James Ussery

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James Ussery

Lynard Skynrd – Simple Man

Lynyrd Skynrd “Simple Man”

Mama told me when I was young
Come sit beside me, my only son
And listen closely to what I say.
And if you do this
It will help you some sunny day.
Take your time… Don’t live too fast,
Troubles will come and they will pass.
Go find a woman and you’ll find love,
And don’t forget son,
There is someone up above.

[Chorus:]
And be a simple kind of man.
Be something you love and understand.
Baby, be a simple kind of man.
Oh won’t you do this for me son,
If you can?

Forget your lust for the rich man’s gold
All that you need is in your soul,
And you can do this if you try.
All that I want for you my son,
Is to be satisfied.

[Chorus]

Boy, don’t you worry.
You’ll find yourself.
Follow your heart,
And nothing else.
You can do this,
If you try.
All that I want for you my son,
Is to be satisfied.

[Chorus]

Baby, be a simple, be a simple man
Oh, be something you love and understand
Baby, be a simple kind of man

Conforming was so last century

The point to nearly all my posts is to “Do it Yourself”.
Don’t follow anyone about anything.
Have your own experiences, read and write, and go be on your own for a while.

You’re here to have experiences. Don’t forget to do that. Just make sure you’re in tune with yourself and what type of experiences you’d like to have.

Being alone helps you turn off all the noise. Everyday we’re surrounded by all types of noise: TV, radio, mp3 players, our friends, Facebook, YouTube, worthless yacking from people that just complain, the list is pretty long. Disconnect from the societal and cultural expectations and go have an adventure.

Go have a journey. Start walking or riding. Go somewhere you’ve never been. Hop a flight to beautiful places and disappear for a week or more. The Earth is our playground and we should start acting like it. Of course, let’s keep the playground clean and green.

Meet new people, learn about new places and cultures. You are not your job or your religion. You are not how much money you have in the bank. You are not your parent’s naughty child.

You are a creator. You are one of billions of powerful people that hasn’t yet realized your potential.

Enjoy your solitude. It’s a source of power.

Meditate. It’s the connection to your soul.

Figure out who you are and what you want to experience here.

Replace fear with knowledge and wisdom.

Replace negative thoughts with positive energy.

Keep what benefits you and remove what harms you (including people). Don’t feel obligated to stay with or around something or someone that generates sadness, guilt or harm in any way. Rules are either created by us or we allow others to apply theirs over us.

I found on my journey that it’s best to respect others while they’re on their journey and to harm no one or yourself. If you can’t better the situation, remove yourself from it.

From Paramahamsa Nithyananda’s book “Living Enlightenment“, understanding the following things will allow us to be able to disconnect from the misguided framework, understandings and addictions that we are around daily.

  1. Shakti, the Energy to understand and change whatever you need to change in life.
  2. Buddhi, the Intelligence to understand and accept whatever you don’t need to change in life.
  3. Yukti, the Clarity to understand and realize that however much you change, whatever you see as reality is itself a continuously changing dream.
  4. Bhakti, the Devotion, the feeling of deep connection to That which is unchanging, Eternal and Ultimate and
  5. Mukti, the ultimate Liberation into Living Enlightenment when all these four are integrated.

Use your journey to teach you truth. You may not be searching for enlightenment. That’s completely fine. But teach yourself to be free of other’s understanding of life that’s been forced upon you. Question everything. See life on your own terms. Take back the responsibility to create your own life’s results.

Understand that the framework that you’re taught as a child should always be questioned, rebuilt or removed altogether. The framework is whatever philosophy you’ve been taught as a child from your school, church, or your parent’s belief system about anything. As a child, you were indoctrinated. You didn’t know any better to ask questions about the things being taught.

But it’s ok. All is well. You’re still alive.

We’ve been programmed for so long that this is going to sound hokey but it’s a winning formula that can be implemented and tested in small ways in your life so you can get some numbers worked out before you try it on larger scenarios.

Be well. Live well. Treat yourself and others well. Treat the earth well (we’re all connected). Do these things and we can make it better.

ENJOY YOUR LIFE. If you are here on this Earth during this time to endure suffering, then this message isn’t for you, but if you’re here and you have a pull toward what I’m saying, and you search your heart and feelings and find truth in this, it’s the way to unlock you’re true potential.

Those that are looking for growth in abilities, such as career, finance, Love, Spiritualism, etc; this formula is no different. If you don’t know yourself you cannot make decisions with confidence and clarity.

Switchfoot – This is your life

Yesterday is a wrinkle on your forehead
Yesterday is a promise that you’ve broken
Don’t close your eyes, don’t close your eyes
This is your life and today is all you’ve got now
Yeah, and today is all you’ll ever have
Don’t close your eyes
Don’t close your eyes

This is your life, are you who you want to be?
This is your life, are you who you want to be?
This is your life, is it everything you dreamed that it would be?
When the world was younger and you had everything to lose

Yesterday is a kid in the corner
Yesterday is dead and over

This is your life, are you who you want to be?
This is your life, are you who you want to be?
This is your life, is it everything you dreamed that it would be?
When the world was younger and you had everything to lose

Don’t close your eyes
Don’t close your eyes
Don’t close your eyes
Don’t close your eyes

This is your life are you who you want to be?
This is your life are you who you want to be?

This is your life, are you who you want to be?
This is your life, are you who you want to be?
This is your life, is it everything you dreamed it would be
When the world was younger and you had everything to lose

And you had everything to lose