Braden Town is a former writer/broadcaster and now a retired Priest. He has been involved in the Personal Development field for over half a century. He has been a student of Panache Desai's for several years, and lives in Vancouver, Canada. You can see more from him at his website: https://YourBetterYou.net
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Do You Have a Guilty Conscience?

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It’s something you hear in this season, when so many have to face that they are not going to fulfill that well-meant New Year’s Resolution.


Is that your conscience, or do you just feel guilty?


Conscience is something bigger, the sense of Right and Wrong. It seems to be innate, but flexible to nurture. Admittedly, some people appear not to have one, or have resisted it long enough that it doesn’t impinge on their actions.


When I was a kid watching the (original) Mickey Mouse Club, Jiminy Cricket had a song, moralistic as much of Disney was, about conscience:


      “Take the straight and narrow path

      And if you start to slide,

      Give a little whistle…Give a little whistle…

      And always let your conscience be your guide.”

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These Great Gifts We Take for Granted

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“We use them each and every day without giving them so much as a second thought,” says thought-leader, author and philosopher Ken Wilber.


He’s referring to some Gifts that come with our lives in the Western, or developed world, although some range beyond that and apply even in primitive societies.


He focuses on four we never think about, calling them “Mental Software” that is installed, without our necessarily understanding that it’s happening, as Givens in our society. So he’s not talking about Awareness; the ability to Think; my favourite – the ability to compare (similars) and contrast (dissimilars); or the necessities most of us do take for granted: food, potable water, shelter. We’ve had a stark illustration of having that rug pulled out from under us in the situation in Puerto Rico, where a large portion of the population has been living without those. Could you go a week without these survival supports that are normally provided for us in modern society? I wouldn’t know where to start.

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Surrender - Must We, Really?

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Most teachers of Spiritual Elevation get to it: Surrender and your life will transform.


But doesn’t Surrender mean Giving Up? ‘Cos that doesn’t sound like something I want to do. For example:


One path we shall never choose, is the path of surrender, or submission.”  –John F. Kennedy

Or:

“If you fall behind, run faster. Never give up, never surrender, and rise up against the odds.”  —Jesse Jackson


In fact, we’re talking about a different kind of surrender. It’s commonplace to say; but (I have found) it can
be difficult to do. “Let Go, Let God”…”Go with the Flow”…Or:


”All of our reasoning ends in surrender to feeling.”
–Blaise Pascal


One of my favourites is: “Don’t Push the River.” That comes from the patriarch of Gestalt psychology, Fritz Perls. One of the reasons I like it is that it “flows” naturally into what for me is the clearest analogy for this, the kayak and the river.


I like having a handy image that explains Surrender, as it’s something I think of a lot.

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How Lucky You Are to Be Here - At All!

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“Souls are begging to come here,” Panache Desai has said, “this is the Las Vegas of the Universe.”


A lot of people don’t feel that way, but it’s a perspective worth noting because it directs us straight to Joy.


Despite how today is going, you cannot deny the evidence of how lucky - fortuitous, destined - you are to be here at all. For that perspective I’ll mention a couple of aspects of our Divine Luck.


“When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive - to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.” ---Marcus Aurelius

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Do I Know Your Life Purpose?

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Many people involved in “spiritual” work believe they have a Purpose. Not a fleeting desire, but something that directs and drives them from deep within. This group divides roughly into thirds: 1) God sent me here with a mission; 2) From exploration I have found this Grand Design that is working through me; 3) I agreed to this incarnation and came here under a Soul Contract for this exact life.


Purpose. And for my purposes here, what I’m presenting would cover all of those points of view.


Do you have – need, want – a Life Purpose? What is a Life Purpose anyway? The Internet definition is: “Your life purpose consists of the central motivating aims of your life—the reasons you get up in the morning. Purpose can guide life decisions, influence behavior, shape goals, offer a sense of direction, and create meaning. For some people, purpose is connected to vocation—meaningful, satisfying work.”

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Dr. Wayne Dyer’s Greatest Hits!

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He was a Seeker. A Philosopher. A Devotee of Self-Realization. An inspiring Speaker. Dr. Wayne Dyer. He was a phenomenon.


He died in 2015, just past two years ago. So that’s not why I’m writing this.


At the moment Dyer’s publisher, Hay House, is making available Free a set of video clips that show how he could take complex wisdom of the ages and make it understandable and accessible to those of us who are still mortals. They’re offering it for “a limited time only”.


      If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”


Wayne Dyer first came on the scene with a book called
Your Erroneous Zones, in 1976. As of now it’s estimated it has sold 35 million copies, making it one of the best selling books of all time.

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One Way to Live Your Higher Self Every Day

One Way to Live Your Higher Self Every Day

What is your Higher Self?


For me it’s my Best Self, who I truly want to be, fulfilling all of my available potential. Of course, as it serves me.


Along my Spiritual path, I have come to believe – and want to promote – some very high-level, all embracing values I honour. They are my chosen foundation.

The pop quiz every day is: how do I manifest those values in my everyday life? A tough standard to meet. It’s like building a brick wall, with me making and placing every brick. These are the values I espouse - am I living them?

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Your Communities – and What You Give

Your Communities – and What You Give

In this world our lives are informed by our Communities.


From the moment of conception you are in community – the community of Humans.


It’s inescapable. The interlocking circles of your communities are everywhere: Male/Female, Son/Daughter, Parent – obviously my experience with no children is very different from anyone who’s had a child - Family, Country, Culture, Profession, Religion…Many of these define our experiences. Muslims have Ramadan in their lives, Christians have Easter, Jews don’t eat pork, Hindus see cows as sacred. Your relationship to practices like these is one deciding point in your unique life; even rejecting such a value is one.

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A Distant Perspective - the impact of change

A Distant Perspective - the impact of change

Cast your mind back, if you will, and consider the greatest technological change in your lifetime.


For most adults I’d suggest it’s the Internet. If you’re a little older, perhaps the cell phone. Older still, maybe computers.


Our lives are our Stories, and technological change has an impact on - freeing or limiting - the context of those stories. It’s a way of marking time, like the rings of a tree.


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Go To: Gratitude

Go To: Gratitude

Most of my life I was Angry and Arrogant.


It did not make me happy. I saw attacks everywhere. If you told me the Universe had my back, I would respond in one of two ways. One was, “Of course!” (How could it be otherwise for Me?). Or the other, “I had to fight tooth and claw for everything in my life” against prevailing forces.

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