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A Teacher expands your knowledge and pushes you to become better every single day. Successful people know this; Many people don't invest in their own mastery. They live a life of stasis, thinking they know all they need to know. Some of them leave school, complete their apprenticeship, get their degree and then stop. They just get back in the saddle and do it all over again, setting another goal, working their brains out to achieve it . The by-product of this is that sooner or later your subconscious asks itself, Why am I doing this? <a href=''>That's</a> when you lose the motivation and drive you once had. <a href=''>You</a> wonder why you are no longer energised by life or the task at hand. <a href=''>What</a> is the opposite of this? <a href=''>You</a> achieved something great three years ago and you are still celebrating, living off past glory. <a href=''>Yesterday's</a> hero! <a href=''>Time</a> to get off it and get on with it! <a href=''>So</a> take the time to celebrate, but don't stay celebrating that achievement forever. <a href=''>What</a> is an appropriate reward? <a href=''>Enter</a> cocaine, which, coincidentally, has a similar key to dopamine, to fit into the perfectly matched dopamine receptor keyhole. <a href=''>If</a> you can't get your own stash of dopamine, you'll turn to the next-best thing: recreational drugs. <a href=''>And</a> of course you'll always need more, as those receptors lose their mojo . <a href=''>I,</a> personally, had a penchant for rage. <a href=''>I</a> used to create situations to get yet another hit of that rage, and all of this is still embedded in my brain. <br /><br /><a href=''>I</a> still get up almost every morning and scan for whoever I'm furious at. <a href=''>Who</a> can I call and abuse? <a href=''>Even</a> if it's a poor, innocent employee of a company that sent me the wrong-sized duvet. <a href=''>I</a> especially love those calls because I can feel the salesperson quivering and trying to stay nice, which enrages me even more. <a href=''>Anger</a> is my fingerprint, but the less I act on it, the less addictively feverish it becomes, like a memory that's fading. <a href=''>However,</a> if viewers could focus their eyes in a certain way and then hold them in the right place on the article before them, the confusion of crazy colors would somehow fade away to reveal a beautiful 3-D image hidden within them in plain sight! <a href=''>The</a> magic in these pictures was that one could not hope to see the magic in them using one's usual way of seeing. <a href=''>Now</a> for the connection we have been working to make. <a href=''>Just</a> as the amazing pictures in these magic articles would seemingly appear from the depths of nowhere once one learned the secret of seeing through the chaos of colors, so too the peace of the perfectly present moment, in which dwells the kingdom of heaven, sits in plain sight in the midst of the chaotic content of our lives. <a href=''>This</a> full peace, which we might also call stillness or perfect silence, is what our heart of hearts longs to know. <a href=''>Within</a> it there is neither stress nor sorrow. <a href=''>Yet,</a> while most of us agree we seek a way to commingle in the Life of this deep quiet, its timeless realm remains all but imperceptible to us. <a href=''>Here</a> is the reason why: it is a curious spiritual fact that we don't see stillness, even though it acts as the backdrop for all motion. <a href=''>This</a> fascinating fact deserves a moment's consideration. <a href=''>Of</a> course, we can see things themselves, various creatures, even one's own thoughts and feelings moving across and through this still backdrop of life. <a href=''>The</a> more the merrier. <a href=''>But</a> where do you draw the line? <a href=''>That's</a> what I've asked too. <a href=''>I</a> mean, in terms of cutting down on your expenses, should you sell your house and live in the forest? <a href=''>Stop</a> buying food? <br /><br /><a href=''>Or</a> just die? <a href=''>I</a> recalled the end of Love and Death, when Woody Allen explained that we shouldn't think of death as an end, but as a very effective means of cutting down our expenses. <a href=''>We</a> paused outside a restaurant. <a href=''>It</a> was late now. <a href=''>And</a> in terms of doing good, my friend continued. <a href=''>When</a> sentiments such as I love you or You're wonderful were directed to water, symmetrical, rainbow-hued snowflake patterns took form, unfolding universes of delight. <a href=''>However,</a> the negative emotions of I hate you or You make me sick created fractured, ugly shapes with muddled colors--not what you want in your body. <a href=''>Take</a> time to assimilate these findings. <a href=''>They</a> have momentous implications for your emotional freedom: since you're composed mostly of water, you must generate maximal positivity to stay healthy and whole. <a href=''>Also,</a> you can't afford to nurse resentments or self-loathing without suffering toxicity. <a href=''>I</a> realize that it's one thing to know this, yet another to live it. <a href=''>The</a> problem is that negative emotional energy is basically louder and wilder than the positive, and more seductively grabs your attention. <a href=''>Picture</a> a bucking bronco versus a contented cat warming its belly in the sun. <a href=''>If</a> both were in front of you, where would your attention go? <a href=''>Positive</a> emotions, delicious as they are, don't have as dramatic an energetic pull. <a href=''>I</a> was too young--I was fourteen. <a href=''>Adults</a> got me hooked on drugs, see. <a href=''>I</a> was selling for them to make money after I dropped out of school, and it was easier for them to pay me with drugs rather than to pay me with money. <a href=''>He</a> stops, sits. <a href=''>Looks</a> up and apologizes to the counselor for taking up so much time. <br /><br /><a href=''>What</a> I hear in your timeline, she says to him, is how much you were alone. <a href=''>What</a> I hear, too, is how every single one of the men's timelines is riddled by addiction, a disease that our country treats as a crime. <a href=''>The</a> only two white men in the room sit apart from the rest of the men. <a href=''>From</a> this fact and their appearance--heavily tattooed, thick goatees, shaved heads--I make an assumption that they are white supremacists, a faction with a large presence in many correctional environments. <a href=''>For</a> much of the session, they do not participate; <a href=''>It's</a> not a reparenting process; <a href=''>But</a> you can have a deep and meaningful connection. <a href=''>If</a> this connection occurs, it's important that you and your mom keep your own separate families, in the spiritual and emotional sense. <a href=''>Mom</a> needs a place to grow and repair that is different from yours. <a href=''>Otherwise,</a> you can end up confusing friendship and past mothering issues. <a href=''>Often,</a> the zealous adult child wants to usher mom into repair. <a href=''>You</a> can invite, but you need to keep the incubators separate; <a href=''>I</a> have seen this work. <a href=''>I</a> have observed mothers opening up to their adult child's emotional life and sharing their own. <a href=''>They</a> grow in mutual respect and appreciation for one another. <a href=''>My</a> siblings and I often share fond memories about our road trips in the the old van. <a href=''>Like</a> the time it broke down on the main road in front of my high school and a bunch of boys had to be pulled from PE class on the adjacent field to push-start it while my year-8 geography class watched, laughing, from a window. <a href=''>In</a> hindsight, I wish I'd had the confidence back then to care less and laugh more. <a href=''>While</a> I'd love to tell you I don't give a second thought to what people may think of me, I can't. <a href=''>But</a> I've become better at not letting what people may think occupy the driver's seat. <br /><br /><a href=''>Whether</a> it's driving a converted plumber's van or driving your life, when fear of whateverybody' thinks is steering your choices and directing your life, it will stop you from ever arriving at the place you want to be. Approve of yourself. Accept yourself. Own your worth. Practise daily and you'll gradually come to realise that you never needed approval from anyone else to feel whole and happy. They think that's where the learning ends, which couldn't be further from the truth -- it's where it really begins! I don't have to convince you because you're reading this article about learning to build the right network. Learning doesn't just happen in the classroom. It's not about the letters that come after your name. It's about learning what you do well, how you can do it better and where you can find the Teacher who can help you. Teachers spark inspiration, they instil values, feed curiosity, help you look for answers. In his article Rich Dad, Poor Dad, Robert Kiyosaki talks about his two dads -- his Poor Dad', who was stuck in a middle-class rut with limiting viewpoints on money, and hisRich Dad', who was one of the wealthiest men in Hawaii. Kiyosaki chose to learn about managing money and the money mindset from his `Rich Dad', which is what he attributes his subsequent success to. You need to have the right Teacher in your network. The right Teacher and guide stretches your thinking, challenges your ideas and encourages you to push further and keep learning, because they know that this constant curiosity creates real opportunity for growth, achievement and success. It might be taking time out to do something you love to do, one of your passions. It could be a celebratory dinner. It could be taking time to reflect on what you have achieved and what you have learned along the way. It could be sharing your success with people who matter to you, or it could even be a physical reward or specific predetermined prize or gift. I often use this quote .