. Some people are afraid to sit down and analyze their life because of existential fears.

Existential fears:

Death

Isolation

Meaninglessness

Freedom and Responsibility

We are completely free to choose how we live life and it is our responsibility to make those choices and not let someone else do it for you. We will all eventually have to accept and exist with the above issues. You must consider them before it’s too late. Avoiding reality is not going to change it.

Existential therapy helps people to learn to take responsibility for their life, their decisions; and how to choose paths that are in alignment with their new found beliefs. This is will help them to live a happier and more authentic life. The therapist is not some snooty psychologist, but a fellow human who has experienced existential anxiety has found some ways to help guide others through their path of acceptance of the inevitabilities of life.

One of the founders of Existentialism Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980) has stated

“You might assume that there’s some authority figure you could look to for answers, but all of the authorities you can think of are fake. Those authorities are really just people like you – people who don’t have any answers, people who had to figure out for themselves how to live.”

He has said that “the best way to live your life is authentically and that if there are no guidelines to life, then each of us is forced to design our own moral code, to invent a morality to live by.”

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Existentialism states that there is not an inherent reason for the universe, the world or anyone in it. If you want to have importance or meaning, the truth is that you must create it for yourself. Any meaning your life has is because you have created and given it to yourself. No one else is you, therefore no one else can tell you your purpose. You choose your meaning by the values you have hand picked beforehand and by the things you do.

If you would rather accept someone else’s idea for your purpose, then you have what Sartre has described as “bad faith” or burying your head in the sand and pretending that there is meaning naturally in the world.

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The Foundations of Existentialism

We must devise our own meaning in life, not accept someone else’s (or the group’s) entire philosophy. We should explore philosophy’s and choose or create which ideas resonate with you.

Existentialism believes that we should look within to find our own individual meanings. We are all different and do not all follow the same path to personal fulfillment. A person is best when they are struggling against their individual nature, fighting to improve their life.

We are unique because of the decisions we’ve made throughout life. We continually evolve into the person we create, by the daily choices we make.

Anxiousness is natural and we must deal with it in order to live authentically.

We each have an abundance of freedom and we can think in any way we see fit. No police or government or religion has any power over what you think about or choose to do with your life. They want you to believe that they have power over your life. When you are alone they want you to think you are being observed by some invisible man or maybe big brother is watching, so that you always behave in accordance to their beliefs.

Search for your reason of existing, try things out and Google it. Take everything with a grain of salt and use your fascinating, powerful brain to manifest your own custom, personal philosophy. Establishing your outlook and beliefs will make you a more confident, strong, happy and intelligent human being.

What meaning or purpose will you give yourself today?

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​LSD, the Cure for PTSD

14% of the US population will suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder at some point in their life. PTSD can develop after a person lives through a traumatic situation or witnesses something terrifying. Common causes for PTSD are sexual, physical, mental abuse; accidents, natural disasters or combat.

Those who have PTSD typically have trouble functioning normally again after the trauma. They can change into a person who is constantly on edge, anxious, unable to sleep, paranoid, depressed and isolated. They become tormented by horrible memories and nightmares of the trauma and paranoid of it happening again.
At first it seems like the world is a pretty alright place and all the traumatic stuff happens to other people. Until something extremely fucked up happens to you. Rocking your whole philosophical foundation till it comes crashing to the floor. Try and put that back together when now everything you thought you knew was wrong, all trust and safety vanishes because you know that fucked up things can and have happened to you.

This instills the isolation and avoidance of situations in life. Eventually leaving just a lifeless, shell of who you once were. This is the reason that PTSD frequently leads to alcoholism, drug addiction and in some cases, suicide.

LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide) is a non-addictive, psychedelic drug that was discovered by Dr. Albert Hofmann in 1938. Although he discovered the effects of LSD in 1943, when he spilled some of it on his skin. He started feeling strange and decided ride his bike home. That must have been quite a trippy ride!

When Dr. Hofmann got home he entered a wild, somewhat scary, mind-expanding, reality (and his wife was in for a bit of a surprise as well!). Luckily the next day, he woke up  and his mind was back to normal.  He knew he must find an explanation for what had happened to him.

He began to experiment with LSD on patients and he found that “Each individual who experiences LSD enters another reality. He enters another world seemingly even more real than actual reality. Until that day, I’d always thought there was only one reality. Suddenly I was experiencing another.”

From the 1950s through the early 1970s, psychiatrists and researchers gave 1000’s of doses of LSD to people as a treatment for alcoholism, addictions, anxiety and depression in people with terminal illnesses. This drug was actually curing people!

After the experiment, some patients described that it seems like LSD has created more “connections” in their brain, than they had beforehand. In fact, this may be true. Brain scans of people who are tripping on LSD show their brains are lit up brightly, illuminated with activity all over the brain.

Whereas the normal (placebo), non-tripping brain’s activity was only activated in few specific areas – the rest of the brain remaining dark and seemingly unactivated.

Brain scans revealed that the tripper can have visuals through many parts of their brain, not just the visual cortex. Parts of the brain that never connected with other areas, were now communicating.

How does acid help treat mental disorders?
The subconscious mind wants to mull over the same information and do the same things, day in and day out. This keeps us stuck in life repeatedly doing automatic, core behaviors. The reason PTSD, anxiety and depression are so hard to treat is because people are trying to cover up the disorder with pills. Surprise! That shit doesn’t work!
You must treat the core issue, or underlying reason, for the disorder.
Ideally, people who decide to trip, should think and talk about their issues with a therapist that works with them through the trip, in order for them to gain a new, more profound meaning from the experience.

Acid trips can alleviate depression, anxiety and can even help people conquer their addictions. Patients have stated that when they were tripping, they could see their issues from a new perspective and they can then gain insights into their past behaviors and reactions.  They emerge with an upgraded, positive outlook on life.

Psychological disorders can affect people for their entire lives, sometimes sucking out all quality of life as well. For treatment resistant people no matter what they try, they cannot seem to get well again, LSD may be the only possible cure for them. There is a good amount of evidence regarding the benefits of psychedelics treating psychological disorders, but we still need more.  Currently, privately funded organizations are left to do most of the research.

In the far off future drugs will be legal because it is just too costly and distracting from priorities, to try and control it. It’s about as dumb as trying to control who people marry. Hopefully soon we can end the war on drugs and instead of fearing them, learn about their potential benefits.

How to Transform Your Old Laptop Into a New Computer FOR FREE!

You know that you have that ancient laptop in your closet that might as well be in a “laptop grave”, never to be used again. You will feel pretty badass once you completely revive it by using this one secret…  Linux. It’s not for just computer enthusiasts anymore, your Grandma could use it. Plus, you will feel even cooler when you are using it (nerdy is sexy). 

It’s like you will have a top secret operating system, with elite group of coders working 24/7 to make it even more amazing daily,  where almost all of the apps are free, 10x faster, 10x safer and viruses are so rare, that you don’t need an anti-virus. 498 of the top 500 supercomputers run Linux for a reason.

If you are new to Linux and you have an old laptop you aren’t using, you might as well try it out.

 I am certain you will want to stick with Linux once you try it. Windows is inferiorating after being spoiled by the luxury of this free OS. Linux doesn’t ever tell me it’s “not responding”, it installs the drivers I need once I plug in a device, it’s ready to go. 

Also, it’s highly unlikely you will ever get a virus (those are targeted at the unlucky Windows users), no antivirus needed (they slow down your computer anyways) and it will make an old laptop quite snappy and a new one AMAZING. Yes, I am a bit passionate for Linux.

Things you’ll need:  

  • an empty flash drive 
  • the internet 
  • about an hour
  • an old dusty laptop (all data backed up)

So, now that you have all of the above, get on a computer (that is already up and running) and plug in your empty flash drive.  

Step 1 

Download Linux Mint (I like the Cinnamon edition, but you can choose).

Download Rufus 

When they are done downloading open up Rufus and make sure it’s set for your USB, it is set to format to FAT32 and check  “Create a bootable disk using ISO image” then click on the little disk icon next to it. 

Find your LinuxMint.ISO file and choose it. Then click “Start” on Rufus. When Rufus is done, close it and reboot your laptop.

Step 2
As your laptop starts revving up again click the ESC, F12, DEL, F2, F10 or possibly F1. Your computer will tell you which key to press to get you into the “Boot Menu”,  “Boot Device Options” or BIOS (it is different on different computers). 

Get to the “Boot Menu” and use the keyboard arrows to highlight your USB drive and hit enter. 

Choose “Run live session and install” if it asks.

***** The live Linux Mint OS will start up **** 

Go to the panel where your wifi signal is and connect, or plug in your ethernet cable. 

Click the “Install Linux Mint” icon on the desktop
(don’t worry this won’t hurt a bit!)

Now, choose your language and click “Continue”. Check the box to install 3rd party apps and ” Continue“.

Choose “Erase hard drive and install Linux” (this will delete Windows and good riddance! Say goodbye to buying anti-virus and office programs! Most all of the apps and games for Linux are free!) 

Next, it will ask you for your timezone, username and password
Linux will tell you when it’s done installing.
When it does finish, pull out the flash drive and reboot the laptop.

Now it will boot right into Linux Mint! 

Congratulations! Look at you, you just installed LINUX!  😉 GENIUS!

* You will want to update it so click on Apps and find “Terminal”, open that and type:

sudo apt-get update && upgrade

Type in your password and hit enter. This will update everything and could upgrade the entire OS (that’s a good thing). You can use your laptop while it is doing all that work in the background. 

If you ever run into an issue, most of the solutions are just a Google search away. Also, I am happy to help you if you are stuck or have any questions. Enjoy!

5 Stages to Change Your Life Forever

Are you excited about your life? Are you pursuing your passions? Or are you miserable a lot of the time? You don’t deserve to live a life that doesn’t make you happy.  In order for you to rise above this stage in life you will need to stop and reconsider your life’s direction.  

 Stage 1: The Pre-contemplation Stage

Realize you have built this world for yourself, so you have the power to re-model it, however you choose.

 So often we get in the habit of floating down the lazy river of life. We  don’t do  a “life inventory” as often as we should. You are your most important relationship you will ever  have, don’t neglect yourself. 

Stage 2: Contemplation Stage:
So now you are thinking about the areas of your life that cause you unnecessary stress or even make you  depressed. You know that there are actions you need to take in order for you to change.
Now it’s time to prepare!

Stage 3  The Preparation/Determination  Stage:

So, you’ve  decided to do something about it. Good! Know that you have the power to steer your life in any direction you choose. It’s your  life.  You grab a notebook and write down the parts of your life that are not fulfilling you or  leading you to your ultimate  goals. Write out your current problems  in life and the solutions for each item. 

Take your  “Problems/Solutions” list and Google your solutions and how you can achieve them, write it down. Focus on the solutions, not the problems. Break each solution down into small steps and then prioritize them. 
 These are the tasks that will  change your life. 
Perhaps you have been denying and ignoring these issues for most of your life,  so why wouldn’t you do the same thing today?  Just do the first item. Don’t think  about it, you might talk yourself out of it. 

Imagine the benefits you will gain from adopting these new behaviors and skills. This should help fuel your motivation to attain these goals. 
If you don’t talk yourself into why you need these different behaviors then your mind will blow it off and go back to default settings (where it loves being). Know that those default settings aren’t working and they need to be tweaked. 

Take your goals seriously, this list not a list of things you’d like to have someday when the time is “right”. Do not wait for the time to be “right” to start something. Start before you are ready! That is the fastest way to learn,  just jump right in! Turn your solutions into your new habits and take them seriously.

 Stage 4 The Action Stage:
Now, you start the first step. You start doing the things you need to do in order to improve your life like: meditating, doing Yoga, controlling your anger, hanging out around positive go-getters,  you manage your time better so you can do things you enjoy or maybe you find your passion? Do the solutions you chose on a regular basis. Keep that “Problems/Solutions” list in a place you will see it often. 

Stage 5 Maintenance Stage:
Setup a system to help you through the rough parts of your mission. Join a group that is focused on your goal on Meetup.com. That way you can be around people who are striving for the same goals. 
Set a reminder on your phone to go off every day at your designated time for you to do that task. When your reminder alerts you, stop what you are doing, don’t think and start the task. Starting is the hardest part, so you might need to just shove yourself right into it.
 After that, it will be so much easier, you will be motivated to blast through obstacles on your path because you know that you are taking control of your life and heading towards your dreams.

​PARADIGM SHIFTING THOUGHTS

I’ve always loved a good idea, positive message, quote or saying. So in my lifelong pursuit of self betterment I’ve read, watched and listened to many great teachers. I actually enjoy improving myself but I really love helping other’s improve their lives. I can’t help but write down the truly life impacting and paradigm shifting thoughts. 
I wanted to reprogram some of my default thoughts so I needed to make sure I was exposed to these messages without trying. I wrote them on sticker paper, in calligraphy (or legibly)  and I stuck them on items that my eyes wandered to multiple times daily, so my mind would absorb these positive messages. Therefore, programming my subconscious into turning me into the ideal version of myself. I want to share some of those thoughts here with you.

Each of these thoughts should be read and thought about. Don’t just skim through them. Of course, not all of these thoughts will be for everyone, we are all different, Choose your favorite ones that you feel resonate with you and your future best self.

  I do highly recommend you write them (pen to paper) and put it somewhere that you look at daily or you can put them in an app you look at daily, it really does help me to think more positively. If you know someone who would benefit from reading this, feel free to brighten their day and share this to them. 

  • Understand who you are and the immense value you bring
  • Believe  and know that you have the power to control your reality
  • Start making your happiness a priority
  •  Have a creative, detailed vision of your life’s purpose/future/outcome
  •  Thoughts determine all that happens in your  life
  • Have fun in ALL SITUATIONS with whoever is there with you 
  • Do not worry about the process, think about the outcome
  • Accept yourself and other’s as they ARE  (Even if they are annoying as hell)
  • Knowledge without action is useless
  • See yourself as the badass you are becoming
  • If you can’t personally control something then you have no business worrying about it
  • Stop waiting to be ready!  Start BEFORE you are “ready”. 
  • Don’t think thoughts of fearful outcomes,  always think of what you want to happen
  • Never lie to yourself by thinking other’s can do things, that you cannot
  • Gain new beliefs about yourself
  • Do something today, to make the future you, proud of you.
  • Don’t try to suppress  the uniqueness in yourself or others
  • Never fear “failure”. “Failures” are the mandatory stepping stones to success. Be happy to get those notches on your belt, they are priceless life lessons. 
  • Pain is a part of growth. Every little struggle is growth
  • The best thing you can do is KEEP GOING! 90% of  success is just showing up!
  • Be patient but persistent in every situation
  • Everyone is entitled to be a full person
  • Be completely present in all relationships today – phone down, eye contact
  • When you release your attachments, you will release your suffering.
  • Believe in your ability to figure things out, always
  • Breathe deeper – from belly to  diagram 
  • The more you focus on the something, the more of that you  will get, so stop bitching
  • Don’t point out negative things about others. Compliment someone daily.
  • What you believe becomes reality. So be careful what you think.
  • On ANY day you can change your life, choose today
  • Journal daily – you will find solutions to  your life problems
  • Don’t care about other’s negative opinions of you and release the need for their positive opinions as well. (As long as you aren’t hurting anyone, fuck the haters, only YOU know the true you anyway, so they cannot talk.)
  • Sharpen your mind – read, use brain training and memory apps, learn daily, do NEW things
  • Teach everything you know. Share knowledge, advance humanity a bit.
  • Watch, listen and read positive messages
  • Life can happen to you, or it can happen from you
  • Repetition is key
  • Be nice today
  • Re-write your  story
  • Most bad things happen for good reasons
  • Flow with the universe, don’t push or resist it. 
  • Take the time to focus and be 100% mentally present. Be charismatic
  • Timidity is dangerous

Are you living like a robot, programmed by your parents and society?

Do you know if you’ve been programmed? Do you feel free to say, do or wear whatever you want? Are you religious? Do you think a perfect life consists of going to college, getting married and having kids, getting a degree and working in that field for the rest of your life whether or not it is your passion or if you even like it?

Is that all what you REALLY want for your life? Would making your parents proud of you, make the inner you, satisfied with what you’ve done with your life?

I am not the wisest of all people but I am a truth seeker and within truth is wisdom. I have had years of contemplation, several near-death experiences and I believe that life is invaluable and should be treasured while you have it. One should never waste their life just to appease other people. If you don’t plan your life (or program yourself), someone else will, and that most likely won’t be to your benefit.

We have one thing in life and that is life. This is the ONE AND ONLY TIME that you get to be here alive. Do not waste it trying to fulfill your parent’s (or your friend’s) fantasies and religious belief’s their parents programmed into them.  

You don’t have to live the ideal life of someone, a generation before you wanted. Things change. The Cold War is OVER. We no longer should think we have to go to college, get married, pay taxes, have kids and die. There is much more to living than being a human clone and hoping nobody notices that you are a weirdo inside.

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Psst! We are all weirdos inside and everyone else is hiding it too. Break out of the facade and be brave enough to let your inner weirdness out. People might be inspired by you and bust out of their illusion of normalcy also. You were not meant to be a robot you were meant to be a unique individual.

Screw it if people think you are weird … they just don’t have the balls to express their inner weirdness. Weird is good. People that talk shit about you are not the people you WANT to be around anyway. So simply tell them to look the other way if they don’t like what they see.

If they cannot pry themselves away from obsessing about you then just block, ignore or unfriend them. Seriously, even family. You are not a bad person if you choose to not listen to negativity from people in your family. They don’t deserve to be able to talk to you if they can’t be supportive or nice. You are worth more than that and bloodlines do not mean you have to be at the mercy to their passive aggressive comments for life.pexels-photo-320007

You don’t have time for that BS. You are rarer than any diamond. You are the ONLY YOU EVER. Take that bit of advice seriously when you think of picking up that call or responding defensively to a hater’s text. You don’t have to defend yourself to them. That’s not your job to prove your worthiness… just know you are worthy no matter what ANYONE says, have quiet, unbreakable confidence.

So to recap, realize that is YOUR job to program yourself how you see fit. Relationships will come and go throughout life but the one you have with yourself will be with you till your last breath. So, you might as well get along with yourself, do work that you are passionate about and live your life according to your standards.