Waking Up –Tuning Into Ourselves

Waking up to who we really are is much like changing channels on our television. We may be watching a horror movie and then decide we have had enough of that and tune into a pleasant romantic comedy.Waking Up

It is much the same with our lives once we realize the immensity of the power that we control. Even though we may not be aware of this power or our ability to direct it consciously, this is something that we can learn as we increase our awareness.

Waking Up is All About Being Aware

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeing new sights, but in looking with new eyes.”

— Marcel Proust —


It’s hard to believe that we have been hypnotized into seeing a world that does not even exist where we feel and act like pawns in a game where we have no control. Just being told this is not merely enough because it seems so natural.

This is something that we must prove to ourselves or we will never accept it.

Awareness is all about keeping things simple: it is recognizing what true is true, and what false is false.

Although this sounds quite simplistic it is the key to our freedom. When lost in a world of complexity where very few things make sense, it is extremely difficult to see beyond the distractions to the simple truth.

A decision must be made by our willingness to put our current beliefs on hold in order to make room for a more enlightened view of things. Of course, resistance is to be expected since we have learned to cherish our idols.

Our idols are illusions of what we think will make us happy. They are similar to the toys we played with when we were young and gave them powers that they really didn’t have.

What we really fear is waking up and facing the truth. When a person has been imprisoned for many years the uncertainty of freedom becomes more fearful than staying put with the familiar.

Or a person who has been in a cave for years, and then suddenly experiences the light. It does take a while to adjust.

“One day, as he slept in a cave, he dreamed that he saw his own body sleeping. He came out of the cave on the night of a new moon. The sky was clear, and he could see millions of stars. Then something happened inside of him that transformed his life forever. He looked at his hands, he felt his body, and he heard his own voice say. “I am made of light, I am made of stars.”

He looked at the stars again, and he realized that it’s not the stars that create the light, but rather the light that creates the stars. “Everything is made of light,” he said, “and the space in-between isn’t empty.” And he knew that everything that exists is one living being, and that light is the messenger of life, because it is alive and contains all information. (xvi)”

— don Miguel Ruiz —

The Four Agreements”

Beyond the Fear of Waking Up

When we are used to doing things a certain way it is scary to make changes. We much rather stay within the “safe” confines of our comfort zone than risk things getting worse. The ironic part of this is that it is not very safe at all because it contributes to our pain and suffering.

We have been brainwashed over the years to believe excellence, mastery, and ingenuity do not require much effort; they will just take care of themselves. This leads to quitting and abandoning our dreams and goals when things get a bit tough.

We figure we must be on the wrong road instead of making a few adjustments and having some patience.

This has resulted in a culture that lacks commitment, doesn’t keep promises, and is ready to bail out with the first sign of difficulty.

Instead, we must recognize that challenges are good for providing us with opportunities to create alternative paths and strengthen our resolve. Success is all about who we become as a result of achieving an objective rather than the temporary elation of getting what we want.

When we are ready to experience the very edge of our assumed limits, we then have displayed the devotion necessary to expand as individuals. The uncomfortableness of the journey of discovering our special talents and abilities becomes a source of ultimate satisfaction.

Knowing that we have done our best and seeing the results of our endeavors is one of the most satisfying things that we can experience. We must stretch ourselves past any assumed limitations and doubt. This is the type of dedication that is oh so lacking in our modern world.

It is up to us to become the role models most desperately needed today.

A Few Simple Steps to Take Along the Way

  1. Take an honest inventory of strengths and weaknesses
  2. Practice being more present by observing our surroundings more consciously and by simply asking ourselves whenever we remember to do so, “Am I present now?”.
  3. Record any uncomfortable thoughts and/or feelings as these will lead to the awareness of the underlying beliefs responsible for those thoughts and feelings.
  4. Accept that we are responsible for all that occurs and that we have the power to make constructive change.
  5. Be compassionate with ourselves and others in this awakening process.

It takes a bit of effort and persistence to break the inertia of being stuck in our old ways of thinking and doing things inWaking Up order to awaken our brilliance and be aware of all the opportunities that already exist.

Waking Up and Being Fine Tuned

“Do not live as if you have ten thousand years left. Your fate hangs over you. While you are still living, while you still exist on this Earth, strive to become a genuinely great person.”

— Marcus Aurelius —

There’s no better time than now to break free from old patterns of mediocrity in all areas of our lives. We do this by waking up to who we truly are and not accepting less.

Let’s tune into ourselves and discover the power and ability to make constructive change that has been always there but ignored by our lack of awareness. As we awaken we see for ourselves the magnificent beings that we truly are.

Becoming heroic is not easy, but it is much preferable than being stuck in ordinary and neglecting our potential for greatness.

Our largest opportunity exists where our most pain and discomfort lie. We need to go where the most resistance shows up as this is where we can expand and grow the most.

Let’s journey toward our great possibilities and gain the freedom we truly deserve. When we embrace our greatest qualities we extend beyond our imagined limits and create in ways that we never dreamed possible.

We reclaim our power by embracing our fears to such an extent that we are able to experience their innate “nothingness”. At that point there is no pretending; we “know” that we are free. By tuning into our “Real Selves” we have reclaimed the awe and innocence of our childhood.

Peace & Love within the Light,

Joseph William

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16 thoughts on “Waking Up –Tuning Into Ourselves”

  1. Thank you for this enlightening piece on self-awareness and personal growth. Your analogy with changing channels really resonated with me. 

    How do you suggest we overcome the initial fear and resistance when trying to awaken our true selves? That’s something I’ve always struggled with in the last few years.

    Thank you again for sharing!

    • Thanks so much for your comments, Eric. It’s not so much overcoming as it is letting it flow and feeling it until the awareness kicks in of its utter nothingness. It is only our focus and attention on it that gives it any influence over us but once we realize that it is only a feeling that we don’t have to label we are able to experience it and let it go knowing there really is nothing there.

  2. Hi Joseph!
    I love this article. It is very eye opening. So many people get trapped in their comfort zone. I personally do not want to be one of those people. Change is viewed as scary by many people and that prevents them from chasing their dreams. They just settle. I watched a Les Brown you tube video where he stated that, “the graveyard is the richest place on earth, because it is here that you will find all the hopes and dreams that were never fulfilled, the books that were never written, the songs that were never sung, the inventions that were never shared, the cures that were never discovered, … “. I think that is very true! When people refuse to face the fear of change and don’t follow their dreams they do themselves and the world an injustice. I hope more people find the courage to follow their dreams, make the changes and accomplish greatness! You are very inspiring! Time is so precious…

    Kind Regards,

    • Thanks so much, Miguel. I totally agree that time is precious because it is the vehicle to awaken us to eternity. As it is mentioned in Shakespeare that there is much more out there than we can even imagine and he addresses Horatio, “There are more things in heaven and Earth, Horatio, / Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.”

  3. Thank you so much for sharing but I want to key in on this statement that you made”Our largest opportunity exists where our most pain and discomfort lie” You are so right because comfort zone is a dream killer and has killed so many dreams causing so many people to live below their potential. 

    It is discomfort and pain that provides the opportunity to grow, nothing that is worthwhile comes easy, we have to face the discomforts because this is how we grow and get stronger and have success. Thanks so much for sharing, I know that your viewers will find your post inspiring.

  4. Hey Joseph!

    Fascinating article (and site).
    Reading through your article, I had a sense of…

    Wow, we’re sooo on the same page.
    It’s like the world has been pulled over our eyes to blind us from the truth, sort of schtick!

    Back in 1997 I came across a site “BuildFreedom.com” but it seems you have to go the the way-back machine to get a look at Frederick Mann’s stuff (Can’t find any of that shit anymore on the web) And have you noticed, you can only search a limited amount of pages in search results nowadays? hmmmm.

    So, it’s a welcome relief that you’ve put your site on the map. Helping people snatch a glimpse of the REAL.

    I’ll definitely come back for some more brain lube, keep up the good work!


  5. Hi Joseph,
    I found your article quite fascinating, but as you say, quite scary as well. Sometimes when we start looking at ourselves, we can find a lot of faults and a feeling of sadness results. We can find so much that needs changing that it is almost overwhelming! I guess the trick is to concentrate on only one thing at a time. it did take a lifetime to create these faults, so it’s not going to be corrected overnite. I think any self improvement is well worth the time spent on it. But, then again it is that time factor again, and we only have so much. I think when we come face to face with a personal issue that could be life threatening, is the period in our lives when we finally realize just how precious our time really is!

  6. Thank you so much for this great article. So many nuggets of wisdom to be found in these lines. I particularly enjoyed the part that sprung from the quote by Marcus Aurelius. Do you plan to explore stoicism? Or perhaps you already have more material… I will definitely have to dive deeper into your site and see what else I can find.
    Thanks again!

  7. Thank you for that message right at the right time in my life. I have been drawn to many other people’s “awaking” stories it truly does seem, a lot more lately. It is great to know that you are part of something bigger that many other people share with you also. Thank you for being here!

  8. Hi Joseph,

    Thank you for another inspirational and insightful article.

    If you don’t have awareness, then you don’t know that you don’t have awareness.

    If you can’t see what you need to have awareness of, then you don’t know that you can’t see what you need to have awareness of.

    To grow to your full potential, you must have awareness.

    The more you learn about yourself, and you start doing things differently, you will not only become a highly effective leader, you will become a better person overall.

    Highly effective leaders don’t just have to do things better, they have to be better.

    Raising your awareness level isn’t just about your competency and what you can do, it is about your character, and who you are.

    Thank you again, and keep up the amazing work you are doing.

    All the best,



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