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The Last Video You Have To Watch In 2017: A Gary Vaynerchuk Original

I don’t want this video to just motivate you. I want this video to genuinely inspire you from the bottom of your heart to take action and do that thing that keeps you up at night. Do that thing that you’re always thinking about throughout the day. Don’t listen to what other people have to say, it’s your life, not theirs. I want this video to put you on track to actually making a change, stop complaining, and start putting in the work.

Gary Vaynerchuk is a serial entrepreneur and the CEO and founder of VaynerMedia, a full-service digital agency servicing Fortune 500 clients across the company’s 4 locations. Gary is also a prolific public speaker, venture capitalist, 4-time New York Times Bestselling Author, and has been named to both Crain’s and Fortune’s 40 Under 40 lists.


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10+ Philosophical Quotes Exploring The Esoteric Meaning Behind ‘Star Wars’

When I was younger, I thought Star Wars was just silly science fiction for people that wanted to live in the land of fantasy and pretend.

As I’ve gotten older though, I’ve come to realize that science fiction often times explores the question of reality with more of an open mind, and genuine curiosity, than any conventional authority would probably ever dare try.

The Star Wars filmography is one such series. It uses clever philosophy, thought provoking allegories, and entertaining special effects to open the minds of their viewers to profound lessons about this mysterious experience we call life.

In this blog, I decided to share 10+ philosophical quotes from the movie, with my own personal interpretation of what they mean…


We are born with powerful creative, and wild imaginations, as well as the desire to question everything, which are the two key ingredients for creating a better world — Question and locate the problems, and then use creativity to solve them. But as we get older, this all begins to change, particularly when we enter the school system.

Here we are taught to blindly obey authority, seek their approval, and conform to the system rather than intelligently question it. Those who struggle to fit in and obey the dictates of the established authorities, either receive bad grades, some other form of disciplinary action, or get placed on pharmaceutical drug medications. Those who do well, “learn” how to get a “good job” serving the empire, rather than challenging its corrupt power.

Of course, there are other forces at play too, like organized religion, dogmatic cultures, television, social media, celebrity worship, and the usual suspects associated with indoctrination. But ultimately it results in the same thing — a brainwashed mind, that was once limitless in its potential.

To state this case in scientific terms, there was a NASA study conducted on a group of 1,600 children over the course of 15 years. What the researchers found was that prior to entering the school system, 98% of these kids scored in the top tier which is considered genius level. 5 years later they tested the same group of kids again, by now they had started school, and there was a massive drop to just 30%. And then they tested them again in 5 years, the kids by now in high school, and that number dropped all the way to just 12%. Since that time, these studies have been given to more than a million adults and less than 2% scored at genius level.

In an unrelated study, but with equally shocking results, professor Paul Bloom of Yale University decided to conduct a series of experiments to discover whether children have an inborn moral compass, or if it’s learned from society. What he found was we naturally have a sense of morality, integrity, compassion, empathy, kindness, and a sense of justice — things that seem to degrade as we grow up in this backwards, selfish, and often times cruel society that we live in.

Thus wise Yoda was indeed correct, you must unlearn what you have learned.


It has already been well established, and even acknowledged by the United Nations, that there is more than enough food to feed the entire world, and it has also been proven that there is more than enough water. In addition to all this, award winning statistician Professor Hans Rosling, has proven the world is not overpopulated.

In other words, we have everything we already need on this planet to survive and thrive, and it has been provided to us all for free. So life itself is not actually unfair my friends. Life has given us abundance and freedom.

What is unfair, is this inhumane system of exploitation, and how cruel we can choose to be to each other at times. But through the power of choice, we can also change these things.

We can choose to treat one another with more kindness and respect. We can choose to spread laughter and happiness. We can choose to challenge this system and stand up for justice. We can choose to stop listening to music made by people who deserve to be ignored.

We can choose to buy from ethical corporations, instead of corrupt ones. We can choose to stop looking for a corrupt leader to save us, and teach ourselves how to work together and become our own leaders. In short, we can choose what type of world we want to live in, because everything we need has already been given to us for free. It is simply up to us now, to make better choices.

So before we look to the sky asking why, we need to look in the mirror. No one can do everything but everyone can do something.


When we make a decision to do something, we need to be serious about it. The only person that can actually compromise with us on our chosen pursuit, is ourselves.

As the saying goes, if you really want to do something, you will find a way. If not, you will find an excuse. And in the age of information, we can always research and discover how to take that next step.

Do or do not, there is no try my friends.


It might sound a bit new agey, but because it is the mind that actually interprets reality, and not the eyes, of course what we focus on will eventually come to dominate our lives.

To put this into more scientific terms, all of us have something called the Reticular Activating System (RAS), which is a part of our brain that focuses on what is important to us, while blocking or degrading that which is not.

A perfect example of this, is how certain people care more about certain social issues than others. If you are focused on animals rights, for example, this will come to dominate your reality. You will see strays whenever you drive your car, you will see animal abuse, and animal rescue stories in your news feed online. You will probably have pets, or even volunteer to help them. You will probably have dreams about them, and you will probably research how to take positive action to help them, and it will become your reality because it has become your focus.

This rule applies to everyone; What we focus on, will come to dominate our reality. So don’t get swept up into external propaganda, or manipulative marketing techniques that plan on using you like a fool. Rather ask yourself what type of a life you would like to lead, what type of reality you would like to pursue, and then come up with a plan on how you can focus on a path that will lead you there.


One of the most misunderstood words in the human language, is failure.

When we hear it, we think of being a loser, being made fun of, and having to hang our heads in shame because we weren’t good enough to achieve a certain goal. But this is nonsense, failure is only failure if we choose to give up. Otherwise, it is literally the road we must all walk if we want to reach success, because each time we “fail,” what we actually do is we learn.

This is a common theme shared by every single successful person I have ever researched (and I have researched more than I can count); they are not scared of failure, because they realize it’s just another word for learning.

So don’t be afraid to fail my friends, be excited to learn, because they are literally one and the same thing. Next time you hear failure, simply think of the word learning.

As the expression goes, the difference between the master and the student, is the master has failed more times than the student has even tried.


It’s been said that man’s great sickness is that he alone believes that he possesses the Truth. And almost all of us are guilty of this, where we delude ourselves into thinking we know everything there is to know, and everyone else is just a fool.

We see this in various forms of religion, atheism, philosophy, and the overwhelming majority of mankind. But how many of us have studied every belief system under the sun? How many of us have been to every planet in the milky way? How many of us have been to the 2 trillion different galaxies in the known Universe? How many of us have even been to every country in our world, or experienced every culture, and every free thinker beyond that culture? How many of us have read the ancient histories of all of these different people? How many of us have researched all that there is to know?

Always keep an open mind my friends, although there are certain immutable Truths that do indeed exist, most of our beliefs are rooted in subjective prejudice and bias.


The only constant in life is change my friends. It cannot be prevented, it can only be accepted.

This may not be what we want to hear, but it is what it is. Life is unpredictable at times, it’s normal, so we can either try to resist it — which will exhaust us and stress us out — or we can make peace with it, accept it, and then find a way to adapt intelligently and move forward.

In the beginning it is difficult, but the more you do it, the easier it will become. The key is to realize that change is inevitable, and then focus your precious energy on adapting as quickly as possible. Those who do this in life will thrive, those who resist, will not. Very simple.

You can also train yourself to learn how to adapt in advance, by forcing yourself into demanding situations or tackling your personal fears.  For example, I knew that my path would eventually require me to become a better public speaker, so I joined a public speaking group about a year ago to help me overcome my anxiety of standing in front of a crowd.

Until we learn to not fear change, we will never be free. So stop resisting, and instead dedicate your precious energy to adapting to the changing of the times.


Training yourself to let go of everything you fear to lose, does not mean you turn cold, indifferent and apathetic towards the world around you my friends. It doesn’t mean you block out family or friends, or refuse to ever get close to someone or something, ever again. Doing this only imprisons us to fear, and robs us of what it means to be human, and is therefore not the solution.

To let go of everything we fear to lose, is to simply make peace with the uncertainty of life. As the saying goes, If you have fear of some pain or suffering, you should examine whether there is anything you can do about it. If you can, there is no need to worry about it, and if you cannot do anything, then there is also no need to worry about it.

It is an absolute certainty that our loved one’s material bodies will pass away, we will know pain, we will feel loss, and we will encounter heart break, and what undoubtedly makes life feel unfair. It is a part of our journey my friends, and it cannot be avoided indefinitely. But when we fear loss, or resist the uncompromising changes and different seasons of life — and obsess over their inevitable encroachment — we lose more than we should, because we allow fear to steal the beauty of this timeless moment from us, which would otherwise be full of gratitude, freedom, and peace.

So we must do our best to not obsess over losing our loved ones, our jobs, homes, cars, etc. What will be, will be. Because if we do worry ourselves, we have already lost them my friends. You see, we value our loved ones and material possessions based on the level of peace, freedom, love, and happiness that they represent in our lives. But the moment fear begins to infiltrate our precious minds, it begins to steal that happiness, freedom, love and peace from us. And without these things nothing else actually matters; No relationship, no job, no car — nothing — because we are living in a state of fear, distress, and suffering.

So long as there is fear, the mind is imprisoned, and because the only thing that can actually give us the feeling of peace, or madness; fear or freedom, happiness or sadness, is our own minds — and not something outside of it — we need to focus on strengthening this battleground. Only then will be free from the fear of loss.


Have you ever walked into a room and felt bad vibes? Have you ever been around someone with good energy? Perhaps you’ve had the feeling that everything was going your way? Or, conversely, everything was going wrong?

Maybe you’ve felt someone staring at you, or you’ve experienced a gut feeling that proved to be true? Perhaps you’ve experienced highly improbable events of synchronicity and strange coincidence? Has it ever felt like you were completely in tune with the thoughts of someone else?

In Star Wars, this great inexplicable power and energy, is simply known as The Force. It is a strange power far greater than any other in the known Universe, but it remains intangible and mysterious — and thus difficult for people to apprehend — or even vaguely explain.

Naturally, most do not believe in its existence because it extends beyond the comprehension of the 5 conventional senses; much like skeptics today that call anything which cannot be measured by our 5 senses pseudoscience.

But the Truth is, our understanding of reality, as a species, is still very much in its infancy. According to NASA’s own websiteeverything on Earth, everything ever observed with all of our instruments, all normal matter – adds up to less than 5% of the Universe, which means we can only perceive a tiny fraction of known reality. Bear in mind that the “5%” mentioned here, has also only been vaguely observed, much like a 2 year old can only vaguely observe Mickey Mouse on a TV screen.

My point here is we need to keep an open mind. We need to remind ourselves that life is still very much a mystery, and amazing things do happen but most of us tend to sweep these events under the rug due to our programmed normalcy bias, and fear that our opinion won’t be accepted as plausible by our overly critical, and narrow minded society.

For myself personally, I have experienced numerous instances throughout my life, of what appears to be an intangible force that works in mysteriously beneficial ways, provided I am aligned with higher principles, and not distracted by the trivialities of society and all the madness that is in it.

Some would probably call this the law of attraction, but I believe that to be a distorted oversimplification that degrades something unprecedented and incomprehensible. It is much greater than that, and I believe it to be the Force of Life, Integrity, Truth, Knowledge, Justice, Compassion, Peace, Goodness, and so much more.

As Bruce Lee once said, “I feel I have this great creative and spiritual force within me that is greater than faith, greater than ambition, greater than confidence, greater than determination, greater than vision. It is all these combined. My brain becomes magnetized with this dominant force which I hold in my hand.”


Throughout history there have been people that I would consider to be the Jedi of our planet; those who have dedicated their lives to fighting for goodness.

These Jedi embody Justice, Compassion, Integrity, Humanity, Peace, Knowledge, Goodness, and Truth. And so long as this collective Force remains alive, there will always be hope and powerful opposition for the darkness to contend with.

In extreme cases, these Jedi have been crucified, assassinated, imprisoned, and worse by the proverbial dark empire. But their teachings — their seed — will forever remain, because you cannot kill the Force of Truth, or Justice, or Integrity, or Peace, or Goodness. It is an immortal Force that will always be with us.


Written by Gavin Nascimento, Founder of

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The Akashic Records: What Are They & Do They Actually Exist?

“All perceptible matter comes from a primary substance, or tenuity beyond conception, filling all space, the Akasha or luminiferous ether, which is acted upon by the life giving Prana or creative force, calling into existence, in never ending cycles, all things and phenomena.”– Nikola Tesla, Man’s Greatest Achievement, 1907

Depending on the philosophy or religion cited, “Akasha” generally has the same core meaning.  It’s Sanskrit (primary sacred language of Hinduism) for “aether,” in both the elemental and metaphysical sense. The existence of this ‘substance,’ for lack of a better term, has been postulated by scientists and philosophers from ancient cultures, traditions, and faiths which date back thousands of years. The theme has been present from Eastern mysticism/philosophy all the way into the West and esoteric philosophy.

Keep in mind we are talking about Akasha here and not the Akashic Records.

“And they allowed Apollonius to ask questions; and he asked them of what they thought the cosmos was composed; but they replied; “Of elements.” “Are there then four?” he asked. “Not four,”said Larchas,  “but five.” “And how can there be a fifth,” said Apollonius, “alongside of water and air and earth and fire?” “There is the ether,” replied the other, “which we must regard as the stuff of which gods are made; for just as all mortal creatures inhale the wire, so do immortal and divine natures inhale the ether.” “Am I,” said Appollonius, “to regard the universe as a living creature?” “Yes,” said the other. – The Life of Apollonius of Tyana, Philostratus, 220AD (source)

It’s basically the basis of all things in the material world, and in various philosophies it’s considered to be the invisible driving force behind the creation of matter. According to many it’s the source of energy for material manifestation. This is intriguing, because quantum physics has been showing that human thoughts, intentions, emotions and more could have some sort of direct effect on our physical material world.  Modern day scientific theories do not recognize the real existence of Akasha, but the fact that quantum physics has shown us that space is not empty is certainly lending more credibility to this ancient concept, in my opinion.

“The aakaash is not destructible, it is the primordial absolute substratum that creates cosmic matter and hence the properties of aakaash are not found in the material properties that are in a sense relative. The aakaash is the eternally existent, superfluid reality, for which creation and destruction are inapplicable….Our eyes are blind to the reality of spirit, scientific experiments cannot detect it directly, since our experiments can detect only the material properties which are not the attributes of Akasha.” – (Idham thadhakshare parame vyoman. Parame vyoman) – Paramahamsa Tewari, Engineer, Physicist, and Inventor, “Spiritual Foundations,”

The Akashic Records

What are the Akashic Records? According to various scholars in the realm of theosophy (esoteric philosophy), the Akashic Records are a kind of database which contain a record of the soul’s journey. According to Alice A. Bailey, an author of more than two dozen books on theosophical subjects:

The akashic record is like an immense photographic film, registering all the desires and earth experiences of our planet. Those who perceive it will see pictured thereon: The life experiences of every human being since time began, the reactions to experience of the entire animal kingdom, the aggregation of the thought-forms of a karmic nature (based on desire) of every human unit throughout time. Herein lies the great deception of the records. Only a trained occultist can distinguish between actual experience and those astral pictures created by imagination and keen desire.

— From Light of the Soul, “The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali – Book 3,” multiple sources on  Google

According to the late Edgar Cayce, the Akashic Records can be seen as the universe’s supercomputer, a central storage facility of all information for every individual who has ever lived throughout the cosmos. Apart from recording the events that occur in your life, they record every act, deed, word, thought, feeling, emotion, intent, and motive. Apparently, the records contain the entire history of every soul since the dawn of creation. (source)

They are records kept of a soul from the time it leaves its point of origin.

“The Edgar Cayce readings suggest that each of us writes the story of our lives through our thoughts, our deeds, and our interactions with the rest of creation. This information has an effect upon us in the here and now. In fact, the Akashic Records have such an impact upon our lives and the potentials and probabilities we draw toward us that any exploration of them cannot help but provide us with insights into the nature of ourselves and our relationship to the universe. There is much more to our lives, our histories, and our individual influence upon our tomorrows than we have perhaps dared to imagine. “(source)

Charles Webster Leadbeater, an influential member of the Theosophical Society and an author on occult subjects, has made similar claims, stating that the records hold the history of Atlantis and various other civilizations, including Lumeria.

H.P. Blavatsky (1831-1891), a Russian immigrant, mystic, and founder of the Theosophical Society, writes that the Akasha is “one of the cosmic principles and is a plastic matter, creative in its physical nature, immutable in its higher principles. It is the quintessence of all possible forms of energy, material, psychic, or spiritual; and contains within itself the germs of universal creation, which sprout forth under the impulse of the Divine Spirit.” (source)

Philosopher, educator, and founder of the Anthroposophical Society, Rudolf Steiner believed that humans (and himself) have the ability to perceive information beyond the material world. Please keep in mind that this isn’t a ‘pseudoscientific’ idea; for a selected list of downloadable peer-reviewed journal articles reporting studies of psychic phenomena, mostly published in the 21st century, you can click HERE.

Steiner writes:

Man can penetrate to the eternal origins of the things which vanish with time. A man broadens his power of cognition in this way if he is no longer limited to external evidence where knowledge of the past is concerned. Then he can see in events what is not perceptible to the senses, that part which time cannot destroy. He penetrates from transitory to non-transitory history. It is a fact that this history is written in other characters than is ordinary history. In gnosis and in theosophy it is called the “Akasha Chronicle.” . . . The one who has acquired the ability to perceive in the spiritual world comes to know past events in their eternal character. They do not stand before him like the dead testimony of history, but appear in full life. In a certain sense, what has happened takes place before him. (source)

Are The Akashic Records Real?

With the information above, I just wanted to provide a very basic and brief description of the Akashic Records. I still have a lot of research to do to further my understanding, but the essential idea has always been pretty clear to me.

So, is there any ‘proof” for the existence of the Akashic Records? Well, we are limited by modern day understandings of what qualifies as proof. Anything that cannot be perceived by our physical senses, or something that is (for most) impossible to perceive, it’s hard to validate its existence. The truth is, there is really no way to ‘prove,’ in the material way that we currently define proof, the existence of the Akashic Records, because it cannot be seen, touched, heard, or otherwise measured. But this doesn’t mean we can’t theorize, and as Albert Einstein once said, “everything you can imagine is real.”

The day science begins to study non-physical phenomena, it will make more progress in one decade than in all the previous centuries of its existence.” – Nikola Tesla

The same can be said for consciousness, or factors that we commonly associate with consciousness; thoughts, feelings, emotions, perception, and more are directly correlated with our physical material world, and this is backed by science. This is most demostrated by the quantum double slit experiment, and the parapsychological studies that are linked in this article above. (source) You can read more about thishere.

As for the nature of consciousness itself, that’s a topic for another article.

So, we do know that just because something can’t be seen, touched, heard, or measured, does not mean it can’t still have a direct effect on our physical material world. And we do know that (some) ancient philosophies and esoteric teachings have been validated by modern day science. As far as proving the existence of the Akashic Records, it doesn’t seem to be possible.

Again, one great argument for its existence is the fact that it is an ancient concept, and occult (occult means the quest for truth, unfortunately this word carries a negative connotation) authors have been writing about for years. We’ve seen other concepts, like the atom, or the energy that exists all around us, or near death experiences (NDE’s) and out of body experiences, written about in ancient times, as well as studied by modern day science, with some promising results. Ancient peoples may not have understood the ‘science’ behind the phenomena they observed, at least in the way way understand science, but their theories often prove to be correct nevertheless. Perhaps they had better methods for gaining wisdom? There are countless examples where ancient societies are concidered much more ‘advanced’ than us, but we live in a different time.

I personally do believe that there is some sort of ‘database’ out there that we are all connected to, and everything about us (physical and non physical) can be found there. But I cannot say it exists for certain, nor can I provide any proof for its existence. All I can say is that in my heart I believe it to be true. I would also like to include that I do not feel that these “records” are used for judgement in any way.

“The nature of energy is to be understood. The properties of space have to be intuitively derived from the available scientific data. We have to pick out a single elementary material particle to construct the material universe and to establish the unity of the material worlds. We need to know the attributes of the single Substance, the nonmaterial Akasha to establish the Unity behind the diverse scientific and spiritual phenomena. We need to realize the agency of Consciousness, the principle of life and death, and the intelligence of the Universe. We can certainly know these phenomena through a scientific approach but the science that shall answer the above questions shall not be the current science. It shall be a new science inclusive of a spiritual base. And that shall set the stage for a merger of science and spirituality.” — Paramahamsa Tewari, Engineer, Physicist, and Inventor, “Spiritual Foundations,”

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What happens when an entire country becomes infested with demons?

Vatican City, Jun 16, 2015 / 03:09 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Can a country with deep Christian roots like Mexico find itself at the mercy of demons? Some in the Church fear so.

And as a result, they called for a nation-wide exorcism of Mexico, carried out quietly last month in the cathedral of San Luis Potosí.

High levels of violence, as well as drug cartels and abortion in the country, were the motivation behind the special rite of exorcism, known as “Exorcismo Magno.”

Cardinal Juan Sandoval Íñiguez, the archbishop emeritus of Guadalajara, presided at the closed doors ceremony, the first ever in the history of Mexico.

Also participating were Archbishop Jesús Carlos Cabrero of San Luis Potosí, Spanish demonologist and exorcist Father José Antonio Fortea, and a smaller group of priests and lay people.

The event was not made known to the general public beforehand. According to Archbishop Cabrero, the reserved character of the May 20 ceremony was intended to avoid any misguided interpretations of the ritual.

But how can an entire country become infested by demons to the point that it’s necessary to resort to an Exorcismo Magno?

“To the extent sin increases more and more in a country, to that extent it becomes easier for the demons to tempt (people),” Fr. Fortea told CNA.

The Spanish exorcist warned that “to the extent there is more witchcraft and Satanism going on in a country, to that extent there will be more extraordinary manifestations of those powers of darkness.”

Fr. Fortea said that “the exorcism performed in San Luís Potosí is the first ever carried out in Mexico in which the exorcists came from different parts of the country and gathered together to exorcise the powers of darkness, not from a person, but from the whole country.”

“This rite of exorcism, beautiful and liturgical, had never before taken place in any part of the world.  Although it had taken place in a private manner as when Saint Francis (exorcised) the Italian city of Arezzo,” he stated.

The Spanish exorcist explained, however, that the celebration of this ritual will not automatically change the difficult situation Mexico is going through in a single day.

“It would be a big mistake to think that by performing a full scale exorcism of the country everything would automatically change right away.”

Nevertheless, he emphasized that “if with the power we’ve received from Christ we expel the demons from a country, this will certainly have positive repercussions, because we’ll make a great number of the tempters flee, even if this exorcism is partial.”

“We don’t drive out all the evil spirits from a country with just one ceremony. But even though all will not be expelled, those that were removed are not there anymore.”

Fr. Fortea emphasized that “when the exorcists of a country drive out its demons, it has to be done in faith. You’re not going to see anything, feel anything, there’s not going to be any extraordinary phenomenon. We have to have faith that God conferred on the apostles a power, and that we can use this power.”

“In any case, if this ritual were to be carried out in more countries once year, before or after, this would put an end to any extraordinary manifestations which would show us the rage of the devil. Because, without a doubt, the demons hate to be driven out of a place or to be bound with the power of Christ.”

The Spanish exorcist said that “it would be very desirable that when there’s an annual meeting of exorcists in a country, a ritual such as this exorcismo magno that took place in Mexico be performed.”

He also emphasized that a bishop “can authorize its occurrence once a year with his priests in the cathedral.”

“The bishop is the shepherd and he can use the power he has received to drive away the invisible wolves from the sheep, since Satan is like a roaring lion prowling around looking for someone to devour, and the shepherds can drive away the predator from the victim,” he concluded.

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