300 Word Memories #10 – Will Power

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Zy Marquiez
May 19, 2017

“The only impossible journey is the one you never begin”
– Anthony Robbins

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than the ones you did do.  So throw off the bowlines.  Sail away from safe harbor.  Catch the trade wins in your sails.  Explore.  Dream.  Discover.”
– Mark Twain

Five months into the year, everyone seems to have settled in rather well.  Everyone’s going about their lives how they see fit, and going through the motions.  It’s that last part though, ‘going through the motions’, that gets me ruminating.

The first day of this year, as in the first day of every single New Year, is the day where without a shadow of a doubt most people go to the gym by far.  This is in part due to society seeing a ‘new’ year as a new opportunity to begin something anew.  This isn’t bad, per se, but the fact that many people choose to wait for the year to end in order to make changes has often seemed paradoxical to me.  Why not live every day to the fullest?  Why wait for tomorrow, when you can do something today?  Perhaps it’s because we’re accustomed to think tomorrow is always there, and thus the chance is always there.  But tomorrow at times turns into next year, and next year turns into regrets.

That said, after going to the gym for five months, anyone can begin to see the bifurcation between individuals who have the will to achieve their goals, and those that do not.  And given that going to the gym affects health, which is arguably the most important component of someone’s life, it’s regrettable that what many individuals once thought possible to achieve in health has unfortunately gone by the wayside.

Stravaging through life’s journey without purpose and determination, or with less than one is capable of, is definitely living life with a cup nigh empty.  That’s just my contention however, perhaps yours is different.  My intention is not to bedevil any individual, but to get them to ruminate upon their individual potential and to see more possibilities in their path, to get more out of life, to get more out of every moment.  After all, isn’t that what we all want?

If that is the case, and every single one of us wishes to gain more from life, why is it we sell ourselves short many a time?  Each of us will undoubtedly have a different answer, but a sagacious focus on merely exercising their mental faculties in a sound manner would leave any individual better off by.  There in, perhaps, mental obstacles are abrogated in some shape or form, and the individual is free to saunter onto the next leg of their journey to proceed towards their next goal.

The will to act must remain at the vanguard however.   Once an individual’s utmost volition is employed in its most incisive matter, bringing about change will become indelible.  This doesn’t mean there won’t be hard work involved, nor obstacles to overcome, far from it.  The facade of change cannot be overcome without considerable effort, but in the end, by repeatedly pondering on what will galvanize the individual, and following through with keen observations that are coupled with action, individuals stand to gain more than by merely ‘going through the motions’ as mentioned earlier.

Becoming inured to an autopilot mentality and maintaining less than optimal decisions certainly prevents significant change from ensuing.  That is why it is essential to remain relentlessly focused on what our goals are and what we seek to gain from life.  With precise action backing the blueprint of our better life, we then are able to see what we are truly capable of, thus beginning to notice that are potential is far higher than ever pondered upon.

From there, each of the steps builds on its own, each obstacle brings a new lesson, and each pit-stop along life’s journey brings us new adventures.  But significant change can only begin after that special juncture is reached, where that choice is made – that first step onto a new path.  These types of choices, when made from our deepest self, change us resoundingly, deeply and truly.

Not tomorrow, not next year, right now.   The first step is always the hardest, but it begins to path to the greatest growth.

Why not take it now?

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About The Author:

Zy Marquiez is an avid book reviewer, researcher, an open-minded skeptic, yogi, humanitarian, and freelance writer who studies and mirrors regularly subjects like Consciousness, Education, Creativity, The Individual, Ancient History & Ancient Civilizations, Forbidden Archaeology, Big Pharma, Alternative Health, Space, Geoengineering, Social Engineering, Propaganda, and much more.

His other blog, BreakawayConsciousnessBlog.wordpress.com features mainly his personal work, while TheBreakaway.wordpress.com serves as a media portal which mirrors vital information nigh always ignored by mainstream press, but still highly crucial to our individual understanding of various facets of the world.

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The Trailblazer

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Zy Marquiez
April 4, 2017

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.”
– Lao Tzu

Amidst the backdrop of society, there is a bifurcation taking place in many forms, and for many reasons.  Division abounds in certain areas, and quite more trenchantly than ever before.  My contention for this division is that, in part, it’s being lead by an ignorance of many issues.  This ignorance stems from the deliberate dumbing down of society that’s been taking place for nigh a century.  People weren’t always so unaware, but that matters not in this instance.  The question is: if people ARE being dumbed down, and they certainly are as recent evidence suggests, what CAN a person do about it?  It’s a sage question, and there are many answers to that.

How one answers that above question depends on what type of individual a person is.  Regardless, though, the point is that there are options out there for individuals to educate themselves.  We have begun cataloging some of these on this very blog, and will continue to do so as long as the blog runs as a service to humanity and individuals who value education.

Either way, when moving forward through life, there comes a time where the individual reaches an obstacle on a road, such as the possible instance above.  The individual, upon arriving at the fork in the road, has two choices to make.  The individual may ponder each choice at length in order to find out what suits them.  But what if neither choice suits that individual?

Perhaps there’s another option.  Perhaps, the individual, upon arriving at the fork and the road will realize that there aren’t only two options, even though it seems there’s only two options.

People that live within the box, think within the box, and breathe within the box, will only ever be able to see two paths upon the fork on the road.  Incisive individuals will see additional possibilities.

The individual trailblazer will not merely restrict themselves to what others have done before, to merely walk paths paved before them.  The individual trailblazer will seek to blaze a trail – find new paths, create new paths.  Exploring life to the fullest, living outside of the box with no concept of a box is the essence of this individual.  And their creative consciousness is how they unleash this very essence.

Only a trailblazer can create a new path from what seems strewn in obstacles.  And only you can create something so unique nobody has ever done it before.

Perhaps you are on that very path because only you can walk it.

This idea is best encapsulated in the following statement by philosopher, writer, and essayist Ralph Waldo Emerson:

“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson.

That statement is the very definition of the road less traveled, because nobody could have ever traveled it if you’re the first one blazing a trail.

Next time you arrive at a fork in the road, and there seems to be only two paths, ruminate deeply.  Are there only two paths?   Or is it only a mirage?

Perhaps, instead of turning right or turning left on the fork in the road, you notice that there is another possibility that you can create between both paths and you go straight.

Sometimes, what seems like an obstacle is merely a waypoint on your journey.  Don’t be afraid to test the waters, don’t be afraid to venture into the unknown.  The world today is what it is because of people who went beyond previously thought of limits and created nigh everything we know of today.

But to spawn resounding change we must make berth into the future, we must walk our own path.

Thought obstacles may be present, though the path may harbor darkness and you may be unable to see the path, make sure to keep your inner fire going, keep that torch going.  Don’t be afraid to use your very essence, your very goodness, your light, to cast a new road.

Always remember, a path paved in darkness can be followed by light, but a path paved in light cannot be followed by darkness.

Blaze a trail that shines forever and blazes into eternity.
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About The Author:

Zy Marquiez is an avid book reviewer, researcher, an open-minded skeptic, yogi, humanitarian, and freelance writer who studies and mirrors regularly subjects like Consciousness, Education, Creativity, The Individual, Ancient History & Ancient Civilizations, Forbidden Archaeology, Big Pharma, Alternative Health, Space, Geoengineering, Social Engineering, Propaganda, and much more.

His own personal blog is BreakawayConsciousnessBlog.wordpress.com where his personal work is shared, while TheBreakaway.wordpress.com serves as a media portal which mirrors vital information usually ignored by mainstream press, but still highly crucial to our individual understanding of various facets of the world.

300 Word Memories #6 – Convalescing

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300 Word Memories #5 – Friendship

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Zy Marquiez
March 21, 2017

Sometimes, in life, you just need to slow down, pump the breaks.

Although I personally don’t do anything I would consider ‘fast’ paced, sometimes I get so caught up in getting things done [don’t we all?] that I forget to take moments for myself.  Over time, I have learned that these moments are integral to staying fresh and keeping a great outlook on life, and also in keeping perspective of yourself and everything around you.

With experience, this perspective has taught me quite a few things about life and myself.  Regarding my life, it’s always been a point for me not to waste time, as this post here hints, and in being as efficient as possible.  That idea is great, and it does have its benefits, it’s just that sometimes we get saw caught in the tide of today that we forget about the lessons of yesterday and about the possibilities of tomorrow.  How we all get to our present moments matter, and if an individual arrives at their present moment in a full ready state, then it not only feels like a lot is getting done, but they feel like the time was worth something.

If, on the other hand, it feels that the individual was  running around the rat wheel, depleting their energy without much aim or direction, then it can feel like a giant waste of time, or perhaps that a person is selling themselves short.  That is why is crucial of knowing yourself, your boundaries, how you operate, what makes you efficient, and what doesn’t.  These ideas should be front and center in introspection.

At the moment, the one thing that’s been lacking for me this last week or so is rest.   Not a whole lot of rest, but enough that it makes a difference.  When a person misses an hour or two of sleep for nigh a week straight, it’s time to take the next turn off on the road and book a hotel.

For me, it’s not that I haven’t been getting things done, it’s just that it feels that if I continue with just one more day of anything, without putting my health first, then, I stand to have my health spiral out of control.

That has taught me that whatever you do, on a personal basis just make sure that you’re working with a full tank a gas, mentally, physically, and even spiritually, and that you’re not ill-equipped to venture into the morrow without at least a full and ready version of yourself.

Another additional issue is that if you’re lacking ample rest, you can’t just usually get one day’s of sleep and be done with it.  You need to make sure to hit the refilling station regularly and do what you can before you really end up bottoming out and issues begin multiplying like rabbits.  The last thing anyone wants is to screw up simply because you were doing too much, or trying to hard.  Irony would surely be waiting to give a raised eyebrow at that one.

But when you’re rested and prepared, and your mind is clear, then anything is possible.

Each of us has a long journey ahead of us.  Might as well carry it out with the best version of yourself possible.  Because if not, how else are we going to live life to the fullest?

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About The Author:

Zy Marquiez is an avid book reviewer, researcher, an open-minded skeptic, yogi, humanitarian, and freelance writer who studies regularly subjects like Consciousness, Education, Creativity, The Individual, Ancient History & Ancient Civilizations, Forbidden Archaeology, Big Pharma, Alternative Health, Space, Geoengineering, Social Engineering, Propaganda, and much more.

His own personal blog is BreakawayConsciousnessBlog.wordpress.com where his personal work is shared, while TheBreakaway.wordpress.com serves as a media portal which mirrors vital information usually ignored by mainstream press, but still highly crucial to our individual understanding of various facets of the world.

If I Were You

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If I Were You

If I were you I’d stay away from me
I would make berth to foreign lands
And journey thence to boundless seas

If I were you I’d be extremely careful
Since my soul’s barely now a fragment
While yours is completely whole

If I were you I would run away into tomorrow
Cashing in your life’s winnings
Before the tides of life morph us to sorrow

If I were you I’d keep the Sun near
To protect your very fragile heart
From my frigidly fierce frontier

If I were you I would purchase soul insurance
Because all I could provide is my essence
While you need more than my fragmented soul’s assurance

If I were you I’d run to Heaven from my Devil
For my life is the definition of the Road Less Traveled
And my DNA code is true Rebel

If I were you I’d learn to dance in darkness
For your heart is full of joy
But my mind is wholly heartless

If I were you I’d learn to play with fire
And build immunity to flames
For all my life’s misfires

If I were you I’d read tree leaves for hints
That heed of lurid lightning flashes
Before my thunder leaves footprints

If I were you I’d forget our passions swiftly
Before they again fuse us in ardor
And our doubts thence crush us quickly

If I were you I’d seek safety and not wonder
About what could have perhaps been
Before your soul is torn asunder

If I were you I’d heed this honest warning
Because at the end of all our choices
We would surely both be mourning

If I were you I’d run like hell straight back
For your soul deserves endless joyous wonders
But my heart merely provides a shack

If I were you I’d wake from your daring dream
For our lives would be a nightmare
The most tremulous extreme

If I were you I’d wish upon the stars
For us to stay away forever
Thence begin writing our memoirs

If I were you I would simply turn the page
Forget about everything we are
After you promptly disengage

If I were you I’d stay away from me
Because no matter what would happen
We would never both be free

By: Zy Marquiez
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Breakaway Ruminations #6 – Individual Decisions

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| BreakawayConciousness
Zy Marquiez
March 19, 2017

“A thousand fantasies…Begin to throng into my memory.”
– John Milton, Comus

Ruminating a bit about how one is able to detach from the system that wishes to harvest us for every single drop of money, energy and life, it occurred to me that before we can see the macro view of reality, and how we fit into that, we have to see where we fit into this whole grand scheme.

How do we go about doing that?

Before we answer that, we would have to know, where we come from, and where we are going, and who we ultimately are as an individual.

Who we are is highly dependent about where we come from. Our nascent stages in life help mold our virtues, and ultimately allow doors to appear by the path we choose to take.

Each door is a new opportunity, a new beginning. Some get opened, many do not. Based on which doors we opt to open, we get to continue on our path, or reroute into something else.

The path a person takes will ultimately dictate the struggles and circumstances that make a person who they are. Every single one of us has a story to tell. What is your story?

What have you gone through? Have you had any hardships that, although excruciating, made you glad you were alive? Was it an accident?   Was it the loss of someone? Was it the loss of a job? Was it a cheating death? Something else entirely?

Are you not glad that you are here now, and have overcome said obstacle? Why are you glad? Is it because you get to have your old life back? Or is it because you realize how precious life is, and you now want to push yourself to the limits?

Have you pushed yourself? Or are you still going day by day in your life? Why or why not?

Many times after facing dire circumstances, most people seep back into their daily routine, myself included, and don’t even try and chase their dreams and become something greater. However, how can we know what we are capable if we don’t even try? How can we know if we’ve never pushed ourselves beyond anything conventional?

Where would humanity’s greatest minds – Plato, Tesla, Bach, Socrates, Aristotle, Da Vinci, Galileo – be if they settled for the common life and/or followed the crowd? It would surely be an insipid world, that’s for sure.

Ever wonder what life would be without the contributions of all those before you?  Those contributions by those before us have facilitate our life in many ways.  It would be great to appreciate them because life itself could be vastly more difficult if people weren’t proactive in seeking a life of purpose, a life of meaning.

Let that sink in for a bit. Just remove one of those individuals – and all their contributions – and see how much life changes for humanity as a whole. And how did each of those individuals get started? With imagination.  Without being able to imagine a better path for themselves, optimal choices, they wouldn’t have been able to accomplish what they sought out to do.

Ponder this: when is the last time someone asked you where you are going in life? What are your goals in life?  What is meant by goals is more than just “get a job, make money, etc.”.  What’s meant is the things that really bring value to your life, the things that fuse meaning into your every day life, that bring joy to waking up.  What are those goals?  Is it to help others?  To help your family?  Something else?  And why or why not are you following those goals?

That said, let us take a side road for a moment.

Old cultures lived in harmony with the earth. They conquered issue after issue harnessing their creative power – because that’s all they had – and all without the luxuries that are given/allowed to us, and that most of us take for granted. Not everyone in the modern world has these option. Perhaps half the people on Earth truly have the ability to use most modern technology in its many forms, but we all have the ability to use our imagination to push forth into whatever we wish will suit us.

The fact that you are reading this blog is proof enough that you live in an age where information is ever present, in its many forms. The fact that you are here, now, being able to engage with other people in what is called the internet, shows the capacity for human imagination.

When growing up, nigh everyone has incredible, boundless, and inspiring aspirations. But as we grow older, due to many circumstances, it seems most people have settled for what’s been laid out for them, rather than grabbing life and taking charge and creating reality themselves. A truly wonderful one. Not the one that the mainstream media is claiming exists. But the one that makes you and only you, truly happy to not only be alive, but to push the boundaries of your life in every way shape or form.

Waking up to a world of limitless ideas – every single day – is a wonderful thing. It allows you to face life from countless angles, and be able to take whichever path you wish to follow, rather than what people think you should take.

You’ve been there, right? When someone tells you what they think you should do. Often times this comes from concern, but even then, your life is ultimately yours, and only you can know what path is best for you.

Even if you haven’t reached the point of knowing what you want to do and your destination, perhaps ruminations will help.  Or perhaps, sampling the kaleidoscope of life might offer some ideas which might resonate with your soul.  It’s hard to know without even attempting, though.  Trying is key; trying is the first step to success.

Trying, sometimes seeming like jumping into the deep end, is really the only way an individual can know what they are made of, what they are capable of.  For example, how do you know you can run 20 miles straight if you haven’t even attempted 10?  How will you know you what storms you will weather if your ship doesn’t set sail?

Only by allowing ourselves to attempt something will we ever truly arrive at our destination. And to choose a new one thenceforth.

Ruminate upon this: how many people that you know are really living their dream, truly? It’s a serious question, and one that might get askance looks or sad responses, but its worthy of such query because you will realize that most people haven’t followed their dreams for a variety of reasons. They could however overcome much of the stigma and mental hardships if they just tried. Again, how can you know if you don’t try?

If you are searching for something more, then ponder deeply about that. Spend some time bouncing questions with other inquiring folks and see where that takes you. It’s an excellent exercise, and one that nets great benefits the more time one ponders.

Ultimately, your path is your own. But for the love of everything amazing, including yourself, do not settle for good, when you know great is looming around the corner.

It only takes one thought. Just one.

Pull that blank canvas out of the mental closet. Begin to paint the world that you want – the ceaseless one that will satisfy your every dream.

That, or just go back to your daily scheduled programming.

In the end, You decide. You always decide.

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About The Author:

Zy Marquiez is an avid book reviewer, researcher, an open-minded skeptic, yogi, humanitarian, and freelance writer who studies regularly subjects like Consciousness, Education, Creativity, The Individual, Ancient History & Ancient Civilizations, Forbidden Archaeology, Big Pharma, Alternative Health, Space, Geoengineering, Social Engineering, Propaganda, and much more.

His own personal blog is BreakawayConsciousnessBlog.wordpress.com where his personal work is shared, while TheBreakaway.wordpress.com serves as a media portal which mirrors vital information usually ignored by mainstream press, but still highly crucial to our individual understanding of various facets of the world.

Book Review: The Hobbit By J.R.R. Tolkien

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Zy Marquiez
March 2, 2017

“Real books disgust the totalitarian mind because they generate uncontrollable mental growth – and it cannot be monitored.”
John Taylor Gatto, A Different Kind Of Teacher, p. 82.

“Books are not made to be believed, but to be subjected to inquiry.  When we consider a book, we musn’t ask ourselves what it says but what it means.”
– Umberto Eco, The Name Of The Rose

J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit is one of his landmark pieces, which is part of Tolkien’s legendarium.  Tolkien’s legendarium revolves around the world of Arda.

Unknown to many, The Legendarium was created by Tolkien to serve as fictional mythology about the remote past of Earth, in which Middle Earth is the main stage.

The Legendarium is composed by phenomenal fiction such as The Lord of the Rings and also The Hobbit, as previously mentioned.  But also, the Legendarium features works such as The Silmarillion, The History of the Middle-Earth, The History Of The Hobbit, and more.

Undoubtedly one of the most significant books in the 20th Century, The Hobbit takes us through the adventures of Bilbo Baggins, whose life early on echoes predictability, comfort and simplicity.

However, after an unexpected party, Bilbo’s life changes most auspiciously.  After repeatedly stating he was not interested in being privy to an adventure, Bilbo was tricked into going by his guests, the dwarves, appealing to Bilbo’s more adventurous side – his Tookish side. There in the adventure begins.

On Bilbo’s quest to the Lonely Mountain, he and his companions traverse through Rivendel, the Misty Mountains, the dark forest of Mirkwood and even Lake Town, before anchoring at the Desolation of Smaug for the apex of the story.

On the way, Bilbo and his gang run into all sorts of folks: elves, humans, eagles, wargs, orcs, and even intricate characters such as Beorn and Gollum, all of which serve to make this phenomenal fantasy into one of the most intriguing mental escapes any fictional book has ever accomplished.

Throughout the epic, Bilbo’s journey mirrors that of the readers in the time which Tolkien published the story in 1937.  Just as Bilbo was reticent of going in the journey, being rather conservative, and being comfortable in his rather run-of-the-mill cookie-cutter everyday life, so were the people of the time of Tolkien a bit reserved about venturing on a journey into the realm of epic fantasy.  Mainstream folks weren’t interested in fantasy, and some even felt askance to it.  This was the reason why Tolkien used Bilbo as an analogy for the reader to familiarize itself with this Universe.

In fact, as medieval literature specialist and writer Corey Olsen Ph.D. puts it in his in-depth book, Exploring J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit:

“Bilbo’s initial perspective is so narrow, so domesticated, that being made late for dinner apparently counts as very serious hazard.  When Gandalf suggests sending him on an adventure, Bilbo runs into the house in panic.”[1][Emphasis On Original]

That’s how reticent Bilbo was!

These very circumstances, which mirror those of the readers of the time, are best exemplified by the following words:

“Tolkien was very aware of the artistic challenge he faced in writing a work of fantasy, especially since fantasy literature was far from the literary mainstream in the early twentieth century.  He knew that when they encountered his story in The Hobbit, his readers would have to leave their mundane and comfortable world behind and invest their imaginations in a world that contains magic and unexpected marvels.  In chapter One, Tolkien gives us a model for this very process within the story itself.  We begin in our safe and predictable world, and in the first chapter, we find ourselves in a world of wizard and dwarves and dragons.  In this transition, we find ourselves coming alongside a protagonist who is struggling through the exactly the same process, a character who himself internalizes the conflict between the mundane and the marvelous   Our first introduction to this magical, grim, and dangerous world of adventure is also his introduction, and his reluctance and difficulty in adjusting to it give us time to ease past our own discomfort and reservations.  Bilbo Baggins serves as a perfect touchstone for readers, both exploring and embodying the trickier frontier between the predictable and the unexpected.”[2]

And yet, no matter what Bilbo thought on the surface, deep down inside part of his deepest self was quite intrigued with the prospect of an adventure.  This insight is best viewed in the following passage, which takes place right when the dwarves begin an impromptu musical performance at his abode:

“Bilbo “forgot everything else, and was swept away into dark lands under strange moons, far over The Water and very far from his hobbit-hole under The Hill”.  He is transported into the land of the dwarves, and their song even brings him to share for a moment their own perspective and experience.  As they sing, he “felt the love of beautiful things made by hands and by cunning and by magic moving through him, a fierce and jealous love, the desire of the hearts of dwarves.”  For a little while, Bilbo is moved by the music and the poetry of the dwarves, and he steps imaginatively out of his little world and into their story.  At this moment, “something Tookish woke up inside him,” and Bilbo finds that there is a part of him that desires adventure after all.”[3]

Once Bilbo’s imagination is unleashed it was like Pandora ’s Box, and there was no putting it back.

The contrast within Bilbo is best noticed when compared with Gandalf, as each represent two sides of the same coin.

As Olsen elucidates:

“Bilbo’s settled, Baggins life is like prose, plain and businesslike, and the magical world of Gandalf and the dwarves is more like poetry, full of wonder and marvels, but also strange and sorcerous like Gandalf’s smokerings. Bilbo may adhere to the Baggins point of view, but his Tookish heritage does give him a tendency toward that other, adventurous life, a tendency that is lurking beneath the surface when Bilbo meets Gandalf.”[4]

This tendency towards  what’s intriguing and portentous is what helps Bilbo grow throughout the journey as he finds the core of his Tookish side, and uses it to help himself and his newfound friends in this journey.

Intriguingly, as Bilbo grows accustomed to the wondrous and imaginative changes that magic brings about, so did the readers of the time.

The best part of this The Hobbit is that it’s so in depth and profound that there’s much to be had from it.

Truth be told, as Louis Markos Ph.D. notes in his book, On The Shoulders Of Hobbits – The Road To Virtue With Tolkien And Lewis:

“So greatly did The Hobbit delight adults and children hungry for the lost realm of fairy tales that the cried out for a sequel.  In response, Tolkien spent the next decade and a half crafting a far richer and more mature work that would ratchet up its predecessor from a humble fairy tale to a full-scale epic in the tradition of The Iliad, The Odyssey, and Beowulf.”[5]

The Hobbit is truly an upper echelon book.  This book resides within a class of books that belongs in an entirely different realm.  Some of the greatest books of all literature treat life as a journey, and this book is no different.  Moreover, not only that, but the book is so in depth, and offers so many subtle themes, that people for ages will be learning from it.

Touching upon this very subject, Mortimer J. Adler & Charles Van Doren speak about these type of books in their own touchstone piece, How To Read A Book – The Classic Guide To Intelligent Reading:

“There is a second class of books from which you can learn – both how to read and how to live.  Less than one out of every hundred books belongs in this class – probably it is more like one in a thousand, or even one in ten thousand.  These are the good books, the ones that were carefully wrought by the authors, the ones that convey to the reader significant insights about subjects of enduring interest to human beings.  There are in all probably no more than a few thousand of such books.”[6]

The Hobbit offers many profound lessons of life.  Through fantasy fiction Tolkien creates a story which is analogous to what each of our own journeys are individually.  And just as life offers us countless lessons from which to learn from, so offers The Hobbit many germane gems of wisdom that are for the taking which are woven throughout the story.

In sum, the best reason to read this book is encapsulated in the following words by Markos:

“All ages at all times need stories, but our needs them so much more…The stories that we need are precisely those that will beckon us to follow their heroes along the Road; that will embody for us the true nature of good and evil, virtue and vice, and then challenge us to engage the struggle between the two…”[7]

And The Hobbit, for those very salient reasons, and more, is just one of those stories.

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Sources:

[1] Corey Olsen Ph.D., Exploring J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit, p. 21.
[2] Ibid., p. 35.
[3] Ibid., p. 24.
[4] Ibid., p. 23.
[5] Louis Markos Ph.D., On The Shoulders Of Hobbits – The Road To Virtue With Tolkien And Lewis, pp. 13-14.
[6] Mortimer J. Adler & Charles Van Doren, How To Read A Book – The Classic Guide To Intelligent Reading, pp. 332-333.
[7]Louis Markos Ph.D., On The Shoulders Of Hobbits – The Road To Virtue With Tolkien And Lewis, p. 187.
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300 Word Memories #3 – Synchronicities

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TheBreakaway
Zy Marquiez
March 2, 2017

“There are only two ways to live your life.  One is though nothing is a miracle.  The other is as though everything is a miracle.”
– Albert Einstein

“Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

As a preamble, the term synchronicity was coined by Dr. Carl Gustav Jung nigh a century ago.  For our purpose, synchronicity is based upon the inherent connection that connects us all, which stems from Jung’s idea of a collective consciousness.  Essentially, synchronicity is multiple events taking place at the same time, which are directly related at the core, although conventional thinking would state otherwise.

Knowing that, have you ever ran into a particular circumstance in which you were searching for somewhere, something, or someone, and have that exact thing you are looking for just synchronistically fall in your lap?

This has been the type of event that has been taking place in my life for the better part of ten years, and its results have always infused me with increase of positivity, drive, poise and resolve.  Having what you sought be shown to you is almost like the Universe throwing you a bone per se.

For instance, the reason for writing about this is because this very type of event just happened minutes ago.  After searching adamantly for a bit of time it “just so happened” that the very information that was being searched for by myself was not only available, but there for the taking.  I am not talking about searching for things which are easy to find, either.  I am strictly speaking about particular things which require extended research for the most part.

Admittedly, it’s my contention that the reason this happens is because my eyes are open to these possibilities.  Having learned through experience, I have learned to pay extra attention for the signature circumstances that might be beneficial for me to take advantage of it.  In hindsight, there were many instances that my eyes were not open, although opportunity was knocking on the door nonstop.

Part of the reason for missing these opportunities was because my awareness was nigh non-existent, and the lifestyle lead by me just wasn’t as positive and conducive towards positive things.  My life didn’t follow a negative path, per se, but it was just a cookie-cutter lifestyle that’s laden with poor choices to boot which plagued everything from my health, finances, mind, spirit, and soul.

Now however, after having learned from my mistakes, and those of others, it’s become easier to be able to pick up on these small signposts that are available for the taking.  Am thankful because, had some of these very lucky draws life threw me earlier weren’t noticed by me, my life would be drastically different, and definitely not for better.

In contrast, there’s at least two ways that these synchronicities, at least in my life, can be taken.  These synchronicities may be seen as either completely meaningless, as pure dominoes of destiny smashing into each other with no sense or purpose.  Or, perhaps there’s more. 

Perhaps, all of these instances are something emblematic of something else taking place.

Whether it is  having someone ‘random’ get your attention and you hitting the breaks before getting t-boned by a car that ran a red light; whether it’s a small note falling ‘randomly’ out of someone’s backpack which points to the direction you sought to find; whether it’s that person calling you reminding you of that one thing you never told them about that you need to get done, but which they ‘happen’ to know of nonetheless; whether it’s that post on social media that you’ve been looking for, for years due to its ramifications and someone that you don’t even know posted it because they ‘felt like it’, and that drives you to create something unique and phenomenal; whether it’s that one piece of wisdom that’s so profound that changes your life, and happened to be written by someone else within a book that you didn’t even want in the first place – all of these contain signature synchronicities.

Synchronicities, to those aware, are like shooting stars for the taking, plucked out of the canvas of creation that is life, to be repurposed of your life.

So, Life can be seen as either boring, meaningless, and purposeless, which is one way to look at it.

Or, Life is an adventure of growth, meaning, and elation, which has an underlying function for a greater purpose.

Don’t know about you, but my life’s been a lot of things, but certainly never purposeless, meaningless, and definitely not boring!

What say you?