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Choosing Your Possibility 💫

“Those who bring sunshine into the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves.” –Sir J.M. Barrie (creator of Peter Pan)


Marching forward. Destinal resolve.  I am on the path. 👣

I am living the adventure of my life each and every day!

It is full of glory & triumph. Not glory and triumph driven by the EGO, but rather the kind that concerns Self & personal mastery.

I am speaking of healing, growth, transformation, & evolution.  Continuously.

When I choose to employ my symbolic and cosmic sight I am empowered to appreciate each and every moment (even the dark ones). Moments string together in a beautiful interweaving and divinely flowing pattern. 🌑🌒🌓🌔🌕🌖🌗🌘🌑

As I step back to admire my work I see the bigger picture.  I see just how awesome it is what I have been making…

I have been making a BEAUTIFUL LIFE. 🌈

It is full of wonder, awe, & connectedness.  It all flows together making the most divine patterns that feed my Soul.  Because after all that is really what human life is about right? Feeding our Soul the gift of “experience” in all its sometimes seemingly messy chaotic perfectness.  Our Soul feeds on it all.  It doesn’t matter what the experience is. All human experience is divine and perfect to the Soul.

Therefore it is up to us in how we CHOOSE to experience it all.  We can choose beauty and divinity.

Or we can choose UGLINESS & SUFFERING... As always the choice is ours.

As we switch through the infinite facets of the mind we can continuously shape our very own experience.  Masters of our own genesis.

In each moment we are offered the chance to begin again.  Over and over.  This process of creation & re-creation is our human birth rite.  It is the obvious secret to a fulfilling life. Though most of us forgot this for long stretches of time.  Or even entire lifetimes…

I know I often forget…

Suffering after suffering we perceive it as… Instead of continual birth, death, and rebirth.

Always, it is our choice whether we stay in our suffering or if we choose to begin again.

The wheel is always turning.  Life is an evolution.  For all of us.  And we all choose the direction and the perception of this ever-turning wheel of experience.

So what do I choose today?  What direction am I going?  What facet of experience am I choosing to experience my life in?  What is my vein of existence today..?

 Today I choose FUN, AFFLUENCE, & MAGIC!


I choose FUN because I choose FUN!

I choose AFFLUENCE (abundance & flow) because I choose AFFLUENCE!

I choose MAGIC because I choose MAGIC!

What does FUN mean to me?  It means life is an infinitely friendly & adventurous game that is meant to be played full out with HEART & SPIRIT BLAZING. 💓 🔥 And with a MIND open to WONDER, AWE, & FREEDOM. 😇 This is harnessing the power of the eternal child that always lives within no matter our age or circumstance.

How about AFFLUENCE?  Affluence is the state of “abundance” & “flow” dancing together.  Even the missteps, mistakes, trips, and tumbles are part of this dance.  Because they always bring about new insight, new healing, new growth, and ever-evolving ongoing TRANSFORMATION. Even in the so-called mishaps of everyday life there is a perfectly divine flow of abundance if we choose to grasp the silver-lining no matter how turbulent the storm.  That silver-lining is tied directly to the rainbow and the pot of gold.  Grab it!  Hold it tight!  And let the STORM carrying you forth in your ADVENTURE!  🌪⛈🌦🌈

And last but definitely not least… MAGIC!  Mystery…. Intrigue!  Mystical happenings… Divine consciousness touching our lives. 🔮 🎆

Within magic lives TRUST.  Trust in life, trust in the process of life, trust in the unfolding of our life, trust in others, trust in ourselves.  It is knowing that when we take each step upon that HIGHER PATH the next stair magically appears just as our foot touches down again.  We don’t have to understand. As Roald Dahl said,

“Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.”

Instead, we just have to choose to BELIEVE and the magic is always there to catch us.  It is a SURRENDER to Self (with a capital “S”) and TRUST in the UNIVERSE. 🌌 🗽

In this magical way we are able to live life with Courage, Freedom, & Joy.  Because we consciously choose to know the Universe is always acting and reacting in our BEST INTEREST. And as we surrender to the superconscious we do not have to consciously understand the way it works.

Instead we follow SPIRIT & INTUITION and are EMBRACED by our AWESOME, UNIQUE, & MAGICAL PATH!

In this way we get to DANCE through life!  And when we fall… It’s all part of the magical journey and was actually perfectly coordinated, because all truly GREAT GAMES involve DRAMA. To be clear I mean drama as defined as a series of events having vivid, emotional, conflicting, and striking interests and results (as defined by Dictionary.com).

A life worth living happens through the beautifully cascading contrasts…

 


This photo was captured in the most magical way.  An incredibly talented street photographer at Urban Imagery randomly stopped me in San Francisco while I was buried in my phone responding to a work email.  In truth, I was doing my best to avoid myself and my emotions through workaholism. I was lost to myself and then the Universe intervened and pulled me into the present.

This happened approximately two days after I composed a majority of this piece of writing about Choosing Our Possibility.

It was a dream come true in actuality.  For years the FashionRake in me dreamed of being captured in something just like this. The full disclosure is I used to fantasize about being featured in “The Sartorialist” quite often. 😎

Even more potent is the fact that I was having a pretty rough & emotional stormy day.

The prior day I had let my own anger and frustration get the better of me and I wrongly let it out upon my colleagues who did not deserve it. I am far from perfect and have my fair share of breakdowns.  That morning I was still reeling from the incident & conflicting emotions.

Despite my tumultuous emotions… I chose the possibility of fun, affluence, and magic.

I even went through the effort of writing this possibility down that very morning in light of the fact I was personally having quite a difficult time in believing it.

I chose to forgive myself and was actually on my way to apologize to my coworkers .  To seek forgiveness without to complete the forgiveness that I sought inside.

Something magical always seems to happen when one stands in possibility.  It is like the world rearranges itself to act in accordance to the possibility that is spoken into existence.

Lo & behold my possibility of fun, affluence, and magic chose me back despite my emotions and a long-time dream magically came to fruition (in it’s own unique version).

This then translated into me being even more open to being transformed as I went from impromptu photoshoot to taking responsibility for falling out of integrity to those that I love and care for.

A day that had begun as suffering and self-oppression transformed into Self-liberation, fun, affluence, and magic.  All because I chose.

**This is my living testament to the power of choosing our possibility.**

In closing, I leave you with an alchemical opportunity... 🌑🌒🌓🌔🌕

What possibility are you choosing for yourself today? 💫

In Gratitude, Alchemy & Service,

Justin David Carl | LifesRake 🌒

P.S. After reading this you may be wondering if every day is magic, rainbows, and unicorns for me… More days than ever are now, but I still have my down days too. And I believe it is important to emote on those days so that you can be cleansed by your own emotions.  See this article on sorrow for the other end of the spectrum.


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Reprogramming For Creative Freedom (In Style) 😎


Almost always I am my own worst creative block and hindrance…

[Dragon boots – aka shoes👞, – by Android Homme — check them out if you want some fire🔥  on your feet 👣  to blaze your own trail in style.]


I made this video about reprogramming oneself for creative freedom and as another ode to my #LearnByDoing process of creation & self-evolution.

It has taken me over a month to finally put it up…  I am quite the oxymoron at times… LOL at myself!

Once again my own self-judgement and fear of showing and sharing my work in its unperfected form held me back from just releasing it and then moving onto the next project.  I still have plenty of work to do as a “recovering perfectionist.”

Oh well, better late than never right?!  And I am getting faster.  It took me over six months to post my shoddy “Starting Before You’re Ready” video.

So what have I learned from making this video (LearningRake)?

  1. ALWAYS PRACTICE LIKE IT IS THE REAL THING. When I was filming this I was originally intending it to just be practice. So, the backdrop of the video is a bit of a mess. Yet, when all is said and done I believe I achieved a new level of personal authenticity on camera. The more I film the more I am able to really just be me, the person you would interact with in life. However, after filming 6 different takes I didn’t have any more creative energy to film it again with the backdrop cleaned up.
    • 🗝  KEY TAKE AWAY (aka ” The Rake“): Always play and practice like it’s the real thing! That way if you get the perfect take where your voice, ideas, and personality are flowing you don’t feel like your lack of a preparation is holding you back (my setting/backdrop in this case). This same idea applies to life. It’s like going to an event where you know you might meet the most pivotal person for your business and not having something to exchange information with (pen, phone, business card) or not dressing the part to the point where you aren’t taken seriously.  The world is your catwalk.  Even when playing, play like you are going to ROCK the show.
  2.  KNOW YOUR FACTS! AND FACT-CHECK/DOUBLE-CHECK BEFORE SHOWTIME. I made some assumptions about the product I was representing without doing my homework and making sure I had the details right. In the case of this video I said the shoes were python when they were really bison. It may not be a big deal to most, but I was telling an intimate story about a dear friend and his company. My lack of attention to detail demonstrates my amateur point in my evolution as I look to become an online voice of human potential, fashion, & fitness. I am okay with this, but as part of my commitment to being a professional it is good for me acknowledge the mistakes, learn from them, and grow!
    • 🗝 The Rake: Fact-check before showtime/go-time. Know what you are talking about when presenting publicly (especially online).
  3. PUT IT INTO ACTION. People love to see things in action. The entire time I am talking about these amazing shoes that were gifted to me and how stylish they were and how they were my dragon boots that would allow me to fly even higher and I didn’t even put them on… Another mistake I am committed to learning from.
    • 💫  The Rake: Talk the talk AND walk the talk. Literally & figuratively. Next time I’ll put the product/idea/business into ACTION.  Always have a bias towards action.
  4. Most of my creative work (writing & videos) is way too long and I cover way too much. If I want to be of SERVICE in the current world we live in I have to learn to put my creative work into a form that is appetizing for people to consume online. Both my creative coaches have told me this. Many of my friends at Facebook, YouTube, & Instagram have told me this. And still I am making videos over 7 minutes long… I have been hearing this from my creative clan for over a year now… Sometimes I am a very slow learner.
    • ♻️  The Rake: Make more hard & fast hitting videos and written posts that cover a very narrow subject (maybe even only one tiny concept). The bigger picture here is to always make & deliver things in a form in which they can easily be consumed in the most appetizing way possible (product/market-fit so to speak).

In closing, here is your (yes, you the reader) learning/growth opportunity, aka Alchemical Opportunity

☯ ALCHEMICAL OPPORTUNITY: What is one thing you could do today or this week that would lead you to a greater sense of creative freedom & authentic personal expression?

It could be tiny or big.  Doesn’t matter.  What matters is CHOOSING one thing and taking ACTION. Good luck! 🙏🏼 😄 💓

And now it’s time to soar like a DRAGON! 🐉

In Alchemy & Service,

Justin David Carl | LifesRake 🌒

P.S. I am finally on SNAPCHAT 👻 … Only took me a few years… LOL!  Add me here @lifesrake


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Unleashing The Dragon Manicorn

Unleashing the Dragon! 🐉 The Manicorn lives! 🦄 💪🏼

The evolution of the manbun is here and it is the manbraid! 😛

This is also an ode to continuing to embrace my FEAR of creatively expressing in the world online and sharing that journey of authentic creative expression publicly. This time from my fashion/style/image side of myself.

Also, I am giving myself permission to have FUN doing this and act like the magical man-child that I am and have always been! So feel free to laugh at me — or with me as I laugh at myself! 😀

My goal in sharing is to be of service as a catalyst for YOU to do the thing (or things) that YOU have always wanted to do but were too afraid to do [see here for more on this journey].

I am still scared as hell & full fear, but what I am learning is that often our FEARS are showing us what we most need to do in order to truly feel ALIVE & live the life we’ve always dreamed of.

SPECIAL NOTE: I basically have little to no experience filming, blogging, vlogging, writing, etc. I did this all by myself — no film crew, no experience, no training, etc. I am learning all of this on the spot in real life by DOING and gaining INCREMENTAL IMPROVEMENT even when I fail miserably. You can never truly fail if you learn something from the experience.

You may miss your goal, but like Bruce Lee said:

“A goal is not always meant to be hit, it often serves simply as something to aim at.”

I’m discovering my path in the world by aiming at goals, missing them, refining & retooling, setting new goals, and learning to love the process & journey and not worry so much about some final destination that may not have any real meaning to me anymore when I arrive. This is living in the moment while maintaining integrity (mind-heart-action alignment).

Mind-heart-action alignment is something that evolves as we grow, learn, and experience life. It is a living/changing/transforming thing just like our life. Be open to and aware of your own heart & meaning evolution.

My vision is to be a TRANSFORMATION ARTIST & LEADER and sharing this authentic journey full of messiness, mistakes, mishaps, stutters, “ums” & “ahs”, repeating myself, imperfections, etc. is my way of living that possibility while aiming at lots of goals and also being of service to mankind in a way that has true heart & meaning to me in a deeply personal & profound way.

Give yourself the gift of just learning by doing and being okay with looking like a fool as your traverse your road to mastery. Have fun with your fears! Laugh at yourself and take those baby steps (or leaps of faith) to a truly authentic life of your own design.

Check out the fashion/style/image section of my blog at here and my fashion/style/image Instagram at here. A lot of new creative work in production for this aspect of my multifaceted-life so stay tuned!

This hairstyle was inspired, designed, & crafted by my Phoenix! Check her blog out here.

Stay in touch with me on my Facebook Page and my here on my blog.

In gratitude & service,

Justin [*awkwardly whispering* “The Dragon!”]