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Focus on Things You Can Control

Putting your happiness in the hands of others is a short road to misery

Far too many men beat their brains out trying to change the world so that things are the way they want them to be.  In particular far too many men try to get a particular woman to love them, like them, want them, fuck them ~ and one thing men should learn is that you can never, ever, get a woman to do anything she doesn’t already want to do.  If a particular woman friend of yours is just a friend, then that’s probably what she is always going to be, and the chances of you getting her to be anything else are exactly zero.

Men should stop worrying about things they cannot control.  It’s a total and utter waste of energy, effort, and probably money.  Men should focus their energies, effort, and cash on things they can influence ~ and they should learn what it is they can change, and what they have absolutely no control over.  It’s astonishing how much time guys spend trying to change what they cannot change, and they then waste more time complaining about their woes, probably over a drink or two.

The answer is obvious, guys should simply focus on what is under their control and influence.

It makes no sense to worry about things you have no control over because there’s nothing you can do about them, and why worry about things you do control?  The activity of worrying keeps you immobilised.  ~  Wayne Dyer

Deciding what is, and what is not controllable is difficult.  Harder still when you have strong feelings about what isn’t happening to your liking.  Even harder when a woman is involved.  But, do guys really want to waste their precious time focusing on the wrong things?  Trying to change something, or someone you have no influence over whatsoever is a long downhill road to unhappiness.

The big problem is that to decide what you can and cannot do means first of all taking a long, hard, and honest look at yourself.  Few guys want to go there.  But, if you want to be happy then first of all start with yourself.  If you can’t get a date, stop complaining about it and take a look in the mirror.  Almost every single man on this planet can improve his look, his manners, his conversation, and his charm.

True happiness comes first of all from within.  Change yourself for the better and the world will change around you.

Some say that they just never get a break.  And that if only people would do what I wanted, then I could be happy.  All I know is that I’ve stopped worrying about things I cannot control.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

real men have the courage to take a long, hard, and honest look at themselves

Strength of Character

The real man smiles in trouble, gathers strength from distress, and grows brave by reflection.

I’m in trouble, my soul is in distress, and it’s only bravado that’s keeping me sane and sober.

Every day is a winding road, and we can never know what the end of the day and the end of the road will bring.  The future and the destination are both uncertain, and sometimes all a man can do is to keep on going on.  And, it seems to me that the real man doesn’t give up, just because the going gets really tough.  As Churchill said sometimes we just have to ‘keep buggering on…..’

My past few years have had lots of ups and downs, but it seems that today I have really hit rock bottom, and there is no booze involved ~  I am stone cold sober.  In fact I have passed through sobriety to the desolate slough of despond that lies beyond.  Taking a drink would only solve the problem in so far as it would help me to forget my worries for a while.  In reality, taking a drink would compound and multiply my real and perceived problems ~ and that’s not a good plan.

For a while I’ve been working towards being a better man, more worthy on body, mind, and spirit  But, worthy for whom?  It seems that I’ve been striving to be better every day, not just for myself, but also for someone I cared for.  Trying to be the better guy for someone else is incredibly false, and it set me up for a fall.  Your Goddess will never be perfect, and that presupposes that your ideal of perfection has some ultimate truth.

So, from now on I will still go on quietly working to be the superior man; in body, mind, spirit, and achievements.  However, from now on I shall be doing this for myself, and never again to please another.  No more lists, no more plans, just living each day to the fullest.

The strong are considered weak, and the weak are considered strong, that’s the way of the world, but it’s not the way of the spirit.

Some say that what doesn’t kill us makes us stronger.  And that real character is to live each day as if it was your last.  All I know is that I don’t want to live another day feeling like this.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

don’t make a list

do something real instead

Reprogramming Yourself

Don’t practice until you get it right; practice until you can’t get it wrong.

Most of the time we do what we do without even thinking about it ~ and maybe the best example is driving.  We get in the car, turn on the engine, buckle up, put it in gear, and head out into traffic, towards our destination ~ and the whole process is automatic.  It wasn’t always like that.  When we were first learning to drive we consciously thought about every movement of our hands, feet, eyes…..  However, once we could actually drive, had our licence and everything, the process of driving was handed over to our subconscious mind ~ we drive without conscious thought.

In fact, 95% of everything we do we do automatically, without conscious thought, relying on our subconscious mind to run our lives.  Living consciously, living mindfully, is actually an effort.  Our subconscious mind is far more powerful than our consciousness will ever be.

The snag is, all our subconscious mind is made up of is a set of programs, and when we drive we play the ‘driving program’.   If we can play a sport well; say golf, then when we hit a golf ball we are using the ‘golf program’.  And, if we are addicted to alcohol, drugs, gambling, casual sex, then when we engage in those self-destructive activities we are merely using the automatic ‘alcoholic / addict / gambler program’.  Remember 95% of everything we do is controlled by our subconscious mind which is merely using a set of pre-programmed routines.

The bigger snag is that most of the programs in our subconsciousness were put there before we were about seven years of age ~ some of them while we were still in the womb.  The young mind is like a sponge, it will soak up everything, without having the ability to differentiate between good, bad, and useless.  This is why we often act like our parents, older siblings, teachers, and other carers ~ no matter if that’s good, bad, or useless.

The adult mind is not like a sponge ~ it’s more like a fortress.  To get a new belief in there is incredibly difficult.  I have a drink problem.  Consciously I can easily stay away from booze, but when my subconscious mind is in control I want to get blasted.  And, it’s no use my saying to myself; ‘stay sober….’ because I’m trying to talk to my subconscious mind ~ and there’s nobody there.  My subconsciousness is just a set of programs ~ I may as well try and talk to a bottle of booze.

There are only two ways to connect to my subconscious mind, and both are fairly difficult.

The first is to go back to the childhood mind-state, and in an adult that means entering the Theta State, which only happens naturally twice a day ~ when we are almost asleep at night, and when we are almost awake in the morning.  If you know how, then you can use self-hypnosis at those times to connect to your subconscious mind and change the programs in there.

The second way to change the programs in my subconscious mind is through what Dr. Bruce Lipton calls ‘habituation’, which is just a posh way of saying a lot of practice.  Remember learning to drive?  You did it over and over again until you didn’t ever get it wrong.  If you want a new subconscious program, then you have to consciously practice that new program, over and over again until you don’t ever get it wrong.

How long did it take you to really learn to drive?  In Europe, where it’s really hard to be a driver, months maybe.  Or how long before you got good at your chosen sport?  Years maybe.

And they are easy programs.  Something complicated like changing a complex subconscious behaviour such as an addiction ~ well it will take a while.  Reprogramming yourself isn’t ever going to be easy.

In 12-step programs they have a mantra; ‘fake it to make it’.  Try your desired behaviours for a year or so and see what you can really do to change your mind.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

just thinking is mostly pointless

we have to get off our arse and do something

Retreat into Myself

If what you’re doing isn’t working, then change what you’re doing. 

Time is short, make the most of every day you have.

Sometimes it takes a shock to your system before you realise that things aren’t working.  Sometimes you could be aware for years and years that your life just isn’t quite right.  As it goes, I’ve had both of those things forcibly tell me that what I’ve been doing, the life I’ve been living, isn’t really working for me, nor anyone else either.

What I want, need, and desire to to lose my feelings of existential dread.  To remain calm and grounded in the face of adversity.  To be more considerate, more self-aware, and self-reliant.  To be less judgemental, and not so angry. To have the strength to defeat my fears and rise up to any challenge. To stop running away from myself, my thoughts and feelings, to stop going crazy and hiding at the bottom of a bottle of booze.

Snag is, to make those deep changes within myself would usually take months or years of counselling, or a good while in a retreat / rehab.  I don’t have months or years, and finding a suitable retreat / rehab that would be willing to take me on isn’t a quick fix either.

So, starting from this morning I have built my own programme, and believe you me it is not going to be easy.

  • No alcohol and no coffee.
  • No bread or anything else made with wheat flour.
  • No dairy; milk, cream, cheese, eggs.
  • Cut down on sugar and salt.  Add more spices such as cinnamon, sage, turmeric…
  • Eat a mostly plant-based diet, with no processed foods whatsoever.
  • No T.V. except for some motivational speakers on YouTube.
  • An hour reading some deep spiritual text every afternoon,
  • A 2 hour meditative walk every morning, and 30 minutes or so meditation each afternoon.
  • A half-hour of yoga each afternoon.
  • Lights out at 22:00 every evening, and wake-up time is 06:00.  If I go 3 nights without 8 hours of good sleep then I will take a non-narcotic sleep-aid.

None of that actually gets to the hard point of what this retreat is all about.  In meditation I will allow my thoughts and feelings to flow through me, no matter how deep, dark, difficult, perverted, or uncomfortable I will just accept my thoughts and feelings without reacting, taking action, or being judgmental.

This is a weekly programme.  Next Sunday I will write a progress report on myself, and probably post it on this blog.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

saying ‘Fuck It’ is just running away

The Reality of Belief

The great task in life is to find reality.

We make most mistakes, we suffer the most, and we do the most harm when our thoughts and beliefs differ from reality.  It’s when we create stories and assumptions in our own mind which are untrue that we begin on a journey of falsehoods.  And, those falsehoods lead to; alcohol abuse, drugs, eating disorders, gambling, heavy smoking, self-harm, casual sex ~ just to find temporary comfort and the illusion that our falsehoods are true.  When our beliefs are untrue we can suffer from anxiety and depression, together with a host of other serious mental illnesses such as;  Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder and Borderline Personality Disorder.  The stress of having beliefs which differ from reality causes a raft of physical illnesses, including cardiovascular problems, cancers, diabetes, dementia, and early death.

Yet, there is no such thing as reality.

Reality is an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.  ~  Albert Einstein

It seems that in quantum physics and interpersonal relationships there is no such thing as cause and effect ~ no straight line between the past, through the present, and into the future.  Even in very close relationships there are often merely shared perceptions of the world ~ and two people may both share perceptions, thoughts, and beliefs which are untrue.  If alcohol, drugs, or mental illness is added into the mix then we get dangerous situations such as physical, verbal, mental abuse and co-dependency.

If your life is going down the shitter, if you are prey to addictions, if you suffer from a mental illness ~ then the chances are that your thoughts and beliefs have seriously differed from reality.

Einstein and other serious thinkers may tell us that reality is merely an illusion, BUT on a day to day basis we have to live in whatever reality surrounds us.  That means seeing and accepting reality as it is, and not as we wish it to be.  Reality is neutral and impersonal.  Reality has no expectations and no beliefs.  Reality is the true state of things.  There is only one past, present, and future reality ~ it is our own perceptions and beliefs which create an infinity of different versions of the past, the present, and the possible futures.

To find true reality is both very easy and very difficult;

  • be totally honest with yourself and others ~ reality is truth
  • never take things personally ~ reality is impersonal
  • do not make assumptions nor create expectations

Some say that reality is an illusion.  And that we are all just simulations living in a matrix.  All I know is that when my beliefs differed from reality I got myself into some serious trouble.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

to discover your ultimate reality requires a lot of deep thought

 

Reinvent Yourself

It’s never to late to be what you might have been.

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Most people would like to change some things about themselves.  They may want to be fitter, to lose weight, to be more successful at work, to be more successful with the opposite sex, or maybe just to lose the terrible feeling of dissatisfaction they constantly suffer from.  Or it might be worse, some people want to lose their Borderline Personality Disorder, or paranoia or schizophrenia…..

One thing is certain, we can never get what we want by trying to change other people, nor by attempting to alter the way the world works.  The only thing we can ever change is ourselves.  But, look at the upside, when we change ourselves the whole world and everyone in it changes around us.

Reinventing ourselves into a better looking, cooler, fitter, more effective, more successful, less disturbed person is an essential process if we want to grow and flourish.

Here’s the hard thing.  To reinvent yourself into the person you really want to be requires some hard choices.  You need to be ready to walk away from aspects of your life in which you may have invested much time, effort, and money; the way you look, the personality you project, your existing career, unsuitable friendships, toxic relationships with the opposite sex, a dead-end marriage, the pub where you get drunk and try to get casual sex with anyone you may meet at the bar…..

Worse than that, you may have to forget and hide some of your past; the alcoholism, drug taking, criminal record, gambling, over-eating, casual sex, heavy smoking…..

Invent yourself and then reinvent yourself….. and reinvent your life because you must; it is your life and its history and the present belong only to you.  ~  Charles Bukowski.

To reinvent yourself and have a truly successful life, ask yourself these questions;

  • What should I stop doing and thinking?
  • What should I start doing, thinking, and being?
  • What could and should I do less of?
  • What could and should I do more of?
  • What could I do, think, and be differently from who I used to be.

Reinventing yourself can be a difficult and lonely path, and it is not a one-shot deal.  Truly reinventing yourself is an on-going process you will have to work at, every single day.

Some say they already have everything their heart desires.  And there is nothing really wrong with them that a few days sober and clean wouldn’t put right.  All I know is that denial is the greatest block to becoming a better person.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

Somebody here is going to get into trouble

or maybe they both will.

The Benefits of Exercise

Walking is the best possible exercise.
Habituate yourself to walk very far. ~ Thomas Jefferson

Climbing stairs is even better for you than walking.

Regular exercise is good for your body, mind, emotions, and spirit.  Exercise not only tires you out, which helps you to sleep, it also increases your energy levels during your waking hours.  This increased energy helps your body to fight off illness and chronic diseases, such as type 2 diabetes.  Getting a good night’s sleep is also vital to the health of your body, mind, and spirit.

Physically, frequent exercise helps to regularise your weight ~ inactivity is a major factor in weight gain and obesity.  Your body uses energy in 3 ways; #1 digesting the food you eat; #2 maintaining bodily functions like heartbeat, breathing, and staying upright.  #3 Physical activity, like your exercise of choice, or digging ditches, or chopping firewood.  Dieting is very bad at helping you to lose weight, a reduced calorie intake lowers your metabolic rate, which delays weight loss.  On the other hand, exercise raises your metabolic rate so you use up more calories.

Exercise also helps to build and maintain muscles and bone, because strenuous exercise releases hormones that help your body to absorb amino acids, which will delay muscle wastage in older people.  In older women, regular exercise helps prevent the bone wasting disease osteoporosis.

It has been shown to improve your mood and decrease negative feelings of depression, anxiety and stress, as regular exercise increases the productions of the good hormones serotonin and norepinephrine.  Exercise also promotes the production of endorphins which help to produce positive feelings and reduce the perception of physical and mental pain.

Exercise also helps to maintain and improve brain function; for a start your hippocampus, the bit of the brain that’s vital to memory, will stop shrinking and begin to grow, which increases mental function in older adults.  Regular physical activity also helps to stave off Alzheimer’s and schizophrenia.

Regular exercise means you will look much better, for a start you will begin to lose all that unattractive bloating and belly fat.  Your skin will look better because your body will be producing more antioxidants, and you will have better blood flow which delays skin aging.  Looking better means that you’re more attractive to the opposite sex.  Not only that but being fitter means that your sexual performance will be better, (women will have more and better orgasms if they take a reasonable amount of exercise).

I was in a bureau de change today, talking with the young lady cashier, (teller), about my walking at least 10,000 steps a day.  And she said; ‘is all that walking why you look so young?’

HA!

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

yoga is damn good exercise too

and, I can hold the tree position

HA!

Stress and Being Overweight.

It’s not the load that breaks you down, it’s the way you carry it.

Stress can kill you, but in an older women stress is far more likely to drive her to comfort eating and hence pile on the pounds.  For most women less stress, or better stress management, is the key to sustainable weight loss.  Of course, for older women the menopause doesn’t help with controlling your weight at all.  There is evidence that there are changes in the brain chemistry of a menopausal woman that triggers a shift in her metabolism, causing her to overeat.

Looking for comfort food; cakes, chocolate, pizza, bread, burritos, donuts, (or drinking too much), is a common occurrence among woman of a certain age ~ of any age when stressed if it comes right down to it.  These high calorie foods and booze do pile on the pounds ~ particularly unsightly belly fat.  It’s all to do with insulin, and this energy dense stuff spikes your insulin levels, which only makes you want to eat more.

The environment doesn’t help much, there are countless fast food outlets, supermarkets promote more expensive energy dense foods, and there’s a bar on just about every street corner.  Rule #1 is stay away from fast food places, and rule #2 is that a woman on her own should never, ever go into a bar.

Associating unhealthy food and booze with good times is something your brain will program into itself, and rule #3 is that you must work hard to break that programming.  Eating unhealthy food and drinking too much booze doesn’t mean you are cool, in fact quite the opposite ~ you are perhaps pushing being an unattractive lazy person.

The really important thing for women to learn, accept, and practice is how to manage stress.  And usually it comes down to:

  • Delegate More.  Stop letting your family and friends push you into doing everything for everyone.
  • Be Creative.  People with a creative interest are much less stressed that those who don’t have that worry-free time.  Why do you think art therapy is such a big thing in rehab?
  • Take a Walk.  Walking is bloody good for you; physically, mentally, and spiritually.  Aim for 10,000 steps a day.
  • Talk to People.   And don’t go into a bar to find someone to talk with.

Some say that the change made them overeat.  And, that their happy place is the refrigerator.  All I know is that fat people often get very sick.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

regularly eat healthy and nutritious food

honey salmon in foil

 

Unlearn Your Life

Before you can learn something new, you have to end what used to be.

I have learned to love the desert.

At least half of what you know is outdated in today’s world.  Most of your past experiences have created insecurities, jealousies, and resentments in your subconscious mind.  It is easy to feel inhibited and illiterate with the constant pressure to learn, unlearn, and relearn ~ to accept, approve and understand.  Our entire life has created us as we are, and yet who we are right now probably isn’t working so well.

Learning new things isn’t difficult for most of us ~ each of us has our own way of learning as we explore new situations, new processes, new challenges, and new relationships.  The real problem begins when we have to unlearn something first.  We can become so fixated on what we already know, on past experiences, that it can be hard to let go of the old to let in the new.  If your old partner cheated on you, then it’s going to be difficult to trust any woman / man you date in the future.

Every day you will be challenged to unlearn what you think you know about women / men, or how you expect them to behave, or whether you can trust or not.

Unlearning is a way of making space for newer, fresher experiences, information, and knowledge.  Unlearing is like deleting files on your laptop, or repainting your apartment, or dumping your partner ~ it’s stripping away the old and unwanted before you can add something better.  The problem is that when something has worked in the past, we have a tendency to assume that it will keep working in the future.  This is not true.

Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.  ~ Albert Einstein.

The most successful people are ready to question what they know, who they know, and why they do what they do.  The really successful man / woman is open to contradictions and failure ~ always ready to learn something new.

Some say that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks.  And that a leopard can never change its spots.  All I know is that a successful man realises that the experience will always be different from his expectations.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

some dogs learn new tricks

The Church Fears Women

Remember your dreams and desires, and fight for them, no matter what.

Following on from my post on The Myth of Sin, it is obvious to me that the established religions, especially the Catholic Church, fear strong, independent, liberated, sexual women.  The clergy also fear real, mature women ~ else why would they so often get into serious trouble for homosexual relationships, underage sex, and sexually assaulting choirboys.

If the church and a majority of fearful men had their way, women would have remained uneducated, oppressed, repressed, undignified, deprived of their freedom, robbed of their independent thoughts, and be allowed to speak only on sufferance.  I firmly believe this is because the church is afraid of the power of women, and a majority of pathetic men are just afraid of women in every way imaginable.

Men know than women are more centered, more serene, more patient, more emotional than they can ever be.  They know that women are more resistant to disease, she will live longer, she is more resilient than any man.  Because of all this, and because of her beauty, she can fulfill a man’s life immensely.  A woman can complete a man’s life like a lock completes a key.  And this makes weak men afraid because deep down they know that a woman is more than they are.  A strong mature woman will choose the most beautiful but the most dangerous path of emotions, sentiments, moods ~ a man, any man, will tend to choose the straight line path to his wants, needs, and desires.  Men tend to choose the shortcuts in Life.

Even the arts have been dominated by men, which is criminal because the strong right brains of women allow them to be far more artistic and creative than the linear Yes / No brain of a man.  Had they not been repressed, how many female DaVinci, Michelangelo, or Shakespeare might there have been?  Through the ages the artistic establishment, just like the church, the business world….. have all prevented women from achieving their true potential.

The life of women has been corrupted by fearful men telling them things that are not true, making women a slave to men, reducing women to second-class citizens in society.  Weak men try to make women absolutely inferior, vulnerable, and dependent ~ and perhaps only begin to treat a woman well when they want sex from her.

Today I am fortunate.  I am no longer afraid of women, and I see them as more than my equal, but different from me.  Any women can be as intelligent as me, but her intelligence is different from mine, and I welcome that.  I no feel no need to manipulate women and change them into something that is not a real, mature, capable, independent woman at all.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

the type of women who makes weak men afraid and lustful

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