These pains you feel are messengers.

Listen to them.


Rumi said, “The wound is the place where the light enters you.”

It is your opportunity to focus on something that is not going well, and to re-formulate your ideas surrounding that, such that you may make the pain dispel. 

We are all students in life, walking the planet, hoping and seeking to make the next day better than the last. While this is an admirable perspective, in many circumstances, it is almost impossible to make every single day better than the one prior.

We are dealing with the repercussions and ramifications of choices that we might have made earlier. It is only through these opportunities that we are consistently capable of growing and evolving into the person whom we most wish to become. 

Pain is a negative emotion emitting from your counterpart on the other side of the spectrum, and is continually a reminder that there are parts of your current existence that should be better. 

When you are feeling a negative emotion, you are able to awaken to a different sense of your own reality, in which you are far more capable of recognizing certain criteria that has to be changed, in order that you might become complete. 

Pain is your guide. It allows you to focus specifically on some of your weakest components, so that you will not stay in a constant state of pain, but rather that you will see those pain spots as your marks… providing you the perfect direction for where you must focus the next round of your personal energy. 

When you are down and depressed, it feels considerably more difficult to try and learn, because you are in a disappointed frame of reference. But in actuality, there is no better time, because many of the positive distractions that might keep you from growing are camouflaged, for the time being, by the hurt that this particular pain is causing you. 

Your opportunity to mature through this process rests solely on your shoulders. No one else can do this for you. 

Happy Friday!

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Written by Brian Weiner
When I was 5 years old, I discovered that the lemon tree in the backyard + dixie cups + water and sugar and I was in business. I have been hooked on that ever since. In 1979, I borrowed $14,000 to create a brand new product... photographic greeting cards with no text on the inside, called Paradise Photography. That was the start of The Illusion Factory. Since then, The Illusion Factory has been entrusted by all of the major studios and broadcasters with the advertising and marketing of over $7 billion in filmed, live, broadcast, gaming, AR, VR and regulated gaming forms of entertainment, generating more than $100 Billion in revenue and 265 awards for creativity and technology for our clients. When I took a break from film school at UCLA to move to Hawaii, my mother did not lecture me. Instead, she took 150 of her favorite aphorisms and in her beautiful calligraphy, wrote them artistically throughout a blank journal. That is the origin of the Lessons from the Mountain series. Since then, on my journeys to the top of a mountain to watch the sunrise, I have spent countless hours contemplating words of wisdom from the sages of all races, genders and political persuasions, constantly accumulating the thoughts to guide me on my life path. I hope you enjoy my books. Please let me know your thoughts, as I highly value your feedback!