What Does “2012” Mean to You? (Part 2 of 2)

Posted by on August 31, 2012 in Belief systems, Ken's Blogs

What Does “2012” Mean to You? (Part 2 of 2)

Can you envision a Golden Age?

In last week’s post, I asked readers to consider what 2012 meant to them, and I went on to describe my thoughts and dreams about a potential upcoming Golden Age. In this post, I share some of my thoughts as to what it might take for a transformation like this to begin to happen on a global basis.

A lot of my beliefs focus on the thoughts and beliefs that drive our actions every day. I very much see us starting to place a much higher value on ourselves and the communities that we are part of. It seems to me that we spend a lot of our lives worrying and looking elsewhere for answers to whatever is troubling us. I’ve heard it said a thousand times that “the answers were within you all along”. This really resonates with me.

I also see us remembering our roots, looking back to how we were able to “be” as children. We were never afraid to take the next step when we were learning to walk or run. We had no idea what the outcome would be every day and neither did we worry about that. We took the steps, we got lots of bumps and bruises along the way, but we never waivered in our determination to move forward. Can you imagine what you could accomplish if you didn’t let fear stop you from taking some of the necessary steps forward?

As I have worked through some difficulties in my life, I have come up with a series of life principles that I remind myself of on a regular basis, and I find that on the days that I am able to live my life according to these principles, I almost always look back thinking that I had a great day. Like most of us, I have days that I forget some of these and start to worry about the future and start to doubt myself. Guess what, I don’t tend to remember those as good days, they’re more like the “bumps and bruises” days.

Principle #1: Expect synchronicity

I really believe the observation that there are no coincidences in life. I believe that we are given signs every day that help us to move forward. Learn to recognize and expect the signs. It may be that you hear a few people say some similar comment in a very short time frame, it may be that you have a period where you are constantly seeing a particular animal over and over; the signs are endless. In the past week I literally saw elephants about 7 or 8 times. I saw one on the cover of our local newspaper, 2 or 3 people posted pictures on FaceBook, I was at someone’s house and they had elephants as décor throughout their house. I didn’t know what it meant so I asked a couple people. The consistent theme was that the elephant represents strength, honor, diligence and patience. This also resonated with me and seems like personality traits that I exhibit to the best of my ability. If you feel like something might be a synchronicity, make a mental note of it and either ask someone or look it up. There are no coincidences.

Principle #2: Examine limiting beliefs

I believe that many of us live our lives with subconscious thoughts such as “I’m not good enough”, “I could never do that”, or “I can handle anything myself”. I believe that these thoughts come from something in our childhood, and we may not even realize or remember the event that placed this thought in our subconscious mind. We are also bombarded by radio and TV ads and programs that contribute to the beliefs that we create in our own minds. Many of these ads are simply trying to make us believe that the product is good, when they are actually encouraging us into unhealthy habits. Many people have no idea how much crap is added to our food supply and how much of the nutrients are stripped from the original product in the process. Do you believe that a cereal labeled “Blueberry Pomegranate” is good for you? What if you found out that there was no actual fruit, but only flavorings of the same name were in the product? Remember that at one time everyone in the world knew that the earth was flat, and that turned out to be wrong. We also “knew” that the sun rotated around the earth, that “fact” also turned out to be incorrect. What else in our lives might turn out to be wrong as we gather more information?

I think it’s time to start examining our own beliefs and figuring out if those beliefs are accurate any longer. If we start from a position of “I am good enough”, “I can do anything I put my mind to”, and “it’s okay to ask for help when necessary because I’m part of a community that wants to help me succeed”, then I think we can allow our lives to unfold into the magnificence that we all hope to achieve. We are all connected, and working together, we can achieve anything we set out to do.

Principle #3: Speak your authentic truth

I have found that my most interesting conversations begin with openings such as “I had the strangest thought (or dream) last night” or “I keep seeing elephants”. When we are able to express our feelings, be they positive, negative, or neutral, we are able to release the emotion and not hold it inside of us. It’s okay to say to someone that “I disagree”, or “I have a different belief system”, or even “I don’t really have an opinion on that topic”. A close friend often says to me: “I’d rather someone hate me for who I am, rather than like me for who I’m not”. It is so important for us to be ourselves, and I also believe we need to share our thoughts; someone will benefit from them. Ask for help when you need it, the answers will come from unexpected places. “Be yourself, everyone else is already taken” (author unknown).

Principle #4: Love vs fear; you have a choice

Even the simplest life choices are often based on a choice between love and fear. Recognize, then let go of the negative emotions, remove judgment from your life. You’ll feel a lot better and be more balanced, and you’ll be a lot happier. I think this quote summarizes this principle better than any words I have at the moment:

“A fight is going on inside me,” said an old man to his son. “It is a terrible fight between two wolves. One wolf is evil. He is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego. The other wolf is good. He is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you.”

The son thought about it for a minute and then asked, “Which wolf will win?”

The old man replied simply, “The one you feed.”
Wendy Mass, Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life

Well said Wendy, well said. 

Principle #5: Get off the sidelines

What would have happened if you had chosen to sit back and do nothing after you had the first fall when you were learning to walk? I think of the metaphor of driving a car. You can start the engine and warm up the car, but if you don’t put the car in gear, you’re not going anywhere. Put it in gear and start moving in the direction of your dreams. You may not get there tomorrow but you’ll start the journey.Romewasn’t built in a day. Avoid mediocrity, start taking the steps to live your life desires. If not you, then who? If not now, then when?

Golden Age?

I have been drawn to a number of quotes of late that have a similar theme, “heal yourself, heal the world”. And again, this resonates with me. It strikes me that if we take the time to remember how magnificent we really are, that we can do anything we put our mind to, and that every time we fall we’ll be able to get back up, we are in the process of “healing ourselves”. We will truly be able to STEP into our own greatness, live life with no regrets, and make a real difference in our own and someone else’s world.

If we all approached life this way, would that represent the start of a Golden Age? We really can make a difference; each one of us has the ability to make a very big difference in their own lives, in their communities, and in the world. If you change one person, if you change yourself, you change the world.

Has the transformation already begun? Are you afraid to take the next step?



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Written by Ken

Ken Jaques describes himself as a Health Care Evolutionary, Community Builder, and Speaker. True healing begins when we treat root causes instead of just masking symptoms. Diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in 2008, Ken has experienced many facets of the health care system. As “the only patient who ever lost their hair on this low of a dosage of chemotherapy” – as spoken by his rheumatologist – Ken has been on an amazing journal of self-discovery, a journey of true healing. In his blog, Ken shares stories of how his beliefs have changed over the past few years, and how they are still changing. Is it possible that our bodies can heal themselves? Do we really have to live without hope after we receive a chronic illness diagnosis? These are the types of questions that Ken encourages people to ask themselves as they embark on their own physical or emotional healing journey.

Ken is creating a platform to connect People, Patients, Practitioners, Partners and Promoters, enabling a collaborative effort to help shift the focus on health from I-llness to We-llness. Check out the pilot at www.myHealthyCommunity.ca.

“When ‘I’ is replaced with ‘we’, even I-llness becomes WE-llness” ~ Malcolm X


  1. Again, my opinion only –
    The questions you pose here are key points; asking others to consider these questions can ONLY, if pursued, lead to the destruction of one’s confusion and the abolishing of “thinking in platitudes”, a terrible affliction in today’s social fabric. It (platitudinous thinking) & “common sense” get in the way of EVERYthing & ANYthing. Introspection, contemplation, self-examination are all “cousins in meaning” and will eventually lead to “clear” thoughts and a “clear” life!
    Your 5 Principles ? Bang on! Thanks Ken! I hope to see you soonest!
    i am a dave

  2. #2, 3,4 and 5 are wonderful principles to live by. I have not noticed syncronicity in my life. Each step we take to better ourself or another takes us one step closer to the golden age, which seems unlikely to happen for many decades without great unity and effort by many more dedicated believers like you.

    • Peter, dear Sir;
      It hurts a little each time I hear/read a person like yourself who seems sad. As simplistic as this might sound, it’s True & also Real: You gotta BE happy in order to GET happy! ‘Whistle while you work!” is a proven method of improving one’s day & one.s “mood’ later in the day.

      Here’s a simple exercise for you: Smile when you’re out; smile at everyone you see, just on the chance they may make eye contact; Smile when you answer the phone – your smile WILL BE HEARD – by whomever is on the line, be it a client or customer or your pal or Mom. Imagine how you might feel if your partner should observe, “My, you’re so sunny today!”

      What if your boss were to say, “Peter, you have a great attitude; you’re promoted!”?

      Be happy, be chatty if you wish, don’t pretend, just be happy! It is impossible to worry if you are happy!

      Be positive at all times! Most of all, remember: you cannot change the past & you cannot change the future!
      But you CAN change now!

      You will see what YOU need to see and these will be your synchronicities!

      After synchronicities will come confluences!

      With confluences, watch out! It gets REALLY exciting!

      Peace Love Light

      i am a dave

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    • Gentlemen, Gentlemen…
      This conversation/post beckons me to chime in, as I am a constant student of the endless “ing”.
      Learning, studying, praising, waiting, thinking, forgiving, following, meditating, examining, etc.

      You’re both right. The point of this wonderful discussion (life, self-examination…growth, etc.) is to start the internal dialogue – to examine one’s own motivation and cultivate habits that are beneficial to our own growth and the growth of our fellowman.
      It’s not necessary to go about it via the letter as presented here, but by merely the spirit of the above suggestions. What I garner from this is the “INTENT” of the writer is to plant a seed to start that dialogue; which I see he’s accomplished. Kudos, Ken! We all need a jumping off point, something that makes one go “Oh, look at that…hmmm.” and change your mental/spiritual attention for the better. I believe Ken’s point is not to jump on HIS bandwagon, but to establish and cultivate one of your own, beneficial to your individual self.
      In my reading/research, in this instance, the bible in Isaiah 1:18, it says: “Come now, let us reason together…” I love this; the intent of this is to encourage that dialogue which ALWAYS leaves you with a mental landscape that’s been reformed, renewed and reshaped into something more splendid allowing one to take in previously hidden vistas.
      As to Dave’s point of being happy or making yourself happy. It’s true; one has to choose to be happy or sad. I know, this may shock you, but it is a choice a personal, mental choice – be it conscious or subconscious. Likewise, even if you don’t “feel” happy (or good) by moving your physiology (your body) to music… despite your current mood will change your brain waves and will make your mental state’s flow lighten with your body’s movement.
      One day, when you’re not feeling any particular way, humor us and try it. Examine for yourself to see if this is a true statement.
      Wow, you see what just happened? We came together and “reasoned”. We’ve come together to change our myopic views… and I gotta tell you the landscape is WONDERFUL.

      Keep ‘em coming! Thanks all. May you all find our own, personal sense of Joy!

      My two cents…
      Hollywood W.S.

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