You’re Exceptionally Creative IF…

Can you figure this image out?

For this drawing, there is not a wrong or right guess, (even though most people guess duck first) it is rather a question of the ability to quickly switch from one perception to the other.

All of these features count when determining if you are a highly or average creative person. According to the research Richard Wiseman did with a group of fellow psychologists at the University of Edinburgh, creative people actually perceive the world differently, as they are more able to see things from many different angles.

Using the duck-rabbit drawing, the participants had to answer questions not much different from the ones above. Additionally, they were asked to list as many unusual usages for given every-day objects in a short amount of time. The results were clear: people who could effortlessly switch from one perception to another, also did much better in assigning new purpose to known objects.

It is a much known trait of creative people to easily think of alternative ways and to find connection between two apparently unrelated concepts. Their brains are just that much faster when working on interpreting different aspects of a concept. Therefore, the results prove that there is a difference to how highly creative people perceive the world as opposed to average creative ones.

Read this article in its entirety:
http://www.lifehack.org/462812/youre-exceptionally-creative-if-you-see-the-correct-image-only-1100-people-can-do-this?ref=sidebar

A Partnership for Change Dinner and Panel

A Partnership for Change Dinner and Panel Discussion on March 18, 2017 @ 6:30pm

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Dialogue is important, it allows us to see the perspective of our neighbors and thus makes our communities whole. When we make a direct intention to show up and consider conversations on topics such as race relations, community, healing, revolution, and politics—people are educated, enlightened, and activated. With this event it is our intention to spar people into action or to even take ownership of their role in their communities.

In this space, we will dare to share dialogue that may make us uncomfortable with the truth on both a personal and collective level, which could extend from our homes out into their communities. We all have role to accelerate change and to dig deeper, in an effort to expand ourselves which in turn, pushes change out into the spaces we move in and out of.

On March 18, 2017, we will engage each other in meaningful conversation. We will push aside our differences, find common ground, build meaning and purpose, we will set out to disturb the peace that is found inaction.

Where: Suitland, MD (Private venue)

Time: 6:30pm – 9pm

Cost: $20 (Due by 3/11/17)

Contact: tlundy34@gmail.com

*Seating is limited

Sankofa| Looking back

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“My sun sets to rise again.” – Robert Browning

With years removed from what I considered my awakening, I have to admit, I still find myself wondering what happened to me. All-in-all, I believe it was for the good and that it was divine but there is a piece of me that wonders if some of the opinions I received were true.

One person I confided in during that time thought that I was depressed. So I sat with that at the time. I understood what depression was but not for me. I was sad and things could have been better at the time but depressed? Maybe. I was having trouble sleeping. I had a lot of responsibilities at the time. Then there were times when just like that, I would have epiphanies, parable-like dreams and foretelling’s. Does depression look like that? I wondered.

One person thought that I was in spiritual warfare. I thought about this because I couldn’t dismiss this entirely either, after all, I was constantly reading the bible. A big part of awakening had everything to do with questions surrounding my beliefs in God. I became consumed with the teachings of the bible because I was desperate for answers. I look back now and question if my constant studying of the bible caused my night terrors, because they resembled the stories I read before bed.

Today I come across articles often where people are trying to figure out if they have had a psychotic break or a spiritual awakening. And like them, I wonder if something else was going on. I am even afraid at times for people who seek this experience, although I am aware that not everyone has had an unpleasurable experience. The closest experience I have read to what I experienced was the ayahuasca experience. If you know anything about ayahuasca, you know that it’s frightening. Now imagine having that experience without having to consume anything. This is why I am fearful when I read about people who seek out shamans for this experience. I would rather offer a more natural way that I believe leads to awakening.

I believe that examining your beliefs and going within yourself in search of the answers to life’s hardest questions can catapult you into a spiritual awakening. Only your higher source and your higher self can give you the answers you seek.

We only see what we want to see.; we only hear what we want to hear. Our belief system is like a mirror that only shows us what we believe. – Don Miguel Ruiz

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I offer you two important pieces of advice regarding a spiritual awakening. One, believe in something greater than yourself and lastly, trust that this greater source is forever working on your behalf.

What I needed most during this period was the unwavering belief that God was there the whole time. My spiritual awakening further imprinted on my heart and mind that no matter what this life offers me, I can overcome. I wish it didn’t have to take a spiritual awakening, but it did.

Letting Go and Flying Free

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“Incredible change happens in your life when you decide to take control of what you do have power over instead of craving control over what you don’t.” – Steve Maraboli

 

After reading an article about letting go and flying free, I sat there and thought about the times I relied on other people to walk with me into my destiny. I was afraid to go at it alone. It didn’t matter how inspired I was, I needed someone else to be there to hold my hand. I often thought that if I just had someone to walk me, I could do anything. As the years went on, I discovered that if I was going to get anything accomplished in my life, I needed to change my thinking.

The truth is, unless you let go, unless you forgive yourself, unless you forgive the situation, unless you realize that the situation is over, you cannot move forward. –Steve Maraboli

I became disgusted with myself after a while, because I felt like I was letting myself down every time that lie of needing someone surfaced when I wanted to go to an event, go to the movies, try something new, socialize, go out to dinner, etc. So here’s what I did.

For every time that negative phrase rose up out of me, I reprogrammed my thinking and said, I’m never going to get anywhere waiting on other people. I repeated, I’m never going to get anywhere waiting on other people, until it was a natural reaction.

What a liberation to realize that the ‘voice in my head’ is not who I am. ‘Who am I, then?’ The one who sees that. –Eckhart Tolle

Life experience has taught me that, everything is not for everybody. We have to be willing to step out in order to step into our purpose. To rely on others out of fear is an excuse that will only keep us stagnate. I use this wisdom now as a  compass that reminds me that, I’m never going to get anywhere waiting on other people.

It’s easy to blame other people when you’re stuck in your thinking. How easy was it to say that the reason for my lack of success was because other people didn’t go with me?  When I reprogrammed my thinking I became the author of my own stagnation. If I didn’t do anything, the blame rested with me only.

When you blame others, you give up your power to change. – Robert Anthony

I encourage you to read 10 Things I’ve Let Go and How This Has Set Me Free, because it inspired me to take a look at not only what set me free but what else I can do to liberate myself even more.

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A Partnership for Change

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A couple of weeks ago, while driving to work, I was listening to WPFW and I was on fire by the time I reached the office. As the host encouraged callers to donate to the station she talked about the plight that the station endured to remain on the air all these years. How they suffer through vandalism by the KKK which put the station off the air twice in the 70’s. She briefly talked about the Dakota Pipeline situation. She offered listeners the opportunity to call in and make a donation in exchange will receive a flash-drive with black historical audio.

As I pulled into the garage of the building, I felt an urgency to do something that would inspire change. Something that would help me in my ignorance regarding issues of topics that I only learn about by listening to WPFW. I wanted in that moment to talk to people that I knew about the topics that were discussed, but I was left feeling empty because I knew that they were unaware of these topics. I wanted to have a conversation with somebody to exchange information and to get their perspective. I wanted to be educated and empowered. So in all my want for this conversation, I reached out to a couple of great people that inspire me and asked them to partner with me on organizing A Partnership for Change Dinner and Panel Discussion.

I figured in the end, that I will not sit on my hands and complain about it. I decided to push forward and organize. I envisioned having dinner enjoined by like-minded people who can contribute and intelligent exchange of conversation. People who are great listeners, teachers, and with respect for others perspective. People who aim for creating a space where we can have fluid conversations on topics of black culture, community, healing and much more.

Please get the word out and help me make this event a success.

What:
A Partnership for Change Dinner & Panel Discussion
Date:
March 18, 2016 @ 6:30
Location:
Private Venue in Suitland, Maryland
Cost: $20 (Due by Mar. 4)
(Seating is limited to 10 guests.)

Contact: 38wake@gmail.com
This event dares to create a space where conversations around revolutionary change, healing within our black communities and our commitment to being active participants, and so many other urgent matters that need to be approached in an effort to transform minds.

I AM HUMAN

“Today I choose life. Every morning when I wake up I can choose joy, happiness, negativity, pain… To feel the freedom that comes from being able to continue to make mistakes and choices-today I choose to feel life, not to deny my humanity but embrace it.” – Kevyn Aucoin

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There are times when the sun isn’t shinning and things are just too much for one person to handle. In these moments we are left with nothing else to do but to let go. We know this and we are good at letting go BUT—there are days when it’s necessary to scream and cry.

It is times when life seems too heavy of a burden, and we may not want to read about happy people and sunshine. On those days we don’t want to be the bigger person. On those days we don’t want to hear our conscious telling us that, “You’re not so innocent yourself.” It is on those days that we don’t want to hear all that expected, yes expected nonsense that people feel necessary to spew like, you’ll be ok, pray on it, ask the “blah-blah” for guidance, do yoga, meditate, etc.

What makes us human? The want to just BE. We don’t want to make excuses for being human. We don’t want to hear ridiculous advice about forgiving people who clearly caused us pain and discomfort.

What makes us human? The want to be angry at times. The want to not like someone and be able to voice it without a fight. We don’t hate them, but there are some people we just don’t like.

What makes us human? The want to scream. The want to scream at people that pretend that they are innocent.

What makes us human? The ability to remember that for every time someone pisses us off, we can recall a time when we did that same thing to someone else.

What makes us human? The feelings of defeat when we feel like we are being pulled in multiple directions.

What makes us human? The want to cry because we feel like things are falling apart.

What makes us human? The ability to choose. It is this ability alone that liberates us. The choice in any given moment to: scream, cry, kick, say no, run, love, punch, walk away, dislike, fall down, accept, lie, curse, cut off, tear up, throw away, write down, record, recall, attend, dismiss, engage, store, soar, shout, crush, step on, deactivate, jump, stand, voice, spend, shake, bow down, quit, relax, piss on, apologize, conform, eat, sleep, slam, pick, laugh, smile, give away, serve, march, spit on, vote for, organizer against, sacrifice, visit—TO BE HUMAN.

Share in one word, “What do you want to do?”

-Wake38

Your Brain Is A Muscle You Can Strengthen: Here’s How

WHAT LABELS DO YOU EMBRACE?

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“I am who I am.” I’ve heard this line from patients countless times. “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks” is another version. Regardless of the form it takes, these statements are based on the same flawed belief that our ability, skill, and character are set in stone.

The fixation of this mindset begins early. Society labels us, and we label ourselves. A child is told he is a good or a bad listener. A high school student thinks of herself as good or bad at math. These labels become even more entrenched in adulthood.

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/positive-prescription/201702/your-brain-is-muscle-you-can-strengthen-heres-how?collection=1098993