I am now a Vocal+ Founding Member

I have been quiet happy with Vocal.Media for the past year and some months I’ve been writing with them. I was really, REALLY, grateful when I discovered them and that gratitude has only expanded from there simply because they LISTEN to their creators and partnered with a secure company (Stripe) that makes sure payments go through safely. Investing in their Founding Member program is worth it. Not only does Vocal.Media push me to trust in my content as a way of making a living as a writer, but I also got myself out of that horrible habit so many of us go through; where we’re half-dreaming.

Half-dreaming is where you’re investing only halfway into your dream. You’re only investing in the dream if it’s completely safe. Is it important to be practical when it comes to fulfilling your dream? Yes. Is waiting until everything is “completely” and “perfectly” safe practical? Honestly…no. It’s not. I’m not saying it’s impossible, but it can be very time consuming to just wait until every duck is in a row while the waters are rocky and you’re about to drown in your own self-loathing because you haven’t been able to live the life you want yet. I was telling myself to wait over and over again when new opportunities with Vocal came up or if a new article idea came up. I kept telling myself to “wait” because everything needed to be just right, completely safe. It’s just…ugh. I’m over it.

Anyway, I wanted to announce that. More articles are coming soon. I aspire for my articles to be of higher quality so new and older audiences can enjoy. Hell, even I have to go back and read my articles sometimes because I forget some important things…

Lastly, a big thanks to everyone who reads, who listens, and who sends love and good energy my way. I have so much gratitude for you. I hope that shows when I reply to comments and kind words.

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A Contemplation Coma

All right, I disappeared for a bit again. I had a busy week and needed a few days to myself. Now to say a few things.

Many thanks to the feedback on my article on Stoker’s Dracula and the Epistolary Narrative. I have the utmost gratitude for those who are sharing it and taking the analysis to heart. If you’d like to share it with fellow writer friends on Facebook, go on ahead and follow Authentikei afterwards.

Yesterday, I did a sketch on the computer and I’m pretty stoked about it. I plan to follow through (if I can get through the dreaded lineart phase…) and make an art page…because why not?

Today, I worked on my horror short story. I really want to start publishing these stories because they’re related to the fantasy world of my novel series. Just because the novel isn’t ready yet doesn’t mean I can’t start sharing my world with others. I’ll make a more thorough post about short story writing another time because I learned something very interesting about my writing mentality while working.

To end on the update, I wanted to talk about my mission statement a bit because these past few days have been a “contemplation coma”. I never stop thinking about…everything and desperately need the platform to express myself and thanks to those of you who have supported my work and followed me, I know I’m not the only one. So I’ve decided, my long term goal will be to make Authentikei a non-profit for my fellow artistic philosophers. I do have a mission and a vision, but the business plan is a work in progress. Not only is this project motivated by my own experiences and my fellow thinkers, but I really am tired of those who feel a strong connection to the humanities and social sciences degrading themselves because it’s not “a career path that makes good money” or whatever people are saying nowadays to put down the studies that value human nature and existentialism. I know America is in such a strange economic crisis (I call it strange because it seems more complicated than it should be…) and I’m not proposing that I have the solution to all of our financial problems, but this is a time we need to support ourselves more than ever.

I believe that’s why we have more websites promoting “patron” programs. Having patrons was a common way to make some money in the past and it’s making a comeback. I’m hoping the platform I create encourages reciprocal support, but not just through finance; support also reinforces us to circulate our work and develop the bravery to express our personal philosophies and have healthy discourse with those who agree, disagree, or are indifferent. Too many of us feel like we’re not being heard or that we don’t have enough of [blank] to do what we love and resolve the internal or external turmoil in life (which is probably why so many of us scream at each other via social media). This patron way of thinking is encouraging us to take a moment to listen and invest some time to really listen to someone then decide from there whether or not we want to invest even more. I just think it’s cool to encourage that kind of unity. The rat race needs to be cancelled so we can be cooperative, authentic, and functional rather than competitive. We’re not there yet, but we’re working towards it. I hope as I continue to express my inner truth and manifest funding through my creativity, that I will be able to give back and support those who need it. I mean receiving and giving back is a thing that already happens! It just doesn’t seem like that…we’re too caught up in our misery…and that’s why I support artistic expression with philosophy. Yes, it’s good that we can be there for each other, but even in a perfect world, dealing with our internal problems is our responsibility.

More to come…

Oh and…I’m wondering about making a paranormal page. Would that be too much? I’m just such a nerd for paranormal instances. Yeah…I can figure out how to infuse the paranormal with philosophy and I bet I’m not alone in that (this is probably how metaphysics came to be even though they are quite different, lol).

There is now a Literature Page

Just created it. Click here to view. It’s nothing fancy; I’m just glad it exists. The more articles I write, the more accessible I want them to be. Do you mind going to the page and making sure the “Read more…” button works?

Heheh.

The Ups and Downs of A Long-Term Project

Having a long-term project is so intimidating. I hate it when you’ve been working on something for such a long while and you suddenly go into that state of, “Oh shit…Is everything I’ve done so far just garbage?” I DESPISE those thoughts. I can fight them back, but I don’t do it in an aggressive way anymore where I’m beating myself up. I check in with the emotion: self-doubt. After addressing the emotion, I look at what I’m bothered by objectively: I’m not comfortable with what I just wrote and now I’m worried. Then, I think about what is within my control: (1) Review the big picture of the project then hone in on the details, (2) Remind myself that I have the experience to handle the situation, (3) Panic and give up, (4) Put myself down harshly, then give up, (5) Take a break and try again later. Lastly, I pick my choices.

I’ve been writing about Stoker’s writing style and Dracula since the beginning of June and I had some panic moments, but I got through them. I selected choice 1 and 2 and got through to the end of the article. Even though it is a long article, I was happy to discover that what I created may help aspiring horror writers out there. I’m quite glad.

Anyway, this is my way of announcing that a new article is coming out soon, I’ll create a literature study section on my website promptly, and that Stoicism fucking rules. This will be my first literature article, but if you want to see my other articles about metaphysics and other weird stuff, click here.

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Jen Sincero and The Lack Mentality

I am in LOVE with an audiobook right now: “You’re A Badass at Making Money” by Jen Sincero. I’m sorry if you’re reading this as someone who is up to their ears with self-help books, but as someone who has swam through various self-help books hoping to find something that has scratched me where I itched, I promise you…this one’s a keeper.

I wrote an article called “The ‘Lack Mentality’ is Killing Us”, which was inspired by my own lack mentality and the lack mentality from the people around me. Misery became our currency, when really it’s what I called “a slow, subtle suicide,” (Authentikei 2018). The main points of my article were:

  • Dropping expectations will help you more in the long run. (This doesn’t mean lower your expectations. It means let go of the unrealistic ones that stress you out and don’t force yourself to be positive. Instead, face your reality objectively.)
  • You are not worthless, useless, shameful, or horrible. You have value that supersedes your monetary and/or social status.
  • If the dis-ease is present, face it. You do not deserve to suffer.
  • Taking care of your needs is a process. There is no get-rich-quick or solve-all-problems solution, but every step you take towards what you need is evidence of hope.
  • Replace satisfying those impulsive acts with appreciating what you have and investing in that by applying what you have to your reality.

Listening to Jen Sincero’s book has made me ecstatic. While listening to the audiobook, I would be yelling “YES! FINALLY SOMEONE GETS IT!” out loud. I’ve already disturbed some family members, especially those who overheard the narrator saying “you’re one powerful motherfucker” while I was listening to it in the car, but Sincero’s book is ANYTHING but disturbing. It’s a fucking wake-up call. It’s something I’ve wanted to scream for so long. It’s made me wake up over things I thought I understood but really didn’t.

I’d like to share a few of her quotes that have hit me HARD so far:

“The walls of your comfort zone are lovingly decorated with your lifelong collection of favorite excuses.” 

“What comes out of your mouth comes into your life.” 

“Time wasted rationalizing the mediocre could be time spent creating the magnificent.”

“When you don’t investigate what’s going on with your words, thoughts, and beliefs, you risk stumbling through life on autopilot.” 

“Money is only a tool. It will take you wherever you wish, but it will not replace you as the driver.” 

“There is no lack of things to be grateful for if you remember to pay attention.” 

“You can choose to be a victim to your circumstances or take responsibility for how you choose to perceive them.” 

There is such a big difference between agreeing with these statements and actually living these statements. I would add so many more, but I’ll end up copying and pasting the whole book. Her book reminds me of the last paragraph in the “Poor Application of Support and Resources” section of my article:

Challenge the Illusion: Challenge the lack mentality with a mentality of abundance and gratitude. What do you have and how can you apply that to help you in the present moment? If you find it doesn’t satisfy all of your problems, address how what you have helps with one or a few of the issues. That counts.”

I want to address a slight difference between myself and Sincero. When I wrote this article, I was still perceiving money and being rich in general as something that wasn’t that important in life (even though I do financial abundance spells almost every month). I was fine with receiving money, but I never felt comfortable loving money. Loving money was the equivalent of greed. Yeah, it’s not. Sincero describes money as not just our currency that makes the world go round, but it’s also a type of energy flowing throughout the universe reminding us we have a right to be wealthy and enjoy it. You’ll only be greedy if you choose to be greedy. Some of us have very generous and philanthropic ideas that we would love to make into reality if we had the funding. Sincero encourages the reader throughout to constantly keep in mind of all the awesomeness you can do with money (which doesn’t all have to be philanthropic, by the way. Treat yourself is definitely a thing too and can be harmless act without being greedy).

So when I look back at my article, yes her and I address the “lack mentality” in very similar ways, but I must say, she’s taken it a step further and exalted the abandonment of the “lack mentality” to a place of complete badassery.

I have to share one more quote from her:

“Your heart is the most powerful muscle in your body. Do what it says.”

Seriously, either buy or listen to this book right now.

Try out Audible. This would be a great first pick.

Crystals and Gemstones for Chakras and Self-Care [Masterpost]

Here it is. A list of the best starter crystals and gemstones that can help with opening up chakras. If you fancy crystal healing as a way to get you in the mentality for better self-care, I hope this helps.

Root Chakra – Grounding

Sacral Chakra – Emotional Health

Solar Plexus Chakra – Self-Esteem

Heart Chakra – Self-Acceptance

Throat Chakra – Inner Truth

Third Eye Chakra – Psychic Ability

Crown Chakra – Inner Peace