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Opiates, Life, Death, Change & Codiebase

 Codie,and the family, two days before his passing

Codie,and the family, two days before his passing

I used to be so grateful that I was simply fascinated by life. Because a fascination with life brings a new dynamic to every joy, challenge, encounter, relationship and experience in life. But on January 9th, 2018 that all changed. My son, Codie William Reeves passed away from an opiate/fentanyl overdose.  It’s a long and interesting story but to make a long story shortish, I am now fascinated by more than ever before. I am fascinated by all of consciousness. When someone passes away, (if you look) you will see all things, including past & current experiences, in whole new light. In my case I gained an even deeper understanding of love, the interconnectedness of all things and transcendence of consciousness through the passing of my son from this plane.  I also gained a macabre fascination with the opiate  epidemic, pharmaceutical holocaust, or whatever you want to call this shit show that is going on in plain sight.  

Let me back up for just a moment before moving forward. My time here with Codie has taught me so much. Codie taught me about love, endurance, connection, and the absolute beauty and vitality of the human spirit. I also learned things I wish no one would ever have to learn and that is about the devastating nature of the opiate epidemic that we are all facing right now. Since his death, so many people, of all types and walks of life, have reached out to me to share their stories. The opiate epidemic does not discriminate and has few survivors.  Even the “surviving” friends and family member's lives have been touched and forever changed. No one deserves this, not the victims who become addicted, not their friends and families who struggle right alongside them and not society as a whole, that loses out in countless ways. Check out this staggering statistic: Expert statisticians expect that opiate deaths will claim 500,000 people in the US, in the next decade.  In honor of Codie and every single solitary human being on this planet,  I am bringing my own insights, experiences and alternative approach to thriving, to the fight against the opiate epidemic in the form of Codiebase.com  

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I have just begun to set up the structure of the site. I will add to it extensively over the next two months and in an ongoing fashion as I stay on top of the ever evolving alternative approaches to preventing and treating opiate use & addiction.

Please visit Codiebase.com and share it with your friends. I am looking for as many resources and insights as possible. I am looking for resources, ideas and also the real stories of those who have prevented or overcome addiction. All input is welcome, please contact me with yours and please share!

 

 

March 9th, 2018

Codie would have been 25 years old today!

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Codie would have been 25 years old today! A river begins its life at its source, in the uplands, it twists and turns, carving out its path until it finally stretches out into the ocean. A human life is much the same.  In the greater system of things, all water is constantly cycling through the planet and the atmosphere, remaining, in some shape or form, within that same system. Likewise, regardless of form (be it a memory, consciousness, spirituality, love, a catalyst for change, or however you want to think of it) a life lived carves a path, leaves a trace and endures.  

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How to Create Your Vision

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There is no substitute for vision!

Yes, its true that I have learned and always say "The Universe has far better plans for me than I could have ever made for myself. That is faith. But faith without work is dead. While our journey can take us to far more interesting places than we could have ever imagined, we must also understand and engage the creative power that we all have within us. When you create a vision for yourself you are putting your ore in the water and steering the boat toward the direction you would like to go in. We all have the freewill to do this but many folks do not. They simply go round and round, wondering why they have not made more progress or continue to experience the same struggles in life.  

Crafting your vision can be done in many ways:

You can visualize it, creating a movie style vision in your mind.

You can write it out in any form that speaks to you.

You can draw pictures or simply make a vision board.

You can talk about it with your friends and family.

Know This: What you continue to imagine for yourself and tell yourself is seeding the data in your subconscious mind. Your subconscious mind is a highly efficient and functioning machine. You will be moved toward that which you visualize for yourself. More than that, you will find that which you have visualized moving quickly toward you! 

How do you know this is true? Well don't take my word for it, simply find out for yourself. Start visualizing and creating your own vision today. Do it daily and notice how quickly things come to fruition. Follow me on Facebook and be sure to check back and let me know how your vision is creating your reality!

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Learn How to Turn Back the Clock Naturally

Imagine yourself talking to someone 10 years from now that explains how they are using the new science of epigenetics to transform their body and you have to laugh because you have leveraging this science based technique for years. Imagine people taking training to shift their own mindsets about ageing (because again, the science clearly shows this has a huge impact) and you have already shifted your own.

Well after almost a year in the making, I am beyond delighted to share with you my new course on the Daily Om platform. I spent a  long time researching the revolutionary concepts in this course and developing a super easy format to enable you to incorporate them into your life.

What I discovered, and am excited to share with you, are the shockingly easy ways for you to transform your health, vitality and youthfulness. Come with an open mind because while many of the topics "make total sense" once someone points them out to you, there are several techniques in here that are well ahead of their time.

It is such a huge honor to be joining the Daily Om family, especially with a course like this that is so ahead if its time! They have a flexible pay what you can model- enroll in Turn Back the Clock Naturally today!

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Intuition: You Already Know What to Do

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You already know what to do- you do! The truth is that for any question, issues, decision, at any moment, you know in your heart whether you want to zig or to zag. Its just that we are not taught to trust, follow and be ok with our own intuition. We think, strategize and play it “safe” by neither zigging nor zagging but instead taking that slow boring path straight down the middle. Why? Because everyone else is doing it. Everything about how we are all raised and conditioned by each other teaches us to follow the crowd and to look for solutions from the outside in. Is it any wonder we are frustrated and bored? Any wonder the “outside in” solutions just lead to more of a void and bewilderment?

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You already know what to do. Time to start feeling, using and trusting your own intuition and see where that takes you. You’re gonna take a few dead ends and have some unexpected experiences. That makes life interesting! That is where we feel alive. That is where we are truly present in the moment. That is where we enhance our own self-love. That is where we learn and grow. We all naturally crave growth in life (in so many more meaningful and interesting ways than we tend to limit ourselves to). When we are not growing, we are dying. Is life really just supposed to be a slow painful death of consciousness where we technically keep our bodies alive and get pats on the back for paying our bills and moving up the corporate ladder? Could there be more to it? Could we discover what more there is by listening to our intuition instead of taking the well-traveled path?

Well you’ll never know unless you try it out right? What have you got to lose? If you jump off the train that everyone else is running to catch every once in a while it’s no big deal. You know there is another one coming down the line, right behind that one anyway. 

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3 Easy Ways to Enhance Your Law of Attraction with Gratitude

I’m currently creating a mini course on what I consider to be the actual secret to the law of attraction. It’s fascinating, I can’t wait to share it with you! For now though let’s dip our toes into the water by focusing on gratitude. When most people think of the law of attraction, their thoughts turn toward the question of  what good things  they can attract to themselves and how. If you have taken my courses Create a Law of Attraction Vision Board That Manifests Your Dreams, then you already know the pitfalls of this approach.

The basic premise of the law of attraction is that like energy attracts like energy. So we attract into our lives the people, circumstances, events and so on that most resonate with our deepest subconscious beliefs.  When your focus is on what you don’t have you look to the law of attraction to help fill the void.  So really your focus (and dominant underlying belief) is based on  mindset of  lack. A lifetime of conditioning to think this way has made it second nature for most people. However, it’s super easy to shift your thinking and your mindset to one of abundance by focusing on gratitude. 

Here are 3 Easy ways to engage the power of gratitude in your daily life

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1.       Share gratitude on the hour. How many times a day do you complain? Think about even the smallest comments and complaints that you make all throughout the day. Again this is second nature to us, we learn by being immersed in a society where everyone is doing it. To turn that around and shift your mindset, thoughts and conversational habits to one of gratitude it just takes a little conscious effort and then it soon becomes automatic of subconscious.   To do that, stop once during each and every hour that you are awake and share gratitude. Notice something (however small) that you are grateful for and share it with someone. Perhaps you will reach out thank someone for something they have said or done, in person or via email, text etc.). Or maybe you will just let someone know about something or someone in your life that you are grateful for (which also teaches them by example to be more grateful).

2.       Write a daily gratitude list. Toward the end of each day make a quick list o a half dozen or so things that you are grateful for from your day. This has several benefits, it helps you to build your neural network of positivity in two ways. First, it forces you to look deeper at even the smallest of things to be grateful for which enhances your positive mindset. The process of writing (rather than just thinking or saying) also creates a more dynamic and well anchored network of positivity as well.

3.       Breathe in Thank You breathes.  Stop frequently to really notice all that there is  around you to be grateful for. Take in a deep breath and just say in your mind “thank You” as you notice something around you that you are grateful for. That might be the warm sunshine on your shoulders, the  wonderful smell from a nearby bakery wafting through the air, the smile on your child’s face as they lean over to lace up their shoes, the delicious toasted everything bagel you are about to enjoy, the extra 5 minutes in your hot shower.. the list goes on and on!

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A short daily practice of gratitude, visualization and meditation does wonders for updating your mindset and activating the law of attraction in a positive way.   It’s super powerful, fun, uplifting, and requires practically no effort at all. My mini course, Create a Law of Attraction Mindset includes a 15 minute guided audio program that walks you through this series each day in just 15 minutes! 

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Kintsugi and Relationship Building

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Kintsugi is the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery by filling the cracks with gold. Through this process, the repair and history become more valuable than disguising the breakage. Relationships work much in this same way. We become closer and more bonded through the process of learning to feel compassion, love and heal each other than from pretending to be perfect and not have any problems.  We literally create something as priceless as gold and are practicing the truest art-form (life as art!) when we  invest in each other in this way. We each become more beautiful for the process as we grow not alone, but together.

Always love!

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The Science Behind the Law of Attraction

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Did you know that dedicating just 15 minutes a day to using the Law of Attraction through affirmations or creative visualizations can help you to change your mindset and your life?

While the law of attraction is considered a metaphysical concept, research in psychology, neuroscience, philosophy and evolutionary biology can all be used to add extra dimensions to our understanding of how the Law of Attraction works. For example: Scientists working at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging at the Institute of Neurology in London have discovered that people who visualize a better future are more likely to be able to bring that future into existence. Research in psychology has found that people who consistently tell themselves that they can meet a goal are more likely to secure a positive outcome. The field of neuroscience shows us that thanks to mirror neurons, we tend to reflect behavior that we observe. Changing your own mindset and actions prompts change in the way others behave toward you. Genetic research shows that limiting beliefs are inherited. For example an original fear of something is rooted in a negative response to a stimuli, however that fear (without the presence of the stimuli) is then passed down to the next generation.  

The law of attraction states that what you think about constantly you attract. The good news is that changing your thinking habits and your mindset is relatively easy and you can take the steps to do that in as little as 15 minutes a day.  Imagine how your life will unfold when you change your foundational mindset on  the areas that you struggle with and constantly seem just out of reach. Think about the people that you know who excel in that area and you tell yourself “it just comes to them naturally”. Well you are right, excelling is more effortless and automatic when you prime your mindset for success in that area. Once you can see it in your mind, you will hold it in your hands! Seeing it in your mind is not a deep dark mystery, it’s just a matter of priming your own belief system which you will learn to do in part 1 of  Create a Law of Attraction Mindset and daily re-enforcement, which part two walks you through step by step in the short, daily guided audio that only takes 15 minutes a day. I guarantee you that it will soon become your favorite 15 minutes of the day as you realize the power of your own vision!  

Enroll today in the Create a Law of Attraction Mindset: Daily Guided Audio Program to start your journey toward success.

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Finding Your Center: As Above, So Below, As Within, So Without

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Sometimes you have to look outward to find your center. We are reflections of how we see others and the world around us. The mindset models that guide our thoughts, words and interactions with others  also creates the framework for how we view ourselves. It’s not a straight linear path, as we accept and connect with others we move closer to our own center.

Are you ready to unlock your own alpha brainwaves and dramatically transform your life? Enroll today in Easily Unlock the Power of Alpha Brainwaves today!

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When You Change the Way You look at Things, the Things You Look at Change

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Beauty is a reflection of what you see in others and the world. The world is simply a mirror, what we see in it, we see in our selves. Potential, pain, anger, hope, beauty, horror, the list goes on and on. Every little piece of data and input is filtered and is simply a reflection of what is going on inside us. So how do we change the reflection? By changing how we look at the world. As the founder of quantum physics Max Planck stated: “when you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change”.  Your updated vision of the world then becomes your updated vision of yourself.

Are you ready to take the first steps into true self-love? Take the first steps and enroll in Fostering Self-Love  today

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How Forgiveness Can Change your Own Self-image and Mindset

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The power of forgiveness to enhance alpha brainwaves is incredible and well documented. The importance of fostering self-love to self-esteem, success and happy healthy relationships is also a staple in personal development. However when you draw the connections between the two you begin to see the powerhouse of opportunity that it offers you.

"Holding onto un-forgiveness for another is really locking up your own mind, heart and soul."

 Un-forgiveness is a vague, cumbersome term. Other ways to recognize it in your life are as: judgment, resentment, holding grudges, condemnation and so on. You may be holding onto these feelings for others related to big, dramatic events or even for very small differences of value and opinion. The truth is that it really does not matter how big or small the differences in point of view are. Holding onto un-forgiveness for another is really locking up your own mind, heart and soul. It traps you in a cycle of judgment and condemnation that is also affecting your own self-image and self-love whether you realize it or now.

The interconnectedness of all things.

Quantum Physics

Modern quantum physics demonstrates the complex & dynamic nature of the interconnectedness of all things. Literally everything is vibrating energy. On this level it makes sense that the energy that you create and nurture (thinking you are only directing it toward someone who you deem “wrong”) is also affecting your own energy.  Conversely when you foster positive energy through acceptance, forgiveness and  compassion you are also nurturing that energy in your own beingness.

Neuroscience

When you judge and hold another person in condemnation, you create and re-enforce the neural networks in your own brain on those concepts. Then, when things do happen, your brain has a vast supply of negative neural networks to utilize to access and navigate those situations and more limited supply of networks that support a more positive perspective and range of ways to practically and emotionally navigate the situation.  The brain is highly efficient so it is not just applying these networks selectively to your interactions with others, it also browses these networks in processing and dealing with your own issues which results in your own self-identification.

Let’s see this in action

For example, let’s say you are holding resentment and judgment against someone because they stole $20 when they were visiting your house one day. That seems pretty legit. Most people would agree that this is not acceptable and you could banter with them for hours about what an idiotic, wrong doing person this is.  In doing so, you are of course, creating and projecting negative energy that effects everyone involved as well as re-enforcing your own negative neural networks.

"Forgiveness is acceptance of the human being not approval of an action."

Forgiveness is acceptance of the human being not approval of an action. When you practice forgiveness you accept and move beyond the action which has occurred, enabling you to hold the other person in a place of love. It is not related to punishment (for example legal action that might be taken) and restitution (which may or may not occur). It does not imply approval of an action, words etc. of the person. It is merely acceptance and forgiveness.

Creating a working model and mindset for your own low self-image – whoops!

But how does the 20$ thief relate to self-love? 

You probably have a cut and dry opinion about stealing. Why would someone steal? What conditions and life situations might lead them to the final event of standing in your living room and swiping $20 off your table? Well its not about you. Nothing about this act has anything to do with you. It could be many things. They might have an addiction driving their behavior, they might have a psychological condition that drives this behavior (looking for attention, cry for help, coping mechanism rooted in trauma etc). They might just be in a very bad financial situation and desperate for cash to get by. But one thing is for sure,  there is something driving that action and it’s not good, fun to deal with, or anything any of us would want to have to struggle with. The point I’m trying to make is that when you begin to unravel the path behind the action you start to see what the person has dealt with that brought them to this place. 

 

I’ll take shame & guilt for a thousand Alex! No really I/you will…

We have all these moments in life. Though it may show up wearing a different outfit. Maybe you lied about your abilities to get a job you really needed or wanted. Maybe you flew off the handle and cursed at an innocent checkout clerk when you were really frustrated one day. Maybe you said something to your partner or kids that you wish had never come out of your mouth. There are many things, large and small – even very very small things in your day to day process of making choices and navigating life that you could ultimately feel guilty about.  Wouldn’t it be nice if you could recognize the learning value in those experiences and simply move on the better for it? But Noooooo. You are going to apply this same judgement, condemnation and permanent labeling to yourself that you have become so well practiced at by applying it to others. It is the model you use and re-enforce, creating your own mindset.

 

The subconscious mind- it goes deeper, much deeper- check this out!

The bar that you hold up for others is the same bar that you hold up for yourself. Now you can begin to see how the guilt and shame begins to gain a foothold in your own neural networks and self-image. Its unshakable and inescapable because you have created the whole entire framework in which to house and process it- it literally has no way to get out. So where does it go? Well deep into your subconscious and becomes part of your mindset and self-image. This is who I am. Deep down I am that not so great person who didn’t give the $10 overage of change back to the checkout clerk when I was 16 or the person who let a friend stumble into a bad situation when I was 23 or the person who dropped F-bombs when my kid pushed me into the full bath tub as a joke.

Nope, I am not going to let myself off the hook and free myself to move on because I don’t do that for others- that’s not how it works. I have not created a model for forgiveness and evolution that I can follow and apply to myself as well as others. So what lingers deep down inside (what you hold as a true subconscious belief about yourself) is that despite all of the good, you are still not a good person because you have not been able to forgive yourself and this leads to not loving yourself.  

The link, the link, the link!

When you shift your model/mindset and practice forgiveness to others, you also shift your own framework and mindset for dealing with your own emotions, feelings and beliefs about yourself. The same understanding & compassion you afford to others you then afford to yourself. The same ability that you have to process and release your emotions about others (rather than ruminating or suppressing) you than apply to yourself. Low and behold you begin to discover that as the deep dark self-judgments and condemnations lift away there is a pretty spectacular person in there.

The really good news is that this is not actually an ongoing process of forgiveness and release (for yourself or others). You get to the point where forgiving is no longer needed. You jump from the beginning of the process to the end with internalized understanding and automatic processing. The same automatic processing that drives current patterns of grudge holding, judgement and condemnation.  How cool is that! Like anything else though you just gotta do it. Pebbles on the pile and soon you will be at the top of a mountain.

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