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Detox Yourself Guide

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We live in a very chaotic world We also live in a very polluted world You probably don t need me to remind you of this fact There are all sorts of pollution available and thankfully the United States is one of the world s leaders in cutting down on physical pollution I am of course talking about pollutants that make their way into our air water and food The Environmental Protection Agency despite whatever issues it have has done a generally good job of protecting citizens from physical and chemical pollutants The same can be said of the US Food and Drug Administration Thanks to their vigilance they have done an outstanding job making sure that most of the food items that make their way to our table are generally safe Of course there are certain issues that we can nitpick over like GMO and certain types of chemical residues Still it can t be denied that by and large the US and other developed countries are fairly wellprotected against standard the sources of pollution If you don t believe me just hop on a plane and go to Beijing China The difference in air quality water quality and food safety is like day and night This is not a slam on China because they are making great progress in tightening regulations but it has to be said that when it comes to protecting its citizens the developed world has done a fairly good job This is why a lot of people are kind of confused as to with the whole idea of detoxification has gained a lot of traction lately After all federal local and state

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regulatory bodies have done a fairly good job of projecting people from chemical toxins and physical threats to their safety If only things were that simple You have to understand that the toxins that afflict modern people aren t just restricted to chemical forms Chemical toxins and pollutants are very easy to screen They re very easy to detect And yes they are very easy to prevent and treat The same goes with diseases Forget what you ve heard before Detoixfication is not just a simple matter of going on a juice diet or going without food for an extended period of time It goes beyond that If anything else it means that you re going to have to re examine the kind of life you are living and the kind of life you have built for yourself You can quickly discover that a lot of the things that you choose to believe to be true are actually making you sick At the very least they re not helping you perform at peak levels This book teaches people from all walks of life to conduct a complete detox of their life This detox regimen applies across the board Whether you are suffering from mental toxins or you re struggling with spiritual pollutants or you are faced with the standard physical adulterants that weigh you down and drag you back this book has something for you By using a holistic method to detox you will be able to live life to the fullest If you are in any way shape or form unhappy frustrated or feeling stuck in your life it is because you have allowed certain things to weigh you down This is just as bad as being addicted to drugs This is just problematic as struggling with chemical pollution Just because you can see it smell it taste it or hear it it doesn t mean it doesn t exist You know full well the effects of mental pollution This book enables you to break free from all of that so you can live up to your fullest potential All of us are on this planet for a purpose The sad truth is that we have allowed certain mindsets to get the better of us and this has clouded our view of what our purpose should be It is no surprise that the vast majority of us are simply going through the motions You go from hour to hour day to day and moment to moment with really no clear direction as to why we re here This book cuts through all that fog and enables you to bask in the sunlight of purpose clarity and meaning

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In western cultures sickness has traditionally been defined as physical medical or mental While western psychology and psychiatry have progressed quite a bit over the years there s still a long held impression in the medical community regarding the mindbody connection Unfortunately given what s going on and the trends in general society both in the developed and developing world traditional definitions of sickness are short sided and all too limited It doesn t do any good to define sickness in very narrow biochemical terms As western medicine dug deeper and deeper into a biochemical germ based or pathogencentric definition of medicine a lot is lost in translation While it has made big strides in bridging the effect of psychology and overall stress on physical health there s still a lot to be desired The bottom line is that we can learn quite a bit from Hindu traditions or eastern traditions that deal with the concept of sickness In those traditions sickness is defined holistically They re more likely to put a lot of stock on the concept of spiritual pollution emotional stress interpersonal sickness and other factors that have a strong impact on the human psyche and overall sense of well being These factors then manifest themselves in actual physical illness or substandard physical performance You may be perfectly healthy in biochemical terms All your tests may

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come out clean But your doctor will still be stumped as to why you feel lousy all the time There are a lot of people who have all sorts of symptoms similar to lupus or auto immune diseases But when the blood chemistry tests come in they should be getting a clean health Physically speaking there s nothing wrong with them But there they are suffering Feeling like they are at their ropes end Ask yourself Am I sick There s nothing wrong with asking this question There s no shame involving this Remember the worst thing that you can do is to pretend that you don t have a problem How can you find the answer when you re fooling yourself into thinking that there s no problem

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Since traditional definitions of sickness are too restricted to the physical and biochemical realms it is not a surprise that a lot of modern people can t get the relief that they desire from psychopharmaceutical drugs and chemical based medicine in general In fact when you look at the top 10 medications prescribed in the United States and Western Europe anti anxiety anti depressant and anti hypertensive medications are almost always in the top 5 or top 10 You can bank on them being present year after year There s something wrong here Even though we have been bombarding these illnesses with a wide range of chemical cocktails over the years we re still sicker and sicker and we pay more and more money and there seems to be no solution in sight You are more than your physical parts A lot of this existential angst and its matching physical symptoms is due to the fact that people are more than their physical parts They re not just a collection of blood pressure readings blood sugar levels uric acid tests scores and a wide range of biochemical indicators All of these may come out clean and fall well within normal range But that doesn t mean that people will stop feeling lousy stressed and suffering from brain fog This is due to the fact that if people want to get well and step away from just choosing to survive but to actually live fully they have to look at their complete being in wholistic terms

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What does wholistic mean Just as your mind is composed of more than your brain your life and overall health is composed of more than just your body We re not even talking about the additional dimensions of psychological and emotional health We re also talking about how you get along with other people how you look at yourself in the grand scheme of things what your sense of personal meaning and purpose are what you choose to eat how you construct your day what kind of environments you find yourself in In other words we go beyond the physical We escape the narrow confines of the biochemical foundation of your life While biochemistry and your physical body are absolutely important they are not the complete picture Far from it Rediscovering the power of the whole person When we start looking at people as more that just what we can see we will start making progress as to actual effective treatment Whatever it is you are suffering from whatever physical manifestations of stress or a lack of purpose may be hounding you whatever aches and pains you may experience all of these can be addressed with a wholistic approach

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There are many different parts of the human psyche There are many different faces that make up who we are When you leave your home you are different people to the different individuals you meet You re somebody s brother or sister then you are somebody s boss or somebody s employee or somebody s contractor On and on it goes We re different people to the people we find ourselves in different situations We may be in the same place but at different times we re different people or we are different people at the same time but at different places In other words we re different people in terms of times and space What happens to these identities It s as if you re wearing all these different masks with different angles on them How do you reconcile all of this Unfortunately as I ve mentioned we live in a world of specialization So we re forced to slice and dice and pick and choose This does a big disservice to just the rich tapestry of all identities and capabilities There is power in wholeness When you choose to live with full integrity this means you reconnect with everything that defines you In other words integrity means you connect the potential with what is manifesting you reconcile what you desire with what you are producing

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This requires introspection and a whole lot of honesty This means you reconnect with everything that defines you There s the physical you the biochemical you the emotional you the spiritual you the psychological you the cultural you the relational you I can go on and on Unfortunately a lot of us just focus on one thing and one thing alone In fact there s a lot of us who define ourselves as one dimensional human beings If you need proof of this go to a party and talk to people and the first thing out of most people s mouths is what they do for a living They would say Hi My name is Jerry I m an attorney or Hello My name is Mindy I m a doctor at the nearby hospital or My name is Albert and I work for Microsoft People tend to define themselves in a one dimensional way We always try to connect with some larger phenomena that somehow casts a shadow on our own identity For example when somebody introduces himself or herself as working for Facebook what s the first thing that comes to your mind Facebook has a brand and there s a value judgment there that s very different from somebody stepping up to you and saying Hey My name is Joe I m an executive at Starbucks In the case of Joe there are 2 things going on When he says hes an executive that brings to mind certain ideas And when they say Starbucks that also brings a whole other set of issues Unfortunately a lot of us are just focused on one thing We become one dimensional It s as if we re walking cartoons And the worst part to all of this is we don t even realize it If we re lucky we get up to 2 or even 3 of these factors in terms of us defining ourselves That doesn t even come close By restricting ourselves to the kind of identity we have we let go of a lot of our connections to the rest of the natural world This is why we suffer This is why we feel incomplete This is why we feel so susceptible to stress to changing to situations and to the vagaries of life This is why we struggle

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The first step you could take to fully detoxify yourself is to step out of the binary divisions that you have used to define reality prior to this point This is a mouthful I admit this is pretty heavy duty stuff It definitely requires a commitment It is not something that you can take lightly This is not something that you can casually screw around with It s not like you can adopt all of this instantly with a full assurance that things will be okay It takes a lot of work Just as you have been programmed throughout the years to think of yourself within the universe in a certain way it takes some time and consistent focus to unwind all of that programming Here are just some basic ideas to think about as you seek to detoxify yourself on more than just a physical or biochemical level Overcome the either or mindset Our modern mindset is all about division as I ve mentioned in the previous chapter This mindset is all about finding some sort of primacy over one aspect at the expense of others It s the whole idea of the male over the female the rational over the intuitive black over white science over faith The problem with this is that it s all about one thing over another There s little space for a gray area There s little space for intuition hunches nuance While there s a lot to be

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said for the focus division and separation brings a lot is also lost especially when a lot of our basic needs have already been taken care of A sense of lack in a time of plenty One thing that always blows my mind is the prevalence of loneliness isolation and desperation in parts of the world that can be truly called lands of plenty Whether we re talking about Australian New Zealand Canada western Europe United States or all points in between there are many areas in this world where physical needs I m talking about having enough calories to make it from day to day have been more than taken care of It won t be an exaggeration to say that many people in these places live on the lap of luxury They have access to many things that even their ancestors would find truly amazing and stupendous But here we are with massive rates of disconnection divorce addiction perhaps even crime or self harm This is one of life s riches ironies We live in a modern world where a lot of people feel that they have so little of what truly matters Yet if they choose to look around them they are surrounded by abundance Diagnosing REAL poverty Did you know that millionaires kill themselves all the time I m not just talking about Kate Spade Anthony Bourdain Robin Williams or any other fairly well off celebrity that we ve all heard of I m talking about relatively faceless high net worth individuals who choose to pull the plug on their lives They have everything to live for But unfortunately they have nothing to live from There is no shortage of people who have 7 or even 8 figures in the bank killing themselves in many ways I m not just talking about suicide I m also talking about drug addiction That s a form of suicide There s a sickness going on We re living in polluted times A lot of this has to do with the mindset that we have And unless you are going to see this for what it is which is pollution we will continue to be blind to it unfortunately we ll continue to live with its effects It doesn t feel good to think that you re just going around in circles that you put in all this time effort and energy only to end up in the same place It would be great to feel that there is a purpose for your life and that you are actually going somewhere

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Unfortunately as the years go by and as technology evolves the more connected we become and the faster data processes our lives and our impulse the more disconnected we feel Back in the day it was weird to feel lonely in a crowd Now you can see street scenes all over the place of people looking at their mobile devices all at once They re all connected and disconnected at the same time We re all living in our own little world But that world is disjointed private We re at the same time collaborating through all this technology while at the same time stewing in our own personal mental prisons A lot of this can be traced to the fact that we have let certain pollutants get the better of us

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What pollutants hold you back and drag you down What pollutants do you need to detoxify yourself of This is where things get a little tricky because it s very easy to define pollutant in terms of biochemistry Heavy metals are pollutants Mercury is a nasty pollutant Excess carbon dioxide in the air as well as methane are well known pollutants It s very easy to think of pollutants in strictly physical or biochemical terms Either we insist that we see it like in the form of sludge oil spills or chemical contamination or detect it in some way or other like in the form of escaping gas But even if we were to define pollutants in these rather broad terms they don t go far enough You see pollutants take many forms And until and unless we can open our minds to the definition of these pollutants in terms of a wholistic perspective we sell our self short We unnecessarily restrict the problem and it should come as no surprise that our solutions also come up short What follows is a wholistic definition of pollutants Until and unless you can wrap your mind around these the real solution won t come You ll still feel stuck You ll still feel that somethings missing in your life You ll still have a tough time making sense of things because you constantly find yourself comparing yourself to others

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You have to have a more expansive view of pollutants so you can go through a truly effective detox program Limiting beliefs Limiting beliefs have done more harm for people than any kind of chemical or physical substance Think about it If you can see a sign that says Biohazard or you see a radiation warning sign or some sort of chemical spill danger sign you d back off It s pretty straight forward After all these are physical pollutants Not so with limiting beliefs In fact a lot of people think that their limiting beliefs are part of who they are I can t even begin to tell you how many people I ve come across who are extremely negative caustic and toxic When I talk to these individuals they basically tell me This is who I am This is all I could be I was born this way This is a problem Unlike physical pollutants which you can easily see or physically detect through your 5 senses mental and spiritual pollutants are more pernicious They cling to you Kind of like a bad case of BO And just like BO the longer you have it the less you smell it Your limiting beliefs sooner or later define you Remember your limiting beliefs is your personal filter for reality It s like a pair of glasses you put on when you look at everything around you Of course depending on the color of your lenses the appearance of your world can dramatically change Before you know it you assume that the world really looks like this But it turns out that you can change those lenses What makes limiting belief so dangerous So what We all have these attitude sunglasses Isn t one just as valid as another Isn t that part of the diversity of life What s the big deal about limiting beliefs Well limiting beliefs are dangerous precisely because they trick you into thinking that they come from you You are under the impression that your limiting belief is just restricted to you that it s part of who you are that it s the product of you living your life We make all sorts of grand justifications and explanations about our limiting beliefs It s kind of like being bound in handcuffs and you spend a lot of time decorating your handcuffs Maybe you d be better off realizing that you re wearing handcuffs no matter how beautiful those handcuffs are Maybe the better approach would be to think about how to take off those handcuffs

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But unfortunately we reach our point with our limiting beliefs that we believe they re part of our identity and we simply can not let go of them In fact some people take this to the next level and say they will die without these beliefs They draw neat tidy lines of limitation around their complete life Who they can be the things they can do the people they can hang out with and what their future could look like The reality behind limiting beliefs What if I told you that your limiting beliefs are chosen You don t have to keep saying to yourself that you are dumb or you don t have what it takes or that you have no money You don t have to keep saying to yourself that you re unlucky or that you re ugly or too old to get married Just as you are able to choose them in the first place you can choose to let them go At first you took on a limiting belief casually You kind of picked it up as you were moving along But the more you lived your life and the more you believed in that belief and the more you chose it to filter your reality of the outside world the stronger it became It became harder and harder to let go Celebrate your power of choice The key to detoxifying yourself from limiting beliefs and other forms of spiritual pollution is to rediscover your power of choice I know you re going to have a tough time taking this in But you have a choice You may think that you re a victim You may think that your life is already set You may think that there s really not much you can do about your life You re definitely welcome to think these things But they are not reality You have to understand that victims cannot choose Life simply inflicts oppression on them They have no choice in the matter I m happy to report that you are never a victim You can always choose Even if somebody s inflicting harm on you you can choose how to respond If and only if you accept this fact then you will be on your way to becoming a victor You know what a victor is It is somebody who makes things happen instead of somebody who constantly asks in desperation and helplessness What happened The good news is you can detoxify yourself from limiting beliefs and other spiritual pollutants But you must take the first necessary step

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You must first realize that you chose your life and you can choose another kind of life

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Are you a victim You can be completely honest I know that in our society it s not exactly a good thing when people come out and say that they feel like they re victims But if you want to fully detoxify from all the pollutants in your life you have to come clean You have to be authentic and true to yourself If none of this makes sense ask yourself the following questions If you answer yes to at least 2 of these then chances are high that you are a victim or at least you consider yourself one Do you think you re entitled to life being fair Does it seem like everybody misunderstands you Does it seem like no matter how hard you try things just don t work out because you re unlucky Does it seem like people are conspiring against you or just don t like you Does it appear that you don t have the skills you need to get ahead Are other people to blame for your childhood Are other people to blame because you re not happy today Is your boss holding you down by paying you less than you are worth Do people in your relationships have a tough time discovering the real you If at least 2 of these questions ring true to you or apply to you chances are you are a victim or you think you are a victim Claim your victim status

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It s very hard to solve a problem if you believe you don t have one For example it s very hard to get an alcoholic to stop drinking if they don t think they re an alcoholic If they have no problems with how much they drink and what they drink then they re not going to get any better There s no problem to solve The same analysis applies to your self victimization If you think you re like a victim then now is the time to get to that moment of truth You have to be clear with yourself This means you have to be completely honest with yourself At this point you may be working with the assumption that you are some sort of victim Ask yourself Am I really a victim or am I just acting like one Do I think like one Do I understand the world like a victim Please understand that this is not blame finding I m not trying to make you feel bad about yourself or put you on the spot But until and unless you can accept the fact that you ve been playing the victim game or whipping out the victim card at every opportunity things are not going to change Your life is definitely not going to change if you keep this up Own up to this Is this what you re doing Do you see yourself as some sort of victim Do you always see yourself as the underdog Do you see yourself as the person that things are happening to instead of the person who is actively making things happen You have to be completely clear here because if there s any kind of victimization you have to look at it straight in the eye and accept that this is happening If you are in any kind of state of denial progress is impossible How can there be progress when you deny that there s even a problem in the first place You won t be able to fix what you need to fix Detox step 1 Stop blaming other people in situations beyond your control When you blame other people you re actually handing power over your life to those people Think about that This logically makes sense Since you say that they caused your problem then this automatically means they will have the solution You ve spent all this time blaming other people and unwittingly took all the power to change your circumstances from your hands and placed it in theirs Obviously this is not empowering This is not helping things This is only going to make your life worse and worse

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Sure it feels good because you have some sort of emotional release Who doesn t feel good when the weight of responsibility is lifted off their shoulders When you feel like you re a victim you don t have to change Other people have to change Doesn t that feel good But the problem is you pay a very big price for that sense of emotional release or even your sense of vindication That sense of vindication you feel when you blame other people like your father abusing you or your mother making you feel like garbage comes at a very high price because you rob yourself of the power to make something out of yourself Of course most people don t phrase things this way But in operational terms psychologically this is the effect Here s the truth The people you re constantly blaming They re gone Seriously They re living their lives Maybe they have new families Perhaps they ve moved on as traumatic as that experience may have been for both of you They re not in any way shape or form feeling your anger hate and resentment The only person taking the brunt of all that emotional damage is you Stop beating yourself up Stop rehearsing that very painful image of a traumatic past Nobody s being helped by this Take ownership today Take ownership of your life I know this is easier said than done But you have to do it Not your father who was emotionally absents not your mother who may have been domineered not your ex boyfriend who may have screwed with your head not your girlfriend who may have betrayed you but you Say to yourself Yes I ve lived my life as a victim For all this time I ve blamed other people Now I m going to stop blaming others Instead I m going to say it s my fault It s my responsibility I own this You have to make yourself say these and you have to mean it Until you are able to say that you totally own your life and you made everything in it happen or you ve let it happen nothings going to change Please understand that everything that happens to your life was either chosen by you or you let it happen Why Because you could always control how you respond As you read this book a bolt of lighting might hit you Obviously you didn t cause it But I can guarantee you that you have total control about how you respond to that unfortunate circumstance Retake that sense of ownership you have over your life because that power to choose is the only real power you have

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Here s the good news The power to choose is the fountain head of all possibility in your life Reclaim that power and you can turn your life around Unless it hurts it s not real Quick warning it s very easy to just go through some sort of intellectual laundry list of the things that you should own up to Everything that I ve said prior to this point is very easy to intellectually compartmentalize and treat like some sort of academic information Many people do a good job of lying to themselves because they just go down the list of all their screw ups At the end of the day it doesn t change them They intellectually accept these But they don t develop a sense of emotional urgency In other words it doesn t cut close to home Deep down inside on an emotional level there s still this hermetically sealed compartment in their mind about who truly is at fault You can say to yourself that you allowed your father to harm you You could say to yourself that you have allowed your mother run your life and make you feel miserable You can repeat that in your head like a mantra But the problem is until it reaches on a deep and emotional level where you completely own it nothing will change There are so many people out there who have gone through psychiatric counseling who know their issues But they refuse to change because whatever revelations that they have come across remain lists in their head These truths must burn How bad You have to make a fool out of yourself You have to feel that you have let yourself down You have to feel that you ve really screwed yourself over In other words you have to stop running away from the impact of these emotions Put simply you have to do things that you have been fearing for all this time The good news is once it hurts then you know that this laundry list of realizations is true If it doesn t hurt or it seems so glib or inconvenient then you re just playing mind games with yourself You re just wasting your time There s absolutely no detoxification happening

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Do an audit of all your beliefs and take ownership of them Human lives are made up of beliefs Our beliefs are not just these mental clouds that float through our minds with no effect They re not just conversational notions that we talk about from time to time with absolutely no impact on our daily waking lives No Our beliefs define our lives They are the cement that holds our lives together Everything about you from the way you wear your hair your choice of clothing the way you talk even the condition of your skin are all products of what you choose to believe about yourself deep down inside If you believe that you re a certain type of person then this means that you believe that you are capable of certain things and not others Don t think that these beliefs just stay in your head They have an impact on what you choose to think about how you interpret reality the things you choose to perceive or even remember and what you feel about your interpretations of reality In other words they have a real impact on how you process reality This manifests in the things that you say the things you feel and the things that you do In other words they impact your choices List these beliefs out Please understand that it doesn t matter whether they re good or bad This is no time to be judging them Just list down all your beliefs Do a mental purge Write down the first thing that comes to mind and keep writing until you run out of ideas Take your time

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Work from where you are It s very easy to say that you should let go of limiting beliefs It s very easy to view your life as a simple menu with certain disagreeable items on it It is tempting to think that to improve your life you just need to cut out the disagreeable items and you can move on It doesn t work that way sadly enough Whatever garbage poison or cancer you think your life may have is simply a matter of interpretation As the old saying goes one man s garbage is another man s treasure It all depends on your point of view That traumatic experience that you think robbed you of your childhood might actually be the cathartic experience somebody else needs to become a winner in life Two completely different people who undergo the same traumatic experience often come out in two totally different ways Understand that your interpretation of your reality is encapsulated in your belief It s only as negative as your willingness to view it that way You interpret your experiences as negative and guess what happens next That s right These experiences have a negative effect on how you feel and think about things Ultimately they have an effect on how you do things There is a better way Instead of simply just cutting all these out and letting go there is a better approach Let s get real here It s almost impossible to cut out your past It s as if you can take some sort of amnesia capsule It doesn t work that way You will always have your past Those experiences happen These are facts They re not going to go away any time soon The better approach would be to rearrange your mental furniture Step 1 Reinterpret your beliefs Beliefs don t come out of nowhere There are certain facts in your background or in your life and certain experiences that support those beliefs It s as if they give oxygen to those beliefs and these facts maintain your beliefs Indeed these facts even make them grow What if you can take whatever sustains your beliefs and interpret those facts differently Instead of your belief grinding you down and making you feel like garbage reinterpret these facts so they empower you and make you feel that life is possible once again Choose to look at these facts from totally different perspectives and choose to believe that you don t have to live your life living in some sort of tightly defined neat little box

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Step 2 Detoxify your belief interpretation system Please remember that beliefs don t come out of nowhere They are being sustained by external experiences These are called facts To pretend otherwise is to basically set yourself up for a massive let down Whatever progress you achieve would be short lived Sooner or later your old habitual patterns will come back and you end up where you started That s a dead end Don t even try For this detox step to work you have to detoxify the way you interpret your personal reality Ask yourself is this the only way to interpret these facts Is this the only reading Or is there something more neutral or better yet something more positive Follow these steps to detoxify your mindset Ask yourself the following questions What am I really perceiving When you ask yourself this question you force yourself to be more objective This means that you look at things both at face value and also in terms of alternatives Next ask yourself What do I normally assume about the things that I experience When you do this you re basically asking yourself Is there any other way to interpret the things that I am perceiving aside from my habitual interpretations or responses You re giving yourself an out You re giving yourself and alternative Look for a neutral interpretation or if you can do it a positive read on the objective stimuli that you are observing from the real world Identify an empowering interpretation and repeat it at every opportunity Practice makes perfect It s very hard for many people to adopt a new habit precisely because they feel they don t have time The way you think about the world and your place in it form a big part of your mental habits A key part of mental detox is to let go of this through the repetition of a more empowering interpretation The moment an image of your abusive father comes to mind you can always try to override it by saying Well my father was always working When he came home he was dead tired He didn t have time to screw around with kids who did not appreciate him

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Try to put yourself in the shoes of your mother who you felt throughout all this time was domineering and controlling Is there any other possible explanation why she behaved the way she did Put yourself in the shoes of your ex girlfriend who stabbed you in the back by sleeping with your best friend Is there a possible justification for that I know that none of this is easy because a lot of this involves facts that you may have been trying to run away from for so long But until and unless you confront them and most importantly look at alternative readings based out of compassion or empathy nothings going to change Your old mental interpretation of these triggers will keep feeding into your mental habits Repeat it until it sets in Repeat your new interpretation until it sets in Keep repeating it until it becomes habitual How do you know it s habitual When it becomes your automatic response That mental image flashes for example your father leaving your family and then the new interpretation comes in When you can see daylight between how you reacted in the past which is anger resentment and self blame to something more positive then you re not trying hard enough Keep repeating it until you see that distinction This kind of thing is not going to happen over night But the good news is that it does assume some form of momentum Eventually you start displacing your old mindset

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A lot of people struggle in life because they are so obsess about figuring out what to do when to do it and who to do it with They obsess about these questions so much and for so long that they ve lost sight of the most important question Believe it or not there is a question that transcends all of these The most important question is was and always will be Why Think about it If you don t know why you re here then all the technical knowledge in the world won t do you any good You ll still feel empty directionless and purposeless It will all seem at a certain stand point empty shallow and pointless It often takes just one bad day for all of this to come crashing down around you It is no surprise that a lot of people feel lonely in a crowd It is not all that shocking to discover that a lot of people feel depressed They deal with these issues in varying shades of socially acceptable ways In our society it s socially acceptable to cheat on your partner when you feel a deep and profound personal existential loneliness You fill this hole in your soul with sex and you confuse physical intimacy with spiritual intimacy and fulfillment The same goes with drinking and to a certain degree drugs But let s get real here they re all coping mechanisms Few and far between are the people who see this issue for what it is All these are a reflection of a spiritual lack Due to spiritual pollution we have lost our sense of purpose

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Spiritual detox Identify your purpose I know this sounds shocking But everybody s got purpose That s right You ve been put on this planet for a reason You re not just a random collection of cells You re not just a cluster of tissue There is something to you that is intrinsically important I know you feel small I know you feel voiceless powerless inconsequential But the truth is you have a purpose The problem is most people refuse to own up to this The truth is we all have a sense of purpose Maybe sex is your sense of purpose Maybe drugs gives you purpose Maybe making more money is your purpose But the fact that you are acting and setting goals and planning based on something you can not see right now means that you are capable of living in a purposeful way It may not be the right one It may not even be optimal It may even lead to dead ends and further frustration and depression Still there is that power to operate from a sense of purpose Ask yourself this question What is my purpose right here right now Is it sex Money Drugs People s validation Living up to your parent s expectations Trying to impress other people What is it Now for the key question Ask yourself this key question Now that I have a clear idea of the laundry list of purposes that I ve given myself does it make sense to me I want you to wrap your mind around this question and think about this deeply You know what s operating You know what s animating it You have to be completely honest about it But now you have to ask yourself Does it serve my purpose How do you know this What kind of map or compass do you need Well it s very simple You just have to ask a follow up question Do these purposes lead to the life that I want for myself and my family If your purpose is drugs does it lead to the life that you want for you and the ones you love If your purpose is sex does it lead to those things Be completely honest with yourself Let me cut straight to the chase If you re reading this book with any kind of honesty the obvious answer is no

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You re not happy You re feeling stuck at some level or other You feel like a liar a hypocrite You feel defective flawed Now we re making progress Now you realize that something is missing Identifying spiritual pollutants What are the spiritual toxins weighing you down Do you constantly compare yourself to other people Do you open Facebook and look at the timelines of your friends and compare your life to theirs Do you feed your mind with all sorts of junk like celebrity gossip and political drama Do you check out your Twitter feed with a sense of envy or dread in mind Do you feel left behind when you look at other people s lives in social media Do they seem so much richer prettier and more alive than you Does it seem like everybody else has a tremendous amount of freedom while you are feeling stuck frustrated and desperate Do you constantly compare what s missing in your life with other people s brightest and happiest moments Do you find it hard to listen to people sharing pain in their lives without constantly butting in and sharing how you have suffered too If any of these questions resonate with you please understand that they are symptoms of spiritual pollution You are suffering from them precisely because you feed yourself spiritual poison Identify your personal list of spiritual toxins Any kind of detoxification must begin with the toxins you re trying to get out of your system The same applies to spiritual detox Here s the problem I can t help you all that much in this area Why Everybody s list of spiritual toxins is different Some people are driven by sex power and prestige Others are driven by social approval and living up to certain standards set by others around them Others are driven by fear pride stubbornness There s really no one size fits all solution here So I m not even going to try We re all different people from all different backgrounds with all sorts of different experiences I can go on and on about the things that separate us Unfortunately these areas of separation and distinction play a big role in how out spiritual toxins are shaked and positioned in our lives

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What I can suggest to you I can however suggest to you that you reach deep down inside and ask yourself what your spiritual toxins are Sometimes you have to ask a question in many different ways to get to the truth If you ve ever gone to a police interrogation or you watched detective movies you would notice that they would ask basically the same question intended to get the same answer in many different ways They do that for 2 reasons First they know that people are often confused They mean to say something but they really can t quite say it in the right way So they have to chip away at the different ways of phrasing something until they re clear that you actually mean certain things The other reason is more obvious They re looking for inconsistencies In other words they re looking for lies and deception You should do the same with yourself Ask yourself the same essential question but in many different ways Here are some suggested questions Ultimately they re all about identifying your spiritual toxins Ask the following What makes me stubborn What makes me cling to an idea because of personal pride What makes me afraid What makes me feel small and limited What makes me feel unloved What do I have a tough time forgiving Believe it or not we hang on to a lot of these things I know it sounds counter intuitive I mean after all who wants to hang on to a brutal memory of a father that used to beat you all the time Who wants to hang on to that image of your father slapping your mother around Who wants that But the problem is it s like a train wreck You know you shouldn t look at it But you can t turn away You can t look away even if you tried It doesn t take a rocket scientist or a brain surgeon to figure out that none of this is doing us any favors They suck our spiritual life and instead of living life with a tremendous amount of adventure possibility purpose and curiosity we retreat to the tried and proven We shrink back to the familiar It s very lonely in the shadows So come up with your list Deep down inside you already know the answer Step 3 Let go of your spiritual pollutants

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If your Facebook feed is causing you to continue thinking in a certain way that makes you feel small spiteful or vindictive you might want to sit up and pay attention Please understand that what you re feeling has nothing to do with your friend in New Zealand Great Britain or in the tropics Instead it has everything to do with you Whatever negativity you are feeling comes from you You are just reading into that stimuli It could be somebody else It could be somebody living in Iceland or Green Land and you will find something to be envious about because it reflects what you feel is missing in your life Similarly if the people you hang out with tend to bring out the gossip in you or tend to bring out the critique or hater you might want to open your eyes to this reality If the kind of books and music you consume always makes you wish that you were somebody else living a better life doing better things with your time you might want to think twice I want you to come up with a long laundry list of the things that you normally do that trigger negative mindsets or things that don t spiritually sit well with you Step 4 Turn your back on spiritual junk food I ve got some great news spiritual detox does not involve cold turkey If you ve ever struggled with trying to quit smoking you know exactly what I m talking about Let s get real here It would be impossible for most people to quit the first time they tried I m not saying that cold turkey doesn t work It does It worked for me But you have to try again and again When it comes to spiritual junk food or toxins the better approach is to incrementally or in a step by step way pull back from the things that normally trigger you and make you feel small petty and resentful Do you spend a lot of time checking other people s photos on Instagram and imagining yourself living their lives You might want to cut back on that Do you spend a lot of time comparing yourself to your friend s travel photos on Facebook or Flickr you might want to give that a break Please understand that you shouldn t go through a complete break where you let go of these immediately I m telling you if you try to do that it s just not going to happen Instead gradually realize that you re doing these things Be aware of what you re doing You re not making the envy resentment and frustration go away Instead you re feeding it And the more you realize that and the clearer

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everything becomes you will find the strength to do what you need to do This is how you feel empowered The bottom line is you have to realize and say to yourself When I do these things it brings out the worst in me Get your moment of truth Everybody who s ever gone through a life changing episode goes through a moment of truth It is that time when the alcoholic wakes up in a pile of vomit at the bottom of a public toilet It is that time when a drug addict wakes up in an ambulance on the way to the emergency room It is that time when an unfaithful girlfriend has a gun drawn to her face by the partner of the guy she s messing with Everybody s got a moment of truth Imagine what your moment of truth would be like if you continue to suck up all that spiritual pollution The good news it shouldn t take much imagination After all you re reading this book because you re unhappy You re reading this book because at some point in your life you re feeling stuck Get your sense of urgency Now that you have blown up the emotional pain fear that sense of loss and regret of what you re doing in your life use these to push you to make the necessary changes Use them to push you to look at your life differently and the things that you choose to entertain yourself with the people who you hang out with the beliefs that you keep playing in the back of your head get that push because nobody s going to push you Everybody will always try to kiss your ass In this context friends are the worst Why They try to comfort you That s their instinct That s what friends are for right But the problem is you don t need a friend right now Instead you need somebody to tell you the truth and nothing but the truth You need somebody who would light the fire underneath your feet so you can get moving Otherwise it s too easy to just fall for reassurance because after all there will be another day right The problem with tomorrow and getting things done tomorrow is that tomorrow never comes You have to do it now

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I ve focused on the most important stuff Have you noticed that up to this point I haven t talked about physical detox It s because physical detox is the least of your worries The physical issues that you may have the financial problems that you are struggling with the sexual issues that you may be grappling with all of these are just icing on the cake This is the tip of the iceberg I m focused on what really matters which is your mental emotional and spiritual state Fix those and the tip of the iceberg changes dramatically Fix what s inside and the outside will take care of itself Whatever it is you re struggling and whatever bad habits you may have are just all emanations and manifestations of things going on deep down inside and this is why this detox system works from the inside out I m not saying that I will completely disregard the need for physical detox but it s just one part of the equation Start with a mental detox Adopt meditation and mindfulness practices Try these three You can easily find guides on these meditation mindfulness techniques online I ve listed these three since they are the most effective for me 1 Count your breath 2 Present object observation or single object observation 3 Transcendental meditation

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Use your increased mental focus to separate your feelings from your external stimuli You don t have to get upset when your girlfriend says you re a loser You don t have to immediately feel sad when you remember your mother abandoning your family for another man You don t have to go off the deep end when that mental image of your boss verbally humiliating you in front of three hundred people flashes into your mind Learn how to separate stimuli from habitual mental interpretation through mindfulness and meditation Emotional detox Actively let go or neutralize negative emotions When you see hear or detect something that the emotionally triggers you consciously come up with an opposite reaction For example you re scrolling through your Facebook feed and you noticed that your exboyfriend now has a new girlfriend and she is a thousand times prettier than you When you detect that spark of anger resentment and hate or envy because he s moved on quickly counteract it with feeling happy for him feeling happy for her Share their joy In Buddhism depression is almost impossible because one of the skills you learn as a Buddhist is to share other people s joy Be grateful for them Practice gratitude Be grateful for what you have You may be on your deathbed in a hospital room with stage 4 cancer Be thankful that you still can breathe Be thankful that you can still have time even though it s very short Be thankful that you have one final chance to put everything together so you go out with some sense of meaning and purpose Whatever it is be thankful It s hard to find unhappy person who is also ungrateful It s almost impossible Mentally detox by being in the moment Mentally and spiritually detox by being in the moment Transcendental meditation is good for this because TM melts your thoughts You re not agonizing about things that happened in the past All that is pointless because you can t change the facts of the past The past is the past It already happened By the same token you re not beating yourself up unnecessarily about things that have yet to happen Why worry It hasn t happened yet Instead you ve trained yourself to focus on the moment There s nobody to become There s nothing to apologize for There s nothing to be There are no people to please There s no need to be validated You just are Let that sink in Tap the power of just being There s nothing to compare yourself to There s nothing to live up to There s just the present moment Let go of everything else Unleash the Power of Fasting

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When it comes to physical detox nothing beats fasting Seriously That s the bottom line Fasting Explained Fasting is essentially letting go of solid food Whether you stop eating for one day or forty days it s all about letting go of solid food That s the classic definition of fasting I suggest that you adopt a fast There are many different variations of this Different variations of physical fasting You can do the classical fast which is water only You can do the juice fast You can do the Daniel fast of the Hebrew Bible Classic fast Classic fasting simply means you drink only water However don t think that you re not eating when you are fasting You may not be eating physical food but you must eat spiritual food This is why I suggest that you adopt a meditation practice that you keep a journal and that you watch what you feed your head while you re going through a fast Feed your head inspirational things that push you to become a bigger and better person than who you think you are Feed on things that break down your ego and crush your pride Feed on things that destroy your ears and fill you with a tremendous sense of possibility These are all mental and spiritual food The great thing about fasting is that it enables you to hunger for this type of food so the sustenance that you get becomes more important than physical sustenance that preserves your bones tissues and blood The juice fast There are many different variations of juice fasts I suggest that you drink juice that is not all that sugary and satisfying It should have some taste but that s all The whole point here is not to get distracted by the syrupy goodness of your juice Instead it should have a little bit of flavor and a little bit of calories but not really all that different from water Remember when you re fasting you are aligning your physical detoxification and letting go of physical toxins in your fat cells and blood with the detoxification happening in your mind and spirit They have to line up and this is how you regain your sense of integrity and wholeness The Daniel fast

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The Daniel fast is simply letting go of the most common foods that you eat and just eating only a specific type of food The classic Daniel fast from the Hebrew Bible is eating only vegetables but you can use the keto version of the Daniel fast meaning you eat only eggs are high fat foods and zero carbs If you re looking to lose weight and also turbocharge detoxification the keto modifications of the Daniel fast can do wonders Time your fast right If you are doing any kind of fast that involves ingesting calories I am of course talking about the juice fast or the Daniel fast time your ingestion properly One way to boost the effects that you get from holistic detoxification is to ingest calories only once a day It s going to be very hard at first but when it kicks it s a beautiful thing because the discipline that you pick you up while you are fasting and going through detox will help you for the rest of your life You become a more disciplined and focused person Keep repeating your detox schedule If you re able to pull off a one day or two day detox keep repeating it Practiced makes perfect Repetition ensures that whatever insights and whatever freedom you have achieved will eventually start to kick in Eventually it will become permanent The key is to keep going through this fasting and detox process Scale up when it becomes comfortable Once you think that things have gotten easy regarding the type of fasting you re doing scale it up in terms of intensity or kind For example you started out with the Daniel fast for three days try to get to ten days then twenty one days Once you ve mastered the Daniel fast then move on to juice fast Scale that up and then go to a classic fast There s always room for improvement

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If you are weighed down frustrated or feeling stuck please understand that it s all an illusion You re feeling stuck because you think you re stuck You re feeling powerless because you imagine yourself to be lacking power Do yourself a big favor and start making new choices and the best choice that you can make is to detoxify your mind spirit and body Follow the tips outlined in this book and scale up conscientiously and you d be surprised as to how far you can go You d be surprised as to how capable you truly are as a human being