Ancient wisdom is timeless. The knowledge handed down to us by the wise sages of old is as relevant today as it was thousands of years ago.
Furthermore, it’s arguably the best life advice you will find for the purpose of self-development – if you look beyond the dogma and see the Truth hidden by the symbolism of ancient wisdom.
It’s no surprise that ancient wisdom is becoming more prevalent on a global scale today. As modern life takes its toll on the mind and body, and determined individuals engage in self-development programs, the knowledge you can acquire from ancient wisdom helps to restore balance and cultivate inner peace.
When you understand the principles of myth and religious scripture – and put this knowledge into practice – it is possible to find the pleasure and fulfilment in life that you deserve.
Below are seven nuggets of ancient wisdom you should adopt in order to transform your life. What’s more, you’ll also be pleased to know, they can be seamlessly incorporated into your daily routine so will not disrupt your typical schedule.
That’s not to say that transforming your life will not require a great deal of effort. On the contrary, self-development is an arduous and ongoing process. You can’t transform your life simply by clicking your fingers. If only life was that simple.
Self-Development requires patience and persistence. The good news is ancient wisdom helps us to understand yourself easier than any academic literature or training courses available today, and subsequently, provides you with the gift of knowledge together with powerful tools and philosophies that help to make the self-development process easier.
1. Breathe Better
It’s no secret that health and wellbeing is intrinsically linked with the breath. The brain needs oxygen to function. Furthermore, when your breathing is out of control, so is your mind.
In contrast, slow, deep breaths promote calm and control by reducing cortisol levels and releasing tension.
Deep breathing is well known to provide a host of health benefits; improved blood circulation, strengthens the immune system, eases pain, and improves posture to name a few.
Ancient civilisations knew about the benefits of breathing thousands of years ago. We know today that ancient wisdom passed down by the enlightened yogis of India understood the science of breath.
If correct breathing is such common knowledge within medical institutions, why is it that most people don’t breathe properly?
Well, that’s because the general public is poorly informed, and we don’t learn the basics of life at school. Conversely, anyone with knowledge of ancient various practices will know that breathing is a science.
“Occultists in all ages and lands have always taught, usually in secret, that there was to be found in the air a substance or principle from which all activity, vitality and life was derived….This work will speak of the principle as “prana”, the Sanskrit word for “absolute energy.” Many occult authorities teach that the principle which the Hindu’s term “prana” is the Universal principle of energy, and that all energy or force is derived from that principle, or rather, is a particular form of manifestation of that principle.” – Yogi Ramacharaka
Breathing oxygenates blood cells so your body is better equipped to metabolise nutrients and vitamins. This strengthens the immune system and helps to maintain your health.
The more oxygen you take into your lungs the better equipped your body is to cleanse itself of toxic chemicals secreted by the body and other harmful debris you collect during the day.
Air pollution, for example, decreases the flow of blood and causes irregular heartbeats. Ultimately, pollution of the body has a negative impact on the central nervous system and can contribute to illnesses.
You can avoid health problems and reduce anxiety by practicing deep breathing exercises on a regular basis – at least 10 minutes a day. And you can do that anytime, anywhere. You don’t have to reserve a block in your diary.
Ancient meditation techniques discovered that sitting in an upright and erect position is the best way to breathe well. This helps to keep your diaphragm clear so the flow of air can pass through smoothly.
Furthermore, breathing deeply helps to improve your regular posture as the breath has to move through the diaphragm. When you are sitting in a slumped position the diaphragm is blocked.
Check your breathing now.
How much of your diaphragm are you using to breathe? Is your breaths shallow, or are they long and drawn out? Ideally, air should reach the bottom of your rib cage as a bare minimum.
Make a point of monitoring your breathing throughout the day.
2. Resolve to End Suffering
A lot of ancient wisdom that is easy to graps comes from the historical Buddha. For me, one of the most profound lessons Siddhartha Gautama taught is that people suffer because of emotional attachments. Basically, suffering is a state of mind.
When I refer to attachments, I don’t just mean material possessions, relationships or careers. The term extends to views of the world, attitudes, and habits.
Ultimately, it is the latter three that cause the most suffering. The first three, possessions, relationships and careers are merely the catalyst.
Whilst it’s comforting to have things you want in your life, sometimes you have to ask yourself how much you really need them.
A toxic relationship or a job you hate is clearly no good for your mental and physical health. Yet at times, they are hard to walk away from.
Because it is human nature to be afraid of the unknown. Fear prompts us to become more attached to what we do know.
Stepping outside your comfort zone requires courage.
“One of the greatest discoveries a man makes, one of his great surprises, is to find he can do what he was afraid he couldn’t do.” – Henry Ford
Sometimes, in order to improve your personal development, and ultimately, your experience of life, it is necessary to change your perspective. Think about all the times in your life when you worried for no reason, or had a preconceived idea about something that was wrong.
The truth of the matter is, that nothing lasts forever. Eventually, you have to move on. You have to evolve. Why stay in a situation that holds you back. Why continue performing the same habits if they make you feel guilty?
Your perception of the world is the “illusion” that scientists talk about. The illusion makes you believe you need something that you don’t, and fear makes you believe you can’t do something that you can.
So you stick with what you know. Where is that getting you?
When you have an emotional attachment to a situation, a habit, an attitude or a view of the world, you are denying yourself the opportunity to improve your experience of life.
Yeeeah, you probably knew this was coming!
There’s not much more I can say about the benefits of meditation that has not already been said before.
What I will say is that meditation needs to be performed properly in order for you to profit from those gains. Furthermore, your expectations have to be realistic.
I’m telling you this from personal experience.
One of the first accounts I read was given by Dr. Megan Blackburn Losey. In her book, The Secret History of Consciousness, she gives an account of being pulled from her sleep by spirits and swept into the Universe to learn about string theory.
Whether this account is entirely accurate or even true, I have no way in saying. But it won’t happen to everyone.
Furthermore, when I first started meditating, or more precisely, trying to meditate, I failed miserably. At the time I was suffering from severe anxiety and meditating made it worse.
The problem was that I had been lead to believe that meditation would help me relax and alleviate my feelings on anxiety. When it didn’t my anxiety became worse.
I persisted with mediation for about six months to no avail. Then I gave up.
It wasn’t until I was shown how to meditate properly that I started to enjoy it. I also took the decision to embrace how I felt and accept that those feelings would not dissolve immediately. Healing is a process that takes time.
With the right mindset, and knowing how to breathe better, I was able to overcome my anxiety and master mediation. That’s when you start having better experiences.
I’m still waiting to be whisked away and taught string theory by spirits though.
4. Mindful of Thoughts, Actions and Emotions
Mindfulness is ancient wisdom that has become a buzzword in recent times. Although most often associated with meditation, mindfulmess should become a daily habit you consistently perform and not merely a practive during meditation.
The experiences you create in life initially start in the mind. When you have a thought, it triggers an emotion your subconscious mind associates with a thought. The emotion triggers a subsequent action.
Therefore, thoughts, emotions and actions create your reality.
Mindful is a process that should be used as a tool to help you identify negative thought patterns that create damaging situations and so-called “bad luck.”
When you become aware of your thoughts, you are better prepared to heal emotional wounds. Furthermore, negative thoughts that create negative situations release toxic chemicals into the body which can lead to chronic illness.
The majority of things we do, and the decisions we make throughout the day are habitual. They are subconscious programs that prompt you to act on autopilot or remain in your comfort zone.
It is believed that subconscious programming accounts for between 90 and 97% of your decision making. You owe it to yourself to reduce this percentage.
The decisions you make create your experiences in life – and that includes how you feel. Making slight tweaks to your daily routines can help you be more creative, confident and magnetic.
Once you develop a habit of being mindfully aware of your thoughts, emotions and actions you can formulate a self-development plan that enables you to break away from the toxic patterns of behaviour that hold you back.
5. Reprogram Your Subconscious
The unconscious mind only wants two things; to survive and to thrive.
Whilst the subconscious has good intentions for you, it has been programmed with information that can hold you back. As we mature, many of us pick up limiting beliefs, false Truths and repressed emotions that cause us recurring problems as an adult.
Everything you experience is stored in your subconscious. On the one hand, this is good because it means we don’t have to relearn how to do the same things every day like tying shoelaces. However, the habitual mind does mean we repeat the same habits and thus transfer the same energies which ultimately generates the same experiences.
“If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.” ~ Henry Ford
Past experiences stored in your subconscious gives you the information and the tools to survive physically and emotionally on a day to day basis. The unconscious mind – or suprapersonal mind – on the other hand, can help you upgrade the programs in your subconscious and help you thrive.
It important that you understand the difference between the thoughts and actions that are being generated from your subconscious – otherwise known as the personal unconscious – and which thought and actions of being prompted from your unconscious.
The problem is that a lot of the information stored in your subconscious is plagued by suppressed emotions that were stored as a child.
Typical programs include I am not loved, I am not good, I can’t do that. Subsequently, you feel limited in your ability or self-conscious about what others think about you. All this knocks your confidence, your courage and your ability to do what needs to be done for you to thrive.
To thrive, you need to change the subconscious programming. And that involves telling yourself another story.
Carl Jung separated the unconscious into three distinctive parts which he described as the personal unconscious, the collective unconscious and the Self. The personal unconscious is your bank of stored programs. The collective unconscious is universal knowledge that is common to all human beings.
The unconscious mind is reflected by the god and demons of ancient myth. The unconscious can be benevolent but will sometimes be cruel, or even dangerous, until you learn life’s lessons. The goal of consciousness is to bring the unknown contents of your conscious mind into the conscious mind; self-awareness or self-realisation.
Jung was heavily influenced by the anceint wisdom in alchemcial texts and religious scripture. It was this connection that led him to realise the gods in mythologies represent human archetypes that are common psychological factors in the minds of mankind.
Ancient mythology is, therefore, a very useful tool that helps you identify the troublesome contents of your mind and upgrade your subconscious programs.
However, in order to use mythology as a tool, you need to understand the esoteric meaning of the symbols in relation to the psyche, otherwise, mythology can be misleading. You can learn how to use the symbols in myth and religious scripture in the Master Mind Content symbolism courses.
6. Working with Energy Healers
Engaging in emotional healing is a vitally important step in the self-development process. I cannot stress this enough. If you work with a skilled energy healer that is able to sense issues you are dealing, they can offer you valuable guidance.
Energy healing gets a bad rap from controlled medical authorities. It has done ever since the Carnegie and Rockerfeller institutes tag-teamed the American Medical Association to discredit natural healing practitioners in the 20th-Century.
The mud-raking information is them filtered down to medical practitioners, the media and the general public. Meanwhile, the Carnegies and Rockerfellers are making billions from pushing pharmaceuticals that do not work.
“The trillion-dollar pharmaceutical industry puts its research money into the search for magic bullets in the form of chemicals because pills mean money. If energy healing could be made into tablet form, drug manufacturers would get interested quickly. Instead, they identify deviations in physiology and behavior that vary from some hypothetical norm as unique disorders or dysfunctions, and then they educate the public about the dangers of these menacing disorders. Of course, the over-simplified symptomology used in defining the dysfunctions prevalent in drug company advertisements has viewers convinced they are afflicted by that particular malady. “Do you worry? Worry is a primary symptom of ‘medical condition’ called anxiety disorder. Stop your worry. Tell your doctor you want Addictazac, the new passion-pink drug.” ~
Naturally, there is still a lot of scepticism around alternative treatments, but as more people begin to wake up to the limitations of pharmaceutical drugs, more people are turning towards natural remedies and energy healing.
It makes sense when you consider energy healing has survived the test of time for thousands of years. Moreover, energy healing does not leave you with side effects like pharmaceutical drugs do, not do you have to spend thousands of pounds over many years to get better.
Holistic therapies should probably be given a lot more credit than they are but corrupt families that create self-interested institutions can’t make a fortune from it.
In contrast, people are becoming disillusioned with pharmaceutical drugs and conventional treatments.
Did you know that in 2003, the then CEO of GlaxoSmithKline, Allen Rose said that 90% of the pharmaceutical drugs the company manufactured did not work on 30-50% of patients?
In 2012, the company was brought to justice in US courts on the grounds they were unethically marketing drugs that were not proven to work and were rewarding physicians with monetary rewards for selling their drugs.
GSK paid US$3m to get rid of the allegations.
And don’t think GSK is the only pharmaceutical company that are deceiving the public. The majority of clinical experiments on drugs are not revealed to the public when drugs go on general sale. Moreover, the pharmaceutical companies fund clinical trials – which means they get to publish the results.
When your GP prescribes you a medicine, they haven’t got a clue whether it will work for you or not.
A growing army of practitioners within the medical profession are starting to take notice. More doctors are advising patients to use holistic healing therapies to supplement traditional medicines.
It is widely acknowledged that energy flows through the body and does become trapped. In his talks, Foundation Theory in Service, Dr Paul Goodwin explains the reason for this is because negative emotions obstruct the flow of energy through the body’s network of meridians.
Trapped energy prohibits the brain from communicating effectively with the central nervous system. Sometimes signals don’t get through at all. Subsequently, you develop aches, pains and illness.
Repressed emotions that have been stored in the subconscious typically create an ache or pain in your body due to an imbalance of chemicals. When the meridians are blocked they produce a congestion of polluted or stagnant energy and cause a depletion of energy in other areas of the body.
Imbalances occur due to a number of reasons; emotional wounds, physical trauma, negative thinking, self-talk and experiences, nutritional depletion, toxic relationships and destructive lifestyles.
I don’t mean to say that every time you feel aches and pains there is a chemical imbalance. You may be stiff from exercising, how you slept, postural stress from sitting in the same position for lengthy periods or because your muscles are tight from lack of movement.
There is a growing consensus amongst medical professionals today that blocked energy predisposes the body to disease. But it has been a long time in coming.
In the 1930’s, the Austrian Doctor of Medicine and psychoanalyst, Wilhelm Reich came to the conclusion that:
“Modern man is typified by characterological armoring against his inner nature and against social misery. The character armoring is the basis of isolation, indigence, craving for authority, fear of responsibility and neurotically impotent rebelliousness, as well as pathological tolerance.” – Wilhelm Reich, The Function of the Orgasm
In the 1950’s, Reich was imprisoned for developing a method of treatment called vegeottherapy. Reich professed his accumulator used orgone energy, a naturally occurring substance found in the Earth’s atmosphere.
The FDA disapproved of his methods despite substantial evidence it worked. However, is evidence has since been destroyed so there is no way of verifying it. Reich died the day before he was due to be released from a two-year prison sentence.
Reich accused his fellow medical practitioners of ignoring the power of energy in healing. Reiki, massage, acupuncture and reflexology have been regarded with a similar vote of disapproval from medical institutes despite these ancient healing techniques surviving for thousands of years.
Energy healing aims to alleviate blocked meridians and establish the flow of pranic energy, or life energy that circulates through the body. As a result, the imbalance is restored and helps to make the patient feel revitalised.
A typical opinion given towards “alternative therapies” by medical authorities, and subsequently some of the narrow-minded practitioners that kow-tow to authoritative bodies, is that practices such as reiki and reflexology are based on faith healing.
I will not deny that! But, it would appear, so is healing using pharmaceutical drugs. Sugar pills are a prime example.
Here’s the kicker: you can cure yourself if you believe you can. You can certainly prevent illness through positive thinking and developing a healthy attitude towards life.
“Our beliefs control our bodies, our minds, and thus our lives…” ~
The difference between holistic practitioners and medical practitioners is that the former shows you how to understand what is causing your illness. And the cause is often related to repressed emotions programmed in your subconscious.
The real reason why the medical authorities don’t want patients to visit holistic practitioners is that we use natural remedies – herbs, energy, and psychology. We don’t sell you ineffective pharmaceuticals drugs packed with chemicals or charge extortionate medical bills.
Medical authorities paid off by Big Pharma, have a vested interest in keeping people ill. By convincing people that other treatments don’t work, they continue to make their money at the expense of the general public.
As more people realise that pharmaceutical medicine is not an effective treatment, alternative practitioners that use ancient techniques are becoming more popular. This is not an accident or a coincidence.
Yet despite the paradigm shift, holistic healers have to declare their practices should not be substituted for orthodox medicine. We have to advise patients that treatments such as reiki and reflexology should only be used to support healing and recovery.
In reality, if people engage in energy healing, they are less likely to become ill in the first place.
Holistic medicine focuses on channelling energy which creates balance without interfering with the natural functions of the body. Furthermore, energy healing does not have side effects.
Compare this with pharmaceutical drugs. They do cause side effects. What’s more, they mask the problem in patients that are being treated for psychological conditions. They may make you feel good but in an unnatural way.
Illnesses that are caused by toxic thinking will only be cured when you change your attitude to life. Until you do that, you will continue to pollute your body with toxic energy and sooner or later it will manifest as a serious illness.
7. Esoteric Symbolism
A lot of vital information handed down to us by ancient sages is hidden in symbolism. This hidden knowledge is known as “esoteric” or “occult” symbolism meaning to be disguised for the benefit of those with the right knowledge.
There are several theories as to why critical knowledge about life has been hidden in esoteric symbolism. Some commentators say it was because alchemists were persecuted by the authorities and had to disguise their true meanings.
I don’t believe this because the same symbols were used by powerful families, royalty and banking. These people know exactly what the symbols mean and understand the secrets to life. They don’t tell the rest of us because they want to have control over us so we continue to pay for their flamboyant lifestyles.
However, now more people are decoding the symbols and revealing how you can interpret the esoteric meaning for your own benefit, you can also discover the secrets to life and use symbolism to help guide you.
Master Mind Content use symbolism for the purpose of self-development. You can too. When you see a symbol or number repeating itself, it is a message from your unconscious. Take notice and bring it to your conscious awareness.
Symbolism can help you learn the lessons you need to know right now. Learn the lessons and you stop making the same mistakes that inevitably transform as life experiences you don’t want. “Bad luck” is bad energy. Transform your energy and you transform your life.