I have been influenced in many things in my life. I am a life long learner, and I always have been. Reading is one of my favorite past times, and I like to read the classics.
Universal human truth and the laws of physics are important to me because I want to understand how we are all connected to one another. These truths are applicable to all regardless of what you believe. When you operate within these laws, it changes your life, and you reap the benefits of your efforts.
Although I have had many influences, including my children, these four things are some of the most important influences I have had.
These days, if you say Jesus, many automatically think of Christianity, and let’s face it, Christians really leave a bad taste in your mouth. The biggest reason is they aren’t teaching what the Bible really says.
Jesus was well liked by the common people. The problems he had came from his interactions with the religious leaders of the day. Jesus’s main teaching was love. Jesus said,
King James Version (KJV)
36 Master, which is the great commandment in the law?
37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
38 This is the first and great commandment.
39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
Now, whether you believe in Jesus or not really isn’t my business. What is important here is that we all love, and we can only love others as much as we love ourselves. Self love is crucial here. Relationship. Jesus isn’t about religion. Jesus is about relationship, and this relationship is expressed through love. To love and be loved is a desire we all share.
Although there are many principles within Zen that you can apply to your life, there are three it is important to know. First, you already have everything you need you need inside of you to do whatever it is you are here for and want to with your life. In the words of Lao Tzu, “Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.”
Second, “Before enlightenment, chop wood carry water. After enlightenment, chop wood carry water.” Even after you have determined what you want out of life and why you are here, you still have to do the work. With or without enlightenment, work and action are a necessary part of life and are required in order for us to achieve success.
The third part is understanding. In the Dao De Jing, it says, “It is wisdom to know others; It is enlightenment to know one’s self.” Once again, it is about relationship. No matter how enlightened you are, the real test comes within your relationships.
When you apply these three teachings to the teachings of Jesus you discover that you have all the resources you need to do what you want to do, do the work, and always remember that at the core of everything is relationship. Everything in the universe is in relationship to everything else, and it is all connected.
3. Quantum Physics
Quantum physics is somewhat more complicated than how I am about to explain it here. However, there are only two thing you need to understand.
First, quantum physics is the science of possibilities. Physicists theorize that given enough time every possibility is possible.
It is also science at the cellular level. It is where life begins, and it is where action begins. Accepting that all possibilities are possible and embracing all the possibilities in your life allows you to become open to all of the opportunities available to you.
4. U.S. Army
I have skills I will take with me for the rest of my life. Those skills are a part of me. I developed those skills through repetition. If you do something enough times, it becomes a part of you. Do something 1,000 times, and you develop competency. Do it 5,000 times, and you become skilled. Do it 10,000 times, and you become a master.
Of themselves, these influences all help you make the change you desire if you apply them. When you combine them, they give you a complete toolkit and the skill set to make true and lasting change, which always comes from within.