Wealth Without Wallstreet: A different Approach in Investing

I have read so many books that talks about how to manage your finances the right way.. Books like Robert Kiyosaki’s Rich Dad Poor Dad,  Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People,  Napoleon Hill’s Think and Grow Rich and other strategic insights/guides/how-to’s  that strongly suggests changing one’s attitude to  obtain your goals and become successful.. These books have similar ideas which focuses about positivity and getting out of your comfort zone. Although these books have inspired me to be goal driven and keep continuing to learn new skills,, I haven’t encountered a book that talks about investing  in a different approach. I mostly hear these multi-millionaire experts often suggests to invests your hard-earned moolah  on stocks and bonds (which makes a lot of sense but can be a risk)  until I read this book  Wealth Without Wallstreet by Robert San Luis,-an author and successful investor  and sought after real estate investment expert with a passion for leading driven individuals to achieving their dream of financial freedom.  I was invited to attend Mr Robert San Luis’ book launch at Fully Booked and I am so ecstatic to learn a few insights from this humble man.

Photos from Tin Gonzaga of Today Online.

I like his strategic ways when it comes to investing. He says that your success depends on the quality of information you receive and speed and ability with which you act on the information. Most people just plan and plan and plan without the full execution. I myself am guilty of this. Most Filipinos often settle for what they already have. A decent job with an acceptable salary (acceptable meaning as long as it provides food on the table, being able to buy our everyday necessities and such), being content with their achievements and never bothering to continue learning new skills, just because they think they have fully achieved what they desire and having the wrong concept of SUCCESS.

Robert’s Success Formula:

Quality Information +  Ability to Act + Speed of Action + Success

I can say I have been practicing this formula although not much when it comes to quality information. I have to admit that I need to allot more time when it comes to doing research in order to get all the information I want for my plans and goals. Sometimes, I resort to what I already know not even trying to dig a little deeper coz more often than not, there are still things that I need to learn not just settling for basic facts that I have gathered. I may need to adapt the skill of being thorough and keenness to details. My ability to act towards certain situation can be really fast but not armed enough to accomplish the necessary targets. So what i”m  going to do, starting from hereon, is that I’ll feed my braiin with as much information as i can gather from the interesting people I meet everyday,  Internet  books and other reading materials., I won’t be lazy this time.

I’m not the type to always think ahead. I have adapted  Eckart Tolle’s philosophy of “Live in the Now”.  I never thought about retirement, or if I’ll be financially stable when I reach the sexagenarian stage. My main motivation always comes from whatever is happening in the present moment. For me, thinking too much of the future only weakens my ability to be more focused in achieving my goals. Why? because planning too much can trigger stress hormones thus making you more anxious and I believe it affects  your thought process (well at least for me).

So, in order to make this book more useful to me is that I will take note of some factors and key points that Robert shared to us.. Learning how we can stop working and retire sooner with passive income, how to invest wisely  other than bonds and mutual funds. and how to make smarter financial decisions so I can have the retirement lifestyle I desire.

If you are like me who’s fueled with ambition at the moment, grab this book at Fully Booked and National Bookstore. This only costs 299 pesos.

You may also check out Robert San Lusi website

http://www.robertsanluis.com

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How to Cure a Chakra Imbalance

The big question is that why do I always end up taking great risks in order to find TRUE HAPPINESS and not bothering to be concerned about the outcome.

It seems like I’m always finding myself in these situations where I search, dig and explore for that one thing but I’ve got no idea what that thing is. I’m a blind nomad finding myself a permanent home (at least that’s how it felt all through the years). The funny thing is, I can’t control this chakra imbalance (I don’t call it depression. It sounds like a deadly word to me so I guess this term is more positive sounding.)
These whirlwind of emotions that stubbornly sits inside my being can be very destructive if I don’t treat them as soon as possible. Good thing is that I have a guru in India (I met her through a friend who practice TM) who I can always reach through Skype or email and ask for help. She’s my personal Psychiatrist and has always been very supportive and helpful.
She asked me what I have been doing these past few months. My activities, my current job, what’s going on in my family. I laid it all out to her so she can analyze everything using Pyschoanalysis and Hypnosis. Here’s how she came up with  solutions to cure my chakra imbalance.

A few of which I am willing to share are these:

  1. Increased meditation time (I only meditate for 15 minutes lately so she said to increase it for an hour if possible.)
  2. Read more positive self help books.
  3. Spend less time in social media and only log in to these platforms if it’s necessary, like if I have to advertise something in relation to my blogging activities. She also said not to read the news feed too much because it can trigger something negative in our brain neurons and can cause a big pull to our positivity levels causing it to drop.
  4. Nourish the soul at least once a week (what she meant by this is to pray or talk to our Higher Being.)
  5. Spend time with nature.
  6. Reunite with your yoga mat (a few Hatha yoga exercises can help strengthen our root chakra. )
  7. Look for a job that you enjoy.

I also admitted to her that I have been eating meat since the last time I seek for her advise. She says that I shouldn’t worry too much about going back to being vegetarian. I can do this gradually, just like what I did three years ago.

I feel so much better after talking to her that I felt a momentary calm.  It gave me another reason to be inspired all over again. Sometimes, all it takes is to find someone in your wavelength who you can always  talk to.

Carrying that spark of inspiration with me,  I browsed my shelves for a good book to read and I came up with a book by Irving Jacobsen called “The Power of your Mind”

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The book tells us about how our brain is a big sleeping giant that we can always awaken. We can make the big breakthrough in expanding  our mental powers by activating the sleeping portions of our mind with the help of a few techniques like:

  • How to increase mind control
  • Learning the Introspective Analysis Take-off
  • Learning Thought Exchange
  • Conquering Thought Traps
  • Workshop for proper reasoning.
  • What we can do to attain better Insight

I swear that from now on, I will always carry  a notebook with me and jot down all thoughts that swims in my mind. If ever I’m confused with something or If I’m having trouble with decision making, it helps to practice Thought Analysis by listing all the pros and cons of each decision. You may narrow it down to 2 decisions at first so it won’t be confusing (that is if you have multiple decisions nagging at your brain) then follow the one that can give you more benefit.and success and happiness rather than temporary happiness mixed with failure.

It also helps learning how to strengthen your 7 chakras. You’ll be surprised how magical it can be to your being. This book gave me a whole new knowledge about how our mind works. The powerful techniques here requires great effort, willpower. and consistency. Solutions to each problem may vary to individuals, depending on their background, beliefs, principles, personalities and training.  I hope somehow, I gave you a better understanding of how we can deal with the ups and downs of life. So my tip for you is, next time you feel crappy, just think that you are only having what we call a Chakra Imbalance, never ever call it depression. It always helps to turn a negative term into a more positive one. Like what I  saw on a post through Instagram.

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Makes  a lot of sense right?

The Manila International Book Fair 2016

One of my cheap thrills? Hoarding books. It’s like looking at a shelf of desserts all lined up before my very eyes causing my mouth to water. I have this habit of buying books on impulse  and they all end up sitting on the bookshelves waiting to be read.

It’s a guilty pleasure.  I was dizzy with happiness. All sorts of books are available for you to splurge in!

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I actually came in as a writer for Light Network. All sorts of books are being sold from graphic novels, reference books, fiction and non fiction,  books about business, law and all genres you can think of.

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To know more about MIBF and their events, visit their website here

How to Cure a Chakra Imbalance

The big question is that why do I always end up taking great risks in order to find TRUE HAPPINESS and not bothering to be concerned about the outcome.

It seems like I’m always finding myself in these situations where I search, dig and explore for that one thing but I’ve got no idea what that thing is. I’m a blind nomad finding myself a permanent home (at least that’s how it felt all through the years). The funny thing is, I can’t control this chakra imbalance (I don’t call it depression. It sounds like a deadly word to me so I guess this term is more positive sounding.)
These whirlwind of emotions that stubbornly sits inside my being can be very destructive if I don’t treat them as soon as possible. Good thing is that I have a guru in India (I met her through a friend who practice TM) who I can always reach through Skype or email and ask for help. She’s my personal Psychiatrist and has always been very supportive and helpful.
She asked me what I have been doing these past few months. My activities, my current job, what’s going on in my family. I laid it all out to her so she can analyze everything using Pyschoanalysis and Hypnosis.Here’s how she came up with  solutions to cure my chakra imbalance.

 

A few of which I am willing to share are these:

  1. Increased meditation time (I only meditate for 15 minutes lately so she said to increase it for an hour if possible.)
  2. Read more positive self help books.
  3. Spend less time in social media and only log in to these platforms if it’s necessary, like if I have to advertise something in relation to my blogging activities. She also said not to read the newsfeed too much because it can trigger something negative in our brain neurons and can cause a big pull to our positivity levels causing it to drop.
  4. Nourish the soul at least once a week (what she meant by this is to pray or talk to our Higher Being.)
  5. Spend time with nature.
  6. Reunite with your yoga mat (a few Hatha yoga exercises can help strengthen our root chakra. )
  7. Look for a job that you enjoy.

I also admitted to her that I have been eating meat since the last time I seek for her advise. She says that I shouldn’t worry too much about going back to being vegetarian. I can do this gradually, just like what I did three years ago.

I feel so much better after talking to her that I felt a momentary calm.  It gave me another reason to be inspired all over again. Sometimes, all it takes is to find someone in your wavelength who you can always  talk to.

Carrying that spark of inspiration with me,  I browsed my shelves for a good book to read and I came up with a book by Irving Jacobsen called “The Power of your Mind”

The Power of your Mind

 

The book tells us about how our brain is a big sleeping giant that we can always awaken. We can make the big breakthrough in expanding  our mental powers by activating the sleeping portions of our mind with the help of a few techniques like:

  • How to increase mind control
  • Learning the Introspective Analysis Take-off
  • Learning Thought Exchange
  • Conquering Thought Traps
  • Workshop for proper reasoning.
  • What we can do to attain better Insight

I swear that from now on, I will always carry  a notebook with me and jot down all thoughts that swims in my mind. If ever I’m confused with something or If I’m having trouble with decision making, it helps to practice Thought Analysis by listing all the pros and cons of each decision. You may narrow it down to 2 decisions at first so it won’t be confusing (that is if you have multiple decisions nagging at your brain) then follow the one that can give you more benefit.and success and happiness rather than temporary happiness mixed with failure.

It also helps learning how to strengthen your 7 chakras. You’ll be surprised how magical it can be to your being. This book gave me a whole new knowledge about how our mind works. The powerful techniques here requires great effort, willpower. and consistency. Solutions to each problem may vary to individuals, depending on their background, beliefs, principles, personalities and training.  I hope somehow, I gave you a better understanding of how we can deal with the ups and downs of life. So my tip for you is, next time you feel crappy, just think that you are only having what we call a Chakra Imbalance, never ever call it depression. It always helps to turn a negative term into a more positive one. Like what I  saw on a post through Instagram

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Makes  a lot of sense right?

 

Om Shanti.

 

A Deep and Emotional Book: South of the Border, West of the Sun by Haruki Murakami

If only I can be transported forever into the world of poignant memories, of dreams and faraway places, and somehow stay cocooned within this deep emotions that always seem to linger through silence. Haruki Murakami’s books always gives that effect on me. His novels makes me crave for solace, and with the perfect rainy atmosphere, I can always easily drift into his world and allow my thoughts to wander back into  war settings, romantic walks, first love affairs and moonlight strolls while holding hands.

South of The Border, West of the Sun

South of the Border, West of the Sun is one of my favorites next to Norwegian Wood. The heart wrenching emotional plot keeps me up till the wee hours of the morning. I am mad at Hajime for being so selfish and in love with him at the same time. There’s always something magical about first loves.That  even after 25 years, that love is still burning  I have never experienced a love like that, willing to give up his own family, wife and children, just to be with that person. I sometimes curse Shimamoto for reappearing into Hajime’s life. I always believed that men stray for a reason, and as long as you keep their eyes blindfolded from evil temptation, they would stay beside you. But if that evil temptation is very persistent and would do everything to take off that blindfold   then start getting scared.  

If you are in a relationship with a complex person, you always have to consider the risks.. You have to embrace everything,  emotional baggage and all. You would know if a person truly loves you if he accepts everything about you. Your shortcomings, your mood swings,, your selfishness, your childish rants. There’s always no rhyme or reason, you just love the person. Hajime holds that love for Shimamoto. She’s  very deep and hard to understand. Maybe because she had a bad leg and wraps herself in a protective shell and always creating a wall around her

This book moved me so much that I felt really affected by it. It’s a strong indication that he is a brilliant author that his readers are becoming so involved with his stories. He’s got the ability to be profound about facts and fantasy, always leaning towards surrealism,  Too complicated to analyze. I have learned to savor each word and sentences to truly feel the message and connect with the protagonist.

One thing I can say about this book. It is explosively brilliant.

Plot:

Growing up in the suburbs of post-war Japan, it seemed to Hajime that everyone but him had brothers and sisters. His sole companion was Shimamoto, also an only child. Together they spent long afternoons listening to her father’s record collection. But when his family moved away, the two lost touch. Now Hajime is in his thirties. After a decade of drifting he has found happiness with his loving wife and two daughters, and success running a jazz bar. Then Shimamoto reappears. She is beautiful, intense, enveloped in mystery. Hajime is catapulted into the past, putting at risk all he has in the present.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Life Before Life

So many questions that are best kept unanswered. Digging deeper for things that only 5 percent of our brain can reach are quite challenging. But then if you wonder about it, you’d often end up wanting to dwell on these things and that’s where you start doing research, reading books about the  subject, and even studying facts about it.

Life doesn’t really end. Life is continuous; a cycle that keeps repeating but with a few changes. We are so afraid of dying because we are led to believe that once we die, we can no longer exist.

image I have always known my past life  A few episodes of them sometimes appear before me just like someone letting me  watch snippets of a soap opera. Some appear in a form of deja vu and some shows up in my dreams. I have not tried doing regressions for if you really try to find yourself, be aware of your spiritual self, you can discover a lot of things about you. Things that we don’t know exists in the depths of our soul. I am talking about the spiritual way of regressing (there are some who do this with the help of a trained psychotherapists). After reading this book called Life before Life, it just strengthened my belief in reincarnation. That it’s possible to regress and go back to your past as early as when you were a fetus inside your mother’s womb. Some people who did this felt an overwhelming sense of sadness. They felt the need for that safety feeling, warmth and powerful love. Others recalled how scared they were when they first saw the new world they’re in. It’s a fact that this can be  dangerous to our psychological health. If we want to learn and discover about ourselves we should be mentally ready. I admit I’m one of those people who often meddle with these stuff. The curious cat who always gets in trouble by being so inquisitive. Past life regressions require hypnosis and this should be conducted by a professional Hypnotherapist or Psychotherapist. If you have been doing some meditation I think you may do a self hypnosis and it wouldn’t be so hard compared to people who don’t practice meditation.

How about you? Are you ready to discover who you are in your past life?

How Self Help Books can change our outlook in life.

For the past couple of months I have been thinking a lot. Thinking becomes one of my hobbies especially during the mornings. I’ve come to realize that I am more mature now compared last year.  Things like getting all wrapped up in my emotion and turning to social media just to rant have become an act of childishness. Taking a lot of selfies and flooding Instagram now makes me gag.   As you grow old, you talk less. You become one of those people who want to be regarded as someone intellectual. Someone who knows a lot about dealing with people, A person with a bright and positive outlook in life.

Sometimes, browsing through Facebook can ignite different negative emotions out of us. There’s disgust (because you saw someone you don’t like), there’s envy (because you saw a friend who just bought a new car or got promoted etc.) and there’s also jealousy (because someone posted a message in your boyfriend’s timeline and you saw that he liked the post and even commented a few sweet silly remark). These emotions are blocking good vibrations thus giving us a difficult time for the Law of Attraction to work. I learned a great deal out of Al Koran’s book “Bring out the magic in your mind” He says that by constantly listening to your subconscious, it’s easy to deal with problems and helps you make a clear decision. Learning to avoid negativism at all cost are surefire ways to have a more peaceful and better life.

I  started reading books about Self Improvement and Psychology.  It helps when you know how the mind works. if you know how to control your mind and practice keeping your emotions under control things will be different. Change is going to take place and a whole new you will materialize. The books I’m reading are owned by the previous owner of my cousin’s house who passed away some years ago. Some of the books are too old and pages are crumbling already. I think it’s destiny that I found these books and some others that are sitting now on my bookshelf.

Dale Carnegie books

Dale Carnegie

My favorite quotes from the book:

“All men have fears, but the brave put down their fears and go forward, sometimes to death, but always to victory.” 

“Criticism is dangerous, because it wounds a person’s precious pride, hurt his sense of importance and arouse resentment.” 

“Names are the sweetest and most important sound in any language.” 

“You can’t win an argument. You can’t because if you lose it, you lose it; and if you win it, you lose it.”

“The difference between appreciation and flattery? That is simple. One is sincere and the other insincere. One comes from the heart out; the other from the teeth out. One is unselfish; the other selfish. One is universally admired; the other universally condemned.”

It isn’t what you have or who you are or where you are or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about it.” 

“Don’t be afraid of enemies who attack you. Be afraid of the friends who flatter you.” 

“You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.

Public Speaking by Dale Carnegie

Dale Carnegie

In this book, Dale Carnegie teaches you how to face your fears and be confident in front of many people and speak effectively without stutters, jitters and queasy stomach. This book is one of my favorites. I am shy by nature. Talking in front of a crowd makes me nervous and sweaty. So when you feel like losing that guts you have in you that’s been sleeping for a long time, Dale Carnegie has some tips on how to stand tall and turn that squeak of a voice into a confident, booming tone that will catch everyone’s attention.

Norman Vincent Peale books

Norman Vincent Peale

Most of his teachings lean towards being positive and the practice of visualization and laws of attraction. If I feel like being negative for a second, I always read his books and ponder on some of his inspiring words.

Napoleon Hill

Napoleon Hill

I have read one of Napoleon Hill’s Think and Grow Rich book. It’s an action packed book filled with tips on how to be positive, learn visualization, Auto suggestion/affirmation, and the Law of Attraction.

Harold Sherman

Harold Sherman

Harold Sherman gives us the keys to Universal Power and how to rely on your subconscious, They say that the mind is vast and mysterious. Impossible can be possible. The mind is magical. We just need to know how to unleash it’s powers.

How do I deal with a lot of disappointments in life? How do I contain myself not getting angry at someone? Learning the art of Self Mastery is quite challenging. It’s a continuous learning. It requires practice and discipline. The answers to all these questions can be found within us. It’s just that we often fight with our own self. We’re so afraid of change because we still think of other people’s comments and opinions. Ego is the worst enemy.

Starting now, I will try to fight the demons within myself. Harness the power of my mind, learn to trust my subconscious and always meditate.

I’m recently fascinated with precognition and the ability to open one’s third eye. I want to learn and discover ESP and other mind related stuff.

Hey. I’m not weird. I’m just intellectual. Curious. Fascinated.

You judge.